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Business registry THE Cagayan de Oro City Council committee on trade, commerce and cooperatives chaired by C oun c il or Ed na Dahino has endorsed to the committee on laws and rules chaired by Councilor Ra m o n Ta b o r t h e pr o p o s e d ordinance authorizing City Mayor Oscar Moreno to enter into and sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Trade and Industr y. This will cover the implementation of DTI’s Philippine Business Registr y Project (PER). The MOA cites that Section 29 of R.A. 8792 or the “Electronic Commerce Act,” gives the DTI the authority to direct and supervise the promotion and development of electronic commerce in the country with relevant government agencies. Executive Order No. 587 of 2006 mandates DTI to establish and administer the Philippine Business Registry (PBR) project, which will facilitate a seamless transactional environment for business such as but not limited to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), DTI, Bureau o f I n t e r n a l R eve n u e ( B I R), Social Security System (SSS) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).


By MYRNA VELASCO, Contributor

O spare incidence of electricity pilferage, a blanket order will be issued by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) enjoining all distribution utilities (DUs) to elevate their electric meters to areas safe from prospective tampering acts.

To avoid pilferage, the ERC requires utilities to install power meters high from the ground.

The regulatory body has been seeking inputs from stakeholders on its proposed amendments to the rules governing the installation and relocation of electric meters by DUs to elevated metering centers (EMCs) or to other elevated sites. The deadline for subm ission of i ndust r y comments and inputs will be this Monday (December 2), based on the notice issued by the ERC. The ERC said the rules modification shall “apply

to all DUs whose metering installations are over and above the height prescribed in the Magna Carta and the Distribution Ser vice and Open Access Ru les (DSOAR).” In cases where billing disputes will arise from the mandated relocation of electric meters, the ERC prescribed that complaints shall be acted upon based on established rules of practice and procedures. In the installation of meters/PAGE B7

Disaster preparedness DAVAO Cit y - - An of ficial of the National Competitiveness Counc il (NCC), an at tac hed agency of the Depar tment of Trade and Industry (DTI), has emphasized on the relevance of disaster preparedness for competitiveness. Guillermo M. Luz, NCC Private Sector co-chair, said that in order to boost competitiveness, factors that may affect readiness during disasters must be looked into carefully. With climate change affecting every corner of the world, Luz said that “we must be prepared”. “ To d ay, yo u d o n’ t k n ow anymore where the t yphoon could hit so we have to plan. We have to study our risk assessment data based on weather forecasts b e c au s e s t o r m s c a n h i t u s anytime,” he said.

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Davao government drafts sustainable agri program By CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO Correspondent

DAVAO City -- The city government is finalizing its draft for a sustainable agriculture program to mitigate the effects of climate change. C it y A g r ic u lt u r i s t Rocelio T. Tabay said the city government, starting next year, will come up with sustainable agriculture policy that will include a development program to slowly address the climate change problem. A mong t he i n it i a l plans, Mr. Tabay said, is developing areas for permanent crops like coffee, cacao, rubber and fruit trees in the uplands. He also said the city government will “encourage farmers to plant the crops” as their permanent sources of income. Howe ve r, t he c it y

gover n ment w i l l st i l l allow farmers to plant cash crops like vegetables whi le wa it i ng for t he permanent crops to mature and produce fruits. Mr. Tabay said the city needs to come up with the program because there are crops that cannot withstand floods, a problem that the city began experiencing in the past few years. The City Agriculturist’s office has sought P25million funding for the initiative, which will be part of the city government’s P5.1-billion budget, still under deliberation, for next year. The agency will also include in the program the sustainable management of coastal resources, cereals production, and promoting organic farming.

MisOr town launches green governance program By LORRY V. GABULE, Contributor

MISAMIS Oriental -- The Green Governance Program of Naawan town this province in its mission to rehabilitate and protect the Naawan watershed was launched recently with support from its stakeholders. Secretary Luwalhati R. A ntoni no of Mi nda nao Development Aut horit y ( M i n DA ) d u r i n g t h e

launching expressed the importance to build awareness to all local government units, make people aware of the green governance project, encourage and concentrate on eco-tourism. “It is what we are looking forward to, an image we w a nt e d t o pr oj e c t for Mindanao as an eco-tourism program/PAGE B7

Gov’t to implement green procurement By ROMELDA ASCUTIA, Contributor

FLOATING LOGS. Members of the Public Safety Company of Butuan City police discover these large lauan logs floating by the bank of the Agusan River in Barangay Mahogany in Butuan on Nov. 29. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

THE government is serious about implementing its green procurement program in two or three years’ time, and is seek ing industr y participation in forming a policy framework for the project. T h e a d m i n i s t r a t i on

needs to partner with the industrial sector in setting clear standards and preparing businesses for the green movement, said officials from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Budget and Green/PAGE B7

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DTI asks Congress to streamline incentive laws

MANILA –- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is asking Congress to address the streamlining of incentive laws to repeal redundancy of perks to certain investments. D T I Industry Development and Trade Policy Group Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal Jr. said in an inter view that the simplified incentive laws can dti/PAGE B6


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UKTI begins 3-day trade mission in PHL MANILA – The United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI) started a three-day trade mission in Manila Monday, bringing in delegates from 24 British companies ranging from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to multinational companies. The UK trade mission a i m s to e x plore t r a d e opportunities, including pa r t nersh ip w it h loc a l businesses, export, and even putting up investments in the country.

The trade mission of the United Kingdom-based companies in the country is also organized by the UKTI North West England, the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and

Dr. Aves Receives Another CESB Award Dr. Salvador A. Aves, former Regional Director of the National Statistics Office, Region 10 and currently a profe s sor at C apitol University, was awarded by the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) a Plaque of Recognition honoring his inva luable contribution t hat helped shaped t he Career Executive Service fulfill its commitment to competent and dedicated public service during the occasion of t he Career Executive Service Gabi Ng Parangal/Testimonial Dinner at Taal Vista Hotel ,Tagaytay City on November 27. 2013. The Career Executive Service is the ‘third level’ or the managerial class in the group of career positions in the Philippine civil service. The CES was created by Presidential Decree No. 1 to "form a continuing pool of well-selected and d e v e l o p m e n t- o r i e n t e d career administrator who shall provide competent and faithful service." It may be recalled that Dr. Aves was conferred a a plaque of recognition by President Gloria Macapagal-

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the UK-ASEAN Business Council, and t he UKTI Korea Rail Research Institute (KRRI). The British Embassy in Manila said UKTI North West England, comprised of Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cu mbr i a , h a s brou g ht companies which are engaged in manufacturing, food industr y, energ y sector, logistics, and service sub-

sectors, among others. Among these companies from the UKTI North West England trade mission are: Connect Medical Systems, Deemak International Ltd., Hosh i n, PA L Sh ippi ng International Ltd., Product Br o k e r s L t d . , S t e r l i n g Sensors Ltd ., a nd Tree Communications. U K T I N o r t h We s t England Trade Mission leader Philomena Chen noted that

Asian economies have offered long-term opportunities, thus they opt visiting Manila to explore businesses. Aside from the Philippines, the UKTI North West England also set a trade mission in Jakarta, Indonesia. On the other hand, the trade mission of UKTI-KRRI has brought companies in sectors of energy, finance, manufacturing, and services. ukti/PAGE B6

Dev’t programs to benefit newly elected village officials, constituents K I DA PAWA N CI T Y -Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista assured all newly elected barangay officials that their constituents will benefit from all programs that his leadership will undertake soon. “Elections are now over

and I am looking forward to work w it h a l l newly elected barangay officials,” Eva ngelista sa id before administering the the mass oath taking of newly elected and reelected village officials before they assume office on Nov. 30.

“Rest assured that all of you and your constituents w i l l b e n e f i t f r om t h e development programs we will be implementing very soon,” said Evangelista during the conduct of the orientation of all newly elected village benefit/PAGE B6

Dr. Salvador Aves was awarded a Plaque of Recognition by CSC Commissioner Nieves L. Osorio assisted by CES Executive Dir. Ma. Anthonette Allones.

