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January 14, 2014


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Death toll due to ‘LPA’ in Mindanao rose to 13

THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) announced on Monday that the death toll from the low pressure area (LPA) that induced rains caused landslides and flash floods that battered Mindanao has now climbed to 13. In an interview, NDRRMC spokesman Major Reynaldo Balido said that seven of the fatalities were from Davao Oriental while the remaining six were from Compostella Valley due to landslide and flashfloods as heavy rains have been pounding Mindanao since Friday. Balido said that seven persons were also

New bill eyed vs malnutrition VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental––First-termer Rep. Juliette Uy of the second district is pushing a bill that will create a mandatory national child nutrition program to help combat malnutrition in the country. Uy filed House Bill 1548 entitled: “An Act Providing for a Mandatory National Child Nutrition Program in all Public Elementary

Schools and Barangay Day Care Centers.” “Malnutrition is still one big public health problem for our people, affecting seven out of 10 children based on the national nutrition survey in 2008,” said the neophyte lawmaker from Northern Mindanao. In support to her new measure filed in the House of the Representatives, she

cited the recent survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that noted a prevalence of underweight children aged 0-5 years (3.35 million); a 27.9 percent rate of under-height children (3.57 million); and a significant increase in the

Floods, landslides displace residents in N. Mindanao See DEATH, page 11

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Measles outbreak, who is to blame?

By Cheng Ordonez Associate Editor

HEAVY rains spawned by a low pressure area (LPA) have triggered floods in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas, displacing residents here in Northern Mindanao. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) of the Province of Camiguin reported the occurrence of flash floods in Barangay Lumad and Poblacion in Mambajao due to the softening of the soil caused by continuous heavy rainfall since 3:00 a.m., Tuesday, See FULL STORY, page 2

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Members of the Comval emergency response team (COVERT) during its rescue operations in the flooded areas in Montevista, Monkayo, Nabunturan and Compostela brought by the continuous rain due to the Low Pressure Area (LPA) over the weekend. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) continues its flood and landslide monitoring in Comval as rain still continues in some areas. Photo by A. Dayao

No new business taxes, says Orochamber prexy By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– There are no new business taxes imposed this year by the city government, according to a top business executive. Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Oro Chamber) president Efren Uy said the city has not introduced any new business tax, contrary to rumors spreading around the business community. Uy, however, said the city government will now be imposing some See prexy, page 11

Park Café no more. The Park Café at Divisoria has closed shop. The city government-owned property on which the establishment was located has been taken back by City Hall to be made into a public area again. The Park Café was in business during the previous administration. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit of Mindanao Daily News

C ommunity he a lt h workers stormed the Department of Health (DOH) main office on Wednesday (January 8) protesting the department’s failure to eradicate measles. “DOH should not be too quick to blame the victims and should own up to its own failure in its measles eradication program,” said Albert Pascual, spokesperson of Kilos Bayan Para sa Kalusugan. There is an outbreak of measles in nine cities in the National Capital Region (NCR). The DOH declared measles outbreaks in Manila, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Malabon, Muntinlupa, Navatos, Parañaque, Taguig and Valenzuela. Reports revealed that 1,742 persons were afflicted with measles, and 21 have already died. Pascual slammed the DOH for not being able to meet its target of eradicating measles by 2008 – 10 years after the “Ligtas Tigdas” measles immunization program was launched. In 1998, the Philippine government gave a commitment to the World Health Organization to undertake a 10-year measles See measles, page 11

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Floods, landslides displace residents in N. Mindanao By Cheng Ordonez’ Associate Editor

HEAVY rains spawned by a low pressure area (LPA) have triggered floods in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas, displacing residents here in Northern Mindanao. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) of the Province of Camiguin reported the occurrence of flash floods in Barangay Lumad and Poblacion in Mambajao due to the softening of the soil caused by continuous heavy rainfall since 3:00 a.m., Tuesday, last week. Heavy rains also affected Northern Mindanao and caused flash floods in some villages here. The PDRRMC of Misamis Oriental reported incidence of landslides in mountainous areas. A tree fell on a house in Jasaan town in Misamis Oriental. No one was hurt in the incident. Residents in the affected villages were ad-

vised to take necessary precautionary measures for their safety, causing evacuation of residents to safer grounds. Local officials and their respective Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management C ouncils (PDRRMCs) have ordered pre-emptive evacuations of affected villages that include two coastal villages and urban barangays in Camiguin, and a barangay in Basilica in Dinagat Islands. A landslide occurred in the Matingbe area while big rocks fell in Magkono area, both in Dinagat Islands. No casualty has been recorded, according to Ma. Jane A. Mayola, provincial information officer. The government weath-

er agency warned about further possible flooding and landslides in several areas of Mindanao, expecting moderate to occasional heavy rains from a lowpressure area. PAGASA, in its 7:00 a.m. rainfa l l adv is or y today, says flooding is threatening in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas,” PAGASA said in its 7:00 a.m. rainfall advisory released Monday. The PDRRMC and the CDRRMC in Cagayan de Oro City have urged barangay officials and security and safety councils concerned to monitor weather conditions round the clock. Butuan City in Caraga has already been placed under “state of calamity.”


