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Briefly Agri achievers DAVAO City -- The province of Davao del Norte holds the distinction of having the highest number of national Gawad Saka awards in the Davao region. Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said the province has already produced 10 winners in the national Gawad Saka search for outstanding agricultural achievers since 1998. This feat, according to the governor, has not only brought honor to the province, but has inspired the agri-based local economy to be resilient and ever capable of meeting various challenges facing the industry. Del Rosario cited the sector’s ability to readily bounce back was manifested when the province was hit by typhoon Pablo last year that damaged P3.5 billion worth of crops and livestock.

Water problem FIREWORKS exploded at the hall of the city council here Monday as city councilors exchanged barbs on the city’s water problem that has stuck on the resident’s neck here for the last 15 years. City Councilor Juan Sia on Monday accused the city council’s committee on public utility for sleeping on its job for its failure to address the city’s perennial water problems here. The city’s committee on public utility lacks the foresight and could not offer strategic solutions to the water problem that pestered this port capital of almost 900,000 people, Sia said in a privilege speech. He said that the people of Cagayan de Oro City has been wanting in solution to the inadequate water services here for the last 15 years without a concrete solution in sight.

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HE government has expressed optimism that the scheduled start of L a g u i nd i nga n Airport operations next week will go on without a hitch.

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Tr a n sp or t S e c re t a r y Joseph Emilio Abaya said the new facility would be operationa l by June 15, t ra nsferring nor t hern Mindanao’s gateway from the Lumbia Airport. “Although the airport will be fully operational by then, we will also continue insta lling additiona l navigational aids to equip it w it h a n I n s t r u ment Landing System (ILS) by May 2014. We believe that this would make the airport more appealing to foreign air transport companies and we hope that this would translate to foreign airlines flying directly to Mindanao by next year,” Abaya said. He said Laguindingan opening/PAGE 11

AIRPORT’S READY. Officials from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines check the premises of the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental during the dry runs at the airport. The P7.9 billion project, which will replace Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro and Balo-I Airport in Iligan, is set to open June 15. The airport has a projected passenger capacity of 1.6 million for the year 2020. mindanews photo by froilan gallardo

Cagayan de Oro archbishop urges systematic environmental action By BONG D. FABE, Associate Editor

Arch. Ledesma

PROTECTING the environment is the best way to protect the people from t he devastating impacts of climate change. Thus, people must do their part in ensuring that the environment is shielded from

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Civil Society, partners to forge strategy for engagement with incoming admin By MIKE BANOS, Editor-at-Large

CIVIL society groups and their partners in government convene today in Cagayan de Oro to formulate a strategy for engagement with the

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incoming city administration to institutionalize the civil society-local government partnership on good natural resource governance as its

way of celebrating World Environment Day. “A s a g e s t u r e o f aff irmative action, civil forge/PAGE 11

further degradation. But how c a n people b e re sp on sible for t he env ironment when t hey are not aware of their great responsibility? How can they help elective officials when action/PAGE 11

THE Gotianum-led Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC) on Friday reiterated its bid to spend P30-billion to build a 405-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Misamis Oriental. FDC Chairman Jonathan Gotianum said FDC Utilities, Inc. said the first phase of the circulating fluidized bed coal-fired facility will have a capacity of 135 MW. It will sit in a 84-hectare leased land at the Phividec Industrial Estate in Villanueva town. Got ia nu n sa id t he timetable for the second phase -- involving another 135-MW – will be set six mont h s a f ter bre a k i ng ground for phase 1. T he fac i l it y w i l l b e operational by 2016. Got ia nu n sa id t he company is also looking at other coal and hydroelectric projects nationwide. FDC coal/PAGE 11

PHILIPPINE EAGLE WEEK Ph i l i pp i ne E a g l e n a m e d Scout Binay feasts on his meal at the Ph i l i pp i ne E a g l e Center in Malagos, Davao City. The center opened house yesterday as part of the Philippine Eagle Week Celebration. mindanews photo by toto lozano

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Saudi gov’t. needs nurses, tennis and gym instructors By CARINA L. CAYON

DAVAO City -- The government of Saudi Arabia is in urgent need of 500 female nurses, three tennis instructors and three gym instructors for immediate deployment. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in the region has announced t hat Saudi ’s Ministry of Health (MOH) is requiring qualified Muslim/ Christian female applicants for the nurse positions. The applicants must be graduates of Bachelor of Science in Nursing, with

Filipino nurses in Saudi Arabia.

Cotabato coop looks to solar energy to supplement supply A SOUTH Cotabato electric cooperative is looking at solar power to help improve the province’s electricity supply. S a nt i a g o C . Tu d i o , South Cotabato Electric Cooperative 1 (Socoteco) general manager, said talks are ongoing with renewable energy firm Solarus Partners for the construction of a 12-megawatt solar farm in the province. “The economy of the province is growing fast and South Cotabato Electric has to support the growth

by delivering power when needed,” he said. Besides growing demand, state-owned National Power Corp (Napocor) has indicated that it may be unable to continue supplying Socoteco 1 u nd e r t he i r c u r re nt 20-megawatt contract that will lapse in August. Napocor operates the Agus-Pulangi hydroelectric p ower c omple x, w h ic h generates more than half of Mindanao’s electricity s up pl y. We a r- a nd-t e a r and unfavorable weather

conditions, however, have r e d u c e d t h e f a c i l i t y ’s dependability. “ We h a v e t o f i n d ou r ow n solut ions a nd aggressively secure power from independent producers in order to protect our residential and commercial c u s tomer s f rom p ower interruptions,” Tudio said. To h e l p s e c u r e i t s ser vice area’s electricity requ i rements, Socoteco 1 r e c e nt l y c o nt r a c t e d 15-megawatts from a dieselsupply/PAGE 11

board license, with at least four years experience and not more than 40 years of age, stated POEA Regional Center for Mindanao chief Maria Carolina Agdamag. She said that the nurse position offers a basic salary of 4,080 Saudi R iya l or around P45,946.00 in the latest exchange rate.

