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President Aquino swears in Almendras as Secretary to the Cabinet, Petilla as new Energy Secretary ACE to conduct 11th Annual Career Executive Service Conference Danilo S. Makiling, Caraga Region

STIP proclaimed winner in stat quiz show Nida Grace B. Tranquilan, Caraga Region

Power crisis in Mindanao lies on the generation sector - GM Saniel Claro A. Lanipa, Western Mindanao

Laguindingan Airport almost complete Peleta B. Abejo, Northern Mindanao

DOLE-10, Pilipinas Kao forge MOU on labor and safety standards Alice P. Tinhay, Northern Mindanao

DavSur provincial LGU renovates Bansalan daycare center Carina L. Cayon, Southern Mindanao

DOLE, other sectors push for inclusive economy, industrial harmony in Region 12 Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

DA-12 advances rice production in Region 12 Shahana Joy Duerme, Central Mindanao

Cover Story GK, partners launch Butuan City Social Innovation Movement page 4

Vol. 2 No. 56

Gervacio C. Dauz, Jr. Caraga Region

GK, partners launch Butuan City Social Innovation Movement

by Gervacio C. Dauz, Jr.


or fellows who are long-time comrades and collaborators, it only took days of appealing by Mr. Victor Emmanuel A. Ozarraga, Caraga and Camiguin Area Coordinator for Gawad Kalinga (GK), to get the presence here of Antonio P. Meloto – the steadfast titular stalwart of GK and likewise the determined high priest of Center for Social Innovations (CSI). And when he released, perhaps unleashed, himself this 25th day of May 2012 to propagate the gospel of social entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as to launch the Butuan City Social Innovation Movement (SIM) in the presence of executives and representatives of the civil society groups, the national government agencies, and that of the local government unit here led by Hon. Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., sparks figuratively shot up like fascinating fireflies on a fair night time. The build up towards the climax started earlier when, at late afternoon, Mr. Meloto, fresh from the airport, went straight ahead to survey and assess the proposed GK Enchanted Farm in Barangay Pagatpatan here, which is home to at least 500 household 4


beneficiaries of the GK Housing Project. During what appeared to be a “fireside chat” with partners and GK volunteers via “standing room only” manner amidst the verdant backdrop of the Enchanted Farm, he coached

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his listeners that “We can no longer afford to do the same things all over again that do not work anymore.” He argued that there’s a need to reinvent the wheels in order to meet the challenges of the times. For example, in terms of marketing strategy, he mentored that “you cannot grow if you are not visible; you will remain just like a cottage industry.” As a believer in collaboration, he pointed out also that “social enterprises cannot ignore the role of government in development, or take over its role, if they want to make the most impact. They can help in the delivery of services, facilitate partnerships, restore trust and leverage limited government resources with private sector contribution.” And it was for said reason that he stipulated “the need of having an agriculturist collaborating with business people” so that production and marketing become a seamless continuum cum inter-operative act. In a sense, he wanted to sidestep the disappointment of many farmers who, according to former Senator Flavier, are good producers but dismal market agents. During the evening of interaction at the Technology and Livelihood Education Room of the Father Monday, November 5, 2012

Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Morelos Campus in Barangay Libertad here, Mr. Ozarraga provided the backgrounder leading to the formal launching of the Butuan City Social Innovation Movement. He explained that somewhere in October 2010, Mayor Amante and his entourage of executives and partners visited the GK Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan. During the said educational exposure, Mayor Amante and the rest of the group were amazed of the said social entrepreneurship model and became convinced that it would be worth emulating here. Thus, by September 16, 2011, in a plain but fitting ceremony, the LGU here, together with at least five pioneering national agencies – the Departments of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources, Trade and Industry, as well as the Commission on Higher Education, and the Technical Education and Skills ONE MINDANAO


Development Authority – plus the FSUU and the GK signed a Memorandum of Agreement, committing themselves to be part of the GK Partnership Coordinating Committee in support of the GK Enchanted Farm development. From said development, GK further upped the ante by launching the SIM as a partner building block of housing project for development. Mayor Amante, who promised to conduct his governance via participative, transparent, and Godcentered approach, voiced out during the launching that “this project is timely because we are pushing for a public-private partnership.” He even commented that the said project “is 6


helping us achieve in building a better Butuan.” Of course, he admitted that “we have a long way to go, but at least we have started.” And as an addendum, he revealed in support of developing the GK Enchanted Farm that by June 2012 “the road concreting leading to Brgy. Pagatpatan will already start, plus a skills training center will be built in said community.” During Mr. Meloto’s turn, he premised his address with what’s wrong with the Filipinos. “Our soul was stolen from us,” he complained. “Filipinos are raised to be employees, not employers; consumers, not producers.” In terms of integrity altitude, he graded that “the whole

