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Dipolog barangays urged manag actio

Franklin P. Gumapon, Western Mindanao

Provision of technical assista capability building tops 2012 RDC-X Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

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l permit ng mga quarry operators ang sa katapusan na lamang KJNavecis, Central Mindanao

nal Development Council discusses es for this year’s Women’s Month celeb Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region

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Davao City Chinatown

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Davao City Chinatown

by Rudolph Ian Alama

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t 44 hectares, the Davao City Chinatown is the largest Chinatown in the world in terms of land area. It is also is most recent chinatown.

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The country presently has two Chinatowns. Binondo, the world’s oldest Chinatown created in 1565 by the Spanish colonial government then Davao which was created as 2003 when then City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte signed City Ordinance 017905 which declared the portions of Barangay 27-C and Barangay 30-C as the Davao City Chinatown covering the major thoroughfares of Ramon Magsaysay (formerly Uyanguren), Monteverde and Sta. Ana. The proponent of the City Council resolution was then City Councilor Susabel Reta with the strong backing from the forwardlooking segment of the City’s Chinese community which had organized the then Project Chinatown Incorporated. “Nakita ko kulong ang isipan ng iba naming elders. Nandun la-

mang sila sa loob ng bahay nila, hindi naghahalubilo sa mga tao,” (Some of our elders were boxed in by their thinking. They stayed inside their houses, they refused to socialize with other people.) Says Filipino-Chinese Edgar Te in an earlier interview; Te an engineer by profession were among the early proponents of a Chinatown in the city. “Kaya nagkakaroon ng misconceptions ang mga Filipino na kaming mga Chinese ay hambugero, mayayabang, hindi palakibo.” (That’s why there are misconceptions, that we Chinese are conceited, arrogant and aloof).” He opines. “Now, we want the people to see and feel our tradition and culture, we want to be integrated and assimilated with the city. And to my

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mind, it is through establishing a Chinatown which will showcase real and authentic Chinese culture to the people and promote interaction with our non-Chinese brothers,� Edgar said of their vision that they hope a Chinatown can attain. Chinatown Area The area is known to be populated by a significant portion of Filipino-Chinese along with their respective businesses. According to history, Sta. Ana Port then the bustling Port of Davao was the gateway of Chinese migrants during the early years of American rule. These migrants eventually found a home near the peripheries of the port. Today the area is home to various business establishments which include trading stores, hardwares, auto parts stores, restaurants, banks, pocket malls and many other shops that specialize in different merchandise. It is estimated that 70% of people living in the designated Chinatown area are Chinese or have Chinese lineage. Part of the creation of the Davao City Chinatown is the constitution of the Davao City Chinatown Development Council. The DCCDC 6

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was primarily created to assist the City Government of Davao in the formulation and implementation of policies, programs, projects, and activities of the declared Chinatown area. The council’s proposed projects have included a Chinese museum, theater, newsstands, novelty shops, bazaars selling goods from Hong Kong and China, flea markets, distinguishable Chinese landmarks, and festival activities that will give the area a distinct Chinese flavor. And currently it has taken steps in trying to create those proposed Chinese projects into reality. In the past years the DCCDC has tapped the expertise of Chinese architects to draw up plans for the Chinatown. An architectural plan has been formulated by the council with the help of the architects the lay-out includes plans for buildings, roads, flea markets, store design, parks and plazas and other structures in the Chinatown District. Started in 2008, three arches which are used to define the boundaries of the Chinatown has been set-up courtesy of donors. The first arch way or pai fang is the Arch of Friendship built from a donation from the landed VillaAbrille family it is situated in Ra-

mon Magsaysay Avenue facing C.M. Recto Street. The arch is designed by Architect Arnel Villacampa inspired by the 400-year-old architectural designs of Yuan Garden in Shanghai, China. The second archway donated courtesy of the Filipino-Chinese group Davao Kaisa Foundation is called the Unity Arch and is located at the end of Ramon Magsaysay Avenue facing Magsaysay Park. The third pai fang is called the “Arch of Peace”, located at the corners of Jose P. Laurel, and Sta. Ana Avenues near the Davao Central High School. It was donated by the Yuchengco Group of Companies headed by Mr. Alfonso Yuchengco, former Philippine Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. A fourth arch is being planned and would need donors as an average arch costs around P4-million to build.

