Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Paghinlo sa mga malapasong personahe sa DPWH walay hunong, matod sa hepe sa DPWH

“Dili ko magpanuko nga mo suspende og magpalagpot ug malapasong personahe sa DPWH kinsa mga miyembro sa Bids and Awards Committees (BACs) nga nakig kunsabo sa mga kontratista o sa mga hiwi nga mga indibidual nga napamatud-ang mi tiyupi sa biddings sa maong buhatan.”

Kini mao ang giluwatang pahayag ni DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson human nakadawat ug mga taho nga ang maong buhat sama sa pag tiyupi sa mga biddings dinha sa ilang buhatan, ang nagpadayon bisan pa man sa pag suspende sa pipila ka mga miyembro sa BAC, nga napamatud-ang responsable sa paglapas sa RA 9184, o ang Procurement Act.

Gi butyag ni Singson nga padayon niyang gi monitor ang mga resulta sa bidding para sa mga proyekto sa ilang buhatan nga gipahigayon sa Central, Regional ug District Engineering Offices. Sulti niya, “Sa datos pa lang, makaingon na kita nga pipila ka mga kontratista ang gipaboran sa atong pipila ka mga buhatan. Aduna usab kita makitang inandan (patterns) kung asa susamang mga kontratista ang misalmot sa proseso sa bidding asa kadtong mga midaug magpulihanay lamang sa maong grupo.”

Gipahimangnoan ni Secretary Singson kadtong mga kontratista nga napamatod-ang nalambigit sa konspirasiya ug pag pang tyupi sa bidding nga dayon kini niyang paga suspensohon o ma blacklist sa pagsalmmot ug bidding sa ilang buhatan. (PCOO news)

Roxas andam nga ipailalom sa Lifestyle Check

Gikinahanglan nga ipaubos ang tanang pulis opisyal sa lifestyle check, kini sumala ni Department of Interior and Local Government Sec. Mar Roxas.

Sa usa ka press conference ngadto sa Camp Crame, si Roxas ang mipadayag sa iyang kagustuhan nga mopa ilalom sa lifestyle check, sulti pa niya ““Syempre hindi ko ilalabas itong Memo Circular na ito na hindi ako mismo kasama sa lifestyle check.”
Matod ni Roxas, ilalom sa balaod, tanang opisyales ug empleyado ang gi manduang magpakabuhi ug simpleng kinabuhi. Dugang ingon niini nga kung kini paga lapason aduna kini mamahimong silot.

Dugang ingon ni Roxas nga kadtong mga opisyal nga dunay estrelyang rango ang mauna nga ipailalom sa imbestigasyon. (PCOO news)

Selebrasyon sa National Family Week gipangunahan sa DSWD

Gi awhag ang tanang pamilya sa nasud nga mag selebrar sa National Family Week sugod Setyembre 20 hangtud sa 26.

“Mao kining tukmang panahon aron mapalig-on ang bugkos ug relasyon sa matag pamilya hilabi na niadtong mi agi ug panahon sa kalisud tungod sa mga sunod-sunod nga katalagman,” kini sumala  ni Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman.

Ang National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF),nga gipanguluhan sa DSWD ug gi langkuban sa mga miyembrong ahensiya sa gobyerno, pribadong organisasyon, ug relihiyosong grupo, ang nanguna sa maong selebrasyon.

Gi temahan ug “Celebrating the Filipino Families: Resilient and Caring” ang karong tuigang selebrasyon asa naghatag ug pag-ila sa malig-ong determinasyon ug pagkamaloloy-on sa pamilyang pilipino kung asa naila ang nasud sa tibuok kalibutan. (PCOO news)

More than 3,000 Educational Leaders gear up for the 73rd CEAP National Convention in Davao City

More than 3,000 educational leaders and managers are heading to Davao City on September 24 to 26, 2014 at the SMX Lanang for the annual convention of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP). The theme for the 73rd National Convention is “Defining the Transformative Role of Catholic Education in a Changing World.”

CEAP School Heads and Superintendents would first gather on September 23 for the Annual General Membership Meeting to discuss with DepEd Sec. Br. Armin A. Luistro, FSC, CHEd Commissioner Ruperto S. Sangalang, TESDA Dep. Dir. Gen. Irene M. Isaac Hon. Roman Romulo and Hon. Evelina G. Escudero. The discussion would focus on issues pertinent to the implementation of the K to 12 Act, financing of private educational institutions and greater government support for private education.

The first day of the Convention would be marked by the Eucharistic celebration presided over by the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, Most. Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, D.D. Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Chairperson of the Philippine Government’s panel on Peace Negotiations with MILF, will lead in the critical conversation on the Bangsamoro and the pursuit for genuine peace in Mindanao. Dr. Gemma Teresa T. Narisma, Manila Observatory’s Associate Director for Research, will lead the discussion on the pressing issue of the environment. 

