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F the thousands of Dabawenyos allegedly swindled by Legacy Group, 958 victims have filed either money claims or complaints for estafa against the personalities behind the multi-billion peso double-your-money countrywide operation. This was learned from lawyer Javey Paul Francisco, region 11 director of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the office which received and processed the claims and complaints before forwarding them to SEC Manila. Francisco said some 900 complaints for claims for partial refund of the premiums paid by the victims but only as far as the Legacy Trust Fund can accommodate. He said the aggregate total amount of the formalized claims reached P64.1 million. These claims were forwarded to SEC Manila which in turn were forwarded to a regional trial court in Makati for inclusion in the Legacy insolvency case. Over a year ago, SEC Manila began distributing checks for claims against the trust fund for pre-need planholders, but this was stopped after the court issued an injunction. Francisco said the SEC has appealed the injunction arguing that the trust fund is set specially for the plan holders and not to pay for other obligations of the beleaguered company, in this case Legacy. As for the double your money investments, a 58 Dabawenyos filed criminal complaints against Legacy officers for selling securities without a license in violation of the Securities Code. The complainants alleged that they had invested a

P66.37 million in Legacy. Francisco said the criminal complaints are still pending in the Department of Justice for resolution. It is the DOJ, not the SEC, which should file the criminal cases in court. The other victims The 958 victims who were able to file formal claims and criminal complaints were the not victims of Legacy Group. Lawyer Israelito “Bobbet” Torreon, eastern Mindanao director of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines based in Davao City, told Edge Davao, more than 100 victims of the doubleyour-money scheme approached him for legal assistance. Torreon estimated that more than P200 million are involved in these cases. He said he had finished drafting the complaints but his clients decided to discontinue the cases because of the huge amount of filing fees involved. He said a few of the complainants opted to file claims against the trust fund of Legacy with both the SEC and Makati RTC. “I do not know what happened to those who asked assistance from other lawyers,” Torreon said. Many of the victims belonged to moneyed and influential families in Davao, including lawyers, doctors, owners of business establishments and even judges. Majority of the physicians in a private hospital were among those allegedly victimized, lured by the offer of sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and other luxury vehicles that came with the investment scheme. One source admitted to Edge Davao a big number of

the victims did not bother filing formal complaints against Legacy for fear of being ridiculed by friends and the public. Many of the victims initially enjoyed the promised returns of their investments in the double-your-money scheme, that’s why most of them were convinced to roll their money, if not increase their original amount of investment. Who were behind Legacy Celso delos Angeles, former mayor of Sto. Domingo, Albay is said to have started Legacy Consolidated Plans, Inc. in 1997. The Marikina City-born, and Ateneo de Manila University management graduate Angeles is also listed as chief executive officer, chairman of the board, incorporator and stockholder of Legacy Group, Inc. in 2003.

He had a net worth of P64,754,110.98 as of April 2008. At the time he was a member of Alabang Country Club Inc. as a company representative of Asian Trust Development Bank. He was appointed president of the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC) from Oct 2004 to July 2005. Rural banks BSP resolutions 1007 and 871, dated July 6 and August 10, 1984, respectively, placed delos Angeles in the Central Bank’s temporary watchlist. This was after three rural banks, Thrift Savings and Loan Association, Federated Thrift Bank, and Rural Bank of Calumpit, became insolvent. Depositors of the closed banks reportedly filed 28 cases of estafa against him in different courts in Bulacan, Makati, Aklan and Albay.

In 2002, delos Angeles requested BSP to take him off the watchlist, claiming that no more cases were filed against him. He submitted a letter to BSP promising that he would not anymore involve himself in any banking-related business. In January 2003, the BSP removed delos Angeles from the watchlist, with clearances from the DOJ aand the National Bureau of Investigation. The cases against him were dismissed after the witnesses failed to appear in court. In 2008, 13 banks under the Legacy Group were closed and placed under receivership or liquidation by Bangko Sentral. BSP said the banks had “insufficient assets to cover their liabilities, suffered from severe liquidity problems, and performed unsafe and unsound banking practices.” On January 5, 2009, BSP filed complaints against “16 officers, employees and agents of Legacy Group for 49 counts of falsification of public and commercial documents, plus one case each of false reporting and false statement.” On February 6, 2009, BSP filed more complaints with the DOJ against 18 officers of Legacy and four rural bank officers for “116 counts of falsification of public and commercial documents along with two counts of false statements against 18 officers, employees and agents... But the BSP did not include delos Angeles in the case until February 29, when it filed a complaint of syndicated estafa against delos Angeles and other officers of Legacy Group and affiliated companies. [AMA]

Sciences, and Tierra Green a microbial inoculant. Tests made in a number of banana plantations, del Fierro said, reduced infection by more or less 50 percent in just two months of treatment. Impressed by the findings, a banana firm has ordered a plantation-wide application of the commercially available organic product together with the newly developed technology, he said. He explained that Agrimin is a plant nutrient with disease cure and prevention benefits tested in banana, mango, pineapple, sugarcane, palm oil, rice, corn and pomelo. “Agrimin has been found doubly effective if integrated with Tierra Green which provides beneficial microorganisms that continuously established in the soil hosting the casual pathogen,” del Fierro claimed. The management of a palm plantation in Agusan

has also invited the scientist to conduct trials of the protocol on ganoderma disease infesting oil palm. The group is also willing to demonstrate the technology to top executives of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) and officials of banana companies now being ravaged by fusarium wilt. Del Fierro’s team and some banana firm representatives are slated to meet with Department of Agriculture in Region headed by regional director Oscar Parawan on Monday to discuss the new technology and how it could be availed of by small banana plantations with the help of the DA. Earlier, Parawan organized a task force that will work on implementation of quarantine measures and information drive. The task force is a composite team from national and local government as

well as from the private sector particularly PBGEA and MBGEA (Mindanao Banana Growers and Exporters Association), he said. The Panama disease is usually spread through eight different ways --by root to root contact, farm workers, stray animals, soil pests, plant parasite nematodes, improperly disinfected farm tools and equipment and infected soil movement caused by flood, shoes, boots. The dreaded banana disease is controlled through early detection and immediate eradication, farm sanitation and injected site quarantine, injection of glyphosate (herbicide) of infected plant or by killing of infected plants, chopping and burning of all infected plant tissues, cleaning and squaring off or fallowing of infected area, strict enforcement of tool and farm equipment disinfection, installation of foot and wheel baths in all entry and

exit ways of infected farms and plantations and planting of disease-free tissue culture seedlings and planting materials. Del Fierro bared that his company’s team of researchers considered the six fundamental principles of disease management in conducting trials on how to control the Panama disease in various controled infected areas. They are the principles of exclusion, eradication, protection, resistance, therapy and avoidance. He said the protocol experimented by the team did way with the practice of chopping or removal of slight or early stage/ symptom infected plants and followers. There was likewise no burning of infected plants until the infected plant die and dried. The team did not inject Glyphosate but instead applied cure and prevention treatments with Agrimin and Tierra Green. They also con-

Celso delos Angeles

It figures 7 billion

ESTIMATED population of the world by October 31, 2011, with average life expectancy soaring to 68 and infant mortality dropping to 46 per 1,000, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). UNFPA said the average number of children in a family has gone down by more than one half at 2.5.

2 percent

DROP in the number of vehicles sold by members of the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (Avid) in the first nine months of 2011, from 18,400 units in 2010 to 18,090 units this year.

$1.86 billion

WORTH of loans to be extended by the Asian Development Bank to the Philippine government in the next three years, according to the bank’s latest Country Operations Business Plan (COBP) in the Philippines. The ADB will extend $620 million annually to the country in the form of loans. It will also extend technical assistance under its nonlending program worth $21.6 million during the three-year COBP.


NUMBER of teenage girls who got married in 2010, according to the National Statistics Office. This represented 13 percent of 482,480 marriages that occurred last year. The NSO, however, noted that the teenage girls who got married in 2009 totaled 64,946, or a little more than last year. The number of teenage brides were more than four times the number of teenage grooms, the NSO said. (Figures in this section have been culled from past issues of Edge Davao and other local and national publications. -The Editors)

Panama disease solution discovered? P

LANT pathologists, crop researchers and plantation managers are agog over the reported discovery of a way to check the dreaded Panama disease (fusarium wilt) currently wreaking havoc in cavendish banana plantations in Davao and close to 10 other provinces in Mindanao. Robert T. Del Fierro, president of Delfi Agriventures Corporation, a company engaged in the distribution of organic and environmentfriendly agri-chemical products, said a plant scientist on his team has developed a technology proven to be effective for both curing and preventing Panama disease. This is done by using a new protocol in the treatment of plants and soil in banana plantations that are fusarium wilt-infested and by applying Agrimin, a clay mineral extract developed by the Japan National Institute for Agro-Environmental

ducted disease prevention and maintenance spray once a month. The team also fence the quarantined area. Del Fierro said that as a result of not chopping down plants during the early stage of infection, 12 to 18 percent of the plants were saved for production. There was also reduction of disinfectant solution application. Since no the new treatment does not use synthetic pesticide to eradicate the disease, workers involved in treating the disease are safe from exposure to toxic materials. “The system has also been found to have higher efficiency in treating infected plants,” he said, adding that new system of eradicating the disease is definitely cheaper than the conventional practices. “The trials also proved that in the areas subjected to the new technology, no disease recurred,” del Fierro said. [AMA]

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Camella Northpoint rolls out studio madness promo C

amella met the headlong rush of homebuyers availing of its studio madness promo offering Camella Northpoint’s studio units at very low rates and easy terms plus freebies last Saturday, October 29. “The studio madness promo is designed to make Camella Northpoint more accessible to homebuyers who have always wanted to make this premiere address their own,” said Anna Mae Dela Pena, Camella Davao Marketing Head. Homebuyers were given outright discounts of P20,000 for a studio unit and P60,000 for tandem studio units, as well as a low reservation fee of P15,000.  Down payment has been lowered to 15%

with an extended term of 18 months.  These makes studio units available at an affordable P13,511 per month or only P450 per day. To sweeten the deal, studio unit buyers were given a chance to win a house and lot, car, Asian cruise and cash prizes. Plus, they can choose from four interior designs that take out the guesswork on how to make their studio unit functional and livable, potentially saving them up to P50,000 on professional interior design services. These designs were specially developed for Camella Northpoint studio units by two of Manila’s renown interior designers, Michael Pizzaro of Michael Pizarro Interior Designs and Katrina Jacinto of 8Three

One Interiors. Camella can link unit owners with these designers should they wish to hire them to implement the design on their studio units. With the studio madness promo, Camella Northpoint is now more accessible than ever to a wide spectrum of homebuyers.  Its unique living proposition of serene, nature-filled living within the heart of north Davao’s bustling growth area is attracting more people who want to call this landmark condo development and the city’s newest premier address their own. Young professionals will find studio living in Camella Northpoint ideal for their lifestyle.  Its location near office buildings

and modern workplaces makes it convenient for them to come and go. Its proximity to all modern conveniences and daily essentials makes life easier for these busy business people.  Moreover, owning a Camella Northpoint studio unit reflects their career success. Parents from out of town will never go wrong choosing a Camella Northpoint studio unit for their children studying in Davao.  The condo community’s tranquil and refreshing ambiance is not only conducive for students to focus on their studies, its 24/7 security also makes it a safe haven for young people. It is also a short ride or drive to the city’s most reputable schools.


The economy


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Cebu Pacific Daily 5J961 / 5J962 Zest Air Daily Z2390 / Z2390 Cebu Pacific Daily 5J593 / 5J348 Philippine Airlines Daily PR809 / PR810 Philippine Airlines Daily PR819 / PR820 Cebu Pacific Daily 5J394 / 5J393 Cebu Pacific Daily 5J599 / 5J594 Cebu Pacific Daily 5J347 / 5J596 Cebu Pacific Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri/Sun 5J963 / 5J964 Philippine Airlines Daily PR811 / PR812 Cebu Pacific Daily 5J595 / 5J966 Silk Air Mon/Wed/Sat MI588 / MI588 Cebu Pacific Thu 5J965 / 5J968 Cebu Pacific Tue/Wed//Sat 5J965 / 5J968



1. GNP Growth Rate (At Constant 1985 Prices)

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2. GDP Growth Rate (At Constant 1985 Prices)

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USD 4,128 million Jun 2011

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Davao City families spend more money on food, housing rental F

By Greg G. Deligero

amilies in Davao City, the least poor city in the Davao region, spend more money on food and house rental than on 4. Imports 1/ USD 4,503 million any other household expenditure for personal Jun 2011 consumption, according to disegregated data on the Family Income and Expenditure Sur5. Trade Balance USD -376 million vey (FIES) recently released by the Regional Jun 2011 Statistical Coordination Committee of the Regional Development Council 11. 6. Balance of Payments 2/ USD 222 million The committee has requested the NaJun 2011 tional Statistics Office (NSO) for the special tabulation of FIES in Davao City which had 7. Broad Money Liabilities P4,423,849 million always been lumped as part of Davao del Jun 2011 Sur in the Philippine Statistical System. FIES is the main source of income and 8. Interest Rate 4/ 4.48% expenditure data in the Philippines. It is a Apr 2011 nationwide survey of households conducted regularly by the NSO to gather data on family income and family living expenditure and 9. National Government P100,139 million related information affecting income and Revenues Jun 2011 expenditure levels and patterns; determine the sources of income and income distribu10. National government P 4,777 billion tion, levels of living and spending patterns, outstanding debt May 2010 and the degree of inequality among families; provide benchmark information to up11. Peso per US $ 5/ P 42.81 date weights in the estimation of consumer Jul 2011 price index (CPI); and provide inputs in the estimation of the country’s poverty thresh12. Stocks Composite Index 6/ 4,503.6 old and incidence. Jul 2011 The data are vital to planning in the evaluation of economic development and 13. Consumer Price Index 126.4 formulation of welfare-oriented policies. 2006=100 Jul 2011 Expenditures According to the disaggregated data, 14. Headline Inflation Rate 4.6 food comprised 44.5% of the total family expenditures Davao City. The average an2000=100 Jul 2011 nual family expenditure in the city is P179, 099 or P155, 492 for the families in the 15. Core Inflation Rate 3.7 lower class and P202, 706 for the families 2000=100 Jul 2011 in the upper class. Family expenditures refer to the ex16. Visitor Arrivals 317,443 penses or disbursements made by the famApr 2011 ily purely for personal consumption. They exclude all expenses in relation to farm or 17. Underemployment Rate /7 19.4% business operation, investment ventures, Apr 2011 purchase of real property and other disbursements which do not involve personal 18. Unemployment Rate /7 7.2 % consumption. Apr 2011 Food expenditure includes the food consumed at home and regularly consumed outMONTHLY AVERAGE EXCHANGE RATE side the home by the family members. Food (January 2009 - January 2011) consumption covers only the actual consumption of the family, its household helpers as well as persons employed by the family to do Month 2011 2010 2009 odd jobs around the house, and family guests. House rental 45.11 47.637 Average Next to food is house rental which December 43.95 46.421 corners 14.1% of the family expenditures,

