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US President Obama to visit the Philippines next month

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CARAGA REGION

DSWD dispatches psychologists, social workers to Zamboanga City

Alfonso T. Ruda

Search is on for “2013 Outstanding Volunteers” Franklin P. Gumapon

Caraga Regl Peace & Order Council crafts Roadmap for Peace Jennifer P. Gaitano

Broadcasters, DILG, DENR and PNP plant trees nationwide during 2013 OPLAN Broadcastreeing Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio

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HRD training for provincial employees completed Vincent N. Labial

LGU’s to share funds for the October BSK elections Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

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Davao Food Festival held in Beijing

Joey Sem G. Dalumpines

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Police team up with Red Cross on blood donation program Danilo E. Doguiles

South Cotabato town receives farm equipment from DA 12 Shahana Joy E. Duerme

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Supplies, volunteerism continue to pour in Zambo By Dominic I. Sanchez

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onations and volunteerism are abundant and continuously pouring in to Zamboanga in these trying times. City councillor Myra Paz V. Abubakar said that resources have been coming in from different organizations, whether they are government, private, local or foreign. “As of 11am today, we have already 25 evacuation centers in the city, the biggest of which is in the Joqauin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex,” said Councilor Abubakar. “Relief operations done by government and non-government organizations are continuous.” The USAID, according to Councilor Abubakar is by far the biggest outside

donor. “USAID gave us 10,000 noodles, 10,000 styro cups, blankets, pails, toiletries, mats, portalets and the like,” she said. Many others have also shared their own. “The fishing companies have provided us with the fish. Local caterers like Cecille’s, Chinitos, Zamboanga Seafod and many others have been continuous in providing food,” Councilor Abubakar said. In addition to food, supply and medicine, the organizations provide roundthe-clock service for the evacuees. They cook and deliver food, provide medical services, and just about anything that may be needed. The JCI Zamboanga, Rotary Club, and the Zamboanga Archdiocese, to name a few have provided 24/7 service to the evacuees. “Our schools and universities have put up kitchens in some evacuation centers so that food will be cooked there,” she added.


Food was not only prepared for the affected families, but for the soldiers and the policemen as well, who have been tireless defending our lives with their own. Meanwhile, DSWD Information Officer Jayson Elias mentioned that the Tzu Chi Foundation has provided 14 metric tons of potable water which was already distributed to the service facilities in the evacuation centers. He said that the help coming from many sources are overwhelming. But the evacuees are not simply waiting to be served. In the centers, they help cook and serve food for thousands of fellow displaced persons. Everybody is at work, helping one another. Many are deprived of sleep. Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman earlier praised the spirit of the Zamboanguenos, citing that this same spirit will lead the city towards victory even in difficult times such as this. “Magtatagumpay ang mga Zamboangueno,” she was quoted as saying. For her part, 4th year college student Jenny Rojas helps the DSWD repack the relief goods like used clothing, sanitary napkins, noodles, and the like at the command center established at the Women Center near the Joaquin Enriquez

Memorial Sports Complex. She has been volunteering since Friday, she says. “Kahapon lang po ako nagsimulang mag-volunteer, pero itutuloy ko po ito. Kung walang klase at nasa bahay lang ako, mas mabuti po kung tutulong na lang ako. Kawawa na po talaga ang mga tao,” Jenny said. Councilor Abubakar says that the food and supplies are sufficient. As of this writing (5pm), the number of affected persons have passed 62,000, according to Sec. Soliman. Councilor Abubakar is very thankful for the help, but shows concern over the reality that the donors’ resources are depleting. Her concern is shared by the thousands of people who have lost their homes in this time of conflict. The situation is worse with Ronnie Cario, who lost his home and property to yesterday’s fire in Sta. Catalina. “Wala na koy maulion,” (I have no home) he weeps. But in spite of this very sad experience, he firmly believes that the crisis will end very soon. “Hapit na siguro mahuman kining gubut, daghan tag mga tangke ug perting isuga sa atong mga sundalo,” (maybe the end to this violence is near. We have many tanks, and we have many brave soldiers) he quips. In spite of what he has lost, Ronnie smiled. 5


ACROSS THE NATION

Palace allays concerns of international community on standoff ongoing in Zamboanga City

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alacanang allayed the concerns of the international community on the ongoing conflict between government troops and the members of the Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari faction in Zamboanga City, saying the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III was doing everything in its power to end the standoff peacefully and expeditiously. The Indonesian government, through its Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, expressed concern over the recent developments in the ongoing armed conflict in Zamboanga City. In a press briefing aired over staterun radio dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte also appealed for calm and understanding as the government addresses the standoff. “Ginagawa ho natin lahat ng makakaya natin sa panahong ito para lutasin nga ang sitwasyon sa Zamboanga City,” Valte said. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

She pointed out that government troops had to exercise caution and move in a “calibrated” manner as hostages were involved in the standoff. “Alam naman po din natin ‘yung mga komplikasyon dahil meron silang mga binihag na mga kababayan natin, kaya unti-unti at very calibrated ang galaw ng ating mga security forces doon, para siguraduhing hindi naman madamay o malagay sa panganib ang iba pang mga kasamahan natin doon,” Valte said.

