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President Aquino says government continues to craft mechanisms toward the development and empowerment of indigenous people ICADAC sets activities for drug awareness and prevention month in November Lorry V. Gabule, Northern Mindanao

Dengue cases continue to decrease in Northern Mindanao Jorie C. Valcorza, Northern Mindanao

RPOC-XI to assess programs, projects in conflict areas Jean Abangan, Southern Mindanao

Int’l. Film Expo slated in Davao City Jean Abangan, Southern Mindanao

Col. Azul, new 101stIB Commanding Officer Alfonso T. Ruda, Western Mindanao

Surigao Norte LGU, SCCI to spearhead st Surigao Norte Bizcon Susil D. Ragas, Caraga Region

Surigao del Sur free from red tide toxin, BFAR says Danilo S. Makiling, Caraga Region

Philhealth to employers: adopt Electronic Premium Reporting System Dani Doguiles, Central Mindanao

Koronadal City treats 3,000 day care tots at Children’s Congress Aida Agad, Central Mindanao

Cover Story Reaching children with cerebral palsy: a mother’s mission page 4

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Reaching children with cerebral palsy: a mother’s mission by Dani Doguiles

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earing a child suffering from cerebral palsy (CP) is without doubt a challenge. Losing an only child to this neurodevelopmental disorder is definitely devastating. But for physical therapist Prissie Shane Ladot-Cayan, the emotional turmoil of losing her son, Ardee, to CP barely three months before his seventh birthday instead became an impetus for a new mission: to reach out to parents of CP children – and the children affected by the condition. In November 2010, less month after her baby’s demise (he passed away on September 18), Shane put up the “Ardee Smile Kidz Project” to cater to the rehabilitation of CP children. According to Kidshealth.org, CP “affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way). It is usually caused by brain damage that occurs before or during a child’s birth,

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or during the first 3 to 5 years of a child’s life. “The brain damage that leads to cerebral palsy can also lead to other health issues, including vision, hearing, and speech problems, and learning disabilities.” Shane explained that Ardee had a global developmental delay, which

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means that his development was slow in all aspects. “In his almost seven years,” she said, “we were in and out of the hospital because of complications.” “Because CP children have deficient motor skills they may have problems in swallowing, breathing, hand and leg functions, and other every system from head to foot, which always puts them in danger.” Thus, parents of CP children have to spend most of their time with their kids and at least one of the parents often has to take child-rearing as a fulltime occupation. Add to that impacts on the parent’s or parents’ social relationships, psychological well-being, and physical health. Compounding the problem, rehabilitation clinics for CP victims are rare. In Koronadal City, only two health facilities offer services for CP patients. Others are located in General Santos City and Davao City. And CP is financially exigent. A single rehab session, she explained could cost from P250 up; some kids may be required at least three sessions per week. Cost of occupational therapies (OT) starts at P350 per session. OT hones the ability of the fine-motor skills and small muscles, which include hands, feet, mouth, fingers and toes and trains an individual to participate in activities of daily

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living that are meaningful to them. Ideally, OT sessions are done daily. At the PhysiqueCare Clinic (where the Ardee Smile Kidz Project holds rehabilitative sessions) each child is only charged P100 per session. “The minimal fee is for parents to take responsibility of their children’s rehab,” she said, “but oftentimes this too is lifted off for parents who are financially constrained.” At present the facility has registered 35 CP patients whose parents are mostly underprivileged but, sadly, only about 11 regularly come for their sessions, mostly because they cannot afford the fee -- some cannot even pay for the fare going to the center. During this interview, two children Roy and Manny (not their real name) were undergoing sessions. Roy’s father is a construction worker, Manny’s is a contractual worker at a government office here. Another parent drives a tricycle for living, still another is a single mom.

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The center focuses on rehabilitation of the children to bring back physical functions that could be restored. “Here we start by developing head control and balance of the trunk,” she explained. “Throgh this we develop the child’s capability to stand.” Shane and another physical therapist handle most of the sessions while trained PT assistants take care of massaging and stretching of child patients. To augment the meager fees collected from parents with donations from sponsors and proceeds of fund-raising campaigns as well as from income of PhysiqueCare Clinic. “Regarding finances, we have survived the past two year but 2013 is on the red,” she said, which is why, she added, they 6

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need more support from donors who may either choose to sponsor a child or donate for the projects’ general fund. The project is also open for volunteer therapists and on-the-job trainees. Those who would like to help may visit the project at PhysiqueCare Clinic along Arellano St., Koronadal City. They may also contact telephone numbers: (083) 228-7782.

