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Briefly Business start-up THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Bureau of Micro, Small and Medium Enter prise Development (BMSMED), b e ef s u p i t s ef fo r t s to encourage new business start-ups by conducting free entrepreneurship sessions every month. “We invite individuals who want to start their own businesses or those in the early stages of their business start-ups to take advantage of these sessions and gain useful insights and guidance from experts,” BMSMED Officerin-Charge Jerry T. Clavesillas said. “For September, we have lined up nine sessions, which will basically enlighten the participants on the nitty-gritty of starting and managing a business,” Clavesillas added.

Islamic financing D A VA O C i t y - - K i n g Cooperative is out to grab the many opportunities offered by Mindanao’s growth and improving peace and order situation by going into Islamic Financing before the year ends. “ We are planning to offer Islamic Financing in a few months; we are still preparing and finalizing our cooperation with the Peace and Equity Foundation (PEF) for this noble program,” King Development Cooperative General Manager Nestor Ortigoza said. And even without such partnership, he said, we are committed to be part of the peace and development process in Mindanao through this endeavor.

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TOPPLED DOWN. NGCP Tower 168 in Km 14, Barangay Madia, Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao was bombed on Sept. 1, 2013 causing a total blackout in Cotabato City and nearby areas. mindanews photo by ferdinandh cabrera

Manobos barricade mining firm in Surigao del Norte By ROEL CATOTO, MindaNews

C L AV E R , S u r i g a o d e l Norte— A group of Manobo tribesmen has barricaded since Monday, Sept. 2, the entrance to the stockpile area of a mining firm in this town to demand royalty. The Manobos, who came from Barangay Pakwan in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur, belong to the Kahugpungan sa Nag k a hiusa ng Tr ibu nga Manununod sa Yutang Kabilin (Kantrimyuka). T hei r spoke spers on, Ba r a ngay C ha i r Romel Dawog of Pakwan, said part of the land where Adnama M i n i ng Re sou rce s I nc . (AMRI) operates is within their ancestral domain.

Dawog told MindaNews he was speaking on behalf of Dat u Ma nsa Sa muel Dawog Sumanda, a leader of Kantrimyuka and a close relative. The group has put up a makeshift dwelling at the main entrance to AMRI’s stockpile area in Barangay Urbiztondo, Claver. Dawog sa id A MR I would be forced to stop its operations as its heavy equipment could not pass the access road where the nickel ores are being stockpiled for shipment. He said the company has violated their rights for mining/PAGE 11

AC Energ y Holdings, Inc. (ACEHI), the power subsidiary of Ayala Corp., is expecting to start the construction of the plant next year, the listed conglomerate said in a recent disclosure, in a bid to address electricity lack in the island. “The project is currently in pre-development stage s t a r t i n g w it h c le a r i n g operations on the 60-hectare site which include preparation of re lo c at ion sit e s for communities that will be affected by construction,” the disclosure read. “Construction is expected to start in the first half of

2014,” it added. ACEHI entered into a joint venture with Power Partners Ltd. Co. to build and operate three power plants each with a capacity of 135 megawatts (MW) in the municipality of Kauswagan in Lanao del Norte. Ayala said “the total project cost still to be determined fol low i ng d iscussions with the engineering and procurement contractor.” Powe r Pa r t ne r s h a s been described as “a private limited partnership engaged in developing and owning power fac i l it ie s i n t he coal/PAGE 11

12.4M Filipinos without jobs after P-Noy leaves office: WB BY THE time President Benigno Aquino III leaves office in 2016, there will s t i l l b e 12 . 4 m i l l ion Filipinos unemployed or underemployed, even if the Philippine economy were to grow at an average of 7 percent a year, the World Bank says. Here are the numbers t hat t he Phi lippine gover n ment mu st pay attention to, according to Karl Kendrick Chua, WB senior country economist: • 3 m i l l i o n unemployed Filipinos as of 2012

JOBLESS. Hundreds of job hunters flock to the jobs fair in Kidapawan City on Feb. 24, 2012. mindanews photo by geonarri solmerano

• 7 m i l l i o n underemployed Filipinos (t hose who do not get

enough pay and are looking for more work) as of 2012 jobs/PAGE 11

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DBM-X clarifies rules on granting of RATA By APIPA P. BAGUMBARAN, Contributor

OFFICIALS or employees who are assigned or presently using government motor transportation should not be granted transportation

allowance (TA), an official of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in Region X said. During t he Career

Executive Of f icers of Northern Mindanao (CEONM) First General Assembly on August 27, Chief Budget and Management Specialist Margarita Villamala said that those who are assigned or who use government motor transportation shall no longer be entitled to the TA but only the commutable representation allowance (RA). She, however, clarified that the grant of the TA may be allowed when the official is prevented from the use of the government vehicle for three days or more such as when the said vehicle undergoes repair and a replacement vehicle is not provided. She said the TA shall be pro-rated based on the number of days of actual work performance on workdays without an official vehicle. R ATA , w h i c h m a y either be commutable or reimbursable, are granted to selec t gover n ment officials to cover related expenses incidental to and in connect ion w it h t he actual performance of their respective functions. Villamala said the RATA is commutable if the grant is specifically authorized by RATA/PAGE 9

Power coop fast-tracking installation of modular gensets to ease deficit GENERAL Santos City -- In a bid to offset the worsening power shortage in parts of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat provinces, distribution utility South Cotabato I Electric Cooperative (Socoteco I) is targeting the full installation before the end of the month of its leased 12-megawatt (MW) modular generator sets. Santiago Tudio, Socoteco I genera l manager, said Monday the diesel-f ired

generator sets that they had contracted from power producer Conal Holdings

Corporation arrived recently at the Davao City port and are now due for delivery to the area. He said t he modular gener ator s e t s w i l l b e installed in a lot owned by the cooperative in Barangay Morales in Koronadal City. Based on a four-year contract signed by Socoteco power/PAGE 9

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Aboitiz Power gets permit Court clears Globe takeover of Bayantel to run Binga hydro plant REGULATORS have given Aboitiz Power Corp the go signal to operate all four generating units of the Binga hydroelectric plant in Itogon, Benguet. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Aboitiz Power said the Energy Regulator y Commission (ERC) awarded the certificate of compliance (COC) to subsidiary SN Aboitiz PowerBenguet Inc (SNAP-Benguet) for the Binga plant. The five-year COC, which attests to a plant’s compliance w it h env ironmenta l, technica l, f inancia l and legal standards, is required aboitiz/PAGE 9

GLOBE Telecom yesterday said it bagged court approval for t he a c qu i s it ion of more than half of Bayan Telecommunications Inc. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Ayala-led Globe said Branch 158 of the Pasig City Regional Trial Court (RTC) issued a resolution granting the joint motion to amend the Lopezled Bayantel’s current debt restructuring plan. Globe said the amendments principally involve a conversion of up to 60 percent of the debt into Bayan shares comprising up to 56.6 percent of its capital stock, on a fully diluted basis. “As the largest creditor of Bayantel, Globe intends to convert its debt holdings

i nto 38. 3 percent of Bayantel’s equity initially to subsequent ly convert further amounts of Globe’s debt holdings when relevant regulatory and corporate approva ls are obtained, resulting in Globe holding over 50 percent of Bayantel’s outstanding shares,” Globe said. “Assuming that debt to equity conversions occur to their fullest extent, Globe said the amendments will reduce Bayantel’s outstanding principal debt by 69 percent from the equivalent of about $423.3 million to about $131.3 million,” Globe said. Globe had acquired 98.26 percent of Bayantel’s loans and 100 percent of Radio globe/PAGE 9

2 LPG retailers ordered to explain ‘overpricing’ THE Department of Energy (DOE) has asked at least t wo oi l compa nies to explain why the increase in t heir LPG prices was more than what their rivals implemented. “Sa computation namin hindi dapat umabot sa four [pesos]. That is why we are asking them to explain bakit umabot ng ganun. Petron’s increase is a lot less than the others,” Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla said. lpg/PAGE 9


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Region 12’s banana industry gets a boost GENERAL Santos City -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) has earmarked P12 million this year to further strengthen the banana industry in Region 12, officials said. Amalia Datukan, DA-12 director, said that banana is among the high value crops given focus by the agency because of the demand in the foreign and domestic markets. “We are also pushing for the development of the banana industry as one of the important strategies to suppor t cou nt r yside development and achieve inclusive growth,” she said

in a statement. In 2012 , t he Bu reau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) reported that banana production in Region 12, which has around 30,000 hectares of land planted to the crop, reached 1.1 million metric tons. Region 12 or Soccsksargen reg ion comprises t he provinces of South Cotabato, Nor t h Cotabato, Su ltan Kuda rat a nd Sa ra nga ni

and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato. Aside from being the third largest producer of Cavendish banana in the Philippines, Datukan said that Soccsksargen Region is Mindanao’s leading producer of lakatan bananas that are mostly sold to the domestic market, particularly in Cebu and Metro Manila. The Davao region is the country’s largest Cavendish banana producer, reportedly f o l l ow e d b y No r t h e r n Mindanao. banana/PAGE 9

PH on-track towards rice self-sufficiency TH E Ph i l ippi nes w i l l still meet its goal of selfsufficiency in rice by year’s end as damage caused by recent storms account for only one percent of the total production target, a top official of the Agriculture Department said Tuesday. “Based on our assessment, palay production for the year is still on track because...palay damage from January to the present is only 200,000 metric tons, way below the provision rice/PAGE 10

PHL to build coco processing facilities THE Depa r t ment of Ag r ic u lt u re is pu sh i ng to build the first two of si x integ rated coconutprocessing facilities this year for coco oil, water and other products. Plans are afoot and the department is trying to make the final blueprint for the factories. “I think we have to try one or two within this year... And then next year we will establish four additional plants,” Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala told reporters coco/PAGE 10

Xylose sugar maker closes Davao factory THE Depa r t ment of Agriculture is working to save what remains of earlier efforts by local and foreign investors to produce xylose sugar from coconut shell in Davao del Sur after the company called it quits two months ago. C J To y o t a Ts u s h o Philippines Inc. padlocked its facilities in Davao del Sur, said Euclides Forbes, Philippine Coconut Authority administrator. “We are saddened of the closure, since it is the only company in the country that produces a natural sweetener from

coconut shell,” the official noted. The compa ny was operating at a loss, considering its production cost was so high that the product was deemed not viable to compete in the world market, according to Agriculture officials. Coconut sugar D-Xylose is a raw material for xylitol, a m aj or i n g re d ie nt i n chewing gum, sweeteners, confectioneries and toot hpaste. Apa r t f rom coconut shell, it can also be extracted from berries, Xylose/PAGE 10


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It is official: BSP is now Breastfeeding Act compliant

dvocates of breastfeeding in the Philippines will be glad to know that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), one of the most admired government institutions, has set another good example to other organizations by officially upholding the rights of breastfeeding women. Just a day before the National Breastfeeding Month of August, BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. signed Office Order No. 0655 Series of 2013, also known as the Breastfeeding Policies and Support Program in the BSP. It contains policies and procedures in the promotion and practice of breastfeeding pursuant to the Expanded Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2009 (Republic Act No. 10028) and the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) issued by the Department of Health in 2011. Three of its major provisions are 1) the establishment of lactation room/s for breastfeeding employees within office premises; 2) break intervals (separate from regular lunch or coffee breaks) totaling at least 40 minutes for every eight hours work period for nursing employees to express and store milk; and 3) the Bank, through the proper divisions, to facilitate the conduct of breastfeeding classes and activities that promote awareness on breastfeeding within the organization. This is a significant victory for the proponents of breastfeeding in the BSP, who have been working to create awareness and garner management support on the practice since 2008. One of these women is my chief-of-staff Atty. Jenny Ong, who expressed glee on the release of Office

