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Caraga IPs to get education funds
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THE Department of Education (DepEd) has allotted P100 million to finance education capacity-building initiatives for Indigenous Peoples (IPs), part of the department’s continuing thrust to make education universal and inclusive of all learners.

Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro FSC said the fund allotted by DepEd comes with implementing guidelines on its allocation and utilization for IPs education (IPEd) program. “This is part of our commitment to achieve the Education for All (EFA) 2015 targets and the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations which we are duty bound to fulfill,” Luistro added.

The IPEd program is DepEd’s response to the right of IPs to education that is responsive to their context, respectful of their identity and supportive of the value of the value of their indigenous knowledge, skills and other aspects of their cultural heritage.

Luistro explained that to strengthen the capacity of DepEd to respond to the IPs learning needs in manner that is flexible, demand-driven and evidence-based, the program support fund amounting to P100 million shall be provided to 100 divisions in 15 regions for school year 2013.

The other recipient regions are Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON. MIMAROPA, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Western Mindanao, Northern Mindanao, Southern Mindanao, Central Mindanao and Central Office (NCR).

The fund shall be used for capacity building to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed by teachers and personnel across DepEd offices and units in order for them to be effective IPEd implementers.

It is also intended for advocacy and partnership building within DepEd, with non-government organizations, IP organizations and communities and other IP advocates.

The fund can also be utilized in establishing baseline and situational analysis on IPEd specifically in creating a data base on IPs. (Website deped/asf)



New fish sanctuary identified in Surigao City
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SURIGAO CITY – The City Agriculture Office, under City Agriculturist Isaias Elumba, has recently identified another fish sanctuary in Sitio Sumilom, Barangay. Lipata this city.

According to Elumba, the said sanctuary will serve as breeding site for different aqua marine species.

Meanwhile, City Mayor Ernesto Matugas, promised that such program will continue under his administration.

The said program is enjoying the support of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR-13). (Annette Villaces, City PIO/asf)



Teen apprehended for concealing knife
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CAMP RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City – A teener, accused of attempting to rob a woman, was collared by the police along A.D. Curato Street in Butuan City, evening of June 12, this year.

Jomar Saytona Fuentes, 18 years old, single, of Purok-12, Barangay 16, Ong Yiu, Butuan City landed in the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) detention cell after a chase resulting in his arrest by PO2 Rudic Dizon.

A 10-inch hunting knife, including the handle and scabbard, was confiscated from him, prompting the police to hold him for illegal possession of deadly weapon.

Earlier, Ms Leah Daisy Pabillore, 21 years old of Brgy San Vicente, this city sought assistance from PO2 Dizon, who was then manning the checkpoint fronting BCPO, after the suspect allegedly attempted to steal her bag’s contents, while hanging around Guingona Park. (PAPM/MMG/asf)



Man hacks woman
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CAMP RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City – A 50-year-old woman was rushed to the Butuan City Medical Center due to multiple hacked wounds sustained from her alleged live-in partner.

Investigation revealed that the suspect, Nilo Autor, 50 years old, arrived home drunk shortly past midnight of June 13 in Purok Kaugmaon, Barangay Agusan Pequeño, this city.

Without any provocation, hacked his 50-year old live-in partner, Teresita Butao, using a bladed weapon measuring 22 inches long including its handle and scabbard.

Suspect was then apprehended by elements of the Butuan City Police Station during a manhunt operation.

He is now under the custody of BCPS 2. (PO3 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas, PRO-13 Duty PNCO and member of MinPressDev/MMG/asf)



Police nabs one on last day of gun ban
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By PO3 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas

CAMP RAFAEL RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City – A case of Comelec gun ban violation is being prepared by Butuan City Police Station (BCPS) 2 against Alexis Gaviola Villo, 36 years old, married, of Purok-3, Barangay Baan Riverside, Butuan City.

He was apprehended on complaint of Edilyn Jauculan Pujadas, 28 years old, married, of Purok Silangan, Barangay Agusan Pequeño, this city, Pujadas charged Villo of indiscriminate firing outside her residence, Wednesday evening.

Police recovered at the crime scene four empty shells believed to be of caliber .9 mm pistol. The firearm was not recovered.

Villo is now under the custody of BCPS 2 for proper disposition. (PO3 Darlin Cabalinan-Migullas, PRO-13 Info Office Duty PNCO, and member of MinPressDev)



Caraga marks 3rd ASEAN Dengue Day
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THE Department of Health – Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD 13) marks today the 3rd ASEAN Dengue Day.

Simultaneous activities are taking place in all major cities and provinces regionwide.

This year’s theme focuses on the 4 O’clock Habit: Stop, Look and Listen…ABKD Pagtibayin.

This advocacy activity, in collaboration with LGUs and partners, will discuss the importance of mobilizing the whole community in the fight against Dengue.

The revitalized anti-dengue campaign encourages every Caraganons to STOP at 4pm, LOOK and destroy Mosquito breeding sites and LISTEN to health authorities and barangay officials on ways to prevent dengue. (PIA-13/asf)



DOTC mulls expansion of new Misor airport
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LAGUINDINGAN, Misamis Oriental––Even before the Laguindingan Airport could formally start its commercial operation on June 15, 2013, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is already egging for its expansion.

After presenting the technical details of the new facility to President Aquino Tuesday, DOTC Secretary Joseph E. A. Abaya said the Laguindingan passenger terminal would be opening at its maximum planned capacity and may already need expansion.

“With a total area of 7,184 sq.m. and with a capacity of up to 1.6 million passengers per year, this [passenger terminal] is more than three times as spacious as the Lumbia airport and makes it one of the biggest passenger terminals in the country,” Abaya said.

He said the terminal is opening at maximum capacity thus, the need to immediately plan for its expansion.

The old Lumbia airport in Cagayan de Oro City had a passenger volume of 1.622 million passengers in 2012, according to figures from the CAAP Area IX office.

Other facilities of the new airport include a 736 sq.m. cargo terminal building, eight floor control tower and operation building with 744 sq.m. cab, administration building, crash/fire rescue building with one unit 90,000 liter crash fire vehicle and one unit ambulance, maintenance building with one runway sweeper and one tractor mower, cold water receiving station, power house building and sewage treatment plant.

A four-lane airport access road links the airport to the Iligan-Cagayan-Butuan-Road (ICBR) and the cities of Northern Mindanao and Lanao del Sur in the ARMM.

“As we look forward to the start of commercial operations in June 15, we see Laguindingan Airport as the new gateway to and from Northern Mindanao and a channel to an increasing flow of investments, trade and commerce,” said Director General William K. Hotchkiss III, Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

However, the business sector led by the Oro Chamber and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Region X remains adamant in its opposition to what it considers the “premature opening” of the airport.

In downtown Cagayan de Oro, billboards and store facades were decorated with streamers and tarpaulins printed with “No to the Premature Opening of Laguindingan Airport” and “No to Reduction of Flights.”

“The highway is not ready, the road transport is all but nonexistent, it costs more to get a ride from Cagayan de Oro to Laguindingan than it is to fly from there to Manila,” were but a few of the complaints aired in social media in the weeks leading up to the planned June 15 opening of the new facility. “The airport is not just ready to accept commercial flights by June 15.”

Former Misamis Oriental board member Cromwell Generalao, who hails from Alubijid but now resides in Gingoog City, said the operation of the Laguindingan Airport is a big boost to the progress of West Misamis Oriental especially to El Salvador City and the neighboring towns of Alubijid, Laguindingan, Gitagum and Libertad.

Abaya said the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the Laguindingan airport would be bid out to the private sector through the public private partnership (PPP) scheme of the Aquino administration.

The airlines currently operating from Cagayan de Oro Lumbia airport with average passenger traffic of 2,000 passengers per day are Philippine Airlines (PAL) its affiliate PAL Express, Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific), and Zest Airways.

The reported lack of available power needed to properly operate Laguindingan’s facilities remains another issue. In fact, word has it that even local CAAP officials are not comfortable with the revised opening date set on June 15. philippine news agency



Job fair hires 512 appliers
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GENERAL Santos City––A total of 512 job applicants were “hired on-the-spot” by various local and overseas employers during the Kalayaan or Independence Day job fair held in nearby Koronadal City on Wednesday.

Dominica Millan, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-South Cotabato provincial director, said Thursday such figure comprise about 40 percent of the 1,269 residents from various parts of Region 12 that participated in the job fair.

The activity highlighted the region’s celebration of the 115th year of the country’s independence.

The fair, which was organized by DOLE Region 12 as part of the nationally-coordinated Kalayaan job fair series, was held at the Gaisano Grand shopping mall in Koronadal City.

Millan said 1,027 job seekers registered and applied for available local jobs while 242 others sought overseas work opportunities.

She said 442 of the applicants were immediately hired for skilled and professional job placements locally and 65 for abroad.

“Those who were hired on-the-spot were already advised by their employers to immediately report for work,” she said.