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Point of Interest:

and boardwalk.

Shopping malls - The Chinatown has seen the mushrooming of pocket malls which hosts a number of shops offering cheap buys from fashion to electronics, among these malls include DCLA Plaza, Yahu Plaza and 168 Mall.

Sta. Ana Church- a favourite for many Catholic Church weddings since it features one of the longest aisles among the Catholic churches in Davao City. It has been renovated extensively which included the acquisition of airconditioning units for the church.

Chinese Restaurants - the place is home to several restaurants that serve mouth-watering Chinese delicacies among these include the Davao Shanghai, Davao Famous in Magsaysay Avenue and the New Asia Restaurant in Villa-Abrille Street. Sta. Ana Wharf- The former Port of Davao before it was moved to Sasa Wharf. The wharf is home to chartered boat companies that takes you to several key sites in the Island Garden City of Samal. The DCCDC aims to rehabilitate the wharf that would serve as a Marina

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Magsaysay Park- an oasis of greenery which is also the home to several city and national government offices. Davao Mental Hospital- The hospital houses the psychiatric facility of the Southern Philippine Medical Center (SPMC) it traces its roots in 1917 when the Davao Public Hospital was established in the property donated by a landed FilipinoChinese merchant Francisco Villa Abrille.


Chinese Temples- though outside the Chinatown area, there are several Chinese temples nearby, Among these include the Mindanao Taoist Temple in Dakudao Avenue, Long Hua temple in Cabaguio, the Santiago Temple in JP Laurel dedicated to the Chinese War Deity Kuan Kong and Po Lian Temple along Quirino Avenue.

Central Chinese School and the nearby streets. The Chinese Festival is geared to become a major tourism attraction which according to Department of tourism Regional Director Art Boncato could become a major tourism product for Davao. The Chinatown council hopes that the Chinese festival which includes cultural performances, food Chinese New Year fair, tiangges, band performances, The Davao City Chinatown street parties and an audio-visual comes alive every Chinese New pyrotechnic salubong aims to enYear celebrations, focal point of the tice more tourists to visit the area. activities is centered at the area along Santa Ana Avenue, the area includes the grounds of the Davao

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ACROSS THE NATION MalacaĂąang announces new appointments

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ppointment of Dr. Emelita V. Almosara as executive director of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

The Office of Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. announced the presidential appointment of Almosara, who served as National Historical Institute’s deputy executive director. The Palace also announced the appointment of officials for the Department of Foreign Af-

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fairs (DFA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Mario L. de Leon Jr., Frank R. Cimafranca, and Irene Susan B. Natividad were appointed as chiefs of mission of the DFA. Rodolfo M. Santos was named as acting

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Director IV of the DSWD. The other appointees were Johnson G. Canete and Maria Criselda R. Sy as Directors IV of the DOLE. Also appointed were Ma. Calpiza J. Sardua and Yvette T. Sunga as acting local government operations officers VIII. (JS)


DILG establishes 25 more Tourist Police Units

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nterior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo reported over the weekend that 25 additional tourist police units (TPUs) have been established nationwide to ensure the safety and protection of both domestic and foreign tourists in the country.

In a statement, Robredo said the creation of the 25 TPUs was made through a resolution issued by the National Police Commission (Napolcom) in keeping with the provisions of Republic Act No. 9593, otherwise known as the “The Tourism Act of 2009.�

Aside from Robredo, who is the concurrent chairman of Napolcom, the resolution was signed by Commissioner Eduardo Escueta as Vice Chairman & Executive Officer, and Commissioners Luisito Palmera, Alejandro Urro, Constancia De Guzman, and Nicanor Bartolome. Robredo said the 25

new tourist police units are in addition to the 14 existing TPUs which were established in 2010 following a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Tourism (DOT) and PNP. He identified the additional TPUs as: Ilocos

