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DaY-oFF. Small fishing boats owned by residents living near Sta. Ana wharf are docked at the seaside as the fishermen seemingly take a day off from going out to the sea. Lean Daval Jr.

‘JILTED LovEr’ angLE boLsTErED Stories of eyewitness, victim’s lady friend back police theory



he theory of love triangle in the killing of lawyer Emmanuel “Emman” Ledesma Acuña Jr. further strengthened with the corroboration of testimonies by witnesses.

Sasa Police Precinct commander Sr. Insp. Paulino A. Zaulga Jr. yesterday said ongoing investigation showed that testimony of an eyewitness coincided with that of a young lady, said to be a girlfriend of the slain Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) lawyer. Zaulga said that the unnamed witness saw a man wearing a white shirt running after Acuña and shooting the victim. The gunman then rode a black pick-up vehicle which was parked nearby. The eyewitness’ narration coincided with that of slain lawyer’s girlfriend who was earlier interviewed by investigators. The girl said her ex-boyfriend of 13 years also had a black vehicle. The former boyfriend, a prominent

businessman from another Mindanao city, surfaced as a possible piece of the puzzle after initial investigation conducted by police after the Friday shooting. Acuña died on Sunday in the hospital. “Tinananong ko kung someday, somehow within 13 years nilang pagsasama kung maalala niya may sasakyan bang pick-up na black?,” Zaulga said, adding that the girl had said that she once rode on a pick-up driven by the ex-boyfriend. Zaulga said the testimonies have prompted the police to focus on the love triangle angle. The woman received several threats, the Sasa police official said. The precinct commander bared that they will now use


CongEsTIon. The rehabilitation of Governor Generoso Bridge 2 along McArthur Highway, Matina in Bankerohan, Davao City creates traffic jams especially during rush hours. Lean Daval Jr.




VOL. 7 ISSUE 58 • THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014 PUbLIC WorKs. A construction worker is seen through pile of culverts in Bacaca Road, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City where a road-widening project and rehabilitation of drainage system are underway. Lean Daval Jr.

Export management Davao City residents favor offered by academy speed limit enforcement A dIPlOMA in export management is being offered by in collaboration with the davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. This was bared by Raf Vlummens, head of The Cube, the co-working place in Mindanao located in the SBdC in the dCCII Corporate Center, along J.P laurel Avenue, Bajada in davao City. Vlummens said the program aims to bridge between academic knowledge about global trade

and export and the practical day-to-day need of the industry. By the end of the course, the participants will have learned everything they need to produce a comprehensive export business plan. They will know how to understand the global context within which international trade takes place; research the chosen market; develop and implement an export marketing strategy for any chosen market; and develop export costing, pricing,

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SuRVEy conducted by a major university showed that majority of people in davao City are satisfied with the implementation of Executive Order No. 39, an order setting speed limit for all motor vehicles within the jurisdiction of the city. “It was found that 78 percent of the respondents are in agreement of speed limit in the city because it

just not promote safety but also discipline,” Adrian M. Tamayo, specialist in economics, governance and politics from university of Mindanao- Institute of Public Opinion (uM- IPO). “Of those who stamped approval, the primary reason given is safety (50 %). Some dabawenyos consider setting the speed limit as a bundle of public benefits as safety and discipline

(35%); as a bundle of safety, discipline and pride of the landmark law (10 %),” the survey said. It says that the law promoted discipline not only to drivers but also to commuters. Just a small number or 14 percent of the 1,200 sample population from the three congressional districts of the city disagreed with its provisions.

Tamayo said that those who disagreed said that the speed limit caused them to be “late in coming to work” while some said that it causes traffic which affect their economic activity. “Those who oppose the (law) outline its drawbacks as the cause of tardiness for work (32 %). They also say that it contributes to the swelling of traffic and mak-

ter illegal PuV practices and to better protect the public. The most significant change we are imposing is the P 1 Millionfine on colorum bus operators for the first offense, to show that we really mean business in putting an end to their inimical activities which put people’s lives at risk,” said dOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya. The following are the fines for other first-time offenders: (1) Trucks – P 200,000;(2) Jeepneys -P 50,000; (3) Vans – P 200,000; (4) Sedans – P120,000; (5) Motorcycles – P 6,000. Aside from the said fines, colorum vehicles may also face impoundment for a minimum period of three

months, revocation of entire certificate of public convenience (CPC) and vehicle registrations, and being blacklisted from using PuVs in the future. For PuVs that may have committed second offense, the entire fleet or all CPCs and vehicle registrations of the operator will be revoked and blacklisted from being used as PuVs in the future. The erring operator including their stockholders and directors, if there is any, will also be disqualified from operating any kind of public land transportation. The revised JAO also covers other PuV-related violations including the refusal to render services to the public or to convey pas-

sengers to their destination; overcharging; employing reckless, insolent, discourteous, or arrogant drivers; operating PuVs with defective parts and accessories; using tampered taximeters; trip cutting; and others. “The order covers not only franchise violations, but all breaches of road transport rules and regulations, such as the failure to attach license plates and driving without a valid license,” Abaya clarified. A fine amounting to P5,000 will be imposed upon violators who fail to attach, improperly attach or tamper with motor vehicle license plates and the third-plate stickers.

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P1-M fine imposed on colorum buses T

hE department of Transportation and Communications (dOTC), the land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (lTFRB), and the landTransportation Office (lTO) have issued Joint Adminstrative Order (JAO) No. 2014-01, imposing a P1 million fine for colorum buses or unauthorized public utility vehicle (PuV). JAO No. 2014-01 or the revised schedule of fines and penalties for violation of laws, rules, and regulations governing land transportation will take effect on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. “Safety is always our priority. Recent accidents have highlighted the need for harsher penalties to de-

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Civil military chief leaving 10th ID post By DANIEL D. JOAQUIN

C DoIng HoMEWorK In sTorE. A student of Magallanes Elementary School answers her assignments while waiting for her mother at a makeshift store in Bankerohan, Davao City yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

IVIl Military 10th Id Commander lt. Col. Jake Obligado will be leaving his post that will officially effective during a turnover ceremony set on June 17, 2014 at the Philippines Navy covered court in Camp Panacan. during the AFP PNP Press Conference at the Royal Mandaya hotel yesterday, Obligado expressed thanks to the people in davao Region particularly the media, describing his experience working in the area as the “best assignment ever” n his 23 years of

service in the military. he said the militant leaders he has to deal with as civil military chief of the 10th Id have given him good challenges over the past three years. he expressed hope to deal again with the militant leaders in the future with “developmental minds” and not “problematic minds.” Obligado said he is also looking forward being assigned in the davao Region again after his scheduled stint at the AFP’s general headquarters in Manila for a study.

hE rains have come but the city might still experience the onset of the El Nino phenomenon or dry spell this month, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. PAGASA based its prediction on its monitoring of the rising temperatures of the Pacific Ocean. It its website PAGASA said the warming of waters in the tropical part of the Pacific could develop into an El Niño which may last for nine months. department of Agriculture (dA) XI Assistant Regional director Maria Febe Orbe said in an interview last week that they are still

preparing for the worst. If El Niño strikes this month, it would affect the whole of davao del Sur, while davao Oriental and the upland regions of davao City would be “moderately vulnerable”. hagonoy, Magsaysay and Matanao towns in davao del Sur are considered “areas of concern”. Acting City Agriculturist Recelio Tabay said 90,000 hectares of rice, corn, fruit and industrial lands, particularly in Paquibato and Marilog districts, will be affected if the dry spell hit the city. But Orbe said the dA-Regional Field Office XI, in close coordination with the Bureau of Soils and Wa-


rains El Niño Houses, truck razed Despite still possible in June in 2 fire incidents T By ARMANDO B. FENEQUITO JR.


N the midst of heavy downpour last Tuesday night, at least 13 houses and a forward truck were razed in two fire incidents in separate areas in Talomo district, davao City. The report of Talomo Police Precinct stated around 9:20 p.m. of June 3 a fire incident occurred in Bulusan 2, Bangkal. Their initial investigation showed that the fire started in the house of a certain Betty B. Arinas, 31, an

employee of department of Public Works and highways (dPWh). The report sated that the fire immediately spread to nearby houses since all of the structures are made of light materials. They recorded at least 10 houses which were totally burned and three partially damaged. There were no reported injuries. The responding fire fighting units declared the fire out after 30 minutes.

USeP hosts consultations on SUC leveling instrument


hE university of Southeastern Philippines hosted the Commission on higher Education’s consultative workshop and orientation on State universities and Colleges (SuC) leveling instrument and guidelines for its implementation, June 3 at the uSeP Social hall, Obrero, davao City. The event, according to the uSeP President, Perfecto A. Alibin, was guided by the principal objective to provide or share feedback whether the draft leveling instrument for SuCs and guidelines for its implementation capture educational initiatives and strategic/global performance that will enable the SuCs to be at par with the edu-

cational institutions in the ASEAN countries in view of the economic integration of the ASEAN region in 2015. President Alibin underscored that “the efficacy of outcome of any undertaking rests much on well-designed objectives in the context of the real and ideal, rhetoric and reality phenomenon.” The SuC leveling instrument and guidelines for implementation were prepared jointly by ChEd, and the department of Budget and Management, in coordination with the Philippine Association of State universities and Colleges (PASuC). The instrument took into account the level of performance of the institution

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The Talomo Fire Station has yet to determine the actual cost of damage from the incident. After more than an hour, an Izuzu delivery truck conflagrated inside the Pluvial Enterprise Compound in Bago Aplaya, incurring an estimated damage cost of P500,000. The report said that the fire originated from the front seat of the truck. The management disclosed to operatives that the truck was parked un-

attended in front of the guard house since 5:00 p.m. of the same day. It said that when the driver parked truck they thought that the engine was turned off but when the incident occurred they found that the engine is already on. They tried to put off the fire using fire extinguishers but the blaze immediately spread. The whole truck was totally burned including the different sets of furniture contained at its back.

oPInIon sUrvEY FInDIngs. University of Mindanao’s Institute of Popular Opinion’s specialist on economics, governance and politics Dr. Adrian Tamayo (right) and executive director Dr. Maria Linda Alquiza discuss the result of

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their latest survey about Executive Order No. 39 or the Speed Limit Ordinance of vehicles within the territory of Davao City during yesterday’s Club 888 media forum at the Marco Polo Davao. Lean Daval Jr.


