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O UR COVER War against human trafficking waged in schools, public transpo, malls

Carina L. Cayon Southern Mindanao

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Malacanang welcomes reports that Philippines rose to 59th place among 148 economies in World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2013-2014

SOUTHERN MINDANAO

ComVal conducts Family Health Fair Grace almedilla

NORTHERN MINDANAO

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K plus 12 report cards feature 14 Filipino traits Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

600 gov’t agencies undergo ARTA performance survey Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

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Crime Prevention info drive campaign conducted to SJITs Criminology Students Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

200 DAR-13 employees to be affected by Rat Plan Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

CENTRAL MINDANAO

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Soccsksargen bags 2 awards in national health research tilts Danilo E. Doguiles

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Dipolog City dad is new PCL-Zambo. Norte prexy

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Newly-appointed ARMM agri chief eyes expansion of oil palm, rubber farms

Mary May A. Abellon

Oliver Ross V. Rivera

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COVER STORY

War against human trafficking waged in schools, public transpo, malls By Carina L. Cayon

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WAR AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING or trafficking in person (TIP) has been waged in schools, public transportation and major malls in Davao Region, to serve as a warning for the unscrupulous human traffickers that their illegal acts are being tightly watched.

This fight against human trafficking has been lodged through massive public posting of information, education and communication (IEC) materials as part of the heightened advocacy campaign of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking in Person (IACAT-XI) Region XI Network. The combat versus human trafficking or the so-called modern day slavery has penetrated

the public and private schools, and has been carried by public buses, taxis and malls, following the major launching of the IACAT-XI Network’s Regional Advocacy Campaign Against Human Trafficking held on July 16 this year at the NCCC Mall of Davao. The launching has not only drawn support from the IACAT-XI Network members, but has also paved way to a close partnership


of the Network with the private sector and the academe that jointly made a commitment to relentlessly work for public vigilance and participation in the campaign against TIP. Since then, anti-TIP posters, tarpaulins and stickers are being displayed in the campus premises of several secondary and tertiary schools. The mall partners that allowed the display and posting of posters, stickers and tarpaulins include the NCCC Malls in Davao City and Tagum City, Abreeza Mall, Chimes Store, Felcris Department Store, Gaisano Mall, Gaisano Grand Mall, Savemore Bajada and Bangkal, SM City Davao and Victoria Plaza. The posters, stickers and tarpaulins depict three different situations of human trafficking, designed and named into Maria, Juan and Menu. The Maria design illustrates the sexual exploitation side of human trafficking, and of how Filipino women are lured into prostitution or other forms of sexual exploitation in the guise of a decent domestic or overseas work.

The Juan design depicts the forced labor side of human trafficking, and that victims are not limited to women and children, but also men can be victimized. The Menu design shows that human trafficking is all about treating human beings as commodities including sexual exploitation, forced labor, and the selling of organs and babies. The tarpaulins have texts translated into the vernacular for a more effective public understanding and impact. During the launching event, the posters were unveiled by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, IACAT-XI network chair and regional prosecutor Atty. Antonio Arellano, Department of Labor and Employment regional director Joffrey Suyao, PSSUPT. Federico Dulay of the Philippine National Police, Atty. Edward Villarta of the National Bureau 5


of Investigation and regional director Efren Elbanbuena of the Philippine Information Agency. Meanwhile, anti-TIP infomercial videos have been playing for more than three months now in the television monitors of about 500 taxi cabs operated by the R.H. Hao Training Development Center Foundation, Inc which operates the Maligaya Taxi, Orange Cab, Master Cab and Pacific Cab in Davao City. The infomercials, which were created at the request of IACAT, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and

the Visayan Forum, are also shown in different buses plying routes in Mindanao. Another video, a documentary showing different faces of human trafficking and stories of actual victim-survivors and narrated by actor and advocate Dingdong Dantes, are also being played in several buses


plying Mindanao routes. The bus companies that agreed to play the infomercials and Dingdong video are Bachelor Express, Holiday Bus, Metro Shuttle Bus, Philtranco, Weena Bus and Yellow Bus. The taxi units that permitted the posting of stickers include the Ayah Taxi, Bijan Taxi, Durian Taxi, Holiday Taxi, Krizia Taxi, Madayaw Taxi, Maro Taxi and Midvalley Taxi. The IACAT-XI network through its Advocacy Cluster also brought the campaign to the local government units, barangays and other government offices in the region where posters and stickers are displayed.