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Norte Police Provincial Office (PPO); Cagayan PPO; Cavite PPO; Laguna PPO; Puerto Princesa City Police Office; Palawan PPO; Oriental Mindoro PPO; Camarines Sur PPO; Aklan PPO; Cebu CPO; Cebu PPO; Negros Oriental PPO; Tacloban CPO; Camiguin PPO; Cagayan De Oro CPO; Davao CPO; General Santos City; Surigao del Norte PPO; Baguio CPO; Manila Police District; Quezon City Police District; Eastern Police District; Northern Police District; and Southern Police District. As provided in the resolution, each TPU shall be headed by a police commissioned officer with the rank of Police Chief Inspector and shall perform the following functions: enforce laws and ordinances relative to the protection of lives, properties and environment in area of responsibility; exercise the general power to arrest, detain, search and seize in accordance with existing laws; conduct regular patrol to ensure the safety and

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protection of both tourists and residents within his jurisdiction; coordinate with concerned police stations in monitoring and investigating all cases involving tourists, and take immediate appropriate action to resolve conflicts, among others. Robredo said the existing Boracay Special Tourist Protection Office shall be restructured and renamed as “Boracay Tourist Assistance Center� which shall be placed under the administrative supervision and operational control of the Aklan Police Provincial Office Tourist Police Unit, while the Bohol Tourist Police Unit in Police Regional Office 7 shall also continue to exist and will undergo restructuring. The same resolution also created the Tourists Assistance Centers (TACs) which shall serve as a facility for tourist information services, call center, lost and found, complaints, paging system, agency coordination on tourism, and other tourists and police assistance.

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The TAC shall be established within the vicinity of international and domestic airports, major seaports and in tourist destinations which shall maintain 24/7 information desks and billboards, manned by tourist police duty officers detailed on a rotation basis in every regional, provincial and city police offices and station in the country. The DILG chief explained that aside from TPUs and TACs, tourist assistance desks (TAD) shall also be put up in police stations which are within the periphery of high tourism areas. Robredo has enjoined concerned police regional offices, DOT regional offices and the local government units concerned to forge memorandum of agreement of cooperation, as well as to extend support on other administrative requirements for the full operationalization of identified TPUs, TACs, and TADs.


Del Rosario pushes for Tuganay-Kinamayan road by Noel Baguio

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ov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario expressed his all-out support to the conversion of the road from the junction highway in Tuganay, Carmen going to Kinamayan, Sto. Tomas into a national road. The local chief executive said the provincial road, which passes through the Municipality of Braulio E. Dujali , will become an important alternate route once the TalaingodBukidnon Road shall be opened in the near future.

He lauded 2ndDistrict Congressman Antonio F. Lagdameo for filing last year HB01840, which is the proposed piece of legislation that seeks the conversion of the Tuganay-Carmen Road into a national road and providing funds therefor. Lagdameo said the bill was tackled last November at the Lower House and was already forwarded to the Senate for concurrence. Only few stretches of the road from the junction Tuganay and fronting the Municipal Hall of B.E. Dujali was so far concreted. Once it is converted into a national road, the governor said it would be easier to get funding for the concreting of the highway. Gov. del Rosario enjoined the Department of Public Works and Highways to look into the bill and lobby for its passage into law. “You should really look into this important bill,� he urged DPWH officials, during the recent Sunday, January 22, 2012

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local consultation on the CY 2013 Annual Investment Program (AIP) at the BulwaganngLalawigan. The agency has proposed to allocate about P560-million worth of infrastructure projects for the 2nd District next year. The governor asked the agency to include the concreting of the Tuganay-Kinamayan Road project in their annual investment plan for the province in 2013. The Municipal Council of B.E.

