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Cluster Head, Northern and Northeastern Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Caraga Region Officer-in-charge, PIA Region X

Associate Editors ……....... NOEMI B. EDAGA Regional Director, PIA Region IX OLIVIA T. SUDARIA Regional Director, PIA Region XII

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Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

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Jocelyn P. Alvarez, PIA Region IX Elaine O. Ratunil, PIA Region X Rudolph Ian G. Alama, PIA Region XI Danny E. Doguiles, PIA Region XII Robert E. Roperos, PIA Caraga Region

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ATTY. JOSE A. FABIA Director-General Philippine Information Agency

SEC. HERMINIO “Sonny” B. COLOMA Presidential Communications Operations Office

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Piyesta Korona: Koronadal City’s latest attraction Dani Doguiles

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Cover Story Piyesta Korona: Koronadal City’s latest attraction by Dani Doguiles

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ike any other local government unit that stages a festival to accentuate its cultural uniqueness, Koronadal City has longed to create one that is singularly its own.

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The result: Piyesta Korona – a jovial mix of street dancing, mardi gras, and float parade centered on an implement that has long been a symbol of unparalleled beauty and elegance: crown. “Koronadal is rich in tradition but we do not have a fiesta that has our own brand,” Mayor Peter B. Miguel said during the opening salvo of this year’s 72nd Foundation Anniversary and 12th Hinugyaw Festival. “We have several fiestas all over the Philippines such as Maskara, Sinulog, Ati-atihan, and Dinagyang that clearly identify the places that celebrate them. Sadly, we do not have a festival that we can call exclusively that of Koronadal City.”

(Until recently, Koronadal City has shared the festival byname “Hinugyaw” with North Cotabato, incidentally part of Soccsksargen Region, where Koronadal City stand as the regional seat of government. Last year though -September 1, 2011 to be specific -- North Cotabato changed its festival name from the Hiligaynon term for festivities to its equivalent in the Manobo dialect, “Kalivungan.”) “What is more fitting is to name our festival with our own distinct name: ‘Korona’ from ‘Koronadal,’” said Mayor Miguel. Adoption of “Korona” as a byname, beside the obvious city name, which was derived from “cogon” grass, the city government has a more “geographical”

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explanation. Koronadal City being South Cotabato’s center of trade and business, seats like a shining gem at the middle of the crown that is formed by two mountain ranges -- Quezon Mountain Range and Roxas Mountain Range -- that surround the city. Thus, beginning this year, and every January 10 henceforth, Koronadal City’s festival shall be called “Piyesta Korona” or Feast of Crowns. As promised in the city’s festival information sheet, the city was flooded by crown. “Piyesta Korona” began when the sun was about to set with a parade mardi gras style. Thirty contestants in flamboyant costumes highlighted by crowns made from various materials such as dried cogon grass, romblon mats, coconut midribs, beads of every color, feathers, Styrofoam

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and other recyclable materials danced through the streets of the city until they reached Gensan Drive, which was closed to traffic only for activity. (Gensan Drive the main road that connects Tacurong City to General Santos City.) Entry No. 13 who won the contest carried a crown made of Styrofoam wrapped in dried cogon grass leaves and weighs at least 10 kilograms. His entire body – from feet to the top of his head – was wrapped in gold body paint. Following them are street dancing contingents with their respective floats and queens

donned in elegant crowns. This year nine contingents from as far as Cotabato City and Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat City, transformed the city streets a very long party place of pageantry that is uniquely representative of the culture of Koronadal, a mix of Christian, Muslim and lumads. Piyesta Korona’s difference to any other similar attraction in the entire country, Koronadal City’s version of street dancing is centered on legends and storylines involving a single element: crown.

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ACROSS THE NATION Aquino declares January of every year as ‘Philippine Tropical Fabrics Month’

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resident Benigno S. Aquino III has declared the month of January of every year as “Philippine Tropical Fabrics Month.”

