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Ports upgrade MARAWI CITY -- To ensure safety and convenience of its clientele, the Regional Ports and Management Authority of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RPMA-ARMM) continuously upgrades the facilities and services of ports in the region. Ersan Warad, the regional ports authority’s general manager, said the agency recently signed a memorandum with ports officials and ARMM’s Tourism department to establish Port Tourism Information Assistance Center to strengthen the tourism industry in the region. “Our client is our people and we want to compensate the fees our clients pay by providing them quality basic services and standardized ports. This is in adherence to the Reform Agenda of the ARMM Regional Governor, Hon. Mujiv S. Hataman,” Warad said.

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HE power utility serving Cagayan de Oro and the Misamis Oriental towns of Tagoloan, Villanueva and Jasaan has appealed for the patience of its consumers following the resumption of rotating brownouts late last month.

Sources from the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (CEPALCO) said the utility is contracting short term power supply agreements with various

g e n e r at i o n c o m p a n i e s (gencos) which are now in the final stages of approval with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). “We have 10MW diesel

power from Minergy available and ready to operate since August, but we still don’t have the provisional approval from the ERC to operate. We hope ERC can give us the green light by this week,” the source who preferred to remain anonymous said. “Hopefully, with the additional supply, we will no longer have to resort to manual load shedding even with the El Niño.” Sources from the ERC said the application for brownouts/PAGE 11

POWER OUTAGE. A candle lights up a sari-sari store in Barangay Punta Bilar, Surigao City Sunday night (22 Nov 2015) as the city and 18 towns of Surigao del Norte suffered prolonged power outage lasting as much as 17 hours on Sunday and Monday. mindanews photo by roel n . catoto

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Halal guidelines BUTUAN City -- In response to the needs of local food processors/ producers and food establishments on Halal awareness as well as its guidelines based on international standards, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga is continually conducting various related activities which will enable processors to appreciate and at all times consider Halal guidelines in its operations. Through the efforts of the Provincial Science and Technology Center - Agusan del Norte, an Orientation on the General Guidelines on Halal Food Using the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) is scheduled on November 23. This will be held at the function hall of DOST Caraga, CSU Campus, Ampayon, Butuan City. The event aims to provide an avenue for the local food processors to be able to understand and adapt the internationally accepted standards in the preparation of halal foods.


Delays in ERC approvals extend Oro brownouts

By BONG D. FABE, Contributing Editor

DOE EPIMB officials expect no more brownouts in Mindanao by the 2nd quarter of 2016 even with the El Niño. photo by mike baños, npn

TAIWANESE electric motor maker TECO has partnered w i t h l o c a l m o t orc y c l e distributor Ropali to launch a new electric vehicle under the brand Roteco, the president of the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines

(EVAP) said yesterday. EVAP President Rommel Juan disclosed that Roteco, the new joint venture into the growing electric vehicle industry in the Philippines, has recently introduced its e-motor/PAGE 10

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DOLE conducts workers org dev’t orientation in Mambajao


AMBAJAO, Camiguin -- The Depar tment of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. 10 (DOLE-10), through its Camiguin Provincial Field Office (Cam PFO), conducted an orientation on Workers Organization

Development (WODP) to the officers and members of the four associations, recently in the Local Government Unit of this Municipality. DOLE-X Cam PFO OIC Head Arlyn Z. Bael reported to Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante, that the meeting was attended by some 71

members of the following associations, namely: 1) Kapunongang Mananagat sa Tagdo; 2) Association of Bakeshop Workers of Cakestop ATPB.; 3) Lagundi Samahang Pangkabuhayan Association; and 4) Paradise Is l an d Pan g k abu h ay an Association. Bael explained, “WODP ser ves as a mechanism

the support of Mambajao Municipal Mayor Maria Luisa D. Romualdo for the livelihood project proposals submitted by the said associations with LGU Barangay Poblacion as the Accredited Co-Partner (ACP). “Most importantly, the association or group must be accredited first in the municipality as a protocol

in strengthening trade unions and other workers’ organizations by providing an opportunity for systemic learning and growth for productivity, prosperity and welfare to the employer, workers’ organization and its memb ers and their dependents.” Me anw hi le, dur ing the meeting, Bael lobbied

and in the observance of procedures of the LGU,” Mr. Atanacio Lusdoc Jr., Public Employment Service Office Manager and representative of Mayor Romualdo said. The groups were responsive of the directives of Mayor Romualdo and pledged to abide with the rules. (Jovelyn V. Perez/DOLE-X Camiguin PFO)

Labor dept to address jobs mismatch in Bukidnon


MALAYBALAY City -- The Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. X (DOLE-X), through its Bukidnon Provincial Field Office (BPFO), conducted the 3rd Bukidnon-wide Seminar-Workshop to some 83 Guidance Counselors on 17-18 September 2015 at DepEd Division Training Center in Malaybalay City

career advocates on career guidance as an effective tool in addressing jobs-skills mismatch. “Further this is also to equip our Career Guidance Advocates towards more efficient and effective guidance and counseling services to their students and parents,” he stated. The workshop had very informative, interesting, and

Bukidnon. DOLE-10 Regional Director R aymundo G. Agravante fully supports the capacity building and skills enhancement of the Guidance Counselors and Career Coaches. BPFO He ad R aul L. Valmores reported that this event equipped the teachers, guidance counselors, and

helpful topics. Discussed were employability, career success and strategies, as well as training them on the techniques in handling and counseling students in difficult situations. Moreover, the career advocates were guided on the ethical considerations in the workplace - teaching jobs/PAGE 11

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hink a m i n u t e … Remember the wonderful promises you made on your we dding day? “I promise to always l ove you, c are for you, respect and cherish you t h rou g h e ve r y t h i ng we face in life. Whether we’re rich or poor, sick or healthy.” But since our wedding day, we’ve found out t hos e promis es are mu c h e a s i e r s a i d t h a n done! I f w e’r e c o m p l e t e l y honest, most of the time what we really mean by those beautiful promises is: “I want to be happy in life, and I believe you’re t he one w ho’s goi ng to make me happy.” Most of us actually get married m o r e f o r w h at w e c a n get than for what we can give. So when you have 2 p e ople in a mar r i age who are taking more than they’re giving, no one’s h ap py. Ma ny o f u s a c t like our mate owes us a debt to make us happy. That’s what we expected from them when we got married. When the honeymoon was over, you probably l e a r n e d t h at y ou r w i f e or husband is not quite p e r f e c t . T h e y a r e n’ t


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approach and the emotional appeal. When using persuasive writing to share your business culture, vision, and values, you should understand the power of emotional appeal as well as its misuse. Here’s why it’s powerful: 1. It Can Strike People to Action. Emotional appeal relies on emotional response rather than logic. It manipulates emotions such a fear, pity, anger, excitement, and vanity. The danger is that emotional appeal is effective in stimulating non-rational responses. 2. It Doesn’t Give People a Chance to Think. Emotions are powerful, and emotional appeal is

an effective way to get people to “leap before they look.” When driven to anger, for example, people might behave irrationally without taking time to examine the consequences. 3. It Feeds on Basic Needs. Emotional appeal feeds on a reader’s most basic needs, such as the need for love, security, convenience, health, and money.There is a science behind the power of emotional appeal and marketers recognize that. This is because people’s brain is in idle, nonthinking state most of the time. This means, that you can appeal to practically to your customers’ emotions

most of the time. Emotional appeal is a powerful tool in your business, but can cause people to make impulsively poor decisions. Cliché as it seems, but they can really make or break your business. Before appealing to your audience’s emotions, it is important that you elicit the appropriate emotions that you wanted them to feel. When sharing your business, culture, vision, and values with others; back up your claims with facts. This doesn’t mean logic can’t have an emotional component, but arguments based solely on emotional appeal are often fallacious.