The submission of applications and pertinent documents for the position is set on June 11, 2013 or until further notice, she added. S au d i ’s M i n i s t r y of Interior (MOI), meanwhile, is looking for qualified male applicants for the positions of tennis instructors and gym instructors who must not be more than 35 years old. Agdamag bared that each position is offering a basic Nurses/PAGE 7

DOLE XI holds Kalayaan day jobs fair By RUDOLF IAN G. ALAMA, Contributor

DAVAO C i t y - - T h e Department of Labor and Employ ment Region X I will be holding its 2013 Kalayaan Jobs Fair this June 12 coinciding with the 115th anniversary of the Philippine Independence. D O L E -X I R e g i o n a l Director Atty. Joffrey Suyao said that the jobs fair will be simultaneously held in two big malls in Davao City (NCCC Mall and Ayala’s Abreeza Mall). He said as of May 31 there are 35 local employers and agencies and 23 overseas employers/ agencies participating in the

event. As of May 31 there were about 11,887 job vacancies for the independence day jobs fair of which majority of the jobs are overseas hirings. Based on t he data presented by DOLE-XI the top 10 occupations with the most number of vacancies include call center agents, sales personnel, product specialists, customer service assistants, sales clerks, drivers, service crew, technical support staff, cashier and factory workers. Suyao said t he main innovation which they are introducing for the 2013

Kalayaan Jobs Fair will be the pre-registration activity which will happen from June 5-11. T he pre-reg ist rat ion w i l l have at le a st f ive representatives coming from the employers/agencies who will in turn short list the preregistrants. Suyao said this is in effect a mini-jobs fair since the employers/agencies can already choose among the pre-registrants. He said the new process w i l l be conven ient for jobseekers and employers alike. DOLE/PAGE 7

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LOCAL KIA distributor Columbian Auto Carmakers Carens only measures 4.5 meters recently unveiled their newest compact MPV, the long, the MPV offers spacious cabin compared to the previous all-new KIA Carens.

Hyundai cars sales in US up 2% in May LOS ANGELES -- Hyundai Motor America, t he US sales arm of South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co., said on Monday that its sales edged up 2 percent in May from a year earlier due to strong sales of its core products. Hy undai said it sold 68,358 vehicles in May, compared to 67,019 units sold in the same month in 2012. The car maker said it was the company’s secondbest sales month of all-time, second only to March 2012. “May was a high-velocity sales month for us, with the post-Memorial Day frenzy leaving us well positioned for t he su mmer sel ling season,” Dave Zuchowski, the executive vice president of national sales, said in a comment posted on the website of Hyundai Motor America. “Our core products -the Elantra, Sonata and Santa Fe -- all performed exceptionally well. We’re selling each of these three US-built products as fast as

The latest multi-purpose vehicle Carens was presented to the media by CAC President Ginia Domingo at Bonifacio Global High Street, Taguig three days before the formal unveiling to the public . Thomas Oh, executive vice president and chief operating of f icer of i nternat iona l business division at KIA said in a statement that the all-new Carens “takes back into one of the most important and competitive sectors of the global market with a strong contender for class

we can build them.” Hyundai said that Elantra and Sonata remain extremely hot sellers, with that duo exceeding 45,000 combined sales for the first time ever. It also said the all-new Santa Fe is continuing its capacity-constrained torrid selling rate, exceeding the 7,000 unit mark. It is up 21 percent on a year-to-date basis and is in short supply across the country. “Our plants continue to work at maximum capacity to meet record demand levels across our lineup,” John Krafcik, the president and CEO of Hy undai Motor America, said in a comment posted on its website. Meanwhile, Kia Motors America, the US sales arm of South Korea’s Kia Motors Corp., said it sold 52,327 units in May, up 1.1 percent from a year ago. Hyundai and Kia are the two major f lagship units of South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group, the world’s fifth-largest carmaker. (PNA)

not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this condition.” T h e re c a l l i nvo l ve s 420,0 0 0 vehicles in t he United States, Canada and Mexico and the rest overseas. It represents another blow for the midsize Fusion sedan, which was redesigned last fall and is one of Ford’s bestselling models, but has been the subject of several recalls since its launch. A b o u t 8 0 , 0 0 0 2 013 Fusions were recalled in December to check for engine leaks that could result in a fire. Another 19,000 Fusions were recalled in November to correct problems with the lighting system. Ford’s announcement on Monday said a small number Ford/PAGE 10

generation model. Its cabin space is more generous to passengers due to its increased wheelbase (latest generation is 2,750 mm longer). T he overa l l d i mension, however, is just a bit smaller than KIA Soul. Under the hood, the new Carens is powered by 1.7 U2 diesel engine, capable of delivering 136 ps at 4,000 rpm and max torque of 33.7 kg-m at 2,500 rpm, when equipped with manual transmission, 32.6 kg-m at 2,500 rpm with the automatic transmission.