IACAT-XI network advocacy cluster chair and Department of Interior and Local Government regional director Francisco C. Jose was thankful for the support of private establishments and government agencies to the advocacy efforts aiming to eliminate human trafficking. Jose raised the urgent need to advocate and educate the public down to the barangay levels, especially in the vulnerable communities. The regional advocacy campaign against human trafficking was the first major project of the IACAT-XI Network Advocacy Cluster since it was formed last year. 7


ACROSS THE NATION

Aquino administration assures that Cabinet officials will not interfere with pork barrel scam investigation

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he Aquino administration assured that Cabinet officials are not interferring with the investigation into the alleged pork barrel scam being conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), a Palace official said on Wednesday. “You can be assured that no investigation being conducted by the Cabinet official is interfering with the NBI,� Presidential Spokesperson Edwin THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

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Lacierda said in an interview with media in Malacanang on Wednesday. Lacierda said the NBI is conducting a thorough, exhaustive and impartial investigation of the alleged misuse of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF). “They are still doing case build-up,” Lacierda said when asked why the NBI has yet to file a case against those responsible behind the alleged P10 billion pork barrel scam. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

Lacierda also allayed fears that the probe into the pork barrel scam would be delayed following the irrevocable resignation of NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas. He said Rojas remains as one of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s top government official who retains the Chief Executive’s trust and confidence. Justice Secretary Leila De Lima earlier said that she would recommend to the President not to accept the resignation of Rojas. “Alam mo, the investigation will continue. The NBI investigation continues regardless kung may resignation si Director Nonie Rojas. The investigation continues....attached agency ng DOJ ang NBI, so si Secretary Leila de Lima is on top of it,” Lacierda said. President Aquino sees the detention of Janet Lim-Napoles a step towards the right direction of achieving justice and finally uncovering the truth concerning the alleged misuse of PDAF, Lacierda said last week. PND

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Malacanang welcomes reports that Philippines rose to 59th place among 148 economies in World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2013-2014

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alacanang welcomed reports that the Philippines rose to 59th place among 148 economies in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index 2013-2014, attributing the improvement to the Aquino administration’s battle against corruption.

“We welcome the results of the 2013- its upward trajectory in rankings. From 2014 Global Competitiveness Report, which a low of 85th place when the Aquino shows the Philippine economy continuing administration took over, the Philippines THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

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has progressed 26 places to rank 59th in the international competitiveness landscape,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a statement. “This impressive performance was highlighted in the report, which cited the Philippines as among the ‘most dynamic and rapidly improving economies in terms of competitiveness’,” Lacierda said. Lacierda said the sustained improvement was credited heavily to the Aquino administration’s battle against corruption, which is seen in the significant improvements in the benchmarking scores of the “Institutions” pillar that covers governance challenges such as corruption and public sector competence. Halfway through the President Benigno S. Aquino III’s presidency, Lacierda said the Institutions pillar of the Philippines jumped from 125th in 2010 to 79th, a rally of 46 places. In the ethics and corruption category, the Philippines now ranks 87th compared to 135th in 2010, while government efficiency and other public sector variables have also steadily advanced. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

“Another pillar where we posted heady growth was in ‘Innovation,’ an improvement of 42 places to 69th this year from 111th in 2010. We attribute this to enhanced competition, which fosters creativity, and high morale of an increasingly empowered citizenry, sustained by the prospects of our future and the positive feeling about our country’s direction,” he said. “Further, amidst the backdrop of a particularly difficult period for developing economies, this international affirmation serves as an endorsement of the President, the brand of transparent and accountable leadership he espouses, and the hardfought reforms he and his allies have tirelessly pursued,” Lacierda concluded. PND

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Gov’t, MNLF strengthen partnership for development thru PAMANA joint committee

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he Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) have agreed to create a steering committee that will oversee the implementation of PAMANA or Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Peaceful and Resilient Communities) program. In a forum organized here by the ARMM regional government last Sunday, around 50 senior MNLF leaders discussed with ARMM and OPAPP officials how to advance development programs in the MNLF communities. The collaboration is in line with the agreement reached by the government and the MNLF during their meeting last July 2011 in Solo City, Indonesia to develop a “workable partnership at appropriate levels” to pursue ARMM reforms which the ARMM regional government has taken on. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

For this, the regional government engaged the MNLF through the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Joint Partnership for Development. PAMANA, which is the government’s program and framework for peace and development in conflict-affected and vulnerable areas in the country, targets to spur economic developments in the MNLF communities. Under the program, senior leaders of the MNLF will identify the type of socio-economic interventions needed

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in the MNLF communities, while line agencies of the ARMM will implement the projects with OPAPP acting as the oversight body. The said joint steering committee will include representatives from MNLF, ARMM, OPAPP, local government units, and civil society organizations. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman explained to MNLF leaders that this initiative is “tailor-fit” for the MNLF communities, and it is the role of the MNLF to lead the identification of the projects and its beneficiaries. “We will make sure that this collaboration of the regional government of ARMM, OPAPP, and MNLF will bring positive impact to the MNLF communities,” he said, adding, “This has to be a convergence effort.” Hataman suggested that MNLF leaders should create a steering committee among themselves to help them in the planning process and the identification of the projects. “This is to empower the senior leaders of the MNLF. All of the projects will pass through the constituted MNLF senior leaders’ forum,” he said. For his part, OPAPP Undersecretary Jose Lorena, who was invited to the event along with OPAPP Assistant Secretary Howard Cafugauan who introduced the general context of PAMANA, said that the senior leaders of the MNLF serves as the THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

consultative body for the purposes of pursuing partnership both in the implementation of the programs and projects of PAMANA. Cafugauan presented the details of the PAMANA program implementation to the body. “We are really happy for this golden opportunity to be with you as this will strengthen not only the partnership of all our brothers, but the partnership of the MNLF, ARMM, and the national government through OPAPP,” he told the MNLF senior leaders during the forum. “We are committed to bring further the relationship to bridge the gap, if there is any, between MNLF and with the other elements of the Bangsamoro people,” he said. In response, Muslimin G. Sema, chair of the MNLF’s Central Committee, in a speech read by Abdul “Kong” Sahrin, secretary general of the MNLF central committee, said: “It is encouraging that the Philippine government is inclined in maintaining a mechanism of dialogue as we have agreed upon in the Bandung Meeting in 2012 as a means to preserve a partnership status pursuant to the Solo City understanding.” “We are looking forward to whatever they bring forth for us in this occasion with the optimism that, whatever it is, it’s towards the full implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement,” he added. (PNA)

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IGaCoS LGU sports fest kicks off ISLAND GARDEN CITY OF SAMAL - The city government officials and employees here kicked off its annual Sportfest Competition last August 30, the sports fest dubbed as “Paugnat sa Kusog 2013” was highlighted with a parade around Poblacion Peñaplata and mass dance demonstration at Samal Multi-purpose Gym , Samal District . Right after the parade and program preliminaries, City Mayor Antalan declared the “ Paugnat sa Kusog” (Sportfest Competition) Open followed with the lighting of the symbolic torch together with City Vice Mayor Al David Uy, city officialsandteam coordinators. Tournament Director Kaiser Erandio led the pledge for Oath of Sportsmanship of all the participating teams with the theme “Ang empleyadong baskog sa trabaho kusog.” (An active employee works strong) City Mayor Aniano P. Antalan encouraged all the employees

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to participate in the indoor and outdoor games of the Paugnat sa Kusog 2013 because according to him “Kung abtik ang atong lawas abtik usab ang atong utok ug maayo ang performance sat rabaho” (If we have sound body, we have sound mind and we can perform well in our work). “The sports fest is a break from stressful work, making friends with other offices as well as develop self-confidence in joining the games”, City Vice Mayor Al David Uy said. The city government offices were divided into four teams with assigned colors. The Orange Team consists the offices of City Mayor, City Administrator, City Health, City Planning and Development and the City Social Welfare Development. The Red Team includes the offices of City Vice Mayor, Sanguniang Panlungsodlegislative and Secretary, City Human Resource and Management, City Veterinarian and City Budget.

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The Yellow Team is made up City General Services, City Civil Registrar, City Agriculture, City Accounting and City Environment and Natural Resources while the Green Team comprises the offices of City Engineer, City Legal, City Investment and Tourism, City Treasurer and City Assessor. During the opening program of the competition, the Yellow Team bagged the mass dance demonstration and t-shirt design while the Red Team won the Flag raising contest. Ball games and other indoor games started right in the afternoon up to the culmination day on October 4, 2013. Antalan emphasized the importance of physical exercise in attaining a healthy bodyto be able to perform well, that is why he gave prime concern in sports development not only to city employees but also the barangay officials, out of school youths and high school students. Meanwhile, Search for Pinakamaanyag nga Gulayan sa Tugkaran 2013 (Search for the Best Backyard Garden) was launched during the city official and employees Monday Convocation at Samal Gym, Barangay Peñaplata on September 2, 2013. City Mayor Aniano P. Antalan started the idea of planting vegetables during the Nutrition Month Celebration where he THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

appreciated the displayed vegetables in the gym during that event and encouraged everyone to plant and eat vegetables using organic method because as he said “Pag may Gulay may Buhay”. Antalan instructed the City Agriculture Office to spearhead the realization of the idea thus the birth of Search for Pinaka maanyag nga Gulayan sa Tugkaran 2013. The goal of the contest is to encourage City Employees to participate in the campaign of the Local Chief Executive to food sustainability and security program by planting assorted vegetable in their respective backyards using the organic principles in growing. The contest aims to develop and enhance creativity of the employee’s passion in vegetable growing, to enhance and strengthen the technical knowledge of the employees in vegetable gardening, to impart the importance of growing organically grown and fresh vegetables for the family and help lessen the impact of climate change through organic approach. The search runs for three months from September to December 2013 with given guidelines and criteria developed by the city Agriculture Office. (Melrose Arig)

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ComVal conducts Family Health Fair

COMPOSTELA VALLEY PROVINCEIt was the 6th Family Health Fair conducted by the provincial government with the local government of Compostela as the host at the Municipal Gymnasium for the two day fair held last September 3-4. September 3 of every year is declared by Governor Arturo T. Uy as a Family Health Day through the issuance of Executive Order No. 36-2008. The Health Fair showcases health services of the government through the health centers, rural health units, and provincial hospitals. There is a booth for

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every program to cater the different health concerns of the Comvalenyos. According to Provincial Health Officer Dr. Renato Basañes, there are 2 kinds of services that the provincial government has been giving. These are the preventive and curative aspects of the Provincial Health Care Services Program. While the PHO focuses on the preventive aspect, the Provincial Hospitals handle the curative aspect of health services. Highlight of this year’s Health Fair is the free birth registration of some of the province’s indigenous people (IP). This free processing of Birth certificates is a continuing program that targets 5,000 IP beneficiaries for the whole year round within the eleven municipalities. The program is also in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund. (grace almedilla, ids-comval)

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DPWH-10 to rebuild two totally damaged bridges in Bukidnon by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

Baungon, BUKIDNON – Two bridges in Baungon, Bukidnon is set for reconstruction after having been totally damaged the night of the onslaught of tropical storm ‘Sendong’ on December 2011. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) region 10, Bukidnon 1st district Representative Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba and the local government of Baungon led the groundbreaking ceremony to signal the reconstruction of these two bridges on Friday, August 30. These two new bridges include Cabula and Tumalaong. According to DPWH-10 Project Engineer Leowald L. Pecore, these two new bridges will be two-lane, made of concrete road approaches and concrete bridge design. Further, he said these will cater to all types of vehicles including heavy cargo trucks loaded with farm and industrial commodities from Baungon and other nearby municipalities of the province of Bukidnon. Representative Acosta of the 1st district of Bukidnon was so pleased saying that finally after two years, this long overdue and most awaited project will be realized. She added that since she took seat this THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

year, this has been one of her priority and urgent projects. “Naglisod gyud atong mga katawhan diri pag transport sa ilang products, og maski basic transport nga baklay lang og habal-habal og syempre affected ang local economy.” (Our people here truly have difficulty transporting their produce and even going through their basic commute i.e. walking distances and riding single-motor and of course, the local economy is affected) Acosta added. Moreover, she said that she is so thankful for the support of the local government and national leadership of President Benigno Aquino, Secretary Rogelio Singson of DPWH and Secretary Voltaire Gazmin of the Department of National Defense (DND) for the realization of this project. Finally, she said that this is a better and stronger bridge; modern and much better bridge that can withstand the onslaught of the likes of TS Sendong. This project was coursed through the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) prior to its approval since appropriation is from the calamity fund. According to DPWH, appropriation for Cabula Bridge is P230M and Tumalaong Bridge is P140M both from Special Purpose Fund – Outside Infra – CY 2013.

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K plus 12 report cards feature 14 Filipino traits by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL - At least 14 traits of Filipinos are featured in the Kindergarten Pupil’s Progress Report Card or Form 138E to be used, this school year. The purpose of this progress report card is to inform parents about the pupil’s achievement, per Standards of Learning Competencies for the Five-Year Old Filipino Children, Dr. Jonathan S. Dela Pe?a, Schools Division Superintendent, Department of Education (DepEd), Misamis Occidental, said. These traits are Honesty, Courtesy, Helpfulness & Cooperation, Resourcefulness & Creativity, Consideration for Others, Sportsmanship, Obedience, SelfReliance, Industry, Cleanliness & Orderliness, Promptness & Punctuality, Sense of Responsibility, Love of God and Patriotism & Love of Country. Letter-grades for these traits are A, B, C, D & E corresponding to Outstanding, Very Good, Good, Fair and Poor, respectively, based on the Kindergarten Education Curriculum, that identifies the child’s levels of progress, in non-academic terms, where additional time and followup are needed, Dela Pe?a said.

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Likewise, for the Key to Progress and Performance, the letter grades A, P & D will be used corresponding to Advanced or exceeding the standard, Proficient or achieving the standard and Developing or limited or minimum progress toward achieving the standard, respectively. Learning areas include Physical Health for the well-being, motor development and showing control and coordination of hand and body movements, Social and Emotional Development for respect and positive interactions with children, as well, as adult members of the family, school and community. Mathematics for understanding the numerals and the quantities they represent. Sensory Perceptual for using one or more of the five senses and knowledge of concepts pertaining to living and non-living things and the environment. Language and Literacy for speaking audibly in coherent

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sentences/use of and oral language, and Values Education for demonstrating honesty in words and in actions and showing concerns for others and caring atitude towards God’s creation.

Attendance covering a four (4) ten-week periods, indicating the number of days present, days absent, days tardy and early checkouts are also indicated in the report cards, SDS Dela Peña added.

600 gov’t agencies undergo ARTA performance survey by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental – A total of 599 government agencies, nationwide, was subjected to the Anti-Red Tape Act-Report Card Survey (ARTA-RCS) by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), from January to December, last year. Of this number, 345 were national government agencies (NGA), two (2) were local government units (LGU’s), 251 were government owned and controlled corporations (GOCC) and one (1) was a local water district. This is shown in the Report of Findings of the ARTA-RCS, which the Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro, Sr., Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (MHARS-RTTH), in Ozamiz City, received from Atty. Lourdes ClaviteVidal, Regional Director of CSC, region 10. Such findings reveal that MHARS-RTTH got an adjectival rating of “Excellent” for garnering a final average of 90.11 percent in the survey for Compliance with ARTA Provisions, Frontline Service Provider, Service Quality, Physical Working Condition and Overall Satisfaction, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

thus receiving a descriptive rating of Excellent. Meanwhile, results of findings of the ARTA-RCS shall be used in the continuing improvement of the agency’s Citizen’s Charter and /or frontline services, pursuant to Rule VII of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the ARTA, said Wulfeda G. Tapulgo, CSC Field Officer of Misamis Occidental. Section 5 of the ARTA states that all government agencies including departments, bureaus, offices, instrumentalities, GOCC’s or LGU’s shall set up service standards to be known as Citizen’s Charter. Such charters should contain information on how to avail of a particular service, time it would take to conclude the process, fees to be paid and documents to be presented by clients, Tapulgo added.

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Members of the peace councils in Caraga converge to intensify crime by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY -- In time with the kick-off ceremony for this year’s National Crime Prevention Week, members of the peace and order councils in Caraga region convened with the local media personalities on Monday at the Provincial Capitol Covered Court, this city and discussed updates, issues and concerns related to peace and order situation in the region.

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Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante said that crime does not only cover theft and robbery but also include problems in the community. He also stressed that crime prevention must be done every minute of every hour and this is everybody’s concern. PSSupt Nerio Bermudo, Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) chief also emphasized that they are doing their best to secure the populace in every community despite its limited manpower. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Caraga Regional Director Lilibeth Famacion, lauded the uniformed men and women for their untiring efforts in ensuring peace and order in the locality. “We see to it that while we ensure peace and order, we also make sure that the government’s programs and services reach the general public to gain their THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

trust and confidence,” she added. Famacion further bared that the department is continuously extending its assistance through distribution of checks from its PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) funds to the conflictaffected areas in the region that also complied with the requirements. “We are continuously encouraging our local government units to submit more project

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proposals under PAMANA,” she said. Commission on Human Rights (CHR)-Caraga Regional Director Atty. Marylin Pintor also expressed that the commission is continuously espousing for a human-based approach in crime prevention. “The commission is trying to convince government agencies to develop reforms in order to come up with a climate of impunity,” she said. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Caraga Regional Director Erwin Ogario stressed that its fight against illegal drugs is on the right track. “Based on the statistical data from 2010 to August of 2013, there is an increased efforts of the law enforcement agencies in the fight against illegal drugs.

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However, we also observe that while our efforts level-up, drug affectation also increases. This is one thing that we are working out with the peace and order councils in the region and there is a need for us to change our strategies to address this concern,” said Ogario. Meanwhile, other members of the peace and order councils from different sectors also expressed their support and cooperation to the efforts of the local government units in the region in combating crime. It was also learned that these sectors are enhancing its strategies to bring its programs and services closer and more accessible to the public.

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Crime Prevention info drive campaign conducted to SJITs Criminology Students by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

BUTUAN CITY -- An information awareness drive on Crime Prevention was successfully conducted to the Criminology students of St. Joseph Institute of Technology (SJIT) of this city in collaboration with partner-government agencies led by the National Police Commission (Napolcom). The info awareness drive is a part of the lined-up activities for this year’s celebration of the 19th National Crime Prevention Week (NCPW) that kicked-off on Monday and will end on September 7. PSupt Romy Palgue, deputy city director of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) shared its Community Policing Strategies and the good practices of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to inspire the students to become model Police officers in the future. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Caraga Deputy Regional Director Christy Silvan also discussed the unlawful acts and penalties citing the Article II THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

of the Republic Act 9165, an Act Instituting the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. On the other hand, the Philippine Army represented by 1Lt Joe Patrick Martinez of 402nd Brigade, also shared the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan - the “Bayanihan”. “We see to it that our partners in public service bringing with them the different programs and services will have safe entry in the community, especially in conflict-affected areas,” he said. The activity conducted is in accordance to the Presidential Proclamation No. 461 declaring first week of September as National Crime Prevention Week.

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200 DAR-13 employees to be affected by Rat Plan by Nida Grace B. Tranquilan

BUTUAN CITY-- Some 200 employees from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Caraga will be affected with the implementation of the agency’s Rationalization Plan, a DAR official said in an interview over Power FM, PIA-Caraga’s radio station in Butuan City last Septermber 2, 2013.

DAR Caraga Regional Director Faisar Mambuay said that almost 30 percent or 200 employees out of 600 employees will be affected for the implementation of the Rationalization Plan region-wide. The official said that after they received a letter of approval last month, the Department of Budget Management had given their agency two months to fill-in the existing positions in the organizational structure and staffing pattern. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

Accordingly, the approved Organizational Structure will result to the renaming of several organizational units and merging some services or division if not abolished. The official further said the contractual items in the department will be abolished pursuant to its rationalization efforts. Affected contractual personnel, if qualified, are entitled to avail of the separation package under the program within one month.

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State U announces scholarship opening for agri students By: Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Government-run University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, North Cotabato today announced the opening of scholarship slots for students pursuing Bachelor of Science in Agriculture or agriculture- related courses.

Dr. Adeflor Garcia, dean of the state university’s College of Agriculture, told Philippine Information Agency 12 that six scholarship slots are allotted for USM in the Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program of the International Rice Research Institute and the Landbank of the Philippines. “The Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program is open to dependents of active members of cooperatives of small farmers and fisherfolk currently being assisted by Landbank or Landbank Countryside Development Foundation Inc., as well as dependents of agrarian reform beneficiaries or agrarian reform communities,” Garcia explained. It is open to second year and THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

third year college students, whose parents’ combined annual income does not exceed P150,000. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must have a grade weighted average of 2.5 (or its equivalent) per semester and

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have no grade lower than 3.0. Those enjoying scholarship, assistance, or grant from other external sources such as foundations, government and private scholarship programs, and pre-need educational plans are disqualified from applying. Scholarship package includes full tuition support, monthly stipend and book allowance. “Each scholar will also be given thesis, special project, or practicum support of not less than P30,000 as well as other incentives,� she explained further. After graduation, a scholar is obliged to render at least 1 year service in government institutions or partners of Landbank in the

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private sector such as cooperatives and microfinance institutions. They may also be given priority in employment by Landbank and its subsidiaries, provided they meet the qualification requirements of the position, Garcia added. Scholarship application forms are available at partner school or nearest branch of Landbank. Deadline of submission of the application form to the Dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Southern Mindanao will be on September 30. Along with the filled out application form, the applicant must also submit the following: photocopy of the certified true copy of birth certificate or NSO

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certified birth certificate, two 2”x 2” ID photos, medical certificate, photocopy of recent income tax return of parents or BIR certificate of tax exemption, summary of grades transcript of records, certificate of good moral character coming from the school or university’s Office of Student’s Affairs, one letter or recommendation from a previous teacher/professor, current resumé and list of activities, awards, and honors, 500-word essay on “Why I am pursuing an agriculture-related career” and barangay clearance from the applicant’s home barangay. A team will be coming to USM on October 10 for the screening of scholarship applicants. Across the country, the Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program is offered in only five schools, namely: University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and Central Luzon

State University (CLSU) in Luzon, Visayas State University (VSU) in Visayas, and Central Mindanao University (CMU) and University of Southern Mindanao (USM) in Mindanao. Of all the partner schools, USM has the most scholarship allotment. Each year, 20 to 25 slots are offered nationwide, Garcia added. According to a briefer on the scholarship program released by IRRI, the Gawad Patnubay Scholarship Program is aimed at addressing “the steady decline in the country’s college and university enrolment in agriculture and fishery courses for the past 10 years,” which “partially contributed to a decrease in the country’s efforts to alleviate poverty in the rural areas.” (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

Soccsksargen bags 2 awards in national health research tilts By: Danilo E. Doguiles KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- Two research studies conducted by students from Soccsksargen Region or Region 12, have gained top honors in separate nationwide health-related research competitions, an official of the Department of Science and Technology 12 told PIA 12.

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Abigail U. Cellona, and March Jane O. Palermo – all from the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University in General Santos City. Abanto and his team, won the top prize of the 7th Philippine

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National Health Research System (PNHRS) Student Research Competition held at the Plaza del Norte Hotel and Convention Center in Paoay , Ilocos Norte on August 7 – 9. Abanto and his group presented their research entitled “Anticoagulant Antianglogenic Potentials of Clarias gariopinus Burch (African catfish)”. Meanwhile, Guerrero’s team won third place in the DOSTPCHRD-Gruppo Medica Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis in Herbal Medicine national level competition for their study, “Antianglogenic Activity and Toxicity of Crescentia cujete Linn (Calabash)” at the Hyatt Hotel and Casino on July 10. Lauding the student researchers for bringing pride to the region, Director Laidan said, “The winners proved that we have gifted researchers in the region who can help promote the benefit of R & D (research and development) toward economic development and peace in the countryside.” Two other entries from the region also made it to the finals of the 7th PNHRS competition. These were “Bioactivity of Commonly Used Medical Plants by T’bolis of South Cotabato” of THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

Jaybee M. Baay, Sheila D. Buhain and Annabel T. Diocales, also of NDDU, and “Health and Lifestyle of Indigenous and Moro Aged People in SOCCSKSARGEN” by Dr. Inoray Dindang-Osop of the Mindanao State University in General Santos City for the professional category. Osop’s research project was implemented in 2012 through the DOST-PCHRD’s Regional Research Fund (RRF). Following these successes, Dr. Laidan urged researchers to develop more products and researches that could help Soccsksargen move forward and become a major player in improving health status, productivity and the quality of life of its people. Themed “People at the Center of Health and Research”, the 7th PNHRS was hosted by Region 1 Health Research and Development Consortium. The PNHRS Week is held annually every second week of August as mandated by Presidential Proclamation 1309 signed in 2007 and later by Republic Act 10532 otherwise known as the Philippine National Health Research Act of 2013. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/DOST 12)

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DOE conducts multi-sec advocacy on downstream oil industry

By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY - - Officials from the Energy Department arrived in the city Wednesday for the conduct of a multi-sector advocacy campaign on Downstream Oil Industry (DOI) at the Garden Orchid Hotel today.

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The campaign aims to create and capacitate pool of government communicators including media practitioners that would serve as agents of information dissemination of the benefits of DOI implementation. More than a hundred participants are expected to attend and actively participate in this information drive. The whole day advocacy campaign will focus and tackle subjects and issues pertaining to Liquefied Petroleum Products (LPP) and the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), laws, rules and regulations among others in consonance with the administration’s drive in “ensuring a competitive market under a regime of fair prices, adequate and continuous supply of environmentally-clean and high quality petroleum products.” The activity also seeks to discuss the salient provisions of RA 8479 otherwise known as the “Downstream Oil Industry Deregulation Act of 1998.”

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RA 8479 provides that it shall be the policy of the state to liberalize and deregulate the downstream oil industry in order to ensure a truly competitive market and that the State shall promote and encourage the entry of new participants in the downstream oil industry, and introduce adequate measures to ensure the attainment of these goals. The whole day activity is divided into two sessions. The morning session is a briefing on Downstream Oil Industry with government information officers and media practitioners while the afternoon session centers on LPP and LPG Rules with local chief executives, licensing officers, city/ municipal treasurer, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) heads and others. Specifically the discussions will focus on LPG Regulatory Framework /Auto LPG, LPP retail rules, basic principle on metrology, basic principle in calibration and sealing of mechanical pump After the briefing, the DOE will troop down to the nearest gasoline station for the conduct of hands-on calibration of dispensing pumps in a gas station.

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Dipolog City dad is new PCL-Zambo. Norte prexy By Mary May A. Abellon

DIPOLOG CITY - Dipolog City Councilor Dante G. Bagarinao was elected president of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL)- Zamboanga del Norte chapter in an election held Monday at the Valdia Gardens in Barangay Sicayab this city. Councilor Bagarinao belongs to the Liberal Party (LP), the dominant political party in Zamboanga del Norte. However, Bagarinao and Gutalac town councilor Roselyn Suana THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

were the only two LP councilors who made it in the election of PCL officers for the province. All other elected PCL officers belong to the Alliance for Peace and Progress (APP), a local political

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party affiliated with the United Nationalist Organization (UNO). Councilor Bagariano has been serving the city from 1998 to 2004 and 2007 to the present. He is a businessman and an educator. He was once a high school teacher of St. Mary’s Academy in Dipolog and a college instructor of the Criminology Department at the Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU), Dipolog Campus. As a councilor, Bagarinao is instrumental in passing the resolutions for the establishment of the following schools: Sta. Cruz Elementary School in Barangay Olingan, St. John Elementary School in Barangay Dicayas, Gulayon Integrated School in Barangay Gulayon, Biasong Elementary School in Barangay Biasong, Dipolog City National

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High School in Barangay Barra and Zamboanga del Norte National High School (Extension) Miputak West in Barangay Miputak. He got 138 votes over his closest rival, Polanco town councilor Ivan Hope Olvis of APP, who got 133 votes. Other PCL- ZN Chapter elected officers are as follows: Vice President-Riza Melicor (APP), Secretary-Merly Masugbo (APP), Treasurer-Melba Tenorio (APP), Auditor-Jimmy Patrick Chan (APP), P.R.O.-Bienvenida Drilon (APP), Business Manager-Shane Galon (APP), and Gerry Gallo (APP), Alma Cabale (APP), Rumar Legara (APP), Samuel Legara (APP), Victoria Escuadro (APP), Roselyn Suana (LP), Victoria Suello (APP), and Reynaldo Tamparong (APP) as board of directors. Bagarinao will sit as exofficio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the province. The PCL-Zamboanga del Norte chapter election was facilitated by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) through Provincial Director Arnel Gudio with PCL National Secretary General Maybelyn dela Cruz-Fernandez and Public Relations Officer Ariel Arceo in attendance.

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ARMM regional government to implement PAMANA program By: Perlita D. Changco COTABATO CITY- The regional government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is being tasked by Malacanang to implement the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), says ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia.

Alamia said, this year, the ARMM regional government will implement the PAMANA peace and development program to benefit Peace and Development Communities (PDCs) and other areas of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

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As one of government’s peace and development initiative, PAMANA program provides core shelter, roads and livelihood assistance to identified MNLF peace and development communities in the autonomous region.

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According to the official, while in previous years, funds for the implementation of the PAMANA program have been downloaded to DepEd, DSWD, and other implementing agencies not covered by ARMM, however, the autonomous government will undertake said program for 2013. “PAMANA program will benefit MNLF PDCs and other MNLF communities that have not been identified and previously converted, we would like to be as inclusive as possible para iyung mga hindi included would benefit dito sa government package,”

Alamia said. She said, while target areas and projects to be implemented have been pre-identified under the PAMANA, its budget will be downloaded to ARMM for program implementation until the end of 2013. This year, the government earmarks some P1.4 billion for the PAMANA program while P2.6 billion is allocated for the implementation of the core shelter, roads and livelihood assistance in the PDCs and other services based on the needs of MNLF communities, Alamia said. (PBChangco/PIA Cotabato City)

Newly-appointed ARMM agri chief eyes expansion of oil palm, rubber farms By: Oliver Ross V. Rivera KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato – The autonomous regions’ newly-appointed agriculture secretary is keen on promoting the oil palm and rubber industry in the region. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries-ARMM Sec. Atty. Makmod Mending said he would focus his attention on the expansion of African oil palm and rubber tree plantations in Maguindanao and other ARMM provinces. Sec. Mending added that they would work closely with the Regional Board of Investments in enticing foreign investors to pour in capital inputs for THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013

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profitable agricultural projects in the ARMM provinces. Hundreds of ethnic Maguindanaon farmers are now venturing into oil palm and rubber tree propagation. This is through the initiative of Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu whose office has distributed more than a million seedlings for free to Moro and Christian farmers in the province since 2010. Mending thanked the Governor for his efforts in boosting the agriculture industry in his province. “We ought to thank Gov. Mangudadatu for doing that as a continuing program. We in the ARMM agriculture

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department, thus, need to provide the farmers with more interventions and capacity-building initiatives towards that goal,” Mending said. Mending said there are foreign investors willing to put up an oil palm processing plant in the first district of Maguindanao provided local farmers comply first with a starting “cut off” of no less than 5,000 hectares of oil palm plantations in the area, as a requisite. Maguindanao has one processing plant for oil palm in Buluan town in Maguindanao, where there are vast plantations. (ORVRivera-PIA12)

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