Some of the dead fish gathered from the Agusan River in Sitio Sambulawan, Barangay Agusan in Cagayan de Oro City. Local environment officials said the farms and piggeries upstream could have caused the fishkill. Photo courtesy of Edwin Dael, local chief environment officer

Acenas calls on public to respond to global call for climate campaign Climate change is a global issue but every single Filipino can stand up to protect mother earth from possible devastations, said Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas as he calls for public support on measures to minimize negative effects of the phenomenon. He said Kagay-anons can do this in their own See global, page 11

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MSC: Lanao del Norte’s Assessment on PRIME By Rasmila M. Cosain, Ph.D. Master Teacher I Division Philippines Response to Indigenous Peoples’ and Muslim Education Focal Person Division of Lanao del Norte

In its mandate to ensure the access to more reliable data for planning and targeting its resources for the purpose of reaching the under-served groups across the country, the Department of Education has implemented the Philippine Response to Indigenous Peoples’ and Muslim Education (PRIME). The program takes place in nine regions of the country which are determined as regions having lowest educational indicators. PRIME is expected to improve access to quality education by addressing drop-out rates, improving poor participation rates and increasing completion rates and national test score rates, which will result to better learning outcomes for indigenous peoples and Muslim communities. Division of Lanao del Norte is one of the divisions implementing the PRIME program, which prioritized 44 schools from DepEd and 13 Madrasah (Arabic School) from the community as recipients of the said program. PRIME was launched in this division on June 26, 2012 at Kalinaw-Kalilintad Integrated Peace School, Kapatagan of Lanao del Norte which attended by DepEd Officials from Central Office, Region , LGU and other stakeholders. Muslim Education in this division is fully supported by the Schools Division Superintendent, Emmalinda E. Duhaylungsod and Assistant Schools Division Superintedent, Edwin R. Maribojoc. In a conducted study defining the Most Significant Change (MSC) acquired in implementation of the program, various results based on personal stories were determined. From the period of July to December 2013, 182 MSC stories

were collected. These results were filed based on the indicators which are the so-called progress markers. First progress marker is the Change of Perception, which is viewed as enabling factor, providing reflections from the perspective of both supply and demand side. In the study, 43 out of 183 MSCs fall in this category. One of the sources is a Muslim education manager who is assigned to work in a place where people with mixed culture reside. Based in his story, it is important to express one’s culture for other people to see and it is also very important to understand other culture and as well, backgrounds of the people to fully see who these people are. For an instance, a teacher should know the background of the pupils in order for her to know how to deal with their behaviors. Next progress marker is the Development of Competencies. In here falls the utilization, application and adaptation of the program. 44 stories out of 182 tell about competencies. One of the situation under this progress marker is the story on planning processes involving prioritization which has been found as an important activity to increase awareness among school heads and stakeholders in terms of determining school and community projects. The partnership between the school and community has greatly improve school’s capacity in building harmonious and close relationships together with the stakeholders. Third is the Influence. 42 of 182 stories were about influence. Collected stories in this line tells increasing partnership between the internal and external stakehold-

ers in terms of planning, as well as implementation of school and community projects. Fourth is the MSCs that tells about Escalation. Two stories relating to “Bayanihan” and giving of labor in order to implement programs fall under escalation. This implies that it is necessary to look closely to resource sharing between school and communities. Then, is the progress marker Institutionalization. 3 stories out of 182 tells more about Institutionalization which apparently seen more on the division level. Institutionalization of PRIME is highly implemented following its mandate to support Muslim Education. This is through implementing the revised Region Operations Manual for Muslim Education Curriculum, reinforcing Arabic Language and Islamic Education (ALIVE) classes, Multi-lingual Education and Peace Education. 48 MSC stories, on the other hand, tell Change of Situation. In this progress marker, schools implementing PRIME showed increase and improvement in various areas. Few is the minimized absenteeism, increased scores in national tests and improved interests in attending classes. PRIME caused a big and significant change in Lanao del Norte’s educational system. Through continuous implementation and monitoring, it will further improve the division’s educational performance and as well the learning capabilities of indigenous peoples and Muslim communities, giving them wider opportunities when it comes to higher level of learning in which, this is the main purpose of Department of Education.

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Tripartite approach eyed in monitoring compliance with labor standards

GENERAL Santos City–– Labor personnel here have adopted a new assessment system for local companies and other business establishments in a bid to strengthen the enforcement of various labor laws and policies in the area. Patricio Blanza, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) director here, said Monday they decided to implement the tripartite approach for its upcoming annual assessment of local establishments or employers to determine their compliance with the government’s labor standards. He said the new approach mainly shifts their enforcement strategy from the previous inspection to the assessment of employers. Instead of fielding labor inspectors, he said they will be assigning labor compliance officers to spearhead the assessment activities along with representatives from the company or business establishment and their employees’ union. “We opted for this (tripartite) approach to facilitate proper discussions and resolution of problems that might arise regarding the compliance

of a certain employer to the labor standards,” Blanza said. The official said the assessment, which will begin on January 16, will focus on the compliance of local employers with the minimum wage law, holiday pay regulations, standard social welfare benefits and bonuses as well as occupational health and safety standards (OSH). He said they will specifically check whether an establishment has enrolled its workers with the Social Security System, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and the Pag-Ibig Fund. For the benefits, Blanza said they will determine if the employers have given their employees the mandated 13th month pay. On the OSH, he said they will strict with the assessment of the workplaces and the compliance of the establishments to its standards. “If during the assessment the team finds problems that poses imminent dangers that might possibly cause injuries to the workers, it can recommend to the department the issuance of a stoppage order for the establishment,” Blanza added. A number of establish-

ments were penalized by DOLE Region 12 last year for violation of the labor standards, among them the provisions on the OSH standards and social welfare benefits of workers. From January to October 2013, DOLE-12 has inspected a total of 1,029 establishments covering 41,563 workers in the region regarding their compliance with the general labor standards. Region 12, which is also known as the Soccsksargen Region, comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato. Such figure was 29 more or has breached by 2.9 percent the agency’s target of 1,000 establishments for the year. Of the 1,029 establishments, DOLE-12 reported that 736 or 71.5 percent were found compliant with the general labor standards, OSH and social welfare benefits. A total of 37 companies have made corrections at plant level, with restitutions amounting to P2.719 million benefiting 256 workers, it said. (MindaNews)

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Mayor declares Butuan under state of calamity have fled their homes for higher and safer grounds as floods spawned by days of heavy rains overflowed rivers and rendered roads and highways impassable and landslides threatened houses and lives of residents. The same number of people are now housed in evacuation centers in school buildings, barangay multipurpose halls, covered courts, municipal gyms, churches, and day care centers. Butuan CDRRMC Officer Grace Espere said the

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Surigao del Sur bridges that are not passable. She also said that several barangays in Lingig, Tago and San Miguel are flooded. Meanwhile, reports have it that roads to Barangay Del Pilar, Cabadbaran City, and some parts of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, Lianga and Barobo towns are flooded.