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P143.7M allotted for water systems T

WENTy six local government units (lGus) in Region 12 are set to receive P143.7 million in grants for the construction of potable water systems and related projects. Reynaldo Bungubung, department of the Interior and local Government (dIlG) regional director, said the grants comprise the approved allocation for the region this year under the Sagana at ligtas na Tubig sa lahat (Salintubig) component of the Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Program (GPBP). he said beneficiaries are lGus in the region that were prioritized for the implementation for fiscal year 2014 of Salintubig, a project under the GPBP being handled by the dIlG. Region 12 comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong Kidapawan and Cotabato. The Salintubig program, which is supported by the department of health and the National Anti-Poverty Commission, mainly intends to provide water supply systems for the identified “waterless”

municipalities, barangays and rural health units in the region. It covers two thematic areas: poorest/waterless barangays with high incidence of water-borne diseases and rural health centers without access to safe water. The program was launched three years ago in response to the national government’s goal of providing potable water to the entire country based on the targets defined in the Philippine development Plan for 2011-2016, Millennium development Goals, the Philippine Water Supply Sector Roadmap and the Philippine Sustainable Sanitation Roadmap. Bungubung said the project aims to increase access to water services of waterless communities, reduce the incidence of water-borne and sanitation-related diseases, improve access of the poor to sanitation services and sustain operations of water supply and sanitation projects that it supports. Its implementing arms are the Office of Project development Service (OPdS) of the dIlG central office and regional offices and recipient lGus, he said. To be qualified for the Sa-


brIngIng sMILEs. Actress Marian Rivera lights up the faces of persons with disabilities housed at the SDC building of the City Social Welfare Development Office in General Santos City during her visit Sunday, June 1, facilitated by the local government. [Photo courtesy of Russell Delvo/GENSAN CPIO] lintubig program under the GPBP, Bungubung said lGus must have the technical capabilities to implement its component projects. he said they should also

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be recipients of the Seal of Good housekeeping under the 2012 assessment, have made substantial progress in the implementation of the Public Financial Management Plan as certified by the department

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of Budget and Management regional office and must have no unliquidated funds to the participating agency. under the program, the beneficiaries may receive grants of P1 million to P7 mil-

lion, depending on their approved project proposals. In the last two years, a total of 33 lGus in the region have received grants for the implementation of Salintubig projects. [MindaNews]

ing for Additional Regulations for Operations of Motorized Tricycles and Trisikads for hire in the City of Panabo was open for discussion with the trisikad and tricyle operators and drivers. City Councilor Ferdinand A. Gocon, Chairperson on Transportation and Energy, proposed some provisions that will promote safe, integrated, sustainable economic transportation facilities including services within

the territorial jurisdiction of Panabo. Gocon said that all of the discussions during the public hearing are not final and it will be further deliberated during the committee hearing before it will be passed into law. Those who are affected with the proposed amendments are free to express their views and comments and this will serve as basis during the committee hearing. [Mark Anthony G. Gellor /CIO Panabo]

Amendment to regulations for motorized trikes eyed M

OTORIZEd tricycles, trisikads and jeepneys in Panabo City have been increasing for the past few years. legislative measures were made for the safety of the riding public. however amendments are being proposed for a fixed route in Panabo City. during the public hearing last May 27 at the ARF Gym, proposed amendments on City Ordinance No. 51-12 otherwise known as Provid-

Davao Del Norte

DTI sets the rise of ICT industry in the province


lAyERS in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector in the province converged at Big 8 hotel, Tagum City on May 27 to access the growing economy of business process outsource (BPO) of davao City. About 36 participants from academe, call center agencies, internet cafes and local government units participated in the Focus Group discussion called by

the department of Trade and Industry (dTI) based in this province to discussed the possibility of participating in the ICT industry of davao City. Edwin Banquerigo, provincial director of dTI, said that they brought together the industry players to strengthen the individual’s capabilities to join the loop of ICT davao. Present also during the discussion were ICT davao, Inc. Chairperson Atty. Samuel

Matunog, National ICT Confederation of the Philippines President Wit holganza and Belinda Torres of Jobs Academy. Matunog said in an interview that the major contribution of davao del Norte in the BPOs in davao City presently was the talent. he added that the province can go beyond contributing talents to an ideal area for ICT investors. [PIA 11/ Michael L. Uy]



onb books P145 M net income


NE Network Bank, Inc. posted a bottom line of P145 million in the first quarter of 2014, an increment of 7% from the same period last year. This net income level, if annualized, translates to a 26% return on average private equityand 2% return on assets. Improvement in the bank’s revenue was buoyed by the sturdy performance of its net interest income and fee-based income. Net interest income leapt by 16% to P313.9 million, on the back of the bank’s consolidated loan portfolio which rose to P18.9 billion or 22% from the P15.6 billionlevel reported a year ago. Meanwhile, fee-based income accumulated to P280 million or agrowth of 11%. Accounting for 82% of the total non-interest profit is service fees on loans, while the remainder is composed of income gained from service fees on deposits, ATM, pointof-sale terminals and utilities. deposits pooled from the bank’s 677,300 account holders chalked up to P17.3 billion which is asubstantial 14% growth from the P15.2 billion level in the same period last year. ONB’s riskbased capital adequacy ratio stands strong at 17.5%,

manifesting the bank’s preparedness for its expansion programs. The bankcontinues to exceed the P2.4 billion minimum capital requisite for commercial banks as it posted a P3.82 billion record total capitalas of March 2014.Total resources escalated by 22% to P25.4 billion. ONBheld its annual stockholders meeting on May 17, 2014, during which Victor A. Consunji and Antonio P. Avelino were re-elected Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board of directors, respectively. Also re-elected to the board were Alex V. Buenaventura who was later re-elected by the Board as President; Antonio R. Cabreira and luz Consuelo A. Consunji, directors; and Rev. Fr. Agustin l. Nazareno and Evelyn T. Ang as independent directors. After its migration to the BancNet consortium, ONB’sPeraAgad ATM breached the 150th mark in May 2014. ONB now has 153 ATMs, recent deployments of which support the bank’s expansion in Panay. In 2013, the bank’s 143 ATMs made up 43% of the combined number of ATMs operated by rural banks. Many of these ATMs are deployed in

bEaTIng THE HEaT. Drinking buko juice remains one of the Filipinos’ favorite way of beating the summer heat, as this photo taken in Malaybalay City. [MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno]

communities where ONB is the sole provider of ATM services, a clear indication of the bank’s steadfast commitment to make affordable banking services more accessible in unserved and underserved areas. ONB carves another mark in the rural banking in-

dustry as the first rural bank given authority by the BSP to perform Trust and other fiduciary. In preparation for its full launch, the bank’s Board of directors, senior management and members of its newly created Trust department recently attended a seminar on Basic Trust

Banking held on May 15-16, 2014 at the Grand Regal hotel in davao City with Atty. Manuel B. Curato, Mr. Roberto S. Vergara and Ms. Concepcion A. Garcia as lecturers. The seminar, deemed as essential in preparing for the bank’s Trust operations, covered Basic Concepts of Trust,

Government Regulations and Basic Standards in the administration of Trust, Other Fiduciary and Investment Management Accounts, Corporate Governance and Risk Management Guidelines for Trust andCode of Conduct and Ethics for Trust Practitioners.


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group wants hydropower plant builder to observe watershed code A

Ny action on a proposed power generation project should consider its effects on davao City’s drinking water supply and environmental laws, an official of an environment group said. Mary Ann Fuentes, Interface development Interventions (IdIS) executive director, said Monday the proposal of San lorenzo Builders to construct a 140-megawatt run-of-river hydropower plant should follow the Watershed Code, which prohibits infrastructure in watersheds that serve as sources of drinking water. The plant will be built within the vicinity of the Tamugan River, according to Councilor louie John Bonguyan, who heads the city council’s committee on energy. “I want to see the design. I want to see if the development will need to divert water to achieve a necessary elevation so that their turbines will work,” Fuentes said. She said the city should consider the effects of the project on drinking water supply along with its aim to help curb the energy shortage in Mindanao. “The developers will

also have to contend with the zoning ordinance, which identifies the city’s water resource areas. If you remember, there were some property developments that were disapproved because they were planning to build within [watershed areas],” she added. Asked which alternative energy sources could be tapped to address the shortage, Fuentes said they are pushing for other sources like solar power. She said if this was not possible, hydropower plants should be built in water bodies that don’t serve as sources of drinking water. She said building a hydropower plant along Tamugan River could affect rehabilitation works along the water source, as well as past and present projects by the davao City Water district. last week, Vice Mayor Paolo Z. duterte told reporters the developers would have to convince the committee on energy about the technical details of the project. he added that stakeholders, such as environment groups, would be in the best position to understand and explain the

PHL to strengthen women inclusiveness in economy


hE Philippines gears to further strengthen women’s participation in the country’s economy through the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women) program. In a department of Trade and Industry (dTI) statement Tuesday, undersecretary Nora K. Terrado said during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation-Women and the Economy Forum (APEC-WEF) in Beijing, China that the country is now on the second phase of GREAT Women program which aims to enhance the participation of women in developing the country’s economy. GREAT Women program is a governance and capacity development program “to create an environment for a more gender-responsive governance and enterprise

value chain support platforms.” The Philippines received financial and technical assistance from Canadian government through the Canadian International development Agency for the program. “While the Philippines had fully closed the gender gaps in the education and health categories, we still have room to improve in the areas of economic and political empowerment. Thus, our plan is to continue with our GREAT Women Program,” said Terrado. In the latest World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, the country ranked 5th among 136 countries which means the country excels in terms of economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment. [PNA]

technical details of projects such as hydropower plants. Bonguyan said more committee hearings will be scheduled on the concern raised by IdIS. According to the Comprehensive land use Plan for 2013-2022 prepared by the City Planning and development Office, water-extractive activities should be regulated to prevent over-extraction. It also requires all structures built in water resource areas to have proper sanitation facilities especially for septage and wastewater, and prohibits “highly pollutive” activities. In an earlier presentation to the city council, San lorenzo Builders president and chief executive officer Oscar Violago said the development site would include Gumalang to lamanan in Calinan. The timeline includes a feasibility study that would begin this year and, if approved, commercial operations to begin in 2019 depending on the completion of the application process. The topography, hydrology, and geology studies would also begin this year. [MindaNews]

Security Bank wins excellence in payment innovation award


ECuRITy Bank was recognized by Retail Banker International (RBI) Asia, a uK-based news journal covering the retail banking and cards and payments space during the RBI Asia Trailblazer Awards 2014 held at the hotel Copthorne Waterfront in Singapore. The award for Product Excellence in Payment Innovation was given for the bank’s newest transaction banking innovation, the Sweep Card, which was recently introduced in partnership with Autosweep Post Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation. Sweep Card, a contactless and reloadable cash card, is powered by Security Bank’s cash card system and linked to the platform of Autosweep, through the facilities of the bank’s cash management system called digiBanker. SWEEP allows customers to make cashless purchases and reload the card in over 100 retail shops, convenience

stores, fast food chain outlets, gasoline stations and toll ways. Accepting the award for Security Bank were (in photo) Senior Vice President and Transaction Banking Group head daniel yu (center) and First Vice President and Cash Management division head Joy Ejercito (rightmost). Joining them was Ruben Kempeneer, Regional director of Timetric for Asia Pacific. RBI Asia cites, “Security Bank’s first NFC enabled card, Sweep Card, has innovatively gone one

step ahead of its competition in the Philippines by introducing the open loop system, amidst a closed loop environment, which is a huge achievement. The open loop system reaches a much wider number of merchants and works across a multitude of POS technology providers, which gives the Sweep Card its distinctive leverage. The Sweep Card is also multidimensional and has a back-end wallet carrying a separate value, can store loyalty points, and be activated as an ATM card.”

