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Briefly More commitments THE Department of Agriculture now started to deliver its commitments to conflict-affected areas (CAAs) in Mindanao. The commitment was made during Secretary Proceso J. Alcala’s visit in Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, last year, for the rebel returnee projects. Worth P446,700 livestock projects were initially provided for the towns of Kauswagan and Munai, Lanao del Norte. A total of 11 head of carabaos amounting to a total of P272,800 were given to eight recipients from Kauswagan, namely, Zapra Paco, Nasser Limbona, Norolai Diamkuta, Camar Ma, Subaira Polangi, Rocky Sultan, Metodio Canoy and Ibrahim Alaan.

Asean integration DAVAO City -- A school official is pushing for measures that will enhance school’s attractiveness as Asean 2015 nears. The Asean 2015 (Asean stands for Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is a regional economic integration which involves the freer movement of capital, goods and people among Asean member countries by 2015. Among these movement will be students from different countries in the region. Rey Castro, Assistant Vice President for Business Development of the University of Mindanao, said that several measures must be enacted so that schools can take advantage of Asean 2015. One is the change of school calendar. The Philippines is the only country in Asean where the month June is the opening of classes. Almost all countries have followed the schedule where August is the start of the classes.

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AVAO City -- The plan to interconnect the Mindanao grid with the rest of the country has hit a snag as the initial feasibility study shows that doing this through the initial site identified would be very expensive.

SUNSET. A fisherfolk paddles across Lake Sebu in South Cotabato. Lake Sebu is the most popular tourist destination in the province. mindanews photo by keith bacongco

This has prompted the government to extend the planne d complet ion of the project to 2020 from two years earlier, Energy Undersecretar y R aul B. Aguilos said during a briefing on the p ower industr y situation this week. Mr. Aguilos said the initial study identified Surigao del Norte as the initial interconnection point for the Leyte-Mindanao power

interconnection project, but this “was not really feasible as planned” because the sea where the transmission submarine cable would pass through is about 10 kilometers deep. T h e Na t i o n a l G r i d Corporation of the Philippines has now initiated another feasibility study to identify a more suitable place. The initial phase of the study grids/PAGE 6

A month later, draft B’moro law Alsons to beef up capacity still under review by Malacanang in Mindanao to 590-MW By CAROLYN O. ARGUILLAS, MindaNews

DAVAO City — One month. The draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted by the Bangsamoro Transition

Commission (BTC) to the Office of the President (OP) on April 21 has not been sent to Congress as it is still

being reviewed by the OP as of May 23. Mohager Iqbal, BTC chair and concurrent peace panel chair of the Moro Islamie review/PAGE 6

power outlook

Weaning time: Philippines must stop depending on fossils to sustain dev’t By BONG D. FABE Correspondent

(First of a Series) THE Philippines has for the past two years been the fastest growing economy in Asia. And this phenomenal growth is powered by fossil fuel, making the country among developing nations t h at r e g i s t e r e d w h at experts dubbed as “highcarbon” growth—economic outlook/PAGE 7

By GRACE BEBER, Staff Writer

WITH its f irst quar ter revenues buoyed up by strong cash in from the company’s power generation business, Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc. (ACR) is committed to increase its portfolio in Mindanao to 590-megawatts (MW) in the next five years, a top company official said on Friday. ACR President/CEO To m a s A l c a nt a r a s a i d that the company’s strong commitment to the energy and p ower business in Mindanao is a carefully calculated strategy that they

have decided to adopt, in recognition of the tremendous opportunities available to those who are both decisive and prepared to act in this market. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Alcantara-owned ACR said its net income increased by three percent to P228.9 million in the January to March period from P222.9 million in the same three months of last year. Revenues grew 134 percent to P1.2 billion from P505.0 alsons/PAGE 7

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Poverty alleviation fund released to MisOr towns THE government has released the amount of P5,744,275 to Misamis Oriental towns in pursuit of attaining Philippine

Development Plan (PDP) goal of inclusive growth. Interior and Local G ove r n m e nt S e c re t ar y

Mar Roxas turned over on May 21 more than P5.7 million to four mayors of Misamis Oriental who had completed all requirements needed for them to avail of anti-poverty projects from national government. Roxas said the P5.7 million represent fifty percent of the total fund allotted by the national to the four towns under the Grassroots Participatory Budget Process (GPBP). He said the initiative, introduced in 2013, is being facilitated by DILG in which project identification and monitoring of implementation are implemented by the local government units (LGUs) in partnership with nongovernment organizations ( N G O s ) a n d p e o p l e’s organizations (POs).

The checks were turnedover during his visit on May 21 for the launching of the Mindanao Barangay StraTREEgic Forest Project (BSFP). The BSFP, a joint project of the DILG, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), seeks to harmonize efforts in Mindanao to contribute to the National Greening Program’s goal of planting 1.5 billion seedlings in 1.5 million hectares of public lands by 2016. For this year, a total of P205.44 million has been allocated for two cities, Oroquieta and Cagayan de Oro, and 54 municipalities in northern Mindanao under poverty/PAGE 5

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THE Mindanao Development Aut hor it y ( Mi n DA ) , Department of Environment and Natura l Res ources (DENR), and the Department o f Int e r i o r a n d L o c a l Government (DILG) made a collaborative effort to launch two environment programs here to sustain the natural resources of Mindanao. These two projects are the Barangay StraTREEgic Forest Project (BSFP) and the Payment for Ecosystem S er v ices (PES) for t he Miarayon-Lapok-LironganTinaytayan Tribal Association (MIL ALIT TRA) of Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park. The implement at ion of the BSFP calls for the rehabilitation of Mindanao’s natural habitats as well as in the reforestation of their denuded areas. This project initially t arge t s 2 0 0 b ar ang ay s ,

organized by the DILG. Each barangay will establish 20 hectares of nursery that will eventually produce 10,000 seedlings and 4,000 hectares of tree plantation. B SF P a l s o prov i d e s incentives for top performing communities, as well as the livelihood support and project sustainability. Secretary Paje explained on how important the DILG plays in t his prog ram; “Kalahati nung target ni Pangulo na matamnam by 2016 kayang i-deliver ng LGUs lamang” (The local government units (LGUs) are capable to deliver half of the target that the President would want to be planted by 2016). Other than organizing the 200 barangay LGUs, the DILG will also disseminate t re e - g row i n g or ot h e r environmental initiatives programs/PAGE 5

