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President Aquino attends premiere showing of newly-restored 1950 film ‘Genghis Khan’by Manuel Conde DSWD-Caraga spearheads Universal Children’s Month celeb Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region

Tourism office awards individuals, firms for excellence Francis Burwell, Caraga Region

Buy only helmets with PS and ICC stickers, says DTI Alma L. Tingcang, Western Mindanao

DavNor eyes financial efficiency through local revenue generation Camencita Carillo, Southern Mindanao

DOH 12 conducts STI, HIV and AIDS orientation with media practitioners Alma L. Tingcang, Central Mindanao

DA 12 kicks off 4th round of Agri-Pinoyinfo caravan Dani Doguiles & Lito Salvo, Central Mindanao

DOE, Iligan forge agreement on CFL distribution Lorry V. Gabule, Northern Mindanao

Dengue cases slow down in NorMin Jorie C. Valcorza, Northern Mindanao

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Lantawan eco park’s tourist influx seen to improve local economy Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa Caraga Region

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Lantawan eco park’s tourist influx seen to improve local economy

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by Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

he Lantawan Eco Park in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte is projected to help improve the municipality’s fiscal condition, with the continuing influx of tourists assuring income for the local government. The Lantawan Eco Park was a concealed tourist attraction due to road inaccessibility and absence of tourism facilities. This however change, when the municipality was awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping and received the Performance Challenge Fund worth P1 million. The municipality used this fund along with another P1 million it provided as LGU counterpart to establish tourism-support facilities in Lantawan Eco Park. The project includes construction of access road, installation of potable water facilities, electric power supply, and setting up of public toilet and kiosks to improve the area. The implementation started on February 16, 2011 and reached its completion on April 30, 2012. About two months after the 4

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project completion, a record of 2,680 tourists already visited the eco park. The Municipality of Kitcharao is positive that this will provide revenues arising out of profits from Lantawan Eco Park’s income-generating tourism facilities. To support the gains for the development of Lantawan eco Monday, October 1, 2012


The Municipal Tourism Coordinating Council is likewise on the process of formulating the Comprehensive Tourism Master Plan and the Sangguniang Bayan is

park, Roberto R. Calubag, Jr., the OIC-Municipal Planning and Development Officer (MPDO) of the Municipality of Kitcharao has requested the Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (ANECO) to install a power transformer at the Lantawan Eco-Park to stabilize the 220 volts power supply required crafting an ordinance to promote and for the submersible pump and other protect eco tourism development in tourism infrastructure facilities in the Kitcharao. area.

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ACROSS THE NATION Malacañang assures that government will continue working despite the onset of the election season

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espite the onset of the election season, Malacañang assured on Sunday that the government will not be distracted from its mandate to serve the people and will continue with its job of governing and providing for the needs of the Filipino citizenry.

The assurance was given by Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte who spoke over the government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on the eve of the filing of Certificates of Candidacy that signals the nearing of the election season next year. “Well, ‘yung sa amin naman po, on the part of the President and of the administration,

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the work will continue. Whether it’s election season or not, the work will continue,” Valte said. She said that all candidates will be given the leeway to “to conduct their campaigns in the way that they see fit. But, at least, on the part of the administration, the work still continues.” PND (rck) Monday, October 1, 2012


President Aquino attends premiere showing of newly-restored 1950 film ‘Genghis Khan’ by Manuel Conde

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III attended Saturday evening the formal repatriation and the premiere showing of the newly restored internationally acclaimed Filipino film “Genghis Khan” by Manuel Conde.

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the National Film Archive of the Philippines (NFAP), together with the La Biennale di Venezia led Monday, October 1, 2012

the restoration and repatriation of the movie to the Philippines. The Venice Film Festival is part of La Biennale di Venezia.

