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Vol. 1 No. 279

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2012 Global Peace Index cites Philippines among five most improved countries Dipolog City Schools Division releases 2011 national A & E exam result Alfonso T. Ruda, Western Mindanao

Local exec urges public to support good governance campaign Jorie C. Valcorza, Northern Mindanao

City to turn over 190 housing units for Sendong survivors on June 15 Melvin T. Anggot & Virgilio C. Garcia, Northern Mindanao

Shelter for young offenders soon to rise in DavNor Southern Mindanao

Tacurong welders receive assistance package from LGU, TESDA Allan Freno, Central Mindanao

GenSan Mayor, namahagi ng 5 kompyuter sa mga PWD Shahana Joy Duerme, Central Mindanao

Line agencies to showcase programs, projects on July 1 Apipa Bagumbaran, Armm

PIA-Caraga conducts advocacy campaign for renal health care, prevention Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

Caraga RDRRMC crafts Reg’l Risk Profile Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region

Dani Doguiles Central Mindanao


Cover Story T’nalak Festival 2012: What to Expect by Dani E Doguiles

ll roads will once again lead to South Cotabato for the 13th T’nalak Festival, one of the most important festivals in Soccsksargen Region.

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This year’s T’nalak Festival, named after the renowned colorful cloth woven by T’boli women from Abaca fiber, will begin on July 13 and will wind up on the 18th. On June 7, the provincial government released a schedule of activity, which according to its Provincial Information Office -- except for a few details that should ironed out -- is fairly final. Here are some of the reasons to visit and enjoy South Cotabato during the six-day 13th T’nalak Festival and 46th Foundation Anniversary. By the way, unlike the previous 4

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festival when events were distributed to other LGUs, this year, most activities are slated in Koronadal City. 1. A Grand Opening Ceremony: Not to be missed! Several activities, running through the festival’s length, will be opened in the morning of Friday, July 13, that’s standard. What should be awaited, however, are the evening activities that would officially kick off the celebration. Usually fun-runs are staged while the sun hasn’t been up, but


in T’nalak Festival, fun-run which highlights the opening ceremonies will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. How has this become possible? In March of this year, Gov. Arthur Pingoy Jr. ordered upgrading of the lighting facilities of the province’s Sports Complex, where sports events can now be held even when the sun is down. Flying lanterns, which have seemingly become a standard in local celebrations, will light the city’s skyline at around 8:30 p.m. Then finally, a concert. As of yet, no specific artist has been named but definitely, the performer would be of national fame. Normally, festival concerts here are either absolutely free or if there are admission fees, tickets are extremely cheap. Imagine an Aiza Seguerra concert for P50 or Aegis for free. 2. Bahay Kubo Competition Alunan Avenue turns into a little South Cotabato with the 11 LGUs putting up huts that package their municipality/city in the most colourful and informative way. Local products will be displayed or sold. This is a contest so expect extravagance. 3. Nightly Events

will also be installed. During the final night, July 18, the main streets of the city will turn into disco places 4. Agri-trade Fairs and Expo Several trade fairs and expo run simultaneously from July 13n to 18 featuring products and industries both of South Cotabato and Soccsksargen Region as well as presentation economic opportunities for visitors.

These include, the Regional Agri-Technology , Industrial and Trade Fair at the Gaisano Grand Mall and Agri-Fair and Plant Exhibit along Alba St. Gaisano Grand Mall will also be a venue for industrial skills competition on July 16 - 17 and techno seminars and trainings on July 17 – 18. Employment opportunities will also be offered during a jobs fair on July 16 (Monday) at the same mall.

From 6:00 p.m. until around 2:00 a.m. the next day, Alunan Avenue will 5. Haute Couture Display and be alive with entertainment, featuring T’nalak Weaving live bands in front of the SC Sports Complex where food and drink stalls Creations of local designers using Thursday, June 14, 2012

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the T’nalak cloth as primary material home province’s glory. Last year, it was will be on display at the Ace Centerpoint a fashion show of local designers. throughout the event. Those interested to witness how the T’nalak is weaved, 8. Mutya ng South Cotabato a demonstration will be held daily at the Gaisano Grand Mall where pottery making will also be taught. 6. Sports Competitions The entire July 14 (Saturday) is devoted to motocross competition in Surallah town. Other sports competitions include T’nalak Invitational Derby at Bo. 2, Koronadal ; Mindanao Interschool Taekwondo Championship and 3rd Gov. Dodo Taekwondo Cup at Gaisano Grand on July 14 – 15; and Open Dart Tournament on July 13 – 15 at Food Harbor.

The pageant night is set on July 16. One major part of the beauty-andbrain contest is a parade of T’nalak gowns.