The official said the total on-the-spot hires in Wednesday’s Kalayaan job fair surpassed the 411 recorded during the pre-Labor Day job fair held at the same venue in late April.

She attributed the increase to the accessibility of the venue and the holding of the event during a declared special non-working holiday.

Millan said that aside from the job fair, several attached agencies of DOLE also set their kiosks at the venue to provide advices to job seekers and other interested residents.

She said among them was the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), which offered job seekers with alternatives regarding the appropriate skills to pursue so they can easily get hired in the next fair.

Aside from the job fair, DOLE-12 also held the 1st Regional Career Advocacy Congress that was attended by around 200 representatives and officials of local companies and industries, career guidance counselors, public employment service officers and officials of colleges and universities.

Ofelia Domingo, DOLE Region 12 director, said they mainly discussed various problems and strategic solutions to the problem on job mismatches within the region.

“The participants committed to work out some measures that will cushion or minimize the job mismatches to also help address our problem on unemployment,” she said.

DOLE-12 had been pushing for the alignment of college courses as well as technical or skills trainings offered by colleges, universities and technical-vocational institutions in the region with the needs of local industries to address the mismatch.

A study earlier conducted by the agency cited that the agribusiness and aquamarine industries were expected to be the top job destinations for skilled workers in area for the coming years as both were seen to dominate the labor market for the next 10 years.

Aside from the two industries, a surge in employment opportunities was also seen in the region’s oil palm, mining, and tourism industries. (Allen V. Estabillo / MindaNews)



SG kills pal having ‘sex’
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CAGAYAN de Oro City––A security guard shot dead his supervisor he caught sleeping with a woman in their workplace here Thursday morning.

Killed on the spot with five gunshot wounds on various parts of the body were Noel Japon,36,head security officer of Cagayan de Oro-based Mandarin Security Agency, of Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, and his alleged girlfriend Anna Fe Lara, 23, of Bagong Silang, Iligan City.

Police investigators at the Cugman police station here identified the suspect as Security Guard Danilo Bustillo.

According to the police, Bustillo surrendered after the shooting incident and admitted that he shot the head guard Japon out of “self-defense.”

Bustillo and Japon were security guards hired as watchmen of a company that sells Korean made surplus vehicles in Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City.

Police said that the shooting took place when Bustillo “accidentally” found out Japon and his girlfriend sleeping inside a bus in the company’s junkyard past midnight Wednesday.

Bustillo, who surrendered to police after the shooting, said that he was stunned to see Japon with a woman inside the unserviceable bus.

Bustillo alleged that he fired his gun on impulse for fear that Japon was reaching a gun to shoot him.

“I was acting on impulse when I fired the gun since I thought that Japon would should me,” Bustillo added.

Police said Bustillo reportedly fired seven bullets after the suspect reloaded his five-shooter service pistol.

Bustillo is now in the custody of the police as investigators are looking into the motive of the shooting. CRIS DIAZ



UN agency official cites energy firm for community development efforts
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Villanueva, Misamis Oriental––United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) country representative to the Philippines Dr. Suresh Chandra Raj lauded energy-firm STEAG State Power Inc (SPI) for initiating various community development programs and projects that have contributed to the social and economic development of its host communities in Mindanao.

Dr. Raj visited recently the 210 MW (net) Mindanao coal-fired power plant of STEAG State Power Inc. in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental to personally look into some of the region’s current best-practices on industry and community stakeholders collaboration.

He cited SPI’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs that address local concerns on education, health, sanitation, disaster-management, local governance enhancement, and environmental conservation, and how the company has established strong partnerships with other stakeholders and local government entities.

“I congratulate Steag for its good CSR programs and I am happy to see that such initiatives have gained fruition worthy of emulation and replication by other industries in the country” Dr. Raj said.

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mandate of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition.

Over the years, SPI has worked closely with agencies of the local and national government, including private and civil society organizations in the region, in implementing various poverty-reduction programs and projects.

More than PhP 5.8 million worth of public education improvement projects had been implemented so far in its host communities in Misamis Oriental.

Moreover, SPI together with the German Development Agency DEG is also undertaking a P16.9 million LGU capability building project in six areas of Misamis Oriental including Cagayan de Oro City for poverty-reduction planning and program implementation.

A P31.97 million electrification project is also underway for the energization of some 39 villages in Northern Mindanao.

SPI is also undertaking a 1,200 hectare reforestation project in Cagayan de Oro City and a 16.4 hectare mangrove rehabilitation and development in coastal areas of Misamis Oriental.

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