Arroyo as a 2009 Gawad CES Awardee in a ceremony held last November 16, 2 0 0 9 at Ma lac a ña ng. T he G AWA D C a re e r Executive Service (CES) is a Presidential Award that recognizes exceptional and consistent performance and significant contributions of members of the CES

community. It aims to inspire members to live up to the ideals in the CES, which is to bring to the entire bureaucracy change where it is needed, expertise where it is missing and leadership where it is wanting. Dr. Aves is also a Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardee in 2004.

Weather Forecast Smart and DMPI post-Yolanda Network Restoration Update as of November 29, 2013 Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and Digitel Mobi le Phi lippines, Inc. (DMPI) through its brand Sun Cellular have restored network coverage in 100% of the towns and municipalities in Antique, Bohol, Cebu, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, and Southern Leyte that were affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda. T h e c omp a n i e s h ave also restored services in Bu r ua nga, A k la n a nd A l a n g -A l a n g , L e y t e , bringing restoration to these provinces to 95% and 63% respectively. To date, Smart and DMPI have restored net work coverage to 89% of cities and municipalities in the Visayas. Smart has also resumed retail store operations

at the Asia Star Hotel on Zamora Street in Tacloban City. The temporary site is about 30 meters away from t he Smar t Retai l Store, which has sustained major damages because of Typhoon Yolanda and is now undergoing repair. The temporary site opened to the public last November 27 and ser ves af fected subscribers for temporary lifting of accounts, SIM replacement and ot her customer assistance. Meanwhile, Smart and DMPI continue to offer free calls and text services in the following Libreng Tawag Stations: 1. 1. Antique • Culasi 2. 2. Eastern Samar • Im macu late Concepcion High School, update/PAGE B7

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Calata Corp acquires meat supplier of SM Supermarkets CALATA Corp formalized its venture into the food processing business with the acquisition of a controlling stake in the meat business of the Galicia Group. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, the Bulacan-based farm input distributor said it purchased a controlling interest in the meat business of the Galicia group as well as its existing facilities. For more than a decade, the Galicia group is the exclusive supplier of pork, beef and chicken meat to SM Supermarkets under the “SM Bonus” brand. It is also a major supplier of Puregold supermarkets.

“This acquisition, along with the company’s existing animal farming and animal feeds business, is a major component of the company’s completion of its farm-toplate business model with its existing, solidifying its position as an integrated and leading agribusiness player in the Philippines,” Calata said. Calata recently came out with its own feeds brand as a result of its tie-up with a leading Chinese agribusiness firm New Hope Group. Calata is the Philippines’ biggest combined distributor of agro-chemicals, fertilizers, seeds and veterinary medicines from manufacturers.

Plant expansion plan upgraded LISTED Semirara Mining Cor p. is set to bu i ld a 700-megawatt (MW) coalfired power plant -- bigger than the originally planned 300 MW -- to expand its existing facility in Batangas. In a disclosure on Friday, Semirara said its board of directors approved in a special meeting the same day the company’s “investment for a new configuration of 2x350 MW using pulverized coal technology instead of a 2x150 MW capacity as earlier disclosed.”

“The initial plan is to implement this in phases a nd t he t i m i ng of t he implementation is now being deliberated by management i nc lu d i n g t h e t y p e of equipment to be used,” the disclosure added. The 700-MW project represents the second phase of expansion of the company’s existing 600-MW coal-fired power pla nt i n Ca laca, Batangas, which is currently owned and operated by its wholly owned unit, SEMplant/PAGE B7

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PH negotiating with France, Singapore for add’l flights THE Philippines will hold air talks with France and Singapore in the first quarter of next year, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB). Carmelo Arcilla, CAB executive director, said discussions with France are set on January, while that for Singapore on February. Air talks with France will come after the successful conclusion of an air service agreement (ASA) with Italy last September. The Philippines and Italy agreed to 14 flights per week, more than the one f light stipulated in the agreement signed in 1969.

The Philippines’ bid to negotiate air agreement with European countries comes on the heels of Manila’s removal from the EU blacklist of nations with aviation safety concerns. B e s i d e s I t a l y, t h e Phi lippine a ir pa nel concluded air negotiations with Macau, Brazil, Israel and Japan. The Aquino administration is pursuing air talks as part of its open skies policy.

Under Executive Order No. 29, airports other than the Ninoy Aquino International Airport would be opened to more foreign traffic. The government aims to

generate six million tourists, three million jobs and $4.6 billion in tourism revenues by 2016, allowing the sector to contribute 6.35 percent to gross domestic product.

Cola maker prepared for backdoor listing THE GROUP of businessman Alfredo M. Yao has started laying the groundwork for the backdoor listing of its soft drink business. Mr. Yao said consolidation of firms involved in the production and distribution of RC Cola was now being prepared. Yao-led Asiawide Refreshments Corp. holds the license to manufacture the soda brand in the Philippines. “There are many

companies under RC Cola. For example, we have separate companies for our plants,” t he former a mbassador explained, though he would not give details. “So we will put them in one company, which will be listed.” M r. Ya o s a id t he s e subsidiaries’ consolidation, which could be done through sha re s w ap, shou ld b e finished “as soon as possible.”

Yao-led Mazy’s Capital, Inc. in September struck a dea l to acquire a l l out s t a nd i n g s h a re s of Maybank ATR Kim Eng Financial Corp. (MAKFC) -- a listed financial services firm before becoming a shell company -- for P3.19 billion. BETTER PROSPECTS Mr. Yao last month said the “carbonated ” or soft drinks business will likely be the one that would be

listed via MAKFC since “it has a better market.” Mr. Yao also owns the company behind non-carbonated fruit drink maker Zest-O. Mr. Yao had also said the backdoor listing was a prelude to Asiawide Refreshments’ regional expansion. Asiaw ide Refreshments, whose manufacturing and distribution license also covers S out he a st A sia , cola/PAGE B7

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Pepe’s Secret Christmas at Centrio sets the mood for CdeO holiday season

Text and Photos by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy MDN Lifestyle Editor I t is t he la st d ay of “Mi s a de G a l lo”, Pe p e, t he you ng prot agon ist , fal ls a sle e p du r i ng t he m a ss a nd is set t o a n a dve nt u re he w i l l not forget. Sof ia Z obel El i z alde’s St e ps Da nce St ud io a nd t he Ayala Mal ls br i ng a “Fi l i p i no Ne ve r ne ve rla nd” t o Cagaya n de O ro Cit y at t he Ce nt r io Ayala Mal l, Nove mbe r 30. Pe p e wa ke s up a nd is t r a n sp or t e d t o t h is m ag ical pla ce, whe re a ch icke n , a goat , a pig, a sn a ke, a couple of mon keys, a n “a s k a l” ( Fi l ipi no t e r m for st r ay dog), a few f i ref l ie s, a cat , m ice a nd t he be aut if u l “Ti kl i ng” (r ai l bi rd) come t o l ife i n be aut if u l d a nce s. He re, Pe p e, a nd t he re st of t he aud ie nce, is re m i nde d of how be aut if u l t he Ph i l ippi ne s is a nd how we celebr at e Ch r ist m a s. I wat che d t he 3pm show at Ce nt r io, a s I wa s t a k i ng phot og r aph s for M i nd a n a o Dai ly News, I si mply a dore d t he ide a of br i ng i ng a cu lt u r al show i n t he m al l, si nce I a m not re al ly fond cha si ng “st a r s” a nd “m i x i ng” w it h t he c rowd of la d ie s who a re “goo -goo eye d” a nd sc re a m i ng. I we nt home af t e r a he av y sn a ck at It al l ia n i’s w it h M r. M i ke Ba ños a nd ot he r me d ia f r ie nd s a nd blogge r s t o fet ch my w ife, K r is a nd my t wo d aug ht e r s t o cat ch t he 7pm show. I d id n’t k now what t o exp e ct f rom my t odd le r, Sa m m ie, wh i le wat ch i ng t he show. She love s wat ch i ng “Ba rb ie P r i nce s s” at home on DV D wh ich fe at u re s “Ba rb ie” d a nci ng bal let. I wa sn’t su re how she’d re a ct t o a re al-l ife bal let. Tr af f ic al most got t o u s a nd we got t o Ce nt r io a we e -bit t oo close for com for t , we m a n age d t o get a couple of se at s at t he ba ck a re a of t he Ce nt r io a ct iv it y ce nt e r – a s t he pla ce wa s pa cke d. T he n t he show st a r t s, a n x iou s of how Sa m m ie wou ld re a ct , t he “Higa n t e s” app e a r i n t he op e n i ng se que nce – Sa m m ie hugs me t ig ht , u h- oh. I ca n on ly i m ag i ne if we we re up f ront. But a s soon t he “m ag ic” bega n t o u n fold , Sa m m ie wa s now p oi nt i ng at t he st age a nd n a m i ng eve r y a n i m al t hat d a nce d , a nd d id a couple of d a nce st e ps on he r ow n wh i le at it. (note: I a p olog i ze to o u r se at mate be ca u se S a mmie k e pt look ing to he r a n d telling he r “ look , chick e n; look p u pp y, look goat…” I g ue ss the pe rson wa s ok a y with it a s she re plie d “ye s, yo u a re cor re ct…” ) My fa m i ly, e sp e cial ly Sa m m ie, e njoye d it a lot. T he h ig h l ig ht wa s whe n t he m ag n if ice nt “Ti kl i ng” d a nce d he r he a r t out a nd my t odd le r ke pt say i ng – “look d a ddy, pr i nce ss” a nd “look d a ddy, fai r ie s” (refe r r i ng t o t he “A l it apt ap”). A wonde r f u l show, my p e r son al favor it e sce ne wa s t he d a nce of “Ka rdong Ka mb i ng” a nd “Be r t a ng Ba boy”, ve r y rom a nt ic. I ha d a chat w it h a good f r ie nd a nd also one of ou r colu m n ist s, Hoba r t Sav ior – he ag re e s w it h me t hat t he show wa s be aut if u l a nd t hat more shows t hat boost ou r cu lt u re a nd t he a r t s (e sp e cial ly d i re ct e d at a you nge r aud ie nce) shou ld be mou nt e d i n t he com i ng ye a r s. To cap it al l of f, I wa nt e d Sa m m ie t o have a phot o - op w it h t he bal le r i n a s, but I k now she’s a bit he sit a nt be cau se of t he “Higa n t e s” a nd t he cost u me s – r at he r t ha n force he r, we opt e d not t o so t hat she’l l re me mbe r t he be aut if u l d a nce s a nd “m ag ical” a n i m als r at he r t ha n he r bei ng sca re d. A s we st rol le d t he m al l a bit , Sa m m ie ke pt say i ng “Awe some” a nd “A m a z i ng” - I g ue ss t hat’s he r rev iew for t he show...

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MRHI – Marawi Resort Hotel Inc. Going to World Class – Tomawis say By Sony V. Sudaria

Marawi City – A Marawi Resort Hotel Incorporated were going world class say Sultan Yahya Jerry Tomawis administrator and CEO of Southern Philippines Development Authority (SPDA) and concurrently the President and general manager of Marawi Resort Hotel Inc. that surprised the twin projects were soon to rise the constructions of the two-storey Presidential suite that the time the hotel was established way back some 10 years ago. He said no doubt the hotel health of earning is robust after all those years of errantic variables tomawis said during the ground breaking ceremony of its two-storey presidential suite last November 30, 2013, at MSU Campus Marawi City. Hon. Saeed Daof (SPDA) Chairman of the Board guest of honor speaker said that it is a second projects of the hotel. “Kalimudan”, social hall was inaugurated just a year ago. All under the leadership of Sultan Yahya Jerry Tomawis and it is one way stairway to world class accommodation. Both Muslim and Christian clientel.


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be applied to the Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) so that the country will have its main basis for giving incentives to investors. ”The idea is you streamline these laws, repeal some of them. That’s what we have to address,” Cristobal said. ”(And) there are over 50 (incentive laws) t hat are existing and then the incentives regime now, the sectors identified will be folded in the IPP. The IPP now will become your main instrument,” he added. “So then, you only have one policy document in the government that defines these sectors, these economic ac t iv it ie s t hat t he l aw requires.” The IPP is a list of promoted areas of investments entitled to government perks based on value-added activities to the industry, capacity, job generation, and its multiplier

Daof added that hotel was established primarily for the social and economic development and preservation of the Maranao culture and tradition. It was the concensus of those who were present at the ground breaking ceremony and the hotel patronages

and the benefactors that the hotel staffing pattern is a classic example of enviable social laboratory. It shows that Muslims and Christians could work harmoniously under a just and dynamic leadership. The hotel food and beverage department manager

is a Christian, its supervisor is also a Christian but the waiters are mixed – Muslims and Christians. When they [servers] are in MRHI uniform the clientels oftentimes mistake a Muslim [maître d’ hotel] to that of a Christian or vice versa.

effect. The Board of Investments (BOI), which is also headed by Cristobal, is the lead government office crafting the IPP annually. Early this year, fiscal authorities urged BOI to limit the IPP list to exportoriented investments and asked to scrap incentives for some industries. ” T he IPP is not t he problem. (You) really have so many laws granting incentives to various industries with no timeline, no fix period. That just goes on infinitely,” Cristobal said. He also defended the BOI as the lead investment promotion agenc y as mandated by the Omnibus Investment Code. ”Under t he Omnibus Investment Code, the BOI has that wide latitude. We are trying on how we could further refine (that) criteria as it wou ld include t he potential competitiveness of this industry. Are they essential to the country’s industrialization? That’s mandated by the BOI,” he stressed. Mea nwh i le, t he BOI e x p e c t s t h e 2 013 I PP implementing rules and reg u lations (IR R) to be released in the first week of December, with list of industries and economic a c t i v i t i e s e nt i t l e d f o r incentives same as the 2012 IPP. Simultaneously, BOI is also working with the 2014 IPP which is targeted to be finished by the first quarter next year. (PNA)

Bell Pirie (EIBP) Ltd.-Energy Island Bell Pirie (EIBP) Ltd., GIG Productions Ltd., HSBC, Hu ma n Elementa l Ltd., Medikit Ltd., and Tudor Export Ltd. To date, the UKTI has brought in 38 companies from November to December for trade mission purposes. Meanwhile, UK has been entering and expanding businesses in the Philippines. Among these investments were Unilever, Shell, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Pru Life, De La Rue, Arup, Halcrow, TM Lewin, GlaxoSmithKline, Bentley, Rolls-Royce and the USD 7-billion deal with the Philippine Airlines for deliveries of new Airbus planes. (PNA)

e le c t e d of f ic i a l s a b out the conduct of scheduled regular sessions, crafting of resolutions and ordinances by the Sagguniang Pambarangay; right fiscal management of local funds; efficient delivery of public services and other related procedures in the conduct of local governance. Kionisala also encouraged all barangay of f icia ls to rev iew t heir local revenue codes to help them generate local income t hat w i l l be ut i l i z ed to fund the implementation of programs and delivery of basic services to their constituents. T he c it y mayor a l s o discussed with the village officials the importance of a sound and orderly disaster mitigation measures for each barangay if and when calamities and emergencies happen. The Cit y Disaster R isk Reducation and Management Off ice discussed t he Mayor Evangelista’s Public Safety Plan aimed at safeguarding the public at all times. Evangelista considered t he C DR R MO le c t u re s timely since the country is now beginning to undertake recover y and rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of the utter destruction and loss of lives and properties brought by Super Typhoon Yola nda t hat struck t he Visayas. Lectures were also given as to how barangay local governments implement peace and order in their communities. Barangay officials who attended the activity were made to u ndergo work shops and prepare plans for development. (PNA)

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from page B2 of f icia ls at t he LGU Farmers Training Center in Bara ngay Magsaysay, Kidapawan City. All the barangay chair and council members were made to undergo the said orientation before they can all assume their respective offices on November 30. At hand in giving lectures as to how each barangay l o c a l g o v e r n m e nt w i l l govern their constituents was City DILG Director Ging Kionisala who shared important information with regards to the provisions of the Local Government Code. Kionisala emphasized the need for each village local government unit to run their operations on a daily basis. S o m e o f t h e p o i nt s that she shared included proper conduct need to be observed by all barangay officials. Kionisala also reminded

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meters at EMCs, the ERC’s primary directive will be for the DU to secure proper rig ht-of-way “to ensure proper service connection.” The regulator emphasized that when there is “failure to secure the necessary rightof-way, the DU shall explain in writing to the affected consumer the reason for its inability to secure the same prior to the elevation of the meter to EMC or other elevated services. “Right of way is required by the DU to enable its personnel to respond to emergencies and complaints as well as to construct its distribution post s a nd ot her power distribution equipment,” the ERC explained. F u n d a m e nt a l l y, t h e relocation of electric meters targets areas “with high incidence of illegal service connections, meter vandalism and meter tampering or rampant electricity thefts.” For these areas, the ERC is requiring the DUs to file prior application for the meters’ relocation and shall attach report of electricity pilferage conditions. “The ERC shall act upon such application for approval, within 30 days from receipt of the system loss report and the conduct of the area inspection,” the regulatory body averred. And if there would be no notification from the regulatory body after the lapse of the 30-day period, it was emphasized t hat application would then be “deemed approved.” For purposes of definition, a habitual pilferer according to the rules, would refer to “a consumer twice found by the ERC or any other competent court upon proof presented by the DU, to have illegally consumed electricity.”


way forward to a secured and sustainable future with the following ends in mind: to improve ecosystem services; reduce poverty; and make the municipality adaptive to climate change and resilient to disasters and calamities. The tasks necessary to accomplish these objectives are not easy especially for low income municipality li ke Naawa n, Roa sa id. But , t he pre sence of a strengthened convergence and partnerships, the Green Governance Program of Naawan will be a pillar i n combat i ng t he t w i n challenges of Naawan – socioeconomic development and climate change adaptation, added Roa. Our task is to monitor the project implemented by our partners, the MASS-SPECC Cooperative Development Center, and other agencies l i k e t h e E n v i r o n m e nt Department, HOLCIM and other stakeholders, with MinDA as the lead Office, said Roa. Further, A Commitment of Support for the Naawan Green Governance Program was done by all partners to col lec t ively per for m their respective roles and responsibilities in its mission to rehabilitate and protect the Naawan watershed. This was led by Secretary Antonino, along with the off icials of Naawan and the province of Misamis Oriental, other national government line agencies, and the town’s stakeholders. Naawan Green Governance Program c a me i nto b ei ng w hen M A N LU NA (Ma nt ic ao, L u g a i t , a n d N a a w a n) municipalities of Misamis Oriental, a Cluster Ecotourism plan on Conserving Nature a nd Rev iv ing Tr ad it ion a s E conom ic Driver, participated in the Partnership for Democratic Loca l Governa nce of Southeast Asia (DELGOSEA) Project. The Program adopts ecosystem-based and ridgeto-reef approaches.

from page B1 destination, not a war-zone,” he said. Secretary Antonino also boosted the idea and the value of Local Government from page B1 initiatives in taming climate Management (DBM), and change. Climate Change Commission He said, “It strengthens (CCC). the Local Government Unit of The call was made during Naawan to optimize the use a panel discussion at a recent of the Payment for Ecosystem business conference entitled, Services (PES) by collecting “Forging Partnership Towards from its potable water system Climate-Smart industry.” ser vices in attaining its The Green Procurement desired objectives.” Program was established With less than 2,000 through Executive Order households served by the No. 301, issued in 2004. system, the local government Green procurement refers to of Naawan is generating patronizing goods and services an average of P350, 000.00 that have less environmental per year from its P1.00 per impact, aside from considering cubic meter of potable water their price and quality. The provided for watershed and project is also one of the reforestation fee. government’s long-term On the other hand, Sec. solutions to the destructive Antonino disclosed that only effects of climate change. 26% watershed is covered in B u t s t a t e a g e n c i e s Mindanao, while the rest a re hav i ng d i f f ic u lt ie s has been logged already in implementing the directive its Nurturing Our Waters due to inadequate supply of (NOW) or M i nd a NOW eco-friendly products and project. services. M e a nw h i l e N a aw a n Another problem is that Mayor Jaime C. Roa said that the government is “at a loss” the Green Governance is the as to what constitutes “green,”


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admitted Director Corazon Halili-Dichosa of the DTI. “It is still vague to us.” She adde d t h at t he gover n ment wa nts to collaborate with businesses on addressing issues and opportunities in going green and encouraging compliance by sma l l a nd me d iu m enterprises (SMEs). Secretary Mary Lucille Sering of CCC said the industry’s apprehensions about the sustainable procurement d r ive a nd t he sh i f t i n manufacturing processes it requires are understandable. “We’re sensitive [about not touching] the bottom line,” she assured the sector. The government plans to promote green production a m on g SM E s t h r ou g h incentives such as financial assistance and access to credit, Halili said. Additionally, Director Dennis Santiago of DBM said they are looking at adopting a point system to encourage more green output. But first off is the need for policy guidelines that are inclusive and have input from the private sector, they said. Santiago said a publicprivate information campaign will also be held to “prime” the market on the staggered rollout of green procurement in two to three years’ time. The panelists said the transition to green production is needed not only to keep the Philippines globally competitive, but also to tap into opportunities arising from the growing demand for green products as climate change becomes a gamechanging issue.

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Calaca Power Corp. The f irst phase -which is being carried out through South Luzon Power Generation Corp. -- involves construction of two 150MW units using circulating f luidized bed technology. The project expected to be completed by 2015. Semirara was incorporated in 1980 to explore, develop, and mine coal resources on Semirara island in Caluya, Antique, but the company is also involved in power gener at ion t h rou g h it s subsidiaries. It s ne t i ncome ros e 14.01% to P5.37 billion as of September from P4.71 billion in the same nine months last year, as revenues increased 1.63% to P17.41 billion from P17.13 billion while cost of sales declined 8.81% to P9.42 billion from P10.33 billion.

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is eyeing Myanmar and Thailand, Mr. Yao said. Mr. Yao in early 2002 f o r m e d t h e c o m p a n y, together with marketing and manufacturing experts Antonio I. Panajon, Gerry T. Garcia, Rinaldi C. Aves and Ricky Sandoval, the company’s Web site showed. It started operations in May 2003. Asiawide Refreshments recorded a net income of P80.40 million last year, up 14.42% f rom P70.27 million in 2011, according to the financial statement the company submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission. In the same comparative years, net sales rose 21.02% to P4.26 billion from P3.52 billion, while cost of goods sold climbed 24.07% to P3.35 billion from P2.70 billion.

Food security MARAWI City -- The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) and the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will work jointly with the United Nations–World Food Program (UN-WFP) to improve food security in the region. The three agencies signed on Tuesday an agreement that establishes their collaboration in the strengthening of the “Gulayan sa Paaralan,” a project that brings together the school and the community in putting up a vegetable garden within the school compound. Macmod Mending, DAFARMM secretary, said the project aims to improve food security and the health of school children in the region and also lessen incidents of malnutrition. DepEd-ARMM will help identify an area of at least 1,000 square meters in every participating school where the “gulayan” or garden can be put up and encourage 20 farmer-parents and pupils to engage in the project.

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Camella CDO rewards 3rd Quarter Sales Performers


t’s a fun-filled night for the Camella CDO sales team as they come in different attire or costumes of their chosen characters during the 3rd quarterly awarding held last November 18 at the Marco Hotel. But wait, they all came in pairs wearing the same outfit with the event’s theme – “Doubles: A mirror of yourself ”, making it more exciting and hilarious. “Our theme is all about doubles - double your hardwork, double your perseverance, double your hope, double your inspiration, double your trust which leads to double sales per-

formance”, explained Emelia Lustado, general manager of Camella CDO. The Top performers for the 3rd quarter were as follows: Top sales person – Josephine Hinampas, Top Sales Manager – Mary Jean Auditor and Top Business Unit - PCPI All the sales networks were treated with a sumptuous dinner and fun games. To spice up the awards night, the pairs with the best costume were recognized namely Welrose Durano and Mae Tomacas as Sailor Moon. “We had a very produc-

tive 3rd quarter with almost all our sales networks performing well. This further proves our undisputable leadership especially in the horizontal market. We thank all our sales people for their efforts and commitment to Camella CDO ”, bragged Lustado. If you think you have the drive for excellence and the passion to be no. 1, Camella CDO is inviting you to join its winning team and be its next success story. For more details, call 856-3241 or visit them at their office at the 2F Pelaez Arcade 2, R.N. Abejuela St., CDOC.

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