Dujali has already passed a resolution endorsing the project. Del Rosario further revealed his plan to connect the road to the coastal roads along the barangays of La Paz and Taba in Carmen, all the way to the coastal road of Panabo City . He said the project will greatly contribute to the attainment of the vision for Panabo to become an industrial city of the south. (DAVNOR PIO)

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Social Welfare and Development Assistant Regional Director Priscilla N. Razon (second from left) and Barangay Captain Jerry M. Padohinog (middle) bury the time capsule during the fourth barangay assembly and groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a P1.1 million flood control facility in Barangay Poblacion, Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental. 14

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LGU donates P4.4 M for upgrade of agri facility by Dani Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY – North Cotabato’s provincial government recently donated P4.4 million to the Department of Agriculture for the upgrading of the latter’s facilities in the province. Sunday, January 22, 2012

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Nelly Ylanan, head of the Regional Agriculture and Fisheries Information Division, said DA-12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan and North Cotabato Gov. . Emmylou “Lala” Mendoza has signed a memorandum of agreement for the donation intended for the improvement of the Central Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (CEMIARC) in Amas, Kidapawan City and its satellite station in Barangay Balindog in the same city. “This is called a harmonious tandem to push for agricultural development in the province of North Cotabato -- the local and national government partner-

ing with each other to catalyse improvement of the farming sector,” Ylanan said. Gov. Mendoza’s initiative would help augment the needed facility of the soils laboratory of CEMIARC. From the donated amount P3.4 million is allotted for the soils laboratory. The remaining P1 million will be given to CEMIARC’s tissue culture laboratory in Barangay Balindog. The only condition that the provincial government asks from DA is a three-year exemption from paying laboratory service fees, Ylanan added. CEMIARC, being the research center collects, preserves and dis-

tributes genetically superior seeds and plant materials. The station also conducts on-station and on-farm applied research and technology transfer of matured and appropriate and sitespecific technologies. Director Datukan appreciated the move of Gov. Mendoza, who she describes as a lady chief executive who wants public service to be always available for the farmer-clients and agri-related key players of the region. With the local and national government working together, development growth in the countryside could be made faster, Ylanan said. (PIA 12/RAFIDDA12)

Hataman assures equitable representation in ARMM cabinet posts by Perlita Changco COTABATO CITY - While rigorous screening and interviews of prospective candidates and job applicants to vacant cabinet positions continues in the autonomous region, OIC-regional governor Mujiv Hataman assured equitable representation to man the bureaucracy. 16

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Hataman emphasized strong adherence to merit system in the selection process of appointees adding that qualifications and performance matter in pursuit of good governance through instituting reforms and changes in ARMM. “Nadadagdagan iyung mga candidates for regional cabinet posts and heads of offices so humahaba iyong screening and selection process based on merit and fitness. Tinitiyak natin ang equity representation,” he said. On January 18, after three weeks in office, Hataman announced a partial list of appointees that include regional secretaries Engr. Emil Sadain for the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Muslimin Jakilan-Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Sakula Tindick-Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), Atty. Jamar KulayanDepartment of Education (DepEd), Abdulhalim Mohammad-Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Marites Maguindra-Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Kahal

Kedtag-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Dr. Kadil “Jojo” Sinolinding, Jr.-Department of Health (DOH), Haroun Al-Rashid Lucman, Jr.Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Norkhalila Mae Mambuay-CampongCabinet Secretary, Atty. Abdulmuin Pakam-Solicitor-General, and Nash Maulana at Executive Director of ARMM’s Bureau of Public Information (BPI). The new appoin-

tees were immediately sworn into office by RG Hataman during a simple oath taking ceremony held at the ORG conference room. As this developed, Hataman assured to release more cabinet appointments in the coming days to complete the team that would help in bringing about reforms toward good governance and enhance economic growth in the region. (pbchangco/PIA Cotabato City)

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Special permit ng mga quarry operators hanggang sa katapusan na lamang KORONADAL CITY -- May hanggang sa Enero 31 pa ang mga quarry operator sa South Cotabato para gamitin ang kanilang special permit.

