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President Aquino exhorts midwives to continue upholding the ideals of professionalism, excellence and integrity Agusan Norte holds Provincial Children’s Congress Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise, Caraga Region

DILG-Caraga holds TOT & Contingency Planning for DRRMOs Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa, Caraga Region

DILG 10 to hold regional forum on local governance Ana Celeste W. Felisilda, Northern Mindanao

Comelec issues guidelines for distribution, regeneration of voter’s ID Rutchie C. Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

Passengers to benefit from certification of PUV operators, drivers in Region 12 Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

KBP SarGen leads broadcastreeing project in GenSan Cathy Apelacio, Central Mindanao

DENR orders forest guards to be on look-out vs forest pests Jocelyn P. Alvarez, Western Mindanao

Cover Story “Inug-og” festival pays tribute to the Subanens page 4

Vol. 2 No. 46

Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob Northern Mindanao

“Inug-og” festival pays tribute to the Subanens by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob


he Misamis Occidental Science and Technology High School (MOSTHS) emerged as champion in this year’s 26th “Inug-og” Festival Street Dancing and Ritual Competition, held here, last Oct. 12. One of the prelude activities to the City Fiesta in honor of its patron, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, on October 16, the festival was actually a tribute to the Subanen tribe who inhabit along the numerous rivers inside the Mt. Malindang Ranges Natural Park (MMRNP), at the foot of which, Oroquieta, the capital of Misamis Occidental, is nestled. “Inug-og” is derived from a Subanen word “Ug-og,” which means an intense shaking of a person’s two (2) shoulders when he/she wants to balance a load placed between them. This is how the Subanen men and women, up to now, carry their farm produce, in areas where they 4


have to go on foot because the place is too stiff for a farm animal to draw a cart and in the absence of a motor vehicle in their location to transport them. Likewise, “Inug-og” could be derived from a local word “Og,” which is used when one asks somebody to help put a load on top of one’s head, like the practice of the Subanen women, who carry their wet clothings loaded

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on earthen wares on their heads back home, after washing them in the river bank. Meanwhile, Mayor Jason Almonte said the “Inug-og” Festival, now on its 26th year, was a tableau presentation, a free interpretation depicting the Subanen ritual and way of life, with the participants wearing Subanen-inspired apparel, of predominantly black and red colors. Live music and ethnic musical instruments, such as, bamboos, gongs and native drums provided the accompaniment of the street dances, as well. Jay Lorenzo, City Tourism Officer, said to get the interest of the crowd, at least six Thursday, October 18, 2012

(6) contingents vied for this year’s championship of the street dancing and ritual competition. Criteria for judging the tableau presentation included choreography, 30 percent, performance, 25 percent, concept and message, 15 percent, style and artistry, 15 percent and costume and props, also 15 percent. On the other hand, as champion, MOSTHS won a cash prize of P40,000, while the second placer, Mobod Integrated School received P30,00, and 3rd placer Misamis Occidental National High School (MONHS), P20,000, with all winners receiving a trophy each, as well. Likewise, for being declared Best in Street Dancing, MOSTS got an additional prize of P10,000, which amount was also given to the non winners, namely: Oroquieta City National High School, Talairon National High School, and Dr. Solomon Molina College, all in Misamis Occidental.





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Aquino says Philippines is offering Australia a strategic partnership


he Philippines is offering Australia a strategic partnership similar to the country’s arrangement with the United States and Japan, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Wednesday. “We only have two strategic Watch System that provides trainings partnerships—one with the United States to Filipino soldiers conducted by the of America and the other with Japan. We’re Australian military security forces. offering the third to Australia and they The system also provides scholarships are presently studying it,” the President for the Philippine military personnel. said during the annual forum with the Australian experts also meet with various Foreign Correspondents Association institutions in the country, he added. of the Philippines (FOCAP) in Manila. According to the President, the But even without a strategic tie up, Philippine-Australia partnership the President said, Australia has been is important because both assisting the Philippines with the Coast

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countries share the same values, form of government as well as regional and global challenges. “We have been normally on the same side of issues that have confronted our respective peoples since at least World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. We face the same challenges be it terrorism, global climate change, relationships with the superpower in the neighborhood,” he said. “All of these lead to shared values,

in a sense, shared background and therefore it promotes closer cooperation between our peoples.” The Philippine Senate ratified in July the Status of the Visiting Forces Agreement (SOVFA) between the Philippines and Australia. Legislators said the Philippines can gain from SOVFA through military education, training, and exercise, humanitarian activities, and other related endeavors with Australia. PND (as)

President Aquino exhorts midwives to continue upholding the ideals of professionalism, excellence and integrity


resident Benigno S. Aquino III urged the country’s midwives to continue to uphold the ideals of professionalism, excellence and integrity as they take part in promoting Universal Health Care through compassionate and responsible parenting.


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“A healthy citizen is a productive citizen, eager and equipped to contribute to the shared task of nation-building. Indeed, medical practitioners like yourselves play a significant role in sustaining an empowered citizenry, as you respond positively to the medical needs of your patients,” the Chief Executive said in his message to the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines (IMAP), Inc. on the occasion of its 38th Annual National Convention on Wednesday. The IMAP opened its 38th Annual Convention on Wednesday at the Vigan Convention Center in Vigan City. The convention would end on October 19. President Aquino hopes that the said convention will create more opportunities for the midwives to strengthen their expertise in assisting mothers during periods of pregnancy and birth, and in ensuring the health of infants in the first months of life. Thursday, October 18, 2012

“In two years, we have made significant strides in our country’s renewal, and we will need each and every Filipino to build on the gains of our social reforms,” he said. In fulfillment of his administration’s goal of equitable progress, the President called on the midwives to join the government in implementing programs to secure the people’s health and welfare. PND (js)


Aquino sees MILF as partner for peace


resident Benigno Aquino III Wednesday said with the signing of the Framework Agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), he now sees them as a “partner for peace” in the once troubled Mindanao. Speaking at the forum of the Presidential Forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) at the Manila Hotel, the President said the rebel group “that once was not a direct partner of the government, and I refer specifically to the MILF,” will now be “a very active component (of the government) in preserving 10 ONE MINDANAO

the peace in Mindanao.” With regards to the breakaway group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) headed by Ameril Umbra Kato, President Aquino said there’s an ongoing program of the government to dismantle armed groups in the country such as the BIFF. “There’s a validation of the order Thursday, October 18, 2012

of battle and I think not a week goes by without a report on specific armed groups that have already been dismantled,” he noted. Besides, the Chief Executive said, “we have the MILF who are now significant partners (of the government).” “They (MILF) have already demonstrated when the BIFF allegedly perpetrated a lot of atrocities during the midst of the discussions. They have contained the same. They have actually demonstrated their capacity to police their areas. So it is not a hypothetical theory. It is an actual practice that they were effective in helping us maintain the so called outbreak of violence that the BIFF was stating,” he said. On the issue of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari that the agreement reached with the MILF might be another failed experiment, Aquino said “it is in the realm of possibility,” but quick to add that “what is reality is that the ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) experiment has failed. And, therefore, would it be prudent on our part to continue the failed experiment and the structures that led to a worsening of the situation? Or should we as rational beings step back and say where were we wrong and how do address and how do we correct it so as to address the aspirations of our brothers in the ARMM or the new political entity?” Thursday, October 18, 2012

The President noted that both the government and the MILF have tried to be as inclusive as possible not just Muslim brothers but also the Lumads, Christians, the various civil society organizations, academe in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. “You name every entity that is a stakeholder and we have tried to be as inclusive as possible. And those that opted not to participate, we are still open to getting them to participate in the process of effecting the changes,” he said. MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim earlier appealed to the MNLF to support the Framework Agreement “and redeem our Bangsamoro homeland on the gains given to us by the agreement.” “This is not the time for discrimination. This is the time for unity, the time for all of us to think, act and speak as one Bangsamoro as we summon all our friends to face the daunting task of home rule,” he said. (PNA)


DILG-Caraga hold Reg’l Forum on Local Governance in Butuan

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY --- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga will conduct a Regional Forum on Local Governance slated on October 19, 2012 at the Dotties Place Hotel here with the presence of Secretary Mar Roxas. DILG-Caraga Regional Director Philippines pursuant to Presidential Lilibeth Famacion said the regional Proclamation No. 63 declaring the forum is in commemoration of the month of October as the Local two decades of local autonomy in the Government Month.


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“Invited to this activity are the Local Chief Executives in the region, Regional Line Agencies, Civil Society organizations, Academe, and the quad-media,” said Famacion. The highlights of said regionwide activity are Sec. Mar Roxas’ Call to Action and the Awarding of 2012 Gawad Pamana ng Lahi (GPL) regional winners. Also, part of this event are the presentation of the Regional

State of Local Governance Report (SLGR) and the region’s scheme on Sustainable Development, along with the sharing of best local practices in the aspects of social transformation, environmental integrity and economic viability. The Regional Forum is anchored on the theme “Awtonomiyang Lokal: Reporma sa Pag-unlad ng Ekonomiya ng Pamayanan at Pagsulong ng Kapakanan ng Taong Bayan.”

Agusan Norte holds Provincial Children’s Congress by Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise

AGUSAN DEL NORTE --The provincial government of Agusan

del Norte, through the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, conducted Provincial Children’s Congress and Installation of Young Leaders at the Provincial Training Center, Capitol Compound, Butuan City, last, October 15. Child representatives from by the United Nations Convention on different municipalities of the province the Rights of Children (UNCRC) and to attended the congress. The purpose enable them to practice governance of the said activity is to orient the as some of them were elected as children of their rights as provided for governor, vice governor and board Thursday, October 18, 2012


members prior to the congress to do the functions and responsibilities of provincial officials for one day. The elected child leaders for 2012 are as follows: Governor-Joellyn B. Macallos (Nasipit), Vice GovernorAgcelin O. Nolasco (Las Nieves), Board Members-Jarrel S. Ocharon (RTR), Gylde O. Denola (Tubay), Angelito n. Cagulada (Buenavista), Raisen Glo M. Vecina (Santiago), Billy M. Lariosa (Nasipit), Pierce Peter John Sanchez (Santiago), Allyssa Camelle T. Garcia (Carmen), Johnny C. Labasan, Jr. (Tubay). Gloria L. Pabillore, the provincial social welfare and development officer, gave the welcome remarks. She said this is the second year for the province of Agusan del Norte to conduct the activity. It is embodied in the Children and Welfare Code of Agusan del Norte to conduct the same yearly. Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Fortunato P. Rosales read the speech of Governor Erlpe John M. Amante. Governor Amante said today’s young children would build our country’s future. He added that some children do not recognize their role in the society as they indulge in bad vices and criminality. Amante said the children should be at the forefront of our country’s development. He also challenged the attendees to be part of nation building. Provincial Director Romeo A. Solis 14 ONE MINDANAO

of the DILG Agusan del Norte gave an inspirational talk to the children participants. He said the DILG is taking care of the rights of children as the department is mandated to facilitate and provide technical assistance in the organization of the Local Council for the Protection of Children (LCPC) and spearhead the monitoring of the functionality of LCPCs at all levels. Solis cited the principle of Mahatma Gandhi, that the best resource of a country is human resource. He also said the time is ripe for the government to mold the children to become the best human resource. He thanked the governor for giving due importance to children. Solis told participants to develop their own personalities to help improve our country. Atty. Peterbill Elizalde of the Commission on Human Rights gave a short briefing on the four rights Thursday, October 18, 2012

of children such as survival rights, developmental rights, protection rights and participation rights as provided for by the UNCRC. Before the congress, the participants identified some issues and concerns affecting children based on their perspective. Some of those they identified were: poor school attendance due to poverty and computer games, early indulgence in

bad vices, teenage pregnancy, lack of classroom and school facilities, lack of parental guidance, hunger; bullying, and teenage crimes and other issues. After the identification of issues, the children proposed recommendations to the provincial government to come up with local legislation for reference by possible government agencies to help intensify protection of children.

DILG-Caraga holds TOT & Contingency Planning for DRRMOs by Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa

BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga held a “Training of Trainers and Contingency Planning for Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (LDRRMOs)� aimed at building disaster-resilient and safe communities in the Agusan River Basin areas of the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte and Butuan City. Thursday, October 18, 2012


The training was held at Goat2geder Hotel and Restaurant, Butuan City on October 12, 2012. The Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CBDRRM) Contingency Planning aims to capacitate the local government units and communities lying along the Agusan River Basin (ARB) in the two (2) cities of Butuan and Bayugan, two (2) municipalities of Buenavista and Nasipit of the Province of Agusan del Norte and eleven (11) municipalities of 16 ONE MINDANAO