FLOOD EVACUEES. Residents arrive at the evacuation area in Sibayan Elementary School, Barangay Baan Km 3 in Butuan City Sunday afternoon, January 12, 2014 after a flood brought by a Low Pressure Area hit 15 barangays in the city. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

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no casualties were reported, she said. According to Mazo, the national highway in Barobo to Tagbina, Surigao del Sur is not passable to light vehicles as well as the road in Barobo to San Francisco, Agusan del Sur. The Hubo and Tago Rivers overflowed and there are




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Moreover, the water level of Agusan River has recorded 3.1 meters at 8 in the evening on January 12, prompting authorities to activate the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and deploy teams for search and rescue mission. Butuan CDRRMC Officer Grace Espere said the city is now on Code RED and the teams have instructions to move residents from flood-prone areas to evacuation centers. Some 2,765 families or 4,520 people in Caraga

she said. She informed that the landslides along the highway in Barangay Nurcia, Lanuza, Surigao Del Surrendered the highway impassable. A landslide also occurred in Barangay San Pedro, Lianga, Surigao del Sur and Purok 7, Panikian, Carrascal of the same province, but


BUTUAN City––Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. yesterday declared this city under a state of calamity. Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. said that days of unabated heavy rains had already inundated 22 barangays and some 2,000 families had already sought shelter in evacuation centers.

city is now on Code RED and the teams have instructions to move residents from flood-prone areas to evacuation centers. Office of Civil Defense in Caraga Regional Director Liza R. Mazo reported two people were missing in Barangay Pangaylan, Santiago, Agusan del Norte and in Barangay Laurel, Taganaan, Surigao del Sur. Julito Solimo Agatia, 32, and Michael Baron, 14, were carried by the strong current while crossing the Aciga River in Santiago town and Mat-i River in Taganaan, respectively. Mazo said landslides occurred along the roads in Barangay Sumile here and along Barangay PoblacionMatingbe Road in Dinagat Islands. Big rock slides also occurred in Magkono, Wilson, San Jose, also in Dinagat. The slides have been cleared and the road is now passable to all types of vehicles,


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K to 12: In its third year of implementation By JOEL P. LARIBA, Principal I City Central School

K+12 Basic Education Program is the newest system of Education, implemented under President Benigno Aquino’s administration, believing that a 12-year program is an adequate period for learning under basic education and also a standard for recognition of students and professionals abroad. K to 12 has been realized through collaboration among Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and other stakeholders. Early before K to 12 implementation, Philippines is the last in Asia and one of the three countries worldwide, other than Angola and Djibouti, having ten-year pre-university cycle. This ten-year before college education composed of six years and four years in elementary

and secondary education, respectively. According to those who are positive for K to 12, this program is much-needed change for the country’s educational system for it will produce better-trained human resources who could be globally competitive. The program implementation was not without challenges beside it. Even before the signing and approval, it was met by several arguments and critics. Various negotiations have been made in order to inform the many about its advantage and good intentions. K to 12 is now on its third year of implementation and its still bringing its endeavour in improving Philippine Education system. Through it, Filipino graduates can be competitive in the global business arena, and contribute more success that would help towards building our nation.


Lanao Norte indigents benefit from DSWD’s ‘Listahanan Data’ By Cheng Ordonez Associate Editor

A total of 61, 406 indigent families here have benefited from the Provincial Health Indigency Program, which made use of the “Listahan Data” as basis in identifying the beneficiaries, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office 10 reported. The Provincial govern-

ment of Lanao del Norte was one of the provincial governments in Region 10, which entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), last year. Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, regional director of DSWD Field Office 10, said the MOA manifests that “the Listahanan Data is more than just statistics and figures. If utilized accurately,

could be very useful and significant as far as implementation of target-focused programs and services is concerned.” Upon the execution of the MOA with the DSWD, the Province of Lanao del Norte made full use of the Listahanan Data entrusted to them. Based on Administrative Order No. 2, series of 2009, and prior to the access and utilization of the

Listahanan Data by various local government unitis (LGUs), non-government agencies (NGAs), civil society organizations (CSOs) and various stakeholders, a MOA should be made and undertaken between DSWD and the data user, supported with an approved Sangguniang Bayan (SB) resolution, to ensure the confidentiality and usability of the requested data for See BENEFIT, page 11

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The two sides of CDO’s 2014 budget THE interpretations of the 1991 Local Government Code have become an interesting issue in the past days. The local legislative department and the executive department in Cagayan de Oro City have taught the local citizenry the salient points of budget allocation. Although political antagonism clearly laced the discussions of the two departments, the lessons learned Cris Diaz were worth. At least, the Cagayanons have taken a glimpse of democracy in action at the city hall where the market of ideas enriches the understanding of an ordinary citizen. Both departments have grounds full. City Mayor Oscar Moreno has the right intentions in pursuing the proposed P 2.6 billion 2014 budget of the city government. He explained that there is the need to push with innovative and ambitious programs that would propel the city’s development to a higher level. Undeniably, the city needs more funds in order to carry out the meaningful programs in health, infrastructures, and social development. As an experience legislature, Moreno wants to infuse a method of administration of guts, luck, and daring as the attributes of leadership. “We must try in order to succeed, but at the same time be ready to accept failures,” Moreno said in one of his radio programs. Obviously, Moreno’s statement expressed his dismay over the failure of the City Council to approve an Ordinance to enact the proposed 2014 budget. Moreno blamed politics as the culprit of the budget standoff. The majority members of the City Council have expressed willingness to support Moreno’s programs. However, the local august body cautioned the ex-

