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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

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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

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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

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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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Golda’s Cakes and Pastries of Pagadian City


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In This Issue...

Wednesday,

Vol. 1 No. 108

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Health Services among top government caravan needs

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DILG releases P3M incentive to Tacurong for Seal of Good Housekeeping

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North Cotabato holds peace camp for high school students

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Region XI

Region XII

Allan Freno,

Dani Doguiles,

Aquino graces eye doctors’ Congress in Manila...............................................................

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Aquino hopes eye doctors’ Manila conference boosts Philippine tourism..............................................................

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Cover Story Golda’s Cakes and Pastries -Celebrating 13 years of God’s faithfulness Alma L. Tingcang

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Region XII

SOUTHERN MINDANAO

PNP Caraga chief warns public vs street crimes

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Caraga Region

Agusan Norte gov’t approves P5-M budget for public market rehab Roselyn G. Exaure and Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton

Caraga Region

CENTRAL MINDANAO

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DTI conducts activities for local Pangasius fish industry

Lowell Vallecer

DepEd 9 lauds LGU Zambo for education support

Region IX

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Grand “Bayle” opens the 7th Heritage and Culture Week, Nov. 28-Dec. 4, in Tangub

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DENR closes 178 sawmills in NorMin

Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Jorie C. Valcorza

CARAGA REGION

Region IX

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WESTERN MINDANAO

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Region X

Region X

NORTHERN MINDANAO

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Cover Story

Golda’s Cakes and Pastries -Celebrating 13 years of God’s faithfulness by Alma L. Tingcang

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n Pagadian City, one name that stands out when you talk about cakes and pastries is Golda’s. Every Pagadianon knows that the name speaks of freshly baked bread and pastries, cakes for all occasions, name it and they have it, which is quality at its best. 4

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A native of Pagadian, Grace M. Silla, a chemical engineer by profession-turned classy entrepreneur started it out as a hobby, baking for family and friends and eventually opened Golda’s Cakes and Pastries in December 8, 1998 at Sanson Street to cater to the choosy palate of the local folks. The soft-spoken owner is hands-on in the business and leaves no stone unturned to ensure the mark of excellence is seen in every product. The modern baking business as seen in today’s competitive market is very demanding and yet very popular. While the journey towards “quality” and consistent baking excellence remains to be an arduous one, a major ingredient behind this challenging endeavor is pretty simple. We call it PASSION. Grace had this passion when she ventured into the business. The increasing number of customers of Golda’s Cakes and Pastries was reason enough to branch out in December 2001 and established her second outlet at J. Ariosa Street. Slowly realizing

the perfect match up of cakes, pastries and bread and the overflowing love for baking, Grace soon moved to open its first bread segment in 2005 and 2 years later complimented through the opening of Golda’s Kaffe. Today, Golda’s Cakes and Pastries are just well within the reach of Pagadianons when it opened its 3rd branch inside Gaisano Capital Mall on December 14, 2008 and another branch at Robinson’s Supermarket on December 2, 2010, strategically located to ensure accessibility to costumers. The young entrepreneur never dreamed she would be managing 4 branches, juggling her time being a devoted wife to Engr. Manuel V. Silla, a contractor and a doting mom to

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three lovely daughters: Gizelle Mica M. Silla, a Registered Nurse and now an intern at the Cebu Institute of Medicine; Gianne Michelle M. Silla, a graduate of BSC Major in Marketing and Entrepreneur at University of San Carlos, Cebu City; and the youngest, Golda Marielle M. Silla who is a 3rd year BSC Major in Management student at the Ateneo de Manila University, the one most likely to follow her footsteps and who is into baking herself, showing the same intense interest in the business. Proof of this is when Golda represented Zamboanga Peninsula Region and became a national winner in cake decorating in Baguio last 2008 awarded by the Stu-

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dent Technologists and Entrepreneur of the Philippines (STEP). Indeed this young woman has so much to thank God for! This Christmas, celebrate sweet moments with your family at Golda’s Cakes and Pastries, savor the mouth-watering assortment of heavenly sweetness, order your favorite chocolate moist, brazo de Mercedes, strawberry cake and all other variety of choices to make, everything baked to perfection - quality at its best. For orders and inquiries, call Golda’s at (062) 2151-687; (062) 2143-008 and (062) 2154-358 or email at goldascakes@yahoo.com.


