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Volume II, No. 101

April 10-16, 2018

Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao, the Philippines


Oro, PLDT SME Nation to bring free hi-speed public WiFi, cashless payments for Cagayanons

NorMin ready for May polls: Comelec exec

LEADING telecoms and digital services provider PLDT, through its enterprise arm PLDT SME Nation, has recently announced a partnership with the City Government of Cagayan De Oro that will empower and benefit Cagayanons with hi-speed internet access in local government offices initializing its tracks towards becoming one of the first Smart cities in Mindanao. In collaboration with PayMaya Philippines, the digital financial services arm of PLDT and Smart’s Voyager Innovations, the Cagayan de Oro local govPresent during the partnership signing are, from left, Cagayan de Oro City Administrator Teddy Sabuga-a, Cagayan ernment and its citizens

CAGAYAN de Oro City-Northern Mindanao is all set for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on May 14, the chief of the Commission on Election in the region (Comelec 10) said. Comelec 10 Director Renato Magbutay said they are just waiting for the poll materials to arrive from Manila anytime this month. Some of these poll materials are ballots and election returns, Magbutay said noting the elections will be conducted manually. Based on data from Comelec 10, Northern Mindanao has about

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Agsur offers full scholarship

de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno, PLDT FVP and Head of PLDT SME Nation Mitch Locsin, and PLDT AVP and Head of PLDT SME Nation Relationship Management Ben Melasa.

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By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN, Contributing

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur--- Students wanting to pursue college education and higher learning studies should take advantage of the wide range of scholarship grants offered by the provincial government. This was the call aired by Acting Vice Gov. Edward Plaza-Mellana, the principal author of the comprehensive scholarship program of the province which covers extended scholar grants for collegiate education , masteral and doctorate studies. “To those interested to go to college, take a chance and do not fear. Avail of our scholarship program,” Mellana said. The entrance examination for the scholarship grants to students residing in the Acting Vice Governor Edward Plaza Mellana briefs students about the scholarship pro- province is scheduled on April 26 at the provincial capitol. Some 160 students gram before they took the entrance exams last year. Provincial Public Information Office- Agusan del Sur photo

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Francisco F. Guerra III, chairman of the Xavier Ateneo Board of Trustees, relates his college experience living in a dormitory. Photo by Mike Baños, NPN


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Xavier Ateneo President Fr Roberto C Yap welcomes the topping off of the ALGCIT Program Dorm 1.

Xavier Ateneo tops off ALGCIT Dorm 1 By MIKE BAÑOS Editor-at-Large

MINDANAO’S first university used the birthday of its Patron saint for the topping-off ceremony of the Dorm 1 for its Andrew L. Gotianun, Sr. Center for Integrated Technologies (ALGCIT) at Manresa Complex, Fr William Masterson Avenue, Upper Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City. “It is significant to note that we are able to hold the topping-off of the Dorm 1 of this ALGCIT program on the 7th day of April, the birth date of St Francis Xavier, patron of our University and the universal Church’s patron of all missions,” said Fr Roberto Yap, University President. “On this day we renew once more our commitment to our mission of forming men and women of character, men and women for others, with the financiallychallenged yet deserving students taking a special place in our hearts such as what we do in this ALGCIT program,” he added. Dorm 1 is the first to

be constructed among a series of new buildings of its XU-Andrew L. Gotianun Sr. Center for Integrated Technologies (ALGCIT), a special Senior High School for poor but deserving students pursuing three-year cutting edge technical specializations. A brainchild of the partnership between Xavier Ateneo and the family of the late Mr. Andrew L. Gotianun, Sr., led by his son Mr. Jonathan Gotianun, XU-ALGCIT is designed to be a free boarding school yet envisioned to become an ivy leaguer in the senior high school tech-voc arena. “This project has also challenged the university to rethink its concept of its SHS Tech Voc track and catalyze its transformation to become a premier Tech Voc Senior High School,” said Dr. Dulce R. Dawang, Vice President for Basic Education. “After two years of discussions, planning, worrying and strategizing, and Xavier Ateneo President Fr Roberto Yap takes first dibs during the Topping-Off Ceremony for Dorm 1 of the ALGCIT while still more See TOPS, page 7

Program April 7, 2018 at the Manresa Complex.

Solon wants tighter security measures vs. theft in schools A PARTYLIST lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Monday urged incoming Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde to intensify security measures in schools to address the rising incidents of theft and robbery of public schools’ computers and other equipment. Kabayan Rep. Ron Salo said the latest anti-theft and anti-robbery measures of the Department of Education

(DepEd) and the PNP for computers and other technical equipment distributed to schools are not enough. “The theft and robbery of computers, CCTV equipment and LCD projectors have become more frequent in schools. Sometimes, a few high school students get caught with bringing weapons at school. There are several rape cases wherein students are the victims. There are also students

who are victims of tokhang, drug syndicates, hazing, and street gangs,” Salo said. “I ask the incoming PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde to please protect our schools, students, and teachers against thieves, robbers, and other criminals,” he added. DepEd has implemented countermeasures to deter theft and pilferage of the DepEd Computerization Program (DCP) equipment

including changing the color of DCP-issued devices to blue, the public warning that the said packages are government property, and that mere possession of such outside of public schools can be ground for prosecution. “Those measures are insufficient because thieves and robbers are creative and resourceful. The criminals would just chop-chop or ‘cannibalize’ the school computers, CCTV equipment,

and LCD projectors and sell the parts to interested buyers,” Salo said. “The thieves and robbers would just remove whatever markings and coverings the DepEd computers and equipment have,” he said. The lawmaker said the PNP should be compiling the reports of their field offices so that the extent and depth of the theft problem can be ascertained and proper measures be put in place.

