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Stay calm, says Adiong ATTACK ON MSU-MARAWI CAMPUS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT By SONNY SUDARIA, Burea chief-Armm
LANAO de Sur Governor Mamintal “Bombit” Al Adiong Jr. appealed to the local residents here not to go on panic and instead to remain calm as he belied information circulating on social networking sites that war has broken out in Mindanao.
In an interview, Adiong said the recent attack was the handiwork of an organized syndicate who are out to sow terror among local residents. As he condemned the attack on MSU-Marawi, the governor called on the local residents to stay calm as the government is determined
Traders alarmed over dengue outbreak in Oro
to wipe out organized criminal syndicates operating in Mindanao. Likewise, he urged local residents in the province of Lanao del Norte to shun from believing on what have been posted on the social networking sites. “Let us allow our law enforcement agencies do
their jobs,” said Adiong as he appealed for sobriety and steadiness of mind among his constituents. The recent attack on Mindanao State University (MSU)-Marawi City left three soldiers dead, excluding the six-year-old girl Guilly Miraato, and the wounding of 10 civilians.
By ALLAN MEDIANTE, Executive editor
CAGAYAN de Oro City––A prominent business leader here told media that the dengue outbreak problem plaguing this city at present needs to be immediately addressed or the economy will severely be affected. The businessman said that because of the Dengue outbreak, the number of tourists and visitors influx have declined. Reports, he
said, indicated that travellers have shyed away from making this city their destination out of fear that the Dengue outbreak would hit them also. “Tourists are now afraid to come and the hotel industry and even the airlines have indicated a big slump in Northern Mindanao business activities,” said Mr. Ped Quiamjot, the general
manager of Pryce Plaza. He said the Department of Health should act immediately and conduct immunization drives. Quiamjot says the city government must also immediately conduct cleanliness campaigns, to declog canals and dry up stagnant waters, Business organizations TRADERS/PAGE 11
Marawi remains peaceful By SONNY SUDARIA Bureau chief-Armm with ARMAND APOLINARIO, JESSE MONGCAL and RIC CLET Correspondents
THE peace and order in the city of Marawi has remained stable despite the bloody incident that happened last Wednesday. This as Mayor Fahad “Pre” Salic said he has met with Col. Daniel Lucero, commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, earlier to properly address the problems. Last August 8, three soldiers and a baby girl died PEACEFUL/PAGE 11
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School official wants probe against two guards By FRED B. DELLAVA, Associate editor-Mindanao Star Balita and MANUEL ALEMAN, Correspondent
C I T Y C e nt r a l S c h o o l Principal Porferio Padinit blamed the school’s two security guards for the fire that destroyed 50 classrooms, including the admin building, at around 11 p.m. on Saturday. This as Porferio called for a no-nonsense investigation against the school’s guards who he identified as Paquito Divinagracia and Lamberto Servillano. The principal said that Divinagracia and S ervillano could be liable for negligence of duty following the fire that
destroyed nearly P15 million of school’s property. He said the fire ate up 30 classroom and 20 offices. “Kini sila…duna na usab mga rekord nga dili maayo motrabaho. Wala gani makabantay sa nagavandal diha sa pader,” said Padinit apparently referring to Divinagracia and Servillano. Senior Fire Officer 2 Victor Naive, a fire investigator, said the fire started at the school’s laboratory room. “Mao nang atong sutaon
pag-ayo kay aduna tay impormasyon nga posibleng adunay napasagdang nakasaksak nga gamit sa sulod,” said naive. The firemen managed to put out the fire at 3 a.m. on Sunday. Despite the incident, Padinit said that classes for the affected Grades 3, 5, and 6 will continue as he sees no reason why the school had to suspend the classes. However, Padinit said the school will implement AT least 50 classrooms, including the administration building of the City Central Elementary a half-day class system to School in Cagayan de Oro City, were destroyed after a fire broke out at 3 .a.m. Sunday. accommodate the pupils. Photo courtesy of Royce Genman Arellano
Sniper fire kills police on guard Cot-Gensan h’way CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao - Members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement shot dead on Saturday a police securing the Cotabato-Gen. Santos highway. Sniper fire shot dead PO1 Randy Dumaguing of the PNP Special Action Forces (SAF) hours after the several bombings that rocked various towns in North Cotabato and Maguindanao. Police Director Manuel Barcena, chief of the Directorate for Integrated Police Operations in Southwestern Mindanao said Dumaguing was part of the police force that augment the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade. Barcena said the highway had been opened but for security reasons, it is closed from sundown to sunrise. A joint police and military forces have been engaged in fierce gun battle with members of the BIFF attackers who continue to harass Army detachments in Maguindanao. He said the Maguindanao provincial police and the Criminal Investigation and
Detection Group will soon file criminal charges against commanders of the BIFM, led by foreign-trained guerilla leader Ameril Umra Kato. The skirmishes have already resulted to the killing of four soldiers. The rebels also torched about 30 houses and peppered with bullets a mosque in Barangay Maitumaeg. Sympathizers of the BIFF have set off improvised explosive devices in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, Kabacan, Aleosan and Mlang in North Cotabato Friday night. One bomb was planted at the roof of an internet cafe in Kabacan while another bomb was set off in Barangay Dungguan, Mlang. A third bomb was planted under a transmission tower of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines in Aleosan town and in Pikit, both in North Cotabato. Another bomb was set off in Crossing Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao on Friday evening.
Over 50 cops to be deputized By ELAINE O. RATUNIL
CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Over 50 personnel of the Cagayan de Oro Police Office, composed of station commanders of different police precincts and key officials will soon be deputized by the Land Transportation Office to enforce Republic Act 4136, otherwise known as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code and other laws. This, after they attended a briefing conducted by the Land Transportation Office headed by regional director Esteban Baltazar on provisions of the said law and other pertinent laws and regulations. The briefing was facilitated by the city council committee on police, fire and public safety chaired by Councilor Ian Mark Q. Nacaya as an offshoot of discussions last week with the LTO on issues regarding
the conduct of checkpoints. Nacaya said it was noted that while COCPO personnel are able to issue citation tickets to violators of traffic rules and other city ordinances, they are not deputized by the LTO and do not have the authority to issue Temporary Operator’s Permit (TOP) to violators. The briefing is a requirement for their deputation, said Atty. Esteban BaltazarJr. The LTO director said he readily accepted the invitation of the committee to conduct the briefing because the LTO recognizes the police as its partner. “LTO is willing to equip, clothe with authority to implement RA 4136 and all other laws,” he stressed. By being deputized, he said commission of crimes committed by perpetrators using motor vehicles can be curbed. He added that the points
presented will serve as added knowledge to the local police to make them more effective in the enforcement of the law and in maintaining the city’s peace and order. By being clothed with authority, the local police will not be exposed to charges of grave abuse of authority and others, he added. Topics discussed, on Aug. 8, by LTO resource persons also included Basic Traffic Management.
Groundbreaking of P17.3m irrigation project in Davao ASUNCION, Davao del Norte––First District Congressman Anthony del Rosario led the groundbreaking ceremonies of the P17.3million Pamacaun Communal Irrigation Project in Barangay Pamacaun, this town on Friday.
Del Rosario said the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Davao will soon start the construction of a diversion dam, canal system and farm facilities. He said the project intends to cover some 300 hectares of potential irrigable
areas and benefit 106 farmerbeneficiaries which is touted to dramatically increase rice production in Barangay Pamacaun, Asuncion town, as well as neighboring villages. Executive Assistant John Taroy represented Gov. Rodolfo P. Del Rosario.
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‘Bombing scare’ spread in M’danao via text messages By CRIS DIAZ, Associate Editor
A TEXT message warning on bombings in major urban centers in Mindanao spread a day after three army soldiers were killed and 10 others soldiers wounded in an ambushed in the central district of Marawi City Wednesday last week. On Friday night, two loud explosions rocked the towns of Kabacan and M’lang in North Cotabato just as government troopers declared ‘normalcy’ after army soldiers engaged in a week-long firefight with reengage Moro rebels of the breakaway Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) took place in the area. Around 8:15 p.m., Friday, a grenade fired from an M203 launcher exploded on top of an internet shop along Quezon Avenue in Kabacan town. Cong. Maxie Rodriguez, Jr., of ABAMIN Party- List, extends cash assistance at P2 thousand each to the employees of ComKabacan PNP chief Supt. mission on Higher Education headed by RD Zenaida Gersana, which were affected by floods brought by typhoon Sendong.