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Righteousness and salvation


IFE’S INSPIRATION: “… But to him who does not work but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness…” (Romans 4:5, the Holy Bible). -ooo RIGHTEOUSNESS BEFORE GOD: Thank God in the name of Jesus. According to Romans 4:5 of the Bible, whoever does not place his trust in his work but believes and has faith on Jesus, our God and Savior, will not only be forgiven of his sins but will even be considered as righteous before God. What this means is that, it is not because of what man does that salvation in the life eternal is given to him. It is not because of his works that he will be able to

avoid the eternal fire and worms of hell. According to Ephesians 2:8-9, there is nothing that man can do to merit eternal life in the presence of God, so that he cannot boast before anyone, anytime. That being the case, what can man do then to achieve salvation? How can he assure himself that he is going to have salvation with God in Paradise? There is only one way: man needs to become a Child of God, a Blood Kin of the Christ. -ooo ACCEPTANCE OF, AND FAITH IN, JESUS: Man has to accept and believe all his life in Jesus, as John 1:12 says, so he can be given the right to become a Child of God. If he accepts and believes in Jesus as God

(John 10:30) and Savior (1 Timothy 1:15), he is saved by the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1:7), and is given the status of a Blood Kin of the Christ. Jesus becomes one with the man who is given the right to become a Child of God, Blood Kin of the Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). And because Jesus unites with the Child of God, Blood Kin of the Christ, that sinful man becomes a new creation. His sin is forgiven and is no longer punished by God, he becomes holy, filled with the Holy Spirit, showing the fruits of being with the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). This is so because that man becomes a part of the body of Jesus (Ephesians 5:30), and the blood of Jesus continues to cleanse him from sin (1 John 1:7).

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Beginning, now and forever


here’s a prayer that we need to retrieve from the recesses of our memory. It’s the Glory Be, where we find the words, “As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.” Let’s put our mind and heart into these words if only to remind ourselves strongly that we need to have a good sense of continuity and consistency between our beginning and end, between the past, present and future, between time and eternity. The words come after a previous part of the prayer where we say, “Glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,” which reminds us that the Triune God is the foundation of this continuity and consistency. Other wise, we would simply be dependent on our

estimation of things and our own powers, and would most likely get confused, mistaken and lost. We have to exert no insignificant effort to develop this sense of continuity and consistency since with our growing power to dominate the world in all its aspects, we always have to the tendency to convert our legitimate autonomy due to our freedom into total independence and separation from God, our Father and Creator. For this, we need to exert no insignificant effort to grow deep and strong in humility, because pride can easily grip us and can even trick us blind by appearing to us under the guise of humility–false humility, of course. Without humility, the gift of faith which we

need cannot take root and function in us. It’s i m p o r t a n t t h a t whatever we do here on earth, starting with our thoughts and desires all the way to our big enterprises and projects, should be developed and pursued always in the context of the beginning of things, during the creation of the universe, with God as the source and creator of everything. It’s there where we can find the pristine state of things in general or the integrity of creation in its original state still unspoiled by us with our sins. It’s there where we get to know the nature of things and their purpose. where all the laws–physical, natural and moral–can be gleaned. This practice of referring everything to the beginning




Fr. Roy Cimagala of things should be inculcated deeply in us since it will help us to understand and behave properly in our affairs of today as we move toward the “forever.” Thus, we achieve a certain sense of continuity and consistency in our life. In the gospel, for example, Christ referred the people to cimagala/PAGE 8

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Globe data revenues up P15.-B


L OBE Tel e c om’s mobile browsing and other data revenues reached P15.1 billion for the first nine months of 2015, up 48% from P10.2 billion a year ago. Mobile data users grew by 126% year-on-year, while mobile data traffic increased by 89% from previous year’s level. On a sequential basis, mobile browsing and other data revenues grew by 9% from the P5.1 billion posted the prior quarter to P5.6 billion. Mobile browsing and other data revenues accounted for 24% of total mobile service revenues. “Our mobile data revenues have once again exceeded our expectations, maintaining its double-digit growth in

revenues and traffic, as well as triple-digit growth in user base,” according to Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business Dan Horan. “We are confident we can sustain this growth till the end of the year as demand for data soars during the holidays.” ADVERTISING Globe continued partnering with internet and device providers to give customers a differentiated experience. Globe worked closely with internet giant Google to bring Chromecast to the country, giving users a new way to stream their favorite entertainment content at home. The thumb-sized media streaming device will allow customers to get

instant access to quality entertainment experience at home as they get to see their favorite content and apps from the small screen to the big screen. Further boosting smartphone and internet penetration, Globe tied up with device manufacturer O p p o t o g i v e pre p a i d customers availing of the devices a free Globe Prepaid SIM loaded with internet access. Customers availing of the Oppo R7 series in a prepaid kit get a free Globe Prepaid SIM loaded with 100MB per month for 2 months. As part of its drive to strengthen its foothold in the prepaid market, Globe also ventured into a cobranding agreement with Cherry Mobile to launch the Cherry Prepaid SIM

and phone bundles. The prepaid offering, dubbed as Cherry Prepaid powered by Globe, aims to be a game-changer in mass market mobile connectivity that combines high quality mobile phones and prepaid service into one affordable package. Customers can choose between a P399 Lite Bundle, a P999 Big Time Bundle, and P1,699 Partner Bundle. Users can also avail of the SIM-only option for only P29. All phone bundles come with a Cherry Prepaid SIM and a roster of freebies. Hor an s e e s t h e c o branding agreement as a strategic move for the telco to attract at least two to three million additional prepaid customers as it expands its reach in the mass market segment.

THE Villar group is ramping up the expansion of its death care development and services firm, piggybacking on the wide geographical reach of its residential business. Billionaire Manuel B. Villar, Jr. told reporters in a recent interview it is keen on building Golden Haven Memorial Parks in all 100

municipalities where Camella -- Vista Land & Lifescapes, Inc.’s flagship residential brand -- are located. “We have a platform. We have a hundred platforms. We are located in about 100 municipalities. And we feel that there’s a need for Golden Haven where there is a Camella,” Mr. Villar said. “Because where there is a

Camella, there’s people who will eventually need this service. So Golden Haven seems to be a logical step. We have Golden Haven parks now. We want to double it next year,” Mr. Villar said. Mr. Villar started Golden Haven in 1984 with a twohectare memorial park in Las Piñas City. Nearly two decades after, he expanded

the business with the opening of a branch in Cebu in 2003, followed later by Cagayan De Oro, Zamboanga, Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno in Las Piñas, Iloilo and Bulacan. Golden Haven intends to expand to Pampanga and Nueva Vizcaya before the end of the year, the former senator said. villar/PAGE 10

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2016 until 5 February 2017, with priority redemption 24 hours ahead from 0001hrs – 2359hrs (GMT+8) on 22 November for AirAsia BIG members, AirAsiaGo users, BIG Prepaid MasterCard and AirAsia Citibank card members. Philippines AirAsia’s Commercial Head, Gerard Peñaflor said, “Traveling with your friends and family to Palawan, Boracay, Bohol, Davao or to Hong Kong, Korea and other AirAsia destinations make an ideal holiday gift and our onecentavo seat sale makes the deal even sweeter! From airasia/PAGE 10

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Camiguin soon to be an organic province With the government’s mandate to implement RA 10068 or the Organic Agriculture Act of 2010, the Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Office - 10 in coordination with the provincial government of Camiguin worked hand-in hand in

declaring Camiguin as an “Organic Province”. Part of its activities to support its vision to declare Camiguin as an organic agriculture province is to develop and implement the best agricultural practices on organic agriculture towards a competitive

and sustainable agriculture. These include the technodemo farms on organic agriculture, vermiculture, coco sugar processing, among others. The Department of Agriculture through the Office of the Special Concerns also provided interventions on Gender and

Development (GAD) projects. Part of it is the forum on Magna Carta that aims to advocate the role of women in nation building and ensure the substantive equality of women and men. DA Special Concerns Undersecretary and National Organic Agriculture

Board Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, in her message emphasized on the Magna Carta of Women, a law that gives privileges to a group of women, its importance, its right and empowerment, and endeavors to eliminate discrimination. USEC Puyat stressed that with the government’s

budget of P2.6B for 2015, more GAD project will be implemented. She further encouraged the group of women to submit their proposals to avail of the said program. The undersecretary is also grateful to the local executives for their full support to the agriculture sector.# sva

DA USEC Bernadette Puyat encouraged the group of women to submit their proposals to catch-up for the 2015 budget; lanzones wine and vinegar processed by Ethel Bacolcol; and Marcelino Navarro, President of Camiguin Best Cocosugar of the municipality of Sagay.

