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Cover Story

Hope amidst crisis Margie Rauto-Valmoria

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Today’s issue...

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012


Across the Nation:


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Palace urges peaceful celebration of the Feast of the Sto. Nino

Regional News:

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Foreign organization gives vital infra to Sendong-affected families Northern Mindanao

MisOr health care providers extend assistance to Sendong victims

Northern Mindanao

Mayor Sara gives all-out support to tourism industry

Southern Mindanao

PNP provincial offices in Region-12 get new patrol cars DEDoguiles, Central Mindanao

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Mga opisyal humiling ng hustisya para kay Vice Mayor Sema

Moner C. Dayaan, Central Mindanao


PAG-IBIG Butuan grants P7.5M calamity loans


‘Kahit Isang Araw Lang’ unity run set in Butuan

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Jennifer P. Gaitano, Caraga Region

Robert E. Roperos, Caraga Region

DepEd extends full support to the ‘YES FOR PEACE’ campaign

Claro A. Lanipa, Western Mindanao

ARMM Gov eyes agro-industry-based ‘big impact’ projects Rene V. Carbayas, Western Mindanao


Cover Story Hope amidst crisis by Margie Rauto-Valmoria


ess than a month ago, people were so busy preparing for the Christmas season.


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Many were seen busy buying gifts, partying and even planning for a vacation. Happiness was noticeable. However, this perennial excitement vanished and turned into desolation as some people in some areas of Northern Mindanao perished due to tropical storm ‘Sendong.’ December 16, 2011 is the first morning for Misa de Gallo, and on the evening of that same day, Sendong reportedly hit some parts of the region. Most schools and even other government agencies held Christmas party on that same day Sendong started to ravage the place.

Never did it dawn to people that its wrath would cause severe devastation. History has it. The cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro are not a usual path for typhoons. Life here is more comfortable. But the history was changed by TS Sendong. With what happened, a new perspective emerged – an eye opener in every way. Life is more than comfort itself. The happening has given opportunity for people to look at life in a more meaningful way. Several stories that manifest the echoes of people’s kindness, care, love and loyalty recurred. Saturday, January 14, 2012


During the tragic event, different stories of saving act came out and help flooded in different forms. Mostly were saved through the help of some rescue teams coming from different agencies like the army, police, coast guard, air force and some others. Some people nearby and neighbors who were not affected by Sendong extended their help by casting some ropes to the struggling victims. Even logs, woods, animals became a source of salvation. A dog saved a girl in the city; in 6

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darkness in Hinaplanon, Iligan city, a student identified the voice of his former teacher helped his mentor; and a lot of heartbreaking stories surfaced. Why do bad things happen? In dark hours, most of the things neglected can be valued and some good deeds made by people can be more appreciated and recognized. Life is a season—a season of celebration and a season of experiences—in no particular time and place but everything in God’s order.

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Palace elated over survey ranking the Philippines as 8th friendliest country

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alacanang expressed elation over the HSBC Expat Explorer Survey result, which ranked the Philippines as the eighth friendliest country in the world.

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Earlier, the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom, published by The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation gave the Philippines a 57.1 score for economic freedom, making its economy the 107th freest in the 2012 Index. The score is 0.9 point higher than last year. “We’re also happy to note that in one of the surveys conducted by HSBC, the Philippines ranked as one of the… the eighth friendliest country out of most of the countries rat-

ed in the world. And this is why we believe na talagang it really is more fun in the Philippines,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday. “The administration will always promote what is good… what is good with the economy and people,” Valte said countering the criticisms being leveled against the Aquino administration. According to HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey re-

leased last year, the Philippines is the eighth friendliest country in the world for expatriates. HSBC surveyed 3,385 expats in 100 countries between May and July 2011. The countries were ranked based on four categories: ability to befriend locals, success in learning the local language, capacity for integrating themselves into the community, and ease in which they fit into the new culture., citing the results of the HSBC survey, said the Philippines is a country “friendly on wallets,” with large number of expatriates saying they have an increased access to luxuries, including domestic staff, swimming pools and owning properties. New Zealand topped the list of the world’s friendliest countries, posting excellent scores in all four categories. (AS)

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Palace urges peaceful celebration of the Feast of the Sto. Nino


alacañang called on the public to celebrate the Feast of the Sto. Nino in a peaceful and orderly manner, a Palace official said on Saturday.

