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Vol. 2 No. 42

Aquino lauds compliance rate of Consumer Welfare Desks in addressing complaints IDP Caraga Link members discuss upcoming activities Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region

CAA member, police officer killed in military rescue operation

Ryan CumahigCagula, Caraga Region

FNRI urges for double efforts to curb malnutrition Carina Cayon, Southern Mindanao

DAR undertakes ARC Level of Development Assessment Breezy C. Jimenez, Western Mindanao

Korea’s treasures: its past and present Noemi G. Bernardino-Edaga, Western Mindanao

PhilHealth-10 brings services closer to members Apipa P. Bagumbaran, Northern Mindanao

Malaybalay among nation’s top 5 in National Literacy Awards Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy, Northern Mindanao

DOST launches T’nalak country brand “Dreamweave” Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Cover Story Fiesta Hermosa 2012 Mas Alegre na Zamboanga ! page 4

Jocelyn P. Alvarez Western Mindanao


Fiesta Hermosa 2012 Mas Alegre na Zamboanga ! by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

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onsidered as one of the oldest Festivals in the country, the Hermosa Festival popularly known as Fiesta Pilar, embeds the rich history of devotion of the Zamboangueños to the Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar-the patroness of Zamboanga. The annual festival is being celebrated in honor of the miraculous image of “Our Lady of the Pillar” (Nuestra Señora del Pilar) which is held every 12th of October. The festival showcases numerous activities, which, for several years have not only captivated the hearts and attention of the locals but visitors from other parts of the region and the country as well. During this Hermosa Festival season, thousands of devotees visit the Fort Pilar shrine to light candles and pray to the Nuestra Señora La 4

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Virgen del Pilar. Devotees trust that the miraculous Lady answers every prayer and can even heal sickness. The Zamboangueño-devotees fervently believe that the Virgen del Pilar has served as their unifying cultural and historical symbol. During the festival, this one-of a kind outdoor shrine- (Fort Pilar) holds a nine-night open air mass every 6:30 in the evening, starting October 3-11. Regular mass is being conducted every Sundays and Wednesdays. Friday, October 12, 2012


History The imposing structure of the Fort Pilar Shrine, is home to Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar where she was first brought in the fort in 1734 as a front piece for the main entrance. History would tell us that in the Spanish Era, Zamboanga City was an integral part of Spanish Colonization. What is known today as Fort Pilar Shrine was then named Real Fuerza de San Jose way back in 1965 when the Spaniards first built it. The fort was rebuild in 1860 and was renamed Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora Virgen del Pilar. According to history, the fort was built by the Spaniards to secure them against the attacks of the moro

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warriors. Spaniards held the city as a seat of government and became the cultural center of the south, and was deeply seated in Hispanic heritage and tradition. This venerable fort founded in 1965, still stand strong up to now represents the rich colonial history of this region of the country. The city’s devotion to the Lady of Pilar was legendary, because of the wealth of stories, miracles, and apparitions surrounding the virgin. 2012 Festival Activities A nine–day procession and mass translates the catholic-devotees enthusiasm in commemorating her feast day. Mas Alegre na Zamboanga (It’s more Fun in Zamboanga) is this year’s theme of the Hermosa Festival. True to its theme, Zamboanga jampacked the celebration with a monthlong fun-filled events (Sept, 23-Oct. 28) that included live music such as the battle of the bands, Chabacano song fest; cultural performances (featuring the 98 brangys of the city); games such as bowling tournaments, Golf tournament, table tennis cup, Zamboanga Football Festival, and Frisbee tournament. The festivity also showcased (in a trade fair) local farm produced dubbed as “Cosechas de Zamboanga” ONE MINDANAO

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(harvest of Zamboanga). A tour to the beautiful pink sand “La Isla de Sta. Cruz,” (Oct. 1-12) was also organized by the City, bringing guests to the island-paradise. Other activities include job fair ; fashion show ; beauty pageant such as 2012 Zamboanga’s Top Model Search, Miss Zamboanga, Miss Red Cross Zamboanga City Coronation Night and Little Princess Zamboanga. “Zamboanga Import Nights” (Car Show) and arts exhibit also formed part of the Festival activities. One of the most astounding and exciting aspects of the celebration include a unique sailboat race dubbed “Regatta de Zamboanga” which showcases vintas sporting red, yellow and other brightly colored sails. Vintas are known to be Zamboanga’s icon. Giving importance to the indigent, the city also conducted medical services dubbed “Fiesta Hermosa Medical,” providing free checkup, medicine and vitamins to the Zamboangueños. A feeding activity was also conducted. Jaw dropping and heart stopping dance sport competition also formed part of the long list of activities. Highlight of the Hermosa Festival is the Oct. 11 Hermosa Street Dance Competition where various schools in their vibrant costumes and 6

