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EDGEDAVAO Serving a seamless society

RICE HOARDING? Consumers monitor prices of rice which have increased by as much as P5 per kilo after dealers claimed that there is a current supply shortage in the country. Here, an elderly woman checks the quality of rice on display at Agdao Public Market in Davao City yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

RODY FAVORS LRT Train system is better, could lessen air pollution



AVAO City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte will push for a light railway transport (LRT) system to decongest the city from worsening traffic problems. Duterte said that by 2020, the city is seen to experience heavy traffic congestion with the number of vehicles expected to increase dramatically. He said a train system is better than a bus system since it could also lessen air

pollution because it has only one machine that conveys many passengers. “Sa pollution, ang train usa lang an makina og buses basta daghan-daghan og mo andar daghan gyud ng magbuto-buot na gas emission


Watershed council probes declining Sibulan water

RAINY SEASON. Motorists brave the heavy downpour and strong winds as they cruise along E. Quirino Avenue in Davao City. Rainy season officially started as Davao City and other provinces of Mindanao experience heavy downpour almost everyday. Lean Daval Jr.


HE Davao City Watershed Management Council (WMC) yesterday decided to look into reports about declining supply of fresh water coming from the upper portions of Barangay Sibulan, Davao City, including the drying up of a number of natural springs in some sitios.

The action was decided during the regular monthly meeting of the WMC, presided by Assistant City Administrator Jhopee Avancena-Agustin, after Sibulan Barangay Captain Rosita Abalayan reported the matter to the watershed council. Abalayan actually came





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VANISHING PEDESTRIAN LANES. Passersby walk through an almost blotted out pedestrian lane along Roxas Avenue in Davao City yesterday. Majority of pedestrian lanes in Davao City are now almost completely erased and need to be repainted. Lean Daval Jr.


ADDU seeks permit to build walkway



FTER giving in to the request by the city government to close three entrance gates to ease traffic along MacArthur Highway, Ateneo de Davao University now seeks for a permit to build an elevated walkway in its Matina Campus. According to Jeremy Eliab, assistant to the President of Ateneo de Davao University, the Jesuit-run institution is now waiting for the spe-

cial permit from the city government for the installation of the walkway from the new parking facility to the main campus along Juna Subdivision. The walkway is envisioned to connect the parking building to the main campus above the street on the second level between the structures. Eliab said this walkway will solve both safety and congestion issues as



PRO II takes over probe of King slay By ARMANDO B. FENEQUITO JR.


HE investigation on the killing of a Cebuano hotel magnate has been elevated to the Police Regional Office (PRO)-11 Special Investigation Task Group. According to PRO-11 chief of staff Sr. Supt. Camilo Cascolan, they have already formed the regional investigating team that will continue the probe on the case

of Richard L. King who was shot to death by a lone gunman inside his establishment in Sobrecarey Sreet, Davao City last week. “There will be people who will be going out of Davao just to investigate. Not a man hunt operation,” Cascolan told reporters in yesterday’s AFP-PNP press corps at The Royal Mandaya Hotel.

Cascolan said that the regional SITG “King” is now headed by Sr. Supt. Aaron Aquino Deputy Regional Director for Operation of PRO-11. He said that after they shall have gathered information and evidence, the SITG will re-evaluate the case to identify the suspect. “We are still awaiting a lot of information coming

from his other friends,” said Cascolan. He said that they already gathered some information from the smartphone of King while they are still looking for other phones and his other circle of friends as well his relatives. Cascolan said that they discounted the theory of

small exporters. For instance, Cavendish bananas from Mindanao only reach market as far as Middle East, but not Europe because there are no vessels big and fast enough to ship the product. “If only there’s one or two shipping companies willing to provide this service, I think we can expand our market coverage,” he said. Currently, the biggest

market of Mindanao’s Cavendish banana is China with a population of more than one billion. He said that 30 percent of their total produce goes to the Chinese market. However, China is just one market and there’s still markets that should be tapped, he said. Other markets that should be explored are markets of United States, Europe and other Asian


Poor logistics hampers efforts of banana men to export more By CHENEEN R. CAPON


LOCAL businessman in Davao City said that poor logistical system in the country inhibits banana exporters in the region from exploring the global market. Luciano Frederick P. Puyod III, a local banana exporter and a member of Mindanao Banana Farmers and Exporters Association (MBFEA), said that this is the huge problem confronted by exporters of fresh products.

“We don’t have shipping lines that will carry our products as far as Europe and other countries unlike Costa Rica of South America that also has big banana plantations,” he said during yesterday’s Club 888 press conference at The Marco Polo Davao. This is ironic because the Philippines is the top producer of Cavendish banana in Asia but it doesn’t have a strong logistics system needed by of big and



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Bayan Muna warns of more rice price hikes due to cartel


COURTESY VISIT. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte converses with Indian ambassador to the Philippines L.D. Ralte during the latter’s courtesy call to the mayor at The Marco Polo Davao. Lean Daval Jr.


Business confidence still high By CHENEEN R. CAPON


NVESTORS and traders are still confident to do business in Davao City despite a succession of high profile crimes against persons like the killings of Nanay Bebeng restaurant chairman Ramon Teodoro Y. Garcia and Crown Regency Group of Hotels and Vital- C owner Richard Lim King days ago. Garcia, 67, was abducted and killed last June 6, while King, 57, was shot dead inside his office on June 12. “We still believed in Davao City as investment

haven because we have a strong local government unit headed by Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte,” Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. president Antonio C. Dela Cruz said. During yesterday’s Club 888 at The Marco Polo Davao, Dela Cruz said that the mayor assured businessmen that maintaining the peace and order in the city is still his priority. “We trust the capability of the mayor to handle situations like this,” he said, adding that the city’s LGU and policemen are always

Helping Davao City SMEs become better exporters


CCORDING to the 2012 International Monetary Fund (IMF) statistics, the Philippine economy is the world’s 40th largest and one of the emerging markets in the global arena. Unfortunately, the country’s economy is facing export barriers to be more competitive in the international market which resulted from government restrictions, financial deficiency and lack of knowledge. This is where comes in., a joint venture between Business & Entrepreneurial Training Academy (BETA) and the Davao Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII), aims to provide the Small and Medium

Enterprises (SMEs) with proper academic knowledge about international trade and the daily needs and challenges of exporting industries. The training center introduces programs designed to be more helpful compared to the practice of just offering plain financial aid wherein SMEs failed to strategically develop. One of the Philippine economy’s most important challenges is the development of small and medium-sized companies and its effect on job creation. The Asean Economic Integration, the single market between and among 10 economies in Southeast Asia is fast approaching as it takes effect on the 2015. The integration will result


working together. Dela Cruz cited the recent signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city government and the Korea Engineering and Construction to conduct a feasibility study for the construction of the proposed 13.6- kilometer light railway transit system. The chamber president also cited Davao City’s ordinance requiring business establishments with at least P3 million capitalization to install, operate and maintain closed-circuit televi-

sion (CCTV) cameras in public or common areas. Under the ordinance, establishments are required to set up CCTV only in public or common areas in establishments which include lobbies, parking spaces, entrances and exit gates, pools, corridors and the like. He said that CCTV footages can be used as a supplemental material for police investigation. DCCII is a non-profit business organization in Davao that has more than 500 members.

RODY’S ASSURANCE. Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) president Antonio T. dela Cruz (right) bares during yesterday’s Club 888 media forum at The Marco Polo Davao that Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte assured the local business sector that the city’s peace and order maintenance

AYAN Muna Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate today warned the consuming public of more “cartelized” rice price hikes ranging from P2-P3, when the effects of the El Niño come in full force in the next two to three months. “As it is, the rice cartel is using all and any excuse to jack up rice prices even if we have enough rice in the country. While several calls and challenges have already been made for the prosecution of those behind this cartel even if they are allies of the administration, yet, Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III is not doing anything yet on this,” said Senior Deputy Minority Leader Colmenares.

“We have been continuously receiving reports that allies of the president are involved in this rice smuggling racket; the very reason why nothing is happening to the numerous investigations being done in the past is the fact that these cartel members are connected with people with powerful positions in government,” said Rep. Colmenares. “Kailan ba talaga aaksyunan ni Pres. Aquino ito, dahil ang mamamayan ang nahihirapan at napakalapit nito sa sikmura? Hindi uubra na ipasu-surveilance lang o magpapalabas ng rolling stores o dadagdagan pa ang mga inaangkat na produkto dahil lalo lang matutuwa


16th Davao Trade Expo slated on Nov. 19-22 By VANNAH S. ANG


HE Davao City Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. will host the 16th Davao Trade Expo on November 19 – 22 at the SMX Davao Convention Center, SM Lanang Premiere highlighting the International Banana Symposium. Banana, a common fruit one could find in an average Philippine household, is the fourth largest produced crop in the world and also the fourth largest produced commodity in our country. This crop will once again be focused at the 16th DATE where the organizers will be aiming to improve business productivity of the

local agricultural sector. The annual DATE organizers have earlier featured the banana industry back in 2010. During that year, DATE exhibitors made around P117 million worth of sales. They expect to equal and overtake this amount this year. According to Luciano Frederick P. Puyod III, DATE 2014 chairperson, they expect a total of 200 exhibitors, 7,000 trade visitors, and 300 international delegates coming to the expo. Highlights in the biggest agribusiness expo in Mindanao are the holding

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remains his top priority. Also in photo are Davao Trade Expo 2014 chairman Luciano Frederick P. Puyod III (left) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) committee chair Raf Vlummens who announced the staging of the 16th year of DATE which will highlight the banana industry. Lean Daval Jr.


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BSP conducts learning outreach activities


HE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will conduct the second leg of its Economic and Financial Learning Program (BSP-EFLP) for 2014 in Tagum City on 18-19 June 2014. The BSP-EFLP consolidates the learning outreach activities of the BSP under one flagship program. It includes a series of learning sessions that aim to promote greater public awareness and understanding of key economic and financial issues. The EFLP also embodies the goal of the BSP to promote economic and financial education among its stakeholders, who can then become more effective partners of the BSP in safeguarding price stability and in ensuring a stronger and safer banking and payments system. The following programs will be conducted: • “Be up to SPeed on BSP,” Information Campaign on the Role of the BSP in the Economy, 18 June 2014, Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (for students) and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (for professionals), Acacia Hall, Molave Hotel Corporation, Tagum City; • Financial Education Expo for the Working Sector, 18 June 2014, Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., RDR Gym, Davao


del Norte Sports Complex, Mangkilam, Tagum City; • “Paghahanda sa Kinabukasan,” Financial Learning Campaign for Overseas Filipinos and their Beneficiaries, 19 June 2014, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Narra Hall, Molave Hotel Corporation; and • Financial Education Expo for Students and Members of the Academe, 19 June 2014, Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., RDR Gym, Davao del Norte Sports Complex. The “Be up to SPeed on BSP” information campaign will cover recent economic developments and the role of the BSP in the economy, with emphasis on the three pillars of central banking, i.e., price stability, financial stability and efficient payments and settlements system. Two sessions will be conducted: one for students in the morning, and another for professionals (including representatives from government agencies, business sector, and banking community) in the afternoon. The “Paghahanda sa Kinabukasan” Financial Learning Campaign for Overseas Filipinos and their Beneficiaries (FLC-OF), which is organized in coordination with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), aims to educate participants on the

Local gov’t wants DOH to manage new hospital


HE provincial government of South Cotabato is set to forge an agreement with the Department of Health (DOH) for the full transfer to the agency of the control and management of the provincial hospital annex in Surallah town. South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes said Wednesday the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) will pave the way for the immediate operationalization of the hospital by the DOH-Region 12. Under the agreement, she said the DOH will fully assume the administration and management of the hospital as well as its expansion and development. “(The DOH) will practically run the entire hospital’s operations and provide for its requirements, especially in terms of infrastructure, equip-

ment and personal services,” the governor said. She said the DOH has initially signified to invest around P500 million for the operationalization, expansion and further development of the hospital. DOH-12 has included in its proposed budget for 2015 the funding support for the staffing requirement of at least 347 hospital workers. The agency has also set aside funds for the procurement of additional equipment and for the maintenance and operating expenses of the facility. As part of the proposed agreement, Fuentes said the facility, which is located in Barangay Dajay in Surallah, will be renamed from the current Upper Valley Community Hospital to Surallah Municipal Hospital. [MindaNews]

FLOODED SCHOOL. Waist-deep water submerged the Pagatin Elementary School in Shariff Saydona Mustapha town in Maguindanao since last week, as shown in this file photo taken 11 June 2014. [MindaNews photo by Ferdinandh Cabrera] the country’s economic development. Officials from the BSP, as well as from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) will give briefings on topics such as the importance of remittances, financial planning, investment/business options and agri-business opportunities. Meanwhile, the Finan-

cial Education Expo offers various financial education activities for students, professionals and others from the public and private sectors. It features learning booths with audio-visual presentations, graphic displays and interactive activities that will help participants become self-reliant in promoting their financial welfare. Two separate sessions of the Financial Em-

powerment Course, which is an integral part of the Expo, will also be conducted for students and members of the work force. The learning sessions will present the importance of financial education, the Philippine financial system, basics of budgeting, saving, investing and borrowing, financial planning for life-cycle events, and credit card awareness.

LEVEN towns in Maguindanao have been flooded due to intermittent rains in the past few days, lawyer Laisa Alamia, executive secretary of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), said on Wednesday. Alamia, also chief of ARMM’s Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (ARMMHEART), identified the flooded towns as Datu Salibo, Shariff Saydona, Datu Piang, Datu Abdullah Sangki, Sultan sa Barongis,

Mamasapano, Ampatuan, Pagalungan, Datu Montawal, Mamasapano and Rajah Buayan. The floods triggered evacuation, with Alamia saying they are still validating the number of evacuees as of posting time Wednesday. Most of the affected residents are staying with their relatives based on the monitoring of ARMMHEART, she added. On Tuesday night, the barangays (villages) of Matagabong, Kakal, Matali-

mon, Kapinpilan, Pinagayao and Kauran in Ampatuan town were submerged after water in an irrigation system spilled over, said Insp. Ronald De Leon, the town’s police chief. But there was no displacement in the affected areas, De Leon added. In the village of Dasawao and Pagatin in Shariff Saydona town, the local disaster unit has reported that dozens of families have evacuated to a mosque or stayed with their relatives living on higher grounds.

The Pagatin elementary school has been submerged in waist-deep water since last week, prompting the suspension of classes, said municipal police chief Abdulbasit Kulod. “Actually 90 percent of the locality is affected. Kapag sige ang ulan sa Sultan Kudarat province, dito napupunta ang mga tubig (The water drains down here when Sultan Kudarat province experiences continuous rains),” Kulod said. [Ferdinandh B. Cabrera/ MindaNews]


cans and containers and cellophanes. There were 36 volunteer delegates from Sta. Cruz who climbed Mt. Apo on June 10-12, 2014 to contribute to the clean up drive. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI)

spearheaded the activity in partnership with the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Ecotourism Committee, B+WISER and LGUs of Kidapawan, Makilala, Magpet, Davao City, Bansalan and Digos City. The activity is part

of the advocacy of DENRPAMB to send a message to the mountaineering community to climb responsibly and free the mountain of garbage which had been a perennial problem in Mt. Apo for the past years. [CDIO/Sta. Cruz/Julius R. Paner]

importance of using remittances to build up savings and directing these into investments in financial products and business ventures. Through this learning advocacy, the BSP hopes to help overseas Filipinos and their beneficiaries achieve financial security, bring them into the fold of the formal financial system, and enable them to participate more meaningfully in


11 Maguindanao towns flooded



Volunteers unload 420 kilos of garbage from Mt. Apo

TOTAL of 420 kilograms of garbage have been unloaded during the recently concluded inter-LGU simultaneous Mt. Apo Natural Park (MANP) clean up drive. The trashes include empty bottles of wines and soft drinks, plastic, empty



Fish cages moved to safer waters H

IGH coliform and e. coli content in the sea water at Punta Dumalag has driven the City Agriculturist’s Office to relocate fish cages operating in the area to a more suitable location in the barangay. In an interview, City Agriculturist Rocelio Tabay said Monday that a Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources study

tested the fish cage areas and found out that the location had levels of coliform that were “beyond the acceptable.” “The problem with the operators there is that they are too near the shore,” he said. Tabay said around 192 fish cage operators will be accommodated in a 12-hectare area that the city has identified.

The official said it would cost each operator around P100,000 to construct the fish cages. He added that the city is still in the preliminary stages of determining the cost of the relocation, as well as when this will be implemented. The good thing, Tabay said, was that this would allow fish cage operators to culture fish

HE United Kingdom has opened Business Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP) which aims to strengthen connections of British and Filipino businesses particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs). “We in Britain, we see the emerging economies and democracies around the world of which the Philippines is one of the most important for us as a major emerging democratic powerhouse in the ASEAN region. We see huge opportunities for

Britain to help this economy (and) democracy to develop,” said British Trade Envoy to the Philippines George Freeman MP. Freeman, together with British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad and BCCP chairman Roger Lamb, led the ribbon-cutting ceremony of BCCP office Wednesday at W Fifth Avenue Building, Bonifacio Global City. The UK trade envoy is also in the Philippines for a trade mission. “This facility, it’s about the small companies. It’s about the interaction be-

tween people… This is where British companies and Filipino companies will be able to interact in a very professional business environment,” he said. “As a mature economy we have partner companies that can bring value to this economy and with partnership with Philippine government and companies already here it’s a win-win for the Philippines and for UK companies to grow business around the world. That’s why we prioritize the Philippines as a major trading partner,” he added. [PNA]

UK opens business center in PHL T

in an area that is less polluted. “If, for example, you have a measurement of 1,000 for pollutants in their current location, we will be moving them to an area with 300,” Tabay said. Another problem is the absence of business permits from the operators, Tabay said. “They are actual-

ly not supposed to be there,” he added. According to the Comprehensive Land Use Program (CLUP) document of the city government, the city’s fish cage culture area covers a total area of 200 square meters as of 2005. “These fish cages are in Barangays Sasa, Agdao Centro, Matina Apla-

ya, Bunawan and Daliao,” the document said. Bangus and siganids are the usual species cultured in floating fish cages, it added. While there have been plans of raising groupers and lobsters, high costs of feeds and scarcity of fry/fingerlings have led raisers to go back to bangus and siganids. [MindaNews]


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Camella pours in P1 B in SoCCSKSarGen region By GREGORIO G. DELIGERO


HE Villar-owned Camella Communities will be pouring in P1 billion on its expansion projects in Koronadal City, South Cotabato and General Santos City, which will make the company’s presence in South Cotabato, Cotabato City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani Province and General Santos City (SoCCSKSarGen) region more solid and affirm its reputation as a leader in taking major strides for residential transformation in Mindanao. Camella Koronadal officer in charge Mailyn C. Ellodar said the P500 million expansion project in the city is slated to commence by the end of the year in a ten-hectare area adjacent to its existing project. As of the first half this year, she said 80 percent of the 636 units in the existing 12.4-hectare Camella Koronadal are already sold out, prompting the company to venture into

expansion project to meet the high demand for quality residential houses in the region. “We exceeded our monthly target. Even before the year ends, we can now expect that all units are already sold out,” she said. Only launched exactly one year ago, Ellodar said the actual construction of houses in Camella Koronadal will start by third quarter this year as she also cited the ongoing construction of model houses, roads, drainage and other infrastructures in the project area. Ellodar said most of the buyers are from Koronadal City and other nearby cities and towns in the SoCCSKSarGen region who are either self-employed or families of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). In General Santos City, Camella is also set to embark on P500-million expansion project as almost

all units in the existing Camella General Santos are already sold out. Camella offers a wide array of housing units with prices ranging from P1 million for the low cost model up to P4.5 million for the high end model. The average price for affordable units is P2.4 million. Amenities found in all Camella properties everywhere in the country are also available in Camella Koronadal and Camella General Santos including an entrance gate with security detail, CCTV and perimeter fence, an extensive Mediterranean-inspired clubhouse with function rooms, swimming pool, basketball court, parks and gardens. Both residential projects are also proximate to landmarks, schools, malls, churches, hospitals, markets, government offices, terminals and other places of interest.

PHL trade mission in Europe expects to bring in more FDIs A

FTER Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) held outbound trade mission in Europe, the department expects to draw more foreign direct investments (FDIs) here from European companies. DTI secretary Gregory L. Domingo and Trade and Investment Promotion Group undersecretary Ponciano C. Manalo Jr. arrived Monday after their visit in Europe last week to promote the Philippines as investment hub for Europe-based firms.

Manalo told reporters Tuesday evening that European companies expressed big interest to venture here. “They’re all wanting to be part of Philippine growth momentum… They are all very enthusiastic,” he said. He mentioned that they met at least eight to nine companies per country in their business mission in Europe. According to the trade official, they had trade visits to Frankfurt and Stuttgart in Germany, Stockholm in Sweden, Oslo in Norway, and Paris in France.

The trade mission in Europe of DTI promoted sectors of manufacturing and aerospace, among others, which aims to create more jobs and to have value added sectors. “We want to be part of the global supply chain. We want facilities in higher value chain to come here,” he said. Aside from meeting different companies, Secretary Domingo, on the other hand, had a bilateral trade talks with his counterparts in the said European countries. [PNA]

takes centerstage DA turns over P7.2 M agri project Banana in Davao Trade Expo


HE Department of agriculture turned over a total of P7.2 Million worth of project to the town of Magsaysay in Davao del Sur in time of the celebration of its 47th Town Anniversary held Tuesday. These projects are composed of the concreting of the Farm to Market Road (524 lineal meters) amounting to P5.266, Organic trading post amounting to P1.1 million, and 14 units Mobile threshers amounting to P1.297 Million. Agriculture Regional Director Remelyn Recoter who led the turnover said that these project assistance are align with the food self-sufficiency program of DA. “The Farm to market road will lessen the transportation cost of farmers’ product because the FRM are already concrete which means the quality of their produce will already be enhanced. The Organic trading post will help the organic crop farmers to have ready market their organic produce with high


Agriculture Regional Director Remelyn Recoter handed the certificate of awards of two units mobile threshers to the beneficiary - Mabini Burayong Communal Irrigation Association Inc during the 47th Town Anniversary of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. With her is Magsaysay Municipal Mayor Arthur Davin. market value. While the mobile threshers will help the farmers lower the post harvest losses”, Recoter said. She added that rice farmers incur 12 to 15 percent rice production loss from harvesting to marketing. “If we convert these into cavans, suppose a farmer will harvest 100 cavans of rice in his rice field but due to production

losses, he only earns 85 to 88 cavans. It should have been an additional income for the rice farmers and additional supply for the consumers”, Recoter said. Moreover, she said that though Davao region is not a rice producing region rather a high value crops producing region but DA will be supporting its rice-related programs to increase rice sufficien-

cy to 65 percent which include the utilization of high yielding varieties among others. Director Recoter also said that DA is committed to support agricultural programs of the town of Magsaysay being the top two towns in terms of highest rice yielding town in the whole of region 11 next to Matanao. [Aggie Media Service]

HE banana industry will be the focus of this year’s Davao Trade Expo (DATE) which will be held this coming November 19-22 at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City. The annual trade expo returns its focus on the banana industry, which was once the spotlight in the 2010 staging of DATE. Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) president Antonio dela Cruz said that every staging of the DATE an agricultural industry is given focus. Last year’s DATE had the 5 Cs (Coconut, Cacao, Coffee, Corn, Cassava) for 2015 they are planning to bring back the livestock industry. The coming DATE is a vital event as it hinges closer to 2015, which is the date of the implementation of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) integration, that sets for more liberalized trade among the ASEAN member countries. Dicky Puyod, chairperson of DATE 2014 said the banana industry is one of

the agricultural industries which is most ready for the integration. “We have the most competitive product.” Puyod said referring to the country’s banana exports. Puyod said no ASEAN country has extensive banana plantations compared to the Philippines, although Malaysia and Indonesia are also growing bananas. Mindanao alone has about 200,000 hectares planted to Cavendish bananas employing about 800,000 to 1-million workers. He said that though there are banana exports to Indonesia and Malaysia however these are only sufficient enough to maintain their presence. Once tarriffs are lowered due to ASEAN integration, Puyod estimates exports to these countries increase. An International Bananay Symposium will be held back-to-back with the DATE. Guest of honors are Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. [PIA/RG Alama]



Big things come in small packages By GERRY T. ESTRERA “As traditional industries are transformed and new industries such as nanotechnology are created, we need to ensure that our country be at a position of advantage in the global economy. We have to find our niches in order to compete effectively… and reap the many economic benefits this can bring.” -- Secretary Mario G. Montejo of the Department of Science and Technology.


N his speech during the meeting of the American Physical Society on December 29, 1959, Richard Feynman, a well-known American physicist, asked: “What would happen if we could arrange the atoms one by one the way we want them?” This idea eventually became a research field known as nanotechnology, the manipulation of matter on the scale of atoms and molecules. “Though nanotechnology is sometimes hyped to the hilt, it is no joke and its societal impacts will indeed be titanic,” observe Hope Shand and Kathy Jo Wetter in their collaborative report, Shrinking Science: An Introduction to Nanotechnology. Phillip Bond, former US Undersecretary of Commerce for Technology sees it as “truly miraculous.” After all, it can enable “the blind to see, the lame to walk, and the deaf to hear.” It can cure “AIDS, cancer, diabetes and other afflictions.” It can end hun-

ger and “even supplement the power of our minds.” More importantly, it will “deliver higher standards of living and allow us to live longer, healthier, more productive lives.” It also “holds extraordinary potential for the global environment through waste-free, energy-efficient production processes that cause no harm to the environment or human health.” Nanotechnology -sometimes shortened to “nanotech” -- is not a discreet industry sector but a range of techniques used to manipulate matter at the nanoscale, where size is measured in billionths of meters. A nanometer (nm), from the Greek nanos for dwarf, equals one billionth of a meter. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Horst Störmer, in one of his lectures, said that the nanoscale is more interesting than the atomic scale because “the nanoscale is the first point where we can assemble something -- it’s not until we start putting atoms

together that we can make anything useful.” “It takes 10 atoms of hydrogen side-by-side to equal one nanometer,” write Shand and Wetter in their report. “A DNA molecule (found in cells of organisms where genetic information is stored) is about 2.5 nm wide. A red blood cell is vast in comparison: about 5,000 nm in diameter. And a human hair is about 80,000 nm thick. Everything on the nanoscale is invisible except with the aid of powerful ‘atomic force’ microscopes.” Recently, chemists have successfully crafted three-dimensional molecular structures, a breakthrough that unites biotechnology and nanotechnology. They made DNA crystals by producing synthetic DNA sequences that can self-assemble into a series of three-dimensional triangle-like patterns. A fact sheet produced by the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) shares this information: “The DNA crystals have ‘sticky-ends’” or small cohesive sequences that can attach to another molecule in an organized fashion. When multiple helices are attached through

single-stranded sticky ends, there would be a lattice-like structure that extends in six different directions, forming a three-dimensional crystal. This technique could be applied in improving important crops by organizing and linking carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids to these crystals.” Through this technique, nanoparticles can serve as ‘magic bullets,’ containing herbicides, chemicals, or genes, which target particular plant parts to release their content. The so-called “nanocapsules” can enable effective penetration of herbicides through cuticles and tissues, allowing slow and constant release of the active substances. At the Iowa State University, chemists have utilized a 3-nm mesoporous silica nanoparticle (MSN) in delivering DNA and chemicals into isolated plant cells. MSNs are chemically coated and serve as containers for the genes delivered into the plants. “The coating triggers the plant to take the particles through the cell walls, where the genes are inserted and activated in a precise and controlled manner, without any toxic

side or after effects. This technique has been applied to introduce DNA successfully to tobacco and corn plants,” ISAAA reports. Nanotechnology is also applied to prevent waste in agriculture. This is particularly true in the cotton industry. When cotton is processed into fabric or garment, some of the cellulose or the fibers are discarded as waste or used for low-value products such as cotton balls, yarns and cotton batting. “With the use of newly-developed solvents and a technique called electrospinning, scientists produce 100 nanometer-diameter fibers that can be used as a fertilizer or pesticide absorbent. These high-performance absorbents allow targeted application at desired time and location,” the ISAAA fact sheet informs. Here’s a good news for Filipino farmers who plant rice. Rice husk, a rice-milling byproduct, can be used as a source of renewable energy. When rice husk is burned into thermal energy or biofuel, studies have shown that a large amount of high-quality nanosilica is produced. Unknowingly, this can be further utilized in making other materials

such as glass and concrete. Since there is a continuous source of rice husk, mass production of nanosilica through nanotechnology can alleviate the growing rice husk disposal concern, the study said. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, researchers are looking into developing abaca for nanotechnology. “We were able to convert young abaca into nanofiber mats that we are planning for ultrafiltration and also for medical applications,” reported Marites de Leon, senior researcher from the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI). “In biomedical engineering, the nanofiber membrane or mat can be used as scaffold for cell studies and tissue engineering,” said Jenneli Caya, another PTRI researcher, “it can also serve as carrier for drug delivery application and a functional wound dressing in advanced wound treatment.” “Nanotechnology is still in its ‘pilot scale’ even in other countries. We’re trying to keep up with them since we can produce fibers that have good quality,” pointed out Erlinda Mari of and Forest Products Research and Development Institute.




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HE big news in Davao is out. It is the decision of Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte to indorse the establishment of a light railway transport (LRT) system in Davao City to decongest the worsening transport situation. If the project sounds big, it’s because it is really big, nothing bigger than it is ever before. The cost is certainly gargantuan, something that boggles the mind, especially the small minds that have been accustomed to parochial concerns, afraid to venture into the bigtime. In favoring the proposal, Duterte said that by 2020, the city will experience heavy traffic congestion with the number of vehicles increasing dramatically. He said a train system is driven by only one machine, unlike a bus transit system which engages fleets of buses each with an engine that pollutes the atmo-


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sphere. Owing to the huge cost of the project and its effect on the current public transport system, Duterte said he will hold consultations with transport groups. In the meantime, Duterte has engaged an expert group --the Korean Engineering Construction (KEC) -- to study the feasibility of the project. This early, though, it is not surprising at all to hear some objections, right or wrong, to the proposal, especially from sectors who are afraid they’ll be adversely affected by the unprecedented undertaking. However, we trust that with his vaunted political will and high credibility, Mayor Duterte will be able to convince majority, if not all Dabawenyos, about the benefits that they’ll derive from such a project. ANTONIO M. AJERO Editor in Chief


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All hype and hyperbole


ICKENING – Much is expected of the Aquino administration these days. No wonder disgusted people react with a smirk when Palace drumbeaters try to explain in nationwide TV that the present dispensation is doing everything to cushion the impact of the pressing issues confronting the nation. The Aquino administration has been severely criticized for its vagueness in dealing with the mounting problems of corruption in all levels of public life, rampant smuggling, rising crime and human rights abuses among many others. Another reality these days are joblessness and grinding poverty. The problems don’t end there. On the food front, top agriculture officials and grains executives are accused of keeping rice production figures secret allegedly to justify “artificial shortage” of supply and the continuation of the policy of massive rice importation. That has made the consumer movement and pro-poor advocates suspicious that the rice shortage situation could be more of a trick than what the administration is willing to admit. Despite government assurances, there are long queues for limited stocks of cheaper NFA rice because prices of commercial rice are now beyond the reach of ordinary consumers. Lately, prices of


imported and locally-produced garlic and ginger increased by as much as 200% and concerned agencies are groping for answers, failing to give the infuriated consumers a credible explanation to the swelling price adjustment. The administration has scored high in the economic front, but experts say its major failure has been neglect of agriculture. Local agriculture products are being threatened by much cheaper imported goods many of which are smuggled into the country by unscrupulous traders who are in cahoots with corrupt officials. There is lack of investment in the preparation stage, irrigation system and post-harvest facilities. And government is not generating enough jobs for our kind of employment problem especially in the countryside to minimize rural-to-urban migration. Economic analysts say the inflation spiral could worsen with the impending

increase in the prices of gasoline, diesel fuel and other petroleum products. This and many more problems continue to haunt the Aquino administration. Political pundits see it as inappropriate for the government’s mouthpieces to regale the people with hype and hyperbole in nationwide television. It sounds good and pleasant to the ears, but hallow in reality. It’s extremely difficult to please people with empty stomachs. We do not know whether much-vaunted press statements that enumerate the accomplishments of the Aquino administration especially in the delivery of basic social services are in fact the right solution. The President needs to determine it for himself. His leadership is enmeshed in a rigmarole. People are angry with too much politicking amid food shortages and rising prices. It is not enough to assure the wary public that economic saboteurs should be meted the severest punishment and at the same time boastfully rattling names and certain arrests. Observers say that the Aquino leadership does not appear to be sure of itself. They say the President should take the lead in solving the mounting problems. But they charge that he is now arguably part of the problem. That, indeed, is worrisome.

From hacienda to dumpsite

ORN in Galicia, Spain, on June 8, 1869, Joaquin Serra Rodriguez arrived in the Philippines in 1896 from Puerto Rico as a Spanish functionario (public official). In 1899, when the Americans took over the country, he registered as lawyer in the roll of attorneys and stayed in Zamboanga, seat of government of the Americans in Mindanao. It was here that he and first wife, Josefa Rios y Colon, a distant relative of Christopher Columbus, lived. Their union bore three children, namely Joaquin Jr., Josefa, and Caridad. Rodriguez’s fine demeanor and professionalism made him a familiar figure in Zamboanga’s alta sociedad. He became a close friend of the Americans, and became a trusted confidante of some American administrators. This connection, over time, would serve him in good stead. Years after he was widowed, Rodriguez, grandfather of Jack (Joaquin) who was to become husband of Davao’s socialite Sonja Habana Rodriguez, married again. His second wife was Carmen Gonzales Badolato de Azaola, the Catalonia-born granddaughter of Luisa de Azaola, a Filipino-Spanish beauty from Tandag City. His second marriage bore nine children. It was during the administration of American Gov. John Pershing, known as the Blackjack, when Rodriguez had fully appreciated the lay of Davao’s land and its fertile soil. His frequent visits to the area as part of the official entourage of Pershing exposed him to the opportunities found in the old pueblo. He then opened an agricultural farm in Davao by founding the Hacienda Carmen named after his wife. The estate, now part of Tugbok District where the city’s dumpsite is found, was tilled with the help of native hands. His farmhouse hosted the visits of Bago-

FAST BACKWARD BY THE ARCHIVIST bos who admired his industry in keeping the rambling property productive. His good-natured persona towards the farmhands further endeared him to his native friends, and the photos taken during his stay there, some as old as 1915, certainly attest to his sociability. Later, he opened a law office in Davao’s town proper, which doubled as family residence and publishing house, along Bolton Street, in what is now University of Mindanao. The structure also served as editorial office of his El Eco de Davao, the first daily newspaper in town. During the Commonwealth era, the property and publication were sold to Furukawa Corp., a top-ranked Japanese abaca producer in Davao. After the war, the old property was auctioned by the state. Guillermo E. Torres, a migrant, bought the land and developed it into a school campus. (GET is the founder of UM, Mindanao Times and UM Broadcasting Network). Rodriguez was the law partner of Sergio Osmeña Sr., the first Cebuano Speaker of the House. Rodriguez was a law pro-

fessor and dean of the Escuela de Derecho de Manila (Manila Law School Foundation), and his students included President Jose P. Laurel, 1935 Constitutional Convention chair Claro M. Recto, and Solicitor-General and Speaker Pro Tempore Quintin Paredes. (Earlier as a student, he was the classmate of Miguel Primo de Rivera y Orbaneja, later appointed Prime Minister of Spain.) Rodriguez also made good in law practice, drawing into his roster of clients prominent companies, namely Fernandez Hermanos and Compañia Maritima, founded by the Hernandez brothers. He was a close friend of Feliciano Iñigo, a shipping executive and hacendero; Desiderio Gil, a deputy governor and chief of police of Davao, and Pedro Carriedo, the pioneering movie house entrepreneur, to name a few. On the side, he helped bright young boys finish law school. Two of them were Damaso Suazo and Juan A. Sarenas, who became congressman, city mayor and judge of the Court of First Instance. In 1919, Rodriguez left Davao to pursue law practice in Manila, while dabbling in politics. He was one of those who helped found the Nacionalista Party in 1907, but his departure from Davao leaving behind a thriving business venture, he would tell his grandchildren later, was one of the bad decisions he made in his life. On April 2, 1956, at age 87, Rodriguez died in Manila. [The above article, written by The Archivist, is part of Edge Davao’s effort to enhance readers’ knowledge and familiarity of Davao Region’s history, culture and the arts. The paper welcomes readers’ contribution of authentic information, photos and articles. –The editors]



Every political party should pay attention to Mindanao WORM’S EYEVIEW BY MANNY VALDEHUESA


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NY political party worth its salt should have a vision for Mindanao and a stand on the issues that continue to bedevil the island region. Mindanao constitutes one-third of the republic. Its unique history, diversity, and strategic location should have been reason enough to accord it high priority in development programs throughout the years. You’d think Mindanao’s tri-peoples (Lumad, Muslim, and Christian—who settled the island in that order) and who give it a splendid cultural tapestry to gawk and marvel at, would have been reason enough to give the island region extra consideration and treatment. Where do the alleged political parties stand on the issue of a substate for the Bangsamoro? Is the issue addressed in their platforms? If they expect to win the confidence of Mindanaons, how do they project their message to them? Do they allot a proportional number of Mindanaon candidates in their election lineup? Unless they do, they are not worth anybody’s thought. The Bangsamoro initiative is important, a momentous event. It is meant to redress age-old problems that rub Mindanaons the wrong way. It needs the combined wisdom and cooperation of the Filipino people to craft the final solution. Mindanao’s role in the nation’s economy (bountiful resources, productive agricultural and industrial output) provide ample justification for generous, sympathetic attention to its problems. But attention, development, and budget has been woefully small, inadequate, and disproportionate to its present and potential role and contribution. It doesn’t help that it gets consideration only in times when there’s killing, kidnapping, warring, or terrorism. These are very wrong reasons for tending to its needs. The barrel of a gun or violence is a lousy determinant for meting out justice or apportioning development efforts. One would think its unique history and traditions would have been reason enough to accord it high priority. You’d think its tri-peoples (Lumad, Muslim, and Christian— who settled the island in that order)—and who give it a splendid cultural tapestry to gawk and marvel at, would be reason enough to show concern and extra consideration for its welfare. All the violence, crime, rebellion, and resort to arms in Mindanao have in fact been the effects of failed policy—at national as well as local— and bad, ineffective governance all around. They are symptoms of a deeper malaise that cavalier intentions of the top leadership, government bureaucrats, academics, and legal luminaries have tried to address but failed.


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Watershed...FFROM 1 to the meeting to seek advice of the WMC on the request of the Lopez-owned Energy Development Corporation, operator of the Mt. Apo geothermal plant, to be allowed to conduct a geothermal study in Mt. Zion in barangay Sibulan. “Nabalaka man gud mi saSibulanngamakadautunyaninamodidto (We are worried that this study might not be good for us),” Abalayan said, adding that strange things have been happening to the barangay since Hedcor, Inc., an Aboitiz subsidiary company, established a hydro-electric plant in the area. Sibulan River, which is tapped by Hedcor in its hydro-electric plant, traverses

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Office No. XI Davao city

Petition for Renewal of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a TH FREIGHT TRUCK Service

SAMUEL A. CAMAGANACAN, Petitioner Case No.2009-XI-00132 (09-0743) x- - - - - - - - -- - - -----x

NOTICE OF HEARING Petitioner is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience issued in this case authorizing the operation of a TH FREIGHT TRUCK service on the route: WITHIN DAVAO CITY and from said place to any point in the Island of MINDANAO accessible to motor vehicle traffic and vice versa with the use of ONE(1) unit, which Certificate will expire on July 13, 2014. In the petition filed on May 27, 2014, petitioner request authority to extend the validity of said certificate to operate along the same route with the use of the same unit previously authorized.

NOTICE, is hereby given that this petition will be heard by this Board on JULY 1, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at this office at the above address. At least, TEN (10) days prior to the above date petitioner shall publish this Notice once in a one (1) daily newspaper of general circulation in Mindanao Parties opposed to the granting of the petition must file their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the petitioner, and may if they so, desire appear on said date and time.

This petition will be acted upon by this Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary and/or oral evidence.

WITNESS the Honorable BENJAMIN A. GO, CESO V, Regional Director, this 27th day of May 2014 at Davao City. TERESITA DELA PEÑA-YÑIGUEZ Chief Transportation Development Officer

two adjacent barangays both named Sibulan in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur and in Davao City. Abalayan said that barangay Sibulan is located in the upper portion of the river system. She said that lately, Sibulan residents have noticed a sharp decline in the water that they get from the springs. The water level of the river has noticeably also gone down, unlike before that even long dry season did not affect the water level. Abalayan however admitted that they still have to talk to the management of Hedcor about the phenomenon. Agustin requested officials from the City Legal Office (CLO) to look into the legal niceties involved in EDC’s request to conduct a geothermal study, if any. WMC member Antonio M. Ajero presented the motion to adopt the resolution to look into Sibulan case so that the council can be guided accordingly in its actions.

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ana,” Dutere said. Owing to the huge cost of the project and its effect on the current public transport system, Duterte said he will hold consultations with transport groups. “Kung papili-on ko’g unsay … tabaho nako is how to move people, good and services pass. Kay kung sige tag ing-ani congestion… ari ta sa hotel padulong ka sa airport tag three hours ang flight one hour and thirty (minutes) lang,” Duterte explained. “Mo sugot tag sa dili we will have to go with the time,” he said. On Monday, the city government and the Korean Engineering Construction (KEC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the conduct of feasibility study on the LRT project. Duterte said that the city will send two engineers--one from the city government and the other one is from private firm--to the KEC facility in South Korea to check the technical aspect of the study the Korean firm is going to conduct. The mayor has asked the technical group to suggest to the KEC to make an elevated railroad since the city is vulnerable to floods. He even asked to recommend a cost-efficient train system so that the city can afford the same with its budget. Il Chae Kwon, chief researcher for transportation studies group, told reporters that they are going to ask the International Contractors Association of Korea (ICAK) for the approval of the study. Il said that the feasibility study has an estimated cost of US$1 million which will be solely shouldered by the Korean firm. After the technical group procures the approval of ICAK, they expect to get the funding from the Korean government. By September, team should be able to start the study.


City councilors still waiting for supplemental budget

HE City Council is still waiting for the budget from the city’s executive branch for its first supplemental budget for the year, according to the chair of the committee on finance.

Speaking at Monday’s Kapehan sa SM, councilor Danilo Dayanghirang said they are still waiting for the City Mayor’s Office to submit to the city council the proposed supplemental budget 1 (SB1),

with a certification from the City Treasurer’s Office that there are available funds. “As a practice, we are supposed to have supplemental budgets every quarter,” Dayanghirang said. “But we

are still waiting for the City Treasurer’s Office.” The councilor attributed the delay in the calculation of surplus and available savings from the previous year. [MindaNews]

it will require the vehicles to enter and utilize the parking building which can accommodate up to 320 cars for dropping off the students thus lessening the cars on ground level. Likewise, this means that students will no longer have to take the risk of crossing the road to get to

school as the walkway is connected to the covered walk of the campus. The approval of the installation of the permit will lessen cars on the street and will, at the same time solve the safety issues brought about by having to open more gates along Acacia Street. Early this month,

ADDU acceded to the request of the Davao Traffic Management Center for the closing of gates 1, 2 and 2a of the Ateneo Grade School located along McArthur Highway. The move is aimed at reducing the congestion brought about by the repairs being done on the Generoso Bridge II by re-

routing the private cars and carpools to Acacia Road instead. While the closure was lauded by the TMC after it showed a considerable effect on easing the traffic issue on the highway, it has likewise introduced another problem at the now overcrowded Acacia Street.

countries. Aside from poor logistic, he said the cost of producing export quality bananas in the Philippines is quite high compared to other countries producing the same prod-

uct in Asia like Malaysia and Indonesia which have smaller areas of banana plantations. “The cost of fertilizer in these countries is lower compared to use. Their government was able to

lower the cost of producing banana by subsidizing farmers with fertilizers,” he explained. However, Puyod is positive that the merging of 10 economies of Asean nations in 2015 will boost

banana exportation. “I think our banana is one of the products that are ready for the integration because we have big plantations to supply the demand of these countries,” he said.

“crime of passion” in their investigation. He even discounted the involvement of King to drugs since there are no proofs that could point his involvement. “Hopefully within the span of one month tapos na ‘to dapat,” added Cascolan.

Earlier, PRO-11 Spokesperson C. Insp. Jed Clamor told Edge Davao in an interview that PNP regional director C. Supt. Wendy Rosario ordered to hasten the investigation. Clamor said that the case of the slain hotelier is

considered as the ‘big case’ since King has a wide business activities in the country. Last Tuesday afternoon, the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) released the facial composite sketch of the gunman who shot King. The

image was released to the public through “Isumbongkay CDDCPO” Facebook page. A reward of P1.3 million awaits any person who can give substantial information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

to the free movement of goods, people and services within the region. However, there are a number of hindrances that SMEs need to overcome for them to be more competitive in penetrating the Asean market. Thus, the center proposed multiple opportunities for growth, develop-

ment and sustainable job creation. offers a 16-day program called “The Diploma in Export Management” which provides training of highly skilled professionals in different aspects of international trade. The training will bridge the gap between the aca-

demic knowledge and the exporting industry’s needs. The program offers the possibility to obtain widely recognized professional qualifications like the TESDA NC IV certification (in development) and the Global Trade Professional status. The end goal of the program is to make the export

activities in the Philippines more vibrant by equipping and training SME-owners and professionals with an “export mindset” and the necessary skills and tools through the training offered by Its importance can only be over emphasized with our largely export-dependent economy. [VSA]

of the International Banana Summit, International Banana Trade Fair, Business Matching, Sponsored Networking Night, and Farm Tours. DATE 2014 is organized to be bigger, bolder and fiercer as they go global with Biodiversity Inter-

national invited to co-host the International Banana Symposium alongside with Dr. Agustin B. Molina, Senior Scientist and Regional Coordinator – Asia, Pacific, and Oceanic, of Biodiversity International, who has pledged his full support to the event.

“The banana industry will once again be in the center stage focusing on recent advances on research and development, marketing strategies, logistics, pests and disease management, and other emerging trends at present,” the briefer said.

It said that the expo “will aid farmers in advancing their technological and technical knowledge in agriculture, increase value-addition in their production, and identify promising markets both domestically and internationally.”

ang kartel sa ganitong mga aksyon,” he added. As for his part Rep. Zarate said that the problems the country is facing now with the onset of El Nino phenomenon “would not be as big as it is now if the Aquino administration has prepared for it years ago, considering that this phenomenon is quasi-seasonal in nature and can be

foreseen because of its regularity.” “When the first forecast for El Nino surfaced, plans for irrigation, crop planting decisions, seed selection, fertilizer application in agriculture should have already been formulated to mitigate the impact of the drought. Fluctuations in agricultural products can also be reduced by con-

ducting crop inventories so as to prevent a food crisis and increases in food prices like what we are experiencing now,” he added. “The Aquino administration should have learnt its lessons in dealing with climate induced disasters like El Niño and strong typhoons. The rice cartel is using these extreme weather events to

greedily justify increases in rice prices and other agricultural products. If the Aquino administration will continue to do nothing about this, the conclusions that people can really think of is that it is protecting this rice cartel and that members and allies of the administration are benefiting from these rice price hikes,” ended Rep Zarate.


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A convergence of mother nature’s treasures

MT. PARKER’S LAKE HOLON ‘Green is not a color but a destination’ Text and Photos by EDWIN B. LASQUITE


IZING the landscape, the word green has taken on a new meaning, no longer is it simply a color and it is the new hot buzzword on everyone’s lips as what I heard and has become a way of conversations, WOW! “Green” destination with its deep respect for environment/ nature and its dedication to eco and tourism. Lake Holon also known as Lake Maughan be found at the creater, at the heart of Mt Parker, called Melibengoy locally, is a volcano in T’boli , South Cotabato. It is considered as “The Crown Jewel of South Cotabato.” It was named after an American pilot who crashed into the volcano while doing mapping and surveying work. Holon was another American who was with Parker when he crashed! Melibengoy is considered one of the sacred places places of the T’boli tribe! Almost four and halfhours trekking, hiked to

reached the peak of Mt Parker to the view deck area just to catch sight of Lake Holon! It’s a special place for me as I have experienced a truly memorable and unique summer get-away trip to it. Municipality of T’boli, South Cotabato Many people do not know Tboli and how nature’s lover a place it could be. Inside the forceful and green landscape hides a municipality of nature unspoiled; total land area of 91,527 hectares of lush forests, idyllic lakes and foggy mornings. With rugged terrain, and high slopes atop the mountain ranges, it is home for the many cultural tribes of the lumads of Mindanao’s northern boundary. Located in the hinterlands, on the southwestern portion of the province of South Cotabato. Journey quick look May 09, 2014 at 11:00 PM - City of Tagum in Davao

Sizing the landscape, charming its way to being the next big thing

del Norte; Davao City Overland Terminal, Digos City in Davao del Sur and General Santos City, Koronadal City to Sitio Kule in Barangay Salacate, Municipality of T’boli, South Cotabato in Soccsksargen – 12:30 PM of May 10, 2014 May 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM - (start of the climb) from Sitio Kule in Barangay Salacate to Mt. Parker view deck area for Lake Holon viewing (5:30 PM); from Mt. Parker view deck trek to Lake Holon (6:30 PM) May 11, 2014 at 7:30 AM from Lake Holon trek back to Barangay Salacate proper, Municipality of T’boli – 11:30 AM Special Thanks to (MinTc) Mindanao Tourism Council led by Jonallier Mana-ay Perez; (FHM) Friends of Holon and Melibingoy led by Louie Pacardo and The Travel Teller himself Olan Fernandez Emboscado for inviting me to be with this memorable and accelerating nature’s climb.

Wow green destination with its deep respect for environment and nature and its dedication to eco and tourism


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New chow at Blue Posts TIME flies fast these days and just six months after opening their doors, Blue Posts Boiling Crab and Shrimps just opened its second branch at the ground floor of the spanking new Lanang Business Park. The new restaurant sports a more contemporary look but but still keeps the kitschy and fun undersea nautical decor that everybody knows it for. From the lifesavers to nets, to jumping sailfish and starfish cut outs, Blue Posts’ look is a class of it own. Already THE place to go for a “hands-on” seafood dining experience in Durianburg, Blue Posts Boiling Crab and Shrimps is known for crabs and shrimps cooked the Blue Posts way and smothered in their special cajun sauce. A new restaurant though also called for new dishes and me and my BPA friends took the opportunity to have a test taste at the new treats. New on Blue Posts’s menu is the Singaporeaninspired Buttered Cereal Shrimps, Crab and Shrimp Cakes and meaty Garlic Pork Riblets. I loved the Crab and Shrimp Cakes which were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, a quick dip in the sweet chilli sauce ensured that I was heaping spoonfuls of rice to go with the tasty dish. The Butter Cereal

At the new Blue Posts Boiling Crabs & Shrimps at Lanang Business Park. Shrimp was a good version of the original Singaporean dish albeit a bit sweet but Blue Posts’ Anthony Ang assures me that the sweetness level will be adjusted in the future. Given that Blue Posts is a seafood restaurant, I admit that I am a meat eater so imagine my happiness when the Garlic Pork Riblets were finally served. The ribs were fried golden brown and smothered in tonnes of toasted garlic. This dish is not for the faint hearted as each bite of the fatty fried ribs literally burst with flavours in the mouth. Follow me on Instagram or on Twitter @kennethkingong for more travel tips, foodie finds, and happenings in, around, and beyond Durianburg.

Garlic Pork Riblets.

Crab and Shrimp Cakes.

The original shrimps in a bag at Blue Posts.

Buttered Cereal Shrimp.



The biggest ever hospital management event in Asia happens in Cebu City THE annual Hospital Management Asia (HMA) will be held on August 28 & 29, 2014 in Cebu City, Philippines to help hospital managers and clinicians in Asia update themselves on current healthcare management trends and best practices. HMA, now on its 13th year, is totally committed to keeping healthcare managers, clinicians and leaders updated on worldwide healthcare management thinking and experience while creating a real and virtual forum for regional networking of healthcare managers.Last year’s event was held in Bangkok, Thailand. 882 delegates from 35 countries attended. HMA2014 in Cebu City Philippines is presented with the full cooperation and support of the Private Hospital Association of the Philippines (PHAPi). An integral part of HMA is the Asian Hospital Management Awards (AHMA). The prestigious AHMA recognizes and honors hospitals in Asia that carry out best hospital practices in 11 categories. Hospitals from all over the region are encouraged to nominate themselves and enter their successful projects, programs, or best practices. HMA 2014 is organized by Exedra Events and presented in cooperation with Joint Commission International, Austco Marketing & Service (Asia), The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, the International Hospital Federation, the Asian Hospital Federation, Hong Kong Hospital Authority, and a number of national associations and organizations across Asia. Be a part of HMA 2014, Asia’s Premier Learning Conference and Expo for Hospital Managers where teaching, learning and networking can be achieved in one gathering! For more information about HMA 2014 and for a complete list of award categories, please To register as a delegate, please email Efren Soliman For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mylene Alcazar at mylenealcazar@ To submit an entry for awards, please coordinate with Karla Alcaraz at

ASUA INTRODUCES NEW TRANSFORMER BOOK FLIP. ASUS Transformer Book Flip is announced today, a stylish, innovative and affordable Windows 8.1 laptop with a remarkable hinge design that enables the Full HD screen to be set at any angle between zero and 360 degrees. Flip is powered by Intel Core up to i7 processors and up to NVIDIA GeForce GT840M discrete graphics for seamless multitasking and outstanding performance. Flip is available in 13.3in, 14.0in and 15.6in sizes.

ABREEZA MALL FOR VOLLEYBALL FANS. Catch Ateneo varsity player Gretchen Ho LIVE on June 21 at Abreeza! Come in your sports jerseys and see the volleyball sensation live at the Activity Center on Saturday at 4 p.m. Get the chance to meet and greet her when you make a minimum purchase of P500 at any Abreeza Mall sports merchant. Don’t miss this event, sports fans!

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MX3 goes to Vienna with Kapamilya stars By Dr. Ed Bien JUNE 1st was an exciting day for the almost 3,000 Filipinos who watched the “One Kapamilya Go” concert held at the Austria Center, Vienna. Many travelled on a 4-5 hour train ride all the way from distant places like Salzburg, Munich, Czech Republic just to see the show. There are Pinoys living in Austria for the last 15-20 years and events like these come only once every two years. This is the chance to see their movie stars in person. A chance to have selfie pictures taken. A chance for hugs and kisses and pour their hearts out. A chance to forget their work and ailments even for just one day.

I was invited to go with the DMI Medical Supply Co., Inc. group (makers of the very popular MX3 health products) to assist and witness the opportunity to serve fellow kababayans, headed by Ms. Gina and accompanied by her groovy mother, Madam Emilia and loving husband Sir George. Together with the entourage are another fellow doctor, a lawyer, DMI staff Jayjay and Bebot plus 3 lovely business couples from General Santos, Cotabato and Zamboanga. Of course we were well taken care of by the very accommodating Hanz and Miki of ABS CBN. DMI has been invited to several countries by the giant network for these events. Many have been taking the different MX3 variants like MX3 Capsule for improving the immune system, MX3 Plus with co-Q10 and L-Carnitine for healthy metabolism, MX3 Coffee Mix, a blend that is non acidic with no sugar added and tastes great, and MX3 Tea which is so economical that 1 teabag can be used for 1 pitcher of water to be enjoyed by the whole family. MX3

stands for: M stands for mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) a fruit abundant in Southern Philippines. X for Xanthone, the active ingredient found in the fruit’s pericarp (outer covering) which has wonderful health benefits. Professionally, I believe the 3 stands for Prevention, Promotion and Regeneration. The concert is not to begin until 3pm but we saw lined up at the gates as early as 9am hordes of fans with their cameras and telephoto lenses. They started shouting as soon as we wheeled in the 4 large suitcases containing our flyers and give away souvenirs to prepare for display. They probably thought we have the stars hiding inside the suitcases. It was amazing to hear the Pinoys speaking in fluent German to their

kids and one another. I learned three phrases which served me well when I went up the stage to help the emcee, Pooh, with the games. “Guten tag and guten morgen!” for good morning and good afternoon. The show was a big hit! The shouts were deafening. Girls were shrieking. I saw some old ladies clutching their chests finding it almost difficult to breathe. The crowd was in tears with heart rending songs from Piolo, was in stitches with the antics of Angelica, and was grooving to the beat from the music of Maja and Enchong. The Filipinos are truly a different crowd – so easy to please and ready to show it. I pity the poor guards dressed in black suits as the Pinoys grabbed the stars their way for selfie pictures. I’m

sure some of them have welts and scratches to show for it. All’s well that ends well. After the show a lot of fans trooped to our table for inquiries about the MX3 products, and how to order it online. Some have been taking it for more than 3 years when they vacationed in the Philippines. One was Ms. Eleanor Manloloyo, a case of Colon cancer stage II. The other one was Ms. Charito Reyes, a case of Invasive Ductal carcinoma. Both are health professionals themselves and are willing to share their stories. Both have undergone procedures and chemotherapy but believed that strengthening their Immune System, is a good way to bring back their health and energy. Both believed they have been helped by MX3 – the original. If you want to know more, visit their website at I am proud to have been there and be part of the program. I shed my own inhibitions and shouted and danced on stage. There was a game for the audience and DMI was generous in giving away USD 100.00 each to the 15 lucky participants – all in the spirit of giving back to the people blessings from the Lord. It was both enjoyable and heart fulfilling for me – to share the gift of knowledge about natural products to those seeking wellness. Thank you DMI. Thank you ABS CBN. “Ich liebe dich” (I love you) Vienna and bye for now!


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Angeli Bayani wins at 37th Gawad Urian, edges out Vilma Santos and Nora Aunor

THE Filipino Film Critics (Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino) announced last June 17, the complete list of winners and awardees for the 37th Gawad Urian at the Dolphy Theater inside the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City. Taking home the Best Actress award is Angeli Bayani for her role in Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan. Angeli who also starred in the film Ilo-ilo, bested heavy favourites Nora Aunor and Vilma Santos as well as other nominees Cheril Gil, Eugene Domingo, Agot Isidro, and Lorna Tolentino. “Gusto ko lang pong sabihin na kaya ako nao-overwhelm ng ganito ay dahil, una sa lahat, I would like to share this honour to every-

ani, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan Best Supporting Actor: Junjun Quintana, A Philippino Story Best Supporting Actress: Angel Aquino, Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita Best Direction: Hannah Espia, Transit Best Screenplay: Lav Diaz and Rody Vera, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan Best Production Design:

one who is nominated,” she said during her acceptance speech. “It was an honour to be nominated alongside such honourable actresses, such brilliant actresses. I feel like this is not happening right now.” Norte, Hangganan ng

THE pilot telecast of ABSCBN’s newest primetime drama series “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon” starring the new generation’s Movie Queen Bea Alonzo dominated its time slot and hit a national TV rating of 21.7%. According to data from Kantar Media last Monday (June 16), “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon” garnered more than double the ratings of its rival program on GMA “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real” (10.4%). On the same night, the series also conquered social networking sites where netizens flooded the timeline with positive tweets about Rose (Bea) and Patrick’s (Paulo Avelino) sensual “chocolate scene,” where

they talked about the intricacies of making chocolates. This is the reason why Paulo and the hashtag #SBPAKWhenRoseMetPatrick quickly became worldwide trending topics in the popular microblogging site Twitter. Under the direction of Jerome Pobocan and Trina Dayrit, “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon” is a story of how two different women, Rose and Emmanuelle (also portrayed by Bea), will be united by fate and by their hunger for truth and justice. Aside from Bea and Paulo, the powerhouse cast of “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon” is composed of award-winning actors Dina

Kasaysayan, which was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, also won the awards for Best Picture and Best Screenplay. Hannah Espia was named Best Director for her work in Transit, while, Joel Torre of On the Job won as Best Ac-

tor. Here is the complete list of winners at the 37th Gawad Urian: Best Picture: Norte Hangganan ng Kasaysayan Best Actor:Joel Torre, On The Job Best Actress: Angeli Bay-

Bonnevie, Tonton Gutierrez, Maricar Reyes, and Albert Martinez; and veteran artists Eddie Garcia, Anita Linda, and Susan Roces. 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. Don’t miss the continuation of Rose and Emmanuelle’s story in “Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon” weeknights after “Ikaw Lamang” 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, SBPAK_TV, and Instagram. com/DreamscapepH.

Adolfo Alix, Jr., Porno Best Music: Emerson Texon, Sonata Best Cinematography: Lauro Rene Manda, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan Best Editing: Chuck Gutierrez, Riddles of My Homecoming Best Sound: Corinne de San Jose, On The Job Best Short Film: Missing Best Documentary: Nanay Mameng

Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon pilot tops national TV ratings

My Illegal Wife peaks at Php55M SKYLIGHT Films’ My Illegal Wife starring the inimitable comedic tandem of Pokwang and Zanjoe Marudo peaks at Php55M at the boxoffice as of June 15 – merely five days after its theatrical run. My Illegal Wife marks the come back movie of Zanjoe and Pokwang tandem. Directed by blockbuster director Tony Y. Reyes, who was at the helm of such hits as Star Cinema’s 2011 topgrosser Pak Pak, My Doctor Kwak and 2012’s monster hit Enteng Ng Ina Mo, My Illegal Wife is about a loving single mom Clarise (Pokwang) who will do anything

and everything to make her family happy and if it means that she does an outrageous feat such as tricking Papa Henry (Zanjoe) – a hot stud suffering from amnesia – into believing that that he is legally married to her. My Illegal Wife is not only a laugh-a-minute comedy for the entire family but it is also a heartwarming story that explores the limitless boundaries of true and lasting love. Moviegoers can look forward to a zany and whacky movie experience with the hysterical tandem of Z and Powkie plus the unique brand of comedy of Direk

Tony! With the astounding blockbuster success of My

Illegal Wife, it should be noted that this film is right on track of being the highest-grossing film of Skylight Films ever. My Illegal Wife also assembles some of the country’s veteran comedians Empoy Marquez, Joy Viado, Pooh, Edgar Allan Guman, Beauty Gonzalez along with up and coming stars Mikylla Ramirez, Steven De Guzman introducing Ellen Adarna and Ms. Anita Linda, and with very special participation of Ms. Pilita Corales at Jimmy Santos. My Illegal Wife is still showing in cinemas nationwide.

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The Royal Chef asks:

What’s delicious, Davao? FOOD is more than a staple of life – it is an art that transcends beyond the usual taste. For most of us, we see food and associate it with being hungry. However, what we do not know is that food is beyond our cravings --- on its own, it is a statement that surpasses its shelf life! Truly, one will never go hungry with the many uniquely Davao food finds scattered all throughout the city. Not only that, but our old favorites are coming up with new recipes and dishes that are slowly making its presence felt. Every month, let’s take

a tour of the city and list the newest gastronomical sensation to conquer our palates. Be it inside the mall or from a store on the corner, let us redefine Davao like never before – through the food that locals love. This month, I have three

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of the most delicious treats that will surely make you ask for seconds in a snap. Believe me, it was hard to resist the temptation of asking for another round in front of an enthusiastic crowd that are savoring their every bite (peace, Parrot!). Pineapple Crumble by Mercedes It was love at first sight for this one – it was hard not to! The rustic appearance is a giveaway that this piece of dessert is the closest thing to heaven you’ll get on this side of the globe. As a self-confessed pineapple lover, I am always in search of dishes that highlight the many faces of this luscious fruit. This time, I am in pure bliss with every bite. Using only the freshest of ingredients, Daniel Mejia (Managing Director) and his mom, came up with a dessert that is not only delicious but healthy as well. It is creamy, rich, velvety and not too sweet that you can actually have it paired with coffee, tea or even fruit juices. The taste is undeniably one of kind and you’d be surprised to be eating even the morsels off your plate. Hailing from Cagayan

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BB Korean Burger (photo by Phoebe Enriquez) de Oro, this heavenly des- nothing beats BB! With its sert is exclusively distrib- extensive choices of flavoruted by Backyard Burgers ful and delicious burgers, (Quirino and Ecoland). you will truly have a hard Grab a slice and experience time deciding what to the delicious and heavenly have. More so, BB is also taste of local produce giv- known for its evolving en a twist! Like their Face- menu – yes, they always book page have something new to ofmercedesbreads now. fer. This time around, they have an ultimate Korean Korean Burger by burger that taste like Korea Backyard Burgers in a bun! Its rich Korean When it comes burger, marinade makes the experience of eating a burger even more exciting. The richness of the meal is undeniable. It was a symphony of herbs and spices coming together to come up with a sonata fit for a jewel in the palace. Every component plays a role in making this another BB hit that will surely be the next talk of the town. Furthermore, this burger is good enough for sharing so you and your friends

can create memories together. What are you waiting for? Visit Backyard Burgers now at their Quirino and Ecoland branch. Sionga I love eating siopao but admittedly, I also am too picky. I need it to be soft, not chewy and the filling to balance everything in a bite. I have had my fair share of siopao – from chicken, vegetables, tofu and pinoy favorites such as ube and mongo, but never tuna. Call me crazy but I sometimes do not like the fishy smell and taste of fish in a siopao. However, with Sionga (Siopao na Panga ng Tuna), it was different. Aside from the fact that it was fried, I love how the filling is too rich but not overpoweringly fishy. Yes, you can have it two ways – either fried or steamed. Although both are delicious, I love it fried – the added crunch creates a texture that marries greatly with the rest of the components. More so, it is cheap but you get more than what you paid for. Craving for one? Then look for that pink logo popping in the streets of Davao and order a box. Make #TheRoyalChef your Thursday habit! Email me at leebay457@yahoo. com (subject:RoyalChef) or tag me on instagram (herroyalheiress) for your delicious pics and food finds!



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DEVICE that uses a modified iPhone to help regulate the blood sugar of people with type 1 diabetes appears to work better than an insulin pump, researchers say. The so-called “bionic pancreas” is the latest in the search to improve the lives of people who have type 1 diabetes, which means their bodies do not produce insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar. Three million people in the United States have type 1 diabetes, which is far less common than type 2 diabetes. It is commonly known as juvenile diabetes because it tends to appear in children and young adults. People with type 1 diabetes must prick themselves for blood samples multiple times daily in order to monitor their glucose levels, and then either inject insulin or receive it from a pump. The new method involved an iPhone 4S, which

ran a control algorithm for insulin and glucagon, combined with a tiny needle that is inserted under the skin to monitor real-time glucose levels. A total of 52 adults and youths tried the combination for five days. The patients using the bionic pancreas had fewer interventions for low blood sugar and showed

“significant improvements” in overnight blood glucose levels over what they experienced normally, said the researchers. “The bionic pancreas system reduced the average blood glucose to levels that have been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of diabetic complications,” said researcher Steven Russell, assistant professor of

medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. “This is tremendously difficult with currently available technology.” More research is needed before the device can be made available for sale, the authors said. The findings were published Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine.


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Hot Go fires 52 in Execs’ win C

HRISTOPHER “Bong” Go dished out another incredible offensive game to carry the City Hall Executives to a, 97 – 91, victory over Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) for a third game in a row at the Davao City Recreation Center Alemndras Gym on Tuesday night. Go came out dazzling and sizzling right from the opening buzzer, erupting 17 in the first period on the way to a 52 points total output to lead the charge for the Executives. The sweet-shooting executive assistant of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte consistenly posted double-digit points in every period that came in variety of ways from fade away attempts to running jump shots to pull-up jumpers. Go’s stellar performance fired up the rest of the Executives with more than majority of them contributed significantly. Lawyers Elmer Ranon and Joseph Dominic Fe-

lizarta chipped in 12 and 11 respectively to foil the ABC’s attempt to take revenge on the third encounter. It was a close affair all throughout until Go erupted for 15 points marked with three treys in the third canto to give the Executives a 77 – 66 lead entering the pay off period. ABC threatened a late comeback behind Romeo Torrejas and Dodong Laurel, who combined for 17 points in the period. Go, however, managed to push the Executives back on track to pull away with the victory. Arnulfo Apostol and Laurel made 14 points apiece for the ABC. Rolando Bantayan had 11 markers. Behind the early explosion of Go, the Executives took a 29 – 21 after the opening period. They sustained the lead at the break with a 52 – 43 upperhand. [Rico Biliran]

Manu: Let’s do this again


AN ANTONIO (AP) -- Manu Ginobili had a simple message for his teammates during an emotional team meeting Tuesday. Let’s do this again. With six potential free agents headed by Tim Duncan, the message was made clear -the Spurs would like everyone back for a run at a sixth NBA championship. ‘’I’m pretty sure most of the team is going to come back,’’ Ginobili said. San Antonio met as a group for the first time since beating Miami 10487 on Sunday night to close out the NBA Finals in five

games. Coach Gregg Popovich used the meeting to take one last playful dig at his players. ‘’He did show us a couple of clips that we sucked at (in Game 5),’’ guard Patty Mills said, laughing. All the same, free agency that begins July 1 could alter close-knit roster. ‘’Manu spoke to us,’’ Spurs guard Danny Green said. ‘’He had some good things to say. We had a great season. He was really emotional, he’s proud of us. In a short amount of words, (he said) ‘Obviously I had fun, I don’t know if you guys did, but I had a good time.

BIG GAME. James Yap of San Mig Coffee tries to get past Marcio Lassiter of San Miguel Beer in the PBA. The Mixers won. Nuki Sabio

Lebron goes on a break M

IAMI (AP) -- LeBron James is leaving. For a family vacation, that is. The Miami Heat star said that’s his first order of business, and during the time away from basketball he’ll start the process of moving past this season and looking toward the future. ‘’I just want to win. That’s all that matters to me,’’ James said Tuesday after emerging from the final team meeting, one where coach Erik Spoel-

stra urged his team take plenty of pride from the season, even though the end result was an NBA Finals loss to San Antonio. ‘’I haven’t even begun to even think about what my future holds or what I have in store. I will sit down with my team at some point, my family as well. Today definitely wasn’t the day. ‘’If my family is happy, then I’m happy and able to perform at a high level.’’ If so, then they’ve been happy during his first four years in Miami: James has

been to the NBA Finals all four seasons in which he’s played for the Heat, capturing two championships, and no one in the league over that span has logged more minutes, made more field goals or won more games than the four-time MVP. And now he could leave. James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can all become free agents, though none have made decisions on whether they’ll opt out. They came together amid much fanfare in 2010,

and this summer might be similar in many ways for that trio, the Heat and the NBA as a whole - with all eyes on what they’ll do. ‘’I feel more at ease this time,’’ James said, adding that ‘’2010, it was out of control. It was the craziest summer I’ve ever been a part of. ... I’m definitely in a better place right now even though in 2010 I got put out in the postseason earlier than I expected or didn’t accomplish what I wanted to, and I have kind of the same feeling now.’’

rails to support themselves as they headed via their only exit to a concrete ramp leading to a subway station after the game. “When people walk on it the wood moves, so with thousands of people walking up there, there could be an accident,” said Jorge Martinez, a Mexican systems engineer who used the stairs to leave Sunday night’s game. The Rio de Janeiro state government issued a statement saying the staircase was inspected following complaints, reinforced and then re-inspected again Tuesday to ensure fan safety.

But fans who used it when it wobbled questioned why a more permanent staircase wasn’t constructed out of concrete to ensure their safety. On the other side of Maracana, a separate entrance for VIPs is all concrete, Juan Miranda of Chile said as he sat on the wooden staircase trying to buy tickets for Wednesday’s game between Chile and Spain. He said he saw construction workers soldering the scaffolding holding up the wooden staircase Tuesday morning. “You can see that VIP ramp and it’s real good, but over here where almost ev-

eryone goes in, the entrance and exit is defective and unsafe,” said Miranda, an electrician. “There isn’t even any information about its capacity. Tomorrow there’s going to be a sea of people here so I’m going to arrive early to be safe.” Maracana has six seating sections and all but one require fans leaving the subway to cross a lengthy concrete ramp and then descend via the staircase about two flights to the ground so they can enter the stadium. When fans leave, they have to repeat the journey by getting to the ramp from the staircase.

Stadium wobbles under fan weight R

MANU’S WISH. Manu Ginobili of San Antonio hopes the core of the NBA champion team will remain for the next season.

IO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Video of a staircase most people use to get to and from Rio’s famed Maracana stadium shows the structure built atop scaffolding wobbling under the weight of fans who attended the World Cup game between Argentina and Bosnia over the weekend. Fans of various nationalities said Tuesday that they were scared it might come crashing down. The footage shot by a Brazilian photographer showed people packed on the staircase of wooden steps as it swayed, grabbing hand


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FOILED. Mexico’s Rafael Marquez, left, blocks off Brazil’s Neymar in the goalmouth during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil on (Wednesday PHL Time) June 17, 2014. Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico awaits the sequence. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) HEADER. Russia’s Sergei Ignashevich, left, and South Korea’s Lee Chung-yong (17) go for a header during the group H World Cup soccer match between Russia and South Korea.

WORLD CUP 2014: STATBOX Total Goals Scored 49 (Avg 3 goals/game) Most Goals Scored 5 - NETHERLANDS Fewest Goals Scored 0 - SIX TEAMS Top Scorer 3 - MUELLER (GER) Most Assists - BLIND (NED); CUADRADO (COL); AURIER (CIV); RODRIGUEZ (SUI) Most Goals Conceded 5 - SPAIN Fewest Goals Conceded 0 - SIX TEAMS Most Shots Fewest Shots Highest Shooting Accuracy Lowest Shooting Accuracy


Most Completed Passes Lowest Completed Passes Highest Passing Accuracy Lowest Passing Accuracy Highest Possession Lowest Possesion Total Yellow Cards Total Red Cards Most Yellow Cards Fewest Yellow Cards Most Red Cards Most Fouls Conceded 29 - URUGUAY Least Fouls Conceded 5 - SPAIN Most Fouls Won

597 - FRANCE 148 - IRAN 93.2% - ITALY 70.1% - IRAN 70.8% - FRANCE 29.2% - HONDURAS 44 (2.8/game) 3 (0.09/game) 3 - SIX TEAMS 0 - FIVE TEAMS 1 - THREE TEAMS


Korea forces 1-1 draw with Russia C

UIABA Brazil (Reuters) - Russia experienced despair then joy as Alexander Kerzhakov’s stabbed equaliser made amends for goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev’s terrible blunder in an untidy 1-1 draw with South Korea at the World Cup on Tuesday. The result left the teams in joint second place in Group H after the first round of matches behind leaders Belgium, who earlier came from behind to win 2-1 against Algeria in Belo Horizonte. Kerzhakov, the sole surviving member of Russia’s last World Cup team at the 2002 finals in Asia, scored in the 74th, three minutes after coming on, to notch his 26th international goal.

The 31-year-old swivelled and struck a shot from inside the six-yard box after fellow substitute Alan Dzagoev’s effort was parried by goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong. “I’m happy but I’m sorry at the end because we could have won the game. There was a wonderful reaction by our team after the goal we suffered,” Russia coach Fabio Capello said. “We developed a crescendo, we grew (in a way) that was important for me,” he told reporters. The South Koreans had taken the lead six minutes earlier when an awful blunder by Akinfeev handed substitute Lee Keun-ho the opening goal at the Pantanal arena.

The 2012 Asian Footballer of the Year unleashed a stinging shot from outside the box that the seasoned Akinfeev appeared to have under control but let slip from his grasp and over his shoulder into the net. Korea’s coach Hong Myung-bo said he told Lee when he sent him on that the Russians “would be tired and slowing down and he should prepare for that and be more aggressive. “I think our players really did their utmost on the pitch today. Tactically and physically each and every moment they played intelligently,” Hong told reporters. GOAL RELIEF The match was lifted from its torpor by the goal

after a chess-like first half of ebb and flow but little danger to the goalkeepers in which young South Korea striker Son Heung-min put two chances well over the bar. In the 10th minute, Yoon Suk-young hit a long high ball down the left wing and Koo Ja-cheol headed it into the middle where Son took off on a fast diagonal run into the right side of the box where he shot too high. The 21-year-old striker, a thorn in the Russian defence and voted manof-the-match, had another chance in the 39th minute when he found space in the middle but his effort from the edge of the box again sailed high over the bar.




ORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) -- He was called a hero and a savior by his Mexican teammates. His Brazilian opponents said he produced miracles. There is no doubt that Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was the one responsible for spoiling Brazil’s hopes of another World Cup victory at its home tournament. Ochoa made a series of outstanding saves to help his side hold Brazil to a thrilling 0-0 draw on Tuesday. The result left both teams with four points each after two games in Group A, but Brazil is ahead on goal difference going into their decisive final matches. Croatia and Cameroon meet on Wednesday for their second games after both opened with defeats. ‘’We can’t avoid talking about their goalkeeper,’’ Brazil striker Fred said. ‘’He came up with at least four miracles.’’ Ochoa’s first remarkable save prevented Neymar from scoring in the 26th minute. The Brazil striker’s powerful header looked set to fly just inside the post when the goalkeeper dived to his right to push the ball wide. Ochoa also made three other difficult saves to keep the hosts from breaking the deadlock - a shot by Paulinho in the 44th, a second-half effort by Neymar from inside the area and a close-range header by Thiago Silva in the 86th minute which produced a remarkable block by the Mexico goalkeeper. ‘’It was the match of my life,’’ said Ochoa, who was visibly moved after the match. ‘’To do it in a World Cup, in front of all the fans, it’s incredible.’’ Mexico captain Rafael Marquez said Ochoa was the ‘’savior’’ and coach Miguel Herrera called him the ‘’hero’’ of the match. ‘’He did what we expected him to do, he came up with extraordinary saves,’’ Herrera said.

Mexico holds Brazil to a scoreless draw

COLLISION. Mexico’s Rafael Marquez, left, collides with Brazil’s Neymar during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil on (Wednesday PHL Time) June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)


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SAVE. Mexico’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (right photo) makes a save during the Group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil. (left and middle photos) Fans like these ladies are pretty much into the World Cup fever.

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Edge Davao 7 Issue 68, June 19, 2014

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