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US President Obama to visit the Philippines next month

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nited States President Barack Obama will visit the Philippines in his four-country ASEAN tour from October 6 to 12, Malacanang said on Saturday. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

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“Upon the invitation of His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III, President Barack Obama of the United States will be traveling to the Philippines on October 1112,” Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a statement on Saturday. “President Obama will meet President Aquino to discuss ways to further strengthen the enduring Philippines-U.S. alliance, including the expansion of our security, economic, and people-to-people ties.” Lacierda’s message confirmed a White House statement released on Friday about Obama’s trip to Asia. The White House said the US President will travel to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines from October 6 to 12 as part of his ongoing commitment to increase US political, economic and security engagement with the Asia Pacific. In Indonesia, Obama will MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders meeting. APEC is the region’s leading forum for trade and investment integration. He will then travel to Brunei for the US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit (EAS) and to meet with the Sultan of Brunei. After Brunei, the US leader will proceed to Malaysia to meet with Prime Minister Najib. Obama will highlight the US’s growing bilateral ties with Malaysia, and also deliver the keynote address to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. The last leg of Obama’s Asian visit will be the Philippines, the fifth Asian treaty ally he has visited during his presidency. He will meet with President Aquino to reaffirm the strong economic, people-topeople, and security links between the two countries, the White House said. PND

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PHL becomes 1st Asian country to export bananas to U.S.

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ilipinos and Americans will finally have a taste of Philippine bananas with the arrival in California of the first shipment of highland cavendish from Bukidnon. With the arrival of the maiden shipment of 7.047 metric tons of highland bananas at the Port of Long Beach near Los Angeles on September 9, the Philippines has earned the distinction of being the first Asian country to export bananas to the United States, Ambassador MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

Jose Cuisia, Jr. said in a statement from Washington on Saturday. “We are hopeful that Philippine bananas would be able to find and satisfy a niche in the competitive U.S. banana market,” Cuisia said. “We also hope that this is the beginning of increased access of Philippine bananas

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in North America.” The arrival of the shipment, which is the first of an estimated 3,000 metric tons that the U.S. hopes to import from the Philippines this year, came almost eight years after the Philippines first requested market access for its bananas, said Agriculture Attaché Dr. Josyline C. Javelosa. “Philippine bananas are among the best in the world and there is opportunity to bring in the unique and special banana varieties like lakatan and latondan, which Filipinos in the US have long been craving for and which Americans can learn to love,” said Javelosa. The highland bananas, which will be marketed in the U.S. under the Sweetio brand, were exported by Dole Philippines to Dole Food Company Inc. and were shipped from the Mindanao

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International Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, on August 20. Javelosa said the bananas have been transferred to a ripening warehouse and will be available in local stores in the Los Angeles area next week. The shipment puts the U.S. in the list of overseas destinations for Philippine bananas that include Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Korea, China, Singapore, the Middle East, Canada, Russia and Indonesia. Javelosa thanked the Department of Agriculture and the Philippine Embassy to officials of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for working closely with the Bureau of Plant Industry to ensure that the banana exports meet U.S. phytosanitary requirements.

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Gov’t forces ready to defend Basilan as MNLF intrudes Lamitan by Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY, Basilan - Government troops in Basilan is on a defensive position to block any lawless elements from entering urban centers of Lamitan and Isabela Cities. “The WESMINCOM (Western Mindanao Command) has already sent reinforcements to Basilan and we are ready to face them (lawless armed groups) head on,” says 104th Brigade Commander Col. Carlito

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Galvez in a text message to Philippine Information Agency (PIA) here. Armed groups believed to be supporters of faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) harassed Barangay Colonia in