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country is compromised. We even have a soap opera going on at the Senate,” this he made with reference to the impeachment move against CJ Corona. For him, the need of the times is “to have real heroes, who can transcend parochialism, politicking, self-interest. . . .” As such, “When we are not blinded by a desire for money or paralyzed by a lack of it, we learn to use our creativity, raise passiondriven caretakers and volunteers whose nobility cannot be bough and the integrity of the mission is not compromised,” this he reasoned out. “We have to overcome negative mindsets,” he thundered. “While we’re not used to be social innovators, changers, and wealth creators,” the name of the game for the Filipinos is to have a paradigm shift. And he’s positive that the Philippines will be a major player, that “we can show the way through building first a platform for social innovation and patriotism.” Giving a showcase, he shared the example of Human Nature, which is “a social entrepreneurship model that is pro-Philippines, pro-poor, and pro-environment. What is key to that example is “you bring the rich and poor together, but you don’t treat the poor lowly.” Thus, he disdained those rich and intelligent fellows who don’t have the heart to lift up the downtrodden. He believed that there is a need Monday, November 5, 2012

“to anchor our progress on justice and peace, on capitalism with a conscience . . . to create profit with a big heart for the least and the lost.” Just like an evangelist waging an altar call, he narrowed down his message to this: “I just want to have a few brave souls who would like to leave a legacy for the next generation.” When he was through, there were no ruffled feathers around to question his standpoint. In a sense, he made it through in the minds and hearts of his audience who came to listen to the nuggets of wisdom he poured that were born out of the crucible of experience and sacrifice. There were only muffled voices, plus souls who signed a pledge to be part of his growing warriors of movers and shakers under the umbrella of the Social Innovation Movement. Hence, “”Tony” Meloto, who came from humble beginnings in Bacolod City, is actually a multi-awarded, development-oriented fellow cum sought-after, stirring speaker who harvested distinguished awards and citations like the 2006 Gawad Haydee Yorac Award, 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership, 2012 Ernst and Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year-Philippines, and the latest of which is the 2012 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship granted upon him at the oxford University in England. ONE MINDANAO



Government allots P8.9-M for President Aquino’s participation at the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting in Lao PDR


he government has set aside around P8.9 million for President Benigno S. Aquino III’s participation at the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM 9) which will be held in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) from November 5 to 6, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. said.

The Chief Executive left Sunday afternoon for Vientiane to attend the ASEM 9, his first since assuming the presidency in 2010, and pursue stronger political and economic ties with other leaders from Asia and Europe. He is accompanied by a 60-member


official delegation that includes Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, incoming Secretary to the

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Cabinet Jose Rene Almendras, PCOO Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. and Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan. Philippine Ambassador to Lao PDR Maria Lumen Isleta and Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary for European Affairs Elizabeth Buensuceso are also part of the presidential delegation attending the two-day forum with the theme “Friends for Peace, Partners for Prosperity.” “President Aquino hopes to further strengthen our exceptional partnership with Europe by reaffirming the significance of the long-standing economic and political ties between our country and the region,” Ochoa noted. Ochoa said the estimated expenses for President Aquino’s participation to the ASEM 9 covers the entire delegation’s chartered flight to Lao PDR, accommodation, transportation, food, and equipment and telecommunications requirements, among others. According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), President Aquino is expected to “exchange views with

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counterparts from the two regions on the Eurozone crisis, trade and investment facilitation, energy and food security, disaster management, counterterrorism, migration and regional issues.” The Chief Executive will also highlight the government’s anti-corruption programs and accomplishments in good governance, as well as underline the importance of upholding the rights of migrant workers. According to official data from the foreign affairs department, there are more than 700,000 Filipinos living and working in Europe as of 2011. Europe is the Philippines’ third largest trade partner after North America and Asia, with trade pegged at $13 billion or about 12 percent of the country’s total trade to the world last year, the DFA said. During the same period, the DFA added, some P33.3 billion worth of investments came from the European Union, primarily from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France and G e r m a n y. P N D


President Aquino swears in Almendras as Secretary to the Cabinet, Petilla as new Energy Secretary


resident Benigno S. Aquino III swore in Sunday Jose Rene Almendras as the Secretary to the Cabinet and Jericho Petilla as the new Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE).

The Chief Executive administered the oath of office of the two officials at the departure area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal II before he departed for the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM 9) that will be held in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) from November 5 to 6 Petilla is on his third and last term as Leyte Governor when President Aquino named him as Almendras’ successor. The President said he has chosen Petilla because they have the same views and that his experience in


the private sector would help him in running the energy department. The President earlier said that Petilla’s private sector experience will eliminate the possibility of regulatory capture adding that Petilla is a problem-solver as he noted the Leyte governor’s style of handling and running the provincial government of Leyte. Petilla,

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49, acknowledged the sensitivity of the position since the present energy policies would affect the country’s energy situation several years from now. “The priority for me right now really is to get a grip of the entire situation of the power industry and that includes, of course, the power generators, the cooperatives and transmission lines that we have. Look at the 20-year

