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DAVAO’S TOP 50 TAXPAYERS

Retail firms are best taxpayers By Greg G. Deligero

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AST bucks, fast revenues. Retail companies such as malls are proving to be the best taxpayers in Davao City. Latest figures from the local Business Bureau showed half of local taxpayers in 2012 belongs to the retail business. Among the top 50 tax paying corporations in Davao City, retail companies paid the bulk of local taxes vital in implementing the local government’s programs and projects aimed to improve the delivery of basic social and economic services

to the people. Records of the Business Bureau showed that the top 50 paid a combined P315.84 million in taxes or 21.75% of the P1.45 billion total local tax revenues that the city collected from 32,597 business establishments registered in 2012. The retail trade, considered as one of the key economic growth drivers in Davao City, is almost half of the top 50 taxpayers ( 23 companies), sharing 40.13 percent of the total taxes paid amounting

to P126.71 million. Top retail companies include the SM Department Store and Supermarket, NCCC Supermarket, Gaisano Mall of Davao, SM Appliance Center, Davao Central Convenience Store, NCCC Department Stoe, Felcris Supermarket, Park N Shop Supermart, Davao Central Warehouse Club, Davao Citi Hardware and Ace Hardware. The retail sector is followed by utility companies which shared 26. 35 percent amounting to P83.22

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Drugs in retail stores dangerous to health

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BURNED EQUIPMENT. Workers of Jameetrix Realty and Development Corp. inspect one of the three burned heavy equipment units along Diversion Road in Panacan, Davao City, Friday. The New People’s Army (NPA) owned

the burning of the heavy equipment in government road projects in Davao City. Lean Daval Jr.

DPWH questions COA inspection procedure By Che Palicte

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He Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region 11 lamented the inspection procedure of the Commission on Audit saying the DPWH has more layers than COA. “The DPWH follows standard procedures in estimating all its projects and it passes through layers of engineers while COA depends only on its technical inspector that is usually composed of one person,” said Mariano Alquiza, DPWH 11 regional director. “Once the contract is approved, DPWH is mandated within the period of five days to submit a copy of it to COA for evaluation or post-audit,” Alquiza said. Alquiza revealed during a press conference at the DPWH that there was no issue on overpric-

ing of DPWH projects in Davao City but cited a COA report that five projects were found to be overpriced in Davao Oriental. Alquiza recalled the reports published in a national dailies quoting the findings of COA that contractors overpriced DPWH projects by as much as P154.99 million in 2011 in regions 5-A, 5, 7 and 11. “The report refers to the five projects in the Second engineering Office in Davao Oriental that were implemented in 2011,” the regional director said. The procedure, said Alquiza, calls for COA to submit to DPWH an Audit Observation Memo or AOM detailing their findings on the contract including the prices of each item. “Upon receipt we are obliged to answer the AOM. The projects specified in the report have no

Make pork barrel release more transparent - CBCP

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He government has instituted measures since President Benigno S. Aquino III assumed office in 2010 to make the use of the Priority Development Assistance Fund more transparent and accessible to the public, the Palace said Saturday. The Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines has called for the removal of the legislators’ pork barrel arguing it to be a source of corruption among government officials. “Pagdating diyan sa pork barrel, marami na tayong naging hak-

bang to make the use of the pork barrel more transparent, at nakikita naman natin ngayon ‘yan sa DBM [Department of Budget and Management] website,” Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday. “The public can easily see when the funds are released. At pangalawa, nakipagtulungan tayo sa ating mga mambabatas sa pamamagitan ni Secretary Butch Abad kung ano ang mga guidelines, kung papaano mag-identify ng proyekto.” [PNA]

AOM, we did not receive any AOM from COA”, Alquiza confirmed. “I am not saying that COA findings are wrong, what I’m trying to explain here is the procedure that DPWH follows in project estimates and item pricing,” the public works and highways executive said. He said that there are different prices in market and the COA technical person might happen to canvass stores different from those where the DPWH based its prices. Meantime, Cynthia Tiu, DPWH district engineer in the second district of Davao Oriental, admitted that the five projects in question were in her area of jurisdiction funded under the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Rep. Thelma Almario. The projects involved

are the following: P8-million flood control in Mati City; the P5-million flood control in Governor Generoso town; P2.6-million drainage in Banaybanay municipality; P680,000 road construction in Mati City; and the P400,000 Bondas bridge in Banaybanay town. Tiu said that it was only in May 2012 that COA submitted documents for re-evaluation on the projects and that her office had already answered COA’s questions through the DPWH resident auditor. “Since then, COA has not commented to the answer of DPWH,” Tiu said. “We were surprised when these came out suddenly in the news. I have a scheduled flight to DPWH central office and I will bring all the necessary documents on these projects,” she said.

VOLUNTEERS. Some of the 42 “Bantay Bukid” volunteers sign the participants’ commitments to ensure watershed and water protection and sustain-

quick relief could lead to big risks. That’s the warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the public who buy medicines from sari-sari stores or unlicensed drug outlets for continuous consumption of these might pose risks to the health of consumers and patients. Deborah Legaspi, supervisor of the FDA based in Davao City, told edge Davao that the agency has formed a team tasked to test medicines sold in sari-sari stores. The FDA is reaching out to consumers to find out whether the medicines were made according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) because contaminated or adulterated medicines may result to unexpected secondary effects or side effects. “We gather these medicines and send it to Manila for testing and checking,” Legaspi said, adding that “if proven defective,

these products are confiscated and we will report the store or outlet for legal action.” She said that consumers who buy prescription drugs from sari-sari stores run the risk of suffering from adverse drug reactions, some of which may be life-threatening. Patients who may have suffered from adverse drug reactions after taking the medicines bought from unlicensed outlets are advised to report the incident to FDA Adverse Drug Unit. The FDA officer said that the agency is more concerned about patients who are self-medicating and those taking prescription drugs for the first time without consulting a physician. “They should seek professional help before taking any medicines,” Legaspi added. “We have an on-going monitoring of all suspected unauthorized drug outlets,” she said.

Aquino calls on business to pay appropriate taxes

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ReSIDeNT Benigno S. Aquino III called on the business sector to pay appropriate taxes in order to support the government’s programs and projects for the benefit of the Filipino people. In his speech keynoting the opening ceremony of the 29th Biennial Convention of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. at the SMX Convention Center of the Mall of Asia in Pasay City Friday, the Chief executive said businessmen have a corpo-

rate social responsibility to declare their correct earnings and pay the right taxes. “But perhaps it is time to ask ourselves: am I contributing in the right way—not just through corporate social responsibility, but also through my personal obligations— through contributions to the policies that have helped us build our success,” President Aquino said. He pointed out that the country is now on the right track towards progress and reform, stressing that under his

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able management during Watershed Summit in relation to the World Water Day 2013 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel in Davao City, Friday. Lean Daval Jr.


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GRADUATION WOES:

‘No starch, no march’? Students face final hurdle in school -- escalating graduation fees

By Vannah Ang

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e have gotten used to these academic jargons—“No ID, No entry”, “No uniform, no entry”, and the now controversial “No permit, no exam.” Just when you think that’s just about it, think again. How about this--“No starch, no march”? That is a more poetic way of saying “no money, no diploma.” There’s simply no end to student’s woes. Up to the very last— graduation time—the road is still uphill. The next battle for graduating students is just that, graduation and all the quirks that go with it. Besides the turmoil of dealing with heaps of confusing paperwork, the most bothersome graduation requirement is its cost. Sometimes, it just makes one wonder if graduation is a reward from all the hard work or just another added expense to the already high cost of education. edge Davao talked to some of the graduating students of Batch 2013 and got their views on

“There’s simply no end to student’s woes. Up to the very last— graduation time—the road is still uphill.”

graduation fees.

“Basically the implementation of Graduation fees is a social, educational issue.” ANDREA MARI F.CANDARI, Ateneo de dAvAo University

Andrea Mari F. Candari, 20, of the Ateneo de Davao University (AB-Political Science), who dreams to be a lawyer engages herself into volunteer work for the marginalized society. After graduation she hopes to have the chance to study at the Ateneo de Manila University to pursue her law studies. Candari says, “Basically the implementa-

tion of Graduation fees is a social, educational issue considering that every person has a right to education and they should be well informed about these processes. In the implementation of graduation fees, it is okay for some private educational institutions to have these fees because these students are coming from families who have adequate income and has the capacity to pay for it, but in the context of public schools where almost all of the students come from low income families, graduation fees must be waived which means that it must not be compulsory for the students because of their financial incapacity. This upholds the principle of equality because there will be an equal chance for every student to perform their right to education.” Candari says at Ateneo, graduation fees are already inclusive of tuition but are substantially broken down in financial reports for transparency purposes. “I have never felt any hassle on this issue

because our school has made it accessible and convenient for us to be able to pay our dues before applying for graduation. This has already been established even before we enrolled in the Ateneo.”

“Not every college student have parents who can provide.” ShIRIEl ElISE MAGAloNG, PHiLLiPine WoMen’s CoLLeGe

Shiriel elise Magalong, graduating student of the Philippine Women’s College (Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts and Design majoring in Fashion Design) has finished two voca-

tional courses in digital arts and will be earning her baccalaureate degree this April. “I believed that if I persevere and keep my faith, I will be able to attain what I aim for and finishing college with the degree that I truly love, is a testimony of that. It wasn’t easy of course, but it wasn’t impossible as well. I have always dreamed of being a professional digital illustrator both in fashion and cartoon illustrations,” Magalong said. On the issue of ‘no permit, no exam’, Magalong said “it has its negatives and positives. Negative because not every college student have parents who can provide. Most are actually having a hard time paying tuition fees and now that their child is finally graduating, more fees come which becomes hard for them to provide. To the point that some even go to the extent of getting a loan.” On the other hand, Magalong said it is positive because “just like in a painting, sometimes, the finishing is

more expensive than the overall paint that was used to paint the whole picture. Meaning, there are graduation fees to give the students the best that they could have before they leave the school- best picture, best toga, best yearbook, and more, as a reward to the years of hard work of the student.” Magalong, however, considers graduation fees are rather quite a hassle because she said there were just so many fees. “I was expecting that fees would be in one time payment, but it was separated. It was quite the hassle too because I was also trying to pass all my requirements for my subjects at the best that I could, which also means spending money for it, and at the same time thinking of all the graduation fees that I should pay. It was rather quite stressful.” These days, there is more to graduation than just the diploma which only added up to the long litany of worries for students and parents.


