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Energy forum STUDENT leaders from various colleges and universities in Cagayan de Oro City gathered recently at the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) gymnasium to attend the 2014 Mindanao Energy Conservation Forum. The activity is the 2nd leg in a series of fora across major cities in Mindanao organized by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Junior Chamber International (JCI), with the support of energyfirm STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI). The activity aims to heighten public awareness on the need to conserve energy use in the light of the volatile electricity supply in the island. During the forum, Steag communications officer Jerome Soldevilla underscored the imperatives of developing a mindset of energy conservation as he calls on power consumers to be more efficient in the use of electric power.

Pedestrianization DAVAO City -- Celebrated tour expert and cultural activist Carlos Celdran is pushing for pedestrianization around downtown Davao. “I really think Davao is ready for a pedestrian culture.” Celdran said. Known for his elaborate walking tours around the walled city around Intramuros in Manila City, Celdran said that Davao has the basics to start a walking culture. He cited clean and peaceful streets, a vibrant downtown area and the presence of public parks. “Davao City is one of the cleanest cities in the Philippines which I’ve been to.” Celdran said of his main observation after a two-day walking tour around downtown Davao entitled “Carlos Celdran does Davao.”

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ONVERSION of wastes into useful energy has been gaining allure in the field of renewable energy developments.

PLANTING RICE. A farmer whips a bundle of rice seedlings to remove the mud and prepare it for planting as thick fog blurs the fields behind him in barangay Lemon, Butuan City. mindanews photo by erwin mascarinas

BIMP-EAGA wants full private sector role in sub-regional trade By JOEY SEM G. DALUMPINES Contributor

DAVAO City -- An official of the Mindanao Development Authority revealed countries under the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area want greater participation of the private sector in the subregional trade group. R ome o Monteneg ro, Director III of the Investment Promotion and Public Affairs

of the MINDA said based on the BIMP-EAGA Strategic Planning Meeting held February 11 in Davao City, member countries welcome the iMindanao Development Authority’s involvement of the private sector to increase the trade. He recalled that in the previous years, it was the government that laid down the trade/PAGE 11

The latest company to announce its planned wasteto-energy facility is local firm Emerging Power Inc. (EPI) for a venture it has been targeting in Cagayan de Oro. The company announced that it has already “taken initial steps to launch a project that will convert the Cagayan de Oro sanitary landfill into a source of renewable energy.” The planned investment was outlined in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which initially calls for the conduct

of a feasibility study on the proposed facility. Project sponsor EPI said it inked the pact with the city government of Cagayan de Oro and Waste Recovery B oras (WRB), a tie-up between the Boras City of Sweden, its Boras Energy and Environment and the WRB Technical Research Institute of Sweden and the University of Boras. The agreement provides that EPI will be given the right to develop “a full solid waste management plan that will biomass/PAGE 11

Davao City hotel spending P200-M for renovation By CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO, Correspondent

DAVAO City -- Gaisanoowned Grand Regal Hotel

Davao is spending about P200 million to renovate and

Casino is a key source of revenue for Grand Regal Hotel Davao.

upgrade facilities in a bid to keep up with new hotels in the city, a company official said in a recent interview here. Ilde V. Bontia, Jr., Grand Regal general manager, said the 15-year-old hotel needs to be aggressive to compete with the new ones, including low-cost lodging facilities in key locations within the central business district. Mr. Bontia said the hotel management wants to make the hotel true to its name. “We want to make it grander,” he said, explaining that the effort includes improving quality of services, partly by upgrading the skills of its employees. “There are many new bed and breakfast hotels now that are priced lower than most of the older hotels,” Mr. Bontia said. “ These are the ones that made the competition cutthroat.” hotel/PAGE 11

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THE Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is set to conduct an Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Roadshow dubbed “Science for Safer Communities” on March 10 to 11, this city.

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During the 2nd Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management C ouncil Technical Working Group (RDRRMC-TWG) meeting, Narvinso S. Tan of DOST-10 said that the Roadshow will be conducted in 16 regions in the country including Northern Mindanao. It aims to gather all know le dge pro duc ts of D O ST- f u nd e d re s e arch and development initiatives and to disseminate, educate and assist local government units (LGUs) and other stakeholders on how to maximize the use of these know ledge pro duc ts to

reduce disaster losses. F u r t h e r, h e s a i d that they intend to use Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) activities to the regions to familiarize the latest DRRM technologies and services now available for use; strengthen the local decision-making capability on DRRM through DOST products and services and to help LGUs become more knowledgeable of the hazards in their area so they can plan accordingly. IEC mater ia ls to b e shown and distributed in roadshow/PAGE 10

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BFAR gives fish sanctuary materials to coastal LGUs in Lanao del Norte TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 10 together with the provincial government distributed fish sanctuary materials to coastal local government units on February 18, 2014 at the Macapagal Training Center, Provincial Capitol Grounds, Tubod, Lanao del Norte. T h e re bu i l d i n g an d rehabilitation of fish sanctuaries in coastal c om mu n it i e s , to a l l ow the local species of fish to increase its population is one of the priority projects of the

Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte (PGLDN) The materials distributed to municipal agriculturists and c are t a ke rs of f ish sanctuaries were buoys, monofilaments, and life jackets. Among the 10 coastal towns that received the marine implements were Linamon, Kauswagan, Bacolod, Maigo, Kolambugan, Tubod, Baroy, Lala, Kapatagan and Sultan Naga Dimaporo. All coastal municipalities have identified fish sanctuaries to ensure that bfar/PAGE 10

Bureau of Customs warns vs against internet scams THE Bureau of Customs in Nor thern Mindanao warned the public against a marketing scam that utilized the internet, a customs official said on Saturday. Acting deputy collector Uswaldo Pague, of the Bureau of Customs here, said that the would-be-victim usually received an email regarding a marketing plan that resembles that of a pyramiding scheme. He said that the email would solicit membership money of P 2,500 with a promise from the “upline warns/PAGE 10

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Cebu Pacific acquisition of Tigerair gets CAB’s nod THE CIVIL Aeronautics Board (CAB) has approved Cebu Air, Inc’s acquisition of Tigerair Philippines, a senior regulatory official told reporters on Friday. CAB Executive Director Carmelo L. Arcilla said that the regulator “approved on Monday the acquisition of Tigerair Philippines by Cebu Pacific”, which is operated by Cebu Air. He noted t hat t he acquisition has no “adverse impact on competition” in the industry. Cebu Pacific is acquiring rival Tigerair Philippines in

