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BusinessWeek MINDANAO



Cagayan de Oro City


April 24, 2012


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Maids contribute more to economy than mining By PAT SAMONTE, Regional Editor-Caraga

BUTUAN City––Do you know that Filipino housemaids’ collective contribution to the country’s economy surpassed that of the mining industry last year? According to local research group Ibon Foundation, Inc., in 2011, Filipino household workers in the Philippines and abroad contributed at least P167.4 billion in services and remittances to the economy far exceeding that of the mining industry’s P122,1 billion in gross production value. Ibon said in a statement, “While labor export and low-paying jobs manifest severe jobs scarcity in the country, household help contributes more to the economy than mining in highlighting how problematic the export-oriented and liberal mining industry is

2 inmates escaped from jail By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga with JOEL PORTUGAL Correspondent

BUTUAN City––Two kidnapping suspects escaped from the Surigao del Sur District Jail in Tandag City early dawn on Sunday. Authorities identified the escapees as Joebert Perez alias Ondo, 33, of Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur and Babring Tejero, 35, of Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Aside from kidnapping, Perez is facing serious illegal detention and robbery in band charges while Tejero is JAIL/PAGE 7

in the country.” Ibon said that one of the reasons household helps contribute larger to the economy is that there are 15 times more Filipinos who work as domestic household workers than employed in the mining industry. Ibon noted that there were 3.25 million domestic help employed in the country and abroad in 2011 compared to only 211,000 Filipinos employed in the mining industry. Cai Ordinario of Business World quoted Ibon’s study, “Mining firms do not just employ fewer people but at most give only short-term

benefits to local communities which last only as long as mines are operating.” Ibon also said mining causes the long-term loss of Philippine mineral resources and this is irreversible and does not provide any value added to impact the local manufacturing industry. The research group said benefitting from the sector fully could only happened if the country has a domestic industry that processes minerals. These processed minerals can then be used as inputs for manufacturing higher value intermediate and final goods. Currently, mining firms extract the country’s mineral resources and export these minerals. In 2011, mining exported USD44.3 million or P88.5 billion equivalent to 89 percent gross valueadded (GVA), Ibon said. MINING/PAGE 7

FATHER AND SON. Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano confers with his son Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano, the congressman of the second district of Misamis Oriental, on the sidelight of an activity sponsored by both officials. The two are leading the Padayon Pilipino political party in the next elections, with the latter gunning for the governorship of the province. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit

Normin’s exports breach $1-b mark

WEATHER UPDATE INTERTROPICAL Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Mindanao. Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms. The rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening. Light to moderate winds blowing from the east to southeast will prevail over Northern Luzon and coming from the east over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate.

By MIKE BAÑOS, Correspondent

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Studes slam new round of hikes in tuition, other fees By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL of

First of two-part series IN times when prices continue to increase, another hike in tuition is a heavy burden for parents and students. Based on the monitoring of the National Union of

Students of the Philippines (NUSP), the largest alliance of student councils in the country, about 400 schools are proposing tuition increases ranging from 10 to 15 percent, not including other miscellaneous fees. “At a time when Filipinos

are being assaulted by various price increases of basic necessities, the government should try to find ways to alleviate the burden on expenses like education,” said Isabelle Therese Baguisi, NUSP secretary general. “It is heartbreaking when so many young people are TUITION/PAGE 7

CAGAYAN de Oro––Exports from Northern Mindanao breached the US$1-Billion mark for 2011, thanks to a strong fourth quarter finishing kick from coconut-based products. Records from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 10 show exports from the region totaled US$1,064.51-billion, and 14.85 percent increase from the 2010 total of US$926.91-million. “Coconut based products like coconut oil, oleochemicals and dessicated coconut are still the region’s top exports, and contributed 61.42 percent of the regional total in the fourth quarter and 64.21 percent for the year,” said National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Regional Director Leon M. Dacanay Jr. for Northern Mindanao during a recent media briefing. “Other top annual exports included processed foods, sugar and sugar cane products and other resource based products,” added Mr. Dacanay. Despite a 13.74 percent decline from 2011, exports of crude/refined/cochin coconut oil remained the top EXPORTS/PAGE 7

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Gov’t officials worry on alleged MILF presence GENERAL Santos City–– Government troops are closely monitoring reports that armed members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are establish-

ing satellite camps in various areas of South Cotabato province. Lt. Col. Alexis Noel Bravo, commander of the Army’s 27th Infantry Bat-

YOUTH FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Young leaders from Misamis Oriental and nearby provinces attended the 2012 Mapawa Environmental Youth Camp over the weekend in Mapawa, Brgy. Cugman, this city. Organized by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-X) and sponsored by energy firm STEAG State Power Inc (SPI), the activity brought together youth leaders in the region to train and engage in community-based environmental advocacies. EMB 10 Director Sabdullah Abubacar and Steag plant manager Dr. Carsten Evers were among the speakers during the two-day event. For the past eight years, Steag had been sponsoring the activity as part of its continuing environmental education program. Mapawa is also the site of Steag’s 1,200 hectare reforestation project which is currently being implemented in partnership with EMB and the E. Pelaez Ranch Inc. (EPRI).

