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Banana powder CARMEN, Davao del Norte -- A Cavendish banana producing company in Carmen received earlier today banana powder processing equipment from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). As part of the DTI’s Shared Service Facility program, Diamond Farm Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multipurpose Cooperative (DARBMUPCO) gained P1.87million worth of processing equipment. The facilities include banana chipper, mechanical dryer elevated solar drier with net cover and hammer mill with sifter.

ICC stickers BUTUAN City – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Agusan del Norte provincial office urges the public to buy only Christmas lights/lighting chains bearing the appropriate Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) or Product Standard (PS) marks. “The presence of the ICC and PS marks will protect consumers from the hazards to life and safety of substantial products,” said provincial director Gay A. Tidalgo. According to director Tidalgo, consumers can validate the ICC stickers affixed on the product by checking the ICC certificates issued. Per issuance from the bureau of Philippine Standards dated October 9, 2015, valid ICC certificates are only those issued from January 2013 to present, Tidalgo added.

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By MIKE BAÑOS, Editor-at-Large

INDANAO power consumers has to contend again with the long and agonizing brownouts over the weekend even as they head to the cemeteries for the observance of All Saints and All Souls Day. This after sab oteurs bombed two transmission towers of the state-owned power grid operator National Grip Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in Marawi City. The incident

exacerbated the island’s lack of power supply as power producer Steag State Power, Inc. already scheduled the preventive maintenance of its Unit 2 during the weekend. undas/PAGE 6

Private sector, DOT eye regulatory legislation Globe Telecom bares contenders for to address Airbnb Mindanao Media Excellence Awards THE private and public can now avail of through the Steag State Power, Inc.’s coal-power plant preventive maintenance has been exacerbated by the toppling of power lines in Lanao area which resulted to Mindanao’s long brown-outs over the weekend.

By MIKE BAÑOS, Editor-at-Large

A TOTAL of 58 entries were shortlisted for various categories of the Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA), the most anticipated premier award-giving body that gives

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sectors of the hotel industry ag re e t h e re s h ou l d b e regulatory legislation to regulate the proliferation of non-hotel accommodations which visitors to the country

online booking websites such as Airbnb. Airbnb is a website for people to list, find, and rent lodging. It has over 1,500,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 190 countries. It allows travelers, especially those traveling on a limited budget, to book their accommodation online. T he issu e of u n f ai r competition from Airbnb hosts to accredited hotels and similar establishments was raised during the Mindanao Regional Meeting of the Tourism Congress Philippines dot/PAGE 7

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Proposed law on proper storage, utilization of rainwater mulled THE proposed ordinance for the proper harvesting, storage and utilization for

rain water in Cagayan de Oro was discussed by the City Council committee on public


works and engineering. The proposed ordinance prov i d e s t h at t h e c it y shall promote the proper har vesting, storage and ut i l i z at i on a s a v i abl e alternative source of water supply primarily for nonpotable use including domestic usage for flushing toilets, general cleaning, and washing of clothes, urban agriculture, landscape irrigation and supplement water source for industrial, commercial, institutional, agricultural usage, among others. It also provides that the city shall encourage and support the adaptation and development of appropriate

Councilor Alden Bacal, Councilor Ramon Tabor, author of the ordinance, said this measure was already enacted in Davao City and he intends it to be enacted and implemented in Cagayan de Oro City. Tabor said the purpose of the ordinance is to minimize the flooding in the city and to conserve water as well as energy. “Why don’t we save the rainwater for very obvious purposes, sa paglimpyo, pagbunyag sa tanom, an d m ore i mp or t ant ly mapugngan ang baha (Why don’t we save the rainwater for very obvious purposes, in cleaning, watering the

t e c h n o l o g y r e l at e d t o rainwater utilization by medium to large size commercial, institutional and industrial establishments including medium to highend residential subdivisions which are primarily consuming high volume of freshwater. Rainwater Catchment System (RCS) comprise the structure and the process of maintaining the system and classified based on the size and nature of catchment surface and based on the whether the systems are of urban or rural settings, based on the proposed ordinance. During the meeting of the committee, chaired by

plants, and more importantly prevent flooding,” he said. Tabor said the ordinance will require subdivision d e v e l o p e r s t o p rov i d e rainwater catchment system to be used by the homeowners to save the rainwater. Councilor Bacal assured that a copy of the proposed ordinance will be disseminated to different agencies. He calls on the contractors, subdivision developers and other c onc e r ne d age nc i e s to submit their respective comments and suggestions on the proposed ordinance. (JBD/CdeOSP)

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Italpinas’ IPO plan cleared P ROPERTY DEVELOPER Italpinas Development Corp. obtained the corporate regulator’s green light to undertake its P242million initial public offering (IPO) in what could be the fifth maiden stock market listing this year. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved Italpinas’ planned maiden share sale in an executive meeting on Thursday, Armando A. Pan, Jr., officer-in-charge of the Office of the Commission Secretary, said in an interview. The real estate firm is selling up to 57.662-million primary common shares at up to P4.20 apiece, according to its registration statement filed on May 20. The shares to be offered comprise 26% of the company’s outstanding capital stock. Net proceeds of P220.8 million from the equity offering will be allocated for capital expenditures to fund for new projects (P120.68

million), land banking and acquisition (P47 million), retirement of existing obligations/ loans (P20 million), and general working capital (P33.12 million). According to the latest available IPO timetable, the offer period will run from Nov. 3 to Nov. 9 with listing of the shares on the Small, Medium and Emerging (SME) Board of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) slated on Nov. 16. Unicapital, Inc. was tapped as issue manager and underwriter of the IPO. Italpinas is the company behind Primavera City, a mixeduse project consisting of seven residential and commercial buildings in Cagayan de Oro City. Primavera integrates into its design eco-friendly features such as rooftop solar panels to generate part of the buildings’ electricity supply and reducing power use by maximizing natural light and wind ventilation. The firm is acquiring a property in Sto. Tomas, Batangas where

the company plans to undertake a mid- to high-rise residential project. The company also plans more projects in Lipa, Batangas; Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Occidental; Subic, Zambales, Montelago, Oriental Mindoro; Dumaguete, Negros Oriental; and Iloilo City, Iloilo. Italpinas is the fifth company to gain SEC approval for an IPO this year after Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc. and Datem, Inc. Crown Asia Chemicals Corp. and SBS Philippines Corp. joined the stock market earlier this year. Aside from these firms, the other IPO candidates are D.M. Wenceslao & Associates, Inc. (P21.7 billion); Pointwest Technologies Corp. (P2.09 billion); TVI Resource Development Phils., Inc. (P1.51 billion); Philippine Primark Properties, Inc. (P1.2 billion); Gweilo Corp. (P95 million); Philstocks Financial, Inc. (P190 million); and Green Power Panay Philippines, Inc. (P290 million).

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o matter how good you are as a team leader, conflicts are unavoidable. They will arise whenever you have a group of people working and interacting together. There are many reasons for conflict in

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of mining conflict, encourage your members to coach one another not to retreat from a healthy debate. Rather, encourage them to express their oppositions in a calm, positive language. 3. Organize team-building activities. Create an avenue to allow team members t o u n d e r s t an d n atu r a l inclinations around conflict to be able to properly respond in different situations. Conflict is normal and inevitable in the workplace. It is how you handle it that will either make or break an effective teamwork. How do you resolve conflicts in your team? Are they effective?