Ayon kay Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. pinagbigyan nila ang kahilingan ng mga negosyante na pahabain ng ilang linggo ang ibinigay na special permit. Subalit binigyangdiin ng gobernador na hindi na magbibigay ng karagdagang special permit ang pamahalaang panlalawigan matapos ang deadline sa susunod na linggo. Paliwanag ni Pingoy pinayagan niya ang pagpagpapalawig ng special permit upang makompleto ng mga quarry operators ang mga kinakailangang dokumento tulad ng Commercial Permit at Environment Compliance Certificate. Ang special permit ay ibinigay ng mga ng pamahalaan ng probinsiya sa mga quarry operators habang pinoproseso nila ang kanilang mga kinakailan

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gang dokumento para sa commercial operation . May bisa ito na anim na buwan at isang beses lang maaaring ma-renew. Matatandaang noong Oktubre nagdesisyon ang pamahalaang panlalawigan na ititigil na ang paglalabas ng special permit to quarry kasunod ng aksidente sa isang quarry sa bayan ng Polomolok na ikinamatay ng isang menor de edad. Kasabay rito sinabi ng gobernador na tanging regular permits

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na lang ang kanilang ibibigay na may kaakibat na mas mahigpit na mga kondisyon at regular na monitoring. Pinag-aaralan din ng pamahalaang panlalawigan ang pagtatalaga ng kumon na quarry area sa bawat bayan sa halip na payagan ang mga quarry operators na maghukay sa iba’t- ibang lugar at ilog upang mas madaling ma-monitor at maiwasan ang tuluyang pagkasira ng paligid. (KJNavecis)


Surigao Norte gov to build reading hubs per municipality

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he province of Surigao del Norte is bent on constructing additional reading hubs in every municipality to help the pupils learn to read effectively.

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Gov. Sol Matugas, during the recently held local school board meeting, said she is now pushing for the improvement of the students’ reading comprehension in the entire province by constructing more reading hubs that will become the center of activity for students, teachers and researchers who want to sharpen and widen their knowledge. “It will also develop their reading habits, improve their learning skills and can help in reducing 20

illiteracy in the process,” she said. The said reading hub is also equipped with speech laboratory, it was learned. Also, the lady governor vowed to strengthen other programs of the Department of Education such as the Alternative Learning System (ALS), the Parents Literacy/Livelihood Program in schools, Radio-based Instruction, Indigenous People Education Program, Balik Paaralan Para sa Out-of-School

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Adult, Education Behind Bars, Comprehensive Barangay Development Program, Barangayan and Literacy cum Livelihood. She also commended the initiative of Del Carmen mayor Alfredo ‘JR’ Coro for putting up the ‘Kariton library’ where students can have the opportunity to read their favorite reading materials via the mobile library. (Provincial Information Center/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Regional Development Council discusses activities for this year’s Women’s Month celeb by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY–- The Technical Working Group of the Regional Development Council – Gender and Development Coordinating Committee (RDC-GADCC) Caraga with chairperson Atty. Marylin M. Pintor, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Caraga Regional Director discussed activities for this year’s Women’s Month celebration. During its recently held meeting, members of the TWG have initially planned lined up activities, which are still open for further suggestion from all its member-agencies during its full committee meeting set January 30. As planned, the RDCGADCC will be holding a press conference on February 17, 2012 to update the local tri-media here on the year-round activities of the committee. According to Atty. Pintor, the activities for this year’s Women’s Month celebration will be far different

from last year. For this year, the opening program of said celebration on March 1 will kick off through a mini concert featuring bands composed of women while part of it will highlight the releasing of the sky lanterns by the participating agencies as sign of unity and support to gender equality. Also, to further strengthen camaraderie of all participants, the institutionalized ‘Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan’ will be also feature more activities, entertainment that will surely make the celebration mem-

orable. The ‘Kalandrakas sa Kababaihan’ serves as a venue for technology transfer for livelihood opportunities and skills development; trade fair; ukay-ukay; GAD film showing; beauty and massage parlors, parlor games; and creates a venue for information dissemination on GAD issues and concerns. Meanwhile, during the culmination activity, best practices of the barangays supporting anti-human trafficking and VAWC will be presented.

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NGOs to hold Concert for a Cause in Butuan

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he Butuan Habitat for Humanity Incorporated and the iHome Butuan Incorporated, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Downtown Butuan and Rotary Club of Midtown Butuanwill be holding a benefit concert with the theme, “Better Lives thru Better Homes”.

Said concert will be held at the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Gymnasium on January 29, 2012 at 7:00 o’clock in the evening. Ms. Lolita Carbon of ASIN band, together with the Nene Band, will be the

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main concert performer. The “Concert for A Cause” is in celebration of the 12th Anniversary of Butuan Habitat for Humanity, Inc., and the launching of iHome Butuan, Inc. Tickets are priced at P50, P200 and P500.

