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Briefly Waste-to-energy NIPPON STEEL & Sumikin Engineering Technology is looking into the use of a Japanese waste-to-energy technology for Davao City’s solid waste management, Japan’s aid agency said. The potential project is based on a feasibility study supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under its Collaboration Program with the Private Sector for Disseminating Japanese Technology. In a statement issued yesterday, JICA said the study “showed Davao City’s potential as location for a waste to energy facility that can hel p p ro m o t e s o u n d environment management in the area.”

Free wi-fi in ARMM COTABATO City -- Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) said the regional government will provide free internet connection to public places to improve residents’ access to opportunities. The first of its kind in the region and probably in Mindanao, the free internet access will be funded by the ARMM’s Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (PAMANA) program and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-ARMM. According to Abdenul Campong, chief of information and communications technology of the ARMM governor’s office, PAMANA will initially provide internet connection to public places in five identified local government units -- one site in each province under the ARMM.

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HE Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) central office in Manila will use as criteria for project identification the five development corridors that will strategically connect the key areas of production in Mindanao to industrial centers where seaports and airports are located, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said.

FOOD BAG. A Higaonon elderly in Claveria, Misamis Oriental clutches his food bag given by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the municipal government last week as aid for tribesmen and farmers who are complaining they are going hungry because they could no longer grow anything from their farmers because of the prolonged dry spell. mindanews photo by froilan gallardo

Japan, PHL reiterates cooperation for peace THE Philippines and Japan will continue to collaborate closely as strategic partners in promoting the peace process in Mindanao and in pushing major infrastructure projects to attain inclusive,

long-term economic growth and development, Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., said. Secretary Coloma made the statement after Japan peace/PAGE 11

Customs short of P666-M revenue collection in 2015 IT was a “red flag” for the regional Bureau of Customs (BOC) in Cagayan de Oro City after falling short of P666 million of its targeted revenue of P9.672 billion in 2015.

Lawyer Roswald Joseph Pague, deputy customs collector, blamed the slump in oil prices in the world market because imported customs/PAGE 11

“Before, the identification of areas was done based on population. Now, it is more strategic and rational,” Maria Vilma Belches, Development Management Office 4 and OIC for Planning and Research Decision told reporters in Davao over the weekend. The development corridors, a strategy aimed at making Mindanao “become self-reliant and internally

dependable,” has five clusters – industrial trade, mariculture and trade, biodiveristy and eco-tourism, food basket, and food, agribusiness and logistics. She said that there are 13 road projects under pre-feasibility studies enrolled under the Asian Development Bank-assisted Improving National Roads road/PAGE 11

Mindanao’s vote-richest:

Davao City, Bukidnon, SouthCot By CAROLYN O. ARGUILLAS MindaNews

DAVAO City – Davao City, home to the lone Mindanawon Presidential candidate, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, is the vote-richest among Mindanao’s 27 provinces and 33 cities, with nearly a million voters, followed by Bukidnon and South Cotabato, records from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) show. Mindanao has12.63 million registered voters out of the country’s 54.36

million, according to the C omelec’s “Philippine 2016 Voters Profile” as of November 2015. The vote-richest are Davao City which has

873,670 voters or over a hundred thousand more than Bukidnon’s 765,898 and South Cotabato’s 724,325. It is also more than Bohol’s richest/PAGE 10

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Strict implementation of CCTV law sought CAGAYAN de Oro City Councilors, through the committee on police, fire and public safety, is looking into the compliance of business establishments in the city with the CCTV Installation Ordinance of 2008. In line with this, the Cagayan de Oro Police Office

(COCPO) provided the committee with an updated list of establishments with CCTVs as monitored by the different police precincts. Ordinance No. 110752008, as amended by Ordinance No. 12135-2011, mandates the installation of Closed- Circuit Television

Agusan Norte OFC trains in IT, orients in OWWA programs B U T UA N C i t y - - To promptly respond to t he desire of its OFW Family Circles (OFCs) for organizational development, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) rolled off its Information and Communication Training (ICT) to the 19 members of the Buenavista OFW Organization at the Northern Mindanao School of Fisheries in Buenavista town, Agusan del Norte on March 1-4. The four-day training include d Mo du les on Computer Fundamentals 1 and 2, Microsoft Office

including its basics: Word, E x c e l a n d Pow e r Po i nt were discussed by OWWA Information Technology (IT) Instructor Vincent B. Mahinay. Digital Media Fundamentals, Web Design F u n d a m e n t a l s , Wo r d Processing Fundamentals, and Presentation Fundamentals were likewise taught. Meanwhile, Rodel P. D e l i ge ro, i n - ch arge of Education and Training Program, utilized the gathering to campaign two of the agency’s Scholarships, Training and Incentive programs/PAGE 10


(CCTV) or video surveillance system in the premises of private establishments and public places. Authored by Councilor Ramon Tabor, the ordinance was enacted to provide a deterrent against crimes and vandalism, to enable cl e ar i d e nt i f i c at i on of miscreants within the range of the cameras, to provide continuous recording of all cameras in the system. CCTVs will be used as a tool for early solution in

identifying perpetrators of crimes, according to the author. Based on the ordinance, t he v i d e o su r ve i l l anc e systems shall be maintained in proper working order at all times and shall be in operation at least during office hours and at the option of the owner 24 hours, seven days a week, and shall meet the minimum technological standards prescribed. SECURITY GUARDS The list provided by the

COCPO Police Station 1 also indicates establishments with security guards. Ordinance No. 128412014, also authored by Councilor Tabor, mandates all high-risk business establishments to hire or engage the services of duly licensed security guards. Pursuant to the ordinance, high-risk establishments refers to banks, lending institutions, pawnshops, mone y change r shop s , internet cafes, gasoline

stations, lotto outlets, money couriers and remittance centers, convenience or grocery stores, restaurants, shopping malls, schools and entertainment bards, which are prone or susceptible to incidents of robbery and theft per documentation by the local police office. T he l e g isl at i on w as approved after it was noted that robbery incidents in the city occurred more often to those establishments with no security guards. (CdeOSP)

How do You Perceive a Principal to be? John Wronel O. Esto Teacher 1 Tongantongan Elementary School Division of Valencia City

As a principal, you are expected to lead. Every person in your workplace lends eyes on you. Expectations are set higher so with the responsibilities compared to others. Having worked for several years with more than a few of principals, I have often asked myself on how I perceive an effective principal. This can be so good to be true to be realized. However, I know someone having these qualities exists or most probably, someone’s coming out to make this a reality. So, here goes my checklist. Highlights the potentials of every teacher Every teacher possesses good qualities and so as the unfavorable ones. However, when a principal sees the good things, the teachers are doing, the value of self-awareness is also highlighted. As the principal emphasizes the potentials of the teachers, he or she makes the

later empowered and assured. Walks the talk As a principal, you are the model in a group. Most of the persons around you, if not all, are watching on how you make your ways. Other than noting how you react on things that both affect them and you, they are also observant on how you go about your daily business. Being a leader it is important that others know and notice how you yourself put actions into your words instead of having others do the work for your words. Creates possibility and broadens horizons It’s no denying that our materials and resources for teaching and learning are insufficient if we fully depend on government supports. As a principal, it is a must that you initiate possible solutions to at least minimize the problem. When challenged with problems and issues that may compromise

your services, as a principal, you should never put limitations on yourself and your teachers. You should be a paradigm of creative thinking and resourcefulness. You have to creatively maximize resources you have or find ways to get new resources to meet your needs. A good problem solver after all never dismisses possibilities; instead he broadens his options by accepting another person’s idea or suggestion. Welcomes diversity and delegates appropriately As a principal, you are expected to work with different types of people. Each person has their own personality, and you must learn to work strategically and effectively with each type. The best principals are those who are able to see the differences and yet good enough to designate jobs that motivates everyone. When a principal delegates jobs based on one’s potentials, it reduces overall workload, which in turn keeps stress level at a minimum and will eventually

lead to success. Maintains transparency and accessibility One may be so open to shut the door to make few things done when work is overwhelming or loads of requirements are piled. This can be acceptable as long as it isn’t done regularly. Every principal should have an open door policy. He/she must be accessible to all internal and external stakeholders especially students. Effective principals understand that building and maintaining healthy relationships in a workplace is a key component to having an outstanding school. When problems arise or issues hit the grounds, everyone will come to the principal (it not at all times then, most of the time). As a principal, always make yourself available, try to get into the scene, listen better, and most importantly put up a solution and to dismiss the problem. This is how I see effectual and successful principals. Do you have someone in mind? I hope to meet him/her soon.

