Mindanao Newsbits for April 22, 2013


Mambajao, Camiguin (PIA) - The 24-hectare Bonbon Pasil Marine Protected Area (MPA) will soon get some lift following the release of assistance from the Camiguin Coastal Resource Management Project (CRMP). The CRMP, through its Enterprise Development Committee, has endorsed the approval of the Pasil Eco-Tourism Support Services Enterprise Project with a corresponding cost of P1.8 million. This project is designed as an enterprise and will be operated under the Municipal Economic Development Office (MEEDO). The Bonbon Pasil sanctuary houses the island's famous ''sunken cemetery,'' which assures a steady flow of visiting tourist in the area.


Cagayan De Oro City (PIA) - The Civil Service Commission (CSC) ran a one-day gender sensitivity seminar here recently. The orientation covered basic concepts of sex and gender and practical exercises such as the ''Sapot ng Gagamba'' (spider's web - identifying gender related issues and problems), ''Pitik Palak'' (click and clap - to determine participants concept about men and women), and the ''Masali'' (acronym for magulang, salinlahi, and lipunan - parents, new generation, and society). Participants likewise viewed a documentary on ''Women in our lives,'' which showed various gender biases.


Tagum City (PIA) - One of the seven Filipino high school student participants to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) hails from Panabo City, Davao del Norte. Judel Jay A. Tabsing, a 16-year-old fourth-year high school student of the Panabo National High School will join six other Filipino high school students to the Intel ISEF, which will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center, Arizona, United States, from May 12 to 17. Other Filipino contingent members to the Intel ISEF 2013 are two students from Oriental Mindoro, three students from La Union, and one student from Taguig.


Koronadal City (PIA) - The Regional Nutrition Council 12 (RNC-12) is urging concerned agencies to help make Region-12 a hunger-free region. The call was emphasized during the recently held RNC second quarter meeting in this city, wherein data showed that there is still a large population of malnourished children in Region-12. RNC-12 chairperson Dr. Marlyn Convocar said that when agencies coordinate with one another, health activities will be harmonized that will result to a more effective program or project. ''If we pull our resources together, it will be a good step in implementing plans for hunger alleviation in the region,'' Convocar added.


Zamboanga City (PIA) - Residents of this city should brace for longer brownouts next month, according to the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco). In a presentation made during the first quarter meeting of ConsumerNET-9 last week, it showed that the Mindanao grid will experience the biggest shortfall next month against the average consumer demand. ''Unless Zamcelco's power supply is augmented, a longer power interruption will be experienced in the city,'' said the presentation. The power woes in the city have worsened particularly this month with an average brownout of six to eight hours per day, affecting all sectors.