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Briefly Pyramiding scam OROQUIETA City -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), here, has alerted the public against the pyramiding schemes of some companies/business groups that invite/recruit them. “The pyramiding scheme is generally characterized by people earning primarily from the act of recruiting other people who are made to pay significant registration fees to join them,” Delia M. Ayano, Provincial Director of DTI, said. Thus, in an effort to protect the welfare of consumers against the said schemes, DTI MisOcc has warned the public against investments that earn money from the recruitment of other members and not on the amount of products sold, Ayano said.

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TMO denies violation of PEMC’s must-offer rule


By BONG D. FABE, Contributing Editor

OR the nth, Aboitiz Power Corporation subsidiary Therma Mobile Inc., has reiterated it did not violate the MustOffer Rule of the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC) when it delivered “only” 100 MW to Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) in the November to December 2013 supply months despite having a rated capacity of 234 MW. “Although our rated capacity is 234 MW (net), we could not export as much

because of the condition of our engines and the limitation denies/PAGE 11

New wage hike in R-10 based on consultations, DOLE says By KIM NAMOCATCAT, Contributor

THE Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Tr i p a r t i t e Wa g e s a n d Productivity Board (DOLE-

RTWPB) explained on 30 June 2015 during a press conference in Cagayan de hike/PAGE 11

PRDP projects DAVAO City – Some P1.2 billion worth of infrastructure projects under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) have been allocated for implementation by the Department of Agriculture (DA) XI this year. This was disclosed by the Information Office of DA XI, which serves as the regional coordinating office for PRDP projects. This year, DA will be rehabilitating Farm-toMarket Roads (FMR) in the towns of Kapalong with 10.6 km worth P103.35 -million; San Isidro - with 8.93 km worth P83.34; Sto. Tomas - 12.63 km worth P117.47 - million; and New Corella with 15 km including 42 linear meters (lm) bridge P187.50 - million. Also included is the 8.7 km FMR worth P87.55 in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur.


WATCH TOWER. The two-storey Agutayan Watchtower and Light House Project which will be inaugurated today at the Agutayan white island in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. The project is a joint undertaking of the provincial government of Misamis Oriental, the Department of Energy (DOE), STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) and LGU Jasaan. Misamis Oriental Governor Bambi Emano, together with SPI President and CEO Dr. Bodo Goerlich lead the inauguration rites.

DepEd chief: No child Tangub eyed as will be left behind Normin’s next By IRENE DAYO, Staff Writer

EDUCATION SUMMIT. Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro graced the Mindanao Education Summit held July 1-2, 2015 in Cagayan de Oro City. It gathered education leaders, teachers, local government units, and stakeholders all over Mindanao. The Summit, which carries the theme, “Sa K to 12: Kayang-Kaya, Sama-Sama,” aims to increase awareness and gather support for the education department’s K to 12. photo by irene dayo

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DEPARTMENT of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro yesterday has reasserted the Aquino administration’s thrust that “no child will be left behind” in school as he stressed the government’s continuing reforms aimed to improve the quality of education in the country. Luistro, who graced the 2-day Mindanao Education Summit held July 1-2 in Cagayan de Oro City, cited DepEd’s accomplishments,

and the programs set for the remaining 365 days of Aquino administration. The summit is aimed to spread awareness on the K to 12 program of the department, specifically the Senior High School Program, as it is approaches full implementation in 2016. Luistro said that compared to year 2008 record of public elementary students in the country which is 746,448, year deped/PAGE 11

growth center By MARK FRANCISCO Staff Writer

A ONCE sleepy city in Misamis Occidental is loomed to be a new growth center in Northern Mindanao with the impending opening of the Panguil Bay bridge, now under construction. Situated at the southern cur ve of the D-shap ed province of Misamis Occidental, Tangub City is sheltered by the mighty Mt. Malindang Range to the north and the placid Panguil Bay to the south. Composed of 55 barangays with a land area of 16,572 hectares, the economy relies heavily on coconut, corn and banana farming. But with the completion of the Panguil Bay bridge in 2018, that would soon change. Or so National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) 10 director Leon tangub/PAGE 11

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Panguil Bay Bridge to perk economy in Misamis Occ THE opening of the Panguil Bay Bridge in Misamis Occidental would certainly perk up the economy of the once sleepy town of Tangub City and nearby province and localities. The construction of the 3.6-kilometer Panguil Bay Bridge costing Php 5 billion is now underway. The bridge’s scheduled completion is in 2018, an official of the National Economic and

Development Authority (NEDA) said on Thursday. NEDA Regional Director Leon Dacanay, said that this early, both foreign and local businesses have already expressed intention to invest in Tangub City once the bridge opens. “The investors are already planning to build a fivestar HOTEL in Tangub City because the city is the gateway to the Zamboanga Peninsula,”

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Dacanay said. He said that it is only a 15-minute drive from Ozamis City to the west and a fiveminute drive through the bridge to the south, which is Tubod, the capital town of Lanao Del Norte. Under current conditions, motorists have to endure queuing from both banks of Panguil Bay in Ozamiz City and Kolambugan, Lanao Del Norte for a quick ferry ride

from one direction to the other. “When the Panguil Bay Bridge opens, there will be a smooth flow of traffic. No more hassles of queuing,” Dacanay said. Situated at the southern c ur ve of the D-shap ed province of Misamis Occidental, the fabled Mt. Malindang Range casts a shadow that shelter Tangub bridge/PAGE 10

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DENR-10 echoes Pope Francis’ call to sustain environment WITH the recent news about the encyclical letter of Pope Francis on climate change, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 10 backed the Pope in addressing the impacts of climate change. In his encyclical letter entitled Praise Be: On the Care of Our Common Home, the Pope called out everyone to make urgent action to care for our common home, the earth. He stated that the Mother Earth is harmed because of the human’s irresponsible behavior. The Pope said that the challenge to protect the earth should include everyone. “I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about

how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all,” said the Pope. He cited that climate change is not just a scientific issue but also an issue of moral and ethics. Pope Francis added that each behavior must be changed swiftly in order to sustain the environment. Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said that the DENR 10 firmly supports the cause of the Pope to take urgent action in the mitigation and adaptation denr/PAGE 10

