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GSIS offers new benefit enhancements for members, pensioners

Volume 5 * Issue No. 21

InFocus

Mindanao LGU alliance to implement environmental payback scheme

Caraga

ACE prexy backs army’s security operations in SurSur

By: Fryan A. Abkilan

Have an open mind, BPC prexy urges critics on military operations in SurSur

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Mascot contest marks science month opening in Basilan City Health Office records 233 dengue cases in Dipolog

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DOLE releases P1M livelihood grants By: Lei Garrett I. Miraflor in MisOcc

DOST provides assistance to CDO Building Management System

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DOT-DPWH convergence pours P5.7-billion in Davao Region

By: Michael Uy

Cover Story

SOCCSKSARGEN

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NorthCot LGU continues to improve farmers’ life through animal dispersal program By: Danilo E. Doguiles

Number of registered voters in Gensan increases

LGU Gensan names winners of Project Modelo

By: Nirvana Alpha Vita G. Fruylan

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EDITORIAL BOARD

EDITORIAL ADVISERS

SEC. SONNY B. COLOMA Presidential Communications Operations Office JOSE MARI M. OQUIÑENA Director General Philippine Information Agency EXECUTIVE EDITOR EFREN F. ELBANBUENA Cluster Head, Southern, Western & Central Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Region XI MANAGING EDITOR ABNER M. CAGA Cluster Head, Northern & Northeastern Mindanao Regional Director - PIA Caraga Region

One Mindanao REGIONAL DESK EDITORS FRANKLIN P. GUMAPON, PIA Region IX ALMA L. TINGCANG, PIA Region IX ELAINE O. RATUNIL, PIA Region X RUDOLPH IAN G. ALAMA, PIA Region XI DANNY E. DOGUILES, PIA Region XII FRYAN E. ABKILAN, PIA Caraga Region COPY EDITORS FRYAN E. ABKILAN, PIA Caraga Region NORA C. LANUZA MOLDE, PIA Caraga Region VENUS L. GARCIA, PIA Caraga Region

ASSOCIATE EDITORS

SENIOR GRAPHICS LAYOUT ARTIST

NOEMI B. EDAGA Regional Director, PIA Region IX

GERIE MAE G. COCO, PIA Caraga Region

THELMA B. OLIVER Regional Director, PIA Region X OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

PIA Regional Offices

LAYOUT ARTISTS EMMANUEL D. TAGHOY, PIA Region IX RETCHIE TOLINERO, PIA Region X ZENER DUMAGUING, PIA Region X DAISY JANE M. APIT, PIA Region XIII

Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula)

P. Urro Street, San Francisco District Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur 7016 Telephone no. (062) 215-1480 / 925-0038 Cellphone no. 0919-9994516 E-mail: ro9_pia@yahoo.com, mimibern17@yahoo. com Blogspot: www.piazampen.blogspot.com Facebook: PIA WesMin Info Bliz Northern Mindanao Graces’ Building, Antonio Luna Street Cagayan de Oro City 9000 Telephone no. (088) 856-8178 / 729-594 Telefax no. (08822) 72-66-83 Cellphone no. 0928-5204305, 0917-3084969 E-mail: pia10_pd@yahoo.com, r10_pia@yahoo.com Blogspot: www.pia-10.blogspot.com Southern Mindanao (Davao Region) Ground Floor Kanto Motors Bldg., Quimpo Blvd., New Matina Davao City 8000 Telephone no. (082) 297-0991 / 301-8580 Telefax no. (082) 297-0992 / 304-2044 Cellphone no. 0917-7053606 / 0918-9202950 E-mail: efelbanbuena@yahoo.com

SOCCSKSARGEN Region Bautista Bldg., Zulueta St. Koronadal City, South Cotabato 9506 Telephone no. (083) 520-0249 Telefax no. (083) 228-9736 / 228-9739 / 520-0100 Cellphone no. 0921-6873373 / 0928-5204307 E-mail: r12_pia@yahoo.com, pia_xii@yahoo.com Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) J. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City Telephone no. (085) 341-5285 Telefax no. (085) 341-2370 Cellphone no. 0917-7188834 Email: piacaraga@gmail.com , pia_caraga@yahoo. com,ph Website: www.piacaraga.com Facebook: PIA Caraga Updates, PIA Agusan del Norte, Pia Agusan del Sur, Pia Surigao del Norte, Pia Surigao del Sur, Pia Dinagat Islands Power FM - Caraga Twitter: https://twitter.com/PIACaraga


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LGU Gensan names winners of Project Modelo By: Nirvana Alpha Vita G. Fruylan

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he local government here recently named the winners

Department of Education (DepEd) aimed to improve t

as combat crime and climate change to achieve a chil

According to Sharmagne Villacastin of the City Public Information of the project, namely: Modelong Barangay, Purok, Bahay, Paaralan, K

Villacastin said that Project Modelo was initially meant only for scho

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s of Project Modelo, a joint initiative with the

the quality of the educational system in the city as well

ld-friendly community.

