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DAVAO City––An encoding station is set to be inaugurated by Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio and Department of Social Welfare and Development-Davao Region officials during the agency’s 61st Founding Anniversary on February 10. “This regional encoding station will enable us to effectively monitor the encoding activities of the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) as well as properly organize and harmonize the integrity of the Household Assessment Forms (HAF),” explains Sharmayne A. Maranguit, DSWD Regional Information Technology Officer.
Giving and sharing should be practiced not just during Christmas season but preferably throughout the year. This resonates the room filled with around 30 children in Pagatpat, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon as the personnel of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Region 10, led by Jail Chief Insp. Guy Jason Reyes, recently provided them with toys. A report from Elaine Ratunil and Jeza Mae Sarah Sanchez
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February 9, 2012
‘Recent quake calls for disaster-preparedness’ THE strong earthquake that shook Central Visayas was a wake-up call for everyone to prepare for natural disasters, a senior official of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. Dr. Renato Solidum, Phivolcs head, stressed that it is imperative for everyone to adhere to the provisions of the National Building Code of the Philippines to ensure public safety. Solidum explained structures should not be built near or on top of fault lines because ground shaking would be enough to destroy even buildings far from the quake’s epicenter. The Philvolcs head also called on Catholic Church officials who maintain churches built centuries ago to check on their structures to prevent any collapse. The latest earthquake that shook Negros Oriental had a magnitude of 6.9 and reportedly killed at least 52 people and caused extensive damage on both public and private properties. Some 71 persons have been reported missing by the QUAKE/PAGE 11
Tsunami warning correct: Phivolcs THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in Region 7 said it did not make a mistake in issuing a tsunami alert level 2, after the 6.9 magnitude earthquake occurred in Negros and Cebu at 11:49 a.m. last Monday. Rolando Montanez of the Phivolcs Seismic Monitoring Station in Lapu-Lapu City said the warning was intended for towns along the western coast of Cebu province, facing Negros. “We did not make a mistake,” said Montanez. Tsunami alert level 2 means there could be meterhigh waves and people are advised to stay away from the shore. The advisory caused many people in downtown Cebu City and Mandaue to panic around mid-afternoon Monday, even though Phivolcs had lifted the alert status. Montanez said if a high magnitude earthquake occurs, this should already serve as warming of a possible tsunami. But he stressed that people should remain calm and should verify any information they receive. Residents in Cebu and Negros can expect aftershocks in the next few weeks, said Montanez. WARNING/PAGE 11
WEATHER UPDATE TAIL-END of a cold front affecting Eastern Luzon. Northern and Eastern Luzon and Eastern Visayas will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms becoming cloudy with widespread rains over the Bicol region and Eastern Visayas which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. The rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the Northeast and East over Eastern Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere winds will be light to moderate from the Northeast with slight to moderate seas.
Govt agency exceeds tax-take goal in 2011 By GERRY L. GORIT, Photo-journalist
CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The Cagayan de Oro district of the Bureau of Customs is one of seven collection districts nationwide that will be awarded with plaques of recognition for exceeding its target collection in calendar year 2011. According to District
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Collector Atty. Anju Nereo C. Castigador, the Cagayan de Oro port collected P5.155-billion last year as against its target of P4,919billion. The surplus amount is P236-million. For this record the Cagayan de Oro will be
one of three Category B ports that will be awarded during the coming 110th BOC founding anniversary. The two other ports in the same category, which have a target of P700-million but less than P15-billion, which also exceeded their targets are Davao and Clark. Completing the seven GOAL/PAGE 11 Mison
Army Colonel Buenaventura Pascual, commander of the anti-terror task force in Zamboanga City, inspects bomb components recovered Wednesday, February 8, 2012 following a clash with Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the village of Landang Laum. (Al Jacinto/Mindanao Examiner)
Troops clash with bandits in Zambo By AL JACINTO, Regional Editor-Zamboanga
ZAMBOANGA City––Troops recovered chemicals used for manufacturing homemade explosives following a clash Wednesday with suspected Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the southern Filipino port city of Zamboanga, officials said. Officials said soldiers chased four armed men who escaped on the village of Landang Laum where the fighting occurred at around 9.45 a.m. “There were no reports of casualties on both sides. We recovered a boat, IED components, electrical wires, a 9-volt battery, blasting cap and ammonium nitrate, said Army Colonel Buenaventura Pascual, commander of an anti-terror task force in Zamboanga. He said among the four men were the notorious Pingli brothers who were involved in the kidnapping of three ZAMBO/PAGE 11
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City government bans plastics, styro-foams By CRIS DIAZ Associate Editor
THE city government of Koronadal now prohibits the use of plastic bags and styro foams in its premises and offices.
Dimaporo leads run in CDO REGION 10 - Lanao Norte Governor Khalid Dimaporo led his constituents during the PhilHealth 1st Simultaneous Run for Hope, Sunday, in Cagayan de Oro City. During the occasion, he expressed his steadfast support to PhilHealth programs.
CDA urges coops to register REGION 13 - Despite reports of closure of some cooperatives, CDA Caraga urged those who are planning to establish cooperatives to register. CDA-Caraga Regional Director Manuela Pelaez said, closure of some cooperatives is due to mismanagement.
Senate initiates climate change workshop REGION 10 - The Senate Committee on Climate Change and the Asia-Pacific Institute for Green Development will be holding a Regional Workshop for Effective Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation on February 24, 2012 at the Provincial Capitol in Cagayan de Oro City. Expected to participated are representatives from LGUs, NGAs, NGOs, academe, youth, media, private sector and other stakeholders.
Cabadbaran City creates youth council REGION 13 - Cabadbaran City, Agusan Norte recently created a council for the advancement of the youth, through City Ordinance No. 2011-026 authored by SP Member Salutario B. Cuasito. Dubbed as Local Youth Development Council (LYDC), it is tasked with inculcating patriotism and nationalism, among the young generation and to encourage them to be active in national affairs.
Info consultation on IDPs held REGION 10 - An Information and Consultation Working Group was recently organized in Northern Mindanao to respond to the information needs of IDPs, especially on issues concerning access to services, entitlements, relocation plans, geo-hazard zones and grievance procedures. Members of the working group include DSWD, PIA, CHR, DILG, UNICEF, UNHCR, CFSI, PROCAP, and OCHO.
Koronadal City Mayor Peter Miguel said Tuesday the imposition of the “no plastic, no styro” policy is to promote a “plastic-free lifestyle” among the city’s work force. The policy will eventually reduce the nonbiodegradable wastes accumulated by the local government’s offices and operations, Miguel said. The city government also intends to expand the coverage of such policy to the city’s main and satellite public markets, local government-owned facilities, transport terminals, various public areas, local communities and households. “This is a city-wide campaign but we’re implementing it first at the city hall to
EARLY VOTING BILL. Representative Rufus B. Rodriguez of the 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro discusses with his Chief of Staff, Atty Kenny Dichaves, the salient features of HB 4307, AN ACT PROVIDING FOR EARLY VOTING FOR THE NATIONAL AND LOCAL ELECTIONS, which he filed together with Abante Mindanao Representative Maximo B. Rodriguez Jr., in preparation for his sponsorship speech of said House Bill in the plenary. HB4307 pushes for the early voting of the electorate ahead of the scheduled Election Day in order to help minimize the queue and confusion that usually happens during elections in the country. promote it as model among our residents,” Miguel said. He said the ‘no plastic-no styro’ policy is part of the local government’s efforts to promote proper waste management practices among residents within the city’s
27 barangays. He pointed out that the city may face serious problems in the coming years if the rampant use and accumulation of plastic wastes in the area will continue unabated.
The mayor cited the case of Legazpi City, which has been reportedly facing difficulty in controlling the accumulation of plastic wastes in its P100-million sanitary landfill. BANS/PAGE 11
DA-12 warns farmers on new rice pest KORONADAL City, South Cotabato––Agriculture officials in Region 12 or Soccsksargen Region have warned local farmers of a new rice pest that have attacked some parts of the country. According to a report of the Regional Crop Protection Center (RCPC) in Tacurong City submitted to the DA-12 Regional Executive Director Amalia Jayag – Datukan, this new rice has been observed in Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Caraga regions. The pest was present-
ed during the KASAKALIKASAN –BPI workshop on the Establishment and Operations of the Community-based Biological Control Agents, Bantay Peste Brigade and Updates on the Management of Insect on Corn, Cassava, Banana, and Coconut in Manila. On December 21 last year, Dr, Clarito M. Barron , director of the Bureau of Plant Industry, also released an advisory on the pest. RCPC-12 Officer-inCharge Ludivina S. Dumaya described that the rice grain or seed bug smaller than A total of 894 bags of certified seeds were turned over rice bug, moves quickly to farmers of Carmen, Kabacan, Pikit and M’lang of PEST/PAGE 11 North Cotabato which was affected by flashflood.
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Hike for Light at Mt. Apo By MAI GEVERA-MACAPAGAT of PIA
DAVAO City––Thirty climbers are all set to hike Mt. Apo, Philippines’ highest peak, on February 10 to 13 for the last climb of the six highest mountains chosen for the Hike for Light, a nationwide campaign aimed to distribute solar-powered energy systems to rural communities in the mountains. After its first climb at Mt. Dulang-Dulang last November 25 to 27 and followed with a climb at Mt. Canlaon, Mt. Majaas, Mt. Pulag, and Mt. Guiting-Guiting, the team led by the First Philippine Mount Everest Expedition will help organizer Stiftung Solarenergie navigate its way to the off-grid communities living on Mt. Apo. Climbers, with the help of local partner organizations coordinate with the community, educate the beneficiaries, then provide necessary maintenance and technical support for solar lanterns. For the Mt.Apo climb, identified partner organizations are the United Sugar Cane Planters Development Cooperative (USPDC) and the Pangao-an Homeowners Multi-Purpose Cooperative. These partner organizations have assisted in the project by way of reaching out to the target beneficiaries and ensuring that they learn how to maximize the use of solar lanterns. Another partner organization is the Philippine Eagle Foundation that turns these solar lanterns as environmentfriendly devices. Families who assist in the reforestation efforts in the national park will be given solar lanterns as incentives. Other socially oriented corporations have also been vital to the implementation of the Hike for Light campaign. Mt. Apo and Mt.Kanlaon have been made possible through the support of Energy Development Corporation, who is deeply involved in the reforestation efforts HIKE/PAGE 10
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PNP-10 celebrates 21st Foundation Day THE Police Regional Office 10 (PRO-10) celebrated its 21st PNP Foundation Day in Camp 1Lt Vicente Alagar, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City with Mr. Peter M. Unabia, Representative of 1st Congressional District of Misamis Oriental, as Guest of Honor and Speaker. The highlights of the activity included the presentation of awards to deserving PNP personnel for their acts of heroism and gallantry in action during the devastation brought about by Tropical Storm Sendong. In his message to the PNP personnel, P Chief Supt. Jufel C. Adriatico, Rep. Peter M. Unabia, Guest of Honor and Speaker, is shown awarding the Medalya Ng Kadakilaan to Mrs. Chona Edrote in behalf of her late husband, SPO1 Charlon Mendoza Edrote. regional director, em- principles for police of- PO2 Roque Tutor Balistoy phasized his slogan of ficers of Northern Mind- for risking his life, and “With Honor and Justice, anao in discharging their for the late SPO1 Charlon We Serve” and the Chief police functions. Mendoza Edrote for sacriPNP’s “Pulis Ako, Pulis Above all, Adriatico ficing his own life, during Nyo Po,” which both serve appreciated the courage their search and rescue as beacons and guiding and bravery displayed by attempts to victims of Tropical Storm Sendong that greatly devastated Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City. The two above-named PNP police non-commissioned officers were both awarded with Medalya Ng Kadakilaan, or the PNP Heroism Medal, for manifesting their highest degree of heroism when they saved thousands of lives, unmindful of the danger they were about to face. Ad r i at i c o w a s s a d dened to see Mrs. Edrote receiving the award in behalf of her late husband, but expressed his deepest condolences. Rep. Peter M. Unabia praised the PNP regional director for the good leadership he displayed. He called on the PNP leadership to pursue their relentless efforts of eliminating t he misguiding perception of the public towards their police due to s om e i r re g u l ar it i e s committed by selective few members of the PNP w ho had t ar nished its go o d image and credibility. After the well-executed parade of troops, a wreath-laying was made in front of PRO-10 main building to honor the late 1Lt. Vicente Alagar for his heroic achievement when he fought the Moro outlaws in Mindanao that resulted to his death in FOR YOUR ADVERTISEMENTS PLACEMENTS CONTACT 1932. Camp Vicente Alagar was named in memor y of him.
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Resolution to enforce intellectual rights law AGUSAN del Norte––The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) here passed a resolution requiring local government units to strictly implement protection of intellectual rights in the province. SP resolution number 317-2011sponsored by SP member James T. Reserva
was in consonance with the Department Interior and Local Government (DILG) memorandum dated June 21, 2011. The DILG memo requires all towns and cities in the province to approve an ordinance curtailing the sale, transfer, distribu-
tion, manufacture and/or production of pirated or fake goods, articles and services. In 2003, the DILG issued the same circular urging local government units to enforce intellectual rights with the support of the local police, the National Bureau
of Investigation and the Video Regulatory Board. The DILG, however, noted that only 12 local government units had approved an ordinance at the end of year 2008 prompting the province of Agusan del Norte to pass a resolution in support of the DILG
circular. The resolution reiterated the call to all local government units in the province to curtail, if not eradicate, fake goods and services and to protect the intellectual rights of scientists, inventors and gifted citizens in Reserva the province. CD
PSHS in Central Mindanao bared THE ground works for the planned Region 12 or Soccsksargen campus of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) will finally begin this month in a 4.5-hectare lot in nearby Koronadal City.
A Muslim boy and his brother look as a soldier stands guard while security forces transport recovered bomb components recovered Wednesday, February 8, 2012 following a clash between troops and Abu Sayyaf gunmen in the village of Landang Laum. (Al Jacinto/Mindanao Examiner)
Foreign travelers’ hub to rise at Zambo port area By JOCELYN P. ALVAREZ of PIA
ZAMBOANGA City–– Foreign travelers on foreign vessel making their “stop” or “call” at the Zamboanga City port will soon have their separate passengers’ terminal, revealed the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Port Manager Leonilo E. Miole. Miole said the construction of a travelers’ hub passenger terminal for foreign vessels is intended to give these “short time” foreign visitors a bit of comfort while they are here in the city. At Present, both domes-
tic and foreign travelers utilize the port’s Terminal II. Once finished, the said terminal will also house certain government bureaus and department to include the Bureau of Quarantine; Bureau of Immigration, Department of Foreign Affairs and Customs International Quarantine Security, Miole informed. Miole said the purpose of the presence of these government offices in the terminal itself is to facilitate concerned transactions and hasten processing of travel
papers/documents. With the foreseen emergence of the terminal for foreign travelers, Miole hopes that there will be an increase in the number of foreign vessels that are making stops/calls at the PPA. PPA recorded 29 foreign vessels that have made call at the port in 2011, a slight decrease as compared to 33 foreign vessels recorded in 2010. The foreign passengers’ terminal project is now in the process of bidding, Miole said.
South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Pingoy Jr. said Tuesday that the PSHS campus’ development will begin within this month and construction works would take about a year to be fully completed. “The new campus is targeted to open for its first batch of students by (June) 2013,” he said. Pingoy said the construction of the classrooms and other required facilities will be mainly funded by the Department of Science and Technology and augmented by various funding pledges. He said Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez of the Youth Against Corruption and Poverty party-list group committed some P5 million for the construction of the campus’ dormitory. The governor said the local government has been trying to secure additional funding commitments for other necessary needs of the new PSHS unit. Earlier, the provincial government spent some P7.3 million for the acquisition of
the school’s site in Barangay Paraiso in Koronadal City. The 4.5-hectare lot, turned over to DOST-12 last September, was the provincial government’s counterpart to the project based on an agreement with the agency. The DOST central office earlier approved the establishment of a PSHS campus in Koronadal City as part of its expansion program in Region 12. Pingoy said Koronadal
City is an ideal site for the proposed PSHS campus being the regional seat and center of Region 12. Region 12 covers the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato. The PSHS, which operates as an attached agency of the DOST, is a specialized public high school system that focuses on high quality science-based education and training. The PSHS system, patterned after the Bronx High School of Science in New York City. The government BARED/p.10
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Miracle in the wings: regaining RP for Pinoys LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away… For those who are evil will be destroyed… A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found…” (Psalm 37:1-2, 9-10, the Holy Bible). -oooCONGRATS, GOOD KAPAMPANGANS: Tantaraannn!!! Congratulations to the outstanding natives of San Fernando City, Pampanga, for 2012: community volunteer health worker Emenciana David-Canlas for community service; Rev. Fr. Francis Dizon for social service; Renato Legaspi of Celtech College for business; Dr. Mediatriz Martin of the University of the Assumption for education; and Jojit Villareal, popularly known as Ara Muna, for entertainment. Also chosen were village chief Genius Prieto for youth service; Ambassador to Vietnam Jerrit Santos for government service; community developer and United Methodist Church pastor Rev. Elias Talavera for religious service; and Sfelapco corporate communications officer Irwin Nucum for civic service. May your tribe increase, not only in Pampanga, but in the whole Philippines! -oooGRACE IBUNA AND ACCOUNTABILITY: I admire Grace Ibuna, the live-in partner of Negros Occ. Ignacio Arroyo before he died in London last week, for the strength of her convictions, but then, she must remember that all the things that she did, whether she regrets doing
THINK a minute. You might have heard of the Parkinson’s Law. It says that people will take as long as you give them to finish a job. So if you give someone a day to do something, then at the end of the day it will probably be done. But if you give them 3 days to do that same job, then they will usually take all 3 days to do it. You see, most of us will take all the time we’re given to do something and won’t finish it until we’re forced to—whether it’s a school paper or letter we need to write, paying our bills and taxes, or cutting the grass. We often put off doing things until the last minute, until our deadline! Then we relax again for awhile until our next deadline. It’s hard for some of us to understand people who work and plan many years
Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst ahead. A famous French leader asked his gardener to plant a tree, but the gardener didn’t want to because he said that kind of tree takes almost 100 years to grow big to full maturity. So the French leader said to the gardener: “Then there’s no time to lose. Plant it right now!” The fact is that if we didn’t have deadlines, most of us wouldn’t get much done in life. Deadlines force us to do something before it’s too late and we pay a pain-
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Natural Resources (DENR) drew the geo-hazard map purportedly as a guide for local government units for land use purposes. This map is futile! Did anyone realize that like any other cities, Cagayan de Oro City was never a safe place then? In other words, all geo-hazard maps in the country make all cities and provinces less, if not, uninhabitable! Take Butuan City, the trading hub of Agusan del Norte and the gateway of Caraga Region in Mindanao. Long before the introduction of geo-hazard maps, Butuan City’s downtown area grew ‘below sea level.’ With slight drizzles spawning flooding in the city’s streets, Butuan City can earn the moniker as the flood capital of the country. However, Butuan City is there. Its people survived for over 50 years since becoming a city amid threat of killer floods precipitated by an over flowing of Agusan River, one of the country’s largest, longest and dangerous rivers of unpredictable rapids. Did anyone from the government or DENR advise Butuan City to relocate to higher grounds to make it safer? Did any President in the country declare Butuan City not fit for habitation? Did anyone accuse Butuan City officials of neglect or of jeopardizing the lives and limbs of city residents? Coming to Cagayan de Oro City, one will find out that the city’s downtown per se started to grow in a swamp. Perhaps, a river delta composed of sediment washed down and deposited at the mouth of the Macabalan Bay. React: email@example.com
THE 2011 Travel & Tourism Competitive Index is out CRIS DIAZ GUILLERMO ADE, JÙ. from the data of the United ASSOCIATE EDITOR PÙÊçã®ÊÄ Nations World Tourism PAT SAMONTE ALBERT MOLIT Organization pulled from R¦®ÊÄ½ E®ãÊÙÝ-CÙ¦ MARLON DOMINGO AJ CORAL the World Economic Forum CIRCULATION R¦®ÊÄ½ E®ãÊÙ-ZÃÊÄ¦ in Davos, Switzerland. JUN ESCUADRO The Philippines rank JHO PANTOJA RIZA O. ARES almost at tail end occupyNóÝ E®ãÊÙ LIEZL A. DELOSO ing number 94 out of the JOE PALABAO GERRY LEE GORIT 139 participating nations in ROLANDO SUDARIA RENE MICHAEL BAÑOS P«ÊãÊ JÊçÙÄ½®ÝãÝ terms of competitiveness. MÙ»ã®Ä¦ CÊÄÝç½ãÄãÝ European countries, lead JOE DEL PUERTO FELICILDA ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI by Switzerland, France and URIEL C. QUILINGUING ããù. ÙÊÙãÊ . Äã¦Ê ¹Ù. E®ãÊÙ®½ CÊÄÝç½ãÄãÝ Italy occupied the top three L¦½ CÊçÄÝ½Ý based on various index. In REGIONAL PARTNERS: Asia, Singapore and China WESTERN MINDANAO leads. Mindanao Examiner/Mindanao Daily On travel and tourism Unit 15, 3F Fair Land Bldg., Nunez Extension regulatory framework, we Zamboanga City Phone & Fax (062) 992 5480 were ranked No. 98 on a Email: firstname.lastname@example.org scale of negative 3.7 %. On URL: mindanaoexaminer.com business environment and CARAGA infrastructure, we improved to No. 95 or a negative of MARX’S PUBLISHING AND MARKETING SERVICES 3.2%. We got an encourP-7 Resureccion Road., Holy Redeemer, Butuan City aging higher rating of No. Cell No. 0948-4183501, 0912-8091093 20 or plus 5.2% on price MANAGING EDITOR
ful price by suffering the consequences. But think about it, what is the biggest deadline you will ever face? Isn’t it your death? Whether you’re ready or not. The problem is that none of us knows for sure when it’s coming. We might live another 40 years, or we might just have 2-3 weeks to live. So the only way to live with real peace and happiness is to know for sure that you’re ready to die today. But how can you be ready to die every day? Jesus Christ said the
only way is if you know that you’re living every day in a right relationship with your Maker whom you must face at the end of your life. That’s why God Himself, Jesus Christ, came to show us how to live that way. Your decision to love and obey Jesus Christ every day is not just so you can live with peace and happiness now; it decides where you’re going to live forever after you die: in Heaven or Hell. In complete happiness and peace with your Creator and Christian family, or in total pain and suffering without Him. Jesus Himself said it’s that simple and serious. So for your own sake, today, won’t you ask Jesus to forgive you and take complete charge of your life everyday? Before it’s too late and you’ve missed the biggest deadline of your life. Just Think a Minute.
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UNTIL the article: ‘The Vanishing Species, Mindanao Daily, Feb. 8, 2012,’ issue came out in this corner, the implication of natural catastrophe can hardly be understood. It is hard to understand why lives and limbs had to compensate disasters and tragedy. Nobody wants tragedy to happen. Nobody knows when disasters occur. However, when these misfortunes take place, no one can turn back the hands PINOYS/p.10 of time. Everyone have to absorb the Cris Diaz blow of nature’s wrath. Consequently, to find fault on someone or anyone for the death of people because of disasters is out of context. We could not lend credence to government studies of doom cities and places when disasters come. We cannot The MINDANAO DAILY is published by Mindanao Daily since catastrophe happens naturally. The only thing that Balita at Door 3, Geleng Bldg., Lapasan Highway, Cagayan de humans can do is to prepare. Oro City. It is registered with the Department of Trade and The best thing to do is to find the safest place on Industry (DTI), Region 10 with CerƟfifcate No. 01349532, and Earth immune from natural calamities. Where on Earth with Business Permit No. 02275, TIN No. 946-396-807-001 is this place safe from hell? Telefax Nos: (088) 856-3344, (08822)74-53-80, For instance, everybody thought Cagayan de Oro’s Cell nos.: 0917-7121424, 0923-432-0687 downtown and uptown districts are safe. Until the introWebsite: www//mindanaodailybalita.com duction of the ‘useless’ geo-hazard map was introduced, E-mail: email@example.com the question of Cagayan de Oro City as a safer place to firstname.lastname@example.org live was never a debate. A geo-hazard map is a graphic presentation categorizDANTE M. SUDARIA PUBLISHER ing places prone to natural calamities such as flooding RUEL V. PELONE ROSE MARY D. SUDARIA and landslides. The Department of Environment and ALLAN M. MEDIANTE
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Traversing the Tourism Hi-way Ped T. Quiamjot competitiveness. While on cultural and natural resources, we rank No. 75 at negative 3.7%. This low rating should serve as a wakeup call to the mining and mineral explorations proponents. We did poorly on safety and security at No. 109 or negative 4.1% with the hugging headlines of kidnapping and disturbing sensational crimes aggravated by the various travel advisories issued by foreign nations. But it was on the ground trans-
port that we got clobbered by the traveler’s index at No. 114 or negative 2.8% which showed some weakness to the PNoy government that should have a stop gap with the appointment of Sec. Mar Roxas to the DOTC. Ground transportation does not only speak of the modes of transport but on the general conditions of moving travelers by land. This covers infrastructures like good roads and bridges and traffic management. Perhaps on infrastructures,
the government realized the folly of their actions after withholding money for various public works improvement which the Department of Budget and Management released only early January 2012. While on traffic management, we have made slow inroads, it’s still a daily grind in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao City. In our native language, we call it “kalandrakas.” Many cities in the Philippines like Cagayan de Oro and Baguio City have to go to the banks to finance their Flyovers in the City which were built on national highways. A city government taking over the road jurisdiction of the Department of Public Works and Highways? The government funds INDEX/p.10
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Exclusion of 13th month pay, other benefits from gross income mulled A Bill has been proposed in Congress to raise to P60,000 from the current P30,000 ceiling the total exclusion from gross income of the 13th month pay and other benefits of officials and employees of government and private entities to increase their take home income for their families. Article ll, Section 18 of the Constitution which recognizes labor as a primary socio-economic force and affirms the mandate of the State to protect the rights of workers and promote their welfare. Despite this constitutional provision, majority of salary and wage earners in the private and public sectors suffer from indecently low pay as well as from meager benefits. “With respect to employees in the civil service, their salaries oftentimes stagnate for long periods due to the failure of Congress to periodically amend the Salary Standardization Law. Workers in the private sector, on the other hand, have their wages tied to the politics and bureaucracy associated with the wages and productivity boards,” proponent Rep. Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT Teachers) said. The misery on wages is compounded by the present income taxation law as he noted that even without considering the unrestrained inflation in prices of commodities and services, salary increases are hardly felt by employees in the public and private sectors. “Whether the increases are caused by salary upgrading in a few agencies of the government, the implementation of the Salary Standardization Law 3, or regional wage hikes, the taxable incomes of employees also increase, and most of them become subject to higher tax
rates,” said Tinio, a vice chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture. He further said the 13th month pay and other benefits, generally based on the basic pay, also increase. In most cases, the present P30,000 ceiling for a total exclusion of these benefits apply, thus subjecting the excess of P30,000 to income tax according to him. Tinio cited one reason for this is that the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) and related revenue regulations have not kept pace with increases in compensation levels in the public and private sectors, as in the case of the P30,000 ceiling. “Such legislative action of raising the ceiling to P60,000 for the total exclusion from gross income of the 13th month pay and other benefits will enable employees to have more of their income to take home to their families,” he said. In House Bill 5661, Tinio sought the amendment of Section 32 (B)(7) (e) of the NIRC so that the 13th month pay and other benefits received by officials and employees public and private entities shall not be included in gross income and shall be exempt from taxation, provided that the total exclusion shall not exceed P60,000. This shall cover other benefits such as productivity incentives and Christmas bonus. The ceiling of P60,000 shall be increased through rules and regulations issued by the Secretary of Finance, upon annual review and recommendation of the Internal Revenue Commissioner and upon consultation with the labor sector in the private and civil service, after considering among others, the effect on the same of the inflation rate at the end of the taxable year according to the bill.
AFTER being stranded for seven hours at an airport due to a malfunctioning plane, Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño is calling for a congressional investigation on the way the country’s airlines have “abused their franchises and systematically violated their obligations as common carriers.” In a privilege speech delivered last week (Feb. 1), the lawmaker narrated his ordeal with fellow Cebu Pacific passengers suffered on the night of January 22 on a flight from Iloilo to Manila. Casiño was scheduled to take the Cebu Pacific FlightJ458 at 5:45 p.m. but due to a engine malfunction, he and fellow passengers were able to board at past 1:00am the next day. “I was at the airport at 3:45 p.m. At around 4:00 pm, we were informed that the flight would be delayed due to repairs that had to be done on the plane in Manila. We were later told that departure time was moved to 7:45 p.m. or two hours later. Like most of us, I just gritted my teeth and bore it. I did not even complain when the airline did not even offer us merienda when they should have served us a full dinner for the two-hour delay,” he said. “At around 8:00 p.m., we were finally called to board the plane. Once we had settled on our seats, the pilot said over the public address system that one of the engines couldn’t start due to a malfunctioning starter valve. After three tries, we felt the plane move and go back to the tarmac. We were then ordered to get off and return to the pre-departure area. “In the middle of all these questions and the problem of missed appointments and
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even connecting flights abroad, nobody from Cebu Pacific could give us any answers. We had been delayed for around five hours and the passengers adamantly refused to fly on the same plane and were demanding that Cebu Pacific send another plane or house us in a hotel until we were able to fly out in another plane. We also refused the lame offer of a refund, the rebooking without guarantee of having a seat the next day or giving the money to a travel fund for the airline. “Mayroon ho tayong bagong slogan ngayon para sa ating mga turista, “It is more fun in the Philippines”, but with airlines like Cebu Pacific, with services such as this, how can we say that it is more fun in the Philippines?” said Casino.
He accused Cebu Pacific of giving its passengers shabby treatment, saying that Under Section 4 of the Civil Code, common carriers like Cebu Pacific and PAL are bound to observe extraordinary diligence in the vigilance over the goods and for the safety of the passengers transported by them. He said because of the terms and conditions that the airlines themselves put on their tickets, “they are able to escape from a lot of the demands or they are able to sidestep the very legitimate demands and concerns of their passengers who are harassed.” “Kapag ang isang airline po, kapag tayong mga pasahero nale-late tayo o hindi natin nasisipot iyong ating flights, napakatindi ng pen-
alty, hindi ka pasasakayin, hindi ka makaka-refund or mag-a-adjust ka lang ng iyong schedule papatawan ka ng kung anu-anong penalties. On the other hand, when it is the airlines themselves who are unable to comply with their commitments, then ang sasabihin nila sa kanilang provision that they are not liable in any way for any loss or damage that their failure to operate results in,” he said. “This incident along with similar ones should be taken seriously and be investigated considering that it will have grave effects on our economy as well as the tourism sector. I hope that the airline industry would immediately correct this wrong practice,” ended Casiño.
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Globe strengthens environmental advocacy thru WWF-Philippines partnership • Donates P1 M to Philippine Fund for Nature Globe Telecom further strengthens its environmental advocacy through a partnership with World Wildlife Fund - Philippines, starting with a donation of P1 million to WWF’s Philippine Fund for Nature and a possible collaboration on eco-tourism using Globe GCASH. Philippine Fund for Nature is designed to ensure long term growth of the WWF-Philippines wide range of projects directed towards preserving the country’s natural resources. WWF Philippines aims to establish a special endowment fund of P200 million for PFN. “The major gift will not only help secure the financial sustainability of the organization but will also enable us to sustain
in the long run our key projects which help conserve our biodiversity and help mitigate the impact of human footprint on our environment. More importantly, it will help assure that future generations will enjoy a living planet,” said Vicente S. Perez, WWF-Philippine Chairman in his letter to Globe President and CEO Ernest L. Cu. The financial support is just the beginning of a partnership between Globe and WWF – Philippines. Aside from the P1 M donation, Globe through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm Globe Bridging Communities (BridgeCom) is closely working with WWF in developing GCASH Ecot u r ismo (G CASH for
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Associated Broadcasting Company (TV 5) Associated Broadcast i ng Compa ny (TV5) is a major commercial television network in the Philippines solely owned by MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company headed by business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan. Its parent company, the Associated Broadcasting Company, also owns and operates other media properties, including the news channel AksyonTV, and news radio station DWFM in Quezon City. In 1999, ABC was awarded the channel 47 f requenc y in Metro Ma ni la, the last remaining UHF frequency in the market, christening it DWDZ-TV however, has been inactive since 2003. In 2001, ABC began to produce local versions of The Price Is Right (hosted by Dawn Zulueta and later acquired by ABS-CBN); Wheel of Fortune (hosted by Rustom Padilla, later acquired by ABS-CBN); and Family Feud (hosted by Ogie Alcasid, later acquired by GMA Network). This was during the height of the game show frenzy within Philippine networks, brought on by the success of IBC’s Philippine editions of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (hosted by Christopher De Leon which is now home of TV5 at present time) and The Weakest Link (hosted by Edu Manzano) In October 2003, ABC was acquired by a group led by businessman Antonio “Tonyboy” Cojuangco, Jr. . [In March 2008, ABC president and CEO Antonio Cojuangco announced that ABC had reached a partnership with MPB Primedia Inc., a local company backed by Media Prima Berhad of Malaysia as part of a long-term strategy to make the network more competitive. In December 2008, a lawsuit was filed by GMA Network, Inc. against ABC, MPB, and MPB Primedia, alleg-
ing that TV5’s lease of airtime to Media Prima was intended to federal regulations restricting foreign ownership of broadcasters. In response, ABC’s media relations head Pat Marcelo-Magbanua reiterated that the network was a Filipino company which was self-registered and Filipino-run. On October 20, 2009, Media Prima announced that it would be divesting its share in TV5 and selling it to the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company’s broadcasting division, MediaQuest Holdings, Inc. The acquisition was officially announced by chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan on March 2, 2010, along with the announcement of a new lineup of programming to debut on the network, along with a new campaign branding itself as the “Kapatid” (“sibling”) network.[ On October 1, 2010, TV5 took over the management of MediaQuest’s Nation Broadcasting Corporation stations; DWFM was re-launched as a T V5branded news radio station on November 8, 2010, Radyo5 92.3 NewsFM, and DWNB-TV was re-launched as AksyonTV on February 21, 2011, a news channel based off TV5’s newscast Aksyon. In April 2011, TV5 launched Kapatid TV5, an international channel. The channel will be overseen by Pilipinas Global Network Ltd., a company owned by PLDT and ABC Development Corp. based in the British Virgin Islands By 2012, the network will complete the construction of its new headquarters, the 6,000-sqm TV5 Media Center located in Mandaluyong. In June 2011, Sports5 began a deal with the Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation to produce sports programming for the network under the brand AKTV.
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Pinoys From page 6 regrets doing them or not, will all be accounted for before God at the proper time. Ecclesiastes 12:14 of the Holy Bible says: “For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” -oooLAWYER DISMAYED WITH SURVEY CUT: Former President George Briones of the Quezon City Integrated Bar of the Philippines seems dismayed that the Inquirer appears to have cut short its survey asking its readers to guess whether the Senate will convict or acquit Chief Justice Renato Corona, after votes showed a trend in favor of acquitting Corona. Briones posted his seeming dismay in his Facebook account Sunday night, February 5, 2012. My take: so, what else is new? -ooo“ILLICIT RELATIONSHIPS” OF DEFENSE LAWYERS? Something is wrong with Ako-Bicol Party List Rep. Rodel Batocabe. Over the weekend, he threatened to expose alleged “illicit relationships” of defense lawyers in the impeachment of Corona, if they did not stop their attacks on the prosecution team. Does this mean that Batocabe will simply clam up if the prosecution lawyers are spared from criticisms from the defense?
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Index gikan sa pahina 6 which were not available in 2011 for public works brought down our competitiveness among the lowest 20’s in the 139 nations in the world. The government logic in releasing the budget in the 1st week of January as priming the economy with P182 Billion infrastructures for 2012 is a positive acknowledgement that in did, we lost grasp of the economy which has already gone down with an anemic growth of 3.7% compared to the higher economic growth of 7.2% in 2010. According to Mr. Benjamin Diokno of the UP School of Economics, “the lack of public funds for infrastructure and low government expenditures last year slowed down the economy.” NEDA officials understood that but maybe the Budget Secretary has another economic interpretation to cover up for the weakness of Malacañang? The Competitive Index showed however that there is a good indicator of priming the economy which can spark tourism growth with foreign investments welcomed to the Philippines. On Visa requirements, we rank No. 3 on good policies and regulations. Hotel price index for foreign travelers stood at No. 15 or plus 10.05% in spite of fewer hotel rooms. We rank No. 132 of the
GEMINI. If someone bends over backwards for you, you’ll want to go out of your way to show you appreciate them. Not everyone deserves the same handling; some folks truly merit the royal treatment! The extra effort you make to express your gratitude could work wonders for strengthening your bond. All relationships require maintenance and like any other endeavor, the more you put in the more you get out. CANCER. If some extra cash finds its way into your hands, let it marinate a while before you depart with it. It can be tempting to splash your cash all over the place and generously offer assistance to others. Avoid this at all costs as you will dig yourself a deep hole that may be difficult to crawl out of. Try to pretend you never came across the extra windfall and stash it away or invest it. LEO . Think carefully before you extend generosity to a friend in the way LEO. of finances. Friendship and money can sometimes mix awkwardly so you’ll want to put some serious thought into your friend’s capacity to pay you back before you lend them anything. We all want to help those in need, especially those we care about but if the situation is going to do more harm than good, you’ll want to do your best to avoid it.
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139 nations having low capacities for hotel density per 1,000 square kilometers. It relates to a message clearly understood by big property developers like Ayala Land, Fil-invest, SM Prime and Megaworld to bankroll development for more international standards hotels. Ayala Land’s Kukun Hotel is scheduled to open in the 3rd quarter of 2012 in Cagayan de Oro City with two more properties at the Bonifacio Global City and at the Abreeza in Davao City. On the pillar of human resources, the Philippines stood No. 69 or 11.03% on the quality of the educational system. We were No. 46 or 11.05% on the extent of staff training due to our English literacy. But wait until you see some shocking and arbitrary revelations that shows, we are No. 1 out of the 139 nations with” HIV” prevalence which brings a negative of 11.09% or No. 83 on business impact of HIV/Aids lowering life expectancy to the rank of No. 87 or negative 11.10%. We are low on the pillar of health and hygiene, rank No. 127 or negative 4.04% on the resurgent of tropical disease like Dengue fever, Malaria and Leptospirosis plus the inadequacy of hospital beds. Don’t cry for me Argentina, on the scale of 1 – 10, where do we stand? This is for our government policy makers and our leaders
VIRGO. Even if plans change, things can still work out in your favor. As much as we’d like to control everything that happens to us, we can’t so you may want to relax and stop stressing. Just because a circumstance is altered, doesn’t mean it’s bad. The end result could wind up a better solution than your original course of action so sit tight and stay tuned. LIBRA. Don’t get upset if you find out a friend kept some information from you. They could have a very good reason, or it could be a simple misunderstanding. Bottom line though, you don’t want to react before you have the whole story. It’s even possible someone is keeping something from you to protect your feelings. Making an assumption could cause unnecessary drama you don’t want to deal with. SCORPIO. The energy of the full moon can cause you to become distracted so you’ll need all the focus you can muster. You’re going to be busy this week but when all is said and done you’ll be able to see how much you accomplished. Make a plan to stay organized and you’ll be able to stay on top of everything. Career wise it’s a hectic time, but if you can avoid distractions you should get through just fine. SAGITTARIUS. You’ll want to communicate the details of a situation explicitly. When you share a message and don’t check to make sure the other person understood exactly what you meant, a mistake could be made. To avoid any hang–ups, discuss each detail and confirm their comprehension. You may think the other person understood what you meant, but their interpretation may have a much different spin. CAPRICORN. Keep close tabs on the budget right now as you will want to avoid any unnecessary expenditure. If something catches your eye and you just don’t think you could live without it, try to walk away now and revisit it in the morning. A good night’s rest could allow you to reevaluate the necessity of the item. If you can hold off a bit longer, it’s possible for you to have even more cash to play with later.
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on the two peaks. The Primer Group of Companies through outdoor store R .O.X. prov ided camping gear, while Centur y Tuna has donated meals for all the climbs. Hol c i m P h i l ippi n e s Inc. sponsored a village, and their generosity has provided 28 families with solar home systems. Finally, Cebu Pacific has come on board to fly climb ers to provincial destinations. Climbers or better known as solar ambassadors will be supplying solar-powered lanterns and mobile phone chargers to un-electrified families who live along Mt.Apo.
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art landfill, modeled after a technology developed in Germany. Instead of using plastic bags and styrofoam containers, Miguel said they are encouraging their employees to utilize reusable canisters or containers, paper bags and other recyclable materials for their personal and officerelated activities. He said the city is also promoting the use of reusable baskets like “bayong” when going to the public market and even in supermarkets. “It’s a matter of changing our lifestyles and getting used to these materials,” Miguel said. The mayor acknowledged that the city government is “quite far behind” in terms of the adoption of such practice as a number of local government units in the country have already been implementing the policy for several years now. “Even grade schools in some areas have been practicing it so I think it’s about time that we also adopt and seriously implement it here,” Miguel added. G over nment waste management experts had noted that plastics usually “clog waterways, spoil the
landscape, and end up in landfills, where they may take 1,000 years or more to break down into ever smaller particles all the while continue to pollute the soil and water. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources earlier launched a nationwide campaign against the use of plastic bags, styrofoam containers and related products as part of its continuing initiative against the accumulation of non-biodegradable wastes. Last month, Koronadal City approved an ordinance banning smoking within the premises of city hall. With wire reports
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easily in water and a crawling type of pest. Dumaya added that this pest is similar to an ordinary rice bug (Leptocoriza oryzae) commonly called tiangaw which feeds on rice grains. This pest, she added differs from the ordinary bug because it has the ability to fall off to the ground when touched or disturbed. According to the advisory, the recently discovered pest attacks rice
panicles from flowering stage to milking stage and results in unfilled or discolored grains that eventually reduces quality and subsequently yield. RCPC in Bicol Region reported 50 to 70 percent crop damage due to the same pest in estimated 100 hectares of rice in Camarines Sur. Although the pest has not yet been reported here, S outh C otabato Provincial Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinator Dave Nicolas urged local farmers to intensively monitor their farms. “Bantayan natin ang bagong tuklas na pesteng kulisap na ito nang hindi na dumami at makapaminsala sa ating mga palayan,”he said. As immediate action, Dumaya said that RCPC will conduct massive information dissemination across Soccsksargen Region about the pest; they will also intensify coordination with IPM controllers in the region. Aside fom these, RCPC is also set to attend Municipal Agriculture Officer’s (MAOs) meetings to relay the information on this pest and to mobilize Bantay Peste Brigade.
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