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Order No. 0655. “I feel very happy that the O ut policy has been instituted. I By Ignacio Bunye started working on this when I first came to BSP in 2008. As a co-terminous employee, I am ecstatic that I will have a legacy in the institution supporting my advocacy, even after I am no longer here.” Her partner in the advocacy, Ms. Claire Mogol of the BSP Corporate Affairs Off ice, recalled how they lobbied to have a room in BSP where working mothers like them can express milk, which they would feed to their children when they get home after work. “Atty. Ong sent an email to then Deputy Governor Armando Suratos (now a Monetary Board Member) about our concern. We were surprised that he immediately replied and said he will see if it is possible,” she shared. In 2009 the first “milk bank” of BSP was established. It was furnished with cubicles wherein mothers can express breast milk in private during office breaks, cabinets for storage of their pumps and other things, and a refrigerator where they can deposit their milk and withdraw these at bunye/PAGE 10

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es, why not? Why not launch an anti-greed campaign and keep it going like some lifelong maintenance mechanism in a world that has become rickety with all sorts of moral sicknesses, with greed among the prominent ones? We just have to look around, and see greed and avarice and their many faces proliferating like anything, from the individual level to the farthest global ends. Many people are trapped in an almost invincible grip of selfishness, pursuing nothing other than their own selfinterest and throwing any consideration for the common good to the wind. This is not to mention that many have forgotten to relate their earthly business to God, to consider it as a prayer and even an act of worship that is not only pleasing to God but also most beneficial to everybody else. We have been reminded in the gospel about this aspect of our life. “Take care to guard against all greed,” Christ said, “for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possession.” (Lk 12,14) We have been warned against storing up treasure for oneself but not being rich in what matters to God. Nowadays, many, in fact, do not even know the idea of common good. And if there is anything they do that would contribute one way or another to the common good, it’s by sheer coincidence that it happens. Any deliberate effort to do things for the common good is practically absent, if not openly avoided. The world is drowning in a sea of materialism and

c on su mer i sm, w it h t he spiritua l va lues a nd t he and Traces supernatural destination of By Fr. Roy Cimagala human life all but forgotten. It ’s st i l l work i ng u nder an increasing infusion of deceptive economic tricks, but the illusion is also getting so increasingly untenable that things now are approaching breaking point. It seems t hat we a re being set up higher and higher in our materialistic and consumeristic ways for a deeper and more painful crash sooner or later. The signs are already there, and many of our leaders in politics, business, media and even in the church are hesitant to give the bad news. The predicament is practically left unattended. Productivity is dropping, even in an accelerated rate in some places, mainly because without the support of the spiritual and supernatural elements of our life, people have no way but to tend to become lazy, and simply wanting to be comfortable, rich and continually entertained, and with narrow and shallow understanding of things. In the corridors of power and inf luence, graft and cimagala/PAGE 9

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Despite a significantly growing economy, the the month-long observance Philippines’s overall health indicators have not of the Development Policy commensurately improved with that growth. Research Month (DPRM) “We need to address the urgent need of narrowing the gap between the richest and the poorest Filipino households in terms of health status,” said Dr. Gilberto M. Lla nto, president of state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). Lla nto added that even though the country’s economy has grown

significantly through the years, “the country is still suffering from high levels of non-inclusiveness and inequities in the aspect of health.” The state of the country’s health sector and the reforms t he govern ment shou ld undertake so that universal health care may be more inclusive will be tackled in

this September. This year’s theme is “Making Health More Inclusive in a Growing Economy”. “We chose this theme to focus on the need for a more thorough look at our health sector through research,” Llanto said. “PIDS a nd ot her internationa l a genc ie s l i ke t he A si a Paci f ic Obser vator y on Health Systems and Policies policy/PAGE 11 Misamis Oriental- Vice Governor Joey G. Pelaez answered questions from members of local media during the press conference of the oath-taking of Board Member Susan Lagbas as successor of the position left by her late husband Board Member Roldan Lagbas. (from left to right: In the Photo Board Member Susan Lagbas, VG Joey Pelaez, Dan Lagbas (eldest son of Board Member Susan Lagbas), and Board Member Heckert Emano)

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Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon formally receives the Philippine Serpent Eagle donated by the Municipality of the Braulio E. Dujali represented by Mr. Leonardo Taladhay, Jr., the Municipal Administrator. Joining the mayor is City Veterinarian Dr. Jesus Edullantes. photo by leo timogan of cio tagum

Early this month, World Bank consultants visited the towns of Claveria in M i s a m i s O r ie nt a l a nd Lala in Lanao del Norte to assess projects implemented under the Mindanao Rural Development Prog ra mC o m mu n i t y F u n d f o r Agricultural Development (MRDP-CFAD) and to confer with the members of the people’s organizations (POs) who benefitted from the project. Now on its 10th mission, World Bank consultants

evaluated MR DPC FA D s u b -pr oj e c t s t o determine its impact to its beneficiaries which have been contributory to community development and provided recommendations to further sustain its implementation. The sub-projects assessed by World Bank include the Ver m icompost i ng w it h Livestock C omponent Project of Kigawhat Rural Improvement Club a nd the Female Draft Animal Dispersal Project of Sta. Cruz Upland Growers Association

in Claveria Misamis Oriental; the Solar Dryer and Rice Storage Facility of Oryza Sativa Workers and Growers of Simpak Cooperative and the Farm Machineries of the Gumagamot Women’s Association in Lala, Lanao del Norte. “Mag-isip ng additional business ventures, dapat luma la k i ang isang organisasyon at magdagdag ng miyembro at turuan ang mga miyembro kung ano ang kanilang responsibilidad at MRDP/PAGE 11


