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Japan signs P970-M grant for Marawi rehab

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THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DOF) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement that would pave the way for the release of 2 billion yen or some US$18.66 million in funds for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of wartorn Marawi City and surrounding communities. The agreement,

atong gipausbaw ang konplikto ug apil na ang Simbahan ug Hudikatura sa lamoklamok. Ang way katagbawan nga kahakog sa bahandi, titulo, gahum ug uban pang mga posisyon ug pribilihiyo nag-una pa sa pagkahimugso ni Kristo. Kana lamang kay ang kaliwatan ni Brutus mora Continue on page 7

roughly equivalent to P970 million, was signed by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and JICA Chief Representative to the Philippines Yoshio Wada. Dominguez acknowledged that this will be the fourth grant extended by the government of Japan specifically to support efforts to rebuild Marawi City. The first grant was the $2

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million humanitarian assistance through United Nation Children’s Fund and World Food Programme in July 2017. And during the ASEAN Summit here in November 2017, the Japanese government also donated construction equipment for the clearing operations in Marawi such as excavators, bulldozers, and trucks. Continue on page 3

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UK O SA CHINA si P angulong R odr igo D uter te matapos nitong aminin UKO Pangulong Rodr odrigo Duter uterte paulit-ulit na hindi kaya ng Pilipinas na makipag-giy er a sa IIntsik ntsik na ngay on makipag-giyer era ngayon ay naglagay ng napakar aming mga base-militar sa ibat-ibang isla na napakaraming inagaw nito mula sa ating bansa. Ito ay matapos na doon ng mga fighter jets at kanilang militarisasyon sa maglabasan sa media ang barkong pandigma.Sinabi ni South China Sea - na tinawag mga larawan ng mga isla - Duterte na alam nito na may naman na West Philippine di kalayuan sa Palawan - na mga istraktura na sa mga isla Sea ng nakaraang sinakop ng China at at agad nitong sinisi ang pamahalaang Aquino - na naglagay pa ng mga air- nakaraang administrasyon iginiit na mga Intsik bilang port, seaport at missiles at at Amerika dahil pinabayaan kanilang teritoryo. Continue on page 2 madalas na paglalapag diumano ang China sa

Sulu native and Zamboanga City-based entrepreneur wins prestigious AWEN Award

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for a photo following a successful bilateral meeting at the Boao State Guesthouse. (Presidential Photo)

COA rebuffs ‘Hataw’ report on PCOO ASEAN expense Read story on page 3 Dennis Coffee Garden founder and owner Imelda Ahalul-Dagus receives her award during the 4th ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network Awards held recently in Bangkok, Thailand.

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MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary Noel Puyat reaffirmed the PCOO management’s commitment to transparency and accountability. Puyat made this statement in response to a

malicious, unfounded and false report entitled “P647.11 milyon hinahanap ng COA” published by tabloid Hataw in its May 9, 2018 issue. The report alleged that a Commission on Audit (COA) report has questioned transactions amounting to P647.11 million of the PCOO

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Anti-Sayyafs ops continue in Sulu

SULU – Security forces continued its oeprations against the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu province in souther n Philippines. The offensive came just after the notorious group freed two policewomen it kidnappedlasdt month in Patikul town. Police officers Bennie Rose Alvarez and Dinah Gumahad were freed near Patikul town where rebels seized them April 29 along with two other civilians Jakosalem Blas and Faizal Ahidji who had been earlier released. The release of the officers came days after national police chief Oscar Albayalde visited Sulu and inspected police forces and had a meeting with Governor Totoh Tan. Albayalde has confirmed the release of the policewomen who are assigned with the crime laboratory and engineering department. They were travelling on a motorcycle taxi when about a dozen gunmen flagged down their vehicle in Liang village in Patikul town and took them away. Police have identified the gang’s leader as Mujir Yada. Police did not say if ransom had been paid for the release of the captives, but the Abu Sayyaf had originally demanded

P5 million for the freedom of both Alvarez and Gumahad. It was unknown why no policemen and soldiers were guarding the highway or why authorities failed to prevent the kidnappings despite an extended martial rule on the whole southern region. Tan repeatedly rallied his mayors to work hard in protecting their communities and repeatedly ordered authorities to impose a tighter security in the Sulu and for the militar y to help police in maintaining peace and order in the province. The Department of the Interior and Local Gover nment has removed last year the supervision of the local executives over the police, which relied heavily on the support of local governments in their campaign against criminality. Last week, two government soldiers were killed and at least 12 wounded in fierce battle with the Abu Sayyaf during a rescue mission in Patikul. The soldiers were members of the 5th Scout Ranger who clashed with Abu Sayyaf commanders Hajan Sawadjaan, Idang Susukan, Injam Yadah and Ben Quirino in the village called Tanum. (Mindanao Examiner)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by President Xi Jinping during his recent visit to China. (Presidential Photo)

Duterte takot sa China!

Continued fr om page 1 from Kabilang sa nilagyan ng base-militar ng China ay ang Panganiban Reef o Mischief Reef, Kagitingan Reef o Fiery Cross Reef at Zamora Reef o Subi Reef na pagaari ng Pilipinas. At apat na iba pang mga isla ang sinakop rin ng China at ito ang Calderon Reef, Gaven Reefs, Johnson South Reef at Hughes Reef na kung saan ay may mga basemilitar at sundalo rin. May pangamba rin

ARMM launches exhibit of mosques around the world COTABATO CITY – At least 2 dozen miniature mosques are now on display here as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) officially an exhibit of ‘Mosques Around the World’. The exhibit, which began last week, is a competition event with participation from the region’s different offices and agencies. Participants constr ucted three-dimensional miniature replicas of renowned mosques from different parts of the world. “For us to be reminded as Muslims of Mindanao that we are part of a greater Ummah (nation) […] and that it is essential for us to learn and know about them

and for us to see the universality of Islam, that indeed Islam is universal and it is timeless,” Sitti Djalia Turabin Hataman, Anak Mindanao (AMIN) foundation executive directress, said explaining why ARMM launched the exhibit. Each modelled mosque is displayed in a 1.5 cubic-meter glass box. A poster is displayed beside the model containing its name, country of origin, history, and significance. Cr iteria for judging are: Conformity and attention to detail (50%), Workmanship and quality (30%), and Presentation and overall impact (20%). Cash prizes will be awarded to the models that best fit the competition’s criteria.

Cash prize of P200,000 will be given to the first placer while P150,000 and P100,000 will be given to the second and third placers, respectively. The exhibit is located outside the Office of the Regional Governor’s building. The holding of the exhibit is in line with the celebration of the Pakaradjaan 2018 and the Holy Month of Ramadhan and coincided with ARMM Ramadan Trade Fair 2018, consisting of 75 booths, was also officially opened to the public. Winners of the exhibit will be announced during the culmination program of the trade fair. (Bureau of Public Information)

Filipinos told to stay vigilant in Indonesia after deadly bombings THE PHILIPPINES has strongly advised Filipinos working or residing or visiting Indonesia to take precautions following the series of suicide bombings in the Muslim nation. The recent militant attacks targeted Catholic churches and a police headquarters, although the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said no Fili-

pino fatality has been reported in the bombings in Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya. The Philippine embassy in Jakarta said it is now in touch with members of the Filipino community in the city and advised some 250 Filipinos residing in Surabaya to remain vigilant and to limit their movement until the

situation normalizes. The DFA said Filipinos who are in need of immediate assistance may contact the embassy at +62.878.85373273. According to latest reports, the bombings killed at least a dozen individuals, 13 attackers and their children, and wounded 50 more. ( Joyce Ann L. Rocamora)

na maging ang Ayungin Shoal o Second Thomas Shoal na malapit rin sa Palawan ay sakupin ng China. Binabantayan ng mga sundalong Pinoy ang naturang isla mula sa bulok at kalawanging barko ng Philippine Navy - ang Sierra Madre doon. Hanggang ngayon ay hindi ito binigyan ng kaukulang pansin ni Duterte at ng Armed Forces of the Philippines sa takot na umalma ang China sa anumang ilalagay doon ng Pilipinas. Kabilang ang mga reef at shoal sa Spratly groups of islands. “There is an airport. There are missiles there installed. There are military equipment already in place. So what's the point of questioning whether the planes land there or not? There's an airstrip.” “Gusto mo giyerahin? Sino ba may gusto? Kasi, sige, payag ako. I can declare war on China tonight but sino ang

magpunta? Sundalo ko? Pulis ko? Mamatay lang lahat ‘yan. Why will I go to war for a battle that I cannot win? Para akong gago, so sino ‘yung mga gustong pumunta doon ngayon. Okay man ako. We will declare war against China. Provided ‘yung mga ugok, ‘yung maingay mauna sila. Nandiyan ako sa likod nila. Pagdating doon iwanan ko sila. Bahala kayo, eh kayo ‘yung gusto makipag away,” ani Duterte. Minsan na rin nagbiro si Duterte na gawin na lamang lalawigan o teritoryo ng China ang Pilipinas tulad ng Hong Kong. Sa China rin humihingi ng tulongpinansyal at nangungutang ang pamahalaang Duterte upang suportahan ang mga proyekto nito sa Pilipinas. Sinabi ni Duterte na hindi rin umano siya pababayaan ng China na maalis sa puwesto. Ito ay

matapos na sabihin ni Duterte na kung siya ay matangganl sa puwesto o mapatay ay walang ibang dapat sisihin kundi ang Central Intelligence Agency ng Amerika. Noon nakaraang linggo lamang ay dineklara ni Duterte na pagaari ng Pilipinas ang Benham Rise sa Northern Luzon. Ngunit matagal na itong inako ng China matapos payagan ng pamahalaan noong 2004 na mag-research doon ang barkong Li Shiguang Hao ng China Navy Hydrographic Office at sa katunayan ay pinangalanan pa nito ang 5 lugar sa Benham Rise na Jinghao Seamount, Tianbao Seamounts, Haidonquing Seamount, Cuiqiao Hill at Jujiu Seamount. Noong nakaraang taon ay inaprubahan ng International Hydrographic Organization ang naturang mga pangalan ng China sa Benham Rise. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Sulu native and Zamboanga City-based entrepreneur wins prestigious AWEN Award ZAMBOANGA CITY – Dennis Coffee Garden founder and owner Imelda AhalulDagus received an award at the recently concluded 4th ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) Awards held in Bangkok, Thailand. The AWEN Awards recognises women who have shown exemplary practices in their businesses and have been vetted by various bodies like Go Negosyo, ASIA CEO Awards and Philippine Retailers Association, among others. Dagus, the first Zamboanga City-based entrepreneur and Sulu native to be recognised by AWEN, is among the nine Filipina awardees this year. She was recognised for her advocacy and the role that

her company, Dennis Coffee Garden, plays in empowering women, outof-school youth and coffee farmers in Sulu, one of 5 provinces under the Muslim autonomous region. “It was a historic moment, and I am thrilled to be a part of such highly esteemed event to represent the Philippines, to represent Sulu and the city of Zamboanga and most importantly, to represent my people,” Dagus said. “While it was an honor to be considered for the nomination, winning an AWEN award was extraordinary, and I am very thankful to AWEN for giving us this platform to celebrate our unique stories.” The recipients of this year’s ASEAN Women En-

trepreneur Awards were hand-picked by the AWEN officials from a list of nominees from various outstanding women entrepreneurs in the country. Besides Dagus, the awardees from the Philippines include: Jeannie Javelosa of GREAT Women and ECHOstore, Carlota Manalo-Tan, franchisee of Wendy’s Philippines, Olive Puentespina of Malagos Cheese in Davao City, Monette Itturalde-Hamlin of Team Asia, Edilee Omoyon of Milea Organics, Cherrie Atilano of AGREA, Octavia Hizon of Hizon’s Catering and Natividad Cheng of Uratex. “Getting an award alongside these inspiring women is humbling,” said Dagus. “This is a colossal recognition for Dennis

Japan signs P970-M grant for Marawi rehab Continued fr om page 1 from Last March, the governments of the Philippines and Japan signed the Exchange of Notes worth USD9.8 million for shelter and livelihood assistance package. Total assistance of the Japanese government to the Philippines to support initiatives in Marawi is now at USD36 million. “As of April 2018, the Philippine government has identified 902 priority projects and activities for the rehabilitation and recovery of Marawi City and

its surrounding areas,” Dominguez said. “All of these has an estimated cost of PHP55 billion or roughly USD2.86 billion.” He added that 47 percent of the budget requirement for Marawi rehabilitation will come from National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council project fund, while other sources of fund will include the national government through various agencies, local government units, non-governmental organizations, development partners, and private sec-

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The finance chief said the Philippine government may issue retail bonds for both domestic and international markets intended to raise funds to support the Marawi rehabilitation program. Meanwhile, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and concurrent Task Force Bangon Marawi chairman Eduardo del Rosario said the government seeks to commence with the rehabilitation projects for Marawi by June 16. (Kris Crismundo)

Coffee Garden, and I am truly blessed to have been given this opportunity to promote Zamboanga and Sulu, and the Tausug culture to the world.” Before venturing into business, Dagus worked in the Middle East. Her decision to return home and start her own business in 2015 comes from her passion and commitment to champion Tausug heritage, to uplift the image of her hometown by promoting Sulu coffee, and to empower coffee farmers and their families in Patikul, a municipality in Sulu. In 2017, Dagus’s story which is a source of inspiration for her community and for many OFWs aspiring to become entrepreneurs, earned her national recognition when she became an award recipient of Go Negosyo’s

Insipiring Filipina Entrepreneur in the Micro-Small Enterprise Category. Receiving the award motivated Dagus to engage more people in the community. She has started a project to revive and preserve the vanishing tradition of making Jaa — an heirloom delicacy — which she planned to be a sustainable livelihood program for women. She also embarked on creating a “coffee buying station” in Patikul. This gave local coffee farmers a ready market and encouraged fair trade. By up-valuing coffee, Dagus is on a mission to open more doors towards developing the coffee industry and providing renewed hope for Patikul coffee farmers. Dagus said: “We are committed to our role as enablers of community empowerment, and I believe

that this has become more important in the backdrop of ASEAN integration, and more attainable because of the support that we receive from organizations like AWEN.” She remains to be an inspiration for women entrepreneurs and overseas Filipino workers alike, and she has already embarked on another project that aims to uplift legacy and culture. Dennis Coffee Garden is a café based in Zamboanga City which started operations in August 2015. The coffee shop offers high-quality Robusta brew - Sulu Coffee/Kahawa Sug - and Tausug heirloom delicacies and cuisine. Its rich history can be traced as far back as 1962 in Jolo, the capital town of Sulu. Dennis Coffee Garden is built on legacy, culture, community, passion and advocacy. (Earl Bumotad)

SIM Card registration bill approved A PROPOSED LAW mandating the registration of all users of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards has hurdled final reading at the House of Representatives. A total of 167 lawmakers have voted in favor of House Bill 7233 or the proposed “Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Card Registration Act, while only six voted against it. The bill aims to help law enforcement agencies in tracking down lawless criminals who use mobile phones with SIM cards to pursue nefarious activities.

Under the bill, every public telecommunication entity (PTE) or direct seller shall require the end-user of a SIM card to present valid identification with photo to ascertain the latter’s identity. End-users must provide the direct seller the following information: full name, date of birth, gender and address while foreign nationals must register their full name, passport number and address in the SIM card registration form. All PTEs are required to maintain a SIM Card regis-

try of their subscribers and submit the list to the Department of Information and Communications Technology every six months. The measure mandates all existing mobile phone subscribers with prepaid SIM cards to register with their respective PTE. Failure to register within the prescribed period shall authorize the PTE to automatically deactivate its services to the concerned prepaid SIM card subscriber. (Filane Mikee Cervantes)


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Marawi war victims receive ARMM Ramadan food packs COTABATO CITY – Over 300 internally displaced families currently residing in two tent sites in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province have received Ramadan food packs from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) government. Last week’s distribution coincided with the ARMM People’s Day held in Marawi City led by the Humanitarian and Emergency Action Response Team (ARMM-HEART). Myrna Jo Henry, ARMM-HEART information officer, said the distribution of food packs “is an act of charity” and will help evacuees prepare for the Ramadan that will start on Thursday. The food packs contain rice, fresh fish, dried fish, and loaves of bread, peanut butter, coffee, energy drink, sugar and other food items. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said Ramadan is a time for to renew commitment to the faith; and a time for solidarity - reinforced by the fast Muslims do during

the holy month. “Our shared struggle as Muslims in the Bangsamoro, however, goes beyond the fast. Around this time last year, our Muslim brothers and sisters in Marawi City were faced with a great tragedy, one that has brought pain and grief not only into the great city, but into our hearts as well.” “But it is also through this shared struggle that we continue to rediscover the depth of our love for our brothers and sisters, as we constantly share a collective strength that can only come from a steadfast faith in Allah himself. As we observe the most holy month of Ramadan, may we find time to pray for the lives of thousands who have been affected by conflict – both past and present – as we continue to pray for peace and justice in our homeland. May we remember that Allah desires ease and not hardship for us all, and may we always treat our brothers and sisters with

kindness and mercy, guided by the intention of helping to bring at least a semblance of the ease Allah desires for us,” Hataman said in his Ramadan message. He urged Muslims to always remember those who were displaced from Marawi, not only in prayer but in action; and to continue in striving to know their suffering by heart, and to relieve them of their great burden. “May we take this time to recognize our responsibility to each other as Muslims, and to remember what it means to work in solidarity towards a renewal of our commitment to our faith, towards rebuilding a city and its spirit, and responding to the continued call for peace in our communities. As we observe the holiest month of Ramadan, may we find time to pray for the lives of thousands who have been affected by the conflict,” Hataman said. Local ISIS supporters and Abu Sayyaf occupied Marawi on May 23 last year

COA rebuffs ‘Hataw’ report on PCOO ASEAN expense Continued fr om page 1 from Edna P. Salaguban, COA Supervising Auditor for PCOO, in a letter dated May 10, 2018 addressed to PCOO management, said the 2017 Annual Audit Report on PCOO is still undergoing review, hence the false news “could not

have been lifted from [the] audit report.” COA has yet to issue a final audit report. “As far as the COA-PCOO Audit Team is concerned, we do not have any knowledge on an ongoing investigation of a P 647.11 Million fund,” Salaguban’s letter added.

Undersecretary Puyat said, “We are confident that all our official transactions have been above-board. In fact, COA has given the PCOO a clean bill represented by certifications of ‘no disallowances’ for the past six audit quarters.” (Jun Ledesma)

and house to house fighting lasted 5 months that left the city in ruins. The regional government has been prompt in extending its assistance to the evacuees since the crisis started. It immediately established a crisis management committee and several operation centers to facilitate the delivery of assistance to the affected

families. In June 2017, at least a month since the siege started, the regional government released P77 million as assistance to the victims of the crisis. ARMM-HEART also formed a rescue team that helped save civilians trapped in areas where heavy fighting was reported. The team also helped in delivering additional assis-

tance from the regional government and the provincial government of Lanao del Sur to the affected individuals since last year. Hataman said the regional government last year provided P450 million for the rehabilitation of Marawi and an additional P930 million will be released for Marawi this year. (Bureau of Public Information)

Globe and Smart told to slash interconnection fees THE DEPARTMENT of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) through the National Telecomm unications Commission (NTC) has ordered local telecommunications companies (telco) to bring down the interconnection charges they impose on subscribers making calls or sending text messages across networks. This initiative comes amid preparations for the entry of a new player that will encourage competition

in the local telco industry – Globe Telecom and Smart Communications. DICT has directed the NTC to formulate measures that will ensure lower interconnection rates for both mobile voice and short messaging services (SMS) being offered by the telcos. It noted that mobile voice and SMS rates in the Philippines are among the highest in Asia. “There is a need to make the mobile voice service and short message service in the Philippines more affordable for

the ordinary Filipino consumer,” DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio said. “Affordable interconnection rates would encourage competition and would attract new major telecommunications players by creating a healthy environment conducive for competition and playing field.” Currently, the interconnection fee for voice calls is at P 2.50 per minute, while text messaging is at 15 centavos per text. (Aerol John Pateña)

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10 new HIV cases discovered in General Santos City

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Ten new cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus have been discovered in General Santos City following a recent screening conducted by the City Health Office which coincided with the observance of the 35th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial. The latest discovery are in addition to nearly 600 cases recorded in General Santos City where 2 persons had died from the deadly disease. The two fatalities were already suffering from fullblown AIDS upon diagnosis and have not availed of antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment. “We detected at least 10 new cases in each of our

previous mobile screening activities,” she said. Dr. Mely Lastimoso, coordinator of the City Health Office’s Social Hygiene Clinic (SHC), said the screening aims to highlight the continuing education and advocacy against the deadly disease. She said the mobile screening held recently at the Robinsons Mall, mainly targeted vulnerable residents who have not yet undergone HIV testing. Complications from HIV cause Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Lastimoso said the CHO provides ARV drug treatment for free, through the Department of Healthsupported satellite treatment hub here. The

tests or screening are free of any charges and the results will be treated as confidential, she added. ARV drug treatment mainly stops the multiplication of the infected person’s viral load and eventually prevents them from further spreading the disease. In some countries, the use of antiretroviral drugs has helped effectively lower the incidence of HIV infection to about 1 percent and eventually stabilized the detected cases. Lastimoso said it’s important for vulnerable residents to get tested early for HIV so they can avail of immediate treatment. She cited those who were engaged in unprotected sex and with multiple partners.

DepEd-ARMM deploys 6000 teachers for polls COTABATO CITY – The Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEdARMM) deployed Monday some 6,000 teachers to serve as members of the electoral board for every precinct in the Barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan polls. DepEd-ARMM Secretary Rasol Y. Mitmug, Jr. said that three teachers will be assigned as members of the electoral board and each of them will receive P6,500 allowance. He said that the Commission on Elections and security forces assured the safety of the teachers and that DepEd-ARMM implemented the Emergency Response Network to ensure the safety of the teachers. Meanwhile, Mitmug said they are also set to fill a total of 2,458 available vacancies for school year 2018-2019, which includes teaching positions in the elementary and junior high school level, pending the issuance of the Notice of Organization, Staffing and Compensation Action from the DepEd-Central Office. He said they are addressing various concerns on the teachers’ status should the Bangsamoro Basic Law be passed soon by Congress. He said that DepEd-ARMM has already started preparing for the transition by updating their records of teachers and the

inventory of equipment. He also echoed information that has been provided by legislators during peace forums, saying that DepEd-ARMM teachers who hold appointive positions will not be removed upon the dissolution of the region. However, they could avail different options during the four-year transition period which include reapplication for a teaching position, filing for terminal leave, or any other option that may be provided for by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority. In terms of furthering education reform in the region, Mitmug said he is pushing for school-based management which is a strategy that better empowers the DepEd-ARMM, along with schools across the region, in terms of planning and decision-making on education policies. In addition, he said there are plans to draft and distribute worksheets custom-made by the DepEd-ARMM for first graders in the region. This aims to enhance their learning abilities based on the 3Rs (read, write, and recognize) while also focusing on basic subjects. Mitmug said these worksheets will be a great help, especially to those pupils who live in remote areas and find it difficult to acquire books. “Ang

pinaka-exciting part dito sa worksheet natin ay magiging common material siya para sa mga bata sa ARMM, para magkaroon ng common identity,” he said. “Pagtulungan po natin ito at ang importante po ay malinis ang intension natin na lahat ng ito ay para sa ating mga kabataan,” Mitmug said. DepEd-ARMM Assistant Secretary Sittie Mariam Balahim said applicants for the remaining Teacher 1 positions are currently being screened to fill up vacancy in the ARMM. There are three phases that applicants should undergo – examination, interview, and demonstration teaching. While teaching eligibility is the baseline qualification, she said they would seek out the best to fill the limited number of teaching positions. “Kung sino po yung pinakamagaling, ‘yun po ang mabibigyan ng item,” Balahim said. Among the aspiring teachers is Meriam Abdullah, a walk-in applicant from Datu Piang town in Maguindanao province. Abdullah said she is hoping to get hired. “Malaking tulong po sa amin ng pamilya ko kung susuwertehin akong mabigyan ng item,” she said. (Bureau of Public Information)

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‘Ang Pag-usbaw sa mga Partido sa Rehiyon’ ni Jun Ledesma Continued fr om page 1 from og mas daghan, mas mangtas, mas dulumtanang, mas salikwaot ug mas mangilngig pa kay sa orihinal ug pipila kanila nahimong gutom nga hayop nga di gyud matagbaw sa gahum sa politika. Niining panahona ang mga sakop sa Liberal Party panagsa ra nimong madunggan. Ang mga kutib-kutiban og baba sa taas ug ubos nga balay balaoranan mga sakop sa ubang partido ug party list. Ang LPs mao na karon ang mayoriya sa PDPLABAN ug tungod niini, mora og ningbalik ang malipayong adlaw alang sa LP. Kun anaa may partido nga hapit na mapuo, kini mao ang PDP-LABAN. Ang makapatulo lang sa luha sa maong kombinasyon sa komedya ug kasubo mao ang kamatuoran nga dunay mga loyalista si Duterte sa ubos nga balay balaoranan nga gikuhaan og pondo para sa ilang distrito samtang kadtong nangusog gyud og kombati kontra ni Digong panahon sa kampanya gihatagan og dako nga pondo. Hinoon, mao man gyud na ang kinaiya sa mananap bisan sa panahon pa sa Imperyong Romano mao nga di na ta mahibulong. Demodo, tama sa akong tan-aw nga si Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio nagauna karon sa organisasyong Hugpong ng Pagbabago. Wa sab ko masorpresa o makugang ngano nga ang mayoriya sa mga lideres sa politika sa Region XI hinayhinay nga nagaduol sa HnP ug nagahubo sa ilang tradisyonal nga ilhanan sa politika. Oo, balwarte sa politika ni Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte ang Davao kun diin giamoma ni Atty. Jesus “Chito” V. Ayala ang PDP hangtud nga nahimo kini nga usa ka nasudnong partido politikal. Ang atong Presidente mismo ang usa sa mga orihinal nga sakop nga nagpundar sa PDP. Apan nganong makaingon ko nga ang kamatayon sa partido magsugod sa Davao? Maghimo ta og detalyado nga pagtuki sa politika. Importante natong mahibaw-an nga sulod sa mga nangaging katuigan, ang panaghigalaay ug pakipagtambayayong sa mga lideres sa politika ug mga lideres sa pamatigayon sa Region XI ninglabang na ug molabaw pa sa panagbingkil sa partido politika ug ideolohiya. Lagmit nga ang mga Uy sa Compostela Province, Malanyaon ug Dayanghirang sa Davao Oriental, Duterte sa Davao City, Del Rosario ug Floirendo sa Davao del Norte ug Bautista sa Davao Occidental ningdagan ilawom sa nagkalainlain nga bandera sa politika apan kun maghisgot na gani og interes sa rehiyon kini silang tanan mohukas sa ilang mga sinina nga lainlain og kolor ug motrabaho nga nagkahiusa.

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Mao na nga gawas pa sa Regional Development Council anaa ang Davao Integrated Development Program. Kining bugkos sa panaghigalaay ug panaghiusa sa mga p r o g r a m a n g pangkalamboan ang nagaduso ug nagpalahutay sa pag-usbaw sa ekonomiya (12%) sa Region 11. Kini nga pag-usbaw halos doble sa ginatagamtan sa tibuok nasud. Ang mga probinsya ug mga siyudad ang paboritong mga dunggoanan sa mga puhonan sa Mindanao. Ang rehiyon ang sentro sa nagausbong nga industriya sa saging nga nagahatag og permanenteng trabaho sa gatusan ka libo ka mga tawo ug nagahatag usab og income sa labaw pa sa 300,000 ka gagmayng negosyo nga nakabase sa panimalay. Ang mga bilyones ka pesos nga gikan sa mga sweldo sa mga tawo ug ang kitaon sa pagtumod sa saging ngadto sa ubang nasud molatay sa kaugatan sa ekonomiya ug mobalik sa rehiyon ug mao kini ang rason nga himsog ang ekonomiya ug paspas ang tubo sa negosyo ug daghan og dayo ang Davao City nga nangita og trabaho. Sa iyang pakigpulong atubangan sa ubang mga lideres sa paglunsad sa HnP, gibatbat ni Mayor Inday ang kaimportante sa pagsabwag sa mga puhonan sa mga nanag-unang industriya ngadto sa ubang sentro sa kalamboan sa rehiyon aron di magpunsisok sa Davao City. Ang panagbugkos sa rehiyon sa Davao usa ka maayong pagtulun-an ug modelo sa politika. Dihang ang kanhi mga haligi sa Liberal Party gikan sa Surigao del Sur, Rep. Johnny Pimentel ug Rep. Rey Umali sa Mindoro, ninglatas og mga utlanan sa probinsya ug kauban ni House Speaker Bebot Alvarez ningdasdas sa Davao del Norte ug ningmando nga distrungkahon ang mga quarantine foot ug mga tire wash checkpoint, ang tanan nga mga lideres sa rehiyon nagtagbo ug naghiusa sa pagpakita sa ilang pwersa didto sa Tagum City. Ang mga nanulong sa politika – si Pimentel ug Umali – ningdeklara, nga mora og nanghulga sa mga negosyante ug mga trabhante sa mga plantasyon ug nagpasiklab sa ilang mensahe sa mga lideres sa politika sa rehiyon nga maghimo sila og miting sa komite sa Tagum. Ang tumong daw nila mao ang pagtanggal sa mga quarantine checkpoint sa mga karsadang publiko nga nagasubay sa mga kasagingan. Sa naandan nga drama-drama, giataki nila ang mga tag-iya sa plantasyon, gipunting pa gyud ang mga Floirendos sa TADECO, nga matud pa nila gahatag og mas dako nga balor sa saging kay sa publiko. Kulang og kasayuran ug kahibalo kining duruha. Tanggala ning mga quarantine sta-

tion, nga sa ilang kaignorante ilang ginakonsidirar nga babag sa mga karsada, ug di moabot og tuig ang gikalisangan nga fusarium wilt, nga mas popular sa gikahadlokang pangalan nga Panama disease, mokaylap ug mopuo dili lang sa plantasyon sa saging sa TADECO nga gipanag-iya sa mga Floirendo kundili ang tibuok industriya sa saging. Segurado ko nga ang liderato sa rehiyon dili motugot nga mao ni ang mahitabo. Mas modaghan ang mga way trabaho sa rehiyon nga kinahanglang atimanon kay sa mga OFWs sa Middle East. Gub-a ang industriya sa saging ug imong gipatay ang himsog ug piskay nga ekonomiya sa rehiyon. Segurado ko nga ang mga lideres dili motugot nga ang insurhensya ug kriminalidad mao ang modominar tungod sa kayagaw sa ekonomiya ug pagkawala sa kapanginabuhian sama sa mga panghitabo sa Surigao del Sur ug Mindoro. Wa mag-usik-usik og pulong si Inday Sara. Bisan ang iyang mga komedya may puntariya. Sa mga naminaw niya sa Tagum sa ning-aging semana, iyang gideklarar nga modagan siya pagka Kongresista ug mokandidato pagka Speaker sa House of Representatives. Ug naa pay tulukibon nga mensahe. Kauban niya sa maong panagtapok si Rep. Tonyboy Floirendo, suod kaayo kaniadto nga higala ni Speaker Alvarez. Pagkasayang. Morag usa ray tinai niining duha tungod sa pagkasuod. Pipila pa lang ka bulan ang nangagi nga gibalita nga nasi-ak ang panaghigalaay niining duha tungod sa bikil sa ilang mga minahal. Lahi diay. Mokompisal ko dinhi nga kausa ningsulay ko niadto sa pagpahiuli sa ilang maayong kabubuton. Ang akong nakuha gikan kang Bebot ang pamahayag nga “dili lang ni bahin sa panaghigalaay, kundili labaw pa”. Nahiugnok sa maong tubag, wa na nako mapangutana kun unsa gyud ang rason. Karon nagsugod na ko og sabot sa mga rason. Taliwala niining mga mahinungdanong katikaran sa politika sa Davao, ang mga haligi sa politika sa North ug Central Luzon nga nailhan nga mga lideres sa mga partido politikal sa rehiyon nakitan nga nag-uban-uban sa mga lideres sa politika sa Rehiyon sa Davao nga mga lubasang sakop sa HnP. Daghan ang akong nakitan nga mga lideres sa politika nga anaa sa poder sa Metro Manila, North ug Central Luzon nga nagbalikbalik sa Davao. Sa akong pagtuo, ganahan sila sa dagat, sa agila, sikwate ug pagkamaabiabihon sa mga lideres sa Rehiyon sa Davao. Posible sab kaha nga ang akong nakita ang pagbarog sa mga partido politikal sa rehiyon.

‘Ramadan’ by Amir Mawallil IN A WORLD where so much needs to be done, and in a region where so much is needed, time to focus on prayer and on a community in prayer is precious. This is the start of Ramadan—our most sacred month. Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayer and contemplation. It is when we review what we have learned of discipline, submission to the will of Allah and compassion for our brethren. This is when our solidarity as Muslims held together by one faith and surrender to Allah is both tested and affirmed. This is the month when heaven’s gates are opened and those of hell are shut, and the devils within hell chained, or so the Prophet Mohammad has been quoted as saying. The sanctity of Ramadan stems from our belief that it was during this holiest time that Allah revealed the first verses of the Quran to the Prophet Mohammad on Layat al-Qadr, The Night of Power. Our daily fasting from sunrise to sunset begins when the first crescent moon of Ramadan is seen in the night sky, and it ends when the last crescent moon of the month appears. This is when we remember most keenly just how much we depend on Allah for all that we need: We do not eat or drink while the sun lights up the sky. This teaches us what hunger and thirst truly mean, a very direct lesson that enables us to understand the need of the poor and hungry on their level—thus giving us compassion for them and empowering us to offer them what we can. During Ramadan, we do our best not to allow negative thoughts and emotions to take root in us. We avoid swearing, complaining and gossiping—things that we actually should avoid year-round, so I consider Ramadan a time for practicing this restraint. This is the month that we focus on our relationship with Allah by cutting out distractions that may interfere with our deep contemplation on this vital part of our lives as Muslims. We pray throughout the day—and when the fast becomes difficult, that is the best opportunity to pray. We focus on being charitable and generous when we have enough to share. This is the month when we give more time to studying the Quran. NEED TO PRA Y AND PRAY ACT With the word “terrorist” so often attached to the words “Muslim” and “Islamic,” we need this space and time for prayer more than ever. Even as we are battered

for people who commit acts of violence in Allah’s name and call themselves Muslim, we who seek peace must not lose hope that we will gain that peace. Let me be very honest: Submission to the will of Allah is the way and meaning of Islam. We must overcome our own weaknesses and our very natures to follow the will of Allah. This is why we are asked by our faith to pray constantly, that we may act and speak in tune with Allah’s will. Muslims in Mindanao, like the other Filipinos in Mindanao, must contend with poverty and acute need on many levels. That is our everyday reality, even as we work to improve this situation. We have a city to rebuild: Marawi. The residents of the country’s only Muslim city are still recovering from five months of war that destroyed their homes and livelihoods. So many of them are still internally displaced and praying for a home—and it is Ramadan. This month of fasting and rectitude is likely to be more difficult for them than before. They will need our prayers and our help more than ever. Ramadan is a good time to make Marawi’s residents, indeed our brethren across Muslim Mindanao, feel the solidarity that binds us in fasting and prayer, in hope and in joy. We can practice the charity and generosity that are already part of Ramadan by sharing meals with our brothers and sisters from Marawi as the rebuilding is in progress. We can pray for them and make our compassion felt by reaching out to them and offering them what help we can— whether that help comes in the form of assistance in rebuilding or business sent their way that will help them get back on their feet. Those who sow terror in the name of Islam capitalize on the solidarity we consciously cultivate during Ramadan to recruit people. We who do not want terrorism and violence must counter this by building solidarity for peace and prosperity in our communities. Where there is enough for the people, there is less reason to join a terrorist group. Where there is peace, people will not seek conflict. Let us come together in solidarity for the peace that is our lifelong goal as Muslims. Conflict and terror can only be sustained for so long. It is peace that lasts, and it is peace that we will always seek. This time of contemplation, restraint and prayer builds up our spiritual fortitude. Why not make it a time to rebuild a community like Marawi? Perhaps we can also use this time to pray for,

and act peacefully on behalf of, the Rohingya. These are our brethren who have been rendered stateless and who now seek shelter in refugee camps. If the radical groups claiming to fight for Islam with guns and terrorism make themselves known for these acts of violence, we can stand for the peace that is Islam and work to ensure that the people who would be vulnerable to their recruitment are kept safe from them. It isn’t as easy to do as it is to write about, I grant that, but our introspection and contemplation this holy month of Ramadan offers us both the time and opportunities to bring our contemplations from the conceptualization stage to the implementation stage—and we don’t need grand gestures. What we need are small, sustained acts of kindness and goodness, done daily. Hopefully beyond the month of Ramadan. PRA YER PRAYER As much as my job involves communicating with the people, my faith instills in me the discipline of keeping in constant touch with All a h — t h a t communication being prayer. I am not perfect in fulfilling my obligations as a Muslim, but even in the struggle to meet those obligations, like other Muslims, I am mindful of what those obligations are, so I pray for strength rooted in love, that I may be able to do the tasks set before me. I don’t see Ramadan as a time to sacrifice. I see it as a time to bring my focus to the things that matter the most to me: My relationship with Allah. My family. My community. It is a time of joy for me, despite the temporary hunger and thirst. It is a time when I sift between what is lasting and what is not. Ramadan is also a time for family celebrations and reconnecting with family and friends. When the three day feast of Eid al-Fitr (the breaking of the fast) comes around, I get together with my family and my friends and we feast heartily and exchange gifts with each other. Muslims worldwide do this together, simultaneously. This praying, fasting, abstinence, spiritual contemplation and joy are something that binds us together in our beliefs, no matter where in the world we are. This is our strength as Allah is our strength. This gives me the faith to keep believing that the good we do outweighs the evils the world perceives when it looks at us.


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Chinese gas, oil project still up in Cebu

CEBU - The Department of Energy (DOE) the oil and gas production project in Alegria town are ongoing with the China International Mining Petroleum Ltd. Co. (CIMP) as it major operator, officials said. DOE-Visayas Field Office OIC-Director Saul Gonzales said the Environmental Management Bureau has issued Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) for the project which covered nearly 48,000 hectares in Montpeller village. “Extraction work in the project site continues. In fact, there will be an inauguration of the

project soon,” Gonzales said. One of the wells, P8, at the site was temporarily suspended by the DOE following the discovery by the Energy Resource Development Bureau was emitting foul odor. The Alegria Oil and Gas Production Project is covered by the DOE Service Contract (SC) 49, according to Gonzales. Last March 14, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi and the CIMP declared the commerciality of the Alegria Project, which could last 19 years until 2037, based on current production levels. An estimated 27.93 million

barrels of oil (MMBO), with a possible production recovery of 3.35 MMBO, or a conservative estimate of 12 percent of total oil reserves, were discovered in the area. For natural gas, about 0.42 billion cubic feet (bcf ) of reserves were found, with the recoverable resource estimated at 6.6 bcf, or about 70 percent of natural gas reserves. Gonzales said the local government unit of Alegria will get a share of the profit from the project while its residents will have employment and small enterprise opportunities. (Luel Galarpe)

Cebu almost free from illegal drugs CEBU CITY – Cebu province is nearly drug-free, but it needs to declare 28 villages as totally free from the menace of illegal drugs in order to win the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) Award this year. Based on the requirements in the peace and order criteria, a provincial government must have 20 percent of its villages cleared of drugs to earn the SGLG plum. Cebu province has 1,066 villages and so far, 185 villages were

declared drug-cleared. Next month, the DILG is set to start its assessment and evaluation of the more than 1,700 local governments for this year’s SGLG Awards. Gover nor Hilario Davide III, however, said he is not worried if Cebu Province won’t be able to pass the test of good governance this year since the province has clinched the SGLG awards for three consecutive years. The governor said they have done everything they could muster but still fell short of the requirements, adding that a

fourth SGLG would have been a bonus for the Cebu Provincial Government who has truly strived to improve governance and provide better service to its constituents. Aside from the SGLG, recognized LGUs also get a share of the Performance Challenge Fund, a millions-of-pesos incentive for local development projects. To qualify for the SGLG, LGUs must exemplary perform in the fields of financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, and peace and order. (Luel Galarpe)

Task group formed to unmask ambushers CEBU CITY - The Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) has formed a special task group that will investigate the failed assassination on Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot, a former police general. Loot, who was with his family returning

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from a vacation, survived an ambush, but his two driver and a nanny of his grandchild were wounded in the daring attack last week. President Rodrigo Duterte last year accused Loot as one of the five police generals involved in illegal drugs, but the mayor denied all allega-

tions against him. Regional police chief Robert Quenery said the task group is headed by provincial police chief Manuel Abrugena. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the attack, but at least 5 gunmen were involved in the ambush. (Luel Galarpe)

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