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Briefly Organic rice ORGANIC rice production and exports have been designated a priority program for the southern island next year, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said. MinDA’s Technical Working Group on Organic Rice Certification has been staging roadshows on International Organic Standards, with the fourth leg held in the town of Molave, Zamboanga del Sur last week. Participants included over 200 organic farmers from Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga del Sur.

Reseacrh and devt DAVAO City -- The Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) expressed its support for the programs of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) through aid in research and development. Fr. Joel Tabora SJ, president of AdDU, made the commitment of support in research and field works on the various advocacies and programs of the agency, as cited in a press statement released by MinDA on Saturday. The pledge of support was made in a weekend forum held in the university after MinDA presented their programs particularly in addressing poverty, improving productivity, achieving lasting peace in Mindanao, and the institutionalization of the MinDA Tienda.

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HE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has allayed fears that China might have the capability to remotely shutdown the Philippines’ power infrastructure. “There is nothing to be alarmed about the stake by the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) in NGCP as its investment is limited only to being a technical adviser,” said NGCP president and chief executive officer

RIVER CROSSING. Mothers and their babies cross the Rio Grande de Mindanao using a boat that also carries fresh bananas to be sold at the market in Pagalungan, Maguindanao. mindanews photo by ferdinandh cabrera

Sara seeking P2.8-B funding as counterpart for transport project By CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO, Correspondent

T H E D A VA O C i t y government is considering how to raise the P2.8 billion in counterpart funds for the

P18.66-billion Davao Public Transport Modernization Project, which was among the six projects approved

by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board on Nov. 29. Ivan C. Cortez, City Planning and Development FUNDING/PAGE 9

Anthony L. Almeda in a press statement issued yesterday. SGCC has 40% stake in NGCP with the controlling 60% still belongs to Filipino companies, Monte Oro Grid Res ources C or p orat ion POWER/PAGE 11

Davao City gains P283-B in new capital investments By ANTONIO L. COLINA IV, MindaNews

DAVAO City — Applications for new and renewal of existing businesses here reached 36,325 with total capitalization of P283 billion as of the second quarter of 2019, an official of the Davao

City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) said on Sunday. Christian Cambaya, head of the Investor Assistance and Servicing Unit of the GAINS/PAGE 9

Mindanao solon pushes Christmas incentives for barangay officials SENATOR C hr istopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said that the Office of the President (OP) will give P3,000 as Christmas incentives to elected barangay officials, namely barangay captains, kagawads, Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairpersons,

and Indigenous People’s Mandatory Representatives (IPMRs) to show appreciation for their hard work in their respective communities pending the passage of a me asu re prov i d i ng for additional compensation OFFICIALS/PAGE 9

SEARCH FOR MS. KUYAMIS 2020. Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano wishes the 21 Miss Kuyamis 2020 candidates good luck during the flag raising ceremony Monday. A core event of the 7th Kuyamis Festival, the pageant will be held this January 6-12. photo by gerry lee gorit

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Chinese firm eyes 1-B investment for Davao durian DAVAO City -- A Chinese company is eyeing to invest a total of 1 billion for the export of durian, particularly the Montong variety, to the People's Republic of China, an official said Thursday. The investment will cover assistance to durian farmers to maintain the sustainability of the supply of the Montong variety, said April Marie Dayap, head of the Davao City Investment and Promotion Center (DCIPC). Dayap said Honju Fruits, a Chongqing-based company, took interest in

importing durian because it has a huge market in China. Davao City and the municipality of Chongqing recently agreed to sign a sisterhood pact. “For now, Honju imports durian from Thailand. Thailand cannot supply the demand of Montong variety. They want to import from us from September to March as these months are the low season of durian in Thailand,” Dayap said. She said that officials of Honju Fruits will visit the city soon to personally DURIAN/PAGE 9

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BARMM parliament okays P65.3-B 2020 budget C OTABATO City -- Members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) has approved a PHP65.3-billion budget for the fiscal year 2020 with the education sector getting the biggest share of the allotment. In a statement released on Tuesday, the BTA said it has approved on third and final reading the 2020 regional budget on Nov. 30 after thorough deliberations. BTA-Cabinet Bill No. 31 entitled "An Act appropriating funds for the operation of the

Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) from January 1 to December 31, 2020, and other purposes" was approved by the BTA with 48 “yes” votes, one “no” vote, and five abstentions. “This is inclusive for all the Bangsamoro people,” BARMM Chief Minister Ahod “Murad” Ebrahim said, as he signed into law on the same day the first-ever Bangsamoro Appropriations Act (BAA). The BAA FY 2020 contains the priority plans, projects, and programs of the Bangsamoro government. Ebrahim described the budget document as "a fruit of the more than five decades of struggle of the Bangsamoro." During his speech at the session, he told the BTA members to give

justice to the sacrifices of the Bangsamoro constituency without an iota of greed and corruption. "Remember that when we perform our actions with a pure heart and sincere intentions, Allah (SWT) has remarkable ways of making sure that everything will work out accordingly," Ebrahim added. Before the budget approval, each of the Bangsamoro ministry and offices submitted to the Ministry of Finance, and Budget and Management their respective budget proposals. After review and deliberation, Murad, with his regional cabinet, approved the proposals that were then crafted as the 2020 Bangsamoro Expenditure Program (BEP).

The largest share in the 2020 BEP went to the Ministry of Education with a PHP19-billion budget. “The education ministry will work to ensure that no Bangsamoro child is left behind in terms of education,” Murad said. The BARMM’s maintenance and other operating expenses were earmarked with PHP14 billion, while line agencies were given with PHP8billion capital outlay. Other offices that got a big share of the budget were the Office of the Chief Minister, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Services, and the Ministry of Public Works. The BARMM’s 2020 budget is twice the last budget of the defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao placed at some PHP33 billion in 2018. The ARMM was abolished following the formation of the new and expanded BARMM through a two-part plebiscite held earlier this year. The BARMM comprises the provinces of Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, and Lanao del Sur; the cities of Cotabato, Lamitan, and Marawi; and the 63 villages in six towns of North Cotabato province. (PNA)

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The very best Think a minute…What’s the difference between the best and second best? Between average and excellent? The difference between a good sports team and a great one? It’s the hard work, training and discipline. You can only get out of something what you put into it. “The enemy of the best is second best.” Successful people sweat the small stuff and work hard at the details. That’s what makes them successful. But many of us just can’t be bothered to do our very best work. We look for shortcuts and the easier way to do things. Our problem is we just want to “get by” with work that is acceptable, but not work that is our very best. There’s a stor y about a builder who went on a trip overseas, so he put his manager in charge of building a new house. He told his manager to use only the best materials and not to take any shortcuts to save money or time. The boss wanted this new house to be excellent and the very best. After the boss left, however, his manager did not follow

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JHAN TIAFAU HURST those instructions. Instead he cheated and kept his boss’ money for himself. He used the cheapest, junk building materials. He did everything the cheap, easy way, thinking his boss would never know. After his boss returned and saw the new house, he told his manager: “Only you and your family deserve to live in this beautiful house. I’m giving this house to you! It’s your new home!” So how about you? Are you doing your very best in life? At your job? At home? At school? Are you working hard to be the best father and husband you can be? Are you trying to be the best mother and wife you can BEST/PAGE 11

once and for all answer the issue. Secretary Cusi’s statement comes after NGCP has dismissed the allegation that the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) could cripple the country’s power transmission. Despite repeated calls for a thorough investigation on the matter, NGCP had openly denied access of state-owned National Transmission Corp. (TransCo) from inspecting the power transmission’s control centers “and how they use the other infrastructure under its control.” It’s a c o n c e r n t h a t has been raised before. Potent i a l ly, NGCP’s s o

called technical partner cum investor can remotely shut down considering its digital nature, says Cusi. Since time immemorial, it has b een always t he position of the DOE that t h e s y s t e m s o p e r at i on should be handled by the government for the reason that a private company or a private individual should not be given the control over the most critical infrastructure of the state — the transmission grid network — capable of transmitting power and digital data. The system operation comprises about 6 percent of the whole transmission business.