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The prints of Genghis Khan, filmed in 1950, were turned over to the National Film Archive of the Philippines (NFAP) for the preservation. NFAP, which is under the auspices of FDCP, has been established to collect and conserve audiovisual materials as part of the country’s historical and cultural heritage. After the formal turn over ceremony, the FDCP, together with its partners held the premiere screening of the newly-restored

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movie at the SM Mall of Asia’s Cinema One along Roxas Boulevard. The restoration of Genghis Khan was conducted at the L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna, Italy, a world-class laboratory recognized as one of the best in the field of film retrieval. Among the famous Hollywood personalities and entities that worked with L’Immagine Ritrovata include director and film archiving stalwart Martin Scorsese and the Film Foundation. Genghis Khan, which was shown in Philippine theaters 60 years ago, had long been considered lost until a copy surfaced recently in the Venice film vaults. After the restoration, the movie was screened during the Archivio Storico delle Arti Contemporanee (ASAC) retrospective of 10 rare restored films in the recent Venice Film Festival. With the repatriation of Genghis Khan, FDCP chairman Briccio Santos said it could send a Monday, October 1, 2012


strong signal to the international archivists to turn-over Filipino films that remain in their collection. Aside from FDCP chairman Santos, among those present during the event were Venice Film Festival retrospective curator Stefano Francia di Celle, L’Immagine Ritrovata director Davide Pozzi, NFAP head Benedict Salazar Olgado and the Urbano/Conde family representative Jun Urbano. Also present were National Artist for Films Eddie Romero and National Artist for Visual Arts Abdulmari Imao. The low-budget movie was filmed Monday, October 1, 2012

in the mountains of Angono, Rizal. It was about the adventures of the Mongolian leader Genghis Khan prior to his assumption to the throne. Among those who also worked with Conde in making the film was the Angono painter Carlos “Botong” Francisco, as production designer, who eventually became a National Artist for visual arts in the Philippines. Manuel Urbano, who used the screen name Manuel Conde, was born in Daet, Camarines Norte on October 15, 1915. During his stint as a producer, actor and director, he made classic films such as the Juan Tamad series (1947), Vende Cristo (1948), Prinsipe Paris (1949), Krus na Kawayan (1956), Siete Infantes de Lara (1950), Molave (1961) and Genghis Khan (1950). PND (as)

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Davao solon is country’s best AFP reservist

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avao City’s 3rd District Rep. Isidro Ungab has been recognized as this year’s Best Reservist Field Grade Officer of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Ungab is a battalion He was honored by his fellow commander with a rank of reservists in a simple ceremony lieutenant colonel under the Sunday morning in front of the 22nd Ready Reserve Infantry Almendras Gym. The award Division based in Almendras was given by Defense Secretary Gym Compound, Trading Voltaire Gazmin last Sept. 8 Boulevard, this city. during the celebration of the 10 ONE MINDANAO

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33rd AFP Reservists Week at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. In his message, Ungab said the recognition is not really for him alone but the entire battalion that works hard to go beyond than of what are expected from plain civilians. “This is the result of our team efforts. We were there to help victims of disasters like floodings in Bangkal and the typhoon Sendong in Iligan,” he said. He said it was a tall order when he rose above the challenge to head the battalion when he was also busy in many other things. Aside from attending his constituents in the city’s third district, he was also appointed in December 2011 as the chairman of the House of Representatives’ committee on ways and means, aside from enrolling for his master’s of Development Management (MDM) at the Monday, October 1, 2012

Development Academy of the Philippines and at the General Staff Corps (GSC), the highest military career course. Among Ungab’s classmates in MDM and GSC is Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who is herself a reservist with a rank of lieutenant colonel. In getting the GSC, one has to complete a 10-month AFP Command and General Staff Course at the AFPCGSC College. This is a prerequisite to be a full-fledged colonel. From just one battalion, the 22nd Ready Reserve Infantry Division has already three battalions. Mayor Duterte-Carpio is the battalion commander of the first district. Lt. Col. Edgar Violan, working with the regional Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), is the commander of the second district, and Ungab in the third district. (PNA) ONE MINDANAO 11


Butuan gov’t agencies celebrate Nat’l Filipino Family Week by Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY -- The Regional Inter-agency Committee on the Filipino Family (RIAC-FF) composed of different government agencies celebrated the National Filipino Family Week in Balanghai Hotel.

