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Cagayan de Oro City


April 26, 2012


CHEd inutile against tuition increases, other fees By ANNE MARXZED D. UMIL of

AMID the skyrocketing tuition and other fees, youth groups criticized the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) for “being inutile and useless.” Isabelle Therese Baguisi, secretary general of the National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP), said that even as higher educational institutions violate CHED guidelines on

tuition increases, the Ched approves proposed tuition and other fee hikes anyway. “Although there have been yearly complaints and reports about dubious fees increases and questionable consultations, no school have ever been punished for it. It’s time that schools learn their lesson; students should not be made into cash cows,” Baguisi said

in a press conference with Ched officials, February 29. Under the Ched memo (CMO) no. 13, schools are required to conduct consultations with students, faculty, alumni and nonteaching personnel associations on any plan to increase its fees. The said memo covers only tuition and not miscellaneous and other fees. Baguisi said that under the CMO 13, miscellaneous fees are left unchecked and

unregulated. For its part, Ched expressed its commitment to implement an enhanced set of guidelines that would include sanctions on HEIs that violate the guidelines. Julito D. Vitriolo, Ched executive director, said the Commission will implement CMO No. 03 series of 2012 for the next school year, 20132014. He said in a separate interview with that Ched, together with its

regional offices, will be keen in implementing CMO 03. Salient features of the CMO 03, according to Ched, are the inclusion of miscellaneous fees in the consultation and sanctions for non-compliance, which includes cancellation of school application for fee increases and the introduction of new fees. Administrative and criminal charges can also be filed against violating INUTILE/PAGE 6


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Ecleo’s lawyers quit as his counsels LAWYER Orlando Salatandre and a co-counsel have withdrawn as counsels for Dinagat Island Rep. Ruben Ecleo Jr., who is being hunted down after the court convicted him for killing his wife in Cebu City 10 years ago. Salatandre and his codefense lawyer Giovannie Mata Monday filed a motion to withdraw as Ecleo’s counsel before Regional Trial Court Judge Soliver Peras of Branch 10. Salatandre said another lawyer will take over Ecleo’s case and that his client didn’t oppose the decision. Ecleo, who is the LAWYERS/PAGE 6

Zamboanga village bans full face motorcycle helmets; orders all violators to be shot By AL JACINTO, Regional Editor-Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA City––A remote village in Zamboanga City which is trying to promote eco-tourism has banned motorcycle riders from wearing a full-face helmet and warned violators will be shot. A huge tarpaulin sign now hangs on the entrance of Lumayang, about 20 kilometers east of Zamboanga, and the new village law has attracted strong criticism from various sectors because

of its extreme warning. Frederick Atilano, the village chieftain, insisted the new law would make Lumayang and its 1,600 residents safe from hired killers, who usually use full

face helmets, in their murderous trail in Zamboanga. He said in February, motorcycle gunmen wearing full face helmets, killed a school principal, Wilson Recisio, 40, in Lumayang. “This is for the safety of our people against killers. We are banning the use of full face helmets in Lumayang because we wanted to protect the safety of everyone. Motorcycle riders who insist on entering Lumayang DEADLY/PAGE 7

PNoy vows to address energy needs PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III vowed to address the country’s growing energy needs but stressed the need to come up with the best solution after extensive consultations with different stakeholders. During the book launch of the People Power Volunteers for Reform (PPVR), ENERGY/PAGE 7

Councilors Alex Dacer and Emmanuel Abejuela try to pacify residents of sitio Little Bohol in Agora, Cagayan de Oro, following a demolition order from the court served by Sheriff Sander Halasan on Wednesday. Some 96 families have made their houses on the 6,000 square meters lot reportedly owned by Osamundo Waga Jr. The demolition has been put on hold following a near fight among the people. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit

WEATHER UPDATE Motorcycle riders wearing no protective helmets pass through a road leading to the remote village of Lumayang in the southern Philippine city of Zamboanga, where officials banned the use of full face motorcycle helmets and warned they will shoot those who will violate the local law. Photo by Al Jacinto

TAIL-END of a cold front affecting Central Luzon. Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Mindanao. Eastern section of Central Luzon, Palawan and Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms. The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate.

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Amante starts P97.7m flood project in groundbreaking rite By PAT SAMONTE and JOEL PORTUGAL BUTUAN City––Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. has formally started a P97.7 million project aimed at solving this city’s perennial flood problem. In a groundbreaking ceremony, Amante said the project consists of three components: construction of a main drainage canal along

Teofilo Sanchez Street, construction of another drainage canal along Montilla Boulevard and rehabilitation/cleaning and declogging of the drainage canal junction from T. Calo Street to Villakananga Creek. The construction work will affect a wide area covering Barangays Golden Ribbon, Rajah Soliman, Diego Silang, Villakananga, Maon, J.P. Rizal, Silongan, Agao

and Tandang Sora, but the benefits will be reaped in the long term, he said. According to Amante, the project will deflect rain water to rivers, creeks and other waterways to keep residents safe from floods and give guests and visitors as well as investors comfort while travelling in the city. Since natural calamities like floods are

caused by illegal logging and illegal mining, he called on the public to help government in its effort to protect our forests and to support the city government’s clean waste program. Amante said the flood control project is financed by the Local Government Support Fund of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (P60 million) and

the city government (P37,723,917). The ceremony was attended by DILG-Caraga director Lilibeth Famacion, City District Engr. Nicholas Alameda of the Department of Public Works and Highways, City Administrator Leah Mendoza, City Councilors Erwin Dano and Ramon Carampatana and Association of Barangay Councils presAMANTE ident Nestor Amora.

