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THE city government has forged a partnership with four big supermarkets for the implementation of an eco-bag project in Cagayan de Oro City. The City Council during its regular session last Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas has enacted an ordinance authorizing Mayor Vicente Emano to enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Savemore, Gaisano, Ororama and Robinsons for the purpose of creating a unified, environment-friendly bag. The legislation was endorsed by the committees on environment and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors President D. Elipe and Ramon G. Tabor, respectively, as an environmental conservation project, which aims to reduce pollution caused by non-biodegradable plastic bag waste.

By BONG FABE, Correspondent


HARTER change (Chacha) may not be President Aquino’ s priority but once he is convinced of the wisdom of such initiative, especially because of the high trust of the people in his administration, there will be no hindering it and along with it the Philippines’ economic progress.

Rep. Leo Loreto Ocampos (2nd District, Misamis Occidental), chairman of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendment, once again debunked speculations and reports that there are some evil and hidden agenda behind the Cha-cha moves, especially since the midterm election is just around the corner. Ocampos agreed with Foreign Affairs

Misor LGU welcomes NGCP investment in Opol Substation

Salary hike

ON pay day this August 15, city hall officials and employees will start receiving another salary increase, representing the third installment of the third round of the Salary Standardization Law 3, or Republic Act 6758. Mayor Vicente Emano said the city government has prioritized this and earmarked funds for the purpose to augment the income of local government employees and to help their respective families. “The city government has worked hard in looking for enough funds intended for the salary increases to encourage officers and employees in providing better services to the people, along with the optimism in providing them the comfort to their families,” he added.

By MIKE BANOS, Correspondent

UPSIDE DOWN. A billboard inadvertently installed upside down along Marcos Bridge in Cagayan de Oro City. Despite the hazards it pose to motorists and pedestrians especially during heavy rains and typhoons, advertising billboards and huge tarpaulins continue to flourish in big cities and even in provinces. PHOTO BY GERRY GORIT

THE Misamis Oriental provincial government has welcomed the planned investment of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in Opol, Misamis Oriental as fully supportive of its 8-point Development Agenda for the province. “Synergy arising from teamwork which we

call “Kurambos” has been the driving force of this administration to push our development agenda of Poverty Alleviation, Revenue Generation, Infrastructure, Misortel Resuscitation, Education/Environment, Hospital/Health Services and Agricultural Productivity,” said Gov. Oscar S. Moreno. “We are happy to welcome NGCP to the ranks of our Misamis Oriental NGCP/PAGE 10

AboitizPower posts P12.2-b net income for first-half 2012 ABOITIZPOWER disclosed a net income of P12.2 billion for the first half of 2012, representing a 15-percent growth over the same period last year.

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Secretary Albert del Rosario who said that the Constitution’s restriction on foreign ownership is preventing the Philippines from developing further. “Our intention is just to remove the restrictions [imposed by the Constitution on foreign ownership of companies] to make our economic policies more flexible,” he told BusinessWeek Mindanao. He said that removing the restrictions “will invite more investors especially in big public utilities like ports, bridges and highways. Ocampos stressed that removing the 60:40 rule on foreign ownership will invite more investments and create more jobs in the country. “When people have jobs, they have money and when they have money, naturally they will spend it and invest it making our economy alive,” he added. Foreign investors eye the Philippines for its sustained economic growth, which was left POLICIES/PAGE 10


The power generation business contributed 89 percent of the listed company’s earnings, contributing P11.3 billion, 12 percent higher than last year.

The hotter climate, particularly in Luzon, was one of the factors that led to the increase in the demand for power. The ABOITIZ/PAGE 10

DOH: No New ‘Deadly’ Dengue Strain, but repeated infections by four strains now present in Normin could be deadly By MIKE BAÑOS, Correspondent

THE Department of Health’s unit in Region X charged with deadly diseases says there’s no ‘new and deadly’ strain of dengue in the

region as rumored by numerous posts in social media. However, repeated infections by the four strains now present in the city Ambuklao dam in Benguet, whose rehabilitacould be even deadlier than the tion was completed in first half of this year, DENGUE/PAGE 10 now produces 105-MW. PHOTO SUPPLIED


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New farming technique helps RP to regain rice exporting status MANILA–- A new farming technique--the “dynamic rice crop management system,” could help the Philippines regain its loft y status as a rice exporting country. The technique,which was recently introduced by the Department of Agrarian Reform in partnership with the Department of Agriculture,follows the balance treatment-- from selection and preparation of seeds for a particular season; amounts of fertilizer, pesti-

cide and water; proper spacing of seedlings; and, right timing for harvesting. The new farming technique is deemed as one of the best farm technology and management practices. DAR Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes and DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala complementing their alliance, forged with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, have worked together for the benefit of the

farmer-beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program with Alcala promising them some ways to facilitate farming procedures. DAR in partnership with DA recently conducted a training program dubbed, “Rice Productivity Enhancement Training on Pa lay Check System” in Cabucgayan, Biliran in which Biliran Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Ismael Aya-ay in coordination with DA farm

coordinators and technicians taught them this new farming technique. Rice farmers here got the biggest surprise of their lives when a hectare demo farm yielded 178 sacks of palay with no extraordinary efforts but by merely following the technique. Roger Ay uste, cha irman of Balaquid (in Biliran) Agrarian Reform Cooperative (BARECO), said he and his fellow farmers were all upbeat after the initial success of the farm demonstration. Ayuste said he expects the new-found formula to help the country attain selfsufficiency in rice if it is replicated all over the country. And he has all reasons to be that confident, considering that he and his fellow farmers were already content to harvest 80 sacks of palay per hectare before the formula was introduced to them early this year. Ayuste and his 15 fellow farmer-trainees thanked Aya-ay and the agriculture department for sharing to them the new farming technique. Aya-ay said he found the new formula encouraging so that he convinced the DA to include it among the activities that were introduced to the farmer-beneficiaries. “I’m glad it pays of,” said Aya-ay, who was the provincial agrarian reform support services officer at the time the technique was introduced to

interested farmers. Agriculture development facilitator Thelma Alba, agriculture and agribusiness development coordinator Joy Sandigan and agriculture technician Elizabeth Gayrama, who together supervised the whole operations, said they were only expecting an increase of up to 120 sacks of palay. “The result was far beyond our imagination,” Alba said. T he t r a i n i n g s er ve s BARECO well as it has been tapped as a community seed banking for certified seeds. Ayuste said the new formula was a big departure from the old practices they were accustomed to – using the same seeds over and over again during planting season, applying fertilizers and pesticides indiscriminately and letting water flow freely in the ricefield. B efore t he t r a i n i ng , Ayuste said he used to ap-

ply 40 kilos of seeds in half a hectare farm and plant the seedlings too close to one another thinking that the more seedlings he planted the more yield he would get. Ayuste found out after the training that half-a-hectare of ricefield needs only 20 kilos of seeds and that proper spacing should be observed when planting the seedlings to enable them to produce more. He added that he used to apply 12 bags of commercial fertilizer each amounting P1,300, in a hectare farm and sprayed pesticides indiscriminately, where what he actually needs are five bags of fertilizer, mixed with six bags of the less expensive organic fertilizer that is pegged at P420 a bag. The amount of pesticide used was also reduced significantly. “The new practice is very encouraging. It helps reduce production cost by half,” Ayuste said. (PNA)

NCIP exec denies report on forcing lumads to backup mining By Ben D. Arche DIGOS City – Reports on the alleged coercion on the lumads to favor the entry of mining firms came in when some companies like the Legenda Mines, Inc. (LMI) were reportedly mapping up areas for mining in the municipality of Malita in Davao del Sur. But Eduardo Masiwel, the provincial director of

the National Community for Indigenous People (NCIP) has denied the allegation during a media interview here recently. Masiwel explained that what they have been conducting were series of consultations on the pros and cons of mining in areas predominantly occupied by the members of Tagacaolo tribe. The provincial NCIP director added that they

are also working for an agreement with the Legenda Mines on the proposed exploration in areas identified with mineral deposits in at least eight barangays of Malita town. Aside from the LMI, the Blue Minerals Mining Company (BMMC) also submitted a proposal to conduct exploration in areas claimed as ancestral domain, Masiwel said. However, the NCIP head said only the LMI which is waiting for the issuance of the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) gained the nod of the tribal leaders occupying within the covered areas. At least five mining companies have applied for mining exploration in different parts of the province, which include the Saguittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI), Alberto Mines, Artellano Mines, BMMC and LMI. The SMI is operating in the hinterlands of Kiblawan town, the Alberto Mines in applying for exploration in areas within the towns of Kiblawan and Matnao, the LMI and BMMC are targeting the mountain range of Malita town, while the Artellano Mines is eyeing some areas in the municipalities of Don Marcelino and Sta. Maria. SMI has already finished its exploration and the mining operation is scheduled to start in the year 2016.




