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China, nagbanta ng ‘sanctions’ vs sa Pilipinas dahil sa spratly BEIJING – Dapat umanong maturuan ng leksyon ang Pilipinas dahil sa ginawa nitong pakikipagsundo sa Amerika at sinasabing pagpayag nito na makialam ang U.S. government sa problema sa West Philippine Sea. Bagama't wala pang opisyal na reaksyon ang China sa isyu, pero inilathala sa isang state-run newspaper ang pag-alma umano ng Beijing sa nabanggit na hakbang ng Philippine government. Partikular na ikina-alarm ng China ay ang ulat na pag-deploy ng Amerika ng mga U.S. navy ships nito at pagpapalakas ng puwersa sa Pilipinas. Ipinanawagan pa nito ang pagputol na ng China sa mga economic activities nito sa PilipiCHINA\p.7

It’s now official: Palawan river sa ‘New 7 Wonders’

Puerto Princesa Underground River in PalawanPuspusan na ngayon ang ginagawang paghahanda ng Puerto Princesa city government at Department of Tourism (DoT) kaugnay sa gagawing selebrasyon sa Lunes kaugnay sa pagkapanalo ng Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR). Ang nasabing 17-kilometer underground river sa Palawan ay pasok sa New 7 Wonders of Nature at pormal na inianunsyo ngayong hapon sa Heritage Hotel sa Pasay City. Dumalo sa pagtitipon si Puerto Prince-

sa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn at personal na tinanggap ang inagurasyon mula kay Bernard Weber ng New7Wonders Foundation. Sinabi ni Mayor Hagedorn sa kanyang talumpati na labis ang kanyang pasasalamat sa lahat ng mga sumuporta at bomoto sa Puerto Princesa underground river. Ipinagmamalaki ni Hagedorn na mula sa dalawa, naging 11 na ngayon ang biyahe ng eroplano sa kanilang lugar kada araw. Sinabi naman ni Dir. Luella Jurilla ng Department of Tourism (DoT) region 4, daIT’S NOW\p.7

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January 30, 2012

C. Mindanao News Updates....! Compiled by: Richard C. Basilio & Rod Baldonado

Identity ng suspek at mastermind sa Cris Guarin slay case, ilalabas GENERAL SANTOS CITY - Kinukonsidera ngayon ng pulisya na lutas na ang kaso kaugnay sa pamamaslang sa local tabloid publisher at dating reporter ng Bombo Radyo General Santos City na si Cris Guarin. Ito ang sinabi sa Bombo Radyo General Santos ni P/Insp. Francisco Sawadan, public information officer ng GenSan City Police Office. Ayon kay Sawadan, base sa impormasyon mula sa Criminal Investigation Detection Group (CIDG) Region 12, nakilala na ang mga suspek sa pagpatay kay Guarin at maging ang mastermind sa krimen. Sa kabila nito, tumanggi muna ang opisyal na ibigay ang pangalan ng mga suspek upang hindi maapektuhan ang patuloy na imbestigasyon sa kaso. Pero tiniyak ni Sawadan na agad isasampa ang kaso laban sa mga suspek sa oras na makumpleto na ang pagkuha ng karagdagang ebidensiya at affidavit sa mga testigo. Posible rin aniyang isama sa press release ang identity ng mga suspek.

Negosyante pinasok ng magnanakaw ang kuwarto, tinangay ang P400-K GENERAL SANTOS CITY- Mahigit sa P400,000 ang nawala sa isang negosyante matapos pinasok ng tatlong magnanakaw ang bahay nito. Ayun kay PO3 Sabide Mischel ng Fatima Police Station na ang biktima ay kinilala na si Dollie Piyamonte, 50-anyos, residente ng block 5, barangay Fatima ng lungsod. Ang biktima ay umuwi ng bahay at ng pumasok sa kwarto doon nakita ang tatlong magnanakaw na may mga takip sa mukha at mayroon nang mga gamit na iniligay sa sako. Nanlaban pa ang biyuda at sumigaw ng tulong subalit pinalo ng baril sa ulo. Naalarma ang mga kapitbahay ng biktima kayat mabilis na nagsipagtakbuhan ang mga suspek. Nakuha mula sa negosyante ang alahas na nagkakahalaga ng P200,000, dalawang cellphone na nagkakahalaga ng P30,000, cash na P20,000 at laptop na nagkakahalaga ng P70,000. Ang negosyante ay dinala sa ospital at kasamtangang nagpapagaling sa kaniyang sugat sa ulo.

Mag-asawa patay sa pananambang sa Cotabato City COTABATO CITY - Patay ang mag-asawa sa naganap na pananambang sa lungsod ng Cotabato kaninang pasado alas sinko ng madaling araw. Kinilala ang mga biktima na sina Muddin Abu Kali at asawang si Racma Kali residente ng Barangay Poblacion 8 at kilala sa pagiging negosyante. Sakay ang mga biktima sa isang motorsiklo galing ng palengke at pauwi na sana sa kanilang tahanan nang tambangan ng hindi kilalang mga suspek sa Barangay Rosary Heights VI sa lungsod. Sa ngayon ay patuloy pa ang imbestigasyon ng pulisya sa pangayayari.