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FILINVEST Land, Inc. (FLI) on Wednesday said it won the bidding for a 19.2-hectare lot in Cebu’s South Road Properties for P6.76 billion, joining two other property behemoths -- Ayala and SM groups -- that are developing portions of the 300-hectare economic zone. “We would like to inform you that Filinvest Land, Inc., including its subsidiaries and affiliates, won in the bidding conducted by the Cebu City Government for Lot No. 1 (Consolidated Portions of Lots 7 and 17) containing an area of 192,385 square meters (sq.m.), more or less, located at South Road Properties, Cebu City,” the Gotianun-led firm told the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday. FLI will own and develop the property, along with it s of f i c e d e vel opme nt subsidiar y Cyberzone Properties, Inc., its Central Business District affiliate Filinvest Alabang, Inc. and “other possible strategic partners,” according to the disclosure. The listed builder said 70% of the property will be developed into an office and retail strip, while the remaining 30% will be for residential use. “The new development will complement the ongoing

City di Mare project of FLI in [South Road Properties],” the disclosure read. City di Mare is the group’s 50.4-hectare mixed-use development within the sprawling Cebu ecozone, with residential, lifestyle, and retail components. FLI’s news came a day af ter a te am-up of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and Ayala Land, Inc. announced having bagged a separate deal to jointly develop a 26.34-hectare lot, also within South Road Properties, for P10 billion. That C ebu prop er t y venture marks t he two e r s t w h i l e r i v a l s’ t h i rd partnership that will see them combine their “financial muscle, technical expertise and real estate experience.” According to its Web s ite, t he C it y of C ebu owns and developed South Road Properties, through a ¥ 1 2 - bi l l i on ov e r s e a s development assistance package from the Japan B an k for Inter nat iona l Cooperation. The property was initially conceptualized to host export-oriented light industries, but e volved into a mixe d-us e are a. It was granted a Special Economic Zone status by the Philippine Economic Zone filinvest/PAGE 11


EL MONTE Pacific Ltd. (DMPL) remained in the red in the last quarter of its fiscal year ending April hurt by non-recurring expenses, but it narrowed its loss from year-ago levels, it told the stock exchange yesterday. Financial highlights showed that DMPL incurred a $14-million net loss in February to April versus the $38.74 million loss recorded in the same three months last year. A separate statement showed that the net loss in the period was “primarily due to non-recurring expenses amounting to $8.9 million, after tax.” DMPL explained this includes a $4.1-million writeoff of Del Monte Foods, Inc.’s (DMFI) assets and remaining net investment in Venezuela, which was done due to “unstable economic conditions and additional currency devaluation.” The non-recurring items also cover $5.4-million costs incurred due to the implementation of an enterprise resource planning system last January, which was done

to make DMFI’s processes more efficient. DMPL said there was also an offsetting net gain of $600,000 from other items. Even with a net loss, DMPL generated strong fourth-quarter sales, which rose 45% to $528.19 million. In its statement, DMPL said US-based DMFI -- which was acquired in February 2014 -contributed $423.4 million to total sales, higher than the $293.4 million contribution the previous year. The company said sales of its branded business in Asia and export sales globally logged $121.7 million -- 54% up year on year. “The Philippine market finished strong with double-digit growth across all key measures,

sustaining gains from consumption-building initiatives across categories, with broader product distribution and superior in-store presence,” DMPL said in the statement. For the full-year ending last April, DMPL’s net loss widened to $38.05 million from $32.22 million a year ago. Sales nearly tripled to $2.16 billion from $743.34 million, which was mainly due to the consolidation of DMFI. “A key accomplishment was the growth of our market share across all key retail segments by reverting back to competitive pricing levels, reintroducing the well-recognized classic Del Monte label and reinstating trade support levels,” Nils Lommerin, DMFI chief executive officer, was quoted in the statement as saying. Mr. Lommerin said the company is “on track to achieving significant cost improvements.” “We have made substantial progress


developing strategically compelling growth initiatives across both retail and non-retail channels, including the acquisition of Sager Creek which is expected to provide significant operating synergies and a platform to accelerate growth in the foodservice and new vegetable segments,” he said. DMFI acquired Sager Creek -- a producer of specialty vegetable in Arkansas -- last March. With momentum built in the last fiscal year, Mr. Lommerin said the company expects “a strong finish” for the next fiscal year. It is an investment holding company with subsidiaries that are principally engaged in growing, processing, and selling canned and fresh pineapples, pineapple juice concentrate, tropical mixed fruit, tomatobased products, beverage products and certain other food products mainly under the brand names of “Del Monte,” “S&W” and “Today’s.”

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hink a minute…Did you ever really want something, like a promotion or new job, a good education, or a new house? But then after you got it, it got old and didn’t give you the satisfaction you expected. It wasn’t what you thought it would be, so you’re left still wanting something more. You’re bored and restless. And you wonder: “Is this really all there is to look forward to? Is this all I can expect in life?” When you’re bored and unsatisfied there’s nothing in life that’s really worth your full energy and time. No challenge. No real purpose or passion for living. Nothing really excites you or turns you on anymore. “It takes more and more to get less and less.” Well, guess what? You’re normal! We human beings were made for such a high level of living and productivity that it’s easy for us to get bored. And no one knows it better than our Maker Himself. That’s why He gives us expectations and challenges that will push us to reach our full potential. Animals can be satisfied just to eat, sleep, run around a little, and call that successful living. But we humans can’t do that. We were made for much more. This is why Jesus Christ says we can only find a full

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Jhan Tiafau Hurst life when we give it away—by loving Him and others. We were created to give and make a difference in the world with our own unique abilities and personality. That’s the only way we can ever be truly happy and satisfied. So it’s only logical that your Maker is the One Who can show you how to find and fill your special place in this world. He’s the One Who can give you something to do in life that’s worth your time and abilities. Something that will make a difference in the lives of people around you. Are you fully satisfied with your life? Do you really love how you’re living? Today, why not ask Jesus to take full control of your life every day? He can give you a purpose and passion for living that will enable you to win your battle with boredom. Just Think a Minute…