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Finding a Lost Masterpiece Think a minute…Did you know that you’re not one person, but three? The person you think you are, the person other people think you are, and the person you really are. One day a man was looking in a second-hand art shop. He picked up a painting that looked very cheap, almost worthless. But as he looked closer, he saw another painting that was hidden underneath the cheap one. He knew that many lost masterpieces worth thousands even millions of dollars were hidden this way. So he bought it and hurried home to begin taking off the top cheap painting. After many hours of careful work, he could finally see a beautiful masterpiece of art that had been lost for years. But now it was finally restored to its original intended beauty and purpose. You know, all of us are like that masterpiece painting. The original person God made you and me to be is hidden by what others think we are, but especially by the person we think we are. So our wrong thinking about ourselves keeps us from becoming the person we can really be. Everything we are and do comes from the way we see ourselves. So if we want to change, we must go much deeper than just changing our actions and behavior. We must change the way we think and see ourselves in our own mind


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Going to the Movies Film Review: Gods of Egypt This week, for the first time ever, my wife took me a cinema in Davao City. Gods of Egypt in a 3D screening. It was my first experience with 3D seating, and was pretty fun. I hadn’t heard of Gods of Egypt, despite it having such a large budget and star crew, so I went in without expectation. It was so close to being so bad I loved it. Close, but no cigar. Gods of Egypt is set in, controversially, not Egypt. In the very beautiful establishing shot at the beginning, you see this fantastical city with impressive buildings, which have been loosely based on what can be considered Eg yptian designs. This confused me, but as the film goes on, I realised that it wasn’t even earth, and I kind of wish I had known that from the start. A very minor thing, but it bugged me the entire way through the movie. Now I really want to point

out how much I wanted to enjoy this film. I loved Egyptian mythology as a child, I love fantasy as an adult. ‘Gods of Egypt’ had the concept and budget to be able to pull off something really amazing. It had elements of things I love seeing on screen. Gods transforming into beasts, rich scenery and with a diverse variety of settings - mythology. Yet despite having all the ingredients, the final dish was disappointing. The plot is very simple. King is killed by evil brother, who takes over kingdom. Prince must go on a journey to defe at t he e v i l ne w king and take his place as rightful ruler. Helped along by a mismatched sidekick. With such a classic plot line and colorful costume arrangement, I really would have expected the film to be marketed towards a family audience. The film instead takes itself seriously to be an epic

adventure, and the actors deliver the shoddy script with as much vigor as they can. Some scripts however will sound wooden no matter how much effort one puts into delivering it. The few jokes and banter that is written between the main characters Horas (Nikolaj Coster-Walda) and B ek (Brenton Thwaites) fall flat as I can only assume there is no chemistry between the two characters. That and their size difference, made by cgi, is a bit disconcerting. Overall, I don’t really want to write much about this film. I felt like it had everything it needed to be something I really enjoyed, as a fan of Holly wo o d blockbuster films and Egyptian mythology. I’m still sort of dealing with the disappointment it left me in. I feel like you should see it in the cinema, simply to enjoy the beautiful scenery work, which won’t come across as well on TV.

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Massive poll cheating underway vs. Marcos LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous…” (Joshua 1:5-6, the Holy Bible). -ooo ONE PLUS ONE ON T H E C A M PA I G N VS . BONGBONG: Let’s try to put one plus one together in the on-going campaign for the May 2016 elections and see what we will come up with: if Ferdinand Marcos Jr. wins as vice president and Liberal Party’s Leni Robredo and all the other candidates for the second top position in the country lose, that would not only mean an endorsement of Marcos and all that he is supposed to represent, including his father’s martial law regime. It would also mean a rejection of 1986 EDSA, of

Cory and Noynoy Aquino, of those who sought and participated in ousting Marcos, and of all their claim to hero or patriotic status as supposed icons of democracy and freedom and better life for Filipinos who fought a dictatorship. It would likewise unmask the truth that 1986 EDSA was not really the handiwork of the entire Filipino people but of only a treacherous few who shamelessly acted as willing pawns of a foreign power in the pursuit of self-profit and aggrandizement. This is the real reason why a bitter campaign against Bongbong Marcos is now being waged by President Aquino and his cabal. -ooo DEBUNKING EDSA’S CLAIMS VS. MARCOS:

Indeed, Bongbong’s surges in surveys and his eventual victory as vice president would not only lay down the foundation for his becoming president in 2022, or even before that date. It would in effect mean that Filipinos have chosen to disbelieve the accusations against the Marcoses foisted upon the world by the Aquinos. It would mean likewise that Filipinos have judged negatively the 12 years that Cory Aquino and Noynoy Aquino reigned supreme as presidents, and the 18 years of the presidents that were installed after EDSA 1986---that is, a Bongbong Marcos victory would in effect be saying that Filipinos did not benefit at all from the presidency of the two Aquinos and those who took

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Atty. Batas Mauricio power after them. That would truly debunk glowing assessments of Aquino allies on supposedly strengthened economy of the country under their, and their allies’, terms. For if Filipinos actually enjoyed some degree of economic benefit when the Aquinos and their allies Batas/PAGE 11

When democracy oversteps Democracy, of course, is the best form of government because it allows the people to have a voice of how they ought to be governed. Yes, while the Church traditionally maintains that no form of government is imposed on man by God, it s omehow values the democratic system precisely because “it ensures the participation of citizens in making political choices, guarantees to governed the possibility both of electing and holding accountable those who govern them, and of replacing them through peaceful means when appropriate.” T h i s w a s e x pre s s e d explicitly in St. John Paul II’s 1991 encyclical “Centesimus annus” (46) that also went on to say that the Church “cannot encourage the formation of

narrow ruling groups which usurp the power of the State for individual interests or for ideological ends.” As to the requirements for democracy to work properly, it articulated the following c on d it i ons : “Aut h e nt i c democracy is possible only in a State ruled by law, and on the basis of a correct conception of the human person. “It requires that the necessar y condition be present for the advancement both of the individual through education and formation in the true ideals, and of the ‘subjectivity’ of society through the creation of structures of participation and shared responsibility.” We need to go through t he s e word s sl ow ly to understand them well and discern the many practical

implications they contain. Nowadays, these implications are important because some sectors are distorting the true face of democracy. Among the more notorious misconceptions brought about by the misreading of the implications of democracy is that democracy should be completely devoid of any religious favoritism, or that religion or God should have no part in it, or that because of the so-called Churchstate separation, democracy should avoid religious issues and stand completely neutral. Right from the beginning, such underst anding of democracy is already wrong, for how can it be democratic if the religious sentiments of the people or of some people at least, are silenced, when they feel that their religious beliefs should be respected in




Fr. Roy Cimagala the way they are governed? Of course, in a democracy, those who have no religion, who are non-b elievers, also have a voice and they deserve to be heard. But we should not silence those who would like to voice out their religious sentiments and beliefs when they feel these are relevant in the way Cimagala/PAGE 10

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Cebu Pacific celebrates 20th anniversary Offers PHP1 system-wide seat sale The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), celebrates 20 years of service today with its trademark PHP1 seat sale to 34 domestic and several international destinations. The seat sale runs from March 8 to 10, 2016 or until seats last, for travel from July 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. CEB launched its first daily flights to Cebu last March 8, 1996. It has since then flown over 120 million passengers on its extensive network and lowest year-round fares. “Throughout our 20 years of operations, the Filipino people have witnessed Cebu Pacific grow from serving one route, to successfully expanding our flight network to over 90 routes on 64 destinations – spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the USA. Today, we mark this milestone by thanking everyJuan who flew, is flying, and will fly with CEB. We look forward to enabling more adventures, more reunions, and more opportunities for you,” said CEB President and CEO Lance Gokongwei.

PHP1 seats are up for grabs on all of CEB’s Philippine destinations: Bacolod, Boracay (Caticlan), Busuanga (Coron), Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Cauayan (Isabela), Cebu, Clark, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legaspi, Laoag, Manila, Naga, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, San Jose (Mindoro), Siargao, Surigao, Tacloban, Tagbilaran, Tandag, TawiTawi, Tuguegarao, Virac and Zamboanga. CEB operates flights from six hubs in Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Iloilo and Kalibo, making inter-island travel fast and affordable. PHP1 seats are also available on the following international destinations: Bangkok, Bali, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Doha, Dubai, Fukuoka, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon (Seoul), Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Macau, Nagoya, Osaka, Phuket, Riyadh, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Singapore, Taipei,

Tokyo (Narita), and Xiamen. Meanwhile, passengers can book all-inclusive fares to Guam, USA for as low as PHP1,499, and to Sydney, Australia for as low as PHP4,999. The airline is slated to launch direct flights from Manila to Guam, its first US destination, on March 15, 2016. For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit or call (+632)7020-888 or (+6332)230-8888. The latest seat sales can be found on CEB’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Guests may also download the Cebu Pacific official mobile app on the App Store and Google Play. Cebu Pacific’s 57-strong fleet is comprised of 8 Airbus A319, 35 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330, and 8 ATR 72-500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Between 2016 and 2021, CEB expects delivery of three more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 16 ATR 72600 aircraft.