November October September August July June May April March

Silk Air Thu/Sun MI566 / MI566 18:55 Davao-Singapore Cebu Pacific Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri 5J507 / 5J598 15:00 Cebu-Davao-Cebu Philippine Airlines August 15:55 Mani2Mani 16:50 Zest Air Daily Z2524 / Z2525 16:05 Cebu-Davao-Cebu Cebu Pacific Daily 5J967 / 5J600 16:35 Manila-Davao-Cebu Philippines Airlines Daily PR813 / PR814 16:55 Manila-Davao-Manila Cebu Pacific Mon/Tue/Thu/Sat 5J215 / 5J216 18:00 Cagayan de Oro-Davao-Cagayan de Oro Cebu Pacific Daily 5971 / 5J970 18:40 Manila-Davao-Manila Cebu Pacific Tue/Sat/Sun 5J973 / 5J974 20:00 Manila-Davao-Manila Cebu Pacific Daily 5J969 / 5J972 20:30 Manila-Davao-Manila Airphil Express Daily 2P987 / 2P988 20:30 Manila-Davao-Manila Philippine Airlines Daily except Sunday PR821 / PR822 21:20 Manila-Davao-Manila Philippine Airlines Sunday PR821 / PR822 22:20 Manila-Davao-Manila

followed by transport and communication with 8.5% and fuel light and water with 6.8%. Davao City families spend more money for personal care and effects which corners 3.6% than educational fees with 3.3% and medical care with 2.5%. Clothing , footwear and other wear comprise 2.4% followed by durable furniture and equipment and special family occasion both at 2.3%, and gifts and contribution with 1.1%. Families in Davao City have the same amount of spending for alcoholic beverages, tobacco and taxes with 0.9% each. While house rental corners sizeable portion of the family expenditures, house maintenance and repairs is the third lowest subject of expenditure with only 0.6% followed by recreation with 0.4% and nondurable furnishings with 0.2%. Family income In terms of family income, families in Davao City earn an average annual income of P215, 738 or P183, 244 for the families in the lower class and P248, 231 for the families in the upper class. Family income includes primary income and receipts from other sources received by all family members as participants in any economic activity or as recipients of transfers, pensions and grants 

Following the International Labor Organization concept of income, the FIES excludes profits from the sale of stocks and bonds, back pay and proceeds from insurance, net winnings from gambling, sweepstakes and lotteries and inheritance as part of family income. Salaries and wages comprise 58.5% of the income of families in Davao City. Salaries and wages from employment include all forms of compensation whether in cash or in kind received by family members who are regular or occasional/seasonal workers in agricultural and non-agricultural industries. Entrepreneurial activities corners 20.9% of the income. These include crop farming and gardening, livestock and poultry raising, fishing, wholesale and retail, manufacturing, transport and communication and construction. Other sources The remaining sources of income are lumped as income from other sources which include imputed rental values of owneroccupied dwelling units, interests, rentals including landowner’s share of agricultural products, pensions, support and the value of food and non-food items received as gifts by the family as well as the imputed value of services rendered free of charge to the family. If the average annual family income is computed against the average family expenditures, families in Davao City posted an average surplus of P36, 636. The surplus among families in the lower class totaled P27, 752 while among families in the upper class have a surplus of P45, 525. Least poor Davao City is the least poor city in the Davao region, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). The poverty incidence in Davao City is put at only 14.87 followed by Tagum City, with 15.42, Digos City, with 18.22, Panabo, with 22.74, Mati, with 32.14 and Igacos, with 44.48, the highest among the cities. Poverty incidence is proportion of families/population whose annual per capita income falls below the annual per capita poverty threshold to the total number of families/population while the poverty threshold is the annual per capita income required or the amount to be spent to satisfy nutritional requirements (2,000 Kcal) and other basic needs. The annual per capita income in Davao City is P8, 629 obtained by dividing the total family income by the average of five members per family.


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PhilMech studies strategy for non-functioning dryers D epartment of Agriculture’s Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) is looking into interventions for non-functioning flatbed dryers (FBDs) nationwide so these units can be tapped to help minimize crop losses. “We’re evaluating the FBD to identify proper interventions for each,” PhilMech deputy executive director Arnel Ramir Apaga said Friday on the side of a briefing in Metro Manila. He said such interventions can include either financial or technical assistance for work needed on the FBDs. “If farmers groups given the FBDs merely left these lying idle, we can re-

locate the units where needed,” he also said. Apaga said DA-PhilMech promoted the use of FBDs since they were the most adaptable to needs of local farmers. Aside from being simple to construct and operate, FBDs require low maintenance and operating cost, dry dripping wet palay to the required 14 percent moisture content in 10 to 12 hours, can be disassembled and re-assembled where and when needed and can accommodate different varieties of a crop. “FBDs are also multicommodity dryers,” he said, citing rice, corn, cassava and even seaweeds as among produce which the facilities can dry. DA-PhilMech distrib-

uted a total of 2,189 FBDs nationwide from 2007 to 2010, so farmers’ cooperatives and irrigators’ associations can have facilities for drying respective crops even during rainy weather. The agency distributed such FBDs in Cordillera Administrative Region as well as regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A, 4-B, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Nearly 94 percent of FBDs distributed are functioning, PhilMech said. DA-PhilMech credited this to efforts of FBD recipients concerned on maintaining the dryers. Various problems plague the non-functioning FBDs such as missing or stolen components.[PNA]

ippine rice varieties, showed that traits of Golden Rice could be transferred to PSB Rc82 and NSIC Rc128 in lesser time and with minimal resources through the use of DNA markers in combination with traditional breeding. Golden Rice accumulates beta carotene, a source of vitamin A, in the grains. Dr. Antonio A. Alfonso, project leader and the paper’s main author, said DNA markers are small segments of DNA used in tagging or marking certain genes or regions of the chromosomes. In their study, Alfonso said the use of DNA markers helped his team in verifying

whether the varieties being improved had successfully acquired the beta carotene as result of traditional breeding. Alfonso, also director of the PhilRice-based DA-Crop Biotechnology Center, said the technique helped them in assuring that the agronomic traits, pest resistance and grain quality of the original varieties are retained. Selected local varieties are being improved to contain beta carotene to help reduce the about 190 million children and 19 million pregnant women suffering from vitamin A deficiency in the world.

Landbank loans hit P7.38 B PhilRice wins research award in priority sectors in region


he research conducted by of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) on Golden Rice, a type of variety of rice that can help reduce vitamin A deficiency in the country, has won the Agriculture and Fishery Modernization Act Best R&D Paper (Gold Award) in the basic research category during the recent 23rd National Research Symposium organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA)-Bureau of Agricultural Research. The research, markeraided transfer of beta-carotene biosynthetic genes (Golden Rice I) into two Phil-


he Land Bank of the Philippines’ total loans to its priority sectors in Region 11 reached P7.38 billion as of September 30, 2011. Of the P7.38 billion, 25 percent or P1.83 billion went to farmers and fisherfolk cooperatives, irrigators’ associations, farmers’ organizations and rural banks, benefiting 24,071 newly-assisted farmers and fisherfolk. The priority sectors of Landbank include small farmers and fisherfolk cooperatives, microenterprises and SMEs, livelihood, agribusiness, agri-infrastructure projects of local government units, agri- and environmentrelated projects, socialized

housing, schools and hospitals. The top five cooperative borrowers in Southern Mindanao are the USPD Multi-Purpose Cooperative in San Jose, Digos City; Hijo Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (HARBCO) in Tagum; Hijo Employees Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative (HEARBCO) I in Tagum; SCI Development Cooperative in Tandag; and Bansalan Cooperative Society in Bansalan, Davao del Sur. Meanwhile, total loans to SMEs in the region reached P559 million. Loans to countryside financial institutions was recorded at P604 million

while loans to LGUs grew to P4.82 billion from P4.7 billion of the same period last year. Landbank also released P331 million for palay production as of end-September 2011 through cooperatives, irrigators’ associations, farmers’ organizations, and rice millers. “Our sustained efforts to deliver credit assistance to our development partners particularly the small farmers and fisherfolk cooperatives, micro enterprises and SMEs in Region 11 is in line with Landbank’s overall commitment to promote growth in the countryside”, said Region 11 head and vice president Camilo C. Leyba.

they are complying. Pedroso was keynote speaker during the recent Cebu Going Organic Conference. He was also tasked by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala to deliver a speech at the conference. Alcala, in his speech read by Pedroso, said the NOAB will also spearhead an intensified campaign to educate farmers and consumers on the benefits of organic farming. He said there are efforts to secure funding for the expansion of organic farms in the country. For 2011, Alcala said the department has set aside P900 million for policy formulation and accreditation, research and development, promotion

of organic farming and organic inputs like fertilizer and other programs that would improve the prospect of delivery of goods to farmers and stakeholders. He said the Plant Congress scheduled in Manila next month should help them in

their mandate, as global and local updates on organic agriculture will be discussed. ”It includes a five-year roadmap for organic agriculture in the country which he believes will help them” achieve the objectives” of RA 10068.

Switch to organic way, farmers urged


he newly-organized National Organic Agricultural Board (NOAB) is determined to help small farmers switch from regular farming methods to organic. Rey Ramos Pedroso, a member of the NOAB, admitted that most farmers are hesitant, and often worry about capital before considering the switch to organic farming methods. The NOAB, he said, was formed after Republic 10068 or the Philippine National Standards on Organic Agriculture Act, was enacted into law. NOAB’s mandate is to form policies pertaining to organic farming standers, implement these standards and monitor farms to make sure


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Council top performers are Braga, Duterte, et al C

ouncilor Pilar C. Braga is one of the top performers of the Davao City Sangguniang Panlungsod. Based on the Semi-Annual Performance Report of the 16th Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) covering the period of January to June 2011, Braga was the top performer in terms of council session attendance, committee and public hearings conducted, resolutions and ordinances sponsored and passed. Prepared by the SP secretariat, the report cited the council’s committee on energy, transportation and communication chaired by Braga as the top standing committee with an output of 52 resolutions, and one ordinance within the first six months of 2011. Braga attended 24 out of 25 council sessions, had one special privilege leave and a total of 27 privileged speeches. In terms of sponsored resolutions, Braga is among the top five with 132 sponsored resolutions and ordinances. The others in the top five are councilors Paolo Duterte with 192, Apostol (157). Ibuyan (100) and Abellera (92). Braga had the most



number of committee hearings conducted with 18 covering 114 items under the committee on energy, transportation and communication. Following Braga are councilors Cabling with 17 committee hearings, Galicia (14), Al-ag (11) and Louie John Bonguyan (9). Braga again leads other councilors 35 sponsored ordinances. Her work within the same period resulted in 346 co-sponsored resolutions, 2 co-sponsored ordinances, 94 proposed resolutions and 35 proposed ordinances. Braga is credited with having authored and passed during the first six months of 2011 the ordinance that required driv-

ers of PUVs in the City of Davao to secure an official ID issued by the city government (Ordinance No. 071-11) Braga headsing the Traffic Code Team which is working on the formulation and drafting of the Traffic Ordinance of Davao City, a landmark legislation that Braga bequeaths to her constituents before her term as councilor ends in 2013. Aside from being chair of the committee on energy, transportation and communication, Braga is also vicechair of the committees on appointments & govt. reorganization; education, science & technology, arts & culture; and health and as member of 10 other committees in the Council.

ness establishment covering certain portions of the canal. Dayanghirang said he has asked the owners to put a manhole on the cover for easy cleaning up of the canal by maintenance crews. Over in Barangay Datu Luho in Ma-a a taxi company has covered the canal which was primarily intended to relieve flooding in the area. Construction developments also contribute to clogged drainage with their debris ending up in canals and waterways. Dayanghirang wants the city engineer’s office to cancel drainage permits if there are violations, or else the CEO can call attention of these developers.  However, he admits that the CEO lacks

the manpower to cover all business establishments in the city. “Kelangan, massive effort ng city na imonitor ang compliance sa drainage plan “(massive effort by the city is needed to monitor businesses compliance with their drainage plans) Dayanghirang said, adding that flooding in the city can be mitigated by appropriate engineering interventions and community support in the form of adhering to the provisions of the Solid Waste Management Act which prohibits dumping of wastes in waterways and canals and also by helping in the drainage clean-up drive thru the Food- for- Work program. [PIA11/RG Alama]

ative, team players, supportive and committed” for DILG 11 to surpass previous accomplishments. “These values will define the true meaning of ‘catalysts” and being catalysts will denote excellence in local governance,” he stated in his message during the turn-over rites. As one of his initial endeavors in his new place of assignment, Jose will be holding a series of consultations with key officials of the region in the succeeding days, as well as meetings with various members of the DILG family.                             

This is the first time for Jose to be back after more than nine years of being away from the region. Jose is a Career Service Officer, who has spent his many years in public service.  He has provided leadership in his various assignments as assistant regional director and regional director of DILG.  As a career officer, Jose notched his milestones in the government service through various trainings, study grants and seminars, local and international.