He said the PNP should report and update these cases to the DepEd Central Office and to Congress. Salo noted that other agencies, such as the Department of Trade and Industry, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government, should be informed of the modus operandi of these criminals to inform the concerned sectors See SSCHOOLS, page 7

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Duterte warns to place Boracay under land reform DAVAO CITY -- President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Monday to put the island of Boracay under the land reform program and give it back to the poor farmers as he reminded critics that the island is agricultural and forestal owned by the government. The President also announced he will be issuing an order proclaiming Boracay under a state of calamity. His warning came on the heels of accusations that Boracay’s six-month closure was to pave the way for the construction of a

casino which the President debunked. “Far from it actually. I never said about building anything…not even a nipa hut there,” he told reporters in a press interview at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport before his departure for the People’s Republic of China to attend the Boao Forum of Asia. “I’ve said it before, agricultural ‘yan forestal. Unless there is a law or a proclamation of the president setting aside anything there, any inch of land maybe, then that would be all right for other people to go in,” he

pointed out. The President emphasized on his order to clean the island. “So mag-clean, mag sarado (we clean, we close). There is one way in and one way out,” he stressed. Duterte reiterated his commitment to giving financial aid and making available some PHP2 billion for assistance but, only to the poor residents who will be affected by the closure. But for the owners or resorts, hotels and the rich owning beautiful resorts, the President said he would not spend any single cen-

tavo. The foreigners who have settled there would not also get reparations and remunerations. “Do not expect me to pay anything. That money is only intended for the Filipinos,” he said. “Yung two billion diyan and the other help…each department has its own contingency plan. So meron -- magtulungan kami. But master plan? Wala akong master plan diyan. Linisin ko muna ‘yan kasi agricultural ‘yan (The two billion and the other help…each department has each own contingency plan. There is

-- we will help each other. But master plan? I have no master plan there. I will clean it up first because that’s agricultural),” he stressed. “I-land reform ko lahat ‘yan, then I’ll give it to the farmers. I’ll give them the tractors (I will have it under land reform, then I’ll give it to the farmers. I’ll give them the tractors),” he added. “Give it to the people who need it most,” he said. The President hinted at upholding the law which says it is forestal, agricultural. “Why would I devi-

ate from that? Do I have a good reason to do it? What? casino? Who owns the casino?” he quipped. Last week, the President approved the closure of Boracay for six months starting on April 26 to hasten cleanup and rehabilitation to stop further environmental degradation of the island. The closure of Boracay was prompted by continued water pollution, discharge of untreated wastewater into the environment, and encroaching in wetlands and forestland. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)

THE Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is eyeing investors from the Middle East countries for the development of Mindanao. MinDA Chair Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Alonto said he will be meeting with some investors from the Middle East who are interested to pour in capital to the region “The Middle East (investors) want to relocate their funds and what we want it is not only to make Mindanao as the parking area of that funds but for a destination of investment in partnership with our people,” he said.

In this meeting, Alonto said he would request investors not to just to participate as buyers of the product of Mindanao, but to its development by putting up their industry here on the island. Alonto pointed out the benefit of putting industries on jobs for Mindanaoans. Alonto said he will first introduce the agricultural sector since it is known to be the fruit basket in the country. Then, if there are industries that will be introduced, Alonto said the government will work on it to provide their needs. Alonto also said inves-

tors from the European countries also expressed the intention but there are still issues that need to be addressed. Alonto is banking on the Tawi-Tawi Economic Freeport Zone which will host many facilities including a shipyard area, airport and seaport. The Tawi-Tawi economic zone is included among the major projects under the Mindanao Development Corridors strategy which is designed to improve infrastructure, enhance linkages between growing and lagging regions,

Investors from Middle East to pour in capital in M’nao

Some male Misamis Oriental provincial government employees take part in contests such as wearing adult diaper and drinking from a Orange juice bottle during the “We Men’s Day” held and initiated by Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

Let’s continue to honor our veterans: Lorenzana

NATIONAL Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Monday called on the nation not to allow the heroic deeds of war veterans and freedom fighters be forgotten by future generations. Lorenzana delivered this message during the commemoration of the 76th anniversary of the Fall of Bataan where thousands of Filipino and American troops gave their lives in fighting the Japanese Imperial Army. Every April 9, the Philippines commemorates “Araw ng Kagitingan” (Day of Valor). “Let us continue to celebrate and commemorate the valor and gallantry of our WWII veterans. Let us perpetuate the memory of their deeds to be emulated See HONOR, page 7

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Worrying wouldn’t help… LIFE is better than ever, so why does everybody seem to be unhappy? As a regular reader of this column, you surely remember this topic which I already raised several times. Whenever I hear people saying that things turned so bad nowadays, I think of my late LOLA, born in 1899 (!) into a really awful world in Germany and its surroundings. Also the socalled “Golden Twenties” between two World Wars have been everything but golden for her and my former relatives. Lola never complained, even during

the sorrowful times in the former East German, the “German Democratic Republic”. Lola reached the ripe old age of almost 86. We hardly count our blessings. We enjoy counting our crosses. Instead of gains, we count our losses. We don’t have to do all that counting - computers do it for us. Information is easily acquired. Facebook to and fro, back and forth, there and back - how many posts and comments have been posted already with sadness, loneliness, boredom strikes, problems, worries....