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hink 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 secondhand 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

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ve r y d ay br i ng s u s new failures; during our job performances, in our life at home, on the streets while going to an important appointment just to mention some of innumerable examples. We feel weak because of others’ shortcommings. Something is lacking, diminshing, or deteriorating. Sometimes, we describe it as bankruptcy of our life and give up ourselves in terrible self-pity. Now, this is an attempt to paint a portrait of an incredible man. As businessman and politician he experienced his first bankruptcy, when he just reached the age of 31. At 32, he lost his election campaign - also at 32, his

second business flopped. At 35, his wife passed away; at 36, he got a nervous breakdown. At the latest, everybody would have understood if this man could do anything else to surrender himself. An unknown life in an incalculable crowd could have been the last resort. But maybe because of all those stokes of fate, did that man apply for another political position - and? Yes, he lost again - when he was 38. He suffered more defeats at the ages of 43, 46, 48, 55, 56 and 58! But the loser never gave up - and, finally, he became the president of the United States of America. His name? Abraham Lincoln. What a great example

showing all of us that it’s indeed better to try and go “all 100 ways to success instead of giving up after the 99th attempt. If you know, that you have to knock at 100 doors (instead of 99!), and if you change 99 failures into 99 experiences, you might be the lucky guy who shall receive the winning numberof life’s lottery. “Most people capitulate in the face of failures,” stressed the automobile manufacturer and industrialist Henr y Ford. The author and art historian Aldous Huxley explained failures as follows: “Experience means, how we survive by learning from failures.” Ergo, if you move into 99 directions and you

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exp erience 99 negative feedbacks, never ever give up and try direction No.100 - or even go up to No. 150! Failures get results and help us to adjust and render more precisely our aim, goal or objective!

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he issue of priest celibacy pops up from time to time triggering a silent debate on the pros and cons of this thousand year old Catholic tradition. Most recently, Reuters reported that a group of 26 Italian women, claiming to be in love with Catholic priests, have petitioned Pope Francis to make celibacy optional. The petition, according to Reuters, was published in the Vatican’s website. In 1970, a German newspaper Sueddeutche Zeitung Daily reported that a group of nine German theologians wrote a letter to the bishops of Germany asking whether the practice of celibacy was still necessary. Citing archives in Regensburg, the newspaper alleged that among t he s i g n ator i e s was then Cardinal Joseph

Ratzinger who eventually became Pope Benedict XVI. In 2011, in the wake of widespread allegations of s exu a l mis conduc t that rocked the Catholic Church, more than 140 Catholic theologians from Germany, Switzerland and Austria called for an end to celibacy. How did the practice of celibacy in the Catholic Church start? For more than a thousand years after the Lord Jesus Christ started his ministry, priests were allowed to marry. St. Peter, whom the Church considers as the first Pope, was married. He had a mother-in-law whom the Lord Jesus Christ healed. Saul of Tarsus, who became Paul the Apostle, was also married. The other apostles are presumed to be married

since it was the custom in the Jewish community to marry early. During the first three centuries, celibacy was not even discussed, much less prohibited. Celibacy was a matter of choice for the religious. Celibacy was first discussed during the Council of Elvira in 306 AD. But it took another 700 years for celibacy to be required of clerics by virtue of the First Lateran Council in 1123. Celibacy was reiterated in the Second Lateran Council in 1139 and again in the Council of Trent in 1545. In 1 9 6 7 , Pop e Pau l VI issued the encyclical “Sacerdotalis Caelibatus” on the priestly vows of perpetual celibacy. Still, celibac y is not dogma or a law of divine origin. There is no direct

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commandment in the New Testament that the disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ have to live in celibacy. Celibacy is but a tradition of the Church. While dogma can not change, tradition can. In his book “On Heaven and Earth,” published in 2012, Pope Francis, then known as Cardinal Jorge batas/PAGE 5

Restoring Our Divine Image

T 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 and heart. You know, other people usually just see the surface— how we look and act on the outside or how much we’ve achieved in school or our job and career. But that’s just a part of you. Only your Maker knows the real you that’s hidden underneath what others and you yourself see. That’s why God the Son came to show us how to see ourselves clearly, and to give us His inner power that we need to reach our potential. Jesus Christ is the only One Who can show hurst/PAGE 6

his is a task we have to do, obviously with God’s grace. But I wonder if many people are aware of it, and if they are, if they are really dead serious in carrying out that duty. Restoring our divine image, of course, presumes that we have been made in the image and likeness of God, a fact that was distorted and corrupted by our sin. It’s a truth of faith that somehow expresses itself in our innate desire for what is true, good, simple and beautiful. In spite of our wretchedness, we are at bottom a religious being. We are always looking for a God, if not explicitly, then implicitly. The history of man bears witness to this fact irrespective of the complicated twists and turns. The restoration work, for sure, is a joint effort between God and us. On God’s part, everything has been done to make it possible. In a sense, he has supplied us

with the plans, the materials, the strength, and the other resources we need. In fact, he gives himself to us. If we only realize the power and effectiveness of God’s word, the sacraments and the Church herself, then we would have no doubt that God is constantly with us and intervening in our life. The meaning of Easter and Pentecost highlight this truth. Things now depend on us, on whether, first of all, we are aware of this duty, and then on whether we decide to pick up the task. That’s why, for those who already know and are convinced, there’s always a need for apostolic work, for catechesis and evangelization. Let’s hope that all this gets going all the time. The task of restoring our divine image is a matter, first of all, of faith. Without it, then we would not know what to do next. But with it, we would soon realize that the task involves constant

docility to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, prayer, and the love for sacrifice. We need to be docile to the Holy Spirit who is actually guiding and leading us all the time to our real end. He never withdraws from us. But we have to realize also that to be more able to discern his promptings, we should be familiar with the teachings of Christ and now the Church. Constant study of the doctrine of our faith is a must. We should never take this for granted, thinking that with our common sense and with our occasional reading and reflection of God’s word, we already would be properly enlightened. God’s doctrine contains a lot of mysteries that require us to probe them always. This study of the doctrine will help us build a sense of beginning and end of our life. It will show us the pattern and itinerary of our life as given to us by Christ