No limit in the sky


ome people have money to burn! Every time I observe them, I feel that their money is going down their drain. Yes, “money talks”. The more money you have, the more you might become avaricious. Every time, we have to dig deeper into our pockets, we might longing to be like those people, who don’t see the difference between a 500 or 1,000 bill. I am really not rich! I also wouldn’t hesitate to say, that I would like to be so! Being rich means having wealth! Wealth is abundance, opulence and affluence. Affluences becomes quickly influence. Dyed-in-thewool millionaires or even multi-millionaires over lose their view of reality many times. They can’t even see the horizon, which could be the demarcation of their real estate. They even don’t recognize the wonderful flowers growing and

blooming in their gardens. Money calms down! Sure. No doubts at all! We all need an income to survive for our daily needs - and, maybe, a little bit more. Many of us struggle through life and work like slaves for a pitiful daily minimum wage. If you’re rich, you might be on the top. But believe me, once you are on top, you will have some unwelcome, mostly acceptable companions such as loneliness, so-called friends (!), parasites and free-loaders. These companions will let you scream in pain, because you will start missing things, you have expected from them: real friendship, love, care, comprehension, understanding, sympathy, appreciation... .Remember such things? Miss such things? Yes, money can give you a wonderful sleep, and you might stay in one of the most

luxurious beds - but being awake, while your poorest neighbor sleeps better and more peaceful on the floor. There are many sayings about money. I like this one: Money can buy books but not brains. You might study a lot and get a lot of experiences; it’s just a pity, if you don;t use them at the right time for the right people in your surroundings. Money can buy food but no appetite. Who reaps the benefits of it? A full to overflowing store room will never be satisfying, if sour free-loaders join your table and push away your real friends. Our last earthly dress has no more pockets. The remembrance on how we acted and lived together with our fellow creatures will remain forever. With money, we might be able to let the devil dance. But, money alone doesn’t make us happy. Money kills more

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“Statement of Faith”


IFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…” (John 1:12, the Holy Bible). -ooo “ S TA T E M E N T O F FAITH” OF “CHILDREN OF GOD, BLOOD KIN OF THE CHRIST”: I am sharing with my readers here a piece entitled “Statement of Faith” from the “Children of God, Blood Kin of the Christ” Church. I am soliciting comments, and, perhaps, asking my readers here to answer this very important question: “are you a child of God, blood kin of the Christ”? Here is the “Statement of Faith”: “I am a child of God, blood kin of the Christ. God chose me, I did not choose God. God chose me even before the creation of the world, to be one with Christ. “I am sent by Jesus, as Jesus was sent by the Father in heaven. I will go and make all the nations His disciples,

baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them all that He commanded us to do. “I will proclaim the Word of God everywhere, all the time, even while I am lowly. I am a child of God, blood kin of the Christ, because I accepted and have faith in Jesus as my God and Savior. “With my acceptance and faith in Jesus as my God and Savior, He redeemed and forgave me with His blood, He communed and united with me, and I became a new creation as part of his Holy Body. I believe that His blood of salvation now runs through my veins. “I am a child of God, blood kin of the Christ, and I will be among those whom Jesus will bring up in the clouds at the end of time, and who will be with Him in Paradise in eternal life. Amen.” -ooo BIBLICAL BASES OF THE “STATEMENT OF FAITH”: It appears that the

foregoing “Statement of Faith” is drawn from several passages of the Holy Bible. These are John 1:12, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 9:14, John 15:16, Ephesians 1:4, , John 20:21, Matthew 28:19-20, 2 Timothy 4:1-2, 1 Timothy 1:26-29, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 5:30, 1 John 1:7, 2 Thessalonians 4:13-17, and John 3:16. It is in fact a statement of the foundational doctrines of “Children of God, Blood Kin of the Christ”---the very Biblical passages that gave birth to the group and which defines each and every member, as well as the calling that have been given to each of them. T h i s “S t at e m e nt o f Faith” in fact confirms to the members that they have been called, and are being sent, to proclaim the Word of God to the whole world, so that Jesus’ admonition in Matthew 24:14---that “this Gospel will be preached to all the nations and then the end shall come”---will somehow

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Atty. Batas Mauricio find fulfillment. -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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e all know that life has more to offer than what we can manage. There are surprises both of the pleasant and welcome ones as well as the terribly unwelcome ones. There are heavy pressures and insoluble predicaments. We have to be ready for these eventualities, though we also know we cannot be truly ready enough. We have to learn to live with this fact of life and strengthen our conviction, based on our Christian faith, that there’s such thing as divine providence. God always governs all of his creation, and in his own mysterious ways directs all things to himself. If this is

part of our bedrock belief, then we would be open, ready and game with anything in life. A g re at p ar t of his providence is beyond our understanding. What we know is that it is at once all-wise, all-powerful, alljust and all-merciful. If we would just be open to this truth about his providence, I suppose we would be ok even if along the way we commit all sorts of mistakes and even sins. God knows what to do with our blunders. And if they happen, it’s because at least God knows how to draw good from them. Everything somehow happens

for a purpose in the ever dynamic providence of God. As St. Paul would put, “To them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to his purpose, are called to be saints.” (Rom 8,28) These words of St. Paul should be the very kernel of the attitude we ought to have toward anything that can happen in life. Of course, such divine providence does not take away our freedom which we can use unfortunately to go against his will and ways. In spite of the infinite wisdom and mercy of God in his providence, we can still manage to go against it.




Fr. Roy Cimagala Thus, Christ talked about a sin that cannot be forgiventhe sin against the Holy Spirit, when we “we speak against the Holy Spirit.” (cfr Mt 12,32). The Holy Spirit is cimagala/PAGE 10

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Rice traders tapped in tracking ‘fake rice’


AVAO City -- The National Food Authority (NFA) has tapped its network of rice retailers and the grains retailers association Grecon, in the market to track down stores selling smuggled plastic or fake rice as laboratory testing of alleged fake rice is still underway. NFA regional director Virgilio Alerta said that what they sent to Manila for lab testing on Tuesday was a one-kilo cooked rice they took from Carmencita Griño, who reported the matter to the media. Griño claimed to NFA that the rice was brought

to her by her sister-in-law who bought it from a store in Cabantian. However, Alerta said the Griño’s could not name the store. NFA needs to take samples of raw rice, at least one kilo, so that results will be conclusive. Alerta pointed out that it is better for NFA to submit raw rice to determine if it has the nutrient components through scientific laboratory testing in the NFA Food Development Center in Taguig. A ler t a assure d t he y have already intensified monitoring and sought the assistance of the police to

get into the source of rice where the Griño’s brought their supply. He disclosed that they are going around the markets and listening by ear from their networks to allay fears that fake or plastic rice has reached Philippine shores. This developed as Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) to intensify monitoring against traders selling fake rice in the city. Duterte had warned traders against selling fake rice or he will have them eat everything. He said NFA will be

meeting Grecon July 2 to discuss measures to prevent entry of plastic or fake rice in the markets. So far, Alerta said Grecon has already assured NFA it will report immediately if they will monitor fake rice being sold in the market. Alerta also said that there is no rice IMPORTATION FROM CHINA. He said the Philippine government through NFA is importing rice from Vietnam and Thailand. Supplies are discharged in respective ports where they will be distributed like Davao, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro, Surigao, among others.