talion, said on Thursday that the rebel group has allegedly been setting up two encampments in the upper valley of South Cotabato area. He said some 200 rebels reportedly moved to Barangay Tudok in T’boli town recently to help establish a camp there. Bravo said the rebels allegedly belong to the MILF’s 107th base command led by commander Hams Ottoh Mastura a.k.a. ‘Taruc.’ “They named the camp as Khalid al Wahid and initially conducted trainings and assemblies there,” he said during a meeting with members of the provincial peace and order council participated in by representatives of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in Kidapawan City. Bravo said that aside from the T’boli camp, the rebels have set up another base in Sitio Lampakpak, Barangay Lampari in Banga town. He said an initial 11 MILF rebels reportedly gathered in the area to set up their satellite camp. CD with wire reports

MINDANAO ORIGINAL REVOLUTIONARY OFFICERS AND ASSOCIATION OF REVOLUTIONARY MORO OFFICERS AND UNITED RETURNEES (MORO ARMOUR) MANIFESTO FOR PEACE. UNITY, AND PROGRESS ASSALAMO ALAIKOM WA’RAHMATULLAHI WA’BARAKATOH! As sincerely inspired by the urgent need, more than ever, for PEACE, UNITY, and PROGRESS among the Bangsamoro Filipinos that pave the way to development and Prosperity in Muslim Mindanao, under the Present Administration of H.E. President Benigno S. Aquino III, we, the pioneering hardcore and surviving members of the original Moro Mujahideen of the Bangsamoro Revolution who constituted the MNLF-TOP 90 and succeeded by the MNLF-300 and the Group of 67, all foreign-trained and Cadre officers as well as those who have returned to the fold of Law have come together in the spirit of SOLIDARITY with their historical right to self determination under the banner of the MNLF MORO ARMOUR with the following major features to pursue as part of their Legacy and Contribution for the continued Growth and Development of the Bangsamoro Filipino Muslim Communities in the Philippines as part of the Malay and Islamic World. VISION The democratic Unification of the Bangsamoro Leadership that will work and ensure the continued Growth, Development, and Progress of Muslim Mindanao in partnership with all the Bangsamoro stakeholders as well as NGO’s and GO’S that are involved in the Peace Process between the GRP/PH and our MNLF and MILF brethren for the attainment of genuine Peace and Justice. MISSION To help attain a meaningful implementation of the 1996 Peace Accord as well as the success of the PH-MILF Talks, including the total overhaul and transformation of the ARMM. Together, lets strive for lasting peace, unity and progress in Mindanao. Issued on the 8th Day of January 2012, and was publicly released on March 18, 2012 in time with the 77th Anniversary of the 1935 Dansalan Declaration for Independence as well as the 45th Foundation Day of the MNLF, originally institutionalized, as a Unified Bangsamoro Revolutionary Army and core-cadres of Freedom Fighters, Bangon-Kotai Amaipakpak, Islamic City of Marawi, Ranao Pangampong, ARMM, Philippines.

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NIA IRRIGATION PROJECT IN TAGUANAO, INDAHAG. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro, breaks ground for the Taguanao Communal Irrigation System, Indahag amounting P5.436M with NIA Regional Director Feliz Razo, Prov. IMO Joecarnine Gubat, Indahag Barangay Chair Melitona Patriana and Kagawads Bernabe Dahino and Lazaro Agcol.

Hunt for 3 high profile fugitives on THREE HIGH profile fugitives, previously holding top positions in the government, are now object of massive manhunt after the court issued warrant for their arrest. Warrants of arrest were issued against former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, former army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan and Rep. Ruben Ecleo of the island province of Dumagat. Reyes was accused of

masterminding the killing of environmentalist Dr. Gerry Ortega. Palparan was charged for several human rights violations while Ecleo was convicted Friday last week for killing his wife. They have remained at large. The government has raised unspecified amount for information leading to the arrest of the fugitives even while their cases were heard in court. Law enforcers were already dispatched

to track down the fugitives. The government has also issued hold departure orders against the fugitives and has ordered all exit points in the country to be on alert against the fugitives. Malacañang is aware of the issues and charges against the fugitives and had anticipated that the court will render decision against the fugitives who have committed crimes. CD with wire reports

2 armed men rob gas station By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga with JOEL PORTUGAL Correspondent

B U T UA N C i t y – – Tw o motorcycle-riding armed men took an undetermined amount of money in a daring robbery of a gasoline station near the Caraga police headquarters in Km. 4, Palacay Village, Barangay Libertad here shortly after mid noon

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Technical Director for Research and Development of DENR-CARAGA region XII, RTD Virgilio C. Dela Cruz representing the Regional Executive Director RED Leonardo R.Sibbaluca, CESO III who was in Manila. “I almost burst into tears when my name was called and I felt a shrinking feeling a good shrinking feeling upon going up the stage receiving my “land title”! Thank God I have it I waited this for so long”, Mrs. Mabilyn Villapane of Barangay

on Sunday. The unidentified armed men aboard a Honda XRM Honda 125 motorcycle showed up at Petron Gas Station owned by Mark Monroid, at around 12:30 pm. One of the gunmen, with drawn caliber .38 revolver, approached and went inside the unlocked cashier’s booth and declared a hold-up. He ordered gas station aide Kris Miguel Canlas, 21, who was

inside the booth, to put all the money inside a bag. The suspects fled on board their getaway vehicle after a few minutes. Canlas told police that cashier Madeline Tacmoy, 32, of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte was outside her booth at the time of the robbery. Police investigators were still determining the identities of the holdupmen.

