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Briefly Vegetative clearing DAVAO ORIENTAL -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) became highly involved in vegetative clearing of felled coconuts trees in Davao Oriental in providing early recovery assistance to help hardly-hit towns rise from the colossal damage done by Typhoon Pablo. UNDP Early Recovery C o o r di nator fo r Min d a n a o Winston Aylmer Camarinas said UNDP cleared 100 meters both sides of the national highway of the hardly hit-towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston but he said UNDP cleared only 10 percent of the estimated 4-million felled trees in Davao Oriental. “We assisted in clearing felled trees to give way to planting and recropping and helped in converting the logs into lumber in coordination with the Philippine Coconut Authority which provided chainsaw,” he said.

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AGAYAN DE ORO’S first resort-themed Mid-Rise condominium breaks ground at Rosario Limketkai Avenue, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City on Friday, 8 November 2013.

This P2-billion project rests on a 2.7 hectare property, with Building 1 of the five building Asian-Balinese inspired resortthemed complex slated for completion by the first quarter of 2015. Mayor Oscar S. Moreno and his wife Arlene, honorary chair of the Cagayan de Oro City Tourism Board, have been invited to break ground for One Oasis Cagayan de Oro along with Ms. Josephine Gotianun Yap, FLI President and CEO, and Tristan L. Las Marias, FLI First Vice President for VisMin cluster. One Oasis Cagayan de Oro is the first mid-rise condo in downtown Cagayan de Oro. Land development is ongoing and unit owners for its first building can move into Filinvest/PAGE 11

Aerial view of Oasis One.

UNDP succeeds in helping typhoon victims earn a living

Saudis on DH PURSUANT to the Philippines and Saudi Arabia’s signed pact on household service workers (HSWs) recruitment last May, the latter has issued regulations, outlining the rights and obligations of migrant HSWs and their Saudi employers. Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz confirmed this Thursday, saying Saudi Arabia has approved last week the Resolution No. 301, or the Household Regulation on Service Workers and Similar Categories. “I am very much pleased that Saudi Arabia has issued its new regulations on the employment of foreign HSWs. This Agreement, which followed after Saudi Arabia and the Philippines agreed on a Standard Employment Contract, will certainly boost the protection for our HSWs and enhance their welfare,” said Baldoz.

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COMPOSTELA Valley -- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has somehow succeeded in helping Typhoon Pablo-affected residents rise and return to their

normal life by providing them ways of earning a living. UNDP Early Recover y Coordinator for Mindanao Winston undp/PAGE 11

Foreign carriers mount flights to PHL’s secondary airports By DANIELLE VENZ, Contributor

OASIS ONE. Filinvest Land Inc, Northern Mindanao Area Manager Ara Solidum invites Mayor Oscar S Moreno for FLI’s One Oasis Cagayan de Oro ground breaking set for November 8, 2013 at Limketkai Drive, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro.

MORE foreign carriers are mounting flights to secondary destinations in the Philippines, as the country gears up to strengthen air links with its key growth markets in a bid to achieve 10 million international tourist arrivals by 2016.

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Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) chief operating officer Domingo Ramon Enerio III said that the Emirates Airlines launched its flights at Clark airport starting October this year; and plans are underway flights/PAGE 11

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BACOLOD CITY – The P10 increase in daily minimum wage in Western Visayas is expected to take effect by Nov. 16. This was conf ir me d Thursday by Wennie Sancho,

labor representative to the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Region 6 (RTWPB-6), a day after Wage Order No. 21 was approved. Sancho said that members wage/PAGE 9

MANILA -- The Department of Trade and Industry welcomes the thirty-notch rise of the Philippines in the latest results of the Doing Business Report 2014 released by World BankInternational Finance Corp. Doing Business of the World Bank Group focuses on regulations applying to sma l l and me diumsize domestic enterprises in 11 areas of their life cycle: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency and employing workers. The Philippines has the biggest improvement in business regulation in the past year, ranking 108th out of 1869 economies worldwide. Major gains were reported in the areas of resolving insolvency, with a 65-notch jump to 100th place from 165th last year; getting credit information , which is now at 43rd 86th place, 43 ranks higher than last year’s 86129th; and getting electricity, 24 notches up to 33rd place from 57th in last year’s survey.

According to the Ease of Doing Business Survey Report, securing construction permits have been made easier by eliminating the

requirement to obtain a health certificate, cutting down the process time to four steps and cycle time to seven days. The Report survey also noted an improvement in access to credit information with the enactment of Data Privacy Law that guarantees borrowers right to access

their data. Paying taxes in Philippines is easier for companies due to the introduction of electronic filing and payment system for social security contributions. The Philippines is now at 6th place among its ASEAN neighbours, two ranks up f rom last year, b eating most/PAGE 9

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JAPAN’S lock on Consumer Reports’ vehicle reliability rankings is starting to ease. Three Japanese brands – Lexus, Toyota and Acura – took the top spots in this year’s survey, and seven of the top 10 brands are Japanese. But three non-Japanese brands – Audi, Volvo and GMC – cracked the top 1 0 . And t he mag a z i ne announced Monday it’s not recommending that consumers buy 2014 models of the Honda Accord V6 and Nissan Altima sedans, two of Japan’s top sellers, because of poor reliability scores. Two other Japanese

mainstays, the Toyota Camry and Toyota RAV4, won’t be recommended because they flunked a frontal crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That’s a blow that could impact sales. Consumer Reports’ recommendations are frequently cited among the top reasons people buy particular cars and trucks. Yonkers, New York-based Consumer Reports predicts the reliability of 2014 model year cars and trucks based on a survey of subscribers who own vehicles from current or prior model years. This survey/PAGE 9

CEMENT manufacturer Holcim Philippines continued to improve in the third quarter of the year despite the scheduled maintenance activities during the rainy season in the third quarter. Holcim said that sales revenues grew 7.4 percent year-on-year to P6.9 billion from the same period last year as demand and prices remained steady with both the private and public sector pushing ahead with projects. Profits, meanwhile, rose 34.2 percent to P691.2 million versus the third quarter of 2012, helped by the company’s continuing revenue growth, Holcim/PAGE 9

DIGITAL Mobile Philippines Inc. (DMPI) has more than doubled the coverage of its mobile broadband service in the country. “We are working to provide one of the most extensive mobile broadband networks in the country today so we can give more Filipinos the opportunity to experience first-hand the benefits of broadband, as many of our subscribers have personally experienced with our service,” Charles Lim, executive vice president and head of Wireless Consumer Business Group at Sun Cellular said in a statement.