“Sumunod po tayo doon sa ating mga awtoridad. Napaigting na po ng mga nagpo-foot patrol at mga nagbabantay ang Philippine National Police (PNP) at ang Navy para nga sa selebrasyon. At sana po maging orderly ang Sinulog,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said during an interview aired over government-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday. The Feast of the Sto. Nino is being held on the third Sundays of January. It is the period when Ton10

do and Pandacan in Manila, Cebu, and many other provinces, towns, and cities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao pay homage to the Holy Child Jesus The Sto. Niño, a representation of the Child Jesus, literally means “holy child.” Filipinos, being largely Roman Catholics, venerate and are faithful devotees of the Sto. Niño. A mass is set to be officiated on Sunday morning by Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle at the Sto. Nino Parish Church in celebration of the Tondo fiesta in Manila.

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This will be followed by a Sto. Nino Fiesta grand procession from the said church to major streets in Tondo and then back to the church. Meanwhile, the Sinulog is an annual festival held on the third Sunday of January in Cebu City. The Sinulog celebration lasts for nine days, culminating on the final day with the Sinulog Grand Parade. The day before the parade, a fluvial procession from Mandaue City to Cebu City is held at dawn with a statue of the Santo Niño carried on a pump boat. (JS)

Sendong victims receive health care assistance by Apipa Bagumbaran


ictims of the tropical storm Sendong have been receiving health care aid from the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) here.

According to IPHO chief, Dr. Alinader Minalang, the health care assistance was extended to the victims through the conduct of medical missions in Bubong town, and in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan last week where a total of 2,166 patients were given various medical services. He said some 812 patients were served in Bubong town, this

province, while 854 individuals in Barangay Ubaldo Laya, Iligan City and 500 patients in Barangay Balulang in Cagayan de Oro City were afforded free health care services. Among the services offered included medical consultations, provision of free medicines and shots like tetanus toxoid immunization, Vitamin A provision,and also wound management, counseling, and health education. Saturday, January 14, 2012


Reproductive health services such as pre-natal check-up, post natal check-up, and family planning were extended too, he further said. Aside from that, clean delivery kits for pregnant women and hygiene kits were also distributed to the victims. Minalang said the health assistance dubbed as “Medical Mission: Handog ni RG Hataman at Gov Bombit Adiong Para sa Sendong Victims,� was provided through the support of Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman and provincial Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr.


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The Amai Pakpak Medical Center also extended their support by sending in doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel, he added.

Foreign organization gives vital infra to Sendong-affected families LANAO DEL NORTE - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) sent critical humanitarian assistance to families displaced by tropical storm Washi (known locally as Sendong) in the southern Philippines and has begun essential work to improve the living conditions of those being sheltered in evacuation centers. A first batch of 255 shelter repair kits were distributed to families with partially damaged houses in Barangay Iponan in Cagayan de Oro and in Barangay Santiago in Iligan City. Both were among the areas worst hit by the flash floods triggered by Sendong. With EUR 700,000 from the Humanitarian Aid Department of the European Commission (ECHO), IOM will provide shelter repair assistance to up to 1,894 families in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities, and also upgrade the facilities of 17 evacuation centers where thousands of families had been forced to live in difficult conditions. The distribution comes as classes resumed in Philippine public schools, emphasizing the need to decongest the already crowded schools converted into evacuation centers. “There is an urgent need to provide displaced families who can return to their places of origin not identified as permanent danger zones with materials to repair their homes and to promote the safe and voluntary return to either places of origin or to move to

