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Briefly Normin’s devt plan THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) presented the updates on the Regional Development Plan (RDP) 2011-2016 of northern Mindanao to the MultiStakeholder Advisory Committee (MSAC) through a quarter meeting on April 15. “The focus of this Regional Development Plan is in ensuring the attainment of inclusive growth,” said NEDA Senior Economic Development Specialist Peleta B. Abejo. According to the report, Region 10 remains as the economic leader in Mindanao with the fastest average growth in Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) at 5.8 percent for 10 years. In the 4.6% decrease in unemployment rate in 2012, NEDA estimates 48,000 new jobs, but emphasizing that the underemployment rate is still big.

Foreign companies MORE foreign manufacturing companies operating in China and other ASEAN countries are seriously considering moving to Philippines due to its high-quality labor, the Foreign Buyers Association of the Philippines (Fobap) said. Fobap president Robert Young said two French investors are coming to Manila end of the month, while a number of Canadian, Chinese and American companies will also be here mid-May to scout for investment opportunities. Young said these are mid-sized manufacturers of garments, apparel, shoes, toys and housewares looking to invest around $500 million and employ 1,000 to 3,000 workers.

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Requirements cut for M’danao power plants By MYRNA VELASCO, Contributor


ITH Mindanao grid excruciatingly distressed again with summer blackouts, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has temporarily waived requirements on certificate of compliance (COCs) for p o w e r g e n e r at i o n f i r m s , including embedded and selfgeneration facilities (SGF), as the government pleaded to them to offer their capacities for the grid’s use.

CRUCIFIXION OF CHRIST. A reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during the Hinuklog Lenten street play in Medina town, Misamis Oriental on Good Friday last week. mindanews photo by froilan gallardo

Aboitiz Power sets geothermal exploration By MYRNA VELASCO, Contributor ABOITIZ Power is expanding its geothermal exploration and development niche in Mindanao via the new Geothermal and Renewable Energy Service Contracts (GRESC) awarded to it by the Department of Energy. The company, in a press statement, has emphasized that its two new exploration blocks straddle Mt. Apo traversing North Cotabato, Davao del Sur and Davao City.

C onsistent wit h t he work program submitted to the DOE, Aboitiz Power vice president for business development Artemio Magnayon noted that their kick-off point will delve with “project introduction to relevant government units and stakeholders.” He further said “we will just conduct surface exploration and there will be no construction of any kind that will commence.”

Geothermal power developments would typically start with exploration and reconnaissance, prior to conduct of pre-feasibility and feasibility studies. If steam production will eventually merit commercial development of a power facility, that is the only time that the project company would have to come up with its project design and related implementation works, such as award of turnkey and other contracts as well as operation aboitiz/PAGE 7

Foreign manufacturers keen on moving to PHL MORE foreign manufacturing companies operating in China and other ASEAN countries are seriously considering moving to Philippines due to its high-quality labor, the Foreign Buyers Association of the Philippines (Fobap) said. Fobap president Robert Young said two French

investors are coming to Manila end of the month, while a number of Canadian, Chines e and American companies will also be here mid-May to scout for investment opportunities. Young said these are mid-sized manufacturers of garments, apparel, shoes,

In a resolution, the ERC emphasized that the waived COCs will be for a period of 60 days, the anticipated timeframe when these power plants can already secure their respective ‘compliance license’ to operate their assets. The regulatory body noted that it “allowed operation of said facilities without the plants/PAGE 7

RELIGIOUS RELICS. Religious items and amulets ranging from 35 to 100 pesos are making a good sale along Shrine Hills road in Davao City on Good Friday as devotees flock to the Shrine of Infant Jesus of Prague for their annual pilgrimage. mindanews photo by toto lozano

toys and housewares looking to invest around $500 million and employ 1,000 to 3,000 workers. “ These people are financially capable, they are ready, they mean business, they are serious...We are lucky if we get at least 10 initially Foreign/PAGE 7

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DTI-MisOr launches four shared service facility projects FOUR Shared Service Facility (SSF) projects of the Department of Trade and Industry - Misamis Oriental (DTI-MOR) were launched recently to give Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) here and in the province access to better technology and more sophisticated equipment.

T h rou g h a s i g n i n g of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), projects were granted to Talisay Romblon Products Producers Association on Te c h n o l o g y Up g r a d i n g f o r Misamis Oriental Banig Weavers; Sannicolandia Weavers Association on Acquisition of Equipment for

Bayong and Banig Production; Kimaya People’s Multi Purpose Cooperative (KIPEMCO) on SSF on Bottled Spanish Sardines, Differently-abled Women Network (DAWN) with Tailoring Livelihood Project for Women with Disabilities. SSF is a livelihood assistance program that intends to give Micro

Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) access to better technology and more sophisticated equipment for marketable production and competitiveness acceleration. “The SSF project is envisioned to assist most of the 81, 221 SMEs with high potential to expand and it will generate an additional

200,000 jobs in various locations of the country,” said Ma. Eliza A. Pabillore, Provincial Director of DTI-MOR. The project was implemented with the cooperation of government line agencies, the academe, the local government units and private organizations.

LIFELONG LEARNING AS AN EDUCATIONAL STRATEGY Deborah Borromeo-Flora, HT – I Magayad Elementary School Southwest II District Division of Cagayan de Oro City

The strategy of lifelong learning may serve as the bridge that connects the formal and nonformal education and training. It is necessary to learn throughout one’s life but education in adulthood is not carried out at school but in out of school organizations. It is impossible to attend school throughout life. In our country the Philippines, although we belong to the developing country but we are trying our best to cope with this strategy lifelong learning. We had our Education for All,

Formal Education using the new curriculum K to 12 Basic Education, Alternative Learning System, Home Study and many more just to cater our learning society. The survey published by Eurydice in March 2000 on the contribution of education systems to lifelong learning, included the following passage in its conclusions, “Both a rhetorical platform with a message to get across, and a way of guiding systems to adapt to the new demands of society,

the goal of lifelong learning has been the focus of different patterns of implementation”. The way in which Member States have taken over the concept depends on the specific nature of their systems. However, all use it to impart the necessary momentum to – and provide the ultimate justification for – reforms they might possibly introduce anyway. It is therefore a unifying force at European level, which is reached via different pathways, with the difficulty that implies in defining it. It is also a concept designed to satisfy what society demands, with little room for half measures. If the possession of basic skills represents the beginning of what should be a continuous process, those who have been unable to acquire them at the outset, should be given a second chance to do so. If insufficient or inappropriate knowledge is no longer to lead to high levels of unemployment, ever-changing labor markets presuppose that every individual should easily be able to acquire

fresh knowledge and update what has already been learnt at any stage in life. For an educator and school administrator, lifelong learning as an educational strategy can be a big factor in our national development. Through the joint effort of many agencies like DepED, CHED, TESDA, NEDA, DOLE, and others, we will achieve our goal, education for all and to have a lifelong learning society. Once we can inculcate in the mind of the people the importance of education and how it helps for one’s progress and nation development, then it is much easy to implement all our plans for the betterment of everybody. The government really tried their best to be globalized in order to cope for the demands of the new high tech society. If we can totally adapt the lifelong learning strategy then national development will just follow. Unemployment will be answered because every individual will develop his own skills, potentials, and ability that suit with the demand.