Aquino cites importance of tourism to country’s economic growth

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III underscored the importance of promoting the country’s tourism industry in line with the government’s efforts to uplift the lives of the Filipino people. Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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In his speech during the launching of the Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros, Manila, Tuesday, President Aquino noted the significant role of public and private sector cooperation in promoting the country’s world-class tourist destinations that could generate jobs and opportunities for the Filipinos. The tourism industry, he said, is one of the 8

key sectors the Aquino administration is focusing on to encourage more visitors to explore and visit the country. “Turismo po ang isa sa sector na talaga nating pangangalagaan. Alam po ninyo, naiwanan na po tayo ng ating mga kapit-bayan. Sa Malaysia po ay ‘di raw bababa sa 32 million ang turista; sa Thailand, 14 million— tayo naman po ay three million. Napakalayo naman po niyan. Kaya iyong dagdag po this year na 12 percent ay sana hudyat

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lang ng tuloy-tuloy na mangyayari sa ating bansa. Pagtutulungan po ng pribado at publikong sektor ang magdadala sa atin sa dagdag na hanap-buhay, dagdag na oportunidad, dagdag na pag-asa para sa ating mga kababayan,” the President said. The President said that more tourists are expected to come in especially this Christmas season. “Ngayong papalapit na ang kapaskuhan,inaasahan nating lalo pang titindi ang pagdagsa ng mga bisita


sa Pilipinas. Sa unang siyam na buwan ng taong kasalukuyan, umabot na sa two point eighty-eight milyon ang turista sa ating bansa,” President Aquino said. “Mas mataas ito nang labindalawang porsiyento kung ikukumpara sa nakaraang taon. Hudyat ito para sa tuloy-tuloy nating pagpapayabong sa atin pong turismo,” he added. President Aquino further said that the government has been painstakingly carrying out programs to modernize the country’s tourism facilities to further improve the country’s image as the best destination to other parts of the world. “Mula sa modernisasyon ng mga paliparan at daungan, hang-

gang sa renobasyon ng mga kalsada, tulay at iba pang mga imprastraktura, bibigyan natin ng mas matingkad na imahe ang turismo sa bansa. Panahon na upang taas-noo nating ihayag sa mundo: ‘Halina kayo’t dumayo sa Perlas ng Silangan; bukas ang aming pinto para inyong maranasan ang kultura, kasaysayan, at hiwagang dito sa Pilipinaslamangninyomatutuklasan,’” the President. “Mahalagang maisakatuparan ang mga inisyatiba natin sa sektor na ito dahil alam nating sa bawat turistang tumatangkilik sa ating mga tanawin, trabaho ito para sa isang amang dati ay nakatambay lang, gamot ito para sa nanay na malapit nang manganak,

edukasyon ito para sa paslit na makakapag-aral sa disenteng paaralan,” he noted. President Aquino led in opening the Bayleaf, a five-star hotel in Intramuros which is one of the country’s premier heritage sites. The newly-opened hotel, owned and operated by the Lyceum of the Philippines University, is touted as the Laurel family’s contribution to the tourism program of the Aquino administration. Also present during the event are Public works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation Chairman Cristino Naguiat Jr. and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, among others.

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Aquino graces eye doctors’ Congress in Manila

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resident Benigno S. Aquino congratulated the International Society of Dacryology and Dry Eye (ISD&DE) on its 10th International Congress saying that while eye doctors treat their patients, his government initiates reforms that benefits the people.