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ACROSS THE NATION Aquino leads awarding rites for 15th anniversary of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act

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resident Beningo S. Aquino III led the awarding ceremonies for the late President Corazon C. Aquino (posthumous) and eight others for their valuable help and support for the realization of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) in celebration of its 15th anniversary. The awarding rites, which has for its The National Commission on theme “IPRA ay Gabay sa Kaunlaran, Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) honored Isaisip, Ipabatid at Isakatuparan� the late President Aquino and other was held at the GSIS Theater, GSIS stakeholders from government Building in Pasay City on Tuesday. institutions, non-government

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organizations, civic society organizations, peoples organizations and indigenous organizations for their valuable help and support for the realization of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act. The late President Aquino was honored “for enshrining the policy of recognition in the Constitution and the inclusion of the Indigenous Peoples (IP) agenda in the Social Pact for Empowered Economic Development. Presidential sister Viel Aquino Dee received the plaque of recognition for the late President. The other IPRA advocates who were presented the awards during the event include Professor Ponciano Bennagen, IP representative to the Constitutional Commission; former Congressman Gregorio A. Andolana for legislative leadership; former Congressman Jeremias Zapata (posthumous), for legislative leadership; former Congressman William F. Claver (posthumous) for legislative leadership; the Commission on Human Rights through Atty. Nasser A. Marohomsalic for the defense of the constitutionality of IPRA; Haribon Foundation, through Atty. Ronaldo R. Gutierrez, for the defense of the constitutionality of IPRA; Gaston

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Z. Ortigas Peace Institute through Executive Director Karen Tanada, for helping shepherd the drafting of the bill and Interim National Indigenous Peoples Council, for pushing a law on ancestral domains and other rights of indigenous peoples as the supreme agenda of ICCs/ IPS under the Social Reform Agenda. The President also led the awarding of certificates of Ancestral Domain/Land Titles to beneficiaries represented by Pangalawang Pundador, Rodolfo Aguilar, Paula Langguyod, Panlima Amparay Das, Panlima Angelito Sanchez, heirs of Elizabeth Mat-an, Lydia Bidos, Dominador Galian, and Virginia Cuyan-Panganiban. The NCIP also allocated P5 million to educate more indigenous peoples as a means of empowering them. The NCIP started a merit-based scholarship grant to 100 youths. The President likewise awarded the certificates of scholarship grants to the youths represented by Krichelle Mei D. Carino, Edmar B. Fronda and Mylinar B. Ligligen. The IPRA was signed into law on October 29, 1997 by then President Fidel V. Ramos. It was hailed as a landmark legislation by government, civil society and international community Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Republic Act No. 8371 was enacted to recognize, protect, and promote the rights of the indigenous cultural communities/ indigenous peoples, as well as to establish implementing mechanisms and appropriate funds for these purposes. The advent of the IPRA Law has overshadowed speculations and unfounded doubts that the tribal

peoples and communities in the Philippines are abandoned or neglected and that they are only meant to exist outside the periphery of development, much less part of national life. Indigenous Peoples are randomly distributed all over the archipelago and are beginning to exercise their rights under IPRA. PND (js)

President Aquino says government continues to craft mechanisms toward the development and empowerment of indigenous people

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he government continues to craft mechanisms towards the development and empowerment of the country’s Indigenous Peoples (IPs), President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Tuesday.

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In his speech at the 15th year of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act with the theme: IPRA ay Gabay sa Kaunlaran, Isa-isip, Ipabatid at Isakatuparan held at the GSIS Theater, GSIS Building, Pasay City on Tuesday, the Chief Executive underscored the need to improve the current system to address the needs and aspirations of the Indigenous Cultural Communities/Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/ IPs). “Ngayong umaga, nagtitipon tayo, hindi lang para magbalik-tanaw sa mga tagumpay na ibinunga ng RA 8371, ang Indigenous Peoples Rights Act. Narito tayo upang higit pang pa-igtingin ang ating dedikasyon sa paglinang at pagbibigay-lakas sa ating mga katutubo bilang mahalagang bahagi ng ating kultura’t lipunan.” President Aquino said. The President issued Executive Order No. 11 transferring the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to the Office of the President of the Philippines to ensure concerted efforts in formulating and implementing policies, programs and projects geared towards the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare

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of the ICC/IPs. “Dahil sa Executive Order No. 11, mas masigasig nating nabibigyan ng kaukulang atensyon ang mga karapatan, pangangailangan at hangarin ng mga katutubong Pilipino. Mas mabilis na rin nating natutugunan ang kanilang mga hinaing ukol sa mga patakaran at programang nangangailangan ng maagap na koordinasyon at pagpapatupad, lalo na sa usapin ng ancestral domains,” he said. The President reiterated the government’s commitment to uphold the rights and aspirations of indigenous people as mandated by the IPRA adding that it is working to grant more certificates of Ancestral Domain/Land Titles to the legitimate beneficiaries. “Gayunpaman, pitong titulo pa lamang ang naipapamahagi natin sa ating administrasyon. Aminado po tayong sa unang tingin, mabagal ito, subalit kailangan nating maging mulat na hindi lang distribusyon ang obligasyon ng pamahalaan. Tungkulin nating linisin ang mga agiw, at tapalan ang mga butas ng nakagisnang sistema,” he said. “Bawal po ang “puwede na” sa tuwid na daan, kaya tinitiyak nating ang bawat proseso sa pagpapatitulo ay dumadaan sa

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tamang mga hakbang. Oras na mapatag na natin ang mga lubak, tiyak na mas bibilis ang proseso, at mas matiwasay na makakamit ng ating mga katutubo ang mga lupaing pamana na karapat-dapat nilang pakinabangan,” he said. According to the President, the government also recognizes the inherent rights of the indigenous people and their cultural communities to selfgovernance and empowerment and cultural integrity. “Ngayon, sa tuwid na daan, tungkulin nating iwasto at tiyaking may dignidad at paggalang ang pagtanaw at pakikitungo natin sa mga katutubo. Bilang inyong Pangulo—at higit sa lahat, bilang inyong kapwa Pilipino—mananatiling bukas ang aking pintuan sa inyong mga mungkahi para sa pagpapanday ng mga bagong paraan upang mapangalagaan ang kapakanan ng mga katutubo nating kababayan,” he said. He noted that government continues to uphold social justice and human rights to achieve genuine peace. “Noong 1986, sa EDSA, mapayapa nating pinabagsak ang diktaturya. Noong huling pampanguluhang halalan, isinatinig ng mahigit labinlimang milyong Pilipinong tapusin na ang kurapsyon at kahirapan, at nitong buwan lamang, Wednesday, October 31, 2012

nilagdaan ng pamahalaan at ng MILF ang kasunduang bubuo sa Bangsamoro upang wakasan ang apat na dekada ng karahasan sa rehiyon, at maghatid ng liwanag at pag-asa sa Mindanao,” he said. “Sinisiguro ko po sa inyo: walang imposible sa nagkakaisang Pilipino. Hangga’t namamayani ang katarungan at kapayapaan sa bawat sulok ng lipunan; hangga’t integridad at katapatan lamang ang tumitimon sa ating mga lingkodbayan; hangga’t respeto, malasakit at pagkakapantay-pantay ang nananaig sa bawat puso ng mamamayan, tinitiyak ko po sa inyo, walang hindi magagawa ang lahing Pilipino,” he said. Among those who attended the event were Justice Secretary Leila de Lima; Congressman Teddy Baguilat; Government Service Insurance System chairman Daniel Lacson; National Commission on Indigenous Peoples chair Zenaida Pawid, Commissioner Conchita Calzado; Commissioner Rene Sarmiento; IPRA advocates and members of the indigenous cultural communities; recipients of the certificates of ancestral domain titles/ancestral land titles and scholarship grants, as well as fellow workers in government.

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Power body moves to ensure enough electricity in Mindanao by 2013

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s Mindanao braces for the worst in 2013 when increased demand for power is aggravated by supply shortfall, efforts are being exerted to ensure the situation is addressed according to the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) which heads the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC). “Mindanao is having a precarious power supply situation with average daily shortage of about 150-200MW since the start of 2012,� said Romeo M. Montenegro, MinDA director for 12 ONE MINDANAO

investment promotion and public affairs, in a press briefing here Monday. Based on projections by PAGASA, El Nino is expected to hit Mindanao summer of 2013 and Wednesday, October 31, 2012


such weather phenomenon could mean reduced water levels and reduced output by the Agus and Pulangi complex. Mr. Montenegro added that the supply deficit could persist to around 300-400MW if no immediate measures are taken and may only improve in 20142015 when committed projects come on line. “If we don’t do anything now, we might as well brace ourselves for two years of possible rotating brownouts, with 4-8 hours especially in areas with no embedded or additional contracted capacities,” he added. However, Montenegro said the shortfall can be addressed through the addition of capacities from quick rehab and uprating of the Agus-Pulangi hydro complex to increase output by 100MW. He also cited tapping of embedded generators through the proposed Interim Mindanao Electricity Market (IMEM) or the private sector’s voluntary Interruptible Load Program (ILP) which could generate 200-300MW. While another option currently being pursued is the reopening of the Iligan Diesel Power Plant (IDPP) which is capable of producing 100MW in 6 months time. According to the Department of Energy (DOE), which has slated a series of regional consultations on the Mindanao Energy Plan starting next month, the island Wednesday, October 31, 2012