In Proclamation No. 313 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on January 12, 2012, President Aquino issued the declaration to promote public awareness and use of indigenous textiles in the country. Under Republic Act

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9242 otherwise known as the Philippine Tropical Fabrics Law of 2004, tropical fabrics are defined as those containing natural fibers produced, spun, woven or knitted, and finished in the Philippines. These fabrics are used mostly for the uniforms of government officials and employees. “The implemen-

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tation of RA No. 9242 shall raise awareness on the utilization of natural fibers like pineapple, banana, abaca and Philippine silk for textile and allied products and bring about the revival and upgrading of the local textile and garments industries,


thus redounding to the creation of livelihood in the agricultural and industrial sectors,” the President said. The Chief Executive noted that Proclamation No. 86 (s. 2010) declared January 24, 2011 as “Philippine Tropical Fabrics Day” under the auspices of the Philippine Textile Research institute (PTRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) which increased interest on tropical fabrics from among the local industries. In issuing Proc-

lamation No. 313, the President cited “the need to sustain the gains from the celebration of the first Philippine Tropical Fabrics Day and to engage a more active participation of government institutions and local industries on the use of Philippine Tropical Fabrics, as well as local natural fibers.” President Aquino, directed the PTRI-DOST to source funds to defray the cost of the celebration. He also ordered the PTRI-DOST to ensure that extensive research on the judicious utiliza-

tion of local natural fibers be continued. “All fabric producers, textile manufacturers, garments and geotextile industries, including the private sector, associations, institutions and the academe, are hereby enjoined to actively participate in the proper observance of the “Philippine Tropical Fabrics Month” and to partner with the government in bringing about an evolution of the Philippine textile industry as an emerging leader in the global textile market,” President Aquino said. (JS)

Malacañang says Aquino gov’t committed to rationalize sin taxes

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alacanang expressed the Aquino administration’s commitment and unyielding efforts to rationalize the collection of sin taxes in the country to get more revenues for the government that could be used for various developmental programs.

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Malacanang expressed the Aquino administration’s commitment and unyielding efforts to rationalize the collection of sin taxes in the country to get more revenues for the government that could be used for various developmental programs. In a press briefing in Malacanang on Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the amendment to the structure of sin taxes collection is long overdue. 10

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“The situation is this: We are rationalizing the various levels of sin taxes. At present, there are a number of levels - four levelsare that we would like to rationalize... this amendment is long overdue,” Lacierda said. When asked on the government’s position of entering into a compromise with major stakeholders that will be affected by the rationalization, Lacierda said that the government is not considering such move pending the discussion of the

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amendments in the committee level. “No, well, it’s up to the legislators to do that. We have presented our bill and so our position is very clear: we want to rationalize the sin taxes. As to whatever compromises, that is something that they will have to present… I mean, the tobacco industry would have to present their position in the debates in the committee level,” Lacierda said. The government expects to earn P60 billion a year from the rationalization of taxes on alcohol and tobacco products. Without such a bill, the finance department estimates that government will lose P2 billion to P2.4 billion a year by 2013. (JCL)


Flood-affected farmers in N. Cotabato get palay seeds by Dani Doguiles and Lito Salvo

KORONADAL CITY -- As an initiative to help the flood-stricken municipalities in North Cotabato, the Department of Agriculture- 12 distributed needed certified palay seeds to help farmers replant their flashflood-devastated ricefields. Monday, January 23, 2012

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Some 894 bags of certified palay were given to farmers during a dialogue with farmers at the grounds of Central Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (CEMIARC), in Amas, Kidapawan City. Three hundred bags were allocated to farmers from the town of Carmen, 257 to Kabacan, 25 to Pikit, and 12 to M’lang. DA-12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan, told farmer-recipients that

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she has talked to Cotabato Gov. Emmylou “Lala” Mendoza as regards this dilemma. She added, she has assured the governor that DA.-12 will continue to extend help for the recovery affected farmers, including provision of planting materials. “We are happy that the national government has not forgotten us,” executive assistant Dr. Teodora Casipe told DA officials in behalf of the governor.

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Engr. Eliseo Mangliwan, North Cotabato’s provincial agriculturist, on his part urged farmers to do their part in making sure that the seed assistance goes a long way. “The help that DA has given us is temporary, for us to be able to get trough the damage brought about by the recent floods,” he said. Recipients of the calamity assistance also expressed thankfulness to DA 12.