9. Tri-people streetdancing Unlike most streetdancing 7. Dayon sa South Cotabato, a competitions, South Cotabato’s version Night with Gov. Dodo does not lump all cultures in one contest. It has competition for each of the tri-people groups: Madel Be’Lan streetdancing completion for the Lumads, Kasagayan A Lalan for the muslim tribes, and Kasadyahan sa Kapatagan for the Christian settlers. 10. Luces in the Sky South Cotabateños living and working abroad will be honoured with a special dinner with Gov. Pingoy on July 17 at the SC Gym. Balikbayans will also be treated to performance and presentation that remind them of their 6

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As in the previous year’s T’nalak Festival will close with a fireworks display, usually lasting up to 30 minutes. Mark now your calendars. July 13 to 18 is T’nalak Festival in South Cotabato.


ACROSS THE NATION Palace says education department prepared to carry out K+12 program

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alaca単ang allayed public fears on Wednesday about the implementation of the K+12 program saying the Department of Education made an assurance that necessary preparations were made for the successful implementation of the program this year. A lawmaker is pushing in Malacanang, program. for the deferment of the Presidential Spokesman The K+12 is an implementation of the Edwin Lacierda said innovation from the program citing lack of he was able to discuss Department of Education proper preparation of the the K+12 program with primarily to comply with education department some Bulacan school certain accords, Lacierda particularly the shortage officials who said they are said as he cited the of books, classrooms, and excited about it and the Washington accord, which training for teachers. DepEd has successfully requires the country to In a press conference trained teachers for the have a 12-year basic Thursday, June 14, 2012

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education. Filipino professionals wouldn’t be accepted to enter the work place if the Philippines failed to comply with this requirement, Lacierda said. He also mentioned the Bologna accord that also calls for a similar compliance. “These two treaties are international treaties. We are not signatories because we have not complied with the requirements provided in those accords. Kaya mahalaga po sa atin to come up or comply with international standards and for purposes

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also of employment abroad. should someone decide to seek employment abroad...,� he said. Currently, there is a shortage of 50,000 classrooms in the country and Lacierda said the 20,000 will be built by the local government units, and the 30,000 will be bidded out by the government through public private partnership (PPP) under DepEd. Aside from complying

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with the international standards, K+12 is important because it gives students options to immediately find employment should they choose not to enroll in college, Lacierda said. The government inked several agreements with business organizations through the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry intended to absorb graduates under the K+12 program, he added. (AS)


2012 Global Peace Index cites Philippines among five most improved countries

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he 2012 Global Peace Index citing the Philippines as among the five most improved countries is proof of the Aquino administration’s continuing commitment towards improving peace and promoting amity in the country, a Palace official said on Wednesday.

P r e s i d e n t i a l Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the statement following the release of the 2012 Global Peace Index (GPI), an annual report on the state of peace in the world by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). Rising two notches to rank 133rd this year from 135th in 2011, the organization said that the Philippines “showed a robust rise across a number of indicators.” “The report noted that

these gains stem from improvements in four indicators: the homicide rate, the number of deaths from internal conflict, the likelihood of violent demonstrations, and the incidence of terrorist acts,” Lacierda said. The 2012 Global Peace Index affirms the report of the Philippine National Police showing the 24% decrease in crime volume in 2011 compared to 2010, according to Lacierda. The PNP has also noted a further decline in the

total crime rate by 16.77% in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same quarter last year. Aside from the Philippines, also in the list of top five countries that registered “improvements in peacefulness” in the 2012 Global Peace Index are Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Bhutan and Guyana. “This is international recognition of our collective effort to address the safety and security of our people,” Lacierda said. (JS)

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Mindanao watershed week pushed

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iting the importance of watersheds to the lives of the people in Mindanao, Archbishops Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato and Antonino

Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro have called for a proclamation of a Mindanaowide watershed awareness week which shall culminate in time for the annual observance of World Environment Day every fifth day of June. Quevedo told reporters here during of Cotabato city in the two-day summit the recently held Mindanao Economy aimed at building constituency for the and Environment Summit that among development and management of wathe culprits of the massive degradation tersheds and river basins in Mindanao. of the watersheds in Mindanao is the Quevedo likened the effects of envipeople’s lack of knowledge and action on ronmental degradation to smoking. “You the issue. don’t see the effects right away but it “We can see that the people’s knowl- kills you slowly”, he said. edge on the long term effects of what we As manifested by recent flash floods are doing at present is very low”, said and landslides all over Mindanao, QueveQuevedo who represented the Diocese do said such have already taken heavy a