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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co is recalling 465,000 2013 models to check for fuel tank leaks that could result in a fire. The automaker said it won’t have enough replacement parts for all owners until September. Models include the 2013 Ford Fusion, Flex, Explorer, Taurus, Interceptor Sedan and Interceptor Utility, as well as the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, MKS and MKT. Ford said a fuel delivery module in the tank could leak and that it had received 600 consumer complaints as of March 31. A Ford statement released Monday said: “While a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, there have been no reports of fires (and) we are

honors.” “Very stylish and sporty looking, the Carens has a spacious and versatile interior with seven seats a large cargo bay and storage compartments throughout the cabin,” he said. “This model will have great appeal to families with an active lifestyle who don’t want to compromise style and practicality. It is destined to attract many new customers to our showrooms and introduce them to the benefits of KIA ownership.” Although the compact KIA

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Rodriguez pushes ‘green’ engineering law By BONG D. FABE

ENGINEERS are among the select professionals who are in the forefront in humanity’s ongoing war against global warming and climate change, thus they should be given ample opportunity to do their share in mitigating the global menace that is threatening mankind. From urban planning to waste disposal, from general pollution control to industrial hygiene, engineers are there from the start designing ways and methods to make life easy in an era of modernization and industrialization. In recognition of their role, they should be given enough tools to do their best for the good of everyone. And one of the best tools that they should have on their arsenal is an enabling law that will make them more effective in dea ling w it h today’s worsening environmental problems, stressed Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, CDO) “There is a need to reassess the existing sanitary engineering law in order t o id e nt i f y a nd a d op t measures to carry out more efficient pollution abatement techniques to preserve the environment and to protect public health,” Rodriguez said. Originally filed in the 15th Congress, the proposed Environment and Sanitary E n g i n e e r i n g L aw w i l l effectively address the need to preserve the environment from the threat of a broad scope and complex problem as pollution, its principal author explained. “The rapid deterioration of the environment as a result

of unplanned and of ten unrestrained waste disposal, has affected public safety and health. Industrialization and modernization had likewise produced substances that are now public health concern,” he stressed. Rodriguez is optimistic that the 16th Congress will pass the proposed measure to enable engineers to be more effective in dealing w it h today ’s worseni ng environmental and sanitation problems. In t he early years of the sanitary engineering profession, Rod rig uez said the practice had been fundamentally in sanitation, water supply, sanitary and storm sewerage systems, and general pollution control and industrial hygiene. “There is a need to address the domestic and industrial wa ste water t reat ment ; stream, river, sanitation and water pollution control; a t m o s p h e r i c p o l lu t i o n control, both indoor and outdoor environment; solid waste ma nagement a nd disposal; and radioactive, toxic and hazardous material waste disposal,” he added. The proposed law also proposes the creation of the Board of Environmental and Sanitary Engineering, which will be composed law/PAGE 10

Freedom parks for public assembly proposed

Provide incentives to encourage PNoy lauded for making DavOr shift to green energy, gov’t urged a Tourism Development Area

TWO lawmakers are urging Cong ress to for t if y t he constitutional provision on the right to public assembly, one of the liberties vital to the nation’s democratic survival. Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd District, CDO, CDP) said through House Bill 1065 or the Public Assembly Act, the creation of freedom parks all over the country will be institutionalized. Under the bill, a freedom park is defined as any place or location such as parks, roads, public buildings and premises where public assemblies are parks/PAGE 10

NOTI NG t hat t he bu l k of greenhouse gases that cause climate change are anthropogenic in origin, a l aw m a k e r y e s t e r d a y expressed the need for homes and establishments to shift to green energy to help curb the devastating impacts of a warming climate. But shif ting to green energy sources is capitalintensive. Thus, government mu s t do a l l it c a n to encourage this shift such as the provision of incentives to those who will do so, said Rep. Susan A. Yap (2nd energy/PAGE 10

‘GREEN’ MEETING. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (L) with Xavier University President Fr. Bobby Yap (C) and Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma (R) during a recent meeting of “green” advocates at the Archbishop’s House. photo by bong d . fabe

Lawmakers urge passage of FOI bill LAWMAKERS yesterday said it is the greater majority of members of the legislative body who will decide on the fate of the controversial Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, which is expected to be re-filed in the 16th Congress. “We must give importance to the substance of the FOI bill and the good judgment of the members of Congress. Congressmen should look into the bill and see the greater benefits of the measure rather than its controversies,”Rep. Marcelino Teodoro (1st District, Marikina City) said. Te o d o r o , w h o r a n unopposed in the last midterm elections, said he agrees that the FOI bill should be given

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priority in the 16th Congress. Reacting on the issue that the next chairman of the House Committee on Public Information must have an all-out support to

the bill, Teodoro said: “The passage of the bill does not solely rely on the committee chairman.” E a rl ie r, R e p. Te d d y Brawner Baguilat Jr. (Lone District, Ifugao) said in order to hasten the progress of the measure, the next chair of the public information body should be an FOI advocate committed to fight for the measure. Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan (Gabriela Partylist) said the fate of a bill should depend on the inclination of the chairman of the committee. “He or she steers a bill to its rightful path and may inhibit himself or herself when partiality rears its

ugly head. But experience, especially in the last Congress showed that a committee chairman can block this path and become a tool of parties with vested interests,” Ilagan said. Baguilat said he would suppor t for t he post of chairperson any lawmaker who would commit to hasten the measure’s progress in the committee and to defend it before the plenary “with genu i ne g usto a nd not be dictated by the whims and positions of the upper echelons.” Baguilat said he would file his own version of the FOI bill this 16th Congress. (HoR)