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and at the outskirts near Lantawan municipality. “Some 90 armed MNLF elements were sighted near Masola and neighboring municipality of Lantawan, with the intention to attack the city,” Isabela City Mayor Cherrylyn Akbar said in a radio interview. She confirmed that the WESMINCOM had already Lamitan City, Basilan last Friday. An encounter ensued between government security forces and the intruders. Hundreds fled their homes including residents of neighboring Bulanting barangay in Lamitan where the MNLFs are believed to have holed up. Sporadic aerial assaults in the outskirts of these barangays have blocked the enemies. As of press

time, government forces continue to defend its position and keep MNLF forces from entering Lamitan Ctiy. In Isabela City, security was raised to an alert level when armed groups believed to be MNLF forces were sighted near Masola barangay MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

deployed additional forces for Basilan to establish blocking force in this barangay and around the city’s periphery. She said that the military and police assured that the government is ready to defend the city. She also said that the continued sound of the church bells and fire truck sirens shall warn the public when the city will be under attack. She, however, called on the public to remain calm but vigilant. “Since the attack in Zamboanga City, the Isabela City Crisis Management Committee and the province were already convened to prepare the city and the province for any eventualities,” Mayor Akbar said in a

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radio interview. Meanwhile, the Provincial Crisis Management Committee has met Sunday to discuss measures to address the shortage of some food items and goods as most of the goods come from Zamboanga City. With the suspension of sea vessels plying Zamboanga-Basilan route since the attack in Zamboanga, food supply and goods are running out in Isabela City. The CMC earlier had been

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transporting stranded Basileùos from Zamboanga through a commissioned wooden cargo vessel. This vessel also sailed a number of Muslim pilgrims for Mecca. In Lamitan, hundreds of families have fled their homes. At least 10 barangays were affected by the recent conflict. The local Philippine Red Cross has already distributed some 140 relief goods to evacuees at Datu Dizal Cultural center and Lamitan National High School in Lamitan City. The provincial governor’s office, through the local DSWD, has also prepared some 300 relief goods for the evacuees. Lamitan Vice Mayor Roderick H. Furigay said that an estimated 954 families have fled their homes. The DSWD are still documenting the evacuees. He said that the current situation (as of Sept 15) is still highly volatile.

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DSWD dispatches psychologists, social workers to Zamboanga City by Alfonso T. Ruda

ZAMBOANGA CITY - The field office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) based in this city has dispatched 10 personnel to Zamboanga City to assist in addressing the needs of the affected families by the ongoing gun battle between the government forces and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)-Misuari faction. Provincial team leader goods consisting of ready-toAlex Sabal disclosed that the ear clothes (ukay-ukay) and personnel sent to Zamboanga assorted toys for the children at City last Saturday were the evacuation center. composed of social workers The relief goods came from and psychologists. They would the different municipalities, assist in the relief distribution religious organizations and and conduct stress debriefing private individuals who among the evacuees. responded to the appeal of the The team also brought DSWD for assistance to standoff with them assorted relief victims. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

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Search is on for “2013 Outstanding Volunteers” by Franklin P. Gumapon

ZAMBOANGA CITY - An evaluating team composed of representatives from the regional offices of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)-IX, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-IX and Civil Service Commission (CSC)-IX as well as a private sector representative came here last week to conduct field validation and personal interview with one of the three nominees from the region for the 2013 Search for Outstanding Volunteers (SOV). The team met with Dr. Rey D. Acis, president of the Organized Radio Assistance and Communication Information Services (ORACIS) based in Barangay Olingan this city, to know firsthand his projects and activities as volunteer. ORACIS, a duly registered organization with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been active in rescue operations during natural and/or man-made disasters with its transportation and communication equipment. The other two volunteers nominated for the award are Mrs. Porfiria Balan, a barangay health worker and Mrs. Alicia F. Cabayacruz, a barangay nutrition scholar, all from Zamboanga City. It can be recalled that in 2012 SOV a certain Ms. Velia S. Ebol, president of the Zampen Women and Children Solidarity MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

Foundation, Inc. based in Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay emerged as national winner. She championed women’s rights and established women and children center in said municipality. Started in 2001 the SOV, which is under the auspices of the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSA), seeks to recognize the exemplary performance of individuals of Filipino citizenship, Filipino volunteer organizations, and local chapters of foreign volunteer organizations that provide volunteer assistance in the country. PNVSA, which is under the administrative supervision of NEDA, is a government agency tasked to promote and coordinate volunteer programs and services in the country.

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AgNor PARCCOM, FEDARCCO join call to save Mount Mayapay

by Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY -- The Provincial Agrarian Reform Coordinating Committee (PARCCOM) of Agusan del Norte and the Federation of Agrarian Reform Communities Cooperative (FEDARCCO) have joined the continuing advocacy to protect and conserve Mount Mayapay, the city’s natural heritage.