Reminiscing Bukidnon


USUAN is a field of greens this season. Stretching thousands of hectares of agricultural lands planted with rice, sugar canes, corn and fruit trees, the frontiers of Maramag, Bukidnon, holds a promise as a bastion of Northern Mindanao’s drive for food sufficiency. Government effort shows its hand and resources in responding to the emerging opportunities and threat facing agriculture with the establishment of the Central Mindanao State University that specialized in agricultural studies in the fields of rice research, anima l husb andr y and forestry. Of recent years, the College of Education and Hotel, and Restaurant Management were included in the curriculums of the government run institution as a requirement of CHED to maintain its university status. CMU is one of t he hundreds of state universities

and colleges in the Philippines offering agriculture. Other private institutions of higher learning are also offering agricultural courses as our answer to humanities needs for food, fuel and feeds. However, a recent finding of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Education (SEARCA) showed a declining figures of enrollment in agriculture and related studies. It has also established data of shrinking farmlands particularly those planted with rice due to the expansion of the urban centers in the provinces of L aguna, C avite and Pampanga where former rice lands were converted into housing subdivisions and industrial development sites. The figures are probably one of the causes to the reduction of our rice production output against the growing demand for food as population continue to grow. In what

could be an unfortunate development in the other parts of the country which is also periodically visited with strong typhoons is the opposite in Bukidnon, where agriculture continues to move in trajectory with their harvest contributes to the GNP of the province. In my work assignments in many regions of the Philippines, I have collated data’s of progressive areas c ov e r i n g t o u r i s m a n d ag r i c u ltu re, w h i ch are inseparable partners for economic growth. My travel in Mindanao has been rewarded with knowledge enrichment that I continuously share to the industry and the young professionals who want to establish a career in the hospitality business. Tourism will not prosper without the component of food production, which enables the industry to stage festivals, attract foreign visitors and partake in the celebrations


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Ped Quiamjot of life. In Bukidnon, the sight of endless rows of Pineapple are wonders to the human eyes, just as vast plantation of Sugar Canes fires up ones imagination of the abundance of the province to agricultural produced that influenced their economy. The highly elevated province is endowed with a balance weather, which nurtures its forest to sustain their water resource that even cascades to the underground quiamjot/PAGE 6

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Jhan Tiafau Hurst because their decisions often are just for their own pleasure and preferences rather than serving the needs of their wife and children. They just like to use their authority to rule like a king instead of being responsible as a loving husband and father. And finally, a father’s job is to teach his children right living both with his lips and his life, both with his words and his example. A father is responsible to prepare his children to be mature human beings as God planned them to be. A father should equip his children to become happy, successful adults with Godly character. This means he must be their example of a good, Godly man who deeply loves God and cares about others. He needs to show love and hurst/PAGE 7

other one is performing his best. Far more so, meager resources can create conflict since employees feel the need to compete with the resources offered just to complete their job. Here are three strategies for resolving conflict and turning it into something healthy and productive: 1. Encourage “mining”. Team members who tend to avoid conf lict must occasionally assume the role of a “miner of conflict”— someone who extracts buried disagreements within the team and sheds light on them. 2. Engage in “real-time permission”. In the process

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the workplace. These could be due to poor communication, personality clashes, different values and. More often than not, lack of or poor communication is the main cause of conflict. This is because employees feel that they are unheard by their immediate s up e r i or s . A lt e r n at e ly, poor communication can happen due to the different c o m m u n i c at i o n s t y l e s of the employees and the manager. On the other hand, conflict takes place when the personality of the employees clash. Conflict also takes place when an employee is underperforming while the

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ast w e e k’s a r t i c l e (“Unforgettable Election Campaign Experiences”) evoked memories of my friends’ and readers’ own elec tion stories. Allow me to retell some of their memorable moments. My college and law school classmate, Atty. Jack Jimenez, volunteered as a human rights lawyer during the martial law years. At that time, he was among the valiant few who repeatedly challenged the constitutionality of the decrees of President Ferdinand Marcos. Later, he wrote a legal opinion which was used as evidence by the victims of human rights violations who successfully sued the Marcos family in the United States. He recalled his 1986 election experience in our

Ateneo Jubilee Yearbook. “I volunteered to be one of NAMFREL WATCHERS in Makati City during the 1986 presidential election. A policeman pointed his pistol at my head and snatched the ballot box from my hand. “When the people witnessed what was happening, they emerged f rom their hous es and su r rou nd e d t he p ol i c e officers. Somebody shouted: “Huling baraha namin yan! Hindi na kami maaring mag p a d ay a p a u l i k ay Marcos!” “ The police of f icers retreated. These people came from ordinary walks of life: jeepney drivers, market vendors and daily laborers. I burst into tears. I felt very proud of the Filipino people. They proved that

they realized the value of their votes.” -- Me r i a m C aj e p e , a n election volunteer for a local candidate in Muntinlupa, recounted a different type of “snatching”. The candidate was holding a small neighborhood meeting. His speech was interrupted by a ruckus behind the stage and shouts of “Habulin ninyo. Habulin ninyo.” Somebody had run away with a carton of sandwiches meant to be distributed after the meeting! -- In 2010, inmates at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa were given the opportunity to vote for the very first time. Lawyer Ramon Rosello, Muntinlupa City Comelec Registrar,


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Ignacio Bunye explained that inmates whose convictions are not yet final (i.e., still on appeal) are allowed to vote. Teacher Arsenia Padua Roxas was a member of t h e B o ard of E l e c t i on Inspectors assigned to the special precinct for Bilibid inmates. Two weeks prior to bunye/PAGE 6

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DA urges farmers to shift crops for El Nino


HE Department of Agriculture (DA) urged farmers to shift to other crops for the “El Niño” season to reduce water consumption.

Engr. Henry Cacayan, officer-in-charge (OIC) for the DA’s Water Resources and Management Division, said at a press conference at the “Kapihan sa Media

DA to launch RICEponsible campaign THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to launch next month its newest campaign “RICEponsible” in bid to promote responsible rice consumption among Filipinos for better health, less wastage, and productive farming. “Be RICEponsible in your Own Way Now (BROWN) 4 Good” is this year’s theme for the celebration of the National Rice Awareness Month (NRAM) celebrated every November pursuant to Proclamation No. 524 issued on January 5, 2004. In line with this celebration, DA regional field office 10 will be conducting a series of RICEponsible forum that will take off on November 5, 2015, in the province of Camiguin, which will be followed by other provinces of the region. The series of fora will talk about government’s

inter vention on the RICEponsible campaign, as well as encourage the public to eat equally healthy rice substitutes such as sweet potato, banana, white corn, cassava, and taro root crops, and to minimize wastage. An interaction intended for the media practitioners is also set to heighten more awareness and widen adoption of the campaign from the public, especially the consumers, producers and policy makers. The month-long activity w i l l c u l m i n at e w it h a simultaneous nationwide Run for Rice on November 28, at 5:30 a.m. to start and finish at the capitol grounds, this City, and to be participated in by government employees. It is hoped to inspire the public to live a healthy lifestyle while contributing in the attainment of rice self-sufficiency.