Majority of these new areas are in Mindanao where a number of provinces have been added to Sun Broadband’s service areas, including Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sarangani and Nor t h Cotabato. Su n Bro a db and h a s also extended its reach to include areas such as Guimaras, Samar, Masbate, and Siquijor in the Visayas, as well as Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Mindoro, Romblon, and Sorsogon in Southern Luzon. Subscribers in the northern part of Luzon

will also experience the boost in Sun Broadband’s expanded coverage in 14 more provinces, including Abra, Apayao, Aurora, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Kalinga, La Union, Mountain Province and Nueva Vizcaya, among others. T h e t e l c o’s r e c e n t broadband network expansion complements earlier efforts to boost its 3G signal in Mindanao, as well as improve its overall mobile coverage in the Visayas. “ We h av e s e e n t h e importance of broadband Internet in the lives of many Filipinos today as they use this

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SSS branches closed today, Nov. 2 THE Social Security System (SSS) said SSS branches are closed today (Nov. 2), which was declared a special non-working holiday in observance of All Souls’ Day. SSS branches will also be closed on November 30, Saturday, which is a regular national holiday in commemoration of Bonifacio Day.

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Rice, corn prices shoot up THE RETAIL prices of well-milled rice and yellow and white corn grains increased the week of Oct. 16-22 while the retail price of regular milled rice has slipped, according to a Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) report released Oct. 30. The average retail price of well-milled rice grew 0.21% from the preceding week

and 9.82% from the same period last year, respectively, BAS said in its Updates on

Palay, Rice, and Corn Prices on Wednesday. For the Oct. 16-22 week, the prevailing retail price for well-milled rice was P38.70 per kilogram, up 0.21% from the preceding week’s P38.62/ kg and 9.82% more than the P35.24/kg during the same period in 2012.

Villar pushes P10M funding for improve garlic production SENATOR Cynthia Villar on Thursday announced that her Senate committee on agriculture and food was able to secure P10 million funding for research and development in an effort to improve production of the

famous ‘Ilocos garlic.’ “ We a r e h o p e f u l further R&D will be able to make Ilocos garlic more competitive by cutting its production cost and by boosting its marketing as the better garlic than those

imported from China,” Villar said. Villar said Department of Agriculture (DA) secretary Proceso Alcala gave commitment that he will approve the initial funding villar/PAGE 10

Corn farmers press field trial of GM crops CORN farmers have demanded that the government continue the field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops under Executive Order (EO) 430, a regulatory system which they said is “so strict” that it prohibits the commercialization of GM crops that do not pass Philippine standards. Philippine Maize Federation Inc. (Philmaize) noted that EO 430 made the

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hink a minute…This is a true story a man told of A Minute when he was a young teenager. By Jhan Tiafau Hurst He was just hanging out listening to the radio one day when his father came in from working outside. His dad looked at him and said: “Son, in 24 hours you won’t even remember what you’re listening to now. How about doing something for the next 20 minutes that you’ll remember for the next 20 years? I promise you’ll enjoy it every time you think of it “What is it?” the son asked. His dad said, “Well, our neighbor, Mrs. Brown, needs her grass cut. Why don’t you go cut her lawn while she’s gone, and then get back quickly so she won’t know you are the person who did it?” The son said he hurried over and cut their neighbor’s grass in just 20 minutes. Mrs. Brown came home later and never knew who had mowed her lawn for her. That son said his father was right. It’s now more than 20 years later, and every time he thinks of secretly cutting Mrs. Brown’s grass for her he really enjoys the memory. Jesus Christ said that when we do good so people will see and praise us, then that’s the only reward we’ll ever get for it. He said we should try to do our giving and helping in a way that doesn’t draw attention to ourselves, but simply do it because we care and want to help people. We shouldn’t tell people what we did or how much we gave. We know it, God knows it, and that’s all the reward we need. The reward that humans give cannot ever match the reward God gives. So if all we want is the approval of other people, then that’s all we’ll get. But if we give our help and service secretly, for God and others, then we’ll be rewarded and blessed much more during this life, and even after we die. Just Think a Minute…

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The launching of a nationwide series of the least impact on the environment. consultation workshops, particularly However, it is inevitable that in the on the processing of special tree cutting pursuit of reinforcing the power grid, and land use permits by the National we will have to traverse public and forest Grid Corporation of the Philippines lands. In that event, NGCP complies with (NGCP) supported by the Department all environmental policies and with this of Environment and Natural Resources series of workshops, we are able to address (DENR)’s Forest Management Bureau current and future challenges to NGCP’s (FMB), is said to be timely in the face of timely environmental compliance,” said the crucial power issues and problems Atty. Cynthia Perez-Alabanza, NGCP Spokesperson. besetting the country today. NGCP’s project aims to address In the words of DENR’s Assistant environmental issues and streamline the Secretary for Field Operations Marcial DENR clearance process in relation to Amaro, Jr., the project is an affirmation problems encountered by the grid operator’s of NGCP’s commitment to the special construction of new transmission lines. permits granted to them as well as a good NGCP and DENR’s said initiative is opportunity to clarify and streamline internal guidelines. NGCP can be timely , as the adequate supply Editorial assured that DENR will remain and efficient delivery of power is crucial to the energy industry according its partner in carrying out their mandate while caring for the environment.” to the Department of Energy. The aim of the NGCP, through its NGCP is a privately owned corporation Environmental Management Division, in charge of operating, maintaining, and to hold consultation sessions with the developing the country’s power grid. It FMB on the concerns on its transmission transmits high-voltage electricity through projects that traverse public and forest “power superhighways” that include the lands is indeed a great need. As part of interconnected system of transmission the outcome of the project, the special lines, towers, substations, and related tree-cutting and special land use permits assets. awarded to NGCP will enable the grid As a socially responsible company, operator to clear areas that transmission it is committed to create a sustainable lines and facilities will pass through, upon environment and protect the natural submission of environmental requirements resources particularly in areas hosting its transmission facilities. and prior clearance from DENR. “All of NGCP’s projects undergo in-depth To NGCP and DENR, congratulations, review to determine the best direction with and more power!