alternative sites,” says IOM Emergency Programme manager Dave Bercasio. The shelter materials will help to improve living conditions and promote a sense of normalcy in their lives,” he said. At the Macasandig covered courts, among the largest evacuation sites in Cagayan de Oro City, IOM has completed the construction of bathing cubicles and bed kits. An upgrade of facilities is also underway at the North City Central Elementary School. “The facilities currently being used as evacuation centers are not equipped to handle the number of people who have sought refuge in these areas. There is a need to carry out repairs and upgrade facilities as well as support their maintenance to promote safe and humane living conditions within these sites,” Bercasio added. Aside from the shelter kits, IOM has distributed over 1,600 non-food Saturday, January 14, 2012


item kits consisting of sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and jerry cans and is preparing to build 46 bunkhouses to accommodate 230 families at the Lumbia relocation site in Cagayan de Oro. The Organization has also started construction of two multi-purpose halls at the Calaanan relocation site. IOM is also assisting local social workers in gathering information to identify families who are in need of permanent relocation and who cannot return to areas declared as geo-hazard zones. Sendong struck the southern Philippines on December 16, 2011 triggering flash floods as people slept in their homes. The storm dumped about 142 millimetres of rain in a span of 12 hours. Thousands of homes were swept

away and more than 1,000 people killed. Philippine disaster officials estimate that over 700,000 people have been affected by the floods. IOM has provided assistance to the Philippine government with its Typhoon Emergency Response Programme since 2009 when a series of typhoons struck the country. In particular, the Organization supports the government in rolling out and coordinating efforts within the Camp Coordination and Camp Management and Non-Food Item humanitarian response sectors. IOM’s projects facilitate the re-establishment of humane living conditions through repair and rebuilding of shelters, as well as disaster risk reduction through “build back better” approaches. (IOM)

MisOr health care providers extend assistance to Sendong victims by Elaine O. Ratunil

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Governor Oscar S. Moreno lauded doctors, nurses, and staff from the seven provincial hospitals in the province who assisted in the ‘Tabang Medico’ for Sendong victims. He sent the medical team to the various evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro to provide medical help especially to the flood survivors. Tabang Medico is a regular medical mission of the provincial government conducted monthly in the different towns of the Misamis Oriental. Further, Gov. Moreno considers, 14

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“The ship of a dynamic society is propelled by robustly healthy and able constituents and will lose the way in the ocean of infirmities if manned by a sick crew.” Hence, the creation of Tabang Medico program for the 23 towns and two component cities of the province, which targets the health and general well-being of its human resources

directed to a progressive community. Further, it practically brings the medical/health services of the province to the grassroots level and to the doorways of the people, with a focused intervention for the indigents and less privileged constituents as it boasts of its distinct provincewide secondary health care parallel referral system that, to date, has operated on 1,425 patients cataract operation, hemiorrhapy, hydrocelectomy, orchidectomy, cheilosplasty, myoma, thyroidectomy, hydrocephalus, cholelithomy, breast cancer, among others. Meanwhile, Gov. Moreno recently deployed Capitol’s heavy equipment to Brgy. 40 to help in the land preparation of the relocation site developed by the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro for the Sendong survivors. Saturday, January 14, 2012


DavSur earns P1B from investments in 2011

by Carina Cayon


he downpour of investments was noted good in 2011 for Davao del Sur, bringing in over P1.2 billion worth of various businesses that rose in the province. Provincial director Engr. Edwin Banquerigo of the Department of Trade and Industry reported this saying that the accomplishment in investments last year exceeded DTI’s targets by ten percent. During yesterday’s Kapihan sa PIA, Banquerigo attributed the success to the various innovative projects and to the strategies focusing on generating bottomline outcomes


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as undertaken by the provincial office of DTI. He said that “Big ticket investments specifically within the Sta. Cruz and Digos City were considered investment and job generators for the province.” From the investments last year, he said that a total of 3,466 jobs were provided to the residents of Davao del Sur. In 2010, the employment generated reached to 1,108, he added. Banquerigo also reported a bullish performance of the export industry that earned a total of US$16.542 million, marking an increase of about 145% compared to 2010’s US$11.372 million. The export sales largely came from the earnings of the coconut coir products which met high demands abroad for textile production, he stated. Aside from the coco coir, Davao del Sur also exports other agricultural products such as banana chips and mangoes.

