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Aquino to lead turn-over of housing units to survivors of Typhoon Sendong in CDO

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DOLE to release livelihood grant to coco farmers in Surigao del Norte today

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Agusan Norte embraces plan vs disasters

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ZAMCELCO buys 18 MW from TMI; brownouts down to 5 hours

Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

Eldie N. David, Caraga Region

Sheila Covarrubias, Western Mindanao

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PRC to conduct blood donation activity on May 8 Anjanette Vallejera-Nemiaga, Western Mindanao

DSWD-10 opens summer jobs for students, graduates Northern Mindanao

Enrolment in pre-school to secondary level in Region 10 up 5.16%

Rutchie C. Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

DSWD 12 readies summer jobs for youth, OSYs Aida Agad, Central Mindanao

Over 13,700 jobs in Soccsksargen Region on Labor Day job fair Central Mindanao

Cover Story

Misamis Oriental bags Galing Pook award anew page 4 Elaine O. Ratunil Northern Mindanao


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Misamis Oriental bags Galing Pook award anew

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by Elaine O. Ratunil

resident Benigno Simeon Aquino III conferred a Plaque of Outstanding Program to Misamis Oriental with its local peace building initiative project, “The Lantad Peace-Building Experience: Turning Red to Green in Misamis Oriental” (From a ‘No Man’s Land’ to a Land of Hope/ Strategic Innovations in Upgrading Misamis Oriental’s Provincial Peace and Order Council). Representing the province of Misamis Oriental, Governor Oscar S. Moreno received the Galing Pook Awards at the Rizal Ceremonial. Sitio Lantad’s transformation from a war zone in the 1980’s to a Special Agrarian Reform Community in 2007 is a prime example of how peace and development efforts should

not by might, but through sincere and concrete efforts to reach out and make a difference in people’s lives. Under the program, the province selected sitio Lantad in Barangay Kibanban, Balingasag town as a showcase for its paradigm shift in addressing the insurgency in Misamis Oriental by focusing on peace building instead of war and brute

be pursued – force to win the hearts and minds of

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United Methodist), Balay Mindanaw, Balaod Mindanaw, German Doctors, Gising Barangay Movement, Philippine Coalition for International Criminal Court-Building Bridges for Peace and the media. The Misamis Oriental LGU’s painstaking efforts to build roads and open up the community for

people by subduing the real enemies of peace: poverty and ignorance. Gov. Moreno said the Lantad Changers included the Core Group, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior and Local Government, Commission on Human Rights, National Commission of Indigenous Peoples, Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Municipal Government of Balingasag, Barangay Government of Kibanban. Archdiocesan Center for Concern Empowerment and Services, Interfaith (Roman Catholic Church; Iglesia Filipina Independiente; Muslim; and

trade and commerce helped them gain the trust of the Higaonons, indigenous people of Sitio Lantad. The eventual peace-building program demonstrates the paradigm shift from reactive to a proactive council advancing social equity, people empowerment and access to the best possible social services. The awardees of the Galing Pook are chosen from a national search of local governance programs, evaluated through a multilevel rigorous screening process based on positive results and impact, promotion of people’s participation and empowerment, innovation, transferability and sustainability, and efficiency of program service delivery. Pres. Aquino III cited the important role of local government units as partners of the Aquino administration in pushing for developmental projects focusing on

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poverty alleviation, education and health as part of his social contract with the Filipino people. He said through good governance as a result of constant cooperation from the national and local governments with the unwavering support from the people, the country will fulfill sustainable progress and development. Further, he underscored the importance of unity and cooperation as essential tools in attaining the objectives in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. The Galing Pook awards is a program that recognizes innovations and excellence in

entries were submitted: 55 from Luzon, 33 Visayas and 49 Mindanao. The 10 awardees for 2011 are Sarangani Province (Justice on Wheels); Misamis Oriental (Turning red to green); Upi Maguindanao (rural community e-Center); Zamboanga del Norte (empowering the Subanen people); Limasawa Southern Leyte (poor municipality can eliminate nutrition); Alimodian Iloilo (bringing high schools closer to home); Bohol province (rabies prevention and elimination); Maribojoc Bohol (LGU-led cadastral survey); Albay province (health strategy for MDG attainment); and Real, Gen. Nakar, Infanta and Panukulan in Quezon Province (community-based mental health management).

local governance. This year, a total of 137

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ACROSS THE NATION Aquino receives Italian professor and journalist in Malacanang

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III received an Italian professor and journalist who also leads the public lay association Community of Sant’Egidio, which is recognized by the Catholic Church for their social development programs and bringing the people closer to God.