Just remember this: Opportunity doesn’t just knock - it jiggles the doorknob. And “your social media online-friend” - the worrier, is with you day and night, at every corner, following your every step. Complaining and grumbling are good excuses, right? Is social media bad for us? Three billion people, around 40% of the world’s population, use online social media – and we’re spending an average of two hours every day sharing, liking, tweeting and updating on these plat-

forms, according to some reports. That breaks down to around half a million tweets and snapshot photos shared every minute. Stress, mood, anxiety, depression, sleep (or better non-sleep), self-esteem - Overall, social media’s effects on well-being are ambiguous, according to a paper written last year by researchers from the Netherlands. However, they suggested there is clear evidence for the impact on one group of people: social media have a more negative effect on the well-being of those who are more socially

‘Nightmare bacteria’ killing thousands in US annually LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up…” (James 5:14-15, the Holy Bible). -ooo“NIGHTMARE BACTERIA” KILLING THOUSANDS IN US ANNUALLY: Did you know that Americans are now undergoing a very serious health problem brought about by microbes or bacteria which can neither be killed nor treated with even the strongest dose of anti-biotics? In a report of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which got featured in the April 03, 2018 issue of Time Magazine, it was disclosed that some 23, 000 people in America are being killed yearly by these microbes or bacteria. Because of the bacteria’s nightmarish effect on health and wellbeing of

humans, Americans are now calling this as “nightmare bacteria”. If the truth be told, “nightmare bacteria” is an entirely new microbe. They did not exist, not only in the olden times, but even in recent years. But like mushrooms sprouting out rapidly in places where rain has just fallen, “nightmare bacteria” is spreading largely unchallenged in the four corners of the American continent at the moment, with no clear antidote in sight. -oooO N S L AU G H T O F D E A D LY D I S E A S E S PROPHESIED TO TAKE PLACE: If we look at written history, we will not fail to realize that these kinds of sources of man’s illnesses which can cause even his death have already been prophesied to happen way before our time. One of these prophecies pertaining to grave illnesses can be seen from Deuteronomy 28 of the Bible. I suggest all of us should read and re-read these warnings now.



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From its verses 58 to 61: “If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name---the Lord your God---the Lord will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses. “He will bring on you all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will cling to you. The Lord will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law, until you are destroyed…” -oooEFFECTIVE ANTIDOTE AGAINST GRAVE SICKNESSES: Certainly, it wouldn’t be long before “nightmare bacteria” would spread throughout all the world, including here in the Philippines. I am sure these kinds of bacteria will also afflict Filipinos. But, there is a way to fight these diseases. Because the Bible prophesied that GINA G. TAÑADA Comptroller/Admin SANDY S. TAÑADA Publisher RUEL V. PELONE Editor in chief ROSE MONDEJAR RIC OCIONES Correspondents JOVIE R. GUMONAY ROMNICK M. GALANGQUE Circulation / Production MERILYN C. CAINGIN Marketing officer SALLY CO Advertising 09356165510 09189855385

isolated. Imagine, we have time and opportunities to do almost anything. So why haven’t we done it? We have the freedom of bondage or restraint, every one of us in his or her very special, unique way - but, we’re still our old inferior selves. The job is boring. I don’t get a good job. The house is an unpleasant mixture of tidy and dirty things. It’s a mess. I’m not in the mood to arrange my garden. I can’t afford a gardener. That’s life. How sad. No, it’s not my fault; or course not.

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The whole world is an awful place filled with dreadful and horrible negativism. Yes, I confess, I’m also surrounded by many worries who put their fears into me. Politicians, i.e., many times love to search for some grave alarm that will cause individuals to abandon their separate See HELP, page 7

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these bacteria will come, it should be clear enough that the solution against them should also come from the Bible. One solution can be found in Deuteronomy 28 itself. It is there written that lingering and deadly illnesses will come if we no longer listen to God and no longer obey His commands. It should be clear, therefore, that, if we only listen to God and obey His commands, no sickness will ever afflict us, or, if they ever do so, we shall be able to cure and overcome them if we listen to God and obey Him. Too, the Bible is saying that if we only will subject ourselves to the Word of God, we will be given better health which no medicine or any kind of food can give. It would do us well now if we pay attention to what the Bible is saying, See KILLING, page 7

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THINK a minute. Have you ever thought to yourself: “I know what I should have done, but I didn’t do it!” How many times have you felt that way? It’s a struggle we all fight—every day! The constant battle between what we know we should do and what we actually do. Between our conscience and how we really live. Why can’t we simply do what we know we should? It’s even what we really want to do in our heart. Our problem? We have a power shortage in our lives—a shortage of will power. We’re like this couple whom I know. The husband and wife both are marriage counselors, but they’ve now divorced each other! They’ve counseled hundreds of other married couples, yet they themselves cannot work out their own marriage problems. They know all there is to know about a good marriage relationship, but they can’t do it themselves and follow their own advice. We all know that honesty is the right, best policy. Yet, corruption and dishonesty is everywhere! People know that loving and giving to others is the happiest, best way to live. Yet we still are proud, competitive, jealous, and even hurt the people we want to love.

Jhan Hurst

Wives and husbands know that cheating on each other, or their addiction to alcohol is destroying their family. Yet they keep doing it! So is this just the way we humans are? Will we ever have the will power to do what we know we should? You see, this is why Jesus Christ came: to connect us to the power of God, so we can finally have all the will power we need to live up to our potential and live the way we know we should. Jesus came to forgive us so that we could have a right relationship with our Maker. Knowledge isn’t your problem; you know what you should do. It’s power that you need! And Jesus has all the power you’ll ever need for whatever you face. His empty grave shouts it loud and clear! He’s got all the power, even over death! And His power is yours—if you’ll ask Him to forgive you and take complete control of every area of your life. Just Think a Minute.

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Forum On Boracay’s closure: A wake-up call for all tourism stakeholders By YA JOEY TUGUNG

THE helter skelter decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to close Boracay island for its much overdue rehabilitation is certainly not a political stunt, and neither, simply to score political points. Despite the ensuing policy flaws in its implementation (until now all the concerned government agencies cannot put their acts together and come up with a “closure guidelines”), and yet, PRRD’s unilateral act to close the island for 6 months is morally right. It is a huge victory for the environment considering the years of blatant destruction and significant degradation of the island’s environmental and ecological systems by all the stakeholders involved in the islands tourism industry. The unconditional and

firm decision of the President to close the island, which will take effect on April 26, has indeed sucked the oxygen out of the hotel-resort owners, business owner, travel tour companies and transportation companies. For decades, they have unconscionably profited out of the tourism industry at the expense of the environment. For them to complain in its sudden closure is clearly hypocritical and shameless. To disingenuously pontificate that the locals will lose their only means of livelihood is appalling after having profited millions of pesos at the expense of the islands’ paradise pristine beauty and environment, which has been destroyed as a result of their insatiable greed for money. In fact, the temporary displacement of the workers, as it relates

to their lost income, must be their responsibility. It behooves on these business establishments to employ them during the entire rehabilitation process and not for the government to give them some form of a dole-out. In hindsight, these callous stakeholders, dumbo local and national politicians, incompetent and corrupt national and local bureaucrats should have fixed the island’s environmental problems years ago even before PRRD became the country’s president. For some, to posture now that the government has no policy planning and comprehensive plan in place for the rehabilitation process; that there should be a budget for the displaced employees and workers; and in their alternative world, proposing that it should be


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done by phase (as oppose to total closure of the island) is obnoxiously hypocritical on their part. On the contrary, the executive action of PRRD to close the island mirrors their corruption and incompetence – a kind of ineptness that even rises to a level of criminal negligence and recklessness that they should in fact be prosecuted. More repulsive is to insert politics in the equation, including, by some in the media, when environment encompasses social, moral and human rights issues. When what is at stake here is the country’s patrimony and cultural heritage, which ought to be secured, protected and sustained for the nation’s future generation. Without a doubt the decision of PRRD is certainly wise, strategically speaking. Everyone will benefit See TOURISM, page 7

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A certain Victoria T. Corpuz, referred to as special rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and described as expert on human rights of indigenous peoples, got herself busy denouncing in European forums the Duterte administration for tagging her, so she claimed, a terrorist. Not until she herself revealed that she is involved with leftist organizations identified with the CPP/NPA that she became famous or ....infamous. But never mind her. Lest we all forget, it was not Pres. Rodrigo Duterte who tagged CPP/NPA a terrorist organization. European Union and the United States of America had long identified the communist insurgents and those that support the communist rebels in the Philippines as terrorists. Duterte promised peace

and fulfilled this. He allowed all sectors from varied political persuasions to participate in his government. He was derided for this but he delivered on his promises anyway. Among the first items in his agenda when he sat as President was to allocate sensitive cabinet positions to the CPP/NPA and resumed peace negotiations with the insurgents. I do not know whether Ms. Victoria told her UNCHR bosses and forum See LENTEN, page 7

Republic of the Philippines Regional Trial Court of Misamis Oriental 10th Judicial Region Banch 38 Cagayan de Oro City IN THE MATTER OF PETITION FOR CHANGE OF SURNAME FROM “TALE” TO “GUILLANO” AND / OR CORRECTION IN THE CERTIFICATE OF THE BIRTH OF JANNESSAH LLERA TALE, JANNESSAH LLERA TALE, Petitioner,

SPEC. PROC. NO. SP-ORD-2018-268

-VersusLOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY & DERRICK GUILLANO, Respondents, ---------------------------/ ORDER Petitioner filed this petition for change of her surname from “tale” to “Guillano”. Finding the same to be sufficient in form and in substance, it is hereby given due course. Set the initial hearing to June 6, 2018 at 8:30 in the morning at the Session Hall of the Court on the which date, time and place, all persons who may have any opposition to the petition herein sought, may appear to show cause why said petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published in the newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Misamis Oriental one week for the three (3) consecutive weeks prior to the date of hearing. Likewise, let copies of this Order, with Petition attached, be posted by the petitioner on the bulletin boards of the Court, the City Hall of Cagayan de Oro City and the Provincial Capitol of Misamis Oriental for at least ten (10) days prior to date of hearing.

Furnish copies of this Order and the Petition to the Offices of the Solicitor General, City Prosecutor of Cagayan de Oro City, the Local Civil Registrar of Cagayan de Oro City and the Philippines Statistics authority (PSA). SO ORDERED. February 28, 2018 Cagayan de Oro City. (SGD) EMMANUEL P. PASAL Judge


Cc: Atty. Raul M. Llacuna-09276721975 OSG NSO Civil Regestrar of Cagayan de Oro City Rey Salceda Pros. Borja/Pacuribot RTC-OCC

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Cebu Pacific send off first batch of Cadet Pilots to Australia THE Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) has sent off its first batch of Cadet Pilots to an intensive aviation training program at Flight Training Adelaide (FTA) in Australia. The batch is composed of 16 Cadet Pilots who were selected from over 12,500 applicants. The applicants went through screening and a series of tests, as well as medical and physical examination, with 16 candidates attending an aviation foundation course at the Philippine Academy for Aviation Training in Clark Field, Pampanga last month. Among the 16 successful cadets were two Mindanawnons: Darryl Dave G. Ditucalan of Iligan City and Dexie Jay Aljas of Banga, South Cotabato. Ditucalan is a certified Electronics and Communications Engineer (ECE) who graduated Valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude from the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology. He was a board top notcher placing third for both the Electronics Engineering and Electronics Technician Board Examina-

tions. He has also presented his thesis to various national and international conferences. Like Ditucalan, Aljas is also a registered electronics engineer and technician. He was a Dean’s Lister from the Cebu Institute of Technology-University and was an Essay Writing Contest Champion of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Association Inc. (CESAFI) and 2015 ECE Regional Quiz Show Champion. The rest of the first batch of cadets represented a cross section of the country’s main geographical regions. Metro Manila was represented by James Kevin Chua (Sta. Cruz, Manila), Geronimo Miguel Mantes (Fairview, Quezon City), and Lorenzo Miguel Montinola (Malate, Manila). Nine came from Greater Luzon area outside the metropolis: Kayrwin Kirch Remolona (Mabalacat, Pampanga); Jose Angelo Santos (Cainta, Rizal); twins Ian John and Ivan Kevin Satentes (Noveleta, Cavite); and Juan Carlo Wage (Bamban,Tarlac): Janine Alyssa Marie Bautista

(Cainta, Rizal); Aaron Jhun Bernabe (Santiago City, Isabela); Paulo Martin Concepcion (Sta Rosa, Laguna); and Martha May De Leon (Sta Rosa, Laguna); Not the least, there was one each from the Visayas: Rydale Pintor, from Cebu City; and MIMAROPA: Ardeen Bernabe Reguyal of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. “My twin brother and I have the same dream of becoming pilots since we were kids. The reason for this is all the airplanes we saw up-close whenever we accompany or fetch dad at the airport. While waiting for dad and looking at those big planes, our mom would always tell us that someday we will be inside the cockpit of whichever airplane she’s pointing at,” said Ivan Kevin Satentes. “Ever since I was a child it has always been my lifelong dream to become an airline pilot but my family is not financially capable of supporting my dreams,” shared his twin Ian John. For Juan Carlo Wage, joining the program meant having the chance to improve the lives of his loved

ones, especially his parents who both worked as caretakers and housecleaners in Pampanga. “I joined the program because I knew that it would change my life. Aside from being able to travel, and learn and experience new things, I want to pay my mom and dad back for their hard work, and give them a good life as well.” The aspirants thanked Cebu Pacific for opening a program that would enable financially-challenged Filipinos to fulfill their dreams of becoming pilots. “I joined the program because I wanted to be a pilot since I was in grade school. After graduating college and getting my first job, I did not think that I would be able to pursue my dream immediately because my salary was not enough to put me to flying school. Luckily, Cebu Pacific created a program for aspiring Pilots,” said Martha May De Leon, one of the two female cadets who made it in the first batch. The cadet pilots will be spending 52 weeks at the FTA campus in Adelaide.

After completing their training there, they will return to the Philippines to complete type-rating and licensing requirements to become commercial pilots. After successfully completing the program, the cadet-pilots become First Officers at CEB, and join the corps of aviators at Cebu Pacific, flying domestic and international routes. The airline undertook the ground breaking program after noting the dearth of pilots for its growing fleet of aircraft. At present, its 62-strong fleet includes one Airbus A321CEO, 36 Airbus A320, eight Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500 and nine ATR 72-600 brand-new aircraft. Between 2018 and 2022, CEB expects delivery of six more brand-new Airbus A321ceo, 32 Airbus A321neo and seven ATR 72-600 aircraft, hence the pressing need for more pilots to man its growing fleet. Cebu Pacific will shoulder the cost of the training, type-rating and licensing, with successful cadet-pilots guaranteed employment with CEB. They will then reimburse the cost of the

program through salary deduction over a maximum of ten years at zero-interest. Cebu Pacific will be investing US$25 million for its Cadet Pilot Program. In partnership with FTA, the program will select a total of 240 candidates over a five-year period, or 48 candidates per year divided into three batches, with each batch composed of 16 Cadet-Pilots. The program is open only to Filipino citizens who are college graduates, proficient in English and hold passports valid for at least two years prior to the start of the program. The screening process for applicants begins with an online screening, followed by an on-site screening for core skills and pilot aptitude tests, among other examinations where a fee of AU$425.00 (PHP17,000.00) will be charged. CEB and FTA will jointly select the final list of candidates. Candidates for the second batch of CEB Cadet Pilots are currently being screened. Application for the third batch is set to open by mid-May 2018.


the New Peoples Army waged another broad daylight attack on construction firm that was building a bypass highway in Davao City -- the President’s turf. If this is not touting the government this must simply be extortion. The NPAs exacted these dastardly acts and ignominies as punishment for what they claimed was the failure of their victims to pay revolutionary tax. These are simply criminal and should be addressed the way crime and criminals should be treated. It is of strange coincidence that while Victoria was spewing lies in faraway Milan, back home the Catholic churches during the Lenten season had a common theme for their homilies: “atmosphere of violence in the homeland and soldiers driven to kill children in the governments campaign against drugs”. And yet, isn’t it a sublime irony that all the Catholic churches were secured by police and military men to keep the faithful safe and secured. Victoria T. Corpuz delivered her pugnacious speech in a human rights forum. I do not know whether UNCHR sent her there for the singular purpose of denouncing Duterte or she went on her own. Either way, she must have all the euros she needed to cast

aspersions against their pet peeve Duterte, whom they cannot find a single piece of evidence to pin him on their contrive issues of extra-judicial killings and the Davao Death Squad. Victoria and UNCHR may have succeeded in defaming Duterte but the damaged they did to the Philippines, the land of our birth, cannot escape condemnation. I am not sure whether indeed she is in the NPA terrorist list but, it will not be surprising if she made it in roll. Too many insensitive characters used innocent indigenous peoples to prop their dubious agenda and state intelligence knew this. In Davao city for example, those advancing human rights would bus-in IPs from distant provinces and then prod them to rally and demonstrate. They cry discordant slogans that have not been changed since the first quarter storm. What for? To raise funds. Why in Davao City? Because nobody is required to secure permit from the local government to air one’s grievances. This freedom was and still is guaranteed by the Duterte administration. Why Davao City? Because the city is the center not only of trade and commerce in Mindanao but also the communications center of the region. Here, demos and incendiary speeches are covered by the

media. Human rights nongovernment organizations (HR NGOs) love it. They can have a throve of materials to attach to their project studies for donor foundations in Europe and Canada to consider for funding. Ms. Corpuz must have left the Cordilleras long time ago and enjoyed the comforts of Europe just like CPP/NPA chieftain Jose Ma. Sison. She has lost touch with the pulsating realities in the Philippines. While the NPAs stage ambuscades on soldiers and civilians, thousands have actually surrendered. While scores of drug lords and drug pushers were killed fighting to keep their syndicates and trade, over a million drug pushers and users have surrendered and underwent rehabilitation and thousands had been rehabilitated. The economy grew under a healthy climate of investment and the administration has started contracting big ticket projects that include railways, roads and bridges, irrigation projects, airports upgrades, salary increases among teachers, soldiers and policemen and free irrigation water for farmers. The Philippines is no longer a subservient country and had been redeemed from being treated as vassals of overbearing powers. Victoria T. Corpuz is in the incurable state of denial. But she has

to speak in the human rights forum in Europe because it is there where huge grants are derived by HR NGOs are coming from. It is there where donor foundations, which are conduits of aid and grants from the EU countries, fork out money to beneficiary foundations like the HR NGOs in the Philippines. It is so depressing and annoying that Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, who cannot even name his penchant in his Lenten message to the Catholic Christians, just like Victoria, conveniently forgot that the country they described as akin to a killing field where violence is the order of the day, has in fact been rated by international

rating firms as a country with “stable economy and investment grade”. My Tagle, my Tagle how can you be so myopic as to deny these developments and then, like Victoria, brazenly call our country in a state of violence and under a dictatorship. You freely march on the streets even without permits right? You rave and you rant and nobody gagged you. Correct? Now if you say that the voice of the people is the voice of God, think of the unprecedented approval and support that the man you are so angry at, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, and then tell us whether we are a scared nation. No we are not. Only the criminal and the terrorists are.

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audience about this. I do not know too whether, as rapporteur, she bared before the UNCHR body that many rebel leaders cannot actually live in peace. Never mind that at one time the NPAs staged an ambush on the Presidential Security Guards, maybe thinking that President Duterte was with PSG. (Duterte had a scheduled event in Bukidnon). Just about the same time, the NPAs staged another ambush in Bukidnon against a police patrol succeeding in the killing of a police officer and an infant and critically wounding those civilians who were with the baby in a separate vehicle that was on the same route as the police patrol. Victoria forgot all these. Duterte cancelled the peace talks after that but I knew and am sure Victoria was aware that the President still sent Peace Adviser Jess Dureza in countless attempts to win a peace accord. All failed. It became apparent that Joma Sison wants to have more of the Republic of the Philippines a demand, which Duterte refused to grant. Even before the decibels of her fiery speech ebbs denouncing the Duterte regime as authoritarian and out to hunt and slaughter critics including children,

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is COWD’s daily production capacity,” Batar noted. “We want to clarify that our present supply is just barely sufficient to meet the city’s daily demand. However, the real demand could be much greater since many areas suffer from low water pressure and cannot avail of the amount they really need on a daily basis.” Although COBI was already supposed to be delivering 60,000 MLD to COWD since January, Batar said it was still delivering only 40 MLD due to ongoing repairs at the RVWCI water treatment plant caused by floodwaters spawned by Tropical Storm Vinta last December. At present, COBI is buying its bulk water from RVWCI. The bulk water supply purchased by COWD from COBI at present accounts for 56% of the total West Area daily production, and 21.47% of the total COWD daily production in the East and West service areas. Batar admits the COWD’s Supply situation was complicated by problems with Rio Verde contract. “As planned, bulk water deliveries as of this date should already have been 120MLD but only 40MLD is still being delivered. The 80 MLD difference should have been COWD’s buffer to improve our resiliency in meeting issues encountered in the supply/demand situation,” he explained. Another problem complicating COWD’s supply situation is its High Percentage of Non-Revenue Water (NRW). “NRW is water produced by COWD for which we have no income, such as the water we use for testing, flushing of valves, and supplying fire hydrants,” said Eduardo Montalvan, COWD Chairman of the Board. “The Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) allows a maximum of 30% NRW per water district. When I was appointed a member of the COWD Board, our NRW as 59%, one of the highest in the country. That means of our total daily production of 186,290 cu.m. per day daily production, 59% of that or 109,911 cu.m. is wasted.” While COWD’s present NRW is down to 50.36%, Montalvan said COWD has committed to LWUA to reduce it further to 20%. Most of the NRW is believed caused by old and leaking pipes in the poblacion that even predates the COWD’s creation in 1973. “So we have to identify all the leaking pipes to replace them and ultimately, we have to replace all of the old pipes. We loaned P425 million from DBP just for that. Loan took a long time to be approved due to the complicated process, so far only 50% has been released and the balance has not yet been released.” Montalvan admits even that amount still lacks if

COWD is to replace all its old and leaking pipes. “This is one of our most important projects we have to really focus on because even if we reduce NRW by 30%, that means 30% more income for us and we don’t even have to implement any further rate increases,” he added. COWD has created an NRW Dept. headed by Engr. Edgardo Tuvilla that is charged with focusing on and resolving our NRW issues.

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2,541,331 registered voters and 4,341 clusters of voting precincts. In the 2016 presidential elections, 2,108,036 voters cast their ballots, or a voters’ turnout of 82.95 percent. During the latest Comelec command conference conducted early this week, Magbutay said his office is still waiting for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to submit a list of areas of concerns in the region. Northern Mindanao has its share of potential election threats, such as the presence of the communists in the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. (Jigger J. Jerusalem/PNA)

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passed the test last year and has now studied to different schools within and outside the province. Apart from college education and higher learning studies, the scholarship grants are also offered to persons with disabilities and the different lumad tribes in the province. The scholarship program have already produced doctors, lawyers and many other professionals already gainfully employed in the province and elsewhere. Most of the scholar doctors are working at the provincial government run D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital since they are obliged to serve first the province for eight years before going private practice or seek greener pastures abroad. Scholarships for higher degree of learning are being provided with monthly stipends, book allowance, clothing allowances and many other privileges. Mellana said with the law on free college education to state universities and colleges is now being implemented in the coming school year, he will initiate a review of the scholarship program of the province that would complement the national law.

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will also be enabled by the latest digital payments technologies. In line with PLDT Enterprise’s nationwide #READY program that aims to accelerate the transformation of LGUs across the country into smart cities, PLDT FVP

and Head of SME Nation Mitch Locsin hopes the partnership with the City Government of Cagayan de Oro will pave the way for the adoption of technology for more LGUs in the Mindanao region. “Our vision of a more connected and empowered Philippines extends to all corners of the country. The digital economy belongs to all Filipinos and we are working towards providing them with access to fast, affordable connectivity along with the most up-to-date innovations,” added Locsin. Cagayanons will be able to access free hi-speed internet, conduct transactions online or access the city’s services through the Smart Wifi solution that will be made available in the local government offices. Citizen beneficiaries of the local government will also receive their benefits through their PayMaya accounts. They will also be provided with citizen ID cards powered by PayMaya which they can use for online purchases and in physical merchants. “So many solutions are readily available for local governments that will allow them to greatly improve the delivery of their services to their citizens and constituents. Beyond connectivity, we can facilitate economic growth through e-commerce adoption, expand infrastructure, uplift disaster & emergency preparedness and improve citizen welfare. All of which will contribute to the country’s growth and development. We admire Mayor Oscar S. Moreno’s step forward into making Cagayan de Oro one of the first digitally enabled cities,” said Locsin. To know more about products and services by PLDT Enterprise, please visit www.pldtenterprise. com.

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and the public of such schemes. “Schools, especially the public schools, are soft targets of thieves and robbers because of inadequate number of watchmen and security guards, poor perimeter security, and poorly lit surroundings. Most rooms where the computers and equipment are kept can be easily broken into,” Salo said. (PNA)

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by future generations of Filipinos,” he added. Lorenzana also urged the nation to continue honoring the remaining World War II veterans for the services they have rendered. “Let us honor those who are still with us for pretty soon they will all be gone,” he added. Underequipped and meagerly supplied American and Filipino forces, fighting in the Bataan frontlines, were forced to surrender in April 9, 1942 after 93 days of gallant resistance against

the superior and well-armed Japanese soldiers. Some 60,000 Filipino and American troops were made prisoners of war by the Japanese. They were made to walk some 112 kilometers from Mariveles, Bataan to Capas, Tarlac under the scorching sun with no food and water for days in what is known the world over as the “Death March.” (PNA)

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studying God’s commands, and obeying everything written in it. That is one sure way of prevailing over sicknesses which have been warned to come to the world. -oooFOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any question about what the burning issues of the day mean, or what we have discussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it maybe, please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@, or post your concerns at www.facebook. com/attybatas. Promise, I will answer right away. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen!

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and ensure balanced growth. Alonto, who led the launching of the Mindanao Jobs Report on Friday, emphasized the need to spur activities more efficiently with the support of all stakeholders to achieve the objectives set in the report. Alonto sees Mindanao’s agriculture and agri-based industries as the most prominent economic drivers. (Armando Fenequito Jr/ PNA)

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preparations are being made, ALGCIT is definitely well on its way to implementation,” Dawang noted. “The topping off ceremony symbolizes the actualization of these plans. Next month we will already be starting the training of the first cohort of students, the 160 recipients of the ALGCIT scholarship. We are all excited to witness this tremendous boost in our Tech Voc SHS,” she added. “We are extremely grateful and awed at the unequalled generosity and friendship of the Gotianun family,” Fr. Yap said. “May you find our journey encouraging and inviting, and may the joys, hope and thanksgiving of Easter inspire you to continue sharing with others through Xavier Ateneo the gift of abundance from the Risen Lord!” Besides the new Senior High School buildings, the university also recently inaugurated and blessed its new Xavier Ateneo Sports Centre in its Grade School Pueblo campus. Mr. Francisco F. Guerra III, Chair, XU Board of

Trustees, said he was elated at how the ALGCIT program was starting off with Dorm 1, reminding him of his four years in college when he also lived in a dormitory. “When you live in a dormitory, the education has increased a thousand fold because the foundation of learning in a classroom is not only multiplied so many times by living with 160 other people, in the dormitory,” he related. “And this is where we learn what it’s like to live with other people who are different from us, have different opinions, the interaction is going to be tremendous. And this is why it’s such a meaningful occasion, to start our journey with a dormitory.” The Dorm 1 building has been targeted for completion on May 31, 2018 in time for the school opening.

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concerns and act in concert, so that politicians can wield the baton. Calls to fatal struggles and fights are forever being sounded. The over-bearing person, who tyrannizes the weak, who wants to domineer and to bluster, is simply nothing else than a worrier, who claims to be a friend. But he isn’t. Really not! The bullying of fellow citizens by means of dread and fright has been going on since Paleolithic times. The night wolf is eating the moon. Give me silver and I’ll make him spit out. Well, when will we start counting our courage and not our fears, or enjoy instead of our woe? Worrying itself is pointless. Of course, no society has achieved perfectly rules of law, never-ending education or unique responsible governments. Let’s seek out the worries, but avoid the worriers, because they try to avoid liberty. If you are still worrying right now about something, try to read Jeremiah 29:1014 or Revelation 21:1-8, just to mention these two. It works. +++ Email me: doringklaus@ or follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter or visit www. or

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from it. The massive rehabilitation would certainly save the small island’s fragile environment. It will help protect and sustain the island’s fragile ecosystem and natural habitat (both flora and fauna) and it will also ensure the health, safety, welfare and wellbeing of its local inhabitants and the millions of tourists. Globally and locally, rising like a phoenix from the ashes, it will enhance Boracay’s position as still one of the country’s premier tourist destination. Understand without this bio-and-ecorehabilitation interventions, the current alarming environmental situation of this world-renowned island paradise (due to the lack of and absence of waste management system) and the kind of business model that these stakeholders have (i.e., sacrificing the environment for profits, profit over the tourists’ health, safety and welfare and profit over environmental protection); the demise of the island would have been a forgone conclusion. The closure of Boracay is both a warning and a clarion call for all the tourism operators in the country to start initiating on their own the rehabilitation process of the endangered environment and ecosystem in their area of business operations. And germane to that, the social and moral components in an eco-tourism industry must also be addressed by them because behind the environmental destruction we also have the proliferation of illicit drugs, illegal gambling, sex trade and prostitution. There is no question most of the tourism operators in our country, sadly abetted by the local and national agencies of government, poses a clear and imminent danger to the environment and natural ecosystem. Don’t wait for PRRD to act because in the broader perspective, he is clearly “locked and loaded” when it comes to protecting and sustaining the country’s environment. His message is clear: there will be a price to pay and to bear if tourism operators will place the environment in harm’s way.





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By MIKE BAÑOS, Contributing Editor

HE Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD) has cautioned that the city’s water supply remains precarious despite measures being taken to address the problem. “Our present supply from all sources is just enough to meet demand,” said Engr. Bienvenido V. Batar Jr., COWD Acting General Manager. “If any of our wells go down for repairs, it would immediately result to disruptions in water service.” In fact, Batar said it was this situation that led COWD to undertake their bulk water supply project in 2004. However, due to legal issues arising from the bulk water supply contract with its first bulk water supplier Rio Verde Water Consortium Inc., (RVWCI), COWD was forced to look for other remedies and eventually dissolved its contract with RVWCI and inked a new joint venture with MetroPac Water Investments Inc.

(MWIC) to form Cagayan de Oro Bulk Water, Inc. (COBI) as its new bulk water supplier. The COWD called a press conference 22 March 2018 to address issues arising from its recent joint venture contract with MWIC. In a slide presented during the press conference, Batar showed that COWD has 17 production wells in its East Service Area are producing 114.456 million liters daily (MLD) and eight production wells in the West Service area producing 31.824 MLD plus 40 MLD bulk water from COBI for a total of 71.824 MLD. Total daily production for the two areas was pegged at 186.290 MLD. “The 186,290 cu.m. See WATER, page 7

NEW VILLA POLICE CHIEF. Villanueva town Mayor Rosalie “Jennie” T. Uy (left photo) congratulates incoming Villanueva police chief Sr. Insp. Dennis S. Ebsolo.

Right photo, outgoing Villanueva police chief Rodnie P. Gaid turns over the flag Ebsolo during the just-held turn over ceremony held at the Audio Visual Room (AVR) at the Municipal Hall in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. Photo courtesy of Zet Velonta

Gaid out, Ebsolo in as head of Villanueva police station By ROSE MONDEJAR Contributor

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental--Sr. Insp. Dennis Ebsolo formally assumed his post as new police chief of this booming town in western Misamis Oriental replacing Sr. Insp. Rodnie Gaid.

Mayor Rosalie “Jennie” Uy and Supt. Jover Amogod, deputy provincial director for administration of the Provincial Police Office, witnessed the formal turned over rites held at the Audio Visual Room (AVR) at the Municipal Hall recently. Prior to his assumption as

municipal police chief of Villanueva town, Ebsolo was assigned at the Police Precint no. 8 in Barangay Lumbia in Cagayan de Oro City. Gaid, on one hand, will be undergoing “mandatory schooling” in Davao City. Not only both Gaid and Eb-

solo are classmates, but they were in the police service for 20 years. In his speech, Gaid thanked Mayor Jennie Uy for her strong support to the Municipal Police Station of Villanueva--and to his fellow police officers. On the other hand, Ebsolo

said he was elated after he was given the chance to serve the people of Villanueva. He vowed to continue whatever programs that his classmate has left. Ebsolo also urged the people of Villanueva to help the police in the peace and order campaign.

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The Mindanao Golden Journal is a newsweekly circulated in Cagayan de Oro City and its neighboring areas in Mindanao, the Philippines.

Golden Journal April 10-16  

The Mindanao Golden Journal is a newsweekly circulated in Cagayan de Oro City and its neighboring areas in Mindanao, the Philippines.