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allots Telcos to gov’t: Right-of-way Megaworld P55-B capex this year issues hamper infrastructures TO increase broadband Internet speed and make it more affordable, local telcos need to build more cellsites. Unfortunately, the government’s prohibitive permitting environment, as well as site acquisition and Right of Way issues, stand

in the way. Telcos simply can’t roll out broadband infrastructure to boost Internet speeds in the country. Globe Telecom, Inc. alone has more than 500 cell sites waiting to be built at any given time. “We need to increase cell

site density by building more cell sites,” stressed Globe General Counsel Froilan Castelo. B a s e d on t h e stu dy made by TowerXchange in February, 2016, the number of unique physical cell sites in the Philippines is one

THE MEGAWORLD Group of billionaire Andrew L. Tan is keeping its planned capital expenditure (capex) budget steady this year, as the property developer builds up its recurring portfolio across its integrated urban townships. Megaworld Corp. told the stock exchange yesterday the group set its capital spending program at P55 billion this year, 75% of which will be used to develop its malls, commercial centers, office towe rs and re s i d e nt i a l buildings. The remaining 25% will be allocated for land acquisition and investment properties. Megaword said the capex budget is the same as the amount spent last year across the group, including Empire East Land Holdings, Inc., Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. (GERI), and Suntrust Properties, Inc. The group originally earmarked P65 billion last year, but it did not use the P10 billion allotted to acquire more land. “ T h i s ye ar, we w i l l start developing our new townships in Pasig City, Bacolod and Pampanga, while we ramp up our office and mall developments across our existing townships,”

of the lowest in Asia with a combined 15,000 cell sites. China has the highest number with 1.18 million cell sites, followed by India with 450,000, Indonesia with 76,477 cell sites while Vietnam has 55,000, Thailand with 52,483, Pakistan with 28,000, Bangladesh with 27,000 and Malaysia with 22,000 sites. The Philippines ranks b e t w e e n Ma l ay s i a a n d C amb o d i a w it h 15, 00 0 physical cell sites. The Philippines with 15,000 cell sites is only higher than Cambodia and Australia, both with 9,000, Myanmar with 7,620 and Sri Lanka with 7,000. By comparison, the United States has a total of 205,000 cell towers in place. Mobile data explosion amid growing access to Internet connectivity requires more bandwidth than traditional voice and text messaging services, Castelo argued. Thus, it demands the establishment of more cell sites for telecommunication operators to deliver mobile data ser vices especially indoors. issues/PAGE 10

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Megaword Senior VicePresident Jericho P. Go was quoted in the statement as saying. The group has 20 integrated urban townships, with its total land bank spanning over 4,000 hectares across the country. “We are bullish on the office and retail sectors because we see a remarkable growth in these businesses,” Mr. Go said. This year, the group is rolling out 14 residential projects in Metro Manila, Pampanga, Iloilo, Tagaytay, Cavite, Davao, Baguio and Batangas. Another 14 office towers, malls and commercial centers are set for launch in McKinley West, Uptown Bonifacio, The Mactan Newtown, Iloilo Business Park, Arcovia City, Southwoods City, The Mactan Newtown and Alabang. “We will certainly achieve the P11-billion rental revenue target by year-end,” Mr. Go said. The goal represents a growth of more than 20% from a year ago and higher than the original projection of P10 billion, the developer said in January. The real estate firm had said it will complete projects megaworld/PAGE 10

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of Filipino investors Agri expert: LBP-DBP merger 41% indebted: Manulife survey illegal, unconstitutional TWO prominent experts in agriculture on Monday accused President Benigno Aquino III of encroaching on the powers of Congress by issuing an executive order merging two government banks. Appearing at the Tapatan media forum, former Anakpawis party-list Rep. Rafael Mariano and former

Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the merger of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) is unconstitutional since both banks have their own charter. However, an agriculture official told the same forum no law was violated by issuing the EO. “Merging LBP and DBP

My experience in teaching MAPEH By LIGAYA M. CABALAN SUNHS Tangub City

TEACHING MAPEH to kids from Grades 1 to 10 is always exciting because I have watched kids personally develop their music and sports skills. Although they don’t go together, music and sports are one of the three key elements of a kid’s non-intellectual creative side, the third one being art. When teaching music to a first grader who has just graduated from kindergarten, always ensure to orient the class on why sounds and beats (the basic elements of music) are important to humans. Then you slowly work your way in discussing about basic beats

and rhythm. For instance, you may ask the kids on what helps them know the rhythm or a song or musical piece. Perhaps you can introduce an elementary rhyme or cull a stanza from the pop song of the month. Next kids will learn on combining high and low sounds so beautiful music will be made. Of course, we don’t expect our kids to become Mozarts but at this point in the school year, we can confidently say that kids can at least recognize what coherent music is about. And then you are ready to take on second graders by the next school year.

is an encro achment of legislative functions by the Executive Department, since both banks have their own charter created by Congress,” Mariano said. He said the provision in Republic Act 3844 as amended, creating the LBP, is quite clear, and only Congress can amend or repeal the law. “I repeat, the executive order to merge LBP and DBP, is illegal and unconstitutional,” Mariano said, speaking in Filipino. Dar, agriculture secretary under the administration of President (now Manila Mayor) Joseph “Erap” Estrada, agreed

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) plans to roll out its high-tech Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) cards that will electronically store personal data before the Aquino administration’s term ends. BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares said the tax bureau wants to digitize TIN cards to minimize the incidence of fraud as well as make use of taxpayers’ data for other tax purposes.


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Malaysia. While most have relatively small amounts of debt ranging from P5,000 to P24,999, seven percent of them have debts of P500,000 or more. A third of respondents surveyed cited that daily living expenses as the main factor contributing to their debt, which could indicate that investors’ ability to save regularly may rely on the use of credit to pay for day to day living expenses. The survey also found that Filipinos are effective savers, with 46 percent of investors that have set a target saving amount starting to save early, before the age of 30. This may explain why survey/PAGE 10

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Despite strong day to day financial discipline, Filipino investors have relatively with Mariano’s position that high levels of personal debt only Congress can amend the (excluding mortgages) which charters of those two banks. could jeopardize long-term “Meaning, the executive financial security, latest order does not amend the Manulife Investor Sentiment two charters of these two Index (MISI) survey revealed. banks; it is illegal,” Dar said. I n a d d i t i o n , w h i l e Merger to undergo central Filipinos are prudent savers, bank scrutiny - Coloma more than 80 percent regret In a stor y published some investment decisions, by the Philippine Star, suggesting they are unable Presidential Communications to effectively invest their Operations Office Secretary savings for the long-term, Herminio Coloma Jr., said the Manulife’s survey also earlier that the merger of showed. the LBP and DBP will have According to Manulife, to be scrutinized first by the four in 10, or 41 percent, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Filipino investors carr y before it becomes final. debt — the second highest illegal/PAGE 10 proportion in the region after


Jacinto-Henares, however, explained that the so-called “smart card” would come with a cost. “You have to pay for the PVC plastic card and for the delivery of that card to you,” Jacinto-Henares told reporters. BIR’s new TIN cards have the same size as a credit card, may be swiped through a magnetic reader. The intension is to do away with the current TIN cards made of cardboard

and eventually be used to track value-added tax (VAT) receipts, the BIR chief said. “If you’ve already taken biometric from other government agency, they we will just pick it up. But if you haven’t, then you have to go to your Revenue District Office to have your biometric,” Jacinto-Henares said. She, meanwhile, clarified that the new TIN card is for BIR’s use only and not a

reverse method to implement t h e gove r n m e nt’s l ong proposed national ID system. At present, the TIN card is printed on cardboard, bearing besides birth date, issuance date and signature. Taxpayers likewise need to affix their own photos. In 2014, the National Tax Research Center (NTRC) has already raised the possibility of expanding the use of the TIN card. BIR/PAGE 10

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ince the ‘80’s and ‘90’s “digitization” has enabled companies to drive operational efficiencies through facilitating electronic storage, and sharing, of data. To d a y e v e r y o n e i s t a l k i n g a b o u t “d i g i t a l t r a n s f o r m at i on”, a n d I have personally written about this topic on several occasions. Ho w e v e r, a l t h o u g h t o d ay ’s t r an s for m at i on is the progression of the “digitization” we have been experiencing for several decades, perhaps a better d e s c r i p t i o n o f t o d a y ’s environment would be the “transformation of digital”, leading to a per vasive adoption and connection of all “things”, resulting in the emergence of the digital economy. Millenials today connect with each other differently than we did. Case in point, my young niece ‘hangs out’ with her friends, digitally streaming over split-screen monitors, as we would do face-to-face around a table in a coffee shop. For those of us, not born with a smart device in our hand, this highlights just how far the “transformation of digital” has pervaded our lives. While digitization h a s e volve d arou n d u s for some time, what has emerged over the past few years is the commercial evolution of “digitization” from a tool to drive operational efficiencies, to a fundamental operating principle to create new markets, disrupt existing markets and redefine the economy of tomorrow. This evolution is perpetuated by the convergence of multiple technologies and trends, f rom m o bi l e, to s o c i a l media, to microchips, which are becoming

s mar te r and more c o st effective, leading to the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) and hyperconnectivity. Today, you only have t o l o o k at y o u r s m a r t phone to realize how companies are exploiting the transformation of digital, mobile, cloud and big data to disrupt traditional industries in ways that would have been unthinkable even a few years ago; and this is where many traditional c o mp a n i e s a r e g e t t i n g caught napping. Many large multinational corporations have grown over the past 30+ years by leveraging vast resources to organically acquire market share, or inorganically expand, and even diversify, each time adding operational complexities. The reason digital disruptors have managed to gain such a significant advantage over their traditional peers is because they “run simple”. Simplification, is the key to being competitive in a digitally connected economy, and you do not have to look further than the likes of Uber or Airbnb for proof. While digital disruptors are taking advantage of their simple operations to dominate the digital economy, their traditional peers are searching through their internal complexities to identify the opportunity. Transformation of Digital – Impacting How We Move Into The Future While many companies w i l l l o o k i nt e r n a l l y t o simplify their operations, companies may well benefit f rom st ar t i ng w it h t h e customer and taking an outward view. Ultimately, and especially in a digitally c o n n e c t e d e c o n o m y, ever ything comes down to the customer. There is an everexpanding need to meet t he d e mands of hy p e rconnected customers; companies need to get ahead of the curve in modernizing their customer experience. This is especially relevant in Philippines, and other emerging markets, where t he dig it a l ly conne c te d youth are demanding a tailored customer experience. Consider the example o f r e a l - l i f e i n n o v at i v e retailer, Under Armour who realized that the more t h e y k n ow ab out t h e i r customer’s fitness habits and health, the better it can serve them. In partnership w it h S A P, t h e y bu i lt a

system leveraging mobile apps, which provides them ‘t he s i ng l e v i e w of t he consumer.’ For example there are 800,000 people t r a ck i ng t he i r r u n n i ng shoes in Under Armour’s system. Past data shows that running shoes start to break down after 400 m i l e s , w h i ch i n c re a s e s t h e c h a n c e s o f i nj u r y. To help prevent injur y, Under Armour can send notifications to people, letting them know it is time to replace their shoes when the app shows they have passed 400 miles. Having that type of personalized i n f o r m at i o n w i l l o p e n up many opp or tunit ies to improve the customer experience. The vision of connected fitness and the Under Armour Record app is not about technology or sportswear. It is about improving people’s lives. To be competitive in the digital economy, companies will be required to ‘run live’, by leveraging omnichannel strategies, using multiple sources of data (including social media) to not only predict and respond in real, but to be are aware of, and react to, the environment around them in real time. Integrating IoT to offer an experience the likes of which have never before been required, and leveraging digital technology as an enabler, with a strategic view of monetizing the benefits of the digital economy. By taking this customercentric view, companies can work backwards to rethink and reimagine their entire value chains, using technology to close the gap with their suppliers and customers and drastically simplify their business. In parallel, companies also need to innovate to plan for this new framework to work e.g. do we have the right change management processes in place? How do we develop people in line with the culture we want to drive moving forward? A re we me asu r i ng and compensating people appropriately for the future direction? Are we recruiting and retaining the right talent to support the future vision? Maximising Opportunities for Success in the Digital Economy Simplification is fundamental to effective d i g it a l t r ans for mat i on , as connections and data between people, devices and businesses drive the digital economy. However, businesses that run simple can only extract the real value from these connections by doing two t hings. First ly, ana lyze

the massive amounts of d at a g e n e r at e d b y t h e digital economy to develop actionable insights, and then secondly, use this to drive smarter decisions and deliver smarter results in real-time. The opportunity is no longer in the gathering and analysis of this big data, but rather in using the data to provide real-time insights, predict into the future and make meaningful decisions in real-time, so as to bring the organization closer together and closer to the customer. Consider this scenario - a customer in the market for a new pair of running shoes. He visits your online store, logs-in using their profile, finds the make, model and size and reserves a pair for collection from one of your outlets. He also agrees to “friend” your store on Facebook to receive a 5% discount. Before logging off, he browses the apparel section and clicks on the description of a pair of lightweight new-tech running shorts, spending several minutes reviewing the product before logging off. Wh e n t h e c u s t om e r arrives at the store to collect the shoes, he receives a text message welcoming him, with the name and contact number of the store manager and a link to an interactive map, directing him to the reserved shoes. Simultaneously, the store manager receives a message on his mobile store app providing him with the i n f o r m at i o n n e c e s s a r y to support the customer, including purchase history, profile, likes and dislikes. Taking this a step further, t he manager re ceives a spot marketing promotion to provide the customer a discount on the running shorts they were looking at yesterday. According to ID C, the connections between people-to-people, peopleto-things, and things-tot h i ng s , is c aus i ng d at a volumes to double in size ever y 24months, mu lt iply i ng m ore t h an 10-fold between 2013 and 2020, with over 9 billion mobile users and over 212 billion connected “things”. Rise of the Chief Transformation Officer To remain competitive in the digitally connected e c o n o m y, C E O ’s a r e recognizing the crippling effect of complexity and dedicating resources to help simplify and transform. Never has the role of the C h i e f Tr a n s f o r m a t i o n Officer (CTO) been more fundamental to the future success of companies than today.

C T O ’s n e e d t o b e empowered to drive simplicity across the organization, delivering true business t ransfor mat ion a lig ne d with the corporate strategy, while understanding the role of technolog y as a fundamental enabler. CEO’s and CTO’s need to work together to develop corporate strategies and drive business transformation along four pillars: people, suppliers, customers and assets, leveraging technology as the digital core and a key enabler to simplification. As CTOs expand their role across the business, value partnerships with key technology providers will need to change from a customer-vendor relationship to a strategic partner, trusted to enable change. At t h e s a m e t i m e , successful technology partners need to provide new technologies and services that enable true business transformation and allow companies to “ Ru n S i m p l e”, d r i v i n g c o mp e t i t i v e a d v a nt a g e through the connectivity of business, people, devices, data and processes across their enterprise, supplier network, customers, and the market to “Run Live”. These same core pillars are echoed in the digital strategies of leading corporations and government ICT departments worldwide. T he Ph i l ippi ne D i g it a l Strateg y highlights four pillars of a digitally transformed nation: ICT and business innovation,

internet opportunity for all, digital literac y and transparent and efficient government. To e m b r a c e t h e d i g i t a l t r a n s f o r m at i o n across private and public sector, corporates and local government agencies need to develop a shared responsibility to successf ully implement the strategies. Proper use of ICT tools to develop viable, visionary and useful platforms and s e r v i c e s , w h i c h c r e at e opportunity for the private sector while improving the lives of everyone. While government needs to create the platform, which allows private sector corporations to step in, private sector corporations need to step up, to drive digital transformation through the monetization of the digital economy, and the expansion of the pillars of a digitally transformed nation. While transformation is not achieved in a day, the window of opportunity is narrowing as competitors (both private and public) are quickly quantif ying the opportunity to expand into new markets, leverage underutilized talent and capitalize on previously inaccessible opportunities in a quickly shirking global economy. The Philippines, with one of the youngest, most digitally connected populations, is in a unique position to capitalize on the digital transformation, with all the building blocks necessary to move quickly to gain an advantage in the global digital economy.

Philippine education vis-a-vis opportunities abroad By MECHILLE N. LANORIAS T-I Bonifacio CS Bonifacio East District

MANY US-based Filipinos have credited their education in the Philippines as their ticket in their successful careers in the United States. And this does not mean only college education but basic education as well. With the strengthening of our basic education system by introducing the K to 12 curriculum which allows our junior high school graduates two more years in secondary education, it is expected that more and more Filipinos will be hired by global companies. According to research firm Transfast, 56 percent of OFWs in the United States said their education in the Philippines is sufficient to work in their respective field out there, particularly in the medical and health professions (35 percent), computer sciences

(15 percent) and business (12 percent). And a whooping 85 percent strongly agree that education is firmly emphasized in Filipino culture. That’s because our orientation in education starts in nursery. From then, the life of a child is intertwined between home and school, school and home. In fact, they develop lifelong friendships at the school campus! Another reason of this excellent state of education is not just the K to 12 implementation but Asean integration. With the introduction of the Asean integration in 2015, it automatically harmonized 6,000 universities and colleges all over the region. That includes the Philippines of course.

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798,768, Albay’s 742,204 and Tarlac’s 739,526. The vote-p o orest in Mindanao – all under a hundred thousand voters — are Camiguin island which has 57,570 voters, Isabela City in Basilan which is classified by Comelec as a “special province,” has 68,450 and Dinagat Islands province has 69,051. Of Mindanao’s 33 cities, four – Davao, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan — are lumped into the provincial vote count even as they are not component cities of Davao del Sur, Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte, respectively. In fact, these four cities have their respective representatives in Congress – three for Davao City, two each for Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro, and one for Iligan. Comelec records show Davao del Sur has a total of 1,247,362 voters but out of this number, 873,670 are Davao City voters, more than twice Davao del Sur’s 373,692. Digos is the component city of Davao del Sur. D av a o C it y’s vot i ng population is also more than twice that of Makati City’s (397, 587) home to Presidential candidate and incumbent Vice President Jejomar Binay, and nine times more than Roxas City’s (95,061), hometown of the administration’s Presidential bet, Mar Roxas. Capiz, the province where Roxas City belongs, has 475,382 voters. Comelec records also show Zamboanga del Sur has 975,950 voters but Zamboanga City, which is not a component city, accounts for 412,795, leaving only 563,155 for the province which has Pagadian as component city. Misamis Oriental is listed as having 863,160 voters but Cagayan de Oro which is not a component city, accounts for 305,321. Misamis Oriental has two component cities: Gingoog and El Salvador. Lanao del Norte, on the other hands, is listed as having 489,436 voters with Iligan, which is not a component city, accounting for 165,330. Isabela City and Cotabato City have been classified by the Comelec as “special provinces” because their votes are listed separately from the provinces they are identified with – provinces that are part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Isabela and Cotabato City did not vote for inclusion in the ARMM plebiscites in 1989 and 2001. Isabela (68,450 voters) is geographically within Basilan, ARMM but is part of Region 9 (Zamboanga region) while Cotabato City (103,530 voters) is geographically within Maguindanao, ARMM but is part of Region 12 or Southwestern Mindanao. Below is the table of Mindanao’s voting population – 27 provinces, the non-

component cities of Davao, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, and the cities of Cotabato and Isabela which are classified by Comelec as “special provinces.” The votes of the component cities are included in the provincial count. Out of the country’s 54.36 million voters, 55.95% are in Luzon while Visayas and Mindanao account for the remaining 44.05%. Luzon has 30,417,790 or 55.95% of the voters, Mindanao has 12,629,265 or 23.23% and Visayas has 11,316,789 or 20.82%.

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a society is government. We have to understand democracy as a means not an end, a forum or an arena where all the opinions, preferences, and even beliefs and faiths of the people are given due attention hopefully in civil dialogues and exchanges. T h i s i mpl i c at i on of democrac y is somehow highlighted these days when a candidate, who is supposed to be Catholic, openly goes against Catholic teaching on same-sex marriage because, according to the candidate, in a democracy “we should not favor any religion.” While it’s true that we should not favor any religion, we expect candidates to be true and faithful to their religious beliefs or, at least, their religious affiliation, and defend them in a democratic way when issues touching on their beliefs come their way. Democracy should not be an excuse for them to betray their religious beliefs just because it may be the more practical, convenient or popular thing to do. Such betrayal can only mean that the candidate is only Catholic by name, or is one who claims that it is also Catholic to betray one’s Catholic beliefs, an absurdity that is somehow also gaining traction these days. Of course, there can be other possible ways to describe this phenomenon. One could be merely a coward not to stand up for his faith, or he is simply Machiavellian willing to sacrifice some eternal truths or the longheld sacred traditions of the people, etc, just to pander on a passing popular sentiment and thereby gain power, wealth, popularity. Or one could simply be so blinded by some distorted sense of loyalty to a candidate or to an ideology, etc., that he is willing to go against his religion when certain aspects of that religion become a contentious and unpopular part of a political issue. In a democracy, every participant is expected to be clear about his positions, his views and preferences, and enter into some dialogue and exchange with civility, willing to listen to others, including those with the opposite views, while articulating and defending his in a civil manner. Part of a healthy democracy

is to be humble enough to modify one’s position when more inputs get to be known, and to graciously accept, at least for the meantime, a setback even if the struggle to push undeniable religious truths continues.

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As smartphones continue to evolve into all-encompassing wireless personal computers, telecommunication operators need to construct additional cell sites to enable their resp e c t ive networks to transmit enormous amount of data. Cell sites transmit radio frequency signals that enable voice and data services in a given geographic area, simultaneously supporting multiple handsets, operating in different frequencies and maintaining customer connectivity even while they are in transit. “The continuing clamor for better broadband service quality and experience has to do with the issue of congestion. Despite various capability upgrades and network modernization using the latest technologies, the disproportionate number of cell sites vis a vis traffic in the advent of a digital revolution cancels out the gains of any state-of-the-art network,” he explained. “We have to start facing the reality that more and more Filipinos especially the millennials are joining the digital bandwagon. Using any smartphone, the Internet in the hands of an individual enriches one’s lifestyle. In so doing, the country’s existing Internet infrastructure needs to catch up with the demand for data whether on mobile or at home.” T h e P h i l i p p i n e s by itself posing a challenge to connectivity because it is archipelago, with a population of 102 million in 42,000 barangays has to have a greater number of cell sites to cover existing usage. “Today we already need around 60,000 to 65,000 in a three-player market for telco companies to provide a more pervasive reach and better Internet speeds. In the next couple of years, smartphone penetration will go even higher and we will need to fill that gap as well,” according to the Globe executive. “A l o t o f t h e infrastructure backlogs in the telecommunications industry could be attributed to challenges in getting LGU permits. This is why Globe has been calling on t h e gove r n m e nt to provide policy support for initiatives to improve Internet infrastructure in the country.”

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that will add a total gross floor area of more than 650,000 square meters this year to its portfolio of developments that will provide the company a steady stream of recurring

revenues. In 2015, the Megaworld Group completed 16 residential projects and six office towers catering to the business process outsourcing sector with retail components across its townships. Megaworld owns 100% of Suntrust, 82% of GERI and 82% of Empire East. It is part of Alliance Global Group, Inc., which is also the holding firm for Mr. Tan’s liquor, gaming and quick-service restaurant businesses.

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He added that officials of the DBP and some entities under it would still have to answer reports released by the Commission on Audit ( C OA ) a f t e r P r e s i d e nt Aquino gave the greenlight for the merger through Executive Order 198. Undersecretary Manuel Quezon III of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO), for his part, said the D ep ar t ment of Finance and t he D ep ar t ment of

Budget and Management had already explained that the merger of the two banks was aimed at serving the public better by enhancing the institutions’ efficiency.

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an overwhelming majority of investors (91 percent) claim they will have sufficient savings to meet their financial needs in five years time. In addition, of those who have set a target saving amount, an overwhelming 74 percent expect to meet their goal in one to four years, which could indicate that Filipino investors are setting short-term targets. How e v e r, w h i l e t h e survey suggests that Filipino investors have good financial management, 80 percent of investors wish they had done better investment planning. In particular, a third of investors wish they had done more research on their investments, while a quarter regretted holding too much cash instead of investing and another quarter regretted not speaking to a financial planner.


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“To enhance its utility to taxpayers, the BIR may explore the possibility of enhancing the TIN card by making it an electronic card and to function as rewards card of different business establishments which will record and store the taxable transactions of the taxpayers and his/her corresponding tax payments and get rewards points at t he s ame t i me,” N T RC explained. EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH A DEED O F A B S O L U T E SALE OF A PARCEL OF LAND Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late VICTORIANO LLIDO and CONRADITA G. LLIDO represented by their child NEPOMUCENA G. LLIDO, who inherited the property which she sold to the herein buyer/ vendee is of legal age, single and a resident of P o b l a c i o n , Ta l i s a y a n , Misamis Oriental herein after referred to as the seller/vendor left a parcel of land situated in Poblacion,Talisayan, Misamis Oriental and which property described as follows; Tax Declaration No. 08-03-0001-00701 containing an area of THREE HUNDRED THIRTY EIGHT (338) square meters more or less is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH A DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE OF A PARCEL OF LAND Under Notary Public of ATTY. EMELITO J. MARQUIÑO per Doc, No. 140; Page No. 28; Book No. XII; Series of 2016. BWM: Feb. 24, Mar. 2 & 9 ,2016 EXTRAJUDICIAL S E T T L E M EN T OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED EDGARDO B. JUSTO WITH SIMULTANEOUS WAIVER OF RIGHTS

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Programs; the Seafarer’s Up g r a d i ng Pro g r am (SUP) and Skillsfor-Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) during the a c t i v i t y ’s c l o s i n g activity. T h e S e a f a r e r ’s Up g r a d i ng Pro g r am prov ides s chol arships for attendance to shortterm upgrading courses for seafarers which include Proficienc y in Fast Recue B oat and S h i p b o a r d C u l i n a r y, among others. The program grants a P7,500.00 training assistance for the first availment. Subsequent av a i l m e nt of a n o t h e r training course requires 3 recorded membership. On the other hand, the Skills-for-Employment Scholarship Program

(SESP) is a scholarship that aids in a short-term training course leading to the completion of a vocational or technical c ou r s e i n a ny s c h o o l accredited by TESDA for maximum of P14,500.00 per course. The program is not only limited to ac tive memb er-OFWs but extends to their beneficiaries and legal dependents as well. The first OWWA membership of the OFW is applicable to one SESP Benefit; succeeding availment requires three additional membership contributions. These activities are in line with the a g e n c y ’s r e s o l v e t o bring reintegration opportunities and capability advancement to its members and their beneficiaries. (JPIM, O W WA- C a r a g a / P IAAgusan del Norte)

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late EDGARDO B. JUSTO who died on August 17, 2001, left a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Barra, Municipality of Opol, Province of Cotabato, Island of Mindanao and which property described as follows; TCT NO. T-25787 containing an area of ONE HUNDRED FORTY (140) square meters more or less is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED E D G A R DO B . J U S T O WITH SIMULTANEOUS WAIVER OF RIGHTS that for and in consideration of her LOVE & AFFECTION to her son, JERRICK R. JUSTO, MARICHU E. JUSTO, the mother, does HEREBY CEDE unto the said JERRICK R. JUSTO, his heirs and assigns, her conjugal share in the abovedescribed property, free from any liens and encumbrances. Under Notary Public of ATTY. ALBERT T. ERAMIS per Doc, No.492; Page No. 99; Book No. CXIII; Series of 2005. BWM: March 2, 9 & 16,2016

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for Inclusive Growth in Mindanao (INRIGM) project, covering 500 kms in Region 9 or the Zamboanga region. The region comprises the three provinces Zamboanga provinces (del Norte, del Sur and Zibugay) and the cities of Zamboanga, and Isabela. The INRIGM’s technical report said the Philippine g o v e r n m e nt r e q u e s t e d ADB to provide a project preparator y technical assistance to prepare the INRIGM project. This project supports the government’s agenda for Mindanao in the Philippines Development Plan 2011 to 2016. The Aquino administration ends on June 30, 2016. “We le ave it to t he prerogative of the next administration to determine the need for realignment of projects already identified as Mindanao priorities,” Romeo Montenegro, Director of M i n DA Inv e s t m e nt Promotions and Public Affairs told MindaNews Sunday. “As far as MinDA is concerned, we are working hard on the mechanism to ma ke pl an n i ng and programming for public works projects rational, integrated, and inclusive, hence the joint programming with agencies. This is more than just making sure Mindanao projects are funded, and that national agencies concur on clear and strategic criteria for planning and programming in coordination with MinDA and the Mindanao stakeholders who push for strong business case that can withstand and transcend politics,” he said. Belches said major outputs of the INRIGM project will include updating the Mindanao road network master plan, preparing the feasibility study and project design for a project suitable for ADB financing, Belches said. “For the road network master plan, the consultants will consolidate plans and projects of resp onsible government agencies and update them for recent economic developments to update the overall roadmap for Mindanao’s road network, including the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao,” the report added. The project will also involve feasibility study and project design which will cover engineering, economic, social impact, and safeguards activities. According to the report, the technical assistance will cost $1.4 million. Belches said it is necessary to update the master plan to attain synergy in the road projects of the local government units (LGUs) and national agencies. “ T he re h a s to b e a mechanism for regional offices to discuss. As the regions construct roads, other regions will complement it,” she said. Last Monday officials

of DPWH-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and officials from the agency’s central office met in Manila to discuss how the two agencies will work together in improving the roads. “ The DPWH-ARMM plans to construct roads which the national office of the DPWH will continue until it will connect to other road networks,” she said. A feasibility study is also being done on the DavaoCotabato road networks to prevent traffic congestion while another study is already in the pipeline for the TawiTawi Circumferential road, according to Belches. “It is important that we start early to prepare for the traffic, not when there’s already a traffic congestion,” Belches said.

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International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President Shinichi Kitaoka paid a courtesy call on President Benigno S. Aquino III at Malacañang Palace on Friday. “He (Dr. Kitaoka) noted the significant progress achieved in crafting the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, which has resulted in substantial peace dividends, such as the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD),” the Palace official said. Coloma said the focal point of the J-BIRD is the five-year Harnessing Agribusiness Opportunities Through Robust and Vibrant Entrepreneurship Supportive of Peaceful Transformation (HARVEST) Project that provides funding and technical support to micro-, small- and medium-scale industries in agriculture, fisheries and related services. “As of mid-2015, total assistance under J-BIRD reached P6.1 billion. Additionally, the World Bank and JICA have committed to provide up to US$250 million in loan funds to support the HARVEST Project. Total credit assistance is expected to exceed P11.1 billion and employment generation for about 21,700 individuals,” he said. For his part, President Aquino expressed confidence that a Bangsamoro Basic Law may be enacted within the next two years to sustain the momentum of the peace process, Coloma said. Kitaoka noted the tremendous progress attained in building multi-stakeholder support for peace in the Bangsamoro on the domestic and international fronts, he added. Coloma said Kitaoka also signified the Japanese government’s support for the Philippines’ advocacy of upholding the rule of law in the settlement of inter nat iona l mar it ime disputes while commending President Aquino’s leading role in promoting a consensus among members of the

Association of Southeast Asian Nations in support of the primacy of the rule of law. Meanwhile, the JICA o f f i c i a l r e i t e r at e d t h e agency’s support for major infrastructure projects in the Philippines, especially the North-South Railway Project North Line from Malolos, Bulacan to Tutuban, Manila, which is the single biggest official development assistance yen loan package from Japan at US$2 billion. Other major JICA-funded projects are the P7.1-billion Bohol international airport in Panglao that will be completed in December 2017 and the implementation of the roadmap for transport infrastructure development for Metro Manila and Regions III (Central Luzon) and IV-A (Calabarzon). “Dr. Kitaoka conveyed the Japanese government’s continuing commitment to support the Philippines and reciprocate the country for its ‘wonderful culture of reconciliation’, that has brought the two countries closer together despite the events of World War II,” Coloma said. (PND)

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fuel is the prime source of the customs revenue here. “ The highest-paying

imp or ters in Nor t her n Mindanao were the oil importers, and they were affected by prices of crude oil plummeted in the world market,” said Pague. In 2015, the BoC-10 collected only around P9 billion, which was P666 million short of its P9.672 billion target. However, Paque said, the regional customs remained confident of collecting a higher target of P11.5 billion this year. During a recent visit of Customs Commissioner Alb er to Lina here, the commissioner reminded the regional customs officials of the BOC national collection target of P498-billion this year. Lina said that the BOC expected at least a P300 billion revenue from oil importation alone. While many benefits from the cheap price of oil, Lina said that the BOC has suffered from its effects and should now seek alternative sources of income. Pague s aid t hat t he auction of all seized and forfeited items were one of the strategies that the BOC adopted in a bid to improve revenue collections. He said that the regional customs bureau here expected to earn P20 million to P30 million from all seized,

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were in power, they would no longer be voting for the Aquino’s political rivals, now represented by Bongbong Marcos. -ooo MASSIVE CHEATING U N D E RWAY I N M AY P O L L S VS . M A R C O S : That is why I believe that massive cheating is already a done deal for the May 2016 elections. Not only does the present Aquino government despair to have a president of its anointing declared the winner to prevent Noynoy’s being jailed after he steps down; Aquino also needed to quash the candidacy of Bongbong Marcos so that the gains of EDSA, whether imagined or real, would not be thrown down the sewer drain. I am sure that Noynoy is now having many sleepless nights on the thought that it would be during his watch as president that the once

iron-grip that the Aquinos have on Philippine history--which was responsible for painting them as patriots and as conquerors of dictatorial regimes---would be loosened and ultimately lost. Considering that more and more Filipinos have become very bitter about the failure of EDSA 1986 and of the two Aquino presidents to uplift their living conditions and give them a better life, economically, socially, and politically, with many of our countrymen even thinking that life was more tolerable under the Marcoses, the incentive to do everything to derail Bongbong’s candidacy is just too great! Are you listening, Bongbong? -ooo PLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way): a Bible study and prayer session online could now be heard, 24 HOURS a day, in the Philippines and the world at angtangingdaan or www. (and look for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts). Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0977 805 9058. Email:


Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Branch 17 Cagayan de Oro City



Upon Extra-Judicial Petition for Sale under Act 3135 as amended, filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (Pag-IBIG Fund) with branch office at Pag-IBIG Fund Bldg., J.R. Borja St., Cagayan de Oro City, against MARICHU S. BUENAVISTA married to RAINIER M. BUENAVISTA, with postal address at c/o Runil Cotejar, Block 44, Lot 32, PN Roa Subdivision, Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of October 3, 2015, amounts to ONE HUNDRED FIFTY SIX THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY NINE PESOS & 61/100 (P 156,899.61) Philippine Currency, as mortgagor’s total indebtedness inclusive of interest and penalty charges, excluding other necessary fees and expenses of Extra-Judicial Foreclosure and Sale, the undersigned Sheriff-in-charge will SELL at Public Auction on MARCH 28, 2016 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning or soon thereafter, at the Tourism Hall, City Hall Compound, Cagayan de Oro City, to the Highest Bidder for CASH and in Philippine Currency, the real property mortgaged together with all existing and future improvements thereon, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-31382 Registered in the name of MARICHU S. BUENAVISTA “ A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 30, Block 01, Pcs-10-002470, being a portion of Lots 1 to 20, Block 28, 1 to 21, Block 29, 1 to 20, Block 43, 1 to 20, Block 44, all of Psd-10-020903). Situated in the Barangay of Barra, Municipality of Opol, Province of Misamis Oriental, Island of Mindanao. Bounded on the x x x. Beginning at x x x; containing an area of Sixty (60) Square meters, more or less” Prospective Buyer/Bidders may investigate for themselves the title herein above described and encumbrance thereof, if any there be. In case March 28, 2016 will be declared holiday or nonworking day, the Public Auction Sale shall automatically be held on March 30, 2016 without further notice publication and posting.

forfeited and abandoned items in the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) in Tagolo-an Misamis Oriental alone. (PNA)


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FAIDA SAICONA DIMALNA, Petitioner, --versus— THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF CAG. DE ORO CITY, Respondent. X-------------------------------/ ORDER Petitioner Faida Saicona Dimalna filed before this Court a petition for correction of entry in her birth certificate. The petitioner seeks for the correction of the erroneous entry of her date of birth as reflected therein from January 14, 1996 instead of November 4, 1990. The petitioner alleged that she was born in Agora Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City on November 4, 1990. She applied for a late registration of her birth at the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Cagayan de Oro City. That the date of birth reflected in said birth certificate was January 14, 1996 instead of November 4, 1990. Her school records and baptismal certificate showed that her date of birth is indeed November 4, 1996 and NOT January 14, 1996. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the petition is set for hearing on March 14, 2016 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the session hall of this Court, at which date, time and place, all persons who may have in the petition are called to appear and show cause why the petition should not be GRANTED. At the expense of petitioner, let a copy of this petition be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Cagayan de Oro and Province of Misamis Oriental. Let copies of this order be posted in the Bulletin Boards of the Provincial Capitol Building of Misamis Oriental, City Hall Building and Office of the Local Civil Registrar all of Cagayan de Oro City. Likewise petitioner is directed to furnish copy of the petitioner and its annexes to the Officer of the Solicitor General, Makati City. SO ORDERED. Done this 12th day of February 2016, in this City of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. (Sgd.) FLORENCIA D. SEALANA-ABBU Presiding Judge BWM: Feb. 24, Mar. 2 & 9, 2016


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Cagayan de Oro Photographers to join the 24HourProject, a Worldwide Documentary Project Article and photos by: Clement Dampal II (


agayan de Oro, the City of Golden Friendship will once again join the 24HourProject, a Worldwide Documentary Project on March 19, 2016 (Saturday).

I am excited to announce that for the first time, the city of Cagayan de Oro will be having an

XU foreign students stage show for Umajam-nen tribe Story and Photos by MARK FRANCISCO

UP in the hinterlands of Bukidnon, there’s a little known tribe called the Umajam-nen. The Umajam-nens live in the remotest parts of Cabanglasan. They are fair in complexion five feet or above in height. Their eyes are set closed enough to each other with an average height of nose bridge. They are a proud yet reserved people. The Umajamnen is synonymous to fierceness for their group is regarded as warlike and forest experts. They are excellent makers of bead jewelry like necklaces called ginakit and inboy, beautiful beaded men’s bag called suning and unisex bracelets called binuklad. Reciprocal roles are expected from them like helping raise a ransom or a bride price, sharing games or catch for the day.

This simple living means that their children are not accustomed to studying. Fortunately, a school was built up for their children downtown in

barangay Poblacion. Thirty-six scholars from the Umajam-nen are now taking up school but they still lack a complete show/PAGE B2

The Umajam-nen beneficiaries

Ambassador for this global documentation campaign. Together with Metro Manila, headed by Jay

Nava Ermitano, i will be representing as this year’s City Ambassador. The Cagayan de Oro Leg was first initiated by Gian James Maagad, an award-winning Street Photographer based in Cagayan de Oro last 2014 and later in 2015 joined project/PAGE B2

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200 men join symphathy walk for women NYC leads walk dubbed ‘In Her Shoes’ CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The National Youth Commission (NYC) Northeastern Mindanao cluster spearheaded a walk dubbed ‘In Her Shoes 3’ on Monday, March 7, 2016, here, where men walked wearing heels to support the call to stop harassment and violence against women. The walk started at 9:30 a.m. around the vicinity of Limketkai Mall and ended with a program inside the mall’s event center. According to JB Gutierrez of NYC, In Her Shoes, now on its third year is a continuing advocacy campaign of the NYC to rally the cause of women against all forms of discrimination and harassment.

He added, to highlight this year’s theme, NYC invited males in government departments, agencies or institutions that are male dominated to wear high heeled shoes together with NYC officials and staff to show their concern on the plight of their female colleagues. Further, Gutierrez said that this activity raises awareness of women’s value in the community. He said the best way to help women, is to educate them about their rights. However, regardless of your gender, you must show respect to your fellow human being, he said. About 200 participants joined the walk. A representative from the 4th Infantry

Division (4ID) Philippine Army said during the sharing of impressions at the mall’s event center that it is not easy to be a woman, not just in walking high heeled shoes but also in picking them out before the event. He said that the group was thankful of the opportunity to show their support for the women. Another participant from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) shared that indeed women have many roles to fill not just in the workplace but also in the home and in their family. He said we must strengthen Gender and Development programs in the office especially with topics on harassment

and violence against women. Lastly, Neil Aldren G. Omega, regional director of the Commission on Population (POPCOM), Region 10, said that there is no difference between men and women, only their biological makeup. He said this is one of a kind experience wherein the men are faced to understand women. He also said that this was the proper time for men to get involved especially in the reproductive and household roles of women. The activity not only made them feel what it was to wear heels but also to feel the other aspects of life that women are experiencing, Omega said. (JMOR/ PIA10)

Show... library. Enter in the AFS Intercultural Programs Cagayan de Oro chapter. The group, composed of foreign students of Xavier University, have decided to help the Umajam-nen children complete their library. AFS Intercultural Programs started in 2003, hosting foreign exchange students from partner countries. This year, there are four exchange students currently lodged at Xavier University – Mauro Wensch from Belgium, Riho Hatayama from Japan, Caspar Conrad from Germany, Emma Ropars from France, Bastien de Sousa from France and Simon Gutierrez from Colombia. They gamely performed at Xavier University Little Theater in a P100-show last Sunday, proceeds of which go directly for the library construction.