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enchanting concept “fight” to win the title. Float parade is also conducted together with the street dance competition, where the former showcases artistry, innovation, concept and initiative of the participants. One may reminisce Zamboanga from “yesteryears” if one checks out the “Maga Letrato de Zamboanga”Photo Marathon set up at the Ateneo de Zamboanga. Other Hermosa festival activities include fishing competition - “Pesca Kita,” “1st Travelers Invitational Shooting Competition,” and extravagant fireworks display.

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ACROSS THE NATION

Aquino confident in growing Philippine economy

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III expressed confidence in achieving the government’s goal of attaining a more progressive economy for the country considering its continuous efforts to implement reforms.

In his speech during the 38th Philippine Business Conference and Expo (PBC&E) at the Fiesta Pavillion, Manila Hotel, Thursday, President Aquino said that the continuously growing economy in the country was the result of the administration’s focus on fiscal management and reforms within the bureaucracy. “Today I tell you… we have a winning strategy in our hands. You are no doubt aware that the growth of our economy this year has been robust in contrast to the slow growth we continue to see in other parts of the world. The average GDP Friday, October 12, 2012

growth for the first semester of 2012 has exceeded expectations at 6.1 per cent which gives us good reason to believe that we will be able to achieve this year’s projected GDP growth of between five to six per cent. We must also note that our 2011 debt to GDP ratio was marked at 50.9 per cent lower than the 52.4 per cent recorded in 2010,” the President said. “These are the results of our commitment to balance proactive fiscal management, prudent spending and reforms to increase competitiveness, because of these

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different organizations have expressed optimism for our economic future. For instance, we have recorded a second consecutive 10-place jump in the World Economic Forum’s 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Report,” he added. The Chief Executive also noted the growing number of stakeholders from the private sector that are expressing confidence in the government’s sincerity in implementing reforms founded on the principles of accountability and good governance. “What is most encouraging to me is that the number of private entities that have signed the integrity pledge has more than doubled from 700 signatories in 2011 to 1500 signatories not including government agencies as of midSeptember… I expect that this number will only continue to grow as more corporations and businessmen feel the benefits of reform,” President Aquino said. “As we continue to walk along the straight path to mutual progress and inclusive growth, let us not forget our 95 million partners in this endeavor… in this way if we continue to work for the interest of not just one company

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or the government but for all, I am certain that we will have enjoyed truly meaningful success by the time I pass on the torch, hopefully to someone who will sustain our momentum,” he added. Present during the event were Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) president Miguel Varela, PCCI chairman Alfredo Yao and the 38th PBC&E chairman Antonio Lopa, among others. The PBC&E is the biggest gathering of local and international businessmen in the country where intense and noholds barred dialogue between business and government leaders take place to draw up business and economic resolutions and policy pronouncements. Anchored on the event’s theme of “One Global Filipino, Investment and Governance, Pillars of Economic Growth,” the group presented the 38th PBC Resolutions covering the fields of Agriculture, Education, Energy/ Power and Water, Environment, Mining, Housing and Construction, Information and Communications Technology and Transportation. PND (jcl)

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Aquino lauds compliance rate of Consumer Welfare Desks in addressing complaints

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III hailed the speed and effectiveness of the Consumer Welfare Desks (CWD) in addressing complaints, saying that this showed the high priority the CWDs give in upholding consumers’ rights.

The 39 chapters of the KBP nationwide will plant thousands of seedlings simultaneously nationwide in support of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ National Greening Program (NGP). The tree-planting activity, dubbed as “OplanBroadcastreeing,” is in line with the KBP’s partnership with the DENR to mobilize and organize its members for the nationwide tree-planting. KBP said that its tree-planting activity in the National Capital Region (NCR) will take place on Saturday at Barangay PintongBukawe, San Mateo, Friday, October 12, 2012

Rizal. The government’s National Greening Program, which was launched last year, targets to plant 1.5 billion tree seedlings in 1.5 million hectares nationwide from 2011 to 2016. Priority areas for planting include mangrove and protected areas, CBFM areas, ancestral domain areas, civil and military reservation areas, urban areas under the greening plan of LGUs, inactive and abandoned mine sites, and all other suitable public lands for reforestation. PND (co)

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Aquino says peace in Mindanao will benefit local communities, businesses

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ealing a peace deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will benefit not only the local communities in Mindanao but also the country’s business sector, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Thursday. Speaking before the participants Hotel on Thursday, the President of the 38th Philippine Business said his administration’s desire Conference and Expo in Manila to improve the lives of Filipinos 10 ONE MINDANAO

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is the main reason why it aggressively pushes building more infrastructures and carrying out major reforms in the bureaucracy and in education. “The foundation of all these reforms is our desire to empower Filipinos. This is the same desire that fuelled the Framework Agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which will seal a final and enduring peace in Mindanao,” the President said. “It is more than an achievement for the government or the MILF— this is also one through which the private sector will benefit, as we may soon be able to explore more areas for sustainable development in Mindanao,” the chief executive added. More importantly, the Framework Agreement will foster unity among Filipinos, allowing the Philippines to take great strides towards the realization of a peaceful, stable, and equitably progressive country. The country’s recent successes in the economy, bureaucratic reforms and many other areas isn’t solely a result of government initiatives but also because of the assistance of businesses and the private sector, he said. “You have believed in the sincerity of our reforms, and you continue to believe in the skills and abilities of the Filipino people—and this has shown itself Friday, October 12, 2012

in the ways you have contributed to our economic resurgence,” he said. The Philippines 2011 debt to GDP ratio was marked at 50.9 per cent lower than the 52.4 per cent recorded in 2010, the President said adding the average GDP growth for the first semester of 2012 has exceeded expectations at 6.1 per cent. These figures make the administration hopeful that it can achieve this year’s projected GDP growth of between five to six percent, the President added. Also, the President boasted of the country’s second consecutive 10-place jump in the World Economic Forum’s 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Report as a result of balance pro-active fiscal management, prudent spending and reforms that increase the country’s competitiveness. The Philippine government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will sign on Monday, October 15, the Framework Agreement on peace aimed at ending the conflict in Mindanao that has spanned two generations and has resulted to hundreds of casualties. Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri NajibTunRazak, MILF Chairman Al HadjMurad, MILF contingent and other partners are expected to attend next week’s event, the Palace said. PND (as) ONE MINDANAO 11


RDC Caraga backs proposal to increase tax exemption ceiling by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR --- Caraga Regional Development Council will support the proposal to increase the P30,000 tax exemption ceiling benefits of government employees to P60,000 as previously proposed by the joint Regional Development Council 2 (RDC 2)– Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC).

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A written endorsement presented by Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. states that the RDC2 and RPOC Resolution No. 02-39-2012 series of 2012 increasing the tax exemption takes into consideration the current economic trends to include inflation rate, purchasing power, average income, expenditures and savings, and poverty threshold and incidence. In a meeting last September 12 by the RDC Development Administration Committee that Amante chairs, the expression of support to the joint RDC 2 – RPOC resolution No. 02-39-2012 series of 2012 was raised. “The proposal to support the increase of tax exemption as per RDC 2- RPOC resolution was also previously passed in the Senate under Senate Bill No. 2879, and House Bill No. 5661 proposing to raise the ceiling Friday, October 12, 2012

from P30,000 for tax exemption to P60,000 given that the existing ceiling is no longer feasible at present as it did during the time the tax code was enacted,” Amante said. The National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 (Republic Act No. 8424), particularly Section 32 (B), specifies the items that shall not be included in the computation of gross income and shall therefore be exempted from taxation. Under miscellaneous items (e) of the same section, it specifically provides that the 13th month pay and other benefits such as productivity incentives and Christmas bonuses received by officials and employees of public and private entities are excluded from gross income. However, total exclusion shall not exceed P30,000.

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IDP Caraga Link members discuss upcoming activities

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -Member-agencies of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Caraga Link convened Wednesday and discussed upcoming activities for this year. The IDP Caraga Link was organized on the IDP workshop in Lianga, Surigaodel Sur in September 2005 when the participants saw the need for a body to help the commission promote respect for and protection of IDP rights in Caraga. As the lead agency, Commission on Human Rights Caraga Regional Director atty. MarylinPintor said that series of activities have been conceptualized to strengthen the network’s capacity in responding to issues and concerns affecting internally displaced persons. Pintor added that members are invited to attend the Internal Displacement Monitoring Workshop on October 25-26 at the Paradise Island, Samal, Davao City. “On October 29-30, we will also have our strategic planning workshop 14 ONE MINDANAO

at San Agustin, Surigaodel Sur. This will be sponsored by our partner agency – the Department of Social Welfare and Development,” said Pintor. Along with the discussion of its activities, the members also reviewed how the organization started in Caraga, as well as its accomplishments, since there are new members present during the meeting.