Kia Motors posts 9% global sales growth in July - 226,818 Kia vehicles sold in July for 9% year-on-year growth - July sales in Europe, general markets, North America, and China post year-on-year sales growth of 22.8%, 12.9%, 7.5% and 2.3%, respectively KIA Motors Corporation announced today its global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and commercial vehicles for July 2012, recording a total of 226,818 units sold. Th is figure represents a year-onyear increase of 9%. In July, Kia posted strong year-on-year sales increases of 22.8% in Europe* (50,106 units sold); 12.9% in general markets* (45,444 units sold) ; 7.5% in North America (55,757 units sold); and 2.3% in China (35,211 units sold). Meanwhile, July sales in Kia’s home market of Korea decreased by 1% (40,300 units sold) year-on-year. Cumulatively through the first seven months of 2012, Kia’s global sales have increased by 11.6% year-onyear to reach 1,575,649 units. Europe, North America and China have experienced the highest cumulative gains to date in 2012 of 25.1% (336,197 units sold), 16.3% (383,762 units sold), and 14.2% (271,650 units sold), respectively. Kia’s best selling model in overseas markets for the

tion, said, “We are pleased to have posted continued sales growth in July, and we are especially pleased to see the our general market areas take the second slot in year-on-year sales increases for the fi rst time in 2012. We expect this momentum to continue across the board – Given that our new product launch schedule for overseas markets is very much weighted in the second half of the year – including our new Quoris flagship sedan and refreshed Sorento CUV.”

month of July was the Bsegment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) with 38,641 units sold. The Sportage compact CUV was the second best seller with 30,192 units delivered, while the C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets), D-segment Optima sedan and Sorento mid-size CUV followed with 27,039, 23,000, and 18,812 units sold, respectively. Tae-Hyun (Thomas) Oh, Executive Vice President & COO of Kia Motors CorporaJuly 2012

Year-onYear Change

July 2011

Year to Date 2012

Global Sales



Overseas Sales



By Vehicle Category (Overseas Sales) Passenger Passenger

114,780 62%

90,092 54%

27.4% Passenger Passenger

796,157 61%

621,050 55%


67,469 36%

73,459 44%

-8.2% RV RV

472,186 36%

472,207 42%


4,269 2%

3,817 2%

27,868 2%

29,883 3%


RV RV Commerical Commerical By Region North America Europe* China General Markets* Domestic / Korea

55,757 50,106 35,211 45,444 40,300

51,887 40,813 34,419 40,249 40,706

9.0% Global Sales

Cumulative Year to Year-onDate 2011 Year Change

11.4% Overseas Sales

Rio/K2 Sportage Cerato/Forte Optima Sorento






11.8% Commercial Commercial

7.5% 22.8% 2.3% 12.9% -1.0%

Top 5 Selling Cars Overseas July 2012 Rank Model Sales Units 1 2 3 4 5


38,641 30,192 27,039 23,000 18,812

North America Europe* China General Markets* Domestic / Korea

383,762 336,197 271,650 304,602 279,438

Year To Date Model Rio/K2 Sportage Cerato/Forte Optima Sorento

330,086 268,795 237,859 286,400 289,051

16.3% 25.1% 14.2% 6.4% -3.3%

Year to Date Sales Units 279,163 205,832 198,674 148,162 124,707

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completes first phase of CEB slashes fares to Japan, Korea, Globe Cebu network modernization and China for the holiday season All-in Lite Fares as low as PHP488 for new inter-island routes THE Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) announced a seat sale to Japan (Osaka), Korea (Incheon and Pusan), and China routes starting at the All-in Lite Fare of P1288. This seat sale is available from August 6 to 9, 2012 or until seats last; and valid for travel from October 1 to December 31, 2012. Guests can grab seats from Manila to Hong Kong, Macau, or Xiamen for the all-in LiteFare of P1288. Reduced fares are also available for seats from Manila to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, or Taipei for as low as P1988. For guests travelling from Manila to Osaka, discounted seats begin at P4588. The same fare is also available to CEB guests from Manila or Cebu who will fly to Korea via Incheon or Pusan. “Travelling throughout the holiday season need not be stressful or expensive, if you’re able to book flights and arrangements early on.

We encourage all our guests to take advantage of this seat sale whether they’d like to spend the holidays in CEB’s popular shopping and leisure destinations in Asia or around the Philippines,” said Candice Iyog, CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution. New domestic inter-island routes are also featured in this seat sale. For the travel period October 4 to December 31, 2012 CEB guests may avail of the same all-in LiteFare P488 for seats from

Cebu to Busuanga; Iloilo to General Santos, Puerto Princesa or Tacloban; Davao to Butuan or Dipolog; Legazpi to Tacloban; or from Cagayan de Oro to Bacolod or Zamboanga. Other discounted domestic routes covered in this seat sale include fares from from Cebu to Bacolod, Caticlan, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Siargao or Tacloban for the All-in LiteFare of P688. The same reduced fare is available for those travelling

Manila to Bacolod, Cebu, Caticlan, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Kalibo, Roxas, Tacloban or Tagbilaran are available for the All-in LiteFare of P888. On a separate travel period: November 8 to December 31, 2012, travelers from Iloilo to Puerto Princesa, or General Santos; or from Cagayan de Oro to Bacolod, can grab discounted seats also starting at P488. For a complete listing of reduced All-in LiteFares available in this seat sale, visit http://www.cebupacificair. com/Pages/SeatSalePromo. aspx CEB guests who do not have credit cards may conveniently book flights online and pay through CEB partner banks and payment centers. “Travelers can also select seats in advance and avail of CEB’s web check-in service for their travel convenience,” Iyog added. For bookings and inquiries, guests can go to www. ATTITUDE/PAGE 8

Futsal grassroots-training program launched in Tagum TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte -- A grassroots-training program for the youth on Futsal was launched in Tagum City. “It’s not enough that we will train our existing players, I want to introduce football directly to our youth,” City Councilor and City Sports Action Officer De

Carlo “Oyo” L. Uy said during the launch of the Futsal Grassroots Training Program on August 4 at the barangay g ymnasium of Barangay Apokon, Tagum City. Futsal is a variant of football that is played on a smaller pitch and mainly played indoors, shared the Uy which could, he said,

