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‘The future is in our fiber’ – Nazareno By Cheng Ordoñez, Editor-in-Chief

MAKATI – Philippine Long Distance Company, Inc. (PLDT) and Smart Communications, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Napoleon Nazareno revealed a glimpse of the country’s telecommunications future, saying, it rest on PLDT and Smart Communications’ “fiber”. Sp e a k i n g at t h e A n nu a l Stockholders Meeting on June 14, at the Makati-Shangrila, Nazareno said the year 2012 was a year of transition for PLDT. ‘We undertook the integration of Digital and Sun C ellular into the group. We completed ahead of schedule our network transformation program, fortifying our advantage in the delivery of data services over our fixed and wireless networks,” he said.

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He admitted that they were faced with intense competition last year, hence, the group strengthened its position in the mobile business. “We rationalized our business portfolio leading to the sale of our outsourcing business and moved towards greater involvement in the multimedia space. Our financial and operating results were shaped by this transition process.” Mr. Nazareno revealed during the meeting that service revenues

from continuing operations rose 10% year-on-year to P160.2 billion in 2012, following a 13% increase in wireless business revenues to P108.9 billion and a 4% rise in fixed line revenues to P51.3 billion. The BPO business registered revenues of P9.1 billion in 2012. With the intended sale of the BPO business, its f inancials were classified as discontinued operations, he said. Future/PAGE 11

Mindanao fish canneries owe workers P53M—DOLE By Bong S. Sarmiento

KORONADAL CITY — Several fish processing companies in Mindanao found to have violated labor standards were ordered to pay their workers benefits amounting to P52.9 million. Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said in a statement released by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 here that the agency conducted a rapid audit on fish canning companies in the island to ensure the rights and safety of their workers. DOLE/PAGE 11

Joblessness, sustaining growth top businessmen’s concerns (Second of four parts)

A vendor shows dried flying lizards, which he sells at P100 each in an effort to make money. Businessmen worry about the growing joblessness amid sustaining growth of the country. mindanews photo

WHAT is most ironic in the phenomenal economic growth that the Philippines is currently enjoying is that this does not really translate to jobs creation. If the Aquino government would like to achieve its “inclusive growth” objective, then it should provide jobs to Filipinos. Without jobs, the much touted economic gains are unreal or at best benefiting only the upper echelons of the society as wealth did not trickle down to the poorest of the poor. The country’s unemployment rate rose to 7.5 concerns/PAGE 10

Sen. Manny Villar was recently conferred the 2013 Outstanding Professional of the Year Award in the field of Real Estate Service by the Professional Regulation Commission for “revolutionizing the housing industry as the biggest homebuilder in Southeast Asia, having built more than 100,000 houses for the poor and middle class Filipino families”. Villar was accompanied by his wife, Senator-elect Cynthia Villar, during the Awards Night held at Manila Hotel’s Fiesta Pavilion in Manila.

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The spirits, flora, fauna thrive in Mount Kitanglad By Jaemark Tordecilla Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

MOUNT KITANGLAD, Bukidnon – A peso coin drenched in chicken blood is the welcome offered to visitors to this mountain, which soars 2,899 meters over the city of Malaybalay, and the towns of Lantapan, Libona, Impasugong, Sumilao, Manolo Fortich, Baungon and Talakag. “This will serve as your identification,” says Bae Inatlawan as she hands over the bloody coin, “so that the spirits will allow you to enter.” An elder of the Danghuyan tribal community, Bae Inatlawan – also known as Adelina Tarino – had earlier banged a gong and recited a chant to call the spirits. With the help of a couple of other tribal elders, she then slit the throats of three chickens and poured their blood onto a shrub beside the sacrificial table. The visitors’ hands also got a dab of chicken blood each, as did their cell phones and cameras. All these made up a cl e ans i ng r itu a l t h at B a e I n at l a w a n s a y s i s necessary for visitors to Mt. Kitanglad. “It is our way of introduction to the spirits of the earth, the spirits of the mountain, and the spirits who came before us,” she says. Members of the Bukidnon tribe, to which the Daraghuyan community belongs, believe that the spirits of their ancestors reside in the mountain. This afternoon’s offering serves to appease the spirits, so that they would grant the visitors safe passage. The Bukidnon is one of this Northern Mindanao province’s seven tribes, w hich a ls o include t he Matigsalug, Tigwahanon, Umayamnon, Talaandig, Higaonon, and the Manobo. These lumad, indigenous peoples of the region, have for centuries served as Mt. Kitanglad’s gatekeepers and protectors. They decide w ho is welcome in t he mountain, and who is not. But the guardian role played by the tribes that l i v e i n K it ang l a d go e s beyond performing rituals. Lu m a d m e mb e r s m a ke up most of the Kitanglad Guard Volunteers (KGV), a group of some 344 men who have been deputized by t h e D e p a r t m e nt o f Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to patrol the mountain. T h e KG V s , m o s t ly on fo ot and s ometimes on horseback, cover all 47,270 hectares of the Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park, reporting violations and of fens es. The park encompasses not only Mt. Kitanglad, the protected area, and the buffer zones, but also Malaybalay City and seven towns. Spirits, flora, fauna The presence of

the KGVs is one of the big gest reas ons for the successful protection of Mt. Kitanglad, which was named an ASEAN Heritage Park in 2009, a distinction given to “protected areas with unique, diverse, and outstanding value.” It also demonstrates the unique kinship the local people seem to have with their mountain. Indeed, this is the common thread that binds the people who are tasked to protect Mt. Kitanglad – from the indigenous tribes who believe their ancestors’ spirits live in the mountain, to the farmers who want to preserve the forest for the next generation, to p ark management st af f who see an intact mountain environment as their legacy, t o t h e p ol it i c i ans w h o now seem to realize that preserving Kitanglad can be their contribution not only to the rest of the country, but also to the rest of the world. As one of the few remaining rainforests in the Philippines, Mt. Kitanglad is home to diverse flora and fauna, many of which are rare and endemic. Its most famous resident is t h e c o u nt r y ’s n at i o n a l bird, the Philippine eagle, Pithecophaga jefferyi, one of the largest and most endangered birds in the world. The Philippine Eagle Foundation says that the bird requires 7,000 to 13,000 hectares of hunting territory to survive. The Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park has more than that, and the mountain itself has plenty of rats, snakes, and monkeys for the eagle to feast on. Mt. Kitanglad is a ls o home to R af f l e s i a schadenbergiana, the second largest flower in the world. Among the endemic species that can be found in the area are the pygmy f r u i t b a t A l i o ny c t e r i s paucidentata and two native mice, Crunomys suncoides and Limonmys bryophilus. Fewer forest violations Yet just 20 years ago, all these seemed doomed to be lost forever. According to Mt. Kitanglad’s Protected Area Superintendent Felix Mirasol Jr., protecting the mountain was a big problem before the volunteer guards were organized in 1997. “A lot of trees were being cut down, a lot of wildlife was being hunted, and a lot of forests were being converted into farms,” he says. At the time, there

Hikers pass along stunted trees on their way down from the summit of Mt. Kitanglad in sitio Intavas, Barangay La Fortuna in Impasugong, Bukidnon on June 6, 2013. The mountain is one of the peaks that form the Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park, an ASEAN Heritage Site. mindanews photo by aries sandino mordeno

was an average of 76 cases of forest violations in the park ever y year. Today, that number is down to two cases annually. “At first, there were a lot of people who practiced kaingin (slash and burn farming), who cut down t re es,” volunte er gu ard Adelado Bunye, a Datu o f t h e I m b ay a o t r i b a l community who has been a KGV since the start of the program, also recalls. “ To d a y, t h e p r o b l e m s have been minimized, we only have to monitor and report. Before, we had to apprehend people and tell them to stop (their illegal practices).” With KGVs on patrol, authorities are also able to detect violations much earlier. In the past, whole hectares of trees would be cut down before the violation is discovered. These days, cut down a few trees and you are likely to have the KGV on your case. Illegal loggers now have had a difficult time gaining a foothold in the area. That the volunteer guard program is working – and well – can be traced to its proponents’ deep understanding and respect of t r i b a l s t r u c tu re s i n the area. The Kitanglad Integrated NGOs (KIN), which organized the first batch of KGVs in 1997, worked closely with the lumad, and found that in e ach communit y, t here we re a l re a d y m e mb e r s designated as guards, called the alimaong, whose duty was to protect the tribe. Inste a d of chang i ng the community structure, park management decided to adopt it, working with KIN to deputize the tribal guards. In addition to their duties as protectors of their community, t he guards

were also tasked to protect the forest and report any violators. Initially, participation in the Kitanglad Guard Vo l u nt e e r s w a s , a s it s name implied, completely voluntary. Today 70 percent o f t h e p a r k ’s a n n u a l operating budget goes to allowances, equipment, and free insurance for the KGVs – although volunteer guards are quick to point out that the allowance that they receive is a pittance. A t e l e c o m mu n i c at i o n s company that had set up a t ransmitter tower on the summit also donated cellular phones to each barangay for the KGV’s use. Too bad the company didn’t take it a step further by throwing in free cellphone load as well. Kitanglad Day Each year, park management o r g a n i z e s “A d l a w Ta Kitanglad (Kitanglad Day),” a three-day affair that gathers all the KGVs along with stakeholders of the protected area. At the center of the activities is the KGV congress, which includes orientation for n e w v o lu nt e e r g u a rd s , a s w e l l a s l e c t u r e s by a c a d e m i c s and e x p e r t s from Bukidnon State University, the Department of Agriculture, and the DENR on how to conduct reporting and monitoring of violations. The congress also includes a medical mission for the volunteers and a discussion on how they can avail of their group insurance benefits. But it’s not all work and no play. For entertainment, the event has a singing contest for indigenous p e oples – only lumad songs are allowed in the program – an indigenous sp or ts competition, and, perhaps inevitably, a Miss Kitanglad beauty pageant for tribe

