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Vol. 2 No. 14

President Aquino lauds SSS increases in net earnings, investment income, members DENR inks contracts for new projects Lina Calvez, Northern Mindanao

More than 4,500 Normin students are CHED scholarship grantees Rutchie C. Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

DA 12 pushes home meat processing Shahana Joy Duerme, Central Mindanao

Mt. Hamiguitan wildlife sanctuary expected to get UNESCO recognition Jeanevive Abangan, Southern Mindanao

Quake infra damage: P1.9M in Surigao Norte Fryan E. Abkilan, Caraga Region

PNPA cadets from the region calls on more youth to enter academy Noel B. Najarro, Caraga Region

ZCCCIFI unveils Zambo City ITC Council; launches logo-making contest Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, Western Mindanao

Flood victims to get financial assistance Sheila Covarrubias, Western Mindanao

Cover Story Basilan rainfall monitoring goes hi-tech; DOST installs Auto Rain Gauge

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Rene V. Carbayas Western Mindanao


Basilan rainfall monitoring goes hi-tech; DOST installs Auto Rain Gauge by Rene V. Carbayas

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he Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Basilan recently installed an Automated Rain Gauge (ARG) in Atong-Atong, Lantawan Municipality, placing Basilan in the national map of monitored rainfall activity. “The equipment can provide real time and accurate data on rainfall in the province,” said Myra Alih, DOST Provincial Director. “Every year, our country experiences typhoons with heavy rains and flooding during monsoon season and these natural phenomena have plagued the country, claiming many lives and millions worth of properties, that is why this ARG is important in disaster mitigation” she added. Alih said the ARG deployment is part of the Development of Hybrid Weather Monitoring System and Production of Weather and Rain Automated Stations Project, which aims to develop and deploy a network of automated weather stations and ARGs to monitor real-time weather changes occurring in specific 4

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localities all over the country. The ARG and why it was developed compelled by the devastating floods triggered by typhoons and storms visiting the country each year, the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), in cooperation Tuesday, September 4, 2012


with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), an attached agencies of DOST, have enhanced the country’s capability in monitoring real-time weather disturbances by developing and producing lowcost system solutions and instrumentations. ARG is a stateof-the art facility which is equipped with sensors that can gather and record the amount of rainfall over a set period of time, wind velocity, air temperature and air humidity. “The rainfall data are sent wirelessly through the cellular network as a text message or Short Messaging System (SMS). It is equipped with the ASTI-developed datalogger platform GSM Data Acquisition Terminal (GDAT) that serves as the mini-computer or brain that intelligently controls all the

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functions and data communications of the station,” the DOST Provincial Director said. The data gathered by a single ARG can also be sent automatically to other stations or to a central based station on a predetermined interval basis. He added that the ARG is designed to be rugged and standalone, and can be deployed even in remote areas and can operate continuously on solar power backed-up by an internal rechargeable battery. “The station can be deployed even in the harshest remote areas and can

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message, Latip read that “sometimes we need to struggle and that we are bound to struggle because it is in this way that we grow.” Disasters, he said, could be our struggles so that we will be taught to be prepared and become stronger in our convictions. ARGs for LGUs as part of govt’s operate continuously as it gets power from the sun backed up by the internal rechargeable battery,” he quipped How ARG works The equipment uses a tipping bucket rain gauge that measures the amount of precipitation or rain that has fallen. Data from the tipping bucket rain gauge is collected and sent automatically via SMS (short messaging system or text) at a desired interval to a server. Default interval is 15 minutes. Then transmitted data are validated and processed by PAGASA personnel. Evaluated data and possible warning can be accessed by the public through the internet. Anybody could google, just type predict/stations in the internet to locate the site for information. Provincial Administrator Engr. Latip said that disasters are always imminent and that it pays to be prepared all the time. Quoting from an inspiring text 6

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disaster risk reduction effort In line with government’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) effort and as part of PAGASA’s Modernization Program, DOST will distribute hundreds of rain and water-level sensors to local government units (LGUs). DOST plans to give and install 400 water-level sensors and 600 automated rain gauges throughout the country by 2013. As of July 2012, DOST have already installed 25 water level sensors and 186 automated rain gauges across the country. An automated rain gauge costs around P100,000 per kit while a waterlevel sensor is priced at P200,000. Tuesday, September 4, 2012


ACROSS THE NATION

President Aquino leads commemoration of 55th Anniversary of the Social Security System

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III joined the officials and employees of the Social Security System in commemorating its 55th Anniversary held at the pension fund’s main office in Quezon City on Monday.

