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Pulong raps CTO for huge RPT collectibles, sets March 31 deadline By ARMANDO B. FENEQUITO JR.

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte yesterday pummeled on the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) to collect delinquent real property taxes amounting to a whopping P1.1 billion. The huge delinquent tax deficit was unearthed by councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, chairman of Finance Committee, who gave the vice mayor the report showing uncollected real property tax has reached P1.1 billion. The RPT deficit was allegedly not collected by CTO from seven political districts in the city. Duterte said that if the officials

and employees of CTO will not work seriously on tax collection the council will utilize measures provided by law for the imposition of applicable penalties

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ALL SET. Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa) director of investment promotions and public affairs Romeo Montenegro (left) presents during yesterday’s BIMP-EAGA 2014 Strategic Planning Meeting at the Marco Polo Davao the preparations being done for the second BIMP-EAGA and IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference set on October 23, 2014 at SM Lanang Premier’s SMX Convention Center. Also in the photo is Department of Tourism (DOT) assistant secretary Arturo Boncato. Lean Daval Jr.




VOL. 6 ISSUE 234 • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014 ARMM LGU SUMMIT. From left, Gov. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu of Maguindanao, Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Rep. Bai Sandra S. A. Sema, Rep. Nancy A. Catamco and Undersecretary Yasmin Busran of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) answer questions about the future of the ARMM and the proposed Bangsamoro entity during a press conference at the Waterfront Insular Davao Hotel yesterday on the occasion of the ARMM LGU Summit on Governance nd Development. [Photo courtesy of Francis Adrian Diansay]

lawmakers want Importers behind false story Cotabato advocacies in Bangsamoro bill on dismissal of 2 collectors? T By ANTONIO M. AJERO


EOPLE who would have profited from the controversial importation of P21-million worth of rice from abroad and possibly their cohorts, are suspected to be behind the false report that former Davao port district collector Datu Samson Pacasum and his deputy collector, lawyer Edward James DyBuco, have been dismissed from the service, instead of


just reassigned. This is the subject of talks gaining circulation among Bureau of Customs men in the port of Davao now under the leadership of retired Philippine Army general Ernesto Aradanas. The false report alleging that Pacasum and DyBuco were dismissed because they caused the release of the nine containers of imported rice

was carried by the national edition of ABS-CBN TV Patrol. Actually, both Pacasum and DyBuco were merely reassigned to the BOC’s Revenue Collection and Monitoring Group (RCMG). The order was signed by Commissioner John Philip Sevilla and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima pursuant to the program of the BOC to achieve efficiency and reforms.

Appearing in the Southern Mindanao TV Patrol edition days after, Pacasum and DyBuco vehemently denied the report, showing the order reassigning them to television reporters. “We and our respective families, including our relatives and friends abroad, were shocked to view the report because it gave the

City to Caliclic, IGACOS. It has a capacity of 5 megawatts (MW) and has served the island for 30 years. He said that the city has no reserve, adding that the power demand on the island is 4.8 to 5.2 megawatts. Gales said that reports from DANECO reveal that the cable has five major faults. “Most of these faults were

caused by ships’ anchors which got snagged on the cable,” he said, adding that in 2005, the island experienced three weeks of blackout because of the damage in the cable. According to him, replacing or repairing the cable would cost DANECO 70 to 150


WO MEMBERS of the House of Representatives, who happened to be both ladies, said they are still waiting for the formal proposed law that would cover the Bangsamoro entity as a result of the peace between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). However, Cotabato City Rep. Bai Sandra S.A. Sema and North Cotabato Rep. Nancy A. Catamco told reporters covering the ARMM (Autonomous Region for


Muslim Mindanao) Summit of Local Government Units held at the Waterfront Insular Davao Hotel that they are interested in articulating their individual advocacies and interest that they want incorporated in the law. “I would want a Bangsamoro Law that would be a combination of the new agreement and that of the 1996 agreement between the government and the MNLF,” said Rep. Sema, whose husband, former Cotabato City Mayor Muslimin Sema, is a


Economic development hostaged by power crisis Davao City as host By CHENEEN R. CAPON


HE economic potential of the city is being hostaged by the power catastrophe,” IGACOS city administrator Cleto Bravo Gales, Jr. said. Gales, guesting in the Davao Business Forum at DermPath in cooperation with SM City and San Miguel Purefoods yesterday, said that the submarine cable, which is the

only way that the city receives electricity, can shut down anytime. “If this happens, the island will be in total isolation and economic activity will bug down.” The submarine cable is operated by the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (DANECO). The cable runs from Pampanga, Sasa, Davao



under evaluation By ARMANDO B. FENEQUITO JR.


HE hosting by Davao City of the Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC) meeting next year is still to be evaluated by the city government, city tourism office (CTO) head Lisette

Marques said. Marques said they want to assess the impact of this meeting before it takes place in the city. “Hindi lang sa econom-


ASEAN INTEGRATION. ASEAN secretariat representative Ana Mae Tuazon gives updates on 2015 ASEAN Integration during yesterday’s BIMP-EAGA 2014 Strategic Planning Meeting at the Marco Polo Davao. Lean Daval Jr.




Indulge in Valentine’s Specials at SM Lanang Premier Make this season of hearts extra special with a dinner date at The Fountain Court, SM Lanang Premier. Visit any of its restaurants to grab exclusive Valentine’s Day dining offers for couples, friends and family. HOG’S BREATH CAFÉ AUSTRALIA’S STEAKHOUSE Treat your loved ones to a sumptuous dinner at Hog’s Breath Café. For only P1,500, feast on a 300 gram Natural Prime Rib Steak, Seafood Marinara Pasta and Ceasar Salad served with 2 complimentary glasses of red wine. Promo is valid from February 13 to 16, 2014. Reservations: 285-2393

MESA FILIPINO MODERNE Enjoy authentic Filipino fine dining cuisine at Mesa Filipino Moderne. Try its Crab & Seafood Mixed in Chili Sauce and other signature dishes. On February 14 and 15, get a box of four hearty cupcakes for free for every minimum purchase of P1500 in a single receipt. Reservations: 285-0493

BULGOGI BROTHERS Show your love this Valentine’s Day at Bulgogi Brothers and choose from a wide array of Korean dishes. Free cupcakes await the first 25 dinein guests per table starting 12 noon to 2pm and another set of 25 from 6pm to 8pm on February 14. Reservations: 285-2593

CELLAR DE BOCA Celebrate hearts’ day at Cellar de Boca at the 2nd Level of The Fountain Court. The restaurant offers two premium Valentine menus: Seafood Medley (Tuna and Shrimp Skewers entrée) for P850 and New Zealand Steak (NZ Rib Eye with Truffle Sauce) for P1,000, both come complete with starter, Cellar Pasta Fresca, Banana Apple Bread Pudding for dessert, and free iced tea. Reservations: 285-2046 HUKAD If you’re craving for family-style Filipino cuisine in a classy yet homey setting, head out to Hukad and taste its enticing range of dishes. A free dessert is up for grabs for every dining couple on Valentine’s Day. Reservations: 285-1773 SUMOSAM Looking for a sumptuous Japanese meal? Reward your loved one with a date to SumoSam. Pick from its varied selection of dishes including Sumo Donburi and Chicken Teriyaki. On February 14 to 16, Sumosam will give ladies free Kitkat or Crunch chocolates for every P1,500 purchase of food and beverage. Reservations: 2851541

Aside from these dining specials, you could also win a prize at SM Lanang Premier’s Foodstagram promo when you snap a photo of any dish offered at The Fountain Court’s strip of restaurants.

For contest mechanics, visit SM Lanang Premier’s Facebook page. Experience Valentine’s Day at The Fountain Court, SM Lanang Premier. Check out SM Lanang Premier on Facebook, Twitter and Instagramfor promos and event updates.



Yu defeats ‘Boy Ponsa’ in Brgy. Garcia protest By EMILORD P. CASTROMAYOR


HE Davao City Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 5 yesterday declared Arturo “Nean” V. Yu the winner over Rolando Cagay alias Boy Ponsa for punong barangay of Leon Garcia Sr. Daydews D. VIllamor, presiding judge of the MTCC 5, in a 16-page decision dated last February 3, directed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Davao City to proclaim Yu as the duly elected punong barangay. Villamor said that in his

31 years serving as judge this was the first time an election protest filed in his sala had the protestant coming out the winner over the protestee. Based on the contested and uncontested clustered precincts results last December 19, 2013, Yu garnered 2,664 votes, 58 votes more than Cagay’s 2,606. Last October 28, Comelec–Davao City declared Cagay the winner having garnered 2,606 votes against Yu’s 2,602.

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34 of 104 impounded P260-M ‘white elephant’ motorcycles returned TAX DELINQUENTS. Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte berates employees and officials of the City Treasurer’s Office (CTO) in his privilege speech during yesterday’s regular session of the City Council at the Sangguniang Panlungsod after he found out that the tax delinquents now reaches P1.1 billion. Lean Daval Jr.

atX-rayDavao Customs Port machine useless for 4 years as case is pending in court By ANTONIO M. AJERO


HE government is losing hundreds of millions, if not billions of pesos, in unearned revenue due to the inutility of a P260-million x-ray machine at the Designated Examination Area (DEA), a facility inside a privately-owned container yard adjacent to the Davao Customs Port. Documents obtained by Edge Davao reveal how the expensive X-ray Inspection/


Scanning Facility became a virtual “white elephant.” The x-ray machine was installed by the Bureau of Customs in 2007 to assist the DEA in the “proper collection of duties and taxes, the prevention of the entry of drugs and other anti-social goods, and to facilitate the Customs clearance process for containerized consolidated shipments.” The machine, the only

one of its kind in Mindanao, is ideal for detecting contraband goods such as smuggled items, drugs and terrorist weapons. It was installed by the BOC in the container yard of businessman Rodolfo Reta, whose family donated a considerable area to the Davao City Port in barangay Sasa. The DEA with the x-ray machine is covered by a memorandum of agreement

between Reta and the BOC

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HIRTY four out of 104 impounded motorcycles were returned to their owners by the Traffic Management Center after the completion of the requirements yesterday, an official said. P/Supt. Rhodelio Poliquit, newly-installed head officer of the TMC and head of the Traffic Management Group of the Davao City

Police Office, said that the impounded vehicles are using modified mufflers (borabora), which violates the Comprehensive Transport & Traffic Code of Davao City and R.A 4136 of Land Transportation and Traffic Code. Police conducted surprise inspections against borabora motorcycles on February 5-6.

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want to buy land on Samal island? By CHENEEN R. CAPON


N official of Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) warned prospective land buyers in Samal against sellers and brokers of properties offering them at for very low prices. City administrator Cleto Bravo Gales Jr., told media persons during the

Davao Business Forum at DermPath in cooperation with SM City and San Miguel Purefoods, that they have received complaints from land owners in their offices. “Naay complainant nga niadto sa among office kay matamaan man iyang gipalit na lupa sa road de-

velopment,” he said, adding that most land sellers do not consult the road development plans of the city. According to him, there is also a loophole of the E.O. 184, otherwise known as the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992 that is being abused by ille-


Acosta bats for local version of FOI bill By ARMANDO B. FENEQUITO JR.


HE local version of freedom of information (FOI) only deals with the information and documents needed by the people. This is the claim of councilor Maria Belen Sunga-Acosta, the proponent of the proposed FOI ordinance in the city council. Acosta told reporters in yesterday’s “Pulong-Pulong ni Pulong” that the that the proposal has no intention to

divulge state secrets, defense treaties or intelligence efforts that might compromise on-going operations. “Wala naman talagang ganun na intent. The intent of the bill is to define ano ang public records, ano yung public transactions, ano yung official documents, na should be readily available hindi lamang sa media kundi pati na rin sa mga private citizens, lalo na ngayon na online information is very

much in demand. Why do we have to go to city hall halimbawa or why do we go to the city council if we can accesse it online since we are in this internet age already,” said Acosta. “Kahit yun sa simpleng bagay na lang kahit hindi official document kahit late registration ng mga anak, diba, that happens na hindi narerehistro kaagd kay tungod gipanganak sa balay or sa usa ka commad-

ENTERTAINING. Students from the different schools in Davao del Norte perform ethnic dances during the opening

FACOSTA, 10 ceremony of the Davao Region Athletic Association (DAVRAA) meet in Tagum City Sunday afternoon. Lean Daval Jr.



Another tax amnesty looms in GenSan G

ENERAL Santos City local officials are pushing for another amnesty on interest payments for delinquent real properties in a bid to facilitate the collection of unpaid realty taxes and interests in the area. The city council passed on second reading on Tuesday a proposed ordinance that would grant an amnesty for all real property tax and interest payments that were due and collectible by the city government as of the end of 2013. City Councilor Franklin Gacal Jr., chair of the council’s committee on finance, ways and means and city economic enterprises, said the measure aims to accelerate the collection of unpaid real property taxes and interests from delinquent owners. As of last December 31, he said the city’s uncollected taxes and interests from delinquent real properties already reached around P70 million. “This is a substantial amount of unrealized revenue. The city needs to strengthen its financial capacity by increasing revenue collection in order to meet the demand for public service delivery,” said Gacal, who authored the ordinance.

Under the proposed ordinance, the official said the amnesty will be granted to all delinquent real property owners through the condonation of their accrued interest as of December 31, 2013. The amnesty will cover all forms of real properties and their improvements as defined under Section 3 of Ordinance No. 2, series of 1996 or the General Santos City Real Property Tax Code of 1996, he said. But Gacal said real properties under court litigation are excluded from the coverage of the amnesty grant. “Delinquent taxes and current year’s taxes shall be paid in full. Provided, interest due on real property taxes for 2014, shall continue to be collected in the manner provided by law and existing rules and regulations,” he noted. Gacal said all payments made under the amnesty program will be unconditional and no “under protest” payments will be accepted. The period of availment of the amnesty grant should not go beyond December 15, 2014. “No public auction of real properties due to non-payment of tax delinquencies will be held and initiated by the city govern-

ON BOARD. A bulletin board is transported by motorcycle in Barangay Tibanban, Governor Generoso town in Davao Oriental Province on Sunday, February 9. [MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday More] ment during the amnesty period. Upon the expiration of the amnesty program, the City Treasurer may proceed with the public auction or civil remedies,” he said. The official said the local government was autho-

rized to grant the amnesty based on the provisions of Section 192 of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991. He also cited provisions of city ordinance number 2, series of 1996 and ordi-

Davao business chamber to discuss power policy with other chambers T

HE Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., will initiate talks with other cities who are affected with brownouts to see how Davao’s own chamber organization can help shape Mindanao’s power policy, according to DCCCII executive vice president Daniel Lim. “We are fortunate that we have no brownouts

yet,” Lim said during the focus group discussion held by the Department of Energy at the Waterfront Hotel. “But it doesn’t mean that we should be complacent because anything that is connected with Mindanao will affect Davao one way or another.” Lim said that the talks with chambers of commerce from other areas such as General Santos

City and Zamboanga will help the chamber in pushing for amendments to the law. “When we change a policy, we create a problem. It’s too early for me to comment on the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira), Lim said. Vicente Lao, Mindanao Business Council president, said that cost was the concern as far as con-

sumers are concerned. Lao said industries are getting worried about the country’s electricity supply especially with the coming ASEAN integration in 2015. “We don’t want the status quo at the moment. We have the highest price. We’re looking at the possibility of how we are going to reduce our costs,” he said. [MindaNews]

out to you and give advice,” he said. “There is a shortage. Take advantage of this hiatus. Go plant,” Duterte said, adding small growers can cash in on this development and “you might hit the jackpot.” Duterte said his order to the agriculturist’s office would include organizing lectures on how to grow and handle cacao, including intercropping techniques so that farmers can grow the crops under coconut

trees or with other existing crops with different harvest periods. Councilor Marissa Salvador-Abella, chair of the City Council’s Agriculture Committee, told reporters here last week that her committee will be proposing the creation of an Upland Management Board that will oversee the creation of training centers in areas such as Paquibato and Marilog. These centers would give hands-on training for

farmers to learn new technology in farming, as well as agro-forestry techniques. She said the project would also help farmers practice integrated farming techniques, with facilities such as demonstration farms, nurseries, as well as other facilities where best practices may be taught to farmers. Abella said she plans to ask the city government to purchase a seven-hectare area in Marilog for this. [MindaNews]

Duterte urges farmers to plant cacao


ARMERS should take advantage of the shortage in cacao supply in the country and the world by planting the crop, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said. In his Sunday television show “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” (From the masses, for the masses), Duterte ordered the City Agriculturist’s Office to go to the field and train farmers on cacao planting and handling. “I will tell them (CAO) to go

nance number 29, series of 2003 as amended by ordinance number 10, series of 2004 that had set the previous tax amnesty programs in the city. “We’re hopeful that the granting of the condona-

tion of interests on delinquent real properties will encourage payment of the unpaid real property taxes and interests and eventually accelerate their collection,” Gacal added. [MindaNews]

FDA advisory: ‘Vetsin’ and aspartame safe


HE Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued an advisory that monosodium glutamate (MSG), widely known as “vetsin”, and Aspartame are safe food additives. The global acceptance of said food additives were based on safety evaluations made by various international scientific organizations. FDA’s advisory cited findings from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA). The public is informed about inclusion of MSG and Aspartame in the Codex General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA) STAN 19921995 and the Philip-

pines list of Permissible Food Additives under Bureau Circular 2006-016. Although safety of these food additives are affirmed, FDA’s Acting Director General Dr. Kenneth Y. Hartigan-Go also urged people who are sensitive to some food substances to read food labels. He further explained, “The declaration of every ingredient in descending order of proportion on the product label is mandatory.” FDA Advisory Number 2013-058 entitled “Safety of Monosodium Glutatmate (MSG) and Aspartame as food additives” was released last November 28, 2013 and can be downloaded from FDA website ph. Inquiries may be directed to info@fda.

6 THE ECONOMY Stat Watch Indicator


1. Gross National Income 1. GrossRate National Income Growth Growth Rate2000 Prices) (At Constant

7.1 1st Qtr 2013 6.8

2.2.Gross GrossDomestic DomesticProduct Growth Rate Product (AtGrowth Constant 2000 Prices) Rate

7.8 1st Qtr 2013 7.5

(At Constant 2000 Prices)

(At Constant 2000 Prices)

3. Exports 1/ 3. Exports

4. Imports 1/ 4. Imports

5. Trade Balance Trade Balance 6.5.Balance of Payments 2/

7.6.Broad Money Liabilities Balance of Payments

2nd Qtr 2013

2nd Qtr 2013

USD 3,741 million 5,045 FebUSD 2013 million USD 4,708 Sep 2013 million FebUSD 2013 5,711 USD -967 million million Sep 2013 Feb 2013 USD -665 USD -640 million million Sep 2013 Dec 2012 P 4,964,560 USD 692 million million Feb Jun2013 2013 P2.45,980,938 % million Mar 2013 Aug 2013

8. Interest Rates 4/

7. Broad Money Liabilities

P113,609 2.0 % million Sep2013 2013 Mar P P5,281 127,336 billion million Mar Sep2013 2013

9. National Government 8. Revenues Interest Rate 9. National Government

10.Revenues National government outstanding debt outstanding debt

P 5,609 P 41.14 billion Apr 2013

11.Stocks Peso per US $ 12. Composite                                      Index 6/

6,847.5 P 43.83 Mar Sep2013 2013

12. Stocks Composite 13. Consumer Index Price Index

6,191.8 132.8 Sep2013 2013 Apr

13. Consumer Price Index      2006=100 14. Headline Inflation Rate

135.2 Oct2.62013

10.Peso National government 11. per US $ 5/

Sep 2013


Apr 2013

14. 2006=100 Headline Inflation Rate 15. Core Inflation Rate      2006=100

2.9 Oct3.12013

Apr 2013


15. Core Inflation Rate       2006=100 16. Visitor Arrivals

382,022 Aug 2013 20.9%

Jan 2013 19.2%

18. 18.Unemployment UnemploymentRate Rate7/

7.1% Jan 2013 7.3%


Jul 2013 Jul 2013

MONTHLY AVERAGE EXCHANGE RATE (January 2011-September 2013) Average December November October September August July June May April March February January


ANK of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is targeting to expand its loan portfolio by 20 percent this year in a bid to further grow its business. BPI concluded its stock rights offer on Monday with a bell ringing ceremony at the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). It raised P25 billion from the offering, the biggest capital raising activity of the bank to date. “We will build our wholesale loan book. We’ll take a lot of retail (loans). We will grow our markets business. We build our IT (information technology), we will hire more people. We will build out more physical space, branches and channels,” said BPI Presi-


17. Underemployment 7/ 17. Rate Underemploymen


BPI concludes rights offer, set to beef up loan portfolio

418,108 Oct 2013 Feb 2013

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dent and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Cezar Consing. Consing said the P25 billion can increase the capital base of the bank by 30 percent. “Funds will give us room to grow for the next three to five years. If these funds are spent wisely, which we expect to spend wisely, these will generate more income. Income plowed back to capita base of the bank allows us to do more,” he said. Alfonso Salcedo, head of the corporate banking group, said the bank’s loan portfolio grew about 20 percent last year. Salcedo was optimistic about replicating the loan growth in 2014. [PNA]


PHL’s merchandise ex grew by


15.8 percent

indicating a continued upward trend for the

7th consecutive mo in December 2013.



Struggling cargo business dragging down Asian airlines

OP Asian airlines’s profit margins are being eroded by a struggling air cargo business, even as they capitalise on increasing passenger demand, industry executives said. Languid global economic growth and freight capacity oversupply brought on by new deep-bellied planes is hammering carriers with dedicated cargo businesses, the insiders said ahead of the Singapore Airshow. “The biggest worry of the airlines industry right now is probably cargo,” Tony Tyler, director-general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), told reporters in the city-state. “For the big airlines

in this region (Asia) it is a very important component of their revenue mix,” he said. Asia’s biggest aerospace and defence show opens on Tuesday and will run until Sunday. Last week IATA said air freight traffic rose by 1.4% in 2013 compared to the previous year, supported by rising activity from Middle Eastern and Latin American carriers. Asia-Pacific carriers, which have nearly 40% of the global freight market, however saw volumes drop 1%, while capacity rose 0.8%. Passenger demand rose 5.2% compared to 2013 while capacity rose 4.8%. Bigger planes are catering for a growing

number of passengers. Andrew Herdman, the director-general of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines, said major regional airlines with separate cargo businesses are bearing the brunt of the slump in the industry since the 2008 global financial crisis. “The people who are really suffering in the cargo business are the ones operating big fleets of dedicated freighters and that includes Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, among others,” Herdman told AFP. Singapore Airlines’ freight arm SIA Cargo operates 9 Boeing B747-400 freighters. Cathay Pacific has a fleet of 25 freighters while Korean Air has 26,

according to data on the carriers’ websites. IATA’s Tyler said full-service carriers could boost revenue by capitalizing on growing demand for ancillary services such as a la carte food on planes. According to IATA, revenue from ancillary services per departing passenger is likely to rise to around 10% this year, from 0% in 2007. Tyler also said it was too early to tell whether the airlines industry would be affected by the recent sell-off in emerging markets. Commercial deals potentially worth billions of dollars are expected to be announced at the 6-day Singapore Airshow.

Vietnam’s first private airline, VietJetAir, is expected to announce the finalization of an order for 62 Airbus A320 planes worth $6.1 billion, an industry source close to the deal said. An order for 20 Airbus A380 superjumbos worth $8.0 billion by leasing group Doric Asset Management could also be announced, the source said. Around 1,000 companies are participating in this year’s edition of the event, which occurs every two years. The total value value of deals during its 2012 edition reached $31 billion, up threefold from 2010, organizers said. [AFP]

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New maps locate climate change-threatened species A

N international team of scientists produced global maps showing how fast and in which direction local climates have shifted, one of this group’s participants Commonwealth of Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) of Australia announced yesterday. CSIRO and other team members revealed the maps in research published in the journal ‘Nature.’ This new study points to a simpler way of looking at climatic changes and their likely effects on biodiversity. As climate change unfolds over the next century, plants and animals will need to adapt or shift locations to track their ideal climate. “The maps show areas where plants and animals may struggle to find a new home in a changing climate and provide crucial information for targeting conservation efforts,” said CSIRO’s Dr. Elvira Poloczanska. The study analyzed 50 years of sea surface and land temperature data (1960-2009) and investigated two future scenarios for marine environments: ‘business as usual’ and a 1.75°C temperature

increase. The maps show where new thermal environments are being generated and where existing environments may disappear. “The maps show us how fast and in which direction temperatures are shifting and where climate migrants following them may hit barriers such as coastlines. Our work shows that climate migration is far more complex than a simple shift towards the poles,” said Kristen Williams, ecological geographer with the project. “Across Australia, species are already experiencing warmer temperatures. In terrestrial habitats, species have started to seek relief by moving to higher elevations or further south. However, some species of animals and plants cannot move large distances and some not at all.” Species’ migration can have important consequences for local biodiversity. For example, the dry, flat continental interior of Australia is a hot, arid region where species already exist close to the margin of their thermal tolerances. Some species driven

FISHKILL. Some of the dead fish gathered from the Agusan River in Sitio Sambulawan, Barangay Agusan in Cagayan de Oro City. Local environment officials said the farms and piggeries upstream could have caused the fishkill. [Photo courtesy of Edwin Dael, local chief environment officer] south from monsoonal northern Australia in the hope of cooler habitats may perish in that environment. “In the oceans, warming waters and strengthening of the East Australian Current mobilized the long-spined sea urchin, previously found only as far south as southern New

South Wales, to invade the eastern Tasmanian coast. This resulted in decline of giant kelp forests with knock-on effects for commercially-fished rock lobsters,” Poloczanska said. CSIRO and University of Queensland’s Anthony Richardson said the study cannot be used as sole guide on what to do in

view of climate change. “Biological factors like species’ capacity to adapt and disperse need to be taken into consideration,” Richardson said. “In an unprecedented period of climate change, economic development and fast-growing demand on an already pressured planet, however, we need

trajectory – a criticism of climate change skeptics – but “a series of abrupt steps in between periods of more or less steady temperatures”. England said the current plateau in global warming at a time when “greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have shot up to record levels” had puzzled scientists. “This pause in surface warming doesn’t mean that global warming has stopped at all, we see Arctic sea ice melting to record low levels, the land ice sheets across the world are melting rapidly, ocean temperatures continue to warm,” he said. “So it’s not a contradiction of global warm-

ing but it has confused scientists, just because we do expect the surface temperatures around the world to progressively warm decade by decade.” England’s team, which also included researchers from the United States, looked to the seas for answers and found “there was more than enough heat going into the ocean to account” for the plateau they were seeing. “The reason the oceans are taking up extra heat, and this is particularly occurring in the Pacific Ocean is that the trade winds have strengthened considerably over the last two decades,” he said. He described their intensification as “un-

precedented in the measurement record and way beyond the strength of the trends ever captured by climate models”. But England said the surging trade winds were only temporary and their associated cooling effects would likely reverse sharply once the IPO shifted back to a positive phase “within as little as a decade”. “If the trade winds slow down or stop, what happens is that heat absorption by the ocean reverses and we actually get heat coming back up to the atmosphere,” he said. “The bad news is that out of this hiatus we’re expecting quite rapid warming to occur.”

to act fast to make sure as much of the world’s living resources survive that change.” Poloczanska, Richardson and Williams undertook the study with a team of 18 international researchers from Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, Britain and the United States. [PNA/Xinhua]

Trade winds spur hiatus in global warming – study A

N unprecedented spike in Pacific trade winds has seen global warming slow significantly in the past 12 years but the effect is only temporary and temperatures will surge, a recently-published study has found. The Australian-led report, published in the latest edition of Nature Climate Change, said a dramatic acceleration in equatorial trade winds blowing from the Americas to the West Pacific had boosted circulation of the ocean. “If the trade winds blow particularly strong that warm water that’s piled up there starts to converge in the ocean interior,” said

lead author Matthew England. “In a way it’s locking away energy we’ve obtained from greenhouse gas into the subsurface ocean and that’s what causes the hiatus (in global warming).” The study examined a pause in global warming since 2001 along with a previous such stall between 1940-75 and identified a close link to negative phases of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO) – a wind pattern associated with a cool tropical Pacific and strengthened winds. England said the winds finding helped to explain why global warming didn’t occur in a continual upward

Were the elevated winds to persist, England’s study found the current hiatus would extend to 2020. If they abated in the next few years it was likely to be “short-lived, with rapid warming set to resume soon after the wind trends reverse”. Steve Rintoul from Australia’s government science agency CSIRO – a partner in the study – said the oceans held the key to understanding climate change. “More than 93% of the warming of the planet since 1970 is found in the ocean,” he said. “If we want to understand and track the evolution of climate change, we therefore need to look in the oceans.” [AFP]







Flappy on the APEC hosting

IKE the vastly popular game app Flappy Bird, Davao City will be going through tunnels of obstacles in the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) hosting. Exciting and fun to see but never easy in reality. That is why it is not surprising if Mayor Rodrigo Duterte flip flaps on whether or not to go for the hosting what could be the biggest global event ever hosted by the city. For one, we will be hosting heads of state. That alone is a security nightmare. Then add to that the entourage that the APEC would be bringing in, including the international media covering the said event. Imagine the enormous logistical requirements it would entail not only from the government side but also from the private sector. Consider also that the world will be watching us and how we roll out


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our best hospitality foot forward for this one important event. Tourism officer Lisette Marques said it can be done with probably pocket events of the APEC and not necessarily the main program, but then again it will still entail as much preparations than the main event itself. So what do we get from hosting the APEC? Well, basically this—we will establish our socalled venue capabilities and make a big impact on the global platform in terms of tourism and investments. The ‘domino effect’ of this possible hosting reaches far and beyond the collateral investment we put in this undertaking. In short, the APEC, as Mayor Duterte may have it, sounds good as we can imagine. But like Flappy Bird, we have to look before we leap.

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There’s so much mistrust


EEMS LIKE AN IMPROPER ACT – It would be ironic, and a great pity, if we Filipinos are united only in times of devastating calamities – man-made or natural. The Philippines is in crisis right now because of the severe destruction left behind by the killer earthquake, deadly typhoons and storm surge and unending armed conflict not to mention widespread corruption in all levels of public life and unabated smuggling. People share in the belief that the country can recover from the horrible disasters if only Filipinos help and support each other. They also share in the belief that if people would unite corruption in the worst forms will be exposed. But it’s rather sad to note that in time of calm and unanimity people become judgmental and scuff at each other like pit bulls. Worse, people become hypercritical of every slight misstep of government and immediately misjudged the situation. In countless occasions they went up in arms demanding to know why delivery of basic social services was too sluggish and why public funds were finding their way in the hands of corrupt officials and their unscrupulous business partners. They want an answer to it. An answer that’s like, well, hearing from the alleged suspects an apology for their grave mistakes and vowing to learn the right norm and conduct from the shameless circumstances. The people’s presumption that they are potentially liable of the severe offense of misusing public funds may be true, but there is


such a thing called a “Code of Omertha,” or in a much simple term – the code of silence. At the height of a series of disasters and other catastrophes people particularly officials lend their helping hands and reach out to help the victims who are in distress. But during normal times there’s so much mistrust and they are again backed to the usual things they used to do: hurling invectives and personal insults, backstabbing, bitter side comments, badmouthing and pointing an accusing finger at each other. The people are particularly displeased with the things proceeding around – alleged flawed systems and policies of the government, enormous weaknesses shown by our representative institutions and many callous characters’ non-compliance with the laws and procedures. And because of the chaotic situation sometimes they also heaped the blame on the mainstream and social media. When and where else, then, can we find a more proper time to unite and mend our ways? Is it only during bad times or could we continue our united effort even during normal times? And, as I’ve argued over and over again, the government on

the other hand can’t take any action or make any decisions without someone criticizing and making nasty commentaries. Disagreement and intolerance during normal times, day after day keep the country’s progress and development at bay. SHORT LETHAL SPURTS - Crime is always a serious problem. We need evidence-based policies that are tough on crime - laws on stiffer penalties and tough sentences, and strong on crime prevention. The government should stop adopting alarmist rhetoric in regards to criminality, but instead direct the police establishment to improve public safety on the streets of our communities. It is true that the fight against crime is too important and we always have to bear in mind that crime rates have been going up in accelerating pace. Moreover, if we want to be tough on crime we must also be tough on guns, make gang recruitment illegal, legislate measures that would impose more stringent penalties and severe sentences against heinous crime such as rape-murder, robbery-holdup, home invasion, murder, human and drug trafficking, carjacking among others. We would all like to feel safer at home, on the streets and elsewhere therefore government should increase support for crime prevention initiatives. With the crime rate going up, government should likewise commit to reduce crime through better program in youth activity and early childhood education, and address the underlying causes of crime such as poverty, unemployment, racism and inequality.

A crash course in growth economics

ONGRESSIONAL Republicans like to talk about creating jobs and growing the economy. With the government shutdown and rigid spending cuts, however, Congress created a fiscal drag that cost the economy a full percentage point of economic growth in 2013. Now, Congressional Republicans are again digging in their heels against measures that would ramp up the economy and generate jobs. It’s time for Congress to take a refresher course in growth economics — the economic forces and programs that power U.S. growth. As President Barack Obama barnstorms the country, he should be making the argument that it is not only fair, but smart growth economics to raise the minimum wage, extend unemployment benefits and reduce income inequality. These steps will help accelerate economic recovery this year above its anemic 1.9 percent growth rate in 2013. Stagnant middle class pay and a yawning wealth gap have been the main obstacles to U.S. economic growth for the past three decades, especially the last 10 years, according to a new study by two economists at Washington University in St. Louis. In mid-December, The Wall Street Journal ran a chart that explained why. It showed that 90 percent of American households suffered a 10 percent fall in income from 2002 to 2012, while the top one percent enjoyed sharp increases. Common sense as well as Macroeconomics 101 tells you that if 270 million Americans earned less in 2012 than in 2002, they had less to spend. They had to cut back on consumption. That caused weaker consumer demand — a bad trend, because what economists call “aggregate consumer demand” is the engine of economic growth. So the declining incomes of 90 percent of Americans over 10 years spell slow recovery, even as corporate profits soar and the stock

OPINION BY HEDRICK SMITH market hits new highs. We are indeed Two Americas — the elite 1 percent riding high and the rest of us mired in the stagnation. The economic picture was quite different three decades ago. America’s middle class was prosperous. Chief executive officers shared corporate profits. In the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, Charlie Wilson of General Motors, Reginald Jones of General Electric and Frank Abrams of Standard Oil of New Jersey (now Exxon Mobil) practiced “stakeholder capitalism” — sharing profits among all stakeholders in the corporation, with workers as well as bosses and owners. To those CEOs, strong wages and generous employee benefits were good business and smart economics. Not today. The mantra of most modern CEOs is to deliver maximum return to shareholders – “shareholder capitalism.” Most gains go to the financial elite, while average Americans face frozen wages, cuts in benefits or jobs shipped overseas. Last year, America’s corporate captains spent $750 billion of their $2 trillion in accumulated profits in buying back company stock — not on expanding production or hiring more workers. Why? Because that delivers higher stock prices to shareholders and fattens CEO pay packages. If American CEOs had shared more corporate profits with their workforce, average Americans would be better off today and we would all be enjoying a stronger economic recovery. The same goes for the minimum wage, which at $7.25 an hour is now about 25 percent lower than in 1968, adjusted for inflation. But that is not what you hear from the National Restaurant Association, in which

members employ many minimum-wage workers. Increasing pay, restaurant owners say, would force them to fire waiters, raise food prices or both. What the restaurant lobbyists don’t tell you is that the minimum wage for waiters who get tips is $2.13 an hour. What also goes unsaid is that in places like Washington state, where the minimum wage is now $9.32 an hour (before tips), national chains like McDonalds and Burger King, as well as local restaurants, are doing just fine. It’s important to understand that what may happen in individual restaurants is not what happens in the economy. Raising the minimum wage may crimp the profit margins of some restaurants, but applied nationwide, a higher minimum wage lifts the whole economy. It puts tens of billions of dollars of increased buying power into the hands of average Americans. If that puzzles you, imagine what would happen if restaurant owners pushed the minimum wage to zero. All those working families would have no money to spend and the economy would shrink from lost buying power. Raising the minimum wage, on the other hand, boosts purchasing power nationwide. Eventually even minimum-wage employers would begin to profit from having more customers with more money to spend. The same logic applies to extending unemployment insurance. Not only does it give a lifeline to families drowning financially, it pumps purchasing power into the national economy — a formula for growth. Many economists, including former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, warn that unless we take action to break our current cycle of low wages and high economic inequality, we are in for a long period of “secular stagnation.” That is economist lingo for a long-term economic slump — hardly what any of us wants.



US destroyer Pinckney’s superb capability SPECIAL FEATURE BY PRIAM F. NEPOMUCENO


HE USS Pinckney (DDG-91), a guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy now at anchor at Manila’s South Harbor for a five-day goodwill visit, has no need of escorts as she is very capable of defending herself against air, surface, and sub-surface threats. This fact was made known during Saturday’s media tour of the ship which was named after Navy Cook William Pinckney, who was awarded the Navy Cross for rescuing a fellow crew member during the Battle of Santa Cruz in Solomon Islands in 1942. The American vessel arrived at the Manila South Harbor last Friday and left yesterday, February 11. For starters, the USS Pinckney is armed with Mark 45 Model 4 5-inch caliber which is capable of engaging any air and surface targets with a high rate of fire (around 120 rounds per minute) ensuring of its neutralization. Aside from this, the ship is also equipped with a 20mm Phalanx CIWS (closed-in weapon system) which is capable of firing 4,500 rounds per minute, literally creating a cloud of lead impossible for any missile, rocket and aircraft to penetrate. This weapon, as seen by this writer, is located in the ship’s stern. According to Capt. Frank Okada, USS Pinckney’s commanding officer, the CIWS acts as the ship’s last line of defense against threats emanating from the air. He said that CIWS can operate independently from the ship’s other weapon systems. Other armaments of the USS Pinckney are two Mark 41 VLS (vertical launching systems) which are capable of firing a mixture of Standard and Tomahawk missiles, anti-submarine rockets and the evolved Sea Sparrow missile. The two Mark 41 VLS are equivalent to 96 cells (firing tubes). Adding more punch to the USS Pinckney is its two MH-60R Seahawk LAMPS III which is capable of detecting and destroying submarines. These aircraft uses sono buoys to locate submarine threats and once determined hostile, it can sink such threats at will, using its Mark 46 anti-submarine torpedoes. The MH-60s has a loiter time of three hours and is capable of conducting aerial and rescue missions. “With the versatility offered by our various weapon systems and our MH60s, the USS Pinckney is well equipped to deal with any threats,” Okada said. The USS Pinckney is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She is named after Cook First Class William Pinckney (1915–1975), who received the Navy Cross for his courageous rescue of a fellow crew member on board USS Enterprise (CV-6) during the Battle of Santa Cruz. The USS Pinckney was laid down on July 16, 2001 by Ingalls Shipbuilding at Pascagoula, Mississippi; launched on June 26, 2002; and commissioned on May 29, 2004 at Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme. [PNA]



1.1-B...FFROM 1 dereliction of duty. He gave the delinquent tax payers’ to settle their accounts on or before March 31, 2014 and advised them to read the Revenue Code of the City to make them realize that ‘the local government has vast powers to guarantee payment.’ He cited the Section 12, paragraph 9, chapter 2 of The 2005 Revenue Code of the City of Davao which states the penalty of the City Treasurer and its employees. Section 9 of the ordinance states that “the City Treasurer or his deputy who fails to execute or execute the warrant of tax within a year the time the tax becomes delinquent becomes delinquent or within 30 days from the date of issuance thereof, or who is found guilty of abusing the exercise thereof in an administrative or judicial proceeding shall be dismissed from the service.” “You better perform,” Duterte said in his privilege speech in yesterday’s regular session, referring to the CTO collection team. “Now, if the problem lies with the collection of the collection of taxes, then the City Treasurer’s Office must shape up and step up the collection. There have been instances in the past that complaints against your office have been brought to me. You must be deaf not to hear these,” said Duterte.

He also urged the CTO to revisit the existing ordinance as they have all what they need to ensure collection like taxation on properties and sale at public auction. Poblacion district topped the list of delinquent collections with P483.6 million followed by Buhangin district with P359.8 million, Agdao district with P99.6 million, Bunawan district with P94.1 million, Calinan with P52.6 million, Baguio with P15.1 million, and Paquibato with P10 million. Duterte said that with the huge amount he would propose to the city council to amend the existing revenue code of the city to make it more effective. “Kay murag ‘easy-easyhon’ ra man ninyo ang atong existing na balaod. If we feel the necessity of amending the Revenue Code only to ensure collection and payment - then we will do it,” stressed the vice mayor. “Nganong di man mo kabayad nga ang ordinaryong Dababawenyo makabayad man?,” said Duterte. He said that if these delinquent taxpayers want the government to bring relevant and efficient services to the people they should pay it. “It would seem now that the projects of the city, especially those relating to the poor, are at your mercy,” Duterte said.

ic sector ang pwede nating makita - sa traffic ba , kasi ba will it be affecting us sa dami nila,” she said adding that they are also looking at the aspect of local funding and the communities that will be affected by the event. She said that it will also depend on what kind of meeting will the city host as there are more than 100 meetings that the APEC has lined up. “Hindi natin alam baka maliliit na meetings lang ang ating iho-host,” said Marques. Marques said that these are things they are considering for the mayor to decide as well as the executive committee of APEC. She said that they will also consult the mayor first before the hosting of APEC meeting takes place. “We will know first the

pulse of the mayor if he would go for the hosting, because we want to assess also the impact,” Marques. In an earlier report, the mayor had not decided whether to pursue the hosting due to such concerns as safety, security and financing. Duterte said that although the hosting has a good implication to the city, but he still needs to talk to the organizers as to why they choose Davao to be the host city. He said that although the city is peaceful, still it could be attracting trouble as the city has had its share of terroristic acts before. Marques said the inspection team was impressed with the safety and security of the city due to the strong political will of Mayor Duterte which they consider a plus factor.

ranking officer of the faction of the Moro National Liberation Front. On the other hand, Rep. Catamco said that as chairperson of the House Committee on Indigenous Peoples, she would want to see to it that the interest of the IPs will be protected in the bill. Pending the submission of a formal proposal, the lady lawmakers said there is yet no plan of the House members to collectively discuss the matter. However, Rep. Cotamco said she has started conducting consultations with her constituents in the 2nd District of North Cotabato. In the same media brief-

ing, ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman announced that 92 percent of the regional government’s P20-billion projects for 2014 are now completed. He, however, said that most of the money for the ARMM projects for the year come from the so-called Development Acceleration Program (DAP) of the President which might to be stopped if the Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional. Gov. Ismael “Toto” Mangudadatu of Maguindanao also answered several questions asked by reporters during the briefing. President Aquino will grace the second day of the ARMM Summit today. [AMA]

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IgaCos...FFROM 2 million pesos. Daneco and Davao Light Power, Gales said, agreed in a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that services provided by Daneco will be transferred to Davao Light. However, this is still pending approval by the National Electrification

Administration (NEA)./ In addition, disputes within the management of DANECO threaten the economic growth and inflow of investments into Samal. The management of the electric cooperative split into two in 2012 because some

people within Daneco want it to be fully registered as a cooperative under the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) while some want it to stay under the implementing power of NEA. The two groups are Daneco-NEA and Daneco-CDA.

“The people are confused as to whom they should pay,” he said. “We think the president has to come in to resolve this,” Gales said, adding that local and some national agencies officers have tried to solve the dispute.

impression that we were dismissed because we caused the release of imported rice from suspected to be smuggled,” Dybuco said. “What the news report did not state was the fact that we initially held the rice shipment from Vietnam because it was not covered by a valid import permit from the National Food Authority,” he said, adding that Collector Pacasum and him were later directed by no less than Customs Commissioner Sevilla to release the shipment, in according with the preliminary injunction issued by Judge Emmanuel Carpio of the

Regional Trial Court Branch 16, whose intervention was sought by Joseph Mangupag Ngo in behalf of Starcraft International Trading. Talks circulating in the waterfront indicated that people behind the shipment, if not their accomplishes, were responsible in feeding the “kuryente” (false) report to the television reporter who could not even show a copy of the so-called dismissal order for Pacasum and DyBuco as basis for the news report last January 24. Asked why the importers and their cohorts would want

to engineer such a damaging false report against Pacasum and Dybuco, sources at the Sasa port told Edge Davao, it could be their way of getting even with the two collectors for initially holding the shipment that triggered the still ongoing court dispute between the importers on the one hand and the NFA and the BOC on the other. Sources said that the non-release of the rice shipment caused tremendous damage to the importers and consignee, considering for every day of delay they would have to pay storage and de-

murrage charges of P1,200 per container, per day. In addition, it would be very difficult for the importers to dispose of the shipment. Even the imported rice which were not included in the questioned shipment will still be difficult to sell as the buyers would not gamble buying them. Edge Davao sources said the transfer of Pacasum and DyBuco might even be a move of Commissioner Sevilla to get them away from harassments by those who were hurt by their initial refusal to release the rice shipment.

gal subdivision operators. “If the land is being partitioned to 9 lots and below, it is considered as “simple subdivision”, thus, exempted from going thru the application from Preliminary Approval for Lo-

cation Clearance (PALC), Development Permit (DP) and license to sell,” he said. “The danger is that either hindi accessible sa road or hindi pasa sa Housing Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), he added.”

To avoid this, Gales said buyers should ask for three important documents from land sellers and brokers before buying any land. “Ask the brokers or land owner if they have PALC, DP, and license to sell. If

they don’t have the first two, it’s not a good idea to buy it,” Gales said. Gales said that there are 120 approved PALCs for subdivision development; only 16 of them have development permits.

Poliquit said that they will release a motorcycle after its owner completes requirements at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Davao City. According to the LTO, owners of the impounded motorcycles should present the impounding receipt from

the TMC to it, temporary operator’s permit, photocopy of the motorcycle official receipt and certificate of registration and will be fined P150 for the violation of R.A 4136, not including the P78 for computer fee, 100 impounding fee, and an additional P15 each day as the storage fee.

Afterwards, they should go to the TMC for motorcycle inspection. During inspection, the owner should bring the original muffler. However, the TMC will confiscate the modified muffler before returning the motorcycle as ordered by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Philip Wood of Kasilak,

Bucana who was apprehended for using a modified muffler on his motorcycle, said he used the open pipe muffler for it is required of his modified engine. “Nigamit ko aron mukusog ang dagan kay naga ride me sa among grupo,”Wood said.

Yu filed an election protest, alleging irregularities had been committed. Cagay eventually lost

in the appreciation of contested ballots from five clustered precincts. He garnered only 399 votes

against Yu’s 797. Contested ballot is defined by Wikipedia as “To call into question and take

an active stand against; dispute or challenge.” There were 56 ballots contested.

in 2009 for a period of 25 years. The DEA with the x-ray machine, according to admission of Customs officials themselves, resulted in the considerable increase in the port’s revenue as most of the questionable incoming cargoes underwent compulsory scanning and stripping. However, as a result of the strict enforcement of DEA’s power to examine, brokers had to spend more for their cargoes. Worse, some notorious brokers and their backers in the BOC resented the strict operation of the DEA as they could no

longer do their thing. As part of his obligation as container yard operator where the DEA is located, as stipulated in the MOA, Reta would report verbally or in writing anomalies committed by Customs personnel conniving with brokers in the operation of the DEA. Pursuant to the Tariff and Code, the import entry and internal revenue declaration has to be signed by the District Collector indicating his approval and release of the articles. However, Reta complained this was only true during the time of District

Collector Juan Tan. This was discontinued during the time of Collector Ronnie Silvestre and his successor Anju Castigador. This refusal of the collectors to sign the import entry became an issue of accountability between Reta, the DEA operator, and the Customs officials. Reta also exposed the illegal practice of Customs officials in issuing clearances on imported cargoes even before they arrived at the port, showing connivance between Customs men and smugglers among brokers. To try to compensate for the loss of revenue due

to the illegal closure of the x-ray machine at the DEA, Customs officials resort to authorizing the operation of a mobile x-ray machine where they are not legal like the Tefasco (Terminal Facilities and Services Corporation) port at Barangay Ilang. This is questionable since this has no authority from the Court where the case of the x-ray machine at the DEA is lodged, the lawyers of Reta said. Tefasco and Customs officials involved in this illegal activity are risking being declared in contempt of court.

rona. Unsay buhaton para ang bata na wala marehehistro, marehistro kahit late registration. So, informations like that unta din a sila kinhanglan na mo adto pag city hall unta nearest agency na lang og government makahatag na dayon og informations” said Acosta. She said that the proposal also aims to deliver information to the people who are in remote areas like Paquibato

and Marilog be accessible to them by placing the information in the barangay or purok levels. “Kato simply lang kayo pero it matters a lot to the ordinary citizens na kinahanglan pa mo gasto mag take pag time, money and effort para lang makakuhag information. When in fact na nakabutang sa constitution na ang mga tao naa mang gyuy katungod na

makauhag legitimate na information,” Acosta said. Acosta said, this right was incorporated on the 1987 Philippine Constitution that the people have the right to information. “Ang mga nag lingkod na elected are mere representatives of the people who are being governed. Sakto lang pud na accountable kitang mga naglingkod because government

is a public trust na mahibal-an pud sa mga tao kung unsa pud ang mga importante na desisyon unsay mga official na transactions,” Acosta said. She said that as what happened to the FOI bill which is already pending for about four years in Congress and Senate prompted her to make a local version and it is in accordance with the local government code.

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Petition for Renewal of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a PUJ DUAL Ordinary Regular Service PONCIANA A. PEREZ, Petitioner Case No.2012-XI-00424 x- - - - - - - - -- - - -----x


Petitioner is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience issued in this case authorizing the operation of a PUJ-DUAL Ordinary Regular Service on the route: MAHAYAG (BUNAWAN) VIA CABANTIAN ROUTE and for cargoes as dual service from said route to any point in Region XI with the use of ONE (1) unit, which Certificate will expire on November 4, 2014.. In the petition filed on January 27, 2014, petitioner request authority to extend the validity of said certificate to operate along the same route with the use of the same unit previously authorized.

Petitioner is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience issued in this case authorizing the operation of a PUJ-DUAL Ordinary Regular Service on the route: TIBUNGCO VIA BUHANGIN ROUTE and for cargoes as dual service from said route to any point in Region XI with the use of ONE (1) unit, which Certificate will expire on February 6, 2014.. In the petition filed on January 30, 2014, petitioner request authority to extend the validity of said certificate to operate along the same route with the use of the same unit previously authorized.

At least, TEN (10) days prior to the above date petitioner shall publish this Notice once in a one (1) daily newspaper of general circulation in Mindanao

At least, TEN (10) days prior to the above date petitioner shall publish this Notice once in a one (1) daily newspaper of general circulation in Mindanao

NOTICE, is hereby given that this petition will be heard by this Board on FEBRUARY 24, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at this office at the above address.

Parties opposed to the granting of the petition must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the petitioner, and may if they so, desire appear on said date and time. This petition will be acted upon by this Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary and/or oral evidence.

WITNESS the Honorable TERESITA DELA PEÑA-YÑIGUEZ Officer In-Charge, this 27th day of January 2014 at Davao City. EDGAR CRISANTO R. VIOLAN Acting Chief Transport Development Officer

NOTICE, is hereby given that this petition will be heard by this Board on FEBRUARY 24, 2014 at 9:50 a.m. at this office at the above address.

Parties opposed to the granting of the petition must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the petitioner, and may if they so, desire appear on said date and time. This petition will be acted upon by this Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary and/or oral evidence.

WITNESS the Honorable TERESITA DELA PEÑA-YÑIGUEZ Officer In-Charge, this 30th day of January 2014 at Davao City. EDGAR CRISANTO R. VIOLAN Acting Chief Transport Development Officer

CONNECTIVITY. UNICEF has tapped Smart to provide connectivity to its RapidFTR mobile app to help in reuniting families after Yolanda. Smart Public Affairs manager Jill Lava (3rd from left) turns over the Smart Bro SIMS to UNICEF’s Fundraising Specialist Michelle Borromeo (3rd from left). Also in photo are, from left, Smart Bro’s James Jorge and Richard Mathew Dimagiba, and UNICEF’s Athea Penaloza and Georgina Belardo. its Rapid Family Tracing and Reunification (RapidFTR) program. This data connectivity will assist social workers that are on ground in Yolanda-affected areas to do real-time data entry of missing, separated and unaccompanied children via the RapidFTR’s mobile application. The mobile app was developed by UNICEF in 2010 and was used in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake, and in Uganda to help address child trafficking. This will be the first time the app will be used here in the Philippines to help unaccompanied children in disaster areas either because their parents or guardians died or are still missing. Athea Penaloza, UNICEF Child Protection Specialist, explains, “The assistance of telecom service providers like SMART is vital to immediately share accurate information among relevant agencies on

children and families who have become separated as a result of a disaster. Collected information not only helps in tracing and reunification of families but also in identifying separated children who are at risk of exploitation and trafficking.” “This is a timely initiative given the frequency and severity of disasters that have been affecting the Philippines. We are helping UNICEF to scale this up and replicate to other sites all over the country as part of our disaster preparedness and management strategy,” said Smart Public Affairs head Ramon R. Isberto. “Through various initiatives, Smart has been promoting the culture of preparedness among individuals and communities in highly-vulnerable areas. A mobile app that helps track missing family members after disasters is a very important disaster response tool,”

added Isberto. RapidFTR is a versatile open-source mobile phone application and data storage system that seeks to expedite the process of tracing and reuniting families by helping humanitarian workers collect, sort and share information about unaccompanied and separated children in emergency situations so they can be registered for care services and reunited with their families. It is specifically designed to streamline and speed up Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) efforts both in the immediate aftermath of a crisis and during ongoing recovery efforts. The app is currently being used in Leyte, which was among the provinces hit hard by the super typhoon. UNICEF works with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), local government units (LGUs) and the local Women and Child Pro-

tection team of the Philippine National Police to gather data within the area. The Social Welfare Officer of the municipality as well as the local PNP unit have been trained how to use the app—it includes taking a photo of the child and voice recording as part of the data being entered via an Android phone. So far, around 79 cases of children separated or unaccompanied by parents or guardians have been reported. Since 2011, Smart has been supporting the Corporate Network for Disaster Response’s Noah’s Ark Project that helps build disaster-resilient communities. Last year, Smart mounted the Pamilyang Ready, Pamilyang Panalo disaster preparedness caravan targeting households and individuals in vulnerable areas with the goal of attaining zero casualties during disasters.

2 M safe man-hours reached



N recognition to its strict compliance to safety policies and procedures, AboitizPower’s subsidiary Hedcor and the Department of Labor and Employment Region IX recognized its contractor JV Angeles Construction Corporation (JVACC) for achieving Two Million Safe Man-hours for the construction of HedcorTudaya 1 & 2 hydropower plants. Engr. YolibelleAviñante, Technical Adviser DOLE - IX formally acknowledge the exemplary performance of the team by awarding a plaque and certificate to Hedcor’s assistant vice president for engineering and construction ServillanoHaboc and JVACC vice

president Roberto Majito last January 24 at Brgy. Astorga, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. Aviñante in her speech said, “I do believe that each and every one is a material in reaching 2 Million Safe Manhours or in making an establishment accident-free.” She further reiterated that manpower is the best resource we have and as what the President Benigno Aquino believes. The Zero Accident Program under DOLE in collaboration with Occupational Safety and Health Center ensures the promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations.

Since the construction of the 13.6 MW run-of-river hydropower projects in July 2012, no lost time accident was recorded. This milestone demonstrates outstanding efforts to provide safe and healthy working environment. The hydropower plants are to be commissioned first quarter of the year. In the global arena, the International Labor Organization estimates that 2.2 million work-related deaths occur annually around the world. In support to DOLE’s clamor of zero accidents, Hedcor accounts to the highest standard of safety as it is certified in Occupational Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001:2007) by the

International Standard Organization. Hedcor has built a culture of safety among its employees in its 35 years of operation. Through the management’s strong conviction and commitment, the value of safety is inculcated to each and everyone beginning day one. Further, Aviñante urged Hedcor to apply for GawadKaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) as they will definitely nominate Hedcor for the award. Hedcor bagged the award in years 2002 and 2008. While in 2010, Hedcor won GKK-Labor Secretary’s Award and the Bureau of Working Conditions also gave the Safety Milestone Award in the same year.






Flappy Bird’s little successors CHILL JILL ATHENA JILLIAN BRAVO


INCE the global app hit Flappy Bird is already out of the app market, one thing for sure other developers would do is to come up with something similar with the vastly popular game. I searched through the Google Play store and found lots of them mimicking the style of the game GEARS first thought of. One of them is Clumsy Bird which is currently at no. 1 on the Top New Free Games on Play store. This game really never goes old in fact there are a lot of successors coming after Flappy Bird has been kicked out. Clumsy Bird is totally similar with Flappy Bird and the only differ-

ence is the jungle style background and the bloated body of the bird which is the opposite of the Flappy Bird whose beak is bigger than its body. Clumsy Bird passes through logs instead of tunnels which is more exciting but still as annoying as Flappy Bird. Another baby of flappy available for iOS is Flappy Bee, but this game is not as annoying as the other ones. Flappy Bee’s goal is to eat as much flowers as it can and avoid the contaminated ones. I actually love this game because I scored 94 the first time I tried it! The next game I downloaded on my Android is the underwater version of Flappy which

is Flappy Fish. But this time it’s different. You can actually choose from the two fishes available—the fat fish and the skinny one. Since they don’t fly, the goal of the Flappy Fish is to swim deeper which means you have to go downwards to pass through the tunnels which makes it more difficult but exciting one. There are also games like Flappy Pig who has angel wings behind it and Flappy Bat who also got thousands of down-

loads same with Flappy Bee and Flappy Fish but I dont have the intention to try them all. You see this game will never be out of trend because all the other devel-

opers haves their own idea similar to the game. They already came up with a lot of versions of flappies up in the air, on the ground and under the sea.

gauge your compatibility. And once you passed this stage, the Love Test Calculator takes it a notch further with dares and challenges that fire the passion of your new love; think of it as the Truth or Dare of the digital age. And once the glitter and confetti of new love subsides, and you run out of sweet things to say, swipe over its Tender Words feature to take on a few romantic quotes.

FOR THOSE WHO ARE DATING Zomato A lifestyle and dining app that rates hotels and restaurants in the Metro could come in handy when planning your next sentimental hang out. With handy menu lists, reviews, and photos to inspire your momentous table for two, Zomato makes it easier for you to contact your neighborhood hole-in-the-wall for that special banquet reservation, or food delivery, should you decide to eat in. And with special listings in 11 countries worldwide, you can never run out of options for your passionate affairs. FOR THOSE WHO ARE EXCLUSIVE Red Stamp After the courtship and the constant dates, by now your romantic life has left a dent on your bank account, and you are advised to spend wisely from here on out should you wish to take your relationship further. So, anything cheap

That’s simply flappy-bulous! Those who loved Flappy Bird so much will love these games also but I know for sure who has the grudge of this game will totally work hard to bring down all these games out of the market. Well, Im not that sure if that will ever happen.

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HE day of hearts is just around the corner and its meaning varies for different people in diversified relationship states. Whether it’s finding that significant other, or booking that romantic dinner, we unveil the Top 5 Romantic Apps to make this Valentine’s Day more romantic, memorable or just a tad more bearable. FOR THOSE WHO ARE SINGLE OkCupid Let’s face it, there is no other day that a single person dreads more than February 14th. Just imagine all the traffic and packed restaurants filled with gleam-eyed couples trading spoonfuls of dark chocolate cake. So as a means of prevention for this state of romantic solitude, we suggest you get your hands on the OkCupid app—the absolutely-free worldwide dating app that helps you find a suitable date with someone close by or on the other end of the world. OkCupid lets you sign up with your Facebook account or make a separate account on your mobile. The app’s Quick Match feature takes its Cupid status a little further by ranking potential dates for you, while

shooting out arrows for your potential Match, Friend, and Enemy. F O R THOSE IN THE FRIEND ZONE L o v e Quotes 500 The Love Quotes 500 compiles the finest collection of quotes from history’s greatest writers and thinkers so that you, yes you, can convey just how you really feel for your special friend. Borrow the sonnets of Shakespeare, or the tenets of Thoreau, and share your hearts desires on Instagram or Facebook and patiently wait for that favorable reply. And if all these wonderful, passion-affirming words fail, then at least you can claim that you’re simply channeling your inner hopeless romantic by sending love to all your friends, which is probably what you guys are going to be

from then on. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ONLY JUST BEGUN Love Test Calculator Amidst the glossy filters of new romance, make it a point to discover just how compatible you guys really are with the help of modern science. The Love Test Calculator app takes all those slum book questions to the realms of your favorite now-defunct dating show, with quizzes and questions that greatly

and cheesy becomes more desirable when reigniting that fire of amore between you. The Red Stamp app lets you send stylishly personalized cards and notes to your loved one’s. And since it doesn’t cost a penny, maybe consistency is key to keep the swoon coming, and with hundreds of pegged designs and styles, Red Stamp could keep your significant other guessing while poring over sweet love notes for every single day of the year. And to nurture your blossoming romance, from finders to keepers, an instant, reliable, and strong mobile internet connection is best to have and to hold. Globe PowerSurf 299 offers a consumable mobile internet plan to keep that passion burning, while keeping unnecessary billshock out of your blossoming relationship. Loved by both Prepaid and Postpaid subscribers, Globe PowerSurf 299 comes with 3000MB of mobile data that is good for 30 days of non-stop connectivity. To register for dial *143#. For more information on PowerSurf, visit





Fil-Am skater misses medal finish S

OCHI, Russia -Charles Hamelin of Canada skated clear of the chaos that makes short track so unpredictable, winning the 1,500 meters on Monday for his third different Olympic title. At 29, Hamelin was the oldest skater in the first final of the short track competition. The wily veteran maintained a top-three position throughout most of the 14-lap race, leaving enough at the end to defeat a loaded field. Filipino-American J.R. Celski, the 2010 bronze medalist who was born in Monterey, finished fourth. Hamelin raised his arms in triumph after crossing the finish line at the Iceberg Skating Palace. He pumped his right arm through the turn and went hard into the pads to embrace his father Yves, the team leader for Canada. Han Tianyu of China took silver. Viktor Ahn of Russia earned the bronze, giving his adopted country its first-ever short track medal. Ahn stepped on the medals podium to wild cheers from the mostly Russian crowd. He was a three-time gold medalist for his native South Korea, but after missing the Vancouver Games four years ago, he changed his name and became a Russian citizen. He was known as Ahn Hyun-soo when he won gold in the 1,500 at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Hamelin won gold in the 500 at his home country’s Olympics in 2010 and was part of Canada’s winning 5,000 relay at the 2006 Turin Games. After a long embrace with his father, Hamelin kissed girlfriend Marianne St-Gelais, who had earlier advanced to the 500 final on Thursday.

MISSING THE MEDAL. Fil-Am athlete JR Celski (extreme left) of the United States misses the medal in the 1,500 short track speed skate event of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

NEVER SAY DIE Jawo-inspired Kings force Game 7

GREGZILLA. Ginebra’s seven-foot center Greg Slaughter slams against San Mig Coffee during the Semi-Finals of the 2014 PLDT MyDsl PBA Philippine Cup held at Smart Araneta in Quezon City on 10 February 2014. Ginebra won 94-91.(Czeasar Dancel/NPPA Images)


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day. With their backs against the wall, the Kings swept the ruf from under the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers for a 94-91 win in Game 6 of the 2014 PLDT my DSL PBA Philippine Cup. Ginebra was down by one late in the ball game when James Yap was called for a loose ball foul against Mark Caguioa who went to the line for two free throws. The Mixers then drew up a play for PJ Simon but his one hander went directly into the hands of Greg Slaughter. The big man was then fouled and made his free throws. Yap went up for a desperation three from way beyond the three point line but it was way short. Caguioa led the Kings with 21 points while Slaughter added 20. LA Tenorio bounced back from the miserable ending in Game 5 to score 16 points. Marc Pingris scratched and clawed his way to 20 points in the game while Simon added 17 but the Mixers sorely lacked help from Joe Devance who only played 15 minutes due to a leg injury. Game 7 will be

on Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. The presence of living legend Robert Jaworski was not enough to power the Kings to the start they wanted. After falling behind 24-22 in the first quarter, Ginebra allowed the Mixers to score at will. The Kings had six turnovers in the second quarter, which led to six fastbreak points for San Mig Super Coffee. The Mixers held a 50-41 lead at the half. Mark Barroca led the Mixers with 10 points at the half while Ian Sangalang and PJ Simon had eight apiece. Ginebra, on the other hand, was led by Greg Slaughter who also had 10 markers while LA Tenorio backed him up with eight. Jaworski then walked into the Ginebra dugout for a pep talk at the half. The Kings teased comebacks in the third quarter. They got to within two points at 70-68 after a triple from Jayjay Helterbrand with a minute left in the quarter. However, Simon replied with two free throws to get San Mig’s lead back up to four points. Tenorio finished the third with a huge triple to bring the Kings within one at 74-73, heading into the payoff period.


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Mags Cue: Her passion for fashion

A former commercial model, Mags Lopez Calpito Cue is the brains behind MAGS, one of the country’s most successful clothing brands. Originally from Cagayan de Oro, MAGS now boasts of twenty-one branches nationwide and has dressed countless of celebrities and influential ladies in the society.

Mags with her husband.

Mags with celebrity endorser Angel Aquino.

This proud mom of three got her entrepreneurial roots from her family. Her parents had their own tailoring and dress shop which produced anything from uniform to couture dresses. “My family’s business actually sparked my interest in fashion,” explains Mags. With her distinct features and fashion intuition, she was discovered by talent scouts in Manila who offered her roles in commercials and other TV appearances. Soon after that, she met and married, Oliver John Yu Cue, who manages several businesses in Cagayan de Oro. “Honestly, it was only out of boredom that I began looking into business investments. My husband was out of the house for work most of the day and I had so much leisure time left at home. I wanted to make use of my time wisely and do something productive. I’ve contemplated on so many possibilities and reflected on what it is that really fascinates me. If I was going to open a business,

it should be something that I can really enjoy for a long time --- something that embodies who I am as a person and what I love the most. That way, it won’t feel like work. So I decided to venture into fashion. In year 2004, I opened the first branch of MAGS in Cagayan de Oro.” Aside from providing quality apparel and for women, Mags says customer relations is one of the main focus of her brand. “To us, we do not just sell clothes. We want to be part of every customer’s lifestyle.” MAGS is also known for their series of fashion shows wherein they invite their loyal customers to walk the ramp and show off their personal style. Mags Cue is definitely one beauty who has made her mark in the industry. Just last September, she was chosen as one of the 2013 Best Dressed Women of the Philippines, which is made up of a roster of women who have, as described by PCS Honorary Chairperson Imelda Cojuangco, “accomplished in their chosen passion yet remain humble; driven yet compassionate.”

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Dine out in style and fall in love at The White House STILL scrambling where to spend Valentine’s Day with your true love? You can choose to make the day extra special--classy and in style--but still very romantic that both of you will always remember. At the White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge, your Valentine’s Day date will be about you and your true love holding each other’s hand or looking at each other’s eyes—beautiful music playing softly in the background and a gorgeous set of treats on the table. Time stops with you here as you surrender yourselves to indulgence and relish the moment of being together. Lovers can choose from a seven-course meal and a ninecourse meal that will open with an Amuse Bouche to set the mood. The menu includes Ebi Tempura Temaki, Roasted Grape Salad, Wakame Clear Soup, Pan-seared Chicken in Ponzu Sauce, and Steak Frites. The Green French Tea Macaron is a sweet finale. With a glass of Spanish wine, your Valentine’s Day date at the White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge is definitely in style. This is a moment and a place so perfect for you to write your true love a song, a poem, a letter, or propose a marriage or profess an undying love and commitment. This is a fine dining experience where the setting is romantic and posh—a luxurious date romantique that both of you deserve. And chances are, if you will claim it—you will fall more deeply in love with each other at the end of the day. The White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge is located at Camella Northpoint along J.P. Laurel Avenue in Davao City. For reservations, kindly call (082) 2824540 and +639154483601.

MANANG’S CHICKEN INTRODUCES VALENTINES TREATS. Showing someone you care on Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive. Treat your special date to Manang’s 143 Valentines Meal. Get one order of any rice meal, a regular drink and one velvet sundae for the special price of Php143 per meal for a minimum of two meals per order from February 1 to 28, 2014. Manang’s Chicken is located at the Cinema level of the Gaisano Mall of Davao.



Kalilangan 2014 chill spots An aerial view of the Oval Plaza at night.

EXPERIENCE the Best Tourism Event in the Philippines under the Culture and Arts Category, the Kalilangan Festival 2014, Gensan @ 75: Living the Culture, celebrate with us Generals as we honour the pioneers and ethnic tribes of Gensan for their great historical contributions to the progress of the city. Kalilangan, is a word derived from the Maguindanaoan word kalilang, that means “celebration”, “festival” or “commemoration”. Starting from February 3 to 24, leading up to the highlights on February 2527, with a budget an even bigger budget,and tighter security measures, the city government is all geared up for the 75th founding anniversary celebration. Kalilangan will feature events such as Agri Fairs, Plaza bazaars, CulturalStreet Dancing presentations and competitions, Historical exhibits, Concerts, Zumba parties and many more! Find the event of your liking, to check out the complete list of activities visit Kalilangan Festival’s Facebook page. If you’re not yet planning to go, Gensan it’s just an hour’s bus ride away, believe me you wouldn’t want to miss this. And as for those who’re planning to celebrate with us and explore Magandang Gensan, here’s a list of places you might want to visit. For those thrifty fashionistas, drop by and try your luck on thrifting. Gensan has thrift shops all over the city, if you’re riding via tricycle, just tell them to take you to the nearest Ukay-ukay shops, or to Oval plaza where there’s a food and trade bazaar. I myself enjoy going through racks of clothes and later on upon seeing a good find, would explode with glee.

Thrifting could be exhausting, if you prefer a more comfortable environment try shopping at Veranza, Gensans first green mall. Grab a doughnut at J.Co, marvel over the numerous clothing stores, from the newly opened F&F, to 158 Designers Blvd. ,France based brand Cache Cache, and Brand Smart. If you want to know more about the history of

Gensan has thrift shops all over the city, if you’re riding via tricycle, just tell them to take you to the nearest Ukayukay shops, or to Oval plaza where there’s a food and trade bazaar. Gensan, visit the general Paulino Santos Museum at the NDDU campus. Various malls will also showcase Historical exhibits this month. For some heavenly eats, head over to Sarangani Highlands, enjoy your meal with an breath-taking view of the Sarangani bay. If your craving for

some seafood, Red Trellis Seafood Garden at Lagao is the place to be. For a little bit of rush, scream your lungs out on the Octopus ride at the Oval plaza, or hold your breath from the top of the Ferris wheel, or bring out your inner child with the other rides and games present at the carnival. Going around town is exhausting better get the best thirst quenchers in town, Gelatea and Razons Halo-halo at KCC and Infinitea fronting SM Gensan. For a fun night out swing by to Freedom Rock, dance the night away and indulge on their massive supply of foreign beers. But for those who’d like to hang on a quiet and chill place come by Valley High Street or Zanzibar at Greenleaf hotel. Tag me on your Kalilangan photos and stories on Twitter or Instagram, And follow me at @kyriekoutre for more adventures in and around my wonderland that is Gensan, Tuna Capital of the Philippines. Rides at the Oval Plaza.


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‘Powerhouse’ moves to GMA7 beginning Feb 12 AFTER a successful threeyear run in GMA News TV, where it featured the houses and lives of inspiring Filipinos, a new door opens for Powerhouse on GMA7. Launched on March 1, 2011, Powerhouse has already featured the abodes and stories of more than a hundred personalities including the country’s most powerful politicians, brightest showbiz stars, multi-awarded athletes, and wealthy entrepreneurs. As viewers marvel at the creative and artistic interiors of their living quarters, the guests were also keen in sharing with their secrets behind their success and also the valuable lessons that lead them to where they are now. Journalist and George Forster Peabody award winner Kara David stays at the helm of Powerhouse. As guests open their front doors to Ms. David, get

ready for visual and architecture euphoria as well as revelations to questions that only Ms. David can inquire. For its first offering in the Night Shift block, showbiz personality Heart Evangelista opens the door of her newest house in Quezon City. Located inside the same exclusive subdivision as her beau Senator Chiz Escudero, Heart built a beau-

tiful and cozy abode for herself. Her living room adjoins her dining area which is adorned with her favorite books and photos of her closest friends. Her small yet much used kitchen lies adjacent her dining area. She often cooks for her friends whenever they come to visit. Her walk-in closet is a wonder itself. It was designed by Sen. Escudero as a housewarming gift. In her interview with Kara David, Heart reveals the biggest changes in her life after the public falling out with her parents, her regrets, and the biggest challenges in her independent life. Mature in her decisions and comfortable in her own skin, Heart bravely answers all the difficult questions including her relationship with the Senator. Powerhouse makes its debut on GMA starting February 12, Wednesday, after Saksi.

and vintage items such as clothes, accessories, and bicycles. Tado also left behind his own tattoo shop called

“LimiTattoo.” Karen will also share the success story of married couple Marlon and Michelle Aman, who made it big by selling ice cream on sidewalks. Now, their company “Miguelito’s” earns P15 million a month. Don’t miss “My Puhunan” tomorrow, and “Mutya ng Masa” today (Feb 11), 4:45PM on ABS-CBN. For updates, follow @mypuhunan on Twitter or like www.

‘My Puhunan’ unveils side of Tado as entrepreneur

BROADCAST journalist Karen Davila uncovers the other side of the late comedian Arvin “Tado” Jimenez, was not only a staunch social advocate off-camera but also a hands-on entrepreneur. In “My Puhunan” tomorrow (Feb 12), Karen will show Tado’s shop “LimiTado,” which the program visited before Tado died in a bus accident last Friday. Tado’s shop sells one-ofa-kind statement shirts,

‘Kris TV’ moves to earlier time slot As the Queen of All Media continues her reign in the Kapamilya Network, BIG adventures await us this 2014! In celebration of Kris Aquino’s birthday month this February, she treats her viewers through extending the Kris RealiTV Experience! Starting February 10, Kris TV will air from 7:30 in the morning until 9:00 am. As part of our one hour and a half bonding, Kris welcomes us into her home to recollect all the experiences and learning she has picked up from our Kris RealiTV episodes! To kick off our extended bonding, Kris TV conquers the Middle East as Kris explores two of the seven emirates of UAE - Abu Dhabi and Dubai! Kris finally gets

the opportunity to experience what it has to offer – from must-visit food destinations to must-try adventures! Kris challenges herself to explore Dubai’s desert safari through 4x4 ride across the desert, water adventures aboard the Yellow Boat, tour of the world’s most luxurious hotel – Burl Al Arab and the newly-opened 900-millionpeso-project – The Dubai Miracle Garden! The Queen of All Media also goes on a culinary adventure to try the best Middle Eastern dishes in Dubai! Most importantly, Kris also immerses herself at the largest Pinoy community in Dubai – Al Satwa, and experiences the lives of Pinoys working in the Middle East!

More than the destinations and the activities, this will be the heart of her Dubai feature. Kris gathers inspiring and heart-warming stories of our Kapamilyas there, who struggle against the feeling of “being alone and away from the family,” just to provide for those they have left here in the Philippines. As a surprise, Kris TV lets them experience a hot air balloon ride which lets them see the beauty of the desert paradise from thousands of feet above from the ground! PLUS, Kris wraps up her Middle Eastern journey in a travel at UAE’s capital – Abu Dhabi to experience the Ferrari World - the largest indoor amusement park in the world!

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Is your skin picture perfect?

THESE DAYS, it seems that everyone has photos of themselves with clear, smooth, luminous skin on various social networking sites. Bad thing is its because they have airbrushed their skin smooth – either through photoshop or with makeup. Achieving that clear, smooth, luminous skin in real life is no longer as far-fetched as it used to be. Over brunch with dermatologist Dr. Laiza Chiu, we discussed how one could achieve celebrity-like skin that is clear, smooth, and luminous no matter what the lighting is or the angle in the camera. With prom fast approaching and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, everyone seems to be taking drastic solutions to clear up their skin and get it smooth and luminous in no time. But as with everything good in life, it doesn’t happen overnight and it takes patience and a bit of tweaking in one’s lifestyle. Ever noticed how women of leisure always seems to have flawless skin even

when they have just gotten out of bed? It’s because of their leisurely lifestyle. According to Dr. Chiu, stress plays a key factor in the state of our skin. “There are also other factors like pollution, dirt, and genes. Keeping your face clean and living a healthy lifestyle are the two most effective ways to keep your skin clear and healthy,” Chiu said. Chiu adds that skincare should be taught early as it can greatly help young adults with the changes in their skin. Since it is the season for prom, Dr. Chiu reminds the girls to make sure that they remove their makeup after the prom. “I suggest that girls use light make up, if necessary avoid using liquid/stick foundation for these may cause clogging of pores. Instead they can use mineral or gel-based foundation. In choosing make up products make sure that the label says non-comedogenic, it simply means that these will not cause formation of pimples,” Chiu said. “Do not forget to remove your make up before sleeping as

Here are some tips on how you can keep your skin clear and healthy: • Drink plenty of water, at least 2-3L/day. Water hydrates your skin and wash away toxins from the body. • Wash your face twice a day, choose a clear and mildly scented facial wash. Harsh chemicals may strip off skin’s natural oil and alters skin’s pH that makes the skin susceptible to breakouts. • For normal to dry skin, moisturize your skin every after washing. Dry skin may lead to wrinkling. • For oily-acne prone skin, avoid heavy moisturizer. Do not try to pop a pimple for you may be spreading the bacteria. Use anti acne gel or creams with antibacterial and keratolytic properties.

bacteria and dirt can cause acne and skin irritation.” Skincare is not about the latest procedure or the most expensive creams – its about making cleanliness a part of your lifestyle and that includes keeping your skin

clean at all times, after all, you don’t want to be called a photoshop beauty, right? Dr. Laiza Chiu holds clinic at the Davao Medical and Research Center along J.P. Laurel Ave. Tel. Nos (082) 284.1650

• Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher everyday even when staying indoors. It protects your skin from sun damage and prevents skin aging. • Have a good night sleep. Adequate sleep of at least 8 hrs. • Have balanced healthy diet and regular exercise.






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PHOENIX. Phoenix Petroleum vice president for external affairs Atty. Raymond Zorilla officially announces the events sponsored by the Davao-based independent oil firm during yesterday’s press launch at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at SM Lanang Premier. Lean Daval Jr.

Phoenix launches for ‘Araw’ events


EADING independent oil company Phoenix Petroleum Philippines joins the 77th Araw ng Dabaw celebration with five major sports events: the 6th Phoenix Open golf tournament, the Phoenix Family Fun run, 2014 Phoenix Premium 98 Regional 1/8 Mile Drag Racing Championship Series, 2014 Phoenix Accelerate Vega Regional Autocross Championships, and the 77th Araw ng Dabaw

Cyclomax Motocross. The 6th Phoenix Open will be held on March 8 at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club. It is open for male and female amateur golfers, 21 years old and above. Registration is until March 2, 5:00 pm at Rancho Palos Verdes, Apo Golf and Country Club, and Davao City Golf Club. The Phoenix Family Fun Run will be held on March 9 at SM Lanang Pre-

mier. Categories are 3K, 5K, and 10K. Registration is now open until March 4 at SM Lanang Premier Atrium, Phoenix Mega Station, and Phoenix Acacia Station. As the official fuel partner of the NBA, Phoenix Petroleum will give every registered runner a free NBA Sports Bottle. The first 2,000 registrants will receive a singlet. Proceeds from the Phoenix Open and Phoe-

nix Family Fun Run will go to the Phoenix Philippines Foundation, Inc. to support its programs on Education, Environment, Health and Safety, and Outreach and Disaster Relief. On March 15 and 16, Phoenix will present three motorsport races: the 77th Araw ng Dabaw Cyclomax Motocross, 2014 Phoenix Premium 98 Regional 1/8 Mile Drag Racing Championship Series, and 2014

Phoenix Accelerate Vega Regional Autocross Championships at Crocodile Park, Ma-a, Davao City. Phoenix Petroleum Philippines is the leading independent oil company with an expanding network of operations nationwide. It is engaged in the business of trading refined petroleum products and lubricants, operation of oil depots and storage facilities, shipping/ logistics and allied services.



DC belles close in on gold


AGUM CITY--The Davao City secondary crushed Davao del Sur in the semifinals of girls volleyball on Tuesday winning in straight sets, 25-14, 25-11, to reach the gold medal game in the ongoing Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) Meet 2014. The Davao tossers, represented mostly by players from the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU), never gave the Davao del Sur side with booming spikes and kills at the University of Mndanao (UM) Tagum court. The Davao bets earlier beat Panabo City, Mati City and Davao Oriental in the single round elimination before facing Davao del Sur in the crossover semifinal match. Davao City coach Kirk Mojica said the

girls deserved credit for the victory, adding that the points were well distributed from among the players he sent on the court. Davao City will gun for for the gold medal today against a tough Tagum City squad also at UM Tagum. In secondary boys voleyball, Davao City and Tagum City will also play for the championship. In elementary boys football, Davao City whipped the Island Garden City of Samal Monday night, 4-0, to reach the semifinal match against Digos City at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex. Charles Edward Ybanez scored two goals while Jasper Rey Lim and Joshua Jericho de Luna had one apiece to compete scoring for the Davao City booters.

SPLASH. Action went full swing at the pool on Tuesday in the 2014 Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) meet at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex. DavNor/PIO

NEVER-SAYDIE KINGS FORCE GAME 7 Story on page 13 GOLD. Yulia Lipnitskaya of Russia gave Russia its first gold medal in the Figure Skating Team Ladies Short Program during Day One of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Edge Davao 6 Issue 234  

Edge Davao 6 Issue 234, February 12, 2014

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