me mb e rs. To clos e t he affair, local government officials hand out awards to recognize the work of the KGV members. Yet while the allowances and the programs are nice, what motivates the KGVs is neither money nor recognition. Says Bunye: “We love Mt. Kitanglad because it is our homeland, our birthplace, our source. It is where the spirits of our ancestors continue to live.” The mountain, he says, has been kind to him and his people, which is why he continues to do his job despite the meager pay. “It is our hospital, where we get our medicine,” he says. “It is our market, where we get our food. That’s why we have to protect it.” That has me ant t a k ing on duties other than patrolling the park. After park management, with K I N ’s h e l p, i d e nt i f i e d genuine leaders of the tribal communities, it organized them into the Mt. Kitanglad Council of Elders. Today a repres ent at ive of t he Council of Elders sits in the executive committee of Mt. Kitanglad’s Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), while 14 tribal leaders in addition to the council occupy seats in the board. Culture-sensitive policies The involvement of the Council of Elders and the tribal leaders, according to Mirasol, allows the PAMB “to pass culture-sensitive policies, and address conf lic ts on b ound ar y, resource use, and customary practices.” The council also has the freedom to bring issues involving indigenous p e opl e s to t he B o ard’s attention. PAMB, for example, endorsed Bae Inatlawan and the Daraghuyan tribal

c o m mu n i t y ’s a n c e s t r a l domain claim for 4,200 hectares inside the national park. Comments Bae I n a t l a w a n : “ We w e r e recognized by the PAMB, so now we recognize the PAMB, too.” Recognition from tribal leaders is essential to park management’s information and education campaigns. This is especially important when a new policy runs contrary to tribal culture and traditions. Bae Inatlawan says that initially, her people did not take kindly to restrictions on their traditional practices t h at p ar k m an a g e m e nt wanted to impose. “They w e re a s k i n g m e , ‘ Why can’t we hunt wild boars anymore? Why can’t we gather wild honey?’” she says. Being the village elder, she was listened to when s h e e x pl ai n e d t h e n e w regulations to her tribe’s members, and why they should follow these. “Now,” she says, “when the wild b o ars are preg nant, we don’t hunt anymore.” ‘Tribal justice’ In the case of minor park violations, park management even defers to t he aut hor it y of the elders. “We have empowered tribal leaders for conf lict resolution,” says Mirasol, adding that in most cases, members of the tribe already sort out the punishment for violations among themselves, with what Bae Inatlawan calls “tribal justice.” But Datu Makapukaw (Adolino Saway), chief of the Council of Elders, n o t e s t h at s o m e t i m e s , tribe members still end up violating forest protection rules even if they know better. “Sometimes, there is no other way (for them to Kitanglad/PAGE 3


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get food),” he says. “Then you just have to understand (his circumstances), especially when you hear his child crying.” Su c h c on c e r n s h av e d r i v e n Mt . K it ang l a d’s park management to take a proactive role in providing sustainable livelihood for farmers who live in the protected area’s 16,000-hectare buffer zone. The Mt. Kitanglad AgriEcological Techno-Demo Center (MKAETDC) plays a key role in these efforts. Owned jointly by the family of Benjamin Maputi and the Imbayao Multi-Purpose C ooperative, the center conducts regular seminars for farmers, teaching them ab out sustainable upland farming, diversified agriculture, agroforestry, goat- and sheep-raising, and abaca production. Some 200 farmers from Malaybalay and ot her municipalities in Bukidnon visit the center every month. For Maputi, who describes himself as a “tenured migrant,” running the center is as much of a n a d v o c a c y a s it i s a source of livelihood. He s ay s t hat he w ant s t he farm to demonstrate the best practices of a farmfamily approach. His use of organic fertilizers and natural pest control in the farm, he says, is also meant to spre ad awareness of ecological issues to farmers in the area. But the real value of the demonstration farms in the center is showing how these sustainable practices can work for the farmer. These techniques can increase the productivity of a farm by about 50 percent, according t o Map u t i’s e s t i m at e s , among other things. For example, contour

farming, which is practiced by t he center, pre vents topsoil erosion and thus pre s e r ve s t h e r i c h n e s s of the soil. This in turn allows farms to maintain their productivity – and therefore takes away the need for people to move from one area to another, as well as yet another reason for making a clearing in the middle of the forest. Diversifying crops Planting different crops, meanwhile, would allow a farmer to earn no matter what the season. “Even if you have a small area,” says Mirasol, “if you have diverse crops, every week you’ll still have income.” Park management conservatively estimates that about 50 to 60 percent of farmers in the buffer zone a lre ady us e t hes e improved techniques. To encourage others to follow suit, the Office of the Protected Area Supervisor ke eps a list of far mers who have adopted these and gives their names to other government agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, the DENR, and the Department of Science and Te chnolog y. Thes e farmers are then entitled to b e p ar t of d i f fe re nt assistance programs from these agencies. The help ranges from free seedlings to technical assistance to free seminars and training for the farmers. “Farmers are usually g i v e n q u a l it y p l a nt i n g materials for free,” says Mirasol. “We had a program where we gave away free coffee seedlings.” After one or two years, he estimates, farmers who received the seedlings will already be able to harvest coffee beans. While the biggest chunk of the park’s annual budget goes to the KGV, most of the rest of the budget goes to livelihood projects for people – mostly farmers,

Arts&Culture and usually indigenous – who live in Mt. Kitanglad’s buffer zone. But with limited funding, park management has had to find creative ways to support these projects. In 2008 and 2009, Mt. Kitanglad was allocated P10 million in the national budget, but no funds were released by the Department of Budget and Management. The park had zero allocation from the national budget in 2010. Park management has managed to remain afloat from money from the provincial government and the seven municipalities and one city that are part of the park. Mirasol s ay s t h at t h e tow ns of Lantapan, Sumilao, Libona, Baungon, Talakag, Manolo Fortich, Impasugong, and t he c it y of Ma l ay b a l ay have all integrated into their land-use plans the activities related to Mt. Kitanglad, ensuring that budgetar y allocations w i l l b e m a d e for p ar k management operations. In 2008, t he combine d local contributions for the park reached some P4.55 million. Income from tourism Mirasol also says that the park management splits earnings from tourism – hikers and bird-watchers comprise most of the visitors – in the park with the different indigenous groups. It’s not much, only about P30,000 annually, but it allows people to view tourism as a possible source of income. This motivates people to protect the area, too, so that tourism may grow as an industry in Mt. Kitanglad. The working relationship of park officials with the Kitanglad Integrated NGOs also serves Mt. Kitanglad in good stead. “NGOs want to spend directly on the people’s organizations,”

observes Mirasol. “That’s why we empowered these organizations and trained them on accounting systems, so that they can handle the funding.” He says that outside donors are more willing to fund projects for groups with successful track records. “ This is why I encourage them to comply with their commitment to the support organizations,” he says. Mirasol also tries to push Kitanglad organizations to seek out their own funding for livelihood projects. “My only condition to them,” he says, “is that whatever money they get, they should spend it in Kitanglad.” Bu k i d n on G ove r n or Alex Calingasan is candid enough to admit that the protection of Mt. Kitanglad wasn’t exactly their top priority when he and the other Bukidnon mayors organized the first council to discuss the protected area. The National Integrated Protected Areas Systems Act of 1992 had just been passed, and one of the mayors heard that there would be World Bank funds for protected areas to support the new law. The ears of the mayors perked up on the news of possible funding, and decided to convene. “We heard there was money, and we could get funding so we can help indigenous peoples in our area,” recounts Calingasan, who was Lib ona mayor at t h e t i m e . “We w e re thinking we could give them livelihood using the World Bank funds.” In the end, however, the mayors would not get their hands on the money, as the World Bank preferred to course the funds through NGOs. Still, their efforts got the ball rolling, and through time, local government executives,

Hikers take a rest along a trail leading to the summit of Mount Kitanglad in sitio Intavas, Barangay La Fortuna in Impasugong, Bukidnon on June 5, 2013. The mountain is one of the peaks that form the Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park, an ASEAN Heritage Site. mindanews photo by aries sandino mordeno