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himself. It will reassure us that whatever happen in life, there is always a means to bring us back to God. T h at’s w hy we a l s o need to pray. Prayer is our continuing conversation with God. And while it usually touches on our daily affairs and concerns, it is also the best occasion to plumb deep into the God’s mysteries that are unavoidably entwined with our life. We should really find time for it. That time will never be cimagala/PAGE 5


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GPBP, said the DILG chief. During the turn-over, Laguindingan town received P 2 , 5 3 3 , 6 5 0 . 0 0 ; Lu g a i t , P1,795,625.00; Magsaysay, P665,000.00; and Talisayan, P750,000. These towns identified Municipal Water System as their priority need under GPBP. Roxas, meanwhile, urged the other towns to comply with the requirements to avail this national project. He said GPBP empowers not only the LGUs but the NGOs and POs as well in deciding what to do with the annual budget allocated for local government units under the program. Under G P B P, municipalities are qualified to receive a maximum of P15 million while cities are entitled to P50 million annually to fund local projects that include Municipal Water System, Livelihood Projects, Farm to Market Road, Irrigation System, PrePlanting and Post-Harvest Fa c i l i t i e s , A g r i c u l t u r e Production, Processing and Marketing, Livestock Raising and Plant Propagation. For the year 2014, the national government has allocated a total of P20.03 billion under GPBP to fund 19,553 poverty-alleviation projects that were identified by 1,226 local government units all over the country in coordination with civil society organizations in their respective communities. (EOR/PIA)

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to local partners and present p e r for m an c e i n c e nt ive scheme for the BSFP. After which, the barangay LGUs will then provide counterpart either by cash or in kind. Me anw hi l e, MinDA, through the MindaNOW! Nu r tu r i ng O u r Wate rs Program is assigned to coordinate the private sectors, academe and the civil society organizations (CSOs) in assisting the organization of partner LGUs/alliance with the DILG and DENR. Further, another project d e s i g n e d by t h e t h re e governing agencies is called the Payment for Ecosystem Services or PES. This is an environmental mechanism in sustaining ecosystems as well as to e n c ou r a ge i n du s t r y stakeholders to participate in the payment scheme that is meant to protect the environment against the massive utilization of resources caused by excessive human activities. Secretary Luwalhati R. Antonino, Chairperson of MinDA, said that PES is already being done in the municipality of Naawan. The municipal council of Na aw an ha d issu e d an ordinance to collect additional fee of one peso per cubic meter of water consumed per household.

Antonino encouraged everyone to do parallel efforts to protect and sustain the environment and its natural resources. “We have to act now in order that the next generation will not blame us for abusing the environment that they will inherit from us in the future,” Antonino expressed. Along w it h MinDA, DENR, and DILG, other partners that took part in this joint undertaking were the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management C ou n c i l ( C D O R B M C ) , Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, and the MiarayonLapok-Lirongan-Tinaytayan Tribal Association, which was also the recipient of the PES project. (Ariana Cristelle Pagdanganan/PIA10)

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Mario Bergoglio, wrote: “For the moment I’m in favor of maintaining celibacy, with its pros and cons, because there have been 10 centuries of good experiences rather than failures”. But he also noted that “it is a question of discipline, not faith, it could change.” Since becoming Pontiff, Pope Francis has not said anything on the matter. But only last February, Pope Francis gave permission for a married man to be ordained in the Maronite Catholic Church in United States. The Maronites are part of the Eastern Catholic Church. They accept the authority of the Pope but have their own rituals and liturgy. The Archdiocese of St. Louis congratulated the new priest and reiterated the archdiocese’ strong r e l CAGAYAN a t i o n DE s hORO i p MAIN w iBRANCH th the P & J Lim Bldg., Tiano Brothers Maronites in St. Louis. Kalambagohan Sts., Tel. # (08822) 727-829 * Traditionalists are quick to Telefax # (088) 856-1947 point out that Pope Francis’ CAMIGUIN BRANCH B. Aranasof St.,the Poblacion, Mambajao, approval marriage does Camiguin Tel. # (088) 387-0491 not lift the ban on married CORRALES BRANCH priests and that it was Corrales Ave., Cagayan de Orosimply City an exception. In fact, prior DIVISORIA BRANCH Atty. Erasmo B. have Damasing Bldg., given #61 Don by A. exceptions been Velez St., Cagayan de Oro City other pontiffs. Benedict Tel. # (088)Pope 857-3631 XVI allowed two exceptions LAPASAN BRANCH Lapasan the Hi-way, Cagayan de Oro City towards end of his tenure. Tel. # (088) 231-6739 Retired Archbishop Oscar BRANCH Cruz, inCARMEN a recent interview Vamenta Blvd., Cagayan de Oro City Tel. # (088) 231-2011 s aid: “Ma king celib ac y optional for priests would be very expensive because the faithful will have to support not only the priest, but his family as well.” Others see it differently: “There are a lot of people who have it (the priesthood) in their hearts. This (making celibacy optional) opens it up for other people.” Still others cite practical reasons for lifting celibacy, e.g., 1. There is now a shortage of priests because of the celibacy issue. 2. A married priest and his family would be an example to other Catholic families in the parish. 3. A married priest would have more understanding and credibility in counseling married couples. Me? I would have no problem going to confession or attending mass officiated by a married priest.

