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WEATHER UPDATE AT 4 a.m. yesterday, Tropical Storm “KAREN” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 540 km East of Virac, Catanduanes (14.4°N, 129.9°E) with maximum sustained winds of 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph. It is forecast to move Northwest at 15 kph. The rest of the country will have partly cloudy skies with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to south will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and coming from the southwest to west over the rest of the country with moderate to rough seas.



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Online campaign saves school from landslide By AL JACINTO Regional editor-Zamboanga

PAGADIAN City– –A school principal has won a major people power victory by forcing the local government of Pagadian City in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga del Sur to take action to save students and teachers from the threat of an impending landslide, according to Campaigner Christine Roque.

Roque said more than 2,600 people signed a petition on started by Otto Lingue National High School principal Tess Tarranza, who was frustrated at the lack of action by authorities to fix the ruptured landslide wall of the school in a village called Lower Sibatang. Tar r an z a an d Fay e Reyes, of Checkmyschool. org launched the petition on just a week ago and it already gathered more than 1,600 signatures in a span of 24 hours and quickly became viral on Facebook and Twitter, she said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. S h e s a i d Ta r r a n z a launched the petition as a last-ditch effort after countless appeals to authorities were ignored. “I believe everything happens for a reason. SCHOOL/PAGE 9

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ZAMBOANGA del Sur Rep. Victor Yu and Pagadian Mayor Samuel Co petition the officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to repair the landslide wall of the Otto Lingue National High School.

Amante launches P1.5m CCTV surveillance system By PAT SAMONTE Regional editor-Caraga and JOEL PORTUGAL Correspondent

BUTUAN City––Stressing that the people’s safety cannot be compromised, Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. launched Friday a P1.5 million closed-circuit television surveillance system at the city police office. Witnessed by Caraga police representatives, city police office personnel led by OIC Senior Supt. Nerio Bermudo and journalists, Amante pressed the main switch in the control room at around 9 a.m. to formally start what he said “ modernized and efficient security measures to better maintain peace and order in our city.”

MAYOR AMANTE POINTS TO ONE OF THE MONITORS during the CCTV surveillance system launch. Photo by Maria Luisa Dianah Generalao (CMO/PIO Butuan City)

According to Amante, eight cameras were initially installed and mounted in the city’s high-risk areas, with

every movement closely in crime situations. He said the CCTV cammonitored inside the Butuan City police office control eras have automatic SYSTEM/PAGE 9 room for prompt response

TO COMBAT cyber crimes in the country, President Benigno S. Aquino III has signed the Cyber crime Prevention Act of 2012. The punishable acts under the new law include offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data system, illegal access, illegal interception, data interference, system interference, and misuse of devices. These also include computer-related offenses such as computer-related forgery, fraud, and identity theft. These crimes are rampant in the Internet. Also punishable are content-related offenses like cyber sex, and child pornography, Malcanang spokesperson Abigail Valte said. The law also punishes unsolicited commercial communications or cyber squatting, she said. Cyber squatting is the acquisition of a person’s domain name in bad faith to profit, mislead, destroy the reputation and deprive others from registering the same. Republic Act 10175 also punishes libel, Valte said. The government classified cyber crimes in the Philippines into two categories: Internet Crimes and Commercial LAW/PAGE 9

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Armm picks bet for gubernatorial race! By AL JACINTO Regional editor-Zamboanga

COTABATO City––The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has endorsed Sulu Governor Sakur Tan and Lanao del Sur lawmaker Ziaur Adiong as the government’s official candidates for the ARMM gubernatorial and vice gubernatorial race in general elections in May next year. The ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly has passed a resolution endorsing the two political leaders to President Benigno Aquino and to the Liberal Party to which both Tan and Adiong now belong. STRONG MUSLIM SUPPORT “The Honorable Sakur Tan having been in the political arena and public service for many years... has proven himself to be a dedicated and trustworthy leader not only to the people of the province but also to the leaders of the areas the ARMM. A man with strong political will, his accomplishments are noteworthy, especially in the field of peace and conflict resolution. The stability of the peace and order in his area has translated into more reforms. Economy, livelihood, education, infrastructures and other components of development are among them which have significantly improved in Sulu as a result of Hon. Tan’s great efforts and accomplishments,” the ARMM said in a resolution obtained by the Mindanao Examiner. It added: “We all believe that as public servant, his leadership manifested by his deeds must not only benefit the people of his home province of Sulu, but must also be emulated in the entire ARMM. Therefore, it is our earnest desire that Governor Sakur Tan will be the Liberal Party’s official bet for Regional Governor in next year’s elections.” The ARMM resolution also cited Adiong, saying, his character is a clear manifestation of selflessness, sincerity, dedication and commitment to public service. “And it is high time that we need a young and dynamic leader to be our next Regional Vice Governor.” MNLF WOMEN’S COMMITTEE

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Road mishap COTABATO City––A mini-bus loaded with 28 persons plunged into a ravine in Maguindanao, leaving 24 of them wounded, police said. Police Officer 3 James Biscarra of the South Upi police office said the mini-bus of Sema Express Liner was heading to Cotabato City from Lebak, Sultan Kudarat when the accident happened in Barangay Looy in South Upi., Maguindanao. Police investigation revealed the driver, unidentified in police report, lost control of the steering wheel when the truck suffered mechanical problem. The mini-bus, Biscarra said, hit a box culvert used as bridge before plunging into a ravine along with its passengers. The wounded passengers were rushed to hospitals and clinics in Nuro, North Upi, Maguindanao and Cotabato Regional and Medical Center. Their identities were not released.

