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No fake rice MARAWI City -- The National Food Authority (NFA) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has assured the public that there is no synthetic, or fake, rice in the region amid reports of such product sold in Davao City and in other areas. The NFA-ARMM has conducted inspections in rice retail outlets all over the region since July 1 in response to reports of suspected synthetic rice sold in some provinces not only Mindanao but in Luzon and the Visayas as well. “We closely supervise rice (distribution) in the region and so far, we have not monitored any fake rice,” said Fernando Nuñez, NFA-ARMM assistant regional manager.

Collection upbeat TANDAG City – The Revenue District Office (RDO) 106 of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Surigao del Sur has reiterated its resolve “to give their all” just to hit the 2015 tax goal. Citing the collection target of P745,763,000, Monib Dimakuta, revenue district officer, said his office remains optimistic in spite of the snags met as can be gleaned from the actual collection for the period January-May 2015 plus the partial report on tax collection last June. The BIR chief bared that for the first five months, this year, a collection of P331,632,462.80 has been posted plus the partial collection of P58,123,263.45 for the month of June or a total of P389,755,726.25 as against the target of P440,209,000, incurring a deficit of P50,453,273.75 or equivalent to 11.46 percent.

By BONG D.FABE, Contributing Editor

NANAY Emilia Lood and her husband are tilling a 2 ½ hectares of land planted to cassava but their income from the farm is not enough to make ends meet. That is why the 57-year-old resident of Sitio Kirahon in Barangay San Martin, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental operates a small sari-sari (variety) store and offer battery charging service, among others, to augment their meager income from the farm. “But we are always at the losing end financially because I only charge PhP5.00 per mobile phone. Even for rechargeable flashlights, I charge only PhP5.00,” she told this reporter in the dialect. On a decent day, Nanay Emilia’s sari-sari store can rake in less than PhP300, a portion of which she diligently set aside to pay for electricity. Since December of 2014 when Sitio Kirahon was

finally energized, Nanay Emilia’s electric bill was only PhP132 a month; but this shot up to PhP493 a month starting last May. And her small house only has two light bulbs, a small refrigerator and a television set. With such prohibitive and exorbitant price of electricity, rural Filipinos refused to be connected to the grid resulting to at least 40 percent of sitios in Mindanao still without electricity—a major stumblingblock to Mindanao’s sustained development, government reports said. “Instead of allowing capitalists business ventures continued control of our power utilities, it is high time that we the power consumers seize control of the power industry and in so doing bring down the prices of electricity in our country,” stressed Alice Mercado of the Philippine Federation coops/PAGE 11

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Consumers to gain from Agus privatization By BONG D. FABE Correspondent


INDANAO consumers will stand to benefit when electric cooperatives finally take the management and operations of the Agus-Pulangi Hydro-Electric Power Plant (Agus-Pulangi HEPP).

This was the assessment made by officials of 1Mindanao Energy Cooperative (1Miecoop) Federation at the sideline of the recently held Mindanao Cooperative Power Summit in Cagayan de Oro. Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) spokesperson B enc yr us Ellorin said that after the summit, select cooperative gain/PAGE 11

FISHING BREAK. Fishing boats moor near the mouth of Davao River in Davao City, as fisherfolk take a break from their daily routine due to rough seas over the weekend in the Eastern seaboard of Mindanao. mindanews photo by keith bacongco

Exports seen to rise with Davao Sasa Port upgrade GROWTH of the country’s export demands is seen to rise with the modernization of the century-old Davao Sasa port, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)

Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said on Thursday. Abaya is set to visit Davao City on Friday (July 10) to meet with stakeholders and discuss how the Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project will impact on social and economic growth for the countr y—especially Mindanao. Citing a study, he said that Davao Region’s container traffic is projected to increase by at least six percent annually over the next 25 years, which will amount to three million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) by 2040. rise/PAGE 9

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DOLE-10 intensifies Indigenous people to receive Family Welfare Program livelihood assistance from DSWD


UKIDNON -- More than 1,000 indigenous p e opl e s f rom t he Talaandig tribe in the municipality of Lantapan in this province are going to receive livelihood assistance provided through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). This assistance is in line with the Modified Conditional Cash Transfer for Indigenous Peoples (MCCT-IP) who are in Geographically Isolated and

Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA). The MCCT-IP is a special program of the department that focuses mainly in the provision of support services to the indigenous peoples. For region 10, DSWD serves 18,901 MCCT-IP beneficiaries. “For a long time we are being neglected and even mistreated sometimes by the general public, and the government who supposed to protect us was not there,” elders of the Talaandig tribe said.

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“It almost seemed like our children are left behind in terms of education and other basic services, we have dreams for them too. We are just glad that we are now going to receive livelihood assistance from DSWD,” they added. As a celebration of peace and partnership, the tribe offered their rituals and prayers to the whole group. This signifies positivity among the implementers and even more a responsibility to work harder to support these people. As the DSWD secretary Corazon

“Dinky” Juliano-Soliman says, “No one should be left behind.” In Mindanao there are a total of 18 indigenous groups collectively known as “Lumad” with a population of about 60% of the overall population of IPs in the Philippines as disclosed by the National Commission on Indigenous People. SLP will provide all the technical assistance in the preparation and implementation of this MCCTIP Support Services Program, which will commence this month.

AS part of the continuing effort in intensifying the i mple me nt at i on of t he Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) - region 10 Family Welfare Program (FWP) pursuant to 2011-2016 Labor and Employment Plan, the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) team from the central office conducts monitoring and assessment of the FWP in the Northern Mindanao region on 23-26 June 2015. Primarily, the purpose of the said visit is to determine the milestones achieved and go o d pr a c t i c e s as well as the challenges in the implementation of the program. In this line, the BWSC holds plant-level meeting with its local chairman and some labor laws compliance o f f i c e r s t o u p d at e o n important developments in the implementation of the program. More importantly, it will also update and validate

the following information: establishments with Family Welfare Committee/FWP; Profile (e.g. employment size, nature of business) of est ablishments wit h federation; and establishments with lactation stations. During the exit conference w it h re g i on a l d i re c tor Raymundo G. Agravante on 26 June, BWSC representative, Roberto C. Cudal lauded the regional FWP through the Northern Mindanao Federation of Family Welfare Committees for its splendid implementation and good practices worth replicating to other regions. Agravante acknowledged the BSWC for the effort in intensifying the program that enabled the workers to enjoy with improved quality of life and productivity in their respective workplaces. CEPALCO, Nestle Phils., Inc; C oca-cola B ottlers Phils., Inc.; Phi lippine Sinter Corp.; Pilipinas Kao, dole/PAGE 11

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Smart’s Talk ‘N Text signs up 4.5-M for Facebook’s SMART Communications, Inc. value brand Talk ‘N Text (TNT) has recorded over 4.5 million Filipinos using the app since its launch last March. is an initiative by Facebook that aims to make mobile Internet services available to two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected. It was developed in close collaboration with top tech firms, mobile networks and content providers. Last May, the Internet. org official website noted that it “has brought more than nine million people online and introduced them to the incredible value of the Internet.” Smart, through TNT, is the first telco in Southeast Asia to roll out the app, which now provides Filipinos with free access to 30 websites offering informative and practical content, including Facebook and Messenger. Smart and Sun subscribers are also able to enjoy the free sites on the app and mobile site. TNT marketing head Cherish Canizares-Tupaz in a statement welcomed the telco’s latest development noting that Smart’s value brand has been the most suitable launch pad for the advocacy.