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Officials of the Agusan del Norte PARCCOM during its meeting in September 13 pledged their strong support for the rehabilitation and conservation effort of Mt. Mayapay. PARCCOM chairperson Greg Hontiveros bared that there was already a study on Mt. Mayapay which substantially proposed the need to rehabilitate and protect its ecological equilibrium. Hontiveros believed that there should be significant advocacy support and action to save Mt. Mayapay since the surrounding communities especially the small farmers and agrarian reform cooperatives will be greatly affected once the mountain will seriously disturbed. On the same occasion, the board of directors (BOD) of the FEDARCCO submitted their full support to save Mount M a ya p a y. Meanwhile, Roselyn D. Saldua, Board of Director of FEDARCCO r e v e a l e d that the cooperative has set a plan to conduct tree planting activities at MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

Mt. Mayapay as part of their environmental support program. “The FEDARCCO board of directors has been discussing a plan for tree planting activities to Mt. Mayapay. We will soon set schedule for the tree planting after we resolve some of the problems faced by the cooperative so we can focus with our agriculture and environmental programs,” she said. Saldua bared that the FEDARCCO is an alliance of agrarian reform farmer cooperatives and associations in Agusan del Norte with the total incorporators of 43 cooperatives and associations, as of September 2013. One of the missions of the cooperative is to “promote and develop the environment and the forests.”

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Caraga Regl Peace & Order Council crafts Roadmap for Peace by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- Members of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in Caraga crafted the region’s Roadmap for Peace during its three-day Framework Building Workshop held recently at the Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, this city. The council further enhanced its plans and strategies in achieving a more peaceful and progressive Caraga with diverse, empowered, culturally sensitive communities living in a sustainable environment afforded with equal opportunities. Among the issues and concerns raised by the members of the MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

council include the following: 1) efficiency of the delivery of government services to clients; 2) effectiveness of the citizens’ character and complaints desk installed; and 3) effectiveness of peace and order and public safety. It was also learned that Criminality (involving illegal drugs and theft/robbery),

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Indigenous Peoples (ancestral domains claims) issues, Insurgency (involving extortion, unemployment, lack of job opportunities), and Resourcebased Conflict are the four common factors that affects the peace situation in the region. The members were also grouped into four sectors during the workshop with the presence of RPOC chair and Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr to address existing issues and concerns. The four sectors are: Governance; Social and Cultural; Economic; and Environment. Each group then presented

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its outputs/results for further enhancement, recommendations by the full council. Amante emphasized that in attaining peace, there is an instrument that will serve as guide, and that is through a Roadmap. “This roadmap should not remain just a piece of paper but it must be executed. Commitment of the Local Chief Executives in the region is really needed,� he said. The council will meet again in the month of October for finalization and approval of the crafted roadmap for peace for Caraga region.

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Broadcasters, DILG, DENR and PNP plant trees nationwide during 2013 OPLAN Broadcastreeing by Don Manuelo O. Patrimonio

BUTUAN CITY-- Broadcasters and staff of the different AM, FM and TV stations around Butuan City along with students, street children, and representatives from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP) and partner establishments joined efforts to plant trees during the 2013 OPLAN Broadcastreeing: The Urban Greening Project in Barangay Masao, Butuan City, recently. Participants were mostly coming from the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) Butuan City Chapter, but were joined by students from Grand View College; street children accompanied by Butuan City Councilor Atty. Rema Burdeos and Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) deputy police director PSupt Romy Palgue; participants from the PNP, DILG, and the private sector, particularly Almont Hotel and Nature’s Spring. The group gathered at around 6 a.m. at the Guingona Park where a brief opening program was conducted followed shortly by a hataw warm-up routine. A convoy proceeded that led all the way to Barangay Masao with vehicles provided by KBP partner members, the city government of Butuan, and Councilor Sergio Pascual. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

Armed with their own planting implements and the seedlings provided by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the participants lined the street and planted some 600 seedlings mostly narra (Pterocarpus indicus) and talisay (Terminalia catappa). Personnel from Barangay Masao, under the leadership of Punong Barangay Bernardo A. Perez, assisted the planters by preparing the planting sites. They will also take charge of monitoring and maintaining the trees that have been planted. The activity in Masao was part of a national tree planting campaign held simultaneously across the country. This is in support of the National Greening Program (NGP) per Executive Order No. 26, Series of 2011 dated February 24, 2011.