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(energy) plan that has been started already. It hasn’t been released yet but we have to look at it and see where we are going,” Petilla said in an interview at the NAIA Terminal II. “Effectively, I start tomorrow but first things first. I am leaving an existing position so I had to turn over the province of Leyte to my Vice Governor who will sit as Governor


of the province of Leyte. That’s the first order and then come back here and then start doing the briefing on the energy sector,” Petilla said. Petilla said he decided to accept the post because he believes in the sincerity of the President to effect changes for the country. “Kung titingnan ninyo ang Presidente, very sincere. He really wants changes in the way we do things, and bring us back to where we were before. In other words, you know, improve the country; make us competitive. The least I can do is actually help the President; help the country and help all the people sacrificing here,” he stressed. This is the first time President Aquino designated a secretary to the Cabinet, in the person of Almendras, since he assumed office in 2010. Almendras was the president of the Manila Water Company before he became Secretary of the Department of Energy on July, 2010. His experience in the private sector spans 29 years. Throughout his career, Almendras had assumed significant leadership roles in the top corporations within the country.


“The Cabinet Secretary is not new po, ano. The Cabinet Secretary has been there for what? Since1987. So it’s not a new position. It has always been there...,” Almendras said in an interview at the NAIA Terminal II. “There is a need for coordination among the agencies. So secretaries like me before was so focused on just Energy. But there are initiatives that the gusto niya, ‘di ba? And, in that case, gusto niya somebody is the one following through. So there is also such a thing as a Cabinet assistant system. This was started during the time of President (Cory) Aquino,” Almendras said. Almendras stressed that there will be no overlapping of functions. “It’s a whole structure on how somebody below the secretary level is actually working together with the others to create a more dynamic process. So my position is not a line position. Mine is a staff position. Secretary to the Cabinet is a staff position so it doesn’t conflict with any of the line positions,” he explained. PND (js)

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Displaced kids in N. Cotabato hopeful for peace, delighted by visit by ambassadors of peace


undreds of displaced children in Aleosan, North Cotabato felt their hopes for peace soar as they had the time of their lives with celebrity peace ambassadors who visited their community Monday to sing songs, play games and donate footballs bringing with them the message of peace, hope and unity. Nine-year-old Jacqueline C. Quizon, singers Ebe Dancel Pasagi, who was wearing her and Datu Khomeini Bansuan, school uniform, went directly and Azkals Philippine Football from school to the municipal Team members Roel Gener and covered court of Barangay Nestorio Margarse. The peace San Mateo where scores of envoys joined the outreach excited and happy folks flocked activities initiated by the Office to see and listen to actor Epi of the Presidential Adviser on Monday, November 5, 2012


the Peace Process as part of their personal immersion in internally-displaced areas in Mindanao. “I am glad because there are a lot of kids in happy spirits. For me peace is when people are united and are not fighting,” said Pasagi. Sixteen-year-old Rosie Mae Alona, a high school student, said that she was happy with events like this that “highlighted peace and unity.” She stressed this activity was better than experiencing armed conflicts, which “greatly affected our schooling because classrooms were turned into evacuation centers.” For her part, Yolanda Mangod Cantomayor, a resident here, lauded the outreach mission because it brought joy to the community.” It was an avenue for Lumads, Christians, and Muslims to share joyful moments,” she said. The celebrity peace ambassadors, who visited Aleosan for the first time, said they were moved and inspired by the plight of the families, particularly children, in this town. “I am most affected when I see kids in evacuation centers. They deserve a better life. Children deserve freedom to chase their dreams, and live 14 ONE MINDANAO

normal lives. They are the ones who are really affected by war and they are powerless,” said Dancel who performed his selfwritten song entitled “Iisa” that he dedicated to peace efforts in the country. Quizon, on the other hand, said he hoped “all Filipinos will be united so we can all achieve genuine peace.” He explained that the role of peace ambassadors like him was “to make peace the talk of everybody” and encouraged people to “help each other make it happen by giving peace a chance.” Khomeini, who is popular among Mindanaoans as the King of Moro Songs, sang the song he wrote entitled “Kapayapaan” as teens and young kids, who were elated to see him, sang along. In an interview, Khomeini related his personal experience during the Mindanao all-out war in 2000 when he saw dead bodies, especially mothers and children, who were caught in the crossfire. “My great concern for the future of my fellow Mindanaoans has deepened by personal advocacy as a peace ambassador,” he said. The visit of the peace ambassadors, which came in the wake of the signing of the Framework Agreement Monday, November 5, 2012

on the Bangsamoro (FAB), was welcomed by families in the conflict-affected areas in southern Philippines. Aleosan had been one of the hardest hit municipalities when armed clashes broke out between lawless elements and the military following the failed negotiations of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain between the government and the MILF in August 2008. Dancel expressed optimism on the prospects of peace in Mindanao. “I was very hopeful about the signing of the Framework Agreement after years of negotiations (although we’re still looking forward to the comprehensive agreement). I think public support is a very big factor.” “If we all keep an open mind to the peace talks, the two peace panels talking will be more encouraged. Let’s support them towards reaching a comprehensive agreement and be involved in the peace process,” he added. “For me, Bangsamoro signifies hope, peace and unity. It means change and a brighter future for the next generation.” OPAPP spokesperson Polly Michelle Cunanan said the peace ambassadors helped focus on the importance of having Monday, November 5, 2012