Barriers Special Gospel of the day: Mateo7:21.2427(January14, 2014-Tuesday) Matthew 7:21.24-27-Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it: This gospel reminds us that constant prayers to God is not a guarantee to inherit the kingdom of God unless we will obey His divine will. In Mateo6:9-12-in the prayer of our Father, it is stressed out to become obedient to God. What is His will? In 1 Thessalonians 4:3-For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctification, which ye

ecutive department of its mandate to scrutinize the proposed budget to make sure that every centavo is spent wisely. Certainly, this is the gray area where the two local departments ran into conflict with each other. In spite of Moreno’s insistence that the proposed budget was fair and necessary, albeit ambitious, the City Council was oblivious. Moreno argued that it is the task of the executive department to prepare the annual budget while the legislative body was bound to approve it. In the same manner that the City Council was insisting that the proposed budget should have an accompanying program of works to justify expenditures as against projected revenues. In fact, the local august body, especially its finance committee, has invited the city’s department heads to participate in the scheduled committee meetings to no avail. City Councilor Prexy Elipe, chair of the committee on finance, suspects that the department heads were willing to participate in the committee meetings were it not for the gag order. Moreno has reportedly issued a memorandum preventing the city’s department heads from acknowledging invitations from the city council. Undoubtedly, the reported gag order would have an immeasurable effect on the deliberation of the proposed budget. “It is lamentable that the finance committee failed to favorably endorse the proposed special projects for approval because of the absence of the department heads during the scheduled meetings,” Elipe said in a statement. In line with this presumption, it is likely that the participants in the scheduled budget meeting of the committee as a whole on Wednesday would leave the table with an empty hand. ••• [Listen to “Alarma sa Udtong Tutok” every 11:00 – 12:00 Mon. to Friday at 95.7 FM Mellow Touch Radio] React:

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Marijuana ‘tidal wave’ starting in Denver as thousands flock to buy weed By Peter Mertz

DENVER––In less than a week of sales, Colorado’s cannabis stores are running out of marijuana, as Americans from coast to coast are flocking to the Rocky Mountain state to purchase the drug legally for the first time in the U.S. history. “The gates are now open and this flood won’t stop until it reaches all corners of the globe,” said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law, aka NORML, the oldest marijuana advocacy group in the United States, dating back to 1970. “Colorado and the nation are calling for complete legalization, and it is coming fast,” he said. St. Pierre says many more states are pushing legislation similar to Colorado’s 2012 Marijuana Amendment 64, and that Uruguay’s government taking on the production and sale of marijuana is proof the drug has international appeal and is widely recognized as a source of tax revenue. In Colorado, revenue from the sale of “pot,” that was legal Jan. 1, has been more than 1 million dollars a day from only 24 stores open thus far (18 in Denver), according to local media. And each day, more stores open across the state, as 136 marijuana licenses were mailed by Dec. 23, according to the Col. Revenue Department. Several retailers told Xinhua they expect 200 stores to be open statewide by March, most located in the state capitol of Denver. Colorado officials may need to raise estimates that legal pot will generate more than 578 million dollars a year in sales and 67 mil-

Cannabis Cannabis, also known as marijuana (from the Mexican Spanish marihuana), and by numerous other names, is a preparation of the Cannabis plant intended for use as a psychoactive drug and as medicine. Pharmacologically, the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); it is one of 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 84 other cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV), and lion dollars in taxes for the state, as sales are exceeding expectations. It is being taxed at 21 percent. The first 40 million dollars in taxes will be put toward the school system. On Monday, Denver’s 3D Cannabis Center announced it had sold out of “herb” and was referring customers to BotanicCare in Northglenn,

cannabigerol (CBG). Cannabis is often consumed for its psychoactive and physiological effects, which can include heightened mood or euphoria, relaxation, and increase in appetite. Unwanted side-effects can sometimes include a decrease in shortterm memory, dry mouth, impaired motor skills, reddening of the eyes, and feelings of paranoia or anxiety. Contemporary uses of cannabis are as a recreational or medicinal drug, and as part of religious or spiritual rites; the earliest recorded uses date from the 3rd millennium BC. Since the early 20th century

where a 15-minute line remained out the door all day, as customers braved freezing temperatures to buy the drug. Several shops also reported selling out of edibles (marijuana-laced food), according to the Denver Post. More than half of the first week’s sales have come from out-of-state buyers,

cannabis has been subject to legal restrictions with the possession, use, and sale of cannabis preparations containing psychoactive cannabinoids currently illegal in most countries of the world; the United Nations has said that cannabis is the most-used illicit drug in the world. In 2004, the United Nations estimated that global consumption of cannabis indicated that approximately 4% of the adult world population (162 million people) used cannabis annually, and that approximately 0.6% (22.5 million) of people used cannabis daily. source:

who are allowed to buy small quantities of cannabis, according to Time weekly magazine. The Colorado government told pot tourists not to take their “weed” back across state lines where they faced incarceration, from many conservative states hostile to marijuana reform. Denver hotels reported

an increase in bookings, and companies giving “tours” or providing transportation to the pot stores, are selling out months in advance. “The demand for our service has been nearly overwhelming - there’s a tidal wave,” said Peter Johnson of Colorado Green Tours, whose bus ferries tourists on tours of three of the

newly legal dispensaries for 399 dollars. Within a few days, the initial price of the drug had almost doubled due to the widespread demand and limited supply. On Monday, an eighth of an ounce was selling for about 85 dollars, almost twice the 45 dollars average initial price. “Overall, I think things went relatively smoothly,” said Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson, noting “thousands” of marijuana users were buying and smoking the drug. Police said there were no reports of violence or crime related to the sale of the drug. Investors were thrilled by the drug’s initial rampant success. MediaSwipe Inc., that sells transaction processing systems to the medical industry and now works with cannabis stores, has seen its shares jump 88 percent over the past month of trading and 69.4 percent on Thursday alone. GreenGro Technologies, a growing equipment dealer, saw share prices rise 52.3 percent, and Medical Marijuana Inc., a California grower of medical marijuana, saw an increase of 22 percent to 18.9 cents per share. Researchers with ArcView Market said they expect the national legal marijuana market to grow from 1.44 billion to 2.34 billion dollars in 2014, and may rise when Washington state legalizes cannabis later this year. “All eyes are on Colorado,” said Dennis Huspeni of the Denver Business Journal. “How do we tax it, how do we regulate it, does it creates addicts, does it attract tourism.... there are lots of questions that we still have to answer,” he said. (PNA/ Xinhua)