The xylose product, a sweetener extracted from coconut shells and generated from the CJ-Toyota Tsusho Xylose Plant in Sta. Cruz, has also been providing earnings to the export industry in the province. DTI’s accomplishment report of 2011 stated that the xylose plant operation has generated approximately more than US$24 million in export sales since 2010. The company has also provided US$1.5 million in workers compensation that covers 200 employees, the report said. In the domestic sales, DTIDavao del Sur reported an accomplishment of over P242 million from the new and existing businesses. Banquerigo said that DTI has provided various interventions and

special projects to develop and increase business confidence of the micro, small and medium entrepreneurs in the province. He said that his office has assisted a total of 1,794 MSMEs last year, noting an increase of more than 400% from the 414 assisted MSMEs in 2010. The DTI official also mentioned a 100% compliance to the fair trade and industry laws (FTL) among business operators in Davao del Sur. Banquerigo attributed this achievement to DTI-Davao del Sur’s massive consumer education campaign which resulted to consumer empowerment, saying that traders are now more vigilant of the FTL. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

Mayor Sara gives all-out support to tourism industry DAVAO CITY- MAYOR Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio said that she is giving her all out support to the tourism industry after inducting the new set of officers, board of directors and members of the Dabaw Tourism Operators Association (Dabtoa) inside her office yesterday. “The tourism industry is the biggest industry that brings in money from outside Davao City ,” she said. Carpio added that her administration is very much willing to help Dabtoa composed mostly of tour Saturday, January 14, 2012


operators and business establishments that are involved in the tourism business. Carpio inducted the Dabtoa officers led by its president Charito Aranda of 829 One World Travel. The others are vice-president Lino Lee of John Gold Group, secretary Susan Alvarado of 109 Ticket Zone, treasurer Aida Avila of Pacific Blue Travel, assistant treasurer Estrelita Jagonia of Jewelry Express, auditor Jerome Camina of RCBC, press relation officers Darius Relatado of GMA Davao Channel 7 and Lito delos Reyes of Mindanao Daily Mirror. The board of directors are John Baricuatro of John Gold Group, Domingo Ang of Marina Tuna, Ronald Go of EcoTrans Car Rentals, Evelyn Elemino of D’Leonor Hotel, Jaime Llames of Philippine Retirement Authority, Elizabeth Dureza of Seagull Mountain Resort and Alma Uy of Tagum Tourism Council, who was

represented by Edith Julian of Haven’s Peak Mountain Resort. Inducted as new members were Mary Vic Alvarez of Sunny World Travel, Ronelyn Llanos of Miso Spa, Ray Irwin Rubio of Cubepixel, Abegail Dionela of Bonjee Clowns, Jazmine Middleton of Bluejaz Resort and Queenie Fukuoka of Oriental Restaurant. Dabtoa, which now has 30 officers and members, will be celebrating its first year anniversary on June 14 at 2 p.m. at the D’Leonor Hotel in Bajada. Among Dabtoa’s activities held last year were the first Davao Tourism & Trade Expo at the NCCC Mall in August, Kayak Summerfest at Bluejaz Resort in Samal in May and their participation to the Philippine Travel Mart at the SM Megamall last September. “We will have more bigger events this year,” said Aranda. (PR)

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remaining number of river sensors put up by SMART and Ateneo de Davao engineering students under the SWEEP (Smart Wireless) Engineering Education Program. Which was left untouched by looters and vandals

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S. Cotabato exceeds palay production by 104.9 MT by Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY -Surplus palay production in South Cotabato last year reached 104,926 metric tons, according to data from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist here.