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RIAC-FF members participated in a motorcade in the Butuan City thoroughfare as a kick-off activity, in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) Band. People should be sure to have quality time even though they are working beyond the required hours of work as stated in this year’s Filipino Family Week theme, “Ensuring Work-Family Balance,” Maria Aurora Curaza-Maquiling of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Caraga said, speaking before stakeholders during the opening program. Maquiling also emphasized that too much work diminishes quality time with the family. “We should make sure that despite Monday, October 1, 2012

our hectic schedule at work, we must ensure work and at the same time have a quality time with our family,” she added. Meanwhile, families representing government agencies joined the “Search for Talentadong Pamilyang Pinoy (Search for talented Filipino family),” where each family showcased their talents in dancing and singing. Winners of the contest received prizes such as: first prize, a sack of rice, P1,000 cash and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) scholarship certificate; second prize, P1,000 worth of grocery items and Tesda scholarship certificate; third prize, P500 worth of grocery items and Tesda scholarship. Non-winners also received consolation prizes.

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DSWD-Caraga spearheads Universal Children’s Month celeb by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-Caraga) in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) is spearheading this year’s Universal Children’s Month celebration in October.

Anchored on the theme “Bright Child ay Siguraduhin. Responsableng Pamamahayag ay Palaganapin (Ensure Bright Child. Adopt Responsible Journalism),” the celebration will kick off on October 2 with a parade from the Butuanby-the-River park going to the city’s Guingona Park at 7 a.m. City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. will deliver his speech during the program right after the parade. CSWD Officer Aldeberan

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Mordeno, DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Mercedita Jabagat will also deliver their messages while Councilor Angelo Calo will also share his inspirational talk to all the participating-children. To entertain the guests and participants, a mass demonstration will also be presented by the Libertad District pre-schoolers. Meanwhile, City Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima will give the closing remark. Monday, October 1, 2012


Tourism office awards individuals, firms for excellence by Francis Burwell

SURIGAO CITY -- The city government here through the City Tourism Office bestowed awards of excellence to individuals and firms who contributed in the promotion and enriching of the city’s tourism industry. For achieving the highest numbers of hotel guests from October 2011 to July 2012 among hotel accommodation establishments in the city, recognitions were given to Hotel Tavern with 20,220 guests; Aden Apartelle, 13,307; E.Y. Miner Suites, 13,164; RSY Pension, 9,602; and Mt. Bagarabon Resort, 7,230. For the highest hotel occupancy rate recorded from October 2011 to July 2012, recognitions were given to Philippine Gateway Hotel with 53.93; Aden Apartelle 35.60; E.Y. Miner Suites with 81.75; Gunter Pension 78.14 and Miwa Beach Resort with the rate of 72.94. XL Pension House, Le Chard Place, Bed & Breakfast, Miami City Suites, Moon Café and D’Resto Bar & Grill received awards for promoting tourism and demonstrating positive economic impact. A certificate of recognition was also awarded to Conching Apartelle for the untiring support to tourism data collection activities exemplified in the prompt Monday, October 1, 2012

submission of monthly tourist arrival data from the period of October 2011 to July 2012. Also, a certificate of acknowledgement and recognition was given to Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Officerin-Charge Evangeline Babate and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Surigao Port Manager Isidro Butaslac for setting the standards and providing improved airport and port facilities to all the passengers and guests that created a tourist friendly atmosphere. Supervising Tourism Operations Officer Roselyn Armida B. Merlin said that under the administration of City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas and that through the cooperation with the government sector and the private sector, soon, Surigao City will be known all over the country and eventually the whole world for its amazing and pristine tourist spots. The award was given in line with the National Tourism Week celebration in the city. ONE MINDANAO 15


NSCB leads kick off of 23rd National Statistics Month; aims for public appreciation of statistics By Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The National Statistical Coordination Board-9 (NSCB) led the official opening of the 23rd National Statistics Month Celebration today, with hundreds of participants from different national line agencies and schools joining the kick off ceremony at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University. Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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This year’s theme is Monitoring Progress on Decent Work Thru Statistics: Pathway to Inclusive Growth. NSCB-9 Regional Head Mewchun W.S. Pamaran, in a training conducted last week by Department of Labor and Employment as part of its NSM activity, expounded on the theme saying there should be appreciation of statistics as this is a great tool used to measure the region’s economic performance, and the whole country in general. “Typically, for the masses, statistics are just figures. But for us statisticians, these figures give us different pictures and scenarios of what is happening with our economy. It helps us measure how are our economy is faring. Thus, we need to let people appreciate statistics more”, Pamaran said. Monday, October 1, 2012