City to strictly monitor drainage of biz firms T

he city government will be strictly monitoring business establishments on the implementation of their drainage plan as filled-up canals and drainages have been pointed as among the aggravating factors of floods that have hit the urban areas of the city. Danilo Dayanghirang, consultant to the city mayor on special concerns said that clogged canals and drains are a common problem, particularly in the city’s first district, which covers a large swathe of Davao City’s major urban center. The former city councilor cited the problem of a clogged drainage canal along Dakudao Avenue which he said was a result of a busi-

DILG has new reg’l director


ersonnel of the Department of Interior and Local Government in the Davao region welcomed on Tuesday Francisco C. Jose as the agency’s new regional director. In a turn-over ceremony at the DILG regional office, Jose accepted the region’s responsibility and authority from outgoing regional director Ananias M. Villacorta who has been assigned to DILG 7. Quoting from John Maxwell’s thoughts on leadership, Jose urged the DILG employees to be “adaptable, collabor-

GUESTS. Department of Tourism regional director Art Boncato and city government consultant Danilo Dayahirang guested during the Kapihan sa Davao regular media forum last week at SM City Davao. Boncato bares plans of taking advantage of the repackaging of the BIMP-EAGA concept an entire growth area to other potential markets like Japan, Australia and the United States while Dayanghirang discusses the city government’s plan to strictly monitor business establishments on the implementation of their drainage plan. [TOMAS AVANCEÑA]

Solons urge government to invest in solar power L

awmakers are urging the government to invest in solar power to promote energy stability and attain energy independence from oil companies and traditional energy sources. Rep. Teodoro Casiño (Party-list, Bayan Muna), principal author of House Bill 5405, said the objectives of the bill are to mitigate global warming and air pollution and encourage industry growth that will lead to more jobs and lower electricity bills. “In an era of increasingly high prices and foreseeable decline of the global oil supply, government should at the soonest develop fuel alternatives and accelerate the exploration and utilization of renewable sources of energy,” Casiño said. Casiño said Congress enacted Republic Act 9513 or the Renewable Energy

Act in 2008 to encourage investments in renewable energy. “To complement this measure, it is also necessary to encourage demand and provide incentives especially to purchasers of small renewable energy systems,” Casiño added. Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan (Party-list, Gabriela), another author of the measure said the Philippines will greatly benefit from using renewable sources of energy because of its clean and sustainable character. Ilagan said solar technology can be an immediate and sustainable way to deal with the country’s energy problems, especially with the abundance of solar energy throughout the country and the modular nature of solar energy systems. “Besides the country being the second in Southeast Asia in terms of irradiation

and insolation, we already have the foundation to become a renewable energy leader in the region owing to the strong semi-conductor industry and the manpower base serving in the manufacturing and service sectors, especially the installers’ subsector,” Ilagan said. Rep. Raymond Palatino (Party-list, Kabataan), one of the authors of the bill, said the measure provides for incentives and financing facilities to encourage the use of solar energy by ordinary electricity consumers like residences, offices and small and medium business establishments. “It is hoped that through this, the demand for clean solar energy, as well as the opportunities for local manufacturing and related solar energy products and services will increase,” Palatino said.

DBM cites poverty alleviation measures in 2012 nat’l budget


overty reduction remains central for better governance as manifested in the 2012 National Budget. Speaking in behalf of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad during the Economic Briefing held Friday (Oct 21) in Davao City , DBM Region 11 director Achilles Bravo reported how the present administration puts enough weight on poverty reduction in the appropriation of the national budget. He reported that the Social Services sector gets the bulk of the total budget with about P575.8 billion. This has increased more than 10 percent as compared to the previous year’s budgetary allocation. About three million households are set to benefit from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) as this remains a priority poverty alleviation program of the Aquino administration.

To safeguard the credibility of choosing 4Ps beneficiaries, the administration set up a National Household Targeting System (NHTS), a tool that would accurately identify the real poor. This increases the precision of targeting the poor. The DBM also reported that P17.4 billion as proposed is targeted for the construction of over 41,000 new classrooms, 25,667 water and sanitation facilities, and 2.5 million new school chairs. DBM also highlighted

the Public-Private Partnerships to be utilized to implement social services. Projects include construction of school buildings, health centers and government infrastructures. Of the P182.2 billion allocated for the infrastructure investment program, P22.1 billion is set for the entry of private capital in critical infrastructure and other projects in support of the PPP program. [PIA11/ Mai Gevera-Macapagat]

BizQUIPS ‘CHINA is the next growth area for us. We already serve northern and southern Chinsa with our current routes, but additional connectivity between our two countries will only benefit tourism and trade.’ --Cebu Pacific vice president for marketing and distribution Candice Iyog

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Tampakan project will bring employment, address poverty, says labor head for Sarangani, Gen San


epartment of Labor and Employment (DOLE) head for Sarangani province and General Santos City Atty. Patricio Blanza said yesterday that they need the proposed Tampakan mining project to address unemployment and help fight poverty in Region 12. “The Tampakan mining project will be a big help in generating more employment opportunities and people need income to help themselves” Blanza said. Blanza also said that the labor department will make sure that the Tampakan project prioritizes local employment in their hiring process. He also said that they are preparing in terms of local skills

development. “The Aquino administration identified unemployment as a pillar to offset poverty and we have been mandated to solve unemployment”, Blanza said. “We all should know that employment will be the key to solve poverty in the region”, Blanza said. According to the 2011 1st quarter report released by the regional office of the National Statistical Coordination Board, provinces in region 12, posted very high poverty incidence levels with Sarangani at 40.7%, Sultan Kudarat at 35.2%, and South Cotabato with 23.6%. The report also showed that

South Cotabato has the most number of poor families with a total of 78,304 families, comprising 34.8% of the total poor families in Region 12. According to Blanza, “when investors come in, employment opportunities follow”. Blanza said he is hoping that the issues surrounding the Tampakan project are resolved soon to pave way for its operation. “It will be good for the labor sector”, he said. “The environment department must assess and ensure that all environmental measures and safety regulations are in place to make the Tampakan project work” Blanza said.


outh Cotabato Elvira Rafael said yesterday that the real property tax (RPT) of Tampakan-based Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) is big boost to the revenues of the province and the host municipality. “The major income of the province is the RPT so it is a big help that we have SMI in Tampakan aside from other corporate payers in South Cotabato”, Rafael said. SMI was recently cited by the municipality of Tampakan and the province of South Cotabato as top corporate taxpayer for 2008 to 2010. According to Rafael, the South Cotabato province gets 35% from the RPT of SMI, while Tampakan

gets 40%, and the host barangay where the actual facility is gets 25%. Rafael noted that, with the growing list of delinquent tax payers, corporation such as SMI which pays its taxes in advance are really boosting their revenue collection efforts. “We give 20% discount if a company pays its taxes a year early and then a 10% discount if they pay per quarter”, Rafael said. Rafael also expressed optimism on the future of the province in terms of revenue generation and collections as she sees more activities by corporations based in South Cotabato. “For SMI in particular, we see

the company as a major contributor once it starts operation especially when the mineral taxes start to come in”, Rafael said. Rafael noted that projected production potential of the Tampakan mining project will mean more income for the province. Last year, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Region 12 office announced that they are committed to Malacañang’s call of improving the economy without new taxes. BIR Region 12 office said they are stepping up their revenue collection drive by recognizing good tax payers while going after the delinquents. The BIR Region 12 office has also awarded SMI in 2008 and 2009 as top corporate tax payer.


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You can be a lifestyle entrepreneur

Are you burned out? Discontented with your current work? Tired of being an employee? Sick of having very little time (and money!) to spend with family, friends and yourself? If your answer is yes to any of these questions and desperately want to do something about it, then you could be a lifestyle entrepreneur. An entrepreneur, as most people know, is somebody who has chosen to take the path of being his or her own boss and engaged in a micro, small or medium enterprise as one’s main means of livelihood. What distinguishes an entrepreneur from a lifestyle entrepreneur is that the latter’s main motivation is the lifestyle that comes with being independent from the employment grind, and not the level of income or financial rewards that may or may not come with owning a business. Nowadays, there are so many outside stimuli that have influenced people on what it means to have a life. This means going beyond the stressful officehousework schedule and having enough time to stop and smell the roses. Travel, leisure activities, watching the children grow, working from home, pursuing a hobby that brings contentment and peace - these have now become part and parcel of a routine that is defined as ideal. They have also been among the main motivations why more and more people choose to be lifestyle entrepreneurs. In selecting a business, most lifestyle entrepreneurs select a field that reflects their competencies and interests. While most of them are mid-career professionals who may have a small amount set aside for the future, these fields usually require minimal start-up capital and fueled by the entrepreneur’s drive and passion. I have a friend in his mid-thirties who was an upper middle manager in one of the biggest advertising firms in the country. He was making more than enough to subsidize life in a middle class neighborhood in Manila, and travelled constantly within and

outside the Philippines for work. It was exciting when he was in his twenties, he told me, but after the birth of his daughter, my friend told me that the satisfaction he felt with every successful pitch suddenly paled in comparison to the happiness he felt when he was home. With the support of his stay-at-home wife, my friend turned his back on his lucrative but backbreaking advertising career and started a small bakeshop and advertising consultation business. The money, he admits, is a far cry from his old income. In order to increase their savings, he sold his two-bedroom condominium in Ortigas and transferred to a house in Rizal. “At the start, I made just enough for my family’s needs”, he shares, “and it took some adjustments on all of us. But that little thing is nothing compared to the fact that when I woke up, I would smile because I know I didn’t have to sit through another meeting or travel and be gone for two weeks. My daughter’s asthma cleared up because of the fresher air in Rizal. The work I have to do now is the same as before, but the big difference is that I work from home. My family is happy, and I am happy. And that is more important to me than a six-figure salary. I am living the life I want now, and I’m glad that I did not wait for my retirement to enjoy my life and my family.” To some, being a lifestyle entrepreneur might be a luxury that can only be indulged in by successful mid-lifers. But I beg to disagree. If you have gone beyond mere survival (that is, successfully struggled beyond earning just enough for basic food, shelter and clothing) and find yourself always asking if you could start pursuing a higher purpose in life that gives you true satisfaction, look inward and ask yourself if you can make being a lifestyle entrepreneur work for you - the same way taking the plunge has worked beautifully for me. Feel free to send your comments to nic_agustin@


‘THE United States showed it can help rally an international campaign to protct Libyans and rid the world of a killer without a single US troop dying.’ --US President Barack Obama on the killing of Libyan strongman Moammar Ghadafi



7 billion

S of Oct. 26, 2011, the world population stood at 6,986,951,000, according to the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA). Among the worrisome data in a report made available by UNFPA to media persons in Manila is that the Philippines, tiny as it is, is among the world’s most populous nations—ranking 12th with 94.9 million inhabitants. One news account said that almost 50 percent of the Philippines’ population are now congested in the urban centers, as more people leave the rural areas “to find better opportunities and escape violence and natural disasters.” While globally the average number of children a woman is expected to have in her child-bearing years has dropped from six to 2.5, six has reportedly remained the average number of children of Filipino women. It is said that Filipino women only desire to have an average of four kids. Will this problem be addressed by the proposed Reproductive Health Bill still hanging fire in the House and the Senate? Is this considered a problem by most Filipinos to begin with? On the macro level, however, experts are agog over the growing imbalance in the gender ratio of the world’s population-- there are many

more men than women. In India and Vietnam, there are 112 boys for every 100 girls. In China the figure is 120 to 100, and in some places worse. The problem was brought about by the preference of some nations for sons over daughters. The widespread use of ultrasound has enabled couples to determine the sex of their babies, leading to a decision to abort them, openly allowed in many populous countries like India. What’s wrong with having more males than females? Some forecasts say that the effects of this kind of imbalance can be as devastating as climate change. They said that sexual predation and violence will worsen in male-surplus societies. “Historically, societies in which men substantially outnumber women are not nice places to live in,” writer Mara Hvistendahl said, adding “often they are unstable. Sometimes they are violent.” The fears expressed by Hvistendahl are not entirely unfounded. It is said that polyandry, in which a woman has two or more husbands at a time, is one of the possible effects. The UNFPA report and commentators are silent on whether the evident rise in the population of male gays would have any bearing on this situatition.

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On a hero’s burial for the late Ferdinand Marcos Dogs have been buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Why not Marcos? He too, is a hero,” Imelda said. ‘The persecution of all the Marcoses, living and dead, continues, from the time of the first Aquino as the revolutionary president, up to the present.’ “The decision about Ferdinand’s burial is not a political decision. It cannot and should not depend on the surveys, or on any so-called Solomonic approach,” “President Noynoy Aquino told the Associated Press that the honorable burial of President Ferdinance Marcos will never happen under his watch, not while he is president. “That made it clear that President Marcos would not get the honorable burial he rightfully deserves no matter what Vice president Binay’s survey shows.”

“We thank President Aquino for his decision to put closure to the issue. A hero’s burial for the former dictator is an insult to the thousands of martial law victims. “For the victims of martial law, dangling the possibility that the mastermind behind the violation of their human rights be given a hero’s burial is a tragedy and a comedy rolled into one. “The truth is that there were 3,257 victims of extra-judicial killings, 35,000 tortured, and 70,000 incarcerated under Marcos’ brutal dictatorship. Those facts contradict any gesture to declare Marcos a hero.” Former Akbayan partylist representative Rissa Hontiveros

All out foolishness AFTER 19 Philippine Army Special Forces members were murdered and a number of their comrades wounded a couple of weeks back in Al-Barka, Basilan in an ambush by elements of the Moro Islamic Libertion Front (MILF), there were strident calls from horrified citizens of this republic for the government to launch an all out war against the MILF. The MILF leadership has claimed that the government soldiers attacked the MILF camp in what the secessionist group described as its “area of temporary stay” (ATS). Which was a brazen lie, of course. The government troops were there to arrest or capture a renegade MILF member who was among those who was involved in the beheading of 14 Philippine Marines in another ambush-months earlier. President Aquino right away rejected the calls for all out war and replaced it

with his own call for “all out justice”—whatever that means. No sooner had he made his call than the military launched an air and ground assault a rebel stronghold in Zamboanga Sibugay and occupied the camp where bloodstains and fifteen freshly dug graves were mute testimony to what the lawless elements had suffered. The Philippine Army called the attack a victory, albeit a hollow one because it will not end nor solve the four-decade problem of the Moro secessionist movement. It merely underscored the government’s penchant

for launching “all out war against” anything it considers as standing in the way of the endless search for a Utopian republic. Hence, the launching from time to time of “all out war” against corruption, poverty, drug trafficking, all sorts of criminality, environmental degradation, illegal logging, illegal fishing, human trafficking, prostitution, illegal gambling, tax evasion, smuggling, pollution, illiteracy, abortion, women and child abuse, traffic violations, SARS, dengue, malaria, sexually transmitted diseases, smoking in public conveyances, side-

walk vendors, illegal possession of firearms and improvised explosive devices (IED), you name it, this country has it! Yeah, this country is famous for its all out wars that it never wins. Going back to AlBarka and Zamboanga Sibugay and all those other rebel enclaves, past and present, populated by heavily armed and trigger-happy elements, I thought all along that this country is under one flag, sings one national anthem, has one national government. But the way things have been going, I’m having second thoughts. I’m confused. So are many of my countrymen. And our President’s ill-advised and ill-timed pronouncements are adding to that confusion. And our Supreme Court is not of much help either with its flip-flopping ways. God help this republic which refuses to help itself.

