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Briefly Butuan hydro

BUTUAN City -- The effort of the city government here and the local business group on public-private-partnership finally bared fruit when a Japanese firm and three local business firms recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct run-to-river mini-hydropower plants in this region’s frontier and capital city in the Caraga Region. The setting up of multimillion-peso run-to-river hydropower plants in this city will be a big boost to the national government’s Mindanao power generation program for 2012 and beyond, business analysts here said. “This power project in Butuan is a big help to Butuanons, and also a plus factor to the growing industries in this part of Mindanao. This is also a big support to our national government’s power generation in Mindanao,” said businessman Ronnie Vic Lagnada.

New wage hike

DAVAO City -- The wage hike granted for workers in Region 11 is set to take effect on January 1, 2012. Department of Labor and Employment regional director Joffrey Suyao in today’s Talking Points, a weekly radio program aired over DXRP- Radyo ng Bayan, explained that the wage order integrates into the basic wage the cost of living allowance or COLA of P15 as provided for under Wage Order RB XI-16. It provides for a P15 cost of living allowance which P5 will be given out starting January while the P10 remaining balance will be followed by May 2012.

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Aids keep pouring in for flood victims By CARMELITO Q FRANCISCO, Correspondent with Wire Reports


OCAL governments in Mindanao have provided assistance to fellow Mindanaoans affected by the deadly flashfloods last weekend, officials said.

The provincial government of South Cotabato is sending coffins and rice while the Davao City government has earmarked a P3-million cash assistance to victims of tropical storm Sendong. South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy, Jr. said the province has earmarked P1.5 million in assistance to victims in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. “We have a bumper palay harvest in the province and so the assistance to the flood victims will, in effect, also help our farmers [because

we will buy from them],” he said. For the coffins, Mr. Pingoy said the province has about 10 to 15 pieces in stock. He said the assistance of South Cotabato would be brought to the two Northern Mindanao cities together with those coming from nearby Sarangani province. For his part, Sarangani Gov. Miguel Rene A. Dominguez on Monday said the provincial government will be sending P500,000 Flood victims queue for potable water and relief goods supplied by both government worth of rice to the two and private institutions. President Aquino has declared a state of national calamity AIDS/PAGE 12 for Cagayan De Oro and Iligan cities. PHOTO BY ROLANDO SUDARIA

P1.2-b funds out WB, ADB to help Mindanao rehab for calamity areas By ALLAN MEDIANTE, Executive Editor

BUDGET and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad has announced that the Aquino administration is ready to use P1.297 billion in calamity-response funds to help victims of Tropical Storm “Sendong.” “With the Calamity Fund, the government is genAWARDS/PAGE FUNDS/PAGE 1213

ASSISTANCE from foreign countries are pouring in after the country was hit by devastating Typhoon Sendong with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank making pledges to lend additional money for the Philippines, President Aquino said on Tuesday. In his speech before the

evacuees in Cagayan de Oro City during his visit on Tuesday, the President said the ADB committed US$ 3-million loan for the Philippines that could be used for the rehabilitation of typhoon-affected areas. He added that the World Bank also pledged to release a US$ 500-million loan with low interest rate in case

the government need more funds for disaster-response. The President said ADB’s loan is a previous offer after the Philippines invested in the bank in the past. He said the payoff is for the country to avail of the money intended for natural disasters. Aside from this pool REHAB/PAGE 12

Nestlé’s CdO plant spared FLASH FLOODS in Cagayan de Oro brought on by tropical storm Sendong spared the coffee and milk factory of Nestlé Philippines, Inc. but affected more than a hundred of its employees, the local arm of the Swiss food giant said in a statement. “We have identified 115 employees of the Nestlé Philippines Cagayan de Oro factory affected by the calamity,” the firm said after the storm devastated parts of Northern Mindanao and

Visayas last weekend. “Meanwhile, the factory is undamaged, with the focus of attention being the welfare of affected employees,” Nestlé Philippines added, without elaborating on the storm’s impact to production. The Cagayan de Oro factory is said to be Nestlé’s only manufacturing facility outside Luzon, built on a 25.67-hectare site in Barrio Tablon according to data on the firm’s Web site. NePLANT/PAGE 13


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Price of sardines seen to go up By JOCELYN P. ALVAREZ, Correspondent


AMBOANGA City -- Price of sardines might increase said the President of the Industrial Group of Zamboanga (IGZ) Engr. George Ledesma.

Ledesma said, due to the scarcity of tamban, (fish species used for making canned and bottled sardines), an increase of price of sardines is a possibility. “There is a possibility because of the scarcity of

Tamban. Prior to the closed fishing season, there was already scarcity of the fish,” Ledesma explained. Ledesma said, other contributory factor to the possible price increase is the market demand. “If there is

scarcity of supply then the demand will increase this December, then definitely the price will go up,” he said. However, Ledesma said, if the demand for sardines will not rise, then the price would remain stable. “Even if you have low supply and there is no demand for sardines for this season, definitely the price will not go up, “he expressed. Ledesma however clarified that the possible prince

increase in sardines is not due to the closed fishing season being implemented by the government’s aquatic and resources bureau, December 2011 to March 2012 to give time for the fishes to spawn. The closed fishing season temporarily put on hold the jobs of some 30,000 workers from the fishing and canning industries. Department of Labor and SARDINES/PAGE 9

DoE to disburse P1.3B for rural electrification THE ENERGY department will disburse P1.3 billion for rural electrification by the end of the year, an official told reporters in an interview. “The highest historical disbursement for rural electrification is about P860 million only. As part of our moves to accelerate the program we will disburse P1.3 billion which will target 1,420 sitios in three months,” said Energy Secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras in an interview. He added rural electrification was not part of its 2011 budget and is composed of savings of the department. ELECTRIFICATION/PAGE 9 7



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ONB opens new branch Telco offers free public services to ‘Sendong’ victims in Sultan Kudarat SULTAN Kudarat -- The municipality of Esperanza in Sultan Kudarat warmly welcomed One Network Bank’s newest branch, the sole bank serving the locale. The 83rd addition to the widest banking network in Mindanao is ONB’s response to the municipality’s yearning for the ONB brand of rural banking. The branch inauguration in December 8, 2011 was a meaningful town affair as local residents, businessmen and government officials flocked to the branch. Spearheading the ribbon cutting ceremony was Esperanza Municipal Mayor Helen T. Latog, assisted by ONB’s valued clients Ms. Annabelle Midtimbang and Dr. Pedro Aquino. The blessing rite was officiated by the Most Reverend Antonio P. Pueyo of the Archdiocese of Cotabato. In her speech, Mayor Latog expressed her earnest gratitude to ONB for its determination to render Esperanza the unparalleled service that has benefitted majority of countryside Mindanao as this was, in her words, “a sign of progress of the municipality”. Just a stone’s throw away from the municipal hall, Esperanza Branch guarantees hassle-free banking transactions with its wide parking area and spacious interior. Now, Esperanza joins the growing number of municipalities in Mindanao to enjoy in the modern and convenient

banking experience that ONB offers. True to its commitment of providing the latest banking innovations to the rural communities of Mindanao and in support of its aggressive branch expansion, ONB also inaugurated its bigger and more accessible branches in Monkayo, Compostela Valley and in Surigao City and Cabadbaran City, Caraga Region last December 3, 2011. In their speeches Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas of Surigao City and Mayor Dale B. Corvera of Cabadbaran City collectively highlighted the new ONB edifices as major indicators of improvement in the areas they govern. Together with the attendees of the branch inaugurations, the mayors are hopeful that their provinces would also benefit from the banking services long enjoyed by other countryside clients of the widest and fastest growing rural bank in Mindanao. Today, ONB operates with a total number of 81 branches and 107 PeraAgad ATMs all over Mindanao. It remains to be the widest rural banking network in the Philippines and the most modern provider of banking services to the unserved or underserved communities in the country. – ara largo

GLOBE Telecom is offering free public services to enable residents in areas affected by typhoon Sendong to keep in touch with their loved ones. Globe has set up Libreng Tawag stations located in the following areas: covered court of barangay Macasandig; City Central School in Velez

Street; and West City Central School in barangay Carmen in Cagayan De Oro City. In Iligan city, Globe has centers in Mindanao State University–Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) along Tibanga Hi-Way, and Iligan City National High School, and San Lorenzo Church in

Hinaplanon in Iligan City; Batinguil Elementary School, Canduay Elementary School Dumaguete, Sibulan Municipal Market in Dumaguete City. Libreng Tawag Stations give free five (5)-minute local call to all networks and free two (2)-minute international

call per person. Globe has also set up Libreng Charging stations in Barangay Nazareth and Kalambaguhan in Cagayan de Oro City. Libreng Charging Stations have available chargers for those who would like to charge their cellphones.



