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Economic corridors ECONOMIC and logistics corridors in Mindanao have been identified by the development arm of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), highlighting the channels which can be industrialized further to bring development in the conflict-affected areas in the region. In a statement released by JICA on Friday, the development agency, together with the Bangsamoro Development Authority (BDA), identified these channels as the: Northern corridor: Cotabato City-Marawi City-Iligan (Lanao del Norte); Central corridor: Cotabato City-Midsayap-Pikit-Digos (Davao del Sur); and Southern corridor: Cotabato City-Shariff Aguak-General Santos (South Cotabato).

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Gov’t likely to bid out Steag after summer

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By JUZEL L. DANGANAN, Philippine News Agency


HE Department of Energy (DOE) will likely bid out the 210-megawatt (MW) capacity Mindanao coal power plant after the summer season.

“ Ye s , m a y b e , s i n c e t h e r e’s s t i l l p r o b l e m s during the summer,” DOE undersecretar y Zenaida Monsada told reporters when asked whether DOE will bid out the capacity after the summer. T h e Mi n d an a o c o a l fired power plant is owned and operated by STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI), but the National Power

Corp. (NAPOCOR) owned t he cap acity. Wit h t he privatization mandate of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) for the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp (PSALM), it was tasked to sell off the former assets of the NAPOCOR. The DOE earlier said it has to delay the auction -- to steag/PAGE 11 DISPLACED. A mother prepares sweet potatoes at the town gym in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. She and her sons are among the 1,000 individuals that fled Barangay Mahaba, Marihatag on Oct. 1 due to an ongoing military operation in their place. mindanews photo by h . marcos c . mordeno

Micro-enterprise SURIGAO City -- The provincial office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here has released recently a total of P2 million to the municipality of Dapa under the Bottoms Up Budgeting (BUB) Project. Among the beneficiaries of the said project are the seven sub-projects under the Rural Micro-Enterprise Development (RUMEPP) Program previously assisted by DTI in selected barangays of the said municipality. These projects are managed by the different organizations like women, youth, farmers, and even senior citizens. These micro-enterprise and alternative livelihood projects are expected to significantly increase family income and eventually reduce poverty incidence in rural communities.


Zamboanga’s sardines industry hopeful on Asean integration BULLISH. Competition may be tough, but the country’s sardines industry is bullish on the prospect of growth with the upcoming Asean economic integration. file photo

ZAMBOANGA Peninsula’s sardines industry is urged to expand its market to other Southeast Asian countries

t h rou g h t h e e c on om i c community of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) taking place by the

end of the year. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant sardines/PAGE 11

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DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is set to conduct CSO/BSO general assembly in northern Mindanao in preparation for BuB Fiscal Year 2017.

Ni l o P. C a s t a ñ a r e s , regional director, DILG10, said there is a need to capacitate the civil society organizations (CSOs)/basic sector organization (BSO) dilg/PAGE 11


LALA, Lanao del Norte — The Shared Service Facility Project (SSF) on Chili Powder Processing, first of its kind in region 10, was formally launched at the MultiPurpose Hall of Barangay Abaga, Lala, Lanao del Norte, in September this year. The project is a joint venture of the Department of Trade and Industry – Lanao del Norte Provincial Office (DTI-LDN) and the People of Abaga Socio-Economic Network Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PASAN MPC). PA S A N M P C i s a cooperative who has been in business for two years in the provision of common service facilities on farm preparation

Yap plans to involve himself personally to become the marketing arm for this project. He also imparted business strategies to make the venture a sustainable one.

and post-harvest of various agricultural products and conventional production and processing of chili powder. Nancy G. Echavez, division chief, Business Development Division, DTI LDN Provincial Office, said DTI chose from different organizations who have expressed their intention of being a dynamic and trustworthy partner. PASAN MPC was one of those who qualified. Punong Barangay Angel Yap of Abaga, Lala, Lanao del Norte, graced the event with a rousing message of encouragement to his constituents and pledged his active support for the SSF Project.

The SSF Project is currently the primary element in the DTI Provincial Office thrust to sustain micro small medium entrepreneurs’ ssf/PAGE 11

City councilor urges public to buy Christmas lights with ICC stickers T H E c h a i r m a n of t h e Cagayan de Oro City Council committee on trade and commerce of Cagayan de Oro reminds consumers especially those who are planning to buy Christmas lights this early, to always look for Import Commodity Clearance (ICC) stickers attached in the packaging.

Councilor Edna Dahino said they should verify if the products being sold by vendors have the ICC certifications. “Don’t just settle for cheaper Christmas lights, make sure to have the Import Commodity Clearance sticker for safety and quality lights/PAGE 11

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hink a minute…A husband and wife had not spoken to each other for days. They were still angry at one another since their last fight. By the 5th day, the husband realized he had a problem. He needed his wife to wake him up early the next day to catch a plane for an important business trip. But not wanting to talk to her and lose the fight, he put a note on the kitchen table. It read: “Please wake me up at 5AM tomorrow morning.” The next morning when the husband woke up, it was 7 o’clock! He was so angry that he had missed his plane, he was just about to yell at his wife for not waking him when he found a note next to his bed. It read: “Wake up! It’s 5 o’clock!” Why do we find it so hard to say those 2 little words, “I’m sorry”? If we’re honest, most of us are better at remembering the people who should tell us they’re sorry than we are at paying our own “sorry” debt. Yet if we would just apologize sooner we could save our friendships, family relationships, as well as a lot of time, energy, even money. A British study showed that 37% of people who had sued doctors or hospitals in court would not


