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Diaz joins M’nao Daily VETERAN journalist Cris Diaz joins Mindanao Daily effective today, as part of the daily’s aggressive approach for the year 2012. A practicing journalist for over 30 years, Diaz holds the record as pioneering editor of most local daily newspapers in Cagayan de Oro City today. Most current local editors and reporters who had a stint with Diaz dubbed him as “eccentric and adversarial” in the newsroom. Dante Sudaria, Publisher of Mindanao Daily, said Diaz is Mindanao DIAZ/p.11

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SENATOR Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III asked the Senate to conduct an investigation, in aid of legislation, on the factors that contributed to the huge number of casualties in human lives and the massive destruction brought about by tropical storm “Sendong” that hit the country in December. In filing Senate Resolution no. 671, Pimentel noted that while typhoon Sendong was officially classified by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pag-asa) under Signal Number 2, it nevertheless caused extensive loss of life and damage to property. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Update Report dated 27 December 2011, the number of dead stood at 1,453, injured at

4,594, with thousands still missing, 113,336 families (719,485 persons) affected with 11,441 families (54,795 persons) still inside 56 evacuation centers, 42,325 houses damaged (12,805 totally and 29,520 partially). Damage to infrastructure, agriculture, and school buildings was estimated to have reached P1.14 billion. Pimentel pointed out that because of the huge P15M FOR SENDONG VICTIMS number of casualties in The Swiss Emergency Relief Team headed by Ambassador Ivo Sieber and Team human lives brought about Leader Claudio Valsangiacomo contributed P15-million worth of assistance mainly by the typhoon, it is now to help restore the water supply in Cagayan de Oro and for the evacuation centers in PROBE/p.11 Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. Photo by Mike Banos, NPN

Primavera Residences property 25 poor families values expected to rise further finally get homes A CONFLUENCE of events is expected to raise the property values of units in Northern Mindanao’s first eco-friendly development, the Primavera Residences in Pueblo de Oro Township. Since it initiated its first two percent price adjustment with the completion of its foundation in November 2010, prices for its fast selling units have climbed 12%, or double the rate of similar projects in the township, a source from Pueblo Sales said. At present, Tower A of the twin tower condo is 70% complete, with only PRIMAVERA/PAGE5

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By OBET SAMONTE, Caraga news bureau

BUTUAN City––The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the town government of Magallanes in Agusan del Norte inaugurated 25 core shelter units for poor families built in Barangay Caloc-an. DSWD-Caraga information officer Leah Quintana said these units were constructed through the department’s Core Shelter Assistance Program for the 25 family-beneficiaries in the town’s flood-prone barangays. “This is a rehabilitation program aimed at providing structurally-strong shelter units that can withstand

180-200 kph wind velocity to families whose houses were totally destroyed by natural and man-made calamities and who have no capacity to build to construct their own units,” she said. According to Quintana, the main thrusts of the project include: 1) the reduction of the number of homeless families every by providing strong indigenous shelter units; 2) maximization of participation and commitment of beneficiaries and the whole neighborhood to maintain these shelter units livable; and 3) the development and promotion of the value of self-reliance HOMES/p.11

WEATHER UPDATE T h e tailend of a cold front is affecting Southern Luzon and Visayas while wind convergence affecting Mindanao. Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming widespread rains over Southern Luzon, Eastern Visayas and Mindanao which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. SOURCE : PAGASA

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MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012

‘Housing caravan’ sa Misoc ipahigayon

Misor mitabang paghinlo sa Oro Sinulat ni ARJAY S. FELICILDA, Caraga news bureau

BUTUAN City––Gipakatag og tulo ka grupo sa makinaryas ang gobyerno sa Misamis Oriental aron pagtabang sa paghinlo ug paghabwa sa mga lapok sa lainlaing bahin sa Cagayan de Oro. Sumala ni Director Abner Caga sa PIA Regions 10 and 13 Cluster, unang gi-operasyonan ang mga barangay Balulang ug Con-

solacion nga pulos nagrabihan sa kapintas sa bagyong Sendong. Matud ni Governor Oscar Moreno, gusto niyang matabangan sa probinsiya ang pagbangon sa Cagayan de Oro. Iyang gipasabot nga ning panahon sa mga pagsulay ug kalisdanan, kinahanglang magtinabangay ang tanan. Sa pikas nga bahin,

Agusan del Norte nangandam sa baha Sinulat ni MANUEL M. EGAY JR. kauban sila JOEL PORTUGAL ug OBET SAMONTE

AGUSAN del Norte––Human sa nahimong panghitabo sa dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro og Iligan, nangandam usab ang probinsiya sa Agusan del Norte aron malikayan ang susama nga panghitabo nga nikalas sa linibo nga kinabuhi sa paghaguros sa bag yong Sendong ning aging tuig. Matud pa ni Provincial Governor Erlpe John Amante nga iya kining gitagaan og dakung pagtagad tungod kay dili siya motugot nga adunay mga panghitabo ilabi na nga dili pirme maayo ang panahon. Gi manduan usab niya ilabi na ang Sangguniang Panlalawigan aron sa pag gahin og pag aprobar sa saktong pundo aron maka palit sa mga ekwipo nga gamiton sa panahon sa pagbaha. Nag gahin usab siya og 200 mil ka pesos isip ayuda sa mga biktima sa Cagayan og Iligan. Nagpasalamat usab siya sa mga empleyado nga nihatag sa ilang personal nga ayuda pinaagi sa mga sinina og mga grocer y items. Dugang usab ni Gov. Amante nga aduna nay proposal gikan kaniya sa paghimo og duha ka mga mobile clinics aron dali usab ang pag hatag og tabang sa mga nanginahanglan. “Nagpa canvass na ko og saddam trucks tungod kay mao kini ang dali nga maka sagubang sa baha og mao kini ang himuon nga base para sa mobile clinics”, matud pa ni Gov. Amante. Daku usab ang iyang kabalaka tungod nagkinahanglan pa og dako nga kantidad aron nga ma rehabilitate ang mga agihanan sa tubig sa panahon nga mag baha ilabi na sa Kalinawan River padulong ngadto sa Mainit Lake. Gipasalig usab ni Gov. Amante nga ang mga ekipo nga ilang paliton puro bag-o ilabi na ang mga rubber boats. Gi awhag usab niya ang katawhan sa pagtanum og mga kahoy sa kilid sa mga suba. Base sa weather advisor y sa Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (Pag-asa) nga gi-isyu mga alas-10 sa buntag gahapan, giawhag niini ang katawhan sa Mindanao nga magbantay sa landslide kon pagdahili sa yuta ug pagbaha dulot sa “wind convergence.” Hinoon, walay namatikdan nga low pressure area kon (LPA) ang Pag-asa gahapong adlawa.

gimugna ni G over nor Moreno ang medical team nga mo-atiman sa panglawas sa mga biktima sa bagyong Sendong nga nagtolda karon sa Don Vicente De Lara (Capitol) Park, dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro. Ang maong medical team gilangkob sa mga doctor, nurses ug ubang medical workers gikan sa tambalanan sa gobyerno sa probinsiya, matud ni Director Caga.