Roger Alimanan, chairman of Barangay Langunan, Carmen said in the vernacular: “Farmers who have suf-

fered from the floods can now restoring their hood.” Bong Bacan,

flash- man of Barangay Kayabegin ga, Kabacan, in addition liveli- to expressing thanks, hopes DA will continue chair- helping them.

DA chief urges farmers to help government achieve food sufficiency KORONADAL CITY -- Farmers should be in the forefront in making sure that government efforts to attain food sufficiency would be successful, an agriculture official said. Department of Agriculture Region 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia JayagDatukan expressed he challenge to farmers during a recent dialogue with farmers at Central Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center in Amas , Kidapawan City . Some 894 bags of certified seeds were distributed to farmers of Kabacan, Pikit, Carmen, and M’lang towns affected by recent floods. “Do not leave us alone in this. Join us in the Food Staple Sufficiency Program because this is for the Philippines, the farmers and the citizens of the country,” she told farmer-recipients.

She also called them to be positive, enthusiastic and honest in implementing the department’s programs. “I don’t entertain failures. There is no such thing as failure. We’re just challenged by time,” she said, adding that it is difficult to work with people of negative outlook. As front liners in rice production, the farmers

should take their role more seriously for the achievement of selfsufficiency in rice and other staple crops in the country, she said. Datukan clarified that the turn-over of bags of palay seeds is not a seed subsidy program of DA but only calamity assistance. She explained that the seed subsidy p r o gram was dropped

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because the department is pursuing long lasting interventions such as the construction of farm-to-market roads, and the acquisition of postharvest facilities, farm machineries, and support irrigation facilities among others. As a reminder, she told farmers and local and provincial agricul-

ture employees to submit their project proposals for the regional office to determine and to confirm what among these would be significant undertakings for immediate implementation. As regards the submission of project proposals, she encouraged reinvigoration of

farmer’s organizations and communal farmer’s alliances to present a group project proposal. Datukan is looking forward for more enthusiastic, more participative and relatively successful farmers in North Cotabato. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12/ LMSalvo/DA 12)

SOCOTECO 1 maaring magpapatupad ng power curtailment KORONADAL CITY -- Inamin ng pamunuan ng South Cotabato 1 Electric Cooperative (SOCOTECO 1) na may posibilidad na makararanas ng panakanakang brownout ang nasasakupan ng kooperatiba. Sa isang panayam, sinabi ni SOCOTECO 1 General Manager Santiago Tudio na noong nakaraang taon pa man nabawasan na ng mahigit 2 megawatts ang suplay na kuryente na ibinibigay ng Napocor sa kooperatiba. Paliwanag ni Tudio, wala kasing karagdagang suplay ng kuryente sa Mindanao habang tumataas ang naman ang kailangan ng suplay ng kuryente sa nasasakupan. Sa kasalukuyan nasa 28.8 MW ang alokasyon 14

ng SOCOTECO 1 samantalang umaabot ng hanggang 31 MW ang kailangan ng mga konsumidor nito. Kung mananatiling lumalampas sa suplay ang ginagamit ng mga miyembro mapipilitan umano silang magpatupad ng power curtailment sa ilang feeders sa panahon ng peak load. Sa layong punan ang suplay ng kuryente sa lalawigan, binubuo ngayon ng SOCOTECO 1 ang isang kasunduan sa Aboitiz Power hinggil sa pagbili ng karagdagang

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suplay ng kuryente. Subalit mangangahulugan aniya ito ng bahagyang pagtaas ng bayarin ng mga kunsumidor. Kaugnay rito, nakikiusap si Tudio sa mga miyembro na tumulong sa pagtitipid sa paggamit ng kuryente lalung lalo na sa peak hours. Kabilang sa mga suhestiyon niya ang huwag pagsabayin ang paggamit ng mga kagamitang de kuryente lalung lalo na mula alas singko ng hapon hanggang alas nuebe ng gabi. (DEDoguiles)


LTO, DOTC-Caraga grateful for the approval of bus drivers’ fixed salary by Robert E. Roperos

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According to DOTCCaraga Regional Director Atty. Alim Pangandaman, the lack of fixed salary may be a cause of the high rate of road accidents as drivers. “’Yan ang dapat gawin upang maiwasan na ang mga komisyon ba-

sis kasi nag-uunahan ang mga drivers na makakuha ng pasahero na naging dahilan ng aksidente,” Pangandaman said. (That is really the best thing to do to get rid of commission-basis because the drivers are competing to get passengers

which causes accidents.) Atty. Pangandaman also said that with this implementation, competition in bus companies will now be minimized. “Thus, accidents will also be minimized,” he added. “Dahil dito, mawawala na ang kumpetisyon sa mga bus companies at drivers upang lumaki ang kita nila,” Pangandaman said. (Through this implementation, competition of bus companies and drivers on getting passengers first, will definitely stop.)