a nationwide support for the peace process. “What is good is that they are in the middle of the campaign for support for the peace process,” she stated. Also present during the outreach activities were Aleosan Mayor Loreto Cabaya, Jr., OPAPP PAMANA (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan) Area Manager for Central Mindanao Johnnel Rañeses and Government of the Philippines (GPH) - Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) Secretariat head Army Maj. Carlos Sol, Jr. Supporters and partners in the outreach project include the AFP 6th Infantry Division, GPHCCCH Provincial Government of North Cotabato, Local Government of Aleosan, Office of North Cotabato 1st District Representative Jesus Sacdalan, Embassy of the Republic of Korea through the Korean Cultural Center, Korea Sports Promotion Foundation, and Korea Council of Sports, and civil society organizations. The town of Aleosan is among the beneficiaries of the PAMANA program, which is the government’s program and framework for peace in development in areas affected by conflict and communities covered by existing peace agreements. ONE MINDANAO 15

DTI-Caraga bares benefits of establishing a Consumer Welfare Desk by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY --The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)

Caraga briefed cellphone vendors on the benefits of establishing a Consumer Welfare Desk (CWD) inside their stores. The orientation held Wednesday conduct of ConsumerNet and Cellphone at the Barangay Imadejas Function Sellers’ Dialogue cum Workshop, as Hall, this city was held in time with the part of the culmination activity of the


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Consumer Welfare Month celebration. Mr. Elmer Natad of DTI-Caraga said that reputable firms attest that consumers who complained about their problem and received satisfactory results exhibited the highest degree of continued patronage. “Consumer complaints serve as early warning signs that your business may be, just maybe, violating some Fair Trade Laws and provide you an excellent opportunity to correct the problem as soon as it crops up,” Natad said. Natad also said that with the information gathered through the CWDs, it can help the store owners evaluate the quality of their products as well as the kind of service and public relations of their personnel. “You will find that a well-managed CWD will improve and enhance your relationship with government agencies that have jurisdiction over business. In fact, your efficient handling of Monday, November 5, 2012

consumer complaints is a big load off the shoulders of government agencies,” Natad added. Natad further emphasized that the CWD ensures that consumers are not referred from one person to another. The buck should stop at the CWD. It also provides standardized complaints form to ensure that all necessary information are elicited from the complainant, whether complaints are by mail, telephone or walk-in. Also, data and information gathered from CWD records can be helpful to the business in a number of ways. A systematic analysis of complaints can help the store owners identify specific problems regarding their products, suppliers or employees help them avoid the same problem in the future. Follow-up and record-keeping can identify bottlenecks and show consumers that their feedbacks are important.


ACE to conduct 11th Annual Career Executive Service Conference

by Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY -- The Association of Caraga Executives (ACE) will be

conducting their 11th Annual Career Executive Service Conference on November 14-16 at the Grand Orchid Hotel in Zamboanga City.

This year’s conference is anchored on the theme “Going 4G! Good to Great, Green Governance.” The ACE is an organization of heads of offices of different government agencies in Caraga region which aims to further professionalize the corps of Career Executive Service Officers (CESOs) and Career Executive Service Eligibles (CESEs). ACE members not only provide financial assistance through the members’ contributions to civic groups’ programs but also undertake outreach programs for the marginalized sector in the society. 18 ONE MINDANAO

ACE President atty. Francisco Pobe said all participants will be given 16 hours of training credits by the Caraga Executives Service Board as part of its commitment to lifelong learning and career growth of CESOs and CESEs. The official also said all CESOs and CESEs are requested to attend said conference. With this, the Office of the President has released a Memorandum Circular No. 37, dated September 11, 2012 entitled “Authorizing Participation in the 11th Annual Career Executive Service Conference.” Monday, November 5, 2012

STIP proclaimed winner in stat quiz show

by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

BUTUAN CITY ---The Southern Technical Institute of the Philippines (STIP) was declared winner in the recent fourth Division Statistical Quiz Show conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) for Bislig City Division. STIP was represented by Janet Month celebration this October to Manaytay and Jennyvive Obedencio assess the competency and skills with coach Mercie Penados. of students in statistics. It was also De La Salle John Bosco College meant to promote, enhance, and was proclaimed second placer, instill awareness and appreciation on followed by Sikahoy National High the importance and value of statistics, School, Tabon M. Estrellla National specifically in the field of education. High School, and Bislig City National This is the first time private High School-Main Campus as third, secondary schools were invited to join fourth and fifth placers, respectively. the competition. For the past three Surigao del Sur Provincial years, only national schools were Statistics Officer Ruel Dres said nine invited to join. private and national secondary schools Dres further revealed that the joined the said competition for Bislig contest was a collaborative effort of City Division, this province. sponsors and partners, and medals Dres also said the event was in were sponsored by the provincial line of the 23rd National Statistics government. Monday, November 5, 2012