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“This is truly a significant opportunity to be among doctors who share a common goal of easing the burden of people that suffer from dry eye, so I hope you will take full

stock of the new developments that will be shared in this room and in this Congress,” the President said in his keynote address before the eye doctors at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) on Tuesday.

eyes of your patients are free from these diseases, so too is our government concerned with freeing society from the diseases that had previously crippled it: the disease of poverty and vulnerability, “In the same way of corruption and dishonthat you are concerned esty, and of social inequalwith ensuring that the ity and the lack of access

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ISD&DE on November 29, Tuesday. The ISD&DE congress in Manila is the first time to be held in Asia.

to social services, among others,” he stressed. The President spelled out health programs that his administration carries out especially for poor Filipinos in the farflung areas, to give them access to quality healthcare. Among the government’s efforts towards ensuring better health care to the poor include dispatching nurses and midwives to communities in need.

said the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) now shoulders the cost of cataract surgery under its sponsored program.

More than 500 participants from 26 countries joined the event. These include eye doctors and experts from the US, Spain, Turkey, the UK, Hungary, Singapore, Japan, the Netherlands, India, Switzerland, Greece, Austria, Indonesia, Russia, Italy, Germany, Australia, China, Canada, Sweden and many others.

The Chief Executive said he hopes that the Manila eye congress will spur the organization and other members of the medical community in its continuing pursuit of providing quality health- Founded in care to the whole world. 1982, ISD&DE is the “I am hopeful that pioneer organization each of you will gain success on tears and lacriand renown in your field, not mal diseases. It is only for the research and ada scientific society ditional knowledge that you can contribute, but also for for the research diffusion the compassion and skill and with which you treat your pa- of knowledge tients, knowing that, above in the lacriall, your responsibility is to mal domain. care for human life,” he said.

To improve the country’s health facilities, the government is upgrading hospitals and clinics, the President said. Seven hundred forty-two million pesos has been released to improve health infrastructure, procure new equipment, and support the research and treatment programs of gov- UST, in collaboration ernment hospitals, he said. with the Philippine Academy For better eye care for of Ophthalmology hosted poor Filipinos, the President the 10th Congress of the

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Aquino hopes eye doctors’ Manila conference boosts Philippine tourism resident Benigno S. Aquino III exhorted the delegates of the 10th Congress of the International Society of Dacryology and Dry Eye (ISD&DE) who are currently in Manila to visit the country’s tourist destination and see what the Philippines can offer. The President keynoted Tuesday the 10th Congress of the ISD&DE at the University of Santo Tomas, a gathering of eye doctors and experts to increase their

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knowledge in providing better treatment to their patients, especially for the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye and other related diseases. “While you are here, I also invite you to look around and explore our country. As I understand it, tours have been organized by the Philippine Academy of Oph-

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thalmology, and these would give you an opportunity to visit some of our most famous tourist destinations, from sites famous for their natural beauty and scenery, to those of great significance to our cultural and historical identity,” the President said. Aside from providing increased knowledge.


Health Services among top government caravan needs

According to Compostela Valley Governor Arturo T. Uy, health services is among the number one need by the residents of the province.

Speaking before members of the media during the Serbisyo Caravan held at Nabunturan yesterday (November 28) Uy said that if a similar government services

caravan would be held in his province he would be proposing that the medical outreach component would last for two or more days. The Serbisyo Caravan is a project of the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies (ARENA) in combining an array of free government services in different areas around the region. Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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Under the initiative of ARENA president Achilles Bravo who is the the current regional director of the Department of Budget and Management, this is the second of its kind held in the region. The first caravan was held in Boston and Cateel in Davao Oriental. Governor Uy said he was overwhelmed by the presence of regional directors and the services that they brought with them. There were 47 government agencies who participated in the Comval caravan. Uy hopes that the caravan initiative would be continued and said that he hoped that one or more activities can be held in his province next year. He also said that health services is among the topmost need of his province. and hopes that medical missions can be held longer. Mayor Romeo Clarin of Nabun14