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Palm Sunday economics

‘Palaspas’ prices increase By EJ Dominic Fernandez

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IWAyWAy Panal, a candle vendor of the Saint Jude Thaddeus Parish Church, was folding strands of coconut leaves she gathered to sell in today’s Palm Sunday, the official start of the observance of the Holy Week by the Roman Catholic faithful worldwide. Panal is one of the many vendors around Davao City taking advantage of the high demand for palm leaves made into traditional Palm Sunday ornaments. Business is expected to be brisk even if they will have to sell their craft at a higher price. “Mas mahal na ang lukay karon mao nang magmahal sad among baligya ani (prices for palm leaves are higher so we will also be selling them for a higher price),” Panal, a regular vendor of candles at St. Jude of Thaddeus Parish along Malvar street, said. The price for a basic cross-folded palm is now P10 for three pieces, double the cost from last year’s P5 for every two pieces.

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He Roman Catholic’s observance of the Holy Week officially begins today and families are in full swing planning for this religious holiday. The long break has people wondering what they could do for four-day break. But here’s the question, do you know how to spend the Holy Week spiritually-rooted? This week, Christians all over the globewill commemorate and remember the last week of Jesus’ life on this earth. These are the days leading up to the great easter Feast – the Resurrection of Christ. The greatest focus of the week is the Passion (suffering) and Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the events that led up to it. The Holy Week observance begins with Palm Sunday (today, March 24), which marks Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem; followed by the easter Triduum – the

A bundle of coconut leaves has increased three-folds to P300 a bundle this year, from 100 last year. “The value of peso is decreasing and there are a lot of competitions who will be selling folded coconut leaves coming from far flung areas, such as Calinan, who does not need to invest in coconut leaves as they can simply harvest it from the abundant coconut trees that they have,” she explained in vernacular. “Palaspas” or the waiving of palm leaves folded as cross is a common tradition among the Catholics in the Philippines to symbolize the palm branches that people used to welcome Jesus as he entered Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover which is commemorated as the Palm Sunday in today’s Catholics. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of the Holy Week. While business is increasing for Holy Week items, Panal observed fewer Dabawenyos observe Palm Sunday and

PALASPAS. Today’s prices for the traditional “palaspas” were up from two pieces for P5 last year to three for P10. the Holy Week’s traditional rites. She said, “during blessing of the leaves, there are people who push themselves to the front just to get their coconut leaves wet from the holy water that the priest use to bless the

leaves, some even get mad if their leaves don’t get wet.” “I have also noticed that Catholic Dabawenyos only visit the church seldom, they only visit on Sunday’s and they come in droves only on special occasions, such as Christ-

of unnecessary activities, not for vacation or recreation, but for prayer and reflection. Our minds and hearts should be fixed on Jesus and what He did for us. As a Christian family and as a Church, on these days, we suffer with Christ and die with him in Calvary so that we might rise with Him at His glorious Resurrection,” Rev. Puerto said. Another misconception, according to Fr. Puerto, is that people understand Holy Week only “as a time of repentance and penance, and thus only about human sinfulness and any attempts to make amends for it through religious practices.” For that reason, he said, people come to church for confession and sacrifices. “However, Holy Week focuses our attention on the goodness of God and the blessings that flow from this into our

lives. Repentance is mere response to that love of God for us,” he explained. Fr. Puerto says, “Observance of Holy Week is our Christian obligation and allare encourage participatingonthis holy celebration. It centres in the love of God for whole of creation. If we come to recognize God’s love in Jesus Christ, then we do everything toalign our ways with God.” Fr. Puerto hopes that faithful observance of Holy Week would lead Christians to true repentance and change of heart. He stressed that people should “fix our eyes on Jesus- the greatest expression of God’s love.” The real spirit of the Holy Week is keeping it holy—a time for Catholics to bear the Cross of Christ and making each one worthy of wearing the crown that Jesus wore.

mas and Holy Week,” she said. “Catholics should deepen their faith and not just follow traditions which they are used to,” Panal said. She quoted what she learned from Fr. erwin Torres, a visiting priest

Start your Holy Week right three days before easter. On Holy Thursday, the faithful revisit the Last Supper; on Good Friday, the day of the crucifixion and death of Jesus; and on Holy Saturday, is the traditional vigil as people keep watch for the expectant rising of Christ. However, in this predominantly Catholic nation, people these days usually plan to spend the Holy Week as a break from work and time to spend outdoor adventures. More people choose to spend the break at a nature park, pristine beach resorts, or even travel to another country. In short, they head off to some place where they can “relax and enjoy.” Rev. Leomel Puerto, Parochial Vicar of San Pablo Parish, said this non-traditional practice is “contrary to the very purpose of Holy Week.” “This is a time to clear our schedules

from Surigao, who told her, “the Holy Week is a time of penitence and it is as important as Christmas because it is to commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus which is the fulfillment of the everlasting life that God has promised us.”

Fr. Leomel Puerto hopes that faithful observance of Holy Week would lead Christians to true repentance and change of heart.


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ARk Inn by Radisson Davao of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and SM Group formally opened Friday. Simon C. Barlow, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, described the hotel as the first “next generation” mid-scale Park Inn by Radisson brand to be established in Asia Pacific, bearing the hallmarks dedicated to savvy business and leisure travelers seeking an outstanding hotel experience. “The opening of park Inn by Radisson Davao marks a new era for the Park Inn by Radisson brand in Asia Pacific. At its first next generation of Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Asia Pacific, guests can expect to experience the friendliness and vibrancy of the Park Inn by Radisson brand. It is focused on delivering the modern essentials of a great hotel experience that will resonate well with international and domestic travelers,” he said. We are pleased to be partnering with SM Group again, in establishing this brand in the Philippines and we are confident that Park In by Radisson Davao will set a new hospitality

benchmark in the growing mid scale segment in the Philippines. As part of the Carlson Rezidor global hotel network, the hotel will benefit from the patronage of 10 million Global club Carlson members. In addition, we believe the hotel and the brand will appeal strongly to the Philippines burgeoning domestic market of 35 million travelers seeking affordable accommodation, that is fresh and uncomplicated,” Barlow added. Designed for the global Gen y, Park Inn by Radisson is a friendly, fresh, vibrant and uncomplicated brand that focuses on delivering the modern essentials of a great hotel experience and the Adding Colors to Life spirit of service which resonates with today’s business and leisure travelers. Park Inn by Radisson is a segment-leading brand with a 26-year track record of delivering a quality guest experience. Today, it is one of the fastest growing brands in eMeA and also expanding rapidly in the US, Canada, and the Asia Pacific. Globally, there are 128 Park Inn by Radisson hotels in operation and 67 in the pipeline. In Asia Pacific, four are in operation and 53 in the pipeline.

GRAND OPENING. Felicidad T. Sy (4th from right), matriarch of the Sy family which owns SM Hotels and Convention Center, cuts the ceremonial ribbon to mark the grand opening of Park Inn by Radisson Davao in Lanang, Davao City Friday night. With her are (from left-right) Hans T. Sy, executive vice president of SM investments Corp., Davao City councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, Department

of Tourism regional director Art Boncato, Elizabeth Sy, senior vice president of Marketing Prime Holdings Inc., actress-endorser Georgina Wilson, Sec. Gregory L. Domingo of the Department of Trade and Industry and Simon Barlow, president of Carlson Hotels - Asia Pacific. Lean Daval Jr.


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Family enterprise evolution

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Employee today, co-owner tomorrow By EJ Dominic Fernandez

T FAMILY ENTERPRISES. Jonathan A. Ramos, president of Premier Business Family Consultants, Inc., says he hopes Filipinos could champion a strong economy driven by families in business during a press briefing at the Apo

View Hotel on Friday to promote the 2013 Family Enterprise Excellence Conference slated on April 13, 2013 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. Lean Daval Jr.

ODAy’S employees could be tomorrow’s co-employ-

ers. This is the looming trend in family-run enterprise where owners conceptualize a retirement package that makes their employees co-owners of the business upon retirement. The scenario is for employees transitioning to business through joint venture with their employers or owners of family-run businesses. Premier Business Family Consultation Inc. (PBFC) president Jonathan Ramos said families who run their business prefer to do business only with their family because what they can usually associate with joint venture are failures. “Only a few family-owned businesses empower their employees in the country maybe because that structure is not Philippine based,” he said. “I have observed in foreign countries that joint venture is very common in developing countries, business owners do joint venture with their retiring employees or give them an early retirement at the age of 50 to 55 to let them grow with the business,” Ramos said. employees transitioning to business with the help of the family who owns the companies they work at may not yet happen in the “immediate” year. Ramos said families who run businesses together must learn about how to sustain and pass on their businesses to the next generations because family enterprise is a relatively new concept which has recently been studied for only 25 years. He used a cliché saying, “the first generation builds it (business), the second grows it, and the third squanders it,” and said “the challenge is the passing of the business through strengthening the foundation, family unity, and family values that must be processed and articulated in the business.” Business entrepreneurs interested to know the future of this enterprise model will be introduced formally to this concept during the Family enterprise excellence Conference at the Waterfront Cebu Hotel and Casino on April 13. Ramos said this new

concept will become a byproduct of the conference where families in businesses are encouraged to advocate best practices “by empowering employees to grow with them.” The conference will help family-run businesses in Visayas and Mindanao on challenges of family businesses. The conference’s there is “From inheritance to Legacy – Growing and Sustaining the Family Business for the Next generation.” Heading the battery of speakers for the conference is Dr. Bernie Villegas of the Univerrsity of Asia and the Pacific who will talk on family unity and values as supreme model for generational wealth. Another speaker is Mandaue Chamber of Commerce president Philip Tan on how families can overcome hurdles to family unity and business continuity, lessons from the Chinese family culture. To talk on the relationship between father and son on a business are Mr Victor Chiongbian and son Willian Joseph Chiongbian, the owners of Asturias Group of Companies and Fast Logistics Group Mitsubishi Motors while roles of mothers in family-owned businesses will be discussed by elizabeth Salonga Fernando, President and Chief executive Officer (CeO) of FeRSAL Hotel Group of The Hotel elizabeth. Dr. Ginny Santiago from De La Salle University will tackle the roles of in-laws in the family business. While Mr. Jesus Zulueta of the Institute of Corporate Directors and World Presidents’ Organization will talk on “Practical Systems and Mechanisms Families can Set up to Professionalize the Business.” The proceeds of the conference will be used to create a family enterprise resource center in Visayas and Mindanao which will be created within this year. “This will help family owned businesses learn more on sustaining their business and this will also help small and medium sized enterprises (SMe) get affordable education,” Ramos said. PBFC and the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) are the founding organizers of the Family enterprise Conference 2013.