Gov’t taps youth for prevention of substance abuse By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The government thru the National Youth Commission (NYC) taps the youth for efforts to zero-in on drug abuse prevention and control. With the intention of intensifying youth empowerment against substance abuse, NYC conducted series of “National Youth Caravan on

Drug Abuse Prevention (NYCDAP),” in 7 areas (Metro Manila and 6 cities) of the country. With Zamboanga as its last leg

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of destination, the said caravan was successfully conducted here recently with the overwhelming participation of more than 200 youth groups and leaders from various colleges and high schools in the city. Raymond Domingo, Regional Head-NYC, said the caravan primarily aims to impart the ill effects of substance abuse and to highlight the best practices of youth groups and networks in the intensified campaigns to combat drug dependence. During the whole day NYCDAP, the participants established a pact through a (signed) Manifesto and launched a Drug Free Youth Freedom Wall (DFYFW).

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The DFYFW showcases the commitment of the youth-participants in the objective to increase vigilance against drug pushers and drug sniffers and to manifest their involvement in local efforts to spread “awareness virus” among the vulnerable groups of young people in their respective communities. Assistant Secretary Jed Eva, from the Office of the Executive Secretary, Malacañang, in his message to the youth during the caravan said “it is not enough to do no wrong; one must right the wrong around us. We are our brothers’ keepers,”


Power crisis in Mindanao lies on the generation sector - GM Saniel By Claro A. Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY – “The power curtailment problem or brown outs we are experiencing here in Mindanao since early this year, lies on the power generation sector,” disclosed Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative (ZAMSURECO I) General Manager Jose Raul Saniel. “It means to say, the produced electricity here in Mindanao is not enough to supply the power requirements of all the distribution utilities or electric cooperatives,” Saniel was quoted as saying. “The demand is high but the supply of electricity is decreasing,” added Saniel. Saniel said there are several reasons behind this problem, and one of these reasons is that “one of the two coal-fired power plants in Misamis Oriental is now undergoing preventive maintenance shut-down. Each unit has the capacity of 105megawatt, infact, it is one of the biggest power plants in Mindanao,” Saniel informed. “Based on the advisory we received, the preventive maintenance started in October 6, 2012 and is expected to finish by November 4, 2012. While the other unit will also be put to shut down on October 29 until November 10, 2012,” Saniel announced. In addition to this, the Agus Power Plants of the National Power 22 ONE MINDANAO

Corporation (NPC), such as the Agus 2 (unit 2) was forced outage since August of this year while Agus 5 (unit 2) has announced earlier that it has shut down til November 11 and that Agus 4 has a technical problem, as announced by the Department of Energy (DOE),” Saniel enumerated. “The Pulangi Plants in Bukidnon which has the capacity of 255MW, but as of now is only producing 114 MW. There is really a huge decrease in the power supply,” accounted Saniel. He said, “we have been receiving advisories and text messages from NGCP, almost every day for the past days that we are at the average of 450MW curtailment level in Mindanao. The deficiency level is very high,” he said. “If these ongoing preventive maintenance will be over and some of the Agus Power Plants of NPC will be operational, hopefully we can already experience normal supply of electricity, meaning brown-out free,” GM Saniel concluded. Monday, November 5, 2012

Camiguin markets new lanzones variety by Jorie C. Valcorza

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin - This island province is synonymous to sweet lanzones. It’s October festivities center on this lucrative industry. After years of study to better improve the shelf life of its renowned fruit, the island now starts introducing a new variety called “camlong” or the Camiguin longkong lanzones. The camlong is a cross breed of the local variety and longkong - a variety usually grown in Thailand and Indonesia. Longkong is described to be almost seedless and with a skin or peel that has almost no latex. Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualso said that for seven years, they had been doing studies to produce the camlong variety. “We tried mixing both because locally grown lanzones fruits usually change its color four days after Monday, November 5, 2012

harvest, although its sweetness and taste remain superb,” Romualdo said. With the new variety, the island now produces not only very sweet lanzones, but has longer shelf life as well. The provincial government runs its own nursery and produces this variety in Mahinog town. Guests and visitors in the recently concluded Buahanan Festival (Lanzones Festival) which was celebrated in the island last week, ONE MINDANAO 23

got the chance to visit the demo farm and eat as many lanzones they could gather straight from its branches. For the tourist, nothing is more fun and exciting than picking and enjoying the fruit straight from the

tree. Inviting as it may, unfortunately, lanzones is a seasonal crop. It produces fruits only in late September to early November.