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turan agrees with the Governor saying that the residents are availing of the health services like surgeries, medical and dental check-ups and the free medicines. Another in need services is those which is provided by the Department of Agriculture like seedling dispersal, farming seminars and soil sampling. Meanwhile Dr. James Dumdum head of the medical outreach team in the caravan said that they have targeted 10 elective surgery cases and 100 minor cases like excisions. The medical team is made up of a dozen surgeons, three anesthesiologists, one pediatrician, opthalmologist and internist. As to the suggestion of Governor Uy if they can make it longer, he said the team can hold longer medical outreach as long as they have sufficient manpower as not to deplete their base hospitals. (RG Alama)


Photo Release Atnayan Falls attracts mountaineers ALABEL, Sarangani – Mountaineers rest at their final destination, the Atnayan Falls, after a treeplanting activity during the 1st MunaTo EcoTrek. The trek was participated in by 13 mountaineering clubs and freelancers from Kabacan, Cotabato; Tupi, South Cotabato; Koronadal City, General Santos City and Sarangani. A total of 80 mountaineering enthusiasts conquered Atnayan Falls during the weekend. (Ariel Lalisan/)

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North Cotabato backs declaration of Ligawasan Marsh as protected area KORONADAL CITY -- The provincial government of North Cotabato is backing the proposal to declare Ligawasan Marsh as a protected area. North Cotabato’s Sangguniang Panlalawigan last week approved a resolution supporting the bid to declare Mindanao’s largest swamp and marsh as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) pursuant to Republic Act No. 7586. Board Member Vicente Sorupia, chair of the committee on agriculture, environment and natural resources authored Resolution 323-2011. SP unanimously approved the resolution, which they said shows the province’s commitment to the conservation and preservation of the marsh’s biodiversity and natural resources. In 2001, the government, with support from the Global 16

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Environmental Facility (GEF)-World Bank/United Nations Development Programme, has undertaken the Protected Area Sustainability Assessment Study and the Wetland Biodiversity Component for Ligawasan Marsh. It gathered required scientific information and completed the required stakeholder consultations at national, provincial, municipal, barangay and sitio levels. Results revealed a strong consensus

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among the stakeholders that Ligawasan Marsh should be proclaimed as a protected area under the NIPAS Act. Ligawasan Marsh is covers an area 288,000 hectares across the provinces of Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat. It is a conglomerate of three marshes: Ligawasan Proper, Libungan and Ebpanan. In 1998, the National Economic and Development Authority – 12 (NEDA 12) formulated


the Ligawasan Marsh Development Master Plan. It also recommended the inclusion of Liga-

wasan as a protected area but there were no enough scientific bases presented at that time

to support such recommendation. (OZG/Cotabato-PGO/DEDoguiles)

DILG releases P3M incentive to Tacurong for Seal of Good Housekeeping by Allan Freno TACURONG CITY -- After being awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in June this year, the city government of Tacurong recently received the P3-Million incentive under the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF).

DILG 12 Director ally handed the P3M cials of Tacurong during Buagas Sulaik person- check to the city offi- a turnover ceremony in

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front of the city hall on November 28. The PCF, given to LGUs conferred with SGH Seal, is an incentive that the LGU beneficiaries should use in the implementation of their projects. Before officially getting the PCF however, an LGU recipient has to allocate a financial counterpart (to be taken from the 20% component of the LGU’s Internal Revenue Allotment), equal or more than the PCF. The LGU is also required to complete at least 40 percent of the project before DILG releases the fund. The PCF Technical Working Group of the LGU identified the road concreting in Barangay Upper Katungal as the project for the PCF, and after going through the process, started and completed the 40 percent of the concreting in October. Tacurong is one of the only five cities in the Philippines, and the only one from Mindanao, belonging to the 4th to 6th class to be conferred with the award this 2011. 18

