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OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

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President Aquino vows to accelerate the transformation of the Philippines as a land of opportunity and hope for all Filipinos NFA-10 intensifies palay procurement Northern Mindanao

Red Cross to build 150 shelters for displaced families in Bukidnon Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy, Northern Mindanao

Hagonoy, Padada to ink Pantawid MOA Southern Mindanao

Meager budget hounds ALS, says Dir. Guerrero Franklin P. Gumapon , Western Mindanao

Amante signs commitment with WFP, UNH Maria Diana Luisa Z. Generalao, Caraga Region

Agusan del Sur provincial development fund brings better roads Melody de Vera, Caraga Region

37 business establishments in Region 12 receive Bagwis Seal of Excellence Awards Aida Agad, Central Mindanao

Sheep-CLP intensifies IT training for elementary pupils in Gensan Gumana-Fruylan, Central Mindanao

Cover Story Davao City bags best in public employment service office and cooperative office for 2011 page 4

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Joey Sem G. Dalumpines Southern Mindanao


Davao City bags best in public employment service office and cooperative office for 2011 by Joey Sem G. Dalumpines

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ayor Sara DuterteCarpio took pride in the achievements of her governance, as the city bagged two national and regional awards in providing livelihood opportunities to the residents through employment and cooperative services, respectively last year. She said that first, the city won as national champion in the best public employment service office for highly urbanized city category in the contest organized by the Department of Labor and Employment. Duterte-Carpio said the city’s public employment office had been cited for its 2011 accomplishments, when it posted the most job vacancies

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in the Phil.jobnet at 48,900 job vacancies-online registration. The PESO conducted 17 job fairs where a total of 22,646 jobseekers were matched with the offered employment, leading to 2,717 applicants hired. She said -the office also implemented the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) all year round benefitting a total of 1,636 students and facilitated the special recruitment authority to 159 job-recruitment agencies overseas, resulting to 3,176 deployments in various countries. “The office performed very well for Davao City, especially in matching between jobseekers and firms offering employment,” DuterteCarpio said. Thursday, October 25, 2012


As a consequence, she said the PESO will be institutionalized as a permanent office of the city government. Duterte-Carpio revealed that at present the PESO does not have a permanent status. She said the city just put it up to provide an avenue for employment opportunities and is run by a few permanent and casual employees. “We already submitted a proposal to the city council to give the office a permanent status so that plantilla positions will be available, consequently defining its function and appointment of permanent employees to run the outfit,” Carpio said. On the other hand, the city government also cited the City Cooperative Development Office for winning the most outstanding local cooperative office in Davao Region. The Gawad Parangal was given to the CCDO after being recognized by the Cooperative Development Authority for showing outstanding merits in terms of organization, management, leadership and program implementation among six other cooperative offices in Region 11. Councilor April Marie Dayap, chair of the committee on cooperative and people’s cooperation said the CCDO proved to be exemplary in providing services to the cooperatives in the Thursday, October 25, 2012

city. She said the office has been assessed based on implementing its programs and community service activities. Engineer Jaime Adalin, head of the CCDO said they no longer limit serving the cooperatives, but they also provide assistance to micro-small and medium enterprises in securing collateral and loans from the banks. “The innovations and expansion of services have also qualified us to get the recognition,” he said.

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ACROSS THE NATION President Aquino cites strong relations between the Philippines and New Zealand

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III cited on Tuesday the strong relations between the Philippines and New Zealand which he said has gone beyond time and history. In his speech at the State Dinner Mateparae at the Government House in hosted in his honor by Their Excellencies Wellington, New Zealand on Tuesday, Lieutenant General The Right Honourable the President said “the cooperation Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine between our two countries extends

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farther than the 46 years that we have had diplomatic relations.” “We remember that during World War II, Filipinos and New Zealanders fought side by side for democracy, and from there, we have continued to work shoulder to shoulder in valuing and promoting the democratic way of life,” the President said. “Back in 1986, as earlier mentioned by the Governor General, right after my country’s EDSA revolution, then Prime Minister David Lange of New Zealand was among the first to visit and offer his support to my mother, who had been recently elected after a long struggle against dictatorship. That support helped accelerate our nation’s return to democracy,” he added. The President noted the two countries’ willingness to help each other as seen during the spate of calamities that struck in the past years has further deepened our relationship and strengthened our bonds with each other. “During the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake, Filipinos the world over stood in solidarity not only with our patriots but with you as you mourned and pledged to rebuild. And when the powerful typhoons caused flooding Thursday, October 25, 2012

and destruction in Mindanao earlier this year, so, too, did New Zealanders demonstrate their solidarity by extending a helping hand,” the President stressed. In this connection, the President extended his appreciation for New Zealand’s “generous contributions to the Philippine Red Cross and UNICEF that helped the Philippines from the typhoons and contributed to the rehabilitation of affected areas especially in the Southern Philippines.” PND(rck)