Laguindingan Airport almost complete by Peleta B. Abejo

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Civil works of the Laguindingan Airport in the city is 99 percent complete as of 15 October. Engineer Edgardo J. Mangalili, Laguindingan Airport project manager, said they are currently checking the procurement process for its facilities. Yet to be completed are the interfacing items with the air navigation (AirNav) system and support facilities (ANSSF) and the testing and commissioning of equipment installed in all buildings. Transportation and Communications Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo M. Lotilla, in his October 2, 2012 letter to Misamis


Oriental Governor Oscar S. Moreno, said the ANSSF is under procurement process. The bid evaluation is ongoing so that by the end of October 2012, a notice to proceed will already be issued to the winning bidder. Updates on the airport’s power requirements, water supply system, road network and the proposed seaport were presented to the chairpersons and members of the subcommittees on infrastructure, investment promotion, tourism and employment and land use

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and environment, as well as to the representatives of Ayala Lands, Incorporated. With the energization of the 10-MVA Moog Substation last July 26, 2012 Misamis Oriental Electric Cooperative-I will be able to provide the one-megawatt power supply requirement for the testing and commissioning of the Laguindingan Airport facilities. The Energy Regulatory Commission-approved construction of the 40-km alternative 69-kV line (N-1) from Manticao to Laguindingan will also respond to the airport’s requirement for future power demand. Ongoing initiatives are undertaken by the local government of Laguindingan to ensure availability of adequate and potable water supply for the municipality and the airport requirement. Widening and

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upgrading of the Butuan-Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Road is ongoing. The Alubijid-Gitagum-Laguindingan cluster of municipalities is actively pursuing activities to ensure proper land use. On the proposed Laguindingan seaport, the Ayala Corporation suggested to put on hold the conduct of the joint topographic and hydrographic survey on the Ayala property to delineate the port zone of the proposed seaport, since they are still preparing the master plan of the entire land holdings with Ayala Land, Inc. (KMD/NEDA)


DOLE-10, Pilipinas Kao forge MOU on labor and safety standards by Alice P. Tinhay

JASAAN, Misamis Oriental - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10 has partnered with the Pilipinas Kao, Inc. in promoting labor and safety standards. The partnership was recently formalized through the signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Kapatiran-WISE-TAV also called as the Big Brother-Small Brother program. Lawyer Johnson G. Ca単ete, DOLE10 regional director, signed the MOU with Engineer Eugene C. Olandria, assistant vice president and resident head for plant operations of Pilipinas Kao; Dindo P. Cabello, chairman of Luz Banson Multipurpose Cooperative (LUBAMCO); Requita E. Vega, president of Samahang Kabuhayan ng Luz Banson, Inc. (SKLBI); Engineer Arnel G. Dumalaog, general manager of Metallite Builders Development Inc.; and Antonio V. Aguirre, president and general manager of TCS Manpower Services. The Pilipinas Kao, which is engaged in the manufacture and distribution of oleochemicals, will serve as the Big Brother while the SKLBI, LUBAMCO, TCS Manpower Services and Metallite Builders will be the Small Brothers. The Kapatiran-WISE-TAV is a DOLE program that encourages big companies (Big Brother) practice corporate social responsibility by 26 ONE MINDANAO

assisting small companies (Small Brother), usually their contractors/ subcontractors, in becoming fully compliant with labor standards, occupational safety and health standards, and other labor laws. DOLE-Eastern Misamis Oriental Provincial Head Rogelio B. Doydora said the Big Brother-Small Brother Program is one of the strategies used by DOLE in cultivating the culture of voluntary compliance with labor laws and standards. He said through Corporate Social Responsibility, the Big Brother shall assist and guide its Small Brothers in improving their productivity and becoming fully compliant with labor standards through training and technical assistance. (DOLE-MisOr) Monday, November 5, 2012

Mindanao Banana Congress to hold biz-matching activities by Jenny Mendoza Mindanao which will be conducted at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier here. DT I- D ava o Regional Director Marizon S. Loreto said that in the businessmatching, producers of raw materials and buyers will not be the only ones to be matched since small and medium enterprises (SMEs) DAVAO CITY – To augur influx of which need funding assistance will investments into the region, the Department of Trade and Industry likewise be matched with financing (DTI) is spearheading the conduct institutions. “The Investment and Industry of business-matching activities Development Division (IIDD) of DTI’s during the Mindanao Banana Con- Regional Office and the Provincial gress here on November 7 and 8. Offices here are currently gathering The two-day conference is a feedbacks from MSMEs about their gathering of at least 500 banana needs so that we can address such industry stakeholders from all over accordingly and appropriately,” she Monday, November 5, 2012


said. The said convergence is spearheaded by the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Incorporated (PhilExport) Davao Chapter and it is expected to gather in one venue the banana growers, farmers, cooperatives, suppliers of production inputs, traders, exporters, logistics players, industry associations, agrarian reform communities, research institutions, academe, other support groups and participants from government agencies and local government units (LGUs) involved in the banana industry. Loreto said the banana industry offers a wide range of opportunities for all the stakeholders and the Congress is among the biggest breaks to unleash these potentials. “The banana industry isn’t just

about fresh Cavendish bananas for export. The industry also includes the processed products like banana chips, banana flour, and other derivatives,” she said adding that the entire banana value chain must be looked into if we are to fully understand the industry. “We have to look at the processes and the people involved from the planting phase to the market delivery,” she said. To get a glimpse of the whole industry, stakeholders are urged to participate in the two-day banana event. For more details, interested parties may contact Chug Torres of the Mindanao Business Council (MinBC), the Congress secretariat, at (082) 224-2581 or 225-0763 or Marie Anne How at (082) 224-0511 local 415.

