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HE’S MY GUY. If he will have his way, President Aquino impersonator Willie Nepomuceno (left) would like to have Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte as his successor in 2016. The spoof is part of Nepomuceno’s many acts on stage during the “Pahalipay ni Mayor Rody sa Media” Christmas Party on Wednesday evening . Mayor Duterte (right) thanked the media for its role in society. Lean Daval Jr.


CEASE AND DESIST! Criminal elements especially outsiders warned



HE Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) of Davao City has warned criminals to behave this yuletide season. Or else! That ominous warning was aired by PCSupt. Francisco Villaroman, head of the PSCCC, as a grim reminder to criminal elements, especially those from outside the city who take their illegal activities across the city’s border, hoping that the festive atmosphere would lull the unwary citizenry into for-

getting to be alert. “Kung nagnanais kayo na gumawa ng kalokohan dito, please don’t do it kasi something wrong might come into your way,” Villaroman said. He added that authorities have installed high definition close circuit television cameras in all public places such as malls, schools and churches. “Lalo na sa People’s Park, we have cameras there at kung may gagawin kayong kalokohan - huwag diyan,” he said.


SPEED GUN. An enforcer from the Traffic Management Center (TMC) uses the city government of Davao’s newly-acquired speed gun to accurately measure the speed of vehicles passing through J.P. Laurel Avenue in Bajada, Davao City yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.






Teener steals nun’s money, is arrested P

OLICE filed charges against a 19-year-old man who reportedly broke into a convent at the Holy Cross of Mintal and and left, richer by P33,249.00. The money, however, belonged to a religious sister, Sr. Virginia Manguilimotan Waman, 56. of Barangay Mintal, Barangay Tugbok last Wednesday. The suspect Eljean Celeste, 19, resident of Camandag, Malalag, Davao del Sur will be facing a robbery case based on the complaint filed by the nun. Police conducted a follow-up operation after receiving the report

INTERACTION. Edge Davao associate editor Greg Deligero interacts with television personality Jason Gainza during Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte’s “Pahalipay sa Mga Media” at Tulip Grand Plaza in Matina, Davao City last Wednesday night. Lean Daval Jr.

and arrested Celeste in front of Camella Subdivision in Mintal. PO3 Elbin Domingo recovered from the suspect a bag containing P33,249 cash and the chisel he used to gain entry into the room. Celeste is detained in jail. Meanwhile, Rowil Alarcon, 34 and resident at Phase 8-C,Block 28 in Deca Homes resort in Barangay Tacunan Mintal reported to the police that his house was ransacked by a culprits who took P31,000 worth of belongings. Police said the thief managed to enter the house by destroying the window. [EPC]

DENR 11 bares target area for NGP in 2014

Man charged with rape of T 14-year old step daughter




HE MOST wanted crime suspect of the Marilog district police was arrested by the police for allegedly raping his 14-year-old step daughter in Upper Tamugan, Marilog district. The accused, Jonathan

Ramos Etil, 27, a farmer, is charged with rape before the Regional Trial Court in Davao City. Police Chief Inspector Roberto Espina, station commander of the Marilog police, said Etil was arrested last December

1,056 beneficiaries in ULRP list for 2013

12 by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by the RTC presiding judge. Etil is detained in jail. Espina said that the victim was hesitant to continue with the case, however, her grandmother pursued it against

Etil. The alleged rape happened in late September this year. If proven guilty, the accused could suffer the penalty of reclusion perpetua or life imprisonment.

HE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 11 is targeting to plant 27,223 hectares for the National Greening Program (NPG) in 2014. This is 62.04 percent higher than the 16,800 has. planted in 2013. Davao del Sur recorded the highest area planted with 5,213 hectares while Davao Oriental has 4,294 hectares, Davao del Norte 2,923 hectares, and Compostela Valley with 4,370 hectares as of November 15 of this year. In a report, Davao del Sur remains the highest re-

ceiver of the program with 9,900 hectares for planting next year while 7,196 hectares are to be planted in the province of Davao Oriental, 7,000 hectares in Compostela Valley, and 3,127 hectares in Davao del Norte. Ronald Baguiohanon, extension officer of Forest Resource Development Division-DENR 11, said that the data above are a combination of their regular and supplemental projects for next year. The National Greening Program is a priority under the Aquino administration which began in 2011. It




HERE are 1,056 beneficiaries under the urban land reform program (ULRP) of the Davao City government for this year. Data of the housing and homesite division under the city planning and development office show that as of November 2013 there were 896 total beneficiaries in the first district, 60 in the second district, and 100 in the third district.

The city government acquired two land areas this year, particularly in barangays Lasang and Indangan. The program has already recorded 6,759 beneficiaries in the city since 1994. The beneficiaries of the program were the informal settlers, who resided on government property, danger zones, open canals, private property and roadright-of-ways.

INCONVENIENCE. The perennial heavy traffic along J.P. Laurel Avenue corner Mamay road in Lanang causes inconvenience to commuters and motorists alike, a problem that needs serious attention of the authorities especially this Christmas season when a large volume of people from different provinces visit Davao City. Lean Daval Jr.






SMUGGLING RAPS. The Bureau of Customs, led by Deputy Commissioner Maria Edita Tan (rightmost) and Dir. Willie Tolentino of the BOC’s Enforcement and Security Service, filed smuggling charges against Soraida Limpao, owner and proprietor of WE PICK ME Marketing, a trading company based in Davao City, with illegal importation of used clothings and vehicles worth P25.5-million. Limpao allegedly violated of Section 3601 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines as well as Republic Act 4653 and Executive Order 156, which prohibit the importation of used clothing and vehicles. As of December 16, 2013, the BOC has filed a total of 43 smuggling cases concerning goods with a total dutiable value of over P1.55 Billion.

More policemen PBGEA: Japan remains deployed in malls top banana importer By EMILORD P. CASTROMAYOR


EWARE of pickpockets! The Sta. Ana police deployed more cops in malls to pre-empt the commission of petty crimes after receiving several reports on the presence of pickpockets near the establishments. P/Supt. Caezar Cabuhat, station commander of Sta. Ana, said that they already received 20 reports that personal belongings like gadgets, wallets, etc. had been taken by unidentified culprits. The police have already improved police visibility in malls and other public areas. Cabuhat said that they have already identified

the culprits responsible for pickpocket incidents in malls, particularly at the Gaisano Mall. Pickpockets usually attack during the Christmas season when employees receive bonuses. Police said that pickpockets do their thing so fast that their victims hardly notice the loss of their belongings until too late. Cabuhat said that usually there are three or four persons involved when pickpockets attack their target. Davao City Police director Sr. Supt. Vicente Danao Jr., is reminding the public to be vigilant and to avoid wearing ex-


City’s disaster plan to be fine-tuned



HE Pilipino Banana Growers & Exporters Association (PBGEA) released a report indicating that Japan remains as the top importer of Cavendish banana produced in the Davao Region. The group said that

From January to August, Japan has imported a total of 449,000 metric tons of banana. The figures are however 17.15 lower than the 542,000 metric tons imported by Japan during the same covered period in 2012.

From 56, 424 metric tons of banana in January 2012, Japan only imported 51, 993 metric tons early January this year. The decreased volume continues from the month of February to August, 2013. PBGEA attributed the

decrease in volume of production and corresponding importation to the devastation brought by Typhoon Pablo that caused massive damage to banana plantations in the provinces of Davao del Norte and Compostel-


under the National Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Program. It gives facilities like machineries and equipments to cooperatives and associations to help them improve their production and competetiveness.

Romeo L. Castañaga, chief of Management Support and Special Concern Division- DTI said the budget is higher than the P30 million for this year. He said that the budget will be used for the procurement of smaller

types of machineries and facilities for the development of identified industries: banana, coconut, mango, seaweed (agricultural); mining and wood (environment); tourism and Information and Communication


P34 M allotted for SSF projects HE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry in region 11 will allot P 34 million for Shared Service Facility (SSF) projects in the region next year. SSF is a program of DTI which aims to assist industries identified

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AVAO City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte is still evaluating the proposed disaster plan of the Public Safety and Security Command Center PSCC. “I’m going to fine tune it and submit it to the city council for their (not really an approval, maybe a ) resolution (agreeing) to concur with (what the) police and public safety department prepared for us, ” Duterte said. Duterte instructed C/Supt. Francisco Villaroman, head of PSCC, to create a disaster plan after he visited Tacloban

City which was devastated hit by super typhoon Yolanda. He said that he doesn’t want a replication in Davao City of what happened to Tacloban City. Villaroman submitted the draft of the disaster plan to the office of the mayor last week, which includes the building of structures in six mountain areas which are 250 feet above sea level and could handle about 600,000 people and have escape routes leading to safety. Earlier, Villaroman said the structures that


RECIPIENTS. Seven Rotary Club of Davao (RCD) student scholars who belong to the indigenous people (IP) community in Makilala, North Cotabato grace the organization’s monthly meeting held at the Royal Mandaya Hotel yesterday. The scholarship of the seven students is being funded and supported by the Rotary Club of Davao (RCD) through the Kapwa Foundation. Lean Daval Jr.



Davao Chamber elects new officers


AVAO City Chamber of Commerce presents its new set of officers for the year 2014. With 14 members of the Board of Trustees present in the election, John Gaisano, Jr. is elected as the new Chairman of the Board and Antonio T. Dela Cruz as President. Now that outgoing President Daniel T. Lim is the Executive Vice President, serving as Vice President for Trade and Commerce will be Mr. Bonifacio Tan; Vice President for Agribusiness will be Mr. Luciano “Dicky” Puyod, III; Vice President for Professional and Service Ventures will

be Mr. Ronald C. Go; Vice President for Industry will be Arch. Agatha Ellen S. Valencia. Atty. Enrique M.O. Diola and Ms. Yvonne Cabada will remain as Corporate Secretary and Corporate Treasurer, respectively. Completing the round of Board of Trustees are Dr. Maria Lourdes G. Monteverde, Dr. Roberto P. Puentespina, Jr., Antonio M. Ajero, Annie E. Veloso, CPA and Arturo M. Milan, CPA. The election of new set officers was facilitated by Election Committee headed by its Chairman Jose B. Custodio and Robert C. Quinto.

HE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) expects any volatility in the financial markets due to the Federal Open Market Committee’s decision to slash USD 10 billion of the Federal Reserve’s monthly bond purchases to be shortlived. “There may be some volatility in the financial markets near-term, but not in the order of what we had seen in May/June this year,” BSP Governor Amando Tetangco Jr. told reporters in a text message Thursday morning. This after the United States monetary officials decided to cut their Federal Reserve’s USD 85 billion monthly bond-buying program by USD 10 billion after noting the improvement in the US economy in recent months. Specifically, purchases of mortgage-backed securities will be cut to USD 35 billion from USD 40 billion starting January next year. The pace of purchases of longer-term Treasury securities was also slashed to USD 40 billion from USD 45 billion. The Fed, in a statement, said the decision was made as the Committee “expects that, with appropriate policy accommodation, economic growth will pick up from its recent pace and the unemployment rate will gradually decline toward levels the Committee judg-

es consistent with its dual mandate.” “The Committee’s sizable and still-increasing holdings of longer-term securities should maintain downward pressure on longer-term interest rates, support mortgage markets, and help to make broader financial conditions more accommodative, which in turn should promote a stronger economic recovery and help to ensure that inflation, over time, is at the rate most consistent with the Committee’s dual mandate,” it said. After the cut, both the Philippine stock market and the foreign exchange market reacted positively with the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) up and the peso-to- dollar trading sideways. Tetangco noted that “this step towards normalization is welcome, as this means the US economy is growing with some traction setting in, which in turn is positive for trade in EMEs (emerging market economies). He is confident that the Philippine economy, for one, will benefit from it and that volatilities will not be that much. “The Philippine fundamentals remain solid and policy settings continue to be appropriate,” he said. “The BSP is watching developments if there is any need to finetune policy,” he added. [PNA]

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The 2014 DCCCII Officers with the Election Committee. (Standing from left : Antonio M. Ajero, Arch. Agatha S. Valencia, Dr. Roberto P. Puentespina, Jr., Luciano Frederick P. Puyod, Yvonne F. Cabada, Arturo M. Milan, CPA, Atty. Enrique M. Diola, Annie E. Veloso, Dr. Maria Lourdes G. Monteverde, Ronald Go and Bonifacio Tan. Seating left: Antonio dela Cruz, COMELEC member Robert C. Quinto and COMELEC Chairman Jose B. Custodio, Arch. Daniel T. Lim and John Y. Gaisano, Jr.)







A very good idea

HE eventual establishment of what could be Mindanao’s first Business Incubation and Livelihood Development Resource (BUILDER) Center in Davao City is being fine-tuned by city councilors and local inventors. The city council, spearheaded by Bonifacio E. Militar as chairman of the committee on real estate, and the inventors, led by Virgilio Sangutan and Randel Espina, pillars of the Davao Inventors Association, have been holding a series of meetings to discuss details of the proposal, upon the suggestion of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, who expressed interest in the idea. In a letter of intent, the DIA asked the city government to grant it a 25-year lease contract on any area in the city where the BUILDER will rise. Militar, who thinks on the same wave length with the inventors having been associated with the group as its legal counsel for years now, has scheduled committee hearings on the proposal starting January and has volunteered to sponsor the measure on the floor. Sangutan, Espina and other officials of the inventors association have also taken time to explain the idea to members of the Davao media. Business incubation is a well-developed concept in the United States, Europe and other wealthy nations. Business incubators assist startup business ventures in a variety of ways. The center will facilitate the development and appropriate application of graduated technology, assist marketing mature products of inventors, including ideas and


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inventions of brilliant students and out-of-school innovators. Sangutan explained the center’s indispensable role in the great fight against unemployment and underemployment of any burgeoning city like Davao. Business incubators are designed to help create and grow businesses by providing them with necessary support and financial and technical services. They extend numerous services to owners of startup businesses, adding that office and manufacturing space is offered at below-market rates, while their staff give advice and much-needed expertise in developing business and marketing plans. Aside from giving aspiring businesses their most-needed push and assistance, the center will be an opportunity for marketable inventions and innovations of young students to be nurtured and eventually be of appropriate use to society. Unbeknownst to Dabawenyos, brilliant young minds and aspiring inventors churn out an average of 100 new ideas, inventions and innovations annually, but they just gather dust+ in the bookshelves, lie and die there and be relegated to the catacombs of forgotten memories, to borrow a mix of corny but still nice-sounding clichés. Indeed, the inventors are not asking for the moon, but for just a hectare of land to lease, not for themselves alone, but for the entire community whose valiant struggles to wriggle out of the hell-hole of joblessness and poverty have yet to see the light of success. In this light, it is not difficult to conclude that business incubation is a great idea worth pursuing.

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Severe reprisal against drug abuse


NTENSIFIED DRIVE AGAINST ILLEGAL DRUGS MATTER MORE THAN EVER– Law enforcers in the city performed a series of arrests and netted a number of people involved in illegal drugs – pushers and users alike during the Christmas season. Based on drug enforcers’ account, it is through special celebrations like Christmas and other remarkable occasions that people customarily carry out their spending spree during these periods and drug peddlers likewise take advantage of the situation. There is high demand for prohibited drugs when there’s a lot of money in circulation and it is at this instance that unscrupulous people conduct their illicit undertakings. So it’s not surprising at all that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte renewed his all-out campaign against criminality particularly drug abuse. Just like in the past the mayor was having concern in avoiding persistent questions about the alleged involvement of some enterprising rogue cops in the proliferation of the illegal but highly lucrative drugs deal. More intriguing are questions allegedly surrounding the role of some thick-witted barangay officials in the flourishing of illegal drugs in their respective neighborhoods. This time people are still eager to know if the situation remained the same. A year ago efforts to stop the illegal drugs trade in the city and suburban areas are reportedly waning despite stringent measures being undertaken by law authorities. The massive production of illegal drugs notably the synthetic-based methamphetamine hydrochloride or popularly known as ‘shabu’ is the major problem. City-based and different transient drug pushers pocketed hundred millions of pesos the last few years from their profitable dealings with big-time drug dealers particularly those from Cotabato and Maguindanao areas – taking up to hundred times a policeman’s salary even expecting further growth this year and beyond. While the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the lead government unit task to run after drug syndicates deployed com-


posite teams of law enforcers to smash up drug l a b o ra t o r i e s thriving across the country, the agency is pleading for more financial aid to augment its intensified operations aimed at slashing down or stopping totally the production of shabu and cultivation of the lowly local poppy plant “marijuana.” Meanwhile the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) and the regional anti-drug operatives (PDEA) got another boost when the series of raids they recently conducted eventually yielded several drug suspects specifically in Boulevard, Bucana, mini forest and Isla Verde areas known as lairs of drug dealers and users in the city. However, the bad news is that we often heard people saying it is virtually impossible to minimize if not totally stamp out illegal drugs trade. But that doesn’t mean the police and drug enforcers shouldn’t try. And if they know one thing about the illegal but highly profitable drug business, it’s that drug dealers stick to what they know best – penetrate the mass base. That’s a dilemma for law authorities because it’s a task they could never do just by themselves without the cooperation and coordination of the barangay officials and residents. There is always a continuous secret flow of prohibited drugs, and law enforcers have to sensitize everyone from boot-polish boy to the trike drivers to the lowly ‘tambays’ in every ghetto because everybody observed the “code of silence.” Still, some things are known. Ardent observers have often commented that the thing the police and drug enforcement units lack is not more men but better and effective surveillance and intelligence network. The observation may be justly held because it was

a desperate people’s reaction to the real drug problem situation. But whatever the difficulties confronting city officials, Mayor Duterte above all, and the police and drug enforcers, the situation elsewhere in the city is fast improving and composite teams of law enforcers continue to apprehend suspected drug distributors and users in areas where drug abuse is rampant. In the streets of the city, many point their fingers at some corrupt and greedy cops – and intelligence source claims they are directly involve in the illegal drug trade either as user, distributor or protector of drug syndicates. The problem – one that law authorities have faced when confronting the situation – is that a no non-sense campaign against drug abuse in the urban areas notably in the slum districts and squatter colonies run the risk of losing the confidence of the residents because they’re not used to that. It would mean, in short, police operation alone is not the solution. To help them recoup from destitution is for the government to provide them with basic needs and livelihood because this would hold them back from dealing with drug syndicates. In many occasions, Mayor Duterte warned that Davao City can be a dangerous place for criminal elements, most particularly drug syndicates. The city leadership and law authorities therefore should be resolute in registering its bite when dealing with the increasing drug abuse problems. The all-out campaign against all forms of lawlessness notably illegal drugs has always mattered, and with Mayor Rody again at the helm of governance even matters more than ever. Duterte still has much to do to clean up the city of underworld characters - clamping down on drug syndicates, clearing the area from robbery-holdup gangs, kidnap-for-ransom and carnap groups and big-time swindlers have long been part of his crusade. Criminal elements therefore must heed the mayor’s harsh warning to avoid severe retribution. Again, people let’s keep on beat watching!

Asian shipyards poised to enjoy good year ahead

F THE last-week announcement made by Singapore’s Keppel Corporation underlined the growing confidence of the world’s largest offshore rigbuilder upon the outlook of shipbuilding industry, analysts also agree that Asian shipyards will have a busy year ahead amid growing demand. Keppel said last week its unit, Keppel FELS, is going ahead with the construction of the CAN DO drillship without a contract in hand. It explained it had received positive feedback from customers as the drillship is designed for broader capabilities, including performing development and completion drilling. Its decision to build ahead of a firm order was widely seen by industry watchers to suggest the company’s confidence in market demand of its designed ship. Indeed, it has been a robust year for Keppel. For the first nine month, the conglomerate bagged 5.3 billion Singapore dollars worth of contracts which included 13 jack-up rig orders, which are all based on its proprietary series design. Another Singapore rigbuilder SembCorp Marine also did fairly well, securing new order wins worth 3.9 billion Singapore dollars during the same period, inclusive of seven jack-up rig orders. The strong order book will provide long-term earnings visibility for both companies. Phillip Securities Research said “despite fierce competition coming from the Chinese yards, we believe established drillers and

ANALYSIS BY TAN SHIH MING shipping operators still prefer established yards liked Keppel and SembCorp Marine for their established rig designs, strong track record, and ability to deliver on-time. This can be seen in Keppel Corporation’s recent US$ 1.1 billion contract win from Transocean for the construction of five KFELS Super B Class jack-up rigs, with options for an additional five similar rigs.” CIMB Research was also upbeat on the containership building segment, expecting the strong order momentum to continue into 2015 despite the pressures from near-term overcapacity in the container shipping space. It said strong containership orders benefit primarily the Korean shipyards such as Hyundai Heavy Industries, and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. According to CIMB, the strong containership orders are buoyed by the shipping companies’ expectation that the deliveries of containership in the size of thousand twenty-foot equivalent units (teus) to drop significantly in 2016. As there is two- to three- year lead time between placing the order and actual delivery, shipping companies have to place orders in 2014 for fleet renewal or upsizing require-

ments. In addition, CIMB expected more orders in the neo-panamax containership category of 8,000 to 9,999 teu to replace the 2.87 million teus of panamax-sized ships in the 4,000 to 4,999 teu category still in the global fleet today, as the latter will gradually lose their competitiveness when the new Panama Canal locks complete their upgrading in April 2015. Other impetus to the business of Asian shipyards also included the increased demand of eco-ships as a result of growing concern about environmental issues such as carbon dioxide emissions, and increased awareness of fuel-cost savings amid rise in oil price. JP Morgan Research believed that South Korean shipbuilders liked Hyundai Mipo and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, as well as Japanese shipbuilders such as Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, will benefit much from the demand of eco-ship. JP Morgan said despite the poor freight rates, eco-ships have started to gain popularity among shipping companies, as its proven fuel efficiency gives greater comfort to ship owners about the stability of ship earnings, mainly through significant fuel-cost savings. With new ship orders expected to be strong for the next few years, JP Morgan forecast new-build prices will rise 10 percent to 12 percent price next year. (US$ 1 equals to 1.26 Singapore dollars) [PNA/Xinhua]



Will a billion ‘selfies’ cause us to miss history? COMMENTARY BY DAVID ROHDE


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HIS week, Ron Haviv described to me the first time one of his photographs changed history. The acclaimed war photographer was surrounded by his life’s work, which is now on exhibit in New York’s Anastasia Photo gallery. At age 23, Haviv took a photograph of supporters of Panamanian dictator, General Manuel Noriega, beating the country’s recently elected opposition vice president. What is striking about the image is not just the crimson blood covering the man’s shirt. It is the Panamanian soldier standing a few feet away — doing nothing to protect him. The photograph appeared on the cover of Time, Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report. Months later, President George H.W. Bush cited the riveting image in his speech justifying the U.S. invasion of Panama. “All of the sudden,” said Haviv, a longtime colleague and friend, “I had this understanding that the work I was doing was going out into the world and creating and causing a reaction. It helped cement my desire to do this for a living.” A quarter century later, photography is our predominant means of communication. Dizzying technological advances allow a mind-boggling number of images — half-a-billion a day — to be shot and posted online. Yet the emergence of the Web and smartphones has made it harder than ever for photographers to earn a living. Haviv, a founding member of the photo agency VII, says only a handful of magazines and newspapers now send photographers to cover overseas stories. Haviv fears that iconic images that could trigger the public’s conscience are being missed. “There are eyes missing on major stories,” said Haviv, who has covered most major conflicts over the last 30 years. Like so many other industries, the Web has had a disorienting and double-edged impact on photography. It has made photography more popular and accessible. It has also, however, undermined photography’s traditional source of funding — print advertising. Some news operations are gradually increasing their online revenues but they have been unable to make up for unprecedented losses in print. This spring, the Chicago Sun-Times eliminated its entire 28-person photography department. (Last month, under union pressure, it hired back four of them.) As they shifted to Web-only publications, U.S. News and World Report fired its photography staff and Newsweek released its contract photographers. Other magazines, newspapers and news agencies, including Reuters, have reduced their photography staffs and rates. Last month, the Pew Research Center found that more news photographers, artists and videographers have been laid off than any other type of journalist. Nationwide, their numbers decreased by 43 percent, from 6,171 in 2000 to 3,493 in 2012. Donald R. Winslow, a veteran photographer and editor of News Photographer magazine, the trade publication of the National Press Photographers Association, called those cutbacks a strategic mistake. “We now live in the most visual, literate society America has ever had,” Winslow told me. “As newspapers took their product to the Web, they failed to realize that they needed to add photographs, not reduce them.” Posting smartphone self-portraits online has become so ubiquitous that the Oxford English Dictionary declared “selfie” the 2013 word of the year. The buzz — and debate — surrounding the practice reached a crescendo when President Barack Obama posed for Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s iPhone self-portrait with British Prime Minister David Cameron at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. At the same time, the Obama White House, using social media and an in housephotographer, has created an Orwellian system for distributing sanitized images of the president that excludes photojournalists. The administration prohibits the White House press corps from photographing Obama at work in the Oval Office — a long-accepted practice.




Program of Activity

Regional Nutrition A and Launching of Nutrition


December 20, 2013 • 9:00 a.m. • Gra



• Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) Award • Green Banner Award • LGU Placer • Pag-asa Award • Kaugmaon Award • National and Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar • Nutritizen’s Choice Award • AduroNutritio Award RECOGNITION OF • CROWN AREAS • Regional Outstanding BNSs • LGUs Implementing Nutrition Programs • Regional Nutrition Committee Members • Regional Nutrition Evaluators • NGO Partners • Academe Partners • Media Partners • Retired Nutrition Officers and RNET Members LUNCH PRESENTATIONS

AFTERNOON Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos Regional Launch • Nutrition Catching Fire in 2013 • Regional Nutrition Foresight LAUNCHING OF NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES FOR FILIPINOS • Nutrition Web Connect • Thanksgiving

KEYNOTE MESSAGE: Asst. Secretary Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, CESO II, NNC Executive Director IV Mr. Arnold Alindada Master of Ceremony


Greetings to all! We have so many reasons to be thankful for. We are recognizing once again all those who contributed to the good performance of Region XI in the implementation of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN). Over the years, the LGUs and Barangay Nutrition Scholars of Region XI has been receiving national acclaim for their good program performance, innovative approaches, good practices, and their commitment and dedication to the program. Davao del Norte has once again garnered major awards based on the results of the annual Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI). I would like to congratulate all the provinces and cities of the region for their continued support to the nutrition program. All our Local Government Units, in their own way, has contributed to the achievements of the Davao Regional Nutrition Program. Much has been done by each LGU... by the men and women who lead them to provide for a basic human right…NUTRITION. Our regional winners are considered future national winners. My congratulations to all our winners. I would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Governor Rodolfo P. Del Rosario, Mayor Aniano P .Antalan, Mayor Nestor L. Alcoran and Hon. Santiago Neo for going the extra mile for the nutrition program. Our thanks to all who participated in the MELLPI (Monitoring and Evaluation of Local Level Plan Implementation) visits. I would like to congratulate ROBNS Sherwin C. Abellaniza for being awarded 2nd Runner-up in the National Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholar last November 5, 2013 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

I would like to enjoin everybody to join the bandwagon of winners and achievers of the nutrition program. I do believe that Davao Region has what it takes to lead. Let us soar high together and give our best for a healthy future of the country. More power to all the LCEs and LGUs of region XI! Let us continue to work together in addressing nutrition challenges in the region.

Learning, Doing, Serving– The Essence of Public Service A man’s true worth is the good he does in this world.–Mohamed BNS Sherwin Abellaniza is one of two Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) who takes care of the nutrition well-being of Barangay Magugpo East, Tagum City’s central business district. A single 42-year old college graduate with a degree in Education, Sherwin started being a BNS in 2004 with no idea what a BNS does and with doubts if he can do the job well. His only guide post was the advice of the former BNS, “’wag kang hihinto pag di moalam ang trabaho” (don’t stop if you don’t know the task). Nine (9) years later, Sherwin continues to learn and daily strives to perform his workwell so that he can serve the people of his assigned 13 puroks.

Mr. Sherwin C. Abellaniza BNS Sherwin’s love for children gives him the energy and persistence he needs to deal with them, which he says Barangay Magugpo East, is tested every time he conducts his growth monitoring activity. He is also challenged to be a model of good Tagum City nutrition not only for the children but for their parents as well. This is the reason why one of his main activities National Outstanding is the conduct of nutrition information dissemination and advocacy. Sherwin conducts regular bench conferBarangay Nutrition ences (nutrition class) for mothers and caregivers who literally sit on benches outside the barangay health Scholar, 2nd Runner-Up center while waiting for their turn. He also conducts community classes twice a year in all his 13 puroks. The purok-based community classes bring nutrition information closer to his clients which otherwise would not happen when classes are done within the vicinity of the barangay hall. Sherwin also advocates the practice of exclusive breastfeeding to the fathers or partners to ensure that their pregnant wives will succeed and have happy breastfeeding experiences.

Sherwin, supported by the Magugpo East Barangay Nutrition Committee (BNC) conducts feeding sessions for senior citizens and pregnant women, in addition to the supplementary feeding for preschool children. Non-government organizations such as the University of Mindanao Tagum College, Tagum College of Nursing and Midwifery, and Four Seasons Fruits, Inc. also conduct supplementary feeding projects to augment the resources of the barangay. The regular conduct of supplementary feeding is one of the activities that Sherwin attributes to the reduction in the number of underweight preschoolchildren in his barangay. From 75 underweight children in 2005, he was able to reduce the number to 10 underweight preschoolchildren in 2012, utilizing the pooled resources of the barangay and the help of the nongovernment organizations and the business sector.

He never forgot what his fellow BNS advised him 9 years ago. He learned what must be learned and did it by doing, and by doing his job, he was able to serve. As an educator, he strives to continue learning, understanding the requirements of his job for the love of service, to serve the people, the children of Magugpo East. As Sherwin would say: BNS – Bida ng Barangay, Bida ng Bayan!

HON. RODOLFO P. DEL ROSARIO Governor Province of Davao del Norte

“P.E.O.P.L.E. Putting a human face to development”,

Davao del Norte is strategically located at the southern part of Region X1 bounded by Agusan del Sur on the north, Bukidnon on the north east, Davao City on the west, Davao Gulf on the south and the Province of Compostela Valley on the east. Davao del Norte was created together with the province of Davao del Sur and Davao Oriental on May 8,1967 under Republic Act 4867 taken from the Great Davao Comandancia on January 31,1998. Republic Act no. 8470 created the Province of Compostela Valley out of Davao Province. Davao del Norte has at present eight(8) municipalities, three(3) cities and 223 barangays with a total land area of 3,473.82 square kilometers. It has a total population of 984,399 in CY 2012. The vision is to have”Healthy,Happy,and Intelligent children in the 21st Century”. The mission is to uplift the quality of life through human development. It is anchored on: P-People Empowerment E-Education O-Optimum Health and Social Services P-Public-Private Partnership L-Link to the world E-Employment and livelihood opportunities “Human Development” as strategic Kernel is to be propelled by powerful human institutions as means to an end; National government agencies(NGAs) and private sectors/NGOs partnerships. The province had issued ordinances/resolutions, provide finances, Technology, manpower, infrastructure, projects, programs & activities that enhance human development through improved services on health, education, income opportunity and housing implemented in partnership and collaboration with national government agencies, non-government organizations, private sectors and institutions. The people are the driver of their own development. On the other hand, Governor Rodolfo P. Del Rosario made a commitment to work together with elected officials setting aside political affiliation and ideological differences. One of the remarkable features of the province nutrition program is enhanced on the hardworking and dedicated members of the nutrition committees from the Provincial, City, Municipal and barangays under the active leadership of Governor Del Rosario. The supplementary feeding program in eight(8) municipalities conducted 120 feeding days to 5,908 or 95% severely and underweight pre-schoolers financed by the Provincial Nutrition Program in coordination and collaboration with national dairy authority and land o lakes amounting to 5 million plus and the TADECO company provided also a one year feeding to 705 malnourished pre-schoolers in the municipality of Talaingod with an approximate logistic support of more than 5 million pesos. While 94% or 6,571 severely and wasted school children were given supplementary feeding for 120 days of which financed by PTCA, school canteen share, parents IGP, and NGOs in the school community. The province provided direct nutrition intervention every GarantisadongPambata such as micronutrient supplementation of vitamin A capsules is given to 92% of 6-59 months pre-school children, 100% households and schools were using iodized salt, 96% bakery owners were using fortified flour, and 86% infants 0-6 months were exclusively breastfed. Food security is focused on the full implementation in the municipalities of gulayansapaaralan, barangays, puroks, and Kabahayan. The provincial agriculture office gave fingerlings, small animals and assorted seeds and seedlings to targeted fishpond operators, poor farmers, and households with malnourished children. There are 80,724 households with established backyard and vegetables garden, 176 baranggays with established community gardens and nurseries and 223 schools with gardens and nurseries and 739 puroks with gardens. There are 4,498 families with severely and underweight pre-schoolers given livelihood assistance. Various trainings on nutrition program management, child growth standards, infant and young child feeding, micronutrient supplementation program and nutrition training among health and volunteer workers greatly enhanced their capabilities in service delivery. An intensive advocacy on diet counselling, nutrition guidelines for Filipinos, exclusive breastfeeding, and pabasasa nutrition with a reach out of 34,394 or 76% of mothers with severely/underweight pre-schoolers, mother with wasted school children, pregnant mothers, lactating women and 4Ps beneficiaries. The effective and efficient nutrition program management was evidenced by the presence of functional nutrition committees and trained barangay nutrition scholars in the delivery of nutrition and health services in the barangays.The regular conduct of nutrition meetings, program implementation review, and the establishment of a nutrition office, health and nutrition post, school nutrition corner, breastfeeding room/corner, and the organized breastfeeding advocates and clusters of mothers with mother leaders have strengthened the nutrition program implementation in the province. The results of the Provincial Nutrition Committees’ effort were manifested in the continued decline in the prevalence rate of severely underweight and underweight pre-schoolers from 6% in 2010 to 4.8% in 2012 and 9.7% in 2010 to 4.5% in 2012 among severely/wasted school children.

HON. NESTOR L. ALCORA Mayor New Corella, Davao del No

New Corella’s aspiration to achieve ning to be realized as the municipality has nicipal Level Category in Nutrition. The m Banner Awardee for three consecutive ye 100.3% during the Regional Inter-Agency 20, 2013. ALCOR Mayor Alcoran’s Executive Trust coi tunities and Rendering Accessible Netwo anced implementation of programs and p tion where efforts of government agencies to uplift the quality of life of New Corellah tion Action Committee to streamline gove with various stakeholders. Interven The committee ensured the efficien program through legislation and other rel It activated Barangay Nutrition Com lize its volunteers like Barangay Nutrition (BHW), Barangay Sanitary Inspector (BSI) with the help of the Council of Women Ass tain’s Spouses Association and other socio This convergence has sustained “Gu in the family table by enormous planting yellow vegetables in the backyard of hous It also facilitated the achievement o education, micronutrient supplementatio ing, and nutrition essential in maternal an The DSWD Supplementary Feeding Prog provision of healthy and balanced food for Provision of technical skills and livel ry, driving, computer hardware servicing, production, handicraft and soap making trainings generated income development Best The establishment of dairy processi efforts of the government to combat ma Mayor Alcoran that every child will drink drinking to supplementary feeding for pre The committee guaranteed food su duction. This has been monitored in the ansa Barangay”. Production of Bio-N and implementation. KapitBisig Laban saKahirapan (KAL rubber nursery production and other in the reduction of malnourishment. Parallel to said contribution was th (FMR) under Mindanao Rural Developm in Mindanao (GEM) Program. For better focus on nutrition servic responsibility with the barangay by organ (BNAO) to coordinate with the MNAO. Institutionalization an The institutionalization of the Baran and providing fund support for their oper nutrition programs. Local legislative councils ensures mechanism for nutrition program and ser of legislative measures and ordinances su requiring every household to plant malun stitutionalization of KalusuganPangkalaha barangay. Advocacy on proper nutrition increa services through the regular conduct of N gay level. Lambo Ne This balanced development showe management and implementation of prog of New Corellahanon families. The significant reduction of 2.52% 7.86% in 2010 to 5.34% in 2012 only tel have healthy, happy and intelligent childr Alcoran. The Mayor lauded the untiring wo vergent efforts of all stakeholders that b Awardee.




Awarding Ceremony nal Guidelines for Filipinos



e 0% malnutrition by 2016 is now beginbeen adjudged as a CROWN Awardee-Mumunicipality is a consistent Regional Green ears (2010-2012) and got a total score of y Nutrition Evaluation conducted last June

RAN Services ined as Alleviating Life by Creating Opporork (ALCORAN) of Services ensures a balprojects. It defined the type of administras converged with those of the stakeholders hanons. This pushed the Municipal Nutriernment resources and forge partnership

ntion Schemes nt implementation of health and nutrition lated services. mmittees (BNC) in 20 barangays to mobiScholars (BNS), Barangay Health Workers ) and Barangay Extension Workers (BEW) sociation in every barangay, Barangay Capo-civic organizations. ulayansaKabahayan” to bring healthy food g of malunggay and other green leafy and seholds, schools and purok centers. of other programs that includes nutrition on, food fortification, supplementary feednd child health care services, among others. gram also complemented in ensuring the r our pre-schoolers. lihood trainings such as carpentry, mason, food processing, meat processing, animal harmonized the nutrition activities. The for families with malnourished children. t Practices ing plant in New Corella strengthened the alnutrition. Geared towards the vision of k a glass of milk daily, MNC integrated milk e-schoolers. ufficiency through vegetable and goat proe regular conduct of evaluation on “Gulayd organic fertilizer complemented also its

LAHI) projects like potable water system, nfrastructure development contributed to

he construction of Farm-to-Market Roads ment Program (MRDP) and Growth Equity

ces, MNC Chair Mayor Alcoran shared the anizing Barangay Nutrition Action Officers

nd Sustainability Mechanism ngay Nutrition Scholars in every barangay ration greatly support the sustainability of

that implementation and sustainability rvices shall be maintained through passing uch the use and selling of iron fortified rice, ngay in their respective backyards and inatan and Community Health Team in every

eases awareness on nutrition program and Nutrition Month Celebration at the baran-

ew Corellahanon ed the municipality’s commitment in the grams that geared towards the upliftment

% on prevalence rate of malnutrition, from lls that we are consistent in our dream to ren in the 21st century, expressed Mayor

orks of the MNC members and the conbags New Corella to be a nutrition Crown

MASTERLIST OF AWARDEES FOR THE REGIONAL NUTRITION AWARDING CEREMONY Certificate of Recognition for CROWN Areas Davao delNorte Province – Provincial level category New Corella, Davao del Norte – Municipal level category

Certificate of Appreciation (National OBNS evaluation) Brgy.Magugpo East, Tagum City

and Regal Hotel, Lanang, Davao City

Certificate of Appreciation (Regional MELLPI evaluation ) Provincial level - Davao del Norte Province City level - Island Garden City of Samal Municipal level New Corella, Davao delNorte Banaybanay, Davao delNorte Kapalong, Davao delNorte Hagonoy, Davao delNorte

HON. ANIANO P. ANTALAN Mayor Island Garden City of Samal

The Island Garden City of Samal is one of the Mindanao’s tourist destination and vacation haven of local and foreign tourists. The serenity and quiet atmosphere of the white sand beaches is an added attraction that made the island a place to have fun and relaxation. The city was a recipient of the GREEN BANNER AWARD (1STmaintenance) during the 2011 Regional Nutrition awarding ceremony held at the Grand Regal Hotel Davao City. This year, the city will be receiving same award (2nd maintenance) with the strong leadership of the Honorable Mayor Aniano P. Antalan whose flagship program is focused on human development that would equally contribute to the city’s growth and . Economy. The strong collaboration and coordination of the different stakeholders along with the City Nutrition Commitee members spearheaded by the Honorable Mayor has implemented various programs and projects aimed to increase the nutritional status of infants, preschoolers, pregnant and lactating women that belong to the vulnerable groups. The Barangay Nutrition Committee in the 46 barangays has a budget support for nutrition each year for program sustainability. Along this line, the Barangay Nutrition Action Officers was organized per district to facilitate monitoring and evaluation of various programs implemented in their respective barangays, thus the attainment of goals to reduce the prevalence rate of malnutrition has been achieved. Food production is an island wide target both in rice, corn and other staples that would supply each family fresh, organic grown vegetables all year round. Farmers has been targeted for vegetable productionand raising of large and small animals to provide an additional income for the family has also been done. The availment of loan of some organized groups, households with malnourished children from various NGO’s and GO’s has also increase the meager income of the marginal farmers and fishermen of the city. The Provincial Agriculture Office and the City Agriculture Office had distributed variegated vegetable seeds for planting to the 108 HH with severely underweight and underweight PS as well as the 46 barangays with communal garden, and purok garden. These vegetables are being harvested and prepared for the feeding program of the malnourished children aside from the foodstuffs provided for by the City Health Office, the ECCD budget of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, and the Barangay Council to cover the 120 days feeding duration. The 51 Schools in the island has also established their own school garden where they also use during the feeding program aside from the proceeds of the school canteen income which they allocate for their supplemental feeding program. Provision of complete iron supplementation for severely malnourished infants,, pregnant and lactating women, Vitamin A and Zinc as preventive measures for micronutrient deficiencies to occur. Continuous Nutrition Education was done through the conduct of bench classes, purok lectures during the conduct of Pabasa Sa Nutrisyon to parents of malnourished preschoolers, pregnant and lactating women with the inclusion of the Infant and Young Child feeding counselling and the importance of exclusive breastfeedving, growth monitoring and promotion harmonizing it with other health services in the community. The Local Government of IGCS in partnership with the National Dairy Authority (NDA), Land O’ Lakes Foundation and the Provincial Government thru the Pvol.Nutrition Committee has provideda six (6months) feeding program on FRESH MILK to malnourished preschoolers along with the Floirendo Foundation on their hot meals which started from CY 2011 until CY 2012. DepEd on the other hand had been a recipient of various NGO’s on their feeding program for wasted school children which contributed in the reduction of the prevalence rate among schoolchildren. For the Island garden City of Samal, the challenges in changing lives of the malnourished children will still come a long way, but with the love of keeping NUTRITION PROGRAM to remain within the hearts of its collaborating agencies, stakeholders, community participants specifically our Barangay Nutrition Scholars, with the warm and unendless commitment and dedication among the City Nutrition Committee and the valuable support and leadership of Mayor AnianoP. Antalan, winning in nutrition will always be achieved.

The CROWN (Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition) Award is given to a municipality, city or province that has been adjudged by the interagency regional nutrition evaluation team as outstanding in the region in the implementation of its nutrition action plan for three consecutive years. The trophy’s design symbolizes the local nutrition committee’s burning desire for excellence in its quest for nutrition improvement. The flames represent the three consecutive years the municipality, city or province became the regional outstanding winner in nutrition. The gradual increase in color and height of the flame indicates the continued and intensified efforts to improve the nutrition situation through effective management of local nutrition programs.

The Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS) Program created by virtue of Presidential Decree No, 1569 which states that every barangay in the country is mandated to deploy one BNS to be responsible for monitoring the nutritional status of the vulnerable and for delivering nutrition services and other related activities. NNC gives due recognition to the National Outstanding BNSs with outstanding performance in the country by awarding an Outstanding BNS trophy.

Green Banner Award- Inspired by the beveled glass design of the Nutrition Honor Award, the design of the Plaque of Recognition for the Outstanding Province, City and Municipality of the region is a combination of a diamond with an eagle etched on the plaque. The diamond, a mineral of great hardness and refractive power, symbolizes the hard work, dedicated service and innovativeness of the nutrition committee in improving the nutrition situation of their community. The eagle, considered as the king of the birds soaring high, symbolizes the Local Nutrition Committee’s commitment and lasting pursuit to reach the height of excellence along nutrition program management. A Green Banner is likewise given to the LGU that can be displayed in their Nutrition Office. The Kaugmaon Award is a citation given to a province, city or municipality in recognition for its notable achievement in upholding and improving the delivery of basic nutrition services in the area. This prestigious award is given only in Region XI to recognize potential regional and future national nutrition awardees. The glass trophy design of the Kaugmaon Award shows a pair of hands holding the sun in an upward motion. This symbolizes the concerted efforts of the Local Government Unit in implementing innovative approaches in their battle against malnutrition. Kaugmaon meaning “future,” indicates that with their united efforts, they will soon reach a bright future: a healthy, well-nourished and productive populace. The Pag-asa Award is given to a province, city or municipality in recognition for its notable achievement in regard to achieving the highest average reduction in malnutrition among preschool children based on the Operation Timbang Results. The Champion for Nutrition Award is given to a Local Chief Executive with exemplary performance, commitment, dedication, and support to the nutrition program of his area, possessing effective management and thereby, contributed to the improvement of the delivery of basic nutrition services to his constituents that led to the his Local Government Organizations conferment of Nutrition Awards. The Nutritizen’s Choice Award is given to a model Nutrition Citizen who hasuntiring dedication and support to the nutrition program in his area and contributed to the improvement of the delivery of basic nutrition services as adjudged by his people.

The Aduro Nutritio (Light of Nutrition) Award is given to apublic figure who has outstanding accomplishments and untiring dedication in bringing programs with distinguished contributions resulting in an improved aspect in the field of nutrition. The Light of Nutrition is someone who has brought advancement to the promotion of nutrition science to different audience through practice, education, or advocacy.


Certificate of Appreciation (ROBNS Placers) First Placer – Sherwin C. Abellaniza (Brgy.Magugpo East, Tagum City) Second Placer – Maria Digna D. T ayong – (Brgy.Mainit, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley) Third Placer - Mary Jane M. Novabos – (Brgy. San Miguel, Island Garden City of Samal)

Certificate of Appreciation (OBNS Non Placer) May Ann C. Calapan- (Brgy.Carcor, New Corella, Davao delNorte) Jerlyn H. Languido- (Brgy. Guihing, Hagonoy Davao del Sur) Divina B. Vallente- (Brgy. Leon Garcia Sr., Davao City) Rosemarie S. Deniega(Brgy. Maputi, Banaybanay, Davao Oriental) Certificate of Appreciation for LGUs implementing the Nutrition Program Davao del Sur Province Davao Oriental Province Compostela Valley Davao City Digos City Panabo City Tagum City Mati City

Certificate of Appreciation for Regional Nutrition Committee Members Director Abdullah B. Dumama, Jr., CESO III – RNC Chairperson Director Remelyn R. Recoter, CESO IV – DA XI Director Gloria D. Benigno – DepEd XI Director Priscilla N. Razon - DSWD XI Director Marizon S. Loreto, CESO IV– DTI XI Director Anthony Sales – DOST XI Director Ma. Lourdes Damaso Lim – NEDA XI Director Joffrey M. Suyao – DOLE XI Director Gary R. Martel – DBM XI Director Wilhelm M. Suyko, CESO IV – DILG XI Director Maduh A. Damsani – Commision on Population XI CA for participating Regional Nutrition Evaluators during 2013 MELLPI 1. Nelly Clemencia S. Fabia – Nutritionist Dietitian II, Dep. Ed. XI 2. Jocelyn C. Flordelis – Administrative Officer V, DOLE XI 3. Dolores C. Cusilit – Senior Agriculturist, DA XI Certificate of Appreciation for Peace Partners

• Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University • Eastern Mindanao CommandArmed Forces of the Philippines • Rotary Club of Pag-asa Davao • APILA (Ateneo Public Interest and Legal Advocacy Center) • Soroptomist International- Davao • Baba’s Foundation Inc. • Isla Care Inc., an Affiliate of Most Institute Culinary School • Mindanao Pranic Healing Center (MPH Center) • Ike Pono • Sunny Point Function Plaza • Kinaiyahan Foundation • Alternative Catering • Kong Ai Vegetarian Centrum • Sea Green Café and and Lifestyle Shop • Emerald- Fruits and Vegetables Juices • Ananda Seva Mission • Blissful Wellness Yoga Institute

• Interface Development Interventions, Inc. IDIS - LunhawDabaw • Cooperative Alliance for Restoration and Empowerment Inc. (CARE) • Institute of Primary Health Care- DMSF • Silsilah Forum Davao • Commission on Human Rights XI, • Amnesty International • Rotary Club of South Davao • The Mindanao-Sulu Pastoral Conference • The Young Moro Professionals Network • The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute • Focolare Movement • National Commission on Muslim Filipinos • Soka Gakkai International, • Generation Peace • Monfort Bat Sanctuary and Conservation Foundation Inc. • GRP-MILF International Monitoring Team Certificate of Appreciation for partners from the Academe Brokenshire College Davao Doctors College University of Mindanao Holy Cross of Davao College St. Albans College of Technology

Certification of Appreciation for Media Partners Edge Davao GMA TV Network ABS-CBN XI DXRP GMA Super Radyo Philippine Information Agency Green Banners Awardees a. Regional Outstanding LGUs Davao del Norte Province – Provincial level Island Garden City of Samal – City level New Corella, Davao del Norte – Municipal level b. Provincial Outstanding Municipality Banaybanay, Davao Oriental New Corella, Davao delNorte

Regional Green Banner Award Plaque Provincial level category :Davao del Norte Province City Level category: Island Garden City of Samal – 2nd Maintenance Municipal level category: New Corella, Davao del Norte

LGU Placer 2nd Placer – Banaybanay, Davao Oriental 3rd Placer – Kapalong, Davao del Norte Kaugmaon Award Kapalong, Davao delNorte

Pag-asa Award Province of Davao Oriental Mati City

Local Chief Executives with Major Nutrition Awards Barangay Captain Santiago Neo – Magugpo East, Tagum City Gov. Rodolfo P. Del Rosario – Province of Davao del Norte Mayor Nestor L. Alcoran – New Corella, Davao del Norte Mayor Aniano P. Antalan – Island Garden City of Samal Plaque of Appreciation for Retired Nutrition Officers and RNET Members • Mr. Allan G. Piedad -City Nutrition Action Officer, Panabo City • Dr. Jean Apolinares- Provincial Nutrition Coordinator, Davao delNorte Province • Perpetua Labadia- RNET Chairperson • Dolores Cusilit- Senior Agriculturist • JohnnaBarlis- Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist- DTI

AWARDS TO BE LAUNCHED: Nutritizen’s Choice Award- Barangay Captain Santiago Neo (Magugpo East, Tagum City) “Aduro Nutritio” (Light of Nutrition) AwardAsst. Secretary Maria-Bernardita T. Flores, CESO II, NNC Executive Director IV Special Award: Nutrition Champion Award: Hon. Rodolfo del Rosario



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On the other hand, Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte already expected the increase in crime in the city this season.

“I would also warn everybody that crime against property will be on the rise. pasko, eh, ” Duterte said.

aims to plant 32, 348,512 million seedlings covering 64, 383 hectares in the region for a period of six years from 2011 to 2016. Baguiohanon said that under their regular projects, the regional office targets to plant a total of 8, 699,000 million seedlings in the four provinces of the region. These comprise 1,445,500 coffee seedlings, 2,209,500 of rubber; 1, 342,000 of cacao; 2,208,000; 1,100,000 indigenous plants; 343,200 fruit trees; 132, 500 mangrove; and 20,800 of urban forestry. Meanwhile, DENR 11 received a budget allocation

of P728,871 for 2014 which will be used mainly for the National Greening Program, Land Use disposition, forest protection, and maintenance of protected areas in the region. A portion of the budget will also be for procurement of equipment to be deployed to the four Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (Penro) and 14 Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (Cenro). The breakdown of the plans and programs for the 2014 budget will be finalized by February 2014 after deliberation.

pensive jewelry when in the midst of crowds. “To all church- and mall-goers, before leaving your house make sure

that your windows and doors are double-locked and do not make yourselves vulnerable targets for criminals,” Danao said.

will be built are in preparation for any possible storm surge that may hit the city. He said that the plan may cost about P1-bil-

lion, which would include disaster preparedness trainings for barangay officials who will be the point persons in times of calamity.

la Valley. The typhoon’s damage was estimated at around P37 billion, with P26 billion sustained by the agriculture sector, data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council dated December 25, 2012 showed. Countries in the Middle East record the second highest importation this year with 276,000 metric tons. With the same trend, the volume of importation by these countries also decreased by 42,000 metric tons in 2013 from the 318,000 metric tons in the same period of 2012. The volume of banana exported to Korea also decreased on the same period of this year by 36,000 metric tons. The data showed that in 2012, Korea imported a total of 172, 000 metric tons while only 136,000 metric tons was imported this year. The market in China showed the highest decrease in their market. From 123,000 metric tons imported in 2012, the volume dropped to 71,000 metric tons in 2013. PBGEA has a total member of 12 big banana growers in the island. These include the DOLE Philippines- STANFILCO, ANFLOCOR, LORENZO, SUFRU, MARSMAN, NEH

Philippines, La Frutera, Dizon, ALIP, AMSORIANO, PRISTINE and other banana growers. The group reported that that many of its members have encountered problem in the production level, especially those who are outsourcing their bananas to small banana growers. It said that some small banana growers in the regions contracted by the banana companies failed to meet the demand resulting to the decrease of the companies’ capacity to export banana in the global market. Aside from Japan, Middle East, Korea, and Chian, other markets are in Hongkong, New Zealand, Singapore, Russia, United States of America (USA), Malaysia, Egypt, Indonesia, Thailand, Mongolia, and Canada. In Compostela Valley, Governor Arturo Uy had pegged the recovery rate of the banana industry at 70 percent of the damage it sustained. But Uy said that the province would need at least three more years to fully recover in terms of agriculture, infrastructure and shelter. The Land Bank of the Philippines had extended assistance of around P800 million for banana growers in the province. [With MindaNews]


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CAUGHT. Traffic Management Center (TMC) enforcers show the speed registered on a speed gun to a motorcycle rider who was arrested for violating the required speed limit along J.P. Laurel Avenue in Bajada, Davao City yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

Nabunturan RTC junks libel raps vs. radiomen By AQUILES Z. ZONIO


HE REGIONAL Trial Court branch 3 of Nabunturan, Compostela Valley, junked the libel case filed by former Gensan Customs port collector Lowell Medija against Bombo Radyo station manager Jonathan Macailing and reporter Joel Eduque. The case stemmed from the commentaries made by said radiomen against Medija during his reassignment in General Santos City as Customs port collector. Medija filed libel charges in three separate areas – Samal Island; Panabo City, Davao Norte; and Nabunturan – in an apparent attempt to harass Macailing and Eduque. The regional trial courts in Panabo and Samal had earlier dismissed the libel charges against the accused. In a resolution dated October 25,2013, Nabun-

turan RTC branch 3 Judge Virginia D. Tehano-Ang ordered the dismissal of the complaint. A copy of the court’s order was received by Rey D. Cartojano, counsel for the accused, just last December 11. Macailing hailed the court’s decision as a triumph of truth and justice. Meanwhile, journalists decried the gaucherie of a police colonel designated as spokesperson of the Central Mindanao Police. This after Supt. Romulo Estocapio, Police Regional Office-12 information officer, hurled verbal insults against Louie Aguilar, reporter of dxES Bombo Radyo, while the latter was trying to arrange an interview with him. In a recorded telephone conversation, Estocapio blurted tactless remarks like “pangita’g kai-

storya nimo” and “baga’g nawong” towards Aguilar. Macailing claimed this was not the first time that Estocapio showed disrespect vis-a-vis a Bombo reporter. “Supt. Estocapio was then the chief of police of Alabel town in Sarangani when he called a Bombo Radyo reporter ‘ungas’ (stupid, rude). So, it was not surprising that he did it again,” Macailing said. Estocapio’s antipathy towards Bombo Radyo reporters stemmed from the station’s hard-hitting commentaries on illegal numbers game then proliferating in Alabel town during his stint as chief of police. Estocapio denied to death the operation of “last-two” in his turf but Macailing managed to confirm the existence of the illegal numbers game

by personally placing a bet in one of the “lasttwo” ushers. In an interview with Bombo Radyo, Senior Supt. Rex Anongos, police community relations (PCR) chief of Police Regional Office-12, apologized for the attitude shown by his subordinate. Anongos vowed to talk to Estocapio regarding the matter. John Paul Jubelag, president of Socsksargen Press Club, said they are planning to launch a petition to ask Police Regional Office-12 to relieve Estocapio as spokesman. “Police Regional Office-12 should assign somebody who knows how to deal with the media. We will meet to discuss the planned petition asking PRO-12 to relieve Estocapio as PIO,” Jubelag said.

HE COMMUNIST Party of the Philippines (CPP) has directed its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), to observe a ceasefire ef-

fective “0000 Hours of 24 December 2013 to 2359 Hours of 26 December 2013 and on 0000 Hours of 31 December 2013 to 2359 Hours of 2 January

2014.” In a statement issued Wednesday, the CPP said the NPA and its militia won’t carry out offensive operations against the

Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police and government paramilitary forces during those periods. [MindaNews]

Technology (ICT). He added that a portion of the budget will also be allocated to ther cacao industry. Cacao is one of the newly-identified industry clusters in the region. Other clusters identified by the Regional Development Council are corn, bangus, rubber, oil palm, renewable ener-

gy, livestock and poultry, machineries and equipments. Castañaga said that this year’s budget was allocated for the procurement of 30 SSF projects in the region. The province of Davao del Norte got the highest value in terms of projects for coco coir processor while

Davao Oriental has the most number of SSF projects because of expansion of facilities for coconut processing . A total of 893 small and medium enterprises (SME) benefitted in the first year implementation of the project. It generated a total of 1,710 jobs in all provinces of Davao

City, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley. DTI recorded 52 facilities for approval, but only 30 were approved and turned over to cooperatives and associations in the region. The 22 dis-approved facilities will be carried over to the 2014 implementation. [CRC]

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N ELECTION lawyer urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday to withdraw its order for the 422 local elected officials in the May 13 polls to temporarily vacate their posts after submitting incomplete Statement of Contributions and Expenses (SOCEs). Lawyer Romulo Macalintal noted that the Dec. 12 order should be recalled after the poll body, in Resolution No. 9834, said the failure to file valid SOCEs does not constitute administrative liabilities for the elected officials. “The Comelec should now recall its previous order directing some elected officials with alleged defective SOCEs to vacate their posts in view of its recent issuance of Comelec Resolution 9834 clarifying that the penalty of fine imposed upon these erring officials or candidates does not constitute the administrative fine under Section 14 of RA 7166 and does not make him/her administratively liable for violation of Section 14 of RA 7166,” he


INITIAL SHIPMENT. Trailer trucks are being loaded with rice imported from Vietnam at the Manila Harbor Center warehouse along Road 10, Vitas, Tondo, Manila, on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. This is the initial shipment of 450,000 bags of rice from Vietnam. The rest of the rice imports shall be delivered in the first quarter of 2014. It will augment the NFA’s food security buffer stocks which was depleted due to the abnormally huge requirement for relief operations after super typhoon Yolanda devastated and flattened entire communities in Region 8 and killed more than 6,000 people on Nov. 8. [PNA photos by Gil S.Calinga] said in a statement. On Dec. 17, the Comelec issued the said resolution which states that the payment of the late penalty together with the submission of his/ her complete and fully compliant SOCE does not make the candidates administratively liable for violation of Republic Act No. 7166. “In other words, there

is no more violation of the SOCE rules under Section 14 of RA 7166, which could be the basis to remove or order an elected official to vacate his post,” Macalintal said. On the other hand, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez noted that Comelec Resolution 9834 only deals with the administrative liabilities and not on the order to temporari-

ly vacate their posts. “It does not have anything to do with the order of the commission for them to correct first the imperfections of their occupation of their offices, which is having invalid SOCEs,” he added. Jimenez explained that “late penalty” is different from the “administrative fines” in filing SOCEs from the May 13 elections.

DSWD Modified Shelter Assistance Program (MSAP). To date, the Department has constructed 742 units in Banganga, Boston, and this town in Davao Oriental as well as 524 in Compostela, New Bataan, Monkayo, Montevista, and Laak in Compostela Valley. On Tuesday, December 17, DSWD and Davao Oriental province led by Gov. Cora Malanyaon initially awarded Titles and Certificates of Occupancy to 53 families in the newly-cre-

ated Better Living Village in Barangay Madre De Cacao in this town. More turnover of housing units in other areas is expected to follow within this month. Earlier, at the December 4 commemoration of Typhoon Pablo, Gov. Malanyaon talking to victims said, “One year seemed too short to regain some semblance of normalcy and healing from our ‘Pablo’ experience, yet, we have done and achieved so much.”

“All these would not have been possible without the unstinting and dedicated support of our partner agencies, both national and international, government and private.” The governor lauded the quick response of the DSWD, Philippine Army and humanitarian organizations in working with the provincial government for the efficient delivery of relief goods to the affected areas up to the remotest villages. [PNA]

He said the late penalty would be imposed to those filing SOCEs anytime between the 2013 midterm polls and the 2016 presidential elections. However, he added that if the candidates failed to file any valid SOCEs come the next polls, the candidates concerned shall be charged with an administrative offense. “If they will not file


their (valid) SOCEs come the 2016 elections, they will be liable to all administrative liabilities,” Jimenez said. Section 14 of Republic Act 7166 provides that “no person elected to any public office shall enter upon the duties of his office until he has filed the statement of contributions and expenditures required.” [PNA]

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HE DEPARTMENT of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) announced Thursday that in partnership with the provincial governments of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, it is set to turnover some 1,266 permanent shelter units to families whose houses were totally damaged by Typhoon Pablo in December 2012. According to DSWD secretary Corazon J. Soliman, the houses were constructed through the


Militant solons ask SC to stop big time power rate increase


ILITANT lawmakers on Thursday filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to stop the big time power rate hike imposed by the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO). Those who filed the petition for certiorari against the power rate hike before the SC are Bayan Muna

party-list Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Isagani Zarate; Gabriela party-list Rep. Luz Ilagan; Act Teachers party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio and Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon. In their petition, the lawmakers asked the SC to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the power rate

hike and order the conduct of an oral argument in connection with the case. They also asked the SC to declare as null and void the provisional grant issued by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in favor of the power rate hike because of the alleged lack of due process, and declare as unconsti-

tutional Sections 6 and 29 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) Law. Under Section 6 of the EPIRA Law, the power generation shall not be considered as a public utility operation, and any company who shall invest in power generation need not secure a national franchise. [PNA]


ALACANANG reiterated that it is not supportive of the move of Congress to change the country’s Constitution noting it will instead focus on carrying out its priority measures to improve the lives of Filipinos. While the executive and the legislative branches have different views on the issue, Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said the Palace respects the position of legislators to amend the country’s charter. Coloma also said during a press briefing in Malacanang that when President Aquino visited South Korea last October, the President reaf-

firmed his position that his administration has no plan to revise the Constitution. “He has consistently maintained that economic restrictions in the Constitution are not detrimental in attracting foreign investments,” Coloma said. “We remain focused on implementing the priority programs under the Philippine Development Plan that have been instrumental in the country’s attainment of consistently high growth rates for the past seven quarters,” he added. It was reported that House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said Congress will prioritize pushing Charter change next year. [PNA]


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Pacquiao’s younger brother won as ABC prexy By AQUILES Z. ZONIO


YOUNGER brother of eight-division boxing champion and Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao won a seat at the city council after a “toss coin” was held to break the tie in the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) election in General Santos City. The protagonists – Rogelio Pacquiao of Barangay Apopong and Lourdes Casabuena of Barangay City Heights – got a total of 13 votes each from the city’s 26 barangay captains during the election held Wednesday. This prompted the local officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Commission of Elections (Comelec) to resort to “toss coin.” After holding the tie-breaker, Pacquiao ended up the victor. Pacquiao belongs to the People’s Champ Movement (PCM) of his elder brother, while Casabuena hails from the Achievers with Integrity Movement (AIM), a local party founded by former congressman and Gensan mayor Adelbert W. Antonino. Last May election, PCM put an end to AIM dynasty which controlled local poli-

tics for 26 years. The combined resources of two billionaires – Pacman and Gensan mayor Ronnel Rivera - proved too much to handle for the Antoninos. Rogelio Pacquiao tried but failed to upset South Cotabato 1st district Rep. Pedro B. Acharon, Jr. in a hotly contested congressional race in May. In a barangay election last October, Rogelio got reelected as barangay captain in Apopong. All in all, barangay captains identified with AIM won in 14 barangays, while PCM-supported village chairs snatched the remaining 12 barangays. A few days before the ABC election, two identified PCM-backed village chairs – Rogelio Pacquiao and Edmar Yumang of Barangay San Isidro – signified their intention to vie for ABC president. Inside source, however, revealed that Pacman and Rivera called the duo to a meeting on Tuesday to settle the issue who should be the PCM bet. In said meeting, the source added, Yumang gave way. Before her poignant loss,

MATIGSALOG IN THE CITY. Junny Pandan, a Matigsalog from Davao City’s Marilog District, repairs broken umbrella at the Matina Aplaya Gym. Instead of begging for food or money, Junny asks for discarded or broken umbrellas that he can repair and later sell to his neighbors for 20 pesos. At least 200 families from Davao’s Marilog District are now staying at the gym for the Christmas season. [MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano] Casabuena exuded confidence she would get reelected as ABC president. “All of the 14 barangay

captains made a commitment to toss me up. But, unfortunately, one of them reneged on his promise,” a

visibly upset Casabuena said. Casabuena was suspecting that one of her colleagues, who turned the

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OOKS like Japeth Aguilar has come of age and is fast realizing his true potential. Pitted against one of the league’s great centers in ageless Air21 slotman Asi Taulava in Ginebra’s last outing on Wednesday night, Aguilar more than held his own with a teambest 22 points, 12 rebound and eight huge blocks in an imposing presence throughout. The 6-foot-9 Aguilar came through with a dominant performance on both ends, leading the Gin Kings to a 78-69 victory over the struggling Air21 Express that kept their firm hold of the second spot in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena. Asserting his height and might to the hilt, Aguilar came two blocks shy of a triple-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds while getting enough help from the likes of frontcourt buddy Greg Slaughter, Mark Caguioa, and Chris Ellis; most notably in a fiery second canto, which set up the stage for a virtual cruise. His eight-block output is the most by a local since Talk ‘N Text center Ali Peek also had eight swats while playing for Coca-Cola in 2008. Honorable Mentions: Even towering rookie Greg Slaughter also proved to be a force to reckon with for Gine-

bra as he tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds plus three blocks. But it was the duo of Chris Ellis and Mark Caguioa who teamed up with Aguilar in the Gin Kings’ decisive push in the second canto. Game Turning Point: With the game tied at 18-all, Aguilar ignited the Gin Kings’ jarring 23-8 onslaught in style with an emphatic baseline jump plus a foul off Express defender Elmer Espiritu. Ginebra continued to pour it on from there, taking its lead to as high of 18 points (52-34), before fending off the Yeo-led Air21’s fightabck with ease in the stretch. Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar: “Gusto ko makuha ‘yung never-say-die attitude ng papa (Peter) ko. All-out kasi siya maglaro noon at ‘yun rin ang gusto kong mangyari.” The scores: Ginebra 78 - Aguilar 22, Slaughter 19, Ellis 10, Caguioa 8, Baracael 7, Tenorio 4, Reyes 2, Helterbrand 2, Mamaril 2, Forrester 2, Monfort 0, Urbiztondo 0 Air21 69 - Yeo 28, Canaleta 14, Taulava 8, Camson 8, Cardona 4, Jaime 2, Burtscher 2, Custodio 2, Arboleda 1, Matias 0, Espiritu 0, Sharma 0, Ritualo 0 Quarters: 15-16, 41-26, 57-46, 78-69

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OLLOWING is a list of 10 memorable sporting quotes in 2013: Lance Armstrong “Yes” - American cyclist Lance Armstrong finally confessed to taking performing-enhancing drugs to win his seven Tour de France titles in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. “I am flawed...deeply flawed. I didn’t invent the (doping) culture but I didn’t try to stop the culture and that’s my mistake, and that’s what I have to be sorry for.” Armstrong, who received a life ban for engaging in what the United States Anti-Doping Agency described as “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen” further accused authorities of making him a scapegoat for following a doping culture that was rife in cycling. “When you see the (life ban) punishment ...I got a death penalty meaning I can’t compete. I’m not saying that is unfair but it is different.” Oscar Pistorius “I am absolutely mortified by the events and the devastating loss of my beloved Reeva. With the benefit of hindsight, I believe that Reeva went to the toilet when I went out on the balcony to bring the fan in.

I cannot bear to think of the suffering that I have caused her and her family, knowing how much she was loved” - Paralympic sprinting champion Oscar Pistorius tells the court in an affidavit after he is accused of murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, in his home on Valentine’s Day. South African Pistorius, the double amputee dubbed ‘Blade Runner’, said he shot dead his girlfriend by accident as he had mistaken her for an intruder. Andy Murray “I understand how much everyone wanted to see British winner at Wimbledon and I hope everyone enjoyed it. I worked so hard in that last game. It’s the hardest few points I’ve had to play in my life. I don’t know how I came through the final three points... that last game ... my head was kind of everywhere. That last game will be the toughest game I’ll play in my career, ever” - Andy Murray after ending Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion at Wimbledon. The nerve-jangling final game dragged on for 13 minutes as Murray wasted three match points, then watched on as Djokovic squandered three break points before he finally clinched victory.

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Un Festin à Deux: A Feast by Two Michael Lawrence “Mykie” Hao demonstrates how to make his baked dory.

Mykie’s crispy lechon roll has the makings of becoming his signature dish.

Photos by Mima Tan of Mimathology IT is the time of the year when our thoughts inevitably turn to food. Every gathering holds the promise of tasting something new that will catch your fancy alongside finding old favorites that we find essential to Yuletide feasting like lechon or an heirloom dessert. If you are hosting a party, you hope to design a repertoire of courses and sidings that will help turn mealtime into an event in itself. It is truly the season to be eating jolly. As Christmas Eve fast approaches, this writer is turning to two young up-and-coming chefs who not only do justice to food but elevate their cuisine to a level worthy of being the sumptuous centerpieces of any holiday feast. Let Michael Lawrence Hao and Caitlin Yao whet your appetite for darn good meals and share their recipes for cooking up culinary perfection. Michael Lawrence Hao, 27 years old, CACS graduate Otherwise known as Mykie to his family and friends, this young man is a beast in the kitchen. He is most at ease manning a grill and proved it when he and his friends gained fast popularity at a local weekend market earlier this year. They set up Gorilla Grill there and served their own hot brand of comfort food like steaks, roasted native chicken, Philly Cheesesteak and pulled pork sandwiches and gambas. When did you get interested in cooking? My interest in cooking started when I was quite young. At the age of 7, I used to cook simple dishes for breakfast with the assistance of my parents. I actually lost a bit of interest during my adolescent years but rekindled my passion


Mykie and Caitlin share a couple of their failsafe recipes on page A2 that are sure to make your Noche Buena feast extra special.

The generously topped Baked Dory is a healthy and delicious offering you can bring to your next holiday gathering.



Smart now offers iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display in the Philippines MOBILE leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) today announced that iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular and iPad mini with Retina display with Wi-Fi + Cellular are now available in the Philippines. Smart, through its subsidiary Smart Broadband, Inc. (Smart Bro), is offering these new iPads with a range of attractive data plans that allow customers to connect to its fast LTE network with speeds of up to 42 Mbps. iPad Air features a stunning 9.7-inch Retina display in a new thinner and lighter design. Precision-engineered to weigh just one pound, iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth generation iPad, and with a narrower bezel the borders of iPad Air are dramatically thinner—making content even more immersive. iPad mini with Retina display brings all the pixels from the 9.7inch iPad to its 7.9-inch screen, delivering razor sharp text and detail in the same amazingly thin and light design. The new iPads feature the powerful and power-efficient Apple-designed A7 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, ultrafast wireless with faster built-in Wi-Fi and expanded LTE cellular connectivity, and the newly-designed iOS 7 featuring hundreds of great new features. Affordable iPad plans “We are excited to be the first to offer the latest Apple iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display in the Philippines, two powerhouse devices that are best enjoyed with the country’s most widely available LTE network, only from the leader in mobile,” said Michele Curran, Data and International Services Marketing Head at Smart. The iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina Display are available on Smart Bro’s iPad Plan 1499 (16GB) and iPad Plan 1699 (32GB), which both come with 65 hours of LTE Internet surfing every month and an Anti-Bill Shock Guarantee that ensures subscribers wouldn’t have to worry about excessive data charges on their monthly bills. Subscribers only need to pay a one-time fee of P1,000 for the iPad mini with Retina display or P5,000 for the iPad Air upon application to get their hands on these newest tablets of the season. The device amortization is already integrated into their monthly service fees, which means a credit card is no longer required to break the device cost into monthly installments. LTE difference Smart continues to expand its LTE and HSPA+ network across the country, bringing the world’s fastest mobile broadband technology to more Filipinos with more than 10,000 sites nationwide, including all cities located in Metro Manila. Smart’s LTE network, the largest and most widely available in the Philippines today, is backed by the country’s most extensive high-speed data transmission and distribution network comprised of more than 54,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables, or four times the footprint compared with the competition. With speeds of up to 42 Mbps, Smart’s supercharged LTE network is more than capable to deliver high-definition multimedia content and the best mobile experience that can best be enjoyed with the new iPad Air and iPad mini’s Retina display. “Users will find that having LTE connectivity on the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display means they can get the complete mobile experience from their new tablet devices,” added Curran. For complete details on pricing, please visit ipad. To subscribe to any of Smart Bro’s new iPad plans, visit or proceed to the Smart store near you. For more information on iPad please visit



Delicious D.I.Y.: Two dishes to try on your next Holiday feast ½ cup olive oil 100g dried spaghetti ½ cup Parmesan cheese

By Nikki Gotianse-Tan Photo by Mima Tan of Mimathology

TO get you started on some seriously good food for your upcoming Christmas feast, chefs Caitlin Yao and Mykie Hao share some failsafe crowd-pleasers that are sure to add more savory dimension to your merrymaking. Mykie’s Baked Dory with Olives & Capers Serves 4 people. Ingredients: 2 Cream Dory fish fillets ½ cup of green olives ½ cup of black olives 2 Tbsp. capers ½ cup, chopped garlic ½ cup, diced white onions Salt & pepper Olive oil Procedure: • Preheat oven at 250 degrees Celsius. • Season dory fillet with salt and pepper. • Drizzle the fish fillet generously with olive oil. • Top the fish with garlic,

Mykie Hao and Caitlin Yao share their passions for cooking and the kitchen. white onions, olives and capers. • Season again with black pepper. • Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 250 degrees Celsius. • Remove foil then put back the fish in the oven for another 15 minutes.

Caitlin’s Pasta Aglio Olio al Funghi Serves 2-3 people. Ingredients: ½ cup dried shitake mushrooms ½ cup Kikkoman soy sauce 3 Tbsp. white sugar 2 Tbsp. mirin ¼ cup water 5 Tbsp. minced garlic

Procedure: • Boil the water and season with salt and a few drops of olive oil. Cook spaghetti for about 5-10 minutes until it is al dente. • When pasta is cooked, drain the water from the pan and rinse the pasta in cold water. Set aside some of the pasta water. • In a small pot, mix together sugar and Kikkoman and bring to a boil. Once the sugar has melted, lower the heat and add water. Place the dried mushrooms in the liquid solution to rehydrate for 20-25 minutes. Once mushrooms have rehydrated, remove for cooking liquid and drain any excess liquid. Slice to desired size. Set aside. • Heat up olive oil on medium low heat. Add garlic. Slow cook until fragrant. Add shitake mushroom and sauté. • Add cooked noodles and 3 Tbsp. of pasta water. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the pasta and toss to coat. Season with a little salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley.


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As the night came to an end, attending celebrities, SM VIPs, and members of the media danced to the beats of top Manila DJ Nina, lowering inhibitions with round of cocktails in celebration of SM Accessories and the world of possibilities it continues to open up. Breeding new ambassadors to its line up and expanding its collection, SM Accessories seems to be an evergrowing and unstoppable force in the industry.


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GMA Network honored in the 2013 Anak TV Awards Various GMA Network programs and personalities were honored in the 2013 Anak TV Seal Awards held on Thursday, December 12, in Quezon City. GMA’s Vice President for News Programs Jessica Soho, the country’s most awarded broadcast journalist, was elevated to the Anak TV Roster of Makabata Stars Hall of Fame for consistently leading the annual Anak TV survey for the past eight years. Soho, who banners GMA’s news magazine program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho and GMA News TV’s flagship primetime newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, was cited for “embodying credibility, integrity and wholesomeness on Philippine television.” Named to this year’s Anak TV Roster of Makabata Stars were Kapuso Primetime King and Queen Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera, Eat Bulaga hosts Vic Sotto and Ryan Agoncillo, news anchor Kara David, and GMA News pillar Vicky Morales.

Longest running noontime variety show Eat Bulaga, in turn, topped the list of the country’s Most WellLiked TV Programs. Also included in the list were GMA’s flagship primetime newscast 24Oras, and Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho.

A number of GMA and GMA News TV programs that were deemed “admirable,” “wholesome,” and “worthy of emulation by children” were likewise given the Anak TV Seal during the awarding ceremonies. Receiving the Anak TV Seal were GMA programs Aha! Bonakid Pre-school Ready, Set, Laban, Born Impact, Del Monte Kitchenomics, I-Bilib, Kap’s Amazing Stories, Kusina Master, Pinoy MD, Tropang Potchi, and Wish Ko Lang. Anak TV Seals were also given to GMA News TV programs Ang Pinaka, I Juander, Born to be Wild, Good News, Idol sa Kusina, PopTalk, SME Go!, and Sports Pilipinas.

ABS-CBN dedicates 2013 Christmas Special to Kapamilya Calamity survivors ABS-CBN, led by its chairman Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III and president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio, recently celebrated its most meaningful Christmas Special to date as the annual TV event turned into an inspiring solidarity concert that did not only delight Kapamilya viewers worldwide, but also helped many Kapamilya calamity survivors in the Visayas region. All proceeds of “Kwento ng Pasko: Pag-asa at Pagbangon: The 2013 ABS-CBN Christmas Special” will be donated to the Sagip Kapamilya calamity fund of ABS-CBN Foundation that continues to help rebuilding the lives of survivors from various calamity-stricken areas in the country. The Christmas Specialturned-Solidarity Concert was graced by over 100 Kapamilya stars including world-class singers like Lea

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PEOPLE Chef Caitlin Yao is partial to cooking for her loved ones during family dinners and burger and cocktail nights with friends.

The giant bibimbap - a Korean rice dish that Caitlin has recreated with beef tapa and pickled vegetables is perfect to bring for potluck gatherings.

Un festin...FFROM A1 for cooking during college. From then on, I started to embrace it even more. Whose cooking style do you admire? I have so much respect for Bobby Flay, the American celebrity chef, also known as a master at the grill. He possesses remarkable abilities and works tirelessly to challenge individuals’ expectations and influence them to view and taste food in new ways by making it bold and zesty. What are the must-haves of every noche buena? What dishes do you hope to have in yours? Traditionally speaking, I believe that no Filipino holiday meal is ever complete without lechon. But we now have a modern twist to this, the lechon roll which I make often. Of course, the meals I share with my family this Christmas are what I look forward to most of all. Their company along with my mom’s spaghetti, my dad’s lasagna, Chinese-style adobo and spicy mussels will make my meal complete. Who do you enjoy cooking for? What are your most requested dishes? For me cooking is a passion. Cooking for my family and friends makes me really excited especially when I get good and honest feedback. My must-try and most requested dishes are my gambas, steaks, rack of lamb with Morel cream sauce, Prawns Thermidore, my double chocolate moist cake with mascarpone cream and layered mocha crepes topped with vanilla ice cream and almonds. Caitlin Yao, 24 years old, ISCAHM graduate This girl is no ordinary chef. Her passion for cooking is contagious and her generous nature in and out of the kitchen makes her offerings at NOM or No Ordinary Meals both mouthwatering and

utterly satisfying. At NOM, the small catering outfit where Caitlin basically functions as a onegirl army, she succeeds at putting together flavors tangy and Asianinspired that become addictive or what she likes to call “crack.” When did you get interested in cooking? More or less in college. I cooked my own meals in the dorm during my senior year to save some money and got hooked after

Caitlin arranges her Iberian Chicken to sit invitingly atop a bed of baked vegetables and herbs.

that. Whose cooking style do you admire? David Chang, Danny Bowien and Susan Fenniger. How do you think one should put together a holiday meal? Any tips? I like building the holiday meal around a centerpiece. You can have a roast or something you can carve. Spice it up, maybe by doing a ssäm-style pork belly or

traditional roast beef then build the sides around it. I like putting my roasts on wooden chopping boards smack in the middle of the buffet table to catch everybody’s eye and get them excited. What signature dishes are you looking forward to this holiday season? Leche flan. I think a Pinoy Christmas wouldn’t be complete without leche flan. That and my yaya’s Chinese-style dinuguan.




Gold rush for PHL athletes on Day 8


ATENEO OPEN GOLF TOURNEY WINNERS. The Ateneo de Davao High School batch ‘88’s (AMDG’88) silver jubilarians, AMDG’88, together with Globe held the “Show Your Birdie!” open fun golf tournament last December 13 at the Apo Golf and Country Club with Toshiaki Shinmura, Kazuyoshi Nakayama winning the Ignatius Division with Benjie Senining and Jing Gavino taking home the runners up prize while at the Xavier Division Jake Ortega and John Gross took home the prize with Gil Bullicer and Chito Bugayong as runners up. The “Show Your Birdie!” open golf tournament is one of the exciting pre-event highlights leading up to the Ateneo Grand Alumni Homecoming to be held on December 30 at the SMX Convention Center.

EAM Philippines made its big move on Wednesday when a determined bunch of athletes clustered six gold medals to fan its hopes of a modest finish in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Up-and-coming golfer Princess Superal sparkled the most on Day 8 when she topped topped the individual event and helped their team of Mia Legaspi and Katrina Delen-Briones rule the team competitions at the Royal Myanmar Golf Course. “It’s a dream come true,” said the 16-year-old Superal, who finished six-under 210 and posted a six-shot victory over homegrown Yin May Myo. “I was nervous and excited for the final round, I woke up at 3:48 a.m," she said, grinning. "But it helped me settle down in my round early.” Aside from becoming the first Filipina golfer to rule the individual event since Chihiro Ikeda reigned supreme in the 2009 edition in Laos, Superal also proved vital in the PH team's big victory in the team's play, carding a combined

three-round total of 428, 11 shots ahead of Myanmar. In athletics, the PH team got a pair of outstanding performances, courtesy of debuting Christopher Ulboc Jr., who topped the 3,000m steeplechase in stunning fashion, and fellow Far Eastern U standout Jesson Ramil Cid, who ruled the decathlon. Saving his best for last, Ulboc Jr., only 23, claimed the gold with a submitted time of 9:01.59 to steal the thunder from the likes of Vietnam bet Thien Sam Pham (9:02.50), Thailand's Patikarn Petchricha (9:04.4) and even teammate Rene Herrera, a former fivetime champion who was nursing a sore right Achilles tendon and finished fourth this time. Ulboc Jr., a proud native of Misamis Occidental, was also grateful with how Herrera helped him to claim the title. “Nagpapasalamat ako kay Kuya Rene, dahil tinuruan talaga niya ako kung paano kumarera. Pagkatapos nga nu’ng last jump, sabi niya, ‘Kumapit ka lang, huwag kang bibitaw, may speed ka pa.’ Kaya nga ang laki ng utang na loob ko sa kanya," he shared.

posed of May Oo Khine, Yin May Myo, and Khin Mar Nwe. Finishing third at 440 was Thailand. “Feels great to be part of this” said Briones via Facebook chat. “It’s very exciting since I heard we haven’t won in a very long time. The course is good, pin placements today were tougher. But Princess played great golf and were very happy for her and for our win.” The two-goal haul is a big improvement from the 2011 SEA Games, when ladies golf produced one medal for the Philippines, a bronze by Dot-

tie Ardina in the Individual event. Superal, from Dasmariñas, Cavite, is the daughter of former pro Wenceslao and has a silver medal in the Asian Youth Games. Legaspi is just fifteen years old and also has a massive future ahead. The two youngsters are products of the Jungolf Foundation program and Superal is supported by ICTSI and coached by longtime Pinoy swing mentor Bong Lopez. ICTSI also sponsored the inaugural Ladies Philippine Golf Tour this year.

Heat melt Pacers Pinay golfers bag SEAG gold


BA champions Miami made it clear Wednesday that they won't concede Eastern Conference supremacy to the Indiana Pacers without a fight. LeBron James and the Heat outscored the Pacers 12-2 in the final three minutes to rally for a 97-94 victory in a duel between the East's top two teams. Ray Allen drained a goahead three-pointer with 59.5 seconds left to play as the Heat finally got some longrange shots to fall when it mattered. The Heat, who came into the contest shooting 38.6 percent from three-point range, missed their first nine from beyond the arc before connecting on five of their last 12 attempts. The Heat trailed by as many as 15 in the third, but Chris Bosh's three-pointer knotted the score at 92-92 and Allen's trey with just un-

der a minute to play put Miami up 95-92. It was their first lead since the first quarter, and they wouldn't trail again. Two free throws by Indiana's David West trimmed the deficit to 95-94 with 44.4 seconds to play, and Chris Anderson missed on Miami's next possession. The Pacers had the ball, but George Hill's poor pass intended for Paul George was grabbed by James and after a Pacers foul, Allen added two free throws for Miami. George was off-target with a three-pointer that would have tied it up with four seconds remaining. Dwyane Wade led the Heat with 32 points, James, playing on a sore left ankle, added 24 and Bosh chipped in 15. Miami downed the Pacers in an epic seven-game Eastern Conference finals battle last season en route to a second straight NBA crown.


T JUST sixteen years of age, Princess Superal is the toast of Philippine

golf. On Wednesday she fired a 72 on the Royal Myanmar Golf Course in the third and final round of the Women’s golf event in the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. With earlier rounds of 72 and 66, it means she captures the Individual gold by a whopping six strokes over Myanmar’s silver medalist Yin May Myo with a threeround six-under par total of 210. Better yet, Superal tows

the rest of her Philippine Ladies team to the Team gold as well, which they won by crushing silver-medalists Myanmar by 11 strokes. Katrina Briones scored a 77 on Wednesday that didn’t count for the team, but Miya Legaspi’s 73 was used, since only the day’s top two scores factor into the accounting. Briones contributed on the second day with a 73. Superal at the podium. Image courtesy Katrina Delen Briones and RedGolf. The 428 stroke team aggregate mark was 11 better than the Myanmar team com-

Meneses’18 retired


EANWHILE, pro league great Vergel Meneses, who currently serves as an assistant coach at Air21, formally hang up his No. 18 jersey in a brief ceremony led by pro league commissioner Chito Salud during the halftime break. Dubbed “The Aerial Voyager” for his leaping ability and acrobatic moves in the air during his heyday, the 6-foot-3 Meneses, 44, played

for seven teams and even claimed the league’s highest individual award in 1995 during his illustrious 14-year career. The Malolos, Bulacan native, who also saw action for Ginebra from 1999-2002, was also named as one of the pro league’s 25 Greatest Players, thanks to his four AllStar MVP awards and three Best Player of the Conference plums.

GOLDEN GIRL. Princess Superal led the Philippine ladies golf squad to the gold medal int the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.


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Edge Davao 6 Issue 200  
Edge Davao 6 Issue 200  

Edge Davao 6 Issue 200, December 20-21