House Bill allowing retirees enjoy benefits in 30 days filed

Pag-IBIG Fund-Butuan enforcement task force probes 162 delinquent employers PAG-IBIG Fund Butuan Branch Office formed a special task force to fast-track investigation against 162 identified delinquent employers of CARAGA Region. Formerly limited to the Enforcement Section, the Task Force composed of 10 investigators shall simultaneously conduct service of

demand letters, site inspections, collation of evidence to filing of criminal charges. At pres ent, Butuan Branch Office has filed three (3) criminal charges against employers in the Region. With this active enforcement against erring employers, Butuan branch looks forward to a signifi-


CIVIL CASE NO. 2012-028

JULIUS OMAR D. LEONARDO and STEPHANIE GRACE P. CABACUNGAN Petitioners. Petitioners. X----------------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this court is verified Joint Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by their Counsel and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil rites on December 11, 2006 at Quezon, Bukidnon, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversion to Islam were Registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and notices at c/o Zaide Law Office, Pafs Mejia Bidg., Roxas Avenue, Iligan City. That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for over three (3) years now, they decide to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs: petitioner s seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on December 11, 2006 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on May 11, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 18th day of April, 2012. (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Apr 19, 26 & May 3, 2012

cant increase of membership coverage under the FUND and prosecution of violating employers. Generoso H. Balacuit, the Department Manager III, iterated that the compulsory coverage of Pag-IBIG Fund Law is now universal. It covers all earning groups, from SSS covered employ-

ees, uniformed personnel, OFWs to spouses who devote full time to managing the household. He warned employers that coverage of their workers is their obligation. Once the branch finds sufficient evidence of their violation, it will not hesitate to prosecute them. LLAS

RETIRING officials and employees from the private and government sectors should get their retirement benefits within 30 days from retirement. “This is what House Bill No. 621 seeks to achieve,” said Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, principal author of the bill. He expressed concern over the countless experiences of retirees who had to shed sweat, tears and wait for years before enjoying the fruits of their hard work. ‘Retirees recounted of experiencing difficulty in finally getting their application approved either by the GSIS or SSS after,” he pointed out. Angara lamented that in some cases, delays happen just because of simple clerical errors, not by the employees, but by the employers or offices concerned. HB 621, now under consideration by the House committee on government enterprises and privatization, mandates that the payment of retirement benefits to Social Security System (SSS) and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) members should be given within a maximum period of 30 days from the date of his or her retirement. “Violation of this mandatory provision makes such responsible employees criminally liable for which they could be sentenced to a one-year imprisonment plus a fine of P10,000,” he said. WIRE REPORT

KBP-Misoc campaigns for environment protection By PJ TREMEDAL OZAMIZ City––Members of the Misamis Occidental Chapter of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) have expressed their strong commitment to help and support the protection and preservation of the environment particularly in the province of Misamis Occidental. The group expressed its commitment after it acquired knowledge from its guest speaker Dr. Nelson T. Cuaresma, director for Research Development Advocacy and Linkages of COASTLINE Philippines, a nongovernment organization focused in advocating Filipinos to protect and preserve the environment. In talking about KBP Awareness on Climate Change and Forest Eco-system in Western Mindanao: Vulnerability, Adaptation & “Banyan” Trees Green Mitigation, Dr. Cuaresma also strongly campaign for the growing of “Banyan”

Dr. Nelson Cuaresma, director for Research Development Advocacy and Linkages of the COASTLINE, Phil(s), speaks before the members of the KBP-Misoc Chapter (center) who attentively listen, while Ms. Delia Rosal of the KBP give a present to Ms. Milfrance Capulong of NGCP during the recently held KBP Forum and Fellowship in consonance to the celebration of Earth Day 2012 at La Salle University Ozamiz Campus last April 22, 2012. Photo by PJTremedal, Western Mindanao Bureau

trees in order to protect water basins, rivers, and other environs. “ B a n y a n” t r e e s o r “Balete” is also a source for food, herbal medicine and can grow anywhere in the country for it is endemic. Banyan trees accordingly 800 species all over the world, 500 in the Philippines, and 209 species in Western Mindanao. With the prevailing problems like forest degradation, illegal mining, desertification and other environment issues and concerns, Dr. Cuaresma religiously asked the local media and KBP practitioners to help and support in

the mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Meanwhile, Ms. Milfrance Capulong of the Regional Communication Center of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) who was the next speaker told the media the update of her company and power crises situation in Mindanao. Ms. Capulong farther explained the outcome of the recently held Power Summit in Davao City with President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and what the NGCP is doing to solve the power crises thru informing the media to help in protecting NGCP

transmission lines. On her part, Mrs. Delia T. Rosal who heads the local KBP Chapter thanked the two speakers in bringing more information to the local broadcasters to be use in their daily routines as public servants. KBP MisOCC as member of the so-called fourth state embraces the theme: “Working for better broadcast for Filipinos now and the future” and ended with pleasantries with each other at the Audio-Visual Room of the La Salle UniversityOzamiz City Campus last April 22 in consonance to the celebration of Earth Day 2012.

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Rufus files House Bill no. 5955 CONGRESS will soon declare December 16 of every year as the ‘Sendong Memorial and Disaster Preparedness Day’ in Cagayan de Oro City. Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez, 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro City, who authored House Bill 5955, said that the occasion constantly remind the people of the extent of the wrath of Mother Nature. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Congressman Rufus Rodriguez turns over a road concreting project at Barangay Nazareth costing P2 million to Chair Jocelyn “Bebot” Rodriguez, Kag. Rommel Pimentel, Kag. Felipe Abrogar and Kag. Bong Rubic. Witnessing the turn-over are AD Engr. Ceasar Hipuna Jr., and Engr. Anavilla Labiano.

Pa kills daughter, 6 By PAT SAMONTE and JOEL PORTUGAL BUTUAN City––A six-year old girl was killed when his father accidentally fired his gun while cleaning it in Purok 3, Barangay Maibu here on Tuesday. Caraga police spokesman Supt. Martin Gamba said Roger Albina, 30, was cleaning his caliber .38 revolver (paltik) at his home at around 7 pm when it accidentally went off. Albina’s daughter, Rosebee, was hit in the chest and immediately rushed to the Butuan City Medical Center in Barangay Tiniwisan. The victim died four hours later. Albina turned himself in to the police and is now detained at police station 4.

High Court stops Comelec purchase of PCOS machines THE SUPREME COURT (SC) stopped on Tuesday the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from purchasing precinct optical scan (PCOS) machines wor th P1.8 billion for use in the 2013 midterm elections. S C Sp oke s m an an d Court Administrator Atty. Jose Midas Marquez said that the High Court is issuing a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the implementation of the contract between the Comelec and Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM). Marquez also said that a special en banc session will be conducted on May 2, 2012 in Manila, to be followed by an oral argument. The case arose when Davao City Archbishop Fernando Capalla, former Marawi City Mayor Omar Ali, and former Quezon City Rep. Mary Anne Su-

sano, Solidarity for Sovereignty (S4S), represented by Ma. Linda Montayre, Ramon Pedrosa, Benjamin Paulino Sr., Evelyn Coronel, and Nelson Montayre and the Automated Election System (AES) Watch filed their separate petitions before the SC and sought the issuance of a TRO and the nullification of the contract. T h e p e t it i one rs argued that the Comelec’s purchase of the PCOS machines is “illegal and unlawful” following the lapse on December 31, 2010 of the option to order in its contract with Smartmatic-TIM signed on June 9, 2009 for the automation of the May 10, 2010 national elections. T h e y s ai d t h at any purchase of technology and election systems for use in the 2013 midterm elections should have to undergo public bidding. CD WITH WIRE REPORT

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Council, typhoon Sendong affected some 92,964 families involving 641,098 persons. The management council also reported that about 1,010 people were killed and another 200-person missing to this day. Rodriguez said that once enacted into law, Cagayan de Oro City will observe Sendong memorial in various ways to mitigate disaster preparedness. Among proposed activities are tributes to unsung

heroes who went out their way during daring rescue operations at the height of typhoon Sendong. Rodriguez said exhibits and forums on disaster awareness, disaster readiness will also highlight the day-long activities to remind everyone of mother nature’s wrath if people will not care for the environment. Party List Rep. Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. of Abante Mindanao, co-authored the bill. CD



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Power shortage THINK a minute. Have you ever thought to yourself: “I know what I should have done, but I didn’t do it!” How many times have you felt that way? It’s a struggle we all fight—every day! The constant battle between what we know we should do and what we actually do. Between our conscience and how we really live. Why can’t we simply do what we know we should? It’s even what we really want to do in our heart. Our problem? We have a power shortage in our lives—a shortage of will power. We’re like this couple whom I know. The husband and wife both are marriage counselors, but they’ve now di-

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Jhan Tiafau Hurst vorced each other! They’ve counseled hundreds of other married couples, yet they themselves cannot work out their own marriage problems. They know all there is to know about a good marriage relationship, but they can’t do it themselves and follow their own advice. We all know that honesty is the right, best policy. Yet, corruption and dishonesty is everywhere! People know that loving

and giving to others is the happiest, best way to live. Yet we still are proud, competitive, jealous, and even hurt the people we want to love. Wives and husbands know that cheating on each other, or their addiction to alcohol is destroying their family. Yet they keep doing it! So is this just the way we humans are? Will we ever have the will power to do what we know we should?

Let’s slow down global warming MANY factors cause ‘global warming.’ Electrical pollution has been identified as one of the pollutants. Fossil fuels become pollutants when burned to create electricity. Some fossil fuels came from dead plants and animals. Other fossil fuels are oil and petroleum which when burned causes pollution in many ways. When fossil fuels are burned, pollutants such as chemicals that pollute Cris Diaz the air, water, land, and atmosphere are released. Most of these chemicals are categorized as greenhouse gasses. Petroleum as a source of energy is used to feed engines for transportation. The petroleum caused pollution through chemical gasses emitted by transport vehicles to the atmosphere. The more fossil fuel burned, and more electrical energy equals higher pollution in the atmosphere. The accumulation of these pollutants in the atmosphere causes ‘greenhouse gasses.’ The more greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, the more the sun’s ‘infrared light’ is trapped which causes ‘global warming.’ Here are examples of using energy and polluting the air: Turning on a light, Watching T.V., Listening to a stereo, Washing or drying clothes, Using a hair dryer, Using a dish washer, Heating a meal in the microwave, Using an air conditioner, Playing a video game and Riding in a car. People are now becoming aware of ‘greenhouse gas-

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

ses’ and ‘global warming.’ Global warming set off climate change. Lately, people are becoming aware of the irregular weather patterns. These irregular weather patterns instigate stronger typhoons and irregular raindrops. More recently, governments of various countries have adopted measures to mitigate global warming. Some of these are observance of Earth Day that we are celebrating this week. Another one is the simultaneous switching off electric lights around the world. As individual, we can contribute in mitigating climate change and slow down global warming. Joining in tree planting and observing recycling of garbage at home are common ways of helping slowing down global warming. If we recycle waste, less trash would go to the landfill and less garbage is burned. This reduces greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. Switching off television, computer, and the light helps reduce global warming. Global warming, greenhouse gasses, and pollution should be taught in grade schools so that young people will how to protect Earth at an early age. These subjects must be taught in practical terms for grade schools to easily understand. With malice to none, readers who come across with this article finally learn what global warming and greenhouse effect are all about. We could say so since most people heard about global warming and greenhouse gasses. Unfortunately, most of these people did not really understand how global warming and greenhouse effect take place. Perhaps, this article helps a lot in disseminating the issue in its simplest form. React:

PNoy bashes media THE OTHER day (Monday, April 23), President Benigno S. Aquino III complained that media has been inflicting seriously on the international image of the Philippines with its tendency to highlight or sensationalize crimes. To some extent Pnoy has some valid points. For one, the two leading television stations (Channels 2 and 7) really have the temerity of exaggerating reports on crimes, even those which are not actually heinous. And film clips of the gory details of these incidents actually find their way to international television networks such as CNN, BBC, ABC, Al Jazeera, et cetera. As a result, foreign tourists are scared to visit the Philippines. In these news reports, it would appear that

Double Barrel Vic A. Endriga the country is not safe for anyone because these project a serious breakdown in peace and order. It is truly ironic that our media entities played a role in stunting the growth of our economy with the slow inflow of foreign investments and tourists. The impression these create is that of crime prevalence instead of being tagged as isolated or not a daily occurrence in this country. For the uninitiated, local tv stations and photogra-

phers are paid with dollars for their film clips and photos that in turn are resold to various media outlets worldwide. The result, of course, is unimaginable damage to our reputation as a member of the community of nations. Thanks to the modern Judases in our midst who are masquerading as owners and managers of these local television networks and media entities who made it part of their business enterprise the worldwide distribution

of news clips and photos which are derogatory and inimical to our national dignity and interest. The point is very clear. What is at issue here is not curtailment of press freedom, as some would like to interpret the President’s complaint. At issue is the sense of nationalism among Filipino journalists, broadcasters and media moguls. While it is our duty to work and find out the truth, it is also our lawful duty to help duly constituted authorities in preserving, protecting and promoting our national interest. The problem really is the very strong negativity engulfing the various media entities. There is undeniably the rush to go after crimes, big or small, and have them MEDIA/PAGE 7


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DTI eyes GDP growth THE projected double-digit growth in the electronics industry is seen to significantly contribute to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) this year. “I was happy when I met with the SEIPI Board last January. They told me that there is a double-digit turn around,” said Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory L. Domingo during his presentation at the 17th World Electronics Forum (WEF) and the 108th General Membership Meeting of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries of the Philippines Inc. (SEIPI) last Friday. During this event, President Benigno Simeon Aqui-

no III delivered his keynote speech before more than 200 electronics industry leaders. WEF is an annual gathering of chief executive officers and directors of different electronics industry organizations worldwide. SEIPI is the leading and largest organization of foreign and local semiconductor and electronics companies in the Philippines. Its members include the big manufacturers like Texas Instruments, Hitachi, Toshiba, Sanyo and

Samsung. “The electronics industry impacts a lot on our GDP. It used to be 70 percent of our total exports. Currently, it is slightly above 50 percent. In 2011, the decline in electronic industry sales affected our GDP growth by 2.2 percent. The 2010 registered GDP growth of 7.6 percent went down to 3.7 percent in 2011,” he added. From January to February 2012, the recorded growth in exports ensued from significant improvement in electronics sales, which accounted for about 52 percent of total exports, according to the recent export performance report of the Bureau of Export Trade

Promotion (BETP). In the same period, electronics sales increased by 7.9 percent from US$ 4.16 billion in 2011 to US$ 4.49 billion in 2012. Semiconductors, which accounted for almost 72 percent of cumulative electronics sales, posted 6.6-percent increase from US$ 3.04 billion in 2011 to US$ 3.24 billion in 2012. Moreover, SEIPI noted that investment input for the last two years has been the highest. Last year, a total of US$ 2.44 billion investments were recorded. “The electronics industry has been a tremendous benefit to the Philippines not only in terms of invest-

March ’12 deficit at P28.62-b THE government continues to post improvements both in revenue collections and disbursements but contains the deficit within target as of last March. The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) on Wednesday reported a P28.62 billion budget gap in the third month this year, 57.9 percent higher than year-ago’s P18.13 billion on account of higher spending amid the rise in tax collections. Revenues last March rose by 7.7 percent to P115.43 billion from year-ago’s P107.15 billion. Relatively, government spending expanded at a faster rate of 15 percent to P144.1 billion over the P125.3 billion in March 2011.

2GO EXPRESS JOINS PHILIPPINE ARMY’S FIGHT AGAINST ILLITERACY: Assistant Vice President for International Solutions Bing Arroyo (third from left) during the MOA signing with officials of the Philippine Army’s 4th Light Armor Battalion at the Eco Plaza Building in Makati. The agreement reaffirms the courier company’s commitment to support worthwhile projects like the “SHOEBOX KO, PARA SA KINABUKASAN MO”, a donation drive where shoe boxes are filled with basic school supplies which are then sent to beneficiary schools around the country. With the partnership, the project’s main proponent, Lt. Col. Thomas Sedano (center), hopes to reach more schools and encourage more donations.

Sales of Toyota brand cars hit 152,000 TOYOTA Motor Philippines, the country’s auto industry leader, has sold a total of 152,019 units of its three IMV models, Innova (mini van), Fortuner (SUV) and Hi-Lux (truck), contributing to the overall 5 million unit sales of the entire Toyota Group since these models were introduced in 170 countries in 2004. The global car giant Toyota Motor Corp. (TMC) said that the steady sales growth of its IMV (Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle) indicated that its customers worldwide warmly received such models. Cumulative global sales hit the 1-million mark in 2006, 2 million in 2008, 3 million in 2009, 4 million in 2010, and 5 million in

March this year. Of these sales, the Philippine unit contributed 152,019 unit sales, consisting of 80,754 units of Innova; 47,941 of Fortuner; and 23,324 units of Hi-Lux. The IMV vehicles were specially developed in 2004 for introduction to over 140 countries and regions. Based on the IMV concept of producing vehicles where demand exists, TMC has established an optimal worldwide production and supply system to quickly offer attractive vehicles at reasonable prices to customers all over the world. At present, IMVs are sold in more than 170 countries worldwide. The Philippines has been designated as a domestic

production base for the Innova under the integrated production system of the IMV project. The world-class Innova is produced in the Toyota manufacturing plant in Sta Rosa City, Laguna. Innova, which is one of the remaining two locally assembled models of Toyota here, the other being the Vios, is TMP’s biggest sales contributor. In 2011, Innova ranked as the highest-selling commercial vehicle in the country with 11,805 units sold. With the IMV production, TMP was able to further maximize exports of auto parts and components to Toyota’s global network. The country has also been designated as the produc-

tion base for the G-type and R-Type transmissions and constant velocity joint (CVJ) under the IMV project. Toyota Autoparts Phils., Inc. (TAP) supplies its products to Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. (TMP) and to Toyota affiliates overseas including Thailand, Japan, India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Venezuela, and South Africa. Integrated ordering created export opportunities for Toyota suppliers in the country. In 2011, the Toyota Group in the Philippines exported exported about 81,000 units of cars. Toyota’s presence in the Philippines provides employment to over 40,000 people, including suppliers and dealers.

CEBU CITY––The Camotes Group of Islands off northern Cebu is emerging as Cebu’s new tourist destination as more tourists are flocking to the pristine waters and white sand beaches in the group of islands. Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia wrapped up the province’s tourism program called Suroy-Suroy Sugbo: Enchanting Camotes Sunday afternoon. “Tourism is growing leaps and bounds. No one imagined Camotes would look like this now,” Garcia said. She said tourism success is measured in terms of how the towns bloomed, and how these became tourist destinations even without the Cebu Capitol’s tourism program. The downside of success, though, was felt by “SuroySuroy” participants on the first night Saturday when their dinner was interrupted by power blackouts. Garcia said power supply will soon be a problem with more people moving in to or visiting the islands. On the upside, she said the number of daily boat trips to the islands has gone up, and so has occupancy in pension houses and resorts in the towns of San Francisco, Poro, Tudela and Pilar. San Francisco Mayor Ali Arquillano said all the rooms in the town were fully-booked during the Holy Week that some backpackers ended up putting up tents on public beaches. In the past, the four towns only had 30 rooms each to accommodate guests. Now, pension houses, resorts and homesteads dot the islands, said Tudela Vice Mayor Clint Maratas. Garcia said she will meet with the mayor of the four towns this week to discuss possible implications of the islands’ tourism boom. The “Suroy-Suroy” program started in 2005. Camotes was included in the tour itinerary the year later. Six years on and Camotes is considered an “iconic destination,” said Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale. The group of islands belongs to the fifth district, which used to be under her jurisdiction when Magpale was still a Provincial Board member. Participants of this year’s “Suroy-Suroy” included Chinese Consul General Zhang Weiguo and four of his colleagues, some foreigners and a group from Bulacan. “They would like to see how an LGU (local government unit) initiated tourism works and wish to apply it there,” Garcia said. Participants visited the Bukila Cave in Tudela town, before heading to the Buho Rock in Poro town where they had lunch. They spent part of the afternoon in Lake Danao before retiring for dinner in Barangay Himensulan, San Francisco. A report from the Philippine News Agency

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of ESTRELLA C. ESCOSURA, who died intestate in General Luna, Surigao del Norte on April 16, 2010, left the following real property duly registered with the Register of Deeds, Surigao del Norte; Transfer Certificate of Title No. 160-2011000062 (Derived from Original Certificate of Title No. 13555) A parcel of land (Lot No. 9286, Case 9, Cad-789-D situated at Barangay 5, Poblacion, General Luna, Surigao del Norte. Containing an area of NINE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NINETY-THREE (9,293) square meters, more or less, declared in the name of Hermes C. Escosura et. Al. under Tax Declaration No. 07-10-0509136, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE made and entered into by herein surviving legitimate heirs of ESTRELLA C. ESCOSURA namely; LUCITA E. COMANDANTE, Filipino, of legal age, married, and a resident of General Luna, Surigao del Norte; TOMASITA E. SALVALOZA, Filipino, of legal age, married, and a resident of General Luna, Surigao del Norte; ALMA E. MUNEZ, Filipino, of legal age, married, and a resident of Davao City; LINDA E. TEVES, Filipino, of legal age, married, and a resident of Cebu City; ERNESTO C. ESCOSURA, Filipino, of legal age, married, and a resident of General Luna, Surigao del Norte; HERMES C. ESCOSURA, Filipino, of legal age, married, and a resident of Surigao City; JOELITO C. ESCOSURA, Filipino, of legal age, married, and a resident of Cebu City; herein after referred to as HEIRS-VENDORS, for and in consideration of the sum of ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE THOUSAND Philippine currency (Php175,000) receipt of which in full is hereby acknowledge, the HEIRS-VENDORS do by these presents Sell, Transfer, and Convey unto said VENDEE, ZARA TEODORA B. CABANLET, of legal age, Filipino, single and resident of Mandumol, Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro City, referred to here as, hereinafter referred to as VENDEE, here heirs and assigns, by way of absolute sale, free from all liens and encumbrances, a portion of the subject property with an area of Five Hundred (500) square meters particularly described in the survey plan prepared by Engineer Rene Y. Macalos as Lot 9286-B-2-A, as per Doc. No. 307; Page No. 62; Book No. 14; Series of 2012, under Notary Public of MARISSE GAY G. LICO. MDN: APRIL 26, MAY 3, & 10, 2012




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schools and/or its responsible officers. “This amended Ched memorandum order only dismayed students. Why not implement the memorandum order this year (AY 2012-2013)?” Anakbayan national chairman Vencer Crisostomo said during the press conference. Crisostomo a lso said the new memo will change nothing as it “affirms and continues the bogus consultation process and flawed framework of prevailing guidelines.” Crisostomo warned Ched that the number of dropout students would increase this coming school year. According to Ched’s data, more than 80 percent of college students dropped out due to rising tuition rates or equivalent to 2.1 million students last year. Baguisi said the Ched should not act as mere arbiters between students and schools. “Right now, students need to be protected from moneymaking schemes that certain profit-oriented schools are making. Ched is in the perfect position to do just that by not allowing schools to raise fees.” While Palatino welcomed the Ched’s efforts to release a new set of guidelines, he said it still has to be thoroughly reviewed and circulated around different campuses and venues to equip students especially during table battles and negotiations with the school administration. “The worr y of ma ny

students is that even with the new set of guidelines the same old undemocratic practices would still prevail in many schools. This worry has strong basis. The longstanding trend has been that schools are able to capriciously increase tuition and other fees despite the existence of previous regulatory guidelines,” Palatino said. According to Palatino, many students are intimidated during consultations because of the school’s authority and technical expertise. He said the implementation of the guidelines should ensure the holding of democratic consultations conducive to student participation. Among the requirements HEIs should comply with, under CMO3, before they could impose an increase is submitting their financial statements to scrutiny. Baguisi dared the Ched to crackdown on schools that violate the current tuition consultation guidelines. She said students are not only spending on tuition and other fees but also on allowances, projects and uniforms. Meanwhile, Crisostomo dared the Ched to be relevant. “If we truly believe that education is the great equalizer, then we must ensure that there is equal access to it. We cannot allow education to be only for those who can pay for it.” “It’s time for Ched intervene and stop the financial abuse being done by schools. They can cancel applications for increase and prevent any further increases from happening,” Crisostomo said. (

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Pacquiao advances sparring with Russian welterweight prospect By EDDIE G. ALINEA BAGUIO City––After logging 58 rounds of punching the mitts and almost four hours (210 minutes) of road work, World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao declared himself ready to move into the more grueling and tedious aspect of his high altitude training here. Pacquiao, who is putting his 147-pound plum on the block against undefeated American junior welterweight kingpin Timothy Bradley on June 9, asked chief trainer Freddie Road to

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supreme master of the Philippine B enevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA), a cult founded by his father in Surigao del Norte, was found guilty of parricide in the death of his wife Alona. She was strangled in their residence in Sitio Banawa, barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City, on Jan. 5, 2002, and her body was dumped in the southern Cebu town of Dalaguete. Ecleo was sentenced to reclusion perpetua or a jail

advance the sparring in his preparation two days ahead of schedule to which the Hall of Fame guru obliged. For the first time since his last fight November last year, the eight-division beltowner will again savor the taste of how it is to trade blows with an opponent today (Wednesday) when he mixes it up with Russian junior welterweight prospect Ruslan Provodnikov. Roach scheduled only four rounds of sparring in order not to preserve the gains the camp had attained in almost two weeks here and a fortnight each in Sta.

Rosa, Laguna and General Santos City. “Manny personally asked me to advance the start of sparring session Thursday and I consented,” Roach said after their training session Tuesday. “That only means one thing, Manny is fit and ready to move into the next level of preparations.” “Only four rounds. I don’t want him rush things up, especially at this stage of readiness program. However, if he asked to, say two rounds more, why not,” Roach said. “As I have been saying,

Manny knows Manny. Only he knows what to do and what not to do as far as his physical status is concerned. That’s what differs him from the other fighters,” Roach said. “I approved of advancing the sparring because I know he’s already ready to stand the rigor of that part of training,” the 52-year-old Hall of Famer assured. The start of the sparring session was originally scheduled Saturday, the day Pacquiao would have completed his first two weeks of altitude training in this country’s summer capital.

term of 20 years and one day to 40 years and ordered to pay P26.3 in damages to the five remaining siblings of Alona. But private prosecution lawyer Kit Enriquez believed the withdrawal of Ecleo’s counsels was a tactical maneuver. He said the lawyers’ court pleading does not bear the signature of Ecleo. Enriquez said defense lawyers may have decided to withdraw as a maneuver so Ecleo would have a reason to delay seeking reconsideration of the court decision or an appeal on his convic-

tion, and thus avoid it from becoming a final judgment. Prosecution lawyers earlier said Ecleo loses his right to have his conviction reviewed or appealed if he fails to surrender by April 28, which is 15 days after the promulgation of the court decision. Earlier, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to find and arrest Ecleo, who has been included in A1 list of high-profile fugitives in the Department of Justice, together with retired army general Jovito Palparan, former Palawan

Governor Joel Reyes and the latter’s brother, Coron Mayor Mario Reyes. Ecleo has been hiding since the Sandiganbayan issued an arrest warrant against him early last year. The Sandiganbayan earlier found Ecleo guilty of three counts of graft for overpaying the construction of two municipal buildings and for spending public funds for a women’s center owned by the PBMA, during his stint as mayor of San Jose, Dinagat Island. He was supposed to be jailed for 31 years on that case. (PNA)





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put up a checkpoint in the village to ensure the implementation of his order. “It is a stupid idea. All they have to do is intensify their anti-criminality campaign and for the police to deploy more foot patrols and to aggressively run after hired killers. Guns-for-hire will always find their targets with or without any getaway vehicles or full face helmets,” said one resident, Benjamin dela Cruz. Radio commentaries also criticized Atilano’s order to shoot violators. Gun attacks and killings in Zamboanga are not uncommon and most of the murders were largely blamed to hired killers on motorcycles. Aside from his grave warning, Atilano’s order

to ban the use of helmets also violated the Republic Act No. 10054, also known as the “Motorcycle Helmet Act” law which was signed in March 2010, said lawyer Aminola Abaton, the regional director of the Land Transportation Office for Western Mindanao. He said the use of helmet is centered on the very safety of the motorcycle riders and the law must at all times be complied with. “The law does not provide condition where an exemption may be made and while it is true that lately we have observed increase in the numbers of crimes perpetrated by motorcycle riders in tandem, relaxing the law on use of helmet may not be the solution.

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Seven-year-old brings thousands of bear hugs to disaster survivors through Cebu Pacific AT only seven years old, Australian-American Bronte Henfling has already brought smiles and comfort to thousands of kids in need. After touching the lives of Typhoon Sendong survivors in Mindanao with thousands of toys donated to the Bronte and Frank Toy Drive, she brought even more toys to Negros Oriental, one of the provinces rocked by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake early this year. Her story of compassion started when she learned about the devastation caused by Typhoon Sendong. Bronte, who was staying in the Philippines while her father Greg Henfling worked on the movie “The Bourne Legacy,” was shocked and upset by what she saw. Distraught at the thought of little children who lost their parents, homes, and toys, Bronte made a video with her favorite teddy bear Frank and appealed to kind souls to donate stuffed toys for the survivors, and uploaded it on YouTube. After the video went online, Bronte and her parents were overwhelmed by the response it received. “Before we knew it, the stuffed toys were filling up the lobby of the Mandarin

Hope Worldwide, a nongovernmental organization, teach the children about their rights. With the added support of the local communities, they also sang songs and held a host of other activities to uplift the kids’ spirits. On the plane, Megan, Bronte and her teddy bear Frank hand-carried the most special stuffed toys, many of which had heartwarming stories. “Pre-loved toys are so much better than brandnew ones. They’re a little battered from all the hugs

and kisses they have received from their previous owners. We hope that the love they carry will help the disaster survivors cope with their loss, and make them feel just a little bit better,” said Megan. Megan said that the Bronte and Frank Toy Drive made her realize the true importance of a toy to a child. “They may not be a basic need such as food and clothing, but toys symbolize a kid’s right to play, the right to be a child,” she said. “We want to give that back to the disaster survivors.”

Bronte, Megan, and helpful volunteers shared teddy bears and bear hugs to the children of Negros Oriental. Oriental Hotel, where we were billeted,” said Bronte’s mom Megan Worthy. “Right now, I think we’ve reached about 5,000 toys, and we’re still getting more donations from all over the globe. It’s so overwhelming and inspiring.” The outpouring of support allowed the Bronte and Frank Toy Drive to extend

help to even more children. Among the Philippine companies that immediately sprung to action to help Bronte and her cause is the country’s leading flagcarrier Cebu Pacific. The airline company flew her and her mom and their team of volunteers to Dumaguete in Negros Oriental, so that they could

personally distribute the toys to kids in La Libertad. “We wanted to be there for them. We wanted to show them that, ‘Hey, there are people who care about you. Hang in there and stay strong,’” said Megan. “We couldn’t have done that without Cebu Pacific’s Special delivery—Bronte herself hand-carried the help.” In addition to sharing stuffed toys that held extraordinary stories during her toys, Bronte also helped Cebu Pacific flight.



Ipinauunawa na si Ginang Emelia N. Lustado, General Manager ng Communities Cagayan, Inc., ay nagharap sa Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) ng isang panunumpang nakatala para sa bilihan ng mga lote sa Camella Butuan Subdivision na matatagpuan sa Baranagay Villa Kananga, Butuan City at sinakop ng parte ng Lote Bilang 380 – A – 1 and 380 – A – 2, Psd – 10 – 010957, na ang nakatalang pahayag at ang lahat ng kasulatang nakakabit doon ay nakahanda sa pagsusuri ng sinumang tao na nagtataglay ng legal na interes doon pagkaraan ng wastong aplikasyon, at ang mga kasulatan ay ibibigay sa nabanggit na tao pagkatapos nag kaukulang bayad.

Notice is hereby given that Ms. Emelia N. Lustado, General Manager, Communities Cagayan, Inc. has filed with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) a sworn registration statement for the sale of lots at Camella Butuan Subdivision located at Barangay Villa Kananga, Butuan City specifically described as Lot Nos. 380 – A – 1 and 380 – A – 2, Psd – 10 – 010957, that the registration statement and all papers attached thereto are available for inspection during business hours by any person having legal interest thereon and upon proper application, and that copies thereof shall be furnished to such person upon payment of proper fee.

Sinumang tao na may kapani-paniwalang pagtutol sa pagkatala ng proyekto ay maaring magbigay ng nilagdaang pagtutol sa Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, Northern Mindanao Region, 3F DuPoint Building, VelezAkut Sts., lungsod ng Cagayan de Oro, telepono bilang (08822) 721-466 at (088) 256-5088, na hindi hihigit sa lood ng limang (5) araw mula sa pinakahuling pagkalathala.

Any person with valid objection to the registration of the project may file his objection in writing with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, Northern Mindanao Region, 3F DuPoint Building, Velez-Akut Sts., Cagayan de Oro City with telephone nos. (08822) 721 – 466 and (088) 856 – 5088, not later than five (5) days from the last date of publication.

Lungsod ng Cagayan de Oro, Republika ng Pilipinas, ika-dalawampu’t – apat 24 ng Abril 2012.

Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, 24th day of April 2012.

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