Office (CPIO) winners were identified based on the seven categories Klasrum, Tanggapan at Negosyo.

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as disclosed by DepEd Assistant and Dadiangas East as second and Division Superintendent Mario third placers respectively; while Bermudez. in the Rural Barangay category Katangawan landed first place “The project also catered followed by Barangays Mabuhay activities such as revival of and Ligaya. Gulayan Project, Tree Planting, Installation of Material Recovery Last October, Mayor Ronnel Facility (MRF) at Home, Waste Rivera initiated the distribution Segregation, and Proper Waste of seed cash to the 26 barangays Disposal, all geared towards a of the city in support of their clean and green community” she implementation of the Project explained. Modelo program. Under the “Modelo ang Barangay Ko” Urban category, City Heights topped the list followed by Barangays San Isidro

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Rural barangays received P20,000 each while P30,000 were given to each urban barangay to encourage communities, offices,


their development will affect what kind of people we would have in the future. “I believe it is not the sole responsibility of the parents to rear a child, but it takes a community to make one….. This is where we engage. We innovate programs and adhere to holistic approaches so that our children would be free from fear, violence and protected from abuse and exploitation,” the CPIO quoted Rivera as saying. The event was also graced by Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares who thanked and lauded the efforts of the schools, and even business city government in its initiatives establishments to adopt the to support the global fight against educational initiatives of DepEd climate change. and promote a safer and greener environment. Meanwhile, in the “Modelo ang Purok Ko” category Purok Promise Land in Barangay Mabuhay ranked number one, followed by Purok Vergara in Barangay Dadiangas Heights, and Purok Reformville in Barangay Calumpang. On the other hand, Benjamin Apellado, Evelyn Rosento and Natividad He expressed belief that Redoble won as first, second and what we inculcated in the minds third placers respectively in the of the youth and how we nurtured “Modelo ang Bahay Ko” category. During the recognition rites of the Project Modelo program earlier this month, Rivera underscored the importance of promoting a safer and environment-friendly community to protect the future of every child in the city.

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For the “Modelo ang Paaralan Ko” category Banisil High School in Tambler topped the Secondary and Big School sub-category; Lagao National High School Annex for the Secondary and Small School sub-category; Bula Central Elementary School for Elementary and Big School subcategory; Shuttle Elementary School in Barangay San Jose in the Elementary and Small School sub-category, and Maranatha Christian Academy of General Santos Inc. in Barangay Lagao for the Private School sub-category.

of Dadiangas West Central Elementary School won first place under the Elementary subcategory; Grade 7 Marquez of General Santos City National Secondary School of Arts and Trade (GSCNSSAT) won the Secondary sub-category; and Notre Dame of Sienna under adviser Meredith Samante topped the private school model classroom sub-category.

Moreover, Doctor’s Hospital Admin Office and Grab-a-Crab Restaurant won first placers in the “Modelo ang Tanggapan Ko” In the “Modelo and Klasrum and “Modelo ang Negosyo Ko” Ko” category the Grade 4 FL categories respectively.

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DOLE urges all kasambahay to apply for TESDA certification

MANILA -- All kasambahay are urged to avail themselves of the Household Services Training and Certification, under the revised Training Regulations on Domestic Work (NC II), so they could vie for more opportunities and enjoy career growth. September 18, 2015

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The Household Service Training and Certification, under the revised Training Regulations on Domestic Work, represents specific qualification for domestic workers. A Domestic Work NC II assures an employer of competent and quality domestic services and, at the same time, guarantees Filipino kasambahays, or household service workers, of protection, competitiveness, employability, and better compensation. The Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has revised the Training Regulation on Domestic Work last October 1, 2014, to give the

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kasambahay access to efficient training, assessment, and certification. The TESDA Training Regulations define the competency standards for a national qualification and how the qualification can be gained, assessed, and be recognized. TESDA, through authorized training centers, offers Household Services Training and Certification, at a cost ranging from P2,000 to P5,000. A National Certificate IIlevel certification will be given to students who were able to complete the course, and will be valid for five years. (DOLE)


GSIS offers new benefit enhancements for members, pensioners

PASAY CITY -- State pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) announced on Thursday that its members and pensioners will receive additional benefits starting September 2015. The proposed budget for this and this year, we’re strengthening sector will help widen access to, the implementation of the K-12 and improve public education in program. With the proposed the country. 2016 budget, we can broaden “The previous years’ budgets the reach of our public education successfully addressed our reform efforts. Ultimately, what classroom and teacher shortages, we want is to give more Filipinos, September 18, 2015