In a courtesy call at the Music Room of the Malacanang Palace on Thursday, Professor Marco Impagliazzo met with President Aquino where

they discussed several topics that include the group’s campaign against the imposition of the death penalty globally and the plight of the Overseas

Filipino Workers in Italy, among others. Also present during the event were Ambassador Luca Fornari of the Embassy of Italy in the

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Philippines; Alfonso Tagliaferri, deputy head of mission of the Embassy of Italy; Valeria Martano, director of South East Asian Department, Communita di Sant’Egidio; Henrietta de Villa, former Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles. The community of Sant’Egidio (Communita di Sant’Egidio) is officially recognized by the Catholic Church as a “Church public lay association”. Its 50,000 members from more than 70 countries worldwide are focused

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on several activities that include prayer, centered around a reading of the Bible; spreading the Gospel to help people who are looking for a sense to their life; service to the poor that is free and unpaid; commitment to ecumenism (the Community of Sant’Egidio is also ecumenical, though being rooted in the Catholic Church) and dialogue with members of other religions and non-believers. Founded by a group of Roman high school students led by Andrea Riccardi in Rome in the year 1968, the Community

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of Sant’Egidio was named after the Roman Church of Sant’Egidio (Italian for Saint Giles) in Trastevere, its first permanent meeting place. Since then, the community has gathered each night to pray and read from the Bible, reflecting on the Gospel, eventually spreading throughout the world with a mission of helping those in need. Their activities include setting up refuges for the old, hospices for AIDS patients, and printing a handbook titled “Where to Eat, Sleep, and Wash in Rome” as gift to the homeless. (JCL)


Aquino to lead turn-over of housing units to survivors of Typhoon Sendong in CDO

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III will lead the turn-over on Friday of the newly constructed permanent housing units to the victims of Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City.

The President will distribute certificates of awards and certificates of acceptance from the local government of Cagayan de Oro City and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to some 700 families that comprise the initial batch of beneficiaries. The government has started relocating affected residents from a ‘tent city’ to their new housing units in the Calaanan relocation site this week. The government prioritized relocating the 500 beneficiaries and transfered them to Calaanan resettlement Phase 3 in Canitoan Village. These include the 200 families

from Bgy. Macasandig who will be the first occupants of the Indahag Phase 1 resettlement site. The development of the relocation sites was realized through tie ups with the DSWD, the local government of Cagayan de Oro and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). The DSWD funded the construction of the houses while the city government of Cagayan de Oro and the DPWH developed the relocation site. Each quadruplex housing unit, measuring 40 square meters, costs around P70,000, according to the DSWD. The National

Housing Authority (NHA) also contributed additional P40,000 with the help of the Habitat for Humanity. Aside from receiving permanent shelters, the beneficiaries will also receive livelihood assistance worth P975,000 from the government. The money will be released through the associations organized by the beneficiaries. With that amount, the government hopes that the typhoon survivors can engage in income generating activities such as trading RTWs and cosmetics, opening up sari-sari stores, dressmaking, tailoring, longganisa-making and food processing. (AS)

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Canada provides $1 million to Central Mindanao

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The funding is part of the World Food Programme (WFP)’s Protracted Relief and Recovery Operations (PRRO) project that aims to assist internally-displaced persons, returnees, and other resource-challenged households in conflictaffected communities in Central Mindanao.,a release from the Canadian embassy said. The project will also indirectly support the goal of peace-building in Mindanao by bringing

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anada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is providing CDN$ 1 million (approx. PhP 43 million) in assistance to residents of Central Mindanao. increased socio-economic Canada’s support will stability to affected enable WFP to complement areas. the Philippine government’s “I am hopeful that rehabilitation efforts in Canada’s partnership with the area. The project will the WFP will positively be implemented through impact those living in foodand cash-forconflict-affected areas, work activities and other especially since indicators training initiatives targeted on poverty, nutrition, and at rehabilitating livelihood basic education suggest opportunities, and through these communities are feeding programs in far below the Philippines’ schools and communities national average,” directed at pregnant Canada’s Ambassador to women, young mothers, the Philippines Christopher and children under 5 years Thornley said. old. Friday, April 27, 2012


Malaria cases in Agusan del Norte down by 0.04% - Prov’l Health Office by Jennifer P. Gaitano

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n observance of this year’s World Malaria Day, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Agusan del Norte bared during a press conference on Wednesday here that Malaria cases in the

province from 2003 has decreased in 2011 by 0.04 percent.

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Based on the report on the trend in Malaria Infection released by PHO, in 2003 there were 443 cases or 3.15 percent while in 2011 there were only 13 Malaria cases or 0.04 percent recorded. According to Agusan del Norte Provincial Malaria Coordinator Jimmy Egay, their office together with the Department of Health (DOH) Caraga, Butuan City government, Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte, Global Fund for Malaria Component (nongovernment organization), and other partner agencies are continuously advocating for a Malariafree municipality through

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constant information campaign on the prevention of said disease in the barangays. Said advocacy is also in support to the Philippine Millennium Development Goal No. 6, which is to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Egay also said that in Agusan del Norte, there are 10 municipalities which are considered commonlyaffected areas except for Magallanes. “The municipality of Buenavista used to have the highest number of cases but for two years now, we have recorded zero case already… From January to March 2012, there are

two cases of malaria in the municipality of Santiago specifically in the barangays of La Paz and Poblacion I,” Egay said. According to Dr. Casmerlita Yu, regional Malaria coordinator of the Center for Health Development (CHD) Caraga, Malaria is an infectious disease caused by a parasite, plasmodium, which infects red blood cells. Malaria is characterized by cycles of chills, fever, pain, and sweating. “Humans develop malaria when infected with one of the four protazoan parasites from the genus Plasmodium. The four species include: Plasmodium Friday, April 27, 2012


falciparum, Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium ovale, Plasmodium malaria. P. falciparum is the most widespread and dangerous of the four,� Yu stressed.

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She also encouraged people in the rural barangays to make use of the insecticide bed nets at their homes provided by DOH to prevent them from mosquito bites

and Malaria disease. The DOH official added that in 2011, their office has distributed a total of 24,969 bed nets to the municipalities of Buenavista, Cabadbaran, Carmen, Jabonga, Kitcharao, Las Nieves, Nasipit, RT Romualdez, Santiago, and Tubay. For this year, DOH has partially distributed a total of 721 bed nets to the municipalities of Jabonga, Santiago, and Butuan City. With this, the DOH, PHO, and other concerned agencies are hoping for the full support of the general public and cooperation for this health campaign.

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DOLE to release livelihood grant to coco farmers in Surigao del Norte today by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY –- Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Surigao del Norte Field Office releases coco coir livelihood grant to members of the Claver Coconut Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative (CLACOFARMCO) today at the multi-purpose hall of Taganito Mining Corporation in Claver, Surigao del Norte. In a phone-patch interview with PIA, Gloria Varquez, DOLE-Surigao del Norte field office head said this is the second release of the said cooperative after they have received the P230,000 grant in 2009. She added C L A C O F A R M C O management has just liquidated the amount they received two years ago and that they are now qualified to receive the remaining grant

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amounting to P170,000. “All in all, they are receiving a total of P400,000 livelihood grant from DOLE,” Varquez added. The official further said the activity is part of the Labor Day celebration in the region on May 1, 2012, anchored on the theme: “Pagtutulungan, Pagbabago, Disenteng Trabaho.” Coco coir is an organic tiny particle which

is obtained from coconut husk while separating fiber from husk. It is also known as Coco peat which is used in Horticulture and Floriculture environments. Coco peat provides with an organic alternative to rock wool and perlite media without the environmental disposal issues. Hydroponic crop production using Coco peat makes the opportunity to consistently maximize yield and provide better quality. Friday, April 27, 2012