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The other awardees for the cities category are Alaminos, Pangasinan; Candon, Ilocos Sur; Passi, Iloilo; and Vigan, Ilocos Sur. Tacurong and the rest of the awardees belong to the 2nd batch of SGH recipients this year. They are joined by municipalities belonging to the 4th to 6th class stamped also with SGH seal. The Seal of Good Housekeeping is a mechanism comprising a set of criteria aimed at recognizing Local government Units (LGUs) with good performance in internal housekeeping particularly in the areas of Planning, Sound Fiscal Management, Transparency and Accountability, and Valuing Performance Management. Among the key components of the SGH criteria are compliance to the mandates of the Anti-Red Tape Act as well as to the Full Disclosure Policy of the DILG. Further, LGUs stamped with Good Housekeeping Seal should have “no adverse” report from the Commission

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on Audit, which means that they should have complied with all the requirements of the government’s auditing agency. Emphasis is also given to the LGU’s compliance to the mandates of the Anti-Red Tape Act. Tacurong was evaluated in May by a team from DILG Regional Office. Several data were gathered from offices concerned, interviews were conducted, and records of the local police station were checked as to the peace and order condition of the locality. After passing the regional evaluation, Tacurong made it through the National Table Assessment and Validation, and subsequently stamped with SGH Seal. “I am very happy with the most recent award we received, but then again ,we only have to work harder; after all, this is what we, public servants, are expected to do,” Mayor Lina Montilla said. (TACURONG-LGU/ DEDoguiles)


North Cotabato holds peace camp for high school students by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- In line with its advocacy to begin peace education at young age, the provincial government of North Cotabato begins another series of peace camps, now for high school students. More than 200 private and high school students from the province’s 17 towns and 1 city are expected to join the three-day “1st Gov. Lala Mendoza High School Leadership Camp – In the Search for the Paths to Peace” starting December 1. During the activity, students -- leaders in their respective schools – will undergo camping sessions, training sessions, and games to develop and mold them as responsible individuals and members of their communities. Mutual learning will also occur through storytelling, meditation, small group sharing, brainstorming, role plays, thought-provoking exercises, music and

movements related to achieving peace. All these are geared towards inculcating camaraderie and helping the youth understand their role in the attainment of peace. Gov. Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza said, “the province of Cotabato is a victim of bad publicity. We have been labeled as a battleground and called a troubled province when we are not. And one way of correcting this misconception is to plant the seeds of peace into the minds and hearts of our youth.” “Basically, the activity aims to encourage our youths to work together in order to develop a strong community with a common foundation prepared effectively for

peace and justice and build bridges for common understanding on the importance of peace,” she explained. She added, through this peace camp the young leaders will be able to develop better understanding of themselves, the social and cultural condition and aspirations of their peers, so that they can help government in changing the image of the province. “After all the future belongs to them,” she said. Gov. Mendoza’s peace camps for high school is a continuation of her program for Summer Kids Peace Camp. Last year, 18,747 Grade 5 pupils underwent summer peace camps.

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PNP Chief to visit Caraga

by Noel B. Najarro

horough preparations are underway at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez in Brgy. Libertad, this city for the scheduled visit of Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Nicanor A. Bartolome on Friday, in an effort to uphold the transparency and good governance as pointed out in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) of the Aquino administration. This will be the first visit here in the region of the nation’s police chief after he assumed office on September, this year. PDGen. Bartolome

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will be accorded with an arrival honors upon his arrival at the camp to be led by Caraga PNP chief PCSupt. Reynaldo Rafal and the other top

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regional police officials. Police Superintendent Martin M. Gamba, PRO 13 chief information officer said that PDGen. Bartolome will attend to

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some eight major activities outlined among his itineraries of his first regional visit here which includes : 1) The turn-over by the Department of Health, Caraga Regional Office of its recently accomplished project – the P10-Million peso Police Regional Office 13 Hospital and its facilities to the management of the Philippine National Police, 2) The launching of the Regional Tactical Operations Center (RTOC),

3) The launching of the Electronic Blotter or (EBlotter), 4) The send off ceremony of the Special Action Force (SAF), 5) the blessings of the additional vehicles for the PNP, 6) The launching of the Task Force Surigao, 7) Giving of awards to some meritorious PNP personnel and 8) The reception of some rebel returnees. Meanwhile, a press conference is scheduled in the afternoon of that same day at PRO

13 Conference Room to be attended by the Chief PNP and the other top regional police officials. Meanwhile, Dr. Noemina Bartolome, better-half of the PNP chief will conduct a Hepa B Vaccination on Thursday, at the PRO 13 Grandstand. The vaccination will benefit the PNP dependents from 0-11 years old. The project is initiated by the Ladies Officers Club of PRO 13, led by the wife of Caraga PNP chief and Ms. Ivy Boquiren.

PNP Caraga chief warns public vs street crimes

BUTUAN CITY – Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 Regional Director Reynaldo Rafal warned the public against “budol-budol” gang and other forms of street crimes as lawless elements may proliferate this Yuletide Season. Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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Rafal said PRO-13 is continuously sending out PNP personnel assigned in Regional Headquarters since October to perform Police Visibility Patrol to deter occurrence of any forms of street crimes. The strategy is also implemented in Provincial Police Of-

fices in the region. Rafal also asked the public to help the PNP through giving of information of any persons suspiciously roaming around. This move of PNP-Caraga is in support to the Regional Development Program (RDP) specifically on

peace and security. According to the RDP, police operations encompass a wide range of activities, particularly patrol and traffic operations, implementation of special laws, command and control, civil disturbance, and disaster management.(PNP-13)

Agusan Norte gov’t approves P5-M budget for Roselyn G. Exaure and public market rehab by Maria Rebecca C. Ayaton BUTUAN CITY – In support to the 2011-2016 Regional Development Plan (RDP) of Caraga on infrastructure support, the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte has recently approved the five million pesos financial support for the rehabilitation of the public market of the municipality of Nasipit. Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John M. Amante pointed out that the said fund is included in the 20% budget wherein the said project will be implemented in the first quarter of 2012. 22

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The official also said that the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has deliberated and is ready to release the fund by next year. It can be recalled that many vendors of the said public market

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were complaining because of its wrecked building but the current administration of Nasipit wasn’t able to attend to the problem because the local government of Nasipit has insufficient fund.


DTI alerts public to buy only ICC marked Christmas lights by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

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rade and Industry department alerts public to be vigilant and extra cautious in choosing the Christmas lights they buy to decorate their homes and buy only those that bear the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) mark sticker to ensure a hazard and accident-free Christmas festivity.city.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 9 in a press statement said only those sets

of Christmas lights with ICC mark sticker have passed the department’s mandatory tests, therefore are safe and reliable to use, those without the mark are considered hazardous and may even put lives in danger. DTI said substandard Christmas lights products posed hazards such as electric

shock and overheating that often lead to fire, property damages and even loss of lives. The press statement further cautions the public that there are Christmas lights with bogus pre-printed ICC mark on its package. “Those sets of Christmas lights with pre-printed ICC mark on its package are definitely uncertified and did not undergo tests and inspections of DTI,” the statement reads. DTI said the genu

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ine ICC mark is in stick-

er form and comes with a unique serial number. DTI regulates the sale of Christmas lights in the local market to protect consumers. “Under the DTI-Bureau of Product Standards

(BPS) Product Certification Scheme, all importers of Christmas lights shall secure an ICC certificate prior to the sale and distribution to local market,� the press statement said.

