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EDGEDAVAO Serving a seamless society
RIDING WITH THE WAVES. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, executive assistant of mayor-elect Rodrigo Duterte (left), takes a break from his duties to see action at the Sarangani Bay Festival 2013 Jet Ski Invitational Challenge at White Haven Resort, Gumasa beach district, Glan, Sarangani Province. Go won in his division. (Story on page 16)
1 killed, 24 hurt SPECIAL REPORT
THE CLINCHER S&R exec: Davao has good reputation and people
By Neil Bravo
S&R OPENING. Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio (4th from right) together with Puregold chair Lucio L. Co (3rd from right), Susan Co (2nd from right), S & R president Anthony Sy (ext. left), Davao City assistant administrator lawyer Tristan Dwight Domingo (3rd from left),
avao City’s reputation for good business climate, business-friendly governance and its people were the clinching factors for retail chain S&R Membership Shopping to expand in the city. S&R formally opened its seventh outlet in Davao City yesterday—its very first since the buyout of warehouse giant Puregold and consolidating the two giants in retail chains last year. Kelly Eugene Ricks, vice president for operations of S&R, told Edge Davao in an exclusive interview that lawyer Mans Carpio (4th from left) lead the ceremonial S&R is pouring in a huge investment ribbon-cutting rites to formally open S & R Membership in the city although he did not divulge Shopping, the newest shopping center in the city along the exact amount of capitalization. McArthur Highway in Matina, Davao City yesterday. FTHE CLINCHER, 10 Lean Daval Jr.
nE person was killed outright while 24 others were injured when a speeding truck collided with a passenger bus in heavy rain yesterday morning near Gate 3 of the Holcim Cement Corporation Plant in Kilometer 16, Brgy. Tibungco, Davao City. The bus, owned by the Davao Metro Shuttle Bus Company, was bound for Tagum City when it collided with the truck. Police identified the fatality as Robert Sumampong. among the 24 injured were the bus driver, Rogelio Enclonar, and truck driver armand Lopez, both of whom were declared in critical condition. according to initial investigation by the police, the truck with plate number LFF 933 was overtaking an Isuzu trailer truck when it collided head-on with the passenger bus. Senior Police Officer 2 Arnel Masauding of the Bunawan district police station told Edge Davao that the rain could have also contributed to the accident.
FBUS-TRUCK COLLISION, 10
INSIDE: Troopers seize illegal logs BPI pushes for agri-biz dev’t in Mindanao Davao FA in Finals
2 THE BIG NEWS
3 robbery suspects arrested in Toril
HREE suspected hold-uppers were arrested by elements of the Toril police Monday evening at Immaculate Conception, Mangahan Crossing Bayabas in Toril, Davao City. Davao City Police office (DCPo) director senior superintendent Ronald dela Rosa in a text message to Edge Davao said the suspects were Marvin Quillo, Ronnie Pama and alot nogon. The three were allegedly about to rob a convenience store in Toril when police tipped off by a concerned citizen. The suspects were armed with one .45 caliber pistol with eight rounds of live ammunition, and one
caliber.357 magnum pistol with six rounds of live ammunition. The suspects were positively identified by victims of previous robbery hold-up cases in Talomo and Tugbok districts, according to Dela Rosa. The three are detained at the Toril police station to face a charge of violation of the election gun ban and illegal possession of firearms. Dela Rosa said the police will continue to go after criminals in the city. “We will identify them, hunt them down, and arrest them. We are all living in Davao City and all we want is a safe city to live in,” he said. CMP
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ONSET OF THE RAINY SEASON? An early morning shower yesterday saw ladies brandish their umbrellas. It may be too early to tell but the downpour could well signal the onset of the rainy season. Lean Daval Jr.
Troopers seize E illegally-cut logs
PAGASA advisory: Expect rainy days
By Che Palicte
ovERnMEnT troops assisted by personnel of the City Environment and natural Resources Office (Cenro) of Mati City seized 24 pieces of abandoned lauan logs estimated at 21.64 cubic meters last Monday afternoon at Sitio Kwatin, Brgy. Tagbinonga, Mati City, Davao oriental. In a press statement sent by Captain Hector de Leon, acting Civil-Military
Operations officer of the 701st Infantry Brigade (Kagitingan), said that combined elements of the 701s,t,, one squad from the 104th Division Reconnaissance Company, together with personnel from Mati Cenro headed by Matranillo Wines, seized the logs which are now under the custody of the Cenro. “We just implement Executive order number
23 under the supervision of the Department of Environment and natural Resources (DEnR),” he said. The Task Force may call upon the support of any department, bureau and office of the executive branch to assist in the discharge of its functions, such as but not limited to the provision of administrative or technical assistance, logistical support and detail of
personnel. Implementation of Eo 23) was issued to the armed Forces of the Philippines (aFP) and DEnR declaring a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in natural and residual forests and creating the anti-illegal Logging Task Force Davao oriental deputizing the aFP and Philippine national Police (PnP).
xPECT more rainy days ahead, says the Philippine atmospheric Geophysical and astronomical Services administration (PaGaSa) Davao Station. Gerry Pedrico PaGaSa Davao Station chief said that in the month of May they have monitored the start of Low Pressure areas developing which would result in rains. He said Dabawenyos should now expect the start of the rainy season. Heavy rains is the source of inconvenience for many Dabawenyos as these would result in flooded streets, however it is also a serious cause of alarm as floods in January of this year swelled the Davao River which resulted in the evacuation of 10,000 families, a freak flash flood that rampaged across Matina
Pangi River in June 28 2011, killed 32 people. Pedrico said that there is no immediate threat of tropical cyclones to hit the region this part of the year as he said that it is in the period of november to February that tropical cyclones would enter this part of the country. He said that contrary to popular belief that Davao Region is typhoon-free, there are cyclones that do visit as per historical records in the 1910s, 1930s and the 1970s. However the recent years had seen cyclones increasing in ferocity particularly Typhoons Sendong and Pablo. Meanwhile the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) is intensifying its informa-
Gov’t addressing classroom gap
MULTI-TASKING. A driver of the Davao City Traffic Eagle Squad assumes the task of manning the traffic from the enforcers yesterday after the members of the Eagle Squad got busy with the sudden increase in volume of
vehicles passing through Matina area where a new shopping establishment opens its doors to the public. Lean Daval Jr.
o meet President Benigno S. aquino III’s directive to address the 66,800 classroom shortage by this year, the Departments of Education (DepEd) and Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are addressing the situation, Malacanang Deputy Spokesperson abigail valte said in a press briefing.. She pointed out that the DepEd and DPWH are acting towards constructing more two-story classrooms in the provinces and Metro Manila. “We’re looking to cut that backlog (of class-
rooms) significantly,” valte said. She noted also the headway gained by the government under the President’s instructions to address the textbook and school furniture shortage. “Even in typhoon-hit areas, if I may mention,’yung doon sa… Davao at sa Compostela valley, ina-address na rin po natin ang kanilang mga pangangailangan, kasi meron po yatang mga structures that cannot be used because of the damage caused by the typhoon,” she added. [Pna]
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ComVal students complete summer jobs a
SIDE from daily wage for 20 working days of duty in government offices, the students under the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) implemented by Compostela Provin-
ce Governor arturo T. Uy are happy to gain experience and get acquainted with office works. Every summer, the province through the SPES Program provides summer jobs to stu-
BRAND NEW. Tagum City Mayor Rey T. Uy and City DILG Director Eliza P. Mendoza led the formal blessing of a brand new Rosenbauer TLF 4000 fire truck worth 18 million pesos for Tagum City Fire Station from the Depart-
dents (SPES Babies) in order to help their parents in preparing their needs for the opening of classes. This summer, 213 students are deployed to the different offices of the government.
The Provincial Local Government Unit has partnered with the Department of Labor & Employment (DoLE) that shouldered the 40% (P100.00) of the students’ wage. The provincial government
ment of the Interior and Local Government last May 27, 2013. The blessing was officiated by Msgr. Ulysses Perandos. [Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum City]
gives the 60% (150), a sum of P250.00 per day. Most of the SPES Babies are assigned to the Municipal LGU of their respective towns while those residing in nabunturan are deployed to the Provincial Capitol and other national line agencies. Meanwhile, with much effort to help and support those typhoon victims in the province along with various government programs, also directs the fast track implementation of the PaMana (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan) Livelihood Projects of the oPaPP (office of the Presidential adviser on the Peace Process). These projects are among the national government support to the Rebuilding and Recovery Program of the province dubbed as Tindog Comval Movement aside from about P50 Million assistance given by the Department of agriculture (Da), In his submitted “Blue Print of Recovery” to the office of the Pres-
ident, Governor Uy revealed agriculture damages in the province due to Typhoon Pablo reaching to more than P14 Billion. High value Commercial Crops Division Chief Minda agarano of the Provincial agriculturist office (PaGRo) that Governor Uy has started implementing in the whole province the agriculture interventions of Malacañang. among these are that of the PaMana Program like the distribution of cacao and rubber seedlings to the farmers for free who underwent trainings given by the province. agarano further shared that from april up to May 2013, the province has able to distribute about 161,000 seedlings of Cacao and 47,000 seedlings of Rubber in the municipalities of Monkayo, Maco, Laak, Mawab, nabunturan, and Compostela. [GRaCE aLMEDILLa/ GILBERT M. CaBaHUG, IDS-CoMvaL]
and food for work in those areas specific for food production, but more resources from other line agencies especially in debris clearing is still required,” said Mishael argonza of the World Food Program. apart from the clearing, WFP also seeks assurance from the province in the provision of non-food items such as the corn seeds and other farm inputs. Ravelo revealed that at least 4,000 bags of oPv corn is still needed as only 2,000 bags are currently available provided by Department of agriculture. The remaining requirement of seeds is yet to be released by the Da on the ensuing months while some portions may needed to be sourced out from funding organizations. WFP said that they are willing to fund production on any potential crops as soon as possible as their imminent egress of the province is already due in September. “other crops which are not available now cannot wait anymore. We can look into other possible activities that we can compliment rather than waiting for inputs
that will not come later on,” argonza said. While debris clearing is almost complete in the highways and roads, farms are next in the roster of areas bound for clearing as part of the province’s debris management for food security. Marciano Tapiador, Jr. Coordinator of the Building Back Better Movement of the province says that they intend to push through debris clearing while stepping up food security simultaneously by means of combining resources and expertise of key players to hit these two major targets rather than just merely clearing debris. Meanwhile, Governor Malanyaon has ordered the Provincial agriculturist office office to inventory all available tractors to fast track the massive clearing of lands for the promising venture of corn production. Corn production is one of the many advocacies Governor Malanyaon has set her eyes on which is included on subprojects under her flagship program in agriculture—the Pagkain at Kita program. [PIo Davao oriental]
Stakeholders step-up food security in 3 DavOr towns
FTER the successful rice production in more than 5,000 hectares across the three typhoon-hit towns in the province, the provincial government of Davao oriental along with partner organizations and agencies now looks into generating more income for the farmers through massive corn production. This is an undertaking which Davao oriental Governor Corazon n. Malanyaon deemed suitable considering corn’s short-gestation period and the vast areas available for planting. assistant Provincial agriculturist Rotchie M. Ravelo said that there is at least 6,000 hectares available area for corn production in the three towns of Boston, Cateel, and Baganga. The World Food Program and the Food and agriculture organization, both under the United nations and are the province’s key partners in the successful rice production are now combining resources in providing funds for the corn production. “There is already some sort of allocation for cash
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France blacklists PHL, 16 others for not helping foreign aid probe F
BLACKLIST. French Junior Minister for Foreign Countries and Development Pascal Canfin addresses French deputies on May 22, 2013 at the National Assembly in Paris. France has drawn up a blacklist of 17 countries including
Using technology from Davao City
Villar launches first plastic recycling factory in metro
e n At O R- e l e C t Cynthia villar wasted no time in fulfilling her promise of creating livelihood to the poor, while protecting the environment. She, together with Las Pinas Rep. Mark villar and Sen. Manny villar, recently inaugurated the first Waste Plastic Recycling Factory in Metro Manila, which turns plastic wastes into durable school chairs that could last up to 20 years. “We have a lot of plastic wastes here in Metro Manila. When disposed improperly, these result in clogging of our drainage and eventually cause flooding, spread of diseases, and many others. So we thought of processing these plastic wastes and come up into something useful. That is when I read about this technology in Davao, which processes plastic wastes into school chairs,” relayed Mrs. villar. villar went to Davao herself to witness if the technology is really working. “I have been using biodegradable wastes as resource in my other livelihood projects. I was so happy when I saw this technology, because now, we can also process nonbiodegradable wastes,
and we have tons of them here in Metro Manila,” relayed Mrs. villar. villar said she is very proud of this project not only for the livelihood it brings to the poor, but also to the environmental benefit it brings. “In processing the unavoidable plastic wastes into something useful, like school chairs, we are not only cleaning and protecting the environment, but we are, at the same time, providing livelihood to the poor – to the workers in the factory who are processing the wastes,” said villar. She explained, the plastic wastes recycling factory located in Ilaya, Las Pinas City is a pilot project of the villar Foundation. villar said if this project will be successful, it can be replicated in other provinces in the country. villar earned the moniker, Misis Hanepbuhay, because of her many livelihood projects built benefitting the poor. Before running for Senate, villar served as Congresswoman of Las Pinas for 9 years and became Managing Director of the villar Foundation, where she continued providing livelihood projects in 200 towns and cities all over the country.
Switzerland that do not help investigate foreign aid fraud, banning the use of their banks to help distribute development funds, officials said . [AFP]
RanCE has drawn up a blacklist of 17 countries including Switzerland that do not help investigate foreign aid fraud, banning the use of their banks to help distribute development funds, officials said yesterday. aides to development minister Pascal Canfin were unable to say how much French foreign aid currently transits via banks in the countries featured on the new blacklist. The blacklist expands on an already-established register of eight “non-cooperative states and territories” that already includes Botswana, Brunei, nauru, Guatemala and the Philippines. It adds Switzerland, Lebanon, Panama, Costa Rica, the United arab
Emirates, Dominica, Liberia, Trinidad and Tobago, and vanuatu. The officials justified the move by saying there was a lack of transparency in the nations on the list, adding that poor and developing countries were often the main victims of fraud. “The aim is primarily preventative, to put pressure on these countries by publicising this list to progress towards more transparency,” they said. It comes hot on the heels of a damaging scandal involving Jerome Cahuzac, a former budget minister who was once in charge of fighting tax evasion but admitted to having a secret, foreign bank account after months of denial. [aFP]
How much Cabinet members are getting
Ho was the highest paid member of President Benigno “noynoy” aquino III’s cabinet last year? The Commission on audit (Coa) revealed Proceso alcala, the head of Department of agriculture, took home the highest amount of compensation in 2012. In its latest Report of Salaries and allowances (RoSa), the commission said alcala received a total of P6.037
million in salaries, allowances and bonuses. Coa explained this included P2.515 million in salary, P729,999 discretionary expenses, P267,729 bonuses, P341,000 allowance, and P60,000 additional compensation. alcala also received P2.119 million in allowance for serving as council chairman in the national Food authority (nFa), it added. But alcala did not receive compensation
for sitting in the governing bodies in 11 other government-owned and controlled corporations like the Land Bank of the Philippines, Sugar Regulatory administration, and national agribusiness Corporation. alcala, who replaced Foreign affairs Secretary albert F. del Rosario in the top spot, only received P2 million based on the same report in 2011. Del Rosario received
P4.355 million last year, almost doubling the P2.936 salary he received in 2011, he reportedly distributed to DFa employees. Health Secretary Enrique T. ona earned P2.433 million while Science and Technology Secretary Mario G. Montejo made P2.125 million last year. They are followed by Justice Secretary Leila M. de Lima, who got P2.037 million in 2012. [Yahoo!]
aBoR and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz announced yesterday that most of the 114 distressed overseas Filipino Workers (oFWs) living in Filipino Workers’ Resource Center (FWRC) of the Philippine overseas Labor office (PoLo) in amman, Jordan are expected to return home soon. Baldoz made the statement amidst reports that the distressed oFWs are being neglected by the government, thus causing delay in their repatriation. Citing a report from PoLo-Jordan Welfare officer Mario antonio, Labor
secretary said oFWs may soon be home since they already got plane tickets. “only 31 of the 114 oFWs are here (in FWRC) since 2012. Twenty-two of the 31 have already approved airline tickets but could not be repatriated yet because the Jordanian immigration did not allow them to use merely travel documents for their scheduled exit last December,” Baldoz said. Based on the reports of PoLo, out of the 114 oFWs being housed at the FWRC, only 18 have no approved repatriation tickets. as of now, the exit documents of 67 of the
114 oFWs are being processed, while the rest who have been in Jordan for less than a year needs further negotiations. “They are the subject of negotiations because under Jordanian law, foreign workers whose employers have violated their contracts have the right to terminate these contracts,” Baldoz explained. DoLE chief also cited that the International organization for Migration is helping the PoLo negotiate with Jordanian authorities to facilitate the exit clearances of the oFWs. Further, an emergen-
cy committee has been established by Jordanian authorities to address migrant workers’ pleas for repatriation. The PoLo-Jordan’s efforts are in compliance with the DoLE’s policy enunciated by Secretary Baldoz to reducing, through case settlement, negotiation, and repatriation, the number of oFWs, sheltered at the FWRCs. “Effectively reducing the number of distressed Filipino workers at our FWRCs will enable the Centers to focus on more productive endeavors for distressed HSWs,” she said. [Pna]
Over 100 distressed OFWs in Jordan returning home L
5 THE ECONOMY
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‘Oil palm hub’ plan threat to Mindanao coconut industry T
URnInG Mindanao into an “oil palm hub” poses a threat to the coconut industry, a research institution said yesterday. The Davao Citybased alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao (aFRIM) cited a plan to convert thousands of hectares of lands into oil palm plantations, mostly in the autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (aRMM) and the Caraga region. aFRIM cautioned that the plan threatens the coconut industry, one of the island’s major source of export revenues. “The recent news article citing Mindanao by various stakeholders as “oil palm hub” poses a great threat to the coconut industry, one of the island’s major export products,” it said. aFRIM expressed apprehension on the targeted thousands of hectares of lands to be planted with oil palm after the Mindanao Development authority (MinDa) disclosed that around 900,000 hect-
ares have been identified as suitable for oil palm production with around 177,000 hectares already under negotiation. Businessman Manuel Pangilinan of First Pacific oil Co. Ltd. Has earlier reported to be considering developing 30,000 hectares of land in Davao oriental for oil palm production and processing. This province, which suffered Typhoon Pablo’s wrath in December 2012, especially the east coast where majority of coconut farmers are, has been the top producer of coconut for years, producing 1,046,224 metric tons last 2011. “These moves toward massive oil palm plantations in Mindanao may result to the ultimate demise of the coconut industry where three million of coconut farmers across the country rely on and majority is in Mindanao. Instead of making a new investment plan, aFRIM poses a challenge to the government to shift its focus on maximizing the potential of the ex-
isting coconut industry in the island. Providing adequate support to co-
conut farmers (i.e. capacity building on planting food crops, product val-
PROFITABLE. A man prints a monogram unto a school uniform while a mother waits inside Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr. Elementary School along Ponciano Reyes Street in Davao City yesterday. Monogram printing
ue adding) that they will not rely solely on copra will result to increased
income for the benefit of small farmers,” aFRIM said.
which costs P15 per uniform is a profitable business during school openings. Lean Daval Jr.
6 THE ECONOMY Stat Watch
1. Gross National Income Growth Rate (At Constant 2000 Prices)
5.4 4th Qtr 2012
2. Gross Domestic Product Growth Rate (At Constant 2000 Prices)
6.8 4th Qtr 2012
3. Exports 1/ 4. Imports 1/ 5. Trade Balance 6. Balance of Payments 2/ 7. Broad Money Liabilities
USD 3,969.51 million Dec 2012 USD 5,135.46 million Nov 2012 USD -1,585 million Nov 2012 USD -209 million Mar 2012 P 5,171,689 million Dec 2012
8. Interest Rates 4/
3.6 % Jan 2013 P155,308 million Nov 2012 P 5,381 billion Nov 2012
9. National Government Revenues 10. National government outstanding debt 11. Peso per US $ 5/
P 40.67 Feb 2013
12. Stocks Composite Index 6/
6,242.7 Jan 2013
13. Consumer Price Index 2006=100
132.4 Feb 2013
14. Headline Inflation Rate 2006=100
3.4 Feb 2013
15. Core Inflation Rate 2006=100
3.8 Feb 2013
16. Visitor Arrivals
352,438 Nov 2012
17. Underemployment Rate 7/
20.9% Jan 2013
18. Unemployment Rate 7/
7.1% Jan 2013
MONTHLY AVERAGE EXCHANGE RATE (January 2012-February 2013) Month Average December November October September August July June May April March February January
42.23 41.01 41.12 41.45 41.75 42.04 41.91 42.78 42.85 42.70 42.86 42.66 43.62
43.31 43.64 43.27 43.45 43.02 42.42 42.81 43.37 43.13 43.24 43.52 43.70 44.17
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BPI pushes for agribusiness development in Mindanao
HE Bank of the Philippine Islands is betting heavily on agriculture this year and is increasing its involvement in the sector by launching a loan program designed to benefit livestock and poultry raisers in Luzon and in the expanding business corridors in visMin such as Cebu, Panay, Cagayan de oro, Bukidnon, Davao and General Santos. Through its BPI agribusiness Solutions, the bank has crafted a program that would support commercial poultry raisers and hog farmers. The bank formally launched last May 24 the BPI agribusiness Solutions in Davao City with Executive vice President and Corporate Banking Group Head alfonso Salcedo, Jr. holding a media briefing and presenting an overview of the program, along with Senior vice President and Provincial Lending Head Reymundo Castro, and assistant vice president and agribusiness Unit Head Perlina Padilla. an earlier launch in Luzon was held in Clark, Pampanga on March 8. andrew Bateson of Genus Pig Improvement Co., (Genus PIC) talked about “Genus PIC, Helping nourish the World” followed by vincent Borromeo, General Manager of PIC Phils. who discussed “Genetic Technologies for the 21st Century.” BPI brought along its experts
LDT has recently announced that it is investing in a fiber optic link that would increase communication carrying capacity considerably and more efficiently. Competition indeed has the beneficial effect of compelling businesses to continuously innovate. This is to provide better products and services at more affordable cost to consumers. But this hasn’t always been the case in the Philippines until lately. Immediately following World War ll, policy capture has been the order of the day in this country. Back then, influential businesses, among them PLDT, have been able to secure from government legal protection from competition. Those who are old enough then should be able to recall the consequence of monopoly. In the case of PLDT the line is always busy. Without competition a monopoly has no incentive to improve its product or service. Monopolies have proliferated even more during the Marcos dictatorship where favored cronies have easy access to policy. This is until former president Cory aquino has come to power and has promptly liberalized the economy. I’ve been a party to this process as a mem-
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in Sustainable Energy Finance, which showed that agribusiness companies can use farm waste as energy source and thus reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. Technical lectures on livestock production and management capped the event. “The agriculture sector is highly important for the Philippines as it promotes food security. agriculture promises to be the key to alleviate poverty among millions of Filipinos who depend on farming and livestock raising. a stronger agri sector is needed to sustain growth and food sufficiency,” BPI said. BPI stressed that a strong participation in agribusiness development is part of its contribution to the government’s effort aimed at inclusive growth through its BPI agribusiness Solutions. This is BPI’s way of helping finance agribusiness ventures which are predominantly at the countryside and therefore help in wealth distribution as agribusiness employ less skilled workers in the provincial areas. What compelled BPI to launch its agribusiness campaign this year is its strong belief that the Philippines will be a big player in the livestock industry in Southeast asia, noting that the country is free of the dreaded food-and-mouth disease (FMD) that has been the bane of the cattle raisers in the re-
by the numbers The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) collected
P148.99 billion in tax revenues in April,
4.43 percent higher than its P142.66-billion target.
gion. Moreover, the Philippine poultry has been free from the equally lethal bird flu virus that had been decimating the stocks of chicken and duck raisers in mainland asia with virulent reg-
ularity. BPI also noted that agriculture has contributed 12.3 percent or P11.9 billion of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2011.
Metro Manila is two times more expensive than shipping the same cargo by foreign carrier from Metro Manila to Thailand which is three times farther away. This makes export products from outside of Metro Manila such as from the visayas and Mindanao less competitive. Foreign vessels must therefore be allowed to deliver cargo to and pick up cargo from any port in the country in order for the export industries of the visayas and Mindanao to prosper. The same goes for the airline industry. Foreign airlines carrying passengers from abroad may only land at naIa. They’re not allowed to fly their passengers directly to their final destinations in the Philip-
pines such as to Metro Cebu or Davao City. Local destinations are reserved for local airlines. The Philippines is endowed with superior tourist resources. The country is also the nearest tourist destination in the aSEan region from tourist outgoing countries such as Japan, Taiwan and China. Yet, tourists from these countries prefer to go to Thailand and Malaysia because coming to the Philippines is more costly. Most tourist destinations in the Philippines are in the visayas and Mindanao. But the cost and inconvenience of having to take a double ride to these destinations are driving tourists elsewhere in the aSEan region. Some tourist have to stay overnight in Metro Manila before they can take a connecting flight to their final destination in the visayas or Mindanao. I recommend that congressmen from the visayas and Mindanao take up the cudgel for their constituents with regards to the domestic shipping and airline monopolies. They must mobilize a strong lobby in congress to eliminate these last remaining legacies of post-war Philippines. The object is not to secure privilege but to ensure fairness which is always good for everyone.
ber of the 8th Congress. Competing industries have since prospered giving only the best to their customers. This precisely is the reason why PLDT is investing in a fiber optic link to please customers and secure more patronage in a now highly competitive telecommunication industry. The bad news is that there are still a couple of important industries that remain protected. These are the shipping and airline industries. Foreign cargo vessels are only allowed to unload and pick up cargo at the port of Manila and nowhere else in the country. Local shipping companies have the monopoly of picking up cargo coming from abroad which has been unloaded at the port of Manila for delivery to its final destination elsewhere in the country such as to Cebu or Davao City. They also have the monopoly of picking up cargo destined for abroad from all over the country for shipment to the port of Manila where foreign cargo vessels may pick it up for delivery to its final foreign destination. This double handling necessarily adds to cost. Moreover, the exclusive privilege is also being abused. Shipping cargo from Davao City to as of May 2013
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THE BIGGER PICTURE
See you in school, kids I
n a few days, the new school year opens and thousands of schoolchildren will be trooping back to schools.
Edge Davao takes a close look at some of the public elementary schools in Davao City where parents queue up for enrolment, browse through enrolment lists and sectioning and buy school supplies for their children. Excited? Definitely. and then some. There’s the same old problems like rising cost of school supplies, shortage of
By Lean Daval Jr. classrooms, chairs and teachers. But that’s typically Philippine education system. See you in school, kids!
8 VANTAGE POINTS
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Battle of the store chains
noTHER investment opened in Davao City yesterday and for Dabawenyos, it’s another day of shopping frenzy. S&R, a high-end warehouse shopping chain, has opened its seventh outlet in Davao City. It’s a first in Mindanao, and first of its kind catering to the upper market segment. It’s the second major retail establishment that opened in Davao City in a span of two weeks. Gaisano Grand Toril also opened last May 11 providing residents of the city’s southern portion a more accessible shopping experience. With S&R and Gaisano Grand Toril, the retail business expands its reach to a diverse market segment—from the low market segment limited in purchasing power, yet populous in number, to the upper market segment—by contrast, numbering a few, but enjoying high purchasing power. only last week, the city’s homegrown retail investment nCCC Group of Companies announced its market innovation by capitalizing on latest trends in electronic
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ERPETUaL PoLITICS aRE EnTREnCHED In oUR PoLITICIanS’ aTTRIBUTES – There is certainly plenty of reason for the people to get discouraged: barely two weeks after the midterm elections, top leaders of the contending political parties and new elective officials were already busy talking about the upcoming 2016 presidential elections. as a rule, lawmakers and elective officials are instructed by the Constitution to “maintain high standards of integrity” in the performance of their duty. There are some pretty crucial issues and pressing national concerns that need their utmost attention yet it is in early political maneuverings where their energies go. The Philippines got the offensive reputation for being a third-world but highly politicized country. In many ways and reasons, that’s nothing new after all. Why is the 2016 presidential election so special and important? To whom is it important after President Benigno aquino III ended up his term? In some ways, the country’s political history can be seen as a series of moves in which powerful and moneyed political clans and well-organized groups advanced on, confronted and ultimately outmaneuvered all their opponents. These people acted persistently and one would readily notice that immediately right after every election they will again start working for the next polls. It was the best move for any political team to come out early against their perceived rivals and rely heavily on the widespread belief that many successful politicians won in their candidacies – re-election or whatever by engaging early. not surprisingly, even during the midterm election campaign jaunts, senior leaders of the United nationalist al-
liance (Una) already floated the idea of endorsing vice President Jejomar Binay as the party’s standard bearer in the 2016 national elections. not to be outdone, stalwarts of the Liberal Party (LP) did the same thing during the group’s victory party and hinted that Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas is hand-picked by President Pnoy to be their presidential contender. Political analysts firmly believe that mapping out political plans at this early stage will depend not only on the sincerity of those keeping a moist eye on the presidency in keeping their promise to continue what had been started by their respective parties – socio-economic and political affairs, but also on the active efforts of the aspirants to protect and promote their own rights and political interests. Experts have indicated many times powerful political clans and some would-be leaders, particularly those who are now in power, do not have the capability and the will to give up power. They are such power-obsessed people that they want to cling on to power like hungry leeches for dear life. as if there is no life after the government. once they have contested an elective position, particularly if they won it, set an eye on that office as a permanent right. not only do they acquire a strong taste for public office but their influence gives them a clear advantage in elections against less prestigious opponents. To be sure, too
much politics streamed in the bloods of Filipino politicians. The early flexing of political muscles is arguably the most distasteful and disgraceful act of the major contending parties. Too bad that elective officials and would-be leaders supposedly will have the enviable task of resuscitating the country’s socio-economic tribulations, but instead they were too preoccupied preparing for the 2016 general polls. They have been sacrificing everything for the survival not of the people but for their own selfish motives and political interests. The people’s sincere hope is that the incoming elective officials and their political masters will be able to fulfill their litany of campaign promises and at the same time share the perception that the Philippines although will go through drastic changes and many difficulties lie ahead, its reform agenda and open door policy must solidly remain. Through the decades political exercises in a Philippine setting have never change at all. The mainstream politics is more complex highlighted by unhealthy elements of a capitalist society: mob rule, inefficiency, abused freedom, breakdown of law and order and cluttered government. Perpetual politics are embedded in the characteristics of our politicians. Would-be leaders or to be precise, presidential hopefuls, probably have genuine concerns for the people but many observers who are directly involved in political affairs think the idea of early politicking will do no much good. But there is no stopping the power-thirsty people who seem are getting ready for the next elections. However, they always have to bear in mind that “engaging too early in politics is both expensive and stressful when they are trying to win.”
ly after realizing that even the Samal buses and Davao’s pioneering taxis are also named “Holiday”. a n y w a y, this place is so near, so accessible and so convenient for people like me who simply want to go to the nearest white beach with complete facilities like tribal huts, swimming pool, barbeque area, clean comfort rooms, clean shower rooms, etc--- all for FREE after paying a small entrance fee of only P100 for adults and P80 for children. So, when we want to come here, we say “let’s go to Camp Holiday” and not “Kinawitnon”. although I like this place very much, I’m noT promoting this place, excuse me, because there are other beach resort areas you can go to in Samal like the Precious Garden at barrio Libudan owned by my German editor-friend Ulli Kronberg, or Mctell Resort at Catagman owned by my Swiss friend Seppi Mactell, or Punta del Sol Resort of my friend araceli ayuste, etc but they’re too far for
me, unless they make it easy for people like us to go there. Right now, like so many other beach resorts in Samal, the easiest way to reach the more popular ones like Paradise Island beach resort or Blue Jazz resort, both in barrio Caliclic, is by motorized banca provided by the resorts themselves. You simply go to their little ports somewhere along Lanang or Sasa seacoast and cross the narrow channel to their beach resorts for about seven or ten minutes ride. If you HaTE loud music and loud video singing, you’’d like Camp Holiday, like I do, because it’s quiet and decent.. The moment any beach resort have these “loud attractions”, that will be the EnD of beach resorts beside it. We saw this problem in many places in Samal island, quiet beach resorts closing down and going bankrupt because of loud music and loud video singing. Many young people who love loud music and loud video singing won’t stand a quiet beach and will demand this from resort owners who’ll give in to what they want. It’s sad and unfortunate because most families want to go to the beach just to enjoy swimming and bonding together ---- and nothing else… (Comments? Email> tradingpost_ email@example.com)
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F YoU live somewhere in Lanang district, say from nova Tierra, Fortune, Executive Homes all the way to Pilar subdivision, you can go across to Samal island and enjoy the beaches there anytime and any day because it’s so near, you can walk over in your shorts and slippers and take a swim with your family. What’s making this so convenient for Davao residents is the efficient roll-on roll-off barges of Holiday Transport at Sasa, kilometer 11 where one can simply walk over to a waiting RoRo vessel (after paying ten pesos at the gate) and go across the narrow Davao Gulf channel for free. at this point in time, this is no longer such a big deal to many residents here who have gotten used to this RoRo searide for so many months. We know it’s such a big hassle to find a good white beach in Samal because of the costly “habal-habal” ride you’d have to take and ending up in a place you hate so much because of loud videoke music sang by throaty out-of-tune wanna-be “singers”. But I found a place with my son Sean just across the sea channel beside the RoRo wharf. This place is called “Kinawitnon” a name I still find so hard to remember, because the whole port area is owned by Camp Holiday, whose presence dominates everything else, special-
Some cracks in the technocrat cult COMMENTARY By ChryStia Freeland
(1st of two parts)
E are living in the age of the technocrats. In business, Big Data, and the Big Brains who can parse it, rule. In government, the technocrats are on top, too. From Washington to Frankfurt to Rome, technocrats have stepped in where politicians feared to tread, rescuing economies, or at least propping them up, in the process. Technocrats are in vogue within the intelligentsia, too. It is well nigh impossible to pick up a book about any social or political issue nowadays (including, I hasten to admit, my own) without coming across some data-heavy social science research. and the familiar pleas for common sense and a centrist approach, free from the taint of ideology, usually boil down to a call to put the technocrats in charge. Technocrats have a lot to recommend them. We do, after all, live in the age of Big Data, and ignoring it or not being able to use it is a sure path to either bankruptcy or humiliation – witness the data jock extraordinaire nate Silver and his legendary smackdowns of columnists who rely on anecdote and intuition. But, particularly in the wake of 2008, a global crisis that technocrats both helped cause and failed to predict, there are also sound reasons not to rely mechanically on technocratic solutions. That’s why it is worth reading a new paper by Daron acemoglu of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and James Robinson of Harvard University. In their seminal 2012 book, “Why nations Fail,” acemoglu and Robinson offered a powerful new framework for understanding why some societies thrive and others decline – those based on inclusive growth succeed, while those where growth is extractive wither. Their new study, “Economics versus Politics: Pitfalls of Policy advice,” will be published later this year in the Journal of Economic Perspectives and is available now in draft form as a national Bureau of Economic Research working paper. It tackles an essential subject in the age of technocracy: the limits of technocratic thinking as a basis for policy. Their critique is not the standard technocrat’s lament that wise policy is, alas, politically impossible to implement. Instead, their concern is that policy which is eminently sensible in theory can fail in practice because of its unintended political consequences. In particular, they believe we need to be cautious about “good” economic policies that have the side effect of either reinforcing already dominant groups or weakening already frail ones. “You should apply double caution when it comes to policies which will strengthen already powerful groups,” acemoglu told me. “The central starting point is a certain suspicion of elites. You really cannot trust the elites when they are totally in charge of policy.” an example discussed in the paper – and an issue on which acemoglu changed his own mind in the course of writing it – is the role of trade unions.
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RICKS. “We are putting a lot of money in here and a lot of inventory in here, so it’s a big investment.” Lean Daval Jr.
“It’s a big investment, we’re a large corporation, we’re part of Puregold Corporation. We are putting a lot of money in here and a lot of inventory in here, so it’s a big investment,” said Ricks. Ricks put in simple terms the relationship between Puregold and S&R after the consolidation of the two businesses. “It’s owned by the same person and they just combined it into one entity,” he explained. Technically, Puregold bought S&R for P16.5 billion via a share swap. Lucio Co owns both Puregold and S&R. Ricks describes the consolidation as successful. “Works very good, you have your higher end market, and
then your middle class and the lower, it’s a broad scope of market, it’s been very successful we’ve done this in Manila and it’s very successful.” When asked if Puregold has bought the Davao Central Convenience Store chain, Ricks said he is not aware of the transaction but hinted there is a possibility of expansion. “actually I’m not aware of that. I know that Mr. (Lucio) Co (owner) is diversifying his business.” “There’s a lot of convenience stores in the Philippines right now and if you are looking at S&R being the upper market and Puregold being in the middle and if there is a segment of the market that we don’t have it’s the
convenience store market,” Ricks bared. aside from the capital investment S&R is infusing into Davao’s economy, Ricks also said they have employed over 200 Dabawenyos. “We have over 160 that we hired and a lot of those are managers and supervisors that we sent to Manila for training and then we brought them back,” he said. “aside from the 160, there’s the consignment vendors they have their own employees in their stores, so overall there are probably over 200 employees and if we are successful then we will determine if we are going to add to that.” Ricks thinks Davao, their seventh outlet, could be a lucky invest-
ment. “Seven is a lucky number and we’re sure Davao will be very lucky for us also and we’re very excited about just getting in here.” S&R is currently constructing its 8th outlet in Mandaluyng and 9th in Manila. “We’re looking for next sites next year, we will continue to expand the S&R concept,” Ricks said. Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte, who presided over the ribbon cutting ceremonies of the new S&R outlet, said she welcomes S&R to the city and thanked the investors for their confidence in Davao City as well as the employment of Dabawenyos and tapping local resources for some of the store’s retail supply requirements.
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READY TO ROLL. A security personnel passes by an array of grocery carts outside S & R Membership Shopping which opens its doors to the public yesterday
along McArthur Highway in Matina, Davao City. Lean Daval Jr.
Bus-truck collision.. FFROM 1 Masauding added that the victims were brought to different hospitals namely: Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Bajada, Davao Doctors Hospital, Davao Medical School Foundation Hospital and Rivera Hospital in Panabo City.
“The investigation is on-going and I am still on the process of knowing the victim’s identities,” he said. according to a staff of the bus company (whose name was not immediately available) the management of the bus company said it would shoulder the
hospital bills of the injured passengers and assured financial assistance to the family of Sumampong. In a report from the television, it was known that the owner of the truck is Isidoro Uy who is the brother of Davao Metro Shuttle owner Rey Uy.
tion, education and communication campaign regarding its Project noaH (nationwide operational assessment of Hazards) website. Project noaH website (www.noah.dost.gov. ph) is designed to show the following: weather outlook which shows the probability or like-
lihood of rain in a particular area; flood map which shows location or areas prone to flood, including the flood height; and the weather station data which presents the amount of rainfall, temperature, wind speed and direction, air pressure and humidity in an area. according to Dr. al-
fredo Mahar Lagmay, program leader of Project noaH, the website is a tool for the public to become more aware and also be prepared as they can identify prevailing weather conditions, weather forecasts and geo-hazards in their respective localities. [PIa 11/RG alama]
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avao City Water District has scheduled two sets of water service interruption in some city parts. First set is a six-hour water cut on May 31 from 9:00 aM to 3:00 PM affecting the entire SM village and alzate Compound in Bangkal. DCWD’s crew will tap the newly replaced mainline pipes for the mainline replacement project at SM village as part of DCWD’s campaign to reduce non-revenue water. Second water cut is scheduled for seven hours from 9:00 PM of June 1 until 4:00 aM of June 2 and will affect a portion of Davao Bukidnon Road (from Tugbok to Ulas Cemetery) and the entire areas of: Tugbok, Mintal, Tacunan, Catalunan Pequeño, Catalunan
Grande, Matina Pangi Relocation, Libby Road, Carmelo Porras Subd., Reldo village, San Lorenzo village, Toscana Subd., Kabataan Center association, adciville Subd., Rosalina village I, Bago nalum, Bago Gallera, Samantha Homes, Mega Homes, Kaliraya Subd., Gallera de oro Subd., Catotal Subd., Bavnai village and Seaside Bago aplaya. This water cut is needed to allow the DCWD technical crew to replace the defective 250mm diameter butterfly valve at the corner of new Loon Road and Davao-Bukidnon Road. DCWD acting general manager Edwin v. Regalado appeals for the understanding and cooperation of wouldbe affected customers and advises them to store enough water
prior to the scheduled water interruptions as water supply may be restored earlier if work goes smoothly or later if unforeseen problems arise. The general public may call the DCWD trunk line at 221-9400 and press “1” on their phone dial to listen to the latest daily water updates, or contact its call center through the 24-hour hotlines 221-9412, 0927-7988966, 0908-441-0653 or 0925-511-3293 for updates, complaints, queries and other matters pertaining to DCWD services. This announcement is also posted on the DCWD website (www. davao-water.gov.ph) and official Facebook account (www.facebook.com/davaocitywaterdistrict). [Jovana T. Duhaylungsod]
expert four stroke 250 – 260hp class. Using a Kawasaki Ultra 300, ng outclassed Jojo Daquil for the title in the open/expert four stroke 280 – 300hp division. Go completed a 1-2-3 finish for Davao by copping the third place honor despite only using a Yamaha FZR 260hp. “We traveled to Glan to compete and gave our best shot,” said ng. “and, it successfully gave us a triumphant finish,” The veteran riders Go and ng - conquered the strong and big waves at the Gumasa beach district, which is chris-
tened by locals and visitors as the “Boracay of the South,” to lord over and take a sweet revenge against Gen. Santos riders. Davao finished second to Gensan in last year’s Jamaican Jet ski Invitational at Sunset Beach Park in Island Garden City of Samal. ng also won the offshore open division trouncing Gensan riders Bobby Galvez and Frederick Lagudas, who finished second and third respectively. Go and ng, a stalwarts in the national jet ski competition in the
late 90’s but was out of action for more than a decade, were invited by organizer Bobby valdez, a rider himself. In two stroke 951 – 1300cc category, Renato Militante of Stingray/ Davao emerged champion as Rey Lait of SJSa/ Gensan and Ray anthony Militante Stingray/Davao placed second and third, in that order. The SarBay 2013 Jet ski Invitational Challenge, organized by Socsargen Jet Sports association (SJSa), was held in celebration of the Sarangani Bay Festival 2013.
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Globe unveils ‘best- S ever MySuperPlan’ T
aKInG cues from its recently rolledout peso-equalspoint rewards platform, Globe Telecom unveiled an improved MySuperPlan service that you may want to consider if all-out personalization ranks high on your preference. all offers under Globe’s all-new MySuperPlan now have a monthly allocated cor-
responding peso value (Pv), and these Pvs have nearly twice the value of prepaid load. Plan 999, for instance, has a monthly allocation of P1,700 Pv, which you can spend on individual call, text, or data packages; a combination of two or all three services; and gadgets. Speaking of getting the latest devices, Globe MySuperPlan allows you
to choose from a selection of budget (think Cloudfone Thrill 430x) to highend gadgets (think Samsung Galaxy S4) on flexible cash-out options—or none at all—and lock-up periods (6-, 12-, 18-, 24-, and 30-month contracts). The general idea here is that the longer the lock-up, the better or the more valuable the device you’re getting. Globe’s revamped
Self-healing ‘thinking’ chips for your gadgets
postpaid scheme can also be bundled with optional add-on servicesshould your monthly peso value leave you wanting more. The boosters range from 50MB of data at P99, unlimited SMS to Globe/TM subscribers at P349, and unlimited BlackBerry Web browsing at P599. Boosters can be changed as often as monthly and are charged on top of your bill.
BEST EVER. Globe Consumer Business Group head Peter Bithos presents their improved MySuperPlan.
YouTube app for Windows Phone
oLLoWInG a row over an ad-free YouTube app for Windows Phone, Google and Microsoft have settled their differences on the matter and are working on a Google-approved app. This would make sure users of Windows Phone would not be barred from watching YouTube videos from their devices, tech site Mashable reported. “Microsoft and YouTube are working together to update the new YouTube for Windows Phone app to enable compliance with YouTube’s aPI terms of service, including enabling ads, in the coming weeks. Microsoft will replace the existing YouTube app in Windows Phone Store with the previous version during this time,” Mashable quoted Microsoft as saying in a statement. Earlier this month,
Google - which owns YouTube - asked Microsoft to remove the YouTube app by May 22. Microsoft complied and replaced the app with a previous version but it still did not support ads. However, it pointed out it did not have the necessary technical tools that only Google has. “now it seems those requests got to the right people, and the two parties hashed things out,” Mashable said. a separate article on The next Web said Microsoft and Google may come out with the app in the coming weeks. “(I)t appears that Google has finally agreed to play ball, though it’s not clear what Microsoft had to offer to pull off a deal. Ultimately, it appears that every Windows Phone user who uses YouTube will benefit from a Google-approved app,” it added.
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elf-heAlIng “thinking” chips may soon make devices such as mobile phones and tablets much less prone to system failure by figuring out how to recover from trouble—by themselves. Researchers from the California Institute of Technology said the self-healing chips they created show promise, as they developed workarounds to bypass damaged components. “You tell the chip the results you want and let it figure out how to produce those results,” an article on PC World quoted CalTech graduate student and researcher Steven Bowers as saying. He said that with more than 100,000 transistors on each chip, there is no way for human designers to predict which particular component may fail. Thus, he said they designed the system in a “general enough” way that it figures how to keep going, “without external intervention.” CalTech said the researchers used onchip sensors that check temperature, current, voltage, and power, and send the data to a central processor. But the processor is designed to “draw its on conclusions” instead of rely on specific in-
structions. “It was incredible the first time the system kicked in and healed itself,” Caltech electrical engineering professor ali Hajimiri said. He added such an “electronic immune system” can open up a world of possibilities. “It is truly a shift in the way we view circuits and their ability to operate independently. They can now both diagnose and fix their own problems without any human intervention, moving one step closer to indestructible circuits,” he said. PC World quoted Dan olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group, as saying such self-healing chips in tablets, smartphones, and laptops would be major progress. “This new technology could help to keep performance at a high level by routing around internal components that have failed or are getting long in the tooth,” said olds. But olds said the challenge is how to program and implement this capability on a large scale. “They’ve put together an interesting demonstration project, but it’s a long way from being placed in any actual device,” he said.
er, you need to remind yourself that you’re looking at a P5,990 smartphone. So if you need an affordable device with a relatively large display, you probably want to check out this ascend.
Those who want to get the ascend G510 on a plan can still avail themselves of the phone from Sun Cellular. We also got word that Globe Telecom will be offering the Huawei on contract this week.
Huawei Ascend G510 to hit PHL retail shops at P5,990
LMoST a month after Sun Cellular started offering the Huawei ascend G510 for free at Sun Plan 450, the android smartphone is heading for retail stores this week. and true to Huawei’s promise to bring decent functionality, form factor, and firepower to the bargain-basement market, the company is putting a low P5,990 price tag on the ascend G510. The handset already runs android Jelly Bean and is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon MSM8225 chipset clocked at 1.2GHz. The IPS screen is as big as the nokia Lumia 920’s at 4.5 inches. Combine that with DTS surround sound, and you have an entertainment device on your hands. If the 4GB internal
memory is not enough for your apps, there’s always the Huawei ascend G510’s microSD slot, which accepts up to 32GB cards. The 512MB RaM may be another cause for concern. Howev-
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MVP. Dindi Santiago of National University spikes one over the defense of Ateneo de Manila in Game 2 of the Shakey’s V League Finals. Santiago was adjudged MVP and her team levelled the series 1-1.
oUR Run 2, aimed to raise funds to build classrooms in one of the towns hit by the Typhoon Pablo in Davao oriental is gets going this Sunday, July 2, at the abreeza Mall. The proceeds will go to the building of classrooms in San alfonso Elementary School in Cateel, Davao oriental. “The event is for the benefit of the Children’s Hour, a national fundraising and fund giving organization which supports projects for the education, health and protection of underprivileged children,” said Erlinda Basa, chairman of the Children’s Hour Davao at the SCooP of the Royal Mandaya Hotel yesterday. Registration fee is P350 with singlet and P200 without singlet. The categories are the walk or run for 3K, 5K and 10K. Registration forms are available at BPI and BPI Family Bank Branches or at Globe Stores in abreeza Mall, SM Davao and SM Lanang. also present at the weekly public sports program sponsored by the TRMH, Genesis 88, Mulatto outdoor, Dexter’s Pizza at the Stadium and Beefit Gym was Jambie del Rosario, president of the ayala Business Club. “Hour Run 2 is a great opportunity to enjoy the health benefits of running while at the same time advocating for children’s rights and welfare for a minimal amount,” del Ro-
sario said. “Let’s get fit and advocate for children’s welfare!” added del Rosario, who said that aBC Davao is helping the event because “the Filipino average IQ is 86; ranked 52 out of 82 countries surveyed” “(There is) typical of elementary school dropouts; categorized as unskilled workers; below or low average,” del Rosario said. She added that “the state of our education system now is that the public schools lack 66,800 classrooms.” “The government’s budget allocation only covers around 57,000 classroom; the private sector, through the 55-75 Education Reform Movement is responding to government’s call for support through a campaign called “Bayanihang Pampaaralan.” BP aims to raise the resources required to build 10,000 classrooms in two years. Del Rosario said that a “private-sector led movement billed as the 57-75 aims to reverse the education crisis through focused interventions.” “57 is the national average score of public elementary school students in the national achievement Test, while 75 is the passing mark,” she said. The partners in the campaign include the League of Corporate Foundations, where the ayala Foundation is a member.
Davao twins earn Jiu Jitsu blue belts
HE talented Lim twin brothers Marc and Mike of the Cenojas Mixed Martial arts (CMMa) of Davao City are now the country’s youngest blue belters in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu martial arts. “Despite their very young age of only 16 years old, the twins were awarded the Blue Belts for also joining in the Men’s division,” said CMMa head instructor Marco Cenojas in the SCooP of the Royal Mandaya Hotel today. “This Blue Belt is usually only given to players in the men’s division. They Lims) are the only ones so far to have achieved it and this for the record,” said Cenojas. The Lims have been dominating their categories in the Junior division and also have been seeing action in the Men’s division in the past competitions. In the recent 2013 Pan asia BJJ and no Gi competition held at SM Mall of asia in Pasay City and participated in by players from
United States, Guam, Korea, Borneo, australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Philippines, Marc Lim bagged four golds in the Junior’s division – under 79.3 kg. (BJJ); Men’s Division – under 76 kg. (BJJ); Junior division- under 77.3 kg. (no Gi) and Men’s Division – under 79.5 kg. (no Gi). Mike Lim,, on the other hand, won a gold in the Junior’s – under 69 kg. (BJJ) and Junior’s Division – under 67 kg. (no Gi). He also earned a silver medal in the Men’s – under 70 kg. (BJJ) and a bronze in the Men’s – under 67.5 kg. (no Gi). “It was only one week before the event that they were given the go signal to play by their doctor due to their recent injuries,” Cenojas said. The Lims, who are incoming senior high school students of the Stella Maris academy, said that “the adrenalin and determination plus prayers were the reasons why we were able to play.”
Little Miss Sagala 2013 “When I grow up, I want to be a fairy. I want to turn everyone into kings and queens.” This statement is not a usual answer from kids in a beauty pageant, but it there is so much honesty and innocence in it that audience couldn’t help but cheer and clap. Two weeks ago, I was invited as one of the judges in SM City Davao’s search for the Little Miss Sagala. The segment was actually the prelude to the main part of the show, which is the Grand Sagala Gown Competition among local designers. Given that it was a Sunday, I went yaya-less, toting my 6-year old daughter with me. In City Davao invited local a way, my Tatiana acted as designers to create gowns judge herself, whispering using eco-friendly mateher thoughts on the little rials, to be worn by their girls’ gowns and hairdo. choice muse. The Little Sagala is a religio-histor- Miss Sagala catergory, for ical beauty pageant held in me, served not only as a various towns in the Phil- friendly competition, but ippines during the month also an avenue with which of May. It is one of the most adults can educate and colourful festivals celebrat- pass on to kids the signified around the country, cant aspects of this reliand is greatly supported gious celebration. by reputable personalities We heard a lot of ooh’s and artists in the entertain- and ahh’s from the aument and fashion industry. dience as girls paraded For this special edition around the mall and anof the traditional Flores de swered million dollar Mayo / Santacruzan, SM FLittle Miss Sagala 2013, A4
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Waterfont’s Vinta Bar reopens
UNwiND and chill while enjoying various genres of hit songs across the decades at Vinta Bar of waterfront insular Hotel Davao. Relive the vibrancy of Vinta Bar as it re-opens its doors to reclaim its prominence as the bar of choice among Davao bar goers. General Manager, Rouel P. Guanzon said, “Vinta Bar has always had its appeal across generations in all Davao City. The time has come to reinvent it while keeping its nostalgic persona and character.” Distinct from the usual pubs and disco bars in the city, Vinta boasts of its homey and calming yet classy 5-star feel. its outdoor allows for an al-fresco experience that makes one blend nature-tripping while enjoy upbeat sounds from hits of the past up to the present Food is another plus to this night spot. Vinta Bar provides an alternative venue that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city bars. The relaunching of the Vinta Bar showcases many “firsts”, apart from the delectable array of appetizers, drinks and cocktails that the bar has to offer. One of the management’s plans is to come up with nightly themes and bi-monthly events that will definitely hook any party aficionados. it will also be a venue to allow aspiring, budding solo artists and bands to take canter stage in their pursuit of making it big in the entertainment scene. it is sure to be a new place to be as it aims to offer Davaoenos the best option to unwind from a hustle bustle city life. Take advantage of its 20% off promo on all standard beverages until the end of May. Bring your barkada to relive the funky and punky yester years that Vinta Bar used to be known for. Vinta Bar is located at waterfront insular Hotel, a gateway to the diverse, colorful and rich cultural heritage of Davao City. For more information on the hotel, contact (082) 223 2881 to 87 or visit www.waterfronthotels.com.ph For updates on Vinta Bar, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/waterfront.davao.
SM Davao Cartoon Fest closes with The Lorax on May 29! THiS summer, a lot of meeting and greeting with your favorite cartoon characters has been happening at SM City Davao. This wednesday, SM brings to Davao the tree-hugging fluffy orange character The Lorax at the Main Mall Atrium, 2 PM. Dr. Seuss’ Lorax is the 5th and final instalment of SM Davao’s Cartoon Fest which also featured Pink Shoes Barbie, Tom & Jerry, Monster High and Angry Birds early this month. Plus, watch out for photo opportunities at the Green Lantern photo area, and bask in the sun and sand with “Hello Kitty at the Beach” at the ground floor Annex. Everything for the kids and the kidsat-heart is at SM Davao! Admission is free. Cartoon Fest is also happening at SM Lanang Premier and SM City General Santos. For inquiries, call 297.6998 local 126. Like SM City Davao on Facebook or follow @smcitydavao on Twitter for event and promo updates.
Calcium, fish oil, B vitamins could extend your life NuTrITIoNaL supplements and vitamins are an increasingly popular way for people to ensure their bodies get the nutrition they need, even if their diets are less than perfect.
While many claims circulated about the benefits of vitamins are anecdotal, ongoing clinical research is helping to separate myth from fact and to show how supplements can help people stay healthy by lowering the risk of common diseases. Calcium may help women live longer Most postmenopausal women are encouraged to take calcium supplements to protect against the degenerative bone disease osteoporosis, but new research from McGill university in Canada says that 1,000mg of calcium a day can also help these women live longer. The Canadian Multicentre osteoporosis Study tracked the health of 9,033 Canadians for 12 years, and during that time, 1,160 participants died. Those women who took calcium supplements fared better than their peers, but the protective benefits did not extend to men, according to the study, published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. “Higher amounts of calcium were potentially linked to longer lifespans in women, regardless of the source of the calcium,” lead author Dr. Da-
vid Goltzman of McGill university said in a press release. “That is, the same benefits were seen when the calcium came from dairy foods, non-dairy foods, or supplements.” Fish oil, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes Fish oil supplements, which are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, may help lower a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease, according to another study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health say fish oil capsules do this by increasing levels of the hormone adiponectin, which helps the body regulate glucose levels and inflammation. They reviewed information from 14 clinical trials involving more than 1,200 patients. “although higher levels of adiponectin in the bloodstream have been linked to lower risk of diabetes and coronary heart disease, whether fish oil influences glucose metabolism and development of type 2 diabetes remains unclear,” lead author Jason Wu said in a press release. “However, results from our study suggest that
“Higher amounts of calcium were potentially linked to longer lifespans in women, regardless of the source of the calcium,”
higher intake of fish oil may moderately increase blood level of adiponectin, and these results support potential benefits of fish oil consumption on glucose control and fat cell metabolism.” according to the National Center for Complementary and alternative Medicine, about 37 percent of u.S. adults take fish oil supplements. B vitamins may help protect against al-
zheimer’s university of oxford researchers say that vitamin B supplements may protect the brain from the degenerative effects of alzheimer’s disease (aD). In clinical trials, researchers gave patients with an increased risk of dementia high-dose treatments of the B vitamins folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12, and found that the treatments slowed brain shrinkage over the course of two years. researchers say the therapy works because B vitamins decrease levels of homocysteine, an amino acid, which in turn decreases the amount of atrophy in the brain’s gray matter. In their study, homocysteine levels were nearly 30 percent lower in those receiving the B vitamin treatment. “our results show that B-vitamin supplementation can slow the atrophy of specific brain regions that are a key component of the aD process and that are associated with cognitive decline,” the researchers concluded. Their study was published in Proceedings of the National academy of Sciences. researchers said that further B vitamin supplementation trials should focus on elderly patients with high homocysteine levels to determine if the progression to full-fledged dementia can be prevented.
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GMA Mundo Mo’y Akin stars at SM City Davao on June 1 ALDEN Richards, Louise delos Reyes and Lauren Young will be visiting SM City Davao on June 1, Saturday.
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Richards, delos Reyes and Young star in GMA’s newest drama series offering Mundo Mo’y Akin where their characters find themselves in a gripping love triangle. Mundo Mo’y Akin, premiered last March 18, promises a compelling storyline that explores the insatiable quest for beauty and wealth with its characters are ensnared in a game of deceit and betrayal. Catch the dashing Alden with the talented beautiful ladies Louise and Lauren live at the SM Davao Annex Event Center on Saturday, 4 PM. Admission is free. For inquiries, call 297.6998. Like SM City Davao on Facebook or follow @smcitydavao on Twitter for event and promo updates.
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Will Smith tries to kick a soccer ball, totally misses it at champions league festival wiLL Smith is no legend when it comes to playing soccer.
The After Earth star may be known for kicking some major butt onscreen, but he proved that kicking a soccer ball offscreen is a totally different story when he attended the Champions League Festival in London over the weekend. So what went down? will hit the soccer field with his son (and costar) Jaden and prepared to make a penalty kick. in a very dramatic fashion, he ran up to it, tried to kick it… and missed the ball altogether on his first attempt.
After will’s embarrassing moment had already occurred, Jaden managed to take a little bit of that attention away when he successfully made contact with the ball (he is the Karate Kid
after all). Perhaps will can take some lessons from Jaden during the remainder of their promotional tour? The father-son duo’s After Earth hits theaters May 31.
Gisele Bündchen: Our imperfections make us unique and beautiful GiSELE Bündchen is arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world, and she’s come to accept and love the few flaws that she may have.
The Brazilian model admitted to Fashionista that her latest campaign with Johan Lindeberg for BLK DNM was shot without any professional hair and makeup (or Photoshop!). “i loved his approach
because i feel like women should be really real and raw,” she said. “i love that feeling of, you know, we are women, we are so different, our imperfections are what makes us unique and beautiful. [Lindeberg’s] not trying to retouch you or put a pretty light on you.” Let’s be honest—when you look as gorgeous as Bündchen, you don’t need any help in the beauty department anyway!
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questions onstage. They gracefully sashayed in gowns handpicked / made by supportive mothers who cheered endlessly at the back. Some gowns had a semblance to those of the Disney princesses, while there were also notable ones in traditional Filipiñana designs infused with a bit of modern pizzazz. The judges for the kids’ segment were asked to select the top three based
on decorum, poise, confidence, appeal, and intelligence. I, together with the other judges, former Miss International Nadia Shami included, found it difficult to choose among the ten contestants. These brave souls have conquered stage fright, confidently walked and posed for the cameras, and were also able to outwit and leave the hosts speechless at times with their answers. “Please
translate your question to English,” one of them quipped. The models for the Grand Sagala Gown Competition joined the little girls in a short procession around the mall. Shortly after that came the awarding. The main title was awarded to 6-year old Florence Julienne asistido, followed by the next 2 titlists 7-year old Candesse
Gabrielle Bartolome and 9-year old rania Muller. Designer Egay ayag, with his gown worn by muse Krizzaleen Valencia, took home the first prize. Joey Hamabal and Maru Bernalte came in second and third. Thank you apol and Lara for inviting me and my daughter to your event. Congratulations to your team and to all the winners!
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Spurs sweep Grizzlies
EMPHIS -- Tim Duncan will get a chance to win one for the thumb. The San antonio Spurs star, already with four championship rings, is headed back to the nBa Finals. Tony Parker scored 37 points Monday, his highest total of the year, regular season and postseason, and the Spurs completed a sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies with a 93-86 win. The Spurs won the middle two games of the Western Conference finals in overtime before putting away the Grizzles at FedExForum. San antonio is in the Finals for the first time since 2007. The Spurs opponent will be either the Miami Heat or the Indiana Pacers. Miami leads the Eastern Conference finals two games to one. “This is a special run for me,” the 37-year-old vet-
eran said before Monday’s game. “I really want to get this one done. I want to get back to the Finals. I want to win another championship. It’s been a long time.” Duncan scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Kawhi Leonard added 11 points, six rebounds and five steals. Quincy Pondexter led the Grizzlies with 22 points. Marc Gasol added 14 points, five rebounds and five assists, and Zach Randolph had 13 points and eight boards. Gasol hit a short shot with 48 seconds left to cut Memphis’ deficit to 89-86. Parker drove the lane at the other end and was fouled on his layup attempt. He hit both foul shots with 29 seconds remaining, pushing San antonio’s edge to 91-86. Parker iced the game with two more free throws after Splitter blocked a Jerryd Bayless jump shot.
Davao FA in finals PFF-SUZUKI U23
UMaGUETE CITY –Francis Jay abalunan came down with the goal that’s worth its weight in gold, knocking in the winning goal in the extra period to enter the finals of the 2013 PFF Suzuki Cup U23 Football Championship in Dumaguete City. With that lone goal, Davao Fa was able to snatch the spotlight from north Cotabato Fa in yesterday’s semifinals at the Gov. Mariano Perdices Memorial Coliseum. With both sides ended scoreless after the
Slow start P for Rafa
aRIS (aP) -- Rafael nadal knows this story well. all too well. Saw it up close the previous time he played in a major tournament. Early round, main stadium, unknown opponent taking risky
NADAL. Slow but sure.
regulation period, Francis Jay abalunan nailed Davao’s winning goal in extra time, on a scramble inside the penalty area during extension, to pull away with the victory. During the two halves of regular time, north Cotabato had more chances in making goals, having more of the possessions. En route the semis, Davao registered 6 points in the elimination to end no. 2 in Group B. They won over Feder-
swings and putting everything in. at Wimbledon nearly a year ago, it was 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol who took it to nadal and beat him in the second round. at the French open on Monday, in nadal’s return to
ated Fa of Masbate, 1-nil followed by Zamboanga del norte-Dipolog Fa, 3-nil but bowed to powerhouse and defending champion noFa-Ceres, 5-nil. Grand Slam action after missing seven months with knee trouble, it was 59th-ranked Daniel Brands in the guest-star role. Like Rosol, Brands is 6-foot-5 and lanky. Like Rosol, Brands employed
SWEEP. Tony Parker, weaving through heavy traffic (top photo) has delivered a promise to ageing veteran Tim Duncan (lower photo).
a go-for-broke style and was hitting big. and for one whole set and most of the next during a firstround match in Court Philippe Chatrier, against the most successful man in Roland Garros history, it worked.
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ONE STEP CLOSER. Maria Sharapova gets win no. 1 in Roland Garros.
aRIS (aP) -- Serving well, Maria Sharapova began her French open title defense with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over 42nd-ranked Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan on Monday. The second-seeded Sharapova did not face a break point during the 54-minute match on
Court Suzanne Lenglen, in part because she did not double-fault once and won 89 percent of her first-serve points. She dictated the action, compiling a 25-8 edge in winners, including the backhand she hit to end the match. a year ago, Sharapova won the champion-
ship at Roland Garros to complete a career Grand Slam, adding to her titles from Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. open in 2006, and the australian open in 2008. She has won 37 of her past 38 first-round matches at major tournaments. Her opponent Monday is 0-5 in Paris. no STRUGGLE There was no such struggle for the tournament’s other defending champion, Maria Sharapova, who needed all of 54 minutes to overpower
42nd-ranked Hsieh Suwei of Taiwan 6-2, 6-1. or for 2011 women’s titlist Li na, a 6-3, 6-4 winner against anabel Medina Garrigues. or for 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone, who also won in straight sets. no. 4-seeded agnieszka Radwanska, last year’s runner-up at Wimbledon, kept pace with her younger sister Urszula - producer of a three-set victory over venus Williams a night earlier - by eliminating Shahar Peer 6-1, 6-1.
FRENCH JOURNEY SHARAPOVA BEGINS DEFENSE
WHACK IT. Caroline Wozniacki shows fine form in her first match on clay.
BACK TO THE BEACH Yes, Bong Go can shoot threes, and yes, he could ski with the best
E know he can shoot threes, but we didn’t realize he could still glide with the waves. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, executive assistant of Davao City Mayor-elect Rodrigo Duterte, rekindled his old jet ski prowess, joining fellow veteran Johnny ng in dominating the Sarangani Bay Fes-
tival 2013 Jet Ski Invitational Challenge The duo won in sizzling fashion besting top foes from General Santos City and Manila at White Haven Resort in Gumasa beach district, Glan, Sarangani Province over the weekend. Go and ng of Jet Ski association of Davao (JSaD) renewed zest and
enthusiasm in their quest for top honors in this tournament as they topped the open/expert four stroke 250 – 260hp and 280 – 300hp division respectively. Go, a veteran of jet ski racing since 1996, bested CD Daquil of SJSa/Gensan and Dennis arquiza of JSaD/ Davao, who finished second and third respectively in the open/
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BONG GO. Back to jet ski.