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RUFFY MAGBANUA If it is not critical to the business of NGCP, then It should not have been included in the Concession Contract in the first place. On the contrary, it is critical for the existence of the State. It is critical too for POLICY/PAGE 11

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TYPHOON During Typhoon Season conditions such as sea-surface temperatures and surface pressure are favorable to the development of tropical cyclones Before a Typhoon • Board up windows. Tape DOES NOT prevent windows from breaking. • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed and secure outdoor furniture and loose objects. • Clear rain gutters and downspouts. • Listen to the radio or television for updated weather information.

• Tu r n of f ut i l it i e s if instr ucted to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed. • Av o i d u s i n g t h e phone, except for serious e m e rge n c i e s . C ons i d e r texting. • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes like flushing toilets. • Prepare to evacuate when directed to by local authorities or when you feel you are in danger. Have a plan for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate. Take your emergency supply kit with you. During a Typhoon • Stay indoors away from windows, skylights and glass doors. • Secure and brace exterior doors. • Close interior doors and take refuge in a small interior room, like a closet or hallway, on the lowest level of your home. After the Typhoon has Passed

• When safe to do so, return to your home to assess the damage. Take photos to document the damage for insurance purposes. • Be aware of hazards, i.e. down power lines, broken gas lines, contaminated water, weakened structures, broken glass, etc. • Remove standing water from your home including soiled carpets, mattresses and other items which may contribute to the growth of mold. • Contact your insurance agent. TSUNAMI • A tsunami is a series of ocean wave masses generated primarily by earthquakes. • Underwater volcanic eruptions and landslides can also generate tsunamis. • It is difficult to predict a tsunami, the public are urged to prepare for an event with little warning. • Tsunamis can strike year-round and during any time of the day or night. Before a Tsunami Event • If there is a tsunami

warning, evacuate your house or place of work for higher ground if you are in a tsunami evacuation zone. • If you are near the ocean and you feel the earth shake, move immediately to higher ground. • If you are unable to quickly leave the tsunami evacuation zone, find a Structural steel or reinforced concrete buildings of ten or more stories and go to the fourth floor or higher; this is called vertical evacuation. • Know w here your county’s Safe Z ones or Evacuation C enters are located. This is where people who have evacuated coastal areas can safely stay during a tsunami. After a Tsunami Event • Tsunamis often come in multiple waves over a period of hours. Resist the temptation to watch the waves, especially if the water seems to draw back, exposing the ocean floor. • Return home only after authorities say it is safe to do DISASTER/PAGE 11

Proud watching SEAG in the boondocks of Mindanao T H E P r e s i d e nt o f t h e Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, did a little dancing ala “budots” to the cadence of songs, drums, and gongs while the Sultan of Brunei, His Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, clapped in awe amid the euphoria that defined the magnificent opening ceremonies of the 30th SEA Games. I watched the grand spectacle unfolding in living colors hundreds of miles away in Davao and I would give credit to ABS-CBN this time for telecasting the event without a single commercial from start to finish. This network has redeemed itself from faked news and photos that it failed to vet and bits of negativism that some of its anchorpersons are wont to do. While we are certain that Southeast Asian nations are watching, we were told later that the SEA Games opening ceremonies topped the tallies of worldwide events in various social media platforms. I cannot

quantify the costs, the manhours and the trainings that go with the preparation of the opening rites and neither can I measure the immensity of the values that were derived from the event. There were attempts to discredit the organizing committee headed by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, the Philippine Sports Commission chaired by Butch Ramirez and the Bases Conversion Development Authority, Pres. Vince Dizon with an app are nt age nd a of embarrassing the Duterte government never minding whether it is the entire nation which will be subject to muck and pillory. The budget was delaye d by bickerings of the opposition and then slashed by over P2-billion. Not content with that they made a big issue of the P50-million budget for the cauldron which the opposition Sen. Franklin Drilon simplistically

preferred should have been spent for classrooms instead. I wished he could have said the same thing when the senators during the Aquino regime received P1-billion plus for the incentivized conviction of the late Chief Justice Renato Corona. In an apparent orchestration of black propaganda a slew of fake news, skewed and photo-shopped pictures and twisted commentaries were fed to domestic and international media and succeeded in tarnishing the image of the Philippines which earlier had been branded by Rappler's Maria Ressa as a “war zone”. The Chairman of the Senate Sports Committee Christopher “Bong Go” did not relent or complain. Used to tackling problems under the tutelage of Duterte under whom he served as confidant and executive assistant for over 20 years, he knew how to tackle problems. The SEAG is not his baptism of fire. By his body language,

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JUN LEDESMA something is telling us that the venues of the games were ready, the opening ceremonies will be grand and our athletes are wellprimed. In sum, the budget of P6-billion is in fact wellspent. The different venues of the games and events were ready and well-appreciated by the competing teams from 10 East Asian nations. Of course there were some kinks, molehills which were created into mountains by the usual critical media and the political oppositions DORING/PAGE 11


CorporateWorld 5 ALI unit ends JV PLDT eyes bigger capital with Gatchalian firms for Plastic City project expenditure for 2020 Advertising and Editorial E-mail : businessweekmindanao@gmail.com Contact nos. : 0917-7121424 • 0947-8935776

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LDT, Inc. said it will increase its capital expenditure (capex) for 2020 as it continues expanding its network

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Education for all By CHARMYNE R. TUMALA SPED Teacher Tangub City

THE goal of a human rights-based approach to education is simple: to assure every child a quality education that respects and promotes her or his right to dignity and optimum development. Achieving t h i s go a l i s h owe ve r, enormously more complex. The right to education is high on the agenda of the international community. It is affirmed in numerous human rights treaties and recognized by governments as pivotal in the pursuit of development and social t r a n s f o r m at i o n . T h i s recognition is exemplified in the international goals, strategies and targets that have been set during the past 20 years. The Education for All goals were established

in Thailand in 1990 and reaf f irmed at the 2000 World Education Forum. In the Millennium Development Goals established in 2000, the w o r l d ’s g o v e r n m e n t s reaffirmed these commitments to achieving universal access to free, quality and compulsory primary education by 2015. The right to education is to be achieved on the basis of equality of opportunity. Measures must be taken t o e n c ou r a g e re g u l a r school attendance and reduce dropout. It is not sufficient just to provide formal education. It is also necessary to remove such barriers as poverty and discrimination and to provide education of sufficient quality.