A l e r t a a ssu re d t h at supplies undergo boarding protocols by NFA, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Quarantine before being unloaded in the ports. N FA h a s c a l l e d on the public to be vigilant against rice from China, as the NFA has not issued any importation permits for the country. Thus, it is likely that any rice found in the market is smuggled, if they did not come from auctions conducted by the Bureau of Customs (BOC). The BOC periodically auctions off any smuggled rice it has confiscated.

NFA assured that NFA’s Technical Research Services Department (TRSD) will check the age of the Chinese rice to determine if it may have been part of the 8,000bag batch auctioned last October 2014 by the BOC. If the rice is dated to have been produced later than the rice auctioned off last year, then the owners of the stalls will be summoned by the agency for inquiry. Though the store owners will also be held liable for any illegally procured goods, it is of greatest concern to track down the source of any smuggled rice. (PNA)

Poultry output to expand by 9 percent this year–DA BFAR bans use of THE countr y’s p oultr y production could go up by 9 percent, while livestock output could increase by as much as 5 percent this year on the back of good weather and the absence of diseases, officials of the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said robust domestic demand for chicken and pork is encouraging hog raisers and poultry growers to increase their output. “We expect the output of the poultry and the livestock subsectors to expand this year,” Alcala said on the

sidelines of the opening of Livestock Philippines in Pasay City on Thursday. Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) s h ow e d t h at l i v e s t o c k production increased by 1.02 percent last year. This was due to the 11-percent hike in cattle output in 2014. Meanwhile, the poultry subsector inched up by 0.27 percent in 2014, and accounted for nearly 15 percent of total agricultural output. The PSA said the sources of growth were chicken, duck and duck egg. Currently, Agriculture

Undersecretary Jose C. Reaño said the country has a large inventory of poultry breeders. R e año s ai d ch i cke n inventory as of last week has already reached more than 20 million kilograms and that the figure will continue to r is e. By D e c e mb e r, inventory is expected to hit 30 million kilos, as poultry growers increase their output in anticipation of higher demand for chicken during the holidays. The latest report from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) showed that chicken in cold storages as

of June 22 jumped by almost fivefold to 24,175.96 metric tons (MT), from 4,378.58 MT recorded in the same period last year. NMIS data also showed that pork in cold storages rose by 63.64 percent to 10,176.33 MT, from 6,218.71 MT a year ago. Meanwhile, President Aquino said the country has been performing “very well” in terms of food safety. In his speech during the opening of Livestock Philippines, Mr. Aquino said this is due to the 108-percent poultry/PAGE 11

illegal fishing devices THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is banning the use of fishaggregating devices (FADs) in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean during the period of July 1 to September 30. The bureau, under the Department of Agriculture, issued Fisheries Administrative Order 236, which restricts the operation of purse seine and ring-net vessels that use FADs, locally known as payao.

T h i s a l s o s e r ve s a s a c o mp at i b l e m e a s u r e t o t h e We s t e r n a n d Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Conservation and Management Measure 2014-01, which aims to maintain sustainable levels of bigeye, yellowfin and skipjack tuna stocks in high seas and exclusive economic zones. With the order in place, the use of unauthorized nets during the closure period shall be prohibited. bans/PAGE 11



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Make your cellphone work for you this rainy season

The rainy season is fast approaching, but don’t despair. Apart from your umbrella, your smartphone can also be a handy tool to rainproof yourself this wet

season. Your partner in preparedness, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), brings mobile applications such as Batingaw, Project NOAH

Batingaw A Tagalog word for “siren,” Batingaw is a proactive, comprehensive, and rational disaster risk management mobile application adopted by the Office of the Civil DefenseNational Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (OCDNDRRMC) as a communication tool to help reduce and mitigate the disastrous effects of natural and manmade hazards to vulnerable communities. With the app, the mobile phone becomes a handy electronic resource not only in times of emergencies. One can access government weather advisories, and real-time onground updates on the traffic situation or the level of flood waters in your destination or along your route. The app also contains tools that includes a flashlight, siren, strobe light, compass, radio, safety tips, and an “I am safe” SMS that can be sent to loved ones during extreme weather events or during emergencies. Batingaw is designed to run on smartphones and other mobile devices. It may be downloaded for free via the App Store (for iOS devices), and the Google Play Store (for devices running on the Android operating system). Another version, PINDOT, is being used by the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office for its province-wide preparedness efforts.

Mobile for Android, RainCheckPH, and Accuweather for your convenience no matter the weather. “Being prepared is key. With apps such as

Batingaw, RaincheckPH, Project NOAH Mobile, and Accuweather, the mobile phone or device has become a handy resource tool for anything about the

Project NOAH for Android devices This app brings mobility to the Project NOAH website of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). NOAH or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards is a responsive disaster mitigation program developed by DOST and the University of the Philippines. Its automatic weather notifications allow the user to receive notifications on location-specific weather conditions. It also has an information feature that turns this app into a great learning resource because it simplifies terms and jargons used in weather forecasting. Project NOAH Mobile may be downloaded for free at the Google Play Store. It is also available for iOS devices.

weather so you can plan and prepare your day accordingly,” said Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs at Smart.


RaincheckPH RaincheckPH is the country’s first rain preparedness mobile app that can alert you with 95-percent accuracy if it is going to rain in your exact location or in your next destination. It uses data from the Project NOAH site. Covering around 70 cities around the country, the RaincheckPH app quickly alerts users through a pop-up notification whenever the probability of rain in their current location reaches 50 percent within the next four hours. This gives users enough lead time to prepare for the oncoming downpour or, as the app’s name suggests, take a “rain check” on any activity planned outside their homes. The app’s simple, color-coded design also means mobile users wouldn’t have a hard time understanding the rain alerts for their specific locations. RaincheckPH may be downloaded for free for iOS and Android devices.