From January to December, data showed that the province accrued total production of 222,502 MT of palay; estimated local demand was only 117,576 MT or 9,798 MT per month. Even in June and July -considered as lean months in rice production parlance -- the province recorded excess harvest, provincial agriculturist Reynaldo Legaste said. In these months the province had spare harvests of Saturday, January 14, 2012


3.452 MT and 2,069 MT, respectively. “If we go back to our records in the last ten years, this is the first year that we had not experienced a single deficit in our monthly production,� Legaste said. Year 2011 became very productive for farmers in South Cotabato, he said, because of favorable weather, continuous support programs made available to farmers by the Department of Agriculture and

interventions from local government units. These factors have allowed farmers to plant an extra third cropping of rice. Legaste also reported that the province is assured of at least 23,000 hectares of rice that can be harvested from January to March this year because of continuous planting in the last quarter of 2011. If weather remains favorable, surplus production could be realized in

the first quarter, which Legaste said could defray deficits expected in the second semester of 2012 with the scheduled total shutdown of two dams of the Ala River Irrigation System due for repair and rehabilitation starting May. Closure of Ala RIS is expected to affect about 9,000 hectares of rice paddies in South Cotabato, particularly in the Upper Valley towns of Surallah, Banga, Sto. Nino, and Norala.

PNP provincial offices in Region-12 get new patrol cars by CT Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- For efficient service, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 here turned over three brand new Innova patrol cars to police provincial offices (PPO) in the region, said police regional public information officer Supt. Resty Damaso. He said the patrol cars were personally turned over by PRO-12 regional director CSupt. Benjardi Mantele to the chiefs of PPOs in North Cotabato, South Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat, Wednesday (Jan 11) at PRO-12 20

headquarters here. Mantele reminded the PPO chiefs that the utility vehicles are intended to aid them prevent crime or intercept criminal activities in their areas of responsibility (AOR). He also credited the

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acquisition of vehicles to PNP director general Nicanor Bartolome who made sure that PPOs will be given brand new patrol cars to enhance their efficiency rate in intervention of crimes especially at field offices.

According to him, the new acquired cars will help police be “more capable and effective in performing their mission to better serve and protect” the people in the communities. He said the utility car distribution project is spelled out under the PNP “Ten-point Action Plan” espoused by the director general himself. With the patrol cars, Mantele added, police will have no reason to fail in their foremost task to maintain the peace and order in their AORs. “Let us show our

best performance in every battle that we’re going through because that is what we ought to do in this organization, and in turn, let us provide proper, adequate and timely response to the call of those who are in need

of our service,” the Police Regional Public Information Office, quoted Mantele as saying. The PNP believes that having a patrol car will increase police mobility describing it as very vital in monitoring the internal security of the region and keeping it intact. The police regional director also expressed confidence that the presence of patrol units is important factor in police operations to enable them attain the vision of “a freecrime environment” in the region.

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Mga opisyal humiling ng hustisya para kay Vice Mayor Sema COTABATO CITY -– Ilang matataas na opisyal ng Maguindanao at Cotabato City sa pangunguna ni Governor Esmail Mangudadatu ang humiling sa mg otoridad na bilisan ang pagiimbestiga sa pananambang kamakalawa kay City Vice Mayor Datu Muslimin G. Sema.

Kasama ring nanawagan ng mabilisang paglutas sa kaso sina Maguindanao Vice Governor Datu Dustin Mastura at City Mayor Japal Guiani, Jr. Ayon sa mga opisyal kailangang bilisan ang imbestigasyon upang maagang maresolba ang kaso at maiwasan ang samot-saring reaksyon na lalong nagbibigay ng kumplikasyon sa nasabing kaso. Hiniling din ni Mangudadatu sa mga mamamayan ng Maguindanao na magdasal para sa agarang paggaling ni Sema na kung saan ay kasalukuyang nagpapagaling sa isang pagamutan sa Davao City. Ito naman ang sinabi ni Maguindanao Vice Governor Mastura hinggil sa pagkakilala niya kay Sema” “Si Datu Muslim22

in G. Sema na siya ring MNLF chairman ay isang simpleng tao at maituturing na kaibigan ng lahat.” Hiniling din ni Mastura sa binuong Task Force Sema kahapon na siyang mangunguna sa imbestigasyon sa pag-ambush kay Sema na gawin ang lahat para matukoy sa lalong madaling panahon ang tunay na salarin o mga salarin upang malutas na ang kaso. Sa panig naman ni City Mayor Guiani, hiniling nito

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sa mga mamamayan na iwasan ang pagkakaroon o pagbibitiw ng mga salitang puro haka-haka lamang at walang sapat na basihan. “Hinihiling ko sa lahat na huwag pangunahan ang magiging resulta ng kasalukuyang ginagawang pagsisiyasat ng ating mga otoridad at hintayin lamang ang kalalabasan ng Task Force Sema,” pahayag ni Guiani. (Moner C. DayaanPIA Cotabato City)

All set for Kahimunan Festival 2012, organizers say by Robert E. Roperos


rganizers of Barangay Libertad’s Kahimunan Festival said the staging of this year’s grandest street dancing competition in the city on Sunday, Jan. 15, is all set as local contingents have prepared breath taking performances that will entertain not only local residents but also visitors.

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According to Barangay Captain Vincent Rizal Rosario, five local contingents will vie for the championship title in the Grand Kahimunan Streetdancing Competition which is considered the highlight of the festival. The five contingents are Barangay Libertad Women’s Group, Libertad National High School, Libertad Central Elementary School, Sta. Cruz Chapel and the Purok 3-A dancers. 24

Rosario added aside from the Grand Kahimunan streetdancing, the children’s Kahimunan will also be held. The official also said that the festival’s Executive Committee members have agreed to invite members of the board of judges composed of choreographers the neighboring provinces and from this city who are not residents of Barangay Libertad. He added that this is to ensure a fair result. Brgy. Capt. Rosario stressed that this year’s preparation is the same with the previous years and the only difference is that contingents of this year’s festival is exclusive to Barangay Libertad residents and organizations. Aside from this, the official said four wide screens will be placed in strategic locations inside the Libertad Sports Complex where the final

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showdown will be conducted. “This can also be viewed through Internet live streaming,” Rosario said. With this, the official urged the people here to inform their relatives and friends abroad of this development so that they may be able to witness Butuan City’s local version of Sinulog Festival. Meanwhile, the Search for 2012 Mutya Hong Libertad will culminate this evening in the Grand Coronation Night at the Libertad Covered Court here, while the Libertad Singing Idol Season 2 contestants will take center stage tomorrow evening in the said venue. Kahimunan Festival is held every third Sunday of January in time with the annual fiesta celebration of Senior Santo Niño, the patron saint of Barangay Libertad, this city.

PAG-IBIG Butuan grants P7.5M calamity loans by Christopher L. Loon BUTUAN CITY -- The PAGIBIG Fund here is now accepting calamity loan applications from its members all over Caraga Region, which was declared under state of calamity through Presidential Proclamation No. 303 by President Benigno S. Aquino III on Dec. 20, 2011.