capex will be higher than this year’s P78.4 billion, PLDT Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Manuel V. Pangilinan told reporters on Saturday: “Yes… I was looking that way.” However, Mr. Pangilinan declined to give the exact amount, since it has yet to be approved by the PLDT board. “Sa Tuesday pa i-approve ‘yun,” he said. Mr. Pangilinan attended the signing ceremony between PLDT-Smart Communications, Inc. and Araneta Group, Inc. for the deployment of fiber-powered WiFi and 5G technology in the Araneta City, which covers the Gateway Mall, Smart Araneta Coliseum, New Frontier Theater, and Araneta Center bus terminal in Quezon City. Asked which business segments the PLDT will be focusing on next year, Mr. Pangilinan said: “Both [fixed and wireless networks] actually.” “There’s a big push for both… More investments

in 4G and 5G [networks]. There will be more stations to be built in the wireless side. For the fixed, mainly the investments will be in the transport [network] of PLDT, the backbone, and completion of the fibering of the cell sites… So it’s really a big investment. Again, we are really, really making the infrastructure worldclass,” he added. Mr. Pangilinan also said that a significant amount of the capex will be used to fund PLDT’s continuing rollout of its 5G technology, although the product “may not be immediately” profitable. “It will be a big, big part of capex for next year. It will be a substantial amount, not very substantial, but it is,” he said. Mr. Pangilinan said PLDT’s 5G network “will be commercially launched early next year.” The telco giant had allocated a record P78.4 billion in capex for this year, 34% higher than 2018’s figure, as it ramps up its network expansion.

AVIDA LAND Corp. is cancelling its joint venture with Gatchalianled Philippines Estates Corp. (PHES) and the subsidiaries of Wellex Industries, Inc. (WIN) for a proposed project in Valenzuela City’s Plastic City. Avida’s parent Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) told the stock exchange yesterday the companies have “mutually agreed to terminate the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) executed by the parties in December 2012.” The MoA refers to the two firms’ proposed development of a 21-hectare property in

Plastic City — a plastic manufacturing plant in Barangay Canumay that the Gatchalian family used to run through WIN subsidiary Plastic City Industrial Corp. (PCIC). “PHES and subsidiaries of WIN have decided to reevaluate its concept and feasibility studies on the property while Avida will focus on its ongoing and other planned projects,” ALI’s disclosure read. The tandem of ALI’s mid-income residential brand and the Gatchalian companies was planning to develop Plastic City into a mixed-use urban complex with residential condominiums, PLASTIC/PAGE 8

ALLHOME Corp., a pioneering one-stop shop home store in the Philippines, booked a record growth of 225 percent in net income for the first nine months of 2019 to P746.2 million from P229.7 million in the same period last year. The company said

its total revenues also increased by 72 percent to P8.2 billion from P4.8 billion. “Allhome continues to deliver solid performance which brings us closer to our full year target. As we have previously mentioned, the home ALLHOME/PAGE 9

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Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT Regional Trial Court, Branch - 44 Hall of Justice, Initao Misamis Oriental

8. There is no person having or claiming interest in the property as there are no other annotations in the title other than mortgage of the complainant;

SUSANA REA CABALIDA MONCK, Sp.Civil Action No. 2017-1468 Herein represented by: MARILES C. ABUEVA, Complainant. For: Foreclosure of Real Estate Mortgage -versus-

9. That where the basic issue is something other than the right to recover a sum of money, where the money claim is purely incidental to, or a consequence of, the principal relief sought like specific performance suits and in actions for support or for annulment of judgment or for foreclosure of mortgage, such actions are incapable of pecuniary estimation, and are cognizable exclusively by the RTCs (Brgy. Piapi vs. Ignacio Talip, G.R. No. 138248, September 7, 2005).

MARIANITA S. STRACHAN, Respondent. x-----------------------------------------------x

COMPLAINT

PRAYER WHEREFORE, it is respectfully prayed that judgment be issued in favour of the plaintiff ordering foreclosure of the mortgage property to answer the following:

Comes now complainant, Susana Rea Cabalida Monck, of legal age, married, Filipino citizen and resident of Ingolstaedter Strasse 21-D80807, Muenchen, Germany, herein represented by her Attorney-in Fact as evidence by a Special Power of Attorney hereto attached as Annex “A”, through the undersigned counsel and unto this Honourable Court, most respectfully avers the following and to wit, THAT:

1. The principal sum of Sixteen thousand five hundred pound (16, 500GBP or Php 1,091,604.18); and

1. On July 17, 2015, Marianita S. Strachan, of legal age, Filipino and presently residing at Fairmeads Pyries Lane, Loughton, Essex, IG10 2NE, United Kingdom and local address located at pk. 7, Simanoc, Naawan, Misamis Oriental, executed a Real Estate Mortgage in favour of Plaintiff mortgaging a parcel of land situated at Poblacion, Naawan, Misamis Oriental which is more particularly described, to wit:

Other reliefs and remedies as may be just and equitable under the circumstances are likewise prayed for.

Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-39281 Lot : 2942-A Bsd-10-002965 Portion of Lot : 2942, cad-529-D Naawan Cad LAND Use : cocos As surveyed for : Dan E. Bombeo Location : Poblacion, Naawan, Mis. Or., Island of Mindanao Boundaries : SW., along line 1-2 by Lot 2942-B Psd-10- 002965 (AR) NW., along line 2-3 by Lot 704-B Cad- 10003493-D NE., along line 3-4 by Lot 703 Cad-529 Naawan Cad SE., along line 4-1 by Lot 700 Cad-529 Naawad Cad

2. To pay the penalties, liquidated damages, past due interest, attorney's fee representing 20% of the total obligation due, other charges and expenses of foreclosure in the total amount of Php2,134,666.00.

This 14 st of August 2017 at lligan City for Initao Misamis Oriental, Philippines.

VERIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION ON NON-FORUM SHOPPING Republic of the Philippines lligan City }S.S.

I, Mariles C. Abueva, of legal age, Filipino, and a resident of Purok – Containing an area of Four thousand (4,000) square meters, more 2, Brgy. Santiago, Iligan City, after having been duly sworn to an oath in accordance with law, do hereby depose and say; or less. Copy of the Deed of Real Estate Mortgage is hereto attached as 1.) That I am the complainant in the above-entitled case; Annex “B” and forming an integral part thereof; 2.) That I caused the preparation of the foregoing Complaint and had read 2. The Real Estate Mortgage is given as security for the payment to the the contents thereof which are true and correct based on my personal Mortgagee obtained by the Mortgagor from the Mortgagee in the sum knowledge and belief; of SIXTEEN THOUSAND AND FIVE HUNDRED POUND (P16, 500) with a monthly interest of SIX (6%) percent per month, which loan is 3.) I further certify that there is no other action pending between the same payable within a period of twelve (12) months from date of execution parties for the same cause of action and subject matter before the Supreme hereof. The interest rate of 990.00 GBP is to be paid monthly at the Court, the Court of Appeals, or any other court or tribunal, and l hereby warrant that if one is filed, or is known to exists, I will forthwith inform or 1st day of the month, beginning on August 1,2015; notify this Honourable Office within five (5) days from notice thereof. 3. That under the terms and conditions of the Real Estate Mortgage Contract, in case the Mortgagor failed to pay the loan within 12 WITNESS MY HAND this ____ day of July, 2017 at lligan City, months, or otherwise violated any of the terms and conditions of the contract, the Mortgagee shall have the right at its option, to declare the entire amount of the obligation due and payable, and may likewise at its option, either cancel the loan or FORECLOSE the mortgage property; SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO BEFORE ME this day of July, 2017 at lligan City, Philippines, with Affiant presenting her Identification Card issued by ____________. I further certify that I have personally examined the above-named affiant; that she has read and fully understood the foregoing statements and that I am fully satisfied that such statements 5. That to the best of Plaintiff’s knowledge, the mortgaged property is are within his personal knowledge. subject to no prior mortgage or any lien whatsoever and is now in the possession and full control of the above-named Mortgagor-Debtor;