ng Bayan” Friday that they have encouraged farmers to change their crops to either legumes or vegetables. Cacayan said farmers could also plant aerobic rice, which is resistant to droughts and could thrive with some rains. The suggestion is part of the DA’s effort to reduce water irrigation consumption and provide an alternative source of income for the farmers. Cacayan said Region 2 lost about P1 billion from

its crops due to the effects of El Niño in the region. He added DA is asking for an additional P2 billion budget from the government for production support, water management, information and education campaign and program management. Earlier, the DA spent P75 million for cloud seeding op e r at i ons to i mprove the water level of some watersheds. Cacayan also explained local government units

(LGUs) in the provinces of Bohol and Negros Occidental have released funds for cloud seeding operations, with Bohol granting P7 million for it. He added the Casecnan irrigation and hydroelectric power plant also released PHP12 million for similar operations. Fo r t h e f i s h e r m e n , Cacayan said the department discourages overstocking in fish cages. Meanwhile, s enior

weather specialist Ana Liza Solis of state weather bureau PAGASA said the El Niño phenomenon is expected to last until next year. S olis told PNA that the expected typhoons, which could alleviate the phenomenon, are heading s out h towards wester n Visayas and Mindanao. She said the alleviation still depends on the amount of rains from the typhoon, as some weather systems only bring strong winds.

Public need to prepare for El Niño despite Typhoon Lando rains THE public should still prepare for the imminent effects of El Niño despite rains brought by Typhoon Lando. According to officials of National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) said conser vation measures need to be in place because the El Niño event is expected to last until June 2016. NWRB Executive Director Dr. Sevillo D. David, Jr. said Typhoon Lando increased the water level at Angat Dam

by eight (8) meters, but this will last for only a month. Because of this the NWRB has allocated 38 cubic meters per second for domestic use, slightly lower than the regular supply of 44-43 cubic meter per second. David said the government, the private sector and the public should work hand - i n - hand i n raising awareness on water conservation and proper use of the water. Measures are also in place to aid the agriculture sector which is considered as

the most vulnerable sector to El Niño, according to Engineer Henry Cacayan, OIC of the Water Resources and Management Division under the DA. The department encourages the farmers to recycle bio-mass for use as fertilizer, and which will also enhance the water holding capacity of the soil. Cacayan said the DA discourages overstocking of fishes and feeds in fish cages because it reduces oxygen in the water that may cause fish kill.

El Niño is the unusual warming in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific (CEEP) that has negative effects in the agriculture and fisher y production, natural resources and38 environment, human health, and incidence or outbreak of plant, animal and human diseases. The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon may last until the April-May-June season and is considered to be among the four strongest since 1950 (1972-1973, 1982-1983 and 1997-1998.)

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fields. Awards night for the GMEA Mindanao leg will be held on November 17. “The number of entries that we received this year is a testament to the commitment of media practitioners to provide exemplary reporting in their respective fields given the vital role of the press in effecting positive societal transformation and nation building,” Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto said. Entries were from various media organizations in Zamboanga, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro and Davao. The finalists will vie for nine award categories namely: Reporter of the Year for Print, Explanatory/ Investigative Story of the Year for Print/Online, Columnist of the Year, Photojournalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year for Television, Explanatory/ Investigative Story of the Year for Television, Reporter of the Year for Radio, Blogger of the Year, and Social Media Advocate of the Year. There were a total of 352 entries this year compared with 259 last year. For the print media, nominees for the Explanatory or Investigative Story of the Year for Print/Online are Henrylito Tacio (Edge Davao) “Davao City:Before and After”; Joanna Paola Garado (Newsdesk Asia) “The woman warrior of Talaingod”; and Jesse Pizaro Boga (Mindanao Times) “From the frying pan into another fryer”. Shortlisted for Reporter of the Year for Print are Eugene Lasprilla (Zamboanga Today) for his article “Police releases computerized facial composite of Ayala blast suspect”; Hader Glang (Zamboanga Today) 5 Abu Sayaff, 2 soldiers killed in fresh Sulu clashes; Liza Jocson (Zamboanga Today), “Bush fire razes over 100 hectares of forest land in east coast”; Gandhi Kinjiyo (Mindanao Bulletin) “BBL brings justice, peace and development for the Bangsamoro people”; Joseph Jubelag (Mindanao Bulletin) “Gensan district hospital upgrades facilities”; Ali Macabalang (Mindanao Bulletin) “500 cholera-affected families get relief stuffs”; Grace Albasin (SunStar Cagayan de Oro) “State of Calamity in MisOr”; Gerry Lee Gorit (Mindanao Daily News), “Hall of Justice fire remains a mystery”; Gil Emmanuel Enerio (Sun Star Cagayan de Oro) “Stakeholders

to toughen dev’t plan”; Henrylito Tacio (Edge Davao) “HIV/AIDS cases in Davao growing”; Arianne Caryl Casas (SunStar Davao) “Cyberbullying”; and Jesse Pizaro Boga (Mindanao Times) “The future lies in education”. Nominees for Columnist of the Year are Rev. Berlie Yap, (Zamboanga Today) for his column “Another sub-standard project, again?”; Fred Lumba (Mindanao Bulletin), “Federalism is good for the country”; Ka Iking Seneres (Mindanao Bulletin) “The disruption of education”; Julie Pear Marie Jubelag (Mindanao Bulletin) ”Farewell as of now Ate Ayana”; Arnold Alamon (Sun Star Cagayan de Oro) “From climate change to climate justice”; Sorhaila Latip-Yusoph (SunStar Cagayan de Oro) “Teaching beyond the blackboard”; Stella Estremera (SunStar Davao) “Because they’re crazy that way”; and Henrylito Tacio (Edge Davao) “Getting worse” In the category Photojournalist of the Year, shortlisted are Remus Ong (Zamboanga Today) “Water crises worsens”; Eugene Lasprilla (Zambonga Today) “Fire scene in Sto. Nino”; R.G. Antonet Go (Zamboanga Today) “The 30 beneficiaries who received sewing machine pose for a souvenir”; Jazztien Jubelag (Mindanao Bulletin) “Explosion”; Joseph Jubelag (Mindano Bulletin) “Lights up”; John Paul Jubelag (Mindanao Bulletin) “Dugtong Buhay project”; Gerry Lee Gorit (Mindanao Daily News Cagayan de Oro) “First day of school”; Seth delos Reyes (SunStar Davao) “Playground”; Lean Daval Jr. (Edge Davao) “School Bus”; and John Quineth Rodriguez (SunStar Davao) “A sack of gift”. For broadcast media, nominees for the Explanatory or Investigative Story of the Year for TV category are Sheila Joy Labrador-Cubero (ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao) “Cliffhangers”; Ben Jason Tesiorna (CNN Philippines) “Davao City’s Best Water; Irene dela Cruz (TV5 Davao) “Magkinahanglan ug paggiya (CICL)” ; and Danreeve Joseffe Revilla (ABS-CBN Davao) “Mga PWD, gibansay pagpangandam sa kalamidad”. Nominees for Reporter of the Year for TV are Mhiver Jay Dayupay (ABS-CBN) “DepEd puts first T’boli senior high school in South Cotabato”; Sheila Joy Labrador-Cubero (ABS-CBN Mindanao) “Cliffhangers”; Pj dela Pena (ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao) Hoy Hoy Hoy Segment

“Kanal II”; Danreeve Josefee Revilla (ABS-CBN Davao) “Mga Lumad, interesadog nangskwela luyo sa kalayo ng kalisod sa ilang lugar”; Vinafel Araneta-Pilapil (ABS-CBN Davao) “Halamangdagat”; and Ben Jason Tesiorna (CNN Philippines) “The man who thanked HIV for new life”. For Reporter of the YearRadio, nominees are Emiliano “Emil” Lido (DXRU Radyo Ultra) for his entry “MILF sincero kaha sa kalinaw? - Civil Society” Eusebio “Jun” Espinosa Jr. (DXRU Radyo Ultra) “Tibook Mindanao Walay Kuryente”, Marilou CadelinaManar (DXND) “Diskarte ng buhay”; Angely Reyes (Sonshine Radio) “Food safety ordinance, buot nga palapdan sa konseho”; and Big Jay Lagang (105.9 Balita FM) “Indigenous Student Education”. For digital media, nominees for Social Media Advocate of the Year are Maria Irene Aserios ( “We Bisaya folks have a phrase for politicians who deny that they’re campaigning”; Olan Emboscado (The Travel Teller) “Into the heart of the Agusan Marsh”; Jefry Tupas (Newsdesk Asia) “In North Cotabato, pease is also children’s business”; and Naprey Almario (Behind the Rolling Chair) “Another 300+ impoverished children will receive school materials through Back to School Gift Giving Project”. Shortlisted for the Blogger of the Year category are Maria Irene Aserios (Mindanaoan. com) “How to continue helping typhoon Sendong survivors”; Ariel Lalisan (Living in the South) “It’s hard to be a kid in Kiahe”; Olan Emboscado (The Travel Teller) “2015 is the year of Aliwagwag Falls”; Key Manatad (Davao Eagle) “5 reasons that make Duterte charismatic to his people”; and Pat Maruhomadil (Davao Eagle) “Kaigkan: The Araw ng Tagum exhibit”. The judges’ decisions for print and broadcast categories shall be based on the following criteria: • Content (50%) Adherence to truth and responsible journalism as manifested in the accuracy, fair, and balanced presentation, and depth of reporting. • Style (25%) or the ability to communicate clearly and effectively as shown by the writing style, clarity, logical presentation of issues, coherence, and fluidity of ideas. • Social Impact (25%) involves the impact of the articles on effecting change. For bloggers, the criteria are: • Consistency of content on the advocacy (50%) • Reader friendly

presentation and design of content (20%) • Social Impact (30%). For social media advocates: • Content (50%) Consistency of content on the advocacy (50 percent) • Reader Engagement (20%) Number of Comments to the post • Social Impact (30%) Retweets, Shares, Favorites, Likes. As in previous years, the entries explore and promote advocacies in business and entrepreneurship, information and communications technology, environment and disaster response, governance and social progress and youth and education.

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“All [is] set for the planned preventive maintenance schedule (PMS) of Unit 2 from October 31 to November 2,” said Jerome R. Soldevilla, communications officer of the STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) at the Phividec Industrial Estate, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. The coal fired power plant has two units producing 105 MW each, and at present is the largest power generating plant in Mindanao. Industry sources earlier said it would take at least a week to repair and restore Transmission Towers 19 and 20 in Patani, Marawi City along the Agus 2-Kibawe line which were bombed around 9:20PM Thursday evening, 29 October and put out of commission with improvised explosive devices (IED). As a result, the Mindanao Grid has lost power supply from both the Agus 1 (80MW) and Agus 2 (180MW) hydroelectric power plants which were isolated since other lines for grid connections had already decommissioned due to trees and other obstructions deliberately planted by landowners in District 2, Lanao del Sur. The Mindanao grid faced a deficit of 150MW as of Friday, 30 October 2015. This was expected to climb further to 250MW with the planned PMS of SPI’s Unit 2 for the next three days. “We can no longer move this scheduled PMS because all the needed technical experts, materials and parts have already been prepared,” Soldevilla said. The loss of 260MW from the Mindanao grid has prompted the resumption of rotating brownouts all across the island even within franchise areas of distribution utilities with embedded generators since the slack is too great and can only be dealt with manual road

dropping by the DUs. Industry sources estimate it will take over a week to restore power through the Agus 2-Kibawe line. “PSALM only gave us 50+MW and other IPPs another 50MW, so our short would be about 70MW during peak periods,” Jaime Rafael U. Paguio, senior vice president of the Cagayan Power & Light Co. (CEPALCO), said in a text message to BusinessWeek Mindanao. “We will have to curtail and already activated our Interruptible Load Program (ILP) to bolster our supply. However, we will have to impose rotating brownouts for the duration,” Paguio said. The Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Service Cooperative 1 (MORESCO-1) however has not imposed any rotational brownouts. Marabec O. Cagalawan, MORESCO-1 corporate public relations officer, said the situation in their franchise area has been relieved by the voluntary curtailment of participating industrial consumers through its ILP like Asia Brewery, Inc. (ABI), Regent, Daichi and Holcim, the largest industrial consumer in the Mindanao Grid, which curtailed its normal 26.5 MW allocation to only 10.5MW for the duration. “Our 2-MW embedded modular genset has also been a big help,” she added.


from page 4 aquifer of neighbor, Misamis Oriental. Nevertheless, more than these gifts of nature are the human factor that influences the behavior of productivity, which I attribute to the good leadership under Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri, who is actively supportive of the tourism initiative and has been pushing for the growth of modern agricultural development in his province. Recently, I hitch a ride to the province from Davao City during their colorful “Kaamulan Festival” to renew acquaintance with old friends and join their celebration. Bukidnon, which was my playground when I was young at 40’s have grown fast just as I am now approaching my 60’s. Over the last twenty years, I dream of owning a land where I can plant fruit trees and grow my chicken in the backyard. The view of the orchard with birds chirping on treetops is probably enjoyable retirees’ rewards for spent years of corporate life. After all, Bukidnon is one of such good place to retire. For comments or queries, please email: or follow on Twitter at gm_ped.