With this, the PAGIBIG fund has started processing calamity loans last Jan. 2 and has so far released a total of P7,555,051.56 to all its qualified member-borrowers for the nine days operation alone. It is expected to increase in the coming days due to the extent of the declaration. The availment period will run for three months that will last until March 20, 2012. To qualify, a member must have paid at

least 24 months membership contributions. All other eligibilities required in a regular loan will be waived. The loan proceeds will be 80 percent of the total savings net of the outstanding loan. Through the years, PAG-IBIG Fund has been true to its mission, which is to uplift the quality of life of its members through savings. It has been proven by its active participation not only on relief operations but also the granting of calam-

ity loans for its qualified members during calamities. Butuan Branch since its inception had released a total amount of P628 million to help alleviate the living condition of its members affected by calamities. This catered a total of 77,756 members under Caraga Region. Aside from the Multi Purpose Loan and Calamity Loan, a qualified member can also avail of a housing loan.

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‘Kahit Isang Araw Lang’ unity run set in Butuan by Jennifer P. Gaitano BUTUAN CITY- The Avant-Garde Creatives Incorporated in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) and UNTV are set to hold the “Kahit Isang Araw Lang” Advocacy thru a unity run on January 22, 2012.

The “Kahit Isang Araw Lang” (Even Just One Day) is a bold call for people to unite even for just one day, said event coordinator Arthur Peña. “The unity run is a one-day charity run to be held nationwide on January 22, 2012 which aims to build computer classrooms for public schools nationwide in partnership with DepEd,” said Peña. Participants of the unity run will have to pay the registration fees: 3 kilometer run – P150.00; 5 kilome26

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ter run – P200.00; and 10 kilometer run – P250.00. Cash prizes will also be given to the top three winners. Prizes also awaits winners in the raffle draw where registrants have the chance to win. In line with this, the launching of this advocacy will be held on January 13, 2012, 9:00 o’clok in the morning at the Commission on Audit (COA) Caraga Regional Convention Hall, South Montilla Boulevard, Butuan City.

City buys P8M buses


By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

40-seater and 30-seater brand new buses worth over P8 million were purchased by the city to help in the tourism promotion and at the same serve its purpose during official functions.

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City Information Officer (IO) Sheila Covarrubias said the two buses will have many uses like “bringing around out of town visitors who come to Zamboanga for educational tours or “Lakbay aral”; mass transport of people

for official functions and numerous other purposes.” “The purchase of the vehicles is authorized by the City Council and is included in the 2011 budget,” Covarrubias expressed. Covarrubias said

the vehicles were delivered here in Zamboanga last December but the blessing/inauguration was held first week of January, in time with the First Friday Mass of the year. (JPA /PIA - ZBST)

DepEd extends full support to the ‘YES FOR PEACE’ campaign by Claro A. Lanipa

PAGADIAN CITY – To sustain its commitment and active participation in the ‘Yes for Peace’ – Bayanihan Para sa Kapayapaan campaign, the Department of Education (DepEd) issued a Memorandum No. 277 addressed to all Bureau Directors, Regional Directors, School Division and City Superintendents, Heads of Public and Private Elementary and High Schools to extend full support to the campaign. 28

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DepEd-9 Education Supervisor II Aurelio Santisas, who was task to coordinate this movement at the regional level, disclosed during the PIA’s weekly media forum held this week that said memorandum gives emphasis for the attainment of the objective of the campaign to at least encourage 10 million peace-loving Filipinos, 10 years and older to speak as one to provide a democratic people’s mandate for the comprehensive peace process particularly the permanent cessation of hostilities between the government and all rebels groups in 2012. It was learned that DepEd has been involved in this campaign since 1996. In 1997, some 2,439,104 Filipinos participated in the movement from May 15 to September 16, 1997 while another 334,807 joined the October 10, 2008 to November 15, 2009 to the continuing peace education and advocacy campaign. To help establish people’s support for the ongoing peace process, the DepEd distributed 10, 000 copies of DepEd

