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VOL. 1, No. 216
Cagayan de Oro City
January 31, 2012
House probe against illegal logging in Lanao snowballed By JAZMIN S. CAMERO, MRS-PRIB
One dead in Kibawe explosion
LAWMAKERS from Mindanao are asking the House of Representatives to investigate local government officials, environment officers and police and military forces in Lanao del Sur in connection with the continued logging operations in the province despite the total logging ban. IN House Resolution 2042, Reps. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City), Maximo Rodriguez (Partylist, ABANTE MINDANAO) and Vicente Belmonte Jr. (Lone District, Iligan City) also extended the appreciation of the people of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City for President Aquino’s move to create a task force that will look into the cause of the devastation brought about by typhoon Sendong in Northern Mindanao. “We, the p eople of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City lauded President Benigno Aquino for initiating the forming of a task force that will investigate the reasons behind the disaster and to determine whether a nationwide logging ban had been violated in light of the accounts of survivors saying that huge logs thundering down mountainsides
crushed residents,” Rodriguez said. Heavy rains brought about by typhoon Sendong sent major rivers swiftly overflowing, causing deadly floods that killed over 1,200 people in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan alone and left more than a thousand others missing. Rodriguez said officials responsible must be held accountable for the unabated illegal logging operations in Lanao del Sur, which aggravated the flooding and deaths brought by typhoon Sendong. “There is a need to investigate the local officials, local DENR officers, local Philippine National Police and the local Armed Forces of the Philippines in Lanao del Sur and determine why logging operations still continue despite a total logging ban,” Rodriguez declared. PROBE/PAGE 11
WEATHER UPDATE DIFFUSED tail-end of a cold front affecting the Eastern section of Northern and Central Luzon. Eastern Luzon will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms. The rest of Northern Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains while the rest of the country will be partly to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast and east will prevail over Northern and Eastern Luzon. the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the Northeast with slight to moderate sea
By MILDRED B. TORRJAS Bukidnon News Bureau
VOLUNTEERS dug up the decomposing body of a girl from the rubbish brought about by tropical storm Sendong during a clean-up drive in Sitio Biasong in Barangay Macasandig in Cagayan de Oro yesterday. Nearly a month after the killer typhoon, hundreds of people remain missing in the hard-hit cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit
KIBAWE, Bukidnon–– An explosion rocked sitio Silahis in Barangay Sampaguita here at noon yesterday wounding 11 people, 7 of them minors, and killed one person, said Mayor Minerva C. Casinabe. Minors were seen playing an M2O3 grenade launcher before it exploded yesterday noon. Kibawe police chief Sr. Insp. Butch Ian Cagalitan Miñoza has already ordered an in-depth investigation into the matter.
RDC passes resolution to prevent disaster By MIKE BAÑOS Posted on bworldonline.com
CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The Regional Development Council (RDC) in Northern Mindanao passed a package of resolutions aimed at preventing a repeat of the deadly flash floods of December 17 caused by Tropical Storm Sendong (International name: Washi). The flash floods killed 1,490 people, affected 388,836 families––of whom 70,528 resided in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan––and damaged properties and infrastructure valued at over P2 billion. In a meeting held on Jan. 20 here, the council passed the following measures: • Resolution No. 2 series DISASTER/PAGE 11
These children at the Shelter Box Village in Sitio Calaanan, Bgy Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City, one of the city’s resettlement centers for homeless victims of Tropical Storm Sendong look like they’re having a grand time playing. But any perceptive observer would get the chills when he listens closely to what the children were screaming as they were pulling each other up the slope: “Rescue! Rescue!” Photo by Mike Banos, NPN
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012
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The cleanup drive in Cagayan de Oro spearheaded by the two congressmen of Misamis Oriental and the province’s Vice Mayor’s League continued yesterday at Biasong in barangay Macasandig. Reps. Peter Unabia (1st District) and Yevgeny Emano (2nd District) led the volunteers the clearing up the area of debris left by floodwaters during typhoon Sendong last month such as tree trunks. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit
NPA rebel killed in Sarangani clash an M203 grenade launcher from the slain New People’s DAVAO City––Government troops clashed Army rebel. Lt. Col. Adolfo Espuelas, with communist rebels on Monday and Sr., of the 73rd Infantry Batkilling one insurgent in the southern Phil- talion, said villagers tipped ippines, officials said. off the military on the presOfficials said the fight- town in Sarangani province. ence of about 20 gunmen ing erupted in the village Soldiers also recovered an who were collecting food called Tamban in Malungon M16 automatic rifle and and harassing the locals. He said the fighting lasted over 30 minutes. “There were no reports of military casualties and troops and policemen were sent to pursue those who escaped,” he said. The NPA is fighting for decades now for the establishment of a Maoist state in the country. (Mindanao Examiner) By AL JACINTO, Regional Editor-Zamboanga
BUTUAN City––A motorcycle driver was killed when a Bachelor Express passenger bus “accidentally” hit the two-wheel vehicle in Purok 4, Sitio Tankuling, Barangay Panayogon, Madrid, Surigao del Sur on Sunday afternoon. Police identified the victim as Silven Loren Ronquillo, 75, who died of multiple injuries. Police investigation showed that the bus, driven by Allyn Quigao Abella, 37, was negotiating the national highway in Purok 4, Sitio Tankuling, Barangay Panayogon for Surigao City from Tandag City when the Honda Dream motorcycle driven by Ronquillo coming from the opposite direction “suddenly” turned left. The bus “accidentally” rammed the motorcycle which threw its driver off his vehicle. Ronquillo was immediately rushed to Madrid District Hospital where he died on arrival, police said. The motorcycle had no plate number and Ronquillo had no driver’s license, police added. Abella was temporarily detained at the Madrid police station.
Council readies for Women’s Month CARAGA Region––Preparations for this year’s Women’s Month celebration were discussed in yesterday’s meeting of the Caraga RDC-GADCC Full Committee. The meeting was held at the Luciana Inn Restaurant, Butuan City.
Students attend adolescent health symposium
MISAMIS Occidental––Graduating students of the Tudela National Comprehensive High School attended the Adolescent Health Issues and Perspective Symposium, recently. Sponsored by the LGU and the USAID Health Pro, the activity was aimed at disseminating information and ideas on how the students can arrive at good decisions for their future, after they finish high school.
