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Palace: PNP knows what to do in wake of mall jewelry heist



Lanao Norte LGU convoy of humanitarian aid arrived in Leyte

Vincent N. Labial


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Tzu Chi Foundation holds relief distribution in Tacloban City Venus L. Garcia

UN Secretary General to visit Tacloban City Venus L. Garcia



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DavNor 4H Club to hold fun-run for Yolanda victims


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Zambo. Norte Press Club donates tents for typhoon survivors in Tacloban


PCL donates P2 -M for councilors affected by supertyphoon Yolanda

Franklin P. Gumapon

Gideon C. Corgue

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013 Vol. 3 No. 85

COVER STORY Tom Anthony and Sabine


om Anthony graduated from West Point and spent six years as an officer in the United States Army, his professional careers took him to Europe and Asia. After leaving the military he worked for multinational companies where he was assigned to Southeast Asia. He eventually came to Mindanao, subsequently choosing Davao as his second home. He and his wife Mailyn shuttles back and forth from their home in Southern California and Davao. Tom says that he loves Davao. “My wife is from here; our kids go to school here. We have been going back and forth

for 16 years now.” He says. After many years in the corporate world Tom decided to zealously pursue his other passionwriting. “I started writing when I was six years old and never stopped.” Says Tom. He would write his congressman requesting for a slot in West Point, writing for Firestone to apply for a corporate job, then to his clients to sell something, writing was big parcel of his life. While in Davao, Tom a voracious reader of local newspapers suddenly had a desire to write a novel. His first book Rebels of Mindanao was based mostly from his experience of three years living

in Mindanao having close contact with military and political leaders in the region. Particularly fellow West Pointers Brig. Gen Ramon Ong (Ret.) and former President Fidel V. Ramos, whom Tom had chatted with before in the process of writing the book. Rebels of Mindanao became a best-seller in Amazon and earned him the Book of the Year award from “Forward� magazine. Eager to make his book into a movie, he met up with Ian del Carmen of Manila-based Grindhouse Productions. However Ian told Tom that making Rebels would entail an expensive budget which they could not afford at the moment. Thus they agreed to produce a doable story- Sabine, a story tragedy and embraces love and about a kind-hearted American forgiveness. expatriate in Davao City who meets a fascinating character named Sabine- a sex slave escaping away from the clutches of a ruthless pimp, a film that also tells the tale of a waif who overcomes 5

Sabine the film script is set in Davao City along the route of the city’s main thoroughfare MacArthur Highway. It is said that the inspiration from Sabine came from Tom’s long drive along MacArthur Highway, a route he takes from his home in the southern district of Toril towards the city proper. The movie will its world premiere at Gaisano Mall in Davao City today 9Dec. 17). It features Dabawenya actress Valerie “Bangs” Garcia in the title role and Felix Roco, Gwen Garci, and Hollywood actor James Monson in support roles. After Davao screenings, it will travel to Tagum, General Santos, Cebu and Metro Manila. An international release is planned particularly in Los Angeles, as the film is touted as a mainstream international production shot in Davao City. Tom hopes, Dabawenyos will go and watch Sabine, a movie

which they can relate to and be proud of. Hopefully Sabine will be a successful initial venture for Tom and the Davao Entertainment International Corporation which he has set up with partners. On the drawing board is his dream project “Rebels of Mindanao” which they are pitching to Hollywood agents.

Palace: Government doing part to keep prices in check


alacañang on Monday maintained the government is doing its part to keep prices of basic commodities and services in check, even as it chided a lawmaker for suggesting that people show their rage against a power rate hike by the Manila Electric Co.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin also managed to keep inflation and Lacierda said the government has prices of fuel at “manageable” levels.