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CAA member, police officer killed in military rescue operation by Ryan CumahigCagula

BUTUAN CITY --The joint operation of Agusandel Sur Provincial

Public Safety Company (ADS PPSC), 133rd Regional Public Safety Company and Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA) of 23rd IB, Philippine Army led to the rescue of an abducted CAA member. But the operation left a police officer dead. The government forces clashed with suspected members of armed communist groups in SitioTilangkog, Brgy. Caigangan, Veruela, Agusan del Sur on October 8 at around 9 a.m. Although outnumbered, the government forces were able to stage counterattacks which resulted in a 35-minute firefight against the undetermined number of armed rebels under Guerilla Front 3 led by Friday, October 12, 2012

“alyas Rigor.” Unfortunately, PO1 Rommel LeonoDimaulo of ADS PPSC died during the encounter. The whole force of Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 led by PCSupt Carmelo E. Valmoria is extending its condolence to his bereaved family. PRO 13 meanwhile condemns the violence of the CNN as it put the people’s safety at risk. ONE MINDANAO 15


Davao City Garbage collection up by Rudolph Alama

DAVAO CITY- Garbage collection in Davao City is up 7.5 % from 2011 figures. According to Engineer Joseph Felizarta City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) chief, from January to September of 2012 they recorded 411 tons of garbage being collected daily as compared to 2011 figures of 382 tons/day. Felizarta attributes the increase of garbage collected to the growth of Davao City with new malls, condominiums and subdivisions being opened and expanded. He said that they are still in the process of calculating how 16 ONE MINDANAO

much these new establishments have contributed to the garbage collection. Last September 28, SM Lanang Premiere, one of the largest malls in Mindanao opened in the city. However he said that the 411 tons is still below the 500 tons being collected before 2011 when the city instituted the solid waste management ordinance which mandates waste segregation. The decreased garbage collection following the law’s implementation was able to translate into P37million worth of savings from garbage operations. . About 61% of the wastes generated by the city are biodegradable wastes, 20% are recyclable and residual wastes account for 20% which are those thrown in the sanitary landfill. He said that 200 tons of the collected garbage comes from the City’s public markets, the city is practicing composting with composting sites in the city’s Friday, October 12, 2012


slaughter house and inside the sanitary landfill. Felizarta said that they collect two garbage trucks of compost materials per day. Felizarta guesting at Marco Polo Davao’s Club 888 media forum last Wednesday (October 10) bared that they have arrested 428 individuals for violation of the anti-plastic ordinance, no cases

have been filed in court since the violators have chosen to pay the citation tickets given to them. Davao City is the first local government in the country to ban the use of non-biodegradable plastics and polystyrene foam or “styro foam.” the ordinance was fully implemented last June 28 of this year.

FNRI urges for double efforts to curb malnutrition by Carina Cayon

DAVAO CITY- The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) urged government stakeholders in the region to make double efforts in curbing chronic malnutrition, following survey results particularly showing that Davao Region has high prevalence of underweight children.

FNRI Senior Science Research Specialist Cynthia A. Nones reported that FNRI’s 2011 Updating of Nutritional Status of Selected Filipinos revealed that 20.2 percent or about two in every 10 Filipino children aged 0-5 years in the region are underweightfor-age. Underweight, an indicator of acute malnutrition, is referred to being underweight-for-age based on the World Health Organization - Child Growth Standards (WHO-CGS) cutoff points, Nones explained during the presentation of the survey results recently held in the city. Among the provinces in Friday, October 12, 2012

the region, Davao Oriental has a “medium” magnitude and severity of underweight, while Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley have “high” incidence. Though the prevalence of underweight decreased by 1.8% from 2008 to 2011 in Davao Region, the decrease however is insignificant, Nones said. She added that Davao del Norte and Davao Oriental have prevalence rates of underweight lower than the national estimate in 2011, but noted that the differences are not relevant. For school age children (5.08 to 10 years old), the magnitude and severity of underweight are considered “high” in the four provinces of the region. The nutrition survey also revealed high incidence of stunting in Davao Region, or the state of being underheight-for-age based on WHOCGS standards. Nones said 35.2% or about 4 in ONE MINDANAO 17