Hog-raising and breed upgrading seminar held
BUTUAN City––The Butuan Pork Producers Association (BPPA), in cooperation with the Universal Feed Mill Corporation, sponsored a series of seminars on backyard hog-raising and breed upgrading recently in Brgys. Tiniwisan, Baan, Taguibo, Sumilihon, Lemon, Mahay. The seminars were given free to backyard hog-raisers in said barangays. ( Roger Yu, BPPA, Inc. chair)
Run for Hope benefits House of Hope
CAGAYAN de Oro City––The city is all set for the historic Mindanao-wide run on February 5, this year. Dubbed as PhilHealth Run : The Mindanao Run for Hope, it is the first Mindanao Run to increase awareness on children’s cancer. It benefits the Kids of the House of Hope, a house built inside the compound of the SPMC that caters 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.
SP endorses irrigation project conversion
AGUSAN Norte - The Sangguniang Panlalawigan unanimously endorsed a municipal resolution from the Sangguniang Bayan of Las Nieves for the conversion of Mat-i, Ambacon, Pinan-an - Communal Irrigation Project into a national irrigation system under the NIA. The resolution was addressed to the chair of the Regional Development Council, in support of the desire of Las Nieves officials to ensure the annual financial condition of the project.
MOA authorizes agri office to sell pigs
CARAGA Region––In support of the Swine Re-stocking Program, the Cabadbaran City government recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the DA-Caraga Regional Field Unit. The agreement authorizes the City Agriculture’s Office to sell pigs.
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NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH THE 40th day mourning for those who perished in Typhoon Sendong is over.
A radio anchorman checks out a stash of coins found in a restaurant that was inundated by floodwaters last month in Cagayan de Oro. Volunteers cleaned the area around Biasong in Barangay Macasandig over a month after typhoon Sendong left debris and garbage in its wake. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit
Cops nab drug suspect, seize 5 sachets of shabu By PAT SAMONTE, Regional Editor-Caraga
BUTUAN City––Operatives of Police Station 2 arrested a suspected drug pusher and seized five sachets of crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu in a raid at his house in Barangay Ong Yiu here over the weekend. Authorities identified
the suspect as Anderson Amil Abdul, 23. Police said Abdul had been the subject of days of surveillance operation. After obtaining a search warrant from Butuan City Regional Trial Court Branch 2 Judge Emmanuel Escatron, the lawmen swooped down on the suspect’s house at
around 11:30 am of Saturday. Confiscated from the Abdul were five sachets of suspected shabu, a cellphone, drug paraphernalia and P500 cash money, police added. Present during the raid were two barangay officials, a Department of Justice representive and a radio reporter.
Search for slain fishermen continue off Basilan province By AL JACINTO, Regional Editor-Zamboanga
Z AMB OANGA City–– Security forces continued searching for the bodies of 11 crewmen of three fishing boats attacked by gunmen off the southern Philippine province of Basilan, officials said. Officials said the naval patrol boats were also dispatched to help in the search off Sibago Islands where gunmen on three small boats strafed the fishing boats on January 23. “The search is continuing and we have deployed four speedboats and one navy ship to search for the bodies,” said Colonel Ricardo Visaya, commander of military forces in Basilan province. Unidentified gunmen
attacked the fishing boats and killed 15 people. Three of the boats 18 crewmen were seriously wounded in the strafing believed connected to turf war. The attack was allegedly carried out by local fishermen, who earlier warned the crew of the fishing boats to stay away from their ground, according to Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, a spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command. “They were strafed by armed men who were onboard three small boats off Sibago Island which is still part of Mohd Ajul town in Basilan. The gunmen killed 15 fishermen and three survived the attack,
but they are all seriously wounded,” he said, adding only four bodies had been recovered so far. Cabangbang said the victims were mostly from Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur province where they are based, but sailed to the troubled province Basilan on three boats - Palakaya 1, 2 and 3 – to catch fish. The bodies of the slain fishermen - Ronald Buhian, Leonido Tamparong, Kenneth Castillo and Wilmar Lunsol - were brought back to Pagadian City. Western Mindanao military chief Major General Noel Coballes has ordered troops to track down the assailants, Cabangbang said. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Police released photos of four slain fishermen as search for 11 more bodies continues off Basilan province.
We know that the scarred memories of those who died and suffered in the hands of nature’s wrath will linger in our minds .Nonetheless, Cagayan de Oro must move on. It is time for Cagayanons to work together. Set aside politics. Every Cagayanons must look forward for a brighter future ahead. Let us rebuild lost hopes. People must rally together to regain investors trust of Cagayan de Oro’s growing economy. As usual, let both private and public sectors maintain Cagayan de Oro’s business confidence at its peak. Let us get rid of groups and organizations out to deceive the people of Cagayan de Oro. The shadowy groups are hiding behind devious intention to attain political gains! These are shadowy groups because, on one hand, they make it appear that they are working for the benefit of the people of Cagayan de Oro. On the other hand, the group’s true intention is to divide the people by feeding fabricated information and campaigning for recall of City Mayor Vicente Emano- in the guise of popular demand. Cagayan de Oro and its people must repulse these groups at all costs! PD ADVT
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‘Fake’ does not pay COP SACKED FOR PAYING FAKE MONEY By CRIS DIAZ, Associate Editor
A POLICE OFFICER assigned in Tantangan town in South Cotabato province is facing administrative and criminal charges for allegedly paying counterfeit money to a local burger stand in Koronadal City on Saturday. Police Officer 1 Lito Muyco was relieved of his post as assistant police station investigator in Tantangan. Muyco was reassigned to the provincial police headquarters pending investigation of the charges against him. Senior Insp. Joan Maganto, Tantangan municipal police station chief, said Monday Muyco was positively identified by two sales ladies of Anbee Burger House in Koronadal City as the same person who reportedly paid them with a fake P1,000 bill for three hamburgers worth P78 on Saturday afternoon. A female employee of the burger station, dentity withheld for security reasons, said Muyco came to their outlet infront of the South Cotabato provincial capitol in Koronadal City at around 2:30 pm Saturday and ordered three hamburgers.
She said Muyco reportedly paid them with a P1,000 bill, which turned out to be fake. Unaware at first that the money was fake, she prepared a P500 bill and five P100 bills as change, which Muyco supposedly grabbed from her hand while saying that he was rushing for another transaction that time. Muyco then gave her a P100 bill as payment for the three hamburgers before hastily leaving the scene aboard a black motorcycle with no license plate, she said. But as Muyco was leaving, she tried to run after him after noticing that the money he earlier gave them appeared to be fake. “But he did not even look back. He walked straight to his motorcycle and sped away,” she said in the vernacular.