Bunawan, Esperanza, La Paz, Loreto, Prosperidad, Rosario, San Luis, San Francisco, Talacogon, Trento and Veruela of the Province of Agusan del Sur. DILG Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion, in her message, is calling out to the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (LDRRMOs) to make a contingency plan for the barangays within their area which are easy to follow, easy to understand and is doable. “Our goal is to save lives. This is why we always join efforts to ensure the security and safety in our areas. This we can achieve by being prepared and by planning ahead. Thus, this activity is very important so that we avoid the dangers and perils of disaster and climate changes,� said RD Famacion. The training session has the end goal of formulating the Barangay Contingency Plan for flood because flood is the identified hazard in these areas. Part of the contingency planning was the DRRMOs establishment and institutionalization of their different adapted protocols and early warning systems, information dissemination and the mobilization of their emergency response team. During the activity, the DRRMOs and the Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs) of the identified LGUs were capacitated in order to strongly create community awareness and response before, during and after disaster. Thursday, October 18, 2012

LTO to standardize motor vehicle license plates by Apipa P. Bagumbaran CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is set to standardize the license plate design of all motor vehicles in the country starting January next year.

Simeon C. Gorra, LTO-Cagayan de Oro Chief Transportation Registration Officer disclosed this during the public consultation on motor vehicle license plates standardization program held yesterday at N Hotel, this city. Gorra said all motor vehicles shall be required to change its license plates Thursday, October 18, 2012

with the new plate design upon the renewal of its registration and every five year thereafter under the standardization program. He, however, emphasized that motor vehicles will retain their plate numbers and only the plate design will be changed. Gorra said the license plate standardization program is designed to improve the motor vehicle registration database system, facilitate vehicle identification, and enhance law enforcement, among others. It will also help in preventing the proliferation of fake and tampered ONE MINDANAO 17

license plates, as well as, the illegal and indiscriminate transferring of plates. He added the standardized plates will have enhanced security features such as bar code containing the vehicle’s plate number, chassis and engine numbers, serial number of the permanent plate locks and third plate sticker. As added features, Gorra said the bottom portion of the standardized plates will also contain the region where the vehicle was initially registered for private vehicles, the name of agency for government vehicles, the franchised route for public utility vehicles, and the port of origin for other exempt vehicles. He also stressed that only authorized LTO personnel are allowed to attach the replacement plates to the motor vehicles. The standardized plate will cost P450 for motor vehicles and P120 for motorcycles. Failure to replace plates once 18 ONE MINDANAO

the program will be implemented shall be tantamount to operating or driving a vehicle which is unregistered or with invalid registration. Gorra also disclosed that the issuance of commemorative plates will no longer be allowed upon the implementation of the standardization program. Existing commemorative plates will be allowed only until their respective expiration dates without further extension, he added.

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DILG 10 to hold regional forum on local governance by Ana Celeste W. Felisilda

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Region 10, will conduct a Regional Forum on Local Governance here on October 18, 2012. This is in celebration of the 21st year of the Local Government Code.

Presidential Proclamation No. 63 declares October of every year as the Local Government Month, the second week as the Local Government Week and the 10th as Local Government Day. Anchored on this year’s theme “Tanglaw Kinabukasan: Awtonomiyang Lokal: Reporma sa Pag-unlad ng Ekonomiya ng Pamayanan at Pagsulong ng Kapayapaan ng Taong Bayan,” DILG10 Regional Director Rene K. Burdeos said the celebration aims to showcase how sustainable development can be Thursday, October 18, 2012

achieved without compromising the tenets of good governance. During the forum, Dr. Antonio G.M. La Viña, Dean of Ateneo School of Government, will speak on the topic “The Challenge of Sustainable Development.” Meanwhile, the three (3) regional nominees to the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi (GPL) project of the Department will also share their Best Practices as follows: Camiguin on Sanitary Landfill Project; Lugait, Misamis Oriental on Skills Development and Livelihood Facilitation Project; and ONE MINDANAO 19

Ozamiz City on Nutrition Project. They will receive their GPL checks during the occasion. The forum will be attended in by local chief executives, regional directors from line agencies, representatives from the civil society

and private sector, among others. Director Burdeos also enjoins all local government units in the Region to hold appropriate and fitting ceremonies in their respective localities to make the celebration more meaningful.(DILG)

Comelec issues guidelines for distribution, regeneration of voter’s ID by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental - A registered voter may request for reprinting of lost or defaced Voter’s ID by filling out the application form for Voter’s ID Replacement.