Daughter saw activist father shot to death By Earl Condeza of Davao Today

MACO, Compostela Valley – Jay-jay, 12, saw a man pulling a gun against her father Marcelo Monterona last January 3. Her instinct was to throw a stone against her dad’s attacker, but as fear overwhelmed her, she scampered to get home. It was an emotional Jayjay who talked to Davao Today at the wake of Monterona. Her mother, Teresita, remembered seeing Marcelo driving off their multicab jeepney after fixing it. “Then we heard an explosion. At first, we thought it was merely a firecracker but the explosions were actually shots, several shots. We went out to check and we saw his bloody

body,” Teresita, in tears, told Davao Today. Colleagues at Hugpong sa mga Mag uuma sa Walog Kompostela (Humawak), a farmers organization, believed the military singled out Monterona for his role in the anti-mining and human rights campaign in the area. Humawak spokesperson Renante Mantos said Monterona was killed by members of the 71st Infantry Batallion of the Philippine Army, the same Army unit to whom human rights advocates tagged as the unit responsible for killing Tinga, a 57-year old Mansaka tribal leader in Barangay Malamodao, in an operation last Dec 6. Mantos said that Monterona called for the pull-out of 71st

IB following Tinga’s death. Monterona was also part of the negotiating panel of Indug Kautawan (People Uprise), a Pablo-survivors group which fought the indemnification of P3.6 million and 300 sacks of rice by the APEX Mining. “Monterona was a good person. He did not have enemies in the community who could have the motive for killing him,”Mantos added. Junjun one of Monterona’s children, called on the local government and the police to act, conduct speedy probe and arrest the perpetrators. Mantos slammed the local police for ignoring the incident and not acting immediately. (Earl O. Condeza/davaotoday. com)

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Police file raps vs suspects in murder of university prexy Z AMB OANGA City–– Criminal charges were filed on Thursday against three suspects in the murder of Universidad de Zamboanga president Arturo Eustaquiao III about two years ago, a police official said. Chief Supt. Mario Yanga, officer-in-charge of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO), said they lodged the complaint before the City Prosecutor’s Office against Moamar Cabulao, the alleged triggerman, and his two unidentified cohorts.

Eustaquio was killed at around 12:55 p.m. on April 1, 2012 along Maestra Vicenta Street, Barangay Sta. Maria, this city. Yanga, also the deputy regional police director for administration who is set to retire tomorrow (Sunday), said that Cabulao is currently detained at the Zamboanga Sibugay provincial jail after he was arrested last November 13 for his alleged involvement in the killing of lawyer Jocelyn Luna in Tungawan town.

Luna, the then Tungawan town information officer who was about to assume as Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer, was killed last October 16 outside her residence in Barangay La Libertad in Tungawan. Yanga said that Cabulao was “positively identified by a star witness” as the gunman while his two cohorts acted as lookouts in the killing of Eustaquio. He said they are still trying to establish the identities of Cabulao’s cohorts

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and the mastermind in the Eustaquio slaying. Yanga said that Cabulao’s identity was unmasked in the investigation spearheaded by Chief Insp. Felixberto Martinez, then ZCPO chief for Criminal Investigation and Detection Management and now the Police Station 6 commander. Martinez said they were able to identify Cabulao through the concerted efforts of Police Stations 6 and 7 as well the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-9. (MindaNews)

ZAMBOANGA City––The police have filed a criminal case before the City Prosecutor’s Office against a barangay official and a businessman tagged as responsible in the January 5 killing of a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel in this city. Chief Insp. Felixberto Martinez, Police Station 6 commander, identified those charged for murder as Hadji Jinnul Malik, a councilman of Barangay Rio Hondo, and businessman Hadji Radzmer Omar. Martinez said the case against the suspects, both of whom are still at large, was filed Thursday. He said the identities of the two suspects were established in the conduct of thorough investigation on the shooting incident that resulted to the death of SN1 (Seaman First Class) Abdurasid Iskan and the wounding of his six-year-old daughter Shara. The suspects were positively identified by witnesses, Martinez disclosed. Iskan and his daughter had just disembarked from a family-owned vehicle when shot by a lone gunman around 7:15 p.m. last January 5 at Don Toribio Street, Barangay Tetuan, this city. The suspect then walked towards the junction of Don Toribio and Veterans Avenue where his cohort was waiting aboard a motorcycle and escaped. Iskan expired at the hospital several minutes later while his daughter was admitted for treatment. Iskan was assigned with the coast guard K9 unit based in Isabela City, Basilan province. The family of Iskan is temporarily staying at Barangay Tetuan since their house in Barangay Rio Hondo was among those razed to the ground during the September standoff. (MindaNews)

Zambo school head favors change of classes’ opening

ZAMBOANGA City––Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad, officerin-charge of the City Division of Schools, said he was in favor to move the schedule of the opening of classes from June to August. Natividad made the statement as the issue to change the opening of classes’ schedule has been revived. Natividad said that basically it was advantageous to have the same schedule of opening of classes especially in

the program of students’ exchange. Natividad said students from the Philippines could easily transfer to study abroad as well as students from abroad could easily transfer if they wanted to study in the country. Natividad said the Philippines should also adopt curriculum according to international standards “so that we will not be left behind.” The opening of classes, if plan pushes through, will be move to

August from the present scheduled which is in June. The classes will be from August to December then January to May and the summer break will be from June to July. The issue on the change of schedule of the opening of classes is being pushed by major universities in Manila. The move is also in preparation for the ASEAN integration in 2015. philippine news agency

Subanen trained handicraft making By Emmanuel Taghoy of PIA

DIPLAHAN, Zamboanga Sibugay––Subanen women from Sitio Sakaon in Barangay Guinoman in this municipality have undergone a three-day training on handicraft making conducted by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) last Jan. 9-11. With a P60-thousand budget for materials and food for the participants, 30 Subanen women belonging to “Pigsalabukan Glebon Subanen de Guinoman” turned up to attend the said training. N C I P- Z a m b o a n g a

Sibugay chief Marita Laguitan-Miñao said the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also assisted in the conduct of the said training by providing a trainer who taught the participants basket weaving in different designs. “They already knew how to weave, so what we did was provide them with quality livelihood training with DTI providing us a trainer who is also an IP (Indigenous People) in the person of Pelaez L. Tunggos,” Miñao said. “We have also noticed that they have great supply of rattan. So, proposals were made for the project,”

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Miñao told the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in an interview. Miñao also narrated the difficult journey her group went through in going to the area where they have to cross two rivers before reaching the place which is at the foot of the mountain. Though the journey was arduous, the NCIP personnel were happy to see the smiles of the participants who were all raring to learn from the activity. Miñao also expressed her gratitude to DTI for extending its assistance in the training, as she hinted that a similar undertaking might be conducted again to the IPs.

