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Western Mindanao (Zamboanga Peninsula) P. Urro Street, San Francisco District Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur 7016 Telephone no. (062) 215-1480 / 925-0038 Cellphone no. 0908-8843404 E-mail: ro9_pia@yahoo.com mimibern17@yahoo.com Blogspot: www.piazampen.blogspot.com Facebook: PIA WesMin Info Blitz

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Central Mindanao (SOCCSKSARGEN) Provincial Capitol Compound Bautista Bldg., Zulueta St. Koronadal City, South Cotabato 9506 Telephone no. (083) 520-0249 Telefax no. (083) 228-9736 / 228-9739 / 520-0100 Cellphone no. 0921-6873373 / 0928-5204307 E-mail: r12_pia@yahoo.com, pia_xii@yahoo.com

Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga) Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines Bldg., J. Rosales Avenue, Butuan City Telephone no. (085) 341-5285 / 360-1239 Telefax no. (085) 341-2370 Cellphone no. 0917-7188834 Email: piacaraga@gmail.com , pia_caraga@yahoo.com,ph Blogspot: www.piacaraga.blogspot.com Facebook: PIA Caraga Updates, PIA Agusan del Norte, Pia Agusan del Sur, Pia Surigao del Norte, Pia Surigao del Sur

EDITORIAL BOARD Executive Editor ……......... EFREN F. ELBANBUENA Cluster Head, Southern, Western and Central Mindanao Regional Director, PIA Region XI Managing Editor …….........


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

Regional Desk Editors …...

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

Cover Story


marks 44th founding anniversary Jorie C. Valcorza

Northern Mindanao

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Today’s issue...

Friday, Jan. 13, 2012


Across the Nation:


Vol. 1 No. 152



Strike incidence down by 75%

Regional News:

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Zambo City may experience that of Sendong-devastated areas Michael Vincent D. Cajulao, Western Mindanao

Zam Norte has no leptospirosis case in 2011, says health office

Alfonso T. Ruda, Western Mindanao

Ozamiz orders suspension of all activities that lead to destruction of environment

Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob, Northern Mindanao

RDRRMC-10 comes up with directory of gov’t personnel and agency Northern Mindanao



Council to tackle proposed traffic code soon

Mai Gevera-Macapagat, Southern Mindanao

Disaster risk reduction officers convened Southern Mindanao

6 N. Cotabato towns among candidate partners of CPC7-Unicef

DEDoguiles, Central Mindanao

ESI trains IPs on sustainable eco-farming

Pops Gumana-Fruylan , Central Mindanao


PPA chief optimistic shipping lines to continue operation in Nasipit port


Police to introduce innovations in 2012

Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region Noel B. Najarro, Caraga Region


Cover Story Camiguin marks 44th founding anniversary by Jorie C. Valcorza


eaving more triumphs over the years, the island now ranks among the top tourist destinations in the country as it celebrates its 44th founding anniversary.


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Camiguingnons always welcome the festivity with colorful parade, sports and musical extravaganza. The island got its name from the word “kamagong,” a tree of the ebony family. In early times, it is known to many as the “paradise island” but now it flashes the newer slogan as “Island Born of Fire” having seven (7) volcanoes and several volcanic domes, all for the taking of free-spirited mountain climbers. Aside from its natural wonders, the island is known to be the best producer of the sweetest Lanzones fruit, fondly called by the locals “buahan,” which grows naturally around its slopes. The population is of Visayan descent, mostly speaking in Cebuano and a handful, particularly from the towns of Sagay and Catarman town still speak of their native dialect ‘kinamiguin.’ Since it’s an island, most families raise an income through farming and fishing. Its soil is said Friday, January 13, 2012


to be best grown with coconuts, bananas, coffee and fruit trees, which is more often transported directly to Cebu, as ferries ply on a once a week a schedule from Balbagon Port in Mambajao. Politically, the island used to be part of the mainland proper of eastern Misamis Oriental and was declared as a separate province in 1968. Since then, the province was able sustain its economy, that even during the global financial crisis it continues to attract investments in infrastructure, trade and agriculture. It managed to post a modest increase of 0.05% last year, with total investment amounting to Php230 million justified by the establishment of some 199 new micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME’s). In his State of the Province Address (SOPA) delivered during the charter day celebration, Governor Jesus Jurdin M. Romualdo spelled that tourism remains to be the priority sector of his administration. He said the increase in tourist arrival primarily contributed to the island’s economy. 6