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national agency officials, and NGOs forged a strong working relationship. And since Mt. Kitanglad was declared a full-pledged protected area with the Mt. Kitanglad Range Protected A re a Ac t of 2 0 0 0 , t h e mayors have become active PAMB members. Calingasan himself continued to attend PAMB meetings as Bukidnon vice governor, which he says inspired mayors to continue t h e i r c o m m i t m e nt s t o the b oard. To day when a new mayor is elected, the other local executives make sure to stress the importance of participation i n m an a g e m e nt of t h e park to the first termer. The governor boasts that Bukidnon’s mayors have a near-perfect attendance in ever y board meeting – s ome t h i ng t hat d o e s n ot u s u a l l y h app e n i n management councils in other protected areas. Key role for locals Getting local officials to understand the importance of t heir roles, he s ays, is the key to the whole thing. “If the awareness of the mayors about the program disappears, they will no longer support it,” Calingasan explains. A s g o v e r n o r, h e i s looking for ways to increase funding from the provincial government for park management. He says that increasing funding for the park does not exactly have a tangible economic return for the government – and it do esn’t need to have one. “Local government is not a business, it is not an economic enterprise,” he says. I f M t . K i t a n g l a d ’s PAMB has managed to be effective, though, it’s largely because of Protected Area Superintendent Mirasol, whose office manages the day-to-day activities of the board. “Humble” is the word Calingasan uses to describe Mirasol, who has learned how to manage the egos of the different members of the PAMB, according to the governor. The Board, after all, is a diverse collection of characters: local government executives, of f i ci a ls f rom nat i ona l government agencies, tribal leaders, NGOs, a m e d i a o r g a n i z at i o n , and a representative for commercial stakeholders in the park. Mirasol himself says that the relationship among t h e B o a r d ’s m e m b e r s wasn’t always chummy. Government officials and NGOs didn’t always see eye-to-eye about how to run the affairs of the park. But the disagreements, he says, took a backseat to trying to find solutions. “We agreed that we had one purpose: to preserve Mt. Kitanglad,” he says. They agreed to first discuss matters where they could find common ground, putting the thornier issues

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to the backburner. Slowly, PAMB members began to de velop t r ust wit h one another. These days, members of the Board enjoy good camaraderie. Mirasol also makes it a point to organize informal activities such as f ield trips and birdwatching sessions so that members can get to know each other better. Stakeholders & partners But more than that, the real key for Mirasol is that the members have a real stake in park management. He treats stakeholders as partners, which means that consulting them even on the smallest management decisions. “We are partners, which means we’re not just partners when there are problems,” he says, stressing that his communication line is always open. This approach makes e ve r yon e i n t h e b o ard fe el i mp or t ant i n p ark management, and any good news about Mt. Kitanglad makes all of the different groups proud. “Whatever s u c c e s s we h ave ,” s ay s Mirasol, “they’re a part of it.” It helps t hat his occupation as protected area superintendent is not just anot her j ob for Mirasol. A native of Bukidnon, he took the job in 2000 to be able to move back home from his DENR assignment in Cagayan de Oro City. While others d i s c ou r a g e d h i m f rom taking the thankless job of managing Mt. Kitanglad with meager resources, he jumped at the opportunity because of the challenge to protect the mountain. “I am part of Mt. Kitanglad,” Mirasol says. Having worked with his staff for many years, he notes that the institutional memories help them navigate through thorny i s s u e s . Wh i l e t h e y are te ch n i c a l ly c omp e te nt , he doubts that they will be as successful if they were to manage another protected area. “If we pull out the staff and put them in another area, we won’t be as effective,” he says. The bigger reason for that is that, like their boss, all 14 staff members of Mirasol’s office are natives of Bukidnon. “This is where we all studied, where we work, where we settled down,” he notes. The whole staff feels proud when it comes to protecting Mt. Kitanglad, and looks at it as part of their legacy. “Even if we grow old,” he says, “(if we protect the mountain successfully) people will remember us.” Governor Calingasan, for his part, believes it’s a legacy that is not limited to Bukidnon. Asked what the government will get by making the protection of Mt. Kitanglad a priority, he replies, “You will be able to help all of humanity, the whole world.”


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NGCP keeps up obligations to communities it operates By Cheng Ordonez Editor-in-Chief

A gradeshoolers of Kirahon Elementary School, Kirahon, San Martin, Villanueva Misamis Oriental, shows his notebooks he recieved from National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Balik Eskwela Program. Some 112 pupils of the school received school supplies from the said program. photo by rolando n . sudaria

THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) continues to keep up with its social obligation to communities where it is operating. This was stressed by Beth Ladaga, NGCP Public Affairs Officer for Misamis Oriental, citing as an example the distribution of school supplies to hundreds of students in Villanueva and Tagoloan towns at the start of classes early this month. More than 500 pupils of Kirahon Elementar y School, Kirahon, San Martin, Villanueva, and Natumolan E lement ar y School in Tagoloan, received schools supplies from heads of transmission lines in the areas NGCP are operating. Ms. L adaga said the schools have been prioritized due to their proximity to the “backbone project” the NGCP is currently working, citing the schools contribution in terms of securing NGCP’s f a c i l it i e s an d w or k i n g components. “In fact, this goes beyond being a corporate social responsibility project. This is a way of giving back to

Jesus A. Madriaga Jr., chief engineer of the Transmission Line in Tagoloan Sub-Station, hands over school supplies to the beneficiary-pupils of Natumolan Elementary School, Natumolan Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. More than four hundred grade-schoolers of the said school receive schools supplies from NGCP Balik Skwela Program. photo by rolando n . sudaria

the community for hosting NGCP’s facilities,” Ms. Ladaga said. Aside from distributing schools supplies NGCP engineers had brief parents and pupils on safety precautions near the lines and on the penalties for tinkering with NGCP infrastructures. In other parts of the country, medical missions have been conducted, like the one in Sitio Simbrero in the village of Ambuklao in Benguet. Last June 18, there were a total of 343 residents w ho re ceive d me dic a l,

surgical, and dental services as well as medicines in thas medical mission conducted by NGCP in partnership with Hyosung Corporation. The medical mission was also supported by the Rotary Club of Baguio, Philippine National Red Cross - Benguet Chapter, Philippine Pediatric Society of North Luzon, and Ph i l ippi ne D e nt a l Association-Baguio Chapter. Meanwhile, NGCP Nor t h Luzon Planning and Eng ine er ing He ad Gerry Santos stressed the importance of connecting

to local communities and searching for opportunities that will benefit residents. “NGCP’s operations rely heavily on the support and cooperation of the local communities as they help us protect and safeguard our transmission lines and facilities. We look at our host communities, together with other external stakeholders, as partners in securing the power grid, “Santos said. “This activity is NGCP’s simple way to reciprocate the assistance the community is ngcp/PAGE 10

LTFRB asked to maintain privilege fare SP wants regular route from Bellevue subd to SM City for Iligan-CdeO vice-versa route to the clamor of the public and upon receiving a copy of Resolution No 13-398 of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Iligan City. The resolution cites that there is still a need to maintain the privilege of the reduction of the fare as the two cities are still recovering from the calamity. The committee likewise noted Resolution No. 0792013 of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Misamis Oriental supporting the

request of RTMI to the LTFRB not to lift its order on Case No. 2012-0184 dated March 19, 2012 granting the petition of the RTMI to reduce its bus fare for the CdeO-Iligan route and vice versa. With the continuing clamor of the riding public, t he RTMI in its s o cial corporate responsibility has promoted to request the LTFRB-Manila to lift the aforesaid order, the resolution cites.

Construction of more houses for calamity victims, landless poor seen

Request for reclassification of land up for study

A PROPOSED resolution favorably endorsing to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) the request to maintain the privilege fare for passengers plying the Iligan -Cagayan de Oro City route and vice-versa is expected to be adopted by the 16th City Council headed by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas during its regular session on Monday. The fare rate imposed by the Rural Transit Mindanao

“AKONG nahukman nga itunol kining nahibilin nga ayudang salapi ngadto sa Habitat for Humanity ug Gawad Kalinga aron usab makadugang pa sila pagmugna og mga balay alang sa atong mga kaigsoonang kabus,” said Mayor Vicente Y. Emano in a press statement. It may be recalled that upon the recommendation of the mayor, the 16th City Council headed by

Incorporated (RTMI) and other bus companies was decreased from P145 to P85 for aircon buses and P120 to P70 for non-aircon buses following the Typhoon Sendong calamity, which caused massive devastations in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. The committees on public utilities and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Alden Bacal and Ramon G. Tabor favorably endorsed the resolution in response

Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E . Ac e n a s e n a c t e d a n ordinance authorizing the transfer of funds f rom donations received by the city government of Cagayan de Oro in the wake of Typhoon Sendong to Habitat for Humanity Philippines Foundation, Inc. for the construction of 369 houses at the Pagatpat Relocation Site. The houses will cost P110,000 each, as cited in the ordinance.

Legislators also authorized the transfer of P8 million to GK, of which P2.5 million will cover the cost of the installation of pipes for a water system project in the area. Last Wednesday, the mayor distributed certificates of awards for 1,958 houses to qualified beneficiaries of the housing program at the Cagayan de Oro Resettlement and Socialized Housing Project (CDORSHP) sites.

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THE request for the reclassification of a lot with an area of 66,658 sq. m. located at Alae, Puerto from agricultural to residential use has been submitted to the City Council committee on agriculture and fisheries chaired by Councilor Annie Daba for appropriate action. The City Planning and Development Office has issued a certification that the property is located within an Agricultural Zone (AGZ) as reflected in the official zoning map under Zoning Ordinance 2006 of Ordinance No. 10384-2006 and approved by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) request/PAGE 10

TO PROVIDE transportation services to residents, the 16th City Council during its regular session presided over by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas has requested the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB-10) to open a regular route from Bellevue Subdivision to SM and vice versa. Resolution No. 114162013 was endorsed by the committees on public utilities chaired by Councilor Alden Bacal upon the request of Bellevue Homeowners. The committee noted that the association has acquire d four units of multicab to operate the route and took cognizance of the recommendation of the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) on the matter. EWBTPM earns P419T in two weeks.