The second day of the Convention would be a series of concurrent sessions on the Bangsamoro Basic Law, Inter-religious and Inter-faith dialogue, the implementation of the K to 12 Act and the Revised General Education Curriculum, Legal Updates pertinent to educational management, poverty, environment, among others. Confirmed speakers include: Br. Carlito M. Gaspar, CSSR, Prof. Magsaysay S. Werble, Atty. Antonio G.M. La Viña, Ph.D., Hon. Pedrito A. Eisma, Prof. Alih Salakuran Aiyub, Hon. Francisco M. Varela, Dr. Raymund C. Sison, Dr. Rosario A. Lapus, among others. Two special sessions are scheduled late in the afternoon to report on the National Filipino Catholic Youth Survey and the exploratory study on the Catholic Teachers’

CEAP will also be conferring, on the third day, the Pro Deo et Patria Award to Archbishop Leonardo Legazpi, O.P., D.D. (posthumously) for his significant contribution for the Philippine Church as the first Filipino Rector of the University of Sto. Tomas, former President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and his work in the formation of priests and religious.

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Decrease of maternal deaths pushed

By: Tagum City Information Office

TAGUM CITY—A group of medical specialists from Metro Manila is pushing to avert maternal deaths and reduce birth complications through early diagnosis by offering free obstetrical scans to pregnant women who are in their fifth to sixth month of gestation using a portable ultrasound machine integrated with a smartphone.

Approximately 210 Tagumenyo pregnant women from the 23 barangays of the city availed of the free ultrasound through the Project iBuntis (Imaging Buntis) last September 22-23, 2014, a project operated by the University of the Philippines Manila-College of Medicine and is funded by Grand Challenges Canada.

Tagum, along with the City of Parañaque in Metro Manila, were chosen as pilot cities for the said program in the Philippines.

Team leader Dr. Godofreda Dalmacion of UP Manila said they wanted to create awareness not only among pregnant women but also among government leaders on the importance of ultrasound testing as a key step in reducing birth complications and maternal deaths.

They (government) have to put their money where their mouth is. If they want to decrease maternal mortality, they should support pregnant women by providing them free ultrasound,” Dalmacion said. 

Data released by the National Economic and Development Authority through its Fifth Progress Report on the Millennium Development Goals showed that while the Philippines is on track in achieving the goal of reducing child mortality,  the country is still far from achieving the goal of reducing maternal mortality.

The report noted that the number of mothers who die from childbirth have not decreased and instead increased to higher levels than when the MDGs started in 1990. In 1990, the maternal mortality ratio was 209 per 100,000 live births. But in 2011, the figure had increased to 221, higher than the initial figure in 1990.
Causes of maternal deaths are hemorrhage, sepsis, obstructed labor, hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, and complications of unsafe abortion, most of which are preventable with proper diagnosis and intervention through ultrasound, Dalmacion added.

“This project is not only a search for new intervention but also makes available a life saving test to 250 or more pregnant women who normally cannot afford the test,” she said.

GE Electronics provided the portable ultrasound machines for the project, which costs at around 450,000 pesos.

Women’s health advocate Margie Moran-Floirendo who was present during the launching is calling on the government to invest in this machine to help increase awareness in reproductive health care.

More health services are needed and more education needs to be taught to women and this portable machine will surely help us a lot. It’s so small you can bring it to far-flung barangay health centers where pregnant women can be tested,” the former Miss Universe said.

According to the City Health Office, Tagum will be prioritized by the Department of Health once it will purchase the said ultrasound machine.

For the meantime, select public midwives and nurses underwent last October 10-11 hands-on training about this technology.  (Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum)

Lumads, nomads no more

DAVAO DEL NORTE- They constantly move from one place to another to seek food and new place to stay. Their tradition pushes  them to leave their dwellings when a family member dies. Their culture allows them to destroy their temporary shelter.

Historically, Ata Manobos are nomads. They hunt; they slash and burn forest to plant; they look for  food to survive.

But for this year, they requested for a semi-concrete shelter, a permanent housing that can last beyond their children’s lifetime.

On September 8, the National Housing Authority (NHA) granted their request and turned over houses to 102 Ata Manobo families in Sitio Paiton, Brgy. Dagohoy, Talaingod. The housing project was the first “Pabahay para sa Lumad” project of NHA in the Philippines.


Engr. Carolina Angel, NHA XI regional director, affirmed that the Talaingod Housing Project was indeed the pilot housing project for indigenous people.

“With the request of the late Datu Oscar Bog-ot, Gov. Del Rosario pushed the project in a summit stating that it is high time to include the indigenous people in the housing projects of the NHA,” Angel recalled the Housing Summit held in 2011 in Davao City.

Engr. Josie Jean Rabanos, provincial planning and development coordinator of Davao del Norte, also remembered that the housing for the indigenous people was just a dream during that summit.

“During that time all that were included in the plan of the NHA were their regular housing programs; and it was the governor who forced the idea,” Engr. Rabanos said.

Angel recognized the efforts of the provincial and municipal government units in hastening the project completion through prompt submission of requirements.


According to Rabanos, it was the late Datu Oscar Bog-ot who constantly knocked on the door of Governor Del Rosario for a housing project for his people.

Sally Bog-ot, wife of the late Datu Bogot, said that the chieftain wanted to give his people permanent shelters away from their previous communities, which was near Paiton Lake.

To secure them from disaster, the tribal communities should live 500 meters away from the lake, Bog-ot said.


The house was no ordinary  unit that the NHA built. The design was not based on its regular housing project. Angel gave credit to the Ata-Manobos for creating the design and calling it their own.