Agusan Norte embraces plan vs disasters by Jay Vincent Demain

AGUSAN DEL NORTE -- The province of Agusan del Norte now has its own management plan to reduce the impact of disasters when it occurs in the area. This, by virtue of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan (DRPMP) that was recently approved by Sangguniang Panlalawigan covering the years 2012-2016. The plan serves as guide for the adoption and implementation of viable mechanisms and measures devise to ensure the reduction of community vulnerabilities from disasters and the illeffects of climate change Friday, April 27, 2012

in the province. “For the past few years, we saw the world and our country experiencing calamities and disasters never seen before. Climate change and global warming have indeed unleashed their ill-effects in their most damaging and deadliest form. These phenomena have brought up us extremely and severe floods and deluge that caused death and destruction which were unimaginable a decade

ago. But it did happen and it is province,� Governor Erlpe John M. Amante said as the major objective in coming up with this plan. Agusan del Norte, which has an approximate land area of 273,024 hectares, is said to be vulnerable to hazards like floods, raininduced landslides, storm surges and earthquakes. Northern Mindanao or the neighboring provinces, the lower areas of the province is greatly ONE MINDANAO

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affected by heavy rains that overflow the banks of the Agusan Rivers. Flooding is considered as the most frequent hazard that affects the province. Reports show that from January 2007 to February 2011, floods had caused six deaths, affected 5,318 farmers, and caused damage to infrastructure and agriculture totaling P178,788,462.50. But the floods in November 1980 to March 1981 was the most severe with damages estimated at P57 million. A study also reveals that 39 barangays are identified as susceptible for storm surge with 31 rural barangays and eight are urban. These

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barangays are from Buenavista, Cabadbaran City, Carmen, Jabonga, Magallanes, Nasipit, and Tubay. Moreover, the fault line that lies to the west of Lake Mainit area is an extension of the Philippines Maser Fault which starts from northern Luzon through Bondoc Peninsula, Camarines, Masbate, Leyte, and Surigao which ends in the Davao Gulf. Kitcharao has been identified to be within the seismic spicenter. The city of Cabadbaran and the towns of Tubay, Santiago, and Jabonga are within the active or probable active fault zone. The study concludes that all component

LGUs in the provinces of Agusan del Norte are at risked of being exposed to natural disasters. With this place, this would make the province achieve a unified effort in adoption and implementation of necessary measures to counter various situations affecting climate change, disasters and calamities, and to create and transform all sectors in the province into a ready-disaster and climate change-resilient communities. “In the event that the force of Mother Nature should bear upon us, then we would have been ready for the worst, “the Governor said. Friday, April 27, 2012


Pagadian chamber launches “Di Ko’g Plastic” By Alma L. Tingcang

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he Pagadian-Zamboanga del Sur Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (PZCCIFI), launched an environmental advocacy campaign, April 24, at the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) Conference Hall. Mercedes Lourdes S. Education, the local government Quisumbing, Foundation President, of Pagadian City, and the business said the advocacy campaign dubbed sector particularly supermarkets “Di Ko’g Plastic” aims to have a plastic holiday wherein no plastic bags will be used every Saturday starting this May. “Plastics clog waterways which cause flooding and our country is beset with this problem. This is a call to action and the Chamber responded through this advocacy campaign with the support of other stakeholders,” Quisumbing said. In cooperation with the DTI, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Want to publish your photo, news and feature release just email http://www.facebook.com/pages/PIAWesMin-Info-Blitz/204864762911310

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Zamboanga del Sur, in support of environmental protection. It also produces bayongs of different sizes made of native materials,” Quisumbing explained. Other towns producing bayong are Lakewood, Kumalarang, and Labangan. “We will not just be doing business but we will be able to help the environment as well,” Quisumbing concluded. (ALT-PIA9, and groceries, the campaign calls Zambo Sur) for a plastic holiday every Saturday, considered to be the market day for most people, starting in May. Further, the campaign encourages the use of “bayong” (bag made of natural fibers) or tarpaulin bags (made from recycled tarpaulins) as a way of minimizing the non-biodegradable waste which is plastic. “The nearest place which do not use plastic bags is Dumingag,

ZAMCELCO buys 18 MW from TMI; brownouts down to 5 hours By Michael Vincent Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO), at last, purchased 18 megawatts of power from Therma Marine Inc. (TMI), effectively cutting down the length of power interruptions in the city from as long as 10 hours a day to only half. Brownouts would have been much shorter if not because of Agus 4 hydro power plant bogging down, thus, leaving National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