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ISUZU DEALER OF THE YEAR

Southern Motors keeps strong performance By Neil Bravo

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OUTHeRN Motors of Davao, Inc. kept its strong performance among Isuzu dealers in the country despite what it called a “harsh year” marked by calamities. Isuzu’s exclusive dealer for Southeastern Mindanao, SMDI bagged third place in both the 2012 Dealer of the year and Best in Sales awards in the recent annual recognition ceremonies for all Isuzu dealers nationwide. The twin recognition came amidst a challenging year for the car market in the region worsened by the effects of typhoon ‘Pablo’ and massive flooding. It is the second year in a row that SMDI figured prominently in the race for the year’s top Isuzu dealer. Last year, SMDI achieved a major milestone by emerging as the Isuzu Dealer of the year for 2011. Last year’s accomplishment was the first time ever that Southern Motors of Davao took the top honors for all Isuzu dealers in the country. The consistent performance of SMDI is credited

to the stewardship of the father-son management team of SMDI president Frank T Liu, Jr. and assistant vice president kim Liu. Liu, Jr. assumed the top spot at SMDI just three years ago, and already the company has risen to the many challenges that have faced region and the industry as a whole. SMDI has consistently fared among the top three in the past three years. In 2011, despite the challenges posed by disastrous natural phenomena overseas, Southern Motors of Davao, Inc. achieved Best in Sales as well as Best in Service Performance, and was duly recognized by Isuzu Philippines Corporation. The consistent results in the annual Dealer of the year recognition only strengthens the company’s commitment to excellence in serving their customers in the south. “It was a very challenging year and despite that we were still able to sustain our good performance. Landing in the top three is already something we can be proud of. Thanks to the

BEST IN SALES. Isuzu Philippines Asst. Division Manager - Sales Daisuke Inaba, Isuzu Davao AVP for Sales and

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eRe are a few tips to remember for hassle-free driving through the season. As the proverbial saying goes – “a stitch in time saves nine.” In the case of your car though it will save you a lot of time, money and potential hassle and embarrassment of being stranded in the middle of the road with the hood open. A sight that never fails

ISUZU DOY 2013 AWARD. Isuzu Philippines President Ryoji Yamazaki, Executive Vice President Takashi Tomita, Isuzu Davao Sales executives Darryl Lim-

bago and Ronaldo Altamera, Isuzu Davao AVP for Sales and Marketing Kim Liu, President Frank T. Liu, Jr. and IPC Senior VP for Sales Arthur Balmadrid.

persistence and drive for excellence of our entire SMDI team,” said Liu, Jr.

Isuzu Philippines, Inc. President Ryoji yamazaki and executive vice president Takashi Tomita presented the awards to Frank Liu Jr. and kim Liu. Also present were IPC Senior VP for Sales Arthur Balmadrid and assistant division manager for Sales Daisuke Inaba. The Isuzu Dealer of the year award is given to the full-service Isuzu dealership that fulfills very strict criteria on top of achieving actual sales quotas in terms of both vehicles and service. “We will keep our strong commitment to excel. We are extremely challenged by the market forces as well as external factors and that only makes us more driven to perform better each year,” added the youthful SMDI AVP kim Liu.

“We commend our loyal workforce here at SMDI for their determination to overcome the challenges,” Liu said. SMDI has been in the auto industry for over 60 years. Originally established as Southern Motors, Inc. in 1949 under the yutivo and Sons Group of Companies, SMDI, then SMI, sold vehicles made by General Motors such as Chevrolet, Pontiac, Opel, Holden, Vauxhall and Isuzu. In the 1980’s, SMDI then transitioned to become a part of the Isuzu dealer network with the founding of Isuzu Motors Pilipinas, Inc., the precursor of today’s Isuzu Philippines Corporation. Since then, SMDI has been the exclusive representative of the reliable Isuzu brand in the whole of Southeastern Mindanao.

cooling system. This will remove any clogging that might have taken place and ensure a better flow of the coolant through the system. Top it up with new coolant and check the condition of the rubber hoses. ensure that the drain life of the lubricant has not been exceeded. The engine needs to be cooled and cleansed and with the increase in

temperature the lubricant also loses its properties faster so make sure it is topped up and within its drain life. For an average car the drain life can go up to as much as 5,000 km but in the summer it is better to drain every 4,000 km or so. ensure that the fan belts and the other belts are in good condition because they drive the engine’s

Marketing Kim Liu, President Frank T. Liu, Jr. and IPC Senior VP for Sales Arthur Balmadrid.

Keep your car cool this hot season to invite the attention of other drivers passing by. The fact is that we have to give the vehicle a bit of our time in what we would call preventive and routine maintenance. With the onset of summer, here are a few things you should look in to ensure a hassle-free drive through the coming summer months. And what would be more painful than being

parked under the hot sun with a car, which refuses to go? Some handy tips: The ambient temperatures go up drastically and so does the operating temperature inside the engine chamber. The car needs to be cooled and lubricated well. Consequently it’s a good idea to change the coolant and flush the radiator and the entire

To date, Southern Motors of Davao, Inc. carries the reliable Isuzu Crosswind AUV, the tough Isuzu D-MAX pick-up, the comfortable Isuzu Alterra SUV. For light trucks, SMDI also sells the country’s favorite light and medium commercial trucks such as the N Series and the larger F Series, as well as the new Isuzu IVan. “2013 promises to be a good year for us, and we at Isuzu Davao are more than happy to deliver the best, most reliable diesel-powered vehicles in the market such as the Crosswind, D-MAX and Alterra, as well as happily supply all of your servicing needs for the years to come,” said Liu, Jr. “To our loyal customers, thank you. We share these awards with you,” Liu said.

cooling system and the air-conditioning. ensure that the tires have enough tread depth because higher ambient temperatures can induce a blow out and the chances increase if the tyres are in bad shape – and it is potentially an extremely dangerous condition as high speed blowouts account for significant number of accidents.


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Blind faith or sheer arrogance?

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Overpriced roads are not ‘matuwid’

IVe projects in Davao Oriental’s second engineering district have been declared by the Commission on Audit as overpriced. This announcement came straight from the DPWH regional office itself. For the record, the projects involved are the P8 million flood control in Mati City; the P5 million flood control in Governor Generoso town; P2.6 million drainage in Banaybanay municipality; P680,000 road construction in Mati City; and P400,000 Bondas bridge in Banaybanay town. No less than DPWH regional director Mariano Alquiza revealed the overpriced projects which were all contracted in 2011. A defensive district engineer Cynthia Tiu of the DPWH second district in Davao Oriental admitted that those projects were in her area of jurisdiction funded under the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of Rep. Thelma Almario. The report came out on May 2012 and the district engineer claimed she has responded her comments to COA. Nothing has been heard what happened to these projects and it would have remained unearthed until Alquiza’s revelation. It is about time the projects in Davao Oriental are put to clear scrutiny not only by COA but also by the DPWH regional office. The revelation by Alquiza is encouraging as

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A L AyB A L Ay C I T y (MindaNews/22 March) -- One thing I hate listening to during masses is when the priest riles against the Reproductive Health Law. I hate it more when he does so in utter ignorance of the final version of the law by insisting that it promotes abortion. The intellectual torture doesn’t stop at the pulpit. Catholic lay workers who obviously haven’t read a single section of the RH Law add to the efforts of the priests and bishops to mislead the faithful into thinking that the law is intrinsically evil. The bishops and their loyal followers who would never tolerate any deviation from Church dogmas on the reproductive sphere of earthly existence are saying in effect that the legislators and every citizen– Catholic or non-Catholic – who favored its passage did so with evil motives in mind. It seems that their medieval mindset could not come to terms with the fact that those who have supported the RH Law have done so with a clear conscience. Trapped however in the medieval mindset that Church teachings are infallible, the bishops have refused to see the writing on the wall that the law is an idea whose time has come. They have resorted to blackmail and vindictiveness, for example, by issuing threats of excommunication. They forgot this is no longer the era where even Spanish governors-general would shudder at such threat and walk on their knees towards the altar. Pathetic that the Church’s brand of self-righteousness can only lean on the statistical fact that it is the majority religion in this country. This is the same imaginary weapon that the Diocese of Bacolod is using against senatorial candidates in its “Team Buhay, Team Patay” campaign. Whether or not the Diocese of Bacolod is having delusions that there is a Catholic vote in this country is not the issue. (I believe the senatorial candidates referred to in the hate campaign will win or lose owing to factors other than what the Catholic Church have to say on them.) What I find disgusting is the refusal of the Church to acknowledge that their core objections to the law have been addressed in its final version. For one, prohibitions against abortion have been made more specific. In addition, health workers will not be forced to perform functions – for instance, administering contraceptives – if they think such functions are inconsistent with their religious beliefs. Still, the Church has insisted that the law is unconstitutional even if its arguments are already passé, to say the least. I am inclined to believe that the continuing opposition is nothing more than a desperate assertion of Catholic teachings on contraception, if not an assertion of its dwindling influence on policymaking itself. But with the growing secularization of Philippine society in general, the bishops may already be waging a losing war. The passage of the RH Law signaled the beginning of the end of Catholic influence on state affairs. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. H. Marcos C. Mordeno can be reached at hmcmordeno@gmail.com)


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Face off:

BUT heart is already at the right age and no one can dictate what she can and cannot do...She has her own mind and judgment…I try hard to understand heart’s parents but what they are doing to me and their daughter is not right.

Pdi, MArCH 23, 2013

--Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero. Pdi, MArCH 23, 2013

FIRST, Chiz’s PR team said the ongpaucos are destitute, and that he is doing heart a favor. Now he himself is saying that he is rich. Our family is faceto-face with a dangerous politician.

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Heart’s parents vs Senator Chiz The silence

--Cecile Ongpauco, mother of heart Evangelista.

