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Police identify suspects in the killing of radio reporter
The Misamis Oriental Provincial Board is asking the national government through the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) to defer the privatization of the STEAG State Power Inc. Independent Power Producer Administration (IPPA) contract for its Power Plants 1 & 2. See full story, page A2
4-year-old Lumad evacuee dies By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO of Bulatlat.com
TANDAG City--A fouryear-old Lumad girl died of asthma early this morning, Sept. 8, at the Surigao del Sur Sports Complex where thousands of Lumads are seeking refuge. The child’s mother, Maribel Enriquez, told Bulatlat.com that her daughter Renabel was still playing
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CAMP ALAGAR, Cagayan De Oro City – The police has already the identities of the suspects in the shooting to death of a television reporter in Misamis Occidental, a police officer said Wednesday. Pol. Supt. Gervacio Balmaceda, Jr., spokesperson of the police regional command here, said that the regional command has Vice Gov. Joey Pelaez solicits a motion from the floor of the Misamis Oriental Provin- already the names of the suspects in the killing of cial board to ask PSALM to defer the privatiztion of the STEAG IPPA privatization.
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CAMP Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City--After a thorough investigation conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP), the perpetrators of the recent incident in Barangay Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur were already identified and cases have been filed before the Provincial Prosecutors Office in Lianga, Surigao del EVACUEES. Lumad children evacuees on the grandstand Sur last September 7, 2015. of the Provincial Sports Complex in Tandag City. (Photo by Kilab Multimedia) Based from the police
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SP asks PSALM to defer IPPA Privatization of STEAG coal plant By Mike Baños, Editor-at-Large
The Misamis Oriental Provincial Board is asking the national government through the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) to defer the privatization of the STEAG State Power Inc. Independent Power Producer Administration (IPPA) contract for its Power Plants 1 & 2. “This move of PSALM passed unanimously with is untimely, inconsiderate no objection by the proand bereft of any consulta- vincial board during its tion of those who will be regular session last Sepaffected in the process,” tember 7, 2015. reads a portion of Reso- T he b o ard i nv ite d lution No. 240-2015 au- several resource persons thored by Vice Governor from the province’s powJose Mari G. Pelaez and er distributors Misamis co-authored by Board Oriental Rural Electric Member Emmanuel S. Cooperatives 1 &2, the Mugot, chair of the SP’s Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperaenergy committee. The resolution was tives (AMRECO) and con-
sumer groups like Konsumanteng Kagay-anon, Inc. (KKI) and Power Alternative Agenda in Mindanao Inc. (PALAGMindanao) to share their experience and perspectives on the planned privatization. Both power distributors related their adverse experiences with the recent privatization of the Mt. Apo Geothermal IPPA which resulted in a rate impact of more or less sixty centavos per kilowatt hour to the electricity bills of residential consumers in their service areas. Edna Diango, Moresco-1 institutional service manager, said the utility
was getting an allocation of 10 megawatts of power from Mt. Apo through PSALM for the blended rate of only P3.00 per kilowatt hour (kWh) prior to privatization. After FDC Misamis won the IPPA privatization bid, they were lucky to be able to secure the same allocation through a bilateral contract with FDC but which now costs them P5.40 per kilowatt hour, or an 80 percent increase over the previous rate. “Another effect was the decrease in our allocation from PSALM from 52 MW before Mt.
Apo’s IPPA Privatization to only 39 MW at present,” Ms. Diango added. “In addition to the 13MW of the cheap power we lost from PSALM, we are projecting a similar loss of another 14 MW from PSALM if and when the IPPA privatization from STEAG pushes through.” Pelaez said the STEAGIPPA privatization should only proceed when the power situation has already normalized with the coming online of new capacities in two to five years to guarantee true comp et it i on b et we en power producers and
shield consumers from any untoward increase in power rates like what has already happened when PSALM sold its Power Barges 117 and 118 in 2010 which resulted in disastrous rotating brownouts all over Mindanao and again with the Mt. Apo Geothermal IPPA privatization with its 80 percent increase in power rates which has only benefitted a certain number of consumers, compared to the previous regime where its output was enjoyed by all 27 electric coops and 4 private utilities in the Mindanao mainland.
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‘Dongkoy’ announces reelection bid Former City Mayor Dongkoy Emano, the leader of Cagayan De Oro City’s influential opposition Padayon Pilipino political party, has declared his intention to join the mayoral race in the 2016 elections during a meeting with supporters last Saturday. No doubt, despite the hesitation and skepticism, the clamor of the village officials – at least 60 village chiefs – signed a manifesto urging Dongkoy to run again as City Mayor next year. Emano has expressed skepticism because of the past experiences, which he narrated, about his being cheated in the 2013 mayoral elections. As an opposition candidate, the Sword of Damocles always hangs above the head of the political opposition in this country. Unlike in other countries where the opposition usually enjoys massive supporters, the opposition in the country are subject of persecution by the ruling political
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worthy running mate. The incumbent City vice Mayor has still a remaining term in office. However, there are talks that the incumbent vice mayor is planning to run for Congress in the city’s first district. Sometimes, there are individuals who have an inherent potential of losing in an election. If the decision of the incumbent vice Mayor to run for Congress is true, this is a classic example of a book on “Losing in an Election” strategy. Anyway, it would be better for the vice Mayor to stay where
he is. Perhaps, in order to appease some party mates who are obsessed of running for Congress, Emano did not make an announcement on the possible candidates as running mate and as Congressman for the first district. All said and done, let us wait for more events to come. In the province, the incumbent Governor Bambi Emano, also of the opposition political party, has already announced his reelection bid two months ago. Bambi would certainly retain Vice Gov. Joey Pelaez as his running mate and the incumbent party mates in the provincial board. The Padayon Pilipino, however, has yet to name the possible candidates for Congress in the province first and second district. While the filing of candidacy comes closer in October, the names of the candidates (except for the incumbent) remain uncertain. -0- Send comment/reaction: email@example.com