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Romualdo vowed to develop and improve its destinations by maintaining the island’s peace and order situation, as well as, ensuring the protection and preservation of its environment. In order to attain “continuity in progress,” where the administration’s slogan currently threads on, the governor moves to focus also on the enhancement of agriculture and fishery productivity, improvement of basic health and social services, quality and affordability of basic education, improvement of infrastructure, solid waste management, livelihood and employment, disaster risk reduction and management, good governance and fiscal reforms. For the past years the province has been awarded and recognized as the best performing local government unit (LGU) in the Essential Health Care Package (EHCP) program for children and just recently, it also receives the “Seal of Good Housekeeping Award” from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for investing considerably in transparency and accountability, taking its rightful place in one of the pillars in nation building. Friday, January 13, 2012


Aquino leads Vin D’ Honneur rites in Malacaùang


resident Benigno S. Aquino III led government officials, religious leaders, local and foreign business and economic leaders, as well as members of the Diplomatic Corps in a first toast welcoming the New Year as he expressed commitment to continue working hard to uplift the lives of the people through fair and honest practices in governance. 8

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In his Vin D’ Honneur message before the New Year’s toast at the Rizal Hall of the Malacanang Palace on Friday, President Aquino cited the significant confidence of the people, especially the business sector, on his style of governance that is anchored on righteousness and accountability as exemplified by the influx of investments by both local and foreign investors. “We have already made great strides in our fight against corruption and poverty, as well as in our thrust to create a progressive economic climate guided by fair and honest practices. Local and foreign groups have acknowledged our triumphs by investing in our country, by lauding our efforts in open governance, and by supporting our programs,” the President said. He said that the government will continue exerting unyielding efforts not only to strengthen the economy but also to ensure the safety of the people. The Chief Executive also stressed the importance of unity among the various

sectors of society in achieving all of these goals. “At the heart of our work for the next year lies a desire to secure for our people a better standard of life, and a brighter future. And all of you present here today are crucial to achieving that goal… I am confident that so long as we stand together and remain consistent in our service to the public, our countrymen will be behind us every step of the way, as we work toward success,” the President said. “This year, we will strengthen the programs that work for our country-

men, such as those in education, health, housing, and others like our Conditional Cash Transfer Program,” he added. Apart from these developmental initiatives, the President said, the government will also run after those unscrupulous individuals or groups that seek to perpetuate the culture of impunity in the country. “We will not relent in our quest to hold accountable those who seek to perpetuate the culture of impunity in our country… we will continue to ensure the safety of our nation: by upgrading our defense capa-

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bilities, and by working to achieve peace, while pursuing lawless and criminal elements,” the President said. Present during the event were other government officials led by Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa and Philippine 10

National Police Chief Director General Nicanor Bartolome, among others. Also in attendance were members of the cabinet that include Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Soliman, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Presidential Com-

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munications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr., among others. Vin d’honneur is a traditional reception hosted by the President and held at the Palace to mark the New Year which dates back to the colonial period. This year’s Vin d’Honneur marks the 25th since the Edsa Revolution (the first one took place in 1987). Like last year, the event was held in the morning, in contrast to the afternoon or early evening practice in the past. (JCL)

Strike incidence down by 75% by Domingo B. Natividad V


he Industrial peace in the country further improved in 2011 as only two major strikes were recorded during the entire year, compared to eight (8) in 2010 -- a 75 percent decline. These two strikes in 2011 were immediately resolved at the National Reconciliation and Mediation Board, according to Labor and Employment Spokesperson Nicon Fameronag during the Communication and News Exchange (CNEX) forum held at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Wednesday. This will benefit the economic sector as “industrial peace and harmonious relations is a necessity for the investors to come into the Philippines,” he said.

He said DOLE has devised a reform program called Single Entry Approach (SEnA) that proved to be an effective tool in speeding the process of arbitration, reconciliation, and mediation mechanism. This program, he said, is also instrumental in the increase of the settlement rate of labor cases filed at DOLE. SEnA is installed in every regional and field offices of DOLE, and employs “the ASEAN way of not being confrontational” in conciliatingand mediating labor

cases. For 2011, he said, DOLE has a “96 percent resolution rate” on labor disputes. Earlier, DOLE figures showed that from January to November 2011 alone, it achieved a disposition rate of 94 percent with 30,614 requests for assistance (RFAs). CNEX is sponsored by the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO), PIA, Philippine News Agency (PNA) and Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS), and PTV4.