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he internet is rife with photos and videos of ordinary people going viral. While some of them have been catapulted to stardom and became overnight internet sensations, most have become subjects of ridicule and cyber bullying. The good news is, it could The Silver Lining be you. And the bad by Janey Montebon Duterte news is, yes it could be you too. But first, let us clarify what going viral on the internet means. It's when a photo or video becomes immensely popular through constant sharing in social media, emails, and other sites. I'm pretty sure you have seen a few, and I bet you couldn't resist the urge to click like and share too. But what happens if you find yourself the object of the said (unwanted) attention? If it's going to bring you fame and fortune, why not, right? But if it's the other way around, then thanks but no thanks. Here's how to avoid being an online laughingstock or an object of internet ire and mockery. 1.Be careful what you post! Rule of thumb: If you think your mom is going to get disappointed (or worse, get a heart attack) when she sees that photo or video, better think twice before posting it. Anything you post in any social media can be grabbed, copied via screenshot or downloaded regardless of the privacy settings. So that godawful singing you posted as a joke, it could make the internet rounds quickly and could get you labeled a lot of hair-raising names. 2.Act like a civilized human being in public. If you suddenly had a strong urge to lash out in obscene levels of anger while in public, please, stop yourself. Anyone around you could be holding a smartphone and filming you as you go berserk. Before you know it, you've got a whole new Facebook page solely dedicated to bashing you. On the other hand, if somebody films you while doing something particularly remarkable, it could open a lot of doors for you too. (Remember the elevator girl and how she suddenly became the poster girl for being happy at work?) 3.Keep your passwords safe. Every now and then netizens erupt in fury over something someone was supposed to have said. Be it a degrading remark about Filipinos as a race or the Philippines as a country, these posts usually gets it to the top trends in Twitter. While some of those may have been actual sentiments of the account owner, several of them have been faked. So the people you were bashing could actually be innocent victims. Moral of the story, don't share your passwords and keep your social media accounts and emails safe. Otherwise, you could get crucified online and virtually burned at the stake by an angry mob of netizens for something you didn't actually do. 4.Put your best foot forward. Your online persona is simply a reflection of real-life you. Make sure to let the world see your best side. Avoid unnecessary rudeness, stupid remarks and below the belt comments. Your comment, just like any other kinds of post, could catapult you to Internet Monster status with just a simple screenshot. Remember, when it comes to the internet, not all kinds of publicity is good publicity. The worst kind could ruin a person's life. BUT – when used the right way, it could lead you to unprecedented levels of success too. Like any double-edged sword, use the internet wisely.

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How would you feel looking at her performance during the VMA’s? When can you really say too much is too much? Cyndi Lauper even said in one of her interviews...”there’s no art in what Miley did”. We may have different views on her performance but the reality of the message will always be true ... PARENTS... you have the greater responsibility in influencing your child’s life. If you don’t influence now while your child is still younger it might be too late years from now. Talent is never enough as I have said many times in JULY my previous write ups. Talent and right attitude is not even enough yet, “talent, skill, right attitude and having a good heart”, the complete package that a singer or any musician should aspire to acquire.

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as TESDA SPECIALISTA and have contributed to the development of their communities in a techvoc way. In addition, the said recognition helps increase the level of public awareness and appreciation for tech-voc education as well as uplift the self-confidence and morale of the TechnicalVocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates. Ms. Chinet O. Mocorro was able to work her way to various levels of education despite financial difficulties. After completing a Diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology, she worked as a machine operator while studying Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. As an instructor, she was given a scholarship in Taiwan and completed Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the Taipei University in 2012. Her thesis on ‘Indoor Energy Harvesting Using Photovoltaic Cell for

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law and if the funds for its payment are provided for in the agency budget. “… and the payment of RATA presupposes actual rendition of services in line with official duties,” she added. She said the grant of RATA shall be based on the number of days of actual work performance on workdays by the official concerned. She said National Budget Circular No. 548, which provides for the amended rules and regulations on the grant of RATA, prescribes that the concerned government official/employee should receive 100 percent of the authorized monthly RATA rates if he/she has rendered 17 or more workdays of actual work performance in a month. He/she is entit led to 75 percent of the monthly RATA if the actual work performance in a month is 12 to 16 workdays. If the number of workdays of actual work performance is six to 11 days, he/she is entitled to 50 percent of the RATA while those with actual work performance of one to five days are entitled to only 25 percent of the monthly RATA. Villamala further said that public holiday falling on a workday, compensatory time-off, time-off from work charged against five days forced or mandatory leave, special emergency leave for employees affected by natural ca la mit ies or d isasters, and suspension of work as declared by competent authority shall be construed as actual work performance in the computation of RATA. “Undertime shall still be counted as a day of actual wor k p e r for m a nc e for officials/employees observing an eight-hour work day,” she added. She also said that vacation leave with pay in excess of the five days forced leave, sick leave with pay, maximum of three days special leave, ma ximum of seven days paternity leave or parental le ave for solo pa rent s , maximum of ten days of leave for victims of violence against women and their children, maximum of 60 days of maternity leave, maximum of six months rehabilitation leave or study leave shall not be construed as actual work performance. Meanwhile, designated of f icer-i n-cha rge (OIC) may be allowed to collect RATA for the position if it is stipulated in the Office Order designating him/her as such. According to Villamala, he/she is entitled to RATA but on reimbursable basis only.

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I a n d C o n a l Ho l d i n g s last May, Tudio said the generator sets were initially targeted to become fully operational starting Sept. 1.