“ T h e ove r w h e l m i ng response to Internet. org reflects the mounting appreciation for the real life benefits of mobile Internet among Filipinos,” CanizaresTupaz said. “Indeed, TNT is bent on reaching out especially the masses, who shall benefit the most from this service,” she added. TNT, Smart and Sun subscribers all over the country may enjoy the free sites on the Android app or by visiting on their mobile browser. Subscribers may download the app on Google Play Store. Subscribers may also text INTERNET to 9999 for detailed information on using the app and site. Since 2014, has rolled out in 14 countries, including Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Colombia, Ghana, India, Guatemala, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malawi, Pakistan, Senegal, and most recently in Bolivia, making the app available to over 1 billion people so far. S m ar t s upp or t s t h e app on the back of Philippines’ largest and most advanced mobile network, with over 90,000 kilometers of fiber-optic cables around the archipelago.

Pilipinas Shell posts modest growth this year PILIPINAS Shell Petroleum C o r p. e x p e c t s b e t t e r revenues for the first half this year, compared to the huge losses in 2014. “We don’t have first-half results yet, but so far so good due to the stability in prices,” said Pilipinas

Shell president Ed Chua in a chance interview with reporters. He said the crash in oil prices from July to December last year had resulted in Shell’s losses due to its more expensive Shell/PAGE 9


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Puregold makes use of Globe for new remittance business

OVERSEAS Filipino worker (OFW) remittance can now be used as direct payment for grocery purchases through Pure Padala, a newly launched service of Puregold Price Club, Inc. Puregold’s new president Vincent Co, in a briefing on Wednesday, told reporters that the Pure Padala service targets some 10 million OFWs with remittances of about US$27 billion a year and growing at an average of 5-6 percent annually; a large untapped market for the retail sector. Puregold has partnered with Globe Telecom’s G-Cash for the new service. Through Pure Padala, an OFW can send remittances through G-Cash and choose it as payment for grocery purchases in all Puregold stores nationwide. The recipient, who will get the remittance notification via text message, can directly shop at any Puregold store and present the notification straight to the cashier when paying for the purchased goods. Co said this new service, which is the first in the local market, will assure OFWs that their remittances are spent wisely by recipients particularly in purchasing their basic needs. The sender, through Pure Padala, can also note restrictions for sending remittances. For example, the amount cannot be used for purchasing liquor or alcoholic beverages and cigarettes. Co said the 239 Puregold stores nationwide will roll out Pure Padala service on Sunday, July 12. Puregold will also launch Pure Padala in top three sources of remittances, n a m e l y, H o n g K o n g , Singapore, and Japan, then in

Saudi Arabia and the United States. Co said remittance charge for the Pure Padala service will be much lower than the lowest money transfer rates. “We’ll offer much lower

rates since we can recover it from grocery purchases,” he said. Aside from using remittances as gro cer y p ay m e nt , P u re Pa d a l a can also be used as direct

payment for utilities and tuition for partner schools and universities of G-Cash. Even local senders can also use Puregold’s Pure Padala service for local recipients. puregold/PAGE 9

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Two become one

hin k a minute…An African man who had three wives asked his Irish friend who had only one wife, this question: “Do you like your wife?” His Irish friend replied: “I like her very much!” The African man shook his head and said very sadly: “I don’t like any of mine.” A famous comedian gives this advice to young couples before they get married: “Of course, it’s important to love each other; but if you want to be really happy together, you better LIKE each other.” Ray Rosa grew up in Italy and came to America as a young man in 1921. There he met and married his wife, Isabel. They settled in a small town where Ray worked as a barber most of his life. Just a few years ago, Isabel became very sick and had to move to a nursing home in a nearby town to live. Ray’s life and daily routine completely changed. Every morning, 7 days a week, he takes a bus to the nursing home where Isabel waits for him in her wheelchair. The y sp end the day together and Ray takes care of her. Sometimes he brings his guitar and sings Italian songs for the other sick patients, and gives free haircuts to some of the men there. Then


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Jhan Tiafau Hurst at 5:30 every evening, Ray says goodbye to his wife and catches the bus home. It’s very clear that Ray’s life has become one with his wife’s, so that his life is wherever she is. That’s real love and happiness. It doesn’t get any better than that. You just can’t fill your heart with real happiness until you give it away to someone else. Jesus Christ teaches that our life is much more blessed and happy when we give more than we receive. Marriage is all about giving and forgiving. It’s living everyday with your best friend for life, so your two lives become one. Marriage is a decision and commitment you make not just for a few years, but for the rest of your life—no matter what happens. You hurst/PAGE 9

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Selling more Hotel Rooms


EMAND for hotel rooms ceased to be a buyer’s market since 2014 with the sellers dictating pricing as most new property development and hotel renovations in Metro Manila and the leading tou r ist d e st inat ions in the Philippines are bank financed with the sector extending P592.966 Billion last year up 24 percent from the P 479.688 Billion released to the industry in 2013. The Central Bank data also showed P384.119 Billion was granted for high rise residential and office condominiums as lo an beneficiaries. Building more Las Vegas style hotels and casinos in the reclaimed area of Manila Bay signaled sellers pricing policy actualized to cover cost of interest in the bank amortization loans of the developers. This is expected to continue in the next five years. New hotel properties offering slash down rates disguised as promos are probably committing financial Hara Keri instead of strengthening their marketing strategies anchored on their product an d s e r v i c e s . Pe r h ap s , innovations, instead of cut throat competition in the industry to sell more rooms? Creating more events are better strategies to drive occupancy traffic. Hotels and Casinos listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange have resorted to

various offerings of stock floatation to finance their exp ansions. B or row ing of funds from the public through debt and equity securities is a safer option to fund their projects at lower interest rates. But are there tourist and foreign visitors to fill up the additional hotel rooms in the country? Will the property development cause a bubble in the market resulting to bank default of some condominiums and hotels? T h e D e p a r t m e nt o f Tourism (DOT) projection of fore i g n v is itors’ arrivals which was made at the time the Aquino G over nment to ok over sum up conservative and underestimated figures if we compare the phenomenal growth of arrivals in our As i an ne ig hb ors . T he market has changed over the last three years and the economy has attained the 6 to 7 percent growth in the GDP which reflects the performance of the business sector. DOT might have overlooked their figures for the industry with the absence of statistics from the leisure market which is one of the driving segments in tourism. Macau and the other tourist destination in the world, like Las Vegas and Monte Carlo in Monaco capitalized on their leisure and gaming facilities. The Philippines is within the economic sphere of China

which has 25 Million tourists who travels around the world yearly with the US and Europe as preferred destinations. Negotiating for more reciprocal air travel arrangement direct to Mainland China could potentially increase the Philippines share of the Chinese market instead of posturing confrontational s t a n d o v e r t h e We s t Philippines Seas issue that can only spark an arm c on f ront at i on w it h n o winner. Have we lost foresight of some economic principles on cooperation and joint ventures in har nessing resources for the benefit of mankind? This theory is exhorted by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC countries which the US, China, Japan and the Philippines are member nations. Why not use this option? Being silent without d ipl omat i c mane uve rs , means we are surrendering our sovereignty but making more noise without actions are worst cover up for indecisiveness. Increasing our tourist arrivals share to slice the pie of at least 10 percent of the 25 Million Chinese t r avele rs annu a l ly w i l l give us an estimated 2.5 M i l l i on m ore C h i n e s e tourists yearly. With USD 100 forecasted individual tourist expenditures daily at an average of 2.7


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Ped Quiamjot room nights stay, this will contr ibute to USD 675 Million or P303.75 Billion additional tourist receipts for the Philippines which is equivalent to 52 percent of the total financial exposure of the banking sector to the industr y. Travel experts have forecasted an increase in travel activities for 2016 with airline fares expected to be stable as prices of aviation fuel continues to slide. The airline industry worldwide is also seeking for more government open skies policies in Asia and America to connect more destinations for international travel. Much as there is a growing need to sell more seats of the new and faster A-380’s in the industry which has a bigger payload that could fill up the capacities of many hotels in the Philippines and the Asean region. For comments or queries, please email: sbeverage@ or follow on Twitter @gm_ped

I will vote for Neri as senator


IFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Your sons and daughters will be given to another people while you look on in vain all day, and you will be powerless to do anything about it…” (Deuteronomy 28:32, the Holy Bible). -ooo I WILL VOTE FOR NERI FOR THE SENATE: I will always join any movement to draft House of Representatives Makabayan block Congressman Neri Colmenares as a senatorial candidate. Compared to many of those aspiring to become senators, both in and out of the House, and compared to many who are now senators, Neri is greatly outstanding in serving the people. Un d e n i ably, h e h a s authored many substantial pieces of legislation in the years that he had been in Congress, and has materially influenced the outcome of many House decisions towards uplifting the people’s welfare. Then, he had also pursued public interest cases before the courts and other tribunals, and had been successful in blocking many a pernicious governmental policy. I am sure that Neri (I call him Neri on account of the little-known fact that we actually started working together in 2007, as we would have been colleagues

in Congress at that time, except that God had other plans for me then) will once again rise to greater heights in serving the people if and when he becomes senator in 2016, or beyond. I wish Neri not just the best of luck in his Senate run, but God’s blessings as well! -ooo DEATH AND DESTRUCTION FROM RAINS AND FLO ODS: I have repeatedly written before about rains, floods and strong winds wrecking death and destruction in the county, just like what we have been experiencing in the last few days due to typhoons Egay and Falcon and the southwest monsoon. One hundred percent of the time, I would always warn that there are more of these deadly and destructive calamities that are to come. And it is not just because of the regular changing of the seasons in the Philippines. My point has always been that, there will be more death and destruction coming from ferocious rains, rampaging floods, and strong winds, simply because we, as a nation, have stopped listening to God, and are no longer obeying His commands. -ooo NATURAL CALAMITIES WERE FORETOLD BY

JESUS: I will say the same thing again today: considering the current realization or occurrence of the Biblical prophecies about global warming and climate change in the whole world, there is no stopping the rains, floods, and winds, from repeatedly visiting us. In fact, Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, gave a specific warning about these calamities, and what we should do to prevail against them, but we are indeed a nation who has forsaken God. Not only have we taken for granted Jesus’ warnings, we have also taken Him for granted. When will we ever learn? -ooo OFWs GOING ABROAD, A CURSE FROM GOD: Now, there is a real possibility that the death sentence on Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina who was sentenced to die in Indonesia on account of her having transported illegal drugs there, will be carried out soon (some news sources say, could be executed next week). If she ultimately gets killed, it will become yet another outstanding proof of the accuracy and truthfulness of Biblical prophecies. In Deuteronomy 28:15 and 32, we are warned that if a nation no longer listens to God and no longer obeys

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Atty. Batas Mauricio His commands, its children, boys and girls alike, will be given to other nations (just like what is happening now to our overseas Filipino workers or OFWs), and parents and others in authority will not be able to do anything to help them when they face trouble. Again, when will we ever learn? -ooo PLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way), a Bible study and prayer session on radio, airs Mondays to Fridays, 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at DWAD 1098 kHz on the AM band. For replays, go to angtangingdaan or www. and scroll for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email: -30-

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S. Cotabato links up with NDA for upgrading of dairy stocks


ENERAL Santos City -- The provincial government of South Cotabato has linked up with the National Dairy Authority (NDA) for the upgrading starting this year of the province’s dairy stocks. Dr. Raul Teves, South Cotabato Animal Production and Processing C enter chief, said the lo cal government has availed of the NDA’s animal loan program to facilitate the implementation of an extensive genetic improvement

program for farm-based dairy animals in the area. He said they are currently working for the release of an initial P500,000 grant from the agency to set off the program’s roll out. The funds will be utilized by the provincial government, through the Provincial Veterinary Office, to buy back the breeder cows that it distributed to local farmers several years ago, he said. Teves said the reacquired will then be used by their office for

crossbreeding with other cattle stocks. “We’re targeting to cover around 2,000 large animals for artificial insemination this year,” he said. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan or provincial board earlier passed a resolution that authorized South Cotabato Governor Daisy AvanceFuentes to forge an agreement with the NDA in connection with its animal loan program. NDA is a government-owned and c ont rol l e d c or p or at i on

attached to the Department of Agriculture. Under the agreement, the agency will provide a P500,000 “buy back fund” to the local government that will be used for the procurement of upgraded dairy animals and local dairy crossbreds. Board member Vicente de Jesus, chair of the board’s committee on agriculture, said they pushed for the availment of the initiative to help improve the implementation

Villar Sipag distributes recycled plastic chairs for 4,000 pupils MORE than 4,000 chairs made of recycled plastic waste were distributed to different schools in the country through the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Sipag) Foundation, contributing to the drive of reducing plastic by recycling the waste into a useful form. The drive highlighted the celebration of July 3 as the

International Plastic Bag-Free Day. Sen. Cynthia Villar, a staunch environmentalist, noted that plastics are the most common trash, as her monthly cleanup activity at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and EcoTourism Area (LPPCHEA) would show. “With this initiative of recycling plastic waste, we

were able to create a source of livelihood for the poor, help solve the school-chairs shortage in our schools and, at the same time, care for the environment,” Villar said. Since the plant started turning plastic waste into school chairs in May 2013, more than 4,145 school chairs were produced and dist r ibute d for f re e to different schools all over

the country. The bulk was given to schools in the National Capital Region and the Calabarzon (Region 4A) area. Villar also distributed chairs in areas in the Visayas devastated by typhoons. The latest batch was given to schools in Cavite and the city of Manila. The Nacionalista Party senator said making the chairs recycled/PAGE 9

of the provincial government’s genetic improvement program for farm animals as well as enhance the quality of dairy products in the area. “The dairy products that we could get out from our cross-bred animals will eventually be utilized for the feeding programs of the provincial government,” de Jesus said. The official said the program’s rollout will also enhance food security in the area.(PNA)

Zambooanga incurs minimal crop damage due to inclement weather ZAMBOANGA City -- The City Agriculturist’s Office is providing assistance to farmers whose crops were damaged in last week’s inclement weather. City agriculturist Diosdado Palacat said approximately 1.5 hectares of rice with an estimated PhP60,000 worth were damaged in Barangay Manicahan, 20.10 kilometers east of City Hall during the spate of heavy rainfall last week. He said they will provide


rice seedlings and other necessary assistance to the affected farmers. Palacat said no other weather-related damage to crops and agricultural lands were recorded other than the reported incident in Barangay Manicahan. He said the effects of the damage on this city’s rice supply will be minimal a lt houg h t he resu lt ing damages will affect and cause a decrease in rice production. (PNA)

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‘Typhoon Falcon’ enhances monsoon, brings heavy rains in MM, Luzon provinces M ANILA -Typhoon Falcon has enhanced the Southwest Monsoon, which has been bringing heavy rain over several Luzon provinces, state weather bureau, PAGASA said early morning Thursday. “Monsoon rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides will be experienced over Metro Manila, the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Mimaropa,” PAGASA said in its 5:00 a.m. bulletin. PAGASA said Falcon was spotted at 885 kilometers east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes at 4:00 a.m., with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour

(kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph. “It is forecast to move west northwest at 20 kph. Southwest monsoon affecting Luzon and Western Visayas,” PAGASA added. It also said occasional rains are expected over the rest of Luzon, Western and Central Visayas. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country. Flooding in low-lying areas is expected as PAGASA raised its Yellow warning for heavy rainfall over Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Bataan, and Rizal. These rainfall warning is effective over three hours until 11:00 a.m. of Thursday.

Weather forecasters said its rainfall alerts are based on current radar trends, predicted tropical cyclone track and all available data. Me antime, waves of up to 4.5 meters (nearly 15 feet) may occur along the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas on Thursday, state weather agency PAGASA said in a 5:00 a.m. gale warning. PAGASA said the strong to gale-force winds are associated with the Southwest Mons o on en hance d by Typhoon Falcon and Severe Tropical Storm Linfa (Egay). PAGASA warns fisherfolks not to venture into the sea while larger sea vessels are warned against big waves. (PAGASA)

Typhoon Falcon (Typhoon Chan-hom).

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‘David versus Goliath’ scenario at fish kills area Negros Oriental By Judy Flores Partlow and Juancho Gallarde

DUMAGUETE CITY – It looks like David is being pitted against Goliath just like in the famous Biblical account as at least two municipal mayors are now scrambling

to find ways to put a stop to the ethanol plant in the Bais City-Manjuyod Area in northern Negros Oriental due to a reported fish kill several days ago.

UN chief sees impacts of climate change first-hand in Norwegian Arctic zone UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon on Wednesday was in the Norwegian Arctic zone to see first-hand impacts of climate change on the region, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters, here. "The secretary-general is currently in the Norwegian Arctic zone, on board the research vessel RV Lance," Dujarric said at a daily news briefing here. "In the runup to the Paris Conference, the secretary-general is receiving briefings from scientists and observing first-hand the effects of

climate change on the region, which he previously visited in 2009." Detailed activities of Ban's visit Wednesday included an excursion to a Norwegian glacier, Blomstrandbreen, to see the dramatic changes to the ice, as well as briefings at the Kings Bay Marine Lab and the Svalbard Satellite Station. Climate change is one of Ban's priorities of work, and he urged member states to reach an ambitious global treaty on climate change at a UN conference in Paris in December. (PNA/Xinhua)

Bais City Mayor Mercy Teves Goñi likened herself as “David” as the local

government unit (LGU) under her leadership is now faced with a very strong

opponent, the United Robina Sugar Milling Company (URSUMCO), who operates

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Environmental Youth Camp Delegates, Teachers, and 15 Youth Facilitators get a better appreciation of Mother Earth’s beauty thru an ecological trail trek at Mapawa Nature Park. A two-day event themed “Our Environment, Our Welfare” was sponsored by the Filinvest-led FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC Misamis) in coordination with EMB Regional Office 10 in Northern Mindanao recently in celebration of Environment Month.

49 youths ‘baptized’ as ‘green’ ambassadors “B e a ge nt s of c h ange , solutions to environmental mess.” This was the daunting challenge made by Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Region 10 Director Dr. Sabdullah Abubacar to the 49 youths “ b apt i z e d” a s t he ne w “green” ambassadors through t he re cent ly-conclude d Environmental Youth Camp (EYC) held at Mapawa Nature Garden in Barangay Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City, in celebration of Environment Month. The two-day event themed “Our Environment, Our Welfare” was sponsored by the Filinvest-led FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC Misamis) in coordination with EMB Regional Office 10 in Northern Mindanao. Participants were a mix

of secondary and tertiary students from schools in the towns of Tagoloan and Vi l l anue va in Mis amis Oriental and cities of Iligan and Marawiin Lanao del Norte. Abubacar, in his speech, s t re s s e d t o t h e you ng participants that “no one can ever escape now from rapid developments.” “And as we develop, we have no more escape from global warming. But still, you need to think globally,” he pointed out to the young audiences. The EMB 10 regional chief underscored the essence of a sustainable and balanced development through protecting the environment in the midst of progress anywhere in the country now. “That’s why you are here

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(at EYC). We educate you about the basic environmental laws, and we train you how to take care of our environment and even how to survive amid disaster(s). Because we want you to be the next front liners on ‘war’ against environment,” he continued. OPTIMISTIC, DEFENDER F D C Mis am is Pl ant Manager Engr. Luis Lagarnia also shared almost the same insights and wisdom that of Abubacar, stressing to the young participants the need to be optimistic for change and development and, at the same time, must also genuinely care for the environment. Lagrania, in his speech during the opening of EYC, also vividly echoed to the participants FDC Misamis’ prime message: “We’re into progress, but we also care

for the environment and we will not compromise the future of our children!” He believes that the youth still have both the heart and mind, not to mention the power to assume dual responsibilities to b e coming agents of change and defenders of our environment. FDC Misamis, a subsidiary of the Gotianun-led FDC Ut i lit ies, Inc.(FD CUI), is currently building a 3 x135 megawatts circulating fluidized bed (CFB) coal thermal plant within the Phividec Industrial Estate in Villanueva town. The pl ant, exp e c te d to address power woes in Mindanao and boost economic dealings within the archipelago in the next 25 years, will start its commercial operations next year. ambassadors/PAGE 9

The despicable squad is back! And as they hit the theaters and star in their very own film, Toy Kingdom brings the adorable Minions to life with toys inspired by their much- awaited selftitled movie. Kids can join in the fun with toys inspired by the film’s main charactersKevin, Bob and Stuart, the brave trio that saves the entire clan of minions from extinction by finding the most despicable master of all time. There are cuddly action figures that speak delightful minion words, and

Rock n’ Roll Stuart. Meet Stuart the Rock Star with his electric guitar that plays cool rhythms. A must for music lovers with guitar strumming action, interactive talk mode and dialogues inspired by the original movie voice.

Minion Kevin Banana eating action figure. Aside from being fond of bananas, this Kevin figure also speaks minion sounds with a press in his pocket as well as move his head in many ways for lots of funny response. Minion Bob with Teddy Bear has a Bob plush figure that’s interacting with his friend Teddy Bear Tim. Join in the fun by squeezing Bob’s left hand and hear him talk or give a big hug to make him sing. Both have cheeks that glow.

GSIS hikes credit limit, extends payment terms for new consoloan program Active members of state pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will enjoy a higher credit limit and longer repayment terms beginning this July 1 under an improved consolidated loan program. Dubbed the Enhanced Conso-Loan Plus Program, members who have paid premium contributions for at least 15 years may borrow a 12-month salary loan while those with at least 25 years of paid premiums will be eligible for a 14-month loan. Previously, the credit limit for these members was only 10 times their salary. GSIS will also extend the maximum payment term from six to 10 years for members with at least 10 years of paid contributions. To standardize payment schemes and due dates, the first amortization due date for loans granted on or before

the 23rd of the month is on the 10th of the following month from the date the loan was granted. For loans granted after the 23rd day of the month, the first due date is on the 10th day of the second month after the grant of the loan. Qualified for the program are active GSIS members (permanent and nonpermanent) who have no pending administrative or criminal case, are not on leave of absence without pay, and with a net take-home pay of Php3,000 mandated under the General Appropriations Act. Special members such as prosecutors and members of the judiciary and constitutional commissions are also qualified to avail of the loan equivalent to 10 times their basic salary. Interested members may initially apply through the GSIS Wireless

Automated System (GWAPS) kiosks located in all 57 GSIS branch and extension offices, including the Head Office in Pasay City. The rest of the GWAPS kiosks located in provincial capitols, city halls, selected municipal offices, and large government agencies such as the Department of Education, and selected Robinsons Malls will be updated from June 29 to July 11 to incorporate the new features of the consoloan plus program. Upon confirmation of the agencies’ authorized officers, the loan proceeds are electronically credited to members’ GSIS e-Card or unified multipurpose identification (UMID) card. For more details on the Enhanced Conso-loan Plus, members may call the GSIS Contact Center at 847-4747 or email .

make fun moves like dancing, bouncing, singing and silly laughing; as well as plush buddy minions to hug and hold. There’s more fun ahead with collectable pocket size play sets with minion surprises inside. Minions’ toy collections are available at Toy Kingdom in SM City Cagayan de Oro and in all Toy Kingdom Express outlets in SM Department Store, as well as Toy Kingdom stores in SM Supermalls. Also visit

Eye Matie Minion plush buddy to have and to hold.

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The study was conducted by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP). I n t h e s a m e s t u d y, it was revealed that the project will also be able to boost its capacity to 1.2 million TEUs already upon completion of the infrastructure component in 2020. This will complement both existing and future demand, alongside other major ports in the region, namely the Hijo port and the Davao International Container Terminal. Vibrant trade The DOTC chief described the modernization of the century-old Davao Sasa port as a means to bring about “more vibrant trade” which will spur economic and social development across Mindanao. “Exp or ters will have more efficient operations and importers will have better logistics. Shipping lines wi l l have quicker turnaround times. Consumers will enjoy a wider range of imported products,” Abaya said. He noted that it was necessary for Philippines being the second-largest banana exp or ter in the world, and Davao being the top banana grower in the region to pursue long-term opportunities which usher in inclusive growth in the south. “O ur proj e c t w i l l generate jobs, boost the export industry, and drive consumer costs down,” he added. He further said that since bulk of the port’s traffic consists of banana exports, the development of Davao Sasa port will benefit largescale businesses as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). M i n d a n a o’s f i r s t P P P project The DOTC’s Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project is the first Public-PrivatePartnership (PPP) project for Mindanao. It involves the expansion and modernization of the existing port which includes the construction of a new quay and the installation of cranes, which will greatly boost efficiency, and thereby address port traffic congestion. For instance, the current m anu a l s e tup of c argo u n l o a d i ng c an t a ke up to three days; but once new cranes are in place, unlo ading time will b e drastically cut down to about three hours. D OTC s aid t hat t he project will be implemented in three construction phas es, for complet ion from 2017 to 2020. It is currently in the bidding process, with the submission of qualification documents scheduled on July 29. (PNA)

Inc.; Granexport; Pilmico; Petronas Corp.; and Mabuhay Vinyl Corp. were among the establishments assessed by the team. The FWP advo c ates for the integration of its 10 dimensions namely : Reproductive Health and Responsible Parenthood; E duc at ion and G ender Equality; Spirituality and Values Formation; Income Generation, Livelihood, and Cooperative; Medical Health Care; Nutrition; Environment Protection; Hygiene and S an it at i on ; Sp or t s and Leisure; and Housing and Transportation. T he Fam i ly Wel f are Program is pursuant to Article 134 of the Labor Code and to D.O. 56-03 in line with R.A. 10354, or “An Act Providing for a National Policy on Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health”. Region 10 has 222 establishments with active FWP memb ership with federation existing in 22 years. (Glenford C. Labial/ DOLE-10)

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Pure Padala, on the other hand, still offers the basic cash-in and cash-out remittance services through G-Cash. “Since we want to be a one-stop shop, we want to complete our services,” Co said. “In two to three years time, we expect this service to significantly contribute to the business,” Puregold’s new president noted. Puregold sales in 2014 reached P70 billion and the company expects double-digit growth this year.

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fuel stock. Chua said Shell normally stocks up fuel in depots to prepare for the rainy season, to avoid the difficulty in shipping to islands due to typhoons. Last February, Chua said he expects last year’s profits to be very bad. Chua also said the net loss for 2014 might be bigger than 2013’s P1.2 billion. L a s t y e a r, t h e O I L MARKET was in turmoil due to the sustained production of shale oil that was cheaper than petroleum-based oil, which eventually forced petroleum producers to also lower prices. The Organization of Pet roleum E xp or t ing Countries (OPEC), which supplies a huge fraction of the world’s oil, was forced to lower its prices in a bid to defend its market share.

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choose to do all you can for your mate’s happiness, since

you realize that’s the only way you’ll be happy yourself. So why not ask Jesus Christ to forgive you for living your own way? Then ask Him to start changing you so you can start enjoying real love with your spouse; because two is definitely better than one—when you really become one. Just Think a Minute…

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require some 80,000 kilos of plastic waste, collected and processed to look like replaceable parts of a wooden school chair, which could last up to 20 years. One chair needs 20 kilos of soft plastic, such as food wrappers, to produce. When opened in May 24, 2013, the P2-million recycling facility in Las Piñas was the second of its kind in the country and the first in Metro Manila, using the Davaobased Envirotech Waste Recycling Inc. technology. Villar said she found out there was high demand for the recycled chairs from numerous requests from s c h o o l a d m i n i s t r at i o n a n d l o c a l g ov e r n m e nt officials. “We are willing to ACCOMMODATE as long as they are willing to wait. “At present, we can only produce 250 pieces a month. We want to build more to benefit more students. Villar Sipag will build similar plants in the Visayas and Mindanao,” she said. The International PlasticBag-Free Day is a yearly event to raise awareness on the harm single-use plastic bags cause to marine life and the environment.

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the “culprit” in the fish kills in the North Bais Bay. The mayor s aid she believed that if issues and concerns are raised against the operator of the ethanol plant, they would simply just challenged the oppositors to file their complaints and see them in court. A portion of the fish kills was also reported in nearby barangays of the adjacent town of Manjuyod, headed by Mayor Felix Sy. In an interview Wednesday shortly before the meeting of the League of Mayors of the Philippines (LMP)-Negros Oriental chapter, both mayors announced they are seeking the help of the authorities such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to conduct a thorough investigation that would determine the cause of the fish kill. Also, they believe that the Silliman University Marine Laboratory in Dumaguete City can also be tapped for its expertise. Goñi said on Wednesday that URSUMCO, began operating the ethanol plant about six months back in B arangay Tamisu, B ais

City, and it commenced its operations allegedly without the necessary requirements such as a mayor’s permit, an occupancy permit and an Environmental Compliance C ertificate (ECC) from the local authorities of the Department of Environment and Natura l Res ources (DENR). According to the lady mayor of Bais City, based on current records, the ethanol plant is still in the first stages of compliance of requirements, specifically, the acquisition of a mayor’s permit from Goñi’s office. Goñi, despite the formidable opponent she has to face, admits her office will be looking into the possibility of issuing a cease-and-desist order against the ethanol plant management. This comes following mounting public clamor that many fishermen and their families stand to lose their income and livelihood due to the fish kills reported in the coastal barangay of Alangilanan and Dunggoan in Manjuyod and Batugan and Tamisu in Bais City. Goñi said she sympathized with the plight of the lowly fisherfolk affected by the fish kill as she disclosed she has directed responsible agencies concerned to make the necessary investigations and give justice to the marginalized sector whose sources of livelihood have been unfairly damaged by what is believed to be toxic wastes coming from the industrial plant. “You make your money not at the expense of the people,” was Goni’s message to those responsible for the fish kill. The mayor wanted answers as to who gave the go signal for its operation in the absence of the required permits and clearances from the DENR. Goni said it is unfortunate t hat w h i l e d e spite t he advocacy for mangroves propagation in its coastal areas for abundance of fish, and yet in one blink of an eye, all the time, efforts and resources spent are lost as a result of the spillage. Meanwhile, Manjuyod Mayor Felix Sy lamented efforts to associate his name with the operation of the ethanol plant as this is out of his jurisdiction already, being situated in Bais City. Sy disclosed somebody had put the blame on his administration for the waste disposal problem of the ethanol plant for political reasons. Like his Bais City counterpart, Sy said that following a petition from the people, he was asking c on c e r n e d age n c i e s to investigate the fish kills. Meanwhile, Sy and Goñi have assured that there have so far been no reported human casualties as a result of the fish kill. They cautioned the public against selling or buying fish that have been retrieved from “contaminated” waters

to avoid illnesses for having ingested fish that have been allegedly poisoned from wastes allegedly from the ethanol plant. (PNA)

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GREAT, EDUCATIONAL “It was a great experience and very educational,” was how John Francis Natad of Tagoloan National High School (TNHS) described the EYC. Natad, who was chosen a s a n E YC l e a d e r s h i p awardee, promised to share to his fellow students what he had learned about environment, pollution, Mother Earth, development, industrialization, among others. He is also bent to relay to his classmates the story of the 350-year-old mysterious Dao tree in Mapawa. “But the most important thing I have learned in EYC is for us not to abuse our environment,” he declared. For Edris Badron, Jr. of Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi City, learning about ecology and its importance to human lives as well as the basic environmental laws like the Clean Air Act and Clear Water Act are great add-on knowledge for him being a mechanical engineering student. Putting up a plant nursery in their home and proposing programs related to solid waste management and clearing of waterways in their school campus in Marawi City are two things in his mind now. “The basic facts about pollution and the mitigating measures how to avert future disasters, and the benefits that the industries could give to our community are now ingrained in my consciousness,” said Abalin Petagara, a 9th grader from Ta m b o b o n g - B a l a c a n a s Integrated School (TBIS). E X P E C TAT I O N S , APPLICATIONS Riolama Rachma Saruang, EMB Region 10 consultant on environmental strategic planning and EYC head counselor, is conf ident that what the youths have had learned from EYC will be echoed to their fellow students in their respective schools and communities. “I also expect the schools to enhance the students’ learning from EYC, especially in craftingprograms and projects related to environmental protection,” added Saruang. She also said that they’ll c o nt i nu e c o o r d i n at i n g


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with FDC Misamis and the participating schools on follow-up(s) of the students’ outputs after EYC. Kenn Avila, a Science teacher from TNHS, who was in-charge of their studentparticipants in EYC, said she’s expecting to apply in their school what they have learned on solid waste management and recycling. Music, Arts, Physical E du c at i on a n d He a lt h (MAPHE) teachers Theresa Macaslang of TBIS and Harold Abrio of Villanueva Nat i o n a l Hi g h S c h o o l (VNHS)are believers that their participants will echo to their fellow students their learning about environmental issues, pollution and how these things affect human health. T R A N S PA R E N C Y, SYNERGY Ab u b a c a r, h ow e v e r, hoped to see the 49 young participants as “changed” persons after EYC. “Being the new ambassadors of environment, I want them to have selfconfidence and develop synergy in doing ‘magic’ to our environment.” Added Abubacar, “I also want the participants to be equipped with knowledge of t he t hre e pi l l ars of sustainable development: the environmental sanctity, economic benefits and social equity.” But most of all, the EMB director stressed that he really wants to inculcate to the mind of the participants the word transparency in working hand-in-hand for the good of the environment even at the altitude of industrialization anywhere in the country now. FLAME OF PASSION Hamim Dimnang, one among the EYC counselors, on the other hand, believed that after the two-day event, t he young p ar t icip ants will now carry the “flame of passion” to care for the environment. Also, he asserted that training them on team work, survival and camaraderie through calamity drill and amazing race will help boost their confidence as individuals expected to be the next vanguards of environment. This as Abubacar clearly emphasizes to the youth, “we’ll not leave a tattered environment to our children, so, let’s fix now whatever mess we have in our environment.” Meanwhile, the EYC, an event listed under FDC Misamis’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) compass, is part of the company’s commitment to care for the environment with the future generations in mind.

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of Electric Cooperatives (PHILFECO) during the Mindanao Cooperatives Power Summit on Wednesday. Mercado, who was formerly with the National Electrification Administration (NEA), lamented that electric cooperatives are “cooperatives in name only” and are not “true cooperatives” or consumer/member-owned enterprises. This is the reason why electric cooperatives do not enjoy tax exemptions as provided in Articles 60 and 61 of RA 9520 or the Philippine Cooperative Code. Of the 120 electric cooperatives nationwide, only 13 are registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA). These 13 electric cooperatives are members of PHILFECO, the national federation of electric cooperatives. The other 107 electric cooperatives are registered with the NEA and do not enjoy tax exemptions, not being “true” or consumer/ member-owned enterprises. The 13 CDA-registered electric cooperatives are now enjoying exemptions from paying value added tax, fees and charges on countryside and barangay business enterprises, and real property tax. And because they are exempted from paying taxes, they can afford to charge lower electricity rates resulting to poverty alleviation in the countryside, she said. Mercado strongly supported the move of the 1Mindanao Energy Cooperative (1MIECOOP) Federation to officially and formally bid to acquire, operate and manage the Agus-Pulangi Hydro Electric Power Plant (Agus-Pulangi HEPP). 1MIECOOP’s bid to “acquire, operate and manage Agus-Pulangi hydropower complex is not as a capitalist representing a financial interest, but as consumer-owners who continue to shoulder all the cost electricity,” said its chairman, Glicerio Tan. Pete Ilagan, president of the National Association of Electricity Consumers for Reform (NASECORE), said the cooperative option is the better option to privatization. “Lamentably though, privatization has also unreasonably increased the cost of basic services beyond consumer affordability, allowing the accumulation of enormous private profits. But there is

a better way to privatization: cooperativization,” he said. Ilagan stressed that cooperativizing the electric industry in the country will ensure that the money paid by power owner-consumers “will not go to the pockets [of capitalists and corrupt government officials] and will not hinder economic growth especially in Mindanao.” President Aquino, during the 7th Annual General Assembly Meeting of the PHILFECO in May 2013, said that “electricity is a vital factor of equitable progress, and infusing it into our various enterprises advances the welfare and empowerment of our citizens and their communities.” Aquino further said that his administration “strives to complete” by this year 2015 the Sitio Electrification and Barangay Line Enhancement Program and that with the help of electric cooperatives delivering reliable power to their localities, inclusive growth will be attained. The NEA reported that as of March 31, 2015, 82% of the country has already been energized because of the hard work exerted by electric cooperatives nationwide. And with electricity comes socio-economic development. That is why back in Nanay Emilia’s Sitio Kirahon, life goes on even after dark as her neighbors congregate at her house, buy fares from her sari-sari store or watch television under the glare of the light bulb.

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leaders will go to Malacañang to officially and formally turn over the cooperatives’ bid to President Aquino. Ellorin, a former journalist who was appointed chief of staff of the CDA chairman after the former’s appointment to the post in March, said the Mindanao cooperatives’ move to bid for the Agus-Pulangi HEPP has the support and backing of billionaire cooperatives in the Visayas and Luzon. “More than 3,000 cooperative members from all over the country have gathered here and we have representatives of billionaire cooperatives from the Visayas and Luzon islands signifying their intention to join the 1Miecoop,” he added. (1Miecoop) Federation Chairman Glicerio Tan and Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Orlando R. Ravanera officially turned over to former Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla 1Miecoop’s certificate of registration to prove that it

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In Compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that FE Z. BAANG has filed with this Office, a petition for change of first name from “ LEO ” to “ CIPRIANO JR. ” and correction of entry in sex from “ “ to “ “ or correction of entry in the date of birth from “ “ to “ “ in the certificate of live birth of LEO A. BA-ANG at Initao, Misamis Oriental and whose parents are CIPRIANO BA-ANG and AQUILINA A. ABABAO. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than July 27, 2015.

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explain to them why what they did is not good so that they would understand, tell them that it’s okay that they committed those mistakes so that they would learn from them and that you as parents are always there to support them. I truly believe that motivation is far better than punishment. GIVE THEM WINGS TO FLY AND ROOTS TO COME BACK. Support them on whatever they want to do or to be when they grow up. Give them all the tools to make all their dreams come true. Give them positive advice on how they could do it. Believe in their ideas no matter how crazy they may seem because, believe me, there are many things that exist that we don’t understand and it doesn’t mean that it’s wrong. So, do not discourage them in any way because once you start discouraging them, it’s the end of their dreams as they lose their self-confidence. Allow them to commit their own mistakes and learn from them. After all, we are never being given any trials that we could not handle. Always remember to assure them that if everything goes wrong, you would always be there to support and back them up. In that way, they wouldn’t feel so much pressure and they could actually have fun with whatever it is they are doing which would make it more probable for them to fly. TEACH THEM TO ALWAYS BE POSITIVE NO MATTER WHAT. Set a good example to your children that even in bad times, always choose to be positive and never give up. Focus only on the bright side of life and that everything happens for a good reason. In that way, they will grow-up knowing how to deal with problems that

Ellorin pointed out that it is high time that the people, through cooperatives, control the power sector as this is the only way to help the sector mitigate climate change. “This model, power consumers themselves

controlling the power sector, is successfully being done in Europe, the Americas and CANADA. If this is being done with success in other parts of the world, there is no reason this cannot be successfully done here in the Philippines,” he said.

sometimes life gives us instead of simply giving-up. Remember, positive affirmations are much better than negative ones. THE POWER OF HUG. Studies have shown that when a person feels down, sad or tired, give them a hug. Instantly they will feel better. Hug your kids before leaving for school, upon arriving from school and before going to bed. That way, they would feel loved, relaxed and safe. GIVE THEM TIME TO RELAX AND HAVE THEIR ALONE TIME. Sometimes, we tend to give them too much activities like sports and so on that take a toll on them. Rest is very important. If we tire them too much, they get irritable and weak. Give them a day-off for themselves to just stay in their rooms and do their own thing. Or, ask them what they really want to do and let them decide for themselves. They are tired from waking up early on school days, so give them the weekends to rest, relax and do whatever they want. VISION BOARD. Teach them the importance of a vision board. Give them a drawing book or an illustration board. Make them draw or cut and paste photos of the things they want to accomplish in their lives. Of course, if they are “techie”, they could even be more creative with their computers, tablets or smartphones. Tell them to look at their vision boards everyday and feel grateful as if they already have them. Remind them that all their dreams could come true as long as they believe and have faith. They can also be whatever they want to be. Positive thinking, my friends. It works all the time. PRAY AND HAVE FAITH IN GOD. Ask, believe and you shall receive. Teach your children these simple steps. No matter what your religion is, pray to the God of your heart. Teach them as well

that prayers are not only for asking but it is equally as important to give thanks to God for all our blessings. Those are some of the things that I do on raising my son. I know, I know, you will say that there is no perfect kid but for me, he’s just perfect the way he is. I couldn’t ask for more. It’s my biggest accomplishment and something that I am proud of that I raised him well and gave him so much love. He keeps on telling me and Elmer, “You are the best parents, ever!” I ask him why and he says, “Because you love me, always spend time with me, you let me watch tv and use my iPad, I sleep at 9pm (because he wakes up at 6am so he still gets at least 8 hours of sleep), I only study fast, you bring me to different places and you always make me happy." In short, we let him have fun in his life! It’s the best feeling ever every time he tells us that! Sometimes, I ask Elmer, are we too lenient on him? But he’s such a positive and happy kid so, I guess, we are fine with what we are doing. I should say, balance is very important. I hope that you learned something from me today. I would love to hear from you all as well so do leave your comments at my website. For more stories and photos, visit my blog: www. EmpressMichelleFrancisco. com Quote of the day: "The best way to love someone is not to change them but to help them reveal the greatest and the best version of themselves.” - Michelle Francisco

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is a duly accredited juridical entity which has the personality to enter into contracts with the government, among others. “After the [Mindanao Cooperative Power] Summit, select cooperative leaders will go to Malacañang to officially and formally turn over the cooperatives’ bid to President Aquino,” said Ben Cyrus Ellorin, CDA spokesman. Ellorin, a former journalist who was appointed chief of staff of the CDA chairman after the former’s appointment to the post in March, said the Mindanao cooperatives’ move to bid for the Agus-Pulangi HEPP has the support and backing of billionaire cooperatives in the Visayas and Luzon. “More than 3,000 cooperative members from all over the country have gathered here and we have representatives of billionaire cooperatives from the Visayas and Luzon islands signifying their intention to join the 1Miecoop,” he added. 1Miecoop will raise the needed capital of P3.6 billion in one year to acquire, operate and manage the Agus-Pulangi HEPP by collecting P100 a month for one year from every member of cooperatives that have joined 1Miecoop, which has more than 3 million members, Tan said. The Agus-Pulangi HEPP supplies Mindanao with more than 50 percent of its power requirement. The bid for the Agus-Pulangi HEPP is in accordance with the cooperatives’ mandate of promoting the equitable distribution of wealth, primarily to the electricity consumers of Mindanao and serve as a socioeconomic model that would spur inclusive growth and development in Mindanao and will give real life to the meaning of transformative cooperative development, Tan said. 1Miecoop can even raise the stake higher with billionaire cooperative throughout the country, shelling out bigger capital contribution, Ellorin added. 1Miecoop’s bid to “acquire, operate and manage AgusPulangi hydropower complex is not as a capitalist venture representing a financial interest.” Pete Ilagan, president of the National Association of Electricity Consumers for Reform (Nasecore), said the cooperative option is the better option to privatization. “Lamentably though, privatization has also unreasonably increased the cost of basic services beyond consumer affordability, allowing the accumulation of enormous


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I always get questions from people about how I raise my son, Dominic, because he’s such a good and happy kid. My usual answer is that we just give him so much love. That’s it! For sure, the people who are asking me couldn’t help but wonder, "Just that?” Well, come to think of it, it’s not just that but I say LOVE because it is the only word I need to remind myself to do all the things that I do to raise my son because everything I do all boils down to one word, LOVE. Our children give meaning to our lives. They are our happiness and our pride. How can you tell if you have raised good children? They say that if your children grow up to be better than you; then, you can say that you did a great job raising them. I believe that when they are full of love, happiness, compassion, strength, respect, confidence and positivity, they would grow up happy and successful. Below are some of my parenting tips that I want to share with you all. These are just my suggestions based on my personal experiences. I am sure you have yours too. Like what I have mentioned in my first article, we can all learn a lot from each other. I am not perfect, but who is, right? But, I can at least share to you some tips that you may add on how to raise your kids. You don’t have to follow them all but you can choose the ones you like that are applicable to you.

LOVE. Whenever someone asks me, "What’s the secret to life?" I tell them that there is only one word to remember, LOVE. But, it is imperative to love yourself first because you cannot give your children all the love they need if you don’t love yourself. After all, you cannot give what you do not have. You must be full of love for it to overflow and touch the people around you. If you love yourself, you will radiate it and the people around you will see and feel it too. Give and show love to your children no matter what. Give them all the love that you can share. QUALITY TIME. Always make sure to talk and spend time with your children everyday. I grew up with busy parents so I decided to make a change when it came to my son, Dominic. I make sure that I am home when he arrives from school because it’s a great feeling for children to know that their parents are there to take care of them when they get home and ask them how their day went. It’s a nice feeling for kids to come home with snacks specially made and served with love for them. I am a big believer of stay-at-home mothers (homemakers) because I believe that it’s a full time job to take care of your family. But of course to those moms who really need to work, always make it a point to be home for dinner, eat together as a family and catch up with your children. And, good thing for OFWs that technology nowadays would allow them to talk and even see their families at home via FaceTime, Skype and many more. TRAVEL. One of the best gifts that you could give to your children is for them to be able to see the world together with the family. Travelling could broaden their horizons wherein they could learn and appreciate different cultures and meet new people. Bring them to museums, theme parks (Disneyland is our favorite) and let them try good food. Make it a point to plan vacations from time to time for the whole family to spend quality time together.

I know that for some people, budget is an issue but you can always take the family to the nearest beach in town, right? Or, you can take a land trip to the nearest tourist attraction of which I am sure there always is. HISTORY MUST NOT REPEAT ITSELF (the negative ones of course). Some parents tend to carry over to their children the negative traits that they got from their own parents because of how they were brought up. You can’t blame them as it’s also not their fault, but I firmly believe that one can always change himself/herself for the better. Parents, always have the willpower to change the bad things in you and put an end to it once and for all so that your children would not experience them as well and worse, carry those bad traits to their own children that could go on for generations. It may be hard, but make that positive change now. RESPECT EACH ONE’S INDIVIDUALITY IN YOUR FAMILY. Have open and constructive conversations with your kids so that you would learn more about each one of them. Let them convey to you their thoughts on just about anything. But, always remember to respect whatever it is that they would tell you even if you disagree. Guide them but don’t change them. Each one of us is unique. So, as parents, do not try to change them to what you want them to be.

Some parents force their children to be what they have always wanted to be as kids but failed to do it for themselves. It’s their life, not yours. They have their own dreams. Help them unleash their inner selves so that they could be who they really are or want to be and feel good about it. Support them in whatever way you can. TOO MUCH RULES IS NOT GOOD. Yes, I believe in rules like sleeping at a certain time, honesty, study before playing, fix your things and so on. But, too much rules can annoy your children. Loosen up! Let them enjoy life because life is too beautiful to have so much rules to follow that you forget to live your life. The more you hold your kids back, the more they would want more of it so they will always find ways to do it behind your back. Let them play as long as they study first. Let them eat chocolates from time to time as long as they eat their vegetables and fruits too. Life is supposed to be fun! TREAT THEM AS ADULTS. I don’t believe in spanking children. You can get mad and make your voice loud sometimes but hurting them is not the way to make them change for the better. If they’re doing something not good, talk to them in the most constructive way, explain


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