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27,000 families displaced by floods in 3 regions Agatia was reportedly swept by strong currents while crossing the Aciga River in Santiago town, Agusan del Norte, and Paran was also carried away while crossing the Mat-i River in Taganaan town, Surigao del Norte. The Saug River in Asuncion and Libuganon River, both in Davao del Norte, were reported to have overflowed. Flights from Manila to Ozamiz, Dumaguete, Cagayan, Masbate, Butuan, Surigao, Tacloban, and Kalibo were cancelled on Sunday due to bad weather. In Region 12, however, the weather condition has continued to improve in the last two days as the LPA that was earlier spotted near the region has moved towards northeastern Mindanao where massive flooding has occurred. Edward Daligdig, operations assistant of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Region 12, said Monday the region was so far spared from any major flooding and other related disasters as the weather disturbance only spawned light to moderate rains in RECEIVING ORDERS FROM MAYOR. Superintendent Rodelio Poliquit, the area. acting Davao City Traffic Management Center chief receives instructions from Mayor “We have not received Rody Duterte to conduct traffic patrol at night where more speed limit violations were any report regarding major reported. photo by Ace R. Morandante DAVAO C it y – – F l o o ds spawned by a Low Pressure Area in Mindanao have affected 26,801 families in Regions 10, 11 and 13 (Caraga), the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported. According to the NDRRMC situation report as of 6am of Jan. 13, a total of 132,379 individuals have been affected in 86 barangays and 26 munici-

palities in 10 provinces of these areas. The NDRRMC a ls o reported that 22 roads and 13 bridges have been rendered impassable. In Tarragona, Lupon, Boston, Cateel, Manay, Caraga, and Governor Generoso, all in Davao Oriental, and in New Bataan in Compostela Valley, 113 houses were totally damaged and 138 partially damaged.

Classes were suspended in Compostela Valley Monday, according to the report, with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils of Albay and Surigao del Norte issuing similar advisories. So far, two persons have been reported missing in the Caraga region. They were identified as Jolito Solima Agatia, 32, and Michael Paran, 14.

floods and landslides in any part of Region 12 due to the effects of the LPA,” he told MindaNews. Region 12 comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato. Daligdig said the area experienced almost nonstop rains last Saturday but the volume of rainfall was considered minimal. He said there were some areas, especially in this city, that experienced light surges of floodwaters but these did not affect local households and later subsided. As of 4am Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the LPA, which was monitored last Saturday afternoon at around 250 kilometers southeast of this city, was seen moving at the vicinity of Surigao Del Sur. It cautioned that parts of Mindanao will continue to experience cloudy skies

with moderate to heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Mo derate to strong winds from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Mindanao while the coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough, the agency noted. Je n e ly n B ar tol om e, O CD-Region 12 information officer, said the flood and landslide alerts remains in effect in the entire region as they expect the area to experience occasional rains within the next few days. “We’re closely monitoring the situation on the ground through the local government units and our area coordinators,” she said. She urged local residents to remain vigilant and continually monitor the weather advisories, especially updates, for their areas. Bartolome added that it’s important for residents to be well-informed of the weather situation and be ready in case calamities will occur. (MindaNews)


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Speaking at length for the first time after two photos of them went viral online, Billy Crawford finally confessed that he’s courting his It’s Showtime co-host Coleen Garcia. “Yes nililigawan ko. She’s not my girlfriend, yet. And I would love for her to be,” brazenly admitted Billy during his live appearance on Buzz ng Bayan on Sunday. However, he clarified that contrary to speculations Coleen hadn’t gotten in the way of his relationship with his former girlfriend Nikki Gil. “I kept my mouth shut. I didn’t talk. I think that was my fault. But ako, pinanindigan ko ‘yung sa akin and kung ano ang alam ko, and Coleen is definitely not part of my past relationship at all,” he said. With all the critics that his rumored relationship with Coleen has seen in the past months, the dancer-host

shared that young actress was initially hesitant to have anything to do with him. “She really wanted to pull away at one point and really just didn’t want to have anything to do with me because of the speculations and everyone else speaking on our behalf. Pero ako Tito Boy bilang lalaki i’ll pursue her, paninindigan ko,” he said. Since it was the first time that he addressed the issue, Billy likewise took the opportunity to clarify about the two photos of them that came out. The first one was last year in Bacolod where they appeared to be sweet to one another. “First of all it was an event, a party where most of the Showtime family was there as well. I think that picture was taken out of context. Coleen was doing that with Vice, Coleen was doing that to Teddy,


she was hugging everyone and I was hugging everyone and we were just having a good time and alam mo naman people will just put words in the photo,” explained he. More recently, a photo of Billy and Coleen reportedly vacationing in New York surfaced while they were allegedly watching an NBA game. According to Billy, they never really went out of the country to go on a vacation together, he explained, “I was talking to Coleen and I told her that I was going to New York to visit a friend and to see my family. And Coleen was like, ‘oh I was going to New York too with my friend.’” But he added that he did invite the young actress-host to watch the game with him even before they left the country. “I bought the tickets beforehand and said ‘You know what I would love

to go to New York and spend. Time with you to watch a game and have dinner,’” said Billy. After months of being mum on the matter, Billy said he has decided to come clean about the true status of their relationship because the criticisms about them have gotten worse over time. “Masakit din eh. Hindi na ‘yung career ang pinaglalabanan ko, hindi nako nakikipaglaban kung ano ‘yung tama at mali, ang nilalabanan ko nalang pagkatao ko. Kasi mahirap maglakad na nagtatago, mahirap maglakad na alam mong maraming nagsasalita ng masama tungkol sayo kasi kami tao rin kami, may puso rin kami, nasasaktan rin kami,” explained the 31-year-old actor In the end he thanked Coleen for giving him the opportunity to be himself and “To be real and to try to

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He said the Saug River in Asuncion and Libungan River in Kapalong, both in Davao del Norte, had already overflowed causing waist-deep floods to places along the rivers. He also said that several bridges and public infrastructure sustained damages while a total of 8,284 hectares of agricultural crops were damaged. The NDRRMC said that a total of 113 totally damaged houses and 138 partially damaged were already recorded. A report from the Philippine News Agency

homes by strictly observing environmental laws such as proper throwing of garbage, minimizing smoke emissions, and others. He said there had been devastations caused by climate-related events all over the world. There is now a move to improve resilience and help every of city, province and country adopt to climate change. The involvement of everyone will ensure a successful drive, said the vice mayor. Responding to the global call for climate action campaign is our contribution in protecting planet earth and from page 1 prevalence of underin caring for the present and future generations, he weight children aged 6-10 years from 22.8 percent in added. (LCR) 2005 to 25.6 percent in 2008 (2.6 million). from page 1 She said the number missing -- four in Com- of under-height children postella Valley, one each in this age group likewise from Surigao del Norte, increased from 32 percent Davao Oriental and Agusan to 33.1 percent. “According to the FNRI, del Sur. Davao Oriental and chronic malnutrition afCompostela Valley were fects a very high percentamong the hardest hit by age of schoolchildren in Typhoon “Pablo” (interna- 25 provinces, including tional name: Bopha) in 2012. Abra, Aurora, Mindoro Oc“Pablo” was the deadliest cidental, Mindoro Oriental, typhoon that hit Mindanao Marinduque, Catanduanes, that year. Both provinces Masbate, Negros Occidental, are still recovering from Northern Samar, Western the damage caused by the Samar, Leyte, Bukidnon, Agusan del Sur, Davao del said typhoon. In its report from Office Norte, Davao Oriental, of Civil Defense-Region Zamboanga del Norte, Zam(OCD) 11, NDRRMC said boanga Sibugay, Misamis that search-and-rescue Occidental, Sultan Kudarat, teams were sent to Diwata, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Monkayo, in Compostella Sur and Basilan,” Uy said. “Malnutrition, like many where four persons were reported missing after a land- other health problems of our slide buried their houses. nation, is the result of many NDRRMC identified factors,” said Uy adding, two of the missing as Jolito “this bill aims to seriously Solima Agatia, 32, a resi- address malnutrition by dent of Barangay Pangaylan, making our schools and Santiago, Agusan del Sur, barangay day care centers who was reportedly carried provide good education by strong current while and nutrition at the same crossing the Aciga river; time by institutionalizing a and Michael Paran, 14, of mandatory child nutrition Barangay Laurel, Taganaan, program in all and public Surigao del Norte, who was elementary schools and swept by strong current of barangay day care centers ‘that is comprehensive, intethe Mat-I river. At least 37 persons have grative and sustainable with been reported injured, the national funding.’” Under House Bill 1548, NDRRMC said. According to OCD-11, the funds for the establishmore than 26,000 families ment, maintenance and were affected in at least operation of the mandatory child nutrition program three provinces. As of 6 a.m. Monday, shall be sourced from 10 NDRRMC data said the percent (10%) from the number of affected per- recorded income of the sons already reached 26,801 government’s general fund families or 132,379 persons. accruing from interest on Of the number, 23,000 deposit accounts and perforfamilies were from eight mance bonds and any formunicipalities previously feited amounts therefrom. “This is a long term affected by typhoon “Pablo”. Compostela Valley regis- proposed program that aims tered 1,566 families affected to achieve improved child and Davao del Norte, 1,154 attendance and survival rates in day care centers and families. The local disaster unit public schools by ensuring said 79 evacuation centers that adequate health and were activated to shelter the nutrition programs are acrising number of evacuees. cessible to young children Some 86 barangays in 26 throughout the year,” Uy municipalities in 10 prov- said. HB 1548 is now pendinces of Region 9, 10 and ing with the Committee Caraga were flooded. NDRRMC Executive Di- on Basic Education and rector Eduardo del Rosario Culture and is co-authored said the floods rendered by 34 other representatives impassable 22 roads and across parties in the 16th Congress namely Reps. Cza13 bridges.



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rina Umali (Nueva Ecija), Josephine Lacson-Noel (Malabon), Ma. Georgina De Venecia (Pangasinan), Jorge Banal (Quezon City), Maria Zenaida Angping (Manila), Danilo Ramon Fernandez (Laguna), Maria Vida Bravo (Masbate), Eleonor Bulut-Begtang (Apayao), Lani Mercado-Revilla, (Cavite), Imelda Marcos (Ilocos Norte), Ma. Theresa Bonoan (Manila), Maria Jocelyn Bernos (Abra), Rose Marie Arenas (Pangasinan), Scott Davies Lanete (Masbate), Emil Ong (Northern Samar), Sergio Apostol (Leyte), Benhur Salimbangon (Cebu), Ferdinand Martin Romualdez (Leyte), Ruby Sahali (Tawi-Tawi), Henry Oaminal (Misamis Occidental), Arnulfo Go (Sultan Kudarat), Seth Jalosjos (Zamboanga Del Norte), Victor Yu (Zamboanga Del Sur), Xavier Jesus Romualdo (Camiguin), Maria Valentina Plaza (Agusan Del Sur), Mercedes Cagas (Davao Del Sur), Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayan De Oro City), Maria Carmen Zamora (Compostela Valley), Emmanuel Pacquiao (Saranggani), Maryam Arbison (Sulu), Belma Cabilao (Zamboanga Sibugay), Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba (Bukidnon), Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo (Lanao Del Norte), Julieta Cortuna (A-Teacher Party-List), and Silvestre Bello III (1-BAP PartyList). MRS