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Jhan Tiafau Hurst have done it if their doctor had simply apologized to them. Yo u k n ow, w h e n i t comes to taking the blame for something, most people fall into 1 of these 2 groups. The first group almost never thinks that they caused any of the problem. It’s always someone else’s fault and they should apologize to you. The second group often blame themselves for causing the problem and they apologize quickly. But both extremes of always being a blame taker or a blame shifter are not healthy. The key in each situation is to be honest. Then admit that since it took both of you to cause the problem of offense or misunderstanding, it will probably take both hurst/PAGE 11

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Nowhere in the Philippines to grow old


HEN the law creating the Philippine Retirement Authority under RA 7776, was approved, nothing was mentioned of any place ideal for people over 60. It was more specific on the marketing and revenue potential the government could earn from Special Visitors Visa granted to foreign retirees who want to settle in the Philippines. It also encourages Filipinos who are holders of foreign passports to come back and retire in the country. The process under SVV would enable these retirees to regain their Filipino passports under the dual citizenship law and for foreigners to avail of the Special Resident Retiree’s Visa options through deposits of USD 10,000 for those with pensions and USD20, 000 for those without pensions. Young foreigners who want to live as a non-emigrant but with a multiple entry and an indefinite stay visa would have to deposit USD50, 000 that must be used for longterm lease or purchase of a house or condominium units. The PRA which is a quasi-body attached to the Department of Tourism could spur development of Retirement Villages and Ecotourism destinations that could tie up in tandem to this special purpose law. Immediately, after it was launched by DOT, foreign and Filipino investors came in bringing their blue prints and designs for retirement villages in Tagaytay and Baguio City. It came to my mind that perhaps weather

was the factor in making their choices. Those places have cold to temperate climate during the months of December to February. Since I was working for a property development company, I started to familiarize and review the provisions of RA 7776; it has wide features that include availability of health care facilities, near transportation lines and the enabling environment for convenience and safety. It is intended for countrywide dispersal and open to all investors who wanted to tie up with DOT. According to the Global Age Watch Index that made a survey of 96 countries of the world, Norway ranks as the best place to live among older people. The strong economies of the country surveyed was not a guarantee that they are ideal places to retire, USA was only ranked 8th place and China did not make it to the magic 10, in spite of its ranking as the second strongest economy of the world. Economic growth is not enough for a citizen to live longer; it is the compassion of government and society to take care of the elderly. Incomes are too low to save for retirement. Perhaps, the reason we have in our country, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for government employees and the Social Security System (SSS) for the employees of the private sector that guarantees pensions after retirement from service. Nevertheless, how big are pension benefits? Only one of four people

over 60 in the Philippines receives a pension, these are extracted from the actualized credits of the employee’s salaries, and employer’s counterpart contributed monthly this may not be enough to fend off the risk of poverty. Only big companies in our country have their own private funds to take care of their employees’ retirement with a certain limit based on their length of service and dividends from their salaries, a privilege of free enterprise, which needs government, review to address inequality in pensions. However, how can government interfere? Is there any legislation mandating the Department of Finance and the Bureau of Internal Revenue for tax credits to the private sector offering additional retirement benefits? Pension funds are invested and earn residual taxes for the government anyway. Additional tax exemptions for generous companies will encourage the private sector to take care of their aging employees. Government has strengthened the medical and hospital coverage of our senior citizens through Philhealth. However, with the rising number of old people which is projected to reach 45 Million in 10 years, fears looms that the fund could disappear before we reached that period. However, the local LGU’s have their own programs for senior citizens in a form of discounts for medicines and other social services. With changing family


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Ped Quiamjot values, death of a bread winner or poverty, many old people are neglected if not abandoned and we have only foreign funded Non-Government Organizations particularly those under some religious congregations which operate and take care of old people but they can only do so little from their limited funding. Our Government under the General Appropriation Act or GAA provides that at least 1 percent of their annual budget must be allotted to plans and programs for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities. There are also revenue shares remitted by the Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office and PAGCOR to the Executive Branch of the Government. Perhaps, Government agencies that have more mandates for social responsibility and the well-being of every indigent Filipino, like DSWD or the Department of Health can operate a Home for the Age Institutions. For comments or queries, please Email: sbeverage@ or follow on Twitter @gm_ped

When German and Filipino women leaders meet


he Parliamentar y State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and former German Minister of Justice Brigitte Zypries visited the Philippines last week with a high-ranking business delegation to hold talks with the Philippine Government on GermanPhilippine economic relations. In addition to her official schedule, Madame Zypries found time to hold a quick breakfast meeting with women leaders in government and the private sector who were gathered by former Foreign Affairs Secretary and Philippine Ambassador to Germany Delia Domingo Albert. T h e wom e n l e a d e rs who attended were: O m b u d s m a n C on c h it a Carpio Morales; current Philippine Ambassador to Germany Melita Sta. Maria-Thomeczek; PEZA Director Lilia de Lima; ERC Commissioner Josefina Magpale-Asirit, C onve rg y s P h i l ippi n e s C h ai r Mar i fe Z am or a ; Business & Professional Women President Jeannie Javelos a; my d aug hter,