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a $15-million deal that will allow the Gokongwei-led airline to cement its local dominance and expand its network. Singapore-based c a r r i e r Ti g e r A i r w ay s Holdings Pte., Ltd., through its subsidiary Roar Aviation II Pte. Ltd., owns a 40% interest in Tigerair Philippines. The balance is held by Filipino businessmen. Both carriers signed the share purchase agreement concerned earlier this month. The agreement also paves way for Tigerair flight bookings to be made possible at Cebu cebupac/PAGE 10

AboitizLand buys out Marubeni from Batangas ecozone operator THE property arm of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc (AEV) gained full ownership of an industrial real estate operator in Batangas after striking a deal to buy out Japan’s Marubeni Corp. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, AEV said Aboitiz Land Inc acquired Marubeni’s 40 percent interest in Lima Land Inc, which owns the 486-hectare Lima Technology Center in Malvar, Batangas and Lipa City. AboitizLand now owns 100 percent of Lima Land

after purchasing the 60 percent stake of Alcantaraled Alsons Land Corp for P1.36 billion in October. Lima Technology hosts 37 locators engaged in manufacturing automobile components and motorcycles, printers, plastic moldings, LCD projectors, among others. With the industrial park designated as a special economic zone, locators enjoy certain incentives such as income tax holidays and exemption from duties and taxes on imported capital aboitiz/PAGE 10

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Holcim posts record profit, but rethinks PH expansion as Asean integration looms HOLCIM Philippines Inc has put off a plan to build a new plant as its Swiss parent reorganizes it regional operations ahead of the Asean economic integration come 2015. In a press br ief ing , Holcim Philippines president Eduardo A. Sahagun said the 2.5-million MT brownfield p l a n t i n N o r z a g a r a y, Bulacan that would cost t he company $450-550 million is facing delays following a reorganization the parent company’s regional operations. Sahagun said Holcim Ltd’s new regional head will need more time to study the construction of a new plant in Bulacan in light of the looming regional integration. This may allow the local unit to import cement from its counterpart in Vietnam, which has significant excess capacity. “For Holcim, we plan as a region. We don’t plan as a country and we believe that’s the right thing to do because the region is consolidated. You look at Asean as an integrated market,” Sahagun, the first

Filipino chief executive of the Swiss cement-maker, said. “If there are port congestion, weather issues, truck bans, how much can you bring in? That is where we’re trying to look at that’s why we need a little more time,” he added. The suspension of Holcim’s Philippine expansion comes even after strong construction activity nationwide allowed the cement-maker to register record earnings and sales last year. Sahagun said profit rose 26 percent to a new high of P4.55 billion last year from P3.62 billion in 2012. Revenues grew six percent to a record P28.9 billion from P27.2 billion in 2012, buoyed by good cost management even as volumes grew less than the local industry because of severe weather conditions and supply constraints in

the second half when Holcim upgraded its La Union and Misamis Oriental plants. “Our company benefited from the good business

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New loan benchmarks, zero bonds readied

THE BANGKO Sentral ng Pilipinas is preparing have fallen sharply for various new benchmarks for pricing loans as it tries reasons -- chief among them the easy monetary policies to boost capital market activity. BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. said reforms in the domestic capital market would be needed to translate the country’s investment grade rating to more investment flows. The initiatives cover “price-related initiatives such as the overnight index swap, calculation of implied zero rates, oversight of repos (repurchase) and the introduction of strips,” the central bank chief said in his speech before the business community at the Euromoney

Philippines Investment Forum on Friday. The overnight index swap (OIS) will set benchmark rates for banks’ short-term loans or those with tenors up to one-year, while the zero rate will be a benchmark for the medium- to long-term rates. Currently, banks have no single benchmark for pricing their loans. They used to peg short-term loans on Treasur y bills (T-bills), but interest rates on government securities

of advanced economies and the investment grade credit rating of the country. Thus, banks no longer deem T-bill rates as viable benchmarks for their lending transactions. Int ro ducing “st r ips” or zero coupon bonds, meanwhile, “will be able to fill the gaps in the yield curve,” Mr. Tetangco said. “ There are certain segments where there is hardly any trading. If you are able to do strips, these gaps can potentially be filled,” he explained.

THE Australian government will extend funding to the Philippines for the Public Private Partnership program as well as for health and education programs. Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop said at the joint membership me et ing of t he Makati Business Club, Philippines Australia Business Council, Australia Philippines Business

Council, and Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Philippines that Australia will provide 170 million Australian dollars for infrastructure and education. “ Through leveraging public funds, we hope the Philippines will be able to build infrastructure for the future,” she said. Australia will also provide funding/PAGE 10

THE Department of Finance (DOF) warned that raising the ceiling on the amount of 13th month not subject to tax would erode the revenue gains of a new law that increased the tax on sin products. In a statement, Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima said bills pending before Congress that aims to hike the tax-exempt ceiling of P30,000 to a range of P40,000-75,000

Australian govt pledges funding for PPPs, education, health programs

Hike in 13th month exemption will erode gains from Sin Tax Law would rob the government of P10.3-61.7 billion in revenues. “The passage of these proposals will derail our deficit spending program of two percent of GDP in 2016, in the process wipe out the revenue gains from sin taxes that the country worked for 16 years to pass, and jeopardize our social spending commitments, especially for the rehabilitation for

calamity-stricken areas and infrastructure,” Purisima said. GDP refers to gross domestic product, which is the amount of final goods and services produced in the country and as such measures economic performance. The deficit-to-GDP ratio in turn is a closely watched measure of how manageable is the government’s budget gap, which happens whenever

expenditures outstrip tax collections. F o r l a s t y e a r, t h e government proposed a deficit cap of P238 billion, which is two percent of GDP. The DOF has yet to release full-year fiscal numbers. Purisima said the proposed l e g i s l at i on w ou l d a l s o undermine the government’s spending on social services as the tax erosion would law/PAGE 11