Zambo extends P10m cash aid to 19 flood-stricken municipalities in Luzon ZAMBOANGA City––The city government of Zamboanga has release some P10 million from its calamity fund for cash assistance to families displaced by monsoon rain flooding in 19 municipal towns in Luzon. Mayor Celso Lobregat issued the order to City Treasurer Soledad Li and City Budget Officer Virginia Gara after his emergency meeting Friday with members of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC). Lobregat said that P1 million will be given to San Mateo, Rizal, a sister town of Zamboanga City, and P9
million to be shared among 18 other flood-stricken municipalities at P500,000 each. The recipients of the financial aid are the municipalities of Masantol, Macabebe, Calumpit, Paombong, Hagonoy, Obando and Bucaue, all in the province of Bulacan; Concepcion, Paniqui and Capas in Tarlac Province; Dinalupihan, Orani and Mariveles in Bataan; Sto. Tomas and Minalin in Pampanga; and, San Marcelino and Iba in the province of Zambales. Lobregat said that he has already informed the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
of the city’s intention to donate P10-million for the flood victims. This as the City Council passed a resolution on Wednesday extending to Lobregat a blanket authority to act whenever necessary with regard to the massive calamity that hit Luzon early this week. The city government of Zamboanga, on several occasions in the past, had also extended financial assistance to disaster-stricken areas in the country. The cash and in kind assitance included the P500,000 worth of relief LUZON/PAGE 11
Raul Supiter hinted the explosive was fired about 200 meters away from the blast site. No one was hurt during the explosion which took place a few minutes after power was cut-off, Friday, he said. Around 8:30 p.m., also on Friday, another improvised explosive device (IED) went off in a drainage canal placed along the boundary of Barangays Poblacion-B and Dungguan in nearby M’lang town. M’lang Mayor Joselito Pinol said no one was hurt MESSAGES/PAGE 11
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Fake $US worth P21m seized DAVAO City––San Pedro Police Station operatives seized more than P21-million worth of fake dollar and peso bills during an entrapment operation Wednesday afternoon at Rizal Park, San Pedro Street here. Chief Insp. Angel B. Sumagaysay, deputy chief for operations of San Pedro Police Station, said the fake money was recovered from one Lupe Sabatin, a resident of Macat, Barobo, Surigao del Sur during the 4:30 p.m.
entrapment operation. Sumagaysay said the counterfeit money, composed of 47 one hundred dollar, five hundred and one thousand peso bills were placed in a bag in two bundles. “With this big amount of fake money, we can say that this modus operandi is part of the handiwork of a big-time syndicate,” Sumagaysay said. He said this observation was confirmed by a rep-
resentative of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, who conducted an inspection of the seized fake money at the police station, saying the reproduction of such counterfeits needs expensive machines. “Maybe these were reproduced in Surigao since the suspect is a resident there,” he said. The suspect denied he owned the counterfeit bills, but claimed a friend left them making him believe that they were real.
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IDP leaders meet on emergency response updates By MELVIN T. ANGGOT and VIRGILIO C. GARCIA
ILIGAN City––Updates on various programs for internally-displaced persons (IDPs) were presented during the IDP Leaders Forum, initiated by the City Inter-Cluster Committee, Saturday. Councilor Ariel Anghay dealt on social preparations; Councilor Freddie Siao on
cluster coordination and camp management; and City Housing Officer Rey Roque on the works at relocation sites. Updates on shelter development program by Councilor Jose Zalsos; proposed relocation sites by Engr. Generoso Abellanosa of the National Housing
Authority (NHA); DSWD programs by Ms. Evelyn Madrio; diocesan shelter program by Fr. Nazer Zaragoza; Sendong cash donations by City Treasurer Louela Maybituin; beneficiary selection, arbitration and awards by Ms. Agnes Clerigo-Maingat. (MTA, VCG/asf )
jobs fair Seawater quality MOA signed Tesda-10 serves 250 applicants By FRYAN E. ABKILAN
SURIGAO del Norte – The provincial government and the Adnama Mining Resources, Inc. (AMRI) have agreed to jointly assess the seawater quality and coral condition in Barangay Urbiztondo, Claver town. AMRI, which is one of the mining companies operating in the area, will tap the University of San Carlos Water Resources Center Foundation, Incorporated to undertake the project that determines the general water classification. This, in response to reports about the siltation and water discoloration within the 10-kilometer radius of
Barangay Urbiztondo. “Together with the province of Surigao del Norte, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and the Environmental Management
Bureau (EMB-13), we will also assess the status of coral reefs in the area and recommend measures to mitigate potential threats or scheme for rehabilitation
and identify potential diving sites for eco-tourism,” said AMRI Vice President for Legal Affairs Ulfredo Tuyac. Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas said she is making headway in her environmental agenda, with the support of the mining companies, to give meaning and significance to responsible mining. The MOA was signed, August 7, by AMRI President Fernando Borja, Gov. Matugas, Engineer Charlo Basadre of MGB, Engineer Renato Tacubao of EMB and Director Fe Walag of the University of San Carlos Water Resources Center Foundation, Inc. (RER/FEA/PIA 13-Surigao del Norte/asf )
Boy Scouting: the bond that binds
CAGAYAN de Oro City––A total of 250 individuals have been registered during the one-day jobs fair that coincided with the 11th Human Resource and Skills Development Summit and Exhibits (HRSDSE), here in the city, August 6. Of that number, 215 have qualified for local employment, 33 overseas, 10 were hired on-the-spot (HOTS) for local employment and were HOTS for overseas employment. Initiated by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-10), in coordination with the Mindanao TVET Association (MinTVET) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-10), the jobs fair was participated in by 65 local and foreign companies. The 11th HRSDSE was also highlighted by technical skills demonstrations by various entities, like the Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs); the Asia Pacific Technical Skills Development Center, Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro, Jamaican Food and Beverages, Misamis Oriental School of Technology, Pilgrim Christian College, Professional World Academy, Skills Mastery Institute and the Touche Technical Institute. (with report from Honey Analou E. Doña, TESDA-10)
Sultan Kudarat gears for Bangus Festival
By ES GLENN B. AÑORA
IT was a day considered by many around the world as an ordinary and for many more a routine. It was a day when everyone seems to be very busy doing about their business in whatever capacity they are in. It was a day in July when most of us in the Philippines are anticipating for the weekend ahead. Muslims are preparing for the start of Ramadan. Malacañang is working overtime for the president’s state of the nation address. The police and the military are all tuned for Monday’s 3rd SONA. Both house of congress are busy preparing queuing
By ARJAY S. FELICILDA, Correspondent
By AIDA C. AGAD
Eagle Scout Aaron Ray Sales and his co-awardees with BSP NSS Director Arthur Region B. Sales and BSP Commissioner Bernando De Leon, members of the National Court of Honor, Local Executive Board, DepEd representative, Lourdes college officials, and Cagayan de oro City council staff.
towards the capital to open up the 16th congress. In Cagayan de Oro City, it was a big and historic day for people who Love Scouting and Family. It was a day of great celebration because the last boy in the Family will become
BSP NSS Director and Ms. Arthur B. Sales with Eagle Scout sons Arween Renz and Aaron Ray posed with S. Ma. Lourdes A. Dalirag, RVM, Basic Education Principal of Lourdes College and LC-BED Outfit Adviser Secretary Jerry R. Descallar during the National Court of Honor for Eagle Scouts held recently at the Lourdes Collegee gymnasium. Aaron is the 4th Eagle Scout in the Sales family. Good Morning Scouts.
a recipient of world known Eagle Scout Award. A road less traveled is once again conquered by eight worthy recipient of the Eagle Scout Award – the highest award conferred under the senior scouting program. It is the National Court of Honor of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines. And for this boy and his Family it is a milestone, all four men in the Family are now an Eagle Scout. Looking back, the ladder in Scouting is full of happiness and adventure that would make a Scout yearn for more. It can be told now as it was then that Scouting is the best way to get real Happiness in one’s life. The days of great camping experience are now bearing its fruit. Like a mother rearing in
anticipation for childbirth so it is to these Eagles Scout Awardees and their Families. When one becomes an Eagle Scout, a lot is expected of him for his Country, Community and Family. But when four in a Family becomes an Eagle Scout the whole country must rejoice and be glad that such achievement is done in this corner of the Scouting world. Any Scout and supporters of this undying worldwide movement of Scouting may as well be celebrating in unison for such achievement. Families are bonded by Love and for the SALES Family it is likewise bonded by Boy Scouting. To all of us who valued Scouting let it be known that Boy Scouting is a bond that binds Families together. Good Morning Scouts!
KORONADAL City - All systems go for the 1st Sultan Kudarat Provincial Bangus Festival, August 15 to 17, to be hosted by the coastal town of Lebak, according to DTI Provincial Director Nelly Nita N. Dillera. Aimed at boosting the bangus industry in the province, the festival is expected to bring together some 150 fishpond operators, fisherfolks, traders, provincial and national line agencies, business development service providers, investors and other stakeholders, she said. The province has produced as much as 11,787.28 metric tons of aquaculture products in 2010, which is 48% of Region-12’s total production for the period, pegged at 24,452.87 metric tons. Expected to generate 50 new jobs in the production
and processing sectors, the festival shall cover bangus technology and investment forum, market and investment opportunities, domestic market and support programs, presentation of congress resolutions, signing of growership and marketing contract, skills and product competition and technology training on fish processing. The centerpiece of the festival shall be an investment forum, in partnership with LGU-Lebak, to entice more investors to put in capital to the bangus Industry and to match local bangus producers and processors with institutional buyers. The 1st Sultan Kudarat Bangus Festival is a collective effort of DTI, BFAR, SKSU- Kalamansig Camp, DOST, LGU- Kalamansig, 2nd Congressional District of Sultan Kudarat. (ac agadPIA12 / Arianne Mae T. Apatan, DTI – SK/asf )
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GPH, MILF note some progress at 30th round of exploratory talks By BEN CAL P HILIPPINE N EWS A GENCY
THE 30th formal exploratory talks between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Liberation Front (MILF) ended in Kuala Lumpur Saturday with both parties noting the progress in the discussion on the
framework of agreement as they pledged to work together to ensure that spoilers will not succeed in their attempts to derail the peace process. In a joint statement, the GPH and MILF peace panels condemned “the senseless attacks of the so-called Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters of
the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFFBIFM), a breakaway rebel group, that launched simultaneous attacks on Philippine Army detachments in Maguindanao and North Cotabato last week. Government forces repulsed the attacks during a fierce gun battle against the breakaway group under
renegade rebel Ameril Umbra Kato who is opposing the peace negotiations. During the talks, both peace panels formed their respective Technical Working Groups (TWGs) wherein they “discussed and reached consensus on some issues on power sharing and revenue generation and wealth sharing
arrangements.” “The Parties note the progress in the discussion on a framework agreement” and agreed to meet again late this month for the 31st exploratory talks. At the same time, they condemned “the senseless attacks of the so-called Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters of the
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFFBIFM), as well as the violent acts of lawless elements in several areas in Mindanao.” “The GPH and the MILF denounce these aggressions or dirty spoiling by groups who will do everything to derail the peace process. The Parties will work TALKS/PAGE 11
Help curb illegal acts in LPG industry, DOE urges local officials By APIPA P. BAGUMBARAN of the Philippine Information Agency
CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The Department of Energy (DOE) has appealed to local government units (LGUs) to help curb illegal practices in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry. LGUs should take a strong public position on its support to stop illegal activities in the LPG industry, said Nilo Geroche of the DOE Mindanao Field Office during the Multi-Sectoral Advocacy Campaign on Downstream Oil Industry held yesterday, August 8, at N Hotel, this city. He said the LPG industry is marred by unsafe and unfair practices which compromise the safety of the consuming public. These practices, he said, include illegal refilling of cylinders and the use of uncertified and illegally manufactured cylinders, scrapped and dilapidated cylinders, and LPG cylinders with no tare weight markings, among others. Geroche said LGUs can help curb these illegal and unsafe practices by passing and implementing local ordinances supportive to the implementation of the department’s rules and regulations on LPG. We believe that LGUs has the police power to confiscate unsafe products and not issue business permits, he added.
He further said enforcing closure of erring LPG establishments as recommended by the DOE and supporting public awareness program on LPG safety are just some of the measures LGUs can undertake to stop illegal activities in the LPG industry. Meanwhile, the forum on downstream oil industry was the first leg of the multi- BATTALION Commander Jose Ma. Cuerpo II of the 8th Infantry on a briefing in agreement with Tribal leaders and people sectoral advocacy campaign who camped in front of the provincial capitol who finally return to their respective homes after more than four months. PBAin Northern Mindanao. The Bukidnon Provincial Administrator photo second leg is scheduled to be held in Ozamiz City on August 10. Such campaign is aimed at creating greater awareness on downstream oil industry among local government units, government information officers, local and By RUBY LEONORA R. BALISTOY of the Philippine Information Agency national government agencies, LPG establishments, rehabilitation and recov- of Civil Defense (OCD), liquefied petroleum prod- MALAYBALAY City, Bukidnon––The ery in Bukidnon—in case Mines and Geosciences ucts (LPP) retail outlets, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Bureau (MGB), and Departdisaster strikes,” he said. and the media. and Management Council (PDRRMC) The planning strategy ment of Interior and Local conducted a two-day planning workshop advocates for adoption of Government (DILG). Alagenio, who is also the policy of self-reliance in on disaster risk reduction and climate aeach vulnerable community Provincial Social Welfare change adaptation in Cagayan de Oro that comprise capability and Development Officer building as well as alloca- and Vice-Chairperson on City recnetly. tion and efficient use of Disaster Response, said the activity is part of the 2012 resources. Arsenio Alagenio of Bureau. It also underscores in- disaster preparedness plan, the disaster council said “The provincial govthe activity was conducted ernment needs a collec- volvement and active par- which was formulated by primarily to come up with tive effort to craft strategic ticipation of the people in the Bukidnon PDRRMC clear disaster risk reduction plans for human-induced or disaster reduction, pre- early this year during its and management (DRRM) natural disasters in order to vention and preparedness, first meeting for 2012. The provincial governguidelines and framework reduce risk and better man- leading to improved risk ment of Bukidnon through based on provincial situa- agement in terms of disaster management. Trainers were composed its calamity fund backs the tion analysis and findings preparedness, prevention of Mines and Geo-sciences and mitigation, response, of officials from the Office two-day training.
Bukidnon strengthens disaster preparedness plan
Govt imports 1,205 dairy animals to boost dairy industry TWO shipments of 1,205 dairy animals from New Zealand arrived in Cagayan de Oro City on June 18 and July 30, 2012, which are now being quarantined at the Feedlot of Del Monte Philippines, Inc. in Manolo, Fortich, Bukidnon. This is the 13th batch of animal importation spearheaded by the Na-
tional Dair y Authority (NDA) to dramatically increase dairy production and address the urgent demand for milk and dairy products in the country. T h e f i r s t s h ipm e nt comprised of 800 pregnant dairy heifers with Holstein Freisian - Sahiwalbloodline, while the second shipment includes 405 breedable dairy heifers of
Holstein-Jersey bloodline. These dair y breeds are tested to be adaptable to the Philippine condition and are good milk producers under desirable dairy management practices. The animals are quarantined for one month, the period regulated by the government to observe if the said animals are free of any health conditions
and also to provide them to acclimatize to the new environment. During quarantine, the animals are subjected to tests to include pregnancy diagnosis, and blood sampling for common diseases in cattle such assurra, tuberculosis, and blood parasites. This is to ensure that the animals are clinically free from any
diseases that they may carry from their country of origin. The animals were vaccinated against tick fever and sprayed with Bayticol, a pour on solution to prevent animals from contacting ticks which is a prevalent pest parasite among livestock in the country. To complete the Batch
13 animal importation, a last shipment of 915 dairy animals consisting of 500 pregnant Holstein Jersey heifers, 405 breedable Holstein Jersey, 6 pure Holstein bulls and 4 pure Jersey bulls are expected to arrive in Cagayan de Oro from Australia on August 25, 2012. A report from Debbie De San Miguel
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Concrete measures needed to fight ‘dengue’ ANXIETY over alleged breakout of ‘dengue fever’ in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental had gone feverish the past weeks. There were reports that ‘dengue fever’ is now prevalent in almost all major urban barangays in Cagayan de Oro City. In the province of Misamis Oriental, dengue cases were reported in the municipal towns of Tagolo-an, and Jasaan. Government doctors, however, are not worried. Dr. David A. Mendoza, Cris Diaz of the Department of Health’s Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Disaster Response Unit (ESDRU), said health officials could not declare dengue of epidemic scale in Cagayan de Oro City since dengue is already common in the city. Whether the word common (endemic) have the same connotation with the word ‘epidemic’ (outbreak) does not matter. Mendoza wants it to appear that ‘dengue’ cases in Cagayan de Oro City are only ‘hyper-endemic.’ Since dengue is only a step higher than endemic, the DOH would not declare a dengue ‘outbreak.’ We do not know what is in the mind of government doctors. In the case of Mendoza, we could sense that he is just rationalizing his argument. Perhaps, Mendoza could not directly say that the DOH could not do anything to fight dengue. Mendoza’s thinking is understandable. After all, dengue is common in tropical and sub-tropical countries like the Philippines, Taiwan, and Indonesia. The ailment is a flu-like viral disease spread by bite of infected mosquitoes known as ‘Aedes’ mosquito. These mosquitoes usually attacked at day. However, there are unconfirmed reports that even night mosquitoes usually referred to as Anopheles are now also dengue carrier mosquitoes. This idea is not farfetched since there are about 460 recognized species of the genus Anopheles mosquitoes. About 100 of them can transmit human malaria but only 30 to 40 of them actually transmit parasites that cause malaria in humans. Even if the dengue case could not be easily subdued, the DOH should still spearhead and sustain the campaign on preventing ‘dengue’ cases anywhere and elsewhere. The reluctance of health officials to initiate concrete moves to address the malady would only cause frustration among the citizenry. With the health officials and local governments’ DENGUE/PAGE 11
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Dengue alert needs immediate action WITH the rains and flooding that occur between now and then, it is very important to take precautions against dengue, a killer disease. Dengue not only threatens lives but also hampers businesses. Reports said that there is a slump in the hotels and tourism industry in Northern Mindanao because travelers and tourists fear of contracting the disease where areas are reported to have dengue outbreaks, like Cagayan de Oro City. It is for this reason that people are and business communities are urging the Department of Health and
Editorial local government units to undertake a massive antidengue campaign. Neighborhoods can get rid of the breeding places of the Aedes mosquito, the dengue carrier. People should get rid of items that can collect rain or stagnant water such as old rubber tires or tin cans. Accumulated water from trees and flowers, flower vases and water containers should be drained. Cover water containers properly, and keep surroundings clean, dry and free from
stagnant water. If you stay outdoors during hours when mosquitoes are biting, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. The signs and symptoms of dengue fever include sudden onset of fever which may last 2-7 days, prostration, severe muscle and joint pain (victims of dengue often have contortions due to the intense joint and muscle pain, pain behind the eyes, headache, weakness, skin rashes, and nose bleeding when fever starts to subside. Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF), on the other hand, is a potentially deadly complication that is charac-
terized by high fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, often with enlargement of the liver, bleeding or other evidence of hemorrhage in the body. Frequently, the illness begins with a sudden rise in temperature accompanied by facial flush and other flu-like symptoms. The fever usually continues for two to seven days and can be as high as 41 degrees Celsius, possibly with convulsions and other complications. Authorities should lose no time in containing these threat to life. Cleanliness is above all the best protection against dengue and other fatal diseases.
Complain or change THINK a minute. A young woman named Cherie was telling about her childhood. Both her parents worked outside of their home from the time she was a very young girl. Her mother was an actress and was only interested in her own career and selfish ambition, so she spent very little time with her kids. Even when she wasn’t working she was away from home socializing with her friends. Cherie and her brother were left alone everyday, so they got into trouble at a very young age. Their parents finally divorced and her dad remarried. Cherie was a teenager when she overdosed on drugs and almost died. The next day her step-
Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst mother, who was very loving and wise, said this to her: “Cherie, how long are you going to use your past as an excuse for your life now? You can continue hating yourself and blaming others for the way you are, or, you can choose to change.” Well, as a teenage girl Cherie chose to change. After finishing her education, she started her own business and now she trav-
els across her nation as a public speaker to teenage kids, talking to them about their life choices. One person said: “Little people with little hearts live their life in little ruts, refusing to change anything in their little world.” S o when things are not the way we think they should be, we have two choices: we can keep complaining about them, or start changing them.
A wise man said: “Stop complaining about what you have allowed.” It’s kind of like the old saying, “Put up or shut up.” In other words, either do something to help change and improve the situation, or stop complaining about it. We can “light a candle or curse the darkness.” God is just waiting for you to ask for His help to change your dark situation. But Jesus Christ can’t help you until you ask Him to take charge of your life everyday. If you keep shutting out His light and love, then your life will just stay as it is. Remember, “If things don’t change, they’ll stay the same.” It’s your choice. Just Think a Minute.
Wanted: rains and floods czar for RP LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away…” (Proverbs 37:12, the Holy Bible). -oooAT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME: If Sonny Angara, Risa Hontiveros, and Joel Villanueva had the presence of mind to join President Aquino in his sorties in areas where there are evacuees in Metro Manila, should they be faulted for that? My answer is, no, they should not---or better yet, could not---be faulted for being with the President and assisting him in distributing relief goods. That is called genius, which also means “being at the right place at the right time.” -oooVOTING FOR CANDIDATES CLOSE TO PNOY: If you ask me, I would rather vote for Angara,
Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio Hontiveros, and Villanueva for senator in 2013, in view of their evident closeness with President Aquino, and in view of the President’s public desire to have them elected at the upper chamber of Congress. Why? Simply because, lawmakers who are close to the President can help better in addressing and solving problems coming from the public. What good is there to elect a senator who cannot even get invited to Malacanang? -oooRAINS AND FLOODS CZAR? WHY NOT? Assuming that the floods that hit Metro Manila and nearby provinces since
Sunday, August 5, 2012, up to Wednesday, August 8, 2012, were all traceable to poor planning, lax enforcement and political self-interest---in short, the floods were man-made, and were less of a natural occurrence---what can be done to address them? I have a one-track mind in this: appoint a rain and floods czar in government, with the rank of a Cabinet secretary, but the appointee should have the “spirit of God in him.” Having a man who has “the spirit of God” in him as the rain and floods czar under the Aquino government would assure us that government focus on solving these problems
will not only be on science and technology, which had been the case since time immemorial, but also on spiritual and Biblical issues, taking into consideration that natural calamities like these have been warned about in the Bible since 2,012 years ago. Surely, there is nothing to lose if a man who understands what the Bible has said on global warming, climate change, environmental degradation, and rains and floods and strong winds, will be put in charge of addressing what is becoming to be an annual death and destruction spree, arising from rains and floods. Indeed, as the President said, there is no instant solution to rains and floods, but we can all start with what the Bible is saying, for a change. -oooA MAN WITH THE SPIRIT OF GOD AS A PUBLIC OFFICIAL: Finding a man who has the WANTED/PAGE 7
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The joys and hazards of street foods STREET food vending is not just an only in the Philippines experience. If one were to travel to our neighboring countries, it is said that, your stay in that particular place is never complete unless you try and taste their street foods. It is a one of a kind experience , really. It gives you that feeling of belongingness, satisfaction for the taste buds, a fast way to satisfy one’s hunger , but more importantly, it is very light on the pocket. This practice of selling food in the streets and even in closed areas, whether public or private, has an important socio-economic impact. It gives rise to opportunities for people to be able to put into practice their enterprising skills. It provides income and employment. It is very easy to set up, with the least cost. Not to discount the
Health In Focus Dr. Mary Jean Loreche-Diao feeling of enjoyment, seeing so many people flocking into your stall, kariton or booth. But, what about its effect on one’s health? Street foods and beverages becomes of public concern, once it affects one’s health. We often hear people say that they got sick, after a fun night out enjoying their favourite turo-turo... Risks that one may encounter include food poisoning, microbial contamination that may lead to acute gastrointestinal problems. Hepatitis A and Typhoid fever are likewise
common. These problems arise due to lack of understanding and knowledge on the preparation as well as handling of the food, water and utensils, by those engaged in the trade. Add to these are issues on sanitation and hygiene, waste accumulation and improper waste disposal, inadequate supply of potable water and not forgetting, packaging and transport of the finished or unfinished product, ready for consumption. These things compound the problem, which may
make that one time event of enjoying street foods a nightmare. Thus, it is for everyone’s benefit that, the vendors be trained on the basics of how to make sure that the food and beverages that are being served , will adhere to quality standards that will ensure safety of the eating public. The importance of the proper and correct way of hand washing is a sure winner in terms of minimizing the risks of transmitting diseases. Water, hands, and the so called food handlers ,are the most important links in terms of transmitting contaminated food and beverage. Teaching them the basics and making them aware of their role in providing fun, nutritious and easy on the pocket services will benefit them as this will sustain their livelihood and the consumers alike.....
Back from the storm AFTER four days of forced vacation in Bataan, stranded by the strong typhoon that wrecked roads leading to Manila to the point of impassability, I finally got on a bus and braved a long trip. A trip that used to take me 2.5 to 3 hours now became 4.5 hours. My knees ached after yesterday’s bus ride. From Balanga the bus went to a highway pockmarked with deep holes in the asphalt cover. It came to a stop for 25 long minutes over a bridge in Layac. (Normally, you don’t stop in highways and expressways. You can run up to 100 kph and beyond.) Layac is a town that marks the jump off point to Olongapo and Pampanga from Bataan. Since the bus was over 10 feet high and I was seated in front, I had a nearly 180-degree view of my surroundings. In Layac, the houses have always been lower than the road. Their roofs are road-level. There were concrete stairs at the sides of the bridge that people would climb to get home to their low houses. The uneven surface was brought about by the Mt. Pinatubo explosion in 1991 which rained ash over Bataan and other provinces, thereby bringing up the land mass. The government then rebuilt roads based on this new height, leaving the houses
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spirit of God in him to become the country’s rains and floods czar has a precedent in the Bible, specifically in the case of Joseph, one of the 12 sons of Israel who became the number two man in Egypt
much lower than the road. The typhoon seemed to have flushed people out of their homes. There were people everywhere, on the street, on the bridge, beside the river. There were also policemen everywhere. I am later to find out that traffic had to give way for the presidential convoy which was on a relief operations. I watched the convoy passed me by. I half-expected people to wave at the president’s vehicles. Instead, they looked beyond to the long procession of big black vehicles, as if they were expecting something more. I followed their gaze with mine. It ended at the river raging beneath the bridge. Three men crossed in front of the bus. Their hands were covered in plastic gloves. They went to the other side of the bridge and a few minutes later, a makeshift stretcher made of branches that fell from the trees was brought in. Since the bus was at a complete stop on top of the
bridge, all of its passengers had a very good view of the rescue mission being carried out. A corpse was extricated from the high brown river. The skin was almost white, and probably rotting. People standing by the bridge were covering their noses with their shirts. Once on the stretcher, the rescue team covered the body with a plastic tarpaulin. It wasn’t long enough to cover the entire body, leaving the red shorts and the ghastly white legs in full view of the living. A peanut vendor asked to go into our bus, and the driver opened the doors for him. Before he started offering peanuts for sale through the corridor, he told the driver in front that they’ve fished 10 bodies out of the river the day before. I wanted to take photos with my iTouch out of habit. I was about to take the device out of my bag when I stopped and decided against it. Out of respect for the dead, and the many more who have drowned in that river at the
Layac junction, I will let my eyes be the last to see that scene and not my friends on facebook or twitter. I can only imagine what it would have been like to drown in a river during the night of an endless and angry storm, a river that has almost been dried up by the summer and rendered non-existent by solid garbage. As traffic started to move, we went on our journey to Manila. After Bataan comes the province of Pampanga, then the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and then you enter North Edsa. In Pampanga, the roads were still flooded about ankle deep. People were also gathered in bridges over small rivers. They had fishing rods and were trying to catch fish that were displaced from fishponds. In NLEX, I saw the vast beautiful farms of Bulacan turned into brown water. There was no land to see for miles. It felt like the bus was moving on a bridge made over water and nothing but. Rain started to pour near Mindanao Avenue loop. It now feels traumatic to hear rain because it now comes in such volumes as to cover everything in a white sheet of water that prevents anyone from seeing what lies ahead. --Email sara.suguitan@ gmail.com
after the Pharaoh saw that he had the spirit of God in him. Here is a part of Joseph’s story, starting with his having explained to the Pharaoh what his dreams about the cows and the ears of grain meant, and his advise for the leader to find a “wise and discern-
ing man” who should be put in charge of Egypt: “The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. “S o P h a r a o h a s k e d them, `Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?’ Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, `Since God has made all
this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.” -oooJUST AND MERCI-
So the public may know Atty. Sara Jane A. Suguitan
The essence of K+12 By FLORDELISA O. CRAUSUS School Principal 1 Sumirap Central School Tangub City, Misamis Occidental
PARENTS have started to grumble after the national government imposed the K+12 or K to 12 (pronounced “k plus twelve,” or “k to twelve”) basic education program. Many, if not all of the parents, murmured that adding two years in high school is an additional expenses–-and therefore too much for the students to undertake. But what exactly is the essence of K+12? The K+12 basic education program requires children aged 5 and 6 to undergo the Kindergarten before admission to Grade 1. This is embodied under Republic Act no. 1057, or the Kindergarten Education Act, which institutionalizes kindergarten as part of the basic education system and is compulsory for admission to grade 1. That is why the letter “K” is there. Now is there an overlapping between Kindergarten and the Day Care Centers? The answer is a big “no” because Day Care Centers handle children aged 4 and below while Kindergarten program of the Department of Education (DepEd) is for 5-year-old children. After completing the kindergarten basic education system, children aged 6-7 can now enter the needed 6-year primary education program that is from Grade 1 to Grade 6. Now Grade 6 graduates are now ready to join the 4-year junior high school––and subsequently the two-year senior high school [SHS]. According to the government, the two-year senior high school program is important as it provides sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. The government impelemented the K+12 basic education program as it observed that the 10-year basic education program is not adequate for work––and even for high education. It said that high school graduates overseas Filipino workers are not even considered professionals in other countries. Based on the government website, www. gov.ph, the K+12 basic education system had 4 salient features. These are: 1. UNIVERSAL KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION. Kindergarten has now been integrated into the basic education system to ensure that all grade 1 students are ready for academic learning. Universal kindergarten started in SY 2011–2012 with a budget of P2.3 billion and was made mandatory starting SY 2012–2013 through the signing of Republic Act No. 10157 entitled “An Act Institutionalizing the Kindergarten Education into the Basic Education System and Appropriating Funds Therefor” on January 20, 2012. In SY 2012–2013, an estimated 2.3 million five-year-old children will enter kindergarten, of which 1.7 million (74 percent) will be served by public schools. 2. MOTHER TONGUE-BASED MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION. The mother tongue will be the medium of instruction from kindergarten to grade 3. This includes the following: Tagalog, Kapampangan, Pangasinense, Iloko, Bikol, Cebuano, Hiligaynon, Waray, Tausug, Maguindanaoan, Maranao, and Chabacano. Medium of instruction will be English and Filipino starting grade 4. 3. CORE ACADEMIC AREAS. The core academic areas include Math; Filipino; English; Araling Panlipunan; Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao; and Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health (MAPEH). These are based on the College Readiness Standards of the Commission on Higher Education and are equivalent to the courses offered under the General Education Curriculum of Higher Education Institutions. Science will be taught in grade 3, but its concepts will be integrated in other subjects like Health (under MAPEH), Math, and Languages in grades 1 and 2. Edukasyong Pangtahanan at Pangkabuhayan will be taught starting in grade 4. Technology and Livelihood Education and technical–vocational specializations, consistent with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority training regulations, will start in grade 7. 4. SPECIALIZATIONS. The additional two years (grades 11 and 12) or SHS will allow students to choose among academic, technical–vocational, or sports and arts tracks depending on their interest, the community needs, and the results of their skills assessment. The SHS will allow mastery of core competencies for lifelong learning and preparedness for work, higher education, middle-level skills development, or entrepreneurship.
FUL GOD: Former Daily Express reporter Daisy Mandap, now in Hong Kong, disagrees with what I have been writing about the rains, floods and winds as having been warned about by Jesus, our God and Savior, to hit people who do not listen to Him and who do not obey Him.
She says God is merciful, not vengeful. I agree, but He is also the just God of the Bible. Read the Bible, and see what He is saying. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193 or 0922 833 43 96. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NSCB-Xl: Poverty incidence in Davao region shrinks By BEN D. ARCHE Regional editor-Davao
DAVAO City––The National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) in Region XI revealed some cities and municipalities in the region with low poverty incidence rates based in the 2009 Small Area Estimate
(SAE). This was bared by NSCB regional director Estrella Turingan in a recent Club 888 media forum at the Marco Polo Hotel here. Turingan said Davao City was on top in the SAE ranking with sinking incidence rate of 13.2 percent followed by the municipal-
ity of Padada in Davao del Sur with 14.6 percent and Panabo City in Davao del Norte with 14.8 percent. The poverty incidence of Tagum City in Davao del Norte was tacked at 15 percent while that of Digos City in Davao del Sur pegged at 18.8 percent. Other municipalities
listed with low poverty incidence include Bansalan in Davao del Sur, 21.3 percent; Kapalong, Davao del Norte – 21.5 percent; Hagonoy, Davao del Sur – 22.9 percent; Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte – 23.5 percent; and Compostela, Compostela Valley – 26.5 percent.
Based on the NSCB fact sheet, Turingan said the poverty incidence of Davao Region was nailed at 31.3 percent in 2009 with a decrease of 0.4 percent from 31.7 percent in 2006. Turingan explained that the poverty incidence is the proportion of population or families with per capita
income under the per capita poverty threshold against the total population or families in certain place. NSCB briefer showed that the poverty threshold or poverty line involved the cost of basic commodities such as food and nonfood requirements based on peso.
Quail raising, a promising Hanjin Shipping to build backyard industry in PHL grain By HONOR BLANCO CABIE
MANILA––Along the 9-kilometer stretch of Ortigas Avenue from Cainta, Rizal in Manila’s eastern outskirts to San Juan City, at least five hawkers separately clamber up air conditioned buses to sell their spotted quail eggs in plastic packets. They compete with peddlers of peanuts fried in vegetable oil and cashew nuts – between P5 and P10 per small pack. At Metro Manila provincial bus terminals, quail eggs, said to be good sources of protein, vendors go through nearly sleepless nights waiting for buyers of their items sold as – according to them – homecoming gifts or to address hunger along the expressway. Up north, time was when quails, the common small and tailless bird of the Phasianidae family under the order of Galliformes, were a frequent sight in the region’s wooded hills The quail –- “pugo” up north and in most parts of the archipelago -- is a small (17 cm) rotund bird, essentially streaked brown with a white eyestripe and, in the male, a white chin. Given its migrator y nature, it has long wings, unlike the typically shortwinged game birds. When a quail gets to be six to eight weeks old, it breeds on open arable farmland and grassland across most of the country and across other nations in Asia, laying 6-12 eggs in a ground nest which take 16 to 18 days to hatch. Official sources say the quail industry in the Philippines has for years become more than a backyard business because of its economical production cost and easy-to-learn raising techniques. Those who have had their passports stamped by immigration authorities abroad would tell QUAIL/PAGE 11
CLUB 888 ANNIVERSARY
Marco Polo-Davao Manager Bruno Simeoni introduces the new hosts of CLUB 888 “The Business and Tourism Forum” namely (from left to right) Derf Maiz, Jan Joaquin, Ian Garcia, Rudolph Alama with Emelyn Maunhay, director of sales and marketing of Marco Polo-Davao during the anniversary of CLUB 888 last August 8, 2012. Photo by Junnex Chua Jr.
Kapalong town ranks highest in poverty reduction in Region 11 By RUDOLF IAN G. ALAMA
DAVAO City––The town of Kapalong posted the highest reduction among poverty incidence among local government units in Davao region. Based in the 2009 Small Area Estimates which was released just this year Kapalong reduced its poverty incidence by 29.7% from the last SAE conducted in 2003. Kapalong’s 2003 poverty incidence rate was 51.2% with 2009 figures down to just 21.5%. Guesting at the Club 888 Media Forum at Marco Polo Davao yesterday (Aug. 8) National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) regional chief Estalla Turingan said that a number of factors contributed to the decline of poverty incidence in Kapalong among with the other most LGUs.
She said that further studies could be conducted to determine the factors in the decline of poor people in the municipality. Poverty Incidence as defined by NSCB refers to the proportion of population or families with per capita income less than the per capita poverty threshold to the total number of population or families. Per capita poverty threshold in region XI is estimated at P47 a day or P17, 155 annually this includes minimum income requirement for food and non-food needs. In contrast to Kapalong, the town of Cateel posted the highest increase of poverty incidence in the region with 14.17% increase. Cateel’s poverty incidence was 39.3 in 2003 and 53.5 in 2009. Davao City ranks the least poorest
local government unit in Region XI and also in Mindanao with a poverty incidence of 13.2 this was down 1.7% from 2003’s figure of 14.9. Jose Abad Santos in Davao del Sur is the poorest local government unit in Region-XI and third poorest in the whole of Mindanao with a poverty incidence of 72.3 in 2009, however the municipality reduced its poverty incidence by 12.3% from the 2003 figure of 84.6 and is cited as among the top ten most improved local governments in terms of poverty incidence reduction in the region. The poorest local government unit in Mindanao and also in the country is the Municipality of Siayan in Zamboanga del Norte with 79.9% poverty incidence, however the municipality was able to reduce its poverty incidence as compared to 2003 figures of 97.46.
terminal in US SEOUL––Hanjin Shipping Co., South Korea’s leading shipping line, will construct a grain terminal in the U.S. to facilitate shipments and reduce the overall logistical costs in importing grains to Asian regions, the farm ministry said Sunday. Hanjin will invest about US$ 50 million to build the terminal in the southern area of Los Angeles with an aim to complete its construction in 2014, the ministry said. The government will provide financial support, including provision of loans for the construction. The grain terminal will serve as a hub for selecting, storing and shipping corn, beans and other grains used for animal feed from the U.S. to Northeast Asian areas, the ministry said. It will be able to process 2.2 million tons of grains every year when it is fully operational, it added. Currently, South Korea ships grains from the U.S. by using the Panama Canal, which takes about 60 days. The grain terminal to be built in the U.S. will reduce the time to about 30 days, the ministry said. A Hanjin official said that the terminal will initially process about 1.1 million tons of grains in 2015 when it starts operation and of them, 300,000 tons will be shipped to South Korea. The amount of shipments bound for Korea will double to 600,000 tons by the end of 2022, he added. philippine news agency
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Butuan SP okay Watershed Code BUTUAN City––The city council approved an ordinance known as the Watershed Code of Butuan City aimed at implementing a comprehensive program to protect, preserve, rehabilitate and manage local watersheds. Vice-Mayor Lawrence Lemuel Fortun who authored the ordinance said that a Watershed Management Council tasked with the management of the city’s watersheds, and the setting up of a Watershed Multipartite Monitoring Team would also be created.
A separate management body to ensure “strict” implementation of the Code will compliment the body, Fortun said. The measure declares environmentally critical all watershed areas and agroforestry/non-tillage areas and prohibits their conversion into whatever classification, commercial tree farming not in conformance with the plans and programs related to reforestation, and/ or watershed management plan. It also forbids in the watershed or conservation areas water drilling except
Election officer in Basilan shot ZAMBOANGA CITY–- Motorcycle-riding gunmen shot and critically wounded an election officer in Barangay Baluno, Isabela City,Basilan, the police reported Saturday. Shot and critically wounded was Daryl Kinazo, 45. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Investigation showed the victim was driving his motorcycle on his way to Lamitan City when the suspects blocked his way and shot him at close range. The suspects, who were aboard a black XRM motorcycle, sped towards Lamitan City, the police said. Police are yet to establish the motive of the shooting.
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EXTRA-JUDICIAL PARTITION OF ESTATE AMONG HEIRS Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of Late ASUNCION BAHIA GALDO, who died at Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, left a parcels of Land situated in the Municipality of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, which are more particularly described as follows; 1.) A Parcel of Residential Land with Lot No. 3012 Part CAD 507, Tax Declaration No. 0810002006395, containing an Area of 168 square meters situated at Lingangao, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental; 2.) A Parcel of an Agricultural Land with Lot No. 3012 Part CAD 507, Tax Declaration No. 0810002006396 Lot No. 30, containing an Area of 2,903 square meters, situated at Lingangao, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental; 3.) A Parcel of an Agricultural Land with Lot No. 2941 Part CAD 507, Tax Declaration No. 0810002006453, containing an Area of 10,550 square meters, situated at Lingangao, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental are the subject of an EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION OF ESTATE AMONG HEIRS made and entered into by and among; TERESITA BAHIA GALICIA, MERIAM BAHIA GALICIA, RESTITUTO MATIAS BAHIA, ASUNCION BAHIA GALDO represented by MILA B. GALDO, RUDOLFO MATIAS BAHIA and NENITA IRENEA GALICIA GANZAN, all of Legal age, Married, Filipino and with residence and postal address at Lingangao, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, as per Doc. No. 122; Page No. 25; Book No. 97; Series of 2012, under Notary Public of ATTY. REYNALDO S. LLEGO. MDN: AUG. 7, 13, & 20, 2012
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Coffeeworks re-opens original store at Limketkai Center Cagayan de Oro’s self-styled “Best Homegrown Coffee Shop” has returned to its roots with the recent re-opening of its renovated original store at Limketkai Center’s Rosario Strip. The original store opened in August 2005, born out of founding entrepreneur Roselle Paras’ conviction the time was right for a modern, cozy coffee shop in Cagayan de Oro. As a reporter and segment producer for ABS-CBN, Roselle became a regular fixture in Manila’s coffee shops, her way of coping with the demands of her job. The renovated Coffeeworks store bears little resemblance to its pioneering forbear, now being more airy and spacious and boasting of a much larger parking lot out back, which should be welcome news for many of its habitués who drive. It still serves freshly roasted coffee at affordable prices, and yes, the wi-fi is still free for its clients. That should bring back those who’ve made it their “offshore office” like sales personnel, detailmen and businessmen who
found its ambience and brewed coffee an ideal relaxed ‘working place’ or to quote the cliché, “have their cake and eat it too.” Its best selling classics like Mochamint, Cappuccino and Hazelnut Truffle Latte have now been joined by new blended best sellers such as Macadamia Coffee Jelly, Caramel Coffee Jelly and Cool Smoothies like Strawberry with Coco Jelly and Pineapple with Coco Jelly. Those cool cakes Coffeworks fanatics have come to covet are still there, still baked at the family commissary in Gusa by Roselle’s mom Rose: ‘Sugar-Free’ Apple Pie (which I think really ought to be renamed “Guilt-Free” in deference to the Health and Wellness mania sweeping the globe), Chicken Pot Pie, (Guilty?) Blueberry Cheesecake and newbie’s Pineapple Muffins and Cinnamon roll with Cream Cheese. A newfangled gadget which should prove popular with its habitués is a pager which vibrates and lights up when your orders are ready for claiming at the counter, something
you can only find in up market cafes in the Metro. A “pocket” function room which seats ten should prove alluring to those who wish to have a tad more privacy for closing deals or more intimate tete a tete’s for the more romantically inclined. Coffeeworks now has branches in SM North Sky Garden in Quezon City, Highway 30 in Iligan City, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan and Boracay. A sixth is in the works and scheduled to open by 2012 in the cool mountains of Dahilayan, Bukidnon where Asia’s longest dual zipline at the Dahilayan Adventure Park run by Roselle’s dad Elpie can be found, along with a slew of other attractions set up by her uncle’s Jess (Forest Park), Benjie (Saddle Ridge Camp) and Victor (Dahilayan Gardens & Resort) Roselle dreams of someday having Coffeeworks branches all over the Philippines, and she remains on the lookout for partners in key cities all over the country. Coffeeworks Limketkai is open 7am12mn on SundaysThursdays and 7am1am on weekends.
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after dozens of armed men ambushed a military convoy approaching the Mindanao State University (MSU)-Marawi City campus. The ambushed also left 10 soldiers and two civilians wounded, said police Sr. Supt. Romeo S. Magsalos, director of Lanao del Sur police provincial office. Hours later, Magsalos reported that soldiers ransacked the residence of Mayor Salic in Barangay Lomidong in Marawi City. In a report, Magsalos said the soldiers forcibly entered the compound by ramming by means of a vehicle the gate of the residence of the mayor without any search warrant and ransacked the rooms and cabinets of the entire house. “Be informed further that according to the account of the caretakers of the house, they were allegedly forced by military personnel to drop to the floor and were stepped on their necks and were told not to move and train their eyes upon them,” Magsalos said in his report. He added: “Three short firearms, allegedly licensed, including Cal. 22 with ammunition, and an undetermined amount of money, jewelries and other valuables were allegedly taken by members.” “We have agreed to work and help one another together with the military to identify the suspects who ambushed the soldiers at MSU,” said Mayor Salic. “I ordered the City Social Works and Development (CSWD) officer to visit the two victims who were admitted at the hospital to extend help and support,” the mayor said. The mayor also said that the city government, the military and the barangay officials have agreed to organize the Crisis Committee to address the problems and maintain the city’s peace and order. “It is business as usual here in Marawi City,” said Mayor Salic as he considered the incidents as “little problems.”
goods given to Jolo, Sulu when flashfloods hit the town in February 2011. The city government also extended cash assistance to Iligan and Cagayan de Oro in the amount of P1 million each when the two cities were devastated by Typhoon “Sendong” in December 2011, and P435,000 in total cash aid to 58 families injured or whose loved ones lost in armed conflict in Basilan last year. Also recipients of the city’s financial assistance for disaster and calamity areas were Aurora Province, Marikina City, Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Trece Martires, Cavite, Santiago City, and Calamba Laguna.
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continued to rise, from 1,023 as of May 25 to 1,720 as of July 6 this year, according to DOH. This means there were 697 more cases or an increase of 68.13 percent of the dengue cases in the region in less than a month, as per data at their office. Compared with the same period last year there were only 220 cases or an increase of 28.27 percent, from 778 to 998 cases, Considering the significant increase, this year, Mendoza challenged the LGUs to activate the Bantay Dengue Brigades or the “dengue warriors” Meanwhile, in Iligan City, the barangays were Poblacion, Luinab, Saray and Tibanga while in Misamis Oriental the areas were Poblacion and Sta. Cruz in Tagoloan, Imelda and San Martin in Villanueva, Taytay in El Salvador, Barra in Opol and Lunao in Gingoog City, while those in Bukidnon were Kiburiao in Quezon and Poblacion in Valencia City. The July 6 DESDRU Report show that Misamis Oriental had the highest number of 1,275 dengue cases, or 74.13 percent. This was followed by Bukidnon with 203 cases or 11.8 percent, Lanao del Norte, 184 cases or 10.69 percent, Misamis Occidental, 52 cases or 3.02 percent and Camiguin, six cases or 0.34 percent. Among the cities, Cagayan de Oro posted the highest number of 903 cases or 52.5 percent, followed by Iligan, 136 cases or 7.90 percent, Gingoog and Valencia City, 42 cases or 2.44 percent each, Malaybalay, 19 cases or 1.10 percent, and El Salvador, 18 cases or 1.04 percent. The three cities of Misamis Occidental posted the lowest number of dengue cases during the period: Ozamiz with 18 cases or 1.04 percent, Oroquieta, 11 cases or 0.63 percent and Tangub, six cases or 0.03 percent, the DOH report show.
urged that every barangay shoud order neighborhoods to undertake defogging of areas which could be possible nests of mosquitoes that are dengue-carriers. Recent reports bared that a total of 33 barangays in Region 10 have been found to have three or more cases of dengue in the past four weeks, 20 of which were located in Cagayan de Oro City, seven in Misamis Oriental, four in Iligan City and two in Bukidnon. In Cagayan de Oro, these barangays included the following: Agusan, Balulang, Barangay 26, Bayabas, Bugo, Bulua, Camaman-an, Canitoan, Carmen, Cugman, Gusa, Iponan, Kauswagan, Lapasan, Macabalan, Macasandig, Nazareth, Patag, Puerto, Tablon. Dr. David Mendoza, head of the Regional Epidemiology, Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit (RESDRU) of DOH-10, urged that LGUs should intensify the information, education and communication (IEC) drive on the fight against dengue through the 4S method or the search and destroy, apply self-protection measures, seek early consultation and say ‘no’ to indiscriminate fogging,” The number of dengue cases that were admit- from page 3 ted to the different sentinel during the blast. hospitals in the region has Supiter hinted the explo-
sions might have something to do with the recent armed skirmishes between government troopers and the BIFF rebels. “This group really wanted to destroy the peace we’re enjoying in our area,” said Supiter. With the twin blasts in North Cotabato, the explosions that rocked the province since the skirmishes broke out in nearby Maguindanao towns numbered to three. The first was last Monday, around 12:45 a.m., when an IED, fashioned from an 81-mm mortar projectile, went off a few feet away from the detachment of CAFGU located along the highway in Pikit town. Four CAFGU and a civilian were injured in the incident. Bombing scare through text messages also circulated Friday prompting authorities to cautioned motorists, commuters, and civilians to be ‘extra careful’ and ‘vigilant’ to prevent being part of the ‘collateral damage’ to the on-going conflict in nearby areas. WITH WIRE REPORT
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together to ensure that these spoilers will not succeed as the Parties continue to push forward to bring just and lasting peace to our peoples and communities,” the joint statement said. Marvic Leonen, chairman of the GPH peace panel, signed for the Philippine government while Mohagher Iqbal, head of the MILF peace panel, signed on behalf of the MILF. The parties expressed their appreciation to President Benigno S. Aquino III “for his commitment to a just and lasting peace in Mindanao” and to Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak “for his continued support in the facilitation of the GPHMILF peace talks.” They also lauded the members of the MILF Central Committee headed by Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim for their continued commitment to the peaceful resolution of the
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from page 8 their friends back home the French and Italians take delight in serving quail meat on their dining tables. Elsewhere, Asians variedly sell fresh, packed, shelled, canned or boxed quail eggs -- considerably a scrumptious entree and a well-known ingredient for elegant food items like cakes, mayonnaise, breads, leche flan and other pastries. Sometimes, on busy pavements in Manila’s University Belt, students and other passers-by revel in the hawked kwek kwek, perhaps as popular as the hard-boiled five quail eggs in a plastic sachet. Old hands in this backyard industry say many are encouraged to venture in this since they only need a small space and capital to jump-start their enterprise. And daily the income is seen the moment the quail begins to lay eggs. The price of quails varies from a low of 15 pesos to a high of 50 pesos -– the price range may be different in other areas, but some sources suggest a prospective breeder must buy on an 80 female-20 male ratio. As far as housing quails is concerned, sources say around 50 quails can be accommodated in a 2 feet by 4 feet cage, sometimes the quail housing is on top of one another or the so-called battery type, with a ¼ inch mesh wire used for flooring as well as the walls/sides for good air circulation. What about feeds? Sources say during the first two weeks of a quail’s life, it could eat 5 grams per day of chick booster. After two weeks, the breeder can shift to chick starter which will be given to the quail up to the time 30 percent of the quail population lays egg. When the quail keeper attains 30 percent, he can then shift to quail laying feeds.
As far as egg production is concerned, egg price ranges from 60 centavos to 80 centavos per egg –- then sold to habitués at a higher price for that coveted return on investment. In recent years, the Bureau of Agricultural Research funded a project on quail production titled “The Economics and Impact Evaluation of Quail Raising,” a 24-month undertaking conceptualized by the Bureau of Animal Industry-National Swine and Poultry Research and Development Center (BAI-NSPRDC). The project was intended to institutionalize quail raising in a village-level setting that involved other members of the family in the production, and to provide community members with additional source of income. In a research study by BPINSPRDC, quail raising was suggested as one of the most promising livelihoods since the demand for cheap eggs and meat is high, and health benefits are not compromised. According to NSPRDC, 100 ready-to-lay quails are enough for a family to earn an additional income of about P1,000 a month from egg and meat production. Meanwhile, along the stretch of Ortigas Avenue and in provincial bus terminals in the capital, the ungrammatical line “pugo kayo diyan, itlog kayo ng pugo, pampasalubong, pugo na kayo” continues to ring aloud. philippine news agency
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lackluster attitude toward dengue prevention, everybody feel unsafe and threaten. This apprehension is not only limited among local residents. Likewise, the influx of foreign and domestic tourists will also suffer. For instance, who would dare come to Cagayan de Oro City if the government is not doing anything to curtail the spread of ‘dengue?’ Dr. Mendoza and stakeholders in the health industry and the local government units should work together to pursue programs on ‘dengue’ prevention. For instance, a house-to-house visit in the barangay level would provide concrete results than holding scripted interviews in the media. Otherwise, it would be better without DOH! React: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The ceremonial toss for the opening of the 2nd Mayor Dongkoy Emano Cup is done by the mayor of Cagayan de Oro himself, Hon. Vicente Y. Emano, as tournament director Boboy Sabal looks on. The opening game was played between barangays Puerto and Agusan at the Bulua gym. The second edition of the tournament came right on the heels of the successful first Roque Barnido (with ball in hand) of Barangay Puerto team tries to go through a defensive wall set up by tournament.PHOTO BY: GERRY L. GORIT
Azkals faced Inferno in friendly, gets clobbered 3:1 The Philippine Azkals faced Chicago Inferno of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) in a friendly match Sunday (8:00 am, Philippine time). Without the services of the European-based Azkals, the nationals had to be content with only a handful of veterans in Ian Araneta, skipper Emelio “Chiefy” Caligdong, goalkeeper Edward Sacapaño and Ali Borromeo who did not get action today so as to not risk his recent recovery from an injury. The Azkals had to rely on the combination of Denis Wolf and Ian Araneta up front, as the Younghusbands
miss the US training camp due to personal, club, and endorsement commitments. Chiefy and Misagh Bahadoran in the flanks. While 2010 Suzuki Cup hero for the Azkals, Chris Greatwich and Marwin Angeles are in central mid-field. Carli de Murga, Jason Sabio, Jeff Christiaens and Jason de Jong complete the back four, however struggling to keep the defensive back line in the absence of the regular euro-based four defenders. Chicago fired up early on as the Azkals found themselves in a sink hole after the first half with 3 nil.
Changes in the second half for the Azkals brought in OJ Porteria, Mathew Uy, Demit Omphroy, and the other twin Angeles, Marvin, which helped create chances and would eventually lead to a goal. UFL standout Carli de Murga chipped in the 73rd minute for the Azkals lone goal in the friendly. This was a test of mettle for the young squad of the Azkals and some back-up players in the pool of the Philippine Nationals as part of the preparations for the 2012 Suzuki Cup later this year.
Barangay Agusan in their opening game for the 2nd Dongkoy Emano Cup at the Bulua gym on Saturday. The Puerto team won the encounter with a score of 110-104. This inter-barangay basketball tournament is participated by the different barangays of the city with full support from the barangay chairmen. PHOTO BY:GERRY L. GORIT
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