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President Aquino vows to accelerate the transformation of the Philippines as a land of opportunity and hope for all Filipinos

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III has vowed to “accelerate� the implementation of reforms in government in order to transform the Philippines as a land brimming with opportunities and hope in which all Filipinos may partake of to build their dreams and achieve their ambitions without having to look towards greener pastures.

The President gave this promise Excellencies Lieutenant General The during his speech at the state Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae dinner held in his honor by Their and Lady Janine Mateparae at

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the Government House in Wellington, New Zealand on Tuesday. He said his two-day State Visit to New Zealand from October 22 to 23, where he met with the Filipino community there, has made him fully understand why many Filipinos, despite being familial in nature, choose to uproot themselves and their families to work and eventually live in another country. “It takes substantial courage and emotional fortitude to uproot oneself -- to move away from kin, and start anew in an unfamiliar land…But in my two days here, I am somehow made to understand the reason for their leavetaking. I have witnessed the better life that my countrymen are enjoying here, borne of opportunities they would no doubt have been deprived of, had they chosen to stay in the Philippines of the past,” the President said. “This understanding propels me to further accelerate the transformation we are now experiencing in our

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country,” he added. He said that among the reforms he plans to implement is to provide opportunities for all Filipinos to live stable and prosperous lives. “Time and again, I have witnessed the decent, dignified lives of my countrymen who live abroad and that is why I have refocused government to what truly matters: Opening doors of opportunity for my people, working towards stability and prosperity, and ensuring that the growth we are experiencing is just and equitable and all inclusive,” the President said. “This, I know, is a goal I shared with our friends in the community of nations -- a goal whose fulfillment comes within closer reach as we expand the already fertile common ground between our nations, and lift each other to even greater heights. I look forward to a future of even deeper, even more meaningful, and even more positive engagement between our two respective countries,” he added. PND (rck)

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New Zealand PM congratulates Pres. Aquino for the historic signing of the Framework Agreement

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he fruits of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s labor in terms of fighting corruption and resolving the decades-old conflict in Mindanao did not go unnoticed in the eyes of New Zealand’s most powerful man. In a statement delivered before following their bilateral meeting fielding questions from the last Tuesday, Prime Minister John media in a joint press conference Key personally congratulated 10 ONE MINDANAO

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President Aquino for the work that he’s been doing when it comes to fighting corruption. “It takes a brave and courageous leader to undertake those steps of the President so we congratulate him for the work he’s doing there and also for his commitment to peace and security and we congratulate him for the work in signing the peace agreement in Mindanao,” Key said. The recent historic signing of the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement between the government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was among the topics of interest raised by President Aquino in his separate meetings with Key and GovernorGeneral Sir Jerry Mateparae. When asked whether New Zealand has plans to put some of its investments in Mindanao given this latest positive development, Key said “that’s possible” as part of their overall investment profile. Key, meanwhile, announced that New Zealand will be putting around NZ$5,000,000 worth of investments to the Philippines over the course of five years to Thursday, October 25, 2012

help in the development of its local dairy industry. “The Philippines is New Zealand’s fourth largest dairy export market and consumption is growing and we’ll be working with the Filipino community with the Philippines government to help us establish their own dairy industry which I know is very small at home,” Key said. This move was apparently in answer to the very lopsided trade relations pointed out by President Aquino between the Philippines and New Zealand given the two countries’ sizeable gap in terms of population. “The investment of NZ$5million over five years aims to expand our, well, to impart knowledge and capability for the Philippines so that you can develop your own dairy industry. As I understand it, 99 percent of your dairy consumption is imported so you’re a very small domestic producer,” Key said. “So we think that New Zealand can play a role in two parts: one is in helping solve the state demand as it grows but also, secondly, in building your local capability and your ability to service your own domestic market,” he added. ONE MINDANAO 11