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I.T. Docs’ Prescription for Yuppies: Acer Iconia W4 DAVAO CITY -- Working while on the go has always been about bringing smaller devices that can prov ide t he most b asic functions to help you with you r e ve r yd ay t a sk s — sending and receiving e-mails, presenting documents, taking pictures and going online for a quick res earch or update on social networks. Bringing laptop may have b e come to o bulky to carr y the whole day, w h i ch c aus e s ot he rs to b e a r s h ou l d e r or w r i s t pains. The so-called “mobile handhelds,” on the other hand, are gett ing more attention, because of their practical use, plus the fact that they are small enough to carr y around, but st i l l bi g e nou g h to v i e w f i l e s c om for t ably. The only drawback is they are still limited in terms of functionality because they cannot do much of what laptops can. Fortunately, there’s no need to wait for years to h av e a d e v i c e t h at c a n f unc t i on p er fe c t ly wel l whenever and wherever people want to. Global tech giant Acer offers a device that offers more when it comes to convenience and functionality. The Acer Iconia W4 2-in-1 netbook is compact, easy to carry, comfortable to read and browse and can work and play on the go — something students and young professionals can use for their academic and work needs. With an eight-inch wide screen, the Acer Iconia W4 is small enough to be held by one hand and still big enough for fine and comfortable viewing. It runs on Microsoft’s latest operating system, Wi nd ow s 8 . 1 , e n abl i ng t h e Ac e r Ic on i a W 4 t o perform work related tasks and provide for your entertainment needs impressively. With its Intel Bay Trail 1.33Ghz CPU an d L P DDR 3 1 0 6 7 M h z 2GB, you get cutting-edge performance while using less batter y power. With pre-installed full versions of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 edition, which includes popular Micros of t applicat ions, like Power p oint, Word, Excel and OneNote, students and professionals alike can do their tasks even while on the move. With Acer Iconia W4, people don’t even need to wor r y wit h f ile storage despite its somewhat diminutive size because it has its built-in cloud storage, the Acer SkyDrive, w h i ch f u nc t i ons as t he


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Acer IT Doctors pays courtesy visit to Davao print media—The Acer IT Doctors, a group of IT specialists formed to answer the most basic questions of Filipinos regarding IT usage, went recently to Davao City for a close interaction with the Mindanao print media and to spread awareness about its mission and its brand of customer service. During their meeting, the Acer IT Doctors also briefed members of the Mindanao print media about the latest developments regarding the global IT brand and introduced some of its latest products, including their powerful 2-in-1 netbook, the Acer Iconia W4, the Acer IT Doctors’ most recommended product for today’s modern IT enthusiasts. Shown in photo are (from left) IT Doctor Dio Vasquez; IT Doctor Jeffrey Mariano; Ms. Maya Padillo of the Mindanao Daily Mirror; Ms. Amalia Cabusao of The Mindanao Times; Ms. Ana Manansala of AMPR Publicity & Communications, Inc., the PR Agency of Acer Phils. Inc.; IT Doctor Vince Golangco; Mr. Cheng Ordonez of Mindanao Daily News; and Mr. CQ Francisco of The Mindanao Times.

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LCD module and touch panel. Its micro USB 2.0 port, meanwhile, enhances flexibility and productivity with work and its HDMI micro port enables your work, presentations and entertainment to be shared on big screens. And for a faster typing experience, the Acer Iconia W4 comes bundled with a portable f u l l - s i z e d Ac e r c r u n c h keyboard for those who may prefer looking — and t y pi ng — on an a c tu a l one. And since these are times when selfexpression is given utmost importance, the Windows 8.1 OS of the Acer Iconia W 4 a l l ow s it s u s e r s t o personalize their star tup screen with their

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CELEBRATE EARTH DAY AT SM SM Supermalls, in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Earth Day Network Philippines will be celebrating Earth Day with an Eco Fair on Tuesday, April 22 at the Atrium of SM City Cagayan de Oro from 10am to 9pm. The Eco Fair will be held simultaneously across 48 malls nationwide as SM’s continued commitment in protecting the environment. Along wit h t he E co Fair, SM Supermalls has strengthened its solid waste management segregation program in more than 15,000 tenants in 48 malls nationwide and continues to work on its resource efficiency and clean air campaigns. On April 22, let’s all unite


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Who Benefits From The Death, Resurrection Of Jesus


IFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God---children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God…” (John 1:12-13, the Holy Bible). -ooo WHO BENEFITS FROM THE DEATH & RESURRECTION OF JESUS? In waning moments of Holy Week 2014, one particular question bugged me and needed an answer: in the face of many Christian religions in the world today, how many of them would genuinely benefit from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior by being saved from the fires and worms of hell in eternal life? This is an exciting and thoroughly important question, and one that is sure to become controversial. Many of these religions will say each one of them and their members will be saved from the torment of eternal damnation, but then, the truth is that they maybe among the “arrogant and evildoers” who God said will be burned forever. Proof ? Try asking the leaders and members of these

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The Hidden Child


hink a minute…Did you know that there is a hidden child inside y ou ? A n d y ou r h i d d e n child still affects the way you feel, think, and live as an adult. A wise man said: “ The child is the father of the man.” The man is simply the boy who grew up. The important question is: Did we grow up? Or did we just grow older? Do we still have some of the same attitudes and thinking we had as children and teenagers? The hidden child inside us can continue to control us as adults. So if we don’t get over our past hur ts or childish thinking, then we can continue damaging our own life, as well as the lives of those close to us. Our hidden child can hurt our wife or husband and our own children. In marriage, it’s not just two people living together but four people: the husband and wife as adults, and the husband and wife as the children they used to be. Maybe you still have fears and very little self-confidence. You still wrongly think that you’re not smart or talented enough to succeed at anything. Maybe you still can’t get really close to people in a relationship because you’re afraid they


A Minute

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will not like and accept you just the way you are. But we do not have to live our whole lives being hu r t a n d h e l d b a c k by ou r h i d d e n chi l d’s p ast pain and fears. First, we must honestly admit that we need help and healing inside. Then, we must ask Jesus Christ to show us our hidden, hurting child inside, so we can receive His inner healing and forgive those who hurt us as children or teenagers. Finally, we must ask Jesus to take charge of our heart and help us choose to grow up by changing our immature ways of thinking and treating people. Today, Jesus will start setting you f re e f rom y ou r p a i n f u l childhood, so you can fully become the strong, mature man or woman He created you to be. Just Think a Minute…

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so-called churches just one single question and you will know they will not be taken to Paradise when the world will finally end, and judgment is meted out by Jesus, the Mighty God and Everlasting Father. The question you should ask them is, “Are you a child of God?” I am sure many will say yes, but they wouldn’t be able to prove, by the Bible, that they are really children of God. -ooo NEED TO BE “BORN OF GOD”: For the benefit of those who would like to become children of God, here is what we wrote in this column earlier: “We do not need a `rebirth’. What we, as a nation, need is to be `born of God’. Rebirth will only result in the `rebirth’ of the same corruption, graft and filth among many people. “Consequently, even if they are `born again’ a million times, it will not give rise to any change---for people will always be people, who have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and who, as God saw in Genesis 6:5-7, were basically black-hearted and evil, leading Him to regret creating them, moving Him to kill all of them with the flood during Noah’s time.

“What we need is to be `born of God’, not to be `born again’. For if we are born of God, we are born of the Spirit, we are born from above, turning us into children of God.” How is a man “born of God” and is given the right to become a “child of God”? John 1:12-13, in relation to John 1:11, 14, and Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, and Matthew 1:18-25, gives the answer: he must accept and have faith in Jesus as God and Savior. -ooo HAVE YOU BEEN “BORN OF GOD”? “Acceptance of Jesus and having faith on Him as God and Savior is not as simple as it appears, as shown by the sorry example of many in the world who call themselves Born Again Christians and yet are unable to explain why they say Jesus is God and Savior. If a Born Again Christian cannot even justify Jesus as God and Savior, he is not a real Christian, but a pseudobeliever who will still be thrown in the fires of hell. “It is only when a believer is able to justify Jesus as God and Savior that he will learn the truth that Jesus said will set everyone free. It is only then and only then that the believer is truly `born of God’, is born in, and starts

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to be guided by, the Spirit, making him one with Jesus--in body, blood and Spirit. “It is then that he unites with Jesus, and becomes a new creation where the old self has gone and the new has come, becoming a part of His body, with His blood running through his veins (making him a `blood kin’ of Jesus), and becoming a part of His Spirit, which is in each and everyone who is transformed as a `child of God’. Are you now a `child of God’? Have you been `born of God’? -ooo REACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: melaniolazomauriciojr@, batasmauricio@ and

The Monster In Us


e have to be aware that each one of us has some kind of a monster, ever ready to get hold of us and to lead us to his wild and sinful ways. We need to tame him, or better still, to convert him into some kind of a lamb. In biblical terms, this monster is referred to as the “old man” as opposed to t he “ne w man” w ho is already redeemed and renewed in Christ, or the carnal man as opposed to the spiritual man, the man led by the Spirit rather than by mere impulses of the flesh and the play of worldly forces. It is this monster that expresses what is wrong with us-our weaknesses and vulnerabilities, our at t r a c t i o n t o e v i l a n d malice, our conscupiscence and sinfulness, etc. It is what spoils our original dig nit y as p ers ons and children of God. It also is responsible for us living some kind of a double life, w hich we should also correct by trying to attain the ideal of unity of life, because while we are attracted to the good, we also get somehow attracted to evil. Rememb er St. Paul saying, “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate… For I delight in the law of

God, in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my memb ers.” (Rom 7,15ff.) Let’s never forget that with the way we are, we are ve r y mu ch c ap abl e of leading a double life, w h at w it h t h e w ay s of deception and hypocrisy very accessible and easily assumed, and with hardly anyone else noticing. Thus you can have a person who can look like a saint but is actually a demon, worse than a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Nowadays we are not anymore surprised to discover that there are false prophets and false teachers not only in civil society but also in the ecclesiastical world. Due to this, horrible scandals explode from time to time. This is the reality of our human condition here in our earthly life, which we should acknowledge w it hout goi ng t h rou g h unnecessar y drama and lament at ion and w hich we should try to correct with God’s grace and our generous efforts inspired by faith, hope and charity. Let’s remember that no matter how ugly things can become, there is always hope. Christ has conquered evil. We always have a way

to recover from our sin and its consequences. We should avoid getting depressed and feeling desperate even in our worst situations. T h i s m e an s t h at w e should always be in a state of what may be called as spiritual red alert, ever on the look-out and ready to make war against our own selves, the devil and the world, if necessar y. We need to up date our knowledge and skill in the art of spiritual warfare. We have to b e w ar y of ou r t e n d e n c y t o b e complacent, to take things for granted, and to be afraid to go against the current in a world that seems to be driving recklessly toward perdition. The world nowadays is ge tt i ng more op e n ly hostile to God’s laws and is now imposing its own, bas ed p erhaps by s ome consensus and vigorously pushed by some powerful and moneyed groups with t h e i r ow n r at i on a l i z e d ideologies. What is evil and sinful is now considered a human r ig ht, an expression of freedom, or a path to human maturity and liberation from what they consider as stupid kinds of bondage. To fight against evil as defined by God’s law is now branded as discrimination or plain injustice. These groups talk loudly




By Fr. Roy Cimagala

about losing the fear of God and the law that God has written in our hearts and has re ve a le d to us a ls o. And t he y w i l l d o everything to undermine the authority of the Church. It’s not that Church leaders are exempt from sin and mistakes, but their failings are exaggerated to take away their authority. This p osit ion of t he ideological groups goes precisely against what the Bible says about fear of the Lord as the beginning of wisdom, that is, divine wisdom and not just wisdom of the world. Thus, aside our own personal weaknesses that create and keep the monster that everyone of us has, we also have to contend with increasingly powerful worldly and demonic forces that seek to nurture our personal monster, and to snuff the life the “new man” and the “spiritual man.”

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Jollibee board clears P800M loan from BPI JOLLIBEE Foods Corp (JFC) is borrowing P800 million from Bank of the Philippine Islands. In a regulatory filing, the homegrown fastfood giant said its board of directors authorized the application for a loan or credit facilities from the Ayala-led bank. JFC did not elaborate on how it intends to use the

loan facility, but the company is embarking on a record capital spending this year as it accelerates the expansion of its store network worldwide. The Jollibee group is earmarking P6.3 billion for its 2014 capex, higher than the P4.1 billion spent in 2013, to finance investments in new stores as well as renovations jollibee/PAGE 7


An African proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The school and community must join forces in sharing information as well as responsibilities to the best interest of the children in school. The parents ser ve as the first teachers of their children - developing their values, attitudes and habits which they later bring to school as they associate with classmates and teachers. Schools are primarily responsible in ensuring that every child is well-educated by continuing to enrich the children’s experiences at home, thereby strengthening valuable personal traits and characteristics initially developed at home. School leaders know that building and sustaining good community relationships is important to the well-

being and culture of their schools. Building effective and sustainable relationships prepare the ground for effective consultation and for creating partnerships. Effective school— community partnerships are built on open dialogue and communication. School leaders regularly consult with their local community to construct and share a common vision and goals. Su c c e s s f u l s c h o o l a n d community partnerships d e l i ve r s t rong re s u lt s . Partnerships may vary by community but they share a c om mon pu r p o s e of involving all stakeholders interested in improving achievement and social outcomes for children. The better the relationship and engagement, the more positive the impact on pupils’ learning.


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Aboitiz Group breaks ground for Yolanda schools in Cebu * Combined Group rehab funds reach P387 million SAN REMIGIO, Cebu – A groundbreaking ceremony and signing of Memorandum o f A g r e e m e n t ( M OA ) Saturday, April 12 at the Argawanon Integrated School here marked the official start of repair and construction of new classrooms and buildings in schools that were heavilydamaged by super typhoon Yolanda in Northern Cebu. Aboitiz Foundation, the corporate social development arm of the Aboitiz Group, led the activity and signed MOA with the municipalities of San Remigio and Bogo, and the Department of Education (DepEd) to formalize its commitment to repair and construct 200 classrooms in these badly-hit areas. Leading the ceremony were Aboitiz Foundation Chairman Erramon Aboitiz, Aboitiz Equity Ventures Chairman Jon Ramon Aboitiz, Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Secretary Panfilo Lacson, DepEd Secretar y Armin Luistro, Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III, San Remigio Mayor Mariano Martinez, and Bogo Mayor Celestino Martinez. The Foundation, one of the first responders on the ground after Yolanda

struck, is set to repair 130 classrooms and construct 70 new ones, which will benefit some 13,000 elementary and high school students upon completion within the year. Mr. Erramon Aboitiz disclosed that funding for the Northern Cebu schools

rehab program, which is estimated at P140 million, will be sourced from the P225 million cash donations pooled from various donors through the #BangonVisayas campaign. The campaign, through intensive use of social media,

defined and unified the efforts of various groups to bring more attention to the region’s plight and call for donations to help Visayas recover from Yolanda’s blow. “Indeed, the outpouring of support is the essence breaks/PAGE 7

At the ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony, signalling the start of the repair and construction of 200 classrooms in Northern Cebu as part of Aboitiz Foundation’s PostYolanda Schools Rehabilitation program. (L to R, Back row): AEV SVP and Risk and Reputation Management Officer Susan Valdez, AboitizPower COO Antonio Moraza (partly hidden), AboitizPower Distribution Group EVP and COO Jim Aboitiz, Aboitiz Equity Ventures Chairman Jon Ramon Aboitiz, DepEd Region VII Director Carmelita Dulangon, Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III, PARR Secretary Panfilo Lacson, Aboitiz Foundation Chairman Erramon Aboitiz, DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro, and San Remigio Mayor Mariano Martinez, with students of Argawanon Integrated School.

Philippines: in adopting international school system By Elsa B. Tahud Assistant Principal , North City Central School Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City

Education has been a priority in the mind of our nation leaders for it is believed to be a provider of quality human resources who will contribute big to our economic status. Thus, education system are meant to be developed and improved. June-March is a school calendar that the country used to follow. However, it seems that this will be changed in 2014. This year, the issue began right after Cavite Representative Lani MercadoRevilla filed a proposed law, changing this school calendar to September-May. Once approved, all schools in all levels, public and private alike, shall implement it. There are various reasons behind this shift. Philippines want to be at par with other countries. Most universities outside Philippines begin the school year in August, September, or O c tob e r, w h i l e t h e Philippines has stuck to its June-March calendar. Philippines is also

sole country composing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which follow June-March school calendar. Through changing it, students will be in sync along with the students of neighboring countries such giving favor for exchange student programs. This is also for the reason that rainy season drops in June to September, making schooling ver y difficult for the students. However, there are some opposing this. Their reason is that shifting school calendar is not a solution to flooding since due to climate change, cold weather is possible to visit the country anytime of the year. In every act that is being pushed, there are good sides and the foe sides. Institutions and people involved should weigh both sides to arrive in an intelligent conclusion. This conclusion should be the best for it covers Philippine Education System which holds future opportunities for Filipino children.