This is among the provisions of Resolution No. 9387 of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) entitled “Guidelines on the Distribution and Regeneration of the Voters’ Identification Cards.” Attached to the application form should be the affidavit of loss and the torn or defaced ID, as the case may be, and a payment of P100 for the cost of reprinting and forwarding to the Office of Election Officer (OEO) of the new Voter’s ID Card. Such resolution was promulgated by the Comelec after the generation, printing and issuance 20 ONE MINDANAO

of Voter’s ID have been deferred in September 2008, and resumed after the cleansing of nationwide database through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Meanwhile, the Information Technology Department (ITD) of Comelec has started to dispatch the Voters’ ID Cards to the OEO, thus the need to adopt uniform guidelines and policy on their Thursday, October 18, 2012

custody and distribution at the OEO level, Atty. Cirilo Nala, Jr., Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) of M i s a m i s Occidental said. Resolution 9387 provides that upon receipt of the voters’ ID cards from ITD, the OEO will make a list and post it in the OEO Bulletin Board with notice to the concerned voters that their Voters’ ID Cards are already available for release. The registered voters, then personally appear at the OEO on any day from Monday to Saturday, from 8:00am to 5:00am, to claim their Voters’ ID Cards. Release of the Voters’ ID cards will be done by the EO/Assistant EO who sees to it that the rightful owner claims the correct ID Cards. However, a voter may authorize in writing any person to claim his/her ID Card, as long as he/she presents a notarized authorization document along with his/her own valid ID and sign the logbook indicating that he/ she claimed the Voters’ ID Card in behalf of the registered voter. Thursday, October 18, 2012

Distribution of the Voter’s ID Cards maybe done at the Barangay Hall or any public building in the barangay after the EO coordinates with the barangay officials regarding its schedule. A registered voter who applies for transfer of registration record and correction of entries and/or change of status will surrender his/her voter’s ID to the EO of the municipality/city where he/she now resides. If the applicant cannot present his/her Voter’s ID, he will be required to execute an affidavit of loss, which will be attached to his application. If he/she has not been issued a Voter’s ID, such fact shall be indicated in his/her application, Nala added. ONE MINDANAO 21

DOLE brings the fight against child labor to the level of barangays By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is bringing the battle to free child laborers to the villages. Labor and employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz came to General Santos City Monday to launch the Child Labor-Free Barangay program in Soccsksargen Region or Region 12. “We recognize that the most effective way to fight child labor in the country is to bring the program down to the level of barangays,” Baldoz said. “Employing the assistance of barangays is necessary because they are the government 22 ONE MINDANAO

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unit operating closest to the child laborers,” she added. Baldoz explained, President Benigno Aquino III ordered DOLE to implement the program following a National Statistics Office report that Philippines has at least 2.9 million children – mostly in remote barangays and puroks – who are forced to work because of poverty. “Per order from the president, our objective is to free these children, especially those working in the worst forms of child labor, and bring them back to school,” she said. She emphasized children ages 5 to 15 years should not be allowed to work to help earn a living for their families but should be in school. “Children over 15 years until 18 years old may work to earn income but never in hazardous environments and lifethreatening conditions,” she added. According to the Article 3 of the ILO (International Labour Organization) Thursday, October 18, 2012

Convention No. 182, worst forms of child labor include: “(a) all forms of slavery or practices similar to slavery, such as the sale and trafficking of children, debt bondage and serfdom and forced or compulsory labour, including forced or compulsory recruitment of children for use in armed conflict; “(b) the use, procuring or offering of a child for prostitution, for the production of pornography or for pornographic performances; “(c) the use, procuring or offering of a child for illicit activities, in particular for the production and

trafficking of drugs as defined in the relevant international treaties; “(d) work which, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm the health, safety or morals of children.” To effectively implement the Child Labor-Free Barangays program, DOLE has converged with Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health and all other agencies involved in the protection of children’s rights and welfare. “By 2016 we aim to have freed at least 75% of the 2.9 million child ONE MINDANAO 23

laborers in the country,” Baldoz said. Among the strategies, she explained, is to provide families of child laborers and working children with livelihood. DOLE has identified 609 “poorest of the poor” municipalities across the country where they will identify barangays with child laborers. In Barangay Bula, DOLE has identified 69 working children, only 22 of them are irregularly attending school. At the launching, all the 69 children were given bags with school


supplies and food packs from Dolefil Inc. Twenty-one parents of these children were also provided with starter kits to begin micro businesses. Business starter kits, which amounted to a total of P104,693, included tools and equipment and starting capital for businesses such as chorizo making, kakanin (puto and kutsinta) making, fish barbeque and dried fish production, mini carenderia, fish jigging, gill net fishing, and rice cake making.