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Protesta laban sa DBM Budget Circular 2011-05 GENERAL SANTOS CITY (January 25, 2012) - (From L-R seated) Nur Juanday, president of General Santos City Employees Association; Anacleto Saya-ang, president of Sarangani Province Employees Union; Tomas Robles, president of Public Sector Employees Alliance of SOCKSARGEN; Felix Cabuguas of Philippine Independent Public Sector Employees Association; Edward Barrios, president of Surralah Municipal Employees Union and Edna Guiñares with other government union leaders all over SOCSKSARGEN as they present Wednesday, January 25, the petition form to media during the launch of signature campaign to its members protesting DBM Budget Circular No. 2011-05 that affects the granting of Collective Negotiation Agreement Incentives to qualified government employees. The group dubbed the budget circular as “oppressive”. For more news and updates, please visit to www.sarangani.gov.ph (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)


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Impeachment, nakukulayan na ng pulitika! Ang Impeachment trial ni CJ Corona ay di na maipagkakaila na nakukulayan na ito ng pulitika. Dapat, sa lalong madaling panahon ay matuldukan na ito dahil sa idudulot nitong negatibong epekto sa ating bansa. Nauna ng sinabi ni Sen. Ralp Recto na bumaba ang pasok sa bansa ng mga namumuhunan mula ng mailathala ang balitang aalisin ang Chief Justice sa pamamagitan ng Impeachment procedure na kung saan ay nagdulot ito umano ng mga pag-aalinlangan ng ilang mga namumuhunan sa bansa, both on local and foreign investments. Dahil sa hindi na maipagkakaila na may bahid ng pulitika ang impeachment trial, magiging questionable na umano ito kung ano man ang magiging desisyon ng impeachment court. Kung mai-impeach ang Chief Justice sa kasalukuyang sityuwasyon na kung saan ay minadali umano ang paghahain ng impeachment case laban sa Chief Justice na marami umanong nilabag ang prosecution at hindi rin umano plantsado ang paglalatag ng mga articles on impeachment kung kaya’t nahihirapan umanong umusad ang kaso dahil sa mariing tinututulan ng depensa ang minadali umanong paghahain ng impeachment case na di pinag-aralan ng husto bago umano inihain ang kaso. Dahil sa open in public ang nasabing impeachment case, naiintidihan ng taumbayan ang hirap ng prosecution na everytime mayroon silang ihahain na evidence ay agad itong tinutuligsa ng depensa na dahil hindi raw ito umano nakapaloob sa article of impeachment na inihain ng prosecution laban sa Chief Justice na ang nasabing diskusyon ay naiintindihan na umano ng nakararaming taumbayan na sumusubaybay na tanggap na ng mga nakararaming

taumbayan na mayroon ngang pagkukulang ang prosecution dahil na rin marahil sa minadali nga at hindi pinag-aralan ng maigi ang kaso bago isinampa sa impeachment court. Kaya’t mahirap para sa impeachment court na ipaliwanag sa taumbayan kung papaboran ang prosecution na mayroon ngang malaking pagkukulang ang prosecution sa paghahain ng articles of impeachment kahit pa man gusto nating alisin si Corona bilang Chief Justice ng Korte Suprema. Sana ay maging makatarungan at naaayon sa saligan batas at patas ang mga magiging ruling ng impeachment court to both the prosecution and the accuse. -oo0ooMaging si Miriam Defensor-Santiago ay aminado na posibleng maapektuhan na ang mga panukalang batas sa Senado dahil sa impeachment trial laban kay Chief Justice Renato Corona kung saan ang mga senador ang siyang tumatayong senator-judges. Sinabi pa nito na sakaling matagalan ang impeachment trial ay maaaring ma-delay ang mga panukalang batas na ipinapanukala sa Senado. Ayon pa kay Santiago, posible ring matagalan pa ang impeachment proceedings sa kaso ni Corona dahil sa dami ng testigo ng prosecution panel. Kasabay nito iginiit ng senadora na hindi naman kailangan ang sobrang dami ng mga testigo sa isang kaso kundi ang substance ng isang testigo sa isinasagawang trial. Una ng inihayag ang Malacañang na hindi nakakalula ang mahigit 100 testigo na balak iharap ng prosekusyon laban kay Corona. Sa panig naman ng depensa, hindi nangangamba ang kanilang grupo sa dami ng mga testigo. Magugunitang si Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile ay napa-”Oh my God!” sa dami ng testigong

Promoting Transparency and Accountability in Governance. La Salle Institute of Governance together with MSU-Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao and Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao or AFRIM conducted a workshop and evaluation to gauge how far Tacurong had gone in the practice of transparency and accountability in governance. In this photo, Mayor Lina Montilla and other participants from multi-sectoral groups pose with the organizers of the activity. (LGU-Tacurong; Photo by: Jan Roman Ayco)

Gihusay nila Gensan Mayor Darlene Custodio ug City Administrator Jose mariano Gonzalez ang problema sa heirs of Naldoza family diha sa barangay Baluan samtang gilatag ni kapitan Armando Diamante ang skech plan. paul bernaldez/cpio

Chronicles from MINDANAO

By Edwin Espejo

Matt 13:44-52 Jesus said to his disciples: “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteousand throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.“Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied,“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heavenis like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”

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Week 2: The Corona Impeachment Trial

Being away and out of reach by technology during the days when many were expecting the Corona impeachment trial to proceed smoothly after a superb first week handling by Senator-Judge and presiding officer Juan Ponce Enrile, I am limited to picking up TV replay highlights and news account of what transpired during the second week of the trial. While the first week was whining time for the defense panel, the second week will make you believe the prosecution is ready to bungle its case. It all started with the ill-timed appeal of prosecution panel head Rep. Neil Tupas for the impeachment court’s leniency – liberality actually – in fielding questions to witnesses the House and private prosecutors were and are presenting in the trial.