DTI conducts activities for local Pangasius fish industry by Lowell Vallecer

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he Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has spearheaded the conduct of activities geared at strengthening the budding Pangasius industry in Region 9. The activities were conducted to heighten the awareness and appreciation of the Pangasius fish (also known as Cream Dory) among consumers in this part of the country. 24

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DTI Regional Director Nazrullah Manzur said the activities kicked off November 27, with the scheduled visit to the three Pangasius farms based in Zamboanga City. The first three Pangasius farms visited by DTI on Nov. 27 were the sprawling fish farm of the Southern


Authority in Barangay Vitali , next was the Pangasius pond of Mr. Ricardo MarmoleĂąo at his Ram Agro Industries Compound in Suterville, and the Zamboanga Pangasius Farm situated in Barangay Calarian. The farm visits according to Manzur was intended to gather firsthand information and assess the operations of the Pangasius farms in the City. The second activity was the conduct of the regional Pangasius stakeholders meeting held November 28 in one of the hotesl here. The meeting was attended by Pangasius farmers, processors, restaurant operators and caterers, as well as buyers of Pangasius fish in the city and from

the other provinces in Region 9. Invited resource speakers to the consultative meeting were Dr. Aida Palma of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and DTI-12 Assistant Regional Director Dorecita Delima who is also DTI’s national champion for the Pangasius industry. Dr. Palma presented the industry clustering and value chain approach of Pangasius while Director Delima facilitated the setting of the development directions from 2012 to 2016 and to identify strategic projects for 2012 based on the SWOT analysis of the industry. A Pangasius culinary event was conducted November

29, that featured several food preparations using Pangasius fish by participating schools in the city. P a n g a s i u s , according to Manzur, belongs to the catfish family. It is farmed extensively in other ASEAN countries, particularly Vietnam for their domestic and export markets. Here in the

Philippines, Pangasius farming was first piloted in Regions 4 and 12. It has since taken inroads into the domestic market all over the Philippines, including Zamboanga City because of the exquisite texture, white color and taste of the said fish. (JPA/ LV/DTI/PIA9-ZBST)

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DepEd 9 lauds LGU Zambo for education support

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he Department of Education 9 (DepEd) lauds the support of the Local Government Unit (LGU)Zamboanga for its untiring support to education sector.

“The support of the Zamboanga LGU to DepEd is matchless,” said DepEd9 Assistant Regional Director Habib Adzhar Sarahadil during the opening program of the National Bi-Annual Planning Conference of the Philippine Association of Secondary Education Chiefs

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and Assistant Chiefs (PASECAC) held here recently. DepEd cited Mayor Celso Lobregat as “education champion” for continuously prioritizing the education of the children in Zamboanga. The city government has implemented some P700

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Million worth of school buildings and other education-related projects since 2007. Sarahadil also emphasized that the holding of the PASECAC conference here indicates that DepEd recognizes Zamboanga City as the undisputed capital of Region 9. The four-day PASECAC conference, held November 22-25 was attended by 38 secondary education chiefs and assistant chiefs from all over the country. (JPA/ /PIA9-ZBST)


Social media helps develop close relationship with constituency by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

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ocial media is a powerful platform for government communicators to build closer relationship with their constituency.

This is just among the important impacts of using social media as emphasized by the Jay Jaboneta, former head of the Malacanang New Media and founder of the Philippine Funds for Little Kids, during the second day of the Mindanao Communicators Network (MindaComNet) Congess, held at the Family Country Hotel in

General Santos City. Aside from generating wordof-mouth advocacy on public service programs, as well as, educating citizens and the media on government agency-related issues, the social media can also help develop brand loyalty for free, he said. Jaboneta, who spoke about Social Media for Social Change, explained that the new media is cheap, accessible, easy to use and has tools for content and dissemination compared to traditional media that had monopoly on news creation and distribution. The way we communicate has transformed dramatically and anyone can now report the news, he further said. Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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With the new media, we can also empower our constituents to become advocates, he added. Jaboneta also reminded the communicator-participants that they don’t need to participate in all the channels of social media.

