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Rebels order new offensives, terminate ceasefire! D

AVA O CIT Y – C ommunist rrebels CITY Communist have ebels hav e minated its unilater al ceasefir e after acterminated unilateral ceasefire ter cusing the D uter te go ver nment of rreneging eneging Duter uterte gov ernment on its commitment to fr ee all political pr isfree prisoners oss the countr y. across country oners languishing in jails acr Jorge Madlos, a paigns and tactical spokesman for the New offensives against the rePeople’s Army, said rebel actionary Armed Forces forces were also ordered to of the Philippines, the resume offensives against Philippine National Pothe various police and military, includ- lice, ing pro-government paramilitary units and militias and death squads, death squads of the as well as drug traffickers Duterte government, and warlords. drug traffickers and op“Subsequent to the ex- erators of the drug trade piration of our unilateral and large-scale gamceasefire, all territorial bling, private armies and and unit commands of the private armed groups of NPA are hereby ordered to warlords, local tyrants as take full initiative in plan- well as spies,” Madlos ning, coordinating and said. Continue on page 3 carrying out military cam-

New People’s Army rebels. (Kilab Multimedia)

Stakeholders pursue progress, economic support to Sulu SULU – Governor Totoh Tan met Wednesday with various stakeholders and representatives from the business and government sectors in an effort to further concretize the commitments and pledges made by different corpora-

tions to help and bring progress and economic support to Sulu, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. Tan also signed an executive order creating the Provincial Ad-Hoc Coordinating Council for “Go

Negosyo” - an advocacy of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, a non-stock, non-profit organization headed by Jose Maria Concepcion III, the CEO and President of RFM Corporation. Continue on page 2

Even daytime, thick, dense smoke billows from an industrial chimney of Superstar Coconut Products Co., Inc. in Bugac in Ma-a village in Davao City

Villagers fear pollution from Davao coconut oil factory Sulu Gov. Totoh Tan presides over a meeting recently with stakeholders and representatives of business groups. (Photo by Ahl-franzie Salinas)


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DAVAO CITY – Villagers have complained about the air pollution from a coconut oil factory here after a white thick, dense smoke had been noticed

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coming from its huge chimney day and night. The Superstar Coconut Products Co., Inc. along Bugac in Ma-a village has been emitting dense smoke


which stays in the air for so long and the factory operates 24 hours a day throughout the whole week. Continue on page 3



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Stakeholders pursue progress, economic support to Sulu

Sulu Gov. Totoh Tan presides over a meeting recently with stakeholders and representatives of business groups. (Photo by Ahl-franzie Salinas) Continued fr om page 1 from Among those in the meeting – held at the Capitol Building in Patikul town – were Undersecretary Nabil Tan, of the Office of the Presidential Peace Adviser; Secretary Gene Mamondiong, of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; Ginggay HontiverosMalvar, managing director, producer and owner of The Extra MILE Productions – who was a key player in bringing investments to Sulu. The meeting was only one of a series of interactions among stakeholders and a follow up to the efforts by President Rodrigo

Duterte himself in bringing peace and development projects to the province. In December last year, Duterte launched “Negosyo Para sa Kapayapaan sa Sulu: Christmas Townhall with the President” after the former Sulu Governor Datu Shah Bandar Dr. Sakur Tan – who was also present in the meeting sought Duterte’s help in August – through the assistance of Concepcion, who is also the Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship; and Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, and other stakeholders. Duterte invited business people in

Malacañang for the launching of the “Save Sulu Project” and among those who committed to help Sulu were PLDT Chairman Manuel Pangilinan, who pledged to rehabilitate and put up more Smart Telecommunication cell sites, build at least 40 houses in the next 2 years, provide water and power to communities and donate hospital equipment and train doctors and grant scholarships. San Miguel Corporation, which pledged to build a 15-megawatt coalfired power plant, a feed mill supply chain and to help rebuild the Hajji Buto School of Arts and Trade.

ARMM now ecozone ‘halal hub’ COTABATO – Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has declared the Polloc Freepor t and Ecozone in Parang town in Maguindanao province as ‘halal hub’, the first truly halal ecozone in the country. “The ARMM government is continually working to open the possibilities to the halal market in the region as well as in the country that serves as a gateway to the multi-trillion dollar halal industry,” Gov. Hataman said. The declaration of a halal economic zone will attract local and foreign investors to export and import halal products and ser vices. Aleem Guiapal, ARMM’s economic zone authority (REZA) executive director, said a declared halal ecozone becomes halalindustr y ready and industr y investments would be fully supported. Guiapal noted that REZA continues to forge stronger partnerships with potential investors. Halal is an Arabic word meaning per missible based on Islamic Sharia law and the ter m can cover both goods – such as foods, drinks, medicines, clothing and cosmetics – and services as well as places. “We see tremendous opportunities here in the region. So now, we want to differentiate our market on the other economic zones in the Philippines,” Guiapal said. “The declaration is considered a medium to attaining the vision of a

sustainable ARMM economy,” Guiapal added. “ We, in Muslim Mindanao, should seize the opportunity as the halal market worldwide is continuously growing,” he said . Ecozones are selected areas with highly developed, or which have the potential to be developed into, agri-industrial, industrial, tourist/ recreational, commercial, banking, investment and financial centers. Having halal ecozones in the ARMM means it would open opportunities to the region as well as to the country for the growing global halal industry. A worldwide study conducted two years ago by Thomson Reuters in collaboration with Dinar Standard noted the global halal market in 2018 would reach $1.6 trillion with an annual growth rate of 6.9%. Among the potential markets for Mindanaoproduced halal foods are Middle East countries, Singapore as well as Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines under the East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). With these exciting opportunities, Guiapal said the region is still facing challenges. “We still need to continually capacitate our experts, the halal-certifying bodies and in terms of technical know-how and operations to run a halal hub,” he said. In the region, outside of the Polloc Freeport,

REZA’s list also included the facility of B.J. Coco Oil Mill, a firm operating in ZambongaPeninsula and in Sulu, as an ecozone. Coco Oil Mill’s port, however, is currently not operating. Other planned ARMM ecozones are located in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi; Jolo, Sulu; Malabang; Lanao del Sur; Marawi City in Lanao del Sur; and in Basilan. As early as 10 years ago, Polloc Port has been identified as priority area in hosting halal-related enterprises but this was not officially declared and did not receive adequate push from the government. Ishak Mastura, then ARMM trade and industr y secretar y and now chairman of the Regional Board of Investments, said in August 2006 that a halal chicken poultry project under the BIMPEAGA cooperation will be hosted by the Polloc Freeport. Recently, REZA conducted a round table ecozone consultation with the ARMM local government units. ARMM Executive Secretary Atty. Laisa Masuhud Alamia in her opening remarks cited the importance of ecozone development in the ARMM. REZA is mandated to oversee the integration, coordination, planning and monitoring of special economic zones, industrial estate/parks, export processing zones and other economic zones in the ARMM. (Bureau of Public Information)

The National Book Store also committed to provide school supplies for at least 100,000 students, and the other donors were Bounty Fresh Food, Inc. which will open up poultry contract growing to farmers; W. Group, which pledged to buy seaweeds from local fishermen and farmers; Gawad Kalinga founder Tony Meloto, who vowed to build at least 100 houses; taipan Lucio Tan and his son, Michael, who both committed to resume air transportation from Zamboanga City to Sulu. And SM's Tessie SyCoson, Rosalind Wee, of the Marine Resources Development Corporation – the country’s biggest producer of carrageenan; the KAPATID Agri Group which will help train farm-

ers; and Rep. Arthur Yap and the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc., which will also put up classrooms; Quintin Pastrana, who pledged to put up libraries and literacy programs in Gawad Kalinga villages. The Department of Agriculture said it will provide tractors, farm implements and agricultural training to farmers in Sulu. Secretary Ramon Lopez, of the Department of Trade and Industry, said SM, Robinsons, Double Dragon, Rustan's and even Puregold would partner with Sulu fishermen and farmers by allocating a specific space in their malls for free. Some P1 billion from the Office of the President's

budget will be made available for small entrepreneurs, and another P50 million for Sulu farmers and if it do well, another P50 million would be made available immediately. Duterte said he wants to leave it to the economic managers to create the environment where businesses can thrive peacefully with the least intervention of government. “I hope, I said that before the year ends, something concrete and positive will come out. And ito ang gusto kong sabihin sa bayan - you have to heed us people, guys from Mindanao because we are telling you the truth, you have to really transform this country,” he said during the event. (Mindanao Examiner)

Sulu Governor Hands Over Housing Projects To The Poor

Sulu Gov. Totoh Tan leads the handover of housing units to the poor in Maimbung town. (Photo by Ahl-franzie Salinas) SULU – Governor Totoh Tan handed over at least 50 housing units to their recipients in Sulu’s Maimbung town as part of an infrastructure project aimed at alleviating the condition of the poor in the province. Tan led government officials in the recent turnover of the housing units in the village of Laum where beneficiaries praised the governor for the project. Others who attended the event were Provincial Board members Alnakar

Tulawie and Nasser Daud Jr; Maimbung Vice Mayor Aiman Tan, Laum village chieftain Edzfar Tan and representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. “Nagpapasalamat talaga kami kay Governor Totoh sa ibinigay niyang bahay sa amin at talagang malaking tulong ito sa mga mahihirap tulad namin lahat dito,” one beneficiary said. Tan, for his part, assured villagers that his administration will con-

tinue to roll out projects that would benefit the poor and the public as well. “Tuloy-tuloy ang programa natin, lalo na itong mga proyektong para sa mahihirap at sa ikauunlad ng ating lugar, ng ating bayan, ng Sulu. Lalo pa namin paiigtingin ang mga iba pang programa para sa lahat,” Tan said. He also urged the recipients of the housing project to “take of their house and build a home.” (Ahl-franzie Salinas)


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Rebels order new offensives, terminate ceasefire! Continued fr om page 1 from He said the NPA ceasefire, which began in August 28 last year, had been extended for over 150 days hoping it would hasten the release of the political prisoners, but Duterte had repeatedly failed to free at least 200 detainees as he promised before the resumption of the stalled peace talks with the government. Duterte said he would only free the political prisoners if the rebels agree on a permanent ceasefire. “The Duterte regime failed to fulfill such obligation even though the

Communist Party of the Philippines obliged it by extending the ceasefire declaration to more than 150 days. The Duterte government has treacherously taken advantage of the unilateral declaration of interim ceasefire to encroach on the territory of the people’s democratic government. Across 164 municipalities and 43 provinces, the Armed Forces of the Philippines have occupied at least 500 barrios which are within the authority of the revolutionary government,” Madlos said. He said the NPA will

also continue to enforce policies and laws of the “people’s democratic government” and perform necessary and appropriate functions of governance, and mobilize the people and resources in territories under its authority. “The NPA will enforce economic policies pertaining to land rent, usurious loans, wages, means of livelihood, provision of social services; as well as policies for the protection of the environment and defense of the interests of national minorities, peasants and workers affected by large-scale mining, log-

Villagers fear pollution from Davao coconut oil factory Continued fr om page 1 from Even the village officials say they were not aware the coconut processing factory emits such a thick smoke right in the middle of the populace. We are not aware of it, but we are going look at this complaint,” said village council member Ricky Baral. The smoke reaches not only nearby Matina village, but neighboring areas as well. One employee, who identified herself only as Karen, said their manager

is Rodante Adante, and efforts to interview him failed. His office also did not return phone calls. The complaint has been forwarded to the Environment Management Bureau – headed by Metodio Turbella, its regional director – under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Engr. Mary Ann Lumakin, from the DENR, said they have brought the matter to the attention of

Turbella after residents fear the pollution may affect their health. “This (smoke emission of factory Superstar Coconut Products Co., Inc.) has been forwarded to the respective EMB RXI (Region 11) inspector. We will keep in touch,” Lumakin told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. In May 2014, a factory worker – Eriberto Abellana – was killed and 7 others injured after one of its boilers exploded. (Mindanao Examiner)

ging and plantation operations,” Madlos said. Still S uppor ting P eace Suppor upporting Peace Talks But despite the termination of the ceasefire, Madlos said they will continue to support the peace talks with the Duterte government. “Even as we terminate the unilateral declaration of interim ceasefire, we continue to support the peace negotiations within the framework of The Hague Joint Declaration of 1992. In our experience and in the experience of other peoples, it is possible to negotiate while fighting until the substantive agreements are forged to address the roots of the armed conflict and lay the basis for a just and lasting peace.” “We oppose the use of interim ceasefires as basis for a protracted or indefinite ceasefire without substantial benefit for the people and their revolu-

tionary forces and for laying aside peace negotiations on substantive issues such as social, economic and political reforms. Such is tantamount to the capitulation and pacification of the revolutionary people and forces,” he said. NPA leaders had repeatedly accused the military of attacking rebel forces in southern Philippines and just recently, 8 army soldiers and an insurgent died in fierce clashes in North Cotabato’s Makilala town, according Rigoberto Sanchez, also an NPA spokesman. The NPA denounced the military attack and calling it a “sinister combat operation.” “Since August last year it continued to mobilize its troops and paramilitaries in various forms of combat operations such as intelligence gathering, combat and psychological warfare

in far-flung areas that resulted in harassments; extra-judicial killings of civilians Rita and Norberto Gascon on September 13 in Arakan town and Rolan Malignan on November 22 and the enforced evacuation of several families in Magpet town on December 6,” Sanchez said, adding, the ceasefire (agreement) in the province only existed because the NPA was consciously maneuvering its forces in order to avoid armed skirmish in the face of unrelenting military and police combat operations. “The NPA consistently demonstrated its commitment the negotiations while the AFP and the PNP have continued to make a mockery of the peace process,” he said. The rebels are fighting for many decades now for the establishment of a Maoist state in the country. (Mindanao Examiner)

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ARMM ‘culturally sensitive’ on issue of condom distribution in schools COTABATO CITY – The government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be “culturally sensitive” should the program on the distribution of condoms in schools is implemented in the region, Governor Mujiv Hataman said during the ‘Tapatan sa ARMM’, a regular media forum held recently in Cotabato City. Secretary Paulyn Ubial of the Department of Health (DOH) earlier said the program will be implemented nationwide this year as part of efforts to stop the increasing number of cases of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/ AIDS) among the youth. The program would be implemented in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), which has expressed reservation on the plan. In a statement, DepEd said it recognizes the need to stop the surging spread of HIV/AIDS among the youth and that discussions with DOH on this matter will soon be conducted. In the ARMM, where most places are conservative and people consider sex-re-

lated topics taboo, Gov. Hataman underscored that the regional government will undertake measures to deliberate on the plan. “Definitely, the ARMM government will be culturally sensitive,” Gov. Hataman said. He added that Islamic religious leaders such as the Regional Darul ‘Ifta, which is the authority on religious and cultural values of Muslims in the region, would be consulted on this issue. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has warned that condom distribution in schools will encourage premarital sex among Filipino youth noting it could even condone sexual activity among students. But the DOH explained that the distribution of condoms will be accompanied by guidelines and measures, and will not be distributed indiscriminately to students. Those receiving condoms, it added, will undergo counseling, and sex education discussions with their parents. Teachers, it noted, will be trained on how to impart lessons on sex education. In the Philippines, 32,099 cases of HIV/AIDS

were reported from 2011 to October 2016. Government data also showed 9,066 HIV/ AIDS cases reported during the five-year period were traced to those aged 15 to 25. The ARMM has remained at the bottom of the DOH’s list of regions with cases of HIV/ AIDS. Despite this, the Infectious Diseases Cluster (IDC) of the ARMM’s Health department warned citizens not to be complacent. “Whether we like it or not, we have HIV cases in the ARMM,” said Soraida Amilil, IDC cluster head. As of October this year, 13 cases of HIV have been reported while none emerged as a fullblown AIDS case. The region reported two AIDS cases and seven HIV cases in 2014. Since 1984, the region’s Health department has reported a total of 76 cases of HIV while 11 were reported to have led to AIDS. The DOH has allocated a P1-billion fund for the HIV/ AIDS program, with P50 million to P100 million intended for the procurement of condom. The department has launched awareness drives on preventive measures for HIV leading to AIDS. (Bureau of Public Information)


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Insert your fitness tracker into your sneakers. (Photo by GraphicBlocks, AndroidPIT) NOT ALL fitness trackers are created equal. Different sports require different accessories. We identified individual categories and have provided an overview of what you should be on the lookout for when you're in the market for a fitness tracker. We'd also be interested to hear your own recommendations for the fitness trackers you use. Fitness tr ackers for trackers r unners Do you just want to record your heart rate and number of steps, or do you really want to improve your times? Or are you interested in competing in that marathon that will be taking place in September? Well, you should make a start on training, otherwise it will be painful for you. A few trackers have the necessary software to be able to guide you through your training right up to the day of the event. Some fitness trackers can be embedded into your shoes. These then measure your running style and help you to improve your times with your running technique. These subtleties are easily overlooked by simple step counters, and they can make a big difference in improving a runner's performance. Fitness tr ackers for trackers swimmers Do you like to go swimming at the local pool? Then your fitness tracker should not only be "water resistant" but also for ap-


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RECIPE: Pork Adobo with Sitaw


– 1 ½ lb pork belly, cut into serving pieces – 10 pieces snake beans (sitaw), cut into 2 inch length pieces – 1 medium onion – 5 tablespoons soy sauce

– 2 ½ tablespoons vinegar – 5 cloves garlic, crushed – 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar – ½ teaspoon ground black pepper – 2 cups beef broth – 3 tablespoons cooking oil

INSTR UCTIONS: INSTRUCTIONS: 1) Combine pork, soy sauce, ground black pepper, and garlic. Mix well. Let it stay for 15 minutes. 2) Heat oil in a cooking pot. 3) Sauté the onion until it gets soft. 4) Add the marinated pork including the remaining soy sauce and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes in medium heat. 5) Pour the beef broth in the pot. Let boil. Cook in low heat for 45 minutes or until the pork gets tender. Note: add more beef broth or water if the liquid starts to dry out. 6) Add the vinegar. Allow the liquid to re-boil. Stir. 7) Put the string beans in the pot. Cook for 3 minutes. 8) Add brown sugar. Stir. Continue to cook for 5 to 8 minutes. 9) Transfer to a serving bowl. Serve! 10) Share and enjoy! (


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‘Right to disconnect’ after office hours is choice of employees CEBU - The "right to disconnect," or letting employees disregard work-related communications after office hours without disciplinary action is, technically, a voluntary engagement between employers and their employees, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said. “Answering or ignoring texts, emails from employers after working hours is a voluntary engagement of an employee, and they are not obliged to respond or not. The right to disconnect is a choice of an employee,” he said.

Quezon City Representative Winston Castelo authored House Bill 4721, which aims to amend the Labor Code of the Philippines. The bill obliges employers "to establish the hours when employees are not supposed to send or answer work-related emails, texts, or calls," and the conditions and exemptions in line with it, subject to rules provided by the Department of Labor and Employment. “Employees and employers know that there’s time for connection and so does a time for disconnection. It’s always up for the

employees to oblige themselves to work even after office hours,” Bello said. He also added that completely disconnecting would be unrealistic for certain jobs, and the employers must be the one to implement a policy in accordance with the standards of the labor code, which will benefit both parties. “It’s the employers’ own assessments and evaluations to reduce outof-hours work. They either implement policy that will prevent their employees to work after office hours or compensate them for extra workload,” Bello said.

Malakanyang, mi-apelar nga angay mosalig sa PDEA, NBI sa anti-drugs ops CEBU - Mi-apelar ang Malakanyang nga angay mosalig sa Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) ug National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) sa ilang anti-illegal drugs operations. Kini human gipahunong ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte ang Oplan Tokhang sa mga polis tungod kay nagamit kini sa mga police scalawags. Matud pa ni Presiden-

tial Spokesman Ernesto Abella, mas maayo nga saligan na lamang ang proseso ug lakang sa PDEA ug NBI. Samtang plano usab sa Malakanyang nga banhawon ang Philippine Constabulary (PC). Mismong si Presidente Duterte ang nisugyot sa maong posibilidad sa gipahigayong command conference niadtong niaging semana. Matud pa ni Abella nga

sa pagkakaron, wala pa’y opisyal nga polisiya alang sa maong sugyot sa Presidente. Apan giseguro ni Abella nga usa kini sa mahimong item sa balaodnong iduso sa administrasyon. Gipasabot ni Abella nga banhawon ang PC tungod kay gusto sa Presidente nga magbaton og mas masaligang ahensiya nga ang magpadagan mao ang militar ug dili “civilian in nature” sama sa PNP. (Elvira C. Bongosia)

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CEBU - Gipasidan-an sa Bureau of Immigration (BI) ang tanang langyaw nga nia sa nasod nga mahimo silang mabilanggo ug makabayad og multa kun mapakyas sa paglihok sa ilang dokumento sa dili pa ang Marso 3 ning tuig. Matud pa ni Immigra-

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Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper Feb. 6-12, 2017