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It was also learned that said funds will be used to build more houses for the poor in Butuan and Caraga region. For more details, call telephone number: (085) 342-0903. (JPG/PIACaraga)


PPA hopes for availability of funds for 3rd phase port expansion proposal by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

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PPA Port Manager Leonilo Miole hopes that funds will be readily available this 2012 for PPAZamboanga to start “working” on its proposal for a 3rd phase port expansion project. Miole said the proposed further expansion of the Zamboanga City seaport which will cover 150 linear meters will cost the government some P200 million. The port manager explained that further expansion of the port

is necessary to meet the international standards and to attract private investors to the port and to better serve the public. It can be recalled, the 1st phase of the port expansion was done in 2005 covering 131.5 linear meters with project cost of P300 million. 2nd phase was implemented in 2007, covering 149 linear meters with P400 million total project cost.

Thousands of students and teachers to take part of Chinese New Year celebration by Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – More than thousand of students and teachers from public secondary and elementary schools ere expected to participate the Chinese New Year celebration on January 23. 24

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City tourism officer-in-charge Judith Jugarap said 18 elementary schools and 2 secondary schools from the city division have confirmed their participation to the festivity upon the invitation from the Pagadian City Tourism Council. Jugarap said students who will wear blue, red, yellow and white colored dresses will participate in the field demonstration on Friday, 1:30 pm at Plaza Luz here. Jugarap said the City Tourism Council have agreed that activities for the Chinese New Year will be held on January 22. At 4:30 in the afternoon, Jugarap said a food festival will also be held where 20 temporary food stalls will be installed by the Pagadian City Association of Hotels and Restaurants (PCAHR) . “A sumptuous Chinese cuisine will be prepared and displayed to offer

an opportunity for the people to get a good taste of Chinese at an affordable price,” Jugarap added. At 6:00 pm, a formal program will be conducted at the Taclobo stage where Filipino-Chinese students will perform Chinese dances which depicts their own culture. “ The Dragon and Lion dance and a dance number from the City Tourism Council will also be presented during the program,” Jugarap added. Jugarap said it is only under the administration of Mayor Samuel Co where Chinese New Year is celebrated regularly. The Filipino-Chinese community such as the Pagadian Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industries, and others will actively take part in festive celebration. (JPA/GCC/PIA9-Pagadian)

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Dipolog barangays urged management action plan by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY Bracing for erratic climactic condition nowadays, all the barangays of this city have been urged to prepare their respective risk reduction management action plans.

The city government headed by Mayor Evelyn T. Uy has directed the barangay chairmen to draw up their own action plans in preparation for any disaster wrought by climate change. Republic Act (RA) 10121, otherwise known as the “Disaster Risk Management Act of 2010,” has sought to strengthen the capacity of both the national government agencies (NGAs) and the local government units (LGUs) by drawing up action plans to reduce disaster risk and improve disaster response capabilities. Under RA 10121, all govern26

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ment agencies including the LGUs are also urged to adopt and implement a “coherent, comprehensive, integrated, efficient and responsive disaster risk reduction program.” Recently, the neighboring cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro were severely hit by flashfloods brought by typhoon Sendong that left thousands dead and missing. The damage left by Sendong to crops and livestock in Zamboanga del Norte including the cities of Dipolog and Dapitan was estimated at P26 million as reported by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist (OPA). (JPA/FPG/PIA-ZDN)


Lala set to implement another batch of KALAHI-CIDSS projects by Lovely A. Rosario and Vincent N. Labial

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fter successfully completing the first cycle for the KALAHICIDSS projects approved for the coastal town of Lala, this progressive municipality is again set to implement another batch of infrastructure projects benefitting 27 barangays. The first cycle included projects for the seven (7) barangays of Camalan, Matampay Bucana, Tunaan, Darumawang Bucana, Andil, Lanipao and San Isidro Lower.

