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‘PhilHealth Run’ targets kids with cancer as beneficiaries

Region X

Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

PNP-10 heightens security measures this yuletide season Alfonso T. Ruda,

Region X

Cover Story GRAJTREE: a centerpiece program of Zamboanga Sibugay Province

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Authorities rescue 5 trafficked Filipinos in China Mai Gevera Macapagat,


Aquino meets congressmen’s wives; discusses collaboration..........................

Claro A. Lanipa



Government working towards changing ‘mistaken notions’ towards people with disabilities – Aquino.....................................

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Region XI

page 15 ITC for oil palm industry organized in SK Region XII

1st Region 12 Coffee Congress, matagumpay Ac agad

Region XII


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Surigao Norte to hold 1st Environment Summit Frayn Abkilan

Caraga Region

Search for Best Barangay and School is on Gemma S. Millan

Caraga Region

Zambo hosts 28th Area Assembly of Mindanao Geodetic Engineers Jocelyn P. Alvarez

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DepEd observes 18-day campaign to End Violence Against Women

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Cover Story GRAJTREE: a centerpiece program of Zamboanga Sibugay Province

by Claro A. Lanipa

Backgrounder: Rubber is the key commercial crop of Zamboanga Peninsula (ZamPen) Region, specifically in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay. The province is considered as the “Rubber Capital� of the region and with its climatic advantage for its 4


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propagation over the entire area of Region IX, ZamPen has become the main producer of natural rubber in the Philippines. However, in spite of the 458,000 hectares of land in Mindanao which are suitable for growing rubber as revealed by rubber research-

ers, only closed to a hundred thousand hectares (92,000 has. thus far) has been cultivated and about 42,000 hectares of these are located in Zamboanga Sibugay. Accordingly, the economic importance of rubber cannot be under estimated because undoubtedly, several sectors have benefited from this industry. In ZamPen, while rubber is only third to coconut and banana in terms of volume of production and second to coconut in terms of estimated areas planted, it is the highest in terms of family income by crop. This is so because prices of rubber products increased rapidly and the world market demand for rubber continued to increased also.

ship of Honorable Rommel A. Jalosjos as Provincial Governor from July 2010 to present. It shall be implemented in an estimated land area of 50,000 to 100,000 hectares located in the different municipalities of the province which are covered by the Socialized Integrated Forest Management Agreement (SIFMA) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other areas which may be determined and cleared for inclusion in the program by DENR. It is a tripartite engagement of the government, the private sector and the cooperatives. The government led by the Provincial Local Government Unit of Zamboanga Sibugay in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Municipal and Barangay Local Government Units of the covered areas and other National Government Agencies (NGAs) which may have the interest on the program

The Program : GRAJTREE is the acronym which stands for Governor Rommel Apolinario Jalosjos Tripartite Rubber Expansion and Enhancement Program. The program is all about rubber expansion and enhancement in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay and the centerpiece program of the provincial government under the leaderTuesday, November 29, 2011


in the future.

nificant roles. While the processing and manufacturing component shall Objectives of the Program: be the primary responsibility of the GRAJTREE program shall ex- private sector composed of local, napand the rubber production area of tional and international investors. Zamboanga Sibugay and enhance its potentials in order to bring about Program Component: progress and various livelihood op- ďƒ˜ Technical and Infrstructure portunities resulting from there from. Development component – which inSpecifically, under technical and ag- cludes technical survey by DENR, ricultural component, the program shall determine an expansion area of 50,000 to 100,000 hectares, develop and establish rubber nurseries and bud wood gardens in a span of 20 years. It shall also introduce crops for intercropping and other livelihhod projects while waiting for the productive stage of the project. Under the institutional, human resource and marketing components of the program, cooperatives shall play a sig6


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project location mapping and delineation of boundaries, improvement of access roads and bridges, construction of market centers, cooperative buildings and other infrastructure requirements.  Agricultural Development colmponent – which includes nursery and bud wood garden establishment and maintenance, area clearing and preparation, plantation, fertilization, production, intercropping and other agricultural related activities.  Institutional Development component – which includes social preparation, cooperative pre-membership education seminar, organization and registration, capability training and strengthening technology, project and livelihood development and management, records and reports development and management,

financial grant and loan assistance and other institutional requirements thru cooperatives.  Human Resource Development component- includes recruitment, hiring and training of development workers or employees in all component of the program.  Marketing Development component- includes market researches and studies promotion, advertisement, packaging and marketing of rubber products and bi-products, intercrops and other marketable products and services of the program through cooperatives.  Processing and Manufacturing Development component- which includes processing of raw rubber and manufacturing of any product out of rubber. Tuesday, November 29, 2011




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Aquino lauds 2nd Asia-Pacific Community-Based Congress


resident Benigno S. Aquino III lauded on Tuesday participants to the 2nd Asia-Pacific Community-Based Rehabilitation Congress for showing to the world that every person counts towards achieving prosperity and growth. Tuesday, November 29, 2011


“Through this Congress, we are showing the world that we recognize the right of every person to be part of growth, but more importantly, that we recognize every person’s capacity to contribute in a meaningful way to moving the country forward,” the President said in his keynote speech at the Sofitel Plaza Hotel in Pasay City. The Congress aims to promote multi-sectoral partnerships towards taking effective and appropriate measures 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 o f 10

life as embodied in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The President challenged the 640 delegates representing 63 countries who attended the threeday affair to forge on towards achieving equality for all including persons with disabilities (PWDs). “And even in a day as important as this one, we recognize that this is not the culmination of our work; rather, we reinvigorate ourselves to face the challenges that remain,” the President said. “Despite the positive developments, we must not allow ourselves to be complacent. This is the attitude that all of us must adopt, not merely in improving the lives of persons with disabilities, but in improving the lives of people,” he added. He pledged gov-

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ernment support to the goals of the Community-Based Rehabilitation Congress and vowed to work tirelessly -- “…so long as there are children who deserve an education but cannot get one, so long as there are Filipinos who want to work and provide for their families but cannot do so through no fault of their own, and so long as there are persons with disabilities that are prevented from living full and meaningful lives. “My message of today is clear: if we work hard, if we work together, if we work in the name of justice, if we do not stray from the straight and righteous path – we will arrive at the destination we have all aspired for from the very beginning: a Philippines, an Asia, and a world that prospers under the clear light of day,” the President said. (RCK)

Government working towards changing ‘mistaken notions’ towards people with disabilities – Aquino

President Benigno S. Aquino III focuses on the message delivered by Emmary Perez, a child with visual impairment, during the 2nd Asia Pacific Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Congress at the Grand Plaza Ballroom of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City on Tuesday (November 29). The 3-day Congress has the general theme: CBR: “Building Communities for Everyone” and sub theme: “Mainstreaming Disability in the Development Agenda”. The Congress aims primarily to promote multi-sectoral partnerships for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), Millennium Development Goals and other development initiatives. In photo are DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in the Philippines Dr. Soe Nyunt-U and WHO Disability and Rehabilitation Coordinator Alana Officer. (Photo by: Gil Nartea / Malacañang Photo Bureau).


he government is working towards changing the “mistaken notions” people have against people with disabilities (PWDs), President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Tuesday.

In his speech keynoting the 2nd Asia-Pacific Community-based Rehabilitation Congress held on Tuesday at

the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel in Pasay City, President Aquino said that his government’s pledge to “guarantee” equi-

tability and growth was for all.

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“When we promised inclusive growth, we promised it to all Filipinos, including those who by virtue of certain limitations, tend to be thought of as being unable to contribute to society. This is not necessarily a mindset that comes from cruelty, but one that perhaps only stems from ignorance and mistaken notions,” the President said. “And this is something that we want to change, because we know that to perpetuate this prejudice means not only depriving persons with disabilities of their rights, but, more importantly, depriving them of their dreams,” he added. 12

He said local and national government have already instituted measures to this end through the implementation of communitybased rehabilitation strategies. “Their measures can be as simple as ensuring that someone in a wheelchair is able to move around freely, whether it be to attend school or to file paperwork at the municipal office, or as far-reaching as providing them with opportunities for education and livelihood,” the President said. On the national level, the President said, the government has put up centers that can provide rehabilitation and care to persons with disabilities, and programs that can help them stand on their own

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two feet, by providing them with access to training and employment opportunities. “All of the steps we have taken so far, from instituting fair and honest business practices and good governance in the Philippines, to ensuring the rights of persons with disabilities, are in line with our administration’s dream for the Philippines,” the President said. “It is not only growth we are after, but inclusive growth; not only progress, but equitable progress. I am sure that this is something you can understand and empathize with, as you too work for the same things in your respective countries and organizations,” he said. (RCK)

Aquino meets congressmen’s wives; discusses collaboration


resident Benigno S. Aquino III had met the members of the Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc. (CSFI) in Malacanang Tuesday afternoon and discussed future collaboration on various projects with the group.