SP to ratify MOA for Agri-Pinoy program THE CAGAYAN de Oro City Council during its regular s e ss i on t h i s af te r no on is slated to confirm and ratify the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) entered into by and between the city government and the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office No. 10 (DA-10), the Barangay Council of Tignapoloan and the Tignapoloan Cagayan San Isidro C ommunity Farmers Association covering the construction of a Multipurpose Drying Pavement (MPDP) in the amount of P200,000 as grant of the Agri-Pinoy Rice Program. The program is in line with the thrust of the DA to develop the agricultural sector in the country through the provision of appropriate support services including

technology development and dissemination activities that will boost farm productivity, profitability and sustainability, The Power learned. Pursuant to the MOA, the local government unit of Barangay Tignapoloan shall implement the construction of one unit MPDP and shall receive the amount of P200,000 as reimbursement through turn-key basis of the actual expenses incurred for labor and materials relative to the project, conduct a canvass from at least three reputable suppliers in the area who can offer the most beneficial terms for the labor and materials required and advance the initial expenses for labor and materials relative to the project and finish the construction of the pavement

in strict conformity with the projects purpose and specifications. For its part, the city government shall provide the services of the Agricultural Technologist (AT) assigned in the barangay where the pavement is to be constructed to assist the barangay in the preparation of the canvass of the construction materials, re g u l a r l y m o n i t o r t h e progress of the construction through the assigned project officer, inform the DA and the barangay on the start of the construction and the reference of information the time the recipient had poured concrete in the project site. As the recipient, the Tignapoloan Cagayan San Isidro C ommunity Farmers Association shall provide an area not less

than 500 square meters for the project. Whenever feasible and without in any way detracting from the grant’s major purposes, the recipient’s priority usage will be to allow the pavements use for immediate community social and other activities. To this end, the recipient shall promulgate rules relative to the pavement’s usage and refrain from introducing any modification or constructing any building or structure on the pavement that will counter to or defeat the grant’s purpose, based on the MOA. The proposed ordinance was reviewed and favorably endorsed by the committees on agriculture and fisheries and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Annie Y. Daba and Ramon G. Tabor, respectively. (CdeOSP)

300 farmers in ARMM get land title MARAWI City – Almost 300 farmer-beneficiaries in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) received their Certificate of Land Ownership (CLO) on November 19. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman and Amihilda Sangcopan, secretar y of the region’s Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-

ARMM), personally awarded the CLO to 70 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) from Basilan and 221 ARBs from Maguindanao. The awarding was held during the opening ceremony of this year’s ARMM anniversary in Cotabato City. The distributed CLO covers a total of 711 hectares of landholdings in the region

wherein 154.5 hectares are in Basilan while 556.5 are in Maguindanao. Secretary Sangcopan said there are still 967 pending CLOs in the regional DAR office that covers more than 2,000 hectares of landholdings in the provinces of Sulu, Basilan, Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao. Four hundred eighty one of these

are already for transmittal to the office of the regional governor. She said the landholdings awarded are part of the agency’s distribution target this year. “We are working to distribute 20,000 hectares of landholdings this 2015. We are assured of approved survey plans before the end farmers/PAGE 11

Aggie chief turns over P216-M agriculture support to Caraga FULFILLING its commitment to the a g r i c u l t u r e s e c t o r, Secretary Proceso J. Alcala of the Department of Ag r i c u ltu re ( DA ) on c e again turned over various ag r i supp or t to C araga Region amounting P216 Million as he graced t he f ar me rs for um and t e c h n o c l i n i c att e n d e d by more than a thousand participants held in one of the University Gyms in Butuan City on Monday, November 23. These include the P208 Million worth of Farm to Market Road Subprojects under the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP). The five FMRs with Notice to Proceed from the project is aimed at providing i n f r a s t r u c t u re s up p or t to the development of agri enterprise such as Abaca for Santiago and Kitcharao in Agusan del Norte and Rubber Production and Marketing in Agusan del Sur. “The DA is committed to provide resilient and quality roads for our farmers by providing concreted FMR that can w it hs t an d any we at h e r conditions ensuring the flow of goods from farm to the market,” Secretary

Alcala said. Alcala added that FMR concreting only started during the Aquino administration who’s clear instruction is to take care of the needs of the farmers. With that, Alcala pushed for the implementation of the said guideline to ensure sustainability of such project helping the farmers gain the optimum b e n e f i t o f D A’s i n f r a interventions. Aside from the support f rom DA- PR DP, A l c a l a a l s o t u r n e d ov e r f a r m equipments amounting to P7.8 Million such as Rice Reaper, Corn Picker, and Hand Tractor to various f a r m e r s’ a s s o c i at i on s and cooperatives. Said equipment are in support to the mechanization program of the department. In addition, DA Caraga re g i ona l d i re c tor E d na Mabeza also prepared agricultural goodies for farmers to take home after the one-day event where six carabaos with implements, b a g s of re g i s t e re d r i c e seeds and open-pollinated variety (OPV) corn seeds are raffled off while every farmer received assorted vegetable seeds for their household gulayan project. (Emmylou Presilda, DA13/PIA-Caraga)

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THE KUALA Lumpur-based Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) plans to develop guiding principles for capital markets and insurance, seeking to encourage regulatory consistency across new and established markets, its secretary general said. The new guidelines from the 188-member IFSB, one of the main standard-setting bodies for Islamic finance, will complement existing ones which cover commercial banking. A wider set of standards could assist the International Monetary Fund which plans to include Islamic finance in its surveillance work, known as the Financial Sector Assessment Program (FSAP). “Before the FSAP there has to be a set of core principles and that really is the instrument that we feel is going to point the way and facilitate consistency across borders,” IFSB secretarygeneral Jaseem Ahmed told Reuters. The standards on capital markets and Islamic insurance (takaful) would complement regulator y guidance f rom t he Inter nat iona l Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS).

The plans will be submitted to the IFSB’s council in December as part of its second strategic performance plan for 20162018, said Ahmed. Such efforts come at a time when Islamic finance is gaining wider prominence as the industry takes a greater share of the financial sector in several majority-Muslim countries. Islamic finance, which bans interest payments and pure monetary speculation, is now systemically important in 10 countries where Islamic banks hold over 15% of banking assets, including Kuwait, Malaysia and Qatar. Countries like Morocco are introducing Islamic finance for the first time, so comprehensive regulatory guidance would aid in convergence between new and mature markets, said Ahmed. “In the absence of guidelines, practices can de velop w hich are not i n for m e d . T h i s i s n ot desirable.” Founded in 2002, the IFSB’s initial efforts have focused on winning a wide membership base, leaving implementation and enforcement to national regulators to decide. tax/PAGE 8

SENATOR Sonny Angara on Tu e s d ay u rge d t h e government to simplify the process of tax filing and payment for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in line with the As i a - Pa c i f i c E c onom i c Cooperation (APEC) member-economies’ call for more intensive efforts to help small businesses penetrate the global market. “Kung ang mga APEC attendees at delegates may special lane o treatment, ganun din dapat ang ating mga small entrepreneurs. How we can make the Philippines MSME-friendly should be one of the priorities of the government after APEC as we all aim for inclusive growth,” said Angara, chairman of the Senate ways and means committee. The 21 APEC leaders

concluded their meeting in Manila by issuing the 23rd APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting Declaration which underscored “the significance of the par ticipation of MSMEs in global commerce to inclusive growth,” and that the member-economies “will take action to facilitate such participation.” Among the strategies that will help empower the MSMEs, which represent 98 percent of all registered businesses, include trade facilitation, e-commerce, financing, and institutional support. The senator, however, cited a new World Bank study, Paying Taxes 2016, which ranked the Philippines 126th, down a notch from last year, and showed “the Philippines neither improved nor regressed in the time