First, Mauro and Casper gamely did several guitar numbers and jammed with an alternative band to the tune of Foo Fighters, Incubus and Bamboo covers. Then it was the time for Emma and Riho to wow the crowd in their respective native renditions of Do You Want to Build A Snowman taken from Frozen with Emma singing it in French and Riho in Nippongo in one duet. In the middle of the program, the Umajamnens were introduced and did several war and courtship dances. Next, it was the AFS exchange students’ turn to dance Filipino dances. Then Emma and Riho again wowed the crowd with their cover of the Cebuano pop hits Bisan Pa and Ha-ha-hasola. Imported Halo-halo was backed up with renowned Xavier University talents such as Talok Janubas, Muriel Lomadilla, Class Act, C9 and X-Men.


a sense of perpetual iconic emotions, and Sam Smotherman, a Los Angeles-based photographer. Started last 2012, the idea began with a personal project to document and compare two different cities for one full day. Accordingly that same year, other photographers got interested and started to take off the first edition of the project with 65 photographers in 24 cities, the project was multiplied about 5 times on 2013 with 340 official photographers in 132 cities and was multiplied again on 2014 reaching 900 photographers in 312 cities from 72 countries. Last year 2015 was also a success where a total of 2030 photographer in 650 cities from 101 countries gathered and joined the annual tradition. Through the 24HourProject’s mission, market and global exhibitions, the project is said to reach millions of individuals annually showcasing the human connection of images and real live stories. Mission Document Humanity to Make a Difference. By bringing the 24HourProject world community together and creating partnerships with NGOs, we aim to raise awareness to world human condition issues. The Global collaboration of the

project lead to gallery exhibitions in Finland, Venezuela, Italy, Australia, United States, Iran and Mexico. Market Each participant shares to social media one photo every hour for the full 24 hours of their city following 24HourProject guidelines. The images, theme and content become viral in all social medias giving a live view to the world hour by hour. After the event, photographer select their best pictures taken during the event and submit their final 24 photos to www.24hourproject. org. Photos then become selected to travel exhibitions and are part of conferences, workshops and photo books. Note: Assembly Time: 11:00pm (March 18, 2016, Friday Night) Start of the Documentary Project: 12:01am (March 19, 2016 Saturday) Assembly Place: Plaza Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City Photographers joining this documentary project are requested to bring the following. Some items are optional though: - Digital Single Lens Reflex/ Translucent cameras, and/or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens cameras.

- Point and Shoot camera and Mobile owners are also welcome to join. - A good tripod - External flashes - Extra shirt - Bottled water

- Pocket money - Lots of Fun and Awesomeness! Interested individuals may reach me through my photography facebook fanpage: www.

entDampalPhotography or directly contact me through mobile: 09066577-669. See you soon! To participate, register here: http://24hourproject. org/

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by Hensell Prince Hebaya, and Ian Harold Walag, also street photographers. This year, as mentioned by Gian James Maagad, having a thorough and onhand experienced of this campaign, the documentary project will start on March 19, 2016 at 12:00 mid night. Yes, since the project is on the 24 Hour-mission, we will be kicking off at exactly 12:00mn. Assembly area would be at the Plaza Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro near Tourism House fronting both Jollibee and BDO Main Office. With this year’s global theme of “Human Condition”, the participants are expected to document universal emotions such as humor, love, sadness, joy, fulfillment, pain, loneliness, and the likes through photograph. FAST FACTS: The 24HourProject is a street photography project that aims to document the human condition of multiple cities during one single day in real time. Photographers share one photo per hour during twenty four hours. The idea was formulated by Renzo Grande, a photographer who focuses his passion and sensitivity to document daily street stories with

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Honda Cars calls for the owners of the select 2011-2014 Jazz, City and CR-V for Preventive Measure Campaign Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) calls for a voluntary preventive measure campaign for select Jazz (2012-2013), City (2012-2014) and CR-V (2011) sold in the country due to a suspected defect in the driver’s airbag inflator. Although the said concern remains unconfirmed, the campaign is HCPI’s proactive action to ensure the safety of the owners of the affected vehicles to avoid any unfortunate circumstance should the problem occur. To date, no accidents nor injuries were reported related to this concern in the Philippines. HCPI requests all the owners of the affected vehicles to call and contact any authorized

Honda Car dealership for service appointment. Replacement and repair of the affected inflator will take only one (1) hour and no cost will be charged to the customer for both parts and labor. HCPI sincerely

apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause the owners of the vehicles. For more information, customers may contact authorized Honda Car dealerships and service centers nationwide or

call Honda by phone at (02) 857-7240 or email Customers may visit HCPI’s website www. for the complete list of frame numbers of affected vehicles.


Safety for everyone – Barangay Safety Riding Clinic With the significantly rising road accidents involving all road users from car drivers, motorcycle riders and even pedestrians, it is timely to educate the society on safety precautions, road rules and riding techniques that they should keep in mind. That is why, Honda Philippines Inc., being an advocate of road safety, continues to develop safety riding programs that will help reduce, if not totally eliminate, the growing number of road

mishaps. Barangay Safety Riding Clinic (BSRC), is one of Honda’s Safety Riding programs that aim to provide Safety Riding advocacy to the community in an “Easy - to - understand” and “Enjoyable” learning approach. After the successful launching in Lipa City, Batangas last September 28, 2015, BSRC have reached more than 10 areas covering Luzon and is about to expand in the Visayas and Mindanao regions, providing safety riding advocacy in every community.

MDPPA is proud recipient of Intellectual Property Champion Award TVS to launch the Apache RTR 200 FI I n d i a n automotive giant TVS is said to be introducing the much awaited Apache RTR 200 FI in the Philippines market this coming April. The Apache RTR 200 FI is powered by an advanced four valve racing O3C oil cooled oversquare, five- speed engine, equipped with balancer shaft mechanism and is programmed to whip up an impressive 21 PS @9000 rpm with a torque of 18.1 Nm @ 7000 rpm in a compression ratio of 9.7:1. The oil cooled combustion chamber with ram air assist enables the motorcycle to achieve a top

speed of 138 kph with an astounding 0-60 kph in a mere 3.9 seconds. The advanced Digital Fuel Injection system (DFI Logic) from Bosch ensures dynamic fuel delivery based on the throttle response that results in good fuel economy. The bike’s high flow double barrel exhaust system not only ensures smooth outflow of exhaust but also adds to the aesthetics of the TVS Apache RTR 200 FI. TVS Apache RTR 200 FI will come in 3 exclusive & luxurious Matte finish - Metallic Red, Pearl White and Gun Black.

The MDPPA (Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association), a federation of motorcycle manufacturers advocating road safety and anti-counterfeiting in the Philippines was recognized by NCIPR (National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights) as one of the Intellectual Property Champions of 2015 for its efforts on anti-piracy through the promotion of the patronage of original motorcycle parts and accessories in the Philippines. MDPPA has long been an advocate of intellectual property rights and been involved in information campaign on public safety and the hazards of using counterfeit products. “We thank NCIPR for recognizing our efforts in the advancement of intellectual property rights in the country. We believe that our anti-counterfeiting advocacy is not only

Ms. Lisette G. Fajardo (second from left), member of the MDPPA Government Committee, proudly accepted the award from IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) Director General Atty. Josephine R. Santiago (third from left) and IPOPhil Deputy Director Generals Atty. Nelson P. Laluces (leftmost) and Atty. Allan B. Gepty (fourth from left).

beneficial to motorcycle manufacturers and companies, but more so to the general public, as we promote safety for everyone,” shared Alfredo O. Lejano, Jr., Chairman of MDPPA Government Committee. NCIPR, the government arm in charge of the

advancement, protection and implementation of intellectual property rights in the country, bestowed the plaque of recognition to MDPPA during the 5th Philippine Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Summit held at the Marriot Hotel Manila. The committee is headed by the

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). During the summit, whose theme was “Building Cooperation Across Borders,” issues such as the diverse channels and jurisdictions in the enforcement of IP were discussed among the members and participants.

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