Full implementation of EPIRA law pushed T

hE Makati Business Club (MBC) urged for the full implementation of Republic Act No. 9136 or the “Electric Power Industry Reform Act” (EPIRA) to resolve issues in the power sector. In its position paper, MBC said full implementation of EPIRA revisions is needed instead of opening up the law for amendments. “While EPIRA is not perfect, we believe it provides a reasonable and generally acceptable regulatory framework. Further, we believe that opening up EPIRA now for review and amendments will reinforce concerns about an unstable and unreliable regulatory framework, and these concerns may cause the deferment or cancellation of pending investments in the power sector,” the MBC stated. The business organization added that even without amending the EPIRA, there are provisions in the regulatory framework

that can be made to protect long-term interest and promote competitiveness in the energy sector. MBC cited the department of Energy (dOE), as a government department “mandated to prepare, integrate, coordinate, supervise, and control all plans, programs, projects, and activities of the government relative to energy exploration, development, utilization, distribution, and conservation,” should comply with the Section 37 of EPIRA by avoiding to further delay establishment of reserve market. “Execute the much delayed transfer of functions, assets, and liabilities of the market operator to an Independent Market Operator (IMO) in compliance with Section 30 of EPIRA and IRR Rule 9 Section 6a, which should have occurred within one year of the establishment of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM),” MBC urged dOE. Moreover, the business

group also called on the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), which has the mission to promote quality, reliable, sustainable, and reasonable price of electricity to take the following actions: complete the implementation of open access by June 30, 2015 to allow end-users with loads of 750 kilowatt (both single and aggregated loads) and above to source their own power as provided in Section 21 of the EPIRA; further accelerate open access through allowing end-users with loads of 500kw (both single and aggregated loads) and above to source their own power by 30 June 2016; amend Automatic Generation Rate Adjustment (AGRA) rules applicable to distribution utility (du) generation charges by (a) allowing complete passthrough of ERC-approved bilateral contracts; (b) allowing complete passthrough of WESM purchases if prices are equal to or

less than ERC-approved bilateral contract prices; and (c) for WESM purchases above approved bilateral contract prices, require prior ERC approval for pass-through of the price differentials; establish policy on the treatment of wholesale aggregators executing Power Supply Agreements (PSAs) with distribution utilities by utilizing a combination of market- and cost-based methods as a means of determining reasonable price levels for bilateral contracts of distribution utilities accompanied by the issuance of bidding rules, to widen supplier choices available to distribution utilities; -- reference the 4.0 percent threshold level of dOE Circular dC2013-12-0029 to offered capacity, in this connection, the “must offer rule” should be maintained; and diligently monitor anti-competitive behaviour and take action accordingly.[PNA]



Understanding weather By GERRy T. EsTRERA


OW do meteorologists - those experts who conduct scientific study of atmospheric conditions to forecast weather – come up with weather predictions? “Oftentimes, we make the mistake of interchanging climate and weather, but they are actually two different things,” corrects dr. Jorge G. de las Alas, of the university of the Philippines at diliman. “Climate is the statistical average of observed weather in a particular area of interest over a relatively long period of time. “Climate is not static,” said dr. de las Alas, who was with the department of Meteorology and Oceanography of the College of Science. “It is ever changing like weather but its rate of change is small and generally imperceptible in periods comparable to man’s lifetime.” here in the Philippines, four types of climates exist. These are: · Type 1. This pertains to areas with two pronounced seasons: dry from december to May and wet from June to November. Maximum rain period is from June to September. Areas characterized by this climate type are Ilocos Norte and Sur, Abra, la union, Benguet, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan and Bataan. Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro Occidental, Iloilo and the western section of Palawan also have this type. So do parts of Mountain Province, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Antique and Negros Oriental. · Type 2. These are areas with no dry season with a very pronounced maximum rainfall period from November to January. Places with this type are Northern and Eastern Samar, Southern leyte, Surigao del Sur and del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and parts of Kalinga-Apayao, Quezon, Camarines Sur and Norte, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Agusan del Sur and davao Oriental. · Type 3. Seasons in areas with this type are not very pronounced. It is relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year. These places include Isabela, Quirino, Rizal, laguna, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Masbate, Aklan, Capiz, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Zamboanga del Norte, Basilan, lanao, Bukidnon, Maguindanao, North Cotabato and the eastern section of Palawan. · Type 4. Rainfall is more or less evenly dis-

tributed throughout the year. Places with this type are Camarines Sur, leyte, Bohol, Misamis Oriental, davao, davao del Sur, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Occidental, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. While the climate in a particular place has been firmly established, the weather is a lot more unpredictable because it has to do with the day-to-day changes in atmospheric conditions. The only safe thing to say about weather in the Philippines is that the rainy season starts sometime in May or June and ends around November. This is why the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) was established and tasked to study data and make appropriate weather forecasts and warnings especially with regard to approaching typhoons. To do this, PAGASA follows a five-step weather forecasting process: Step 1: Observation. The weather bureau observes, through instruments and through ocular means, all the weather elements on a daily basis. “This gives us a picture of what’s happening up there,” maintained the weather services chief of PAGASA’s Natural disaster Reduction Branch. Step 2: Collection and transmission of data. data on weather observations from around 60 synoptic weather stations scattered throughout the country are then condensed into coded figures and symbols for easy transmissions to the Manila head office. “We exchange raw data with other countries,” the weather services

chief says. “As a member of the World Meteorological Organization, we have an international agreement to do that. These data come in the form of coded message.” Step 3: plotting of weather data. When the coded data arrives, they are decoded and plotted on maps in symbols or numbers. Observations made overland and sea are plotted into surface maps, while wind observations are plotted into upper air maps. The weather bureau uses an automatic plotting machine for this purpose. Step 4: Analysis of weather maps. The plotted maps are given to forecasters or analysts, who make the analysis or prognosis based on what’s on the maps. The current weather maps are compared with the weather maps of previous days to establish the movement of weather systems and forecast their development and movement. Then the analysts make their prognosis. Step 5: Formulation of the forecast. The prognosis is put down into writing, and this is now the forecast. PAGASA makes public weather fore-casts, forecasts for aviation, as well as marine forecasts for coastal areas daily. The Philippines, given the location and the topography of the country, experiences five weather-causing phenomena: thunderstorms, cold front, monsoons, intertropical convergence zone, and tropical cyclones. Thunderstorms are sometimes called cumulonimbus or local storms. This occurs when towering cumulus clouds reach a height where the temperature is well below the

freezing point. Among the associated hazards of thunder-storms are heavy rain (which may cause flashflood), hail or hailstone (which may destroy crops and some light structures), and lightning (which may cause death, burns or fire). Cold front is formed when cold air moves over areas of warm air. Since cold air is heavier than warm air, the warm air is pushed aloft by the cold air giving rise to widespread cloudiness. The cold front affects the eastern part of the country from November to late April or early May. There are two types of monsoons: Southwest and Northeast. In the former, the Asiatic continent becomes warmer than the surrounding seas and a low-pressure cell develops over the continent. This causes a flow of moist southwest winds over the Philippine area. At times

when this southwest flow becomes thick in depth, it persists for a long period causing continuous rains, which may last for weeks during the months of June to September. The Southwest monsoon is responsible for the great portion of rainfall during the country’s wet season. In Northeast monsoon, the Asiatic continent is snowbound and the high-pressure cell over China sends northeasterly winds over the Philippines giving the country cold temperatures, and causing much rainfall over the eastern coasts. This happens from November to February. The intertropical convergence zone is an area where the northern hemisphere trades meet the southern hemisphere trades. It is characterized by towering clouds of cumulonimbus accompanied with showers of wide-

spread thunderstorms. “The axis of convergence, which is usually oriented in an east to west direction, does not remain stationary at the equator but migrates north or south of the equator,” PAGASA explains. In the Philippines, it oscillates during the months of May to October. Tropical cyclones are low pressure systems characterized by relatively low atmospheric pressure at the center with very strong winds blowing counterclockwise (in the northern hemisphere) towards and around the center. In the Filipino dialect, tropical cyclones are called bagyo in general. Records show an average of 20 out of 36 tropical cyclones that develop over the Northwest Pacific basin cross the country yearly. “There is no month in the Philippines which is free from typhoons,” the weather services chief claims.




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The world needs men..


dGE dAVAO’s attention was caught by stories of three different men all printed on the front page of the Philippine daily Inquirer’s edition last Tuesday, June 3, 2014. They are stories of men who have varying paradigms in life. The men are: Miraji Bairullah, alias Mahang, an alleged bombmaker for the Moro National liberation Front; King Juan Carlos, ruler of Spain who announced his abdication from the thrown; and dobri dobrev, a beggar of Sofia, Bulgaria. Captured Miraji was captured last Sunday by government security forces at his hideout in Indanan, Jolo, reported Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, head of the PNP Criminal Investigation and detection Group. The wanted man did not resist arrest. Miraji is accused of being responsible for the death of two uS servicemen in a roadside bombing in Jolo in 2009. Abdicated In Madrid, Spanish King Juan Carlos was reported to have decided to abdicate in favor of his son Prince Felipe, ending 39 years of reign that ushered in democracy in his country. The 76-year-old monarch was crowned in November 1975 after the death of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who made the announcement on the abdication plan, said “I found the king convinced that this is the best moment to change the head of the state in all normality and for the transition of the crown to the Prince of Asturias.” Beggar biggest donor In Bulgaria, the biggest donor to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church is a 100-year-old beggar. For more than 20 years, dobri dobrev has been begging on the streets of Sofia, collecting alms worth tens of thousands of euros, the


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European money. And he has given it all to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. dobrev, the PdI story continued, is regarded as a saint in his country which is ravaged by poverty and corruption, just like the Philippines. Many Bulgarians bend their knees to kiss his hand before giving their alms to the man. The three stories remind us of the anonymous essay titled “The world needs men….” This paper wishes to share with its readers the wordings of the article stitched and framed by a dying wife of an editor. “The world needs men -who cannot be bought, -whose word is their bond, -who put character above wealth, -who possess opinions and a will, -who are larger than their vocations, -who do not hesitate to take chances, -who will not lose their individuality in a crowd, - who will be as honest in small things as in great things, -who will make no compromise with wrong, -who will not say they do it “because everybody does it” -who are true to their friends in adversity as well as in prosperity, -who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning, and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success, -who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular, -who can say “no” with emphasis although all the rest of the world says “yes.” whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires.” have you found such men in your leaders and among your neighbors?