In his speech, the President hailed “Limampu’t limang taon na po ang the SSS for being a steadfast and nakaraan nang itinatag ang Social reliable partner of Filipinos in need. Security System. At mula noon

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hanggang ngayon, naka-angkla ang iisang mandato ng kawanihang ito: ang mabigyan ng seguridad sa kinabukasan ang mga kababayan nating miyembro niyo,” the President said. “Kayo ang takbuhan at sandalan nila Juan at Juana dela Cruz sa mga panahon ng pagsubok at pangangailangan; tungkulin ninyong pangalagaan ang karapatan nila sa mas malawak na pagkakataon sa kaunlaran, at sa mas disenteng pamumuhay,” he added. He also highlighted the trust and respect every Filipino member of the SSS has for its officers and employees to prioritize the utmost care for their hard earned money is taken. “Nagbubukal sa iisang diwa ang kasunduan at pagtutuwang na ito: tiwala. Ipinagkakaloob nila sa inyo ang kanilang mga pinagsumikapang pera, sa tiwalang mapapangalagaan ninyo ito at maibabalik sa hinaharap ang nararapat naman na kanilang matanggap,” the President said. “Samakatuwid, hindi laruan ang perang nakalaan para sa taumbayan.

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Ang pondo ng SSS ay hindi maaaring basta-bastang isugal at ipagsapalaran nang tulad sa Casino,” he added. He enjoined all SSS personnel to remain firm and alert in his administration’s war against corruption. “Ngayon, higit kailanman, nananalig ako sa inyong pakikiisa. Kaya naman ang hamon sa bawat isa sa inyo: titindig ba kayo, papanig sa katotohanan, at magiging balakid sa maiitim na balak ng mga masasamang loob? O magkikibit-balikat na lang ba kayo, at makikituwang sa kawalangkatarungan?” the President said. The SSS was created on September 1, 1957 through the passing into law of the Social Security Act of 1954 or Social Security Law that aims to develop and promote a viable, universal and equitable social security protection scheme, suitable to the needs of the people throughout the Philippines. This year’s theme is: “Sa SSS: Kabuhayang Pinagsisikapan, Seguridad Maasahan.” (rck) Tuesday, September 4, 2012


President Aquino lauds SSS increases in net earnings, investment income, members

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu (Grand Cross, Gold Distinction) on outgoing Republic of Korea Ambassador to the Philippines Lee Hye-Min in recognition of his contribution to strengthening the foundation of friendly bilateral relations with the Republic of Korea during ceremonies held in Malacanang Palace on Monday. The Chief Executive conferred the award Affairs; Jae Hoon Lim, Counsellor for during Ambassador Lee’s farewell call at Economic Affairs; Hyun Yong Chin, the Music Room in Malacaùang Palace on Counsellor and Consul and Kyong-Ho Monday afternoon. Min, Minister and Consul General. Also in Ambassador Lee was accompanied by attendance was Foreign Affairs Secretary Ki-Hwan Kweon, Counsellor for Political Albert Del Rosario who witnessed the Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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conferment rites. The citation was read by former Ambassador Miguel A. Perez-Rubio, presidential chief of protocol. Ambassador Lee was cited in the field of international relations and for facilitating official development assistance in support of his country to the various projects of the Philippine government. During his tour of duty to the Philippines, Ambassador Lee was commended for his significant contribution in setting up the P150-M modern rice processing facility in Iloilo to help stabilize the rice supply in the country. The facility was inaugurated last March. The Iloilo rice processing complex (RPC) is one of the four facilities funded by a grant from the Korean government through the Korea International Cooperation Agency. Last August, President Benigno S. Aquino III witnessed the signing of a

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loan agreement between the Philippines and South Korea for the Jalaur River Multipurpose Irrigation project in Iloilo. Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima signed the $207.88 million loan agreement with the Export Import Bank of Korea (Korea EXIM Bank) Executive Director SangWan Byun for the construction of the multipurpose irrigation project. The loan agreement also marked the largest-scale assistance for a single project extended by the South Korean government to the Philippines through South Korea’s Economic Development Cooperation Fund since its establishment in 1987. (js)

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Government may sign peace agreement with MILF before end of the year

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residential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Spokesperson and Communications Unit Director Polly Michelle Cunanan today said the Aquino government is positive that a peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is in the offing within the year and that the accord will be “acceptable to all stakeholders in Mindanao.”

Speaking before newsmen at the Kapihan at the Diamond Hotel forum, Cunanan said the government’s peace initiatives with the MILF is gaining headway and “now is the time for Filipinos to support the peace process so they can help shape the nation’s peace history.” “Under the Aquino administration’s Daang Matuwid good governance program, our peace gains on various fronts have been building up, including the current peace

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negotiations with MILF,” Cunanan said. “We have a President who is truly committed to attaining peace. The Aquino government is hoping to sign an agreement with the MILF within the year,” Cunanan said. She said that during the formal negotiations between the Philippine government and the MILF peace panels in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last August, “both sides were moving forward towards the crafting of a ONE MINDANAO

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possible agreement,” she added. “Now is the time for Filipinos to participate and extend their all-out support for the government’s resolve to bring a just and lasting solution to the decades-old armed conflicts in the country,” Cunanan explained. “As Filipinos, we need to be united amidst diversity. This is the best time to take part in the peace process, study it and participate in achieving our goal of attaining peace,” Cunanan said. “An equitable, just and lasting peace cannot be attained in Mindanao without the support of all the stakeholders in the area.” Echoing the call of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles on the nation to rally behind the gains of the peace process Sunday, Cunanan said “individual participation of Filipinos will help move the peace process forward.” Speaking at the “1Goal for Peace” ceremony that kicked off the celebration of the Peace Month 2012 at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City Sunday morning, Deles said the peace process being pursued by government “would achieve more milestones if more Filipinos will support it.” “The time for peace is now! Together, let’s score a goal for peace,” Deles told peace advocates and guests and 500 youngsters who underwent a football clinic with members of the Philippine Azkals football team that highlighted the “1Goal for Peace” ceremonies as well as a joined the Peace Fair. Cunanan said the OPAPP has lined up different activities in September

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“aimed at promoting greater consciousness on the peace process and promoting a culture of peace among Filipinos.” On Sept. 14, celebrities will take a positive step to promote peace with the “I am for Peace Campaign” to be launched possibly with the President at the Malacañang Palace. A series of photo exhibits highlighting the gains in the peace process will be shown in major malls, such as SM North EDSA, SM Fairview, Glorietta, Robinson’s Galleria and Shangri-la Plaza all throughout the month. To celebrate the International Day of Peace, “KaPEACEtahan” will be held on Sept. 21 at the SM North EDSA The Block. A job fair and Serbisyong Bayan featuring frontline government services will be held in the morning while cultural performances, shown vis-a-vis the peace milestones under the Aquino administration will be highlighted in the evening. Golfers will tee off at the “Teem Up for Peace” on Sept. 28 as a benefit golf event for communities affected by armed conflict in Bicol. Also on Sept. 28, local bands and artists will take the lead in declaring “I Want Peace” in four simultaneous rock concerts to be held in key cities around the country, including the NCR. Online activities engaging users of social networking sites to raise their peace awareness have also been rolled out through OPAPP’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages. Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Public, private sectors meet to improve Mahinog local economy by Homer R. Jajalla

MAHINOG, Camiguin Local government officials and leaders of private sectors have participated in the Local and Regional Economic Development (LRED) Sensitizing Workshop organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) at Queobe Eco Park and Training Center on August 9.

The workshop, the first in a series of four different workshops to be facilitated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is to identify and implement local projects to boost the local economy, especially those that can be done from six months to one year. DTI Provincial Director Joselito S. Enot said he sees the potential of Mahinog as an emerging growth area Tuesday, September 4, 2012

in Camiguin. For one, he said, the presence of the principal port in Benoni gives the municipality a competitive advantage over other towns in the province. In addition to the port is the presence of tourist destinations like Mantigue Island and Zipline in Benoni lagoon, which can be compared to other prime destinations in the country. ONE MINDANAO

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These potentials, he said, if fully tapped, can bring in more economic development in the town. Mahinog Mayor Alex Jajalla praised the DTI for introducing the LRED concept in Mahinog. LRED is a process by which stakeholders from both public and private sectors are mobilized to become partners in a joint effort to improve the economy of a locality and

increase its competitiveness. “LRED intervention is a big step to create more jobs, small business enterprises and income especially for our residents,� Jajalla said. To achieve this, he emphasized, both the public and private sectors need to play key roles to do their part to drive the economic development of the town.

DENR inks contracts for new projects by Lina Calvez

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - Five contracts for several projects were inked between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-10) and its respective contractors. This, after undergoing public bidding and review by the Regional Bids and Awards Committee (RBAC) of the DENR-10. Corazon B. Galinato, DENR-10 regional executive director, led the signing of the contracts for two cadastral projects, procurement of information technology (IT) equipment, installation of local area network (LAN) cabling and construction of the new DENR-10 two-storey executive building (Phase I). In her message prior to the contract signing, Galinato called on the contractors not to sacrifice the quality of their work or their items. She further thanked the contractors for their cooperation in following government bidding procedures before the awarding of their respective contracts. She likewise

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thanked the members of the RBAC for showing cooperation, commitment and honesty in their work. The RBAC of DENR-10 is chaired by Paquito Melicor, Jr, regional technical director with Lawyer Florenda Lamason-Yap as vice chairman. The construction of the new DENR-10 Executive Building (Phase 1) was awarded to Giovanni Construction, represented by its proprietor/manager, Engineer Ostric Rivera, Jr. The total contract price of Phase 1 is P17,708,131.38, which includes the mobilization/demobilization, temporary perimeter fence, site clearing, plumbingand electrical works and issuance of building permits, among others. According to the RBAC, the new building to be constructed is a modern structure with comprehensive design Tuesday, September 4, 2012


consideration that includes not only its architectural aspect but also of its environmental impact. It has a total floor area of 2,612.90 square meters. The contractor of the IT equipment is Pronet Systems Integrated Network Solution, Inc., based in Quezon City. The IT equipment includes one rack mountable server, five desktop servers, 17 uninterruptible power supplies, 18 desktop computers, 17 external storage and16 wide format printer. The total contract price of the IT equipment is P2,798,761.39. The installation of LAN cabling of

DENR 10 was awarded to Globalchips Technologies Co. with a total contract price of P5,836,520. The procurement of 18 tablets was also contracted to Globalchips Technologies Co. with a contract price of P 441,000. The two contracts were signed by its general manager, William Malagar. Two cadastral projects in Lanao del Norte will soon be realized with the signing of the contracts for the municipalities of Lala and Matungao. The contractor for the project in Lala is Bacala Surveying Office, represented during the contract signing by Engineer Artemio Bacala. It has a total contract price of P2,194,000. The contractor for the project in Matungao is M2 Surveying and Engineering Services represented by Engineer Manumbikai Magondacan. It has a total contract price of P1,248,278.84. The Cadastral Projects are under “Category B,� which entails the establishment of Philippine Reference System of 1992 (PRS92) monuments and political boundary survey.