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ast week, I made a brief appearance at the Monetary Board to say goodbye to my colleagues at the Bangko Sentral. I earlier resigned my position as member of the Monetary Board – 5 months short of the actual expiration of my six-year term on July 2, 2014. My wife, Miraflor, had been sick for some time. As her medical condition has not improved, I felt that it was time for me to spend more time with her. Thus, I ended years of public service which started in the middle of 1986. In June of that year, I left Bank of the Philippine Islands to assume what I thought was a temporary role as Officer in Charge of the Municipality of Muntinlupa. Muntinlupa was then a fifth class municipality. The expected six-month engagement, however, extended beyond schedule. Because of the extra-ordinary circumstance by which President Cory Aquno took power, she initially ruled via a Revolutionary Government with all the vast powers (which she abhorred) that went with it. She wanted a return to political normalcy soonest but first a new Constitution had to be written. The drafting, approval and ratification of the new Constitution pushed back the scheduled elections by two years. To cut a long story short, I did not go back to Bank of PI anymore. Instead, I chose to run for Mayor in the election of 1988 and thereafter served for three consecutive terms until 1998. During that period, Muntinlupa metamorphosed into a first class highly urbanized city. At that time, the mayors of Metro Manila Manila elected among themselves the Chairman of the Metro Manila Authority (forerunner of the MMDA) for a period of 6 months. I served for three consecutive terms, concurrently as Mayor of Muntinlupa. My tenure (1991-1992) was sandwiched between those of now Vice President Jejomar Binay and the late Mayor Ismael Mathay, Jr. During that period, I had the chance to work closely with then Congressman Sonny Belmonte in helping draft the law which eventually created the Metro Manila Development Authority. Barred by law from seeking a fourth consecutive, I ran in 1998 for the newly-created Lone Congressional District of Muntinlupa City. In Congress, I was active in the Committee on Local Government which strongly supported the conversion of qualified municipalities into chartered cities. In 2002, I had the privilege of being invited by then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to serve in her cabinet first as Press Secretary and later as concurrent

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hink a minute…Crabs are very interesting creatures. A Minute If you put several of them in By Jhan Tiafau Hurst a bucket, the moment one of them starts crawling out of the bucket, the other crabs will pull him back down. So not one of the crabs ever succeeds in getting out. They just keep stopping each other from climbing higher than the rest of them. We humans are perhaps more like crabs than we think. We see a good thing the minute someone else sees it first! “We try to get even with our enemies, and ahead of our friends.” But we need to realize that “when we’re green with envy, we’re ripe for problems.” Whether we admit it or not, most of us want other people to be just a little less successful than we are. Friends are always happy about your success, just as long as you’re not more successful than they are! But one of the first secrets to success is not to compare your life with other’s. It’s strange that many of us seem to know how to live everybody else’s lives but our own. Yet what happens in someone else’s life has nothing to do with ours. “Criticizing someone else’s garden won’t keep the weeds out of your own.” Successful people look at life through a telescope and see how great it can be, but small, petty people look at life through a microscope and only see the faults and mistakes of others. Being envious and jealous of others is just a slow method of suicide that kills both your health and happiness. You have a special ability and personality that no one else has. So use yours the best way possible. Stop comparing yourself with others. Birds don’t swim. Fish don’t climb trees. And cows don’t fly. Enjoy your own natural abilities and develop your own style. Make the most of your assets and you’ll make the most of your life. But only your Maker has the key to unlock your full potential inside. So why not ask Him to take charge of your life every day? It’s with His power you can start enjoying the success He’s planned for you to have. Just Think a Minute…

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Presidential Spokesperson. At brief intervals, I also served as acting Executive Secretary O ut By Ignacio Bunye and as Political Adviser. In 2008, I assumed my post as a member of the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. My BSP stint, although relatively “quieter” than my previous public posts, was nonetheless just as fulfilling. In its own way, it was also “exciting”. In 2008, inflation in the Philippines, fueled by oil price spike was at a high single digit. In 2007, a year before I joined the MB, the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the United States unfolded. And on September 2008, the Lehman bankruptcy, the largest in the US history, became the principal trigger of the late 2000s global financial crisis. The subsequent Eurozone crisis starting 2009 provided the additional after-shocks. How the Bangko Sentral skillfully performed its mandate of bringing down inflation to its present low, how it helped keep Philippine financial institutions stable and resilient in the face of adverse external environment, how it relentlessly pushed its advocacy of financial inclusion, are a testament to the patriotism, integrity, dynamism, excellence and solidarity of BSP’s management and staff. Together, they helped make BSP one of the most revered Philippine public institutions today. As a member of the Monetary Board, I also served as advisor to the Currency Management Committee and the Numismatic Committee. The latter is the one which prepared the spade work for the design, approval and circulation of the New Generation Currency. I also served as member of the Board Risk Oversight Committee. As my own personal contribution to BSPs advocacy of financial inclusion – through financial literacy and education – I wrote “Central Banking for Every Juan and Maria”. I explained to the laymen how actions and policies of the Bangko Sentral can and do affect their everyday lives. The reception to the book came to me as a pleasant surprise. Its first print sold out just two months after launch. Sadly, I had to cut short my BSP tenure, thus closing this chapter of my public service. But a higher duty beckoned.

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e need to develop a sense of the end. This is unavoidable and indispensable. Even in our ordinary affairs, we take it for granted that we ought to have some idea of the end or purpose in mind before we move. When we travel, for example, we first identify the destination, and then from there prepare ourselves accordingly—what to bring, how to dress, etc. A student, reviewing for an exam, would try to figure out the likely points that would come out, and from there start to organize his study. I remember that in the world of business, a popular theory was that of Management By Objective (MBO) that precisely highlights the importance of the sense of the end. The end gives us a global picture and sheds light on the present. It guides us. It gives us a sense of confidence and security. It reassures us that we are on the right track, that we are doing well. The sense of the end motivates us to make plans always, to be thoughtful and anticipative of things. It teaches us also a sense of order and priority. It motivates us to set goals, make schedules and the prudent use of time. Ultimately, it helps us to distinguish between the essential and the non-essential in our life. A person who does not have a sense of the end is obviously an anomaly. He tends to be lazy and prone to his personal weaknesses, to drift off aimlessly and lose control of his life. Such person is usually called a bum, a tramp, or a vagrant. Since we all somehow pass through this stage, let’s hope that the phase be as short as possible, and that our reaction to it should produce the opposite effect of precisely taking the duty to develop this sense of the end more seriously. There, of course, are some complicated people who philosophize too much by saying that we can never know the end, and so, they ask how can we develop a sense of the end? This kind of thinking is pure sophistry that can easily be dumped by the mere use of common sense. It’s true that we may never know everything about the end, but it’s not true that we cannot know enough about the end of anything. That’s why we can only talk about a

