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Briefly Food Expo

Durian soon gets way to more Asian market


FOUR local food exporters took part in the leading international food exhibition network, Salon International de I’Agroalimentaire (SIAL). S I A L s t a rt e d i n P a ri s in 1964 and has now six major exhibits every year targeting big markets or trade blocs such as Europe, Brazil, China, Canada, Middle East and the newest and equally promising SIAL-ASEAN. The Philippines is honored to be once again the venue for the 2nd edition SIAL-ASEAN at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila last June 17-19, 2015.

Tourism boost SEVERAL months after settling boundary disputes, the neighboring provinces of Davao Oriental and Surigao del Sur are now seeking to ‘break the borders’ as they bid to enhance bilateral cooperation that would boost both their tourism sector. Sharing the same tourism highway called Davao Oriental-Surigao del Sur Highway Tourism Belt, officials of both provinces believe that by adopting common actions and by complementing each other’s efforts and resources, the aim for tourism growth and competitiveness for both areas can easily be pushed. Surigaodel Sur Vice Governor Manuel O. Alameda, Sr. said that linking both provinces can be a great advantage, particularly in widespread promotion, which the two provinces are progressively working on.

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AVAO City — Durian growers in Davao City may soon export an additional 300 metric tons (MT) of the fruit to a new market in Asia, Larry Miculob, president of the Durian Industry Council of Davao said at the opening of the 3rd Kadayawan Durian Festival at SM Lanang Premier on Friday. M i c u l o b , h o w e v e r, declined to say where that new market is, explaining they are still at the early stages of discussion with the importers there.

In a recent media forum, he said they have been exporting 30 MT to Singapore for two years and 18 MT to Hong Kong since last year. Another durian/PAGE 11

More funds earmarked to fund brgy projects By BONG D. FABE, Contributing Editor

AT least P155 million have been committed by various government agencies and nongovernment organizations to fund programs and projects in at least 15 urban and rural barangays in this city. The amount does not include the P200 million that Rep. Rolando “Klarex” Uy (LP) has already earmarked for this year’s concreting projects of the road networks of hinterland barangays in the city’s first legislative district. It also does not include the amount Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (CDP) has allocated for v a r i o u s pro g r a m s a n d projects that will benefit the barangays in the city’s second congressional district.

A representative of Rep. Maximo Rodriguez (Abante Mindanao partylist) who attended the Stakeholders’ Forum at the VIP Hotel on Tuesday gathered all the barangays’ programs and funds/PAGE 11


Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. Awards:

Tribal teacher, peace and devt advocate hailed in triennial tilt Six out of eight finalists coming from Mindanao


CEBU City – A retired teacher who dedicated her remaining years serving tribal communities in South Cotabato and a community organization instrumental in transforming Moro reb els into p e ace and development advocates are this year’s recipients of the prestigious 6th Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (Rafi) awards. Declared winners of the triennial awards given every three years by the Cebu-based foundation were Anita “Nanay Anit” Castillon received the Ramon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual, while Kadtabanga Foundation for awards/PAGE 8

RAFI AWARDEES: Anita “Nanay Anit” Castillon, principal and owner of Marmylone Learning Center in South Cotabato, and Hadja Giobay Diacolano, executive director of Kadtabanga Foundation for Peace and Development Advocates Inc. (KFPDAI), receive the trophy as Exemplary Individual and Outstanding Institution, respectively, during the 6th Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (Rafi) awarding rites held at the Cebu Convention Center in Cebu City on August 14, 2015.

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LIGAN City — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has urged consumers to use

the Timbangan ng Bayan facility to verify the grams or kilograms of goods bought from vendors, and

Danatag Elementary School fights against fever By RORY B. CABASAN Teacher I/OIC Danatag Elementary School Danatag, Baungon, Bukidnon

THRU the initiative of Rory B. Cabasan, Teacher I of Danatag Elementary School, District of Baungon, Division of Bukidnon solicited a vaccine that protects the health of school-age children from fever. The donor of this vaccine is Mrs. Minda R. Ravanera. Through

this, many children benefited for this, not only the teacher but the teachers also. The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) also welcomed the initiative of Mrs. Ravanera, saying this can greatly help lift them from a dilemma on how to vaccinate their children. The vaccine consists of a live but attenuated strain of the yellow fever virus called 17D. The 17D vaccine has been used commercially since the 1950s. In 1937, the Rockefeller Foundation developed a safe and highly efficacious vaccine for yellow fever that gives a lifelong immunity from the virus.


business establishments. This, as t he DTI in Iligan City/Lanao del Norte Provincial Office has been receiving a number of verbal complaints from consumers on purchases involving the utilization of weighing scales within the public markets’ premise, this city. “The Timbangan ng Bayan Project has been established to ensure that consumers are protected from unfair and unconscionable sales acts or practices, and that they get the best value for money,” Provincial Director Ruel B. Paclipan said.

He further said DTI has already turned over four units of Timbangan ng Bayan facility to the local government unit of Iligan since 2014. These facilities were installed at Pala-o Public Market and at the Wet Market in Barangay Poblacion. A unit of Timbangan ng Bayan facility comprises of stainless steel hanging weighing scale, casing / housing and sets of duly calibrated standard test weights. Paclipan also said they encourage the city

Teaching math at the basic education department By ONOBRE P. VERZO Teacher I/OIC Mabuhay Elementary School Mabuhay, Baungon, Bukidnon

STUDENTS in the Philippines begin studying mathematics at around five or six years of age, continuing through secondary school and into higher education. Yes, for math is needed very much in engineering subjects that is why it is taught already even in the kindergarten level

the most basic one which is arithmetic. In elementary school, children are introduced to basic mathematics and the theories and methods covered in math classes become increasingly complex as students age. Many schools will offer different levels of classes as students may show a greater or lesser aptitude for complex math courses. In kindergarten, students are taught basic arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These concepts are elaborated in first grade on till the sixth. In these grades, students study basic algebra and concepts of variables, integers and polynomials.

government through its Economic Enterprise Development and Management Office

(EEDMO) to adjust the service hours of Timbangan ng Bayan to accommodate timbangan/PAGE 9

DTI reminds consumers on 8-point test on pyramid scheme ILIGAN City -- Amid on alleged Chain Distribution Plan, or also known as Pyramid Scheme, enticing a number of individuals in some parts of Iligan city and nearby municipalities, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has warned consumers to take extra precautionary measures and pressed them to take the 8-point test.

The warning has to be issued after a number of individuals claimed that after putting significant amount on the purportedly investment, they are hardly able to get a return of their hard-earned capital for quite some time now, said Provincial Director Ruel B. Paclipan of DTI Lanao del Norte Provincial Office. pyramid/PAGE 9

Administrators experience lead to academic excellence By ROLLY T. GAVIA Head Teacher I Mabuhay Elementary School District of Baungon

BEING promoted as head teacher is both a privilege and a challenge. It is a privilege because I was chosen over equally deserving others. But at the same time, it also presents as a challenge most especially striving for the academic excellence of my students. Modesty aside, I have the experience. In my eight years as Teacher I, my students topped the Metrobank-MTAP DepEd math challenge in the district of Baungon particularly in the fourth to sixth grades. Of course, I was the coach of those three grades. When I was promoted as head teacher here at Mabuhay Elementary

School, the first thing that I did was making a pep talk to my co-teachers. I encouraged them to learn from my experience and apply this in my respective classes. I was happy that all my teachers heeded my call. Last January, 11 of our pupils ranked one in the 2015 MetrobankMTAP-DepEd Math Challenge. I am confident that my future students will achieve similar achievement in the future.

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hink a minute…A cemetery in Indiana, America has a gravestone with these words on it: “Stop stranger, when you pass me by. As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so you will be. So prepare to die, and follow me!” A person walking by added these words underneath: “ To follow you I’m not content, until I know which way you went!” Do you sometimes wonder where your family and friends who’ve died are now? Do they want you to come where they are? Don’t you wish they could talk to you? Where are all those people now who suddenly died in the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001? Jesus Christ made it very clear that we already know where we’re going after we die, since it’s only now that we can choose where we’ll live after we die. He warns us that it will be too late after we die to choose or change our mind. Jesus said there are only two choices: to completely believe Him and live His way everyday, or, to keep living our own way. Heaven or hell. Jesus said there’s no in-between place for nice, good people who won’t ask for His gift


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EBU PACIFIC AIR rise as the biggest airline career in the country in terms of passenger’s volume of patronage was suddenly tainted with public ridicule last Thursday when their crews of a chartered flight b ound for C hina were involved in air piracy of passenger’s money. The prime time TV news carried by three networks of Philippine Television simultaneously headlined the incident. Airline companies are our partner in any national and international tourism promotion and we are proud to work with them. Though this case is an isolated incident, decency calls for public apology by the airline company to the offended passengers. We know that a company investigation was done and disciplinary action is forthcoming for the erring crews, nevertheless, the public needs assurance that it will never happen again. Erosion of values among employees of big c o mp a n i e s t o c o m m i t dishonesty must be weeded out. But prevention is only possible if the method of crew recruitment will be re-evaluated to include psychological and clinical neuro testing to determine the mental fitness of the applicant to wit hst and m at e r i a l o r m o n e t a r y temptation? The airline industry in the Philippines employs over 100,000 people and still growing. Employees are classified as flight crew or ground crew. The flight crew, in turn is made up of the flight deck crew and the cabin crew, all are involved in providing passenger service and they must pass the technical and psychological competencies. While the flight deck crew consist of the

Captain or Senior Pilot, those responsible for operating the aircraft and supervising other crew members; the first officer or co-pilot is responsible for charting the route and computing flying time. The second officer or flight engineer, who inspects the plane before take-off and after landing and determine the amount of fuel needed, all are involved on the aircraft and passengers safety, all must pass not only on the technical qualification but the neuro examination which will determine the mental fitness to fly the aircraft or land it in the Indian Ocean? A German airline company will soon file bankruptcy after their trans-Atlantic flight crashed, killing all passengers and crews as a result of the suicide of the co-Pilot while on the air? A college degree is needed for the cockpit crew or those coming from the military air command. A commercial pilot’s license is required from the applicant. The flight engineer must have a flight engineer rating. While the Pilot must have t h e i n s t r u m e nt r at i n g issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, an airline transport pilot’s license, a radio operators permit and 1,500 hours of previous flight experience. He can easily be identified, through the badge stripes in his shoulder. In spite of this stringent qualification and decorations, passengers must be guaranteed with a job well done or service rendered. There can be up to 6 people in the cabin crew who are responsible for the care and safety of the passengers, whose duties range from serving food and beverages, to demonstrating safety equipment, giving first aid and when required

calming nervous passengers or crying children flyers. A college graduate degree is preferred for flight attendants and must hurdle the physical requirements and must pass the airline’s training program which varies depending on the type of aircraft assigned. Cabin crews can aspire for the position of Pursuer, incharge of flight crews as Training Supervisor or some supervisory positions in the ground for sales and public relations of the airline guided with professionalism and ethics encapsulated under Article 19 of the New Civil Code which is the fundamental law on human relations. Ground crew positions are in reservations and sales, passenger services for checkin and cargoes, maintenance and security. Reservation agents of an airline, handles personal or on-line inquiries from passengers about flights and making reservations. A college degree is preferred in addition to office experience and computer knowledge in the airline Abacus system. Agents from the ground can advance as sales representatives or flight attendants position to fulfill their career goals. In the airline sales, most employees work outside calling on travel agencies and business travel departments of corporations, like banks and pharmaceutical companies. These employees must possess high integrity and honesty. Airlines have passenger service employees, sometimes the most abused person by impatient passengers during peak travel season, who works in the airport terminals, checking luggage, assigning seats and boarding passengers including handling of pets and fighting cocks which is our national pastime. All


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Ped Quiamjot of these employees must be cheerful and courteous and can defend their company that customers are not always right, providing they are doing the right service to their passengers. Station Managers are found in the airport, every airline must have one who is responsible for coordinating the airline’s flight from the particular airport to the point of destination. His qualif ication, a college graduate with a background in administration with interest in air transportation or engineering. He is the most trusted person authorized to negotiate aviation fuel credit line and calming bill collectors when the account is past due. His responsibilities include t he s afet y and cleanliness of the aircraft and God forbids, in case of an airline accident, he must be the most composed person in the airport. The airlines industry pays above board, salaries and benefits measures the profitability of the company with innovative management practices which goes with airline technologies. Airline e mp l oy e e s mu s t n e v e r commit the stigma of stealing from the passengers? For comments and queries, please email: sbeverage@ or follow on Twitter@gm_ped

Words Manuel L. Quezon Lived By

P Jhan Tiafau Hurst of forgiveness and live for Him every day. None of us is perfect. We’ve all done some things wrong that we need Jesus to forgive us for and start changing in our character and way of living. So we don’t need to talk to the dead to find out about life after death. Jesus Christ has already told us the truth and ever ything we need to know to go where we want to live after we die— together with Him and His true family in heaven. So for your own peace of mind and safety, won’t you ask Jesus to forgive you for living your own way before it’s too late? Then ask Him to take full charge of your heart and help you start living His way every day, for the rest of your life. Just Think a Minute…

resident Manuel L. Quezon, whose 137th birthday anniversary we are commemorating on Wednesday, was an eloquent and very quotable speaker. S om e of h i s l i n e s graphically illustrate his multifaceted character as a fearless fighter for the restoration of Philippine independence, an advocate or Father of the National Language, and a true patriot. He became a popular hero when, in opposing the racist policies of Governor Leonard Wood , he uttered the now famous words: “I prefer a government run like hell by Filipinos to a government run like h e ave n by A m e r i c ans . Because, however bad a Filipino government might be, we can always change it.” Unfortunately, the second sentence has often been dropped, allowing for snide remarks such as: Be careful what you wish for.