More than 4,500 Normin students are CHED scholarship grantees By Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental - A total of 4,567 college scholarships were granted to qualified beneficiaries in Northern Mindanao through the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), region 10, for school-year 2011-2012. Of this figure, 1,444 or 31.61 Traditional Scholarship Grants (TSG) percent were granted under the CHED while 3,123 or 68.38 percent were Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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granted under the Special Study Grant Program for Congressional Districts (SSGP-CD). In turn, 447 or 30.95 percent of the CHED-TSG were new, while 997 or 69.05 percent were on-going, Dr. Zenaida G. Gersana, regional director of CHED, Region 10, said. Gersana said the most number of scholars under the CHED-TSG were those on full merit with 393 or 27.21 percent, followed by the half-merit with 390 or 27 percent. Next was the Study Now, Pay Later Plan (SNLP) with 313 or 21.67 percent, “Tulong-Dunong� or grantsin-aid with 291 or 20.15 percent and the Department of National Defense (DND)-CHED-PASUC-SGP, 21 or 1.45 percent. The other 36 slots or 2.49 percent were composed of the following: regional scholarships, nine, national scholarships, seven, Senate Study Grant (SSG) of senators Pimentel and Legarda, as well, as the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPPAP)- SGP, four slots, each. CHED-HEDP, three, SSG of Sen. Pangilinan, two, and SSG of senators Lapid and Estrada and Bright Muslim Mindanaoan, one each.

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Meanwhile, CHED-10 also handled the SSGP-CD of Lanao del Sur, which is under the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARRM). This was because of its proximity to Cagayan de Oro City, where the CHED-10 regional office is based, Gersana said. Of these, 1,265 or 40.50 percent were new, while 1,858 or 59.50 percent were on-going. These new SSGP-CD slots were sourced from the Congressional Funds of Bukidnon District 1, with 765 or 60.47 percent, and Misamis Occidental District 2, with 365 or 28.85 percent. Likewise, 15 scholarship slots or 1.18 percent, each, of the new SSGPCD were funded by the Bukidnon District 2, Bukidnon District 3, Misamis Oriental District 1, Misamis Oriental District 2, Cagayan de Oro District 1, Cagayan de Oro District 2, and the lone districts of Camiguin and Iligan City. Of the non-going SSGP-CD scholarships, the highest was from Misamis Oriental District 2 with 670 or 21.45 percent, followed by Cagayan de Oro District 2 with 413 or 13.22 percent, Camiguin Lone District, 145 or 4.64 percent and Misamis Occidental District 1 and District 2, with 120 or 3.84 percent, each. The other districts had this number of on-going scholarships: 45 or 2.42 percent, each, from Bukidnon Districts 1, 2 and 3, Misamis Oriental District 1, Cagayan de Oro District 2, Lone District of Iligan City, Lanao del Norte District 2 and Lanao del Sur District 2. With 15 on-going scholarship slots were Lanao del Norte District 1 and Lanao del Sur District 1, Gersana added. Tuesday, September 4, 2012


P7.8-M livelihood projects in Liguasan Marsh inked By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato-- Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-12 and Maguindanao officials have signed an agreement for the implementation of P7.8 million-worth of livelihood projects. A statement from DENR 12 said Regional Executive Director Adeluisa G. Siapno signed on August 28 a memorandum of

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agreement that would provide 10 incomegenerating projects to people’s organizations in five municipalities along the Liguasan marsh.

With her in the MOA signing were mayors Abdulkarim Langkuno of Paglat, Boniao Kali of Gen. Salipada K. Pendatun, Alindatu

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Sultan sa Barongis, and Mohammad Paglas of Datu Paglas. Rajah Buayan municipal agriculturist Mohiden Paidumama represented Mayor Yacob Ampatuan in the ceremony. The partnership calls for the implementation of environment and natural resources-linked livelihood proposals under the Ligawasan Marsh Biodiversity Conservation Project (LMBCP) managed by DENR 12. Under the MOA, DENR 12 will review and endorse approved subprojects of the LGU to the Department of Finance Municipal Development Fund Office (MDFO) as the conduit for funding under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant component. DENR 12 will also oversee the implementation, monitoring and validation process of the LGU subproject. In the implementation of subprojects, the LGU will create, activate, designate and/or