The employee said she noticed upon returning to the burger station that the customer had left his mobile phone. She said they immediately checked its phone book and noticed that it contained contact numbers of several policemen. “PO1 Muyco later called us claiming that he lost the cell phone earlier in the day and he’s going to get it from us the next day,” she said. At around 4 p.m. Sunday, the employee said Muyco came to their store in full police uniform and insisted to retrieve the cell phone. She said they immediately confronted Muyco for paying them a fake P1,000 bill but the latter reportedly insisted that they might have mistaken him for another person. “There were two of us who recognized him positively. The only difference was that he was now driving a different motorcycle and he is already clean shaven,” she said. The burger station’s employees then called up the Koronadal City police, who brought them and the policeman to the city police station. At the police station, the employee said PO1 Muyco still refused to acknowledge
that he paid them with fake money but later agreed to pay them back P1,000 to settle the matter. Despite the settlement, the burger station’s owner Elizabeth Solivio elevated the matter to the South Cotabato Provincial Police Office and vowed to fi le appropriate charges against PO1 Muyco. “This is the fifth incident that happened to our burger station and the modus appeared the same,” she said. Maganto said that before he issued the relief order on PO1 Muyco, the latter admitted that he “accidentally” paid the burger station the fake P1,000 bill that they earlier intercepted from a passenger van in the area. Being one of their investigators, the police official said he had instructed PO1 Muyco to take the fake money for safekeeping. “He reasoned out that there was some mix up with the money in his wallet and then he picked up and paid the wrong bill. He was reportedly rattled that time so he hastily left the scene,” Maganto said. The police official assured that they will dig deeper into the matter and file the necessary charges against the policeman should he be found guilty of the accusations. With wire reports
Sen. Francis Escudero fields questions from the media during a press conference held Jan. 28 at Cagayan de Oro City. The senator was in town for the Karancho National Convention where he was the keynote speaker. Photo by Mike Banos, NPN
Mother give birth to conjoined twin girls COTABATO City––A Muslim mother is seeking help from generous individuals after she gave birth to conjoined twin girls in a private hospital here on Friday. Raida Kamaong, a resident of this city and wife of a tricycle driver, said they do not have enough money for the medication of the twins born via Caesarian operations at the Cotabato Medical Specialist Hospital. “We appeal for help, we want the twins to survive,” the mother said in her hospital bed on Saturday. Doctors and nurses at the hospital said the twins, both underweight, were joined in their chests but have separate genitals. They have been named Nurhiwa and Nurkidz. The mother said she has no idea whatsoever that she would deliver conjoined twins. She recalled her ultrasound months back showed she was bearing twins but not a conjoined one. Both girls are still in the neo-intensive care unit of the hospital and under close watch by their attending physicians. philippine news agency
Oro water district adjusts billings due to ‘Sendong’ By MIKE BAÑOS
THE Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD) will be making adjustments on its billing statements for December, 2011 and January 2012 to allow for disruptions in water delivery caused by Tropical Storm Sendong last December 17, 2011. In an advisory released last week (please refer to advisory published in page 4 of this newspaper for details), COWD management said customers whose December 2011 cycles fell within December 17-31, 2011 would be initially billed with the minimum service charge of 10 cubic meters with subsequent readings from the January cycle to correct this. Appropriate adjustments, if any, will be made and reflected in the next bill. “January 2012 Cycle Billings for customers residing in the affected areas will bear a 50% discount on the minimum service charge while December 2011 Cycle Penalty Charges for customers residing in affected areas would be condoned,” the advisory said. “In spite of the extensive damage to our facilities which constrained our supply during those times, we
exerted all effort to pursue our mandate of providing water supply with the resources available to us by allowing free access to identified fire hydrants with clustered meters installed and production wells so people (concessionaires and non-concessionaires) can get water,” said Ms. Ladele A. Sagrado, COWD public relations and information division manager. “We also delivered water to evacuation centers and affected areas with the assistance of the fire trucks of the fire department, volunteer fire brigade and water tankers of private companies.” Ms. Sagrado added that the estimated volume of
water delivered by the BFP fire trucks and other fire trucks/tankers owned by private entities and by other water districts who worked with COWD during the critical period was about 3,560 cubic meters. This does not include water extracted by other tankers who also assisted in the delivery as well as additional water collected from COWD’s various point sources by residents and other private vehicles “All of this water delivered and extracted during this critical period was for free,” she stressed. On top of all this, Ms. Sagrado said COWD SENDONG/PAGE 11
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Typhoon Sendong has caused disruptions in our delivery of water service and our billings to our concessionaires. In order to mitigate these disruptions the following shall be implemented: 1. Customers whose December 2011 cycles fell within December 17-31, 2011 (see table below) will be temporarily billed with the minimum/service charge of 10 cu.m. Reading for the January cycle will correct this. Appropriate adjustment, if any, will be made and reflected in the next bill. 2. January 2012 Cycle Billings for customers residing in the affected areas (see table below) will bear a 50% discount on the minimum/service charge. 3. December 2011 Cycle Penalty Charges for customers residing in the affected areas (see table below) will be condoned. LIST OF BILLING ZONES/BOOKS AFFECTED BY TYPHOON SENDONG NO READING (DECEMBER 2011) Minimum Consumption
NO WATER (DECEMBER 17-31, 2011) 50% Discount on Service Charge
(For December 2011 Billing**)
(For January 2012 Billing*)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 22 23 24
All Books All Books All Books All Books All Books All Books All Books (except 4B) All Books All Books All Books 4A, 4B All Books All Books All Books All Books 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 4B 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A All Books All Books All Books All Books
1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 4B
1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A
1B, 2A, 3B
*December 2011 Consumption, Read and Billed in January 2012. **Penalty for late payment of Dec. 2011 Bill for all Zones shall be condoned.
Please refer to your water bill for your zone and book. The first two digits in your account no. is your zone. The next two characters is your book. For inquiries and complaints regarding billing matters, please feel free to visit our Customer Care Service Desk at the Ground Floor of the Administrative Building, Corrales Avenue, this City Please be guided accordingly. Thank you.
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GT Cosmetics expands presence nationwide PRODUCTS of Cebu-based GT Cosmetics – proven to be among the top customer favorites in the country today -- can now be purchased in about 200 outlets nationwide. GT owner Leonora B. Salvane said the expansion was due to the prodding of prime outlet owners and managers to have GT products available in their respective malls, department stores, and supermarkets nationwide after they have established that GT beauty products are now among the customers’ favorites. “We were really surprise that these store owners took the initiative for us,” Salvane said. “Now, our products are available in areas where we
have no presence before. This is also in answer to online (www.facebook.com/ gtcosmetics) queries on where to buy GT products.” GT has also noted a relative increase of its clientele at the start of 2012 with the large number of inquiries being posted by first-time users of GT products on its Facebook account. According to Salvane, GT has been answering queries from first-time users on Facebook since Jan. 3 and has been giving out beauty tips to these new customers. “More and more people are popping out on our Facebook account with varying questions on how, when, and where to apply their
newly-bought GT products,” Salvane revealed. “These people are mostly Tagalogspeaking.” Salvane said some of the queries are from overseas, including one from Ediburgh, Scotland, who was asking if GT is doing international shipping now. Although GT has just made its international debut, Salvane, however, said their initial shipment of over 1,000 units of beauty products to Europe did not include Scotland yet as the order came from Finland. “Maybe someday soon we will reach Scotland and the U.K.,” Salvane said. “I pray that this won’t just be wishful thinking on my
A team from LGU Opol, Misamis Oriental led by Randolph Hallazgo of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office cleans up a residence affected by the flash floods of Tropical Storm Sendong in Biasong, Macasanding as part of the second phase of the clean up by LGU members from Misamis Oriental through Kagay-anon Katimbayayong mo Kami (KKK) initiated by legislators, mayors and EXPANDS/p.11 the Vice Mayors League of Misamis Oriental. Photo by Mike Banos, NPN
Puerto Princesa Underground River is one of ‘New Seven Wonders of Nature’ By AL JACINTO, Regional Editor-Zamboanga
THE Philippines’ underground river in Puerto Princesa City in the province of Palawan has been chosen as among the world’s New Seven Wonders of Nature. The underground r ive r, w hich me asures about 5 miles, is a popular tourist destination in the country and has been declared as a world heri-
tage site by the United Nations Educat ional, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. “C on f i r m at i on t h at the Puerto Princesa Underground River is one of the New Seven Wonders o f Nat u r e i s w e l c o m e news indeed. Throughout t h e c omp e t it i on , F i l i pinos from all walks of life have given time,
e n e rg y, an d re s ou rc e s to this campaign,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a statement sent to the Mindanao Examiner. He said: “ This effort has raised awareness not only overseas, but nationally as well: visits to t h e P P U R h ave i n cre as e d tremendously. This is proof positive of how effective a national effort of this sort can be:
to build awareness, express pride, and achieve results.” According to the organizers of the global poll, the others included in the New Seven Wonders of Nature are the Amazon rainforest; Vietnam’s Halong Bay ;Argentina’s Iguazu Falls; South Korea’s Jeju Island, Indonesia’s Komodo, andSouth Africa’s Table Mountain. (Mindanao Examiner)
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Quality and quantity THINK a minute. Imagine you had not eaten anything all day. So that night you decide to go out to a nice restaurant and buy the biggest, tastiest steak in the house. Finally, the waiter brings your meal and you can’t believe your eyes. On your plate is just a tiny piece of meat, enough for only two bites! You complain to the waiter about how tiny your steak is, but he says: “Sir, that little piece of steak is from the finest cow money can buy. You’ll never find a better bite of meat anywhere.” Would you be satisfied? Of course not! Why? Because both quality andQUANTITY are important in life. This is especially true with
Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst how much time we give to our children. Many of us parents spend such little time actually talking and listening to our kids. And we defend ourselves by saying: “Well, I have good quality time with them. I make my short times with my kids count. I even buy them nice things.” But our kids are starving for more time with us! They need more than just a small bite of our time and
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a few leftovers after we’ve made time for our own fun and friends first. Or maybe we stay at work late, night after night, for more money. Yet we still don’t understand why our kids are rebelling against us, or why they’re having problems at school. It’s simply because we, their parents, are not giving them enough of our time, attention, and real love. You and I usually make
time for things that are important to us. Your kids would much rather have YOU than a bigger house and more toys. Dad and Mom, your kids need both of you now while they’re growing up. It’s now that they need you to talk with them, to listen and really understand what they’re feeling and going through, and just to be their friend and enjoy fun times together. So if you realize you’re not giving your best time to your children, both in quality and quantity, then today you can ask Jesus to forgive you. Then, with His real love and power you can change to start becoming the new and better parent your children need. Just Think a Minute.
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YESTERDAY, this corner wrote an article about “untouchable miners.” An informant said that one of the miners in the hinterlands of Cagayan de Oro City operates a plantation there. By the way, these rampant mining activities are located in the borders of Opol town southwest of Cagayan de Oro City. Yesterday, an informant said that one of the gold mine operators there is an Australian company. Cris Diaz That sounds incredible! The informant also tipped that A. W. Brown, an operator of an upscale subdivision in Cagayan de Oro, operates a “palm oil” plantation in that area. One could GLOBAL/p.10 not believe that A. W. Brown, a company with a reputation in realty business, is engaged in large-scale mining in the area. Is the palm oil plantation a cover up? Anyway, these mining companies allegedly operated by A. W. Brown, Chinese, Koreans and Australians may have obtained necessary mining permits. The MINDANAO DAILY is published by Mindanao Daily One thing for sure, these mining operators employed Balita at Door 3, Geleng Bldg., Lapasan Highway, Cagayan de security guards armed with high-powered firearms. Oro City. It is registered with the Department of Trade and Although these security guards have not done anything Industry (DTI), Region 10 with CerƟfifcate No. 01349532, harmful, villagers are intimidated of their presence. Viland with Business Permit No. 2011-1516, TIN No. 946-396lagers wondered if these private security guards are license 807-001 Telefax Nos: (088) 856-3344, (08822)74-53-80, to carry firearms outside of the mining site. Sometimes, Cell nos.: 0917-7121424, 0923-432-0687 these security guards go out to recruit workers for the Website: www//mindanaodailybalita.com mining site, so they said. This is not the issue. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The issue is did the city of Cagayan de Oro and the email@example.com DANTE M. SUDARIA
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town of Opol issued mining permits to these mining operators? There were reports that neither the city government nor the town of Opol issued permits to these mining operators. If not, who issued the permits? Are these permits valid? Two years ago, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) commissioned a reporter to investigate the mining operations in the hinterlands of Cagayan de Oro and the municipal town of Opol. There were concerned raised about alleged illegal mining resulting to rampant destruction and plunder of the environment in concerned areas. The presence of fully armed security guards and the ‘off limit’ policy on roads leading to the mining site poised suspicion of the mining activities there. The reporter backed out on failure to get credible sources. The church-backed environment groups in the locality are numb. No one from the city government wanted to talk about it, too. Actually, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 10 allegedly issued permits to mining operators in the outskirts of Cagayan de Oro and Opol in Misamis Oriental. Reports had it that these permits covered RA 8371 (Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act of 1997) which recognize the priority rights of indigenous people in mining the minerals in their ancestral domains. Yet, necessary permit from the local government unit concerned as provided by RA 7942 (Mining Act of 1995) must still be obtained. Perhaps, the Chinese, Korean, Australians or A. W. Brown are indigenous people.
Pinoy kids now emboldened criminals By BATAS MAURICIO
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord…” (Ephesians 6:4, the Holy Bible). -oooTONDO KIDS STAGE GANG-RAPE: While our national leaders are busy battling each other over the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona, young Filipinos are having a heyday committing heinous crimes almost everywhere in the country, as exemplified by the gang-rape of a 20-year old Manila student in Tondo at the height of celebrations for the Chinese New Year Monday, January 23, 2012. Police said the rape was committed by six teenagers, two of whom were even minors, in a heavily populated area in Tondo, Manila. Reports indicated that the offenders decided
on committing the rape when they saw the victim walking alone, at 1 o’clock in the morning. The same reports indicated likewise that the offenders were not drunk, nor under the influence of illegal drugs when they decided to commit the rape. They were sober, and were just loafing around. It would seem that the decision to rape the victim firmed up when she appeared defenseless, because she was alone. Luckily for her, barangay tanods chanced upon the incident, sending the rapists scampering away, but not before four of them managed to satisfy their lust on her. Three of them were arrested anyway, including a 17-year old boy. Those arrested furnished the police with the identities of the other rapists, who are all below 19 years of age. -ooo-
Kakampi mo ang batas FILIPINO YOUTH EMBOLDENED TO BECOME CRIMINALS: Many of our leaders in government will say that this rape incident is only an isolated case, and they maybe right, for not all rape incidents get reported to the police and splashed in the media. Some victims and their relatives would rather remain silent and plan vengeance and retaliation at some future time. But the shocking reality in this country nowadays is that, children have become emboldened to commit crimes, they having become fully aware that those who are 15 years old and below cannot be arrested by the police or by anyone else because of a law authored by Sen. Francis Pangilinan--Republic Act 9344, or the Juvenile Justice Law. And so we see the Fili-
pino youth nonchalantly stealing, engaging in petty thievery and robbery, sniffing rugby and other solvents, pushing illegal drugs and doing other heinous crimes, in full view of the public yet. If Sen. Pangilinan is interested to know, no police officer or barangay tanod would dare touch these minor offenders because his law penalizes them for doing so. As of now, largely because Filipino children can no longer be arrested even if they commit crimes on the basis of Pangilinan’s law, they can no longer be considered the hope of the fatherland, as Dr. Jose Rizal once declared---they have become the curse of the fatherland instead, and the government does not seem to be interested in helping them. -oooWHAT HAS BECOME OF THE FILIPINO CRIMINALS/p.10
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Aggie dept says sugarcane ‘outperforms’ other crops in 2011 By JEROME CARLO R. PAUNAN of PIA
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said that sugarcane outperformed other Philippine crops in 2011, registering four successive quarters of production increases highlighted by triple-digit growth rates during the April-June and July-September periods. Data released by the
DA showed the country’s 2011 sugarcane production volume totaled nearly 28.40 million metric tons, which is 58.27 percent higher than the 17.93 million MTs this crop posted in 2010. In 2010, nationwide s u g arc an e pro du c t i on dipped 21.82 percent be-
low its 2009 level of 22.93 million metric tons. The data further show value of sugarcane production at constant prices hit P22.42 billion in 2011, exceeding the P14.16 billion such crop posted in 2010. DA also reported the country’s sugarcane production volume during 2011’s first and fourth quarters reached 12.75
million metric tons and 8.14 million metric tons, respectively. Such outputs were the highest in the crops subsector during both reference periods. Nationwide sugarcane production in 2011’s first and fourth quarters also c o r r e s p o n d i n g l y s u rpassed by 26.73 percent and 24.26 p ercent t he
country’s 10.06 million metric tons and 6.55 million metric tons output for this crop throughout the same periods in 2010, DA data likewise show. For 2011’s second and third quarters, DA reported the Philippine sugarcane production reached 6.90 million metric tons and 594,000 metric tons. Such volumes were 511
percent and 208.46 percent more than the 1.12 million metric tons and 192,000 metric tons of sugarcane produced during the same reference quarters in 2010. The data show none in the crops sub-sector except sugarcane registered triple-digit production growth rates during last year’s second and third quarters.
Senate approves cybercrime bill THE Senate passed on third reading yesterday the proposed Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 which seeks to penalize individuals for internet-related crimes such as online theft, fraud and hacking. Sponsored by Sen. Edgardo J. Angara, Senate Bill No. 2796 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, seeks to empower law enforcement agencies to investigate, apprehended and prosecute individuals committing internet-related crimes. Angara said SBN 2796 aims to ensure internet security to the public with the rapidly changing technology as internet usage becomes more prominent, especially in social networking. “A large chunk of human activity nowadays is no longer merely physical-it occurs in the Internet. Crime and harm are thus no longer merely physical-they can occur online as well. There is a need for us to innovate security measures and enact laws that will help protect us in the
digital world,” Angara said. Under the bill, Angara said, computer forgery, computer-related fraud, cybersex and child pornography will be considered punishable offenses. He cited the 2012 forecasts from Kaspersky Labs, a Russian Internet security firm, which stated that Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, is one of the regions most vulnerable to “cyber-attack.” Passage of the bill, he said, is urgent. Angara said the bill will provide for an annual provision of P50 million for its implementation. Angara said an Office of Cybercrime, under the Department of Justice, will serve as the central authority in all matters related to international mutual assistance and extradition. On the other hand, once
signed into law, Angara said the bill also mandates the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO) to create National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) which will be responsible for the formulation and implementation of a national cybersecurity policy, among others. He said a National Cybersecurity Coordinating Council (NCCC) will be established under the Office of the President to execute a national cyber security plan. Angara said the NCCC shall be chaired by the Executive-Director of the DOSTICTO with the Director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Chief of the Philippine National Police and the Head of the Office of Cybercrime under the DOJ as members. Representatives from the private sector and the academe will also be selected to be part of the NCCC.
President Benigno S. Aquino III, assisted by Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, DTI Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya, Social Security System (SSS) president and CEO Emilio de Quiros Jr. and Home Development Mutual Fund (Pagibig) president and CEO Atty. Darlene Marie Berberabe, hands-over a processed Philippines Business Registry System (PBRS) application form to client entrepreneur Annabel Siton during the PBRS launching ceremony at the DTI-NCR area 2 Office, Atrium Building in Makati Avenue, Makati City on Friday (January 27). The PBRS is a web-based system that will serve as a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs who need to transact / register with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to get their business name certificate, BIR, Pag-ibig, Philhealth and SSS to be able to start operating a business. Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau
Neda expects brighter economic growth this year
THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) expects that the country’s economic growth this year to be “better” than last year. “While NEDA is optimistic that 2012 will be substantially better than 2011, we remain vigilant and continue to closely monitor external developments that continue to pose significant risk to the country’s growth,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Cayetano Paderanga said. Paderanga said as many analysts expect, global economic recovery might stall in 2012 mainly due to the growing concerns over Europe. He said the International Monetary Fund projects the Euro area will suffer a mild recession due to lingering concerns on how to appropriately and quickly restore confidence in the economy in order to supThe AMS Employees Fresh Fruits Producers Cooperative or AMSEFFPCO in Kapalong, port growth while at the Davao del Norte ventures into diversified banana farm that brings in millions for the same time addressing fiscal farmers’ cooperative. AMSEFFPCO engages in banana production, banana flour, bio- imbalance and providing organic fertilizer and other livelihood projects. (DAR-11/Dolly Amaut) more liquidity and monetary
“Global economic recovery might stall in 2012 mainly due to the growing concerns over Europe.” accommodation. “Similarly, we are also watching closely developments in the US economy, whether the recovery will gain momentum or will remain fragile,” Paderanga added. Likewise, the NEDA chief recognizes the risk that China could slow down or even experience a “hard landing,” so the government is closely monitoring the overall global situation. “Overall, we expect the economy will be able to gain its momentum this year. We will pursue programs and projects designed to improve our resilience to typhoons, disasters, and climate change. We will continue our assiduous efforts to diversify our exports base,
both in terms of products and countries,” Paderanga said. The government is prepared to hurdle further challenges with the support of all sectors, he said. Paderanga s aid t he government agencies are working closely in crafting innovative strategies by ensuring the rapid acceleration of government spending. He said they are also implementing the appropriate policies as spelled out in the Philippine Development Plan 2011 to 2016 in order to steer the country towards the path of inclusive growth. Under the PDP, the government’s targets a GDP growth of between seven to eight percent until 2016.
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TVI Pacific Inc. advances permit approval for near-mine property By AL JACINTO, Regional Editor-Zamboanga
ZAMBOANGA City––TVI Pacific Inc. announced that its Philippine affiliate, TVI Resource Development (Phils.), Inc. (TVIRD), has completed the Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) process for a new Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) in proximity to the producing Canatuan mine. Approval of the FPIC process was granted by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and all documents have been immediately forwarded to the Mines and Geoscience Bureau for review and granting of the MPSA permit required to advance exploration activities, it said. The permit area is located within the group of properties known as the Greater Canatuan Tenement Area that surround
the Canatuan mine. The property, Malusok and SE Malusok, is where TVI previously identified potential mineralization during an early-stage surface exploration program. Once t he approved MPSA permit has been issued, TVI will be authorized to carry out an advanced exploration program on the property area. The goal of the program, TVI said, will be to target PERMIT/p.10
Davao City’s employment rate higher
DAVAO City––The unemployment rate in Davao Region has hit a 3-year low, according to figures from the Department of Labor and Employment. According to DOLE-XI Regional Director Atty. Joffrey Suyao, the unemployment figure taken from January to July 2011 is pegged at 5.8 percent. This is lower compared to the 6.1 percent unemployment rate of 2010. The unemployment rate in 2009 registered at 5.9 percent. The region has an employment rate of 94.2 percent as compared to national average of 92.9 percent. “Although the growth is small, but this is something we can build upon,” Suyao said. Suyao credits the current construction AMRECO President Sergio Dagooc turns over the 1st Min CARED Congress matters boom with the building of for resolution to Mindanao Development Authority Sec. Lualhati Antonino Jan. 27 hotels and malls, the entry HIGHER/p.11 at Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Mike Banos, NPN
Banana export firm gets PhilGap certification By CARINA L. CAYON, of PIA
DAVAO City––A banana producer and exporter in the region was recently bestowed of the Philippine Good Agricultural Practices (PhilGAP) certification for meeting high quality standards in its operations. The Tagum Agricultural Development Company Inc. (TADECO) announced that it is now PhilGAP-certified starting Jan. 4 until Jan. 3, 2013, after embracing PhilGAP requirements in assuring food safety. The Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Products Standards (BAFPS) of the Department of Agriculture awarded the certification
to TADECO after verifying on the firm’s compliance to food safety standards. TADECO quality management system manager Reagan Navarro confirmed this saying that TADECO vice president for research, information and compliance division Dr. Benny M. Corcolon received the certification from DA-BAFPS director Angelina Bondad. Navarro said that PhilGAP’s programs are parallel to the aspirations of the company, which is “being a good corporate citizen.” She explained that the PhilGAP standards are primarily designed to reassure con-
sumers about how food is produced on the farm. Aside from assuring food safety, the requirement is also set at minimizing detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, and ensuring a responsible approach to workers’ health, safety, welfare and hygiene. Navarro said that TADECO has complied with the PhilGAP standards saying that the company has established several programs related to food safety. She cited one program such as the installation and enhancement of facilities for workers health, safety and hygiene. Programs and policies for
environmental protection have also been established, documented, implemented and maintained, she stated. Another best practice of the company is the strengthened partnership between the management and the workers that “solidifies good labor relations,” she added. Navarro said that ensuring food safety has been one of the priorities of Tadeco “in order to become competitive in the global market.” “That is why it invested considerable economic resources in food safety protocol to ensure that the produce items have met the EXPORT/p.10
Weak demand, supply disruptions affect Nov 11 imports: Neda MERCHANDISE imports marginally inched up in November 2011 when trade was broadly affected by both demand and supply constraints, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). NEDA made this statement after the National Statistics Office reported that imports payments posted a year-on-year increase of 0.6 percent to US$5.0 billion in November 2011. “The slowdown in import growth was mainly due to the lower inward shipments of raw materials for electronic manufactures, weak domestic demand for durable equipment, and lower automobile imports caused by the disruption
in the production chain following the flooding in Thailand,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Cayetano W. Paderanga, Jr. Also, lower payments for capital goods (-13.8%), semi-processed raw materials (-1.6%), and consumer goods (-1.7%) contributed to the slower overall growth of merchandise imports during the month. “Imported electrical equipment serve as inputs for the production of exported electronic products, which account for more than 50 percent of the country’s total merchandise exports,” Paderanga said. The NSO earlier reported that electronic exports contracted by 34.4 percent in November 2011.
“Within the context of the weak global environment, the decline of capital goods imports may be explained by consumers and firms’ tendency to postpone consumption of investment and durable goods during periods of demand shock due to income constraints,” said Paderanga, who is also NEDA Director-General. Consumer goods contracted by 1.7 percent yearon-year to US$592.3 million as the gains from higher payments for non-durable goods (9.0%) were countered by the decline in imports of durable goods (-11.2%) on account of lower imports of passenger cars and motorized cycle (-24.4%). Citing a report from the Chamber of Automo-
tive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI), Paderanga said that most local automobile dealers import both units and parts from Thailand, which is considered the automotive hub in the East Asian region. “However, according to the World Bank, the recovery of production to the precrisis level will continue to be affected by the conditions of the global demand for cars and electronics, despite reconstruction efforts to restore order in the supply chain,” Paderanga added. CAMPI reported that local sales of motor vehicle contracted by 10.6 percent from 13,523 units in November 2010 to 12,090 units in November 2011. Nonetheless, there were
year-on-year increases in the imports of mineral fuels and lubricants (30.4 percent to US$1.1 billion), and unprocessed raw materials (15.8 percent US$206.4 million) in November 2011. The surge in petroleum imports was due to greater volume of inward shipments of coal and the higher oil prices in the international market, while the increase in the payments for unprocessed raw materials was traced to higher imports of wheat (24.0%), inedible crude materials (14.0%) and tobacco (32.8%). For the major supplier of imports to the country, Japan continued to be the top source comprising 12.7 percent of the total value of merchandise imports
in November 2011. Inward shipments from Japan totaled US$ 631.6 million, composed mainly of capital and manufactured goods. The People’s Republic of China was the second major source of imports with an 11.0 percent share followed by the United States of America (10.9%), Singapore (6.9%) and Saudi Arabia (6.5%). Meanwhile, total import payments from January to November 2011 amounted to US$55.5 billion, which is 11.0 percent higher than the value of merchandise imports in the same period a year ago. Also, the trade-ingoods deficit from January to November 2011 increased to US$10.9 billion from US$2.7 billion a year ago.
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edness. Conferences or seminars with proceedings and journal publications can be the examples of the effort for universities or colleges to get them globally recognized. To what extent any organization is globally recognized can be measured by how often the organization is exposed to international public. This cannot be merely done by only benefiting from the website being designed. Other activities related to collaboration and cooperation should also be done. Exchanging good ideas with others and sharing best experience among the universities or colleges are the examples of the efforts making them globally recognized. Thus,
it is salient for universities to get involved in such academic endeavors. The most important thing of the above activities is that there won’t be gap of knowledge among the researchers through out the world. The end goal, for humanity, is making the world balanced. Dr. Djuwari id the director of Language Laborator y, STIE Perbanas Surabaya, currently being the Vice Chair of International E-Conference held in collaboration with Texila American University.
GEMINI. You will be in a very good intellectual shape and you will get on very well with people around. You are willing to listen to other people’s problems and capable of giving sound advice. Avoid making promises if you are not sure you can keep them! In the afternoon you might be invited to a party. CANCER. You will successfully initiate a new business and will be making future plans regarding a long-term investment. Your loved one will be right by your side. Avoid speculations of any kind!
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VIRGO. You may decide to postpone a long trip in a family interest, because of financial difficulties. However, you will have the chance to implement daring long-term projects and make a sound decision for the future. You are advised to spend the evening at home. The relationship with your loved one will be excellent. LIBRA. Today is a favourable time for you to get involved in business activities, to have fruitful meetings and work out wellfounded future plans. Long-term investment projects are favoured. You will be able to solve a number of financial problems. In the afternoon you will take center stage in your group of friends. SCORPIO. You can succeed in all domestic activities, as well as in business. Business partners will appreciate your initiatives, but you may want to avoid getting engaged in more activities at a time, for you might complete none. Today is a favourable time for devising future plans. You may want to consider your loved one’s suggestions.
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SAGITTARIUS. Today is a favourable time for making major decisions with regards to your sentimental life. In spite of your less than satisfactory financial situation, you have no real reasons to be concerned. The money you are lacking will come when you will need it most. Today you can rely on your intuition. CAPRICORN. Intuition will help you find an original way of making significant changes in your social life. You will have to reach a compromise with your family and make several short trips together with one of your friends. Don’t miss this favourable opportunity! Major satisfactions are in store for you in the near future.
tor? They have become like their elders---committing crimes with deliberate resolve, buoyed up with the knowledge that they are untouchables and could not be penalized anyway. These are the leaders that this country will have in just a few years, and I shudder to think where their ilk will lead this nation and its people, unless we do something to bring them up “in the training and instruction of the Lord” real fast!
publicly-traded Canadian company that is focused on the production, development, exploration and acquisition of resource projects in the Philippines. TVI produces copper and zinc concentrates from its Canatuan mine, is predeveloping its Balabag gold and silver project, and is carrying out exploration programs on its other North Zamboanga tenements. TVI also has an interest in an offshore Philippine oil property.
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additional resources, which, if confirmed, could serve as a new ore source to extend From page 6 the life of the Canatuan What has become of the mine. TVI Pacific Inc. is a Filipino youth, Mr. Sena-
LEO . Intuition and good practical sense will allow you to make LEO. inspired business decisions. If you are proposed to join in a new business partnership, don’t rush saying no! It is likely to have a huge potential! You are advised to avoid hot arguments and pay more attention to your need for rest.
From page 8 highest quality standard,” she stated. TA D E C O b e c o m e s t he f irst producer a nd ex por ter of Cavend ish bananas to acquire Phil-
GAP certification in the country, Navarro claimed. “With a holistic approach in implementing quality management system, the PhilGAP certification further solidifies the tagline of TADECO that says total quality is our way of life,” she stated. Ph i lGA P s t a nd a rd s have b e en s e t by DABAFPS that is mandated to formulate and enforce standards of quality in the processing of agricultural products. Last year, Navarro said that DA-BAFPS has undertaken visits and inspections at Tadeco’s packing houses, warehouses and field operations to check on the firm’s compliance to PhilGAP and the sustainability of its programs. (PIA-11)
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to the benefit of these loggers who violate the laws,” Rodriguez said. The resolution specifically directs the House Committee on Good Government to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, on the staggering damage, including loss of lives and destruction of property caused by flooding brought by typhoon Sendong. In pushing for the probe, Rodriguez cited the report of Task Force Sendong created by Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman that the logs that killed many people at the height of the December 17 flashfloods that swept through Iligan City may have come from the forestlands of Kapai and Tagoloan II towns in Lanao del Sur. The report of the task force said the logs were from the stockpile of Vicmar Development Corp., a Makati-based logging and plywood company operating in Lanao del Sur since 1975. Quoting the report, Rodriguez said Vicmar stockpiles timber in its log pond in Kapai-Bayug river junction and processes the wood at its sawmill in Barangay Hinaplanon in Iligan City, which lies on the bank of the
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Mandulog River. The logs in the log pond naturally drift away to Iligan City through the Mandulog River, the report said. “Belmonte said the same report also cited the existence of “carabao logging” or small-scale logging in the two municipalities. “Some of the logs could also be the result of the socalled carabao logging by small-scale loggers without any permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM),” Belmonte said. Belmonte said the DENR officials in Lanao del Sur had claimed that they had not received information that Vicmar and other companies continued to cut trees after the ban issued by former ARMM Acting Governor Ansaruddin Adiong took effect. Also, because Vicmar had stockpiled its logs near Iligan City, which is part of Lanao del Norte in Northern Mindanao region, the job of monitoring the company’s activities fell on Lanao del Norte officials, Belmonte said quoting the report. The report likewise identified Melvin Anggot as the Iligan City informa-
tion officer who said that some people tried to bribe officials to get the logs that the floods had washed away.
Disaster From page 1 of 2012 urging all concerned local government units, agencies and entities in Region 10 to support and participate in the implementation of Nationwide Disaster Risk Exposure, Assessment and Mitigation project of the Department of Science and Technology; • Resolution No. 3 series of 2012 urging the Mines and Geosciences Bureau national office to deploy geologists to Region 10 for the preparation of updated flood hazard maps of the affected areas of Tropical Storm Sendong; and • Resolution No. 4 series of 2012 requesting the Office of the President to intervene in the protection and strict implementation of environment laws and regulations on watershed management in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Three cities, including Valencia City in Bukidnon, and 14 municipalities consisting of 187 barangays, were affected by the floods. The affected areas lie
within the watersheds of the Cagayan River, Molugan/Bungcalalan Iponan River, Bigaan River, Cugman River, Umalag River, Agusan River, Tagpuange Creek, Iligan River, Mandulog and Pulangi River. Prior to the most recent disaster, the region also experienced floods on Jan. 3, 2009 that killed 27 people, affected 214,000 people from 43,000 families, partially inundated 307 barangays in five cities and 30 municipalities, and damaged properties and infrastructure valued at P793.3 million. --Michael D. Baños
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operations during this critical period were also constrained by the fact that 185 of its employees were also victims of the killer flash floods of Tropical Storm Sendong. “ T h i s s i g n i f i c a nt l y reduced manpower during that time so routine operations like conduct of orientation seminars, processing of applications, meter readings and billings had to be foregone to give way to more critical tasks of higher priority,” she stressed.
Expands From page 5 part. Let’s hope our Finland buyer would be true to his promise to help promote GT in Europe.” Salvane, who is a chemical engineer, formulated the company’s bestselling beauty bar soaps using organic and herbal extracts that help improve the skin. It comes in three variants namely the carrot, papaya, and bleaching organic soaps. GT Cosmetics has become quite popular among the youth market composed of students and young professionals in Cebu and some parts of the Visayas and Mindanao regions. A great number of Overseas Filipino Workers in Hong Kong, Dubai, and Japan also patronize its bar soap products. Its new line of cosmetic cream products -- namely the night cream, day cream, sunblock, and toner -- are also starting to gain popularity among new and avid users. GT Cosmetics was founded in 1994 as a homebased family business in the town of Liloan, 18 kilometers north of Cebu City.
12 Hedcor to plant more than 200 thousand trees in 2012 TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012
AVAO – Reforestation remains at the top of the environmental initiatives after Hedcor targeted 236, 000 trees to plant this year. The hydro firm achieved 210, 519 planted trees in Benguet, Ilocos Sur and Davao, recorded in the whole year of 2011 alone. “Tree planting ac- Sibulan, Inc. agreetivity is for ever y- ment of watershed body’s efforts to attain m an a ge m e nt p l an the total protection with the Department and preservation of of Environment and the forest and for the Natural Resources, riverbank stabiliza- local government of tion,” Hedcor vice Davao del Sur and the president Gregorio community of IndigJabonillo said. enous Peoples, Hedcor The host communi- adopted 1000 hectares ties of Hedcor across of the protected areas the country were ac- of Mt. Apo Natural tively participating Park to contribute the of its entire environ- preservation of rivermental endeavor. bank. Like in Mindanao, For sustainable dethe host communities velopment, Hedcor of the 42.5-MW run- allows the host comof-river Sibulan Hydro munities to request Power Plant were the what trees to plant at one who maintain the their areas according trees planted by Hed- to the farmers’ need. cor volunteers at the “Usually, their resteeply sloping land quested trees were of Davao del Sur. narra, mahogany, moDuring the Hedcor lave, bamboo, coco-
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. Residents of Tugbok District, Davao City volunteer to plant hundreds of bamboo seedlings along the Talomo River for riverbank stabilization together with Hedcor employees.
nut, durian, rambotan, and lanzones,” Jabonillo said. Hedcor listed anew of various reforestation-related activities this 2012 to supple-
ment the watershed capacity due to Hedcor’s power generation is entirely dependent to the amount of river flow. Hedcor is commit-
ted to promote Cleanergy, AboitizPower’s brand of clean and re ne wable energ y, and will continue to look for more rivers to develop for run-
of-river hydropower generation. To date, Hedcor has 18 runof-river hydropower plants in the country with a total capacity of 150 MW.
Published on Jan 30, 2012