She recalled that the initial design crafted  by the indigenous people was an all wooden-made house. “But as the discussions went on, they decided to change it to a semi-concrete, semi-wooden house,” she said.

The house has an area of 24 square meters with concrete base, wood panel walls and tin roofing.

Aside from the houses, a tribal hall and a worship hall will also be constructed within the area. These halls were also requested by the tribal leaders who considered these structures as important in exercising their traditional practices.


Datu Pandillo Bogot, son of the late Datu Oscar Bogot,  expressed gladness over the realization of  his father’s dream.

His face brightened up as he narrated how his community members expressed their happiness upon knowing of the housing project designed for them.

The tribe members profusely expressed their thanks by warmly welcoming us to their place. They showed us their new houses, prayed in their dialect, showcased their dances and served us their delicacies during lunch.


Although  the housing project was a grant  from NHA, a small amount of P 150 per month will be paid by the tribal families to the municipality. This will be the basis of NHA to again extend  another project to the indigenous people of Talaingod.

Heads of the tribal families were unanimous in saying that they could afford the required payments which they cited as a small fraction of their income from their farms of corn, coconut, ruber, among other agricultural crops.

The success now of the next NHA project in Talaingod, not only lies on the municipal government, but on the hands of the existing tribal beneficiaries.

Giving houses to indigenous people  is the  next big thing that  National Housing Authority has lined up to do. It started with just an idea far from what NHA planned to do but it turned out into a meaningful project  for the Ata Manobos in Talaingod. (PIA 11, Michael Uy)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

CSC-XI honors Davao City Central 911

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 18 (PIA) – The Civil Service Commission in the region has paid honors to Davao City Central Communication and Emergency Response Center or Central 911 which is recently named as Pagasa Awardee in the Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees for this year.

During the regional awarding ceremony held in the city, CSC-XI cited Central 911 as one of the 11 Pagasa Awardees composing of seven individuals and four groups coming from different regions in the country.

The Pagasa award is conferred on individuals or group for their outstanding contributions resulting from their ideas and performance which have directly brought advantage to more than one department of the government.

Central 911 has won under the group category with two member-awardees composing of team leader Marcelino Escalada Jr. and team member Emmanuel Jaldon.

They will receive the citation together with the other awardees from President Benigno Aquino III in Malacanang this September during the awarding rites in time for the celebration of the 114th anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service.

The Pagasa awardees will each be given P100,000 as cash reward, gold-gilded medallion and glass trophy.

Central 911 also made it as a semi-finalist to the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award which is conferred on individuals or group for their extraordinary contributions that have nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony.

However, the final verdict of CSC’s Special Committee on Presidential Lingkod Bayan and Pagasa Awards declared Central 911 as Pagasa awardee.

Established in September 2002, Central 911 is known to be the first of its kind emergency response system in the Philippines and in Asia, and the third in the world after the United States and Canada.  

Its key functions include emergency fire response system, K-9 services for anti-terrorism, urban search and rescue teams, police and emergency medical services, operating 24/7.

Aside from the Pagasa and Lingkod Bayan Awards, the Dangal ng Bayan Award is another category in the Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees which is part of the Honor Awards Program of the civil service that recognizes outstanding government officials and employees who show outstanding work performance.

Meanwhile, CSC-XI also bestowed the 2013 CSC Seal of Excellence Award to the Land Bank of the Philippines in the municipality of Bansalan, Davao del Sur and the Public Attorney’s Office of Mati City in Davao Oriental for strongly complying with the Anti-Red Tape Act which is being administered and monitored by the civil service.

The month-long commemoration of the Civil Service aims at promoting, showcasing and celebrating heroism in the public service, with this year’s theme: “Tapat na Serbisyo Alay Ko, Dahil Lingkod Bayani Ako.” (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)

DOLE 11 convenes 1st tourism industry tripartite council

DAVAO CITY, Sept  17 (PIA) The Department of Labor and Employment in Davao Region  convened formally the Hotel and Tourism Industry Council in Region 11 in response to the mandate of the government to help achieve its commitment on strengthening the different priority industries by tripartite advisement and providing a forum for sharing good practices.

Atty. Joffrey Suyao, regional director of the DOLE 11 also looked forward that with the organization of hotel and tourism industry the emerging conditions of the Philippine global competitiveness well be addressed, consequently maintaining industrial peace and harmony.

He said that just like other existing Industry Tripartite Councils in the region, the Tourism ITC will serve as a consultative and advisory mechanism in the formulation and implementation of labor and employment policies in the tourism industry that will affect labor, employment and related concerns.

Venerando Cebrano, assistant regional director said tourism is one of the key drivers of the economy in Mindanao.

He said the confab aims to assess the industry if its labor law compliant and good labor-management relations all for industrial peace.

Cebrano said organization of a council is also important, where the structure is tripartite, composed of the workers, management and government.

He said the employment rate for the city is 6.2 percent in 2014 while underemployment remains in a manageable level where workers try to look for a better job.

Cebrano said the tourism council is the sixth council to be formed in five years.

“I hope that we will see a better direction with this council, with the objective of good practices will be met,” he said.

Atty. Jason Balais, chief of the MALS-LR Unit of the DOLE 11 said the tourism industry tripartite council will help discuss issues pertaining to labor and employment.

He said the concern of the industry tripartite council Based on assessment, there is less organized labor unions in the hotel industry in Davao Region. Balais stressed that membership of the council needs to be equal in representation by labor, management and government.

“Tripartism reduces the number of labor strikes because all sectors are met in a social dialogue approach,” Balais said. He said in this forum, policies are discussed aligned with the Philippine Development goal of inclusive growth.

Balais said inclusive growth means sustained growth that massively creates jobs, draw vast majority into the economic and social mainstream and continuously reduces mass poverty.

Angelica Torres, Vice-chair of the Regional TIPC/ AITC 11 said that the tripartite council will ensure compliance of basic labor standards, minimization of retrenchment and redundancy, conciliation and mediation trainings and reduction of labor disputes, and social dialogue.  (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

Tagum hotel ties up with groups for staff dev’t, public affairs

TAGUM  CITY, Davao del Norte, Sept 17 (PIA)---Semi 4-star posh hotel here  has opened up doors  to tie up with organizations for  staff development  and  for public affairs ventures.

Big 8 Corporate Hotel located  along  the national highway in Visayan Village, Tagum City recently agreed to host  the  regular meeting of Palm City Toastmasters Club every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

In return, the Palm City Toastmasters   (TM) Club committed to conduct a  speech  and oral communications training cum workshop  for the management staff of Big 8 Corporate Hotel.

Their tie-up made way for the training orientation and  the first TM meeting hosting on September 09, 2014.

Palm City Toastmasters Club concurrent president, Dr. Evelia Sator revealed  the topics of  the training modules designed for Big 8 staff Speech and Communications Training as the following  “ Oral and Speech Communication”, “The Difference Between Hosting and Emceeing”, “The Personality and Character of an Effective Host/ Toastmaster”, “ Speaking Protocols and Decorum”,  “Do’s and Don’t’s in Hosting”.

The Club  will also tackle “How to  Introduce a Speaker”,  “Opening and Closing Remarks”, “Your Body Language Speaks”,  “How to Control Your Fear”, and  “The Entertaining Host”.

This  tie-up between Big 8 Corporate Hotel and the Palm City Toastmasters Club happened under the Club’s new set of officers elected this administrative year 2014 to 2015 with Dr. Sator as the  president; Cenen Teresita Banal, vice president for education;  Cyril Leonard Muring, VP for Membership; Jeanevive Duron-Abangan, VP for Public Relations;  Melissa Pinpin, secretary; Atty. Ma. Lina Baura, treasurer.  

On the other hand,  Big 8 Corporate Hotel  hits  one year this month in hosting the Tagum Biz Talk At Big 8 which is a monthly media forum organized by the Hotel management, the City Government of Tagum  and the Philippine Information Agency XI.

Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon,  Big 8 General Manager   Roxan Obregon and PIA Regional Director Efren F.  Elbanbuena signed  the memorandum of agreement (MOU)  on September 10, 2013 to regularly  hold Tagum Biz Talk at Big 8   every second Tuesday of  the month from  10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The organizers have designed the media forum to drum up public discussion on business, economics and on tourism updates in the provinces of Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.

They also consider the Biz Talk as a strategic forum  of discussing issues and concerns on such focused sectors considering Tagum City’s location at the center of   the economically fast-rising DavComval (Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Compostela) block of  provinces.     (PIA 11/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)

Agri TV show visits Comval

COMPOSTELA VALLEY PROVINCE, September 17, 2014--- Compostela Valley was one of the documentary shooting destinations tapped by the “Agri Tayo Dito” Program of ABS-CBN hosted by comedian Ruben Gonzaga.

Cited are the provincial government’s best practices on agriculture and its program interventions through the partnership of the Provincial Government and the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The team came on September 9, 2014 with their arranged routes by the Provincial Agriculturist’ Office (PAGRO) headed by Dr. Rolando Simene. 

According to Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Manolo Serafin Cayme, they will feature on their “Agri Bida” episode the ComVal’s pride on agriculture including the National Gawad Saka Nominee being the 2014 Gawad Saka Regional Awardee on High Value Commercial Crops (HVCC) Category in the person of Aristeo Limbaro in Maco.

They roamed around to take video footage of fresh fruits and vegetables, fish ponds, and other diversified crops with Mr. Limbaro’s farm.

They also went to the place of another National Nominee, Mr. Alvin Ignacio in Mawab, the 2014 Gawad Saka Regional Awardee on the Young Farmer Category. They will feature him on their “Itanim” series with his Cacao, Coffee, Rubber, and Fruits Nurseries.

Visiting the Capitol site was part of their destinations where they were warmly welcomed by Governor Arturo T. Uy together with the officials, department heads, and employees.  They’ve personally seen also the known Solidarity Ring of ComVal.

