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Briefly Power barges

STATE-RUN Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) is planning to bid out power barges 101 to 104 within the first quarter of 2012. “While still waiting for the Joint Congressional Power Commission’s [JCPC] comment on the Naga privatization, we target to privatize the power barges [PB] 101 to 104 sometime in middle of March 2012,” Emmanuel Ledesma Jr., PSALM president, said. In November PSALM said its board has approved the sale of the power barges with the condition to immediately transfer the barges to Mindanao to augment the power supply in the region.

Mining seen to pick up

DAVAO City -- Mining activities in the Davao Region are expected to pick up within the next two years with 27 applications for new projects recommended to the national government for approval. Wilfredo G. Moncado, acting chief of the Mine Management Division of the regional office of the Mines bureau, said those applications are expected to get the nod with the streamlining of procedures. “These applications [were recommended for approval because they have] complied with the government’s requirements. So we expect them to start as soon as they get the approval of the [Department of Environment and Natural Resources],” he said.

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Aboitiz tells public, coal-fired plant safe Davao Mayor vetoes land reclassification ordinance, stops coal plant project By NELSON V. CONSTANTINO, Editor-in-Chief


BOITIZ Power Corporation (AP) on Friday reiterated that the proposed 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant to be established in Barangay Binugao, Toril District in Davao City is reliable and environmentally safe.

In a press statement, AboitizPower Chief Executive Officer Erramon I. Aboitiz said the company has, since 1978 been at the forefront of developing and operating various power generating plants all over the country to help provide power users with reliable, affordable, and safe electricity. The statement came after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio vetoed

last week the city councilapproved ordinance seeking for land reclassification that would allow the construction of the power plant in the area. Duterte-Carpio said the project is prejudicial to the general welfare of the public, adding that she was “disturbed with the environmental and health implications resulting from ‘HOT MEAL’: Kids in barangay Balubal enjoy eating their hot choco porridge served the operation of the project.” during the city’s one-stop community outreach People to People Program (PPP) by the city government of Cagayan de Oro. PHOTO PROVIDED ABOITIZ/PAGE 10

Region 11 workers get P15/day wage increase PRIVATE workers in Davao Region will soon get a reprieve following the approval by the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB) for a P15 daily increase for minimum wage earners in the region, Labor Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz said on Friday. “The RTWPB-Region 11, after determining the need to restore the lost purchasing power of minimum wage earners in the Davao Region for them to cope with the rising cost of living, but without impairing WORKERS/PAGE 7

Laguindingan airport project gets funding from EU program By ALLAN MEDIANTE Executive Editor

THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has included the soon to be completed Laguindingan International Airport as among the projects that are aligned with

the European Commission’s program with P500-billion capital expenditure in the next five years. Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas Roxas said that some of the government’s programs will be aligned with the projects that some European agencies are pro-

moting in the Philippines. “The European Commission has several projects on health, agriculture, environment, forestry, and support for the peace process in Mindanao,” he told members of the European Chamber of Commerce of AIRPORT/PAGE 10

Davao’s ICT sector sees robust growth in 5 yrs By CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO Correspondent

DAVAO City -- The information and communications (ICT) technology sector in this city is expected to reach its goal of hitting 16,000 workers in the next five years as the city received P20 million from the P400 million released by the government to train potential work force in the industry. Lizabel G. Holganza,

president of the Information and Communications Technology Association of Davao, said that the money, through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, would be used to train applicants who are pre-screened by the association. Ms. Holganza said that with the fund, about 2,000 applicants for the different The information and communications technology (ICT) subsectors of the industry sector in Davao City braces for expected boom in the SECTOR/PAGE 7 next five years.



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Irrigation, better post-harvest to boost rice sufficiency bid


AVAO City -- Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said the country’s rice sufficiency can be attained by 2013, with the pending irrigation projects in Mindanao.

Alcala said in a forum here Nov. 17 that the Aquino administration will attain sufficiency in rice as the Department of Agriculture (DA) will allot at least P500 million next year to establish hundreds of small irrigation projects (SIPs) nationwide. The SIPs are considered more cost-efficient, faster to construct, and easier to maintain and manage.

One project of the present projects is the construction of Cateel Irrigation Project in Cateel, Davao Oriental with a total project cost of P255million and contract duration of 580 days. The said project is being funded by the Department of Agriculture’s – Mindanao Rural Development Program (DAMRDP). Cateel is an east coast town



that boasts an area of 22,952 hectares devoted to rice production. The said irrigation project aims to provide sustainable irrigation water for approximately 1,600 hectares of suitable lands covering 11 barangays. “Gusto po nating tumaas ang rice production natin kahit sa taginit. (We would like to increase rice production even during dry season.) “We would be expanding the areas that will be irrigated and we will be safe and secured in the coming years despite calamities,” Alcala said. In the same forum, World Bank

operations officer Ferlizardo Virtucio, Jr. said that in meeting rice sufficiency target, the agriculture sector should also improved postharvest practice, particularly its milling recovery. “The Philippines only has a 62 percent recovery rate in the rice milling process. So if the country can bring that up to 70 percent, it will help boost total production and farmers’ income,” Virtucio said. “We are appealing to the private sector to invest in modernized rice mills that can increase the rice recovery,” he added.

Contract buyout for Davao stevedoring services mulled

A RANKING Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) official has said the agency is mulling the possibility of buying the contract of Davao Integrated Port Stevedoring Services Corporation (DIPSSCOR) to avoid legal problem with the cargo concessionaire should the proposal to privatize Davao Port goes into high gear by 2012. ”There are many ways to prevent legal trouble and we are looking now at the best options to do so,” PPA Assistant General Manager Raul T. Santos said. PLAN/PAGE 9 DIPSSCOR is a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services Inc. It is also the cargo handling operator at Davao Port, with its contract set to expire by 2016. The PPA has allocated P3.98 billion to modernize Davao Port. In the pipeline are strengthening of Berths 1 and 2, construction of Container Yard 3, and development of 300 new reefer outlets alongside with the fitting of four gantry cranes and eight rubbertired gantry cranes. Once completed, Davao Port’s cargo handling capability is expected to increase by 1.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) mark. It has a present cargo capacity of 5.194 million metric tons, container volume of 524,498 TEUs, passenger traffic of 62,220 annually and ship calls of 1,447. The development is in line with the PPA’s efforts to privatize the port within the next two to three years. (pna)



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CebuPac braces for holiday rush P5-B loan to finance CEBU PACIFIC, operated by listed Cebu Air, Inc., will be adding flights to its Manila-to-Hong Kong route and to eight other domestic routes in preparation for the expected increase of passengers this holiday season. This, as Cebu Pacific said in a statement yesterday that bookings for the month have increased 23% from last year’s levels, driven by a 27% increase in bookings for international flights. he carrier will be adding one daily flight to its Manila-to-Hong Kong route from Dec. 21 to Jan. 3, 2012. The firm will also be adding one daily flight on its Cebu-to-Caticlan route from Dec. 21 to Jan. 4, 2012, and one daily flight to its Manila-to -Kalibo route on Jan. 2, 2012. From Dec. 21 to Jan. 4, 2012, Cebu Pacific will also add a daily flight to the following routes: Cebu to Davao, Davao to Iloilo, Manila to Cebu, and Manila to Davao. Until further notice, the carrier will also offer an additional flight to its Manila-to-Tacloban and Man i l a - to - D u m a g u e te routes beginning Dec. 21. “We added these flights so more local and foreign passengers can take

Globe capex in 2012

With the expected heavy influx of airline passengers this holiday season, Cebu Pacific schedules additional flights for international and domestic destinations.

advantage of the holiday s e as on and CEB’s low fares,” Candice A. Iyog, vice-president for marketing and distribution, said in the statement. Flag carrier Philippine Airlines last month restored full flight capacity in preparation for the holiday season after reducing flights in late September due to its outsourcing program. The number of passengers Cebu Pacific carried increased by 12% to

2.8 million in the third quarter from 2.5 million in the same period last year, amid low fares and continuous expansion. From January to September, the airline reported that it flew 8.7 million passengers, keeping on track its target to fly 12 million passengers this year. In June, Cebu Pacific announced an aircraft acquisition worth $3.8 billion, which will be delivered between 2015 and 2021. The carrier said it

will be acquiring 30 new 220-seater Airbus A321neo and seven 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft. The Airbus A321neo will help the carrier expand flights to Australia, India and Northern Japan, the firm previously said. T h e f i r m c u r re nt ly operates with 10 Airbus A319, 15 Airbus A320 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. By the end of 2011, it expects to expand its fleet to 37 aircraft with an average age of less than 2.5 years.

GLOBE TELECOM, Inc. has obtained a P5-billion loan from BDO Unibank, Inc. to finance capital expenditures next year, the company said in on Friday. In a statement, Globe Telecom said the sevenyear floating-rate term loan facility will partially fund a network modernization program. “[The program] aims to significantly improve network quality and customer experience, increase voice and data capacity, drive down costs, and prepare the network to meet the future needs of our customers,” Alberto M. de Larrazabal, chief financial officer, said in the statement. The telco last month announced a $790-million network modernization and information and technology re-engineering program to be implemented in the next

two to three years. Bulk of the funding, or $640 million, will be spent by Globe Telecom in 2012 and 2013. The programs, set to start as early as next month, are expected to improve customer experience in terms of delivery time of text messages, network reliability and availability. The total program cost of $790 million, which will be spent in five years time, will not be an addition to the company’s annual capital expenditure averaging at $450-500 million, the firm previously said. The loan with BDO is on top of a P5-billion facility inked last month with Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. also to fund capital expenditures. Globe Telecom had closed a seven-year, P7-billion loan also from BDO for capital expenditures this year.

PAL expands coverage for passenger insurance PHILIPPINE Airlines and Chartis Philippines Insurance, Inc. have expanded their partnership by now making travel insurance available to all PAL passengers, adding another benefit to flying with the

national flag carrier. Previously, only passengers who booked their PAL flights online via the airline’s web site were offered the option to purchase travel PAL/PAGE 10



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The Invisible Father THINK a minute… A 58-year-old man was sharing his memories of his father. He said his father had been a workaholic who was always busy with work and his own personal interests. He never came to his son’s sports games or activities. In fact, the son said his dad almost never spoke to him. By the time the son was 18 years old, in his last year of school, he’d become a very good football player. When his team qualified for the championship, he begged his father to finally come see him play this one time; so his dad promised he’d be there. On the day of the championship, the son was on the field warming up just before the game when he

saw his dad come into the stadium with two other men. Then, just before the game started, his dad left with his friends and never returned. It’s now been 40 years since that day, yet this 58-year-old son says the painful rejection and disappointment he felt as a teenager is still very real. When his father recently died at age 83, he stood alone next to his dad’s coffin at the funeral home and said: “Dad, we could have shared so much love and good times together, but I never knew you.” Thinking back on this man’s childhood, and especially that day of the football game, I wonder what that father thought was more important than being there

for his son. Was his time with business associates more important than caring and being interested in the success of his own son? That father let the years go by without doing his job at home. He failed in his most important responsibility as a father. A father has tremendous power and influence in the lives of his children. Studies have shown that the number one cause of troubled boys and young men is that they had fathers who didn’t really care. They didn’t spend time with their sons so they weren’t close to them. There are millions of invisible fathers like this. But “No man stands as tall, as when he stoops down to help his son.” How about



you? Do you need to give more time and attention to your children? It’s never too late to change. Why not ask Jesus Christ to forgive you for your failures as a father? Then ask Him to help change you so you can become the caring, loving father your children need. Just think a minute…

‘Money laundering’ at the BSP THERE is some sort of money laundering taking place at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. But it’s not of the criminal kind. Following a successful bid in breaking the existing world record for the longest line of coins the other week, the project organizers are now in the documentation stage. Before the Guinness officials formally confirm and validate the record-breaking feat, they require detailed documentation (in the form of photos and videos) of the project. The record-breaking project, called “Barya ng mga Bayani: The Power of Small Change,” was held in front of the Quirino Grandstand (near Rizal Park or Luneta) in Manila for two days starting November 30. The organizers, led by the BSP Officers Club, the BSP Employees Association and Kabayanihan Foundation, collected 25-centavo coins from the public for the past

several weeks, in a bid to highlight the importance of coins amid the artificial coin shortage in the country. The BSP has noted that despite the annual production of coins, a large part of these fail to circulate in the market, resulting in a significant shortage in some parts of the country. As much as possible, the BSP emphasizes, coins should not be left sitting in one place (piggy banks, donation cans, etc.) for long. Dr. Greg Suarez, president of the BSP Officers Club, said that there is now a need to “untape” and wash the millions of coins (roughly 6.5 million) that were used during the Nov. 30 event. The coins had previously been taped together to ensure the straightness of the coin chain. The chain, stretching to 73.02 kilometers, broke the United States record of 64.8 kilometers. “An effective way of doing this (untaping the taped

coins) is soaking it in soap and water,” Suarez said. BSP employees, aided by Manila Youth volunteers. have started “laundering” the coins during their free time. Maj or sup e r marke t groups in Metro Manila have offered to buy the “laundered” coins at par. The proceeds will be used to build three public school classrooms. Atty. Vicente Aquino, executive director of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), even encouraged this “money laundering” activity. “No worry everyone. The AMLC will not examine or freeze your assets...whether cash or in kind, liquid or hard,” Aquino said in jest in an intranet message. Just two years ago, the BSP employees in its Kalibo Branch engaged in similar “money laundering” and for which they receive a special citation from BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr.


IGNACIO BUNYE The Kalibo Branch employees, whose office was severely damaged by floodwaters, successfully saved P755,047,678.00 worth of new bills and coins in the aftermath of Typhoon Frank in June 2008. The BSP’s Kalibo Branch, headed by Deputy Director Leonora Templonuevo, is one of 21 regional offices and branches that report to BSP Managing Director Pedro Tordilla Jr., of the Regional Monetary Affairs Sub-Sector. Kalibo services the cash and other banking BUNYE/PAGE 7

Peace talks need not be complicated THE longer the peace talks linger the serious are the threats to our internal security and our ailing economy. The government cannot just sit idly hoping and crossing its fingers that tomorrow a truce with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front will be signed. The peace treaty promises among others would settle who among the armed groups identified with the MILF are genuinely members of the Front. It is our understanding that once an agreement is signed we shall now be able to distinguish who are the true rebels and who are the brigands and the terrorists. They all bear guns but the criminals and the terrorists among them would sing the same refrain as the Fronts do. It is our concern that for as long as the peace is not reached, the kidnapping syndicates and the terror band will remain and even spawn as quickly as they

are decimated. Recently, an Australian national was kidnapped in the same fashion as the rest of the victims of kidnap for ransom had been abducted. KFR happens in Zamboanga and Basilan but news about this reverberates in all nooks and corners of Mindanao scaring away domestic and foreign investors in places like Davao which are hundreds of miles away. What is disturbing here is that the culprits are scot free and the victims are still languishing in the lairs of their captors if, at all, they are still alive. The government forces appear helpless and hopeless and the reason behind this is that there is an ongoing effort at achieving a peace pact with the MILF. Well and good. The problem however is the unconscionable delay in the talks. Whenever there is hiatus the suspects regroup, rearm, refit and recruit. This negotiation therefore

should not go on forever. The government must take the initiative to push the agenda. At this stage of the game, we are certain what are doable and what are not within the ambit of the constitution. Outside this parameters, all other agenda are unacceptable. At this stage of the talks, the only viable option is to look at how the autonomous region be expanded but not on the basis of what were recited in the draft memo of agreement on ancestral domain but on the basis of the referendum that brought about the creation of the ARMM. We are in accord with the suggestions that towns and barangays which had voted to be included in the proposed ARMM but which were excluded, be made part of the expanded area. We too are in accord that the ARMM have ample shares in the proceeds of the natural resources found in

MINDANAO PERSPECTIVE MENARDO WENCESLAO the region. But the control of some specific resource and airspace to include such crucial government functions that relates to foreign affairs, security and education must be retained by the national government. Because armament is a sensitive issue in a stable peace, this too had to be seriously addressed. Too serious, that this should include the withdrawal of massive military and the dismantling of its auxiliary forces like CAFGUS and CVOs. In this manner, any group that bears arms outside of the Philippine National Police be considered the enemy of the state. Peace negotiation need not be complicated. Going to war is.




Apples and You! CHRISTMAS is truly just around the corner! Wherever you turn your eyes, whether in the market place, the sidewalks or the gaily decorated malls, you get to see apples of various sizes and colors! Where it used to be a fruit that seem to be seen in the homes of our well to do friends, these days, apples are within reach for everyone to enjoy. And while I was biting into one of those red, delicious, crunchy and sweet variety for breakfast, I have to do a write up on what makes apples a great partner for our healthy living. Studies abound on the health benefits of apples. As a matter of fact, in one of my interviews for my Dynamic Living the Total You, a Cancer Surgeon friend mentioned that in the prevention of colorectal cancer (which I already featured here), apples as source of fiber can be part of one’s diet. If you surf the net, so much is written on the benefits of apples. Being a believer on Preventive medicine , and an advocate of the principle “PRO ACTIVE rather than reactive, prevention rather than CURE” , focus on healthy living should be the norm rather than the exception. I had the chance to see a patient and his family, few weeks back, right after my article here on Colorectal Cancer. The patient is still very young and is in the prime of his life, and is suffering from the Big C that has spread to his urinary bladder and liver. Two very important facts I gathered on my interview for the history taking : relegating his signs and symptoms to the background thus seeking medical attention

very late, and his lifestyle. After explaining the disease , its course and treatment options, I overheard the family telling him that he should start a healthy diet. Well, that is good news indeed. But, then again, a total turn around in one’s diet when the illness is already present will not make the big C go away! The secret for the apples’ beneficial effects on health is simply that it contains phytochemicals, which science has done studies on , to show how these phytonutrients affect our body. Of course, these substances are not the sole property of apples, but can be found in other fruits and vegetables. For now, let us just tackle on apples ( befitting its abundance this holiday season). For the beauty conscious, apples has strong anti-oxidant properties, thus reducing the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are just everywhere: ultra violet rays of the sun, environmental pollution, insecticides sprayed on our food, it seems like it is just so much a part of daily living these days! These anti-oxidants will try to neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals, thus, it helps keep your skin free of wrinkles longer and can also promote hair growth. For those who are watchful and mindful of their waistlines, apples are low in calories, fat and sodium, but contains vitamins, mineral and fiber! But more than its benefits for healthy skin and diet watchers, apples have known preventive properties for the development of the big C: lungs, Colon, breast and liver. According to research, the presence of pectin, fla-


Among the beneficiaries are students who want to become contact center agents, software developers, digital animators and transcriptionists. This will allow the industry to grow so it can hit the target of at least 16,000 workers by 2016 from about 12,000

from page 1 will be trained by schools that are accredited by the organization. “We will slowly fill the vacancies when the trainees eventually finish their training,” she said.

Bunye... from page 6

requirements of Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Boracay. At the height of Typhoon Frank, the muddy floodwaters had reached the cash vault and damaged all the money inside. To save the wet bills, the BSP Kalibo officers and

Workers... from page 1

the productivity and viability of business and industry in the region, has issued Wage Order No. RB XI-17 providing for a new minimum wage rate,” Ms. Baldoz said. “The wage order integrates into the basic wage

employees worked hard and fast 24/7 cleaning and wiping them, drying them on a makeshift charcoal stove, (there was no electricity after the typhoon) and ironing (using charcoal flat irons) the crumpled bills one by one. Thus, the two words that have earned such a global bad rap managed to save the day. the cost of living allowance of P15 provided for under a previous wage order, Wage Order No. RB XI-16, and provides for a P15 cost of living allowance, P5 of which will take effect after the issuance of the new wage order and the balance of P10 to take effect on May 1, 2012,” Ms. Baldoz added.


DR. MARY JEAN LORECHE-DIAO vanoids, naringin in apples have proven anti C properties! For post- menopausal women, the flavanoids and Boron, helps strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis. Cardiovascular diseases which ranks first as the most common cause of morbidity and mortality in this age of ours, benefits from the lowering effects of pectin on the bad cholesterol. It is worth mentioning that eating 2 apples a day can lower your cholesterol by as much as 16%! For our asthmatics, particularly with the roller coaster ride this season from hot to wet days, studies also indicate that apples eaten as fruit or the juice, do lower episodes of attacks. It would be a disservice to this wonderful fruit if I fail to mention that Quercetin, protect brain cells from free radical change which in turn helps prevent one from developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life. So much has been said about apples. But if you were to go over most of the diseases briefly mentioned that can benefit from “ an apple a day, keeps your doctor away”, it brings us to the very basic : lifestyle choices. So what are you waiting for? at present. “Our estimate is to hire at least 1,000 new employees every year. With the funding, it will now be easier for companies to get the best employees who pass the training,” she added. In the contact center industry, she said, the companies have been doing their own selection of possible recruits. Nanette O. del Monte, human resources head of the Cyber City Teleservices Philippines Inc., said contact center companies in the city need thousands of employees to fill vacancies. Those who could not be immediately hired because they need to improve their English proficiency will have to undergo the trainings so that by the end of the sixmonth period, they will be eventually hired, Ms. del Monte said. Dubbed the Industry-based Training for Work Scholarship Program, the project will allow the association to pre-screen the trainees to ensure that 70% of the graduates will be employed. Ms. Holganza said the companies who would hire these graduates would refund the government for the money spent for them while training.

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Do you believe in Santa Claus? THERE is this innocent and lovable 7-year-old boy who lives in his little world of sights and sounds, who loves joyful occasions and enjoys simple gatherings prepared by his parents. But more than anything else, he looks forward to Christmas. Oh, Christmas! It is a magical day. Lights go on and off. Many songs are sung. Great food is on the table. For him, Christmas is a day of marvels and delights. While it is a most profound and very significant day commemorating the birth of the Lord Jesus, and while it is a signal day reminding Christians about His Mother Mary and foster father Joseph, for the little innocent boy, it is a day of Christmas Trees, Christmas gifts - not mention Santa Claus. Hence, he asks the question that has been his little head long since , and that has been somehow bothering him although deep in his heart, he knows the answer. Better, he wants the answer to be a simple and straight “Yes!” So, with Christmas just around the corner, the boy asks: “Do you believe in Christmas?” It can now be told that there are about three distinct individuals who an-

swered the question openly and publicly. The first one is an ordinary gentleman who understands the sentiment of the boy, his 1curiosity coupled with his credulity. The second one is also an ordinary lady who knows what children want to hear until they grow older to know better. The third one holds the highest public office in the land, has the whole government under his authority and command. He is definitely anything but ordinary. Answered the ordinary gentleman: “Of course I believe in Santa Claus. I love the Christmas season. I enjoy giving and receiving Christian gifts - and singing Christmas songs, of course. I admire Santa Claus for his long white beard, his bright red and immaculate white suit. As yes, I love his loud laughter.” The boy said: “I thought so too!” Answered the ordinary lady: “Santa Claus? Of course, I do not believe but also love him. He brings joy to children and adult alike. He makes every Christmas an endearing and memorable day. And know what? He reminds and inspires me to decorate our Christmas tree - and to cook good food.” The boy

said: “I was right all along.” Answered the extraordinary public official: “Santa Claus is perhaps the personification of the best in people. More than anything else, we really have to shift, to those of is still left in the criticize-anything-andeverything phase, to transforming ourselves into how we can assist our neighbor, our sister and our brother or whoever, somebody we don’t even know.” The boy said: “What was that? What wrong have I done? Is he angry at me? I should not ask him any question anymore. I am now afraid of him.” There are lessons that can be learned from this faux pas: One, be yourself. Two, be real and true. Three, do not pretend to know so much.

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TESDA to launch new flagship project By JORIE C. VALCORZA

TO assist Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) trained and certified workers get productive undertakings, the government will launch this week a new flagship project dubbed as “TESDA Specialista Technoprenuership Program (TSTP). Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua, TESDA Deputy Director General for Field Operations announced this in a forum with the media and technical vocational Institute operators in the region. The TSTP pools in certified ‘specialistas’ to serve residential areas with high volume of service demand. “With TSTP we encourage local generation of income or economic activity, as not all technicalvocational graduates will likely be absorb for employment,” he said. The program will provide sites that will serve as its operation center, where facilities like telephone and tool kits will be kept. The composition likewise includes a TESDA nurturer who will oversee and manage deployment of on a daily basis. Initial list of services TSTP aims to develop includes building/house repair and maintenance service, beauty care and wellness, appliance repair, automotive/vehicle maintenance, tourism and related services, and computer hardware services. Pascua called on young people who are about to be employed or already employed to begin looking at other things other than the traditional sources of income. He also noted that over and above the existing scholarship programs, TESDA will be adding another four economic generators, in the lines of tourism, agriculture, contrition, and electronics. “We are now concentrating under this to be able to link up with the demand of the industries and to further boost the economy on these areas. The key factor why our economy is still moving is because if the local industries” Pascua explained. TESDA will help identify the needs and address TESDA/PAGE 10


CGEN2 Technology , Inc.: 1st Globe Store Dealer in VISMIN By JOE PALABAO

CGEN2 Technology, Inc. of the Canoy Group of Companies is the 1st ever Globe Store Dealer in the Visayas and Mindanao today. It is conveniently located at the 2nd Floor of Robinsons Mall, Limketkai Drive, Cagayan de Oro City. CGEN2 Technology, Inc. earmarked a history and a business niche being the first GLOBE dealer in the Visayas and Mindanao areas as the newest GLOBE Business Model for GLOBE stores throughout the country. Opened last September 2011, on a dealership agreement, CGEN2 Technology is newest GLOBE store operating in Northern Mindanao together with Globe Company owned stores at Limketkai Mall and SM Cagayan de Oro City. CGEN2 caters to the huge market volume of GLOBE in Mindanao as the leading telecommunications business industry in the country today. With capital infusion for the business and dealership agreement with GLOBE, CGEN2 is operating GLOBE business in the region running the operations, plans and products promotion and accepting payments.

GLOBE Store at Robinsons

Training of personnel and market innovation is done by GLOBE. In an interview, Ms. Eileen E. San Juan-Canoy Group of Companies Director told Business Week Mindanao that CGEN2 Technology Inc., was chosen by GLOBE to run its first ever dealership store in Mindanao since the first generation of the Canoys are pure Kagay-anons-the late Don Mariano Canoy and Senora Laureana Rabe-Canoy

along with their children, the late Henry and Elsie, Nestor, Reuben and Yolanda started the hotel businessThe VIP Hotel in the early seventies. The city’s premier hotel, right at the heart of the city, a historical hotel landmark that for the last forty one (41) in business it has become better and stronger. The couple started Lamar Inn and Canoy Supermart just right across VIP now being sold along

with Lauremar Hotel at Opol, Misamis Oriental for further development to their other growing businesses like the VIP Hotel, Best Bake, Canoy Realty Development Corporation, Kitanglad Properties and Investments at Sil-ipon, Libona, Bukidnon near the foot of Mt. Kitanglad and now the CGEN2 Technology, Inc. CGEN2 stands for Canoy second generation of CGEN2/PAGE 10


Dec. 12-15, 2011



Ozamiz, Northern Mindanao’s Fort City By RUTCHIE CABAHUG-AGUHOB, Contributor


ZAMIZ City serves as the entry point to the province of Misamis Occidental from Panguil Bay in the southern part of Northwestern Mindanao. It is some 4-5 hours drive from Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental, the seat of Northern Mindanao’s regional government. It is also one of Misamis Occidental’s three cities, the other two being Tangub and Oroquieta, the provincial capital. The “Cotta” (Fort) Because of its strategic location, during the Spanish conquest of Mindanao, a “Cotta” or fortress was built in Ozamiz, formerly Misamis, by Spanish Jesuit Father Jose Ducos. The Cotta served as the main bastion of a big Task Force against Muslim pirates and as watchtower and lighthouse for Misamisnons, in the dark days of the 1750’s, to guide both mariners and fishermen entering Panguil Bay, during dark nights. As described in the brochures prepared by the City Tourism Office, the light house was a pre-World War 2 edition, located at the eastern bastion, standing on one-meter base tapering to a half-square meter top, with a height of 0.6 meters from the

Cotta floor and a winding 38-step stairway, the Cotta became the nucleus of Misamis, which subsequently became an ecclesiastical center of Northern Mindanao and still stands, today as the object of pilgrims because of the miraculous growing image of its wall, the image of Our Lady Nuestra Señora del Triunfo de la Cruz. Image of the Blessed Virgin of Cotta “Birhen sa Cotta,” as it is popularly known, continues to draw crowds not only of the Marian devotees, but of local and foreign tourists, as well. “In fact, it is one of the historical, cultural and pilgrimage destinations in Northern Mindanao that we want to promote, in collaboration with the private sector, by putting more energy and resources meant to entice more visitors to come to our city,” Mayor Nova Princess E. ParojinogEchavez, said. Among the religious accounts of the image is that it helped prevent the entry of Muslim pirates who


The historic fortress or “Cotta” (Fort) that serves as the bastion against invaders built during the Spanish time.

wanted to come to Ozamiz through Panguil Bay. People believed it was the miraculous intercessions of the Blessed Virgin during the Muslim raids that the Cotts was never overtaken by the pirates, despite its being undermanned due

to its distance from the main Spanish garrisons and the infrequent visits of the Spanish Armada whose principal anchorage in the south was Cebu. But the Cotta had always withstood even with the fiercest of Muslim attacks,

a feat which they attributed only to the Blessed Virgin’s intercession. The image has been referred to simply as the Birhen sa Cotta or Virgin of the Fort, although its actual title is “Nuestra Señora del Triunfo or Our

Lady of Triumph, a name taken after the flagship of Fr. Ducos, the “Triunfo.” The section where the Birhen sa Cotta have enshrined was formerly a gate, which is now closed and walled in and has been adFORT/PAGE 10


10 Dec. 12-15, 2011 Aboitiz... from page 1

On November 15 the city council passed Ordinance 0200-11 Series of 2011 reclassifying the area for the proposed 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant project. The move was made upon the request of the Aboitiz Power Corp. “The subject measure is hereby vetoed pursuant to Section 55 [a] of Republic Act 7160 on the ground that the same is prejudicial to public welfare,” Duterte said. Section 55 (a) of Republic Act 7160, or the Local Government Code, provides that the mayor may veto an ordinance if it is deemed to be prejudicial to the general welfare. Duterte-Carpio cited possible risks of the project to the environment and public. Mr. Aboitiz however said they are still evaluating their options. “There is certainly a need for us to acquire a deeper understanding of the Mayor’s underlying concerns and

what we can do to address them,” he said. “We have the track record to show that in carrying out our responsibilities in developing and operating these power plants, we have always adhered to high standards of professionalism and integrity and resolutely advanced the well-being of our community and the environment,” Mr. Aboitiz pointed out. He said the company firmly believes that the health of people and the environment can never be compromised. They are also cognizant of Davao City’s need to ensure the long-term security of its power supply on account of an acute power shortage in Mindanao. AboitizPower offered to commit a sizable investment to build the 300 MW Circulating Fluidized-Bed Coal-Fired Power Plant in Davao because this will be equipped with state-of-theart technology capable of meeting stringent health and environmental standards. “Equally important, this plant is capable of supplying Davao City with reliable and

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Cagayan de Oro City OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF SHERIFF’S NOTICE OF SALE FILE NO. 2011-497 Upon Extra-Judicial Petition for Sale under Act 3135 as amended by Act No. 4118, filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (PAG-IBIG FUND), a government financial institution duly organized and existing under and by virtue of Republic Act No. 9679, with principal office at The Atrium of Makati, Makati Avenue, Makati City, and with branch office at Pag-IBIG Fund Bldg., J. R. Borja St., Cagayan de Oro City, against PEREGRINA B. NAVAREZ married to ALEXANDER F. NAVAREZ, with postal address at Sta. Cruz 1, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City and /or at Lot 16, Block 33, San Agustin Valley Homes, Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of August 22, 2011 amounts to FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY FIVE THOUSAND THIRTEEN PESOS & 11/100 (P 455, 013.11), Philippine Currency, inclusive of interest and penalty charges, exclusive of attorney’s fees and other necessary fees and expenses of Extra-Judicial Foreclosure and Sale, the undersigned Sheriff will SELL at Public Auction on JANUARY 9, 2012 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning or soon thereafter at the Court Room of Regional Trial Court, Branch 39, 2nd Floor, Hall of Justice Bldg., Arch. S. Hayes Street, Cagayan de Oro City, to the Highest Bidder, for CASH or Manager’s Check and in Philippine Currency, the real property mortgaged together with all improvements thereon to wit: TRANSFER CETIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-188354 Registered in the name of PEREGRINA B. NAVAREZ “A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 16, Block 33, Psd-10-039732, being a portion of Lot 1, Pcn-104305-00191), situated in the Barangay of Canitoan, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao. Bounded on x x x. Beginning at x x x; containing an area of 143 Square Meters, more or less.” Prospective buyers/bidders may investigate for themselves the title herein-above described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. 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. Cagayan de Oro City, November 29, 2011

BWM: DECEMBER 12, 19, & 26, 2011

(Sgd.) JOSEPH C. MAAGAD Sheriff IV


affordable power essential to its growth and development and upon which the jobs and livelihood of our people depend,” Mr. Aboitiz said. “The Aboitiz’s have been doing business in Mindanao for more than 50 years already. We consider Davao City not only as an ideal place to do business but also as our home and we will not do anything to harm our beloved city, its people or the environment,”he added. The vetoed ordinance reclassified parcels of land in Barangay Binugao from protected medium industrial zone to protected heavy industrial zone. The mayor cited the US Presidential Task Force, which was created to look at ways to alter the energy

direction of the United States energy providers, that favors the trend away from coalfired power plants. “It would seem, therefore, that allowing the establishment of a coal power plant in our city is to adopt a power source technology which is now being rejected in most part of the world, most especially in the US, because of the environment hazards it poses to our planet and humanity,” said DuterteCarpio, adding that introducing it in the city would be a step backward rather than forward to progress. Dr. Jean Lindo, convener of No to Coal Davao, commended the mayor’s decision, saying it is a people’s victory. But Lindo added that they would remain vigilant because “there might be ways

to overturn this.” The City Council has yet to vote during their plenary session this week whether to override or accept the veto. The city has 26 councilors, and they must have 18 votes to override the veto. Twenty-one of them have voted for the ordinance reclassifying the plant site.

the Philippines and Joint Foreign Chambers. The DOTC leads the government’s charge to pumpprime the economy with major projects to modernize the transport system in a bid to raise rural incomes, literacy levels and improve health conditions in the countryside.

Roxas added that the government is now mapping a port program for Mindanao that will result in lower shipping rates from Mindanao to where the market is in Manila. One of the key infrastructure projects under the program is the the Laguindingan airport that will support agricultural development in Mindanao. It will serve as the main airport of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities in Northern Mindanao, and a counterpart to the Davao International Airport in Southern Mindanao. The Laguindingan airport is expected to help boost Mindanao’s potential as a national food basket, as well as a producer of the country’s major agricultural exports such as banana and coconut.


Canoy Group of Companies, Elsie Canoy-Escobar is now represented by the ever dynamic business leader, hotelier and Director Ms. Eileen E. San Juan, daughter of the late Elsie Canoy-Escobar. Nestor Canoy, Sr. who is now in the States, New Jersey with his son, Nestor Canoy, Jr. and daughter Ms. Ligaya

Canoy-Quisumbing who is now in Cebu, is being represented by Ms. Helen Escobar, Reuben Canoy Family is in Cagayan de Oro City and his son Don Canoy is representing him in the Board and Yolanda Canoy- Limjoco who is also in the US is represented by Carlo Limjoco.

To date, the Canoy Group of Companies is one of the best family owned corporations in Cagayan de Oro today with best practices and keen to their Corporate Social Responsibility and has helped the growing and bustling economy of the city and of the Northern Mindanao as well.

yearly. When the old church w a s d e s t roy e d by t h e strong earthquake in 1955, the image of the Blessed Virgin was left intact.

Today, many Misamisnons and other devotees from other towns and provinces come daily to pay homage to the Blessed Virgin.

They also light candles in front of the carved image that was enshrined within the fort for some personal favors, believed in her miraculous powers.

comprehensive plan. We will also be talking to investors if they happen to own a property identified as high risk by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau. For those with existing infrastructure in those high risk areas, they will have to comply with our requirements,” he said.


economy is expecting. Pascua added that by next year the emphasis will be moving towards closer workings with the industry and other key government agencies. “A deeper collaboration, coordination and cooperation among agencies and industries,” he said.

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of the well known and respected business leaders of the industry and is represented by the following 2nd generation management team: The late Henry Canoy is represented by Butch Canoy as the Chairman of the Board of the

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opted as the second patroness of the city, with its feast day celebrated

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Davao, he said, is privileged to be provided with this information especially that the LGU is in the process of fixing and polishing land use policies. “We will surely integrate these results to our

FARM & HOUSE FOR SALE DANATAG, BAUNGON, BUKIDNON 4.3 has. farmlot, fully fenced, 350 fully grown Mahogany trees, 2.5 has. fruit bearing Durian (600) Rambutan (22) Longkong (36) Pomelo (59) Avocado (5) & beautiful conc house. See to appreciate. Direct buyers only

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources CENRO Initao, Misamis Oriental


Department of Environment and Natural Resources CENRO Initao, Misamis Oriental


It is hereby announced that RAY G. MANIGSACA of Tabok, Opol, Misamis Oriental has applied in this office of the purchase, without public auction, under his/her Miscellaneous Sales Application No. 104321-113-A for Commercial purpose of Lot No. 37876, Cad- 237 is identical to Psu 10-001055 situated in Tabok, Opol, Misamis Oriental containing an area of 284 square meters in accordance with Republic Act No. 730 [as amended by PD 2004]. By virtue of the authority granted by the Secretary of Department f Environment and Natural Resources, this office will, without public auction , sell to the applicant, RAY G. MANIGSACA the parcel of land on ________________________ for One Hundred Thirty Six Thousand Three Hundred Twenty [P136,320.00] pesos for the whole tract, in accordance with the said Republic Act No. 730 [ as amended by PD 2004]. If there is any claim to this land, such claims must be filed at the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, Malasag Heights, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City on or before the date of Sale, otherwise, the said claim shall forever be barred. Cagayan de Oro City, November 9, 2011.

It is hereby announced that RAY G. MANIGSACA of Tabok, Opol, Misamis Oriental has applied in this office of the purchase, without public auction, under his/her Miscellaneous Sales Application No. 104321-113 for Commercial purpose of Lot No. 46320, Cad- 237 is identical to MSI-104321-113-D situated in Tabok, Opol, Misamis Oriental containing an area of 617 square meters in accordance with Republic Act No. 730 [as amended by PD 2004]. By virtue of the authority granted by the Secretary of Department f Environment and Natural Resources, this office will, without public auction , sell to the applicant, RAY G. MANIGSACA the parcel of land on ________________________ for Two Hundred Ninety Six Thousand One Hundred Sixty [P296,160.00] pesos for the whole tract, in accordance with the said Republic Act No. 730 [ as amended by PD 2004]. If there is any claim to this land, such claims must be filed at the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office, Malasag Heights, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City on or before the date of Sale, otherwise, the said claim shall forever be barred. Cagayan de Oro City, November 9, 2011.

(Sgd.) ALDRICH S. RESMA OIC, CENR Officer BWM Nov 21, 28 & Dec 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011

(Sgd.) ALDRICH S. RESMA OIC, CENR Officer BWM Nov 21, 28 & Dec 5, 12, 19, 26, 2011

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it by capacitating not only the unemployed but also those who are employed, increase their capacity they by pushing along their productivity and helping them cope with what the

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insurance from Chartis. Beginning this quarter, those who book flights through PAL’s reservations call center and ticket offices or at accredited travel agencies can avail of Chartis travel insurance. Coverage is also broadened to include those who booked online but initially opted out of the insurance offer; they’re now given a further opportunity to add the product to their itinerary by simply logging on to www.philippineairlines.

com/protectyourtrip. Through Chartis’ affordable policies starting from P200, passengers can protect their trip from travel inconveniences such as lost documents, rescheduled flights and even medical emergencies. The exclusive product offered by Chartis to PAL passengers is available for all flight bookings originating from the Philippines. With 90 years of history and jurisdiction in over 160 countries, passengers can be assured of Chartis’ comprehensive coverage for all their trips.

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Congress Watch

BusinessWeek MINDANAO

Dec. 12-15, 2011


Rufus pushes creation of bakery regulatory agency


AWMAKERS are proposing the creation of an agency as a focused and practical way to help combat malnutrition and hunger in the country, through enriched bread and bakery products.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) said House Bill 1668 aims to raise the health of the people, through optimal nutritious bread and bakery products accessible to most Filipinos. The House Committee on Government Reorganization, chaired by Rep. Cesar Jalosjos (3rd District, Zamboanga del Norte), is pushing for the early passage of the bill, which will create the National Bakery Regulatory Authority to implement the provisions of the proposed “National Bakery Policy Act of the Philippines of 2011.”

Rodriguez said a practical strategy endorsed by international organizations to combat hunger and eliminate or reduce malnutrition is the enrichment of bread and bakery products with key micronutrients. “Bread can be a very practical way or vehicle to improve nutrition in the country. It’s very accessible and affordable even during these times of spiraling prices,” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez recalled that as early as the 1940’s, the international accepted standard for one pound average loaf of enriched bread contains the mini-

mum daily human requirements of thiamine B, Riboflavin B2, niacin and vitamin D. “Originally, the aim of bread and bakery products enrichment was to restore vital nutrients lost in the milling process,” Rodriguez said. “Today, enrichment of bread cereal products is to take advantage of bread being the basis or an integral part of the modern day diet and optimize ingestion of food with micro-nutrients through normal eating,” Rodriguez added. Rep. Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party-list, Abante Mindanao), co-author of the bill, lauded the organization of Bakery Industry Development Board in promoting health, protect consumer rights and upgrade the standards of

bakeries. “At the initiative of the baking industry and the Philippine Federation of Bakers Association, the industry wishes to contribute not only to health of the people, protect consumer rights but also set up standards for quality baking, packaging with expiration dates, but also for the purpose of efficient management, safety during production and reasonable costs to maximize access to nutritious bread and bakery products,” Rodriguez said. Under the bill, training and educational programs will be instituted geared towards the development of skills of bakery workers and entrepreneurial skills of bakery operators and owners, including incentives to stakeholders in the bakery industry.

House bill institutionalizes ‘Teachers’ Day’ THE House of Representatives, in plenary session, has approved on second reading a bill declaring October 5 of each year as “National Teachers’ Day” in the Philippines to recognize the essential role of teachers in the educational and moral advancement of the people, especially the youth, as well as to the development of society. House Bill 4097 mandates the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) to initiate the appropriate activities to celebrate National Teachers’ Day. It also directs all public and private educational institutions in the elementary, secondary and tertiary levels to provide their full support and assistance to events and activities to be conducted by teachers and students in recognition of National Teachers’ Day. “Setting aside a regular


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SISA ARC will soon be the 41st ARC of the province of Surigao del Sur. Like any other ARCs, they will become a recipient of different infrastructure or livelihood projects to be implemented in the coming years funded or sponsored by the various stakeholders or partner agencies like the Department of Health, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Agriculture, National Irrigation Administration and other foreign organizations. This undertaking is one of the major components of CARP, the Program Beneficiary Development(PBD) implemented by DAR nationwide.

celebration as a special working holiday in honor of Filipino teachers in all public and private educational institutions will enable the public to express recognition and gratitude to teachers nationwide for their sacrifices,” said Party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio of Act Teachers, author of the bill. Tinio said teachers in the country are among the most ravaged by the worsening economic crisis. Overworked and underpaid, many of these noble professionals are compelled by hard times to turn to foreign shores for much better pay. “Despite hardships at-

tendant to their profession, such as low pay and meager benefits, difficult working conditions and minimal protection during election and census duties, our teachers still carry on, molding the minds and hearts of our country’s future,” said the militant legislator. For his part, Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City said teachers in the country not only shoulder the task of providing better education to the country’s students, they also endure hardships in the performance of their functions. “Teachers are not al-

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF LANAO DEL NORTE 12th Judicial Region Branch 07 Tubod, Lanao del Norte MARVE BERJAME ABAPO, Petitioner,

SPL. PROC. NO. 247-07-2011 (i) - for Correction of Entry -

- versus – LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BAROY, LANAO DEL NORTE, Respondent. x----------------------/ ORDER A verified petition for correction of entry in the Certificate of Live Birth of MARVE BERJAME ABAPO as to her gender/sex was filed before this Court on October 5, 2011, by the herein petitioner 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 of legal age, Filipino, and resident of Salong, Baroy, Lanao del Norte. She was born on December 9, 1991 at Baroy, Lanao del Norte. Her birth was duly registered at the Respondent’s office, however, under the entry of her gender/sex, the one entered therein is ‘MALE’, instead of ‘FEMALE’, her true and correct sex/gender. Such erroneously entry may have been inadvertently done by the one who entered the facts of her birth. She had never undergone sex organ transplant neither does she intends to submit for medical operation to change her sex. She filed the instant petition as pauper litigant under OCA Circular No. 121-2007. Set the initial hearing of this case to December 6, 2011 at 8:30 in the morning before the sala of this Court. Any person/s interested to the petition may come to Court on said date and time to show cause why said petition should not be granted. Furnish copy of the Order to the Office of the Solicitor General at Makati City, Office of the Public Prosecutor, Office of the Local Civil Registrar, Public Attorney’s Office in Tubod, Lanao del Norte and to the petitioner, Marve B. Abapo at Salong, Baroy, Lanao del Norte. The petitioner is hereby directed to publish copy of this Order to BUSINESS WEEK, Mindanao, a newspaper of general circulation for three consecutive weeks, at her expense, to comply with the jurisdictional requirements of the Rules. SO ORDERED. Tubod, Lanao del Norte. October 7, 2011. (Sgd.) ALAN L. FLORES Presiding Judge BWM: Dec. 12, 19 & 26, 2011

lowed to let their personal problems get in the way of their profession. Even if they are experiencing problems, they report to their classrooms and muster enough courage to put on a happy face and touch the hearts, minds and lives of their students,” Rodriguez said.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez

DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL PARTITION NOTICE is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late Gloria R. Chaves, who died on June 28, 1999 and whose estate was settled extra-judicially on October 22, 2010; and Late Susan M.R Chaves who died on July 3, 2010, single and without issue, whose estate was settled on October 22, 2010; left Parcels of Land namely; LOT 1 (Rizal Street) A PARCEL OF LAND, Lot 39-B, of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-186805, being a portion of Lot 39, Cagayan Cadastre, LRC Cad. Record No. 1561, situated in the Poblacion, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao. Containing an area of 161 square meters, more or less, covered by TCT No. T-91348; LOT 2 (Rizal Street) A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 38-B, of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-16888, being a portion of Lot 38, Cagayan Cadastre, LRC Cad. Rec. No. 1561, situated in the Poblacion, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao. Containing an area of 382 square meters, more or less, covered by TCT No. T-91349; LOT 3 (Capistrano Street) A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 174-A of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-34513, being a portion of Lot 174, Cagayan Cadastre, LRC (GLRO) Cad. Record No. 1561, situated in the Poblacion, City of Cagayan de Oro. Containing an area of 685.5 square meters and fifty square decimeters more or less, covered by TCT No. T-91350; LOT 4 (Capistrano Street) A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 174-B, of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-34513, being a portion of Lot 174, Cagayan Cadastre LRC GLRO), Cad. Record No. 1561, situated in the Poblacion, City of Cagayan de Oro. Containing an area of 685.5 square meters and fifty decimeters more or less, covered by TCT NO. T-91351; LOT 5 (Burgos Street) A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot Pcn-10-000012, being a portion of the consolidation subdivision of Lots No. 40-B, 40-C & 40-D, (LRC) Psd-77431, situated in the Poblacion, Cagayan de Oro City, Island of Mindanao. Containing an area of 825 square meters, more or less, covered by TCT No. T-91363, are the subject of DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL PARTITION under Notary Public of Atty. Kathryn Jessica Pineda-Dela Serna as per Doc. No. 392, Page No. 79, Book No. , Series of 2011. BWM: NOVEMBER 28 & DECEMBER 5, 12, 2011

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DepEd hiring eligible teachers in Caraga By ROBERT E. ROPEROS

BUTUAN City -- To complement the number of public school teachers in the entire region, Department of Education (DepEd)–Caraga Administrative Officer Raul Orozco said hiring of eligible teachers is one of the priority concerns of the department. During an interview with a local radio station here, Orozco said teachers who are eligible or have passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) have the opportunity to be hired and be assigned to different areas in Caraga Region.

“We have to be meticulous in hiring teachers and one way of doing that is to see to it that those who will be hired are LET holders,” Orozco said. The LET is being administered by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). The move of the region’s education department adheres to the social reform agenda of President Benigno S. Aquino III and is highlighted in the Philippine Development Plan for 2011-2016. This is to ensure that quality education will be given to the Filipino children.

Task Force Pawikan free 147 newly-hatched marine turtles

MAGSAYSAY, Misamis Oriental -- Task Force Pawikan recently released 147-hatched marine turtles in barangay Kandiis, in Magsaysay town, Misamis Oriental. This was done during the recent gathering of the task force held in Magsaysay which focused its discussion on the capability enhancement of its members, through an educational trip to Morong, Bataan to observe and learn from the marine turtle nesting site management in the area. bayan of the Municipality The Department of of San Miguel, Surigao del Environment and NatuSur. According to Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Restituto R. Marilla, from page 15 documents submitted was Grand Prize Winner. Their approved and confirmed mesmerizing dance moveby the panelist headed by ments, colorful costumes, props DAR Asst. Sec. Herminia fast movements of hues, their Fe B. San Juan, Chairman precise planting and harvesting dance movements, their props of NARCTF. Creating a new ARC is a that manifested the colors of means of extending support rice which is the green, yellow, services to the respective orange and red for harvest barangays identified. CAR- gave the nod of the judges and

New ARC confirmed By MYRA Q. YU

TANDAG City -- The National Agrarian Reform Community Task Force (NARCTF) of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Central Office recently confirmed a new Agrarian Reform Community (ARC) to be launched in the province of Surigao del Sur before the year ends. Said ARC named as CARSISA ARC is composed of three barangays namely: Caromata, Siagao and Sag-



ral Resources (DENR), through the Protected Areas and Wildlife Division (PAWD), took the oppor tunity after the release to inspect the newly-established marine turtle hatchery in the area.

The hatchery is jointly funded by the DENR and the Municipal LGU of Magsaysay. Task Force Pawikan, meanwhile, was organized by DENR through the Protected Areas and Wildlife Division

(PAWD). This is to assist in the protection of the endangered marine turtles and the preservation of marine turtle nesting along the beaches in Magsaysay town, Misamis Oriental. The recent gathering, on the other hand, was presided by City Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Felipe Carollina, Jr. of Gingoog City and joined in by the Local Government Units (LGUs) of the coastal barangays, representatives of the Gingoog Bay Alliance, Green Mindanao, Philippine Coast Guards and other concerned organizations.

other three (3) contingents gave hues and colors of the pageantry of the festivals and making the crowd asked for more beautiful performances. Next year, it is expected that the Kahumayan Festival will have more contingents and will become a tourist attraction for more local tourists from Northern Mindanao, domestic and foreign tourists to witness this one of a kind Thanksgiving Festival: Kahumayan Festival of Kapatagan drumbeated to be

one of the most colorful Festival in Northern Mindanao today. The success of the 2nd Kahumayan Festival 2011 is through the all out support of the young, dynamic support of Hon. Mayor Benjie Y. B aguio, Hon. Vice Mayor Perlito Gonzaga, the City Council, the Municipal Tourism Council. The support of Rev. Fr. Edward Momay, Parish Priest, the parishioners and the constituents of the Municipality of Kapatagan.

Making the Festival alive and meaningful was the all support of the Department of Tourism Regional Office 10. In behalf of Director Catalino ‘Butch’ E. Chan 111 who is on leave-Ms. Maria G. Derequito, DOT 10 Accountant 11 represented him in the Festival. Ms. Derequito brought the message of encouragement the Local Officials of Kapatagan to work on the promotion of the ECOASTAL Tourism Destination of the Municipality.


catapulted them again as this year’s Grand Champion. The

“I’m not an official, but I was able to serve” It is a common notion that only the politicians and those in power have the capacity to implement projects and serve the public. This is also what Mr. Edgardo Pomicpic a KALAHI-CIDSS volunteer thought. Never did he expect that even a commoner like him can make a big difference. When KALAHI-CIDSS was introduced in their place, he did not hesitate to participate in all of the activities because he knew that the project will help them. He recalled that since before, the road in their barangay is already difficult to pass through. To rehabilitate a road entails a huge budget, which the Barangay do not have. This is what the volunteers wanted to address. Edgardo and the rest of his fellow volunteers worked hard and sacrificed their time in order to solve their problem and end their hardship. After the community empowerment activities coupled with the technical assistance of the KALAH-CIDSS staff, they were able to manage more than Php1.8 Million worth of funds, which resulted to the completion of the road improvement sub-project. The cooperation that they have extended produced an unforgettable achievement for the volunteers. “ Dili ko opisyales sa Barangay, pero naka serbisyo ko dili lang sa katawhan sa among Barangay pero sa tanan mga tao nga mo agi sa maong dalan. (I am not a Barangay official but I was able to serve not jut the people in our Barangay but to all the people who will pass through the road.)”, says Edgardo proudly during the inauguration last October 13, 2011. Mayor Delio Lood of Sinacaban sincerely extended his gratitude to the volunteers for their cooperation and unity. He said that to implement KALAHI-CIDSS does not only require a budget but it also requires the participation of the people. KALAHI-CIDSS or Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services is a community driven development project, implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. This project aims to empower communities, improve local governance and reduce poverty by providing seed funds for infrastructure projects identified by the community and funded by World Bank. Other infrastructure projects constructed in Sinacaban are concrete drainage system, construction of trading post and road concreting with a total KALAHI-CIDSS grant of Php7,623,914.20.

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DAR-Agusan Norte distributes land titles in Carmen town THE Department of Agrarian Reform of Agusan del Norte finally installed the 32 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries as legal owners of public agricultural landholding covered under Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP), covering a total of 37 hectares in Barangay Manoligao, Carmen, Agusan del Norte on December 5, 2011. Carmen Mayor Ramon M. Calo personally handedover the Certificate of Land Ownership Award (CLOA) to the farmer-beneficiaries with the assistance of DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Andre B. Atega, represented by CARPO Admin Rodrigo R. Bitangcor together with the OICMunicipal Agrarian Reform Officer Vicente Magallon and some DAR employees.

Some local government officials and employees, barangay local officials and residents witnessed the said event. Calo lauded DAR for the benevolent effort in implementing CARP Program for the welfare of his constituents specifically to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries in Barangay Manoligao. He further stressed that DAR aims to help small farmers while the new landowners have the enormous responsibility in which they shouldered to develop the land in order to improve their economic condition. The government has drawn up measures to speed up the issuance of land titles throughout the country as part of its mandate in the provision of the extended CARP which will be ended by 2014.

IN a bid to uplift the plight of the country’s poor farmers, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) will sign a livelihood pact that guarantees land development and employment opportunities for the sustainable livelihood of “Pantawid Pamilya” beneficiaries directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture. The program, which will be called “Agrikulturang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino”, will be activated this coming Dec. 12. Under the agreement, both agencies shall identify the sites and beneficiaries of the project and consolidate farming operations for the “Pantawid Pamilya” beneficiaries. With Region VIII as the pilot

site, the project also seeks to demonstrate innovative farming systems technology, showcase agricultural modernization efforts and adopt the project’s developed technologies and its farmer-beneficiaries. After six months of implementation in Region VIII, the project will be rolled out in other regions to ensure its sustainability. “The Agrikulturang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino project also aims to prepare and encourage the younger generations, such as the children of the beneficiaries to go into agricultural farming through trainings and social preparations. The goal is to propagate the project to provide sustainable livelihood for the beneficiaries and their children,” Soliman said. (PNA)


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Department of Agrarian Reform of Agusan del Norte through its Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Andre B. Atega distributes Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOAs) covering 37 hectares of agricultural lands. In the event are (L-R) Hon. Mayor Ramon M. Calo personnally hands-over the CLOAs to one of the 32 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries. Assisted by DAR Agusan del Norte representative CARPO Admin. Rodrigo Bitangcor and Barangay Captain Alfreda Cabatingan during the CLOA distribution held at Barangay Manoligao, Carmen, Agusan del Norte on December 5, 2011.

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Yahoo! Purple Hunt Family Edition comes to a fun end OVER 400 Filipino families took part in the Yahoo! Purple Hunt Family Edition 3.0 Finale Event held recently at the SM Mall of Asia. Fifty family teams who successfully finished and advanced from the preliminary five-week long online adventure competed against one another in a series of games during the finale event. There were five rounds of games, with each round trimming down the participants to a smaller group. Each eliminated team received corresponding prizes such as anti-virus software, phones, Tattoo MyFi

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2nd Kahumayan Festival: Kapatagan Thanksgiving for Bountiful Harvest By JOE PALABAO

NOW on running on its 2nd year-the spectacular Kahumayan Festival held at the Plaza of the Municipal Hall of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte last December 2, 2011 was a tremendous success just in time for the commemoration of 65th Town Fiesta in honor to their patron Saint Francis Xavier. Kahumayan Festival 2011 is in thanksgiving of the golden harvest of rice-the staple food among Filipinos. The progressive Municipality of KAPATAGAN being one of the largest rice-producing municipalities of Lanao del Norte and in Northern Mindanao is integrating this bountiful festival along with yearly fiesta celebration of the parish for oneness in abundance and solidarity with all the Kapatagonons to give more encouragement to collectively do better for the attainment of the socioeconomic development of

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the town and the spiritual welfare of the people. Over a thousand Kapataganons, visitors, local and domestic tourists witnessed the Four (4) contingents representing the schools of the Municipality who showcased Street Dancing and Showdown Competition. Dressed in a colorful hues of colors of traditional festival costumes, with powerful dance steps

and magnificent backdrops, the contingents turned the grounds into an arena of real harvest of rice festival. Dance steps portrayed the stages of farming rice, from the time it is planted until it is harvested. The props manifested their changing of colors of the rice which green, yellow, orange and red ready for a bountiful harvest. During harvest time,

the farmers usually give their Thanksgiving to GOD through the unceasing intercession of their Patron Saint Francis Xavier. Thanking GOD, source of every good things, the abundant rice harvest and seeking for more blessings. Contingent No 4-for the second straight year, Bansarvil National High School is again this year’s KAHUMAYAN/PAGE 12


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