LGU-Agusan del Norte to craft Prov’l Tourism Plan BUTUAN CITY -- The provincial government of Agusan del Norte will soon craft a tourism development plan.

Mr. Edgar Plaraca, Jr., Provincial Information Officer, in an interview with a local radio station here this morning said the provincial executive department is at 16

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submit their municipal tourism plans. “After they have submitted these plans, the province will finalize the crafting of the plan,” Palarca said.(Robert E. Roperos)


Pagsasanay sa mga taga-pagpatupad ng batas na nagbabawal ng paninigarilyo isinagawa by David M. Suyao AGUSAN DEL SUR -- Isinagawa kamakailan ang isang pagsasanay sa mga tagapagpatupad ng batas na nagbababawal ng paninigarilyo sa bayan ng Esperanza sa kanilang pagsisikap na matigil ang paninigarilyo sa buong bayan.

Kilala ang Esperanza sa pagiging kampeon sa buong lalawigan at sa buong rehiyon ng Caraga dahil sa kanilang programa sa pagalaga at pagtanggol laban sa anumang abuso na ginagawa sa kapaligiran lalo na sa tinatawag na Ecological Solid Waste Management Program (ESWMP). Sa naturang pagsasanay, tinalakay rin ang Ordinansa Blng. 113-2011 na pinamagatang “The Comprehensive Anti-Smoking Ordinance of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur� ni Bise Mayor Apolonio Layugan. Ayon kay Bise Mayor Layugan, sinasakop ng ordinansang ito ang kahit si-

nong naninigarilyo o pinapayagan ang paninigarilyo sa mga pampublikong sasakyan, mga sasakyang pag-aari ng pamahalaan, mga bahay aliwan, pampublikong gusali at lugar, at lahat ng saradong lugar na nasa labas ng pribadong bahay, pribadong lugar na pinagtatrabahuhan na matatagpuan sa loob ng bayan ng Esperanza. Dagdag pa ni Layugan, isinasali rin sa ordinansang ito ang pagbebenta ng sigarilyo ng mga menor de edad, ang pag-aadvertise ng ano mang uri ng sigarilyo at paglagay o pang pamumudmod ng mga propagandang bagay na may

kaugnayan sa sigarilyo. Ang 100 porsyentong pagsali ng mga barangay kapitan sa naturang pagsasanay kasama ang na organisang Municipal Task Force ay nagpalakas sa mga namumuno at mga kinilalang kasali rito para sa pag patupad ng mga batas na nagtatanggol ng kapaligiran at malusog na pamumuhay. Naisagawa ang pagsasanay na ito sa pagsisikap ng Municipal Health Office kasama ang Sangguniang Bayan Office at sa tulong ni Delma Legaspi isang nurse na coordinator ng Healthy Lifestyle ng Department of Health, Caraga Region.

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Bangko Sentral appeals to public to help circulate new generation series bill by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

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angko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) here appeals to the public to help in the circulation of the new generation series bill by using and spending it.

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BSP Zamboanga City Branch Head Melodino Patiño said “we ask the public to help circulate the new generation currencies by spending it.” He said, BSP will continuously increase the number of new generation series bills distributed in banks. He said the “new money” with denominations of P20, P50, P100, P200, P500 and P1,000 are now out in the banks and people may start to bring in and change their “old bills” and change it for

the “new ones” with their depository banks. Patiño said the public still has up to 2013 to use the old currencies before it loses its capacity as legal tender. By 2014, it is expected that the new generation series is in full circulation and that everyone is already using it. The branch head said, as of this time, the currency ratio is 80 percent old and 20 percent new as far as usage and circulation is concern. (JPA/PIA ZBST)

Computer literacy program benefits barangay treasurers by Bernadine Astillero-Gabawan BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur - Mayor Leonardo L. Babasa, Jr. of the municipality of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur, thru the Municipal Budget Office and in coordination with the barangay local government units conducted the Barangay Computer Literacy Program which started on November 28, 2011. This was held at the Office of the Municipal Budget Officer-Guest House Computer Room, Municipal Government Center here. Monday, January 23, 2012

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Twenty-eight barangay treasurers attended the trainings in seven batches for ten weeks. The training enabled the participants to know the importance of computer literacy, the basics of computer operation and to formulate their respective Barangay Annual Budget for 2012. Standing is Melly G. Madamba, Municipal Budget Officer as she watched Barangay treasurers doing their assignments. According to Melojean C. Apelacio, Barangay Treasurer of Lamare, “As one of the recipients of this literacy program, dako kaayo mi ug pasalamat nga nagpahigayon ug training sama niini tungod kay di lang nakahibalo mi mooperate sa computer kung dili nakakat-on pod mi unsaon pag-formulate ang among budget sa barangay.� (As one of the recipients of the program, we are so grateful that this training was conducted because not only were we able to learn how to operate a computer, but also we learned how to formulate our own budget for the barangay.) Melly Galambao-Madamba, together with Lorenzo Sta. Ana, Jr., technical staff, handled the said train-

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ing as instructors. With the advent of new technologies, it is never too late to learn and adopt new innovations. It is expected that at the end of the program, participants will be able to handle public administration satisfactorily within the demands and in keeping with modern techniques. (BAG/ALT-PIA9/Zambo Sur)


Public urged to take thyroid cancer seriously by Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY – The Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC) of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) has urged the public to take thyroid cancer seriously and undergo early screening and prevention measures to fight the disease. Ronald delos Reyes, EJACC program coordinator, said that there is an increasing incidence rate of thyroid cancer in Metro Cebu. Based on EJACC’s Metro Cebu Population-based Cancer Registry, the incidence rate of thyroid cancer in 2003 to 2007 is high but the mortality rate is comparatively lower. Within this period, about 573 cases of thyroid cancer were reported and 116 were recorded to have died of the disease. The figures also show that 97

cases have been attributed to persons in between the ages 15-30 while 350 cases are persons with ages 30-60. More women than men have been affected by this disease; in fact, 134 cases are male while 439 cases are female. “Thyroid cancer is high on prognosis. It is preventable through various screening methods, such as physical examination and ultrasound of the neck, as well as some prevention measures, including regular exercise and maintenance of a well-balanced diet,” Monday, January 23, 2012

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delos Reyes explained. RAFI reported that as a common type of cancer diagnosed in men and women, thyroid cancer ranked sixth in most common cancer cases in Metro Cebu. According to the 2010 journal of the Philippine Cancer Facts and Estimates of the Philippine Cancer Society, the incidence rate had increased from 1980 to 2002, with an annual change of 0.4% in males and 1.6% among females. The report said thyroid cancer is the most common cancer of women at ages 15-24 years. Among women, the incidence rate rises at age 30 and continues to rise with increasing age. Among men, the incidence rate begins to increase much later, starting at 60 years old. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple. It works like a tiny factory that uses iodine, mostly from the diet in foods like seafood and salt, to produce thyroid hormones that, in turn, help regulate the body’s growth and metabolism and other functions of the body. The most common signs and symptoms of thyroid cancer include a lump or thyroid nodule, that can be felt in the neck; trouble in swallowing; throat or neck pain; swollen lymph nodes in the neck; cough; and vocal changes. People exposed to high levels of radiation are much more likely than others to develop papillary or follicular thyroid cancer. Treatment with x-rays is one significant source of radiation 22

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exposure. Between the 1920s and the 1950s, doctors used high-dose x-rays to treat children who had enlarged tonsils, acne, and other problems affecting the head and neck. Later, scientists found that some people who had received this kind of treatment developed thyroid cancer. People who are diagnosed with this kind of cancer may undergo surgery. Common surgeries include thyroidectory, lobectomy, and tracheostomy. Sometimes, even the removal of the thyroid itself is needed. RAFI said that the public can get in touch with EJACC in Cebu at telephone number 254-6351 to learn more about thyroid cancer. “Like many other cancers, thyroid cancer may be more easily cured with early detection. Earlier diagnosis removes thyroid cancer at a time when they are not likely to have spread beyond the thyroid gland,” delos Reyes said. (JPA/RAFI/RVC-PIA9 ZBST)


“Shelter-Build” set to start in Iligan on January 25 by Melvin T. Anggot

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he relocation of “Sendong” victims or the ‘”Shelter-Build” in Barangay Sta. Elena will start on January 25.

A group of volunteers from various places (Compostela Valley, Zamboanga, Bukidnon and Sultan Kudarat) are now in Iligan to participate in this activity. More that 3,000 house units

have already been committed by various donors like San Miguel Corporation (SMC); Organization of Islamic Countries(OIC); GMA Network; Phil. Economic Zone Authority; Development Bank of the Monday, January 23, 2012

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Phil.; International Federation of Red Cross; and by the various churches in Iligan City as well. While preparation in Sta. Elena is in full swing, another two-hectare relocation site in Luinab is being

considered. Owned by the Diocese of Iligan, Bishop Galido says the Luinab relocation site may be used by the flood survivors by way of usufruct. Recently, Cebu Mayor Michael Rama handed a P2 Million worth of check to Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz for flood survivors. A shipload of relief goods coming from the National Council of Churches in the Phil. (NCCP) will dock Iligan pier next week. Likewise, a team of experts from the National Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of the Philippines was also in Iligan to make a survey of the damage wrought by Sendong. (CIO)

Philhealth insurance for indigents covers thousands of Ozamiz city families by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental – A total of 15,019 families from the city’s 51 barangays were covered by the Philippine Health Insurance Program (PHIP) by four (4) sponsors, last year. Of this number, 10,094 families were covered by Mayor Nova Princess E. Parojinog-Echavez, through the local government unit (LGU) of Ozamiz City, Ludie Salud A. Raras, City Social Welfare Officer (CSWO), said. About 1,363 families were also covered by Governor Herminia Ramiro, through the Provincial Government Unit of Misamis Occidental. Likewise, 3,205 families were covered by President Benigno S. Aquino 24

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III, while 357 others were covered by the Department of Health (DOH). Meanwhile, Raras said their office is now cleansing their records to validate the number of families who will be reenrolled in the PHIP for 2012. “Right now, we are cross-checking our records to avoid any duplication of names in the roster of beneficiaries covered by these four (4) health insurance programs,” Raras said. This is because there were instances


in the past wherein the misspelled names of beneficiares resulted in double coverage for some of the families and in some cases, a family was covered by all the programs.

DSWD documents orphaned children by Typhoon Sendong in NorMin OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - An initial record of fifteen children who were separated, unaccompanied and orphaned in Iligan City had been documented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), region 10. Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, Regional Director of DSWD-10 said a Social Welfare Officer (SWO) had been assigned to document cases of these children who were separated, unaccompanied and orphaned by Typhoon Sendong, in coordination with all the Camp Managers of the evacuation centers (EC’s), in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro (CDO). However, no information yet on the consolidation/disaggregation of data in the EC’s of CDO have been completed and turned over to DSWD-10. Solamillo said the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) is now gearing up for a series of training activities on Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR), Psychosocial Care and Support (PCS), and Social Work Case Management (SWCM). These capacity building activities

are for city social workers and child protection partners, Solamillo said. UNICEF, in partnership with CFSI, have also organized a series of psychosocial activities for more than 1,300 children in 12 evacuation centers in both cities. At least 3,000 children have also been reached with psychosocial and debriefing activities by CPWG members. Meanwhile, 97 volunteers from the Education Cluster have been trained on psychosocial support and care, last Jan. 8-10, to assist teachers from the Department of Education (DepEd) in handling sessions in classroom setting. In partnership with the SGBV subcluster, UNICEF also spearheaded the distribution of advocacy materials for the “Say No, Run and Tell” for the prevention of abuse in in the EC’s, Solamillo added. (Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob) Monday, January 23, 2012