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Sulu Gov. Sakur Tan gestures as he speaks about a proposed housing projects for the poor in the province. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

The Bangsamoro Women’s Committee of the Moro National Liberation Front also passed a separate resolution urging President Aquino to choose Tan for the ARMM gubernatorial race, citing the politician’s unblemished political track records and his commitment to peace not only in Sulu, but in the entire Mindanao as well. “Governor Tan is very sensitive to the needs and concerns of those in the war-affected areas, especially MNLF members who were sidelined by the Peace Agreement and tirelessly working to open opportunities for them that their dignity and pride be regained.” “Giving Governor Abdusakur M. Tan the opportunity to serve as Regional Governor, and the opening to replicate what he has thus far done in Sulu, we are confident that the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is in the best of hands,” the MNLF resolution signed by key women leaders headed by Nurunniaar Mohammad, said. MUSLIM CLERICS, ISLAMIC SCHOLARS SPEAK OUT Just recently, influential Muslim clerics and Islamic scholars from the southern Philippines also endorsed Tan to President Aquino to be the government’s gubernatorial candidate. Tan’s endorsement came following a summit in the southern port city of Zam-

boanga attended by some 200 Muslim religious leaders and scholars from Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Davao. At least seven of Mindanao’s most influential clerics and scholars – Mahdi Baguinda, Muhamin Sakili, Jul-Asli Abirin, Jamal Munib, Abdulwahid Inju, Abdul Khabier Jamani and Caithum Hibasa led the summit. They passed a resolution and manifesto urging the President to choose Tan, a known philanthropist, and a well-respected political leader in Mindanao. ULAMA “We, the undersigned, Muslim scholars and members of the religious sector and guardians of the Islamic faith; aware of our responsibilities to the Ummah or the Muslim community; recognizing the need for the involvement of all stakeholders in the peace and development of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; submitting to the command of the scriptures to choose the best among the Muslims to lead the community and lead the governance of the community, wish to make public our stand and commitment and relay to His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III...” “In the summit of the Muslim scholars and religious leaders duly assembled we find in the person of the Honorable Abdusakur M. Tan, Governor of Sulu, the qualities of a leader the

ARMM needs and resolve to endorse to His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III...that Governor Tan be anointed as the official candidate of the Administration’s Party as Regional Governor,” the manifesto said. MNLF CENTRAL COMMITTEE The Moro National Liberation Front Central Committee also strongly endorsed Tan as the government official candidate for the ARMM gubernatorial post, saying, the governor is the best choice to lead the Muslim region out of its current state where poverty and lack of development remain as two the biggest problems. “The MNLF has found in the good person of Honorable Abdusakur M. Tan, Governor of Sulu, the needed qualities, credibility, experiences, and dedication to the cause of genuine reform based on transparency and accountability in governance pursuant to the reform agenda initiated by His Excellency Benigno C. all levels of government bureaucracies as exemplified by his political and governance slogan ‘Matuwid na Daan.’ “Now t herefore, b e it resolved...that we, the undersigned leaders and commanders of the MNLF representing various organs and instrumentalities of the Front in the ground strong support and endorse RACE/PAGE 9

PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III has approved appointments of new judges for the Regional Trial Courts and Municipal Circuit Trial Courts in Mindanao. Among the appointees are Judge Edwin M. Malazarte, Regional Trial Court Branch 27, Tandag, Surigao del Sur; Judge Rufo U. Naragas, RTC Branch 40, Tandag, Surigao del Sur; Judge Lorenzo F. Balo, RTC Branch 24, Koronadal, South Cotabato; Judge Renato V. Tampac, RTC Branch 25, Koronadal, South Cotabato; Judge Ali M. Balindong, RTC Branch 21, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte; Judge Arvin Sadiri B. Balagot, RTC Branch 17, Kidapawan, North Cotabato; Judge Marie Estrellita S. Tolentino-Rojas, Municipal Trial Court in Cities, Branch 2, Davao City, Davao del Sur; Judge Robert B. Gonzaga, Municipal Circuit Trial Court, Malimono-San Francisco, Surigao del Norte; and Judge Gila A. Dela Banda, Municipal Trial Court, Makilala-Tulunan, North Cotabato. Presidential spokesperson Abegail Valte said that the Office of the President already transmitted the appointment of the new judges to Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.

Zambo installs CCTV ZAMBOANGA City––The city government has allocated P20.5 million for the installation of closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) in strategic areas in this southern port city. City Administrator Antonio Orendain, Jr., said 85 CCTVs will be installed, first, on public and worship places like Plaza Pershing, Paseo del Mar, and the shrine of Our Lady of the Pilar or most commonly known as Fort Pilar, Orendain said.They will be operational starting next month. Orendain said that CCTVs were already installed at the headquarters of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO), Zamboanga City Reformatory Center (ZCRC) and in major intersections of this city. The control center of the CCTVs will be at the City Tourism Office at the Sunken Garden except for the ZCPO and ZCRC where they will have their own control centers. The installation of the CCTVs will be helpful in solving street crimes as well as in the enforcement of law and security, he said.

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NRM OGI seen to boost local food resources LINAMON, Lanao del Norte––Sow now, and reap later. The principle the local government unit of Linamon exhibited in their effort to implement the Natural Resources Management (NRM) on-the-ground investment (OGI) subprojects to boost their local food resources. “I believe our NRM endeavors will go a long way. It will answer our envisioned sufficiency and affordability of food for every household in our community using our own resources, “said Linamon Mayor Noel Deaño. Linamon is implementing NRM OGI subprojects such as, the rehabilitation of Tinago sub-watershed, Larapan river-bank rehabilitation, and the coral restoration and enhancement through communitybased coral transplantation in a marine protected area. Funded by the World Bank (WB) through the Mindanao Rural Development Program of the Department of Agriculture (DAMRDP), the Php 7 million worth NRM project is implemented on a counterparting scheme in which 80% from WB loan proceeds, 10% from the national government, and 10% from the local government unit (LGU). Now fully completed and officially turned over to the Linamon LGU on August 24, 2012, Mayor Deaño vows to sustain the project

The MRDP-NRM on-the-ground investments in Linamon, Lanao del Norte: the coral reef restoration, rehabilitation of Larapan riverbank, and Tinago sub-watershed area seen to boost the town’s local food resources. Below photo: Mayor Noel Deaño receives the Certificate of Ownership of the project handed to him by BFAR acting Assistant Regional Director and NRM Focal Person Asuncion Maputol, witnessed by the representatives of various concern agencies, and sectors including the peoples organizations –the beneficiaries of the project in a turnover ceremony held on August 24, 2012 in Linamon.

and further develop it using the town’s resources considering that the project fund had been fully utilized. “We even encouraged concern barangays to allocate 20% of their CDF for its development and maintenance, as well as ensure our staff

to continue providing technical assistance,” Deaño said. Likewise, Region 10 NRM focal person Asuncion Maputol also encouraged the stakeholders to strengthen support to the project especially now that the World Bank support has ended.

Maputol, who is also the acting assistant director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Region 10 challenged utmost commitment from the beneficiaries of the project. She said that additional funding support is not a problem when the project is undertaken seriously especially now that they experienced gratifying results. In barely three years of implementation, Mayor Deaño gladly mentioned the immediate outcome of their NRM project. The Larapan riverbank was saved from the havoc of the flash flood last December and January that devastated the next town’s side, as it was protected by the project’s fast-growing forest and fruit trees, bamboo and vetiver grasses that bristled in the area. Worth to mention also is the controlled siltation when big-time quarrying activity had ceased as a result of joint lobbying by the LGU and concern agencies to the authorities at the onset of the project implementation. The fruit and forest trees planted at Tinago sub-watershed are doing good too. The Mayor mentioned that in the near future full-bearing fruit trees of various kinds like durian, marang, lanzones, and more shall also draw tourists and visitors in the area aside from the attraction of the enchanting Tinago Waterfall. Thus it will provide

enterprising opportunity to the local residents and beneficiaries of the project. The marine protected area which were embedded with concrete substrates of transplanted corals serving as breeding ground of fishes, now a sanctuary of various species like grouper, spotted scat, snapper, mullet, bangus, scad among others. To ensure its sustainability, the Mayor said they strictly implement the Fishery Law against all sorts of illegal fishing. He said they had eradicated dynamite fishing long years ago. And they see to it that fishermen fish 50 meters away from the marine protected area using the authorized fishing method. Likewise, the sanctuary is guarded 24/7 by “bantay-dagat” volunteers of the Magoong, Samburon Fishermen’s Associations (MASAFA). As these NRM on-the-ground investments now in place in Linamon, the LGU, the people’s organizations, concern national agencies like DA, BFAR, DENR, and others are in the process of drawing Sustainability Plan for the project to become more effective and sustainable and to achieve its desired objective to conserve the environment and to sustain productivity in food production areas. Rosie R. E. Paasa of DA-10

EN BANC IN RE: PETITION FOR ANNULMENT OF THE BOOK OF VOTERS OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF SULTAN NAGA DIMAPORO, LANAO DEL NORTE AND FOR THE HOLDING OF NEW GENERAL REGISTRATION OF VOTER THEREIN, SPP No. 12-196 ALEJANDRO T. BATALO, WAHAB P. SARIPADA AND ACMAD D. OMAR, Petitioners. x-----------------------------------------------x ORDER Before the Commission is a Petition filed by Alejandro T. Batalo, Wahab P. Saripada and Acmad D. Omar thru counsel on September 5, 2012, for annulment of the Book of Voters of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte and for the holding of new general registration of voters therein. Considering the allegations in the petition, the Commission hereby set this case for hearing on September 19, 2012 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning, Comelec Session Hall, Palacio del Gobernador, Intramuros, Manila. Let this Order be published immediately in two (2) general newspapers of general circulation in the Province of Lanao del Norte at the expense of the petitioner. Likewise, the Information Techonology Department (ITD) of this Commission is hereby directed to post this order in the Comelec Website. The Provincial Election Supervisor of Lanao del Norte is hereby directed to implement this Order furnishing all registered political parties , organizations or coalitions of political parties in the Province of Lanao del Norte. Expenses for notices of this order shall be borne by the petitioner. On or before the date set for hearing, any interested parties may file their verified opposition/s to the foregoing petition. Sec. 3, Rule 31, of the Comelec Rules of Procedure is hereby suspended.

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‘Persona non grata’ UNTIL now, homeless victims of Typhoon Sendong in Iligan City remain in makeshift tent city. The tent city is located near the city’s bus terminal. What for? Is the city government of Iligan City proud of its failure to relocate these victims? Or, are these victims being subtlety displayed for visitors to chip in some monetary assistance to the city government? Iligan City initially got more than P100-million assistance from the na- Cris Diaz tional government for the immediate relocation of the city’s typhoon victims. President Aquino delivered the financial assistance to Iligan City while leaving a measly P50 million in Cagayan de Oro City. Aquino’s action drew mixed reaction from Cagayanons. Some labeled the discrepancy in extending the financial assistance with political color. True. The point is Cagayan de Oro City’s local officials are not allies of Aquino’s Liberal Party. Iligan City’s mayor is a supporter of the administration’s LP. It is sad that in Philippines politics leaders equate the lives and limbs of their constituents relative to their political belief. However, that notion deserves another space. The problem at hand relates to the sad plight of victims of Typhoon Sendong in Iligan City. In spite of limited resources and apathetic attitude of the national government, Cagayan de Oro City’s local officials struggle to relocate Sendong victims to higher and safer places. While some victims want to construct new houses back to their original places, the national government barred them. Since the disastrous typhoon Sendong, areas susceptible to flooding in Cagayan de Oro had been off limits for habitation. Government law enforcers switch guard in these areas 24/7. Today, almost 100 per cent Sendong victims in Cagayan de Oro City already owned free houses and lots while continually receiving social services. The saddest part is that some unscrupulous politicians are suing the city mayor for alleged negligence and dereliction of duty. There are suggestions that those who filed a case against Cagayan de Oro City’s elective officials be declared ‘persona non grata.’ This idea might snowball popular support if city officials would seriously consider it. Some also suggested that these groups go to Iligan City to sue the city mayor there too if they really feel how people suffer being neglected and disregarded. React:



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Get hold of happiness THINK a minute. Have you heard of the new emotional sickness called Sudden Wealth Syndrome? It happens to people who suddenly become rich by winning a big lottery jackpot, inheriting a lot of money, or other quick ways. But then what these newly rich people often find out is that it doesn’t end up being the happy dream they expected. They soon discover what many other rich people already know: money can’t buy happiness that lasts. But that’s just our problem: we think that happiness is something out there that we have to find and get, like money, a position of respect and power, or physical pleasure and fun experiences. We think we’ll finally

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst be happy after we get out of school or when we get married. But then even when we do finally get it, we find out it doesn’t last and make us happy for the rest of our lives like we expected. So how do we get hold of happiness that lasts for a lifetime? Well, the first big step is we must admit that we’re not totally happy and we need help. But that’s hard for us strong, independent human beings to do! We’re

like the man who came home drunk one night. As his wife helped him into bed she asked him if he wanted her to pray for him. He nodded yes. So she began: “Dear Lord, I pray for my husband who lies here drunk.” But her husband suddenly interrupted her and said: “Don’t tell Him I’m DRUNK! Just say that I’m… SICK!” In our own heart and conscience we all know that we’ve done things wrong

and failed to live the way we know we should. We’ve not always lived in a close, right relationship with our Maker, and many of us won’t admit that we’re wrong and have failed. Neither will we admit that we can’t fix our life and make it right by ourselves. But until we finally face the facts that we’re not completely happy and at peace, our life won’t change. Yet today, if you’ll sincerely ask Jesus to forgive you for all your wrongs and living your way; then ask Him to take full control of your life every day, you’ll finally have peace with your Maker and the satisfying life you should be enjoying. So why not finally get hold of happiness that lasts? You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Just Think a Minute.

Muslims, tribal leaders want Tingting as senator LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Mark 10:43-44, the Holy Bible). -oooTINGTING COJUANGCO AS SENATOR? WHY NOT? The forthcoming 2013 mid-te rms elections for senators promises to be very exciting, especially for our countrymen from Mindanao and from indigenous peoples all over, who are now voicing out a collective desire for a senator who is truly well-versed in, and fully equipped to give, Mindanao and Filipino natives the much needed push to truly succeed economically, politically and even spiritually. In a letter to Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, the frontrunning presidential

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio candidate for the 2016 elections, the Tribal Communities Association of the Philippines, Inc. (TRICAP) is asking for the inclusion in the 2013 senatorial slate of UNA, or the United Nationalist Alliance, of Ms. Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, a known expert on Mindanao issues and concerns, and a scholar who has studied Filipino natives. Tingting is an aunt of President Aquino by affinity, she being the wife of Aquino’s maternal uncle, former Tarlac Rep. Jose “Peping”Cojuangco, Jr. Af-

ter the 1986 EDSA Revolution, Tingting became the virtual solo officer of the Cory Aquino government who singlehandedly cared for Mindanao, giving the vast region which is called the “Land of Promise” its veritable golden years where no wars and fratricidal disputes took place, or became limited to the minimum. -oooTINGTING ACADEMICALLY QUALIFIED TO B E C O M E S E NAT O R : Tingting is academically qualified as a senator, since she is a holder of two doc-

toral degrees---Doctor in Philippine History, given by the University of Sto. Tomas in 2003, and Doctor in Criminology, given by the Philippine College of Criminology in 2009. Then, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Philippine (Oriental) History from the Assumption Convent (1961), a master’s degree in Philippine History the University of Sto. Tomas (1986), a master’s degree in National Security Administration from the National Defense College of the Philippines (1988), and is a holder of an officer senior executive course (Directorial Staff Course) degree from the Philippine Safety College (1987. Tingting already served the government in various capacities: president of the Philippine Public Safety College from September 2004 to SENATOR/PAGE 9

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AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER, politics has existed MER M. SUDARIA ever since and is practiced MƒÄƒ¦›Ù rightfully by the citizens. RUEL V. PELONE ALLAN M. MEDIANTE I did not have much EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EXECUTIVE EDITOR knowledge about the reJOE DEL PEURTO FELICILDA MELANIE RIVERA gimes of Spain and the MANAGING EDITOR A—ò›Ùã®Ý®Ä¦ United States of America CRIS DIAZ ASSOCIATE EDITOR except through our history ALBERT MOLIT books. SHAUN ALEJANDRAE UY CIRCULATION SPORTS & LIFESTYLE EDITOR The Philippine governJUN ESCUADRO ment started to operate BEN ARCHE R›¦®Êă½ E—®ãÊÙ-DAVAO RIZA O. ARES wholly by Filipino leadPAT SAMONTE LIEZL A. DELOSO ers immediately after the R›¦®Êă½ E—®ãÊÙ-CƒÙƒ¦ƒ JOE PALABAO United States granted us AL JACINTO RENE MICHAEL BAÑOS R›¦®Êă½ E—®ãÊÙ-ZƒÃÊƒÄ¦ƒ our Independence on July MƒÙ»›ã®Ä¦ CÊÄÝç½ãƒÄãÝ 4, 1946. We became fully GERRY LEE GORIT P«ÊãÊ JÊçÙă½®ÝãÝ ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI independent with full sovƒããù. Ùʐ›ÙãÊ ƒ. ‘ƒÄãƒ¦Ê ¹Ù. URIEL C. QUILINGUING ereignty on this day. On the L›¦ƒ½ CÊçÄݛ½Ý E—®ãÊÙ®ƒ½ CÊÄÝç½ãƒÄã same day, the American flag PUBLISHER

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Ben Emata Jr. which used to rise every morning in all government buildings together with our very own Filipino flag, was lowered and never to rise again until today. That was the beginning of Philippine politics. The beginning of new all-Filipino politicians from the

President of the country down to the last member of the municipal council. You can imagine how politics ran the whole system and the leaders, many of whom were certainly ignorant on the things around them insofar as government functions are concern. Then

came elections after some moments and a lot of new faces among politicians were born. And because World War II had intervened in our educational system and peace, many of our leaders lacked the necessary educational capabilities. Politics was so beautiful during the early days of our existence. Our politicians were honest people. The speak for the truth and presented themselves with utmost honesty and truthfulness. We used to have senators who were knowledgeable of the POLITICS/PAGE 9

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K-12 Program: An answer or a burden? By DANILO S. VALLAR

THE K-12 PROGRAM OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION is an education reform of the Aquino administration that has aroused various reactions from the Filipino citizens. This requires the students to enroll into two more years in the secondary level before being able to pursue any degree in college. K-12 program therefore means from kindergarten, six years in elementary, four years in junior high and two more years in senior high school of their choice of competency and skill. Since its implementation, which started with the Pre-School program just this school year 2011-2012, many still doubt its benefit for the Filipino youth and the Filipino people as a whole. It is apparent that the Department of Education is not yet ready for the full implementation of the K-12 Program in the coming school year 2016-2017. An estimated P45 billion is needed to finance the additional Grade 11 of the students which includes the additional teachers, classrooms and textbooks.

Many are suspicious of the value of the said program with all the inadequacies that surround its subsidy and many are not in favor of its implementation. With all the issues that the K-12 Program is facing, it is important that we Filipinos keep faith in our ability to find solutions despite various constraints. It is a timely move of our government to come up with such a reform. It has the best intentions and that is for the enhancement of the youth, making them locally and globally competitive. Parents must not to think of the financial crisis it might bring their family but must focus on the positive outcome it would bring their children. There is no impossible when we Filipinos persevere. Setbacks cannot be avoided, but these are not insurmountable dilemmas that innovative Filipinos cannot overcome. If the students will give their all in their studies and competent teachers will equip them with the necessary instructions, then surely, the program will succeed together with realization of all its aims. Change is inevitable, and the change for the better must be accepted and be supported rather than opposed. Advertorial

How difficult is it to understand the meaning of the word ‘dynasty’? NOW LET’S SEE... a quick google search on the word dynasty offers; “Dynasty is an Ame r i can pr ime time television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 1989.” Nope, wrong Harry Tambuatco definition! A dynasty is a sequence of rulers considered members of the same family. Historians traditionally consider many sovereign states’ history within a framework of successive dynasties, e.g., China, Ancient Egypt and the Persian Empire. Much of European political history is dominated by dynasties such as the Carolingians, the Capetians, the Romanovs, etc. Until the 19th century, it was taken for granted that a legitimate function of a monarch was to aggrandize his dynasty; that is, to increase the territory, wealth and power of family members. A dynasty is also often called a house (e.g., House of Saud and House of Windsor), and may be described as imperial, royal, ducal or committal depending upon the chief title borne by its rulers. Dynasty is also used to refer to the era during which a family reigned, as well as events, trends and artifacts of that period (e.g. “Ming dynasty vase”). In such cases, often “dynasty” is dropped, while the name is used adjectivally; e.g., Tudor style, Ottoman expansion, Romanov decadence, etc. While contemporary English includes references to an array of prominent or influential families as dynasties, in much of the world, dynasty has been associated with monarchy and defined patrilineally.

Kinship and inheritance were predominantly viewed and legally calculated through descent from a common ancestor in the male line. However, men descended from a dynasty through females have sometimes adopted the name of that dynasty while claiming its position or inheritance (e.g., House of Orange, House of Bagration, House of Habsburg-Lorraine). So, how are we to understand the word; dynasty? In the Philippines without too much thought, a dynasty is called the Binays’, the Cojuangco’s or Aquinos’, the Cayetanos, The Estradas’, etc. surely I need not go on. What is absurd is this very word is marked a violation of the constitution and yet we make our leaders with mandates swear on to the bible to uphold the constitution??? Unless I am sorely dense, is it not simple enough that the dynasties are prohibited under our constitution. Tweeting one of the many dynasties in power the reply I received was; “let the people decide.” There is also the other everyday reply – “there is no implementing guidelines”. Now this is a lot of crock don’t you think? We may need implementing guidelines should this be challenged by our leaders to rationalize how they violate the constitution together with the voters who violate the constitution by voting them. Surely upon registration, the Comelec, the independent body placed in charge to oversee and coordinate and to legalize our election process should disqualify ALL the violators from the start, correct? Why don’t they, I ask? Maybe it is the Comelec that is violating their mandate and must be held accountable to the Sandigan Bayan if not the ombudsman for allowing the proliferation of violators of our constitution?

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4th CMO Battalion Briefing on ‘Learner Reference Number’ conducted conducts sportsfest By JENNIFER P. GAITANO


CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The 4th Civil-Military Operation “KASALIGAN” Battalion had a sportsfest at the Advance Command Post, 4th Infantry “DIAMOND” Division, Bancasi, Butuan City, September 13, this year. Personnel from line companies of the unit and their dependents participated in the sportsfest. The team games, like basketball and volleyball, were aimed at developing the players’ competency, camaraderie and dependability. Sportsfest is a way of strengthening the confidence of 4th CMO Battalion personnel, testing their physical fitness and enhancing their team-player attitude since every game requires team work, strong body and presence of mind to win and enjoy. Aside from sportsfest, other team-building activities are being lined-up for September 29-30, this year. Everyone played fair and gave out their best, showing the spirit not just of being a soldier, but also sportsmen. The teams were ready to play, in the same manner that they are ready to perform their duties and responsibilities, as protectors of the people and the mother land. (ejco/asf )

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Peace forum should be given enough time By MELVIN T. ANGGOT and VIRGILIO C. GARCIA

ILIGAN City––City Councilor Moises Dalisay Jr. hoped that the issues on peace in Mindanao will be clarified in the Peace Forum today. Councilor Dalisay is worried that with the many issues that will be taken up in the peace agreement between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MNLF), no clarifications can be made on matters concerning the city of Iligan . One of the issues that needed to be explained by the GPH Peace Panel is the proposal of the MILF on ‘power and wealth sharing.’ The lawmaker believes that the GPH Peace Panel should have enough time to conduct the Peace Forum.


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pineapple, Philexport questions fees Canned Normin’s top export in subcontracting policy By APIPA P. BAGUMBARAN

THE umbrella organization of exporters this week raised a concern in a decision made late last year by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to regulate labor contracting and subcontracting. “We laud the objectives and benefits of regulating contractors to curb fly-by-night operators and protect the principals (in such arrangements),” said Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis, Jr. president of the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) in a letter to DOLE chief Rosalinda Baldoz. However, a main harmful issue raised by the export leader is the prohibitive licensing and registration fee of P25,000 to legalize the operations of labor contractors and subcontractors of parts of a bigger company’s production system. The fee should be reduced to a more reasonable P1,000 since most members of PHILEXPORT are micro, small and medium enterprises that already face so many obstacles to

becoming more competitive, OrtizLuis argued. This fee is benchmarked with the fee paid under the Barangay Micro Enterprise Act. Secretary Baldoz issued Department Order 18-A seeking to regulate the contracting practices late last year. The issue on labor subc ontracting became a national controversy when many contractors from security guard agencies, providers of messengerial and janitorial services and at least one retail chain were found to have blatantly violated Philippine labor laws. One lawmaker had called the phenomenon “the casualization of Philippine labor”. The issue has become too hot, several congressmen and senators have filed bills in both houses of Congress seeking to criminalize labor-only sub-contracting. Subcontracting practice is only common in the construction business before the globalization of trade set

in during the early nineties. It has grown to become a common practice worldwide and is now known as “outsourcing” of parts or components of a product or a company’s non-core service like customer relations or sales. In the country, it created the business process outsourcing industry. In the exporting segment of the domestic economy, outsourcing has become a competitive weapon practiced by the giants and smaller exporters from ship-builders to handicrafts and furniture-makers. To meet big orders on time, the bigger exporters have enlisted smaller enterprises to manufacture parts. Example is the leg of a table which is later assembled into a complete product. Some engaged in toll manufacturing contracts. The practice gained notoriety, however, when a giant retail chain made it its core labor policy. -- Abe P. Belena, PHILEXPORT News and Features

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Canned pineapple was Northern Mindanao’s top export earner in the second quarter of 2012. Canned pineapple contributed US$52.55 million or about 22 percent of the regional total exports, Cecilio Y. Clarete, chief economic development specialist of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in the region said. He said crude coconut or cochin oil, which used to be the top earner in the past year, now ranked second posting an export value of US$35.78 million, down by 70 percent compared to the same period last year. Abaca pulp was the region’s third top dollar earner for the quarter with a total export value of US$14.70 million, 3.4 percent higher

compared to the same quarter of last year. Clarete said the other top dollar earners commodities for the quarter were fresh pineapple, live grouper, sintered ore, sawn lumber/corefinished/kiln-dried, coconut charcoal or charcoal granules and powder, ferronickel shots and fresh bananas. Records from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the region show that seven out of the 14 export sectors in the region registered negative growth for the quarter. Coconut-based products, which accounts for 50 percent of the total exports value dropped 42 percent, yearon-year, pulling down the region’s total exports. The region’s value of exports for the quarter only amounted to US$241.9 million, lower by 17 percent compared to same quarter of 2011.

Hot weather affects NorMin’s corn production during the 2Q of 2012 By APIPA P. BAGUMBARAN

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Corn production during the second quarter this year decreased by 10 percent compared to the same period last year due to the hot weather that affected Northern Mindanao, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office 10 said. Records from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) in the region show that corn production went down by ten percent from

78,894 metric tons in the second quarter of 2011 to only 71,229 metric tons in the same quarter this year. Engr. Cecilio Y. Clarete, chief economic development specialist of NEDAX’s Knowledge Management Division, said the decrease may be traced to reduced production in four of the region’s five provinces that suffered from the hot weather between February and April, especially Bukidnon, the region’s major corn producer. He said the largest reduction of 27 percent was

„ Only Misamis Occidental registered an increase in corn production posted by Misamis Oriental due to inadequate rain in the western portion of the province. Only Misamis Occidental registered an increase in production, from 1,295 metric tons last year to 1,355 metric tons this year, up by about five percent.

The rainfall, Clarete said, was sufficient and enough for corn growing in Misamis Occidental. The same BAS records also show that the overall corn production was affected by the 22 percent decline in the volume of yellow corn produced during the quarter, registering only 38,414 metric tons this year compared to the 49,538 metric tons produced in the previous year. Clarete said the increase in white corn production of 12 percent, from 29,356 metric tons to 32,815 metric | Advertising: 09177121424 |

tons, was not able to offset the huge drop in yellow corn production. The overall increase in white corn production was accounted largely by Bukidnon which posted a 179 percent surge that amply compensated the declines in three other provinces. In like manner but in opposite direction, the decline in yellow corn production was traced from reductions in Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Oriental. The value of white corn production meanwhile surged by 50 percent during

the second quarter reaching P516 million. This was pushed up by the 12 percent increase in production volume and 35 percent increase in farm gate price. Yellow corn production, in contrast, was valued at P439 million, down by 11 percent due to the 22 percent decrease in production volume. The region’s corn sufficiency level, after deducting the requirements for seeds, processing and allowances for feeds and wastages, stood at about 25 percent during the second quarter.




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Tax, customs collections in Region 10 post growths in Q2 CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The intensified collection efforts of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in Region 10 is paying off as both tax and customs collections posted positive growths in the second quarter of 2012, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said. Engr. Cecilio Clarete, chief economic development specialist of NEDA-10, disclosed in today’s media forum that the BIR reported a total tax collections of P1.96 billion during the period, up by 25 percent from the P1.58 billion posted in the same quarter last year. He said all revenue dis-

tricts in Northern Mindanao recorded increases in tax collections with Cagayan de Oro City, which shared 58 percent of the region’s total tax collections, posting the highest growth at 29 percent from P889 million in 2011 to P1.14 billion in 2012. The other revenue district offices recorded the following tax collections: Iligan City, P306.07 million; Bukidnon, P270.98 million; Ozamiz, P172.17 million; and Gingoog, P70.75 million. In terms of category, income taxes accounted for the largest share of the region’s total tax collections sharing P1.34 billion or about 68.4 percent. It was followed by value-

added taxes at P399.81 million, other taxes at P117.87, percentage taxes at P102.22 million, and excise taxes at P456,314. Meanwhile, customs collections for the second quarter of the year climbed 22 percent from P1.23 billion last year to P1.51 billion this year. Growths were posted in the region’s major ports particularly in the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) which accounted 84 percent of the total customs collections of the region. The MCT recorded total collections of P1.26 billion, up by 32 percent from the P960 million collections it posted same quarter last year, Clarete said.

Aquaculture industry in N. Mindanao still growing By APIPA P. BAGUMBARAN of the Philippine Information Agency

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Northern Mindanao’s aquaculture industry continued to grow in the second quarter of 2012, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in the region. Aquaculture production, which accounts for 40 percent of the total fishery production of the region grew by 7.4 percent, from 15,886.80 metric tons in

last year’s second quarter to 17,059.01 metric tons in the same period this year. Engr. Cecilio Y. Clarete, Chief Economic Development Specialist of NEDA-10 said that seaweeds production which grew by eight percent to 11,883.64 metric tons has been the major contributor to the aquaculture industry. Brackish water, whose production went up by seven

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Among all ports in the region, only Cagayan de Oro Port posted a drop in collections recording P198.86 million collections compared to the P235.87 million it recorded in the same period last year. Clarete said this could be due to the shift in the usage of ports, that is, from Cagayan de Oro Port to the MCT. A report from Apipa P. Bagumbaran

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If not for this petition, these local officials would not have responded as urgently as they have done now,” Reyes said. The ruptured landslide wall of the school is on the verge of collapse putting an entire class of 4th year students and teachers in danger. Huge amount of rocks and soil have already started to erode amid heavy rains that come almost every afternoon. The students, teachers and lab facilities have been removed from the unsafe building and are transferred to safer and higher grounds. They will temporarily hold their classes in tents while official work is underway to address the problem in the long term. The building and landslide wall are now condemned and declared off limits. “I am feeling very happy and relieved because of the local government’s commitment to save our school, as well as the overwhelming support we received online,” Tarranza said. “This is a significant victory because it shows how people with the least power in society are empowered to hold public officials accountable and compel them to take action. has played a vital role in facilitating a number of supporters for the petition. Foremost, it becomes an avenue where our small voice echoed out loud to the concerned individuals and government agencies.” In an open letter posted on, Tarranaza wrote: “Otto Lingue National High School has lately encountered a serious problem due to the destroyed portion of a Riprap project in which, if not given any immediate action, may cause correspondingly the destruction of the lives of students, teachers and school property. As it happened last July 17, 2012 and up to the present, nothing has been done except for the ocular survey of the City Engineer’s office, Pagadian City with its recommendations. Considering the frequency of the heavy rains in the

place where the school is located and latest worsening of the situation, hence, an appeal for sincere help is being asked through any individual or organization.” “With the recent ParentTeacher Association meeting on August 4, 2012, there were parents who have already expressed their apprehension regarding the situation that they have planned to let their childrein transfer to other nearby schools. Likewise, there were parents who would like that there an investigation to be conducted regarding the construction of the said Riprap Project.” Tarranza said: “It is then our hope that appropriate action will be extended to the school the soonest possible time as the feeling of helplessness is felt except for the Divine Intervention.” For background, she said: “Ang paaralan po ay may inaalala sa kanilang kaligtasan ng kanilang mga pasilidad , mga guro at magaaral. Meron pong malaking bitak sa ginawang pader para mapigilan ang landslide. Pinangangambahan ng mga guro at mga magulang na kung magkaroon ng isang malakas na ulan, ito po ay maaring bumigay at tumama sa katabing classroom. Isa ding pangamba ay ang magkaroon ng pagguho ng lupa dahil ang ginawang pader ay merong malaking bitak. Sana po ay inyong matugunan ang kanilang problema para sa kanilang kaligtasan.” In a recent round table discussion, different stakeholders including city engineers, councillors, education officials, nongovernmental organizations, parents, village and school officials have outlined several short and long-term solutions, including disaster preparedness training for the students and a program of work to be drafted by City Engineer’s Office for the school based on the recommendations by the representatives of Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Roque said: “This petition shows that ordinary citizens can mobilize through the internet and

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things in politics. We had governors, congressmen, mayors, etc. who were trustworthy and capable. They were people of strong character and habits and were truly capable to hold government positions. Many years later, however, the face of Philippine politics had changed and so many of our politicians had also changed their appearance and habits. Some of them could not speak well but lies. Others simply kept their spirit silent but still have ugly intentions in their way of governing matters. Still others are shy but in mind are determined to make something out of politics, thus the beginning of corruptions, vote buying, dirty tactics, ugly styles and bad politics. Public meetings during election time were not quite bright and attractive. Many of our leaders could not longer use the right words to describe their intentions. Some are not only clear in ugly intentions but also talking wildly about extravagance. Still others use foul language and reverse style to convince people that their group or party is well prepared and ready to serve come what may. In short there are calisthenics of bad influence and convincing power from most of the politicians. The way some of them speak, it is clear a sort of catastrophe can happen in their leadership. Today our system is still the same. What grew differently are our politicians. Many think it is only in politics that they can earn a lot of money. Others, think politics will give them pride and honor thus to be with it, means prestige forever. Still others think, easiest way to become a millionaire

is by way of politics. And in fact so many from all walks of life joined politics to become millionaires. Of course, there others who just want to serve with God in their heart and even if they earn little, there is pride in serving the people.

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March 20, 2011; undersecretary for special concerns, Depar tment of the Interior and Local Government, from March 10, 2004 to September 10, 2004; Presidential Assistant from 2001 to 2004. She was a two-term governor of Tarlac, from 1992 to 1998. She is a also full colonel in the Reserve Forces of the Philippines. -ooo17 TRIBAL AND NATIVE LEADERS ENDORSE TINGTING AS SENATOR: Showing the seriousness of the letter to Binay endorsing Tingting as UNA senatorial candidate are the signatures of 17 Muslim and Indigenous Peoples leaders. They are Bae Kilala Pacita D. Panis, TRICAP National Chairman; Datu Ingkalumbay Hilario Cosme, Valencia Federation of Tribal Councils, Inc.; Datu Alimpulos Apolonio Timbangan, Bukidnon-Higaonon Tribal Association, Inc. The other signatories: Datu Bantugan Megollas C. Tacio, Dumalugan, Agusan Del Norte; Datu Bulawan Orasan, Pigsan-an, Cagayan De Oro City; Datu Bonifacio Jadap, Christian Muslim Lumad Cooperative; Datu Agustin M. Pitlo, La Paz 2, Agusan Del Norte, Bae Punay Teresita B. De Guzman, La Paz, Agusan Del Norte; Bae Luzviminda Guylan, President MisOr Association of Disabled Persons and Municipal TRICAP Leader, Manticao, Misamis Oriental. Also: Bae Labiraya Enerita A. Roa, Municipal Chairman, TRICAP, Initao, Misamis Oriental; Datu Silaw Leopoldo Gutang Jr., Higaonon Tribe, Manticao, Misamis Oriental; Samuel Moral, Municipal Chairman, TRICAP, Lugait, Misamis Oriental; Ramon Balnaga Sr., Chairman, TRICAP, Poblacion,



Lugait, Misamis Oriental; Datu Taytayan Antonio S. from page 2 Dolotallas Sr., Chairman, the candidacy of Honorable TRICAP, Sugbongcogon, Abdusakur M. Tan...for the Misamis Oriental; Datu ARMM Regional Governor in the Kidlatan Alfredo Ramoso, synchronized elections in 2013,” Kinoguitan, Misamis Ori- reads the MNLF manifesto . The summit was attended ental; and Datu Mapawa by more than 200 key leaders Amado Dulatre, Malay- of the MNLF from Mindanao balay City. headed by Abdul Sahrin, its Secretary General. -oooCIVIL SOCIETY REACTIONS? Please MINDANAO ORGANIZATIONS call me at 0917 984 24 68, Early this month, the Move0918 574 0193 and 0922 ment for Sustainable Good 833 43 96. Email: batas- Governance, an umbrella organization of dozens of civil society groups in the southern



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Crimes committed with the use of the Internet. Last year, authorities issued a legal advisory on Internet Crimes to protect the public while using the web. Existing Philippine laws punishing Internet crimes are Republic Act (RA) 9995 (Anti-Photo and Voyeurism Act of 2009); RA 9775 (Anti-Child Pornography Act of 2009); and RA 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.

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in Misamis Occidental. Conversely, commercial and municipal fishing in the region registered decreases offsetting the increase in aquaculture production and resulting to 42,480.31 metric tons total regional fishery production, a slight 0.04 percent increase compared to the production volume last year. Clarete said the 1.4 percent decline in municipal fish production was due to lesser appearance of migratory and in-season species in Misamis Occidental and lesser unloading of flying fish, galunggong, brown squid, and yellow-fin tuna in Misamis Oriental. The draining of part of the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR) reservoir which is a fishing ground in Bukidnon also adversely affected inland fishery, he added. Commercial fishing trips, on the other hand, were hampered by unfavourable weather. Clarete said one boat in Misamis Occidental was on dry dock for repair and maintenance and two boats in Misamis Oriental transferred fishing activities to Bohol while another boat was impounded at Talisayan due to encroachment in municipal waters.

Philippines, passed a resolution and a manifesto during a huge summit and endorsed Tan to be the government’s gubernatorial bet in the ARMM elections. The Muslim region is composed of Basilan, Sulu, TawiTawi, Maguindanao and Lanao provinces, including the cities of Lamitan and Marawi. “Gov. Sakur Tan has all the good qualities of a true leader and as representative of the Muslim people; we have endorsed the Sulu governor to be the official candidate of the Aquino administration to the upcoming ARMM elections in May.” “The civil society organizations strongly support the leadership of Gov. Sakur Tan because of his genuine and untainted political career and sincerity to serve the people and bring peace, progress and development not only to Sulu province, but to the whole of the ARMM,” said Dr. Amildasa Annil, the leader convener and president of the Movement for Sustainable Good Governance. The manifesto was passed following the 1st ZamboangaSulu-Tawi-Tawi CSO Summit held in Zamboanga City. Some 300 CSO members from Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao and Zamboanga City participated in the summit sponsored by two of the country’s largest sardine canning factories, the Mega Sardines and Amadeo Fishing Corporation. STRONG CLAMOUR “There is a strong clamour from various Muslim civil society organizations and Bangsamoro people for the Sulu governor to govern the ARMM and bring peace and development to the region and progress to all its provinces and constituents. Governor Tan is the only leader we see fit to be the next ARMM governor,” said Ustadz Noreen Pallong. Pallong, an influential Muslim religious leader in Basilan, said provincial constituents are strongly supporting Tan. “Being President Aquino’s Boss, the voices of the multisector should be heard, all in the cause for a lasting and genuine peace and equitable development in the ARMM. May the real voices be heard,” the Movement for Sustainable Good Governance said in a statement. (Al Jacinto)

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‘We grow minds’ By ALLAN M. MEDIANTE, Executive Editor


XCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM, writing or any other media skills does not happen overnight. In some cases, innate talent and natural flair may be considered, but generally, it must come from education and experience.

Appreciating assignments as writers, reporters and editors start at any given time. It could start with young minds, teenagers, the middle age group or even seniors. Love for writing, once ingrained in one’s self, never dies. A journalist never grow old, it won’t even fade away like soldiers, and it would never die even if massacred. For a journalist is an immortal icon, not a mere flesh. In this age of modern and hi-tech information, media indulgence has become a preoccupation by almost anybody. Journalism has ceased to be an elitist preoccupation of sorts because it has become the interest of the whole populace. From a strict-watch-

dog genre, journalism has branched out into several information branches and advocacies. Thus, we now have civic, citizen, and community journalism, environmental and health journalism, government press organizations, and even military and rebel press corps. Not to be outdone, the political machineries have organized their own media bureaus. The business communities too have installed their own media departments. All schools now have their own newspapers and magazines. Our planet have become a media world. This reality has prompted the Sudaria Group of Publications to establish “The Media Center.”

Media Center Exec. Director Allan M. Mediante gives his message to 46 participants of Basic Journalism from Bukidnon National High School, Malaybalay, Bukidnon State Univ., San Fernando NHS, Impasugong NHS, and Alae NHS last July 16, 2012.

BusinessWeek Mindanao Publisher and head of Sudaria Group of Newspaper Mr. Dante Sudaria (fourth from left) strikes a pose with the pupils from Tablon Elementary School with Training Director for Broadcast Joe Felicilda (left) and Mrs. Rose Sudaria, Training Director for Print.

As part of its corporate social responsibility, BusinessWeek Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News, Mindanao Star Balita, Cagayan Times, and BWM Magazine, has started operation of the Media Center with trainings, seminars, and lectures on almost all journalistic persuasion, i.e. Broad-

cast journalism, Basic Journalism for Print and Radio, News writing, feature writing, editorial writing, lay-out and design, photography and photojournalism, video production, online publication and programming. The Media Center has already held several press-conferences,

Training Director for Broadcast Joe Felicilda delivering a lecture to pupils from various public schools in Cagayan de Oro City. The latest seminar on Radio Reporting was held at the BWM Media Center on September 9, 2012.

seminars with the Philippine Press Institute, Basic Journalism series of lectures with workshops for high school and elementary school campus writers, and radio and broadcast trainings for elementary pupils. Yes, we even start them young. “We grow minds,” not only for young people

but even for adults. Education and learning on journalism is a continuing process. The growing of the minds is an endless capability-building task. It has become one of our social responsibility. The BWM Media Center has its own pool of trainers, all seasoned journalists.

Mindanao Daily News editor in chief Ruel V. Pelone gave lectures on newswriting and layout to 46 participants of Basic Journalism from Bukidnon National High School, Malaybalay, Bukidnon State Univ., San Fernando NHS, Impasugong NHS, and Alae NHS at the Media Center.