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Cagayan de Oro City


January 28, 2012


3 kids snatched in Butuan, one escaped By OBET SAMONTE with SARAME WAGAS Caraga News Bureau

BUTUAN City––An eight-year-old girl managed to escape from her abductor four days after her captivity. In an exclusive interview, the victim identified only as Lorna said she was abducted on January 20 in a car-for-hire terminal in Butuan City. Lorna said that she was brought to Kitcharao town in Agusan del Norte where she was treated like a slave––and deployed to the town’s busy district to beg for money. She identified his abductor as a certain “Tata.” “Kung dili gani mo mamalik pamatyon ta gyud mo,” Lorna quoted Tata as saying whenever she and other kids are sent to beg for money. Missing Prior to Lorna’s daring escaped, Anna and Malyn, the parents of Lorna and Michelle, sought the help of Mindanao Daily-Caraga office after their children failed to go home since the eve of January 20. The Mindanao Daily immediately posted the photos of the missing children on

Facebook, a social networking site, photocopied the photos and posted them on walls, and reported the matter to Police Station 2 in Langihan with the parents. Lorna, however, arrived home on the afternoon of January 24 unharmed but not Michelle. The real story Lorna came to tell her sad ordeal with her abductors. S h e c l a i m e d Ta t a snatched her on January 21 at 6 p.m. at Langihan van terminal and was subsequently brought to Kitcharao town in Agusan del Norte. Aside from Lorna, the girl said Tata also snatched another kid identified only as “Migs” at gunpoint. They arrive before noon in a woody area in Kicharao town where she saw eight other children [aged eight to 11 years old] inside the house. They were met by a lady ESCAPED/PAGE 11

MINDANAO Daily agency correspondent Sarame Wagas interviews Lorna, the eightyear-old girl who managed to escaped from her abductors Tuesday. Below, nine-year-old Michelle Anne Curato of Purok 3A, Ressurection, Butuan City has been declared missing by her parents since January 21, 2012. Photo by Obet Samonte

WEATHER UPDATE Diffused tail-end of a cold front affecting Visayas and Northern Mindanao. Visayas and Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. Elsewhere, winds will be moderate coming from the East and Northeast with moderate seas. source: pagasa

Amreco opposes hike in power generation rates By ALLAN MEDIANTE, Executive editor

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The just-held Mindanao Congress of Advocates on Renewable Energy Development (MinCARED) ended with resolutions agreed by member cooperatives of Amreco (Association of Mindanao Cooperatives) reiterating its position opposing an increase in power

generation rates should the privatization of Pulangi and Agus Hydro-electric plants push through. Led by Amreco Chairman Sergio Dagooc and Executive Director Clint Pacana, the members submitted their resolutions to Mindanao Development Agency (MDA) Chairman

Lualhati Antonino expressing anew their position on issues as part of the Pulangi and Agus advocacy campaign: 1) That in privatizing Pulangi and Agus plants, conditions must stipulate their stand of “no increase of generation rates of the plants’ output for 20 years; 2) Creation of a multisectoral group with techni-

cal capacity to monitor the out put of Agus and Pulangi HEPPs as recommended by the 1st MinCARED; 3) Creation of the Mindanao Power Corporation through legislative action. Discussions with civil society representatives have been mostly centered on the cause of the ordinary consumers. Media speakers espoused also the stand

that in case of privatization, electricity rates should not be higher than what is being charged presently by power distributors and electric cooperatives. In its previous pronouncement the 27-member cooperatives of AMRECO said they are vehemently opposed to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act RATES/PAGE 11

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Displaced workers in Oro, Iligan to get aids THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday announced the release of P6.912-million fund for the emergency employment and livelihood assistance of workers who were displaced after tropical storm Sendong struck the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said that the P6.912 million is composed of P3.839 million for the Emergency Employment Program (EEP) and P3.073 million for livelihood assistance in the form of jigs and tools as starter kits. The EEP and livelihood programs are emergency interventions of the Department. Both programs are aimed at helping displaced workers cope and recover from emergencies and other natural calamities. “Through these DOLE programs, we want to strengthen the morale of our workers and help them move forward with their lives,” said Baldoz. The labor chief added that the said amount covers the P3.225 million wages of the displaced workerbeneficiaries. The displaced workers, who will be paid the minimum wage rate at P215 per day for eight hours work, will be engaged in community and rural rehabilitation work in the affected areas, specifically in de-clogging, clearing, and cleaning of communities, schools, and evacuation centers for 15 days. Aside from the wages, the amount will also be used for the purchase of working tools and other personal protective equipment. The EEP is expected to benefit 1,000 displaced workers. The qualified beneficiaries will come from the AIDS/PAGE 11

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OROQUIETA City––Fishermen can now breathe a deep sigh of relief after the provincial government of Misamis Occidental vowed to look into their plight after tropical storm Sendong struck Northern Mindanao at dawn on December 17. The fishermen complained that they suffered so much from the aftermath of Sendong even if they were not affected by the typhoon. Aside from fishermen, fish vendors claimed they have lost their only means of livelihood because people stopped buying fish for fear of contamination. Some local residents in Northern Mindanao ceased from buying fish and other marine products after typhoon Sendong hit-hard

the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan where scores of people died and others missing. But the grumbling of fishermen and fish vendors caught the attention of Misamis Occidental Governor Hermie Ramiro. As soon as she learned the plight of the fisherfolks, Ramiro immediately ordered the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council [PDRRMC] to launch an information and education drive that would disprove claims that fish are unsafe to eat. Despite the strong campaign launched by the local disaster council, people remained wary especially when they heard reports that bodies landed in nearby

RAMIRO coastline. Earlier, city and provincial officials led the public eating of STKs or the famous [Sugba, Tinola, Kinilaw] together with the fisherfolks. Local officials also met with the fishermen where they were told that they can approach their respective barangay officials for assistance through the fivepercent calamity fund incorporated in the barangay internal revenue allotment. With the national declaration of state of calamity by the President Benigno Simeon Aquino III through Presidential Proclamation


no. 303, affected cities like Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete and other urban communities to include those towns and barangays affected by typhoon Sendong can use their respected calamity funds. With what they heard through the PDRRMC meeting, organized fishermen from Misamis Occidental were thankful saying that they are now guided as they are determined to make resolutions aimed at asking financial assistance from their respective barangays to augment their daily income.

Crackdown vs youth offenders imposed GLAN, Sarangani––Authorities have renewed a crackdown on youth offenders with the re-imposition of the curfew for minors. This, following an apparent resurgence in street crimes usually attributed to juvenile delinquents, such as thefts, burglaries and break-ins at the public market. The curfew for minors is contained in Ordinance 92-05, which was put on hold after the general peace and order condition had vastly improved following the assumption to office of the new administration in June 2010. With the restriction temporarily back in effect, anyone under 18 must now be safely tucked in bed by 10:00 p.m. On Tues day, p olice rounded up six youths aged 6 to 17 in subsequent operations. (PIA)


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MisOcc TWG monitors Mt. Malindang

MISAMIS Occidental––A technical working group of the PENRO has included in their monitoring the bio-diversity of Mt. Malindang. It is also monitoring the volume of water that flows in the rivers, streams and tributaries, while looking into the number of endangered species of trees present in the mountain and the propagation of the seedlings and widening of the coverage of reforestation areas in the whole Misamis Occidental province. This is in line with the objectives of Gov. Ramiro’s administration.

Housing unit for four familities

CAGAYAN de Oro City––The 84 sqm. quadruplex which was inspected by President Aquino early this week, can accomodate four families at a 21sqm structure complete with comfort room and kitchen.

President calls people to follow enronmental laws

CAGAYAN de Oro City––President Aquino has urged the people to follow at all times the laws and regulations set forth by the national government. This, to avoid incidents similar to what happened in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro during typhoon

Japanese waste experts visit Butuan

BUTUAN City––Representatives from the E’s Co. of Japan arrived in Butuan City yesterday to explore possibilities of investing in the city in the field of waste conversion to organic feeds/fertilizer. The Japanese group paid a courtesy call to Mayor Jun Amante and will visit various farms and offices including CSU and DTI. Said visit is the result of the city government’s PPP efforts.

Agsur information network expanded By DAVID M. SUYAO of PIA-Agusan del Sur

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AGUSAN del Sur––The Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur (PGAS) started to expand its information network with the conduct of a two-day training on basic communication skills with designated department information officers as participants in order to equip them with knowledge on how to communicate their respective programs and accomplishments to satisfy the need of the Agusanons to know what the provincial government is doing. According to Provincial Public Information Officer Alfredo Plaza, the two-day seminar workshop aims to improve the performance of the various offices through effective, credible and attainable information programs. It will also ensure to

provide timely, relevant and adequate developmentoriented information to the media, local government units and the general public. “Aside from those I mentioned, we believe the training will enable our department information officers establish a good media relations through information related activities among practicing journalists. The training will also equip the participants promote the provincial government’s development thrust through tri-media facilities and assist in the facilitation of the creation of PGAS information linkages with various sectors and NGO’s in the community, while maintaining linkages with media, municipal government offices and national government agencies,” Plaza

said. Not only data gathering as materials for information or news releases were taught to the participants. Demonstration on video production and camera handling were also introduced in order that the participants will have knowledge to produce raw materials to feed to NBN Agusan del Sur for television release. Together, basic news writing for radio, TV and print were also introduced in order to deliver comprehensive information to wider scope. While skills on basic media practices were introduced, communication planning on specific communication problems within the participants’ offices were demonstrated so that specific solutions and messages can be applied to address the communication problem. EXPANDED/PAGE 11

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Butuan park undergoes P5m facelift, seen to boost tourism HISTORY OF BUTUAN TO BE INCLUDED IN SCHOOL CURRICULUM By PAT SAMONTE, Regional Editor-Caraga and JOEL PORTUGAL, Caraga News Bureau


More than 700 families affected by Typhoon Sendong in Upper Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City avail of the free dental and medical services provided by energy firm STEAG State Power Inc (SPI) and the 4ID-Philippine Army. The activity is in response to growing concerns on prevalence of common illnesses that pose serious threats to the health and wellbeing of flood victims especially those still residing at the evacuation centers.

BUTUAN City––The city government has allotted P5 million for the rehabilitation of Rizal Park as part of the local leadership’s program to promote tourism here. This was announced by Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. as members of the Barangay Tourism Council met at a local convention center to identify and develop tourism spots and

local products and discuss action plans to attract Filipino and foreign visitors. Amante said Butuan City is known for its historical sites including Rizal Park repairs of which are ongoing. He also mentioned the world famous Balangay Boat, local products and delicacies. He said: “Now is the proper time to start promoting and developing our

local tourism to enable us to land in the Philippine tourism map.” According to Amante, plans are also in the drawing board to include in the school curriculum Butuan’s history and visits to historical sites for them to give tourists and visitors insights about the city. Attending the assembly were Councilor Jaime Cembrano, Jr., Association of Barangay Council president Nestor Amora and officials of the city’s 86 barangays.

Studes march to mark national youth week By ALLAN MEDIANTE, Executive Editor

DAVAO City––Students from various colleges and universities and youth groups held a day-long youth festival at Rizal Park here in commemoration of the National Youth Week which roots started from the historical First Quarter Storm on January 26, 1970. The First Quarter Storm celebrates its 42nd anniversary this year. “In the 1970’s, thousands of youth and students took to the streets in order to register their dissent against the fascist Marcos dictatorship and the worsening socioeconomic crises. We continue their struggle not only to remember their contributions, but more so because the crises experienced by the Filipino then has in fact worsened now,” said Ronnie Clarion, regional spokesperson of Kabataan Partylist. “Since then, many youth have realized that there’s a need not only to answer issues inside the school, but in the larger society as well,” he added. During the opening program in the morning, the office of City Mayor Sara Duterte gave out a speech to the youth of today. “To the young Filipinos here today, I hope that you will be inspired by the examples of the youth 40 years ago and take action, starting by being responsible students. Don’t stop asking questions and do not be afraid to voice your opinions and share your ideas,” the statement of Mayor Duterte read. Different youth groups from schools and communities in the city gathered around a thousand of their members in Rizal park today for a Youth Festival where booths and exhibits were installed. The festival opened at ten in the morning. A commemorative program and a Youth Parade were also held in the afternoon. A street concert followed in the evening. All the events geared toward the objective of rekindling the youth’s patriotic vigor to serve the people and heed the calls of this generation. UP Mindanao cancelled classes Solidarity from the University of the Philippines in Mindanao was also registered after the college deans released memorandum encouraging students to attend the activity. Some teachers have cancelled their classes in the afternoon to allow their students to join. “Iskolars ng Bayan are historically known in leading campaigns of the people. During the Marcos dictatorship, UP was a known seat of student activism,” said Rendell Ryan Cagula, Chairperson of the University Student Council of UP Mindanao. STUDES/PAGE 10


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P.5bn to light up ‘Caraga’ villages By CRIS DIAZ, Associate Editor

BUTUAN City—About 1,466 household in Butuan City and Agusan de Norte comprising 36 villages had been identified as beneficiaries of the government’s Sitio Electrification Project (SEP) this year. Archetic Horacio T. Santos, general manager of Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative (Aneco), said the project is part of the P589 million fund intended for electrification of the countr y’s 833 far flung villages this year. He said the government had set aside P1.108 billion to hasten the implementation of two major electrification programs – the SEP and Barangay Line Enhancement Program

(BLEP). Of the P1.1 billion fund, P518.92 million is for BLEP in order to improve electric services in 202 barangays (villages) nationwide, while P589.32 million is allocated to SEP to connect 833 sitios to the nation’s power grid. Jose Seguban, Jr. of the National Electrification Administration (NEA), said that P250 million is going to be released this month or early next month for the BLEP project in

Mindanao. BLEP in Agusan del Sur targets 12 villages with funds amounting to P30.5 million while another P87 million is intended fo SEP project in Northeastern Mindanao or the Caraga Region, Seguban said. He said the SEP and BLEP programs allow NEA to provide electricity to off-grid sitios and other un-electrified communities, as well as improve the delivery of basic services in the countryside so that power disruptions and other connection-related problems are prevented. The government seeks to provide electricity to 2,341 villages, and to light up 32,441 sitios by 2015.

Foreign volunteers who joined the construction of houses at the relocation site in Calaanan, Barangay Canitoan, try to balance themselves as they eat ice cream and hold on to a jeepney at the same time. Several foreigners have lent their time and energy helping the Sendong victims of Cagayan de Oro even up to this time. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit

Army joins 40th day homage to victims of typhoon ‘Sendong’ CAMP Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City–– Officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees of the 4th Infantry “Diamond’ Division, Philippine Army joined Cagayanons in commemorating the 40th day death of typhoon Sendong victims at the Kagay-an Bridge, Rotonda Road in Cagayan de Oro City. LTC Patriarch Robinson P PEL, Commanding Officer of 4th Signal Battalion, in behalf of MGen Victor A Felix AFp and the whole division, gave a testimony in connection with 4ID’s active support and assistance to all those who were affected from the onset until this very

day. From being one of the organizations who first responded to the distress call of typhoon victims, to the relief and retrieval operations up to the rehabilitation and recovery phase, the 4ID remained faithful to its commitment to the Kagay-anons. “As we officially close the period of mourning and grieving, in observance of our Filipino custom and tradition, for all those who died due to Typhoon Sendong, we all remember the brotherhood and Soldiers and civilian personnel of the army’s 4th Infantry Division in Cagayan de Oro City join the 40th day of the death of Typhoon Sendong victims in Cagay- “bayanihan” that we all showed one another to an de Oro City on Jan. 25, 2012. An estimated number of about 5,000 to 7,000 be of help to all of those people gather at the Rotunda Road to mark the end of mourning of the families of those who perished in the raging floodwaters caused by typhoon Sendong last who were affected,” Pel said in his testimony. December 17, 2011. Photo supplied He said we have proven that no matter how tough or how dif-

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3rd Trip Ko Phoenix Fuels Basketball Cup opens tomorrow AFTER two successful seasons, Phoenix Petroleum is set to gather more talented young basketball players as it launches the 3rd season of the Trip Ko Phoenix Fuels Basketball Cup. About 1,000 basketball players ages 14 to 16 sought action during the tr youts on Januar y 15, 2012 at the Davao City Recreation Center, from 8 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon. The third season of the basketball tournament will open on January 28, 2012 with 120 players composing the eight teams: Cyclomax Titan, Cyclomax 4T, Zoelo Extreme, Zoelo Diesel, Accelerate Vega, Accelerate Supreme, and two new

teams, Cycle Fork and 2T Max. Each team will be handled by veteran coaches: Alex Albores, Avel Guno, Alberto Malmao, Aladin Saldua, Allan Josol, Bambie Santander, Dong Cagampang, Dindo Pastor, Elias Resurreccion, Ice Gravador, Jesus Pido, Nick Serafica, Rhoderick Conda, Rhoel Josol, and Eddie Salac. Heading the whole tournament are Commissioner Cadel Mosqueda and Tournament Director Goldie Delvo. The season 3 opening ceremony will start with the parade of players and marching band from the City Hall Drive all the way to the Davao City Recre-

ation Center (formerly Almendras Gym). Truly, the third season of the basketball cup promises more fun and excitement. P h o e n i x Pe t rol e u m shoulders not only the uniforms of the players, but also gives them practice and game allowances. Aside from organizing the Trip Ko Phoenix Fuels Basketball Cup, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines is a sponsor of the PBAPhoenix On Tour. The company has sponsored PBA out-of-town games for four years now. The preliminary game of the Powerade Tigers and Talk N Text Tropang Texters face off in Digos

City on January 20, 2012 was the Phoenix All-Star exhibition game by star players of the first two seasons of the “Trip Ko Phoenix Fuels Basketball Cup.” Team Cyclomax Titan won against Team Cyclomax 4T Force with a score of 68-59. The Trip Ko Phoenix Fuels Basketball Cup is presented and organized by Phoenix Petroleum. It is the first and only non-school based tournament for the youth in Davao City. For more information, visit the Facebook page of the Basketball Cup, www.

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III, Vice President Jejomar Binay, and Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman are joined by World Food Programme Regional Director for Asia Kenro Oshidari, WFP Philippines Country Director and Representative Stephen Anderson, WFP Philippines Iligan City sub-office head Baicon Macaraya, and WFP National Ambassador Against Hunger KC Concepcion during groundbreaking rites at the Barangay Sta. Elena relocation site at Iligan City. WFP is supporting the government’s relief and early recovery efforts for persons highly affected by Tropical Storm Washi. Photo courtesy of Voltaire Domingo/WFP-Philippines

NFAEA, serving members for 30 years By MARIA SOCORRO S. MELLOMIDA

MALAYBALAY City, Bukidnon––The National Food Authority Employees Association (NFAEA) Bukidnon Chapter, which now has more than 60 members, excellently served its proud affiliates in the province for over 30 years now. Holmes R. Valdez, president of NFAEA Bukidnon chapter, said they have been serving the hardworking member-employees through loan grants such as emergency and medical loans of P15,000 and P5,000 respectively, with a monthly interest rate of only one percent. Valdez, who is also the concurrent NFAEA regional president, said the association also grants appliance loans up to P20,000 with constant one-percent monthly interest payable in twelve months. With the goal of serving its members in getting through hard and difficult times, NFAEA gives out bereavement assistance of P1,500 and death benefits at P5,000 per member. Based on recent financial report, the total monetary assets of NFAEA Bukidnon is more than P2 million. Thus, the association has the capability to cater to the financial needs of its members through loan programs. Meanwhile, for effective implementation of its programs and activities, NFAEA chapter here, provides honoraria for its board officers. Among the chapter presidents who made the association flourish and grow, in terms of financial capability, were Engr. Emmanuel Suazo, Zaida Estrada, Virginia de SERVING/p.10

THE PhilHealth Regional Office 10 in Cagayan De Oro is all set for the historic Mindanao wide simultaneous run for kids with cancer on February 5, 2012. After a full semester tedious preparation for a full-blown Mindanao wide run, the Cagayan De Oro race venue, along with all five regional race venues of Run are ready to make history as the first One Mindanao Run. The Run is for the cause of increasing awareness on children’s cancer and the need for a Mindanao-wide collaboration to augment the resources of the only Pediatric Cancer Unit in Mindanao at the Southern Philippines Medical Center – Children’s Cancer and Blood Diseases Unit (SPMCCCBDU) in Davao City. Led by a lone Pediatric Cancer Specialist, PhilHealth Mindanao hopes to support the needs of this

silent sector of vulnerable children stricken with a much dreaded disease. The PhilHealth Mindanao Run for Hope is a run for the Kids of the House of Hope, a house built inside the compound of the SPMC to cater to family members and patients who are encouraged to stay in the shelter to guarantee their often neglected chemotherapy sessions once discharged from hospital admission. However, free lodging does not cover the expenses for succeeding treatment sessions thus the need for support from more benevolent sectors of society, an ambitious mission embraced by PhilHealth Mindanao led by its Area First VicePresident Ramon F. Aristoza, Jr.. In Cagayan De Oro, race starts at 4:30AM in the Pelaez Sports Complex, Velez Street. To add hype

to the event Filipino-British Celebrity Model Jon Hall has enlisted to run in the 10K category as part of his support to the Cause. The PhilHealth Run: Mindanao Run for Hope is co-presented by Smart Communications, RiteMed by Unilab, AllCard Plastics Philippines, KCCDF Inc., DOLE Philippines, Nature’s Spring Drinking Water, CIS Bayad Center and ABS-CBN Broadcasting Company. Locally, Governor Mohamad Khalid Quibranza Dimaporo of Lanao Del Norte leads the pack of major supporters along with Dunkin Donuts, Gaisano Malls and the Department of Health. Petronas Energy Philippines, Gov. Alex Calingasan of Bukidnon and Land Bank of the Philippines are also among the staunch supporters of this much awaited event. (Merlyn H. Ybañez, Public Relations Officer I/jdelpf )

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A step ahead RAINS, Floods , bring with it so much water, and without saying, certain types of illnesses: Acute Gastroenteritis, Leptospirosis, Viral Influenzae, Upper Respiratory Tract Infections, Dengue, to name a few. Health In Focus has already touched on these diseases in our previous articles. Still, I would like to do Dengue, with focus on awareness and prevention, thus making us one step ahead of the disease. Evacuation centers, and setting up home shelters for those rendered homeless, should alert us all on the possibilities of all breeding places for the mosquito vector of certain types of diseases, with Dengue and Malaria in the forefront. For now, it is Dengue, and hopefully, next week, Malaria. According to the World Health Organization , approximately 2.5 billion or 2/5 of the world population are at risk for Dengue, with 50 Million infected worldwide. The Mortality rate, when treated, is placed at 1-2.5%, and with no treatment, the mortality rate rises to 20%. It is caused by the female Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which is day biting and loves to stay in clean stagnant waters. The most common presentation is fever, lasting for 2-7 days. There may be accompanying signs and symptoms like headache, pain around the eyes, feeling of weakness, loss of appetite, muscle and body pains, vomiting, skin rashes, nose or gum bleeding or black AHEAD/p.10

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million. Think about it! I asked myself: How much like those average citizens am I? Have I lied to family or friends? Stolen from my workplace? Have I cheated in school or on my taxes? Broken any of my promises? If I was guaranteed I could get away with anything I wanted, what would I do? What is my conscience, self-respect, and good character worth? A famous writer said: “Honesty is like art: you

CAGAYAN de Oro City Councilor Monching Tabor exposed some Catholic Bishop’s link with big time mining industry in the country. In the process, Tabor got the ire of some church laymen and advised him not to “muddle” on the issue. The move of the anti-mining group is laudable. We support the initiative 101 per cent. Whether Tabor’s statement was only to expose some Cris Diaz Bishop’s individual interest, the fact remains that these people represent the Catholic Church in some respect. Tabor’s issue brings us back when Alson Company planned to operate a multi-million dollar bio-ethanol plant in the outskirts of Cagayan de Oro City two years ago. An environment group objected the establishment of the bio-ethanol plant in Mambu-aya, an outskirt farming village in Cagayan de Oro City. The group argued that the bio-ethanol plant will pose hazard to villagers, pollute the village water sources and destroy potential tourist spot in the area. In some instances, the group’s arguments are valid. But, losing appropriate logic against proven technical viability, especially on issue about zero waste management, the group begged support from the Catholic Church Archdiocese. This has always been the tactic of environment groups – turn to the Church as their

have to draw the line somewhere.” But the problem is who draws the line? Me by myself? My circumstances and situation? You see, since all we humans have rebelled and chosen to live our own way, lying, cheating and stealing now come rather naturally to us. We do whatever it takes to get what we want. And if we don’t, most people think we’re weak and foolish! That’s actually how confused

ultimate recourse in the pursuit of their caprices. Who dares the Archdiocese? Everybody knows that the Church is a highly organized institution of international influence. It has money and well-oiled propaganda machine. The Catholic Church has multitude of followers which can be dictated at its beck and call. In other words, the Catholic Church can build and destroy – it is a political force. More often than not, the Church wittingly or unwittingly succumbed to desires of vested groups pretending to be righteous. Alson shelved its bio-ethanol plant. Its management decided to look for other potential areas in Mindanao. Cagayan de Oro City losses a quarter million-dollar annual revenue while about 6,000 potential jobs for villagers, most of them poor farmers, turned to naught. No. thanks to the Church support, the environment group succeeded in driving away investors in Cagayan de Oro City. Unfortunately, known leaders of the environment group are engaged in mining in the hinterlands of Cagayan de Oro. Some leaders of the environment group have delusion of grandeur of running for Senators. These pretentious environmentalists have even the gall of calling opposition writers as ‘paid hack’ and have the nerve of asking public apology! Thus, Monching Tabor must not cross their path. Tabor must not expose the groups’ can of worms else he (Tabor) becomes an object of malicious campaigns. React:

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Think A Minute

we’ve become. It all starts with the little dishonest things we say and do regularly. We think it’s just a little white lie or small thing we stole. But soon, being dishonest becomes our way of living. Yet, no matter how much money and prestige we have, we’ve become the poorest person there is. You see, it’s impossible to escape the painful penalty and consequences of all our dishonesty in life—except for one way: Ask Jesus Christ to forgive you for your dishonest heart and way of living. Then ask Him to help you start changing everyday to become a truly wealthy person of integrity. Then He will give you the greatest success in life you can ever have. Just Think a Minute.

“MAN’S obsession to add to his wealth and honor is the chief source of his misery.” The much-publicized telenovela touted to add a new chapter in the colorful history of Philippine politics, has turned out to be a huge flop. The trial of the century, also called The Impeachment of the Chief Justice, is big on expectation but small in substantiation. This greatest show on television is a spectacle of futility and stupidity. Not to mention a tremendous waste of people’s time and money. The verdict will ultimately be determined by the sentiments of the Filipino people, not by the senator judges, nor by the evidence of the prosecution or defense. The Filipinos have already delivered the verdict loud and clear: Guilty! The dismal SWS approval rating of -14% for the Chief Justice is a collective shout of: Get out!

Words For Bullets Girlie Gualberto-Suan The senator judges are not deaf or dumb that they cannot hear it. They are not about to commit hara-kiri or political suicide for the chief justice. These clever arbiters are quick to know who puts butter on their bread, plus chorizo and cheese. So why are we forced for endure and bankroll this impeachment circus which can possibly run for months? With the information and communications explosion, the Filipinos have become highly alert, astute and aggressive. If the impeachment court will not deliver, there is always People’s Power!

By tenaciously clinging to a flawed position, the chief justice has woven for himself a painful corona of thorns. Whatever is acquired through evil means, will never bring good. There is a disease that attaches to it which will infect it. The same rotten disposition that inclines men to sinful ways of getting, will incline them to sinful ways of using. The scepter of justice entrusted to Renato Corona will always be corrupted, because the hands that hold it are tainted. The impeachment exercise is not without its abject lessons. Every sin carries

its own punishment. What is ill-gotten, will also be illtaken. It is by attempting to reach the top through a shortcut, that so much misery is released into the world. When sin enters the scene, expect intense suffering. Sometimes we crave a thing so much that we are willing to pay blood money for it. When we lust after something to the extent that we give up our principles and turn our back on God, we have entered the nightmare chamber, but fully awake! So obsessive is the passion for ambition that life is not worth living, unless we are getting the object of our desiring. It is only a matter of time that Corona’s coveted, blindfolded lady muse will metamorphose into a hangman’s noose. If he continues to be obtuse, he might find himself in the calaboose, cleaning the headgear of his former boss!


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SURIGAO CITY (PIA) -- Full economic activity is seen beginning this year in the Northeastern Mindanao as both foreign and domestic investors in agricultural, industrial, mining and tourism industries are already in place in the region’s five provinces and six cities. After signing a memorandum of understanding, a Japanese business group is already in close coordination with a local construction company in Butuan City for the establishment of multi-million-peso run-to-river mini-hydro power plants. City officials, led by Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr., have already given the green light for the project. Some Koreans and Chinese business groups including domestic businessmen have already started operating their agricultural plantation in the city of Butuan and the province of Agusan del Norte with close to 50,000 hectares open for co-management with the local government unit and business group or individual. One of the country’s three top companies also inked their memorandum of understanding with a mining company at Nonoc here for a major nickel mining operation. The company investment of some $2.5 billion is expected to generate 8,000 new jobs. The city government of Surigao led by Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas is already extending assistance for the commencement of the mining operation. The city government of Surigao also started their P500 million Surigao City “Agri-Fisheries and Agro-Industrial Development Program” for 2012-2016 where an estimated 10,000 farmers will be benefited. This program is also open to different business groups, both foreign and domestic. Multi-billion dollars’ worth of mining investments of foreign and domestic business groups in Claver and other towns in Surigao del Norte and also in Surigao del Sur are in full swing this year, generating at least 20,000 new jobs and additional revenues for the local government units. Just recently, officials and technical men from the Korean government, assisted by Region XIII Department of Energy and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Executive Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca, per instruction of Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje, started surveying in Agusan del Sur for the establishment of a multi-million-peso wood pellets plant in the economic zone area of that province. Aside from generating local employment and revenues, the establishment of this environment-friendly wood pellets plant is expected to bolster the solid waste management program and global warming and climate change mitigation programs of the government. The Koreans also intend to plant millions of agricultural tree seedlings in the wide areas in Agusan del Sur and neighboring areas. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)

Diversified banana firm rakes in millions for farmers’ cooperative DAVAO DEL NORTE- Exporting bananas is a lucrative business by itself. Yet, the AMS Employees Fresh Fruits Producers Cooperative or AMSEFFPCO did not just settle for this one venture. AMSEFFPCO has found ways at diversifying benefits from its banana plantation other than exporting, making it at present one of the biggest farmer cooperatives in Davao Region with over P25 million worth of current assets as reported in the coop’s financial statement for 2010. L o c ate d i n B ar ang ay Sampao, Kapalong town, the cooperative took off from its members who were once plantation workers, to the current status as members of the cooperatives and coowners of the land they are tilling, awarded to them under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. From getting its main income from export receipts, the cooperative ventured into the production of flour from banana, and the use of their manufactured organic fertilizers. Four years ago, the coop has put up its own Banana Flour Livelihood Center where its food grade banana flour is being processed and packed with high quality and safety, best for cakes and pastries. AMSEFFPCO has also

developed the bio-organic fertilizer from the wastes of the banana flour production that collects an average volume of three tons of banana peelings and stalks per day. Banana production Since the Department of Agrarian Reform in the region awarded the plantation to the Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) in 2002, AMSEFFPCO has been growing exportable bananas as its main business, continuing their work when they were then workers for the corporate farm owner. Its first production reached 1,416 boxes and sold to AMS Farming Corporation at $2.15 per box. It earned them a gross income of P136,118.24. For the first three years, the coop collectively managed the operations of the banana plantation with the coop members as workers who were each paid a minimum daily wage. The banana production for this period was said to be sufficient, but the high cost of farm inputs and labor have brought low income for the coop. Noting the slow returns of investments, the coop adopted in 2005 the individual farming system wherein ARBs are provided an equal share of 0.73-hectare farm for them to work on. The ARBs grow and tend

their own bananas in their respective farm and sell their products to the coop. The coop expanded its coverage by developing nearby farms with an aggregate area of 50 hectares in Barangay Sampao. The new area involves 25 farmer growers who are now registered as associate members of the coop. At present, AMSEFFPCO supplies for Dole Philippines at $2.94 per box, by which $0.15 share per box goes to the coop. Banana flour production Instead of throwing away Class “C” fresh bananas, considered reject and unqualified for export due to failure to meet standard calibration, AMSEFFPCO turned it into valuable and money-spinning enterprise, making flour out of it. The Department of Trade and Industry helped the coop test the product suitability for a baking ingredient. The flour has been tested in bakeries, and is confirmed to be 100 per cent flour, a good substitute for rice flour. AMSEFFPCO’s Musa Banana Flour has penetrated the local market, and has been adapted as Kapalong’s One Town One Product (OTOP). Presently, the coop produces five tons of the food grade banana flour and 15 tons of feed grade per month, and

‘Sagip-Saka’ launched, P100 million allocated to agri communities THE Congressional Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization (COCAFM), announced that at least P100 million in Priority Development Assistance Funding has been allocated to pilot various interventions for 24 agricultural communities all over the country. Sagip Saka is an advocacy to achieve sustainable modern agriculture and food security by transforming agricultural communities to reach their full potential, improving farmers’

and fishers’ quality of life, and bridging gaps through public-private partnerships. It will do this through interventions in the following areas: (1) providing access to investments and credit, (2) opening access to market, (3) rolling out infrastructure, (4) strengthening research and development, (5) organizing farmer communities and cooperatives, (6) ensuring the quality and consistency of supply, (7) mitigating the risks brought about by climate change. It is built upon five pillars of close and critical collabora-

tion among the following sectors: (1) the Department of Agriculture and other government agencies, (2) the business sector, (3) farmers and fishers cooperatives, (4) civil society organizations and micro-finance institutions, (5) and local government units. Sen. Kiko Pangilinan , chairman of the committee, explained, “Sagip Saka is meant to give agriculture and fisheries the primacy that it deserves by focusing on improving the quality of life of our farmers and fisherfolk and, in doing so,

supplies Butuan and Manila catsup processing corporations. At a plant gate price of P15 per kilo, the food grade flour generated more than P1.5 million gross income for the coop last year. The amount also covered the income from the feed/industrial grade flour at P8 per kilo. AMSEFFPCO has put up the business through the P1 million funding under the Poverty Zone Program the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-11). The money was used to acquire its processing equipment in 2007 for feed mill. The Department of Science and Technology (DOST-11) also extended technical support for the analysis and upgrading of the quality of the product. The Department of Agriculture provided funding of P1 million for upgrading technology on Banana Flour production. Barangay and municipal local governments, private firms and non-government organizations have also reached out to help the coop manage and operate the flour enterprise. The banana flour production livelihood has provided employment to 38 men and women including indigenous peoples’ families in the community. The workers are called peelers who remove banana peelings.

building sustainable farming communities nationwide as a means to achieve food security. Only through strong public-private partnerships can we achieve this.” Mindanao beneficiaries that have been chosen for the first phase of Sagip Saka are the following: Davao City, Davao del Sur; the Cagangohan Women Association (CWA) in Panabo, Davao del Norte; Lupon San Isidro Farmers Organization in San Isidro, Davao Oriental; Panaw Sumilao Multipurpose Cooperative in Sumilao, Bukidnon; Danlugan Farmers MultiPurpose Cooperative in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.





serving the over-growing needs of its clients is aligned with its vision as the Premier Countryside Financial Institution. This vision constantly guides Green Bank and its people with mission to provide fast, customer-driven products and services exceeding clients’ expectations. GREEN BANK: History Green Bank (now Green Bank,Inc.) was registered at the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 20, 1974 and started operations on April 5, 1975 . During the Marcos regime, the bank availed of the Central Bank’s rediscounting program called Masagana 99. Shortly after, the economy started to decline. Its lowest point was immediately after the assassination of Ninoy Aquino in 1983. During this entire period the bank suffered very high past due ratio because borrowers particularly the M-99 farmers did not pay their obligations. Thus, the bank’s financial condition deteriorated rapidly. In 1988, Central Bank issued Circular No. 1172 designed to help ailing rural banks through a capital

SIARGAO BANK Siargao Bank ( A Rural Bank) Inc., was founded last September 24,1977. Siargao Bank is a member of (RBAP) Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines,( CARBAF) CARAGA Rural Bankers Federation,Surigao Bankers Club,(MMC) Mindanao Micro Finance Council, Company Overview VISION-Siargao Bank (A Rural Bank) Inc. envisons

build-up and conversion scheme. The Bank’s arrearages with the Central Bank amounted to P15 Million inclusive of interest and penalties. It was then required to infuse fresh capital to cope with capital deficiency. Because of the poor response from the stockholders and the enormity of the arrearages the implementation was delayed. Only the Andaya group initially put in money followed by Engr. Dompor who was convinced by the Chairman, Ismael Andaya to infuse some cash. In 1989, the Board of Directors appointed Rufa C. Suan as manager. During her administration measures were instituted which turned the bank around. In 1993, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the amendment of the Articles of Incorporation increasing the capitalization from P/2,000,000.00 to P/20,000,000.00. Lately the SEC approved the increase of Authorized Capital Stock

from P/20,000,000.00 to P/60,000,000.00.Now the stockholders have opted to further increase the authorized capital stock from P60 Million to P500 Million with an initial paid in of P27,500,000.00 In the late 2000, Green Bank merged with the Rural Bank of Alegria and became the biggest Rural Bank in Caraga in terms of resources. It also became the first rural bank in CARAGA to have branches all over the region. To date there are 42 branches in Mindanao and the Visayas. The program of the government to extend financial assistance to the poorest of the poor embodied in BSP issued Circular No. 340, dated July 30, 2002, authorized banks to establish branches/loan collection and disbursements points (LCDPs) that allowed us great opportunity for expansions for our banking services specifically in the countryside.

ATS Consolidated has unveiled its new corporate rebranding program designed to reflect the company’s status as a leading shipper in the freight and logistics business and focus on its mission to provide a high level of customer service. As part of this program, the company has retained the brand 2GO to represent its entire range of service offerings. The announcement was made today by ATS Chief Executive Officer Sulficio Tagud Jr. “ATS is more than just a shipping company and we wanted a new identity that will unify ATS’s brands across all products and services. Following the approval of the company’s principal stockholder, Negros Navigation Co. (NENACO), we have decided to change the name of the operating company into 2GO Group Inc.” Going forward, the company will function with three core business units. 2GO Freight—This unit will continue to handle commercial and personal shipping needs including household goods, commercial auto shipping, container shipping, freight shipping and express shipping. 2GO Supply Chain Management—This unit leverages on the company’s more than 100 years of expertise in Logistics, Distribution, Warehousing, and Inventory Management. 2GO Travel—Integrating the country’s leading passenger ships and fast ferries, Negros Navigation, SuperFerry, SuperCat, and Cebu Ferries, this unit offers the biggest fleet and the widest choice of route linking Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. “All these changes reflect an important redirection for ATS—towards becoming a world-class transport, logistics, and supply chain company,” Tagud added.

C. Alcantara & Sons, Inc.

DAVAO CITY - C. Alcantara & Sons, Inc. (CASI) is the founding company of the Alcantara Group of Companies. It was organized in 1954 by the late Conrado C. Alcantara to engage in the logging business in Mindanao. Its main product now is plywood. The Alcantara Family has since expanded and diversified into property development, agriculture, product distribution, and power generation. Alsons Consolidated Resouces, Inc. or ACR is a publiclylisted holding company that is majority-owned by the Alcantara’s through Alsons Corporation. ACR’s core interests are in energy and power generation, property development, and product distribution. ACR’s investments is through two holding firms namely; Conal Holdings Corporation (Conal) and Alsing Power Holdings, Inc. a progressive province of Surigao del Norte through the ACR is also engaged in the Property Development business through its subsidiary, Alsons Land Corporation or ALC. development and uplifment of marginalized families. MISSION- To be a major contributor to the local Established on November 25, 1994, ALC is primarily involved in two major enterprises, the first is a 72 hole golf course economy through the development and uplifment of development with a residential component called the “Eagle Surigao del Norte. Ridge Golf & Country Club” and the second is a 440 hectare To promote development intervention in livelihood industrial estate, otherwise known as the “Lima Technology Center”. creation,protection of the environment and health. Aside from marketing it’s golf and residential products, To be the Rural Banking partner of choice of various ALC, together with its subsidiary, Alsons Steel Forming Divisectors in their financial and banking needs. sion is exploring the possibility of developing other types of housing products in the areas adjacent to its existing projects Products Siargao Bank Accepts; Savings Deposit; Special both in Cavite and Batangas and maximizing use of its remaining land holdings. Alsons Corporation was established Savings;HIMAS Saving,Young Savers Club;Regular to be a holding company for various Alcantara companies. Savings.Loan Products; Regular Loans;Salar y/ It is 72% owned by the Alcantara Family and 28% by Alsons Honorarium; Pension;Agricultural; Micro Finance; Development Corp. (ALDEVINCO). ALDEVINCO is a property development company owned PASAKA;ISDA;BAMBOO & KASAMA by the Alcantara’s. It was established back in the 1960’s and has developed upscale subdivisions in Davao City like the Ladislawa Village, Las Terazas Village and Woodridge. The Agribusiness Unit or ABU of the Alcantara Group consists of four companies; SACI, AAC, FHI and ARC. Sarangani Agricultural Company, Inc. (SACI) was established in 1962 to manage the Family’s interests in cattle breeding and on its own and has been fruit production. It is fully owned by the Alcantara Family. recognized by acclaimed Alsons Aquaculture Corporation (AAC) is the main aquaaward giving bodies by culture company of the Alcantara Group. It was established in 1997 and began commercial operations in 1998. Its main naming the Bukidnon Coproducts are milkfish, tilapia, prawns, seabass, pomfret and operative Bank as the Most processed milkfish products. Outstanding cooperative Finfish Hatcheries, Inc. (FHI) was organized in 1996 and providing employment to is engaged in the production of milkfish fry and fingerlings Bank in the Country. of other high-value fish species such as pomfret, seabass, Today, the Bukidnon many. From the original 11 grouper, etc. FHI is targeting to produce 500 M milkfish fry Cooperative Bank had for the year 2000, roughly 30% of domestic requirement. been serving the people man staff, the bank presAquasur Resources Corp. (ARC) is in-charge of marketing of Bukidnon through its ently employed 60 man- AAC and FHI aquaculture products in Manila and Iloilo. It 4 branches strategically agement staff to serve the is engaged in research work for the Alcantara’s interests in located to cater most of its clients in the most effective aquaculture. Aqua Sur is 95% owned by Aldevinco and 5% by the Alcantara family.

BUKIDNON COOPERATIVE BANK The Bukidnon Cooperative Bank formerly Cooperative Rural Bank of Bukidnon started its operation on September 11, 1977 aiming to engage business of extending credit to all types of cooperatives and members, the hope that the members had been counting on to free them poverty. The Birth of CRBBI has been spearheaded by 15

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GREEN BANK Green Bank, Inc., headquartered in Butuan City, is a premier multi-awarded countryside financial institution. We provide innovative range of products and services designed to quickly respond to the multifacetedneeds of individual, corporate and microfinanance clients. The Bank has been in the front of providing responsive financial services to rural communities. It has opened proactive lending opportunities to the enterprising individual to help augment their daily quality of living. Through the bank’s pioneering efforts in offering non-collaterized micro loans and savings services, it has touched the lives of the market vendors, small sari-sari store owners, small service shops and manufacturers, even those who are engaging in agricultural type of business such as farming and livestock projects. With more than 46 established branches and 94 kiosks all over Mindanao, Visayas, and Luzon regions, Green Bank has grown and expanded its banking operations to reach and delight the valued clients. Green Bank’s thrust of


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APPLICANT request authority to extend the validity of certificate of public convenience to operate PUJ service on the line;Cogon Market to Puerto /Bugo (all in Cagayan de oro city) and vice versa with the use of Two (2)unit/s. This application will be considered by this Board on February 3, 2012, 10;00 A.M. at its Office, Apovel, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City, on which date applicant shall formally submit his/her evidence. At least FIVE(5)days prior to the date of hearing applicant shall publish its notice once in one(1) DAILY newspaper of general circulation in Mindanao Island. Parties opposed to the granting of the application must file their written opposition with documentary evidence submitted by the parties; unless the Board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary and/or oral evidence to be submitted by the parties. N.B. FAILURE TO APPEAR AT THE SCHEDULED DATE AND TIME OF HEARING SHALL MEAN DISMISSAL OF THE APPLICATION. WITNESS THE HONORABLE MANDANGAN P. DARIMBANG, CESO V, Regional Director, this 26th day of January, 2012.

APPLICANT request authority to extend the validity of certificate of public convenience to operate PUJ service on the line; Musuan to Malaybalay City –Valencia City (all in Bukidnon) and vice versa with the use of one (1)unit/s. This application will be considered by this Board on February 3, 2012, 10;00 A.M. at its Office, Apovel, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City, on which date applicant shall formally submit his/her evidence. At least FIVE(5)days prior to the date of hearing applicant shall publish its notice once in one(1) DAILY newspaper of general circulation in Mindanao Island. Parties opposed to the granting of the application must file their written opposition with documentary evidence submitted by the parties; unless the Board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary and/or oral evidence to be submitted by the parties. N.B. FAILURE TO APPEAR AT THE SCHEDULED DATE AND TIME OF HEARING SHALL MEAN DISMISSAL OF THE APPLICATION. WITNESS THE HONORABLE MANDANGAN P. DARIMBANG, CESO V, Regional Director, this 26th day of January, 2012.

APPLICANT request authority to extend the validity of certificate of public convenience to operate TAXI SERVICE on the line; Within Cagayan de oro city and from said place to any point in Region X and vice versa with the use of one(1)unit/s. This application will be considered by this Board on February 3, 2012, 10;00 A.M. at its Office, Apovel, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City, on which date applicant shall formally submit his/her evidence. At least FIVE(5)days prior to the date of hearing applicant shall publish its notice once in one(1) DAILY newspaper of general circulation in Mindanao Island. Parties opposed to the granting of the application must file their written opposition with documentary evidence submitted by the parties; unless the Board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary and/or oral evidence to be submitted by the parties. N.B. FAILURE TO APPEAR AT THE SCHEDULED DATE AND TIME OF HEARING SHALL MEAN DISMISSAL OF THE APPLICATION. WITNESS THE HONORABLE MANDANGAN P. DARIMBANG, CESO V, Regional Director, this 27th day of January, 2012.

MARIANNE C. ULEP Records Officer/Acting Docket Officer

MARIANNE C. ULEP Records Officer/Acting Docket Officer

MARIANNE C. ULEP Records Officer/Acting Docket Officer

Mindanao Daily: Jan 28, 2012

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Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Region X, Cagayan de Oro City ELLEN D. DAMALI Applicant/

The VIP Hotel

Makahambus-Velez St. CDO, Tel. No. 723089 / 856-1813

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Cugman, CDO Tel. No. 732182 / 855-220

A.Velez St. CDO, Tel. No. 726080/ 726590/ 856-2505 E-mail:


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(088) 586-0350

Tiano-Hayes Sts. CDO, Tel. No. 726876 / 726962 / 857-5410

Marco Resort Hotel

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Dynasty Court Hotel

Services Offered: Shiatsu, Swedish, & Sensual Massage.

Layawan, Oroquieta City

Zaldy and Bessie Daminar

Limketkai Drive ,CDO, Tel. No. [088]854-3999 / 854-7999

The Marigold Hotel



Mallberry Suites

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Hotel Koresco

Pueblo de Oro Golf Course,CDO fax. No. [088] 858-9748 tel. Nos. 858-9748 to 54,

Mindanao Daily: Jan 28, 2012

Mindanao Daily: Jan 28, 2012

Southwinds Hotel

Capt. V. Roa Sts.CDO, Tel. No. 727623 / 724803 / 856-2036

Apple Tree Resort and Hotel Pearlmont Inn

Limketkai,Drive,CDO Tel. No. 729111 / 856-2654 / 729455

Red Palm Inn

Capistrano cor. Cruz Taal Sts. , CDO Tel. No. 721197 and 8562671 Cell No. 0908-885-5643 Email:

Chali Beach Resort Cugman,CDO Tel. No. 723929 / 855-2108

Nature Pensionne

Toribio Chavez Sts., CDO Tel. No. 723598 / 723718 / 857-2274


Velez-Macahambus Sts, CDO Tel Nos. 8571776, 721776 email :

Malasag Eco Tourism Villages Cugman, CDO Tel. No.855-6183 [088]309-3752







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HOROSCOPE AQUARIUS. Your attitude is your biggest asset especially when faced with adversity. You can influence the outcome of a situation to sway your way if you refuse to give up. People are attracted to those who view their cup as half full, so take advantage of the support they offer. Your talent and optimism are appreciated and can thrust you into success. Believe in yourself and use your ingenuity to maneuver around any potential set backs. PISCES . Right now you sit on the edge of accomplishing all you want. PISCES. Although it may seem success is a world away, steadily work toward your dreams and remind yourself of what you’ve achieved so far. You may be forced to review or reanalyze significant decisions you must make to alter your life for the better. You’ve come too far to give up now, forge ahead with renewed vigor and tenacity and you’ll look back on success in no time. ARIES. Good things come to those who wait and this applies to you right now. Don’t jump at the first offer you get, especially in business. You’ll want to be patient and wait a bit to see what other offers come along. There could be a better option waiting to present itself. This is a time though you’ll want to make your own decisions. Don’t allow anyone’s unsolicited advice to creep into your mind.


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by the disease. First of the four S, is aimed at searching for possible breeding places of the mosquito: flower pots/ vases, old tires, roof gutters, open cans and containers, and just about anything that can hold stagnant but clean water. It is important to cover these receptacles and to dispose the water every so often. It is our duty to clean our surroundings and thereby eliminate the vector. Where there are no mosquitoes, there are no Dengue Viruses! The second S, self protection measures, simply means wearing long sleeves or long pants, application of repellant lotions, use of mosquito nets or use of insecticide sprays. Dark colored clothing ( like black or dark blue ) should be

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avoided as dark colors seem to attract these mosquitoes! In the use of lotions or sprays, caution is likewise important as the ingredients may cause irritation to the skin or the respiratory passages. So choose your lotion or sprays wisely. As in the other disease that I have featured here , I always promote “ early consultation/ early detection “ can save a life. Thus, the third S is very much applicable in Dengue cases: seek early consultation. Once, you or your family member has any of the above manifestations, it is most wise to visit your Friendly Doctor. And, last of the strategies, is the avoidance or saying no to indiscriminate fogging. Fogging or fumigation is advisable only in instances

where there are epidemics or out breaks. Since it uses chemicals, it is actually more of a health hazard than beneficial. It also does not in any way destroy or kill the infective larvae. These preventive measures are simple, easy, and doable. Remember, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure! Let’s DOH it then!

Serving From page 5 de Villa, Mamerto Fajardo, and Virgilio Durotan. As it promotes and guards safely the economic welfare of its members, the association, likewise, represents the NFA employees in collective negotiation with respect to salaries, wages, hours of work, loan

TAURUS. Over the next few days you’ll have to do your best to make sure no one feels left out. Your time may be currently consumed by a potential career opportunity, leaving other obligations neglected. It could be helpful if you let others know your schedule now so they don’t think you’re trying to ignore them. Prevent problems from developing in the first place and prepare yourself to accommodate a varied list of activities. GEMINI. As your career monopolizes your time, you’ll want to be proactive about keeping in touch with your nearest and dearest. Although those you care for are constantly in your thoughts, unless you reach out, they’ll never know it. It only takes a moment to shoot off an email or text and this small gesture can go a long way in keeping relationships copasetic. You’re a pillar of strength to your family and friends and you cannot neglect this role. CANCER. You may need to be creative and finagle your finances a bit to make the most of them. You may wait longer than you’d like for funds to arrive, but if you manage what you have now correctly, it shouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience. You’ll need plenty of patience as well as vigilance to keep an eye out for what leaves your bank account as you wait for an arrival. Life looks promising over the next period so do what you can to help it along. LEO . Don’t allow yourself to overanalyze someone’s comment. You can LEO. get yourself into much more trouble than you need to when you blow what someone said out of proportion. Make an effort to chill out and not take every word said so literally. You don’t want to cause unnecessary tension between you and another because you could regret the outcome. Monitor your reactions closely and if you feel your emotions bubbling over, find the nearest exit. VIRGO. If you find yourself caught between a rock and a hard place with immediate action necessary, call upon your intuition. You may not have as much time as you’d like to carefully consider all the options. Whether the situation is business or private, when someone pressures you to make a choice, rely on your instincts. It isn’t always best or possible to weight your options and analyze the facts. Take this opportunity to learn to rely on your gut. LIBRA. If you’re single and would like to change that, don’t continue to do the same things. This holds true for those in a relationship as well. If the honeymoon stage has faded into monotony, try something new to bring back the spice. All relationships need attention, whether they are personal or professional. Apply the same tactics you use in maintaining your business partnerships to your romantic ones and you’ll be on the right track. SCORPIO. Your positivity and optimistic outlook attracts attention easily. No matter how difficult a situation is, you manage to find an upside. This quality makes it easier for you to deal with day to day life and whatever inconveniences it throws your way. With this blessing though comes the task of separating your true supporters from those who want to ride your wave of success. Keep your antennas up for people looking to benefit from your hard work. SAGITTARIUS. You will want to take time to contemplate any life changing decisions before you make them. What you do now will undoubtedly affect and possibly direct your future so use this time wisely. Before you move forward, ensure your logical and instinctive sides are on the same page. Feel free to follow your heart, but only after you’ve taken the necessary time to evaluate all your options. CAPRICORN. You’ll be presented with various opportunities this year and your task will be to sift through them all to determine which ones are worthwhile. It’s easy to be distracted when so many possibilities exist, but you’ll have to find a way to maintain your focus. Your skill and work ethic will carry you once you’ve made a decision but until then you’ll need to keep the big picture in mind.

programs, including employment terms and conditions allowed under existing laws, which is in line with the government’s thrust in promoting economic selfsufficiency. Organized in 1981, NFAEA Bukidnon chapter operates under the association’s promulgated constitution duly registered by the Department of Labor and Employment-Bureau of Labor Relations and Civil Service Commission. (NFA/ PIA10, Bukidnon)

Studes From page 3 “We want to keep that legacy of the UP students – that we are the scholars of the people ready to serve them,” he said. Students from the Assumption College of Davao

City, Ateneo de Davao University and University of Mindanao were also present. Paglingkuran ang Sambayanan: A challenge to the youth, then and now For her part, National Union of Students of the Philippines, Krista Melgarejo said “The youth must realize that the issues and struggles inside their schools are deeply intertwined with the struggles of other sectors. As future leaders of this society, our social obligation is to serve the people wholeheartedly and we can only achieve this by being one with their struggle. We must not only be students inside the classroom, but a student of the society as well.” This year’s theme “Youth Unite! Heed the Call of our Time, Struggle for Genuine Democracy and Freedom.”







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to beg on the streets of Kitcharao, Lorna was determined to escape. She said she approached a woman and asked her that she needs money so she can go back to Butuan City. Instead of giving alms, the woman accompanied Lorna to a nearby police station where a policeman took P200 from his pocket so she could go home.

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056-059-036 065-096-604 085-075-024 039-086-089 poration which will retain government management of the plants. About three years ago, multi-sectoral groups in Mindanao, including unions from state-owned National Power Corporation (NPC), consumers federation, electric cooperatives and private utilities in already launched their campaign against the proposed privatization of Agus-Pulangui hydropower plants. Advocates stressed that privatization of the stateowned power plants, once it becomes a law, would restructure the power sector and privatize National Power Corporation (NPC). However, NPC is already privatized and is now known as the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) even with the strong opposition of Napocor unions (NECU / NPC Employees Consolidated Union and NEWU / NPC Employees and Workers Union). In July 2001, NECU petitioned the Supreme Court to prevent the implementation of the newlyenacted Electric Power Industry Restructuring Act (EPIRA) arguing that the law was unconstitutional because, among others, it

impaired employees’ security of tenure and it allowed corporations to develop the country’s natural resources such as geothermal and hydropower without co-arrangements with the state. NEWU argued that indigenous energy sources should not be privatized as they are part of the country’s national patrimony and should be protected from foreign ownership. With the looming sale of the 982MW Agus-Pulangui hydropower plants in Mindanao, advocates of no-privatization are citing technical, financial/economic, legal and socio-cultural grounds to argue that privatization as an economic policy and strategy of government is obsolete. Now spearheaded by AMRECO, they urging the government and the lawmakers to stop the sale of Agus-Pulangui and create a separate and independent entity (Mindanao Power Corporation). Thus the MinCAREC congressd are now collaborating with local government officials, NGOs and peoples organizations (consumers group, antidebt coalition, other labor networks, and the business sector in the campaign.

The Agus-Pulangui Hydropower Complex (AHPC) consists of 7 hydroelectric plants (Agus 1-7 and Pulangui IV) and currently generates 50% of total capacity in Mindanao. Grounds of the opposition included the following: Electricity is not a commodity but a basic public service and obligation of the state to its citizens. Agus / Pulangi hydropower is a national patrimony, contributing about 60% of Mindanao’s power requirement and is a profitable revenue-generating arm of the government. The Agus generation plants provides a cheaper rate of electricity at P0.62/ kwh in 2009 and P0.43/kwh in 2007 and 2008, respectively, four to six times less than the average Mindanao grid rate of P2.71/kwh in 2009. The advocates concluded that with the creation of the Mindanao Power Corporation (MPC), the government would retain state control over indigenous energy sources and ensure a “buffer” mechanism against possible price increases. MPC will deter any monopolistic moves in the power industry and prevent the rise of oligarchies in this sector.


from page 2 “This is just an initial move to expand the PGAS communication network. Following this will be almost the same training that we will conduct for the municipal and barangay information officers in order that we can maximize the delivery of information that our people are craving,” Plaza said. Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan here approved more than P3 million fund appropriation for the development of Bunawan Eco Park on their first session this year. In the Eco Park lies the crocodile Lolong and that the provincial government wanted to develop it to attract more tourists who wanted to see the largest captured crocodile in the world. Vice Governor Santiago “Santi” Cane Jr., said that the amount may not be enough but at least they did something for developing the Eco Park. Board Member Samuel Turtor of District II passed a resolution directing the provincial treasurer to issue P3, 165,000 for the immediate road improvement along the vicinity of the 30 hectares Bunawan Eco Park. The more than P3 million budget funds was allocated from the Priority Development Assistance Fund of Vice-Gov Cane and the District II Sangguniang Panlalawigan members. with Alexis Cabardo/PPIO-AgSur



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