Smart has embraced preparedness as a way of life as manifested by its year-long SafePH program. It has integrated preparedness into its operations, and also promotes it to partner-communities through various initiatives that aim to strengthen the capacities of high-risk communities to prepare for, deal with, and bounce back from extreme weather events, and disasters. To know more about Smart’s disaster preparedness efforts, visit

AccuWeather is the world’s largest and fastest growing weather media company, and leading cross-platform provider of accurate, global weather information. The app is a source for timely, informative, and localized weather forecasts. It provides hourly and minuteby-minute forecasts for any location on the planet, with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smartphones, tablets, and other multimedia channels. AccuWeather and RaincheckPH are among the 25 initial websites featuring informative and practical content that can be accessed for free via Internet. org by Facebook with Talk ‘N Text, an initiative that aims to make mobile Internet services available to Filipinos who are not yet connected to the Internet. You can simply download the Internet. org app on Google Play Store if you are using an Android smartphone. You can also access the site by typing on their mobile browser if you are using a non-Android handset or a basic phone.

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Breaking Through Paul’s Boutique takes the Glass Ceiling on the world with by Jambie Austria-Del Rosario As more and more women enter the work force, the glass ceiling becomes even more apparent. The glass ceiling—an unseen barrier that does not allow women to rise to the top of the corporate ladder—still affects a considerable number of women today, 55 years after the women’s liberation movement in the 60’s. In Canada for example, improvement in the wage gap has been minor since 1977 so that based on average weekly wages of all workers in 2014, women earned 25% less than men, according to its Labor Force Survey Estimates. The Institute of Women’s Policy Research further validates that if change continues at a similar pace we’ve had in the past 50 years, it will take 44 years for women to reach the same wages that men earn! So how can women break through the glass ceiling? From the perspective of national policy, there are several ways through which women can bridge the wage gap. It is said that we need to boost women’s economic power. One of the major ways of doing this is through improving access to education. We are very fortunate in the Philippines, in that the Philippine Commission on Women reports that for the school year 2005-2006, females accounted for more than half (55%) of the total 2.5 million enrollees in higher education, a trend that continues today. But that is not enough. Another means through which we can keep women in the boardroom is the quality and availability of maternity benefits and flexibility of working hours. While we have relatively good maternity leave benefits in comparison to other nations the world over (the United States does not have paid maternity leave for example), we are still very slow to catch on in terms of flexible working hours. On a personal level, there are several ways through which a woman can break the glass ceiling. One of which is to identify the key competencies most valued by your organization, and to align the development of your competencies which are most valued at the top. For example, does your company value innovation? If so, the ability to think outside the box will most likely get you noticed. Second, create alliances. Build your own network within the organization because you don’t know who will be in a position to help you or provide you the information you need to get ahead. Third, find a mentor who can help open doors for you and enable you to be involved in high profile projects, build the right set of competencies or even champion your career. Create a reputation of delivering results. Focus on impression management so that your reputation reflects how you want others to see you as a professional. In conclusion, I believe women in the Philippines have their work cut out for them because we have access to education and maternity benefits that enable us to work and climb the corporate ladder. Socio-cultural norms also allow us to lead, as evidenced by having two women past Presidents of the Republic. The fact remains however, that every woman needs to develop the ability to navigate the organizational terrain to get to the top and break through the glass ceiling. Mutya ng Dabaw 1997 Jambie Austria-Del Rosario has spent the past 15 years in various facets of psychology, holding posts in human resources management, community relations, training and counselling. For questions or comments please feel free to get in touch with her at 0917-700-1996 or email her at

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ounded in 2000, Paul’s Boutique, is an international premium accessories brand. Taking inspiration from the artistic and cultural diversity of London to create high quality and stylish products, Paul’s Boutique soon grew popular among celebrities, trend setters, and eventually, the entire fashion world. Its roots can be traced all the way back to the streets of London. Today, it continues to produce high quality products with a distinct twist by sourcing luxury leathers and premium fabrics and crafting these into sophisticated yet edgy designs. The result are handbags and accessories that each embody modern femininity and elegant confidence. As Paul’s Boutique celebrates 14 years of presence in the international fashion arena, the brand only has one focus in mind – to continue expanding its global reach in pursuit of truly becoming a cutting-edge household designer label. In line with the launch of its latest collection for spring/ summer 2015, Paul’s Boutique began activating a series of activities to hype up its presence by way of mounting concessions or shop-in-shops within high profile department stores and boutiques across Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, and Asia. Said to be inspired by clean lines and subtle textures with pops of colour, an assortment of structured box bags, bucket shoulder bags, minimalist totes, and a wide range of matching small leather goods feature in the new collection. Best known for their eclectic yet versatile

designs, timeless shapes made modern through fresh new design perspectives dominate the edgy and sophisticated range. For this season, Paul’s Boutique introduces the Slouchy Textured collection which features the favorite Porter bowler bag which comes in classic tan with luxury suede paneling detail and structured double handles. Meanwhile, easy going individuals will surely love the Hope clutch bag which was reinvented for the season with its soft grey and nude suede colorways. The relaxed aesthetic follows with the premium Slouchy Suede collection which features the Alexa bag, the Porter bowler bag, and Hope clutch bag. For vibrant prints and colors, look out for the Zig Zag collection that come in neon coral and teal. The print is available in designs such as the Maisy and the reversible Fleur which is ideal as an evening clutch. With athletic and sports luxe elements being key trends of the season, the Zip Panel trio comes in perfect timing with its soft teal and white collection. In this line, find a roomy tote, a long shoulder-strap bag, and a

purse. The side zip detail allows the wearer to completely change the shape of the bag and remove a color by literally zipping it away. Other collections include the Textured Minimal collection which features structured bag shapes such as the Stevie shopper and the Heather shoulder bag, made fresh by using a powder blue denim material with contrasting dark leather straps and piping. Things go for an animalistic turn with the Snake Color Block, Tonal Snake, Graphic Leopard, and Ostrich Trim collections that feature interesting use of prints and details without being too over the top. The results are rare and unique pieces that are likewise elegant and sophisticated. From the street to the hottest fashion destinations of the world, Paul’s Boutique dominates the market by offering premium and high quality accessories made unique by infusing bold British street style sensibilities with ever-evolving artistic and cultural elements. The Primer Group of Companies, Asia’s next retails giant, is the exclusive distributor of Paul’s Boutique in the Philippines.