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DavNor revenue, austerity measures to cushion impact of budget cut

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he province of Davao del Norte has reduced the severity of the 4.8 percent reduction in the internal revenue allotment (IRA) this year by adopting fiscal discipline and revenue and austerity measures. Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario is quite optimistic the province will be able to hurdle the budget challenge with the several measures that his administration has put in place. To overcome the unpleasant IRA cut, del Rosario revealed the province 26

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strengthened revenue generation and enforced austerity measures and strict accountability among the Capitol officials and personnel. The province will continue to tap the resources of the national government, as well as, the overseas development assistance (ODA) funding opportunities. Leading the revenue generating measure of the province is the recently-approved Provincial Tax Ordinance 2011-001, otherwise known as the Revised Revenue Code of Davao del Norte. The governor is very much upbeat about the asset reforms resulting from the creation of the Provincial Economic Enterprise, which took the rein of the three district hospitals of the province. He further showed off the great prospect of the mega projects in the province, such as the on-going P243million Provincial Sports Complex, the P250-million worth of projects from the Mindanao Rural Development


Program (MRDP-2), the P44-million school building program in partnership with the Department of Education, and the hospital enhancement program in the amount of P78-million from the Department of Health. The four-year annual grant of over P40 million per year from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) for the implementation of the Provincial Road Management Facility (PRMF) project in the province also augurs well in buffering effects of the budget reduction. Some P100 million is already in the pipeline for the repair of some por-

tion of the Talaingod-Bukidnon Road that was damaged by bad weather. The start of the construction of the Zero Kilometer, Asuncion Road going to Veruela, Agusan del Sur, which is now converted into a national highway further forebodes more economic opportunities for the province. Gov. del Rosario then urged the Capitol employees, and the people of Davao del Norte, to continue supporting his administration’s advocacy of fiscal prudence and austerity, espousing the management slogan, “maximum effectiveness at the least cost.” (PIO-DavNor/Noel Baguio)

DavSur hosts PBA Finals Game Association’s 2011-2012 Philippine Finals Cup at the spankingly modern Davao del Sur SportsCultural and Business Center Complex. Two PBA teams, the

DAVAO CITY- The City of Digos recently hosted the first game of the Philippiune Basketball

Talk and Text Tropang Texters and the Powerade Tigers battled it out on the hardcourt with the favored Talk and Text team winning 116-100. The championship series will be decided in seven games. The game was brought to Digos by Davao City-based Phoenix Petroleum Philippines which is a sponsor of the PBA-Phoenix On Monday, January 23, 2012

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Tour. The company has sponsored PBA out-of-town games for four years now.

The Davao del Sur Sports-Cultural and Business Center Complex is a

5,000-seater coliseum worth P268million here is expected to spur economic growth for the province. The coliseum is part of the P500 million five-structure components designed for the Davao del Sur SportsCultural and Business Center Complex to include convention centers, swimming pool, volleyball court, dormitory and restaurant, parks and playground and track and field. The January 20 finals game is the first PBA Finals game to be held in Davao del Sur. though the facility has been hosting PBA games since 2010. The first PBA game was played by PBA teams Talk ‘N Text and Rain or Shine during the grand opening of the coliseum on December 4, 2010. The event has earned the province some P1.58 million net proceeds. The second PBA game was played

on June 25 as part of the week-long celebration of the 44th Araw ng Davao del Sur. This game provided about P700,000 net income for the province. According to Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas the Philippine Sports Commission is eyeing the facility as a major sports training center in Mindanao. Another facility in the region where regular PBA games are held is located in Panabo City in Davao del Norte where another modern gymnasium is located. Davao City the major urban center of the region has no sizeable modern sports facility comparable to Digos and Panabo. An 8,000-seater modern gymnasium is in the process of completion located inside the University of Southeastern Philippines campus in Davao city. When completed it can host PBA games and other events like concerts and conventions. (PIA/RG Alama, photo from the PBA website)

did you know... That among the Chinatowns in the world, Binondo in Manila is the oldest being established in 1565 while Davao Chinatown is the newest officially created by a city ordinance in 2003. The Davao City Chinatown at 44 hectares is also the largest Chinatown in the world according to land area.

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