MISAMIS ORIENTAL – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) in action during the 9th Regular Session held at BSP Building. In this session, the SP approved the resolution supporting the legalization of operating the habal-habal in the Philippines.

TEACHERS IN HINTERLAND SCHOOLS: LIFE AND CHALLENGES By RUDY P. VILLALOBOS, P – I Man-ai Elementary School Southwest II District Division of Cagayan De Oro City

Rural and urban schools ser ve a large number of low-income and at-risk pupils. Most of these schools are located in far-flung barangays where newlyhired teachers are mostly assigned. Needless to say, the teachers face many challenges when assigned there. Here in C agayan de Oro City, there are also

hinterland schools especially in Southwest II District where teachers need to stay there for the whole week. Bulky backpacks loaded with a week’s supply of foods, travelling bags, boots, raincoats and travelling suits aptly describe teachers’ appearance in these areas. Life in hinterland schools is not easy; yet a very fulfilling one seeing

the learners being benefited by such sacrifices. Heavy rains; fog coated mornings; nightly date with crickets; an occasional glimpse and encounter of snakes; and slight accidents when riding a motorcycle, can’t hinder teachers’ determination to be of service to these pupils. Many of the challenges f a c e d by t h e t e a c h e r s included and are not limited to: 1) hiking a number of kilometers to reach the station; 2) lack of electricity; 3) lack/shortage of potable water; 4) peace and order

situation; 5) muddy and slippery road during rainy days; and 6) transportation problems. Yet, camaraderie (built and cherished); friendship; experiences shared; and love provide a very strong linkage to these teachers. T he b ond c re ate d and nurtured by months and years of companionship build a strong foundation and a drive to provide positive impacts on the lives of the learners as well as the community whom they serve.

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Rodriguez, ABAMIN call for House inquiry on MERS-CoV By CHENG ORDONEZ

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Representatives Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District) and Maximo Rodriguez Jr. (Abante Mindanao) have passed a resolution during the First Regular Session of the 16th Congress, directing the Committee on Health to conduct an inquiry on the steps being taken by the Department of Health (DOH) to address the health concerns brought about by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus or MERS-CoV. MERS-CoV is positivelysensed, single-stranded RNA novel species of the genus Betacoronavirus and was first reported on September 2012 by Egyptian viologist Dr. Ali Mohamed Zaki in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. “Dr. Zaki was able to trace the virus to an Egyptian tomb bat, which was found in a building in close proximity to the index-patient’s house and isolated and identified a pre v i ou s ly u n k n ow n

coronavirus from the lungs of a 60-year-old mate patient w it h a c ute pne u mon i a and acute renal failure,” Rodriguez’s resolution reads. Identified as the sixth new type of coronavirus, like SARS, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged all member-states to be on guard against MERSCoV, as six new cases were recorded in Saudi Arabia just late last year, as well as in Jordan and recently in the United Arab Emirates. The six new patients -three women and three men -- were from Riyadh with ages ranging from 14 to 79 with one patient observed to have experienced mild symptom of the MERS-CoV. The six cases along with cases in Abu Dhabi and Jordan brought to 176 the total number of laboratoryconfirmed cases of MERSCoV worldwide since September 2012 with 58 deaths.

The WHO stated that “All member-states are reminded to promptly assess and notify WHO of any case of infection with MERS-CoV, along with information about potential exposures that may have resulted in

infection and description of the clinical course,” according to the resolution sponsorRodriguezes. Their resolution states that “there is a need for the Department of Health to act rodriguez/PAGE 7

In Search of Education Leaders by Deborah Borromeo-Flora, HT – I Magayad Elementary School Southwest II District Division of Cagayan de Oro City

According to Bob Herbert, “The greatest national security crises in the United States are the crises in education’’. According to him the new generations of Americans who are whizzers at video games and may be capable of tweeting 24 hours a day but are nowhere near ready to cope with the great challenges of the 21st century. He talked about average drop –out rates of American high school .Very alarming because one drop-out in every 20 seconds. In large urban districts one half of the students ever graduate and out of those graduates only one third are ready to go a four year college. In the Philippines, although we are not the same as United

States that belong to highly industrialized country, we are also experiencing almost the same situation. If Americans are doing poorly in school at time when intellectual achievement is an increasingly globalized world is more important than ever. Here in the Philippines, our pupils are also doing poorly in National Achievement Test in fact Region X rank third from the bottom. But we must be proud of in terms of literacy rate because according to the CIA World Fact book 92.6 % are literate in the country. According to Bob Herbert, it is in the atmosphere that the Harvard Graduate School of Education is creating a new doctoral degree to be focused on

leadership in education. It’s the first new degree offered by the school in 74 years. The three-year course will be tuition-free and conducted in collaboration with faculty members from Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. The idea is to develop dynamic new leaders who will offer the creativity, intellectual rigor and professionalism that are needed to help transform public education in the US. It is really needed to have this kind of course here in the Philippines, so that we can achieve our goals in education. Leaders are the most significant person in achieving quality education in our country. Each administrators or educational leaders must possess qualities in doing their jobs. Quoted by Eric Sheninger, according to Dr. James Strong that the qualities of effective principals/educational

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WARM WELCOME. Governor Bambi Emano welcomes social work student interns from Mindanao State UniversityMarawi City to the province of Misamis Oriental. The Governor assures students support that they will learn and apply various insights in humanitarian service and social work to their respective communities after their six-month internship to different offices.

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corresponding COCs” in keeping with the mandate of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) on ensuring electricity supply. “All generation companies, including embedded generators and owners of stand-by generating facilities, which have been directed to operate and which have not been issued their respective COCs, shall apply for the issuance of their respective CO C-IPP (independent power producer) within a period of 60 days.” That timeframe has been anchored on the issued Circular of the Department of Energy (DOE) last month d i re c t i n g “a l l e x i s t i n g generation companies including embedded generators and owners and operators of standby generating facilities, to make available their generating units to augment the power supply in the Mindanao grid.” The ERC further qualified that the owners and operators of self-generating facilities already granted with COCs would have to apply “for conversion of their COCs from COC-SGF to COC-IPP” also within the prescribed 60-day timeframe. The regulator similarly directed that “any generation c o m p a n y, e m b e d d e d generator and owner of standby generating facility, which fails to file the said application within the 60day period shall cease from commercially operating its facilities as a power supplier in Mindanao.” It must be culled that Mindanao power supply had been thrown over the edge because of the ‘repair work’ that must be done at the 210-megawat Steag power facility following the damage it sustained from the February 27 blackouts in the grid. The energy department and regulators are apparently on panicky mode when it comes to policy enforcements because it is no longer just Mindanao grid this time that is experiencing critical supply, but even the country’s economic hub of Luzon grid. Next year’s scenarios will be even more forbidding because Visayas grid’s power supply is also seen hitting critical levels. Mindanao, however, may finally get its mu ch-han kere d for solution to long-term supply woes with the commercial commissioning of new power plants in the grid.

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and maintenance (O&M) arrangements. An awardee of GRESC must follow the work program it submitted to the energy department — being its counter-party to the project contract. Any changes or t i m e l i n e d e fe r m e nt t o its exploration plan will have to be communicated transparently to the agency.

Primarily though for Aboitiz Power’s Mt. Apo venture, Magnayon stressed that “we will involve all our stakeholders every step of the way as we believe that the project’s success depends on the support of our neighbors.” The propounded development along Mt. Apo is not the first for Mindanao, as the existing 108-megawatt geothermal facility in the are a ow ne d by Energ y Development Corporation (EDC) has been shoring up the grids’ supply for more than two decades already. Ab o i t i z Pow e r s a i d its pursuit of this new geothermal venture is aligned with its “right mix strategy in its power generation business which pushes for maximization of renewable energy potential as long as it is viable and affordable while utilizing fossil fuel-based power generation to ensure reliability.”