THE East and Westbound Terminal and Public Market collected an income of P419,500.94 from June 10 to 16, 2013 This is reflected in the actual weekly income report furnished by OIC-EWTPM Dr. Perla Asis to the City C ounci l committe e on economic enterprises chaired by Councilor Emmanuel Abejuela. The report indicates that the bulk of the amount came from terminal operations at Westbound which totaled P141,182.00. The space rentals at We s t b o u n d Te r m i n a l generated P39,082.67, the market yielded an income of P131,490.77 while fish landing area earned P39,333, according to the report. Meanwhile, the Eastbound Terminal earned P3,785 during the period. (JBD)


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Malaysian gov’t calls for reg’l cooperation against haze KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian government on Friday called for regional cooperation against the hazardous air that shrouds the part of its country and Singapore recently. “It is important that ASEAN nations work together in a spirit of cooperation to tackle this problem,” said an official statement. Five areas recorded “Very Unhealthy” air quality by Friday evening, according t o t h e D e p a r t m e nt o f Environment, as the southern part of Malaysia

was among the worst hit by the annual haze, largely attributed to the smoke from forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia brought by the s out hwester n mons o on winds. At least several hundred schools were temporarily shut down due to health concerns. Malaysian government

said Natural Resources and E nv i r o n m e n t M i n i s t e r G. Palanivel will travel to Ind one s i a and me e t Indonesian government officials to discuss ways to address the issue. Meanwhile, the gover nment a ls o urge d Malaysian-owned companies operating in Indonesia to abide by all local laws and regulations, ensuring “not contributing to environmental degradation.” (PNA/Xinhua)

A mine pit of Greenstone Resources Corporation in Barangay Siana, Tubod town in Surigao del Norte has stopped its operations following the discovery of the crack on its tailings dam which the mining company has “stabilized”. Photo taken on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. mindanews photo by roel n . catoto

Pacquiao’s help sought vs. global warming LEGAZPI CITY -- In a bid to strengthen the fight against the adverse impact of global warming, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda has asked world boxing icon Rep. Manny “Pacman” Pacquio to help him in the global battle against climate change. Salceda, UN senior global champion on disaster risk reduction management for local government units, urged Pacquiao during the coaching program on legislation and governance in Sarangani Province, to embark on another global fight -- which is against climate change. “World boxing champion Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquio should embark on another global fight, this time, against climate change and its adverse impacts on local communities -especially of the third world countries,” the governor said during his presentation of

the proposed strategy for Gensan-Sarangani called “Sergeants and Generals.” The Albay governor was one of the lecturers during the coaching program for Pacquiao, elected for the second time in the lone district of the province; his wife, Jinkee, who was elected as vice governor, and other elected provincial officials. “In return for coaching Pacquiao and wife Jinkee on legislative and executive matters, the boxing champion has agreed to help me in the fight against climate change and disaster management to attain our pivotal goal of zero-casualty in times of natural calamity,” Salceda said. The coaching activity, d u b b e d a s Me n t o r i n g and Coaching Program, w a s s p on s ore d by t h e D e velopment Ac ademy of the Philippines (DAP), which tapped Salceda for

his “legislative and executive expertise.” T h e DA P p r o g r a m , requested by the Sarangani officials, is designed to provide extensive support during the first year of their term. The sessions, conducted since June 18, saw Salceda lecturing Pacquiao and other newly elected officials of the province on Strategic Human Resource Management and Long-Term Development Planning in pursuit of better governance. DAP’s Executive and Legislative Coaching Program is conducted in partnership with the Ateneo School of Government and Bicol University-Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Local Governance. Salceda’s management style and pioneering ideas in local governance have steered Albay province towards economic development and

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global recognition. The Albay governor also provided Pacquiao’s team extensive inputs on pressing matters such as the global fight against global warming, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction on which he has been a pioneering strategist and global campaigner. He als o convinced Pacquiao to start building his house in Misibis Bay Resort in Cagraray Island, Bacacay town, a tourist pride of Albay and the Almasorca -- the tourism alliance of Albay, Masbate, Sorsogon and Catanduanes provinces -- before the Asia Pacific Economic C o op eration Summit in 2015 begins. Misibis Bay is a fivehectare luxury island resort in Cagraray Island, wherein some of the sessions of the upcoming APEC Summit are set to be held in 2015. (PNA)

Heat wave in Austria sets scores of new June temperature records VIENNA -- The current heat wave in Austria has broken several record including t he hottest June temperature, the Kronen Zeitung reported Thursday. The city of Waidhofen an der Ybbs recorded 38.6 degrees, beating the previous June record of 38.1 degrees. The Central Institute for Me t e oro l o g y an d Geodynamics (ZAMG) said a total of 56 municipalities had thus far seen their June temperature records broken, including the longest-standing one dating back to 1950. The heat wave has also triggered numerous accidents and calls for emergency services, the Red Cross in the state of Salzburg reporting many

more calls than usual regarding persons with heat allergies or other negative reactions, as well as traffic accidents due to lowered concentration brought about by the heat. Particularly affected have been the elderly who do not have adequate cooling in their residences, or have not consumed sufficient water, such cases estimated to make up half of all heat-related emergenc y calls, ORF reported. The ZAMG expects some relief however, the weather forecast from Friday onwards predicting some rainshowers and thunderstorms and an overall cooling to see temperatures largely drop below 30 degrees. (PNA/ Xinhua)

3rd Run 2 Plant 4 Greenin Philippines set on June 29 to attract 50T participants CEBU CITY -- Some 50,000 participants from all over Cebu are expected to join the 3rd Run 2 Plant 4 Greenin Philippines on June 29. The event, spearheaded by t he R amon Ab oitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi), features a 5K distance run. It will not be a competitive run, but runners reaching the winners’ podium at the finish line will instead be asked to plant a tree. This event will be held simultaneously in the 40 municipalities and component

cities of the province of Cebu. This year, Naga City and the Municipality of Cordova will anchor the central events. Rafi Integrated Development executive director Marge Gravador said they want to raise public awareness in relation to climate change and disaster risk reduction program through running and planting trees. ” This is a unique approach because this is also advocating for good health in commemoration of the

World Environment Day,” Gravador said. This year’s run supports the ridge of Naga City to reef of Cordova perspective in biodiversity enhancement that takes into account enhancing not only upland vegetation but also coastal areas. Ac c o r d i n g t o R a f i , t he co asts and o ce ans have experienced severe irreversible depletion resulting to the reduction of fish. That is why they will also

be planting mangroves in Cordova. In Naga, participants will run a five-kilometer distance from Naga City Hall, to the 10-hectare planting site in Barangay Tuyan. In Cordova, participants will run from the Municipal Hall to the two-hectare mangrove site where 20,000 mangroves will be planted. The Cebu Provincial Government, on the ot her hand, issue d an executive order mandating the implementation and

institutionalization of Run 2 Plant 4 Greenin Philippines throughout the province. The Department of Interior and Local Government has also issued a memorandum advising local government units to participate in the event to support the agency’s billion-tree program. The event partnered with schools in regions outside of the Visayas with the support of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP). Davao del Sur will be

participating for the second t ime a long wit h ot her participants from Nabunturan in Compostela Valley, St. Mary’s Academy in Tagum, Davao del Norte, Sacred Heart High School in Iligan, and Notre Dame University in North Caotabato. Gravador added that the registration is free and the organization will provide the seeding that will be planted. The registration centers will be in the different municipalities that are joining. (PNA)


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hink a minute…On this journey called life, do you A Minute sometimes feel like just pulling By Jhan Tiafau Hurst over and parking? You feel like you’ve done enough, worked enough, and learned enough. Now it’s time to relax, let the others do the work, and enjoy the ride. But the problem when we pull over and park is that we get nowhere, since we stop learning and improving to make our life the best it can be. So we don’t reach our potential and live every day to the fullest. One parking place we might stop at is what we wrongly think are our handicaps and weaknesses. We compare ourselves to others who might have certain talents and abilities we don’t have. But we need to realize that we have our own special strengths and abilities. We each must first learn to accept ourselves with our own unique physical looks, personality and abilities. No one is completely handicapped! We each have something important we can be and do in this world. We each were made to make a difference and help other people’s lives. So friend, don’t park by what you think are your handicaps or lack of talents and abilities. Start making the most of the abilities you do have. A second parking place that many of us stop at is our failures. But we’ve all failed! So if you’ve failed join the club! Just learn from it and try again. It’s not how you start but how you finish that makes you a real success. So it’s never too late to get back on the road toward your dreams and goals in life. Time is running out, so you might as well get moving toward the kind of character and life you want. The third place many people park is by their successes. Just because we’ve achieved a little success in life some hurst/PAGE 10

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ife is a balancing act. Lacking a sense of balance in life is like losing control while driving at high speed on a very slippery freeway. It makes your hands sweat and your heart palpitate. With a chronic sense of imbalance, you get a lot of anxiety, you frown a lot, you physically age faster and you easily get ill. Psychologists say that happiness and success in life lies in maintaining a sense of balance. This balance is attained by paying significant attention to different aspects of wellness. Several models of balanced wellness have been proposed. These include the relatively more known six-dimension interdependent wellness model developed in 1976 by Dr. Bill Hettler of the National Wellness Institute. However, I find the more comprehensive seven-spoked wellness wheel that includes financial wellness most interesting. Evaluating your own level of balanced wellness by asking yourself these questions for each specific aspect might be a great eye-opener. Your Physical health: How healthy is your body? Do you eat the right foods? Are you exercising regularly? Is your weight ideal? Would having money but not being able to enjoy much of it due to poor health suit you? Your Mental/Intellectual health: What is your mental diet?

