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City government provides free nicotine addiction therapy By ADAM B. MORRELL



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igarette smokers who wished to quit smoking may now avail of the Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) through the Vice Regulation Unit (VRU) of the City Government of Davao. VRU head Dr. Ashley G. Lopez, disclosed this during the I-Speak media forum held at the City Hall of Davao on Thursday, October 10. The NRT program will assist nicotine dependent individuals who will voluntarily avail of the free services of the government.


A group of workers rides at the back of a pick up-type vehicle on their way to work along R. Castillo Street in Davao City on Thursday. The City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) and other concern agencies have started to implement the law prohibiting passengers to ride at the back of pick up-type vehicles. Lean Daval Jr



Mangrove planters get P10,000 each from MNR


en residents of Barangay Matiao who planted 1,000 mangrove shrubs in their coastal area were rewarded with P10,000 in cash each. City of Mati Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat personally handed the cash rewards to Reograce Reoma, Jay Paul Ru�in, Jemar Diuyan, Teresita Sasam, Hanie Marie Geraldo, Alfredo Monteagodo Sr., Aljeb Monteagodo, Rex Monteagodo, Renaldo Erejer, and Alfredo Monteagodo Jr. The Mangrove Rehabilitation and Reforestation Project was started in 2017 by then Mayor Carlo Rabat and is being continued by the administration of Mayor Michelle considering its positive impact on the environment. The mangrove planters started planting the shrubs on July 16, 2019 with a promise from the city gov-

ernment that they would be paid ten pesos for each planted mangrove shrub. Immediately after planting 1,000 mangroves each, the Matiao residents were initially paid P6,000 each with the remaining balance to be paid two months after provided their planted mangroves survive. After a follow-up inspection showing the total of 10,000 planted mangroves healthy and surviving, Mayor Michelle awarded the balance of P4,000 to each of the ten residents for their hardwork. Mayor Michelle meanwhile thanked the mangrove planters whose main source of living is �ishing for their dedication to nurturing and protecting the environment. The project is spearheaded by the Bureau of


Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go undergoes body frisking procedure as he pass through the main entrance of Waterfront Insular Hotel in Lanang, Davao City where he attended a gathering on Wednesday night. Lean Daval Jr

ComVal builds schools for Salugpongan pupils



he Davao City Water District (DCWD) is pumping up water supply by completing two wells to serve residents in barangays Binugao and Bato in Toril District.

DCWD Deputy Spokesperson Jovana Cresta Duhaylungsod presented to Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang and the media during the site tour of the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project in Baguio District that they are eyeing to complete two wells in Barangays Binugao and Bato. She said the Binugao well is targeted to be completed next month and has

a reservoir component. However, she said they will not wait for the reservoir to �inish as they can already operate the well and start serving the Binugao area around November this year. Duhaylungsod said with the completion of the Binugao water supply system they will be able to reach the boundary of Sirawan area. “As of now DCWD have

reached the boundary of District 2 which is the Lasang area,” she said. Once completed, Duhaylungsod said the well in Binugao can supply around 5,000 cubic meters per day or 1,000 gallons per minute and can serve around 5,000 connections assuming that one connection is one cubic meter. “Since it is a new well, puwede pa mag-add ng connections after the completion of the reservoir but as of now we will concentrate on what the well can provide given that the reservoir is not yet completed,” she said adding that they will just bring their customer services depart-

ment on site and conduct a new service orientation for them not to go to the DCWD of�ice anymore. Another development, which is targeted to be completed this year and also has a reservoir component is the well in Bato, under Toril Water Supply System. Duhaylungsod said the well is expected to start operating this week. She said they are just waiting for the transformer for the power supply. “In terms of estimate is similar to Binugao. But this is an additional source for our existing Toril water supply and that water sys-



he Provincial Government of Compostela Valley is building schools to ensure that affected students of the closure of the Salugpongan schools in Davao Region will continue their schooling. In a statement, Governor Jayvee Tyrone Uy said they �ind no problem in the decision of the Department of Education XI (DepEd XI) to close down Salugpongnn schools in Davao Region. He said there is a need to ensure that the former students of the Salugpongan schools will continue their education. "We are now building better schools in the affected communitues," he said. The province already turned over new schools for Sitio Bongloy in Pagsabangan, New Bataan. Purok 3 in Panansalan. Compostela. Sitio Sapang Lubog in Pantukan and Sitio Puti Bato in Ngan, Compostela. Uy added that new schools are set to be turnedover for Side 4. Mangayon, Compostela and Sitio Da-

nauan in Munurigao, New Bataan, the farthest sitio in the province. The schools were funded by a private sector and that volunteers help for the constructions of the schools. "Because of all these efforts, we are optimistic that sooner. sludents can go to better schools. their Iives restored to normalcy and our communities attaining just and lasting peace," he said. The provincial government has concurred with the reasons cited by DepEd which include the non-compliance of the Salugpongan schools to the basic education curriculum, material misrepresentation, and the failure of these schools to secure Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). On Monday, the regional of�ice of the Department of Education has ordered for the closure of Salugpongan schools in Davao Region after the fact-�inding committee found substantial evidence that led to the order of closure. By Maya M. Padillo

DavNor town opens P6M rice processing complex

I MindaNews co-founder and editor-in-chief Carolyn Arguillas makes a presentation about Mindanao perspective during the first day of Navigate Mindanao held at Dusit D2 Hotel in Bo. Pampanga, Davao City on Thursday. Lean Daval Jr

n a bid to modernize farming in the province and help local farmers improved their productivity, a PHP5.9-million rice processing complex located in New Visayas village, Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte was inaugurated on Wednesday morning. The Gravity Irrigators Service Association, Inc., (GISACO) a farmers’ cooperative, was the bene�iciary of the rice processing complex. Mayor Ernesto Evangelista said the establishment of the processing plant was part of the local government's continuing effort to help rice farmers affected with the implementation of Republic Act 11203 or the Rice Tarif�i-

cation Law (RTL). “This project serves a living proof that our municipal government could actively address the problems faced by the rice farmers and the agricultural sector, in general. We hope this project could also generate local employment for our people since this will be managed by a cooperative,” Evangelista said in his speech. The local chief executive has urged rice farmers from other barangays to take advantage of the facility as it would lessen their production costs. Municipal Agriculturist Elmer Degorio said the multi-pass rice mill was funded under the Depart-





Notice of low water pressure


avao City Water District advises the public of two schedules of low water pressure to no water in some Buhangin and Cabantian areas. First schedule is on October 12, 2019 from 1:00 AM to 3:30 AM and second schedule is on October 14, 2019 from 3:00 AM to 5:30 AM. Affected are some Buhangin areas, particularly portion of Robinsons Highlands Subd. specifically Beverly Hills St., Bread Subd., Carpio Subd., Panorama Homes Subd., Pioneer Village, and Manuel M. Garcia Road (from corner Cabantian Road to Panorama Homes) and some Cabantian areas, speci�ically Holy Trinity Subd., Countryville Executive Homes, Dela Peña Subd., BACAHOA Subd., Victor’s Executive Homes, Emilia Homes Subd., and portion of Cabantian Road (from Holy Trinity to Emilia Homes Subd.). DCWD’s Panorama Booster Pump will be affected by the Davao Light and Power Company’s (DLPC) power interruption on the said dates needed to facilitate the substation maintenance works of DLPC’s Ma-a Substation. Although the power cuts are shorter in duration, DCWD needs additional time for re-switching on of the affected facility, pressure build up,

and line delivery, thus the longer duration of water service interruptions. On behalf of the DCWD management, General Manager Edwin V. Regalado asks for the understanding and cooperation of would-be affected customers and advises them to store enough water prior to the schedules. Water supply may be restored earlier if DLPC’s work goes smoothly or later if unforeseen problems arise. DCWD conducts �lushing after service works are completed. However, once water is restored, customers are advised to open all faucets and allow water to run for at least two minutes. Do not drink tap water immediately but if needed, boil water beforehand as safety precaution. The general public may visit DCWD website ( ph) and of�icial Facebook page (www.facebook. com/davaowater) for the latest water service updates. They may also call the Central Information Unit / Call Center through the 24-hour hotline 235DCWD (3293) and press “4” on their phone dial for the latest daily water updates or contact 09277988966, 0925-5113293, and 0908-4410653 for any matters pertaining to DCWD services. (Camille Margarette U. Solon)

