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SOUTHWEST monsoon affecting Luzon. Meanwhile, a Tropical Storm (Int’l Name: GUCHOL) was estimated 1,390 km east of Northern Mindanao (10.2°N, 139.5°E) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness up to 80 kph. It is moving west northwest at 15 kph. Mindanao and Western Visayas will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

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PHOTO BY SHAUN ALEJANDRO UY Amley Food Corporation Sales Manager Ms. Hayley Yu, and Awards Director Allan Mediante during the recent 2012 Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards at Pryce Plaza Hotel, Cagayan de Oro. Amley Foods was awardee as Most Outstanding in Health Food Production & Manufacturing, category.

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‘One million signatures’ By BEN D. ARCHE, Correspondent

DAVAO City––Some civil society groups, people’s organizations, women and labor groups earlier launched the “One Million Signatures” campaign to protest the government’s plan to break up and privatize the Agus-Pulangi hydroelectric plants. The groups feared that the rate of electricity in Mindanao will go up tremendously once the ownership or control of these power plants is changed from government-owned

to private enterprise. “We want to gather at least one million signatures to put on view before President Aquino that the people in Mindanao opposed his move to sell the

hydroelectric plants,” said Jong Pacanot, the secretarygeneral of Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC). Pacanot said it is now published in the website

of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) that the Agus-Pulangi plants are open to public bidding. MILLION/p.11

DAKAK Park and Beach Resort of Dapitan City was named as “Most Outstanding Mindanao Business Leader” in hotel, resort, and tourism industry by the BusinessWeek Mindanao and Mindanao Daily News. The award was given during the just-held awarding ceremony held at the Pryce Plaza Hotel in Cagayan de Oro. Dakak Park and Beach Resort is the closest place to paradise one could ever experience, with its beauty and serenity. Dakak started operation in 1988; Situ-

ated at Taguilon, Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte, Dakak tactfully eludes the typhoon belt, making it an ideal all-season destination for travellers. Dakak is the first fivestar resort in Mindanao with an “AAA” accreditation from the Department of Tourism, located along a private 750 meter white sand and beach. From the original 2 (two) cottages, it has expanded into 64 cottages with 128 fully-furnished rooms in native duplex type bungalows of bamboo DAKAK/p.11

Comelec suspends voters’ registration THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has temporarily suspended the conduct of voters’ registration nationwide to pave the way for the preparation for the general registration in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm). In Comelec Resolution 9443, the commission en banc said suspension of voters’ registration would begin on June 25 until July 31 “in the cities and municipalities where the personnel and registration equipment will be deployed in the Armm areas.” The resolution also directed Election Officers/Acting Election Officers in the cities and municipalities of the affected areas to post notices of suspension of the registration of voters in the bulletin boards of the city/ municipal hall and in the Offices of the Election Officers. The suspension was made in order to augment Comelec personnel in the Armm during the general registration by deploying those from non-Armm areas. The Comelec said that the voters’ registration will resume on August 1. The last day of registration for the May 2013 midterm polls will be on October 31, including overseas absentee voters. The Armm general registration will be on July 9 to July 18. philippine news agency

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Philippines authorities seize dozens of dried turtles By AL JACINTO, Regional Editor-Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA City––Philippine security forces seized dozens of dried turtles and arrested its owner for violating the countr y’s wildlife and fisheries law in the southern province of Tawi-Tawi, police said

Wednesday. Police said Utong Gumbahali, 37, is facing charges for catching and killing sea turtles for trade. “He was apprehended for violation of the Wildlife and Fisheries Act and is facing charges,”

said Senior Superintendent Rodelio Jocson, the provincial police chief. He said Gumbahali was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after a joint police and military patrol spotted the dried turtles in front of his house in the village of Datu Puti on Sitangkai

Island. “The largest dried turtles measured about 32 inches, while the smallest 21 inches,” Jocson told the Mindanao Examiner. Jocson did not say what species of turtles were recovered, but the area is known as a sanctuary to

hawksbill turtles. Philippine laws strictly prohibit the killing or selling of sea turtles, but for scientific, education or personal purposes or propagation and are covered by a special permit. Dried turtle meat and other aquatic animals are

considered a delicacy in Muslim provinces in the southern Philippines, and turtle shells are also being sold as souvenirs. Tawi-Tawi is one of five provinces under the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. (Mindanao Examiner)

DILG 13 pushes Caraga disaster preparedness THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region XIII-Caraga will conduct a “Region-Wide TAPATAN on Disaster Preparedness” on June 26, 2012 at an inland resort hotel in Butuan City. Interior Secretary Jesse M. Robredo is expected to join the event with local chief executives in the region, the academe and stakeholders in the region. The highlights of the event is the signing of the Pledge of Commitment of the participants to manifest their firm resolve to place in priority their local disaster risk reduction management

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and climate change adaptation plans and initiatives. This includes the awarding of Performance Challenge Funds (PCF) Checks to recipient LGUs and the MOA Signing of SALIN-

TUBIG Project to Waterless Municipalities and Waterless Barangays in the region. The region-wide activity aims to develop a culture of preparedness among Local Government Units (LGUs) and local communities so that we will be able to respond more effectively to disasters and mitigate the adverse impacts of every calamity that may occur in our midst. This is pursuant to Republic Act 10121, otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. FLORIAN FAITH JR. P. BAYAWA, LGOO II, DILG REGION XIII

Congressman Rufus Rodriguez leads the laying of cement in this ground breaking ceremony for repair of Day Care Center at Celrai in Barangays Puntod and Macabalan that cost P250,000. Also in photo are Barangay Chair Norbel Saa (partly hidden) Barangay Kagawad Bonie Cayetuna and the Celrai officers.

Drunk militiaman shots detachment commander ZAMBOANGA City––A detachment commander was shot and killed by a drunk militiaman in an east coast barangay in this city on Tuesday night. The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) reported that the incident took place around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Sitio Bahandi, Barangay Calabasa, 55 kilometers east

of this city. The ZCPO identified the fatality as Corporal Benjamin Ferrer who was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician at the Cristino Paragas Memorial Hospital here. The suspect Elpidio Reyes, a member of the militia force, shot Ferrer, using his service firearm,

a Garand rifle, when the victim called his attention several minutes after arriving at the detachment. The victim called the attention of the suspect who was drunk and unruly at that time, the police disclosed. The police have launched a manhunt against the suspect who has gone into hiding. WIRE REPORT

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being put in one of the new bars beside the dining hall. One of the larger function halls, a circular structure, was also repaired. It was recently used by government executives as living quarters during the Palarong Pambansa 2011. There were also several new structures that were built to accommodate barhopping guests. A piratethemed building was made and it consisted of a closed bar as well as an open air dining area on its deck. One of the biggest constructions in Dakak is a pavilion that could accommodate up to 500 guests. On one side of the beach is a breakwater, built to protect a new aquasports center that housed all diving and swimming equipment including kayaks and at least three jetskis. Along with the physical improvements of Dakak came improvements in ser-

vices. Certain evening would have several activities such a one-man magic show, fire dancers, and acrobatics. One of the best things that happened to Dakak Beach Resort was the laying of concrete road from Dapitan City. The long stretch that was once gravel and soft earth has become a wide, solid road. Riding here was in itself a pleasure as those visiting Dapitan would be treated to fresh breeze from the nearby sea that pervaded the mountainside. Even as the years have come and gone, Dakak seems to have kept its relaxing solitude. Visitors would find it most satisfying to lounge on the beach or perhaps stroll along some of the forest paths. Even on its peak season, this beach resort remains peaceful, a characteristic worth staying for.

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of budget airlines began operations during the mid1990s -why go all the way down to Zamboanga when you can be in world-class Boracay in a jiffy? In the last few years, though, Dakak has been re-inventing itself. Several new structures were being built to accommodate a variety of tourists. Old cottages were repaired and new ones built with amenities that could rival those in Boracay. There were also row house-type accommodations with rooms that could accommodate as many as 12 people with two sets of showers and toilets. The concierge was made larger and was integrated with a dining hall. The function room just beside the concierge was repaired. Finishing touches were also


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3 tribal members slain By PAT SAMONTE, Regional Editor-Caraga with JOEL PORTUGAL, Correspondent

BUTUAN City––Three members of a tribal group were killed by another group of natives in Barangay Castillo, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur Tuesday. Authorities identified the fatalities as Eddie Medrano, Benjie Acebedo and Fortunato Martinez. Police investigation showed that some 14 unidentified members of a group led by Datu Jasmen Acebedo, armed with M16 and Garand rifles arrived at the safehouse of Eddie Medrano alias Sano at around 8:30 am. Datu Acebedo allegedly confronted Medrano over the incentive allowance of the former from Makilala Rubber Company, a firm operating in the area. The ensuing discussion resulted in violence that saw Medrano, Benjie Acebedo and Martinez succumb to multiple gunshot wounds, police said. The suspects tookfour shotguns and a caliber .45 pistol from Medrano’s group before they fled, police added. San Miguel police elements and Army troopers were pursuing the suspects as appropriate charges were readied for filing in court.

PHOTO BY GERRY L. GORIT Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano and Philippine Army 4th Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Victor A. Felix salute the national flag on Tuesday morning at Divisoria for the 114th Philippine Independence Day celebration in the city. The affair was also graced by other top government officials including Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas and Philippine National Police Region 10 director Chief Supt. Jufel Adriatico.

2 dead, 5 missing in Sarangani flashflood • Nonstop rains trigger flashflood in five coastal areas in Sarangani province • 22 villages in Maguindanao were submerged in flood waters GENERAL Santos City–– Two persons were confirmed dead while five others were reported missing as flashfloods and storm surges brought by torrential rains pummeled several coastal communities and offshore fishing boats in Glan town in Sarangani province on Tuesday. Glan Mayor Victor James Yap said Wednesday a local resident was initially killed Tuesday morning after almost nonstop rains for several hours caused a major river in the area to swell, triggering flashfloods in five coastal villages. He said the victim, who was identified as farmer Segapo Cabigding, 63, reportedly drowned after

being carried away by rushing floodwaters that swept a portion of Purok 5 in Barangay Cross at around 6:45 am. Yap identified the second victim as fisherman Rolando Mata, 40, who was listed as a resident of Purok Saeg of Barangay Calumpang here. He said Mata reportedly drowned after a storm surge destroyed their motorized banca while they were fishing off the coasts of Glan Tuesday morning. “The search and rescue operations are presently ongoing as there are still a number of fishermen who remained unaccounted and still missing,” the mayor said. Citing a report from

the Glan MDRRMC, Yap said the flashfloods mainly affected Barangays Cross, Small Margus, Pangyan, Big Margus and Poblacion. He said 192 families in Big Margus, 126 in Pangyan and 250 in Cross, or a total of 568 were so far displaced by the floods. A total of 162 houses, most of which are in Barangay Cross, were totally destroyed while 111 others sustained partial damages, he said. The MDRRMC initially placed the damage to properties and infrastructure in the area at P7.2 million. Yap said the affected residents have taken temporary shelter in barangay halls and gymnasiums and were

being assisted by MDRRMC personnel. He said the MDRRMC and the provincial government led by Sarangani Gov. Miguel Rene Dominguez initially delivered food and relief items to the affected areas late Tuesday afternoon. “The floodwaters have so far subsided but our personnel were still checking whether it’s now safe for the evacuees to return to their homes,” Yap said. The mayor said he has directed the MDRRMC and the municipal council to convene anew Wednesday to further assess the situation in the affected areas and declare the town under a state of calamity. MISSING/PAGE 4

DOST now accepts applications for PSHS scholarship By ALMA L. TINGCANG of Philippine Information Agency

Z AMB OANGA City–– Graduating elementar y students who wish to study in the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Science High School (DOST-PSHS) system can now apply to avail of the opportunity to enroll in the science high school. DOST in Region 9 is now accepting applications from all qualified graduating elementary students and has set the deadline on July 13, 2012. PSHS, an academic institution under the DOST, is the first science high school in the country which rears students to become scientists and technologists in the future. It has a curriculum designed to prepare scholars for careers in science and technology. Performance in the National Competitive Exam (NCE), to be administered on September 29, will be the basis in the selection of qualifiers. Any Grade 6 or 7 elementary pupil from a duly recognized school by the Department of Education who meets the following criteria is eligible to apply for the PSHS NCE: belongs to the upper 10 percent of the batch (school year 2012-

2013) and does not have a grade below 80 as certified by the School Principal, if the applicant does not belong to the upper 10 percent, he/she should have a special aptitude in science and math as evidenced by the report card, with at least a final grade of 85 in Science and Math and 80 in all other subjects; a Filipino citizen with no pending application as immigrant to any foreign country; born on or after June 1, 1998; in good health and fit to undergo a rigorous academic program; of good conduct and behavior; and has not previously taken the PSHS NCE. PSHS scholars will be receiving privileges such as free tuition fee, free loan of textbooks, and monthly stipend. Uniform, transportation, and living allowances are also provided according to the scholar’s financial need. Application forms are available and may be filed at any of the following: PSHS campuses, DOST Regional Offices, or provincial science and technology centers; or one can download these from the PSHS website, www.pshs. edu.ph.

Iligan to turn over 190 units for Sendong survivors on June 15 ILIGAN City––Concerned offices of the city government of Iligan are striving for the completion of additional 190 housing units at Bayanihan Village - relocation site at Sta. Elena for Sendong beneficiaries by June 15, 2012. This is in response to the directive of Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz that there should be housing units turned over to tropical storm Sendong survivors every two weeks. Pearly Mantos of the

City Social Welfare and Development Office, who is also a member of the B e n e f i c i a r y S e l e c t i on Arbitration and Awards Committee, revealed that included in the list are several internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Tambacan Elementary School, this city. Thus, in connection with the move, City Councilor Providencio Abragan, Jr., Sangguniang Panglungsod of Iligan, said the Mines and Geosciences Bureau

(MGB) shall make a recommendation that would include in the danger zone those that are residing near the river at Tambacan, as support for the transfer of IDPs from the barangay concerned. To date, there are 213 units already occupied by the settlers at the village, priorities are those whose houses were washed out by Sendong, according to Housing and Resettlement Officer Reynaldo Roque of the city government.

He added, that there would be 1,712 units as their target to complete the location that would accommodate families who are still at the shelter box using tents as their temporary shelter. Me anw h i l e, a bun k house built by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), will be turned over on June 20 that will serve as temporary shelter of some 230 families who are using tents as their shelter.

The bunk house is built within just the perimeter of the village, and later will be vacated as soon as these families will finally be settled at their permanent housing units in the village. The IOM provides the materials for the construction while the city government offers the labor/ manpower to finish its target of 330 families to stay at the bunk house. (Melvin T. Anggot & Virgilio C. Garcia/CIO/LVGabule/ PIA 10-LDN)

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Cynthia Villar pushes production of organic fertilizer in Ilocos Sur By FREDDIE G. LAZARO

CAOAYAN, Ilocos Sur–– Former L as Piñas City Congresswoman Cynthia Villar is promo ting the production of organic fertilizer from agricultural and household wastes in this province. Villar, who is the managing director of the Villar Foundation, endorsed this idea during her short visit in Caoayan, Ilocos Sur, last Tuesday to grace the

formal inauguration of the newly – constructed three-storey municipal’s hall building here. The occasion also highlighted the 58th birth anniversary of Caoayan Mayor Germelina Singson Goulart, the current president of the Ilocos Sur’s League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP). “I advocate the production of organic fertilizers from the agricultural and household wastes in this

town considering that the sources of livelihood of the majority residents here are agriculture and fishing. Thus, the Villar Foundation will offer a technology transfer services to the residents if they wanted it for the attainment of the effective zero-waste management program,” she said. “ The production of organic fertilizer is cost –saving and environmentfriendly techonology in

managing our wastes,” she added. She invited the officials of the local government units (LGUs) in the province, the various NGOs and residents to visit their various demo farms in Las Piñas City to learn more details about the production of organic fertilizers. She noted that the Villar Foundation is committed to the preservation and conservation of the environment and ensuring

One Network Bank to open more branches ONE NETWORK BANK also known as ONB, Mindanao’s largest rural bank, is set to open more branches this year which includes one branch in Makati, five in the Visayas area and four in Mindanao respectively. As of April last year, One Network Bank operates a total of 75 branches making it the widest rural banking network in Mindanao. The company runs several branches in cities and municipalities in Mindanao including the underbanked areas or areas that have limited or no access to banking institutions. To better serve its clients, the company will unveil a new building in Davao that will serve as its new headquarters. The construction of the new headquarters is one of the major programs of the bank this year and is expected to be completed early in 2012. One Network Bank was formed in 2004 in consolidation of the three rural banks namely namely, Rural Bank of Panabo, Network Rural Bank and Provident Rural Bank of Cotabato. Despite the rapid expansion in 2010, it managed to sustain its profitability and became one of the most profitable banks in the Philippines. In a recent development, One Network Bank (ONB), has recorded a 36 percent increase in deposits during the first four months of 2011.

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We need to make this declaration so we can augment our relief operations and allocate funds for the immediate repair of the damaged infrastructure,” he said.

the sustainability of its environmental programs through the establishment of social enterprises that will lead the path towards economic independence for every Filipino. “Our foundation is actively educating the people about zero waste management (ZWM), which is now embodied in Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2001,” she said. www.mb.com.ph

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According to the latest financial report of the ONB, the amount of deposits rose to Php 9.8 billion higher than last year’s period at Php 7.2 billion. One Network Bank President Alex B. Buenaventura stated that ONB offers a higher interest rate on time deposits compared with commercial banks. The high deposit volume enable ONB to grow its total resources to Php 12.1 billion, or 33 percent higher than the Php 9.116 billion registered with the same period last year. ONB also recorded a better performance in its loans department. By the end of 2012, the bank capital is expected to reach Php 2.4 billion—the

minimum capital required of commercial banks. ONB further believes that the it would be able to sustain its income in the second quarter of this year as there is a positive growth in credit demand in its business loan applications. One Network Bank currently operates more than 80 branches in Mindanao and planning to establish 10 more branches this 2011. It also plan to open its first branch in Visayas and Luzon to capture more market. About One Network Bank One Network Bank is a consolidation of three of the most profitable Rural Banks in the country namely : Rural Bank of Panabo, Network Rural

Bank (Davao) and Provident Rural Bank of Cotabato. The years prior to consolidation in 2004, the three banks existed as separate entities but operated as a group in terms of sharing common central office systems and policies. After eight years of a “long engagement”, “coexisting as 3 banks, 1 system”, the three banks decided to “tie the knot” and operate as one bank, now called One Network Bank. On the first day of consolidated operations in April 2004, One Network Bank, became the country’s largest Rural Bank in terms of resources, net capital, net income and branch network.

ZAMBOANGA del Norte––Hall of Famer Greg Norman will inject his creative influence into an 18-hole golf course he’ll design at the scenic Dakak Resort here. The 57-year-old Norman, a two-time winner of the British Open and 89 other professional events worldwide, expressed excitement as he braced for the project to be laid out on what his associates say is one of the best sites that the golf legend will be working on. “I’m excited. I’ve been here three times but I haven’t been down to Mindanao,” Norman said during a quick press conference at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati. “It’s been a great journey for us in terms of designing golf courses. Every golf course we design we try to make it different. It has to do with the environment and the topography.” Norman, the world’s No. 1 player for 331 weeks from the 1980s to the 1990s, will inspect the 120-hectare area where the course will be constructed. He is scheduled to return to the country three more times before the grand opening of the course. Construction will be completed in 12 to 18 months. Shaped like a horseshoe, the golf course, which will have a total yardage of at least 7,000, will be carved out at the back of the Dakak resort with plenty of elevation changes and seaside holes. “You can see the ocean from every golf hole,” said Dan Grassi, senior director of the Greg Norman Golf Course design. Aside from the 18 holes, a driving range and possibly a training facility and academy will also be put up in the golf complex. “I love it here and I’m looking forward to visiting the site,” said Norman, who also designed the Splendido course in Tagaytay and one of the six courses at Eagle Ridge. Dakak reinvented Before the tourist boom in today’s popular destinations like Boracay, Siargao and Palawan, there were already beaches attracting both local and foreign travelers. One such place is Dakak in Zamboanga del Norte. For about three decades, Dakak Beach Resort survived amid the mushrooming resorts that were somewhat closer to most urban-living adventurers. Never mind the long, arduous trip through unpaved roads and thick forests. The destination was itself worth all the toil. Easy access was key to a successful beach resort and Dakak was nothing short of being inaccessible due to gravel and dirt roads and the occasional asphalt along the mountainside from Dapitan City. Still, visitors were treated to a heartfelt view of shimmering white sand beach surrounded by two huge mountain ranges that seemed to hug the cove. Behind the beach are huge narra, acacia and coconut trees that served as forest cover. Eventually, Dakak lost its luster as more tourists favored the closeness of other resorts, as well as the commercialism that came with them. Most of all, a number DAKAK/PAGE 2

In Maguindanao…. Flashfloods brought by inclement weather the past several days flooded at least 22 villages in three low-lying towns in Maguindanao. Office of Civil DefenseAutonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Di-

rector Loreto Rirao said latest reports reaching him noted some 10 villages in Sultan Kudarat town are submerged in knee-deep waters with 5,500 families affected. “Concerned government line agencies are now in the field to attend to the

affected families though there were no reported evacuation,” he said. In Datu Montawal town, three villages, namely those of Bulod, Talitay and Dungguan, were also flooded after the Pagalungan River overflowed. No evacuation, however,

were reported as damages to agricultural crops are yet to be ascertained, Rirao said. In Northern Kabuntalan municipality, the O CD-ARMM reported that seven villages near the 22,000-hectare Liguasan Marsh and two other lowland communities along the

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Cotabato-Isulan national highway were immersed to knee-deep waters. Rirao said the villagers preferred to stay home but were advised to depart from their respective places once the flooding rises to an alarming level. WITH WIRE REPORT


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Consumers invited to avail of big discounts in DTI Diskwento Caravan HOU SEW I V E S and other consumers are invited to avail of big discounts off consumer goods at the Department of Trade and Industry’s Diskwento Caravan on June 13-14, 2012 at the Provincial Capitol Grounds, Don A. Velez Street in Cagayan de Oro

City. “ The Department of Trade and Industr y(DTI-10) is conducting a two-day Diskwento Caravan in cooperation with the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity BoardRegion X (RTWPB-10),” said Mike Ba of Konsuman-

teng Kagay-anon, Inc., the city’s consumer advocacy and welfare group. Ba said: “Our consumers can avail of grocery items, rice, pharmaceuticals, school supplies, school bags and uniforms, as well as basic and prime commodities like wet mar-

ket items such as meat, fruits and vegetables at discounted prices.” Dubbed “DiskwentoPresyong Panalo para sa Mamimiling Pilipino” the caravan boasts of no less than seventeen (17) booths for the DTI flagship project aimed at helping consum-

ers, especially marginalized and low income earners, to cope with the rising prices of basic and prime commodities as well as help them get their school children back to school. The Diskwento Caravan in Cagayan de Oro city is part of DTI’s Nationwide

Diskwento Caravan organized by DTI Secretary Gregory L. Domingo and will be held in various regions across the country to provide very affordable and quality goods and products to Filipino consumers. (KKI Press Release)

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PHOTO BY GERRY L. GORIT Misamis Oriental provincial board member Jimmy Caina leads members of the Knights of the Order of Rizal in their participation for the 114th Philippine Independence Day celebration. The affair was held Tuesday morning at the Divisoria Park where the tallest flag pole in the city can be found. Knights of the Order of Rizal have been regular participants of Independence Day celebrations in Cagayan de Oro.

Zamboanga police foil bombing ZAMBOANGA City––Police on Tuesday discovered an improvised bomb in an east coast barangay here and, in effect, foiled a bombing incident in this southern port city, an official disclosed Wednesday. The improvised bomb was discovered by the operatives of the Zamboanga City Public Safety Company (ZCPC) around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday at Sitio Buguk, Barangay Sta. Catalina, this city. Zamboanga City police’ Explosive Ordnance Demolition chief Snior Insp. Cesar Memoracion said the bomb was placed at a vacant lot near the residence of a Muslim religious leader, Hadji Gani Mangkabang, and Abdulbaki Ajibun, the vice-mayor of Isabela City, Basilan province.

The bomb was placed on a motorcycle parked near the city hall of Isabela city and the residence of Isabela City Mayor Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar.’

Memoracion said the ZCPSC personnel were on patrol when they stumbled on the improvised bomb. However, Memoracion said they have yet to ascertain as to who could be the target of the bombing attempt. He said the improvised bomb consisted of a 500 milliliter bottle filled with white colored granules believed to be an Ammonium

Nitrate Fuel Oil (ANFO) and with a blasting cap. Also attached to the improvised bomb were a two-and-a half-inch safety fuse tied to two match sticks and a burning mosquito coil more or less three inches in length, he said. The burning mosquito coil would ignite the match sticks which in turn will burn the fuse to trigger the explosion, he said.

The recovered bomb was taken to the Police Crime Laboratory for analysis and to determine whether or not it is the same type of explosive that was used in a recent road side bombing in Isabela City that slightly injured Vice Mayor Ajibun. The incident, which took place last May 31 along the road in Barangay Sunrise, Isabela City, also slightly injured a Philippine Red Cross staff of Basilan province. The bomb was placed on a motorcycle parked near the city hall of Isabela city and the residence of Isabela City Mayor Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar. Ajibun, who at that time was passing by the place, had claimed that he was the target of the May 31 road side bombing. (PNA)

DREAMING for improve- kilo supply of Tikog locally ment in life is a free en- in a month. He buys much terprise. For One-Town of his Tikog raw materials One-Product (OTOP) pro- from Kalingayan, Bayugan, in Agusan. He continues gram producers in Davao Feature to look for more supply to meet the demand for del Norte, this has inspired most micro his Tikog mats and handientrepreneurs to improve crafts. Waste water their products despite their turned vinegar old age, lack of finances, Young Mandaya chiefand lack of technological tain of Buclad Tribal Counexpertise. cil, Joel Andoy, 41 years Grass into mats Engineer Joaquin lives in old, confessed of dreaming Ilagan, Barangay Limbaan, a better life for his tribal New Corella. This man in council members, among his 60s is the producer of whom were Dibabawon, Tikog mats exclusively sold Mangguwangan, Muslim, at SM Malls nationwide. other than Mandaya. Indigenous women in He also weaves Tikog into hats, bags, hammocks, lamp Buklad used to have no prostands, and slippers. He ductive undertakings, but vies not only for local and now they are into vinegar national markets but also for and coco-shell accessories international markets. The production. This is an offDepartment of Trade and shoot to the partnership that Industry (DTI) sends him to the tribal council has tied showcase Philippine-made up with St. Mary’s College products during national Business Resource Center and international trade fairs. (SMC-BRC), Department A mechanical engineer of Science and Technology by profession, he has re- (DOST), and DTI. A vinegar production tired early from government service as a worker house now stands in their of the National Irrigation community, making use of Administration. For 18 years the coconut juice that used now, he devotes his time to be just thrown away when and energy into his Tikog producing copra. Mang handicraft products that Bernard Aquino, 66, goes bear the trade name, Silagan around the nearby coconut plantations to collect the Handicraft. With his wife Clara Si- coco juice to be fermented lagan who will soon retire into vinegar. Some women from her government work help in fermenting and botas the Alternative Learning tling of vinegar, while others System (ALS) District Coor- are into the production of dinator of New Corella, he is coco-shell craft made into dreaming of crossing coun- accessories and handicrafts. “Kung mag tapok-tapok tries with his Tikog mats and handicrafts. He hangs sila karon, aduna nay panon to this dream though ginabuhian nga gibuhat the local supply of Tikog is (When they come together dwindling as swampy areas now, they are into liveliwhere such grass grows have hood production),” Andoy been planted with bananas. said as he conveyed thanks “Banig lang ang akong to partner agencies that gisaligan. (I am banking extended values education only on my mats),” he said. and entrepreneurship Silagan now gets a 50DREAMING/PAGE 5


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Life’s surprises THINK a minute. Remember Christopher Columbus, the great explorer from Europe? He planned to sail across the Atlantic ocean to find Asia, but failed. However, instead of Asia he found the New World, now called America. And you know the rest of the story. Of course, America is not as nice as Asia, but at least Columbus’ discovery was not a total loss. It’s funny how life’s disappointments and surprises often can still turn out well. Louis Pasteur was looking for a way to keep wine from turning sour, but instead he found a way to kill all the dangerous bacteria

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst in milk. Today this process of pasteurization makes milk safe for us to drink. Willhelm Roentgen was working on a way to improve photography, but instead he found the way to make X-Rays, which has enabled doctors to help even save millions of lives. Alexander Bell tried to improve the telegraph, but instead he ended up

inventing the telephone. How many times have you really wanted something and did not get it, but instead you ended up getting something even better? So in the end, you were very happy and thankful you did not get what you first thought you needed and wanted. Someone once said: “When God wants to curse

us, He gives us what we ask for.” You see, sometimes we want things that are not good for us and in the end will make us very unhappy. So it is because God loves us that He does not give us what we want, but instead He surprises us by giving us something better! Don’t forget, since God created you and me, He knows much better than we do what will really make us happy and healthy. This is why asking Him to take control of your life and help you live His way every day is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smartest thing you can do—for your own happiness and safety. Just Think a Minute.

RTA should impose traffic rules THIS corner wishes to congratulate the Road and Traffic Administration (RTA) for clearing the ‘right lane’ passage at Kauswagan junction corner. At least, the clearing minimized the building up of traffic there. The RTA must have imposed stricter discipline among recalcitrant public utility drivers who violate the simple ‘right lane rule’ at Kauswagan junction. We just hope the smooth traffic there is not Cris Diaz temporary. Usually, drivers simply follow traffic rules for a while. It is incumbent upon RTA officials and traffic enforcers to be consistent in enforcing traffic laws. Otherwise, the tendency of drivers of both public and private vehicles to abuse little consideration will become out of control. Well, the next RTA and the city’s traffic enforcers should look into is the parking of vehicles along the street during peak hours. For instance, traffic enforcers should not allow the parking of vehicles along the street at a Church at the Kauswagan at all times. After all, the church has provided ample parking spaces in the area. Allowing the parking of vehicles along the street will certainly choke traffic flow. Parking of vehicles during

peak hours should not only be limited along the street beside the Church at Kauswagan junction. The same rule should be applied in other areas in the city. We are making an example of the Kauswagan junction after noting that traffic congestion there had been partially resolved in the past weeks. However, there are other areas in the city where private and public utility vehicles are parked rampantly. We have to cite corner Gen. Capistrano St. at the foot of the Marcos Bridge here. Public utility vehicles plying the Agora and Lapasan area parked for several minutes in that corner to pick and load commuters. Ironically, a big traffic sign (no loading and unloading) is visible to both pedestrians and commuters there. Where have all the traffic enforcers gone? The RTA should look into this. Unfortunately, this glaring traffic violation is one of the reasons why traffic enforcers get the ire of the public. For not acting on it, it creates an impression that the RTA and local traffic enforcers are themselves encouraging traffic violations in the city. For being apathetic to simple traffic violations, the public think that the RTA and local traffic enforcer is a bunch of nitwits. Traffic enforcers should correct these impressions else, all laws, ordinances and rules related to traffic enforcement here will just down the drain. React: crisguardian@yahoo.com

PNoy’s fast declining trust rating PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III is back from a trip to the United Kingdom and the United States of America and upon his return boosted that he was able to secure some $ 2.5 million in fresh investments from British and American corporations. On the surface, it looks good and creates the impression that the country is having a good salesperson in the President. Trouble is, Malacanang Palace propagandists did not made it clear to the people that it will take some time before the actual investment will help improve the economy. Usually, interested firms still have to undertake project studies. Since Philippine Laws prohibit 100% ownership of corporation or properties by foreigners, these investors will still have to look for local partners. Considering that Aquino’s term would end on June 30, 2012, we are afraid that those commitments for investments or entry of foreign business to the

Double Barrel Vic A. Endriga country will materialize during Aquino’s incumbency. He has barely three and a half years in office. What should interest the President, in our own humble view, is to consider taking a quick look at his fast declining trust rating. The latest SWS survey show that his March 2012 trust rating on 49% has nose dived to 42% last month (May). It stood at 68% at the start of his administration on June 30, 2010. While we agree with Palace drum-beaters that 42% is still fairly good bench mark, there is an undeniable indicator that the citizenry is continuously disgusted with his performance. It is, therefore, incum-

bent upon the President to do some soul searching and see if he can reverse the situation and in the process regain the confidence of the people who lost faith in his sincerity and competence. Specifically, Mr. Aquino should really fast track the implementation of various projects to drastically perk up the construction industry and at the same time provide more employment opportunities to the people, more specially those in the rural areas. Providing more jobs in the provinces will prevent the exodus of people to Metro Manila and other urban centers in search of jobs. Massive creation of jobs should not be a problem.

All the President has to do is pour all his intelligence and discretionary funds and the multi-billion peso Presidential Social Fund in the construction of more public school classrooms the shortage of which was pegged at 90,000 classrooms as of the close of classes last March. Then, President Aquino should hire more doctors and nurses for assignment to the hundreds of municipalities still without permanent health care personnel. Thousands of Filipinos still die every year without seeing a doctor or availing government medicines fort their illnesses. He can also redirect funds from the mandatory 10% savings of all government agencies for the upgrade of district and regional hospitals, many of which are in various state of disrepair. And talking about creating jobs, the President and his cabinet should seriously take a look at hiring 15,000 RATING/PAGE 11


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House bill to hike monthly pay of volunteer Kinder teachers ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio filed yesterday House Resolution 2502 entitled “Resolution Calling on President C. Aquino III to Immediately Increase the Monthly Honorarium of Volunteer Kindergarten Teachers from P3,000 to P6,000.” HR 2502 proposes an increase from P3,000 Tinio says that the doubled honorarium is a result

of c on s u lt at i on s w it h volunteer teachers, who have been clamoring for fair compensation since SY 2011-2012, when the Department of Education (D epEd) implemente d the universal Kindergarten education program (UKEP). “We urge President Aquino,” Tinio said adding, “to redirect the funds available at his disposal, including various dis-

cretionary funds which practically ser ve as his pork barrel, in favor of the front-liners of his education reform program.” In previous statements, Tinio linked the depressed conditions of volunteer teachers, who are paid honoraria amounting to only one-fourth of the minimum wage, to the disaster that was the UKEP during SY 2011-2012. “The Program is self-

defeating because it floods the education system with over worked yet underpaid teachers,” said the lawmaker. Being on honorarium basis, volunteer teachers in some divisions, including Rizal, Bulacan, Urdaneta City, and Palawan, endure long months without receiving the P3,000 pay (P1,500 in some cases). Some complain of delays of up to seven months.

The importance of good credit First of two parts

IN the Philippines, the word credit is usually associated with “utang”—thus the ubiquitous “Your Credit is Good But We Need Cash” signboards in many of our local carinderia and sarisari stores. Since the word “utang” (debt) has developed such a negative connotation in Filipino culture, its English counterpart has received a relatively bad reputation as well. However, this should not be. Good credit, according to the Financial Consumer Affairs Group (FCAG) of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, can actually be an asset that can help fuel our future wealth. CreditSmart Asian defines credit as the ability to borrow tomorrow’s money to pay for something that we get today. It is a promise to repay a debt or obligation within a specified period of time. The FCAG, in its Weekly Wealth Watch newsletter, further explained that our ability to honor such promise reflects on our reputation and credibility as individuals. “The more creditworthy we are, the more attractive

Speaking Out IGNACIO BUNYE we appear to lenders, the better our chances of receiving favorable rates and terms, and the shorter time it takes for our credit to be approved,” the FCAG said. In her article “Why Good Credit Matters,” personal finance writer LaToya Irby described the various benefits of good credit: When it comes to our home, mortgage lenders want to be sure that we won’t default on our payments and thus use credit information to determine whether or not to grant us the loan. It can help decide our suitability in applying for a car loan, also the amount and the interest of the loan. Whether we are purchasing a house or vehicle insurance, our credit score will play a role in determining the premium we pay for these. Employers can check the credit history of potential applicants to gauge individ-

ual sense of responsibility. For those of us who are planning to put up our own business, most business startups require a sizeable amount of cash that we may not have at the moment. Having good credit can help us to qualify for that much-needed business loan. The FCAG explained that bad credit data, as opposed to a good credit standing, suggest that people who incurred them are “more risky borrowers.” B orrowers with bad credit data are subject to more expensive loans and fewer options. They are also vulnerable to predatory lenders. Signs of bad credit include failing to repay loans, being late on payments, maxing out credit lines, and filing for bankruptcy. According to the FCAG, lenders use a number of factors to determine financial trustworthiness: 1)

income — which actually determines if we have the means to pay back credit; and 2) credit history — or how we have used credit in the past, which is one of the best ways to predict how we will use credit in the future. Credit bureaus, or credit reporting agencies, track our credit histories and related information and organize these into a credit report that financial institutions can access and refer to anytime. Another essential concept to consider is credit score, which is a very important number that lenders use in determining whether or not to extend credit and at what interest rates and terms. Our payment history, total amounts owed, length of credit history, new credit, and type of credit used are all included in the computation of our credit score, the FCAG explained. A general rule to remember: the higher our score, the more creditworthy we are perceived to be. --------You may e-mail us at totingbunye2000@gmail. com. Past articles may be viewed at http://speakingout.ph/speakingout.php.

Koko must put up own party LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling…” (Psalm 2:10-11, the Holy Bible). -oooKOKO MUST LEAVE UNA NOW, AND PUT UP HIS OWN PARTY: I believe the die is now cast, as it were, for Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, with the Independence Day in-

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio terview of Vice President Jejomar Binay, where Binay literally sealed and gave the go-signal for Pimentel’s departure from PDP Laban by nonchalantly saying the

party will not stop the senator from leaving. Koko, even if he is president of PDP, has been really left with no other option but to leave it now, yet it

would be foolish for him to be joining other parties offering him to include him in their senatorial line-ups, for it is clear that those parties are interested in him not because of his crusade against election cheating but because they merely want to use him as a weapon against Binay. If I were Koko, I will instead put up a party of my own, and perhaps name it “Partidong Kontra sa PARTY/PAGE 11

Tinio still believes that the hiring of qualified volunteer Kindergarten teachers as regular teachers under DepEd’s plantilla is the only way towards an effective UKEP. However, “pending such regularization, a substantial increase in their monthly compensation is urgently needed to alleviate their economic hardship” (clause 11 of HR 2502). “ We a l s o u r g e t h e

President to implement the proposed P6,000-per class monthly honorarium until next school year,” said Tinio. The implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10157 or the Kindergarten Education Act (DepEd Order 32, series of 2012) states that the hiring of volunteer teachers is a transitory measure to be implemented until SY 2013-2014.

PHOTO COURTESY OF BEN D. ARCHE A KINDERGARTEN child holds tightly the bag he receives during the recent distribution of free school supplies by the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) in Maniki Central Elementary School at Barangay Ilaboon in the municipality of Kapalong, Davao del Norte. The activity is one of the many projects of Davao Province under the Provincial Development Assistance Fund.

Aquino govt told to set aside more budget to education REACTING to government’s target of building new classrooms through the private-public partnership (PPP) program, a group of educators said government that school backlogs should be addressed by increasing resource allocation to education. The PPP Center, which the Aquino administration set up to facilitate so-called partnerships with the private sector, recently listed the construction of classroom clusters in its revised priority list. The Department of Education (DepEd) also announced that it targets to have 9,332 new classrooms built by 2013 under the PPP. But the Educators’ Forum for Development (EfD), a voluntary association of progressive teachers, asked government to weigh the long-term benefits of the public from PPPs in education. The PPP for School Infrastructure program of the DepEd in coordination with the PPP Center and the Department of Finance will assume classroom construction under the build-lease-transfer (BLT) arrangement, where DepEd will pay the private proponent through financial lease up to 10 years. On the side, the Department of Budget Management will issue a Multi-Year Obligation Authority (MYOA) which will cover for deferred government payments to the private proponent. EfD believes that government should review priorities and re-channel resources directly to the delivery of basic social services to the people. Citing IBON data, it added that pouring the people’s money into an unevaluated practice has been proven unsuccessful in other countries, with the cost of entering into PPPs outweighing public benefits. In the United Kingdom (UK), for instance, the cost of capital of PPPs exceeded 8%, which was more than double the cost if government implemented the project by itself. BUDGET/PAGE 11


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AGUSAN del Norte – TESDA Provincial Director Florencio Sunico, Tuesday, distributed scholarship certificates to 700 students at the Capitol Covered Court. The activity was one of the highlights of the 45th Araw ng Agusan del Norte and the 114th Philippine Independence Day celebration.

ILO cites Coca Cola

BUKIDNON – Country Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson of the International Labor Organization (ILO) cited Coca-Cola Foundation’s help in building new schools in line with the theme “Let’s Keep Them in School.” This, during the commemoration of the World Day Against Child Labor, June 12, in Quezon town. This is under ILO’s International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labor (IPEC).

Govt signs pact with private firms

BUTUAN City - In suppprt of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) program of the national government, DOLE, TESDA and the local government unit of Agusan del Norte have forged agreement with EMCO Plywood Corporation and Equi-Parco Contruction Inc. to address issues on unemployment and underemployment in the province.

Agusan del Sur guv issues reminder on freedom day

AGUSAN del Sur - Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza said, Tuesday, “as we celebrate the 114th independence day, we must remember the pride and the courage of our forefathers, who gave us the best gift we ever had… our independence.” He added, since then “we were empowered to stand strong and determined towards having better life and future for our children.”

Coca Cola donates P4M school building By RUBY LEONORA R. BALISTOY BUKIDNON – Education Secretary Armin Luistro graced the turnover, June 11, of the New Little Red Schoolhouse at Butong, Quezon town – part of the intensified effort in helping child laborers go back to school. The P4 million four-classroom building is a project of the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO), DepEd, Central Mindanao University, Bukidnon LGUs, IP Manobo elders, Sugar Industry Foundation and the Bukidnon Sugar Milling Company. Stating that “sugar is sweet, but it is sweeter without child labor,” the education secretary said “this is another milestone of the government’s public-private partnership (PPP) where more and more private entities are getting involved in giving children equal access to education.” The Sugar Industry Foundation, Inc. and BUSCO have also committed to construct another fourclassroom building in the area. Secretary Luistro was joined by Provincial Administrator Provo Antipasado, Representative Jose Ma. Zubiri III of the 3rd Congressional District of Bukidnon, Manobo Chieftain Datu Carlito Anglao, Sugar Industry Foundation President Edith Villanueva and Chair Guillermo Aponte of Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines Inc. (RLRB,PIA Bukidnon/asf )

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DOLE-Caraga promotes occupational safety and health By ROBERT E. ROPEROS BUTUAN City -- Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-13) Director Ofelia Domingo has urged private and public stakeholders to support occupational safety and health (OSH). During Friday’s meeting with the technical working group member-agencies, Domingo emphasized that through the creation of OSH convergence, the public will know their duties and responsibilities in keeping

similar to the Novo Jeans and Shirts fire that killed 17 employees will not happen again. “To find solution to any problem, the private sector should work hand in hand with government to ensure the smooth implementation of OSH,” Domingo stated. The technical working group is composed of national government agencies, the city government and the the establishments safe and out the need for the private Butuan Chamber of Comhealthy. sector and the general public merce and Industry. (BCCI), Domingo also pointed to do their share, so incidents (RER/PIA 13-Caraga/asf)

Surigao del Norte governor increases pay of local teachers By EUGENIO LIRA JR. SURIGAO del Norte - Governor Sol Matugas recently ordered a second-round increase in honorarium of 172 elementary and secondary volunteer-educators in the province. Each volunteer teacher will receive a monthly honorarium of P7,000, effective June this year –an increase of P1,000 from the current pay of P6,000 per month. “The pay increase, although minimal, can help alleviate the plight of our local teachers vis-à-vis our present economic condition,” Matugas said. A retired education regional director herself, Governor Matugas earned people’s appreciation for ordering the increase in the honorarium of local school board teachers from P3,000 to P6,000, shortly upon assuming office in

2012, and provided for an annual ‘chalk allowance’ of P1,000. Govenor Matugas made waves in the local scene for dramatically increasing in the number of school board teachers from only 88 in 2010 to 172 at the present even as she increased the local school board fund from P4 million to P8.6 million,

with the intensification of professional trainings for school administrators and public school teachers. She also worked for the integration of daycare centers to the mainstream elementary schools, establishment of secondary schools in far-flung areas, establishment of school libraries in Siargao and

Surigao del Norte DepEd Divisions, and college scholarships for deserving poor students, among others. She also lobbied before the educationa department for the allocation of additional teaching items in the province. (RER/FEA/ Eugenio Lira Jr./PIA 13,Surigao del Norte/asf )

How does the curriculum offered in doctoral degree help the future Ph. D. graduates? By SOL G. PIL PRINCIPAL OF ST. JOHN ES Curriculum has a lot of definitions which sometimes can be confusing in a sense that it may refer to all courses offered at a school. The choice of curriculum that a certain University offers will be an attractive point to a potential student most especially in the higher form of education-DOCTORAL LEVEL. During my first class in the course Curriculum Development, the term has been defined as the process of selecting, organizing, evaluating learning experiences in the basis of the needs, abilities and interest of the learners and the nature of

the society and community. With these thoughts, I have learned that a certain leader as I am should know the package of what it takes to be a leader. A leader is someone that knows how to select, organize, evaluate and even develop. I have learned also that the Curriculum is designed to improve us students to be a TOTAL PERSON. Engaging in the course called Curriculum Development, I realized that the course that I have now is very beneficial to the career path that GOD has bestowed upon me. As Rogers and Taylor 1998 say that Curriculum Development describes all the ways in which training or teaching organization plans and guides learning. This learning can take place in groups,

or with individual learners. It can take place inside or outside a classroom. It can take place in an institutional setting like a school, college or training center, or in a village or a field. It is a central to the teaching and learning process. Being a leader of the school therefore, I can apply whatever things that our professor professes in this course. Just like in identifying what learning is needed and decides on the type of training you need to provide to meet the learning needs. Also, I realized that we should plan very carefully the training so that learning is most likely to take place. Then deliver the learning so that learning does take place and the last but not the least is to evaluate the training so that there is

evidence that learning has taken place. Now I know that the people in which we will be serving will expect us to be a SUPERMAN in the field that we are into in the sense that being a Graduate of Doctor in Philosophy or Ph. D as they call it can make a training and teaching more effectively, can transform traditional approaches to a modern one, can provide guidance to learning that is needed to a training and can see to it that the SUBORDINATES will gain something from us its because being A LEADER WE HAVE SOMETHING TO OFFER WHICH IS THE LEARNINGS THAT WE HAD IN OUR STUDIES IN THE DOCTORAL PROGRAM. Advertorial


Showbiz 10 Hopes of Chinese Animation Ride on ‘Tofu Boy’ THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

By STEPHANIE HO

BEIJING––Popular western movies like Kung Fu Panda are presenting a challenge for Chinese animators, who have yet to produce a hit among international audiences. But for Director Sun Lijun, creator of Legend of a Rabbit, a 3D film about a clueless rabbit who doesn’t know he’s inherited awesome kung fu abilities, raising China’s animation standards is critical. Prior to its 2011 release, which was preceded by a massive international marketing campaign, Legend of a Rabbit was expected to be a Chinese-animation masterpiece. Although Sun says he was not completely satisfied with the film, it nonetheless drew attention to China’s burgeoning role in the feature-length animation industry. “What made me proud is that The Guardian had an article that was titled ‘China Picks Cartoon Fight with Hollywood,’” he says. “It means that, as a Chinese, I am competing with the United States. It’s just like Liu Xiang competing in the 100 meters - this is definitely a proud thing for Chinese.” Because “Rabbit” received mixed international review -- both the U.S.-

VOANEWS.COM FILE IMAGE For Sun Lijun, director of Legend of a Rabbit, a 3D film about a clueless kung fu rabbit, raising China’s animation standards is critical.

based Hollywood Reporter and the Kuala Lumpur’s Sun Daily cited technical strengths and plotline weaknesses -- the hopes of Chinese animation are riding on Sun’s newest character, Tofu Boy, a good-hearted, but naughty young lad made of bean curd. Arguing that a good story is not the most important thing in featurelength animation, Tofu Boy’s storyline, says Sun, won’t be critical to its success. “A good cartoon first of

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all has to have a good character that arouses people’s emotions,” he says. “Years later, we forget about the story, but the characters remain in our consciousness.” One of Sun’s collaborators on Tofu Boy, which is set for release in 2014, is American Kevin Geiger, head of Magic Dumpling Entertainment, a Beijingbased animation-content development company with branches in Taipei and Los Angeles. Tofu Boy’s character,

says Geiger, will be loosely based on Pinocchio. “It’s not an adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio, but inspired by the story of a good little boy who makes bad decisions and learns about life the hard way,” he says. Geiger, who spent 12 years working for the Walt Disney Company in feature animation and visual effects, now prefers to be part of a Chinese entity. “The advantage we have by having Magic Dumpling in the mainland, being a wholly-owned Chinese company, is that the quotas that apply to Chinese television, to Chinese films, don’t apply to Chinese content that we are creating in the Magic Dumpling’s headquarters in China,” he says. Historically protective of its own film industry, China recently relaxed annual quotas on the number of foreign films allowed -- from 20 to 34, a gesture welcomed by industry counterparts in the West. US animation heavyweights Disney and Dreamworks have long been eager to reach Chinese audiences, and recently set up cooperative arrangements with Chinese partners to start taking advantage of what Geiger calls the country’s “red hot market.”

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HOROSCOPE ARIES You are determined to make the necessary arrangements for a new business and begin a new stage in your life. You can be optimistic, for your chances to succeed are fairly good. Sentimental relationships will unfold smoothly. You are advised to pay due attention to older relatives. TAURUS You will succeed in all domestic and business activities. Family and partners will appreciate your initiatives. You may make plans for the future, but you are advised not to start several actions at the same time. Consider your loved one’s advice! GEMINI Your schedule may change completely and unexpectedly. You have no reasons to worry. In the afternoon you could be invited to a party where you will meet a special person. You may discover that you two have much in common. You can rely on intuition. CANCER You will feel very practically-minded and determined to start a business that you have been planning for some time. A close friend will offer you the chance to get a new job. You are advised not to make a decision until you have considered the offer in all details. Your loved one’s advice on the subject may prove to be very helpful. LEO You have good chances of starting a new activity which might eventually bring you special satisfactions. Everything you begin today will prove to be long-lasting. You are advised to be more tolerant, for you are running the risk of having quarrels with your loved ones. Today you’d better avoid speculations of any kind. VIRGO You might meet a special person who will help you start a new business. Your dreams may come true, provided you will avoid any speculation. In the afternoon you could be facing minor health issues. You are advised to remain calm, for the situation will soon come back to normal. Partnerships will go especially well today. LIBRA This is not the right time for visiting friends. The relationship with your loved one will be very good and you two will have a great time together. You can make successful future plans. In the afternoon you may be offered a new part-time job. You should not accept without a careful negotiation. . SCORPIO Today is a favourable time for business. You can be successful in a project you have started recently. You might have to leave on a trip that is likely to bring you special satisfactions in the financial and sentimental departments. You may want to consider the advice of someone with business experience. SAGITTARIUS This morning you may leave on a trip in a personal interest, which will bring you and your loved one closer together. You might meet an older person willing to help you in business. Don’t rush! If you will remain calm and patient, you can succeed in both financial and sentimental matters. You need to rest more.

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39. Actress Moore 40. Blackhead 41. Ditch DOWN 1. Double 2. Building extension 3. Bay 5. Primate 6. Kung_ 7. Seed covering 8. Of the kidneys 10. Boring tool 12. Adhesive 14. Musical tones 16. Blaspheme 18. Livestock enclosure 19. Small compartment 20. Greek letter 22. Accumulate 24. Lubricated 27. Actor Pascual

CAPRICORN A relative will offer you the opportunity of joining in a partnership. You are advised to avoid making hasty decisions. In the afternoon you will be invited to a party. Try to remain balanced, for you are predisposed to digestive problems!

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AQUARIUS You have been planning to start a new business, but today is not the right time, for you will be running the risk of making major mistakes because of your impatience. You are advised to avoid getting into controversies with people around you. Avoid getting into controversies! Your sentimental life and co-operation with younger people are favoured. PISCES Unexpected events might make you change your schedule. You may have guests from out of town, or you may have to pay a visit yourself. A friend will give you sound business advice based on his experience.


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Budget... from page 4

The school buildings, which turned out to be poorly designed by the private firms, cost the UK government more to maintain through the years. EfD als o express ed alarm that the DepEd paper on PPP for School Infrastructure brazenly stated that “through the PPP framework, a social need is transformed into a business opportunity of sufficient ‘economic scale’ that would encourage value engineering.” The group called the statement “insensitive” in explicitly surrendering the task of ensuring this social service to business interests, amid the growing number of children who drop out of school every year due to the rising costs. The group reminded the government of the country’s experience with privatization of key industries, which has led to higher costs and increasing debt burden for the public. EfD reiterated its call to the government not to treat education as a commodity but as a vital social service.

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Dayaan” (Anti-Cheating Party), or “Partidong Totoo para sa Pag-unlad ng Pilipino” (True Party for the Advancement of the Filipino), or give it some other catchier appellation. The objective, however, should be to put up a party that espouses his fight against cheating and corruption, something that many people will readily support in 2013, and, who knows, even in 2016. -oooONCE AGAIN, A REMINDER FOR RAINS, FLO ODS, WINDS: As rains, floods and winds start their annual visit to the Philippines once again, I will want to reiterate the reminder from Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, that he who truly listens to His Word and sincerely obeys His commands will not perish from these rains, floods and winds, no matter how strong or devastating they may turn out to be. Only those who listen to His Word but do not obey Him---and those who do not listen at all and so are given no opportunity to obey Him in any way---will perish and experience the “great crash and destruction” when the rains, floods and the winds come. These snippets of environmental wisdom are not mine, but could be read from Matthew 7:24-27 of the Holy Bible. I suppose many of us will want to avoid suffering the “great crash and destruction” which Jesus Himself warned about. We must therefore lose no time at all in reading the above-written part of the Bible, and see for ourselves the truth that the only way to escape the death and destruction coming from natural calamities would

sive allowances and perks enjoyed by high government officials and officials of government owned and controlled corporations and financial institutions. Of course, it can also be solved by re-aligning the annual national appropriations or budget. All that is needed is political will on the part of the President and his team. Then, there is also the option of asking the country’s creditors for a five (5) year moratorium on debt payment. This is a doable option because it has been done or availed by other countries in the not so distant past. We don’t think that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and other foreign lenders would be unreasonable not to grant such request for a debt payment moratorium instead of facing the possibility of a default as has been resorted to by some countries. The money that can be saved from the suspended payment can also be used in implementing urgent concerns such as the modernization and expansion of government hospitals and, of course, the shortage in classrooms. We are hoping that President Aquino would realize that over-concentration in his “daang matuwid” campaign will only be counterproductive. He should leave it to the Ombudsman and other concerned agencies. This, however, should not from page 6 mean he should abandon more public school the campaign against graft teachers to solve the serious and corruption. shortage in the government’s teaching force. This is not difficult to do. All he has to from page 5 do is to make big cuts on training to the members unnecessary government of his tribal council. spending like the excesFresh banana to flour

be complete submission to what God is saying in the Bible. -oooBIBLICAL GUIDELINES KOKO CAN USE FOR HIS OWN PARTY: I guess that if Koko Pimentel is really convinced about the justness of his cause, putting up a party of his own which does not kowtow to compromises and would ride on high moral ground would not be difficult for him to do, if he uses the Bible as a basis for his actions. In Psalm 1:1-5, the guideline is unmistakable: “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither---whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous…” -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193 or 0922 833 43 96. Email me at batasmauricio@ yahoo.com.

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AMS Employees Fresh Fruit Producers Cooperative (AMSEFFPCO), aside from producing fresh bananas for export, widens its business ventures to foodgrade flour production to make the most of the huge market demand. It used to supply the Universal Food Corp (UFC) about 60 tons of food-grade flour from 2007 to 2009, and Anselma Ronquillo, AMSEFFPCO Chairperson, wishes such demand to come again as it means more business opportunities for the cooperative. AMSEFFPCO is working to get a Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) certification as proof of assurance that the flour it is producing is safe for public consumption. AMSEFFPCO eyes not only big food companies but also supermarkets so it can widely sell its banana flour which bears the trade name, “Musa.” While complying with the stringent standards of BFAD, Ronquillo takes comfort from the support given by OTOP cooperating agencies, particularly DTI and DOST, which have continually assisted AMSEFFPCO to improve its product as well as its labeling. The Department of Agriculture-Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP) is also awarding it a solar dryer, worth P1.5 million. When asked about banana chips production, however, Ronquillo referred to Aling Yeyeng, an AMSEFFPCO member who, Ronquillo said, got so serious of such venture. Just a few kilometers from AMSEFFPCO farm is the house of Aurora Ganade,

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“It is now the exact time to make a move since the government has just started its step to sell the hydro power plants,” Pacanot said. Another group, the Pipol’s Power has also laid out a campaign for a P50 pledge or support against the proposed privatization of said hydroelectric plants, the FDC secretary added. Next week, Pacanot said

Dakak... from page 1

and nipa leaves with capiz shell window panels; and three (3) Family Pavillion with 30 family rooms and one (1) Presidential Suite. T h rou g h t he ye ars , Dakak received various recognition locally and inter nat ionally among which are the Kalakbay Award for Resort on 1989 from the Philippine Department of Tourism; and 16 International Award for Tourist; Hotel and Catering Industry on 1991 from the Trade Leaders Club and Editorial Office Madrid, Spain; a certificate of excellence by the Prestigious Resorts of the World on 1992; and has participated in the Dream Incentive C ontest theme for the Philippines that has won the “Best Showcase 1997” in the Incentive Travel and Conventions, Meetings Asia (IT&CMA) last December 1997. Dakak Park and Beach Resort continuously strive to carry out its mission - “an abundance of recreational activities and entertainment, warm Filipino hospitality and environmental friendly ambiance.”

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who in her 60s showed enthusiasm to go for the best in life. Ganade is popularly known in the neighborhood as Yeyeng. Banana chipper Aling Yeyeng narrated on having acquired a machine for banana chips production. She expressed gladness for the assistance from DOST, which helped her with product labeling as she showed us the list of her orders for Manila and for local cafeterias. Though she has the same fate with AMSEFFPCO, as she needs to get the BFAD certification before she can commercially mass produce and sell in supermarkets her “Yeyeng Banana Chips,” she said that she still wants to improve her life. “Bisan ug tiguwang nako ma’am, gusto pa ko molambo akong kinabuhi (Though old, I still want to improve my life),” she said. These are only few accounts on OTOP entrepreneurs, but it can be seen that these entrepreneurs bravely push for the improvement of their microenterprise. Their hearts are filled with hopes that their lives would get better as they continually upgrade their products. (RIGA/JDA, PIA 11)

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place 2nd in Thunder chills Heat, 104-95 Villanueva Australia Chess Open Series Schedule: Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma Thunder (Best-of-7, played on 2-3-2 basis) Game 1: Tue. June 12, Thunder 105, Heat 94 Game 2: Thu. June 14, at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 9 p.m. Game 3: Sun. June 17, at American Airlines Arena, 8 p.m. Game 4: Tue. June 19, at AmericanAirlines Arena, 9 p.m. Game 5: * Thu. June 21, at AmericanAirlines Arena, 9 p.m. Game 6: * Sun June 24, at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 8 p.m. Game 7: * Tue. June 26, at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 9 p.m.

OKLAHOMA City––Thunder Durant’s performance overshadowed a 3 0 - p o i nt e f f o r t from Heat forward Lebron James, the highest-scoring of his 11 career Finals games. While Durant and James had similar statistical nights, Durant adding eight rebounds and four assists, James with nine rebounds and four assists, the difference was Thunder points guard Russell Westbrook outscoring Heat guard Dwyane Wade 27-19. But even more significant than that differential was the Thunder’s 24-4 edge in fastbreak points and a 56-40 advantage in the paint. With the victory, the Thunder improved to 9-0 at home this postseason, with the Heat falling to 4-4 on the road in these playoffs. Game 2 is Thursday on the Thunder’s home court before the only playoff round played on a 2-3-2 basis moves to American Airlines Arena Sunday (Monday here) night for the start of three games on the Heat’s court. WITH REPORT FROM SUN SENTINEL

PHOTO SUPPLIED Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem struggless for one of his nine first-half rebounds as Okalhoma Thunder’s Serge Ibaka Small forward try to foil a basket. Oklahoma Thunder nips Heat, 105-94 in their first of seven series NBA finals.

FILIPINO wood pusher Anthony Villanueva ended up in second place in the Under 1600 category at the Integra New South Wales Open Chess Championship held late Monday at the RSL Parramatta in Australia. Other Filipinos who competed were Johnny Teves who finished in fifth place, Rodolfo Cristobal, Levi Descallar and Donato Mallari. Meanwhile, Philippine and US chess master, 34year old Almario Marlon Bernardino Jr. dropped his last match against Arthur Huynh of Australia and finished a tie for 14th to 25th placers. T h e l a s t t i m e B e rnardino saw action in

Ne w S out h Wa les was during the 2007 Sydney International Open Chess Championships when he b e at top-s eed Russian GM Grandmaster Sergei Shipov who holds an Elo FIDE rating of 2592. It was Aussie IM Andrew Brown who captured this year’s title by thumping fellow Australian IM Stephen Solomon. Brown used the advantageous white pieces in the seventh and final round to win the championships trophy and the top prize of 1,600 Australian Dollar in the event organized by New South Wales Chess Association by scoring 6.5 points in the 92 player’s FIDE-rated event. WITH WIRE REPORT

Five local footballers qualify for regional Suzuki soccer tourney FIVE members of Team Zamboanga that recently participated in the clustered eliminations of the Suzuki Under 23 soccer-football tournament has reportedly qualified into the Western Mindanao lineup which participates in the regional Mindanao finals set in Cagayan de Oro next year. Team Zamboanga, placed

second to eventual winner Dipolog City in the four-team Western Mindanao cluster eliminations held last May. Team Zamboanga Manager Inspector Belsie Agustin said team Dipolog Officials has requested for reinforcements from the local side after competitions concluded recently.

The five team members who will reinforce team Dipolog to the Mindanao finals in Cagayan de Oro are goal tender Rafael Joko Concepcion, team captain Earvin Narvaez, fullback Jericho Villanueva, Striker Jansid duque and striker Jopet Suiguide. The five will join the 25 man roster of Team Dipolog to the

Mindanao finals tentatively set for March of 2013. The Suzuki Cup Under 23 is a prestigious soccer tournament participated in by traditional powerhouse teams from Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar all powerhouse squads from Asia. NONONG SANTIAGO


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