DAR Sec rolls out projects for farmers in Region 10 by Editha R. Salvador

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes during his visit here met with two agrarian reform beneficiaries organizations (ARBOs) that will be recipients of the Agrarian Reform Community Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) projects scheduled for implementation this year. 12 ONE MINDANAO

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The Mabunga, Imbatug and Salimbalan District Multi-purpose Cooperative (MISAD MPC) in Baungon, Bukidnon leads the three farmers groups in the municipality who will soon become beneficiaries of common service facilities for their cassava production, processing and marketing project. About 340 farmers are involved in the project covering some 130 hectares. The common service facilities include a tractor with implements, chipper, granulator and a hauling truck. Professional service providers will also assist the farmers in the different aspects of enterprise development. A similar project will also be implemented in Alubijid, Misamis Oriental with the Centro Sampatulog Farmers Consumers Coop as the lead group. In his interaction with the

beneficiaries in the two provinces, Sec. de los Reyes emphasized the need for the support and cooperation of the farmers in making the project work. He exhorted them to do their part and cited the example of a jet matic pump which needs a small amount of water to be poured in first before anyone can draw more water from it (pakati in the vernacular). The ARCCESS responds to the mandate of Republic Act 9700 otherwise known as the CARPER Law on providing subsidy to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs). By giving professional services and common service facilities to ARBOs, ARCCESS grants strategic subsidies. In the long run, these targeted subsidies to ARBOs will result in marked improvements in the quality of life of ARBs, other smallholders, and rural communities.

NFA-10 intensifies palay procurement CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The National Food Authority has announced the all-out palay procurement operations this harvest season in order to lift farm prices and boost government buffer stocks. Photo Credit: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net

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The NFA buys palay at P17.00 per kilogram (clean and dry). Among the measures adopted by NFA are: the simplified requirements in the issuance of farmers passbook and given free of charge; increase in the delivery incentive up to P0.50 per kg or P25.00 per bag depending on the distance from the source of palay to NFA buying station; the acceptance of wet palay of farmers; and the loosening

of quality requirements. Other internal modification are: increase in quantity for initial delivery of walk-in farmers up to 200 bags; the increase of the cash portion of payment up to P300,000.00 and the excess made out in checks. Buying stations are located in all NFA warehouses. Farmers’ organizations may also coordinate with the NFA Provincial Offices for schedule of deliveries and pickup points.

Red Cross to build 150 shelters for displaced families in Bukidnon by Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) held the ceremonial groundbreaking at Barangay Bagontaas, Valencia City, to start building 150 shelters for families displaced by tropical storm Sendong.

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He, however, stressed that “Pabahay” (housing), which is not the PRC’s main mandate and which they only do on case-toThursday, October 25, 2012


case basis, should be a partnership. Aside from having not enough resources, they want to promote the value of self-reliance and cooperation, Gordon said. “We are here to build communities, to alleviate poverty, sufferings, and create a new life. Red Cross is here to assist those who lost homes on storm Sendong’s onslaught, who may otherwise have resorted to staying on the streets, parks or in their relatives’ dwellings,” he said. The PRC is footing the bill for materials and engineering, while the recipients were asked to provide labor as sweat equity. Selvaratnam Sinnadurrai, head of delegation of the IFRC, cited that the PRC housing initiatives for survivors of the storm Sendong in December 2011 will not be possible without the two-hectare land donated by the city government Thursday, October 25, 2012

of Valencia. Jocelyn Daroy, chapter administrator of PRC Bukidnon, said that materials and engineering for 150 shelters cost P10.5 million. Each house unit has a lot area of 100 square meters with 24-square-meter floor area. “It is expected to be completed within 45-day period depending upon the recipients’ work speed,” Daroy said. Mayor Leandro Jose Catarata vowed to provide skills training to the recipients to support PRC’s intervention efforts. ONE MINDANAO 15


Framework Agreement confirms common effort for peace- RPOC chair by Jeanevive Abangan

TAGUM CITY- The Framework Agreement is a confirmation of a nationwide effort to seek lasting peace, said Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) chairperson Provincial Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario of Davao del Norte.