To expedite the immediate implementation of cycle 2, Governor Khalid Dimaporo personally handed over to Mayor Allan Lim a check amounting to P1,822.500 representing the provincial Sunday, January 22, 2012

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monetary counterpart. “This is proof of our strong partnership with the LGUs (local government units). Basta para sa kabutihan ng mga municipalities, the provincial government will always be there to support them,” Governor Dimaporo said. Among the approved projects included in the second cycle are farm to market roads, solar driers, postharvest facilities and sea wall. Set to benefit from the KALAHICIDDS cycle 2 are the barangays of Maranding, Rebe, San Manuel,

Simpac, Darumawang Ilaya, El Salvador, Pinuyak, Abaga, Pendulonan, Lanipao, Tenazas, San Isidro Lower, San Isidro Upper, Lala Proper, Matampay Bucana, Matampay Ilaya, Darumawang Bucana, Tunaan, Andil, Santa Cruz Lower, Santa Cruz Upper, Raw-an, Camalan, Pacita, Magpatao, Gumagamot, and Cabasagan. The simple turn-over ceremony was attended Governor Dimaporo, Mayor Lim, LGU-Lala department heads, municipal employees and concerned barangay officials. (PIOLDN)

Provision of technical assistance for capability building tops 2012 RDC-X thrust by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental – Provision of technical assistance in terms of capacity building, skills enhancement trainings and consultative fora tops the list of priority development thrusts of the Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao (RDC-X) for 2012. This thrust covers the local government units (LGU’s), their Local Development Councils (LDC’s) and Local Legislative Bodies, and other stakeholders in the conduct of provincial/local or sectoral development planning, investment programming, project development and project monitoring and evaluation. This is followed by the strengthening of the Local Planning Bodies and coordination of the advocacy of Disaster Risk Reduction 28

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and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR/ CCA) including their mainstreaming/ integration into regional/local development planning and decision making endeavors, Engr. Leon M. Dacanay, Jr., Regional Director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), region 10, said. Next in the list is mobilizing government and Official Development Assistance (ODA) resources and strengthening of public and private partnership (PPP) to support the Medium Term Philippine


Development Plan/Medium Term Philippine Investment Plan (MTPDP/ MTRIP) and the Medium Term Regional Development Plan/Regional Development Investment Plan (MTRDP/RDIP) thrusts and priorities. Falling under this thrust are the priorities under the G-A-T-E-W-AY-S concept spelled out in the plan documents approved by RDC-X, as well, as to continue to encourage and support the conduct of activities to entice investments and concretize the implementation of key development programs and projects at the regional and local levels. Included in the list is the conduct of regular monitoring and evaluation of locally-funded and foreign-assisted on-going projects to address implementation problems and bottlenecks, enhance funds utilization and facilitation of their early completion. “This is to ensure that development results are attained through their effective management, as well, as conduct of ex-post evaluation of selected completed ODA-financed projects to determine their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact,� Dacanay said. Another thrust of RDC-X is the conduct of wider dissemination and advocacy of the MTPDP/RDP, as well, as expand the sharing of knowledge

through documentation of programs, projects and best practices supportive of the plans that are being undertaken by regional and local development stakeholders and publishing them in the RDC Bulletin and in the RDC Official Website. Meanwhile, Dacanay said included in the RDC-X thrusts is the strengthening of its role in regional development through the conduct of consultative assemblies and regular meetings and making use of its existing working mechanisms and processes and strong collaboration with the RDC Advisory Committee (RAC) and other similar structures, such as, the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC), Regional DRR and Management Council (RDRRMC) and the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Dacanay added.

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Mis. Occ. to organize a committee on preparedness to natural disasters by Pat Nano

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – The Provincial Government, here, plans to organize a committee to ensure that the public will know what to do even before an emergency situation takes place.

“People has to have a degree of preparedness from natural disasters by taking care of the environment so that what happened in the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon due to Typhoon Sendong can be prevented,” Governor Herminia Ramiro said. She, however, assured that the said committee will not be a duplication of any of the committees already organized by the province. The Governor is confident that there will be no hitch with the organization of such committee and that it will work out smoothly with the guidance of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), the local government units (LGU) and the national government agencies concerned with environment protection in the province. 30

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