(193 hours) and number of payments (36) it takes for a medium-sized firm to comply with tax obligations.” “Business tycoons who own multi-billion corporations have the same requirements as sari-sari store owners and sidewalk vendors who may not be computerliterate and who can’t afford to hire accountants. This should not be the case. We should make it easy for small players to form a business and pay taxes. We should streamline the process, lessen the steps and requirements, and ease the formalities that cause red tape,” said Angara, who has also been pushing for a more progressive and equitable income tax rates in the country. The lawmaker stressed that even Alibaba billionaire founder and China’s second

richest man Jack Ma, when asked by US President Barack Obama during the APEC Summit how both the government and larger companies can help the small entrepreneurs, said, “Government is simple. Just reduce the tax, or no tax for these guys.” Barangay Micro Business Enterprises Act Angara said that while the government is already giving tax incentives to small businesses as mandated by Republic Act 9178 or the Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBE) Act of 2002, many small entrepreneurs still do not avail themselves of these incentives due to lack of awareness and b ecaus e they find the registration process and requirements capital/PAGE 8

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(CSIP) for the Panguil Bay Bridge Project (PBB) project worth more than P8 billion. The PBB project was approved by the board of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) on February 16, 2015, and is set for implementation by the first quarter of 2016, NEDA-10 Director Leon Dacanay, Jr. said. “With an investment requirement of P8.01 billion, the CSIP for the PBB ai ms to f a c i l it ate smooth implementation of the project, optimize the utilization and operation of the bridge after completion, and create a catalytic move for innovative utilization and management of the agricultural and aquamarine resources,” said Dacanay. It also targets a worldclass cultural tourism and performing arts services, which are among the existing strengths of the city of Tangub and the Municipality of Tubod, Dacanay added. Presided over by RDC-10 Chairperson and Lanao del Norte Governor Mohamad K h a l i d D i m ap oro, t h e Committee also endorsed the Proposed Port Zone Delineation of the Laguindingan Seaport and Access Road Leading to the Laguindingan seaport. Also included in the list were the Preparation of the Proposed Northern Mindanao Regional Transport Master Plan; CHED-10 Technical Working Group Resolution No. 3, series of 2015, on additional priority courses under the three percent regional priority courses for Tulong Dunong 02 starting 2015-2016; and the CY 2017 Annual Investment Program of Region 10 agencies that required a total of P136.349 billion. Dacanay said the body also approved the proposed conduct of an investment programming session for the Iligan-Bukidnon Agribusiness and Ecotourism Development Zone and the 2016 RDC-10 Calendar of Activities, and adopted the Social Protection (SP) Operational Framework and Strategy and enjoined all local government units (LGUs) to adopt the same. The committe e a ls o expressed support to the following, among others: a) Barrier-Free Tourism f o r Mo b i l i t y - Imp a i r e d Individuals; b) Guidelines on LGU Mobilization for Nutrition Improvement in Northern Mindanao; c) Establishment of a Regional Network of Partners and Ser vice Providers in Reintegration for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs); d) Hospital Hi-5 Program of the Department of Health (DOH); e) Whole of Nation Init iat ive (WNI)-Pe ace Caravan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines; and f ) the priority action agenda of the RDC-private sector representatives (PSR) as

identified during the RDCPSR national convention on October 14-16, this year, Dacanay added. (With RDC10/NEDA)

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how it was in the beginning when the question of divorce was brought up. “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?...Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?” some people asked Christ. (Mt 19,3ff ) The response of Christ was direct. “For your hardness of heart, Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.” He earlier explained that “from the beginning, he (God, the Creator) made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one.’ So they are no longer two but one. What, therefore, God has joined together, let no man put asunder.” It’s important that we have faith in the living word of God as contained in the Scripture, developed and expounded in Tradition, and taught to us with divine authority through the Church Magisterium. This faith in the living word of God is not some kind of a legend, as some sector claims. It is a belief in something that has been revealed and proven in history, not in something made up by us. If we do not have this belief, then we would be believing in something else, most likely simply our own selves. And that would be funny, to say the least. In that case, we would be making our own selves our own God, our own creator, the final judge and arbiter of things, the original lawgiver of the universe. We have to nur ture this attitude and practice of referring everything to the beginning of creation, and, in fact, to God himself, because nowadays we tend to be so intoxicated by our own discoveries, inventions and accomplishments as to forget God, to forget the reality of creation. Again we would be making our own Tower of Babel, trying to reach a certain heaven simply on our own efforts without any reference, much less, help from God. And we know that that enterprise can only spell our doom. roycimagala@


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too cumbersome. Under the BMBE law, a barangay micro-enterprise with a total asset of P3 million or less will be entitled to an exemption from tax of the income arising from the operation of the enterprise, and exemption from or reduced rates of local taxes, fees and charges.

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BOOK DISTRIBUTION IN BULUA NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL – VICE GOVERNOR JOEY G. PELAEZ continues to distribute books given by Children International Phillippines, Inc. (CIPI), this time around to Bulua National High School, Cagayan de Oro City during their GPTA Meeting. The books were turned-over to PRINCIPAL MINDA REBOLLIDO and were witnessed by Barangay Kagawad PACIFICO LUMAN (Chair of the Committee on Education), GPTA Officers and Members headed by MRS. HERMELITA DIANGO, the members of the faculty and staff, and students. Several schools in Cagayan de Oro City sent letters to Vice Governor Pelaez requesting him to also give books to the schools in the city. photo supplied

“By granting BMBEs with these tax incentives, we are helping them generate more income and minimize their expenditures, giving them the opportunity to grow, compete and develop their entrepreneurial skills. Unfortunately, many of them do not even know such law exists. Moreover, our complex tax system itself is a disincentive to our small entrepreneurs. One concrete way of providing assistance to MSMEs is by amending our one-size-fits-all type of taxation,” he said. He als o urged t he gove r n m e nt t o pu r s u e a p aradig m shif t f rom regulatory to developmental,

and encourage the informal sector to venture into the mainstream economy. “Ang tingin kasi ng mga maliliit na negosyante, kapag nanatili silang underground, makakaiwas sila sa mga bureaucratic fees and costs. Dapat nating ipaunawa sa kanila na mayroong mga karampatang insentibo kapag sila ay nagparehistro. Sa halip na agad panghinaan ng loob ang ating mga maliliit na negosyante dahil sa dami ng requirements, dapat ay tulungan natin sila na makasunod sa mga alituntunin ng batas na magbibigay sa kanila ng dagdag benepisyo,” Angara said.

“Importante na maramdaman ito ng nakararaming Pilipino at ‘di lamang ng malalaking korporasyon na may kakayahang hindi malunod sa agos ng globalisasyon ng pandaigdigang kalakal. Kailangan bumalik agad ang gobyerno sa trabaho at ituloy ang reporma,” he concluded.