Addressing the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting yesterday, Del Rosario pointed out that such effort to work for peace has been reverberating even at the regional and provincial level. Quoting President Benigno S. Aquino III who looked at the Framework Agreement as instrumental in establishing lasting peace in Mindanao, Del Rosario said such expression of hope has also been “a dream” of peace-makers in the region and in the province. Del Rosario also looked at the Framework Agreement signed between the national government and the

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Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as factor to strengthen opportunities for genuine and lasting peace. On the event, newly promoted commanding General Lysander Suerte of the 1003rd Infantry Brigade of the 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army said that the Framework Agreement can become a pattern of solving local conflict. “Look at what happened with the Framework Agreement. Tumataas ang hope natin ( Our hopes are rising). Pwede pala magawan ng framework (A framework can possibly be done). Similar things can happen for any LGU for any problem,” he said in an interview. With the Framework Agreement as a replicable model, Suerte was hopeful that clinching peace with local rebels can possibly be achieved. DAVAO City - The Department of Social Welfare and Development. Thursday, October 25, 2012


Hagonoy, Padada to ink Pantawid MOA

DAVAO CITY - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has conducted the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing between the Local Chief Executives (LCEs) of the municipalities of Hagonoy and Padada, Davao del Sur and the DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program at the Apo View Hotel last Tuesday, October 23. The activity aims to formalize the pledge of commitment thereby sealing the coordinative and unified interventions in the implementation of the program and ensure that the government resources on health and education vis-à-vis the compliance of the beneficiaries are addressed and dealt with accordingly. Hagonoy and Padada are included on the Set 6 implementaThursday, October 25, 2012

tion of Pantawid Pamilya in Region XI. At present, 168,624 households in 6 cities and 41 municipalities in Davao Regiona benefit from Pantawid Pamilya. The inclusion of Hagonoy and Padada results to the 100% coverage of the program in all areas of the region. Davao Del Sur Governor Douglas Ra. Cagas has confirmed to attend the event. The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or the “Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT)” program is a rights-based approach in combatting poverty in the country. It has the same goals of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty by providing cash grants to identified poor households in the country to help improve the health, nutrition and education especially of children aged 0 to 14 years old. The families must then comply with the program conditions on health, nutrition, education and family development sessions prior to getting their grants. (DSWD/Sheryll Jane B. Sanico) ONE MINDANAO 17


4th Wk October is Juvenile Justice and Welfare Week By Felipo David G. Malcampo ZAMBOANGA CITY - celebrating the first Juvenile Justice (JJ) and Welfare Consciousness Week, the National Youth Commission (NYC) spearheads the conduct of fora and lectures, film showing and various trainings in consonance with the week-long celebration. Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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Anchored on the theme “Sa 9344, Bata, Bida ka,” NYC conducted yesterday (Oct. 24) a workshop with the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) of Zamboanga City which tackled the Role of the SK’s in the Observance and Implementation of RA 9344 or the the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (JJWA). The event which was conducted at the Marcian Garden Convention Center was participated in by close to 200 youth and volunteers. “The activity aims to enlighten the SKs about their vital role in the implementation of the JJWA,” said Maricor Anne DG. Cauton of the NYC. “The Sk being a unique government institution that caters and secures the participation of the youth on local governance should be in the forefront of the JJWA as it addresses issues involving juvenile delinquents,” Cauton added. “The activity also aims to enlist the commitment of the youth, particularly the SK, through advocacy campaigns and programs,” she emphasized. It can be recalled, the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC) expressed its opposition to the moves in Congress to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility Thursday, October 25, 2012

currently set at 15 years old. “Early this year, the NYC approved a resolution calling for a JJW Consciousness Week. The idea was to help increase awareness about JJ and enjoin all duty-bearers to find ways by which RA 9344 can be fully implemented,” said NYC Chairman Leon Flores III. The proposal to have a JJW Consciousness Week was endorsed by the JJWC and eventually signed into Presidential Proclamation No. 489. “This is a categorical indication of the government’s commitment to restore justice for young people and children,” Flores commented. JJWC is composed of various government agencies to include Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Education (DepEd), Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) , Dept. of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), and the National Youth Commission (NYC).