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War is not the path to peace

Commentary Rep. Pangalianan M. Balindong (2nd dist. Lanao del Sur)


he slaying of 19 soldiers by alleged rebel troops in Basilan is an outrage which should be met with unreserved condemnation. This most recent encounter is among the most deadly between lawless elements and the military in a war that has already left more than 150,000 people dead in the last four decades. I deeply sympathize with the families of our fallen men in uniform. Their sacrifice should give us all greater strength to continue on the path to peace. Calls have since mounted for the government to launch an allout war in Mindanao. We must reject these calls and remain vigilant against anyone or any group who would take advantage of the situation to sow more fear and disorder. We must support pursuit operations against lawless elements, but not against the MILF. The just response to aggression must be discriminate; it must be directed only against unjust aggressors, not against innocent people caught up in a war not of their making. We must say no to total war in Mindanao. To wage ‘total’ war is by definition to take huge numbers of innocent lives and perpetuate the cycle

War cannot repair or repay decades of poverty and bad policy.

of senseless violence, death, and destruction. The primacy of the peace talks must be upheld. After all, there is no military solution to what is, at heart, a political and humanitarian problem. War cannot repair or repay decades of poverty

We must reject these calls and remain vigilant against anyone or any group who would take advantage of the situation to sow more fear and disorder.

and bad policy. We commend the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for remaining keen on pursuing peace talks. We laud former President Fidel Ramos who has said that an all out war in Mindanao could lead to massive internal displacement among non-combatants in the South. We salute the astuteness and leadership of His Excellency President Benigno Simeon Aquino III for upholding the peace talks in the midst of grief and anger. An all-out-war will not improve the situation. His rational, and longterm strategic thinking is what we need to set us on a path of enduring peace, stability and genuine progress. This is a time for maturity, a time for responsibility, a time for reason. It is my prayer that we can all come together in respectful dialogue as Filipino citizens to forge peace, no matter how difficult, complex, and trying this may be. The future of our nation and our people depends on our leaders having the courage to say “no to war.” We believe that peace in Mindanao is possible. We must all seize the current opportunity to walk on the path of peace. The alternative path is too horrible to comprehend.

BizQUIPS ‘THANK you for the extravagant introduction… which made me sound like different kinds of animal.’

--Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, after being introduced in a speaking engagement

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CEB maintains robust growth T

JOINT VENTURE. (L-R) Naresh Krishnan, newly appointed President & CEO of Grepalife Financial; Helen Y. Dee, Chairperson of RCBC; Gov. Gabriel C. Singson, Chairman of the Board of Grepalife Financial; Ambassador Alfonso T. Yuchengco, Chairman of the Yuchengco Group; Lito Camacho, Chairman of Sun Life Financial-Philippines, Riza Mantaring, President & CEO of Sun Life Financial-Philippines; Juan B. Santos, Independent Director of Grepalife Financial; Steve Lorenz, VP & Chief Financial Officer, Sun Life Financial-Asia.

Sun Life and YGC close deal S

un Life Financial and GPL Holdings, Inc. (a member of the Yuchengco Group of Companies) announced Friday that they had entered into an insurance joint venture. With this transaction, Sun Life has acquired 49% of Grepalife Financial Inc. (Grepalife) from GPL Holdings Inc. and assumed management control. Grepalife will rebrand itself as Sun Life Grepa Financial and launch new products under this name. Grepalife, under the Sun Life Grepa Financial name, will continue with its exclu-

sive bancassurance agreement with the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), giving RCBC’s two million customer base access to new Sun Life Grepa Financial insurance products. “We’re very pleased about forming this joint venture between two strong companies that both focus on delivering the best for our customers,” said Riza Mantaring, President & CEO, Sun Life Financial Philippines. “We welcome this new acquisition and bancassurance alliance with enthusiasm, as it allows us to serve more Filipinos

and promises to bring us growth in our business.” The Yuchengcos also expressed their confidence and optimism for the agreement. “This joint venture will allow us to offer a wider range of insurance products to better address our customers’ needs for protection and financial security. The joint venture will be able to leverage and complement the strengths of our combined brands,” says RCBC Chairperson Helen Y. Dee. “We have full confidence in the leadership of the new organization, and wish them every success,” she added.

Naresh Krishnan will lead Sun Life Grepa Financial as President and CEO. Mr. Krishnan was formerly Chief Operating Officer of Sun Life Financial Philippines, where he oversaw its distribution channels and mutual funds business lines. Mr. Krishnan’s long and successful career in the financial services industry in Asia has included senior positions in asset management and insurance. Sun Life Grepa Financial will announce other leadership appointments and further details about its plans in the coming months.


foundation is ready to receive names of nominees to the Datu Bago Award. The Datu Bago award is

given to outstanding Dabawenyos who have greatly contributed to the growth and development of Davao City in various

fields of endeavor (education, business, community service, etc). The search is undertaken annually by the Foundation in partnership with the city government through the office of the city mayor. Who are qualified? The search is open to persons of any nationality, living or dead, born in Davao City, who have been residents of Davao City for at least ten (10) years. For a living nominee, he or she must accept the nomination. Previous nominees who did not receive the award may be re-nominated. An update of her/his accomplishments together with a copy of previous documents must be submitted. However, for those re-nominated after three (3) years, five (5) copies of their previous documents should be submitted. Datu Bago past and present awardees are no longer qualified for nomination. Any person residing in Davao City, or any organization operating in Davao City, can nominate.

Wanted: Nominees for Datu Bago award

ity councilor Pilar C. Braga, vice chair of the Datu Bago Foundation, has announced that the

he Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) flew 30% more passengers between the Philippines and ASEAN destinations in the third quarter (Q3) of 2011. From July to September 2011, CEB flew close to 286,000 passengers to and from ASEAN destinations, a 30% growth compared to the same period last year. The load factor for these flights averaged at 81%. “There are 10 member states in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and we look forward to expanding Cebu Pacific’s network further in this region. We believe our neighboring Southeast Asian countries can benefit greatly from direct access and additional connectivity to the Philippines, especially with our trademark low fares,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog. The airline took delivery of one brand-new Airbus A320 last October 26, 2011, and will take delivery of another in December 2011. This provides additional capacity for network, flight and route expansion. “CEB’s combination of low fares, fun service, new planes and extensive network stimulates demand for tourism and trade, and grows

the market. We want to continue doing this for the ASEAN region where we fly the most passengers to and from the Philippines,” she added. CEB offers more than 90 flights per week from the Philippines to 7 ASEAN destinations in 6 countries. It offers thrice weekly flights to Kota Kinabalu, four weekly flights to Brunei and Jakarta, daily flights to Ho Chi Minh, ten weekly flights to Bangkok, twice daily flights to Kuala Lumpur and 49 weekly flights to Singapore. For bookings and inquiries, guests can go to www., or call the reservation hotlines (02) 7020-888 or (032) 2308888. They may also book online and pay via CEB partner banks. The latest seat sales and promos can also be found on CEB’s official Twitter and Facebook pages. CEB currently operates 10 Airbus A319, 18 Airbus A320 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. By the end of 2011, CEB will be operating a fleet of 37 aircraft – with an average age of less than 3.5 years – one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2012 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 23 Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft orders, and 2 Airbus A320 aircraft on operating lease agreements.

ANFLOCOR wins Best Booth Award


he Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (ANFLOCOR), once again, took the honor of winning the Best Booth Award at the recently concluded Davao Trade Expo 2011, showcasing its excellent products and services, held from October 20 to 22 at NCCC Mall. Various products of the ANFLOCOR Group of Companies shaped the entire booth exhibit. Among these were bananas, pineapples, pomelo, fresh and processed products, and packaging products. Hotel and resort operation, real estate development and leasing sections were also featured. The booth also flaunted an audio visual presentation to exemplify the active

support of the ANFLOCOR Group of Companies in education, moral and social values, sports, health care, environment, and cultural activities and economic processes towards the upliftment of individuals and development of communities. Among the ANFLOCOR Group of Companies highlighted were Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc. (TADECO), Davao Agricultural Ventures Corporation (DAVCO), Anflo Banana Corporation (ABC), Davao Packaging Corporation (DPC), Damosa Land, Inc. (DLI), Pearl Farm Beach Resort, Nenita Farms, and Pioneer Trading and Supply Company, Inc. (PITRADE).

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he Philippines has a rich and colorful tapestry of over 110 ethno-linguistic indigenous groups scattered across the archipelago. They comprise 10% to 15% of the population and are considered the most disadvantaged sector. They are generally located in ancestral territories and have high rates of unemployment, vulnerable employment and illiteracy. They are said to experience a great deal of discrimination, degradation and exploi-

tation of their resources, and face challenges in land ownership. Sadly, the situation of indigenous peoples (IPs) is underreported or almost absent in Philippine media. When indigenous peoples are reported on, it is often about their cultural practices and idiosyncratic ways of living. They are always portrayed as victims of conflict or discrimination. In response to the need to sustain substantial reportage and build

on what has been started already, the International Labour Organization (ILO) Country Office for the Philippines, in partnership with Probe Media Foundation (PMF), will recognize outstanding published and broadcasted stories on indigenous peoples in print, photo essay, radio, television and online media that dealt with topics such as their rights, laws, struggles, dreams, aspirations and continuing efforts as beneficial citizens of this country.

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Davao Light customer services schedule on Oct 31 and Nov 1


avao Light  and  Bajada, Panabo, Toril, Sto. Power  Company’s  Tomas, and Calinan offices, frontline  customer  as well as the Ponciano and services  will be available  Panabo offices’ customer for  the public on October service area catering to 31, declared as a special walk-in billing, collection, non-working holiday  to and metering service inquigive more travel time dur- ries and complaints, will ing the commemoration be open to serve customers of the dead, but will  be  who are unable to make closed  on November 1, All transactions during the norSaints Day, also a special mal workdays. non-working day. Collection hours in Payment collection the Ponciano, Bajada, and services in the Ponciano, Panabo offices will be from


7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, no noon break, while the Toril, Calinan and Sto. Tomas accredited offices will accept payments from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. The Ponciano and Panabo customer service area will be open straight from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, no noon break. Emergency service will remain available 24 hours through 229-DLPC (3572).

Anflocor rank and file take time off for fun Architecture students place 2nd

WINNERS. Members of Team Bldg Blox-Davao proudly receive their award as 1st runnerup of the  Make Space for Play design competition held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City on October 21 to 23, 2011. They are Arnold Anthony Y. Chong, Aibel Grace Ypil, and Angelica Sharmane Coquilla.


he 2nd Anflocor Group of Companies Sportsfest at the Woodridge Park Clubhouse last October 22 (Saturday) opened with the Cheerleading competition that was preceded by an opening salvo courtesy of the dancing staff of Pearl Farm Beach Resort. The overall championship of the sportsfest was won by the Blue Warriors anchored on its big win in bas-

ketball. The Yellow Champions was champion only in the Cheerleading competition. The Red Fox team arrived first at the venue which earned for itself Early-Bird honors while the Green Force ruled the volleyball event with its booming spikes and impenetrable blocks. Company executives were spotted playing with their employees and joining in the cheerleading competi-


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tion and singing their hearts out. The sportsfest was notable for the great show of hidden talent among personnel that was evident the whole day of fun activities, a welcome respite from the usual daily grind of field and office work by the rank and file of Anflocor Group of Companies. It was a day to remember for all participants.

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 11th Judicial Region Branch 16 Davao City SP.PROC. NO. 11,546-11

IN RE: PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH OF AILEEN PARACUELLES CABALLERO IN THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF DAVAO CITY AILEEN PARACUELLES Petitioner versusTHE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF DAVAO Respondent x----------------------------------------------------x ORDER Acting on the verified amended petition filed by petitioner through cousel in which it is prayed of this Honorable Court that the Certificate of Live of the Petitioner be corrected particularly Item No. (2) thereof from Male to Female which is the correct sex/gender of the Petitioner. Finding the said petition to be sufficient in form and in substance, it is hereby ordered that said petition be set for hearing on November 25, 2011 at 8:30 A.M. on which date, time and place, all persons whoare interested may appear and show cause if any, why said petition should not be granted. Let a copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation at least once a week for three (3) consecutive issues at theexpense of the petitioner. The Local Civil registrar, Davao City and the Assistant City Prosecutor are cited to appear on said date of hearing, in order to show cause, if any, why said petition should not be granted. SO ORDERED. Davao City, Philippines, September 27, 2011 (SGD) EMMANUEL C. CARPIO Presiding Judge Serve on: Office of the Solicitor General Pros. Victoriano M. Bello Office of the Civil Registrar, D.C. Atty. Gerardo C. Olaguer Office of the Clerk of Court-RTC, Davao City Petitioner-c/o Atty. Gerardo C. Olaguer

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in national design competition


team of Architecture graduates and a student from Ateneo de Davao University won second place at a national design competition, the only finalist from Mindanao among 100 entries. Team Bldg Blox’s playground design ‘Lihok: Tinalak Dulaan’ placed second in the “Make Space for Play” design competition held on October 21 to 23, 2011 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. “Make Space for Play” gathered playground designers all over the country to come up with innovative play areas that are not only colorful and attractive, but may help shape young Filipinos today and for years to come. It was organized by Play Universal Co., an organization that advocates the value of play in the development of the children. The competition attracted hundreds of entries from students, educators, as well as amateur and professional designers. The designs were judged by renowned Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue, International Play Association Regional Vice President for East Asia

Hitoshi Shimamura, architect Marcus Veerman of Playground Ideas, and Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Isabel Berenguer-Asuncion. From hundreds, the judges chose the top 30 entries. The 30 teams took a Play Space Design Workshop under US-based architect Jon Racek. In the workshop, they were given the chance to improve their designs before the final selection, where only the best five designs remained. One if them is Bldg Blox’s design ‘Lihok: Tinalak Dulaan’, the only entry out of five finalists that came from outside Luzon. The ‘Lihok: Tinalak Dulaan’ 100-sq. m. playground is centered on movement (Lihok) and healthy interaction. The team designed their playground like making a Tinalak, a famous Philippine-Mindanao native fabric that is manually crafted to create patterns and designs inspired from a weaver’s dream. Just like the Tinalak, their design is a manifestation of every child’s dream to play and explore. Judges praised Bldg Blox for their “good use of color and variety of play experiences” in their work. Their design and the


The tuai trees teeming in Tampakan, South Cotabato may be a gold mine. Honesto Baniqued, president of the National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor), Thursday said that “many local and foreign food chains are looking for the best organic salad ingredients and tuai leaves could be the ingredient they are looking for.” He said he learned that tuai leaves, which are endemic to Mindanao and parts of Austronesia, were used for centuries as salad ingredients by the B’laan tribe (current population 13,000) living in the Tampakan, South Cota-

bato uplands. The sap of the tree is believed to have medicinal properties, which explains why the B’laan has been using the red sap as tea to cure diarrhea and a number of ailments, he said. For the B’laan, tuai is a tree of life that is generally believed to be the abode of spirits guiding the community to survive in the harsh South Cotabato highlands. Known scientifically as Bischofia javanica, tuai grows straight up to more than 20 meters, with the leaves scattered in branches that spring out about a dozen feet from the base.

other four were exhibited during the Play Pilipinas 2011, the first international conference on play held at the SMX Convention Center. Phoenix Petroleum Philippines supported the Bldg Blox-Davao team by sponsoring the round trip ticket to Manila of one of its members. The team is composed of Ma. Angelica Sharmane Coquilla, Aibel Grace Ypil, and Arnold Anthony Y. Chong. “We would like to extend our sincerest thanks for the support you generously shared to our team during the competition. Because of your support, we were able to participate and represent not only Davao City, but the whole Mindanao,” Bldg Blox-Davao team leader Coquilla said of Phoenix. As 1st runner-up, the team received a cash prize of P30,000. Their playground design will be replicated all over the Philippines, and will be built in Brgy. Buhangin, Davao City. “We hope to continue this advocacy to provide children all over the Philippines with play spaces to encourage and promote active play,” said Coquilla.