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Why PhilPaSS Matters to You

f you are a “banked” individual, you have probably experienced withdrawing money from your savings account using the automated teller machine (ATM) of another bank. Technically, what happens is your bank is “borrowing” money from the other bank to provide your immediate cash requirements. Now, how do you think your bank is able to pay what it borrowed from the other bank? Also, how is it possible that your account immediately ref lects your withdrawal? Banks do not manually pay each other by exchanging bags of cash at the end of the banking day. If dues are settled this way, it will cost a lot of time and effort from the parties involved. That’s why in modern economies such as what most countries have now, there exists an infrastructure that enables the efficient payment and settlement between financial institutions in a given country. This infrastructure is called a payment system. Pay ment systems play an important role in t he financial infrastructure of the economy. They provide the mechanism through which money is transferred from one party to another. In the Philippines, our national payment system is called the PhilPaSS or the Philippine Payments and Settlements System. It is an automated facility owned and operated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), which as the country’s central monetary authority has taken steps to ensure that there is a safe and efficient payment and settlement system in the country. The PhilPaSS, which was launched in 2002, settles fund transfers between participant banks and financial institutions which maintain deposits with the BSP. It uses a real-time gross settlement system (RTGS) that allows payments and settlements to be processed and posted as they happen. With RTGS, risks in high-value payments between banks are minimized because transactions do not require exchange of actual cash. Since banks have their own deposit accounts in the BSP, the central bank directly adds or deducts from the banks’ respective accounts in

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the BSP what are being paid or settled through the PhilPaSS. O ut This process has proven By Ignacio Bunye to be a more efficient way of processing transactions. Before, t hings were done manually. Debit and credit entries were posted one by one in the banks’ respective deposit accounts in the BSP. Statement of accounts of the banks also had to be sent through postal mail. Operating the PhilPaSS is the BSP’s Payments and Settlements Office (PSO), a lean and mean team of 15 personnel, including its head Director Bella Santos. The PSO, formerly called the Deposit Demand Account – RTGS Payment Unit, came to be in June 2006 as per Monetary Board Resolution No. 847.A. It processes an average of 5,000 daily transactions with an average daily value of Php 1.4 Trillion. These transactions involve 37 commercial banks, 46 thrift/ savings banks, 60 rural banks, 13 non-banks and quasibanking institutions. This group settles the transactions of third party system providers such as the Philippine Clearing House Corporation, Megalink, Bancnet, and the Philippine Dealing Exchange. It’s important to note too, that the PhilPaSS does not just facilitate interbank fund transfers and ATM transactions. It also settles check clearing and facilitates trading of foreign exchange and government securities. Banks also use the PhilPaSS to facilitate inward remittances from overseas Filipinos. With the speed, ease and safety offered by PhilPaSS, many ordinary Filipinos have a lot to be happy about. Note: My book, Central Banking for Every Juan and Maria is now available in main branches of Fully Booked, Power Books, National Book Store, and University of the Philippines Press.

The Need for Compassion

et’s give due attention to this particular and strategic need of ours. Many prevailing circumstances today tend to make us focused simply on ourselves, not necessarily because of bad motives. But we have to be careful because these circumstances somehow keep us from entering into the lives of others which is what we ought to do. There’s the pressure of work, the concern for personal development, the requirements of our task at the moment, etc. All these are legitimate and should be expected, but they should not dull our sense of duty to be involved in the lives of others. Aside from these legitimate circumstances, we unfortunately also have a growing number of disturbing developments that undermine our compassion for the others. The culture of self-seeking and self-assertion is dominating. They tend to confine people into their own private, isolated worlds. We have to be concerned for the others. The ideal attitude is that we should always be thinking of the others, not to be nosey, but rather to help in any way we can. Always thinking of the others is actually a very pleasant thing to do, although at the beginning when we are still learning it, we have to grapple with some temporary disagreeable moments. But the moment we master it, it becomes really nice. That’s because we are actually made for the others, that is, to enter into intimate communion with them in mind and heart. It’s this state of communion that fills us with a most gratifying sense of fulfillment. We should not forget that this communion with the others is also the way to our communion with God. We can never say we are with God unless we are also with the others. Loving God and loving the others always go together. They are inseparable. Compassion is a very specific way of achieving communion with the others. It involves feeling for the others, for their needs and desires. It involves making the concerns of the others our own too. Compassion has to be understood properly, and pursued, learned and lived continually. Given our human condition, we develop compassion in stages. We have to start by thinking of the others in a more stable waypraying for them, offering some sacrifices, and noting interesting details in the lives of the others. All these should be motivated by faith, hope and charity. And that’s why, we also need to strengthen and

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Coalition cautions vs. littering in cemeteries Environment watchdog EcoWaste Coalition called on the public to show respect for the dead by refraining from littering cemeteries. The coalition’s zero waste campaigner Tin Vergara made the call, expecting a festive mood to prevail again this week in cemeteries nationwide as people flock there for the annual “Undas” or All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on Nov. 1 and 2. ”G ar b a ge i s u s u a l ly expected during festivities but ‘Undas’ musn’t be an excuse to litter,” she said. Among garbage scattered in cemeteries after “Undas” are food packs, plastic bags, cigarette butts, fruit peel and carton. Waste from the annual observance of “Undas” further raises volume of garbage produced nationwide. National Solid Waste

Management Commission (NSWMC) reported the Philippines generates an estimated 30,000 tons of waste daily. Metro Manila accounts for about a fourth of such waste generated, NSWMC noted. EcoWaste reported that last year, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority hauled in just two days from 10 major cemeteries alone a total 76 truckloads of garbage. Twenty truckloads of such garbage originated from Manila North Cemetery, EcoWaste said. The coalition said Manila North Cemetery and Manila’s city government supported its “Undas” no-littering advocacy campaign this week. EcoWaste mounted the campaign, noting cemeteries are sacred places and not cautions/PAGE 10

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – At least 176 families from two villages in Koronadal City and Tantangan town in South Cotabato were displaced on Tuesday night due to a series of landslides and flashfloods in the area. Ta n t a n g a n M a y o r Benjamin Figueroa Jr. said they evacuated some 145 families from Barangay New Iloilo late Tuesday after it was swept by waist-deep floodwaters following hours of heavy rains. He said they temporarily re l o c at e d t h e af fe c t e d residents, who mainly came from lower portions of the village, to the municipal gymnasium. “We actually rescued some of them using payloaders and dump trucks as the area

was rendered inaccessible to other vehicles due to the rising floodwaters,” the mayor said in a radio interview. Figueroa said no casualties have been reported as a result of the latest flashfloods, which also affected portions of barangays Bukay Pait, Dumadalig and Maibo. He said no other evacuations were reported from the three villages, about 50 percent of which were still submerged in floodwaters as of 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. On Monday, five villages in the area were initially hit by severe floods and landslides due to hours of almost nonstop rains that started on Sunday night. The mayor said several road networks within the muni c ip a l it y remai ne d

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NEW ARGAO COASTLINE. This photo taken on Monday, October 28, 2013, shows the scenic Barangay New Argao coastline in Malita, Davao del Sur. A few meters away from this spot where fishermen and their families live is the 600-megawatt coal-fired plant, owned by San Miguel Corporation, which has just started construction and set to be completed in 2015. mindanews photo by ruby thursday more

Flooded SouthCot 176 families displaced in SouthCot landslides, floods declared under impassable since Monday due to the floods and landslides. Figueroa said they initially released family food packs and other relief items to the evacuees, most of whom were women and children. He said the provincial government of S outh Cotabato also delivered some food items, blankets and mats to augment the ongoing relief operations. I n Ko r o n a d a l C i t y, Barangay Assumption chair Sagin Monday said they evacuated some 31 families situated near a creek in the area following a series of landslides that hit the area late Tuesday. He said the landslides practically closed down about a kilometer of the barangay and provincial roads in Sitio

Lower Ladol of Barangay Assumption. “It was fortunate that the boulders did not roll down to the creek area. If that happened, a lot of people would have died,” Monday said. The village official said they temporarily transferred the affected residents to safer areas, like along the main road. He said they already requested the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to assess the site where the evacuees were previously settled. Monday said the City Social Welfare and Development Office has initially releas ed relief assistance to the evacuees Floods/PAGE 10

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The municipal government of Tantangan in South Cotabato placed the entire area on Wednesday under the state of calamity as a result of the severe floods and landslides in the last three days that already destroyed around P28.3-million worth of agricultural crops. Ta n t a n g a n M a y o r Benjamin Figueroa said the municipal council issued

the declaration Wednesday morning to facilitate the immediate release of the necessary funds to address the impact of the calamity, which has so far affected 8 of the town’s 13 barangays. Citing their initial assessment, the mayor said the floods that hit the area since early Monday has so far destroyed a total of 394 hectares of palay farmlands Calamity/PAGE 10

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The provincial government of South Cotabato has ordered a massive cleanup of various rivers and waterways in Tantangan town following the severe floods since Monday that ravaged eight farming villages in the area. South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes said Thursday she has directed the municipal government of Tantangan and other local

stakeholders to prioritize the cleanup of their clogged up rivers and waterways of wastes and other related materials to help ease the floods in the area. “Based on our assessment, the flashfloods in Tantangan were caused by the accumulation of various wastes in some rivers and drainage canals there. It disrupted the normal flow of cleaup/PAGE 10

Cleanup of SouthCot rivers called to prevent floods

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ROAD REPAIR. Workers drain water from a section of an unfinished road repair site in Barangay Matti, Digos, Davao del Sur last Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013. Heavy rains have hampered the road repairs along the DavaoCotabato highway. mindanews photo by keith bacongco

Tropical storm “Vinta” has further intensified on Wednesday afternoon a s i t m ov e s t ow a r d s extreme Northern Luzon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). In a press briefing held in PAGASA, weather forecaster Chris Perez

said the storm’s wind strength increased from 75 kilometers per hour (kph) Wednesday before noon to 85 kph in the afternoon, while its gustiness rose from 90 kph to 100 kph. He added that in the next 24 hours Vinta is expected to be near in Northern Luzon as 19 provinces in vinta/PAGE 10


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of the RTWPB-6 agreed that the wage increase will take effect mid-November since by then, it would be already 15 days after Wage Order No. 21 is published in a newspaper of regional circulation. The additional P10 will increase the daily wage rate in Western Visayas to P245-P287, from the current P235-P277. By Nov. 16, agriculture plantation workers will get P255 per day while nonplantation workers will receive P245. Regional director Po n c i a n o L i g u t o m , o f the Department of Labor and Employment-6 and chairperson of the RTWPB-6, said in a press report that the RTWPB-6 will also issue a corresponding advisory on the second-tier rules. This refers to the performance-based pay which shall serve as guidelines for private establishments on the range of productivity bonuses and incentives that an enterprise may provide based on agreements between workers and employers. The RTWPB-6 approved Wage Order No. 21 after conducting a series public consultations and hearings across the region prompted by the petition filed by the Philippine Agricultural, Commercial, and Industrial Workers’ Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (PACIWU-TUCP) last May. The PACIWU-TUCP had sought an increase of P113.57 for commercial and industrial workers; P100.45 for workers in plantations with more than 24 hectares; and P96.35 for workers in plantations with less than 24 hectares. Although he believes that P10 is insufficient to meet the workers’ needs, Sancho said he, along with fellow labor

representative Hernane Braza, voted for the increase since it will benefit the unorganized workers, or those without labor unions. Wage Order No. 20 which provided a P12 increase took effect on April 1, 2012. In 2011, the RTWPB 6 issued Wage Order No. 19, granting a P12 Emergency Cost of Living Allowance for workers for three months from July 15 to October 15.(PNA)

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Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, and newcomer Myanmar. DTI Secretary Gregory Domingo expressed his optimism that the Philippines will achieve its target to land in the top third of global competitiveness rankings by 2016. “With the big leaps made in the past three years, I am confident that the Philippines will sustain its momentum in competitiveness, and eventually reach its target to be in the top third of the rankings by the end of this administration.“ Sec. Domingo added. “The results of the Ease of Doing Business, in which the Philippines jumped thirty notches to 108th from 138th, is a testament to the continuing efforts of government government’s in partnership with the private sector, continuing effort to improve the ease and the cost of doing business in the country anchored on the good governance and inclusive economic growth agenda of the administration.“ Sec. Domingo said. (DTI-PRO)

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year, the survey questioned the owners of 1.1 million vehicles. Problems with infotainment systems, from frozen touch screens to poorly

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performing voice-operated navigation systems, were frequent complaints. Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ automotive testing director, said electronic problems may even be underreported, since some drivers find the systems so confusing they don’t use them. German cars tended to have the best infotainment systems. The 2014 Subaru Forester got the top score for predicted reliability, but the magazine noted that the 2014 Forester had only been on sale for a few weeks in the spring when owners were surveyed, so there wasn’t much time for errors to crop up. The Subaru Legacy was the topperforming midsize car.