But he said the scheduled installation last month was delayed due to problems with the initial project or installation site in Barangay Paraiso, Koronadal City. Tud io s a id t he le ga l counsel of Conal Holdings pushed for the transfer of the project’s location due to an ongoing legal dispute over the original site, which is part of a donated property that previously hosted the cooperative’s main offices and facilities. “The transfer will be an advantage operation-wise since the new site is now closer and the hauling of the diesel fuel that will be used by the generators will be much easier,” he said in a radio interview. Socoteco I ser ves Koronadal City, seven towns in South Cotabato province and t he municipa lit y of Lutayan in Sultan Kudarat. T he elec t ric cooperative’s daily pea k demand reaches around 32 MW, the bulk of which is supplied by the National Power Corporation (NPC). It has a standby supply of 4 MW from the Aboitizowned Therma Marine Inc. Last Aug. 25, Socoteco I’s three supply contracts with the NPC have expired, resulting to power supply cuts of around 10 MW. Si nc e l a s t we ek , t he electric cooperative sta r ted i mplement i ng daily rotational brownouts lasting two hours due to t he supply cuts a nd a load shedding scheme imposed by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). T h e N G C P ’s l o a d shedding was due to the shutdow n of t he N PC ’s Agus 4 hydroelectric plant in Lanao del Norte since Aug. 15. As of Monday morning, t he NG CP note d i n it s power situation out look t hat Minda nao’s system capacity stands at around 1,064 MW while the grid’s supply deficit is pegged at 155 MW. Tu d io s a id t he y a re present ly work i ng w it h C ona l Hold i ngs , wh ich is a subsid ia r y of t he Alcantara-owned Alsons Consolidated Resources Inc., for the finalization of a power sales agreement for the use of the modular generator sets. Upon the completion of t he cont ract, he sa id t hey w i l l immediately submit them to the Energy Reg u lator y Commission (ERC) for approval. With the delayed installation of the generator s e t s , Tud io s a id C on a l Holdings is arranging the prov ision of 10 M W of power to the area through its sister company Mapalad Power Corporation (MPC). MPC, which operates the 100-MW Iligan diesel power plant, has already agreed to augment the area’s power needs pending the operation of the modular generator sets. (PNA)

Aboitiz... from page 4

before the facility can start operations. The COC covers all four units of the facility, which has a combined power generating capacity of 125.8 megawatts. The facility originally had only a 100-megawatt capacity when SNAP-Benguet in 2007 won the government bidding for it and the Ambuklao hydroelectric plant for $325 million. Rehabilitation and repair subsequently increased the Binga plant’s total output.

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from page 4 Communications of t he Philippines Inc’s (RCPI) liabilities. RCPI is a unit of Bayantel. Globe also said the new restructuring terms will apply to all of Bayantel’s creditors. “The issuance of new Bayantel shares under the amendments will require cer t a i n reg u lator y a nd corresponding corporate approvals,” Globe said. Bayantel went into courtsupervised rehabilitation proceedings in 2003 after it failed to service debts amounting to $325 million. Globe president Ernest Cu had said his company and Bayantel are looking i nt o v a r iou s for m s of collaboration that would benefit both firms, including DSL (digital subscriber line) and broadband. Globe had secured National Te l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n s Commission (NTC) approval of the joint use of Bayantel’s frequencies in the 17501760 megahertz/1845-1855 megahertz range. The joint use agreement will allow Globe to address i nc re a si ng dema nd for voice, SMS a nd mobi le data services, and will allow Bayantel to offer its mobile telecommunications services to customers.

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Petilla was referring to Total and Solane, both of which increased liquefied petroleum gas prices by P3-4 per k ilogram, excluding va lue-added ta x (VAT). This, even as Petron hiked the price of LPG by only P2.55, including VAT, and of autoLPG by P1.59 a liter. Members of t he LPG M a r k e t e r s A s s o c i at ion (LPGMA), which groups LPG re-fillers, imposed a P3 price hike, inclusive of VAT. Pet i l la sa id DOE calculations however point to an increase of less than P3 per kilogram. He however admitted that the DOE cannot sue oil companies for over-pricing, citing the Downstream Oil Industry Deregulation Act of 1998. Neither can the government sue the retailers for col lusion since t hey imposed d if ferent price increases. “The way we see it, this

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is not collusion,” Petilla said. The government investigation into LPG price adjustments comes as oil companies are poised to increase prices of gasoline and diesel by a hefty margin. Industry sources said the increase for unleaded gasoline can range from P1.40-1.60 a liter, whi le that for diesel, P0.90-1.10 a liter. T he y s a id t he hu ge increase owed to market concern over the tensions between Syria and the US. Petilla ack nowledged that prices at the pump may increase sharply this week, adding that a P4 hike in the price of crude was not a remote possibility. But this was before US President B a r a c k O b a m a a l l aye d concern when he said his administration would have t o s e e k C on g r e s s i on a l approv a l of a ny s t r i k e against Damascus.

Banana... from page 5

Danilo Centillas, DA-12 High Value Crop D e ve l o pm e nt P r o g r a m c o ord i n at or, s a id t h at banana farmers in Region 12 can avail of assistance like post-harvest equipment and processing facilities from the agency. “We also provide them with marketing support, including the prevention of pests and diseases that affect banana,” he said. Ecclesiastes Roque, president of the Banana Industry Council of Region 12 (BAICOR), said it is important to strengthen market linkages between banana growers and major buyers and processors to support the industry’s longterm sustainability. He also cited the need to upgrade the existing shipping services and logistics system to reduce post-harvest losses and ensure the quality of the fruit before it hits the markets. In Reg ion 12 , t he prov inces of Sout h a nd North Cotabato are the major producers of banana with the presence of multinational corporations. Sumif r u Phi lippines, C or p. m a i nt a i n s l a r ge tracts of lands in these two provinces that particularly produce t he C avend ish variety. Dole Philippines, Inc., wh ich is ma i n ly i nto pineapple farming, is also pr o du c i n g b a n a n a f o r the domestic and export markets through subsidiary Standard Philippines Fruit Corporation or Stanfilco. (PNA)