A MINDANAO lawmaker yesterday hailed the enactment into law of her proposal to make the Province of Davao Oriental a Tourism Development Area. “I thank President Aquino for his genuine efforts at alleviating the plight of the countrysides as can be seen in his support for my bill,” said Rep. Thelma Almario (2nd District, Davao Oriental). Aquino signed into law Republic Act 10560 on May 17, 2013 effectively putting Davao Oriental under the priority development program of the Department of Tourism (DoT). Under the new law, the DoT and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are mandated to allocate government funds into the development of road networks and other infrastructure projects to support the tourism thrust of the local governments in Davao Oriental. “The local chief executives of different LGUs in the province must put in place and implement a well-coordinated and sound Tourism Code as the backbone for the collective lauded/PAGE 10

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Foundation’s “Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig “, Roxas recently inaugurated the first phase of this rehabilitation program at the 2.9-kilometer Estero de Paco which will serve as the model for 47 other tributaries of the Pasig River. Metro Manila is home to more than half a million families living in informal settlements, over 104,000 of which are living in esteros and waterways while the rest are found in various precarious areas such as railroad tracks, garbage dumps, riverbanks, shorelines and other public places like sidewalks, roads, parks and playgrounds. An estimated 60,000 of these

informal settler-families are scheduled to move to several on-site, near-site and in-city relocation communities over the next three years, or an average of 20,000 ISF per year before President Aquino’s term expires in June 2016. Stressing the government’s core philosophy, Fernandez said, “there will be no forced relocation.” Pending the completion of the housing units in the identified relocation sites, Fernandez said the DILG will conduct disaster preparedness activities at the barangay, city or municipal, regional and national levels. “The goal is ‘zero casualty’”, he said. Va r i o u s g o v e r n m e nt agencies such as the Metro Manila Development Authority, Ph i l ip pi n e I n s t it ut e of Volcanology and Seismology,

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however, that the San Roque dam would not break easily as it was built to withstand strong magnitude of drill/PAGE 7

Nationwide earthquake drill to pilot in Pangasinan town The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will pilot a nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill here on June 10 with an overtopping and seeping San Roque Dam as a scenario. Regiona l Director Melchito Castro of the Office of Civil Defense said that the drill aims to see the preparation and abilities of different government agencies and local government units in the worst case scenario. Castro said that drill also includes dissemination of informative and preventive precautionar y measures du r i ng m a n-m ade a nd natural disasters and the development of bayanihan spirit among people. “The Secretary (Voltaire Gazmin of the Department of National Defense) wants to see how prepared Region I is in times of disasters particularly earthquake and flooding. He wants to see the assets of the province and the region and the people who will be responsible during calamities,” Castro said. To m Va l d e z , V i c e President for Corporate Social Responsibility of the San Roque Power Corporation, sa id t hat i f a power f u l earthquake would occur in

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earthquakes. “ We d o n’t w a nt t o misinform people that when a quake happens, the dam would break. Even with a 7.2 or 7.5 magnitude, nothing will happen to the dam. This is just for the purpose of the drill,” Valdez said. Col. Fernando De Guzma n, head of t he Pangasinan DRRMC, said that in case of overtopping or seepage in the dam, the first town to be affected is San Manuel where the dam is located. De Guzman said that this is the reason why the ceremonial venue for the nationwide drill will be in this eastern town. He said that there are three types of scenarios in case of a dam break caused by a strong quake. De Guzman said that the first type is the short-term scenario where there is no time to prepare and people are advised to immediately evacuate and seek higher ground. Towns affected here include San Manuel, Asingan, San Nicolas, Rosales, Tayug, Sta. Maria, and Urdaneta City. He said that the second type is the medium-term scenario with little time to prepare but people could still conduct the “duck cover and hold” practice. Towns affected here include those

in the mid-stream areas like Dagupan City, Calasiao, Sta. Barbara, and nearby municipalities. De Guzman said that t he long-ter m scena r io involve the towns located downstream and have enough time to prepare. This includes Lingayen, Manaoag, and nearby municipalities. The nationwide earthquake drill will be conducted in Barangay San Vicente in San Manuel where Secretary Gazmin and other government officials are expected to attend.

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big sins and crimes. Nowadays, pornography is a common stuff in this environment. Also phishing and trolling. And all sorts of fraud and forms of indignities are committed. We definitely need to check ourselves frequently to see if our use of these powerful means is on the r ig ht t rack towa rd ou r proper goa l, if we truly are facilitating authentic communication, if we are all becoming better persons, understanding and loving each other more, aside from understanding issues more deeply, etc. The digital world should i mprove ou r capacit y for tolerance to an everincreasing range of diversity, but it should also sharpen our love for one another

and our understanding and appreciation of opinions as well as absolute truths. T hese shou ld be t he standard and criteria to assess the quality of our use of these means. We cannot rema in cava lier in t his regard, because these new technologies, while giving us great good, can also cause big and even almost irreparable damage to us. We a l s o n e e d t o understand that there has to be an effort to use these technologies for the ultimate purpose of communication. And that is evangelization, spreading the Good News about God and ourselves with respect to our ultimate end. The Pope spells this out quite clearly. “The challenge facing social networks is how to be truly inclusive,” he said. That means these networks should include God and should be open to all. Otherwise, these powerful means can be likened to the Tower of Babel that was built for the purpose of reaching heaven merely by human effort. God destroyed it and made it to cause such conf usion of la ng uages that the people could not understand one another anymore. We need to be most responsible in enjoying the tremendous freedom afforded by the Internet and its very popular social networks.

When we use them, are we clearly driven by love for God and for the common good, or are we just allowing our merely human and temporal impulses free play?

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But it’s not easy to learn self-control and always accept and respect your husband, even though he has faults and weaknesses. That’s why it’s only with Jesus Christ’s kind of love that we can do it. If you’ll ask Jesus to forgive you for not being the wife you should, He will help you to start changing and learning to love the way He does. Only Jesus can help you always give your husband the respect and confidence he needs from you to become the real man you need and want him to be. Just Think a Minute…

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and experience, investing t h rou g h profe s siona l ly managed funds may be a risk-mitigated stock market strategy that is more suitable for you. Assuming the proper time horizon for your investment, a managed stock or equity fund strateg y may allow you to ha r ness g reater diversification for the same amount of investible funds w it h t he added benef it

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highly recommend, it would be Chapter 13. Economic and Financial Education, for the very reason that it is possible for every Filipino to make sound economic and financial decisions whether or not he or she took up Economics, or whether she or he is a school drop-out or a learned scholar. I am discovering that even those who work at the BSP are appreciative of constant reminders on economic and f inancia l education and planning. If you are an OFW or have a loved one who is, Chapter 5. BSP as Implementor of an Efficient Payments and Settlements System, would be a good supplement to Chapter 13. Economic and

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He said that the Kalayaan Jobs Fair is one of the three biggest jobs fair organized by the Department annually, among these include the May 1 Labor Day Jobs Fair and the DOLE anniversary jobs fair held in December. Suyao hopes that they could surpass the 55 public and private jobs fair which were conducted in 2012.

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UP Pep welcomes a new school year with a good choice Th e Un ive r sit y of the Philippines Pep Squad, or more popularly known as the UP Pep, welcomes this school year with a new set of captains as it held its official turnover in Boracay just last summer. Lian Gaudence Melegrito was chosen as this year’s te a m ca pta i n, w i t h co capta i ns, B ien Joseph Insigne and Noelynne Jane Figueroa. Meleg r ito, now an incoming fourth year student majoring in Sports Science, admitted that she feels the pressure of defending their title as UAAP’s Cheerdance Competition champion for th ree consecutive yea r s now.

“Ma s n a n g i n g i ba ba w pa ‘yung takot sa ‘kin kasi n a g s ta r t a ko sa U P Pep without any background, tapos nag - compete ako late na”, she said. Though she didn’t expect to be this year’s captain of the UP Pep, she feel s excited for the new team she’ll be heading with her co-captains. “I look forward to having a stronger team, more ready fo r t h i s ye a r. H o p ef u l l y, mabigay sa squad (UP Pep) ‘yung 4-peat na matagal nang inaasam”, she added. Fo r me r capta i n, Tr i x ie Segundo, feels happy with U P Pe p’s a c h i eve m e nt s during her stay. According to her, Coach

Lalaine Pereña made the right choice of new captains. She advised Melegrito to stay toug h th roug h difficulties. “It will not be easy, but it will be so worth it. Little by little, ma- oovercome mo lahat ng challenges. So be strong”, Segundo said. The pressure in holding their championship title is also felt by this year’s new co-captain, Figueroa. “Kinakabahan ako.Grabe ‘y ung p res su re l a l o na’t la laban kam i fo r 4 - peat championship. Sana positive ‘yung results”, she said. F o r m e r ca pta i n , K i ko Cortez, also expressed his confidence on the newly appointed leaders. “Masaya

kami na sa kanila pinasa ‘y ung pwes to at a l am nam i ng magagawa ni la yun. They’re fit for the job.” Cortez also gave a notable a dv i ce to th e i n co m i n g heads. “Lagi lang silang mag-uusap dahil malaking bagay ang communication, lalo’t marami kami sa team”, he said. He also advised the new team captains to always reg a rd thei r coach and their members when making decisions for the team. With new captains, UP Pe p a l s o we l co m e s t h e school year with its official mobile telecommunications partner, Sun Cellular, as it continues to be the brand’s official Youth Ambassadors.

The partnership started with UP Pep’s “ELEV80s” concert last year and is now going full blast. UP Pep represents what Sun Cel l ula r is al l about – yo u n g, en e rg et i c a n d i n n ovat i ve. T h e sq uad continues its legacy as a powerful team with smooth, breathtaking moves. There’s no denying that i t s m e m b e r s c a n h a ve more efficient and reliable communication with Sun Cellular. F o r m o re i n fo r m at i o n about Sun Ce l l u l a r, v i s it w w w. s u n c e l l u l a r . c o m . ph o r Facebook page w w w. fa c e b o o k . c o m / s u n ce l l u l a r p h . F o l l ow @ suncelldeals on Twitter.

anyone. Activities and competitions are often fierce and challenging. A scout begins to be involved with merit badge fever and collecting all 21 is much more loathsome and mind-numbing. Its race to become a highest awardee recipient and getting waylaid in the process is not an exception at all. Provincial and regional jamborees are just as perilous as all previously enumerated here. Activities are now more gratifying and vigorous at the same time. Sometimes it is often becoming a lethargic display of self-centeredness. And to top it all it’s a venue where talents from abound are

magnified and if you don’t have any you’ll be eaten up by the competition and before you know it, you’ll be out of the loop. Here, campfires are grand and exorbitant. Presentations are performed to send messages across and beyond. Exhibits and exhibitions are rampant and are often a source of inspiration for young boys in the scouting ladder start up. National Jamborees, Moots and Venture Camps are a showcase of colors and talents not to mention the magnitude of the events at this level. More often than not, scouts who come all the way to such national event go home wanting for more. The camaraderie and

excitement of being in a national event outweighs the financial considerations that come with it. It is rather a spectacle of scout pageantry and scout innovations at the highest order. Never before a scout who participates in such event and not yearn for another big event. Indeed, scouting life is tiresome but full of fun. It is where adventure and camaraderie never fails to flabbergast anyone within the movement. It is where friendship knows no boundaries and where youthfulness outgrows old norms. Innovation is key and scouting skill is a virtue to live for. Friend, be a Scout!

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Scouting is an association where young boys and girls spend much of their time to have fun, conquer themselves, enjoy the thrill and adventurous activities all rolled into one. It is where boys are trained to become future leadership greats– well rounded leaders at that. Becoming a scout is often a sign that a young boy is finally coming of age ready to venture out into the open. Ready to be conquered or conquer the universe before him. Days and nights of camping would soften a scout into submission to be loyal to the scout ideals. Starting from school camporals, a scout would be subjected to all elements away from the comforts of one’s home. Away from one’s bed and away from the ever temptous callings of advanced technology in the pretext of ipad minis,

ipad, and flat TV’s and not to mention the internet. The morning delicious home cooking of mom will surely be missed by a scout. The comfort of one’s kitchen and bathroom is not a luxury for any scout who is into camping. The luxury of waking up late is all but lost either for a morning jog and morning patrol/crew duties. Much more is late sleeping time after a wonderful campfire and a noisy crew, all eager to share their stories. A district camporal with all the skills test are another level of scouting difficultly one had to undergo to experience all the adventure and fun of scouting life. It’s another avenue to mould into perfection one’s scouting skill and meet new friends. Here activities are leveling up and activities are getting one sometimes into trouble with just


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of a chairperson and three members appoi nted by t he President upon t he recommendat ion of t he Professiona l Reg u lator y Commission (PRC) from a list of five nominees endorsed by t he du ly-ac c red ited professional organization of the environmental and sanitary engineering in the country.

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from page 4 usually held in which no permit is required for the holding of the same. The Mindanao solon said it has been 18 years since the restoration of the long and hard fought democratic form of government has been installed in the bureaucracy. “And yet, the nation seems to be manifesting palpable and ostentatious symptoms of deterioration in our freedom of speech, press and assembly, which are the harbingers and hallmarks of our democratic rights and privileges,” he said. He said that compared to t he lifespan of ever y democratic system, this is the period when all paramount values of democratic existence are at its formative years. “We are in the period w h e n t h e g o v e r n m e nt should be cultivating the very foundation beneficial to its development a nd

stability,” he added. “But frustratingly, the opposite is shown in recent events like the disturbing documented reports of harassment and violence committed against protesters exercising free speech.” The measure provides that the procession, rallies, parades, demonstrations, public meetings and assemblages for religious purposes shall be governed by local ordinances. “But such ordinances shall only regulate the time, place and location of the proposed mass action and shall not in any way deny the lawful exercise of such right,” he said. As for when a permit is required, the bill states that a written permit shall be required for any person or persons to organize and hold a public assembly in a public place. However, no permit shall be required if the public assembly shall be done or made in a freedom park duly established by law, ordinance, implementing rules and regulation or in a private property in which case only the consent of the owner is required. The bill prohibits the holding of any assembly by any leader organizer without having first secured that written permit in areas where a permit is required from the appropriate office concerned. Another prohibition is the

arbitrary and unjustifiable denial or modification of a permit in violation of this Act by the local chief executive of his official representative. The unjustified discharge of firearms by a member of any law enforcement agency or any person in an attempt to disperse the public assembly as well as the carrying of a deadly or offensive weapon or device such as firearm, bladed weapon, pillbox, bomb and the like, among others, are also prohibited under the bill. The bill penalizes any person found guilty and convicted of violating any provisions of this Act shall be punished with imprisonment of not more than 12 years and a fine of not more P100,000. Rep. Maximo B. Rodriguez Jr. (ABAMIN Part ylist), another author of the bill, said the curtailment of the freedom of assembly has an impact that transcends far beyond those whose rights were restricted, but it goes and strikes at the very heart and core of the country’s democratic system. “Let us learn from our history, let us learn from our obstinacy,” he said. (HoR)

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District, Tarlac). Ya p e x p l a i n e d t h a t Republic Act 9729 or the Climate Change Act of 2009 provides for the formulation of strategies on mitigating

greenhouse gases and other anthropogenic causes of climate change, and one of these strategies is the institutionalization of a green energy shift incentive system. “Greenhouse gases are emitted when fossil fuels, coal, oil and natural gas are burned. There is a need to shift to green energy which refers to sources of energy that are friendlier to the environment,” she said. She noted that global warming continues to bring u npre d ic t a b l e we at h e r changes, prevalence of storms and an environment that is getting extremely humid. “This requires more than just appeals to one’s sense of responsibility in caring for the environment. There is a need to cushion the impact of the initial expenses which almost always discourage those who might want to consider green energy,” she said. I n Hou se Bi l l 2896 , Yap sought to establish the Green Energy for Homes and Buildings Program in the Department of Energy (DoE) to promote residential, commercial, and industrial, sc a le energ y ef f icienc y a nd on- s it e re ne w a ble technologies. In administering t he program, the bill directs the secretary of energy to establish eligibility criteria for applicants for financial assistance. Eligible applicants may

get financial assistance in the form of direct loans, letters of credit, loan guarantees, insurance products, other credit enhancements or debt instruments or other financial products. “This is to promote the w idespread deploy ment of, and mobilize private sector support of credit and investment institutions for energy efficiency measures a nd on- s it e re ne w a ble energy generation systems in buildings,” she said. (BDF/ HoR)

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par ticipative, cu ltura lly sensit ive, econom ic a l ly viable and equitable for local communities. According to the law, the Tourism Development Areas in Davao Oriental include municipa lit ies endowed with natural beauty, small islands, waterfalls, beaches, sea and mountain resources, h i s tor ic a l a nd n at u r a l la nd ma rk s , i nd igenou s communities and other areas of interest to the tourism industry, among others. It also mandates that the Tourism Development Plan of Davao Oriental should be incorporated in the DoT’s overall National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP). (HoR)

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of 2013 Fusions also was being recalled to fix steering gears that lack an internal retaining clip, thus increasing the risk of a crash. A sepa rate reca l l was announced for about 500 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedans with engine block heaters. The cords on the heaters could crack and expose the wiring. The MKZ is a companion model to the Fusion. While engine block heater cords on the MKZ and steering gears on the Fusion are being replaced free at dealers this month, Ford said it has only a limited supply of new fuel delivery modules, so some owners won’t be notif ied about replacement parts until September.

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fired modular generating set. This will supply the energy requirements of Koronadal City, and the growing town of Surallah, the corn farms in Banga, the mining area in Tampakan, and residential areas of Norallah, among others. Tu i d i o s a i d t h e cooperative is looking at solar to balance the impact of the price volatility of fuel in the daytime while the sun is producing power. T he prop o s e d s ol a r facility will be located in Surallah and will use German technology. Solarus is a local partner of Mp-tec GmbH and Co, the biggest solar energ y company in East Germany with installations totaling 200 megawatts in power gener at i ng c apac it y i n Europe.

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society in collaboration with partners from government agencies must assist the upcoming administration in Cagayan de Oro City frame an environmental agenda and come up with an engagement strategy anchored on the principles of sustainable development, specifically on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduct ion, and the rehabilitation of its ecological support system particularly the integrity a nd biod iversit y of t he watersheds,” said Raoul T. Geollegue, forum convenor. The forum is organized by SULOG, One Sendong is Enough, Inc in collaboration w it h Enter pr ise Work s Worldw ide Ph i l ippi ne s ( E W W P) , B -W I S E R , ICRAF, Earthsoul Solutions, DENR 10, and Hineleban Foundation, Inc. Geollegue said the impact of tropical storm Sendong (Washi) that hit Cagayan de Oro City on Dec. 16 and 17, 2011 became a major theme in the May 13 elections. “The issue in fact was pivotal in the changes of the political landscape of the city,” he noted. “With t he welcome resu lt s of t he May 13 vote, hope springs eternal for those who had long been calling for responsible ecological governance for the city, a call which was amplified by the Cagayan de Oro Ecumenical B i s h o p s S t a t e m e nt o n Earth Day last April 22,

2012 which underscored the need for transparency and accountability among government agencies and local government officials involved in the issuances of permits for the extraction of the City’s limited and fragile natural resources.” Geollegue said the forum is essentially an assessment of the environmental situation of Cagayan de Oro and its environs which covers the green (forest), brown (urban) and blue (coasta l, river, marine) ecosystems. “To give a human face to the issues that beset each environmental color, we have invited spokespersons for each of the negatively impacted sectors- farmers, I Ps , a nd f isher men, to give testimonials of their respective ordeals,” Geollegue said. “This will be followed by a short presentation of the efforts, initiatives, and projects of each identified development partners. A rou nd t able d isc u ssion follows after the partners presentations.” In crafting its road map towards building resiliency and preparedness of the c it y to t he foreb o d i ng impacts of climate change, t he new administration must undertake a faithful assessment of the state of its environment -- What are the current compelling issues and challenges?; What are the existing efforts and initiatives to address these? Who are involved and who does what? It is hoped that at the end of the day, various discrete actions and policy support to enhance and strengthen t he L o c a l G over n ment Units (LGUs) capacities in participatory environmental planning and management are identified and deliberated, he added. “We have high hopes this initiative will lead to a lasting, productive and meaningful engagement among partners particularly between the city local government and civil society.” The Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council and the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, with technical assistance from the Enterprise Works Worldwide Philippines (EWWP) has formulated and began the i mplement at ion of t he Cagayan de Oro River Basin (CDORB) rehabilitation plan as a long-term solution to the general degradation of the Cagayan de Oro watershed

that stretches up to the Kitanglad and Kalatungan mountains in Bukidnon. “Fomenting solid support from the local government of Cagayan de Oro is very v ita l for t he success of this initiative,” Geollegue said. “In fact, the CDORB rehabilitation work could be accelerated further by the passage of the bill filed by 2nd district Rep. Rufus B. Rodrig uez a llocating P37. 5 million from the a nnua l nat iona l budget for the reforestation 3,000 hectares of the Cagayan de Oro watershed. However, more efforts and initiatives coming from all sectors of society are needed to bring about an accelerated rehabilitation of the city’s precariously impaired watersheds, he added. G e ol le g ue c ite d t he following excerpt from the Rio+20 Declaration, UN Conference on Sustainable Development as t he inspiration for the forum: “We a c k now le d ge t h at democracy, good governance and the rule of law, at the national and international levels, as well as an enabling environment are essential for sustainable development, including sustained a nd inclusive economic growth, social development, environmental protection and the eradication of poverty and hunger. We reaffirm that to achieve our goals of sustainable development. We need institutions at all levels that are effective, transparent, accountable and democratic.” Along the same theme, United Nations SecretaryG ener a l, Ba n K i-mo on said: “We live in a world of pl e nt y, w h e re fo o d production outstrips demand, yet 870 million people are undernourished and childhood stunting is a silent pandemic.We must ensure access to adequate nutrition for all, double the productivity of smallholder farmers who grow the bulk of food in the developing world, and make food systems sustainable in the face of environmental and economic shocks.”

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Airport’s operations and maintenance (O&M) contract will be privatized next year through the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme. Abaya said the private

takeover may coincide with the installation of the ILS next year. T he ne w a i r p or t i s supposed to open on April 30, but the launch was suspended because at the request of airlines that operate out of Lumbia Airport. A i rl i ne s t h at f ly to and from Cagayan de Oro City include Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, and Zest Air. They ser ve a combined 2,000 passengers a day.

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Ut i l it ie s a l re ady ha s a presence in Bicol, Visayas and Mindanao. So far, the company has about 228-MW of off-take agreements with electric cooperatives. B e s i d e s p o w e r, t h e conglomerate is a lso expanding into the tourism sector. FDC Hotels Corp, which owns and runs the home-grown Crimson Hotel brand, will build the 200room Crimson Resort and Spa Boracay for launch by December 2015. Got ia nu n sa id t he 3-hectare resort is located south of Shangri-La and has its own beachfront. Like its other Crimson-branded hotels, FDC’s Boracay project will target the high-end tourism market. The company’s Crimson M a c t a n ’s c l i e n t e l e i s 80 percent Korea n a nd Japanese. It was also on the recommended list of Conde Nast Johansens and a nominee of World Luxury Hotels Awards in 2013. FDC Hotel also opened its new Crimson Hotel in Filinvest City, Alabang.

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they who are in power also do not have a unified systematic plan of action for the good of the environment? How can the people help the government when they perceive that those who are in government are themselves the culprit in raping the environment through their inaction to stop the continued exploitation of the abundant natural resources in the almighty name of greed? A rchbishop A nton io J. L ede sma , t h i s c it y ’s and Mindanao’s foremost environmental advocate, has repeatedly sounded the clarion call to protect the environment. Unfortunately, the call fell on ears grown deaf by the sound of mining

and logging machines and on eyes grown blind by the sight of money. Then Tropica l Storm Washi (Sendong) came. I n s pi t e o f S e n d o n g and despite warnings that f lash f loods w i l l aga i n drown the city if people do not protect the city’s watershed, unscrupulous village officials—allegedly protected by corrupt officials at City Hall and the regional office of the Environment d e p a r t m e n t— c o n t i n u e raping the city’s environment through illegal hydraulic flush mining and illegal logging activities. T he i r a c t i v it ie s a re allegedly funded by foreign capitalists, mostly Chinese, a nd abet ted by corrupt officials. Systematic action: “Since 2009, I have been consistently reporting to City Hall illegal mining activities going on in the hinterland villages of the city. But until now, City Hall have not lifted a finger to stop these illegal activities,” lamented 66-yearold Fausto “Datu Sandigan” Orasan of the Higaonon tribe of the village of Pigsag-an. For his vehement opposition to the illegal flush mining activities in the city’s hinterlands, Orasan was threatened. On the night of May 17, his house was rammed by no less than Pigsag-an village chief Salvador Misca, whom he identified as one of the leaders of the illegal mining activities there. Then on May 31, Misca shot Orasan with a shotgun. He survived while Misca was detained. “He [Misca] is not only a protector of the illegal mining activities in the barangay, he is the leader,” Orasan told the Business Daily in a May 30 interview at the Archbishop Patrick Cronin Hall during the 10th meeting of the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council (CDORBMC). During that meeting, Dr. Esteban Godilano of the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP), which Ledesma heads, urged all Kagay-anons, including residents of Bukidnon and Iligan, to work together to draw a unified systematic plan of action to protect the city’s watershed, a vast 179,350.66 hectares, that straddles a large part of the provinces of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, and Misamis Oriental. The city is just 48,000 hectares.

“The challenge is up to all of us. It is crucial for all of us especially young people, to get involved. This will be the most urgent fight of our lives. Ultimately it is us who are going to bring about changes through our individual actions. While the time may not be on our side, our ability to innovate appears to be with us,” he said. Time to act: Godilano lamented that despite having the world’s best environmental laws, Filipinos are complacent and lazy in implementing these laws. “Let’s walk the talk,” he stressed. He warned that the city is in danger of being erased from t he map by f lood waters if the Cagayan de Oro River will once again overflow its banks if people will not do their part in protecting the environment, most particularly the city’s vast watershed area, since the city is the drainage area of its catchbasin which is Bukidnon. The Cagayan de Oro River is 1,342 kms long. 81 percent of its total length or 1,087.0 kms is part of the city’s river basin or watershed. Its headwaters are in the Kalatungan and Kitanglad mountain ranges in Bukidnon. Mt. Kalatungan (2,824 meters above sea level) and Mt. Kitanglad (2,900 meters ASL) are considered as the second and third tallest mountains in the Philippines. Due to high elevation and lack of vegetation, excess water from an overflowing catchbasin that is Bukidnon naturally run down the slopes into the drainage area that is Cagayan de Oro. “The f loodwaters cascade through various tributaries and converge along the main river before rampaging to the settled plains,” environmentalist Raoul Geollegue told the Business Daily in an earlier interview. Of the city’s total land a r e a , 15 , 317 h e c t a r e s of 50.15% is covered by pasture and grassland where approximately 2,344 hectares or 31% is threatened by landslides. Aside from that, 10,779 hectares or 35% of the city’s land area is susceptible to flooding. Also the city’s location is “prone to sea level rise that could affect approximately 1,472 hectares or five percent of the total area.”

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