VANTAGE POINTS

Maintaining the status quo

OLLOWING THe GROWING TReNDS IN TRAVeL – One of the fastest-growing trends in travel nowadays is theme hotels. There are concepts for every taste: from rooms decorated with authentic baskets and pottery made by the natives to an upscale spa that offered such native-inspired treatment as virgin coconut oil and herbal plants, and of course, restaurants which feature seafood and local staples. This is a real trend for the traveler who has tried it. There’s a whole market segment of travelers from other countries and Asia who are no longer just looking for a place to hang their suits and plug in their laptops. They want a hotel with interesting things to do. Actually smaller hotels helped pioneered the idea. Many travelers who used to stay at high-concept hotels whenever they are in a place where theme hotels are popular had become frequent guests at these establishments. Some of these hotels are likewise a fitness freak’s paradise offering sports regimen and games: basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton, swimming and facilities for sports clinic. But we have yet to see a Davao Citybased firm engaged in the hotel business that has a plan to open in the near future a purely theme hotel in the city which would center local history, gracious tradition and culture of specific groups in the region. It would be fantastic to have this type of hotel in the locality and follow the growing trends in travel. TRANSITORy eFFeCT OF FISCAL ReFORM – A number of prominent economists and a small but increasingly vocal group of observers which is sometimes

spiked with ardent critics insist that the real solution to the nation’s impending economic problems certainly because there is no such thing as a never-ending growth is not bad debt disposal or any economic fixes currently capturing all the attention, but structural reforms designed to remove governmental barriers to free market competition at the domestic level. Theories and the rules of logic suggest that economic problems besetting any developing country like the Philippines are only temporary consequences of reforms. Right now, economic analysts and financial experts argue that government people are just treating the symptoms temperately and just applying it with “band-aid” solutions because the country’s productivity woes are largely the result of alleged obsolete policy decisions. But what is needed actually is a committed financial reform movement that could maintain the status quo. However, when it comes to fiscal change the government suffers from what can be called a productivity problem of its own. As the population begins bloating dramatically in the years ahead the country’s productivity crisis will become even

starker, as workers will have to perform even more work and more efficiently to maintain the same standard of living. The problem is that in purely economic terms, it is widely believed that increased productivity will lead to permanently high unemployment rate. Many commentators and opinion makers including leaders of different progressive labor groups claim that high unemployment is unacceptable even if it is only a temporary consequence of reform. For one thing, they emphasized that higher productivity actually leads to lower prices, which spurs increased consumption and requires increased production – and of course, more jobs. Some renowned economists and financial managers likewise noted that another factor holding back the government to implement drastic monetary reforms is the acknowledgement from all affected parties that it would almost certainly bring about lots of longterm pain, including numerous bankruptcies and high unemployment. There’s no doubt the country’s economic structure still needs a lot of improvement despite improving growth rate, but they further observed that people are afraid of the cost fearing that the result might turn out to be opposite. With reforms in mind, the experts say the country may manage to settle into a kind of well-off status and probably reach a positive level, and finished as an economic achiever before 2013 ends. experts predicted that the high-growth story in the Philippines is about to come and has already been knocking at our doorstep and a long-run GDP growth rate of 6.5% is probably the best the country can hope for.

of Hataman

OPINION By Menardo WenceSlao

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HAT is this strange overture from Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao that his mouth is zipped and his hands clipped in the controversy over the Sabah crises? In government as well as in corporate institutions there are established modalities in dealing with conflicts or crises situations. If the governor knows his role in the bureaucracy he should have taken the initial interventions in addressing the looming problems that beset that part of ARMM and established a modicum of communications apparatus between him as governor of the region and the Sultanate. Take note that the symptoms of belligerence among the Tausugs and the other followers of kiram came on the heels of the signing and public consultations of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro land. We cannot fathom what caused the activism and then the surreptitious migration of the Sultan kiram’s loyal followers to Lahad Datu, Sabah but we cannot dismiss the notion that the Sultanate must have felt being sidelined in the talks and therefore sought to establish their own territory in an area which they believed belonged to them. Obviously there was failure of communications and that the ARMM officialdom had been remiss in addressing these uncertainties. While it is our view that this mistrust has no basis Governor Hataman should have taken the initiative to appease the unease of Sultan kiram and his followers. But he chose to be silent and remain to be nonchalant instead. Governor Hataman reacted convulsively in reaction to the many negative commentaries on how he handled his role on the crises in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi and then later when the Sabah armed confrontation erupted. That his office responded to the problems that now beset the small islet of Tawi-Tawi is irrelevant. The Department of Social Welfare and the Philippine Navy are doing that for him. What was expected of the ARMM officialdom was a pre-emptive move to quell the growing restiveness of the people of the Sultanate. Apparently Hataman lacked the resourcefulness to touch base with the kirams. This creative interventions should have been initiated by him and this, we believe, does not require authority from Malacanang. This is elementary. It is demanded from a political leader like Hataman, even if he is merely appointed, to talk to his constituents. And because there are cultural nuances that have to be followed, the governor should have talked to the kirams with respect that the Sultanate is entitled to. He might be a governor but decency dictates that one has to accord the respect that the Sultan deserves. The furor over Hataman insensitivity should not however derail the progress of the peace talks. Hataman is a non-issue in the peace process. We are now at the final stage in our search for a stable solution to the conflict in Mindanao and a candidate like Hataman should not come in the way to achieving this goal. Come to think of it, if the Governor is not enmeshed in politics like seeking to be elected to the position where he was appointed to, he could have been more focused on his job. But since ours is a vibrant democracy, he can always run for any position he wants for after all that is a legitimate ambition. However delicadeza dictates that since he was appointed to the position as an OIC governor where among the criteria was for the appointee not to seek election to the same position, Hataman should have resigned so that his replacement can attend to the chores that are demanded from the ARMM governor. For staying at his post like a barnacle in a sunken boat Governor Hataman has drawn unto himself the magma of criticism from the media and condemnation from his political adversaries and the people of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. For as long as the Sabah issue will continue to hound the nation, Hataman can never escape responsibility as he is the governor of the autonomous region.


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YMCA USA senior director visits Davao S

eNIOR Associate Director Boon Chin Tan of the International Group of yMCA USA came on March 11 to visit the local yMCA clubs in Davao City and Asuncion in Davao del Norte. Director Boon Tan was accompanied on her trip to Davao and other cities like Iloilo City by National General Secretary Pablito Tabucol (2nd from right) of the yMCA Philippines. On their return trip, they will also travel to yMCA in Naga City. Upon arrival in Davao City, Ms. Tan proceeded to the yMCA clubhouse, took a look around its office and conference room including the multi-purpose function hall and the fitness center on the 3rd floor. As associate director, Ms. Tan is instrumental in the strengthening process of local yMCAs, more particularly in Asia, her area of responsibility - where yMCA of Davao is a member under the um-

brella of the Asia-Pacific Alliance of yMCAs. During a luncheon meeting at Regency Inn, there were exchanges of ideas and experiences by her with the board directors and the yMCA youth volunteers. Late afternoon was spent in touring the Partoza Durian Farms in Tugbok District. The following day, another dialogue was convened with Asuncion Mayor & yMCA President Joseph Nilo Parreñas and his directors. President Leoncio Villa-Abrille, Past Pres. Vic Banes Jr, PP Reynaldo Sazon and Gen-Sec. Sylvia Piedad traveled with her to Asuncion, Davao del Norte. The visitations provided Ms. Tan a chance to hear yMCA stories and hold a dialogue with the local y’ers to learn and see the developments and impacts of the strengthening process. [Frances Marian V.A. Castana]

INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF YMCA USA Senior Associate Director Boon Chin Tan (2nd from left) and National General Secretary Pablito Tabucol (2nd from

right) of the YMCA Philippines are welcomed by YMCA Pres. Leoncio VillaAbrille (left) and Past Pres. Vicente Banes Jr. [Photo by Sylvia Piedad].

CSFI: Aiming for educational excellence DSWD intensifies aid

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OVeRTy should never be hindrance to any course of career path an individual is trailing. The same is true for the Cecilia Stock Farms, Inc.’s (CSFI) thrust to continue aiming for educational excellence. A great proof of fulfilling this mission is the full scholarship grant pledge by the company to the less fortunate pupils and students of barangay Mahayag in Bunawan, Davao City who possesses the intelligence, dedication and hard work to make use of education as a key to success. It is the company’s pride that since 1992 up to the present, 60 scholars have already benefited the

scholarship program. 20 of who became successful in the career paths they have taken as teachers, businessmen, accounting graduates and medical technologist. And as another academic year passed, the company is more than happy and proud to congratulate five (5) more scholarship recipients who will enjoy the privileges that the scholarship program has to offer. These fortunate students, four (4) elementary pupils will have a chance to study high school and one (1) high school graduate will have the chance to get college education for free. Gracing the 2nd com-

The scholars and their parents signing the scholarship certificates witnessed by the School Principal Riza Joy Sarile (far left), CSFI executive assistant

mencement ceremony of the Mahayag National High School held last March 19, 2013 (adopted school of Cecilia Farms which the scholars were enrolled), Teresita Pascual, CSFI General Manager and Farm Administrator shared that there are 5Ps to reach the epitome of a successful career- plan, passion, perseverance, patience and prayer. When an individual possesses these 5Ps, he or she will be able to grasp a brighter future and will definitely become triumphant in his life. Many students have been inspired and as they graduate, they will be guided with the 5Ps in pursuing

to the next level of higher education. The parents of the recipients on the other hand were very thankful of the privileges handed over to their children Meanwhile, the scholarship program given by the company has been part of their adopt-a-school program which is also their corporate social responsibility (CSR). But for Cecilia Stock Farms, Inc. this is not only CSR; what counts most is the drive to continue aiming for educational excellence because, whatever the cost of education may be, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. [kathy klye Tupas/CSFI]

Kathy Klye Tupas and Mahayag National High School Principal Charlie Pulma (far right).

for Sabah returnees

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one-stop-shop processing center in Taganak, Tawi-Tawi has been established by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the Department of Labor and employment (DOLe) to facilitate the issuance of legal documents for undocumented Filipinos, according to Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman. “This will ensure that they are not illegal entrants and will entitle them to avail of legal employment when they go back to Sabah,” Secretary Soliman explained. As of March 17, a total of 1,026 families composed of 2,818 individuals from Sabah have arrived in Tawi-Tawi and Sulu. Of the total returnees, 450 families with 1,162 persons landed in Tawi-tawi while 576 families with 1,656 persons docked at Sulu. All the returnees were provided with food packs and transportation assistance to enable them to return to their respective hometowns. Secretary Soliman said that the five evacuation centers that were setup in Sulu and Tawi-tawi since the start of the conflict continue to remain open to receive and pro-

vide counselling and debriefing services to other Filipinos who might still arrive. More than P7.6 million worth of relief goods were sent by the DSWD to augment the resources of the local government units of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. In Sulu, the relief goods sent were 1,500 sacks of NFA Rice, 575 boxes of Sardines, 80 boxes of Mineral water, 285 boxes of Corned beef, 232 boxes of Milk, 1,500 -Family Food Packs. In Sulu, 1,150 sacks of NFA Rice, 575 boxes of Sardines, 81 boxes of Mineral water, 300 boxes Corned beef, 232 boxes of Milk, 1,500 -Family Food Packs. For Filipinos who no longer wish to return to Sabah, the DSWD, in coordination with the provincial governments of Tawi-Tawi and Sulu, will provide core shelters. The DSWD will provide the funds for the houses and the provincial governments will assist in identifying the land that can be used. Likewise, a cash for work program will be implemented to benefit the displaced Filipinos. For the medium term, livelihood will be provided to those who no longer want to go back to Sabah. This will be in coordination with the Department of Agriculture and Department of environment and Natural Resources. [DSWD]