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Rural barangays to participate in 2012 ‘Pasalamat’ festival by Gideon C. Corgue


his year’s street dancing is different from the previous years,” revealed Mayor Samuel S. Co during the first press conference for 2012 held recently at the city mayor’s office.



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Co said, during the past years, only the urban barangays were given the opportunity by the ‘Pasalamat’ festival steering committee to join the contest considering that they have the sufficient resources to meet the requirements needed for the contest. “This year, we enjoin the rural barangays participate in the street dance contest because they are part of the celebration,” Co explained. The chief executive said what makes the street dancing contest different is, “we doubled the prizes, we have increased the prizes this year to encourage active involvement and greater participation of the 54 barangays to make the annual parochial fiesta, a joyful celebration,” Co added. This year’s prizes, Co said are as follows: 1st prize -P100,000, 2nd - 80,000, 3rd 60,000, 4th - 40,000, and 5th - 30,000, while the non-lucky contingents will get

P20,000 each. A total of P670,000 fund was allocated by the ‘Pasalamat’ festival steering committee for the contest. It can be recalled that last year’s prizes were as follows: first prize -P40,000, second prize - P35,000, third prize - P30,000, fourth prize -P25,000, fifth prize- P20,000, and consolation prizes of P20,000 per nonwinning contingent. Co said with the participation of rural barangays, the total number of contingents have reached to 23 where it used to have 19 last year. “Twenty three contingents will slug it out for the P100-T grand prize for the ‘Pasala-

mat’ festival,” co declared. “With the large number of participants, definitely we will have a very lively street dancing parade,” Co assured. Co said this time, the public will no longer witness a ‘dance showdown’ from the performers in station A at corner B. Aquino and Rizal Avenue and station B at Rizal avenue (in front of Gaisano Capital Mall) saying that all of the participants usually got tired after the showdown. “ It’s no longer street dancing because the participants will only perform at stations A and B and they will hike

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on the streets going to gym for the final venue of showdown and ritual,” Co explained. The contingents who will be wearing an elaborate costumes will be dancing from Aquino street, to national highway, Alano st, and up to the gym, where a showdown and ritual will be held. The judges will choose the best contingents based on execution, props, and costume, and etc. on the abovementioned

streets, Co said. Asked if participants are allowed to import instrument players and trainors, Co said they are allowed to bring in players and trainors considering that there are only 6 days left before the day of the celebration. “We have insufficient musical instruments and props that these contingents will use during the contest. There are only 6 groups who have com-

plete musical instruments,” Co reported. The chief executive encouraged the spectators to be part also of the celebration by dancing while watching the different contingents in the streets. “Watching spectators dancing, certainly we will have a joyous and festive atmosphere on the streets,” Co concluded. (JPA/GCC/ PIA9-Pagadian City)

Pasalamat Festival 2011


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Zambo City may experience that of Sendong-devastated areas by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau IX issued the same warning on the possible flooding in the city similar to Sendong-ravaged Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City if there will be extreme rainfall. thewatchers.adorraeli.com According to PAGASA-Zamboanga Meteorological Officer Maribel Enriquez, the city falls under Type III climate where rainfall is at its peak during the months of August and October. Enriquez also pointed that the city’s topography can be a cause for flooding. “It’s possible as the city landscape is mountainous, and we have months where rain is at its peak”, Enriquez said, also explaining that cyclone/ typhoon path in October to December is in Northern Mindanao.

Mines and Geosciences Bureau IX Officer in Charge Vheina Marie Quintana supported Enriquez’s explanation. “Zamboanga City is low-lying and on a deltaic environment drained by major river systems, thus flooding is likely to happen if there is an extreme rainfall like what occurred in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro”, Quintana said. In 2010, MGB finished the Geohazard map of the region, identifying landslide and flood- prone areas

in Western Mindanao. The Bureau identified five landslideprone areas in Zamboanga City namely Murok, Pasonanca, the mountainous areas of Capisan and Tulungatung, near Ayala River, Barangay Baluno, and high areas of Barangay Pamucutan. They also named 36 out of the 98 barangays in the city as flood-prone. PAGASA and MGB are advising the residents living in these areas to always stay vigilant especially during rainy season. (JPA/ MVC/PIA9- ZBST)

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Zam Norte has no leptospirosis case in 2011, says health office by Alfonso T. Ruda DIPOLOG CITY -The Provincial Health Office of Zamboanga del Norte headed by Dr. Luayon has not recorded a single case of leptospirosis in the province during 2011.

Rommel Jamolod, Nurse III of the Zamboanga del Norte PHO said based on the reports submitted by the Rural Health Units of the different municipalities, including the two cities of Dipolog and Dapitan, no one was sick of leptospirosis despite the flashflood caused by heavy rain due to typhoon Sendong. Among the municipalities greatly affected by Sendong are the municipalities of Polanco, Katipunan, Dipolog City and Dapitan city. Jamolod said leptospirosis comes from the bac16

teria called leptospira carried by floodwaters and garbage. Some of the symptoms of a person with leptospirosis include continuous fever, headache, stomach ache, muscle pain reddening of eyes, and vomiting. Thus, Zamboanga del Norte PHO advised those affected by the said ailment to immediately go to the doctor or to the nearest RHU at the municipalities for medication. It maybe recalled that in 2010, health authorities declared an outbreak in Barangay Mantibo,

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Sibuco, after 18 cases of leptospirosis have been monitored in the area. However, the illness was prevented from spreading after Governor Rolando Yebes directed the Provincial Health Office to distribute medicine to the affected barangay. Despite perfect score last year, the PHO vows to continue campaign against leptospirosis and monitor the over-all health condition throughput the province. ( J P A / A T R / PIA9-Zambo Norte)

RDC 10 urges LGUs to support free trade agreements by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob


he Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao (RDC-X) is urging local government units (LGUs) in the region to actively participate and support the briefings conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regarding free trade and free trade areas. It also urges the regional line agencies, the local chapters of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and other stakeholders to do the same. This is because the PhilippinesJapan Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA), ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) and a number of ASEAN Regional FTAs, namely: ASEAN-China,

ASEAN-Japan, ASEAN-Korea and ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTAs have entered into force and are now being implemented. “These FTAs bring a number of trade benefits, primarily tariff elimination or reduction which will make the country’s export products more competitive,” Engr. Leon M. Dacanay Jr., regional director of the Friday, January 13, 2012


National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), region 10, and chairperson of RDC 10, said. To increase awareness and foster appreciation for the benefits under these FTA’s, DTI has organized an information campaign for exporters, distributors, traders, customs, brokers, freight forwarders, members of the academ,e and other government agencies.

The session will discuss market opportunities with focus on products with zero or reduced tariffs under existing FTAs, as well as procedures of their availment. Dacanay said DTI, through its Bureau of Export Trade and Promotion (BETP) and the Bureau of Customs will bring the sessions to region 10 in the near future.

Ozamiz orders suspension of all activities that lead to destruction of environment OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental – Mayor Nova Princes E. ParojinogEchavez ordered all the village chiefs of the city’s 51 barangays to suspend all activities in their respective areas leading to the destruction of the environment. In her Executive Order No. 001, dated Jan. 10, 2012, the Mayor included the monitoring of unauthorized cutting of trees within the territorial jurisdiction of the city as preemptive measure for the public safety and welfare of all Ozamiznons. “Recent events and incidents show massive destruction of life and property resulting from indiscriminate abuse of our natural rain forest,” she said. These events include the indiscriminate excavation and mining resulting in the destruction of our mountain landscape, as well, as quarrying in lands within and along river banks resulting to floods and 18

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inundation of lands. “There is a need to regulate these activities to preempt and prevent the effect of massive destruction affecting the lives and property of our people,” the Mayor said. These activities, if not regulated, will perpetuate the great substantive evil destruction of the ecosystem of our environment and the rest of Mother Earth. Meanwhile, the Mayor also directed the following officials to coordinate with the barangay leaders in monitoring these activities and submit a report to enforce a moratorium and/or suspension of quarry operations within and along


the river banks of Ozamiz: The city director of the Philippine National Police (PNP); city engineer, City Planning and Development Officer; city director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG); Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO); and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO). (Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob)

RDRRMC-10 comes up with directory of gov’t personnel and agency OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - For better coordination and faster response, the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) has come up with a directory of agencies and government officials that people can call or refer for information and other updates on tropical storm Sendong victims. The directory is divided into specifics regarding the specialty of this or that agency which people can call, said regional director (RD) Ana Caňeda of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and RDRRMC Region 10 chairperson, said. She said both the OCD and the Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD), region 10, have put up their 24hour operation centers (OpCen) to respond to the concerns of the victims which can be contacted through mobile phone nos. 09175264224, and 09173088310, respectively.

Meanwhile, the cluster, cluster leads, focal persons, their contact numbers and email addresses are as follows: Coordination and Logistics Cluster, OCD OpCen RD Caňeda, 09176220901 and Patrick Callanta 09174414661, ocdr10@gmail.com. Education Cluster, Department of Education (DepEd), RD Luz Almeda, 09177106322, Eusebio Agwanta, 09275216825 and Rosalio Vitorillo, 09266051423, tzikoy_2005@yahoo. com and deped10_sed@yahoo.com. The following clusters under the Department of Social Welfare and Friday, January 13, 2012


Development (DSWD) have Atty. Araceli F. Sollamillo, 09189793076, as the cluster lead and fo10@dswd. gov.ph as their email address: Food and Non-Food Items (F/ NFI) Cluster, Rose Marie Conde, 09195921253, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CC/ CM) Cluster, Primitivo Rufin, 09089899529, and Hacelyn Barrero, 09493374410. Shelter Cluster, Assistant Regional Director Aldersey Dela Cruz, 09193001034, and Glofelia Uayan, 09053667112 and Protection Cluster, Purita Santa, 09289785901. The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Cluster, like all other clusters under DOH-CHD10, has Dr. Jaime Bernadas, 09189255908, Regional Director of DOH-CHD10, as cluster lead. The WASH focal persons are Engr. Carmela Roa, 09173058349, and Engr. Jeffry Elogsong, 09267838197, and their email


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address is denimaro11991@yahoo. com. The other clusters under DOHCHD 10 have dohchdnm@gmail. com as their email address and the following focal persons: Health Cluster, Dr. Ellenita N. Gamolo, 09177121284, and Dr. Ma. Ellen Santua, 09154822102, Nutrition Cluster, Beryl Lorraine G. Go, 09202083759, and Dr. Fe Paler, 09209024493. Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Service (MHPSS) Cluster, Dr. Benson Go, 09209224947, Dr. Andresa C. BeĹˆas, 09179905353, Dr. Evelyn Magsayo, 09177167487, and Dr. Guy Perez, 09177030225 and Management of the Dead and the Missing (MDM) Cluster, Dr. Edila Eugenio, 09173106823. Disaster Victims Identification (DVI) Cluster, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Dr. Tammy L. Uy, 09175491812. (Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob)

City still keen on manual river watch system by RG Alama


Alabado said that the problem with the sophisticated river watch syshough it finds the proposed integrated river tem is that it costs much to secure the equipment. “The cost of securwatch communications ing the device is very expensive.” system advocated by ICT Davao Alabado said. very useful, the City Government The four prototype systems of Davao still is keen on continuing installed were looted with only one the manual river watch system. sensor still functioning. These sen sors were fitted with Global Positioning System and GSM for message relay. Once the sensors detect an increase in river level, it will send out an SMS message to warn of the impending danger. Using this advance warning system, affected residents are warned an hour before a river flashflood could strike their community. The ICT Davao, a group of IT stakeholders in the City is proposing using an online portal which the sensors’ data can be broadcasted over the inter City Planning net like the social networking sites and Development head Robert or on android mobile phones. Friday, January 13, 2012


Alabado said that hardening the equipment like putting wires, cages and other security costs has made the project costly. “We have to find a device that that is cheaper.” He said. The current system employed is a manual river watch system in conjunction with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). The DPWH deploys personnel to bridges and monitoring

points located upstream to measure water levels. This information is then relayed through text messages. One other plan is exploring a partnership with the PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration), where PAGASA weatherman can train barangay personnel to measure rain thru rain gauges installed in the barangay halls.

Council to tackle proposed traffic code soon by Mai Gevera-Macapagat DAVAO CITY – The city council is scheduled to tackle the traffic code, considered a pet project of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio who sees it instrumental to the sound


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management of the city’s road network. City councilor and committee chair for transportation Pilar Braga announced that the traffic code is

on the deck now. With these laws in place, Duterte sees a more efficient traffic flow and safer streets for Dabawenyos. Salient features of the code includes the expansion of Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code which will allow for operation of motorized tricycles for-hire, designation of one-way streets, and public-pay parking zones. The code provides for the creation of a rationilzed and unified City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO). “ At present, we do not have an office that oversees the entire traffic management like planning, traffic education and other concerns.”, Braga said. If approved, the city will then be allowed to hire city-paid traffic enforcers other than the Police. The city government can then issue city traffic citation tickets apart from the LTOissued TOP. From the penalties of the erring

motorists and their registration fees, the Traffic Management Trust Fund will be put up and used for traffic improvement projects. Another salient point that Braga shared is the institutionalization of traffic impact assessment as requirement for selected establishments. This way, even if new infrastructures are built the traffic flow would remain smooth flowing. It also enshrines the policy that urban road space is scarce resource whose usage must be allocated judiciously through sound traffic management. The proposed Rationalized City Transport and Traffic Management Office will then be composed of divisions like administrative and support, traffic engineering, traffic enforcement and street management, transport planning and management, facilities management and operations, and franchising and regulatory.

Disaster risk reduction officers convened TAGUM CITY—Taking advantage of the good weather, Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) executive officers from all local government units (LGU) of the province gathered today in Tagum City.

assembly and workshop. PDRRMC Executive Officer Sonio Sanchez said the activity is aimed at putting all efforts in tune for the year 2012 to successfully reduce risk and manage disaster. “We (exec. officers) meet once every two months,” said Sanchez, The provincial council gathered but this time a workshop on Damthe officers to increase knowledge age Assessment and Needs Analysis and awareness in view of unpredictis incorporated with Office of the able weather patterns in a two-day Friday, January 13, 2012


Civil Defense (OCD) Asst. Region XI Director and Provincial Civil Defense Officer Rebecca Lopez as resource person. This is to establish uniformity and accuracy in reporting so that response is adequate and timely, he added. In her message, OCD Region XI Director Liza Mazo underscored the importance of communication in times of emergency. “We, in the regional level, are waiting for your report to know in what way we can assist,” she said. However, before the report reaches the region, the communication flow from the barangay to the province must be in place and synchronized. This approach is particularly helpful if two or more incidents of emergency arise. “There is a system (in dealing with emergency),” said Lazo. “It is important that you know how it works,” she added.

Meanwhile, Dir. Mazo commended the province as well as the municipality of Kapalong for reacting right away during the recent heavy rainfall which flooded several LGUs but left with zero casualty, although there were substantial damages recorded in agriculture, infrastructure and private properties. Nevertheless, according to PAGASA Davao Chief Gerry Pedrico during his lecture on weather updates, early warnings and advisories, “Davao del Norte is always prepared” which is the reason why there was no casualty. Pedrico also reminded the officers to effect evacuation measures when the floodwater continues to rise. “Do not wait for it to grow worse,” he said. In agreement, Sanchez said that with early evacuation, there can be no rescue.

did you know... Longtime Davao City Mayor and current Vice Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the son of Vicente Duterte, the last Governor of the undivided province of Davao.


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Glan earns ‘Seal of Good Housekeeping’ GLAN, Sarangani -- In recognition of its exemplary performance in governance, transparency and accountability, the local government unit (LGU) of Glan has been chosen as one of recipients of the 2012 Seal of Good Housekeeping (SGH) awards of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

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A mechanism that recognizes good performance, the SGH is given to LGUs that have excelled in the areas of planning, budgeting, revenue mobilization, sound fiscal management and budget execution, procurement and resource mobilization, transparency and accountability, and giving value to performance management. An SGH award means that a recipient LGU has religiously complied with all the provisions of the Anti-Red Tape Act as well as the Full Disclosure Policy of the DILG with regard to project implementation and financial transactions. Aside from topping the standards on full


disclosure and transparency, LGU-Glan bagged the award because of its “no adverse findings” from the Commission on Audit, and because of the efficiency in the implementation of its programs and projects. A P1 million incentive from the Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) is usually given to the best performing LGUs, but, for one reason or another, DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo had decided to up the PCF incentive for Glan to P2 million, according to Zorayda Grafilo-Labos, chief, DILGGlan. “Surely, this is something for Glan to be proud of and another feather in the cap of the admin-

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istration of Mayor Victor James Yap, Sr.,” she said. She said the incentive is in line with the Millennium Development Goals for the implementation of priority projects designed to boost tourism and local economic development as well as comply with the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010 and the Ecological and Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. For tourism and local economic development, the projects include school buildings, rural health units, health centers and birthing facilities, roads, bridges, tourism facilities, irrigation systems, post harvest facilities, cold storage facilities, ports and wharves and other economic infrastructures. On the other hand, projects--such as flood control, reforestation, solid waste management facilities, storm drainage and related flood protection---are on tap for Adaptation to Climate Change and Disaster Preparedness.

6 N. Cotabato towns among candidate partners of CPC7-Unicef KORONADAL CITY-- At least six municipalities in North Cotabato have been identified among candidate partners for the implementation of the Seventh Country Programme for Children (CPC7) of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).

After a series of thorough situation analyses and workshops conducted by Unicef to 1,500 municipalities in the country, the towns of Aleosan, Arakan, Banisilan, Midsayap, Pikit and

Pres. Roxas are now being considered as beneficiaries of the program due to their inclusion in several national government priority lists. Recently, OIC-Deputy Representative of Uni-

cef Abdul Alim, advised these local government units to place considerable emphasis on the role of the municipality in the delivery of social services critical to the protection and promotion of

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children’s rights during the implementation of the CPC7 which will officially start this month. The CPC7 has been specifically designed to assist municipalities that have identified their gaps in social development and have initiated work to address those gaps through Sanggunianapproved development program budgets. “This possible assistance of Unicef to six municipalities in the province will more likely go

a long way of changing and touching children’s lives just like what CPC6 has done to our province,” said Gov. Emmylou “Lala” Taliño-Mendoza. According to the announcement of assistance provided by Unicef, CPC7 will provide modest technical assistance, materials and training to qualifying local governments interested in improving their ability to address locally identified gaps in services and initiatives aimed at improv-

ing the lives of children and adolescents. “I know that these identified municipalities are facing great pressures to provide better services and soon better living condition for its constituents. After vulnerability analysis and passing the qualifications set by the programme, I assure them of my full support,” said TaliñoMendoza. (DEDoguiles/PIA/EDVargas/ PGO-NCotabato)

ESI trains IPs on sustainable eco-farming by Pops Gumana-Fruylan GENERAL SANTOS CITY –- The Endangered Species International (ESI) recently trained Indigenous People (IP) living within the Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL) in Tupi, South Cotabato on sustainable, ecologically friendly farming.

The participants, who came from the B’laan tribe, were brought to “Uyag – uyag,” a 36-hectare model farm, managed by the Brightening Life Training Center (BLTC) which is advocating organic farming technol28

ogy, and sustainable diversified farming. Rev. Joseph Narredo, head of “Uyag-uyag” farm revealed that all plants in the area, “from vegetables to fruits are organic.” “We need to go organic as the world is

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getting polluted because of too much use of chemicals and pesticides,” the local government of Tupi quoted Narredo as saying. “Uyag-uyag” farm is located in Barangay Cebuano, a place at the other side of the

mountain slope which can only be reached by two hours of trekking the nine-kilometer steep and narrow road. Meanwhile, ESI president, Dr. Pierre Fidenci explained that the training of residents inside MMPL is necessary to ensure sustainable farming practices to complement with the efforts of protect-

ing tarsier habitat in Mt. Matutum. Fidenci, along with other experts from ESI, is in the municipality for a two-month study and exploration of the habitat of tarsiers in the municipality which are now considered an endangered primate. He pointed out that the study is necessary in planning for a sustainable eco-tourism

project in the area. “We want the B’laans to enjoy the economic benefits of this ecotourism project” Fidenci said. Tupi Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr. has expressed full support to the project and is hoping that it would help boast local tourism industry in the next few years.