sense of the end, since it is a dynamic affair that has known and Traces and unknown, absolute By Fr. Roy Cimagala and relative, constant and changing elements involved. We are not dealing with me re mat he mat i c s and mechanical things alone in this life. There are spiritual and other intangible things involved that necessarily would require us to be continuously open to anything and discerning, flexible and focused. And so, what we instinctively do in our daily ordinary affairs, we should also do, and, in fact, do it as best as we can, in the ultimate dimensions of our life. Here we have to be guided by our core beliefs that should penetrate beyond the material, temporal and worldly aspects into the realm of the spiritual, eternal, and supernatural. In this regard, for those of us who are Christian believers, the model to follow is Christ. From childhood, he already knew what his whole earthly life was all about. He never deviated from that path. “I do nothing of myself, but as the Father has taught me.” (Jn 8,28) It would be good that as early as possible, we can also have the same mind of knowing what our whole life here on earth is all about, guided by our faith and the example of Christ. It is this faith, and not just some earthly science or art that assures of eternal life and joy. We have to be wary when our sense of the end is ruled only by temporal goals. To be sure, to have that Christian mindset does not lead us to develop rigid thinking and ways, to bigotry, intolerance and triumphalism, as some quarters have accused Christian believers even up to now. On the contrary, if we truly follow Christ, we would have a very open mind. We would be flexible and adaptable. cimagala/PAGE 11

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K to 12: Its Long Term Effects Jomar Liwagon Reyes Head Teacher III Bintana Elementary School Bintana, Tangub City

1 2 - ye ar prog r am is an adequate period for learning u n d e r b a s i c e du c at i on and also a standard for recognition of students and professionals abroad. This is what the current administ ration vie wed, reason on the approval of K to 12 basic education program. The K to 12 program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education, composing of six years for elementary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School. K to 12 is a system tool that will enhance capabilities of Filipino students. It is also envisioned as a great contribution to Philippine Economy in the future. In addit ion to t hat, K to 1 2 c ove rs l onge r period than the older one. Through this, there is a sufficient time for mastery of concepts and ski l ls, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middlelevel skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. K to 12 program also produce graduates that

are more prepared to enter the labor force since it is consist of technological and vocational education, equipping students with skills that are needed in order to be qualified enough to be employed, even without college degree. Moreover, most high school students in traditional system graduate under the legal age of 18, hinders them to be employed after graduation. Yet, in K to 12, most students graduate at the age of 18. Filipino graduates, through K to 12, could be par along with the graduates of neighboring countries for this program follows international standard of education. This standard is a kind that all nations are implementing. Thus, doing the same is already an edge for country’s future human resources that is a great help in working overseas. The implementation of K to 12, even in its beginning is tough. There are lapses and even loopholes seen, as short-term effects. Yet, people should look its long term effect, because once realized, K to 12 is surely beneficial to them and to the country at large.

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How to Become a “Gov’t Witness”

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IFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations...” (Psalm 27:12, the Bible). -ooo REQUIREMENTS FOR A “GOV’ T WITNESS”: As witnesses are coming out on the P10 billion pork scam, let us see the requirements imposed by law before anyone is accepted as a “government witness” under the “Witness Protection, Security and Benefit Act”, or Republic Act 6981. These requirements are found under its Sections 3, for those who know that a crime was committed without their participation, and 10, for the participants in the crime. Section 3 requires that the person to be admitted as a “government witness” must have witnessed or has knowledge or information about the commission of a crime, and has testified, or is testifying, or about to testify, before any judicial or quasi-judicial body, or before any investigating authority. This section also requires: the crime in which the government witness’ testimony is to be used must b e a g rave cr ime, or one t hat is punishe d with imprisonment ranging from 12 years to life imprisonment; his testimony can be corroborated in its material points; he or his relatives within the second degree of consanguinity (second cousin) is threatened with death or with injuries; the witness is not a law enforcement officer. -ooo WHAT IS A “STATE WITNESS”? Under Section 10 of Republic Act 6981, the person to be admitted as a “State witness” must have participated in the commission of a crime and desires to be a witness for the State. However, it must be shown that the crime in which his testimony is to be used is also a grave crime. It must further be shown that there is absolute necessity for his testimony; that there is no other direct evidence available for the proper prosecution of the crime committed; his testimony can be corroborated in its material points; he does not appear to be the most guilty; and he has not at any time been convicted

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drylands, and prevention of floods and forest fires. The Philippines, however, does not have an established Sago industry, a result of a local study on supply chain analysis revealed. It added that the current production practices in Sagoproducing areas in Mindanao and Visayas were merely confined to cater to the limited demand of sago flour from local processors for the production of delicacies, and the production of shingles is being carried out to augment household income in the countryside. T h e Un i v e r s i t y o f Philippines Mindanao is leading the research and development for Sago culture and propagation, national inventory and protection of wild stands, and better utilization in the country. In 2013, it has established a pilot facility for R & D on Sago product development and utilization. While majority of the Sago stands in the Philippines are located in Mindanao which accounts for 507 hectares, Sago is also found in Panay Island (consisting of Aklan, Iloilo, Antique, and Capiz provinces), Cebu, and Leyte with a combined area of less than 40 hectares. A survey conducted by Dr. Lelisa Teodosio of ASU indicates that although there is no available data on the sago/PAGE 11

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THE Philippines’ rice stock at the start of the 2014 fell nearly 16 percent year-onyear, data from the Bureau of Agricultural Statistic (BAS) show. An Agriculture official attributed the decline to typhoons that hit the country last year, continued relief op erations and stricter op erations against rice smuggling. BA S s a i d t h e t o t a l rice stock inventory as of January 1, 2014 reached 2.12 million metric tons (MT), 15.8 percent below the 2.52 million MT a year earlier and 14.7 percent lower than the 2.49 million MT a month earlier. The total rice inventory for January was adequate for 62 days, BAS said. Rice s elf-suf f icienc y means covering the yearly domestic consumption plus a 90-day buffer stock. Of the current rice stock level, BAS said households accounted for 59.7 percent, commercial warehouses for 27.4 percent, and NFA warehouses for 12.9 percent. “Well, tinamaan tayo ng mga bagyo last year, e s p e c i a l ly tow ard s t h e

RESEARCHERS from Aklan State University (ASU) in Ak lan and the Visayas State University (VSU) in Leyte are set to develop a package of technology for the propagation of Sago palm (Metroxylon sagu) in terms of nursery and plantation establishment using suckers and wildlings. The researchers aim to develop a set of protocols i n t h e prop a g at i on of Sago to further promote t he pro duc t ion of t his underutilized plant. So far, no scientific methods have been developed for the production of sago in Panay Island whose soil and climatic conditions favor Sago’s growth. Sago is a palm that grows abundantly in marginal areas where only few other plants survive. The trunk of Sago contains high levels of starch of high food value and wide industrial uses. In Aklan, the farmers usually scrape off the pulp from the trunk after splitting it. When sundried, the pulp can be used as flour for cooking into various delicacies. The leaves, on the other hand, are made into shingles for roofing. On a commercial scale, Sago starch converts into ethanol, lactic acid and biodegradable plastics by using biotechnology. Sago also contributes towards environmental protection through carbon sequestration, protection of swamps and

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this Roadshow are Audio Visual Presentations (AVP) of project NOAH as tool for emergency preparation, magazine and booklets, lo calized hazard maps, Ph i l ippi ne Inst itute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) materials and DOST - Science and Technology Information Institute new IEC materials. The beneficiaries of this project added Tan are LGUs, local DRRM organizations, civil society organizations, public and private learning i n s t itut i on s a n d ot h e r stakeholders.

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local fishes are able to replenish their population. Twenty meters from every fish sanctuary are EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AMONG HEIRS WITH SALE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late MARIA WYNIE Y. CREBILLO,who died intestate on July 29,2012 in the Cagayan de Oro City, left A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 6591-F,Psd-10-034568),being a portion of Lot 6591,Cad-237 CADASTRE,situated in the Barrio Iponan,Cagayan de Oro City, containing an area of SIX HUNDRED FIFTY (650) METERS,more or less,covered by TCT No. 137-2011004856,is the subject of extra-judicial settlement among heirs with sale under the notary public of QUINTILIANITO S. BABARIN,JR. As per Doc. No. 137;Page No.28;Book No. 74 series of 2013. BWM: Feb.17, 24 & March 3, 2014

buffers zone. Fishing is strictly prohibited in both the sanctuary and buffer zone with corresponding penalty for violators. “We’re really thankful to the provincial government especially Governor Khalid Dimaporo and to BFAR for this assistance to our fish sanctuary. As an officer of Bantay Dagat, this will be a big help to us in helping preser ve our marine resources,” expressed Lala Agriculturist Edmon Laroco. Ac c e p t i n g t h e f i s h sanctuar y materials were Eden Vosotros of Linamon, Adelino Rico of Kauswagan, Laloy Paseje of Bacolod), Edwin Garcia of Maigo, Nestor Denore of Kolambugan, Romeo Alajas of Tubod, Edmund Lumacad Baroy, Edmon Laroco of Lala, Francisco Bihod of Kapagatan, and Romeo Umandang of Sultan Naga Dimaporo. The distribution was also attended by Boardmember Casimero Bagol, Committee Chairman on Agriculture and BFAR-10 representative Linda Yakapin.

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member” to send a package containing gifts or money to the would-be-victim in exchange for recruits that would serve as the down line. Pague issued the war ning s aying t hat an online networking business is very risky because the l o c at i on of t he c e nt r a l op eration could not b e

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF LANAO DEL NORTE 12TH Judicial Region BRANCH 07 Tubod, Lanao del Norte In the matter of the petition for change of SP. PROC. NO. 284-07-2014 name and correction of entries in the Certificate of Live Birth of ERICA GENERALE AGUINID For: Change of Name and otherwise known as ERICA CAŇEDO AGUINID. Correction of entries Under the entry of the “child’s mother” be corrected from CATHERINE GENERALE AGUINID to CATHERINE GENERALE CAŇEDO. And under the entry of the “child’s father” be corrected from “Unknown” to RICKY LOMOSAD AGUINID. CATHERINE CAŇEDO AGUINID, Petitioner. -versusTHE CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR OF ILIGAN CITY, Respondent. X--------------- -----------------/ ORDER A verified petition for the change of name and correction of entries in the Birth Certificate of ERICA GENERALE AGUINID was filed before this court by the herein petitioner praying among others that after notice and hearing, an Order be issued to effect the change of name and correction sought for. Petitioner alleges that she is of legal age, Filipino, married, and resident of Poblacion, Magsaysay, Lanao del Norte, Philippines. The Respondent is sued in his official capacity as such, being the City Civil Registrar of Iligan City; She is the biological mother of ERICA whose Birth Certificate is the subject matter of the petition sought to be corrected. On July 21, 2000, petitioner delivered a baby girl at the Gregorio T. Lluch Memorial Hospital in Iligan City. She named her ERICA. During her conception and the delivery of the child, she and Ricky Lomosad Aguinid, the child’s father were just a live-in partners, giving birth to a child without the benefit of marriage; That during the time of the registration of birth of ERICA, the information she gave is, her child shall be named ERICA CAŇEDO AGUINID, and that she is illegitimate, that is why under the name of father it is written therein as “UNKNOWN”. And the name of mother, because she was already living with Ricky, she made it to appear as Catherine Generale “AGUINID”. That on June 23, 2011, petitioner eventually got married to RICKY LOMOSAD AGUINID before the Mayor’s Office in Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte. Consequently, the marriage of petitioner and her husband legitimizes ERICA who has been registered as ILLEGITIMATE to change her status from Illegitimate to legitimated child. That there is a need to change and correct the entries of her birth record of said minor child to avoid confusion and to conform to the true and correct facts of her birth. Hence, the filing of the petition which is filed in good faith without intention of defrauding any person/s or entity. Set the initial hearing of this case to July 11, 2014 at 8:30 in the morning before the sala of this Court. Furnish copy of this Order to the Office of the Solicitor’s General, Office of the Public Prosecutor in Tubod, Lanao del Norte, Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Iligan City, and to the petitioner’s counsel, Atty. Florendo Opay of Crossing Tubod, Lanao del Norte and the petitioner at her known address. Any person who has interest over the petition may come to court on said date and time to show cause why said petition should not be granted. Petitioner is hereby directed to publish copy of this Order to a newspaper of general circulation within the province of Lanao del Norte. SO ORDERED. Tubod, Lanao del Norte. February 14, 2014. (Sgd.) DENNIS P. VICOY Acting Presiding Judge BWM: Feb. 17, 24 & Mar. 3, 2014

traced. The invitation to join the marketing plan is through email, Facebook, and many other social networking sites that would link in chain reactions while the return of the investment is not certain, Pague added. He s aid most of t he v ic t ims of t he inter net scams were women while the email senders mostly c o m e f r o m Au s t r a l i a , United Kingdom, and the United States. According to Pague, the perpetrators usually make initial contacts with the would-be-victims through an online chat or in a dating website. After communicating w it h wou l d - b e v i c t i ms usually taking months, the perpetrators would send a message through email promising the same of gifts such as luxury bags, jewelry, laptop computers and other electronic gadgets through a door to door parcel. He said that the wouldbe-victim would then receive an email of the package tracking number of the alleged shipment then an email purportedly coming from the Bureau of Customs would follow. The email that reportedly came from the Bureau of Customs would instruct the would-b e-vic tim to pay the breakdown of the customs duties and taxes in a designated bank account or money transfer service, Pague said. After remitting the payments, the victim would never receive the promised packages, he added. Pa g u e s a i d t h at t h e Bureau of Customs is now c o ord i nat i ng w it h t he Nat iona l Bure au of Investigation (NBI) to trace the source of the illegal activity.(PNA)

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Pacific’s Web site, www. cebupacificair.com, starting the middle of next month “as part of the initial stage of strategic alliance...” both carriers said in the statement concerned. Cebu Pacific President and Chief Executive Officer Lance Y. Gokongwei had said last month that “[f]or the first year, we intend to keep the Tigerair Philippines brand.” “We have yet to receive the official CAB resolution of approval, but we certainly welcome the news and look forward to serving even more travelers together with Tigerair,” Jorenz T. Tañada, Cebu Pacific spokesperson, said. He noted that the only hurdles left for the acquisition are the regulatory approvals of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Singapore Exchange where Tiger Airways Holdings Pte Ltd is listed. Mr. Tañada said Cebu Air will complete payment “when all approvals and closing conditions have been secured and met”. Cebu Pacific currently operates over 2,200 flights per week with 49 aircraft to 24 international and 33 Philippine destinations, while Tigerair Philippines mounts 118 flights per week with five aircraft to 11 domestic and international points from its bases in Metro Manila and Clark Freeport Zone. Cebu Air’s net income fell 70.8% to P664.081 million as of September last year from P2.274 billion in the same nine months in 2012. Revenues grew 9.7% to P30.582 billion from P27.872 billion, while expenses kept up with an 8.0% rise to P28.409 billion from P26.313 billion, partly due to increased flights,

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10TH Judicial Region Branch 25 Cagayan de Oro City OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF SHERIFF’S NOTICE OF SALE File No. 2014-003 Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND or PAG-IBIG FUND,Mortgagee,with address at J.R.Borja Street,Cagayan de Oro City, against GIL DRETCH B. NAILON, Mortgagor,married to GEANI S. NAILON,with postal address at Door 3,Garcia’s Pad,Bacan Compound,Balulang,Cagayan de Oro City,/Lot 3046-B-1-B-1-A-2-L & Lot 3046-B-1-B-1-A-2-J PSD-10-056268,Balulang,Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness as of December 13,2013 amounts to EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY EIGHT PESOS & 81/100 (P 898,898.81) inclusive of interest and penalty charges, attorney’s fees equivalent to ten (10%) percent of the total indebtedness plus the foreclosure expenses, the undersigned Sheriff will sell at public auction on March 14, 2014, at 10:00 o’clock in the morning or soon thereafter at the main entrance of the Hall of Justice, Arch, Hayes Street, Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder, for CASH and in Philippine Currency ,the property mentioned in the said mortgage which is described as follows: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO.157-2011001116 “A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 3046-B-1-B-1-A-2-L, PSD-10-056268,portion of Lot 3046-B-1-B-1-A-2, BSD-10-003803).Situated in Balulang,Cagayan de Oro City, Island of Mindanao.Including all improvements constructed thereon,containing an area of SEVENTY SIX SQUARE METERS (76 SQ.M.), more or less.” TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO.137-2011001117 “A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 3046-B-1-B-1-A-2-J, PSD-10-056268,portion of Lot 3046 –B-1-B-1-A-2, BSD-10-003803), Situated in Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City, Island of Mindanao. Including all improvements constructed thereon, containing an area of SEVENTY FIVE SQUARE METERS (75 SQ.M.),more or less.”

higher depreciation and amortization cost with the arrival of new aircraft, bigger interest expense, lower fuel hedging gains and interest income, as well as a swing to foreign exchange loss due to weakening of the peso against the dollar.

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from page 3 equipment. The Aboitiz group is bullish on the prospects of industrial parks as foreign investors look to expand in or relocate their manufacturing operations to the Philippines. AboitizLand generates recurring income from its industrial estates. It operates the Mactan Economic Zone II in Lapu-Lapu City and the West Cebu Industrial Park in Balamban, through its subsidiary Cebu Industrial Park Developers Inc. AboitizLand recently partnered with Ayala Land Inc for the development and operation of a 15-hectare city center in Subangdaku, Mandaue City also in Cebu. AboitizLand is allotting P4 billion to open new phases for its Priveya Hills, Pristina North, and Almiya projects. It is eyeing to launch at least three new residential projects within the year.

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from page 3 should also go to our people, who did their part in attaining this record performance by focusing on areas within our control such as efficiency and costs,” Sahagun said. Data from the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines show total cement sales reached 19.445 million metric tons (MT) last year, up six percent from the 18.36 million sold in 2012. For this year, the local cement industry will likely grow volumes by 5-8 percent,

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150 million Australian dollars to help the Philippine education sector, she said. The money will be used to help train teachers for the K-12 basic education program and to 1,000 schools. Half of the schools will be built in areas that were affected by Typhoon Yolanda late last year. Money will also go to support health programs, she said. Bishop said Australia is also providing funds to support health programs. Australian Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said at the same event that it is in the interest of Australia to increase trade and investment links with the Philippines. He said a delegation r e p r e s e nt i n g d i f f e r e nt Au s t r a l i a n c o m p a n i e s in Australia are in the country to explore business opportunities. “Sixty percent of them have involvement in the Philippines with some quite substantial. They’re back looking for some more opportunities,” he said.

AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS We, ARMINDA GALARRITA,ROSALIA MUGOT,CANDIDA MUGOT,LORENZO MUGOT,LUCENA MUGOT,MELVA MUGOT AND BENJAMIN MUGOT all of legal age, Filipino, and residents of ZONE 4 ALO,EL SALVADOR MISAMIS ORIENTAL, after having been duly sworn in accordance with law, hereby depose and state, that: 1. We hereby declare that we are the only surviving heirs of the deceased depositor, VALERIANA B. MUGOT, who died on August 31, 2014, a copy of the Certificate of Date is hereto attached as Annex “A”. Likewise, we further state under pain/penalty of perjury ,punishable by imprisonment under the Revised Penal Code, that we do not know any other heirs of the decedent;further,decedent does not have any known debts or obligations unpaid at the time of his/her death; 2. At the time of his/her death, he /she left Savings Deposit Accounts/s with the Philippine Veterans Bank- CAGAYAN DE ORO Branch under Savings Account No. 0023373090100 with a balance of 383,198.17; 3. The aforesaid deposit is the only property/asset of the said deceased depositor; 4. We hereby request the Philippine Veterans Bank- CAGAYAN DE ORO Branch, to release the balance of the said deposit account in favor of LUCENA B.MUGOT and/or to transfer the balance of said deposit account to an in his/her name,we,his/her co-heirs,having waived our rights over the said deposit account in his/her favor. 5. We hereby hold the Philippine Veterans Bank free and harmless from any claim/suit that may be brought against it by reason of the release of the said amount in favor of LUCENA B.MUGOT and we hereby undertake to indemnity the said bank in the event it suffers damages should any heir or creditor subsequently claim deprivation of any rights by virtue of this release and settlement.

FOR THE EX-OFFICIO PROVINCIAL SHERIFF:

(Sgd.) LOVE M. VERDADERO Sheriff IV BWM: Feb.17, 24 & March 3, 2014

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All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated date, time and place. In the event the public auction should not take place on the sais date for whatever reason, the same will proceed on the following day, without further notice, posting and publication. Prospective buyers/bidders may investigate for themselves the title of the herein above-described properties and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Cagayan de Oro City, February 6, 2014.

a pace that Holcim will outpace, Sahagun said. “We’re very optimistic about the year.” Holcim corners 32-34 percent of the domestic market The company expects demand to pick up because of strong government spending, a robust property sector, the reconstruction of areas hit by Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ and the start of various PublicPrivate Partnership (PPP) projects. In anticipation of continued demand, Holcim P h i l ip pi n e s c omp l e t e d c ap a c it y up g r a d e s and the reactivation of its idle grinding facility in Batangas.

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specifically address Cagayan de Oro’s 10-hectare landfill in Barangay Carmen.” EPI project manager Nenette Capaning said they tapped WRB “to oversee the training for and the conduct of the feasibility study.” Additionally, EPI and WRB tapped another Swedish firm Biogas Systems for the eventual development of the waste-to-energy project. “Biogas Systems is willing to collaborate as technology provider and investor for waste-to-energy projects in the Philippines,’ Capaning said. Cagayan de Oro City M a y o r O s c a r Mo r e n o intimated that their concurrence to this project is a manifestation that they are serious “about managing (their) solid waste and this development will greatly help the city in addressing its current solid waste problems.”

R e nov at i on a c tu a l ly started late last year. Aside from sprucing up the 217 rooms and function facilities, the hotel has also repainted its façade. Also changed were furniture and fixture in the rooms, including old television sets. “ T h i s re n ov at i on i s no joke,” Mr. Bontia said, adding the hotel hopes to keep its image as a leading accommodation establishment in this city after the makeover is completed. The management is also working at ensuring that its food and beverage section will be comparable with, if not the best among, the country’s top hotels, Mr. Bontia said. “We want our guests to appreciate everything that we can offer,” he said. An advantage of the hotel, he added, is that it houses the casino of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. which provides a sure source of revenue. Although he declined to provide how much the casino is contributing to the Grand Regal’s revenues, Mr. Bontia said it is substantial. In an earlier interview, Tourism Assistant Secretary Arturo P. Boncato had said local accommodations like hotels must make sure that they offer the best to guest, who have a host of options. “We need to make the visitors feel that we are the best value for their money when they visit our destinations,” Mr. Boncato had said.

We can accept anything and would know how to handle them. Nothing can scandalize us—that is, if we are truly living the life of Christ. The death of Christ on the cross precisely signifies his openness to everything in our earthly life. And his resurrection means his victory over any form of sin and evil, including death. Let’s forge a sense of the end that truly corresponds to our nature and dignity.

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necessary environment like the policies, infrastructure projects, port and airport facilities. Montenegro said the private sector has to come in and take part in the opportunities offered by the BIMP-EAGA. “We are looking forward for the opening of the General Santos-Bitung roll-on-rolloff route. There is already a direct connectivity already for cargoes between Mindanao and Indonesia,” he said. Montenegro clarified that the transport sector of the BIMP-EAGA wants to realize the accessibility of countries within the year. He e nu m e r at e d t h e setbacks like the readiness of the infrastructure. Montenegro said the port in Bitung, Indonesia is still up for rehabilitation before it can be declared as international port. He said the ports of Brook’s Point, Palawan and Podat in Sabah, Malaysia are still on the process of developing their respective RORO ramps. “So far only the ports of General Santos, Davao and Palawan are ready, at par with international standards,” Montenegro said. He said that with all systems in place, the BIMP-EAGA will be ready for the entry of the traders and investors the particular product that they want to develop and provide additional value so that it can be produced as product coming from the association and ca be shipped to larger markets. More than 200 technical officials and representatives from the private sector from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines East ASEAN Growth area attended a two-day strategic meeting to evaluate ongoing programs under 2012-2016 plan in Davao City, focusing on connectivity, agriculture, environment and tourism.

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make it difficult to improve the tax effort to 16 percent. The tax-to-GDP ratio now hovers in the 11-12 percent range. Purisima cited the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, which requires P62.6 billion to reach more poor families. “If the legislative proposals are passed, and additional revenue measures would take another decade to pass, then the country is in danger of going back into the vicious cycle of fiscal mismanagement,” Purisima said. Historically, countervailing revenue measures have been much harder to pass in Congress since increasing taxes is not popular,” he said. Purisima said taxpayers are already enjoying a 456 percent increase in personal and additional exemptions brought about by past reforms. “The government has not been remiss in its duty to look after the plight of the taxpaying salaried workers who, incidentally, comprise the bulk or 82 percent of the total internal revenue collection from individual income taxes in 2012,” he said. “They have already been granted generous tax subsidies even with the continuous deficit that the government had experienced before,” he added.

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ng 500,000 MT imp or t at har vest season na sa summer,” he said. Last November, NFA said Vietnam Food Association bagged the deal to supply 500,000 MT of r ice to replenish the countr y’s inventory in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda.