During their meeting, the President and the congressmen’s wives had an informal discussion on projects and concerns of the foundation. He said his administration is open for cooperation on a wide range

of endeavors and the government is always willing to help. The discussion focused on education, livelihood and other issues. But the President said his government is particularly interested in the agri-

culture sector and willing to collaborate with organizations like the CSFI to help the sector. The agricul-

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ture sector is a top priority of the government after typhoons devastated wide areas of farmlands that displaced a large number of farmers, the President said. 14

According to the President, the agriculture department is providing certified seeds to assist farmers at this time. CSFI, which has advocacies on health, livelihood, social services, violence against children, and women’s rights, was organized to complement the legislative initiatives of mem-

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bers of the House of Representatives through various socio-civic actions. The organization particularly focuses its advocacy on anti-violence against women and children. Its current project includes providing haven for abused and battered women as well as street children. (AS)

PCOO Secretary Coloma keynotes MindaComNet 2011 Congress by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob


ecretary Sonny B. Coloma, Jr., of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), visited General Santos City, today, Nov. 29, to grace the Mindanao Communicators Network (MindaComNet) Congress, scheduled in the city, Nov. 28-30, this week. The PCOO Secretary dialogue and allow communities to reiterated that Communication speak out. for Development (C4D) stresses He also emphasized the the need to support two-way concept of Bayanihan or building communication system that enable community founded on dialogue Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Such concept, he said, is an important element of the community for development. Focused on the theme: “Strengthening G o v e r n a n c e Communication Through the New Media,” the congress is attended by some 200 Information Officers (IO) coming from various government agencies, governmentowned and controlled corporations (GOCC) and other government instrumentalities in Mindanao. Also taken up during the 2nd day of the congress are the topics: “Social Media for Social Change” by Jay Jaboneta, Founder, PHL for Kids, Former Head of OP New Media, “Mindanao Norture Our Waters Now (MindaNOW)” Program by Rey Tan, Technical Assistant of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). Presentations also includes the “Gen. Santos City’s Development Direction and Advocacy” by Engr. Nael D. Cruspero, City Planning and Development Coordinator and the “Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA)” by Asst. Secretary Howard B. Cafuguan of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). Congressman Emmanuel D. Pacquiao, is likewise expected to address the MindaComNet participants during the dinner/ 16


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fellowship highlighting the 2nd day of the congress. On the last day, Atty. Jose A. Fabia, PIA Director General, who is expected to address the congress on the 3rd day will be introduced by Olivia T. Sudaria, Regional Director of PIA-12, host of MindaComNet. Fabia’s speech will be followed by the presentation of the “One Mindanao” Electronic Newsletter by Abner Caga, Cluster Head, PIA Northern and Northeastern Mindanao and Regional Director of PIA Caraga, concurrent Region X. Meanwhile, Sudaria said the culmination of the congress will be highlighted by the election of a new set of officers which will be handled by Romeo Montenegro, SecretaryGeneral of MindaComNet. Before the end of the congress, the elected officers will be inducted into office by Secretary Luwalhati R. Antonino, Chairperson of MinDA, Sudaria added.

‘PhilHealth Run’ targets kids with cancer as beneficiaries by Apipa Bagumbaran CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - The proceeds from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Run slated on February 5, 2012 will be given to centers that cater to the needs of children with cancer. This was announced by Merlyn H. Ybañez, information officer of PhilHealth Regional Office 10, during the Regional Association of Government Communicators (RAGCOM), held recently at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) office, here. She said the main beneficiary of the event is the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Children’s Cancer Center and Blood Disease Unit in Davao City, the only facility in Visayas and Mindanao that can deliver multidisciplinary care for children with cancer. The event dubbed as “PhilHealth Run: The Mindanao Run for Hope “is the first simultaneous run in Mindanao scheduled to be held in six (6) run venues in the cities of Butuan, Davao, Koronadal, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro and Marawi. It is called run for hope because we are actually giving hope to the kids with cancer, Ybañez emphasized. She said aside from the main beneficiary, the PhilHealth-10 has also chosen the Pediatric Chemotherapy Unit of the Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital (MRXUH) as a local beneficiary.

Meanwhile, interested runners can register at all PhilHealth services offices or at Smart Wireless Centers all over Mindanao. Ybañez said they can also register online at www.philhealthrun. org adding that the registration fee Tuesday, November 29, 2011


only P250, P300, P500, and P600 for the 3K, 5K, 10K, and 17K category, respectively. Runners will be provided with singlet and race kits given by our sponsors, she further said. Apart from the certificates, medals and cash prizes that will be

given to the runners and winners, raffle prizes of Smart Netphones and Smart Panalo Phones, as well as, other giveaways are also at stake during the event. Likewise, a special award for the biggest delegation will also be given during the run, she added.

PNP-10 heightens security measures this yuletide season by Elaine O. Ratunil CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental – Around 200 additional personnel are deployed here in preparation for the yuletide season.

PCSupt. Jufel C. Adriatico, regional director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) - Region 10, has ordered the deployment of PNP personnel performing administrative function to perform beat patrol duty in order to prevent crime volume increases this yuletide. These personnel are deployed on rotation basis starting November 4 to augment the forces of Cagayan de Oro city Police Office and directed to perform at least four hours of patrol 18


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duty a day in addition to their usual tasks. “They were deployed in crime prone areas and in places of convergence such as school and mall vicinity. This is to prevent the occurrence of crime and to make the people feel safe,” said Adriatico. He cited statistics that show crime volume increases during this season. Meanwhile, Chief PNP Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome said, “As what we always implement during holidays and special events, our intelligence, counter-intelligence and police operations will be intensified to pre-empt terrorist activities.

ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan rolls out to Nabunturan


fter holding it in the towns of Cateel and Boston in Davao Oriental, the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies (ARENA) XI will again roll out its caravan of services for the poor and disadvantaged sectors. The ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan has been held in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley, today (Nov. 29) with various government services from 46 participating national government agencies based in the Davao Region. Among the major services be undertaken in the Nabunturan activity are the pay-out of social pension funds for indigent senior citizens from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the medical outreach jointly conducted by the Department of Health, Davao Regional Hospital and the Provincial Health Office. The medical outreach activity has targeted 10 major surgeries, 10 medium surgeries and 30 minor surgeries.

DOH has also turned over P20,000 worth of medicine to the Rural Health Unit of Nabunturan and will be conducting an orientation on various health programs regarding common diseases. The 10th Infantry Division has joined in conducting its separate dental services aside from providing security of the one-day event. Other participating agencies are Philhealth, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, departments of agriculture, environment and natural resources, labor and employment, education, science and technology, trade and industry, justice, public works and highways, interior and lo

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cal government, energy. The Serbisyo Caravan also gets the support of the National Statistics Office, Professional Regulations Commission, Commission on Audit, National Economic and Dev’t. Authority, Land Transportation Office, Bureau of Internal Revenue, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Public Attorney’s Office, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, National Irrigation Administration, Philippine Coconut Authority, Quedancor, Agricultural Training Institute, National Food Authority, Fiber Industry Development Authority. Other support agencies include the Commission on Human Rights, Philippine Information Agency, Land Bank of the Philippines, Commission on Higher Education, ARENA XI Board

member Shirley Angeles, Maritime Industry Authority, Government Service Insurance System, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, National Police Commission, Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Plant Industry. Each government agency has done its share in delivering its respective services at Nabunturan National Comprehensive High School where target beneficiaries will be gathered for the second round of the ARENA XI Serbisyo Caravan. ARENA XI President Achilles Ge rard C. Bravo of the Department of Budget and Management said that ARENA XI is taking such initiative to bring government services closer to those who badly them most, taking special attention on identified poor municipalities in the Davao Region. (Jean D. Abangan)

Authorities rescue 5 trafficked Filipinos in China by Mai Gevera Macapagat DAVAO CITY- Authorities through the Regional Inter-Agency Council against Trafficking - Integrated Action Network (Riaction) recently rescued three women and two girls, all Filipinos, in Xiamen, China. Riaction through its agency members Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Bureau of Immigration received an information about the story of trafficking on these victims, two of whom came 20


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from Davao City. In a story published on Sunstar Davao yesterday, Regional State Prosecutor Antonio Arellano confirmed that these victims, some are minors, were forced for sex services. The information sent to the authorities revealed that the informant was asked to help bring sex workers to China. A female Filipino recruiter who has a Chinese national husband was believed to have brought

the victims to China. Arellano said a partnership between the Philippine Embassy and the Chinese Government with law enforcement agencies easily addressed the problem raised by the informant. He added that the victims are now safe and in the protection of the Philippine Embassy in Xiamen. The Philippines remains a source, transit, and destination country for human trafficking. Data showed that the number of Philip-

pine and foreign child victims in the Philippines range from 20,000 to 100,000. Prioritizing to address antitrafficking cases, the Philippine Government has strengthened efforts especially in prevention and prosecution. The government has 17 anti-trafficking prosecutors in the Department of Justice and 72 prosecutors in regional Department of Justice offices. The Philippine government is currently engaged in 107 prosecutions for trafficking.

regional gallery

Dept. of Labor and Employment XI Regional Director Joffrey Suyao leftmost turns over symbolic check worth P280,000 to provincial government of Compostela Valley and the Municipality of Nabunturan for its employment assistance program for distressed OFWs in the town. receiving the checks are Governor Arturo Uy (rightmost) and Mayor Romeo Clarin (holding the check of Nabunturan

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Sarangani, a legacy of JLC by Beverly Paoyon ALABEL, Sarangani – Vice President Jejomar Binay unveiled on Friday (November 25) the marker naming the main Provincial Capitol building into Congressman James L. Chiongbian (JLC) Capitol Building in honor of the province’s founder.

Former and first Governor of the province, Priscilla Chiongbian, receives the copy of a resolution naming the Capitol building as James L. Chiongbian (JLC) building in honor of her husband. The resolution was handed over to her by Governor Migs Dominguez (left) together with Vice Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon (right) and witnessed by Vice President Jejomar Binay during the installation of JLC building marker and tribute to the late Congressman. (Bon-Bon Quiño) 22


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The unveiling was made in time for the 9th MunaTo Festival and 19th Foundation Anniversary. Provincial Ordinance No. 2011-7-049 naming the JLC Capitol Building was jointly sponsored by Board Members Eugene Alzate, Cornelio Martinez, Elmer de Peralta, Alexander Bryan Reganit, Hermie Galzote, Eleanor Saguiguit, Virgilio Clark Tobias, Limuel Gacula, Benedicto Ruiz II, Abdulracman Pangolima, George Perrett, Arman Guili and Victor James Yap Jr. The ordinance noted the world-class coastal highway and the Provincial Capitol Building as among infrastructure developments Chiongbian initiated under his leadership. Rep. James L. Chiongbian, who passed away in 2004, was first elected during the special election for the lone district of South Cotabato in 1967. He was reelected in 1969 and served until Congress was abolished by the declaration of Martial Law in 1972. From May 1987 to June 1992, Chiongbian

represented the 3rd District of South Cotabato in Congress as Assistant Majority Floor Leader. When Sarangani Province was created in 1992, Chiongbian represented the Lone District of Sarangani as Assistant Majority Floor Leader and member of 10 committees up to 1998. He was succeeded by eldest son Erwin as Sarangani congressman in 2001. Incumbent Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao recognized the “pioneering effort” of Chiongbian as “we look back in the legacy of the man who laid the foundation of Sarangani province.” Pacquiao reminded constituents “to carry on the legacy of our founding leaders.” As Sarangani turned 19 this year, Pacquiao anticipated “greater things are yet to happen, greater opportunities are coming our way.” “With the strong foundation of history, with the blessings of our unity and harmony, and with the presence of our God, let us be excited to move forward,” Pacquiao add-

ed. Sarangani was created in 1992 as a new province from the then 3rd District of South Cotabato by the landmark legislation of the late Rep. Chiongbian, Republic Act No. 7228, which spurred unprecedented development in the area. On March 16, 1992, through RA 7228, the authority to create Sarangani was signed into law. Thru majority of votes cast in a plebiscite on May 19, 1992, Sarangani was established as an independent province. Henceforth, it observed May 19 as the Charter Anniversary Day to commemorate its proclamation. In 2002, a Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution reset Sarangani’s Provincial Foundation Anniversary from May 19 to November 28. “Upon its creation, its corporate existence only commences upon the election and qualification of its chief executive and a majority of the members of the Sanggunian,” according to the resolu tion.

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“The process of creating the Province of Sarangani, as in a birth cycle was consummated, when the first duly elected provincial officials were sworn into office by His Excellency Presi-

dent Fidel V. Ramos on November 28, 1992,” the resolution stated. “Symbolically, foundation or birth anniversaries must be based not on the day of its conception but on the day of its birth.” Thus, the foundation

anniversary was reset to November 28 “in order to create greater impact and significance and sounder legal basis to the celebration. However, May 19 shall be commemorated as Charter Anniversary.”

ITC for oil palm industry organized in SK TACURONG CITY — Stakeholders of the oil palm industry in the region have recently organized the Palm Oil Industry Tripartite Council (ITC) that will supervise the directions of one of the fast-growing industries in Soccsksargen Region. Under the direction of the Department of Labor and Employment – Sultan Kudarat field office, 33 oil palm



stakeholders met with DOLE 12 Regional Director Atty. Ma. Gloria Tango to discuss important matters that

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affect the palm oil sector. During the meeting, Atty. Tango, emphasized the importance of ITC, particularly in the maintenance of industrial peace as well as in DOLE’s current labor and employment plan. She said, various ITCs have already been organized in the region, including fishing ITC in General Santos City, banana ITC in North Cotabato, and the pineapple ITC in South Cotabato. Recognized as a growing and poten tially

important industry by the recognized by the Regional Development Council (RDC), oil palm industry should have leaders among its stakeholders that will ensure that improvements in the industry as a major contributor in economic development of the region and employment generation are sustained, Tango explained. In response to Director Tango’s challenge, participants decided to elect officers who will lead the ITC.

Elected officers of the Oil Palm ITC were: Mr. Gerry Calong of (KIDI), vice chairperson for Management; Mr. Eduardo Gavileno of UKARBEMPCO, vice chairperson for Labor; Ms. SHiela Mae Jamero of Bernardo Farms , secretary ; Mr. Rogelion Tabat of Bagumbayan , Sultan Kudarat, treasurer; Dr. Jerry Marquez of New Isabela, Tacurong City, Auditor; and Mr. Joesine Loyloy of M&S Co., Inc., public relations officer. As in the other ITCs, Director Tango stands

as chairman of the ITC. Among issues and concerns of the industry discussed during the meeting were skills and tools enhancement of the harvesters, need for additional mills, conditions of farm to market roads, and proliferation of illegal buyers and nurseries. Officers believe the organization of an ITC will be a strong body to push for support from other agencies such as the Philippine Coconut Authority, Department of Agriculture,

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Department of Trade government units. and Industry, Fertilizer In succeeding meetand Pesticide Author- ings, the ITC hopes ity, Bureau of Plant In- to create their constidustry (BPI), and local

tution and by-laws, and action plan (MJHoksuan /DOLE SKFO/ DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

1st Region 12 Coffee Congress, matagumpay KORONADAL CITY – Ang katatapos lamang na 1st Region 12 Coffee Congress na ginanap sa bulwagan ng Kapitolyo ng Lalawigan ng Sultan Kudarat ay isa umanong napakalaking tagumpay, ayon kay Nelly Dillera, provincial director ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sa lalawigan. Ayon kay Dillera, ang aktibidad ay isa umanong milestone sa umuusbong na industriya ng Kape sa lalawigan dahil iba’t-ibang mga personalidad mula sa ibang bayan at maging sa ibang bansa na dumalo at nagpakita ng suporta at commitment. Kung pagbabatayan umano ang dami ng partisipante, benta at pamumuhunang nalikom, iba’t-ibang mga aktibidad gaya ng coffee toasting, value chain tour, coffee cupping at business matching, isa ngang hindi matawarang 26


tagumpay umano ang kauna-unahang coffee congress na pinangunahan ng DTI-Sultan Kudarat, ani Dillera. Kaugnay nito, pinasalamatan ni Dillera ang mga ekspertong Resource Speakers na nagpa-unlak sa kanyang imbitasyon, mga sponsors at ang Pamahalaang Panlalawigan

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ng Sultan Kudarat sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni governor Suharto “Teng” Mangudadatu. Umaasa rin si Dillera na ang ginawang Congress ay magtataas ng kamalayan ng mga magsasaka at mangangalakal ng Rehiyon Dose sa potensiyal ng industriya ng kape. (Ac Agad PIA12)

CCAP-WIBI package, an enhancement for Agusan farmers, DTI official says by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton


ue to climate change, farmers in the Caraga Region are vulnerable to risks relating to their production capability, according to Brenda Covera of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP) Implementing Theme.

