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Businessman denies ‘bankruptcy’ report By SONNY V. SUDARIA, Bureau chief-Armm

MARAWI City––A businessman yesterday belied report scattered on social networking websites that the Basher Diampuan Rasuman (BDR) Group of Companies declared bankruptcy. BDR General Manager Jacob “Coco” Rasuman said the company is willing to pay its investors and partners. Rasuman gave the assur-

ance during the August 14, 2012 emergency consultative meeting organized by the Provincial Crisis Committee headed by Lanao del

WEATHER UPDATE AS of 4 p.m. yesterday, Tropical Storm “HELEN” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 90 km North of Laoag City (19.0°N 120.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 17 kph.Northern Luzon will have rains with gusty winds becoming stormy over Extreme Northern Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be rough to very rough. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. SOURCE : PAGASA

Sur Governor Mamintal “Bombit” Al Adiong Jr. held at the Conference hall, New Capitol Buad-Sacayo, Marawi City. Multi-sectoral groups attended the emergency meeting composed of Abu Manla Lomnog, PUC-Provincial Ulama Council; Lominog Pagnao Sarip, Lanao Professional Groups; Rauf Pamaloy, Organization of Media Practitioner (OMP)

and Lanao del Sur Chapter President; and Nassir Ganda, Provincial Information Officer. During the meeting, Rasuman belied reports circulating in social networking sites–-and even on short messaging service (SMS)––that the BDR Group of Companies had declared bankcruptcy. He also belied reports that he went abroad to es-

cape from various obligations and responsibilities to the companies investors and partners. The BDR Group of Companies had its main office located at Condo Green Hills in Manila and had branches in the cities Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and Marawi. Rasuman said the company has been operational for more than three years

and is engaged in “buy and sale” of brand new and second hand cars from its various accredited companies and partners through financing schemes. In interview, Rasuman said that he was even surprised after he learned that information has been circulating on the social networking sites that BDR declared bankcruptcy, a REPORT/PAGE 8

Umpa urges NBI to probe BDR mess By JHO PANTOJA, Reporter

CAGAYAN de Oro City––Prosecutors League of the Philippines (PLP) President and Regional Prosecutor Jaime L. Umpa yesterday called on the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Northern Mindanao to probe the alleged “pyramid scam” involving businessman Jacob “Coco” Rasuman. Umpa sought for the intervention of the NBI after unidentified men abducted one of the cousins of Rasuman in Cagayan de Oro. He said that there is a need for the NBI to investigate the alleged report on “pyramiding scam” involving Rasuman to prevent untoward incidents. “If there is a need to file a case against anyone, we better do it just to ease tension among the groups,” pointed Umpa in an interview conducted by the Mindanao Daily News. In vernacular, Umpa said: “Kon mapamatud-an nga nakahimo og sala-od ang tagdumala sa maong kompanya, kinahanglan mapasakaan kini og kaso aron mawala ang tention sa nagkada-iyang dapit dinhi sa pulo sa Mindanao.” Many people have reportedly invested their money into the business scheme hoping that their P100 cash investment will double in two months time.

Groundbreaking of the P17.3 million Pamacuan Communal Irrigation Project of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in Pamacuan, Asuncion town in Davao del Norte. The project includes diversion dam, canal system and farm facilities for the 300 hectares of potential irrigable areas and to benefit at least 106 farmer-beneficiaries. Photo by Ben D. Arche

Govt troops capture Moro rebel base camp By CRIS DIAZ Associate editor

the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters overran a five-hectare wellMAGUINDANAO––Gov- entrenched Moro camp on ernment troopers in hot pur- Tuesday. suit of fleeing Moro rebels of About 300 combined

government troopers backed by helicopter gunships and armored vehicles assaulted with minor resistance the well-entrenched strategic camp of the BIFF at the

Feriz mountain ranges. Col. Prudencion Asto, of the army’s 6th Infantry Division, said governments forces had flown the CAMP/PAGE 8

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Nery, Dano top Butuan council attendance list By PAT SAMONTE, Regional editor-Caraga

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FILIPINO scientists at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Laguna had developed a new variety of rice that could withstand for two weeks underwater. The rice variety known as ‘submarino rice’ has varieties available in the Philippines, including the Submarino 1 (NSIC Rc194, released 2009) and Sacobia (PSB Rc68, released 1997). Dr. Bruce Tolentino, IRRI deputy director general for Communications and Partnerships, said rice farmers would have a fighting chance to outlast rains and floods if they plant more ‘submarino rice.’ The expert also said that the submarino rice could survive floods if they occur before flowering. Released in 2009, the Department of Agriculture is now using the latest flood-tolerant rice as replacement to floodstricken farmlands all over the country. The submarino rice has been widely adopted by rice farmers across the Philippines since its release, owing to the efforts by the DA and its agencies, which have been actively promoting the rice variety to farmers. The DA has effectively implemented strategies, which includes involving farmers in early field trials and seed multiplication efforts across the country alongside information, education, extension, and communication campaigns and materials. “This type of rice is unique because it can grow well in wet conditions where other crops cannot, but if it is covered with water completely it can die, leaving flooded farmers bereft of income,” Tolentino said. FIRESTONES JEWELRY AND PAWNSHOPS Gotic Bldg.,Lt.Guillermo st., Cagayan de Oro City Tel. No. 72-1214 NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE Notice is hereby given that all articles/jewelries pawned from the month of April 2011 to March 2012 which are not redeemed or renewed, will be sold at public auction on August 24, 2012 at 10:00 am, Friday at FIRESTONES JEWELRY AND PAWNSHOP. The Management Ang firestones Jewelry & Pawnshop magpahigayon ug subasta sa tanang wala mabag-o o malukat nga prenda gikan sa Abril 2011 hangtud sa Marso 2012.Ang maong subasta ipahigayon karong Agosto 24, 2012 Biyernes, sa may alas 10:00 sa buntag,sa FIRESTONES jEWELRY &PAWNSHOP. Ang Tagdumala MDN: August 16, 2012

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Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez shares some points during the stake holders meeting of the Community Mortgage Program (CMP) Projects of the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC) for the Typhoon Sendong survivors in Cagayan de Oro. The SHFC will purchase the 22 lots offered by 22 landowners to 7,787 families/beneficiaries. The families will pay SHFC for the lots for 25 years at 6% interest and will then receive a title for their respective lot. Present during the meeting are Ma. Ana Oliveros, SHFC president; Archbishop Antonio Ledesma and Grace Saniel, HUDCC Region X coordinator.

Corruption at customs deplored A LAWMAKER has deplored the massive corruption at the Bureau of Customs even as he called on the House Committee on Ways and Means to require said agency to formulate more anti-corruption measures and impose stiffer penalties against erring BOC personnel and officers who shall be involved in defrauding the government of millions in taxes and duties through various unlawful means. Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City) issued the call through House Resolution 2509 as the Office of the Ombudsman is now investigating graft charges filed by the National Bureau of Investigation against more than 20 BOC officials and employees who allegedly allowed the release of 20 shipping containers without inspecting them which defrauded the government of P1.4 million in duties and taxes. Castelo said it is time the BOC leadership acts with firm resolve to end the rather systematic corruption in the agency which has persisted for so many years. “This scheme and scene graphically draws in broad outline the extent of corruption in a public agency supposedly reposed the sensitive duty to collect revenues for the government on account of a rather systematic corruption that has infested every layer of the BOC itself,” he said. Castelo said the House Committee on Ways and FOR SALE: 15 Has Titled Agricultural Land and 5 has Coconut Farm LOCATION: Balingasag, Misamis Oriental PLS CALL: 09193982320 or 09274413955 Direct Buyer Only MDN: AUG. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, & 16, 2012

Means chaired by Rep. Isidro Ungab (3rd District, Davao City) should direct the BOC to formulate control mechanisms against importers, shipping companies, customs brokers, consignees, warehouse owners, port district collectors, customs officials and employees who shall be involved in defrauding the government of millions in duties and taxes through various illegal means, and impose stiffer penalties against them. The NBI has accused 21 BOC officials and employees with violations of Articles 171 (falsification of public documents) and 172 (falsification by private individuals) and Article 183 (false testimony) of the Revised Penal Code and grave misconduct for government employees based on the investigation conducted by Supervising Agent Madrino de Jesus of the National Capital Region. The NBI also recommended the investigation of two customs brokers, a customs representative, two importers, two warehouse owners, seven private employees and several other John and Jane Does. De Jesus said the alleged crimes occurred from February 2011 to June 2011 in Manila and Batangas. He said the cases against the BOC officials and employees stemmed from the alert orders issued by former Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Section (CIIS)

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officer-in-charge Marina Rae Galang to Filomeno Vicencio Jr., former CIIS director and current Intelligence Group officer-incharge, involving 20 units of 20-footer containerized vans that were initially consigned to Zoom Cargo Base Forwarders with address at BF Condo Bldg., A. Soriano Avenue, Intramuros, Manila. The container vans were alerted for alleged violation of Section 2503 (undervaluation, misclassification and misdeclaration in entry) in relation to Section 2530 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines. De Jesus said there were no examinations, spot or full check conducted on the container vans before they were released. Accordingly, after the alert orders were lifted, the 20 container vans were immediately loaded to various trucks and were delivered directly to various destinations as advised by the representative of the broker and consignee to the trucking firms. rbb

Tribal guards wounded in mining site ambush BUTUAN City-- Suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) ambushed and wounded three Manobo guards of a gold mining site in Barangay La Purisima, Agusan del Sur Tuesday. The suspects lobbed an improvised explosive device and fired at the victims who were on board a motorcyle as they arrived at Tribal Datu Calpito Eguahe-run smallscale mining inside a hotly contested ancestral domain site. They managed to fire back forcing the attackers to withdraw. Police identified those wounded Manobo guards as Dodoy R. Perez, 49, of Barangay Sta. Irene; Lating R. Brital, 20, and Erpe Bucales, both residents of Barangay La Purisima. The ancestral domain conflict at the gold mine has already caused several deaths and injuries including a hostage-taking incident that prompted Human Rights Commissioner Etta Rosales to lead an investigation. REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES ) S.S. CITY OF OAGAYAN DE ORO ) vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

AFFIDAVIT OF OWNERSHIP WITH AN UNDERTAKING I, RUBEN A. TABOCLAON , 63 years old, filipino citizen, married, with residence and postal address at Claveria, Misamis Oriental, after having been duly sworn to in ac¬cordance with law, do hereby depose and state: That I am executing this AFFIDAVIT OF OWNERSHIP with an Undertaking that the registered owner of this Motor Vehicle is my deceased father, THE LATE PERFECTO TABOCLAON, who died in the year 1994 and since that year I was already the caretaker and user of the said motor vehicle which is more particularly described as follows: MAKE/TYPE OF BODY ENGINE NUMBER CHASSIS NUMBER PLATE NO. MODEL TOYOTA DATSUN pick-up 4K-1152381 521-410336 UV-KAX-868 ‘80 VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVYVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION NO. 1944-5681 O.R. # 73125614 Date:08/12/2011 That sometime last November 18, 2011 I purchased as REPLACEMENT of the ENGINE NUMBER from 4K-1152381 to the NEW ENGINE 0-190- ISUZU with S.N. 366887 of the above-described Motor Vehicle as evidence by an Official Receipt No. 0330 from JACOB JUNK SHOP is¬sued by Evangeline T. Gevero. Copy of the same is hereto attached to form as part hereof, as ANNEX “A”, together with the MACRO- ITCHIN as Annex “B” and the issued PNP MOTOR VEHICLE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE as ANNEX “C” as an integral parts hereof. Also attached hereto is the Motor Vehicle Inspection Report MVIR # 21743605 by Land Transportation Office as ANNEX “D” to form as an integral parts hereof. That I hereby undertake to comply other required documents when required and needed by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) for the approval of the registration of the approval of the registra-tion of this Motor Vehicle and further undertake to absolve any LTO official/employee from any liability civil administrative or otherwise arising thereto in relation for the registration of this application. In the same manner I now most respectfully attaching hereto a DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE for the transfer of Ownership of the same Motor Vehicle from the former owner my own father Pertecto Taboclaon to my name as the new owner hereof. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto affixed my hand and signature below this 15th day of AUGUST 2012 in the City of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.

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BUTUAN CITY – Councilors Virgilio Nery, Jr. and Erwin Dano have notched a perfect 28 attendance record in the city council’s sessions for the first half of this year. As shown by the Sangguniang Panlungsod attendance record, Nery and Dano attended all 27 regular sessions and one special session conducted by the local legislative body from January to July, 2012. On the other hand, Councilor Audie Bernabe had the most absences. He attended only 13 out of 28 council sessions or 46 percent. Councilor Randolph Plaza followed Bernabe with 14 attendance record or 50 percent of the total sessions. Closely following Nery and Dano at the top of the attendance list are Councilors Ramon Carampatana, Jaime Cembrano and Association of Barangay Councils president Nestor Amora who showed up in 26 sessions. Third in the top list is Councilor Ryan Anthony Culima with 25, fourth is Councilor Angelo Calo with 22 and fifth are Councilors Raul Amoc and Josephine MarticionSalise with 20. Sangguniang Kabataan president Rauzil Carampatana is sixth in the list with 17 appearances. Vice-Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun attended and presided 17 council sessions. He was either acting city mayor or on official travel 11 times. WITH REFORTS BY ELDIE DAVID AND GLENN AMARILLE

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3-day mallwide sale at SM MALL IS OPEN FROM 10 A.M. UNTIL 10 P.M. SM CIT Y CAGAYAN DE ORO once again brings you great savings and exciting prizes on its three-day mallwide sale on August 17, 18, and 19 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Cardholders can avail of the twohour special exclusive to SM Advantage, Prestige, and BDO Rewards on August 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and get an additional 10 percent off on all items at SM Department Store, SM Appliance Center, Ace Hardware, Toy Kingdom, Our Home and Surplus Shop. Get up to 70 percent off on great choices mallwide and be a lucky shopper to win one of the three Asus Eee PC X101H during the daily raffle draws. It’s so easy to join the raffle. For every P500 single or accumulated purchase from SM Department Store, SM Supermarket or from any participating mall establishment entitles a

shopper to one raffle coupon. At SM Cinema, a customer gets one raffle coupon with every single purchase of four regular theater tickets or two digital theater tickets. Global Pinoy members may get one additional raffle coupon by presenting their Global Pinoy Cards, along with a minimum P500 worth of single or accumulated purchases from any of the participating mall establishment. Shoppers must present their proof of purchase at the designated redemption center located at the Entrance 3 Gallery, Ground Floor between David’s Salon and Kidy Park. Raffle draws will be at 9:00pm on August 17 and 18 and 10 p.m. on August 19 at the Redemption Booth. Deadline for the submission of entries will be 10 minutes before every draw. The raffle draws will be witnessed by a representative from the Department of Trade and

Industry (DTI). SM Department Store will also raffle five Apple iPads with free Globe Prepaid Micro Sim. Avail oneself of five percent rebate, plus free P100 gift pass on a minimum P10,000 credit purchase using your BDO Credit Card. Also shop using your Megalink, Expressnet or Bancnet ATM cards to join the electronic raffle from July 8 to September 30 and get a chance to win one of 150 Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0. What’s more? Get up close and personal with Patrick Garcia on August 17 at 5:00pm, watch the Dance Supremacy 1st National Collegiate Hiphop Dance Competition on August 18 at 4:00pm and catch Paul Salas on August 19 at 5:00pm. Shop till you drop and enjoy the great uptown shopping at SM City Cagayan de Oro on its 3 Day Sale on August 17, 18, and 19!

SMC first half revenues up 25%, net income climbs 31% DIVERSIFIED conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC) chalked up P329.5 billion in consolidated sales revenues for the first semester of 2012, 25% higher than the same period last year, as the majority of its businesses turned in good performances, contributing solidly to the top line. Despite the rise in input costs for some of its businesses, SMC chairman and chief executive officer Eduardo M. Cojuangco Jr. said that SMC’s highlydiversified portfolio provided fresh growth drivers that made it resilient and enabled the company to turn in strong results. “Our first semester financial results provide a glimpse of the importance of a diversified portfolio and the continuing value

of our core businesses to the overall stability of the group,” Cojuangco said. SMC reported first-half consolidated net income attributable to equity holders of the parent of P14.1 billion, 31% higher than last year. With higher crude and raw material prices resulting in slimmer margins,

operating income amounted to P25.1 billion, 20% lower compared to the same period last year. Consolidated recurring earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounted to P38.4 billion. Beer San Miguel Brewery Inc.’s

consolidated revenues for the first semester reached P36.9 billion, up 4% from the previous year, with the brewery’s international operations registering doubledigit revenue growth as a result of higher volumes in Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Thailand. Consolidated operating income improved 6% to P10.8 billion. Liquor and soft beverages Ginebra San Miguel Inc.’s revenues reached P7.2 billion, 12% lower than last year. However, the company has seen improvements in its performance with volumes for its flagship Ginebra San Miguel surpassing year-ago levels by 13%. Second quarter volumes have also significantly narrowed the gap versus last year.

Ayala Corp posts 23% rise in first half profits AYALA CORPORATION’S consolidated net income in the first half of the year reached P6.1 billion, 23% higher than in the same period last year. Core net income, however, was even higher at P6.3 billion or a 35% growth from a year ago. This excludes the impact of the accelerated depreciation of Globe Telecom as a result of its network modernization program and the revaluation gains realized at AG Holdings in the first half of last year. Higher profits were driven by the strong equity earnings from Ayala’s core businesses. Substantially higher equity earnings from Ayala Land, Bank of the Philippine Islands, and Manila Water cushioned the slight decline in equity earnings from Globe Telecom, which was impacted by the accelerated depreciation from its network modernization program. Equity earnings of core and non-core businesses reached P7.7 billion in the first semester, 24% higher than the P6.2 billion achieved in the same period last year. Ayala President and Chief Operating Officer Fernando Zobel de Ayala said: “We are encouraged to see the strong trajectory of our core businesses sustained through the first half of this year. The performance reflects the robust domestic demand and the fundamental strength of the economy. We envision our products and services to continue to tap this growing demand as we expand to new market segments and develop a more pervasive presence across the country.” AYALA/PAGE 11

GSIS taps Globe business for ‘automation’ project THE Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), the social insurance institution securing the future of all local government employees, and Globe Business, the group in Globe Telecom serving small, medium and large enterprises in the Philippines, announced the successful implementation and roll-out of the GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) kiosks. GWAPS is a secure system that performs remote, paperless transactions. A

GWAPS kiosk resembles an ATM and adopts world-class technologies such as radiofrequency identification or RFID recognition, biometrics and virtual private networks. The easy-to-use terminals are powered by Globe Business and allow GSIS members to carry out various transactions through the GWAPS, including loan applications and checking of personal records. The GSIS also plans to deploy an additional 350 units within the year, includ-

ing the rapid-deployment type, which can be quickly set up in typhoon-affected areas. In all, GWAPS kiosks in GSIS offices nationwide as well as in other government offices will number more than 1,000, ready to serve millions of government workers and pensioners when they perform transactions such as updating of personal records and loan applications. “We are pleased to partner with Globe through the GWAPS kiosks project. PROJECT/PAGE 8

Ramadan is a period of fasting, reflection, devotion , generosity and sacrifice observed by Muslims around the world .

May Allah accept our fasting, forgive our sins, and guide us all to the Straight Path. May Allah bless us all during Ramadan, and throughout the year, with His forgiveness, mercy, and peace, and bring us all closer to Him and to each other. Ameen!

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Farmers to help in technology dissemination By DANILO E. DOGUILES

KORONADAL City––Disseminating technology to rice farmers in Soccsksargen Region is not anymore the sole responsibility of agricultural technicians. This, after the Department of Agriculture (DA-12) has employed the assistance of 75 trained farmers, who will serve as local farmer technicians (LFTs), teaching other farmers to adopt technologies that could help boost their production. Agri-Pinoy Rice Program Coordinator Rey Embahador said the project is an initiative of DA-12 Director Amalia Jayag-Datukan.

tural management of rice, from land preparation to post-harvest management. “In fact, they have already harvested at least 5 tons per hectare in three consecutive cropping seasons,” he stated. FLTs will each receive P3,000 monthly incentives to be given every quarter“upon submission of report and proof that they have conducted farmer field school or techno demonstration in their communities. North Cotabato is not included in the project because average yield of farmers in It is also aimed at in- At present, one technician even as he explained that the province is about 4 to creasing the technician-to- takes care of over 150 farm- the 75 LFTs have been fully 5 tons/ha. (DEDoguiles/ farmer ratio in the region. ers, Mr. Embahador added trained in all aspects of cul- PIA 12/asf )

Barangays bid for info awards SOUTH Cotabato––Each of the 14 barangays in Tampakan town is vying for this year’s most Outstanding Barangay Development Information Council (BDIC) awards. Community Development Information Officer Efren Villarina said, the search that carries cash prizes, highlights the 23rd anniversary of the town’s development information system. To qualify, every barangay has to put up a strong development information council to help keep the residents abreast of such issues as peace and order, environment and local government

initiatives. Tampakan is a fourth class municipality in the province of South Cotabato, with a population of 36,254 people, as of 2010 census. It is also known as host to the largest copper mining project in Asia. The town’s Community Development Information Council (CDIC) is chaired by Sangguniang Bayan Member Ma. Theresa PeneraDeypalan. Last year, Barangay Danlag was adjudged Outstanding BDIC. (ac agad PIA 12/asf )

City govt tackles SK tricycle dispute COTABATO City––Temporary solutions to the prevailing problems among tricycle operators and drivers plying the Sultan Kudarat-Maguindanao-Cotabato route are being adopted by the city government. Attributed to the existence of illegal terminals in the area, the situation has prompted the tricycle drivers to barricade the Quirino Bridge, the other day, after elements of the Traffic Management Unit has apprehended most, if

not all of them. City Mayor Japal J. Guiani Jr. said, illegal terminals have been a perennial problem in the city and “these tricycle drivers have already been severally warned, but refused to heed.” “We are just correcting their wrongdoings, as we do not tolerate them to commit any violation of our local rules and regulations”, Mayor Guiani said. (Cotabato Government website/asf )

Z AMB OANGA City–– Zamboanga City’s display booth, featuring photos of pink-sand Sta. Cruz Island, was adjudged first runner-up in the just concluded 23rd Philippine Travel Mart at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia in Pasay City. This was announced yesterday by City Tourism Officer Sarita SebastianHernandez, who said the City of Gingoog’s indigenous design was declared champion in the booth competition (city cate-

gory), followed by Zamboanga City photo booth concept as first runner-up. Anchored on the t h e m e “It’s More Fu n in the Philippines,” this year’s Philippine Travel Mart from August 10-12 was participated by local government units of the different provinces, cities and municipalities nationwide; Department of Tourism regional offices for destination exhibits, accommodation; and resort establishments, including travel and tour operators. Last Friday, Zamboanga

Zambo City unveils P31.8m water project By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

ZAMBOANGA City––The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) and the city government unveiled yesterday the P31.8 million Vitali water system project in pursuit of their commitment to continuously expand water service to far-flung barangays. The project will benefit 441 households or 2,203 individuals in the barangay of Vitali and neighboring areas. It was undertaken in partnership with the District II Congressional Office. Mayor Celso Lobregat, together with representatives Beng Climaco and Erbie Fabian, ZCWD Board Chair Milagros Fernandez and General Manager Leonardo Rey Vasquez, led the city, water district and barangay officials in yesterday’s inauguration and blessing rites held at 10 a.m. Based on the project contract, ZCWD’s counterpart is P24,104,439.63 while the city government’s share is P5,299,998.82. The counterpart of the District II Congressional Office under Rep. Erbie Fabian is P2,412,500. WATER/PAGE 7

DILG-10 and LGA visit LGOO Trainees By ANA CELESTE W. FELISILDA

BUKIDNON––The Local Government Academy (LGA), in coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10, will be visiting the 47th Batch Local Government Operations Officers (LGOOs) trainees, anytime this month, at the municipalities of Pangantucan and Libona and the City of Malaybalay. The activity is aimed at monitoring the progress of program implementation and eventually reporting the findings to top management for purposes of decisionmaking. Composed of 14 LGOO trainees, the activity is called Induction Training for LGOOs, an integral program of the department to further strengthen its internal and organizational competencies. DILG-10 Director Burdeos is confident that at the end of the training, the participants will be completelycapable in responding positively to all situations in their sy of the different tourism- future field assignments. (ACWF/asf ) oriented establishments in the city were given to visitors. Organized by the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), the Philippine Travel Mart Expo, now on its 23rd year, is the biggest and longest running travel trade exhibition dedicated to the promotion and marketing of inbound and domestic tourism. He av i ly - d i s c ou nte d tour packages were likewise promoted and marketed during the three-day exhibition.

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Tax exemption mulled for manufacturers, importers of hybrid vehicles MANILA- The move to provide certain tax exemptions to manufacturers and importers of hybrid vehicles continues to gain support in Congress, with another lawmaker pushing for the proposal. Rep. L ord A l la n Jay Velasco (L one Dist r ic t, Marinduque) said his proposal to grant tax exemptions to manufacturers and importers of hybrid automobiles is in line with the constitutional provision declaring it is the duty of the State to sustain and protect its environment and natural resources.

“Specifically, Section 16 of Article ll of the Constitution states that the State shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature,” said Velasco, a Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments. He said his proposal seeks to encourage the importation and manufacture in the country of hybrid automobiles which are known to be energy-efficient and environment-friendly vehicles. His proposal, House Bill

BSP awards valued stakeholders in SOCCSKSARGEN By Catherine T. Apelacio GENERAL SANTOS CITY --- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) honored three valued stakeholders in SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato-Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos City) with prestigious awards for their “unparalleled support” to its statistical and advocacy programs. For the small- and medium-corporation category, the BSP named the Horizon Can Corp based in Tambler here as the Most Outstanding Respondent among small- and medium-firms in Region 12. The company also won the Hall of Fame for the same award having been a consecutive three-time awardee since 2010. Horizon, a can manufacturer for tuna canneries was established in 1997. Meanwhile, the Celebes Canning Corp, also located in Tambler, bested other large corporations in the region earning the Most Outstanding Respondent award for the Business Expectations Survey (BES) category. GenSan fishing magnate Marfenio Tan, the company president, beamed with pride as he went up to receive the award. Tan began his canned tuna manufacturing operations in 1991. The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) 12 also received the award being BSP’s information source for the report on regional economic developments. BSP described the trophy

given to the awardees as classy and intricately-made sculpture by multi-awarded renowned sculptor Juan Sajid Imao. The BSP Stakeholders’ Awards, according to Rosabel Guerrero, director of the BSP-Department of Economic Statistics are conferred to partners and stakeholders who have exhibited “exemplary support to the BSP’s various statistical initiatives, information requirements and advocacy programs.” “We count on you in helping BSP promote price and financial stability and other vital programs for the Filipino people,” Guerrero told BSP stakeholders comprised of public and private sectors. BSP, which celebrated its 19th anniversary in July, has been undertaking the annual Stakeholders’ Awards since 2010. Guerrero said the SOCCSKSARGEN event was the fourth among the regional events for this year. “Shared Goals, Shared Responsibilities and Valued Partnerships” served as theme of the awards ceremony and appreciation lunch held on Tuesday (August 7) at East Asia Royale Hotel here. BSP champions various advocacy programs in “microfinance, financial education and consumer protection, economic information, and overseas Filipinos’ remittances environment” in support of the economic and social development visions of the government. (CTA-PIA 12, General Santos City)

6333, refers to a hybrid automobile as “a vehicle which minimizes the total amount of energy to be consumed with respect to its fabrication, operation, and disposal, and represents a substantial improvement over existing electric and hybrid vehicles with respect to the total amount of energy so consumed. It uses an on-board rechargeable energy storage

system and a fuel-based power source for vehicle propulsion.” It provides that any person, partnership or corporation whose primary purpose is to engage in the business of manufacturing or importing hybrid automobiles shall be exempt from payment of import duties, customs and tariff duties. Such exemption shall also

cover the importation and manufacture of the components and parts of hybrid automobiles based on the bill. It further provides the Bureau of Customs shall promulgate the necessary rules and regulations, and shall subject to review the tax exemptions every three years from the effectivity of the Act. The result of the review shall be submitted in

a report to the Congress, the bill provides. On March 21, 2012, the House approved on third and final reading House Bill 5460 seeking to provide incentives for the manufacture, assembly, conversion and importation of electric, hybrid and other alternative fuel vehicles and for other purposes. The measure was transmitted to the Senate last March 26, 2012.

Maramag town LGU pushes organic farming, sets up body By RUBY LEONORA R. BALISTOY . PIA

MARAMAG, BUKIDNON - A multisectoral technical committee was organized by the local government of this municipality, to ensure apt implementation of Republic Act 10068, also known as the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010. Based on the latest update and overview on organic agriculture presented by Javier Andalan of the Agricultural Training Institute, Precy Acut of the Department of Agriculture, and Jacqueline Lagamon from the provincial agriculture office, the working group was able to identify more sectors engaged in

organic farming that ought to be in the committee. Mayor Alicia P. Resus said the committee’s role is vital in promoting organic farming because they have the technical expertise in crafting plans and programs that would help and support farmers’ use of biotechnology and other cultural practices consistent with the principles and poli-

Maramag Mayor Alice Paulican Resus

cies stipulated in the Act. “The farmers, especially those at the grassroots, have the full support from local government units because organic farming has various benefits in the community. Some of which are the reduction of use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, prevention of water pollution, protection of farmers’ health, and increase of soil fertility,” she said. Chaired by Resus, the technical committee is led by municipal agriculturists Maximiano Lugao and Raddy Bonachita; Ranilo J. Gallardo, agriculture engineer, acted as the municipal

focal person on organic agriculture. Committee members include Sangguniang Barangay, leaders of irrigators association, fishers’ association, business organizations, private sectors, the academe and those involved in organic farming research. Resus said the committee has been tasked to review, consolidate and endorse local organic agriculture plans, programs and activities as part of the development investment plan of the town. (Oscar S. Navacilla, Maramag PIO/ PIA 10, Bukidnon

CdO supports program for poor, differently abled children By Elaine O. Ratunil CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY continues to support differently abled constituents by ratif ying partnerships for programs geared towards helping the said sector. Acting upon the recommendation of Mayor Vicente Ema no, t he cit y cou nci l, ast August 14 ratified the memorandum of agreement (MOA) entered into by and bet ween t he cit y government of Cagaya n de Oro

and Handicapped’s Anchor is Christ, Inc. Cagayan de Oro (HACI d’ Oro). This covers the implementat ion of t he projec t Stimulation and Therapeutic Activity Center (STAC) and Breaking Barriers for Children. Haci d’ Oro is overseeing the project with the Kapisanan ng Maykapansanan sa Pilipinas, Inc. to provide educational and therapeutic faci lities for t he severely

physical and intellectually challenged children from the poor and depressed areas. Pursuant to the MOA, Haci d’ Oro shall be responsible for the maintenance a nd upkeep of t he rehabilitation center. It shall also make volunteers available and forge links with local rehabilitation entities, public and private hospitals, which will conduct assessment of the STAC beneficiaries prior to the rehabilitation at the

center. It shall also ensure that the center provides free services to the poor disabled children. The city has earmarked P120,000 as financial assistance for the center this year. The legislation was favorably endorsed by the committees on socia l ser v ices , laws a nd r u les chaired by councilors Nadya E. Elipe and Ramon Tabor, respectively. (LCR)


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The thing itself speaks THE most important ingredient that would convict a person of crime is the establishment of guilt beyond reasonable doubt. However, guilt beyond reasonable doubt has to undergo and overcome a test that would challenge per se. In other words, guilt beyond reasonable doubt must be able to stand against all odds that no amount of force or evidence can thwart its veracity. ‘The spring cannot rise against its source,’ is a usual court allegory that aptly il- Cris Diaz lustrates guilt beyond reasonable doubt. Nonetheless, what are the yardsticks or standards that would establish guilt beyond reasonable doubt? Any ordinary person who understands argument and reason knows that guilt is not a simple appreciation of charges. First, the credibility of the complaining person, individual, or group should be examined. It is true that ‘malice’ is one of the elements that would lead to conviction. On the other hand, the commission of an action with ‘malice to none’ would lead to lesser offense or dismissal of complaints. Here, the court might also give weight to the motive of the filing of complaint as paramount in rendering its decision. Certainly, malice and motives are powerful elements that influence court decisions. These elements are important factors that determine the credibility of the complainant. Malice and motives are inherent in legal jurisprudence. These unseen weapons protect the rights of innocent person, individual, or group from becoming subject of legal harassments. For instance, the complaints filed against incumbent City Mayor Vicente ‘Dongkoy’ Emano are cases that are in themselves questionable right from the start. While the object of the complaints could be self-driven and untainted, its motive remains questionable. Some of the complainants are former city Councilors Teodolfo Lao and Zaldy Ocon, and incumbent city Councilor Roger Abaday, all known political oppositions. Even if Lao and Ocon would argue that they filed the complaint to prove graft, their actuations remained questionable. The facts that they are opposition, their complaints are always politically motivated. It is more aggravated with Lao’s intention to run for an elective post next year while Abaday is reportedly running for the vice mayoral post. Aren’t these complaints malicious and ill motivated? Of course, the court clearly sees through it. ‘Res ipsa loquitor.’ React: crisguardian@yahoo.com

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Govt execs in cahoots with illegal loggers? NO less than the House of Representatives has been challenged to conduct a Congressional investigation on illegal logging in Mindanao which allegedly is going on with the involvement of some DNR and local officials, the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP). The author of the Bill. Rep. Simeon A. Datumanong (2nd District, Maguindanao) said his House Resolution 2549 calls for a legislative inquiry, in aid of legislation, to probe and prove the allegations. Instead of the need to intensify and coordinate all

Editorial government efforts to stop illegal logging in Mindanao, it is despicable that government officials are reportedly involved in the proliferation of illegal logging. Datumanong said there is a need to impose harsher penalties on illegal loggers, as well as government officials who are in cahoots with the illegal loggers, yet to do this needs a muscle and political will. Let’s see if this government can do it. It is noteworthy that illegal logging activities continue in Mindanao despite the Executive Order No. 23 issued by President Benigno

Aquino III on February 1, 2012 declaring a Moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests and creating the anti-illegal logging task force. A report of the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force revealed that the 51,000-hectare Manobo Agro-forestation complex in Agusan Del Sur has become one of the areas of operations of illegal loggers and even miners. Allegedly, Datumanong said, some officials of local government units, DENR, NCIP and PNP were involved in the illegal logging operation. If the allegations are true, it makes the government a

laughing stock because it does not only undermine but isolate its efforts to stop illegal logging in Mindanao. DENR officials in Regions XI and XIII and some PNP were sacked after the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force report. This is good but the question is, how can the government sustain such efforts? Illegal logging have already taken a heavy toll on the people’s personal safety and means of livelihood. Unless and honest-togoodness sanction is established by the government, and stiffer penalties are made into law, the problem of illegal logging will remain unsolved.

Make someone happy THINK a minute. There were two very sick men who shared a room in a hospital. The man whose bed was by the window was allowed to sit up for an hour each day to help drain the fluid from his lungs. But the other man, who was not able to sit up, spent all his time laying flat on his back. The two men talked for several hours each day. They talked about their wives and families, their jobs and life’s experiences. Every day when the man by the window sat up on his bed for an hour, he told his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. He told him about the park with its lovely lake and gardens. It made the other man

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst so happy because he could not sit up to look out; so he looked forward to that one hour every day as he listened to his roommate talk about the people and beauty of the world outside their hospital window. One night, the man by the window died in his sleep. The other sick man who shared his room was very sad. He missed his roommate who had told him about the beautiful world

through their hospital window. Then one day he asked if his bed could be moved to the window where his friend had been. He couldn’t wait to finally see the beautiful world outside. But when he turned his head to look out the window, he was shocked to see nothing but a dirty blank wall! When the man told the nurse all the things his roommate had seen through the window and told him

about, the nurse said to him: “Your friend who sat by the window was blind! He could not even see that wall! I think he just wanted to make your life happy.” Jesus told us that the only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. The only way to find your real, satisfying life is to give it away by loving others. This is how God Himself lives. He loves us so much that He gave His one and only Son, Jesus, to die for all our wrongs and sins. So today, you yourself can ask and receive His forgiveness and new life. Jesus will give you the power to start changing into a new person who learns to love and make others happy just Jesus does. Just Think a Minute.

Reviewing Normin’s agriculture statistics THERE is one statement which provokes one to ponder , and perhaps argue with one’s inner self .I am referring to this line “Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.”Definitely it is highly philosophical, but it is akin to another quotation which says : “Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.” If we were to reflect the Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) for 2011-2016 it states that “Agriculture is the bedrock of the rural economy. Agriculture is the major source of raw resources on which the rest of the economy depends. It accounts for 20 percent of the grossnational

When Statistics Speak Salvador A. Aves, Ph.D, DM product, or one-fifth of the economy, while one-third of the population is employed inagriculture or agriculturerelated industries.” However, there are several italicized lines from the MTDP which deserve one’s contemplations such as the following statements describing our harvests : … not enough to ensure long-term sustainability … not enough to improve overall rural welfare …apparent lack of strategic focus of programs and projects However, contemplating is certainly not enough. We

need statistics to support our plan. For instance, if we were to look at the population count as of the last census 2010, statistics will tell us that in Region 10 alone, we have a total population of 4,297,323 with a growth rate of 2.06 . Translating this to mouths to be fed, we have to determine how many sacks of rice will be needed.This will bring us to this fact : “On the average , per person will consume two sacks of rice in one year.” This is the reason why the Census on Agriculture and Fisheries (CAF) is deemed vital, for it will give

us the information on how many farmers do we actually have in the Philippines, what is the size of their farm, do they own or rent the land, what crop or livestock or fishery product do they have and so on.We need data for agricultural and fisheries development in making meaningful decisions in the utilization of related resources, as basis for making production projections, as well as in measuring the progress in agriculture and fisheries. Recalling the latest results of the CAF 2002 .the number of farms in NorMin increased by 10.3 per cent from 289.5 thousands in 1991 to 319.157 thousands in 2002.This is attributed to the large increase in the number of farms in Misamis Oriental. However, the total area of farms in the region decreased by 2.8 per cent during the period STATISTICS/PAGE 8


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‘SRI:’ revolutionary way of rice growing in RP LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God…” (1 Peter 4:11, the Holy Bible). -ooo“SRI”: REVOLUTIONARY WAY OF GROWING RICE IN RP: There is a revolutionar y way of producing rice in the Philippines nowadays, and it is called “system of rice intensification” (SRI). Through it, a one hectare riceland can be fully planted with only four kilos---yes, only four kilos---of palay seedlings, which will later on give a yield of triple (or even quadruple, I am told) of the original harvest. Unbelievable? Yes it is, but my high

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio school classmate who is pushing SRI, Felipe Gabriel, has pictures and other evidence to prove that the unbelievable, and even the impossible in rice production, is achievable and realizable. You want to try this? Call me at the numbers indicated below this article, and let’s see results. And, by the way, this is not a government or a Department of Agriculture project! -ooo-

BLASTING THE BLASTER: MUTINY IN S I N G S O N ’ S HA N D S : Sometimes, even the best of intentions get wasted away by careless and thoughtless statements which, surprisingly, come from those who are supposed to be sober and rational. This is the case of the proposed removal of informal settlers---squatters, if you will---who reside along major river banks in Metro Manila, as a preliminary

step to address flooding. While the intentions here are great---to enable water to flow more freely to the ocean and thereby lessen flooding, and to remove the settlers from the danger of rampaging waters every time it rains--Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson’s braggadocio about “blasting” the settlers and the residents is now making the relocation extremely difficult. Singson is normally sedate in his words, that’s why he has earned the respect and admiration of President Aquino many times in the past, and so it was a surprise that he suddenly became acerbic in his language, addressed to the most sensitive sector of Metro Manila society yet.

Now, Singson has a mutiny in his hands which could even cost him his job. -oooREIN IN YOUR TONGUE, THE BIBLE SAYS: Had Singson read his Bible before he opened his mouth, he would have found out that there are admonitions in its verses that instruct how we should be careful about our tongue all the time. In James 3:3-7, this is what the Bible says: “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a ver y small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.

“Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. “All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison…” -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, or 0922 833 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com.

Farmers can outlast rains and floods with ‘Submarino rice’-IRRI RICE farmers will have a fighting chance to outlast rains and floods if they plant more ‘submarino rice,’a variety of rice that can survive a couple of weeks under water. Laguna-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)is encouraging farmers to plant more submarino rice varieties that can survive up to two weeks of being submerged in water. “This type of rice is unique because it can grow well in wet conditions where other crops cannot, but if it is covered with water completely it can die, leaving flooded farmers bereft of income,” said Dr. Bruce Tolentino, IRRI deputy director general for Communications and Partnerships. The expert also said that the submarino rice was bred by IRRI and can survive floods if they occur before flowering. Released in 2009, the latest flood-tolerant rice variety is now being used by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) as replacement to flood-stricken farmlands all over the country. The submarino rice has been widely adopted by rice farmers across the Philippines since its release, owing to the efforts by the DA and its agencies, which have been actively promoting the rice variety to farmers. The DA has effectively implemented strategies, which includes involving farmers in early field trials and seed multiplication efforts across the country alongside information, education, extension, and communication campaigns and materials. Tolentino noted that there are currently two submarino rice varieties available in the Philippines, including the Submarino 1 (NSIC Rc194, released 2009) and Sacobia (PSB Rc68, released 1997). To help others in communities affected by the recent floods, IRRI is also coordinating donations from its staff to give to people in affected areas of Los Baños and Bay around IRRI headquarters. Tolentino said they will also distribute at least 200 kilos of rice to flood-affected farmers in Los Banos, Laguna. (PNA)

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The city government and the congressional office foot the bill for the pipe laying work while the water firm took charge of the rest of the components that included civil work and other materials. T h e w ate r s y s te m’s source will be surface water from the Kamalig Spring. Lobregat has vowed to

continuously pursue partnership with the ZCWD to bring potable and affordable water to each and every household in far-flung barangays. Last December, Mayor Lobregat and ZCWD officials signed five agreements for the implementation of 5 barangay water system projects that will expand water service to thousands of households in almost 20 barangays in the city—the

PARO II Zoraida Macadindang (seated, right) of DAR- Misamis Oriental signs the turn-over document of the Sto. NinoSitio Oguis road in the municipality of Libertad during the turn-over ceremony held recently. Covering 2.9 km., the road improvement is funded under the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project-Phase III (ARISP III). Beside her is Libertad Mayor Jeocel Tiu. Witnessing the event are (from left, back row) PARO I Alibasa Andig, CARPO Shirley Arquiza of DAR-10 Support Services Division, and DAR Undersecretary for Support Services Jerry Pacturan. Photo supplied

latest of the stable and strong LGU-ZCWD partnership. For the five projects, the city government is spending P48.74 million, which will cover the supplying and laying of distribution lines and other materials. The agreements signed include the construction/ rehabilitation/improvement of water system at Patalon with an estimated cost of P1.59 million; con-

struction/rehabilitation and installation of CacaoLapakan-Cabaluay water system with an estimated cost of P2.63 million; construction/rehabilitation/ improvement of TictapulLicomo-Vitali water system with an estimated cost of P2.63 million; construction/rehabilitation/improvement of Mang ga Bolong-Bolong-BungiaoSangali water system with an estimated cost of P5.33

million; construction/rehabilitation/ improvement of Dumalon-Zambales-Baluno-Capisan-Malagutay-San Roque-Calarian-Cawit-Sinunuc-Maasin water system with an estimated cost of P33.744 million. Last June 7, the mayor led the city government and ZCWD officials in the groundbreaking rite for the water system project in Barangay Patalon, west of this city.

Three days after, the mayor and ZCWD officials trekked the rugged road to Cacao in the east coast to break ground for the water system project involving the laying of pipes of a nine-kilometer stretch area, will benefit the residents of barangays Cacao, Lapakan and Cabaluay. Work on the project will cover 150 calendar days with November 17, 2012 as completion date.


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OWWA-10 joins ABS-CBN’s ‘Serbisyo at Trabaho Patrol’ By NEKO JAN L ABADAY

CAGAYAN de Oro City––The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)-10 joined last Saturday, August 11, the launching of ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao 2nd Grand Serbisyo & Trabaho Patrol by providing consultation and document processing services to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families. The festival of free services to the public, held at the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) campus here, was also supported by other government agencies such as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Land Transportation Office (LTO), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Social Service System (SSS). Representatives from the private sectors also participated in the day-long festival of services that includes medical mission, bloodletting, journalism class, lifestyle booth, eye check-up services and job-fair, among others.

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report that sow panic among BDR’s agents, investors, and partners. As a result, Rasuman said that he called for an emergency meeting apparently to resolve the issue––and come out it an agreement in regard to massive payment starting yesterday (August 15, 2012). If there are failure of payments, Rasuman attributed it to various death threats that he is receiving, including his family.

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Philippine flag in the Moro camp and a battalion of soldiers would be stationed there. ‘The place is very strategic since it is located up in the mountain ranges over looking Liguasan

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mentioned.Moreover, the average size of farms decreased from 2.7 hectares per farm in 1991 to 2.3 hectares per farm in 2002. Agricultral land comprised 52.2 per cent of the region’s total land area. Corn, which was grown

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Our 750 kiosks deployed across the country offer greater convenience to our 1.7 million members and pensioners. They can apply for their loans, check their records or request to update their accounts, without the need to visit our offices,” President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara said.

He also said that he and his family are experiencing various forms of harassment that include strafing of the house of his father, the recent abduction of his cousin, the ransacking of his condo units in Green Hills in Manila and White House in Barangay Saduc in Marawi City. Rasuman appealed to the investors and partners of BDR Group of Companies not to harm him and his family so he could expedite the processing of payments. “We are willing to pay you all,” said Rasuman.

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Security Bank earns P5B for the first half of 2012; ROE of 31% SECURITY Bank Corporation (PSE: SECB) disclosed its first half 2012 financial results with a net income attributable to equity holders of P 5.0 billion, a 107% increase over the previous year’s P2.4 billion, resulting from the expansion of the core businesses and securities trading gains. This translates to an annualized return on equity (ROE) of 31%. Security Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Alberto S. Villarosa attributed the momentum seen in the bank’s balance sheet as a testament to the expansive confidence of both international and domestic investors on the Philippine economy as evidenced by their long-term commitment in growing key sectors in the country. Mr. Villarosa said, “Although our first semester results were exceptionally strong, we benefited from one-time gain from the disposal of investment securities. Our net interest margins reflect continued stiff competition for deposits and loans.” The Bank’s loan books grew 29% to P 110.3 billion versus year ago levels, driving the bank’s asset base expansion of 11% to P235 billion. Deposits grew by 26% to P 130.7 billion as of

June 30, 2012. Net interest income grew to P 4.0 billion, a P 500 million or 14% increase over the first half of 2011 with net interest margin (NIM) at 3.95%. Non-interest income, net of the one-time trading gains, were steady as gains from underwriting fees covered for lower foreign exchange earnings. Operating expenses, excluding provisions for credit and impairment losses, amounted to P 2.9 billion, 40% higher than the comparable period in 2011 mainly due to the significant increase in gross receipts tax as a result of higher revenue, the consolidation of expenses of Security Bank Savings (formerly known as Premiere Development Bank) which Security Bank acquired in February 2012

as well as the opening of 10 out of the 50 new restrictedarea branches during the first half of the year. Chief Financial Officer Joselito Mape said the bank is in the initial stages of an investment phase with the expansion in its branch network and the acquisition of Security Bank Savings. Mr. Mape notes that “The bank will remain cognizant of costs while emphasizing asset quality and prudence in implementing its growth plans. “ Security Bank’s nonperforming loans ratio of 1.1% for the period remains among the best in the industry with related NPL cover at 219%. The Bank continues to maintain a fundamentally strong capital base with its capital adequacy ratio at 18.2% for the period. In anticipation of an

increase in credit demand, the Bank successfully concluded a P5 billion offering of seven-year, long-term negotiable certificates of deposit (LTNCD) to its retail and institutional clients in February 2012. A second offering of LTNCD which was recently launched with a targeted deal size of at least P3 billion was oversubscribed prompting the bank to upsize the issue to P5 billion and to shorten the offer period by one week. The second offering was priced at 5.5% and has a tenor of 7 years. In 2012, Finance Asia has named the bank as the country’s “Best Mid-Cap Company”. Asiamoney named Security Bank the “Best Domestic Debt House” in the Philippines in the Asiamoney Best Banks 2012 Awards. Security Bank was cited as the “Best Banking Group” in the Philippines at the World Finance Awards and was rated the “Best Bank” by Asian Banker for achieving the highest return on assets in Asia. On June 20, 2012, Security Bank received the “Best in Asia in Corporate Governance” award for the third straight year in the 8th Corporate Governance Asia Recognition Awards in Hong Kong.

Non-interest income, net of the one-time trading gains, were steady as gains from underwriting fees covered for lower foreign exchange earnings.’

Marsh where any movement on the ground below is visible,’ Asto said. He said the place is ideal for corn, rubber, palm oil, and high value crops. ‘The whole area is agriculturally productive that it was selected as base camp of the Bangsamoro

Islamic Freedom Movement and its military arm, the BIFF,’ Asto added. Maj. Gen. Ray Ardo, commander of the army’s 6th Infantry Division, said an Army battalion would be stationed in the area to secure whatever government agricultural project is put up there.

“We are still pursuing the rebels whom we believed moved deep into the forest after days of air and ground assaults,” he said. About 150 guerillas believed to have been in the area before the military captured the camp known in military operation as Hill 714. ‘The guerillas

were gone when the soldiers set foot at the camp,’ Ardo said. “Our intelligence rep or ts showed that the reb els have splintere d into smaller groups and continued its guerilla attacks, hit and run attacks and eventually hid their firearms and joined the

evacuees,” Asto said, adding that the military is cautiously validating the report. To date, more t han 30,000 Maguindanaons from five adjoining towns of Datu Unsay, Datu Saudi, Datu Hoffer, Datu Piang and Ampatuan remained in 39 evacuation centers.

in 175.6 thousand farms with a total of 371.8 thousand hectares, was the major temporary crop in NorMInin 2002. However, the area devoted to corn had decreased by 18.1 per cent, that is, from 453.7 thousand hectares in 1991. The next major temporary crop was palay covering 103.3 thousand hectares

in 52.5 thousand farms. In terms of the number of trees/vines/hills, pineapple was the most important permanent crop in the region with 30.8 million hills as reported by 7.3 thousand farms.Pineapple was dominantly planted in Bukidnon due to the presence of Del Monte Pineapple Plantation. For other provinces,

the top permanent crop planted varies. Coconut was abundantly planted in LanaodelNorte and Misamis Occidental while banana in Camiguin and Misamis Oriental. Nevertheless, we have to remember that Mother Earth is not the same Mother Earth that we used to have. Because of man’s abusive acts

,Mother Earth is no longer that kind that “you can just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest.”The impact of climate change on agriculture could result in problems with food security and may threaten livelihood activities upon which much of the population depends. There is so much to be done, if we were to be serious

in addressing our plan to make food plentiful and to make each and every Filipino profitably productive. Thus,it is our hope that the statistics we can bring tothe nation planners after the CAF will not only improve our agriculture economy, but will also help in the cultivation and perfection of the human race.

For his part, Globe Business Head Jesus Romero noted that the GWAPS project is one of most innovative projects initiated by Globe and GSIS, leveraging on the ICT competencies of Globe Business to provide simple, seamless and relevant services to millions of state workers and pensioners. “We are delighted to be in a strategic partnership with GSIS. Providing inno-

vative services to the public has always been one of the key initiatives of Globe, and we want to help GSIS realize its new slogan ‘Maaasahan ng Lingkod-Bayan’ by delivering efficient and effective solutions to the nation. Through GWAPS, millions of government workers and pensioners need not travel to GSIS offices and can instead process transactions in a quick and easy manner.

This is truly an example of expedient public service, made possible through the effective use of ICT by Globe,” said Romero. Globe Telecom has been in partnership with the GSIS for over a decade, with ICT solutions spanning voice, mobile and data connectivity. Aside from the GSIS, Globe Business has been successfully collaborating with various government

offices in employing relevant products and services that enhance the level of service given to the public sector. Globe works with government institutions in order to improve the quality of services and increase operational efficiencies in enforcing public policies. As a full-service ICT provider, Globe Business understands the needs of various small, medium and

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Looking back, moving forward... musically by: Debbie Cabague “Blessing others with our music encourage and inspire us to become better grounded musicians.” A realization that makes us hurdle difficult situations as performers. Looking back last December 17, 2011, our team was scheduled for a wedding gig at Talakag Bukidnon. Knowing that the wedding will be early, majority decided to stay at a common place in Macanhan to make sure that all of us will not be late on the Six a.m. call time the following day. The unexpected came, on the eve of that day we were all crossing the muddy water chest level with strong current underneath us, to bring ourselves to a safer place. By God’s grace we were able to make it. Even with no sleep we still decided to go because we couldn’t imagine a wedding without music. We were all shocked with

the sight of Emily Homes with cars topping one another and the bodies piled side by side on the road. Our hearts sank but still we continued. Upon reaching few kilometers away from Talakag proper, another unexpected came a pile of mud was blocking the road which means if we continue we have to go on foot to pass through. “Is this amazing race?” One of us said, from water to landslide then what’s next? Fire, the experience was really terrible looking at it now but on the other side it made the team stronger because each one’s character was shown. As a team we learned to help each other in the midst of crisis. The “Sendong performance “will always be remembered, what we have become now as a team is greatly influenced by the lessons we learned on that

experience. Looking back further D’blends started Two years ago with three members .Catering mainly for wedding music, the group’s quality performance spread through word of mouth, by December 2010 the team became D’blends Acoustic with two instrumentalists and two main singers. June 2011 the team started choral/ensemble gigs for wedding ceremony thus six members were added. July 2011 the acoustic team joined Kasalan 2011 and in the same year, D’blends became a part of Northern Mindanao Wedding Suppliers. Today with a total of fifteen members, D’blends further enhances its skills through various exposures and trainings. Taking every event as an opportunity to share and be fulfilled as musicians, D’blends envisions quality performances for all events.

he University Safety and Health Committee conducted a safety drill led by the Security Office to adequately prepare community members on what to do in case of an earthquake and other similar emergencies. The drill was concentrated in the Medicine, Engineering and the CIT buildings. Students and faculty members, upon hear ing the siren, d u c ke d a n d t o o k cover under tables and doorways. In pairs, they then proceeded to the nearest exit and headed to the soccer field, where the teachers did a headcount to check if all students in the class were safely out of the building. Helping XU with the drill were representatives from the City Police,

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United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) National Ambassador Against Hunger KC Concepcion (center) distributes WFP highenergy biscuits to floodaffected communities currently staying at the e va c u a t i o n c e n t e r i n San Jose Panlumacan Elementary School in San Fernando City, Pampanga. With her are Department of S o c i a l Wel f a re a n d Development-Region III Regional Director Adelina Apostol (extreme right) and WFP Representative and Country Director Stephen Anderson (extreme left). A total of 100 boxes, which are expected to benefit about 5,000 families, were distributed at the evacuation center. Prior to the distribution, KC e x p l a i n e d t o t h e

beneficiaries that the highenergy biscuits are fortified with vitamins and minerals, which will help them get the nutrition they need while still in the evacuation center. KC’s visit helped to uplift the spirits of the displaced population. The high-energy biscuits are part of WFP’s offer of support to government relief efforts in response to the Southwest Monsoon. In addition to highenergy biscuits, WFP is also providing logistical assistance and nutritious ready to eat supplementary food for children under 2 years of age. W F P i s t h e w o r l d 's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries.

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REAL ESTATE Ayala Land sustained its high growth with net income up 28% year-onyear to P4.3 billion. All its businesses registered strong results. Revenues grew by 18% to P25 billion with its property development business contributing the bulk of P15.3 billion, up 24% year-on-year. Revenues from its commercial leasing business grew by 21% to P4.2 billion. Ayala Land’s construction and property management business also registered high growth of 47% to P9.4 billion due to brisk residential, office, and mall projects; while revenues from its hotels and resorts business also rose by 15% to P1.3 billion. Revenue growth outpaced the increase in expenses, resulting in margin improvements across the board. Ayala Land’s performance has tracked ahead of targets it originally set in its 5-10-15 plan. It continues to build sources of long-term growth as it replicates its mixed-use community development platform across cities in Mega Manila and as it recreates its innovative township developments in other provinces in the country. BANKING Bank of the Philippine Island’s (BPI) net income reached P9.4 billion in the first half of the year, 52% higher than the P6.2 billion realized in the same period last year. This was driven by the 24% rise in revenues as net interest income rose by 9%, while non-interest income surged by 51%. Net interest income improved as a result of an increase in average asset base and a 14 basis point improvement in net interest spread. Noninterest income was boosted by trading gains realized in the first quarter of the year as the bank sold down its securities inventory at that time. The bank’s loan growth remained strong across all segments. Total net loan portfolio grew by 17%. Both the middle market and SME segments grew by 19% while the top corporate segment increased by 15%. Consumer lending

increased by 17%. Despite the double-digit growth in loans, asset quality continued to improve with net 30-day NPL ratio down to 1.4%. With operating expenses growing at a slower rate, BPI’s cost-to-income ratio improved. BPI’s first semester net income performance translates to a return on equity of 21%. TELECOM Globe Telecom’s strong momentum was sustained through the first half of the year. Core net income grew by 2% to P5.7 billion. However, considering the increase in operating expenses and the impact of the accelerated depreciation arising from its network modernization program, reported net income declined by 10% to P4.9 billion. Top-line growth remained strong with service revenues reaching an all-time high of P40.8 billion, 6% higher than same period last year. This was driven by record mobile revenues which rose by 6% to P33.3 billion. Postpaid revenues, which now account for a third of revenues, rose by 21% to nearly P1.9 billion, with pre-paid revenues steady. Broadband revenues increased by 13% to P4.1 billion driven by a 22% expansion in subscriber base. The strong growth in broadband and mobile revenues as well as fixed line data revenues cushioned the decline in fixed line voice revenues. Globe’s total mobile subscriber base expanded by 12% during the period to 31.7 million while broadband subs grew by 22% with quarterly gross adds hitting an all-time high. Globe’s network modernization program is on track to hit its year-end target. Modernization of over 40% of its network equipment located in various cell sites all over the country is complete with prioritization for key areas such as metro Davao and Cebu. The next phase includes Metro Manila and other key areas which will result in significant improvements in service quality once completed. WATER Manila Water Co., Inc. recorded a net income of P2.6 billion in the first half of the year, a 31% increase

year-on-year. The growth was driven by the sustained increase in revenues from both the East Zone and non-East Zone operations. Total revenues rose by P7.2 billion, 24% higher yearon-year as a result of the timely implementation of annual tariff increase and strong billed volume growth in the East Zone. The new businesses also contributed positively, accounting for 5% of revenues and net income. Total billed water volume grew by 36% due to strong sales growth among all operating units with the acquisition of Clark Water and Thu Duc Water in the fourth quarter of 2011. Growth in the East Zone was due to higher consumption of industrial customers and from new connections. Laguna Water, Boracay Water, and Clark Water all registered doubledigit growth in revenues and net income. Manila Water recently completed the acquisition of a 47.35% stake in Kenh Dong Water Supply Joint Stock Company in Vietnam. Kenh Dong is expected to start operations within the second half of 2012 with a guaranteed minimum sales volume of 150 million liters per day through a 20-year bulk water supply contract with the Saigon Water Company. ELECTRONICS Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. recorded an improvement in earnings in the first half of the year with net income up 173% to US$3.1 million. Revenues grew by 24% to US$326 million despite the weakness in developed economies in Europe and the US as well as a slowdown in China. Revenues from China and Singapore operations were 6% lower than year-ago levels due to reduced volumes in a telecommunications infrastructure program and a delay in the production of new models for an industrial electronics program. On the other hand, revenues from Philippine operations grew by 3% year-on-year. IMI recognized revenues this year from its new subsidiaries in Europe and Mexico which combined contributed US$86 million in the first six months of

the year. Lower operating expenses resulted in a 22% increase in EBITDA and consequently an improvement in IMI’s bottomline. While the outlook for the global electronics industry remains on positive trend this is tempered by the uncertainty and weakness in the global economic environment. IMI continues to invest in research and development as well as process improvements to take advantage of the uptrend in emerging applications of electronics for the industrial and medical fields as well as renewable energy. BUSINESS PROCESS OUTSOURCING (BPO) LiveIt achieved continued growth and margin improvement in the first half of 2012. Share of Revenues reached US$166 million, up 9% year-on-year, while Share of EBITDA reached US$13.1 million, up 26% due primarily to improved profitability at Stream and Affinity Express. As a result, LiveIt reduced its net loss, which is primarily due to acquisition related charges and non-operating items such as those related to taking Stream private in the second quarter. Further improvement is expected in the second half of 2012 due to seasonality and the ramp up of recent client wins. Ayala parent company ended the period with gross debt of P49 billion and cash of P23 billion. After it issued a 10-billion peso 15-year corporate bond last May, which was the longest tenor issued by a publicly listed corporate, the company raised another P6.45 billion in cash as it placed 15 million common shares it held in treasury. The company had accumulated treasury shares under a buy-back program instituted several years ago at the time the market and its shares were trading substantially below current levels. The bond issue and the share placement were part of the company’s efforts to gear up for planned significant size investments. Ayala is eyeing to invest around US$1 billion over the next five years in the power and transport infrastructure sectors.

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Living the dream: USA captures back-to-back Olympic gold

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he United States Dream Team composed of NBA’s top superstars defends their Olympic gold medal against a tough Spanish side in the Sunday final at the London Games. The Americans beat Spain 107-100 to keep an unbeaten record in London as they did in Beijing. US star Kobe Bryant contemplated on the fact that this may be the last Olympic Games for him should the new FIBA and NBA ruling be put into place where only an Under-23 line-up will be sent to the Olympics as in the football tournament.

THE TRY-OUT Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, Editor

MANTICAO, MISAMIS ORIENTAL August 10 - It was an ordinary Friday at the Manticao Central School until late in the afternoon. Manticao is close to my heart as this is my family’s hometown and my father’s final resting place. I had spent most of my gradeschool and highschool summer days when the municipality was laid back, relaxed and full of promise. A lot of things change over the years and now Manticao is picking up and relatively booming. Spending time in Manticao meant playing Lawn Tennis with my Tito Boy and his two sons, my cousins Jeff and Jub. Tito Boy was more of the tennis guy than my two cousins who already had a passion for football at an early age. I too had the passion for football, but the rigorous physical demands of the sport meant I can’t play because of my small built and thin legs. This meant Tennis for me as the court is smaller and well within breathing space, though I

The American side settled for the bronze in 2004 and since that, vowed to reclaim basketball supremacy in the succeeding games. The two national teams met in a friendly game during the pre-Olympic tune up games, where US routed Spain in Barcelona. This time, the finals are up one notch in terms of pressure and excitement, the Spaniards held off USA until the very end and would only give up 7 points in the end just enough for the Dream Team to secure the gold medal once again. NBA leading scoring champ Kevin

Durant lead the super team with 30 points while LeBron James and Bryant had 19 and 17 points respectively. The Spaniard Pau Gasol lead his side with 24 points with points also coming from Juan-Carlos Navarro, 21, and Rudy Fernandez with 14. Gasol points out his disappointment in the loss but is very proud of how the Spanish side played like true Olympians. At the buzzer, amidst the celebration, Bryant found Gasol through the crowd and gave him a hug – perhaps signalling to the Spaniard to get some rest and see you in Los Angeles.

A day with manticao futbolistas

never really competed in major tournaments – I did, however, win some college intramural games (playing for ARTSCIES at Liceo U) for a good number of years. Recent successes of the Philippine Football National Team or famously known as the “Azkals” sparked my interest in the sport that I have kept in the depths of my memories. Following the campaigns from the 2010 Suzuki Cup, Chiefy and Chris Greatwich’s heroics, the Younghusbands, the defensive line of Ali Borromeo and Rob Gier, the flare of the Fil-Spanish Angel Guirado, the revival of the United Football League (UFL) – all of these made me interested in the sport again. I decided to really try it out again in a shoot around 7-a-side (that turned into a 9-a-side in a matter of minutes, hehehe) in Manticao with my cousin Jeff and his friends and the kids of Manticao FC. There, I see kids progressing –

the lack of equipment and gear does not affect their skills. One was even playing barefoot – and here I was in a Galaxy jersey with the number 23 on it – the name and the number on my jersey does not reflect how badly I played (hahaha). Sure I had quite a number of chances at goal courtesy of some great passing by one of the kids who was our lead striker that day and also some brilliant crosses from my cousin – my lack of ball control meant misses at goal, chip shots going over the crossbar and just by simply running around made me gasp for air a couple of times and feeling my thigh muscles stretch. It was fun in the first few minutes until the other team scored their first goal, and the second, and the third. Blanking us at 3 nil, then things became a little serious when Jeff opened the goal scoring for our team, 3-1, a brace from our little striker Kart Talaroc equalized the game at 3-3.

My final attempt came from a brilliant through-ball from Jeff which I attempted to chip over the keeper and almost did make goal until I saw the ball fly inches over the crossbar. That’s where we left the game and a goal from each team after that made the game 4-4 in the end – no whistles or referee to call the game, it stops when everybody is tired. I think we played over 80 minutes. It was good sweat; great shoot around, and was a great stress reliever – something I haven’t done in a long time. I learned a lot that day and reminded me how “beautiful” football really is. Coach Jeff’s advice – “even if we’re getting old – we need to do some stretching every morning and maybe walk or jog for cardio, we need that in football, and gaw (bisaya shortcut for cousin), please practice ball control. (we both laugh)” Until the next sports try-out, Live Life – Play Hard!

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Egyptian wrestlers forfeit in time mishap Two Egyptian wrestlers did not show up in time for their respective matches, they were used to the 1:00pm starting time of the wrestling matches at the London Olympics this year. Because of the closing c e r e m o n i e s S u n d a y, t h e matches were moved to an earlier time starting at 8:30 in the morning causing the two Egyptians to forfeit their matches. Abdou Omar Abdou Ahmed missed the 66kg firstround match and Saleh Emera

missed his 96kg match. One fell to his knees crying upon the delivery of the news that he will not be able to compete and has already been forfeited. The schedules of the wrestling events were already posted for months, all the rest came earlier or on time, except the two Egyptian wrestlers. The two were really not favored to vie for a gold medal but they even blew a chances to just compete.

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THE FINAL LONDON OLYMPICS 2012 MEDAL COUNT & RANKING Rank | Country

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

United States China Russia Great Britain Germany Japan Australia France South Korea Italy

Gold

46 38 24 29 11 7 7 11 13 8

Silver Bronze Total

29 27 25 17 19 14 16 11 8 9

29 22 33 19 14 17 12 12 7 11

104 87 82 65 44 38 35 34 28 28

MINDANAO DAILY NEWS AUGUST 16,2012  

MINDANAO DAILY NEWS AUGUST 16,2012

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