Mati LGU vows support for shrimp growers


he City Government of Mati under Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat vows to support the shrimp growers in the city provided they comply with all of the requirements from the government. In a meeting held at the City Mayor’s of�ice Thursday, October 10, shrimp growers called Baname Growers in Barangay Dahican represented by Rashid Flores expressed their willingness to pay the necessary fees and comply with the requirements. Flores said though that they are having a hard time complying with the

requirements for the past years now since the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the local government have different and sometimes “con�licting” requirements. During Thursday’s meeting, it was settled by the DENR and the city government of�icials to submit a list of requirements to Mayor Michelle by next week to which the Banami growers would comply for the issuance of their business permits. It was learned that in the past administration,


NCCC Group of Companies chairman of the board Helen Lim (2nd from left), chief executive officer Lafayette Lim (rightmost) and chief information officer Joseph Uy (2nd from right) and LTS Department Stores, Inc.

president Ivy Michelle Lim show NCCC Mastercard during the launching of the company’s credit card at NCCC Mall Buhangin in Davao City on Thursday. Lean Daval Jr

NCCC positions for cashless transactions By MAYA M. PADILLO


omegrown retail giant New City Commercial Corporation (NCCC) is gearing up for cashless transaction by launching the NCCC Mastercard in partnership with Metrobank at NCCC Mall Buhangin yesterday.

The card aims to provide NCCC shoppers with more convenient payment options and �inancial �lexibility. It also gives cardholders access to exclusive discounts and promos. Lafayette Lim, chief executive of�icer of NCCC Group of Companies said in an interview that apart from launching the NCCC Mastercard, they are also working on their electronic wallet and other services that uses electronic systems like prepaid and postpaid services in the future.

“As we all know the credit card usage in our country is very low and the last I heard is about 8 million users lang that is like less than 10 percent of above of the population. Very low talaga ang credit card isage dito sa country. Just early this year If you heard the news that electronic wallet has already overtaking credit cards but of course it would not replaced credit cards in the business and e-wallets have its own place. NCCC is already preparing for cashless and we are already also

working on going cashless transaction,” Lim said as he expressed optimism that cashless transaction will take off based on the popularity of other card transactions such as Paymaya that has been accepted in the country now. “It will take off and we are preparing for that,” he said. The NCCC credit card replaces the existing NCCC Kanegosyo Rewards Card used by wholesalers and sari-sari store owners. Regular rewards card holders may also avail of the credit card. Joseph Uy, chief information of�icer of LTS Pinnacle Holdings Inc said the rewards card is used for cash transaction. He said that if a cardholder runs out of credit line you he or she would now use cash.


Mati airport dev’t pushed


Aerial photo of the unfinished Mati City airport.

“If you use cash you still need to present your rewards card to earn points, but if you use your master card you don’t need to anymore show your NCCC rewards card because the mastercard and NCCC rewards card are already link together,” Uy explained. “Only if you use cash you can use the NCCC rewards card and only when you are going to redeem your points then you have to show your NCCC Rewards Card, why? Becasue the mastercard has no photo so if this gets lost or stolen and redeem your points, kawawa ka lahat ng points mo nawala because somebody stole your card and redeem your points. That is why we require the rewards card to be shown during redemption.” The NCCC Mastercard

egotiations for the development and expansion of the Mati City Airport in Davao Oriental continue, as local of�icials said they are coordinating with concerned agencies to speed up the project. In an interview Wednesday, Davao Oriental Provincial Information Of�icer Karen Lou Deloso said a consultation-planning was held recently among key personalities from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), local of�icials, and the affected landowners. Deloso said the participants aired their respective concerns relative to the development of the airport, a

project that has languished for 40 years now. Also known as the Imelda R. Marcos Airport, the project in Barangay Dahican was started by then-governor Francisco “Paking” Rabat. During the recent meeting, Deloso said the stakeholders initially agreed to push through the development of a Class 3C airport, designed to accommodate turbo propeller aircraft. However, she said the of�icials involved in the project anticipated future development and expansion, and agreed to push through with the Class 4C airport, which can accommodate larger planes. DOTr Project Manage-




EDITORIAL Trust in immunization Davao City will be rolling out an all-out campaign for full immunization against the resurgent polio virus beginning next week. The target set by the Davao City Health Of�ice (CHO) is to achieve 100 percent immunization. The goal only means one thing which is to not leave any chance for the dreaded virus to claim a single victim. The immunization is free and will cover all barangays targetting children aged 5 years old and below. Although studies show adults may also need to be immunized, the main priority are children as they are the ones most susceptible to the virus. The �irst round of massive vaccination will start on Monday in Barangay 5-A Bangkerohan. To intensify the campaign, the city government will deploy volunteers from both government and private sectors to visit markets, malls, terminals, churches and even go house-to-house to ensure that all areas are covered. According to health of�icials, the polio outbreak was caused


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SAVED BY CRITICISM In Killosophy, Criss Jami wrote: “The motive behind criticism often determines its validity. Those who care criticize where necessary. Those who envy criticize the moment they think that they have found a weak spot.” I was reminded of the story shared by William Barclay. There was this budding English politician named Harold Nicholson who, at the start of his career, went to old Stanley Baldwin seeking for an advice. “You are going to be a statesman and try to handle the affairs of this country,” the political veteran told him. “Well, I have had a long experience of such a life, and will give you three rules you had better follow.” The �irst rule was: “If you subscribe to a press-cutting agency, cancel your subscription at once.” The second rule: “Never laugh at your opponent’s mistakes.” The third and �inal rule: “Get used to hearing people attribute bad motives to what you are doing.” In ending his story, Barclay wrote this thought-provoking

statement: “You can be as good as Jesus and yet have people criticize anything you do. Not matter what Jesus did, someone was against it. Sometimes, it seems that we just can’t win: we’ve damned if we do something, and we’re damned if we don’t. But don’t get upset about it. Little boys throw stones only at trees which bear fruit.” Celebrities – movie stars, politicians, artists, journalists, and singers – are not immune from criticism. Even if their intentions are good, many still �ind ways to criticize whatever they will do. Television star Garry Moore once announced that he was giving St. Christopher medals to members of his staff. Some viewers, believing him to be Jewish, berated him for what they thought was hypocrisy in giving away a Catholic Sacramental. Others, who thought him to be a Catholic, scolded him for thrusting his religion upon others. Moore, who happened to be Episcopalian, told a journalist about the matter: “If you say, ‘Happy Mother’s Day,’ someone is going to write in and say,

‘What’s the matter? You don’t like your father?’” You either win or lose; you can’t please everyone. “You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win,” American football player and coach Lou Holtz said. “And you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.” Yes, so many people have shared their thoughts on criticism. “He has a right to criticize who has a heart to help,” American president Abraham Lincoln said. “If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only by their conduct, we shall soon reach a very false conclusion,” said another US president, Calvin Coolidge. “If you have no will to change it, you have no right to criticize it,” Mark Twain pointed out. Frank A. Clark has this to say: “Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery expressed it much better: “I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine

a man’s self-respect is a sin.” At one time, a mathematics school teacher wrote the following on the board: 9 x 1 = 7, 9 x 2 = 18, 9 x 3 = 27, 9 x 4 = 36, 9 x 5 = 45, 9 x 6 = 54, 9 x 7 = 63, 9 x 8 = 72, 9 x 9 = 81, and 9 x 10 = 90. When she was done, she looked back at the students and they were all laughing at her because of the �irst equation which was wrong. Then the teacher told the class: “I wrote that �irst one wrong on purpose, because I wanted you to learn something important. This was for you to know how the world out there will treat you. You can see that I wrote the right answer nine times, but none of you congratulated me for it. But all of you laughed and criticized me because of one wrong thing I did. “The lesson is: The world will never appreciate the good you do a million times, but will criticize the one wrong thing you do,” the teacher continued. “So, don’t get discouraged. Always rise above all the laughter and criticism.” Anglo-Irish satirist Jonathan Swift has this observation: “That was excellently observed,’

say I, when I read a passage in an author, where his opinion agrees with mine. When we differ, there I pronounce him to be mistaken.” Dr. Jose P. Rizal, our national hero, once said: “We need criticism to keep us awake.” In other words, we need those criticisms because those observations tell us whether we are on the right or wrong track. We can assess what we have done. “Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to �ix it, they are almost always wrong,” English author Neil Gaiman said. “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary,” British politician Winston Churchill said. “It ful�ills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” In other words, criticisms are good reminders. “The trouble with most us is that we’d rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism,” American inspirational author Norman Vincent Peale said.


MODERN PROOF OF GOD’S EXISTENCE Anyone who is conscious enough of his or her religion have heard about the sarcasm of the atheists against those who believe in the existence of a God who deserves to be worshipped who is also the Lord who creates, sustains and manages His creations. This sarcasm is often outright insulting to the point that they could almost make us believe that people who believe in God are idiots and you need to be an atheist in order to be smart. For the atheist, religion is mere superstition and the person who holds some form of belief in God is no different from children who believe in imaginary friends who were with them in imaginary events. For them, atheism is the liberation from the idiotic belief that there was a Supreme Being that was all powerful that could have created the universe and everything that is in it, including us, humans. Atheism is a strange belief really because belief in God or some form of supernatural powerful being in some form or another is engrained in the human psyche for thousands of years regardless of what religion people practice. But this strangeness or abnormality is being used by the atheists to

prove their point further by saying that they are those who are intelligent enough to be enlightened – or were they. People who believe in God has refuted the atheists especially their claim that God could not be existent because He is neither observable nor measurable. An argument that has already been debunked by the story of the atheist professor whose brain is unobservable as it is, of course, unseen. But since most people who believe in God are courteous enough to argue in dark humor as most atheist, let us re�lect on this educated exposition of Sheikh Wahiduddin Khan, an Indian Islamic scholar on how our modern understanding of science is not denying God but is rather reinforcing the belief in God. He said, “Human knowledge has two different phases— the pre-Einstein period and the post-Einstein period. In the pre-Einstein period, knowledge was con�ined to the macro or material world, which was observable and measurable. So, it was generally held that everything, which has a real existence, should also be observable. Anything, which could not be observed, had no real existence. This meant that only the seen world was real and what

was unseen was unreal or some kind of �iction. This concept created the theory that is generally called logical positivism. It means that the only valid logical argument is one that is demonstrable in material terms; otherwise it is simply a baseless claim, and not a valid argument. But, in the post-Einstein period, in the early years of the 20th century, when the atom was split, the whole situation changed. After the splitting of the atom, matter as a solid substance, disappeared. It was replaced by the micro-world, beyond the atomic world, where everything was reduced to unseen waves – neither measurable nor observable.” This disproves the, ‘to see is to believe,’ tenet that most people are holding in order to deny the existence of God. He further discusses, “Present-day science includes so many things, such as electrons, the law of gravity, x-rays, etc., all of which are non-material in nature. They cannot be observed, but every scientist believes in their existence, for the simple reason that, although we cannot see these things directly, we can see their effect. For example, a falling apple, in the case of gravity, and a photo�ilm, in the case of

x-rays. We believe in the existence of all these things, not by observation but by their result, in other words, by way of indirect knowledge or inferential argument.” In other words, if we believed in these things, why could not we believe in the creator of all these things. Why not ponder on the improbability that the perfection of the design of most creations, both living and non-living could have been the result of accidental merger between atoms and molecules. Sheikh Wahiduddin Khan also observed, “This change in human knowledge also changed the theory of logic. Now it is well established in science that inferential argument is as valid as direct argument. In the pre-Einstein era, unbelievers held that the concept of God pertains to the unseen world. And since no direct argument was available to bear this out, belief in God was held to be illogical and all the relevant indirect arguments were considered scienti�ically invalid, since they were inferential in nature. But now the whole situation has changed. Nothing is observable. So, the existence of anything can be established only by means of inferential argument, rather than by direct

argument. If inferential argument is valid with regard to the unseen micro-world, it is also valid with regard to the existence of God.” Again, atheism was never the nature of man. It is man’s avarice, pride and self-admiration that made him think that he does not need God to guide him or sustain him, let alone create him and everything that exists. Sheikh Wahiduddin Khan concludes about this sad plight of man, “Then why this question? If the concept of God is present in our �lesh and blood, why does one question the existence of God? The reason is very simple. People want to know whether there is a rational basis to their inner belief, whether there is some scienti�ic proof in favor of their inner feelings. I must emphasize that there is certainly a scienti�ic basis for belief in the existence of God. But people generally fail to discover it for the simple reason that they try to apply a criterion that they wrongly believe to be scienti�ic. They want a proof in terms of observation, whereas this is neither the scienti�ic method nor the criterion by which to judge. If you apply the right criterion, you will �ind that God is a proven fact.”



AirAsia PH projects P29-B revenue in '19

A BANNER YEAR. AirAsia Philippines sees 2019 as its banner year as the airline company projects PHP29 billion revenue by the end of the year, or 39 percent growth from revenue in 2018. Lean Daval Jr

n of�icial of AirAsia Philippines on Wednesday said the carrier sees 2019 as its banner year. "We project PHP29 billion revenue by the end of the year, or 39 percent growth from revenue in 2018," AirAsia Philippines vice chair Sheila Romero said during the launch of the carrier's new of�ice. Romero said the management projects a 90 percent load factor by the end of the year, or having �lown a total of 10 million passengers by yearend. AirAsia Philippines' capacity growth in second quarter of 2019 was up by 19 percent compared to the

same period last year. Passengers carried for the second quarter was recorded at 12.8 million, an 18 percent growth year-on-year, resulting in a load factor of 85 percent. More planes and routes await the customers, as Romero said the local carrier is committed to provide comfort, convenience at affordable ticket prices to the Filipinos. In 2019 alone, the carrier has already launched new routes such as �lights between Kalibo and Kunming, Macao and Chengdu; Clark-Kaohsiung; Cebu-Kaohsiung; Manila-Osaka; and Manila-Bacolod. The carrier, in terms of

punctuality, has improved based on the on-time performance (OTP). The OTP is being measured by number of departures and arrivals that take place in less than 15 minutes after scheduled departure and arrival times, including cancellations. AirAsia Philippines chief operations of�icer Dexter Comendador said the OTP improvement can be attributed to the carrier's reserved cabin crew and planes, as well as its fast turn-around. "We have reserved pilots, so that if a pilot stumbles, for example, there is someone to �ly the aircraft.

dustries." “PEZA is 100% supportive of the CITIRA bill’s objectives and goals and wants to contribute in its enhancement and �inal version to ensure that it will remove the fear of its existing locators that it’s not a major tax revamp, but an enhanced one and it will continuously attract more investors to the country and empower the Filipino-owned companies, the SMEs, the farmers, and every Filipino to become part in fully industrializing the

country," she said. The PEZA chief said that the agency's registered enterprises can choose between a longer transition of 5 to 10 years, "which can ensure existing investors of the grandfather rule, or may shift to the new incentive system under CITIRA." Plaza is also suggesting that its proposed increase of its current gross income earned tax regime from 5% to 7% will be considered in CITIRA instead of the corporate income tax

rate in order to retain the one-stop-shop of PEZA for enhanced ease-of-doingbusiness in the ecozones. PEZA also recommended the following to "�inetune" the CITIRA bill in favor of the agency: A �ixed 10-year or 15year transition period to be extended to the locators on a per project basis to provide for a common sunset period considering the usual term for the end of life of products and useful life of equipment.


PEZA chief changes tone on CITIRA bill


hilippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Charito Plaza has changed her tone on the proposed second tax reform package of the Duterte administration as she is now backing the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA) bill.

In a statement on Wednesday, the PEZA announced that Plaza has guaranteed the Department of Finance (DOF) of the agency's support for the CITIRA bill.

Plaza was a staunch critic of the CITIRA bill as the proposed rationalization of �iscal incentives will reduce the country's attractiveness to foreign investors.

The second package of the government's tax reform program aims to slash the corporate income tax from 30% to 20% come 2029 and rationalize �iscal incentives by amending or repealing 123 laws on tax perks and consolidate it into a single omnibus incentive code. Plaza's change of heart came after the PEZA chief and Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez agreed to cooperate in �ine-tuning the measure to "consider concerns of PEZA and its in-





Economist sees peso to end 2019 at 52.89


inancial �lows to the Philippines are expected to keep the local currency resilient, with the peso seen to end 2019 at 52.89 to a greenback.

The local currency ended 2018 at 52.58 to a US dollar. In a report dated Oct. 8, ING Bank Manila senior economist Nicholas Mapa said the local currency ended better than the US dollar last week on a week-on-week basis after corporate demand for the greenback weakened. It said the peso mir-

rored the performance of its counterparts in the region due to expectations of further reduction in the Federal Reserve’s key rates, which has been slashed by 50 basis points so far, resulting in the current rate of between 1.75 percent and 2 percent. The Fed is widely expected to deliver more cuts as the year ends giv-

en the weak outlook on the US economy and the global economy due to the impact of the trade issue between the US and China, among others. “The peso was down initially on global growth fears but quickly bounced to track regional peers on Fed rate cut hopes,” Mapa said. The peso has been trading at 51-52 level against the greenback since the start of the year, which Mapa said makes the local unit the third best-performing currency

TELUS Int'l PH fetes tenured employees


oing beyond exclusive perks and bene�its, leading BPO and digital solutions provider TELUS International Philippines (TIP) went the extra mile this year as it recently celebrated its 2019 Service Milestone Awards for 1,057 employees, who have spent their 5th, 10th, and 15th years with the company. The awarding ceremonies of�icially kicked off as the company feted 263 10-year service milestone awardees and 64 15-year service milestone awardees at the EDSA Shangri-La, Manila. Meanwhile, the 730 �ive-year service milestones awardees were recognized at TIP sites

located across �ive different locations in Metro Manila. Celebrated since 2013, the Service Milestone Awards is an annual event that recognizes TIP’s tenured employees and their contributions to the company. Among the roster of the 2019 Service Milestone awardees is Rajiv M. Dhand, TIP Regional Vice-President and General Manager for Operations, who started his career as the program head for one of the company’s pioneer accounts. In his speech, Dhand said, “I think there are two constituencies that make us successful. First, it’s our

leaders. Our leaders have a lot to do and they have their own daily lives and businesses as well. If they had not taken the time to recognize the talent, to groom us and mentor us, we would not be this successful. And most importantly, our families and loved ones. You have been the anchors who support us day in and day out.” Joining Dhand is Vic Catanghal, TIP General Manager for Learning and Development, who celebrated his 10th year with the company. “What was initially a curiosity into the world of contact centers years ago


in the region. He projects the peso to trade between 51.746 to 52.292 against the dollar this week “with corporate demand likely to surge should we see a substantial widening of the trade de�icit with the peso testing the upper end of this range.” The Philippine Statistics Authority is scheduled to report the August 2019 trade data on Thursday. Mapa noted that the report “should give an indication on the health of the external position of

the Philippines but most dealers have priced in a still substantial trade gap.” He forecasts the trade de�icit to be about USD3.69 billion for August, higher than the USD3.39 billion last July. “Growth should rebound in 2H (second half). Consequently, ING expects �inancial �lows to return to the Philippines, which will in turn help bolster the peso to close the year at 52.89,” he added. Growth, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), posted an average

of 5.5 percent in the �irst half of the year, lower than the full-year target of 6 to 7 percent. Economic managers traced this to the impact of the delay in the approval of this year’s national budget that hampered the government to spend based on the program. They, however, believe that the output will recover in the second half of the year with the help of the catch-up spending program, particularly on infrastructure projects. (PNA)

The TELUS International Philippines Senior Leadership team with some of the 10-year 2019 Service Milestone awardees.






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he Philippines needs 54% of forest cover to protect against landslides and ensure water availability from watersheds, according to Haribon Foundation forester Thaddeus Martinez. “That’s why we are (now) experiencing different calamities,” Martinez was quoted as saying by the Philippine Star. “De�initely, we are far behind the threshold. The destruction of our forests is serious. So, we really need to act immediately.” The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that the forest area is estimated to have declined from 12 million hectares in 1960 to about 5.7 million hectares (which includes less than 1 million hectares of virgin forest largely continued to very steep and inaccessible areas). “It is dif�icult to obtain accurate land use data as all areas over 18 degrees of slope are classi�ied as forest regardless of whether any tree cover is present,” the FAO states in a report. “The of�icial �igure of forest area is about 33% of the land

area.” Virgin forests are oldgrowth forests or primary forests. “Most remaining virgin forests have been given protected status, but many of these areas are in critical condition and remain threatened due to inadequate protection resulting from lack of funds and lack of political will,” the FAO reports. Unfortunately, the country’s forest cover is fast disappearing. “The Philippines is among the countries that are losing their forest cover fast, ranking fourth in the world’s top 10 most threatened forest hotspots,” wrote Marjorie Pamintuan, the spokesperson of Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment. “If the deforestation rate of 157,400 hectares per year continues, the country’s remaining forest cover will be wiped out in less than 40 years,” Pamintuan continued. “The area lost to deforestation every year is twice the land area of Metro Manila.” According to FAO, deforestation is caused by shifting cultivation, landuse

conversion, forest �ires, illegal logging and fuelwood collection. Of the latter, the UN agency adds: “Fuelwood demand continues to be strong, further exacerbating the critical position the forests are in. Fuelwood harvesting is believed to be seriously impacting on the remaining commercial forests.” The removal of forest cover has bolstered soil erosion in the uplands. “Soil erosion is an enemy to any nation – far worse than any outside enemy coming into a country and conquering it because it is an enemy you cannot see vividly,” reminded Harold Ray Watson, the 1985 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for peace and international understanding. “It’s a slow creeping enemy that soon possesses the land.” As a result, food production is jeopardized. “The loss of nutrient rich soil reduces crop yields and contributes to the expanded use of chemical fertilizers – a practice that can, in turn, pollute water resources,” said Jethro P. Adang, the new director of Mindanao Baptist Rural Life Center Foundation, Inc. “Rivers and streams also carry

eroded soil to the coasts, where it interferes with �ish nursery areas.” But that’s not all. “Extensive soil erosion has resulted in the siltation of waterbeds, reservoirs and dams, and in the process shortening their productive life spans,” said Dr. Germelito Bautista, of the Ateneo de Manila University. The Magat Dam reservoir has been reported to cut its probable life span of 100 years to 25 years. The Ambuklao Dam reservoir has had its life halved from 60 to 32 years as a result of siltation. With deforestation all over the country now more rampant, water crisis is just around the corner. “There has been a drop of 30% to 50% in the country’s water resources in the past 20 years or so,” pointed out Dr. Rafael D. Guerrero, an academician at the National Academy of Science and Technology. “Rapid forest loss has eliminated habitat for unique and threatened plant and animal species,” observed Population Refe r e n c e Bureau’s Kathleen Mogerl-

gaard. “At the rate our forests are getting destroyed, many species many no longer be around when we need them,” Adang said. More than 400 plant and animal species found in the country are currently threatened with extinction, including the Philippine eagle and tamaraw, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. A pair of the Philippine eagle, for instance, needs at least 7,000 to 13,000 hectares of forest as a nesting territory. Without forest, �loods are expected to happen – not only in Metro Manila (which has no forest cover to speak of) but also in other parts of the country where deforestation continues. The “�looding problems,” said then President Benigno Aquino in his 2011 State of the Nation Address, “are caused by the incessant and illegal cutting down of trees.” Deforestation exacerbates climate change. Forests reportedly contain 40% of all stored carbon, more than any other terrestrial ecosystem, and thus help buffer against global warming. Land-use change – of which t ro p i c a l

deforestation is the most signi�icant component – was responsible for roughly 20% of human-induced carbon emissions during the 1990s. “If left unchecked, global warming could melt polar ice caps, raising sea levels by several feet and threatening low-lying countries,” warns Jonathan Nash in a brie�ing paper. “Such a development would be devastating for many countries.” And that includes the Philippines, which is composed of 7,100 islands. All these are caused by partly by deforestation. Rev. Harold R. Watson, a former American agriculturist who had been helping the locals in Mindanao, pointed out: “When man sins against the earth, the wages of that sin is death or destruction. This seems to be universal law of God and relates to all of God’s creation. We face the reality of what man’s sins against the earth have caused. We are facing not a mere problem; we are facing de-






THE biggest advantage that an independent restaurant has is its ability to make changes quickly. It’s all about keeping the cauldron of good impression last while fanning the flames of interest. That’s tearing off a page from the book that says there is one constant in the universe and that is change. Yes, that’s evolution. Restaurants can either adapt or become extinct. As they say, no restaurant menu is immune to this natural law. One can have an amazing menu that has served the business well, earned some amount of following, and created quite an impression. It could be the food selections that guests have fallen to and gave them the reason to come back. However, the palate is ever-changing. There comes a point when too much of the same fare is boring. If that happens, the suki will get their cravings fulfilled by another restaurant. That’s the challenge of food business especially with Dabawenyos who have the knack of always seeking for something new and not sticking to something they like. Oh well, some Dabawenyos do. Then again, that’s the challenge of running a restaurant business. To stick to the trademark or to adapt to the changes? Restaurateurs have to think out of the box. That’s where the flexibility



and versatility elements kick in. Republique Asian Fusion inside the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center enjoy that independence and the ability to make changes quickly. Coupled with flexibility and versatility as X-Factors, it can shake up its menu anytime and yet keep its flavor consistency. Recently, Republique added new dishes to further enhance its menu. For soups, Replublique added its version of all-time favorite Local Bird Nest with Quail

Egg and introduced Seafood Spinach Thick Soup. For pork dishes, the Republique Spare Ribs is the latest addition to the already blockbuster list. For chicken, there’s the Boneless Lemon Orange Chicken worth trying. For seafoods, never say “No” to Pompano with new attractions Fried Pompano with Garlic Chili Sauce and Fried Pompano with House Vinegar and Light Soy. There’s also the timeless Steamed Prawns.  For noodles, the Stir Fried Birthday Noodles is a must for celebrations. For vegetables, the French Beans with Minced Pork or Minced Shrimp and the Seasonal Green Garden Vegetable Garlic would not fail one’s healthy cravings. Finally, the staple rice had just gone more exciting. There’s the House Special Yang Chow, Chicken Pineapple Fried Rice, and the must-try Salted Fish Fried Rice. One thing about Republique’s new dishes--they’re made with the thought of satisfying new cravings while keeping the familiarity of its palate-approved flavor profile. Republique Asian Fusion offers ala carte for lunch 11am2pm and dinner 5pm-10pm from Monday to Saturday and Sunday dinner. The Sunday lunch buffet is from 11am-2pm at P550 for adult and P400 for kids 3ft and below. Reservations may be made through facebook page: Republique Asian Fusion or contact nos. 09171464304 or 09231042585.


A2 INdulge! FOOD FILIPINO CUISINE AT ITS FINEST. Unilever Food Solutions names Chef Victor Barangan (third from left) as the champion of the Certified Funlasang Pinoy. This year’s winner receives the P100,000 prize from the distinguished panel which includes (from left) UFS Philippines Senior Sous Chef Carlos Aluning, Aracama Filipino Cuisine Managing Partner and Executive Chef Fernando Aracama, Locavore Chef & Owner Kel Zaguirre, Eastplorations Blogger Mark Tan, Philippine Daily Inquirer Senior Reporter Vangie Baga-Reyes, and UFS Philippines Executive Chef Kenneth Cacho.

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TWENTY-TWO mouthwatering dishes, featuring the different flavors of the Philippines, took center stage for the most delectable cook-off hosted by Unilever Food Solutions. Now on its third year, Certified Funlasang Pinoy is the nationwide search that furthers the celebration of Filipino cuisine from classic dishes like Batangas Lomi, Pork Sisig, to bold new recipes like Mexican Bulalo, and Crispy Sisig Shanghai. Talented chefs from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao flocked to the Certified Funlasang Pinoy kitchen with recipes to beat, but it was the surprisingly, satisfying combination of Mindanaoan ingredient adlai and Kampapangan signature dish buro that earned Chef Victor Barangan’s Burong Salmon Adlai the highly-coveted P100,000 grand prize. For his winning dish, Chef Barangan used adlai instead

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Eastwood Richmonde Hotel Executive Chef and Certified Funlasang Pinoy Champion Chef Victor Barangan unveils his winning creation—the Burong Salmon Adlai. of rice and introduced salmManaging Partner and Execu- traditions and culture.” on cured in Knorr® Rostip tive Chef Fernando Aracama, Chicken Seasoning Powder Locavore Chef & Owner Kel TASTE THE NEW for a bowl of buro with richer, Zaguirre, Eastplorations FLAVORS OF FILIPINO umami flavor. Pairing this Blogger Mark Tan, Philippine CUISINE with pork belly marinated in Daily Inquirer Senior Reporter Aside from Chef Victor, four Knorr® Sinigang Sa Sampalok Vangie Baga-Reyes, and UFS other chefs each won 20,000 Mix and slices of fresh lettuce Philippines Senior Sous Chef pesos in cash for their superb and tomatoes, chef served a Carlos Aluning—are all in take on Filipino cuisine. Chef harmonious plate of flavors agreement. Belinda Moldez-Evangelista that won the judges’ palate. Chef Aracama explained, with her Stuffed Kimchi Fried “I had to process and cure “it takes belief in one’s self and Rice in Roasted Chicken Inasalmon to elevate the humble true knowledge of your ingresal; Chef Gerry R. Austria with buro. The result was amazing,” dients to be able to turn and el- his Sizzling Bangus Sisig; Chef said Chef Victor. Certified evate classic dishes into someStriessand Casallo with his Funlasang Pinoy Panelists— thing innovative and modern Ginataang Tortang Dariway; Aracama Filipino Cuisine without disregarding our own and Chef Wilson Adriano with

distinct flavors in our Luk Foo Palace Chinese Restaurant. Centered around wellness, expand your lifestyle in the hotel’s Acacia Fit with updated equipment and bask in our inviting swimming pool while enjoying your favorite refreshments for a perfect getaway at the Venado Pool Bar located at the 3rd floor. Acacia Hotel Davao is set to boost the city’s total event space with its 9 event venues that are beyond par and are perfect for memorable and intimate celebrations or even for business events. Our Grand Ballroom is designed to meet your every

his Beef Serkele completed this year’s top five. The top five dishes were selected from the hundreds Managin of recipes submitted by chefs and cooks at the beginning of the search. From there, diners selected a festive spread of 22 dishes, that captured the Filipino taste and interest. All 22 winning chefs received plaques and certificates from Unilever Food Solutions for their “Certified Funalsang Pinoy” entries. Managing Director of UFS Philippines James Benedict Carreon thanked the participants for helping Filipino cuisine evolve in this age. “We at UFS Philippines recognize that the secret ingredients to Certified our favorite sisig, sinigang, or kare-kare are the passionate chefs and cooks behind these straight-from-the-heart Filipino dishes. That is why it is a pleasure for us to continue creating more platforms for chefs and cooks to take pride in their creations.” For more inspiring dishes and recipes from Certified Funalsang Pinoy, visit www.

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The Stuffed Kimchi Fried Rice in Roasted Chicken Inasal by Chef hentic Bulacan recipe, the Beef Serkele by Chef Belinda Moldez-Evangelista serves a plateful of flavors as part of the Adriano, finishes in the top 5 of this year’s Certified Funlasang Pinoy top 5. d Funlasang Pinoy.

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the offer. Teresa’s associate Dexter (Joem Bascon) reported to her the disastrous encounter, which only bolsters her hatred for her own father, as well as her plans of revenge. “Starla” also aired globally via The Filipino Channel (TFC) and Follow the stars and hearts with dreams win “Starla,” weeknights on ABS-CBN’s Primetime Bida. For updates follow, ABS-CBN PR on Facebook (, Twitter (@abscbnpr), and Instagram (@ abscbnpr).


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JUDY ANN SANTOS’ much-awaited return to television via ABS-CBN’s new primetime teleserye “Starla” captured the hearts of viewers during its premiere last Monday (October 7) In “Starla,” Judy Ann is the ruthless Teresa, a successful lawyer who is dedicated to seeking revenge on her despised hometown Baryo Maulap, which she claims is a symbol of her defeat. The pilot episode introduced viewers to the sweet Buboy (Enzo Pelojero), who escaped from his orphanage and passed by Baryo Maulap. There, he witnessed a dance of fireflies and captured Starla (Jana Agoncillo), a wishing star on a fieldtrip but whom Buboy thinks is a mere firefly. With nowhere to stay for the night, Buboy snuck into Mang Greggy’s (Joel Torre) garage. Finding a soft spot in his heart for the sweet boy, Mang Greggy offered Buboy food and a place to stay. Later, the two attended a town meeting where a large company started its campaign to buy the lands of Baryo Maulap, while Mang Greggy convinced the townspeople to decline

A proud recipe from the Bangus Capital of the Philippines, Pangasinan, the Sizzling Bangus Sisig by Chef Gerry Austria earns a spot in the Certified Funlasang Pinoy top 5.

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VERSATILE actor and comedian Paolo Contis reaffirms his loyalty as a Kapuso after he renewed his contract with GMA Network last September 27. In his 15 years with GMA, Paolo has been blessed with numerous projects and feels grateful for his relationship with the Network. “Basically, dito na sa GMA, dito na ako tumanda, in terms of nag-mature, in my personal life, (and) professionally. Tahanan ko na talaga ang GMA. Kung mayroong through thick and thin ika nga, lahat ng napagdaanan kong mabibigat, they’ve been very sup-

portive of me, regardless of any situation,” he said. An award-winning actor and a highly-talented comedian, Paolo is considered a household name in the entertainment industry. Apart from being a mainstay of the longest-running gag show Bubble Gang, Paolo will also be showcasing his hosting skills in Studio 7. He shared, “Mahirap magpatawa, especially sa culture nating mga Pinoy dahil very emotional tayo. Madaling magpaiyak pero with regards sa maraming problema natin sa bansa, ang hirap magpatawa. I love making people laugh

talaga. I’m very happy na sa munting paraan ko, through Bubble Gang, kasi weekly ko siya nagagawa.” Present in the contract signing were GMA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe Gozon, GMA Worldwide Inc. and GMA Network Films President Annette M. Gozon, GMA Senior Vice President

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"This is a breakthrough kay sa tibook Pilipinas kita pa lang ang syudad nga nag allocate ug NRT para sa tao sa dakbyan sa Davao," he said. The VRU, said Lopez, will provide free nicotine cholinergic-receptor agonist or Nicotine Ezeequit pastilles for smoking quitters which will serve as a nicotine replacement. Lopez shared that the Nicotine Ezeequit arrived last month and may be acquired in the VRU of�ice at Magsaysay Compound. Apart from the provision of the candy-formed Nicotine Ezeequit, Lopez said the NRT program goes with a counselling from a li-

censed physician provided by the government of�ice. "It will take about at least 2 weeks to 12 weeks therapy which means naa na siyay supervision sa physician, “Lopez explained. Currently, VRU has accommodated eight active patients whose therapies are ongoing. Achieving this NRT in Davao City was braced by Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio who vowed to allocated P500,000 budget for NRT program. This move, however, is driven by the increase of smoking violators in the city throughout the years. "Naga wonder mo for

how many years of enforcement sa balaod sa anti-smoking, ngano gadaghan gihapon ang nadakpan nga nanigarilyo. It means nanago lang na sila pero wala na sila nangundang," Lopez said. Based on the data, VRU recorded a total of 5,753 anti-smoking apprehensions in 2017 and rose to 9,521 apprehensions in 2018. Of the 9,521 apprehensions, 7,799 were counselled and 1,639 were �iled with legal charges. Lopez, however, said the only concrete intervention to address the people's nicotine dependence is through NRT.

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Aside from the coastal area of Matiao,

FROM 2 tem is currently experiencing low water supply to no water supply in elevated areas that is why we added one source in the elevated area para pababa na lang,” she explained. There are existing medium term developments for Cabantian and Panacan areas according to Duhaylungsod. She said in Pana-

they had also implemented the project in Pujada Island, Dawan, Mamali,

Macambol, Badas, Matiao, Tamisan and Dahican. (CIO MATI)

can, they are not yet adding additional sources but they were able to improve two wells through rehabilitation of existing sources. Based on their evaluation, they were able to improve the 1,000 service connections and it can be validated using DCWD’s pressure report. “With the rehab we were able to lees-

sen the intermittent water supply duration,” she said. In Cabantian DCWD also rehabilitated the two of their wells. “We have some challenges in the water supply this year before the rehabilitation a 12 hour rotational water schedule but after hte rehab the water service has normalized,” she said.

ment of Agriculture’s (DA) rice program. “GISACO will take ownership of the project. This project could generate income and provide enough �inancing for their operations especially to quali�ied farmers who are engaged in rice farming,” he said.

Degorio explained that farmers could avail of the services once GISACO starts operating the multipass rice mill. “A multi-pass rice mill has a recovery rate from 65 percent to 70 percent. The farmers' rice mills will be more ef�icient than most that are currently op-

erated by rice millers,” he said. Apart from the multipass rice mill, GISACO also received several pieces of farm machinery such as pre-cleaning systems, a destoner unit, rubber huller, paddy separator, and a multi-pass whitening system. (PNA)

ment Staff director Eduardo Manalili said the airport development involves improvement of various facilities that include the terminal building with arrival and departure areas, to be complemented by basic facilities such as a �ire station and vehicular parking area. Manalili noted that the scope of the development requires additional 27-hectare land, on top of the existing 34 hectares that already consisted of the runway and the terminal. Deloso said the PHP200 million budget for the airport expansion was approved in the General Appropriations Act of 2019. In 2018, the national government also allocated

PHP10 million for the fencing of the property. Davao Oriental 2nd District Rep. Joel Mayo Almario said all parties involved must come up with "concrete solution and settlement" amid concerns over the possible reversion of the PHP200 million allotment. Almario was referring to the potential disagreement arising from the valuation of properties by landowners who will be affected by the project. The lawmaker noted that unutilized funds from the national government would revert to the National Treasury. “We should not let this pass. The importance of the airport cannot be over-

emphasized because we are addressing the tourism concerns and we feel that if we leave Mati as it is, it will be dif�icult to make Mati fully develop because of the province’s geographical location,” Almario said. Governor Nelson Dayanghirang said the provincial government hopes to make the airport operational by next year. “This is our long-time dream. This development is our way to improve the city and the province, especially in terms of tourism. We have a lot of destinations to offer in terms of tourism which can be maximized if we could offer our tourists an alternative and inviting means to reach us,” Dayanghirang said. (PNA)

ing protestors in Hong Kong has been planned. That doesn’t mean it’s not happening, or that these games being played seem to be a dubious proposition. The NBA also in all likelihood does not want to cancel this game, either. Doing so would be further distancing itself from a relationship with China that it’s clear the league wants to salvage, and Nichols even noted in an earlier SportsCenter appearance that the league doesn’t

want to further “offend” China by cancelling. As this high-stakes standoff continues, both Spectrum Sportsnet (locally in L.A.) and NBA TV (nationally) are both still scheduled to air the games, should they take place on Thursday and Saturday morning at 4:30 a.m. PT, respectively. It seems increasingly murky whether or not that will happen, but stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll for the latest updates on the situation either way.





FROM 11 tions they’d inevitably be asked. And they really felt like they were being put in a bad position with the fans.” It’s hard to blame the players for not liking how what was supposed to be a brand-building trip to China has turned into an international incident through none of their own doing, but it’s also not surprising that the NBA doesn’t have plans to cancel this game, as none of the fallout from Morey’s tweet support-


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FROM 3 the Baname growers are having dif�iculty in getting a business permit due to the lack of zoning certificate from the City Planning. This, said Community Environment and Natural Resources Of�ice (Cenro) representative Raul Tabilawan, is due to the zoning ordinance of the city that needs to be revised. Pending revision of the zoning classi�ication, Mayor Michelle ordered the City Planning to issue zoning certi�icate to the Baname growers that have complied with the requirements. With the zoning cer-

ti�icate, Baname growers can now apply for environmental clearance certi�icate from the DENR. With an ECC, the Baname growers can then be given their business permits by the City Government. Mayor Michelle said that her administration’s ultimate goal is to regulate the growing shrimp industry in the City of Mati that have already encroached in the mangrove forest in Guang-Guang that is a declared protected area. Mayor Michelle meanwhile appealed to Baname growers to stop their expansion and fastidiously comply with all the re-

quirements asked of them so that they will have no problem with their operation. Mayor Michelle said they must strike the right balance on the right to earn of the Baname growers and the protection of marine animals living in the protected area. “We respect your right to live and right to earn. But other marine life must also be protected,” Mayor Michelle said. Based on the record, there are 123 identi�ied Baname growers operating in the city particularly in Dahican area and only 19 have permits. (CIO MATI)

can be used nationwide even in other malls as well as online shopping. Aside from NCCC af�iliated stores, the card may be used in other partners merchant of Metrobank, bills payment, and online book-

ing. Cardholders will be given one point for every P20 worth of purchase. Points earned may be redeemed exclusively at any NCCCC stores. “This is something new to us ad we are all excited.

I hope this would be successful and make this program bene�icial not only to our company but to our kanegosyo partners and customers. Lets make NCCC Mastercard successful,” Lim said.

Continued enjoyment of tax and duty free importation of production-related materials by ecozone locators to put them on equal footing with free port-registered enterprises. Recognition of locators’ indirect/constructive exports as part of export sales since inter-zone sales create local value-adding and backward linkages. “PEZA wants to end the agony of waiting and un-

certainty caused by pending tax reform that has affected new investments and expansion projects of current PEZA-registered industries," Plaza said. “We want to ensure continuous investments for the Philippines and for the jobs of Filipino people," she added. PEZA said it relies on the wisdom of the Senate and the House of Representatives to �inalize the

CITIRA bill. Nevertheless, Plaza thanked the DOF and the DTI for their openness to consider PEZA concerns on the changes of tax incentives. “We intend to help craft a landmark legislation that will enhance and promote investments to the Philippines to achieve the overall welfare and good of the country and the people,” she said.






FROM 6 We have reserved planes that are already there, which we could use if in case a plane encounters technical problems," he said. Comendador added


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struction and even death if we continue to destroy the natural resources that support life on earth.” Filipinos are urged to stop cutting trees now and preserve the remaining forests. “We have laid to waste millions of hectares of forest land, as though heedless of the tragic examples of the countries of


FROM 11 jersey as she waited with about 50 other fans hoping for a glimpse of players at a press event in Shanghai. "Everyone, of course, knows about the tweet by Morey and while we de�initely think it is wrong, at the same time we are both patriotic and we are sports fans," she said. "I think we shouldn't let sports be spoiled by complicated issues like this. They should be separated." One fan took his passion to another level.

Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean, where large areas have become barren, if not deserti�ied,” former Senator Heherson Alvarez said. “If we have not, in fact, reached this state, we are almost at the point of irreversibility.” Dr. Ernesto Guiang, a forestry consultant, echoed the same concern: “We are

now at the eleventh hour. We have to pay attention to the handwriting on the wall with respect to our forests.” By planting trees, Filipinos can help repair the destruction caused by climate change. A recent study, which appeared in the journal Science, projected if 0.9 billion hectares of new trees were planted

– around 500 billion saplings – about 205 gigatons of carbon dioxide can be absorbed once the trees reached maturity. That’s’ equivalent to about two-thirds of manmade carbon emissions since the start of the Industrial Revolution, according to the estimates of the Swiss researchers.

Police in Jilin province announced on Monday that an overzealous Rockets supporter was arrested after he posted a photo of himself burning China's �lag. "I live and die with my team," said the post by the 25-year-old, identi�ied only by his surname Wang. 'Can't shun NBA' China suffered in the past from territorial depredations or outright invasions by foreign countries -- memories burned into

the national consciousness. As a result, its government and nationalist voices online lash out at any foreign comments perceived as challenging its territorial integrity, as Morey's tweet was widely viewed in China. Silver -- who has defended Morey's right to free expression and refused to apologize -- was due to arrive in Shanghai on Wednesday for a visit now expected to focus on damage control.

China's stability-obsessed Communist Party may also fear upsetting fans too much by banning the NBA, China-watcher Bill Bishop wrote in his daily "Sinocism" blog this week. "Fans, sponsors, websites and broadcasters can shun one team, but they cannot and will not shun an entire league," he wrote. "There would be a social stability cost to banning the NBA in China. I am serious."

FROM 7 became, for me, a journey of self-discovery and acceptance. I can say with great certainty that my de�initions of the words ‘leader’ and ‘partnership’ have been re�ined here light years away from my initial concept of an authority,” said Catanghal, who started his career in the �ield of contact center operations. “It was here that I have come to embrace the underlying spirit of replacing words like ‘employees’ with ‘team members,’ how we underscore the concept of team with ‘supporting managers’ rather than pointing out how people are above or below others in a corporate chain,” he added. While there are those who have chosen to continue their path in other functions and departments, there are many who have chosen to stay in the �ield of contact center operations. One of them is Sarah Rosello, who rose through the ranks from call center agent to operations manager. “Looking back, I realize it's the culture and the people here at TELUS International Philippines that encourage me to stay. It’s the caring and loving culture that sparks my desire to show up to work every day and give my best in all that I do. That same culture, which keeps evolving to something better, has ignit-

the carrier's cabin crew are used to doing a 25-minute turn-around time. "These make us sustain improvements in our OTP," he said. (PNA)

ed an eternal �lame in me, challenging me to always try to be a better person,” said Rosello in her speech. About TELUS International Philippines TELUS International Philippines, Inc. is a leading Philippines-based provider of digitally-enabled customer experience and business process solutions and a proud member of the TELUS International family. TELUS International focuses on human connection and innovation to deliver exceptional customer service and next-gen digital consulting that wow clients and delight their customers. Almost 40,000 employees around the world, from locations across North and Central America, Europe and Asia, enable over 200 million customer interactions annually via voice, email, chat and social media, across fast-growing tech, �inancial services and �intech, games, travel and hospitality, and healthcare industries. TELUS International enables customer service delivery innovation through spirited teamwork, agile thinking, and a caring culture that puts customers �irst. The company serves clients in over 40 languages. TELUS holds a 65% interest in TELUS International with Baring Private Equity Asia holding the remaining 35%. Learn more at




NBA's leverage could quell China backlash


A man tears down the massive wall advertising at a building in Shanghai, China.

Lakers-Nets in China may not happen anyway


f course the NBA doesn’t want to cancel the preseason games between the Lakers and Nets in China, but things aren’t that simple. On Wednesday, there were separate reports of “concerns” and “fears” that the two preseason games between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets currently set to take place in China on Thursday and Saturday would be cancelled. Those worries were exacerbated when CCTV and Tencent announced that they would not broadcast the two games within China due to dissatisfaction with the NBA Commissioner Adam Sil-

ver’s defense of Houston Rockets executive Daryl Morey’s right to free speech, and signs that the game wouldn’t happen continued to build when the Lakers’ community event to bene�it the Special Olympics was also cancelled last night by the Chinese government. Still, as of right now, the games have not been of�icially cancelled, and Tania Ganguli of the L.A. Times reports that “the NBA has no plans to cancel their games, but it might not be up to them.” That backs up a Tuesday report from Kyle Goon of the O.C. Register, which cited an NBA of�icial who said “that no other cancel-

he NBA got its �irst glimpse at what Zion Williamson could really be this season on Wednesday, and it looks pretty impressive. And terrifying for the interior defenders in the league. In his second preseason game for the New Orleans Pelicans, Williamson posted 29 points on 12of-13 shooting with four rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes of a 127-125 win over the Chicago Bulls. Throughout the game, Williamson showed off his trademark versatility scoring the ball. He laid down his trademark dunks, threw in a few lay-ups and, uh, made some free throws too. Obviously, Williamson still has plenty to work on in expanding his offensive game. The basketball world knew that even as he was making highlight after highlight at Duke and being called a generational prospect in the draft process.

However, Williamson provided a decent explanation Wednesday of why — even when other parts of his game are a work in progress — he’s still so exciting. With all the caveats of a preseason game, he is going to run the �loor, bully his way in the paint and throw down dunks with the best of them from the get-go. Like Williamson, the Pelicans still have a lot of work to do, given that they were down 107-86 heading into the fourth quarter and only won on a furious charge from their second unit. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be a top option for League Pass users across the country. Under head coach Alvin Gentry, the Pelicans are set to be one of the fastest-paced, transition-attacking teams in the league and Williamson is the fasttwitch bowling ball running through the paint that will lead the charge.

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lations were anticipated but acknowledged plans could change.” Rachel Nichols of ESPN also con�irmed that the NBA does not have plans to cancel the games, but that things are far from simple for the players in the middle of all this right now (emphasis mine): “It has been frustrating for the players. The Lakers were supposed to participate in an NBA cares community event to bene�it the Special Olympics today. The government cancelled that. Both teams were supposed to participate in a fan appreciation event tonight. That was cancelled. Their practices had to be moved because

the arena suddenly wasn’t available to them. And also, they watched signs advertising this game on Thursday disappearing from around town. “This has naturally led to questions about whether this game is actually going to happen. Players got the chance to ask Adam Silver that directly, today. I’m told in that meeting that he informed the players that the NBA intends to go forward, and in turn, some of them expressed their frustration at being put in this position. They didn’t feel comfortable talking to the media because they didn’t want to answer the ques-


he NBA's lucrative interests in China are under threat, but the league enjoys an important piece of leverage that could carry it through the crisis: it's the only game in town. Tweets last week by a Houston Rockets executive in support of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have imperiled NBA pro�its in one of its biggest markets, with sponsors �leeing, pre-season game broadcasts canceled, and Chinese attacking the league online. NBA commissioner Adam Silver admitted this week the league had already suffered "fairly dramatic consequences" from the tweet by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. But the league remains massively popular in China, due partly to Chinese former NBA great Yao Ming who, ironically, played for the Rockets from 20022011 and now heads the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). The NBA's dominance in China could prove a �irewall against lasting damage, industry �igures said. "When it comes to basketball in China, it's just the NBA," said Mark Dreyer, who runs the China Sports Insider website. He notes that China's equally passionate football fans can choose among the English, Spanish, Italian or other leagues. But the only alternative available to Chinese basketball fans is the CBA. The 20-team Chinese domestic league is widely viewed as several rungs below the NBA's competitive drama and quality of play and has not come close to producing a talent on par with Yao. Basketball 'monopoly' Chinese social media

followers, among the best gauges of popularity in a country where of�icial statistics can be suspect, tell the story. The NBA's account is followed by nearly 42 million people on leading Chinese platform Weibo, while the most popular American team in China -- the Golden State Warriors -- has more than 8.5 million followers. Leading Chinese teams don't even break one million followers. "Having a monopoly on the pinnacle of the sport has really allowed the NBA to become inarguably the most popular sports league in China," said a sports executive in the country, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. It remains to be seen how badly the NBA's bottom line will be hit. Already, major Chinese sponsors have cut ties, while China's state broadcaster and internet giant Tencent -- which streams NBA games -- both scrapped plans to air two exhibition matches scheduled for this week in China between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets. But there has been no hint yet that the NBA's upcoming regular-season games would be blacklisted, nor has a broader Weibo boycott of the league's coming season gained pace. "I don't think it's going to stop people being fans," said the sports executive. As for the potential �inancial impact, "in the grand scheme of the billions of revenues the NBA makes in China, it may not be so bad," the executive added. Qu Wei, 26, wore a Lakers superstar LeBron James

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New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson, center, drives to the basket between Chicago Bulls' Lauri Markkanen, left, and Zach LaVine during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)






HCDC Crusaders open title defense vs UM Wildcats in Escandor Cup CSL By ADAM B. MORRELL


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Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas 11 regional director and Presidential Adviser on Sports Glenn Escandor will formally open the tournament on Sunday. (SBP file photo)

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