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strengthen a municipal project office and provide counterpart resource/equity, cash or noncash. Likewise, the LGU shall enter into a MOA with preidentified and prequalified people’s organizations and/or the barangay of the target communities. Approved livelihood projects where the P7.8 million fund is intended include dried fish processing in Paglat, Gen. S.K. Pendatun, Sultan sa Barongis, and Rajah Buayan towns; water hyacinth papermaking in Paglat, Gen. S.K. Pendatun, Sultan sa Barongis, and Datu Paglas; and organic rice production in Sultan sa Barongis and Rajah Buayan. Iskak Dipatuan, forester and LMBC project manager, said the approval of the livelihood subproject proposals by the Ligawasan Marsh Wetland Management Council was based on the financial and physical performance of the concerned local government units. “The proposals went

through a selection process in May this year in terms of their economic viability and social acceptability,” Dipatuan explained. The Ligawasan Marsh Biodiversity Conservation Project is a five-year DENR initiative starting 2007 until 2012. It is implemented under the National Program Support Environment and Natural Resources Management Project (NPS-ENRMP) funded by close to $1 million grant from the World Bank (WB) – Global Environment Facility (GEF). It covers 11 municipalities, seven of which are located in Maguindanao while four are in North Cotabato. The MOA signing was held AT the DENR Region 12 office. It was witnessed by DENR officials led by Regional Technical Director for Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service Geronimo L. Sequito, as well as other officials from the partner municipalities. Tuesday, September 4, 2012


DA 12 shows off rice harvester-thresher By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato– In line with its program to encourage farm mechanization the regional office of the Department of Agriculture here showed to farmers and local officials a machine that could harvest and thresh rice in single operation.

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The machine, called rice combine thresher, can harvest at the same time thresh at least 8 hectares of rice in a day with only three persons to operate. The machine costs P9.8 million. A press release from DA 12, indicated that a field demo of the said machine was held at Barangay Rizal of nearby Banga town last week. It was attended by DA Assistant Secretary Dante Delima, DA 12 Regional Executive Directo Amalia JayagDatukan, Banga Mayor Henry Ladot and his officials, officials of nearby local governments

and farmers. Datukan said they spearheaded the activity to show to farmers the actual operations of the machine and encourage farmers to adopt modern rice harvesting technologies. “By using such machines, harvesting of palay will be quicker and losses from harvesting will be minimized,” said Datukan. The machine also assures the quality of grains is also from the grains tank until these are sacked. Asec Delima explained the machine’s grains tank

is capable of storing 2,700 kilograms or about 54 sacks . Several attendees commended the speed at which the machine was able to complete harvesting and threshing one hectare of rice field in less than half a day. They added that the sacked grains are cleaner compared to that gathered from the traditional threshers. Datukan said, rice combine threshers are appropriate in select areas in Region 12 or Soccsksargen Region that lack workers who could do the harvesting.

DA 12 pushes home meat processing By Shahana Joy Duerme KORONADAL CITY-- The Department of Agriculture (DA) 12 under its Livestock Division promotes home meat processing as well as backyard swine raising to help swine raisers improve their income. Agri Pinoy Livestock meat

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Regional Coordinator Dr. John B. Pascual said backyard swine raising and

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processing can help earn money. “Through home meat processing, swine raisers themselves can

make and supply meat products like ham, pork nuggets, tocino and longanisa to the market thus gaining Tuesday, September 4, 2012


extra income,� Pascual added. He also said that the use of homemixed feeds is good in raising high quality swine as validated by the research study conducted by Dr. Neil C. Doton, Veterinarian II of the Department of Agriculture-Central Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (DA-CEMIARC) in Amas, Kidapawan City. The campaign for home meat processing

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was given emphasis during the recently conducted Value Added Seminar on Pig Butchering and Meat Processing at the Provincial Livelihood Learning Center in Barangay Patag, Malapatan, Sarangani Province. The seminar taught the 27 participants from Patag Swine Raisers Association how to butcher pig, cut and process pork meat. To further help swine

raisers, the Livestock Division will conduct monthly trainings in line with this to different provinces in Soccsksargen region. On the other hand, DA Regional Executive Director Amalia J. Datukan said that this kind of project is aimed at giving focus to livestock and poultry products as part of the advancement of the department’s Food Staples Self-Sufficiency Program (FSSP).

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ARENA Caravan, a fiesta of services by Jeanevive Abangan

SARANGANI DAVAO DEL SURMore than 4,000 people flocked to the poblacion of Governor Generoso turning the day into fiesta when the ARENA Serbisyo Caravan hauled on August 30 varied government services from more than 30 national line agencies. Micro enterprises were earning as people spread around the venues of distribution of conditional cash, social pensions, medical and dental services, legal consultation, information and education sessions, and seedlings. Vendors of ice cream, water and candies could be seen at the corners serving the immediate need for refreshment and quick bites for people coming from near or far to get their government benefits and to avail of services they otherwise would get at the regional center in Davao City, 175 kilometers from Gov. Generoso. The turn-over of conditional cash grants by the Department of Social Welfare and Development

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(DSWD) XI to 3,527 households was held at Sigaboy Elementary School while the social pension grants for 209 senior citizens were distributed at the Municipal Social Welfare Office. A big crowd filled the municipal gym where the program was held, attended by local government officials and heads of 32 national line agencies which took part in the ARENA Serbisyo Caravan in Gov. Generoso. Among the government agencies which brought along their services In Gov. Generoso were the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), National Statistics Office (NSO), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Commission Tuesday, September 4, 2012


on Human Rights (CHR). Other government offices who joined included; Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Commission on Audit (COA), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Commission on Population (PopCom), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Public Attorney’s Office, Quedancor, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) XI and the Department of Agriculture (DA) XI, Government Service and Insurance Services and the National Irrigation Administration. Municipal Mayor Vicente D. Orencia said the ARENA Serbisyo

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Caravan drew quite a huge crowd which he viewed to have surpassed the number of target beneficiaries but he assured that those who had not been served would be given their desired service in a separate occasion. ARENA President Achilles Gerard Bravo noted a remarkable improvement of the ARENA Serbisyo Caravan in Governor Generoso saying the list of local needs was sent quite early by the municipal government and that many government agencies joined the delivery of services. Provincial Gov. Corazon Malanyaon was happy of the comeback of ARENA Serbisyo Caravan after its kick off trip in Davao Oriental towns of Cateel and Boston in August last year. Malanyaon urged residents of Governor Generoso to show their hospitality while they were taking advantage of the services brought to the community. She wished that the ARENA XI would be able to haul pooled government serviced through the Serbisyo Caravan to all towns of Davao Oriental. After its stop-over in Governor Generoso, the ARENA Serbisyo Caravan went off the following day (Aug. 31) to Mati City, more than 57 kilometers away from the poblacion. ONE MINDANAO

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Mt. Hamiguitan wildlife sanctuary expected to get UNESCO recognition by Jeanevive Abangan MATI CITY- Davao Oriental Provincial Gov. Corazon Malanyaon is optimistic that the Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary will get recognized by UNESCO as among the world heritage sites.

She told the media that a team from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is due to arrive in October this year to do a ground validation at Mt. Hamiguitan which has been declared by the national government as a protected area by virtue of Republic Act 9303 issued on July 30, 2004. Malanyaon revealed that the provincial government submitted to UNESCO in 2008 its application for world heritage recognition of Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary which hosts a pygmy forest of century-old trees growing at 3 feet to five feet tall. Malanyaon looked at the latest interest of UNESCO to approve its application as a prospect of stepping up protection of the wildlife sanctuary in the Mt. Hamiguitan Ranges which stretches along the borders of Mati City and the municipalities of Governor Generoso and San Isidro. The three local government units (LGUs) have bonded themselves together to organize a management

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and development council to oversee the protection and preservation of Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary. Rising at 5,345 feet above sea level, the Mt. Hamiguitan Range serves as the home of the 600-hectare pygmy forest which treasures more than 800 species of flora and provides sanctuary to various fauna among which is the Philippine Eagle. Mt. Hamiguitan also cradles the “Tinagong Dagat” (Hidden Sea) which is a lake observed to have shown a phenomenal low tide and high tide. “We have more than what other world heritage sites have,” Malanyaon said referring to various species of plants, insects, wild flowers and animals aside from the wide stretch of bonsai field. On the other hand, 10th Infantry “Agila” Division commanding general, Brig. Gen. Ariel Bernardo revealed that his division will provide a security cover of the Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary “so we can be hundred percent sure of its safety and security.” He said protecting the mountain range will form part of the tasks given to Peace and Development Outreach Program (PDOP) team of military personnel to be sent on a community immersion in Governor Generoso. Tuesday, September 4, 2012


DTI-Caraga briefs tri-media on the Helmet Law by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Caraga headed by Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran briefed the local tri-media on Republic Act No. 10054 known as the “Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009,” held Monday at the DTI-Caraga conference room, this city. Atty. Maria Aurora CurazaMaquiling of DTI-Caraga, in coordination with the Land Transportation Office/Department of

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Act with corresponding penalties to motorists who will violate this law. Maquiling also clarified that said law does not exempt “habalhabal” (motorcycles with more than five passengers) drivers/ riders, but only tricycle drivers. “Drivers of tricycles are exempted from complying with the mandatory wearing of motorcycle helmets as provided in this Act,” said Maquiling. Also, DTI-Agusan del Norte Provincial Director Gay Tidalgo said private motorists with surnames that start with letters “A – F” will now be accommodated in the whole month of September for the free stick-on of ICC stickers to helmets; “G – O” on October; and “P – Z” on November, while on December, DTI will be busy for the corporate requests for ICC stickers.

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DTI also relayed that with this law, any person caught not wearing the standard protective motorcycle helmet in violation of this Act will be punished with a fine of P1,500 for the first offense; P3,000 for the second offense; P5,000 for the third offense; and P10,000 plus confiscation of the driver’s license for the fourth and succeeding offenses. A fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P20,000 will be charged to any seller and/or dealer who violates Section 5 of this Act while any person who uses, sells and distributes substandard motorcycle helmets or those that do not bear the Philippine Standard (PS) mark or the Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) certificate will be punished with a fine of not less than P3,000

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for the first offense and P5,000 for the second offense, without prejudice to other penalties imposed in Republic Act No. 7394 or the “Consumer Act of the Philippines.” DTI also said tampering, alteration, forgery, and imitation of the PS mark and ICC certificates on helmets will be punished with a fine of not less than P10,000 but not more than P20,000, without prejudice to other penalties imposed

in Republic Act No. 7394 or the “Consumer Act of the Philippines.” It was also learned that only those previously used helmets are to be sticked-on by the DTI provincial offices while those helmets purchased on August 1, 2012 onwards must have already the ICC stickers from the supplier. With this, DTI-Caraga is calling on the motorists to comply with the law for their own safety.

Quake infra damage: P1.9M in Surigao Norte

by Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY --The 7.7 earthquake that jolted some parts of the Visayas and Mindanao on Friday night has caused around P1.9 million damage to infrastructure and property in Surigao del Norte, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said. In its 6 a.m. Monday damage report, NDRRMC said a small house collapsed at Barangay Punta Bilar, three tension rods at the ceiling of the provincial gym were destroyed although no structural damage occurred, while several cracks were seen in a wall near Tuesday, September 4, 2012

the stairs of a hotel, all in Surigao City. In Socorro town, two houses were partially damaged. Socorro Municipal Agriculturist Edilito Sangco also reported that although there was a stampede at the municipal gym where the opening night of the Siargao ONE MINDANAO

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Division Math Festival was held, he said there were “no injuries so far.” A public market in the municipality of San Isidro was declared “not safe for regular operations” after six of its columns were damaged. Several cracks in the flooring of their municipal gym were visible. In Tagana-an, three houses collapsed and the town’s municipal and multi-purpose buildings developed several cracks. Also, although the Taganan-Libas concrete road showed cracks, it is still passable. NDRRMC also reported that the boat landing at Barangay Alipao in Alegria was damaged and its riprap collapsed. In Gigaquit, cracks were seen on the walls of the municipal town house and the entire wall of the rural health unit. A column and a beam of a

reservoir at Gigaquit Central Elementary School also developed several cracks. Cracks were also observed on the walls of seven residential buildings, municipal, barangay, and school buildings in Tubod town. There were also cracks at the national bridge at Barangay Del Rosario, still in Tubod. In Sta. Monica town, the NDRRMC said the walls and floors of the municipal hall and gym have developed cracks. Seawalls in Placer and Gen. Luna also developed several cracks. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines reported no damages in Siargao Airport, but they have requested the Department of Transportation and Communications to conduct further assessment to ensure the stability of the runway. Siargao Airport is located at the town of Del Carmen.

PNPA cadets from the region calls on more youth to enter academy by Noel B. Najarro BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte -- Two female cadets

from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) visited Caraga Region to promote the country’s premiere public safety institution for more prospective scholars for the opening of the school year.

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The 21-year-old Cadet First Class Breccia Ruth Deloso of Lauraville Subd., Ochoa Ave., Butuan City and her classmate Cadet First Class Meldith Love Duero Almeda, of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, both members of the PNPA’s “Tagapamagitan Class 2013” arrived at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Brgy. Libertad, this city, Friday afternoon, to conduct information and promotional tour to some universities and other local learning institutions here, to encourage more prospective youths to enter the academy. Deloso said that those who enter Philippine National Police Academy are considered government residential scholars. They will be staying at the academy until the completion of their course, receiving benefits and allowances

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befitting a government scholar. The PNPA is under the oversight of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and is run under the auspices of Philippine Public Safety College. It offers the Bachelor of Science in Public Safety, offering course of instructions or subjects similar to those which were offered in typical colleges or universities. During summers however according to her, they have to undergo specialized trainings like for example the “Special Weapons and Tactics” (SWAT), PNP Scout Trainings, Special Counter Insurgency, Waterborne, Air-to-Ground Seminar or the Jungle and Environmental Survival Training. During their third Class cadetship,

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they will undergo the police intervention course and character development program. They are also privileged while in the academy, to have their regular Sunday worship based on their respective religious affiliations and trainings on society building, she added. She said, as government scholars, they receive P24,000 per month while on training, P7,000 of which they can spend on whatever expenses during their studies. The rest of the amount are kept and can be withdrawn upon graduation from the academy. Upon graduation, one will receive the rank of an “Inspector” (Lieutenant) and may choose to serve any of the tri-bureau services under the DILG; the PNP, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) or the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP). To qualify for PNPA scholarship, a male or female applicant has to be a natural-born Filipino citizen, of good moral character, no financial obligations, single and no parental obligation, between 17-21 years old at the time of admission, preferably 5’4” in height for males and 5’2” for females except for indigenous people. The weight must not be more than or less than five kilograms of the standard weight corresponding to height, age and sex, and at least high school graduate. He or she must be able to pass the minimum required physical

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fitness exercises, must be physically and mentally fit for cadetship training, have no criminal, administrative or civil case and other derogatory record(s) and must not be a former PNPA cadet or the other services academies. The application for Cadet Admission Test can be requested from any municipal, city, provincial or regional police offices or can be downloaded at the www.pnpa.edu. ph. Accomplished application together with a self-stamped window envelope can also be sent to the: The Director, (Attention Registrar) Philippine National Police Academy, Camp General Mariano N. Castaneda, 4129 Silang, Cavite. The deadline for the submission of all application will be on September 24, 2012 and the PNPA Cadet Admission Test will be on October 28, 2012. Here in Butuan City the venue will be at the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU). Tuesday, September 4, 2012


DILG-LGA set Collaboration Workshop for the Zamboanga River Basin By Jocelyn P. Alvarez ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) through the Local Government Academy (LGA) will conduct a Regional Forum on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction: A Collaboration Workshop for the Zamboanga River Basin set on Sept. 06 in one of the local hotels here. The activity is in Partnership with the Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) and the office of Senator Loren Legarda. Expected to Attend the workshop are local government units (LGUs) in the periphery of the 18 major river basins (MRB) in the country consisting of 47 Provinces. The activity aims to enhance the capacity of Local Government Units (LGUs) to be the forefront of the government’s initiative to adapt, mitigate and prepare for climate change and disasters. “We invite convergence to focus efforts on the targets so we can have harmonized efforts and ladderized

initiatives for more effective results,” DILG in its press statement said. “This undertaking hopes to initiate a shift from a reactionary into a proactive and collaborative approach in building our communities resilience to disasters,” the press statement reads. “This shift is founded on the verity that disasters and climate change know no geographical and territorial boundaries and hence, there is a need to forge efforts among contiguous local government units.” it further reads. Senator Legarda will be the Keynote Speaker, after which, a PRESS CONFERENCE will be held at 9:30am.

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ZCCCIFI unveils Zambo City ITC Council; launches logo-making contest By Michael Vincent D. Cajulao ZAMBOANGA CITY – Geared at promoting and advocating the advancement of ICT in the city, The Zamboanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. ( ZCCIFI) officially launched the Zamboanga City Information and Communication Technology Council (ZCICTC). The newly created council, also an affiliate of the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), aims to generate new ICT and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) businesses in Zamboanga City; raise public awareness in ICT to rally industry and civil society in general for easier adaptation of its benefits; foster sustainability and steady generation of resources for the industry; and establish and increase collaboration and privatepublic partnership for development. As a new entity needing of its symbolic identity, ZCCIFI is inviting all interested groups or individuals to participate in the ongoing LogoMaking Contest. The contest is open to all Filipinos nationwide 16 years old and up, who can come up with a logo bearing the aspiration of the council. Entries, according ZCCIFI, should be in digitized or in .jpg file, or freehand illustration or drawing to be submitted in a short-sized bond paper, with a brief rationale of the design. The logo should only bare two to four colors, with the digital

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entries to be submitted in colored and grey scale versions. Participants are allowed to submit as many entries as they can together with the application form and valid identification cards. Deadline of submission of entries is on September 17. Entries will be judged according to the following criteria: overall concept and impact of the design (30%), relevance to the aspiration of Zamboanga City ICT Council (30%), creativity (20%), and originality (20%). Three winners will be selected with first prize bringing home P10,000.00 and certificate, second prize with P4,000.00 and certificate, and third place will receive P2,000.00 and certificate. Winners and will be awarded during the ZamPen ICT Road Show September 26, 2012 with the theme “Harnessing ICT for Smarter Countryside”, at a local hotel here. Official forms can be downloaded at this site https://dl.dropbox.com/ u/12326467/ZICT%20Logo%20 Contest%20AppForm.docx, or you can visit their facebook page at Tuesday, September 4, 2012


facebook.com/ZamboangaICT. Entries can be submitted to Zamboanga ICT Council, c/o DTIZamboanga City Office, 2nd Floor VHW Bldg., Veterans Avenue, Zamboanga City, or thru email at zict.org@gmail.com.

For more information, contact Mr. Joseph Curada of ZCICT Council at telephone number (062) 9901009 OR Ms. Marjorie Pascual of DTI-Zamboanga at (062) 955-3237, or email them at zict.org@gmail. com.

Flood victims to get financial assistance By Sheila Covarrubias

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The City Social Welfare and Development Office is finalizing its report on the Saturday flashfloods in brgy. Curuan for the grant of financial assistance to the victims in addition to the relief and food assistance immediately provided to the affected families. Initial reports show that 6 houses made of light materials were swept away while 2 houses were partially damaged by gushing waters from the swollen Curuan river following torrential rains in the mountains Saturday afternoon. City Social Welfare Officer Francisco Barredo also reported that 194 families with a total of 776 dependents were affected by the sudden rise in the water in various sitios in Curuan and the neighboring area of Quiniput. Mayor Celso Lobregat along with Councilors Rudy Lim, Mike Alavar and Myra Paz Abubakar sped off to Curuan immediately after being informed of the flashfloods, to personally look into the situation as well as to supervise the rescue and relief operations. Barredo’s office distributed water, bread, sardines, rice and other foodstuff to the affected victims. Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Lobregat has instructed the activation of the rescue team of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council causing the dispatch of Coast Guard rubber boats, personnel from the police, Red Cross, Bureau of Fire Protection and Zamcelco to the area. The water that rose waist deep in some parts, particularly at the Curuan center—said to be the hardest hit area— quickly receded that prevented mass evacuations. Barredo said he will recommend the immediate grant of financial assistance to those whose houses were damaged to help them in the rehabilitation of their dwellings. Meanwhile, authorities continue to appeal to all people residing along river banks and low lying areas to constantly take precautions in the light of the unpredictable weather conditions. ONE MINDANAO

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