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especially our poorest, better Meanwhile, P16.9 billion of access to quality education,” the education agency’s budget Budget Secretary Florencio is set for the hiring of 79,691 “Butch” Abad said. teaching and non-teaching personnel. Of the P1.11-trillion allocation to Social Services in The DepEd will likewise the 2016 National Expenditure have a P4.2-billion budget for Program (NEP), P435.9-billion the provision of 103.2 million will be given to the Department of new textbooks and instructional Education (DepEd). This increase materials, and a P21.2-billion of 15.4 percent or P58.2 billion, allocation to provide Government as compared with their 2015 Assistance for Students and budget of P377.7 billion, makes Teachers in Private Education DepEd’s proposed budget the (GASTPE) to 1.81 million grantees highest among all departments of tuition subsidy. and agencies. “As the number of students Aside from supporting the increase every year, it’s also DepEd’s K-12 Basic Education become more crucial for us to Reform Program including the strengthen the capacity of our implementation of the first year public schools. By investing on of senior high school in 2016, programs and projects that have the DepEd budget also includes a real and measurable impact allocations for their Basic on the lives of our people, we Education Facilities program can ensure that the country’s amounting to P82.3 billion for economic growth will be wholly the construction of 47,553 inclusive,” Abad added. (DBM) classrooms and technicalvocational laboratories. September 18, 18, 2015 2015 ONE MINDANAO MINDANAO September 12 ONE


Mindanao LGU alliance to implement environmental payback scheme

DAVAO CITY – A major watershed in Mindanao is being eyed for the implementation of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES), an incentive mechanism designed to strengthen management of natural resources and ecosystems that provide goods and services to the public and key industries. The Libungan Watershed, considered for PES to encourage a 52,820-hectare located in the efficient and sustainable use Cotabato province is being of the resources that are being September 18, 2015

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provided by the watershed and Insular Waterfront Hotel here in its surrounding areas. this city, Dr. Martinez presented “Developing PES Mechanism with A watershed is described River Basin Organization (RBOs) as an area of land that contains in Mindanao” which highlighted common set of streams and rivers the result of a pilot study on that drain into a single larger body PES for the Libungan Watershed of water. The Libungan Watershed commissioned by MinDA. is home to eco-tourism sites and two river irrigation systems The forum was co-organized (RIS) that provide water to 9,255 by MinDA and the Philippine hectares of rice lands, a major Institute for Development Studies crop that drive economic growth (PIDS). in the province. Dr. Martinez said “the pilot The municipalities of study revealed that 92 percent Pigcawayan, Aleosan, Libungan, of respondents are willing to pay Midsayap, Alamada, Pikit and for the protection of Libungan Banisilan, which have formed into Watershed,” while adding “those an alliance of local government who cannot pay have expressed units called PALMA + PB will directly willingness to volunteer their participate in the proposed PES time in any protection and and oversee the implementation conservation project.” of the mechanism. In the implementation of “The idea of subjecting PES, the farmers or landowners Libungan Watershed to PES has who have agreed to manage met a positive response from natural resources such as forests, respondents,” said Dr. Carmelita watersheds, rivers, and streams Martinez, PES Consultant of the are given incentive payments Mindanao Development Authority for rendering ecological services (MinDA). such as replanting of trees and ensuring the survival of the During the recently trees planted. Payments are concluded 1st Mindanao Policy made by the beneficiaries of Research Forum held at the the environmental services such

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water users, companies that practical approaches and is not benefit irrigation systems and a program designed to reduce industry stakeholders. poverty,” said Martinez while explaining “that PES is an The PES mechanism is also economic incentive to foster more seen to enhance the protection efficient and sustainable use of of biodiversity that provide ecosystem services provided by environmental goods such as the natural environment.” food, freshwater, fuel, fiber and other natural resources that are She added that wellused as inputs to the production functioning ecosystems provide process that help move the services that are crucial to economy. human survival such as clean air, pest and disease control, carbon “PES is a market-based sequestration and storage, mechanism that will employ controlled greenhouse gases, September 18, 2015

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productive sources.

soil,

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power siltation, flooding, and the lowering of Libungan River’s water level. Unregulated human The need to implement activities are putting pressure on PES is bolstered by the findings the watershed’s sustainability, of the study which revealed specifically the quality of its water watershed degradation in various and landscape, as well as water parts of Mindanao, Libungan availability. included, caused by unregulated agricultural development and Guided by Mindanao’s eco-tourism, illegal logging, roadmap to peace and population encroachment, and development, Mindanao poverty of communities within 2020, MinDA seeks to address the watershed area. ecologically-distressed areas in the island-region as it promotes The Libungan Watershed a dynamic, inclusive, and green is at risk for water pollution, economy. It is a goal of Mindanao land use change, soil erosion, 2020 to implement PES in all

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Watershed and Reforestation. The Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park benefits from PES through the successful collaboration of the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management C o u n c i l (CDORBMC), Xavier UniversityAteneo de Cagayan, and the tribal group MILALITTRA. Study on PES is major watersheds in Mindanao conducted through the Mindanao by 2030. Knowledge Center (MKC) of MinDA MinDA hopes to replicate PES that provides evidence-based initiatives in other River Basins policy researches for Mindanao’s development, in in Mindanao as inspired by the sustainable two PES success stories: the LGU support to the MindaNOW! of Naawan and the Miarayon- Nurturing Our Waters Program L a p o k- L i r o n g a n -T i n a y t a y a n or MindaNOW. Tribal Association (MILALITTRA) One of MinDA’s flagship in Bukidnon. programs, MindaNOW integrates The Local Government of and harmonizes all watershed Naawan institutionalized its PES management and protection initiative through its inclusion in efforts in the island-region, with their LGU Code Section 87 on the the PES as one of its support Development of Trust Fund for programs. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga) September 18, 2015

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Army, PNP activate ‘Joint Task Force Tejero’

PHOTOCREDIT: RAPPLER.COM

BUTUAN CITY – The 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army (4ID, PA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Caraga acti­vated on Wednesday a joint task force to go after the suspects who are responsible for the killing of three lumad leaders in Barangay Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur last September 1, 2015.

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The ‘Joint Task Force (JTF) Tejero’ will be headed by PNP Surigao del Sur provincial director PSSupt. Narciso Verdadero thru the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Committee or JPSCC to ensure continuity and inter-operability of operating units within Caraga region. JTF Tejero was the result of the meeting between the PNP, AFP and the provincial government of Surigao del Sur presided by Governor Johnny Pimentel and attended by 4ID commander MGen. Oscar Lactao, PNP Caraga deputy regional director for operations PSSupt. Gregorio

Pimentel, 402nd brigade comander Col. Isidro Purisima and PSSupt. Verdadero. “The reason why we created this JTF is to immediately arrest Bobby Tejero and his group who are responsible for the killing last September 1, 2015 and also to disarm other threat groups in the province,” said Gov. Pimentel. Earlier on Monday, cases have been filed before the Provincial Prosecutors Office in Lianga, Surigao del Sur against the suspects led by Bobby Tejero, sibling Loloy Tejero, Garito Layno, and 20 John Does who burned a cooperative and killed Emerito Samarca, executive director, Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural Development (ALCADEV); Dionel Campos, chair, Malahutayong Pakigbisug alang sa Sumusunod (Mapasu); and Aurello Sinzo, a civilian, in Brgy Diatagon. They were charged with grave coercion, multiple murder, arson, robbery, and grave threats. “Together with the Philippine Army we will bring these suspects September 18, 2015

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MGen Lactao also said that they will provide necessary resources to support the PNP on this law enforcement operation especially on the immediate arrest of the suspects, “and to shed light on the crimes they’ve committed.” “Our presence in the area is for peacekeeping mission to prevent further bloodshed on this tribal conflict situation,” MGen Lactao added. PCSupt. Chavez and MGen. Lactao also vowed to continually and mutually support each other in the to the folds of law for the speedy quest for justice to the victims resolution of the situation in the and the observance of the rule of area,” said PNP Caraga regional law director PCSupt. Vert Chavez.

ACE prexy backs army’s security operations in SurSur By: Fryan A. Abkilan

BUTUAN CITY- A top official of the Association of Caraga Executives (ACE) expressed full support to the Philippine Army’s security operations to neutralize rebel threat and ensure peace and development in the province of Surigao del Sur. ACE president and regional director Achilles Gerard Department of Budget and C. Bravo said that the relentless Management (DBM) Caraga military activity as well as the

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community-based peace and development efforts in the area in partnership with various stakeholders has already yielded positive results in the community. He cited the recently held peace caravan which was succesfully conducted in Lianga and Marihatag towns in Surigao del Sur spearheaded by ACE member agencies in close coordination with the provincial government of Surigao del Sur and 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division (4ID). Meantime, Bravo also urged the military to pursue the arrest of the perpetrators who were allegedly behind the

killings of Emerito Samarca, executive director, Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural Development (ALCADEV); Dionel Campos, chair, Malahutayong Pakigbisug alang sa Sumusunod (Mapasu); and Aurello Sinzo, a civilian, last September 1 in Lianga. “I urge our friendly forces to pursue with vigor the arrest of these prepetrators so that peace may reign in the area,” Bravo said. ACE, is a legitimate association made up of regional executives of national agencies in Caraga. September 18, 2015

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Have an open mind, BPC prexy urges critics on military operations in SurSur By: Fryan A. Abkilan

BUTUAN CITY - The Butuan Press Club (BPC) thru its president Consolador “Boy” Mantilla has asked the critics of the military to have at least an open mind and support the current military operations conducted against the perpetrators who were behind the killings of three lumads in Surigao del Sur recently. “I believe the military is just doing their mandate, that is, to bring the perpetrators to justice and ensure peace and order in the area,” said Mantilla. It can be recalled that the 4th Infantry Division’s advance