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T is comical how this local mall giant is collecting Php8520.42 from its former concessionaire for supposed unpaid rent when over half a million pesos and blood, sweat, and tears have been invested in service of this mall giant. half a million plus that just went down the drain because mall giant belittles the people that give them good service. half a million plus that just went down the drain because the leadership responsible for store concessionaires does not know excellence and integrity, or even just the very basic proper corporate communication. Nay, not even corporate communication, but basic personal human communication matched with word of honor. Apparently, mall giant does not care much about the finer points in people and in life as long as they rake in the profits. Even when they want to do a public social good like donating to help Typhoon yolanda survivors, they demand a certain amount from their tenants or deduct an amount from the salaries of their hapless employees. When the Open letter to the Super Mall Manager came out last February 28, 2014, many people validated the truth of its content. Employees, tenants, clients, and various stakeholders in the city who have done business with the mall giant affirm the questionable practices. Many have an axe to grind with the mall giant but most are beholden to its far-reaching influence and power, and



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thus say or do nothing. Such is life. One who has the economic power has the political power. It is a sad reality but it is a reality that can be changed with enough vigilance and a strong sense of what is right and good. When economics comes into play, it is so easy to succumb to its demands especially when we are already “kapit- sa - patalim.” however, it is of paramount importance to realize that one’s God-given humanity is not just about hitting the bottomline, raking in the profits, and minimizing costs. Of course, the profits are wonderful but if it lessens who you are and the people around you then do something to make things better. One cannot just shrug shoulders and say “ganuntalaga”. So when this mall giant tries to collect P8520.42, it does not take balls to say “NO” to them. They did not allow the concessionaire to pay its crew with dignity within work premises on the last day of service, even if the contract still allows the concessionaire to do so. They did not have the courtesy of informing the concessionaire of their intention

to get another concessionaire. They could not show that the concessionaire failed any of their service requirements and surveys. They could not even give proper termination and turnover papers. So when over half a million pesos and blood, sweat, and tears have been spent to give them service on top of bearing their injustices, the P8520.42 they are trying to collect is laughable. It is especially laughablewhen 15 crew members suddenly get unemployed and expensive foodservice equipment lies idle. It is especially laughable when they make multi-millions and spend P50 per head for their department managers meetings, demand a buffet spread, and take quite a while for them to pay the concessionaire. The P8520.42 is a small amount to the concessionaire and just loose change to the mall giant. It is, however, a concrete stand against systemic injustice and mediocrity that belie the continued growth of the mall. P.S. It is interesting to note that on the last day of service ,many mall giant employees and department managers showed their appreciation and sympathy to the concessionaire crew by giving them gifts and tokens of thanks. This lifted the spirits of the crew and bolstered the truth that they really did well in their service. But this also bolstered the truth that something was amiss in the decision-making of mall giant and they have become unfortunate victims.

should adopt a move advocating fair trade. In opening up markets and liberalizing trade the country can really gain from open markets especially if they are that smart. Our neighboring nations most particularly Thailand are benefitting immensely from open markets because they’re competitive and their governments are supportive of their industries especially agriculture. By applying similar procedures, there is no reason why the millions of our farmers across the country should be among the poorest. But us, as if we’re killing our industries and we are only not supportive, but for years we even help our competitors by allowing their products to enter freely our market and we don’t even demand reciprocal gesture from them, China in particular. From China and other neighboring countries we buy several millions worth of their agricultural products – rice, corn grits, meat, poultry and sea produce, dairy products, condiments, even vegetables while they buy just a fraction of our agricultural items. And the most pathetic situation happened when China deliberately closed their market to our tropical fruits where we have competitive advantage like our mangoes, pineapple and specifically world-class Cavendish bananas. how did they do that? Chinese authorities use the stringent quarantine requirements and other strict barri-

ers effectively banning the importation of bananas produced in the Philippines. After the imposition of the ban, perhaps they are taking their sweet time and maybe it will take a bit longer before they will again allow Philippine-produced bananas to enter their market. Consequently government should immediately correct policy and regulation biases and to strongly fight for fair trade competition. If possible, it should never bargain with China over the purposeful ban of Philippine bananas, but instead fight against the entry of “sub-standard, disposable and chemically-laced” China products ranging from agricultural produce, foodstuff, canned goods, cosmetics, toys, electronic gadgets and accessories, which are killing slowly but gradually the production of the local industry. Maybe it will take months or maybe even years for the Chinese authorities to decide to allow Philippine bananas into their market, but not until our government acts swiftly by also issuing strict directives to reduce in large quantities the importation of China-made products. As a reminder, under the World Trade Organization (WTO) policies and guidelines, we also have the right to use special safeguards. Some well-developed countries including China are mouthing free trade but only as far as developing nations like the Philippines are opening their markets to them. But the sad part is that they are overprotective of their own market by setting up harsh barriers and other punitive requirements. In the meantime, the resolution of the ban on Philippine bananas and other agricultural products similar to the diplomatic stand-off between our country and China over the islands in the West Philippine Sea seemed look distant.

Promote the cause of agriculture

GRICulTuRAl dEVElOPMENT IS KEy TO NATIONAl ECONOMy – I could still vividly remember that agriculture was among the priority programs defined by President Benigno Aquino III when he assumed office. however, it is unpleasant knowledge that after four years at the helm the country’s agriculture has not been handled and managed appropriately to benefit the farmers and the rural communities. To say it bluntly, the government’s much-flaunted agricultural development program has miserably failed to be the flagship industry being an agriculture-based country when it could have been. For the past decades the agricultural advancement and land distribution system under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program have been badly screwed and were squeezed by rapacious and thick-face officials that left the poor farmers even poorer. Nowadays official rattling about agriculture as the Philippines’ lead industry is not enough. What the people actually want to see are tangible results. They’re fed up with all the hullabaloos. The present dispensation therefore must be sensible of agriculture as a significant sector. It’s the key to national economy. The economy in most countries in Asia and the ASEAN Growth Triangle area that has been leading their market is agriculture. Their governments pride themselves with the increase in production and expanding the markets of their agricultural products notably rice, corn and tropical fruits, thereby promoting the cause of agriculture. There’s another step to stimulate the country’s agricultural development program. The country’s top officials and concerned government agencies most notably the department of Agriculture (dA) and its line agencies


EU needs more non-bank finance COMMENTARY By Hugo Dixon



F finance doesn’t come from some other sources, Europe could be condemned to years of slow growth. Securitisation is a good alternative source of funding, provided it develops in a controlled way. It allows banks to keep making new loans while still shrinking their balance sheets. It can also transfer credit risk to lowly-leveraged investors who don’t have to be propped up by the taxpayer if there’s another downturn. The ECB and BoE have come up with a series of proposals for letting this market develop in a healthy way. Most of what they advocate involves unblocking arcane parts of the financial system’s plumbing. But the big proposal is to distinguish between plain vanilla and more exotic securitisations, and then regulate the former less harshly. While this is an excellent initiative, it should only be seen as part of the solution to Europe’s “bank centricity.” That is to say, Europe is far more dependent than America is on banks to finance business activity. A broad-based approach is needed to develop healthy non-bank finance. Other debt securities have an important role to play. large companies have little trouble issuing bonds in the Eu. But that’s not so for smaller companies. Europe would benefit from a bigger junk bond market: more “minibonds” – where smaller companies tap the market for cash; and more private placements—where bonds are sold to investors outside the formal market environment. There’s also scope to expand lending by non-banks. The two most promising avenues are peer-to-peer lending, where internet sites match borrowers with lenders; and shadow banking, a broad term for non-bank lending which, though it has become something of a dirty word since the crisis, would be valuable if properly regulated. Non-bank finance doesn’t just mean non-bank debt. Europe doesn’t just suffer from bank centricity; it also suffers from “debt centricity.” The economy would be more resilient if companies relied more on equity. In that vein, European policymakers need to see what they can do to encourage both more issuance of equity on stock markets and more venture capital for startups and rapidly growing companies. One policy change could be to remove the bias in the tax system that stems from the fact that interest payments on debt are tax-deductible but equity dividends are not. The ECB and BoE will be important actors in ending the Eu’s bank centricity. The ECB is the pre-eminent financial regulator for the euro zone; while the BoE is the equivalent for the City of london, Europe’s financial centre. But politicians also need to get on the stage. heads of government should make developing healthy market-based finance a priority for the new European Commission which takes office next year.


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Jilted... FFroM 1 the close circuit television (CCTV) camera on the traffic light in the junctions of R. Castillo Street and J. P. laurel Avenue in lanang, if they could see a possible lead in the incident. he admitted that they really have a hard time reviewing the CCTV footage which captured the incident because of poor visual quality. Zaulga said that only the CCTV on the ATM side of the Bank of Philippine Islands near Insular Village 1 had the clear vision but it did not show the incident because only the upper body with white T-shirt reflected on the screen. he said that the

probers are still conducting a follow-up investigation on the incident. Earlier, Sr. Supt. Vicente danao Jr., davao City Police Office (dCPO) director, said in the radio interview that police had sent invitation to the ex-boyfriend, whom danao refused to identify, but the latter has not surfaced. he was described as “a wealthy businessman and a member of an affluent family.” Acuña was reportedly gunned down by an unidentified assailant between 8:50 and 9:30 p.m. on May 30, in lanang. and immediately picked by a black pick-up after the shooting incident.

products, promotion and distribution. Participant will likewise acquire capability to develop an effective income statement and expenditure budget for export; and integrate the international trade activities within the existing (domestic) business. To achieve the learning objectives, the following modules will be taught; Module 1 – Global Business Environment Module 2 – International Trade Research Module 3 – International Sales and Marketing Module 4 – International Trade logistics Module 5 – International Trade Finance Module 6 – Entry on Export Markets Module 7 – legal Exports of International Trade Module 8 – Business Export Plan development The module will be taken up in four months, at the rate of two modules per month. Classes are on

Fridays and Saturdays. The diploma in Export Management is a unique program in the Philippines. It is hands – on developed and facilitated by experts with industry, academic, and international experienced. It is focused on ASEAN Community and Export development to the Singaporean Market. learning investment amounts to P65,000 including training by professionals with international and industry experience; meals and (snacks and lunch) and flowing coffee during session; course methods and tools; networking events; and diploma in Export Management certified by dCCCII. Interested are requested to inquire through (082) 300-3198 (look for Alex). Smart 09206782754, Globe: 09174608107, –www. [AMA]

Within the scope of the order is a violation due to attachment of any unauthorized accessory or device which impedes the visibility or reflectivity of the valid license plate or third-plate sticker. Furthermore, unauthorized license plates and third-plate stickers will be

confiscated. JAO has also provided penalties for the following violations: driving without a valid driver’s license; reckless driving; failure to wear a seatbelt; driving an unregistered motor vehicle; and other breaches of traffic rules and regulations. [PNA]

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agaInsT CHILD Labor. Florie May Tacang, executive director of Kaugmaon Foundation, promotes the upcoming World Day Against Child Labor slated on June 12 designed to create awareness on children’s rights during Club 888 media forum at the Marco Polo Davao yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