Across Soccksargen Region, DOLE identified eight more barangays with incidence of child labor. These are barangays Malire and Cadungon in Antipas, North Cotabato; Saguing in Makilala, North Cotabato; Presbitero in Pigkawayan, North Cotabato; Kematu in T’boli, South Cotabato; and, Lagao, San Isidro and City Heights, Gensan. In May, Barangay Kematu where children work in the gold mining tunnels, declares the area as child labor-free.

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Passengers to benefit from certification of PUV operators, drivers in Region 12 By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Passengers of public transport utilities and pedestrians in Soccsksargen Region will benefit from the enforcement of two laws related to the well-being of drivers, conductors, and in the long term, passengers.

These are DOLE Department Order 118-12 and DOTC Department Order 2011 – 25 said Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. D.O. 118 – 12 pertains to the rules and

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regulations governing the employment and working conditions of drivers and conductors in the public utility bus transport industry while D.O. 2011 – 25 requires training and national certification

(NC) assessment of drivers by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) prior to their renewal of drivers’ license and before their transport operators can be issued certificates


of public convenience. At the regional launching of the Child Labor-Free Barangay program in General Santos City on Monday, Sec. Baldoz also awarded Labor Standards Compliance Certificate (LSCC) to Yellow Bus Line (YBL), the first bus company in Soccsksargen Region and in Mindanao to have received such certification. One of the bases for the LSCC was YBL’s submission to D.O. 118-12. “(D.O. 118-12) was formulated in coordination with MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) to help curb road accidents and traffic violations,” she explained,” which according to study were mostly because drivers had to rush to earn their commissions.” She congratulated YBL management for immediately complying with the department order, which she said, means that the bus line is concerned with 26 ONE MINDANAO

the working conditions of their employees as well as their health and safety. D.O. 118-12 mandates a two-tiered wage system for bus drivers and conductors, which means bus companies must pay their drivers and conductors a part-fixed and part-performancebased compensation, instead of pay based solely on the socalled boundary or commission system. Under the order, bus firms must also ensure the occupational safety and health of bus drivers and conductors through compliance with OSH standards and other DOLErelated issuances on the prevention and control of tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS, hepatitis B, and drugs in the workplace. She said, with fixed wages and additional benefits, drivers would be plying their routes at normal speeds, thus, reducing road mishaps. YBL human resource

manager Norlan Yap and YBL Employees Union president Jose Ronie Mondragon received the LSCC for the bus company. YBL has also been compliant with DOTC D.O. 2011-25. Zeus Ampuyas, regional director of Tesda 12 reported that as of September 30, 2012, 193 of the 194 drivers employed by YBL has undergone training and driving NC III assessment. Of those assessed, 143 has been granted NC III certificates. “Those who have failed in the first assessment have been scheduled for reassessment, others have opted for retraining,” he said. YBL covers routes from Isulan Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, and General Santos to Davao City. The other two companies plying Region 12 routes are Biocrest (Husky Bus) Multi-purpose Cooperative serving General Santos City -Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cotabato City route and Weena Bus Company serving Cotabato City – Davao City route. Ampuyas added that 15 of the 21 drivers of Husky bus have been assessed. All of the 238 drivers of Weena Bus have yet to undergo

assessment. Including drivers of jeepneys and vans, 1,173 drivers from Soccsksargen Region had undergone NC II or NC III assessment. “Yellow bus’ compliance helps boost our message to

the Supreme Court that this (D.O. 11812) is not only for the benefit of one sector but especially for the workers in the transport sector and the pedestrians,” Baldoz said.

KBP SarGen leads broadcastreeing project in GenSan By Cathy Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY --The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Sararangani-GenSan chapter led on Saturday, Oct 13 Oplan Broadcastreeing 2012, a tree planting activity in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). KBP SarGen chapter chairman James Catalan described the event as most important undertaking so far of the KBP-SarGen this year. “We all know about global warming and climate change. So this effort is our way to save the environment from further destruction,” he said, adding planting trees is the easiest thing that anyone can do to help protect Mother Earth. Catalan said that trees have the capacity to prevent erosion and floods because “one tree Thursday, October 18, 2012

can hold 20 gallons of water.” Participants and stakeholders planted 1,000 seedlings of jackfruit and mahogany at the watershed of Purok Balsinag, barangay Olympog here. City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Valiente Lastimoso explained reforesting upland areas “minimizes erosion in the forest land which can contribute to the seeping capability of the existing trees/plants and thus enforces stronger retention of water

especially those along riverbanks or other areas near water.” The broadcastreeing project was undertaken pursuant to DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2012-132 signed by late Secretary Jesse Robredo, enjoining the DILG and 30 KBP chapters nationwide to launch a tree planting activities in their respective areas of responsibility. Noting the big success of Saturday’s broadcastreeing, DILG GenSan city director Atty. Rochelle Sero said the event did not only ONE MINDANAO 27

showcase the strong partnership between and among government agencies, the media, private organizations and the civil society groups here but more so showed the bayanihan spirit and real concern of people to care, preserve, and protect the environment. “This tree planting really aims to mitigate the adverse effects of global warming and climate change by way of encouraging the involvement and wider participation of different sectors here,� she said. The signing of


partnership agreement among KBP-SarGen, CENRO, DILG GenSan, and the barangay council of Olympog culminated the broadcastreeing project 2012. Other partners also included the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the 1002nd Brigade, Philippine Army, and Joint Task Force (JTF) GenSan, the city government of GenSan through CENRO, barangy council of Olympog, KBP members composed of ABS-CBN, AM Stations: DXES-Bombo Radyo, DXMD-RMN, DXCP, RPNDXDX, and DXGS; FM

Stations: Brigada, MOR, Home Radio, Wild, Killer Bee and the Kabataan Media Production. It was also joined by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Villamor College of Business and Arts, and the Ireneo L. Santiago High School of Metro Dadiangas. CENRO said the project is in line with the National Greening Program of the government which targets the planting of 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide.

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ZaNorte provincial library joins American shelves training By Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY - Selected personnel from public and university libraries from all over Mindanao have recently completed the first American shelves training-workshop conducted by the Thomas Jefferson Information Center (TJIC) at the Ateneo de Davao University in Davao City. Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email

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Editha Pagente-Tomong, a staff from the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Library and Information Center (ZNPLIC) and one of the participants, said the training was aimed to promote stronger relations between the US and the Philippines by setting up an American shelf in public and university libraries with Amazon kindle books, maps and other reading materials to be supplied by the US embassy in Manila. Tomong also disclosed that the participants were taught how to use the social media such as web chat, email and others. TJIC deputy director Pong Aureaus, Tomong said, talked on planning programs, reporting and evaluation while Eileen Valdecanas, educational advising coordinator, 30 ONE MINDANAO

discussed the topic titled Webchat: Education USA. Being identified as TJIC kiosk in region 9, the ZNPLIC is expected to receive new electronic gadgets from the US embassy. Aside from TJIC Director Reysa C. Alenzuela, other attendees were Yasin Mohammad, chief librarian of ARMM Regional Library in Cotabato City, Dr. Briccio Merced, university librarian of UP Mindanao in Davao City, Salome Enoc of Davao City Public Library, Rosita Ling, chief librarian of Basilan Provincial Library, Rudylin Rosales, college librarian of JH Cerilles State College in Pagadian City, Beatriz Banal of Bukidnon State University and Editha PagenteTomong of ZNPLIC. Thursday, October 18, 2012

DENR orders forest guards to be on look-out vs forest pests By Jocelyn P. Alvarez PAGADIAN CITY - To keep the country’s forests free from pest infestation, Environment Secretary Ramon J.P Paje tasked forest guards to act as vanguards for signs of forest pest damage due to insect or fungi infestation, this revealed Roservirico Tan, Chief, Regional Public Affairs office, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Tan said forest guards were tasked to be on look-out of such forest “menace” while doing their regular surveillance duties. “Aside from illegal loggers, a new enemy has been added to the order of battle issued to government forest guards -- malevolent forest fungi and insect, or collectively known as forest pests,” said Tan. Tan informed that “DENR will activate a nationwide early warning surveillance system against incidence or potential outbreaks of pest infestation in our forests.” He said this effort is being done to ensure the ‘health’ of the country’s forests. “We have to put in mind that the National Greening program (NGP) of the Aquino administration targets to cover 1.5millon hectares by 2016 and DENR intends not just to plant seedlings but to grow healthy trees as well.” With this development, “DENR will be hiring additional forests guards to ensure that the surveillance system is carried out well,” the active information chief informed. Thursday, October 18, 2012


ARMM Gov hails ‘historic’ agreement by Apipa P. Bagumbaran


utonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Mujiv Hataman lauded the signing of the historic Framework Agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). In a press statement, Hataman said the ARMM welcomed this development with utmost sense of support and cooperation. He said the pact brings the decades-


long negotiation close to achieving its final goal - a lasting peace for the coexisting peoples of Muslim Mindanao. Hataman thanked those who had worked hand-in-hand into the long Thursday, October 18, 2012

process, whether directly or indirectly from day one. He also credited both the first and the current Aquino administration for the breakthrough in the government’s peace dealing with the MILF. “On-and-off to some points of discord in more than two decades, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III broke gridlocks in the first face-to-face presidential talk with the MILF leadership in Tokyo, Japan on August 4, 2011,” he said. “Again, this presidential move effectively followed the straight path to waging peace, yet a similarly crucial decision on the part of then President Corazon C. Aquino, when she met MNLF Chairman Nur Misuari, right in the heartland of the Moro conflict in Maimbung Sulu on September 5, 1986,” he added. The ARMM Governor assured the public of a smooth transition to power in Thursday, October 18, 2012

case parties would reach the summit of the peace negotiations. Principally, both panels agreed to hold subsequent discussions on the essential issues on the security aspect (ceasefire), the rehabilitation and development of conflict-affected areas, and ancestral domain. Hataman said the ARMM under him had worked extensively on the second point, while the other two points were left to the negotiators of the both panels to hammer out. “Within the sphere of the region’s mandates, our administration of the autonomous region becomes the first of seven dispensations to have opened partnership to peace endeavor with the Civil Society which effectively crafts and gives substance to efforts in rehabilitating and developing conflictaffected areas in all its five provinces and one-city component,” he further said. ONE MINDANAO 33

Davao City gov’t workers assured of up to P15T Xmas bonus By Lovely Carillo

DAVAO CITY- Christmas will come early for employees of the Davao City government with the early release this November of the remaining portions of their 13th month pay, half of which was already released last June. “We will start to release the 13th month pay of the local government employees by November,” Assistant City Administrator/Human Resource Management Office Department head Edwin Alparaque said yesterday. Alparaque also assured the em34 ONE MINDANAO

ployees that they will be given their Social Amelioration Bonus amounting to P15,000 for regular employees and P10,000 for contractual employees and job orders. “These benefits are already part of the 2012 annual appropriation so I do not see any reason why they won’t receive these benefits this year,” he said. The same Social Amelioration Pay has been previously given to the employees last year, he added. However, Alparaque clarified that this is not yet the signing bonus as both management and labor are still negotiating the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA). The signing bonus, he added, is given the employees whenever a new CAN has been negotiated and approved. “Ginatuki pa man ang bag’ong CAN so wala pa’y signing bonus (we are still negotiating the new CNA so there is as yet no signing bonus),” he said. Thursday, October 18, 2012

Guns, explosives recovered in Comval encounter CAMP PANACAN, DAVAO CITY– Members of the 25th Infantry Battalion recovered one firearm and two explosives following an encounter with New People’s Army rebels in Purok Nueve, Sitio Liloan, Barangay San Vicente, Montevista, Compostela Valley Province. Lt. Col. Cesar Molina, commanding officer of the 25th Infantry Battalion said the weapons recovered comprised of one Carbine rifle, one hand grenade, and an improvised landmine. He said a wire, switch and personal belongings of the rebels were also retrieved in the clearing operation. Molina said the soldiers were conducting a security patrol when they received information from the residents about the presence of the rebels in the area, consequently leading to a thirtyminute firefight. No one was killed on both sides. “The encounter was a result of the reports given by the community. We conducted a security patrol immediately since residents already complained about the harassment by the rebels,” he said. Molina lauded the residents for their vigilance which prevented the Thursday, October 18, 2012

rebels from using the improvised landmine. He urged them to continue helping the soldiers who are conducting peace and development activities to expedite the delivery of government service in the area. Lt. Colonel Lyndon Paniza, spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Division said the Peace and Development Outreach Program (PDOP) was implemented by the 10th ID in 2010 and has yielded positive results as seen by the improvement of peace and order and increased significant services extended to the people of Compostela Valley Province. He said the PDOP also shows a sustainable cooperation of the community, the local government, the soldiers and other parties in identifying projects that will alleviate the living condition of the residents and ultimately bring peace and development in the area. “We will continue this direction especially with the people cooperating closely not only with the soldiers but also with their respective local government units which have been responsive to their needs,” Paniza said. ONE MINDANAO 35


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