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command post executive director and Civil Military Operations (CMO) battalion commander Lt. Col. Rey Pasco had cried foul over what they say are “appalling allegations” of involvement in the killing of Emerito Samarca,


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54, Executive Director of the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Livelihood Development (Alcadev); Dionel Campos, chair of the Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU); and Campos’ cousin, Bello Sinzo last September 1 in Lianga, Surigao del Sur. “There’s no truth to it. We are just performing our functions in accordance with our specified objectives including the protection of our fellow citizens and the attainment of peace and development in the community,”

Pasco said. Philippine National Police (PNP) Surigao del Sur provincial director P/SSupt Narciso Verdadero on Monday said charges of multiple murder, arson, grave coercions, robbery, and grave threats had already been filed against siblings Bobby and Loloy Tejero, Garito Layno, and 20 John Does at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office. “We are urging our authorities to investigate this properly and bring the perpetrators to justice so this will not happen again,” Mantilla concluded. September 18, 2015

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DSWD assesses level of “well being” of 4Ps families in R9 By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY (PIA) – How well are the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) recipients doing, a year after being enrolled in the program as beneficiaries? What are the changes and progress in their lives and living conditions? These are but few of the questions the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here would like to know to determine the impact of this government poverty intervention program in the lives of the marginalized sector.

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There are close to 288,000 4Ps household-beneficiaries in the entire region 9 and the social welfare department, is currently conducting an enhanced Social Welfare and Development Indicators (SWDI) assessment to determine as to what extent these families have improved their lives based on their economic sufficiency and stability, as well as their social adequacy. The SWDI Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo said the SWDI is a tool being used by the department to assess the level of well-being of the 4Ps families - from survival, subsistence, and self-sufficiency. Arevalo averred, SWDI assessment is essential so that needed interventions, which may include employment facilitation, skills training and provision of livelihood opportunities can be carefully and efficiently planned out. The SWDI monitoring scheme is a yearly assessment applied to 4Ps grantees.

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Conduct of the SWDI As of early September, there are already 35,686 households assessed and evaluated, quite a long way to go putting to consideration the 288,000 target of 4Ps grantees for assessment until October 20, 2015. Assessment is done through actual visitation and conduct of interview by DSWD’s field workers, municipal / city links, community empowerment facilitators and project development officers. In the SWDI, families are being evaluated in terms of their economic sufficiency and social adequacy. In economic sufficiency, families are being assessed based on the employability skills of members including employment and salary, source of income, membership to social security and access to financial institutions. Meanwhile, in social adequacy, families are assessed based on the members’ health condition, nutrition and education, access to safe drinking water, sanitary toilet facility, house


construction and ownership, and of the department in evaluating social issues awareness. poverty alleviation programs and Results of the evaluation services. will also serve as the baseline

Mascot contest marks science month opening in Basilan By Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY, Basilan (PIA) – The ingenuity of young science clubbers in Basilan was put to test with the mascot competition at the launching of the Science Month celebration this September. Hundreds of high school students and elementary pupils participated in the civic parade on September 4, exhibiting their innovativeness and creativity

in their mascot creations using indigenous and recycled materials. Dr. Hilda U. Babon, Isabela City Schools Division September 18, 2015

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Superintendent lauded the kids for their ingenuity that at a young age, their minds are already molded towards innovativeness. “This activity is done for you to be aware of the importance of science, technology, and of innovation in our lives. Life is made easier because of the different technologies and inventions of our scientists,” she said. She was hopeful that students will not only memorize lessons from classes, but must find a connection and application of this knowledge to human lives. “Remember, the need is the mother of invention. We have new inventions and new technology because we have the need for it to make life easier. However, we

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need to realize that because of irresponsible use of technology, we tend to destroy our environment. Our technology may already be useless if our Mother Earth is already destroyed,” she said. Quoting one of the mascots’ slogan that says “Do not make this world a trash,” Babon challenged students and teachers to come up with activities that will help preserve and protect the environment. “We must love our Mother Earth because this is the only home we have. Once this will be destroyed, nothing will remain for us and our children,” she stressed. She said that the division has


programs for the environment, but realized that people need to help one another in protecting, the environment from the different trash and waste materials that are produced and disposed anywhere. “And all these wastes go back to us and damage our environment. Once the environment is not fit to live in, then we lose our home. Let us do the best that we can do to save Mother Earth,” she concluded. The mascot creations of the

Basilan National High School and the Jack and Jill Integrated School respectively won the best mascots in the secondary and elementary categories. This year’s Science Club Month celebration, launched at Kaumpurnah Elementary School in Isabela City, is anchored on the theme: “MateREALIZE: Synthesizing ideas, Refining Knowledge, Forging Science Clubbers as Agents of Innovation.”

City Health Office records 233 dengue cases in Dipolog By Grace Montallana

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) – The Dipolog City Health Office (DCHO) has reported 233 cases of dengue in the city for the first six months of 2015. According to the CHO, from that affected the residents of January to June 2015, dengue has some barangays in different age been the most common disease groups. September 18, 2015

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Those mostly affected with dengue were 0-12 months - 5 cases; 1 year old -3 cases; 2-4 years old - 15 cases; 5-9 years old - 49 cases; 10-14 years old - 48 cases; 15 -19 - 41 cases and 20 years old with 72 cases, wherein males were identified to have the most number of cases with 121, and females with 112 cases. On the other hand, the CHO

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urged the local folks to observe the 4 O’ clock habit daily and follow ‘’search and destroy ‘’ procedures inside and outside their homes, where the breeding sites of mosquito-carrying dengue virus may be found. CHO also advises the public to coordinate with barangay officials to help them take preventive measures to avoid dengue.


CSC urges public to read gov’t agencies Citizen’s Charter By: Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Transacting public who want to avail services of frontline government agencies are urged to read the agencies Citizen’s. September 18, 2015

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The Citizen’s Charter describes the steps for availing a particular service and the guaranteed performance level expected for that service, said Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office 10 Assistant Regional Director Noemi Rabe Torres during the Talakayan ng mga VIPs, September 16. By reading the Citizen’s Charter, the transcating public will know how government workers do their jobs and the time duration to finish a particular transaction, she said. Torres said the Citizen’s Charter is posted as information billboards or at a conspicuous place near the main entrance of a government office. Republic Act 9485, also known as the Anti-red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007, requires government agencies to draw

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a Citizen’s Charter which identifies the the frontline services offered, step-bystep procedures, employee responsible for each step, amount of fees, documents to be presented, and procedures for filinf complaints in relation to requests and applications. The ARTA was enacted to improve the efficiency in the delivery of government services to the public by reducing bureaucratic red tape and preventing graft and corruption. Torres said government offices are also required to setup Public Assistance Desks to immediately address client’s concerns or queries. The clients can also submit their questions, queries, feedback, and complaints at the suggestion/feedback box of a particular office, she further said. Torres also encouraged transacting public who are satisfied with the efforts and services of government offices to give positive feedbacks to motivate and inspire government workers to always give their best.


DOLE releases P1M livelihood grants in MisOcc By: Lei Garrett I. Miraflor

TUDELA, Misamis Occidental – The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 10 (DOLE-X) through its Misamis Occidental Provincial Field Office Head Leonardo G. Rodrigo released P1,013,000.00 to fund three livelihood projects under the Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) system of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tudela on 4 August 2015 at the ABC Hall, in Misamis Occidental. Vice Mayor Samuel L. Parojinog, received the check with the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Members of Tudela. The event was also witnessed by Tudela Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Nicasia Cagoco and Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO) Chuchi Marie L. Igar of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). DOLE-10 Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante disclosed that an amount of P513,000.00 was granted to 201 members of the Farmers Organization of Tudela to finance the Goat-Raising Project (Multiplier), while the Federation of Women Organizations with 54 beneficiaries received P500,000.00 for the Starter Kits for manicure, pedicure, hair and foot spa, body scrub and sewing

machines for the Dress Making Project. Parojinog said, on behalf of Mayor Estela O. Estano, “Kaning mga proyekto makahatag kaninyo ug dugang na kinitaan ug oportunidad sa trabaho nga makatabang ug pamaayo sa inyong panimuyo. Ang nakanindot, dili lang, kamo, mga miyembro ang makabenipisyo ani, apil ang kadaghanan sa mga katawhan sa atong lungsod.” (These livelihood projects will provide you with additional income and work opportunities to improve your standard of living. Moreover, these projects will bring on a beneficial impact, not only to the recipients but also to majority of the residents in our town.) As a start-up venture, the livelihood funds released will be initially used for the purchase of September 18, 2015

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raw materials and other supplies as well as the necessary skills training for the beneficiaries. The associations have also verbalized their long-term plans for the projects. The Farmers Organization plans to venture into an alternative livestock enterprise such as processing of goat milk into dairy products for retail distribution in the future. BUB implementation is part of the government reform plan of the Aquino administration with the Millenium Development Goal of poverty reduction. It aims to achieve grassroots empowerment and participation, providing the

citizens an equal opportunity to determine the projects that accurately respond to the needs of their community. Given these points, Rodrigo in his closing message said, “I strongly encourage you to take responsibility of this project because its sustainability lies in your hands. May you give your full support and commitment to this opportunity. If this becomes a success, most likely we will be recommending you for an additional capital of the organization for project enhancement.”

DOST provides assistance to CDO Building Management System By: Junelyn Louvena Batay-Ruiz

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) released the assistance for the computerization in the processing of building permits under the Building Permit Management System (BPMS) Project of Cagayan de Oro city during its Science and Technology Forum on 21 August 2015. This is one of the highlights of the DOST Science and Technology Forum in partnership with the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of

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Commerce and Industry. In the turn-over, DOST Secretary Mario Montejo and Regional Director Alfonso Alamban handed a


check to Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) President Ricardo Rotoras, the project proponent. Local Economic and Investment Promotions Officer Eileen San Juan of Investments Promotion Center represented Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno during the event. She thanked DOST for its strong support in the modernization of the city services particularly on Information Communication Technology (ICT). The BPMS is envisioned to be an interoperable web-based application system to automate the permit processing of the CDO-OBO following the laws and standards set forth in Presidential

Decree No. 1096 of the National Building Code of the Philippines (NBCP). BPMS aims to simplify and speed-up the application p r o c e s s , notifications, p r o g r e s s monitoring, enforcement and mapping while maintaining i n t e g r i t y, responsiveness and good governance inspired by the country’s ICT Roadmap 20112016. In 2014, DOST also released to the city government the assistance for the computerization of the Business Permit Processing through the project Electronic Business Permitting and Licensing System (eBPLS). This system innovation significantly improved the city’s investment climate and enhanced its competitiveness. Hence, Cagayan de Oro City was declared as the 2nd Most Competitive City in 2014 by the National Competitive Council.

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Increased awareness on the West Philippine issue noticed By:Joey Sem Dalumpines DAVAO CITY- An official of the Department of Foreign Affairs has noticed an increasing interest among the people to discuss the row of the Philippines with China over maritime claims on the West Philippine Sea.

Assistant Secretary Charles Jose, spokesperson of the DFA said that people now convey their thoughts and reaction on the issue not only through the mainstream like radio and television but also through threads about the WPS issue on the social media. However, he challenged everyone to include the WPS issue even on the discussions with the family, friends and office so that the discourse on the topic will continue. Jose said that the government will maximize all peaceful means to resolve the row by awaiting the decision of the United Nations High Tribunal of which an arbitration case was filed by government in July.

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“Going to war with China is never an option under this dispensation,” he pointed out. Jose said a decision on the maritime claims of the Philippines might come out in the first quarter of 2016, before the Aquino Administration’s term ends. Jose stressed that as a world leader, China must be reasonable enough to abide with the decision of the UN High Tribunal. Jose led the discussants in explaining to the public the issue on the West Philippine in a forum conducted at the NCCC Mall Davao Tuesday with the security sector, academe, fisherfolks, religious groups, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 11, Philippine Coast Guard Southeastern Mindanao Area, and the Eastern Mindanao Command .


DOT-DPWH convergence pours P5.7-billion in Davao Region By:Michael Uy

Davao del Norte - The convergence program of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) known as Tourism Road Infrastructure Program (TRIP) allocated a total of P 5.7-billion in Davao region.

According to the data from the DPWH, 40 tourism road projects were undertaken in the region since 2011, in which 11 were already completed and 29 are still on-going construction. The TRIP projects in the region includes the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) Circumferential Road with P 875-million budget to cover 26.4kms and Panabo City Coastal Road amounting to P 599-million with a length of 8.9kms. In Davao City, the major tourism road projects are the L o m o n d a o -S a l ay s ay-A ra k a n road leading to Mt. Apo stretching to 6.6kms with a budget of P 150-million and LAcson-Lamanan-Inayangan-Megkawayan Road leading to Megkawayan Peak with a length of 13.7kms costing P 488-million. Another road leading to Mt. Apo in Cogon-Kapatagan-Mainit Road, Davao del Sur got P487million with a length of 21.9kms. In Compostela Valley, P

30-million covered the 1.1km stretch of New Albay-Marangig Road, which leads to Marangig and Pyalitan Waterfalls, both in Maragusan. In Davao Oriental, the convergence planted four major projects totalling to P 975-million. This includes 7.4kms Highway Junction Santiago-MacopaPantad road leading to Pusan Point in Baganga, P 253-million; 17.7kms Junction MenziDahican-Lawigan in Mati City, P 336-million; 4.9kms La Union-Mt. Hamiguitan road in San Isidro, P 261-million; and 3.5kms FatimaParola-Cape San Agustin road in Governor Generoso, P 125-million.

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South Cotabato buys back offsprings of AI program By Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Sept. 18 -- Farmer-beneficiaries of government artificial insemination programs in South Cotabato could earn more tfrom heir livestock, an official of the provincial government said.

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Dr. Flora Bigot, acting provincial veterinarian, announced in a press conference Tuesday that the provincial government is buying carabaos that were born from its AI activities. Apart from this, the provincial government is also asking beneficiaries of cattle AI program to sell the upgraded cows to the provincial government in a buyback program with the National Dairy Authority (NDA). “For a two-year old offspring of an artificially inseminated carabao, weighing about 250 kilograms, the provincial government would pay Php30,000,” she said. Farmers would gain more from this scheme, she emphasized, “because when they sell their carabao to traders, they could only earn Php20,000.” “The provincial government has allotted an initial Php500,000 for this project. For years now, South Cotabato LGU in partnership with the Philippine Carabao Center has been conducting upgrading program for the indigenous draft animal with Murrah buffalo. Murrah buffaloes are well known for their bulkier physique and improved milk-production capability.

“Our buyback program for carabaos is linked with the nutrition program of the provincial program. The Animal Production and Processing Center (APPC) in Tinongcop, Tantangan augments the requirements for milk of the nutrition program,” she explained further. Before the end of 2015, South Cotabato LGU expects to complete its milk processing facility at the APPC. With the initial budget, the provincial government is eyeing the repurchase at least 16 carabaos. Meanwhile, the provincial government has also partnered with the National Dairy Program for the purchase of upgraded cattle. “If farmers will sell their cows for meat production they could only get Php25,000 to P30,000 but through the buyback program of the NDA, they could earn up to P50,000 per animal,” Bigot said. Artificial insemination program with NDA here has been using Brahman and HolsteinFriesian breeds to upgrade the local stock. Livestock gathered through the buyback program will be dispersed to other farmer-cooper September 18, 2015

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atives. Bigot elaborated that they are currently conducting inventory of the upgraded carabaos and cattle for the buyback program. Prior to the purchase, she added, the animals will be subjected to evaluation regarding its

pedigree. Although area technicians have lists of artificially inseminated animals, Bigot said, it would help if the farmers could present the AI receipt given to them by the technician who conducted the insemination. (DEDoguiles-PIA)

NorthCot LGU continues to improve farmers’ life through animal dispersal program By Danilo E.Doguiles

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Sept. 18—In its aim of improving the life of poor families in the province especially the farmers, the provincial government strengthens the implementation of the Animal Dispersal Program. Spearheaded by the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPVet), over 500 farmers are now benefitting from the said program this first half of 2015. Provincial veterinarian Dr. Rufino Suropia noted that recently, 145 individuals from 39 villages in the province were given large and small ruminants. Recipients of the goat dispersal were from Malitubog, Polayagan, and Raradangan of Alamada and Malagap and Puting Bato of Banisilan; while recipients of

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the swine dispersal are farmers from Malitubog and Raradangan of Alamada; Malagap, Banisilan; Buluan, Balogo, Midpapan1, Midpapan2, and Anick of Pigcawayan. Another swine dispersal was also conducted last week which benefited 47 individuals from Dalapitan, Linao, New Pandan, Salvacion, Latagan, and Poblacion of the municipality of Matalam; Noa and Tagbac of Magpet; Taluntalunan, Makilala; and Kanibong, Tulunan.


Also, 49 beneficiaries from the municipalities of President Roxas, Antipas and Arakan were given cows and carabaos last week. Data from the OPVet revealed that the provincial government has funded a total of P20 million for the Animal Dispersal Program. From the said amount, P10 million is intended for the

dispersal of large ruminants, P5 million for swine dispersal, and P5 million for small ruminants. North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza believes that this program is helpful particularly to the less fortunate families who depend on farming as their source of living. (SJDuerme-PIA12 withNorthCot Media Center)

Number of registered voters in Gensan increases GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Sept 18 – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has reported an increase in the number of registered voters in General Santos City. September 18, 2015

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According to the Comelec, 12,000 applications have recently been added to its records based on the previous Election Registration Board hearing. This is a 7 percent increase as compared to previous figures. Gensan now has 238,697 registered voters. Election Officer Atty. April Mitchor also said in an interview that the Comelec was in the process of completing the biometrics registration. She said old voters who have incomplete or no biometrics have to undergo revalidation process in order to vote for the 2016 national and local elections. “This is what we are working hard on so we strengthened our information dissemination. As early as last year, the barangays were furnished lists of residents who lack biometrics. At present, we are even furnishing individual notices,” Atty. Mitchor stated. “We are gearing for full automation. Those who do not have biometrics cannot vote in 2016 because these will be mandatory,” she added. The passage into law of Republic Act 10367 in February 2013 made it mandatory for all registered voters to have a

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complete biometrics data. Under the voter’s registration system, a voter must have a picture, specimen signature and fingerprint to be able to vote in this coming election in support to “No Bio No Boto Policy” under the said law. The Comelec continues to update the constituents through media outlets who disseminate the information, individual notices and conduct of satellite registration in the barangays and even in private establishments like the malls. “Satellite registration is also ongoing. It is where we bring the machines to the barangay. Instead of voter ang mag adto, kami ang mag adto sa barangay. Didto ta mag conduct sa registration para mas wider ang atong coverage, at the same time convenient sa applicants,” Atty. Mitchor added. This month, the Comelec is holding a satellite registration o scheduled dates at Gaisano Mall, Robinson Place and SM City. Voters have only until October 31 of this year to register or revalidate. (SVillacastin-Gensan CPIO/DEDoguiles-PIA 12)



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