They further went  to Brgy. Linoan in Montevista and did an interview with MAFC Council Chair Condrado de la Cruz in tandem with Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Cayme for their “Tanong Mo, Sagot Ko” series featuring the distributed free Organic Fertilizer and rice seeds to farmers from DA.  (grace almedilla, ids-comval)

Gov. Uy receives “2014 Regional Kabalikat Award” from TESDA

COMPOSTELA VALLEY PROVINCE, September 17, 2014-----Governor Arturo T. Uy received the   2014 Regional Kabalikat Award from the Technical Education & Skills Development Authority (TESDA) as a recognition for the sustainable, transparent, and fast implementation of the programs and projects of the provincial government particularly on human resources development through Technical Vocational Education Trainings (TVET), Agri-Fishery, Eco-tourism, Environment, and the Health Sector.

The award was received through Senior Board Member Tyron L. Uy on September 4, 2014 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel in Davao City from TESDA Region XI Director Gaspar Gayona during the Institutional Awarding Ceremony in time with TESDA’S 20th Founding Anniversary.”

Other Regional Kabalikat Awardees are Panabo City and  Brgy. Daliao, Davao City both on the LGU Category;  RA Hao Training Development Center Foundation, Inc. for the Industry Category and;  Phil-Nipon Technical College Inc. on the Institution Category.  (grace almedilla, ids-comval)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Brgy. Officials sa New Bataan gipailalom sa 3 ka adlawng DRRM Planning and Workshop

Compostela Valley Province – Tungod usa sa mga lugar nga iladong peligro sa landslides ug mga pagbaha, apil usab ang New Bataan sa mga lungsod nga padayong gitabangan sa liderato sa probinsiya sa pagpanguna nila ni Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy, Vice Gov. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora nga molig-on ang kapabilidad sa Disaster Risk Reduction, Response, and Mitigation aron malikay ang mga katawhan sa grabeng kadaot sa higayon nga adunay mahitabong pagpanghasi sa kalamidad.

Kabahin niini ang libreng mga pagbansay sa mga Brgy. Officials  nga malampusong gihimo diha sa Comval Hotel and Restaurant sa Nabunturan, aron ilang makat-onan ang paghimo sa usa ka maayong plano sa Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation.

Ang bag-o nahumang DRRM Training and Workshop gihimo sulod sa tulo ka adlaw niadtong Sept. 12-14,2014, ug maoy ilang facilitators niini sila si Assistant PDRRMO Chief  Ruel Garcia ug MDRRMO Designate Vetos Sotero Vigil nga mao sad ang Municipal Administrator sa New Bataan.

Gitudlo kanila atol sa tulo ka adlawng “Planning and Workshop” ang bahin sa Brgy. Profile; ug ang bahin sa Brgy. Risk Profile nga diin apil niini ang Hazard Mapping and Analysis ug ang Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment.

Apil sad sa ilang mga nakat-onan ang Financial Planning gamit ang 5% DRRM Fund sa Barangay ug ang paghan-ay sa mga programa, proyekto, ug mga kalihokang haom sa giilang Thematic Areas nga naglakip sa mitigation and prevention; sa preparedness; sa response and early recovery; ug sa rehabilitation and recovery. (gilbert cabahug/ids comval)

“Ang Akong Probinsiya Module” gihimo sa Comval"

Compostela Valley Province–Gawas sa padayong mga paningkamot nga gihimo aron mas motaas pa ang kalidad sa edukasyon sa Comval, ang liderato sa probinsiya sa pagpanguna nila ni Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy, Vice Gov. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, naninguha usab nga molambo ang kahimatngon (awareness) sa mga katawhan ug ilang mga anak sa kasayuran sa kaugalingong lugar  pinaagi sa paghimo ug usa ka Instructional Module nga nag-uluhan ug “Ang akong Probinsiya” maoy mamahimong Local Reference ug opisyal nga pagabasehan sa teachers panahon sa ilang pagtudlo sa Araling Panlipunan diha sa Grade-3.       

Partner sa probinsiya niini ang Comval DepEd nga nagpili og 14 ka Araling Panlipunan Teachers sa Grade-3 gikan sa 14 usab ka School Districts sa probinsiya nga maoy gitahasang writers, ug kabahin sa ilang pagsugod sa makuting mga buluhaton ang duha ka adlawang writeshop nga gidumala ni Dr. Grace Pontillas ang bag-o natudlong  Education Program Supervisor sa “Araling Panlipunan and Values Education” sa Comval DepEd.

Ang duha ka adlawang Writeshop diha himoa sa Comval Hotel and Restaurant sa Nabunturan niadtong Septyembre 12-13, 2014.Apan sa wala pa nila himoa ang writing session adunay libreng mga pagbansay kon unsaon paghimo ang module, ug apil sa ilang mga Facilitators ang College Professor sa University of Southeastern Phlippines (USEP) sa Tagum City nga si Dr. Roque Langcoy ang kasamtangang Chairman sa Elementary Education Department. Facilitator sad nila ang laing College Professor sa USEP nga si Dr. Virginia Nillas ang kasamtangang Research Division Coordinator  sa mao gihapong eskwelahan.

Aron sayon sa mga writers nga makakuha sa gikinahanglang materyal ug mga mahinungdanong kasayuran nga gamiton sa gisulat nilang module sila gitabangan sa pipila ka mga opisina sa probinsiya sama sa Provincial Planning and Development Office(PPDO), ug sa duha ka mga opisina ni Gov. Uy nga mao ang PGO- Tourism Office,  ug ang PGO-Information Dissemination Section (IDS). Mitabang usab kanila nini ang lain-laing opisina sa mga munisipyo pinaagi sa paghatag  usab kanila sa mga mahinungdanong datos panahon sa ilang research sama sa gihimo sa nahisgutang mga opisina sa probinsiya. (gilbert cabahug/ids comval)

Comval SP giaprobahan ang laing P70 M Road Concreting Project sa Monkayo

Compostela Valley Province–Samtang nagsingabot ang pagsugod sa P77 Milyones nga Road Concreting Project sa “Brgy. Union-Brgy. Upper Ulip FMR Section” sa Monkayo, ang Comval SP sa pagpanguna nila ni Vice Gov. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora ug Senior Board Member Tyron ang mihimo sa paspas nga mga lihok alang sa daling pag-implementar sa laing P70 Milyones nga Road Concreting Project sa lungsod nga gitunol gihapon sa Comval ni Pangulong Benigno S. Aquino III pinaagi sa DILG ilalom sa “Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) Program”.

Kabahin sa hiniusang mga paningkamot ang daling pag-aprobar sa usa ka kasabotan(MOA) nga gihimo  tali sa DILG ug sa PLGU Comval alang sa laing P70 Milyones nga Road Upgrading(Gravel to Concrete) Project, nga diin maoy gisaligan sa dali ug paspas nga pagtrabaho niini ang liderato sa probinsiya sa pagpanguna ni Gov. Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy pinaagi sa Provincial Engineer’s Office(PEO).

Gisulti mismo ni Florentino Go sa PPDO, nga moabot sa kapin 3 ka kilometro ang gilay-on sa road section nga sementohun gamit ang maong pundo nga magsugod sa Junction National Highway Brgy. Banlag paingon sa Brgy. Casoon nga pulos sakop sa lungsod sa Monkayo.

Ang pag-aproba nahitabo human giuyonan pinaagi sa boto nga unanimous sa tanang SP Members nga mitambong sa 57th Regular Session nga gidumala ni Vice Gov. YK ang duha mga resolutions nga giduso nila SP Members Joseph Jaoud, Raul Timogtimog, Arvin Dexter Lopoz, Neri Barte ug Macario Humol.

Unang resolution ang pag-adopt sa Draft MOA tali sa PLGU Comval ug sa DILG alang sa P70 Milyones nga Road Upgrading (gravel to concrete) sa Junction National Highway Brgy. Banlag paingon sa Brgy. Casoon nga pulos sakop sa Monkayo. Ikaduhang resolution mao ang paghatag ug katungod kang Gov. Uy aron pirmahan ang gihimong kasabotan.

Apil sa mga miboto pabor sila Senior Board Member Tyron Uy ug SP Members Atty. Ruwel Peter Gonzaga, Atty. Arvin Dexter Lopoz, Moran Takasan, Paul Galicia, ug Cesar Richa. Pabor usab sila Vice Gov. YK, SP Member Ramil Gentugaya, SP Member Agusto Blanco Jr. ug uban pa. (Gilbert M. Cabahug/IDS Comval)

Economic Development Committee XI Tackled Issues on the Utilization of Public Idle Lands in Davao Region and Tagum-Libuganon River Basin Master Planning

DAVAO CITY --- The Economic Development Committee (EDC) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) XI convened for its third quarter regular meeting for CY 2014 at the NEDA-RDC XI Center, Davao

City on September 9, 2014. Among the matters discussed were the Establishment of a Web-based Database Inventory of Public Idle Lands and the review of the Master Plan for the Tagum-Libuganon River Basin.                 

EDC XI Vice-chairperson Maria Lourdes D. Lim, CESO II stated that the identification of public idle lands, consolidating them into a single platform and making them electronically accessible through the web shall assist the Private Sector find suitable land for investment.  EDC XI Chairperson Maria Belenda Q. Ambi, CESO V added that this initiative shall address a common problem of potential investors whose investments are constrained/delayed due to fragmented data holdings on public idle lands. The database shall feature simplified procedures for utilizing public idle lands for investments. The Committee is working on the finalization of the Terms of Reference (TOR) for all agencies that will be involved in this initiative to include the DENR, NCIP, DAR, DA and the Provincial LGUs. The data base is scheduled to
be completed and available for use by June 2015.

The Committee also reviewed the Master Plan for the Tagum-Libuganon River Basin, one of the eighteen major and priority river basins in the Philippines identified by the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation per Resolution No. 2012-001. The River Basin has a catchment area of 3,064 sq km and traverses between Caraga and Davao Regions. In the past years, the River has been frequently flooding the municipalities of Asuncion, Carmen and Kapalong during rainy seasons. Due to its rich biodiversity and potentials for coastal and freshwater use, hydropower source and water transport, the River has been prioritized for various initiatives such as water quality and resources management, flood mitigation and biodiversity conservation.

The review of the Master Plan is ongoing and spearheaded by a Technical Working Group comprising of NEDA XI, DENR XI, NCIP XI, DAR XI, DA XI, UP-Mindanao, Kapwa Upliftment Foundation and the Provincial Local Government Units. It is scheduled for review by the Regional Development Council XI on September 29, 2014. (Emil Clarito, NEDA XI).

Study states minimum wage cause unemployment

PIDS recommend JEDI initiative

DAVAO DEL NORTE, September 17 (PIA) - - A study on jobs challenges conducted by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) stressed that minimum wage policy reduced employment in the country.

This was revealed yesterday (September 16) during the Biz Talk at Big 8 by Dr. Vicente Paqueo, visiting senior research fellow of PIDS and one of the authors of the Labor Policy Analysis for Jobs Expansion and Development.

“Minimum wage reduces demand for workers in small firms; decreases the chances of the young, female, low-educated and inexperienced workers being hired; and raising it results in lower household income,” Dr. Paqueo declared.

Paqueo explained that they found these through clear evidences from impact studies on household income and poverty incidence, employment of enterprises, employment of individual workers from disadvantaged population groups and hours of work.

He added that minimum wage lowers the average number of working-age family members, who will be hired and the average work hours per working-age family members thus lowering household income.

He emphasized that minimum wages and other current labor regulations should not be looked at as the only options to address the plight of workers.

He said that the study recommended the 12-point JEDI approach or Jobs Expansion and Development Initiative Approach.

“The objectives of JEDI are to expand gainful jobs through the acceleration of labor intensive production, particularly manufacturing of tradable commodities and to improve investments in education and other human capital development and sustain total productivity gains,” Paqueo added.

Paqueo said that the study did not call for the abolition of the minimum wage instead the moderation of its increase and adjustments in its application for the poor unemployed and underemployed. (PIA 11, Michael Uy)

The military honors civilian active auxiliaries in DavNor clash

DAVAO CITY, Sept 17 (PIA) The military cited three members of the civilian active auxiliary for their role in the series of military operation in Kapalong, Davao del Norte where three rebels were killed.

Major General Eduardo Ano,  commander of the 10th Infantry Division honored CAA Ongging Masaloon. CAA Aurelio Masaloon, CAA Macoy Ugail, CAA Jonathan Liruan, CAA Noel Warag, CAA Allan Ompocanon, CAA Larry Masaloon, CAA Micmic Casiano, and the group's leader Corporal Lito Masaloon.

Their efforts were credited for the a successful offensive operation in Sitio Poton,  Barangay Gupitan, Kapalong Davao del Norte in the evening of September 14, where three bodies of New People's Army members.

Two high powered firearms, an improvised explosive device and a hand grenade were also recovered from the perpetrators.

 Año lauded the gallantry of the militias in risking their lives for the call of duty.

He also emphasized how the support from the community is instrumental in achieving the dream of peaceful and resilient communities. 

He also welcomed formally three rebel surrenderees who yielded to the government troops.

 “"It is even better for us, because life is valuable, and because the government's program is to win the peace through cooperation towards development. Our role at this stage is to exert the pressure, both military and social, for them to abandon the armed struggle, but for those who refuse the proposal and still want to deceive people into taking up arms, we will commit all our forces to go after them,”Ano said.

Among the three rebels killed  only Amelita Oyla of Sitio Tagpupuot, Barangay Florida, Kapalong, Davao del Norte was been identified, while the two others remained unclaimed. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DOLE-Davao grants P1.8M for livelihood in Hagonoy town

Senior citizens and Persons with disability (PWD) in Hagonoy town in Davao Del Sur will soon benefit from livelihood projects under the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting (GPB) Program. 

The local government unit of Hagonoy has access a total of P1,871,155 from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Davao Region to provide livelihood and training for the informal sector in the locality.

A total of 408 beneficiaries will benefit from the funding.

The livelihood projects included RTW selling for the Senior Citizens, massage equipment and supplies for Persons with Disability, prescribed and non-destructive fishing gears to marginal fisherfolk, skills enhancement on food processing for non-working mothers and women, establishment of new economic project of Guihing Aplaya Motorcycles Trimotors Operators and Drivers Cooperative (GAHAMOTODCO) and Technical Skills Training for the unemployed locals.

“The proposal was granted the funding since it caters to a wide range of beneficiaries. It particularly gives importance to the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disability,” DOLE Davao del Sur head Henry O. Montilla.

“The proposal also included empowerment of women and skills training enhancement to improve the employability of the townsfolk,” Montilla added.

“The livelihood project will not only improve the economic status of the beneficiaries but also support more government policies as the GAHAMOTODCO project will aim to eliminate the prohibited open umbrella type “tri-motors” to ensure the safety of the riding public,” stated the project feasibility of LGU – Hagonoy.

While the procurement of fishing gears also help in the protection and conservation of marine habitat and mangroves, as well as support fishery laws and coastal management programs, it added.  

“Aside from the livelihood project, all the beneficiaries are covered with a one-year accident insurance package as part of our social protection program,” Montilla said.  (Magie Abellana/DOLE XI)

LGU fetes outstanding Gulayan sa Paaralan

By: Tagum City Information Office

TAGUM CITY—Six school-based vegetable gardens in the urban and rural categories were recognized by the City Government of Tagum as it rolled out its first Gulayan sa Paaralan Excellence Awards last September 15, 2014 at Big 8 Corporate Hotel.

This marked the first time for the local government under the leadership to Mayor Allan L. Rellon to hold such event to recognize the efforts and contribution of schools in institutionalizing the Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (GPP) in all elementary and secondary schools in the city.

Bincungan Elementary School topped the list in the rural category, while San Isidro Elementary School and La Filipina Elementary School was declared second and third placers, respectively. In the urban category, Apokon Elementary School was adjudged the first place winner, followed by Mangga Elementary School and Magugpo Pilot Central Elementary School as second and third place winners.

The top three winners in each category received 10,000 pesos, 7,000 pesos and 5,000 pesos, respectively, while those included in the top 10 finalists also received 2,000 pesos.

The awarding ceremony culminated the citywide two-month rigorous evaluation process where schools were judged on sustainability, garden quality, nutritional outcomes, educational relevance and generation of community participation.

In his speech, Mayor Rellon said the ceremony is a fitting tribute to all the people involved who took part in strengthening the GPP—from students, principals, teachers, barangay officials, parents and volunteers.

He challenged the implementers to sustain the program, saying that the award is only secondary to the main purpose of implementing a win-win mechanism to sustain the schools’ feeding programs in a bold vision of eradicating malnutrition in the city.

Mayor Rellon also announced that aside from the GPP, the city government under the City Agriculture Office will also implement the Gulayan sa Barangay and Gulayan sa Kapurokan following his directive in making Tagum as a model city in vegetable farming. | Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum

DSWD holds forum for gov’t info officers

Davao City –Some 80 Information Officers from the local government units and national agencies will gather here Thursday, September 18 as the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reports its accomplishments and shares implementation status of its major programs and services.

Dubbed Partners’ Forum and Consultation, the event aims to 1) strengthen partnership with local government units and national line agencies relative to advocating development initiatives of the government sector; 2) generate support and commitment of Information Officers in communicating the challenges and gains of government social protection programs spearheaded by DSWD; and 3) intensify camaraderie and coordination among Government Information Officers in Region XI.

In partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the activity will cover the Poverty Profile of Region XI based on the NSCB (National Statistical Coordination Board) and DSWD Listahanan assessment and the corresponding DSWD Response highlighting the Convergence Strategy, Pantawid Pamilya, Sustainable Livelihood, KALAHI CIDSS-National Community Driven Development Program, Social Pension, Supplementary Feeding, and the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Program (GPBP).

An orientation on the DSWD Kaya Ko Campaign will also be tackled to be followed by the signing of the Manifesto of Support. DSWD/Carmela C. Duron

Tagum establishes PESO in barangays

Davao del Norte, September 16 (PIA) - - To ensure that employment services reached the barangay residents, Mayor Allan Rellon announced earlier during the Biz Talk at Big 8 that the Tagum City Government placed Barangay Employment Desks (BEDs) as complement to the Public Employment Services Office (PESO).

Mayor Rellon said that with the assistance of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the PESO, the city government started delivering its regular services directly to the barangay residents.

“We began with five barangays last year to pilot the project assigning their secretary or councillor to be the Barangay Employment Desk Officer (BEDO),” Rellon said.

According to the records in PESO, the pilot barangays were Magugpo South, Magugpo North, Visayan Village, Mankilam and Bincungan.

Orlin Bagnaan, project program coordinator of PESO, said that the BEDOs can offer all the programs of their office except special recruitment activities for overseas employment.

Bagnaan revealed that four more barangays have been trained for BED, which will eventually start next year.

The identified barangays were Magugpo West, Canocotan, San Miguel and Magugpo East.

Mayor Rellon also commended that one of the major accomplishments of the BEDO was the organization of its barangay job fair.

Aside from that, Mayor Rellon stated that the city government also holds a daily mini job fair at 3rd Floor, Old City Hall.

“Through the PESO, two to three manpower agencies conduct interview at the city hall everyday, in which some carry overseas jobs,” he added. (PIA 11, Michael Uy)
Tagum establishes PESO in barangays

Davao del Norte, September 16 (PIA) - - To ensure that employment services reached the barangay residents, Mayor Allan Rellon announced earlier during the Biz Talk at Big 8 that the Tagum City Government placed Barangay Employment Desks (BEDs) as complement to the Public Employment Services Office (PESO).

Mayor Rellon said that with the assistance of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the PESO, the city government started delivering its regular services directly to the barangay residents.

“We began with five barangays last year to pilot the project assigning their secretary or councillor to be the Barangay Employment Desk Officer (BEDO),” Rellon said.

According to the records in PESO, the pilot barangays were Magugpo South, Magugpo North, Visayan Village, Mankilam and Bincungan.

Orlin Bagnaan, project program coordinator of PESO, said that the BEDOs can offer all the programs of their office except special recruitment activities for overseas employment.

Bagnaan revealed that four more barangays have been trained for BED, which will eventually start next year.

The identified barangays were Magugpo West, Canocotan, San Miguel and Magugpo East.

Mayor Rellon also commended that one of the major accomplishments of the BEDO was the organization of its barangay job fair.

Aside from that, Mayor Rellon stated that the city government also holds a daily mini job fair at 3rd Floor, Old City Hall.

“Through the PESO, two to three manpower agencies conduct interview at the city hall everyday, in which some carry overseas jobs,” he added. (PIA 11, Michael Uy)