Sinulat ni PAT NANO PIA-Misamis Occidental

MISAMIS Occidental––Bulahan ang mga empleyado sa Provincial Government ning tuig 2012 gumikan sa daghang mga benepisyo nga mapahimuslan niini. Sumala pa ni Governor Hermie Ramiro sa iyang pamahayag nga gihimo atol sa gipahigayong pinakaunang flag raising ceremony ning tuig 2012, nga pinangga gayod sa gobernadora ug sa bise-gobernador ang mga empleyado sa kapitolyo, hinungdan nga gihatag gayod kini sa tukmang benepisyo alang kanila. Og usa na niini mao ang kahigayunan nga makaangkon sa usa ka luna ug balay sa housing project sa probinsya, ang Misamis Occidental Provincial Housing Project nga nahimutang sa Barangay Villaflor sakop sa syudad sa Oroquieta. Kini nga mga benepisyo ang pipila pa lamang sa mga Members of the COWD Board of Directors and COWD officials witness the turn kaayuhan nga ihatag sa adover of the P52,791,000 grant from the Office of the President through LWUA BOT ministrasyon ni Governor Chairman Rene Villa and received by COWD GM Rachel Beja. Photo supplied Ramiro.

Mikawat sa aerial chemical spray gipangita sa pulis Sinulat ni ARJAY S. FELICILDA, Caraga news bureau

AGUSAN del Norte––Gipangita pa karon sa kapulisan ang mga mikawat sa aerial chemical sprays gikan sa hangar sa Soriano Plantation sa lungsod sa Tubay ning lalawigan, buntag sa petsa-singko ning bulana. Sumala ni Company Chief Guard Romeo Nericina, nakaplagang patay ang usa niya ka sakop nga si SG Rico Rea Dumagat sulod sa hangar. Siya nagduda’ng mismo ang mga kawatan mao ray mipusil-patay kang SG Dumagat. Ang hitabo nadiskobre ni Incoming Guard Jacinto Salas Gales sa dihang iyang gi-check ang hangar diin nahimutang ang usa ka eroplano sa kompaniya. Sa pakisusi sa Scene of Crime Operations (SOCO), pinangulohan ni P/Chief Inspector Michael Mindaña, nasuta nga gawas sa chemicals, nawagtang usab ang 38 kalibreng revolver sa biktimang sikyo. (uban sa report ni SPO1 Philip Amer Posas Mazo, PRO-13 Info Office)

Mr. Edgar “Injap” Sia II was awarded with the prestigious TOYM 2011 (The Outstanding Young Men) awardee for Entrepreneurship. The awarding was held at Malacañan Palace last December 7, 2011 by His Excellency President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Mga biktima sa bagyong ‘Sendong’ nagbagolbol CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Pipila sa mga biktima sa bagyong Sendong ang nagmulo sa ilang kahimtang kalabot na sa ilang mapuy-an. Matud pa naa man tuod silay relocation apan layo ug risgo sa mga estudyante nga tua nagtungha sa syudad ug ang ilang pangita naa ra sa merkado sa Cogon ug Carmen. Gawas niini, ang ilang personal nga kinahanglanon matud pa abunda man tuod sila sa kaon kay daghan man ang donasyon apan ang wala kanila kining ipalit sa kinahanglanon sama sa colgate, tootbrush, napkin

Barangay Update Harry Del Puerto ug dunay sakitan sa ngipon dili deretso makapalit ug tambal kay wala gyud silay mga kuwarta. Ngani dunay miingon “sir wala koy pante karon kay sagaran ilang ipanghatag sinina, karsones, shortspan mao ra man ang kasagaran

nga moabot pait kayo dinhi sir.” Kini nga mga mulo dapat masayran ug matagaan ug pagtagad labi sa atong kagamhanan, ngani si TV-5 host Wellie Revillame midonar ug P2 million ngadto kang Mayor

Emano ug P6.12 milyones nga ayudang pinanasyal alang sa mga biktima sa baha gikan kang Governor Gwen Garcia uban sa iyang mga mayores sa probinsya sa Cebu, dugang niini si Lucio Tan uban sa mga opisyales sa federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. mihanyag ug sais sientos (600) ka mga balay nga libre nga kapuy-an sa mga kabus ug biktima sa baha. Daghan pang mga donation nga miabot dinhi sa atong dakbayan. Dunay uban biktima nga nanimuyo sa pribadong

luna unya buot sila mobalik apan matud pa nga dili naman pabalikan gumikan sa nahitabo ug mao usab kini ang mando sa atong Presidente Aquino aron mahalikay sa katalagman. Dili sayon ang hitabo dinhi sa atong dakbayan apil ang tubig walay agas, mga biktima walay magamit ngani hangtud karon padayon pa ang rescue operation gumikan daghan pa ang missing ang uban nanglubong na sa yuta. Bag-ohay palang dunay ilang nakuha nga batang lalaki ug babaye nga na sangit sa balay ug dili na

gyod maklaro ang dagway. Atong pahisubo sa usa ka biktima nga naa nagbase sa City Central school nga matud pa naghikog pinaagi sa paglaslas sa iyang liog human dunay panagsumpaki sa iyang asawa nga nahitabo niadtong milabay’ng adlaw. Ang biktima mao si Roy Navarro, molupyo sa Barangay 13 ning siyudad sa Cagayan de Oro. Kini pusibli gumikan usab sa ilang kahimtang kumo biktima sa mapintas nga bagyong Sendong dinhi sa atong dakbayan. --PASUERTE: 120,180,793


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MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012

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The Tabang Medico medical missions of the Misamis Oriental Provincial Health Offices benefitted some 1,027 persons in various evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro City. Among the places visited by Tabang Medico were City Central School, Macasandig, West City Central School, Iponan, Balulang, Carmen-Ilaya and Consolacion,. (MisOr PDRRMC photo)

Budget cut hurts Oroquieta government but... By PJ TREMEDAL, Misoc news bureau

MISAMIS Occidental–– The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has solved the dilemma of Oroquieta City, at least partially, as it forecast a P48 million deficit on its Internal Revenue Allotment (Ira) this year. Oroquieta City, composed of 47 urban and rural barangays, will be experiencing an Ira reduction of P48 million after the Supreme Court uphold the constitutionality of 16 new cities. Declared constitutional were Republic Act No. 9389 (Baybay City in Leyte), RA 9390 (Bogo City in Cebu), RA 9391 (Catbalogan City

in Samar), and RA 9392 (Tandag City in Surigao del Sur). RA 9393 (Lamitan City in Basilan), RA 9394 (Borongan City in Eastern Samar), RA 9398 (Tayabas City in Quezon), RA 9404 (Tabuk City in Kalinga), RA 9405 (Bayugan City in Agusan del Sur), RA 9407 (Batac City in Ilocos Norte), and RA 9408 (Mati City in Davao Oriental). RA 9409 (Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental), RA 9434 (Cabadbaran City in Agusan del Norte), RA 9435 (El Salvador City in Mis amis Or ient al), RA 9436 (Carcar City in Cebu), and RA 9491 (Naga City in Cebu).

With this, Mayor Jason P. Almonte has no other means but to look for other alternatives to solve his administration financial constraint and problem brought about by the reduction of its Ira. Almonte was however grateful because of DILG project, the Seal of Good Ho u s e k e e p i n g aw a r d , where Oroquieta City will be receiving P3 million as qualification reward. “ T he S e a l of G o o d Hou s e k e e pi n g i s b e s t practices of the nation’s local government units especially on government transparency program and with the P-Noy’s DILG administration of full disclosure policy, the City Good Life also receives a

Construction of new Agusan Norte capitol to start this year By MANUEL M. EGAY JR. of Caraga news bureau

BUTUAN City––Agusan del Norte Governor Erlpe John Amante announced that the construction of the new provincial capitol will soon start after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) completed its reclassification of the conversion of the location from agricultural to residential or commercial. But Amante is optimistic that the construction will start in March at Barangay Sanghan in Cabadbaran City. “The budget is already there and we are just waiting for the legality of the lot. I assure all Agusanons that this will be the cheapest capitol in terms of cost but with modern facilities,” he said. It will feature a dancing fountain which will be the first of its kind in Mindanao. The six-hectare land will also have housing units which will accommodate government employees. Amante also said that the capitol will soon be operational before his term expires. “I will leave this as a legacy for the next governor and its employees to enjoy. It’s up to my successor on how he or she will take good care of it. Let us just dismiss the issue of peace

and order in that area as what happened recently is just an isolated case,” he added. Amante was referring to the recent attack of a detachment camp in the municipality of RTR by the NPA rebels. He also said that he will grab this opportunity to present the proposed housing project, which will be placed at the back of the new building to Vice President Jejomar Binay to get possible support. Amante also revealed that the old capitol building will be used according to what is more beneficial

for the people and is still trying to consult with Former Vice President Teofisto Guingona on what project will be erected. The lot of the old Capitol building was donated by the Guingona’s in the late 50s. A proposal for a construction of a school or a heritage hotel has been studied by the provincial government in replacement after the transfer. Amante said that it will truly be advantage for the city of Butuan as it will generate more jobs and income. He also welcomed a proposal for the rehabilitation of the old building to convert into government offices.

Philippine Red Cross Chair Richard Gordon at a recent press conference at the Macasandig Evacuation Center with EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux and Deputy Ambassador Maria Molina of the Spanish Embassy. Photo by Mike Banos, NPN

local government support fund of P20 million for the year 2012,” said Almonte. Edward Bhagwani, city interior and local government officer, said that he is even “shocked” at the news. Nevertheless, Bhagwani congratulates the city government of Oroquieta under Mayor Almonte for winning the DILG’s seal of go o d hous eke eping award. “On the LGSF P20 million funding, accordingly the DBM would give back to local government units not more than 50 percent of the reduce Ira, based however on DILG mechanics that the cities concern will qualify and be awarded a seal of good housekeep-

Mayor Jason Almonte ing,” Bhagwani said. In his message to Oroquietanons, Mayor Almonte said: “This is a good start for the year of the Dragon, even if we will be

facing such Ira reduction, at least for this year, our local government’s deficit will be only P25 million more or less because of the P20 million from LGSF.”


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The Region REGIONAL NEWS Editor: CRIS DIAZ

Editor: CRIS DIAZ

MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012

Caraga region prepares for flood, landslides amid rains BUTUAN City––The Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) yesterday issued a general flood advisory as rains continued to pour in the region for the past 24 hour. Photo shows flitches of illegally cut logs from an illegal sawmill in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Local authorities are now mounting a campaign against illegal logging in the area. Photo Supplied

Seven sawmills in ARMM padlocked CAMP SK PENDATUN, Maguindanao––Seven sawmills in Lanao del Sur were padlocked as authorities mounted a “no nonsense” drive against illegal logging in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) areas. Elements of the army’s Task Force Ranao served the notice of closure orders to the seven sawmills operating in the municipal town of Kappai in Lanao del Sur, Col. Daniel Lucero of the army’s 103rd brigade said. He said charges were filed against the sawmill operators for operating without licenses and permits to cut trees. ARMM Acting Regional Governor Mujib Hataman said more sawmills believed to be operating illegally in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will be shut down. According to Hataman, the task force has recommended the filing of appropriate legal charges against some barangay officials believed to be involved in logging operation in the municipality. The appointed ARMM chief reiterated his earlier pronouncement of not sparing anyone found to have culpability in the widespread illegal logging in the province, which was blamed by some to have exacerbated the flood that wreaked Iligan City. An initial report released by Task Force “Sendong,” a special task force created by the regional government to investigate the matter, points to VicMar Development SAWMILL/PAGE 11

For the past 24 hours, rainfall in Hinatuan was measured at 9.2-millimeter, 16.6-millimeter in Butuan City, and 36-millimeter in Surigao, the advisory said. It said that moderate to occasionally heavy rains will continue in the next 24-hour affecting waterways and tributaries in Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and the island province of Dinagat. With the advisory, the council urged people living near mountain slopes and flood-prone areas to be vigilant for possible flash floods and landslides. The council also asked local government units to be prepared especially the

• RAINS IN CARAGA PROVINCES CONTINUE FOR THE PAST 24 HOURS, EVACUATION CENTERS PREPARED

Houses in Butuan City are submerged during a flood spawned by heavy rains. The regional disaster council warns of flood, landslides and overflowing of rivers and streams as rains continue to pound Caraga region since Saturday. Photo Supplied identification of evacuation centers, foods and other relief goods for possible evacuees. “Let us adopt a proactive approach first along with plotting a search

and rescue operation,” the council said in their advisory statement. As of 5 in the afternoon, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Adminis-

tration (PAGASA) reported that Northeast Monsoon has affected the Luzon area while Tail-end of the Cold Front is affecting the Visayas and Mindanao islands.

Plan’tion firm robbed security guard killed ARMED men ransacked a plantation company in Tubay, Agusan del Norte killing its security guard and carted away company equipment worth more than P600,000, a police report reaching Mindanao Daily said. The fatality was identified as Rico Rea Dumagat,

42, security guard of Soriano Plantation located at Purok 3, Barangay Doña Rosario in Tubay, Agusan del Norte. Police investigators said that the victim was found dead inside the company’s hangar for light planes used for aerial spraying of the plantation.

Romeo Nericina, the company’s chief security, reported the incident to Tubay police Thursday morning last week. Nericina told police that the victims issued .38 caliber revolver was missing while several expensive aerial chemical sprays amounting to P665,000 were also

missing. It was not, however, reported on how the security guard was killed as police investigators continue to conduct an investigation into the incident. Dumagat’s remain was brought to Juni Funeral Parlor in Cabadbaran City. CD

Death toll in gold town reaches 30 • NEGLIGENT OFFICIALS SHOULD BE PUNISHED DAVAO City––Local officials of the Compostela Valley will be held accountable as the death toll from a recent landslide that hit the gold-rich mining township rose to 30 as search operations continued, officials yesterday said. Arthuro Uy, governor of Compostela Valley province in Mindanao, said at least 30 bodies had been recovered and rescuers were still looking for 44 people who went missing following the landslide that hit Napnapan village, Pantukan town. “Last Saturday, three more bodies have been recovered. We will continue the search mission until Tuesday,” said Uy. Benito Ramos, chief of the country’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said he was hopeful that there would be more survivors. “I’m not losing hope there are still alive victims,” said Ramos, who visited the town. Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo flew over the area on Friday and ordered local officials the immediate shutdown of mining operations there and the eviction of close to 2,000 residents including miners and their families. The landslide broke out at around 3 a.m. Thursday last week as most of the communities were asleep, trapping most of the victims inside their shanties. About 60 houses were destroyed or buried as tons of soil, rocks and uprooted trees cascaded down the side of the mining village. The landslide left a swath of destruction some 300 meters long and 60 meters wide. Malacañang said local officials in Compostela Valley DEATH/PAGE 11


PROPERTY Editor: NELSON CONSTANTYINO

MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012

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Primavera Residences property values expected to rise further A CONFLUENCE of events is expected to raise the property values of units in Northern Mindanao’s first eco-friendly development, the Primavera Residences in Pueblo de Oro Township. Since it initiated its first two percent price adjustment with the completion of its foundation in November 2010, prices for its fast selling units have climbed 12%, or double the rate of similar projects in the township, a source from Pueblo Sales said. At present, Tower A of the twin tower condo is 70% complete, with only less than 30% of its total units still available and turnover of units to owners scheduled this June, 2012. On top of this, Primavera Residences also gained prestige and value when it was nominated and highly commended by the first ever SEAPA (South East Asia Property Awards) as one of the “Best Condo Developments” in the Philippines in award rites held November 30, 2011 at the Fort Canning Hotel in Singapore. Present real estate trends, especially those involving green or eco-friendly buildings in the United States (which are often mirrored in the Philippine real estate market) indicate present values of this first ever ecofriendly development in the region could appreciate even further. From only $7.8 billion in 2006, the total US green

building market value rose to $71.1 billion in 2010 and is expected to increase even further to $173.5 billion over the next five years (Environment Leader Subscription Report). This, despite the depressed real estate market in the US where the average US home lost 7.5% of its value in 2007. In contrast, eco-friendly homes held their value or even appreciated in price. Jim Amorin, vice president of the US Appraisal Institute said a green property typically appraises 10-15% higher than comparable conventional homes. (Smart Money, January 2008) Many builders across the US found that energy efficient and solar houses sell faster, up to twice the rate of conventional houses, according to the Dept. of Energy Online Consumer’s Guide to Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (The Durango Telegraph, June 19, 2008) In the Philippines: After Metro Manila, eco-friendly condos are expected to flourish in transit-oriented developments (TODs) like Bacolod, Subic and Clark, Cagayan de Oro and General Santos, said Enrique Soriano, senior adviser,

Wong+Bernstein Advisory and Professor, Ateneo Graduate School of Business (Phil. Daily Inquirer, Nov. 4, 2011). Eco-friendly condos in TODs save families money on their second largest expense - transportation. Then, it produces positive results in traffic safety and public health, creating a larger tax base. Condo living in TODs maximizes the connection between people and their neighborhood --connecting people to jobs, nature, shops, services and most importantly, to each other. Besides trends abroad which increasingly demonstrate the appreciation in value and market desirability of green or eco-friendly developments, the recent flash floods which inundated substantial portions of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro are expected to trigger a mass exodus of residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged by the flash floods to elevated areas like the Pueblo de Oro Township and high-rise developments like Primavera Residences. Virtually all developments in Uptown Cagayan de Oro covering Upper Balulang and Upper Carmen escaped the recent calamity unscathed, and became the oasis of affected households with the collapse of the city’s waterworks immediately following the flash floods. In a presentation made to

the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro (Mother Club) in February 19, 2009, geologists from the University of the Philippines National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) recommended shifting further real estate developments upland away from the threat of floods similar to those which devastated the city in January, 2009. The four person team led by Prof. Fernando Siringan (now with the U.P. Marine Science Institute) noted that the central and business district of Cagayan de Oro is built on a delta or flood plain. It is built by the deposition of sediments and large portions of the delta plain have elevations which are within two meters or lower of sea level. Siringan noted how key infrastructure like the rotunda of the Kagay-an bridge is located in former wetlands or recently abandoned river channels, making them naturally susceptible to floods. Because of its location, the city is influenced by tides, storm surges and tsunamis, making floods a part of its natural cycle. With the city’s rapid urbanization, floods have become a constant threat. Geomorphologically, Cagayan de Oro has three broad landforms: lowlands; level uplands; and hills/ mountains. The lowlands consists of sandbars, tidal flats found mainly between the mouths

of Cagayan River and Iponan River, a narrow strip of level area described as a coastal alluvial plain from Puerto in the southeast to the center of the city, a broad alluvial plain in a limited patch around a small hill south of the city and the main “ River Flood Plain formed by the Iponan and Cagayan Rivers that coalesced north of the Cagayan-Iligan Highway which is most susceptible to flooding. Its uplands consists of three distinct plateaus, the most extensive of which occupies the southeastern region; another situated west of Cagayan River along the road to Lumbia

where the Pueblo de Oro Township and Primavera Residences is situated, and Talakag, Bukidnon and a third is in the southcentral region just north of Barangay Indahag. Siringan noted that floods in Cagayan de Oro have become more frequent and higher, in large part due to the 2,000 hectares of forest cover from its watershed which were converted to agriculture and other uses and never replaced. As a result, riverside areas suffer from poor water retention and contribute to the high sediment loads of rivers, constricting waterways and shallow river mouths.


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MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012

Editor: RUEL PELONE

Dili gyud matagam PILA ka semana ang milabay human mihapak ang bagyong Sendong sa amihanang Mindanao, usa ka barangay sa lungsod sa Pantukan sa Compostela Valley ang nagka-landslide. Daghan ang namatay ug ang uban lawas sa tawo ang karon padayon pa nga gipangita human natabunan sa yuta. Ang landslide [o ang pagdahili sa yuta] kanunay nato nga madungog matag karon ug unya. Kung adunay pag ulanulan [hinay man o kusog] aduna gayud pagdahili sa yuta––ug kini gibasol tungod sa pagka-opaw sa atong kalasangan. Wala puas ang pagpamutol sa kahoy diha sa kalasangan ug subo kita tungod kay wala gayuy nahimo ang atong gobyerno batok niining mga illegal loggers. Walay nahimo ang mga ahensiya o ahensiya sa gobyerno nga mao untay

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ALLAN M. MEDIANTE EXECUTIVE EDITOR

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we need to fully use the power of our passions. Jesus Himself has strong passions, emotions, and a powerful personality. And He showed us how to use ours in the right way for the right purpose. Jesus doesn’t want to take all the fun, excitement and passion out of your life. He wants to help you maximize it and live your life to the fullest—through power under control. Jesus doesn’t want to take the fight out of you;

He wants you to learn to fight His way for His truth and the right reasons. He wants you to use your anger for the right things, so you’ll be angry at dishonesty and lying, vicious gossip, religious pride, prejudice, immorality and lack of self-control. You’ll want to stop the abuse of women and children, and all the other wrongs that are ruining people’s lives, including your own. So today, why not ask Jesus to take complete control of your character, ambitions, and desires? He’s the only one who can help you train and ride the wild horses of your nature. Then, you can make the most of your natural drives and passions to help both yourself and others enjoy a satisfying, full life. Just Think a Minute.

The callousness of politics

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THINK a minute. Wild horses are such beautiful, powerful animals. It’s inspiring just to watch them run—fast and free. Yet their great speed and power would be of no use for transportation or anything else to mankind, if they had not been trained. But then, we humans also have tremendous natural power and passion in us. We were not created just to be boring, safe people with no colorful personalities or special abilities. Just the opposite. God made us with all kinds of strong drives, personalities and ambitions to do great things. We just have to control and channel our passions, so we’ll use their power for our good and the good of those around us.

gitahasan sa pagbantay sa Think atong kinaiyahan. A Minute Ang pagdahili sa yuta ug pagbaha malikayan unta kung ang gobyerno Jhan Tiafau Hurst milihok aron kini mapakgang. Inubanan sa pagtaWhether its our ambibang sa katawhan, kami tion for success in our job sa Mindanao Daily nagand career, our natural too nga walay ni bisan ability to lead others, or usa ka illegal logger ang our passion for fun and adventure. magmalampuson sa ilang You see, God wants us yawan-on nga binuhatan. to use the strong drives Apan nabatasan na and desires He gave us to sa katawhan nga ayha reach our full potential ra magbinatayon kung and make a difference in aduna nay mahitabo nga this world, which He made katalagman. Kinahanglan for us to enjoy with Him. Jesus Christ came to pa diay nga daghan ang set us free to become all mamatay aron lang ang we were created to be. He katawhan mahigmata sa wants to give us the inner kamatuoran. Kamatuoran strength and self-control nga ang pagpasagad wala idulot nga kaayuhan. Angayan nga kitang tanan magpakabana ug kung ang ahensiya sa WHILE Cagayan de Oro City still gobyerno nakatulog, ania mourns with the death of thousands kami, andam motabang. spawned by Sendong’s flash flood

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last December 17, 2011, the political opposition sees it as a propaganda arsenal against the incumbent administration. Of course, political pundits have the right to criticize government inadequacies and shortcomings. But, using a tragedy of colossal impact to Cris Diaz sway people for support and sympathy is too cheap for comfort. Instead of helping and becoming partners to rebuild a community and people destroyed by adversity, here is a group of supposedly well-meaning individuals and politicians who used the incident as window to foster hatred. It is understandable that the political opposition shall always look ways to discredit an incumbent administration. Yet, employing the strategy at the expense of the thousands who perished in the Cagayan de Oro flash flood to justify their end is certainly calloused. The truth is, the political opposition were nowhere days after Sendong’s killer flash flood struck Cagayan de Oro City in the dead of the night on December 17,

2012. Weeks after weeks as local government workers (kudos to the city’s social workers) burn candles to assist the widows, the orphaned and homeless, the political opposition is nowhere to be found. One thing I really scorned is the short sightedness of political propagandists to gang on personalities instead of objectively confronting issues and finding solution to problems of massive importance. Almost every day, I personally visit evacuation centers to take a look and make a personal assessment of the effects and condition of victims. While there are a number institutional and volunteer groups distributing relief goods, I never saw political opposition extending a helping hand to those thousands in dire need. And, I feel sorry for that. What is unconscionable is for the political opposition to mount a hate campaign against local officials who are doing their job albeit with limited resources. In fact, there is now a move to “suspend” incumbent City Mayor Vicente Emano simply because he is Cagayan de Oro City when the catastrophic Sendong struck. Isn’t it reprehensible for political opposition to go to the extent of dropping the names of religious institutions as spearheading a signature campaign to oust the incumbent City Mayor? Sometimes, it is really hard dealing wayward minds of ambiguous objective.

Leptospirosis: important facts THE Department of Health (DOH) recently announced an outbreak of Leptospirosis in the region, with confirmed 5 mortality and more than 200 cases diagnosed. The people are in a panic mode, and who wouldn’t be? I remember receiving text messages and calls at odd hours, patients and acquaintances asking for referrals to be admitted. Fear is compounded by the lack of correct information regarding the disease. A family member told me, that he heard over the radio, that, one can get the disease through smelling contaminated air! Of course, we know that isn’t so. Leptospirosis is caused by a spirochete and is transmitted by rats, cattle, pigs, horses and even our very own pets: dogs and cats. That is, if they acquired the bacterium through contact with infected soil or water. Man in turn gets the illness by wading through

Health In Focus Dr. Mary Jean Loreche-Diao contaminated water, which happens during flooding! It is important to note that even with kayaking and other outdoor sports, one may get infected when water or soil is contaminated. The bacterium gets into contact with the body when one has a break in the skin, or through mucous membranes like the eyes, the nose and the mouth! Ingesting contaminated water and food is another route by which the disease is transmitted. It is worth mentioning too, that, there is no person to person transmission! It takes 2 to 28 days after the initial contact with

the contaminated water or food, when the signs and symptoms start to appear. Leptospirosis is Biphasic: the first phase, where the patient presents with FLU Like manifestations: fever, headache, muscle aches. Thus, sometimes, unless a history of wading in a flooded area is elicited, this is sometimes misdiagnosed as another viral illness. The patient gets well, and few days later, may enter the second phase: recurrence of fever, this time accompanied with aching or stiffness of the neck, abdominal pain, yellowing of the sclerae or skin, tea-colored urine.

It is when the kidneys and liver are involved that the patient’s condition may worsen! However, when treatment is instituted early on, recovery is the rule rather than the exception. However, there are individuals who may have the bacterium and yet remain asymptomatic. The initial health status of the patient prior to contracting the disease will have an impact in terms of recovery. Diagnosing leptospirosis may be done through culture. Though this is not routinely done as it will take time before the result may be out. These days, using serological testing for antibodies is commonly done. The gold standard still is the MAT ( microscopic Agglutination test ). Treatment may be done on an out patient service, unless the patient is in the second stage with known possible complications like meningitis or possible liver DIAO/p.11


COMMENTARIES Editor: ALLAN MEDIANTE

MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012

Overseas (CFO), some P33.65 million came from Filipino and non-Filipino donors based in Japan. These are on top of the remittances that Filipinos in Japan sent back home: From 2001 to 2010, the US$5.349 billion is way, way ahead of Japanese development aid and foreign direct investment coming from Japan. Even in the last three years when the world faced a global economic crisis, Filipinos in Japan sent record-high amounts. With these episodes surrounding Philippines-Japan relations and the Filipino migration to Japan that went with it, what future is in store? Japan might need to continually depend on foreign labor given their declining birth rates. It might also compel Japanese authorities to be more open to the contributions of foreigners and, if possible, respect foreigners’ (and Filipinos’) rights. For the Philippines, under a new chapter of citizens emigrating to Japan, it might mean that

the episodes of forced migration to Japan —a la Sioson— should be over. Probably, helping more Filipinos in Japan and decrepit compatriots in the Philippines, as well as fostering better mutual relations between Japanese and Filipinos, may be the next steps. But for both countries, Japanese and Filipino vigilance to collaborate and help address the welfare of Filipinos in Japan and in the Philippines is a logical next step. This is where, for example, the Philippines-Japan NGO Partnership (PJP) is working with the Japan-Philippines NGO Network (JPN, a network of Japanese NGOs with projects in the Philippines) is doing something about it. Or Philippine rural communities welcoming Japanese citizens and enjoying their company and friendship in areas with visible concentrations of Japanese. The migration story concerning Filipinos heading to Japan is evolving, with development outcomes affecting both countries and their citizens. Opportunities abound from this evolution, and these can excite the Filipinos in Japan and the compatriots at home who are concerned about their welfare and of a homeland’s hopes for a better future. ( Carmelita G. Nuqui and Jeremaiah M. Opiniano are executive directors of the Development Action for Women Network (DAWN) and the Institute for Migration and Development Issues (IMDI), respectively. Both migrantoriented nonprofits are members of the Philippines-Japan NGO Partnership.)

gating several plunder charges against the Arroyos and others. P-Noy’s daunting challenges No President before P-Noy has ever faced a multitude of daunting challenges. And the forces that are arrayed against him are superior in political power and financial means. The Arroyo-Corona axis could overwhelm him if they could see a weak point in P-Noy’s offensive. And the Senate impeachment trial is insofar the weakest point. P-Noy doesn’t have any control over it. To convict Corona, the House prosecution panel needs to convince 16 senator-judges while Corona needs to convince only eight to acquit him. But the immediate threat is Corona’s motion before the Senate impeachment court to dismiss the impeachment complaint. He claimed that it was invalid since the House members did not read the complaint before signing. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, who is presiding over the impeachment trial, said, “The trial might be prevented if the impeachment court found defective the eight Articles of Impeachment filed against Corona by the House of Representatives.” As presiding officer, Enrile has the sole authority to approve or disapprove Corona’s motion before the trial begins. As to whether he would exercise that authority solely or collectively remains to be seen. However, if Corona’s motion is approved, it could trigger political rumbles of tectonic proportion.

The second threat is the petition of four lawyers before the Supreme Court to issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the impeachment trial. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the petitions on January 17, 2012, a day after the impeachment trial begins. If the High Court decides to issue a TRO, then it would be a severe blow to P-Noy. Contingency plan Anticipating the worst to happen, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Palace has a “Plan B” to remove Corona in case he is acquitted in his impeachment trial in the Senate. “We always have a contingency plan. But it would be better to leave it up to President Benigno Aquino III to disclose the details of the plan,” she said. Needless to say, it sent shivers down the spine of those in the Arroyo-Corona camp. Is the field set for a battle nobody wants to happen? Or is it inevitable? But P-Noy has already crossed his Rubicon and the die is cast – alea iacta est. There is no turning back! It’s P-Noy versus Corona. If Corona wins, Gloria walks. And if P-Noy wins, the dragon – the people, his “boss” – wins. Indeed, 2012 could very well be the year of P-Noy’s dragon. (PerryDiaz@gmail. com) ### “The world suffers a lot. Not because of the violence of bad people, but because of the silence of good people!” – Napoleon

New plot to the PhilippinesJapan migration story By CARMELITA G. NUQUI and JEREMAIAH M. OPINIANO Philippines-Japan NGO Partnership (PJP)

JAPAN offers lots of memories —good and bad— to Filipinos, not just its rising sun which is an economic magnet for Filipinos to go there. There’s former overseas performing artist Maricris Sioson who, exactly 20 years ago, was mysteriously killed by alleged Yakuza elements five months after arriving in Tokyo. Sioson’s mysterious death never stopped a wave of migration by Filipinas doing the same kind of work which, to advocates for migrant workers, is tantamount to trafficking and to putting these women’s homeland into shame. That kind of migrant worker deployment even had processes and documents to be acquired, as well as a large-scale recruitment business which the Philippine government regulated. The tide changed in 2005, when Japanese immigration law changed and tightened the entry requirements of those wanting to work as OPAs. The amendment included provisions that anyone seeking such a visa must prove that he or she has education or experience as an entertainer. Certification from another government is no longer enough. This resulted in a steep drop in the number of entertainers

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PERRY DIAZ

IN the Chinese Zodiac calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, a very special year. It is said that more than 4,000 years ago, tribes in China had animal emblems. The two large tribes unified and chose the dragon as their symbol. Their descendants became the Han Chinese today. In Chinese astrology, the dragon – which is made up of different part of animals: tiger, fish, snake, and eagle – was a revered symbol of power, superiority, and rule. It still is today. And those born in the Year of the Dragon are deemed powerful and wise. And for the leader of a country, the Year of the Dragon is an opportune time for strong leadership and bold decision-making. Would President Benigno “P-Noy” Aquino III – a Chinese mestizo – fit in this mold? Let’s see. P-Noy was born on February 8, 1960 in the Year of the Rat. Chinese astrologists say that those born under the sign of the Rat are: Quick-witted, clever, charming, sharp and funny. They have excellent taste, are a good friend and

being sent by the Philippines from about 80,000 in 2004 to about 38,000 in 2005. In 2010, the number of Filipino women deployed to Japan as entertainers was only about a thousand. There is now an increase in the number Filipinas marrying Japanese, that being a means to escape poverty (as some departing young Filipina spouses married to elderly Japanese admitted). Japan-Philippine relations surrounding overseas migration also evolved. The bilateral relationship became economic, resulting in an economic partnership agreement that has, among its terms, deploying Filipino nurses to Japan. Only two of over-200 deployed nurses passed the Nihongo-laced nurses licensure examination in Japan, and currently the nurses deployment provision of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement is being evaluated. While distant from a matter that concerns Filipinos’ migration to Japan, the relationship between the two countries is beyond overseas migration. Japan is among the Philippines’ major source countries of official development assistance, in which civil society groups

hope that such development aid undergo transparent and accountable processes. Nevertheless, the aid from Japan led to bridges, light railway transit systems, and even emergency relief for people in Mindanao. Japan-Philippine economic relations will not be complete without the Japanese companies heading to the country —from vehicles to electronic equipment, some of which became household names among Filipinos (e.g. Toyota, Sony, among others). The relationship between the two nations even led to the reverse, i.e. of developing country Philippines helping Japan. Images of the waves that splashed eastern Japan given an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami last March simply touched Filipinos’ hearts to help (for example, the Philippines-Japan NGO Partnership, a group of non-government groups here that has a partner NGO network in Japan, donated some money to Japanese NGOs providing disaster relief in tsunami-struck areas in Japan). Even Filipinos affected by the quake and tsunami had to be helped. There are stories of cause-oriented groups coursing their donations to the Philippine embassy in Tokyo and to some Japanese NGOs directed at the Filipino families victimized by the quake and

tsunami. Still, Japanese maintained their resolve even in the midst of tragedy, and Filipinos learned from it. Says a Japanese taxi driver to a Filipino broadcast journalist who wondered why Japanese are patiently waiting a long line in Sendai to siphon fuel from vehicles wrecked by the tsunami: “If we do that, I wanted no part of it since he did not want to join us in hell.” But Filipinos, thanks to the opportunity of being in Japan for work, study and permanent residency, extend themselves to help the Philippines through philanthropy. Filipino groups of all sorts in Japan—scholars in Japan, Filipinos based in Japanese communities, migrants’ rights associations, and many more— have been noted to be helping social development causes in the homeland. Of some P2.5 billion of donations coursed through the Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LinKaPil) program of the Commission on Filipinos

Year of P-Noy’s ‘Dragon’ are generous and loyal to others considered part of its pack. Motivated by money, can be greedy, is ever curious, seeks knowledge and welcomes challenges. They are compatible with Dragon or Monkey. Persons born under the powerful sign of the Dragon are: Energetic and warmhearted, charismatic, lucky at love and egotistic. They’re natural born leaders, good at giving orders and doing what’s necessary to remain on top. They are compatible with Monkey and Rat. Would P-Noy be able to utilize the power generated by the confluence of the Rat and the Dragon? Year of the purge At the beginning of 2011, P-Noy’s detractors and critics called him a wimp and an indecisive leader. By the end of the year, these same people were calling him a dictator! One likened him to Fidel Castro. Another one said he was like Hitler. What went wrong? Or, should I ask, what went right? Indeed, what a difference a year – or to be more precise, seven months — made in Philippine politics. So, what did P-Noy do to drive his detractors and critics in frenzy? First, on February 8, former Armed Forces Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes took his own life amidst the scandals that shook the military establishment. On April 29, former Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez resigned after she was

impeached for betrayal of public trust by the House of Representatives and before a Senate impeachment trial commenced. On July 14, retired Lt. Gen. Jacinto Ligot and his wife Erlinda were charged with tax evasion. On September 16, retired Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia was arrested and detained in the New Bilibid Prison to serve a sentence handed down in 2005 by a military court martial for violation of Articles of War 96 and 97, to wit: “Conduct unbecoming of an officer and gentleman for failing to disclose/declare all his existing assets in 2002 and 2003 and for holding the status of an immigrant or permanent resident of the United States thereby causing dishonor to the military profession” and “Conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline for making untruthful statements under oath about his true assets in his 2002 and 2003.” Interestingly, his sentence was never carried out by the Arroyo administration. On October 4, Congress-

man Mikey Arroyo and his wife were slapped with a tax evasion case. On November 18, former President and Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Benjamin Abalos were charged with election sabotage, a non-bailable offense. Gloria is currently under hospital arrest while Abalos is in detention at the Southern Police Department. On December 12, the House of Representatives impeached Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona for betrayal of public trust, culpable violation of the constitution, and graft and corruption. A Senate impeachment trial is scheduled to commence on January 16, 2012. On December 29, the Office of the Ombudsman filed graft charges against Gloria and her husband Mike Arroyo, Benjamin Abalos, and Leonardo Mendoza with the anti-graft court, Sandiganbayan. It doesn’t stop there. Ombudsman Conchita CarpioMorales is still busy investi-

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Kalambuan NGCP distributes 1,250 blankets MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012

Editor: JOE DEL PUERTO FELICILDA

PIA News Bits

Director Abner M. Caga PIA, R10 & 13 Cluster

MisOr fields medical team for Sendong victims

MISAMIS Oriental - The Provincial Health Office has organized a medical team from the Provincial Hospital in Misamis Oriental to conduct a free medical mission to some Sendong survivors, who have found the Don Vicente De Lara (Capitol) Park their temporary shelter.

Farmers, backbone of nation

AGUSAN Norte – Provincial DTI Director Gay Tidalgo stressed during the culmination of the Climate Change Adaptation Project that farmers play a vital role in nation-building, “thus you are the backbone of our nation.” The activity was spearheaded by ILO, DTI, DOLE and LGU Agusan Norte at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, Butuan City.

LGU MisOr helps CDO clean up

MISAMIS Oriental - The provincial government has deployed heavy equipment to NHA and Gold City Village, Balulang; and Consolacion, all in Cagayan de Oro to help clean up the garbage and mud. These areas are hard-hit by tropical storm Sendong. Governor Oscar Moreno said this is one way to assist in rebuilding the city even as he points out that in this most trying times, everybody needs to help each other. Earlier, Governor Moreno urged the residents to guide and assist the drivers/operators for them to accomplish the task faster and easier.

By JOE DEL PUERTO FELICILDA, Editorial Consultant

CAGAYAN de Oro City – A total of 1,250 blankets were distributed by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to victims of tropical storm Sendong in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. According to NGCP Finance Auditor Emelda Ibarra, the items that costed them some P100,000 were turned-over to the Pasil evacuation center at Kauswagan this city, and to the Sagip Kapamilya Foundation of ABS-CBN.

On her part Corporate Communications and Public Relations Officer Milfrance Capulong said sharing resources to calamity victims is part of their corporate social responsibility. “We believe, our stakeholders are largely the communities where our facilities traverse,” she stated. They have been doing this in years to less fortunate people, she added. NGCP also offered the general public free water supply in front of their district headquarters at Barangay Carmen this city. (with report from PIA 10)

POLICE Inspector Sandy Dacera of the Butuan City Public Safety Company removes the tape from the firearm muzzle of one of his men following the celebration of the New Year 1012. The ceremony was held at the grounds of the Butuan City Police Office (BCPO). (PHOTO PROVIDED/ASF)

Punto-de-Foto ni Fil Deo

Increase in vegetable production is eyed AGUSAN Norte – Provincial Agriculture Chief Maria Abastillas said the recent distribution of vegetable seeds to farmers was in line with the agriculture assistance program of the provincial government. Primarily, the program aims to increase vegetable production in the area.

NYC seeks institutionalization of partner organizations

CARAGA Region - The National Youth Commission (NYC) is proposing for the institutionalization of youth organization partners in all government departments. According to NYC Chair Leon Flores, the measure aims to increase the participation of the youth in the formulation of policies and laws of the land.

Katawatsi Ni KHRISTHA RIVA ARFENE

absent Lolo: Apo, tago kay naa ang imohang teacher, mi-absent ka ra ba! Apo : Tago pud ka Lo kay giinghan ra ba nako si Teacher nga namatay ka mao nga mi-absent ko!.

Tubig sa suba

Yunik, no? GiSUYOP sa ‘water purifying machine’ sa Maynilad ang tubig sa Cagayan de Oro River human mihapak ang bagyong Sendor. Labihan kadaghan and misalod, apan daghan sab ang milingiw lamang sa labihan unta kaabundang tubig. Ang ilahang katarungan... ambot lang. Kini nga makinarya mipwesto sa Kagayhaan Bridge, Marcos Bridge, Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental ubang bahin sa Cagayan de Oro. Sila si Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, CDO) ug Rep. Maxi Rodriguez (Abamin) maoy naningkamot nga dalhon sa Maynilad ang maong makinaryas nganhi sa Cagayan de Oro aron makulang-kulangan ang kauhaw sa mga Kagay-anon. (kuha ni Ercel Maandig) beauty pageant Venezu ela : Ola viola kaserola saranggola tinola arinola ni lola... VENEZUELA! Norway : Anyway, highway, expressway... theres no other way... NORWAY! Hungary : Gutom ka, gutom ko gutom. Tayong lahat HUNGARY! Kenya : Hindi sayo, hindi sa akin. Kanino siya? KENYA! Phlippines : Mula sa lupaing kulang sa bigas, mataas ang gas, sandamakmak ang mandurugas PILIPINAS!

BALAANONG PULONG Ang perpektong hustisya naggikan lamang sa Ginoo. Palihog basaha ang Genesis 18:22-33.

Nasayod ka ba? Nasayod ka ba nga malikayan ang LEPTOSPIROSIS pinaagi sa magsul-ob og boots ug guwantes samtang motamak o mogunit sa tubig-baha o hugaw nga tubig? Malikayan sab ang maong sakit kung manghugas sa kamot sa dili pa moka-on ug dili magpasulod og hugaw nga tubig nganha sa mata ug ilong. (GI-RESEARCH NI JOHN JERIC NACASABOG)

BY ROWJOE S. FELICILDA M›ÃÊÙ®ƒ½ CƒÄ‘›Ù IÄ¥ÊÙÃã®ÊÄ PÙʹ›‘ã

Matag oras, upat ka tawo patay sa cancer MOKABAT sa 90 ka tawo ang mamatay sa cancer matag adlaw o upat ka tawo matag oras dinhi sa Pilipinas. Ang cancer magsukad sa kaliwat, dili maayong pagkaon, subrang fats, tabako o sigarilyo, radiation ug kemikal. Ang kakapoy o stress, dako usab og kalabotan sa pagkaylap sa cancer cells. Sumala sa mga eksperto, ang cancer usa ka dakong grupo sa mga sakit, kansang abnormal cells lisod kaayong kontrolon ang paggtubo ug pagdaghan. Ang maong abnormal cells motakboy sa bisan unsang pangidaron. Kung sayo masusihan ang cancer, malikayan ang 1/3 sa mga kaso niini ug matambalan pinaagi sa operasyon. (Nakutlo sa Rowjoe S. Felicilda Memorial Cancer Information Project gikan sa Phil Cancer Society, Inc.)

KUKANG

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Human mihapak si Sendong… Hinipos ni JANJAN S. FELICILDA

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Unconfirmed reports suggest influential individuals to be behind the company, enabling it to proceed with its logging operations despite the imposition of a total log ban in the region by the two past governors of the ARMM. In addition to a total log ban, Hataman also issued a moratorium on the issuance of private land timber permit so as not to provide loggers room for evasion. Hataman said the crackdown on illegal logging operators, including sawmills, will cover the whole of ARMM where the remainFrom page 6 ing forest cover continue to and kidne y failure, vanish. with wire reports which will require hospitalization. The mainstay treatment from page 4 ley found negligent in for uncomplicated cases is the administration of anti- ensuring the safety of their biotics. Taking the medica- constituents in mining areas tion prior to the start of will be held accountable. Deputy Presidential symptoms or what we call as Prophylactic treatment is Spokesperson Abigail Valte acceptable. For now, there said local officials should be is no known drug resistance punished for allowing the as yet. Prevention, I should landslide victims to stay in say, is everybody’s business! the danger zones. “Kailangan ho talaga dahil hindi pwedeng paulitfrom page 4 ulit na nangyayari ang mga Corp., a Makati City- ganitong bagay. Hindi biro based company, as the larg- ang mga ganitong landslide est logging operator in the at nakita naman natin na hanggang ngayon patuloy province since 1975.

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ang search and rescue operations,” Valte said, referring to the accountability of local officials. The law must be strictly implemented this time so that no residents will stay in danger areas, she said, adding that allowing the people to go back to their dangerous dwelling places would be unacceptable. “Kailangan naman talaga ay higpitan na natin, hindi na pwede yung… ‘kasi balik ho sila nang balik’ hindi na pwede yung ganoon,” she said. “Kailangan na lang talagang hanapan ng relocation at hindi pupuwedeng isang beses sasabihan na ‘Bawal kayo dito.’ Kailangan yan babantayan. Hindi puwedeng ngayon sasabihan n’yo silang ‘hindi ho kayo puwede dito’ tapos bukas kakalimutan na,” Valte said.

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Economy and Tourism in Camiguin Now Enhanced by the Newly Reconstructed Bridge and Constructed Sabo Dams

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HE volcanic island of Camiguin, home to a variety of natural hazards like volcanic eruption, earthquakes and typhoons that trigger debris flow and flash floods is now enjoying enhanced safety and reliability of the national highway with the reconstruction of the severely damaged Hubangon Bridge. Mahinog town now benefit from the protection of two sabo dams constructed to mitigate damages from debris flows. After experiencing a devastating typhoon in November 2001, resulting to about 250 dead and missing, as well as damages on infrastructures, houses, paddy fields and livestock; structural and non-structural countermeasures were formulated for Camiguin Island under a development study grant from the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency in 2003. The nonstructural measures primarily to strengthen the disaster management system of the local disaster coordinating councils were pursued in 2004, still with the assistance by the Japanese people. The non-structural measures developed and provided to the communities are the following:

AKIO ISOMATA ROGELIO L. SINGSON Minister for Economic Affairs Secretary -DPWH Embassy of Japan in the Philippines

THE UNVEILING OF UPPER SABO DAM a. An operational warning system for flash flood and debris flow b. Provincial, Municipal, and Barangay hazard boundary map c. Public awareness materials

d. Flash Flood and Debris Flow Disaster Prevention Manual e. Evacuation Plans On January 7, 2012 the Project for Flood Disaster Mitigation in Camiguin Island which comprised

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UPPER SABO DAM of the Hubangon Bridge and two sabo dams was finally inaugurated and formally turned -over to the Philippine Government through a ceremony fittingly held at the upper sabo dam site. The cer-

emony coincided with the 44th founding year of the Camiguin province, and was graced by the Minister of Economic Affairs of the Japanese embassy in the country, Mikio ISOMATA, JICA Chief Representative

Takahiro SASAKI, Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo, Congressman Pedro Romualdo, Department of Public Works & Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson and Mahinog Mayor Alex Jajalla.


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