Republic of the Philippines TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Branch 41 Cagayan de Oro City 2012-335 OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF File No. 2012-190 NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE Upon Extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135/1508 filed by NATIONAL HOME MORTGAGE FINANCE CORPORATION (NHMFC), a government owned and controlled corporation created under P.D, No, 1267, with postal address at 104 Amorsolo St, Legaspi Village, Makati City, against MYRNA DE LOS REYES, single, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of MELECIA HOMES SUBD. BLK 1, LOT 10 UPPER MACASANDIG, Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgaged indebtedness which as of June 30, 2012 amounts to SIX HUNDRED NINETY ONE THOUSAND NINETY-THREE PESOS & 70/100 ONLY (P691,093.70) Philippine Currency, excluding penalties, charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned sheriff or his duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on September 19, 2012 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning at the main entrance of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 41, Capitol Compound, A. Luna Street, Cagayan de Oro City to the highest bidders, for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency, the following personal property to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-78820 A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 10, Block 1, Pcs-104305-00138. being a portion of Lot 2822-C-9, Lot 2822-C-10, Psd-10-015002; Lot 2822-B (LRC Psd-184434), situated in the Bario of Macasandig, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao. Consisting an area of ONE HUNDRED THIRTY (130) square meters, more or less. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the abovestated date time and place. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date for whatever reason, the same will proceed on the following working day, without further notice, posting and publication. Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves the property hereinabove described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Cagayan de Oro City, July 19, 2012. FOR THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF By: (Sgd.) ALDEN V. SAMBAAN Sheriff IV

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invite youngsters to join the training since they won’t be intimidated unlike if it will be directly held in the bigger field. Futsal is played between two teams each with five players, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Unlike some other forms

of indoor football, the game is played on a hard court surface delimited by lines; walls or boards are not used. Futsal is also played with a smaller ball with less bounce than a regular football. The surface, ball and rules create an emphasis on improvisation, creativity and technique FUTSAL/PAGE 8

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Branch 44 Initao, Misamis Oriental IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION SPEC.PROC.NO, 2012-1104 FOR CORRECTION OF ENTRIES IN THE CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH OF MERLINDA SUMAOY-PILTCH MERLINDA SUMAOY-PILTCH, Petitioner, -versusLOCAL CIVIL REGISTER OF INITAO, MISAMIS ORIENTAL Respondent. x------------------------------------------/ ORDER Let this case be heard on September 13, 2012 at 8:30 a.m., at this court sitting at the Hall of Justice, Poblacion, Initao, Misamis Oriental. The Civil Registrar concerned and any person having or claiming any interest under the certificate of live birth whose cancellation/correction is sought may, within fifteen (15) days from notice of the petition, file his or her opposition thereto. At the expense of the petitioner, let a copy of this Order be published once a week for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Misamis Oriental. Further, let a copy of this Order and the petition be posted at the bulletin boards of the entrance door of this court, Hall of Justice and Municipal Hall, all of Initao, Misamis Oriental. Finally, let a copy of the petition and this Order be furnished to the Office of the Solicitor General and the Office of the Civil Registrar concerned. SO ORDERED. Initao, Misamis Oriental, July 13, 2012 (Sgd.) ARTHUR L. ABUNDIENTE Acting Presiding Judge BWM: Aug. 3, 10 & 17, 2012

Globe Telecom said it has completed the swap-out of its cell sites and other network facilities in Cebu as part of the company’s massive $700-million modernization program across the Philippines. The cel l site cluster swap-out in Cebu ushers in improved coverage, reduced drop call rates as well as better call set-up and quality in the entire province and the Central Visayas region. The area has also been primed for switching-on of 4G HSPA+ (Evolved High-Speed Packet Access) technology and is also ready to upgrade to 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) technology. Close to 7 million Filipinos living in the island and its environs now enjoy superior signal strength, demonstrated by impeccable call connections and clarity, instantaneous text message transmissions and richer web browsing experience, among other services that now redefine their new mobile experience. Robert Tan, Chief Technica l Adv iser of Globe Telecom, sa id t hat t he total change of its network elements in Cebu was rolled-out in seamless precision, ma inta ining continuous cellular signal in the Cebu area without compromising network integrity and mobile quality performance. “We consider t his a major ach ie vement a s our local network engineering team, toget her with our foreign partners Alcatel-Lucent and Huawei, achieved the Cebu swap-out in record time. The province of Cebu was divided into six network

clusters, with teams simultaneously working on changing the cell sites. The total project was completed in 24 hours,” said Tan, “This strengthens our capacity to expediently implement the replacement of the network infrastructure with minimal disruption on our services.” Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, for his part, hailed this positive development as a “major win” for Globe subscribers in Cebu, its adjacent provinces and the larger mobile community at the heart of the archipelago. “Most definitely, our customers in Cebu and nearby provinces will benefit from their new Globe network, giving them unparalleled mobile experience: they can text and call with more ease, plus surf the Web at improved speeds previously unheard of. Unlike other modernization efforts which claim completion, ours in Globe is a more deliberate and authentic change for core migration and facility upgrade, making Cebu and its environs ready for new technologies down the road a nd experience mobi le services at par with that of Manila and other key cities,” Cu said. T h e C e bu ne t wor k change-out comes in the heels of the highly-successful rollout phases this month in Southern Philippines, particularly in the Davao region, Zamboanga provinces and key areas of Mindanao, parts of Northern and Southern Luzon, as well as in the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela in the National Capital Region.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF LANAO DEL NORTE 12th Judicial Region BRANCH 07 Tubod, Lanao del Norte In re:Petition for correction of entry SPL. PROC. NO. 265-07-2012 (i) under “Sex” from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of ZSU - for ZSA MAE C. QUILAB Correction of Entry ZSU ZSA MAE C. QUILAB, Petitioner, - versus LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF TUBOD, LANAO DEL NORTE, Respondent. x-----------------------------/ ORDER A verified petition for Correction of entry in the Certificate of Live Birth of ZSU ZSA MAE C. QUILAB was filed before this Court on June 6, 2012 as to her gender/sex which was erroneously entered as “MALE” instead of “FEMALE”, praying among others that after notice and hearing, an Order be issued directing the Respondent to effect the correction sought for. Petitioner alleges that she is a Filipino, 20 years old, and resident of Purok 3, TCES, Barangay Poblacion,Tubod, Lanao del Norte. She was born on October 1, 1991 at Poblacion, Tubod, Lanao del Norte. Her birth was duly registered at the respondent’s Office and at the National Statistics Office. That under the entry “sex”, the one entered therein is “Male” instead of “Female”, her true and correct sex. That the erroneous entry may have been inadvertently done by the one who entered her facts of birth. She never undergone a sex transplant neither does she intends to submit for medical operation to change her sex. That in order to avoid confusion and to put in proper order her Certificate of Live Birth, it is necessary that the errors be corrected as to her sex/gender to conform to her true identity. Set the initial hearing of the petition to August 20, 2012 at 8:30 in the morning before the sala of this Court. Furnish copy of the Order to the Office of the Solicitor General at Makati City, Office of the Public Prosecutor in Tubod, Lanao del Norte, Office of the Local Civil Registrar in Tubod, Lanao del Norte, Public Attorney’s Office in Tubod, Lanao del Norte and to the petitioner, ZSU ZSA MAE C. QUILAB at her address in Purok 3, TCES, Barangay Poblacion, Tubod, Lanao del Norte. Petitioner is hereby directed to publish copy of this Order to Business Week Mindanao, a newspaper of general circulation for three (3) consecutive weeks, at her expense, to comply with the jurisdictional requirements. So Ordered. Tubod, Lanao del Norte, June 7, 2012.