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TOURISM BENCHMARKING IN THE PROVINCE OF PALAWAN – VICE GOVERNOR JOEY G. PELAEZ and the PROVINCIAL BOARD MEMBERS of Misamis Oriental receive a very warm welcome from PALAWAN GOVERNOR JOSE CH. ALVAREZ at the start of the four-day benchmarking activity in the Province of Palawan. The benchmarking activity aims to conceptualize new strategies and pass new legislative measures for Misamis Oriental to improve its tourism industry. The Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan also visited some major tourist destinations in Palawan such as the famed Underground River, which is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, and El Nido, among others.

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of climate change through making relevant programs and projects that will address the climate change in the national and local level. The National Greening Program (NGP) which aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares in six years is one of the DENR’s efforts to respond to the call of protecting and conserving the environment, Director Tawantawan said. The NGP is not just simply planting and growing of trees but also addressing the core issues of society with its goals to reduce poverty, promote food security, conserve the Philippine’s biodiversity, environmental stability, and to enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation, she said. T h e M i n d a n a o’s accomplishment on “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNow”that reached the peak of Guinness World Record marked a significant result of the collective effort from all sectors of t he s o c i e t y. T h is on ly shows that all can unite in achieving one common goal of protecting the land from its environmental deterioration and make it verdant again, Tawantawan added. The TreeVolution activity planted 2,294,629 trees in 29 different areas in Mindanao which was participated by the 122,168 participants on September 26, 2014. According to Tawantawan, the NGP plantation in region 10 can sequester 6,748,248 tons carbon dioxide (CO2) in one year with the assumption that a one hectare plantation of fast growing species such as Falcata and Brazilian Fire Trees with the density of 500 trees with two meters height has the potential to sequester

104 tons of CO2 in one year. Carbon sequestration is a way of capturing CO2 from the atmosphere. It is a significant process of minimizing greenhouse gas emissions which is a major contributor to climate change. Through carbon sequestration, air pollution can be reduced. Taw ant aw an f u r t he r said that the geo-hazard assessments of the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB) and the effort of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) to support the solid waste management implementation are some of the appropriate actions to make the solution on climate change a reality. Likewise, she said the i nt e ns ive In for m at i on , Education and C o m mu n i c at i o n ( I E C ) advocacy campaign of the region with the EMB and MGB in raising the public’s awareness and participation to combat the impacts of climate change in the regional level. Tawantawan agreed with Pope Francis that there has to be a paradigm shift on climate change. From the scientific and technological approach, climate change has to involve social mobilization through educating the humanity with their role of stewardship to the environment, said Director Tawantawan.


completion of the Panguil Bay Bridge three years from now, would definitely improve the economy of Tangub as the flow of goods and services b et we en Nor t her n and Western Mindanao regions gains new heights. (PNA)

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the God who is sent to us to sanctify us. He is actually always around prompting us what to think, choose, say and do. We have to remember that God completely gives himself to us. He is not sparing in this. He is now with us in the Holy Spirit. In a sense, he is all there for the taking. It’s really just up to now how to take advantage of this reality. Thus, we are told that the proper attitude we ought to have toward the Holy Spirit is that of docility. But for this to take place, we also have to do our part. We need to learn to pray, to live always in the presence of God, to develop the virtues, to learn the doctrine of our faith so that we would know how to deal with the Holy Spirit, to avail of the sacraments, etc. It also helps that humanly speaking, we develop a good sense of humor, and a practical sense of how to defuse the pressures, like indulging in some healthy hobbies and sports, or doing some physical exercises that can lighten the mind and

spirit. In the end, when things are just beyond us to cope, we have to learn how to live abandonment in the hands of God who knows what to do with all of our predicaments. In this, it might be good to meditate on that scene of the agony of Christ in the garden of Gethsemane. There he prays most earnestly to his Father, and begs him to let “this cup pass by me.” He already has done a lot to accomplish his mission of saving us. Still there is one more thing yet to be done. Later on, he kind of rectified himself: “But not my will but yours be done.” And with that, he proceeded to face his arrest, passion, crucifixion and death. He gave himself completely to the cruelty of men and offered his life, only to resurrect on the third day. We have to see in this scene the template of how we are to behave when faced with insoluble predicaments. We should not be afraid of the cross in whatever form it takes. When we have done everything that we could and still the predicaments remain, we just have to face and embrace it the way Christ did. It’s in that spirit that we can expect to rise also together with Christ. We can actually have as many resurrections as death-causing problems in our life!


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City to the north, a city bounded by the placid seas of the Panguil Bay to the south. Tangub City is composed of 55 villages with a land area of 16,572 hectares. Its economy relies heavily on coconut, corn and banana farming. Dacanay said that the

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of the 115kv transmission line,” Jovy P. Batiquin, TMO president and COO, said in a statement posted on Aboitiz Power’s website. Batiquin pointed this reporter to TMO’s statement on the website after he was reached for comments on reports quoting outgoing Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla as urging the PEMC to stand by its decision to impose penalties against TMO and other power firms who allegedly violated the Must-Offer Rule. He a l s o r e f u s e d t o comment citing an ongoing dispute resolution that prohibits both parties from speaking about the case to the media. “[PEMC] must stick it out and to reconsider kung merong pwedeng lusutan ang Aboitiz. But if there‘s none, we have to stand by [the decision to penalize the firm]. Otherwise, you will lose credibility. Besides, [Aboitiz] was given many times to prove itself but the decision remained unchanged,” Petilla was quoted as saying in news reports. PEMC had earlier imposed a P234.9 million penalty against TMO after its investigations found the Aboitiz Power unit to have breached the Must-Offer Rule during the period November and December 2013. But PEMC could not imposed ts decision after the Pasig Regional Trial Court Branch 157 issued last April an injunction in favor of TMO. Under the Must-Offer Rule, generation companies registered in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market ( W E SM ) mu s t d e c l a re and offer the maximum generating capacities of their power facilities in the spot market. Batiquin said that TMO could not, at that time, produce and supply Meralco more than 100 MW because “forcing the engines and the 115KV line to produce and deliver more than 100 MW at that time could cause a collapse of the line and could trigger a much bigger problem for the Luzon grid.” T M O’s f o u r b a r g e m o u nt e d b u n k e r- f i r e d power-generating facilities in Navotas and its 115kv transmission facilities, which it acquired in May 2011, were undergoing rehabilitation during the supply months in question since these have not been operating for at least five years when it was acquired by TMO. But despite the rehabilitation, TMO was still able to “safely, reliably and consistently” supply 100 MW to Meralco in the November to December 2013 supply months. Batiquin said that this temporary limitation of the power plant “was confirmed during a dependable capacity test conducted in November 21, 2013 and in subsequent

tests.” Because of the low supply of power, WESM prices spiked resulting to record-high generation charge of Meralco to P9.10 per kilowatt-hour in December 2013.


from page 1 Oro City that the P12 increase in the minimum wage in Northern Mindanao is based on series of consultations between labor and management groups. Prior to the issuance of the P12 hike in the minimum wage, RTWPB Region 10 conducted series of consultations among the municipalities and cities in Northern Mindanao. A t t y. G r e t c h e n D . Lamayo of RTWPB 10 said consultations were carried out to hear the side of various organizations and stakeholders regarding the amendments of the rule last 2014 in Gingoog City, Municipality of Maramag, Iligan City and Ozamiz City. Likewise, in Cagayan de Oro City, a region-wide public hearing on April 17, 2015 took place. The Associated Labor U n i o n s - Tr a d e U n i o n Congress of the Philippines (ALU TUCP) Representative, Milbert Macarambon stated that changes are made based on the economic status of Region 10 and agreed by employers and workers prior to the confirmation of the P12 increase in the basic minimum wage. He said that the recent wage adjustments mandated is first time to be higher than Region XI. Further, taxes will not apply to minimum wage earners, he added. In line with the consequence of the revision, Arsenio L. Sebastian III, Management Representative of the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation (OroChamber) said that there is no expected inflation for the meantime and implementation of this new wage rate will be supervised by DOLE. The increase of minimum wage will take effect on July 3, 2015. The Wage Order RX18 will be effective to nonagricultural and agricultural sectors with normal working hours not exceeding eight hours a day and will apply to all minimum wage earners in all private sectors in Region 10, regardless of their position, designation or status and irrespective of the method by which their wages are paid. Any person or employer who refuses or fails to pay the prescribed minimum wage shall subject to criminal infractions. To make sure this Wage Order will be implemented, DOLE Regional Director Raymundo Agravante, also urges underpaid minimum wage workers to report underpayment for proper action. (PIA-10)

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2014 has an official enrollees of 1,812,960 students, or an improvement of more than 700,000. “It means that we are able to bring poor students in school,” Luistro pointed out, saying that the reforms are working effectively which bring children to schools. The Education Secretary said the various programs being implemented has significantly reduced the number of out-of-school Filipino children. In 2008, 11.7% of the total youth population or 2.9 million out-of-school youth were recorded in their database. Five years later, however, the number ran down to almost a half, or 1.2 million. “The decreasing number of these OSYs can be largely attributed to three interrelated factors: the full implementation of Kindergarten, the K to 12 Law, and the increased in budgetary allocation for the education department,” Luistro said. The DepEd used to support each school children with P8,800 per year. But recently, he said, the government’s subsidy went up significantly to P17,000 per student per year. From the education budget of P170 billion in 2009, the appropriation ballooned to P375 billion budget this year. Luistro also pointed out the government’s Conditional C ash Transfer t hroug h the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps, a CCT program that invests in health and education, which enabled marginalized families to send their children to schools. The program is being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Moreover, the increasing number of children going to regular schooling also requires additional classrooms and educators. Luistro said that from July 2010 to December 2013, a total of 142,000 classrooms were built nationwide. About 18,132 of this are constructed in Mindanao and Region X has a total of 2,922 classrooms out of it. Under Luistro’s leadership, the DepEd has also posted a bigger number of teachers hired compared to the past decades. Based on the department’s record, 167,000

teachers nationwide were hired, and close to 36,000 of them were scattered throughout Mindanao regions. Aside from that, ten thousand more teachers w i l l b e a c c e pt e d i n a massive hiring next year as K to 12 is reaching its full implementation.

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Dacanay would like to think so. Dacanay disclosed to this writer that both foreign and local businesses have already expressed their intention to invest in Tangub City once the bridge opens up. “In fact, they’ll be eyeing a five-star hotel there. It’s a strategic place connecting Northern Mindanao to the Zamboanga peninsula and it’s just a 15-minute drive from Ozamiz City to the west and a five-minute drive through the bridge to the south which is Tubod, the capital of Lanao del Norte,” Dacanay said. Under current conditions, motorists have to endure queuing from both banks of Panguil Bay in Ozamiz City and Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte for a quick ferry ride from one direction to the other. “When Panguil Bay bridge opens, there will be a smooth flow of traffic. No more hassles of queuing,” Dacanay said. The 3.6 kilometer Panguil Bay bridge construction is worth P5.09 billion and is aimed at accelerating the flow of goods and services between the two regions.

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Authority, which meant it can have agro-industrial, recreational, banking, investment, financial center and commercial components. FLI increased its capital expenditure budget to P24 billion this year from P15 billion in 2014 with plans to launch P16.2 billion worth of residential projects. The company wants to triple its gross leasable area to 966,000 sq.m. by 2019 from 343,000 sq.m. last year. By next year, recurring income is expected to account for as much as 40% of FLI’s business compared to 30% in 2013, as it starts to recognize the contribution of commercial and office projects launched in previous years, FLI President and Chief Executive Officer Lourdes Josephine Gotianun-Yap said on May 8.

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that the authorized reduced net depth of 115 fathoms and below is complied. Accredited observers who will gather data and recommend further improvements shall also be onboard the fishing vessels during the period. Any fishing company or individual that will violate the order shall be subjected to a fine of P100,000 to P300,000 for small-scale commercial fishing; P400,000 to P700,000 for medium-scale commercial fishing; and P800,000 to P1 million for large-scale commercial fishing. The order, signed by Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala and BFAR Director Asis G. Perez, shall take effect 15 days after publication, or on June 15 this year.

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increase in the budget of the livestock and poultry subsectors over the course of his term. This, he said, has allowed the government to focus on animal health by providing vaccinations and undertaking disease surveillance. The Philippines has been free from avian influenza since 2005 and the foot-andmouth disease since 2010.

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The BFAR shall also conduct annual inspection or reinspection and marking of purse seine and ring-net fishing gears to ensure


SP FMY NO. 2015-016

SPS. EFREN S. BUHISAN & FARINA LAVIÑA BUHISAN, Petitioners. x-----------------------------------------------/ ORDER The Court takes notice Petitioner’s Amended Petition and submission of its documentary exhibits in compliance with the Order of May 21, 2015. Finding the verified Amended Petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the same is hereby ADMITTED and given due course and forthwith let the Initial Hearing thereof be set on December 3, 2015 at 8:30 in the morning before this Court temporarily located at the City Tourism Hall, Cagayan de Oro City. Interested persons may file their opposition on or before the aforesaid date of hearing and to attend the hearing of this petition. 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 the Province of Misamis Oriental. In consonance with R.A. 8552 vis-à-vis A.M. No. 02-6-02-SC, the Court Social Worker is hereby directed to conduct a Home Study Report on the adopting parent and a Child Study Report on the adoptee. She is also directed to conduct counseling sessions with the adopting parent. The said report shall be submitted to this Court within SIXTY (60) days from receipt of this Order. Petitioners are likewise ordered to have all documentary evidence pre-marked before the Branch Clerk to establish compliance with jurisdictional requirements on November 27, 2015 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning. In consonance with A.M. 12-8-8-SC (Judicial Affidavit Rule) visà-vis OCA Circular No. 106-2012, Petitioners are hereby directed to submit their judicial affidavits at least five (5) days before the initial which must contain the following: 1. The name , age, residence or business address, and occupation of the witness; 2. The name and address of the lawyer who conducts or supervises the examination of the witness and the place where the examination is being held; 3. A statement that the witness is answering the questions asked of him, fully conscious that he does so under oath, and that he may face criminal liability for false testimony; 4. Questions asked of the witness and his corresponding answers, consecutively numbered; 5. The signature of the witness over his printed name; 6. A jurat with the signature of the notary public who administers the oath or an officer who is authorized by law to administer. Moreover, the same shall contain a sworn attestation at the end, executed by the lawyer who conducted or supervised the examination of the witness, to the effect that: 1. He faithfully recorded or caused to be recorded the questions he asked and the corresponding answers that the witness gave; 2. Neither he nor any other person then present or assisting him coached the witness regarding the latter’s answers. A False attestation shall subject the lawyer to disciplinary action, including disbarment.




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A party who fails to submit the required judicial affidavits and exhibits shall be deemed to have waived their submission. The court, however, may allow only once the late submission provided the delay is for a valid reason and would not unduly prejudice the opposing party, and the defaulting party pays a FINE OF NOT LESS THAT Php 1,000.00 NOR MORE THAN Php 5,000.00. IT IS SO OREDERD. Done this 10th day of June, 2015 in the City of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. BWM: June 24, July 3 & 8, 2015

(Sgd) EVELYN GAMOTIN NERY Presiding Judge




Michelle Francisco

Hello to all the loyal readers of BusinessWeek Mindanao! I am so happy and grateful to be able to write here and share my thoughts on just about everything. Thank you so much, Mr. Dante Sudaria, for this opportunity! This is my first time to write in a newspaper and of course, it should be in the Lifestyle Section. I prefer writing something or anything happy, positive and good vibes because I believe that to make this world a better place, we must all choose to focus, talk and see only the positive things in






our lives so the negative ones would disappear. For my first article, let me tell you something about myself. I am Michelle Francisco or you can simply call me, M. I am a wife, mother, homemaker, philanthropist, blogger and a visionary. I am married to Elmer Francisco (www. and we have a son named Dominic. I am 32 years old. I was born and raised in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. I went to Corpus Christi School for elementary and high school then I graduated from Assumption College, San Lorenzo Village, Makati City, Philippines with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship. I am a Leo and my favorite color is white. I am a lover of the Universe! l love my family so my happiness is taking care of myself, my son and my husband which is why I love everything related to home like home keeping, baking, cooking, cleaning and so on. I also love writing so I have a blog (www.EmpressMichelleFrancisco. com) where I share my life to everyone. I write about fashion, travels, recipes, food, home keeping, politics, life lessons, favorite TV shows, movies, beauty tips,

philanthropic works, quotes and so many more! And, I'm so excited to share everything here in my column with you, beautiful people. Let me tell you more about myself… I’ve been up and I’ve been down in my life but I always choose to get back up. I choose to be positive no matter what, move forward and make all my dreams come true. I am different and I think differently. I’ve always wanted to change the world for the best because I always want the best of the best in everything not just for me but for everyone. I love travelling to see the world, learn different cultures, appreciate beauty and arts, eat good food and meet new people. Actually, I’ve been all over the world with my husband, Elmer. Being able to travel a lot at a young age is a dream come true for me. Right after we got married in 2002, we travelled a lot around the Philippines, Europe, America and many parts of Asia. Then we started our own businesses together of which some failed and some prospered. That’s life. The only failure is never trying. And, I always learn from my mistakes. So yes, we enjoyed life first before embarking on some seriousness that sometimes life gives us for our destiny to be revealed. I believe that we need all the trials that we go through to learn the lessons (good and bad) to grow, mature, and possess the strength and calmness before we get what we are destined for. On my free time, I enjoy watching my favorite tv shows and movies. So, I will be sharing with you, my readers, what’s nice to watch. Watching relaxes me and gives me so much happiness. I love helping children. I truly believe that they are the future. To educate our children in academics is very important but I firmly believe that at a young age, it is equally or even more important for children to be taught more on “character formation” and to instil in them “the law

of attraction” in a simplified way for them to be positive in life no matter what they may go through so that they may be happy and instinctively live life to the fullest! They must also learn early in life that they are limitless and that all their dreams could come true as long as they believe. Imagine if all the children in this world will be brought up this way, then we can make this world a better place to live in. I love to be surrounded by positive and kind people who accept me for who I am. I also respect individuality. I don’t judge. I get annoyed with negative and judgemental people so I stay away from them. I also believe that life is too beautiful to waste it on doing something you don’t love. To my readers, always remember to be yourself because when you’re being yourself, you will come to see that you are beautiful in your own right and you will experience true happiness wherein there will be no limits on what you can do with your life. I hope that you would all enjoy my column every Friday. I’m sure that we would all learn a lot from each other so please leave your constructive comments and suggestions. I would love to hear from you all! You can also visit my website (www. for more stories and photos. To end my column, I promise to always leave you with my “quote of the day” for some inspiration. “The shortcut to anything you want in your life is to BE and FEEL happy and grateful now.” - The Secret by Rhonda Byrne


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