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National budget ECONOMIC managers are set to present to President Benigno Aquino III the proposed P3.005 trillion 2016 national budget Monday next week. In a briefing Tuesday, Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad said they will present the proposed budget before members of the Cabinet on Wednesday while it will be submitted by the President before Congress on July 28, a day after his State of the Nation Address (SONA). The proposed national budget is 15.1 percent higher than the Php 2.606 trillion national budget for this year and will account to about 19.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Abad said debt service for next year would be about 14 percent of the national budget at about Php419 billion, bulk or 85 percent of which would be accounted for by domestic borrowings while the balance of 15 percent would be foreign borrowings.

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PH least peaceful in Asean: Global index


By BONG D. FABE, Contributing Editor

HE Philippines has dropped seven notches in the global peace ranking to 141 out of 162 countries, the Institute for Economic and Peace said in its 2015 Global Peace Index report released last week. Topping the list as the most peaceful country in the world is Iceland with an overall GPI Score of 1.148.

The Philippines was ranked 134th with a total GPI Score of 2.456 in 2014. In 2013, the Philippines was

ranked 129th. This year, the country got a total GPI Score of 2.462. least/PAGE 11

ETV Project enhances pupils’ desire to study By BONG D. FABE, Contributing Editor

KIRAHON, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental -- Improvement in comprehension, attentiveness and responsiveness. These are just three of

the visible manifestations of pupils’ desire to study that teachers have observed from their pupils following the introduction last December etv/PAGE 11

Tribal leaders TRIBAL leaders in Misamis Oriental called on members of the Indigenous People (IP) to return to the tribal community and abandon the armed struggle. Capt. Patrick Martinez, spokesperson of the army’s Fourth Infantry Division, said on Tuesday that the tribal leaders made the call during the formal launching of the “Peace Caravan” in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental last week. Martinez said that Datu Bruno Lindahay, the tribal chieftain of the village of Kibanban, called on members of the Higaonon tribes who joined the communist New People’s Army (NPA) to return to the tribal community in order to live a peaceful life.



ETV PROJECT. A pupil, like her classmates, is all attention to the lessons shown on television during the ETV Project class at the Kirahon Elementary School in Barangay San Martin, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. photo by bong d . fabe

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FLOOD. A Maguindanao woman braves the flood in Sultan sa Barongis town in Maguindanao last Friday while a man, perched by the window of a nipa hut, could only scratch his head. Elsewhere in the town, flood water rose to as high as neck level, prompting officials to declare Sultan sa Barongis under a state of calamity. mindanews photo by ferdinandh cabrera

Region 10 No. 1 in illegal ‘swertres’ By MARK FRANCISCO, Staff Writer

NORTHERN Mindanao is number one in illegal “swertres” number game and the local law enforcers appeared to be helpless in containing it, an official of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said Monday. “ S w e r t r e s ,” i s a combination of the vernacular “swerte” and “tres,” which me ans luck and t hre e.

“Swertres” means “lucky three,” a combination of three numbers that the PCSO draws

thrice daily – morning, noon, and at night. Raul Regondola, PCSO regional manager, said that it is appalling that the “illegal swertres” operators are now also using computerized betting and the bettors are even beneficiaries of the PCSO financial assistance. He said that the local law enforcers could not raid the illegal “swertres” (the number is sold in illegal PCSO outlets) in the absence of a warrant. Regondola said that the PCSO regional office could not close the illegal PCSO that caters to the illegal “swertres” outlets because the PCSO has no police power. “Running after the illegal swertres outlets is supposed to be the job of the police, but my appeals are falling on swertres/PAGE 11

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ALAYBALAY City – “The best life is a productive life,” said “Nene,” a beneficiary of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Shared Service Facility (DTI-SSF) project in a farming neighborhood of Z on e 2 , L a ke Ap o, Gu i n oy u r an v i l l a ge i n Valencia City, Bukidnon. “Nene”, a mother of five, is one of the more than 50 profiled members of the Lake Apo Women’s Association (LAWA) in the sub-village who loves to just help her husband in the farm or stay

at home, prepare meals and tend to kids. “Sometimes, I just chat with my group of friends after my husband had gone to farm. I do not really work despite the struggles to make both ends meet,” she shared. Hand in hand in building better lives While life remains difficult, Nene said, it was much harder before the year 2013, when DOLE Philippines Incorporated opened a door for the association to start a small business. When DOLE was

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challenged by government laws in disposing their used plastic straps, they asked LAWA to create different products out of it. “Hand in hand, it was then when we started making Kaang (plant pots), Banig (mats) and bayong (plastic bags). Their problem gave us a business opportunity,” said Ceferina Delos Santos, the LAWA president. To f o r m a l i z e t h e association, they decided to register in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which has opened

more doors for them to do well. The City government of Valencia, under its livelihood program, also enhanced the LAWA members’ skills to manufacture wearables through training that enabled them to produce additional products. A livelihood project of Congressman Teofisto Guingona III gave them a start-up capital to begin a tailoring business. Largely, the group invested into acquiring few sewing machines from the proceeds

of the project and added other sewing machines through the assistance of KASILAK Foundation. Promoting inclusive growth Strengthening the support to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) towards inclusive growth, the Department of Trade and Industry – Bukidnon Provincial Office granted the group an Edger Machine through the DTI’s Shared Service Facility (SSF) Project. Heavy duty sewing machine and cloth cutter will be added by DTI to the association’s equipment not just to enhance but to accelerate the group’s production capacity to level and catch-up the orders they get from their clients.

To d ate, L AWA has expanded their production volume for coveralls, aprons, hair caps and masks supplying thousands of sets to different clients like DOLE Philippines and SUMIFRU. They also eyed on accepting orders for new product line like school uniforms for students and teachers upon the establishment of the new SSF Project in the second semester of 2015. DTI Provincial Director Ermedio J. Abang said LAWA, as a women’s group, has great contribution to the country’s development. Likewise, he cited the significance of the DTI’s support in advancing SSF project objectives to Feature/PAGE 11

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tops postpaid sales with AirAsia Zest bullish on growth, Globe revenue market share of 57.8% looks to be profitable this year