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ing water is dwindling. If you’re used to filtered water being delivered, well, now is not the time to expect a delivery. And what’s more is the government says this is not a typhoon but a mere trade wind. (How can it not be a typhoon?) Entry and exit points to the North Luzon Expressway, the main thoroughfare that connects Manila to northern provinces like Bataan, was closed down after some thousands of motorists were stranded in waist-deep f loods. Vehicles on the expressway broke down but the victims cannot be rescued for lack of proper planning and very high risk. Li ke i n 20 09, rescue efforts are done via social media, what with power and phone lines cut, but in cities outside the Metro like Balanga City, social media is not an integral part of daily life and so relief will begin probably when the sun comes up. When I woke up at 6 Tuesday morning, the sky was so dark it looked like it was dusk. Since I arrived here Monday at half past


Focus on the Family THINK a minute… Some parents can trace their family back 300 years, but they don’t know where their children were last night. A wise man said: “If fathers took their sons fishing when they were young, they wouldn’t have to go hunting for them when they’re older.” It has also been stated: “Th ere are no illegitimate children—only illegitimate parents.” Just having children doesn’t make a man a father or a woman a mother. One father admitted: “The thorns I’ve reaped are from the garden I planted.” It’s sad that some parents spend more time raising fruits and vegetables than they do raising their own children.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis concluded: “If you fail to do a good job raising your children, whatever else you do doesn’t matter much.” No work is more important than the work of raising our children to become happy, successful people. The first doctor in history to successfully perform a heart transplant was the South African surgeon, Christian Barnard. But in his book, One Life, he tells about his failure as a husband and father. Dr. Barnard had gone away to America for many months doing his world-famous medical work. He tells what happened when he finally went home to his family in South Africa: “It seemed like 100 years

since I’d been home. I’d not written my wife and children in months, yet I was still shocked by my wife’s greeting. She asked, ‘Why did you come back? I could see there was no longer a smile in her eyes. She said, “Don’t look so surprised! We gave you up. We thought you were never coming back!” I said, “But I was building hearts.” She replied bitterly, “No, you were building a family! That is, until you dumped it all on me. We no longer exist for you.” At that moment, this brilliant heart surgeon knew that even he could not heal the broken hearts of his own family whom he failed. Many of us have failed as a spouse or parent; but Jesus


JHAN TIAFAU HURST Christ will forgive you if you ask Him. Then ask Him to help you start changing and doing a better job of raising your children to become the happy, successful people they were born to be. Just Th ink a Minute…

Water World SCIENTISTS predicts more flooding to occur this century as a result of climate change that has caused fast melting of ice caps in the Antarctic. Sea levels have continuously risen each year exposing coastal and harbor communities from high tide and sea water seepage. Many low lying populated areas are threatened with flooding when torrential rains occurs resulting to damage of infrastructures and loss of lives. Suburban cities that have lower elevation from the sea level are now reeling the experience. It is not only happening in Metro Manila, it happened in our city and many other coastal cities of Mindanao. Calamities of this nature and other weather induced disasters drain so much of the government resources

Eyewitness Account I’M in Balanga, Bataan, a city some 2.5 hours northwest of Manila. This area is hit worse than Metro Manila. Bataan has 12 towns, t hree of which are submerged in water. I would imagine the same for the nearby provinces surrounding Manila. Death toll is up to 12 and many are stranded in their houses. I traveled here Monday v ia bus to attend a court hearing the nex t morni ng. T he t rip was futile, obviously, as courts, offices and roads were closed due to nonstop rains since Sunday. Power and phone lines were off since Monday night. I actually can’t make calls and texts because Globe had the time of day to cut my line Tuesday morning, but I have internet. Power came back on Wednesday morning. I’m only getting the news online via social media and a radio. Last 2009 during typhoon Ondoy (international code: Ketsana) I was stranded at my f lat some 19 f loors up but now 3 years later I’m in a nearby province conserving my phone battery. Ironically there is rainwater but drink-



ATTY. SARAH JANE A. SUGUITAN two in the afternoon, the place looked like an endless dusk was going on. The rains never stop it’s almost deafening. All you hear is rain and thunder, and the only time there is light is when a blinding lightning strikes. When Ondoy hit Manila, it only hit Manila. And word was that kind of typhoon will hit only once in a hundred years. I guess it hit 97 years earlier and covered a much wider area including provinces as far north as Pangasinan and as far south as Batangas. I hope we all return to normal soon.

and inflict economic losses. How prepared are the citizens of this city should a similar disaster brought by Typhoon Sendong last year visit us again at the same proportion? If it was an eye opener, did we learn our lesson? Series of climate mitigation awareness and disaster preparedness training were brought to our city by the national government through the Department of Interiors and Local Government and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The City and Provincial officials of Misamis Oriental have shown their support on the educational campaign and have taken the task to relocate citizens living in the identified danger zone. Infrastructures of various proportions were under-

taken to provide safe shelters and embark on government projects to alleviate f lood controls. If there is anything that can be built where funding f lows or secured from the national or local government sources, infra projects are fast tracked. Favored contractors are there always ready to roll their machineries. But have we revisited our laws on the environment and garbage disposal systems to support or sustained the viability of W the multi millions undertaking? Are there new synchronized regulations on garbage disposal and our handling of migrants settlers who built houses along the creeks and on top of spillways? Many structures are built on public space that no one can own and no one is doing anything to stop them.


PED T. QUIAMJOT The Lapasan highway parallel drainage system is so far our ambitious attempt to control f looding in the City. But is there any serious agenda to dredge the Cagayan de Oro River and contain the huge volume of water that will be emptied at the spillway? According to our BaranQUIAMJOT/PAGE 8

The Portrait of NorMin’s Child Labor THE paradoxical statement from William Wordsworth’s Imitation of Immortality from Recollection of Early Childhood which states that “ The Child is the Father of the Man” can never be underestimated; however, it can never be ignored that children are children. Their hands are not as strong as their parents’ hands. Their eyes have not yet seen the world as their parents have had. Their feelings are tender and they need every chance to grow, to develop and become individuals who can be accountable for their actions. Thus, the much quoted lines from Chile’s Nobel Prize winning poet, Gabriela Minstral,” The child cannot wait… to him we cannot answer Tomorrow; his name is Today” credit more serious attention. What then is the children situationer in the Philippines? Child labor is one of the many disturbing problems in the Philippines whose incidence has increased by almost 30 percent from 4.2 million in 2001 to 5.5 million last year as revealed in the 2011 Survey on Children of the National Statistics Office

(NSO). “Child labor” in this survey refers to the working children who reported to have worked in hazardous environment regardless of the number of hours they spent at work (Hazardous Child Labor), or those who have worked for long hours (more than 20 hours a week for children 5 to 14 years old and more than 40 hours a week for children 15 to 17 years old) or “Other Child Labor.” The rest of the working children are classified under “Not Child Labor” category. Out of the 5.492 million working children, 58.4 percent or an estimated 3.210 million were considered as in child labor, while 41.6 percent or an estimated 2.283 million were considered not in child labor. Comparing between boys and girls, statistics show that in every ten working children, six were boys while four were girls. Causing alarm to our nation planners are the findings that as young as 5 years old, statistics show an 8.2 percent of working children who belonged to the 5 to 9 years of age category, while 46.7 percent of the working children were 15 to 17 years


SALVADOR A. AVES, Ph.D, DM. old and 45.1 percent were 10 to 14 years old. More alarming are those identified working in hazardous work environment which registered 39.9 percent for those exposed to physical environment , 19.1 for those exposed to chemical and physical hazards and 13.7 percent for those exposed to combined chemicals, physical and biological hazards. While it is every child’s right to obtain formal education, it is sad to note that for all age groups, there is still 29.9 percent reported not attending school, and out of the three age groups AVES/PAGE 8



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as well as ball control and passing in small spaces. Seventy kids from different puroks of Apokon participated in the initial training. Aside from Apokon, the office of Councilor Uy will also expand the training to the different barangays of the city to give them a chance to have training on the said emerging sport. Under the training, kids will undergo two to three days of training and one to two days of competition, organizers said. Edgar Te, executive director of the Liga Futsal de


Mindanao said this bold move is a welcome development for re-introducing the football sport to this part of Mindanao, citing that this is a “very serious and honestto-goodness grassroots development program.” The city government of Tagum partnered with Te’s organization along with the Australasian Football Academy Group, the Maharlika Sports Development Institute and the Philippine Women’s College in realizing this training program. This is the result of the signing of the memorandum of agreement signed on July 27, 2012 in Davao City. (Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum/RGA/ JDA-PIA11)


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THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BONIFACIO, MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL , Respondent. x------------------------------------------------------------/ NOTICE OF HEARING WHEREAS, after alleging certain facts in a verified petition filed on June 22, 2012, petitioner prayed that after notice, publication and hearing an order be issued directing the Municipal Civil Registrar of Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental to make the following correction in his record of birth, to wit: His gender from “FEMALE” to “MALE” WHEREFORE, finding the petition to be in due form and substance, the hearing of the same is hereby set on September 11, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at the Session Hall of this Court at which date, time, and place, any person may appear and show cause why said petition should not be granted. The Sheriff of this Court is hereby ordered to post copies of this Notice in three (3) conspicuous public places, preferably in the Bulletin Board of this Court, Municipal Hall of Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental and the Barangay Hall of Liloan, Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental. Moreover, let a copy of this petition and notice be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the province of Misamis Occidental, all at the expense of the petitioner, for the information and guidance of all concerned. Also, let a copy of this petition and notice be furnished the petitioner, the Office of the Solicitor General, and the Municipal Civil Registrar of Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental. Any person having or claiming any interest under the entry whose correction is sought may, within fifteen (15) days from notice of this petition, or from the last date of publication of such notice, file his opposition thereto. WITNESS, the Honorable SYLVIA A. SINGIDAS-MACHACON. Presiding Judge, this 28th day of June 2012.

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SPEC. PROC. CASE NO. 2012-007


Petitioner, -versusTHE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF OPOL, MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Respondent. x--------------------------------------------------------- / AMENDED ORDER On January 23, 2012, after this Court found the Petition sufficient in form and substance, this case was set for hearing last March 22, 2012. On said date, petitioner informed the Court that he was unable to comply with the jurisdictional requirements, thus this case was reset twice until counsel informed this Court that petitioner did not actually cause the publication of the January 23, 2012 Order. On motion, this Court granted petitioner’s prayer to issue this Amended Order. Set the initial hearing on the Petition filed by the Public Attorney’s Office for Correction of Entries in the Certificate of Live Birth of Marvin Atayde Gallarde with respect to Gender/Sex from “Female” to “Male”, First Name of his father from “Bienvinido” to “Bienvenido”, and the Date and Place of Marriage of Parents from “January 9, 1993 at Talahiron, Kibawe, Bukidnon” to “March 1, 2003 at Jasaan, Misamis Oriental” recorded in the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Opol, Misamis Oriental on to September 19, 2012 at 8:30 in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court, on which date, time and place, all persons who may have any opposition to the Petition herein sought, may appear to show cause why said Petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Misamis Oriental once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks prior to the date of hearing. Likewise, let copies of this Order, with Petition attached, be posted at the expense of the petitioner on the bulletin boards of the Court, the Municipal Hall of Opol, Misamis Oriental and the Provincial Capitol of Misamis Oriental for at least ten (10) days prior to the date of hearing. SO ORDERED. 31 July 2012, Cagayan de Oro City.

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(5-9,10-14,15-17), 47.3 percent among those belonging to 15-17 years old were not attending school. Between the two sexes, there were more boys than girls among the children in hazardous labor who were attending school. The root cause that triggered children to work is poverty. Those who were reported helping in own household-operated farm or business posted 42.2 percent, while 30.0 percent were reported supplementing family income or working for family well-being. What is the portrait of NorMIn’s child labor? T he 2 011 Su r ve y on Children (SOC ) reveals an alarming statistics which show that three in every ten children aged 5 to 17

Quiamjot... from page 6

rangay Councilmen from the 1st district who toured the City of Puerto Princesa last June, “we lagged behind compared to other cities in the Philippines who are

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ers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times. Gunigudo said a bottle of a regular 8-ounce soda is loaded with five heaping tablespoons of sugar and authorities are now saying that a can of soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar. “Any hea lth provider would simply recommend that adults consume less than six teaspoons of sugar a day while kids, only three teaspoons. Health authorities have warned that excessive intake of soda, which some say is habituating can send one’s blood sugar shooting up, “Gunigundo said. Gunigundo added that habitual soda guzzling can increase risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. He even cited Harvard researchers who reported that people who drink at least 12 ounces of soda years in Northern Mindanao (29.6%) were working. In the National Capital Region and in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the ratio was only one in every ten children. The implications show that poverty is the biggest push that has made children worked and to start working as soon as they can manage to handle work which is hazardous to their health and to their well-being .This calls for interventions to give the children the opportunity for education and of

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Cagayan de Oro City OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF 2012-347 2ND SHERIFF’S NOTICE OF SALE File No. 2012-089 Upon Extra-Judicial Petition for Sale under Act 3135 as amended, filed by NATIONAL HOME MORTGAGE FINANCE CORPORATION (NHMFC), a government owned and controlled corporation created under P.D. No. 1267, with postal address at 104, Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City, against MARIO D. BALANDRA married to BERLIN BALANDRA, with postal address at Lot 2, Block 5, Villa Candida Subd., Phase II, National Highway, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of February 29, 2012 amounts to SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY TWO THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED SIXTY TWO PESOS & 36/100 (P752,662.36), Philippine Currency, as mortgagors indebtedness, exclusive of penalty, plus other necessary fees and expenses of Extra-Judicial Foreclosure and Sale, the undersigned Sheriff-in-charge will SELL at Public Auction on SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning or soon thereafter, at the Court Room of RTC, Branch 39, 2nd Floor, Hall of Justice building, Arch. S. Hayes Street, Cagayan de Oro City, to the Highest Bidder, for CASH and in Philippine Currency, the real property mortgaged together with all existing and future improvements thereon, to wit; TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-80135 Registered in the name of MARIO DADULAS BALANDRA “A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 2, Block 5, Psd-10-015184, being a portion of Lot 6221-C, Psd-10-012775). Situated in the Barrio of Bulua, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao. Bounded on x x x. Beginning at x x x, containing an area of ONE HUNDRED TWENTY (120) Square Meters, more or less” Prospective buyers/bidders may investigate for themselves the title herein-above described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. In case September 10, 2012 will be declared holiday or non working day, the public Auction Sale shall automatically be held on the next working day without further notice, publication and posting. Cagayan de Oro City, August 2, 2012

serious and systematic in handling their solid waste”. Puerto Princesa, Davao City and Subic Bay have shown great strides in taking care of their environment. Their laws are tough and their citizens are towing the line and are now reaping the success of

living in a clean city. Maybe our elected officials should pull their acts together to craft and enforce responsive laws to clean up our city environment or many of our citizens will soon be living in the water world future?

daily are 50% more likely to develop a condition that can lead to coronary artery disease, stroke and diabetes. Under the measure, it is prohibited to disseminate information through advertisements, techniques or schemes on the promise of gain such as prizes in cash or in kind as reward for the purchase of soda, soft drink or sweetened drink which is more that 16 ounces per bottle or container in a contest. The bill also prohibits the giving of samples and donations of soda products more than 16 ounces per bottle or container. The bill provides the mandatory posting of factual health contents and nutritional claims, especially its sugar content, in the label product’s container or bottle. It shall include an understandable message in Filipino printed on it with the words, “IMPORTANT NOTICE,” or their equivalent as its heading.

Also, manufacturers are required to include in the content signage in all containers or bottles of soda products or sweetened drinks the statement, “DRINKING SODA CAUSES OBESITY AND DIABETES.” T h e D e p a r t m e nt o f Health (DOH) -- in consultation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the DOST -- is directed to issue the necessary rules and regulations for this Act. The bill imposes a penalty of 6 years imprisonment or a fine of P100,000 or both against violators. (30) lvc

appropriate social, cultural, physical and psychosocial development.

CAGAYAN DE ORO MAIN BRANCH P & J Lim Bldg., Tiano Brothers – Kalambagohan Sts., Tel. # (08822) 727-829 * Telefax # (088) 856-1947 CAMIGUIN BRANCH B. Aranas St., Poblacion, Mambajao, Camiguin Tel. # (088) 387-0491 CORRALES BRANCH Corrales Ave., Cagayan de Oro City DIVISORIA BRANCH AƩy. Erasmo B. Damasing Bldg., #61 Don A. Velez St., Cagayan de Oro City Tel. # (088) 857-3631 LAPASAN BRANCH Lapasan Hi-way, Cagayan de Oro City Tel. # (088) 231-6739a

DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF ALEJANDRO V. CAPIPHE AND FELECIANA JAEN CAPIPHE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late ALEJANDRO V. CAPIPHE, who died on July 1, 2012 in Valencia City and Late FELECIANA JAEN CAPIPHE, who died on July 1, 1997 in Valencia City, left a certain real property, situated in Poblacion, Valencia, Bukidnon and more particularly described as follows, to wit; Lot B-2-B-2-B, Psd10-040617, Portion of Lot B-2-B-2, Bsd-10-001029(OLT), containing an area of THIRTY FOUR THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED EIGHTY EIGHT (34,688) square meters more or less, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-79861of the Register of Deeds of Malaybalay City and a Tax Declaration No. 22-001-42413, with an assessed value of P58,970.00 is the subject of DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF ALEJANDRO V. CAPIPHE AND FELECIANA JAEN CAPIPHE, made and entered into by and among; SUSANITO J. CAPIPHE, DENNIS J. CAPIPHE, ALEJANDRO J. CAPIPHE, JR. and SUSAN CAPIPHE AREOLA, all of Legal age, married and resident of Purok 17, Hindangon, Valencia City, are the Legitimate children and sole heirs, as per Doc. No. 413; Page No. 084; Book No. XXVI; Series of 2012; under Notary Public of ATTY. SAMUEL B. ARNADO. BWM: AUGUST 3, 10 & 17, 2012

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 10th Judicial Region BRANCH 26 Medina, Misamis Oriental IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE RECORD OF BIRTH OF WINMORE B. TOSAQUE (changing the entry of his Sex from FEMALE to MALE) WINMORE B. TOSAQUE, -versus-



THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF MUNICIPALITY OF BALINGOAN, MISAMIS ORIENTAL Respondent. x------------------------------------------------------- / ORDER Petitioner filed petition for correction of entry in the record of birth of Winmore B. Tosaque, changing the entry of his sex from Female to Male. Finding said petition sufficient in form and substance, the same is hereby given due course. The petitioner is directed to cause the publication of this Order once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Misamis Oriental at his own expense. Let copies of this Order be posted in three (3) conspicuous, to wit: the Bulletin Boards of the Balingoan Municipal Hall, the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Balingoan, Misamis Oriental, and this Court. Initial hearing of this case will be held on September 6, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. at the Session Hall of this Court. The Local Civil Registrar and any person having or claiming any interest in the correction sought may, within fifteen (15) days from notice of the petition, or from the last date of publication of such notice file his/her opposition thereto. Let copy of this Order be furnished the Office of the Solicitor General, Office of the Public Prosecutor of Misamis Oriental, Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Balingoan, Misamis Oriental, the petitioner and his counsel. SO ORDERED. Done in Medina, Misamis Oriental, this March 30, 2012.


(Sgd.) DAN R. CALDERON Presiding Judge

(Sgd.) JOSEPH C. MAAGAD Sheriff IV BWM: AUG. 10, 17 & 24, 2012




Probe worsening air traffic congestion at NAIA –solon MANILA - Investigation is readied against the reported worsening case of air traffic congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to formulate short and long term solutions to end the danger it poses to passengers and air carriers. Rep. Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David (4th District, Manila) filed House Resolution 2415 urging the House Committee on Transportation to address this danger in the skies as it does not only affect air transportation safety alone but tourism and other allied businesses as well. In order to decongest Manila’s worsening air traffic situation, Bonoan-David suggested to consider other airports such as the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Pampanga, Lipa Air Force Base in Batangas and Sangley Point in Cavite as alternative airports. As one of the major gateways, Bonoan-David said the NAIA has become too small for the air traffic caused by the rise in the number of planes serving

Manila and connecting it with other cities worldwide. “Air transportation in the Philippines is now beset with problems of congestion in our aviation hubs resulting in flight delays and increases in risks for aviation accidents,” Bonoan-David said. The lady lawmaker added that Manila’s primary runway is 3,737 meters long while the secondary 13-31 runway measures 2,367 meters which can only accommodate an average of 553 aircraft movements’

daily, delaying flights from 4 minutes to 81 minutes. In filing the resolution, Bonoan-David cited Republic Act 9497 otherwise known as the Civil Aviation Authority Act of 2008 which affirms the declared policy of the State to provide safe and efficient air transport and regulatory services in the Philippines by providing for the creation of a civil aviation authority with jurisdiction over the restructuring of the civil aviation system, the promotion, development and regulation

of the technical, operational, safety and aviation security functions under the civil aviation authority. Bonoan-David said the biggest cause of the air traffic congestion problem is the general aviation aircraft which are private planes, choppers and jets that use the same airport raising safety concerns over the airports operations. As the economy grows so does the demand for efficient, safe and reliable means of transportation, Bonoan-David said.

Gov’t aims P20.8 billion budgetfor public housing THE national government intends to spend up to P20.8 billion for new public housing next year -- nearly three times the P7 billion it is disbursing this year. The fresh allocation for community housing is contained in the proposed P2.006-trillion General Appropriations Act for 2013, according to Rep. Arnel Ty, of the LPG Marketers’ Association (LPG-MA) sectoral party. “We welcome the considerably enlarged funding for public housing, which surely gives more meaning to the mandate of the Constitution for the State to provide disadvantaged families decent and affordable shelter, and improve their living conditions,” said Ty, a member of the House committee on housing and urban development. Of the P20.8 billion, Ty said some P10.1 billion would be spent by the National Housing Authority (NHA) to relocate more than 20,000 underprivileged families living in slums, particularly those in highrisk zones such as along waterways in Metro Manila. “The NHA is building in-city multi-level community homes for these hard-up families. The new housing structures will be put up in Rizal province and in the cities of Parañaque, Las Piñas, Pasig, Caloocan, Malabon and Valenzuela,” Ty said.

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Bill up to ban imposition of expiry dates on gift checks M A N I L A- A law ma ker wants to ban expiry dates on certificates, checks or cards which raised numerous complaints from consumers who find the expiry dates too short and unfair as the money they paid for these just go down the drain. Rep. Winston Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City) filed House Bill 6361 banning gift certificates with expiry dates saying it makes no good business sense for suppliers to place an expiry date over what amounts to cash. “In a general sense, a gift certificate, check or card is, for all intents and purposes, as good as cash. It is purchased with money and money has no expiry date,” Castelo said. Castelo said a gift certificate is a paper document containing the authorized signature of a restaurant, store, beauty salon or another est a b l i s h m e nt that serves as a voucher for the provision of service or goods. It follows that the same must bear no expiry date at all. Castelo said if the reason given by suppliers for giving expiry dates on GCs being issued is that such is susceptible to tampering, it is well within their responsibility to make sure that this will not happen through modern security methods. “It is a well-acceptable view that since such certificate, check or card is bought with money, it must also be redeemable until used up by the holder or the owner. Money does not expire unless it is already demonetized which rarely happens. So

the same must apply to a gift certificate, check or card,” Castelo said. Castelo said while the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) already came out with a memorandum dated June 25, 2012 lifting restrictions on when they are supposed to be used, it is still within the jurisdiction of the Legislature as the proper lawmaking body to initiate the corresponding piece of legislation. Under the measure to be known as the “New Gift Check Act of 2012,” a gift certificate, check or card with no expiry date shall be redeemable until used up by the bearer thereby banning the imposition of expiry dates over the same except in some cases. Expiry dates shall only be imposed when the GC, check

or card is lost and when it is mutilated or defaced and is not the fault of the supplier and such damage prevents the supplier from identifying the security and authenticity features. Under the bill, all commercial establishments shall devise measures to curb the tampering of GCs and end users shall likewise be responsible that they only purchase GCs from a reputable source. The DTI is mandated to issue the necessary rules, regulations and promulgations in order to effectively carry out the provisions .

Solon says drinking soda causes obesity, diabetes

According to the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), some four million Filipinos or 580,000 families live in slums, including 105,000 households that reside in disaster-prone areas. In Metro Manila alone, 37 out of every 100 inhabitants live in a slum. Ty said slum dwellers are extremely exposed to filthy living conditions, constant health risks, and the hazards of harsh climate change. “They also tend to pay more for basic utilities such as water and electricity, have lower productivity, and are

exceptionally vulnerable to crime and violence,” he pointed out. “Under these brutal living conditions, it is no surprise that children in slums have been found to perform poorly in school,” he added. Meanwhile, Ty said the NHA would spend another P4.9 billion to provide new homes to a separate batch of more than 33,000 informal settlers in Metro Manila and elsewhere, including households displaced by critical public infrastructure projects. He said an additional P5.6 billion would be spent

to construct housing for some 20,000 families of uniformed personnel of the Armed Forces, National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and the Bureau of Corrections. Some P128 million has also been set aside for socioeconomic support programs in resettlement sites, Ty said. LPG-MA has devoted a portion of its Congressional Priority Assistance Development Fund (PDAF) to support community housing, including the construction of new homes for uniformed personnel.

A legislator is pushing to regulate the sale, marketing and promotions of soda or sweetened drinks in containers over 16 ounces to fight obesity and diabetes. Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo I (2nd District, Valenzuela City) said there is a need for government to step in with regulations to guide consumers away from potentially harmful food and drinks to stop the onslaught of obesity and diabetes in the country. Gunigundo filed House Bill 6341 or the “Soda Regulation Act of 2012,” which seeks to prohibit the sale of soda, soft drinks or sweetened drinks 16 ounces or above per bottle/container. It imposes trade regulations and stricter implementation of marketing and promotion of these products. Gunigundo said the Philippines as a decent society, which already bans smoking in public parks in the name of public health and now tries to bar artificial transfats from food served in restaurants, should now stop sales of large sodas and other sugary drinks, in a bid to fight obesity. Citing a study conducted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Gunigundo said obesity is now on the rise among Filipino adults ages 20 and up, and threatens to increase the number of people having degenerative diseases like heart disease, hypertension and diabetes mellitus. The increase was discovered in 2008 when it registered a trend in the study conducted by the DOST’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI). Gunigundo said the relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchSOLON/PAGE 8



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f loods of Tropical Storm Sendong. Dr. David A. Mendoza, chief, Epidemiology, Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit (ESDRU) Department of Health (DOH)-10 confirmed all four strains of the dengue virus are now present in the region. “There is no cross immunity against this strains, meaning you can be sick with dengue fever at least four times in your life time,” he warned. “Worse, if a person is inflicted with more than one virus (what we call as cross immunogenicity), the more sever the infection! This could be the reason why infections here in Cagayán de Oro city are such!” Dr. Mendoza said technically, the DOH cannot declare an epidemic in Cagayan de Oro since it is endemic on the city. “What we have is hyperendemicity where cases are higher than the usual endemic cases.” A hyperendemic disease is defined as one that is constantly present at a high incidence and/or prevalence rate and affects all age groups equally. In its latest bulletin, the ESDRU reported 192 new cases from July 21- 30 raising the year-to-date total to 2,304 cases, based on region-wide hospital records, with fortunately no deaths reported for the latest period. The total is 109.45 percent higher than the YTD total for 2011 reported at 1,100. Most of the cases were reported in Misamis Oriental (74.7%) with the municipalities of Jasaan (2.9%) and Tagoloan (2.7%) reporting the highest incidence of suspected admissions. The other provinces accounted for 12.2% (Bukidnon), 9.10% (Lanao del Norte), 3.6% (Misamis Occidental) and 0.4% (Camiguin). Of Northern Mindanao’s nine cities, Cagayan de Oro reported the highest increase (54.60%) followed by Iligan (6.5%) and Valencia (2.4%). Dr. Mendoza urged residents of the areas with the highest reported incidence to strictly observe the 4S methodology for the prevention and control of the dengue virus. This include searching and destroying breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti


mosquito vector especially dark and cool places where clean water is stored; seek early consultation and bring the patient to the nearest health center or clinic for evaluation if there a fever persists for over two days with muscle and joint pains, pain in the back of the eyes, rashes all over the body; selfprotection by wearing long sleeves and pants to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, use of insect repellents and mosquito nets; and say no to indiscriminate fogging which is only recommended when there is an extreme increase in the number of cases in an area. “Fog g i ng does more harm to the people than the mosquito population,” Dr. Mendoza warned. “Only adult mosquito can be killed or driven to other areas by indiscriminate fogging.” Dr. Mendoza has also urged LGUs to activate their Bantay Dengue Brigades and intensifying their information, education and communication (IEC) drive encouraging residents to strictly follow the 4S methodology to prevent and control the disease. The ESDRU reported 33 barangays in Region 10 with three or more confirmed cases in the past month, with the most number found in Cagayan de Oro City (20), seven in Misamis Oriental, four in Iligan City and two in Bukidnon. Cases in Cagayan de Oro were reported in the following barangays: Agusan, Balulang, Barangay 26, Bayabas, Bugo, Bulua, Camaman-an, Canitoan, Carmen, Cugman, Gusa, Iponan, Kauswagan, Lapasan, Macabalan, Macasandig, Nazareth, Patag, Puerto and Tablon. In Iligan City, the barangays were Poblacion, Luinab, Saray and Tibanga while in Misamis Oriental the areas were Poblacion and Sta. Cruz in Tagoloan, Imelda and San Martin in Villanueva, Taytay in El Salvador, Barra in Opol and Lunao in Gingoog City, while those in Bukidnon were Kiburiao in Quezon and Poblacion in Valencia City.


from page 1 group’s average price for its power increased by 7% YoY during the first half of 2012 propelled primarily by growth-driven demand.

This affected the 42% YoY rise in average selling prices at the Luzon Grid’s Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) which was also also affected by power curtailments in Luzon. Growth in the Luzon grid also meant more demand for power, as the island’s peak demand rose by 5 percent to 7,800 MW. By the end of June 2012, AboitizPower’s attributable net generation grew by 10 percent compared to last year 4,640 GWh to 5,096 GWh. On a capacity basis, AboitizPower’s attributable sales increased by 13% YoY, from 1,351 MW to 1,532 MW, given the rising capacity sales through bilateral contracts and improved levels of ancillary services. The completion of the rehabilitation of the Ambuklao (all three units) and Binga (one of four units) hydropower plants, coupled with the commercial operation of the 4-MW Irisan Greenfield hydropower plant, resulted to a marginal increase in AboitizPower’s attributable capacity to 2,350 MW as of the end of June 2012. “We remain committed to build the right mix of generating assets in our portfolio that are competitive, diversified and have the least possible effect on our environment. We aim to do this through a combination of traditional sources of power and renewables wherever feasible,” AboitizPower president and CEO Erramon Aboitiz said. In Mindanao, AboitizPower recently announced the signing of US546-million worth fo contracts to the builders of its 300-MW clean coal power plant in southern Davao City, while another subsidiary Hedcor also broke ground for the construction of the P1-billion, 7-MW Tudaya 2 run-of-river hydro power plant. The distribution business contributed P1.4 bn in the first half of 2012, a 38% year-on-year increase. Total attributable electricity sales increased by 7percent from 1,814 GWh to 1,949 GWh. Leading the pack was the industrial segment, recording a 9 percent YoY expansion in volume sales, while residential and commercial accounts registered 6% and 4% YoY increases, respectively. Gross margin for the

group improved by 18% YoY mainly due to the implementation of the distribution utilities’ approved rates under the Performance Based Regulation (PBR) scheme. AboitizPower’s attributable electricity sales for the quarter ending June 2012 was at 999 GWh, an 8% improvement from last year’s 925 GWh. Growth was mainly accounted for by the strong showing of the industrial segment, which posted a YoY increase of 10%. Gross margin on a group-wide basis improved by 12% YoY, as the approved rates under the PBR scheme were implemented. “Across our distribution utilities, our focus remains anchored on two principles: firstly, to improve customer service and at the same time lower costs by improving efficiencies and productivity; and secondly, to keep our networks updated at all times and ready to handle growth in the franchises we serve,” Aboitiz said. As of June 30, 2012, AboitizPower’s total consolidated assets amounted to P157.6 billion, 3% higher than year-end 2011’s level of P153.5 billion.


from page 1 Development Team.” NG CP is t he pr ivate concessionaire of the country’s power transmission network, or the facilities that bring electricity from power pla nts to pr ivate distribution utilities and electric cooperatives. T he E nerg y Re g u l ator y Commission (ERC) prov i siona l ly approve d last week NGCP’s plan to construct a new substation on a four-hectare site along the national highway in Barangay Awang, Opol some 15.5 kilometers west of its Carmen substation. Earlier, NGCP said in a statement the planned P600-mil lion Opol substat ion wou ld rei nforce the 60-kilometer LugaitCarmen 69-kilovolt (kV) line constructed in 1966 which has a lready been experiencing a 90% peak load of its rated capacity. The grid operator estimates peak load could reach 103% by 2014 hence the urgent need to replace it with the Opol 138-kv line. “Rapid progress in Misamis Oriental necessitates

The Association of Top Achiever Scouts – Philippines in Northern Mindanao recently hold an Orientation and Organisation of her members at Lourdes College High School and Actively participated in the Tree-planting activity of Safer River Life Saver and Rodolfo N. Peláez Foundations of Liceo de Cagayan University at the Isla de Oro. Officials of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines National Office are present to participate in these activities, they are NSS Director Arthur Regino SALES and Bernando DE LEON, National Commissioner for Senior Scouting Program . ATAS – Philippines is the premier association of Eagle Scouts, Scout Citizen Awardees and Rizal Scouts within the 2 million strong Boy Scouts of the Philippines under the leadership of Vice President Jejomar C. Binay as President.

the construction of a new, strategically-located substation to accommodate customers’ loads and eliminate possible line overloading and voltage problem,” the NGCP said. “With the projected economic progress and load growth, both the line and substation would no longer meet the increasing demand requirements in the next few years.” The ERC said its initial evaluation found the NGCP project would “redound to the benefit of the consumers in terms of continuous, reliable, efficient and affordable power supply.” With the planned start of pre-construction activities this year, NGCP estimates the project would be completed by February 2015. “Considering the necessity to construct a drawdow n subst at ion to accommodate load grow th and ensure power quality to the electricity consumers in Misamis Oriental, t he i mple me nt at ion of project must commence as scheduled. As such, preconstruction activities are needed to be undertaken in 2012 in order to meet the target completion in February 2015,” it said. Gov. Moreno said the planned completion of the project would jib with the latest commissioning date of the Laguindingan airport, whose opening is expected to spur an economic boom i n West M isa m is Oriental. A l ready, West M isamis Oriental which const it utes t he bu l k of t he prov i nce’s second congressional district, hosts various industries including t he A sia Brewer y complex (Asia Brewery, Tanduay Rhum, Virgin Cola Bott ling Plants), Zest-O Corporation, WL Foods Corporation, Universal Robina Corporation, Timber Industries of the Philippines, Inc. (TIPI) and Union Plywood Corporation in El Salvador City and Holcim Philippines cement plant

in Lugait are among the 37 major industries operating within the province. Misamis Oriental also accounts for the bulk of ex por t s f rom Nor t her n Mindanao. In 2011, it had a 50.86% share of the region’s total exports of US1, 064.51 billion for a total of US$541.40-million, a 9.86 percent increase over the 2010 tota l of US$492.8m i l l ion. A mong its top exports are crude coco oil, fatty alcohol, sintered ore, desiccated coconut, copra expeller, cake meal pellets, and activated carbon.

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u nsha ken by t he A sia n global financial crisis in 1997 and 2008. However, t he const it ut iona l rest r ic t ions on foreign ownership is holding back foreign investors, Ocampos said. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte have b e e n u r g i n g P r e s id e nt Aquino to support Charter change. Oc a mp os s a id t hat t he President is now “waiting for t he speci f ics i n t he economic provision” they are proposing. “[This] week, the Cabinet economic cluster will announce it. We will wait for his reaction,” he added. Last year, Ocampos led the consultative meetings on amending the 1987 Constitution, former President Corazon Aquino’s legacy and dubbed the “Freedom Constitution” through a Constitutional Convention (Con-Con). Ocampos explained that the consultations were done to inform the masses, adding that “Filipinos support constitutional reforms if they are better informed.” “I strongly believe this is the most opportune time to propose amendments to the Constitution because the President’s credibility is beyond quest ion,” he added.



August 10-12, 2012

Looking for “Seoul” Food? Just stay put because our menu items will give your palate a taste that brings you to Korea. Kogi Bulgogi is a versatile Korean restaurant where you may request your dishes adjusted to your preferred spice level. Filipinos are adventurous when it comes to other cuisines, and once we set the stage for your Kogi Bulgogi adventure, we’ll warm you up with a set of six mini Korean appetizers. Kogi Bulgogi has a delightful fare of Korean dishes with Bulgogi being the bestseller. Other favourites in the restaurant are the Japchae, Soft Shell Crab Salad, Sae-u Twigim, Deungshim Gui, and Kimchi. Aside from its distinct spicy flavors, Korean cuisine noticeably balances their meals with vegetables, which makes for an ideal dining experience. The interiors of Kogi have a unique Asian feel with bamboo trees and smooth pebbles adorning the restaurant. It has wooden earth tones, and contrasted with the dark furniture creates a delightful aesthetic balance. Kogi Bulgogi is a restaurant that can be enjoyed with meals to share. It is a hit for groups that are composed of families and friends. The abundance of offerings makes your meal pleasurable, making Kogi Bulgogi a top choice for gatherings and celebrations. Kogi Bulgogi first introduced itself in Eastwood City, Libis - one of the popular hangout places in the metro - in April 2010, and has enjoyed a full house consistently. Due to Filipinos’ wide acceptance to Korean cuisine, Kogi Bulgogi easily won the interest of the Filipino market both young and young at heart. Aside from the favourite Korean dishes that our customers love, people continue to admire Kogi Bulgogi because of its unique service. Diners are welcomed with “banchan”—a set of complimentary mini Korean appetizers while enjoying a nice relaxing seat with a very cozy Asian ambience. Another popular service is the personalized spice level in which the customer can choose from 0-10, 0 as not spicy and 10 as Extra Hot and Spicy. Not only serving savory Korean dishes, we also serve Soju, a popular Korean alcoholic beverage perfect for a relaxing time alone or Friday night hangouts with friends. Kogi Bulgogi continues to delight its patrons by opening its second branch in the heart of Binondo, Manila, the Lucky Chinatown mall last March 2012. It quickly grew and is patronized by the Chinese community. In our goal to reach all Korean-loving foodies, we bring Korea to Cagayan de Oro. Kogi Bulgogi Cagayan de Oro is our third branch and the first to go outside Metro Manila. Located at Rosario Strip, Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro, Kogi Bulgogi is now ready to serve our locals and tourists and provide a truly great dining experience to all.



August 10-12, 2012