4. That the Mortgagor-Debtor defaulted in her obligation under the aforementioned Real Estate Mortgage Contract. This is despite of the demands made by the complainant, verbally and in writing. Copy of the said demand letter is hereto attached as Annex “C”;

6. That by the terms and conditions of the Real Estate Mortgage Contract, the principal obligation of the Mortgagor which has become overdue as of August 1, 2015 in the total amount of 40,260 GBP or about PHP2,663,780.78 (lGBP=Php66.21) https://fx-rate.net/GBP/PHP/). This is computed as the total amount of the principal amounting to Sixteen thousand five hundred pounds (PI6, 500) plus monthly interest from August 1, 2015 up to the present, excluding penalties, liquidated damages, attorney's fee representing 20% of the total obligation due, other charges and expenses of foreclosure;

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7. The payment of said loan is long overdue and the defendant has failed to pay the same despite repeated demands;

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PRO-9 advocates eco-friendly Yuletide celebration By TEOFILO GARCIA, JR., PNA

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) opened on Monday night the Yuletide season with the simultaneous lighting of Christmas tree and lanterns at Camp Col. Romeo Abendan, this city. Maj. Helen Galvez, PRO-9 information officer, said Tuesday the command advocates for an eco-friendly celebration of the holidays to help save Mother Earth. Galvez said that a total of 19 lantern entries were submitted, which were made by the personnel themselves from different divisions made from recyclable and compostable materials. Galvez said the judging of entries

in the lantern competition followed after the simultaneous lighting, and the announcement of the winners will be held during the command’s Christmas party on December 18. She said cash prizes are at stake for the three major winners of the lantern competition. Brig. Gen. Froilan Quidilla, PRO-9 director, said the lanterns serve as the police force's reminder that they are the "shining light of hope to the people they serve.” Quidilla told his personnel that they should fulfill their mandate to the people and maintain the peace and order during the Yuletide season. (PNA)

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF LANAO DEL NORTE 12th Judicial Region BRANCH 07 Tubod, Lanao del Norte LOWELL P. RAMIENTOS, CIVIL CASE NO. 07-833 Petitioner, - for - versus – Declaration of Nullity of Marriage under Article 36 of the Family Code of the Philippines

PERLITA QUIJOTE RAMIENTOS, Respondent. x------------------------/ TO: PERLITA QUIJOTE RAMIENTOS Purok 2, Baybay, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte

SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION

G R E E T I N G S!

WHEREAS, on September 23, 2019, the Court issued an order granting the petitioner’s Motion to Serve Summons by Publication, the dispositive portion of which reads as follows: “Finding the same to be well-taken and in order, the petitioner is allowed to make a substituted service of summons by publication for two (2) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation here in the province of Lanao del Norte.” WHEREAS, Petition reads: “PETITION"

COMES NOW, petitioner, LOWELL P. RAMIENTOS, through this law office, unto this Honorable Court, most respectfully avers: 1.

Petitioner, LOWELL P. RAMIENTOS, is a Filipino, of legal age, married,with residence atPurok 2 Baybay, Kolambugan, Lanao Del Norte, Philippines, where he may be served with summons and other pertinent orders and processes of this Honorable Court, evidenced by his certificate of residency marked as Annex “A”and sketch plan of his residence marked as Annex “B”. Also attached is his SSS ID bearing nos. 08-2266354-4 marked as Annex “C”; 2. Respondent, PERLITA V. QUIJOTE, is a Filipino, of legal age married, with last known residence at Purok 2 Baybay, Kolambugan, Lanao Del Norte, Philippines, where she may be served with summons and other pertinent orders and processes of this Honorable Court; 3. The parties have the capacity to sue and be sued; 4. The parties were married on 19 December 2006 before Vicente Vivencio T. Bandillo, Consul of the Philippines, at the Consulate General of the Republic of the Philippines, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (A copy of the of the Marriage Contract is attached hereto and made integral part hereof as Annex “D”); 5. There was no child born out of their union. 6. The parties have no written agreement executed before the marriage to govern their property relations. No properties were acquired by the parties during the marriage; nor were any debts incurred by the parties; 7. The parties met sometime in February 2003while working at Hilton Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Petitioner and respondent worked as a room attendant and receptionist, respectively. Petitioner was attracted to respondent but the latter was in a relationship. However, not so long, respondent broke up with her boyfriend, and thereafter, petitioner courted the respondent. In just two weeks of courtship, the parties became a couple. The parties engaged in pre-marital sex; 8. In the middle of 2004,the parties decided to live together under one roof without the benefit of marriage. However, under the Sharia Law (the law governing Dubai), sexual relationships or unmarried couples cohabiting is illegal, and any individual convicted or caught under these circumstances are likely to be punished by a minimum sentence of one (1) year in jail, followed by deportation.The parties, for the purpose of saving their respective jobs and avoid inevitable imprisonment and deportation, they decided to get married on 19 July 2006 at the Consulate General of the Philippines in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 9. The parties lived as legally married couple in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for a period of more or less one (1) year and four (4) months, reckoned from the date of marriage until 28 November 2007; 9.a. On several occasions, petitioner caught respondent talking over the cellphone a man named “Roy”, as reflected on her cellphone screen. At first, petitioner finds no wrong on talking with someone over the phone, but what bothered petitioner was the increased frequency of their calls. Out of curiosity, petitioner at different times asked respondent on who is “Roy” and what is the purpose of his calls. Respondentinconsistently replied that “Roy” is her longtime friend or her new friend introduced by her friend and is asking her help to find a work in Dubai, or at times her workmate. Despite the noted inconsistencies and with the intent to preserve their marriage, petitioner refrained from entertaining his suspicion that respondent is having an affair. 9.b At one time, petitioner caught respondent making a video call with a naked man doing sexual acts. But when petitioner confronted respondent, the latter responded that it was nothing and that it only popped up on her cellphone screen. Petitioner was in doubt with the respondent’s response, but for purposes of ending their disagreement and restoring harmony in their relationship, he forgave her. 10. A job opportunity came to petitioner. For purposes of giving respondent a better future and with the consent of the latter, the former applied as a stateroom with NORWEGIAN Cruise Line, a company with an office in Miami, Florida, USA. Fortunately, petitioner was hired on 1 December 2007 for a ten (10) months contract. Two days prior to his employment date, on 28 November 2007, he boarded the cruise ship and left Dubai; 11. When respondent sends off petitioner in Dubai, the former surprisingly manifest excitement that that the latter will leave. Such reaction is contrary to how petitioner felt. As much as he wanted to be with her, he needs to leave to prepare their future. 12. While the parties are separated by distance, their communication was constant. However, at several times, respondent expresses to petitioner that the latter’s physical absence caused her severe sadness. This eventually made her decide, with the acquiescence of petitioner, to resign from her work in Dubai and return home to the Philippines for good; 13. On May 2008, respondent arrived in the Philippines and lived at petitioner’s house situated in Purok 2 Baybay, Kolambugan, Lanao Del Norte, Philippines. She lived together with petitioner’s mother and siblings. Their relationship continued via long distance, with constant calls and emails; 14. Petitioner sends to respondent a monthly allowance of Twenty-Seven Thousand Pesos (Php27,000.00) through bank remittances; 15. While in Kolambugan, respondent met new acquaintances and often leaves the house to go out with them. One day, it came to petitioner’s knowledge, through his mother and neighbors, that respondent always comes home very late at night accompanied by another man on board petitioner's car. Via telephone call, petitioner confronted respondent as to the truthfulness of the news, however, respondent vehemently denies it all. 16. Even after their confrontation, respondent continued to maintain a night life with friends. Petitioner’s mother deemed it proper to notify petitioner that respondent still goes out with friends and comes home very late at night accompanied by another man. However, it resulted to a mother-and-son fight as petitioner defended respondent under the belief that the latter loves him; 17. The parties were often engaged in verbal arguments over petty matters. Their verbal quarrels became a common occurrence; 18. While on board the cruise ship, petitioner cannot contain his worries on the possibility that all the news about the respondent may be true. This caused him emotional disturbance that led to sleepless nights and consequently affects his work performance; 19. Thereafter, petitioner, through series of telephone calls, asked respondent to minimize or if possible to stop going out at night and not see the other man, but the respondent asserts that she is neither going out nor seeing another man. Such denial runs contrary to what petitioner’s mother and their neighbors saw; 20. Petitioner, despite the denial of the respondent, felt the need to fix their relationship. He, via telephone, earnestly tried to initiate an open communication between them, wherein they can express with no hesitation what or how they feel about each other. This was with the hope that it may fix the gap in their relationship. Petitioner told the respondent about the latter’s lack of passion, respect and romance in their relationship, but all these were denied by respondent; 21. The relationship turned into sour. Respondent threatened petitioner that she will leave the latter if he does not stop being suspicious. Petitioner pleaded to respondent to wait for his arrival on October 2008 so they could settle their differences in person. However, on September 2008, respondent abandoned petitioner and left the dwelling. Since then, respondent neither returned home nor communicated the petitioner; 22. Respondent went missing and her whereabouts are unknown. On October 2008, petitioner went home to the Philippines with the hope to reconcile with respondent and save their marriage. Petitioner exerted earnest efforts to find the respondent, but she’s nowhere to be found. On several occasions, petitioner tried to reach respondent through his relatives and friends but to no avail. He went to respondent’s ancestral house in Cebu City but none from her family and friends knows where she can be found. He also tried to ask respondent’s close friends and former co-workers but none of them knows where she is. The search for the respondent took more or less two (2) years until petitioner already gave up. As much as the petitioner wanted to save their marriage, it cannot be done by him unilaterally; 23. With the short span of time the parties had been together, this is the time which petitioner describes as a period where respondent’s instability, psychological or otherwise, showed up; 24. Petitioner and respondent are currently separated in fact and have been so since September 2008. The reason for the continuing separation in fact is the breakdown of the marriage due to respondent’s psychological incapacity to fulfill and discharge his marital obligations, which existed at the time of the marriage but manifested itself well into the marriage; 25. The psychological incapacity of the respondent to remain married is characterized by gravity, juridical antecedence, and incurability; prior to this resort, petitioner had attempted formal and informal counseling sessions, all of which were unproductive due to respondent’s unknown whereabouts. Copy of the psychological evaluation of the parties is marked as Annex “E- E-8”; 26. Such incapacity of the respondent is so grave and serious that she is truly incognitive of and unable to fully assume and comply with her marital obligations under Article 68, 69, 70 and 71 of the Family Code of the Philippines and the attendant duties of a married person as well; 27. That finally, the petitioner has therefore no other recourse but to seek judicial relief. The prospects or possibility of respondent to reform and assume his essential marital obligations is a remote possibility, if not a hopeless expectancy. PRAYER