OW-C OST c ar r ier AirAsia Zest expects to turn in a profit within the year before the local unit of Asia’s biggest budget carrier AirAsia Berhad holds an initial public offering (IPO) that was pushed further to 2017. “I’m proud to say that for first half, we have achieved our load factor targets, and revenue so far is really okay. Insofar as from an operations level, the growth is of course an improvement,” AirAsia Zest Chief Executive Officer Joy D. Caneba said on the sidelines of The Futuristics C enter’s conference on tourism last Friday in Makati City, although she declined to disclose figures. “What we’re trying to do

now is actually float either by IPO or by bond issuance, and maybe the local stockholders would also be interested to put additional capital,” she added. “It could be that we would have a bond issuance prior to the IPO or just an IPO -- I still need to meet with the stockholders and see,” the official said. For m e r ly k n ow n a s ZestAir, the homegrown airline has been rebranded in 2013 as AirAsia Zest to reflect its partnership with AirAsia, Inc. AirAsia’s Philippine unit recorded a net loss of 25.7 million Malaysian ringgit in the quarter ended March 2015, its Malaysian-based parent said in its May 28

disclosure to Bursa Malaysia. Details of the fundraising activities have yet to be firmed up, but AirAsia’s IPO is targeted to yield $200 million, with a public float between 20%-30%, Ms. Caneba said. All of the proceeds will be used for working capital and expansion of the budget carrier’s route network. “We have not yet hired an underwriter, that’s why I moved it to 2017 because I haven’t actually gotten into the IPO specifics,” Ms. Caneba added. Since assuming the CEO position in April last year, Ms. Caneba started to implement “a turnaround plan,” which includes improving the balance sheet, removing past

liabilities, and “having a profit at the end of the year.” “ The growth drivers would be an increase in local travel among the Filipinos because of the low fares we’ve offered, there’s a lot of DoT (Department of Tourism) efforts to drive the market and increase tourist arrivals into the Philippines, and the increase in purchasing power of the Filipinos is comparable to those in the neighboring countries. The peso is also stable,” she said. During the conference, Ms. Caneba told the audience that in the Philippines, “there are not enough airports that can accommodate” the airline, which only operates a fleet of A320s. Asked if it plans to acquire smaller planes to adjust to the country’s infrastructure, she said: “Business-wise, it’s something that I’m studying. But from an AirAsia group, we only operate a consistent fleet of A320s. Our business is offering low fares so if we only have a unit with fewer seats, the price would increase.” “If you notice, turboprop operators really charge higher fares so it’s not really within the business model of AirAsia,” Ms. Caneba added. airasia/PAGE 11

GLOBE Telecom is the #1 postpaid brand in the country based on revenue market share, the global metric used in determining market leadership across telcos worldwide. Globe posted postpaid revenues of P7.8 billion in the first quarter of 2015 versus Smart’s P3.3 billion and Sun’s P2.4 billion. Globe postpaid revenues have grown by 11% versus Sun’s 10% growth from previous year’s levels. The re venue f igures show Globe has cornered the mobile postpaid segment with revenue market share of 57.8%, leaving Smart with a 24.6% revenue share and Sun with a 17.6% revenue share. Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business Dan Horan pointed out that Globe has been consistently growing its postpaid business both in number of customers and ARPU (average revenue per user), an important indicator of customer preference and stickiness to the network. “Clearly, mobile postpaid is a segment that Globe has long dominated over many years. Since 2012, Globe led the mobile postpaid business with a consistent revenue market share of 58% on a 2-player market. Our leadership in the postpaid business is clearly unprecedented, underpinned by sustained

growth in this segment and our breakthrough offers and innovations attracting new customers.” Providing access to the Filipino digital lifestyle, Globe launched the new postpaid myLifestyle Plan, allowing customers to fully embrace the digital experience with data and exciting content using mobile phones. “The myLifestyle Plan was a significant growth driver of postpaid revenues and customer base in the first quarter of 2015 as it perfectly caters to our customers’ digital lifestyles. With the myLifestyle Plan, they get a postpaid plan made for the way they live today, giving them a full smartphone experience with focus on data usage. The myLifestyle Plan is set to become an invaluable life tool to allow our customers to enjoy a world of digital content that is built the way they live now,” says Erli Valdez, Vice President for Postpaid Business at Globe. The new myLifestyle Plan gives customers access to an easier and simplified plan offer starting at P499 a month which comes with built-in unlimited calls and texts to Globe & TM plus freebies such as free 1-month choice of Navigation, Explore or globe/PAGE 11

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IFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Yo u r r u l e r s a r e rebels, partners with thie ves…” (Isaiah 1:23, the Holy Bible). -ooo SC JUSTICE WARNS VS. “BULLIES & SHARKS”: Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza came out literally swinging and punching a g ai ns t w h at h e c a l l e d were “bullies and sharks i n t he l e g a l profe ss i on and in the judiciar y as well” in a speech given by h i m as t he g u e st of honor and speaker at the recognition ceremonies for U P C ol l e ge of L aw students who graduated this year Monday, June 29, 2015. In an emotion-filled voice, Jardeleza told the graduates, in the presence of Law Dean Danny C on c e p c i on , As s o c i at e Dean Chit Jardeleza (his wife) and about 50 or so law professors, that they must stand their ground when, in the exercise of their profession as lawyers, they are attacked by bullies and sharks who, he said, ab ou nd i n t he c ou nt r y today. In t he s ame sp e e ch , Jardeleza express ed his g r e at d i s m ay t h at t w o prom ine nt me mb e rs of the Court joined forces in blocking his appointment


to the tribunal, and branding him as having turned his back on the country and the Filipino people in connection with the West Philippine Sea controversy. He said this unjustifiably tarnished his name and caused suffering to him and his family, both of which he endeavored to protect through the years. -ooo MORE DFA OFFICERS I N PLU N DE R R A P S NAMED: Here are the other officers and ambassadors of the Department of Fo re i g n A f f a i r s ( D FA ) who have been sued for eit her plunder or g raf t at t h e O m b u d s m a n by their former fellow officer, Reynaldo Joson, in connec tion wit h t he annual DFA budget for repairs and maintenance in the sum of P5 billion: “A m b . V i c t o r i a Bataclan-formerly assistant secretary of the Office of the Personnel and Administrative Services. All projects pass through her office and approval. I reported to A/Sec. Bataclan with respect to JD Legaspi Contractors’ sub-standard projects which are below par with the DFA requirement. The ambassador took no action. “E x e c ut i v e D i re c t or Reynaldo Catapangfor merly t he E xe c ut ive

D i re c t or of t h e O f f i c e of Personnel and Administrative Ser vices (OPAS). All projects pass his office for approval. I reported all the problems to him with regards to JD Legaspi’s poor performance t h at d i d n o t m e e t t h e quality standard that the DFA requires. He took no action either. -ooo “OFFICERS DID NOT M OV E A F I N G E R T O S T O P G R A F T ” : “A m b. Grace Prensesa Escalanteformerly the Director of the Property Maintenance and Transportation Division (PMTD). All projects intended for DFA shall pass to her office for Approval. I reported to her all the anomalous projects that JD Legaspi C ontractors performed, but she too did not move a finger to correct the errors. “E n g r. E d i f r e d o Dabuet-formerly assigned as Head of Engineering Department. He prepared the plans for all projects for renovation and construction, and c o s t c omput at i on , an d coordinated with JD Legaspi, the DPWH, and other contractors working for DFA projects. “Engr. Philip Tabulaformer Assistant to Engr. Dabuet. L ater, he became the Head of the