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Now, however, the IFSB is issuing more detailed guidance in response to the global financial crisis, and a trend towards tightening regulation of conventional

financial markets. This month the IFSB released draft guidelines on Islamic reinsurance and a joint paper with the IAIS on Islamic microinsurance. A study by the IFSB found that there is strong demand among regulators for support to implement its standards, while the degree of implementation is l i n ke d to a r ange of factors. It n ot e d B a h r a i n a s having one of the most detailed consultations for i nt ro du c i ng s t an d ard s , while in Indonesia implementation relies on i nput f rom t he pr iv ate sector. -- Reuters

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own electric vehicles into the local market and will eventually launch them on the regional market. T E C O, f o u n d e d i n 1956, is a member of the EVAP and its entry into the Philippine e-vehicle market in partnership with Ropali, is expected to make the country’s electric vehicle industry more vibrant. “TECO has facilities in Subic which will serve as its EV manufacturing base for the region. Since Subic is a freeport zone, this will also enable them to export EV units to different countries in the region. This definitely will be the start of brighter developments in the local EV industry. We hope more foreign investors will follow suit and bet on the future of the Philippine EV industry,” Juan said. Roteco presently makes at its sprawling manufacturing facility in Subic the Roteco ETrike, a 4-seater tricycle that is targeted for local government units to replace smoke-belching traditional tricycles, and the TECO

Electric Jeepney, a 21-seater vehicle intended for public transport to replace the old diesel-guzzling jeepneys in urban centers. “These two new electric vehicles are intended for the Philippine market which goes tot show that the world sees the potential for EVs in the Philippines,” Juan said. The Roteco ETrike’s c on f i g u r at i on h a s t wo passengers facing forward and two facing rearward, while the TECO Electric Jeepney, which features a range extender to give the vehicle added distance for travel, has rear seats that are center-facing benches and can accommodate an optional tap & pay card system. According to Juan, “EVs are expected to contribute in the reduction of our dependence on fossil fuel to power the transport sector” and thus help reduce the Philippines’ carbon footprint and help combat climate change. “If you use more electric vehicles, you will not rely on imported oil anymore, it will help reduce greenhouse gasses, and it will consume less energy so that it will be better for the environment,” he added.




“We’re ramping up the expansion of Golden Haven. We have entered the memorial chapel business. We’re also entering the crematorium and columbarium business,” Mr. Villar said, noting that he may eventually bring the business public once it achieves a certain scale. Golden Haven, however, is not part of Vista Land. “Vista Land is for the living. Golden Haven will not use property adjacent to Camella,” he said. Mr. Villar is consolidating his residential and commercial leasing businesses under Vista Land in a deal valued at P33 billion, accelerating its transformation into one of the Philippines’ biggest integrated property developers. The acquisition of Starmalls will make Vista L and the countr y’s top four integrated property developer after Ayala Land, Inc., SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and Megaworld Corp., capitalizing on synergies as the latter transforms its Camella housing projects into integrated “communicities.”

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many out there who are not Children of God and Blood Kin of the Christ. The truth is that, even those call themselves Children of God are still wanting in many respects, particularly in obeying His commands (1 John 2:4). Because of this, those who have proven true to their status as Children of God, Blood Kin of the Christ to bear more fruit, especially in terms of more souls being guided to salvation. We can all do this, because as Children of God, Blood Kin

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SPL. PROC. NO. 308-07-2015 Correction of Entries in the Certificate of Live Birth

RONNIE ELEO ANDO, Petitioner, - versus –

ORDER Filed before this Court is a petition for Correction of Entries in the Certificate of Live Birth of RONNIE ELEO ANDO praying among others that after notice and hearing, an Order be issued directing the Respondents to effect the correction sought for. Petitioner alleges that she is of legal age, married, Filipino, and resident of Luyang, Siquijor, Siquijor. Respondent are sued in their official capacities. Petitioner was born ON BOARD a vessel while in transit bound for Mindanao on January 26, 1964. Her facts of birth was registered at the respondent’s office with the name “RONNIE MAGSAYO ELEU” and under the entry of “sex”, it was reflected in her birth records as “Male”, may be because her name sounds masculine or it may be through inadvertence that such male gender appears in her birth records. The truth is, she was born “FEMALE”. Two (2) disinterested persons executed theirs affidavits to attest as to the fact of her gender being FEMALE. She believes that her surname is “ELEO” not “ELEU”, in fact in all her school records and documents of importance, she was using “ELEO” as her surname. She honestly believed that she was born in Cang-agong, Siquijor, Siquijor. Never in her wildest dreams she believes that she had been born somewhere other than Cang-agong, Siquijor. That is why in all her transaction, entries written therein as her place of birth were all “Cang-agong, Siquijor, Siquijor”. She got married to JOSE ANDO. When she took the Civil Service Eligibility Examination, she used the name RONNIE ELEO ANDO. However, when she applied for a regular employment in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, she cannot used her Certificate of Eligibility because what is reflected therein is “RONNIE ELEO ANDO, Place of Birth – Cang-agong, Siquijor, Siquijor and Gender is “FEMALE” contrary to her Birth Certificate. That she filed the instant petition inorder to straighten her records of birth to conform to the true facts of her birth. Set the initial hearing of the case to January 11, 2016 at 8:30 in the morning for the reception of evidence to establish jurisdictional requirements. The Petitioner is hereby directed to publish copy of this Order to a newspaper of general circulation in the province of Lanao del Norte for three (3) consecutive weeks at her expense. Furnish copy of this Order to the Office of the Solicitor General, Makati City, Public Prosecutor’s Office, Tubod, Lanao del Norte, Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, the Civil Registrar General, Atty. Rex A. Perewperew of Olo, Siquijor, Siquijor, and to the petitioner herself at her known address, at Luyang, Siquijor, Siquijor. Let copy of this Order be posted at the Bulletin of this Court and at the Bulletin of the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte. So Ordered. Tubod, Lanao del Norte. October 26, 2015.

Acting Presiding Judge

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



MERLYN CASTILLANO CASTRO-KERNS represented by SUSAN S. TION her Attorney-In-Fact, Petitioners, - versus – LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF KOLAMBUGAN, LANAO DEL NORTE, Respondent. x------------------------------------------/ ORDER

THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF KOLAMBUGAN, LANAO DEL NORTE, THE CIVIL REGISTRAR GENERAL, Public Respondents. x------------------------------------------/

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A verified petition for Change of Name and Correction of Entry was filed before this Court on October 13, 2015 by the herein petitioner represented by Susan S. Tion, her attorney-in-fact praying among others that after notice and hearing, the petition sought for be granted. Petitioner alleges that she is of legal age, an American citizen and a former natural born Filipino citizen, married and a resident of 649 Greenwood St., Allentown, Pennsylvania, represented by SUSAN S. TION, of legal age, Filipino, widow and a resident of Poblacion, Baroy, Lanao del Norte. Respondent is sued in her capacity as such. Petitioner was born to spouses Romeo Castro and Severina Castillano of Baybay, Kolambugan, formerly Lanao province now Lanao del Norte. That from elementary school days until she graduated from college and in all official transaction, she has been known as MERLYN CASTILLANO CASTRO as shown in all her documents of importance. That in all official transactions when required to submit her Certificate of Live Birth, she presented the Certification issued by the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte attesting to the fact of loss of the records of births, marriages and deaths of said office due to the fire that completely burned the Municipal Building on August 31, 1966. When she applied for a record of her birth at the National Statistics Office, she was issued a Certification of a Negative Result from the Office of the Registrar General Manila dated March 18, 1999. That in lieu of her Certificate of Live Birth, she submitted a JOINT AFFIDAVIT of two (2) disinterested persons attesting to the fact that she is MERLYN CASTILLANO CASTRO, thus enable her to acquire/secure PASSPORT for her travel to the United States after she married to PAUL J. KERNS and lived there and officially registered her married name as MERLYN CASTILLANO KERNS, as practiced in the US, it was her last name –CASTRO- that was dropped and changed to her husband’s family name – KERNS, thus officially, she is MERLYN CASTILLANO KERNS as reflected in her Certificate of Naturalization, Passport and US Driver’s License. That she desired to petition for retention of her Filipino citizenship under RA 9225 and as a requirement thereof, she secured a copy of her Certificate of Live Birth from the NSO and to her surprise, it yielded a result but to her dismay, her FIRST name is registered as MARIA PERPETUA not MERLYN as she had always been known. Likewise in the said Certificate of Live Birth her date of birth is erroneously indicated as November 11, 1958. Thus, the instant petition to change her name from MARIA PERPETUA to MERLYN, and to correct her date of birth from November 11, 1958 to November 12, 1958 inorder to avoid confusion, future inconveniences and to straighten her record of birth. Set the initial hearing of the petition to March 7, 2016 at 8:30 in the morning before the sala of this Court. The petitioner is hereby directed to publish copy of this Order to a newspaper of general circulation for three (3) consecutive weeks, at her expense. The Civil Case-in-charge is also directed to post copy of this Order at the Bulletin Board of this Court and in the Bulletin Board of the Municipal Hall of Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte. Furnish copy of this Order to the Office of the Solicitor General, Makati City, Office of the Public Prosecutor in Tubod, Lanao del Norte, Local Civil Registrar of Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte, Atty. Dorothea Basalo, petitioner’s counsel and to the Petitioner, Merlyn Castillano Castro-Kerns care off Susan S. Tion of Baroy Poblacion, Baroy, Lanao del Norte. So ORDERED Tubod, Lanao del Norte. October 19, 2015.

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provisional authority has already been evaluated by staff and will soon be taken up at the commission level when it meets this week. CEPALCO currently has a peak demand of 170MW. Besides its allocation from the Power Sector Assets & Liabilities Management Corporation (or PSALM, formerly the National Power Corp.), it can generate an additional 55MW from emb edded independent power producers within its franchise area on a mix of diesel, hydro and solar power. This was further boosted with the operation of the first phase of the Kirahon Two Energy Corporation (KTEC) solar power plant in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental last October. “The 10MW Kirahon Solar PSA has already been approved by the ERC and CEPALCO customers have been benefitting already from the output of this facility since October 26,” said Engr. Jorey T. Alfaro, Head and Key Account Officer of CEPALCO’s Customer Service Department during a recent

ENERCON Symposium. On top of this, it can further call on an additional 21.3MW from its industrial partners through its Interruptible Load Program (ILP). Howe ver, the utility is taking no chances and has applied for provisional authority with the ERC for a power supply contract from a 10MW modular genset it intends to construct at the compound of affiliate Minergy Energy Systems at Bgy. Tablon. Jaime Rafael U. Paguio, S eni or Vi c e Pres i dent , appealed to its partners in industry associations and customers to write and petition ERC to speed up the Provisional Approval for the 10MW modular diesel plant. “The 10MW can drastically reduce the shortage during peak hours,” Paguio noted. However, even residential consumers can take comfort that even during the expected worst El Niño episode in years, Mindanao is expected t o d o d g e t h e rot at i n g brownouts which plagued it during the height of the last episode in 2010. D ur ing t he Energ y

Conservation & Awareness Pro g r am ( E N E RC ON ) Symposium held last November 12 at a local hotel, personnel of the Dept. of Energy’s (DOE) Electric Power Industry Management Bureau (EPIMB) presented projections showed that even with the presence of the El Niño, the Mindanao Grid will have minimal brownouts with the expected operation of new power plants serving the grid. According to the bureau’s simulation results considering El Niño, gross power reserves vs. the expected demand would still be below the required regulating level for the entire last quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016. The deficit is expected to peak at 277MW for Nov. 28Dec.4, 2105 and 235MW on Dec. 5-11, 2015 before falling to a maximum of 167MW (Feb. 6-12) and 157MW (Feb. 13-19) in the first quarter of 2016. E arlier simulations conducted by CEPALCO showed that with a peak demand of 170MW, load shedding resulting in sectional brownouts would have to be resorted to by the utility when the power


Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Branch 37 Cagayan de Oro City FC CASE NO. SPF-FMY-2015-058 IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF MINOR JACOB ISAIAH CALIXTON ALVAREZ WITH AN APPLICATION FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO JACOB ISAIAH CALIXTON DIESER, DAVID ALAN DIESER and HAIDE CALIXTON DIESER Petitioners. x----------------------------------------------x ORDER A verified petition for adoption has been filed by the above-named petitioners alleging, among others, that they are husband and wife; they reside at 8th -21st Sts., Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City; that Jacob Isaiah has been living with them since birth and they treated him as their own son; that the biological parents of the child and the children of the petitioner-husband have given their consent to the adoption. Petitioners pray that judgment be rendered declaring the minor to be, to all legal intents and purposes, the child of petitioners. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, notice is hereby given that the same shall be heard on December 16, 2015 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning. Any interested person may file a written opposition or appear at the hearing to oppose the said petition. Let this Order be published in an accredited newspaper of general circulation once a week for three consecutive weeks at the expense of herein petitioners, the date of the last publication should be at least fifteen days before the date set for hearing of the petition. The Court Social Worker assigned to this Court is hereby ordered to conduct child and home study, and counseling to the biological parents and make reports thereon to be submitted before the scheduled date of hearing. Also, at the expense of petitioners, let copies of this Order together with the petition be furnished to the RTC Social Worker assigned to this Branch, the biological parents of the minor sought to be adopted, the City Prosecutor’s Office, the Office of the Solicitor General, 134 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. SO ORDERED. Done this 2nd day of November 2015 at Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

(SGD.) JOSE L. ESCOBIDO, MNSA Presiding Judge

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deficit in the Mindanao Grid exceeds 240MW. However, the DOE EPIMB projects that the Mindanao Grid’s power reserves for the second quarter of 2016 would be sufficient to cover expected demand due to the operation of additional committed power plants with the surplus expected to grow to 140MW by April 2-8 and further to 606MW by June 25-July 3. Nevertheless, the EPIMB cautions there are risk factors that could result to an even worse scenario, such as delays in the commercial operation of committed power projects; Right of Way (ROW) issues for associated transmission projects of the committed power projects; lower than fore c aste d hyd rop owe r capability arising from the El Niño-induced weather; peace and order, e.g. bombing of critical lines, electionrelated situations, etc. and higher occurrence of forced outages such as the ones now being experienced by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGPC) in Districts 2 and 10 due to ROW violations of some landowners who have planted trees and houses along active

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and planned transmission lines and would not allow NGCP line personnel to clear the overgrown trees causing the outages. The EPIMB has recommended some supply side measures to mitigate the impact of the El Niño on the grid including ensuring power plants will have minimal forced outages; managing maintenance S chedules (NGCP’s Grid Operating and Maintenance Program); Hydro Management of the Agus-Pulangi Hydroelectric Power Plants, and deployment of modular gensets especially for cooperatives who are far from power sources. It has also recommended t he i mple me nt at i on of Demand-Side Management such as the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Campaign presented by CEPALCO during the symposium and the activation of the Interruptible Load Program (ILP) being utilized by some distribution utilities like DLPI, CEPALCO and MORESCO-1.

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them positive discipline. In addition, the teachers were also prepared on the basic counseling course for the sons and daughters of Migrant Workers, and their roles in the K-12 Program of our country.

Starting December 4, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., this establishment will set an Auction Sale on all pledges since July 2015. Patrons are enjoined to verify their receipts.

The DOLE is continuously upgrading the skills and professionalizing the Career Advocates as the “shapers” of our next generation of Professionals and workers of our nation. (Reyna L. Tagailo, LEO III/DOLE-X/ Bukidnon Provincial Field Office)

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of the year,” she added. Datu Jan Utto, 35, CLO beneficiary from Datu Saudi in Maguindanao expressed his gratitude to the Autonomous Regional Government noting the land awarded to him will help enhance his family’s livelihood and boost crop production. “Nagsasaka na ako simula bata at matagal na namin itong hinihintay. Maraming salamat sa ARMM government (I am a farmer since childhood and we have waited this for so long. We are thankful to the ARMM government),” said Datu Jan. The CLO is a proof that a farmer-beneficiary has the right of land ownership. Land covered by DAR’s CLO cannot be sold, transferred or donated within 10 years upon awarding, except through hereditary succession, or if sold back to the state or to another qualified beneficiary within the 10-year period. (BPI/PIA-10)

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Cagayan de Oro City Branch 22



Sa Disyembre 4, 2015 sa may 9:00 sa buntag paingon da alas 5:30 sa hapon, ang Tanan nga penirenda nga wala malukat sa bulan sa Hulyo 2015 maapil sa subasta. Giawhag ang tanan suki sa pagsusi sa ilang resibo.


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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 10th Judicial Region Branch 28 Mambajao, Camiguin SPS. MENLYN GALENDEZ CIVIL CASE NO. 2015-864 AND, LISA TABAMO-GALENDEZ Plaintiffs, -versus- for: ESTATE OF REMEDIOS CANCELLATION OF OCT/ DE LA RIARTE REP. CLOA-743; ANNULMENT OF BY HER HEIRS: DEED OF VOLUNTARY WILFREDO DE LA TRANSFER RIARTE, ET.AL., Respondents, X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - /// ORDER


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Upon Extra-Judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended filed by BALIKATAN PROPERTY HOLDINGS, INC., mortgagee, with postal address at 22/F RCBC Savings Bank Corporate Center, 26th & 25th Streets, Bonifacio South,Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City against SPS. CESAR L. HAO & MANOLITA T. HAO, mortgagor/s, of legal age/s, Filipino/s with postal address at Block 4, Lot 3, Virginia Homes I, Iponan, Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgaged indebtedness which as of March 31, 2014 amounts to TWO HUNDRED SIXTY TWO THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED TWENTY PESOS AND 57/100 (P262,620.57) Philippine Currency excluding interest, penalty charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned sheriff will sell at public auction on January 11,2016 at 10:00 a.m. or soon thereafter at the RTC Branch 22 Office, City Tourism Hall, City Hall, Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder, for CASH and in Philippine Currency, the herein described property and all existing and future improvements thereon to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO T-93783 A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 3, Block 4, Psd-104305018798, being a portion of lot 3656, Cad-237, Cagayan Cadastre), situated in the Barrio of Iponan, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao. Containing an area of EIGHTY SIX (86) SQUARE METERS more or less.

The motion for Leave of Court to Effect Service of Summons by Publication filed by the plaintiffs on October 13, 2015 is hereby GRANTED. The plaintiffs are directed to cause the publication once in a newspaper of general publication in the province of Camiguin the summons granting all the defendants a period of sixty (60) days from the date of the publication within which to file their answer. The plaintiffs are further directed to send by registered mail a copy of summons and of this Order to the last known address of all the defendants.

Prospective buyer/bidders may investigate for themselves the title of the herein described property and encumbrances thereon, if any there be.


Mambajao, Camiguin, October 26, 2015


(SGD.) GIOVANNI ALFRED H. NAVARRO Acting Presiding Judge

BWM: November 25, 2015

All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be on the next working day without further notice. Cagayan de Oro City, November 16, 2015

(SGD.) JOEL LYDVEL G. PAKINO Sheriff IV BWM: Nov. 25, Dec. 2 & 9, 2015


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CDO prelate urges Catholics to join Global People’s Climate March C


AGAYAN DE ORO CITY— Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, this city’s foremost environmentalist and climate change campaigner, has appealed to all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro to join and participate in the upcoming Global People’s Climate March.

Young women victims of human trafficking with Visayas Forum Foundation Founder Maria Cecilia Flores Oebanda & Atty. Gwen Pimentel Gana chat with Sen. Loren Legarda (PIA-7)

“For the care of our common home, I encouraged your parishioners, your staff-

employees, teachers, students, institutions and agencies, all different sectors of society to

actively participate and manifest our collective effort to save Mother Earth,” Ledesma said in his letter to all clergy, lay faithful of the archdiocese, government agencies, CSOs, academe, interfaith groups and peoples organizations. The Church-led Solidarity March for the Climate in this regional hub of Northern Mindanao will be on Saturday

(November 28) and aims to show solidarity with over a million people who are expected to gather in over 2,000 cities around the world for the Global People’s Climate March on November 29 (Sunday). In the Philippines, the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), a community of thousands of Catholics responding to Pope Francis’ call to climate/PAGE B3

Zonta CDO II hosts forum on Human Trafficking: A Global Epidemic Guest Speaker – Ma. Cecilia FloresOebanda, Visayan Forum The local chapter of a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions aimed at advancing the status of women worldwide will host a forum on the global epidemic of human trafficking. Zonta Club of Cagayan de Oro II hosts a forum on Human Trafficking: A Global Epidemic on 05 December 2015 at a local

restaurant. Guest speaker will be Maria Cecilia Flores-Oebanda, founding president and executive director of Manila-based Visayan Forum, which has battled human trafficking, forced labor and other forms of modern day slavery since 1991. Ms. Flores-Oebanda is the Founder and President of the Visayan Forum Foundation, a national trafficking/PAGE B3

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CDO RFC Competes for the 2nd time in Cebu Invitational International 10’s Rugby


he Rafters fielded a mix group of players this year with Ex Singapore International Player Martin Williams wearing the CDO Colors once again and guiding some of the debutants for the Rafters in Rafael Gonzales and John Paul Panuncial. The Former Anchor Reds Forward showed he’s a tower of strength with some great runs and covering tackles when needed but it was his relentless efforts to win the ball for the Rafters that helped the forward pack along with Noel Villa (Player Coach and Captain for the day) and Chuck Martin

who scored his first try for the club against the Davao Durians, keeping the CDO Team’s record against the neighbouring City 4-0 in all competitions. Manila Hapons, have again this year provided support and covered for the players who were not able to attend in this years Tournament due to other commitments. The Japanese Manila based players once again showed everyone that age is just a number and Players like Toku and the evergreen scrum half Sugiyama who were part of the visiting Hapons team that played in the Higalaay Challenge Cup in Cagayan de Oro

City last August showed signs of brilliance in the back line with Murray Wagi who is the first PNG Player to play for CDO RFC in the Cebu 10’s Tournament. CDO RFC who came 2nd in their Pool and were able to reach this years Semi Final in the Dragons Claw losing against the Cebu Low Flying Dragons. This weekend the Junior U16’s travel to Manila to compete in the Asian Junior 10’s Tournament and it would be the Junior Rafters first ever Tackle Rugby Tournament pitting them amongst the best Junior Rugby Clubs in Asia in their age group!

Balay Mindanaw to conduct Orientation of Protocols during Emergency Situations; Moreno to lead hand-over of emergency equipment to 17 barangays CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Mayor Oscar S. Moreno will lead the hand-over of emergency equipment to 17 barangays in the city during the Orientation of Protocols during Emergency Situations on Wednesday (November 25) at the Balay Mindanaw Peace Center in Barangay Bulua. The activity is part of the Communitybased Health and Disaster Preparedness to Strengthen Resilience in 18 Disaster-prone Barangays in the city, a project of Balay Mindanaw under its Disaster Risk Reduction, Resiliency-building aned

Emergency Assistance Mission (DR3AM) program. Funded by the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) through the German Humanitarian Assistance, and Johanniter International Assistance of the Johanniter-UnfallHilfe (JUH), the project focuses on health and disaster preparedness in Cagayan de Oro City. It aims at reducing the number of fatalities and economic damages in future disasters through enhanced capacities, resources, networking of decentralized

government bodies, national NGO and vulnerable communities in the city towards better disaster preparedness and greater disaster resilience. On hand to assist Moreno will be DILGCity Director Jane Docallos, and Allan Porcadilla, OIC of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO). Balay Mindanaw came up with the project, which is being implemented in partnership with the City Government of Cagayan de Oro, because of the (1) continuing need to increase understanding

of the barangays on the concept and objectives of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA), (2) health and medical needs (2a) at Sendong relocation sites and/or strategic health centers, and (2b) increasing incidence of dengue cases, among others. Among the activities being conducted with the participating barangays are (1) training on disasteradaptive structures (upgrading of health centers); (2) capacitybuilding: contingency planning, training on basic and intermediate

Incident Command System; emergency evacuation and planning; sanitation and hygiene; simulation and drills; and mass orientations; (3) upgrading and equipping health centers; (4) installation of water filtration systems; and (5) provision of equipment for better and easier information dissemination and communication, especially immediately before during and after a disaster. Among the equipment that Balay Mindanaw will hand over to the barangays are, among others, hand-held radios, laptops, and skyhydrant,

a water filtration system from SkyJuice Foundation of Australia. “Daghan kaayo salamat sa Balay mindanaw for giving us projects and for reaching out to our barangay,” said Jay Roa Pascual, chairman of Barangay Tignapoloan during the project agreement signing on September 8. Tignapoloan is just one of the participating barangays. The others are Balulang, Bonbon, Bulua, Camamanan, Carmen, Gusa, Kauswagan, Lapasan, Lumbia, Mambuaya, Macasandig, Pagatpat, Patag, Tablon, Tuburan, and Tumpagon.

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action in the Laudato Si encyclical, is behind the solidarity march. The GCCM said that following Pope Francis’ call to action, Catholics are urged to join in the global movement to tell world leaders that “climate change is real, and we care” so actions must be taken immediately. GCCM is also expected to hand over to world leaders a petition with over 20 million signatures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Solidarity March for the Climate in the Philippines is part of the 2nd global mass mobilization against climate change dubbed Global People’s Climate March that was the brainchild of Avaaz, the world’s largest global civic movement with at least 42 million members online that was founded by Ricken Patel. The Global People’s Climate March is timed a day before world leaders start negotiations for an ambitious and legallybinding agreement to combat climate change. This year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference will be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11. It will be the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which is why the negotiations is also known as COP21 or CMP11. “On the eve of the biggest UN summit of the decade in Paris, the climate movement is taking to the streets. With climate change in the global spotlight, this is our chance to help set an ambitious agenda for the conference. Our message: keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050,” said founder Bill McKibben in an email to this reporter. is a global grassroots climate movement that derives its name from the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere that the world must strive to attain to maintain a livable planet. (Scientists said that the world must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm). “This year’s march will send the most powerful message yet to world leaders the day before they meet for crucial climate talks in Paris,” Patel said, explaining that Global People’s Climate March is

a “revolution” to pressure politicians to act and lead. “Creating a world powered on clean energy to save ourselves from climate catastrophe is a central challenge of our time, and requires a revolutionary transition in our economies. We can’t wait for our leaders to solve this problem; unless they feel serious public pressure, they’ll never go far enough or fast enough. Revolutions start with people, not politicians,” he stressed. Patel and other climate leaders such as McKibben strongly believe that this weekend’s Global Peoples’ Climate March will define the negotiations in Paris. They are positive it will surpass the 700,000 marchers who took to the street on September 2014, led by UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-Moon, and will surpass the million mark. The COP21 in Paris is touted to be the biggest global climate change summit this decade. And the Global People’s Climate March will be “a game-changer.” “Hope is growing, momentum is with us, but we’ve been here before. From the Earth Summit in 1992 to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, the world has surged forward in the past, only to be knocked back by the toxic politics of the fossil fuel lobby with its junk science and wellfunded climate denialism. Each time, the gap between the action we’re taking and the action our survival requires widens. We need a movement that is built to last, built to win and keep winning, over decades to come. That’s why, on 29 November, the day before world leaders converge in Paris, people will come together again in the streets for the global People’s Climate March – to break last year’s record for the largest climate change mobilisation in history. In thousands of cities and towns across the planet, we’ll gather or march for our communities and those already at risk from climate change, for the future of our children and grandchildren, and for a safer world powered by clean energy. We’ll show politicians that this is a movement that is here to stay and growing fast. And we’ll inspire others to join this ‘open source’ movement with no gatekeepers, no permissions needed – everyone is invited, not just to participate, but to organise and to lead. Because for the climate revolution to change everything, we need everyone,” Patel said. In the Philippines, aside from the Catholic Church-led solidarity march, Catholic leaders

through the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called on every Filipino Catholic faithful to do their part in combating global warming, such as growing a tree, banning plastic, waste segregation, promoting renewable energy, and using energyefficient appliances. Here in Cagayan de Oro City, Archbishop Ledesma will lead Saturday’s solidarity march, which will start at 5:30am and will converge at Kiosko Kagawasan in Divisoria, the city center. “Let us be united and help restore our common home,” he said. (Bong D. Fabe)

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NGO in the Philippines that promotes the rights and development of marginalized migrants, especially those in the invisible and informal sectors, like domestic workers and trafficked women and children. She has spent most of her life as a freedom fighter and worked with the urban poor, peasants, women, youth and children. Because of her work, she became a political prisoner for four years under the Marcos dictatorship. She was released from detention as a result of the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. Immediately after her release, she set up the Visayan Forum Foundation. She is the convener of the MultiSectoral Network against Trafficking in Persons, a national alliance of civil society, government and private groups that works for the prevention, protection and reintegration of victims, and prosecution of offenders of human trafficking in the Philippines. During an interview with HumanTrafficking. org Ms. Flores-Oebanda identified some of the root causes of human trafficking in the Philippines: “Victims are pushed by poverty, unemployment, lack of educational alternatives, peer influence, social expectations and armed conflict, and the mere inability of young people to continue their studies. Many believe in making family sacrifices.” “In the Philippines, the phenomenon of trafficking in women and children has two faces: serving both the overseas job markets as well as the local market. A network of headhunters which scouts for recruits in poor communities earns as much as $10 to $20 per head, putting recruits in a position of indebtedness to recruiters who harbor

them.” “Before reaching Manila and other exit airports, recruiters have to identify, screen, and transport potential victims from poor provinces. Traffickers clandestinely organize their transport operations through different ports and land routes across the country. As it happens inside the country, it is part and parcel of the international dynamics of trafficking, and solutions must be combined addressing these two dimensions.” The Philippines is considered among the leading sources of migrant workers all over the world. As of December 2003, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration reported some 7.76 million Filipinos are working abroad. It is part of the Government Philippine Medium Term Development Plan. This policy has another side of coin: thousands of Filipinos fall into trafficking for exploitative situations, she added. “Trafficking is also still remains rampant within borders. Inside the Philippines, there is trafficking from rural to urban metropolitan areas. Even overseas recruiters rely on intricate processes that start from far-flung communities,” she noted. Ms. Flores-Oebanda is also the Philippine and Southeast Asia Coordinator for the Global March Against Child Labor, a worldwide movement on behalf of 250 million working children, 4 million of whom are Filipino. She is also the current chairperson of Child Workers in Asia, a Bangkok-based network of about 100 NGOs working on the issue of child labor in Asia. A recipient of the 2005 Anti-Slavery Award by Anti-Slavery International—the world’s oldest human rights organization—she was recognized by the government of the United Kingdom as a “ModernDay Abolitionist” in the 2007 celebration of the bicentenary of the abolition of the Slave Trade Act. “The Philippines has made notable progress in the campaign against trafficking in persons, being one of the first countries in Asia to pass a definitive law against trafficking, Republic Act 9208 (Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003). The law imposes stiff penalties for traffickers and mandates the provision of direct services to trafficking victims. The challenge for the government is on how to make this law effective and how to fast track the resolutions of cases filed in court. Second is how to address the root causes of

the problem. “Aware of the archipelagic nature of the Philippines and that internal trafficking is rampant in many of these transit points, Visayan Forum combats trafficking it transit points, such as shipping ports and airports strategically located across the country. This is a crucial stage when traffickers become highly visible, along with their recruited victims. Within these ports, the VF operates unique facilities called halfway houses.” “Inside these halfway houses, a team of multidisciplinary staff provide integrative services to protect and heal victims. Such services includes temporary shelter, counseling, legal assistance, skills training, and referral for aftercare services.” Visayan Forum offers temporary shelter, healing and repatriation services to women and children. These port halfway houses are also the nerve centers


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for information and advocacy inside the ports. Zonta Club of Cagayan de Oro II is part of Area 3, District 17 which covers six countries in Asia. It was chartered in June 1996 as the baby club of Zonta Club of Cagyaan de Oro 1. Personifying Zonta as a dynamic organization, the Club continues to re-invent itself to keep up with the challenges of today’s community, updating and sustaining its various advocacies and service projects, aligning them with the goals of the District and the International organization. Zonta Club of Cagayan de Oro II officers for the Biennium 20142016 include Lindy Patriana, president; Ma. Teresa Celdran, vice president; Ana de la Fuente, secretary; Maris M. Hao, treasurer; Dulce Reyes, asst. treasurer; and Eloisa Pedrajas, Delsa Mortola, Sol Ucab, Melissa Diawatan, Marinela Velez and Esperanza Dacudao, directors.


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