WHEREFORE, in view of the foregoing, petitioner respectfully prayed that the Honorable Court render judgment as follows: 1. Declaring the marriage between petitioner and respondent null and void ab initio under the provisions of Article 36 of the Family Code of Philippines, and the annulment of the same marriage based on Article 45 (5) of the Family Code of the Philippines. 2. Adjudicating all other legal effects of the decree of nullity of marriage.

Petitioner prays for such other reliefs just and equitable under the premises.

11 June 2019, Tubod, Lanao Del Norte.

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED.

RASONABLE AND ASSOCIATES Counsel for Petitioner 3rd Level, Suite A, Farmacia Susana Bldg. Rizal Ave., Ozamiz City 088-545-1659/09072775078 Email: rasonableandassociates@gmail.com

CHARLES B. RASONABLE Roll No. 60404 IBP Lifetime Member no. 010841 PTR 3367476, 1-03-19 MCLE COMPLIANCE NO. V-0008231 MCLE COMPLIANCE NO. VI-0000060

By:

NOW THEREFORE, the above-mentioned Respondent is hereby summoned and required to file with the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court, Branch 07, Tubod, Lanao del Norte, Philippines, her ANSWER to the above-quoted petition within sixty (60) days from publication of the summons and to serve copy of the said answer upon petitioner’s counsel at his given address indicated in the petition. Respondent is further reminded of the provision in the IBP-OCA Memorandum on Policy Guidelines dated March 12, 2002 to observe restraint in filing a Motion to Dismiss and instead allege the grounds thereof as defenses in the Answer. Tubod, Lanao del Norte, October 14, 2019. BWM: Nov. 20, 27 & Dec. 4, 2019

ATTY. AISA B. MUSA-BARRAT Clerk of Court VI

Kuyamis Festival 2020, pormal nang gilusad DISYEMBRE 2, 2019, pormal nang gilusad ang ika-7 ka tuig nga kasaulogan sa Kuyamis Festival 2020 dinhi sa Misamis Oriental, lakip na niini gipakita ang opisyal nga Kuyamis Logo, alang sa usa ka semana nga pagpahigayon sa kapistahan sugod sa Enero 6 hangtud Enero 11, 2020. Didto sa Kuyamis Festival 2020 launching mismong si Gobernador Bambi Emano, mga miyembro sa Sangguniang Panlalawigan, susama nila ni Board Member Boboy Sabal, Saysay Emano, Bebing Dumadag, Kerwin Soldevilla, Wayne Militante ug Leonard Winstanley. Didto usab ang mga ulo sa departamento ug mga kawani sa kapitolyo. Atol sa paglusad, mao usab ang pagpaila sa 21 ka mga kandidata sa Search

for Miss Kuyamis 2020. Matud ni Provincial Tourism Officer Atty. Jeffrey Saclot, sigurado nga mabungahon ug mabulokon ang kasaulogan, susama kon unsa ka malinawon ug sadya nga silibrasyon sa milabay nga unom ka tuig. “And, we assure you, that this year’s edition or the 7th Kuyamis Festival is going to be much brighter, much bigger and more festive than ever,” sulti pa ni Atty. Saclot. Sa ilang calendar of activities, matud sa Provincial Tourism Office, adunay mahitabong street dancing competition sa Pelaez Sports Center, Booth Competition, Presentasyon sa mga nagkadaiyang lungsod ug dakbayan sa Misamis Oriental nga ipahigayon sa lungsod sa Naawan, ug ang labing giatangan sa tanan

Instructional Leadership: A Key for Better Performance By NELBA S. OMANDAN

INSTRUCTIONAL leadership is a critical aspect of school leadership. The work of instructional leaders is to ensure that every student receives the highest quality instruction each day. Doing so requires that instructional leaders lead for the improvement of the quality of teaching and for the improvement of student learning. Instructional leadership is learningfo c u s e d, l e ar n i ng for both the students and adults as well. Herein, l e ar n i ng i s m e a s u re d t hroug h improvement in instruction and in the quality of student learning. Instructional leadership in a basic education school structure is usually led by the principal. For it to work, a culture of diligence must

prevail in that school for the constant improvement of the instructional material. Moreover, instructional leadership addresses the cultural, linguistic, socioeconomic and learning diversity in the school community. The following are practical actions that can be achieved in instructional leadership in the Philippine setting: teachers must constantly talk among each other on how to improve the syllabus handed out to them and if there is a need to introduce complementary materials. Teachers must observe each other in their teaching practices and once critiquing is done, the recipient teacher must be professional enough not to be offended and take it as a room for improvement.

ang Miss Kuyamis 2020 pageant nga ipahigayon sa dakbayan sa El Salvador City Gymnasium. Ang Misamis Oriental nagkadugay, hinay hinay nang naila sa tibuok Pilipinas ug sa tibuok kalibutan. Busa mao na lamang ka mapasalamaton si Gobernador Bambi Emano ilabina kang Atty Jeffrey Saclot sa hilabihan nga pagpangandam sa maong kalihukan. Nanghinaut kini nga unta mas mabungahon ug mabulukon ang Kuyamis Festival 2020 ug sa umaabot pa nga mga tuig.

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townhouses and office spaces. In WIN’s 2018 annual report, it said the land covered by the MoA with Avida had a carrying value of P75.61 million. Despite their partnership trailing as far back as 2012, the companies could not begin with the project until last year, when WIN’s subsidiaries terminated the rehabilitation case of PCIC to be allowed to keep possession of the Plastic City property. When PCIC ended commercial operations of Plastic City in 2002, the warehouse and building facilities of the plant have been leased out by PCIC subsidiaries, which are all under WIN. WIN said in a regulatory filing its business is now focused on maintaining equipment and facilities in Plastic City, which it hopes to resume operations by finding strategic partners. PHES, on the other hand, was an agriculture firm but is now in the business of real estate holdings with an agreement with Rexlon Realty Group, Inc.; Recovery Real Estate Corp.; Ropeman International Corp.; The Wellex Group, Inc. and Pacific Rehouse Corp. Earlier this year, Avida launched a subdivision within ALI’s mixed-use estate Vermosa in Imus, Cavita. Avida Verra Settings Vermosa offers 370 units on the 10-hectare property. It also unveiled Avida Towers (AT) Makati Southpoint — a threetower residential condominium development located on an 11,000 square meter lot along Chino Roces Avenue in Barangay Bangkal, Makati City.


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Gains... DCIPC, said the efforts of the government to invest in more public infrastructure projects made Davao more enticing to investors, indicating a strong development in the local economy. “The figures validate our claim Davao City is the country’s top investment destination,” he said. C amb ay a a d d e d t he strong collaboration between the local government and the private sector had also improved the ease of doing business in the city. He added that the local government has seen an uptick in the number of new businesses entering the city. “ There is always an increase in the number of new business establishments, which is a good sign, as it projects the development of the city. This just goes to show that Davao City is conducive to investments, now more than ever,” he added. He a d d e d t h e l o c a l government hopes to attract more investors after the local council passed the amended Davao City Investment Code, which enhanced the provisions on preferred investment areas and the incentive packages offered to potential investors, which cover investments in tourism and recreational facilities; light manufacturing; infrastructure and connectivity; information and communications technology; property development; health and wellness, education, and sports facilities; generation of new sources of energy; and green projects. He s ai d i nv e s t m e nt incentives offered here include three-year exemption from business tax, and two-year exemption from real property tax for “new, expansion, and diversification” of those businesses classified under the preferred investment areas. To spread the development outside the central business district, Cambaya added the local government offers longer period of exemptions for investments in Baguio, C a l i n an , Mar i l o g , an d Paquibato Districts.

project is partially being i mp l e m e nt e d w it h t h e deployment of augmentation buses in identified priority areas, particularly in southcentral Davao City. In August, the city council also took tackled a proposed P100-million budget for the construction of two bus terminals, one each in the north and south of the city. The HPBS was among the recommendations in a study undertaken by the Asian Development Bank, which has been working with the city government for the transport modernization program. The bus system project, Mr. Cortez said, aims to replace about 7,500 public utility jeepneys (PUJ) with some 1,300 buses to decongest the main highways and improve the transport system. In an earlier interview, he said the HPBS is expected to require a work force of up to 10,000, more than the current 7,200 PUJ drivers. The HPBS will cover a core network of 137 kilometers (km) and 489 kms of feeder routes, based on a NEDA statement issued Friday. The entire transport project will also involve strengthening institutional c ap a c it y, an d a s o c i a l development component. NEDA has approved an implementation schedule of 2020 to 2023, with funding mainly from Official Development Assistance loans. BRIDGE TO SAMAL Another project in the Davao Region approved by the NEDA board is the P23-billion bridge that will connect the Island Garden City of Samal and Davao City. “The project involves the construction of a tollfree four-lane (two-lane each direction) bridge with an approximate length of 2.80 kilometers, a width of 24.2 meters, and a vertical clearance of 45 meters that can serve around 25,000 vehicles a day,” NEDA said in the statement. The construction period for the bridge, which has long been on the drawing boards, is targeted to start by 2021 and operations by 2025.

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Office coordinator who was part of the team that defended the project before the board, said the city will be considering funding it internally or taking a loan for the project, also known as the high priority bus system (HPBS). Local governments are typically required to pay for a share of major projects to ensure they have a stake in its success. “We c an f i nd ot he r financing options or sources to get things going by 2020,” Mr. Cortez said. “The focus of the city mayor (Mayor Sara DuterteCarpio) is really on the full implementation of the HPBS before her term ends (in 2022),” he said. The first phase of the

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for them. “Sinuggest ko po ‘yan kay Pangulong Duterte para mapasaya ang ating mga barangay officials na walang sawang nagseserbisyo sa kanilang mga komunidad,” said Go. “Gumagawa po kami ng paraan ni Pangulong Duterte na mabigyan man lang kayo ng Christmas incentives o anuman po na pwede ninyong magamit ngayong pasko para po sa mga elected barangay officials,” he added. The senator, who has consistently pursued measures to promote the welfare of barangay officials, is hoping that this would provide incentives for their untiring service as providers of frontline services to the community while waiting

for the passage of Senate Bill (SB) No. 391 or the “Barangay Services Compensation Act” which is still being deliberated in the Senate Committee on Local Government. Originally known as the “Magna Carta for Barangays Act of 2019” filed by Senator Go on July this year, SB 391 is a consolidated version of all other related bills filed in the Senate which aim to provide barangay officials additional compensation similarly accorded to a regular government employee as well as other benefits to promote their welfare in return for the service they render to their respective communities. As the basic unit of governance in the country, the senator has always been vocal about promoting the welfare of barangay officials in return for their critical role they play in their respective communities. “The barangay serves as the primary planning and implementing unit of government policies, plans, programs, projects, and activities in our communities,” he said during a Senate committee hearing. “ It i s t h r o u g h o u r barangays that government programs and services reach our people. It is through our barangays that our policies, plans, and projects aimed at improving our country materialize. Most importantly, it is in our barangays that we hone dutiful citizens who will become the future builders of our nation,” he added. The senator also said that it is high time that the hard work and efforts of barangay officials are recognized. “Our barangays are not on autopilot. They are manned by these hard-working and dedicated individuals who, despite their seemingly thankless job, are committed to ensuring that our barangays ser ve the purpose they are intended for,” he said. (Advertorial)

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discuss importation possibilities and to find out if the city can supply the demand. “ T h is w i l l b e a bi g opportunity for our businessmen in the city to expand their business and explore exporting their produce to China. We also encourage them to plant more durian,” she said. E a r l i e r, C a n d e l a r i o Miculob, the president of

the Davao Durian Industry Development C ouncil (DDIDC), acknowledged the growing demand in the export market to China. Miculob said Davao City has high durian production, noting that the city shares half of the 40 tons of the total durian production in Davao Region. Last May, the Department of Agriculture in Region 11 (DA-11) launched the "The Durian 500 Program", which seeks to increase the productivity of the "king of fruits" in the city as well as the entire Davao Region. The Durian 500 Program is a collaboration between the City Agriculturist Office (CAO) and DA-High Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP) that aims to expand to 500 hectares the durian plantations in tribal communities here. Based on the data of DDIDC, Region 11 has 6,000 hectares of durian farms that can produce around 40 tons--half of this from this city’s durian production. Targeting about 78,000 durian fruit trees to be planted, Miculob added that the chosen land in Baguio District is one of the highly suitable areas for durian plantation due to its climate and rich volcanic soil. (PNA)

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i mp rov e m e nt i n d u s t r y in the Philippines is still underpenetrated and we are taking advantage of such by aggressively opening Allhome to more locations across the country,” AllHome chairman Manuel Villar Jr. said in a statement. C am i l l e Vi l l ar, v i c e chairman of AllHome, said they are “very much on track” with their store expansion program for this year and 2020. “We aim to at least double our net selling space by end 2020. Expansion is focused on Mega Manila for now, but the longer-term plan is to bring AllHome to the rest of the Philippines,” she said. For October alone, the company opened three new stores in Alabang, Bulacan, and in Cavite. To date, it has 30 stores across the country which are mostly in large-mall based format. AllHome made a debut in the Philippine Stock Exchange via initial public offering (IPO) last October 10, 2019. (PR)

Read to learn, learn to read By CHARMYNE R. TUMALA SPED Teacher Tangub City

THE fundamental premise for learning to read in order to read to learn is that learning to read occurs during the early years of a child’s education – typically k indergar ten t hroug h third grade – and consists primarily of decoding and memorizing basic words. The focus is phonemic awareness and phonics. Children learn that letters make sounds and how to mesh those sounds together so d-o-g becomes dog. They continue progressing through this stage until they achieve fluency at which point they’re ready to tackle increasing difficult text and begin reading to learn. The actual reading to

learn part of the equation b eg ins around four t h grade where the focus is on reading for information and comprehension. This is where it gets a little bit tricky. Again, the premise is that before a child can gain comprehension of w hat t he y’re re ading , they have to be somewhat proficient readers. This concept and way of thinking continues to influence reading instruction and learning systems in classrooms throughout the world. But must reading for information and comprehension wait until fourth grade? Do children make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn so easily?

21st Century Teachers: Tool for K to 12 Curriculum By NELBA S. OMANDAN

B E C AU S E w e a r e undoubtedly living in the Information Age, our kids even as young as first graders are now using cellphones to learn. In fact, there are learning apps for kids easily available for free. It is our responsibility as teachers to aid the school-age children because they spend eight hours of their 24-hour day in school. In fact, they spend most of their daylight in school rather than with their parents. And the K to 12 curriculum has improved e v e n m ore t h e b a s i c education system of the country. When I say basic education, it counts the period from kindergarten to high school. As a teacher

in a school of arts and trades, I’m happy that K to 12 curriculum senior high track has emphasized more on the tech-voc track. The tech-voc track allows students to acquire skills for them to immediately seek employment even when they are as young as 18. Again, it is our responsibility as teachers to teach the students the exact lessons they need. There must absolutely be no room for error. That is why if opportunities arise, we must attend all the training-seminars that are accorded to us. Since the K to 12 curriculum is an enhanced one, then we must need to enhance our learnings as well.


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"Pasiga" sa Villanueva opens with a big bang V ILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental - The annual celebration of fiesta and Christmas in Villanueva town from December 1-31, this province, opened with a big bang and funfare, with the lighting up of the giant torch (sulo in vernacular). Thousands of residents and expectators from neighboring towns and Cagayan de Oro witnessed the celebration and were amazed by the lighting of the giant torch, the first time to happen in this fastest-growing municipality of Misamis Oriental. This big event in Villanueva, which sets as the opening salvo of the twin

celebration of the town's fiesta and the Christmas,

was realized with the brilliant idea of town mayor

Jennie Rosalie Uy, supported by the very active

and energetic Congresswomn Juliet T. Uy of the 2nd Congressional District. Since Jennie Uy, won as the new mayor of Villanueva, there is much potential that the town would continue to develop in the next few years with the awesome and dedicated leadership of the new mayor. In her recent speeches, Mayor Uy vowed to infuse worthwhile projects that would help the people alleviate from poverty. Several livelihood projects and other

development plans that would give more job opportunities for the people of Villanueva, are now among the mission and vision of Mayor Jennie Uy. Just recently, Mayor Uy urged people in business to submit to her office any vacancy so that said vacancies would be listed in the local government unit's online page. Uy said the online directory of available jobs would be a great help to her constituents looking for employment opportunities.


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be? Remember, God gave us His very best: His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. So He hopes that we will give back to Him our very best—not just our second best. Does he deserve anything less? After all, He created you to enjoy His very best. So why not ask Jesus Christ to forgive you for not living the way you know you should. Then ask Him to take charge of your character and give you His help. Then you can start disciplining yourself to always be your best, and never again have to settle for second best. Just Think a Minute…

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making sure it aligns with the operations of WESM (Wholesale Electricity Spot Market). At this stage when NGCP’s credibility is in question, what it needs to do is to submit to a full independent audit with the appropriate agencies of government properly represented. Earlier, TransC o has requested NGCP to conduct a vulnerability assessment and penetration testing of the transmission network a n d s y s t e m , i n c lu d i n g telecommunications, and its associated applications and software. Added to that, TransCo h a s c r i t i c i z e d N G C P ’s statement that the issue on national security was an “open book” and was willing to be audited. On the contrary, there was no such thing as ‘meeting of the minds’ to discuss national security protocols. Instead, NGCP has played on deaf ears on the request of TransCo to conduct an audit on the matter. The SGC C has a 49 percent stake in NGCP, and 60 percent belongs to Filipino companies Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp. and Calaca High Power Corp. with 30 percent shares each. (ruffy44_ph2000@yahoo. com)