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Part 1: Transfusion Transmitted Diseases

hile I was doing my rounds of the Laboratories under my care, a patient came to see me, wanting an explanation and brought me her test result that was performed in another place, repeated three times in different laboratories. Result was the same: Positive for RPR, which is a screening test for Syphilis. The only pertinent data that I gathered was a history of blood transfusion ten years ago during delivery of her youngest child. Transfusion transmitted disease is a problem and a challenge that we still face even in this era of modern diagnostic capabilities to detect the micro-organisms that can be transmitted through blood and/or blood products. The problem is directly proportional to the prevalence of the infection in the blood donor community. It is not uncommon really to hear sad stories of patients claiming that they were infected after a history of blood transfusion. The infectious agents can be a virus, bacteria, or a parasite. Laboratory screening for donor’s blood include tests for Hepatitis B, C, HIV, Malaria, Syphilis. It is worth mentioning here that Filaria ( another mosquito borne disease ), is transmissible through blood. I know for a fact that our friends at the City Health Office are active in their monitoring and surveillance activities in following up cases in the surrounding barangays. Bacterial contamination during extraction, handling and processing of the blood, and even during the preparation of the unit like in preparing for the blood or the components

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( which I hope to discuss some other time ) during I n Focus transfusion itself can be sources By Dr. Mary Jean Loreche for transmission of infectious agents during transfusion. Blood being the elixir of life must therefore be treated with extreme caution. It is incumbent upon the members of the team: the requesting clinician, the donors and recipients, family members, the Nursing Unit and the Laboratory in the Blood Bank Centre and the Hospitals to join hands in making sure that the unit of blood/or blood products be safe. The process in coming up with a SAFE UNIT OF BLOOD starts with the DONOR. Donors have as much responsibility in not just sharing their blood, but, in making sure that it is SAFE for the recipient. If one were engaged in high risk activities like having had sex in exchange for money or drugs, men that have had sex with men, or, if one had a recent history of having had a sexually transmitted infection, or if one has knowledge that he/she tested positive for the above mentioned diseases, he/she must inform the interviewer. All data gathered during the interview are kept confidential and the appropriate screening or confirmatory tests can then be done.

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he Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will mark its 20th anniversary not until July 3, but the “gifts” have come well ahead of schedule starting from January this year. By gifts, I meant the awards from reputable organizations here and abroad that recognized the exemplary performance of the Philippines’ monetary authority. Showing great promise and focus, the BSP has already brought home four awards in just less than half a year. The first one came early 2013 when one of the world’s premier finance and banking resource, The Banker, named BSP Governor Armando M. Tetangco Jr. the “2012 Central Banker of the Year for Asia-Pacific.” Tetangco was credited by the publication for successfully steering our economy amid the financial crises that hit the global financial market last year. The award is already the third in a row for Tetangco, who was previously given an “A” rating by Global Finance magazine and was chosen as “Central Bank Governor of the Year for Asia” by the Emerging Markets magazine for 2012. BSP’s second “gift” came in April 23, courtesy of the Asian Banker, one of Asia’s leading financial services consultancies. After a rigorous selection process, the BSP was hailed as the “2013 Best Macroeconomic Regulator in the Asia Pacific

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Region” at the Asian Banker L eadership Achie vement O ut Awards (ABLAA) in Jakarta, By Ignacio Bunye Indonesia. The ABLAA is widely-acknowledged as the highest recognition for industry professionals in the Asia Pacific Region. The following month in May, BSP was again commended, this time by the Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI). The Bank received the “Country Award,” CYFI’s top global honor, for its outstanding child finance program in partnership with the Department of Education. The program involves the integration of finance lessons in the elementary education curriculum and the promotion of saving among the youth by developing child-friendly deposit products in banks. Meanwhile, the latest award received by the BSP arrived last June 4. It is the “Red Orchid: award from the Department of Health (DOH), a special citation given to institutions bunye/PAGE 10


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The culture of impunity We have real issues that need attending to should we maintain a sustaining freedom with this democracy. The past election unfortunately provided extended mandates to many making matters worse with dynasties metastasizing on the national levels. It is no longer confined to local government where fiefdoms have ruled for decades but now with senators and their families ruling the country. Then there are the convicted, the felons and many with existing graft and corruption cases that were not only allowed to run for office but won. Congress as it is is full of politicians with dynasties. How are we to correct this impunity of corruption and the violations towards a constitution they are supposed to up hold with direct reference to Article II Section 26? The answer is we do not especially with this lot. The problem most say stems from the President whose dynasty has been made the supreme example. The politicians have followed the example of the President coming from a dynasty himself. We have regulators supposedly created to place a check on abuses by government officials; problem is today they too run scared of these powerful politicians who are now above the law. Violations towards our laws are commonplace and the courts are running scared with their tails between their legs. Ergo, the culture of impunity! The masses are indifferent to all this with their issues of having to feed themselves considering the rising prices for food, water, security from the police, increasing utilities and government taxes. There is no sustaining program for mass housing with jobs disappearing for less money to boot. Incompetence has made matters worse with no infrastructure and development other than the boast of Malacanang that the economy is improving due to the stock exchange which has tumbled and the perceptions of the outside world that the Philippines has turned the corner. The problem is which street is this corner? Ask any decent Joe on the street and he will be quick to point out his misery. There are no social nets and none in the offing. The people have spoken and their decisions we suffer the next three years. And should all things remain the same after another three, we continue to suffer another three. The biggest losers of course are the poor. Blessed are the rich in this scenario who can idly stand by and criticize and do nothing. What they don’t realize is they have carved out a future unfit for their children and children’s children. These selfish attitudes have increased the securities in their village enclaves to keep the poor sobs out especially in their country clubs. But hang on isn’t this the same everywhere else in the world? The rich take more and more and the poor, give them their religions. This is what the culture of impunity will result to… in-equitability for sure. (Harry Tambuatco)

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E need to realize that there is such a person as the Lord of history. He is the one who orchestrates all the events of the world in the whole length of time since he is the world’s Creator who cannot abandon his creation. Rather he continues to govern it, since he created it for a purpose. This Lord of history is God who revealed himself to us completely in his Son who became man, Jesus Christ, and who continues to be with us in the Holy Spirit through the Church and through the many instrumentalities—doctrine, sacraments, hierarchy—that Christ himself put up to keep his presence and action abiding in us throughout time. We need to understand that history is not just a product of blind forces nor of chance. It is a manifestation of divine providence that has to contend with our human freedom that can turn things in any which way. We need to understand that history is not just a series of events that we record, with more or less some logic thrown in to make it acquire some meaning. It is a history of salvation planned by God from all eternity, given birth in time, and developed toward its proper end through the twists and turns of human freedom. It is a history whose vital action takes place first of all and always in the hearts of men as they relate themselves to God or not, before it produces repercussions in the other aspects of human life: professional, social, economic, political, cultural, etc. So our history is a joint venture between God and

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us, with us always asked to participate as actively and as and Traces freely as possible in the plan By Fr. Roy Cimagala of God. God is responsible for our history. He is always in control, knowing what to do in any situation. But we too are responsible. That’s the reason why we need to try our best to get in touch with God always. Every move that we make should be planned and executed always with God. And every incident that comes our way, good or bad, should be viewed always with God also. That is why it is the saints, from the time of the apostles up to now, more than the political or social leaders and heroes, who have effectively illuminated history. That is why the Church survives in spite of the many grave and serious crises it faced through time. The saints, ever faithful to God’s will and docile to his abiding promptings, and even if their efforts were mostly hidden and hardly recognized, have been the ones who have outlived big empires and powerful ideologies. Their contribution went beyond what simply are temporal and cimagala/PAGE 10

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The Use for Data

ANY cities around the world are making data of their cities available to its city dwellers or citizens. In Chicago and New York the local governments don’t know what to do with the gargantuan data gathered them other than to turn them over to its people for nerds to make sense out of them – and it’s working! After all it is the people who own the city and not necessarily government. Multiple data is sourced by government and most times they are rendered useless. For example information on road repairs (progress reports/ dates and locations), appropriated budgets, time tables and even complaints. Statistics are automatically gathered and compiled and computerized. Then there are the infrastructures all over the city if not under-repair which the city is building or those in progress that may cause inconveniences. There is of course the weather bureau, traffic management (if not control if any at all), the police and its statistics, health and outbreaks, hospitals and its data on patients for breaking news deceases. Services all over the city such like social security, advances, loans or licenses and whatever are gathered, recorded and regulated. There is so much data the government gathers on behalf of its citizens and the people’s monies but is kept in secrecy. Why the secret? Why in the Philippines? There are issues of confidentiality when it comes to threats to the city of course and data should be withheld but not all data is sensitive to national security surely. There is also the banking information which to date I understand we still enjoy with a sense of secrecy (but maybe not since Justice Corona himself was not sparred),

etc. Then there is the issue of whether all this information B randing is linked to a common date By Harry Tambuatco source which I understand is not. Even government to date is not linked to each other and it is already 2013 with multiple advanced computers and software. For some reason the platforms are not configurable (which is idiotic to begin with) or simply inaccessible. The question is; is information withheld because of incompetence in data gathering and dissemination, or with the intent to withhold data from the people for personal gain and mischief or is it the for the people to stay ignorant knowing information is vital for any communication and study? Whichever it is - is a puzzle for sure. Somehow people who feel they have accelerated into government positions acquire the decease called swell-headedness and the “super-authoritative-acquiredcompetence”. A syndrome worse than cancer that is life threatening. Regardless of the decease the problems arises when incompetence is coupled with the territories now under their authority. Let us take for example the MMDA and its mandate to govern the many cities in the NCR (17 of Tambuatco/PAGE 10

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Thanks to SPES, graduated as Magna Cum Laude By: Mildred E. Dablio, Labor Communications Officer

Sharing a part of themselves: Employees of energy firm STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) conducted recently a blood-letting activity in support of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) blood donation program. Over the years, SPI had been supportive of the PNRC program in keeping with its corporate tradition of caring and giving. More than 3,300 liters of blood have been donated so far by SPI employees and service providers over the last seven years of its power plant operations in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.

Cagayan de Oro City --- Ms. Apple Wabe S. Tabasa of Cala-cala, Cogon, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental and a Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) baby of t h e Prov i n c i a l Government of Mis amis Or ient a l g r a du ate d Mag n a Cum Laude last March 2013 at St. Rita’s College with a degree on Bachelor of Secondary E du c at i on , m aj or in English. In g r at itu d e t o SPES of DOLE, Ms. Tabasa received a st ar t ing s a l ar y of PhP 4,000 during the years (CY 2007-2012). As SP E S b e n e f i c i a r y it was her first time t o o p e n a n AT M account. Performing clerical tasks, her

Visiting DOLE-10’s Office of the Regional Director are (L-R) Misamis Oriental Provincial Jobs Assistance Center PESO Manager, Ms. Kathleen Kate D. Sorilla; Ms.Apple Wabe S. Tabasa, and her grandmother.

first employer was Mis amis Orient al Provincial Governor and now Cagayan de Oro Mayor-Elect, Oscar S. Moreno. Ms. Tabasa, was dependent on the meager income f rom t he fami ly’s small convenience

store. She was also a scholar of the Commission on Higher Education, wish benefactor Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rivett empowered her to finish the course. App l e , a s s h e is fondly called, is now hired as a

high school teacher from the school she graduated. “I will promote the SPES program to everyone because it does not only give benefits but also experience and boost work values,” Ms. Tabasa endorsed.

FIBECO’s 41st FOUNDATION DAY CELEBRATION Theme: Creating Responsive Innovations, Energizing the Future and Making People’s Lives Better Main Activity: Medical and Dental Mission at FIBECO Training Center, with the support of Antonio O. Florendo Foundation (AOF) and Davao Agri-Ventures Corporation(DAVCO), in Cooperation with the Barangay Council of Anahawon, Maramag Bukidnon

Medicines are disposed of here for patients who underwent check-ups. Secretariat from selected FIBECO employees

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NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE FILE NO. 2013-154 Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act No. 3135, as amended by Act 4118, filed by SOUTH BANK, INC., mortgagee, with business address located at Liceo de Cagayan University, Kauswagan , Cagayan de Oro City against SPS. ALFREDO JR. and ESTRELLA CAPAPAS, mortgagors, with postal address at Zone 4, Lupok, Ane-i, Claveria, Misamis Oriental to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of April 8, 2013, amounts to FIVE HUNDRED TWENTY FOUR THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY EIGHT PESOS AND 81/100 ( Php524, 558.81 ) including interest and penalty and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned will sell at public auction on July 5, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Regional Trial Court, Branch 18, Room 117, Hall of Justice, Hayes St., Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency, the following real properties, with all the improvements thereon, to wit: Lot : Portion of Lot : As surveyed for : Land Use : Location : Area :

TCT No. T-55161 8162-A, Psd-10-060947 8162,Pls-805, Claveria Public Land Subdivision ALFREDO A. CAPAPAS, JR. Orchard Ane-I , Claveria, Misamis Oriental, Island of Mindanao THIRTY THREE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED TWENTY ONE (33,121) square meters, more or less

All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated date, time and place. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date for whatever legal reason, the same will proceed on the following working day, without further notice, posting and publication. Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves the titles herein abovedescribed and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Cagayan de Oro City, May 28, 2013. (Sgd.) NIZA P. TACANDONG Sheriff IV BWM: June 10, 16 & 23, 2013

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Main: Osmeña-Cogon Market, Cagayan de Oro Branch: Ipil,Carmen , Cagayan de Oro NOTICE OF AUCTION SALE Starting June 21, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. to 5P.M., this establishment will set an Auction Sale on all pledges since January 2013 . Patrons are enjoined to verify their receipts.

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Sa Hunyo 21, 2013 sa may 9:00 sa buntag paingon da alas 5:00 sa hapon, ang Tanan nga penirenda nga wala malukat sa bulan sa Enero 2013 maapil sa subasta. Giawhag ang tanan suki sa pagsusi sa ilang resibo. BWM: June 8, 2013

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Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under ACT 3135 as amended, filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND or PAG-IBIG FUND, Mortgagee, with office address at J.R. Borja Street, Cagayan de Oro City, against LEOCARDI E. IGARAN, Mortgagor, married to LORMA P. IGARAN, with postal address at Block 5, Lot 16, Villa Mila Subdivision, Aplaya Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, to satisfy the mortgaged indebtedness which as of September 12, 2012 amounts to THREE HUNDRED FORTY TWO THOUSAND EIGHTY THREE PESOS & 40/100 ( P 342,083.40) inclusive of interest and penalty charges, attorney’s fees equivalent to ten (10%) percent of the total indebtedness plus the foreclosure expenses, the undersigned or his duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on July 18, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. or soon thereafter at the main entrance of the Hall of Justice, Regional Trial Court, Branch 25, Arch. Hayes Street, Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder, for CASH and in Philippine Currency the following property described below, to wit :

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“A PARCEL OF LAND ( Lot 16, Block 5, Psd-10-023903 being a portion of Lot 5225 Cad-367 Jasaan Cad) situated in the Bo. Of Aplaya , Mun. of Jasaan Prov. Of Mis. Or., Island of Mindanao . Bounded on the SE., along line 5-1 by Road Lot 5, (6.00 m. wide) on the SW., along line 1-2 by Lot 15, on the SW., along line 2-3 by Lot 10., on the NW., along line 3-4 by Lot 11, on the NE., along line 4-5 by Lot 17, all of Block 5, of the subd. plan Psd-10-023903. Containing an area of EIGHTY TWO (82) square meters, more or less, and all other improvements existing thereon, registered in the name of LEOCARDI E. IGARAN, married to LORMA P. IGARAN.’’ All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the above date stated, it shall be on the next working day without further notice. Prospective buyers/bidders may investigate for themselves the title of the herein described property and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Cagayan de Oro City, June 6 , 2013.

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Kimberlite Pawnshop will be having an AUCTION SALE on all items that expired on April 2013 AUCTION DATE: JUNE 20, 2013 Estrada Bldg., Fortich-Don Carlos Sts., Malaybalay City, Bukidnon

CDO MAIN BRANCH P & J Lim Bldg., Tiano Brothers Kalambagohan Sts., Tel. # (08822) 727-829 * Telefax # (088) 856-1947

DIVISORIA BRANCH Atty. Erasmo B. Damasing Bldg., #61 Don A. Velez St., Cagayan de Oro City Tel. # (088) 857-3631

CAMIGUIN BRANCH B. Aranas St., Poblacion, Mambajao, Camiguin Tel. # (088) 387-0491

LAPASAN BRANCH Lapasan Hi-way, Cagayan de Oro City Tel. # (088) 231-6739

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percent in April as 600,000 farm workers lost their jobs owing to adverse weather conditions, the National Statistics Office (NSO) reported. It was only 6.9 percent in April 2012. In its latest Labor Force Survey, the NSO said that the number of agricultural workers fell from an estimated 12.47 million in April 2012 to 11.84 million in April 2012. The huge job loss in the farm sector, which employs about 30 percent of the total labor force, is attributed to strong typhoons that destroyed farmlands in late 2012. The Bureau of Agriculture Statistics said farmers were hesitant to plant owing to the expected onslaught of a dryspell in the coming months, reducing job opportunities for farm workers. Most of the 3.09 million jobless people are male, aged from 15 to 24 years old and only completed s e cond ar y s cho ol. The national capital region and the CALABARZON region posted the highest unemployment rates, with more than ten percent of their workforce unemployed. E d g ard o B. L a c s on , president of the Employers C onfederation of the Philippines (ECOP), said the country’s jobless growth situation is expected to persist unless the government treads a new path in developing and promoting the manufacturing industry, a sure job creator but which has been neglected as economic development strategy has put more focus on the services sector. “It is still a jobless growth because our growth is coming from services, not from the manufacturing sector, which is the biggest job creator,” said Lacson. Lacson noted that while BPO is a great economic driver, these investments are cost-based. “They can easily pack up to relocate where it is cheaper,” he pointed out. The manufacturing sector, which entails the installation of capital equipment and machineries, cannot just abandon operations easily. The entr y, however, of manufacturing projects has been hampered by the country’s high power cost. To resolve this situation, Lacson said the government must encourage local investments in the country noting that the country’s major taipans have bigger investments in China than in the Philippines. “The Philippines should b e a b l e t o a d opt n e w strategy to attract Filipino businessmen to invest in their native country because our big Filipino businessmen are going out and investing more abroad. We should be able to attract more investments from local businessmen,” said Lacson, who represents the voice of over 42 regular member-associations. “Local investors are a more stable source of investments,”

added Lacson noting the economic difficulties in Europe and problems in the U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE PCCI chairman emeritus Francis Chua stressed that one measure to sustain g rowt h is t hroug h t he implementation of the PublicPrivate Partnership (PPP) projects. “We hope more PPP program implementation. Whi le surge in capit a l market is great, only concrete infrastructure programs can bring the wealth to the masses,” Chua said. Chua stressed the need to fast track some of the PPP projects “ because we need to create jobs and for growth to really trickle down to the masses.” The issue of infrastructure in the country was the lone sour note in the latest World Competitiveness Report of the Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development. Except for infrastructure, the Philippines has improved on three other measures of competitiveness -- economic performance, government efficienc y and business efficiency. Many ro a d s re m ai n unpaved and the main airport is operating beyond capacity,” said the report. Other challenges in 2013 faced by the Philippines are corruption, unemployment, undeveloped financial system and natural disasters.

Hurst... from page 6

of us choose to stop. We stop trying, learning, and improving because we’re satisfied with only a little success. But if what you’ve done isn’t your very best, then you’ll never know that you did everything you could in life. Then you’ll have to live with that terrible regret! Just Think a Minute...

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with other people? Do you welcome new friends and new situations? A re you c ap abl e of maintaining valuable friendships? Your Financial health: Are you financially disciplined? Do you live within your means? Do you know how to earn, save, invest and protect your assets and yourself? Living a well-balanced life is a continuous journey that can spell a big difference towards your happiness and

success. Aim to be successful and happy. Revolutionize and start balancing your life now! ----( D r. Ad o n i s A g c o p r a , MBA, CIS, RFC® is with the IARFC and is portfolio director of AFIC Meridian Consultants. URL: www. aficfinancialconsultants. c o m . E m a i l : aficfinancialconsultants@ outlook.com.)

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that got a total score of 9099 percent when it comes to implementing a 100-percent tobacco-free environment. Though fairly different in nature from the first three honors, the BSP takes pride of this award in the same manner as it emphasizes its adaptability, pro-activeness, and results orientation as an org an i z at i on . More importantly, it shows BSP’s commitment to safeguard the health of its employees. After all, like Gov. Tetangco always says, the BSP’s secret to success is its people. Apart from these awards, there are also “gifts” in the form of achievements that can be directly or indirectly attributed to the BSP. These include the upgrades in the credit rating of our economy from the likes of Standard & Poor and Fitch, the low inflation rate, and the strong performance of the peso in the recent months. Still, however great and flattering these feats and awards are, the people of BSP know that their biggest achievement is still yet to come. And that is to realize its vision to become a “worldclass monetary authority, and a catalyst, for a globally competitive economy, and financial system, that delivers a high quality of life, for all Filipinos.” This goal remains as the guiding light of the BSP as it begins to count beyond 20 on its July 3 anniversary.

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from page 7 worldly. They linked world events to their supernatural end. Like Christ, they did their part always passing through the way of the Cross. That’s how their resurrection, their victory was also assured. That is why, for the world today to successfully face the most subtle and deadly challenges it faces, it needs real saints who are faithful to God and not afraid to carry the Cross. In today’s world situation, what is needed are saints who know how to

grapple with the sophistries of the times not so much by the eloquence of the words as by the abiding testimony of their saintly lives that highlight the spiritual and supernatural realities. As St. Paul put it: “My speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1 Cor 2,4) This does not mean that we don’t study the doctrine of our faith, but we need to see to it that such study truly redounds to a palpable sanctity that is always accompanied by the zeal to do apostolate, the best sign of Christian love one can have toward others. It is in this way that we can expose the lie behind the deceptive sophistries of our times like relativism, rationalism, atheism, agnosticism, materialism, exaggerated forms of spiritualism that downgrade the objective value of the material world, etc. These are what ail the modern world, an ailment that is not anymore considered as such, but rather the opposite, as a kind of liberation, enlightenment and the like. One is truly sick when he insanely considers his illness as his health and power. The Lord of history is doing his part, and provides us with everything we need. It’s us who need to correspond.

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last count). T h e y a re i n c h a r g e of t r af f i c ( w h i c h t h e y deliver with consistency), governance of any activity be it for road paving, repairs or de-clogging of waterways, etc. It seems obvious the performance is way below par and worst of all aggravating to the commuting public. And yet the department continues to exist costing taxpayers a lump in its coffers. There is also the pension funds of the state that are lost or bankrupt to corruption if not incompetent management. This goes for the military as well (but in this case with real intent to deceive, and only to get away with mischief accorded the courts). On issues of information and communication we in the country have not yet reached a maturity many around the world are now taking advantage of. And reasons for this is incompetence!

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providing us,” Santos added. NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits highvoltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets. (With a report from PNA)

through Board Resolution No. 798. The proposed project is located at the back of Fatima Subdivision. The certification does not authorize the establishment of a subdivision or development of any kind or sale of subdivided lots without prior approval/clearance from the city government, The Power learned. (JBD)

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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES OFFICE OF THE NOTARY PUBLIC MARIO T. JUNI Attorney-at-Law Rm. 103, G/F Obenza Bldg., Pabayo-Cruz Taal Sts., Cagayan de Oro City Telephone No. (088) 857-3599 * Cell Phone No. 0935-2379999 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> E.B. VILLAROSA & PARTNER CO. LTD., FILE NO. _________________ Represented by its successor-in-interest/ Assignee, MARY JANE P. BETE Mortgagee/Assignee, -versus- Re: Extra-judicial Foreclosure of Real Estate Mortgage under R.A 3135, as amended by Act 4118 SPS. ARTURO & ADELAIDA ARAGENIO, Mortgagor. x------------------------------------------------------x NOTICE OF SALE Upon verified application for sale under Act no. 3135, as amended, filed by the mortgagee, E.B. VILLAROSA & PARTNER CO. LTD., represented by its successor-in-interest/assignee, MARY JANE P. BETE, of Lot 21, Block 23, Villa Trinitas Subd., Ph- II, Bo. Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City, against the mortgagor, SPOUSES ARTURO and ADELAIDA ARAGENIO, of Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness in the total amount of TWO HUNDRED SEVENTHY FIVE THOUSAND PESOS (P275,000.00) excluding the 25% as attorney’s fees, cost and expenses for foreclosure and sale and all other incidental expenses which are likewise secured by the said mortgage, the undersigned notary public will sale at PUBLIC AUCTION , to the highest bidder, FOR CASH and in Philippine Currency, on July 26,2013 at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon or soon thereafter at the Entrance of the Hall of Justice, Cagayan de Oro City, the following described real property together with all its improvement existing thereon, to wit : TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-82006 A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 21, Block 23, Psd-104305-015867, being a portion of Lot 2, (LRC) Psd-157430) situated in the Barrio of Bugo, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao. Bounded on the SE., along line 1-2 by Lot 22; on the SW., along line 2-3 by Lot 19 , both of Block 23; on the NE., along liner 3-4 by Road Lot 23 (6.50 m. wide) on the NE., along line 4-1 by Lot 23 also on Block 23, all of the subdivision plan Psd-104305-015867. Containing an area of ONE HUNDRED TWENTY SIX (126) SQUARE METERS, more or less. The undersigned auctioning notary hereby gives further notice that if on July 26, 2013 the minimum requirement of two(2) bidders/buyers will not participate in the auction sale pursuant to the Supreme Court EN BANC Resolution under Administrative Matter No. 99-10-05-0, the sale shall be postponed and re-scheduled on the next working day July 8, 2013 at the same time and place without republication. This Notice of Sale will be posted for a period of twenty (20) days in three (3) of the most conspicuous public places where the subject property is located and in the Entrance of the Hall of Justice, Cagayan de Oro City, where the sale shall take place, and likewise, a copy will be published in a newspaper of general circulation in Misamis Oriental, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at least fifteen (15) days before the date of the auction sale. Prospective bidders or buyers are hereby enjoined to investigate for themselves the title to the property and the encumbrances, if there be any. Cagayan de Oro City, June 12, 2013. (Sgd.) ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI Auctioning Notary Public Until December 31, 2014 IBP No. 875235 12-14-12 PTR No. 2327981-A 1-07-13 Roll of Attorney No. 35240 MCLE Compliance No. IV-0008350 (10-02-12) Cagayan de Oro City BWM : June 16, 23 & 30 ,2013

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 12TH Judicial Region, Branch 21 Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte IN RE: PETITION FOR CORRECTION OF ENTRY IN THE BIRTH RECORD OF ROMMEL CAJITA TERO OF HIS DATE OF BIRTH FROM JANUARY 25, 1973 TO JANUARY 25, 1974 ROMMEL C. TERO, Petitioner, - versus -