DavSur provincial LGU renovates Bansalan daycare center DIGOS CITY– Daycare pupils at Barangay Alegre in Bansalan town this province have benefited from a more conducive learning environment with the recent renovation of their Daycare Center courtesy of the provincial government unit. Nilda S. Aniñon, Davao del Sur provincial information officer, said the newly renovated center was turned over in October this year to the Barangay Council headed by Barangay Captain Reynante 28 ONE MINDANAO

Cagape. She said the local government unit of Davao del Sur province spent some P300,000 to provide favorable learning setting for the Daycare pupils in said barangay. In the turn-over and blessing rites, Governor Douglas Cagas has urged the parents to send their children to school to gain valuable knowledge while at a primary age, Aniñon said. Cagas further asked the parents to take good care of the Monday, November 5, 2012

center to benefit more pupils of the generations to come. Ani単on said the governor was also grateful for the cooperation and support of the residents of Barangay Alegre in the municipality of Bansalan, saying that this made him more eager to pour in assistance in the barangay. Aside from renovating the

Daycare Center, the provincial LGU has also handed over some P104,000 for a goat dispersal project in Barangay Alegria, Ani単on bared. Said barangay was also a recent recipient of new gym and barangay hall projects from the provincial government of Davao del Sur, she added. (Carina L. Cayon)

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Davao news reporters dressed in scary costumes partticipate in the first ever media halloween event the scarevengers haunt, held in SM City Davao last October 31.

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Summit in Gensan to highlight occupational safety, health By Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato – Safety and health of laborers in workplaces will be underscored in a summit slated on November 21 – 22 in General Santos City.


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Jimmy Tolimao, president of the Occupational Safety and Health Network (OSHNet)-12, said the 4th Mindanao Occupational Safety and Health Summit that will be held at the KCC Convention Center is geared toward improving the OHS landscape. “The summit aims to promote and sustain excellence in the implementation of safety and health programs and strengthen and forge new connectivity among OSH practitioners, advocates, the government sector and other stakeholders,” Tolimao said “ as well as uphold the government mandate on zero accident in workplaces.” Best practices on OSH, trends, issues and concerns as well as initiatives implemented will be presented at the gathering. Several special plenary sessions will promote OHS in green economy, decent work agenda, disaster management and emergency preparedness and health promotion. Specific topics at the plenary on decent work agenda include Monday, November 5, 2012

improving OSH through decent work, women workers and gender issues, and improving productivity as well as safety in construction and OHS in shipyards and fishing industries. Promotion of green economy will focus on energy conservation programs in manufacturing industry, waste management

in mining industry and emission reduction in transportation and communication industry. Final plenary session on the second day will deal on integrating health promotion into workplace OHS policies, best practices in agriculture industry and hearing-conservation program. ONE MINDANAO 31

Along with the d i s c u s s i o n s , occupational safety and health products and services will also be featured in exhibits and displays. For the event, OSHNet 12 has partnered with

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE 12) and the DOLE offices in Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao and Caraga Regions as well as the Occupational Safety Center, and the

Association of the Safety Practitioners of the Philippines Inc. The summit centers on the theme: OSH Redefines Excellence, Mindanao Pushes Forward.”

DOLE, other sectors push for inclusive economy, industrial harmony in Region 12 By Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Representatives of labor, management and government sectors in Soccsksargen will meet here on Friday to showcase prevailing peace in workplaces in the region.

DOLE 12 regional director Chona Mantilla said, the event, the 5th Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (RTIPC) convention, is also geared toward boosting the Region 12’s attractiveness to investors by increasing further competitiveness and productivity of industries here. In the past six years, Soccsksargen Region has not recorded any labor strike. Signing of the 5th RXII-TIPC Social Accord for 2012 – 2014 will highlight the convention. 32 ONE MINDANAO

The accord, Director Mantilla explained , would bind the sectors to “promote continuous learning, innovation, productivity, gainful employment, and competitiveness toward an inclusive economic growth and industrial harmony in Region 12. Region 12 or Soccsksargen Region covers the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato. Initial information

released by the DOLE 12 indicated that via the accord, labor, management and government sectors would commit to support the four pillars of the Labor and Employment Plan (LEP) 2011-2016, namely: employment, rights at work, social protection and social dialogue; observe the principles of shared responsibility between workers and employers; S t r e n g t h e n monitoring of compliance to Department Order (DO) 18-A, DO 11812 and other issuances Monday, November 5, 2012

pertinent to TIPC; provide employment information center that facilitates effective dissemination and processing of information; and continue provide livelihood programs and immediate response under the Emergency Community Employment Program, in cases of retrenchment and closure. The accord also commits the three parties to support the two-pronged

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approach in resolution of labor disputes, including single-entry approach (SENA) by implementing a 30-day mandatory conciliation-mediation at the DOLE regional office or field office; and the Efficiency and Integrity Board (EIB) under the RTIPC. After the accord signing, representatives of the pineapple, abaca, rubber, and hotel and restaurant industries are also expected to

ink their respective Voluntary Code of Good Practices. DOLE 12 will also launch The Regional Outstanding PTIPC Award. Trade and Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) Party-list Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza be the guest of honor of the event which carries the theme: “Working Together for Progressive and Sustainable Economy.�


DA-12 advances rice production in Region 12 By Shahana Joy Duerme KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- The Department of Agriculture (DA)12 continues to spearhead the advancement of rice production in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) in connection with promoting food sufficiency in the region for the coming years. To further realize the department’s aim, a total of 90 local farmer technicians (LFTs) from South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani province underwent an educational tour to areas using recommended rice production technologies. Dr. Evelyn Saldivar, DA 12- Extension Services and Education Training Section chief, said the tour was meant to enhance the knowledge of local farmers on rice production by equipping them with information on the observance and use of said technologies. Visited areas were Regional Crop Protection Center in Tacurong City, Laboratory in Tupi, both barangays. Sultan Kudarat, Bios in South Cotabato. Under the LFT Meanwhile, DA-12 Program, rice farmers Dynamis of Mlang and Executive play a significant role in Don Bosco Foundation Regional Amalia J. extension services as they for Sustainable Director D e v e l o p m e n t Datukan expressed her become active partners Incorporated in Batasan, support to the farmers by of the department and Makilala both in North giving away incentives local governments Cotabato; and waste as rewards in helping in promoting and in management system in agriculture technicians in Polomolok and Integrated conducting farmers’ field disseminating rice farm Pest Management school in their respective technologies. 34 ONE MINDANAO

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ARMM to step-up efforts on tuberculosis control


he Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government is set to intensify its efforts on tuberculosis (TB) control.

ARMM Governor Mujiv S. Hataman will soon ink the adoption of Executive Order (EO) 187, series of 2003, instituting the Comprehensive and Unified Policy (CUPS) for TB Control in the region. TB ranked fifth among the ten leading causes of deaths in the ARMM. In 2010 alone, around 141 died from the disease. “Sa kabuuan, mababa pa ang case detection sa ARMM, at maraming kaso pa ang dapat mapagtuunan lalo na sa mga malalayong lugar. Dapat paiigtingin pa ang pagpapalaganap ng kaalaman at angkop na mga materyales para tuluyang masugpo ang nakakahawang karamdamang ito,� (The case detection in ARMM is still low and there is a need to look into many cases particularly in far-flung areas. The dissemination of knowledge and appropriate materials should be further intensified to completely control this infectious disease) said Dr. Dolores Monday, November 5, 2012

Castillo of the TB-Linking Initiatives on Networking to Control Tuberculosis (TB-LINC). The EO will be adopted to disseminate guidelines, procedures and standards of implementation, as well as, to facilitate compliance among local government units in improving the quality and extent of their TB control efforts. The Health Reform Framework through the ARMM Health, Education, Livelihood, Peace and Governance, and Synergy (HELPS) program prioritizes responsive health system by improving health service access and delivery. This is in line with the Millennium Development Goals and the Universal Health Care Agenda of the President. The ARMM HELPS, a banner program of the Hataman administration, focuses on the major interventions that will be pursued by cluster agencies in health, education, livelihood, peace and governance. (BPI-ARMM) ONE MINDANAO 35

Photo Gallery I am for Peace: Government-tapped peace ambassadors (from left) Moro singer-sensation Datu Khomeini, acclaimed actor Epi Quizon, and singer/songwriter Ebe Dancel lead the feeding program for children in Aleosan, Cotabato on October 29 rallying support for the peace initiatives of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP). OPAPP wants to intensify and mobilize public consciousness and participation by engaging essential sectors in the promotion of the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement as prelude to a durable solution to instability in Mindanao. (ARMM Comm Group) Winning Performance: Four-year old Satra Halon (right) and three-year old AlShayid Adusali (left) of Alat Day Care Center in Jolo, Sulu show their remarkbale dancing skills as they perform “Pangalay”, a tausug traditional dance during ARMM Children’s Congress on October 30 at Estosan Garden Hotel, Cotabato City. Halon and Adusali represented Sulu contingent for the cultural presentation and named as champion. The Children’s Congress was the highlight of the month-long celebration of the 20th National Children’s Month. (ARMM Comm Group) Support to FAB: ARMM OIC Governor Mujiv Hataman (middle, in yellow shirt) along with a visiting delegation of local executives of Lamitan City headed by Mayor Roderick Furigay wave peace signs in show of support to the recently signed Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB). The group was in Cotabato City – ARMM’s provisional seat in hope of getting familiarized with the workings of the ARMM government and take part in the information campaign on the FAB. (ARMM Comm Group)


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