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so. Not only could there be hazards and debris in certain areas, but roads may still need to be clear for rescue and recovery efforts. • Help injured or trapped persons. Give first aid where appropriate – but only when the surroundings are safe. FLASH FLOOD • Causes most of the direct weather-related fatalities. • A person can be taken away in as little as 6 inches of water – a car in as little as 2 feet of water. • Can occur during or within a few hours after extended rainfall. • Communities particularly at risk are those located in low-lying areas, near water, or downstream from a dam. • The rapid flooding of streams, valleys, and other flood-prone areas can occur during any month of the

year, but are more frequent during the months of October through April. • Since flood damage is almost never covered by homeowners insurance, flood insurance is important for people living in high-risk flood zones. Before a Flood Philippines wet season is typically starts from June. Try some of these tips before the season starts, especially if you live in a flood-prone area: • Avoid building in a floodplain unless you elevate and reinforce your home. • G at h e r i mp or t ant documents such as your flood insurance policy. Flood losses are not covered under normal homeowners’ insurance policies. • Ke e p a supply of sandbags to direct floodwater away from your home. • Seal walls 1 to 2 feet ab ove b as eb o ards wit h waterproofing compounds. • Listen to the radio or television for information. Be aware of streams, drainage channels, roads, and other a re a s k n ow n t o f l o o d suddenly. • Be aware that flash flooding can occur quickly and without warning. Be prepared to evacuate and move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move. • Secure your home and elevate essential items. Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. During a Flash Flood • Listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink. You may need to boil tap water before drinking. • Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines. Keep away and report downed power lines to the power company. After a Flood • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded; Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car. • Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. • Stay out of any building i f it is sur rounde d by floodwaters as there may be hidden structural damage to the foundation. • Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards. • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals. • Be sure to dry areas that may have been effected by flood water. Areas like drywall, carpet and flooring exposed to moisture may encounter mold growth later. EARTHQUAKE • An earthquake is the sudden, sometimes violent movement of the earth’s

surface from the release of energy in the earth’s crust. • Approximately 75% of the world’s seismic energy is released along the edges of the Pacific Ocean, where the thinner Pacific plate is forced beneath thicker continental crust. This 40,000 kilometer band of seismicity also known as the “Ring of Fire,” stretches up the west coasts of South and Central America and from the North American continent to the Aleutians, Japan, China, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Australia. • Active volcanoes in the Philippines cause numerous earthquakes per day, most of which are too small to be registered by anything other than sensitive scientific equipment. Before an Earthquake • Have a Family Earthquake Readiness Plan. • Locate a safe place in each room of the house. • Know how to turn off your gas and water main. During an Earthquake • Drop down; take cover under a desk or table. • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you’re sure it’s safe to exit outdoor. • Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake. • If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground. • If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking has stopped and it’s safe to continue driving.

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from page 4 who can neither see nor admit the glaring glor y and success of the event. Me too have my own wish like the video on the large screen should have shown the many tourists sites in the country. But then that is beyond us now and rectifications can be done in the future in similar events. Be that as it may, in terms of tour ism promot ions and in truly depicting the image of the Philippines as a free and peaceful country, the budget is in fact too small in terms given what the countr y has reaped. Among the significant and indubitable gains moreover is that we have proven to the world that Philippines has the capability to host bigger sporting events and that the spirit of volunteerism or Bayanihan is still very much

alive among us Filipinos. By all indications, the Philippines is on the way t o a b o u nt i f u l g o l d e n h ar ve st s . T h e b on an z a i s u npre c e d e nte d. O u r athletes are well-motivated. I watched each victor as they wave and wrap themselves with the Philippine flag. Their love of countr y is etched on their faces telling us “we (can) win as one”!

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and Calaca High Power Corporation with 30% shares each. As such, SGCC has only three (3) nominees who sit as members of the NGCP Board of Directors representing the company and proportionate

Republic of the Philippines Province of Misamis Oriental Municipality of Naawan OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR Publication Notice RA 10172

BWM: Nov. 27 & Dec. 4, 2019

Concession Agreement. Te l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n companies like Globe and Smart use NGCP facilities via co-location agreements. A co-location agreement with NGCP allows a thirdparty to piggy-back with its right-of-way or existing facilities except tapping into or using the transmission service provider’s fiber optic cables. The co-location agreements, including those inherited from Transco, allow these companies to perform only antenna and joint pole attachment, and installation of equipment. “NG C P d e cl are s a l l e a r n i n g s f rom re l at e d businesses and uses the same to lower transmission rates in full compliance with the provisions of EPIRA and Concession Agreement,” he said. NGCP, a privately-owned corporation created on January 15, 2009 through Republic Act 9511, is a consortium of three corporations – the Monte Oro Grid Resources Corporation, the Calaca High Power Corporation, and the State Grid Corporation of China. It has the exclusive right to manage and operate the country’s transmission system until 2033. More than 5,000 Filipinos are currently employed with the NGCP manning the facilities all over the country to ensure the continued and efficient management of the Philippine power grid. Since 2009 when NGCP took over in the operations and management of the national transmission system, the average transmission rates have dramatically gone down from 79 centavos per kilowatt hour (P0.79/kWh) to 56 centavos per kilowatthour (P0.56/kWh) in 2018. R e c e n t l y, N G C P announced that it has set aside P463 billion in fresh capital for the modernization and expansion of the power grid in the next 10 years. It brings its total investment to P651 billion from P188 billion in the past 10 years of linking power generators and distribution utilities to deliver electricity through the network of interconnected transmission towers and substations.

ALLAN'S LECHON

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-01, Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. I, Series of 2013 (IRR of RA 10172), Notice is hereby served to the PUBLIC that JENESAL BALGOMA DELICANA has filed with this Office a petition for correction of clerical error in the entry of sex from "(F) FEMALE" to "(M) MALE" in the Certificate of Live Birth of JENESAL BALGOMA DELICANA who was born on April 15, 1975 at Maputi, Naawan, Misamis Oriental and whose parents are SALVADOR B. DELICANA and ALICE F. BALGOMA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition within this office not later than DECEMBER 2019.

to its capital shares. “S G C C s e r v e s o n l y as the technical adviser of the consortium, but the management and the control of NGCP, including its Systems Operation, are exclusively exercised by Filipinos,” Almeda averred. He a d d e d t h a t t h e Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), the system that controls the grid, is operated only by authorized Filipino technical experts of NGCP. “By default, SCADA is disconnected from the Virtual Private Network (VPN); thus, remote users cannot connect to SCADA,” Almeda said, pointing out that “VPN access may only be granted to the Filipino CEO in an emergency situation and only after undergoing a secure and confidential approval process.” Since NGCP commenced its operations in 2009, the approval process for the VPN access has not been invoked and no remote access has been granted. Almeda noted that its Systems Operation (SO) Datacenter is equipped with biometric access controls which allow only authorized NGCP personnel to enter apart from the SCADA workstations and servers that have been secured by firewalls and layers of authentication systems to block unauthorized access. To further allay fears of China’s interference in the Philippine power grid, he suggested a visit by legislators and an independent party to NGCP facilities and personally see how the power grid are managed and operated. “We are happy to welcome our senators and congressmen as well as an independent third party to visit our facilities in order to dispel any security concerns that had been raised these past few days,” the NGCP executive said. Sometime in August 2017, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi had already inspected the NGCP facilities, and during the previous administration some congressmen also paid a visit of the same facilities. Almeda also said that it has not entered into other business es, ot her t han those permitted under the

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