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PhilHealth-Caraga readies Caraganons for the simultaneous Run for Hope

by Jennifer P. Gaitano


he Philippine Health (PhilHealth) Insurance Corporation, the country’s health insurance arm stepped up preparations for the conduct of the “PhilHealth Run: The Mindanao Run for Hope” slated at 5:00 a.m. on February 5, 2012, this city.

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The said activity will be held simultaneously in the six key cities of Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Koronadal, Marawi and Zamboanga targeting a minimum of 17,000 runners across Mindanao. PhilHealth Caraga Regional Vice President

Johnny Y. Sychua said they expect a minimum of 2,500 runners from Butuan City. Part of the proceeds of the PhilHealth Run will go to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Children’s Cancer Center and Blood Diseases Unit (Kids of

Hope). “(It is) the only facility in Visayas and Mindanao that can deliver multidisciplinary care for children with cancer,” Sychua said. Also, the event will provide financial assistance to Por Cristo Foundation, Inc. and Lingap Center of CSWDButuan, a facility for the abandoned elderly and abandoned children, respectively. For more details, PhilHealth-Caraga can be reached at telephone numbers: (085) 2257017; 341-3359 and look for Ms. Jane E. Santos or Ms. Mitzi V. Quinto. With this, PhilHealth hopes to achieve its vision for this event: One Run. One Mindanao. One Cause. One Hope. To sace One Life of a Child with Cancer, One day at a time.

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PPA chief optimistic shipping lines to continue operation in Nasipit port by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY – Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Butuan City-Agusan del Norte Port Manager Renato Tolinero on Thursday said he is optimistic that shipping lines will continue their operation in Nasipit Port despite of the less volume of passengers these days.

In an interview over a radio station here, Tolinero admitted that ship passengers are getting lesser these past few days compared to the previous years because of the access of air line companies in Caraga Region especially here in the city. However, the official said Shipping Lines are not dependent on the volume of passengers they will have. He added the cargoes are among 32

their transactions where shipping line managements can get more of its income. “Although passengers are getting lesser, it’s not much of the volume of passengers that they are getting their income. In most cases, the basis for their income is not on the passenger’s fees but on the cargoes’ fees,” Tolinero said. This developed after local residents in Nasipit are getting worried

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of the situation that may result to the closure of the Nasipit port because shipping lines might discontinue their operations. It was learned that more flights are added this year in Butuan City by the two airline companies: Philippine Air Lines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific (CEB) bound for Manila and Cebu City, while Shipping Lines voyages here are also bound for Manila, Cebu and Bohol.

Police to introduce innovations in 2012 by Noel B. Najarro

BUTUAN CITY – The police force here will introduce innovations in Caraga region this year to better safeguard public safety and maintain peace and order. In his New Year’s message, Caraga PNP Director Police Chief Superintendent Reynaldo S. Rafal said these innovations include the expansion of the e-

Blotter System, which was started by the Butuan City Police Office; the implementation of the e-Warrant System, where the warrants of arrest will be placed in

a data base system so that an apprehended person’s record can be easily accessed whether he has other standing warrants; and the eRouge System, for the

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convenient access of a suspect’s background information, criminal records and other of his profiles. Other innovations, Rafal said, will be announced to the public in the coming days. He also said that other anti-criminality projects which had worked well in other parts of the country may be replicated here in the region. These may include the creation of “Motorcycle Cops” to counter the “Motorcycle-ridingin-tandem” criminals, enhancing the Police Community Relations, information campaign, 34

police visibility patrols on the streets and emphasis on the capability of the police to conduct search and rescue and relief and rehabilitation operations. Director Rafal said that per instruction from CPNP PDGen. Bartolome, the police mobile forces such as the Regional Public Safety Battalions and the City and Provincial Public Safety Companies, will conduct not only internal security operations but also disaster management operations. The director said that they will also continue with their existing campaign to arrest the

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wanted persons, the realization of the policeman-per-barangay and other on-going projects. Rafal commended the regional police force for a job well done in 2011, as crime volume decreased by 19.1 percent, compared to the previous year. He said that the reduction of the crime rate nationwide had also been noted by the police higher headquarters. He added the figures in the region went down even in November and December last year, when the crime volume was expected to rise due to the holiday season. Commissioned officers of the Police Regional Office 13 paid their annual traditional “New Year’s” courtesy call to the Caraga PNP Director early this morning at the front of the administration building of the regional police headquarters, Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, Libertad, this city.

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