every 10 Filipino children aged 0-5 years old in the region are underheightfor-age or stunted. The magnitude and severity of stunting are considered “very high” in Davao Oriental and “high” in Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley. For school age children, 40.3% or about four in every 10 children are stunted, with Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley having the “very high” magnitude and severity, while Davao del Sur is considered “high”. Another finding showed that 7.2% or 7 in every 100 Filipino children aged 0-5 years old in Davao Region are underweight-for-height or wasted. Nones reported that the prevalence of wasting in the region increased by 1.5% from 2008 to 2011, but noted that the growth was not significant. She said the magnitude and severity of wasting are considered “acceptable” in Compostela Valley, while “poor” in Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte and Davao del Sur. According to WHO-CGS standards, wasting or thinness is being underweight-for-height, also an indicator of acute malnutrition. The survey bared that 6.1% or about 6 in every 100 school-age children in Davao Region are thin or wasted. Nones said undernourishment caused absenteeism and poor performance in school. Another chronic malnutrition indicator is the prevalence of 18 ONE MINDANAO

overweight-for-height among children which Nones said is much lower than the underweight incidence, however adding that this should not be taken lightly. Data revealed that 3.1% or about three in every 100 children aged 0-5 years old in the region are overweight, while 6.4% or about six in every 100 school-age children are overweight and obese. Nones attributed the overweight prevalence among children on unhealthy eating habits and the lack of exercise. She said undernutrition continued to be a public health problem among Filipino children in the country. FNRI Senior Science Research Specialist Ma. Adrienne S. Constantino posed a challenge that efforts should be poured to curb chronic malnutrition particularly in the first two years of life to prevent risk to delayed mental development, poor school performance and reduced intellectual capacity. Constantino also raised the urgency to “arrest overnutrition in children and adults to prevent both short-term and long-term health consequences to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancers by intensifying promotion on physical and healthy lifestyle programs.” FNRI of the Department of Science and Technology conducted the 2011 Updating of Nutritional Status of Filipino children and other population groups in 17 regions in the country with 38,894 households. Friday, October 12, 2012


NHA soon to construct housing units for Dumingag IPs By Claro A. Lanipa PAGADIAN CITY – To help improve the living condition of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs), the National Housing Authority (NHA) will soon construct low-cost housing units for the Subanens in Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur.

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Region IX Director Salong Sunggod said that NHA, the local government unit of Dumingag and NCIP, has recently entered into an agreement for the implementation of the said housing project. Sunggod said, no less than the President’s sister Bell Aquino witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between NHA, NCIP and LGUDumingag held October 1, 2012 at the cultural hall in Dumingag. Under the agreement, 100 housing units will be constructed in a five hectares Ancestral Domain land at barangay Datu Tutukan. Each unit will cost P100,000 to be funded by NHA, Sungood said. “This project is a unique housing Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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program and not a sub-division type. The housing unit shall be built according to the design and culture of the IPs. It shall be built in an area where they do their farming for livelihood using indigenous materials,” Dir. Sunggod explained.

Meanwhile, NCIP is celebrating Indigenous People’s Month and 15th anniversary of Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997 this month with the theme “IPRA ay Gabay sa Kaunlaran Isaisip, Ipabatid at Isakatupran.”

DAR undertakes ARC Level of Development Assessment By Breezy C. Jimenez IPIL, ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Zamboanga Sibugay headed by Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Rizzel B. Villanueva undertakes Agrarian Reform Communities’ Level of Development Assessment (ALDA) starting this month until all the ARCs and Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) will be covered. “This activity is annually ALDA also aims to verify the conducted so as to determine effectiveness and impact of the the growth of the ARCs, identify department’s projects and programs development gaps in the ARC level implemented in the community as a and to ascertain the extent by which whole. With the aid of the present intervention procedures are to be administration under Provincial implemented to address existing Governor Rommel A. Jalosjos and possible gaps,” explained PARO and Congressman Romeo “John” Villanueva. Jalosjos, Jr., the implementation of Further, the assessment is the mandates and responsibilities of undertaken taking into consideration DAR-Sibugay are strengthened by the six (6) key result areas (KRAs) of their able-leadership in achieving DAR as major areas of intervention social development and economic in increasing productivity, improving progress. the ARB household income and Through this endeavor, priorities, empowering ARB organizations. resources, and performance will be These KRAs are land tenure assessed to “ensure efficiency and improvement, organizational sound development management”. maturity, economic and physical ALDA is an evolving development infrastructure support services, farm policy instrument utilized since productivity and income, basic social 1995 in the Department of Agrarian services, gender and development. Reform. 20 ONE MINDANAO

