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“Bayanihan spirit” still alive among modern day “Samaritans” Michael Vincent D. Cajulao Western Mindanao

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Palace defends President Aquino’s presence in Zamboanga City


Catholic clergy, lawmaker urge public to pray for war victims in Zamboanga

Alfonso T. Ruda

IFSP condemns terror acts in Zamboanga Gideon C. Corgue

MNLF rebels flee; 78 hostages rescued as government wage calibrated offensive response

Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

Zambo mayor seeks understanding, support of all sector Claro A. Lanipa



60 Surigao Sur PWDs trained in meat processing Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

NSO undertakes the 2012 Input-Output Survey on PHL Business and Industry Villa Bayotas


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DepEd-10 to come up with HIV/AIDS Action Plan Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

DOST College Scholarship Examination set Tess Superioridad Baluyos


Restraint in Muslim-tagging urged

RG Alama


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South Cotabato women receive SSF equipment, skills training Aida C. Agad

Local COMELEC official supports moves to abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan Perlita D. Changco

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013 Vol. 3 No. 23


“Bayanihan spirit” still alive among modern day “Samaritans” By Michael Vincent D. Cajulao


erhaps the most famous story about helping others is the story of The Good Samaritan found in the Holy Bible. Bible accounts tell us that Samaritans were detested by the Jews being products of Jewish and gentile union, calling them “unclean.” In the story, a Jew was waylaid on his way to his business, leaving him half dead. A Jew saw the man but did not help him. Another Jew saw and passed the man as if he saw nothing. Unexpectedly, a Samaritan saw the dying man and immediately brought him to his house to cure and feed him.

The moral of the story is that help comes in all forms, oftentimes, unexpected. In this present time, good Samaritans still abound, waiting for opportunities to extend help without expecting anything in return, except for the joy of helping others in their most simple ways. City under siege The city has been under crisis for the last eight days as firefight between the government forces and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF)-Misuari faction only becoming worse as days go by. As in every armed conflict, civilians are always at the losing end. Displacement, loss of properties, and worst of all, the loss and destruction of lives, are all synonymous to the word war. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said that as

of Sunday, over 64,000 individuals have been evacuated as firefight continues. The government is now faced with a gargantuan task of delivering the basic needs of these people. Although the government has enough logistics to address the problem, it may not be long that help will be needed. Bayanihan Spirit Then again, just when everything is in shamble, good Samaritans again rise to the occasion, silently giving whatever they can away from the spotlight. Zamboangueños and even those from neighboring provinces from all walks of life, rich or poor, showed that the “Bayanihan Spirit,” a famous trait of Filipinos, is still alive and burning. As DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman said, “We are very impressed and grateful to the overwhelming support from all sectors to help meet the needs of the evacuees.” Many groups and organizations stepped up volunteering to assist in whatever way they can for the affected families. Individuals also came to the Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council Office) to volunteer. The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), as always, has been in the forefront in making

sure that all needs are addressed, even putting their lives in danger as what the whole world witnessed in the news where a couple of their personnel were injured during an encounter. The risk of helping is there, but it’s outweighed by their desire to help in times of need. They still chose to stay away from recognition and do their job unmindful of everything but the delivery of their service. Other groups have also been contributing greatly for the cause of the thousands of victims of this senseless armed conflict. Touching lives in need As this writer tried to interview the heads of some of these groups, they politely declined any interview. One of them said, “we appreciate the recognition of what we are doing, but knowing that we have touched the lives of those in need is more than enough for us to keep moving and continue helping them”. This statement gave a concrete picture of the story of the Good Samaritan, ever so ready to extend their help without expecting anything in return. For them, no amount of praise and exposure can compare to the fulfillment of sharing God’s love to those who need it. Everywhere you go, you can see 5

them quietly exerting efforts to help showing the victims that they are one with them in this most trying time. Secretary Soliman, during a press briefing earlier, said that with the kind of attitude shown by people from and outside Zamboanga, the city will immediately stand on its feet and get through with this crisis. The business sector has also been silently heeding the call for help as reported by Soliman. “We also laud the business sector, specifically the restaurant owners for continuously providing cooked foods for our evacuees,” she said. The manufacturing sector in the city has also donated ready-to-eat foods like sardines for the evacuees. Mr. Edwin Toh of the Rotary Group, himself a member of the business sector, called on all businessmen whose stores are far from critical areas to open their stores for the public to secure their daily provisions. He has called also on his colleagues to refrain from spreading rumors of food shortage to avoid panic buying. Even private individuals have come up with their own relief donation activities to contribute to the ongoing initiatives that the government is doing, going from one evacuation center to another to reach out to the displaced people. Overwhelming support A staff of a private school in the city who has been conducting relief operations since day one said her group has been receiving overwhelming support even from those outside Zamboanga. “We are in constant communication

with the Crisis Management Council (CMC) for the delivery of relief goods to the victims, from clothing to food items coming from as far as Manila. There was even one child not more than three years old who has personally handed to us some diapers. The child would cry if the parents try to get the item from him. This kind of support has inspired us to go on and help in whatever way we can,” she said. Foreign donors Aids coming from international funding agencies have also provided a huge lift in addressing the needs of the victims. Secretary Soliman said the USAID donated P27 million worth of assistance in the form of mats, water jugs, and portalets (portable toilets). The city government of Zamboanga is indeed grateful for the overwhelming support given to the victims, a manifestation that “bayanihan” amongst us is still alive. There are still many groups and individuals out there who are doing everything to help in the situation, groups and individuals whose only desire is to reach out to those in need without expecting anything in return. Hats off to all of you! You are the unsung heroes worth emulating.


Palace says claim that President Aquino spent several hours with Janet Napoles on the day of her surrender is fiction


alacanang denied the claim of a former senator that President Benigno S. Aquino III spent several hours in “closed-door conversations” with Janet Lim Napoles on August 28 - the day of her surrender. “The claim of Marcos-era Public on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, is pure Information Minister and former Senator fiction,” the Office of the Presidential Francisco S. Tatad that the President Spokesperson (OPS) said in a statement spent several hours in “closed-door released on Monday. conversations” with Janet Lim Napoles Contrary to the claim of the former TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013


senator, the OPS said the Chief Executive attended the 8th East Asia Conference on Competition Law and Policy at Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City at 10 a.m. and the 27th Apolinario Mabini Awarding Ceremony at the Malacanang Palace’s Heroes Hall at 1:30 p.m. “The storyline pushed by Tatad is an obvious fabrication. The President was at two high-profile events at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with hundreds of attendees. At both events the President also delivered speeches, the videos of which are now collectively embedded on the President’s Day page for August 28, 2013,” the OPS said in response to the senator’s Manila Standard Today First Things First column dated Sept. 16. The former senator claimed that Napoles arrived at Malacañang Palace at 10:27 a.m., accompanied by Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda. He said Napoles remained in a room for the next six hours, meeting behind closed doors with the President, Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas, and Lacierda. Other cabinet members who supposedly joined the meeting were Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, Secretary of Budget and TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

Management Florencio Abad, and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa. “Secretary Abad denies having gone to the Palace at all on that day. He was at his office from 12:15 p.m. until having to leave for a 3:00 p.m. meeting in Quezon City and from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. was at the DILG to meet with some organizers and attendees of the One Million People March,” the OPS statement said. “This administration believes in truthful and transparent reportage, which the former Marcos-appointee may not be accustomed to,” the OPS said. The OPS also released anew the President’s official working schedule for August 28. After attending the 8th East Asia Conference on Competition Law and Policy and the 27th Apolinario Mabini Awarding Ceremony, the President had a meeting with Ochoa and the officials of the Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Finance at the Malacanang Palace’s Study Conference Room at 3 p.m. before heading to a meeting with the Secretary of Transportation and Communications (SOTC), among others also at the Study Conference Room. PND


Palace defends President Aquino’s presence in Zamboanga City


alacanang defended the presence of President Benigno S. Aquino III in Zamboanga City, saying the Chief Executive, who has chosen to remain in the province where an ongoing standoff between the government troops and members of the Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari faction has been raging for over a week, bolsters the morale of the security forces as well as of the people.

In a press briefing in Malacanang on Edwin Lacierda cited the “big Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson role” the President portrays as the TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013


Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police. “The President is there. He is the Commander-in-Chief. There are military options being exercised there (Zamboanga City) right now. He gives support; he gives directions so he plays a big role,” Lacierda said. “He has inspired the armed forces there, the police forces and also the city government and so it shows TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

the confidence that he also has in the armed forces and also the people of Zamboanga City appreciate the presence of the President during this time of crisis,” he added. W h e n asked on what happens to the affairs of government while the President is away, Lacierda said President Aquino remains in constant contact with his alter egos in the various agencies who give him updates on the state of government. “The business of government runs even if he is in Zamboanga City, as he is in touch with Cabinet Secretaries,” Lacierda said.


All set for Tourism Week celebration in Central Mindanao


he stage is set for activities of tourism stakeholders in Region 12 as the Department of Tourism (DOT) together with the Regional Tourism Council celebrate Tourism Week on September 25-28 in General Santos City. Nelly Dillera, DOT-12 regional director, said the Regional Development Council (RDC-12) is also making the tourism event its highlight for the RDC Week celebration. Various activities attuned to the theme, “Converging Tourism Initiatives towards Inclusive and Sustainable Tourism Development,” are lined up during the event to be held at the TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

Veranza Activity Center in General Santos City. Highlighting the event will be the launching of the Region 12 Tourism Brand, “12th Paradise, Region 12 Philippines.” Dillera explained that DOT 12 considers as paradise-like the destinations and attractions of Region 12. “12th Paradise” shall also have 12


Brand Substantiation that include – Dance in Paradise, Savor in Paradise, Float in Paradise, Dip in Paradise, Wear in Paradise, Play in Paradise, Delight in Paradise, Immerse in Paradise, Explore in Paradise, Shower in Paradise, Create in Paradise and Marvel in Paradise. DOT 12 will organize a Regional Tourism Summit that will present the various convergence programs of the DOT with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and local government units. Dillera is hoping the number of project proposals submitted by the LGUs for these convergence programs will increase. Projects are on tourism roads, eco-tourism, 4Ps Beneficiaries Skills Matching with tourism establishments, Capability Building, Investment Promotion, among others. DOT shall also present an assessment of its mid-term accomplishments, programs on product development, marketing, planning services, capability building and accreditation. A Travel, Trade and Services Fair will also highlight the various tourist establishments and destinations in TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

the region. The Services Fair shall feature the programs of the government agencies on tourism development and assist stakeholders in accessing said services. There will also be tour packages to be sold. The Tourism Quiz Bowl, Cultural Presentations, Tourism Skills Demonstration on bar tending, table napkin folding and fruit and vegetable carving, and the Mindanao Tourism Congress that will discuss among others the issues and concerns confronting the industry in Mindanao. She said this event, targeted to be staged every year, hopes to increase tourism arrivals in Region 12 and henceforth increase the income of the tourism operators as well as encourage raw material suppliers from the communities. Region 12’s main attractions include Sarangani’s pure adventure like river tubing, diving and paragliding; General Santos City’s tuna experience; South Cotabato’s Lake Sebu; North Cotabato’s Mt. Apo; and Cotabato City’s Cultural Treasures. Region 12, also known as SOCCSKSARGEN is composed of the provinces of South and North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani and the cities of Koronadal, Kidapawan, Cotabato, Tacurong and General Santos.


PNoy assures help for Zambo evacuees who lost homes in fire by Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - President Aquino has instructed the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to coordinate closely with the Zamboanga City local government for the rehabilitation component of the Zamboanga crisis.



Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said the President had instructed her to look into matters or ways on how to help the victims specially those whose houses were razed to the ground. “Tinitingnan po natin kung papano matulungan ang mga kababayan natin na wala ng bahay na mauuwian gawa ng pagsunog na naganap (We are looking into ways on how to help our people who no longer have houses to go back to due to fire),” Soliman said. She said PNoy instructed her that DSWD assist in the rebuilding of houses for the victims. Sec. Soliman said the President is putting into consideration the victims who have lost their homes


in the fire and who do not have the capacity to rebuild their houses. “We have enough funds not only for the immediate response but we also have funds for rehabilitation,” Soliman assured. Secretary of Interior and Local Government (SILG) Mar Roxas, on the other hand, said during yesterday’s press briefing, an estimated 850 houses in the areas of Sta Catalina, Sta Barbara, Rio Hondo and Mariki were totally went in smoke in the course of gun fight between government forces and the MNLF-breakaway group of Nur Misuari. Roxas said the President was here in the city since Friday (Sept. 13) to personally assess the situation.


Catholic clergy, lawmaker urge public to pray for war victims in Zamboanga by Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - As the Zamboanga City standoff enters on its ninth day, Zamboanga del Norte’s first district representative Seth Frederick Jalosjos and a Catholic priest urged the public to pray for the safety of the innocent civilians trapped in the encounter between the government forces and the members of the Moro National Liberation Front(MNLF)-Misuari faction. Rev. Fr. Edgardo Elumba, cited the damage wrought on human lives by war, stressing that it is not the solution to any problem, but an open line of communication. Meanwhile, Congressman TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

Seth Frederick Jalosjos urged fellow Zanorteans to pray for the innocent civilians trapped between the two warring factions. He urged President Benigno Aquino to declare the Zamboanga


City under the state of calamity, “considering that its economy has been greatly affected,� as business establishments are closed, houses were burned and many innocent civilians have died, and thousands of families were forced to leave their houses. He also urged the government to review the peace agreement with the MNLF in 1996. As firefight goes on, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and

other civic and non-government organizations keep providing relief assistance to the mounting number of evacuees housed at the evacuation center. DSWD-Zamboanga del Norte Field Office continues to accept donations for the standoff victims. Relief assistance maybe coursed through the DSWD SWADT office or Pantawid Office, along Velasco St., Miputak, Dipolog City and see Alex Sabal(cp#0928-441-3703) or Jose Cruz(cp#0915-705-5022) or contact tel. 212-6265.

IFSP condemns terror acts in Zamboanga by Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY - We strongly condemn the acts of individuals and groups responsible for the Zamboanga City crisis. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013


This was declared by the Interfaith Forum for Solidarity and Peace (IFSP) in its official statement released on Monday. The IFSP is a movement of religious and civil society leaders of Christians, Muslims and Subanens in Zamboanga del Sur and Pagadian City organized in 1996. “We do not only abhor the bloodshed that happened in Zamboanga City but strongly condemn the acts of individuals and groups that had caused this tragic event,” said the statement. “The crisis in Zamboanga City caused by the standoff between elements of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) loyal to Nur Misuari and government forces, which is now on its eight day, has clearly terrorized and paralyzed a city of nearly one million people,” the statement added. “The skirmishes between the MNLF armed men and government troops continue for more than a week now did not only cause displacement of nearly 70,000 residents but also the loss of lives and TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

properties.” The IFSP statement also said the crisis has threatened the long improved relations among peoples of Mindanao. The group reminded that the innocent civilians – Muslims and Christians – are not party to the conflict. “In solidarity with the people of Zamboanga City and Basilan, and the entire Mindanao, we join others in prayer for the early resolution to the conflict through peaceful means and for the safety of the residents of the affected villages. We also appeal for a thorough investigation of the incident to ferret out the truth and demand justice for the victims of this unfortunate incident,” the statement concluded. The IFSP statement was signed by the head convener, Bishop Emmanuel Cabajar, Muslim convener Sultan Abdul Maguid Maruhom, Subanen convener Timuay Joe Marcial, Roman Catholic Church convener Rev. Father Felix Tigoy, and UCCP convener Pastor Diosdado Marquez, UCCP.


MNLF rebels flee; 78 hostages rescued as government wage calibrated offensive by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Military forces are on clearing operations on the ninth day of the armed conflict here as Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari faction flee, reports say. Military data said at least 60 MNLF members, including female combatants, were either arrested or have surrendered to the government forces as of Sept. 16. Casualty, according to military report also rose to 87 and 71 of them are MNLF rebels. DILG Sec. Mar Roxas revealed that about 70 percent of the areas controlled by the MNLF are now under control of the AFP since it waged a calibrated offensive response to address the crisis. Roxas said President Noynoy Aquino, who is still in the city, is closely monitoring the situation. Pres. Aquino recently visited the main evacuation center to personally TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

see the needs of the evacuees. The President also distributed foods to his troops here and visited the wounded soldiers and policemen. Aquino assured Zamboangue単os that the city has the government support and that all assistance will be given to the city. 78 hostages were recorded to have been rescued, released, or have escaped. They are now being attended to at Camp Batalla of the PNP for medical check-up and stress debriefing. One of the hostages said some MNLF rebels let their captives escape as the military continue to press into their lair.


Zambo mayor seeks understanding, support of all sector by Claro A. Lanipa

ZAMBOANGA CITY - – As emotions run high, City Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar in a press briefing urged her constituents to extend their patience and understanding a little bit more. “Ta continua lang iyo apela con ustedes pabor gayot extende de ustedes pasensya y intendimiento na cosa ta sucede,” the lady Mayor said in the local dialect. (I appeal to you to please extend your patient and understanding as to what is happening.) Earlier, President Benigno S. Aquino III has directed all the national government agencies to provide frontline services to the city particularly the affected families. Mayor Climaco called on the nerve centers of the community to understand and continuously support the city government’s efforts in the TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

midst of crisis. She asks the business and banking centers to keep the city running by opening stores except those in the affected areas and make available the essential commodities to the public. She addressed Zamboanguenos to remain sober but alert and vigilant; and to stretch their patience and extend support to authorities in all its efforts for a common goal: to end the crisis and ensure the safety and protection of the people of Zamboanga City, the chief executive concluded.


Caraga youth network strongly supports environmental advocacy

by Johny S. Natad

BUTUAN CITY -- Caraga Youth Leaders’ Network Inc. (CYLN) has vowed to collaborate and support environmental advocacies especially the call to save Mount Mayapay.



CYLN Chairperson and CEO Rex F. Ybañes in an interview bared that the youth sector strongly advocate any environmental concern that affects the city and the region. “The youth sector has the idea of supporting government in terms of environmental advocacy. Any activity that has significant bearing to environment in Butuan and Caraga, the youth network will strongly support it. The save Mount Mayapay initiative is a concern to all especially the youth,” Ybañes said. Ybañes bared that there was initial discussion with the previous and new leadership of the network about the protection of Mount Mayapay. He added the network has issued a resolution of support to protect Mount Mayapay sometime in February 2011. Aside from the resolution of support, Ybañes bared that in 2010, the CYLN organized the Hinlo Butuan, the first city-wide youth clean up drive as part of its committed environmental initiative which was participated by around 2,500 youth sectors like students and fraternities. “We will TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

be asking other partners and environmental advocates to conduct information drive for the youth network since some of our new officials have no real picture of Mt. Mayapay. Nevertheless, I will tell them to like the Save Mount Mayapay environmental advocacy on the facebook,” he said. Ybañes revealed that the CYLN’s primary core focus advocacy include youth leadership, environment, health among others. The CYLN is the sole, leading and largest non - governmental organization in Caraga, which focuses to advance the Caraganon youth development affairs. It is a non-stock, non-sectarian, non-political and non-armed non-government organization registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and National Youth Commission (NYC) of the Republic of the Philippines.


60 Surigao Sur PWDs trained in meat processing by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

BUTUAN CITY -- Some 60 persons with disability (PWDs) in Barangays Tina and Carromata in the interior municipality of San Miguel, this province availed of a two-day livelihood “meat processing” training. According

to Community Development Information Officer Nancy Elizalde, the activity was part of the basic services extended by the local government unit aimed at reducing poverty incidence in the community. Elizalde said for Barangay Tina participants, the activity was held on September 10-11 while for Barangay Carromata TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

participants the event was conducted on September 12-13. “Both barangays were allotted 30 beneficiaries each,” said Elizalde. The activity was spearheaded by the municipal government of San Miguel under Mayor Alvaro Elizalde in partnership with the TESDAProvincial Office who also served as facilitator of the four-day training


NSO undertakes the 2012 Input-Output Survey on PHL Business and Industry by Villa Bayotas BUTUAN CITY-- The National Statistics Office Caraga will be conducting the 2012 Input-Ouput Survey of Philippine Business and Industry starting September 19. The survey is the seventh in a series of Input-Output (I-O) survey series conducted by NSO. Its forerunner is the 2006 IOSPBI. The 2006 IOSPBI was undertaken as a rider to the 2006 Census of Philippine Business and Industry (CPBI), while the 2012 IOSPBI is a stand-alone survey. The 2012 IOSPBI aimed to collect and generate information on the levels, structure, performance and trends of economic activities of the formal sector in the entire country for the year 2012. On the other hand, the purpose of the 2012 IOSPBI is to collect detailed data items on selected revenue, cost and inventory of businesses and industries covered in the 2012 CPBI in order to produce an I-O structure. An I-O Table is a comprehensive, detailed and consistent presentation of the flow of goods and services in an economy for a specified period of time. It provides a basis for analysis of the interindustry use of goods and services, its intermediate uses and the flow of goods and services up to final demand. In Caraga, NSO Field staff will be responsible for the distribution and collection of the questionnaires to the TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

establishments starting September 19, 2013. NSO would like to assure the respondents that all information furnished to the Field Staff are strictly confidential and shall not be used as evidence in court for purposes of taxation, regulation or investigation as provided for in Section 4 of Commonwealth Act No. 591. For Caraga Region, further information can be obtained thru the NSO Regional Office at Lopez Jaena Extension, Butuan City, and thru its four provincial offices with the following addresses: 1. Agusan del Norte Provincial Office, Lopez Jaena Ext., Butuan City; 2. Agusan del Sur Provincial Office, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur; 3. Surigao del Norte Provincial Office, Navarro Street, Surigao City; 4. Surigao del Sur Provincial Office, Pimentel Bldg., Telaje Street, Tandag City.


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DOLE-10 to implement the new Labor Law Compliance System this October by Mildred E. Dablio

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office 10 will start the full implementation of the new Labor Law Compliance System (LLCS) this coming October. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013


The LLCS is the integrated framework for voluntary compliance and enforcement of labor laws and social legislations issued pursuant to the rule-making and visitorial and enforcement power of the Secretary of Labor and Employment. DOLE-10 Regional Director Alan M. Macaraya said the LLCS aims to promote a culture of compliance with the labor laws and ensure fair, expeditious and non-litigious settlement of disputes. It also encourages the use of settlement in all labor cases and at the same time strengthens tripartism. He said the new system is a developmental approach vis-à-vis the sanction approach towards labor standards compliance. Macaraya said there are no more DOLE inspectors under the LLCS. “Instead Labor Law Compliance Officers (LLCOs) will assess private establishments to be compliant with the law and the standards,” he TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

added. According to DOLE10, the LLCS will be implemented in three approaches, the joint assessment, compliance visit, and occupational safety and health (OSH) investigation. Joint Assessment, previously the regular inspection program of DOLE, will assess establishments employing 10 or more employees, including Philippine registered ships or vessels engaged in domestic shipping, as well as, sea-based and land-based manpower agencies that are found with hazards, engaged in contracting and sub-contracting, and employing child employees. Compliance visit, previously Complaint Inspection, will process from request for assistance in the Single Entry Approach (SENA) and found complaints for labor standards violations. OSH investigation covers instances of the existence of imminent danger, dangerous occurrences and accidents resulting to disabling injury. It also includes OSH violations committed in plain view or in the presence of the LLCO. Macaraya said LLCOs of the DOLE Regional Office are currently undergoing series of seminars for quality implementation of the new system.


DepEd-10 to come up with HIV/AIDS Action Plan by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental - The Department of Education (DepEd), region 10, will come up with an HIV/AIDS (Human Immunity Virus and Acute Immunity Deficiency Syndrome) Action Plan for 2014.

Such plans will be the output of the Training of Trainors on HIV and AIDS Education and Prevention in the Workplace (HIV/AIDS EPW) set to be held at the Regional Education and Learning Center (RELC), Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City on Sept. 25-27. Dr. Ingrid D. Racoma, Regional Director of DepEd-10, said the training aims to orient the participants on the implementation of HIV/AIDS EPW as part of the AIDS Medium Term Plan (AMTP) of the Philippine Nutrition and Action Council (PNAC) of which DepEd, along with 16 other government agencies and nine non-government and professional organizations is a core member. Meanwhile, the activity also aims TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

to equip the participants with the correct knowledge to prevent HIV transmission to others and for those who have not acquired the virus, to avoid getting infected with the disease. Racoma said at least four personnel, each, from the Regional Health and Nutrition Unit (RHNU) and the 14 schools division of the region will be attending the training, to include those of Misamis Occidental, Oroquieta City, Ozamiz City and Tangub City. Particularly, the participants from Misamis Occidental are School Medical Officers Elmo Serrano, Aida Romero, Alice Paderanga and Wennie Mendoza and Administrative Officers (AO) Flor Mantilla, Marichris Paraguya, Nenith Mehoy and Guillermo Estrella. Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH) Supervisors Felcor Blanco, Prescillano Jimena, Jr. and Nenith Mehoy and Alternative Learning System (ALS) Supervisors Rey Tabil, Elvira Santos, Susan Carpio and Virginia Bagaboyboy.


DOST College Scholarship Examination set by Tess Superioridad Baluyos

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – About 2,200 graduating high school students from the different parts of Northern Mindanao are to take the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) college scholarship examination scheduled on Sunday, September 22. The testing centers will be at the Central Mindanao UniversityEducation Hall, Musuan, for Bukidnon; Mambajao National High School for Camiguin; Misamis Occidental National High SchoolMain Building, Oroquieta City for Misamis Occidental; Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology-College of Engineering (Amphitheater, College of Engineering and College of Education) for Lanao del Norte; and Capitol University (Multipurpose Hall-Building 3, Nanume University Library and Serials Section) Cagayan de Oro City for Misamis Oriental and Gingoog City. There will be two sessions for the examination. The morning session will start at 7:00 a.m., while the afternoon session will be at 1:00 p.m. Examinees should take note of their sessions in their admission slips. Meanwhile, examinees who have not claimed their admission slips yet are requested to visit the DOST regional or provincial office where they filed their application. They are also requested to bring with them during the examination TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

the following: admission slip, school ID, ballen or pencil (lead #2) with eraser, and snack. The DOST Undergraduate Science Scholarship program aims to financially assist as well as develop young students with aptitude in science and mathematics who are interested to pursue a career in science, mathematics and engineering. DOST scholarship qualifiers will enjoy the following: tuition fees not to exceed P8,000 per semester; allowance for prescribed textbooks and essential school fees of P5,000/ year; outright grant for prescribed military science/PE uniform (first year only); free transportation for one economy-class, round-trip fare between the scholar’s permanent residence and place of study on reimbursement basis, once every school year; group health and accident insurance; a monthly allowance of not more than P5,000 depending on the awardee’s scholarship category; and a postgraduation allowance of P1,000. For more information, you may email Tess Superioridad Baluyos at


Duterte orders tighter security in Davao City after cinema blasts by Joey Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY- Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered a tighter security in all public places in the city following the blasts that occurred inside two mall cinemas at 9:03 pm and 9:25 pm respectively.

forces Tuesday, he said the possible motive of the blasts could be hate or just a mere political statement. He called the blasts as acts of terrorism because of the use of improvised explosive devices. Duterte said the blasts were Speaking in a press briefing before a command conference with security designed to merely scare people due TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013


to the loud explosion created which could be heard even outside the mall premises. No one was hurt in the first explosion at the SM City Cinema One along Quimpo Boulevard while five persons were treated for hearing impairment following the second explosion at Cinema 5 at the Gaisano Mall along JP Laurel Avenue. Duterte said they are still waiting for the result of the post-blast investigation being conducted by the Scene of the Crime Operatives. He also urged mall operators to beef up the security within their respective premises or closed shop if they cannot comply with the security requirement. Duterte stressed the mall management is responsible for the security within its premises. “Movie houses in malls must provide adequate security. You have to invest on your security measures. The government cannot provide its own manpower-resources as your security since it is against the antigraft and corrupt practices law,” he said. Duterte also declined to blame the incident to any group. He confirmed that Nur Misuari, chair of the Moro National Liberation Front called him up denying any involvement of his group to the incident. Senior Superintendent Ronald de la Rosa, director of the Davao City Police Office said the explosions indicated the use of high explosives which could still maim victims even without the use of shrapnels. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

He said the IED at the SM City Cinema One was planted at seat No. 6 of the ninth row while the IED at the Gaisano Mall also exploded on a chair inside Cinema Five. De la Rosa said several parts of a cellular phone were found in the crime scene. “The explosions though designed to sow alarm and scare could still hurt anyone by simply looking at the disfigured chairs and a portion of the ceiling ripped by the blast,” De la Rosa said. As of press time, post-blast investigators were still scouring the two separate crime scenes. De la Rosa said his investigators are also studying the closed circuit camera footages of the two malls. “I urged everyone in the city to continue to be very vigilant and to keep calm,” he said. Major General Ariel Bernardo, commander of the 10th Infantry Division also ordered the deployment of mobile checkpoints to do security checks in all urban centers under his area of jurisdiction. He said the heightened alert after the Cagayan de Oro bombing incident and the Kadayawan Festivities has not been lifted, especially with the current Zamboanga City siege and the continued terror threats. Bernardo said visibility of security forces is very important as deterrent to lawless elements. “We are not taking things lightly. We remain at heightened security alert and pursue proactive security measures,” he said. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)


Restraint in Muslim-tagging urged

DAVAO CITY- A Muslim religious leader has called on the media to be careful in branding Muslims in their news reports.

Kung may makita diyan, titiyakin mo muna kung ano sila, wag sabihin agad na Muslim kasi kami mapayapang tao. (If they see something, they should ascertain first who these persons are, don’t brand them quickly as Moslems, because we are peaceful people.) said Alim Muhammad Pasigan Region-XI mufti, the head of all Muslim religious leaders in the region. Alim Pasigan said that Muslim is such a broad word and asked the media not to use it as a label. “For example if they have news about a Maranao involved in drug pushing, don’t use the TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

word Muslim because it tends to generalize us all.” Aleem Pasigan said. The regional mufti said they do not condone violence particularly what had happened in Zamboanga and the blasts in two Davao cinemahouses which occurred last night (September 16). Muslim religion is against terrorism, Alim Pasigan said. Aleem Jamal Munib ulama leader also said that as religious leaders they are willing to help authorities one of which is by becoming vigilant within their communities. “Our stand is for peace, anybody who has an advocacy for peace we are there by their side.” Aleem Munib said. (PIA/RG Alama)


Electrification program to light 137 sitios in South Cotabato By: Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Before the end of this year, 137 sitios (sub-villages) in the service area of South Cotabato 1 Electric Cooperative (Socoteco 1) should have been energized, an official of power distribution unit confirmed.



Santiago Tudio, general manager of Socoteco 1, said the provision of electricity in these remote villages is part of the national government’s Sitio Electrification Program (SEP). “Last month, the National Electrification Administration (NEA) informed us that President Benigno Aquino III has allotted additional P10 million for Socoteco 1,” Tudio told the local media in a press conference. With a budget of P1-million per sitio, “more or less 10 sitios will be energized out of this additional funding,” he added. The additional allocation has also increased the cooperative’s annual SEP target from 127 sitios to 137. “We should be able complete energizing all these 137 sitios from September until December of this year,” Tudio said. “This is difficult, but we have to do this because this is a mandate from the President. Although the target sitios are distributed in the municipalities and city in Socoteco 1’s service area, the official said, many of these are in the municipalities of Lake Sebu and T’boli. Besides the mentioned towns, Socoteco 1 also provides electricity for the city of Koronadal and the municipalities of Tampakan, Tantangan, Norala, Sto. Niño, Surallah, and Banga in South TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

Cotabato as well as the Lutayan in Sultan Kudarat province. Tudio explained, the increase in their target was brought about by the order of President Aquino to increase the 2013 sitio electrification target of the Department of Energy (DOE) from 6,000 to 10,000. SEP, along with the Barangay Line Enhancement Program (BLEP), is in line with the 16-point agenda of President Aquino in compliance with his social contract with the Filipino people. It is being implemented in partnership with 96 electric cooperatives nationwide. Tudio also expressed confidence that the implementation of the sitio electrification program will not be hampered by the ongoing investigation on the alleged anomalous transactions involving the Priority Development Fund. “I don’t think there would be any problem with the funding for SEP,” he explained, “first, because there has been no reported anomaly on the program’s implementation and second, because PNoy is committed to it.” Tudio also disclosed that besides the 137 sitios they have also submitted a proposal for electrification of extremely remote sub-villages in Barangay Ned in Lake Sebu. He said, the proposal, which amounts to P99 million to be


charged against the President’s Special Purpose Fund, has been endorsed by the NEA and is being followed up by South Cotabato 2nd District Rep. Ferdinand Hernandez. Should this be approved, about 44 sitios involving over 4,000 households in the area will have electricity. Although the amount exceeds

the regular P1-million per barangay allocation under the SEP, Tudio is confident this can be justified considering the conditions of the involved sitios, some of which are accessible only by foot or by horse. Tudio is also confident that they will be able to cover all sitios in South Cotabato by 2015. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

South Cotabato women receive SSF equipment, skills training

By: Aida C. Agad KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato – Thirty-five women participants from different barangay Women Associations in Surallah town are the beneficiaries of the T’nalak Handicraft Development Project, an official of the Department of Trade and Indusry said.



DTI-South Cotabato provincial director Flora Gabunales said, these women finished the Skills Enhancement Training on T’nalak Bag Making conducted on September 2-6, 2013 at the Women’s Display Center, Surallah, South Cotabato. Gabunales credited the collaborative efforts of the different private and government agencies namely, DTISouth Cotabato, TESDA-South Cotabato, LGU Surallah and Klowil Agricultural Enterprise Multi Purpose Cooperative (MPC) for the said activity. The DTI also provided 15 units of heavy duty electric sewing machines as part of the Shared Service Facility (SSF) project of the office, the DTI chief added. Surallah-LGU provided the venue for the housing of the SSF equipment and for the skills training.

TESDA South Cotabato provided the supplies and honorarium of the resource person for the training. Klowil MPC, the recipient of the SSF project of the DTI facilitated the five-day training in partnership with MSWDO Surallah. Meals and snacks during the training were shouldered by the cooperating agencies. During the training proper, the participants were taught how to operate and maintain the high speed sewing machine, Gabunales said. The training methodology involved the actual demonstrations on pattern making and sewing of different designs of pouches and bags made of Tnalak cloth. Different products of modest quality were developed by the participants in the course of the training, the DTI director said. (ACAgad PIA12/DTISouth Cotabato)

Local COMELEC official supports moves to abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan

By: Perlita D. Changco COTABATO CITY - More than one month before the October 28, 2013 synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Maguindanao Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) Atty. Udtog Tago strongly favors the abolition of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK).

A proposed bill calling for the SK elections postponement to 2014 has been filed before the Lower House and has passed the committee on suffrage. Tago said, if he has his way, instead of postponement, he would rather have the SK abolished citing TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

the lack of relevant background and training and strong pressure of political patronage among the youth adding focused school-based activities serve as a stepping stone in molding the youth as future leaders. “I believe, it is enough for the


students to have their training in schools where the condition, the people and atmosphere is more ideal and when it comes to the different barangays the pressure is so strong to be involved in some corrupt practices which is not the proper training for the youth,� Tago said. Tago believes that the school is the best training ground for the youth citing various activities and organizations that the students can join and actively involve which can better prepare them and be ready to join political activities when they reach the age of majority or upon graduation. As to recommendations raising TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

SK age requirement from 18 to 23 bracket, Tago said this is an exercise in futility at this point in time since this requires amendment to the Constitution which provides 18 as age of majority. He said, as far as he is concerned, abolition of the SK is the most practical and logical that would not involve Constitutional Amendment. “Kaya dapat i-abolish na lang and iyong 18 naman kung halimbawang gawin nilang youth iyon that will involve a Constitutional change kasi ang pagkakaalam ko nasa batas iyung age of majority na 18 (It should be abolished and the recommended age 18 if considered as youth will involve Constitutional Change because as far as I know the law provides that 18 is the age of majority),� Tago said With the proposed bill on the postponement of the SK elections having passed the House committee on suffrage, Tago is optimistic the bill would be enacted into law just before the October barangay elections. (PBChangco/PIA Cotabato City)


One Mindanao - September 17, 2013  

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