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(NGCP) no choice but to curtail power distribution within Mindanao, ZAMCELCO Vice President Bong Atilano explained to the media. “If Agus has not bogged Friday, April 27, 2012


down, we will still continue to have interruptions. But it will only be one to two hour brownouts”, Atilano said. Atilano said the timing of the purchase could not have been perfect. “It was a blessing in disguise that the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) approved the provisional authority of ZAMCELCO purchase power from TMI. If not, the city will experience 12 hours of blackouts”, he said. At present, ZAMCELCO only has 59 MW of power, 41 MW coming from NGCP, and the remaining 18 MW from TMI. The city needs at least 76 Friday, April 27, 2012

MW to sustain all power demands, Atilano added. He hopes that the repair of Pulangi 1 and 2 power plants will be finished as soon as possible for additional power in the city. ZAMCELCO Acting General Manager Engr. Jesus Castro revealed that NGCP is on Red Alert Status as it has no more power reserve due to the generation deficiency of the hydro power plants, thus, they deemed the implementation of a 5 hour rotational brownouts necessary. According to Castro there will be a two-hour brownout per feeder in the morning and three hours in the evening. (MVC/PIA9-ZBST) ONE MINDANAO

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PRC to conduct blood donation activity on May 8

DIPOLOG CITY - In line with the celebration of the International World Red Cross and World Crescent Day on May 8, the Philippine Red Cross Zamboanga del Norte Chapter has reiterated its appeal to the public to donate blood. PRC-Zamboanga del Norte Chapter Administrator Joshua Bicoy said the purpose of the celebration is to highlight the task of the members and the volunteers to save lives and help the needy communities all over the world. With the theme “Youth on the Move,� the local PRC will conduct various activities on May 7 to disseminate information about the International Humanitarian Law and the Red Cross Movement leadership development activities for the youth on life-saving events like the Summer Safety Institute for Youth aging 8 to 25 years old and to conduct mass blood donation drive. Aside from this, Bicoy urges

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every individual or groups to donate blood on May 8 at Lee Plaza Central from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. afternoon. Bicoy pointed out that qualified to donate blood are those aging 18 to 65 years old, must weight 50 kilos and not anemic nor high blood and should have not taken any medicine or alcoholic drinks within 24 hours before the blood letting session. He urged those interested to donate blood to visit the local PRC office at the Provincial Capitol Complex, Estaka Dipolog City and contact Nidoh Regencia for more information regarding blood donation. (ALT/ATR/MBM-ZNPIC/PIA9ZamboNorte) Friday, April 27, 2012


Sendong victims receive starter kits and food packs by Jorie C. Valcorza

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he first batch of relocatees who will transfer to their new permanent houses today will take home a family kitchen set amounting to Php1,706.90.

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newly built permanent shelters in Calaanan and Indahag relocation sites, intended to accommodate families displaced by Tropical storm Sendong. Each household will likewise receive another set of family food packs worth Php928.00. Meanwhile, 10 SelfEmployment Assistance-Kaunlaran Association (SKAs) or SEAGroups (SKGs) in Calaanan and Indahag relocation sites will likewise get a total amount of Php975,000 livelihood assistance from the national government to help them engage in income generating opportunities.

DSWD-10 opens summer jobs for students, graduates

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he Department of Social Welfare and Development is calling on interested students, college graduates and graduates of vocational courses who are unemployed, as well as, out-of-school youth to apply for summer jobs under the Expanded Government Internship Program (GIP).

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Under the program, qualified applicants may start work immediately and has to complete 52 days of work. They can be assigned in the regional office, or in the various field offices including centers/institutions. Interns will be asked to perform not only actual office work but also assist in the implementation of the numerous DSWD programs and projects. They may also do direct service through field work in communities where DSWD programs and projects are implemented in partnership with local government units. Those admitted into the program shall be provided with stipend commensurate to the applicable minimum wage in the region. Interested applicants, aged 18 to 30 years old, can go to the DSWD Field Office is located at Masterson Ave., Upper Carmen,

Cagayan de Oro City and submit their applications together with a photocopy of their birth certificates. The Expanded GIP is part of the Aquino administration’s efforts to strengthen youth participation in nation-building, expose them to government service, train them on life skills, and contribute to their economic well-being. (DSWD-10)

Enrolment in pre-school to secondary level in Region 10 up 5.16% by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental - A total enrolment of 1,056,201 in formal education from the pre-school to the secondary level in Northern Mindanao has been noted last school year (SY), representing an increase of 5.16 percent compared to the previous SY. Friday, April 27, 2012

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This is compared with the total regional enrolment (TRE) of 1,004,367 from the pre-school to the secondary level in the region in SY 2009-2010, Director Luz Almeda of the Department of Education (DepEd), Region 10, said. She said enrolment in the public schools registered a total of 929,138 or 87.97 percent, and the private schools with 127,063 or 12.03 percent of the TRE. In turn, enrolment in the public schools increased by 43,561 or 4.91 percent from the previous SY’s 885,577 while enrolment in the private schools increased by 8,273 or 6.96 percent from the previous

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SY’s 118,790. Almeda said the increase in the public schools’ enrolment was attributed to the massive campaign of the school and barangay officials thru the “Balik Aral” and “Brigada Eskwela” programs conducted by DepEd before the opening of classes. Particularly, enrolment in public schools registered the following increases: pre-schools by 25,015, from 32,087 to 57,102 or 77.96 percent, elementary by 13,693, from 628,842 to 642,535 or 2.18 percent and secondary by 4,853, from 224,648 to 229,501 or 2.16 percent.

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Davao City keeps close watch on airport for trafficked minors

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he City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) of the local government of Davao City is keeping close watch on trafficked minors in the city’s lone international airport.

Teresita Pioncio of the CSSDO said that last April 20, the city reactivated its desk in the Davao International Airport to look out for minors who are

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being trafficked out of the region. Pioncio said that there are four social workers working fulltime manning the CSSDO desk in the airport. “They work in two shiftings, two social workers for each shift,” Pioncio said. The team is also backed up by two more social workers from the Quick Response Team for Children’s Concerns (QRTCC) an inter-agency team consisting of local and national government agencies. Pioncio said that they are coordinating with the Aviation Security Group (airport police) where the policemen identify potential trafficked minors. “If ONE MINDANAO

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they cannot show any papers the police would bring them to us. So far the CSSDO desk has offloaded three minors who were enroute to Manila.” Pioncio said. “The elements of trafficking were there. The minors said that they are going to be schooled in Manila.” Pioncio recounts. She added that the minors didn’t present the necessary permit to travel for their trip. Pursuant to the provisions of the Children’s Welfare Code of Davao City, minors below 15 years old who are traveling alone or with a person other than his/ her parents or guardian are required to secure a permit to travel. Among the requirements of a permit to travel are the birth certificate of the minor, barangay clearance issued by the barangay captain, written parental consent as attested by the barangay captain (if without

parents, the written consent of the grandparents or the eldest sibling), identification card of the minor, identification card of the accompanying adult. She added that modus operandi of human traffickers is to recruit minors for domestic household jobs only to take them into brothels and nightclubs. Pioncio said that they are intensifying efforts to stop these traffickers in their transit points particularly airports and seaports, she added that passenger vessels no longer calls on the Sasa Port thus added efforts on keeping watch over the airport and bus terminals. In February of this year six trafficked women were rescued in Baguio City all came from Davao, three of them minors. In 2011, about 28 minors were rescued in Davao City. (PIA-11/ RG Alama)

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The amount of adjustment in the Cost of Living Allowance for Region-XI. Under Wage Order RB XI-17. The P10 represents the second tranche set to be effective on May 1. The first P5.00 tranche was implemented last January 1.

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Mindanao power situation needs to be addressed collectively, says Usec Asirit By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Mindanao’s power situation needs to be addressed collectively according to location of the generation plants, a Department of Energy official said.

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“The enforcement of 25 percent retention of power generation to host communities necessitates the proportionate reduction of power in other areas and will all the more worsen the situation,” Asirit said in text message to PIA-12 Director Olivia Sudaria yesterday, when asked to comment on the request of multisectoral groups in North Cotabato seeking for the immediate 25% priority load for the area. Asirit said that this will then result in energy being withheld in the host communities without regard for the distribution of power in other critical areas, as may be identified in consideration of public interest and national security. Asirit assured the DOE is “currently studying the issue of allocation as well as the impact of retention given the requirements in different areas in Mindanao.” She said that the supply/load requirements and contracted capacities received, as well as average generation

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available, are included in the considerations. Asirit also said that in the preliminary assessment the DOE did on the provision of 25 percent priority load dispatch in view of the Mindanao grid’s design, they found that distribution units require installation of demand control devices. Today, a multi-sectoral group in North Cotabato named Nagkakaisang mga Pinoy Laban sa Brownout (NAPIKON) will stage an indignation rally against the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), Kidapawan City Administrator Rodolfo Cabiles said. EDC owns the Mt. Apo Geothermal Plants in Kidapawan City. Traders, banking institutions, civil societies, power consumers, and other stakeholders are expected to join the event, which will begin with a transport caravan to the EDC headquarters in Barangay Ilomavis where a protest rally will be held. Several local government units in

the province have also signified intention to join the rally, Cabiles said. “Employees of Kidapawan City LGU who will participate will file their leaves of absence,” he added. Protesters will demand for EDC to dispatch 25 percent of electricity generated from the geothermal plants, Cabiles told Director Sudaria. “The problems has persisted despite resolutions and dialogues with the EDC on the 25 percent power retention,” he said. Cotabato Electric Cooperative’s service area has been experiencing 3 to 5 hours of power interruption, and outages there has reached 8 hours beginning last week with the closure of Pulangi IV hydropower plant for maintenance, which, according to Usec. Asirit, resulted in about 120 to 130 MW of additional losses in power supply in the Mindanao grid. Information posted in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines’ website indicated that as of Friday, April 27, 2012


today, the total power reserve in Mindanao grid stand at -231 MW. In Soccsksargen Region, North Cotabato experiences the longest

rotational brownouts. After the maintenance works at Pulangi IV hydropower plant set on May 17, “there will be a significant improvement

on the delivery of power supply with the uprating of the generation of the plant,” Usec. Asirit assured. (DEDoguilesPIA 12)

DSWD 12 readies summer jobs for youth, OSYs By Aida Agad

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 is now processing the applications of summer job applicants under the Expanded Government Internship Program (EGIP). About 3,907 youths, students, out-of-school youths (OSY) and new college graduates after evaluation of their credentials are to be deployed to different workplaces, according to DSWD 12 focal person Bebeth Mampen. Successful youth applicants will work for 52 days with a stipend of P260 per day, the prevailing minimum daily wage in the Soccsksargen Region, she added. Orientation for their summer jobs will take place on May 2 and immediately follows their actual deployment, Mampen said. The successful applicants will work on government offices, Friday, April 27, 2012

centers and institutions and other divisions, which implement the agency’s programs and projects for social services in the region under Regional Director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha. These units specifically caters to older persons, disaster risk reduction and management, crisis interventions, supplementary feeding program, internally displaced persons,

persons with disabilities, and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Mampen added. They may also do direct service through field work in communities, where DSWD programs and projects are implemented in partnership with local government units all over the region, she added. The EGIP is a continuing program of the Aquino administration and of the social welfare agency in an effort to strengthen youth participation in nation-building, expose them to government service, train them on life skills, and contribute to their economic wellbeing. ONE MINDANAO

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Over 13,700 jobs in Soccsksargen Region on Labor Day job fair By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- At least 13,767 jobs are up for grabs in Labor Day job fairs in Soccsksargen Region, Director Chona Mantilla of the Department of Labor and Employment – 12 announced this morning.

Director Mantilla said that on May 1 job fairs will be held simultaneously at Southseas Mall in Cotabato City, at the city gymnasium in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato and at KCC Mall in General Santos City. “Another job fair will be held at Gaisano Grand Mall in Koronadal City a day earlier (April 30),” she said. Vacancies include 10,315 jobs for overseas employment and 3,452 jobs for local employment, she added. One hundred fourteen establishments, including 52 local companies and 62 overseas recruitment agencies have registered their vacancies for the Labor Day job fairs. Most of these -- 34 local employers and 25 overseas employers -- will

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be receive applicants at the KCC Mall Convention Center, she explained. Most wanted for local employment are office clerks, service crews, industry workers, engineers, supervisors, among other while those needed for overseas employment are techvoc professionals, carpenters, masons, welders, electricians and other skilled workers as well as engineers, caregivers, domestics helpers, nurses and other hospital staff, and many others. “As of last count, 7,175 applicants have already registered with our field offices and Public Employment Service Offices,” Mantilla said, “but walk-in applicants will also be entertained.” Mantilla advised

applicants to bring with them several copies of their pertinent documents such as transcript of record, clearances, résumé, certificates including passport, if available. She also advised them not to forget to bring pens, to look presentable, and to be always ready to answer questions during the interview. “The opportunity is there, they should take advantage,” she said “and should apply everything that they have learned in the career coaching at their local PESO and from the school’s career guidance office.” She added that although Region 12 boasts of 94 percent employment rate, most likely there are more unemployed individuals seeking for Friday, April 27, 2012


jobs with the entrance of recent graduates into the workforce so applicants need to show their best. Help from several offices, including National Bureau of Investigation, Social Security System, Philhealth and many others will be available at the job fair centers. DOLE 12 aims to achieve at least 15 percent of the applicants during the Labor Day job fairs to hired on-thespot. In General Santos City, DOLE 12 in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) 12 will also launch

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convergence of DOLE’s Special Program for the Employment (SPES) and TESDA’s Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP). Forty –two scholarship grants will be granted during the launching on May 1, Mantilla added, but at least 250 to 250 underprivileged young people ages 15 to 25 years are expected to benefit for the convergence program’s implementation this year. DOLE 12 will also hold a Wage Clinic at Fred Ann’s Restaurant in Koronadal City in the afternoon of May 1.

Mantilla explained the clinic is an information and awareness drive to explain to stakeholders the implementation of Wage Order RBXII No. 17, which became effective on April 18. Other field offices DOLE across the region have also planned several activities to celebrate Labor Day. Among these are franchising seminar for small enterprises, miniolympics for bankers’ association, and release of starter kits and Nego Karts in Kidapawan City; tree planting, bloodletting, and Pinoy games in Sultan Kudarat province. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

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Forum underlines role of media in attaining peace by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

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peace communication forum held last week in Cotabato City has emphasized the big role of media in attaining peace.

“A minor skirmish can escalate into a major war because of irresponsible reportage,� said Carol Arguillas of MindaNews during the first Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Peace Communication Summit held last week in Cotabato City where she discussed the role of media in

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promoting peace in the coverage of armed conflict. She noted that many journalists who are covering armed conflict in Mindanao do not care about the impact of their stories. Thus, she reiterated the need to focus on reporting not only the Friday, April 27, 2012


characters and context but most importantly on the repercussion of conflict. Other speakers during the summit were Assistant Secretary Rosalie Romero of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) who presented the updates on the peace process and the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program of the government, Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS) Chairman Guiamel Alim who discussed the role of civil society organizations in peace communication and Prof. Arnold Molina Azurin of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Anthropology who talked about changing the mindset to create culture of peace. After the presentations, the participants broke into groups to discuss ways to improve news Friday, April 27, 2012

gathering and reporting on peace and conflict; the elements of peace communication that are acceptable to media, civil society organizations (CSOs), private companies and the government; building partnerships among media, news sources, and other stakeholders; and exploring alternative media to foster peace communication at the grassroots level. The participants, mostly media practitioners and representatives from the academe and civil society, also

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expressed their support to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in the ARMM by signing the multi-sectoral declaration of commitment pledging to promote transparency, help empower citizens, and harness the power of new technologies to make government more effective and accountable. With the theme “Beyond Conflict, Political Coverage: Is There a Room for Peace Communication in Muslim Mindanao Reportage?,� the peace summit was aimed at finding ways to help reduce conflict in Muslim Mindanao through more responsible communication from all sides. It was a collaborative undertaking of the Bureau of Public Information in the region (BPI-ARMM), the Communications Unit of the OPAPP, the Asia Foundation, the Australian Agency for International Development Program (AusAID) and the CBCS.

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