Memorandum No. 428, s. 2010 dated October 1, 2010. More or less 720,000 responses were generated. Santisas said ‘Yes for Peace’-Bayanihan Para sa Kapayapaan questionnaires are now being circulated in all eight (8) school divisions in the region for the pupils and students to fill up indicating their support to the campaign. As per instructions, all responses shall be mailed to the DepEd regional office with free postage not later than the last week of January 2012. He further said, the

consolidated results of this campaign will be delivered to the Office of the President in time for the 26th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. On February 22, 2012 at exactly 10 o’clock in the morning all schools are encouraged to hold a simultaneous Panunumpa ng mga Kabayani para sa Kapayapaan, Santisas added. Meanwhile, Alpha Phi Omega, Southern Zamboanga Alumni Association President Bel Yenko, lead convenor of this movement said, that APO has also been involved in the advoca-

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for ‘Yes for Peace’ since 1996 in conjunction with DepEd who is direct department of the government to encourage the students from grade four to fourth year high school to support in the campaign for peace. DepEd-9 Chief, Secondary Education Division, Dr. Jaliha Sangkula, assured that DepEd will give its full support to

the national and regionwide Yes for Peace campaign. She hopes that it is not only the DepEd people but we will also extend our campaign to the local government units through our collaborative efforts. On the other hand, Sultan Maguid Maruhom, Muslim Convenor of the Interfaith Forum for Solidarity and Peace

expressed his support to the movement or effort for the advocacy for peace. He said they studied the questionaires and found it leading to peace and justice which is also their dreams to achieve in this part of the country. He is confident that the civil society group including the interfaith will support this campaign. (JPA/CAL PIA-9)

ARMM Gov eyes agro-industry-based ‘big impact’ projects by Rene V. Carbayas ISABELA CITY – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) caretaker Mujiv Hataman is finalizing its pool of planners to craft “big impact” programs and projects based on the region’s great potential in agroindustry. Hataman told media that foreign institutions helping the ARMM government should give more focus


on economy-enhancing activities based on agro-industry potentials to achieve more life-changing impact

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on the region’s majority marginalized populace. ARMM information chief Ali Macabalang

said that unlike his cerns on bureaucracy predecessor former acting Regional Governor Ansaruddin Adiong, who conducted a brainstorming forum with foreign donor-agencies several days upon assuming office on December 14, 2009, Hataman said he would sit down with officials of the international community upon the creation of his pool of planners to be tasked to design a comprehensive package on economic-building mechanisms. Macabalang noted that this will be part of Hataman administration’s policy towards the ongoing multi-billion-peso interventions in the region of foreign agencies of the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU), the United States (US) and Australia, and the financial institutions of the World Bank (WB), and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA). At the local media forum in Cotabato, Hataman acknowledged the trailblazing intervention of foreign institutions in the autonomous region’s con-

enhancement by JICA, education and health by UN agencies, and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and peace and security by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Hataman said that after the formulation of the economy-boosting plan, he would then bring it to a meeting within his first 100 days in office with Philippine-based officials of foreign donor-agencies as a reference in his desired paradigm shift in the receipt of assistance from the international community. The World Bank has expanded last year its services in the ARMM with additional $30 million financing on smallscale community-based infrastructure projects, JICA extended its assistance period to four more years in capability-building and education infrastructures, and the AusAID granted last year a P3.9 billion aid for the region’s education and health concerns in six years, records showed.

But in his analysis, Hataman said that while the current mode of foreign interventions bring about some betterment in the region, the empowerment of the ARMM’s majority poor sector in agriculture remains a dream. He expressed hope that the foreign donor-agencies would take cognizance of the untapped potentials of agro-industry in the region as manifested in the vast track of fertile lands and aquatic resources dismally tapped. Hataman particularly underscored the need for intervention in the receding ecology and water level of Lake Lanao, a major source of hydro-electricity and cultural heritage in Mindanao, and the vast tracks of alienable and disposable lands in Maguindanao, so with the under-tapped marine and aquatic resources of the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. (JPA/BPIARMM/ RVC-PIA9 ZBST)

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One Mindanao - January 14, 2012  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

One Mindanao - January 14, 2012  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao