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Mining revenues

GENERAL Santos City -- The provincial government of South Cotabato has posted record revenues in mining and quarry fees during the first three quarters of the year, thanks to its continuing crackdown against illegal small-scale mining and quarry operations in the area. Siegfred Flaviano, acting head of the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO), said the local government’s mining and quarry fee collections from January to September this year reached a total of P12.8 million, which is around P3.6 million more than the recorded income during the entire 2011. He said they expect their collections to further increase towards the end of the year as the bulk of the payments usually come in during the last quarter.

Ad Congress

DAVAO City -- The city is bidding anew as host of the Philippine Advertising Congress (Ad Congress) next year. Davao City acting Promotions and Investment Center chief Jason C. Magnaye said the city has now higher chances of winning the bid this time since it already has a convention center that can accommodate 2,500 to 5,000 guests. He also said the city’s hotels have a capacity of 5,600 rooms and Davao City is competing with Subic, Zambales for the 23rd Ad Congress hosting.

Digos tourism

THE fire incident that burned down a floating restaurant last week here would not discourage Senior Board Member Mercedes Cagas of the first district from developing more tourist areas in the province. Cagas even committed to make double effort in improving the tourism industry in Davao del Sur after the floating restaurant at Aplaya Baywalk in Digos City was razed in fire by still unidentified perpetrators. Aplaya Baywalk, patterned from Baywalk at Roxas Blvd. in Manila, is one of the beach resort projects being developed by the provincial government as initiated by Cagas as chair of the Tourism Committee of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.


By MIKE BAÑOS, Correspondent

HE Northern Mindanao Regional Development Council-Advisory Committee (RAC) recently met with officials of the Department of Energy to discuss possible measures to address the energy shortage in Mindanao.

JOB RATE DOWN. Despite the newly-established businesses in major cities in northern Mindanao, particularly in Cagayan de Oro, the region’s employment rate is still down during the first half of the year, the National Statistics Office-10 recently reported. BWM File Photo

Villar says they just want to serve


THREE-term Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar has asserted that their running in an election is merely all about public service and not building a political dynasty. “We just want to serve,” said Villar, whose husband, Sen. Manny

Villar was a former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Senate President. Senator Villar’s term ends in 2013. Their son, Mark, is seeking his second term as congressman VILLAR/PAGE 7

The RDC-X RAC which includes RDC-X officers and the region’s representatives to the Senate and House of Representative, met November 12, 2012 at the House of Representatives in Quezon City. In her presentation, Energy Undersecretary Josefina Patricia Asirit said Mindanao is currently experiencing a shortage in power supply since the installed capacity in the island’s grid of 2,022 megawatts (MW) has only been delivering a dependable capacity of 1,616 MW forcing electric cooperatives to implement rotating brownouts. Usec. Asirit attributed the shortfall to low water inflow at the Pulangi hydroelectric power plant and the de-rating of the Agus HEP. Latest industry data show this has caused a power curtailment of around 380 MW on the grid. At present, Ms. Asirit said the DOE is coping with the situation by closely monitoring the daily operations of the Mindanao grid, maximizing dispatch from the 200MW available from the power barges of Therma Marine, Inc.; repairing the Pulangi IV HEP; and uprating Units 1 and 2 of the Agus 6 HEP. POWER/PAGE 7

Balanced energy mix seen as key to solving Mindanao power crisis By IRENE DOMINGO Reporter

DAVAO City -- Mindanao needs to attain a balanced mix of energy sources to maintain its competitiveness, ensure reliability of supply and build a sustainable solution to its power crisis.

This was the solution put forth by Manuel M. Orig, First Vice President for Mindanao Affairs during his presentation to the Davao Investment Conference held at the SMX Convention Center in SM Lanang Premiere ENERGY/PAGE 7

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Davao farmers to harvest 610 MT of onions next month By BEN D. ARCHE Correspondent

DAVAO City – The Regional Office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region Xl is expecting a harvest of at least 610 metric tons (MT) of onions planted by farmers from upland farming communities before the current year ends. According to Melanie Provido, DA high-value crop division chief, the harvest includes local variety of red

and white onions which were coming from the seedlings planted by farmers in August with the assistance of DADavao. Provido said the move to boost the onion production is part of the government’s effort to minimize smuggling of onions that has affected the local growers. The agriculture department in Davao allocated some P9 million in seedlings, fertilizers and chemicals, including trainings of farmers as well as the multi-mini

tractor for every 20-hectare onion farm cluster. About 500 farmers in the region including farmers in Marilog District of this city have benefited from the project which covers some 61 hectares. Some of the Beneficiaries of the program are located in the towns of Magsaysay, Matanao, Kiblawan and Digos City in Davao del Sur. Other beneficiaries are in the towns of Governor Generoso, Lupon, Mati, Cateel,

and Boston, all in Davao Oriental; Nabunturan in Compostela Valley; Panabo City, Asuncion, Talaingod, New Corella, and Dujali, all in Davao del Norte. Next month, DA will start planting onion seedlings to additional 103 hectares of land to augment the program. A one hectare of onion farm can generate 10 metric tons of quality onion at P60 farm-gate price. The country’s yearly average onion consumption is about P96,00 MT.


these lights with years 2010 to 2011 ICC marking. If no ICC sticker is seen and years indicated are prior to the abovementioned ICC, consumers should report this to DTI. These items will be confiscated and retailers will face penalties for the violation. Almer Masillones, Chief Trade and Industry Development Specialist and head of inspection team in the city said the 2009 ICC stamped Christmas lights are subject to retesting. If retested products still qualify for the requirements of the Philippine National Standard on Christmas lights, then they

will be issued new certificate and new ICC stickers. Beyond the ICC stickers, buyers must check physical condition of the item including plugs and wires to make sure they are not lousy or too thin, she said. Prices must also be compared. If a store sells at a very low price than the other, then it may be they are not selling quality products. There were 20 boxes of Christmas lights confiscated because of violation of said rule by the department. Penalties for violators will range from the lowest and first offense of P25,000 while the highest and 3rd offense is P300,000.

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New van terminal offers better services to commuters

BUTUAN City – Fusing together the scattered local van posts around the city to come up with one accessible station, the local government here through the Land Transportation and Management Off ice (LTTMO) recently opened the Butuan City Integrated Van Terminal in Langihan area. According to LTTMO Chief Alfredo Radaza, this development is being undertaken not only to integrate van stations, but also to closely monitor local van transport and to keep an eye on private vehicles that are illegally used for public transport. This recent progress is also seen to ensure the safety of all commuters going in and out of the city. It is operating on a 24-hour schedule with a round-the-clock security workforce composed of policemen and security guards The new van terminal is also ensured to offer comfort to the transporting public. It is completely furnished with modern facilities including an air-conditioned waiting area with benches, baggage lounge, and a toilet with assigned sanitation personnel. The vans are travelling to and from several towns in Agusan and Surigao del Sur and also reach the cities of TERMINAL/PAGE 7

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2012 Chrysler 300C: Royal luxury

Hyundai’s operating margin nears that of premium BMW

THE presence of luxury cars in the local automotive market has grown rapidly over the last couple of years. Brand names like Lexus, Lamborghini, Maserati, Ferrari, Peugeot and, recently, Bentley have joined the fray in this super-competitive segment. Although the European and Japanese makes appear to be ahead, the Americans aren’t far behind. Now refreshed with a much sharper and sporty look, the all-new 300C is a testament to Chrysler’s take on what luxury should be. Launched in 2005, the Chrysler 300C is a full-size sedan designed for the American car market. In fact, the first generation was an instant hit, thanks to its retro-inspired styling and refined ride shared from the earlier Mercedes-Benz E-class platform. I drove the first-generation 300C a few years back and what I can recall about the car is that it’s so incredibly stunning. With its mafioso appeal, the Chrylser 300C stood up as one of the best upscale and competitive mid-size sedans in the luxury car segment. For 2012, the Chrysler 300C returns with a quick payback via better performance as well as more tech and luxury features. The macho image and the attention-grabbing exterior receive a new bumper

SEOUL -- South Korea’s leading automaker Hyundai Motor Co. saw its profitability rise steadily this year, almost matching that of global premium car brand BMW AG, industry data showed Monday. Hyundai Motor posted an overall operating margin of 11.08 percent in the JanuarySeptember period with the figure for its car-producing division reaching 10.91 percent. Hyundai’s numbers compare with BMW’s overall operating profit margin of 11.38 percent and the 10.94 percent for its automobile segment. The operating profit margins of Hyundai and BMW are far higher than those of other global carmakers, with those of Volkswagen AG and General Motors Co. posting around 6 percent. A key measure of a company’s profitability, the operating margin refers to operating income divided by net sales. “We took measures to offer lower incentives and stepped up efforts to integrate car platforms in order to maintain higher profitability,” said an official from Hyundai. Industry sources, however, are concerned about the big automakers’ operating margins dropping in the third quarter in the midst of the persistent economic slowdown. Hyundai’s third-quarter operating profit margin fell 0.09 percentage points from the previous quarter, while BMW suffered a 1.2 percentage point drop in the three-month period, according to the sources.

The all-new Chrysler 300C

treatment. The large chrome grille, decorative headlights, high beltline, bulging fenders and 20-inch rims all come together to produce a wellproportioned body style. For the second generation, an integrated rear pays homage to its tail-finned 1950s predecessors. One thing for sure is that you don’t have to search for a body kit to dress up this car. The all-new Chrysler 300C is certainly a total game-changer! The car goes beyond style and substance. But the real deal here is with Chrysler’s extensive number of luxury features and beyond. Inside, the quality of materials used is generally higher. Premium finishes and soft-

touch materials give a dramatic depth to every surface. The dashboad is a masterpiece of subtlety. Inventive technology f lourishes throughout the cabin keep you connected and comfortable. Exclusive interior features found on the Chrysler 300C include “Foligno” leather-wrapped intrument panel, cluster brow, center console side panels and upper front-and-rear door panels. The seats are wrapped in supple Nappa leather, which include 12-way power adjustable driver and front passenger seats (including four-way power lumbar) with two-mode ventilation and heated seats for both front and rear passengers. And one of the coolest

things I’ve ever seen was the especially designed heated and cooled cup holders. Chrysler also threw some luxury enticements such as automatic headlights, keyless ignition/entry, 10-speaker subwoofer, power rear sunshade, reversing camera, automatic dual-zone climate control, and touchscreen interface. Compared to its previous model, the all-new Chrysler 300C offers a pleasant drive with improved ride quality. Thanks to its independent front and multi-link rear suspension that delivers a luxurious driving experience no matter what type of road conditions you’re driving in. While on the road, revised suspension

geometry, retuned shocks and bushing rates help to reduce road harshness, with responsive handling and superior ride comfort. The only significant downside I noticed with the car is its low rear visibility. Powering the 300C is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that produces 292 hp at a high 6,350 rpm and 353 Nm of torque. The engine provides decent grunt in accelerating the vehicle with relative ease. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, selecting proper gear for every situation is easy and convenient. For exceptional control, the Chrysler 300C includes standard features such as electronic stability control, which applies selective braking and reduces engine power when it senses a difference between your steering input and actual vehicle motion, guiding you back on your intended path. Safety goes beyond the usual, with six airbags, frontrow reactive head restraints, hill-start assist, rain brake support and ready alert braking. Standard on the Chrysler 300C are the ParkSense front and Rear Park assist which detect objects up to 1.2 meters from the front of the vehicle and 2.0 meters from the rear. It wears an expensive price tag of P2.950 million, but you do get what you pay for with the Chrysler 300C.


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R-10 coops paid up capital grows to P1.25B in 2nd qrtr By Rutchie C. Aguhob, Contributing the biggest capitalization was the provcontributor ince of Misamis Oriental TANGUB CITY, Misamis with P847.95 million, folOccidental – Cooperatives lowed by Bukidnon, P217.95 in Northern Mindanao have million, Misamis Occidenaccumulated a paid-up capi- tal, P93.02 million, Lanao tal of P1.25 billion had been del Norte, P82.44 million accumulated, as of the sec- and Camiguin, P12.67 million. ond quarter of 2012. This capitalization grew In terms of growth of by 3.15 percent compared capitalization, however, to P1.22 billion, in the same Lanao del Norte posted period, last year, Orlando the highest increase of 6.64 Ravanera, regional director percent, followed by Misaof the Cooperatives Devel- mis Oriental, 3.87 percent, opment Authority (CDA), Camiguin, 1.20 percent, Misamis Occidental, 0.47 region 10 said. The CDA data revealed percent and Bukidnon, 0.44 that the number of coopera- percent. tives in the region, during The CDA data also show the period, grew from 1,405 that in terms of the number to 1,494 or a 6.33 percent of cooperatives Lanao del increase, while the mem- Norte posted the highest bers grew from 266,341 to growth of 9.77 percent, 267,407 or by 1.15 percent. followed by Misamis Ori-

ental, 7.31 percent, Misamis Occidental, 4.94 percent, Bukidnon, 2.92 percent and Camiguin by 1.89 percent. However, in terms of membership, Misamis Occidental posted the highest growth of 1.05 percent, followed by Misamis Oriental, 0.95 percent, Bukidnon, 0.85 percent, Lanao del Norte, 0.04 percent and Camiguin, 0.18 percent. For the second quarter of 2012 alone, a paid-up capital of P38.22 million was posted by the cooperatives of the region, an increase of 2,353.99 percent over P1.44 million, in the same period, last year. The number of newlyregistered cooperatives, also increased during the period from 32 to 38 or 11.01 percent, and the members

from 1,199 to 1,331 or 11.01 percent. Likewise, contributing the biggest capitalization, in the second quarter, was the province of Misamis Oriental with P30.47 million, followed by Lanao del Norte, P3.99 million, Bukidnon, P505,151.64, Camiguin, P150,000 and Misamis Occidental, P101,000. Again, in terms in growth of capitalization, Misamis Oriental posted the biggest growth of 2,943 percent, followed by Lanao del Norte, 1,177.12 percent, Misamis Occidental, 475.34 percent and Bukidnon, 388.54 percent. No growth was noted in Camiguin, as no capitalization came in, during the second quarter of 2011. (RCAguhob/PIA10-)

THE city government of Cagayan de Oro is one of the finalists in the Best in eGov Business Empowerment Award. Engr. Marilyn Legaspi, OIC of the City Treasurer’s Office informed Mayor Vicente Emano that the city presented its entr y during the eGov awards for Local Government Units National Judging held last November 8, 2012 at Oxford Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. She said evaluation of the entry will be announced later. It was learned that the first eGov Awards for local government units was launched by the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), in part-

nership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Cyber City Teleservices Philippines Inc. (CCTP). The aim of the award is to encourage the use of information and communications technology in the delivery of services among LGUs in the country. The LGU awards will also document and highlight best practices of LGUs for benchmarking purposes. Awarding of winners will be on November 23, according to Engr. Legaspi. In another development, budgets of five brgys will soon be approved. Ordinances covering the supplemental budgets of five barangays for 2012 will be acted upon by the 16th

City Council headed by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas during its regular session on Thursday, Nov. 15. The supplemental budgets of Barangay Nos. 7, 16, Balubal, Macasandig and Tignapoloan were reviewed and favorably endorsed by the committees on barangay affairs and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Dometilo Acenas Jr. and Ramon Tabor, respectively and were found to be in order. Meanwhile, city mayor Vicente Emano has sanctioned erring City Hall employees “Bisan pa man og magadangat na ang eleksyon, pahamtangan og silot-disiplina ang si kinsa man nga makalapas sa mga palisiya sa pag-alagad sa katawhan,” warns Mayor Vicente Emano

A lawmaker has sought an inquiry into the alleged unreasonable exclusion and other illegal activities directed against Chinese tourists committed by some officers of the Bureau of Immigration. In filing Senate Resolution No. 897, Senator Koko Pimentel cited the letter of the Philippine-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PCCCI) to Vice President Jejomar C. Binay dated December 08, 2011. In said letter, the business group conveyed their strong and genuine concern over the “indiscriminate and arbitrary exclusions of Chinese nationals in our international airports thereby creating issues and anxieties among Chinese nationals visiting our country as tourists and as investors.” In a letter addressed to the Department of Foreign Affairs dated 05 January 2012, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China also called the attention of the DFA to the numerous exclusions of Chinese nationals entering

the Philippines and to other complaints against some immigration officials. The PRC Embassy has recorded more than 200 exclusion cases involving Chinese nationals with valid visas in 2011, far more than those cases relating to the citizens of other countries, raising concerns for Chinese travelers who choose the Philippines as a tourist destination. Pimentel said Chinese tourists were reported to have been excluded and disallowed entry to the Philippines without due process using Section 29 (a) (5) of Commonwealth Act 613, otherwise known as the Philippine Immigration Act of 1940, referring to persons likely to become public charge. There were also reports, the senator said, that some Bureau of Immigration officers would give the “excluded Chinese tourists”’ a telephone number to call in case they intend to come back so that they could be escorted through immigration for a fee of $1,000 or Php 50,000 per tourist.

Chinese tourists who allegedly avail of the escort services become undocumented aliens and allegedly receive fake Immigration cards that each costs from P20,000 to P30,000 and an additional cost of P200,000 to P300,000 to be delisted or removed from the Bureau’s blacklist. These allegations of extortion and corrupt practices, Pimentel said, are flagrant violations of Republic Act 3019, otherwise known as the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act that merit serious attention. Of nearly four million tourists who visited the Philippines in 2011, Chinese tourists accounted for 243,137 arrivals in the country, representing 6.21 percent of the market share. “There is an urgent need to investigate these serious allegations of violations of the law committed by some officers of the Bureau of Immigration and to propose legislative measures to curb or totally rid the government of corruption,” Pimentel said

as he called on employees to provide real service to the public, as they should. The mayor’s war ning came as he slapped sanctions against 19 more City Hall employees for various offenses. He said he will continue to impose sanctions on those who are lax in their duties and responsibilities as public servants. “Dili gayud angay nga mahikawan ang katawhan sa mga serbisyong gisangon kanato, opisyal ka man o’ ubos nga kawani sa gobyerno. Busa, dili gayud mausab ang akong baruganan,” he said in a press statement. In another development, the City Council committee on environment and natural resources chaired by Councilor President D. Elipe during its recent meeting adopted a resolution earnestly requesting the Department of Energy-Mindanao to inquire, for and in behalf of the city government, on any and all national guidelines and regulations in the operation of e-jeepneys in the city. The committee likewise sought the assistance of the DOE on possible programs the city could avail in relation to the proposed project. It may be recalled that

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Davao City science scholar develops Project NOAH Mobile App

DAVAO CITY - Rolly Rulete, a batch 2001 scholar of the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-SEI) graduated BS Computer Science at the University of Southeastern Philippines, developed the Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) app for Android devices. Rulete, together with his teammates, used data from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration of the DOST (DOST-PAGASA) to come up with the mobile version of the Project NOAH website ( ph) minus the flood map features. Project NOAH app was jointly launched last October 17, 2012 by DOST together with Smart Communications, Inc. through the Smart Development Network (SMARTDevNet) to provide the general public with an on-time weather information wherever you are in the country anytime through your Android mobile phones. So what are you waiting? Download your Project NOAH app now and experience on-time weather information right at your fingertips. (DOST XI S&T Promotions Section) the committee invited representatives of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) different transport organizations and stakeholders to discuss the operation of commercial e-jeepneys, which will be run by a cooperative. Elipe said this will not only boost the city’s environmental campaign but provide an alternative source of power. The committee also sought guidelines from the LTFRB so that operators can comply with requirements and be granted the needed franchise to operate here. On the city housing concerns. the City Council committee on subdivision and landed estate chaired by Councilor Jose Pepe Abbu will soon tackle the request

for the reclassification of a property at Sitio Pahiron, Lumbia from agricultural to residential area. According to the legal representative of the lot owner, the said property contains an area of 108,472 sq. m. In other development, the committee will also look into the request for assistance and intercession for the Carmenville Project located in Barangay Lumbia, where the main beneficiaries are Typhoon Sendong calamity victims. The Power learned that the development of the project is currently on-going but its pace is allegedly being slowed down by the road blocking of the access/subdivision road by the Cool Breeze Village Homeowners Association.

CDO Ayala mall opening Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano (centermost) and Don Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala (2nd from L-R) together with three other top officials of Ayala Land ceremonially unlocked, today, the gates of Centrio Ayala Mall here in the city. CIO Photo

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Landbank lends more to priority sectors STATE-run Land Bank of the Philippines’ loan portfolio expanded by a little over half in the third quarter as it increased lending to its priority sectors. A statement on Friday said Landbank’s gross loans summed up to P242 billion as of September, 52% higher than in the same period a year before, with almost three-fourths of the total amount going to the development bank’s priority sectors. A total of P175 billion went to farmers and fisherfolk (P26 billion), agri-aqua projects of local government units and state agencies (P48 billion), and small businesses (P29 billion). Other recipients of Landbank loans were: • environment-related projects including renewable energy -- P22 billion;

• transportation -- P18 billion; • socialized, low cost and medium housing -- P10 billion; • aqua businesses, communications, health are and tourism -- P9 billion. “Strategic efforts undertaken by the bank to further strengthen its support to its priority sectors have made

significant impact on the countr yside,” Landbank President and CEO Gilda E. Pico was quoted as saying in the statement. “We are committed to intensify our credit outreach in the rural areas because we see results that contribute to nation building -- infrastructure development, livelihood projects and job creation.”

THE TAX bureau missed its collection target for the fourth straight month in October but narrowed its shortfall on the back of improved

revenue from operations. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said in a statement on Monday that collections for the month

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BIR collects P86.1 billion in Oct, nearly hits goal

Depositors’ positive sentiment on domestic economic activity buoys up Security Bank’s net income by a hefty 55%.

Security Bank reports 3Q net income increase 55%

SECURITY Bank Corp. reported a 55-percent increase in net income to P 6.2 billion in the first nine months translating to return on equity (ROE) of 25 percent. The lender also reported a 28-percent growth in its loan portfolio, a 37-percent increase in total deposits to P 138 billion, and a 28 percent expansion in total assets to P253 billion. “Our year-to-date performance reflects our clients’ generally positive sentiment on domestic economic activ-

ity, as well as the Security Bank Group’s agility in addressing the opportunities. Competition among banks in serving clients’ needs remains robust,” Security Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Alberto S. Villarosa said. The bank’s net interest income for nine months grew by 9 percent to P6 billion. Year-to-date net interest margin was 4 percent. Non-interest income for the nine-month period grew 137 percent to P5 billion notably

in trading gains and service charges, fees and commissions. Total operating income for the nine months totalled P11.1 billion, up by 44 percent or P3.4 billion from year-ago level. Net income in the quarterending September totalled P1.2 billion. Security Bank actually opened 14 new branches out of the 50 branches expected operational by June 2014. Its cost-to-income ratio SECURITY/PAGE 7

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FR. ROY CIMAGALA BECAUSE of the changes brought about by the mandated K+12 program, our Grade 7 students now find themselves part of high school without graduating from grade school. And so, we have to have a graduation in November. The parents would not allow their children to be high schoolers without formally shedding off their grade schooler status. And they find March of next year, the usual graduation month, too far. So I find myself presiding over a Baccalaureate Mass in somber November. Graduation, of course, is a happy occasion. It marks a transition, the end of one phase and the beginning of another. It means some achievement, some attainment, and a looking forward to new challenges as the process of education and formation goes on. I like to think that the students are slowly but steadily building up their foundation for the future. They are into a process at once tedious and exciting, as they learn new things and new lessons, while revisiting and re-appreciating old past lessons as they receive the tradition of the previous generations.

Students have to study. Teachers have to prepare their classes well and also act as parent surrogates as they provide whatever help and support students who are also children need in school. Parents, of course, do everything, even trying to grab heaven here on earth, to assure the proper development of their children. I just hope that this triad of parents, teachers and students, and that of the home, the school and the individual manage to work in synergy, guided and propelled by God’s grace to which everyone has to correspond as best as he could. Education and formation actually never ends for us. Even in our old age, we need it, and in fact, more so. That’s because we tend to resist new knowledge the more knowledge we accumulate. And we are actually poised, due to our spiritual faculties and supernatural destination, to know an infinity of things. Education and formation goes in stages and in cycles, reflecting the rhythm of life itself. It cannot help but set itself fully in the task of pursuing the ultimate purpose of our life. It cannot and it should not be arrested in some levels, saying enough to what may already be gained so far. So it cannot be detained at the academic or scholastic level alone where the sciences, the arts, some skills and technologies are learned. It has to engage us in all our needs as persons and children of God. And that means everything, all our needs that simply grow and grow. It’s a dynamic set of needs, not static. It has to carry out what


ISN’T this the truth? And yet today some 50 years later we are still seeing tensions rising almost everywhere in the world. What is most worrisome is the escalation of the Jews versus the Arabs in Israel and all its foes in the Arab world. Then there is the Chinese

SAD but true: The more progressive the times are, the more regressive Philippine politics become. No. this is not about the shameful issue of “guns, goons, and gold” which have become the standard trio for political conquests especially on the occasion of elections. Neither is this about such disturbing matters as political maneuverings with the customary accompanying election cheating and other questionable agenda – plus the additional “epal” phenomenon which is anything but edifying. Such erra nt a nd erratic practices have become normal in the way politics is done and lived in the country. Lately though, slowly but surely, there came to fore the now famous or infamous reality of “Political Dynasties”. As politics is the science CIMAGALA/PAGE 8 of governance, the admin-

simply a law of life that works. Just like money can only get good things for you when it is used and circulated. But if you do not use your money or give it away, you can’t get any enjoyment or thing of value out of it. It’s only when you give out that you make more room inside to receive. You know that the Dead Sea is dead because it only receives and never gives. It does not flow out or give to other bodies of water, so it just dies. In the same way, when we don’t give to others we plug up the natural f low of life in us. This is why selfish, stingy people are never really happy, and seldom healthy. A successful man said:

“You will be remembered for two things: the problems you solve and the problems you cause.” Each of us is created to be an answer and help to someone else’s life. A famous man put it this way: “You cannot live a successful day until you’ve done something for someone else who cannot pay you back.” The Jewish people have an important holiday every year which celebrates the giving of gifts. Everyone, including the poor, must find someone poorer than himself and give him a gift. You see, “If God can give gifts THROUGH you, He will give them TO you.” In fact, God loves us so much that He gave His own perfect life to pay for our wrongs, just

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so He could share His life with us. So why not give your life to Jesus Christ today? Then you can start enjoying His successful way of giving and living every day, for the rest of your life. Just think a minute…

War… what is it good for? aggression with its assertions towards territorial rights all over Asia be it for Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. There is a need to change all leaders of countries that promote war be it for their countries alleged integrity towards property rights, religion, economic disdain or what-have-you! In this world where communication has taken the lead with the innovations in the digital world and the internet, it has to be foolish to engage in destruction. It takes minutes to ruin centuries of building blocks and for what; the ego and righteousness of country leaders? To hell with them! Let us have them spar it out in the back yard. It is so easy to command an army of headless chickens to attack, it is another to lead

the attack with you in the front lines. Human life was given by the almighty, who are you to take this away regardless of your religion or whatever. It is 2012 in case these leaders didn’t know which century they are in. The people of the world need to unite to stop at all cost, military engagement and war… what is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Some two decades ago we were treated to a film that depicted deadly sparing between countries in a rink titled Rollerball. We could learn from this fiction that depicted realities and have the hot head leaders do the fighting instead after all, most rule saying for love of country and people. If it is true they love country and its people then let them prove this on a rink with their lives at

Political Dynasties istration of public affairs, the conduct of the affairs of the State, dynasties mean family rule, lineage domination, dominion by blood and/or affinity – or the “kami-kami” governance in more simple terms. In this case, not only wealth is inherited but public offices as well. As of this writing, it is not a secret that the tenure of public off ices either simultaneously or successively has largely become family affairs. Husband, wife, and child. Father, son, and daughter. Mother and sons and in-laws. Brothers, sisters, and uncles. These are some of the combinations of dynastic political rule in the Philippines. In fact, such dynasties in politics are becoming even more common and wherefore more normal as well. It is worth nothing that even as early as 1986 – more than two decades ago – the

Philippine Constitution already made the following provision as nothing less than a State Policy: “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.” (Art. I, State Policies, Sec. 26) The fact that anti-constitutional political dynasties are now some kind of a rule than the exception, the reasons behind it can be any or all of the following: One: The State itself is incompetent if not impotent to make any guarantee against the tenure and exercise of exclusive political power among family members. The constitutional provision is already done and aff irmed long ago. But its reality is not even in sight as of this writing. Two: Public service must be not only a source of power but also a fountain of wealth. Otherwise, how come so many men and

stake for country and for the people. In sport with the birth of the Olympics in the early 20th century, it allowed for competition of the best amongst the best to settle scores if need be to pit the best amongst countries against each other as spectators ogle over the competition with blood necessarily drawn. Can’t we revert to the practices that have taken place in lieu of millions of lives lost? A drawdown or confrontation met at the battlefields will only escalate the loss of human life and property so what the heck? Let us shed the modern day wizards such like politicians, bankers, financial brokers, and alleged world leaders who are mere megalomaniacs that cause the destruction to mother earth.



women want to be “public servants,” i.e., servers to the people? It must be true after all, that there are instead “self-servants”. Three: The family orientation or domestic disposition of the Filipinos is so strong that it extends to political dynastic rule. This makes political dynasties but expressions of family love and concern – and therefore in accord with the Filipinos psyche. Ha?

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To further relieve the shortage, Ms. Asirit said the DOE is recommending the transfer of two power barges from the Visayas to Mindanao; the soonest operation of the Iligan Diesel Power Plant (IDPP); maximizing the use of embedded generators of electric utilities and private companies through the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) and the creation of a one-stop shop to fast-track the entry of power projects in the island. DOE records show the following projects on the pipeline for Region X: STEAG Coal-fired Power Plant Expansion; 35 MW Bukidnon Biomass project 20 MW Tagoloan Hydro Power; 5 MW Camiguin Wind Power. Industry sources also identified the following other projects now under construction in the region: Culaman River Hydro (15MW) at Sumilao-Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon; Lower Bubunawan River HEP (23MW); Turbines

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for the nine-month period was 40 percent. Its non-performing loans (NPL) average only 1.1 percent and NPL cover of 197 percent. Total Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) is 18.2 percent and Tier 1 CAR is 16.2 percent as of September 30, 2012. The bank completed the second tranche of its longterm negotiable certificates of deposit (LTNCD) in August 2012, which was subscribed to by its retail and institutional


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also 22.12% higher than the P70.504 billion collected in October 2011. The bureau has now collected P858.576 billion so far for the year, just 3% or P27.90 billion short of its 10-month

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of Davao and Cagayan de Oro on a daily basis. Chief Radaza said that van operators have been given one week grace period

Resources & Development Corporation (TUREDECO) 9MW HEP at Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro; Mt. Nebo Green Development Corp. 10MW in Valencia City, Bukidnon; and the diesel/bunker fuel units of King Energy Inc. in Gingoog City (10.6MW) and Valencia City (4MW). Also planned are two other coal-fired power plants: the P13-billion, 135MW project of Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp. in the Cagayan-Iligan Are and the P19-billion, 300MW project of FDC Utilities in the Phividec Industrial EstateMisamis Oriental. RDC-X Chair and Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz, acknowledged lead convenor Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd District of Cagayan de Oro City) and co-convenor Congressman Vicente F. Belmonte, Jr. (Lone District, Iligan City) efforts to bring the RAC to the Lower House. Also present during the meeting was Senator Aquilino Martin D. Pimentel II of Cagayan de Oro. clients. The first tranche was in February 2012 and the total amount raised for the two tranches was P10 billion priced at 5.5 percent with a maturity of seven years. The ba n k ’s Board of Directors approved a second semestral regular cash dividend of P 0.50 per share and a special cash dividend of P 0.50 per share with October 17, 2012, as record date and November 14, 2012, as payment date. The total dividend declared for 2012 is P1 regular cash dividend and P1 special cash dividend. target of P886.477 billion. Compared to the same period last year, collections were 13.45% higher. It needs to collect P207.4 billion or approximately P103.7 billion per month during the last two months of the year to meet its fullyear goal of P1.066 trillion.

House Speaker Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr. (4th District of Quezon City) was the guest of honor. He expressed appreciation for Mr. Cruz’s efforts to involve the congressional representatives in the Council’s activities by bringing RDC-X to Congress. Mr. Belmonte noted that RDC-X is one of the very few RDCs to hold its RAC meetings in the House of Representatives. Director Leon M. Dacanay, Jr. of the National Economic and Development Authority of Region X (NEDA-X) and RDC-X Vice Chair presented the status of the RDC-endorsed 2013 budgets of the region’s line agencies citing that only 70% is covered in the National Expenditure Program (NEP). Office of Civil Defense Region X (OCD-X) Director Ana C. Cañeda presented the status of the Tropical Storm Sendong Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) particularly the priority Recovery and Rehabilitation programs and projects amounting to P26.0 Billion already considered in the Public Investment Program. T h e R D C -A d v i s o r y Committee also discussed and passed, the following resolutions: requesting the Office of the President to include the Panguil Bay Bridge Project and the Mindanao Railway System in the list of priority projects of the country; including the construction of the Cagayan de Oro river flood control dike from Calacala to Macabalan and a Sabo Dam in Talakag, Bukidnon in the TS Sendong Rehabilitation and Recovery programs and projects; requesting the soonest operation of the Laguindingan Airport when facilities are already complete; requesting Philippine Air Lines (PAL) to restore its operations in Cagayan de Oro City; and thanking President Aquino

to relocate from their previous van posts and transfer to the new van terminal. Appropriate legal sanctions will be carried out for those that would not follow the new regulation immediately after the grace period ends.

for the P10 Billion increase in the nationwide budget of all State Universities and Colleges (SUCs). Considering the need to link small scale metal industries in the region, the body also expressed its support for the restoration of the former National Steel Corp. (NSC) steel plant in Iligan City as proposed by Global Steel President Sangram Mohanty.

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of Las Pinas City. However, the former congresswoman assured she will strictly adhere to the law if it would later say that this is not allowed. “If there is a law on political dynasty, we will follow it. It’s not only in running for public office wherein we can serve the people,” said Villar who served as President of the Lady Legislators of the House during the 12th, 13th, and 14th Congress. At present, she noted there is no law in the 1987 Constitution that specifically bars relatives from running for public office. “What is prohibited right now is with regards to term limits... there is no other prohibitions,” she pointed out. But Villar averred that aside from running in a (political) position, they can do other things to serve and help people. Since 1992, when the Villar Foundation was founded, Villar has been actively espousing programs for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), providing livelihood and caring for the environment. Villar also sees nothing wrong in campaigning with Makabayan Koalisyon ng Mamayan (Makabayan) which endorsed her candidacy and that of other senatorial hopefuls, incum-

bent Senators Francis “Chiz” Escudero, Loren Legarda and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and former MTRCB chairman Grace Poe Llamanzares. She said Makabayan, a political alliance of 11 partylist organizations, does not actually have a stage where they campaign. Recalling her experience with the group, Villar said they just had meetings, and they ask you to join. “It’s just a small group where they explain their stand on issues. It’s similar to a town hall meeting,” added Villar, a Nacionalista Party candidate running under the ruling Liberal Party and its coalition partners.

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in Davao City last November 17. “We should pursue as much renewable energ y sources as possible as long as it will not prohibitively expensive to consumers,” Orig said. “At t he same time, we must realize that renewable energy will not be enough to fill the present shortfall. So we must also utilize non-renewable power sources that use modern technology to ensure there are no adverse effects to the environment.” Orig said only non-renewable energy sources like coal power can fill the bug supply


shortfall in Mindanao as of the present while keeping the prices competitive for consumers and businesses. While AboitizPower is being criticized for its construction of the 300-MW clean coal power plant in Davao, Orig said another subsidiary, Hedcor Inc., is also pursuing five hydro power projects with a total capacity of 54 MW. This is true to its strategy of attaining a balanced mix of energy sources for Mindanao. Around 55 percent of Mindanao’s power supply is provided by the AgusPulangi complex around Lake Lanao. Due to the facility’s age and the growing economy of Mindanao, the region is experiencing a growing shortfall of power. As of Monday, Mindanao is short of 420 MW. The shortage is projected to increase to 484MW by 2014. This is enough to cut power entirely form the cities of Davao, Gen. Santos, Butuan, Zamboanga and Cagayan de Oro. Orig said AboitizPower hopes the early completion of its coal and hydro power plants by early 2015 will help solve the power crisis in Mindanao. The Davao Investment Conference is an annual event organized by the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF LANAO DEL NORTE 12TH Judicial Region BRANCH 07 Tubod, Lanao del Norte In re:


ORLANDO BUHISAN ZUELO, Petitioner. - versus THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF SIQUIJOR, NEGROS ORIENTAL, Respondent. X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -/ ORDER A verified petition for Change of Name in the Certificate of Live Birth was filed before this Court on September 5, 2012 by the herein petitioner praying among others that after notice and hearing, an Order be issued directing the Respondent to effect the change of his name in his Certificate of Live Birth. Petitioner alleges that he is of legal age, married, and resident of Pualas, Tubod, Lanao del Norte, Philippines. Respondent is sued in his/her official capacity. Petitioner is the son of spouses FORTUNATO VALIOS ZUELO and MARTINA BUHISAN ZUELO who was born on September 19, 1963 at Tongo, Siquijor, Negros Oriental. That his birth was registered at the Respondent’s office, however, his “last name” was erroneously entered as SOILO instead of ZUELO. In the same Certificate of Live Birth under the space “Name of Father” the “last name” of his father was also entered as SUELO instead of ZUELO and his ‘date of birth’ was entered as September 19, 1965 instead of September 19, 1963. That the “last name’ of petitioner is ZUELO and that he was truly born on September 19, 1963 as evidenced by his Philippine National Police Identification Card bearing the name SPOI ORLANDO BUHISAN ZUELO and PSSLAI Membership Card. That there is a need to correct and change the entries in the Certificate of Live Birth under the space “date of birth”, his “last name” and the “last name” of father as found in his Certificate of Live Birth to avoid confusion and to confirm to his true date of birth, his last name, and the last name of his father. He has never been charged neither convicted of any offenses or infraction of laws. That the sole purpose of filing the instant petition is to correct his birth record to conform to the true and correct “last name”, the “last name” of his father and his “date of birth”, and not to conceal any identity neither to evade any obligation from any person or entity. Set the initial hearing of the case to January 13, 2013 at 8:30 in the morning before the sala of this Court. Any persons/s interested to the petition may come to Court on said date and time to show cause why said petition should not be granted. Furnish copy of this Order to the Office of the Solicitor General at Makati City, Office of the Public Prosecutor in Tubod, Lanao del Norte, office of the Local Civil Registrar of Siquijor, Negros Oriental, Atty. Florendo B. Opay, counsel for the petitioner, and to the petitioner, Orlando B. Zuelo whose address is at Pualas, Tubod, Lanao del Norte. Petitioner is hereby directed to publish copy of the Order at Business Week Mindanao, a newspaper of general circulation for three (3) consecutive weeks, at his expense. So Ordered. Tubod, Lanao del Norte. November 19, 2012.

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‘People should not depend on gov’t for protection vs climate change impacts’ By BONG FABE, Correspondent

CAGWAIT, Surigao del Sur—As risks and vulnerabilities become pronounced due to the impact of climate change, the need to shift the mindset of the people to do their fair share in mitigating/adapting to climate-induced disasters has now become apparent given the limited resources of local government units.

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY. Reducing risks, mitigating or adapting to climate-induced disasters and natural calamities is a shared responsibility, according to Cagwait, Surigao del Sur Mayor Bonifacio Ondona. photo by bong d . fabe

Reg’l. Phil-AHIS Conference. Nearly a hundred animal experts, field and report officers have convened in the hopes of maximizing the benefits of using a computer-based and centralized databank system on animal health information such as the Phil-AHIS.

“Everyone today is accountable for whatever disaster that will happen,” stressed Mayor Bonifacio Ondona during the recent Disaster Risk Reduction Management / Climate Change Adaptation Planning Workshop at the White Beach Resort here. Ondona, a Galing Pook awardee for his efforts to connect environmental issues to the improvement of the living conditions of his constituents, said that an LGU’s plans and programs will be effective only if people understand their duties and responsibilities to their fellowmen. “No matter how much resources [time, money, effort] an LGU put into any environmental program, if the people

have not understood it and do not do their part, it will surely fail,” he told this reporter. This 4th class municipality, located 27 kms. south-east of Tandag City, Surigao del Sur’s capital, and about 855 kms. south-east of Manila, is home to the pristine horseshoeshaped Waikiki (White) Beach Resort, discovered by worldfamous pilot Charles Augustus Lindberg, who captured the world’s imagination in 1927 by his solo flight from New York to Paris piloting the Spirit of St. Louis. Lindberg flew several sorties in the Philippines in 1969 as a conservationist because, according to publish reports at the time that quoted him, “the Philippines are one of

This gesture is an essential undertaking for managing disease problems and conveying a favorable stance in the animal industry. Experts in attendance were Marites Gealone, Phil-AHIS overall coordinator (left) and Ma. Gracia D. Flores, DVM of the BAI.

Phil-AHIS team members’ meet in R10 DISEASES are seen as the ultimate threat of the animal industry, thus, the Department of Agriculture - Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) through the Livestock Sector Division in collaboration with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), recently spearheaded a Regional Philippine Animal Health Information System (Phil-AHIS) Conference at the Harbor Lights Hotel, in this city. Phil-AHIS is a computer-based and centralized databank system that can generate standard, fast and site-specific reports for animal health information. In which, all these are directed towards crafting wise decisions among stakeholders, including field workers, researchers, farmers, policy makers and animal health experts in strengthening the animal industry. Significant reports that

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St. Peter once said: “And you, employing all care, minister in your faith, virtue; and in virtue, knowledge; and in knowledge, abstinence; and in abstinence, patience; and in patience, godliness; and in godliness, love of brotherhood; and in love of brotherhood, charity.” (2 Pt 1,5-7)

can be generated from the system include, but not limited to in disclosing the number of farmers and animals served by the agency along with its partners. These can also show the common diseases, afflicting animals throughout Northern Mindanao, in which they are further categorized into types and species. As the agriculture department seeks to have an enhanced animal disease information management, the meeting particularly aimed to warrant an abiding education among field and report officers on animal diseases detection, control and prevention as well as to cater to animal health emergencies, especially during disease outbreaks. Likewise, it intended to guarantee the proper course in data submission, characterized by timely and

We simply have to go on. And we have to realize that education and formation goes far beyond the school or academic setting. It involves the home, the church, the social and cultural environment, and even the economy and our legal and political systems. Insofar as the academic setting is concerned, it has to be pointed out that all the subjects taught there have

accurate reports from the grassroots level to the municipal, city or provincial veterinary offices to the regional level and finally to the BAI national office. Salient points raised during the conference include the body’s request for the focal personnel in the writing of comprehensive symptoms in animal cases, so as to make appropriate diagnosis in the treatment of animals. Moreso, the issue in committing errors in the input of data was also discussed. As response, the body has agreed that such instances should be rightly done as the Phil-AHIS would not only address the possible multiplicity of animal diseases, but also create a positive or even worse, negative outlook for the animal industry. Recognizing the availability and accessibility of

to be properly grounded and oriented toward the original source and the ultimate goal of knowledge, who is God. It would be a disaster if we just get entangled in the merely intellectual and technical aspects of the subjects. We would open ourselves to the possibility of misusing and even exploiting them. That’s because we would be pursuing and using them according to our

Phil-AHIS as a centralized animal information management system, the body has likewise underscored that it is only fitting to avoid making the abovementioned mistakes in order to avert market downfall, especially among smallscale animal raisers. Consequently, the body has likewise appealed to undergo re-tooling trainings relevant to the use and management of the Phil-AHIS as they deem that this will minimize the margins of inaccuracies in the reports. With the improvement in employing the system throughout the region, it is anticipated that there will be immediate and suitable disease detection, control and prevention leading to the reduction or ideally, the elimination of animal diseases. # (Joanne L. Olson, DA-10) purposes, and not the will of God who created them. The very nature of these subjects can only reflect the wisdom, the goodness and the love of God for us. If their nature is properly respected and used, these subjects can only lead us to God, and can involve us in the dynamics of love, the essence of God of whom we are the image and likeness. (Email:

the last frontiers of conservation.” Lindberg’s attention was drawn to the Philippines in 1968 by the plight of the Tamaraw and the monkeyeating eagle, which are both are nearly extinct. Although a coastal municipality with 8 of its 11 barangays facing the Pacific Ocean like the rest of Surigao del Sur, it is basically a typhoon-free town. But it is prone to earthquakes, storm surges, f loods, and tsunami, according to the Natural Disaster Risk Profile created by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) for Surigao del Sur. Political leadership is key: While reducing risks, mitigating or adapting to climateinduced disasters and natural calamities is a shared responsibility, equipping the people and strengthening their capacities against their vulnerabilities to natural hazards falls squarely on the shoulders of their political leaders. Ondona acknowledged this, which is the reason why he has required all barangay officials to attend the three-day Disaster Risk Reduction Management / Climate Change Adaptation Planning Workshop organized by the Interior and Local Government department (DILG), Liga ng Mga Barangay sa Pilipinas and the peace and development non-government organization Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI). “I consider this very important because we don’t know when a disaster will strike. Our community should be prepared. If we don’t have plans, we will not know what to do. We should be prepared to respond during disasters but more important than that, we should prepare our people for any eventuality to avoid loss of lives and properties, if possible,” he told this reporter. And since everyone lives in a barangay, including President Aquino, the task of providing

the leadership to the people falls squarely on the shoulders of the barangay officials, especially the chairperson. “Barangay officials should know their duties and responsibilities before, during and after a disaster,” he said, adding: “Plans and programs for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation should go down to the barangay level because that is where the action is.” Integral to BDP, AIP: A barangay’s DRR and CCA plans and programs should be integrated into the Barangay Development Plan (BDP) and Annual Investment Plan (AIP), Ondona stressed. “This is very important because our development, even our very existence, now depends on the climate and its consequent impact to our peoples’ vulnerabilities and risks from natural hazards,” he said. He also urged all barangay officials in Cagwait to immediately pass ordinances to support their DRR/CCA plans and programs because “without ordinances, it will be very hard to compel people to follow and obey.” “We, in the municipality are here only to support and guide the barangays. Plans and programs, and even projects, should emanate from the barangay. Our task in the municipality is to provide the political leadership, without which our barangay officials can also not move to protect our people from the impacts of climate change,” he pointed out. “But we are still at the mercy of our people. If they choose not to follow and obey, we cannot force them since we are in a democracy. This is why it is very important to shift the mindset of the people from dependence on the government to self-preservation in view of the changing climate and consequent global warming,” he added.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 10th Judicial Region BRANCH 42 Medina, Misamis Oriental oOo IN RE: PETITION FOR LETTERS OF SP. PROC. CASE NO. 311-M ADMINISTRATION OF THE INTESTATE ESTATE OF THE LATE MARLON ANTHONY PANLILIO BAYHON, PEREGRINO BABIA BAYHON, Petitioner. x---------------------------------------------/ NOTICE TO CREDITORS OF THE INTESTATE ESTATE OF THE LATE MARLON ANTHONY PANLILIO BAYHON Letters of Joint Administration having been issued in the aboveentitled case in favor of PEREGRINO BABIA BAYHON and MAILA LIZA BAYHON BALABA. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that notice be, and the same is hereby given, requiring all persons having claims for money against decedent, MARLON ANTHONY PANLILIO BAYHON arising from contracts, express or implied, whether the same be due, not due, or contingent, for funeral expenses and expenses of the last sickness of the said decedent, and judgment for money against him, to file said claims with the undersigned at the REGIONAL TRIAL COURT - BRANCH 42, MEDINA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL on or before May 31, 2013, serving a copy of the claim to the appointed Joint Administrator at their address at Tup-on, Medina, Misamis Oriental. SO ORDERED. Medina, Misamis Oriental, October 18, 2012. (Sgd.) RAMONITO O. L. SALISE Acting Branch Clerk of Court BWM: Nov. 21, 28 & Dec. 5, 2012

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Lawmakers seek probe on failure to enforce PHILNOS program THE failure of the Philippine Organ Donation and Transplantation Program (PODTP) to oversee the implementation of the Philippine Network for Organ Sharing (PHILNOS) has placed thousands of Filipinos in need of transplants in great danger. This prompted two lawmakers to seek an inquiry why Dr. Antonio Paraiso, program manager of the project, failed to produce a manual of procedures, including guidelines for accreditation, different committees, administrative staff and a function registry as embodied in Administrative Order No. 2010-0019 (National Program for Sharing of Organs from Deceased Donors), which established the PHILNOS. PHILNOS is tasked to implement a system of timely referral and processing of potential multiple organ donors, equitable allocation and efficient procurement and transplantation or organs from them. It is directed to increase awareness and acceptance of deceased organ donation and transplantation, increase the number of deceased donors, promote the ethical practice of deceased organ donation and transplantation, maintain a national waiting list of transplant candidates and a national registry of transplant patients, and to make policy recommendations that may become the basis for legislation pertaining to deceased donation program. “PHILNOS has technically been not in existence under Dr. Paraiso’s leadership as proven by his issuance of a memorandum on May 16, 2012 stating that the PODTP and the PHILNOS shall be implementing A.O. 2010-0019 in its original form and substance limited only by the fact that no funds were allocated to PHILNOS,” said Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District,

Cagayan de Oro City), who authored House Resolution 2862, together with his brother, Rep. Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party-list, Abante Mindanao). Rodriguez said a report of t he Phi lippine Rena l Disease Registry (PRDR) revealed that 10,000 Filipinos develop end stage renal disease annually, half of which were eligible for kidney transplant. Out of the 5,000 patients with end stage renal disease eligible for kidney transplant, less than 10 percent actually have a transplant because of insufficient organ supply or financial constraints. Likewise, a PRDR report in 2009 showed that 95.5 percent (639 out of 669) of the country’s kidney transplants came from living donors while 4.5 percent (30 out of 669) came from deceased or brain dead donors. Same report added that 70 percent (448 donors) came from living non-related donors as compared to 30 percent (191 donors) which came from living related donors. “When the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9208

or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 were released on June 21, 2009 which stipulated clear sanctions for any person caught trafficking in persons for the sale or removal of organs, there was an exerted effort by the transplant community to focus on getting its main organ source from deceased or brain dead donors,” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez said that Dr. Paraiso attempted to amend A.O. 2010-0019 by stating that available funds from the PODTP would be used for its essential functions, licensing from the Bureau of Health Facilities and Services (BHFS) of the Department of Health (DOH) for stand-alone Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) will be imposed and the requirement and procedures for licensing were presently being prepared. Rodriguez also said that Dr. Paraiso had allegedly shown hostility towards the private OPO’s public awareness and organ retrieval activities through releasing a memorandum addressed to all government hospitals on July 2012 declaring that the government’s own OPO, the Human Organ Preservation Effort (HOPE) based in National Kidney & Transplant Institute (NKTI) was the only accredited OPO and the sole OPO allowed to procure organs from de-

ceased donors. T h ree pr ivate orga n pro c u rement orga n i z ations (OPOs) namely, the Integrated Program on Organ Donation (IPOD), the International Foundation for Organ Transplant, Inc. (InFORT) and Lifeshare were created aside from the Human Organ Preserva-

tion Effort, a government run OPO based in NKTI due to greater government restriction. However, Rodriguez said, the private OPO’s operations were often challenged by the lack of infrastructure to make the deceased donor program sustainable. “It is imperative for the

House of Representatives, especially the Committee on Health to conduct and inquiry on the above issue and serve notice to all concerned, particularly the DOH, PHILNOS, IPOD, Lifeshare, Dr. Antonio Paraiso and other agencies and entities to shed light on the issue,” Rodriguez said. (PNA)

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LGUs with Outstanding Local Nutrition Committees and Brgy Nutrition Scholars (BNS) receive awards in Bukidnon Story & Photos by CHRISTINE H. CABIASA


he provincial government of the Bukidnon led by Governor Alex P Calingasan and Vice Gov. Jose Maria R Zubiri, Jr. gave recognition to municipal nutrition committees and outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) of the Province of Bukidnon on October 30 at Kaamulan Folk Arts Open Theater, Malaybalay City. “The nutrition program’s success doesn’t only come from us, the sacrifices that you made will not be forgotten”, Hon. Jose Maria R Zubiri Jr., the Provincial Vice-Governor stressed in his message. The latter pointed the significant role of the BNSes and the local nutrition committees in the province’s efforts saying “You are our unsung heroes here in the Province of Bukidnon and I thank you all for that”. Ms Estelita E Madjos- Provincial Nutrition Action Officer (PNAO) of Bukidnon informed that around six hundred forty eight (648) Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) from the 20 municipalities and 2 cities of the province converged at Kaamulan for the awarding ceremony. Leading the awardees were Provincial Outstanding BNS Ms. Gemma C Ligan of Panalsalan, Maramag ,

Bukidnon; 2nd- Ms Marina M Mangubat of Kiara, Don Carlos, Bukidnon; 3rdMs Predeswinda M Sarol of Sagbayan, Dangcagan; 4th- Ms Josephine Reconose of Sta Fe, Libona and 5th – Ms Lunesa E Rayon of Omagling, Malitbog , Bukidnon who received cash awards and Plaques of Recognition. The next 5 ranking outstandsing BNSes received Plaques of Recognition, viz : 6th place- Ms Grace U Tapasan of Spring, Kibawe; 7th- Ms Maricar Jumarolan of San Roque; 8th- Ms Norma C Enot of Kibogtok, Kadingilan ; 9th- Ms Delaida Magbanua of Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich and 10thMs Lindy U Balakid of Adtuyon, Pangantucan. These 10 ranking Outstanding BNSes were those who garnered above 80 Final Point Scores in the search done by the Provincial Evaluation Team led by Ms Lourdes Limocon-PHN of

(Center) Mrs BNS 2012 Jade Marie Samuya of don Carlos, (right) 1st Runner up Lucita Jumanoy of Lantapan, and (left) Marithes of Quezon

Engr. Zenaida Tondares, RNPC gives her inspirational message to the Barangay Nutrition Scholars

(3rd from left) Mrs Arlyn C. Bongcas, 7th placer on this year search for National Outstanding BNS. With her, (from left) Mrs Estelita M Madjos –Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, Vice Governor Jose Maria Zubiri ,RNPC Zenaida T tondares of NNC X, Provincial Administrator, Mr Probo B. Antipasado (representative of Governor Alex P Calingasan) and Mr Alson Quimba, Provincial Agriculture.

DepEd Provincial Office of Bukidnon as organized by the Provincial Nutrition Committee. In this year’s Monitoring and Evaluation of the CY 2011 Local Level Plan Implementation (MELLPI) eighteen municipalities with scores above 80 points were recognized ,viz: 1stMaramag - 97.86 ; 2ndPangantucan- 96.74; 3rdSumilao – 93.69; 4th- San Fernando – 93.49; 5th- Lantapan- 92.04; 6th – Cabanglasan- 90.68; followed by the municipalities of Dangcagan, Manolo Fortich, Kibawe, Malitbog, Talakag, Impasug-ong, Kitaotao and Baungon. Continued maintenance of the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA) were conferred to the municipalities of Libona, Kadingilan, Quezon and Don Carlos; as well as to Malaybalay City. The City Nutrition Committee (MNC) Chaired by Mayor Leandro Jose H Catarata of Valencia was conferred the Plaque of Recognition for having earned the Green Banner Award (GBA) for the 2nd consecutive year based on the recently concluded regional evaluation team visit. The GBA is conferred by the National Nutrition Council to an LGU for its efficient and effective implementation of the local nutrition program using the MELLPI Guideline and evaluation tools.

The BNS is a community based nutrition worker deployed in every barangay as mandated by PD 1569. The evaluation of the BNS is a multi level activity done initially by the LGUs to ideally cover all BNSes in active service and who has served for two (2) consecutive years . The annual evaluation is a management strategy designed to ensure the performance of the tasks of the BNS , and, as basis for recognizing good performance at various levels. The BNS is in the forefront at driving good nutrition programs and advocacies. They are behind the Barangay Nutrition Committees Chaired by the Punong Barangays in fighting hunger and malnutrition through monitoring of good nutrition indicators such as Operation Timbang (OPT) and , guided by the results of monthly and quarterly follow up weighing activities. They also help monitor the condition of pregnant women and lactating mothers by linking the latter to health centers. According to Engr. Zenaida T. Tondares, Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator, BNS evaluation and recognition is a regular annual activity of many LGUs and is spearheaded by the National Nutrition Council through the various Local Nutrition Committees. Mobilizing communities

(center) Vice Governor Jose Ma Zubiri Jr is Given a plaque of recognition for his support to the Provincial Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) 2011-2016.

Around 648 BNSs of the Province of Bukidnon graced the event at Kaamulan Open Arts Theater, Malaybalay City

to adopt good nutrition practices is important and must be mainstreamed in the implementation of local nutrition programs and projects .“ Reducing hunger and malnutrition is the Millennium Development Goal challenge No. 1 which the country hopes to achieve by 2016 ”, Tondares said. “Malaybalay City’s outstanding BNS win as contender in the regional search”, Tondares added. “Nagpasalamat pud ko kay giila mi sa NNC ug gitagaan ug pasidungog isip BNS, ang ako lang

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nga makatabang mi sa among barangay pinaagi sa pag-awhag sa mga tao nga musunod sa saktong nutrisyon alang sa ilang mga pamilya”, Arlyn Bongcas, City Outstnding BNS of Malaybalay who was also recognized in the Bukidnon event is officially proclaimed regional winner in this year’s search have expressed. ROBNS Bongcas incidentally placed 7th in this year’s national search. Ms Bongcas received the recognition during the National Nutrition Awarding Ceremony (NNAC) at PICC on November 9.

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