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Meager budget hounds ALS, says Dir. Guerrero By Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY - Only 17 percent of the total budget given to the Department of Education (DepED) is allocated to the Alternative Learning System (ALS), according to Dr. Carolina S. Guerrero, director of the Bureau of Alternative Learning System (BALS). In her recent meeting here with the school officials of the city division together with some city officials, barangay chairmen, ALS learners and stakeholders, Doctor Guerrero bared that ALS is now operating on a meager budget but serving a huge number of clients nationwide. “This is the very reason why we are appealing to the local government officials and partner-agencies to help in the implementation of ALS programs and activities to reach out to the target clientele comprising the illiterates, elementary dropouts, indigenous peoples (IPs) and those who cannot afford formal schooling,” she said. Guerrero also expressed her gratitude to the support extended by the local government officials to the ALS program. “I am greatly inspired by what I have witnessed here in your city, seeing a very successful implementation of ALS programs 20 ONE MINDANAO

owing to the support and assistance of the city officials and partnerinstitutions,” she declared. The BALS chief also personally heard the testimony of a certain Marites de los Reyes, 28, an ALS alumna who passed the Accreditation and Equivalency (A & E) test. De los Reyes said she was forced to stop her high school studies since her parents could no longer afford to send her to school. “Because of ALS, I was given a chance to go back to school and pursue my studies. Now, I am in third year taking up Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED) at the Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU),” she said. ALS is a free education that is self-paced, project-based and learner-centered, giving the student the freedom to follow his available schedule and to choose a module to read. Thursday, October 25, 2012


Training on protection of internally displaced persons in Davao by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY ---The Norwegian Refugee Council-Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (NRC-IDMC) will be spearheading the first training workshop on the protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in East Mindanao on October 25 and 26 to be held in Paradise Island Resort, Samal, Davao City. The training will be joined by the personnel of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (PCHR), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),

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enhance the institutional capacity of the PCHR, DSWD, civil society indigenous peoples organizations and NGOs and to contribute to the professional development of their staff and members, in the protection of human rights of IDPs in East Mindanao based on international and national legal frameworks, legislation and policies said Cecilia Jimenez of the NRC-IDMC Senior Training and Legal Office in a written statement. This will also include prevention of arbitrary displacement and protection of IDP rights during and immediately after displacement, as well as durable solutions. “The activity is also intended to raise the participants’ awareness of international standards on 22 ONE MINDANAO

IDP protection from and during internal displacement and on durable solutions, as provided for by the UN Guiding Principles on IDPs, international human rights law obligations of the Philippine government and national law, with a focus on substantive rights and advocacy for those rights; to come to a common appraisal on the current situation of IDPs and the issues and problems confronting the IDP situation in East Mindanao and have a comprehensive picture of the challenges affecting IDP protection including various categories of displacements, the IDPs and affected populations; and to enhance the participants’ knowledge and skills to be effective agents in advocating for the rights of the IDPs and their active participation, especially those of indigenous peoples and women and children,” said Jimenez. Participants will also reflect on the respective roles of the participating institutions in responding to the protection concerns affecting IDPs in East Mindanao and will come up with parameters for ways forward. Thursday, October 25, 2012


Amante signs commitment with WFP, UNH by Maria Diana Luisa Z. Generalao

BUTUAN CITY --In his most recent trip to Manila, Butuan

City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. signed a commitment of partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Habitat (UNH) during the Sustainable Philippine Cities Project Launching at the Crowne Plaza in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Oct. 16, 2012. Butuan City was chosen by by increasing city government the Joint WFP-UNH Initiative capacities in participatory risk and on Philippine Cities and Climate vulnerability assessment as basis Change Adaptation to be one of the for planning and operationalizing partner cities for both its Disaster community-based adaptation Preparedness and Response Program actions to benefit vulnerable poor and the Program for Achieving families living in high-risk areas. Sustainable Development (ASUD). Under the program, the WFP The project aims to build and UNH will provide Butuan resilient cities in the face of climate City a P3 Million-fund with the change and natural disasters directive of utilizing the support to Thursday, October 25, 2012

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produce an Action Plan for Disaster Preparedness as well as Urban Planning for the enhancement of the current Comprehensive Land Use Program. In a phone interview with Engr. Antenedo Milloren, City Planning and Development Office Chief, he said the LGU is planning to use P1 Million of the total fund of P3 Million for Mapping, a requirement to enhance our Comprehensive Land Use Program, and which includes dense updating of the city’s Urban 24 ONE MINDANAO

Observatory. He added that the P1 Million allotment would not be enough to cater to the specified task, but the UNH is willing to give additional funding assistance. Engr. Milloren also said that we are given the condition of submitting the aforementioned requirements not later than December of this year for us to be included in the UNH Pabahay Program for 2013. Inclusion of which would mean additional funding for our existing housing programs. Meanwhile, the remaining P2 Million will be used for the production of an Action Plan for Disaster Preparedness, with more emphasis on critical villages/ areas in the city. The German Government has recently trained the local government unit on the ground rules of establishing a sound action plan, which is now seen as a useful tool in the creation of the said requirement. Mayor Amante signed the commitment of partnership together with the mayors of the other partner-cities which included Iloilo, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro. Four programs were introduced during the launching. Butuan was the only city which qualified partnerships in two of the four programs. Thursday, October 25, 2012


Agusan del Sur provincial development fund brings better roads

by Melody de Vera

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur -- Residents from nine barangays in the municipalities of Esperanza, Prosperidad, San Francisco and the lone City of Bayugan now enjoy good roads after rehabilitation and repairs have been completed. The 14-kilometer road that connects the national road junction from Bayugan City to Barangays Cagbas, Saguma, Charito and Gamao which were damaged during the past heavy rains is now passable under all weather conditions. The improvement, rehabilitation and repairs were extended to Barangays San Toribio and Labao in Esperanza town. Another 6.7-kilometer

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road that connects the national road junction from the national highway in Patin-ay, Prosperidad to Barangay Lucac and Pisaan in San Francisco town was completed. The total cost of this road’s rehabilitation, repairs and improvement is P4,347,396, taken from the 20 percent provincial development fund of 2011 as part of Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza’s program ONE MINDANAO 25


in providing easy access to far-flung barangays while ensuring safety travel of farmers and their families. Barangay Saguma Chairman Virgelio Gumop-as said they are very lucky to have been chosen as one of the recipients of the road rehabilitation projects of the provincial government. “Because of this, the 20 percent budget that we set aside for the rehabilitation of the said road was saved and we can spend it in another priority project that the people in Barangay Saguma needed most. We want to thank from the bottom of our hearts Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza for his never-ending support to us and all the Agusanons,” Gumop-as said. For the residents in the area who mainly dependent on farming, the project is a big help to them. Transporting their agricultural products has become easier and has entailed lesser costs. Barangay Captain Manuel Perez of San Toribio also said that in times of emergency, residents in San Toribio will find it easier to bring their patients to the hospital for treatment even during night time because of the good road condition. For their part, barangay officials and residents of Lucac took extra steps in ensuring the road’s sustainability by passing Ordinance No. 2 which regulates the passage of vehicles loaded with heavy cargoes especially during the rainy season to prevent it from being damaged. Barangay Captain 26 ONE MINDANAO

Ramona Pajo said the ordinance is also their way of expressing their appreciation to Plaza, by maintaining the road in good condition in return. Among other projects funded by the 2011 PDF are the construction of the public market in Taglatawan, Bayugan City; concreting of Ninoy Aquino boulevard (Phase 3), Poblacion, Prosperidad; concreting of the Integrated Bus Terminal road, Poblacion, Rosario; concreting of Binahanan street in San Teodoro and Singanan street in San Andres, both in Bunawan; construction of Proper Binucayan-Union road in Binucayan, Loreto; regravelling of PanaganganIpil-Langasian FMR in La Paz; improvement of A.D. Curato street, Poblacion, Talacogon; rehabilitation of San Isidro–Bayugan 2 FMR, San Isidro, San Francisco; rehabilitation of NRJLapinigan-Mate road, San Francisco; and rehabilitation of Poblacion– Iloan road, Poblacion, Loreto.

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Japan eyes conservation aid for Tarsiers in Tupi, S. Cotabato By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Efforts to protect the habitat of Tarsiers in Tupi town, this province have recently gained more support.

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According to the municipality’s official website, the Embassy of Japan has considered providing livelihood assistance to the lumad community in Barangay Linan under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects. The Japanese government is also looking into the establishment of a center for the conservation of the Tarsier habitat inside the Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL). On Thursday, Angelyn Ileto, program officer of Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects, visited Purok Bagong Silang in said barangay to conduct appraisal, which she explained was in response to the proposal of Dr. Pierre Fidenci for the implementation of an eco-cultural tourism project in the area. Dr. Fidenci is president Endangered Species International (ESI), a US-based based conservation group working for wildlife conservation on Mt. Matutum in coordination with the Local Government of Tupi and 28 ONE MINDANAO

other stakeholders. Fidenci and his team conducted a research on the characteristics of Tarsiers and their habitat in Tupi in December until early this year. “The research is very important to ensure sustainable intervention for the tarsiers in the area,” he explained at the onset of the study. They were granted Wildlife Gratuitous Permit by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 12 to collect and study the tarsiers inside the MMPL. Their research was concentrated in Purok Bagong Silang and Purok Fortuna where the primates were first seen in 2009. The same place is being developed as one of the eco-tourism sites in South Cotabato.

At her courtesy call with Mayor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr., Ileto said she was happy to know of the local chief executive’s support to the smallest primates and the protection of their habitat. Tamayo also assured full support should the Eco-Cultural Tourism proposal is considered for Japan Official Development Assistance (ODA). “Meanwhile, we will process our validation and meet with Dr. Fidenci on other details of the project,” Ileto said. Ileto also visited Barangay Bunao and Tubeng, both included in the Bangsamoro Development Areas (BDA) to evaluate needs for school building grants earlier requested by their local coordinator.

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37 business establishments in Region 12 receive Bagwis Seal of Excellence Awards By Aida Agad KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Thirty-seven business establishments all over the Soccsksargen Region were conferred the Seal of Excellence Awards for upholding the rights and welfare of consumers. In a ceremony at the EMR Center in Koronadal City yesterday, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional director Ibrahim K. Guiamadel recognized the contribution of the region’s business partners for upholding the rights of consumers. These practices are embodied in the DTIBagwis Program where establishments are expected to observe responsible business where consumers get the value for their money. DTI Bagwis Program was formerly known as the DTI-Certified Establishment Program launched on 26 July 2006. Guiamadel said the Bagwis Program supports the government’s pursuit for good governance and in eliminating graft and corruption in Thursday, October 25, 2012

government. He cited DTI’s feat in the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) on integrity, which the agency comes in third place behind the Office of the President. He said, this is so because of the support of business partners who continue to promote and foster the highest level of business ethics and uphold a fair and honest marketplace through voluntary selfregulation. The Bagwis program serves as a check and balance for establishments to be guided on how they should operate while consistently conforming

to government regulations as well as local and international standards. Seven business establishments in the region qualified as Silver Awardees for achieving the criteria for social responsibility and compliance to fair trade laws. They are the Davao Citihardware, Inc. in ONE MINDANAO 29


Kidapawan City; NC Gaisano Dadiangas Inc. and Motortrade Nationwide Corp. in General Santos City; Gralets Gen. Merchandise at Alabel, Sarangani; Greater RJ Appliance &

Trading Corp in Tacurong City, SK; Jasenpearl Mini Mart in Malungon, Sarangani; and MCM Villamor Marketing Corp in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat. Thirty other

establishments received the Bagwis Bronze Excellence Seal for establishing Consumer Welfare Desk and complying fair trade laws.

Sheep-CLP intensifies IT training for elementary pupils in Gensan By Pops Gumana-Fruylan GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The local government’s Sheep-Computer Literacy Program (CLP) is intensifying its Information Technology training for elementary pupils in the city through skills enhancement on multimedia arts.

Sheep-CLP Head Percival Pasuelo said 30 public elementary schools or 750 pupilparticipants underwent trainings last week on digital caricature, blogging, and laying out a newsletter. “These level-up trainings are part of Mayor Darlene Antonino Custodio’s reengineering strategy to empower the youths in learning new technologies in preparation for future challenges,” he said. One of the participants, Loriane Noval, a Grade 6 pupil of Dadiangas North 30 ONE MINDANAO

Elementary School expressed happiness over her improved knowledge on making digital caricature. Naval said she learned the basics from her brother, who is working at a certain printing press in the city and discovered that she can earn extra income by making cartoon replica of any image. “Who knows someday we can venture on our own family business. With my brother’s help we can sell personalized mugs, t-shirts, and other items while I do

the caricature design,” she said. M e a n w h i l e , Pasuelo revealed that Sheep-CLP will be conducting the “2nd Students Blogfest, Caricature, and Newsletter Layouting Competition” where all 750 pupil-participants who completed the trainings are welcome to join. Exciting prizes like cellular phones, he said, await the winners of the competition to inspire the young participants while honing their minds and skills. Thursday, October 25, 2012


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