Ayala-led joint venture to build $1B coal plant in Lanao Norte THE power generation arm of Ayala Corp (AC) and Power Partners Ltd Co have tapped Shanghai Electric Power Construction Co to put up the joint venture’s coal plant in Lanao del Norte. In a statement, AC said GNPower Kauswagan Ltd Co (GNPK) signed up Shanghai Electric, a subsidiar y of Power C onstr uction C orp of China, for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the $1 billion thermal facility in Kauswagan, town. GNPK is the joint venture between Ayala-owned AC Energy Holdings Inc and Power Partners. The construction of the 552-megawatt (MW) GNPK will begin in the fourth quarter of this year. The plant’s steam turbines and generators will be brought in from Germany. The project is expected to be completed within three years with the first 138-MW unit operational by early 2017. GNPK has already executed well over 300 MW of long-term power purchase

agreements with distribution utilities and has secured its environmental compliance certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “ We r e c o g n i z e t h at Mindanao is in dire need of power and we are keen to provide the needed capacity at ver y re as onable and affordable terms. We are also excited about this new addition to our growing pipeline of power projects,” AC Energy president and chief executive officer John Eric T. Francia said. “This puts us on track to achie ve our go a l of developing over 1000 megawatts of attributable capacity both in conventional and renewable technologies by 2016,” he said. Early this year, AC Energy c l o s e d t h e a c q u i s it i on of an approximately 17 percent ownership stake in GNPower Mariveles Coal Plant Ltd Co (GMCP), the owner and operator of a 600 megawatt coal fired power generating plant in Mariveles, Bataan. GMCP started full commercial operations last April.

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LAMBOMISAMISORIENTAL. Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano congratulates the first batch graduates of TESDA Training Center in the municipality of Libertad on May 16. These graduates are Iskolar Ko Ni Bambi (IKNB) beneficiaries of the Governor who are trained on carpentry, masonry, plumbing and electrical courses. #LamboMisamisOriental

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showed that the area should be between Negros Island and Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental. Based on the grid operator’s initial estimate, the implementation of the project would entail about P24 billion, although Mr. Aguilos pointed out that government financial institutions will help raise the money. The proposed project is part of the Mindanao Energy Plan 2012-2030, with the goal of getting power from Luzon and Visayas if Mindanao needs more. At present, aside from being the only isolated power grid in the country, Mindanao also faces power shortages because its main generators, the governmentrun hydropower plants in the Agus and Pulangi complexes, are old. The initial plan is to set up a 455-kilometer overhead power line between Visayas and Mindanao and another 23-km submarine cable, with a maximum depth of around 1,000 m below sea level. However, several business groups, notably the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Mindanao, have opposed the proposal because of the fear that interconnecting the Mindanao grid with the

entire country might result in higher power rates. This is because Mindanao is getting about half of its 1,300-megawatt power requirements from hydropower at about P3 per kilowatt-hour. Mindanao leaders have also opposed the privatization of the power plants.

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Liberation Front (MILF) told MindaNews Friday that the draft is still with the OP. Congress resumed session on May 5, will go on sine die adjournment on June 13, and will return to work on July 28, with President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivering his State of the Nation Address (SONA). In his SONA last year, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III urged Congress to pass the BBL before 2014 ends to give enough time for the transition from the Autonomous R eg ion in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to the new autonomous political entity called the Bangsamoro. The ARMM will be deemed abolished once the Bangsamoro Basic Law is ratified, and the Bangsamoro Transition Authority takes over in a ministerial form

of governance. Iqbal told MindaNews on May 3 that the 97-page 18-Article draft Basic Law (excluding attachments) was still being reviewed by the OP and that they would “engage” his office until President Aquino certifies the draft as urgent and sends it to Congress. He said the draft BBL, copies of which have yet to be distributed to the public, will definitely not be submitted to Congress by May 5 but most likely “middle of May” or even beyond, as the OP was still reviewing it. He said the decision to release copies of the draft should come from the OP and the BTC. Constitutional basis Early this week, Anna Tarhata Basman, chief of the legal team of the government peace panel reiterated in a press release issued by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) that while they welcome criticisms against t h e C A B, “t h e C A B i s legal” and they are “open to engaging and informing everyone on the different provisions on the CAB.” She said the basis for agreeing to a ministerial form of government for the future Bangsamoro is Article X of the Philippine

SP MISAMIS ORIENTAL HOLDS SESSION IN CLAVERIA – The Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Misamis Oriental, headed by VICE GOVERNOR JOEY G. PELAEZ, made a courtesy call to Vice Mayor Meraluna S. Abrogar before they held their 18th Regular Session at MOSCAT, Claveria, Misamis Oriental. Vice Mayor Abrogar presented to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan the possible tourist destinations to be developed in the municipality. The session was held in Claveria as part of Vice Governor Pelaez’s advocacy of bringing the Sangguniang Panlalawigan closer to the people.

Constitution. “The general guideline it provided for the structure of government of an autonomous region is that the executive and legislative branch of the autonomous government must be elective and representative of the constituent political units.” On the devolution of powers to the Bangsamoro, Basman said that “Section 2 0 of A r t i c l e X i s t h e constitutional basis for the listing of devolved powers.” She also noted that the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law has yet to pass through legislation by Congress. “It is therefore up to Congress to determine the extent of the legislative powers to be granted to the Bangsamoro legislative body and the relationship of this power vis-à-vis existing and future n a t i o n a l l e g i s l a t i o n s ,” B a s m an w a s qu ote d a s saying,. Exchange of notes On April 2, six days after the March 27 signing of the CAB, Senator Miriam Santiago, chair of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments, said that after her preliminar y studies, studies, “I have concluded that the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro is

unconstitutional.” Santiago made the announcement before delivering her commencement speech at the Gordon College in Olongapo City. Hours after Santiago made that declaration, GPH peace panel chair Ferrer issued a four-paragraph statement describing Santiago as a “brilliant professor and an expert in Constitutional Law,” adding she appreciates her “insights and opinions” on the CAB but assured her “and the public that through every stage of the negotiations, we remained ever mindful of the President’s instructions t hat any ag re e me nt we must conclude must b e within the framework of the 1987 Constitution, and accordingly, the roadmap set by the CAB leads to Congress as the established lawmaking institution.” “We will be seeking a meeting with the Honorable Senator and other legislators to extensively discuss the different provisions in the CAB and to allow for a deeper understanding of the context and substance of the documents,” Ferrer said. On April 4, Santiago wrote

a letter to Ferrer thanking her for her “courtesy and civility in dealing with media questions over the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro,” adding that a meeting between them “would be productive for the public interest.” “I take this matter seriously and I shall work on a brief legal memorandum for you, fleshing out my press statements,” Santiago said. The Senator also stressed that her interest was “not to scuttle the FAB, but to ensure that it will be able to stand scrutiny in the Supreme Court.” “In a modest way, I am also engaged in for ward thinking about the eventual consequences of the FAB,” she said.

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million over the same period. The improved financial performance was brought about by the operations of the company’s 103-megawatt (MW) Iligan diesel plant in, which commenced in May last year. During its annual s t o c k h o l d e r s’ m e e t i n g last week, Alcantara said the Alcantara Group has committed to reach 590-MW capacity by 2019, which is expected to be equivalent to nearly 30% of Mindanao’s projected peak demand. T h r o u g h We s t e r n Mindanao Power C orp. (WMPC) and S outhern Philippines Power Corp. (SPPC), the firm operates a 100-MW diesel plant in Zamboanga City and 55-MW diesel plant in Sarangani province, respectively. To add to its existing portfolio, the company -through Mapalad Power Corp. -- reacquired and rehabilitated Iligan diesel plant in Lanao del Norte which started contributing 103-MW to the Mindanao grid last year. Mr. Alcantara also cited ongoing construction of its $570-million, 210-MW coalfired power plant in Maasim, Sarangani. “The plant will have an initial 105 MW output in 2015 for about 3.47 million people in Sarangani Province, General Santos City and key areas in South Cotabato, Compostela Valley, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and majority of Davao del Norte,” the official said. “Part of ACR’s expansion plan includes the Maasim plant reaching its full 210 MW capacity in 2016 that will serve an additional 3.8 million people residing in Cotabato, South Cotabato and Zamboanga del Norte,” he added. F u r t h e r m o r e , M r. Alcantara said that San Ramon Power, Inc. (SRPI) will also push through with its 105-MW coal plant in Talisayan, Zamboanga City. “The SRPI plant is set to provide baseload power to Zamboanga and other key municipalities in the region,” said Mr. Alcantara. To complete the pipeline of projects, Mr. Alcantara said it will build a 17-MW hydroelectric power plant in Siguil River, also in Sarangani. “These five projects will complement and not replace the operations of existing power generating projects, namely: the WMPC and SPPC,” said Mr. Alcantara. “These two facilities can still perform in a competitive market and will play a vital role in the company’s operations.” Mr. Alcantara said ACR wants to contribute to the economy of Mindanao. “We have always aspired to be the instrument of progress in the island and we are poised and ready to help Mindanao realize its potential,” he said.

ACR -- which ser ves as the Alcantara Group’s holding firm -- saw profits grow 3% to P228.88 million last quarter from P222.94 million in the same period last year. Revenues more than doubled to P1.18 billion from P504.98 million, while expenses more than tripled to P861.34 million from 253.49 million.

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growth that also increases greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), the main cause of global warming. The Philippines’ 7.2 percent economic growth in 2013 is the largest in Southeast Asia and second only to China’s 7.7% in the whole of Asia. It was even higher than 2012’s 6.8%, which gained for the country a statement in the 2012 World Wealth Report as the 6th fastest growing economy of the world. If this growth is sustained, the HSBC forecasted that the Philippines will be the world’s 16th largest economy by 2050. But alongside this phenomenal growth, the Philippines has also gained the reputation of being the only countr y in the Association of SouthEast Asian Nations (ASEAN), aside from Brunei, that is going the fossils way, instead of taking advantage of its vast renewable energy (RE)

sources to power progress. Fossils power 72% of the countr y’s electricity requirement while a measly 28% is sourced from renewable energy (RE). But despite the so-called b enef its of fossi ls, t he Philippines still sorely lack energy. Mindanao, the second largest island group located in the southern Philippines, is at present suffering from 4 to 10 hours of brownouts or power outages daily, costing the economy at least P300 million a day or an annual loss of P65 billion. “At present, our energy mix here in Mindanao is 60 percent RE and 40 percent fossil. But by 2015, this will be reversed,” said Romeo Montenegro, Investment Relations and Public Affairs director at the Mindanao Development Authority

(MinDA) based in Davao City. All other countries in the ASEAN, save a few that supplies fossil fuels to the rest of the world like Brunei, “are all moving toward an increase in their RE sources,” he added. In its update during the DoE Briefing on Energy Investments for Region X LGUs in this city in October 2013, the Mindanao Power Monitor ing C ommitte e (MPMC) said that by 20192020, Mindanao’s power mix will consist of 56% coal and only 24% hydro; a reversal of the present 52% hydro and 10% coal. RE sources such as biomass and solar energy will remain at 1% each by 2020 while geothermal power, which is at 5% now will be down to only 4% by 2020. This scenario in the energy

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The SM Store Cagayan Mariwasa goes digital, de Oro Book Drive launches Full HD tiles MANILA – Mariwasa, the country’s leading ceramic tile manufacturer unveils its latest innovation that definitely sets a milestone in the industry, the launch of Mariwasa Full HD. Recently showcased in 2014 WorldBEX, Mariwasa Full HD has easily gained popularity among design professionals and homeowners alike due to its hi-resolution image quality you would thought they’re taken out straight from nature and not as tile products until you touch them. Initially available in wood, stone and rustic designs, Mariwasa Full HD is an avant-garde ceramic tiles that resemble real-life natural designs ideal for floor and wall applications whether in indoor or in outdoor setting. Mariwasa Full HD also enhances details and fine prints making any room scene or outdoor setup more beautiful and vibrant. SHARE THE FUN and value of reading books as The SM Store CDO brings back the Donate-A Book campaign from May 1 to June 30, 2014. Through SM Foundation Inc. in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Stationery and The SM Stores the campaign is geared to solicit books and other reading materials from mall goers, book lovers, and generous shoppers for the benefit of many underprivileged children and youth. The project also aims to help develop interest in reading, improve functional literacy and enhance comprehension and creative skills of the younger generation. Target beneficiaries of the Donate-a-Book drive are : Mambuaya Elementary School Consolacion Elementary School Lumbia Central School Reception and Study Center for Children at DSWD -X Home for The Girls at DSWD -X Haven for Women at DSWD-X

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it offers greater variety and less repetition in the overall pattern similar in what you can find in nature. Mariwasa Full HD is produced using digital Inkjet technology that allows random printing process and advanced glazing technology creating virtually indistinguishable tile products from natural wood or stone. Mariwasa Full HD is now available in authorized Mariwasa distributors across the country at an introductory price of P72.00 per piece. This year’s launch of Mariwasa’s innovative tile series is part of SCG’s 100 years celebration and an early surprise to its vast customer base for the tile brand’s 50 years anniversary to kick-off in 2015. “Mariwasa Full HD is arguably the best tiles available in the market today”, added Mr. Suwansilp.

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The LOOP breaks ground at Limketkai by Irene Joy B. Dayo

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he Vista Residences, being the vertical arm of country’s largest home builders Vista Land and Landscapes Inc., continues in fulfilling its vision of providing a perfect urban community suitable to the needs of modern individuals.

A groundbreaking ceremony of its newest project and considered next high-rise landmark of the city, The Loop at Limketkai Center, May 22. Jerylle Luz C. Quismundo, Camella Communities President, graced the event. “ To d a y, i n t h e groundbreaking of this much awaited project, we are making a dream come true, a dream of bringing home closer to every Kagay-

anon and a home we meant not just a place to live but a lifestyle pleasure,” she said during her talk. The Loop at Limketkai Center is the newest addition to roster of projects under Vista Residences which was launched less than a year ago. The condominium is considered as the next highrise landmark in Cagayan de Oro. LOOP/Page B3

Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno does the honors during Vista Residences’ The Loop Condominium ground breaking ceremony. Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy

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Some scenes during the back-to-back workshops at Primavera Residences, Cagayan de Oro City

CdeO Photographer, Glenn Palacio discusses the essentials of lighting during the Pick Your Passion at Primavera Residences, Cagayan de Oro City.

Licensed Interior Designer Anna Christina Sagarbarria discusses the elements of design in flower arranging in a workshop dubbed as Prima de Mayo at the Third Floor Indoor Courtyard of Primavera Residences, Cagayan de Oro City, May 24. Sagarbarria also discussed on maximizing home space. Photos by SHAUN ALEJANDRAE YAP UY

Ms. Cheryll Barriga, Primavera Residences General Manager, introduced the audience to the features of Primavera and the awards and recognitions it received nationally and internationally during the Pick Your Passion at Primavera Residences, Cagayan de Oro City.

Photographed using Phottix lighting gear by our section editor, Shaun Uy, during the actual lighting sessions of the Pick Your Passion workshop by Gian James Maagad and Glenn Palacio.

Primavera Residences wins Best The SM Mixed-Use Development award Store CdeO Book Drive I talpinas Euroasian Design and EcoDevelopment Corp. (ITPI), the developer of Primavera Residences, recently picked up its 5-star award for Best Mixed-Use Development in the Philippines during the Asia Pacific Property Awards held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ITPI is a Cagayan de Oro property developer specializing in green architecture and design. The awarding ceremony took place at the Shangri-la Hotel in Kuala Lumpur on May 9 and was attended by top developers, architects, interior designers, and real estate agents from the Asia Pacific region. The Asia Pacific P r o p e r t y Aw a r d s i s an annual regional competition organized by the prestigious International Property Awards, a world-renowned global organization that honors the best developers and properties in the real estate industry. Present to receive the award for Primavera Residences was ITPI Chairman Jose P. Leviste, Jr. who said, “We are very honored to have won in the Best Mixed-Use Development in the Philippines category. To be highly commended for excellence by an international award-giving body is enough honor for

every property developer but we are very pleased that we received a 5-star award from International Property Awards for our Cagayan de Oro project, Primavera Residences.” The 5-star award was presented to ITPI by Matteo Lupi from Smeg, Lord Courtown from the House of Lords in British Parliament and Stuart Shield, President of International Property Awards. ITPI Executive Chairman and CEO Arch. Romolo V. Nati shared: “Getting this award of excellence further challenges us to develop more sustainable properties and maintain our top standards of highperformance design. We dedicate this award to the people of Cagayan de Oro and the city government, who have been very supportive to us from the start.” “This is a very special honor indeed as we continue our mission of developing innovative and green solutions not just in Cagayan de Oro but across the country as well,” added ITPI President Atty. Jojo Leviste. “Our recent win only goes to show the quality of our projects. Unit buyers at Primavera Residences are therefore guaranteed of getting only the best value from our product.”

SHARE THE FUN and value of reading books as The SM Store CDO brings back the Donate-A Book campaign from May 1 to June 30, 2014. Through SM Foundation Inc. in cooperation with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Stationery and The SM Stores the campaign is geared to solicit books and other reading materials from mall goers, book lovers, and generous shoppers for the benefit of many underprivileged children and youth. The project also aims to help develop interest in reading, improve functional literacy and enhance comprehension and creative skills of the younger generation. Target beneficiaries of the Donate-a-Book drive are: Mambuaya Elementary School, Consolacion Elementary School, Lumbia Central School, Reception and Study Center for Children at DSWD -X, Home for The Girls at DSWD -X, Haven for Women at DSWD-X. Shoppers who will donate new or gently used book(s) at the Donate-A-Book Booth at The SM Store CDO shall be entitled to a P50 cash coupon. Make a difference and help turn today’s readers become tomorrow’s leaders. Donate books at The SM Store CDO The SM Store. For inquiries, please call 859-1188.

Italpinas Chairman Dr. Jose P. Leviste Jr. (2nd from left), recieves the 5-star award for Best Mixed-Use Development in the Philippines during the Asia Pacific Property Awards held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In photo are Matteo Lupi from Smeg, Lord Courtown from the House of Lords in British Parliament and Mr. Stuart Shield, President of International Property Awards.

Primavera Residences is a premier green property located in Uptown Cagayan de Oro. It offers residential, commercial and office units for rent and for purchase at affordable rates. Prior to its award from International P r o p e r t y Aw a r d s , Primavera Residences was also recognized

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Japan volunteers, Phl animal science group support campaign on sustainable organic agriculture CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – With the theme: Reaching Livestock and Poultry Development through Sustaining Organic Farming, the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers-Philippine Animal Science Association (JOCV-PASA) held its 27th Annual Consultative Meeting in Cagayan de Oro City. The JOCV-PASA is a nonprofit and non-government organization founded by 55 Japan overseas cooperation volunteers and Filipino technical counterparts on May 4, 1987. As it continues its thrust to increase productivity with its promotion of livestock and poultry researches through technology transfer, the said convention tackled on the latest research findings, technologies and innovations that are deemed relevant for the development of the animal industry. With the challenges posed by climate change, Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations on Livestock Jose C. Reaño encouraged the JOCV-PASA members to continue their a d v o c a cy o n s u s t a i n a b l e organic agriculture, to come up with climate-change resilient technologies and to help promote the industry on raising cattle, goat and sheep as a viable alternative to swine raising.

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It further aims to provide every CDO residents the lifestyle Vista Residences thinks they deserve. Quismundo also mentioned that this project shows the expertise of Vista Land in choosing the best locations. This condominium, she said, is viewed to be close to modern businesses in the city such as malls, schools, restaurants and medical facilities, among others. In addition, it is within Limketkai Center that highly features its expansive mall, hotels and call centers,

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“Kung tayo ay pupunta sa livestock dapat tayo ay pumunta sa pag-aalaga ng baka, kambing at tupa dahil napakalaking bagay ang maitutulong ng substitution… dapat merong alternatibo at ito ay ating palaguin upang mabalanse ang mahal na bilihin ng ating mga mamamayan” (When we invest into livestock,

we should raise cows, goats and sheep, substitution really means a lot... we need alternatives, grow the business and help provide some balance in order to reduce costs in the market), USec Reaño stressed. The gathering which was attended by around 150 members throughout the country focused their discussion on the growth performance of different crosses of goat, new varieties of forage and pasture grasses, piggery waste disposal and utilization, natural hog raising and National Dairy Authorities’ breeding program on PHILSTEIN. Also present during the consultative meeting are JOCV-PASA President Catalino S. Soriano, Jr., Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno and DA-10 Regional Executive Director Lealyn A. Ramos. Vanessa Mae S. Siano DA-RAFID 10

Church officials led by Sr. Minister Rev. Ricardo C. Yañez & Rev. Lisa Yañez welcome Dr. David Kenneth Smith, conductor (front row, left) and composer Byron G. Curtis (front row, right) of the Genevans University Choir following the well attended free concert hosted by the UCCP Cagayan de Oro City Church May 20, 2014 at the Church Sanctuary. Also in photo are Mrs. Gardy Baños, UCCP Guesthouse Manager and Mike Baños, incoming member, UCCP Board of Trustees. (contributed photo)

(from left) Camella Northern Mindanao General Manager Emelia N. Lustado, Mayor Oscar S. Moreno, Camella Communities President Jerylle Luz C. Quismundo, MGS Construction President Joy J. Fernandez, Limketkai Finance Manager Henry Jumawid, and Limketkai Mall Manager Ria Ledesma, during the ground breaking ceremony at the site of The Loop in Limketkai properties. Photo by SHAUN ALEJANDRAE YAP UY

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being a business district in downtown CDO. Quismundo also stressed that The Loop at Limketkai Center is more than a project for it is a story of partnership and friendship of two developers, Vista Land and Limketkai Center. The building is a masterplanned and upkeep 25-storey and a two-tower condominium which will house upscale amenities, generous living spaces with available studio, one bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and garden units. CDO City Mayor Oscar

Moreno is also present i n t h e g ro u n d b re a k i n g ceremony. In his speech, he is so thankful that Vista Residences invested in the city. Cagayan de Oro City is strategically located for it is the business hub, melting pot and center of the fastest growing region in Mindanao. He then congratulated the Vista Group and Limketkai Group for their joint projectand further hopes to see more ventures in the near term. In the groundbreaking event, Limketkai Center was represented by Mr. Lorenzo Yu Limketkai.

The Loop’s perspective rendering was unveiled with a dance number and confetti fireworks, May 22, Limketkai Center. Photo by SHAUN ALEJANDRAE YAP UY

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SEARCA runs new funding for climate change projects

A new funding mechanism for projects related to food security, poverty and climate change is now available to Southeast Asian countries. The ASEAN Social Forestry Network funding mechanism will be managed by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. ASEAN stands for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The funding will support initiatives that enable ASEAN countries to quickly respond to emerging climate change challenges and increase their ability to articulate policy recommendations and directions. These projects may be strategic training scholarships or quick “turnaround” studies, exploratory reviews, meta-analysis/analytical studies and “think” pieces, study tours, dialogues/roundtable discussions, position or background papers as inputs to policy debates

and decision-making. SEARCA, based inside the University of the Philippines campus in Los Baños, has agreed to participate in the ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (Phase II) project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The project integrates social forestry into the climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in ASEAN countries. The project promotes the participation of communities, women and vulnerable groups in social forestry and climate change adaptation. Other partners are the Center for International Forestry Research; Non-Timber Forest Product-Exchange Program-South and Southeast Asia; Center for People and Forests; and the World Agroforestry Center. Swiss Ambassador to the ASEAN Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn will officially launch the funding mechanism during the 8th ASFN Annual Meeting on May 27-28 at the Sabah Forestry Department Office in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit Jr., SEARCA Director, will attend the event. SciPhil

A view of the Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur.

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MinDA, DENR, DILG launch two environment programs for Mindanao By Ariana Cristelle L. Pagdanganan

CAGAYAN DE ORO – The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) made a collaborative effort to launch two environment programs here to sustain the natural resources of Mindanao. These two projects are the Barangay StraTREEgic Fore s t P ro j e c t ( B S F P ) and the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) for the Miarayon-LapokLirongan-Tinaytayan Tribal Association (MILALITTRA) of Mt. Kalatungan Range

Natural Park. The implement ation of the BSFP calls for the rehabilitation of Mindanao’s natural habitats as well as in the reforestation of their denuded areas. This project initially t arge t s 2 0 0 b ar ang ay s ,

organized by the DILG. Each barangay will establish 20 hectares of nursery that will eventually produce 10,000 seedlings and 4,000 hectares of tree plantation. B S F P a l s o p rov i d e s incentives for top performing communities, as well as the livelihood support and project sustainability. Secretary Paje explained on how important the DILG pl ays in t his prog ram; “Kalahati nung target ni Pangulo na matamnam by 2016 kayang i-deliver ng LGUs lamang” (The local government units (LGUs) are capable to deliver half of

SM honors mediamen for Yolanda coverage SM Foundation Inc. recently honore d e x t raordinar y efforts of the men and women of media who risked their lives to tell stories in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda. SM’s SUPER (Salute to Unparalleled People, Endeavours and Resources) Media Awards, paid tribute to media’s acts of bravery to keep the public informed and updated about the arrival of Typhoon Yolanda. “This year, we recognize and honor the bravery of the representatives of the Philippine and International media who have placed their lives on the line at the height of super typhoon Yolanda. Their efforts led to a massive response of disaster relief and rehabilitation, saving lives and easing the pain of many survivors,” SM Vice Chairperson Teresita SyCoson said.

Posthumous awards were also given to three members of the media who passed away whil e on active duty when Yolanda made landfall. Their families received on their behalf, a special grant worth P 200,000. TV host Kris Aquino and SM Foundation Member of the Board of Trustees Felicidad Sy graced the event by opening a photo exhibit of works by photo journalists d e pi c t i ng m e s s a g e s of resilience, courage and hope. An SM to SM Run is likewise set on June 15 to raise funds for the victims and survivors of the typhoon. SM along with its partners will mount the city’s first color fun run which will start and end in SM City Davao, with the 21k turn around point in SM Lanang Premier. The run will have 3 main

categories: 21-kilometer with a registration fee of P500, 5-kilometer and 3-kilometer at P250. All proceeds of the event will be donated to the Yolanda Housing Project. The Yolanda Housing Proj e c t i s p ar t of SM Foundation Inc. and SM Cares’ recover y and rehabilitation program for the victims of Yolanda. Last December, SM committed to building typhoon-resilient houses for 1,000 affected families. SM started building the SM Cares Village in Bogo, Cebu in December 23. The program will also be extended to Ormoc, Palo and Tacloban in Leyte, and Concepcion in Iloilo. Registration booths of the SM to SM Run are located at the ground floor of SM City Davao and the upper ground level of SM Lanang Premier.

the target that the President would want to be planted by 2016). Other than organizing the 200 barangay LGUs, the DILG will also disseminate t re e - g row i n g or ot h e r environmental initiatives to local partners and present p e r for m an c e i n c e nt ive scheme for the BSFP. After which, the barangay LGUs will then provide counterpart either by cash or in kind. Me anw hi le, MinDA, through the MindaNOW! Nu r tu r i ng O u r Wate rs Program is assigned to c o ord i nate t he pr iv ate sectors, academe and the civil society organizations (CSOs) in assisting the organization of partner LGUs/alliance with the DILG and DENR. Further, another project

d e s i g n e d by t h e t h re e governing agencies is called the Payment for Ecosystem Services or PES. This is an environmental mechanism in sustaining ecosystems as well as to e n c ou r age i n du st r y stakeholders to participate in the payment scheme that is meant to protect the environment against the massive utilization of resources caused by excessive human activities. Secretary Luwalhati R. Antonino, Chairperson of MinDA, said that PES is already being done in the municipality of Naawan. The municipal council of Na aw an ha d issu e d an ordinance to collect additional fee of one peso per cubic meter of water consumed per household.

Antonino encouraged ever yone to do parallel efforts to protect and sustain the environment and its natural resources. “We have to act now in order t hat t he next generation will not blame us for abusing the environment that they will inherit from us in the future,” Antonino expressed. Along wit h MinDA, DENR, and DILG, other partners that took part in this joint undertaking were the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management C ou n c i l ( C D OR B MC ) , Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, and the MiarayonLapok-Lirongan-Tinaytayan Tribal Association, which was also the recipient of the PES project. (Ariana Cristelle Pagdanganan/PIA10)

POLLUTION-FREE RIDE. T’boli villagers in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, ride their horses on their way to farm to haul sacks of corn on Friday, May 23. They are paid P50 for every three sacks of corn. mindanews photo


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