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vaccination program, which aimed to achieve zero measles cases by 2008. Meales is an infectious viral disease that afflicts mostly children. Vaccinations of measles are given free in community health centers for babies between six months and 48 months old. This should be followed up by booster shots, but these are not available in some health centers. Outside of NCR, more cases of measles were reported. In Southern Luzon there were 436 recorded cases of measles and 282 cases in Western Visayas. Majority of those afflicted are children below the age of five. Pascual said 85 percent of those affected had no history of previous measles vaccination. “The failure of the measles eradication program is but a reflection of the glaring disconnect between national health programs and the actual health situation. The program only relied on compliance to vaccinations,” said Pascual. He added that the outbreak shows how the DOH has failed to connect how the socio-political environment affects the health of the nation. “The failure of those afflicted to have themselves vaccinated before is not solely due to their parents’ decision not to avail of free immunization from health centers. The failure to get vaccinated may also

be due to the inaccessibility of health services and the general lack of health knowledge,” Pascual said. He pointed out that poverty increases the susceptibility of the ordinary Filipino to these kinds of diseases. Malnutrition, for one, he said “exacerbates the disease’s effects on the body, while unaffordable health care and medicines make it difficult for patients to recover from it.” These factors, Pascual said, should be considered during the formulation of programs to attain long term solutions. “It’s frustrating that the DOH cannot man up to admit its mistakes and would rather blame the patients for its failures,” Pascual ended. Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate also slammed DOH for its “very disappointing response” in the wake of the measles outbreak . “With an increased budget now of the DOH, it is really disappointing and very sad that this is the kind of response we get from the department. It is even doubly disappointing considering that it is the children who are primarily suffering and affected by this disease.” He said it is the health department’s job to prevent such an outbreak. “The DOH should have also gone on an early house to house immunization drive when they monitored that the measles cases began to spike,” Zarate said. He said the budget of the DOH increased this year. Rep. Zarate hopes that these funds can be judiciously used to prevent another outbreak. “As of now the DOH has an P80.8 billion ($1.805 billion) budget for 2014 — this is almost P30 billion ($670 million) more than what it got last year. They even have a quick reaction fund of P304 million ($6.7 million).” What is measles Measles is an airborne disease most commonly acquired by children ages one to nine years old. Symptoms of measles include redness of the eyes, coughs and colds, fever reaching 40 degrees Celsius, and rashes on the ears, face, neck, and the whole body, and difficulty of breathing. Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag also said flu-like symptoms are sometimes present before the rashes appear on the body. A person who has measles can easily transmit the virus through coughing, sneezing, or the discharge of saliva. One patient can infect as many as 18 persons, especially those who have not been vaccinated. The DOH urged those who have measles to refrain from going out to public places as they can infect other people, most especially pregnant women. According to an article, measles can infect women during their pregnancy, most especially if they never had measles before or never

had been vaccinated against measles in the past. Measles can infect and kill the unborn. It is recommended that pregnant women have measles vaccination. According to the WHO, there is no specific treatment for measles. However a person who has measles should still see a doctor to cure the cough and colds, and to prevent complications like diarrhea and pneumonia. Doctors recommend that patients should drink a lot of water to avoid dehydration. Recovery from measles may take two to three weeks. (

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ordinances of the city’s tax code that had not been implemented in previous years. The city’s tax code dates back to 2003. Last January 3, the Oro Chamber and other local chambers of commerce spearheaded a business tax forum attended by the city mayor and the city treasurer. Uy said it was during this meeting that the city government clarified the issue. He said the business tax rates of the city remain the same. Uy called on businessmen who have concerns to formalize their sentiments for the city council to act on them. Fears of tax increases spread when the city set to achieve its target collection this year through an increase in tax collections. For his part, Vice Mayor Ceasar Ian Acenas said he has talked to some businessmen and urged them to submit their proposal for amendments to the revenue code so that the city council could legislate on it. Acenas said that in previous administrations any tax increase was done in staggard basis. “It should not be done abruptly,” he said. “We should give to the businessmen what is due to them so that they can carry on with their businesses,” he added. Acenas expressed concern that businessmen would transfer out of the city because of the new tax collection efforts. He said this could have a domino effect among the businessmen. For Uy, he said if businessmen locate somewhere else then it’s their right to do so in a democracy. “The bottom line is that kung asa makabarato sa operating expenses didto sila,” Uy said. He added however that more investors from outside Cagayan de Oro are entering the city as evidenced by new establishments that opened recently.

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L ist a hanan or w hat was formerly known as t h e “ Nat i o n a l Ho u s e hold Targeting System for Poverty Reduction” (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor are and is being spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. It aims to address poverty reduction through a scientific and targetfocused strateg y. Lanao del Norte, known to be the “Land of B eauty and B ounty” b o o st s not on ly of it s vast, arable agricultural lands, but also of its fastphased progress. Ut i l i z at i on of t h e Listahanan data in the Province of L anao del Nor t e w a s m an i fe s t e d in the implementation of various programs and services in the province, one of which is in the Provincial Comprehe nsive He a lt h S e c tor Reform Program, which main goal is to ensure constituents’ access to quality health care and in the upgrading of all health facilities throughout the province. Health programs include the expanded program on immunization, maternal and childcare, family planning/reproductive Health program, nutrition program, breastfeeding program, national tuberculosis program, rabies cont rol pro g r am , m a l ar i a control program and e nv i ronme nt a l s anit a tion program. In the conduct of outreach medical mission and free clinics in f ar- f lu n g are a s i n t h e province, the Listahanan d at a w a s a l s o u s e d a s basis in identif ying the areas and beneficiaries. In addition, the provincial government created the One Town One Program (OTOP), which is aimed towards enterprise development and pro du c t promot i on of every town in Lanao del Norte. It also uses the Listahanan data in identif ying the families who were prioritized for the capability building for enterprise and product development program.


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