Pamaran also stressed the importance of passion on the part of statisticians in doing their job. “There is technically no room for mistake in statistics. From data gathering to analyzing what we gathered, we have to make sure that everything is correct otherwise, our findings are rendered useless. When we commit mistake in data gathering, everything is incorrect. To come up with accurate data we have to validate and clean our data many times as possible to make sure everything is right. To do this, ONE MINDANAO 17


we should be passionate on our job”, she said. Not to be neglected, according to Pamaran, is the public’s cooperation to come up with accurate and precise data statistics. “Unfortunately, there are people who shun away from surveys or census conducted by us in the government. Why is this so? Because of their lack of appreciation also on what we do. If the public do not give honest answers our findings will also be greatly affected since we treat data that come from them. We may not portray the true status of our economy. It’s like a domino effect”, she said. The month-long celebration will also feature different line agencies’ activities to cater to the public. One of the highlight activities is the upcoming 3rd Quarter Survey on Agriculture and Fisheries Production in Region 9 to be conducted by the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) on 18 ONE MINDANAO

from October 1 to 15, and lectures on the Provincial Data Review of Agricultural Statistics for the 3rd quarter of this year on October 11-12, and 2012 3rd Quarter Regional data Review of Agricultural Statistics. Other activities include information dissemination on the different statistics pertaining to economy, health, poverty, and program accomplishment or implementation from partner agencies. There will also be trainings on digital literacy for women trainers by the National Computer Council (NCC), Techno-transfer for Balik-Pinay, Balik Hanap Buhay by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration-9 (OWWA), and Disaster Risk Reduction Seminar and Earthquake Orientation and Drill by the Office of the Civil Defense-9 (OCD), among the long list of activities. NSCB will also spearhead a treeplanting activity on at the Pasonanca watershed area on October 19. Monday, October 1, 2012


Buy only helmets with PS and ICC stickers, says DTI By Alma L. Tingcang

PAGADIAN CITY – In a bid to speed up registration of motorcycle helmets, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) recently called for a press conference for the purpose.

DTI Provincial Director Ma. Socorro M. Atay gave a brief presentation on Republic Act 10054 or the Helmet Law which was made effective on March 23, 2010. She said prior to the Helmet Law, there was RA 4136 also authored by Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla mandating the use of helmets while riding a motorcycle anywhere throughout the country. Monday, October 1, 2012

“In support to that, RA 10054 mandates the use of standard motorcycle helmets bearing PS and ICC marks of the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS),” Atay explained. In view of this, any seller/dealer found selling motorcycle helmets without the PS or ICC mark shall be punished with a fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P20,000. Atay said DTI is very strict ONE MINDANAO 19


with the standards because, “if any accident happens, most of the time the only thing that can save your life is a helmet which is not substandard, because if it is, there is no guarantee that your head will be protected from a fall.” Application for registration of helmets with DTI is free, according to Ms. Atay. Further, backriders are also required to wear standard protective motorcycle helmets at all times whether travelling long or short distances. She said however, that tricycle drivers are exempted from complying with RA 10054. Meanwhile, per data gathered from Mr. Noel Villanueva, Officer-InCharge of the Land Transportation 20 ONE MINDANAO

Office, there are more or less 20,000 motorcycle units registered at LTO in Zamboanga del Sur with an average increase of 3% every year. Administrative sanctions of the Act include, among others: any person caught not wearing the standard protective motorcycle helmet shall be punished with a fine of P1,500 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense; P5,000 for the 3rd offense and P10,000 plus confiscation of driver’s license for the 4th and succeeding offenses. Atay, Villanueva and City Councilor Arnold “Glavys” Gavenia answered questions and clarifications from the media with regards to the Helmet Law which will be fully implemented on January 1, 2013. Monday, October 1, 2012


