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Cagayan de Oro City


February 22, 2012


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Capitol defends DepEd ‘memo’ By VANESSA L. ALMEDA Special to Mindanao Daily

MGB Regional Director Albert Johann Jacildo looks at the geo-hazard map of Balabag mountain in Bayog town in Zamboanga del Sur province. The mountainous area is marked ‘red’ because of dangers pose by landslides in Balabag. The illegal gold mining activities in Balabag in the town of Bayog in Zamboanga del Sur province is a disaster waiting to happen because the area is home to hundreds of small scale miners who use cyanide, mercury and nitric acid in their operation. Blasting is also rampant in the mountain where illegal miners use improvised explosives in making tunnels in Balabag. Photo by Al Jacinto

MINING OR GRAVEYARD? By AL JACINTO, Regional Editor-Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA del Sur––Philippine authorities have expressed alarm over the unabated illegal gold mining activities in the mountain of Balabag in the town of Bayog in the Western Mindanao province of Zamboanga del Sur. Authorities said the rampant use of cyanide and mercury are threatening the environment and the safety and health of villagers around the mountain. There have been many cases of deaths related to illegal

mining over the years–– from landslides to blasting of tunnels––by small scale miners. The illegal activities continue to pose grave dangers and the pollution from hazardous chemicals

WEATHER UPDATE TAIL-END of a cold front affecting the Northern Luzon. Easterlies prevailing over Mindanao. Northern and Central Luzon and Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming cloudy with widespread rains over the eastern section of Northern and Central Luzon which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the East to Southeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the East over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

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such as cyanide, mercury and nitric acid are now threatening not only the water and food sources in Balabag, but the safety of humans and animals as well. The toxic chemicals are being used by small-scale miners to extract gold from rocks and earth dug from tunnels that now dotted the mountain like bee hives. Tons and tons of cyanide, mercury and nitric acid are dumped in Balabag over the past decades by illegal miners whose operations MINING/PAGE 10

Cops nab drug suspect, 2 others escape in buy-bust By PAT SAMONTE, Regional Editor-Caraga

BUTUAN City––A suspected drug pusher was apprehended while two others escaped in two separate police “sting” operations here and Surigao City over

the weekend. Authorities identified the suspect as Frederick Cortez Barrier, 33, of Surigao City. Barrier’s brother, Mark Felizarta Cortez, eluded ar-

rest. Alvin Buyan Tioaquin alias Tata jumped from the second floor of a lodging house here and made good his escape from police raiders, police said. On Sunday, elements of the Caraga police intel-

ligence division, Surigao City police, and a Special Weapons and Tactics team raided the suspects’ house following a buy-bust operation at around 6 pm. The raiders were armed with a search warrant issued by

Butuan City Regional Trial Court Branch 2 Judge Emmanauel Escatron. Caraga police information officer Supt. Martin Gamba said the raiders arrested Barrier from whom BUST/PAGE 10

SU R I G AO C i t y – – T h e Department of Education official facing a snowballing public outcry on her order requiring pupils and students to submit a tax clearance certificate as requirement to graduation finds an ally in Capitol. While admitting there was “no malice” when she issued the memorandum, Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Evelyn R. Fetalvero said there is no reason to cause an uproar as she already issued an addendum to DepEd Memorandum No. 08 issued on January 18, 2012. “It’s already in the addendum …(and) really, I have no malice about this (memo) as I am only doing it to help our local government,” the DepEd official said Wednesday. The addendum was issued February 3, 2012. Provincial Administrator of Surigao del Norte lawyer Premolito Plaza came to the rescue of the embattled DepEd official saying it will be “thankless” if they leave her “hanging” when she has only offered her support to the policies of the provincial government. “Lisud man sad kaayo kay nitabang man ang departamento sa atong gobyerno (local government unit),” Plaza said. Plaza explained that Fetalvero’s move,in relation to the Gov. Sol F. Matugas Executive Order 001 issued last January 7, 2011, is in line with the “territorial jurisdiction” of the local government, the DepEd Division being “under” it. Plaza has also emphasized the role of “partnership” between the local government unit with national line agencies as expressed in the 1991 Local Government Code’s General Provision MEMO/PAGE 11

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People’s health day conducted at Brgy Macabalan By RIC Y. OCIONES, Correspondent


CAGAYAN de Oro City–– In line of the fiesta celebration in honor of their patron, “St. Peter de Fisherman,” on February 2223, the Barangay Council of Macabalan headed by Punong Barangay Norbel Saa successfully conducted

the People’s Health Day Program last February 17. In an interview, Chairman Saa said that hundreds of families living in their locality availed of the services extended by the City Health Department, Legal Division, and Agriculture

under the city government headed by Cagayan de Oro Mayor Vicente Emano. Saa said that among the services extended include free dental and medical checkup, including free medicines, dog vaccinations, legal counseling, hair-cut and many more. Chairman Saa together

with the entire members of the Barangay Council expressed their “profound” thanks and gratitude to Mayor Vicente Emano for the excellent services extended his locality. Meanwhile, among the highlights during their fiesta celebration are; various ball games, nyt café includ-

ing band concert besides the river, cleanliness drive participated in by the different sitios, cultural night presentation, and a civic parade around the premises of Macabalan. Barangay Councilor Toto Salorico is the chairman of this year’s fiesta activities.

C’bato jail attacked, 3 killed, 15 wounded THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government on Tuesday commended jail officers and men of Kidapawan City Jail for bravery and gallantry in repulsing 50 heavily armed men who attacked the district jail in North Cotabato on Monday. Interior Secretary Jesse M. Robredo said the officers and men of Kidapawan City Jail deserved commendation for putting up a fight and repulsing heavily armed bandits out to free their alleged leader Datukan Samad. About 50 heavily-armed men attacked the District Jail in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato Sunday night, killing three people and wounding 15 others, the Armed Forces of the Philippines reported. AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos said the heavily-armed unidentified men were out to spring from jail detained Maguindanaobased notorious Muslim bandit leader Datukan Samad, alias “Lastikman”. The raider fired rocket-

propelled grenade to the wall of the city jail and B-40 antitank rockets at the jail’s main gate. Personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), however, returned fire, forcing the attackers to retreat. Burgos said three people were killed during the raid. He identified them as Mark Anthony Morales, 23; Ian Carlos Sevilla, 22; and a certain Benny Balmediano. The attackers shot Sevilla and Morales, who were on a drinking spree inside a nearby Molos Videoke House, to divert attention. The injured included Fire Chief Insp. Romeo Tactaquin, Fire Officer 1 Jonathan Cornejo, Jail Officer 2 Joel Letada, Fire Officer 1 Jerry Anonciado,

Police Officer 2 Ricky Santos, Adrales Cabriles, Elvin Dulay, Ernie Aguirre, Raffy Yusulan, Joemar Lizardo, Rizaldy Dapan, and Al Termolin Lao. They are now undergoing treatment in different hospitals in Kidapawan City. Samad is a new and emerging notorious bandit leader whose group is engaged in kidnap-for-ransom, car theft, extortion, gun for hire, among others, and operating in Maguindanao and nearby provinces. “The officers and men of the Kidapawan City District Jail deserves commendation for putting up a fight and repulsing about 50 armed bandits, who were out to spring out from jail their alleged leader Datukan Samad,” Robredo said. Robredo has directed officials of the PNP Regional Office 12 led by Chief Supt. Benjardi Mantele to investigate the incident, identify the raiders and work for their arrest. CD With wire reports

Medical Mission at Bonbon Covered Court. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez addresses the patients at Barangay Bonbon during the Medical Mission organized by the Light of the World Church headed by Pastor Noah Silava with volunteers from United States, Cebu and Manila. Cong. Rodriguez provided for four doctors and ten senior nurses for the event.

Police raid yields guns, ammos By ARJAY S. FELICILDA, Caraga News Bureau

BAYUGAN City––Local police operatives, in coordination with the 13th RCIDU-Agusan del Sur CIDT and RID, PRO 13, have recovered several firearms and ammunitions from the residence of Mr. Diomedes Aleria Bagarinao in Purok 2, Brgy. Katipunan, afternoon of February 16. Recovered were one Springfield Armory cali-

ber .45 pistol, one homemade calibre .38 revolver, one homemade caliber 357 Magnum, nine caliber .45 live bullets, four 12 gauge shotgun live bullets and 13 cal .38 live bullets. Also recovered in the same raid were one caliber .45 magazine assembly, one homemade shotgun magazine assembly, one homemade 12 gauge shotgun and holsters for

caliber .38 revolver, caliber .357 pistol and caliber .45 pistol. The search and seizure operations, carried out by authority of Judge Hector Salise of RTC Branch 7, were witnessed by Brgy. Katipunan Councilors Joeboy Unlad and Elsie Unlad. Mr. Bagarinao is now under the custody of the Bayugan City Police Station. (with report from PO1 Ryan C Cagula, PRO-13 Info Office)

Zambales Rep. Ma. Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay turns over a check for P2-million to Iligan Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz during a break in the February 17 meeting of the RDC-10 Advisory Committee (RAC) held at the NEDA-10 Office. Photo by Mike Banos, NPN

Mitos gives P2m to Oro, Iligan By RIC Y. OCIONES, Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Despite limited resources, Zambales opposition Rep. Mitos Magsaysay was able to allocate from her congressional allocation the amount of P2 million intended to the victims of typhoon Sendong that struck Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities last December. Magsaysay visited Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities recently purposely to hand over the checks. Magsaysay, a staunch critic of the Aquino administration, said that the P1.5 million is intended for Iligan while the remaining amount of P500,000 is for Cagayan de Oro. She said the funding was taken from her congressional pork barrel. The lady solon accom-

panied by Customs Deputy Collector for Administration Marvin Mison said Mayor Lawrence Cruz of Iligan and Vicente Emano of Cagayan de Oro personally received the assistance. For his part, Emano extended his thanks and appreciations to the lady solon for her praiseworthy feat by extending support to the calamity victims in his locality. “Ako kinasing-kasing nagapa-ab ot s a akong pasalamat ni kongresista Metos Magsaysay sa Zambales sa iyang gitonul nga hinabang sa mga nabiktema sa kalamidad,dako na kayo kinig ikatabang sa mga pamilya dinhi sa atung siyudad,” said Emano. Meanwhile, despite the constant mud-slinging and

character assassination by the opposition, donations and relief goods still keep pouring into the city through the office of Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano. Even two months after the city’s ordeal with Sendong, Emano was surprised that there are still many kind souls who offered their assistance and donations. “Recently, through Rep. Bambi Emano, Manila Mayor Fred Lim gave a P1 million donation, and Speaker Sonny Belmonte gave P500,000,” the mayor said. As of latest count, the donation which the city government of Cagayan de Oro received amounted to P65,590,685.85. This money, according to the mayor, will be used to construct 1,000 houses at the relocation site in Barangay Calaanan.

4ID’s 42nd anniversary kicks off with fun games CAMP Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City––The 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division started to celebrate its 42nd anniversary by having Fun Games Competition at the Division’s parade ground here today. This Fun Games is participated by the different units and offices inside the camp to promote camaraderie, esprit d’corps and healthy competition. This is part of the series of activities in line with the two-day anniversary celebration of the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division with a theme: “Team Diamond: 42 Years of Service and Commitment.” The games played were Obstacle Race Relay, Tug of War, Tire Pushing Relay, Sack Race, Straw Planting, and 4x100m

Relay. The post units and offices were divided into six groups represented by different colors to compete with each other. The following are the groupings: Group “GREEN” members are OG1, DPGAO, 10FAB, DRO, DCHAP, PEC, and DSSO; Group “RED” members are OG2, 4MIB, 10ISU, MIG10, NICA and HHSBn; Group “WHITE” members are the Command Group, OESPA, OG3, DSM, OG8, ODIG, CPO, MFO, 4PED and ODPM; Group “BLUE” members are OG4, SSBn, PDS and CESH; Group “ORANGE” members are OG6, 4SBn, RCDG, DREO, ODA and PIC; and the Group “ YELLOW” members are OG7, CMOBn, FSU, 4LAC, FPAO and FAO.





‘Love triangle’ eyed in lawyer’s shooting DAVAO City––Police authorities are looking into love triangle as motive in the shooting of a 38-year-old lawyer at the corner of Mabini and Torres Streets in the city around Sunday morning.

LIGHT FOR ECOVILLE PROJECT: Energy firm STEAG State Power Inc (SPI) handed-over some 500 pieces of solar-powered emergency rechargeable lamps to the residents of Xavier EcoVille in Lumbia Cagayan de Oro City as part of its support to the rehabilitation efforts for the victims of Typhoon Sendong. The solar lamps will provide alternative source of lighting for the residents of the relocation site considering the limited supply of electric power in the area. The project is implemented in partnership with Xavier University, CARD Business Development Service Foundation Inc., and Hapinoy . Present during a simple turn-over program were Steag officials led by Dr. Carsten Evers and Ghaye Alegrio, Fr. Eric Velandria of Xavier University and Mr. Bam Aquino of Hapinoy.

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L aw yer Miguel Palma Gil, 38, a resident of Townhouse B5, Palm Street Green Heights Subdivision, Buhangin, Davao City, remains under observation at the Brokenshire Hospital after a certain Alan Bigcas reportedly shot him. There is no way to verify whether Alan Bigcas is the same ‘Alan Bigcas’ in Cagayan de Oro who figured on a scandal involving stolen motorcycle owned by a Hollywood actor. Police investigators, led by Senior Police Officer (SPO1) 1 Sherwin Lelim Arbania, said that Palma Gil was driving his Toyota Vios (TRI 136)

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when he noticed that a Hilux pick-up vehicle with ‘for registration’ plate was following him. Palma Gil stopped at the corner of Mabini and

Torres Streets apparently to accost the man on board the vehicle. Upon nearing the suspect’s vehicle, Palma Gil noticed that the suspect had been holding a gun, prompting the victim to go back to his vehicle to also get his firearm. But before the victim could reach his car, the suspect fired at him, hit-

ting his shoulder and right hand. Palma Gil’s former lover, identified as Aimee Salisi, 29, who happened to be with the suspect during that time, immediately went down from the suspect’s vehicle to help the lawyer. Salisi brought the victim to the hospital while the suspect fled from the area. With wire reports

P800m drainage master plan eyed GENERAL Santos City–– The city government is implementing an P800-million drainage master plan in a bid to resolve the perennial flooding problems in several villages here. Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio said they are now sourcing out available funds for the city--wide drainage project, which mainly involves the construction of major drainage channels and additional flood-control systems in major rivers traversing the city’s 26 barangays. “Our resource mobilization planning is presently ongoing and we’re determining whether it’s wise for us to seek or apply for a loan at this time or we may opt to delay the implementation of some project components that are not considered critical,” she said in a radio interview. The mayor said they were also considering applying for financial grants from the

national government and other funding institutions for some of the drainage project’s components. Custodio said among the project’s major components is the reopening of the outlets and development of stable drainage channels for the Kalaja River, which caused severe flooding in four villages in the area last week. She said the local government is initially looking at the phased implementation of the projects due to their huge budget requirements. In some of its components, she said the cost would run up between P30 to P40 million for a section alone. Some 632 families were directly affected by the floods, which rose to about three feet in several portions of Barangays Baluan, Lagao, Bula and Buayan here. Custodio earlier said the river’s waters, which drains towards the Buayan Creek and end up in the Sarangani Bay, caused severe flooding

in the area after it failed to follow its normal course due to some barriers clogging portions of the waterway. Last year, around 200 families that were situated in communities near the Silway River were forced to evacuate several times due to the swelling of the river’s waters. Silway River, which flows to Sarangani Bay, is the main outlet of several river-tributaries from the upland areas in nearby South Cotabato province. In June and July last year, several portions of the dike along the Silway River suffered breaches and eventually collapsed following heavy rains in the area. To help ease the flooding problems in the area, the city government allotted some P52.8 million for the construction of additional dikes along the banks of four major river systems that traverse six villages within the city. Wire reports

Election gikan sa pahina 6

Lente is based on the commitment of the country’s legal community to the democratic ideals and to the principle that an effective democracy begins with clean, honest and orderly elections that reflects the genuine will of the people. One of Lente’s weaknesses, if not threats, is membership. Election season is a very good time for lawyers to be partisan and profitable. Lawyers are well compensated for their

services during this time, and so, volunteering for Lente does not seem to be a practical move to most. Nevertheless, there are always those who are willing to volunteer in response to our innate calling to be in the service of others. Perhaps an institutional push from the likes of the IBP will encourage more lawyers and paralegals to contribute their time and expertise. Will the IBP heed Lente’s call?

for the goose, sauce for the gander? -oooLEWD ART EXHIBIT SIGN OF THE END: The art exhibit in Spain featuring women clad as nuns but sporting sexy attires and sexy poses is one of the signs of the end, foretold by the Bible long ago. In 2 Timothy 3:1-5: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without selfcontrol, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of

pleasure rather than lovers of God…” -oooSWORD OF DAMOCLES OVER SENATORJUDGES: Sen. Joker Arroyo has ever y reason to be afraid, with the disclosures made in the course of the impeachment trial on Monday, February 20, 2012: if Corona was investigated by three agencies of government in 2011 preparatory to his impeachment, what is there to prevent similar investigations against senator-judges who are not toeing the line? The thought is not only chilling, it is fearful, hanging like the sword of Damocles over their heads for, indeed, who can fight City Hall?

and other major established election monitoring groups in the country such as NAMFREL, PPCRV, CBCP, the Alternative Law Groups of the Philippines, OneVoice Inc., and other civil society groups finally decided to answer the longfelt need for a citizen’s arm dedicated especially to the legal aspect of the elections. IBP’s partnership with

Heads gikan sa pahina 6 to show disrespect to the dead father, including him in the fray. -oooWHY THE DIFFERENCE, MR. LACIERDA? Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda has something to explain: why is it that, when it is President Aquino who is commenting on the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona, that is to be considered as part of his duty as a chief executive, while if it is the Catholic bishops or some other groups condemning the impeachment, it is considered by him as meddling? Sauce


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The Globalization of Cagayan de Oro’s newest call center By MIKE BAÑOS

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Two homegrown Pinoys, A Fil-Am who traces his roots to this city and nearby Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, his two Pakistani-American friends, an Indian Business Manager based in New Delhi and clients in the US, United Kingdom and Australia lend a truly global flavor to the newest call center in this Next Wave City for Pinoy BPOs. FBC Solutions Corp. celebrated its first anniversary January 28th, a brainchild of cousins Niño Mae V. Duran and Nathan John V. Yap and family friend Noelle Noreen A. Juarez. Far-fetched as it seems, the venture arose from a confluence of unlikely events: Nathan visited Cagayan de Oro from his hometown in Houston, Texas in 2007 with two Pakistani-American friends who wanted to import copper concentrates from Mati for export to China. However, when that fell through, the partners instead turned to exporting local delicacies from Iligan City to a

growing Pasalubong market in the US thru FBC Worldwide, LLC, an import-export firm based in Houston and registered under US Laws. Then, when Ms. Juarez’s in-laws began having second thoughts about continuing their CU Call Center in October, 2010, the local partners thought it a great idea to help the call center agents keep their jobs through a new venture that would also address the need for some of Mr. Yap’s American friends for offshore customer services. When the CU Call Center finally closed down in December, 2010, FBC Solutions was already ready to accommodate its former employees and clients barely a month later. Today, FBC has its first call center in Gusa just opposite the CU Medical City and inaugurated a new annex at the site of the former CU Call Center. “FBC’s niche is to be the default call center and outsourcer for small businesses,” noted Mr. Yap, FBC CEO. “There is a huge gap in the market serving this demographic --

FBC Solutions is Niño Mae V. Duran, Noelle Noreen A. Juarez and Nathan John V. Yap

large centers don’t want to deal with small projects, and most smaller centers are not adequately funded nor do they have the infrastructure required to minimize downtime.” Its clients are mostly small to medium sized companies for which it provides customer inbound services such as virtual assistant, live chat (voice/nonvoice) and sales (investments, insurance), surveys, appointment setting, lead generation


for outbound services. “Our bread and butter is supporting entrepreneurs scale and grow their businesses, creating much-needed jobs both in the Philippines and the United States in the process,” Mr. Yap adds. The firm’s business manager Ron Dutta, is an Indian national charged with recruiting new business for the company. He used to work for a Canadian call center but opted out when he started his own

consultancy business. Today, he is a full-time employee of FBC Solutions working online from his base in New Delhi, India. And top this: young as the firm is, it has already helped set up a separate company named E-confluence, a partner firm owned by some former CU Call Center employees which provides business, medicine and legal transcription services to clients in the US and Australia. This, despite the young firm’s initial difficulties in recruiting call center agents due to intense competition from local and Cebu-based call centers. Besides FBC Solutions, there are four other call centers based in Cagayan de Oro, two in Iligan and one start-up in Bukidnon. Just last week, the company had difficulty processing all the walk-in applicants who wanted to join them. “That’s because we always tell our staff they will grow with, and not for the company,” said Mr. Duran, the firm’s managing director for Asia. “Provided our employee is

qualified for a promotion, he will always get it because we prioritize internal over external recruitment. We believe that starting with the right culture and environment has helped us keep our employee turnover quite low.” Ms. Juarez, the firm’s vice president for operations, believes management style also plays its part. “We manage our operations hands-on and have a 1:12 team leader/member ratio unlike other call centers where the usual ratio is 1:20. So our relationships with our employees are on a personal basis, one-on-one, and we encourage them to think of their workplace as their second home.” Besides offering higher salaries than other local call centers, FBS also offers allowances for communications and transportation, free life insurance for regulars, and free juice, water and coffee for everyone. The FBC (for Filipino Buying Corp) group of companies so far include FBC Worldwide, FBC Solutions Corp. and FBC Trust Corp.

HAPPY FIESTA BARANGAY MACABALAN!!! Greetings from employee & Staff of DPWH 2nd Engineering District

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ENGR. ALLAN BORROMEO District Engineer DPWH – 2nd Engineering District



HON. IAN MARK Q. NACAYA City Councilor 2nd- district, Cagayan de Oro City


ATTY. LEON GAN City Administrator (In-coming) City Hall, Cagayan de Oro City



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IBP as election arm THE Legal Network for Truthful Elections or Lente is a nationwide organization of lawyers and law students who volunteer their time and expertise during elections. In the first automated presidential elections in 2010 the thrust of Lente was to monitor election offenses and violations, gather evidence, and assist in the prosecution of election offenders. Lente also sought to change the election laws by allowing the filing of anonymous complaints in order to protect witnesses. Sad to say, although Lente received numerous anonymous complaints and evidence, only one was filed in court in Camiguin by a couple of media workers but, it was eventually dismissed. In 2010 Lente volunteers conducted at least a hundred seminars on automation and election law violations all over the country. Among the beneficiaries of those seminars are the Mangyans, the indigenous peoples of Mindoro, who form majority of the voters in the island. They not only acted as election monitors, they were also well-versed paralegals who ensured that no voter was disenfranchised or held back from voting. Lente is a way for lawyers and law students to contribute to the great enterprise called nation-building. The heart of the Constitution is social justice, which is the diffusion of wealth and political power for the common good. Elections are about the diffusion of political power. It is the fundamental building block of any democracy. Beyond the brilliance in arguing cases or the shrewd maneuverings in the courtroom, there is something noble and ennobling in the practice of law when it gives substance to the freedom of choice and to equal opportunity to public office. Thus, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)

THINK a minute. Someone said: “If you have more memories than dreams, then you’ve lost your passion for living.” Imagine if we all actually lived our dreams with our eyes wide open! The problem many times is not that most people aim too high and miss, it’s that they aim too low and hit. We’ll usually get what we aim for. One of the richest men in the world said: “You have to think anyway, so why not think big!” Our dreams shouldn’t put us to sleep, they should wake us up to all our possibilities. One great leader put it this way: “The prize goes to the person who sees the future the quickest. And the best way to predict the future is to invent it. After all, if you don’t know where

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst you’re going, how will you know when you get there?” So if you and I can just set our goals, then concentrate on reaching them, we could actually begin to live our life on purpose instead of by chance. But to make our dreams come true, we must live by 3 rules. First: Start right now. Second: Do your very best. And third: There are no exceptions to the first 2 rules. The former world record holder in the mile run, Jim Ryan, said: “Dreams are






ration permits issued to Opol stakeholders, the miners are corporations. These corporate miners are able to get ‘Exploration Permits,’ not permits for small-scale mining operations. Under RA 7942, the ‘permittee’ is allowed to employ heavy equipment, haulers and other mining equipment in stark contrast to SSM which, under RA No. 7076, is basically carried out through ‘manual labor.’ In other words, the Ordinance approved by SP in Misamis Oriental prohibiting small-scale mining in Opol is an Ordinance that has yet to take place. What is there to prohibit when nothing has taken place? What the SP should do now is recommend the cancellation of the exploration permits of three big mining ‘permittees’ at the hinterlands of Opol. These are the ‘99 Mountain Range Resources Corporation (assignment from Mr. Alfredo C. Roxas), Linktone Peak Resources, Inc. and CEESMAG Development Corporation, all engaged in the exploration of Chromite and other associated mineral resources covering a total of 20,502.09 hectares.’ Only the municipal town mayor of Opol can stop the operation of these mining firms. Under the law, only town mayors can issue permits allowing mining firms to operate within their jurisdiction. In this case, will town mayor Dexter Yasay stop it? If Yasay protects the interest of these mining firms by the mere issuance of town permit, how can he stop their operations? By the way, an exploration permit is renewable every two years. Although governed by RA 7942, the implementing guideline prior to issuance of exploration permit is distinct from the implementing guideline in the issuance of small-scale mining permit. react:

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what get you started, but discipline is what keeps you going all the way.” How many times have you seen exciting new businesses start up with great success? They were impressive and promising, but then in only a short time they failed and went out of business. They did not pay their debts, or they dropped the standards of their product or service so low that they lost their customers. It’s like some of us who diet and

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Misor bans mining in Opol

THE Sangguniang Panlalawigan in Misamis Oriental has reportedly approved an Ordinance banning ‘small scale mining’ in Opol, Misamis Oriental. The SP deserved commendation for the laudable move. At last, the provincial board in Misamis Oriental has taken cognizant of the unabated mining activities in the hinterlands of Opol. The siltation and soil denudation of the mountains Cris Diaz of Opol due to unrestrained mining caused the death of Iponan River. Nevertheless, who ELECTION/p.4 needs the SP Ordinance? There is no reason to rejoice. What the SP ordinance prohibited is only ‘small scale mining.’ If we are to examine Republic Act No. 7942 or ‘An Act Instituting A New System Of Mineral Resources Exploration, Development, Utilization and Conservation,’ small scale mining is governed by a separate legislation. The MINDANAO DAILY is published by Mindanao Daily Small scale mining is covered by Republic Act No. Balita at Door 3, Geleng Bldg., Lapasan Highway, Cagayan de Oro City. It is registered with the Department of Trade and 7076 or “People’s Small-scale Mining Act of 1991.” SecIndustry (DTI), Region 10 with CerƟfifcate No. 01349532, and tion 7, on Ancestral Land under RA 7076 provides, ‘No with Business Permit No. 02275, TIN No. 946-396-807-001 ancestral land may be declared as a people’s small-scale Telefax Nos: (088) 856-3344, (08822)74-53-80, mining area without the prior consent of the cultural Cell nos.: 0917-7121424, 0923-432-0687 communities concerned: Provided, That, if ancestral Website: www// lands are declared as people’s small-scale mining areas, E-mail: the members of the cultural communities therein shall be given priority in the awarding of small-scale mining contracts.’ DANTE M. SUDARIA PUBLISHER There are doubts on the existence of SSM in Opol. Based on the allowable areas covered under the exploRUEL V. PELONE ROSE MARY D. SUDARIA EXECUTIVE EDITOR



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there will be hell to pay, literally and figuratively! -oooAIRPORT RENAMING DISHONORS PRESIDENT: Whoever thought of renaming Diosdado Macapagal International Airport at the Clark Freeport in Pampanga, to remove “Diosdado Macapagal” and replace it with “Clark” so that the airport will once again be known as Clark International Airport, is dishonoring and desecrating the memory of a former President. Macapagal served the

country well during his term, and one way of honoring him is to name the only international airport in his native province after him, in much the same way that a senator was honored in the case of the then Manila International Airport. It didn’t matter that the honor was bestowed upon Macapagal by his very own daughter, because Macapagal deserved to be recognized anyway. As it is, Macapagal’s cabalens in Pampanga cannot be faulted for thinking that politics pushed the airport’s change of name, considering the drive of the Aquino government against Macapagal’s daughter, former President Gloria Arroyo. The sentiment is that, President Aquino may have reasons to run after Gloria, but it is a blunder to show disrespect HEADS/p.4


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Globe Telecom, first to receive BS 25999 Business Continuity certification from BSI Group among peers Manila, February 13th, 2012 – BSI Group, the global independent business services organization and certification body has recently awarded Philippine’s leading telecommunications giant; Globe Telecom, with the much sought after BS 25999 Business Continuity Management System (BCMS). Being certified to BS 25999 Business Continuity Management System showcases the highest confidence and assurance to stakeholders that the organization is more than capable to proactively plan, prevent and navigate through difficult periods. As one of the largest telecommunications provider in the Philippines, it is important for Globe Telecom’s management to ensure that there will always be continuous service even during possible disruption period. The BS 25999 Business Continuity Management System provide the specification needed to comply with global international business continuity practice and it is a standard that heavily emphasizes on the formation and maintenance of a proper control framework within

an organization to systematically plan for disaster recovery and also to ensure minimal disruption downtime in the organisation. The standard is most attractive to higher-risk industries within the economy which includes the banking sector, transportation sector, public sector and the telecommunication sector. Since the BS 25999 BCMS standard was published in December 2006, BSI Group has since certified thousands of organisations globally. Within the telecommunication sector in Southeast Asia, Globe Telecom is currently the first in Philippines to be certified by BSI Group to receive the BS 25999 BCMS certificate. “Certifying to BS 25999 BCMS is really about taking a pledge of excellence and commitment that necessary steps have been taken to make sure that the organization survives through disruptions and maintains a business as usual motion. Being certified also enforces to the organization that implementation alone is never enough; and that improvement

is always welcome when the organisation conduct regular audits with both internal and external parties” shares Carol Sim, Sales Director, BSI Singapore. “Globe is proud to be the first telecommunications company in the Philippines to receive the BS 25999 certification. Using global standards in our Business Continuity Management Program is a testament of our greater resolve to put our customers first and help them mitigate business risks, said Albert de Larrazabal, Chief Financial Officer of Globe Telecom. “With Globe as their telecom partner, our customers can enjoy a higher standard of assurance especially during critical periods of any business,” adds de Larrazabal. Business continuity is a reality that all organisations must soon come to realize. The sooner any organization acknowledges this importance and implements a systematic approach to manage this area; the less likely they would be caught off guard when disruption happens in their business.

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Butuan City grants farm tractor to coop By ELDIE N. DAVID

BUTUAN City––The Sangguniang Panglunsod (SP) recently approved a resolution granting one farm tractor to the Antongalon-Agusan Multi-Purpose Cooperative, in line with the Agri-Pinoy Rice Program. In said resolution, the SP has authorized City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), on

behalf of the city government, with the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Unit XIII and the said cooperative, which is accordingly in dire need of farm equipment to increase productivity. The grant is in response to the letter-request of City Agriculturist Alberto Buca given to the cooperative, a legitimate farmer coopthored by Councilor An- Committee on Agriculture. erative. The resolution, was au- gelo Calo, chair of the SP (END/asf )

Camiguin guv raises watch on coco tree-cutting SP authorizes mayor to sign textbook deal

BUTUAN CITY – The Sangguniang Panglunsod has authorized City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. to sign the agreement between the Children’s International Philippines, Inc. (CIPI) and the Butuan City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) Office for the textbook distribution of the city government. CIPI, represented by Chief of Programs Rebecca Fuellos, is one of the NGOs affiliated with Children International, duly licensed by the DSWD to operate as an auxiliary social welfare and development agency.

Medical mission highlights DXDD 42nd year

OZAMIZ City - A medical mission highlighted Radio Station DXDD AMs 42nd anniversary, February 15, at the GSK Entablado, Tambalan ng Cathedral. The activity was aimed at helping the poor and needy Ozamiznons. Part of the medical mission was the bloodletting activity, under the station’s “Dugo Pagpapaalam” Program. DXDD AM is operated by the Archdiocese of Ozamiz, with Mr. Wendell Talibong, as program director, said.

Iraqi envoy graces student leadership training

BUTUAN City––Hon. Ibrahim Khalil Ibrahim, chancellor of the Iraqi Embassy to the Philippines, is the guest-of-honor during the Philippine Higher Education Student Government (PHESG) Leadership Training Program, May 5-7 this year, here. PHESG-Caraga Chair and CEO Rex Ybanez is meeting with the chancellor on February 24 for possible establishment of youth development programs in the city.

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Dad and mom zzzzzzzz! Daughter : (Explodes on the phone) Like heck, they’re getting divorced. I’ll take care of this.”

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CAMIGUIN––Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo expressed apprehension on the excessive cutting of coconut trees in the province. “When you fly by helicopter, green areas can be seen to cover most of the island’s sections, but (coco) tree cutting activities are quite visible,” he said adding that he wants the PCA to tone-down these activities and tighten the issuance of permits. “I also want to double-up our tree planting efforts, in like manner, trees that have been approved for cutting should also be replaced,” he added. Governor Romulado called on the public to report to his office any of such tree cutting cases. “What has been happening around can also hit us. We cannot hold the disaster, but we can somehow do something to prevent it,” Romulado stated. (PIA-10/ jdelpf )

P/Inspector Kathleen Pebojot rappels from the Pelaez Bridge in Barangay Taguanao, Cagayan de Oro City, as part of the six-day Disaster Preparedness Trainers Training of PRO-10, February 6-11. The activity was attended by 94 police officers and members of the Barangay Peace Action Teams (BPAT) from Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City Bukidnon province. (photo provided)

Pag-ibig grants loan relief By MA. THERESE M. ABEJO

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Pag-IBIG Fund Housing Loan (HL) Borrowers, whose units were damaged, or whose sources of income were affected by typhoon Sendong, are given a three-month moratorium on payments. This, in accordance with Circular No. 303 that seeks to alleviate the debt-burden of HL borrowers directly affected by the typhoon. The moratorium covers the hard-hit regions of Central Visayas, Western Mindanao, Northern Mindanao and CARAGA. To qualify, the borrowers’ HL accounts should be updated, as of December 15,

2011. The 3-month moratorium runs between December 16, 2011 and March 15 this year. In effect, the borrower’s loan term shall be extended for another three months, but the HL amortization, interest rate and other terms shall remain. Due dates, shall

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Mining From page 1 are being run by local financiers. ‘War Zone’ Blasting in Balabag is also rampant, especially during night time where illegal miners dig tunnels to gather rocks and boulders where gold is found. The loud blasts from homemade explosives reverberate in the still of the cold and foggy night as if Balabag is a war zone. The blasting of the mountain is so rampant that even authorities cannot do anything to stop it. The lack of security forces to guard the environment remains a sad reality in Balabag. The smuggling of cyanide and ammonium nitrate and blasting caps use as detonators for homemade explosives - continue unabated. The Miswi Intermediate School in Balabag has already been evacuated because of tunnels dug by illegal miners beneath. The cracks on the floor of the school are threatening the safety and lives of dozens of students. And there have been numerous illegal miners and workers buried alive and all these have become bitter memories of families who lost their loved ones in search for gold. ‘Child Laborers’ The huge number of child workers has become increasingly alarming in Balabag. Teenagers bear the heavy scar of illegal mining activities in the mountain. And ever yday, they carry heavy boulders and rocks and crushed it with hammer and steel and collected by ball mill workers in Balabag – and all these dangerous jobs in exchange for small amount of money to feed their hungry family. Their limbs and lives are their only guarantee to earn a living from the virtual gold rush area controlled by a few financiers and an army of workers blinded by greed for money. ‘Balabag Force’ The lack of security forces to help guard the mountain of Balabag and protect the environment and people in Bayog has become part of life of villagers living in the area who witnessed the destruction of their land. Natalio Bello, a member of the Special Civilian Active Auxiliaries of the Philippine Army, says he is a living witness to the unabated destruction of Balabag because of illegal mining activities. “I have seen here the problems brought about by illegal miners. The rampant blasting to make tunnels and their continued use of mercury, cyanide and nitric acid is a bigger problem. The unabated dumping of mine tailings by small scale miners is also another problem and these tailings contain hazardous chemi-

cals that contaminate our water sources, our lakes and go down to the mountain and eventually to the sea,” he says. “We are afraid that these illegal activities are contaminating the environment. The illegal miners extract minerals in the wrong way and there have been numerous deaths related to these activities - those who perished and buried alive in tunnels and landslides in Balabag - and most of these cases are not even reported to the authorities. We just hope that these problems are resolved soon,” says Bello, who is under the command of 18th Infantry Battalion. Bello is only one of few villagers trained by the government as militia and deployed in Balabag to help protect the environment and the human population in communities around the mountain. ‘Gold Rush’ The whole Balabag area has been likened to gold rush sites in the province of Compostela Valley in Davao region where thousands of illegal miners are operating despite a government ban. In Balabag, hundreds of families have put up their shanties in mountain slopes, and are illegally mining for gold. Financiers of illegal mining do not have government permits, not even from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and other concerned agencies. They do not pay taxes for all the gold they have collected and sold to the black markets. There are also reports that some journalists are under the payroll of financiers of illegal mining in Balabag to protect and defend them from bad publicity and some even claimed to be members of the media watchdog called National Union of Journalists of the Philippines. ‘Mines and Geosciences Bureau’ The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Western Mindanao has acknowledged the huge problems posed by illegal mining activities in Balabag and has called on the Philippine National Police to investigate the rampant blasting and smuggling of improvised explosives or materials use in the manufacture of homemade bombs. “There is a community of small scale miners there. These are informal small scale miners similar to the problems in Pantukan and Diwalwal (gold rush) in Compostela Valley. We have a gold-rush area in Balabag and since I assumed office I realized that there is really a problem brought about by illegal mining there,” says Albert Johann Jacildo, the MGB regional director. He says the geographical hazard map of Balabag shows that the mountain


area is vulnerable to landslides and posed dangers to illegal miners. Jacildo says he also received a report about the evacuation of a school in Balabag due to the cracks on the floor caused by tunnels dug by illegal miners. “We have received a report about this. We have photographs that showed the cracks on the earth inside the school which may pose real danger to the students. Our office immediately wrote to the regional police director Chief Superintendent Napoleon Estilles and we are asking their help because this (problem) involved explosives,” he says. ‘Stop Illegal Mining Activities’ Various organizations and groups, lawmakers and mining corporations have asked the government to put a stop to illegal mining activities in the country because of its ill-effects to the environment and dangers posed by their continued operation to human life. Hundreds had died from landslides and collapsed of tunnels in areas where there are rampant illegal mining activities, especially in Mindanao. President B enigno Aquino says he would act on the problems of illegal mining and create the National Anti-Illegal Mining Task Force to carry out his order to put a stop to it. (Mindanao Examiner)

Isabel Oli, iginiit na friends lang sila ng ex-hubby ni Kris Aquino na si James Yap HINDI na naman nakaiwas si Isabel Oli sa pag-usisa ng media tungkol sa kung ano talaga ang relasyon nila ni James Yap, na exhusband ni Kris Aquino. Sa ulat ni showbiz reporter Aubrey Carampel, sinabing kabilang si Isabel sa mga celebrities na nakipagtalbugan ng kasuotan sa isang fashion event na ginanap sa Taguig. Dito ay muli raw inusisa ng media si Isabel tungkol sa tunay na estado ng relasyon nila ng basketbolistang si James. Patuloy kasi ang mga balita na romantikong nag-uugnay kay Isabel sa sikat na basketball player. Katunayan, lumabas sa isang artikulo ng Philippine Entertainment Portal ( na nabaitan daw

Bust From page 1 they allegedly confiscated six sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated valaue of P15,000, P1,000 marked money, a caliber .38 Smith & Wesson revolver without serial number, and drug paraphernalia. Gamba said the police officers also searched Mark Felizarta Cortez’s room and seized an air soft M16, drug paraphernalia and several live and spent ammunition.





si Kris sa Kapuso actress. Boto rin daw si Kris na maging girlfriend ni James si Isabel, ayon pa sa ulat ng PEP. Pero sinabi ni Isabel sa Chika Minute ng GMA news 24 Oras nitong Biyernes na magkaibigan lang talaga sila ni James. “Nakakapagod na rin kasi parang paulit-ulit ko nang sinasabi na we’re friends, and yung lang talaga,” pahayag ni Isabel. Nag-alangan nga daw

ang aktres nang dumalo siya sa birthday party ni James kamakailan nang makita niya na maraming tao at media na dumalo dito. “Pagdating ko kasi parang akala ko konti konti lang, ang dami palang tao. Yun, hindi ko iniexpect na may camera… If ever may itinatago man kami e sana hindi na lang ako pumunta dun ‘di ba,” paliwanag niya. - FRJimenez, GMA News

Gomez is still at large, he said. Barrier and Cortez are now facing charges, Gamba added. On Saturday at around 11 am, a police poseur bought a sachet of shabu allegedly from Alvin Buyan Tioaquin alias Tata for P500 marked money. When police officers moved in to arrest him, Tioaquin jumped from the second floor of Diamond Lodging House on Salvador Calo Street in Barangay

Obrero and fled. Recovered were two sachets of suspected shabu, P500 marked money, P1,000 cash money, and drug paraphernalia. The operation was witnessed by Obrero Barangay Chairman Fernando Rivero, a Department of Justice representative and a local radio reporter, police said. Appropriate charges were readied and subsequently filed with the court, police added.

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SPORTS Memo From page 1 and Principles where the national government ensures the “fullest development” of local governments as “selfreliant communities”. “Isa ini na pamaagi na nakatabang sa local government for the collection of taxes,” he added. Plaza admitted though that he was not privy to the DepEd order and it was his fi rst time to read the copy of the memo and the addendum when AgusanSurigao Enquirer showed him a copy. No Malice Fetalvero in the same interview said the issue should not be blown out of proportion as she does not have any “malice” in issuing the memorandum. She said she was doing it to support the initiatives of the provincial governor in the collection of taxes. Fetalvero issued an addendum on Feb. 3, 2012. She said Division Memo No. 08 is still subject for revisions thus the issuance of the addendum. The DepEd official also underscored the Special Education Fund (SEF) which the DepEd province will automatically have a share from the taxes collected from real property taxes. “We intend to get our 1% share from the local school board,” the official added. Republic Act 7160 or the LG Code allows local government units to impose yearly a 1% tax on the assessed value of real property in addition to the basic real property tax. Further, Section 235 of the Code in part says “The proceeds thereof shall exclusively accrue to the Special Education Fund (SEF).” Legal quandary A DepEd division order, in the case of Fetalvero’s order, requires that it has followed government procedure in the issuance of an order. In this case, the division chief, can only issue an order if it was based on an order from the Central Office or the DepEd regional director. Lawyer Jose Expeditus Bayana, city councilor, said Fetalvero is not under the local government unit of Surigao del Norte. “The DepEd is not under the local government unit of Surigao del Norte but its Central Office which is a national agency. And we are not aware of the DepEd mandating the requirement of a tax clearance certificate and requiring payments thereof,” Bayana said. The lawmaker cited the basis for the issuance of the division order, which is the EO 001, is also “illegal”. Explaining, Bayana said that “to make a requirement mandatory, and most especially if fees are collected and made by the LGU, this can only be done through an ordinance,” he said. “In this case, an EO can be issued for the purpose of implementing a national law

or an ordinance duly enacted by the SP. In the absence of the law or ordinance, the Chief Executive cannot issue an executive order,” he added. “In case of EO 001, there is no ordinance that will form as basis for issuance of the EO which makes it illegal,” the public official said. On Monday’s regular SP session, the provincial legislators adopted the resolution of the “Request of the Provincial Treasurer, Daisy B. Hubilla, for inclusion of EO 001 series of 2012, Re ‘An Order Requiring a Tax Clearance Certificate issued by the Provincial, City and/ or Municipal Treasurer as the case maybe, evidencing payment of yearly tax obligations from any requester including contractors and suppliers of goods and services and job applicants before issuance of Official Records.’” But Bayana said the SP resolution does not merit the legality of the EO because according to him, a resolution is not a law but an “expression of an opinion or sentiment” and is “temporary in nature.” The ordinance is the one considered as a law as against a resolution which is not. “Since the EO 001 is illegal, the Division Order 08 is also illegal,” the legislator said. Magna Carta for teachers violated Makabayan Surigao City coordinator lawyer Jose V. Begil Jr. also criticized the order for violating the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers saying it is not within the bounds of the education department to withhold teacher’s pay just because it failed to pay its

real property tax. The salary of public school teachers should not be held hostage because in the first place the work rendered by teachers are a product of their hard earned labor, Begil said. “Umay labot sa sweldo na ila man jaon taghaguan? If failure to pay the real property tax is the problem then a subsequent law is provided for to require them to pay their taxes,” the city legislator said. Provincial Tax Ordinance No. 1 Gov. Matugas’ EO provided as basis Sec. 465(b) (iii) of the Code which states that “the governor shall ensure that all taxes and other revenues of the province are collected..”. Plaza said, “from this, there is a clear mandate for the collection of taxes.” Plaza added it is the obligation of the citizens to pay taxes and “in the course of collection, (they) secure tax clearance certificate.” Provincial Tax Ordinance No. 1, series of 2004 “provides that imposition for payment of real property tax is mandated to all persons owning real properties within the territorial jurisdiction of the province”, according to the EO 001-A. Plaza has explained that “EO 001-A” is the title of the EO’s final copy. This reporter have two of the copies of the EO. Provincial treasurer Daisy D. Hubilla, in a separate interview confirmed that as per said ordinance, issuance of certificates is provided for under Chapter IV, Sec. 4A-01 on “Service Fees and Charges”, Article A on “Secretary’s Fee” of the said tax ordinance No. 1. This charges has long


been imposed when we issue certificates, she said. The province charges P20 for the certificate, P20 as research fee and another P15 for the BIR documentary stamp or a total of P55. Sit down Rep. Guillermo A. Romarate, 2nd District Surigao del Norte, said the Division Memo is still “debatable” and urge Fetalvero and the Capitol to “sit down” and talk of the legal issue of the matter. Romarate, an ally of the governor, said his point of view is based on the Constitutional Right to Education by pupils and students. Clearly, he said, the Constitution provides that all public study from elementary to high school is free. By the provision that “education is free”, it is not legal to require pupils and students to submit a tax clearance certicate which in turn is the obligation of the parent. Kabataan Partylist provincial coordinator Aiza Cuadrillero said the order is an additional burden to the parents who are already deep in financial quandary due to the rising cost of commodities and the below the minimum wage salary working parents receive. “Kun mao na ila paagi, daghan na pud ang dili maka-eskuyla ani,” (If this is their strategy, then more will not be able to go to school) she said. Edgar Canda, of Bayan Muna Partylist, also urged the local government to instead run after big mining corporations in order to get higher government revenue. Canda said if the purpose of the provincial government is to ensure real



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