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With this, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has partnered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), DTI and the local government of Agusan del Norte, and came up with a CCAP-Weather Index-based Insurance (WIBI) Package. The CCAP-WIBI Package includes the following: WIBI literacy, financial literacy training, crop insurance products for rice, and corn covering risks to low rainfall and excess rainfall; and provision of agri-technology training support. Aside from crop production, the CCAP-WIBI Package is also aimed in making the farmers capable in diverting into other form of livelihood. During the CCAP 28


Culmination Series: Activity 1 “Presentation of Results of Innovative Financing Schemes Test Runs and WIBI Cycle 1 Graduation-Cycle 2 Kick-off”, held yesterday at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city, Corvera said that the project was especially created for those farmers who are identified to be climate change-vulnerable. The beneficiaries of the said project were the prioritized farmers from the province of Agusan del Norte in the municipalities of Jabonga, Las Nieves, Remedios T. Romualdez (RTR), and Buenavista. “Before we have come-up with the project, we conducted a thorough research studies with the collaboration of DTI and other agencies to know

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the possible businesses and other alternative livelihood of the farmers,” said Corvera. She added that it took almost two years in conducting several research studies just to make sure that the project will be a successful one”. “The project started in 2009 and has developed 3 models which undergo a test run. In Agusan del Norte the assigned test run is about Risk transfer mechanism, a test run on the Innovative Financing and Insurance Scheme. The three models of the innovative integrated financial scheme are the following: credit component, savings component, and social protection mechanism,” said Corvera. On the other hand, “the DOLE had disbursed almost half a million fund for the local government of Agusan del Norte to the municipalities of Jabonga, RTR, Buenavista and Las Nieves to start their organic fertilizer production”, she added. Aside from the Department of Agriculture, the DOLE also wants the farmers to go into organic farming.

Surigao Norte to hold 1st Environment Summit by Fryan E. Abkilan


he Surigao del Norte provincial government is all set to host its first ever Environment Summit today at the provincial convention center, with the theme “Building a Green Surigao: An Urgent Call”.

Provincial Environment and Management Office chief Ivonnie Dumadag said the summit will start with an inter-school literary/musical competition with the Department of Education (DepEd) spearheading the event. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Ramon Paje will be guest speaker during the summit Paje and Gov. Sol Matugas will lead the inauguration of the Provincial Eco-Park at the Provincial Governor’s Mansion.

Gov. Matugas has called for the full participation of non-government organizations, barangay leaders, sectoral advocates and political leaders of the province, according to Dumagdag. “During the summit, Gov. Matugas will present to Sec. Paje the province’s environment roadmap towards sustainable development,” Dumadag said. Dumadag further said that a memorandum of agreement (MOA) will also be conducted for the Surigao del Norte Integrated Greening Program and

Surigao Green – a province’s Public-Private Partnership program in support to R.A. 9003 also known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. Other significant activities to highlight the event include: the presentation of manifesto of commitment towards environmental protection, the province’s recognition of Small Scale Miners (Nagkahiusang Gagmay’ng Minero – NAGAMI) and the ceremonial turn-over of land titles dubbed as “Handog Titulo” to the identified beneficiaries of the province.

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Search for Best Barangay and School is on by Gemma S. Millan

HINATUAN, Surigao del Sur -- The Local Government Unit of this municipality, through the Ecological Solid Waste Management Office, is embarking on a new environmental program aimed at involving barangays and schools in maintaining the cleanliness and greenness of their respective premises.

Termed as “Search for Best Barangay and School,” the new program of the present administration headed by Mayor Candelario J. Viola, Jr. will continuously monitor the compliance of Republic Act 30


9003 by the concerned barangays and schools, as the key determining factor of the program’s winner. Through the search, barangays and schools will be evaluated and the one that continuously segregate, compost, and recycle waste materials will be awarded. The municipalwide search will be evaluated by jurors

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composed of the members of ESWMP Technical Working Group. All participants go through four rounds of surprise inspection trips carried out on April, June, September and December. Awarding will be conducted on July and December with P50,000 as first prize while P35,000.00 and P25,000.00 are the prizes for the second and third place. Certificates of Appreciation shall also be awarded to the winners.


MindaNOW launched in Dipolog by Franklin P. Gumapon

ore than 300 turned up to join a tree growing activity at Barangay Sangkol in this city yesterday.

Officers and members of the Regional Development Council (RDC)-IX, barangay leaders, officials and employees of the city government of Dipolog, teachers and pupils of Sangkol Elementary School, officials and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other stakeholders came and joined a tree planting activity spearheaded by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and DENR-IX to formal-

ly launch the project dubbed “MindaNOW.� MindaNOW, which stands for Mindanao Nurturing Our Waters,

is a collaborative endeavor that aims to institutionalize the sustainable development and management of

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Mindanao”s natural resources. “It emphasizes ecological value, capitalizes water as the most critical resource for human survival and shall optimize full potentials of natural resources,” said a flyer distributed by MinDA staff. In her message before the partici-

pants, Dipolog mayor and RDC-IX chair Evelyn T. Uy said “the city government is serious in its fight against destruction of the environment.” She also urged the public to help preserve and protect the natural resources “by getting only what is needed.” DENR-IX Region-

al Director Arleigh J. Adorable commended Mayor Uy for her immediate response to RDC’s call for the protection and development of watersheds in the region. He also appealed to everybody to be “more aggressive in planting trees.” (JPA/ FPG/PIA-Zambo. Norte)

Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy plants her tree during the launching of MindaNOW in Dipolog

PIA-9 Director Noemi B. Edaga signs the pledge of commitment for the MindaNOW project.

PIA-9 Director Noemi B. Edaga and Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn Uy at the planting site 32


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Zambo hosts 28th Area Assembly of Mindanao Geodetic Engineers by Jocelyn P. Alvarez eodetic Engineers of the Philippines Inc. (GEPI) has chosen Zamboanga as the host-city for the conduct of its 28th Mindanao Area Assembly held recently.

The two-day assembly attended by over 200 geodetic engineers all over Mindanao, anchored on the theme “Promoting Public-Private Partnership for effective Land Governance in Mindanao,” discussed current issues, trends and best practices in the geodetic engineering profession. City Mayor Celso Lobregat during the opening program called the geodetic engineerparticipants as ambassadors of goodwill as he urged them to help in

promoting the good, the best and beautiful about Zamboanga City. “Without question, land is increasingly becoming an important governance issue especially in the light of many complex challenges like climate change, rising population, rapid urbanization, food security and peace and order,” Lobregat in his message said, as he cited the various efforts of his administration to ensure sound land governance. The mayor affirmed that to ensure sound

outcomes in land governance, both public and private individuals and institutions “must work together to ensure land use policies and such are implemented and rights are protected.” The Mayor also extended his gratitude to GEPI for holding its 28th Area Assembly here saying “I am very thankful for your decision to hold your convention in Zamboanga City for it provides us the opportunity to show you what Zamboanga truly is.” (JPA/ DTI/PIA9-ZBST)

WESCOM participates in malaria prevention orientation


edical practitioners from government hospitals and private clinics in Puerto Princesa City, including the Camp General Artemio Ricarte Station Hospital (CGARSH), the health care service provider of the Western Command (WESCOM), gathered for a two-day orientation on new treatment protocol of and operation procedures for the malaria disease held recently. Tuesday, November 29, 2011


The 6th Civil Relations Group of the AFP said the orientation, attended by a total of 23 doctors, was spearheaded by Kilusan Ligtas Malaria (KLM), a government organization under the Provincial Health Office advocating the campaign against the deadly mosquito-borne disease. Among the topics discussed during the orientation were the new available drug for malaria treatment and the proper way the disease should be treated which aimed to further strengthen and intensify the fight against malarial spread and reduce

the number of cases of malaria infection in the province. Malaria is an infectious disease that can be transmitted through a bite of a carrier mosquito. Its symptoms include flu-like illness, fever, chills, muscle aches and headaches that come and go in a cycle. A parasite that causes malaria infects the red blood cells. Last year, the KLM recorded more than 10,000 cases of malaria-afflicted patients out of which five died. The number increased compared to its precedent year, where only 7,000 were recorded to

have acquired the disease though 11 patients died. The recorded cases of malarial infection were mostly from the towns of Rizal, Bataraza, Brooke’s Point, Quezon and Puerto Princesa City. The KLM hopes to better equip doctors in treating malaria by holding the said orientation. The organization also continues distributing free treated bed nets, conducting indoor residual spraying and holding seminars in barangays to teach residents about malaria prevention. (JPA/6CRGAFP/ RVC-PIA9 ZBST)

Medical practitioners from government hospitals and private clinics in Puerto Princesa City, including the Camp General Artemio Ricarte Station Hospital (CGARSH), the health care service provider of the Western Command (WESCOM), gathered for a two-day orientation on new treatment protocol of and operation procedures for the malaria disease 34


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Profile for PIA- Mindanao

One Mindanao - November 29, 2011  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

One Mindanao - November 29, 2011  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao