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thursday | january 24, 2013 Editor: JOE DEL PUERTO FELICILDA Asst editor: ARJAY S. FELICILDA • Email: Editorial : Advertising :




Officials undergo Midsayap anti-graft seminar celebrates 'Halad

sa Sto. Niño'

TACURONG City - Fiftynine LGU officials, 30 barangay chairs and treasurers have participated in the Public Accountability and Values Formation S eminar (Module II), January 17-18, this year. Module II expounds the rules of the Anti-Graft and Corruption Prevention of the Transparency International Philippines and the Office of the Ombudsman. Speaker and Facilitator Jeannie Escolano started with the biblical implications of moral values necessary in public service. “Ang korupsyon ay maiiwasan kapag lahat tayo ay may malasakit, malasakit sa kapwa, malasakit sa bayan,” Escolano said. A l l t h rou g hout t he seminar, she challenged

the Tacurongnons to maintain and enhance positive practices and values in the workplace and at home. Participants, led by Vice Mayor Charito L. Collado, agreed that the seminar was able to enrich their commitment to public service. The Human Resource Management Office of the city government of

Tacurong, in cooperation with the Office of the Ombudsman, continues to organize activities supportive of the national government’s battle against graft and corruption. The participants had already undergone Module I October 19-20, 2011. (Jezereel Louise C. Billano/ arjaysfelicilda)

KORONADAL City - She’s an ordinary barrio girl full of ambition, yet her family’s economic status did not get in the way for her to finish any course in college and land a decent job to support her family’s needs. Ailene Jean P. Mendoza, after graduating from Mariano Untal Memorial High School in 2011, had to stop formal education because of poverty. While helping her family and siblings eke out a living from a small parcel of land planted to vegetables and other agricultural crops in Barangay New Barbaza, Mlang, Cotabato, the 19year old barrio girl’s burning desire to pursue education was answered when

the towns’ Community e-Center opened an opportunity for out-of-school youths to undergo a sixmonth training program. Ailene had so much to say about the break she got from the M’lang Community e-Center, which started operations in 2007. At the graduation rites of the fifth batch of trainees on January 8 where she topped the class of 70 trainees, Ailene Jean in her testimony said she was fortunate to have been given the opportunity to complete the ICT program offered free to poor residents. She said, “ The sixmonth course is a lot of help for youths like me, and others who can not enroll in college because

of financial constraint.” Mlang CeC manager Mary Ann Cortado said the six-year LGU-supported computer learning center has already helped a total of 226 women and outof-school youths (OSYs) since it started operations in 2007. Cortado also thanked t he administ rat ion of Mayor Joselito Pinol, the National Computer Center (NCC) and other kindhearted residents, who donated additional computers units, wall clocks, and other equipment. The Mlang CeC, Cortado said, has been cited by the NCC for its best practices in ICT program implementation. (ACAPIA12/asf )

By Oliver Ross V. Rivera

Community e-Center fulfils barrio girl’s dream

Fluvial parade for FAB sails off along Rio Grande By Oliver Ross V. Rivera

KORONADAL City - Residents of Central Mindanao will witness a parade of hundreds of colorful and traditional boats along Rio Grande de Mindanao to show support to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB). The fluvial float parade, to be led by the 6th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, in cooperation with the provincial government of Maguindanao and local of-

ficials of different towns, sails of January 29. It starts at the Mother Kabuntalan riverbanks, along Barangay Upper Taviran and Tamontaka, Datu Odin Sinsuat and ends at the rear riverside of Sultan Bolkiah Grand Mosque in Cotabato City. Lt. Col. Lao Lucas, commander of the 6th CivilMilitary Operations Battalion, said the “Fluvial Peace Caravan” aims to highlight

the military and other sectors’ support for the FAB. Some 500 motorized boats are expected to participate in the activity. Newly-installed 6th Infantry Division Spokesperson Dickson Hermoso is thankful for the support of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), local leaders, non-government organizations and peace advocates for helping organize the fluvial parade. (ORVR-PIA12/asf)

KORONADAL City - All roads led to Midsayap town in North Cotabato, last weekend, as the town celebrated the “Halad Festival 2013.” The annual festival, in honor of the town’s patron saint Sr. Sto. Niño, was highlighted by street dancing and parade competitions. With the theme “25 Ye a r s I n P r o m o t i n g Cultural Unity Amidst Diversity” residents of Midsayap and neighboring towns showed their unity and de vot ion t hroug h dancing in the streets. A symbolic flying of 25 balloons kicked-off the festivities Saturday morning signifying the 25 ye ars of t he Ha lad Festival. After the short program, groups from different towns in Nor th

Cotabato, Cotabato City and Maguindanao participated in the competition and try their luck to win the top prize. Among the highlights during the celebration is the community dancing of the Halad Steps led by the local and barangay officials. Amidst the pouring rain, par ticipants still danced along the streets of Midsayap and during the showdown held at Notre Dame of Midsayap College grounds. In his message, Midsayap Mayor Manuel Rabara thanked the participants for their efforts and the organizers for a ver y successful patronal fiesta which he said showed the Midsayapeños unity. From the 12 participants this year, winners

from the 3 categories all came from Midsayap. Tribong Tagpupo of Dilangalen Elementar y School bested participants in the Junior Categor y and Grupong Otsohanon of Poblacion 8 bagged the top prize in the Senior Categor y and Grupong Ragsak of Salunayan High School emerged as the winner in the open category. The Winners received a trophy and cash worth 100,000 pesos for the Senior and Junior category and 200,000 for the Open category. While Non-winners received consolation prizes and certificates. The Midsayap Halad Festival celebrated every third Sunday of January can be likened to the Sinulog festival of Cebu, and Ati-Atihan in Iloilo. (ORVR-PIA12/asf )


Congratulates Tanleh Bldg., Abellanosa St., Cagayan de Oro City

The English broadcasters of Manticao Central School anchored by

Ms. September Marie C. Daohog for winning the BEST IN BEST IN RADIO SCRIPT WRITING AWARD during the Misamis Oriental Division Schools Press Conference, October 25 and 26, 2012 at Opol National Secondary Technical School. The team trained at BusinessWeek Mindanao Media Center, Cagayan de Oro City, under the directorship of Mr. Joe del Puerto Felicilda, with School Journalism Advisers Cristina B. Quinit, Mherlyn D. Agluba, Bernadette S. Katada and Jinky A. Macario.

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Mindanao Daily News (January 24, 2013 Issue)  

Mindanao Daily News (January 24, 2013 Issue)

Mindanao Daily News (January 24, 2013 Issue)  

Mindanao Daily News (January 24, 2013 Issue)