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Korea’s treasures: its past and present By Noemi G. Bernardino-Edaga

PAGADIAN CITY - Korea has a mountainous terrain with only about 20 percent of the flat land in the south that is suitable for farming. The South Korea climate during winters is long, cold and dry. January is the coldest month of the year. It has short, hot and humid summer. This weather condition may account for the industriousness of the Korean people – both in the urban and rural dwellings. The National Folk Museum of Korea in Seoul displays a replica of a traditional village, presenting a street to the past. Social and cultural scenes and lifestyles in olden times were well-preserved. It showcased the Korean way of life and life passsages through array of artifacts depicting a traditional Korean village. While a visit to the Museum brings one’s step to Korea’s nostalgic past, Seoul’s present shopping and dining centers is not replete of its rich heritage, etched into its present lifestyle. A look at Insa-dong’s alley and stores has something traditional to show-off. Name it: modern art galleries such as paintings, sculptures, ceramics and installation artworks; all reflect a semblance of Korea’s past. The Gwangjang Market, which is Friday, October 12, 2012

cnngo.com considered the nation’s first market, specializes in silk and satin Hanbok or the traditional Korean clothing. It also sells a variety of Korean snacks like the tasty bindaettok (pancakes), gimbak (rice roll), and mandu (dumpling). Nurturing one’s rich heritage and promoting it through persistent display of socio-cultural values and virtues using old and modern media give tourists and visitors a full taste of Korean culture and warm hositality worthy of bringing home as a treasure. This exactly what the Philippine delegates to the ASEAN-Korean Exchange Visit, namely; Danilo Jamora, NIB Director, Cleo Donggaas, PTV General Manager and this writer, took home. ONE MINDANAO 21


4000 cooperators join 11th National Cooperative Summit in CDO by CDA 10

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - After a decade, the Cagayan de Oro, the City of Golden Freindship, will again host the 11th National Cooperative Summit from October 10 to 12. This is in time with the celebration of the International Year of Cooperatives as United Nations Declared. Four thousand cooperative officers, delegates and advocates all over the country are attending the Summit. The National Cooperative Summit is held biennially with the Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC) summit began in 1996. as the Lead Convenor and The first Summit was held in Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) as the Co-convenor. The Malolos, Bulacan in 1995. The 6th 22 ONE MINDANAO

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Summit was held here in Cagayan de Oro while the 10th Summit was held in Araneta Coliseum. The Summit is the biggest gathering of cooperative leaders and advocates nationwide to come up with a common development agenda and address urgent or critical strategic concerns of the cooperative movement. The theme for this year’s 11th National Cooperative Summit: “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better Philippines” is culled from the theme of the International Year of Cooperatives: “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World” in recognition of the role of cooperatives in the socioeconomic development of Nations. This year Summit is focusing on cooperatives as a strategy in Friday, October 12, 2012

building integrated community enterprises that support members’ livelihood and promotes members’ productivity and entrepreneurship. Good governance, development of the agricultural sector and climate change are also high on the agenda of this Summit. Among the agenda of the Summit are cooperative business integration, agribusiness, climate change, risk mitigation and cooperative good governance standards. Among the local host of the 11th Summit are CLIMBS, FICCO, MASS SPECC, NATCCO, PFCCO Mindanao League and CDA Region 10. Region 10, especially the local hosts are among the biggest and best cooperatives in the country. ONE MINDANAO 23


PhilHealth-10 brings services closer to members by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in Region 10 has brought its services closer to its members in the towns of Claveria, Jasaan, Villanueva and Tagoloan (CLAJAVITA) Interlocal Health Zone.

This was made possible through the conduct of the PhilHealth MOVES (Mobile, Orientation, Validation and Enrolment Scheme) at the Covered Court of Tagoloan in Misamis Oriental, October 8. The PhilHealth MOVES is the latest strategy of the PhilHealth to better serve its clients and stakeholders 24 ONE MINDANAO

in far-flung areas, said Kasan A. Marohombsar III, Public Information Officer of PhilHealth Cagayan de Oro Local Health Information Office (LHIO). The activity was highlighted by the distribution of PhilHealth IDs to indigents members from the four municipalities who were identified Friday, October 12, 2012


under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR). Records from the Philhealth-10 show that a total of 3,605 indigent families from Claveria were enrolled in PhilHealth’s Sponsored Program. A total of 2,241 indigent families in Jasaan; 1,557 families in Villanueva; and 2,139 families in Tagoloan were also enrolled in the program. Aside from the releasing of PhilHealth IDs, PhilHealth10 also distributed checks to the representatives of the four municipal governments who will serve as providers of the Primary Care Benefit 1 (PCB 1) package. As PCB providers, they will be responsible to seek-out and enlist Sponsored Program members and their Friday, October 12, 2012

dependents assigned to their facilities and provide primary preventive services, diagnostic examinations, and drugs and medicines to PhilHealth members under the Sponsored Program, Organized Groups and Overseas Workers Programs as well as their qualified dependents. The checks awarded to them through a Per Family Payment Rate (PFPR) amounted to P901,250 for Claveria; P560,250 for Jasaan; P389,250 for Villanueva; and P534,750 for Tagoloan. The PhilHealth MOVES also featured orientation on the latest updates on the various programs of the PhilHealth, among others. The activity will likewise be conducted in the other municipalities in the entire region. ONE MINDANAO 25


Malaybalay among nation’s top 5 in National Literacy Awards by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon - Of the country’s 114 cities, Malaybalay is among the top five awardees in the prestigious 2012 National Literacy Awards for outstanding implementation and sustainability of its Alternative Learning System (ALS) program and community-based monitoring system and literacy mapping. Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri said the city made it after meeting the criteria set by the Literacy Coordinating Council, which the judging standards include planning, management, leadership, policies, implementation of programs and projects conducive to literacy development that made positive impact on the people’s quality of life. “This award serves as an inspiration for us to continue our mission in helping our brothers and sisters especially in the remote villages where there is hunger for education,” the mayor said. The ALS is a free education program implemented by the Department of Education (DepEd), which benefits those who cannot afford formal schooling and follows whatever is their available schedule. The program provides a viable alternative to the existing formal education instruction, covering both the non-formal and informal sources of knowledge and skills. The Literacy Program of Malaybalay is a regular program implemented through the local Literacy Coordinating Council chaired by the Local Chief Executive in coordination with the DepEd. The program covers not only women and out-of-school youth. It

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also addresses the concerns of the family members, sponsoring education to children and providing livelihood to parents, including other members of the family with integration of moral values in all the different activities. The five cities with excellent awards are the city government of Balanga, Bataan under Mayor Jose Enrique S. Garcia, III; the city government of Tabaco, Albay under Mayor Cielo Krisel L. Luistro; the city government of Tuguegarao, Cagayan under Mayor Delfin Telan Ting; the city government of Alaminos, Pangasinan under Mayor Hernani A. Braganza; and the city government of Malaybalay, Bukidnon under Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri. Education Program Supervisor Nydia Faro, meanwhile, said the 2012 National Literacy Award aims to encourage the development and replication of innovative, creative, and indigenous literacy programs and projects. “It is purposely conducted to support the national government’s commitment to achieve the United Nations goal of reducing illiteracy by 50% in 2015 and consequently improve the quality of life of the Filipino,” she further said. Friday, October 12, 2012


DPWH-ARMM Sec leads groundbreaking of school building in Marawi City

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epartment of Public Works and Highways in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DPWH-ARMM) Regional Secretary Emil K. Sadain led the groundbreaking ceremony of the Philippine Green Engineering Project (PGEP) building in Marawi City, recently. Friday, October 12, 2012

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The said building when completed will be donated to Marinaut Elementary School as one classroom school building. The construction of the PGEP building is jointly funded by Lanao del Sur Chapter of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) and the Provincial Government of Lanao Del Sur. Secretary Sadain, who is also the current vice-president of national chapter of the PICE, was 28 ONE MINDANAO

assisted by Provincial Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr. during the groundbreaking. Provincial PICE officials and the school principal of the Marinaut Elementary School were also present during the ceremony. The PGEP is one of the projects of the PICE that promotes green engineering as response to climate change. (DPWH-ARMM) Friday, October 12, 2012


Mindanao’s scientific community gathers in Gensan By Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Researchers, scientists, academicians, students and users of science and technology products from all over Mindanao have gathered in General Santos City for the 2012 Mindanao Cluster S&T Fair.