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hink a minute…A school teacher was complaining about a little boy in her class who was not showing any interest in learning. She said: “That boy David just will not do his school work. He’s not even motivated enough to try!” But a famous education professor says there is no such thing as a person who is not motivated. So what that teacher should have said is: “David just is not motivated to learn with me.” Because that same boy, David, will jump out of bed early in the morning if he’s going fishing or to play with his friends. Ever yone can be motivated. We just need to be motivated for the right things. Just watch people leaving work on Friday, rushing off for a weekend of fun. They don’t look unmotivated or lazy then! Maybe you had a schoolteacher who really made a certain subject interesting even exciting to you. They made you want to learn more, and they explained things so you could really understand. Then you ended up doing much better in that teacher’s class than you did in the other ones. But then it’s not possible for our children’s teachers to know our own kids as well as we do. That’s why we their parents are their

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Jhan Tiafau Hurst most important teachers. It is mainly our responsibility to motivate our children so they want to learn and do their best. And to do that, we must let our kids know that we believe in them. We watch them closely so we can help them know what they’re naturally talented and good at doing. Then we need to encourage them in that area so they can fully develop their own special abilities, whether it’s academics and school, sports, cooking, music, business, relating to people, or something else. You and I can motivate our children by always loving and accepting them without conditions, no matter what they do. Even when we don’t approve of everything they do, we must still accept them so they know they are always hurst/PAGE 11


hat’s obvious, but since we always take it for granted and often forget our duties and responsibilities toward it, we need to be reminded, if only to achieve better appreciation for it, both in its theoretical and practical aspects. Sincerity is relational since it always involves the proper engagement between us and the others, be they persons, things, events, situations, etc. And actually, in these relations, it is not just knowing involved, but also loving, so that the others are not only in us (knowing), but we also get to be in them, in the proper way (loving). That’s just how the cookie crumbles in our life. We need to be in others, as well as the others need to be in us. We are meant for communion among ourselves. And this can happen if we give full and proper play to our knowing and loving, using our intelligence and will to reflect the inner dynamism of the life of God whose image and likeness we are. God is in an eternal process of knowing and loving, giving rise to the three persons of the Blessed Trinity, with the Father as the knower, the Son as the known, and the Holy Spirit as the love between the Father and the Son. Wit h t h is i n mo st dynamism of his eternal

knowing and loving, God also gets to know and love everything else outside of himself. There is nothing that exists that is outside his knowledge and loving, though in varying degrees and ways. We need to understand therefore that truthfulness can only start with our proper relationship with God. Other than that, our truthfulness, even in what we may consider as its best form, would always be suspect and vulnerable to elements that undermine the truth. In short, we can only be truthful and sincere when we are with God who revealed himself in fullness insofar as we are concerned in his Son who became man, Jesus Christ. Thus, Christ clearly said that he is “the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through him.” In other words, we can only be truthful through him. We can only find the proper way for whatever is good for us through him. We can only have the real life, proper to us, in him. Christ said it very clearly. “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the Evil One.” (Mt 5,37) Truthfulness therefore starts with our relationship with God, and with how well

we maintain that relationship. This is something we have to realize more deeply, since very often we get contented with mere human criteria for truthfulness, that are often subjective, incomplete, imperfect, and vulnerable to b e maneuvere d and manipulated. When we are not with God, then we can very easily play around with the facts and data, and pass them around as truth, but serving some self-interest instead of the common good, for example. This is a very common phenomenon. We make very tendentious, self-serving surveys. We make spins. We only show what we want to show, and hide what we don’t like to be known, not out of prudence or discretion, but more to serve selfish goals. We justify such behaviour as a privilege of our freedom. But would that be freedom when one is plunging himself to the bondage of untruth and d e c e pt i on ? Wou l d that be freedom when it is exercised to violate the will of God who is the giver, the pattern and end of freedom? Truth is these days we need nothing less than exorcism to rid ourselves of this predicament. But more than exorcism, what we need is to know how to be truthful and sincere every day, in both our big




Fr. Roy Cimagala and small affairs. And this is a matter of actively looking for God, and making that contact as much as possible alive and vibrant all the time. It’s the only way to be truthful whether it is convenient or not, practical or not, advantageous or not. It’s the only way we could be willing to suffer for the truth, if such situation comes. We would all be willing to suffer and to find meaning and even contentment in suffering. Being with God would equip with a wider perspective and deeper sense of how things are and ought to be. Fear or shame would have no place in our life, except when required by prudence and discretion. We would be willing to say things as they are, that is, as God sees them, and put ourselves in the real world, not in a make-believe one.

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NFA orders probe, continuous inspection against fake rice THE National Food Authority (NFA) has directed all its inspectors nationwide to conduct daily inspection in rice stores as it began investigations on the sale of alleged fake rice in Davao City. The order was signed by NFA administrator Renan Dalisay on Monday. Presidential Assistant for Fo o d S e c ur it y and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan, whose office oversees the NFA, said that he was assured by Dalisay that the food agency is on top of the issue. “A s i d e f r o m t h e inspections being conducted,

an investigation is on-going and will not stop until we get to the bottom of this,” Pangilinan said. According to a report by the NFA office in Davao City, the incident was reported last June 26 after Carmencita Grinio of Matina Aplaya, Davao City complained of their rice having a styro-like appearance. The rice, according to Grinio, was allegedly from Ciudad Esperanza Canteen in Cabantian, Davao City and the rice supplier was a certain Eliza Breta. NFA Davao City Provincial Manager Virgilio Alerta nfa/PAGE 6

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Cassava contributes P1.8-B to national economy coffers Agri officials fear ‘cassava witches’ broom’ disease to drag down production By ERCEL MAANDIG and IRENE DAYO, Reporters


O R T H E R N Mindanao’s cassava annual revenue contributes P1.8 Billion to the national economy, an agriculture official said Monday. Lealyn Ramos, the regional director of the Department of Agriculture here, said that the amount translates to 601,288.33 metric tons of cassava or

equal to 25.47 percent of the country’s national cassava production. She said that the cassava crops in Northern Mindanao cover a total of 25,168 hectares or an annual average of 23, 891 metric tons cassava yield per hectare. Ramos said that Bukidnon leads the industr y with an annual harvest of 397, 051 metric tons in 16,150

hectares planted to cassava crops followed by Misamis Oriental, which produces 133,832 metric tons in an area of 5,610 hectares. She said that Misamis Occidental ranked third with a total annual production of 42,350 metric tons in a 1,830 hectare cassava plantation. Fourth is Lanao del Norte, 24,958 metric tons with 1,305 hectares, and Camiguin with a total annual production of 3,456 metric tons in a 273

hectare plantation area. Me anw h i l e , t h e DA declared Bukidnon province as a hotspot for a plant disease called Cassava Witches’ Broom through an special quarantine order signed by Secretary Proceso J. Alcala. Cassava is one of the most important crops of the country contributing to P14.8 billion in the Gross Value Added (GBA) for the agricultural sector. cassava/PAGE 6

N. Cotabato farmers get oil palm, cacao seedlings KIDAPAWAN City -- The provincial government of North Cotabato continues its Seedlings Dispersal Program with 280 small farmers from five towns receiving seedlings of oil palm and cacao on Tuesday, local officials said. These farmers are from the municipalities of Kabacan, Carmen, M’lang, Antipas and Tulunan. The turnover ceremony, held at Triple P Farm in Barangay Katidtuan, Kabacan, was led by North Cotabato

G ov. Emmylou TaliñoMendoza and Provincial Agriculturist Eliseo M. Mangliwan who handed oil palm seedling over to some 240 farmers to be planted in their respective nurseries or farms. Another 47 farmers were also given cacao seedlings by Mendoza and Mangliwan in a separate ceremonial distribution at the AgriCenter, Capitol Compound, Amas, Kidapawan City. “The provincial

government of Cotabato continues an integrated approach of assisting farmers, especially those affected by the long drought in February to May of this year,” Mendoza said. “With sensible programs, we aim to improve the living conditions of our farmers by giving what is useful and practical for them. In this case, the seedlings will serve as augmentation for their existing farms,” she added. One of the highlights

of the dispersal program in Barangay Katidtuan and in the Agri-Center was the opportunity for farmers to talk to the governor and updated her on the status of their respective farms. Maribeth Alejo of Antipas and Rogelio Quintero of New Janiway Village, M’lang, two of the recipients of oil palm seedlings, expressed their gratitude for the assistance which they referred to as instrument to help small farmers like them.

On the other hand, Pablo Gasang of Kidapawan City, Felix Felices of Pangaoan Village, Magpet lauded Mendoza for her efforts in improving the lives of the farmers and the rest of her constituents. The OPAG had already distributed thousands of seedlings of high value crops to barangay-based farmers and farmers’ organizations since 2010. According to Mangliwan, the budget for cacao dispersal


for 2014 was PhP3 million while PhP3.8 million is allotted for 2015. On the other hand, the budget for oil palm dispersal for 2015 is PhP20 million. Mangliwan said that oil palm and cacao are highly potential to become foremost agricultural products of North Cotabato as they suit well to the climate, soil and topography of the province. “ We a r e t a r g e t i n g thousands of hectares of farmers/PAGE 6

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AGAYAN DE ORO CIT Y – The city government here has started conducting public hearings on the proposed Integrated Zoning Ordinance (IZO) that now mitigates “climate change.” City Councilor Alexander Dacer, on Tuesday, said that 59 village chiefs joined the public hearing last Friday as the city council started

drafting a new IZO that would inform the constituents on the status of the village lots. He said that the new IZO intends to identify areas considered as “danger zone,” particularly villages near water passages, as part of mitigating climate change. “So far, the village chiefs have not introduced new changes of the existing IZO during the first two public

hearings,” Dacer said. Dacer, chair of the city c o u n c i l c om m it t e e on subdivision and landed estate, said that the public hearings are important so that the constituents would know the classification of the village. Engr. Isidro Borja of t he Cit y Pl anning and Development Office (CPDO), said that there are no changes in the zoning of urban barangays as these are

highly- commercial areas. “In the proposed IZO, they have introduced some areas for commercial as well as hazard zones, there are no changes, especially those barangays along the river,” Borja said. D acer s aid t hat t he committee has scheduled a second public hearing for the second week of July with the village residents, the business sector, and developers in attendance. (PNA)


Inspiring young generations to become ‘Filipino Scientists’ caring for environment By Leilani S. Junio

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna -- The Australian Embassy in the Philippines, through its Scientists in Schools program, is hoping to raise college and high school students’ appreciation of the role of science and research in protecting the country’s environment and natural resources. This was highlighted through lectures conducted by prominent Australianeducated Filipino scientists on Thursday at the Makiling Botanic Gardens, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines Los Banos campus here, as part of the observance of Philippine Arbor Day (June 25) and Philippine Environment Month (June). Arbor Day celebration is me ant to encourage everyone to plant and care for trees while Philippine Environment Month is being celebrated through an enactment signed by former President Corazon C. Aquino to highlight the preservation of natural resources and the environment. Two prominent Filipino scientists -- Dr. Damasa Macandog and Dr. Nathaniel Bantayan, both alumni of

the Australian government’s Scientists in Schools program -- emphasized to the students how they can take an active part in loving, caring and protecting the environment. Students from three schools here -- Los Baños Nat iona l Hi g h S cho ol, Los Baños Integrated S cho ol and L os B años Community High School -- and Philippine Australian Alumni Association-Los Baños Chapter, joined the staff and personnel from the Australian Embassy in the celebration as they listened together in the fruitful topics discussed by Dr. Macandog and Dr. Bantayan. Macandog is a professor and university scientist of UPLB; recipient of the 2014 National Academy of Science and Technology Environment a l S cience Award and the 2015 Most Outstanding Australian Alumni Award. She obtained her PhD Botany from the University of New England in New South Wales through the scholarship provided by the Australian Embassy. Bantayan is a professor at the College of Forestry and Natural Resources at the UPLB and current director

of the Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems, which was recognized as an ASEAN Heritage Park in October 2013. He garnered an award for the National Academy of Science and Technology’s Outstanding Young Scientist in Forestry Engineering in 2003. He obtained his PhD Engineering from the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. The sharing of knowledge and specialties was made through a topic discussion titled “Scientists in Schools: Inspiring the Next Generation of Filipino Scientists.” The topic was intended to instill awareness of the young citizens on the important role that they can contribute in making the environment a better place to live in by preventing severe flooding, environmental pollution and similar problems. Dr. Macandog shared what they are doing in terms of an environmental research paper about Laguna Lake which she presented a year ago at the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), an attached agency of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). While discussing the research paper, which was

given an award by the NAST, she also asked the students to cite the challenges or environmental problems in Laguna Lake. Most of the students replied by stating lack of prop er waste disp os a l, presence of lead or heavy metal pollution in the water sources, and occurrence of floods which take long to subside. Dr. Macandog noted that so many solid waste and also liquid waste coming from the industries around Laguna Lake worsen the flooding due to siltation and sedimentation. “That is the very reason why our research team decided to do a research on Laguna Lake titled ‘Drivers of Land Use Change’ a year ago,” she said. She mentioned that people become drivers of land use change by converting forestry into farm lots, residential and even industrial parks. She also said that rice fields and sugar cane plantations have been converted into industrial use that had caused environmental impacts on terrestrial, aquatic and socioeconomic conditions. Dr. Bantayan, on the other hand, shared his insights into the importance inspiring/PAGE 11

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immediately conducted an investigation and gathered samples from Breta’s rice store. Breta has denied supplying rice to Ciudad Esperanza Canteen. The NFA is still looking for the canteen where the fake rice allegedly came from as initial reports indicated that Ciudad Esperanza is a residential subdivision. N FA D av a o C it y i s currently verifying the details from the complainant. In the meantime, the NFA said that samples of the alleged fake rice were already submitted to the Food Development Center for lab tests. “Pending investigation, we have already coordinated with the Bureau of Customs and the Philippines Coast Guard to intensify inspection activities in all our ports and ensure none of these fake rice will get into the country,” Pangilinan said. “We are also closely working with the Grains Retailers Confederation of the Philippines (GRECON) to intensify monitoring as they are the ones present in all the markets in the country. We can not let fake rice reach the tables of the Filipinos,” he said. (PNA)

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Cassava Witches’ Broom (CWB), caused by specialized bacteria called Phytoplasma candidatus asteris, is a systemic disease of cassava that results to high yield loss and reduction of starch content. Symptoms of such disease include stunted growth among infected plants, general plant decline, yellowing, purpling of leaves and shortening of internodes, among others. It is termed Cassava Witches’ Broom because the plant will look dead as a typical broom when infested.

The disease could be transmittable, mainly through planting materials as a major mode of spread. Ramos has expressed the fear that unless the threat of the “cassava witches’ broom” disease is contained, the cassava industry in the region might result in a 100 percent yield loss. She said that the DA is now conducting a series of farmers and stakeholders’ forum in cooperation with the local government units in order to arrest the spread of the disease. The disease appears as a light purple-pigmented stiff shoot, shorter internode and stunted growth and discoloration and distortion of le aves tur ning into bouquet-like or “broom” that attacks and consumes the cassava starch.

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land, both planted with crops and idle lands to be planted with oil palm and cacao and encourage more farmers to engage in the program,” said Mangliwan. Along with the dispersal, the OPAG provides briefing, training and other assistance that the beneficiaries need to sustain and improve the crops. T h e O PAG f u r t h e r explained that aside from responding to various needs of farmers, the dispersal program is designed to facilitate effective coordination between the OPAG and the farmers from different barangays, thus strengthening relationships and making easier for the provincial government to tap the beneficiaries to avail of other projects. Board Member Loreto V. Cabaya Jr., chair of the Committee on Agriculture of the provincial board, said the oil palm and cacao industry will help boost the province’s economy because of its high potential in the local and international market. (PNA)

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Boy Zugba re-invents Bisdak Cuisine with a twist


kay, so there’s a new Filipino Restaurant in town, what has it got to offer that’s not already in the hundred other restos of all size and genres found in Cagayan de Oro? Plenty. Though not that new, Boy Zugba is already making waves at its location along Corrales Avenue-Ramon Chaves St (beside Pit Stop, across Parasat office) and won a devoted clientele that regularly comes in daily, weekly or whencan-you. Despite its relatively ‘young’ age (it opened last February 9th) it already ranks 9th among 141 restaurants listed by TripAdvisor in Cagayan de Oro, garnering an “excellent” rating for all reviews submitted in its behalf. Said a reviewer from nearby Iligan: “Read about Boy Zugba from the internet and decided we’ll give it a try once we’re in

Cdo. I like the artsy names of their food, the ambiance (with their funny local sayings) and their outstanding service. No wonder the place is packed when we got there that night. Will surely dine there next time we’re in town.” The “artsy names” of the menu items were christened by Henrik Yu, the other half of the dynamic duo which came up with the concept for Boy Zugba, the other being his wife, Joanna Cris Lim-Yu. Doy and Ann (as they are known to friends) together with partner Catherine Genabe put up in 1999 Bigby’s Café & Restaurant, their first restaurant whose global cuisine and fine/fast-casual dining format revolutionized the Kagayanons dining habits and now ranks it #5 in Trip Advisor with 8 branches in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Chicken Inasal

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Another ground-breaking establishment followed in 2000 with the advent of Missy Bon Bon Breadshop Restaurant, serving gelato, pastries, sandwiches and pasta at Limketkai Center, and now ranked the #7 restaurant in Cagayan de Oro by Trip Advisor. As if two game-changing restaurants weren’t enough for a lifetime, the partners have put their collective wisdom together to come up with yet another winner in Boy Zugba. Those who’ve grown fond of Bigby’s and Miss Bon Bon, will find themselves right at home with the trademark “artsy names” they’ve become familiar with, (courtesy of Doy) like Gidagat na Calamares, Humba ni Opaw! (with pride bread), Sakay na sa Bicol Express!, Humba …is that Steeww?, Pansat Gi-hubog sa Itlog Maalat, Squid Tac Tic, , Banana de Coco Martin and What’s your plan, leche Flan?but my favorite is Pancit sa Pulis! There’s many more, but I won’t spoil your fun by mentioning them here: Go find out for yourself! But those are but names, so how does the food measure

up? Said another local review from Trip Advisor: “Among all the Filipino restaurant that I’ve tried, Boy Zugba has the best Filipino Food so far. Great Food , Excellent Service , Great People. For me, it’s more what you’ve paid for because of the high quality that they serve.” A quick rundown of the fast moving bestsellers can guide the first time diner: Bandihadong Karne (a sampler of their best selling Pork barbecue, Cheezy Chorizo and Liempo); the classic Kagay-anon Sinuglaw de Cagayan, Chicken Inasal (that can hold its own against the best from the Chicken Inasal capital of the Philippines!), Lechon Kawali Gi Ulanan sa Sili ug Tanglad, Manok Lauya, Presko nga Lumpia Ubod, and not the least, the quaintly named Kiping dala Atik for dessert! Reads another review from Trip Advisor: Try the cheeezy chorizo. It’s amazing! And also the pisbol! Very nostalgic street food! Binignit anyone? Sizzling at that! For reservations, please call 880-5555. Now na!

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Primer Group brings to PH “Sakroots is our fastest growing brand and has had huge success in U.S. in a myriad of categories including bags, footwear, media accessories, travel, and stationery,” said Mark Talucci co-founder and CEO of The Sak Brand Group. “Expanding internationally was the next natural step. We are excited to reach a new market by partnering with a leader in the industry who is committed to our philosophy of offering fun, colorful art.” “We are very excited to be the Philippines’ exclusive distributor for Sakroots. Our company is more than a retail and distribution company, The Primer Group prides itself as a brand-building institution that has been at the forefront of introducing start-up brands and new categories in the market.” said Dinah Yau Lim, Vice President for the Primer Group of Companies. “Our company remains true to its mission of bringing the world closer to its customers.”

Peace and harmony among all things is interwoven into our spirit, our deep-rooted heritage in texture and our casual, California-cool attitude. Both unenthused by their lackluster corporate jobs after college, friends Mark Talucci and Todd Elliott found inspiration during a surf trip to Bali in 1989 where they were intrigued by the extraordinary objects and artisan fabrics they discovered. Both natural entrepreneurs, they decided to start a business importing these “found treasures” from overseas to their hometown San Francisco. After 26 years as a leader in the handbag industry, The Sak Brand Group has expanded into a lifestyle company that owns and operates three distinctly different accessory brands – Elliott Lucca, The Sak, and Sakroots – in multiple categories including handbags, footwear, small leather goods, media accessories, travel and luggage, jewelry, and stationary. large wallet in teal spirit desert P1490

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Inspired by the artist, musician and nature lover in all of us, Sakroots is a gallery of colorful & original art featured on fashion accessories. Established in the Philippines in 1985, the Primer Group of Companies is engaged in the retail and distribution of the world’s top and premium consumer brands in outdoor, travel, footwear, fashion, wellness and urban lifestyle. It has also established a solid ground in the industrial products and services landscape, with companies in full-scale printing, air-conditioning and creative graphic design and services. The company is aggressively expanding to become

the leader in the global distribution and innovation of premium goods and services. Its retail authority alone has grown to over 150 premium brands, with over 300 freestanding stores worldwide. Headquartered in Manila, Philippines, the Primer Group employs over 3,000; and has presence in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and the United Kingdom. The Sakroots brand carries bags and accessories from our Summer ’15 collection in our most popular prints, including Black and White Spirit Desert, Crimson Flower Power, Radiant One World and more along with their matching critters. medium shopper in teal spirit desert P3490

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Brigada Eskwela at Sitio Toning Day Care Center, Lagao, General Santos City

Assistant Mall Manager Jerome Yeo of SM Lanang Premier paints the exterior walls of the day care center.

SM City Cagayan de Oro employees tidy up the surroundings at Lumbia Elementary School.

SM employees volunteer for Brigada Eskwela As part of SM Supermalls’ SM Cares Project and Employee Volunteerism Program (EVP), SM City Davao, SM Lanang Premier, SM City Cagayan de Oro and SM City General Santos conducted ‘Brigada Eskwela’ clean-up and repair drives in day care centers as well as elementary school in their communities. Last June 6, SM City Davao volunteers along with the security team headed to Isla Swerte Daycare Center in Brgy 76-A, Times Beach. Armed with cleaning and carpentry materials, the volunteers were able to refurbish the center’s furniture, paint the classroom, fix lighting and electrical works as well as build an extension for the

children’s pantry area. SM City Cagayan de Oro employees as well as security personnel also participated in this year’s ‘Brigada Eskwela’ by cleaning the classrooms donated by SM Prime Holdings, BDO Foundation and SM Foundation in Lumbia Elementary School last May 28. On June 13, SM Lanang Premier employees and security forces spent their day off extending a helping hand at Ibula Day Care Center at Brgy San Antonio, Agdao in Davao City. They installed a roofed lavatory for kids and a gutter, painted the walls and tables, polished the classroom floors, beautified the toilet, and donated an additional electric fan for the

SM Lanang Premier employee volunteers led by Engr. Mary Therese Lapeña-Manalo (2nd from left, bottom-most) at the Brigada Eskwela activity. Also in photo is Assistant Mall Manager Jerome Ryan Yeo (bottom left)

said day care center that caters to 25 students. Meanwhile, SM City General Santos volunteers from both admin personnel and security guards held a clean-up last June 18 at Sitio Toning Day Care Center. They cleaned the whole surroundings of the school, repaired the damaged roof and repainted the classroom. The volunteers

further donated an electric fan, educational toys and slippers. “We feel very blessed to be adopted by SM,” social worker and day care in charge Lucy Remotigue said. Meanwhile, Maria Glinda Mercado, teacher in charge at Ibula Day Care Center, noted that that the installation of facilities, in particular an accessible lavatory through

SM’s Brigada Eskwela, “has been beneficial in teaching the kids proper hygiene practices such as washing their hands before they eat.” SM’s Employee Volunteerism Program encourages employees to give back to the community and share their blessings with the needy sectors of the society.

SM City General Santos Admin Employee Volunteers for Brigada Eskwela headed by HR Manager Alexie Delos Santos (3rd from right)

The SM City Cagayan de Oro volunteer group cleans up the gardens at Lumbia Elementary School.

SM Lanang Premier volunteers support the installation of a gutter at the edge of the center’s roof.

The SM City Davao volunteer group was headed by mall manager Lynette Lopez (front, 3rd from the left). Also in the photo are assistant mall manager Engr. Warren Rey Bautista and HR manager Karl Del Muro.

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In the Asia-Pacific region, the Philippines was ranked 18 among 19 nations, just a little better than North Korea’s GPI Score of 2.977. New Zealand — which placed 4th in the GPI and broke the stranglehold of European countries in the Top 5 most peaceful countries in the world — topped the regional ranking with a total GPI Score of 1.221. Among the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Philippines is the least peaceful country. Singapore’s score of 1.490 placed it 1st in ASEAN, 4th in the Asia-Pacific, and 24th in the world. Malaysia, with a score of 1.561, came in 2nd in ASEAN, 5th in Asia-Pacific, and 28th in the world. Laos’s 1.7000 placed it at 3rd in ASEAN, 7th in Asia-Pacific, and 41st in the world. Indonesia came in 4th in ASEAN with a score of 1.768, enough to place it at 10th in the Asia-Pacific region, and 46th In the world. Vietnam was ranked 56th in the world and 11th in the Asia-Pacific region, with a score of 1.848, which placed it at 5th in ASEAN. Cambodia’s GPI score of 2.179 placed it at 6th in ASEAN, 14th in the Asia-Pacific region and 111th in the world. Thailand, which has a score of 2.303 came in 7th in ASEAN, 17th in Asia-Pacific, and 130th in the world. Rounding up the ASEAN region is Myanmar, which placed 8th in ASEAN, 17th in Asia-Pacific and 130th in the world. Brunei Darussalam was not ranked in the 2015 Global Peace Index. “The Philippines suffered from an escalation of internal conflicts between the government and rebel groups occurring late in the measurement period,” the report said, referring to the January 24 mis-encounter between the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIFF) in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao. The report also said that countries involved in the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea dispute showed a worsening in their overall GPI scores this year. However, large-scale military engagement in the disputed waters remain unlikely although the likelihood of further military skirmishes in the area is high. The 2015 GPI also pegged the National Cost of Violence in the Philippines at US$25,386,657,471. The Global Peace Index measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to 23 indicators in three main categories — ongoing domestic and international conflict, societal safety and security and militarization — that gauge the absence of violence or the fear of violence. Based on the results of these indicators, 81 countries have become more peaceful while 78 have deteriorated, the report said. In the Militarization category, the Philippines scored a low 1.5 out of 5; 2.9 out of 5 in the Society and Security category; and 2.6 out of 5 in the Domestic & International Conflict category. The 2015 Global Peace Index also ranked the Philippines 9th out of 162 countries in the Global Terrorism Index, with a GTI Score of 7.29. The report recorded 499 terrorism incidents in the Philippines that resulted to 292 fatalities, 444 injured and 184 properties destroyed. The Top 10 in the GTI are Iraq (#1 with score of 10); Afghanistan (9.39); Pakistan (9.37); Nigeria (8.58); Syria (8.12); India (7.86); Somalia (7.41); Yemen (7.31); Philippines (7.29); and Thailand (7.19).

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of the Educational Television (ETV) Project at the Kirahon Elementary School in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. The ETV Project, which utilizes the power of multi-media equipment and educational videos, has made lessons more interesting, said

12-year-old Grade VI pupil Arruna L. Ansuma. “Makadasig sa pagtoon ang ETV kay dali ra man masabtan ang lessons (ETV encourages us to study because it makes lessons easy to understand),” she said. Her uncle, 13-year-old Grade V pupil Raymond A. Invento said the ETV Project has made lessons more interesting for which they now like to attend classes. “Ganahan na kaayo mi mo-skwela kay patan-awon man mi og salida sa TV. (We are now very interested to go to school because we can watch shows on TV.),” he said. Because the ETV Project has perked their interest to attend classes and has made such difficult subjects as Mathematics and Science palatable and interesting, pupils don’t get bored but strive to understand the lessons. Lessen absenteeism Since the introduction of ETV to supplement classes at the Kirahon Elementary School, teachers have noticed an improvement in daily attendance with very minimal absenteeism and cutting classes. “ETV effectively catches the attention of our pupils,” thus they now seldom go absent. And “because they are now interested in the subject, particularly math and science, pupils easily understand the lessons,” said Lucilyn L. Almonical, Teacher 1. Before the introduction of the ETV, pupils often skip classes to help their parents in working the farm or in doing some household chores. “But with ETV, talagsa ra gyud mag-absent karon and mga bata (with ETV, pupils now seldom go absent from classes),” Almonical said. The Kirahon Elementary School, which was established in 1988, has a population (SY 2015-2016) of 148 students and 6 teachers. Since the school is located some 10 kilometers from the Villanueva poblacion, teachers spend PhP150 a day to get here. But that is nothing compared to some 6 years old pupils walking a total 16 kilometers (back and forth) rain or shine just to attend classes. “Since we implemented the ETV Project in January, we have noticed lesser absences of pupils from January to March,” she added. More attentive Through the ETV Project, pupils as young as 6 years old are now able to relate the concepts viewed on TV to their daily lives. And higher grade level pupils also easily relate the concepts they saw on TV to their lessons in Mathematics and Science. Teachers also noticed a longer attention span of pupils, especially those in Kindergarten. “Grabe gyud ka attentive ang mga bata tungod sa ETV (The children are very attentive because of the ETV),” Almonical said, explaining that this is because they can now visualize and imagine their lessons. And children’s discussions of what have been shown on TV continues when classes ends. They talked about what they saw even during recess, lunch breaks or even when walking back home. And they are having fun doing it. Improved comprehension: Almonical, who was recently appointed teacher-in-charge of the Kirahon Elementary School, says that there is also a marked improvement in the comprehension of the pupils. “They can now easily understand the meaning of things because they can see it demonstrated on TV. Before, we just show them pictures, like for example, of butterflies flying or sucking nectar from flowers. But with ETV, they can see moving or live butterflies doing just that.” Aside from that, pupils also are more responsive. Almonical says that it is now common for pupils to immediately respond to questions asked by the host/teacher on whatever shows are shown on TV. “I think this is because they can easily connect the question to what they have seen on TV.” Makes teachers’ jobs easy And that makes the teachers’ jobs easy and more effective. “What took us an hour to explain so that

our pupils can really understand now just takes minutes. And pupils understand,” Almonical says. Almonical also said that teachers have become more motivated and creative in teaching because of ETV. Aside from that, the ETV Project also helped teachers upgrade their knowledge and skills, especially in teaching Mathematics and Science especially since they were also trained to integrate the ETV approach in the classroom learning system. The ETV Project is being implemented by STEAG State Power, Inc. (SPI) in the municipalities of Villanueva and Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental in partnership with ABSCBN Foundation in order to enhance teaching-learning effectiveness in public elementary schools, particularly in science and mathematics. Of the 23 public schools in Tagoloan and Villanueva districts, more than 13 have already been provided ETVs. Kirahon Elementary School received the multi-media equipment and education videos last December. The school started implementing ETV only in January this year. The ETV Project is a component of SPI’s Social Development Program (SDP). SPI has allocated PhP0.7 million for the Project for the benefit of at least 3,000 students in depressed or far-flung communities in its host municipalities of Tagoloan and Villanueva.

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deaf ears,” Regondola said. He said that the PCSO’s revenue is dwindling because of the proliferation of the illegal “swertres” operation in Northern Mindanao. Last week, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) reported that the PCSO in the region earned only P165 million in the first

quarter of 2015 as compared to P184 million for the same period last year. Regondola said that the illegal lotto outlet earns around Php 50,000 daily and there are hundreds of these illegal outlets regionwide. Some of them even have business permits issued to them by the local government for other operations, such as being a vegetable retailer. “It’s true, they’re selling vegetables, but their “illegal suwertes” sideline is more lucrative,” Regondola said. (PNA)

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promote inclusive growth. In great admiration, LAWA President Ceferina Delos Santos conveyed how the project helped change their lives for the best and accepted the fact that in a very small way, they contributed to the country’s economic development. Likewise, the assistance of different agencies created jobs for other women in the village. It served as catalysts of change from their traditional rural life into more urbane activity empowering women to be more active in the labour force diminishing the concept of women’s exclusion from the employment growth. Women as full and equal partners of men in development and nationbuilding Joint efforts of different agencies, both in the government and private sector, pushed the involvement of women in nation building strengthened by RA 7192 or the “Act Promoting the Integration of Women as Full and Equal Partners of Men in Development and Nation Building and for Other Purposes.” Uniting and supporting women organizations in rural areas proved significant results in sustaining the continued participation of women in

nation building—offering jobs and delivering revenues. LAWA started in 2013, uniting women who have been living a simple yet monotonous life. It is one of the solid representations of the pooled publicprivate effort to drive women into the country’s promotion of inclusive growth. (LDP, DTI-Bukidnon/RLRB, PIA 10-Bukidnon)

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Last Thursday, the aviation safety regulator of the 28-member European Union bloc lifted a five-year ban against all Philippine carriers, allowing them to fly into European airspace. Asked if the airline will take advantage of this opportunity and offer flights to Europe, she said: “Not in the immediate future, but definitely it’s something that we’re on the lookout for.”

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10TH Judicial Region Gingoog City OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE EJF NO. 204 Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended by Act 4118, filed by FIRST VALLEY BANK INC., represented by Jamael M. Dangnan , Branch Manager, with principal address at Baroy, Lanao del Norte and a branch office at Barangay 22, Gingoog City, against Mortgagors SPOUSES AURORA DANTE & PERFECTO DANTE JR., with postal address at Barangay 24-A, Gingoog City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of April 30, 2015 have amounted to THREE HUNDRED THIRTY-SEVEN THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED FORTY-FIVE & 16/100 (Ph 337,245.16) PESOS, embracing the principal , interests and other charges, excluding foreclosure expenses, the undersigned Sheriff will sell at public auction to the highest bidder for CASH on July 30, 2015 at 8:00 o’clock in the morning up to 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court , Hall of Justice, Dugenio Street, Gingoog City, the following properties with all improvement existing thereon, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-10257 A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 27 of the consolidation and subdivision plan TCS- 5848, being a portion of the consolidation of Lot 6, 116018-C, Lots 2899,2940 and 6201 of the cadastral survey of Gingoog , LRC Record Number) situated in the Poblacion, city of Gingoog. Containing an area of FOUR HUNDRED THRITY-SEVEN (437) SQUARE METERS. Registered in the name of Aurora C. Dante, married to Perfecto Dante Jr. TAX DECLARATION NO. E-013337 One storey residential building made of CHB, S-CUT, cement floors, T&G, GI. With a total floor area of EIGHTY-EIGHT SQUARE METERS (88) MORE OR LESS. Registered in the name of Aurora G. Dante. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated fate and time. In the event that the public auction will not take place on the said date, it shall be held on the next working day without further notice. Prospective bidders may investigate for themselves the Titles and Tax Declaration herein above-described and the encumbrances therein, if any there be. Gingoog City, February 6, 2012.

FOR THE EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF: BY: (Sdg) DAN E. LABADAN Sheriff IV RTC-OCC Gingoog City BWM: June 24, July 1 & 8, 2015


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loved. And when our kids do something well, we should encourage them by letting them know how very pleased we are with them. Maybe you yourself never had someone who believed in you or motivated you to be your best in life. But today, you can ask Jesus Christ to take charge of your life. He will help you start seeing and using your own special abilities He’s given you. Jesus will also help you start encouraging and motivating others to be their best. Just Think a Minute …

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of science and research in managing and safeguarding the environment. He said young students should consider studies/careers in the field of science to express their love and care for the environment. Among them are Australia’s leading coral reef scientist, Prof. Terry Hughes, in 2012; and head scientist of “Eliminate Dengue” Prof. Scott O’Neill in 2013. (PNA)

Republic of the Philippines REGIONLA TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10TH Judicial Region Branch 22 Cagayan de Oro City In the Matter of the Adoption of JOHN ANDRE ATA, FC SPEC. PROC. NO. SP-FMY-2015-027 -andChange Name of JOHN ANDRE ATA To JOHN ALEJANDRO BANASTON ROMERO (John Alejandro B. Romero), The Spouses EDGAR B. ROMERO And NANCY B. ROMERO Petitioners, x----------------------------------------------------/ ORDER The petition seeks for the adoption of minor child JOHN ANDRE ATA by the petitioner Spouses EDGAR V. ROMERO and NANCY B. ROMERO and for the change of the name of the child to be adopted to JOHN ALEJANDRO BANASTON ROMERO. Finding the petition sufficient in form and substance the same is hereby given due course. Let the hearing be set on SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 at 8:30 in the morning at 2nd Floor Legislative Bldg., Conference Room of the City Council, City Hall, Cagayan de Oro City. At the expense of the petitioners, let this order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in Cagayan de Oro City and in Misamis Oriental, The RTC Social Welfare Officer assigned to this Court is hereby directed to conduct a home and child study on the adopting parents, the natural parents and the child to be adopted. She is also directed to conduct counseling sessions with the biological parents of the child to be adopted. The reports thereof shall be submitted to this Court SIXTY (60) DAYS from the receipt of this order. Petitioner is directed to make arrangements with the Court Social Worker for the scheduling and incidental expenses in conducting the case study. Let copy of this order and the petition be furnished upon the Local Civil Registrar of Cebu City, the Solicitor General and the City Prosecutor of Cagayan de Oro City for their appearance in behalf of the state.

SO ORDEDED. Given this 25th of June , 2015 at Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

BWM: July 1, 8 & 15, 2015

(Sgd) RICHARD D. MORDENO Presiding Judge






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eading skin care company, SkinStation, recently opened its branch at the SM City Cagayan de Oro, June 27. SkinStation is a skin care company that utilizes latest in cutting-edge technology to give clientele the best value in skin and body solutions. SkinStation is considered as the number one clinic that offers painless Diode Laser hair removal treatment service, boasting more than 25,000 patients treated to date. Clients enjoy the latest in skin care innovations through SkinStation’s treatment procedures, from slimming to anti-aging, whitening and firming, to the popular diode laser hair removal treatment, all at affordable prices and with guaranteed results. Formerly known as Godiva Skin Station, the popular clinic chain has undergone rebranding to SkinStation under a new corporate ownership, My Sanctuary Wellness Center, Inc. Following the sale of their Godiva skin care business in 2010, founders Fred and Carleen Reyes have formed My Sanctuary Wellness Center, Inc to run and manage

SkinStation founders Dr. Fred Reyes and Carlene Reyes with Julian Flores answers questions from invited members of the Cagayan de Oro media in a press conference during SkinStation’s branch opening in SM City CDO

SkinStation founders Dr. Fred Reyes (right) and Carlene Reyes (3rd from right), assisted by Julian Flores (2nd from left) 2014 Bb. Pilipinas Semifinalist/Model and SM City CDO assistant Mall Manager Constantine Arce (left), lead the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon during the opening of its newest branch in SM City Cagayan de Oro, June 27.

the new and upgraded SkinStation. SkinStation also offers DERMAX Professional, the exclusive skin care product line. DERMAX Professional is formulated by SkinStation founder and CEO Fred Reyes.

Reyes is an award-wining chemist and the recipient of the 2008 Achievement Award conferred by the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies, and the 2011 Outstanding Professional Award in Chemistry from

the Professional Regulations Commission. “As a professional line, DERMAX uses only the best, the latest and the safest ingredients at clinical strength, definitely at par with the world’s best skin care products. Before, we had cost limitations to contend with when formulating mass-market products. Now, with DERMAX, we have no such cost constraints as our only aim is to delight our customers,” Fred Reyes enthused. In a press conference at the SM City CDO, Reyes said “We ‘democratized’ beauty, made it more affordable to the public”. SkinStation’s clinic designs are minimalist to promote relaxation and comfort with individual rooms for utmost privacy. “As to who should need our products and services – I think everybody, as to who wants it more – I think women” adds Reyes, citing that men also need products

SkinStation founders Dr. Fred Reyes and Carlene Reyes with SM City PR Manager Ivy Guantero (left), Julian Flores, and Sheryl Macale

such as the Dermax UV Baby Water-Burst Sunscreen SPF 30+ PA++, UV Baby is safe and gentle enough for babies 6 months and older, this breakthrough water rich formula leaves a burst of moisture as you spread this lightweight sunscreen on skin, with SPF boosting Nyamplung oil and gentle sunscreen ingredients that protect against UVA (Aging) and UVB (Burning) rays. This innovative “waterburst” technology is the FIRST of its kind in the Philippines, it is priced 720 pesos per 50 mL bottle. SkinStation’s goal is to provide customers with personalized treatments to reveal their best skin. To know more about SkinStation and DERMAX products, visit our website at and Facebook at www.facebook. com/skinstationph. Photos by SHAUN ALEJANDRAE YAP UY

BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 1-2, 2015)  

BusinessWeek Mindanao (July 1-2, 2015)

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