Tagabaca stressed out. The launching of Handog Titulo 2012 could not be made possible without the indefatigable support of PENRO Belo M. Udarbe together with Asst. PENRO Editho S. Tocle, Miguel S. Peros, Forester Hernando T. Pango and Elvin W. Sembrano. On the other hand , DENR- forest Product Monitoring Stations (DFPMS) of Bit-os had apprehended 170 undocumented illegal round logs of lauan and miscellaneous species at the course of Agusan river line of Barangay Amparo , Butuan City. The ille-

gal forest products has no claimant and temporarily deposetid at Bit-os check point Team Leader Exequeil B. Anno said. In consonance, DENR Regional Task force was able to apprehend three (3) conveyance (SADAM) loaded with undocumented illegal forest product s in the municipality of Lingig, Surigao nDel Sur. The apprehended illegal round logs were mix dipterocarp and miscellaneous species having 445 polls or pieces deposited at Lingig Municipal Compound, Team Leader Danilo M. Buza divulged.

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CU, Paterno Velez Foundation join hands to provide scholarships PATERNO Velez Foundation, Inc. President Ms. Marinela N. Velez signed a memorandum of understanding with Dr. Fe R. Juarez, executive vice president of Capitol University (CU), to provide academic scholarship to financially challenged but deserving students. Ms. Velez and Dr. Juarez formally signed the agreement on April 19, 2012 at Capitol University. The foundation offers academic scholarship consisting of free tuition and miscellaneous fees which will be awarded annually to one deserving student per program (Teacher Education and Business Administration) provided that the student applicant meets the qualifications stipulated in



NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH The people of Cagayan de Oro joined the Church-led rally and mass for peace and unity in the city along with victims of Typhoon Sendong.

SIGNING OF MOU. Seated from left, Ms. Marinela

Velez and Dr. Fe Juarez, CU EVP. Standing from left, Ms. Wing Gomez of Security Bank and Dr. Luvismin Aves, CU VPAA. the agreement. In a related development, the same foundation agreed to set-up a room in the Capitol University

Museum of Three Cultures which will be named after the parents of Ms. Marinela Velez-Paterno and Divina Velez.

We, the victims of Sendong, offer our endless thanks to Almighty God for those who survived in the disaster that struck the people of Cagayan de Oro on the night of Dec. 17, 2011. At the same time, we pray for the souls of those who perished that God may enjoin them in His Infinite Light in Heaven. We also expressed our endless gratitude to the City Government’s timely assistance. The provision of foods, temporary shelters, and other relief from both the City Government and private sectors provided us strength in times of distress. This week, the City Government is going to move us to our new homes in relocation sites located in safer grounds. We thanked the City Government and its officials for their genuine concern in helping us stand back on our feet.

Xavier Ecoville residents pledge to be brothers and sisters in one community.

GK, Xavier Ecoville yields first batch of formation grads By XYLA MERCEDITA GUALBERTO, Contributor GAWAD Kalinga and Xavier Ecoville, the relocation and resettlement project in Lumbia of Xavier University and the city government of Cagayan de Oro for typhoon Sendong survivors, celebrated the graduation ceremony of the first batch of Xavier Ecoville residents who successfully completed the seven-Sunday formation program. The graduation rites took place after the Sunday mass at Xavier Ecoville. 226 Xavier Ecoville residents

composed the first batch of graduates. They gathered in the multipurpose center and cheered, “Walang Iwanan!” vocalizing their spirit of oneness. Attendance to the formation program, facilitated by volunteers of Gawad Kalinga, is a requisite for all relocatees to Xavier Ecoville. It aims to strengthen the relationships of the residents and to introduce them to a set of shared values to be upheld in their new community.

At the graduation, the graduates took an oath to take responsibility for one another as brothers and sisters in one community. Present in the event were the GK formation team, the camp management team under the direction of Ms Esrtrella Borja and the Xavier Ecoville community development committee head Ms Ma Theresa Rivera. The graduation lasted until evening as there were presentations and a shared dinner, again marking the values of being each other’s keeper.

‘Smoked’ Airphil plane bound for Tawi-Tawi evacuated in Zamboanga By AL JACINTO ZAMBOANGA City––Airport authorities have diverted several flights bound for Zamboanga City on Monday after ground operations were disrupted by a smoke coming from an engine of a passenger plane preparing to fly out to the southern province of Tawi-Tawi.

Celso Bayabos, head of the Civil Aviation Authority, said pilots of an Airphil Express plane bound for Tawi-Tawi evacuated some 50 passengers after smoke billowed out from one of its engines. The plane was later towed from the runway to a safer area. “We have diverted several flights to Zamboanga because of this incident,”

Bayabos said, adding an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the smoke. “It’s good that the plane is still on the ground when the pilots noticed the smoke,” he said. There was no immediate statement from Air Philippines Corporation, which operates Airphil Express. (Al Jacinto)

We thanked the private sectors here, there, and everywhere who extended help beyond their borders. They instilled in our minds the determination that helping one another is a way we should as individuals and as people. We also gave credit to the Roman Catholic Church and all other religious sects for their encouragement, moral support, and spiritual guidance that strengthened our faith in moments of despair. We want to convey our singular gratitude to unknown groups, persons, and individuals who played Samaritans when we thought everything was lost. We have forgiven those who tried to deceive our conscience and divide our confidence with each other in our darkest hour. More so, we have forgiven those who used Sendong as a means to pursue their political ends. We prayed that the mass-rally would inspire everyone to open up new venues of hopes so that we could attain lasting peace, unity, and cooperation in the City of Cagayan de Oro. MABUHI ANG CAGAYANON! MABUHI ANG CAGAYAN DE ORO! PD ADVT



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Do the right thing THINK a minute. Of all the jobs in news and journalism, being a war correspondent is the most dangerous. Some reporters are captured as prisoners, some escape, and some die. Young 25-year-old Leonard Spencer was a reporter for the London Morning Post. His assignment was the Boer War in South Africa. Leonard was riding a train to the frontlines of battle when suddenly there was a violent crash. The Boer army had ambushed and attacked this British train. During the shooting, Leonard jumped out into all the bullets and exploding shells to help clear the train tracks. In fact, after the train pulled out of this trap, with many British soldiers saved, the one man who was left

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst behind to face the enemy alone was this young newspaper reporter. He was captured and put into the Pretoria prison, which was world famous for its high security and few escapes. Amazingly, young Leonard escaped this famous prison. Yet he still had 300 miles of enemy territory to survive and find his way through to freedom. He walked alone for many days and nights, continually dodging enemy soldiers.

Ti re d , hu n g r y a n d thirsty, he finally reached a mining town and knocked on the door of the only British person living there. Leonard was then smuggled onto a train to the British consul and safety. You know what’s really amazing? Leonard Spencer is not remembered for his bravery in the South African Boer War. You see, this young journalist who saved a train of British soldiers and escaped the enemy against nearly impossible odds, continued

to do the impossible the rest of his life. We know him as Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, England’s brave leader and Prime Minister who helped save Europe and the world from Adolf Hitler’s evil rule. You see, our life and character starts right now. If we don’t choose to do the right thing now, we definitely won’t choose to do it later when there’s more risk. And Jesus is the one who can give you the willpower you need to start changing now. Then you’ll start doing the right thing, no matter what it costs you. So won’t you ask Jesus to forgive you for not always choosing to live His right way? Then ask Him to take charge of your character everyday, for the rest of your life? Just Think a Minute.

Reversing Earth’s doomsday THE EARTH’S temperature would rise as the sun gets nearer to planet Earth. This was the prediction more than 50 years ago. Yes, four scores or more ago were futuristic years. There were deductions of possible alien invasion. There were stories of human beings possibly living in other planets than Earth. No story could offer thrill, challenge, and adventure than stories about planets Cris Diaz and the universe. The origin of planets and the universe is congruent to human origin, too. No, we are not in consonance with Charles Darwin’s ‘Theory of Evolution.’ Although we admired Darwin’s tireless effort in establishing a theory that all life descended from a common ancestor, we still find that theory parochial. On the contrary, we want to know when planet Earth will die. For the sake of argument, we are not akin to talking about Biblical reference. Otherwise, we might as well stop here and go elsewhere. There is an irreversible truth that science and religion are two opposing poles. Nevertheless, while these two ideas may not agree with each other, there is always a common ground where both settle for a peaceful co-existence. Anyway, 50 years ago, scientists advanced two things that could happen to planet Earth. One of these suggested that planet Earth would move farther from the Sun while the other one was the Sun moves closer to

planet Earth. It was held that a degree in the rise of Earth temperature would have devastating effect on many a sensitive creature on Earth. If the first theory occurred where the Earth moved away from Sun, the unfortunate thing would be for Earth to misalign from its axis. In this case, the Earth would be drifting in the solar system until it would crash on bigger objects like wayward asteroids. That would be Earth’s end. The second theory is for the Sun moving closer to Earth. When that happens, there goes Hell on Earth! Nothing in those theories is nearest to the truth. The truth is humans are destroying planet Earth. Greed drives humans to destroy his abode. The greenhouse effect causes Earth’s temperature to rise. In the 40s’, logging companies unabashedly cut trees around the world. Data showed that forest covers 30 per cent of the world’s area. For last 15 years from 1990 to 2005, three percent of the Earth’s cover was lost. It was reported that there was no significant decrease in the rate of deforestation in the last 20 years. The European Commission on Environment said ‘deforestation is responsible for around 20% of global CO2 emissions, making it a major contributor to climate change.’ Now, we are observing Earth Day Week to commemorate how we, humans, have defiled planet Earth. We are celebrating humankind’s atrocities to planet Earth for fear that its death would come too early too soon. We will celebrate to reverse whence that doomsday come. React:

The faces in Facebook HOW many of the 600,000 people in Cagayan de Oro own a computer? Or how many of them have access to a computer? Or how many use the computer whether at home, at work or at an internet café? It would be optimistic to say that 5% of Cagayan de Oro’s population know what is Facebook. Almost all of those who are 50 to 60 years old and above don’t know what is Facebook. They do not know what is going on in the internet world. We have a saying, “nabia-an na sila sa panahon.” And they don’t care. Anyway for their benefit let’s explain what is Facebook. It is a social networking service in the internet accessed via a personal

As Far As I Know Roy Gaane, West Covina, California computer or other similar electronic device including hybrid cell phones. Twenty years from now or even earlier, political and marketing battles will be won in the internet arena. Newspapers will be a thing of the past. There are several Kagayanon users who are members of various Facebook groups throughout the world. Notably, these groups are named Mata Na CDO, Save CDO,

Bangon CDO, Kagay-anon Kaniadto, Kagay-anon Karon, XUHS Alumni, etc., etc. Altogether, the members of all these total no more than 20,000 scattered in Cagayan de Oro and those abroad. There are members who are deeply concened how Cagayan de Oro should be run. There are also members who are quietly helping Sendong victims get on with their lives and members

who are content on reading what others write. Some are content with jokes and social chattings. Those who are upset about how Cagayan de Oro is being run were motivated to mobilize a recall movement against the mayor of Cagayan de Oro for his inablity to move rescue efforts during the first 2 days of Sendong, for none implementation of traffic rules, for disregard of the city’s sanitation specially during the night market in the heart of the city, for his blatant smoking display in public, and other actions or lack thereof not listed in the formal recall document. But the recall movement did not materialize. FACEBOOK/PAGE 7


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RDC-10 to put up government center

CAGAYAN de Oro City - The Regional Development Council (RDC-10) is looking into the feasibility of establishing a government center in a 7,000 square meter at Upper Carmen or Barangay Canitoan, this city. The lot is donated by Pueblo de Oro Corporation.

SuriSur marks Labor Day a bang

SuriNte holds jobs fair, mobile passporting SURIGAO del Norte The provincial government of Surigao del Norte will conduct a mobile passporting and jobs fair in Siargao Island, May 7 and 8. Provincial Public Employment Service Officer Emilio Pantejo said, jobseekers and passport applicants can take advantage of these activities, which will be held at the Dapa Municipal Gymnasium, Dapa town.

SuriNte government receives P7M incentive

The resolution noted, the said multi-national fruit firms are posing environmental danger, as “they are using endosulfan and other toxic chemicals” even as they cut trees, while flattening small slopes in the process of expanding their fields. The SP resolution could have been triggered by the observation of the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) that the environmental destructions being committed by the fruit firms could cause flashfloods in the area. (PIA 10 and 13 Cluster)

MALAYBALAY City - The Sangguniang Panglunsod (SP) has approved the urgent resolution imposing a moratorium on the expansion of fruit plantations in the city.

DOE implements energy efficient project

DENR launches Handog Titulo 2012

MDaily Joke My One and Only Love

Vic, who was 19 years old, was buying an expensive bracelet, to surprise his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, at a jeweller’s shop in Connaught Place, Delhi. The jeweller inquired, ‘Would you like your girlfriend’s name engraved on it?’ Vic thought for a moment, grinned, then answered, ‘No, instead engrave ‘To my one and only love’.’ The jeweller smiled and said, ‘Yes, sir; how very romantic of you.’ Vic retorted with a glint in his eye, ‘Not exactly romantic, but very practical. This way, if we break up, I can use it again.’

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Life is a movie written, directed and produced by God, and played by you. It’s only a one-take movie. No retake, no cuts, not timeout. So, let’s play it the best we can and make it a BLOCKBUSTER because in God’s eyes you’re a STAR. (Engr. Nestor Degoma, Iligan City)


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SURIGAO del Norte - The provincial government is a recipient of Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) worth P7 million, This is an incentive from DILG for 2011 Seal of Good Housekeeping passers, the PCF is intended to finance development projects to accomplish the Millennium Development Goals’ poverty alleviation thrust, disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation.


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SP opposes expansion of fruit plantations

SURIGAO del Sur – Provincial Supervising Labor Officer Teofila Rosales said, the Labor Day celebration on May 1 includes a Pre-Employment Seminar for Local Applicant, Pre-Overseas Employment Seminar and Pre-Registration and Press Conference. Ms. Rosales also said that part of the celebration is a mass offering, motorcade and jobs fest to facilitate about 4,000 job seekers.

REGION 10 - The Department of Energy is implementing the Philippine Energy Efficient Project, with assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Said ADB assistance includes, among others, the implementation of lighting retrofits of selected government buildings, distribution of CFLs to consumers, establishment of mercury waste management plant for fluorescent lightings and establishment of ESCOs as an emerging industry.


BUTUAN City––Deparment of Environment and natural resources (DENR) thru Community Environment and Natural Resources(CENR);CENRO-Nasipit has launched “Handog Titulo 20 12” held at Barangay San Vicente, Butuan City. “Handog Titulo 2012” was coordinated by the City Register of Deeds, provincial Register of Deeds and DENR-CENRO-Nasipit having 201 recipients of “land title” or patentees coming from diffent barangays of BUENASCAR and Butuan City. “All lands or any kind of land, all these belong to the State. Those who are blessed to receive a “land title” today are the people who have met the minimum requirements of the state,CENRO vicente L. Sembrano said.” Majority of the recipient of the land title of ‘Handog Titulo 2012” were farmers, fishermen and small entrepreneurs who long for a “land title” for a long time of their lives. We have still available ‘lands” because the state would have it available for all Filipino Citizen provided; they must meet the minimum requirements of the state and they can have it, CENRO sembrano added. The affers was highlighted by the presence of regional LAUNCES/PAGE 2

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MASS FOR SENDONG VICTIMS – Roman Catholic Monsignor Elmer Abacahin celebrates the mid-afternoon memorial Mass for victims of the December 17 tropical storm Sendong. Held at “Ground Zero” Sitio Calacala, Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro City, the holy sacrifice of the mass marked the fourth month of the tragedy that claimed thousands of lives and multi-billion pesos worth of properties in the city and outlying areas. (Mindanao Daily photo by Arjay S. Felicilda)

SOCIAL Welfare Assistant Secretary Camilo G. Gudmalin signs the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program SET 5 implementation in the remaining 11 local government units of Northern Mindanao. To his right is DILG-10 Director Rene Burdeos, who personally accompanied the local government executives concerned to the signing ceremonies at Pryce Plaza Hotel. The Agreement benefits an additional of 23,301 grantees in the region. (Mindanao Daily photo by Arjay S. Felicilda) BY ROWJOE S. FELICILDA M›ÃÊÙ®ƒ½ CƒÄ‘›Ù IÄ¥ÊÙÃã®ÊÄ PÙʹ›‘ã




Pacman resumes high altitude training By AURE A. GALACGAC ran with other boxers like Ruben Mayol, Bobby PacBAGUIO City––Six-division quiao and Erin Sanchez and world boxing titlist Manny still had stretching exercises Pacquiao resumed on Mon- before his daily spiritual day here his high altitude activity of Bible reading. training with a fast uphill American coach Freddie run in a hillside subdivi- Roach, however, still has not sion and appeared so full made any prediction as to of energy and no longer the champion’s performance complained of leg cramps when his ward battles undeunlike his similar training feated American challenger in this mountain resort Timothy Bradley on June 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. last year. Roach confirmed howThe Filipino champion

ever that boxers from Russia and America are due to arrive in the Philippines Monday to serve as among Pacquiao’s sparring mates. Meanwhile, Pacquia’s Colombian conditioning coach Alex Ariza has left this city during the weekend to attend to a Mexican fighter. Buboy Fernandez, however, said “Team Paquiao” can still manage in the brief absence of Ariza. Team Pacquiao is sched-

uled to leave Baguio on May 5 and Pacquiao will continue his training in the United States starting on May 6. “It was a very good week. We have attained what we had wanted to attain so I decided to give Manny a break. Sparring session starts on Saturday,” Roach told sportswriter Eddie Alinea of during an interview at the Shape Up Boxing Gym inside the Cooyeesan Hotel.

lang kaming masayahing tao at nagkataon na magkasundo kaming dalawa.” She thinks the compatibility also applies to their respective careers. Working for different networks has allowed them to maintain their identities as individuals. But of course, when the idea to guest on each other’s shows came up, Jen-

nylyn knew it was a deal she couldn’t pass up. Now that she has fulfilled her end of the bargain, when will Luis live up to his? “May pinag-usapan naman na kami and with our managers. Pumayag ako na mag-guest sa show ni Luis, kaya papayag din siyang mag-guest sa ‘Showbiz Central.’”

It’s a deal: Jennylyn Mercado to guest on Luis Manzano’s show, and vice versa By SIRRI SHAYLA, APPARENTLY, it’s a network deal. On April 28, GMA talent Jennylyn Mercado will appear as a special guest on “Deal or No Deal,” the ABS-CBN game show hosted by her boyfriend, Luis Manzano. In return, the Kapamilya hunk is expected to cross over as a guest on Jennylyn’s talk show on GMA, “Showbiz Central.” The Kapuso actress clarifies that she obtained a one-time pass for her “Deal or No Deal” only as a part of the show’s birthday treat for Luis, who turned a year older last April 21. The two-part birthday special has already been

taped, with Luis’ mother, Batangas governor Vilma Santos-Recto, kicking off the proceedings. “Naunang ipinalabas last Saturday (April 21) ‘yung kay Tita Vi. Yun kasi ang birthday mismo ni Luis,” Jennylyn says. Both shows were taped on the same day. “We were both in the studio noong tine-tape ‘yung show. Pero nasa bandang likod ako. Si Tita Vi ang nasa harapan ng audience. Sa dressing room na kami nagkausap,” she says. Needless to say, Jennylyn had a blast doing the show with Luis, her boyfriend of one year. But she admits

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akin,” she adds. But the truth is Jennylyn has nothing to worry about. The Star for All Seasons likes her son’s girlfriend just the way she is. “Noong mabasa ko nga ‘yan sa mga interviews ni Tita Vi, natuwa naman ako kasi ‘yun pala ang napapansin sa akin. Hindi naman ako aware na ganito pala ang kilos ko. Basta nandiyan naman si Tita Vi, I try to be myself talaga,” she says. And based on those interviews, what matters the most to her Tita Vi is that Jennylyn makes Luis happy. “Kung napapasaya ko si Luis, napapasaya rin naman niya ako,” she says. “Pareho





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“While some of the country’s minerals return in final products imported by Filipinos, this is likely to be disproportionately small compared to Philippine mining exports because the country has a thin market for goods compared to many other countries,” Ibon said. Ibon said the value of services rendered by domestic household workers was estimated by multiplying their number by their P140.89 average daily basic pay, taken from the Labor Force Survey (LFS), by 365 days. This resulted in an average daily basic pay worth P100.3 billion. This was used by Ibon as a proxy of the economic value of their services. The remittances from domestic household workers abroad was estimated by multiplying Ibon’s estimate of 1.3 million working overseas by an assumed remittance of USD100 or P4,300 per month, for a total of P167.4 billion. On the other hand, it is estimated that the mning industry posted P99.2 billion in gross value-added, based on data from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau. Mining and quarrying only accounted for 1.5 percent of gross domestic product in 2011.

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commodity at US$319.58-million, accounting for a third of Region 10’s exports for 2011. Oleochemicals followed at US$215.82 million (20.27%) and canned pineapple products third at US$99.02million (9.3%). Coconut products also contributed substantially to the US$241.65-million fourth quarter export performance of the region for the fourth quarter, some 9.61 percent higher compared to the same period last year. Coco based exports amounting to US$111.4-million accounted improved1by seven percent compared to the last quarter 2010. Other top export commodities from the region included raw cane sugar, abaca/banana pulp/fiber processed, copra solvent and expeller cake/meal, dessicated coconut, sawn lumber, sintered ore and coconut fiber/husk chip/ peat ropes.


from page 1 denied the right to education simply because it has become out of reach due to the high fees.” Data from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED showed that for school year 2011-2012, the average tuition increase of higher education institutions (HEIs) per unit is P36.93 ($0.86) or an increase of approximately 10 percent nationwide. The total number of HEIs that increased tuition is 324 or 14.34 percent of all

HEIs nationwide. According to the Ched, for the last ten years, the highest recorded national average rate of tuition increase was 11.6 percent amounting to P36.38 ($0.85) per unit. “In the past 10 years, tuition and other fees have increased without any strict regulation despite existing guidelines such as Ched memo (CMO) no. 13,” Kabataan Party List Rep. Raymond Palatino said in a joint press conference with Ched officials, Feb. 29. Under CMO 13, no tuition cap is imposed, but schools are required to conduct consultations with students, faculty, alumni and non-teaching personnel associations on any plan to increase its fees. The said memo covers only tuition and not miscellaneous and other fees. Baguisi said many HEIs are gravely violating the CMO 13. The trend, Baguisi said, is that school administrations are calling for a consultation on the day of the submission of the proposal for increases to be submitted to Ched, which is every 28th of February. While it is stated in CMO 13 that the “consultation period must have been completed not later than 28 February of the school year preceding the

school year that the intended increases take effect.” “If there is any consultation that takes place, the school administration would tell the students that they are just informing them of the imminent increase and they are not there to be consulted. Such arrogant act violates students’ right to be consulted,” said Baguisi. Eugene Balbas, 19, a third year student in the University of Sto. Thomas (UST) said they were not consulted of the proposed tuition increase. “The school administration conducted a consultation, but actually in that ‘consultation’ they merely told us that there would be an increase,” said Balbas. He said the attendance of the students is used as a proof that there was a consultation; the school would submit it to Ched to show that they “consulted” the students. Tuition per semester in UST ranges from P40,000 ($952) to P60,000 ($1,428). For the coming school year, UST is set to implement a 19 percent increase in tuition and other fees for freshmen and six percent for second year to fourth year students. Balbas also added that the university might push its policy that bars students

who have unpaid tuition from enrolling and no promissory notes would be allowed. Baguisi also said students who are opposing tuition and other fee increases are threatened by school administrations of being kicked out of school. “It is troubling that school administrations have been intimidating students who dare oppose tuition and other fee increases,” said Baguisi.

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movement was not wellorganized to reach the people who do not have facebook. They were ill-financed to put up billboards and printing campaign materials throughout the city to announce their displeasure against the current city administration. Had they had the funds to campaign beyond Facebook, they would have succeeded. But despite the odds, they were able to gather 38,000 signatures, short of 7,000 to reach the required 45,000. Gathering 38,000 signatures just by sitting in front of their computers or sitting by Divisioria for only a few hours was already a huge success. Tito Mora

of Mata Na CDO and Save CDO who initiated the recall movement is not a politician and has no political ambition. His efforts in exercising his democratic right as a citizen is to be congratulated. Another side of Mata Na CDO and Save CDO in Facebook is a quiet but effective movement in helping the survivors of Sendong. Without any press releases and public promotions except in Facebook, Lito Muñoz has been continously been aiding the Sendong survivors by gathering shoes, slippers, school materials, toys and other relief material to uplift the spirits of the survivors. Mountains of clothes arrived from throughout the country and the world but not enough for children. And this is where Lito came in collecting children’s apparel, diapers and bottles. What was lacking, he supplied. His group is teaching livelihood to the survivors by making rugs and sewing. He has provided them sewing machines including one that was owned by his late mother. Like Tito Mora, Lito Muñoz is not a politician and has no political ambitions. He simply wants to help and acts on it.


There are also others of Mata Na CDO, Save CDO and Bangon CDO who are mere spectators or readers of what are discussed in Facebook. But quietly, they gave monetary aid and moral support. The Kagay-anons living outside of Cagayan de Oro, in Manila and across the seas are daily updated of what is going on in Cagayan de Oro because of the various Facebook groups that include history, sports, food, travel, flowers, hobbies, jokes, music and other topics of interest.


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Forester Antonio M. Mala of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) with Provincial Board Member Lovely Lilet Yape, chairman of the committee on environment, and Tudela town Mayor Estela Ubot-Estano during the River Stabilization Project of the Provincial River Basin Management Council, Tree Growing Activity in Tudela in commemoration of the 2012 Earth Day Celebration. (Middle photo) Mayor Estano signs an agreement with the provincial government

initiated by Governor Hermie M. Ramiro, chairman of the newly created PRBMC represented by Assistant Provincial Administrator Engr. Nelson Vega and barangay officials of Taguima, Sebac, Centro Napu, and Napusog, which were badly affected by the recent flashfloods that struck Tudela this year. (Right photo) PNP-Tudela joins the tree-growing activity. Photo By PJTremedal, Western Mindanao Bureau

2-hour brownouts in Agnor until May 16 By PAT SAMONTE, Regional Editor-Caraga

BUTUAN City––The two-hour daily brownouts in Agusan del Norte will last until May 16, 2012 when normal power supply will have been restored. This was learned from Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Aneco) General Manager Horacio who said power supply “is expected to be normalized following repairs of the Agus-Pulangi power plants.” “To be exact, we will suffer two-hour brownouts one month and two days or until May 16,” he said. A 13-hour blackout hit this city and the province on April 15 that sent people agonize from the sweltering summer heat and power-less day. Some business establishments opted to close down on the busy Sunday as customers avoided crowds and the heat-stroke. According to Santos, while power barges could meet the power shortfall, Aneco could not afford to buy from them all the electricity Aneco needed owing “to their very high power rate.” “I will be swamped with complaints from electricity consumers should Aneco transfer to them the expensive rates the power barges demand,” he said. Santos hoped the government will not push through with its plan of privatizing the Agus-Pulangi power plants since they are the “main neutralizers” of the “very expensive” rates charged by the privately-owned power barges. The Aneco general manager said he had been employing what he called “power mix” by purchasing substantial power from the National Power Corporation (Napocor), which owns the Agus-Pulangi power plants at a low rate and buying from the Aboitiz-owned power barge in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte the rest to meet his area’s power demand despite the “expensive charges.” The impact of privatizing all government power plants will be “overwhelming” in that the high cost of power it brings will result in the shutdown of big business firms and billions of dollars in lost investment and employment opportunities, Santos added.

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TONS of illegally cut logs from the Mt. Malindang National Park and other areas in Misamis Occidental are now the subject of court litigations pursuant to Executive Order no. 23 and rules and regulations of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The joint forces of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Tudela town and the DENR’s provincial environment and natural resources office confiscated these illegally cut logs. Earlier, Tudela town Mayor Estela Ubot-Estano has ordered for stricter campaign against illegal cutting of trees to prevent flashfloods and other form of disaster. Photo by PJTremedal, Western Mindanao Bureau

Villar: Green social enterprises key to address env’t problems By PAT SAMONTE, Regional Editor-Caraga

BUTUAN City––Former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia A. Villar has always stressed the importance of green social enterprises as an effective and sustainable solution to environmentrelated problems and issues. Villar, who is the managing director of Villar Foundation, stressed the value of green social enterprises in her message as keynote speaker and special guest of honor at the Women Leaders’ Summit in Monkayo, Compostela Valley last week. The summit focused on climate change, disaster preparedness and risk reduction with the theme “Women Weathering Climate Change: Gover-


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ay nagpapasalamat dahil hindi kami nakaranas ng malaking pinsala. At ito ay dahil sa aming paglilinis ng ilog at kapaligiran. (We in Las Piñas are thankful that we did not experience much damage. And this is because of our continued efforts in cleaning up our river and environment),” she noted. Compostela Valley pays tribute to women as valuable partners in community-building through the women leaders’ summit in every locality every year. In this regard, Villar told the women leaders of Monkayo, that the green social enterprises of the Villar Foundation are a big help to women not only in Las Piñas but in other parts of the country where she and her staff


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