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for damage of 600,000 metric tons annually,” Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala told reporters. He said even if 600,000 MT were damaged due to El Niño, pests and f looding, the country would still have enough rice for food and seed buffer stocking requirement. As of August 24, farm damage due to typhoons Labuyo and Maring has risen to P3.2 billion, with corn incurring the most damage. Alcala said that as corn is a perennial crop, it can be recovered easily, with the National Food Authority ( N FA ) i n c r e a s i n g i t s procurement of white corn for the lean season next year to temper demand for rice. State-r u n cred it a nd insurance f irms—t he Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation (PCIC), AgroIndustr y Modernization Credit a nd Fina ncing P rog r a m (A MC F P), Agricultural Microfinance Program, Cooperative Banks’ Agri-Lending Program—will also extend help to farmers affected by the recent storms. PCIC has set aside P110 million for the payment of claims by rice and corn farmers to be paid out 20 days after filing. Agricultural Credit Policy Counci l (ACPC), which oversees the implementation of the program, said the Agricultural Microfinance Program has allocated P200 million and the Cooperative Ba n k s’ Agri-Lending Program P400 million.

Xylose... from page 5

spinach, broccoli, pears and corncobs. “This used to be a very good project not only for the company, but also for local farmers in the country. Instead of throwing out the coconut shell, farmers can earn an extra five pesos to six pesos for a kilo of coconut shell,” Forbes said. The CJ Toyota Tsusho processing plant, which has a production capacity of 15,000 metric tons a year, sits on a five-hectare property across the San Miguel Brewery plant in Daraong, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. The company originally intended to export the natural sweetener to Japan, Korea, and the European Union. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said his department is sending a team to look into the closure of CJ Toyota Tsusho and see if it would be possible for the company to resume operations. “It was reported to us that xylose sugar export has not been viable because the production cost is quite high than the selling value,” Alcala noted. “I am not sure if anyone from the joint-venture will push through... but I am sure to send a group to look into the situation,” the Agriculture chief added. Accord ing to food

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on Monday.”If ever the money from the coco levy will be released, then maybe we can use some for expansion,” he added. The Philippine Coconut A u t h o r i t y ( P C A) h a s allotted P50 million for each processing plant, and PCA Deputy Administrator Carlos Carpio said in a separate interview that Capiz and Agusan were being eyed as sites for the processing plants. “There are a lot of mining companies there and they are using coconut to rehabilitate some portions of the mined areas,” Carpio said. “We still have to see because putting up this kind of facility is not that easy as there are a lot of products,” he added. Government data showed Philippine coconut exports rose 14.98 percent to $746.3 million in the f irst f ive months of the year from $649 million a year earlier, largely boosted by higher demand for coco oil. In volume terms, coco exports totalled 1.023 million met ric tons (MT) f rom 570,000 MT in the same comparable period.

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them. He loves you the way you are, but He loves you too much to leave you that way. But first you have to ask Him to forgive and free you from your past wrongs. Then everyday you must choose to live and do things His way. On ly Jesu s c a n g ive you the inner security and confidence to become the true original you are. Just Think a Minute…

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government agencies have failed to perform their duties, to conduct any ‘background check’ and to ‘exercise due diligence’ before releasing funds in their supervision to questionable NGOs. “We propose to create an integrity initiative – a third party audit made up by members from the respected academe, religious groups, and other personalities with unquestionable integrity – which will look into the capacities and legitimacy of non-government organizations before becoming recipients of public funds… “We are one with the nation’s collective outcry for responsible, transparent and efficient use of taxpayers’ money for the benefit of the Filipino people. We believe that those behind this racket,

especially those government agencies who allowed this illegal operation to thrive and flourish, must be punished to the full extent of the law…” -ooo REACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com, mmauriciojr111@gmail.com.

Bunye... from page 6

the end of the day. Today, we already have two milk banks that are being used by about 60-70 BSP employees according to Ms. Ada Cruz of the BSP Human R e s ou rc e M a n a ge m e nt Department. Cruz said the milk banks have also become a bonding and support area for the nursing mothers, who would share experiences and knowledge with each other. She added that with an of f icia l order out, more work ing mothers in the BSP will be encouraged to practice breastfeeding because the BSP itself has given them time and place to do it. Last Thursday, Dr. Elvira L. Henares-Esguerra and Nona Andaya-Castillo of Breastfeeding Philippines gave an inspiring talk to about 40 nursing moms and expectant moms in BSP as part of BSP’s annual Bre a st fe e d i ng Fe st iv a l . A ndaya- Cast i l lo taug ht the moms how to use an improvised breastfeeding sling using “malong” while t he for mer sha red how breastfeeding has turned her life around for the better. Henares-Esguerra said that for her first two children, she wasn’t able to breastfeed because nobody around her knew how. She thought this, and her work, made her distant to her kids, so she left her dermatology practice to stay home and make up for lost time. But when she f ina lly learned how to breastfeed after having her third child, she regained confidence to pursue her career. Why? Breastfeeding made her secure about her bond with her child. Moreover, it also guaranteed to her that her child is properly nourished with all the health benefits that breast milk offers. “Because I breastfeed, I can work,” she told her newly-empowered audience. The BSP, for the past five years, has recognized the importance of breastfeeding by supporting these kinds of activities and installing two milk banks for nursing employees. Office Order No. 0655 is the icing on the cake that makes everything official and complete. We h o p e t h a t t h i s w i l l encourage ot her organizations to also comply with Breastfeeding Act, and

inspire working mothers to stand up for their right to give the best nutrition to their infants and young children. You may e-mail us at totingbunye2000@gmail. com. Past articles may be viewed at http://speakingout. ph/speakingout.php