Patricia Bunye, Founding President of Diwata-Women in Resource Development, Inc. and Deputy Commercial Counsellor Theresa Huschka. They were joined by German Ambassador to the Philippines Thomas Ossowski. Among ot hers, t he y discussed initiatives of women’s groups in the Philippines such as: (1) the GREAT Women Project (Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women Project), which supports a gender-responsive enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment, particularly those in microenterprises; and (2) Diwata’s “Solar Lolas Project” which involves training indigenous women to become solar engineers. Though brief, the meeting yielded many important insights for the attendees and assurances of future cooperation. *** Tackling cross border haze pollution In recent days, there have been news reports that the haze emanating from forest fires in Indonesia has reached

Cebu. A local atmospheric scientist has been quoted as saying that satellite images confirm that the haze from the Indonesia fires have indeed reached the Philippines, but was too thin to be widely noticeable in most areas except Cebu. Malaysia and Singapore, on the other hand, due to their proximity to Indonesia, have been “wheezing from the haze”, Bloomberg puts it, for weeks now. Far from being a mere annoyance, the haze has caused tourist numbers to drop in both countries. At the Royal Selangor factory showroom in Kuala Lumpur, for example, their tour used to attract around 2,000 people a day. Now, they are averaging only 800 a day. Some countries have gone as far as issuing travel advisories against Singapore and Malaysia due to the haze. Apparently, cooperation within ASEAN extends to the issue of haze as well. In 1997, the ASEAN Environment Ministers endorsed the R e g i on a l Ha z e Ac t i on Plan (RHAP) which covers prevention, mitigation and monitoring.


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Ignacio Bunye Further, in 2002, the governments of the ten ASEAN nat ions sig ne d the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundar y Haze Pollution. It is the first regional arrangement in the world that binds a group of contiguous states to tackle transboundary haze pollution resulting from land and forest fires. It has also been considered as a global role model for the tackling of transboundary issues. The enforcement of this agreement is now being tested as Indonesia has reportedly spurned offers of assistance from Singapore and Malaysia. Note: You may email us at totingbunye2000@gmail. com.

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New floor prices for tobacco in next 2 years get NTA nod

THE National Tobacco Administration (NTA) has approved new floor prices for tobacco for the trading years 2016 and 2017 which, it said, would bring additional benefits to tobacco farmers by providing a guaranteed minimum income. The tripartite conference is hosted by the NTA every two years and is attended by tobacco farmers’ groups and tobacco manufacturing companies to evaluate and negotiate the floor prices of

unprocessed tobacco leaves. The last tripartite conference was held from September 5 to 6 in 2013. Zaragosa said that floor price is the minimum price allowed by the government for the procurement of tobacco buyers from the farmers. The floor price is set based on the prevailing market conditions such as production cost, reasonable margin of profit for stakeholders and growing conditions. For Virginia, the floor

price per kilogram for the top grades was increased by a range of P2 to P4. The new prices are set at P81 for Grade AA; P79 for A; P77 for B; P75 for C; P68 for D; and P67 for E. The former prices are P78 for AA; P75 for A; P73 for B; P71 for C; P66 for D; and P65 for E. There was no increase for low grades as it remains at P59 for F1; P56 for F2, and P46 for Reject. For Burley, the top-grade

A rose by P7 bringing the price per kilo to P68 from the current P61. The floor price for Grade B is now P65 and P56 for C -- an increase of P6 and P3 from the current prices of P59 and P53 respectively. There was no increase for low grades which remains at P45 for D; P44 for E; P37 for F; and P28 for Reject. Farmer leader Mario C. Cabasal, president of the National Federation of Tobacco Farmers Association

and Cooperatives (NAFTAC), said the farmers agreed to a status quo in the lower grade prices for Virginia and Burley so as to discourage production of low quality tobacco leaves. “ This is one of the conditions set by traders in increasing the prices for top grades,” he said. Floor prices up Meanwhile, the floor prices of the native-type were increased as follows: High-grade - from P66 to P70; Medium 1- from P56

to P58; Medium 2 - from P46 to P48; Low 1 - from P38 to P40; and Low 2 - from P26 to P28. In the meantime, Zaragosa said the new floor prices would further boost the incomes of tobacco farmers. “We expect farmers to benefit more from the newlyset tobacco prices since the actual buying price -- which is based on prevailing market prices -- is usually higher than the minimum floor price,” the NTA chief said.

GLOBE Telecom provides the fastest LTE service in the Philippines, affirming the superiority of its mobile internet service and network infrastructure amid intensely competitive environment in the local telecommunications industry. Based on OpenSignal’s State of LTE report for the third quarter of 2015, Globe Telecom’s LTE download speed is at 10 Mbps, double its

competition’s LTE download speed of only 5 Mbps. Globe Telecom’s LTE download speed is comparable to territories/countries like Hong Kong (Smart Tone), India (Air tel), Nor way (Telenor, Network Norway), Portugal (NOS), Indonesia (Indosat), which all registered a 10 Mbps download speed, and even higher than the 8 Mbps download speed in Russia (MTS), Malaysia

(DiGi) and even US (AT&T, US Cellular, Sprint, C Spire Wireless). While Globe Telecom’s download speed of 10 Mbps is considered adequate, its competition’s download speed of 5 Mbps dragged down the Philippines’ average LTE download speed to 8Mbps. OpenSignal specializes in mobile coverage mapping by crowdsourcing signal globe/PAGE 8

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AirAsia ups Manila-Hong Kong to daily flights