Hedcor’s 20th plant on the rise in DavSur STA CRUZ DAVAO DEL SURonstruction is ongoing for the Tudaya 2 hydroelectric power plant, Hedcor’s 20th plant, providing employment for a number of residents around the site. Project Manager Rodolfo Laguna said they are taking advantage of the good weather condition, noting that the project is progressing according to schedule. It would take around 18 to 20 months for the construction of the plant to be completed, which includes structures such as run-ofriver system are a weir, desander, conveyance line, penstock, and a powerhouse. Ongoing work is focused on the foundation of the 400-square meter powerhouse which will house the turbines, generators and control room. Access to 3,000 meters of pipeline and other sections of the system are also being developed. Monday, October 1, 2012

These may be used by residents as their farm-to-market roads. Once completed, the 7-megawatt Tudaya Hydro 2 will generate 40.5 million kilowatthours annually. This is enough to power more than 7,000 homes through the Davao Del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (DASURECO). Laguna said that international standards on work safety are being implemented, while it is also complying with procedures prescribed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Hedcor is ISO-certified for Occupational Health and Safety. The company is also a recipient of the Safety Milestone Award of the DOLE. Hedcor, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower, has 19 run-of-river hydropower plants in the provinces of Benguet, Davao del Sur and Ilocos Sur. The company has a total capacity of 155 MWs. (Hedcor/PR)

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DavNor eyes financial efficiency through local revenue generation By Camencita Carillo

TAGUM CITY-The province of Davao del Norte aims to enhance its local autonomy and self-reliance through economic enterprise and the generation of sustainable local revenue. “This can become possible with the creation of the Provincial Economic Enterprise Development Office (PEEDO),” PEEDO Department Head Ma. Eliza L. Andin said during the Monday Convocation held at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan in Davao del Norte. Andin said the province is highly dependent on the IRA or Internal Revenue Allotment for various expenses including its loan obligations, capital outlay, salaries and MOOEs. 22 ONE MINDANAO

As proof, she stressed that up to 91 percent or P746 million of the P821 million budget appropriations for the province this year comes from the IRA. “Only 9 percent is sourced locally, mainly from real property taxes or RPT,” she said. She said the three hospitals of the province namely the Kapalong Zone, Carmen Zone and Samal Zone are heavily supported and subsidized by the IRA with up to P50 million infused to the three hospitals every year for their operating budgets. Despite this, she admitted that the three hospitals still lack the necessary infrastructure, facilities and medical supplies to provide ideal healthcare for the residents. Because of this, 70 percent of patients from the province still prefer to get treatment from private hospitals rather than the government hospitals. “It is ironic that 60 percent of the Philhealth market in the province Monday, October 1, 2012


is captured by the Davao Regional Hospital while only 9 percent patronize the three hospitals,� Andin said. This should be a cause for concern, she added, since the huge number of indigent Philhealth beneficiaries are sponsored by the Governor under his RDR Philhealth Para sa Masa Program. Andin said PEEDO will play a significant role in the management and supervision of the hospitals, the health insurance services and

the bloodbank of the province. An efficient management of these services and facilities, she added, will make them viable and stable economic enterprises that will help improve the healthcare system of the province. Through the PEEDO, the provincial government is not only eyeing the provision of an effective healthcare system, but also the generation of local resources to fund the operations of these facilities.

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SM Lanang Premiere opens its doors to the Davao public last Sept. 28. At the 144,000 square meters it is considered as the biggest mall in Mindanao.

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North Cotabato awards 10 multicabs to LGU Tulunan By Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Ten barangays in Tulunan town recently received multicab vehicles from the provincial government of North Cotabato.

Gov. Emmylou “Lala” TaliñoMendoza said the vehicles were granted as incentive to barangays deemed needful of transport facility and have efficiently performed in their duties in delivering genuine public service. Recipients included barangays G. Baynosa, Nabundasan, Bacong, Damawato, New Culasi, La Esperanza, New Panay, Tambac, New Bumawan and 24 ONE MINDANAO

Popoyon. The turn over ceremony was held at the provincial capitol in Amas, Kidapawan City on September 19. At the turn over rite, Gov. Mendoza reminded beneficiaries that the

said vehicle should exclusively be used to extend assistance to their respective residents such as in conduct of medical and relief operations and some educationrelated activities Monday, October 1, 2012