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million and agribusiness which comprised 14.93 percent amounting to P47.19 million. Businesses engaged in processing contributed 12.02 percent amounting to P37.97 million while manufacturing companies shared 6.57 percent amounting to P20.75 million. The city government earned a total income of P3.89 billion, including the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) amounting to P2.44 billion. Mayor Sara Z. Duterte considers the city’s retail-driven resources are vital in pursuing the local government’s development framework which focuses in strengthening the capabilities of barangays to provide for the basic goods and services of its communities and advancing the developmental potentials of its citizens “through continuous upgrading of skills and knowledge.” Maximixing Growth These are also essential in maximizing the growth of key sectors in its local economy, especially in tour-

ism, agribusiness and ICT, enhancing proactive approaches in stabilizing the peace and order situation of its local communities and citizens; and adopting a more transparent, efficient and effective delivery of public services. “As Davao City continues to experience a reduction of its IRA allocation for the second year, the condition calls for the targeted programs that will maximize development impact. Rationalization of expenditures and intensification of efforts to raise revenues from local and external sources shall not cease for the benefit of our constituents in the years to come,” she said. Exploring New Revenues Specifically, Duterte said, the city government will continue to support barangay projects and initiatives designed to upgrade the level of services especially in the delivery of basic social services. “The city government will continue to support barangay proj-

ects and initiatives designed to upgrade the level of services especially in the delivery of basic social services to its people,” she said. Duterte said the community-based enterprises like cooperatives and micro enterprises will be supported through micro-financing schemes to generate local employment. “Rational allocation of resources based on the priorities of the local government will be observed to maximize the impact of public investments on goods, services and infrastructures. Community-driven and led activities will be incorporated to maximize local resources,” she said. The mayor said the local government aims to increase local revenues “through effective collection of local taxes and strict implementation of local laws.” “New fund revenues will be explored while present revenue sources will be maximized to increase efficiency in collection,” Duterte said.

into a progressive nation. “We are continuing to remove hindrances to the success of the Filipino people, the Chinese-Filipino community included: from weeding out corruption in government, to empowering our people through health, education, and social services, to enhancing transportation and infrastructure, to maintaining stability and order by advocating peaceful solutions to conflict,” he added. The President likewise, said the government remains focused in strengthening its efforts to improve the business climate. “Allow me to reiterate: back in 2011, I told you that you can count on us—that we in government will do everything in our power to see you thrive. This is a promise we have kept and continue to keep. So far, the majority of

our efforts have been aligned—we have seen the wisdom of empowering the Filipino people by meeting their most basic, and at the same time, most urgent needs, “ the President said. During the event, the President thanked the businessmen who are supporting his administration’s agenda in ensuring that the benefits of the country’s growth are both equitable and inclusive. “Collectively, we have done so much— and we can still do more. This is why that I hope that your support for our administration’s programs still remain—that today will stand as an affirmation of the partnership that has already yielded so much benefit for our countrymen. In this way, we can align the rest of our efforts, and walk the straight path together,” he concluded.[PNA]

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administration the peoples’ taxes now go to projects for the benefit of the people. “Gone are the days when your taxes disappeared into the pockets of an unscrupulous few, or when bending the rules may have been the only way for otherwise honest companies to keep operating,” he stressed. [PNA] “Aside from being your civic duty, paying taxes fits into our strategy of empowering the Filipino people. The money you pay to government now also goes to classrooms, teachers, textbooks, healthcare, food, disaster relief, and other initiatives that ensure that our people are given the opportunity to live dignified lives,” the President said. The President reiterated his administration’s commitment to tread the straight and righteous path in transforming the country

Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. president Daniel Lim introduces DCIII Chairman Angie Angliongto to DTI Sec. Gregory L. Domingo during the organization’s 3rd General Membership Meeting at the

Apo View Hotel along Pelayo Street, Davao City Friday afternoon.Looking on is Dr. Ma. Lourdes G. Monteverde, DCCCII past president. Lean Daval Jr.

Davao City Council approves public market reclassification

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AVAO CITy’S Sangguniang Panlungsod (City Council) approved Thursday an ordinance amending a provision of the Revenue Code of Davao City that would reclassify public markets in the locality. Councilor Jose Louie Villafuerte, author of the measure, said the ordinance would address complaints from market vendors about the implementation of Section 332, Chapter 5, Article 11 of the Revenue Code, or the classification of public markets. “The previous implementation of such provision resulted in exorbitant rental fees,” he said, adding that market stall owners complained that it was “unaffordable and excessive considering the existing conditions of the public markets and present economic difficulties.” The ordinance increased the public markets’ “average monthly income” ceiling by at least twice and changed the period during which the income is computed from six months to a year. The “average monthly income” refers to the total amount collected by the city treasurer from the market vendors for the use of the booth/stall or space they are occupying, and all other income derived from market operations, but excluding the amount of electric and water bills paid by the vendors/occupants.” City treasurer Rodrigo Riola said in a text message Friday that the ordinance may lead to the reclassification of some public markets into lower classes, resulting into lower rental fees for the vendors.

Before the ordinance’s approval, he said that among the major public markets in the city, Agdao and Bangkerohan markets fall under Class A, Calinan, Toril and Tugbok under Class B, and the rest under Classes C and D. The ordinance did not tweak the Revenue Code’s rental fee rates, but vendors may pay lower rentals if the market where they operate would have a demoted classification. The prevailing rental rates per square meter—for the meat section for instance--are P20 for the Class A market, P14.25 for Class B, P8.50 for Class C and P6.25 for Class D. With the Revenue Code’s amendment, the average monthly income ceiling for Class A markets is now pegged at P1 million or more in the preceding 12 months, from an average monthly income of P450,000 or more during the preceding six months. Class B public markets should have an average monthly income of at least P500,000 but not more than P1 million during the preceding 12 months. Before, Class B markets were those with average monthly income of P300,000 but not more than P450,000 during the preceding six months. Class C public markets should have an average monthly income of at least P200,000 but not more than P500,000 during the preceding 12 months. Before, Class C markets were those with average monthly income of P150,000 but not more than P300,000 during the preceding six months. Class D public markets should have an average monthly income of at least P100,000 or more but not more than P200,000

during the preceding12 months. Before, Class D were those with average monthly income of less than P150,000 during the preceding six months. Villafuerte said before the amendment, the power to reclassify public markets was vested solely to the city treasurer upon consultation with the city administrator or his duly authorized representative. “A legislative approval is needed before any market reclassification can be made for transparency and the protection of public interest,” his earlier resolution said. With the amendment, the city treasurer “shall make an initial determination to reclassify a public market base on the average monthly income. When the city treasurer recommends reclassification, he or she shall submit his or her recommendation to the market committee for consultation and evaluation.” The ordinance also stated that in evaluating the recommendation of the city treasurer, the market committee “shall also consider other factors in the reclassification of public markets other than the average monthly income such as but not limited to the public market’s existing infrastructure, improvements, service capacity, and other socio-economic factors for an equitable increase in the market rental fees.” It also said that the market committee will determine whether or not reclassification is needed, and that it will submit a resolution endorsing a reclassification to the city council for its approval by enacting an ordinance. [Lorie Ann A. Cascaro/ MindaNews]


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RePUBLIC OF THe PHILIPPINeS 11TH JUDICIAL ReGION OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT-SHERIFF DAVAO CITy

hoME DEVEloPMENT MUTUAl FUND, OR PAG-IBIG FUND Mortgagee

EJF-REM CASE NO. 14,070-13

-versus-

JAMES o. AUSTRIA Mortgagor/s.

x- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - --------x NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE

Upon extra-judicial petition for foreclosure and sale under Act 3135, as amended, filed by the mortgagee Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-ibig Fund against JAMES o. AUSTRIA, with postal address at LOT 28 , BLk. 11,DeCA HOMeS SUBD., CABANTIAN, BUHANGIN, Davao City to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of SePTeMBeR 20, 2012 amounted to ( P 757,745.37) Philippine Currency, inclusive of interest, penalty charges, plus attorney’s fees equivalent to TeN ( 10%) of the total indebtedness plus other legal expenses incident of foreclosure and sale; the undersigned Sheriff IV of the Regional Trial Court, Davao City, will sell at public auction on April 26, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. or soon thereafter, at the main entrance of Hall of Justice, ecoland,Davao City to the highest bidder for Cash or MANAGeR’S CHeCk and in Philippine Currency, the following real property together with all the improvements thereon, to wit: Transfer Certificate of Title No. T- 146-2011004883 “ A parcel of land xxx (Lot 28, Blk. 11,PCS-11002129, xxx) situated in theBarangay of Cabantian , City of Davao, Island of Mindanao.xxx Containing an area of NINETY SEVEN (97) SQUARE METERS, more or less” All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date,it shall be held on May 24, 2013 without further notice. Prospective buyers are hereby enjoined to investigate for themselves the titles herein described real property/ies and the encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Davao City, Philippines, March 12, 2013

FOR THe eX-OFFICIO SHeRIFF:

Noted by:

(SGD.) ROBERTO C. ESGUERRA Sheriff IV

(SGD) ATTY. EDIPOLO P. SARABIA, JR. Clerk of Court VI & ex-Officio Provincial Sheriff (edge 3/18/25,4/01)

CLASSIFIEDS ADS 13

Republic of the Philippines ReGIONAL TRIAL COURT 11th Judicial Region BRANCH 14 DAVAO CITy

IN THe MATTeR OF PeTITION FOR CANCeLLATION OF THe CeRTIFICATe OF LIVe BIRTH (LATe ReGISTRATION) UNDeR ReGISTRy GeNeRAL NO. 2001-15549 AND CORReCTION OF eNTRy OF THe CeRTIFICATe OF LIVe BIRTH ReGISTRy GeNeRAL NO. 95-19,562 ( LATe ReGISTRATION) OF JOSHUA VINCeNT PULVeRA, SP PROC. NO. 12,407-2013

JOSHUA VINCeNT PULVeRA assisted by his Uncle ALeXANDeR V. PULVeRA, Petitioner -versusLOCAL CIVIL ReGISTRAR OF DAVAO CITy Respondent

x------------------------------------------------------------------x ORDeR OF HeARING

A VeRIFIeD PeTITION dated January 17, 2013 has been filed by petitioner Joshua Vincent Pulvera assisted by his Uncle Alexander V. Pulvera, assisted by counsel, Atty. Beethoven L. Orcullo praying that after due notice, publication and hearing,an Order be issued for the cancellation of the petitioner’s (second) Cerificate of Live Birth under Registry No. 2001-15549 entered on May 25, 2001 and to correct the following erroneous entries in the (first) Certificate of Live Birth under Registry No. 95-19,562: a. entry No. 1 correcting the name of petitioner from JOSHUA TO JOSHUA VINCeNT: b. entry No. 1 deleting the term ALONZO (middle family name) since the petitioner is an illegitimate child. ALONZO is the surname of Shiela, wife of Alexander Pulvera; c. Deleting the entries in entries No. 13,14,15,16 and 17 since Alexander Pulvera is not the father of the petitioner. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the hearing of the petition on May 15, 2013, at 8:30 o’clock in the morning. Let this Order be published at the expense of the petitioners in a newspaper of general circulation in the city of Davao, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks. All interested persons may appear before this Court on or before aforesaid date of hearing to show cause, if any why the petition should not be granted. Let this Orde3r be furnished together with a copy of the Petition to the City Prosecution Office, Davao City, the Office of the Solicitor General, Atty. Beethoven L. Orcullo, the Office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court, Davao City, the Office of the Local Civil Registrar, Davao City, as well as the petitioner.

SO ORDeReD. GIVeN THIS 6th day of March ,2013 at Davao City, Philippines. (SGD) GeORGe e. OMeLIO Presiding Judge

(edge 3/18/25,4/01)

RePUBLIC OF THe PHILIPPINeS ReGIONAL TRIAL COURT 11TH JUDICIAL ReGION OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT-SHERIFF DAVAO CITy

hoME DEVEloPMENT MUTUAl FUND, Mortgagee -versus-

EJF-REM CASE NO. 12-328-11

Franora C. lagahit married to Justino Roman D. lagahit Mortgagor/s.

x- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -x NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE

Upon extra-judicial petition for foreclosure and sale under Act 3135, as amended, filed by the mortgagee Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-ibig Fund against Franora C. lagahit married to Justino Roman D. lagahit with postal address at LOT 05 B7 L17, kadayawan Homes 4, NHA Bangkal, Davao City to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of March 9, 2011 amounted to Two Hundred Ninety Nine Thousand eight Hundred Sixty Five Pesos & 23/100 ( P 299,865.23) Philippine Currency, inclusive of interest, penalty charges, plus attorney’s fees equivalent to TeN ( 10%) of the total indebtedness plus other legal expenses incident of foreclosure and sale; the undersigned Sheriff IV of the Regional Trial Court, Davao City, will sell at public auction on April 26, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. or soon thereafter, at the main entrance of Hall of Justice, ecoland,Davao City to the highest bidder for Cash or MANAGeR’S CHeCk and in Philippine Currency, the following real property together with all the improvements thereon, to wit: Transfer Certificate of Title No. T- 214289 “ A parcel of land (Lot 17, Blk. 7 xxx) situated in the City of Davao, Island of Mindanao.xxx Containing an area of THREE HUNDRED (300) SQUARE METERS, more or less” All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date.

In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date,it shall be held on May 24, 2013 without further notice.

Prospective buyers are hereby enjoined to investigate for themselves the titles herein described real property/ies and the encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Davao City, Philippines, March 12, 2013

FOR THe eX-OFFICIO SHeRIFF:

Noted by:

(SGD.) JAY C. ESPERANZA Sheriff IV

(SGD) ATTY. EDIPOLO P. SARABIA, JR. Clerk of Court VI & ex-Officio Provincial Sheriff

(edge 3/18/25,4/01) (edge 3/22/29,4/05)


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Lakers lose to beat-up Wizards L

Realty FOR SALE:

1) 1-hectare commercial lot at P10,000/sq m, along National Highway, facing east, beside NCCC Panacan, Davao City. 2) 17,940sq m commercial lot at P2,500/sq m, along Matina Diversion Road. 3) 3,831 sq m lot along Matina Diversion Road. 4) 41,408 sq m commercial/ industrial lot at P800/sq m along the National Highway, Bunawan. 5) 7,056 sq m at P1,200/sq m commercial/residential lot along Indangan Road, Buhangin District. 6) 27,411 sq m commercial/ industrial lot along the National Highway in Bincungan, Tagum City. 7) 116.15 to 245.92 sq meters , at P5.5M to P12.3M commercial/ office condo units in Bajada, Davao City. 8) 699 to 1,117 sq m at P4,100/sq m commercial lots at Josefina Town Center, along the National Highway, Dumoy, Toril. 9) Ready-for-Occupancy Residential Properties: 4BR/3T&B in a 240 sq m lot with 177.31sqm floor area (2-storey) at P4.8M in an exclusive beachfront community in Dumoy, Toril.; 3BR 2-storey in a 71.25 sq m 2-storey in a 143sq m lot in an exclusive flower village in Maa, Davao City; 180 sq m lots with 71.25sqm to 126.42 sq m floor areas, priced at P3.751M to P5.773M in an exclusive mountain resort community along Matina, Diversion Road. 10) 1BR/2BR residential condo units located in Bolton, Maa, Obrero, Davao City. 11) FOR ASSUME (RUSH): 1BR res’l condo unit in Palmetto, Maa. P600K negotiable. Note: Items 1-9 can be paid in cash, in-house or bank financing. If interested, please call Jay (PRC REB Lic. 8237) at 0922-851-5337 (Sun), 0908-883-8832 (Smart) or send email to propertiesindavao@yahoo.com.

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OS ANGeLeS (AP) -- With kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol returning from injuries and the Washington Wizards owning one of the league’s worst road records, it seemed like an easy win was in store for the Los Angeles Lakers. Wrong. Trevor Ariza hit a career-high seven 3-pointers on his way to 25 points, and John Wall added 24 points and 16 assists in helping the Wizards rally from an 18-point second-half deficit to win 103-100 on Friday night. ‘’I’ve won twice against the Lakers, once at home, and just to come here and win my first game ever at Staples Center is great,’’ Wall said. ‘’We just knew what our team was, we’re one of the top defensive teams and when we play defense and play the right way, we have a chance. We just have a lot of heart and character.’’ Nene scored 15 points and Martell Webster added 13 for the Wizards, who won their second straight while improving to 7-26 on the road. ‘’It was a colossal win; it’s awesome, pure joy,’’ Webster said. ‘’We were down in that first half mainly because we were getting great looks, we just weren’t Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Office No. XI Davao City

Petition for Renewal of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate A PUJ DUAL Ordinary Regular Service JOSEFINA L. ANG, Petitioner Case No.2003-XI-02204 x- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - x NOTICE HEARING 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: BUNAWAN 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 December 4, 2013. In the petition filed on January 31, 2013, 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. NOTICE, is hereby given that this petition will be heard by this Board on APRIL 01, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at this office at the above address. At least, FIVE (5) days prior to the above date petitioner shall publish this Notice once in a one (1) daily newspaper of general circulation in Mindanao 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 BENJAMIN A. GO, CESO V, Regional Diday of January rector, this 31st 2013 at Davao City. TERESITA DELA PEÑA-YÑIGUEZ Chief Transport Development Officer

making shots and the resilience on defense was immaculate.’’ Down 2 points, Bryant missed a short open jumper with 5 seconds to go and Metta World Peace fouled Wall, who made both free throws. After a timeout, Bryant’s 3-pointer drew the Lakers to 101-100 with 2 seconds left. But Bryant fouled Wall with 1 second to go, and he again made both. The Lakers got the ball to Bryant one last time, and he dribbled while being careful not to step out of bounds before launching a 3-pointer from the right sideline that missed as time expired. ‘’Just rushed it a little bit, didn’t know how much time I had to get it off,’’ he said. Bryant finished with 21 points and 11 assists after missing two games with a sprained left ankle. Dwight Howard added 20 points and 15 rebounds, and Jodie Meeks had 16 points off the bench as the Lakers’ seven-game home winning streak ended. ‘’It’s a disturbing loss and we’re upset about it,’’ Bryant said. ‘’Our defensive intensity slipped a great deal in the second half and they took advantage of it.’’ Gasol had four points and eight rebounds playing

limited minutes after missing more than six weeks with a right foot injury. He sat most of the fourth and could see what was going wrong. ‘’We messed up on rotations and left guys wide open. All of a sudden they were in the game,’’ Gasol said. ‘’We stopped hustling on certain plays. you can’t allow a guy to take a wideopen shot. It was one thing after another.’’ The starting lineup of Bryant, Howard, Gasol, World Peace and Steve Nash fell to 0-6 this season. After struggling with injuries, the Lakers are fielding a near-healthy roster with 12 games to play as they fight to hang on to the eighth and final playoff spot. ‘’I can’t explain it, but every time we get up 16, it’s like, ‘Well, we’re really good and we don’t have to play hard’ and we start messing with the game,’’ Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said. ‘’When you start messing with not moving the ball, messing with ‘I’m just going to go one-on-one every time,’ and you start messing with the basketball gods, they will get you. If we don’t change that we obviously won’t make the playoffs.’’ The Wizards’ rally that began in the third quarter continued in the fourth,

with Ariza’s 3-pointer tying the game and his driving layup providing their first lead, 81-79, with 8:52 left. Bryant scored 10 of the Lakers’ first 12 points, with his reverse dunk putting them back in front, 8683. Meeks hit a 3-pointer off an unlikely assist from World Peace, who missed, grabbed his own rebound and barely kept his balance to stay inbounds before firing to Meeks in the right corner for an 89-86 lead. Ariza’s sixth and seventh 3-pointers twice restored the Wizards’ lead to two points. ‘’We didn’t get down on ourselves,’’ he said. ‘’We kept fighting even when we were down early. We just came out, stuck to our game plan and executed.’’ Washington outscored the Lakers 31-17 in the third to close to 74-72. The Wizards ended on an 11-2 run, with Wall and Ariza scoring all their points. Bryant scored just four points and had a turnover as time expired. The Lakers took a 5741 halftime lead on the strength of an opening quarter in which they shot 68 percent and led by 16 points. The Wizards played them to a 22-22 tie in the second period despite shooting 36 percent.

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EVENTS

The North Face and TDR brings 1st 80-K Ultra Marathon to Davao

In its drive to “never Stop Exploring,” The north Face collaborated with Team Davao Runners (TDR) to bring first-ever 80 kilometer Ultramarathon in Davao. The race gun-started at Roxas avenue on March 16 at 10pm then finished at Eden nature Park the following day. It was a challenging route which spanned the JP Laurel Avenue all the

way to enroute towards Diversion road, then turned at Toril intersection towards the steep uphill ascent to Eden nature Park. TDR Race director, Grant Gutierrez proudly

announced that all seventy-three participants finished the course, thus, were all officially declared true-blue Ultramarathoners. Six free slots (worth Php3,500 each) to The north Face’s (TnF) 100-kilometer trail run in Baguio were awarded to the top three winners for men and women. To add, two TnF endure belt plus TnF 100 sun visors were awarded to Ronald Dagaan and Katie Villaflor as champions. Meanwhile, twoadditional TnF100 sun visors were likewise awarded to the 1st runner-ups, Jonathan Pido and Jenny Seville Alag. Gracing the event were legendary runners (left)

Manuel Vizmanos (a.k.a. nong Maning) the 66-year

From L to R: Jeffrey Canedo(sales associate), Carlo Concon(store leader), JR Emmanuel Leonor, Maria Estrella Sanchez(Mar. Comm. Officer, Primer Group, exclusive dist. of The North Face)

old barefoot runner and (right)Willie Estepa(a.k.a. Doc Willie) of Cebu. TDR would like to thank the following sponsors who made this legendary ultramarathon a reality: The north Face, Delo, Caltex, Eden Garden Resort, Suarez & Sons, Inc., Duaw Dabaw, Chickies & Patties, Cube Pixels, Ice Peaks, Dole, Davao Sunday Runners Club, Team Titans. Find the official result to TDR’s 80k Ultramarathon on this link: http://www.scribd. com/doc/130939543/ TDR-80K-Ultra-Marathon. Also representing Davao to TnF100 Asia

Above: Guada Gamboa(Resort Manager, Eden Nature Park); Grant Gutierrez(Race director, TDR); Champion: Ronald Dagaan (8:30:32); 1st Runnerup: Jonathan Pido (9:07:11); 2nd Runner-up: Bruce Ranola (9:23:09); Champion: Katie Villaflor (13:09:38); 1st Runner-up: Jenny Seville Alag (13:25:38); 2nd Runner-up: Janice Sarmiento (13:43:54); Maria Estrella Sanchez (Mar. Comm. Officer, Primer Group, exclusive distributor of TNF) Pacific series on April 20-21, 2013 in Benguet, Baguio is JR Emmanuel Leonor, the fastest runner in 100-meter hurdle facility activated at The Annex of SM City last October 2012. Come and visit The north Face store in SM Annex for more inquiries on TnF 100.


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Everything for the Easter egg hunter at SM City Davao PrEP up your bunny ears and hop your way to SM City Davao’s Easter party on March 31.

Everything for the Easter Egg Hunter is at SM Davao-face painting, grand Easter mascot parade, Easter bunnies meet and greet, and an Egg-static concert featuring the cute and talented boys and girls from The rubberband! Plus, exciting prizes await winners of the Easter Eggstream Costume Contest. To join, kids ages 4-12 may fill-out application forms and pre-register beginning March 22 at the Foodcourt or the designated registration booth in the mall area. registration will also be open on March 31, 10AM-2PM at The Event Centre, The Annex. Interested participants only need to submit the form and pay Php100 registration fee. registration will entitle kids to an Easter basket, Bunny ears, use of the giant inflatable slide, face painting and other Easter activities. It will also entitle kids to join the Easter Egg Hunt at 3PM and the costume competition at 4PM. At the Foodcourt, free face paint will be available with a minimum same day purchase of P200 on March 31. Celebrate Easter at SM City Davao! For inquiries call 297.6998 local 126. Like SM City Davao on Facebook or follow @smcitydavao on Twitter for event and promo updates.

Cool summer deals at the Waterfront Insular Hotel ArE you looking for an ideal place to be this Holy Week? Think Waterfront.

You can have your share of peace & quite time, savuoring precious moments with family and friends, indulging in fresh seafood courses or just feeling the essence of the Lenten season. Avail our summer room promo at Php 2,500.00. For more information and reservations, call The Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao at (82) 233 2881 today.

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ENTErTAINMENT

Academe fete Kapuso Brand of Serbisyong Totoo

GMA network brought home esteemed awards during the 4th northwest Samar State University (nwSSU) Students’ Choice Awards for Radio and Television (nSCART) held recently at the RSU-Socio Cultural Center , nwSSU in Western Samar including the Best TV network with Balance Programming award. Widely regarded as the country’s most awarded and most credible broadcast news organization, GMA news and Public Affairs emerged as the big winner during the said awarding ceremonies.   GMA’s flagship primetime newcast 24 Oras won as Best news and Public Affairs Program with anchors Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco cited as Best news and Public Affairs Male and Female Anchors. Top-rating weekend program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho was deemed the Best Magazine Program while host Jessica Soho received the Best Magazine Program Host award. Likewise, the country’s one and only Sumbungan ng Bayan, Imbestigador, was awarded as Best Investigative Journalism Program and the man behind it, Mike Enriquez, was named as Best Investigative Journalism Program Host. Award-winning morning program Unang Hirit was chosen as Best Morning Talk Show while Arnold Clavio was named as Best Morning Talk Show Host. The Best Public Service Program award went

to Wish Ko Lang! with host Vicky Morales consequently recognized as Best Public Service Program Host. Home to the country’s finest documentaries, I-Witness added yet another feather to its cap as it won as Best Documentary Program. Kara David, one of the program hosts, received the Best Documentary Program Host award. The network was also given a number of recognitions for its quality entertainment programs. GMA’s Primetime Queen Marian Rivera was again commended for her unforgettable performance as the warrior-princess Amaya and was given the Best Actress in Primetime Teleserye award. The Kapuso network’s top-rating and widely-popular game show Family Feud was awarded as Best Game Show while the well-loved gag show Bubble Gang continues its winning streak after it was recognized as the Best Comedy Program. The longestrunning noontime

show Eat Bulaga remains unbeatable after it was proclaimed as the Best noontime Variety Show. Meanwhile, ace comedian and the well loved Pambansang “Bossing” Vic Sotto was recognized as Best noontime Variety Show Host. The nSCART is the first and only award-giving body for radio and television in Visayas that intend to recognize excellent programs and personalities that serve as examples to students. Meanwhile, G M A7’s internationa l ly a c claimed investigative

news magazine program Reporter’s notebook hosted by 2012 Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines awardee Jiggy Manicad and Maki Pulido and GMA news TV’s award-winning program Investigative Documentaries hosted by Malou Mangahas were each given the Outstanding Achievement in the Broadcast Media (Television) category during the 7th Hildegarde Awards for Women in Media and Communication also held recently at the St. Cecilia’s Hall of the St. Scholastica’s College campus in Manila. The Hildegarde Awards, now on its seventh year, aims to celebrate women’s achievements in mass media and its allied fields in honor of St. Hildegarde of Bingen.


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Tom Cruise joins Russian social networking site, thanks fans for “warm welcome” TOM Cruise has become the first celebrity to join the russian social networking site Vkontakte.

The rock of Ages star took to his profile page this morning to say hello and promote his presence on the website. “Hey Guys, We opened up the wall for a bit this morning, (It’s 10:33am PT in L.A.!), cause we wanted to hear from you and interact a bit with you...you guys are awesome! “ Cruise and his team posted earlier today. “Thank you Gulnaz, Kristinka, Dmitry, Kirill, Alexander, Viktor, Nia, Viktoria, Vyacheslav , Vadim and everyone else, thank you for the warm reception and VK tips!” he continued. “Check out our ABOUT section for any questions about Tom, TeamTC, and our VK profile. We’ll have some cool stuff for you today, so

we’ll C’ya later!” The site lists Cruise’s birthday (July 6) and his native language (English, duh) along with the message, “You guys have been GrEAT, thanks for the warm welcome! – TeamTC.” The 50-year-old actor is using the site to promote his upcoming sci-fi flick Oblivion. His page’s profile picture is a close-up of his face from the poster

for the film. Cruise also posted, “Guys, its incredible of you to send us so many gifts and share such kindness...thank you! – TeamTC.” Cruise originally posted about joining Vkontakte yesterday via Twitter, writing “http:// VK.com is a European social network w/100mil users & we JUST launched a profile.”

spring!—the gorgeous Cotillard definitely steals the spotlight in the new campaign. Looking sultry in a dark-red pout and softly shaded lids, the star makes for one darling Lady Dior. And then there are her fabulous clothes! This marks the first time the Dior ad veteran wears raf Simons’ designs, and she certainly doesn’t disappoint in his long-sleeve

and full skirt combos, which channel the old school elegance of classic Dior. (Hello, cinched waist!) Can’t get enough of the ads’ French fabulousness (both Cotillards or Dior’s)? The campaign drops in the U.S. in the May issue of Vanity Fair and will also run on Dior-mag.com. What do you think of Marion’s ads? Pretty stunning, oui?

Marion Cotillard stuns in new Lady Dior campaign

FrENCH beauty Marion Cotillard is looking très chic in her latest Lady Dior ads.

Fashion photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino shot the 37-year-old actress, who poses alongside a colorful collection of the iconic fashion house’s handbags. And while the pretty pink and tart orange designs are definitely eye-catching—and perfect for

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VOL.5 ISSUE 1 • MARCH 5, 2012

Aiming for educational excellence by Kathy Klye Tupas

POVERTY should never be hindrance to any course of career path an individual is trailing.

The same is true for the Cecilia Stock Farms, Inc.’s (CSFI) thrust to continue aiming for educational excellence. A great proof of fulfilling this mission is the full scholarship grant pledge by the company to the less fortunate pupils and students of barangay Mahayag in Bunawan, Davao City who possesses the intelligence, dedication and hard work to make use of education as a key to success. It is the company’s pride that since 1992 up to the present, 60 scholars have already benefited the scholarship program. 20 of who became successful in the career paths they have taken as teachers, businessmen, accounting graduates and medical technologist. And as another academic year passed, the company is more than happy and proud to congratulate five more scholarship recipients who will enjoy the privileges that the scholarship program has to offer. These fortunate students, four elementary pupils will have a chance to study high school and one high school graduate will have the chance to get college education for free. Gracing the 2nd commencement ceremony of the Mahayag national High School held last March 19, 2013 (adopted school of Cecilia Farms which the scholars were

Tess Pascual delivers her inspiring speech on the 5Ps- plan, passion, perseverance, patience and prayer and also receives a plaque of recognition from Mahayag National High School Principal Charlie Pulma for actively supporting and committing to the programs, projects and activities of the school. enrolled), Teresita Pascual, CSFI General Manager and Farm Administrator shared that there are 5Ps to reach the epitome of a successful career- plan, passion, perseverance, patience and prayer. When an individual possesses these 5Ps, he or she will be able to grasp a brighter future and will definitely become triumphant in his life. Many students have been inspired and as they graduate, they will be guided with the 5Ps in pursuing to the next level of higher education. The parents of the recipients on the other hand were very thankful of the privileges handed over to their children vMeanwhile, the scholarship program given by the company has been part of their adopt-aschool program which is also their corporate social responsibility (CSR). But for Cecilia Stock Farms, Inc. this is not only CSR; what counts most is the

The scholars and their parents signing the scholarship certificates witnessed by the School Principal Riza Joy Sarile (far left), CSFI executive assistant Kathy Klye Tupas and Mahayag National High School Principal Charlie Pulma (far right). drive to continue aiming of education may be, the for educational excellence price is cheap compared to because, whatever the cost that of an ignorant nation.

CSFI General Manager/Farm Administrator Tess Pascual together with the top 3 graduates.

The incoming high school CSFI scholars (left to right) Aira Nica Gwen Parrera, Renalyn Domingo, Retheljee The high school graduates, mentors together with the barangay officials led Rose Tubo and Rhea Joy Manero pose with wide by Brgy. Capt. Romeo Baquirel and his first lady, Principal Charlie Pulma and smiles upon hearing the announcement that they are Guest speaker Tess Pascual for the posed for the official photo ops. the top 4 garnering the highest scores.


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VOL.6 ISSUE 7 • SUNDAY - MONDAY, MARCH 24-25, 2013

Davao’s Bonleon is next UE star D

AVAO’S Mario Bonleon will be following a rich school tradition that counts as its stars as the eminent Robert Jaworski and Allan Caidic. Bonleon, son of former PBA draftee Nonoy, became University of the east’s cornerstone in the UAAP after signing up for the Red Warriors in the coming basketball varsity season. In making his decision to join the Red Warriors, the former junior national team scoring leader considered the school’s proud past as among the reasons that convinced him to don the red jersey of Ue. Bonleon confirmed to online sports network Spin.ph that he has already made a commitment to play for the Red Warriors, a team that finished near the bottom of the standings last season with a 3-11 win-loss record. Despite finishing seventh last season, Bonleon strongly believes the Red Warriors, under head coach Boycie Zamar, will be a title contender as early as the coming season following the arrival of several recruits.

“Napakalakas ng team this year, championship contender talaga,” said Bonleon. “Hindi lang alam ng mga tao pero alam ng mga ibang teams ‘yun.” The Red Warriors have beefed up their roster with imports Charles Mammie and Mustaph Arafat. They also have a couple of promising players who are set to move up from the reserve ranks. Calling his team as the “new breed of Warriors,” Bonleon said: “Malakas ang team ng Ue from my rookie year hanggang sa last year ko. Daming recruits. Nagbago na ang Ue.” Bonleon was one of the top standouts of the energen-Pilipinas squad mentored by now-Petron head coach Olsen Racela that finished sixth in the 2012 Fiba-Asia Under-18 championships. During the Mongolia tournament, Bonleon posted a team-high 14.3 point average per game while also contributing 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists a game for the Nationals. The La Salle Greenhills standout admitted that the hiring of his father Nonoy

as assistant coach of the team also played a role in his decision to suit up for the Red Warriors. “Assistant coach namin ang dad ko, mas gusto ko doon para may guidance ako. Simula nung naglaro ako, siya kasi ang nag-train sa akin,” Bonleon said. The winning tradition of Ue and the legendary players who once suited up for the Red Warriors also factored into the young Bonleon’s decision. “Napansin ko sa PBA, Ue ang nagpo-produce ng mga legends. Simula pa nung era nila Jawo (Robert Jaworski), Allan Caidic to James yap, and ngayon Paul Lee … Gusto kong sundan ang mga yapak nila,” Bonleon said. During the time of Jaworski, Ue captured seven straight UAAP titles from 1965 to 1971 - a feat no team has come close to matching until the Ateneo Blue eagles won a fifth straight title last season. But the Red Warriors have fallen on hard times, going without a title since 1985. The school has not made it to the Final Four since 2010.

the following age breakdown: 3 (Born 2000), 3 (Born 1999), 3 (Born 1998) and 3 (Born 1997). The Davao City eliminations is set to kick off on April 20 with ten teams battling it out for the right to represent Davao City to the Mindanao finals in Zamboanga City. National finals is slated on May 19 to 26 in Manila.

eFeNDING champions Crossing Bayabas High School and Baguio Central elementary School scored lopsided wins as they kickstart their title retention bids in the 8th Davao City Baseball Cup at the UM Matina baseball field on Saturday. High school titlist Crossing Bayabas scored a 9-2 win over Philippine Nikkei Jin kai International School while Baguio’s batters

silenced Magsaysay 10-3 in the elementary division. The tournament, sponsored by the Toky kichijoji Lions Club through the PNJkIS and the Davao City Baseball Association formally opened with 17 teams taking part. In other elementary division games, Mulig beat PNJkIS 12-7, Crossing Bayabas won by default over Catalunan Grande, Antonio Pichon blasted F. Dizon

16-11, and Magsaysay blanked Talomo 15-0. In the high school division, Baguio National School of Arts and Trade turned back Baguio High School of Agriculture 10-0, F. Bustamante defeated Pablo Lorenzo 14-4 and Holy Cross of Calinan dropped Mintal Comprehensive HS 14-9. The championship matches will be played Sunday after the completion of the elimination round. (NJB)

in Davao. It’s a forgotten sport. Good thing there are Japanese benefactors who keep children’s baseball alive here by sponsoring the annual Davao City Baseball Cup. Tokyo’s kichjoji Lions Club, in collaboration with Philippine Nikkei Jin kai International School and the

Davao City Baseball Association is staging the tournament for the eighth straight year. According to Ines Mallari of PNJk, the Japanese private groups churn in P300,000 for the tournament every year. Not to mention bringing in Japanese tourists to the city for this event. A number of Tokyo kichijoji Lions officers are coming, as well as an entire little league baseball team from the Matsuda Angels. Mallari said they have tried several times to seek the support from the city. Maybe pitch in a little budget for the tournament as a gesture of cooperation and appreciation with our Japanese sponsors. Noth-

ing came. Not even tents or whatever. Too sad. We are trying to position Davao City as a tourism destination for Japanese tourists. Here they are supporting our kids, and coming over to our city. And yet, the city sports geniuses are pitching in nothing? What’s the problem? No funds? Come on. The city just splurged P1.5 Million for Araw ng Dabaw sports that went like sleep. Can’t this program which gathers some 300 kids mostly from public schools in the farflung areas of Davao get help from the city? Is it because this is baseball, not basketball which happens to be the only sport hogging the sports funds of

the city under this sports leadership? Ines Mallari pleads: “Please help us tell them we need their support. We are doing this for the kids of poor families.” yes Ines, I know how it feels. Only the poor play baseball. Nine kids on both sides. Swinging bats, chasing balls, biting dust. you don’t need a gym to play baseball. Only an open field. you don’t need to dangle a hundred thousand, these kids are happy to share one trophy together. yes, that one trophy and a hundred stories to tell. My heart bleeds for baseball. I know Ram Maxey feels the same way.

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RED WARRIOR. Davao’s very own Mario Bonleon will be taking his acts to the UAAP for the University of the East.

PBA Youngstars tryout set April 13

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He 2013 Coca-Cola PBA youngstars Davao leg will conduct an open try-out on April 13 at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym. The one-day try out, which will run from 9am to 12 noon, is open to all cage youngstars who are born 2000 (13 years old), 1999 (14 years old), 1998 (15 years old) and 1997

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S a young kid, I played baseball in my hometown of Mati with so much passion I did it against my parents’ will. May parents said baseball is ‘dangerous’ and I could be hit anytime. True enough, I once went home with a huge lump on my forehead after the ball sailed over my glove. I had to find an excuse for them not to discover I played baseball that day when I should be attending guitar lessons. I said I slipped on the stairs. I fondly remember that in order to play baseball on weekends, I had to enroll in a guitar lessons class. I never learned to play guitar. I swung bats instead. Baseball, I must say, has

(16 years old). “This is open for everybody, the students or the out of school youth. They just need to bring their birth certificate, “said the organizer in a statement. Davaoeno teens will take part in the drills and scrimmage in front of the coaches of the participating teams who will compose a 12-man roster with

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a different appeal to kids. It used to be that fathers take kids to the baseball park. Maybe no longer true these days as kids take to either basketball or football. Ask the ageless edge Davao consultant Ram Maxey about baseball and he can spend the whole day talking about baseball. The other day, baseball was in the news again when the Dominican Republic won the World Baseball Classic over Puerto Rico. The United States, who invented the sport, was eliminated. Can you beat that? That’s how baseball can turn the world around. That is why my heart bled when I hear nothing about baseball development


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VOL.6 ISSUE 6 • FRIDAY - SATURDAY, MARCH 22-23, 2013

EDGEDAVAO Sports HEAT STREAK. Miami Heat star Lebron James shone on both ends of the floor against Detroit as the Heat made it 25 wins in a row in the NBA.

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IAMI (AP) -- It’s becoming almost commonplace now, this trend of the Miami Heat getting off to slow starts and having to dig their way back from double-digit deficits. Apparently, they do not mind. LeBron James scored 29 points, Dwyane Wade added 19 and the Heat extended their win-

ning streak to 25 games by pulling away in the second half and beating the Detroit Pistons 10389 on Friday night. Miami trailed by as much as 11 in the first half before moving within eight of tying the 197172 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest winning streak in NBA history. The Heat also won at home for the 16th straight time.

‘’We don’t get caught up in things like that, saying that we’re untouchable,’’ said James, who also finished with eight assists and eight rebounds. ‘’We know we can be beat by anybody, any night, if we don’t come in with the mindset to play our game.’’ Maybe they don’t always come in with that mindset in perfect order,

but the Heat clearly find a way to get to that place. Just this week alone, they rallied from 17 points down to win at Boston, then pulled off the wild 27-point, second-half comeback to prevail at Cleveland. No real dramatics were needed Friday, especially after Miami allowed only 35 points after halftime. ‘’We were a little flat in

the first half,’’ Heat coach erik Spoelstra said. ‘’But in the second half, the urgency was much better, created a lot more opportunities off of our defense. I liked the way we finished the game.’’ Miami’s magic number for clinching the No. 1 seed in the eastern Conference is now three. The Heat also remained 1 1/2 games up on San Antonio,

which needed overtime to beat Utah, for the league’s best record. Greg Monroe finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds for Detroit, which dropped its 10th straight game. Jose Calderon had 18 points and seven assists, most of that coming in the first half for the Pistons, who also got 18 points and eight rebounds from kyle Singler.


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