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Pag-IBIG Fund Butuan Branch Office celebration of the Fund’s 31st year anniversary

Pag-IBIG Fund Butuan Branch joins CARAGA Mangrove Planting Program

Pag-IBIG Fund President / CEO Atty. Darlene Marie B. Berberabe visits Butuan Branch Office

By Atty. Loma Linda A. Say

By Atty. Loma Linda A. Say

Butuan City, December 3, 2011 – 42 employees of Pag-IBIG Fund Butuan Branch planted more than 300 mangrove saplings in the sandbars of Lumbocan, Butuan City last Saturday to highlight the Fund’s outreach program in celebration of its 31st year anniversary. This is its share of active contribution and participation in the on-going CARAGA-wide mangrove planting and watershed reforestation program. The CENRO Butuan City represented by the team of Jessrie S. Bendanillo and Lumbocan Peoples Planters Association (LUMPPA) assisted Butuan Branch in the entire activity and gave an on-site orientation on the effects of phenomenal climate change. Fighting climate change is everyone’s call. Pag-IBIG Fund not only provides a “makabuluhan, matatag, at maasahan” service to its members, but it actively contributes to a healthy environment for the future

Butuan City, December 7, 2011 – Pag-IBIG Fund President and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Darlene Marie “Ma’am Lelen” B. Berberabe graced the week long 31st year anniversary celebration of Pag-IBIG Fund Butuan Branch Office (BBO). Together with the Vice President for Northern Mindanao Group Mr. Fermin A. Sta. Teresa, Jr. and OIC Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Regional Operations Cluster Mr. Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti; Ma’am Lelen met and congratulated BBO for a very good performance in year 2010. She further added during the interview by the two local TV networks in CARAGA that she is very proud of BBO and she expects another year of excellent service. On the same day Ma’am Lelen assured Pag-IBIG Fund Coordinators of CARAGA Region, during the Coordinators’ Update and Christmas Party that she will continue to actively advocate the inclusion of the entire Pag-IBIG contributions as allowable tax deduction from income tax. Congratulations BBO!

Pag-IBIG Fund Butuan Branch cooks for 150 children

Pag-IBIG Fund President / CEO Atty. Darlene Marie B. Berberabe graces CARAGA FC Christmas Party.

Ma. Rebecca C. Ato, CPA HDMF Butuan Branch Office (BBO) welcomed more than 150 kids residing at Villanueva Extension on December 10, 2011. At 8:00 in the morning while BBO opened its front doors to clients; it also unfastened the bolts of its back-gate to welcome the kids who joined in our version of the Soup Kitchen: “Pakain Para sa mga Bata”. It was the very first feeding activity of the branch in coordination with Hon. Lordito C. Escol, Jr. - Punong Barangay of Barangay Tandang Sora and Purok Officials of Purok 13 under the leadership of Purok President PO2 Joel Docdoc. The Purok Officials lined up the children in entering the canteen, where the employees were waiting to serve the food and help the kids settle in at the dining tables. After eating, some kids danced and sang to everybody’s delight. Indeed, it was a Saturday morning to remember and surely, more Soup Kitchens will come our way.


Pag-IBIG Fund Butuan Branch lights up 41 faces of POR CRISTO residents By Atty. Loma Linda A. Say Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, December 9, 2011 – Pag-IBIG Butuan Branch Office (BBO) visited 41 residents of Por Cristo Foundation Incorporated for abandoned elderlies as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility and Outreach Activities to celebrate its 31st year anniversary. Under the directorship of Reverend Father Dennis S. Prisco, POR Cristo (For Christ) has been sheltering numerous abandoned and lost elderlies for years. It is survived by donations and pledges from its benefactors. It started as a small religious organization primarily to save lost and homeless elderlies from the streets. At present, it is already tapped by the government agencies. It now boasts of two buildings built by the generous Butuanons. POR Cristo residents welcomed BBO employees with songs and dances, which for the 6th time (starting 2006), never missed to pour forth tears on everybody

21 Bethany Home resident-survivors share their stories to Pag-IBIG Fund Butuan Branch By Atty. Loma Linda A. Say Baan, Butuan City, December 9, 2011 – Pag-IBIG Butuan Branch Office (BBO) visited 21 resident-survivors of Bethany Home of the Missionary of Sisters, Inc., as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility and Outreach Activities to celebrate its 31st year anniversary. A sectarian organization, Bethany Home rescues children of VAWCI crimes (Violence against women and their children law). It offers holistic healing to enable their residents to return to the society as responsible and healed members. Bethany Home welcomed BBO’s first-ever visit not only with songs and dances but a few heart warming stories of survival and success - An inspiration in the hearts of BBO employees.

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December 3, 2011, 1st Outreach Activity – BBO Mangrove Planting, Lumbokan, Butuan City

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An Empty Egg THINK a minute… This is a true story about a boy named Philip. Philip was 9 years old in a class of 8-year-olds. The kids in his class were mean and unkind to Philip. They would not talk to him or let him play with them. Philip suffered from a disease called Downs Syndrome, so his face looked a little different and his thinking and talking were slower than the other children’s. During the week of Easter the teacher gave each child a plastic egg that they could open. Then she sent them outside to find a symbol of new life, such as a seed or leaf, to put inside the plastic egg. Sometime later all the children gathered

around their basket of eggs and watched as the teacher began to open them. One child had put a flower inside her egg. All the children thought it was a great symbol of new life. In another egg was a butterfly that all the girls said was beautiful. Finally, the teacher opened the last plastic egg and there was nothing inside it. One child said, “That’s dumb!” Another kid said, “That’s not fair!” Then the teacher felt someone pulling her hand. It was Philip. He looked up at her and said: “It’s my egg. I left it empty because Jesus’ grave is empty. That’s why I have new life.” The whole class was silent. From

that day on, Philip was accepted as part of the class. Whatever had made him different was not important or mentioned again. Just a few months later, Philip died from an infection. On the day of Philip’s funeral his whole class of 8-year-old boys and girls came to say goodbye to their special friend. And each child walked up to Philip’s casket to place beside it their gift: an empty egg. Friend, if God the Son can make His love so real and understood to a child like Philip, then none of us has an excuse for not understanding how much Jesus loves us. God humiliated Himself by becoming a human being, not only

Prescription for a Disaster! A 2011 Map of Hazards Area prepared by the Bureau of Mines and Geological Science has been in circulation in the entire country. It can be bought from National Book Store, encoded in the internet, can be goggled and above all copy furnished to all branches of the local government units in the entire Philippines. The Map provides geological studies and survey of areas pruned to landslides and flooding and it sketches low land areas and rivers photographed through satellite images. In short, it was prepared by a government agency with money funded by the government to inform people through a scientific data of how their daily lives are held in their respective environment. A lot of resources, time and effort went to the preparation of the technical data. People in governance who own their mandate to the people must study, absorb and head the advice of the Bureau of Mines and Geological Science so it could be cascaded up to poorest of the poor in the Barangays includ-

ing the people who live in a “Peso Peso” shelter and housing programs where majority of the casualties in the Cagayan de Oro catastrophe came from. How the contour and boundaries of the map of Cagayan de Oro was interpreted by the Cagayan de Oro City Planning Office on where to locate buildings and housing projects is a decision that clouds competence of those who evaluates and approve development. That is for the highest official of this country to review and admonish local officials. It may not be the right time for him to go the details now but a fact finding team should be created to find out what really caused the huge casualties and how should we prevent it from recurring? Typhoon signal No. 2, is manageable, it has been proven in the Bicol Region where the officials and the population are used to this type of disaster. They have coped up in many times typhoons more powerful than “Sendong” limiting


JHAN TIAFAU HURST to die for all our wrongs and forgive us, but then to come back to life to show us that He is God Himself Who wants to give us new life. So won’t you ask Him today to forgive you and take full charge of your new life? Just think a minute…


lost of lives to an isolated level. They repeatedly rise to rebuild their communities and local economies. In Cagayan de Oro, in contrast, it looks like it’s the end of the world in spite of our modernity and income bracket. What is in the Bicol Region that Northern Mindanao does not have? This writer is just a kibitzer and an ordinary flood victim to the recent onslaught of typhoon “Sendong” who wrecked havoc in many lowland areas in Northern Mindanao. The misery brought by the disaster cannot be fathomed in terms of lost of lives and properties. An estimated unofficial figure of affected areas in Cagayan de Oro indicates 1,118 hectares of devastation. It has an average of 207 population densities per hectare as of year 2009 census. With a population growth of 4% per annum, it could be roughly more than 75,910 people that could have been dislocated that represents 10.04% of the populations now homeless

and hungry. This figure is an extrapolation and can be disputed by competent government agencies that are now in the field whose findings could even be higher? This is not an act of God alone or the wrath of nature from man’s abuse of the resources but a conflagration of ignorance and negligence of those who governed over the last 20 years. I sympathize to our friends who live on wooden or bungalow houses along the river banks. Many were destroyed or uprooted. I pray to those who perished and may these dark pages of the Cagayan de Oro history be not repeated?

people to renew their belief in the transcendent and supra-natural. It is also an opportunity for people to laugh and sign – all distressing and exasperating local and national circumstances to the contrary. No, it is not really a time to engage in escapism but days to savor optimism. It is the season that moves people to raise their mind and spirit above their tiring daily routine. While there are indeed many lamentations in their life here and now, they are nevertheless reminded of the promising hereafter and beyond. Thank God there is Christmas! It is an occasion for people to nurture hope in times ahead as heralded by the joy and good will brought about by the Christmas season. Never mind if the realities of poverty

and misery accompany a good number of Filipinos. Reason: There is always hope in the days ahead. Otherwise, they would be truly lost and pathetic if they nurture and wallow in hopelessness and despair. It is the joy and delight brought about by Christmas that eloquently tells them CRUZ/PAGE 9


Christmas (First of 3 parts) THE times are bad and the future is dark. The Country is stagnant and millions of Filipinos are suffering from hunger and uncertainty. The local and national problems are not only multiplying but also worsening. The quest for justice and peace remains elusive and the imperative of socioeconomic development is far from being seriously attended, much less realistically pursued. The Philippines nevertheless continuous to have one singular blessing: The Filipinos who keep the faith, live with hope, believe in love – especially so during Christmas. This is the primary reason why notwithstanding all arguments to the contrary, the Philippines is rather

known for having the longest Christmas Season in the world. This is also why the Filipinos – creative and ingenious as they are – successfully combine their own native Christian heritage with many elements of imported Christmas symbols and practices. And the over-all result is rather curious and endearing at the same time: The Nativity Scene and Santa Clause seen in Churches and big stores alike, the symbolic star of Bethlehem hanging by house windows plus Christmas Trees standing here and there. This is not to mention the many versions of both native and foreign Christmas songs that are repeatedly heard from September to January every year. Thank God there is Christmas! It is a time for




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Shooting the Messenger: the No.1 PHL Human Rights Violation On December 10, Saturday, the world marks the 63rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an international treaty adopted by state-members of the United Nations. In it we find the recognition of the right to life, liberty and security; the right against slavery and torture; the right of equality before the law over discrimination; the right to a fair trial; the freedom to religion, peaceful assembly, the right to dignity, and the right to express one’s views freely, without fear of (actual, subsequent) punishment. In our country, perhaps the most violated human rights are the right to a life of dignity and the freedom of expression. To the former right – the right to dignity –statistics can attest that many are poor and have almost no opportunity to earn more in life despite their honesty and hard work. To the latter, that is, the freedom of expression, it is enough to know that many a citizen, politician or

journalist have been killed for expressing their views. We still continue to fear to express our views until now, because we as a people take criticism emotionally rather than rationally. We hate those who hate us, simply because they won’t praise us, and we stop there. We don’t delve into the merits. We don’t even want to at least hear out contrary views. When a Filipino is criticized, he takes it for the worse, and starts plotting to kill. Take the number of enforced disappearances in the country and the number of slain or threatened journalists. Ninoy Aquino, Jr. was slain for being a dissenter. So was Gerardo “Gerry” Ortega of Palawan. Radio broadcaster Louie Larroza’s daughter was abducted after Mr. Larroza opined on air that he thought a politician was behind the murder of Gerry Ortega. Kalinga, Apayao radio broadcaster Jerome Tabangay was hit on the lip by Governor Jocel Baac. Radio Mindanao Network anchor Dennis Cuesta was

allegedly murdered by a police officer, who remains at large. In Camiguin Island, persons who purported to be the governor’s men mauled Herbert and Hubert Dumaguing after the two expressed their views that certain politicians committed election offenses and committed electoral fraud. Inquirer correspondent in General Santos City, Aquiles Zonio, has been tailed and photographed by unidentified men in motorcycle at his house at various times of the day, ever since he started reporting on illegal mines and the Ampatuan trial. Why shoot the messenger? The gauge of civility is the maturity by which we as a nation handle disagreements. To be frank, we are not very good at it. We turn on the TV and criticize a reporter for her hair, instead of the content. (Many complain there is no content anyway, and well, that maybe true, too.) We are both shallow and pikon, so much so that we lash out at dissenters as if they are murderers. Let’s cut out the personali-

ties (he is a crony; she is ugly; they are greedy) in debates and argue issues – was there a crime committed or not? Is an official act more harmful or more beneficial? Was there graft and corruption or not? Because if we are always going to discuss and debate at the emotional level, then we will not need law and order. Instead, every time we express our contrary views, let’s throw the other party with us into the boxing ring and just throw punches until someone dies. Email sara.suguitan@gmail. com


households. The Department of Energy (DoE) said it has a budget of about P2.5 billion for rural electrification. Mr. Almendras said with the new disbursement, “this basically means we are back on track in our ambition to reach 90% household electrification by 2017.” “These are on-grid and off-grid areas. So electrification, posts on wires. It

is aligned with the Aquino administration’s thrust of investing in the rural areas,” Mr. Almendras said. The department said it will partner with nongovernment organizations to reach underserved areas and will use “decentralized options such as the solar home systems.” The Energy department, along with technical assistance from the World Bank, is crafting a Roadmap for

Household Electrification which will lay out the needed policies to push for greater access to electricity. Mr. Almendras said the Energy department is working with Congressional districts, local government units and even the Church in verifying whether the resources given by the government “hit the area so we will know how effective [the project is].”


of the affected workers launched SAGIP Tamban alternative employment program to help the workers. The city has 13 major sardines manufacturing companies and two tin can manufacturer whose clients are the sardines manufacturing companies.

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The department is targeting to provide electricity to 370,900 of the 17.4 million households every year. The goal of the program is to bring down access to electricity to the household level rather than to barangay halls. As of June 30, household electrification stands at 83% or around 14.4 million


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THESE are hard times for Mindanao. While we are in the midst of this climatic disaster, we are being undermined by what appears to be an innocuous development; that of Saudi Arabia calling the two major separatist organizations in Mindanao to a summit which it will host. This is the least that we expect from the leader of the Organization of Islamic Countries whose members are going through an unprecedented political upheaval that challenges dictatorial and oppressive regime. We consider the invitation of Saudi Arabia to the secessionist fronts an affront to the Philippine sovereignty for there could be no other agenda to be discussed in this forum but to take up the Front’s conflict with the government. The internal conflict in our region is purely a domestic problem and we resent the intrusion of Saudi Arabia on our affairs. We are aware that not a few members of the OIC had been financing the struggles of the Fronts from day one. We saw relief when the enlightened Libyan people overthrew and ended the cruel regime of Moamar Khaddafy. The Libyan strongman had been a major donor to the secessionist fronts in the Philippines and had practically dictated the terms and conditions of the peace treaty that we had with the Moro National Liberation Front. To insure this, he saw to it that the financial aid to the Front is sustained. The end of his regime therefore has a very significant impact on the peace process and conflict in Mindanao. For the powerful and influential kingdom nation to deal with the separatists is indubitably dubious and does not provide any comfort to Mindanao in particular and

MINDANAO PERSPECTIVE MENARDO WENCESLAO the Philippines in general. Saudi Arabia itself is not insulated from the rumblings of the activism of enlightened citizenry that started the Arab Spring. It should therefore absorb lesson from that and should cease from meddling in the affairs of other nations. If they have any concern at all, then they should address this to the legitimate leaders of the Philippines and not with the rebels. It is enough that Malaysia is acting as mediator in the peace negotiation between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Philippine government. We need not internationalize further our internal concerns and we should look with serious misgivings clandestine scheme by external influences to unite the forces of rebellion in our native land. We h av e c o n c e d e d enough to the secessionists to calm them down by granting them autonomy. If they fail in this because of their own undoing and corruption, then they have nobody to blame but themselves. But their failures of governance can be revisited anew to make the system work for a region that is largely inhabited by our Muslim brothers. It would be to their best interest if Saudi Arabia and the members of the OIC keep their hands off in Mindanao affairs. They are better off listening to the voice of their own subjects who yearn for freedom. In this age of enlightenment autocracy and fiefdoms have no more place in the Middle East or the Arab nations and neither will it work in Mindanao.


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December 23-25, 2011

NEWS CAPS By Laurel Media


Trade between the Philippines and China grew by 32 percent in the first three quarters of 2011, showing robust bilateral economic relations despite weaknesses in the global economy, the Philippine embassy in Beijing reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs. The embassy cited a report issued recently by the General Administration of China (GAC), showing that total trade between the two countries reached $26 billion in the first 10 months for the year, an increase of 31.69 percent from figures of the same period last year. Charges d’Affaires Alex Chua said that this is “an indication of the strength, resilience and potentials of the trade and economic ties between the two countries”.


The tourism industry posted considerable annual growth during the first 10 months of this year, the Department of Tourism (DoT) said, citing consistent month-on-month growth throughout the period. “Visitor arrivals to the Philippines continued to yield positive gains during the 10-month period by generating 3,185,866 visitors and posting 11.96% growth rate compared to 2,845,573 arrivals for the same period in 2010,” the government agency said in a recently released statement. The DOT said that the industry’s growth is due to the “consistent positive growths recorded on a month-to-month basis.” “The month of July produced the biggest arrivals [for this year] with 360,784 while the month of February posted the highest growth at 18.52%,” the agency stated.


The amount of foreign portfolio investments or hot or speculative money that was pulled out of the Philippines surged 55 percent in the first 11 months of the year as the sovereign debt crisis in Europe caused jitters and heavy sell-offs of investments, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported. Data released by the BSP yesterday showed that outflows of foreign portfolio investments reached $11.49 billion from January to November this year or $4.1 billion higher than the $7.4 billion that were pulled out of the country in the same period last year. “Outflows rose 55 percent in the wake of the euro zone crisis, with the bulk 91.8 percent representing withdrawals from interim peso deposits,” BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. said in a statement. Tetangco said that inflows grew at a slower pace of 33 percent to $15.43 billion in the first 11 months of the year from a year-ago level of $11.59 billion.


The Department of Agriculture (DA) plans to make some policy changes on food importation. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said that this is a reaction to reports that imported pork and poultry products as well as fish imports continue to find their way to local wet markets. Secretary Alcala said that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has allowed some fish imports but these were intended only for use by fish canneries. The DA-BFAR is coordinating with local government units (LGUs) to check on fish being sold frozen and in boxes in the wet markets. Secretary Alcala said that LGU officials should check if import permits cover these goods. If the sellers cannot produce the import permits, the LGU-market officials should confiscate the fish, Secretary Alcala said, adding that such fish are not intended for sale in the local wet markets. He said the DA-BFAR, does not have enough manpower to monitor the local wet markets. Aside from fish imports, Secretary Alcala said, the DA is also receiving complaints about poultry and pork imports. He said there may be a need to institute some changes in policies related to inspection and verification of such imports.


The collection shortfall of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) against its 2011 target of P320 billion may hit an estimated P65 billion, more than three times the 2010 shortfall of P21.5 billion, according to the latest data from the Department of Finance (DOF). From January to November 2011, the bureau raised only P249.45 billion out of the target P290 billion for the period, preliminary data showed. Thus, BOC officials are now in a quandary on where to source the shortfall, which is needed to fund the bureau’s P1.816-trillion budget for 2012. When Ruffy Biazon took over the helm of the government’s second largest revenue collection agency on Sept. 19, he said it would be hard to meet the targets given the difficult environment.


The Alliance of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) reported yesterday that their November sales totaled 2,672 units, 43 percent higher than in the same period a year ago. Data showed that the group sold more units this year due to the remarkable performance of the passenger car (PC) and light commercial vehicle (LCV) categories with sales growth of 79 percent and three percent, respectively.


The Department of Energy (DOE) has approved an additional 1,000 megawatts (MW) of hydropower contracts, indicating its keen interest to continue to promote renewable energy (RE) resources. “Over the past few months, we continue to release and sign contracts in areas where it really works,” Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras said. According to Almendras, the signing of more RE contracts particularly in hydropower projects, showed that the government, despite challenges, remains keen on developing RE. He said they expect to sign more contracts amid controversies related to the tariff issues.




Power restored in Sendong-stricken areas


HE Department of Energy (DOE) is coordinating with public and private power distributors after tropical storm Sendong (international name: Washi) hit Mindanao, to assure people in the region that they will have power back as soon as possible. The areas affected by Sendong are Dumaguete, Zamboanga, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur, Iligan, and Cagayan de Oro. Power in some provinces and cities affected by Sendong was already restored as early as December 18. Other areas with restored power include the franchise area of the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company, Inc. (CEPALCO), a private distribution utility serving Cagayan de Oro,

Municipalities of Tagaloan, Villanueva, and Jasaan in Misamis Oriental; Talakag (1st District, Bukdnon) under Misamis Oriental I Electric Cooperative and affecting 2,968 consumers; Rosario, San Luis, and Lapaz under Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative, affecting 7,395 consumers; and Bislig and Hinatuan under Surigao del Sur I Electric Cooperative affecting 107 barangays. Talakag’s power will be restored, at the latest, this weekend while power in Rosario, San Luis, Lapaz, Bislig, and Hinatuan was

Niining panahon sa Pasko, ako ug ang akong pamilya manghinaot nga kini atong pagasaulogon nga puno sa pagmaya ug gugma. MALIPAYONG PASKO UG BULAHANG BAG-ONG TUIG KANATONG TANAN Greetings from:

Provincial Board Member ALFEO U. BAGUIO 3rd District of Bukidnon Chairman -- Committee on Environment, Sangguniang Panlalawigan

Transportation, communication and power systems knocked off by typhoon Sendong

restored December 19, as power distribution facilities are required to seek clearance from their respective local government units before connecting back to the grid, to ensure safety and to avoid incidences of electrocution and fire breakouts. Un af fe c te d el e c t r i c cooperatives and power distributors have also offered assistance to stormstricken power utilities through the National Electrification Administration’s “Task Force Kapatid.” “Mindanao electric cooperatives have mobilized to assist as early as Sunday (December 18), however, we note that parts of the storm-stricken areas are still submerged in flood water. Nevertheless, all efforts are being exerted by managers of all power distribution facilities

through close coordination to restore power at the soonest possible time,” Energ y Undersecretar y Josefina Patricia M. Asirit said. Undersecretary Asirit also announced that the DOE is in close coordination with Xavier University in maintaining soup kitchens for storm victims. The Liquiefied Petroleum Gas Marketers’ Association and Petron have already committed to supply gas and gas burners for the said food drive. Likewise, the DOE is tapping private power generation and distribution companies, such as the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) and other energy entities, to assist the storm-stricken electric cooperatives and distribution utilities and their personnel who are also victims of the said calamity.

UN concerned over death tol THE United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser on Tuesday expressed “deep concern” over the death of nearly 1,000 people in the Philippines hit by Tropic Storm Washi. “The president of the General Assembly commends the authorities and everyone involved for their valiant efforts in assisting all those affected by this tragedy and takes note of the declaration of a ‘national calamity’ by the government of the Philippines,” said a statement released by Al-Nasser’s spokesperson. In the statement, AlNasser urged “all member states and the international community to continue to increase assistance to the thousands of victims and communities affected by this tragedy.” The Philippines suffered heavy loss of lives and damage in the flooding caused by tropical storm Washi that struck its southern region on Saturday. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that most of the casualties were from the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte. More than 60,000 families in southern Philippines have been displaced by floods and landslides. This is one of the worst calamities that hit the region for the past few years.



December 23-25, 2011


Bounty Fresh and Chooksto-Go show support in CDO

Prices for basic commodities, bottled water fr0zen

In response to the devastation caused by typhoon “Sendong”, Bounty Fresh Chicken and Chooks-to-Go, the largest chain of take-out roasted chicken, initiated daily Feeding Programs in various areas of CDO and Iligan which have been ongoing since Dec. 20 and will last up to Dec. 24. Bounty Fresh employees from Cagayan de Oro, headed by Asst. Vice Presi-

By Mike Banos

dent Mr. Danilo Boy, have been to Barangays Balulang, Tibasak and Macasandig, as well as the Kauswagan Bridge and the Somo funeral parlor, to distribute arroz caldo and hard boiled eggs. More than 1,000 people have been able to partake of the food brought in by Bounty Fresh. Bounty Fresh has also been providing support to various groups, such as

Xavier University, Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals, Panday Bulig Inc., Gil Macaibay Foundation and TV5, who are conducting Medical Missions and Relief Operations all around CDO and Iligan. Support continues to bring hope and relief to our brothers and sisters in Mindanao as long as there are people willing to help.

AUTHORITIES moved swiftly to curb possible price escalations of bottled water and basic commodities in the wake of the Tropical Storm Sendong calamity. During its regular session last Monday, the Cagayan de Oro City council passed Ordinance No. 12230-2011 which requires/ mandates water refilling stations and similar establishments to freeze the prices of bottled water and plastic water containers as of their December 16, 2011 levels. The Department of Trade and Industry Misamis Oriental Provincial Office received reports that some refi lling stations were taking advantage of the water shortage following the devastating flash flood which severely damaged several production wells of the Cagayan de Oro City Water District and washed away the pipe bridge connecting bulk water supplier Rio Verde Water Consortium to the COWD. Rio Verde officials estimate it would take a best case scenario of three months to restore the pipe bridge though efforts were being made to install a temporary 400mm pipeline through Bounty Fresh Chicken and Chooks-to-Go, HR Supervisor Gang Roa distributing cooked eggs. PHOTO Taguanao Bridge. During the Dec. 21 forum “Lihok SUPPLIED POINT SOURCE

The Cagayan de Oro Water District would like to inform our concessionaires and the public in general that the typhoon “SENDONG” has wrought extensive damage to our major facilities. Below are the completely damaged properties: 1. MACASANDIG Booster Pumping Station (Pilot De Lara, Macasandig) 2. COWD Laboratory (Pilot De Lara, Macasandig) 3. Production Well # 1 (Pilot De Lara, Macasandig) 4. Production Well # 4 (Biasong, Macasandig) 5. Production Well # 7 (Biasong, Macasandig) 6. Production Well # 9 (Biasong, Macasandig) 7. Production Well # 19 (Vila Angela, Balulang) 8. Production Well # 24 (Caballero Compound, Macasandig) These bring the total supply shortfall to around 70% in the West service area and 46% in the Central and East service area. Total estimated cost of damage is around Php 30,400,000.00. All efforts to restore the damaged facilities to normal operating condition are being exerted. To attain this, COWD shall be implementing the following activities within 31 days: - Cleaning of Collector Wells - Rehabilitation of Electric Motors – 10 units - Testing and Rehabilitation of Transformers – 6 units - Rehabilitation of Motor Controllers – 11 units - Disinfection of Production Wells – 6 production wells - Testing and Commissioning of Facilities Meanwhile, COWD is utilizing all its available resources to facilitate water delivery to the affected areas most especially in evacuation centers, funeral homes, and hospitals. A cluster of public faucets and hydrants have been installed to some areas allowing our concessionaires easy access to water supply. The following are point sources of water:



Kagay-an” COWD General Manager Rachel Beja said bulk water comprised about 30-40% of COWD’s daily water production. Due to the acute shortage of water, the Dept. of Trade and Industry Misamis Oriental Provincial Office said they received reports that some refilling stations have unreasonably raised the prices of their products. Eliza Pabillore, DTI Misamis Oriental provincial director said the Water Ralp refilling m Station in Johndorf Opol and Aquasoft at the Johndorf main road had bottleedly raised their prices of bottled water from P30 to P80 per gallon, or by nearly 300%. Unscrupulous vendors had also reportedly been buying bottled water products cheap from supermarkets and reselling them at extorbitant prices in waterless areas. Although the Price Act of 2002 prohibits the escalation of prices of basic commodities, bottled water is not among the controlled goods and services. So was the City Council’s Resolution No. 12380-2011 declared the entire city under a state of calamity which automatically froze the prices of basic commodities to what it was on December 16, 2011. The new resolution mandates that all water refilling stations in the city to freeze

the prices of bottled or mineral water in various volumes as of December 16, 2011. Establishments selling water containers were likewise mandated to freeze their prices as of the same date. The council had been receiving reports that the common “gallon” water container which used to sell for P30 has already been selling for as much as P100. Violators of the new ordinance will be penalized with an administrative fine of P5,000.00 and cancellation of their business permits. “It would continue to be in full force and effect until such time that the declaration of the state of calamity in the City shall have been lifted,” said Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya. The Dept. of Trade and Industry Regional Office similarly warned establishment Pres. Benigno C. Aquino II had earlier declared a “state of national calamity” following the Sendong disaster which automatically activated the provisions of Republic Act 7581 (Price Act) under Paragraph 1 of Section 6 which freezes the prices of basic commodities or placed them under price control. “Anyone who violates the price control mandated by the law will face possible administrative and criminal charges,” said Ms. Pabillore.

WATER DELIVERY to different areas in the city is being facilitated through COWD tankers and trucks, BFP fire trucks, tankers from VCWD, PCWD, Negros Navigation, Asia Brewery, JETTI and Mr. Ariel Tan. For the schedule, please refer at the back of this page.

Production Well # 3A

Pumping Station (15 Faucets)

Near Macasandig Elementary School



Near Mindanao University of Science & Technology

Brgy. Lapasan Plaza



Hydrant – Exclusive for Fire Trucks Hydrant – Exclusive for Fire Trucks

Please be informed of the following: Across CUMC Hospital, Gusa 1) The point sources of water merely serve as collection areas for water. Please refrain from bathing and Entrance of Capistrano washing clothes directly from the said sources in Complex order to give a fair chance for everybody.


Balongis, Balulang


Near Mary Mount Academy, Balulang


Villa Angela, Balulang


Near Macanhan Plaza


Vamenta, Carmen


Vamenta, Carmen


Vamenta, Carmen


Fronting Liceo (Patag Road)






Outside City Hall Outside City Tennis Court

CUMC Capistrano Complex Balulang Booster Station Production Well # 17 Production Well # 25 Production Well # 27 Julie’s Bakeshop JollibeeCarmen Golden Heritage Elipe Park COWD Suboffice Production Well # 10 City Hall City Tennis Court Xavier University Grade School

Faucets Hydrant

Fronting XUGS Gate

2) Perforation of pipes (pagbuslot sa tubo sa tubig) is prohibited because it will contaminate (mahugawan) the water running through it and may lead to infectious diseases. Aside from being illegal, this will also cause further delay in rehabilitation work.



PLEASE BOIL THE WATER BEFORE DRINKING! Thank you for your cooperation. For further inquiries, please do not hesitate to call our customer care hotline numbers: 72-91-42/856-4546/0917-707-3016

- COWD –


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cities. In a related development, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has heeded the request of the government for immediate food, non-food items and logistics support in the ongoing relief efforts to Sendong’s victims. In coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Philippine Air Force, WFP immediately dispatched three tons of biscuits to assist 7,800 of the most vulnerable people who cannot easily cook food, WFP said in a statement. In addition, WFP has mobilized and delivered items needed for relief operations, including water tanks and a mobile storage tent. “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of lives and displacement as a result of the storm and flash floods,” said Stephen L. Anderson, WFP country director. The government has specifically requested WFP for emergency food and non-food items such as blankets, water tanks, tarpaulins and tents for over 74,000 people in Cagayan de Oro, El Salvador City and Kinoguitan in Misamis Oriental, and Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, as well as logistics support to help transport government relief items to affected communities in Northern Mindanao.

WFP support will be determined by the results of ongoing joint assessments with the government, UN and other humanitarian agencies, Mr. Anderson said. “Our swift response to support the government’s relief effort has been helped by the fact that we have existing operations in Central Mindanao focusing on populations who have been affected by conflict and natural disasters,” he said. Meanwhile, survivors of the devastating flashfloods triggered by tropical storm “Sendong” in the southern Philippines face growing threats from disease, officials warned on Wednesday as the death toll breached a thousand. Some 44,000 people who fled as huge torrents swept away shantytowns five days ago are packed in evacuation camps with rudimentary facilities, but officials fear these sites could be potential breeding grounds for epidemics. “We may be paying so much attention to the corpses we will ignore the evacuation centers,” said assistant Health Secretary Eric Tayag in a television interview. “If there is any epidemic or threat to health, it will come from the evacuation centers.” In recent days, local authorities in the hard-hit port cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan have struggled to deal with the hundreds of dead, decomposing bod-

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF LANAO DEL SUR 12th Judicial Region BRANCH 10 Hall of Justice, Marawi City IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF DATE OF BIRTH ZAMAN RABIA DISOMIMBA, SPL. PROC. NO. 2040-11 Petitioner, versus – OFFICE OF THE CIVIL REGISTRAR OF MARANTAO, X-------------------------------------------------------------X ORDER Before this Court is verified Petition for correction of date of birth filed by Petitioner Zaman Rabia Disomimba, dated October 27, 2011, which alleges: 1. That petitioner is of legal age, and a resident of Lumbac-Ingud-Maul, Marantao Municipality, Lanao del Sur, where she may be served with court processes of this Honorable Court; 2. That respondent is the office of the Local Civil Registrar of Marantao which is a government office where all births in the locality are being registered and kept and summons and other court processes may be served at its office at Marantao, Lanao del Sur; 3. That sometimes on April 11, 1998, a relative of a petitioner, and unknown to her, applied for the late registration of Certificate of Live Birth; 4. That the petitioner’s date of birth was erroneously declared and written in her Certificate of Live Birth (Late Registration) by a typist who inadvertently typed and encoded December 30, 1947 instead of the petitioner’s real birth date which is December 30, 1953; 5. The petitioner just recently discovered and saw the said error in the entry of birth date when she secured a copy and certification from the National statistics Office (NSO), a copy of which is attached hereto as Annex A; 6. That the petitioner’s true and correct date of birth is December 30, 1953 and this fact is known to her relatives and contemporaries, a copy of the Joint-Affidavit of Hadji Ibrahim D. Dimapundag and Moctar T. Domado is hereto attached as Annex B; 7. That respondent public and school records show and reflect her real birth date as December 30, 1953. She also filed her true and correct Certificate of Live Birth, a copy of which is also hereto attached as Annex C, other documentary evidence includes the Jamiatul Philippine Al-Islamia College Transcript of Records, which are hereto attached as Annex D; 8. That the petition is filed without any slightest intention to defraud or prejudice the government or any person. The petition is filed for the sole purpose of rectifying the erroneous entry in the Certificate of Live Birth of the Petitioner filed with the Local Civil Registrar of Marantao, Lanao del Sur in order to reflect her true and correct date of birth as appearing in her public and government records. Finding the aforesaid petition to be sufficient in form and substance, it is hereby ordered that the same be set for hearing before this Court on January 24, 2012 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning. Let a copy of this Order be published at the expense of the petitioner in a newspaper of general circulation in Lanao del Sur or Marawi City or Iligan City for three (3) consecutive weeks. The Local Civil Registrar of Marantao, Lanao del Sur and the Civil Registrar General, or any person or party who has an interest in the petition may file his/her opposition thereto within fifteen (15) days from notice of this petition or from the last day of Publication of this Order. Further, let this Order be posted for fifteen (15) days prior to the date of hearing in the Bulletin Board of the Municipal Hall of Marantao, Lanao del Sur; where the petitioner is residing; and the Bulletin Board of this Court, also at the expenses of the petitioner. The petitioner is directed to notify this Court of the publication of this Order not later than three (3) days before January 24, 2012. Furnish copies of this Order, together with the copies of the petition, to the Local Civil Registrar of Marantao, Lanao del Sur; the Honorable Solicitor General, Makati City; and the Honorable Civil Registrar General, National Statistics Office (NSO), Manila. SO ORDERED. Marawi City, November 23, 2011.

BWM: DECEMBER 9, 16 & 23, 2011


ies and their overpowering stench. Iligan began on Tuesday mass burials of identified victims, while Cagayan de Oro is preparing a swimming pool-size communal tomb at the local cemetery. Officials of the two cities told AFP the evacuation centers -- mainly schools and gymnasiums -- have escaped epidemics so far, though conditions remain chaotic due the shortage of skilled relief workers to run them. Levy Villarin, health officer of Iligan, said the city’s tap water distribution facilities had been shut down to prevent possible contamination by floodwaters and fire trucks have to deliver water to 16 evacuation camps. “The problem is we only have one or two toilets per school, and they have to cater to 3,000 or 4,000 users,” he said. “In order to avoid epidemics we need clean water and portalets (portable toilets),” Villarin added. Cagayan de Oro Councilor Dante Pajo, who is in charge of health matters, agreed there was not enough food or water for the more than 26,000 evacuees there. “The affected areas still don’t have water or electrical services. We have to bring water to them with fire trucks,” he said. At a Cagayan de Oro gymnasium, 52-year-old grandmother Adela Campaner lined up for porridge midmorning for her and her two grandchildren’s first meal of the day. “I am ashamed that I have to beg for food,” she said, vowing to go back to their devastated riverside shantytown of Consolacion, as soon as possible so she could resume normal life selling cooked food at a roadside restaurant.

Wearing a mismatched T-shirt and pants obtained from relief workers, she said she had not taken a bath for three days and was forced to retreat from the school’s toilet earlier in the day due to the repulsive smell. The gym was filled to the rafters with people sleeping on mats and cardboard cartons. “I want to get out of here,” said her son Rex Campaner, a 35-year-old security guard who said he had difficulty sleeping at night because of the noise from more than a thousand other evacuees. “I would much prefer to live in miserable conditions in my own house,” he added. The civil defense agency said that more than 348,000 people were affected by the storm with 276,000 people receiving emergency assistance, including 44,000 at evacuation centers. Many others that are getting government aid are sheltering with relatives. Many of them cannot return home as their houses were destroyed by the flood and the government has said they would not be allowed to go back to potentially dangerous areas.

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generously equipped to mobilize and support disaster relief efforts in Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and other Sendong-affected areas. We are ensuring the quick release of these funds so that victims will receive swift and proper assistance,” Abad said. The P1.297-billion Calamity Fund under the 2011 Budget will be released immediately in the wake of Tropical Storm Sendong. Abad also noted that the 2012 Budget has allocated P7.5 billion to the Calamity Fund, up by P2.5 billion or

Republic of the philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region BRANCH 37 Cagayan de oro City NOTICE OF EXTRA – JUDICIAL SALE EJF NO. 2011-558 Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under act. No. 3135/1508 filed by BANGKO RURAL NG TAGOLOAN (MIS. OR.), INC. as mortgagee, against SPS. LORIE MAY D. PRANTILLA & EUGENE G. PRANTILLA, as mortgagor/s with residence and postal address at PUROK 10, POBLACION, VALENCIA CITY, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of MARCH 6, 2011, amounts to P 981,000.00, excluding penalties, charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned will sell at public auction on February 7, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. at the office of RTC Branch 37, Hall of Justice Bldng., Hayes Street, Cagayan de oro City, to the highest bidder, for CASH or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency, the following property with all its improvements, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. E-6187 A PARCEL OF AGRICULTURAL LAND, situated in Barangay Poblacion, Municipality of Naawan, Province of Misamis Oriental, containing an area of THREE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY TWO (3,272) square meters, more or less, registered in the name of APOLONIA ROA DIESTRO. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the undersigned on the above stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date for whatever reason, the same will proceed on the following working day without further notice to all parties. Cagayan de Oro City December 1, 2011

(Sgd.) HON. WENIDA B.M. PAPANDAYAN Presiding Judge BWM: DECEMBER 16, 23 & 30, 2011

50% from this year’s budget. Abad added that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of National Defense (DND), and the Department of Education (DepEd) are also adequately supported by separate Quick Response Funds (QRFs), which will guarantee direct and immediate support to Sendong-stricken areas. “In addition to the Calamity Fund and the QRFs, we also have the Local Government Support Fund shares of all affected local government units, for whom President Benigno S. Aquino III will provide Special Allotment Release Orders (SAROs) and Notices of Allocation (NCAs) tomorrow,” Abad said. He also confirmed that if additional disaster-response funds are required, the Administration has sufficient reserves to augment the Calamity Fund and QRFs to expedite relief operations to all affected areas and communities.

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funds that can be accessed by the government, President Aquino said the country still has a P1.17 billion calamity

fund, as well as other funds that can still be tapped. But he said using the other sources of money will depend on the recommendation of his economic team. Besides monetary offers, there are assistance being offered by the US, Japan, China, Russia, Spain and many other countries, he said. “Taus-pusong pasasalamat po ang ipinararating natin sa mga kaibigan ng bansang Pilipinas at ng mga Pilipino. Wala pong duda babangon ang Cagayan de Oro at ang Iligan at ang iba pang tinamaan ni Sendong,” he said. With all the assistance being extended, the President noted that government will have to assess the recent initiatives to determine what is needed. The President visited Cagayan de Oro, Iligan City and Dumaguete City on Tuesday to oversee the ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts. He also led the distribution of relief assistance to evacuees in those areas. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) more than 900 people were killed in the flashfloods in Region 10 brought about by Typhoon Sendong. Scores of people were also missing, the agency said. (pna)

EXTRA JUDICIAL PARTITION WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late SOSTENES OBASA, who died on July 27, 2000 at Poblacion, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, died without leaving a will and left no debts; left a parcel of residential land more particularly bounded and described as follows; A parcel of Residential land situated at Poblacion 2, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, covered by ARP No. 08-13000-200-386, Property Index No. 052-13-0002-004-04, declared under the name of OBASA SOSTENES, containing an area of 165 SQUARE METERS, more or less, is the subject of EXTRA JUDICIAL PARTITION WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE to JUDY MAE T. ABREA, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of Poblacion, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, referred as Vendee, for and in consideration of Php. 50, 000.00 under Notary Public of CRISTINA TERESA A. MORENO-OCIONES as per Doc. No. 234; Page No. 047; Book No. 35; Series of 2011. BWM: DECEMBER 9, 16 & 23, 2011

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region BRANCH24 Cagayan de Oro City OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF SHERIFF’S NOTICE OF SALE FILE NO.2011-593 Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended filed by ORO INTEGRATED COOPERATIVE, mortgagee against SPS.NATALIE AND JOHNSON TAN, mortgagors,of#046 Vamenta Zone 7,Bulua,Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of December 5,2011, amounts to p.391,051.03,excluding penalties, charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned sheriff will sell at public auction on January 16,2012, at 9;00 in the morning or soon thereafter at the main entrance of the hall of justice, Hayes Street, Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder, for cash and in Philippine Currency, the property with all its improvement to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-172476 A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 35337-C,Psd-10-038454, portion of lot 35337 Cad- 237,Cagayan Cadastre), situated in the Barangay of Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City Bounded on SE. along lines 1-2 by Lot 35337-E (Road Right of Way), of the Subdivision Plan Psd-10-038454; on the SW,, ALONG LINE 2-3 by Lot 6248,Cad-237,Containing an area of TWO HUNDRED THIRTY SIX (236) square meters more or less. Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves, in the event of Auction Sale cannot take place for whatever legal reason the sale will proceed on the following day, without further notice, posting and publication, the title here in above describe and encumbrance thereon, if any there be. Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, December 13, 2011. THE EX-OFFICIO PROVINCIAL SHERIFF TERESITO C. ESTENZO Sheriff IV

(Sgd.) JOSUE P. GUIBONE Sheriff IV BWM: DECEMBER 23, 30, 2011, Jan . 6, 2012

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Fashion Fever the MDO Way! MDO High-school celebrate with an early Christmas treat with Fashion Fever Last December 9 , 2011 , MDO celebrated the much awaited Fashion Fever event at the Limketkai Atrium, sponsored by Limketkai in cooperation with Montessori de Oro Performing Arts Group. Since year 2000, MDO High-school has been encouraging their students to be involved and excited in taking part in the Fashion Fever event. The goal of this event is to challenge creativity, teamwork and responsibility among the students. Each student is given the opportunity to experience what it is like to face an audience as well as become a star or model. While preparing for the event students are challenged to contribute ideas , brainstorm, research , and decide as a group. Questions like how to budget their money, what theme they want to present , whether they will hire a designer and makeup artists ,as well as what music they’ll be using, is a class effort and the students decide on it with the guidance of their Adviser . Through Fashion fever, students minds are awakened , imaginations are sparked and worthy collections are realized. For over 30 years now , MDO has been providing a venue for their students to shine not just in the academic realm but also in the arena of sports and the arts. As a competition, Fashion Fever has existed for eleven years now. The MDO community support this event because they know it very much

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site. Nescafé coffee and Bear Brand powdered milk are made there. The factory started operations in 1984. Nestlé has other production facilities in Laguna, Batangas, and Bulacan. It had earlier announced plans to sink in P4.3 billion for a factory in Batangas that would manufacture Coffee-Mate creamer. Nestlé Philippines further noted that a factory Christmas party there scheduled for tomorrow has been canceled, with management and the union deciding to “devote all available resources to assist affected employees and nearby communities.” “Financial assistance, including emergency loans to affected employees, has been released,” Nestlé Philippines said. Other public and private sector officials have similarly noted minimal impact on economic activity in the area, highlighting instead

contributes to the formation of a student’s character. The opportunity to walk , dress up like a model in a Fashion show helps in conquering shyness in students. It gives them the ability to be confident, more open and for those that really have it in them – they realize that becoming a model /artist is really about working hard. his year four levels battled it out in the Fashion Fever event. It was also graced by the “ Prince of Haute Couture “ Fashion designer Gil Macaibay joined by Dennis Almazan of Team Oro and the MUST Top Woman Model of 2011. The first collection had a “ Party Pop Night Theme” All the clothes were designed by Jie Jie . The collection showed flower power, dots, and stripes , it was colorful and fun. Even the wings worn, used

the death toll which hit more than 300 for Cagayan de Oro. Officials of Pueblo de Oro Development Corp., owner of the Cagayan de Oro-based ecozone, had said it was “business as usual,” adding that this has allowed them to join relief efforts. Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc. said operations had only been cut by a day and efforts were now directed at helping residents near their Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental facilities.

the same fabric in the collection. It was fun , bubbly and definitely a happy wearable collection. The second collection had a “ Furturistic Funware” theme also designed by Jiejie. It had a more restraint effect but” less is more” was indeed shown in its true form. The second year students looked like models, they had the same hair and makeup – they had one look and even their shoes were all pumps. They walked and strutted the runway like pros. No wonder Gil Macaibay named Kayra Salcedo, a model from this collection as MDO’s best female model and they bagged the second place. The third year collection had a “ Circus” theme . The collection was colorful and was over the top with clowns and people in stilts ,it was like a magic show with some interesting clothes to show. The Fourth collection had a “ Whimsical Wonderland” theme. Clothes and headdresses were stunning . Black and white was the backdrop. The music made the collection looked more elegant and worthy of bagging the most coveted First place. It was like watching a surreal adventure in Narnia where Lions and Animals were dressed, it was indeed beautiful. Art Solon was named the best male top model ,Gil Macaibay called him“ fierce “ . It was a momentous occasion for the MDO community and one that is worth its commendation. It brought smiles to faces of Parents making them proud in saying to the person beside them” that is my daughter /son on stage”. The students indeed gained more confidence through hands on learning. The Fashion Industry was also given utmost importance . And most of all, MDO was able to inspire the very best in each of their students . Indeed , MDO can truly reverberate the words Your Future , Our Pride !

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Guela Raagas Ampong: A Fashion Designer of Emotions By JOE PALABAO Correspondent

DESIGNS and Patterns signature major fashion show of Guela Raagas Ampong: A Fashion Designer of Emotions held at the Activity Center of SM City Cagayan de Oro last December 10, 2011 was a hit and a tremendous success. Guela Raagas Ampong is now considered as one young, promising and emerging fashion designer of Cagayan de Oro. His designs and collections are products of his pent up emotions of happiness, sadness and frustrations which led to red letter days of his life-designing the patterns of life. These mode of emotions are seen in his extraordinary executions of fabrics and turned them into beautiful pieces of collections. Eight beautiful and mesmerizing designs and collections showcased coming from the emotions of the inner sanctum of his heart as he experienced pains, happiness, sadness and frustrations in life. The models turned into live mannequins as they ramped along the catwalk wearing his impressive 2011 Collections. These indispensable set of collections will surely be sought after in 2012. The green dresses are so cool and great designs for parties. Earth Day Jam Collections were so cool and refreshing, the pink dresses are ideal for teenage parties which exudes elegance and beauty. Fantastic collections and will surely become a hit to teenagers and the details boosted the whole dress ensemble and it is a real work of art in the world of fashion. Heavenly Creatures Collections are wearable designs and recommended for elegant wedding ensembles. The designs are fresh, relaxing and wearable and can be worn in the office by just putting an overcoat or blazer. A wearer of the design can just go straight to a night function by taking off

the overcoat. Guela Raagas Ampong in this collection just turned his models into seraphims and cherubims, gods and the goddesses. Ethereal, the models are turned into fantastic men and beautiful women of the society. Men’s Wear are fantabulous and great collection and carries a well defined soiree. The floral tops which is still are okay for men and has the reminiscence of the Travolta’s fashion. It is somewhat formal and boyish. Materials used are so light and cool and superbly carried by men. Its classy and exude manly sexiness and the touch of floral theme in their polo gives a distinct style which has intricate details. Mindanao Fashion Summit collections are world class with elegant high end fabrics and it is something to look forward for Fashion Forecast for 2012. Its shows that Mindanaon Collections is not far from the great designs of the highly respected designers in the country today, Guela Raagas Ampong got the nod of the fashion industry. It is ideal for cocktails, corporate parties and other functions. For CDO fashion enthusiasts, its something to reckon and wear. Red Pain Idea Collection is Guela’s highest form of his emotional designs. In here he bears out every inch of his feeling. Collections and designs clearly defines

perfection, color combination is greatly amazing, very dramatic and seemingly the colors of pain are fading away and expecting a happier results of the show. Red and metallic gray, designs and sexy but not intimidating, its chic and sophisticated colletion. Indeed it has complicated designs, it depicts his real life, the pains the sacrifices, ridicules that turned something into valuable pieces and work of art in the fashion industry. Red pan idea collection reflects his real self, his passion to be somebody in the fashion industry today. The collections are great. Unbreakable Queen Collection- they are sophisticated collections of Guela carried well by his models. Loud colors gown catches attention from the viewers, soft fabric for sheer capes really matched. Shoulder drapes of the pink gown is just great for matured women. The models look so queenly of their gownsthey exude beauty and elegance beyond compare. Eye catcher collections, they are classy and so modern. Special Guest was Jhaan Phil Lerona Florida-Faces Management-Davao Fashion Designer. It was produced by Designs and Patterns ManagerMs. Lucia G. Dolora and Ms. Mary Ann B. Dolera-Marketing Manager with Guela Raagas Ampong-CDO’s Fashion Designer of Emotions. The tremendous success of the his Major Fashion Show was through the support of SM City-Cagayan de Oro, the Department of Tourism X, Liceo de Cagayan University Drum and Bugle Corps who performed the hilarious entrance and STI Cagayan de Oro Campus which provided the computers for use of the Fashion Critics coming from the fashion industry, the academe, fashion institute and individuals. Elegant model, Ms. Liza Marie G. Derequito-daughter of Ms. Ma. Nancy Derequito of DOT X was of the models who gave her best during the show.

PRETTY @ TRENDY BOTIQUE Ficco Bldg. Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City Tel no. 08822-723344 Cel. 09264874974 Look for Ai/Rose New styles of brand new branded dresses and blouses, sandals and bags.

14 December 23-25, 2011 The years most awaited Car Showdown


opened Dec 21, 2011 at the Mega Trade Halls in SM Mega Mall. More than 50 plus modified cars from the country’s top car shops will compete for the events top prizes. Face Off Car Show Series is presented by Fab4 Productions and SM Mega Trade Halls.

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SM gives out P10 million for Sendong victims SM Prime Holdings Donates P10 Million to the victims of typhon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City. SM Prime Holdings, Inc donates a total of 10 Million Pesos worth of assistance both in cash and in kind to the victims of Typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City. Through their AVP for Operations for Mindanao, SM turned over the cheque worth P3M to the City Mayor Vicente Emano. “Thank you to the management of SM. This donation will help a lot of people,” the mayor said. With the relief operations still underway, SM Foundation Inc., SM’s sociocivic arm is working closely with the local government and with various agencies in distributing goods worth P7 Million in the city’s affected areas and donating 10,000 bottles of water for the next several days, more



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BEST holiday wishes from Aquabest AQUABEST and its mother company GQWEST Inc celebrates the holiday season with the Filipino people. “The holiday season has always been important for us Filipinos and it is no different here in the company. For us the holidays are not just a time for celebration but also

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being one of reflection on the ultimate purpose of our Lord’s birth” says Carson Tan the company’s CEO. He adds that 2011 has been very good for the company with the launching of its Shift Happens and Green Mindset Campaigns. Apart from looking back at a successful year,

the company will kick of the New Year with a bang with its many activities. Among these is the Discovery Channel Fun Run to be held on January 22. The company will also participate in exhibits and bazaars where Aquabest hero, Aquabuzz will join the fun and games. The com-

pany also set to launch a new concept that will definitely revolutionize the franchising industry Entreprises. As Aquabest prepares to bid good bye to 2011, the company looks forward to a continuing success in 2012 as it moves forward toward the goal of franchising excellence.

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