These should never as a transportation facility in going to beaches and excursions, the governor emphasized. Funds used to purchase the vehicles, she added, came from the provincial government through the support of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice-Governor Gregorio “Dodong” T. Ipong. She also announced that more vehicles will be distributed soon for barangays in Mlang, Arakan and Magpet towns. Earlier this year, the provincial government

distributed several multicabs to barangays through the support extended by TUCP Party-list Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza . In her message of acceptance, Tulunan Mayor Lani Candolada thanked Gov. Mendoza and all the provincial officials for the opportunity and trust given to their municipality and for the support of the provincial leadership in their peace and development efforts. “We will use these multicabs as symbols of Serbisyong Totoo in delivering efficient and genuine delivery

of public service to our barangays” Cadolada said. Part of the ceremony was the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Provincial Government of Cotabato represented by the government and the chairman of each recipient barangay. The MOA signing was witnessed by ViceGov. Ipong, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and Tulunan Vice Mayor Joemar Cerebo. Fr. Antonio C. Lupiba, DCK officiated the blessing of the multicabs.

DOH 12 conducts STI, HIV and AIDS orientation with media practitioners By Aida C. Agad KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- The Department of Health (DOH-12) here solicited the help of media in reaching to more vulnerable sectors in the light of rising cases of people living with HIV/AIDS in the Soccsksargen region.

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media practitioners to make the people wellinformed starting with the basic information on HIV/AIDS.

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(PLWHA),” DOH-12 Information Chief and program officer Jennilyn Ventura. “The risk of HIV transmission can be reduced if individuals would change their risky behaviors and practices,” Ventura said. At the three-day orientation with government and private media on September 25-27, the DOH here in Region 12 reported that only 30 cases of people living with Human Immuno VirusAcquired Immune Defi-

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ciency Syndrome (HIV/ AIDS) is documented in General Santos City alone. Other areas in the region, accordingly are with potential cases of PLWHA but are not properly documented because of fear, stigma and discrimination. The DOH admitting that there are still health workers in the region found denying services to PLWHA, vowed also to address the issue. According to a DOH report, for the year 2012, all over the

country, there were 799 HIV positive cases, 30 of which are reported as AIDS cases. Of the figure, 29 were males and 1 was female, with ages ranging from seven years to 47 years old. Of the above figure, 97 percent of the reported infection were acquired through sexual contact, 12 of which by homosexual, 14 bisexual and 3 heterosexual. The remaining three percent is a case of a mother-to-child transmission.

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DA 12 kicks off 4th round of Agri-Pinoy info caravan By Dani Doguiles & Lito Salvo KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- The Department of Agriculture 12 began the fourth round of information caravan, where the agency presents its accomplishments for 2012 and plans and targets for the upcoming year as part of its transparency initiatives. Dubbed “Ulat sa Bayan,” the 4th round of Agri-Pinoy info caravan started in Matalam town of North Cotabato on September 19 and in Maitum town in Sarangani the following day. In Matalam, around 500 farmers, irrigators and local government unit officials convened at Matalam Municipal Gym to listen to the accomplishment reports of the four banner programs of the agency, namely: rice, corn, high value crops and livestock. DA’s special projects like the Barangay Food Terminal, Mindanao Rural Development Program, Gulayan sa Paaralan, and Area Development Program Office Soccsksargen also presented their reports of accomplishments and Monday, October 1, 2012

undertakings. Sixteen attached agencies and bureaus also took their parts in the information caravan.