“You don’t give us due credit when prices of gasoline go down. You forget gas prices go down. We kept inflation at a manageable rate,” he said. Besides, he said the agency with the power to approve power rate adjustments is the Energy Regulatory Commission, which he said is independent of the Executive Department. “It’s very clear it was a decision made by ERB which is independent of the Department of Energy,” he said. For now, Lacierda said an investigation is underway to see if there was supposed collusion in Meralco’s power rate hike. Lacierda also said Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, who reportedly called for people to rage against power rate hikes, “should not be so hasty in making general statements.” “I think he should appreciate the fact this government has managed to keep our prices within


inflation... We also have monitoring of prices on a weekly basis from the Department of Trade and Industry. Don’t make general statements to that effect, give credit where it is due,” he said. Meanwhile, Lacierda said the Palace is leaving it to ERC Chairperson Zenaida Ducut whether to resign out of delicadeza, amid widespread criticism of Meralco’s rate hike. He said it would be a “personal decision” for Ducut whether to resign from her post. “We leave that to her personal decision if she will take a leave or resign,” he said. PND


Palace: PNP knows what to do in wake of mall jewelry heist


alacañang on Monday assured the public the Philippine National Police knows what to do to ensure peace and order, following the jewelry heist at a mall in Quezon City Sunday evening.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the PNP is “fully aware” of the possibility of criminals exploiting the holiday shopping rush to strike. “Enforcement measures, they’ve taken this as part of their duty (during the) holiday season,” he said at a media briefing. Robbers struck Sunday evening at a mall in Quezon City, attacking a jewelry


shop and making their escape by mixing into the crowd. Lacierda said President Benigno S. Aquino III personally went to the site because he wanted to see the circumstances of the heist. “He decided he wanted to see what the circumstances in the heist in SM North. And I’m sure there will be a proper investigation,” he said. PND


BIMP-EAGA officials highlight academe’s role in sustaining sub-regional growth


gh-ranking officials of the Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) underscored the role of the academe in sustaining the socio-economic growth and development of the sub-region. Speaking during the BIMP-EAGA Authority Chair Luwalhati Antonino Conference (BEC) 2013 held at the recognized the potentials of A&A Plaza Hotel in Puerto Princesa, strategic and relevant studies in Philippine Signing Minister for BIMP- narrowing the development gaps EAGA and Mindanao Development across and within the sub-region.



The Palawan State University and the Universiti Malaysia jointly organized the conference, which opened on Monday and gathered almost 200 participants from key universities and colleges in Palawan and Mindanao. “It’s assuring to know that we have this pool of experts who may undertake social and scientific researches that will help our policy and decision makers craft the right policies that will help us fortify BIMP-EAGA’s four strategic pillars of development,” Antonino said. BIMP-EAGA is a sub-regional economic cooperation designed to spur economic development in lagging sub-economies. Its four strategic pillars are connectivity, food basket, environment, and tourism. She added that strengthening the research and development in BIMPEAGA is a necessary preparation for the ASEAN integration by 2015, with the sub-region poised to become the food basket and agribusiness hub of ASEAN. “We need to sustain this initiative to provide knowledge base in harnessing our market intelligence, innovating


advancements, and harmonizing key policies with the end goal of strengthening BIMP-EAGA’s overall competitiveness,” said Antonino. Former President Fidel Ramos, founder of BIMP-EAGA also graced this year’s conference and said that the academe plays a crucial role in the institutional relationships within the sub-region. “The hope of BIMP-EAGA lies on the younger generation. True connectivity does not merely rely on physical connectivity, but also through the strengthened connection of its people,” Ramos said. Now on its second year, BEC gathered papers and case studies on tourism, business entrepreneurship, information system, marketing, economics, law, culture, health, and agriculture. Studies submitted are regional in nature, but also bears a BIMP-EAGA perspective. To further sustain the initiative and strengthen academic linkages, the BIMP-EAGA ministers are also exploring the possibility of a student exchange program among the universities of EAGA member countries.


DepEd-Misamis Occidental to conduct the Golden Jars Awards by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – The Department of Education, Division of Misamis Occidental (DepEd), has set to recognize the exemplary performance and significant contributions of its employees under the Golden Jars Awards at Punta Meriam Resort, in Panaon on Dec. 20, this year.



The Golden Jars Awards will be along the areas of innovation, information and communication technology, social services and public policy, Dr. Jonathan S. Dela Pe?a, Schools Division Superintendent, said. Now on its 3rd year, the awards is consistent with the DepEd Order on establishing a Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE), in the Division, whose committee include Dela Pena, as Chairperson, Edna B. Dumaog, Education Program Supervisor, Vice Chairperson, and the following members: Felcor Blanco, Para Talip, Ernie Caguindangan and Luzminda Chan. Meanwhile, Dela Pe?a said nominees have been requested to fill up the nomination forms for the

Awards, and School Heads have been requested to nominate at least one teacher per school for any of these categories: Outstanding Innovative Research Work, Outstanding Innovative Implementation of Instruction, Outstanding Innovative Instructional Material, Outstanding Innovative Community-Engaging Project, Outstanding Innovative Values-Enhancement Project (I Am Hip-Hop) Implementation. Included under the School Head Category (Elementary and Secondary) are Outstanding Innovative Teacher Development Program, Outstanding Innovative Community Project, Outstanding Innovative Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Project, Outstanding Innovative Resource Management and Academic Enhancement Project.

Lanao Norte LGU convoy of humanitarian aid arrived in Leyte by Vincent N. Labial

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte - The 7-vehicle convoy of Lanao del Norte (LDN) LGU finally arrived in the island of Leyte on December 10, 2013. The convoy is composed of two wing-type 10-wheeler vans, two buses and two support vehicles and one ambulance. The wing vans carried the relief goods and food packs for victims of the tragedy, while the buses carry the two medical teams that c o n d u c t e d


the free medical missions in various communities in the province of Leyte. “We are here to show that we


accessories (handicrafts), processed foods, cakes and pastries, native foods, pillow cases, blankets, bags and RTWs. Councilor Salcedo thanked the Community Improvement Division and City Social Welfare and Development Department for successfully facilitating the skills training and for continuously supervising the various livelihood projects of the IDPs. The sources of funds include among others the DSWD, Oro Integrated Cooperative, Land Bank


of the Philippines, Habitat for Humanity and from the CSWD. Aside from the products to be displayed at City Hall, at least 12 IDPs are operating trisikads and Peso nets at Indahag Relocation Site as source of their livelihood. The Sendong anniversary is centered on the theme: Beyond Sendong, Rebuilding lives and the City. The week-long activity is chaired by Eileen C. Escobar-San Juan, the Local Economic and Investment Promotions Officer of the city.


Catbalogan lady mayor spearheads Pasko Caravan in Tacloban City By Venus L. Garcia

TACLOBAN CITY -- The local government of Catbalogan through city mayor Stephany Uy-Tan sponsored on Sunday a Pasko Caravan in one of the evacuation centers of the city.



“We have been conducting relief operations after the onslaught of Yolanda, however, the Pasko Caravan was planned to help children to feel relieved from distress and trauma,” Tan said. The initial distribution was only one of the activities that they will be doing in other typhoonaffected municipalities. Children evacuees have received assorted gift items like toys, doll, play balls, and slippers. These presents which they have prepared has brought joy and smiles to their faces despite the harsh situation they’re in. They were aso entertained by a dance performance specially


prepared by Bangon Pilipinas volunteers to amuse them. Dagupan city councilor Maybelyn dela Cruz-Fernandez also came in support and in giving prizes to the winners who actively participited the different youngsters’ games. During her interview over Philippine Information Agency’s (PIA’s) Power FM done right after the Caravan, Fernandez said that the Phil. Councilors League is allocating P2M for the councilors in the typhoonhit areas that will then be distributed to Yolanda victims. Another 200,000 will also be given to the constituents.


Tzu Chi Foundation holds relief distribution in Tacloban City By Venus L. Garcia

TACLOBAN CITY- The Tzu Chi Foundation, a Taiwan Buddhist non-profit organization, held a relief distribution today at San Jose Elementary School, this city, where some 347 displaced families are temporarily housed. As part of Tzu Chi’s mission in the Visayas, their volunteers were giving out eco-blankets and rice to the evacuees. It was learned that the foundation has dedicated its works in the field of charity, medicine, education, environmental protection, as well a the promotion of humanistic values and community volunteering. Apart from the material aid, a cash in varied amounts, depending on the number of family members, was also handed over to the recipients who patiently queued to get their share.


This is only one of the many humanitarian endeavors of Tzu Chi which creates a notable impact in the lives of the disaster victims. “Tzu Chi’s relief efforts demonstrate a good example of selfless motives to sustain the interest of helping those who are truly in need and showing them hope to overcome life’s struggles,” said Teresita, one of Tzu Chi’s volunteers. They are at the same time optimistic to sustain a favorable outcome from the all out support of their foundation.


UN Secretary General to visit Tacloban City By Venus L. Garcia

TACLOBAN CITY -- The United Nations (UN) leader Ban Ki-moon will arrive on Saturday in the city to see for himself and assess the typhoon aftermath. According to Vincent Omuga, meet the local communities who UN Office of the Coordination are affected by the disaster,” said of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Omuga. representative, the visit to The UN Sec-Gen will leave the Philipppines will be an opportune Philippines on Sunday. time to meet and discuss with Prior to UN leader’s arrival, a government leaders the concerns on briefing on Humanitarian efforts by increasing damages brought about the government with the UN and by calamities across nations. other international organizations Following his arrival on the same will also be held on Thursday, Dec. day will be a press conference in 19, Leyte Sports Complex, this which venue will be announced city to inform media and the public soonest. on the progress of its continued “He will visit the typhoon-stricken operations for typhoon Yolanda areas in Tacloban and to personally victims.



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DC malls joins forces for Davao Fun Sale

Fun Sale is a city-wide sale which offers fantastic discounts, freebies and prizes. Participating shopping centers in the city include Abreeza-Ayala Mall, Slated from March 14 to Gaisano Grand Mall, Gaisano Mall April 16, 2014, the big Davao of Davao, Gaisano Mall of Toril, DAVAO CITY- Major shopping malls in Davao City have joined hands to take part in the first citywide shopping frenzy in the country, the Davao Fun Sale.



NCCC Mall, Robinson’s, SM City Davao and SM Lanang Premier. “This is the Department of Tourism-XI’s response to the unprecedented growth in the retail industry of Davao City these past couple of years,.” Said Assistant Secretary Art Boncato of the DOT. More than the dream of making the city number one when it comes to shopping and dining, this endeavour also aims to improve the image of Davao as a thriving destination for business and investment.” Boncato added. Great deals will be offered by the participating malls per week during the Davao Fun Sale. March 16-23 will focus on health and beauty products, March 2430 for electronics and gadgets shops, March 31- April 6 for home


appliances and travel, April 7-16 for active lifestyle and fashion. Aside from retail products the Davao City Tourism Operations is also inviting visitors during the city-wide sale to sample local cuisine in a food festival handled by the Restaurants Association of Davao Inc. The activity aims to have 100 restaurants and food outlets throughout the duration of the sale. To complement the Davao Fun Sale, airline company Cebu Pacific will have a special Davao hub seat sale before the year ends. With direct flights to Davao from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Puerto Princes and Dipolog- visitors from all over the country can easily experience the Big Davao Fun Sale thru Cebu Pacific. The Big Davao Fun Sale is spearheaded by the participating malls, in cooperation with DOTXI, the City Government of Davao and the Philippine Retailers Association. (PIA/RG Alama)


DavNor 4H Club to hold fun-run for Yolanda victims TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte --- The Davao del Norte chapter of 4H Club initiates a fun-run to help club members who have become Typhoon Yolanda victims. Dubbed as DavNor Run 4Hers’ Race, the fun-run is slated on Nov. 22 to start at 5:00 a.m. Tagum City New City Hall.

The activity is organized by the provincial government of Davao del Norte, city government of Tagum, the Provincial Sports Office, Tagum Runners Club and the Volunteer Leaders ‘s Association of the Philippines Davao del Norte Chapter which


supervises the 4H Club. Volunteer Leaders Association Davao del Norte Chapter President Cenen Banal said proceeds of the funrun will go to the members of Tacloban. Registration to the funrun requires participants to pay P300 inclusive of a singlet, racing bib, finishers certificate and light breakfast. Banal directs interested participant to register at Tagum City Hall, Gaisano Mall of Tagum, Gaisano Grand Mall of Tagum, NCCC Mall of Tagum, at the Provincial Sports Office and at the Provincial Planning and Development Office. (Jean D. Abangan, PIA)


PIA9 director bares purpose of Tacloban trip over dxBC By Gideon C. Corgue

BUTUAN CITY – Regional Director Noemi B. Edaga of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9 on Friday morning was interviewed over RMN-dxBC here on PIA9’s support to the communication activities in typhoon-ravaged city of Tacloban.



In said interview, Director Edaga explained that the PIA9 team would serve as reinforcement to PIA One Mindanao organized PIA-Caraga Regional Director Abner Caga that is assisting PIA-8 in the information work following the onslaught of supertyphoon Yolanda last Nov. 8. Edaga was interviewed by Archer Capadeso, anchorman of “Straight to the Point” radio program. Edaga’s attendance to the interview was in response to the invitation of dxBC Station Manager Ramil Bangues. Edaga said the team travels in convoy of three vehicles from Pagadian City to Tacloban City. The group, which brought along relief goods and tents for affected PIA personnel and media men in Tacloban, left Pagadian on Thursday evening, arrived in Butuan City on Friday morning and proceeded to Tacloban with PIA Caraga on Saturday. Edaga thanked the generous donors in Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Pagadian City


and Dipolog City for supporting PIA9’s initiative in helping the typhoon victims saying that “the team was overwhelmed with the cooperation they have shown to the agency.” “At first, we hesitated to pursue with our mission to help because we have zero fund. We have no logistics at all. But when we made an appeal to some government officials and businessmen they responded positively,” Edaga explained. Edaga specifically mentioned the help extended by Zamboanga del Sur governor Antonio Cerilles, Pagadian City mayor Romeo Pulmones, Dumalinao mayor Ace William Cerilles, Dipolog City mayor Evelyn Uy, First Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army, Technical Education Skills and Development Authority, Ramona Fishing Corporation, Zamboanga Motors Supply, and Caritas Shield Insurance. The team arrived at Leyte Sports Development Center, Tacloban City on Saturday evening.


Zambo. Norte Press Club donates tents for typhoon survivors in Tacloban By Franklin P. Gumapon

TACLOBAN CITY – Having seen the pitiful condition of the survivors of supertyphoon Yolanda that hit this city and other parts of Leyte and Samar provinces, the Zamboanga del Norte Press Club (ZNPC) has donated tents and mats for media practitioners affected by the calamity. These tents and mats, which were brought to this city by a team from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9, are slated to be turned-over to the beneficiaries on Dec. 18. ZNPC President Rosemarie P. Miranda said the devastation wrought by the supertyphoon had prompted the officers and members of the club to extend help especially to the media practitioners who were also affected by the typhoon. Based on the briefing conducted by the members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDDRMC)-8, typhoon Yolanda has left 5,715 dead and 277,614 houses totally damaged, affecting 43,479 families. National and international organizations are also extending their support to the victims through relief

operations, medical services and other humanitarian services to help alleviate the deplorable condition of the victims which are now housed at evacuation centers. Cadaver collection has also been going on. A decomposing cadaver was recovered yesterday in one of the hardest hit barangays here in the city. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has also fasttracked the construction of 228 units core shelters for the typhoon survivors. On the part of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-8, Regional Director Nestor Ramos reported that it had already given 3,253,287 food packs to 280,968 affected families.

PCL donates P2 -M for councilors affected by supertyphoon Yolanda By Gideon C. Corgue

TACLOBAN CITY – The Philippine Councilor’s League (PCL) is helping its members who are affected by the supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name, Haiyan).



This was disclosed by Dagupan City Councilor Mayvelyn Dela Cruz, PCL secretary-general, during a live interview last night with PIA One Mindanao Team radio anchors Fryan Abkilan and Franklin Gumapon over Power FM at the media center at Leyte Sports Development Center here. Dela Cruz along with Mayor Stephanie Tan-Uy of Catbalogan City served as guests in a radio interview following the “Pasko Caravan,” a gift giving project of the city government of Catbalogan for the children affected by the typhoon. The gift giving was held at San Jose Elementary School evacuation center here in the city. “In our last board meeting few days ago, Dela Cruz said, the PCL has passed a resolution appropriating P2 million for the councilors affected by “Yolanda.” Dela Cruz said the PCL is taking care of its members by giving them financial assistance.


Dela Cruz said the officers are still contacting their provincial federation presidents to determine how many councilors were affected by the wrath of super typhoon Yolanda so that the financial assistance will be extended immediately to its members. Dela Cruz also encouraged the members who are not affected by Yolanda to extend help by urging their respective local government units in passing resolutions. She also disclosed that there are local government units in Luzon implementing “Adopt-a-town” project. “We are doing a massive information campaign on this initiative so that many councilors will be pushed to help the survivors in Eastern Visayas,” Dela Cruz explained. Dela Cruz also announced that the Philippine Red Cross is extending P300 thousand for Yolanda survivors in Tacloban City and additional P100 thousand for the earthquake survivors in Bohol.



One Mindanao - December 17, 2013  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao