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Briefly Biodiversity A N AT I O N A L B i o d i ve r s i t y Strategy and Action Plan 2020 (NBSAP 2020) consultation is set in the city on September 18-20, to validate and enrich identified national targets. Theresa Mundita Lim, national director of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) noted that the NBSAP 2020 is still anchored in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversit y 2011-2010 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted during the conference of Parties and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held in Nagoya, Japan last October 2010. A consultation-workshop to draft a National Invasive Species Strategy and Action Plan (NISSAP) is also integrated in the three-day event. NISSAP is envisioned by PAWB to be integrated in the NBSAP.

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Mining firm frees farmers from loan sharks By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN, Regional Editor

ROSARIO, Agusan del Sur -- For many years, Norma Martinez, a housewife who tends a small rice farmland in Bayugan 3 here, has been under the bondage of loan sharks whom she and their neighbourhood have been heavily indebted to finance their farm inputs every planting season. Practically, the farmers in this village have to pay 30 percent interest for every P21,000 they borrowed from these loan sharks that they did not have the chance to recover from their impoverished economic condition no matter how hard

they toiled on their farms. “Lisud gayud kaayo kay dako man ang interes niini ug mao ni ang hinungdan nga nalubong mi sa utang (It has been hard for us because of this big interest that is why we are buried in debt),” said Martinez. Not anymore after Philsaga Mining Corporation through their Mindanao Philsaga Foundation came to their rescue and offer the lowly farmers zero interest “Plant Now-Pay-Later” which benefitted mining/PAGE B11

BREAKING AWAY FROM LOAN SHARKS. A farmer woman in Bunawan, Agusan del sur winnows rice she recently harvested from their farm

Napocor tackles debts of M’nao power coops T

HE National Power Corp. (Napocor) has stepped up its efforts to address the mounting debts of several power distributors in Mindanao as these adversely affect the operations of the state-run firm.

Smoke-free OZAMIZ City -- The SmokeFree Ordinance of Misamis O ccidental, Ordinance No. 05-12, will now be strongly enforced to safeguard public health and ensure the wellbeing of all the constituents of the province. The move aims to protect the people from the harmful effects of smoking and tobacco consumption, as well, as minimize the risk of exposure to se c o n d - ha n d s m o ke by intensif ying the awareness campaign on the dangers broug ht ab out by smok ing and imposing corresponding fines and penalties, as set by the ordinance, Dr. Rachel T. Micarandayo of the Misamis Occidental Provincial Health Office (MOPHO) said. Enacted by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) on May 4, 1912, Ordinance No. 15-12, prohibits smoking in any part of any enclosed or partially enclosed public place, workplace, including bars and restaurants, any form of public conveyance or public outdoor space, except in designated smoke areas.

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In a press statement Friday, Napocor said it “sat down with key government agencies, local government units (LGUs) and concerned electric cooperatives (ECs) as part of its efforts to find a solution to the mounting debts of ECs in Mindanao.” Newly appointed Napocor President Ma. Gladys Cruz Sta. Rita said that one of her priorities is to improve the collection-eff iciency rate, particularly in the

Autonomous Reg ion i n Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) The ECs’ outstanding obl igat ions to Napocor already reached P4.43 billion, as of end-June, with ECs in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi accounting for 77.41% or P3.43 billion, the firm said. She proposed t he i m me d iate pay ment of outstanding receivables from the ECs for the period of January to June 2013 and power/PAGE B11

DA encourages farmers Surigaonons mull civil disobedience to increase production DEBT-RIDDEN POWER COOPS. A lineman repairs an electrical line. Debt-ridden electric cooperatives in Mindanao are now given options to lessen their burden with the National Power Corp. (Napocor). mindanews photo by ruby thursday

over widespread rotating brownouts By ROEL CATOTO, MindaNews

SURIGAO City – Rotating brow nouts t hat hit t his c it y for over a mont h now have brought serious economic problems to small

businessmen here as residents said that if this will continue, some will be calling for civil disobedience. L aw yer A l fonso S.

Casurra, former city mayor, said over the radio that he is calling for civil disobedience if the problem will not be addressed by the Surigao del mull/PAGE B11

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TO help attain the annual Food Staple Suf f icienc y Program (FSSP) production t a rge t i n 2 012-2 016 i n northern Mindanao and the country in general, the Department of Agricultural (DA) regional f ield unit

(RFU) 10 has encouraged rice farmers to increase their production. L e a l y n R a m o s , DA regional executive director for northern Mindanao, s a id t hat s t r ate g ie s i n increase/PAGE B9

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Camiguin builds P140M Envoy strengthens US ties with Bohol road infra projects By BUTCH D. ENERIO, Correspondent

UNITED States Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. visited the Province of Bohol to celebrate MAMBAJAO, Camiguin fast mobility to farm products the US government’s strong partnership with - - T h r e e m a j o r r o a d and safety to commuters. the “Heart of the Philippines.” i n f r a st r uc t u re projec t s The projects consists By JORIE C. VALCORZA, Contributor

amounting to P140 million were initiated here to boost t he prov i nce’s tou r ism industry, as well as, provide

of the construction and improvement of ser v ice road to Binangawan Falls infra/PAGE B9

Ambassador Thomas, together with Bohol Governor Edgar Chat to and U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Gloria D. Steele, opened an exhibit that highlighted USAID initiatives in Bohol in the past two decades. “We consider Bohol as one of the success stories of our development assistance. We are proud to be part of Bohol’s achievements as an emerging growth center and we look forward to further advancing this productive par tnership as we work towards our shared goal of achieving broad-based a nd i nclu sive g row t h,” Ambassador Thomas said in a statement. The exhibit highlighted past and current projects implemented in the province, including those supporting good governance, economic g row t h, env i ron ment a l sustainability, health, and other social services. The role of USAID in the transformation of Bohol dates back to 1991 with projects such as the Local Development Assistance

Program that helped establish the Bohol Alliance of NonGovernment Organizations. The program supported the Philippine Government’s decentra lization reform t h rou g h lo c a l re ve nu e enhancement, environmental protection, and strengthening of local government units (LGU) and non-governmental organization capabilities to accelerate local development and investment. The Governance and Local Democracy (GOLD) project in 1996 played a catalytic and pivotal role in Bohol’s development and environmental management resources. Under the GOLD project, Bohol crafted the Bohol Environment Code (BEC) of 1998, the f irst environment code by any local government in the country. Among current projects implemented by USAID in Bohol is t he Advancing Philippine Competitiveness Projec t (COM PET E), a project under the Partnership for Growth (PFG). The PFG, a White House initiative, is a collaboration between the United States and the envoy/PAGE B11

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Mindanao consultation on biodiversity strategy & action plan set By JORIE C. VALCORZA, Contributor

A NATIONAL Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2 02 0 (N B SA P 2 02 0) consultation is set in the city on September 18-20, to v a l id ate a nd en r ich identified national targets. Theresa Mundita Lim, nationa l director of t he Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) noted that the NBSAP 2020 is still anchored in the Strategic Pla n for Biod iversit y 2011-2010 and the Aichi

Biodiversity Targets adopted during the conference of Parties and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held in Nagoya, Japan last October 2010. A consultation-workshop to draft a National Invasive Species Strategy and Action Pl a n ( N IS SA P) i s a l s o integrated in the three-day event. NISSAP is envisioned by PAWB to be integrated in the NBSAP. set/PAGE B9

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Phl opportunities mounting as ANZ eyes zero tariffs for ASEAN lines Filipino manufacturers can look forward to bigger export breaks from Australia and New Zealand over the next few years under the terms of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA). In a recent business briefing, Jeremiah C. Reyes of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of International Trade Relations (BITR) urged Philippine e nt r e pr e n e u r s t o t a k e advantage of the AANZFTA and explore the AustraliaNew Zealand (ANZ) market potentials, especially its growing demand for highvalue goods and services. T h e A A N Z F TA i s a comprehensive f ree trade agreement that the Association of Southeast A sia n Nat ions entere d with Australia and New Zea land t hat came into force on January 1, 2010. It spells out commercial benefits in various areas i nclud i ng i n econom ic

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Of particular interest to domestic exporters are the tariff reduction timelines for the food, transport, chemical, clothing and accessories, applia nces, a nd home furnishing sectors. In the agreement, 96.5 percent of ASEAN product lines bound for Australia will have zero tariffs this year, including processed food, beverages, minerals, i nor ga n ic a nd or ga n ic chemicals, leathergoods, f o o t w e a r, b a s k e t w a r e , ceramics, fine and costume jewelry, appliances, auto and auto parts, ships and boats, furniture, women’s u nderga r ment s , c ot ton apparel, wool overcoats, trousers of synthetic fiber, hosiery, socks, gloves, shawls, and ties. By 2015, tariff-free perks will expand to cover 96.8 percent of commodities, including men’s synthetic suits and dresses and women’s wool jackets and suits. By 2020, zero tariffs shall apply to 100 percent of lines, including other articles of apparel, carpets, and wooden office furniture. On the other hand, New Zealand has pledged to put on tariff-free status 90.3 percent of its import lines

this year, including processed food, beverages, minerals, i nor ga n ic a nd or ga n ic chem ic a l s , ba ske t wa re , ceramics, fine and costume jewelry, auto, ships and boats, air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers, upholstered seats, marble, Christmas décor, and furniture made of cane, bamboo, and metal. By 2017, the NZ tariff-free benefit will increase to 96.5 percent of products imported, to include leather coats, belts, and gloves; carpets; knitted and crocheted fabrics; clothing and apparel; and footwear. And by 2020, tariffs for all imported products will be removed, including for chewing gum, sweet biscuits, soy sauce, wooden doors, furniture of plastics, and other articles of clothing. T he A NZ ma rke t i s a p ot ent i a l ly luc r at ive destination for Philippine compa nies, noted t he BITR. In 2012, it recorded a 26 -m i l l ion consu mer base and US$1 trillion in combined gross domestic product. The A NZ last yea r imported $270-billion worth of commodities from its overseas partners. tariffs/PAGE B9

New jewelry designs attract more buyers Fine jewelry manufacturers are gearing up efforts to continuously develop new a nd u n ique de sig ns to generate more revenue. This is through holding yearly the Philippine fine jewelry design competition (PFDC), one of the major projects of the Meycauayan

Jewelry Industry Association (MJIA). MJIA chairman Cecilia Ramos said t he designs are improving every year, attracting interests of more buyers for loca l ly-made jewelry. “It (PFDC) has boosts jewelry/PAGE B9

Almost P30 billion of t h e D e p a r t m e nt of Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n a n d Communications (DOTC)’s P48.7 billion funding next

year will be allotted for the continued modernization of the country’s transport s y s t e m , i n c lu d i n g t h e development of airports and seaports. Of t he P29.8 bi l l ion funding to upgrade t he t ra nspor t system, improvement of the country’s rail transport system will take up over half or P16.32 billion. The government increased the DOTC’s 2014 budget by 31% over t his yea r’s P37.1 billion outlay as the Aqu i no ad m i n ist r at ion aims to provide reliable, safe and affordable public t ra nspor tat ion system nationwide. The P48.7 billion budget is part of the P2.268-trillion national budget for 2014 that Malacañang submitted to Congress. Public infrastructure projects will get a total of aquino/PAGE B9

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Rice supply in Normin remains stable THE supply of rice in Northern Mindanao is stable following a three percent increase of rice harvest in the month of September, the National Food Authority (NFA) said here on Friday. NFA regional director Lianne Ramos said that contrary to reports there is no rice shortage in the region. She said that hoarding is not also a problem in Northern Mindanao for rice traders in the region never engaged in hoarding of rice. According to Ramos, rice traders in Northern Mindanao are aware that the hoarding of the basic food commodity such as rice would be punishable and those engaged in hoarding of rice could be charged with economic sabotage. T he N FA issued t he

statement to allay fears that there is a rice shortage in the region due to its rising costs in the market. Ramos said t he NFA would be distributing rice in public markets here and expect that the prices would stabilize as the harvest season starts this month. Meanwhile, President Aquino on Friday made an assurance that there is enough supply of rice in the market adding it expects the price of the commodity to go back to normal as the country exits from the lean season. rice/PAGE 10

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Cocofed grads seek greater role in coco industry growth By BUTCH D. ENERIO Correspondent

A laborer stacks up sacks of rice in a warehouse. Supply of staple food is assured in northern Mindanao as harvest increased by 3% in September.

Partylist rep wants probe into overpriced rice A PARTYLIST representative on Wednesday said he wants a congressional inquiry into the country’s rice situation, in light of allegations of corruption and the reported irregular rice importation of t h e D e p a r t m e nt of Agriculture (DA) and the National Food Authority (NFA) from Vietnam. R e p. Jon at h a n D e l a Cr u z of t he A ba k ad aGuro partylist said that an investigation was in order,

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especially after the exposé that the April 2013’s DANFA’s rice importation of 205,700 metric tons (MT) was overpriced by at least P442 million. “ T h e s e g o v e r n m e nt a genc ie s have a lot of explaining to do,” said Dela Cruz. Dela Cruz credited a lawyer called Argee Guevarra for exposing the scam late last week. The expose was also corroborated by consumer

group, Ang Gawad Pinoy Consumers Cooperative, Dela Cruz said. “First, t hey repor ted only 187,000 metric tons but apparently another 18,700 MT was imported without the prior approval of the Department of Finance. Second, a check with the Oryza Global Rice price i nde x re ve a l s t hat t he purchase was overpriced by the P442 million for the probe/PAGE B9

THEY became professionals because of t he coconut industry. And now they want to reciprocate by becoming active players in the export earner of the country. The Coconut Federation (Cocofed) scholars after 34 long years have gathered recently and discussed ways they could help sustain the productivity of the coconut industry. Eng r. Roxa na Hojas, regional technical director of t h e D e p a r t m e nt of Agriculture in northern Mindanao and a Cocofed scholar, said that during the Cocofed Scholars’ Congress held in Cebu ea rly last month, they have agreed to play an active role in the implementation of the Philippine Coconut Industry Road Map (PCIRM)- for the industry to be more competitive in the future. Hojas who belonged to the first batch of scholars in 1975, and one of the pioneer i ng ag r icu lt u ra l engineers produced by Xavier University, said that with the declining productivity of the coconut in the country at present, it is only fitting that the Cocofed scholars be part of the government’s effort in realizing the intent of seek/PAGE B9


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MOUNT APO: The CHALLENGE and CONQUEST By Anselmo B. Mercado, edited by Ismael Getubig and Angelo Mercado

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Camp 1 After breakfast, we resumed our climb, guided by our chief-guide named “Kookie” who looked about age 30, and four other youthful guys (perhaps Manobos: Michael, Jonnel, Gonggong and Gabby). They were experienced guides who knew the trails well, and they were strong porters to carry the heavy packs containing our tents, food provisions, etc. On the way up we could see some truck gardening, patches of potatoes, cabbages, carrots, cut flowers, etc. for the market. It was a good steady climb under dense forest cover, trekking at some parts uneven difficult surfaces, muddy and slippery until we reached a picturesque, cool, clean (drinkable) running stream, and there we took a break, took the mud off our shoes and ate lunch. Whatever it was we had eaten were very tasty indeed after that very perspiring warm-up climb. We resumed our hike until we reached a wooded plain amidst the forest. A sign on a tree indicated the name of the place was “Godi-Godi”, and there we pitched camp, our Camp 1 (2100 meters above sea level by Paolo’s altimeter).

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invisible fumes filling the tent rapidly. Even the mosquitoes could not tolerate the insecticidallike effect of it because they also vanished from the tent in no time. What could have been the start of a quiet, peaceful rest and sleep was shaken up in a flash. Mike decided to transfer to the smaller tent (I could not blame him) for the rest of the night. What a night!

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Drenched by rain and perspiration from the hike, our bodies felt some shivering. The whole day ascent through winding jungle trails took eleven hours (5:20 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. including breakfast and lunch breaks). We laid down our things, changed to dry clothes, hang our wet clothes and settled down. “Kookie” was also our chef, and assisted by the young porters he prepared food for dinner. He was really a good cook

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At 2:00 early dawn, we rode the autovan to Kapatagan. We were eight and called ourselves “Apo 8”: the older ones (age range of 66-71) Ismael “Mike” Getubig, Angelo “Lito” Mercado and Anselmo B. Mercado; the younger ones (age range of 31-37): my two sons Francis and Paolo; my nephews: Victor

“Apo 8” L-R: Boy Mercado, Lito Mercado, Mike Getubig, “Vic” or “Tor” Calamba, Francis Mercado, Paolo Mercado, B-boy Montenegro, Nom Bernad (photo taken at Lake Venado, background – Mt. Apo Kidapawan side)

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“Tor” Calamba (the handsome, talented, and strong “chief of party” whose nickname was “americanized” as “Vic” by Lito), Ramon Manuel “Nomnom” Bernad II, and Jose Mari “B-boy” Montenegro. At 3:45 a.m., our group arrived in Kapatagan, Davao, a small town some 1020 meters above sea level (registered in Paolo’s wrist altimeter). It was dark and quiet, the residents still asleep, understandly because it was chilly up there, and we ourselves felt it. We waited for the multicab which arrived at 4:30 a.m. to take us to the starting point of the journey. At 5:20 a.m., we began our trek up the “Kapatagan Trail” until we reached a small community (just a cluster of small houses) called “Paradise”, and there we took our breakfast, pre-cooked and packed by our chief guide (boiled eggs, chicken adobo, pork sausages, cooked rice contained in banana leaves, and coffee). The altimeter reading at this place was 1505 meters.

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Mount Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines reigning majestically and proudly over a mountain range that stretches far in the provinces of Davao and Cotabato. Its peak overlooks the cities of Davao (40 kms. to the northeast), Digos (25 kms. to the southeast) and Kidapawan (20 kms. to the west). Why climb it? “Because it’s there” -- lordly, dominating and scenic -- continually attracting, luring and challenging many people (local and abroad) who are curious and daring to meet the beguiling “Apo”. Our group, the “Apo 8”, dared to meet and discover “Apo” on May 20-22, 2013. The idea to climb Mount Apo was hatched, got discussed and eventually planned since March of 2008, right after some of the Apo 8 had successfully climbed Mount Kitanglad in Bukidnon. The main motivator for us was our curiosity to follow in the footsteps of our uncle, Fr. Miguel A. Bernad SJ, who celebrated the first Catholic Holy Mass with his expedition party at a site in the Apo peak in 1958. Serious planning for our climb intensified in 2012 and we elected Victor to be our “chief of party” because of his previous climbs to the mountain and his Mt. Everest experience. Also, the fact that he resided in Davao City he would have convenient access to get things done “right there”. And so, this is our story – an unforgettable adventure replete with moments of joy and fun, hardships and fears, some real risks and dangers to meet the “Apo”. To all those who “journeyed with us” in our climb with their prayers, along with their worries and anxieties, and their felicitations at the end for our accomplishment, we are very grateful.

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Miguel," he pointed out. "We will make this a yearly activity since the launching was very successful. One of the highlights of this four-day festival which runs from Aug. 29-Sept. 1 is the schoolbased dance extravaganza participated in by 18 elementary schools and four national high schools," he explained. The folk dance competition, ethnic and team ballroom competition wowed the audience showcasing the myriad talents of the students in the elementary and high school. The 18 barangay Indigenous Peoples (IPS) representatives also elected their officers with Timuay Priscilla Buay Marquiala as president, to comprise the San Miguel Tribal Council of Elders.

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Although the Subanen people comprise only 5-10 percent of local folks, and a minority, the good mayor who was born and bred in this town never forgot that they were the first settlers of San Miguel. "Later, Christians have come to settle in this peaceful town but let us never forget that it was the Subanens who first tilled our soils and made them productive." “I would say that the people’s support was so amazing, even during the opening, I never expected that the response would be so overwhelming. I was thinking only the highway barangays would participate but to my surprise, even the far-flung barangays joined. In fact, many of them cried, and I was one of them. I practically had goose bumps,” the mayor said in the

vernacular. Mayor Martinez expressed his gratitude to his lovely and ever-supportive first lady, Ms. Vida Belle Althea T. Martinez, Tourism Officer and chairperson of Ms. Teen San Miguel 2013 and the cultural extravaganza, to Vice Mayor Celso T. Otero, Sangguniang Bayan members and barangay officials. Mayor Martinez reiterated his wholehearted thanks to all the people of San Miguel, the working committees and everyone else who contributed to the success of the 53rd Araw ng San Miguel. He then encouraged everyone to sustain the momentum to achieve the municipality’s long cherished dream of progress and development. (FPG/ALT-PIA9/Zambo. Sibugay)

Albay’s 2 tourism practices finalists in ATOP-DOT awards LEGAZPI CITY – Two of Albay province’s recent tourism activities have been chosen as finalists in this year’s Pearl Award: ATOP-DOT Best Tourism Practices of the Philippines. The good news is contained in a letter received here by Gov. Joey Salceda from ATOP’s Committee on Awards and Citations head Kenneth Benignos. The letter informed him that Albay’s Daragang Magayon Festival and Coral Rosary Beads Genesis have been chosen as finalists in local governments’ festival and eco-environment categories, respectively. Jointly sponsored by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines and the Dept. of Tourism, the award, now on its eighth year, recognizes exceptional tourism practices, projects and innovations. Daragang Magayon is a yearly festival that Albay celebrates with its iconic endowment of Mayon Volcano, whose name originated from "Daragang Magayon" and whose story is "The Epic of Daragang Magayon sa Sayaw kan Tolong Bulod (Lovely Lady in the Dance of Three Mountains)." It adopted a new sales pitch: “Indulge yourself in warm Albay!” that further consolidated the province’s recent tourism gains. The gains means a 49 percent hike in tourist arrivals in 2012, with a 23 percent growth in the foreign tourists sector. Salceda explained that “Indulge yourself in warm Albay! Warm people, hot and spicy food and tropical ambience” is Albay’s latest tourism come-on. Daragang Magayon has been its new

cultural epiphany as the new tourism giant of Luzon. The Coral Genesis is the country’s first underwater solar-powered and coral-beaded rosary installed in Albay Gulf early last August. It is a 60-coral-bead chain with attached solar panels, bulbs and a concrete crucifix forming a 65-meter rosary installed 25 feet deep in the coastal waters of Sto. Domingo town in Albay by the Legazpi City Chapter of the Junior Chamber International. It automatically lights up at night and has the capacity to emit low-voltage electricity that helps corals grow five times faster than the normal rate of at least one centimeter a year. These solar panel-aided, coral-growing beads are exclusively assembled by the JCI-Legazpi based on the researches it conducted to regenerate corals and fish sanctuaries in Albay and other parts of Bicol. The Coral Genesis is a project that uses faith-based devotion, technology and environmental protection to boost tourism and improve the locality’s natural coastal defenses from storms and tsunamis, and most importantly alleviate coastal poverty, according to Salceda. “Along this vein, I would like to request the presence of your men and women behind these entries for personal appearance with the second set of the panel of judges for validation and final judging on Sept. 10, 2013 at the Diliman Preparatory School, Quezon City,” Benignos said in the letter. (PNA)

Antique Heritage Tour seen to boost tourism industry ILOILO CITY -- The Antique government, the Department of Tourism 6 and the local government units the province were upbeat that they recently launched “Antique Heritage Tour” that will boost its tourism industry. B oracay-Northern Antique-Kalibo Tourism Development Area Manager Artemio Ticar said “Cultural Heritage Tourism” is now getting more popular worldwide. Thus, the endeavor led by Katahum Tours is a big leap toward the goal of Antique to lure more local and foreign tourists to visit its different tourism destinations and cultural heritage sites. “This program is a great step for the province of Antique to allow the people especially the tourists to access the province’s local heritage,” he said. “Cultural Heritage Tour-

ism is not merely a getaway to a historic site or event. It is best described as tourism that generates and defines opportunities to experience the places, people, activities, cultural arts, and artifacts that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present,” he said. He lauded the initiative of Katahum Tours headed by its Manager Flord Nicson Calawag, who is also the owner of Tibiao Fish Spa, to create another landmark in the tourism history of Antique. He encouraged stakeholders to promote Antique’s rich cultural heritage, saying, “Let us work hand in hand focusing on making every travel of our tourists to each destination a unique, authentic and remarkable experience." Part of the Antique Heritage Tour itinerary are visits to Sira-an Hot Spring and the Anini-y Church made of

corals in Anini-y town; Buri weaving in Brgy. Diclum in Tobias Fornier town; Patnongon Church in Patnongon; Patadyong weaving in Bagtason, Bugasong; Lambaklad, Tibiao Fish Spa, Eco-adventure activities, and pottery-making in Tibiao; and Muscovado sugarmaking in Brgy. Casit-an in Laua-an. The tour also includes “Istorya-Kanta Kinaray-a Night” which showcases the Original Kinaray-a Music (OKM) with singercomposer Board Member Dante Beriong and Sammy Rubido. Data from DOT-6 shows a total of 14,506 tourists visited Antique in 2012. Of which, 13,477 were domestic tourists, 408 were foreign tourists and 621 were returning overseas Filipinos. Of the six provinces in Western Visayas, Antique has the least number of tourist arrivals. (PNA)

Ice cream is given for free to Lumad participants of Kavurunan on Friday, August 30 in Carmen, North Cotabato province. Kavurunan, which means a festive gathering, is one of the activities for the Kalivungan Festival where different indigenous tribes of the province come together to showcase their dances, songs and games. In San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur, lumads and Christians unite during the Pigumpungan Festival. MindaNews photo by Ruby Thursday More

Jetstar Asia continues fleet growth, boosts capacity SINGAPORE -- Jetstar Asia has announced an additional 18 weekly services resulting in 17,200 seats on flights every month from Singapore to popular destinations in Cambodia, Indonesia and China with the addition of two new aircraft to its fleet. From Oct. 27, the schedule will include addition of two flights per week from Singapore to Bali making a daily service, launch of three direct services from Singapore to Phnom Penh as well as additional one weekly flight from Singapore to Hangzhou and Shantou in China respectively.

It also adds four flights per week from Singapore to Medan, an increase of four weekly services to Jakarta resulting in 25 weekly services to the Indonesian capital. Jetstar Asia chief executive officer Bara Pasupathi said the new capacity is a result of adding two new Sharklet-equipped A320s to the fleet in Singapore. "Since 2009, we have been acquiring aircraft at an average rate of two per year. In financial year 2013, Jetstar Asia welcomed six new A320s as part of a fleet renewal exercise," he said. "This financial year we will have 19 aircraft with an

average fleet of 3.3 years, making our fleet one of the youngest in Singapore." Boosting services to popular destinations in Cambodia, Indonesia and China will see Jetstar Asia carry more than four million passengers before the end of 2013. "Previously, passengers travelling to Phnom Penh would need to transit in Siem Reap. With direct flights to Phnom Penh, there will be more seats available from Singapore and travellers will now be able to enjoy more time exploring their destination," said Bara.(PNA/ Bernama)

DOT: Declaration of Boracay, Guimaras rabies-free islands could attract more tourists ILOILO CITY --Department of Tourism Regional Director Helen Catalbas on Wednesday lauded the reports that Boracay and Guimaras would soon be declared rabies-free islands for it could attract more tourists to come to the two tourist destinations in Western Visayas. “More tourists would be interested to travel to the islands of Boracay and Guimaras if they will be declared rabies free,” said Dir. Catalbas, in an interview on Wednesday. She said that hopefully other local government units (LGUs) would also work towards the declaration of their tourism destinations. “I hope all destinations in Western Visayas will also

be achieving the same,” the tourism official contended. “This is a very good addition to the tourism destination,” Dir. Catalbas contended. The declaration of the islands as rabies-free will be on September 28 during the Wold Rabies Day celebration by Secretaries Dr. Enrique T. Ona of health and Proceso Alcala of agriculture in Boracay island while Interior Secretary Mar Roxas also expected to be present. The island have been for the last two consecutive years rabies-free that made them able to meet the prerequisites for such declaration. (PNA)


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oung music enthusiasts from Liceo U and other schools in Cagayan de Oro will have the rare chance to be mentored by no less than the music maestro Ryan Cayabyab in a half day songwriting session at Liceo de Cagayan University's Rodelsa Hall this coming September 11. This special music activity is spearheaded by Philpop Musicfest Foundation, Inc and in partnership with Liceo de Cagayan University and various corporate partners. The workshop hopes to arouse the musical creativity of young Filipinos all over the

country as well make them more appreciative of Original Pilipino Music (OPM). Mr. Cayabyab will share his experiences in the music industry and reveal tips and guidelines on songwriting. He will be joined by other personalities from Philpop Musicfest Foundation. Ryan Cayabyab has created chart-topping OPM pop songs and has contributed his craft to notable theater musicals, movie scores, full-length ballets. He has also created choral and orchestral pieces. Currently he is the Executive Director of the

Philpop Musicfest Foundation, the group behind the Philippine Popular Music Festival, a songwriting competition for amateur and professional Filipino composers that seeks to help elevate the Philippine Music industry. This activity at Rodelsa Hall is free to young students but with limited seats availability. To know more about the workshop, please feel free to call the Liceo U College of Music at (088) 8584093 to 95 local 109 or call/text 09176366528.

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or those who are a bit familiar with the goings-on of the internet, you were probably among the millions who gaped in shock at seeing Miley Cyrus perform during the MTV Video Music Awards a few days ago. A common question I heard after the performance spontaneously combusted in the world wide web is this: what on earth is “twerking”? Suddenly, everyone “has” to know what the word means considering that even huge news networks such

wait till they catch their daughters twerking to this song! (2) Twerk it girl, work it girl! And yes, those are the actual words and examples from the dictionary. So let's go back to the Miley performance. While I was both horrified and amused while watching, the rest of the world had varied levels of reaction ranging from slight amusement to downright disgust, and of course, the expected parental outrage. It even went as far

as CNN carried it in their headlines. In fact, the Oxford English Dictionary have taken it upon themselves to officially recognize the existence of the word twerk by adding it into their list of words. Twerk: Pronunciation: /twəːk/ verb [no object] informal • dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance. • Examples: (1) Just

as sparking anger over its feminist and racial implications due to the use of black women as literal props during the performance. But let's not deal on the darker issues of the performance though. Here are some of the funniest comments from all over the internet. --- “Let's not speak of this ever again.” ---”Subjecting other countries to this performance would be considered an act of war.”

---”Shhhh, it was just a bad dream. The monsters can't get you now. It never happened.” ---”I don't think it's drugs. She's probably just acting out to compensate for the repression she endured being a Disney star. She also probably feels anger and a need to rebel because of the expectations of perfection imposed on her by what is likely a large percentage of people in her life.Or it could just be drugs.” ---”Put your tongue back in your mouth. Put it back. “ ---”I never thought I would see the day when they sexualized teddy bears.”

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---”And this is why aliens won't talk to us.” Suffice to say that the performance will forever be ingrained in entertainment history, along the lines of Britney Spears shaving her head and Tiger Woods with his horde of mistresses. And with that, I will never be mentioning this awful performance again. You should probably move on from this too and forget it ever existed. Okay? Deal.

THE INNER SOCIETY OF MAGIC and Friends capped off the evening of A JULY September 6 with this photo op right after “Mystify” the Inner Society of Magic 5th Year Anniversary Special at the Xavier University Little Theater. The jampacked XU-LT was treated to an evening of illusion, mental magic, comedy, fun and entertainment, the performers were Reuben, Maw, Allen, Kenneth, Jason, Mics, Nate and Nexus.

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improving rice production is by increasing yield per unit area and by expanding the areas under rice cultivation through the improvement/rehabilitation of ex i s t ing sys te m s an d construction of new irrigation facilities. She said that in line with the FSSP, Region 10 will hold the 2013 Regional Agri-Pinoy Rice Awards to give recognition to highly performing provinces, municipalities, cities, irrigators associations and agricultural extension workers in their significant contributions in achieving the country’s rice sufficiency. “These awards will encourage commitment and ensure excellent performance of the region’s local government units and stakeholders of their functions and responsibilities.” Ramos said. Ramos said that cash awards will be given to the top three provinces (P150,000 each), top seven municipalities(P100,000 each), top four irrigators associations (P100,000 each), and 20 agricultural extension workers (P10,000 each). The DA RFU 10 said that the deadline for the submission of scrap book along with the necessary requirements and other documentation will be on Sep. 20 to mgive ample time for the regional search committee to conduct table and field evaluation. The awarding will be on Oct. 15 in this city. C u r r e n t l y, n o r t h e r n Mindanao’s rice sufficiency is at 75 percent. The production comes from 78,000 hectares of both irrigated and rain-fed areas. “ We ar e e n c o u r ag i n g the farmers and the local government units to work hand in hand and improve their rice production so that we will no longer import rice.” Ramos said. She said that the success of the FSSP would mean Filipinos consuming newly harvested rice and the economic wellbeing of farmers will be secured.

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in Sagay town and the newly completed service road and slope protection project leading to Tuasan Falls in Catarman, amounting to P50-million and P40-million, respectively. The other project is the opening and upgrading (gravel to concrete) of the P50-million cross country road cutting from Mainit, Catarman to Mambajao, although this serves as an alternative route from the major road, all the while, it provides a great view of the island’s rainforest. Camiguin Provincial Tourism Officer Candice Naomi B. Dael said these projects are hoped to boost the province tourist influx and economy. “We wanted to bring our tourist spots closer to the people. The Binangawan Falls (rainbowed falls) for example is situated within the dense rainforest in the highlands of Sagay, but because of its distance, the knowledge of its existence has been limited only to locals and mountain

climbers,” Dael said. The province is likewise initiating appropriate measures for the promotion, protection and conservation of these areas. An ordinance is currently being drafted prohibiting the building of any shelter, dumping of garbage, as well as, hunting, collection and removal of wildlife resources. The Camiguin District Engineering office, meanwhile, said that the two remaining projects will be completed within the year, funded by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT).

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The activity will cover regions 9, 10 and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Discussions laid out for the consultation include the PBSAP’s significance to the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), mainstreaming of the biodiver sit y conser vation in the PDP, Invasive Alien Species Plan, validation of priority threats and drivers of biodiversity loss, and sharing of good practices.

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Ph i l i p p i n e ex p o r t s t o Australia amounted to $387 million in 2012, led by car parts, electrical and telecom products, nickel ores, desiccated coconuts, and deodorants. New Zealand, meanwhile, imported from the Philippines for the year some $49-million worth of fresh or dried bananas, car batteries, fresh or prepared pineapples, carrageenan, and desiccated coconuts. -Romelda Ascutia, PHILEXPORT News and Features

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sales of members; buyers are now looking at Philippine-made products as potential source of fine jewelry because they have seen the beautiful designs that our designers has made,” she said. Ramos said the competition aims to create innovative quality jewelry that suits the taste of both the local and export markets, and promote utilization of indigenous materials as component or in combination with other materials for fine jewelry. “Before, there were very few designers, now, they are already in abundance. We are more original in our designs, before we just copy from catalogues,” she said. Now in its 13th year, the PFDC targets to attract 400 entries this year from aspiring jewellers, amateur and professional designers, and students from schools offering design and designrelated courses. T h e d e ad l i n e fo r t h e submission of entries is September 15. Winners will be announced and awarded on November 29. The PFJDC is conducted annually in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, Provincial Government

of Bulacan, the Municipality of Meycauayan and PHILEXPORT. -- Danielle Venz, PHILEXPORT News and Features

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P399 billion funding in 2014. the amount, which is equivalent to 3% of the gross domestic product target for next year, is 35% higher than this year’s appropriated infrastructure spending of P295 billion. A total of P9.014 billion will go to the development of air transpor t facilities encompassing 37 domestic and international airports. A total of P3.167 billion will be channeled to the country’s maritime transport development plans as part of the government’s medium-term goal of ensuring an integrated nautical network. The budget will cover 44 ports, wharves, causeways and boat landing areas. Plans include the development of an integrated multimo d al logistic s and transportation system that i nvo l ve s i d e n t i f y i n g a n d developing logistics corridors that will benefir both large cities and smaller towns and rural areas. The Star report said that the DOTC is studying the possibility of establishing RoRo (roll-on/ roll-off) ports in isolated areas, developing the country’s cruise shipping industry, creating the Greater Capital Region -SubicClark-Manila-Batangas transport and logistics corridor. National Economic and Development Authority director general Arsenio M. Balicasan said the surge in infrastructure spending next year will reduce the cost of transporting goods and people, support agricultural productivity, reduce risk from disasters and boost economic investments and employment. The governmenthas a l l o c a t e d a P4 0 - m i l l i o n special purpose fund for the preparation of feasibility studies on infrastructure to help meet the greater demand for sound an d e c o n o m i c all y v i a b l e projects in the coming years. -- PORTCALLS

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In a press briefing, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said she received word from the Department of Agriculture assuring enough supply of the major staple and that is has been monitoring supply and prices on the ground. Valte said personnel from the DA deployed to public markets found that everything was okay. Quoting DA Secretar y Proceso Alcala, she said rice supply has stabilized and that rice prices will normalize. “At least we’re out of the lean season and expected na medyo mag-normalize na rin ang mga presyo.” The Palace official also said the government had expected rice prices to go up by around P2 but it’s unfortunate that some traders have reprtedly seized the opportunity to jack up prices. The National Food Authority (NFA) and the DA is aware of these abuses and are carrying out appropriate measures.

Also they have coordinated with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to trace the source of the text messages that circulated yesterday about the supposed “distribution of free rice.” The NFA is also verifying some tips of possible hoarding being done by some suppliers, Valte said.

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entire transaction and third, despite repeatedly bragging about rice self-sufficiency, they now intend to import another 700,000 metric tons by November,” Dela Cruz said in a press conference. Meanwhile Dela Cruz said he will summon a certain “Buddy R” who acted as bagman for the group behind the anomalous deal. Insufficient? Dela Cruz also said he received information that the rice stock held by the NFA is insufficient. “I think we should really look into this. From what I was told by NFA insiders, we only have 18 days in supply stocks and worse, we only have around five to six days of good stock rice because the rest are still in palay form,” he said. Meanwhile, House Resolution 261, also filed by Dela Cruz, directs the House Committee on Food Security to conduct a formal inquiry into the real state of the country’s rice supply, especially amid the rising cost of rice in the market and the reported widespread rice shortage in the country. “The price increment of the lowest commercial grade rice variety rose from P27 per kilo a few months ago to P34 per kilo recently and the nearest next prices stocks of a more edible quality is now at P41 per kilo,” it said.

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the PCIRM for the industry to be reliable supplier of competitive coconut products and by products locally and globally, thus it would be a major source of income and employment in the agriculture sector. She said Cocofed scholars have considered becoming players in the coco processing; agri-entrepreneurial activities; participate in the value added chain; and establish a foundation so, they too, could send sons and daughters of coconut farmers to school. “This is one way to pay forward our benefactors who made it possible for us to earn a degree.” Hojas said. Hojas said that there were more than 8,000 Cocofed scholars nationwide in seven batches from 1975 to 1986 who attended school in the various colleges and universities in the country. 5,000 graduated. The Philippine Coconut Authority has said that the problems besetting the industry, which is the second producer of coconuts in the world, are attributed to low production and decreasing farm productivity; low income share of coconut farmers and high poverty incidence; limited viable village-level integrated processing technologies; non-competitive coconut processing; and limited investment for research and development.

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Maja Salvador supports Gerald’s charity work Maja Salvador said she is proud of boyfriend Gerald Anderson’s passion for charity. Maja, who was spotted on the sidelines of the recently concluded Hero Ball basketball tournament organized by Gerald at the Makati Coliseum, said she was very happy to have been part of the event. blown away by Gerald ’s kindness as profits from the event would be for the benefit of Hero Foundation, an organization aiming to prov ide secured and c on si s t ent e duc at ion a l suppor t for children of soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). “Yes for Hero Foundation.

“Siguro pang third time ko palang siya napapanood magbasketball. Siyempre nakakatuwa na napapanood ko yung mga ibang talent niya hindi lang puro acting. Eto naman basta sobrang love niya yung pagba-basketball,” she said, adding, “I’m happy na naka-attend ako sa event na nagawa niya.” Maja confessed to being

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LEO (July 23 – August 22) - Your actions are keeping others interested and engaged -- so keep it up! Your social energy is perfectly in tune with that of your people, and you should be able to get them to see things your way. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22) - You and a friend or business partner are joining forces in a big way -- so make sure that you’re on the same page! It’s all too likely for a little misunderstanding to flare up into something much larger. LIBRA (September 23 – October 22) - You’re getting looks from all around today -- and it’s all good! People are taking notice of your positive qualities, and that should help you to take advantage of an important coincidence. SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21) - You need to kick back and let things happen today -- even if that makes you feel somewhat anxious. Passivity is a winning strategy for you now, so swallow your fears and let it ride. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21) Laughter seems to surround you today -- but not mockery! You should do what you can to keep it going, but with your terrific social energy, it shouldn’t take much of an effort this time. CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19) - You need to step up to authority -- but only as far as circumstances permit. You should find that things are somewhat more difficult than you had hoped, but your no-nonsense approach works wonders.

Amazing Facts! Did you KNOW?? .. Geologists have discovered there seems to be more water miles deep between the rocks of Earths mantle than in all the oceans of the world. The intense pressure of the tons of rocks above keeps the hot water from turning to steam and escaping.

CROSSWORD puzzle across 1. Plant stalk 5. Homegrown 10. Billiards shot 12. Expunge 13. Exterminates 15. _Tin Tin 16. Iron symbol 17. Muslim leader Misuari 18. Actor Pitt 19. To and_ 21. Allotment 23. House of religious order 25. Resinous substance 26. Actor Milby 29. Strongly alcoholic 30. Dam in Bulacan 32. Selenium symbol

33. 34. 36. 38. 39. 40.

Cager Taulava Kitchen appliance Wash lightly Rustic Undecorated Auld lang_ DOWN 1. Shuffle 2. Slender candle 3. Do wrong 4. Earth’s satellite 5. _Miserables 6. Conjunction 7. Edible roots 8. Filipino or Thai 9. Let out money 11. Expresses grief for 14. Toil 18. Rubbish receptacle 20. Wind instrument

22. Composure 24. _Testament 25. Aromatic herb 27. Association of Southeast Asian Nations 28. Blackbird 29. Stringed instrument 31. Burden 34. Actor Affleck 35. Uninteresting 37. Silicon symbol

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then the full payment of their current liabilities. For t he s hor t-t er m , Napocor is u rg i ng ECs to achieve a 95-percent collection efficiency, and reduce their system loss to less than 13 percent in order to achieve full payment of the outstanding debts of the ECs from January 2013 onward. Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla called on the cooperation of the ECs and the LGUs to work with Napocor to minimize its financial losses in order to continuously improve its mandate of providing electricity to 36 provinces a nd 255 mu n icipa l it ies nationwide through its NPCSmall Power Utilities Group. “We need to immediately put a stop to the corporation’s f inancia l bleeding,” t he statement quoted Napocor President and Chief Executive Officer Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita as saying. “This can be achieved with the outstanding receivables from the ECs for the period January to June 2013 and, thereafter, the full payment of their current liabilities.” “While we understand the situation of our customer cooperatives, we can no longer afford to incur massive losses. This is why we need to work with our customers and our key stakeholders to come up with concrete, time-bound and workable solutions to address the situation,” she added. The government firm operates all state-owned power facilities, including the Agus-Pulangui hydroelectric power plant complex in Mindanao, which supplies more than half of the region’s electricity needs. Through SPUG, Napocor also provides electricity to remote barangays and villages or those areas that are not connected to the national power grid. Areas considered off-grid are in several provinces, including Mindoro, M a r i ndu qu e , Pa l aw a n , Romblon, Masbate, Siquijor, Zamboanga, Sulu and TawiTawi.

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69 of them from the villages of Wasian and Bayugan 3 in Rosario town and Imelda in Bunawan town. A total of P1,455,900 was initially released for the beneficiary farmers with the same amount of P21,000 released to each of them. To keep a close watch on this project, Philsaga has employed an agricultural technologist t hat would assist in maintaining the productivity of rice lands. Huge savings came in during the first harvest after the farmers were already liberated from the whims of these loan sharks mostly from Davao City who are called “strikers” because they are the same traders who bought the harvest of

farmers with a dictated low prices of palay. Accord i ng to a data gathered from the company, the farmer beneficiaries were able to save P436,770 which significantly improved their lot. “Dako akong pasalamat kay naay progra ma nga sama niini kay wala man sila mangayo bisag gamay nga interes (I am grateful for the program like this because they did not ask for any interest),” Martinez said in her handwritten letter to the company. She said the gains she had already away from the huge interest has led her the capacity to buy a brand new refrigerator and an additional small capital that helped a lot in her little sari-sari store to attend to the needs of her children going to school. Lawyer Raul Villanueva, Philsaga president, said the program is part of the company’s sincere efforts to help improve the economic plight of people especially in the communities within the peripheries of their mining operation. The leniency showed by the farmer beneficiaries to take responsibility of their financial obligation has resulted to about 90 percent collection rate or a total of P1,302,600 repaid by borrowers who personally visit the Philsaga office to repay their loans. Encouraged by t he p o sit i ve t u r n out , t he company decided to increase the financial loan to P38,890 for each borrower and already covers 100 beneficiaries and raised the program cost into P4.5 million.

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Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SURNECO). Casurra, who has gained public sympathy, said the problem could have been solved had cooperat ive off icials acted on it. He bla me d t he SU R N ECO officials, as well as its board of directors, for doing nothing to augment the insufficient power supply. Inter ior a nd L oc a l Government Secretary Mar Roxas, who was here on Tuesday attending the Local Disaster R isk Reduction M a n a g e m e nt C o u n c i l , ha s l i ke w i s e c r it ic i z e d SUR NECO off icials and its board members for their supposed ineptness. He a d v i s e d e le c t r ic consumers to elect board members who will really work to solve the power outages and not those backed by the politicians. Engr. Narciso I. Caliao Jr., acting general manager of SURNECO, denied Roxas’s comments, saying they are working hard to address the power situation. He a sked concer ned individuals to instead help them, “discuss our problem so we can come up with the best solutions.” Caliao said if consumers go on civil disobedience

by not paying their bills, t hen t he y w i l l i s sue a disconnection order. He said they are currently facing a power deficiency as power generators like the National Power CorporationPower Sector Assets and Liabi l it ies Ma nagement Corp. (NPC-PSALM) and Therma Marine, Inc. (TMI) are not giving enough supply to power utilities. Caliao said the problem lies with the power generators and not the distributors, referring to SURNECO and other electric utilities all over Mindanao. SURNECO, he said, has a power def icit of seven megawatts. N PC-PSA L M is now supplying SURNECO with only 11 MW of electricity whereas it used to supply the cooperative 26 MW. TMI has also dropped its load from 8 MW to 6 MW. With this predicament, SURNECO has implemented rotating brownouts of 4 to 5 hours daily. Caliao said SURNECO has a total power demand of 23 megawatts. He added that base load power plants will be available only by 2016 as several coalfired power plants are being constructed in various parts of Mindanao. One of these is the Therma South, Inc. (TSI) in Davao. SURNECO, he said, has already applied for the supply of at least 5 MW. “By year 2016 we will have sufficient supply. But what about from 2014 to 2015?” Caliao asked. Ca liao sa id t hey a re contemplating to buy energy from private companies that can supply at least 10 MW at the best price and the quickest time possible. Jose Monte de Ramos, one of the board members of SUR NECO, said they prefer this route than having their own power generator set because they have no technical capability to do so. “What we want is just to buy power from this private firm. They will build and operate,” he said. Monte de Ramos said they are planning to avail power from five diesel-fired generator sets, each of which can produce at least 2 MW of power. With this scheme, the SURNECO will answer the almost 8 MW power deficit, he added. He said several power companies have presented their proposals. Among them are Peak Power Energy Inc., Gen Diesel Philippines Inc., Alternative Power Resources Holding Inc., and Power Solution Philippines Inc. Monte de Ramos said that the Department of Energy has assured to help finance the initial costs in building the power generator sets. SURNECO held a public forum last Wednesday to discuss the power situation and seek the public’s help in coming up with solutions. At Barangay Taft, only 42 attended the consultation

at the gymnasium in the morning. In the afternoon, only 38 came for the forum at Barangay Washington. Willy A. Gan, president of Su r igao Cha mber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI) Inc., said at the forum in Barangay Washington that the rotating brownouts have drastically affected not just the business sector but everyone in the community. He said he pitied the micro entrepreneurs who depend solely on their small business for their livelihood. “I could imagine they are living in debt because of this power situation,” he pointed out. Gan said the power crisis in Surigao right now is worse than being hit by a super typhoon. “At lea st i n a super typhoon you can reinstall the power lines in two to three months. This power crisis we have right now is really debilitating and this is the worse economic disaster in history,” he stressed. Some attendees in Barangay Taft, like Recardo Makinano, walked out, saying the forum will not answer the power crisis. He pointed out that SURNECO never anticipated the problem. The forum, he opined, was held because the cooperative was afraid of the consumers staging civil disobedience. Su lpicio Basad re, on the other hand, said the consumers are being fooled with the too much commercia lization of electricity.

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Philippines Government focused on accelerating and sustaining broad-based and inclusive economic growth. USAID also provides assistance to Bohol through the Private Sector Mobilization for Family Hea lt h Phase 2 Projec t which a ims to increase private sector participation in the delivery of family planning, maternal and child health services. USAID’s c u r rent env i ron ment a l project, the Coastal Climate Change Adaption Project to strengthen the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) which is implemented in partnership with Rare, builds community, ecological, and social resilience against climate change. Mission Director Steele s a i d , “ t h e s t r on g a n d productive partnership that we have built with the people of Bohol is instrumental as we move towards meeting our vision of putting the Philippines on an accelerated growth trajectory to achieve broad-based growth that b enef it s a l l Fi l ipi nos .” Mission Director Steele said. Du r i ng t he event, Ambassador Thomas also h ig h l ig hte d t he st rong partnership that Bohol has developed with the U.S. Peace Corps, whose volunteers have been working to build a brighter future for the young people of Tagbilaran.

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