Among them were the National Irrigation Administration, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and Philippine Coconut Authority, Philippine Rice Research Institute, Philippine Carabao Center, Fertilizer and Pesticides Authority, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation, Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, and Cotton Development Administration. DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan said “Ulat sa Bayan” is an annual undertaking of the regional office aimed at realizing its theme “Bridge the Gap, Touch the Hearts,

Deliver Results.” “We at DA desire that you feel the assistance and support from the government, that’s why we are going into your level,” she said. Datukan said the info caravan is one of the transparency initiatives of the regional office, where they divulge to the public the agency’s what has been achieved in the programs and projects as well as its plans and targets for the following year. She said DA 12 is compliant to the Government Procurement Act through the conduct of bidding process where the department invites suppliers and contractors for various agricultural projects like farm machinery and equipment. ONE MINDANAO 27


OWWA-10 names model OFW family regional winners by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Northern Mindanao said two outstanding overseas Filipino worker (OFW) families will represent the region to the 2012 Search for Model OFW Family of the Year Award (Mofya). The family of Timoteo Supangan from Sapangdalaga in Misamis Occidental was chosen as the regional winner for the land28 ONE MINDANAO

based category, while the family of Chief Mate Noe Preciado from Calamba also in Misamis Occidental was named as the regional Monday, October 1, 2012


representative for the sea-based category. The two families each received a plaque and G-cash worth P20,000 during the regional Mofya awarding held at the Ballroom of Grand Caprice Restaurant here, September 26. Preciado and his family were also conferred with a special award in recognition of their outstanding achievement in entrepreneurship. Ernie Neri and his family of Malaybalay City in Bukidnon got the special award for outstanding achievement in community projects. The Mofya is an annual event of the OWWA that gives recognition to OFWs and their families who have demonstrated financial stability, steady and enduring family ties, Monday, October 1, 2012

outstanding community service and success in business venture. Now on its eight year, Mofya focuses on OFWs and their families who have maintained strong family relations, properly harnessed the financial gains from the OFW’s overseas employment, have educational achievements and exemplary performance in their respective professions, and at the same time have a positive impact in the community where they reside. The regional Mofya awarding was witnessed by the members of the regional selection committee, the nominating organizations, former Mofya regional winners and OWWA-partner organizations from the government and the private sector. ONE MINDANAO 29


DOE, Iligan forge agreement on CFL distribution by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte — The Department of Energy (DOE) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Lone Congressional District of Iligan for the distribution of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to the city’s target beneficiaries. A total of 10,000 compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) were distributed to 5,100 households comprising 17 barangays in Iligan City. This is part of the efficient lighting initiatives under the Asian Development Bank (ADB) fundedPhilippine Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP), through its National Residential Lighting Program. DOE has announced that household electricity consumers would have the opportunity to get free CFLs starting September 22 until September 28 of this year. Rosevi Queenie Belmonte, chief of staff, Office of the Lone Congressional District of Iligan, who represented Representative Vicente F. Belmonte in the distribution, said they coordinated with the barangay chairpersons in identifying beneficiaries to avail two pieces CFL per household which was simultaneously done nationwide last September 22 until September 26 here in Iligan. Consumers were advised to coordinate with their barangay chairman, particularly, the location of 30 ONE MINDANAO

the claim center. They were required to bring their most recent electricity bill to the center to qualify for free CFLs. This simple action of switching from incandescent bulb to energy efficient CFL, which also forms part of the Bright Now! Do Right. Be Bright Campaign, the use of efficient lighting in households would result to lower energy bills thereby stretching their budget for more important needs. This 14 watt-Day Light CFL has a lamp life of 10,000 hours, allows household to save 400 pesos per year. Monday, October 1, 2012


Dengue cases slow down in NorMin by Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Latest dengue report shows a significant drop in the number of cases here in the region. Dr. David A. Mendoza, Department of Health 10-Epidemiology, Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit (DOH-RESU) coordinator, said that the figure for this month has dramatically decreased to only 462 cases as of September 21. The DOH-RESU has recorded 1,507 suspected cases last month, the highest point reached starting January of this year. “Cases have started to decrease but we should not be complacent, as this is still 192 percent higher than the same time period last year,� he said.

There were already 28 deaths children aged one to nine. recorded this year with a case Most of the cases were from fatality rate of 0.6 percent, among the province of Misamis Oriental, absorbing close to 75 percent of the total regional figure, with Cagayan de Oro City contributing the biggest chunk on the pie. Mendoza reiterates DOH anti-dengue campaign anchored on the 4S which means: Search and destroy to eliminate all the possible breeding sites of the mosquito that carries the virus; Self protection or measures to protect people from mosquito bites; Seek early treatment; and Say no to indiscriminate fogging. Monday, October 1, 2012

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