On another occasion, he said: “Kung ang nakatakdang kapalaran ng ating bansa ay ang maging sakop ngunit mayaman, o ang maging malaya nguit mahirap, walang pag-aalinlangang pipiliin ko ang huli.” On December 30, 1937, on the occasion of the 41st death anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, Quezon issued Executive Order 134 which adopted Tagalog as the foundation of Filipino, the national language of the country. On the same day, he announced the signing of the Executive Order on national radio. He spoke entirely in Filipino – the first time that a Philippine President did so. In a famous one-liner, Quezon defined his hierarchy of loyalties. He said: “My loyalty to my party ends where my loyalty to my country begins.” Some of his other famous quotes are now immortalized

in separate stone markers at the Quezon Memorial. They are as follows: Faith in the People “I have an abiding faith in the people. I know that they have all the faculties needed to become a powerful and enlightened nation. The Filipino is not inferior to any man of any race.” Social Justice “Social justice is more beneficial when applied as a matter of sentiment, and not of law.” Loyalty of Citizen “Every Filipino citizen ow e s l oy a l t y t o t h i s government not only a his legal duty for living under it, but also as one who must abide by its laws and respect the authorities constituted under those laws.” Concept of Duty “I am not the President of the rich, and I am not the President of the poor either. I am the President of the Philippines, of the Filipino


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Ignacio Bunye people, rich and poor alike. The duty of the President of the Philippines is a duty to which he owes the whole Filipino people.” Peace “I am a firm and strong believer in peace. I believe in a peaceful, quiet and u nd istu r b e d hu man it y, striving for progress and achieving also higher destiny under the panoply of the arch of peace. “Progress is impossible bunye/PAGE 9

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Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu (center) announces the company’s record-breaking performance in the first half of the year at a recent analyst briefing. Joining him from left are Chief Finance Officer Albert De Larrazabal, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business Daniel Horan , Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for International and Business Markets Gil Genio and General Counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo.

Teachers must also learn on the job By DARIO R. ABALDE Teacher I District Property Custodian Imbatug Central Elementary School Imbatug, Baungon, Bukidnon

ONE of the characteristics of a great teacher is to be humble enough to learn in his or her whole lifetime. For it is only in learning that teachers improve. This does not mean that teachers who are on their first day on the job are lousy ones. But as you age, you will receive lots of seminar inputs and actual experiences in the campus both in dealing with the students, the curriculum and even fellow teachers alike, your teaching profession will immensely improve. Teaching is a unique profession – it is one of those careers where you learn something new every day. Pursuing a degree in education

teaches you so much about learning itself – pedagogy, methodology, etc. You learn how people learn and how to best teach students. No matter what you teach, your knowledge in many fields will deepen and expand.


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Globe customer base soars to new record high in 1H GLOBE Telecom’s customer base soared to a new record high in the first half of the year, reaching 52.7 million, a 17% jump from 45 million a year earlier as Globe continues to be the leading network of choice by smartphone users amid continuing customer shift to a digital lifestyle. Following robust customer acquisition, the company booked record-breaking financial performance in the first half of the year, generating service revenues of P53.8 billion, a 13% jump from a year earlier, resulting in a core net profit of P8.6 billion, a 14% growth from P7.6 billion a year earlier. “Globe is the Filipinos’

leading choice of network for their digital lifestyle, evidenced not only by robust growth in customer base but also by strong growth in mobile data revenues, which now contribute 23% of total revenues compared with 16% from a year earlier. We expect this trend to persist amidst the growing number of smartphone users and as we continue to offer products and services that provide relevant content that will further enhance our customers’ digital lifestyle,” President & CEO Ernest Cu said. Globe mobile subscribers totaled 48.4 million at the end of the first half, a 13% rise from 42.7 million a

year earlier. Strong gains in customer acquisition in the company’s mobile business helped underpin mobile service revenues to climb 10% to P41.6 billion, compared with P37.8 billion a year earlier. To t a l m o b i l e g r o s s acquisitions in the first half of the year reached 21.6 million, a 15% increase from a year earlier as Globe maintained its dominance in the postpaid segment, driven by sustained growth in high-quality customers. At the end of June this year, Globe had 2.3 million postpaid customers, up 12% from the 2.1 million in the same period of last year. The continued success of Globe Pospaid’s myLifestyle

Plan, with a wide range of device offers and innovative deals, helped boost gross acquisitions to reach a new record high of 478 thousand in the first half of the year, a 23% increase from 389 thousand a year earlier. Globe Prepaid gross acquisitions at the end of June this year grew 14% to 9 million compared with 7.9 million a year earlier while TM also generated an impressive gross acquisition of 12.2 million in the first half, up 16% from a year earlier following the Free Facebook and Free Viber promotions. The company’s broadband customers, on the other hand, surged 55% to 3.5 globe/PAGE 11

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BSP tops performance rating among govt offices surveyed THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) remains the best performing government office, according to the 2015 Executive Outlook Survey of the Makati Business Club (MBC). The survey is for the period of July 2014 to July 2015. MBC executive director Peter Angelo V. Perfecto said BSP has been the top government agency for business executives since 2011. Perfecto said executives of membercompanies of MBC are satisfied with the work of the central bank in making stable macroeconomic and financial environment in the Philippines amid pressures and external threats in the global

market. Following BSP, business executives ranked the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) as second best performing public office dislodging Department of Tourism (DOT), which now ranked third in the latest MBC survey. Both in rank four are the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). The Department of Finance (DOF) jumped by three notches to rank six from rank nine in the last survey. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) leapfrogged by

11 notches in the 2015 Survey at rank seven from its 2014 Survey ranking of 18th spot. DTI’s investment promotion agency, Board of Investments (BOI), also jumped by 11 spots from rank 20 to nine, only next to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at rank eight. Completing the 10 top performing government offices for business executives is the Civil Service Commission (CSC). More than half or 38 out of 64 government offices included in the survey received net satisfaction ratings, the MBC said. Thirty-one public offices improved their rankings from the 2014 Survey, with

Senate having the most Department of Energy Regulatory improved rankings Agriculture (DA), and Commission (ERC). which went up by 26 spots; House of Representatives, up by 13 notches; and Office By Hezel N. Orabao of the Ombudsman and Teacher 1 Colawingon Elementary School Department of Budget Talakag 1 District and Management (DBM), both up by 11 You make me smile, yes, you mine longs to see. Oh Loving percent along with DTI always do.Every time I'm lost, you--They SAY it's a crime; and BOI. you guided me through.You're and you're no worth more Twenty-four in my thoughts everywhere I than a dime--BUT they can't agencies received a go--It seems that you made make me stop-- I confess negative net satisfaction my dreams came true. And that I'm guilty of that crime; ratings from business please accept a gift from and it's crime I;d willingly me to you: Three simple yet commit from time to time. In executives with the truthful words that says" " I this barren place of wrath and Office of the Vice Love You." AsIi glance at your tears, Your name is a sound of President plummeting face, I find myself in heaven-- triumphant victory to my ears! from rank 33 in 2014 Survey to rank 64 in the soaring so high through the You are invisible-- and your sky like a raven. Towards love makes me invulnerable. current survey. you, my feelings will never be Soon our love will be an epic Agencies in the shaken; Even if I breakdown, that everyone else would bottom five include and beneath my heart I'm wish to hear. Oftentimes this Department of broken. From the moment world's vanity will make you Transportation and we meet, I knew something's tremble,but with our faithful Communications changed inside me; It feels hearts intertwined together, so right that I never wanted My Love I swear-- in the end (DOTC), Bureau this to flee and suddenly its we'll win this battle. You and I of Customs (BOC),

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Helping Grade School Students Overcome Reading Difficulties By Maydeline Lynne A. Cueme Master Teacher I Adtuyon Elementary School

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Gaining knowledge is a complex task. Just like it, reading is found challenging for children especially on early grade levels. There are determined reading problems among pupils. It is also important for teachers or parents to understand the source of reading problem of each child in order for it to be addressed. The child might not recognize start or end sounds. Many children know their letter sounds, but cannot recognize these sounds when trying to sound out words. He cannot spell the word. While there are a number of spelling rules, conventions and exceptions that take time to learn, spelling in the early grades is only a concern if regular, phonetic words are

misspelled. Spelling is a key decoding skill. The child resists reading. Many children with reading difficulties start to resist reading out loud to their parents, and become easily distracted in reading times in school. He might not find reading an enjoying activity. Many students do not enjoy reading for any reason - text books, assigned texts, novels, newspapers, and magazines. These are just part of several sources of reading problems among pupils. Parents and teachers play big role in determining the reason behind a child’s difficulties in reading. Once it is determined, the teacher will directly know where to focus, in order for the child to learn reading easier.

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HILIPPINE farm output shrank in the second quarter of the year as the El Nino dry spell took its toll on the crops and fisheries sub-sectors. In a report, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) said the agriculture production reached P372.4 billion, or 5.21 percent below last year’s output. As a result, the farm sector hardly grew in the first half of the year, with growth of 0.73 percent year-on-year. Crops, which accounted

for half of total farm output, contracted by 3.05 percent as the El Nino cut the country’s rice and corn harvest in the second quarter by 2.88 percent and 15.76 percent, respectively, from a year ago. Rice production, which reached 4 million metric tons in the second quarter, contracted on the back of a reduction in the harvest area and of yield. In contrast, the dry spell improved production of abaca, cabbage, camote,

A Way of Life Not Having Education… By Hezel N. Orabao Teacher I Colawingon Elementary Talakag 1 District

Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself - that’s what John Dewey believed in. Undoubtedly, life itself is a most splendor gift God has ever given to us. It offers us a lot of avenues for us to perfectly be someone of whom we’re crafted to be. Specifically, molded us with superb experiences making us stronger and determined all the more each day. But as the old adage says, “Life is full of twists and turns. It doesn’t serve us a bed full of roses alone but with mixtures of thorns as well”. Thus, bearing its complexities merely depends on the unwavering will which one truly got – a kind of will which can be obstructed if not properly been motivated as in most cases do occur. Allow me to speak to you in behalf of the striving youths and kids who happened to be deprived with the opportunity to express themselves and to enjoy the possibilities of wandering the goodness of being successful in whichever field they dreamed to belong. They are those individuals obviously visible squandering their time in activities not so worth to consider at in the first place. They are these by-standers who spend the rest of their day with their friends doing unnecessary works which could even lead them to isolate themselves and seclude to what the society’s been expecting from them. They are also these kids clearly observable on streets begging, fighting, stealing, selling stuffs or those who are exploited by people superior to them. Moreover, they are these kids, whose innocence been demoralized in such a way that they’ve been used to do heinous crimes, scandals, blasphemies and other sorts of deeds unforgivable by the law and to the doctrine of Christianity. These aforementioned problems might be so tough to fathom and reckon with unfortunately, these do immerse in any side of the country. The question now isn’t only about what

made these happen but why it happened as well. Imperative cause to point out is because they’re not in school the whole day - that instead of learning and studying they were there on streets and sidewalks gallivanting around. Consequently, they would be prone more to bullying and to illegal activities and would precisely be apt to be influenced by notorious and manipulative people. Despite the fact that our government is now promoting Education for All, still many are not given the chance to enjoy this. Apart from the government’s RA 9155’s goal to give every school age the access to free education, many are still robbed with the right to be educated. Subsequently, many remained afraid and felt so unsecure of their safety from their peers, from their family and even from their community considering the birth of Child Protection Policy and Anti-bullying Act. See, even how much Bills and Acts our government inaugurate, it won’t suffice especially if the instability of these acts and bills rooted mainly upon execution but failed to remind stakeholders how influencing could they be to make it more realistic. Another fact lies behind is the unsteadiness of family’s support to motivate and inspire young learners. To let them hold pen and paper, read books and enjoy their stay in school rather than forcing them to work or by consenting and giving in to their child’s dominance. It is therefore my desire to promote the importance of highly motivating young learners and those of school age to go to school and learn the norms and standards the society is expecting from them. I plead for the government to strictly impose one of the nine urgent and critical tasks of EFA which is to transform existing non-formal and informal learning options into a truly viable alternative learning system yielding more EFA benefits. As such, doors for improvement will be endorsed.

cassava, garlic, mango, mongo and pineapple. The fisheries subsector, which contributed 1 8 . 7 9 p e rc e nt t o t ot a l

farm output, dropped 1.53 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, as the heat pulled down production of milkfish, roundscap,

skipjack and tilapia. In contrast, the livestock and poultry subsectors grew by 5.20 percent and 4.71 percent, respectively, in

the second quarter. Livesto ck accounted for 16.24 percent of total farm output, while poultry contributed 15.18 percent.

Gov’t hikes budget for agri research AS t he D ep ar t ment of Agriculture (DA) strives to promote science-based agricultural development, the agency has increased the budget of its Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) from P281 million in 2010 to P1.12 billion in 2015. The R&D budget for 2016 which is P1.33 billion, based on the National Expenditure Program. This was announced by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala during the opening ceremony of the threeday 11th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition that

was held as part of BAR’s 28th anniversary celebrations. The forum-exhibition themed “ Teknolohiyang Pansakahan at Pangisdaan: Tulay sa mas Maunlad na Pilipinas Patungo sa Pandaigdigang Kakayahan” runs from August 7 to 9, 2015 at the SM Megatrade Hall 2 in Mandaluyong City. It aims to highlight breakthroughs in agricultural research and development (R&D) and provide fresh perspectives on technology c o m m e r c i a l i z a t i o n . It showcases more than 90 exhibitors from the DA’s bureaus and attached agencies

Improving the Skills of Kindergarten Pupils in Mathematics Using Educational Video Clip By JELMAR S. BANGOD Teacher White Kulaman Elementary School

The purpose of this study is to determine the performance of the kindergarten pupils by watching educational video clip in the kindergarten activity. Specifically the following are addressed in the conduct of this study: the performance of the kindergarten pupils in Math using the activity given by the teacher; the performance of the kindergarten pupils in math using the educational video clip; the significant difference on the performance of the kindergarten pupils in Math between educational video clip and activity given by the teacher; the teaching intervention can be made in enhancing the performance of the kindergarten pupils in

math. This is a quantitative research which 18 kindergarten are participated in the study. The data are obtained using activity sheet given by the teacher prior and after the educational video clip. The findings revealed the following: the performance of the kindergarten pupils in the activity prior to the educational video clip activity is below standard; the performance of the kindergarten pupils in the activity after the educational video clip activity is superior; there is a significant difference between the performance of the kindergarten pupils in Math between educational video clip and activity given by the teacher.

and regional field offices; and R&D partners such as state universities and colleges, international organizations, and the private and business sectors. In his message, Secretary Alcala stressed the importance of matching agricultural R&D programs and projects with the actual needs of the agriculture sector, especially small farmers and fishers. “We need to identify specific areas where the results of researches will be actually used for the betterment of the lives of our farmers and fishers. We do not want these to remain in research journals and gather dust in libraries,” he said. Meanwhile, BAR Director Dr. Nicomedes Eleazar said that with increased funding supp or t and i mprove d

governance, the agency has strove more to conduct R&D that redound to improving the lives of the Filipinos, particularly those living in the countryside. He a d d e d t h a t t h e bureau, in consideration of the ASEAN economic integration, has implemented responsive R&D programs to improve both to productivity and competence, delivering relevant technologies where and when they are needed most. “With a more competitive ASEAN market, we do not only aspire to increase productivity, which merely fo c us e s on pro duc t i on quantity, but also improve our competence— highlighting improvement of product quality, too,” Eleazar said. budget/PAGE 9

Teachers must have goals By DARIO R. ABALDE Teacher I District Property Custodian Imbatug Central Elementary School Imbatug, Baungon, Bukidnon

TEACHERS are in a unique position to have a direct impact on their students. That’s because they are the next set of persons a child encounters beyond their parents or older sibling. Teachers can likewise see the works of their students in action, a privilege not experienced by parents most especially those working parents. Unless you’re a homemaker who occasionally peeks at classroom windows to see how your child is doing, then ultimately, it is the teacher who is aware of your child’s learning status.

Likewise, teachers can see their work in action, see the changes they affect and in so doing they witness firsthand their goals coming to fruition. Teachers have direct interactions with the students they’re helping and whatever their goals may be, this allows them to see these goals realized.

9th Division-Wide Encampment of the GSP By Rosemarie Gaviola-Tolentino Teacher 1-Lumbia CS GSP Division Sub-Camp Staff

The Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) is the general guiding association for girls and young women of the country. Its undertaking is to assist girls and young women realize the ethics of womanhood and independence.  This girls-only association was orga-nized in the Philippines as early as 1918 by American missionaries and servicemen. And the first Filipino woman who spearheaded the organization of a scout movement for girls in the Philippines was Josefa Llanes Escoda. Subsequently, several Filipino women are continuously working for the sustainability of its organization for the welfare of the next generation to come. And to achieve that goals encampment all over the country has to be done annually. Our school

is just so blessed and honored to be chosen as the host school for the 9th Division-Wide Encampment for S.Y. 2015-2016 with the theme: “We Achieve to Serve”. At exactly 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, August 07, 2015 thousand of young girls coming from the different elementary and central schools of Cagayan de Oro Division came to join the 9th Division-Wide Encampment held at Lumbia Central School, Lumbia Cagayan de Oro City. The three-day Division-Wide Encampment aimed to facilitate all the girls to have a better understanding of the true essence of becoming a girl scout and to help them perform their duties and responsibilities more consistently as challenges come along their way.

The campers composed of bonafide young elementary girls who were registered to the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP). The opening ceremonies was graced by the GSP Council President Agnes O. Adviento who in her welcome greetings articulated gladness that who she is now was because of the ideals and principles of the GSP. She also encouraged all the girls to live the spirit of it as she believes the young girls being the vision of optimism will also sustain and continue to pull off the legacy of the GSP to our country. During the said encampment all the girls were provided with ten different activities both indoor and outdoor. And some of the above mentioned challenges were human bingo, spider web, bamboo bridge, and cooking challenge. Most of the numerous challenges were designed by the GSP staff in order for the girls to explore great things, discover beauty, extend

GSP Council President Agnes O. Adviento

service, and collect memories. At the end of the encampment, each girl was tasked to continue what has been learned and oriented to keep all their activity cards to remind their achievements. The closing ceremony was highlighted by presentation of awards and certificates. The newly appointed GSP Division Coordinator Dr. Cynthia V. Yañez imparted an inspiring message and motivation on the influence and values of team work, companionship, and character in thoughts to carry with them home.

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Peace and Development Advocates Inc. (KFPDAI) received the Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution. Out of the eight finalists, five in institutional and three in individual categories, were based in Mindanao. Castillon, a 62-year old retired teacher, was cited

for establishing Marmylone Learning Center that caters to T’boli children in two mountainous barangays along the vicinity of Lake Cebu in South Cotabato. In her acceptance speech during the awarding rites held at the Cebu Convention on Friday evening, Castillon said she is dedicating the award to the T’boli tribal communities whom she has lived with since 1979.

The Mission of Education By Razel N. Mariquit Master Teacher I Dilapa Integrated School

“Th e whole p urp ose o f education is to turn mirrors into windows.” − Sydney J. Harris Education is very essential, that it took place even in the beginning of time where our ancestors still wrote in the cave walls just to exchange shared meaning to each other. It is truly important for one to learn and know everything that surrounds him through educating himself. Perhaps, some creatures would ask what is the world without education? It is through Education that a man will be made as sensible person. It means that a person can communicate with sense to other people since he can adjust to various levels of understanding. He could understand from simple to critical situations and in betweens. He can give an accurate reason to an existing phenomenon and as well explain why such behaviour existed. Education will also teach the person how to become his better self. Each person’s personality have positives

and negatives. Yes, it is up to that person on what he will use and improve but through Education, he can learn on how to take controls over these behaviours. He will be taught about the outcomes of his attitude and further know how to improve his positives and decline his negatives. In the absence of Education, he might fail to control his intellect. For one, everything that resulted to success or a mess is a result of one’s actions which is, of course, his thinking made him to do so. Education is something more. It is not just actually what people learned from four classroom corners but on their everyday encounters. Education is attained from level one to the infinite level that no one knows where and when is the stoppage, since learning is a continuous process. Education truly matters. Life without learning is a life that seeks no improvement. As the same, the world without Education is a world that seeks no progress at all.

Innovations for IP Education By JEFFREY L. OLASIMAN Teacher I Kalipayan ES, Impasugong District, Bukidnon

Racial Discrimination influenced the access of Education not only in the Philippines but throughout the entire World. This is the main reason that the Indigenous People of the Nation were given due priority in gaining entrée into Literacy as ascertained by a Memorandum Circular issued by the Department of Education secretary DR. ARMIN A. LUISTRO, FSC providing primacy to the Indigenous People as others call it ‘IP takes front seat in the Philippine Education’. As Teacher-in-Charge of Kalipayan Elementary School, an IP School at Kalipayan, Dumalaguing, Impasugong, Bukidnon, I prepared an INNOVATION designed to address the issue on Indigenous People’s percipience in the field of Education. It was instigated with identifying the different tribes present in the area, understanding their culture and getting acquainted with applicable methods to meet their educational needs. Moreover, I ensured that such innovations will be included in the COMMUNITY

EDUCATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN arranged for School Year 2016-2018. The TRIBES living within the expanse of Impasugong are the Tala-andig, Bukidnon and Higa-onon. The TALAANDIGs are the natives whose standard of living depends mostly on the Mountain. Its name is originated from the word NAKASANDIG, meaning “leaning on the mountain”. Higa-onon, on the other hand, are the tribesmen who initially came from the province of Misamis Oriental. Their name derived from the term “HIGAD” meaning “along the seashore”. BUKIDNON, of course are the inhabitants of this province long before civilization. TALA-ANDIG, HIGAONON and BUKIDNON peopl e are famous of being shy, benevolent and reluctant. They are vulnerable to prejudices and chauvinism. Generally, their oddity urged other individuals to discriminate them. The creation of the recent DepEd memorandum to prioritize the Indigenous People will certainly change of opportunities of the IPs in the Philippine Education.

“This [award] inspires me more to continue serving the less fortunate children in the hinterlands,” the emotional Castillon said. The KFPDAI, on the other hand, has been instrumental in establishing and organizing peace and development communities in the 36 municipalities in Maguindanao. It focuses on peace and development activities like emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitations, livelihood de velopment, capacity-

building, infrastructure, and delivery of basic social services. Established in 2000 right after the signing of the final peace agreement between the renegade Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the national government, KFPDAI has transformed 57 former MNLF combatants into peace and development advocates or PDAs. K F P DA I’s e xe c ut i v e d i re c tor Ha dj a Gi ob ay Diacolano, a former womancombatant herself, said that

Educational Technology Left Behind By Arun Jiko G. Ga Teacher I Talakag Central School Talakag I District

The Philippines ranks a poor seventh among nine Southeast Asian nations in the area of education and innovation, Guillermo M. Luz, co-chairman of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), Said. He also said that the use of more technology in education is easier like shifting to e-books to upload and upgrade rather than spending billions of pesos of textbook. The Philippine government and the NGO’s in individuals nowadays already exerts effort to modernize or uplift the technology in education however a lot remains to be done, because the government could not afford to provide all schools in the Philippines. Thus, some schools can afford to modernized and uplift education but some don’t and then government steps in. Philippines is not really behind in technology but

we are definitely updated to gadgets and all the technologies we have now a days but did we invented those technologies? Do we have our own inventions? These are the common questions that we encounter, yes we are updated but we are still behind in educational technology in some reasons that our government cannot afford to provide the needs and the changes for modernized of education. In 2011-2012, the K to 12 Curriculum has already been implanted in the Department of education for the improvement of teaching and learning process in the Philippines. Educational technology is used by learners and educators in homes and schools. This K to 12 program must continuously supported by our government to achieve its goals, “No Child Left Behind”.

K to 12 curriculum: Expected to produce competitive Filipino graduates By Rey J. Tacastacas Head Teacher II Bukang Liwayway ES Kibawe, Bukidnon

K+12 Basic Education Program is a system of education in the Philippines implemented under President Benigno Aquino’s administration. This program aims to improve educational status and produce highquality graduates. K to 12 is born through collaboration among Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and other stakeholders. Early before, Philippines is the last in Asia and one of the three countries worldwide, other than Angola and Djibouti, having ten-year pre-university cycle. This ten-year before college education composed of six years and four years in elementary and secondary education, respectively. K to 12 is a strategy as well expected to produce better-

trained human resources who could be globally competitive. Certain reports said that a lot of individuals and groups are supportive of this system. It is because the additional years of schooling are seen to have a positive impact on wages and the economy’s annual GDP growth. Moreover, benefits of the reform measure include the enhancement of the education system and production of “college-ready” and career-ready students by the end of their schooling. In addition, this reform is also a factor for producing globally competitive graduates, an increased demand for quality faculty, lower unemployment rate and higher wages, and overall economic growth and social inclusion. Through K to 12 curriculum, Filipino graduates can be competitive in the global business arena, and contribute more success towards building our nation.

the award is for all those who worked and struggled to bring peace and development in Mindanao. Both winners each won a trophy and P484,000. When both were asked by reporters during a post press conference what they will do with the prize money, Castillon said she plans to buy a carabao to help their farming programs for the T’boli. Diacolano, on the other hand, said the organization already planned to use winning money for a microfinancing window for their PDCs. The Aboitiz foundation president Roberto Aboitiz said the award is in recognition of exemplary works of both individual and institutions in their

efforts to bring about peace and development at the grassroots level. Other finalists for Outstanding Institutions included the Cagayan de Oro-based Balay Mindanaw, Cantaan Centennial MultiPurpose C ooperative, Sibog Katawhan Alang sa Paglambo, and Western Samar Development Foundation, Inc. For Exemplary Individual aw a r d , o t h e r f i n a l i s t s included Rep. Lawrence Lemuel Fortun of the First District of Agusan del Norte. Fortun was cited for his effort to provide people with their fundamental right – the right of identity. Also given recognition was Fr. Carmelo Diola, executive director of Dilaab Foundation.

How to Get Along with Co-Workers You Can’t Stand By Hezel N. Orabao Teacher I Colawingon Elementary Talakag 1 District

Does it ever occur to you being in a workplace surrounded with co-workers whose behavior enforces petty exasperations or persistently sabotages your efforts and energy? Well, most of us are stuck or encountered unreasonable people like these in our lives, and people as such can make life at work stressful and spiteful. However, how you handle these interactions depend on a number of factors, including how often you bump into difficult people, how closely you have to work with them, the types of behavior they flaunt, your tractability and sense of humor, and the mobility and options you believe you have within the system. Well, the following steps might help you get along with a co-worker you can’t stand. 1. Smile and kill them with kindness. It’s the best strategy to deal with an atrocious coworker. Be firm and always stand your ground but never react to their viciousness. Smile for every frustrations and snappish outburst and give them a calm understanding response. Often than none, such reaction tends to make them look like an utter fool and it’ll always make your composure unwavering and keep your cool. 2. Pick Your Battles. It can save your valuable time, and precious energy. It’ll always direct you to avoid unnecessary problems and complications. You see, not all difficult individuals we face require direct confrontation about their behavior. It’s helpful to remember that most difficult people have positive qualities as well, especially if you know how to elicit them. In other words, you have the power to decide if a situation is serious

enough to confront. Think twice, and fight the battles that are truly worth fighting. 3. Realize It Isn’t Always About You. It may seem like your coworker has a personal issue with you, ignore it, and try as best as you can to not take what they say or do personally. Maybe they’re not aware of what they’re doing or it’s just that you have something they don’t have and no matter how hard they try, they can never have it. 4. Figure Out What Really Bothers You You may not know why they bug you, so it’s best to figure out what specific behavior they are doing that get you going. Knowing that may help you figure out a plan to curb their impact on you but you can’t fix something until you know exactly what you’re fixing. 5. Keep a Healthy Distance. This is a reminder for more peace of mind which may reduce risk of friction. Some people in our lives are simply not worth brawling with. Your time is precious, your energy is beneficial, so unless there’s something important at stake, don’t waste it by trying to change or convince a person who’s negatively rooted. Whether you’re dealing with a difficult colleague or an annoying relative, be diplomatic and stay away with them most especially if they could easily get to your nerves. The path through our career is never that simple or straight. It would be great to think that when we are hired that we do our work, enjoy the people we work with and get promoted. You will run across irritating peers at various times and it will require you to do some thinking and planning to improve your work life.

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T he 8 - p oi nt te st to determine its legitimacy are the following: 1) Is there a product? 2) Are commissions paid on sale of products and not on registration/entry fees? 3) Is the intent to sell a product not a position? 4) Is there no direct correlation between the number of recruits and compensation? 5) If recruitment were to be stopped today, will the p ar t icip ants st i l l ma ke m o n e y ? 6 ) Is t h e r e a reasonable product return policy? 7) Do products have fair market value? and 8) Is

there a compelling reason to buy? If the answer to all the questions is yes, then the company being evaluated is a Legitimate company. If the answer to all the questions is no, then there is a high probability that it is a pyramid scam. (Angelo A.Devero/STIDS-DTI LDN/ PIA-10 LDN)

Also, consumers have asked EEDMO to re-consider relocating other units of Timbangan ng Bayan to a more conspicuous place for easy access by the buying public, disclosed Paclipan. (Angelo A.Devero/STIDSDTI LDN/PIA-10 LDN)


without peace. No country can govern without peace. Peace is the basis of every good thing in life. And peace in order to be permanent and enduring, should be and must be based not on the bayonet but on the contentment of the people.” Justice

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early morning and late evening buyers. Ser vice hours of Timbangan ng Bayan facilities are usually from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Education beyond Books By POL S. TOYLO Teacher I SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT II

Education is liberating the mind from its limited stock. It affects our perception in life, the way we talk to people manage a problem, socialize with others, and upgrade economic status? It’s been always said that education is the only treasure our parents could give us. That is why most of the parents really sent their children to school no matter how hard it is for them to work, budget their earned money for their needs and spend it for school. Our parents really believed that finishing school could change life and family status. Children who could graduate from college have high possibility of having a good job with good compensation that would really help cater the needs of the family. Thus they will help uplift/elevate the economic status of their family. It affects our perception in life in such a way that through different topics presented in school, different media a student will be exposed to and varied experiences he/

she will look life as changing one and probably see they twist and turns of life if not properly understood. It will uproot one’s mind from the old beliefs that were proven not true to life and will freed him/her from ignorance. It changes the way we talk to people since we were taught with the international language and there are lots of words that we learned from school. Students were trained in school how to speak with audience that gradually increases self-esteem. Through the different learning’s a student earned from school, she/he will improve her/his ways of managing a problem. Experiences with friends and heard experiences from others will give impact. At this point, everyone must realize the importance of educating oneself. It is not only about learning the topics inside a book and answering its back to back exercises, but, it is all about life that we must live on with sense and importance.

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“The law must be the same for the powerful and for the weak. For the rich and for the poor. “ T h e s u c c e s s of an government depends to a large extent upon its administration of justice. “ In the early part of the war, President Quezon and Vice President Osmena were evacuated to the United States where they led a government in exile. While in Washington Q u e z on i n it i a l l y f e lt embittered by what he p e rc e ive d a s t h e s l ow deployment of troops to retake the Philippines. Privately, he rebuked the United States, for “ trying to save a neighbor (Europe)

while her own daughter (the Philippines) was being raped.” Quezon later had a change of heart. In 1943, convinced that the US was on the verge of retaking the Philippines, he broadcast from his sickbed: “I want to assure you that the People and government of the United States have never forgotten their obligations to you....I will return with General MacArthur. Our day of redemption is at hand.” Quezon did not live to see that day. He died on August 1, 1944 of tuberculosis in a convalescing cottage in Saranac Lake, New York. He was 66. Note: You may email us at totingbunye2000@gmail. com.


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Wi l l i am D ar, BA R’s pioneer director and former DA acting secretary lauded the current DA and BAR leadership’s achievements in agriculture R&D and proposed that these R&D milestones should be complemented with agribusiness incubation programs. Dar, who also served as three-term director general of the India-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), which the DA actually espouses under its Agri-Pinoy overall strategic framework, according to Secretary Alcala. (DA-AFID)

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market that is now also being eyed is Japan where they sent 50 samples of seedless and vacuum-packed fresh durian last week. Miculob advised durian growers to plant more and heed the best practices to jack up production up to eight to 10 MT per hectare from the current 4.6 MT per hectare to fill in the looming supply gap in two years. “Whoever plants durian, don’t abandon it. Our goal is to increase the productivity,” he said in Cebuano. If the farmers plant today, they should not worry about oversupply because there will be new export markets where they can ship out their fresh produce by the time the trees start bearing fruits, he said. He added that trainings have been provided by the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Trade and Industry, and Department of Science and Technology. Councilor Marissa Salvador Abella added said the region produced 67 MT of durian in 2014, 90 percent of which came from Davao City. But DA regional director Remelyn Recoter said production could be higher had it not been for super typhoon Pablo which struck the region in December 2012. She explained that El Niño, which is expected to persist until August 2016, has delayed the fruiting of some durian trees. The Durian Industr y Council is also expecting a 25 percent drop in the production of durian grown on lowlands this year due to El Niño. But the productivity of durian trees in Calinan, Baguio, and Toril districts has remained stable. “Early next year, El Niño will intensify. But compared to other regions, the impact on our region will be minimal,” she said. Abella added that they want to encourage the farmers to go beyond just growing durian, adding that she desires durian growers develop the sense of entrepreneurship. “After we have organized the farmers, we want to strengthen and capacitate them to become businessminded,” she said. The councilor will participate in the food trade expo in Nanning, China next month to see what opportunities await the durian growers and other farmers in the city.

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projects and promised to “choose from among these those that we will be able to help fund for this year and the following year.” Initially, the ABAMIN partylist committed P15 million for the barangays’ livelihood programs/ projects. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also committed P6 million

for this year and another P4 million for 2016 to fund products development such as peanut butter, cashew nuts, dried mango, and skills training. The international NGO Johanniter International [a long-time partner of BMFI] has committed P8 million for Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction Program such as capacity-building, equipment, improvement of health centers, and assistance to dengue hotspot barangays. Balay Mindanaw’s sister NGO, the Global Mindanaw Polytechnic, Inc. (GMPI) committed P1 million for the scholarships of 150 students who will undergo heavy equipment operation, and housekeeping courses it is offering in its campus in Gingoog City. Another Balay Mindanaw sister NGO, the Katilingbanong Pagbarog, Pagbangon ug Pamahandi sa Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (KP3MFI) also committed P1.5 million for business development services such as technical assistance in project/ business development and consultancy. Porticus has committed P1 million for DRR programs such as capacity-building and equipment. Misereor also committed P2 million for peacebuilding program such as strengthening of local leaders, cliniquing and organizing. The administration of Mayor Oscar Moreno has committed P17,231,000 for the barangays’ agriculture programs and projects such as farm equipment and implements, production, and training. It also committed another P7 million for solid waste management project in the barangays. The Department o f Int e r i o r a n d L o c a l Government (DILG) has committed P57 million for various projects such as household survey (CBMS), concreting of diversion roads, strengthening of BBIs, conduct of feasibility studies, construction of evacuation centers and water systems. Programs, Projects identified The programs and projects contained in the barangays’ respective 5-Year Barangay Development Plans (BDPs) are those that the communities have identified during the conduct of a participatory and democratic p r o c e s s t h at i n c l u d e d representatives of various sectors and organizations present in the barangay. The BDP serves as an official document of the barangay and incorporates the profile, needs, concerns, goals, priority programs, projects and targets of the locality and identified and prioritized interventions b as e d on t he avai l able resources coming f rom internal and external sources. Each barangays underwent the process of Participatory Resource/Rural Appraisal (PRA) as their

basis for the formulation of their BDPs. The PRAs were facilitated by the Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI) with the active involvement of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) and the City Department o f Int e r i o r a n d L o c a l Government (CILG) and other government agencies and institutions. “ T h i s p a r t i c i p at o r y process is done through a community consultation, focus group discussions, especially with the Barangay D e ve l opm e nt C ou n c i l s ( B D C s ) ,” s a i d S a b r i n a Garcia-Balais, team leader of the CDO Team of Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. To ensure a holistic approach and integration of the barangays’ concerns on peacebuilding, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (CCADRR) in the conduct of the PRA, the participants were usually grouped into four sectors, namely: (1) Land Use Development and Environment ; (2) AgriEconomic Development; (3) Social-Human Resource Development; and (4) Local Governance/Development Administration. L ocus and Focus of Intervention BMFI has been in existence for almost 20 years now. But it was only recently that it has begun to focus its interventions to its home city of Cagayan de Oro. Initially, the foundation has partnered with five “Sendong barangays” — Carmen, Macasandig, Bonbon, Iponan and Indahag — where it provided CCADRR interventions through trainings, capacity-building and equipage. B elieving that it can do more to help the city achieve build an empowered, p e a c e f u l a n d re s i l i e nt communities, the foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City Government of Cagayan de Oro. This resulted to meaningful partnerships with eight (8) more barangays from the upland and urban areas (Balulang, Bulua, Gusa, Pagatpat, Camamanan, Tuburan, Pigsag-an) in 2014. And this Year 2015, five more partner barangays were added: Bayanga, Tumpagon, Dansolihon, Tignapoloan and Lapasan. BMFI is presently groundworking to add four more partner barangays: Mambuaya, Patag, Kauswagan and Tablon. “B a l ay Mind anaw is indeed fortunate to have rediscovered the barangay about 20 years ago. Since then, the barangay has always been the locus and focus of our work. Balay Mindanaw’s main brand and flagship is our community-based and barangay-based work. This is where we get our energies and inspiration from as we engage the other levels in the Philippines, in Asia and in the world,” said Kaloy Manlupig, Balay Mindanaw pioneer and

chairman emeritus. Manlupig said he is very thankful to the officials of the barangays, especially to the people for allowing Balay Mindanaw “to accompany you in your journey.” “Partners, thank you very much for allowing us to accompany you in your journey. We also thank Balay Mindanaw’s resource partners Misereor, among others, for their continuing support,” he said. Partnership is nothing without action Mayor Oscar Moreno, in his keynote during the Forum, expressed gratefulness to Balay Mindanaw for helping the government accomplish it s go a l of sust ai nabl e development. Moreno narrated that his 18-years of partnership with Balay Mindanaw started when he was still a neophyte congressman representing the first district of Misamis Oriental. And he urged the barangays to nurture the partnership they have started with the Foundation. However, he reminded the barangays that “that partnership will just be on paper without us [doing our responsibilities]. Naa gyud sa ato ang pagpalihok niana. Ang Balay Mindanaw igo lang mogiya kanato, igo lang mohatag og coaching sa ato, igo lang mohatag og ideas sa ato but the real action will be done by us. Kaya nato na, I have no doubt of that.”

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represents the comfortable casual footwear line, TOE is composed of toe-flaunting sandals and flip-flops, and RUN is made up of active and athletic-inspired shoes. It also brings to the country a wide array of heritage and alternative footwear brands from all over the world like Sanuk, Nike, Native, Flossy, Fitflop, and Singapore brand Mitju to name a few. R e s | To e | Ru n S e n i o r Brand Executive Edilyn Yu says “at Res|Toe|Run we make sure our customers get a different experience in every store in Centrio we have the wood concept, i n SM we have a d i ne r experience, and here in Limketkai Center we have an outdoor garden café experience.” The Res|Toe|Run Limketkai concept store has a bright ambiance with earth tones and panels of green with picnic tables as display racks takes customers to an experience other than a usual shoe store. Primer Group Area Operations Head for VisMin Edgar R abino enthused "Sa among mga higala (to our friends), the newest concept of Res|Toe|Run is finally here in Cagayan de Oro, bring the whole family and all your friends to visit us at the 2nd Level


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of Limketkai Mall (just in front of Cinema 1 & 2) and let our team ser ve your appetite for shoes, see you all soon.”

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million from 2.2 million from year-ago level. This helped realize a remarkable 24% growth in broadband and fixed line revenues, totaling P12.3 billion compared with P9.9 billion a year earlier. Impressive gains in customer take-up was attributed to the success of the latest roster of broadband pro duc ts and services, which offer exclusive access to a portfolio of entertainment content to enrich Globe customers’ digital lifestyle. Fixed line data segment sustained its growth momentum with P3.1 billion revenues registered in the first six months of the year, up 20% from P2.6 billion a year earlier, fueled by the strong demand for domestic and internet services, sustained circuit base expansion and the increasing popularity of cloud services. The company’s continuing commitment in offering innovative products and ser vices to cater to the evolving needs of its corporate clients contributed to its continued success. The company has additional 849 thousand customers from its fixed line voice business.

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Res|Toe|Run opens 3rd concept store in CDO Story & Photos by SHAUN ALEJANDRAE YAP UY


he Philippines’ first and only restaurant-inspired multi-brand shoe shop, Res|Toe|Run, opens its 3rd branch in Cagayan de Oro City at the Limketkai Center, August 14. The opening also marks the brand’s 43rd nationwide. A “shoptopia” for “shoeaholics”, Res|Toe|Run concepts stores are designed to satisfy one’s appetite for shoes. Res|Toe|Run’s product mix is categorized into three: “RES”


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SHOPTOPIA . (from left) Edilyn Yu, Res|Toe|Run Senior Brand Executive, Edgar Rabino Primer Group Area Operations Head -VisMin, and Shirly Cruz Res|Toe|Run Head Office Operations Head pose for posterity at the newly opened Res|Toe|Run concept store at the 2nd level of Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro, August 14.

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