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the election, she conducted an orientation for the prospective voters. “They were very well-behaved,” observed Teacher Arsenia. She sadly noted, however, that “(q)uite a number of those who registered were “no read, no write”. Came election day, some of the inmates voted by dictating the names of their candidates to the teacher-inspectors who duly recorded the vote on the ballot. Teacher Arsenia noticed that one inmate appeared to be just staring blankly after she handed him his ballot. After a few minutes, she approached the inmate and asked: “Kailangan ninyo po ba ng tulong?”. “Hindi po, Ma’am,” the inmate replied. “Hinihintay ko lang po siya (pointing to another inmate) na makaboto, para mahiram ko yung kanyang salamin.” -- Retired Principal Verna Penaflor Obias , was just a new teacher when she first sat in a Board of Election Inspectors during a referendum in 1976. In that referendum, the voters were asked if they wanted Martial Law to continue and if they approved the proposal substituting the Interim Batasang Pambansa for the Regular Batasang Pambansa. Then Teacher Verna was horrified when she overheard her principal instructing the principal’s trusted aides to change “No” to “Yes” or simply to disregard and not count the “No” votes. “I felt petrified. I can’t even remember what happened later.” The Comelec later certified that 87 per cent voted “Yes”. -- Lawyer Eleanor Hernandez was a volunteer lawyer of the Party List Ating Koop. “House to house campaigning was tiring especially when your constituents have no idea on what Party List is, its benefits and purposes.” -- The late Senate President Neptali Gonzalez was fond of telling the story of a senatorial candidate who was the last rally speaker among a group of 24 senatoriables . By midnight, the huge plaza crowd had dwindled to just a handful. Nevertheless, Candidate 24 delivered his campaign speech. Before closing, he thanked those who had stayed behind. One of them said: “Walang pong problema, Senador. Kami po ang may-ari ng sound system.” Note: You may email us at

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(TCP) held Thursday (Oct. 29) at the VIP Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City. According to Rosanna Tuason-Fores, TCP president, the organization is the private sector consultative body created by Republic Act 9593 (Tourism Act of 2009) and mandated to assist government in the development, implementation, and coordination of Philippine tourism policy. “It is composed of duly accredited tourism enterprises covering the accommodation, travel and tours, meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events services and facilities sectors, tourism and estate development, management services and other accredited tourism enterprises,” she added. Maria Rica C. Bueno, Director, Office of Tourism Standards & Regulations, Department of Tourism said the issue has already been referred to the DOT by the Phil. Hotel Owners Association, Inc. (PHOA). “At this point in time we don’t have a policy or a program yet, on how to address Airbnb,” Bueno said. “While we are in the process of processing and developing accommodation standards, we will get insights from the industry and our consultants on how we will address this issue. They are

already here and most of them are condominiums.” Previously known as The Phil. Hotel Federation Inc., the PHOA’s primary objective is to bring together those in the accommodation industry (hotels, resorts, tourist inns, pension houses, and serviced apartments), and organize them to protect and promote their common interest and concerns. Arturo P. Boncato Jr., DOT assistant secretary for Mindanao, said the present thinking here and abroad is leaning towards regulating listed host establishments in Airbnb and similar online booking websites. “The local government of Quebec, Canada has filed a bill requiring all Airbnb establishments to pay the exact same taxes as regular hotels. This has already also been experienced in many parts of the world and I believe that should be the direction in dealing this new way of booking and travel which is similar to Uber itself in terms of getting their franchises paid and taxes, etc.,” Boncato said. The Airbnb website at Philippines currently lists around 300 vacation rentals all over the country from Metro Manila, Cebu, Balabag, Taguig, Botolan including houses, bed & breakfasts, lofts and villas. Cynthia R. Mamon, TCP trustee, said the hotel industry is

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Branch 44 Initao, Misamis Oriental IN THE MATTER OF PETITION FOR ADOPTION OF MINOR RUBY MABEL RELAMPAGOS ABRANTES SPEC. PROC. NO. 2015-1323 FOR: ADOPTION SPOUSES JOHN O. BRAMHALL and LEAH YANGYANG BRAMHALL, Petitioners. X- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -/ ORDER This petition seeks for the adoption of minor child, Ruby Mabel Relampagos Abrantes, by the petitioner Sps. John O. Bramhall and Leah Yangyang Bramhall. Finding the petition sufficient in form and substance, the same is hereby given due course. Let the hearing be set on February 24, 2016 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning, at this Court sitting at the Hall of Justice, Poblacion, Initao, Misamis Oriental. At the expenses of the petitioner, let a copy of this Order be published once a week, for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Misamis Oriental. The Office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Regional Field Office X, Cagayan de Oro City is hereby directed to conduct a home and child study on the adopting parents, the natural parents and the child to be adopted. He or she is also directed to conduct counselling session with the biological parents of the child to be adopted. The reports thereof shall be submitted to this Court within sixty (60) days from the receipt of this order. Petitioner is directed to make arrangement with the Court Social Worker for the scheduling and incidental expenses in conducting the case study. Let copy of the Order and the Petition be furnished the Office of the Solicitor General, the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor, the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Gitagum, Misamis Oriental and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Regional Field Office X, Cagayan de Oro City. .

SO ORDERED. Initao, Misamis Oriental, September 28, 2015

(SGD.) MARISSA P. ESTABAYA Presiding Judge

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apprehensive of Airbnb hosted establishments because they are not accredited with the DOT and have no standards to comply with when dealing with guests and accommodations. “One bag egg, whether accredited or not, will spoil the whole basket,” Mamon said. “If we cannot police our own ranks, and encourage everyone to register with the DOT, how can we police the foreigners who come here and own our national landscapes and hospitality establishments?” In his column The Hotel Mogel dated 27 October 2015, Larry Mogelonsky, founder, LMA Communications Inc. of Toronto, Canada described how the Canadian province of Quebec filed Bill 67, which would require Airbnb hosts “to comply with the same taxes paid by licensed hotel properties.” Quebec Tourism Minister Dominique Vien said in a press conference that “everyone is going to play on the same rink” and talked about the huge amount of tax that would be recouped in provincial coffers that the bill’s passage would impose on Airbnb operators (and their guests as a pass-on expense). “It is inequitable, unsafe and just not fair.” Mogelonsky said “hotels go through a literal ton of red tape to obey the rules of the road, and it’s unjust that Airbnb has been able to circumnavigate these stipulations which are

in place to first and foremost protect guests from harm.” “These fiercely independent properties are regulated by Quebec law as well as through licenses which cover safety, health and other related matters. These B&B owners also pay commercial property tax, contribute to local tourism contributions (in essence, another tax), and provincial and federal sales taxes. In a nutshell, these are good corporate citizens and true hoteliers, admittedly on a smaller scale than the Fairmont.” “Most of us simply want what Quebec is proposing: The same rules for everyone.” Vien vowed last 29 April 2015 that the province will crack down on rentals through housing brokers such as Airbnb and subject Airbnb hosts and guests to the same rules hotels are subjected to. Other local governments in Europe and the US have already legislated similar measures: A 2011 New York State law prohibits renting residential units for less than 29 days, with certain exceptions. In May 2013 a New York City judge penalized Airbnb user Nigel Warren with a $2,400 fine. In April 2015, Airbnb asked the state legislature for legalization in return for the collection of hotel taxes. In January 2014, the Federal Court of Germany ruled that a transfer of residence to tourists

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10TH Judicial Region Gingoog City OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE EJF NO. 208 Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended by Act 4118, filed by FIRST VALLEY BANK INC., represented by Jamael M. Dangnan, Branch Manager, with principal address at Baroy, Lanao del Norte and a branch office at Barangay 22, Gingoog City, against Mortgagors Spouses SABAS & JOSEFINA BIÑA with postal address at Purok 1, Barangay 20, Gingoog City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of September 30, 2015 have a m o u n t e d t o F O U R H U ND R ED T WEN T Y- T H R EE THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED ONE & 67/100 (Ph 423,301.67) PESOS embracing the principal, interests and other charges, excluding foreclosure expenses, the undersigned Sheriff will sell at public auction to the highest bidder for CASH on December 2, 2015 at 8:00 O’clock in the morning up to 4:00 O’clock in the afternoon at the Office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court, Hall of Justice, Dugenio Street, Gingoog City, the following property with all the improvements existing thereon, to wit: TRANSFER CERFTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T- 7410 A PARCEL OF RESIDENTIAL LAND (Lot 2-C, Psd – 10-009612, being a portion of Lot 2, Pcs – 10 -000433) situated in the barrio of Cabuyoan, City of Gingoog, Island of Mindanao, containing an area of TWO HUNDRED TWENTY-EIGHT (228) SQUARE METERS,more or less, registered in the name of Sabas Vina, Filipino, of legal age, married to Josefina Awayan. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated date and time. In the event that the public auction will not take place on the said date, it shall be held on the next working day without further notice. Prospective bidders may investigate for themselves the Title herein above-described and the encumbrance therein, if any there be.

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is not covered by a permission to sublet. In this case, the tenant was previously warned by the landlords. A pending new case centers on the question, even if a termination without notice is possible if no explicit permission from the landlord is obtained. In Airbnb’s home city of San Francisco itself, Airbnb hosting was illegal under most circumstances and Airbnb hosts had been fined by the city and received eviction notices from landlords. This changed in October 2014, when San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed a law legalizing short-term rentals in San Francisco. Dubbed the “Airbnb Law” (as Airbnb was the most affected company), the law requires renters to register as hosts with the city, carry liability insurance and pay the city’s 14 percent hotel tax. According to a study commissioned by Airbnb itself, in fiscal year 2011-2012, Airbnb should have collected and remitted $1.9 million to the City of San Francisco, but have yet to do so as of 2014.

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“financial and technical support” to Bayantel. In return, the Ayala affiliate will use Bayantel’s frequencies to address “increasing demand” for voice, short message, and mobile data services. Globe, as principal creditor, was authorized to convert a portion of the debt into a controlling interest of at least 54% in Bayantel’s outstanding shares. It then reached a purchase agreement with Bayan Telecommunications Holdings, Corp. and Lopez Holdings, Corp. in July for their entire equity holdings in Bayantel. The debt-to-equity conversion scheme, involving up to 70.76 million shares, jacked up Globe’s control to 98.57% from 56.87%.

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respect for their mother, so they will too. A father must have honest character that his children see is always honest, even if he can get away with a little cheating or lying. But a father also explains to his children why God’s ways are the only true, right ways to live a successful, satisfying life. This includes taking his family to church every week, as well as praying and reading the Bible every day, which is God’s manual for living. Think a Minute…

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 10th Judicial Region Cagayan de Oro City NATIONAL HOME MORTGAGE, EJF FILE NO. 2015-227 FINANCE CORP., (NHMFC), Mortgagee, -versus- FOR : EJF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE UNDER ACT 3135 GAUDENCIO R. BACABIS JR., married to MARVELYN B. BACABIS Mortgagors. X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -/ SHERIFF’S NOTICE OF SALE Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under ACT 3135 as amended filed by NATIONAL HOME MORTGAGE FINANCE CORPORATION., mortgagee, against SPS. GAUDENCIO and MARVELYN BACABIS, mortgagors, resident of VILLAMAR SUBDIVISION, Lot 18, Block 16, Iponan, Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of May 31, 2014, amounts to (P 701,384.38) excluding penalties, charges, attorneys fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned Sheriff will sell at Public Auction on November 16, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. or soon thereafter at the main entrance of the Tourism Hall, City Hall Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder, for CASH and in Philippine Currency, the properties with all its improvements to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T – 72810 A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 18, Block 16, Pcs-104305001035, being a portion of Lot 6631, Cad-237, Cagayan Cadastre, Lot 24235-F, Psd-10-005313, Lot 1, Lot2, Pcs-10-000059) situated in the Barrio of Iponan, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao. Bounded on the N., along line 1-2 by Lot 17 of Block 16, of the Consolidationsubdivision plan Pcs-104305-001035, on the E., along line 2-3 by Lot 3632-B, Cad-10-0000647-D; on the S., along line 3-4 by Lot 19, also of Block 16. Containing an area of ONE HUNDRED SIXTY EIGHT (168) square meters more or less. Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves, in the event of Auction Sale cannot take place for whatever legal reason the sale will proceed on the following day, without further notice, posting and publication, the title here in above describe and encumbrance thereon, if any there be. Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, October 9, 2015 (SGD.) TERESITO C. ESTENZO Sheriff IV BWM: Oct. 19, 26 & Nov. 2, 2015


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AGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Business establishments from Misamis Occidental topped the Department of Trade and Industry-Region X (DTI-10) Bagwis Awards for 2015, garnering five silver and five bronze citations during the awarding rites, held October 28, at a local hotel.

Kyle Garcia and Marnel Estrada of IGDA Manila assist training participants as they create their own games at the Smart SWEEPx Game Development Training at COC-PHINMA, Cagayan de Oro City.

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According to DTI-10 Regional Director Linda O. Boniao, the Bagwis Awards aim to recognize establishments that sell only quality products, which comply with all trade and industry laws, encourage them to establish “consumer welfare desks” and recognize their efforts in maintaining quality and environmental systems. The Bagwis Awards cover all business establishments nationwide which fall under the following categories: Category 1 (Supermarkets), Category 2 (Department Stores), Category 3 (Appliance Centers), Category 4

(Hardware Stores), and Category 5 (DTI Accredited Service and Repair Shops). A total of 22 establishments in Region 10 were awarded the Bagwis Awards in various categories during the awarding ceremonies: 10 were awarded the Silver Bagwis, and 12 establishments the Bronze. The occasion also marked the first time that Bagwis Awards were awarded for LPG Distributors which coincidentally accounted for all 5 Silver Bagwis Awardees from Misamis Oriental. full story/PAGE B2

Smart equips IT educators skills to develop game apps Developing game applications is not a common choice among “serious” IT individuals. But with global smartphone gaming revenue hitting $12 billion, the field is now attracting interest from the community. For this reason, mobile

leader Smart Communications organized a three-day training program on game development, in partnership with trainers from the International Game Development Association. Upon learning of this plan, the Cagayan de Oro College-Phinma Education Network (COC-

PHINMA) volunteered to host the event. At the SWEEPx Game Development Training series, IT teachers from eight schools in CDO, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and Lanao del Norte created their own games and are smart/PAGE B3

An IT teacher presents the game she developed during the 3-day Smart SWEEPx Game Development Training Program held at COCPHINMA, Cagayan de Oro City.

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Business establishments from Misamis Occidental topped the Department of Trade and IndustryRegion X (DTI-10) Bagwis Awards for 2015, garnering five silver and five bronze citations during the awarding rites, held October 28, at a local hotel. According to DTI10 Regional Director Linda O. Boniao, the Bagwis Awards aim to recognize establishments that sell only quality products, which comply with all trade and industry laws, encourage them to establish “consumer welfare desks” and recognize their efforts in maintaining quality and environmental systems. The Bagwis Awards cover all business establishments nationwide which fall under the following categories: Category 1

(Supermarkets), Category 2 (Department Stores), Category 3 (Appliance Centers), Category 4 (Hardware Stores), and Category 5 (DTI Accredited Service and Repair Shops). A total of 22 establishments in Region 10 were awarded the Bagwis Awards in various categories during the awarding ceremonies: 10 were awarded the Silver Bagwis, and 12 establishments the Bronze. The occasion also marked the first time that Bagwis Awards were awarded for LPG Distributors which coincidentally accounted for all 5 Silver Bagwis Awardees from Misamis Oriental. Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon which both had 3 bronze ranked next, while Camiguin had one bronze awardee. “Awardees at all levels will be recognized with

the publication of their names in local media, special mention during information campaigns and the distribution of their names to their respective affiliated associations, “ said Atty. Fel Lester G. Brillantes, chief of DTI-X’s Consumer Welfare Division. Bagwis Silver Awardees from Misamis Occidental included D’Dales Shopping Center (Oroquieta City), Emcor Inc. (Tangub City), Bob’s Construction Supply (Tangub City), Princity, Inc. (Prince Hypermart Oroquieta), and New Family Traders (North Poblacion, Calamba). Bagwis Silver Awardees from Misamis Oriental were Juan Sia Enterprises (Cagayan de Oro City), Grancia Trading (Cagayan de Oro Trading), and three branches of Grancia Marketing (Barra, Opol; Pacana St., Cagayan de Oro

Awardees from Misamis Occidental

Awardee from Camiguin

and Osmeña St., Cagayan de Oro City). Meantime, Bagwis Bronze Awardees from Bukidnon were CDO2 Cycles Marketing (Valencia City), Fabulous Jeans & Shirts & General Merchandise (Valencia City), Metro Gold Supermart, Inc. (Valencia City) while recognized in the same category from Lanao del Norte were Ji & Je’s General Merchandise

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(Maranding, Lala), Mtzia Corporation (Pala-o & Villaverde, Iligan City). The lone bronze awardee from Camiguin was DL Bonita MerchandisingCatarman Branch (Poblacion, Catarman). The Certification Committee may still cancel or revoke the Bagwis seal if the awardee is found to have sold or kept an inventory of uncertified products covered

by mandatory certification such as electrical products or fire extinguishers; sold pirated products or failed to comply with applicable fair trade laws. “The cancellation and removal of the seal from the establishment shall only be lifted after the outlet has done corrective measures within one (1) year from the cancellation or removal of the seal,” Brillantes said. (RMB)

Misor is Senior High School-ready By Irene Dayo, Staff Writer

“Misamis Oriental is Senior High School-ready,” goes the statement of the Dr. Shambaeh A. Usman, Chief Education Supervisor of Curriculum Learning Department under Department of Education Misamis Oriental as she delivered speech in behalf of DepEd-10 Chief Atty. Shirley O. Chatto. The DepEd - Division of Mis amis Or iental hosted a s i mu lt a n e ou s c a r av a n a n d assembly last October 29 at Limketkai Center to express all out support for the information dissemination initiatives that the department is conducting as Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, specifically Senior High School is impending for its full implementation comes June 2016.

The event gathered DepEd personnels, teachers, parents and selected students from division of Misamis Oriental and cities of Gingoog, El Salvador and Iligan. SHS initiatives of respective divisions and testimonial messages of SHS pilot implementation graduates are presented during this convergence. The chief education supervisor gave some of the highlights of K to 12 and Senior High School. She reported that in the old curriculum, out of 100 grade one pupils, only 14 go to college. The rest of the pupils remained behind. “Itong 86 na naiiwan, dapat maturuan ng K to 12,” she said. Senior High School program is implemented as part of K to 12

Basic Education system. K to 12 supports inclusive education which give equal opportunities to all Filipinos, including lumads, persons with disabilities and out-of-school individuals. In addition, this system of education allows contextualization of curriculum, which means that a student is equipped with knowledge and training that best fit his interests, the community where he belongs and the community’s industry partners. Moreover, SHS offers specialization and tracks that a student could choose from. These are academic, arts and design, sports and technical-vocational track. Thus, there is no need for a student to go to Cebu or

Manila just to pursue a desired training or program course that is not available in his place for it could be achieved here in Misamis Oriental. “Sa K to 12, masagana ang MisOr,” Usman added. Usman, in her first paragraphs, thanked the Province of Misamis Oriental for the support on SHS and for the commitment to produce responsible, educated and intelligent Misamisnon. “Hindi po DepEd lamang ang may responsibilidad sa Senior High School program na ito. SHS is everybody’s responsibility,” she said. Usman also added that as Senior High School comes to its full implementation, the need for additional equipment, facilities and materials would not end.

DepEd is hopeful for the support coming from LGUs and private sectors for these necessities, and also to their industry partners, especially in terms of giving career advocacies to students. “Let us help each other to bring this nation to greater heights, making it at par with our ASEAN neighbors and to the rest of the world, she said, adding that achieving this is through working closely and exerting efforts towards coordination and convergence. Through Senior High School and K to 12, Filipino human resources would be globally competitive. “Sa K to 12, kayang-kaya, samasama tayo para sa edukasyon,” she ended.

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‘Number 11 of the 17 Most Beautiful and Favored Travel Destinations of the World’ - New York Times 2014 By Joe Palabao


n the tail end of 2014, New York Times Magazine cited Camiguin Island, Philippines as Number Eleven (11) of the Seventeen (17) Most Beautiful and Favored Travel Destinations of the World. It stated that this small province has more than seven volcanoes per square kilometer than any island in the world. And soon with development of Camiguin Nightscapes located at Mt. Itum it would be comparable to the Stargazer’s Paradise of Uluru in Central Australia which ranks No. 6. In the Philippines, Camiguin Island ranked No. 5 as most favored tourists destination, Number One (1) in Northern Mindanao and Number 4 among the ten (10) most beautiful beaches in the country today. Camiguin Island is said to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world – a virtual paradise – as the island allows the visitors to experience a sample of untouched beauty into its entirety. Camiguin ProvinceIsland Born of Fire and The Island of Your Imagination- is declared by New York times as Number Eleven (11) most favored tourists destination in the world today. To most of the tourists around the globe, “Camiguin is

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now better equipped to teach game development to their students. Karim Bangcola, chief operating officer of COCPHINMA, lauded the project and expressed his appreciation for the chance given to their faculty to learn more about game development. COC-PHINMA IT professor Adormie Macario said, “We really jumped at the opportunity to host and join this training. We are already offering a game development course in our school, but by learning about the latest Unity program (a game development platform), our students will be able to improve productivity.”

The Island of Their Imagination” as it defies description and is said to be the country’s most peaceful islandparadise. Foreign, domestic and local tourists love this tiny island of lush forests, volcanic splendor, eternal springs, pristine patches of black and white beaches, majestic waterfalls, year-round festivals, exotic marine life, a glorious past, serene surroundings, idyllic lifestyle and jovial people. Camiguin always beckons the tourists to come and discover the many ways one can unwind, joyfully dwell, taste, touch and feel the island. Tourists have always their best experience than described as one gets enchanted by her mystical charm and attractions: The Island is gifted with world of wonders. The island offers the tourists a taste of natural, untouched paradise. WHITE ISLAND is a white sand bar lost at sea, located about 1.4 km off the Northern shore. THE MANTIGUE ISLAND NATURE PARK is about 6 hectares of evergreen forest fringed with sandy beaches ideal for swimming and snorkeling. Tourists always enjoy Camiguin’s three (3) wonderful springs: STO. NINO COLD SPRINGS offers waters at 20 degrees centigrade,

in contrast, ARDENT HIBOK HIBOK SPRING is a 40 degrees centigrade waters heated by Hibok-Hibok Volcano. SODA WATER PARK is a pool filled with natural streaming soda water. Camiguin has many waterfalls, the most popular are KATIBAWASAN FALLS, TUASAN FALLS and BINANGAWAN FALLS and the tourists never fail to visit these falls and are always amazed of its splendor and amazing beauty which are beyond the capacity of human describing. Wild Life – The tourists always experience once in a lifetime up close encounter with Camiguin Island’s endemic wildlife. Out of many species in the world five (5) of these are found only in Camiguin Island. The Camiguin Hawk Owl is a very rare owl species with blue eyes. The Camiguin Hanging Parrot also known as Camiguin’s “love bird”. The Camiguin Narrowmouthed Frog is found in moist lowland forest and mountain forest. The Camiguin Forest Rat and Camiguin Forest Mouse are common in the forest of Mount Hibok-Hibok and in Mt. Timpoong rain forest. Adventure- Camiguin is composed of more than seven volcanoes. The steep volcanoes are a trekker’s challenge. One of the famous

sources of adventure is the trek to the active volcano Mt. HibokHibok. At the top, one will see rare plants or swim in the crater lake. The island is becoming quite known for its rich marine life and is considered one of the best diving spots in the world with more than 30 marine sanctuaries in the island. Professional diving instructors and dive shops are readily available in the island. Heritage – Much of the island was formed through earthquakes and volcanic eruptions in the late 1871, the eruption of Mt. Vulcan submerged the old town of Catarman, pushing it below the sea, leaving behind ruins of a church and bell tower (known as the Old Church Ruins) and Sunken Cemetery now marked with a

Herabelle Villanueva of Xavier University developed a 2D game called Red Dissonance, based on the story Little Red Riding Hood. The objective is to defeat Red’s enemy monsters as the story unfolds. “Gamers don’t just want to read stories. We want to experience them, and experience the heartfelt action of being there in the scene,” Villanueva said. Other games presented were “Potsky” by Titus Menciano of Informatics, and “The Lonely Truck” by Gems Verula of Central Mindanao University. Potsky features an alien stuck in the deepest pit of the earth who has to and avoid monsters while looking for a way out. Meanwhile, the Lonely Truck is a game combining

software and hardware. Once this game is further developed, an actual object – a special chair, for example – would move every time the truck hits obstacles on-screen. “This training program will help us a lot because in our university, we have not yet implemented a Game Development course, but we plan to. We are also planning to offer new IT-related programs, and create additional IT-related tracks for incoming senior high school students,” Verula said. The SWEEPx Game Development Training comes one year after Smart organized the Android Development Training, supported by the Cagayan de Oro ICT Business Council.

“This training will benefit IT education and local businesses, especially now that the creative gaming industry is an emerging and serious business in the country, with currently around 3,000 professionals representing 60 companies,” said the council’s executive director Jonathan Adolfo. SWEEPx is a component of the Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program, under which Smart partners with the academe to improve the level of technology and engineering education in the Philippines. To know more about Smart’s other programs for education, please visit learnsmart.

huge cross. Tombstones full of incrusted coral can still be explored by snorkelers and scuba divers. Apart from the island’s natural beauty, stories of volcanic eruptions lend an air of nostalgic romance. Old Spanish-era churches, ruins of past towns, and ancestral homes from Spanish and American periods are picture pretty side trips to Camiguin history. Arts & Crafts – Camiguinons are creative artists who produce artworks that speak of Camiguin’s distinct culture, rich history and solidarity. Madjapahit and SriVijayan Empires were believed to be the first people who created the Okil Art which are found in the ceilings, windows and other ancestral houses. It symbolizes wealth. Today, Okil arts are still present in the island’s ancestral houses. Camiguin’s Nito Vine has become a primary handicraft material used in plates, jars, and even jewelry boxes. Products & Delicacies - Indulge in the flavors of Camiguin and marvel in its world-class products. Complete your paradise experience with the taste of the island’s exotic delicacies that will surely get your coming back. Camiguin Pastels are Filipino sweetfilled buns. The filling may consist of yema, purple yan or macapuno among others. Sweet Island Pastel and Vjandep Pastel are the

major producers of this delicacy and are brought abroad as pasalubong to loved ones. Maestrado Tablea, pure cocoa prepared in a traditional way and is a chocolatey experience. La Salud Turrones de Mani and Soling’s Ampao are also well-loved local delicacies. CAMIGUIN LANZONES is claimed to have the sweetest tropical fruit that grows abundantly in the island. LANZONES FESTIVAL is the island’s major and most grand festival held every 3rd week of October. It is celebrated as a way of thanksgiving for the progress of Camiguin through the years and the abundant harvest of truly sweet and quality Lanzones which Camiguin is known for. PANAAD is a yearly devotional expression of penitence and spiritual enrichment during the Holy Week, where people gather and walk around the island and trek up to the Old Volcano. SAN JUAN SA HIBOK-HIBOK FESTIVAL is a celebration in honor of St. John the Baptist every 24th of June wherein the island goes wet and wild with a variety of water and ball games, fluvial parade and more for families to enjoy. SO COME AND DISCOVER AN ISLAND BEING DUBBED AS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN THE WORLD. COME AGAIN TO CAMIGUIN!

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ast October 25, Recreational Outdoor eXchange(R.O.X.) successfully held the R.O.X. Trail Run at the beautiful Mapawa Adventure Park in Cagayan de Oro. An environmentalfriendly and challenging run, the Mapawa Trail Run is the brand’s proud attempt to get more people to the outdoors this year. Aside from

being a beautiful location, the Mapawa Adventure Park also offers a good challenge for trail runners especially those who are seeking for a weekend adventure. The whole day event saw participants coming from various backgrounds and age range, all eager to take part and test their stamina and speed as they engage in some healthy competition.

Four different race levels were offered at the Mapawa Trail Run – 42K, 22K, 11K, and 6K, wherein participants were comprised of about 600. Winners of the race received special prizes from R.O.X. As Southeast Asia’s biggest outdoor superstore, R.O.X. always actively promote the joys of being engaged in the outdoors whether through tourism activities or through challenging sports such as this. Aside from offering all the best outdoor brands from the Philippines and abroad, R.O.X. also makes it easier for anyone to get better acquainted with the outdoors through the various talks and

events that the brand regularly holds. The Mapawa Trail Run was also supported by the following, Salomon, Davao Adventure Xtreme, Everest Outdoors, Mapawa Nature Park, Summit Mineral Water, Unifruitti, Simon Designs, C3Fit, Nathan, Sea to Summit, Black Diamond, Headware, Impression, Multisport Magazine, Magic 89.9, M Magazine, Mindanao Daily News, Cagayan Times, and BusinessWeek Mindanao. Participants will also get to enjoy 15 percent discount on selected brands in R.O.X. stores until November 15, 2015 as part of their registration fee.

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