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from all parts of China and other ASEAN countries,” he said. Yo u n g s a i d t h e s e companies are moving out of China amid the increasing labor unrest resulting in shrinking labor pool, higher capital costs and its currency issues. “ They went to other ASEAN countries but they do not like (there)...They used to be buying from Manila. They know that Filipinos are really good in skill, quality control and workmanship. So this is actually our number one attraction,” he pointed out. You ng st re ss e d t hat the Philippines also can now be a cheaper source of goods, especially with the forthcoming European Union’s preferential trade scheme called Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP). “Philippine goods will be duty free entry to EU. Also, (with) the forthcoming incentivized/subsidized labor, this makes investments in the Philippines attractive,” he said. With these new investments, Young said t hat F OBA P me mb e rs , which source products for foreign buyers, will have more factories and suppliers to choose from. “Right now, we are running out of suppliers because in the past five years, they closed shops one by one. If they will come back, our own business will also flourish together with the Philippine economy,” he added.

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and upgrade of existing stores both in the Philippines and abroad. JFC is invest ing P3 billion in additional capex to increase the capacity of its manufacturing plants in the Philippines and China to serve the fast growth of demand of the businesses.


It is also investing heavily in the upgrade of its information systems. JFC is coming off a banner year with earnings rising 24.50 percent, the fastest pace in seven years, to P4.64 billion from P3.73 billion in 2012. Likewise, sales surpassed the P100-billion mark for the first time in the company’s 35-year history. JFC operates the largest food service network in the Philippines with 2,181 stores at end- 2013 comprising the flagship Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal and Burger King. It was operating 583 stores abroad, including Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, San Pin Wang and Chow Fun. JFC has a 50 percent interest in joint ventures for Highlands Coffee (Vietnam, Philippines) at 84, Pho 24 (Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau and Japan) at 70 and 12 Sabu (China) at 8.

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of the Aboitiz Foundation’s mission of helping people help t hems elves… The lion’s share of our efforts and resources has been allocated to education-related projects because we believe this is where we can create the greatest impact,” he said. Aboitiz construction unit Metaphil, which was chosen as lead contractor for the project, will ensure that classrooms will be completed on time, within budget, and meet required quality – safe and conducive to learning. Meanwhile, Aboitiz family foundation Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI)also inked a MOA for a postYolanda School and Day

Care Center rehabilitation recently with a budget of P247 million, which brings total Aboitiz funds for postYolanda schools rehab to P387 million. “With such a large area to cover, addressing the needs of affected communities requires a collaborative effort. For this reason, we are glad that RAFI has also embarked on its own rebuilding program, which will greatly help in making an even more meaningful impact,” noted Mr. Jon Ramon Aboitiz. The project includes repair of 50 classrooms and construction of 134 new ones; repair of 12 day care centers, and construction of 8 new ones in the towns of Bantayan, Madridejos, Santa Fe, and Daanbantayan. Combined, the entire Aboitiz rehab initiatives will benefit an estimated 21,800 students in 79 schools in Northern Cebu.

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on this new strain of SARS and immediately equip our local hospitals with the proper remedy in order to prevent the spread of the virus in the Philippines. “With the warning from the WHO, the DOH should ensure that all the necessary precautions are being taken to ensure that the virus does not spread in the country,” Rep. Rufus Rodriguez said. He said their resolution directs the Committee on Health to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, even as it intends to serve notice to all concerned, particularly the DOH and other agencies and entities, which may shed light and resolve health issues pertaining to MERS-CoV.

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THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is bent on replicating technologies to boost the country’s cacao industry. DA Undersecretary for Special Concerns Bernadette RomuloPuyat has visited cacao plantations and processing centers in Davao Region to observe and replicate technologies on cacao production in other parts of the country. Known for its global market potential, cacao has been identified as one of the priority commodities that will help boost the agriculture sector and increase the income of Rural Based Organizations (RBOs), particularly women’s organizations. “Gusto ko lang tingnan dito ang role ng kababaihan at pati din yung mga post-harvest facilities on cacao production na gender sensitive at madali para sa mga babae dahil gusto nating bigyan ng kabuhayan ang ating mga kababaihan [I would like to look into the role of women in the cacao industry and also to check on

facilities used in cacao production that are gender-sensitive that will be useful to women because we want to give them livelihood],” Puyat said. Accompanying her are officers of the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) from Region 12 and Agusan del Sur Rep. Ma. Valentina Plaza. Under the law, five percent of DA’s regional budget will be allotted to empower women. Puyat particularly visited the Mars Cocoa Development Center (MCDC), Cocoa Philippines, and Shawn Askinosie located around Calinan, Baguio district. In those areas, Puyat acknowledged how women in these areas participated in cacao production from planting to postharvesting. She said increasing production areas for cacao plantation is one of the priorities of the department. She noted that DA will support farmers by providing them with quality planting materials.


Despite production delays, PH sugar supply ample: SRA THE sugar industr y is experiencing production delays because of the storms last year, but this should not be a cause for alarm because there is enough supply of the commodity in the domestic market and higher prices are not warranted, the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said Monday. Prices of the commodity are high “… despite the fact that we will have enough sugar stocks to meet our domestic demand,” SRA Administrator Ma. Regina B. Martin said in a statement. Based on SRA’s latest weekly monitoring as of March 30, prices of “B” sugar for domestic consumption rose to P1,571.69 per metric ton

Environmental health body calls for control in quality, rise of street foods CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Concerned on the hygienic standard of foods sold and consumed in the streets of the city, the Regional Inter Agency Committee on Environmental Health (RIACEH), in a resolution, urged the local government to control the proliferation

of street foods. R IAC E H me mb e rs expressed these concerns in their recent meeting, presided by the Department of Health 10 (DOH 10) regional director and RIACEH chairman, Aristides Conception Tan. The committee likewise called for action in ensuring

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(MT) from P1,536.61 per MT. In a phone interview with GMA News Online, Martin said there are speculatortraders anticipating a supply shortage that is prompting millgate (or wholesale) prices to go up. “But the rise in prices does not equate to tightening or lack of supply. We have sufficient supply for the domestic market,” the SRA chief said. This year, the agency is confident of hitting 2.356

million metric tons for crop year 2013 to 2014. The target was cut from the earlier goal of 2.434 million MT on account of storms that hit the country in late 2013. The crop year starts in September and ends in August. “The delay is due to storms, mainly Typhoon Yolanda,” Martin said. “About 60 percent of our sugar come from the Visayas. Harvest was delayed as cane cutters were victims of the storms,” Martin noted. “There was also a 30 to 40

percent drop in production but we’re already 92 percent of our target for this crop year,” she added. Typhoon Yolanda – the strongest to make landfall on record – barreled through Central Philippines last November. Martin said the SRA is closely monitoring sugar production and withdrawal, including shipments and sugar movements, while verifying the physical stocks in warehouses.

DA gears up for corn congress CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - As the city of Cagayan de Oro will be the host for the 10th National Corn Congress (NCC) which is tentatively scheduled on October 12-17, 2014, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office No. 10 (DA-10) has recently held a Preparation Meeting for the conduct of the said activity. The 10th NCC is expected to bring in 2,500 participants, consisting of corn farmers, DA officials, local government units

(LGUs), private sector, the academe and other agricultural stakeholders to showcase various farm machinery, equipment and post harvest facilities as well as share and discuss prevalent issues and concerns on the best corn farming practices and technologies. Engr. Roger Navarro, president of the Philippine Maize Fe derat ion, Inc. revealed that the six-day affair will focus more on corn farming mechanization through the conduct of exhibits, technolog y

demonstrations, fora and technical reports, especially in light of the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) economic community integration. One of the highlights of the Corn Congress is the awarding of the second batch of Corn Quality Achievers, which will acknowledge the country’s outstanding corn producing provincial, city and municipal LGUs, coordinators and agricultural extension workers. (JLOlson, DA-10)


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Waterfalls Galore! by Bobby Timonera of MindaNews

LIGAN CITY – Until recently, I’ve been to eight of Iligan’s two dozen or so waterfalls. Twice I was commissioned by the City Tourism Office to document the waterfalls in pictures – first in the early ’90s, and then 20 years later. Being spread all over the mountainous parts of the city, it wasn’t easy documenting these falls. It took days, even weeks. Lots of driving, on four- or twowheeled vehicles, and long walks, too. I was able to photograph Maria Cristina, Tinago, Mimbalut, Dodiongan, Langilanon, Limunsodan and Mimbalut Falls. I had seen Ikog Falls in faraway Barangay Rogongon, but unfortunately I couldn’t risk carrying my camera gear in deep waters just to be able to take pictures of the falls. These past few years, chasing waterfalls wasn’t really in my mind. While I haven’t seen them all, I

think I’ve seen more than enough, more than most Iliganons. But a new hobby I embraced less than two years ago brought me to Iligan’s remote places, where no vehicles could penetrate. Like most people who got into running, I started pounding the city streets, joining fun runs in my hometown and, when I got serious, marathons in cities near and far. That’s 42 kilometers of almost non-stop running. But then running on paved roads became boring. Fortunately, some of my running buddies had the same feeling. The next thing we did – running in the mountains, on dirt roads and on the trails. On weekends these past few

months, we would identify a nice location we would like to visit – say, a waterfall, a spring, a flower plantation, or just a faraway village with a nice view along the way. But instead of driving to the place, we’d run, to and fro. A few weeks back, Jaeger mentioned about a Pampam Falls that we may want to visit. There’s such a falls? And I haven’t seen it yet?! Wow! Okay, go! Even though Jaeger said he couldn’t come that Sunday as he’s going out of town, we pushed the run just the same. Poor Jaeger. “Oh my, how I wish I hadn’t told you guys,” he said. After a short Google search, I learned it’s in Dalipuga, the last barangay in Iligan’s boundary with Misamis Oriental, in Sitio Kalubihon. So on our long run on February 23, a Sunday, we ran towards Sitio Kalubihon, about two kilometers away from the highway, but almost seven kilometers away from the Caltex station where I parked WATERFALLS/PAGE B3


Runners from Iligan City enjoying the cool waters of the Kalubihon Falls in Dalipuga, Iligan City on Sunday, 9 March 2014. MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

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Liceo U bet shines at the 2014 Nat’l Mutya ng PRISAA

Rejuvenated So how’s your Holy Week break? I hope you were able to spend it wisely. Mine’s quite refreshing after such stressful days at work! We all have our ways of spending our free time, whether lounging at the beach, reading a book in a quiet nook or just simply window shopping. Whatever’s your style, we all need a little R&R away from everything so recharge and rejuvenate. The long break during the Holy Week is indeed a good way to bond with family and rekindle ties. Not just that, it made me think of how we all can channel into our selves and try to reflect amidst the silence how we want to continue our lives. I, for one, used to be care free and never really minding what will happen to me in the years to come but now, I realized that we all have to stop and think about it. What we want and where we are heading. It is not yet too late to assess what we have done with our lives and check if we are truly productive and living it the way it should be. If we see that changes have to be made, then perhaps the time is now to get things going. There are a lot of things I have tried to brush aside in my lifetime and I now found the courage to gather them all back together and try to make things right. There is no better day than today to spring into action. I now have to fight off the inner voice that tells me to procrastinate, ignore the things that keep me from who I can still become. If there is one lesson I have learned all this years, one of the most important is to never waste a good moment to change for the better. The Holy Week break allowed me to slow down, focus on myself and what I need to change. Of course, this is no overnight remedy and there is a long road ahead but now I am more than ready to take more exciting journeys and also revisit the ones I used to skip thinking they do not matter. Now I know that they do. If ever I will falter once more, I know I need to get up quickly and never wallow in misery. I hope you do too. Life can be tricky and the adventure is a bit treacherous but with renewed faith in myself, I know I can fly by with a wink and a smile. P.S. – Thank you to BusinessWeek Mindanao Group and to Sir Shaun for always pushing me to share my thoughts on paper, this weekly mental exercise helps me in trying to spring back to action and constantly allows me to grow even further. And to you who is reading this right now, thank you for always supporting us. ‘Til next time! à bientôt!

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my c ar. T he n anot he r kilometer more of running on a foot trail in the mountain. To our surprise, it’s not just one waterfall! I counted four bigger falls, and four more smaller ones, situated not far from e a ch ot he r. Who a ! ! ! I haven’t even checked if all those falls have names. I know there’s a Kalubihon, a Pampam and a Dalipuga, because these are in the list of the City Tourism Office. But the rest, I’m not sure. Maybe one of these days I’ ll go visit t he b arangay ha l l and ask, and maybe ask if I

can have one of the falls named after me. Hehe… Mo st of t he m h ave a natural lagoon at the foot. Though not as big as Tinago’s, it’s so nice to take a dip because of the crystal clear waters and, apparently, only a few people know about these falls. We had all the waterfalls to ourselves that Sunday morning. What I like most is Kalubihon, because you h ave to cl i mb up one waterfall, then get inside a small cave with a natural pool, swim past the pool, climb up a narrow tunnel before you get to see yet another falls. I’m not sure if both falls – the one before and after the cave – are part of a two-tiered


he is the third representative in a row from Liceo U who had a strong finish in the annual scholastic beauty tilt. Ms. Julee Ann Marie Bourgoin did not disappoint the delegation from Region 10 when she emerged as 1st Runner-up in the very tight Mutya ng PRISAA national search held last April 10, 2014 at the state-of-the-art RDR Gym in Tagum City, Davao del Norte. Ms. Bourgoin was the crowd favorite and wowed the audience and organizers alike with her innate charm, statuesque beauty, impressive wit and pleasant personality. Following the footsteps of the two representatives before her, she is the third Region 10 muse that made it to the top five finalists of Mutya ng PRISAA. Ms. Amadea Lucia Piatti (Liceo U) clinched the crown in 2012 during the national finals in Cebu while Ms. Beatrice Alvarez also from Liceo U emerged victorious during the tilt in Pangasinan last year. To show their unwavering support, present during the grand coronation night are the top administrators from Liceo U and officials from the PRISAA Region 10 headed by University President/PRISSA 10 President Dr. Mariano M. Lerin. Region 10 student athletes, coaches and officials were also present at the RDR Gym to cheer her on. Ms. Julee Bourgoin is currently a Mass

Communications intern and the reigning Mutya ng Buahanan (Ms. Camiguin) and Miss Liceo U Intramurals. She is also a part-time print and ramp model and has worked with recognized brands and designers in the fashion industry. On her spare time, she reads paperbacks, engages in movie marathons and designs her own clothes. Mutya ng PRISAA is one of the most widely anticipated events in the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) National Collegiate Games held every year. For this year’s edition, 12 candidates from the different participating regions vied for the elusive crown and title. They competed in the Talent Category, Miss Photogenic, Best in Regional Costume, Best in Sportswear and Best in Evening Gown. A preliminary interview and Regional Costume contest was conducted two hours before the grand coronation night.

Kalubihon Falls, or if they are treated as separate falls with separate names. But the cave itself is a wonder to see. It’s short, maybe just 10 meters long and five meters wide, but the water inside is deep in some parts, more than my height. That’s why on that visit, I wasn’t able to take pictures of the falls past the cave, because I didn’t bring waterproof case for my Sony digicam. Pampam Falls downstream looks like the skull of a gorilla, with a nice shallow pool below it. This would be best for kids, or those who don’t know how to swim. Dalipuga Falls farther downstream has the biggest and deepest

pool. We stayed here long because everybody, one by one, jumped as I took pictures. With to day’s modern point-and-shoot d i g i c a m s t h at c a n d o 10 frames per second, everybody’s happy with his jump shots. It’s nice to go on a picnic here, too, because the area is shaded with tall bamboo trees. T h e n we r an ag ai n for two more kilometers mostly on foot trail to get back to the highway, and another five kilometers to where I parked my car at the Caltex station in Barangay Sta. Filomena. That was one of the best runs we ever had. After all, that’s what I really wanna do – run

Ms. Julee Anne Marie Bourgoin (Liceo U) representing Region 10 wins 1st Runner-up in the 2014 edition of Mutya ng PRISAA National Pageant held at Tagum City, Davao del Norte during the PRISAAA National Collegiate Games. Seen in photo are some of the Liceo U team present during the coronation night at RDR Gym headed by University President Dr. Mariano M. Lerin and wife as well as past National winners from Region 10 and Liceo U - Ms. Amadea Lucia Piatti (Mutya ng PRISAA 2012) and Ms. Beatrice Alvarez Pohl (Mutya ng PRISAA 2013). Ms. Bourgoin is an incoming 4th year Mass Communications student of Liceo U, a part-time model and a consistent honor student in her class. She hails from Camiguin Island.

JULEE ANN MARIE BOURGOIN Photo by GLENN PALACIO in the mountains, in the trails, away from the city and from the paved roads. I liked it so much that I went back there three more times! In the last three visits, I had a Lock & Lock waterproof case with me, so I was finally able to photograph the w ate r f a l ls b e yond t he cave. On my second visit, on t h e S atu rd ay af te r that first visit, I brought my wife and her doctor friends and members of their families who were willing to walk the long distance. On my third visit, just a day after the second visit, I was with running buddies who missed our first trek, Jaeger included.

And on my fourth visit ju st to d ay ( March 9 ) , most in our group – an infor ma l organizat ion we named the Iligan Tr a i l Ru n n e r s – p l u s foreigner friends from Iligan and two visitors from Manila, joined the run and trek, all 18 of us! While still in the highway, it appeared like there was an organized fun run. That fourth visit, for me, was just as enjoyable as the previous visits. I’ll keep coming back, that’s for sure. And I want to go to the other waterfalls I haven’t visited yet, now that I’m much fitter than in my previous visits. Neither d i s t an c e n or d i f f i c u lt terrain scares me now.

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Random Thoughts on Sex Education BY GIENEMAY G. GRAZA Master Teacher I North City Central School

One of the problems besetting the country today is the unabated population g row t h . T h i s , c oupl e d with recent studies and survey results showing the age bracket of those who engage in sexual activities is becoming younger and the rise of teenage pregnancies [unwanted or otherwise] has spurred the government to revisit the country’s sex education program. The DepEd has setup a

new model of this program. However, some sectors [selfproclaimed moralists and ecclesiastical groups] are vehemently opposed to the content of the program and the ways and means of its delivery citing moral grounds and fears-unfounded or otherwise. Another contentious issue attached to sex education is the age issue. ‘’At what age should children undergo sex education?’’ is an unsettled

question. As an elementary grade five teacher, I had been asked by pupils with matters regarding sex and human sexuality. Some of these questions had taken me aback as I am not equipped to handle such topics and questions. Oftentimes, I just told them to refer to their parents regarding their questions. It would be foolish to say that these are isolated cases of some pupils with overly inquisitive minds since once one posed a question regarding sex, almost everybody was up

to it. These incidents may not prove something, but as far as I am concerned, these are hints and clues that children of this grade level are already inquisitive about human sexuality. As I found out, apparently dis cussions on matters regarding human sexuality on an informative level was non-existing in most homes as either the parents were not up to it or the children were embarrassed to ask their parents about it. Herein lies the problem. Since there is no formal sex education program in the elementary, teachers like me

are at a loss on how to deal with these kinds of questions [the question posed to me were not the ordinary kind where you can refer to the textbook for answers]. Most often, these children don’t get straight answers from their teachers. Where does this leave them? They don’t go to their parents for answers because they are embarrassed or afraid they might be censured instead. So their only recourse is to turn to their peers who are in the same boat as they are for answers and other sources of information [tri-media including the internet].

Now, they are on an unguided quest for knowledge and information. Unguided, they are exposed to all sorts of information including the wrong kind. They may be abused or much worse may fell prey to sexual predators. The necessity for sex education at the elementary level maybe debatable but the fact remains that elementary children are already inquisitive about human sexuality. That there is a need for DepEd to address this problem, is crystal clear and any vacillation will in no way help this predicament.

The Importance of Community in School-based - Management By Alma Sheila A. Alorro Head Teacher III Baikingon Elementary School

The Community plays a vital role in School-based management (SBM) as it promote improvement by decentralizing control f rom c e nt r a l d i s t r i c t offices to individual school sites. It attempts to give s c h o o l c on s t itu e nt s - administrators, teachers, parents and other community members--more control over what happens in schools. The main focus of schoolbased management has been the decentralization of power. Power is shifted m o s t of t e n f rom t h e central administration to a parent-teacher council or association at the school site. Councils are composed of administrators, teachers, parents, community members and sometimes students. In this way, SBM empowers groups who typically have not had much power in managing schools. SBM is concerned with the decentralization of decision-making authority from the central, regional, and division offices to the individual schools. The idea is to unite the school heads, teachers, students,

local government units, and the community to improve the quality of early formal education. The DepEd has decentralized decisionmaking powers to local officials as its response to RA 7160 (the Philippine Local Government Code) in 1999. DECS Order 230, defined decentralization as: (a) Promotion of school based management, (b) transfer of authority and decision-making powers from the central office to the divisions and schools, (c) sharing of responsibility of educational management of local schools with the local governments, parents, the community and other stakeholders, and (d) the devolution of education functions (DepEd, 2006b). In School-Based Management, the community becomes a partner of principals, te achers, as t he y and parents are in the best position to know the needs of their schools and to make appropriate decisions in a t i m e l y m a n n e r. S o “involving local community stakeholders in addressing

Teachers are No. 1 Clients of Loan Sharks By Jerry P. Taruc Principal 1 Canitoan Elementary School

Teachers throughout the country are now receiving P9,000 pay increase in their average monthly salary of P10,000 – at least on three equal tranches of P3,000 – from 2008 to 2010. But this still do not effectively bring them on the safe side of the beach from loan sharks. Public school teachers are victims of usurious loans, and long standing debts to private loan lenders operating in the country. It was learned that in Maguindanao, one of five ARMM component provinces, close to 4,000 public school teachers, have been “heavily

indebted” to loan sharks for years.. Due to this, Gov. Mujiv Hataman of ARMM had sought the LBP loan facility to end the yearsold indebtedness of “sizable” number of public teachers to usurious private money lenders, who are charging as high as 48 percent a year. “The adverse effect of usurious monetary transactions dampens the function and morale of indebted public school mentors,” Hataman was quoted as lamenting earlier. The private money lenders have been holding the ATM cards of teachers in the past years.

local problems is the key to improving schools and even to mobilizing much-needed resources,” School-based management calls for a system change not only in the way schools are organized, but also in the attitudes of school heads, teachers, students, and the community toward shared governance. For example, the belief that all children can learn, that learning supported by a strong

sense of community, can lead to improved student learning outcomes. In a similar manner inclusive education calls for a new way of organizing the school, so student learning is achieved. Schools are not only seen as seats of learning, but a ls o as pl aces of changing attitudes, creating equality and opportunity for participation in society. With the community’s help teachers adjusting their

teaching styles and provide curricular adaptations and modifications. Out of this, student achievement is expected to improve for all students. In developing countries, the support of the local c om mu n it y i n clu d i ng the parents, the local government units, and the local industry, is an imp or t ant element in sustaining and maintaining the viability of improved learning outcomes.

In ot h e r c ou nt r i e s empowered parent associations have substantial effect on attendance in school, home follow-up studies, and motivation . In the Philippines, there is a problem of parents and professionals having different expectations of special education programs as the former remains a largely untapped source of educational assistance. With School-based Management, this will now be realized.


The full shift to the mother tongue is part of the phased implementation of the K-12 (Kindergarten to 12 years) program, which aims to develop highly qualified Filipino high school graduates by decongesting a crammed curriculum and giving them more time to learn through an additional two years. Studies have shown that teaching with the use of the mother tongue is an effective technique in developing language and critical thinking skills among early learners such as Grade I pupils. Under the DepEd program, the mother tongue is envisioned to serve as a foundation in multilingual education, where students learn to use their home language from Grades 1 to 3, then graduate to learning Filipino and then English. Further, the MTB-MLE CURRICULUM suggest specific strategies (like chorale reading, interactive word wall, questioning for oral fluency, pre-reading story, etc) that can be used to meet specific outcomes. The strategies/ activities are very creative and interesting for Grade I pupils. Some perceptions and attitudes of pupils in grades 1-3 were assessed on the basis of their language preferences in

reading, speaking and writing. The general finding was that children preferred to read and write in English, while they mainly liked to speak in the mother tongue. However, when children said they liked to write in English, they could have meant copying English words from the board since they may not be able to express themselves adequately in English, which is a second language . A possible explanation for favouring English more than the mother tongue is that may be the children are told by parents that they go to

school to learn English and that English is more important than their own dialect when it comes working or studying higher education. When parents tell their children that English provides educational and employment opportunities in the future they may begin to develop negative attitudes towards the mother tongue which they might then regard as less important. Pupil attitudes can also be explained in terms of influence from teachers . When their mother tongue is not used for educational purposes, children may not attach any importance to it . However, it is natural that children liked to speak in the mother tongue more than

in English during lessons. This may be due to the fact that these children, who all indicated that they speak their local dialect at home, may find it free and natural to express themselves in their mother tongue during lessons . Many parents were afraid their children would not learn English if the mother tongue was used in the classroom. Observations, however, indicate that children learned faster and better from the very beginning when taught in his or her mother tongue. The Grade I pupil’s ability to learn in their own language has also provided a bridge, to increase their reading competence.

Integrated Solid Waste Management R. A. 9003 By Elsa B. Tahud Assistant Principal , North City Central School Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City

Throughout the years the Philippines experienced calamities, where Cagayan de Oro City suffered the harsh of reality when the typhoon Sendong and Pablo hits our city. A lot of lives lost due to the negligence of people. People who generate waste indis cr iminately, throw them out in the street, any vacant lot or in any waterways, mixing their ways without thinking of the adverse impact on the

environment and public health. The R.A. 9003 otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act was the first law signed by the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo when she ascends to power. It emphasized the importance of t re at i ng w a s t e a s a res ource promoting its recover y through waste source reduction and waste minimization at source

waste recycling and reuse. The implementation of the 3 Rs of (Reduction, Reuse, Recycle) solid waste management in the Philippines by providing them a favorable policy e nv i ron m e nt a n d s k i l l development and access to a secured livelihood with the end in view of alleviating poverty. . Let us change, empower our lives for the better. Let us start within ourselves, we know that we can do better if we only put our mind and act on it. For a cleaner and better surroundings.

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On the Cross “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo”


By Roque L. Salvo Jr Liceo U MassComm Intern

he month of April marks the celebration of Christ's death and resurrection, what the spiritual call in the Philippines "Holy Week" or Semana Santa. In contrast to other Christian countries, Filipino Catholics give emphasis on the suffering of Christ, rather than on His resurrection, on the belief that salvation comes at the end. During the holy week people are busy going to churches, joining religious parades, sacrificing for their sins and aside from that there are also numerous “Passion” plays are performed as part of the celebrations. Speaking of passion plays, the Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan brings “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo”, April 16 & 17. “A n g P a s y o n n i Hesukristo” is a religious drama that tells the suffering of Jesus at the Crucifixion and also serves as a reflection for all Kagay-anons to repent for their sins and attain salvation. This passion play was produced by The Xavier Stage, XU’s resident theater company, because it’s their dream to stage the “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo”. The Xavier Stage labored so hard for this production. Most of the cast of the play are new but very dedicated to share their best and inspiring passion of Christ. “A n g P a s y o n n i Hesukristo” highlights the Jewish high priests and elders of the Sanhedrin accused Jesus of blasphemy, arriving at the decision to put him to death. But first they needed Rome to approve of their death sentence, so Jesus was taken to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor in Judea. Although Pilate found him innocent, unable to find or even contrive a reason to condemn Jesus, he feared the crowds and let them

decide Jesus' fate. Stirred by the Jewish chief priests, the crowds declared, "Crucify him!" As was common, Jesus was publicly scourged or beaten with a leather-thonged whip before his crucifixion. Tiny pieces of iron and bone chips were tied to the ends of each leather thong, causing deep cuts and painful bruising. He was mocked, struck in the head with a staff and spat on. A crown of thorns was placed on his head and he was stripped naked. Too weak to carry his cross, Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry it for him. Stake-like nails were driven through his wrists and ankles, fastening him to the cross where he was c r u c i f i e d b e t we e n t wo convicted criminals. The point of the play teaches that the death of Jesus Christ provided the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, thus making the crucifix, or cross, one of the most defining symbols of Christianity. During the play, the audience was amazed not only because of the colorful light effects, the transitions, and the set-up but also it’s because of the artistic and outstanding artists who portrayed different emotions and characters of the play. The role of HESUKRISTO or JESUS CHRIST was played by Carl Manere, a fresh graduate with the degree in Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science in Xavier University.

Mary and Jesus scene during the “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo” production Photo by Roque Salvo

He is also the company’s treasurer and a resident artist. He has been with The Xavier Stage for three consecutive years and has been active ever since. Manere look like the real Jesus Christ on the play and he also captivated the audience with his very good acting skills. He is very charismatic during the play. According to Manere this was his first time to portray a major role, which is the role of Jesus Christ. “Ac tually, I'm really nervous, and proud at the same time, because not everyone will be afforded an opportunity to portray a major character… everybody is aware of Jesus Christ’s story. Even though it’s my first time I hope that I portrayed it well”. Mane re a l s o a d d e d, “During the play, I really feel the pain of Jesus Christ sufferings. Despite the pain that I felt, I still prayed to God that I can portray his role properly. I will dedicate this pain to him. And we should also honor him because he sacrificed his life to save all the mankind. Jesus Christ loves us so much.” Manere said during the interview. We have also HUDAS played by Rosell Velez, a BS Psychology Student of Xavier University. HUDAS is one of the twelve original apostles of Jesus Christ, and the son of Simon Iscariot. He is infamously known for his kiss and betrayal of Jesus to the hands of the chief Sanhedrin priests in exchange for a payment of thirty silver coins. Rosell Velez appears very emotional and strong which give life to his role as HUDAS. HESUKRISTO and HUDAS are the two characters that catch the attention of the audience but in general, all the artists who represent

TXS’ Carl Manere portrays the role of Jesus Christ carrying the heavy cross in the company’s production of “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo”. Photo by ROQUE SALVO

different characters did a very good job on “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo”. T h e “ P a s y o n” p l a y wouldn’t be possible and successf u l w it hout t he Director and the Playwright. Hobart Savior ser ves as Director of Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) and the Executive Artistic Director of The Xavier Stage (TXS). During the interview, Mr. Hobart shared their preparations for the successful play of “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo”. Savior said “Our first preparation is that how we are able to organize all the scenes, what we call as “dramaturgy”, so we really made sure that we have the nice dramaturgy for our interpretation of the Passion of the Christ because there are many versions. The important thing is I have the humility to actually prepare for it as a director with my Semiological Dramaturgy, so I prepared for the drama aspect, scenes and elements of the show. Next is we prepared for the casting, we auditioned and we wanted to finalize all the cast as soon as possible

and of course we did some orientations, readings and we rehearsed”. In addition, Hobart Savior is not only the play director, he also portrayed the role of Joseph Caiaphas, known simply as Caiaphas in the New Testament, was the Jewish high priest who is said to have organized the plot to kill Jesus. Caiaphas is also said to have been involved in the Sanhedrin trial of Jesus. On the other hand, the playwright of “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo” is Dr. Linda O. Manalo. She graduated Bachelor of Arts, Major in English in 1970, graduated her Master of Art in English degree in 1984 and finished her Doctor of Philosophy in Education in 2001 at Xavier University. Dr. Manalo shared her views about the successful play, according to her, “I am very happy that the show was very successful. In my point of view, the portrayal was done excellently by each character. Very artistically represented, i can see the life, the trials and sufferings of Jesus. All the artists did a

The Cast and Crew of “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo” Photo by Roque Salvo

very good job”. The Xavier Stage dedicates their success to Jesus Christ. It is their way of giving back to Christ and glorify him. What is important here is that The Xavier Stage is able to refresh to the Filipino community the story of the “pasyon”. It’s not so easy to tell the story but TXS believes that regardless of whatever preparations they have and expectations people have, the important is they made people live again the story of Christ to the best that they can through theater. They want people to feel the story of Christ and let people know that Christ continually watches over us, providing our needs. He protects and guides us, and answers our prayers. Christ may not always work in the time frame we expect, but if we’re faithful to wait on Him, He will always come through for us according to His will. Christ loves us unconditionally and won’t ever leave or forsake us. Kudos to The Xavier Stage!

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