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Dr. Zenaida Hadji Raof-Laidan, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology ( DOST)-12, host of the five-day event that started Wednesday said the event is also in line with the celebration of the National Science and Technology Week. The primary reason for the fair is to popularize science and technology developments and innovations from the six regions of Mindanao and inform the public of the services that the agency provides, Laidan said. “In gatherings such as these we may also be e able to urge more young people to pursue careers in science and technology,” she added, “and ultimately increase the number of scientists and engineers necessary for nation building.” It is also envisioned to “increase and sustain the public’s level of awareness of S&T” thereby encouraging adoption of new technologies and products of S&T 30 ONE MINDANAO

as well as leading more micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to access services provided by the agency. Prof. Fortunato dela Peña, DOST’s undersecretary for S&T services said Mindanao has all the makings of being a very prosperous and progressive island with all its natural resources, topography, culture and people. All these will contribute to the development of Mindanao. “I think the government owes it to Mindanao to invest more for its potentials,” he said. “We in the S&T sector would like to part of that growth and development,” he

added. He believes Mindanao should establish its own strategic S&T plan that would be comprised of components from the different regions. Following the opening ceremonies yesterday, Prof. Pena presented the National S&T plan, the National Innovation System, and the Technology Transfer Act. Usec for Regional Operations Carol Yorobe, explained European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7) which funds researches. DOST 11 Regional Director Anthony Sales discussed the department’s umbrella project Small Friday, October 12, 2012


T e c h n o l o g y U p g r a d i n g Program (SETUP), which provides comprehensive assistance to MSMEs from product development and packaging to finding networks and markets. Dr. Laidan presented the accomplishments of their special project to strengthen the country’s Halal industry. The first day was capped with a Pagana

Maranao, a festivity to welcome guests where they are entertained by Maranao song and dances while feasting native delicacies. Yesterday, activities include presentation of research results on water hyacinth for production, water hyacinth for geotextiles, ceramic water filtration, field programmable gate array-based wireless protocol and sensor

applications, English language proficiency for call center, and others. Other highlights include technical sessions on mature technologies, science and culture fashion show, student congress, and forum on MindaDOST SETUP. With DOST 12 in the S&T fair are the DOST offices of Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, CARAGA, and ARMM.

DOST launches T’nalak country brand “Dreamweave” By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- The country brand “Dreamweave” for the traditional cloth T’nalak was launched as one of the highlight of the 2012 Mindanao S&T Cluster in General Santos City.

Launching of the brand “Dreamweave” highlighted the Science and Culture Fashion Show, at 6 p.m. yesterday at the KCC Mall Convention Center. Dr. Zenaida Laidan, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) 12 said, besides highlighting the T’nalak, the show also brought into limelight DOST-assisted projects for the production and fashion accessories as well as the traditional Friday, October 12, 2012

costumes unique to Mindanao such as Inaul designs collection. Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner up Shamcey Supsup graced the catwalk as special guest. Laidan explained that design development of fashion clothing and accessories absolutely utilizes science and technology in the process. “S&T interventions support a designer’s skill and talent in making artistic designs to complement ONE MINDANAO 31


contemporary fashion, from dyeing pattern-making, to weaving, as well as branding, labeling, and research backup,” Laidan said. T’nalak, is a traditional cloth exclusively woven by the women of T’boli tribe in South Cotabato out of dyed abaca fibers. Designs are reportedly revealed to the weaver by the spirit of abaca, Fu Datu; thus, the brand “Dreamweave.” Early this year, T’nalak was selected among only eight distinctive Philippine products to undergo country branding. DOST’s Industrial T e c h n o l o g y Development Institute developed a packaging for the cloth for its international marketing in support of the efforts to open a broader opportunity for the dream weavers of South Cotabato to establish a niche in the global market. Box designer Aya Mulimbayan of Packaging 32 ONE MINDANAO

Technology Division of ITDI presented the Dreamweave packaging during South Cotabato’s T’nalak Festival in July. The dark chocolatecolored T’nalak box is more than 20 inches tall and about 5 inches wide and made of sturdy paper board. The top cover has a

handle for trouble-free carrying. The front panel of the box features a gold product label “DREAMWEAVE” with a red caption “The Traditional T’nalak of the T’boli” under a photo of a T’nalak cloth. Another panel explains the heritage.

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