The appeal triggered and avalanche of pointed reactions from the Senate impeachment court made more interesting by the presence of Senator-Judge Miriam Defensor-Santiago. She of the acerbic tongue who can pick anyone up and torn that poor fellow into bits and pieces. Only the senator from Iloilo can call a poor fellow who dares cross her path a wretched fungus-faced creature and go away with it. Enrile, too, almost blew his top and did a very strange move by suddenly adjourning the trial resumption on Tuesday last week when the prosecution was about to present Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares. Of course, the supposed walkout of one of the House prosecutors did not escape the CHRONICLES\p.7


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Negosyo * Industriya * Teknolohiya

SP studying proposal to declare Tampakan a protected watershed

KORONADAL, South Cotabato—The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of South Cotabato is studying the proposal of the local Catholic Church to declare the mountains in Tampakan as a protected watershed, a senior official said on Saturday. Vice Gov. Elmo Tolosa confirmed the provincial board has received the letter of Fr. Gillarme Joy Pelino, Social Action Center director of the Diocese of Marbel, asking to declare the mineral-rich mountains of Tampakan as a protected watershed. “We have discussed the proposal and came to an agreement that it should be studied carefully,” Tolosa told MindaNews at the sidelines of a tree planting activity here. Once the Tampakan mountains will be declared a protected watershed, any forms of mining and other environmentally-destructive activities will eventually be

banned in the area. Sagittarius Mines, Inc., which is backed by Xstrata Copper, the world’s fourth largest copper, has been pursuing the Tampakan project, touted as the largest known undeveloped copper-gold deposit in Southeast Asia. But the bid to bring it on commercial stream suffered a major blow early this month after the Department of Environment and Natural Resources rejected its application for an environmental compliance certificate. An ECC is one of the requirements beSP\p.8

Curfew for minors in Glan town restored GLAN, Sarangani (January 25, 2012) — Authorities have renewed a crackdown on youth offenders with the re-imposition of the curfew for minors. This, following an apparent resurgence in street crimes usually attributed to juvenile delinquents, such as thefts, burglaries and break-ins at the public market. The curfew for minors is contained in Ordinance 92-05, which was put on hold after the general peace and order condition had vastly improved following the assumption to office of the new administration in June 2010. With the restriction temporarily back in effect, anyone under 18 must now be safely tucked in bed by 10 p.m. On Tuesday, police rounded up six youths aged 6 to 17 in subsequent operations. The youngsters were later turned over to their parents after the proper documentation. In Wednesday’s Management Committee meeting, Mayor Victor James B. Yap, Sr. underscored the need for parents to keep track of their children, especially at night. “Parents of curfew violators can be held liable if their children are caught again for the same offense,” he said. “They can be charged with child abuse, among other violations.” For more news and updates, please visit the <a href= http://www.sarangani.gov.ph/ > Province of Sarangani </a> (GLAN INFO & NEWS SERVICE)

Sarangani’s The Capitol Residences opens doors for first batch of houseowners

ALABEL, Sarangani (January 24, 2012) - Governor Migs Dominguez and Atty. Darlene Marie Berberabe, chief executive officer of Home Development Mutual Fund, cut the ceremonial ribbon for the turnover of the first batch of houses at The Capitol Residences to its beneficiaries Tuesday, January 24. It marks the first time that a local government unit engages in PPP (private public partnership) housing development project in Mindanao and maybe the whole Philippines. This housing project by the provincial government is the translation of commitments of the incumbent leaders by providing medium grade but affordable housing facilities with the objective to improve performance and productivity from government employees. Also in photo are (from R-L) chief-of-staff of the governor Pio Justo Velasco; Benirando Claudio, president/ CEO of Sarangani Land and Property Corporation; Atty. Wendel Avisado, deputy secretary general of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council; Congressional Office chiefof-staff Bren Evangelio and Mayor Corazon Grafilo. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

DENR Region XII jumpstarts 2012 implementation of Greening Program KORONADAL CITY --The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Office XII (DENR XII) based hereis consolidating its effortsin a bid to jumpstart the implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP) this year. DENR Region XII Executive Director (RED) Alfredo S. Pascual met with field officials and other program implementers of DENR XII on Tuesday this week (January 18, 2012) in order to download 2012 targets to eight of the nine Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs), as well as additional targets funded out of 2011 savings from NGP. Each CENRO was assigned a target in terms of the number of hectares and the corresponding number of seedlings to be planted, estimated at 500 pieces per hectare. As part of the activities in project implementation, the CENROs must also conduct survey, mapping and planning in order to identify the exact location of each project. Late last year, DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje instructed all Regional Executive Directorsto direct all Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENROs) to prepare their Annual Procurement Plan for the required seedlings. To assist in the implementation of the NGP this year, the DENR will be hiring Forestry or Agriculture graduates as contractual Extension Officers. DENR Regional Technical Director for Forestry Ernesto L. Lezada bared that the NGP is a no-nonsense program of President Benigno S. Aquino III. “The DENR as the lead agency of DENR\p.5

SMART nominated for 17th GSMA Global Mobile Award

Leading wireless services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has done the country proud again, garnering four nominations at the 17th Global Mobile Awards of the GSM Association (GSMA), which represents the interests of nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem in over 220 countries. The only Philippine telco to have entered the finals, Smart’s nominations include SHINE (Secured Health Information Network and Exchange) for Best Mobile Health Innovation, Smart Communications for

the Strengthening Disaster Preparedness of Southern Leyte through SMS technology for Best Use of Mobile in Emergency or Humanitarian Situations, Smart’s CSR program for the environment Kabalikat sa Kalikasan (Your Partner in Environmental Protection) for the Green Mobile Award and Hapinoy Store as Smart Money Center for Best Mobile Product or Service for Women in Emerging Markets. "It is a significant achievement to have made the shortlist, and our warmest congratulations go to all the nominees. We look forward to the unveiling of the SMART\p.5

SOCSKSARGEN gov’t union protest “oppressive” memo By COCOY SEXCION GENERAL SANTOS CITY (January 27, 2012) - Government employees’ unions from all over SOCSKSARGEN launched a signature campaign among their members Wednesday (January 25) in a petition protesting Budget Circular No. 2011-05 they dubbed as “oppressive”. The Department of Budget and Management issued Budget Circular No. 2011-05 on December 26, 2011 providing for supplemental guidelines on the grant of Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) incentives. The guidelines stipulate

that “savings from only the following MOOE (Maintenance and Other Operating Expense) items may be used as fund source of the CNA incentives such as Travelling Allowance, Communication Allowance, Repair and Maintenance, Transportation and Delivery expense, Supplies and Materials and Utility expense.” The unions claimed the granting of CNA incentives has become impossible under the accounts mentioned which were usually used up at the end of each year, according to Anacleto Sayaang. SOCSKSARGEN\p.8

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Sarangani’s PPP housing project opens doors to first 11 occupants By BEVERLY C. PAOYON ALABEL, Sarangani (January 25, to Section 8 of Republic Act (RA) 7279 oth2012) – The first-ever PPP (Public-Private erwise known as Urban Development and Partnership) initiated housing project in SaHousing Act in conjunction with Section 17 rangani finally opened its doors to the first of RA 7160 also known as the Local Govbatch of occupants Tuesday (January 24) in ernment Code of 1991. time for the awarding of certificates of ocHDMF Chief Executive Officer Atty. cupancy to 11 beneficiaries. Darlene Marie Berberabe said there have Called as “The Capitol Residences”, been a lot of negotiations ongoing nationit is the housing project of the provincial wide for the PPP housing program for the government, in joint venture with Home LGUs but she pointed out Sarangani’s proDevelopment Mutual Fund (HDMF) and ject was yet the first ceremonial turn-over Sarangani Land and Development Corposhe witnessed. ration, which translates the commitment of “Una ko po itong (The Capitol Resiprovincial leaders to provide better shelter dences) napuntahan na tunay naman na nathrough medium grade but affordable houskatayo na ang mga bahay, tapos na ang land ing facility for its employees. development, at may take-out na na labingThe local government unit (LGU) –led isang bahay,” Berberabe disclosed. housing project was implemented pursuant SARANGANI\p.7

Officials tour The Capitol Residences in Sarangani

ALABEL, Sarangani(January 24, 2012) – Gov. Migs Dominguez guides Atty. Darlene Marie Berberabe, chief executive officer of Home Development Mutual Fund, in a quick tour inside the housing project of the provincial government of Sarangani – The Capitol Residences - before the ceremonial turnover of the first batch of houses to its beneficiaries Tuesday, January 24, at the subdivision site in purok Sto. Nino, barangay Poblacion, in Alabel town. It marks the first time that a local government unit engages in PPP (private public partnership) housing development project in Mindanao and maybe the whole Philippines. (Cocoy Sexcion/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

winners at the Mobile World Congress next month," said Michael O'Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. Smart is no stranger to the GSMA Global Mobile Awards. Its Alternative Power for Cell Sites program won the first Green Mobile Award in 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. Before that, Smart Load was named the Best Mobile Application or Service for the Consumer Market in 2004 and Smart Money as the most innovative GSM wireless service for customers in 2001 in Cannes, France. This year, Smart is being nominated for four awards. SHINE, an mHealth service operated by Smart, is a hosted electronic health information and referral system. It can be accessed by a java-capable phone or a computer with Internet connectivity. It enables doctors, nurses, and midwives to record patient encounters, easily find and retrieve patient records, remind patients and healthcare providers, facilitate referrals among facilities, and more efficiently generate government required reports. The Strengthening Disaster Preparedness of Southern Leyte through SMS technology is a project led by Smart that helps a high-risk province like Southern Leyte to strengthen its disaster preparedness and response program via the implementation of a communication system that will enable an effective exchange of information between pilot communities in one city and 9 towns in Southern Leyte and the Southern Leyte Provincial Disaster Management Office (PDMO). Kabalikat sa Kalikasan is Smart’s corporate social responsibility program that promotes environmental protection. Its fourth nomination covers the company’s partnership with Microventures Inc. to enable Hapinoy stores to become Smart Money Centers- outlets that enable conversions of e-cash in Smart Money wallets into physical cash and vice versa; and the acceptance of bill payments using a Smart cellphone. Hapinoy is the Philippines’ first sari-sari store chain of over 10,000 outlets. SMART\p.6

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Agrikultura at Sakahan ni REX A. RIVERA, Agronomist

Accoring to a known writer, ZAC B. SARIAN, helping Indigenous Peoples (IPs) harness their ancestral lands could contribute to the production of more food and other necessities. If the huge ancestral lands set aside for our brothers in the uplands are farmed in a sustainable way, rural poverty could be alleviated and there could be less peace and order problems. One very good example he said is the project that has been started by Dr. Pablito P. Pamplona in Laak, Compostela Valley. Dr. Pamplona is a retired professor and scientist of the University of Southern Mindanao, a fruit expert and hands-on commercial farm operator. What he did starting last year was to lease 100 hectares from the Indigenous People of Laak who have in their control 49,000 hectares of ancestral lands. Dr. Pamplona and his son Joseph have a plan that could trigger the development of the vast areas held by the IPs. The 100 hectares will be developed into a showcase of commercial plantings of four high-value crops, particularly oil palm, rubber, longkong and mangosteen. Why these four crops? Dr. Pamplona thinks these can be grown by the IPs successfully. One portion of the property will be devoted for the production of planting materials. A bigger portion, however, will be used for commercial planting of the four crops. A training center will be put up where the Indigenous People could train on the various aspects of plant propagation, plantation establishment, maintenance down to marketing of their produce. After three years, Dr. Pamplona will turn over to the Indigenous People 10 hectares that will fully planted to the four crops. The IPs will manage the plantation as an honestto-goodness business so they will have a feel of running a farm like a business. AGRIKULTURA\p.8

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NGP should take hold of the moral compass into its proper direction. We want to see tangible results of this program,” Director Lezada said. Further, RED Pascual encouraged the program implementers to stay focused on their work, visit planting sites, and replant, if necessary. Pascual announced the coming of a composite team who will monitor the reported accomplishments and related activities of the program. There shall be a discreet monitoring of all plantations, Pascual added. Likewise, a team coming from the Forest Management Bureau, a line bureau of the DENR, will validate this month additional NGP target area of 3,500 hectares with the corresponding seedling requirement, Dir. Pascual announced in the meeting. Through the National Convergence Initiative, 16 government agenciesjoin hands in the implementation of the program as volunteer planters, long-term plantation stewards, or donors. The National Greening Program aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares from 2011 to 2016 for poverty reduction, food security, livelihood development, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. (CGValdez/MCalungsod-Locsin/DENR XII)

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Audience applauds despite Anne Curtis’s mistakes Sina Richard at Raymond Gutierrez ang katabi ni Kris Aquino na nanood ng Annebisyosa concert ni Anne Curtis. Naging close ang tatlo nang magbakasyon sa New York, pero bakit sa birthday ng kambal, si Raymond lang ang niregaluhan ng TV host-actress ng LED TV? Hindi lang sina Richard at Raymond ang Kapuso na nanood ng concert ng Kapamilya talent, naroon din sina Solenn Heussaff, Tim Yap at Isabelle Daza. Kapuso rin ang director ng concert na si Rico Gutierrez. Ano kaya ang reaction ni Solenn nang umapir na topless sa stage si Derek Ramsay? Curious din kami sa reaction ni Erwan Heussaff nang mag-duet ang mag-ex na sina Anne at Sam Milby. Successful ang concert ni Anne, nangangamoy repeat, dedicated niya sa nonsingers ang concert. Aliw dahil pati mali ni Anne ay pinalakpakan at may number pa siyang ipina-take two dahil nagkamali siya ng pasok. Hahaha! Sina Kris at Anne ang magkasama sa bagong soap ng ABS-CBN na Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw na sabi’y si Robin Padilla ang leading man at si Joyce Bernal ang director.

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It gives store owners--all of whom are female, access to best-priced goods, management tools, steady capital from microfinance institutions, extra income via Smart e-loading, and now, the Smart Money Center (SMC) business. The Global Mobile Awards is the most highly sought after awards in the global communications industry. Established in 1996, the Awards attract entries from across the world and are judged by a panel of independent, highly respected experts. They are presented at the Mobile World Congress, the mobile industry's annual gathering of around 60,000 senior industry leaders, executives, media and analysts. This year’s awards has drawn a record 600 entries, of which 158 have been shortlisted. Winners will be presented on February 28 at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain in a ceremony hosted by comedian and songwriter Tim Minchin. More than 170 independent analysts, journalists, academics and subject matter experts throughout the world participated in the judging of the 2012 awards. Full information on the Global Mobile Awards can be found at www.globalmobileawards.com/. [end]

January 30, 2012 Understanding Herbal.... dose and the effects similar to human clinical trials. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about which herbal supplements are the best choice for your health concerns. Is there anything I should watch out for? Used correctly, herbs can help treat a variety of conditions and in some cases may have fewer side effects than some conventional medications. But because they are unregulated, herbal products are often mislabeled and may contain additives and contaminants that aren' t listed on the label. Some herbs may cause allergic reactions or interact with conventional drugs, and some are toxic if used improperly or at high doses. Taking herbs on your own increases your risk, so it is important to consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking herbal medicines. Some examples of adverse reactions from certain popular herbs are described below. •St. John's wort can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun's ultraviolet rays, and may cause an allergic reaction, stomach upset, fatigue, and restlessness. Clinical studies have found that St. John's wort also interferes with the effectiveness of many drugs, including the blood thinner warfarin (Couamdin), protease inhibitors for HIV, birth control pills, certain asthma drugs, and many other medications. In addition, St. John's wort should not be taken with prescribed antidepressant medication. The FDA has issued a public health advisory concerning many of these interactions. •Kava kava has been linked to liver toxicity. Kava has been taken off the market in several countries because of liver toxicity. •Valerian may cause sleepiness, and in some people it may even have the unexpected effect of overstimulating instead of sedating. •Garlic, ginkgo, feverfew, and ginger, among other herbs, may increase the risk of bleeding. •Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) may increase the risk of seizures in people who have seizure disorders. (to be continued next issue)

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YOU MAY BE MARRIED TO A FILIPINA IF...(cont.) * Her home economics course only taught shopping, eating and siesta; cooking, cleaning and sewing were not electives * Her idea of edifying reading is gossip magazines * All your place settings has the silverware backwards and there are no knives * She washes her hair with a bucket and her car with a broom * Her favorite book (she has 3 copies) is “1001 New Recipes for Pig Parts You Were Gunna Throw Out” * You are the only family in a 200 mile radius with 2 Betamaxes, 3 televisions * She’s done her best job planning a surprise party for you if she manages not to tell you about it until a week or two before * She “cleans” her closet by throwing all the crap into your closet * AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: You are pretty proud of yourself because you think you snagged up for yourself some unique, rare, tropical goddess type until you go to the Philippines and can’t tell her apart from anyone else in the whole country (unless she’s taller than 5’1”, then it’s a bit easier)

AGGRAVATED, ANGRY, ANGST, ANNOYED, ANXIOUS, CHEERFUL, CONCERNED, CONTENTED, DELIGHTED, DESIRE, DESPAIR, DESPERATE, DISAPPOINTED, DISQUIET, ELATED, EXASPERATED, EXCITED, EXHILIRATED, FEARFUL, FRIGHTENED, FULFILLED, FURIOUS, FURY, GLAD, HAPPY, HATE, INFURIATED, IRATE, IRRITATED, JOYFUL, LOVE, OUTRAGED, PANIC, PASSIONATE, PLEASURE, PROUD, RAGE, REGRET, SADNESS, SATISFIED, SORROW, UNEASY, WORRY, WRATH.

Filipino Chinese Some practical Chinese phrases: Ai Bang Mai Nee- I bumped into the coffee table Chin Tuh Fat-You need a face lift Dum Gai- A stupid person Hu Flung Dung - Which one of you fertilized the field? Hu Yu Hai Ding - We have reason to believe you’re harboring a fugitive Kum Hia- Approach me Lao Zi - Not very good Lin Ching- An illegal execution Neewang Kai Ko- I need to put on weight Shai Gai - A bashful person Tai Ne Bae Be- A premature infant Tai Ne Po Ne - A small horse Ten Ding Bah - Serving drinks to people Wan Bum Lung- A person with TB Wah Shing Kah - Car wash Wai Soh Dim - Are you trying to save electricity? Wai U Shao Ting - There is no reason to raise your voice Wah Lah Na- That’s all folks! Long distance May bagong salta sa America na gustong mag-long distance sa Pilipinas. Pinindot niya ang ‘0’ para sa Operator. Operator: AT&T. How may I help you? Pinoy: Heyloow. Ay wud like to long distans da Pilipins, plis. Operator: Name of the party you’re calling? Pinoy: Aybegyurpardon? Can you repit agen plis? Operator: What is the name of the person you are calling? Pinoy: Ah, yes, tenkyu and sori. Da name of my calling is Elpidio Abanquel. Sori and tenkyu. (to be continued tomorrow issue)

HUB-WORDS QUIZ

How many words can you make from the letters in the wheel? Each wordmust contain the hub letter A. Can you find a 9-letter word and at least 20 other words of five letters or more avoiding proper nouns?

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prying eyes of the press. Bar topnotcher Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, who expressed his disappointment over the reported reluctance of the House panel for him to field and answer questions, quietly slipped out during the height of the ‘colloquy’ between Senator Santiago and members of prosecution panel and was immediately mobbed by the press. Rep. Tupas would consequently announce the appointment of Fariñas as deputy chief prosecutor of the House of Representative which impeached Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona. Fariñas owns one of the best legal minds in the House of Representative but did not sign the impeachment complaint against Corona. The second week was also marked by charged emotions and rules governing the trial are threatening to reduce the political process into a judicial exercise with both the defense and prosecution panel arguing over them. You may as well conclude that such a debate is raging in the minds of the 21 senator-judges of the impeachment court. For the first time, censure and admonishment as punishments for Corona were floated, albeit not thoroughly discussed, as the protagonists and judges grappled with the ambiguity of the first article of impeachment presented by the House prosecutors. The Filipino people could only hope that such sweeping discussion is not in effect conditioning their minds about where the trial will eventually end up. There is too much at stake for the Filipinos for the country’s legislators to strike a legal compromise this early and save the Chief Justice from the ignominy of being the first ever impeached official that will be convicted and removed from office.

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“The Philippines is a suitable target to impose such a punishment. A reasonable yet powerful enough sanction can be considered. It should show China's neighboring area that balancing China by siding with the US is not a good choice," ayon sa editorial ng Global Times, ang diyaryong pag-aari ng Communist Party of China. Maliban sa China at Pilipinas, nakikipag-agawan din sa teritoryo ang Taiwan, Brunei at Malaysia. Una ng inamin ni Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin na interesado ang U.S. government sa pagpapalakas ng kanilang presensiya sa nabanggit na rehiyon. Idinepensa rin ni Gazmin ang magiging presensiya ng mga American soldiers sa bansa dahil makakatulong umano ang mga ito sa modernization ng mga military equipments at kakayahan ng mga Pilipinong kawal.

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hil sa nasabing tagumpay ng lungsod, gagawaran ng DoT at DENR ang Puerto Princesa local government sa Lunes at patikular na paparangalan si Mayor Hagedorn. Ayon kay Dir. Jurilla, hindi matatawaran ang sakripisyo ng lungsod para maipromote ang PPUR na ipinagmamalaki ng bansa sa buong mundo. Samantala, hindi umano natatapos ang kanilang efforts sa pagkapanalo ng Palawan underground river. Katunayan, nagpupursige umano sila para lalo pang mapadali ang pagbiyahe ng mga turista papuntang Palawan. Ilan umano sa pinagkakaabalahan ng DoT ang pagsasaayos ng booking system papuntang Palawan kung saan hangad nilang gawin itong centralized. Balak din umano nilang dagdagan ang mga public rest rooms papuntang Puerto Pricesa at mga information kiosk para mapadali ang pamamasyal.

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Sarangani..... Berberabe said it was the first mandate of Vice President Jejomar Binay to Pag-IBIG, being the chairman of Pag-IBIG housing program, to conceptualize housing programs for LGUs which the latter supported with a campaign last year, but Berberabe said Sarangani implemented its own much ahead. For his part, Governor Migs Dominguez said it was the “first time that the local government unit engages the first private-public partnership project especially in housing in the whole of Mindanao and maybe the whole Philippines.” “A step towards providing innovations in utilizing partnership with the private sector to meet (our) developmental objectives finally today of abiding quality housing especially to our local government and national government employ-

ees,” Dominguez said. The governor emphasized also that he wanted to leave the housing project as his legacy where all the beneficiaries “build families, will build noble communities.” Dominguez, likewise, anticipated that The Capitol Residences could be a “template where other local government units or agencies of the government can follow as a progressive, innovative way of developing.” This, according to Dominguez, will also signal the start of investment development that would “provide formal, decent and the best housing project in Sarangani and also become a little imperative for the city residents to look at where you can experience fresh air, where you can see Mt. Matutum and get the fresh breeze coming from Sarangani Bay.” Dominguez, however, stressed that in this project

it is not only the houses that will be made as the model of development but as well as the families that will grow there. Atty. Wendel Avisado, secretary general of Housing and Development of the Office of the Vice President, noted this initiative of the provincial government as effective in encouraging employees in return to be more productive civil servants. “Ang pagkakaroon ng kasiguruhan sa usaping pabahay ay mahalaga sa bawat pamilya,” Avisado said. He also pointed out “isa sa mga pangunahing karapatan ng bawat tao sa mundo ay magkaroon ng sariling lupa at bahay para sa kanyang pamilya. Also during the ceremonial turnover was the signing of memorandum of understanding between Sarangani and its partners where part of the covenants agreed was the recoupment SARANGANI\p.8

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January 30, 2012 * World * Nat’l * Reg’l Sports * Page 8

‘DJANGO’ BUSTAMANTE WINS 2012 DERBY CITY CLASSIC FATBOY CHALLENGE; POCKETS $12,000 Philippine billiards icon Francisco "Django" Bustamante is once again at the top of the world as he emerged the winner of the 2012 Derby City Classic Fatboy 10-Ball Challenge held at the Horseshoe Casino and Hotel in Elizabeth, Indiana, USA late Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Bustamante, one of the top player of Puyat Sports, defeated American Steve Moore with a lopsided, 15-5, victory. Sportsman/Businessman Aristeo “Putch” Puyat hailed the victory of Bustamante. “Once again our flag has been raised in this foreign land after knowing that our Filipino kababayan (Francisco) Bustamante successfully won the 2012 Derby City Classic Fat Boy 10-Ball Challenge in Indiana, USA,” he said. Bustamante held an early 2-0 lead and only a scratch on the 10-ball in rack three kept him from a 3-0 lead. Moore came back to tie the score at 2-2 and was close at 3-4 down before Bustamante found the zone and rolled off nine straight games for an insurmountable 13-3 lead. Moore took a break at 13-3 down when Bustamante broke dry, which seemed to take Bustamante out of the zone more than it helped Moore get into the zone. The players swapped racks until the score was 14-5 Bustamante, and Moore threw in the towel after a scratch on the break in the 20th rack. Bustamante bested 2012 Derby City Classic Bank Division champion John Morra of Canada, 15-5, in the semi-final round to arrange a titular showdown with Moore who brought downed Alex Pagulayan of the Philippines, 15-12. He went home with the top prize of US$ 12,000, Moore settled for a runner-up prize of US$ 7,000 while Pagulayan and Morra made good with US$ 3,500 each for reaching the final four.

Gilagdaan ni Mrs Jinky Pacquaio ang usa ka papilis human giaprobahan ni Gensan mayor Darlene Custodio ang tax exemption kanila suod sa lima ka tuig samtang nagtan-aw lamang ug nipahiyum si pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao. paul bernaldez/cpio

Saya-ang, president of Sarangani Province Employees Union (SPEU), also said that savings would unlikely happen for the MOOE fund source which are reduced by 10% yearly. Not to mention the continuing hikes of oil prices and other supplies needed for operation. The government union leaders highlighted the “oppressive” budget circular in the petition presented January 25 during their regular monthly meeting at Mindanao State University High School campus. The union leaders represented the entire SOCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato-Sultan KudaratSarangani-General Santos City). Also present during the meeting were Nur Juanday, president of General Santos City Employees Association; Tomas Robles, presiding officer and president of Public Sector Employees Alliance of SOCSKSARGEN; Felix Cabuguas of Philippine Independent Public Sector Employees Association; Edward Barrios, president of Surralah Municipal Employees Union Association; and Edna Guiñares, president of Tupi Municipal Employees Union and other municipal employees union leaders from provinces of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat. The petition was addressed to President Benigno Aquino, the Secretary of Department of Budget and Management and the Public Sector Labor Management Council. “The Order is a violation to the resolution of PSLMC (Public Sector Labor-Management Council) in which the DBM is just a member,” said Robles. “By doing this petition, more or less, other members of PSLMC will be aware that their resolution is violated by the DBM circular.” Robles added. The PSLMC, constituted under Executive Order No. 180, is composed primarily by the Secretaries of Justice, Budget and Management, Labor and Employment and the chairperson of Civil Service Commission with sectoral representations for the NGA’s GOCC, LGU and SUC. The unionists target to finish the signature drive before the end of the month. The signed petition will be submitted to PSLMC in time for its meeting in Manila this February. Exact date is yet to be confirmed said Ramon Villa, SPEU director. For more news and updates, please visit to www.sarangani.gov.ph (Cocoy Sexcion/ SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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fore a mining venture is allowed to proceed to commercial phase. The denial of Sagittarius Mines’ ECC was due to the open-pit mining ban imposed by South Cotabato. “We are returning herewith the application documents with instruction to deny the same, without prejudice to resubmission, until the issues and concern on the use of open-pit mining method shall have been clarified and resolved by the company[SMI] with the provincial government of South Cotabato,” Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said in a memorandum dated last January 3. With the ECC rejection, SAC’s Peliño urged the board members to continue protecting and upholding the environment code and pass an ordinance for the declaration of the mountains in Tampakan as a protected watershed area. Marbel Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez separately wrote South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Pingoy, Jr to facilitate the declaration of the mountains in Tampakan as a protected watershed area and to stand firm in banning open-pit mining method in the province. “Do not be afraid. We are strongly behind you. We have these resources: enlightened voters and the praying nuns [namely] the Trappistines, Poor Clares and Passionists,” the bishop said in his letter. Board members Jose Madanguit, vice chairman of the environmental protection committee, said he favors the declaration of Tampakan as a protected watershed. “If that will happen, mining will be disallowed there,” he said in a radio interview. Madanguit was chairperson of the committee on environmental protection of the previous SP that approved the environmental code that bans open-pit mining method in the province. But as a whole, the SP has no common stand yet as to the request of the religious leaders to declare to mountains in Tampakan as a protected watershed area, Vice Gov. Tolosa reiterated. (Bong Sarmiento/MindaNews)

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The families of the IPs could start their own plantations with technical assistance available from Dr. Pamplona. We also remember a rural banker who related to us his own project that will provide livelihood to the IPs in another part of Mindanao. He had started to teach the Indigenous People how to produce organic sugarcane. They will produce muscovado sugar for export to a ready buyer in Europs. Then there is another possibility. There is this fellow from Hawaii who has already geminated thousands of Arabica coffee seedlings in Quezon province. He is now looking for a wide area for planting this crop. He promises to buy the production which a big coffee chain that operates worldwide has also promised to absorb if there is enough production. We mentioned this to an educated IP member (AIM masters degree graduate) up in the north. He said that could be undertaken in his province where the climate is mild and is conducive to coffee production. The area allocated to this particular IP tribe is 79,000 hectares. We are going to link the Hawaii-based fellow so initial talks could start. Who knows, this could be the start of something big.

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of the P6 million the provincial government spent in purchasing the 6-hectare housing area that would in turn earn the provincial government P33,334 per unit based on the one peso computation from the proceeds of the loan per take-out. From the total 180 housing units to mortgage with HDMF, 11 beneficiaries constituted the first batch in which HDMF ceremonially turned over to the provincial government its monetary cash equivalent of P4.7 million as its share. Per lot measures 210 square meters land area and 39.24 sq. meters floor area each unit, the advantage beneficiaries get compared to commercial housing units in cities which would range to an average of only 90 to 120 square meters. For more news and updates, please visit to www.sarangani. gov.ph (Beverly C. Paoyon/SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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