needs an additional 1,000MW of new capacity by 2020 and an additional 1,500MW by 2030. “A serious power shortfall persists (300MW as of Monday) but we expect improvement of the situation when the 200MW Steag coal plant is back on stream by November 11 after going through preventive maintenance shutdown,” Mr. Montenegro said. He also cited other challenges facing Mindanao power such as the need to improve cheap hydro capacity which has been compromised by river siltation and rehab requirements; the rising share of costly fossil fueled power plants in the energy mix, and the need to fully tap clean, renewable and indigenous power sources to minimize foreign exchange and environmental costs. Created through Executive Order 81 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on 30 July, MPMC is tasked to facilitate all measures that will improve power situation in Mindanao. The committee is composed of MinDA, Department of Energy, Energy Regulatory Commission, National Electrification Administration, National Power Corporation, Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation and representatives from Mindanao Electric Power Alliance and the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives. MinDA ONE MINDANAO 13


Bring umbrellas to the cemetery – PCOO Secretary by Rutchie C. Aguhob

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OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - Bring an umbrella, a face towel, a fan and water to avoid heat cramps or heat exhaustion.

This is the advice of Secretary Sonny Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) to people who will be going to the cemetery in the next few days, particularly, October 31-November 1, to visit the graves and light candles for their loved ones. Likewise, should people decide to bring their cars to the cemetery, they should first make sure that they check their cars, for battery, lights, oil, water in the radiator, breaks, air and gas (blow bags). Car owners should also bring toolkits, flashlights, food and first aid kits and park their cars near a guard

or police station to avoid carnapping, the PCOO Secretary said. Meanwhile, Secretary Coloma said it is best to remember some safety tips before going to the cemetery, like going early in the morning before or after November 1 to avoid huge crowds. While inside the cemetery people are also advised to avoid drinking liquor or alcoholic drinks and bringing unnecessary sharp objects, such as knives, scissors, grass cutters and the like. He said it is also better to avoid bringing children inside the cemetery as they might get lost. Photo Credit: http://www.thelongestwayhome.com

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On the other hand, should a case of minor wounds occur, the wounded area should be cleaned with soap and water before applying antiseptics like povidone iodine but not alcohol and cover the wound with gauze. In case of severe bleeding, apply direct pressure over the wound using gauze, and bring the patient to the hospital or to a nearby first aid station inside the cemetery. Should a case of contusion also occur, apply ice compress over the area for more than 20 minutes, intermittently. In case of fainting, avoid giving

ammonia to the patient and let him/ her lie, instead, with feet raised 8-12 inches above. If the patient is conscious, ventilate him/her, loosen his/her tight clothing and give him beverage. In case of chest pain, transport the patient to the hospital and in case of cramps, apply cold compress in the affected area and elevate the patient, and if possible, have the victim stretch out the affected muscle to counteract the cramp. Massage the cramped muscle firmly but gently and seek medical help if the cramps persist.

ICADAC sets activities for drug awareness and prevention month in November by Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - All is set for the activities lined up in observance of Dangerous Drugs Awareness and Prevention Month in November, with the Iligan City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (ICADAC) as the lead convenor. A motorcade will signal the start of the celebration that will begin at the Children’s Park of Barangay San Miguel going to Buhanginan Hills at Barangay Pala-o, this city. The Council will join the Monday-flag raising ceremony at the Buhanginan Hills, city hall, with the city government employees, on November 5. Within the month of November, a blood-letting program will be conducted, to be led by the Iligan City Police Office, the Philippine Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Philippine Red Cross. A drug summit will also be held, in partnership with office of Iligan Representative Vicente F. Belmonte Jr, who is chairman of the Congressional Committee on Drugs. The culmination of the observance will be held on November 29 through a march rally and program at the Rizal Park, which will be sponsored by the Youth Affairs Office under the office of Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz, chairman of Photo Credit: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net ICADAC. ONE MINDANAO 15


Dengue cases continue to decrease in Northern Mindanao by Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Recorded dengue cases in the region decreased to only 224 as of October 26, from the 900 cases in September this year. Dr. David Mendoza, Department of Health (DOH) regional epidemiology, surveillance and disaster response unit head in region 10, said there has been a steady decrease in hospital admissions since last month. The total number of recorded cases starting January posted some 5,430 patients suffering the disease, twice higher (206.78 percent) when compared WITH same time period last year (1,707). Based on the yearly trending, from 2002 to present, Mendoza explained that they are expecting more cases this year compared with last year. Cluster of cases (recorded in three or more barangays during the past four weeks) were likewise noted in Cagayan de Oro City, covering barangays Balulang, Bayabas, Bugo, Bulua, Camamanan, Canito-an, Carmen, Consolacion, Cugman, Gusa, Iponan, Kauswagan, Lumbia and Macabalan, 16 ONE MINDANAO

including Gingoog City, Initao and Opol in Misamis Oriental, Baloi in Lanao del Norte and San Fernando, Malaybalay and Valencia City in Bukidnon. The age group five to nine years old are found most susceptible, based on the regional epidemiology unit dengue surveillance report, posting the highest number of cases and mortality.

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Davao del Norte Sports Complex expected to be completed by Nov. 30 by Noel Baguio

TAGUM CITY-The P242.8-million state-of-the-art Provincial Sports Complex is expected to be completed by contractor Young Builders Corporation (YBC) on November 30 this year, barely a year after Governor Rodolfo del Rosario and YBC president Gilbert Yu signed the design and build contract on October 13, 2011. Wednesday, October 31, 2012

“The contractor experienced a negative slippage during the early part of 2012 due to flooding in the province but they are positive they will be able to meet the November 30 deadline set by the Governor,” Provincial Engineering Office head Engineer Raul Mabanglo said. The negative slippage for the period January to June 2012 was reported by the contractor during the July 30 evaluation made by the PEO. Mabanglo however said the contractor submitted a catch-up plan which indicated that they can meet next month’s deadline. Mabanglo said the 10-hectare Sports Complex will include the main grandstand, an Olympic-size swimming pool with bleachers and a warm-up pool as well as a rubberized oval track. There is as yet no plan if the provincial government will collect ONE MINDANAO 17


fees from the public for the use of the pool. The swimming pool will have its own filtration tank and the water will not be changed daily. However, fees for the pool are also being mulled considering that it has to be properly maintained. He said the completion of the Sports Complex is much awaited by the sporting community not only in the province but even in the nearby communities. Once completed, he added, it will be capable of hosting

major sports events like the regional and provincial meets, the Palarong Pambansa and even sports events by private companies. The Sports Complex will definitely be ready for the Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) in 2013 which the city will host. “This will be the first time that the event games will be held in one venue and one province,” Mabanglo said. He said the official turnover of the sports complex will be on 12-1212 or December 12, 2012.

RPOC-XI to assess programs, projects in conflict areas by Jean Abangan TAGUM CITY- The Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC)-XI will look into the impact of numerous government programs and projects implemented in conflictaffected areas in the Davao region. RPOC-XI Chair Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario said the council is setting up a mechanism to determine whether the interventions being poured into the conflictprone communities are attaining their desired impact. The governor has pushed for the evaluation of the projects after noting that communist insurgency continues to persist in specific communities despite the abundance of government programs and 18 ONE MINDANAO

projects. The Council’s newly-created Human Development Committee (HDC) reported that over half-abillion pesos worth of projects were implemented in 19 conflict-affected areas in Region XI. Del Rosario said the flurry of interventions is designed to cut down the insurgency problem in the countryside. Yet, he laments the revolutionary movement continues to affect and influence a number of communities in spite of the government assistance. “We need to analyze all the projects that we are undertaking and determine what else is needed so the communities will appreciate them,” the governor said at the Wednesday, October 31, 2012


recent RPOC-XI meeting in Davao City. According to him, it is important to ascertain the projects should be felt directly by the recipient communities. The Council consequently approved the conduct of a training on conflict-sensitivity and peacepromotive planning among

member agencies, for them to be able to identify the right mix of interventions that address the root cause of the conflict at once. “Conflict-sensitivity and peace-promotive analysis will help ensure that our programs and projects will really be the right mix of interventions,” said NEDA-XI Director Ma. Lourdes Lim.

Int’l. Film Expo slated in Davao City DAVAO CITY- An impressive roster of exhibitors – each one recognized as leading players in the local and global film scene respectively – have already solidified their intent to participate in the International Film Expo (IFX) 2012 It will held from November 23 to 24, 2012, at the newly-opened SMX Convention Center – a world-class 4,745 square meter MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions, exhibitions) facility – at the SM Lanang Premier Mall, the SM group’s second and largest mall in dynamic Davao City. This was made known by officials of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the lead agency for film in the Philippines that is spearheading the pioneering project in partnership with the Davao City Chamber of Commerce. Among the participating equipment suppliers that have secured a booth are: Array’s Technology/DCinema, Audio-Video Solutions Corporation, Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Crystal Audio, and Panasonic. Some of the production and post-production outfits that have confirmed their intent: Post Manila, Betelnuts, Inc., Alchemy of Vision and Light, Mindanao Film and Television Development Foundation. Among the Film Studios: GMA Films and other independent production groups. The broadcasting outfits that have so far set a definite presence: First United Broadcasting Corp. and Southspot Entertainment Network. Among the academic institutions in participation: De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, University of the Philippines Film Institute and the University of San Carlos. The international film commissions and their representatives who are flying in: Asian Film Commissions Network and Screen Authority Sapporo. One of the LGUs who will have a booth: The Province of Davao del Norte. (More applications from other registrants are already being processed.) ONE MINDANAO 19


Bionas Philippines marks first anniversary By Franklin P. Gumapon

SALUG, Zamboanga del Norte – A company that promotes bio-fuel has recently celebrated its first anniversary here with Jatropha growers, government leaders and stakeholders in attendance.

Jatropha growers from Bohol, Basilan, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanhga del Norte came over to attend the first anniversary of Bionas Philippines Corporation headed by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sharif Adzhar H. Sarahadil.

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In his message, CEO Sarahadil who is also the current assistant regional director of the Department of Education (DepED)-IX, said Jatropha farming would help “the small farmers earn some income to enable them to send their children to school properly.” Bionas Philippines is now buying Jatropha seeds at P11 a kilo, giving a monthly gross income of around P20 thousand per hectare. According to Bionas, the Jatropha plant, which is locally known as “tubatuba,” has the highest oil yield, does not compete food production, thrives well in tropical climate, requires low maintenance, provides daily harvest six months from planting, can grow

with existing crops, and zero waste. Aside from oil, its by products include briquettes, feeds and others. Bionas provides financing of Jatropha seedlings to the farmers with guaranteed buy back price at P11 thousand per ton. The program started a year ago, benefitting the farmers in Zamboanga del Norte, Basilan and Bohol. There are now two Jatropha seed oil pressing mills stationed at Salug, Zamboanga del Norte and Isabela City in Basilan province. Moreover, the biggest Jatropha plantation in the country is found in Bohol province with 250 hectares and 305 farmer-beneficiaries.

Col. Azul, new 101stIB Commanding Officer By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY — First Infantry Tabak Division Commanding General, Major General Ricardo Rainier Cruz III has recently installed the new Commanding officer of the 101st Infantry, Three-Arrows Brigade based at Del Pilar, Zamboanga del Norte.

In a simple ceremony held assumed as the new Commanding recently at the Brigade’s headquarter Officer of 101st IB, replacing OIC Col. Amadeo Foster Azul officially Brigade Commander, Col. Glenn Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Macasero. Macasero was designated as Officer-in-Charge of the Brigade last October 2, 2012 after former Brigade Commander Jet V. Belarmino was assigned to the Special Operations Command, based in Cavite. Azul, a member of Philippine Military “Matikas” Class of 1983, was the former Chief of Staff of the 7th Infantry Division based in Nueva Ecija prior to his appointment as the 101st Infantry Brigade Commander. In his acceptance message, Azul vowed to be a role model to the men and women of the brigade and assured his men and the people residing in its area of Responsibility, transparency in the handling of the brigade’s resources in support of President Aquino’s vision of MatuwidnaDaan. He likewise commended the efficient management of Col. Macaseroof the Brigade as he acknowledged the intact Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) and savings of the brigade for the fourth quarter. 22 ONE MINDANAO

Maj. Gen Cruz enjoined the military personnel and other stakeholders like the Local Government Units in the area to maintain its cooperation and support to the new brigade commander. Cruz also directed all the personnel of the 10st Infantry Brigade to remain apolitical in the forthcoming political exercise in 2013. “Always stay in the middle never side to any political group in the area,” he said. Meanwhile, Macaserois now appointed as the Commander of Task ForceZamboanga. He assumed command the on October 26, 2012. The turn-over of command was witnessed by the Chief Executives of the different Local Government Units covered by the brigade led byDipolog City Mayor Evelyn UY, former Piñan Mayor CecilleJalosjosCarreon, and other Local Chief Executives of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Misamis Occidental as well members of the Philippine National Police(PNP). Wednesday, October 31, 2012


DTI intensifies campaign on motorcycle helmet act by David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR --The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is intensifying the information and education campaign on the implementation of the use of certified motorcycle helmets by all motorcycle drivers and their passenger when traveling on national highways and main thoroughfares.

They opened their offices all and accredited helmets, imported or over the country to accommodate the locally made said Cerila Inson, DTI posting of stickers to all recognized senior economic specialist.

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“On November and December, we will devote our time mostly on calls on companies and establishments who use motorcycles mostly as their mobility service. As of the moment, we have already scheduled to inspect the motorcycle helmets of one of the biggest mining firms here and many other companies in order to make sure that the helmets they are using are in accordance with the DTI standard and pass the quality requirements of the Philippine National Standard/ United Nations Economic Commission for Europe,” Inson said. Inson also said they have lists of motorcycle helmets producers and suppliers with corresponding brand of helmets that are accredited or recognized by the DTI. For those whose helmets are not listed in the accredited and recognized brands and producers, Inson still advised them to bring their helmets to the DTI office so that these will be included in the list of not yet accredited or recognized helmets at present. On the other hand, Land Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n 24 ONE MINDANAO

Office (LTO) Representative Solaiman Pacasirang said they had no problems on the implementation of the no helmet-no travel policy. All that the LTO is asking for is the cooperation of local residents, the PNP, and the deputized officers of the LTO for the smooth and convenient travel. “If everybody will just abide by the traffic laws, peace will be everywhere, while travel will be smooth and easy. Let us therefore follow the law because they were made to protect us and for our own good and safety,” Pacasirang said. On January 1, 2013, LTO, the PNP and other offices deputized by the LTO will be strictly implementing the no helmet-no travel policy. Violators, LTO and DTI said, will be dealt with accordingly.

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Surigao Norte LGU, SCCI to spearhead 1st Surigao Norte Bizcon

by Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY -- The Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte and

Surigao Chamber of Commerce and Industry will spearhead the 1st Surigao del Norte Business Conference on November 22-23 at the Provincial Convention Center, this city.

With the theme “Responsive Governance, Green Enterprises and Productive People: Onwards to a Bagong Surigao,� the two-day conference aims to harness efforts of public and private sectors in encouraging a vibrant business atmosphere in the province and accessing new economic opportunities for a more sustainable and inclusive development. Registration fee for the twoday affair is at P1,500/person which covers meals and snacks, conference Wednesday, October 31, 2012

materials, souvenir program and souvenir photo. A discounted rate of P1,200 shall be given to those who register on or before November 9. For more information, interested participants may contact the conference secretariat at telephone numbers 826-3814 and 0999-9948065 and look for Lala Mante, or contact at SCCI telephone numbers 826-7716 and 0939-9069600 and look for Cresol Mantong. ONE MINDANAO 25


Surigao del Sur free from red tide toxin, BFAR says

by Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY ---The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-Caraga has released the latest Shellfish Bulletin No. 25 dated October 25, 2012, baring that Bislig Bay in Surigao del Sur is negative from red tide toxin.

BFAR said based on laboratory results, all shellfish around the area of Surigao del Sur are safe for human consumption. However, shellfish from the waters of Dumanquillas Bay, Zamboanga del Sur, Murchelagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison, and all kinds of shellfish are not safe for consumption. With these developments, BFAR reminded the people avoid 26 ONE MINDANAO

consuming shellfish from the infected areas. They also said fish, squid, shrimps and crabs are safe to eat but must be properly prepared and provided that the fish is fresh and washed thoroughly. Internal organs, gills and its intestines must also be removed before cooking. The country’s fish bureau said people must be vigilant in buying seafood in the market to avoid any complications. Wednesday, October 31, 2012


DA 12 strengthens food security and safety on meat products By Shahana Joy Duerme & Pamela Dee Rana KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Oct.

31 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) 12 through its Agri Pinoy Livestock Program and Regulatory Division is advancing its drive for food security and food safety on meat products in Region 12. This was given emphasis in a recent seminar forum on the regulations of livestock and poultry feeds, veterinary drugs and biological products held recently in General Santos City. DA 12 Regional Executive Director Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Amalia J. Datukan through Dr. Castor Leo Ejercito, Regional Veterinary Quarantine Officer said the activity aimed at inculcating to concerned vetrelated business players the responsible management and regulation of veterinary feeds and products as factors in promoting food security and safety. “This has been very important to primarily ensure food security and safety while pushing for food self-sufficiency in the country. We can attain it through proper knowledge specifically on regulatory laws for a responsible veterinary feeds and drugs

business,” Ejercito stated. The event was attended by manufacturers, owners, sellers and suppliers of animal feeds and biological products from General Santos City and Sarangani province. Ejercito said the forum equipped the participants with information that will help them contribute to the general economic viability of the country by extending their cooperation to the department as well as to the consumers. Meanwhile, Evelyn Jaruda, DA 12 Licensing Section Chief encouraged business individuals to

observe and adhere to Republic Act 1556 also known as Livestock and Poultry Feeds Act by which regulation, control, manufacture, importation and exportation, advertising and licensing are stated therein. Primarily, the act envisions producing high quality veterinary feeds and drugs that will ensure food security and safety for meat consumers. To further advance this campaign, the RegulatoryDivisionofDA 12 will conduct regular and spot inspections on veterinary feeds and products of companies, stores and establishments in the region.

Philhealth to employers: adopt Electronic Premium Reporting System By Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) here urged employers in Soccsksargen Region to make use of their Electronic Premium Reporting System (EPRS). In line with the EPRS’s mandatory implementation beginning this month 28 ONE MINDANAO

per Circular 45, s-2012, Philhealth 12 recently conducted a series of orientation briefing with

government and privatesector employers for the immediate installation of the program. Wednesday, October 31, 2012


EPRS, based on its briefer, is an electronic system that allows employers to report and post their employees’ monthly contribution on line and update their employment status like adding newly hired or deleting separated ones through the web.

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“Let us take advantage of the technology. Employers are encouraged to adopt the system for paperless and hassle free recurring transactions,” FOD Chief, Dr. Miriam Grace G. Pamonag, Philhealth 12 Field Operations Division chief said in one of the

gatherings. Employers without online access may avail of the same services through Philhealth EPRS kiosks installed at different Local Health Insurance Offices in Kidapawan, Cotabato, Isulan, Koronadal and Gensan. For system installation, e m p l oye r s should have internet access, pay over the counter, register their institution with, and must have processed their employees’ individual Philhealth Identification Number (PIN). Employees without PIN may generate their number via Quick PIN generation system that may also be installed in their employer’s computers. In addition to the feature of the original version, the enhanced version of EPRS, dubbed EPRS v2.1, has the ONE MINDANAO 29


following features to boast: Preliminary Employees Premium Remittance List (PEPRL) generation that allows the employer to verify the correctness of the employee contributions list tor the current month. Statement of Premium Account (SPA) generation that provides the employers to generate a statement of total premium payable to PhilHealth which shall be used as the basis for voucher

and check preparation. The required PhilHealth Premium Payment Slip (PPPS) is also included in the SPA. Hence, no more separate payment form to fill-out. With the new version, EPRS can now accept the posting of premium contribution remitted through the Accredited Collecting Agents (ACAs). Earlier, Philhealth president and chief executive officer, Dr. Eduardo P. Banzon said that with EPRS

installation, employees may soon avail of the weekend hospitalization with ease because the enhanced system could already automatically generate claim form duly signed by their employers. In a forum held at the EMR Center, this city, Collection Section head Lorelie G. Bonilla said that Philhealth is gearing towards a paradigm shift of providing members’ satisfaction from the member’s perspective.

Koronadal City treats 3,000 day care tots at Children’s Congress

By Aida Agad KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- More than 3,000 kids from all over the city’s 27 barangays joined this year’s Children’s Congress initiated by the City Social Welfare Office.

The city’s Rizal Park was themed in fiesta mood in time for the kids’ gathering October 19, 2012. This year’s Children’s Congress bannered the theme, “Bright Child ay Siguraduhin, Responsableng Pa m a m a h a ya g Palaganapin.” City Mayor Peter Miguel, in his speech 30 ONE MINDANAO

during the opening program, emphasized the importance of love and care of the parents to their children. Miguel also said that it is important for children to learn to express verbally the three words “I Love You” and that parents should appreciate the accomplishments of their children

regardless of how insignificant they are. All the 99 day care centers in the city were represented during the daylong activity, a statement from the City Information Office said. A float parade around the city started the celebration with little children riding as representatives of Wednesday, October 31, 2012


respective schools. During the day, the kids also engaged themselves in friendly competition in different categories such as Interpretative Song competition, Song Solo contest and Draw and Tell a story contest. Winners in Interpretative Song was led in First Place by Tierra Gregoria Child Minding Center. This was followed by City Day Care Center, in second place; 3rd Place-Bagong Sikat

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Day Care Center; and followed by Katipunan Day Care Center and Cacub Day Care Center. The Draw and Tell a Story was dominated by Tierra Gregoria Child Minding Center in 1st Place and followed by Katipunan Day Care Center, Sto. Niño Day Care Center, Concepcion Day Care Center and Masipag Day Care Center. The City Day Care Center emerged as first place winner in

the Song Solo contest, followed by Masipag Day Care Center, Lasang Day Care Center, Sueno Village Day Care Center and Bagong Sikat Day Care Center. The Children’s Congress is held annually in the city, spearheaded by the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO). The congress’ primary purpose is to promote the rights and wellbeing of children.

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