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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… He makes clouds rise --------------------------------------------------------------------------from the ends of the earth; EDITORIAL he sends lightning with ALLAN M. MEDIANTE the rain and brings out Editor-in-Chief the wind from his storehouses…” (Psalm 135:7, ruel pelone CRIS DIAZ the Holy Bible). Managing Editor Executive Editor -oooCHENG ORDOÑEZ URIEL C. QUILINGUING METRO MANILA PARAAssociate Editor Contributing Editor LYZED ANEW BY RAINS, FLOODS: Again and again, MARK FRANCISCO Arjay Felicilda Lifestyle Editor Assistant Editor the strong rains and the instantly high floods and GILBERT Y. CHAO gerry lee gorit really strong winds that Motoring Editor Photo Journalist have been attacking Metro felix santillan ROEL CATOTO Manila continue to come, EDSEL BANTOL Provincial Editor-Surigao as they did one more time Layout Artists last Tuesday night, Septem PAT SAMONTE ber 08, 2015, causing total irene dayo CHRIS PANGANIBAN chaos and anarchy among Reporter-NorthMin Regional Editors-Caraga Metro Manilans who unJOE PALABAO MARLON GAYOG fortunately did not know Rene Michael BaÑos Regional Editor-Davao any better in effectively Regional Editors-Northmin responding to natural caAL JACINTO JOE FELICILDA lamities.As a result, people Regional Editor-WestMin Editorial Consultant get stranded and unable to reach home until dawn of ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI Wednesday, September 09, NOTARY PUBLIC- JUNI LAW OFFICE 2015, stuck up in traffic CELL NO: 09352379999/ (088) 8573595 for hours on end, while CRUZ TAAL ST., CAG. DE ORO CITY Legal Counsel there was no one from the --------------------------------------------------------------administration or the opbureau and mktg staff position (in government, candy macabale - 09161326483 RIZA O. ARES - 0915-9753277/0920-9600223 that is) who did something MISOR - LOLONG NABONG - 0906-875-8650 to help at the height of the GINGOOG CITY-MANNY ANSIHAGAN-0936-287-7788 calamity. The frightening North Buk. - DAHLIA S. BENEMERITO-0936-303-0410 news is, there will be more VALENCIA CITY - PHILIP PHIL CALUMBA-0905-652-5407 MARAMAG - TITA FINA CUALES - 0926-336-1585 of this.How do we solve Iligan City - JEFFREY OPONDA-0936-1174378 these problems? Moronic bobby mag usara-tangub city though it may seem to OROQUIETA CITY - PJ TREMEDAL-0919-3452375 ARMM - Sony Sudaria-0947-4810371 many, my simple answer cotabato - ANALISA ESPAÑOLA-0916-9351714 is, read the Bible everydavao - MARLON GAYOG-09276314995 Marketing and Sales Manager
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day, memorize its verses, and then carefully obey every command of God that is contained therein. Whether you believe it or not, that is the antidote to the death and destruction coming from strong rains, high floods, and howling winds, which is prescribed by the Bible itself. -oooBIBLE PREDICTIONS ABOUT RAINS, FLOODS, WINDS: The regular occurrence of rains, floods, and winds nowadays, not only in the Philippines but even in the whole world already, is something that was prophesied to happen about 2,015 years ago. The occurrence of these calamities prove that the Bible is accurate and true.Likewise, the occurrence of rains, floods, and winds, and the
death and destruction that they bring, prove beyond any shadow of doubt that Jesus is true and truly is God. The fact is, it was Jesus, our God and Savior, who predicted that rains, floods, and winds will come and bring death and destruction.We can read this in Matthew 7:24-27 of the Bible. Jesus said in these verses that the rains, floods, and winds will come. And, Jesus predicted totally accurately, only two kinds of people will face them---the first one is he who is called “wise”, while the second is he who is called a “fool”. Who is the “wise man” and who is the “fool”? -oooTHE WISE AND THE FOOL WHEN CALAMITIES STRIKE: Jesus said the wise man is the one who listens to His Word, and obeys them. The wise man is to be considered wise because, by listening to, and obeying, Him, he would have built his house on a foundation of stone (meaning that, if one listens to Jesus and obeys Him, his life would be built on strong foundations). Even if calamities come, that house---or life---will not fall. On the other hand, the fool is the one who listens to the Word of Jesus (or do
not listen at all), but do not obey Him. This man is to be considered to have built his house on sandy soil (meaning that, his life is anchored on loose morality and worldly principles), so that when calamities strike, that house---or life---will experience a great crash. One may ask, how did Jesus come to know that at one point in the history of the world---which that point may as well be the present time---the rains, floods, and the winds will come? The answer is, He is God, so He knows what is going to happen. No one else predicted things to happen in the future with so much accuracy except God, right? We must, therefore, pay attention to what He is saying. -oooPLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way), a Bible study and prayer session on radio, airs Mondays to Fridays, 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at DWAD 1098 kHz on the AM band. For replays, go to www.facebook. com/angtangingdaan or www.facebook.com/ANDKNK and scroll for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email: batasmauricio@ yahoo.com.
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Crack down on public officials engaged in illegal drugs urged By CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor
MISAMIS Oriental -Provincial Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano urged law enforcers in the province a serious crackdown of public officials reportedly engaged in illegal drug trade here. Emano made the statement after his office received reports about public officials in Misamis Oriental who are allegedly involved in the illicit drug trade in the province. “My office received reports about public officials engaged in illegal drug who remained scot free to this day,” Emano said. He said that he has issued a challenge to the elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to exert efforts to apprehend the public officials. According to Emano,
the provincial government of Misamis Oriental has extended a PHP 1 million financial aid to the PDEA in Northern Mindanao in order to fast track apprehension of suspected drug lords in the region. “I am specifically concerned about the drug problem in Misamis Oriental after the PDEA reported of an alleged international drug ring in the province,” Emano said. He said that the report about public officials engaged in illegal drug trade in Misamis Oriental has refused to die down but no arrest has been made. These public officials must be apprehended and be brought to the bar of justice to serve as a warning that no one is above the in the fight against proliferation of illegal drug trade here, Emano said.
He said that it would be preposterous to suspect public officials, especially those occupying sensitive positions in the government, if these reports are mere concoction. It is now up to the law enforcers to find ways to arrest and apprehend these scalawags in the government service who create an impression that they could do away with the long arms of the law because of their power and influence. Emano said that his office would extend all possible support to local law enforcers in the fight against all forms of illegal activities in Misamis Oriental. “Rest assured that the office of the governor of the province of Misamis Oriental would always be around to support all efforts to fight crime in the province,” Emano said.
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Gender and Development By Cherryl B. Valmores Administrative II Department of Education – Misamis Oriental
“Development is the progressive realization of the capabilities, abilities and talents of each individual for his or her own satisfaction and enhancement of the social good...” − HE President Cheddi Jagan Life in the 21st Century promotes equality among men and women especially in terms of opportunity and development. In here, development should be broad-based in full sense. However, women often remained marginalized in the process. Their experiences as a group are far worse than men on a number of fronts, ranging from the incidence of poverty to protection under the law, and from
access to health care to decision-making power. In most published articles, “Gender” is about the relationship between men and women. However, as defined by societal norms and practices, and supported by societal attitudes, this relationship is usually skewed in favor of men. This gender-based discrimination is both a cause and a consequence of deep-rooted disparities in society. In order for truer development to take place, gender-related issues should be addressed. There should be no room for discrimination. The abilities of women to do great things, make good use of decision-making power, and talents and skills
among others should be recognize. Further, the state should give a unique opportunity to among women and to discuss things forward. Along with fully harnessing the overall human capital, might be male or female, people can hope to enhance the social good. It is important that the wide-ranging significance of gender issues is realized. As what the 1995 Commonwealth Plan of Action on Gender and Development states, a key strategic objective of government should be to “integrate gender in all government agendas, policies and programmes and create a culture within government which is gender-sensitive and where gender issues become the responsibility of all.” GAD is implemented already. However, it needs to be strengthen in a way.
Evacuees file murder raps against paramilitary, army By DEE AYROSO of Bulatlat.com
MEMBERS of Lumad communities have today filed the first batch of criminal charges against paramilitary and Philippine Army men involved in the Sept. 1 killing of two Manobo leaders and the director of a tribal high school in Surigao del Sur. The indigenous Lumads, led by the group Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang sa Sumusunod (Mapasu), filed cases of multiple murder, robbery, grave threat and coercion against members of the armed paramilitary group led by Marcos Bocales, Marcial Belandrez and Kalpet Egua. Also charged were at least 20 other John Does, which include soldiers and other Magahat men who are yet to be identified
pending the investigation. The complainants were residents of Han-ayan community in Diatagon village who were themselves fired upon by the Magahat-Bagani paramilitary men, who shot and killed Mapasu chairperson Dionel Campos and Datu Juvello Sinzo on Sept. 1. In earlier reports, Hanayan residents had identified soldiers of the 36th and 75th infantry battalions and Special Forces as the ones who came to the community on Aug. 29 to 31, prior to the killing. The complainants are among the 2,700 evacuees who left 19 Lumad communities in four Surigao del Sur municipalities, and have sought sanctuary at the Provincial Sports Complex
in Tandag City. Karapatan-Caraga said in a statement that the complainants went to the Surigao del Sur Prosecutor’s Office in Lianga to file the charges this morning, Sept. 8. They were assisted by volunteer lawyers Kutz Melvin Montenegro, president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Surigao del Sur chapter, and Antonio Azarcon and Gerardo Maglinte of the Union of People’s Lawyers in Mindanao (UPLM). The Lumads also went to the Provincial Police Office and provided information to the Philippine National Police investigators to push for the immediate arrest of the perpetrators. See evacuees, page A11
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resident Benigno S. Aquino III will take his first swing to the Island Garden City of Samal during his three-site visit today in the Davao Region. Aside from doing project inspection in Samal, the President is also scheduled to interact with school children participants of the Treevolution of the Young in Davao City, and he will then be attending a gathering at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang. In Samal, he will inspect the on-going 4.7-kilometer Camudmud Section and will conduct an inaugural drive-thru of the completed section of the Island Gar-
dent City of Samal Circumferential Road. Upon arriving in the Island Garden city of Samal, President will be met by Governor Rodolfo P. Del Rosario, Davao del Norte District Representatives Antonio Rafael G. Del Rosario of the 1st District and Antonio F. Lagdameo of the 2nd District and Samal Mayor Aniano P. Antalan . Together with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sec. Rogelio Singson, the President is set to conduct an inaugural drive-through of the completed 6.3 kilometer Babak-Camudmud Section of the IGACOS Circumferential Road.
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dent will proceed to the Teodoro Palma Gil Elementary School in Davao City billed as a visit to the treevolution of the young. He will meet with pupils who participated in the Treevolution of the Young, a tree-planting activity conducted by the Supreme Pupil Government of the T. Palma Gil Elementary School and the SPG Federation of the Davao Central District. The tree-planting activity is conducted the morning in Barangay Tigatto. The students will plant about 2,000 seedlings of Mahogany, Narra, Cacao, Jackfruit and other endemic trees. The President will be joined during the school visit by Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon See pnoy, page A11
Davao Oriental’s Happy Home, rebel returnees benchmarked DAVAO ORIENTAL – Members of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) committees from all over the country, together with their respective Department of Interior and Local Governmentregional directors, have recently visited here to benchmark Davao Oriental’s successful CLIP implementation, mainly on the establishment and operation of the Happy Home – a halfway house for rebel returnees, which has been gaining the attention of different LGUs and agencies for its best practices. The delegations from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, arrived in batches within a series of three-day benchmarking period last August 25-27, learned how the Provincial Government manages to push for the
establishment of the Happy Home which helps former rebels transition to civilian life. A brainchild of the Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, the Happy Home was inaugurated in April 2013 when the Philippine Army officiallydeclared Davao Oriental as developmentready. The facility was established as part of the Provincial Government’s thrust to firmly install the pillars of shared peace and prosperity in the province. The facility’s major goal is to provide a transition home that offers enabling services for total healing, rehabilitation and preparation of former rebels for complete integration into mainstream society and to motivate them to become See rebel, page A11
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BCWD GM says TASC’s P565M PPP water project completed next year By PAT SAMONTE, Caraga Regional Editor
BUTUAN City--“At the rate the work on the Treated Bulk Water Project at the Taguibo River is proceeding, I am confident the whole undertaking will be completed by the end of June and fully operational in July, 2016.” Butu an C it y Wate r District (BCWD) General Manager Anselmo Sang Tian made the statement in an exclusive interview yesterday in his office in the presence of Assistant General Manager George Guduyo and Senior Public Relations Officer Ramil Barquin. According to Sang Tian, his assessment was based on tests in several inspection trips with BCWD board members and his technical staff to the project site in Sitio Iyao, Barangay Anticala here. “So far, we are experiencing abundant water except in some areas where leaking water pipes are being repaired or replaced. We are
on the process of preparing for the completion and full operation of the treated bulk water project aimed at providing consumers the quality service they deserve.” Undertaken by the Taguibo Aquatech Solutions Corporation (TASC), the P565-million project is the result of a Joint Venture Agreement between BCWD and TwinPeak Resources Corporation in consortium with Equi-Parco Construction Company. The Joint Venture Agreement was signed on April 23, 2013 with the following provisions: -BCWD shall not incur any cash or monetary investment in the project
BUTUAN WATER DISTRICT’S GM ON THE GO. BCWD General Manager Anselmo Sang Tian (left, left photo) instructs a worker as Asst. GM George Guduyo watches. Right photo shows BCWD board members during an inspection trip to the Public-Private Partnership Treated Bulk Water project site in Sitio Iyao, Barangay Anticiala, Butuan City. In photo are GM Sang Tian, AGM Guduyo, Board Members Atty. Roldan Torralba, Crispin Young, Dr. Estacio Claudio, and Dr. Juanito Lao. Photos by Pat Samonte and SPRO Ramil Barquin
and all financial obligations for the development, construction, operation, and maintenance of the project shall be for the account of TASC; -There shall be no in-
The Importance of Alumni Homecoming By Remedios S. Galacio Benoni Elementary School
School is the venue where a person learn important theories and discipline that he need to succeed in his future life. It is also in school that he celebrate his small and big victories, commit mistakes that turned out as lessons and dream the wildest. It is the school that make him as a person and prepared him to enter the
real arena and experience the battle inside. Further, going back to the place that witness how a person grow and contributed so much in his character is a good thing. Schools call it Alumni Homecoming. Aside from being a venue of graduates to have few laughs over circumstances that happened years back, A lu m n i Ho m e c om i n g fosters great and positive
impact to the school. It awakens the awareness of its alumni about the school development, achievements and needs. It creates an opportunity to plan better ways for improvement in providing what is best for the school. For a fact, it is not only in the Philippines that Alumni Homecoming happens, but also in other parts of the
crease in water rates for the first three years of the agreement; -TASC shall provide a program and budget for rehabilitation of the Taguibo Watershed.
BCWD spokesperson days but the low volume Ramil Barquin said the of water during drought water treatment and bulk as well. water supply project will NOTICE ultimately solve not only the recurrence of water supply NOTICE is hereby given that the of TEOFILO M. SANTOS, JR., interruption during rainy estate who died intestate on June 27, 1988 in
world like America and London. A former soccer player and a 2008 graduate, Daniel Jones said: “Homecoming is a great day of events for alumni to come back to their alma mater and see how things have changed since we graduated.” The statement reveals that each alumnus has the eagerness to know whatever development the school has undertaken. They must see and observe how things have changed since
they graduated. Alumni can help in many ways about the school’s needs and difficulties. Alumni Homecoming brings great advantage to schools. Further, it will encourage current pupils or students to remain involve and active even after graduation.
Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Misamis Oriental MUNICIPALITY OF CLAVERIA NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that NORA QUIRINO CASIÑO - ARANAS has filed with this Office a Petition for Change of First Name from “ALFREDO” to “ANTONIO” in the Certificate of Live Birth of ALFREDO QUIRINO CASIÑO who was born on APRIL 29, 1957 at CLAVERIA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL and whose parents are SIXTO ELEAVIRA CASIÑO and ILUMINADA LABUANAN CASIÑO. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than SEPTEMBER 19, 2015. (SGD.) ANNA VICTORIA A. EVANGELISTA Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Sept 10 & 17, 2015
R.A. 9048 Form No.10.1 (LCR O) Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province; Lanao del Norte City/Municipality: Iligan City NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 7 R.A.10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that MONALIE CHERRY T. RAMAS has filed with this Office a petition for Correction of Clerical Error particularly sex from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of MONALIE CHERRY TACANG RAMAS who was born on 14 October 1989 at Iligan City, Lanao del Norte and whose parents are Marina B. Tacang and LLowillie P. Ramas. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than September 2015. (Sgd.) MARIA PURA C. MASCARIÑAS City Civil Registrar MDN: Sept 10 & 17, 2015
Notice is hereby given that a PARCEL OF LAND identified as LOT NO.5684 under the TAX DECLARATION NO.04001319854 with an area of 5,788 square meters in the name of late PASTOR BABIA (who died without will and testament) located at TAGDO MAMBAJAO CAMIGUIN is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH ABSOLUTE SALE sold in favor of RICHELLE A. TONKS, executed by LORNA B. GULTIANO (heir/vendor) under the NOTARIAL REGISTRY OF ATTY. VITO M. CARILLO per DOC. No. 201; PAGE NO.42; BOOK NO.86; SERIES OF 2015.
Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, consisting of: 1) A parcel of land (Lot 3 of the consolidated-subdivision plan (LRC) Pcs-d 16210, being a portion of the consolidation of Lots 456-D-1 (LRC) Psd-58061 & 461-F-2-A-2 (LRC) Psd-107419, LRC Cad. Record No. 321), situated in the Poblacion, City of Butuan, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. RT-8255 issued by the Registry of Deeds for the City of Butuan, containing an area of 1,390 square meters, more or less; and 2) His one-half undivided share in the conjugal house and lot located at #16 Apollo III, Moonwalk Village, Las Pinas City, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-19890, registered in the name of spouses Teofilo M. Santos, Jr. and Milagros P. Santos, containing an area of more or less 180 square meters, is the subject of an EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE made and entered into by deceased Teofilo M. Santos’ sole surviving heirs, namely, Grace P. Santos, Adonis P. Santos, Joyce S. Alba, Mark P. Santos, and Iris S. Aman, all of whom are the same heirs of Milagros P. Santos, per Doc. No. 249; Page No. 51; Book No. XVI; Series of 2015 of the Notarial Registry of Maria Rowena F. Mojica-Rodriguez, Notary Public for Muntinlupa City (until 12/31/2015), PTR No.1727952/05 Jan 2015/Muntinlupa City.
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Republic of the Philippines 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: JOINT PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES ISABELO BEN YOUSEF A. ENRIQUEZ AND FRANCIS MARIANNE T. CALINGASAN
CIVIL CASE NO. 2015-058
ISABELO BEN YOUSEF A. ENRIQUEZ AND FRANCIS MARIANNE T.CALINGASAN X----------------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this court verified join petition for the approval and registration of the divorce filed by the petitioners through counsel and all edging among others. That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under civil rites on April 18, 2009 at Cagayan de Oro City, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were duly registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at Balagtasa, Maigo, Lanao del Norte and #22 Jamil St. San Miguel, Iligan City respectively. That said marriage did not last long due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for Two (2) years already, they decided to separate live physically in bed and board, thereby, executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation. Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other affair’s; Petitioner’s seek judicial decree of divorce, thereby, severing their marriage bond on April 18, 2009, so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burdens. Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on September 25, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place. Any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDER Iligan City, Philippines, this 24th day of August 2015. (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Aug 27, Sept 3 & 10, 2015
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BUTUAN City--Residents of a farming village here turned over a juvenile Crested Serpent Eagle to the Department of Environment Natural Resources (DENR) after it survived an attack by a group of crows Friday afternoon. Reslie Gallego of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) said that the eagle was turned over to their office late Friday afternoon. “We were about to leave the office when two men carrying the eagle by hand holding the wings and leg arrived at our office to turn over the bird. We immediately noticed that the bird was weak and it did not even offer any resistance as we placed it in our cage,” said Gallego. The official identified those who turned over the raptor as Rey Balaido Alipao and Jezreel Taninon, both residents of purok 17-A, barangay Mahay in Butuan City. “At around 4:00 in the afternoon, we saw the bird flying above the rice fields while it was attacked by around four crows. It suddenly landed near where we were standing. Jezreel went closer to the bird and saw that it did not even bother to move, so he touched the bird and captured it as it looked very weak,” said Alipao. He said they brought
to the bird to the PENRO since they were afraid the bird might die in their hans. “We know it was an eagle and several of our neighbors started talking about what happened recently to another eagle who was shot and killed and that we might be held as criminals if it will die with us,” he said. “We have such high regard and respect for the bird that we hurried towards the DENR office and turned it over,” said Alipao while showing where they caught the bird at an open area in barangay Mahay. The PENRO officer initially said the bird was a Philippine Serpent Eagle but a specialist from the DENR regional office who came to check on the bird confirmed that it was a Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela). Florente Demata, ecosystem management specialist of the DENR said the report of the specialist concluded that the bird was healthy based on the inspection on Monday morning. “The report we had stated that the bird is juvenile, has a wingspan of 41 inches and a total weight of 3/4 kilo with yellow eyes and brown bill. We will then observe the bird and then release it to the wild,” said Demata. R e pu b l i c Ac t 9 1 4 7 prohibits the collecting, hunting or possessing of wildlife, their by-products and derivatives, he added. Anna Mae Sumaya, curator at the Philippine Eagle
Magnitude 4.1 quake jolts Surigao del Norte A MAGNITUDE 4.1 earthquake struck the province of Surigao del Norte on Monday evening, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).In its bulletin, the agency said the tremor occurred at 8:22 p.m. with the epicenter traced 27 kilometers northeast of Burgos in Surigao del Norte. Phivolcs said the quake was felt at Intensity 4 in the towns of Burgos and Gen. Luna. In Surigao del Norte, while Intensity 3 felt in Surigao City; Loreto, Dinagat Islands; Socorro, Surigao del Norte, and Intensity 2 in Mainit, Surigao del Norte The agency noted that the temblor, which was tectonic in origin, had a depth of 19 kilometers. It added that there was no casualty or damage reported from the quake. (PNA)
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Foundation said the serpent eagle hunts for snakes, lizards and smaller birds. “The eagle might have been attacked by another group of predatory birds like the Large Billed Crows that attack as a group. As a medium-sized bird of prey, the crows would have seen the Serpent eagle as a threat as it got close to its territory,” said Sumaya. (Erwin Mascarinas/MindaNews)
PH EAGLE. The Crested Serpent Eagle inside the cage at the PENRO in Butuan City before it was turned over to the DENR regional team. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas
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CARD Bank in its 18th year of uplifting Filipinos CARD Bank, a member institution of CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI), celebrated its 18th founding anniversary with the theme “18 years of fulfilling a bright and stable future for every family” held in SM City San Pablo Atrium on September 1, 2015. The 55 CARD Bank pioneering members, executive committee members and staff of CARD MRI graced the said event. CARD Bank’s President and CEO Dolores M. Torres recognized all people behind the success of the institution especially its members. “This celebration is for every members of CARD Bank who trusted the institution in improving their life conditions,” said Torres. Simultaneously, CARD Bank is also celebrating its savings month this September. Chuchi Fonacier, the Managing Director for
Supervision and Examination Sub-Sector III from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), encouraged the audience to develop savings habit. In her speech, Fonacier opened the mind of the audience on the opportunities of saving in a financial institution. Entrep Champion Paulo Tibig awakened the entrepreneurial spirit of CARD Bank members for them to understand the most possible outcome of being a successful entrepreneur –an improve quality of life. A negosyo forum from some of the successful microentrepreneur (ME) members of CARD MRI was also done to serve as an inspiration. Afterwards, product demos from these MEs were presented and they gave free samples of their products to the audience. Jim Paredes, a well-respected Filipino singer and
song writer, also attended the event to facilitate an interview with the leaders of CARD Bank–Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip, Dolores M. Torres, and Lorenza DT. Bañez, the Chairman, President, and Executive Vice President of CARD Bank respectively–to better understand CARD Bank’s role in poverty eradication. “Our desire is to see our members and their families continually growing and improving their quality of life,” shared Bañez. While Alip dreams of establishing a museum showing poverty as just part of the history in the country and CARD MRI’s role in it. Paredes commended the institution for its mission of helping the poor communities in the country. It was also timely that a book entitled 89K (Kababaihan or women) was launched to honor the first
Eighteen Years of Empowering Women. Ms. Chuchi Fonacier (2nd from right), Managing Director for Supervision and Examination Sub-Sector III of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), graced the 18th year anniversary and savings month celebration of CARD Bank, Inc. on September 1, 2015 at SM City San Pablo. Ms. Fonacier discussed the opportunities of saving in a financial institution to hundreds of individuals jam-packed in the venue. BSP also lauds CARD Bank for its significant contribution towards achieving inclusive financial system in the country. CARD Bank is a microfinance-oriented rural bank and a member institution of CARD MRI, a social development organization that aims for poverty eradication in the country. In the picture are (L-R) Ms. Lorenza Bañez, CARD Bank’s Executive Vice President, Ms. Dolores M. Torres, CARD Bank’s President and CEO, Ms. Josephine Abdulrahman, BSP’s Manager, Managing Director Fonacier, and Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip, CARD MRI’s Founder and Managing Director. (CARD MRI Photo)
BSP lauds CARD Bank for pushing country’s financial-inclusive system During the celebration of CARD Bank’s 18th anniversary and Savings Month celebration, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) expressed appreciation working with CARD Bank in crafting relevant and responsive policies, which are supportive to financial inclusion. Ms. Chuchi Fonacier, the Managing Director for Supervision and Examination Sub-Sector III who represented BSP in the event, delivered the message. “Fulfilling a bright and stable future for every family: Making financial inclusion a reality” was the theme of the anniversary as it aims to strengthen its advocacy in savings consciousness. “CARD Bank is an industry leader and therefore plays a significant role in building an inclusive financial system in the country,” said Ms. Fonacier adding
that the 18th celebration of CARD Bank is a significant milestone especially for women members as it is likened to the traditional Filipino coming-of-age celebration. Ms. Fonacier also talked to hundreds of individuals jam-packed in the venue about the opportunities of saving in a financial institution. “Saving money in banks is way more advantageous than keeping it at home,” she said adding that banks protect our money from theft and safeguard it from disasters and from pests or insects. She also said that banks have ATMs so we can have easy access to our money anytime. “Saving in a bank is the first step to avail other financial products such as credit and insurance,” she added while stressing that our money in banks is insured by Philippine
Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC). Ms. Fonacier also cited the key accomplishments of CARD Bank in terms of outreach and financial assistance. To date, CARD Bank has a total of 1.5 million clients served with total loans outstanding of P4.6 billion and total savings of P4.4 billion. Based from the BSP’s National Baseline Survey on Financial Inclusion, only four out of ten Filipino adults currently have savings. Of such, 68% keep their savings at home and the rest in banks. Sixty-five percent of those who do not save in banks cited lack of enough money as the main reason for not having a bank account. According to Ms. Fonacier, with the help of microfinance institutions, they are seeing positive results See card, page A10
In the photo are: (L-R) Mr. Jim Paredes, Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip, Founder and Managing Director of CARD MRI, Ms. Dolores M. Torres President and CEO of CARD Bank, and Ms. Lorenza Bañez, Executive Vice President of CARD Bank.
89 members who trusted the institution for decades while CARD Bank was still an NGO. It contains the life stories of the members and how CARD helped them in their personal and financial growth. R af f le draws where CARD Bank gave away umbrellas, t-shirts, printers, LED televisions and cash prizes to the pioneering members added excitement to the event. CARD Bank has also partnered with the SM Department Store for the CARD Bank members and
savers to enjoy discounted shopping at SM San Pablo from September 4-10, 2015. While for the whole month of September, they can also avail discounts at Red Ribbon–SM City San Pablo branch. CARD Bank is a member of CARD MRI that aims to provide the poor with various financial and nonfinancial services. To date, CARD Bank has already 61 branches serving more than 1.5 million clients all over the country. The CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions like
CARD SME Bank, CARD Leasing and Finance Corporation, Mga Likha ni Inay, CARD MRI Information Technology, CARD MRI Insurance Agency, BotiCARD, Rizal Bank, CARD Pioneer Microinsurance Inc. and other private institutions like CaféLandia, CNM Advertising Services, Expedite Solutions, Transfast–Worldwide Money Transfer, SM Store San Pablo, Red Ribbon-SM San Pablo Branch, and Open Space Technology sponsored the event to make the celebration for CARD Bank members possible.
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Continue doing the right thing Special Gospel of the day (September10, 2015-Thursday) Matthew 1:16”Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, by whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been
betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your
wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife: The origin of Jesus was not perfect because his some ancestors were also sinners. This reminds us
Saud Arabia Envoy to the Philippines visits Lanao Sur His Excellency Abdullah Bin Nasser Al Bussairy, the Saudi Arabia Ambassador to the Philippines, visited the Provincial Capitol of Lanao del Sur in Marawi City on September 8, 2015 to extend his friendship to the people of the province. Receiving him on behalf of Governor Mamintal “Bombit” A. Adiong, Jr. were Provincial Administrator Mocamad Rakiin, Sr., Provincial Cooperative Officer Musa Diamla, Provincial Engineer Sirad Laut, and former Philippine Statistics Authority-ARMM Regional Director Commando Pilimpinas. Bussairy said he was appointed to his post on March 2015 and one of his goals is to visit all the Muslim areas in the country. Lanao del Sur was the first Muslim-dominated province he went to.
“I am so happy to see the place now as I have only heard of it,” he said. Raki-in, who was formerly an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Public Works and Highways, was excited to note that Bussairy promised to fully assist in the electricity problems of the province where power interruptions happen almost every day. He then presented the KSA envoy with tokens given by Gov. Adiong. The ambassador then
toured the Capitol Grounds and inspected the Provincial Mosque just before he proceeded to the city hall of Marawi. His itinerary for the day included meeting ministry missionaries and visiting educational institutions. He shall visit Cotabato City the following day. Governor Adiong, who was on official travel to Davao City during the visit, met the Ambassador on September 7 in Iligan City.
that despite of the stains of Jesus hereditary, he was not contaminated actually. This is my reminder that even we are living in a bad family, society, system of our government and failures of our church servants; we could live without stains inherited from them. Just shield yourself with the grace and love of God and in that way, you are curse free. Continue doing the right thing de-
Biblical reflection spite of the imperfections of your bloodlines and the clan that you belong because it could not stop your divine destiny on this earth. If you will not do the right thing because you are ashamed to do it because of your family background; you are the looser: Printing paid by: Neneth Ranoa - Bobong BalinoEdith Ranoa, PhD- Tony Jordan – Cagayan De Oro: My new number:
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DepEd Presents Snow White By JHORLANI D. APAL – Teacher III Mambajao Central School Mambajao, Camiguin
A thing in beauty and the beast is a joy forever. DepEd Mambajao - Teachers and employees in the Division Office including Mambajao School heads and selected teachers presented the night presentation on September 04, 2015 at Mambajao Municipal Hall Ground. The show was in relation to the celebration of the 160th Mambajao Devotional Fiesta Celebration were various activities is conducted and
one of these activity is the night presentation of different schools and agencies within the municipality featuring the Disney Fairy Tales. DepEd showcased the life of Snow White in fairy tale but depicted much of the real life- situation of the present Mambajaonons especially the municipal leaders of today headed by Hon. Mayor Ma. Luisa D. Romualdo. People were indeed amazed and entertained of the said
performance especially that the story was really touching for it signifies love, sacrifice and commitment in all walks in life. It was translated into Visayan version that tickles the viewers. We are also entertained by songs and dances from the DepEd Family. Educators showcases their multifaceted talents. They are not only good in the field of education-teaching and molding the young minds of the children but also in the field of entertainment in the minds of the once young.
Group of Teachers Celebrate National Teachers Month through an Outreach By Roxanne H. Fuentes Contributor
This month, we celebrate the National Teachers Month. As part of the celebration, Teachers’ Initiatives, Inc. is currently conducting a School Supplies drive for underprivileged students in a far-flung area in the city. Teachers’ Initiatives Inc. is a group of dynamic, passionate and dedicated teachers founded by Roxanne H. Fuentes with the aim to provide teachers the opportunities to participate and conduct trainings, do outreach and be involved in the community. The group is also the same team behind the Google Educators Group of Cagayan de Oro and the TEDxPlazaDivisioriaEd which happened earlier
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in terms of micro-deposit accounts. An increase of 80% or two million accounts were recorded in 2014 from 1.1 million in 2012. In terms of value, the total amount of micro-deposits grew by 70% to P4 billion in 2014 from P2.3 billion in 2012. Ms. Fonacier further shared that aside from ensuring the availability of appropriate, affordable and accessible financial services is to promote greater awareness through financial
this year. The School Supplies Drive of the said group will also be its formal launching activity and its beneficiary is the Taglimao Elementary School. Taglimao Elementary School is one of the far-flung elementary schools located in the Southwest district of Cagayan de Oro City. For this school year, there are 291 students enrolled from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Being considered as one of the hinterland schools in the city, resources and materials for learning are scarce. One of the teachers teaching in the said school declared that most of the students don’t have the necessary school supplies needed in class. Therefore, teachers find ways to provide for the learning materials even
to the point of getting the much needed resource from their own pockets. With this, the group is asking for people to join them in this cause by donating the following supplies: papers, notebooks, ballpens, pencils, crayons and other learning materials. Story books and other reading materials will also be accepted. The activity is initially set on September 19, 2015. It is going to be a meaningful celebration for the teachers if we are able to help them provide learning materials for the students. For more details of this project, contact Roxanne H. Fuentes at rghambre@gmail. com or text 09985609287. Again, Happy National Teachers Month!
education, capacity building and personal finance management. “No matter how small or big our income is, if there is no discipline in saving, then we will really find it hard to put aside some money to save,” she added encouraging everyone to put savings in banks or other formal financial institutions. “On our end, we will remain committed in promoting financial inclusion and implementing the tactical plans in the National Strategy for Financial Inclusion (NSFI), which was launched on July 1, 2015,” Ms. Fona-
cier emphasized highlighting CARD as a trusted partner in championing financial inclusion. Established in 1997, CARD Bank is a microfinance-oriented rural bank and a member institution of CARD MRI, a social development organization that aims for poverty eradication in the country. “Let us keep the communication line open so we can collectively move the banking sector forward and make financial inclusion a reality,” Ms. Fonacier concluded.
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Maestrado, Jr. 46, an anchor of DXOC and a reporter of a local cable television in Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental. Balmaceda, however, said that the regional police command could not release the names of the suspects pending the filing of charges against them. “The police investigators are still collating evidences and are taking affidavits of possible witnesses,” Balmaceda said. He said that the provincial police command in Misamis Occidental has turned over the investigation report about the killing of Maestrado to the police regional command last week. An initial police investigation disclosed that Maestrado was shot at close range while talking to the owner of a shopping mall in Ozamis City Thursday morning last week. The suspects also disarmed the police who was acting as Maestrado’s security at the time of the shooting incident, the police said. Maestrado died of two gunshot on the head and the body while undergoing treatment at the Medina Hospital in Ozamis City. The Committee to Protect Journalists’ Impunity Index (CJFE), Maestrado was the third and the latest media man to have been killed in a matter of weeks in the month of Aug. 2015. Gregorio Ybanez, newspaper publisher and president of the Davao Del Norte Press and Radio-TV Club was shot in front of his house in Tagum City on August 18 while Teodoro Escamilla, a radio anchor for DZMS, was shot in his residential compound in Tadon Village in Sorsogon, in Southern Luzon.
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the paramilitary killings, had pushed them to leave their home in Magkahunao, Buhisan village in San Agustin. Magkahunao is one of the 19 Lumad communities in four municipalities that evacuated after the killing of two Lumad leaders Dionel Campos and Datu Juvello Sinzo, and Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (Alcadev) executive director Emerito Samarca last Sept. 1. They have been staying at the sports center, sleeping on the grandstand, for a week now. (http://bulatlat. com)
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Commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade, said: “We are very happy that we already identified and filed cases against the perpetrators. We will fully support the PNP in their conduct of Law Enforcement Operation in the area.”
Based on 4th Infantry Division’s record, the abovementioned personalities were not included in the roster of its CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) personnel. Purisima said: “The AFP adheres to the Law of the land. As provided for in the Constitution to wit: Providing for the Citizen Armed Force whose main function is to protect their communities against any threat group that are disturbing the socio-economic activities and the peaceful-living of our people. The CAA is the only legitimate force being supervised by the AFP. Other armed groups shall be the subject of Law Enforcement Operations conducted by the PNP.” “Your Army will continue its constitutional mandate of protecting the people and securing the community and will never stop in our efforts in bringing peace in these areas. We are calling everyone to stop violence and give Peace a chance,” Purisima added.
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“The ball is now in (government’s) hands. We urge law enforcement authorities to do their part so that the killing rampage of these armed paramilitary groups can be immediately stopped,” said Karapatan Caraga Secretary General Eliza Pangilinan. “The communities, human rights organizations and advocates are doing our part so that the criminals can be arrested immediately and the evacuees can return safely to their communities,” she said. Meanwhile, on Sept. 7, at the House of Representatives, the six Makabayan bloc lawmakers filed House Resolution 2358 calling on the committee on human rights to look into the Lianga killings. “ The families and friends of the victims, as well as their colleagues at the Alcadev, Mapasu and other people’s organization and non-government organizations in Mindanao and in Metro Manila are demanding justice for the victims and are calling for the immediate stop to the escalating killings and the massive militarization in the entire island of Mindanao,” said the resolution. The res olution was signed by Bayan Muna partylist Reps. Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate, Gabriela Women’s Partylist Reps. Emmi de Jesus and Luzviminda Ilagan, Anakpawis partylist Rep. Fernando Hicap and Kabataan partylist Rep. Terry Ridon. (http:// bulatlat.com)
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Paje and Climate Change Commissioner Mary Anne Lucille Sering. The visit is the President’s response to the invitation of Jurijunn Juri M. Lopoz, president of the Supreme Pupil Government of T. Pal-
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ma Gil Elementary School who personally handed a letter to President Aquino in Malacanang inviting him to the activity of which the President expressed interest in attending. The visit will culminate with President Aquino’s attendance to a gathering of friends and supporters late in the afternoon at SMX Lanang. (JMDA/RG AlamaPIA XI DavComval)
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productive and law abiding citizens. To ensure effectiveness of the facility, the strategy basically involves the implementation of various initiatives and activities that covers the areas of values formation, community integration, capacity building, skills development, and empowerment through education, among many others. These goals and strategies are being met through the provision of various services such as counseling; psychological and psychiatric services; spiritual enrichment services; educational, health and employment services. Aside from that, livelihood assistance and conduct of sports development and therapy sessions and workshops to the residents are also provided. In addition, the facility also offers a site intended for the development of livelihood projects and related skills. Happy Home Manager Evelyn Vallar said that in order to accomplish such holistic rehabilitation aimed for their clients, a convergence and collaboration of agency programs and services were pooled together. For instance, crop production, livestock raising, fish culture was facilitated by the Provincial Agriculture Office and the Department of Agriculture, skills development of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA);techno-transfer and value adding of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), entrepreneurship of the Department of Trade and Industry; Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education, and other related services of the Department of Agrarian Reform, and theDepartment of Labor and Employment, among other agencies of the government. On top of these trainings that would prepare them in their subsequent integration to the mainstream society, other benefits are also given, particularly cash assistance under the CLIP of the DILG. This financial assistance intends to help them start anew and mainstream in the community. The Happy Home, being the first and only of its kind in the whole country, was conceptualized by the governor. It was funded by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process through the DILG –Payapa at MasaganangPamayanan
Mindanao gets most project approval in PRDP By Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat
CAGAYAN de Oro City-Mindanao is getting the bigger chunk in terms of approval of projects in the Department of Agriculture (DA) Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) through funding from the World Bank, the Philippine Government and Local Government Units (LGUs). In a press conference hosted by DA in Cagayan de Oro on 8 September 2015, the department reiterated that in fact more than 50% of the approved project for infrastructure is from Mindanao. DA Undersecretary Emerson Palad said that the ultimate goal of PRDP is to increase income of farmers by 30% at the end of the project. PRDP is a six year national government platform for an inclusive, value chainoriented and climate resilient agriculture and fisheries sector. It is the upscale version of the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) where innovations are introduced to address current and emerging challenges like climate change and make rural development more effective. Arnel De Mesa, Deputy Program (DILG-PAMANA) and is now being managed by the Provincial Government. As Davao Oriental now basks on its relative peace, Gov. Malanyaon attributes this achievementto the strong partnership between the Provincial Government and all stakeholders involved in peace and development. She highlighted the role of the Philippine Army’s Peace and Development Outreach Program in winning the hearts and minds of the people by helping provide basic services to thecommunities. 701st Brigade Commander Col. BienvenidoDatuin, Jr., said the military here is ‘indeed fortunate for being
Project Director of PRDP said that there is no specific budget allocation per island for this project. With a total of P27.5B fund resources to spend for six years, 67% or P18.5B goes to infrastructure support, 22% or P7B goes to investments in enterprise, 8% goes to planning and 2% goes to project management. The projects that will be approved come from the proposals of each LGU. However, prior to the approval, proposals must go through processes. First, proposal must be demand driven and must be the need of the community. Second, it must be commodity and market driven wherein there is an assurance of income due to its demand in the market, thus will increase income and generate employment. Third, an LGU must have a Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP) where various stakeholders have been consulted. According to DA regional director Lealyn Ramos, the LGUs of Mindanao have been receptive about the program. This is because they will only spend 10% of the total budget for a project approved; 80% would come from the World Bank and the other 10% from the national government.
Ramos said that there is no limit to the project an LGU wants to propose provided that they can produce their 10% share and they can provide documents. In Mindanao, she said that there are already 75 provincial LGUs out of 81 who are engaged in PRDP. Total of 23 farm-to-market road (FMR) projects or P930M budget have already been approved for Northern Mindanao. Meanwhile, P4.9B worth of various projects have already been approved for Mindanao island and another P4.9B is waitlisted for review. Ramos said that we are now into up scaling of products. If a farmer is into cacao, then products would include chocolates; there will be factory and packaging will be improved. The Department reiterates that they are very strict in terms of the implementation of this project. They have now what you call online tracking tool, geotag, wherein photos of the before, during and after of the project will be put online by contractors. Through geotagging, they will know if a project is already done in the area. The department assures that there is no duplication of project in the same area. (JMOR/PIA10)
under a leadership that is very supportive and with a vision’. He further vowed for the continued military efforts to sustain the gains so far achieved in terms of peace and development. (PIO DavOr)
large-scale future declines in forest health unless current behaviours change, and research in Nature6 has shown that humans have almost halved the world’s number of trees from six trillion to 3.04 trillion since the dawn of civilisation. We are currently losing trees at a rate of 10 billion per year. The researchers believe that unless locally controlled democratic business models become the new norm, the future of forests remain in jeopardy. Supply chains and infrastructure required by multinationals will be compromised as competition for resources grow, as will our collective survival.
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locally controlled businesses. In the last few weeks alone, there have been reports that humanity used up its 2015 ‘budget’ of natural resources in eight months, 4 a set of papers in Science5 documented a depressing picture of how we have fundamentally altered the world’s forests – warning of potential
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