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Serving a seamless society

CONTROVERSIAL GUEST OF HONOR. Vice President Jejomar C. Binay graces the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) Zero Backlog Program awarding ceremony for the local government units of Regions 11, 12 and Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.



olice filed charges on We d n e s d ay against a former UP professor who is also a member of the New People’s Army , who was wounded during an encounter between soldiers and 25-man insurgent group in Brgy. Aliwagwag, cateel, Davao oriental that resulted in the wounding of five soldiers and killing of an NPA member Tuesday dawn.

capt. Raul Villegas, spokesperson of the 10th iD, said in an interview that a certain Kim Gargar, who is detained at the cateel police station is facing charges for ille-

gal possession of firearm and violation of comelec Gun ban after he yielded an M-16 rifle during their encounter with the NPA that lasted 30 minutes. Soldiers of 67th iB said they saw Gargar some 200 meters away from the actual encounter area armed with a rifle, sitting on the ground holding his rifle and bleeding from a head wound and blurting out “suko na ako (i surrender)”. capt . Alberto caber, public information officer of the eastern Mindanao command said that based on the latest information, Gargar was a physics professor at UP Diliman from 2000 to 2003; at the Don Mariano University in cagayan de oro city in 2003 to 2005; PUP Sta.

INAUGURATION. Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte (left) offers a toast to good friend Glen Escandor, chief executive officer and president of Escandor Development

FEX-UP,10 Corporation (Esdevco), during the inauguration of the Esdevco office at the Genesis 88 Arcade in Quimpo Boulevard Wednesday night. Lean Daval Jr.

INSIDE: Court stops CAAP ARMM okays P390-M new investments

Barca camp in PHL?

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Cacao bean grinding plant in 2 to 3 years


AVAo city will be home to a cacao bean grinding plant in two to three years to give longer shelf life to beans earmarked for exportation. Federation of cooperatives in Mindanao chief executive director ireneo “Rene” Dalayon, in yesterday’s club 888 media forum at The Marco Polo Davao said that they had signed a memorandum or understanding (MoU) with ADM Asia corporation in Singapore to export beans there, The MoU includes a

side agreement that they would be provided with a grinding machine plant if Fedco has 1.2 million cacao trees solely for ground bean export. The grinding machine will turn dried cacao beans into powder, increasing its shelf life to one to two years from the current only 6 months to one year, but it would even be lesser if the atmosphere of the place is cold, such as in europe. The major importers of the cacao beans from Mindanao are from eu-

DAVAO’S SONG BIRD. The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge founder Cathy Binag serenades members of local media with her favorite love

FCACAO,10 songs during a gathering held at the restaurant’s veranda Wednesday night. Lean Daval Jr.

Antig proposes how to save Mindanao banana industry By EJ DOMInIC FERnAnDEz


iNDANAo is unthinkable without the banana industry, which is why we (private sector and the Philippine Government) should do something about it if we want to save it,” said Pilipino Banana Growers and exporters Association (PBGeA) executive director Stephen Antig. Antig said in an interview with edge Davao that there are four major problems threatening the banana industry and the PBGeA, along with certain government agencies, is

conducting programs to save the industry. He added that if the banana industry is saved, it would have a positive effect on the economy and employment. “Millions of individuals related to the banana industry would lose their source of livelihood if the banana industry is not saved, he said. “employment is the key to lasting peace, since people will be focused on working and earning, and will not be preoccupied with illegal movements,” he said. Major ProblemsAn-

tig said fusarium wilt, otherwise known as Panama disease, is the biggest threat to the banana industry in Mindanao right now, followed by sigatoka disease, adding that these diseases have been plaguing the banana industry in Mindanao even before typhoon Pablo hit Davao oriental, compostela Valley, and Davao del Norte. “What the Panama disease left was wiped out by typhoon Pablo,” he said. This leads to another problem topping the list of threats to the Mind-

anao banana industry, and that is the financing of small banana growers for rehabilitation of their banana plantations hit by Pablo. Antig said “lucky are the small banana growers who are under big corporations since, the big corporations will definitely help them with the refinancing of their plants for rehab.” The other small banana growers, on the other hand, find it hard to borrow money for refinancing since most of them are deeply indebted, Antig said.


An enforcer from the Traffic Management Center (TMC) is seen driving a confiscated “payong-payong” along McArthur Highway after the group’s surprise operation in Puan, Davao City yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

On leadership

Task Force Davao, CSSDO team up for youth summit


ASK Force Davao, in coordination with the city Social Services and Development office, will be organizing a youth leadership summit in connection with the children’s Month celebration. lieutenant christine Pamplona of TF Davao said around 220 potential youth leaders, ages 15 – 25, are expected to participate in the threeday developmental activity. Participants will be

coming from various districts of the city, with priority given to barangays which are experiencing problems with their youth who are involved in lawless activities like gangsterism. “The purpose of this is to organize and harden young people to become more effective and responsible citizens so that they can also be our partners in our efforts in the peace and order in Davao,” she stressed. “This is also one way to


6 nabbed in drug den By EMILORD P. CASTROMAYOR


olice on Wednesday arrested six persons at a suspected drug den in Purok 7, Poblacion, Nabunturan, compostela Valley Province. emerson R. Rosales, director of the Philippine Drug enforcement Agency (PDeA) 11, said arrested were brothers Rex and Michael Dulcero who were subjects of a warrant of arrest for being allegedly the owners of the drug den. The orhers nabbed were Joel Dulcero, 39, Demetrio Dulcero Jr., 30, Jojit Mura, 35, Rodel Ando,37, and Jestonie Andigan, 26, from compostela Valley province who were caught in the act while using illegal drugs. Ando and Andigan are

both ‘job orders’ of the provincial capitol, compostela Valley. More or less twenty (20) grams of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride commonly known as “shabu” with a street value of Php 180,000.00 more or less and assorted drug paraphernalia were recovered by the police inside the residence of Rex and Michael. Those arrested will be facing charges for violation of The comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. The six are temporarily detained at the Davao city jail facility while the seized suspected illegal drugs were submitted to the regional laboratory of the PDeA 11 for examination.




Victims of incest, rape Esdevco expected to get prone to prostitution SP nod for maiden project c A

HilDReN who are victims of rape and incest are the ones most likely to end up as prostitutes. Jeanette Ampong, executive director of Talikala, inc. revealed out of the total population of prostituted women and children, 10% are children who have been sexually abused early in their childhood including out-of-school youths and products of broken families. The youngest reported child prostitute in Davao city, according to Talikala, is 9 years old and the average age of prostituted women and children is 16. Talikala is an organization run by women offering support, advice, training, and counselling to women and girls who have been forced into the sex trade here in Davao city. Gina Molon, Focal Person for child Prostitution of the city Social Services and Development office, however said that despite the statistics, government

is not amiss in ensuring that women engaged in prostitution will be reduced. “Ang atong gobyerno wala nagpasagad arun mapamub-an or ma-reduce ang mga babae nga na-involve sa prostitution,” Molon said also during the weekly i-Speak Media Forum at city Hall. She added, of the 500 known commercial sex workers, 10-20% have availed of the city’s livelihood programs. Molon also said children of prostituted women were given scholarships to keep them in schools. The social services office also tries to educate them of their rights as women and children to prevent further abuse. Advocacies on parenting capability are also conducted to prevent their own children from engaging in prostitution. “To totally eliminate prostitution is not easy, the public should also play a big role in helping with this problem, “ Molon added. (city information office)


NoTHeR homegrown real estate developer is about to go head to head with the some of the country’s established developers in the increasingly growing local real estate market. escandor Develoment corporation (esdevco), a subsidiary of the escandor Group of companies, got approval on second reading of its proposed locational clearance from the Sangguniang Panglungsod for its maiden venture Matina enclaves. Matina enclaves is being positioned as Davao city’s first multi-family, mixed-use, self-contained contemporary community. “We are happy to have advanced to this stage in the intricate legal process we have to go through to get this project on the road,” said Glen escandor, ceo-president of esdevco, during the inauguration of the esdevco office at the Genesis 88 Arcade in Quimpo Boulevard. Gerald Kent M. Garces,

GARCES project director of ingenue, the marketing arm of Matina enclaves, said the approval of the development plan is a significant development for the project as it is now poised to proceed with the approval of the license to sell from the Housing

and land Use Regulatory Board (HlURB). The third reading for the locational clearance is set on Tuesday. “We appreciate the favorable support we have received from the city council,” said escandor. Garces said they are

targeting to finish the land development by the end of November or by the first week of December. He added that before the year ends, all the utilities (power and water supply) and road concreting and drainage will already be completed. Garces confirmed that this early, they have already received 17 letters of intent from serious buyers. That is almost 50 percent of the 32 lots available. “We hope to have some activity before the year ends. We want to initiate a community before the development. We want to make the development more lively,” he stressed. Garces added that they are expecting to get the approval from the HlURB by the first quarter of 2014. “That is ministerial upon the HlURB and we hope we can get that within our target projection,” said Garces. The esdevco office, built to the tune of P3





LGU confers ‘Huwarang Pamilya’ award T

He secret to making a marriage long-lasting, happy and rewarding to both partners is learning how to tolerate conflict in a relationship. like any other couple, Alejandro Dayoc and his wife erlinda have had their fair share of arguments over everything from housework, to child-rearing, to finances. However, tolerance, coupled with true love and affection, were the main ingredients that allowed the lovely couple from New corella town to weather the storms in their 37 years of matrimony. “Ang bana ug asawa dili angay maglalis kanunay sa gagmayng butang(couples should not argue always on petty things),” Alejandro said. The retired Deped teacher revealed that as he and erlinda grow older together

they tried to avoid quarreling in favor of a more peaceful relationship. He bared that early on in their relationship he gave up smoking, alcohol drinking and other vices since they posed a potential flashpoint to marital squabbles. As he put it, he has mastered the art of finding ways to turn his attention away from likely conflicts with his wife, who is also set to retire soon from the teaching service. His abstinence from vices paid off, as it has not only assured them peaceful, happy home life, but also helped him set aside some savings to make both ends meet, particularly in paying the education of their seven children, who are now all professionals in their respective fields. Yet, he shared that their act of praying and going to church together as a family tops their recipe for success.


“Mapasalamaton kami sa mga panalangin, mainampoon sa kanunay ug nagasimba matag domingo (We are always counting our blessings and we also pray and go to church together,” he beamed. With the triumph of their relationship as a couple impacting on their parenting skills and community life, the Provincial Government awarded the Dayoc family the Huwarang Pamilya Pilipino 2013 award. The Dayocs emerged as the final winners out of the four remaining contenders from the municipalities of Braulio e. Dujali, Kapalong and New corella and from the city of Tagum, including the family of Board Member Vicente eliot. The search is in line with the celebration of the Family Week on the month of September. [Noel Baguio]

AWARDEES. Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, right, awards the Huwarang Pamilya Pilipino 2013 award to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Alejazndro Dayoc from New Corella, Davao del Norte. [NOEL BAGUIO/DAVNOR PIO]

Teachers earlier seized by BIFF re-start classes A

week after heavily armed men held hostage and used public school teachers here as human shields, the Department of education (Deped) in North cotabato reopened the Malingao elementary School with emotions pouring, an education official said Thursday. “it was a very emotional thing, i can’t help but shed tears with the

teachers and the parents,” North cotabato Schools Division acting Superintendent Romelito Flores said. “Not all teachers have returned and restart classes at Malingao,” he said after escorting five of the 13 teachers who were “told to stay put” in their school here as government forces and Moro bandits traded bullets

on September 23. “Some are still in the process of healing, they have been traumatized and we need to give them space. But some teachers have expressed willingness to return,” Flores said. classes resumed informally last Monday with most of the parents, mostly Maguindanaons, in tears as they welcomed the teachers

in their community. Recalling their ordeal, many teachers wore smiles and confidence in their faces. Flores would not identify who among the 13 teachers have decided to return and continue their work as “second parents” to about 500 pupils of the remote public school which was caught in the battle field two


weeks ago. The teachers who were caught in the conflict were Dioden camiros, Annamarie corpus, Josefina Galvez, Hydie Marcelo, Pairosa Mohaiden, lily Postrado, Geraldine Yunting, Tuday Zainal, Ruby Heirro, edna cortel, 56, Honey corpuz, 31, Rose escote, 47 and Heirro’s five-year-old daughter.

The bandits also prevented from leaving Malingao council members Norodin Delangalen, Payag Bulongan, Abdulkareem Duman and inggi Abdul and Tex Managsa, barangay secretary. Flores said the teachers, parents and pupils were very emotional “when we sang the national anthem.” [PNA]

NGCP completes repair of toppled power line P

CANAL DESILTING THRU CASH FOR WORK. Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries affected by Typhoon Pablo participate in canal desilting through the Cash For Work Program of the Department of Agriculture and National Irrigation Administration. With a funding of Php 3.5 million, the project is implemented in Brgy. Dauman, Montevista; Brgy. Carmen, Boston; and Brgy. New cortez, New Corella. Each worker will receive Php 226.00 per day for a ten- day work. [DSWD]

oWeR supply in North cotabato’s 17 municipalities and one city is expected to improve Thursday with the completion of repair works on a topped power line, an official of electric cooperative Thursday said. engineer Godofredo Homez, general manager of cotabato electric cooperative (cotelco), said repair works of Steel Tower 141 of the National Grid corporation (NGcP) is expected to be completed Thursday morning and the 69 KV line from Kibawe, Bukidnon NGcP station to Kabacan is expected to be restored. “Hopefully power will improve beginning today

with about 20 megawatts added to cotelco service area from NGcP,” Homez said. North cotabato and other electric cooperatives attached to the Mindanao grid through the 69 KV line have experienced power outages of up to nine hours since last week after the NGcP tower was bombed. Suspected extortion group set off two improvised explosive devices at the foot of tower 141 in Sitio Malabuwaya, Barangay Kayaga, Kabacan, North cotabato, plunging North cotabato, Maguindanao, cotabato city, Sultan Kudarat and South cotabato. Power was only re-

stored three hours later but was very limited. Reacting to criticisms hounding cotelco from its member-consumers, Homez said the problem does not only affect consumers but everybody. “like you, we also suffer. like you, we also want an improved power supply in our area,” Homez said. “What happened was beyond our control. We are trying our best to improve the services,” he said, adding that after the toppling of power transmission tower in Kabacan, cotelco has been getting only 10 megawatts out of its 28 megawatts normal requirement. [PNA]

5 THE ECONOMY YMCA of Davao conducts club advisers’orientation EDGEDAVAO



ORIENTATION. Ymca Davao Club Advisers’ Orientation. Seated from left: Eden Grace Paez, Davao City NHS; Amor Mia Banuno & Cecilia Asis, Bernardo Carpio NHS; Maya Mosqueda, Mintal Comprehensive NHS; Evelyn Verana, Sta. Ana NHS, and Jhanikka Bia M. Faune, Brokenshire Science HS. Standing from left are: Boots M. Beniga, Christian Colleges of Southeast Asia; Russel

S. Presto, UIC High School; YMCA Corporate Secretary Julito Pepito, President Leoncio Villa-Abrille, Director Reynaldo Sazon; Julianne Jane Diongson, Daniel R Aguinaldo NHS; Ian D. Fullido, Interface Computer College; YMCA Volunteer Yolanda San Pedro; and YMCA Gen. Secretary Sylvia Piedad.

He YMcA of Davao conducted a club Advisers’ orientation on September 28, 2013, Saturday afternoon at the YMcA clubhouse boardroom. The nine (9) club advisers who participated in the orientation came from the Bernardo carpio National High School, Brokenshire Science High Shool, christian colleges of Southeast Asia, Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School. Davao city National High School, interface computer college, Mintal comprehensive National High School, Sta. Ana National High School and the University of immaculate concepcion. The occasion was graced by YMcA of Davao’s Board of Directors that included Pres. leoncio Villa-Abrille, corporate

Secretary Julito Pepito and Director Reynaldo Sazon. The club Advisers’ orientation is a regular activity aimed at providing the teacher-advisers an overview of YMcA, its Mission and Vision and regular programs the Association undertakes. These school-based clubs are aptly named the Red Triangle for elementary; Hi-Y for high school and the college-Y for college students. At the conclusion of the session, the advisers have signed up for membership with the YMcA of Davao. As new members, they can now enjoy the benefits of being a Y’er. learn more about YMcA by visiting its clubhouse at Villamor St., Jacinto ext. (back of Sutherland) or calling up at 222-0363 or 300-5541 and look for Ms. Sylvia Piedad.

A1 Scholarship Program and JavaJive O.N.E. : ‘Less is more’


UST this year, Ateneo de Davao University has launched their A1 Scholarship Program. in the words of the Reverend President, Fr. Joel S. Tabora, SJ., “it was St. ignatius of loyola who called for the Magis-the more! one is challenged to search for what more one can do for the Kingdom of God!” Giving another option for the graduates of the alma mater to practice their “curapersonalis” and extending their support to the less fortunate through the university’s charitable programs and beneficiaries, A1 Scholarship Program according to Fr. Tabora is a modest proposal to the generous alumni who heartily wants to donate to Ateneo scholarship but not be intimidated of the impression: “that unless they donate a billion-peso building, a multi-millionpeso swimming pool, or a multi-thousand-peso endowment fund, or fully sponsor an expensive scholarship.” in conceptualizing the A1 Scholarship Program, Fr. Tabora mentioned that “i certainly do not want to discourage bigger “pay-back” gifts and endowments to addu. [Since] most alumni/ aeare not in a position to make such donations today, they give nothing. it is in this context that i say: hereless might be more.” With this in full consideration, he has actualized a donation program wherein a donor shall simply donate JUST one peso a day—for the

rest of the donor’s life; hence, the A1 Scholarship Program was formulated.

The A1 Scholarship Program gives a simple justification: if one will commit to be a donor, then, soon, it shall not be impossible to get the interest of a million people to be donors of the program. if every single donor will only spare PHP1.00 daily for charity and donate it for a year, then one can raise PHP360.00 in a year. in conclusion, if all the million donors will do such, it cAN be possible to raise PHP360,000,000.00 per year. He continues: “Most of us don’t think that a peso-a-day can enable many poor but deserving scholars to study at the ADDU. But if we pool our pesos together, it can!” After the program has been launched, there were a lot of questions on the feasibility of the project. Questions about its regularity, development and proper allocation have been raised on the table, yet the university continues to promote the program head on. “Would we be able to get ADDU alumni/ae to pledge one-peso-a-day for the rest of their lives for scholarships at ADDU? if so, perhaps we can make a list of A-1 Donors! could ADDU alumni/ae volunteer to make this idea work? could we meet to organize this? if so, what is today as small as a mustard seed might develop into a tree that supports untold numbers of scholars.” Fr. Tabora explains.





Stat Watch 1. Gross National Income Growth Rate (At Constant 2000 Prices)

7.1 1st Qtr 2013

2. Gross Domestic Product Growth Rate (At Constant 2000 Prices)

7.8 1st Qtr 2013

3. Exports 1/ 4. Imports 1/ 5. Trade Balance 6. Balance of Payments 2/ 7. Broad Money Liabilities

USD 3,741 million Feb 2013 USD 4,708 million Feb 2013 USD -967 million Feb 2013 USD -640 million Dec 2012 P 4,964,560 million Feb 2013

8. Interest Rates 4/

2.4 % Mar 2013 P113,609 million Mar 2013 P 5,281 billion Mar 2013

9. National Government Revenues 10. National government outstanding debt 11. Peso per US $ 5/

P 41.14 Apr 2013

12. Stocks Composite Index 6/

6,847.5 Mar 2013

13. Consumer Price Index 2006=100

132.8 Apr 2013

14. Headline Inflation Rate 2006=100

2.6 Apr 2013

15. Core Inflation Rate 2006=100

3.1 Apr 2013

16. Visitor Arrivals

418,108 Feb 2013

17. Underemployment Rate 7/

20.9% Jan 2013

18. Unemployment Rate 7/

7.1% Jan 2013

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THE LAW OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND. Coffee for Peace marketing manager Dawn Albert Pates say that the main problem of the Philippine coffee industry is the supply which is not enough for the growing demand during this week’s edition of Club 888 media forum at The Marco Polo Davao. Also in the photo is city director Teolulo T. Pasawa of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)–Davao City. Lean Daval Jr.

DTI 11 promotes Davao Pummelo as region’s first ‘geographical indication’


iMeD at becoming the regions’ first Geographical indication (Gi), the protection, development and promotion of Davao Pummelo will be the main focus of DTi’s consultative meeting with stakeholders on october 4, 1:00-5:00 in the afternoon at Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao city. The Davao Pummelo industry Association (DPiA), through the Department of Trade and industry Region Xi (DTi-Xi) and the intellectual Property of the Philippines (iPoPHl) is expecting to assemble Pummelo farmers and

processors from Davao, South cotabato, and North cotabato to participate during the Gi consultative meeting. The meeting aims to inform Pummelo value chain stakeholders about this Gi initiative, solicit ideas and suggestions for code of practice, present charter draft, and roll-out the road map. Series of meetings and workshops have been conducted since 2012 involving appropriate private and government agencies and came up with an initial draft of the Gi code of practice. A Gi is a name used for

products that have distinct qualities, produced according to traditional methods, and carries a certain reputation that are all attributable to its geographical origin. Having a Gi mark increases marketability of products in the global playing field. it is seen as a powerful economic tool to create markets for local products by capitalizing on geographic origin as well as distinct traditions, rich history and cultural identity associated with it. The goodwill generated through time by the particular quality and character of the

products from a town, city, or province can be encapsulated in a symbol and used as a competitive advantage under a Gi. There are a number of successful Gis throughout the world. To name a few: champagne from France, Blue Mountain coffee from Jamaica, Darjelling tea from india, and Gruyère cheese from Switzerland. could Davao Pummelo join this well-reputed list? For inquiries, interested participants may contact Ms. Marie lou M. Gabiana of the iP Field operations at (082)2240511 local 417 or at 0917897-7534. [DTi 11]

He National economic and Development Authority (NeDA) stressed the need to take account of persons with disabilities and their contribution to development processes. citing the need to look into different dimensions of poverty and deprivation, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan urged high-ranking officials from different countries to place greater attention to persons with disabilities.

Balisacan said progress of targeted programs for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been inadequate in terms of benefits for persons with disabilities. “equal participation in economic, social and political life can contribute to inclusive growth. Thus, it is very important to ensure that in the post-2015 development framework, no sector of society shall be left behind,” the cabinet official said during a roundtable discussion he co-

chaired. The event, held at the UN Headquarters in New York city was part of the UN’s High-level Meeting on Realization of the MDGs and other internationally-Agreed Development Goals for Persons with Disabilities. “Multiple approaches should be used in reaching out the diverse population of persons with disabilities as well as their families. Furthermore, special attention must be given to those with intellectual and psychosocial

disabilities who often experience heightened levels of marginalization,” said Balisacan. Balisacan urged officials and development partners to look into the challenges facing this initiative. These include the need to generate disability-specific data, to increase awareness of gender and disability issues and perspectives, and to address human resource inadequacies as well as financial and technical constraints.

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Camella celebrates 18 anniversary with a bang th


RoM a motorcade to a bazaar to a live band, the anniversary celebration last September 28 of camella Davao for its 18 successful years in the region was as eventful as it was exciting for the camella management and staff, sales network, business partners, homeowners, and homebuyers. “We had plenty of guests in our anniversary, and on top of that, we also made a significant number of sales that day, truly making our celebration more meaningful,” said Marlon B. escalicas, camella Davao GM and Southern Mindanao cluster Head. As a kick-off to their celebration, camella’s staff, network, and homeowners participated in an early Zumba dance exercise led by Metro lifestyle last Saturday at Northpoint’s clubhouse, Wakefield Manor, followed by a motorcade around the city. A Holy Mass officiated by Rev. Father Resty Quintillano was attended by contractors, sales partners, guests and other well-wishers. Making the mass more special was the presence of the choir from

the Harmonic Singers of San Pedro cathedral. one of the highlights of the day-long affair was a bazaar showcasing apparel, accessories, and food items at Wakefield Manor. “And because the fanfare at Northpoint attracted a lot of visitors and well-wishers, our bazaar had many customers, giving our exhibitors substantial sales for the day,” said Fritzie Joy Gepolio of camella Davao’s Marketing Unit. lending a fiesta feel to the anniversary celebration was an open luncheon for all guests and visitors, as well as games and contests with exciting prizes, raffle draw every 30 minutes, free face painting for all, and a remarkable magic show that was a hit especially among the children. Three of eight participants won cash prizes and tokens in the Ka-look-alike contest, portraying Richard Gutierrez (1st), Julia Montes (2nd), and Kathryn Bernardo (3rd). Similar prizes were given to winners of the ‘The Voice’ videoke challenge joined by 24 participants. The winners were Gary Zalde in 1st, Mara Silvosa in 2nd, and cielito calabria in 3rd.

Not to be outdone were the best in the dance contest featuring hiphop, jazz, breakdance, and contemporary dance, with Mixed Avenue coming in 1st, The illusion in 2nd, and the excel Group in 3rd. “We made sure to honor our partners and networks for their successful collaboration and teamwork with us in almost two decades of creating masterplanned communities in the region,” said escalicas. An awarding ceremony was held in the evening, giving out special awards for the Millionaire’s Row Advancement to Merlita Romero as Gold level Availer and Teresita Gonzaga as Platinum level Availer. Another award was the ‘18 Treasures’ where camella gave recognition to their first homeowners in Solariega, Toscana, and Northpoint, as well as to loyal business directors, suppliers and contractors. They also honored their most loyal and valued partners in the ’18 Wishes’ awards. A sumptuous anniversary dinner was capped by a live concert by the check it out Band that performed

until the revelry stretched late into the night. “We are proud and grateful for our 18 years

of existence and market dominance. Today was a very memorable anniversary for all of us, and we

look forward to the coming years of creating more homes for everyone,” added escalicas.#

Camella to venture into low-cost housing


oN’T look now but real estate development giant camella Davao is joining the lowcost housing bandwagon. Marlon Nino escalicas, general manager of camella Davao, bared during the firm’s 18th anniversary in Davao city, that the leading real estate development company is poised to enter the low-cost housing market within a span of one year. The project is expected to be devoted in cabantian, Mintal a nd To -

ril areas and will be implemented in cooperation with the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF). “We are going into that over P1 billion market and we are excited to cater to that market,” said escalicas. Also within the radar of camella Davao within the next one to two years is a commercial development projects consisting of a mall project in Mintal and a lifestyle center at North Point catering to select brands. Also lined up are a master plan project consisting of 50-100 hectares in the Southern portion of Davao city and an inner city project. escalicas said that in the firm’s 18 years of operations in Davao city, they have managed to maintain its number one position. “We have been topping the industry and we ESCALICAS

have set the trends in projects and promos,” he added. escalicas noted that the Davao city market remained resilient despite the recent threats to security and peace and order. “We have seen a significant and steady growth and it has been consistent in the last two to three years,” escalicas said. The 18th anniversary of camella Davao was celebrated with a zumba party for agents, staff, brokers and suppliers, a oneday bazaar, a Family Day with magic shows and singing and dancing competitions capped with the awarding rites for loyal brokers, contractors and suppliers. A special anniversary promo also spiced up the celebration which netted 20 walk-in buyers. “it was very successful, we look forward to more productive years ahead in Davao,” said escalicas.




Juvenile delinquency


UVeNile DeliNQUeNcY, which refers to the involvement of minors in unlawful activities, has become an alarming phenomenon in Davao city. This is the finding of a survey conducted by the institute of Popular opinion (iPo) of the University of Mindanao. The opinion survey measured the impressions of 1,200 Dabawenyo respondents on the problem. The results indicate that 55.97 percent of respondents believe that there are just “too many” juvenile delinquents while the remaining 41.64 percent describe the problem as “critical.” in essence, there is little or no difference between the two impressions as both recognize the existence of the problem as grave. Just what is juvenile delinquency? it is defined by Wikipedia, and dictionaries as the involvement of youth or minors aged 18 years and below in criminal behavior. The UM study likewise found that only 15.38 percent of the respondents said they were very knowledgeable of Republic Act 9344, “An Act establishing a comprehensive Juvenile Justice and Welfare System”while 39 percent said they only know very little about the law. in the survey, the respondents said they believe that youth


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offenders commit crimes for a number of reasons, namely being deprived of their basic needs, being voiceless and marginalized. They said many of youth offenders are not from Davao city. The respondents also believe that these youth offenders if not reformed or not given clean, healthy diversionary activities will eventually become outright criminals. At the moment, they are involved in gang riots, bullying, and other petty crimes. What is alarming is that many of them, as police records show, are already being used by adult criminal elements. Mercifully, majority of those interviewed (60.48 percent) of the respondents believe that the local government units should implement the Juvenile Justice law, while 55.35 percent suggest that the law be amended. To be sure, the UM iPo survey is not the only study made on the problem of juvenile delinquency. There have been others earlier that gave more insights into the problem. We urge our leaders to take a harder look into the problem and come up with decisive and creative solutions. For all we know, we already have some of them, it only needs a more vigorous implementation.


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iMe iS RiGHT FoR STocK TRADiNG – it is perhaps understandable that there has been a rash of press stories proclaiming that many investors in Davao city were eyeing a better, profitable business. Nevertheless, there are likely opportunities for extraordinary returns from stock trading and some businessmen have already realized the benefits. With the stock and property markets intensifying or growing steadily despite a temporary economic slowdown, some consumer-based products and infrastructure development likewise offered refreshing returns. However, stock trading is the name of the money game these days but prospective investors have to carefully watch two jittery numbers: share price and dollar value. The present encouraging economic situation should be a time for anticipating opportunities and many investors seemed more serious than it has ever been before about venturing in stock trading. But first they must look intently at a specific objective and ask: “is this business undertaking going to survive?” once they are reasonably happy that their capital is flourishing and protected, the next question is, “can it keep on yielding more profit?” There isn’t a clear answer because business ventures tend to do better if one has the capability, knowledge and fully understands the twist and turn of his preferred endeavor. Nonetheless the time is right for stock trading. it is right in Manila, cebu and Davao city as well. Hence, there is some degree of confidence in the stock market nowadays. And to start with, knowledgeable people in stock trading should organize and hold a stock trading seminar for beginners and


new investors in the city. it was reported earlier that there had been one set sometime this year although organizers say there is no fixed date and venue yet as of this time. Knowing that investors are very bullish on the stock trading scheme, a Davao city-based Philippine Stock Trading (PST) had already in mind the holding of seminars on the stock market and stock trading. The fact that so many unknowledgeable stock investors got it wrong previously – not just in the Philippines, but virtually all over Asia – reveals why forecasting stock movements often seems roughly on par with handicapping horse races. And yet, in hindsight, the advice was terrible. “People should not invest in stocks if they don’t understand the stock market and how it behaves. Their investments can be wiped out in short notice if they don’t watch their stocks carefully.” To gain more knowledge and understanding, probable investors should attend seminars offered by different renowned stock trading groups that covers topic like how to pick the right stocks, how to cut stock losses, how to preserve capital, how to read and understand charts and stock trading strategies. Presently stock experts even in the locality have seen a lot of interest from prospective investors in stock trading therefore some firms are very careful about en-

couraging people to invest in stocks for the first time because of the “very high risk” of losing the value of stock and losing their investments in the stock market. Remember, losing your corporate shirt due to the risk involved in stock trading is no laughing matter. The worst thing that could happen as far as stock investor is concerned is a falling of the currency and rising interest rates. Both have already happened many times over. But the government is making every effort to ensure the peg to the US dollar remains relatively stable and if that holds, we would see no problem. High interest rates and slowing down of the economy are going to put downward pressure on the stock market. i think the logic of our common interest suggests that any interested party willing to take the risk should undergo basic training and seminar on stock trading. But here’s the rub. Many stock analysts are reportedly worried that the index of the Philippine Stock Market which previously hit “historic highs” surpassing the 7000 mark due to robust and sound fundamentals of the country’s economy might eventually collapse and start declining anytime if spurred by an unsuitable event in the country and world economy. A local-based stock firm such as the PST therefore should hold a stock trading seminar at some stage, and when it does, we would like to find out how receptive prospective investors such as bank officials, office managers, employees, government and private retirees, online traders and new investors are going to be. in the meantime, the argument for all of us, particularly the future stock traders is how they can make sure that the business undertaking they are planning to carry out will actually add a bit of value to their economic stature.

Coffee in different cups anyone?

icARTe takes an average of 42 cups of coffee every day, which stretches from his breakfast table to near midnight before he retires to bed, spent from giving his full hours in a demanding newsroom. edgardo himself takes a cup at the breakfast table, then makes a cruising pace on coffee cups while he is in the office despite the tension and stress he experiences in an accounting firm. Armando, a highly-paid litigation lawyer, works long hours in the night even before he appears in the court room when he prepares his motions, memoranda and briefs -- a cup of coffee after cup of coffee on his study table well beyond the midnight clock. except for Ricarte who takes the “barako” – strong and highly acidic – brand which his province of Batangas is known for, edgardo and Armando prefer the decaffeinated to the one from roasted coffee beans that have helped define the province south of Manila. ”Barako,” which belongs to the species “coffea liberica,” is also used to refer to all coffee from Batangas and cavite, a term for a male stud of an animal, and has become associated with the image of

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(1st of two parts) a tough and mighty man. The three are close friends but edgardo and Armando are visibly, and audibly happier – following Ricarte’s tales of incessant nightmares he has attributed to cups of steaming “barako.” But Ricarte admits he cannot just spill off the contents of his cup on to his table placemat. What edgardo and Armando don’t realize is there are side effects to drinking even decaffeinated coffee. According to medical experts, although coffee is decaffeinated this does not give assurance it is free from caffeine, saying 8 ounces of it may contain 3 to 12 milligrams of caffeine. This is small amount, yet experts point out it has enough psychoactive properties that can last for several hours. Several milligrams more – and the drinker may not have the capacity for measurement details – and experts warn the coffee may already have some nega-

tive effects on a person’s mood and might affect his power and even his memory. Doctors say those who have an intake of 2.5 milligrams are prone to make errors, particularly when they are confronted with visual information. But there are some benefits from drinking coffee, according to some studies. if Popeye the sailor man had his spinach to make him strong, some studies suggest there is power in coffee, like a freshly brewed espresso is not only a good way to bolster and enhance mood, but now it is known to keep one energized as well. in one study, an intake of espresso before strength training could make lifting weights a bit easier. According to the study, 37 people took either a placebo pill or caffeine supplement equivalent to 2 to 8 ounce cup of regular coffee. An hour later and after doing bench presses, those who had caffeine lifted five-pounds greater that those who had intake of the placebo pill. in yet another study, women who had an intake of espresso experienced 33 to 46 per cent less muscle pain on their legs. [PNA]



How about a quiet revolution? WORM’S EYEVIEW By Manny ValdehueSa



HiS powerlessness drives them to play along with political and economic predators that coddle and manipulate them for political gain. As a result, because of their sheer numbers they overpower the views and votes of the elite— who don’t bother to speak out or show up in the commons. The presence and the voice of the middle and upper classes, without whose backing or support no revolution can succeed, are the missing element needed for the success of a quiet revolution in the community or barangay—which is the level of the grassroots, the primal base of our Republic. it’s not enough to replace corrupt leaders Unfortunately for the elite and the elitists who claim to want reforms, they don’t seem to know that voice and visibility are important for the reform movement. Nor that anyone with a yen to straighten out politics, arrest graft and corruption, or neutralize abuse, need not look beyond his own community. All political chicanery and the insidious schemes of trapos are played out in the barangay’s neighborhoods. The problems of governance start there and stay unless responsible residents next door do something about them. The trick is to know what brings about corruption and bad governance: how it starts in the neighborhood and spreads, how it spirals upwards, how it trickles back down, how the cycle goes on and on, and why only the community can break the cycle. Actually people already know the causes of corruption and bad governance but either ignore them or prefer to do other things. Mostly they think nothing can be fixed except in a spectacular way such as through another edsa uprising or through a coup or revolution. But they’re wrong. We’ve had two edsa upheavals and all we accomplished was replace Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph estrada while the national condition continued to worsen. Simply replacing the one in power with another who’s eager to be in power doesn’t solve the problem. The motive for being in power would still be the same; the way to the top would still require guns, gold, goons, or “Hello, Garci….” Ultimately the officeholder would still dictate the conduct of governance, not the Rule of law nor the will of the people. Bottom line, the people would still be powerless, bypassed or taken for granted, unable to influence governance. And the system becomes a mere caricature of democracy. Strictly speaking, there’s no way to stop graft and corruption for good. like sin, it may be prevented momentarily or minimized but there is no guarantee that the sinner will not sin again. The transgressors are human, after all. They are endowed with free will and freedom to do what they like for whatever motive, good or bad. How else can it be? like everyone, they are subject to temptation, and some people are simply incorrigible. They are the reason why we build prisons -- to punish wrongdoing after the fact, hoping it will reform them as well as deter others. But it is a measure of our society’s values that we fill the prisons with petty criminals but let Big-Time plunderers stay out to enjoy their loot. But even though there’s little one can do about the motives or the ethical sense of traditional politicians—trapos— there’s a lot sovereign people can do to inhibit wrongdoing, arrest their corrupt acts, and reform the way they behave. it just requires the judicious, relentless application of People Power and vigilance in their own community, whence originate all cultural values and traditions. Try straightening out governance in your own barangay and see how fairly easy it is. [MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Manny Valdehuesa writes from cagayan de oro and is the president and national convenor of Gising Barangay Movement inc. He can be reached at]




Banks warned on change in ATM withdrawal fees

SHORT PUNCHLINE. Vice President Jejomar C. Binay shares a light moment with businessman Leo T. Magno before the start of a press briefing at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao yesterday. Binay was in the city to attend the Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) Zero Backlog Program awarding ceremony for the local government units of Regions 11, 12 and Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Lean Daval Jr.

On...FFROM 2 guide our youth,” she added. The youth leadership summit, which will also be supported by the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, other local government offices, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders from the private sector, will be held at camp Alano on

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october 16 – 18. After the summit, Pamplona said the participants will be organized into groups and will be included in the “Youth for Peace” and will be given the opportunity to make their own project plans for their own communities. “They will be empowered. our end goal will be to make the partic-

ipants the pioneers in Davao city and they will in turn organize, train, and educate other young people,” Pamplona said. included in the summit are leadership training consisting of subjects that will enhance the leadership skills of the youth as well as training that cover basic laws. [city information office]

rope, specifically Germany and Switzerland which are the top chocolate manufacturers in the world. Dalayon said 1.2 million cacao trees would require 2,000 hectares of land, which will probably be in Davao del

Norte. He said, they would be able to put up that many tree in two to three years, which means by that time, they will have the machines and equipment promised by ADM to put up a cacao bean grinding plant.

He said 1.2 million trees would be able to produce 2.4 kilos of cacao beans. As of now, Fedco was able to provide some 200 hectares for this program. [eJF]

million, boasts of state-ofthe-art design and amenities. it also has a conference room and a receiving lounge equipped with a bar. No less than Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte was guest of honor in the inauguration of the office attended by top honchos of esdevco and the escandor Group of companies.

feature four distinct clusters that offer diverse residential options for new and growing families of emerging successful professionals and entrepreneurs. Matina enclaves aims to establish the benchmark for exclusivity, security, and convenience, where residents will enjoy first-rate amenities such as upscale commercial and retail developments. it will also set the stage for Arcadia Sports and leisure complex, a signature development that will complement the relaxed and healthy vibe within the community. it promises to be the most modern sports and recreation facility in Davao, suited to the evolving cosmopolitan lifestyle in the city. Future developments include provi-

sions for a boutique hotel and condotel. Matina enclaves is definitely poised to redefine lifestyle options and property development concepts in the region.

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THE COLLABORATIOn Matina enclaves is also the product of careful consultation between esdevco and ingenue Property concepts & Marketing corporation, a dynamic and multi-disciplinary team that provides professional services in real estate planning and development, project management, and marketing. Their extensive network and experience as well as their unique blend of creativity and focus perfectly complement the impressive strengths of esdevco.

The Dept. of Justice through its office for competition Thursday issued a warning on the intended industry-wide adjustment in automated teller machine fees and charges. Several banks have announced an increase in interbank ATM withdrawal fees to P15 which was stopped by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Metropolitan Bank & Trust company and its subsidiary Philippine Savings Bank made its announcement last Aug. 1 that it will increase its interbank withdraw-

al charge from P11 to P15 claiming that the increase is due to an adjustment in network-determined interchange fees charged by other banks. Security Bank declared last Aug. 14 that it will also increase its interbank withdrawal charge from P10 to P15 without providing any reason. Banco de oro Unibank, inc. made it known to the public last Sept. 26 that it will increase its interbank withdrawal charge from P11 to P15 purportedly due to an industrywide devel-

opment to basically cover the cost of operating ATMs. Bank of the Philippine islands announced last Aug. 19 that it will increase its interbank balance inquiry charge from P1.50 to P2. According to the BPi, the increase is necessary to enable it to maintain its service standards even for transactions using other banks’ ATMs. it claimed that since the last fee adjustment in 2005, the cost of enabling interbank/inter-network ATM withdrawals and related services have escalated.

Mesa in 2006 to 2007; Mapua University year 2007 to 2008 and was a doctorate scholar in chronological Biology at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. caber said that Gargar helped cPP-NPA founder Joma Sison in the production of several books aimed at exploiting the countryside. “He joined the NPA in

compostela Valley province in 2012 while his wife works as a writer for the,” caber said. last September 30, the military received reports from concerned citizens on the presence of the NPA group about to enter cateel, thus the military conducted a security patrol which resulted to an encounter

around 2 a.m. col. Benjamin Madrigal of the 701st infantry Brigade is puzzled as to how a biology professor ended up with the NPA which can shed light on the proliferation of improvised explosive devices, some of which showed signs of having been contaminated with deadly bacteria on shrapnel.

Despite this, he added, the banana industry is slowly recovering from the wrath of the Panama disease and Pablo. This improvement will lead to another problem, which is, if the banana plantations recover altogether, there would be an excess in banana supply, bringing their prices down. The excess in banana supply will come in the third quarter of 2014, according to Antig. He added that exportation is very important, although exportation of banana is also in turmoil as china is strict with their phytosanitary standards on banana imports, and iran is having importation problems because the country is anti-United States of America, and the Philippines is associated with the US. Solutions For the Panama disease problem, PBGeA is closely coordinating with the Department of Agriculture in mapping the areas infested, so that corrective measures can be introduced. Among the control measures is to put up foot and tire baths at the exits and entrances

of banana plantations to disinfect people and vehicles coming in and out of the area in order to avoid infecting other areas. Another corrective measure is the introduction of info-educational manuals from the DA for small banana growers to learn how to detect the presence of Panama disease and what should be done about it. The DA, in cooperation with rhe PBGeA, will also conduct trainings for these small banana growers. Antig said, however, that the best solution to the Panama disease is to produce fusarium wilt resistant cavendish bananas, which they have not yet done. For the refinancing of small farmers to rehabilitate their banana plantations, Antig said, “the government should give subsidies to these growers.” The government should allocate a budget to let small banana growers borrow money with a very small interest rate, at about 2 percent, just like what Japan and other countries are doing to help their farmers.

They should make sure, however, that they would only help those who are really willing to rehabilitate their banana plantations and not just use the money for other purposes. For the excess in banana supply in the second half of 2014, Antig said, they are requesting the help of the Department of trade and industry in identifying new markets abroad. Some of the prospective new markets are Russia, Kazakhstan and Kurdistan, which are countries that have improving economies. DTi should send outbound ventures to these places so that we can identify new markets where we could send our excess to,” Antig said. For exportation problems, Antig said, there are businessmen from the Middle east who are coming to Mindanao and bringing bananas back to their countries and exporting the supplies to iran themselves. Hopefully, this system will fill in the gap” in the iran-Philippine banana export business, Antig said.

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PUBLIC FORUM. GPH panel chairperson Miriam Coronel-Ferrer (right photo) says the government is alarmed by the tactics employed by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) who are trying to spoil the peace talks through heightened violent activities. “The BIFF attacks show a total disregard to human life and a willful desire to block the progress towards achieving a peaceful resolution to the armed conflicts in Mindanao,” Ferrer said during a public

forum attended by students, civil society, and foreign dignitaries (left photo)on the progress of the ongoing peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front held October 3 at the Claro M. Recto Hall Bulwagang Rizal/Faculty Center at the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City. [PNA photo by Ben Briones]

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S President Barack obama canceled his first-ever visit to the Philippines scheduled on oct. 11 to 12 due to the US government shutdown, the Dept. of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday. “This morning, United

States President Barack obama conveyed to Pres Benigno S. Aquino iii that he regrets that he will not be able to push through with his visit to Manila this month. President obama explains that this is because

of issues relating to the US government shutdown,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said in a statement. “President Aquino understands the decision of President obama. Philippines-US relations remain

strong and forward looking,” Hernandez said. The U.S. shutdown of government agencies which was caused by failure to meet a deadline to pass a budget prompted obama to limit his travel time in Asia to deal with the crisis.

PNP personnel detailed to the Police National Training institute as instructors and training staff to report to the Personnel Holding and Accounting office for proper disposition and subsequent reassignment to regular PNP units and offices. He added that the orders were issued to 141 police non-commissioned officers and 40 police commissioned officers led by Police chief Superintendent Dominador Aquino Jr., Director of the Police National Training institute based in camp

Vicente lim, laguna, a training school for police recruits administered by the Philippine Public Safety college. earlier, the PNP recalled 49 police personnel who are currently serving in various capacity with the Philippine National Police Academy including former PNPA Director, chief Superintendent Noel constantino; his Deputy Director, Senior Superintendent leonardo cesneros; PNPA commandant of cadets, Senior Superintendent Jon Arnaldo; and other

PNP Personnel currently performing official duty at the PNPA. Sindac said the 49 police personnel recalled have already reached the maximum detail period of six months based on National Police commission Resolution No. 2010-145 issued on May 6, 2010. Most of the PNP personnel detailed to PPSc have been performing duty for more than the maximum period with one having served the PNPA for 22 years already, Sindac added. The National Police commission (Napolcom) Resolution provides that: “The period of detail shall be for a maximum of six months which may be renewed for another six upon the request of the receiving office or agency, which shall be with the concurrence of the concerned personnel, but in no case shall not exceed two years.” Based on DPRM records, there are other PNP personnel detailed to other PPSc training institutions such as the National Police college, the Regional Training Schools and National Forensic Science Training institute. [PNA]

Aside from the Philippines, obama also canceled his visit to Malaysia. The U.S embassy in Manila said US Secretary of State John Kerry will replace obama in Manila and Kuala lumpur. obama will only travel to

Bali, indonesia to attend the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation (APec) Summit and to Brunei for the Association of South east Asian Nations summit with Aquino and other leaders from ASeAN, Japan, china, and Australia, among others. [PNA]

rules make retirement PNP recalls more trainors from PPSC New easier for state workers


He Philippine National Police (PNP) high command has recalled 181 more police personnel detailed with the Philippine Public Safety college (PPSc), Senior Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, PNP-Public information office chief, said on Thursday. Sindac said that upon instructions of PNP chief Director Genral Alan Purisima, recall orders were issued by the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM), directing 181


eTiRiNG government employees need not secure clearances of no pending administrative case from his/her employer-agency, the civil Service commission (cSc), and the office of the ombudsman. This was announced by the cSc as it issued cSc Resolution No. 1302242 amending the implementing Rules and Regulations (iRR) of Republic Act No. 10154, otherwise known as An Act Requiring All concerned Government Agencies to ensure the early Release of the Retirement Pay, Pensions, Gratuities, and other Benefits of Retiring Government employees. The amended Section 7 of the iRR requires the retiring employee to execute a statement under oath declaring whether he/she has a pending case. in the event that he/ she has a pending case, he/she shall disclose the nature and status of the same. A notary public or any administering officer of the employer-agency designated by the head of agency may administer the oath. The employee

shall use the prescribed form for the Declaration of Pendency/Non-Pendency of case. The original rules require retiring employees to secure a clearance of Pendency/Non-Pendency of Administrative case/s from his/her employer-agency, the cSc, office of the ombudsman, and the office of the President for presidential appointees. This was found to be problematic according to cSc chairman Francisco T. Duque iii. “We are serving a thousand clients each day. Retiring employees individually line up at the civil Service commission to request for their clearances as part of the requirements for retirement. We want to resolve this given the physical and financial limitations of the retiring employee, as well as manpower limitations of the cSc,” said chairman Duque. Figures from the Records Section of the cSc office for legal Affairs show that in September 2013 alone, cSc received 14,000 requests for clearance. [PNA]

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oR the past year, Petron veteran Danny ildefonso has been working with June Mar Fajardo to try to hone the rookie center into becoming one of the best big men in the league. on Wednesday, Fajardo dominated for 26 points and 14 rebounds, playing the best game of his young PBA career to carry Petron to victory in Game Two of the Governors’ cup semifinals over Rain or Shine. And no one was happier about his great performance than his mentor. “At least nakikita nung bata yung bunga ng hard work na ginagawa niya,” ildefonso told interAKTV in an exclusive interview.

“Nakakataba ng puso yun.” A two-time Most Valuable Player, ildefonso has been content to ride the pine for Petron while taking on a teaching role for Fajardo. He is one of the young player’s biggest boosters, even predicting a league MVP for Fajardo in the next few years. With his play in the last two games — he had 15 points and 17 rebounds in the series opener — Fajardo is making ildefonso look like a genius. “Kailangang maging maganda yung laro niya dahil masipag siya. Madalas siya yung talagang nagyaya na mag-extra workout and one-on-

one kami,” said ildefonso, who said even bigger things are in store for Fajardo. “Hindi lang yan ang maipapakita niya, marami pa.” ildefonso described Fajardo as the ideal student. “Nakikinig kasi siya at magaling sumunod,” said ildefonso. in the series against Rain or Shine, ildefonso has made sure to prepare Fajardo for battle against the elasto Painters’ physical frontline, particularly Beau Belga. “Hinahanda ko siya kung ano yung dapat i-expect sa series kaya sa one-on-one kasama sa amin yung banggaan,” said ildefonso.


citement the Presidents cup has delivered in recent years was Woody Austin falling into the water, Robert Allenby accusing Anthony Kim of a big night out on the town in San Francisco (which looked even

worse after Kim clobbered him in singles) and Tiger Woods having to face his old caddie in an opening match just weeks after caddie Steve Williams made a racially insensitive comment about him.

Internationals want to make it close

UBliN, ohio (AP) -- The status of the Presidents cup can be measured by one of the top goals for the international team. it just wants it to be close. About the only ex-

SOFT TOUCH. June Mar Fajardo of Petron shows off a soft touch as he goes up with a one-hander over Arizona Reid and Beau Belga of Rain or Shine during the PBA Governors Cup semifinals won by Petron. Nuki Sabio






A museum like no other The SM Science Discovery Center open at SM Lanang Premier


have always been in love with science and with the opening of the new SM Science Discovery Center at SM Lanang Premier, Dabawenyo urbanites as well residents from the surrounding provinces as now have a place where they can take their kids to learn more about the world. The cutting-edge educational facility is the first and only interactive, technology-based science center in Visayas and Mindanao. Taking up the third level of the mall near the IMAX Cinema, the SM

Science Discovery Center Lanang features 10 interactive galleries, which allow students and their families to learn about geology, biology, climate, the body, energy and transportation, technology, engineering,

Walking power is demonstrated by this installation.

Learn more about the body with the grossology quiz.

and the future, among many other topics, in the most enjoyable and entertaining way. At the heart of the facility is an 80-seater full dome planetarium powered by the world’s most advanced and sophisticated planetarium projector system, Digistar 5. And I would say that the Digistar 5 experience was literally out of this world, with a full 360 degree audiovisual experience. Follow me on Instagram and on Twitter @kennethkingong for more travel tips, foodie finds and happenings in, around and beyond Durianburg.

The SM Science Discovery Center’s digital planetarium literally took breaths away.

SM Family Entertainment Center, Inc, senior vice president Manuel Atacador Jr. with SM’s Debby Go.

Students listen to a guide who explains the scientific concepts behind the Me having a grand time with Astroboy at installations. DOT Davao regional director Art Boncato. the robot character exhibit.

Eager students try their hand identifying the SM Science Discovery Center’s mascots entertained the guests with a dance different parts of the human body. number.



Country leaders run as one for Pasig River rehab

The Philippines’ top leaders from different companies and organizations around the country are set to unite under one cause on Sunday (October 6), as they all move for the rehabilitation of the Pasig River in ABS-CBN’s “CEO River Warrior Run”. As pioneers in their own respective fields, these industry leaders will be facing the challenge of spearheading “One Run, One Philippines” by going through a 15km course in a running tour that will highlight the different rehabilitation projects of the ABS-CBN Foundation’s Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP) campaign. Participants will take off from Rockwell Center in Makati City, passing through Estero de Concordia along Penafrancia St., Estero de Santibanez along Atena St., Estero de Aviles along Buencamino St., until finally reaching Estero de San Miguel along Rafael St. They will all then head to the Quezon City Memorial Circle, where all runners for “One Run, One Philippines” will converge. This run is an annual advocacy organized by the KBPIP as a fundraising and information campaign for the ongoing rehabilitation of the Pasig River. Launched in 2009, the campaign has steadily gained popularity, climbing from 23,000 participants in its first year to 87,000 participants in 2012. Because of the impact created since its take-off, the campaign has earned the country a series of awards, including the Guinness World Record for the most participants in a race, the Bronze Anvil Award, the Anvil Award of Excellence awarded by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines, and the Lopez Achievement Award for Corporate Image Building. The “CEO River Warrior Run” will begin at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Housewife wins a Samsung Galaxy S4 in new GCASH promo

Bulacan-based housewife and mother of three (3) Perlita Nera is a longtime GCASH user. Through GCASH, Perlita is able to receive money from her daughter Joyce who is based in Manila. “My mother and I have been using GCASH for three (3) years now because it paves the way for easy, secure, and convenient money transfers. We are confident that our hard-earned money is sent and received almost instantly. We receive a text message as notification that the transfer of money is successful,” shared Joyce. Aside from enjoying the benefits from using GCASH, Perlita and Joyce also qualified to join GCASH’s latest promo, the OMGCASH Race to 1 Million Transactions promo, which made Perlita the first lucky winner of a Samsung Galaxy S4 by making the 50,000th GCASH transaction. OMGCASH Race to 1 Million Transactions is one of GCASH’s biggest promos to date where Globe and TM subscribers who are registered to GCASH and whose transactions are sending money, buying prepaid load, paying bills of at least P300 worth, or making cash donations can race against each other to the 50,000th or 1 millionth GCASH transaction* to win prizes from GCASH. For every qualified GCASH transaction made via the selfservice menu *143#, a transaction number will be assigned that lets the subscribers know how close they are to winning the prizes. Every 50,000th GCASH transaction wins a Samsung Galaxy S4, while the 1 millionth GCASH transaction takes home P100,000 worth of shopping spree. Aside from Perlita, nineteen more GCASH subscribers will have the chance to win a Samsung Galaxy S4 until November 27, 2013. Subscribers can visit the promo page on the GCASH website to see the progress of the race via the OMGCASH Race Counter. “The promo is our way of expressing our gratitude to our growing base of users for using GCASH and enjoying the ease, security, and convenience that the product offers when it comes to money transfers,” said Paolo Baltao, president of G-Xchange Inc. (GXI), the operator of GCASH. “We invite our loyal base of subscribers to participate in this early Christmas treat and win a brand-new Samsung Galaxy S4 or P100,000 worth of shopping spree, a wonderful way of enjoying the Yuletide season from Globe and GCASH.”



SMART living all out with the Generals

WIreLeSS LeADer Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) sure knows how to live it all out when it threw a party for the generals during the celebration of the 2013 Tuna Festival Celebration. For one whole day on September 7, 2013, the whole Carlos P. Garcia Park was one big shindig for the Smart Prepaid Live All Out Party!

The fun began at 10am when Dare Stations, Share Stations, a Smart Music booth, a PLDT booth and a Photobooth opened at the park and immediately attraced long lines of excited generals. To top it all, each Dare Station gave out a brand new smartphone to deserving gamers of the Dare Stations.  This was followed at 2pm by the exciting Smart Prepaid Live All Out race where 30 pairs of male and female competed in a chance to win an iPhone 5 each and P5,000.00 for their chosen organization or foundation. Through determination and teamwork, the tandem of Ian Sastrellas and Jan Krista Bacerra finished the race in just one hour and 41 minutes and took home the prizes. Both are students of the Mindanao State University - GenSan and thus, they chose to donate their cash price of 5k to their school organization, “Baktas MSU”.  Baktas MSU extends help to impoverished schools in far-flung areas of General Santos City.   Meanwhile, the Generals at the other parts of the city, were also having a field day as celebrities Denise Laurel and Alden richards visited the SMArT stores at the KCC Mall and the robinsons Place GenSan. It was near pandemonium all throughout their store visits as their shrieking fans and admirers all wanted to be among the 10 lucky Smart subscribers who could have a “photo op” moment with the stars. To give a chance for more Generals to see the celebrities and to highlight the upcoming Smart Prepaid Tuna Festival variety

At the start of the race. show later in the evening, both Denise and Alden participated in a colorful motorcade around the city. The stars joined thousands of excited Tuna Fest revelers waiting for them at Oval Plaza stage where the Smart Prepaid Live All Out Dance Competition and Concert was set. After awarding All Out race winners and the Best Dance Crew, it was Denise and Alden’s turn to delight the huge crowd even more when they beautifully performed their musical numbers.  The huge con-

Alden Richards met and greeted the fans. cert party was capped with again, a spectacular celan electrifying perfor- ebration of the country’s mance by the country’s top only Tuna Festival from band, rocksteddy, a fitting the country’s leading wirefinale to what was once less services provider.

Smart’s concert with Rocksteddy.

Physical and mental challenges awaited All Out Race contestants. At one of the challenges.

All Out Race winners.

All Out Dance Competition winners.


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Kids patiently waiting for their turn to be streamed directly to Manila to greet Jollibee.

Jollibee’s surprise birthday bash spells fun bonding time for Pinoy families THOUSANDS of Jollibee Kids Club (JKC) members, their families and friends, langhap-sarap treats and wholesome fun welcomed Jollibee at his surprise birthday bash on September 28 at the Philippine International Convention Center Forum in Manila.

The event, Jollibee’s biggest celebration yet, was in line with the fast-food chain’s 35th anniversary and included an array of exciting party games with cool prizes, interactive activities, special dance numbers and surprise guest appearances. As no grand celebration is complete without lively performance numbers, Jollibee was joined by Yum, Hetty, Twirlie and Popo on stage and brought Jollitown to life in front of the youngsters. The event also welcomed special celebrity guest Sam Concepcion, who thrilled partygoers with his performance. “We believe that the Jollibee Kids Club is every mom’s ally in raising well-rounded kids and all members deserve to have the best time celebrating with Jollibee and friends in one grand, fun-filled celebration,” says Coleen Niguidula-Ducusin Jollibee Marketing Senior Manager. “For this milestone year, we really pulled out all the stops to ensure that our JKC members get to enjoy a one-of-a-kind birthday bash together with their best friend Jollibee.” The jolliest birthday celebration of the year treated partygoers to Jollibee Spaghetti Value Meals and loot

Jollibee gave out party loot bags for all the Jolly Kids Club members who were present at the birthday bash.

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Sam Concepcion performed for Jollibee’s Birthday bash in Manila and the whole performance were streamed live in all participating branches including Jollibee MTS. bags. Surprises kept on coming as youngsters sent in their greetings to everyone’s favorite friend, un-

Jollibee celebrated the well-loved character’s 35th anniversary in a grand birthday bash held simultaneously in 35 selected branches nationwide.

leashing their creativity with unique letters, artworks and videos to express their well wishes. 35 selected Jollibee branches nationwide also took part in the celebration via simultaneous live streaming and on-ground interaction, giving more JKC members the chance to join in the festivities. Some select scenes of the birthday bash will also be featured in Jollitown’s season six finale which will air on October 12 at 8:45 am on GMA 7.

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Coco Martin: Juan Dela Cruz changed me DRAMA KING Coco Martin is thankful to his top-rating superhero drama series in ABS-CBN “Juan dela Cruz” for transforming him into a better actor and more responsible Filipino citizen. “Because of the show and our advocacy projects, I do not only delight people through acting. I also get the chance to get to know, bond, and help our viewers who are in need. It’s a different kind of joy when people, especially the youth, tell me that I inspire them,” explained Coco who actively participate in several ‘Juan Fun School Day’ activities, which provided school supplies to the less fortunate students in different parts of the country. Coco also pays tribute to all the loyal viewers who unfailingly supported “Juan dela Cruz” for the past eight months since it premiered on primetime TV last February. “I’m really touched with our audience’s solid support. For almost a year, they joined Juan’s (Coco) journey and adventures—from his childhood, to his mission as the Tagabantay, and now in his struggles as the Anak ng Dilim,” he said. Meanwhile, Coco gives a promise to TV viewers that the next episodes of “Juan dela Cruz” will be more mind-blowing as they count down to the last 15 nights of Juan’s journey. “There are still a lot of revelations that all of us should watch out for in the last three weeks of the show. Who will sacrifice his or her life to stop Peruha’s (Diana Zubiri) evil plans? Will Juan and Rosario (Erich Gonzales) have a happy ending? In the end, will Juan be able to save the world from the dangers of other mythical creatures,” shared Coco about the nearing finale of “Juan dela Cruz” on October 25 (Friday). Don’t miss the last three weeks of Philippine television’s favorite superhero “Juan dela Cruz” weeknights after “TV Patrol” on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida. For more updates follow @JUANDELACRUZ_TV on Twitter or “like” its official Facebook fanpage

KIM CHIU AWAITS FOR HER ‘HAPPY EVER AFTER’ IN “WANSAPANATAYM.” Kapamilya actress Kim Chiu will finally get her ‘happy ever after’ this Saturday (October 5) in ABS-CBN’s award-winning fantasy drama anthology “Wansapanataym.” In the final episode of “Wansapanataym Presents My Fairy Kasambahay,” Elyza (Kim) is set to prove her love for her family especially now that she has reunited with her real mother Lori (Angel Aquino). How will Elyza and her mom start a beautiful relationship if Lori’s new husband is against their reunion? Will Fairy Mayordoma (John ‘Sweet’ Lapus) be able to help Elyza and Lori fulfill their dream of having a complete family? Also in “Wansapanataym Presents My Fairy Kasambahay” are Joseph Marco, Miguel Vergara, Arnold Reyes, Peewee O’Hara, and Cecil Paz. It is written by Arlene Tamayo and directed by Jerry Lopez Sineneng. Don’t miss the ‘happy ever after’ of Kim’s magical ‘fairy’ tale this Saturday in the storybook of Pinoy kids, “Wansapanataym,” before “Maalaala Mo Kaya” on ABSCBN. For updates, log on to or follow @ abscbndotcom on Twitter.


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE. Davao Champions League (DCL) tournament director Goldie Delvo tackles details of the cheerdance competition slated Oct. 24


at Abreeza Mall activity center during yesterday’s Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at Dexter’s Pizza Stadium in Matina. DSA

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N exciting sideshow to the Davao champions league (Dcl) will be staged with the cheerdance competition set on oct. 24 at the Abreeza Mall activity center Tournament director Goldie Delvo said 15 collegiate cheerdance squads will be taking part in the competitions during the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at Dexter’s Pizza Stadium in Matina yesterday. She said, “All teams that joined the basketball tournament will be represented in the cheerdance contest.

PHL Youth in FIBA Asia semis T

He Philippine national youth basketball team showed no fear against an iranian squad playing in front of a home crowd, fashioning out an impressive 79-52 victory in the quarterfinals of the FiBA Asia Under-16 championship on Wednesday in Tehran. Ateneo high school stars Jolo Mendoza and Mike Nieto led the way with 16 and 13 points, respectively, for the Phil-

ippines, which saved the best for last by outscoring iran, 22-6, in the final period. With the win, the Filipinos booked a ticket to the semifinals of the competition, setting up a date with chinese Taipei. The Taiwanese won earlier in the day against Bahrain, 70-67. The Philippines will have a shot at avenging its loss to chinese Taipei in the preliminary round. The

Filipinos’ only loss in the tournament came at the hands of the Taiwanese, 95-90, last September 27. More importantly, however, a semis win will give the Philippines a ticket to the 2014 FiBA Under-17 World championship to be held in Dubai. That will give the country two teams that will compete in the world basketball stage next year, after Gilas Pilipinas booked a ticket to the FiBA World cup in Spain.

but Koncz said the two men have decided to let bygones be bygones, paving the way for the 47-year-old Australian fitness guru’s entry into Pacquiao’s fold once again. Roach will follow Fortune and is arriving on october 7 since he is still heavily involved with Miguel cotto, who has a fight scheduled this weekend in Florida. Roach will tag along

another sparmate to beef up the local cast that Pacquiao has right now. Another sparring partner, Fredrick lawson of Ghana, hit town over the weekend and might even start sparring with Pacquiao on Tuesday. lawson is undefeated in 21 fights with 19 Kos and is thrilled to be in the country to bang bodies with Pacquiao.

We will hold a meeting on Wednesday for the guidelines, rules and regulations. other schools have just formed their cheerdance teams and we are happy that we can start a regular cheerdance competition among collegiate teams.” expected to crowd the hunt are Jose Maria college (JMc), Mats college of Technology, Holy cross of Davao college, Davao central college, University of Mindanao, AMA computer college, University of the immaculate conception, DMMA college of Southern Philippines, San Pedro college,

Agro-industrial Foundation of the Philippines (AiFcP), Ateneo de Davao University, Rizal Memorial colleges, STi college and John Paul ii college of Davao. She said a total cash prize of P30,000 will be awarded to the first three placers. Dcl president Mateo cubero, meanwhile, said games were set to resume as of yesterday. Today’s matches pit SPc Blue Stallions against UM Wildcats at 5 pm. and Agro Sailors against STi olympians at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

games will be held at the Rizal Memorial colleges. cubero said, “All elimination games will be finished by Sunday. The top two teams in each bracket will again play another single elimination to determine the first four teams that will play in the semis.” Semis winners will then clash for the title while the losers will battle for third in the cagefest presented by Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, inc. and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Region11.

Manny rehires former coach M

ANNY Pacquiao will take in Justin Fortune, his conditioning coach from 2003 to 2007, as part of his training team for the November 24 clash with Brandon Rios. Pacquiao’s canadian Mike Koncz said Fortune will replace Alex Ariza, who is now working with Rios. Fortune left Pacquiao in 2007 after he had a spat with Freddie Roach,

PASSING OFF. Chris Lutz of Petron looks for a receiver as he is hounded by Ronnie Matias of Rain or Shine during the PBA Governors Cup semifinals won by Petron. Nuki Sabio



Edge Davao 6 Issue 145  

Edge Davao 6 Issue 145, October 4-5, 2013

Edge Davao 6 Issue 145  

Edge Davao 6 Issue 145, October 4-5, 2013