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ICT hub

Casiño: PLDT-Digitel merger a monopoly! B

ayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño, one of the main oppositors to the merger of the Digital Telecommunications Phils., Inc. with the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. has reiterated his stand on the issue. Casiño is also author of a House resolution calling for an investigation into the deal. Casino said approval of the merger between PLDT and Digitel, creates or tends to create, a monopoly and therefore is unconstitutional. Section 19, Art. XII of the 1987 Constitution states: “The State shall regulate or prohibit monopolies when the public interest so requires. No combinations in restraint of trade or unfair competition shall be allowed.”

PLDT is the biggest and most powerful telecommunications company in the country. Its owners also own and control Meralco, Maynilad, Channel 5, the North Luzon Expressway, and a chain of high-end hospitals, among others. “Under this deal, nothing will stop PLDT from limiting, discontinuing or even disrupting Sun Cellular’s unlimited text and call plans, even if they say that they will not. And with Sun out of the way, nothing will stop PLDT-owned Smart Communications from conniving with Globe Telecom in raising rates the way they always wanted it to happen. There will be nothing to stop PLDT from using its enormous

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 11TH JUDICIAL REGION OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT-SHERIFF Davao City EJF-REM CASE NO. 12,975-11 BANCO DE ORO UNIBANK, INC. Mortgagee -versusRITCHEL P. LANABAN signing for herself And as Atty-in-Fact of DENNIS M. LANABAN, Mortgagors NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135, as amended filed by the above-mentioned mortgagee against RITCHEL P. LANABAN, signing for herself and as Atty-in-Fact of Dennis M. Lanaban with postal address at 3rd Floor Unit 15 SJRDC Building,Insular Village, Lanang, Davao City c/o G&G Logistics, Inc. and Block 32 Lot 13, Phase 1 Ciudad De Esperanza, Cabantian , Buhangin , Davao City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of September 21, 2011 the total amount of the outstanding obligation/indebtedness of the mortgagors in favor of the mortgagee has amounted to Philippines Pesos: TWO MILLION SIX HUNDRED TEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FORTY THREE AND 78/100 (Php 2,610,843.78), inclusive of interest, penalties and other charges, plus other legal expenses incident of the foreclosure and sale the undersigned Sheriff IV of the Regional Trial Court, Davao City, will sell at public auction on November 24, 2011 at 10: A. M.; or soon thereafter , at the main entrance of Hall of Justice, Ecoland, Davao City, to the highest bidder for CASH or MANAGER’S CHECK and in Philippine Currency, the following real property mentioned and described below together with all the improvements found thereon, to wit; TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-433647 “ A parcel of land xxx( Lot 12, Block 18 of the consolidation-subdivision plan Pcs-11-003740, xxx), situated in the Barangay Cabantian, City of Davao, Island of Mindanao. xxx containing an area of ONE HUNDRED THIRTY (130) SQUARE METERS, more or less.” TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE No. T-433648 “ A parcel of land xxx (Lot 14, Block 18 of the subdivision plan Pcs11003740,xxx), situated in the Barangay Cabantian, City of Davao, island of containing an area of ONE HUNDRED THIRTY (130) SQUARE METERS, more or less.” All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the abovestated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on DECEMBER 15, 2011, without further notice. Prospective buyers are hereby enjoined to investigate for themselves the title of the herein-above described real property and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Davao City, Philippines, October 19, 2011



ATTY: EDIPOLO P. SARABIA, JR. Clerk of Court & Ex- Officio Provincial sheriff


market power to strangle the competition or bend them to its will, Casino said.” In addition, Casino said: “The PLDT-Digitel merger violates the franchises given by Congress to Digitel Telecommunications Phils. Inc. and Digitel Mobile Phils, Inc. – franchises that were precisely designed to prevent the emergence of monopolies. “Congressional approval is required because the franchise is a mere privilege granted by Congress, and as such Congress has the duty to ensure that public interest is adequately protected by ensuring that the sale is legal and aboveboard; two, that the franchise does not fall in the hands of fly-by-night operators; and three, that the sale or transfer does not create the very monster that we want slain – a monopoly with overwhelming market power. “Just to stress the point, prior congressional approval is explicitly contained in the franchise not only of Digitel Mobile but of all the big players – Digitel Telecommunications, PLDT, Smart Communications, Bayantel and Globe. Why is this so?

BEST IN BROADBAND. Globe Telecom was awarded as the country’s Broadband Service Provider of the Year by global research firm Frost & Sullivan for the outstanding performance and exemplary growth of its broadband business in 2010. Globe has been bullish with its broadband segment, offering customers with innovative, relevant, and affordable services under its Tattoo product lines, Tattoo Nomadic and Tattoo@Home. The award was based on the recipient’s revenue growth, category market share and growth in market share, leadership in product innovation, breadth of products and services, major customer acquisitions, and subscriber base and growth. Receiving the award is Nikko Acosta, Head for Broadband Business of Globe.

Facebook releases iPad app


ne of the big, enduring questions of the technology world: “When will iPad users get their very own Facebook app?” That question was answered Monday, as Facebook released an updated version of its iPhone application, one that’s also designed to fill out the larger screen of the iPad. The lack of an iPad app for the most popular social network in the world has confounded users, ever since Apple launched its tablet computer a year and a half

ago. Third-party developers have made money selling their own apps that show Facebook pages. Bret Taylor, the chief technology officer of Facebook, said in an interview Monday that “We’re releasing it now because it’s done.” Two weeks ago, Facebook engineer Jeff Verkoeyen announced on his personal blog that he was leaving to take a job with Google, and that the iPad app he had worked on was nearly complete in May. It was then “repeatedly de-


layed through the summer,” he said, without revealing exactly why. Rumors have swirled that Apple and Facebook were in talks about deepening the integration of the social network into the system software of the iPhone and iPad. But Apple’s updated system software, announced this summer, will feature integration with Twitter, another social networking service, rather than Facebook. That will make it easier to “tweet” from other applications besides Twitter’s.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 11TH Judicial Region Branch 16 Davao City

EJF-REM CASE NO. 12933-11

SPS. CRISTITA L. CARIDO AND DIEGO S. CARIDO, Mortgagor/s. x- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -x NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE Upon extra-judicial petition for foreclosure and sale under Act 3135, as amended, filed by Balikatan Housing Finance, Inc., with postal address at the 24th Floor, BPI Buendia Center, Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City, against CRISTITA L. CARIDO AND DIEGO S. CARIDO, with postal addresses at Doña Milagros Village, Bajada, Davao City and Lot 22, Blk. 55, Ostrich St., CABANTIAN COUNTRY HOMES, BO. CABANTIAN, DAVAO CITY, DAVAO DEL SUR, the mortgagor/s, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of February 18, 2010 amounts to Two Hundred Thirty Thirty Four Thousand Two Hundred Fifty Pesos (234,250.00), Philippine Currency,inclusive/ exclusive of interest, penalties and charges, plus attorney’s fees equivalent to 25% of the total indebtedness plus other legal expenses incident of foreclosure and sale; the undersigned will sell at public auction on December 08, 2011 at 10:00 A.M.., or soon thereafter, at the main entrance of Hall of Justice, Ecoland, Davao City to the highest bidder for Cash or MANAGER’S CHECK and in Philippine Currency, the following real property together with all the improvements thereon, to wit: Transfer Certificate/s of Title No/s. T-214783 “ A parcel of land of land of the consolidation-subdivision survey (Lot 22, Blk.55, of the consolidation-subdivision plan Pcs-112402-001696, being a portion of lots 1411 & 1439, davao cadastre & lots A, B, C,D &, Psd-112402-035098), situated in the Barangay of Cabantian; City of Davao, Island of Mindanao. xxx containing an area of NINETY SEVEN AND 58/100 (97.58) SQUARE METERS, more or less. xxx” All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on January 05, 2012 without further notice. Prospective buyers are hereby enjoined to investigate for themselves the titles herein described real property/ies and the encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Davao City, Philippines, October 19, 2011. FOR THE EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF: (SGD.) CONRADO P. MACUTAY, JR. Sheriff IV

Noted by: (SGD) ATTY. EDIPOLO P. SARABIA, JR. Clerk of Court VI & Ex-Officio Provincial Sheriff

Copy furnished: The Mortgagee- Balikatan Housing Finance, Inc. The Mortgagor- SPS. CRISTITA L. CARIDO AND DIEGO S. CARIDO PUBLISHER – EDGE DAVAO POSTING – 3 conspicuous places ( Edge- 10/31,11/7,14)

SP PROC.11,575-11 IN THE MATTER OF THE INTESTATE ESTATE OF THE LATE SPOUSES HECTOR S. QUIAMBAO and EVANGELINA A. QUIAMBAO LORNA MAY QUIAMBAO MARRS, Petitioner, X--------------------------------------X NOTICE TO: -Mary Eileen Quiambao-Canson-Doña Mercedes Subd., Km. 10, Sasa, D.C. -Gilmar A. Quiambao – 3904 Tara Drive, Colleyville Texas 76034, USA -Marylene Quiambao Permut -32 Beethoven Drive,Greenville, Delaware 19807 USA -Ruby Quiambao Puntenney – 15129 Susita St. San Diego California 92129 USA -Eleanore Quiambao Wilson – 1003 Oakleaf Way, McCordsville,Indiana 46055, USA -Nanette Quiambao Hayes - 10075-5 Windstream Drive Columbia, Maryland 21004, U.S.A Pursuant to Sec. 3 of Rule 79, the petition for Issuance of Letters of Administration filed by Lorna May Quiambao Marrs is set for hearing on December 6, 2011 at 8:30 A.M. All other heirs and creditors of the decedent Spouses Hector S. Quiambao and Evangelina A. Quiambao and to any other persons believed to have interest in the estate, may appear and show cause if any, why said petition should not be granted. Let a copy of this order be published three (3) weeks successively, previous to the time appointed in a newspaper of general circulation at petitioner’s expense. SO ORDERED.

Davao City, Philippines, October 10,2011

Serve on: Atty. Francis Arnold Q. de Vera Office of the Clerk of Court, RTC,.D.C.



community sense

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RDR turns over P295 T for AFP hospital repair D

CERTIFIED WELDERS. Five out-of-school youths from the Bagobo-Tagabawa tribe who completed their welding course administered by TESDA, pose with representatives from their benefactor, Hedcor Sibulan, Inc.

Hedcor brightens the future of OSYs H

edcor Sibulan, Inc. awarded five Indigenous People scholars their certificate of completion after completing a 3-month welding course last October 15 during the turnover of annual royalty shares to the IP community at the newly inaugurated Tribal Purok at Barangay Sibulan, Davao del Sur. “Dili masukod ang akong kalipay nga sa karon nakita na nako ang akoang kaugmaon. Makakita nako’g nindot nga trabaho puhon ug posibling masuklian na nako karon akong ginikanan sa pagpadako nila sa akoa. Kini tungod sa Hedcor sa paghatag nila sa ako og higayon nga makaskwela og welding

nga libre ang tanan. (My happiness is immeasurable seeing my future endeavor. Soon, I can have a good job and possibly, repay my parents for bringing me up. This is because of Hedcor for giving me the opportunity to study welding for free.),” said John Dave Gulani. The welding course administered by Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) was completed by Nestor Concepcion, Arnold Puroc, Jisson Aninipot, Delfin Lanzo, and Gulani who are residents of Hedcor’s host tribal community. They were once out-of-school youths (OSYs) who benefited from the program.

“Dako na ayu ang natabang sa Hedcor kanako, sa among pamilya ug labaw sa tanan sa among kumunidad. Lahi ra gyud among kahimtang sa una kesa karon nga ni abot ang Hedcor diri. (Hedcor helped me a lot, my family, and most of all our community. There has been a big difference in our lives since Hedcor first came here),” Gulani added. Puroc and Lanzo will render their 200 hours on-the job-training (OJT) at the Sibulan plant starting November 14 while Concepcion, Aninipot and Gulani were endorsed by TESDA to have their OJT in General Santos City. Hedcor vice president

Engr. Gregorio Jabonillo said, “Aside from providing clean and renewable energy, we from Hedcor are here because we are committed to help the community’s economic growth, including the free education for our host indigenous people”. Hedcor regularly undertakes corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects focusing on education, health, reforestation, energization, and livelihood. AboitizPower’s subsidiary Hedcor is the Philippines largest developer and producer of run-ofriver hydropower facilities operating in Benguet, Ilocos Sur, and Davao with a total capacity of 150 MW.

DSWD, RDC 11 forge partnership on use of poverty targeting data P rofiles of Davao region’s poor households may now be accessed by local government units, line agencies and private sector members of the Regional Development Council (RDC) 11 after the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Council and the Department of Social Welfare and Development on the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) last week at the Grand Regal Hotel.  Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera of DSWD and RDC 11 Chair and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte led the ceremonial MOA signing together with Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy, Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas, Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon and Davao del Norte Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr., while heads of regional line agencies and majority of the region’s city and municipal mayors witnessed the event. “Statistics play a vital role in implementing effective and efficient social protection services,” said ASec Cabrera in her keynote speech. “With quality social protection targeting system, government can now focus

avao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo P. del Rosario turned over last week a P295,000 worth of cheque to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Eastern Mindanao Command for the renovation of Camp Panacan Hospital in Davao City. Del Rosario said the financial assistance will “better serve our soldiers” in the field. Del Rosario bared that each province in the Davao region has a designated room  in the military hospital. In receiving  the cheque, Col.  Antonio Tayag,  assistant  chief of  AFP EastMinCom Unified Central Command for Logistics, said the renovation of Camp Panacan Hospital will also serve dependents


of the soldiers. Although a military facility, the Camp Panacan Hospital can also accommodate civilians on a caseto-case basis, especially during emergencies, but it is not open to the public. Tayag shared that provincial governors in the region volunteered to shell out funds for the renovation of the hospital whose quality the EastMinCom would like to raise at par with the standards of the Department of Health (DOH)managed hospitals. “It will undergo improvement with full amenities. It will also be especially friendly with wheeled patients,” he added. EastMinCom has already completely renovated seven wards of the hospital.

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Uy brothers process volume of illegal logs into school furniture


oint efforts by Tagum City and Compostela Valley province led to the seizure of hot logs with a total volume of 300 cubic meters that were being transported from the municipality of Loreto, Agusan del Sur. The logs will be fabricated into school furniture. Brothers Mayor Rey T. Uy of Tagum City and Governor Arturo T. Uy of Comval initiated the hauling of the logs after first having the road network repaired. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources regional office in Caraga approved the confiscation. Evilio Tabanquil, chief of the Forest Protection Divi-

sion of DENR Region 11 said the confiscated hardwood products were part of the first batch of logs earlier apprehended in the same area but were not hauled off due to the poor condition of the road network. Twelve (12) truckloads of lauan and other (miscellaneous) hardwood species were officially turned over by DENR last October 25 to the city’s motorpool in Tipaz, Barangay East where other confiscated logs await processing into into school furniture, such as armchairs, desks, kiddie chairs and teacher’s tables - a process which Mayor Uy noted would take until December 2012 to finish the job.

weekly winners DSWD Asst. Secretary Vilma Cabrera (seated, 3rd from left) and RDC XI Chair Sara Duterte (seated 4th from left) at the NHTS-PR MOA signing ceremony together with Davao Region’s provincial governors and witnessed by city and municipal mayors/vice mayors and DSWD 11 and RDC 11 officers

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its programs on those who are really poor, thereby improving outcomes, changing lives.” RDC 11 Chair Duterte lauded DSWD for conceptualizing and sharing the NHTS-PR project. “Our task for the poor is truly overwhelming and this MOA signals the start of a more effective execution of Davao Region’s poverty alleviation programs,” she said. Duterte added that the system shall be very helpful as the region needs to intensify its efforts with only

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five years remaining before the 2015 target date on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The NHTS-PR is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are. This breakthrough project makes available to public and private social protection stakeholders a socio-economic database of poor households to guide them in identifying qualified beneficiaries for their programs.  As of July 2011, DSWD has identified some 272,933 poor house-

holds in Davao Region under the system. By way of Executive Order 867 signed on March 9, 2010, all government agencies are directed to use the NHTS-PR as mechanism in identifying the poorest population for poverty reduction programs. It is through this order that DSWD is able to share the data through MOAs with Philhealth and the Department of Health, for their programs such as the awarding of Philhealth cards to indigents and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

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Teresita Gonzaga Retchie R. Tayco

October 23 Jesrel P. Pagalan Zandro Awa Eiman Bernard S. Avila Richelle Antoque

October 24 Jam Ayo Avelina Manigque Eva Maureen B. Lam Alfonso T. Ong

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October 26 Ranyah Mangudadatu Richard Villanueva Meralyne C. Chellathurai Sherylee N. Villanueva

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Apsay backs ‘all out justice’ R

ATHLETIC MEET. Athletes show their prowess on different sport events during the four-day Comval Provincial Athletic Association Meet at the Don Lorenzo Sarmiento Sr. Sports Complex in New Bataan which culminated last October 29.  

eacting to the call for an all-out war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) after the killing of 19 soldiers in Al-Barka, Basilan recently, Compostela Valley Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora-Apsay echoed President Aquino’s rejection of the “call”. “At this time of anguish and mourning, we must resolve not to let imprudence get the better of us,” she said in a statement.

Belo Melendres, representing Gov. Arturo Uy, said such event will foster unity, camaraderie and sportsmanship among elementary and high school students who came from different schools all over the province. Mayor Lorenzo Balbin also extended his congratulations and thanked DepEd-Comval, organizers, officials,  athletes  and visitors who took part in the 4-day event. Also lending their support on the opening ceremony are Cong. Rommel Amatong,  SP Mem-

ber Ruwel Peter Gonzaga, Dr. Chanet Cadiente of DepEd-Reg. XI, DepEdComval OIC Feliciano Tamundong Jr., Nabunturan Mayor Romeo Clarin as last year’s host municipality and other local officials and head teachers. Meanwhile, Education Program Supervisor Ruben Reponte bared that Comval will host the Davao Region Athletics Association (DAVRAA) Meet sometime on February 2012, the venue of which will be by New Bataan again.   [Fe F. Maestre/ ids comval]

“We must keep our sobriety intact, be done with allconsuming hate, and never give in to the temptation of untempered rage.” The Liberal Party solon also said that peace negotiations with the insurgents must continue and that cooperation and confidence between the two sides be “reinforced rather than undermined.” This as she also called out for “justice to be served under the rule of law, and never under the

rule of arms.” The lady lawmaker criticized warmongers saying that there has been too much Blood already shed in Mindanao and the never-ending cycle of violence has impeded the growth and development of the island region. “Force may be all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived. We cannot shake hands with those who attain temporary peace whose hands are stained with blood,” she said.

Glan public market’s makeover

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total of 3,500 athletes coming from the 11 municipalities converge for another exciting and challenging games for the Comval Provincial Athletic Association Meet on October 26-29. Hosted at the Don Lorenzo Sarmiento Sr. Sports Complex in New Bataan, competitions range from Archery, Arnis, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Chess , Football, Basketball, Boxing, Gymnastics, Lawn tennis, Sipa/takraw, Softball, Table tennis, Taekwondo, Volleyball and swimming. Executive Assistant


he new year will usher in another milestone for the municipal public market, which saw a major makeover in 2011 with the construction of an ice-maker and other additional facilities for both vendors and consumers. Starting in February next year, the road shoulders around the public market will be concreted at the cost of P1.2 million and will serve as a permanent space for Maranaw vendors, who will be provided with uniformly designed stalls to prevent the area from turning into an “eyesore.” The local government has also set aside P2 million for the concreting of the interior road system to enable vendors to bring in their goods faster and at much lesser costs. The fish vendors will also be provided

with a storage room to keep the newly renovated wet market “wet but clean.” But the centerpiece project is the proposed P8 million two-storey foodcourt that will feature all the amenities of a modern cafeteria not unlike those found at shopping malls in the big towns and cities. “Our modernization program should really start in earnest sooner not later if we hope to keep up with the changing times.” And it should start with our show window, the public market, said Mayor Victor James “Tata” B. Yap, Sr. The construction of the foodcourt will be jointly bankrolled by the office of Congressman Emmanuel Pacquiao, Gov. Migs Dominguez and the local government. Mayor Yap made the

announcement on Thursday, October 27, at a meeting with over 400 market vendors at the Municipal Conference Hall, where he endorsed the candidacy of Barangay Captain and former councilor Joselito “Jongjong” Escobar for the board of directors of Socoteco 11, representing Glan. “The board director should be an ally, not an enemy, of the administration, because, whether we like it or not, he or she can be a force for good or evil. That’s why I am appealing to you to vote for Barangay Captain Escobar,” said Mayor Yap. The Socoteco 11 election, slated on Sunday, October 30, is also being contested by ex-Mayor Enrique “Yoyong” Yap, Jr. and retired police officer Bonjing Lara. [GLAN INFO AND NEWS

upgrading of facilities and to cater to the increasing market for panel doors. The sander sped up the sanding process of wood which was identified as the bottle neck in the production system, and increased production from five door panels to 30 per day. The kiln dryer increased in the production of panel doors and improved the quality of the moldings, meeting the escalating demand of the existing market, DOST said. Talaboc said, “It’s the DOST kiln drying technology that made us achieve the peak of our production today.” Talaboc’s teenage son, Renzei Mikhail, said that with the modern technology, the family-run business was able to expand the industry to 30,000 board feet of mahogany in just 18 days compared to previous years’ consumption of only 2,500-board feet a month for furniture items. The 18-year old Tal-

aboc, who is being trained by his father in the business this early, cited the engraving machine as a big help because it provides easy programming of the 12 engrave designs for the panel doors which are the most saleable in the market. The firm is also getting demands from private individuals and offices in the province. He said that growth of their business “comes along with the opportunities of labor,” adding that they employ skilled workers from the immediate community. In his recent visit to various project sites in the region, DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo lauded Woodworks company for recognizing the high standard of morality with a direction to serve and understand the value of living, and to help people. Montejo said that this kind of mentality is testimony that really works for a small enterprise to grow and succeed.

DavNor social outreaches DOST 11 interventions expand benefit over 8,000 indigents woodworks enterprise in Digos


ore than 8,000 indigents in far-flung and depressed areas of Davao del Norte have benefited from the health and social services provided by the provincial government, in coordination with the army and the police. During the sixth stop of the Davao del Norte Convergence for Peace and Development initiative on October 21, 2011 in Patrocenio, New Corella town, frontline personnel of the province once more brought essential government services right at the center of the needy community. Thousands flocked to the Barangay Site of the mountainous village, more than 40 kilometers from the capital City of Tagum , in order to avail of free health and social services.

Recipients of the program also include residents from the neighboring barangays of Sta. Fe, San Jose , Mambing, and El Salvador , all in the municipality of New Corella . Through the convergence initiative, the Provincial Government of Davao del Norte directly brought essential government services to the disadvantaged communities, with the help of the army’s 1003rd Infantry Brigade, the provincial police office, other government agencies and some private institutions. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Agapito Hornido bared the first five outreaches of the convergence program have served some 7,103 poor recipients in the component of health and social services

alone. Dr. Hornido said the free health services include medical consultation, dental services, minor surgery, urinalysis, blood typing, hemoglobin count, nutrition services/milk feeding, distribution of PhilHealth insurance cards, distribution of sanitary toilet bowls, malaria control program, mass blood survey, pregnancy package kit, leprosy control program. Hundreds of recipients more have benefitted from the agriculture and veterinary services, vegetable seeds, seedlings, and, distribution of relief goods, toys, slippers and used clothing, The program was launched on August 9, 2011 in the tribal barangay of Gupitan, Kapalong municipality.

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Davao Norte Credit Surety Fund releases P1.8M to coop members


s it celebrates its 2nd year, the Davao del Norte Credit Surety Fund (DNCSF) released P1.8-million worth of loans to two of its coop members. During its 2nd Annual General Assembly with the theme, “DNCSF: Second Year of Delivering Novel Credit Service Facility for MSMEs,” two checks worth P1-million and P800,000 were turned over to the Central Tadeco Multipurpose Coop-

erative and Davao Integrated Resource Cooperative, respectively, from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) , Tagum City. DBP is one of the partners of the province in its implementation of the CSF program of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) together with Land Bank of the Philippines and the Industrial Guarantee and Loan Fund.   Loans amounting to P11million have been approved

since the DNCSF’s inception in 2009. According to Director Rosalinda Dumaliang of the BSP Department of Loans and Credit, in her message delivered by Bank Officer II Michelle Samson during the recent assembly, “P8.7-million had been released to 91 borrowers” through the DNCSF which is the “most number of unique beneficiaries of any CSF nationwide.”


echnology interventions of the Department of Science and Technology have expanded a small enterprise in Digos City, Davao del Sur which specializes in panel doors and moldings, thereby contributing to the livelihood impact on the immediate community. Created out of excess raw materials from a house constructed by its owner in 1992, the Woodworks Kiln Dried Products based in Digos City supplies a big hardware in store in Davao City. Woodworks proprietor Ricardo Talaboc attributes to DOST interventions the growth of his business which currently brings in a monthly gross income of P1 million mostly from Citi Hardware Davao which sells the products in its 36 branches spread nationwide. Talaboc recalls that the enterprise started its full blast mass production of panel doors for Citi Hardware in 2005 after DOST 11 provided nearly a millionpeso worth of wood-working facilities under its Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP) in 2004. Woodworks obtained the 20-board foot capacity Kiln Lumber Dryer, milling machine, wide-belt sander and engraving machine from the SETUP assistance, to address the need for an



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A happy Halloween weekend at Abreeza Have plans for the long weekend yet? Make sure to squeeze a trip to Abreeza into your schedule! Spend a spectacular long weekend at Abreeza Mall as it spices up Halloween with “Music and Madness”, a series of fun activities for every age.   For a change of scenery this year, why not try trick-or-treating at the mall? Abreeza presents “Once Upon a Halloween” where you can bring your kids in fairytale character-themed or superhero costumes to receive loads of goodies from participating merchants around the mall.   To sweeten the deal, tickets will be given to the first 500 shoppers who present either a minimum of P500 single purchase receipt from any Abreeza Mall outlet or a minimum of P1000 single purchase receipt from Robinsons Supermarket (Abreeza) dated October 24-29, 2011. Ticket holders will be treated to puppet shows, interactive storytelling, a Halloween photo booth, face painting, balloon twisting, arts & crafts, and tremendous treats. This event is a whole day affair happening at the Activity Center on October 30 from 10:00AM.   Finally, you can end the month of October by having a rockin’ good time at the “Music Radar Grand Finals”. The best young talents gathered by Abreeza’s live band competition come back for a fantastic culmination. See Scalar from Precious International School, Karesma from AMA College, Side Market from the University of the Immaculate Conception, Wenyoz, and Opanid battle it out for glory at the Activity Center on October 31, 2011 at 3:00PM.   This Halloween weekend, put on your costume, get treats, have fun, and rock on at Abreeza Mall.

Breaking Dawn promos at SM Cinema!

In the highly anticipated chapter of the block buster The Twilight Saga, the new found mar­ried bliss of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threaten to destroy their world.   Opening in SM cinemas on November 18, the suspenseful and deeply romantic Breaking Dawn continues the epic tale of supernatural fan­tasy and passionate love that has made The Twilight Saga a worldwide phenomenon.   Purchase your tickets online at www.smcinema .com and get a chance to win a DeVant LED TV! Top 10 purchasers will automatically get one 19” DeVant LEDTech LCD TV. Movie Party package awaits the top 11-20 online ticket purchasers for 10 people. Movie Party Package includes movie tickets, hotdog sandwich, regular popcorn and drink.   Also, get a free Breaking Dawn Part 1 Movie Pass for every purchase of four tickets for standard cinemas and two (2) tickets for digital cinemas. Movie Pass validity is subject to promo restrictions. Plus, Get 50% discount on Eclipse DVD two-disc special edition, Eclipse DVD Gift Set and Eclipse Blu-Ray Special Edition for every ticket of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1!   Do not miss these breaking promos for the Breaking Dawn Part 1! Promo runs until November 17.   For inquiries, please call 297.6998 local 122 or visit

A popstar Halloween at Marco Polo Davao

A colorful Halloween is coming your way with a glitzy parade of pop superstars.   Kids ages 12 and below are invited to join our “starstudded” costume party at the Marco Polo Ballroom, happening on October 30 at 5:00 PM. Be a mini-me of your favorite music artist with your most colorful and creative attire, and get a chance to win gift certificates for room accommodation and complimentary dining. Props and accessories will give you bonus points!   Tickets are sold at P500 net per kid, inclusive of fish fingers, mini pizza, popcorn, a smoothie and passes for the Trick or Treat and other activities at the ballroom. Get a FREE party admission when you dine in a group of four at Café Marco, or with a minimum food & beverage consumption worth P2,000 at either Lotus Court or Polo Bistro.   For reservations and inquiries, please call (082) 2210888 local 7222 or 7223




Halloween party tips H alloween is upon us again. For some people, it is all about dressing up and attending some parties. For others, it signals the beginning of “Holiday Season” and is kind of like the majorette of the band that is otherwise known as “spend-a-lot”. Obviously, the funnest part of Halloween is dressing up. Unfortunately, it may end up in a lot of personal drama.

  The thing is, for most people, inspiration is easy—the creativity to pull off an inspired look is not. For some, it is quite embarrassing to dress up because, well, it hasn’t been imbedded in our culture as Halloween and dressing up for it is still considered “new territory” for the non-partyphile. Add to that the fact that everybody in every single Halloween-inspired event WILL check your costume out; and the pressure is on.   So here is the deal: if you truly want to live it up, Halloween-style this year, I suggest that you throw a Halloween House Party. All you have to do is invite some friends over, ask them to come in costumes and bring some food. Of course, if you plan to play host, you will have to get creative ad decorate your place. And since I know that creativity is not everybody’s strong point, I have gathered up some tips and suggestions from the internet and from the Google of my own noggin’ to give you what I think are the most practical, convenient, and easy-to-pull-off tips for a Halloween party.   First off, you have to decide on a costume. You can search the web for different costume ideas, or simply visit your friendly neighbourhood department store and get inspired from the selection available this year. You will be shocked how different Halloween costumes and masks are each year. In fact, I found it quite surprising that none of the department stores sell fake fangs anymore. I guess Edward Cullen made the fanged vampire look passé. So if you plan to purchase a costume from some store, do not go there with an idea in mind. I tell you, you will be disappointed and end up buying other stuff.   However, if you plan to scour your closet to look for things that are costume-worthy, here are some of my tips:   Costume: You can come as a hunchback. Obviously, it isn’t very politically correct, but this has nev-

er been a column that considered that before. If you want to dress up as a hunchback, all you have to do is grab a backpack, fill it with clothes, wear it on your back, and then wear a large jacket over it. Zip the jacket up and voila, your look is done.   Costume: If you want to dress up as something kitschy, you could go as a Cereal Killer (Serial Killer, get it?). Simply wear a white shirt, splatter fake blood or red paint all over it, put a cereal box in the middle of the shirt and stab it with a plastic knife. Done. Easy. Cute.   Costume: You could also dress up as the Octo-mom. You know, the woman who gave birth to eight babies at the same time? She became a US Tabloid favorite last year, so she actually counts as a pseudo-celeb costume inspiration. All you have to do is look very pregnant by stuffing clothes or a huge ball under loose clothes or a maternity dress, wear a black wavy wig or set your black hair to give it soft curls and wear some wax lips. If you can’t find wax lips you could simply wear very read lipstick and over-draw it around your lips (the woman has lips larger than Angelina’s).   Food is one of the things that can definitely set the mood when it comes to Halloween parties. Although people expect some sort of creep-fest on your table, it still has

to be edible. If you are going potluck, here are some suggestions for you:   Food: Bloody Fingers: All you need to do is buy some lady fingers (although local Camachile cookies work better) and smear some strawberry jam on one end of each cookie. Carefully place white pumpkin seeds on each cookie tip, using the jam as your glue, and you will end up with cookies that look like bloody fingers.   Bat Wings: Buy or make some fried chicken wings and then download a recipe for Buffalo Wings glaze. If you can’t find one you like, you can use some premade Barbeque Sauce or a mixture of Ketchup and Liquid Seasoning. Then, add a generous amount of Green and Blue Food Coloring or Dye to the glaze and mix it well until the glaze looks Black. Then, put your fried chicken in a large plastic container, add the glaze and shake the container until all fried chicken pieces are coated evenly. These wings will taste like fried chicken with sauce but will look blackishgreen if you make it right.   Food: Paella Negra is something that you can make yourself or purchase from a store. It has nothing scary in it except for the fact that it uses Squid Ink for its sauce. If you don’t feel like eating rice for Halloween, you could also use make some Squid Ink Pasta, or if you are

going Pinoy, some Adobong Pusit.   Food: You can not go wrong with grilled Pinoy favorites like Isaw (intestines), Betamax (grilled pig’s blood), Adidas (grilled chicken feet), and Helmet (grilled chicken heads). You could also serve the trusty Dinuguan (stew made with pork blood and pork innards) and Puto (rice cakes) or some Bijod and Bagaybay (Tuna eggs. I don’t know which one is the tuna testicle and which one is the tuna caviar; and honestly, I don’t really want to know).   If you make them the right way, your drink will get you drunk and will put your friends in a partymood. This is why it is really important that you serve good alcohol with your food. Of course, you can’t skip this element of the party. You must make your drinks Halloween-worthy as well.   Drinks: Jello shots are always fun and festive. Make some black and orange jelly as per the instruction on the box, but leave out some amount of water from the recipe. Before you place your jelly in olds, add some vodka. You must add as much as the water you left out and remember not to cook or boil the vodka with the jelly as it will cause it to lose its alcohol. Then, transfer your gelatine into condiment cups or any Halloween inspired mold.   Drinks: If you want to make some “Slime Punch” all you need to do is prepare a drink with two parts lemonade (instant or fresh) with green food coloring, one part soda water or lemon-lime soda, and one part vodka. Then, crush some green jelly and drop it in your punch.   To finish your party off, you must put extra effort in decorating. It sets the mood of the party and must therefore look really cool and kitschy.   Decor: You can go simple. Attach pieces of orange and black crepe paper on your ceiling, and you are done. If you want to dress it up a bit, you can also go ahead and attach some black bat-shaped pieces of cartolina.   Decor: You can also put some black lights in your venue and draw some creepy stuff on a black cartolina or the black side of an illustration board using highlighters. These creepy messages will glow once you turn your black light on.   Catch Confessions of a Partyphile on the radio every Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 in the PM on 105.9 Mix FM or For comments, suggestions, and more confessions from this partyphile you can log on to or tweet the columnist at




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Fun-filled night at Malipano Island

Text and Photos by Jims Vincent T. Capuno


s Davao City had fun with Bonnie Bailey, the people in nearby Island Garden City of Samal had a blast with the Oktoberfest and pre-Halloween party held at the Malipano Island of Pearl Farm Beach Resort.

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Some 400 guests and visitors dined and wined as they toasted to the celebration modeled after the Munich event. Sumptuous foods were lavish while beer and mixedup drinks overflowed.  Everyone had a grand time. The party started past 6 in the evening and ended with a big bang – literally.  There was a fireworks show near the beach that was turned into a cemetery for the occasion.   Photographers and visitors who brought their own cameras tried to capture the beauty of each blast and the technicolors being displayed on the clouds. “It has been a long time since I have witnessed this kind of spectacle,” a Dabawenya said. But that’s going ahead

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of the story. Before that, the audience was entertained by Suave Latino, Davao’s premier band.  Guests and visitors listened to the repertoire the band has prepared.  When its vocalist, Anna Cortes, went down from the stage, she caught the attention of everyone.  She was a complete livewire: she sang, danced, swayed, walked, and ad-libbed with funny lines.  There was never a dull moment with her. 

Fireworks display

There was also no tedious music from the selections DJ Yancey had prepared for the party. The Jamming Grava captured the interest of the audience with the Latin beat and the fire dancing exhibition. But the kudos went to Cueshé, the group which popularized such songs as “Stay,” “Sorry,” “Ulan,” “Can’t Let You Go,” and “Jealous Guy.”  When lead vocalist Jay Justiniani started to sing, the audience

Suave Latino

listened. As one song after another was performed, some of those listening started to sing with the band.  Everyone, indeed, were having good time. Thanks to Benjamen Banzon for staging such event.     Also to Roxan Obregon, Isidora Arrendondo, Marius Filamor, and other staff of Pearl Farm Beach Resort for fully supporting the needs of the guests and visitors.

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Native’s Fitzsimmons boot clearly convinced the judges in the red dot design award, one of the most renowned international product competitions. With such a highly respected panel of experts, the Fitzsimmons has now been awarded the “red dot” seal of quality for high design. More than 1,000 guests from the world of design, industry, society and media will celebrate the winners of the red dot design award on 4 July 2011, which traditionally takes place in Essen’s opera house, Aalto Theater, in Germany. The Fitzsimmons will then be on display during a fourweek special exhibition in the red dot design museum.

  When Native began developing the Fitzsimmons boot, the focus was to evolve construction methods and material from the timehonored hiking boot profile. Applying the knowledge gained during the initial design process of the EVA slip-ons, Native added new structural elements to the Fitzsimmons. The EVA shell is now fused into a two-piece

sandwich process that allows for a soft, resilient upper, as well as an enhanced density sole for durability. Also, the custom, perforated neoprene sock – inspired by a design typically seen in snowboard boots – allows for additional comfort and warmth. The final detail is a hand-brushed upper, for a clean, suede like texture.

  Along with the other prizewinning product designs,the Fitzsimmons will be on display to experience first handfrom 5 July to 1 August 2011 in the exhibition “Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2011.” The red dot design museum is located at the world heritage site of the Zeche Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen. With in excess of 1,500 products spread over an area of more than 4,000 m2, the red dot design museum houses the largest permanent exhibition of contemporary design worldwide.   Native is available in Davao at Shoe Salon, Bratpack and Res|Toe|Run stores..


Juicy gossip


ossip can be juicy, delicious, mean, entertaining, destructive -- or all of the above. However it’s described, gossip does have a purpose, according to new research. ‘’We think it is a protective-type role,” says researcher Eliza Bliss-Moreau, PhD, post-doctoral fellow in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of California, Davis. “Gossip helps us predict who is friend or foe without firsthand experience with those people.”

  Bliss-Moreau and her colleagues arrived at the conclusion after studying the visual impact of gossip. The researchers found that people pay more attention to the faces of people they have heard negative things about than faces of people they hear positive or neutral things about or to other images.   “The idea would be, based on the finding, is if we can see those people [talked about negatively] for longer times, we can gather more information about them,” BlissMoreau says. “It might be a mechanism that has evolved to protect us from liars and cheaters and people in our large social groups who have the potential to do us harm.”  Observing these potential troublemakers for a longer period may give us clues about whether they are actually a threat, the research suggests.   The researchers conducted the study around an accepted phenomenon known as bin-

ocular rivalry. The term refers to a situation in which you are presented with two things to look at, setting up a rivalry for your brain’s attention.   “The way the brain works, you can only see one at a time, so you flip back and forth quickly,” says Bliss-Moreau The amount of time you look at each image is not typically under your conscious control.

on a keyboard when the image they saw switched from one to the other. They looked longest at the faces associated with negative gossip. “The key finding is that if a face has been paired with negative gossip, you see it for longer compared to the house,” BlissMoreau says.   The results show that information gotten through

For the study, the researchers first showed the participants pictures of faces while describing positive, negative, or neutral things about what the person in the picture had done.  Negative comments included such information as “threw a chair at his classmate.” Positive comments included “helped an elderly woman with her groceries.” An example of a neutral comment was “passed a man on the street.”  Participants next were shown two images -- one a face and the other an image of a house. It was only possible to look at one at a time. The participants pressed a key

gossip influences vision, according to Bliss-Moreau. “What we know about someone influences not only how we feel and think about them, but also whether or not we see them in the first place,” she writes.   “If you hear negative gossip about people at one time, and then you encounter them at a later time, you are more likely to pay attention to their behavior,” she says. If you look at them for a longer time, and observe their behavior, she says, you can then figure out if you need to protect yourself from them or not.  Linking gossip with our ability to process visual stimuli is a creative research ap-

The new research also shows that ‘’negative associations are strong enough to emerge from outside awareness to affect our thoughts and potentially actions.”

proach, says Moshe Bar, PhD, director of the Harvard Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory.   The study adds to what experts already know about our brain being an ‘’association machine,” he says. “First, it shows that quick exposure to a complex piece of information, gossip, is sufficient to cause a strong association,” Bar says. “We just hear something about someone and it is enough to substantially bias our impression about that someone.”  The new research also shows that ‘’negative associations are strong enough to emerge from outside awareness to affect our thoughts and potentially actions.”  Although knowing someone in a picture threw a chair at a classmate “does not pose an immediate threat to us, our brain still does not take chances and seems to consider this as worth heightened sensitivity,” says Bar.   My thoughts on this study as I was reading it was that gossip can help us in a way to protect ourselves from potential danger. It is always best to protect oneself and to lessen exposure to dangerous people and situations. And remember there are two types of gossip, the positive and the negative. So, let us learn to place a balance on these. There is a local saying often associated with troublemakers and gossip, “walang sunog kung walang usok” (there can be no fire if there is no smoke). That saying alone is a warning for us to be vigilant with people who are troublemakers and fire starters. In modern times, these people are the real ghouls of Halloween! Ahooooo!!!!

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Finding comfort at Conching’s When one is asked on what comfort food is, one would normally answer with the usual answers of spaghetti, baked macaroni, fried chicken, and roast beef. I find this strangely funny since the very definition of comfort food is food that remind someone of comforting childhood memories, basically food that one grows up with.   Don’t get me wrong, I also find fried chicken comforting as much as every average Juan but I also remember memories of barbecued native chicken, of puso (rice cooked in a coconut leaf pouch) and of imbao (clear clam soup infused with ginger) during my childhood days.   Some days I crave for such Pinoy comfort food only to get thwarted buy the difficulty of finding it. Well, not of just finding it, but a difficulty of having barbecued native chicken that was not as tough as leather, or imbao that is neither too salty or filled with tooth shattering grains of sand. Luckily a visit to Conching’s at Araullo Street paved my way to Pinoy comfort food bliss.   Foodies who love seafood will love Conching’s grilled squid which properly cleaned and is cooked until tender. Another comfort food would be Conching’s imbao that has a generous amount of plump clams and lots of ginger root which I really love. What IS missing in the imbao are the scary, tooth killing, sand grains which makes having your bowl of soup a truly comforting experience.   Conching’s roasted native chickens were flavorful and filling yet did not have the texture of shoe leather which I believe older foodies with dentures would truly appreciate. I also loved their version of kinilaw (tuna loin cooked in vinegar) that is finished with rich coconut milk that adds a layer of sophistication to an otherwise simple yet refreshing dish.   You may have noticed that the Pinoy comfort food at

Grilled squid.

Imbao, a rich clam and ginger soup.

Conching’s roasted native chicken.

Conching’s that I have so far mentioned are actually quite healthy so why not extend it to rice? Yes, you heard me right. How? Rice is served in palm leaf pouches that not only add flavor and a distinctive aroma to the rice, but it helps give diners a sense of portion control. Of course given that Conching’s also has a brown rice version of the puso (the only one in Davao City), you can be comforted by the fact that what you are having is a truly hearty, healthy meal.

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Azahara Muñoz

zahara Muñoz Guijarro (born 19 November 1987) is a Spanish professional golfer on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour. Muñoz was born in Málaga in southern Spain and had a successful amateur career in both Europe and the United States. She won the 2002 Spanish Amateur title at age 14, the 2004 Girls British Open Championship, and was the 2009 British Ladies Amateur champion. Additionally, she was runner-up to Amanda Blumenherst at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur in Eugene, Oregon, and was a member of Europe’s Junior Solheim Cup Team in 2002, 2003, and 2005. At Arizona State, she was the 2008 NCAA Individual Champion in her junior year, winning by making a 25-foot (8 m) putt in the first hole of a playoff against UCLA’s Tiffany Joh in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Surgery on her right wrist in January 2009

sidelined her for over a month during her senior year. In May, Muñoz finished fourth at the NCAA Championships in Maryland to lead the Sun Devils to the 2009 NCAA team title. She was the Edith Cummings Munson Award recipient in 2008 & 2009, the only double winner of the award. Muñoz was also 2006–08 NGCA Academic All-American, 2006–09 FirstTeam All-Pac-10, 2006–07 NGCA Second-Team All-American, 2009 NGCA All-American and 2009 Pac-10 Scholar of the Year. She graduated magna cum laude from ASU in May 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in business. Munoz turned professional in September 2009 and shot to prominence by winning the Madrid Ladies Masters on her professional debut on the Ladies European Tour (LET) in early October. She defeated LPGA Major Champion and former Sun Devil Anna Nordqvist with an eagle


three at the par five18th in a play-off after both players had tied. Munoz is also a first year member of the LPGA Tour. Outside of golf, Munoz enjoys playing tennis, shopping and spending time with her friends. She is sponsored by Allianz, Toshiba and Ping.

Sta. Ana bowlers regain Rotary bowling crown R

OTARY Club of Sta. Ana Davao bowlers, champion in 2008 and 2009, regained the crown of the Governor’s Division in the annual Davao InterRotary bowling tournament from host Rotary Club of East Davao, 2010 champion, in their final showdown last Sunday at the B3 Hall of NCCC Matina. RC Sta Ana amassed 3,129 pinfalls for a 154 winning margin over RC East Davao (2965). The District Governor Leoncio “Nonoy” VillaAbrille championship trophy was awarded to the champion team by senior assistant governor Remigio “Boy” Salanatin In behalf of RC Sta, Ana president Allan Fabian. In third place was of the Governor’s Divison the Governor’s Division was RC Digos with 2,936 pinfalls.

RC South Digos copped the President’s Division title followed by RC Downtown Davao, 1st runner-up, and RC Central Davao, 2nd runner-up. RC Waling-Waling ruled the Fellowship Division, with RC West Davao as 1st runner-up and RC PagAsa and RC Calinan, 2nd runner-up. Sammy Talaboc of RC Sta. Ana Davao topped individual honors with the highest score (male) of 213 points. Talaboc also got the highest average individual score (male) with 181 points. Laude Balicog of RC Toril Davao got the highest individual score (female) with 180 pinfalls, while Anita Subido of RC East Davao got the highest average individual score (female) with 138 points. The master’s champi-


onship trophy went to Paul Basan of RC South Digos while the 1st runner-up honors went to Boy Risonar of RC Digos and Marc Fernandez of RC Digos. In other events, RC Davao presided by Oka Gonzales, emerged champion in billiards, with RC South Digos as first runner-up and RC Central Davao, second runner-up. RC North Davao led by Bong Nagayo was the champion in darts, followed by RC West Davao as 1st runner-up and RC East Davao as 2nd runner-up. With District Gov. Villa-Abrille to award the trophies were SAG Salanatin, who was also the lead sponsor, SAG Sojor, tournament director, RC South Davao president Arthur Uy, chairman of the Council of Presidents, and RC East Davao president Val Dionisio, games manager.

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Regional Office No. XI Davao City Case No.2002-XI-01323 Petition for Renewal of Certificate of Public Convenience to operate a PUJ Ordinary Service. MOISES L. DEROMOL Petitioner x- - - - - - - - - x NOTICE HEARING Petitioner is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience issued in this case authorizing the operation of a PUJ Ordinary Regular Service on the route: CIRCULATION ROUTE 3 with the use of THREE (3) units, which Certificate will expire on October 16, 2011. In the petition filed on October 12, 2011, petitioner requests authority to extend the validity of said certificate to operate along the same route with the use of the same units previously authorized. NOTICE, is hereby given that this petition will be heard by this Board on November 28, 2011 at 10:00 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 12th day of October 2011 at Davao City. TERESITA DELA PEÑA-YÑIGUEZ Chief Transport Development Officer /hoc Copy furnished: Petitioner,Moises L. Deromol, Arellano/ Tavera Sts., Davao City Counsel, Atty. Porfirio S. Daclan, Suite 203, Villa Abrille Bldg., R. Magsaysay Avenue, Davao City NOTE: Affidavit of Publication and newspaper where notice was published must be submitted three (3) days before the scheduled hearing.

KYcable is bringing justice to sports coverage as it now offers high definition service in Davao. Hundreds if not thousands of Dabawenyos today have flat screen television sets but they sometimes fail to consider subscribing to a company like SKYcable that offers new technology in digital television. What’s beautiful with SKYcable these days is that it promotes the November 13 fight of Davao’s adopted son Manny Pacquiao against Juan Manuel Marquez. You might have a nice 42-inch, 1080p TV set but if you don’t have a SKYcable connection, you are actually not maximizing the features of your equipment for the best viewing pleasure. Who can help you with that? It’s SKYcable. Why wait? Call (082)3055456 before the promo deadline on November 10! * * * I am yielding space to Michelle Manzo who delivered a very informative welcome remarks on behalf of the Dacudao clan in the recent 1st Dr. Elias P. Dacudao Memorial Cup at the Eco2 Tennis Club. A total of 127 young players took part in the event which was sanctioned by Philta and organized by the Davao Association of Tennis Clubs and Philippine Tennis Academy with the support of Head and Chris Sports. “Good morning. “I’m Michelle Manzo, daughter of Teresita Dacudao Roque, 3rd child of Elias Dacudao. With us here today are my mother Teresita, my sisters Emily and Carol, my cousin Raymond Dakudao; and of course, my aunt Melanie Dacudao Chan and her husband, Rommie Chan, president of the Philippine Tennis Academy, and who helped make this tournament possible. “In behalf of the Dacudao family, welcome to the 1st Dr. Elias Dacudao Memorial Cup! “Our family is very happy and honored to have a tennis tournament held in honor of our father Elias Dacudao. We are even happier that the tournament is being held in our hometown, Davao. “We consider Elias Dacudao as the Father of Davao Tennis. While he was a medical doctor and businessman by profession,

his heart was really more into tennis and chess. As a result, he devoted much time and resources in developing tennis in Davao and in encouraging young deserving tennis players to excel in the sport by providing moral and financial support. It gave him much joy to hang out at the old Magallanes tennis courts, in the clubhouse he helped build. And his dream was to help improve the lives of young kids, especially those from Mindanao, by teaching them to play tennis, and in the process, inculcate in them the values of hard work, discipline and sportsmanship. “We like to think that Elias Dacudao attained his dream. You may be too young to recognize the names, but he mentored a stable of tennis players that included the Valleramos brothers – Ben, Bernardo (or Jun) and Manuel. Manuel Valleramos went on to become the no. 1 player in the Philippines and a Southeast Asian Games gold medallist. Jun was likewise a nationally ranked tennis player, as well as a Philippine national tennis team coach. Another protégé was Danilo Pila, a Davis Cupper. My cousin Raymond was also a Davis Cupper, who received a college tennis scholarship in the US together with another protégé, Rodrigo Cabato, and my sister Teresa. My sisters, Teresa, Emily and Carol, were likewise former nationally ranked junior tennis players, who represented the country in many international tournaments. Other protégés like Rene Abastillas and Melchor Sabandon became tennis coaches / trainers. These players, together with countless others, are just some of the people whose lives were touched by Elias Dacudao. “Now, with this tournament, it is our family’s fervent wish that the legacy of Elias P. Dacudao will continue and that Mindanao, especially Davao, will again become a fertile breeding ground of nationally and internationally ranked tennis players. “Thank you to the organizers and sponsors of this tournament and good luck to the participants!”” *** Happy birthday to kuya Noel Albano and Davao Sportswriters Association president Charles Raymond A. Maxey (Nov. 3).

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SUPPORT. Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc., the fastest growing independent oil company in the country, is supporting the 22nd Durian Tee Invitational Golf Tournament as co-presentor of the event to be held from November 24 to 27, 2011 at the Apo Golf and Country Club in Davao City. Sealing the Phoenix-Apo Golf partnership last October 22, are (from left) Apo Golf director Jonathan Jocom, Apo Golf general manager Pabilto Parilla, Apo Golf president Jimmy Larrabaster, Phoenix VP for finance Chryss Damuy, 22nd Durian Tee finance and solicitation committee chair John Oropeza, and Apo Golf director Edwin Villarino.

Registration is ongoing for the 1st Padyak Para Kay Boyd Fun Ride at Mindanews, Mindanao Times, 3MJ Trading and Inquirer offices. The ride is to raise funds for patients of the Mindanao Burn Center and in memory of Gene Boyd “Boboy” Lumawag. photo editor of Mindanews and an exciting basketball player for the Davao Sportswriters Association(DSA) team who was gunned down on November 12, 2004 in Jolo, Sulu after taking photos of his last sunset at a pier. The case remains unsolved.

He would have turned 33 years old this November. *** Liga Dabaw Public High Schools Basketball Tournament’s opening ceremony was moved to November 5 at the UM Matina campus. Liga chairman Willie Torres, vice-chair Atty. Mans Carpio, directors Junjun Ramirez of Cortess Printing, Glen Escandor of Royal Mandaya Hotel, Christopher “Bong” Go of the vice mayor’s office, Jazmin Middleton of Blujaz Resorts, DepEd assistant schools division supt. Eva

Antipuesto, SBP regional director Regino “Boy” Cua and board member Atty. Reuben Abarquez will be on hand to welcome the competing teams. Mayor Sara Zimmerman Duterte has been invited as special. *** Brokenshire College’s Anthony Nerza snatched a bronze medal in the recent 16th National University Games in Capiz. He clocked 10 minutes in the 3,000-meter race topped by Roger Denolo of UST. UE’s Richard Salano finished second for the silver medal.

Dabawenyo coasts to 6-shot romp for his 3rd ICTSI crown D

avao’s Jhonnel Ababa bucked a shaky start with a fiery windup to rout the field with a closing 71 and annex his third leg victory on the ICTSI-Philippine Golf Tour via a six-shot victory over Mhark Fernando and fellow Dabawenyo Tony Lascuna in the ICTSI Calatagan Challenge in Calatagan, Batangas last Friday. What had appeared to be a wild finish turned into one-man show as Ababa rebounded from an opening 38 with three birdies in the first four holes at the back, frustrating erstwhile pursuer Cassius Casas, another Dabawenyo, and a charging Fernando to complete a wireto-wire victory in the P1 mil-

lion tournament. He pooled a 206 and beat Fernando and Lascuna, who both carded 71s, by six for the top P200,000 purse – his third leg victory in the 16-stage circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. after ruling the ICTSI Iloilo and ICTSI Riviera stages in close fashions. “Medyo sinuwerte na lang sa backnine,” said the soft-spoken Ababa, who is expected to move up to No. 3 from No. 5 in the Order of Merit ranking with two legs left in the circuit sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. Fernando, six shots behind Ababa at the start of the final round, rallied to within

two with a solid 34 but fumbled with a 37 at the back while Casas moved within a stroke at the turn but faded with a double-bogey, par, bogey-bogey start at the back and limped home with a 77. Fernando and Lascuna wound up with 212s and shared the combined prize of P185,000 while Anthony Fernando shot the day’s best score of 69 and salvaged joint fourth with Marvin Dumandan, who had a 75, at 213. Each got P45,000. “It’s not yet my time but I know it will come,” said Mhark Fernando, who had hoped to add the crown to his maiden win at ICTSI Del Monte recently. Ababa, who had an-

chored his bid in the first two rounds with solid stints on the frontside, turned in an uncharacteristic 38 marred by back-to-back bogeys from No. 8, enabling Casas to threaten within one with a 37 and Mhark Fernando to close within two with a 34. But that was the closest that his rivals could get as Ababa regained his touch, rhythm and all and rammed in those birdies inside six feet to foil his rivals and record another win in the event backed by MJ Carr Golf Management, Inc., Srixon, Callaway, Unilab, Titleist, Sharp, Custom Clubmakers, Mizuno,, Inquirer Golf, A Round of Golf, Studio 23, Balls, and Dynamic Sports. [PR]

The former Apo Golf and Country Club bag carrier lifts the championship trophy. [Contributed]

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