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Cagayan de Oro Water District is planning to implement its approved rate adjustment before the year ends. This was revealed on September 12 by COWD-Genereal Manager Rachel Beja during the meeting of the City Council committee on public utilities chaired by Councilor Roger Abaday. According to Beja, the water rate adjustment has been approved by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA). The water district’s Board of Trustees and legal

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counsel have also opined that in view of the approval of the compromise agreement, COWD may now legally implement the adjustment. The approved 30-percent water rate adjustment will be implemented on a staggered basis starting on November 1 this year with a 10-percent adjustment. This brings the minimum charge from

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P168 for the first ten cubic meters to P184.80 for residential consumers and from P336 for the first ten cubic meters to P369.60 for commercial consumers. The succeeding adjustments of 10-percent will be carried out on February 1, 2014 and May 1, 2014. Beja said water rates adjustment is intended to fund service improvement and expansion projects including the non-revenue

water (NRW) reduction program. The adjustment will also cover for the inflation of the cost of all consumables used in operations, which has increased since 2007 when COWD last implemented a rates adjustment. The committee referred this to the City Legal Office for comments and recommendation. It will be tackled again next meeting.

HRD training for provincial employees completed by Vincent N. Labial

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – More than 20 employees from the provincial government here in Lanao del Norte completed three module components of the Human Resource Development (HRD) Planning training. The five-month long training program is facilitated in by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), initiated by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) through its implementing arm Philippines Australia Human Resource and Organisation Development Facility (PAHRODF). On August 27 to 29, department heads and supervisors of the Lanao del Norte local government unit attended the HR Strategic Planning Session at Hotel Elizabeth in Cebu

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City. “We are really thankful that Lanao del Norte has been identified as one of the provinces to undergo this essential training. I believe this training will make us a more efficient organization and enable us to give better public service to our constituents,� expressed Provincial Administrator Joselito Quibranza. Governor Khalid Dimaporo officially launched the capacitybuilding project and inspired the provincial leaders to maximize their learning from the training

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program. Meanwhile, core team members of the HRD Planning participated on September 10 to 12 in the Workshop on Facilitation and Presentation Skills at the Mindanao Civic Center Hotel Function Hall, in the capital town of Tubod. Provincial employees identified for the training on Human Resource Development Planning need to successfully complete the remaining modules on Training and Coaching on managing HR Intervention, Validation of Strategic HR Plan,

Training on HRD Planning, Benchmarking, Coaching and Mentoring, Presentation of Draft HRD Plan with Budgetary Requirements to Top Management, Enhancement of the Output, Integration Activity and Calibration, and Submission of Final Outputs. Lanao del Norte is also a beneficiary-province of Provincial Road Management Facility (PRMF), a sister agency of PAHRODF operating under the auspices of AusAID.

LGU’s to share funds for the October BSK elections by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental - All local government units (LGU) have been required to set aside amounts for the conduct of the 2013 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE). Such amount, however, shall in no case be less than P10,000, but not more than 10 percent of the general funds of the barangays which have been set aside for the SK, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said. This provision is pursuant to Comelec Resolution No. 9739, entitled “In the Matter of Collecting the Shares of Barangays to Augment the Funds to be Used for the Conduct of of the 2013 BSKE.” Any and all amounts forwarded to the Comelec pursuant to this MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

resolution shall be used primarily to defray the expenses of the board of election tellers, particularly, their transportation allowance in the amount of P500, each, and for their additional honoraria, trainings and meetings. As provided in Comelec Resolution NO. 9739, the amount shall be released by the LGU’s to the Election Officers, who are directed to extend cooperation and assistance in the disbursements of these amounts, Atty. Cirilo E. Nala, Jr., Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) of Misamis

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Occidental, said. In instances where there is no appropriated fund for a barangay, the LGU concerned shall ask for the supplemental budget from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). Meanwhile, Comelec Resolution 9739 seeks the assistance of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), COA and DBM for the collection of funds from the

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LGU’s. It also authorizes Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert S. Lim, Chairperson of the Sterring Committee for the 2013 BSKE, to enter into an memorandum of agreement with DILG, DBM and COA for purposes of facilitating the implementation of this resolution, subject to the confirmation of the Commission En Banc.

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DSWD XI releases P100,000 for Pablo victims in gold-rush Diwata

MONKAYO, Compostela Valley Province- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) XI released P100,000 worth of fresh financial assistance to 40 Typhoon Pablo victims residing in Barangay Mt. Diwata in the Municipality of Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province. DSWD XI Thursday (Sept. 12) released the assistance funds from the Program Monitoring and CoordiMONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

nation Center of the National Task Force Diwalwal (PMCC-NTFD) which had directed member agencies to use their 2012 remaining funds for Typhoon Pablo response operation. DSWD XI serves as cochair of the PMCC NTFD which groups together national line agencies tasked to oversee and monitor the Diwalwal Mineral Reservation Area (DMRA). DSWD XI representative to PMCC, Annie L. Rosalinda led the distribution of cheques worth P2,500.00 each given to the 40 beneficiaries pre-identified by the PMCC- NTFD social worker assigned in Mt. Diwata, in coordination with the barangay government. She made the distribution at the DSWD Monkayo Municipal Link office together with PMCC- NTFD Communication Officer Nora Alicante and Mt. Diwata Brgy. Capt. Rodolfo Boyles. In her brief talk, Rosalinda said

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the assistance might have come late but she hoped this could still be of great help for the typhoon victims. In an interview, Evangeline Bolay-og, 34-year-old mother of four young children was so glad of receiving the cheque which she immediately took for encashment to a local cheque buyer. Makapalit na jud ko tambal, vitamins ug pagkaon sa akong anak. (I can now buy medicine, vitamins and food for my child),� she said taking particular concern for her four-yearold child who, she said, recently was hospitalized due to pneumonia.

Majority of those who came to receive the cheques were women who, upon casual talk with the Philippine Information Agency, were all happy to have money to buy either galvanized iron (GI) sheets to build houses or food for their family. In a separate interview, Brgy. Capt. Boyles confirmed claims of recipients, saying most of the typhoon victims have yet to overcome their loss of abode and that they are still using the tarpaulin donation as roofs of their shelter. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive D. Abangan)

DAVAO CITY- The Davao Cultural Festival was opened on September 9, 2013 with the Marco Polo Parkside General Manager Stanley Lau, DOT Chief Tourism Operations Officer Eden David, Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing Candice Iyog and Celebrity Chef Gene Gonzales leading the guests to a toast. Philippine Ambassador to China was represented by Minister and Consul Donna Rodriguez. With her are the officials from the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Department of Tourism -Beijing office represented by Mr. Warren Palacio. The opening night was graced by the media, officials of Marco Polo, Cebu Pacific officials and corporate guests of the said hotel. Entertainment was provided

by the Kalumon Performing Ensemble who will perform daily every lunch and dinner at the CafĂŠ Marco at Marco Polo Parkside Hotel until September 27, 2013. The more than one hundred hotel guests that night from the invited partners to the regular diners, tasted Davao cuisine prepared by team of the celebrity Chefs Gene and Gino Gonzalez. Kinilaw (tuna with vinegar) and Pomelo Salad were the appetizers and followed by the Davao Malagos cheese as sidings to the dried shrimp. Lechon manok (roasted chicken) and grilled tuna panga (tuna jaw) were some of the main dishes at the Filipino buffet spread. The Davao Cultural Festival is a joint project of the Department of

Davao Food Festival held in Beijing

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Tourism with partners Marco Polo Parkside and Cebu Pacific. It is part of the DOT program on growing the Chinese awareness on Davao in Beijing and encourages them to visit Samal and Davao cities. Cebu Pacific thanks DOT and Marco Polo for the partnership which is the second time for the Davao Beijing promotions. “Thank you for making Cebu Pacific part of this event.” Dir. Art Boncato stresses on the importance of connectivity between Davao and China thus, a program on air routes is also being implemented by the DOT to connect the destinations to the market. “We are working closely with the airlines to connect Davao directly to our markets especially China.” The Davao Cultural Festival as not only on food diplomacy

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and promotions as well as the cultural performances, there were media and travel trade presentations on Davao tourism offerings which were both successfully held at the Marco Polo Parkside last September 10, 2013. H.E. Erlinda Basillio also visited the Davao Cultural Festival last September 11, 2013 and invited a key Chinese business leader for a Filipino lunch. Mr. Xu Ningning of China -ASEAN business council executive secretary general has been invited by the Philippine Embassy to mount a business mission to Davao tentatively scheduled in November 2013. “Just like in the previous year, during the first year of implementation, we gathered very good results as inventive groups came to visit Samal after the Davao Cultural Festival last June 2011. We are looking forward to more positive results this year and in the years to come,” Dir. Boncato added. (pr)

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Retired public teacher named finalist to DA’s Outstanding Rural Women search By Dani Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Rebecca R. Latog, a retired teacher from Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat has been named one the six finalists of the national search for Outstanding Rural Women, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Soccsksargen Region announced.

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Fe E. Ybañez, DA 12’s GAD focal person, said Latog, along with the other five finalists who were chosen from the 13 regional winners, will be subjected to a final on-field validation by the national technical evaluators next month. The search is being implemented under DA’s Gender and Development Program. Beckay to her friends and acquaintances, Mrs. Latog was born on February 18, 1945 in Himamaylan, Negros Occidental to Ricardo Reginio and Estrella Tanate who hailed from Tubungan, Iloilo. Ybañez described Latog as an embodiment of an exceptional woman who is shaped even bolder and stronger by life’s hard experiences like her father and siblings’ loss. “In her younger years, she worked as a nanny and a laundrywoman to support her schooling. She also ventured in selling pickled papaya and other things to earn for a living,” she added. With diligence and conviction that poverty is not a hindrance to success, she graduated magna cum laude at Notre Dame of Kidapawan College with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She landed a teaching job at Mao Elementary School in Ampatuan, Maguindanao and from then on she devoted 39 years of her life to educating young people because she believes that education is very significant to an individual’s life. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

Ma’am Beckay married Hector L. Latog, a farmer and an agriculturist by profession and they were blessed with three children who are now pursuing their chosen careers. After her retirement in 2006, she became a hands-on manager-farmer of their farm while her husband serves as her partner in supervising their laborers and serves as the marketing man together with their youngest child Caesar. She is a very innovative woman who always finds way to try new technologies introduced by the Department of Agriculture and other government and non-government organizations into their farm that promotes organic agriculture into an integrated farming system. Among her agricultural ventures is an African oil palm production area, which has been expanded to 16 hectares and has been providing the family with 15 to 18 tons of harvest per hectare. The family also tends to some 120 already fruit-bearing mango trees, which have become a source for her venture on mango puree production under the guidance of the Cotabato Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (CARRDEC) based at the University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan, North Cotabato. They also grow bananas which they process into crunchy banana crackers. In 2011, Ma’am Beckay developed a 2,500 square meters within their oil

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palm production area into an organic rice project (semi rice terraces) through the guidance of their municipal agriculture office. Adjacent to her ricefield is a tilapia fishpond, which has provided her with 55 to 85 kg of tilapia per harvest. She also raises farm animals like cattle and goats as well as poultry such as chicken and ducks. Her backyard is highlighted with different organically grown vegetables as well as rambutan, passion fruit, avocado, macopa, durian, and other high value crops. “Mrs Latog is regarded as the first Filipino to produce indigenous mushrooms such as Amakol, Makolmakol and Sal-ang without using spawns,” Ybañez said. “Her initiative to produce indigenous mushrooms using empty bunches of oil palm with water and rock salt only manifests that she is a real Magsasakang Siyentista.” Mrs. Latog is also an advocate of environmental protection and preservation. She continues to propagate mahogany, rattan, chestnut and coconut trees as well ornamental plants which she donates to the community. Another thing that separates Mrs. Latog from other rural women, Ybañez added, is her genuine concern for the community; he and her family donated parcel of their land to the community where a purok chapel, a kindergarten school, a warehouse with dryer, and a purok learning center have been established. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

“She even provided home lots to 21 families for free,” Ybañez said. As person who gives too much value to education, Mrs. Latog has been an ardent sponsor of students enrolled under the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education by providing them school supplies like ballpens and notebooks. Moreover, Mrs Latog herself volunteers as an English and Mathematics teachers in the ALS where she mentors 20 Tboli youths at Sitio Gumban, Barangay Titulok, more than 10 kilomenters from Bagumbayan town. As a proactive woman, she is also instrumental in finding livelihood projects to rural women in the locality by linking them to various institutions that offer livelihood trainings. Being a servant leader, she has been elected officer to different women, farmers associations, and civil organizations. She is chairperson of the Multi-Sectoral Committee of the Mindanao Rural Development Program of Bagumbayan and top positions in Rural Improvement Club in barangay, municipal and provincial levels. Her good deeds and accomplishments have gained her several accolades, including: 2nd runner-up award in the Mindanao-wide Search for Magsasakang Siyentista, 1st runnerup in GAD Search 2012, and Wildlife Conservation Award granted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with LMSalvo-DA 12)

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Police team up with Red Cross on blood donation program

By: Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Some 22,500 cc of blood were collected Thurda in a bloodletting activity spearheaded by the Regional Public Safety Battalion 12, Police – Community Relations Section of the Police Regional Office 12 (PRO 12). PSInsp Benjamin Mauricio Jr., spokesperson of PRO 12, said the blood were donated by 130 police officers and troops of the Philippine Army who joined the activity at PRO 12 Headquarters in Barangay Tambler, General Santos City. Before the actual bloodletting, PInsp Ian Vistal Bagot of the RPSB 12 reminded the donors: “ The blood we give today will save precious lives tomorrow because by giving a part of ourselves, we allow others to live.” “I hope that the humble participation of the PNP will go a long way in advancing the goals of our national blood donation program,” he continued. In response to the success of the activity, Police Regional Director PCSupt Charles Calima, noted: “What our uniformed men and women have completed is one of the most humane acts of volunteerism.” The day- long MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

blood donation drive was conducted in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross led by Dr. Rochelle Oco, along with the PRC General Santos City Chapter. Other participants were from the 512th Engineering Construction Battalion and 52nd Engineering Brigade, Philippine Army led by SSG Ruel D. Bagiuo and SSG Ronald I. Bonea, respectively. The activity was in accordance with the memorandum of agreement between the PNP and the Philippine Blood Center (PBC) . (DEDoguilesPIA 12/DPFerrer-PRO 12)

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South Cotabato town receives farm equipment from DA 12 By: Shahana Joy E. Duerme KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato—The municipality of Tupi in South Cotabato recently received farm equipment which includes nine hand tractors and a 35-horsepower tractor from the Department of Agriculture (DA 12).

The hand tractors are units of Iseki-Agrindo Handtractor with complete accessories like rotivator, trailer, mould board plow, furrower and paddle wheel. The said machines were turned over to groups like the SAMAKA, CIFVA, Sitio Basak Irrigators Association, Crossing Rubber Irrigators Association, Polonuling High Value Crop Producers Association, Palian Community Workers Association, Barangay Council of Miasong, and the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist. The turn-over ceremony was in line with the farmers’ forum, one of the activities of the 60th Foundation Anniversary and 4th Agten Tufi Festival of Tupi. It was facilitated by the Office of the Municipal Agriculturist (OMAg) in coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA

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12). According to Mayor Reynaldo S. Tamayo, Jr., the equipment from DA 12 is in response to the needs of the people in the town as most of them depend on agriculture. Meanwhile, to further help the farmers in the municipality, Tamayo allocated P2 million for the establishment of a trade center or ‘bagsakan’ while the DA 12 vowed to contribute by giving storage facilities for the expected produce of the farmers. He emphasized that this initiative is aimed at alleviating the plight of the farmers by providing them adequate facilities that would help improve the shelf-life of the crops they produce, as well as developing market that would benefit the farmers. (SJDuermePIA12/Tupi-LGU)

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Pagadian Rotary Club, PRC donate relief goods for Zambo evacuees by Rene V. Carbayas

PAGADIAN CITY - In support of the national government efforts in providing immediate aid and relief assistance to thousands of evacuees affected by the standoff in Zamboanga City, two civic organizations here have been sending relief goods to the evacuees. Rotary Club of Pagadian past president, Dr. Reynaldo Ortiz, said the Rotary Club of Makati Forbes Park and Philippine Red Cross (PRC)Zamboanga del Sur chapter sent on Sunday morning to the victims MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

ready-to-cook food items such as 15 boxes of sardines, 15 boxes of noodles, and 10 sacks of 25 kilo rice. The Rotary Club of Makati Forbes Park channeled its aid to the

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Rotary Club of Pagadian by sending money to buy goods here for the victims, as it would difficult to have goods sent from Manila due to cancellation of flights to Zamboanga City. These food items, Ortiz said, are just the first batch of relief goods, while the second batch will be sent out on Tuesday “because the Red Cross vehicle cannot carry heavy loads.” “The second batch of relief goods to be brought to Zamboanga City tomorrow, consist of 50 sacks of rice and other food items,” said Ortiz the concurrent chair of PRC board. “The Rotary Club of Pagadian and PRC are actively working for the immediate distribution of relief goods to save thousands of civilianevacuees from hunger,” Ortiz added. Meanwhile, PRC administrator Hildaliza Muñoz said that in compliance with the national headquarter’s order to send staff/ volunteers to Zamboanga City, a team composed of PRC staff and volunteers, who are highly trained on disaster management, was immediately dispatched to assist in the needs of the affected residents there. “This team will assist the affected families who are now MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

housed at the evacuation center at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, Zamboanga City. They will also provide psycho-social support services to the evacuees,” she added. Chapter service representative for safety and disaster management Danilo Caballero said his group is ready to lend a helping hand to the evacuees. He admitted that it was his first time to assist victims of insurgency-related incident. “We are very much ready to lend a helping hand to the evacuees,” Caballero declared. But he admitted he felt a bit nervous because he is not used to assisting victims of manmade disaster. His group assisted the victims of Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro on December 18, 2012.

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One Mindanao - September 16, 2013  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao

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