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from page 8 actual land area devoted to Sago production in Panay Island,particularly in Aklan, sizeable patches of Sago stands are found in 12 out of 17 municipalities in the province. These include

Ibajay, Makato, Tangalan, Numancia, New Washington, Lezo, Banga, Malinao, Batan, Balete, Madalag, and Libacao. Teodosio leads a study funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Researches and Development (PCAARRD) titled “Nursery Propagation of Sago Palm Suckers and Wildlings for Plantation Development” that aims to d e ve l op p a ck age of technologies for Sago production specifically on the appropriate methods of nursery propagation and plantation establishment using suckers and wildlings. The study has two c omp on e nt s . T h e f i r s t comp onent, le d by Dr. Malco Teodosio, will study the survivability of Sago palm suckers as influenced by frequency and depth of looping (incision). The second component will deal on the survivability of sago palm wildlings at different leaf stages planted in various soil media and will be handled by Dr. Evelyn P. Vedasto. The study will be conducted in a 10-hectare area in Cabugao, Altavas, Aklan. Asimilar study will be conducted in VSU. — Melpha M. Abello

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF LANAO DEL NORTE 12TH Judicial Region BRANCH 07 Tubod, Lanao del Norte IN RE: PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH OF WAYNE RAYNE BACALSO DILOY; CASANDRA BACALSO DILOY; KRISTINE IZZY BACALSO DILOY; CHRISTIAN DIOR BACALSO DILOY; ODESSA BABY BACALSO DILOY and ELLAINE DANNIELLE BACALSO all UNDER ENTRY-DATE AND PLACE OF MARRIAGE OF PARENTS: MARCH 04, 1993, NAIC, CAVITE to NO MARRIAGE, AND FOR THE CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH OF ODESSA BABY BACALSO DILOY UNDER ENTRY – BIRTH ORDER FROM 4th to 5th. PABLO D. DILOY, Petitioner.

SPL.PROC. NO. 282-07-2014

For: Correction of Entry

-versus-

LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BAROY, LANAO DEL NORTE, Public Respondent. VILMA C. BACALSO, Private Respondent. X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -/ ORDER A verified petition for correction of entry in the Certificates of Live Birth was filed before this Court on January 24, 2014 by the herein petitioner praying among others that after notice and hearing an Order be issued directing the Respondent to effect the correction of entries sought for. The petitioner is of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Palangue 3, Naic, Cavite and temporarily residing in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. Public respondent is sued in his capacity as the Municipal Civil Registrar of Baroy, Lanao del Norte. Private Respondent is of legal age, Filipino who was a live-in partner and mother of the children whose birth record is the subject of the petition. Petitioner and Private Respondent had cohabited sometime in 1993 and out of their cohabitation were born the following; a. WAYNE RAYNE BACALSO , who was born on March 28, 1994 at Baroy, Lanao del Norte; b. CASANDRA BACALSO DILOY who was born on January 3, 1996 at Baroy, Lanao del Norte; c. KRISTINE IZZY BACALSO DILOY who was born on December 13, 1997 at Baroy, Lanao del Norte. d. CHRISTIAN DIOR BACALSO DILOY who was born on January 28, 2000 at Baroy, Lanao del Baroy, Lanao del Norte. e. ODESSA BABY BACALSO DILOY who was born on June 04, 2002 at Baroy, Lanao del Norte and f. ELLAINE DANIELLA BACALSO DILOY who was born on April 11, 2006 at Baroy, Lanao del Norte. The facts of birth of the aforementioned children were all recorded in the office of the Public Respondent . However, Petitioner and Private Respondent were not legally married from the time of their cohabitation until their illicit relationship ended sometime in the year 2009 due to irreconcilable difference. Prior to the cohabitation of Petitioner and Respondent, the former contracted a valid marriage to one EDNA VELDOSOLA. Their marriage were celebrated and officiated by the then Mayor William P. Ong of Baroy, Lanao del Norte and bore a child named RUBBY JANE VELDOSOLO at the Lanao del Norte Provincial Hospital, Baroy, Lanao del Norte. That at the instance of Private Respondent, despite knowledge that she and Petitioner were not legally married, she caused the registration of the birth of all their children and entered thereon under Category 18 DATE AND PLACE OF MARRIAGE OF PARENTS – MARCH 4, 1993, NAIC, CAVITE, although in the Certificate of the youngest child ELLAINE DANIELLA, Petitioner affixed his signature as Informant but it was Private Respondent who caused the preparation of the Certificate of Live Birth making him only signed the same. Petitioner only contracted one marriage the one with EDNA VELDOSOLA and such marriage is still valid and subsisting. Furthermore, in the Birth Certificate of ODESSA BABY BACALSO DILOY, the entry under BIRTH ORDER – 4th is erroneous as said child is the 5th child and the entry 4th should be corrected to 5th. Petitioner is a retired member of the Philippine National Police, of good moral character and has not been convicted of any crime especially those involving moral turpitude. Petitioner acknowledged his paternity to his children with Private Respondent. Despite this petition, it is his earnest desire that they shall continue to use DILOY as their surname. That the petition is filed in good faith and is not intended to conceal the commission of a crime and/or defeat the investigation and prosecution of the same but with the sole intention to straighten the record of birth of the aforementioned children so as to reflect their true civil status being ILLEGITIMATE children of Petitioner. That Petitioner is likewise desirous of correcting the entry under the DATE AND PLACE OF MARRIAGE OF PARENTS from MARCH 4, 1993 to NO MARRIAGE so as to avoid confusion and future inconvenience it may cause when the aforementioned children might be required to show proof of the marriage of their parents but can never produce one as there is a no record of marriage of Petitioner and Private Respondent. For a simple truth that there was no marriage between Petitioner and Private Respondent. Set the initial hearing of this petition to March 31, 2014 at 8:30 in the morning before the sala of this Court. Private Respondent is hereby directed to submit her Comment/Opposition if any, within 10 days from receipt of this Order. Petitioner is hereby directed to publish copy of this Order to a newspaper of general circulation within the province of Lanao del Norte for three (3) consecutive weeks, at his expense. Let copy of this Order be furnished to the Office of the Solicitor General, Office of the Public Prosecutor in Tubod, Lanao del Norte, the Local Civil Registrar of Baroy, Lanao del Norte, to Atty. Dorothea Basalo, counsel for the Petitioner, and to the petitioner, Pablo R. Diloy, at his known address stated in the petition. So ORDERED. Tubod, Lanao del Norte. February 7, 2014. (Sgd.) DENNIS P. VICOY Acting Presiding Judge BWM: Feb. 10, 17 & 24, 2014

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