Davao... FFroM 2 ing them behind schedule (36 %). Further, they say that it is adversely affecting the city’s economy (16%),” the survey explained. Only 8 percent don’t have any idea of the order. “Our respondents are composed majority from the class B and C of the society. These are the working class, students, drivers, and pedestrians,” he added. While on the limits to speed, the public reveals that 75 percent expressed

that 30 kilometer per hour (kph) on designated boundaries “as right speed; 19 percent indicated that it has to be raised; only 3 percent wanted it to be reduced.” For 40kph, 80 percent considered it as justified maximum acceleration; 8 percent want it to be increased and only 2 percent suggested it to be reduced. In areas that have a speed limit of 60 kph, 77 percent approved the maximum speed in designated

places; 17 percent wanted it to be increase; and only 4 percent wanted it to be reduced. “The majority in agreement that the rates of speed on identified boundaries are generally reasonable,” it said. Respondents were also asked for their opinion on fines and penalties. It was found out that 62 percent considered P1, 278 fines to be just right; 28 percent wanted it to be increased; while only 9 percent want

it to be reduced. The survey showed that the” penalty , may be too high for some, but the public approves it as necessary deterrence.” The public posted a very high satisfaction rating of 74 percent to the implementing agencies like Traffic Management Group, Traffic- Group, land Transportation Office and highway Patrol, only 13 percent posted as needing improvement and unsatisfactory.

in the areas of instruction, research, extension, and management of resources. It sought to allow the categorization of the different types of academic institutions from level 1 (lowest) to level 4 (highest). ChEd Office of Institutional Quality Assurance and Governance director, libertad P. Garcia, presented the draft guidelines and instrument, which was followed by the open forum

and regional consultation. The rationale of the instrument and guidelines provides the need to conduct another leveling exercise to rationalize the status of the SuCs, especially that SuC levels are now significantly related to budgetary support and incentives, and to incorporate certain international standards that reflect the directions of education adopted by leading ASEAN institutions.

The consultation, participated in by SuCs from Regions X, XI, XII and CARAGA, was the fourth in the series of five (5) consultations across the country that started in April 2014 until this month. After the five consultations, the technical working group from ChEd and dBM will finalize the draft leveling instrument and guidelines which will be validated by the SuCs through PASuC.

Officials and personnel from ChEd and dBM central and regional offices were also present during the consultation. The latest SuC leveling instrument and guidelines for its implementation were issued under ChEd and dBM Joint Circular No. 1-A, s. 2003 on October 24, 2003. The result of the last round of evaluation was released officially in 2007. [USeP PIO]

ter Management, are gearing up for cloud seeding operations if the hot weather persists this month. The agency will pinpoint areas likely to be hit hard by the El Niño as priorities for said operations A month-long cloud seeding operation would cost the dA P2 million for the lease of Philippine Air Force aircraft and procurement of salt, dA-RFO 11 OIC Regional Executive

director Remelyn Recoter said in a press conference Friday at Royal Mandaya hotel. Recoter recommended the planting of drought-tolerant varieties of corn and palay. Corn could last up to three months without water, she added. The dA-XI assured there would be no rice shortage in the region as 51,000 hectares or rice

lands are due for the May to August cropping season. Regional director Fatma Idris of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) also expressed concern over the possibility of an El Niño. She said her agency has already advised fish cage or punong owners to reduce their fish stock density by 50 percent. This is to avoid fish kill, as high volume of fish in a cage

would lead to higher stress levels and greater risk for fish kills, she said. PAGASA, meanwhile, still warned the public that tropical cyclones may still occur even during an El Niño. The state weather bureau advised agencies such as the dA and BFAR to take preventive actions to mitigate the impact of the dry spell. [Lorie Ann Cascaro/ MindaNews]

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WsI breaks the record for PHILbEX Davao l

EAdING at the forefront of producing high-grade lifestyle and trade exhibitions, Worldbex Services International has officially broke the record for the most people attending a trade show in SMX davao with more than 12,000 people flocked the recently concluded building and construction exposition in the crown jewel of Mindanao. It redefined the landscape of the Mindanao region’s construction and building industry as it held the first-ever Philippine Building and Construction Exposition or PhIlBEX davao last May 15 to May 18 at the SMX Convention Center davao. The opening ceremony was led by no less than the WSI founding chairman Joseph Ang, together with guest speaker and director of dPWh Region XI Engr. Mariano B. Alquiza. highlighting the prestigious occasion was davao City Mayor, hon. Rodrigo duterte whose speech was ably delivered by Councilor Jimmy dureza graced the event with his impactful presence. The ceremonial ribbon cutting, which heralded the beginning of the trade show, were the following: Malaysian Consul General Abdullah Zawawi Tahir, Arch. daniel lim, Ms. Brenda Barba, WSI Founding Chairman Joseph Ang, WSI Co-founder levi Ang, WSI Finance directress Michelle Paula Ang, Idr. hazel Garces-Resari of PIId, Frances Granada of European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), Edith Julian of the Chamber of Real Estate & Builder’s Association Inc. (CREBA), Engr. Joseph Solicar of the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines Inc. (IIEE), and Engr. Jose Gestuvo, Jr. of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE).

undeniably the largest and most comprehensive building and construction exposition, PhIlBEX davao offered seminars, suppliers, buyers, designers and builders all throughout the fourday trade show which solicited nothing less of a successful turn-out. The beginning of something big and extraordinary, PhIlBEX davao centered on the theme of “Connecting the World through Resilient Construction,” as a response to climate change and the environmental hazards that it entails. As a result, attendees witnessed an extensive range of products, equipments, and services that are not only aimed towards sustainability but resilience and preparedness as well – which proved to be a highly relevant topic for the citizens of the region. With nearly 100 participating exhibitors, PhIlBEX davao was successful in promoting the region’s worldclass products and services to the entire nation as well as on an international scale. Visitors experienced a highly-engaging and entertaining weekend loaded not only with business-to-business transaction opportunities, but a cultural immersion like no other. At the trade show, Mindanaoan and davaoeño design and innovation took center stage – thus attracting designers, architects, and style enthusiasts to support the growth of the region’s design center. A strong proponent of continuing educated, PhIlBEX davao conducted the 1st edition of the PhilBex seminars, featuring field experts and influential industry players who enlightened attendees with the latest in design and construction trends. The

Philbex Davao is committed in tapping all sectors of the industry and audiences, the four-day expo offered free seminars for everyone. diverse topics of the free seminars included talks by Angel l. lazaro III, Ph. d on seismic retrofitting of buildings & bridges, Arch’t. Illuminado C. Quinto, Jr. who discussed rainwater harvesting — face-toface with 2013 to 2014 rainfall, Idr. hazel Garces-Resari who shared her ideas on interior design into the road to resilience, Joshua Rey Albarina who discussed Energy Smart, Engr. denis Estrella who touched on basic lightning designs, and Engr. Joseph darren Claire Solicar who tackled lightning Control Techniques. Indeed, PhIlBEX davao wanted to promote a culture of professionals that constantly seek to improve themselves through relevant industry information. Through the event, the gap between the region’s industries was filled

in as industry professionals had the meaningful and timely opportunity to network and discuss among themselves. Plus, given the international scale of the event, the locals had the chance to open up their horizons as the potential of international dealings were tapped. Also highlighting the event were the interactive galleries including the developers’ gallery where guests were able to discuss with top property developers while designers and style aesthetes enjoyed viewing creations from the Architects’ Gallery and the design Gallery. It was an ideal location where artists and designers gathered the latest trends as well as harbor inspiration from fellow creatives. Another highlight was the winner of the best booth

design during the 4-day exposition given to Kenneth & Mock. Backed up by decades-worth of experience in producing international trade exhibitions, WSI positioned PhIlBEX davao as a propeller of economic movement and growth for the construction industry. Top companies seemed to agree as well as the event sponsors included the likes of Apo Roofs, Apo Floors, Atlanta, Boysen, Citi hardware, davies, Eurolux, hafele, Firefly, JEA, Kenneth and Mock designs Inc., InterTool, MultiRich home decors Inc., Polylite Industrial Corporation, Tomita, and WAF Bros. Its partner associations also included European Chamber of Commerce, Filipino Professional Architects, Chamber of Real Estate and

Builders’ Association, Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, and the Philippine Institute of Interior designers. From expanding the business horizons of the region’s local industry to providing a venue to showcase the latest industry trends and innovations, PhIlBEX davao instigated change and progress as it tapped into the potential of the region’s future talents. Students, future exhibitors, as well as design and construction enthusiasts were truly able to benefit from the compelling trade show. From here on, the region can expect a yearly gathering of the best that the construction and building industry has to offer. For more information, go to

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An unexpected find in the City of Palms David’s Tea House at the Penny Lane Hotel, Tagum.

Steamed shrimp.

Travelling is all about the unexpected finds when one explores an unfamiliar locale. What makes discovering the unexpected more enjoyable is when the surprise involves food.

This was what happened to me while i was on a recent visit to the City of Palms, Tagum City, together with other Davao lifestyle writers. i was actually there to check out the city’s first and only hotel casino, The Penny lane Hotel & Casino located along apokon road just a short drive from Tagum’s downtown area. The tour was supposed to be a quick one and we were supposed to head back to Durianburg immediately after the quick visit but The Penny lane’s acting chief operations officer Benedict Ting insisted that we have lunch first at David’s Tea House, the hotel’s food outlet, before going back on the road. So who are we to refuse an invite to eat right? especially since the thought of decent Chinese food in Tagum is quite new to me aside from the more established Chinese fast food chains. David’s Tea House is actually a chain of Chinese restaurants which specialise in dim sum, noodles, and shabu-shabu hotpots with branches all over Manila and the David’s Tea House in Tagum is David’s first branch outside of Met-

ro Manila. The decor of the restaurant was bright and modern and its two viP dining rooms can comfortably seat up to twelve on a round table and the rooms can be joined to form a much bigger function room for gatherings and events. We ordered steamed garlic shrimps, stir-fried fish and tofu, abalone mushroom and broccoli, as well as their hotpot. The steamed garlic shrimps were a bit small but the flavours of the dish was spot on. The sweetness of the shrimps shined through punctuated by heaps of garlic and spring onions. The stir-fried fish and tofu was also good thanks to the tofu that was used. i also loved the abalone mushroom and broccoli dish that reminded me of the restaurants that can

be found on the streets of Binondo. The star of the meal though was the shabu-shabu hot pot. Benedict suggested that we try both the Sate and Szechuan soups to cook our shabu-shabu ingredients in. The sate soup was savoury and rich while the Szechuan soup was sour and spicy. We wasted no time dunking the ingredients such as sweet corn, fish balls, noodles, bokchoy, fatty beef strips, slices of pork belly, squid, and fish tofu (which Benedict reveals is shipped all the way from Manila) into the soups. What followed was silence thanks to everyone being busy eating. i loved both soups but my love for spice made me gravitate to the Szechuan broth but people sensitive to heat may want to opt for the sate soup instead. in the end, we were not able to get back to Davao City as early as we wanted to but the surprisingly good meal at David’s Tea House surely made up for the time and travel. Follow me on Instagram or on Twitter @kennethkingong for more travel stories, foodie finds, and happenings in, around and beyond Durianburg.

Stir-fried abalone mushrooms and broccoli.

David’s Tea House’s cozy VIP dining area.

Stir-fried fish and tofu.

The spicy Szechuan hot pot.

Lychee and grass jelly.

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PAL eyes increased frequency to Canada Flag carrier Philippine airlines is eyeing to double its flight frequencies to canada following the successful conclusion of air talks between negotiating panels both countries. With the Philippine government panel securing an additional seven flight frequencies per week to canada, Pal said it will file its manifestation before the civil aeronautics Board (caB) to secure the entitlements. Once approved by caB, the entitlements will increase Pal’s total flight frequencies per week to canada from seven to 14. at present, Pal flies seven times weekly to Vancouver and three times weekly to Toronto (via Vancouver). Pal President and cOO ramon S. ang said, “With the successful conclusion of the government- to- government air talks, we look forward to flying twice daily to canada and offering our passengers greater flexibility and choice.”

ASUS introduces all-new Transformer Book Flip aSUS Transformer Book Flip was announced today, a stylish, innovative and affordable Windows 8.1 laptop with a remarkable hinge design that enables the screen to be set at any angle between zero and 360 degrees. Flip is incredibly versatile, and can be used as a powerful laptop, a responsive tablet, or anything in between. Flip is powered by intel® core™ up to i7 processors and up to NViDia® geForce® gT840M discrete graphics for seamless multitasking and outstanding performance, whether for productivity, entertainment or playing the latest games. and with three screen sizes available — 13.3 inches, 14.0 inches and 15.6 inches — there’s a Flip for everyone! The aSUS Transformer Book Flip features a bright and clear up to Full HD 1920 x 1080 touchscreen with a cleverly-engineered hinge that allows the user to rotate it freely up to 360 degrees from the fully-closed position. Four gears in the hinge provide a smooth, stepless movement, ensuring that the screen stays exactly where the user wants it while making it effortless to adjust. From standard laptop mode, it’s easy to flip the screen instantly to suit whatever task the user wants to perform — whether it’s a media stand for watching a movie or viewing photos, a shared viewer for easy collaboration with friends, family or colleagues, or a tablet for playing the latest games. an automatic keyboard and touchpad lock is activated whenever Flip is used in non-laptop modes, so users won’t have problems with unwanted input.

Stylish, powerful, and with incredible sound Flip is full of clever aSUS engineering, but it’s also designed to be smart and stylish, with a hairline-textured finish for a touch of luxury. The compact aluminum chassis gives Flip strength, durability and elegance. The seamless one-piece chiclet keyboard is ergonomically designed for optimum typing feel, and the large multi-touch touchpad supports Smart gestures for precise and natural fingertip control. Flip’s incredible design is complemented by superior performance. it uses powerful, energy-efficient intel® core™ up to i7 processors for superior multitasking and effortless productivity, while the up to NViDia geForce gT840M discrete graphics with 2gB of video memory give Flip more than enough graphics power for smooth video playback or playing the latest games. instant On technology means that Flip only takes two seconds to resume from sleep, and users don’t need to worry about losing data when in sleep mode for up to 14 days — when the lithium-polymer battery’s charge drops below 5%, files and data are automatically backed up. exclusive aSUS SonicMaster audio gives Flip the best audio experience in its class. With larger speakers and resonance chambers than standard laptops, the audio quality is spectacular. Users will experience deeper and richer bass, a wider frequency range, distinct vocals, and pristine clarity. This makes Flip a perfect multimedia partner, with every song, movie or game sounding better thanks to its carefully balanced and dynamic audio.

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Butuan City folk win big at Talk ‘N Text ‘Panalo Ka, Pilipinas!’ celebration noT even bad weather could dash the good fortunes of over three thousand Butuan City folk, who endured intermittent rain to win fabulous prizes at the Talk ‘n Text (TnT) ‘Panalo Ka, Pilipinas’ at the Butuan City Sports Complex, the latest venue in a series of game shows mounted by the country’s leading mobile prepaid brand to celebrate its 14th anniversary. From day-to-night, hordes of TnT subscribers – from housewives, market vendors to government employees – enjoyed various games on-stage and at the various booths dotting the sprawling venue, with hundreds of winners walking away with cash, cellphones and TnT premium items.

Panalo moments The luckiest of them all is 18-year old Pearly Joy Quiño, who became an instant owner of a Suzuki motorcycle after guessing its right price at the ‘Panalo Kung Price is right’ game. Quiño, a cellphone store attendant, also bagged a cartful of groceries. “nais kong ibigay ang motor sa tatay ko para pandagdag hanapbuhay sa aming pamilya,” said Quiño. “Hindi ko talaga inaasahan na mananalo ako. nandito lang ako para makisaya dahil apat na taon na akong loyal subscriber ng TnT.” For 16-year old angielyn D. Uayan, expecting to win was also far from her mind, as she was among the youngest playing the “Piso o Panalo” game. Yet she triumped over 50 other players to be the grand winner and take home P10,000 cash.”Kasama ko ang nanay kong sumadya dito dahil pareho kaming TnT subscriber at gusto naming makisaya sa Panalo Ka, Pilipinas,” she said, proudly adding that she’s been a TnT follower since the age of 13.  

A sense of community in a big fiesta and because TnT services are built around the community, TnT also handed out a PHP50,000 check to the Barangay Council of libertad for having the largest number of barangay residents at the venue. Barangay Councilor Urasio C. Tobias, who received the check in behalf of the barangay, thanked TnT and said the amount would go a long way in providing basic services to their constituents.  like Tobias, a lot of participants also noted how TnT’s anniversary celebration in Butuan City placed great emphasis on forging closer community ties. This was evident in the event line-up, which included a talent search where every major barangay was represented. even housewife nelia Paniamogan couldn’t hide her excitement, comparing the TnT anniversary bash as a ‘big fiesta.’ “Hindi ako magtataka kung halos lahat kaming

magkakapitbahy ay nandito ngayon,” nelia said, smiling, as she showed packs of detergents and other freebies handed out at the different parts of the venue. TNT Ka-tropa performances But freebies and prizes are just icing on the cake of TnT’s anniversary festivities in Butuan as everyone was also treated to a night of unforgettable performances. Cheers among the gents and ladies alike greeted the performances of TnT ka-tropas Jhong Hilario and itchyworms band, along with Youtube sensation Zendee rose Tenerefe. Zendee rose opened the night by effortlessly belting out hit songs like adele’s “Set Fire to the rain” and Whitney Houston’s version of “i Will always love You.” But it was Jhong who captured the hearts of the ladies, especially the two lucky ones who got special treatment from him on-stage, where

the popular dancer dished out amazing moves on the floor. itchyworms also did not disappoint, with lively performances of their hits, “araw-araw Panalo,” “Penge naman ako nyan,” “gusto Ko lamang Sa Buhay,” “love Team” and other crowd favorites. More TnT ‘Panalo Ka, Pilipinas!’ shows Watch out as TnT is also set to bring its unique game show to subscribers in Tagum, Manila, Cavite, Pampanga and ilocos Sur, featuring other TnT katropas like  aljur abrenica , Kylie Padilla, empress Schuck, Jericho rosales, Marian rivera and robin Padilla. To keep updated about the latest ‘Panalo Ka, Pilipinas!’ happenings, and get to know how to join in the fun, just follow TNT’s official accounts on Facebook ( TalkNText), Twitter (@ TalkNText), and YouTube ( talkntexttv).


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Rihanna bares all with Pic of the day sheer ensemble at the 2014 CFDA awards TalK aBOUT too hot to handle! rihanna might have overstepped the boundaries of what instagram would call “acceptable content” with what she wore to the 2014 cDFa awards. Not a stranger to working sheer and daring ensembles, the 26-year old singer bared it all on the red carpet last Monday night that was sure to make every fashion pundit’s jaw drop all the way down to the basement. The Diamonds singer stepped out in a glittery, completely sheer fishnet slip dress that showed her nipples and her skin-tone g-string underwear which was the only thing keeping rihanna from wearing nothing but her birthday suit. She accessorised with matching sheer elbowlength gloves, moonstone and diamond earrings, a topaz and diamond ring, and a fur stole which she used to keep her warm and to strategically cover her front. it may seem that the only thing that was covered up

MariaH carey proves that she isn’t like all the other moms at the park as the diva and 3-yearold twins Moroccan and Monroe had some fun at a New york city playground Monday afternoon. Mariah posted a photo on instagram of her happily pushing the babies on the swings, with her floor-length, fishtailed ball gown on. although the fashion choice really was not practical, this didn’t bother the 45-year-old superstar who even poked fun at herself for getting just a tad overdressed for the play date.

was rihanna’s hair which was wrapped up in a metallic scarf. rihanna’s outfit was made by designer adam

Selman and contains 216,000 Swarovski crystals. How appropriate that rihanna is being awarded the Fashion icon award

for pushing the envelope of fashion. like it or hate it though, one can say that riri is absolutely fearless with it coms to fashion.

‘Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon’ premieres on ABS-CBn this June aBS-cBN will introduce two entirely different women seeking for justice in its newest primetime drama series titled “Sana Bukas Pa ang Kahapon” that is set to air this June. in the series, the new generation’s ‘Movie Queen’ Bea alonzo will portray the characters of the feisty lawyer, emmanuelle and the kind-hearted heiress of a huge company named rose, who will be accused of a crime she did not commit. “The personalities of my two roles are very different from each other. emmanuelle has a very strong personality and a successful career, but her biggest struggle is being a good mother to her only son. While, rose grew up having a comfortable life but lacks confidence in herself because of the way people insult her looks,” Bea said. How will fate entwine the lives of rose and emmanuelle who are both seeking for justice? Will finding the truth be enough to ease out the pain that people have caused them? Will true love be able to sweeten and take away all the bitterness in their hearts? aside from Bea, the powerhouse cast of “Sana Bukas Pa ang Kahapon” is composed of award-winning actors Paulo avelino, Dina Bonnevie, Tonton

gutierrez, Maricar reyes, and albert Martinez; and veteran artists eddie garcia, anita linda, and Susan roces for their remarkable portrayals. also starring in the series are Kapamilya child stars Miguel Vergara and Ben isaac; together with Malou crisologo, Nikki Valdez, Francis Magundayao, and Michelle Vito. it also features the special performances of Bembol rocco, chinggoy alonzo, christian Vasquez, and lara Quigaman. it is directed by Jerome Pobocan and Trina Dayrit. “Sana Bukas Pa ang Kahapon” is the newest masterpiece of Dreamscape entertainment Television, the group that created the phenomenal teleserye “Walang Hanggan,” family drama series “ina Kapatid anak,” advocaserye “Huwag Ka lang Mawawala,” romantic-comedy series “My Binondo girl,” and the currently airing master teleserye “ikaw lamang.” Don’t miss the beginning of rose and emmanuelle’s story in “Sana Bukas Pa ang Kahapon” this June on aBS-cBN Primetime Bida. For more information about “Sana Bukas Pa ang Kahapon,” visit the show’s official social media accounts at SBPaK.TV,, and

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leT’S STarT the school year with something fun and delicious. Set aside your brown bags and zip locks, let’s learn how to make some cute bento boxes that will surely have your creative juices flowing. oh and no, this is not only for kids – even the adults would love to have this on their lunch boxes! Here, your imagination is your limitation. it need not have to be a Japanese bento box; you can do so with any of your container or lunch box – as long as it is clean. The concept here is to make eating fun and exciting – like opening a box of beautifully wrapped present under the tree. Find some cute and colorful dividers to help separate one food from the other – wet from dry and so forth. More so, this will help keep flavors intact. if you cannot find one, you can always use slices of

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cucumber as your dividers – not only are they colorful but healthy and edible as well. let me get into the low down of bento boxes basics and give you some exciting recipes to try. remember, you can always have it your way – making it even more exciting and fun! Tip 1: Divide the Meal Proportionally to have a nutritiously balanced meal. Have the basics: carbs, proteins, vegetables and fruits. Do not be afraid to mix and match flavors. Tip 2: Keep in Mind to add Colors and Flavors to provide a more visual effect. More so, it has been said that colorful vegetable and fruits are often the healthiest. add some oranges, reds, yellows, white, blacks and greens. Tip 3: Pack the Foods tightly before you arrange them on the box. Have some sort of trial period to make sure that everything is packed tightly and will look good together. You don’t want a messy looking bento box, do you? Tip 4: Use Pre-Cooked Meals to Save Time. Do not be afraid to use leftovers from last night’s dinner or any frozen cooked meals. You can also pre-cut your veggies, fruits or even eggs. This way, you’d have more time creating some magical pieces for a day of fun and delicious treat. Tip 5: Keep Dry Foods Dry. Keep the food from being soggy by using dividers and small containers. if you really to add some sauce, drizzle them lastly or have it in a separate container and poured over during meal time. Tip 6: Food Safety! reheat and cool down before packing your bento boxes. The last thing you need is

peel should look vaguely like rabbit ears. To prevent from browning, add lemon juice and a little sugar to a bowl of ice water. Dry the apple rabbits before packing.

contaminated food in a box. Tip 7: Plan ahead. of them all, this is the most important. although some people despise having to plan ahead and rely on spur of the moment decisions, when doing bento boxes, it is best to conceptualize to know what you want and need. it is not easy creating one so learn to plan. *** Here are some fun to make recipes that only needs a few minutes to assemble. Start small and in time, get into the vibe of letting your imagination do the rest! Banana and Peanut Butter Maki You only need three food ingredients to create this burst of healthy fixin’ to keep you pumping all day long! grab a slice of wheat bread – trim the sides and flatten with a rolling pin or a jar. This would make your bread slice thinner and flexible. Spoon peanut butter on your thinned bread slice and spread evenly. next, peel a banana and cut the ends. Make sure to use one that is not mushy and without any blackened parts. now, roll! viola, you have your very own healthy maki in seconds. Apple Rabbits

according to a blog, “apple rabbits are basically just apple slices with the peel cut to resemble rabbit ears”. To make this cute and edible rabbits, cut and core an apple in 8 wedges. With a sharp knife, cut a shallow v-shape into the skin. after making the v-shape, run the knife just under the apple peel stopping at the base of the “v” halfway down the wedge. The excess peel should lift right off. if the peel doesn’t come off, run your knife along the “v” again. The remaining

Zigzag Kiwi This could be done with any fruit, an english muffin or even a bagel. This is best if you plan to have a multidimensional bento effect. Here, you will need a sharp knife or even a fork to make artistic wedges and zigzag shape on your food. With your knife or fork, make a zigzag cut along the middle of the kiwi fruit. Cut all the way around and twist to release the halves. To make it look like a flower, scoop out some of the meat in the middle. You can use a melon baller or a teaspoon. Make #TheRoyalChef your Thursday habit! Email me at (subject:RoyalChef) or tag me on instagram (herroyalheiress) for your delicious pics and food finds!



Davao Light holds groundbreaking ceremony for new Corporate Center


AVAO light and Power Co. reached another milestone as it broke ground on its new Corporate Center last May 23 at C. Bangoy Sr. Street (formerly Ponciano Reyes). This new building replaces davao light’s old Administration building. It breaks away from the old building’s structure as it will be created using more environment-friendly designs. hence, this is intended to make the best use of nature’s elements and at the same time reduce the carbon footprint in the area. One of its features is the extensive use of glass for the perimeter to let natural light in on a sunny day. Mindful of the levels of prevalent water wastage, another green feature is its rainwater collection. It will provide for a 12,000 gallon cistern, which will be used for restroom flushing and landscape irrigation. To partially power by

renewable energy, certain roof areas will be allotted for solar panels which will then be used for lighting and other electrical provisions. The company will install inverter type airconditioning system, which consumes 50% less energy than the conventional airconditioning system. Moreover, building’s roofing will be insulated with a material which prevents heat from coming in. hence, less airconditioning will be used to cool the building. For the customers’ added convenience, the building has been designed to accommodate more customers. It also provides for a wider waiting area. Parking spaces for customers as usual will be made available in the new office. “I am glad that the construction of this corporate center finally comes to a start with this groundbreaking ceremony. The old Ponciano office may

Davao Light executives and project partners pose for photo op during the Groundbreaking Ceremony. From left are Davao Light VP for Engineering, Engr. Rodger Velasco, Project Director Bong Libu of Rider Livett Bucknall, Ms. Mylene Isabel Ferrazzini and Arch. Marie Dominique Ferrazzini of AS Ferrazzini Inc., Davao Light President Jaime Jose Aboitiz, EVP and COO Art Milan, Hedcor Inc. President Rene Ronquillo, Engr. Arthur Escalante of AN Escalante Construction, Inc., AboitizPower Distribution Customer Services VP Bien Garcia and Ludwig Ledesma of LVL Construction, Inc.

have contributed a lot to the company’s history as well as to davao City but for safety reasons and with the changing times

we have to build a new state-of-the art eco-friendly office building.” said Art Milan, davao light’s EVP and COO.

The anticipated completion of this new building is within 18 months. The architect for the project is Marie domi-

nique Ferrazzini of AS Ferrazzini, Inc., while its contractor is lVl Construction, Inc. by ludwig Van ledesma.


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CELEbraTIon. Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard celebrates winning the quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France on Wednesday (PHL Time). Bouchard won in three sets 7-6, 2-6, 7-5. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

To THE sEMIs. Russia’s Maria Sharapova celebrates scoring a point during the quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.(AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

sharapova meets bouchard in semis


ARIS (AP) -- This is what Maria Sharapova does. She digs herself a big hole in a match, then figures a way out, no matter what it takes.

She hits shots left-handed. Takes her time between points. Pumps her fists and screams ‘’Come on!’’ after her opponent’s mistakes. And wins. did it in the fourth round

at the French Open, turning things around by winning the last nine games. did it Tuesday, too, reeling off nine of the last 10 games to put together a 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory over 35th-

ranked Garbine Muguruza of Spain that put 2012 champion Sharapova in the semifinals at Roland Garros for the fourth consecutive year. ‘’When you just don’t feel like anything is going your way, you want to try to find a little door to get into,’’ Sharapova said. ‘’Once you start feeling, you know, like you got your foot in the door, then it’s a little bit easier.’’ After beating one 20-yearold, Sharapova now faces another, 18th-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada, who earned a semifinal spot for the second straight Grand Slam tournament. like Sharapova, Bouchard was not fazed by falling behind in the quarterfinals. Bouchard trailed 5-2 in the first set, and 4-1 in the third, but beat No. 14 Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-5. ‘’I’m just proud,’’ Bouchard said, ‘’of the way I stayed in there.’’ Tuesday’s men’s quarter-

finals offered far less intrigue. No. 2 Novak djokovic kept up his bid to complete a career Grand Slam by muting Milos Raonic’s dangerous serve and defeating the eighth-seeded Canadian 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-4. djokovic’s next opponent is No. 18 Ernests Gulbis of latvia, who followed his victory over Roger Federer with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 6 Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. djokovic, 27, and Gulbis, 25, go way back, having overlapped in their early teens at a German tennis academy. Their paths quickly diverged, with djokovic focusing on tennis and thriving, to the tune of six major titles. Gulbis admits he enjoyed the nightlife too much for his game’s good. Only recently did Gulbis realize he needed to take his job more seriously. ‘’It’s really important, for my happiness, just to be successful on the tennis court,’’ Gulbis said. ‘’Forget about the money. Forget about fame. It’s

just about my inner comfort. That’s it.’’ djokovic will be playing in his 22nd career Grand Slam semifinal; Gulbis in his first. Similarly, Sharapova is headed to her 18th, Bouchard her second. Bouchard is 7 years younger, and tracked Sharapova’s career from afar. ‘’First I noticed, like, her cute dresses and things like that when I was young,’’ said Bouchard, who recalled being a spectator at a tournament in Florida as a youngster and posing for a photo with Sharapova. ‘’She, of course, is very strong mentally. It is one of her strengths, I think,’’ Bouchard said. ‘’I’m just looking forward to the challenge.’’ For 18 miserable minutes against Muguruza, Sharapova did nothing right. She lost 15 of the first 20 points and fell behind 4-0. ‘’I thought, ‘I’m going to win,’’’ said Muguruza, who was one game away at 5-4 in the second.

The game is set at 10 a.m. following the championship game in the women’s division between the university of Mindanao and holy Cross of davao College at 8:30 a.m. John Paul II Colleges nipped Rizal Memorial Colleges, 77-76 to win third

place in the women’s division. In the men’s side, Agro Industrial Foundation Colleges settled for third followed by John Paul. The league is sponsored by the city government of davao thru the City Sports development division under the duterte Game Plan.

JMC faces DMMA in cage finals

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Canada’s Milos Raonic during their quarterfinal match of the French Open. (AP Photo/ Michel Euler)


hE Jose Maria Colleges will battle it out against davao Merchant Marine Academy for the men’s title in the davao City Summer Sports for Peace Festival Collegiate Basketball tournament at the Almendras gym on Friday morning.


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vEngEanCE on sPUrs’ MInDs San Antonio has homecourt advantage against Heat in Finals W

PLaYIng. Tony Parker (9) of the San Antonio Spurs drives with the ball against Jeremy Lamb (11) of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first half during Game Six of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Parker plans to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals despite a minor injury. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Parker will play in Game 1


AN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker plans to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The San Antonio Spurs open their rematch with the Miami heat on Thursday, and their star point guard is nursing a balky left ankle. ‘’he’s getting better every

day, and I expect him to play,’’ coach Gregg Popovich said Tuesday. Parker aggravated the injury Saturday, missing the second half of San Antonio’s series-clinching victory over Oklahoma City in the Western Conference finals.

Parker didn’t practice Tuesday, but said he expects to be back Wednesday. Parker is averaging a team-leading 17.2 points and 4.9 assists this postseason but has been bothered by injuries the past two rounds.

execute the gameplan,” said Cariaso. It was a tight game all throughout the first half, with Barako Bull keeping in pace with Ginebra for a 33-all tie at the break. The Gin Kings were leading, 58-51, before they put together their hellacious surge for a 80-51 advantage that swept away Barako Bull completely. “It was our defense that kept us in the ballgame,” said Cariaso. “Sumabay na yung offense sa second half.” lA Tenorio masterminded Ginebra’s breakaway with 22 points and five assists. “We just came out aggressive after the first half, kasi medyo flat yung start namin,” said Tenorio after the game.

“Naging lesson sa amin yung game namin against San Mig Coffee. Naging wakeup call sa amin na marami pa kaming kailangan pag-aralan as a team.” Barako Bull lost its fifth straight game to fall into last place at 1-5. The scores: GINEBRA 98 – Tenorio 22, Mason 16, Slaughter 11, Aguilar 10, Ellis 9, helterbrand 9, Baracael 6, Reyes 5, Ababou 3, Mamaril 3, Knuttel 2, Faundo 2, Monfort 0, urbiztondo 0, Caguioa 0. BARAKO 70 – Wise 16, Pennisi 10, Thiele 8, Najorda 7, Jensen 6, Fortuna 5, Buenafe 5, lastimosa 3, Miller 3, Miranda 3, Marcelo 2, Intal 2, deutchman 0. Quarters: 14-18, 33-33, 68-51, 98-70

Ginebra back on track B

ARANGAy Ginebra San Miguel flexed its muscles in the second half for an impressive 98-70 victory over Barako Bull on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena. Coming off their first defeat of the PldT home Telpad Governors’ Cup, the Gin Kings went on a blistering 22-0 run to bridge the third and fourth quarters to take Barako Bull out completely. “The best thing about tonight is us being able to bounce back from our loss,” said Ginebra coach Jeffrey Cariaso. “Tonight, we showed character.” Ginebra took back a share of first place in the standings alongside San Mig Coffee and Talk ‘N Text. “We came out tonight focused, ready to play, ready to

hEN last season’s NBA Finals ended, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was all smiles. For a few minutes, that is. Popovich’s first order of business after the season’s final buzzer sounded in Miami was to go and embrace Erik Spoelstra, leBron James and dwyane Wade, giving everyone hearty hugs and offering genuine words of congratulations after the heat topped his Spurs in Game 7 of one of the most dramatic, thrilling championship series in league history.The pain of losing started setting in later, and lasted for months. But now, the dream scenario for San Antonio has arrived. Starting Thursday, the Spurs get a rematch in the NBA Finals against the only team to ever beat them in a championship series. San Antonio will be holding home-court advantage, so if another Game 7 awaits, the Spurs will have the decided edge this time around. If that wasn’t enough, the Spurs even got basically five full days between games to get healthy and prepare. It is, without question, everything the Spurs could have wanted. ‘’We know what we’re going against,’’ said Spurs guard Tony Parker, who added that he has great respect for what the heat have done in this four-year run. ‘’It’s a great challenge.’’ There are so many things that would seem like a distinct

San Antonio advantage right now. First, while everyone’s better at home, the Spurs dominate in San Antonio, winning 103 times in their last 123 games there. Over the past four seasons, the Spurs are also 25-5 when having three or more days between games. Maybe most importantly, having nearly a week between the end of the Western Conference finals and the start of the NBA Finals gives Parker plenty of time to get his ailing left ankle ready to go for Game 1. ‘’I’ll do my best,’’ said Parker, who didn’t practice Tuesday but is hoping to play in the series opener, as the heat expect he will. This is San Antonio’s sixth trip to the NBA Finals. The Spurs won it all in 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007, the last title in that run coming when San Antonio swept a Cleveland team that featured a young leBron James making his debut on the league’s biggest stage. James is no finals apprentice anymore. he’s been to the title round three times since, winning the last two. And James is quick to point out that the Spurs aren’t the only team fueled by hunger in this championship round. ‘’Both teams have motivating factors,’’ James said. ‘’They have a motivating factor. We have our own.’’ losing the finals is one thing. losing the way the Spurs did last June, that’s something

UP anD UnDEr. LA Tenorio of Ginebra (dark) eludes Eric Wise of Barako (light) in the PBA Governor’s Cup on Tuesday night. Ginebra beat Barako Bull for a 4-1 record. Nuki Sabio.

else. Forget Game 7 for a moment. Game 6 will be replayed for as long as there are replays, unforgettable for both how the heat rallied and how the Spurs collapsed. A 10-point lead going into the fourth quarter was erased, in part because Mike Miller scored three points on one shot while wearing one shoe. And a fivepoint lead with 28.2 seconds left, well, you know the rest. Manu Ginobili misses a free throw. James makes a 3-pointer. Kawhi leonard makes one of two free throws. James misses a 3-pointer. Chris Bosh out jumps Ginobili for the rebound. Ray Allen started backpedaling to the right corner, hoping for a chance. ABC’s Mike Breen described what happened next like this: ‘’Rebound Bosh ... back out to Allen ... his 3-pointer ... BANG!!! Tie game!’’ The heat went on to win in overtime that night, then found a way to win Game 7 and the title, 95-88. When this season began, Popovich started camp by showing his team Games 6 and 7, painful as it was. ‘’I try to learn something every game I watch,’’ Popovich said. ‘’That’s what we do.’’ And while there were plenty of teams that looked like contenders this season, neither club was surprised that the end result is the first NBA Finals rematch since 1998.



DEaTH In THE rIng. Johnrey amar’s death in the ring could be caused by a negligent referee or an over-aspiring father, or both.

WHo Is aT FaULT? Father insisted son to continue fighting By NEILWIN JOsEph L. BRAVO


hE case of Johnrey Amar, the 14-year old boxer who died in the ring on May 15 in San Isidro town in davao del Norte could be summed up simply as a case of an over-aspiring father and an indecisive referee. On a larger scope, it is also a reflection of how a sport is mishandled and how grassroots development is falsely understood. like ordinary barrio fiesta celebrations, sports is taken as a form of entertainment and boxing is one of those falling under the category of “kalingawan” in the same breath as cockfighting and motocross. In cockpits, it is but a natural ending to see dead fighting cocks. It’s different when tragedy strikes in sports. In last year’s Araw ng davao Motocross race, promising 17year old rider Atong Mangosong died after falling off his bike in a practice run at the Riverfront Corporate City in Maa. last month, it was Amar who became the latest casualty in sports. Amar was a promising young boxer who had a string of two wins as an amateur without a loss. The early success somehow fanned hopes for his father, a former amateur boxer himself, to groom his son as a future champion with the fortune of a Manny Pacquiao. The Amars hopes boxing would be their passport away from the clutches of poverty. Johnrey was line up in one of the 20 bouts highlighting the fiesta celebration of Barangay Sawata. he fought Robin Aque in the 41-kilogram class of the School Boys category. According to a report by the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines-davao del Norte chapter, the fight was organized by the Barangay Council in coordination with the newly orga-

nized local ABAP Officials and Referees in the Municipality of San Isidro and lGu San Isidro as highlight the celebration of the annual fiesta of Señor San Isidro. According to the report, amateur boxing is also one of Brgy. Capt. herminio Cirilo’s priority grassroots sports development program since Sawata has been known as one of the hotbed of fine amateur boxers. Charly Suarez, a mainstay of the Philippine National Team and former davao del Norte Brgy. una Boxing Program stalwar and a SEA Games gold medalist before becoming a mainstay in the World Series of Boxing competitions, is a native of Sawata. A total of twenty (21) bouts were scheduled in the competition and the bout between Jhonrey Amar (red corner) of Brgy. Sabangan, San Isidro and Robin Aque (blue corner) of Sitio Mabuhay Brgy. dacudao of the same town is the 10th bout of the night. The ABAP davao del Norte chapter maintained that all competitors have undergone the process of medical check-up and weigh-in prior to the fight. Parents of boxers have also signed their consent and waivers provided by the tournament officials as required. A certain Mr. Carmelotes officiated the Amar-Anque fight. After the first round, Amar appeared to have been at the losing end of the exchanges and councilor dr. Tomas demecillo, who acted as the ring physician and tournament supervisor, thought that Amar have had enough punishment taken from Anque. demecillo exercised his judgment as ring physician to call the fight off. demecillo had gathered the scorecards when he was surprised to see Amar in the ring again fighting with Anque.

Anque had already removed his head gear when he was prodded on by his father to fight. The father reportedly begged for the referee to continue the fight and the latter did. According to the report, Amar’s father gave a considerable amount of water to his son upon reaching the corner after the first round. It was in the 2nd round when Amar was hit by a solid punch at the midsection where he was knocked-out and stumbled into the canvas in pain. he was immediately brought to his corner as the referee finally stopped the fight. “A few minutes after the stoppage and still in the ring, Jhonrey Amar lost consciousness and immediately, dr. domecillo went inside the ring to provide immediate medical help. The physician conducted cardio-

pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) procedure to the boxer to help revive consciousness but seeing his efforts not getting much progress. he and other officials present, advised for the immediate delivery of the boxer to the Kapalong district hospital. The boxer was accompanied to the hospital by his parents, uncle and a certain Mr. Binasbas, the local sports coordinator. Per report, Amar was declared dead on arrival (dOA) due to head injury at past 10:00 PM though, it was not clear whether a CT Scan or X-ray procedure was conducted prior to the declaration of the cause of injury,” the report said. Amar was given a papuer’s burial on a measly P5,000 financial assistance. With Amar’s demise went the hopes of his family of the better life they thought boxing could

offer. “Boxing should not be considered as a gambling sport. Much less, make it as the way out of poverty. People do not understand that it is not everyday that you find a world champion talent. It takes years of effort— proper training and talent identification. Not everyone who has hands can become good boxers. Manny Pacquiao is a rare breed. It will probably take another generation to find another Manny Pacquiao,” said Gene Rose Tecson, regional director of ABAP in the davao Region. Grasrrots sports, says Tecson, is not brutality. “We have rules to follow and it is imperative that anyone who wants to organize a boxing tournament first gets a permit or sanction.” Tecson said, the tournament in Sawata is not sanctioned by

the ABAP davao Region. The ABAP regional head and project director of Barangay una boxing program is also puzzled at how the attending doctor declared Amar dead on head injury without having conducted a CT scan. There was also no autopsy. “It could have been better if there was an autopsy so that we will know what really caused his death,” Tecson told Edge davao in an exclusive interview. Tecson said she is reviewing the report submitted to her by the ABAP davao del Norte chapter which recommended for the suspension of boxing tournaments in San Isidro for six months. The referee, however, was spared from any sanction in the ABAP report. “I believe he should at least be suspended pending investigation,” Tecson said.

boXIng HoPE. Charly Suarez, now fighting in the World Series of Boxing, is the best boxing product yet to have come out from San Isidro in Davao del Norte.

Edge Davao 7 Issue 58  
Edge Davao 7 Issue 58  

Edge Davao 7 Issue 58, June 05, 2014