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from page 4 cost management efforts and efficiency initiatives. Wit h t he s e, Hol c i m Philippines nine-month tally for revenues have grown by 9.5 percent to P22.1 billion from, while profits rose by 48 percent to P3.7 billion year-on-year. Holcim Philippines’s plants went on their seasonal repairs in the third quarter, but the company ensured the markets were supported amid the continued strong public and private demand. The government reported that infrastructure and capital outlays grew by P38.5 percent P169.6 billion from last year’s P122.4 billion. “The robust construction activities again pushed demand to outperform our expectation in the third quarter,” Ed Sahagun, said Holcim Philippines chief executive said. The Holcim Philippines chief said the company has mostly completed its maintenance activities. He a d d e d t h a t t h e company’s plants in La Union and Misamis Oriental will

ORDER Before this Court is a Petition for the Declaration of Presumptive Death of KIMBERLY V. GAABUCAYAN, filed by herein Petitioners. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the said Petition be set for Initial Hearing on November 20, 2013 at 8:30 in the morning at the Session Hall of this Court, on which date, time and place, all persons who may have any opposition to the petition herein sought, may appear to show cause why said petition should not be granted. Let this Order be published, at the expense of Petitioner, in a newspaper of general circulation in Cagayan de Oro City and in the Province of Misamis Oriental once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks prior to the date of hearing. Likewise, let copies of this Order, with petition attached, be posted by the Deputy Sheriff of this Branch, at the Bulletin Boards of Barangay Camaman. an, Cagayan de Oro City, at the City Hall of Cagayan de Oro City and at the Bulletin Board of the Hall of Justice for at least ten (10) days prior to the date of hearing. Petitioners are further ordered to furnish copies of the Petition and this Order to the Office of the Solicitor General, the Office of the Local Civil Registrar and the Office of the City Prosecutor and show proof of compliance on the date of hearing. SO ORDERED. Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, October 17, 2013. (Sgd.) VINCENT F.B. ROSALES Presiding Judge BWM: Oct. 26, Nov. 2 & 9, 2013

have higher production capacities because projects to improve efficiencies were also implemented during the maintenance breaks. “We’re proud to have completed our scheduled shutdowns safely. With these done, we are now focusing our attention to regular operations. These initiatives plus the start of our Mabini operations prepares us well for the expected upswing in demand. I expect us to finish the year strong so we can build momentum going into 2014,” he said.

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of white corngrain for Oct. 16-22, P19.71/kg, was 6.37% more than the preceding week’s P18.53/kg and 0.36% more than the P19.60/kg of the same period last year. The yellow corngrain re t ai l pr i c e du r i ng t he same period was P21.51/ kg, registering an increase of 0.47% from the preceding week’s P21.41/ kg. C ompared with the 2012 price of P21.64/kg, the retail price of yellow corngrain declined 0.60 %. According to BAS’s latest Rice and Corn Inventory, as of Sept. 1, the country had a total rice stock inventory of 1.53 million metric tons (MT). Of the current stock level, about 35% were with households; 32.6%, with commercial warehouses; and 32.4%, in National Food Authority depositories. As for corn, in an Agriculture department press release on Oct. 22, the agency stated that there will be sufficient supply of corn and corn substitutes by year-end. The corn supply totaled 8.2 million MT, and there will be an ending stock of about 2.935 million MT. Demand for feeds was placed at 5.265 million MT.

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IN THE MATTER OF DECLARATION Spec. Proc. No. 2013-078 OF PRESUMPTIVE DEATH OF KIMBERLY V. GAABUCAYAN AND THE APPOINTMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE TO ADMINISTER AND/OR SELL HER PRO INDIVISO SHARE OF A PROPERTY MILAGROS V. GAABUCAYAN, JERSON V. GAABUCAYAN, ELENA CHRISTINE G. NARCISO, RUTILLA MARJORIE G. KIONISALA, HONEY MARGARETTE G. ARDA, MARY JANE G. ARAS, SOL BARBARA G. CRUZ represented by HONEY MARGARETTE G. ARDA, FAUSTINO FLORISCEL V. GAABUCAYAN represented by JOHNNY ARAS AND LESLIE G. SANTOS represented by JOHNNY ARAS, Petitioners, X----------------------------------------------------------//

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OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF SHERIFF’S NOTICE OF SALE FILE NO. 2013-273 Upon extra judicial petition for sale under Act. 3135 as amended filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND OR PAG-IBIG FUND, mortgagee, with office address at Pag-ibig Building, J.R.. Borja St. Cagayan de Oro City, against SHEILA M. MANATUM, married to DARIO L. MANATUM, mortgagor/s, of legal age/s, Filipino/s with postal address at Lot 15 Block 25, LA BUENA VIDA SUBDIVISION, Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City to satisfy the mortgaged indebtedness which was as of September 2, 2013 amounts to EIGHT HUNDRED TWENTY TWO THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY TWO PESOS AND 88/100 (P822,720.88) Philippine Currency excluding interest, penalty charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned sheriff will sell at public auction on November 11, 2013, at 10:00 o’clock in the morning or soon thereafter at the RTC Branch 22 Office, Arch Hayes St., Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder for CASH and in Philippine Currency. the herein described property and all improvements thereon to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-191141 A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 15, Block 25 Of the Subd,plan, Psd-10-031036, being portion of Pcn-10-000226) situated in the Barangay of Lumbia, City Of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao. Containing an area of ONE HUNDRED TWENTY ( 120 ) SQUARE METERS more or less. Prospective buyers/bidders may investigate for themselves the title herein described property and encumberances thereon, if any there be. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be on the next working day without further notice. Cagayan de Oro City, September 30, 2013.

FOR THE PROVINCIAL EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF

(Sgd.) JOEL LYDVEL G. PAKINO Sheriff IV BWM: Oct. 19, 26 & Nov. 2, 2013

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 10th Judicial Region OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT Medina, Misamis Oriental -oOoHDMF (PAG – IBIG Fund) as rep, EJF FILE NO: 353-M by it’s Branch Manager, mortgagee, FOR: -versus- Extrajudicial Foreclosure of Real Estate Mortgage Under Act 3135, As Amended by Act 4118 BRUCE JOHN L. OGA mortgagor. X--------------------------------------------/ SHERIFF’S NOTICE OF EXTRA JUDICIAL SALE Upon extrajudicial petition for sale under Act 3135, as amended by act 4118, filed by the HDMF (PAG-IBIG FUND) as rep. by it’s Branch Manager, mortgagee, against BRUCE JOHN L. OGA, mortgagor, with residence and postal address at Poblacion Makilala, North Cotabato City to satisfy the indebtedness of the mortgagor to the former in the amount of EIGHT HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE PESOS & 68/100 (P830, 965. 68) Philippine Currency, including interest due, penalties and other charges excluding 10% attorney’s fees and other liquidated damages as of July 12, 2013, plus all other expenses incurred in connection with this petition and sale, the undersigned RTC-OCC Sheriff’s sell at Public Auction On December 12, 2013 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning or soon thereafter at the Hall of Justice, RTC-OCC, Medina, Misamis Oriental to the highest bidder for cash and in Philippine currency, the following property with all improvements thereof to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-56855 A PARCEL OF LAND, and all improvements thereon with Lot No. 352-A, PSD- 10-051994 being a portion of Lot 352, CAD-703, Cagayan Cadastre situated in the Barrio of Mantangale, Municipality of Balingoan, Province of Misamis Oriental, Island of Mindanao. Boundaries: W., along line 1-2 by lot 352-B; N., along line 2-3 by lot 352- D; SE., along line 3-4 by lot 352- C; along line 4-5 by lot 352-D all of Psd-10-051994 S., along lines 5-6-1 by National (30.00 m. wide) Beginning from point marked “1” on plan being N., 89 deg., 56’E., 867.16 m. from BLLM NO. 1, Cad- 703, Balingoan Cadastre Thence: 1-2 N., 02 deg. 06’W., 45.52m; 2-3 S., 85 deg. 22’E., 34.46m; 3-4 S.,11 deg. 10’W., 22.86M;

4-5 S., 11 deg. 09’W., 21.35m; 5-6 N., 85 deg. 23’W.,10.49m; 6-1 S., 89 deg. 16’W., 13.66m;

Containing an Area of ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED NINETY EIGHT (1, 298) Square meters more or less. In the event of failure of bidding or auction sale cannot take place for whatever reason, the same will proceed on the following working day, without further notice, posting and publication. Prospective bidders/ buyers may investigate for themselves the title and tax declaration herein above described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Medina, Misamis Oriental, October 24, 2013. (Sgd.) MICHAEL J. MONTEJO RTC-OCC, SHERIFF IV BWM: Nov. 2, 9 & 16, 2013


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Upon extrajudicial petition for sale under Act No. 3135 as amended by Act No. 4118, filed by RURAL BANK OF CABADBARAN, INC., duly organized and existing under Philippines Laws with principal office address located at Cor. Garame & Cabeltes Sts., Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte, with Branch Office at Cor. Dolores-Tiano Sts. Cagayan de Oro City, against SPS. EDWIN L. VILLAMOR and BERLINA P. VILLAMOR, Filipinos, married, both of legal ages, with postal address at Zone 6, Bonbon, Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which at present amounted to ONE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED FORTY SEVEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTY SIX & 67/100 PESOS (Php 1,447,866.67), Philippine currency, inclusive of interest & penalty charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned or duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on January 9, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. or soon thereafter at the main entrance of the RTC-BR.20, Hall of justice lobby, Hayes St., Cagayan de Oro City to the highest bidder, for CASH in Philippine Currency, the following property/ies described below with all the improvements thereon, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-171179 “A PARCEL OF LAND, INCLUDING ALL IMPROVEMENTS FOUND therein ( Lot 1632-B-2-A-2-A, Psd-10-050710, being a portion of Lot 1632-B-2-A-2-A, Psd-10-044501), situated in Bonbon, City Cagayan de Oro City, Island of Mindanao. Bounded on the NE., along lines 1-2-3 by Lot 22315-B, Psd-10-003748; on the SE., along line 3-4, by Lot 1632-C, Psd-10-003486; on SW., along lines 4-5- by Lot 1632-B-2-A-2-B of the subd. Plan of Psd-10-050710; of the NW., along line 5-1 by Existing Road (4.00m. wide) xxx Containing an area of TWO HUNDRED (200) square meters more or less, and assessed at Php 149,000.00 and Php484,923.34 (Building), and covered by Tax Declarations Nos. G-083051 and G-082931, respectively, and both declared in the names of EDWIN VILLAMOR and BERLINA VILLAMOR, of Zone 6, Bonbon, Cagayan de Oro City.” All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date. In the event Auction Sale cannot take place for whatever legal reason, the same will proceed on the following working day, without further notice, posting and publication. Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves the title and tax declarations herein above-described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. October 16, 2013, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. (Sgd.) CELESTIAL VENUS G. GELBOLINGO Sheriff IV BWM: Oct. 26, Nov. 2 & 9, 2013

NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE FILE NO. D-2013-360 Upon extra judicial petition for sale under act 3135 as amended filed by RADIOWEALTH FINANCE COMPANY, (brevity known as RFC) with office and business address located at Iligan City against (FLORIDA G. ABONITALLA AND JOEY V. ABONITALLA of Pk. 21 Poblacion, Manticao, Misamis Oriental) to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of September 30, 2013 amounts to P 506,518.06 excluding penalties, charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure the undersigned or his duly authorized deputy will sell at foreclosure the undersigned or his duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on November 07, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. or soon thereafter at the entrance of the Office of Regional Trial Court Branch 44, Initao, Misamis Oriental to the highest bidder, for cash and in Philippine currency the following property with all its improvements, to wit: LIST OF MORTGAGED PROPERTY REGISTRY OF DEEDS FOR TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-12311 “A parcel of land (LOT 1-H-3-D, PSD-10-010675, being a portion of Lot 1-H-3, PSD-10-000971), situated in the Barrio of Poblacion, Municipality of Manticao, Province of Misamis Oriental, Island of Mindanao, containing an area of THREE HUNDRED (300) SQUARE METERS, more or less bearing true, date of original survey April 5, 1950 and that of the subdivision March 2, 1988, executed by Pesto C. Labis, Geodetic Engineer and approved on May 5, 1988. “Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves the title herein above described and encumberances therein if any there be. “In the event the auction should not take place on the said date it shall be held immediately on next day without further notice. September 30, 2013. FOR THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF (Sgd.) NORBERTO F. LABIS SHERIFF IV

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of P10 million requested by the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU). ” The MMSU will be the center for research and development to increase the yield of Ilocos Norte garlic farmers,” Villar said. In an effort to directly get sentiments of the garlic farmers, Villar conducted a Senate inquiry into the state of the garlic production in the country last Wednesday in Batac, Ilocos Norte. “The hearing was able to resolve a lot of problems suffered by our garlic growers. One of these is funding to improve garlic seedlings so that our variety will be more competitive,” Villar said. Vi l l a r l au d e d t h e commitment of the DA to help the garlic farmers who continued to be threatened by the import garlic. ”DA officials will meet with MMSU officials next week, after the long weekend, to finalize this. We are very happy our Ilocos farmers are getting this kind of support from the national government,” Villar said. In her ocular inspection at Batac Public Market, Villar learned from Magdalena Domanais, 49, one of the vendors, that a kilo of locally grown garlic sells at P200 while imported garlic sells at P80 a kilo. Villar also said the Ilocos Norte farmers will now have a voice on the matter of importation by opening five membership slots for them in the National Garlic Action Team (NGAT). “It is only fair that farmers who produce almost 70 percent of the country’s entire garlic production will be represented in this body,” she said. Senator Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr. questioned the incongr uity in the 34-member NGAT, prompting Alcala to open up five slots for garlic growers in Ilocos Norte. During the hearing, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos enumerated the problems besetting garlic growers in the province, among them is the lack of infrastructure support and the need to adjust the planting calendar to adapt to the changing climate. The governor asked the DA to study feasibility of planting crops that take shorter time to grow like kankong, sitaw, mongo in areas usually devastated by typhoons. Alcala also asked the local government of Ilocos Norte and farmer associations to identify farmers who the DA will train as accredited growers. Villar said her committee will hold hearings again to address the problem of garlic and onion smuggling in the country. ”One of the possibilities they are looking at is giving DA police powers to augment the effort of the Bureau of Customs to stop smuggling of garlic,” Villar said. (PNA)

graveyards for unwanted trash. ”We must respect other people’s tombs as we want them to respect ours,” Vergara said. Earlier, EcoWaste drew up a list of decorum for helping promote cleanliness in cemeteries nationwide. The list includes bringing water in one’s own jug instead of buying bottled water, avoiding throw-away food packs and utensils, refraining from wrapping floral and plant offerings in plastic and keeping things in reusable bags. E c o Wa s t e also recommended bringing home one’s own garbage for sorting, re-using, recycling or composting aside from refraining from smoking as well as avoiding to defecate and urinate in public spaces. (PNA)

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while the City Engineer’s Office has sent some heavy equipment to clear the landslide-hit roads. As a result of the heavy rains on Tuesday night, portions of Koronadal City’s downtown area were hit anew by flashfloods, shutting down some major roads. The floods, which were caused by the swelling of the critical Bulok Creek, affected the city’s main rotunda, old city hall compound, public market, residential areas and the city’s main commercial district. The area was also subme rge d by k ne e to waist-deep f lo o dwaters early Monday due to the overflowing of the creek following hours of heavy rains.

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in six of their barangays. Hardest hit is Barangay New Iloilo with 120 hectares followed by San Felipe with 97.5 hectares, Maibo with 58.5 hectares, Cabuling with 56 hectares, Tinongcop with 32 hectares and Dumadalig with 30 hectares. “Most of these crops are in the seeding and vegetative stages but there are some that are almost ready for harvest,” he said. The mayor said a number of houses and infrastructure facilities also sustained some damages as a result of the floods but their assessment is still ongoing. He said several road networks leading to some outskirt villages and communities in the area were rendered impassable due to the earlier landslides. As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, Figueroa said the calamity has affected a total of 600 families or about 2,500 individuals. But he said such figure does not include the 145 families from Barangay New Iloilo who were evacuated to the municipal gymnasium due to the severe floods.

The evacuation came after waist-deep floodwaters submerged the area as result of hours of heavy rains on Tuesday night. On Monday, five villages in the area were also initially hit by severe floods and landslides due hours of almost nonstop rains that started on Sunday night. A portion of the national highway in Barangay San Felipe was submerged in kneedeep floodwaters on Monday morning, slowing down the movement of local residents to the polling precincts in Monday’s barangay elections. With the town now under the state of calamity, Figueroa said they will immediately work on the release of additional funds to augment the needs of the evacuees and other affected families. He said they are also looking at releasing some f u nds to f a c i l it ate t he purchase of palay seeds and other inputs for the affected farmers. The mayor said they will also re-prop the banks of several rivers and waterways in the area through the establishment of sand bag dikes. “O u r m ai n c on c e r n right now is the immediate rehabilitation and reopening of the roads that were flooded and affected by the landslides,” he added.

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water and eventually caused them to swell and divert towards local communities and farmlands,” the governor said. She specifically cited a major river traversing Barangay San Felipe, which caused heavy flooding in the area and three neighboring villages early Monday. The floods submerged a portion of the national highway in Barangay San Felipe, slowing down the movement of local residents to the polling precincts in Monday’s barangay elections. On Tuesday night, some 145 families from portions of Barangay New Iloilo were forced to evacuate after the area was submerged by waist-deep floodwaters that overflowed from a river in Barangay San Felipe. The local government of Tantangan placed the entire area under a state of calamity on Wednesday due to the impact of the floods and landslides that affected 8 of the town’s 13 barangays. Fuentes said she instructed Tantangan Mayor Benjamin Figueroa Jr. to facilitate the river cleanup and tap the services of local residents through a food-for-work scheme. The governor said the provincial government has released some rice stocks to expedite the food-for-work program. “We need to remove the obstructions along the river to allow the water to flow normally towards its outlets,” she said. Fuentes noted that some

rivers in the area need immediate rehabilitation as portions of their waterways have narrowed down after some farmers extended their production areas along the river banks. She urged local residents to participate in the cleanup drive by clearing their own surroundings of various wastes and make sure that they don’t end up in the drainage canals and rivers. As of Thursday morning, Figueroa said the damage wrought by the floods in the area has already reached around P43.4 million. He said the estimated damage to agricultural crops, specifically on palay, has increased to around P38 million while they assessed an initial damage of P5.4 million to local infrastructure. Hardest hit were the palayproducing barangays of New Iloilo, San Felipe, Maibo, Cabuling, Tinongcop and Dumadalig.

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from page 8 Luzon are now under public storm warning signals no. 2 and 1. He said the areas placed under public storm warning signal no. 2 (61-100 kph winds) are Cagayan including Calayan Group of Islands and Babuyan Group of Islands, Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao. Public storm warning signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, was hoisted over Ilocos Norte, Mt. Province,Abra, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija and Batanes Group of Islands . “Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signals 3, 2 & 1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signals 3 and 2 are alerted against storm surges,” PAGASA said. PAGASA said Vinta may bring rainfall of 5 to 10 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 500-km diameter of the tropical storm. The weather agency said that sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon. Perez said that as of 4 p.m. tropical storm Vinta was located at 610 km East of Ilagan, Isabela or 645 km East of Tuguegarao City (17.4°N, 128.3°E) and it is forecast to move West Northwest at 23 kph. Since the cyclone is just passing over the sea, he notedthat it may further intensify before it exits the Philippine territory. Citing the numerical models,Perez said it isexpected to make landfall in Cagayan by Thursday morning. Perez also said that Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Visayas will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening. (PNA)


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into its well-appointed 1-and 2-bedroom units by the first quarter of 2015, way ahead of other developments now being undertaken nearby which offer completion dates five or more years later. FLI’s growing portfolio of Oasis projects in key cities which showcase resort living with its Asian-Balinese inspired architecture, landscaped greens, open spaces, and inviting indoor and outdo or amenit ies include Bali Oasis along Marcos Highway, Capri Oasis and Sorrento Oasis in Pasig, One Oasis Ortigas, One Oasis Cebu, and One Oasis Davao. Strategically located in prime urban zones, Filinvest’ Oasis communities are midrise enclaves that allow urbanites to enjoy their own patch of green in the city. With resort-inspired amenities and refreshing landscapes, families can enjoy a convenient, laidback lifestyle while staying close to their daily needs. Thus, one can find One O asis C agayan de Oro strategically located along Rosario Limketkai Avenue in Bgy. Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City. It is just a short walk to lifestyle hubs like Limketkai Center, Ayala Centrio Mall and Gaisano City Mall and just five minutes drive to schools like Xavier University-Ateneo de C agayan, Mindanao University of Science and Technology and Capitol University. Hospitals like the Northern Mindanao Medical Center, CU Medical City, Xavier UniversityMaria Reyna Hospital and Cagayan de Oro Polymedic General Hospital are but a short drive away. Public transport is easily accessible along Limketkai Avenue, CM Recto Avenue and JR Borja Extension. The 27, 758 square meter project will have about 1,300 units in five medium-rise condominium buildings. Each condominium building has seven floors of residential units and a roof deck cum laundry area, two elevators for the residential floors and stairway at the ends of the floor, connecting all levels. Each 2 bedroom and 1 bedroom residential units come with a balcony and laundry cage for drying. Parking slots for residential are available for sale on a first come, first served basis. One Oasis Cagayan de Oro is aimed at professionals like doctors, lawyers, academics and businessmen who need a halfway home. It’s ideal for college students from nearby cities and provinces l i ke Bu k i d n on , I l i g an , Gingoog, Butuan, Pagadian, Zamboanga and Misamis Oriental. Young growing families will find the proximity to schools, workplaces and malls ideal as would Overseas Filipino Workers wanting to move up in stylish but affordable abodes. Retirees

who prefer to live in smaller homes and foreigners looking to invest in real estate would also find One Oasis Cagayan de Oro ideal for their needs. Not the least, residents who are looking for alternative investments for their hard earned earnings will find One Oasis with its high resale values and/or attractive rent/lease rates as wiser options than simply putting their money in the bank or buying a new car. “Like all One Oasis projects, we will have a property manager responsible for the daily management and operations of the building such as the maintenance of common areas, security, garbage collection, attending to concerns of unit owners and the like,” said Ms. Ma. Arabelle S olidum, area general manager for Northern Mindanao. “They are also responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of various equipment such as the sewage treatment plant, security facilities, elevator, and water cisterns.” Indeed, nothing compares with One Oasis Cagayan de Oro’s unique Va lue Proposition: “A secure resort-inspired living in strategically located mid-rise enclave that allows you to enjoy convenient, relaxed lifestyle while staying close to everything you need.” With a track record of almost 50 years in real estate, FLI today has amassed a diverse portfolio catering to all markets with assets valued at P239.37 billion and stockholders’ equity of P78.99 billion as of Dec. 31, 2012. It has developed over 2,400 hectares (has) of land and over 600,000 square meter s of prime office, residential, and retail spaces all built on the Gotianun family’s tradition of integrity, quality and service. For inquiries, please contact 0917-305888 or visit www.filinvest.com.ph and like us at facebook.com/ efilinvest. You may also visit our site office at Rosario Limketkai Avenue.

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Aylmer Camarinas summed up the accomplishment of UNDP in a recent visit to New Bataan where an international official of UNDP was supposed to do an assessment area visit. Camarinas believed that UNDP made a significant dent in the early recovery stage during which UNDP poured around P35 million cash-for-work for Typhoon Pablo hardly-hit provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. “The impact is basically is more on early recovery. Natabangan sila nga makabangon (They were assisted to rise back to normal life). We thought we did it. Camarinas said that the substantial funds poured for Compostela Valley went to New Bataan where UNDP immediately focused on debris management, starting

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with debris clearing especially the public market. UNDP rented backhoes and dump-trucks to load out the mass of mud that swamped the poblacion area of New Bataan. It also cleared the rivers and creeks in New Bataan and assisted in restoring schools. Even before providing livelihood training, UNDP provided typhoon-affected families, means of earning a living by hiring them to do cash-for-work jobs in debris clearing, paying them P226 a day or 75 percent of the minimum rate. UNDP then took steps to turn the debris into sources of livelihood of typhoon victims by providing training on carpentry in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). “They made (pieces of ) furniture out of drift woods,” Camarinas said. In Compostela, UNDP sponsored the carpentry training of 160 typhoonaffected individuals whom it gave tools and cash incentives. While others were eventually engaged in furniture-making, some were deployed to housing construction projects. (PIA XI/ JMDA)

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from page 1 for Qatar Airways to follow suit. “Silkair intends to operate flights from Singapore to both Iloilo and Kalibo by next year. Also, connectivity from China, Korea and Japan, our top three tourist markets to the north, to various secondary airports, continue to be established,” he said in a business conference. Enerio said President Aquino signed more than two years ago an executive order that allowed foreign carriers to increase flights to secondary airports except Manila, over entitlements that have been negotiated under existing air services agreements. He said the President also signed early this year a law which recognized the principle of reciprocity as the basis for tax relief to foreign carriers. Enerio noted that these actions were both designed to boost tourism in the Philippines by enhancing the country’s international air transport connectivity. “ T h e s e a l s o s e nt a strong signal to the global airline community that the Philippines is more than able to provide a level and more

profitable playing field for international carriers that operate in the Philippines,” he added. To increase access and improve connectivity, Enerio said the country’s National To u r i s m D e v e l o p m e nt Plan (NTDP) also calls for the implementation of a strategic access infrastructure program between secondary international airports and strategic destinations. “Support infrastructure, alongside the re-development our culture of tourism, is a key ingredient that we all must work hand in hand to achieve,” he said. The country is undertaking a P12-billion road infrastructure program this year to support the influx of local and foreign tourists.

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crops in the Philippines. C o r n f a r m e r s w a nt the field trials on Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplant and Golden Rice to continue even as the Court of Appeals ( C A ) i ssu e d a w r it of kalikasan banning such trials in September. The CA’s decision was issued even as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) vouched for the safety of GM food products. “The Philippine government, through the FDA, reiterated that all GM food products in the market have passed safety assessment based on the Codex Alimentarius risk analysis. These have met international food-safety standards and are as safe as and as nutritious as the food derived from conventional crops,” Philmaize said. The group said GM crops have been found globally to be safe in all of 15 years of use as feed and food. Philmaize said a case in point is Bt corn, which was commercialized in 2002 in spite of the spirited opposition of Greenpeace, which failed to convince authorities that the GM crop would harm humans and contaminate traditional eggplant varieties vulnerable to pests and diseases. Bt corn is now planted on 730,000 hectares of farm lands in the country and has been largely credited for making the Philippines self-sufficient in corn. T he g roup s ai d t he government should support the use of GM crops in its aim to achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which include the reduction or elimination of hunger.


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