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o boost the agricultural productivity through sustainable soil and water health management, the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) of the Department of Agriculture Central Office collaborated with the Department of Agriculture- Regional Field Office 10 (DARFO 10) and Regional Field Office 2 for the pilot implementation of Information Communications Technology-enabled Mobile Soil Clinics. This pilot implementation activity is a short term project that will give way to the proposed scaling-up of the utilization of the kits in all provinces of the region and give training and exposure for the laboratory staff on the various application of e-STK. Thus, the realization of the project will increase the services given by the Regional Soils Laboratories in delivering timely and accurate result on the farm. Enhanced Soil Test Kit(e-STK) is the

expansion of other parameters namely calcium, magnesium, sulfur, NH4-N and NO3-N in addition to the already present parameters in STK such as pH, organic carbon, nitrogen, available Phosphorous and available Potassium. Aside from that, the said kits are also equipped with web-based application software for offsite data processing, a database system that will allow soil health monitoring and provision of soil health records and fertilizer recommendation to farmers. The project will engage local partners to ensure sustainability in the adoption of technology and will be tested on sites representing three representative soil series namely; Bolinao Clay (Alubijid and Laguindingan, Mis. Or) Adtuyon Clay Loam (Malaybalay, Bukidnon) Quingua Silt Loam (Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental) and Adtuyon Clay Loam (Plaridel, Misamis Occidental). During the turn-

DA-RFO 10 Assistant Regional Director Constancio C. Maghanoy, Jr. (4thfrom right), together with the DA-RFO 10 ILD Staff facilitates the turn-over of the e-STK and water kits from BSWM represented by Dr. Gina P. Nilo, Chief Laboratory Services of BSWM (5thfrom right),Beatriz C. Magno, Supervising Agriculturist of BSWM (5th from left) and Cheryl Marie H. Caballero, Chief Executive of the Optiserve Technologies Inc. (center).

over, the Memorandum of Agreement was also signed in the presence of DA-RFO 10 Assistant Regional Director Constancio C. Maghanoy, Jr., BSWM Chief Laboratory

Services Dr. Gina P. Nilo and Optiserve Technologies Inc., Chief Executive Officer Cheryl Marie NatividadCaballero. DA RFO-10 Integrated Laboratories

Division (ILD) headed by Ma. Teresa B. Roa, DVM, Chief Agriculturist of the RFO-10 ILD, facilitated the turn-over of the said kits together with DARFO 10 ARD Constancio

C. Maghanoy, Jr., Dr. Gina P. Nilo, Beatriz C. Magno, Supervising Agriculturist of BSWM and Cheryl Marie H. Caballero. #(Pam Budiongan, DA-10 RAFIS)

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Gov. Emano lauds MisOr teachers


isamis O r i e n t a l G o v. Bambi Emano commended teachers of the school div ision of the province led by Supt. Cherry Mae Limbaco, for the significant role they play on the formation of proper values and attitude of our children, during the recent celebration of World’s Teachers Day, in one of the beach resorts in the province. “I salute your dedication and perseverance. You opt to stay in the classrooms because it is what your hearts say; and not what your pockets tell you. You

guide, develop and mould the hope of this nation despite many adversities in your own lives ,” Gov. Emano said. The Governor pledged to continue what he has done this year in terms of improving infrastructures for education, modernization of school facilities, the provision of educationjal aids such as bags and notebooks, as well as improving access and opportuinities for education through the Local Schools Board (LSB). “ We w i l l p u r s u e relentlessly the construction of more state-of-the-art school buildings, covered courts and the concreting and

rehabilitation of provincial roads so that daily commute of teachers and students will be more comfortable,” Gov. Emano added. He said he will continue to put computer-aidedinstructions in select schoolsm with the help of private organizations. The Governor also hinted on the inter-relationship of his development program saying that through the MisOrCares, he hopes to improve the health and nutrition of mothers and children thereby reducing the incidents of abseentism esspecially in lower years. (PIO/MisOr)

Misamis Oriental Governor Bambi Emano gamefully acceded to requests of teachers to have him on their group pictures during the World Teachers Day celebration recently. The event was a welcome respite from the hectic schedule the Governor had in the past weeks. It was also a chance for Gov. Emano to renew old friendships as he met with childhood friends and classmates who are now in the field of education. (PIOfoto)

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EAGER TO LEARN AT SAN PEDRO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – VICE GOVERNOR JOEY G. PELAEZ engages the pupils of San Pedro Elementary School in a discussion during the distribution of books to the school. Pupils excitedly listened and happily participated to the merry discussions. Vice Governor Pelaez continuously distributes books donated by Children International Philippines, Inc. to all public elementary, secondary and tertiary schools pursuant to the Resolution passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Misamis Oriental to institutionalize the “A Happy Reading and Writing Habit” Program in the Province. The simple turn-over ceremony was witnessed by the School Principal MR. DENNIS MAGSAYO, Barangay Chair ALMA ACAIN and District Supervisor RIC GABE, among others. photo supplied

Ang Pagdiriwang ng Nutrisyon By EDELYN L. BEBILLO

Ang Nutrisyon ay ipinagdiriwang tuwing buwan ng hulyo sa mga pampubliko at pribadong paaralan. Sa taong ito ipinagdiwang natin ang nutr isyon na may temang “Timbang Iwasto sa Tamang Nutrisyon at Ehersisyo”. Pero paano natin makukuha ang tamang timbang? Tamang kalusugan? Mayroon bang hakbang para mapanatili natin ito? Pagdating ng Hulyo,karamihan sa mga paaralan pampubliko man o pangpribado ay nagkandarapang maghanda para sa isang malapiyestang handaan. Gulay doon,prutas dito at kung ano-ano pa. Para bang nagp ap a ligs a han kung

sino ang may maraming handa at may magandang presentasyon. Ang maganda dito ay nakikita nating nagkaisa ang mga magulang, mga guro at mag mag-aaral sa gawain ng paaralan. Natutunan nilang pahalagahan ang pagkakaroon ng tamang nutrisyon. Ito ay isang magandang hakbang p a r a m a g k a ro o n t ay o ng mg a ma lu lus o g na pangangatawan. Pero sana hindi lang sa buwan ng Hulyo natin ito gawin. Pwede nating basehan ang 3 M’s-magbago, makialam at matuto. Magbago ng istilo sa paghahanda ng pagkain,makialam sa mga tamang gawain at matutong sundin kung ano ang nasa 3 basic food groups.

strength, data speed and reliability. In terms of LTE coverage, that of Globe is als o sup er ior at 41% against its comp etitor’s 36%. “These findings prove our success in continuously expanding our network capacities amid everi n c re a s i n g d e m a n d f or high-speed mobile internet access as more and more of our customers build their life and work experiences around a digital lifestyle,” s a i d Yo l y C r i s a n t o , Glob e S enior Vice President for Corporate Communications, noting that about a third of the comp any’s 48.4 mi llion mobile customers are now using smartphones. As part of the company’s aggressive LTE rollout, the Globe network’s mobile u lt ra-bro adb and access in Visayas and Mindanao were expanded, utilizing the LTE-TDD and LTEFDD technologies, Agustin s a i d . Cu r re nt l y o n e o f the most relevant mobile network technologies, 4G LTE offers much higher bandwidth, lower latency even as it increases overall n e t wor k c ap a c it y. T h i s allows customers to use more applications on their mobile devices. Crisanto said the continuing expansion of Globe network capacities is intended to provide its customers with holistic digital experience as the c o m p a ny c o n t i n u e s t o offer products and services that enhance the Filipino digital lifestyle. “Globe is committed in providing the right infrastructure s upp or t t o e n s u re t h at the data needs of our customers are ser ved, t hus st rengt hening our position as the network of choice for smartphone users in the country. When it comes to mobile internet speed, we believe that the Philippines can compete globally but there is a need to d i st i ng u i sh b e t we e n mobile and wireline,” she

added. Amid ongoing network expansion, Globe capital expenditure this year is exp ected to reach $850 million. As of June this y e a r, c a p e x s t o o d a t P11.4 billion, bulk of which were allocated for data-related projects that include investments for the company’s broadband network, capacities for w i rel e ss d at a , LT E , domestic and international transmission facilities. A significant portion of the company’s capex for the year were also allotted for its IT inf rastr uc ture as Globe continues to create platform for new products as well as to build on its IT transmission initiatives. The OpenSignal data is collected from real c onsu me r s mar tphone s and is recorded under conditions of normal usage. Rather than approximate the user experience, it is directly measured from the users of OpenSignal smartphone appl i c at i on , w h i ch c an be freely downloaded on b ot h i O S a n d A n d roi d devices, and thus it is able to constantly monitor the true network experience that users are getting on those devices. Through the app, OpenSignal is able to observe the network exactly as the end user experiences it. Such customer-centric approach allows OpenSignal to m e a s u re t h e t r u e e n d to-end experience of the mobile network. It isolated the networks in the Philippines by extracting all those points sent with network IDs corresponding to t he br and s op e r at i on a l there and then perform a geographical quer y to is ol ate on ly t ho s e d at a points that have been captured within the region. The different brands have been identified by investigating the network names associated with the SIM in the reporting device and the network which is ser ving the device.

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ensure rates will be stable -until more capacity comes in Mindanao as power supply is still slim. The island has been suffering from shortages due to the lack of water capacity of the dams since the summer of 2015. Two more power plants are expected to start commercial operations from 2015 to 2016, aside from Therma South Inc., a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corp. that started the commercial operations of its first 150 megawatt (MW) unit last month. PSALM president and ch i e f e xe c ut ive of f icer Lourdes Alzona also bared earlier that the initial 12 bidders has dropped to six, as some entered into joint ventures while some had not paid the bid documents. She, however, had not bared which companies continued with the bidding process. But, the initial 12 bidders for the power plant’s capacity are: Conal Holdings Corporation, FDC Davao Del Norte Power Corporation, FirstGen Northern Power Corporation, GDF Suez Energy Philippines Inc., Masinloc Power Partners Co. Ltd., Meralco Powergen C orporation, Nexif Pte Ltd. , SMC Global Power Hol d i ng s C or p or at i on , SPC Power Corporation, Team (Philippines) Energy Corporation, Therma Southern Mindanao Inc. and Vivant Energy Corporation. SPI is led by German-firm STEAG at 51 percent, while the other owners are Aboitiz Power Corp. at 34 percent and La Philippina Uygongco Corporation at 15 percent. (PNA)

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Secretary Rafaelita M. Aldaba said Zamboanga Peninsula or Region-9 has comparative advantage to supply the sardines demand in ASEAN. “Our micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are ready to participate in the global value chain. A good example is sardines, for which the Zamboanga Peninsula is known for,” said Aldaba. “We have the fish stocks, because of conser vation efforts in the region, and the facilities to process,” she added.

The DTI official stressed the benefit of the AEC which offers free flow of trade in goods among ten ASEAN member countries. “To reach the 600 million strong consumers of ASEAN, we need to work together to craft a local roadmap aligned with national policies. The local roadmap will identify the visions of the region for the industr y as well as gaps including needed policy interventions to grow,” Aldaba said. “ The economy of Zamboanga will benefit from ASEAN integration as it shifts from an agrobased economy to an agroprocessing economy,” she said. C u r r e n t l y, a v e r a g e m a nu f a c t u r i n g g row t h of Region-9 posted at 4.5 percent and contributing 27 percent of its gross regional domestic product. (PNA)


from page 1 program on reproductive health that aims to bring down the number of maternal deaths, an official said. D r . Ta t o U s m a n , administrating officer of Department of HealthARMM, said “Improving Availability of Reproductive Health Services” (ARCHES) is funded by the European Union and implemented from October 2014 to December 2019. Speaking in a forum on reproductive health in Davao Tuesday, Usman said ARCHES has a budget of 4.59-million euro and focuses on providing reproductive health services to women and young people. “Improving the availability and access to basic SRH (sexual and reproductive health) services anywhere in ARMM will benefit the most vulnerable people with the least access to reproductive health in the country,” a project briefer said. Based on the 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey, the region ranked last in terms of sexual and reproductive health services. The study cited that among married women aged 15 to 49 years old, only 15.3 percent of them are using any modern contraceptive methods, way below the national average of 37.6 percent. The region scored the lowest in terms of antenatal care at 52.8 percent and 20.4

percent of births delivered by health professionals as against the national averages of 95.4 percent and 72.8 percent, respectively. The ARMM comprises the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi. The first phase of the program covers 14 municipalities and the second phase 15 municipalities in the ARMM. The project is a joint undertaking of Oxfam-UK and Likhaan Center for Women’s Health and will be implemented with Al Mujadilah Development Foundation Inc. for Lanao del Sur area, Pinay Kilos for Sulu and Basilan provinces, Tarbilang Foundation, for Tawi-Tawi, and United Youth of the Provinces-Women for Maguindanao. Dr. Junice DemetrioMelgar, executive director of L i k ha an C e nte r for Women’s Health, said sexual and reproductive health is a fundamental human right. “Regard less of one’s economic status, age, or place of residence, every woman has the right to informed choice in family planning and access to SRH services,” she said. “If a woman from rich subdivisions in Metro Manila can avail of such information and services, anytime she needs it, why can’t a woman from anywhere in ARMM enjoy the same right?” she added. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)

of all CSOs in a city or municipality held at least once a year, during which CSO representatives to the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) shall be elected. There will also be reporting on the status of implementation of 20132015 BuB projects, poverty analysis and identification of priority projects. These assemblies shall be conducted in all cities and municipalities of the Region within the month of October 2015, to be participated by the CSOs and BSOs. The assemblies will be held on October 19-28 for the province of Bukidnon; October 19-29, Lanao del Norte; October 26-30 for Camiguin; October 20-30 for Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis O r i e nt a l a n d M i s a m i s Occidental. (Julla Columba C elerina M. Pagaduan/ DILG10)

(MSMEs) development. It aims to improve the competitiveness of their clients by providing them with machinery, equipment, tools, skills and knowledge under the scheme of sharing within an industry cluster. Echavez, in her message, challenged the cooperative, being the first in Northern Mindanao to venture under the SSF, not to limit their marketing niche within their locality only, but to spread their processed chili powder in Iligan and Cagayan de Oro City. (Ma. Welissa V.Domingo/DTI/ TIDS BDD/ LVG, PIA-10 LDN)

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and to conduct the general assembly to ensure the successful implementation of the Bottom-up-Budgetting (BuB) in the region. The CSO assembly is an inclusive one-day meeting


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Republic of the Philippines PROVINCE OF BUKIDNON Municipality of Manolo Fortich -oOoOFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR Publication Notice R.A. 10172 NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC CCE-132-2015 R.A. 10172 September 29, 2015 In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. _____ . Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No.1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that GLEN LINOMBAY POBLETE CEBALLOS has filed with this Office, a petition for correction of entry in her SEX/GENDER from “M. (MALE)” to “F. (FEMALE)” in the Certificate of Live Birth of GLEN LINOMBAY POBLETE CEBALLOS born at Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon whose parents are HENRY MOORE POBLETE & ERLINDA SALINAY LINOMBAY. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than October 15, 2015.

(SGD) VIRGIE A. COQUILLA Municipal Civil Registrar

Republic of the Philippines Province of Misamis Oriental Municipality of Initao -oOo-


NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC Date: September 28, 2015

In Compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that ANTONIO O. AMARGA has filed with this Office, a petition for change of first name from “EDWIN” to “ANTONIO” and correction of entry in sex from “ “ to “ “ or correction of entry in the date of birth from “ “ to “ “ in the certificate of live birth of EDWIN O. AMARGA at Initao, Misamis Oriental and whose parents are TEOGENES V. AMARGA and LEONARDA OMELDA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than October 23, 2015. BWM: October 5 & 12, 2015

(SGD.) ISAIAS A. JARALES Municipal Civil Registrar

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of you to get out of it. Jesus Christ promises that if we’ll give Him total control of our heart and attitude, He will help us to start seeing and understanding ourselves honestly and responsibly, so we’ll know when and how to apologize in each situation. He’ll help you to forgive those people who wronged you, so you’ll finally be free from the heavy burden of blame. Just Think a Minute…

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by DTI to confiscate goods you are selling and won’t need to pay for the penalty) Monitoring and confiscation of Christmas lights without ICC stickers sold in the market will be conducted by DTI staff starting this month, The Po w e r l e a r n e d . ( E L B / CdeOSP)



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advisory as the city joins the national celebration of Consumer Welfare Month this October. “Angayan lang ma giyahan ang tanang consumers sa ilang pagpili ug pagpamalit aron usab malikayan nato ang sunog tungod sa depektadong Christmas lights,” Dahino added. (It is necessary consumers are guided to their purchase to avoid fire incidence due to defective Christmas lights) The councilor warns commercial establishment and sidewalk vendors not to sell sub- standard Christmas lights. “A y a w n a h u l a t i ng a m a s ap on k am o s a Department of Trade and Industry aron mobawi sa inyong balig ya ug aron dili kamo mamultahan sa maong violations,” Dahino announced. (Don’t wait to be caught


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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Branch 44 Initao, Misamis Oriental IN THE PETITION FOR THE CANCELLATION OF OLD DECREE, ISSUANCE OF NEW ORDER FOR THE REISSUANCE OF DECREE OF REGISTRATION MSL CASE NO. 2015-1316 LRC REG CASE NO. N-271 LRC REC. NO. N-27173 MAKATI DEVELOPMENT CORP. Applicant-Petitioner Lot. No. 12191 ; 12194 x- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - / ORDER Before this court is a verified Petition for Cancellation of Old Decree and Reissuance of New Decree, covering Lot Nos. 12191 and 12194, both located at the Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental. Finding the same to be sufficient in form and substance, the same is set for INITIAL HEARING on April 14, 2016 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at this court, sitting at the hall of Justice, Initao, Misamis Oriental. Persons interested in this petition are required to answer and appear before this court on the aforesaid date and make known their opposition thereto. The Administrator of Land Registration Authority is hereby directed at the expense of the applicant to cause the publication of the Notice of Initial Hearing in the Official Gazette and once in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Misamis Oriental.

Date: September 30, 2015

In Compliance with the publication requirements and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013 – 1 Guidelines in the implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that ELJER Z. LAGAWAN has filed with this Office, a petition for change of first name from “CHRISTOPHER” to “ELJER” and correction of entry in sex from “ “ to “ “ or correction of entry in the date of birth from “ “ to “ “ in the certificate of live birth of CHRISTOPHER Z. LAGAWAN at Initao, Misamis Oriental and whose parents are CENON C. LAGAWAN and SEGUNDA J. ZATE Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than October 23, 2015 (SGD.) ISAIAS A. JARALES Municipal Civil Registrar BWM: October 5 & 12, 2015

Further, the applicant is hereby directed to furnish copy of the application and its annexes to the Solicitor General. Lastly, let copies of this Order be furnished to the concerned offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of this city and of this province.

SO ORDERED. September 10, 2015, Initao, Misamis Oriental.

(SGD.) MARISSA P. ESTABAYA Presiding Judge BWM: October 5, 12 & 19, 2015


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enim is looking hotter than ever with trends changing the way we think about jeans and jackets. From high street slim-fit flares to Alexa Chung’s collection for AG Jeans, and Saint Laurent’s festival ready thigh high


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first and only Vertical Bivouac Adventure in the Philippines and in Asia. The Indigenous People of Quezon is famous for their Sunggkod Ta Kamanga Festival for bountiful harvest and thanksgiving. The beautiful Munipality of Jasaan showcased their

wonders and waterfalls and future tourism development. Municipality of Sugbongcogon showcased their colorful ManokManokan Festival and their development agenda for the tourism industry. The Municipality of Mambajao of Camiguin Province-showcased their bountiful lanzones harvest, their products

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and tourist destinations and the majestic grandeur of the town. Business Week Mindanao Corporation showcased the different on-line papers the company has: Business Week Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News, Mindanao Star and the Cagayan Times. It also showcased the different tourism features of the Region under the

leadership of Tourism Czar Regional Director Catalino ‘Butch’ E. Chan 111. Eco-Gardens of Malasag owned by TIEZA displayed the handicrafts of the indigenous people of Bukidnon, their intricate weaving and their amenities. Last September 27, 2016, the most awaited Search for DOT X Singing Ambassador 2016

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with a high note was a tremendous success. Fourteen contestants coming from the Region gave their best performances to bag the most coveted award. Adjudged the best for this year’s Search were Ms. Christine Anne H. de la Pena from Cagayan de Oro City as 2nd Runner Up, Ms. Michelle Jane A. Badajos from El Salvador

City as 1st Runner Up and the Grand Champion is Ms. Jenelyn Vergara from the Province of Bukidnon with her beautiful rendition of the song ISANG LAHI. Indeed this year’s DOT 10 National Tourism Week Celebration is making waves for future tourism development of the region. KUDOS.

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Highlights “Visit Philippines Again 2016 and Himamat Festival 2016 Launching”


By Joe PalabaO

ith this year gigantic theme “1Billion Tourists, 1Billion Opportunities”, the Department of Tourism X, opens this year’s National Tourism Week (September 24-27) Celebration 2015 with a grandiose opening salvo. It started with a Holy Mass celebrated at the DOT X Regional Office and in the afternoon the opening ceremony led by Tourism Czar Regional Director Catalino ‘Butch’ E. Chan 111 at SM CityCagayan de Oro at 3:00 P.M. Doxology invoking God’s grace, blessings and thanksgiving was performed by the DOT X Singing Ambassadors tagged as the Singing Minstrels of Mindanao. The Kagay-an Performing Arts (KPA) entertained the crowd with their beautiful welcome cultural Bukidnon dance-a cultural heritage dance and will be in Korea for a dance competition. Ms. Eleanor P. Jose

and son Dr. Viel JoseProprietors of the country’s best and internationally known Vjandep Pastel gave their inspiring story of how the business started with a meager capital in Camiguin Province. They essayed their humble beginnings, their business struggles, their ups and downs, business expansion, the help and benefits extended to their employees and their tremendous success as business entrepreneurs and their contribution to the tourism industry. Ms. Nelia Lee-President of the Cagayan de Oro Association of Hotels and Restaurants (COHARA) and owner of the known Ah Fong Asian Cuisine was the distinguished Guest Speaker of the event. She said that with the 4.8 million tourists the Philippines has in the latest statistics, the tourism industry in the country is gaining grounds in the international arena and world tourism. This shows that the industry is serious in making its

RD CHAN III RECEIVES TOURISM CZAR AWARD 2015 efforts to really make the country a fun destination for everyone who would like to experience a unique Filipino culture, a colorful history, adventure destinations and mouthwatering delicacies within the 7,107 islands all day long. Northern Mindanao has contributed much for the attainment of such a tremendous figure. To maintain the momentum, we really have to take the stairs to reach the summit and continue to have strong partnership and put our acts together, hold on to our common vision, more patience and understanding, support and inspire each other, for us to raise the bar of competence, synergy and inclusive growth that should be felt by all players in the community with tourism as our main vehicle and somehow be part and be inspired by billion tourists arrivals and billions potentials in the tourism business worldwide and in our country, she further said. Highlighting the opening ceremony was the launching of Festival of FestivalsTHE 1ST AMIHANG MINDANAO HIMAMAT

FESTIVAL 2016-A Festival for Peace and Cultural Understanding strengthened by the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between Business Week Mindanao Corporation as the project holder and with the support of the Department of Tourism X as Partner of the event. Together with the signing are the representatives from the Department of Education (DepEd 10) and the Philippine National Police (PNP 10). Simultaneous launching was Visit Philippines Again 2016 to support this year’s theme: ONE BILLION TOURISTS, ONE BILLION OPPORTUNITIES. Topping the list of exhibitors for the three- day event are the Municipality of Jimenez, Misamis Occidentalexhibiting the century year old Church of St. John the Baptist-a Cultural Heritage of the Philippines .The church is located in Barangay Tara, Jimemez, Misamis Occidental. The church has all the characteristics of most Spanish Churches. The Municipality of Quezon, Bukidnon showcased the highlights/PAGE B2

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Business Week Mindanao and Mindanao Daily News recently presented to Regional Director Catalino ‘Butch’ E. Chan III-TOURISM CZAR for Northern Mindanao Award 2015. The Prestigious Plaque of Recognition is given to him as he brought Northern Mindanao to the global tourism industry, his invaluable support to Tapok Kagayanon abroad held every year in different parts of the world. He supports the enrichment and preservation of the indigenous peoples (IPs) culture arts and tradition through festivals in Mindanao. As such, in 2013 he was officially adopted as one of the new ethnic leaders with an investiture ceremony “Paratuan Ritual” with a red ‘tubaw’ on his head as “DATO MAKAUGHOP” being a kind and progressive leader of the Manobo tribe of Quezon, Bukidnon, Philippines. He is behind the success of the long running for the Search of Singing Ambassadors of the Region and the winners are tagged as Singing Ambassadors and Singing Minstrels in the Philippines. He catapulted Region 10 as a tourism destination through his annual PASUNDAYAG NORTHERN MINDANAO which is being held every year in different parts of the country, Pasundayag 2016 will be held in Baguio SM Mall, Colorful Festivals, P.E. Rhythmic Dance Festival and the Educational Tour for the LessPrivileged Children of

the Region. Furthermore, in twelve (12) years as a Regional Director, Butch Chan has helped propel and reach to the highest level the extreme adventures of the Region like white water rafting, zips, scuba diving, mountain climbing, trekking, spelunking, motor cross and recently the bivouac extreme adventure of Quezon, Bukidnon and other extreme adventure challenges adventure of the Region. For him more extreme activities, more local, domestic and foreign tourists will visit the Region and will boost our local economies and be part of the theme for this year’s NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK CELEBRATION: ‘ONE BILLION TOURISTS, ONE BILLION OPPORTUNITIES’. The prestigious plaque of recognition “TOURISM CZAR” was presented to Regional Director Catalino ‘Butch’ E. Chan III by Dante M. Sudaria-President/ CEO of Business Week Mindanao Corporation during the launching of Festival of Festivals“HIMAMAT 2016”-A Festival for Peace and Cultural Understanding of the Region SM City Cagayan de Oro in time for the National Tourism Week Celebration last September 24, 2015. The festival is considered as one the grandiose festivals of the country in 2016 and is being supported by the Department of Tourism X through the leadership of Tourism Czar Catalino ‘Butch’ E. Chan III.

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