You should start by knowing where our audience are and use compelling content to build community, he said. Most importantly, you should also make your influence positive, he concluded.

Grand “Bayle” opens the 7th Heritage and Culture Week, Nov. 28-Dec. 4, in Tangub by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental – A Grand “Bayle” (Ball) to be participated in by some 2,000 Senior Citizens of the city will usher the celebration of the 7th Heritage and Culture Week, here, observed from Nov. 28-Dec. 4, this year. “This is Tangub’s way of honoring our beloved parents and grandparents for their contribution to our present generation. We want them to relive their younger years with their music and the fun fare that went with it, so they will enjoy,” Mayor Philip Tan said. In the olden times, the so-called “Bayle,” usually held in a plaza, was a crowd-drawer, with the participants, all dressed-up, coming from the other barangays. The event was look-forward by the old folks as it provided the only entertainment in the community and a venue to see friends and families. Anchored on the theme: “Ang mga kalambuan kagahapon, Dugokan sa mga kalampusan karon,” (Yesterday’s Progress is Today’s Source of Success), the week will begin with a revival of old dances and other cultural activities, the Tangub City Historical Commission (TCHC), 28

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said. The other activities of the week are as follows: Nov. 29 - “Tigi sa Kaalam” or Local History Test for the elementary and secondary students at the Library Hub. Nov. 30 Local Heroes’ Day - Awarding of Certificates of Recognition to Cultural Mappers and other personalities at the Aspiracion Hall. Dec. 1 - Grand Opening of the Christmas Symbols Festival: First lighting of Category A and Fireworks Display at the City Plaza. Dec. 2 - “Tigi sa Katarungan” and “Lantuging Ludabinhon” or debate in the Cebuano vernacular for college students. Dec. 3 - Cultural Competition/ Philippine Folk Dance Competition for elementary and secondary students. Dec. 4 - “Balak” (Poem) Competition for secondary and college students


and the community and History in Barangay Maquilao sponsored by of Life: “Trees for the Future,” or the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of “Bakhaw” or mangroves tree planting Tangub.

DENR closes 178 sawmills in NorMin by Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental – Some 178 sawmills, minisawmills and veneer or plywood plants were closed down by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here in Northern Mindanao for failing to renew their licenses. DENR chief on forest protection, Virgilio N. Batocail said that the approval of Executive Order No. 23, declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests as well as creating the anti-illegal task force, signed last February, gave sawmill operators harder time in catching up with the new added requirements provided in the EO. “Those applying for renewal are now required to show proof of sustained supplies in raw materials within a five-year period, and if they fail to comply, we are left with no choice but to cut them off the list,” forester Batocail explained. “Originally, the region has about 263 sawmill operators, now, only 83 were left and this will continue to decline as they will soon submit again for the yearly renewal by the end of the year or in the first quarter next year,” he added. Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Misamis Occidental reported the highest total of closed down wood processing plants (WPPs), with the Community Environment and Natural

Resources Office (CENRO) Oroquieta City posting some 40 closed WPPs and another 34 in Ozamiz. Misamis Oriental figure follows with Initao town closing some 45 sawmills and nine (9) in Gingoog City. The remaining provinces, meanwhile, bared much lower totals with PENRO Bukidnon uncovering only some 38 illegally operating WPPs, 11 in Lanao del Norte and only one in Camiguin. DENR has already served closure orders and deployed its field officers to monitor establishments who still continue to operate after being ordered to close down. Batocail noted that cases will be filed to establishment owners who still operate without licenses. Meanwhile, Police Regional Office 10 Director PCSupt. Jufel C. Adriatico during the recent Regional Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (RLECC) meeting, likewise, asked for the list of closed WPPs, that the police provincial directors and chiefs can also assist DENR in ensuring the enforcement of the closure orders. Wednesday, November 30, 2011

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