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toll on the lives of the people in Mindanao. While Mindanao already holds annual observance of Mindanao week of peace, Ledesma stressed that all the more the Mindanao people should focus on the issue of environmental degradation. “This is also part of peace-building. If our environment is degraded there will be more conflicts over natural resources in the near future”, he said. Ledesma said that the people must be proactive in conserving the islandregion’s watershed areas as these are the sources of water, food and livelihood of many people in the downstream. Mindanao is host to eight of the 18 major river basins in the country and 262 watersheds. These sources of water provide vegetation to the island-region’s major agricultural products including coconut, banana and rubber among others. “Over the past decades, Mindanao has contributed around two fifths (40%) of the country’s agricultural, forestry and fishery output, and is estimated to contribute about onethird of the national food requirements”, said Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chairperson. Thursday, June 14, 2012

Antonino said that Mindanao’s great reliance on extractive industries over the years has taken a heavy toll on its environment. “The series of floodings and natural calamities we experienced in 2011 alone showed us how vulnerable our cities and provinces are to hazards and natural risks”, she said. Antonino said that Mindanao must heed the lessons brought by Typhoon Sendong. “The tragedy taught us too many costly lessons. From policies to enforcement, from governance to politics, from structures to greed. We don’t need a repeat of these lessons to happen again before we take action”, she said. Antonino said that Mindanao is blessed with extensive river systems. “It’s no surprise that we have major hydro-power plants, the Agus and Pulangi complexes that have been the source of cheap hydro power for Mindanao over decades already”, she said. Mindanao population grows by almost two percent every year or about 352,000 more mouths to feed in ten-year time. It’s as if adding another Agusan del Norte (current population is 332,000) in just ten years according to Antonino.

“To catch up with the food requirements of our growing population, we need to double or even triple efforts to produce more food, to irrigate more lands, to capture more water for agriculture”, she said. Antonino said that such pressure to produce more food, if not properly managed, can have rippling effects on our environment. She said MinDA shall recommend for the issuance of such proclamation to President Benigno Aquino III as part of the Mindanao Nurturing Our Waters (MindaNOW) program advocacies. The program aims to integrate, harmonize and rationalize all interventions for the development and management of various watersheds and river basins in Mindanao with key government agencies, private sector and nongovernment organizations (NGOs). “Economic development must not come at the expense of our environment”, said Antonino. MindaNOW is anchored on a sustainable development framework that aims to enhance the enabling environment towards achieving sustainable economic development while maintaining ecological integrity.

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Tabak chief extols Filipinos to demonstrate spirit of nationalism and patriotism By Gideon C. Corgue

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st Infantry (TABAK) division commander BGen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz III during the 114th Independence Day celebration on June 12 called on all Filipinos to truly demonstrate the spirit of nationalism and patriotism, in ceremonies held at Rizal Monument.

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Cruz said in a message delivered for him by Asst. Division commander Felicito Virgilio Trinidad said the Philippines is proud to have gained its independence from the Spaniards imposing takeover 114 years ago and in fact, our Republic is one of the oldest in Asia, second only to China. Cruz said seemingly, Filipinos have not taken advantage of independence. “W e haven’t achieved our progress as a nation all these years because we lack nationalism and patriotism,” he said. Filipinos should show a lot of positive values that we should all be proud of such as patriotism,

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nationalism and compassion for fellowmen. “Ang pagmamahal sa ating inang bayan ay maipapakita sa papamagitan ngserbisyo at pagmamalasakit sa ating kapwa; pagtatapon ng basura sa tamang lugar hindi sa ilog, pagtapon ng mga tricycle o jeepney drivers ng mga gamit na langis sa tamang lugar para mapangalagaan ang ating kapaligiran, pagturo sa mga

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gumamit ng dinamita, pagbayad ng mga negosyante ng tamang buhis, pagpairal ng halal na punong bayan o punong lalawigan sa isang mahusay na mamumuno o good governance, at iba pa. (The love for our country can be demonstrated through service and sacrifice; encourage tricycle or jeepney drivers to properly dispose used oil to protect the environment, educate fishermen not to use dynamite, urge businessmen to pay their taxes correctly, encourage elected mayor or governor to implement good governance, etc.),” Cruz explained. Cruz said this year’s anniversary theme “Pananagutan ng Bayan, Para sa Tuwid na Daan” also reminds us to be proactive and reflect on how we can keep contributing to the independence we ourselves are enjoying.

City administrator Rufino Amor lauded the general’s appeal to patriotism and nationalism saying that it is very vital in the attainment of progress and development. Amor said after we were emancipated from the bondage of colonial rule for more than a century, we seemed to have not attained progress because of our apathetic and regionalistic attitudes. Amor also urged everyone to teach their children good virtues in life. Meanwhile, Public Attorney’s Office assistant regional director Edgar Bongalos hopes that the virtues and sacrifices of our forefathers who fought for our independence will be emulated by all of us in order to serve our countrymen. (NBE/GCC-PIA9)

Dipolog City Schools Division releases 2011 national A & E exam results by Alfonso T. Ruda DIPOLOG CITY - The Dipolog City Schools Division has recently released the result of the 2011 Alternative Learning System’s (ALS) Accreditation and Equivalency Test conducted at the Zamboanga del Norte National High School (main) along Rizal Avenue, Estaka, Dipolog City last November 10, 2011.

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Ms. Catalina S. Barinaga, Acting ALS Supervisor of the Dipolog City Schools Division said that one hundred fifty-four (154) examinees out of the 404 examinees who took the examination passed the test. Of these number, twentyfour(24) passed the elementary level while 130 passed the secondary level. Of the 154 successful examinees, 34 are inmates. These include 24 passers for the secondary level and 10 for the elementary level. Barinaga said, inmates who passed the examination were so happy and were inspired to behave well inside the rehabilitation center so they could be freed the soonest possible time and continue their studies. The examination for the inmates was administered personally by the lead examiners from the Bureau of Thursday, June 14, 2012

Alternative Learning System, DepEd Central Office inside the Dipolog City Correctional and Rehabilitation Center in Barangay Upper Dicayas, this city. Successful examines who passed the secondary level are now eligible to enroll in any four or fiveyear course, while examinees who successfully passed the elementary level are also eligible to enroll in high school. Meanwhile, Dipolog City Schools Division announces that ALS registration is now going on and would last until July 31, 2012. Applicants are advised to visit the ALS, City Schools Division office between today and July 31, 2012. The examination is slated to be held at the ZNNHS Main Campus, Estaka, Dipolog City on October 7, 2012. (ATR/PIA9) ONE MINDANAO

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CdeO all set for June celebrations he city has commemorated the 114th Independence Day yesterday, June 12, but will also hold programs several days after that, including the the 62nd Charter Day celebration of Cagayan de Oro on June 15, and the 151st birth anniversary of Gat Jose Rizal on June 19.

Councilor Adrian Barba, chair of the committee created by Mayor Vicente Emano to make preparations for the historic celebrations, said several activities will highlight commemorative

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rites for the important celebrations. Flag-raising rites and fitting programs will take place at the Kiosko Kagawasan on June 15 and 19 to be led by Mayor Vicente Emano, Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas, and city councilors. June 12 has been highlighted by the launching of the 3D Art Museum at the Community Ampitheater. The Kagay-anons also enjoyed a Night with Abi (Fiesta sa Nayon) at the Golden Friendship Park. June 13, the Department of

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celebration on June 15. In this night, the public can watch and enjoy a concert at the park at the Kiosko Kagawasan. Continuation of the city’s sportsfest takes place on June 18 at the City Hall quadrangle. This day will also mark the opening rites of ABCCA- Calaanan. Tree planting and clean-up activities in relocation sites and coastal areas have also been incorporated in the program. Councilor Barba is inviting the public to participate and enjoy the scheduled activities and to relish the Education will hold a Cultural Night at importance of the celebrations. (LCR) the Kiosko Kagawasan, and on June 14, the much awaited two-day Mega Job Fair 2012 takes place at the City Tourism Hall. That same day, the 1st Cagayan de Oro Blood Council Summit will be held at the City Council Session Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. A civic-military parade composed of city hall officials and employees, barangay officials who will be on their baro’t saya, and the Drum and Bugle Corps of private and public schools, with the participation of boy and girl scouts of the Philippines, will highlight

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Local exec urges public to support good governance campaign by Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental - A local official from Misamis Oriental called on the public to rally behind the Aquino leadership, and to help the government in its fight for economic freedom. “ To d a y, we are called upon to help our government battle against this new form of domination,” Vice-Governor Norris Casiño Babiera said in his speech y e s t e r d a y, during the 114th Independence Day Rites. He said our war against poverty has remained our greatest enemy. Babiera also noted that this year’s Independence Day theme “Kalayaan: Pananagutan ng Bayan para sa Tuwid na Daan (Freedom: Accountability of a Sovereign Nation of Responsible Citizenry),” reminds us of our commitment to freedom. “We are tasked by our forefathers to carry on the fight, that is, to genuinely liberate the Filipino nation from hunger and poverty,” he

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added. “Today, as we celebrate our nation’s 114th year of independence, we will be witnessing the beginning of transformation of our vision with a strong commitment to rise above decades of ‘Calamitous Indifference’ unmindful and destructive ways of life. Together, let us support the president’s call for good governance and put service to the people above self,” Babiera stated. Thursday, June 14, 2012


City to turn over 190 housing units for Sendong survivors on June 15 by Melvin T. Anggot & Virgilio C. Garcia

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte - Concerned offices of the city government of Iligan are striving for the completion of additional 190 housing units at Bayanihan Village - relocation site at Sta. Elena for Sendong beneficiaries by June 15, 2012.

This is in response to the directive of Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz that there should be housing units turned over to tropical storm Sendong survivors every two weeks. Pearly Mantos of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, who is also a member of the Beneficiary Selection Arbitration and Awards Committee, revealed that included in the list are several internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Tambacan Elementary School, this city. Thus, in connection with the move, City Councilor Providencio Abragan, Jr., Sangguniang Panglungsod of Iligan, said the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) shall make a recommendation that would include in the danger zone those that are residing near the Thursday, June 14, 2012

river at Tambacan, as support for the transfer of IDPs from the barangay concerned. To date, there are 213 units already occupied by the settlers at the village, priorities are those whose houses were washed out by Sendong, according to Housing and Resettlement Officer Reynaldo Roque of the city government. He added, that there would be 1,712 units as their target to complete the location that would accommodate families who are still at the shelter box using tents as their temporary shelter. Meanwhile, a bunk house built by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), will be turned over on June 20 that will serve as temporary shelter of some 230 families who are using tents as their shelter. The bunk house is built within just the perimeter of the village, and later will be vacated as soon as these families will finally be settled at their permanent housing units in the village. The IOM provides the materials for the construction while the city government offers the labor/ manpower to finish its target of 330 families to stay at the bunk house. (CIO) ONE MINDANAO

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3,000 job seekers flock Davao’s 2012 ‘Kalayaan’ job fair

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he ‘Kalayaan’ Job Fair in yesterday’s celebration of the 114th Independence Day here has provided employment for 394 applicants who were hired on the spot out of the 3,166 registered job seekers across the region. As of 7 pm yesterday, the Department of Labor and EmploymentXI (DOLE-XI) reported that 136 of the newly hired aspirants have been employed by local companies, while 258 of them have found jobs from overseas firms. DOLE-XI information officer Joy C. Flordelis bared that 1,560 applicants have qualified for final interview or near hired, of which 442 are eligible for work abroad and the 1,118 for the local vacancies. Flordelis said that the number of job seekers who were referred and interviewed during the job fair event reached to 2,136.

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There were 1,427 who were referred and interviewed for local employment, 518 for overseas and 191 for both local and overseas, she added. DOLE-XI has solicited 24,311 job openings that were posted during the ‘Kalayaan’ Job Fair held simultaneously at Abreeza Mall and NCCC Mall in Davao City on June 12. A big chunk of the vacancies came from abroad that offered over 19,175 positions, while the local has opened 5,136 jobs. There were 79 companies that joined the event with 52 local firms and 27 overseas. Flordelis said the top 10 most desired jobs for local employment are call center agents, information technology (IT) specialists, civil, mechanical, industrial engineers, factory/production workers, sales personnel, waiters/waitresses, accountants, human resources personnel, English

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teachers and medical technologists. For overseas employment, the top 10 in demand jobs are household service workers/domestic helpers, waitresses/waiters, engineers, cook, drivers/ operators, welders, nurses, laborers, service crews, and cashiers. She said most of the overseas jobs were offered by countries in the Middle East and Canada. DOLE-XI has also put up a onestop shop of document and application processing services and information dissemination programs Thursday, June 14, 2012

from agencies under DOLE such as Overseas Workers Welfare Authority (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Authority (POEA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB). Other agencies such as the Social Security System (SSS), Pag-Ibig, National Statistics Office, and PhilHealth also offered their services in the onestop shop. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon) ONE MINDANAO

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Shelter for young offenders soon to rise in DavNor TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte Children in conflict with the law (CICL) in the province will soon have a temporary home that would restore their values and social functioning.

Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Arlene Semblante revealed the construction of the Bahay Pag-asa in New Corella town is set to start this June to provide short-term residential and rehabilitation care to the juvenile delinquents 15 years old and below. She said Governor Rodolfo del Rosario has pushed for the establishment of the center since it is in line with the governor’s P.E.O.P.L.E. agenda, apart from being mandated by Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006. “The Bahay Pag-asa shall offer a safer place for children in conflict with the law (CICL) than jails,” she said at the recent quarterly meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council. Semblante is confident that the establishment of the facility will address the rising number of young offenders who figured in various

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crimes around the province. P/SSupt. Edgardo Wycoco, Provincial Director of Davao del Norte Police Provincial Office bared that from April 2012 to June 8, 2012 alone his office has recorded a total of 23 crime incidents committed by minors. “Dumarami ang krimen na involved ang mga bata dahil hindi natin sila makasuhan at wala din silang mapaglalagyan,” he said. He hopes the temporary shelter will help significantly reduce, if not eliminate the number of crimes perpetrated by the minors. The Department of Social Welfare and Development provided P2.5 million for the construction of the center, while the provincial government in turn allotted two hectares for the location of the center within the vicinity of the Luntiang Paraiso Regional Rehabilitation Center. The province shall also allocate funds for the annual operational costs of the facility, to include the budget for personnel services and maintenance of the facility, among other expenses. (PIO-DavNor/ Noel Baguio) Thursday, June 14, 2012


Flood kills 2, affects 3,154 families in Soccsksargen by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -- Two persons died and at least 3,154 families were affected by flashfloods brought about by the recent spate of rains that affected a large part of Soccsksargen Region.

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In a report yesterday morning, Sarangani Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said that 568 families in Barangays Pangyan, Big Margus ,and Cross in Glan town, Sarangani were affected by flashfloods at around 6:00 a.m. yesterday, June 12. Two persons died in the incident. The PDRRMO report identified the fatalities as Segapo Cabegdeng, 63, of Barangay Cross and Rolando Mata, 40, a fisherman from Calumpang, General Santos City, who both died of drowning. According to the report , Brgy. Cross sustained the most damage with 139 houses totally washed out and 111 other sustaining partial damages. Twelve houses in Big Margus as well as 7 in Cross were totally

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wrecked. Ben Solarte, PDRRMO head of Sarangani, said Gov. Migs Dominguez and Mayor Tata Yap have already sent teams to the affected to distribute emergency food assistance because belongings and food items of the affected families were soaked in water and mud. At around 9:00 p.m. last June 11, Monday, Barangays Obial, Sta. Clara Hinalaan, and Himulan in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat province were also flooded. The flashflood, according to a report of Kalamansig MDRRMO, affected at least 2,460 families who were evacuated to a safer area. Only two houses were washed out by the flood. No fatality was recorded but two bridges were left impassable.

The same report cited that the flashflood could have wrought more damage to life and property if the Emergency Warning System (EWS) of Barangay Sta. Clara were not activated early by its barangay DRRRC. Evacuated families have already returned to their homes but were advised to be always on alert since rains are expected to continue. In Kidapawan City North Cotabato, three houses in LapuLapu St., Poblacion were washed out when Nuangan River overflowed around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Fifty other houses from Cotelco Village, Perez St. Dawn’s CafÊ were affected by flood waters when rivers and canals in the area. Kidapawan City Emergency Response Unit (KidCeru) with Thursday, June 14, 2012


the Philippine Red Cross, 505 DREAM Rescue Team and the Philippine National Police immediately conducted rescue operations to bring the residents tosafety. Psalmer Bernalte of the KidCeru said more than two hours of rain caused Nuangan River, Saguing River, and Marbol River

overrun their banks. According to the NDRRMC update on the Kidapawan flooding incident, the number of families affected reached 126. In an interview this morning, Dennis Domingo II, information officer of the Department of Social Welfare

and Development 12, confirmed that initial assistance have been sent to the families affected by the recent incidents. Additional assistance may follow depending on the need of the local government units concerned. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12)

Tacurong welders receive assistance package from LGU, TESDA By Allan Freno KORONADAL CITY -- The city government of Tacurong and Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) extended skills training and livelihood assistance to the group of welders of Barangay San Emmanuel recently.

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Last June 8, members of the San Emmanuel SEA-K Welders Association opened a new shop that paved way for the opening of livelihood opportunities for them. Earlier, around 20 welders, all residing in said barangay, organized themselves right after they have availed of the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) training conducted by Local Government Unit (LGU)-Tacurong in coordination with TESDA. After receiving the training, most of the welders underwent TESDA assessment for National Certificate 2 (NC2). All of those who took the assessment passed. The office of the Community Training and Employment Coordinator (CTEC) under the Social Welfare and Development Office of the LGU also worked on a proposal that would give the welders livelihood project. CTE Coordinator

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Josephine Ubaldo submitted the proposal to Mayor Lina Montilla who subsequently approved for the allocation of P30,000 for the group’s business venture. Part of the assistance was used to construct a welding shop in barangay San Emmanuel and part was used to purchase a welding machine and other tools, which were turned over to the organization at the opening of the shop on June 8. During the inauguration ceremony of the newly opened shop, Mayor Montilla said that she is expecting the success of its operation. Upon knowing that 10 member-welders have not yet taken the TESDA assessment, she pledged to personally shoulder their assessment fees. Meanwhile, TESDA Provincial Director Rey Bernal, also in attendance to the event, announced that TESDA will give another

set of welding machine and other tools to the welders of San Emmanuel. The welding tools are already in his office and about to be released, he said. Last April, Mayor Montilla announced that she will allocate P1 million for skills trainings and livelihood projects. On Friday, the mayor said that said fund is already included in the Supplemental Budget for the next quarter. City Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon, chairperson of the committee on livelihood, said that more skills trainings are already in the pipeline for Tacurong residents because of the additional funds the mayor is funneling for the purpose. Among the trainings scheduled to be conducted are plumbing, tile-setting, dress-making and tailoring, welding, cellphone repair, and others. (DEDoguilesPIA 12/ Allan FrenoTacurong City LGU) Thursday, June 14, 2012


GenSan Mayor, namahagi ng 5 kompyuter sa mga PWD By Shahana Joy Duerme LUNGSOD NG KORONADAL -- Ngayong buwan ng Hunyo, namahagi ng limang bagong computer units sa mga miyembro ng Persons with Disability Sector ang lokal na pamahalaan ng GenSan sa pangunguna ni City Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio. Ang mga computer units ay tinanggap ni City Councilor and Committee Chairperson on Social Services Nepthale Piedad Natividad at kasalukuyang nasa pamamahala ng Office of the Senior Citizen’s Affairs kung saan limang computers din ang dating naibigay sa naturang

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opisina. Layunin ng pamamahagi ng mga computer units na maitaas ang antas at kalidad ng pamumuhay ng mga taong may kapansanan maging ng mga senior citizens. Katulad ng isinagawang pagtuturo sa mga matatanda, tuturuan din ang mga persons with disability ng basic computer operations at ang paggamit ng internet at mga social networking sites. A n g programang ito ay isinusulong ni Mayor Custodio kaakibat ang SHEEP Computer Literacy Program upang maging

globally prepared at competitive ang mga mamamayan sa lungsod ng GenSan. Sa pamamagitan ng naturang programa, matuturuan din ang mga may kapansanan ng mga sumusunod: speed typing, introductory bookkeeping, electronic music integration, newsletter layouting at marami pang iba. Dagdag pa dito, ninanais ng lokal na pamahalaan ng General Santos City na sa pamamagitan ng mga trainings,matutulungan ang mga benepisyaryo na mapanumbalik ang dating sigla sa kanilang buhay sa kabila ng kanilang kapansanan. (SJDuerme-PIA12) ONE MINDANAO

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Lanao del Sur gears-up for 53rd founding anniversary by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

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he provincial government of Lanao del Sur is stepping-up its preparations for the 53rd founding anniversary celebration of the province.

To be anchored on the theme “Lanao del Sur, My Home, Your Home,” the 53rd Araw ng Lanao del Sur will officially start on June 26 and will culminate on July 4. Atty. Aminoden L. Macalandap, Provincial Chief-of-Staff, said

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they are now putting final touches on all the details relating the celebration. He said this year’s celebration will be different from the previous celebrations because national line agencies (NGAs), non-government organizations, and civil society organizations will take part in the celebration. Governor Mamintal A. Adiong Jr. specifically gave instructions to invite NGAs, NGOs, and CSOs operating in the province and involve them in the different events. Thus, series of coordination meetings with the heads of Thursday, June 14, 2012


various line agencies and civil society are being conducted by the provincial government to drum-up their support and participation in the celebration. M a c a l a n d a p emphasized in one of the meetings that line agencies and the civil society are vital partners of the provincial government in advancing peace and development in the province. Hence, the provincial government of the anniversary celebration, has slated July 1 as Line Agencies to recognize their important Day and July 2 as Solidarity Day, contributions to the province. which are two of the highlights

Line agencies to showcase programs, projects on July 1 by Apipa Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - National line agencies here in the province will be showcasing their respective programs and projects to the public this coming July 1. This, after Provincial Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr. slated July 1 as Line Agencies Day in the entire province to give recognition to the valuable contributions of line agencies in promoting peace and development in the province. Provincial Chief-of-Staff Atty. Thursday, June 14, 2012

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He said this will serve as a will be presenting a summary of

platform for the line agencies to let their constituents be aware of their existing programs and services citing that the public should be wellinformed of the current activities of the various agencies and offices operating in the province. Macalandap disclosed that no less than Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) OICGovernor Mujiv Hataman will be gracing the event. Accordingly, a ‘hataw’ activity to be spearheaded by the Provincial Integrated Health Office (IPHO) will jumpstart the Line Agencies Day followed by booth visitation by Hataman and party. A dialogue between the heads of the line agencies, the provincial government, and the regional government is also scheduled during the day where line agencies

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their accomplishments, as well as, some pressing issues and concerns that need to be addressed by the provincial and regional governments. The Line Agencies Day will likewise be marked by a job fair to be conducted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in partnership with the provincial government, as well as, the holding of mass birth registration, a joint project of the provincial government, the National Statistics Office (NSO), and the various Municipal Civil Registrar offices in the province. The Line Agencies Day is among the highlights of the 53rd Araw ng Lanao del Sur celebration which start on June 26 and will culminate on July 4.

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Agusan del Sur Gov turns over school desks to DepEd by David M. Suyao

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gusan del Sur Governor Adolph Edward Plaza on Tuesday, June 12, turned-over 5,000 school desks to the Department of Education (DepEd) and confirmed the 267 scholars of the provincial government of Agusan del Sur for the school year 2012-2013.

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The turnover of the school desks and the confirmation of scholars took place during the celebration of the 114th Independence Day and the grand opening of the Naliyagan Festival, where hundreds of people participated and took part in the joint celebration. The desks were donated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), out of the confiscated logs and lumber. According to Plaza, the

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provincial government spent some P3 million for the labor and other materials in order to turn the confiscated logs and lumber into arm chairs. “This endeavour of the

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provincial government does not stop here. There are still some more logs and lumber that we can use in order to make more school desks that will address the problem of lack of desks in our classrooms. I am appealing to the DepEd to please take

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good care of these desks so that it will serve our purpose longer, so that more school children will be comfortable in the schools in the future,� Plaza said. After the turnover of desks, the 267 scholars of the provincial government were presented, for Plaza’s confirmation. The scholars, according to Plaza, are newly graduated high school students who will enter college, and the provincial government is planning to increase the number of scholars from 267 this school year to 600 scholars next school year.

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PIA-Caraga conducts advocacy campaign for renal health care, prevention by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY -- The regional office of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here in Caraga conducted an advocacy campaign for renal health care and prevention in support to the Kidney Month celebration this June.

In today’s special episode of Caraga in Focus, a TV program of PIACaraga Region, Dr. Romina Rusillon, one of the three nephrologists in Caraga Region, discussed things pertaining to renal health care and prevention. Rusillon pointed out that the national government has strengthened the advocacy campaign of renal health care and prevention through the

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implementation of the Renal Disease Control Program (REDCOP). She also said that through the advocacy campaign, it is hoped that more people will know how to prevent and take care of renal health especially as renal disease is considered one of the top 10 killer diseases in the Philippines. According to Delma Legaspi from the Department of Health – Center for Thursday, June 14, 2012


Health Development (DOH-CHD), kidney disease is seventh among the 10 killer diseases in the Philippines, causing death to about 7,000 Filipinos every year. The official further explained that kidney diseases such as diabetic kidney disease, chronic glomerulonephritis, hypertensive kidney disease, and chronic and repeated kidney infection (pyelonephritis) will often lead to end-stage renal disease due to inability to recognize them in early stages. Furthermore, Rusillon explained that Chronic Glomerulonephritis (CGN) used to be the most common cause of end-stage renal disease in third world countries including the Philippines, adding that it usually afflicts children, adolescents, and young adults in their productive years. Children and young adults with latent

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Rusillon said everybody should take precautionary measures by conducting regular consultation with the doctor and have the urine examined. Legaspi, meanwhile, said that one way to prevent the disease is by taking six to eight glasses of water daily. Rusillon stressed that by taking more fluid, one could be able to flush bacteria that are already inside the body. “Thus, I will also advise the public to take more fluids, particularly water daily,” she said. Last Wednesday’s Caraga in Focus was also attended by 22 local tri-media of this city. This year’s Kidney Month glomerulonephritis celebration is anchored on the theme can escape detection for months “Ikaw at ako, Panalo sa Malusog na or years, causing the condition to Bato” (You and me, winner of healthy progress to a chronic state. kidney).

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Caraga RDRRMC crafts Reg’l Risk Profile by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY-- The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) initiated the crafting of the regional risk profile to support the council’s strategic planning and apply specific measures that will lessen the risks during disasters. According to OCD Regional Dir. neighboring regions. The risk inventory Blanche Gobenciong, the disaster risk contains an overview of all high-risk profile will provide information on situations and the types of incidents the number of risks, type of risks and that may occur as a result. potential effects of risks in the region. It was also learned that the “We really have to work out this regional risk profile, complete all the data needed and have it finalized within this year so we have specific measures that will lessen the risks in different areas of the region,” Gobenciong stressed. The regional risk profile is an inventory and analysis of the risks in a region, including relevant risks from

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risk map forms the basis for the regional risk profile. In the risk analysis, the data listed is further assessed, compared and interpreted. The regional risk profile also provides the basis for risk communication with respect to citizens. Meanwhile, the members of the council agreed to have a writeshop for the crafting of the regional risk profile on July 1112, 2012 but the venue is still to be finalized. With this d e v e l o p m e n t , Gobenciong is optimistic that the council could finally utilize the risk profile next year.

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