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from page 6 corruption have practically become the SOP. Just read the papers, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The banking and financial sector continues to blow bubbles in the hope of stimulating productive economic activity. But they now seem to pop out soon after being launched. We need to go back to God and seriously relate our earthly business affairs to him and to his plan and prov idence. We have to reassure ourselves that this is the proper way to do business, taking us away from the tendency to be swallowed up by the logic of the flesh and the world that cannot help but lead us to greed and its ilk. God and economics are not two mutually exclusive realities. God’s eternal law includes the economic laws proper to us as image and likeness of his, and children of his. At t he moment , we seem to do economics by practically ignoring God, or even openly opposing h is laws . T he supreme law of cha r it y is of ten considered as impractical and impracticable. In short, that it is inhuman, antibusiness and all that. We need to change that mindset. God and charity should be the be-all and end-all of our economic affairs. We just cannot stop at the level of profitability or practicality, making them the supreme goal of our businesses. Without discarding them, we need to go beyond them and aim at what really is the goal for us-God and charity, which is the very essence of God and also the essence meant for us precisely because we are God’s image and likeness, and God’s children. Doing business with God as the origin, way and end in no way harms our economic activities. On the contrary, it will broaden our perspective, sha r pen ou r creat iv it y, foster our productiv it y, and increase our capacity to tackle whatever challenges, burden or trials we may meet along the way. Doing business with God in mind and heart melts away the fears and doubts that often lead us to be greedy and to pursue only our selfinterests at the expense of the common good.


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Philippines since 2001.” “Power Partners is the group behind GN Power Ltd. It is layering of companies. GN Power is typically the project company name; Power Partners is the developer of GN Projects,” ACEHI President Eric T. Francia said in a text message on Friday. ACEHI holds a 20% stake in GNPower Mariveles Coal Plant Ltd., the owner of a 600MW coal plant in Mariveles, Bataan. The compa ny a lso holds a 50% stake in South Lu zon T her ma l Energ y Corp., which is building a 270-MW coal-fired power plant in Calaca, Batangas province; and a separate 50% stake in Northwind Power Development Corp., owner the 33-MW Bangui wind farm in Ilocos Norte province. Ayala’s f irst semester net income stood at P12.61 billion, up 23.02% from P10.25 billion a year ago. Revenues increased by 21.04% to P74.60 billion from P61.63 billion, while cost of sales and expenses jumped 20.15% to P58.56 billion from P48.74 billion.

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from page 1 failing to pay them royalty. But he d id not a nswer how much he thought the company should pay. Over 100 Manobos have arrived in the area since Sunday, and at least 700 others would be coming, the barangay official said. He showed MindaNews some documents, mostly demand letters for AMRI with endorsements from Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas. M i nd a News t r ied to verify with Matugas about the endorsements but he has not replied as of today. Dawog said Kantrimyuka has areas in Carrascal in Surigao del Sur, Claver, Gigaquit, Bacuag, Placer, Tubod, Mainit, Taganaan in Surigao del Norte and parts of Surigao City including some coastal areas. He said their group is different from that of the Mamanwas who previously staged a barricade in June this year against AMRI to demand a royalty of P30 million. The Mamanwas lifted their barricade af ter receiving an initial payment of P10 million. In 2009, the Mamanwas also barricaded Taganito Mining Corp., forcing the company to pay its royalty obligations from 2006 to 2008 amounting to P72.5 million. It wa s touted as t he “largest royalty payment” ever made to a tribe in the country’s mining history. T h re e ot her m i n i ng companies are operating in Claver— Shen Zhou Mining Group C or p., Plat i nu m Group Mining Corp. and the Taganito High Pressure Acid

Leach Nickel Corporation. Claver Mayor Eddie P. Gokiangkee meanwhile said that Katrimunyaka did not seek a rally permit, although he admired the group and the Mamanwas for taking an aggressive action against the mining firms. “The IPs (indigenous peoples) are smarter than the people of Claver because if the mining companies would not pay they would stage a barricade,” Claver said. He said some mining firms in town have never paid business ta x to the local government. The mayor said AMRI is now on the verge of closure, as its 300-ha mining area is already mined out. S e c t i o n 7- b o f t h e Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 entitles i nd i ge nou s p e o pl e s t o “negot iate t he ter ms a nd cond it ions for t he e x plor at ion of n at u r a l resources in the areas for the purpose of ensuring ecological, environmental protection and the conser vat ion mea su res, pursuant to national and customary laws…” The Mamanwas’ 48,678ha mining areas in barangays Taganito and Urbiztondo are covered by a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title. M i nd a News t r ied to contac t A M R I of f icia ls through Dulmar Raagas, the president of Chamber of Mines Caraga Region to get their statement, but no to avail. Jo el Delapa , a lo c a l resident, said it was awkward to see Manobos trying to claim royalty from a mining firm in his barangay. He said he never heard that there are Manobos in Surigao del Norte. Ja me s D el a Pen a of Poblacion Claver said there are no Manobos here, only Mamanwas who are said to have existed since time immemorial.

Jobs... from page 1

On top of those currently unemployed, the country produces thousands of college graduates every year: • 1 out of 4 - new jobseekers will likely land a good job, meaning: • 2 4 0 , 0 0 0 o u t o f 500,000 college graduates every year wiill be absorbed in the formal sector • 52 , 0 0 0 of t he s e 240,000 employed will be absorbed by the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector • 2 0 , 0 0 0 o f t h e employed college grads will enter the manufacturing sector Meanwhile: • 2 0 0 , 0 0 0 n e w jobseekers find work abroad As for the rest who do not find steady work: • 6 0 , 0 0 0 o f t h e new jobseekers w i l l be underemployed, or go back to school or rely on financial support • 6 0 0 , 0 0 0 n e w

jobseekers have no choice but work in low-skill and low-pay informal sector As for the stellar growth of the country: • 2 million can be employed over the next 4 years - double the current f ig u re - i f Ph i l ippi ne s grows by 7 percent a year and without constraints in fast-growing sectors like the BPO industry. Despite this, Chua wrote in World Bank Philippines’ blog, majority of Filipinos in the labor force will still be left out. “By 2016, around 12.4 million Filipinos wou ld st i l l be unemployed, underemployed, or would have to work or create work for themselves in the low pay informal sector such as selling goods in sari-sari stores (small retail stores) and peddling on the streets, and driving tricycles and pedicabs,” he said.

MRDP... from page 7

tuwing may meeting dapat m a g- d e m a nd a n g m g a miyembro ng report mula sa mga opisyales (Think of additional business ventures; membership should grow in an organizations; train t he me mb e r s on t he i r responsibilities and members should demand for a report from the officers during m e e t i n g s .), s a i d Wo r l d Bank consultant for CFAD Luningning Bondoc to the members of the POs who have benefitted from the MRDP-CFAD sub-projects in Claveria, Misamis Oriental and in Lala, Lanao del Norte. This was emphasized to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to take part in the government’s c a mpa ig n on i nclu sive growth. “Ipakita natin na under MRDP, we are successful implementers at irereward tayo ng PRDP” (Let’s show that under MRDP, we are successful implementers and we will later on be rewarded with the projects slated for implementation under the

upscaled Philippine Rural Development Program), added Bondoc as she encouraged project-implementers and beneficiaries to boost their efforts in enhancing their implementation schemes. I n it s f i n a l ye a r of i mplementat ion, MR DP continues to realize its goals in spurring development across Mindanao particularly in the agriculture sector. “We a re hoping t hat the capabilities you have learned from MRDP will be sustained and will be used in the implementation of other projects,” stated Ching dela Peña, World Bank consultant for Investments for Governance Reforms (IGR) to the PO members and local officials during the mission. # (Vanessa Mae S. Siano, DA-RAFID 10/PIA)

Policy... from page 7

have conducted significant research into our country’s health sector particularly in hea lth f inancing and ser v ices. These studies will be presented in a series of seminars and forums during the observance of the DPRM.” To launch the DPRM, a press conference is scheduled on September 4, 2013 at 10:30AM to 1:00PM at the Romu lo Ha l l, NEDA sa Makati Building, Amorsolo St., Makati City. Health Secretary Enrique Ona and PhilHealth President and CEO Alexander Padilla are among the panelists and will be available to answer questions from the media. Since 2002, September of every year is observed a s De velopment Pol ic y Research Month (DPRM) per Presidential Proclamation No. 247 dated September 02, 2002. The DPRM aims t o p r o m o t e a n d d r aw nationwide awareness on the importance of policy research in national development planning and policymaking. Under the proclamation, PIDS is designated as the lead government agency in the observance of the DPRM.

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wednesday - september 4, 2013

Nanurians go on ‘world tour’ By Reynoza R. Dacutanan

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Nanuri fielded high school senior, Yuno Park, who became champion in Mathematics while Kim Seyeong grabbed the second place in the same competition. Princess Deo Lass Casio, also a Nanurian, won a silver medal in the Science category. The elementary pupils were also declared as the over-all 7th placer in Science and Mathematics.

Nanuri International School Excels in National Achievement Test (NAT) By Riza O. Ares

STUDENTS from the Nanuri International School (NIS) excelled anew in the annual National Achievement Test (NAT) held at the Pilgrim Christian College in Cagayan de Oro City on August 15, 2013. The National Achievement Test is an annual examination given to Grade six pupils and third year high school students in the Philippines. The students’ knowledge and mastery over the subjects Mathematics, Science, Filipino, and AralingPanlipunan is measured using a multiple choice type test. The examination is administered by the Department of Education’s National Educational Testing and Research Center (NETRC). According to Nanurians,

the competition posed a great challenge and at the same time measured their learning capabilities. NIS School Director Pastor Choi Young Yun and Principal Dr. Juliet E. Fancubit congratulated the (NAT) takers for making the NIS as one of the top performing schools in the fields of English, Math and Science among all the 78 private and public schools in Cagayan de Oro. NIS is continuously up grad ing it s ac ad emi c standard especially with the implementation of the K to 12 basic education program in order to maintain its status as the first and only accredited member of the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS).

NANURIANS converged at the school’s Function Hall for the first-ever “Nanuri Night on the World Tour” held on August 3, 2013. Carrying the theme “Different Folks, Different Strokes,” the event featured the diverse cultures and traditions of the different countries around the globe. Observers said the variety of performances performed during the event was like “palette of colors” that has made the event magnificent. The students, teachers, parents and guests cheered and were filled with entertainment and awe as the different year levels and departments staged the uniqueness of the assigned country to them Every year level has its definite theme strutted on the stage. The nurseries and kindergartens showcased a dance presentation from China with the beat of its tambourines. The Grades 1 and 2 pupils presented the Philippines’ classic kid song “LeronLeronSinta.” To

counterpart Pinoy’s taste, the Grade 3 offered an interpretative dance on how to become good girls and boys from the “Land of Majesty” of Cambodia. The Grades 4, 5, and 6 acted upon the popular Sumo wrestling of Japan, while the ESL department tapped the stage with the trendy K-POP style. The Grade 7 boasts its flamboyant Bollywood-inspired costumes and dance presentation. The Grade 8 did their “Thai Royal Dance” while the third year students were applauded because of their innovative concept of Great Britain’s most celebrated movies. The senior’s wowed the audience with their French presentation and with the overflowing energy in showcasing the culture of U.S.A. Everyone enjoyed the presentation made by the teachers, students and selected parents. The administration promised that the next “Nanuri Night” will be more interesting and will promote more wholesome and closer relationship among Nanurians.


BusinessDaily (September 4, 2013)