SPL. PROC. NO. 21-480

LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR, LALA, LANAO DEL NORTE. Respondent. x- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - // ORDER A verified petition for Correction of Entry in the Birth record of Rommel Cajita Tero in the Local Civil Registry of Lala, Lanao del Norte, was filed by petitioner Rommel Cajita Tero on May 23, 2013, praying this Honorable Court that after notice, publication and hearing an order shall be issued directing the Local Civil Registrar of Lala, Lanao del Norte, to: 1) CANCEL and CORRECT the entry in his birth record of the petitioner in column – DATE OF BIRTH from JANUARY 25, 1973 to JANUARY 25, 1974. 2) ISSUE the Petitioner a correct copy of his birth certificate; and 3) FORWARD a copy of the corrected birth certificate of petitioner to the National Statistics Office, Manila. The verified petition being sufficient both in form and substance, the same is hereby set for initial hearing to July 19, 2013 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning. Let this order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the province of Lanao del Norte once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner. The Local Civil Registrar of Lala, Lanao del Norte, and any person who has an interest in the petition may file his/her opposition thereto within fifteen (15) days from notice of this petition or from the last day of publication of this order. Further, let this Order be posted for fifteen (15) consecutive days prior to the date of hearing on the bulletin board of the Municipal Hall of Lala, Lanao del Norte; on the bulletin board of barangay Lanipao, Lala, Lanao del Norte where the petitioner is residing, and on the bulletin board of this court. The petitioner is directed to notify this Court of the publication of this order three (3) days before the scheduled hearing date. Furnish copy of this Order to the Solicitor General, Makati City, the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Lanao del Norte, the Local Civil Registrar of Lala, Lanao del Norte; Atty. Dorothea Saligan-Basalo, Tubod, Lanao del Norte and Rommel C. Tero, Lanipao, Lala, Lanao del Norte. SO ORDERED. May 31, 2013. Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte. (Sgd.) ALBERTO P. QUINTO Acting Presiding Judge BWM: June 19, 28 & July 3, 2013

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He said that consolidated EBITDA dipped by 3% to P77.3 billion mainly due to higher selling and promotions expenses and subsidies, which formed part of their response to competition in the wireless space, as well as a P3.8 billion charge in connection with various to competition programs. Consequently, consolidated EBITDA margin declined to 46% from 52% in 2012. He said excluding the MRP charge, EBITDA would have been higher year-on-year by P1.1 billion, and EBITDA 48%. Reported net income rose by 12% to P35.5 billion in 2012. Core net income, excluding exceptional items, declined by 4% to P37.3 billion. “Despite challenging operating conditions and a hig h le vel of c apit a l expenditures this year, free cash flow remained robust allowing the declaration of 100% of core earnings as dividends. A total of P172 per share was paid out to shareholders representing 2012 cone earnings, consisting of P120 or 70% regular dividend and P52 or 30% special dividend. This is the sixth consecutive year of 100% dividend payout. The dividend yield enjoyed by PLDT’s shareholders remains one of the highest in the region, he revealed. Mr. Nazareno cited a few highlights of 2012 in the same meeting, as follows: • P L D T remained market leader with a combined subscriber base that grew to about 75.3 million at the end of 2012, consisting of 69.9 million cellular subscribers, 3 . 3 m i l l i on bro a db and subscribed, and 2.1 million fixed line subscribers. At the end of March this year, its combined subscriber base rose to 77 million; • In 2012, it completed out two-year network transformation program which involved a total investment of P67 billion, and which has resulted in an unparalleled network with capability and capacity to deliver quality service. This included the upgrade of their access networks with the deployment of single RAN or radio access networks, expansion of 3G coverage to over 70%, and 1,000 operational LTE sites; • Almost100% of their Metro Manila sites are with fiber and IP-ready,

while 68% of our provincial sites are IP-ready. Their core network has been rearchitectured to integrate the PLDT, Smart, Sun and Digital networks. • T h e i r transmission network remains unmatche d by competition with 54,000 kilometers of fiber projected to reach 60,000 kilometers by end-2013, comprising their domestic fiber optic network or DFON. Their four cable landing stations provide them with international capacity; • H i g h speed broadband is simply not possible to grow and sustain without an extensive, robust and resilient fiber network. That is why PLDT’s fibernetwork advantage gives them a decisive edge not only in the traditional fixed and mobile business, but more importantly, in data, which is the sunrise business of today and the future. This has for example enabled them to rapidly roll-out PLDT’s fiber-to-the-home service and Smart’s LTE. That is why they say in PLDT that: The Future is in our Fiber. “Let me now describe to you the outlook for PLDT, beginning with our existing businesses. We are seeing a structural change in our revenue mix as legacy revenue streams from international and national long distance continue to decline. Cellular and SMS revenues remain relatively st able as t he market approaches maturity,” Nazareno added. He said broadband and data remain the bright spots for the business, growing double digit year-on-year, and as such, will be their focus going forward. “The outlook for broadband in the Philippines remains very attractive with the Philippine population entering a ‘demographic window’ where a large part of the population is young, have improving purchasing power, are literate and many are already enthusiastic users of data services,” he said. T hou g h s mar tphone penetration remains low, take-up has increased and there are signs that greater adoption may take place as more affordable handsets become available in the market, Nazareno said. PLDT, he said, is very optimistic about the potential of the pay TV industry in the Philippines, and CignalTV’s competitive advantages that can give it a strong position in the market. “As of this time, CignalTV

has already signed up half a million subscribers. CignalTV’s channel count stood at 87, of which 65 are standard definition (SD) and 22 are high definition (HD). CignalTV is expected to be EBITDA positive in the second half of 2013. We are now working on making Cignal TV content available to customers of our fiber-to-the home offering. Moving forward, there will be more and more opportunity to bundle content with our cellular and fixed line business offerings,” Mr. Nazareno revealed. Nazareno assured that 2013 is the year when PLDT returns to growth. “Our first five months’ preliminary results are already pointing i n t h i s d i re c t i on . O u r acquisition of Digitel and the network transformation program had a dampening effect on our 2012 financials. However, these investments, combined without multimedia strategy, should now put your company back on the growth path and in the best position to profit from the far-reaching changes t h at are h app e n i n g i n the converging worlds of telecoms, the Internet and media,” he added. “We will continue to strive to maintain market leaderships, proved superior services to our customers, deliver healthy returns to you, our shareholders, and help propel the development of our country,” CEO Nazareno concluded.

City in Region 12 were audited to determine the level of compliance of these companies to general labor standards and occupational safety and health rules. T h e B WC i n i t i a l l y reported that nine fish canning companies have committed labor standards violations such as nonpayment of holiday pays, over t ime p ay, rest day pay and service incentive leave pay, underpayment of COLA or Cost of Living Allowance, unauthorized wage deductions and inefficient recordkeeping of e mpl oy me nt - rel ate d documents, according to the statement. Two companies have been identified violating provisions on the wage of piece-rate workers, payments of night shift differential, anti-child labor law and non-coverage of social welfare benefits, it added. On safety and health standards, the initial audit report revealed that some fish canning companies also

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failed to comply with some of the occupational safety and health requirements such as the establishment of safety and health committees at the workplace, employment of an accredited safety and health personnel, provision of adequate personal protective equipment, and administrative reporting to the DOLE, the statement said. Baldoz did not identify the erring companies, however. She said that the DOLE offices in Regions 9 and 12 are assisting the companies to effect corrections of the findings and to immediately facilitate the award of the

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monetary benefits amounting to P52.9 million due to the affected workers of the companies found to have committed the violations. Baldoz said that representatives of the fish canning companies, during the exit conference with the DOLE, have signified their willingness to restitute their violations on labor laws and safety and health standards. She said they also committed to submit to the DOLE their respective action plans specifying their time frames and over-all course of action in correcting their identified violations. (Bong S. Sarmiento/MindaNews)

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from page 1 “A total of 14,635 workers of 17 fish canning companies in Mindanao, specifically in Regions 9 and 12, will benefit from the Department of Labor and Employment’s rapid audit,” she said. D O L E ’s B u r e a u o f Working Conditions (BWC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Center conducted the audit recently. “We wanted to ensure that our workers receive the benefits due them and that no labor standards and occupational safety and health standards are being violated, and to ensure that the workers are safe while performing their tasks at work,” Baldoz said. “Most importantly, we would also like to assist these companies on how to voluntarily comply with labor laws,” she added. Baldoz said that 10 fish canneries in Zamboanga City in Region 9 and seven others in General Santos

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hether you want your sinuglaw with dilis (a kind of dried fish on the sweeter side), avocado, cassava or chicharon, you can have it all! The COHARA (Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association), together with the Department of Tourism headed by Regional Director Catalino Chan, launched the appetizer for this year’s Kumbira Festival with such a joygasmic event, the Sinuglaw Festival. This took place last Friday, June 14, at the SM Atrium. Different COHARA partner establishments gave the public a taste of their very own version of the truly kagayanon dish. Sinuglaw is a combination of two sumptuous pinoy dishes, the sinugba (roast) and the kinilaw (raw fish). The traditional sinuglaw contains malasuge, suwa (native lime), luya (ginger), sibuyas (onions), tuba (coconut vinegar), sili (chili) and tabon tabon (an exotic tropical fruit). A press conference spearheaded by Miss Nelia Lee, president and overall chairperson, and Miss Eileen San Juan, chairperson and competition committee head, followed as soon as everyone had their fill of the different sinuglaw renditions. The Sinuglaw festival was just an appetizer to the Kumbira Festival slated this coming August 14, 15 and 16. This year’s theme will be “Negosyo Kulinarya - Building Home Grown Brands.” So, mark your calendars and be part of the biggest running Food show in the country!

Kagay-Anon Restaurant Sinuglaw

N Hotel Sinuglaw

Xavier Sports & Country Club Sinuglaw

Hotel Koresco Sinuglaw

AppleTree Resort & Hotel Sinuglaw


BusinessWeek Mindanao (June 23-29, 2013)