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Briefly Craft Beer DAVAO City -- The first ever Craft Beer Project will be mounted this week in this city from October 16 to 18 at the SM Davao open parking along Quimpo Boulevard. The mall’s assistant manager Nick Santos said the event is expected to gather four of the country’s top microbrewers. Relatively new in the Philippines, Santos said microbrewing has steadily been changing how Filipinos enjoy beer. The SM’s Craft Beer Project is aimed at showcasing locally produced craft beers and SM is opening a venue for its mall goers and shoppers to enjoy beer with their favorite food.

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ENERAL Santos City -- Coffee production in the Philippines continues to be lorded over by Mindanao, with Region 12 or the Soccsksargen region remaining as the top regional coffee producer of the country.

Jennifer Remoquillo, Department of Agriculture (DA) national coordinator for High Value Crops Development Program, said that Mindanao accounts for 77 percent

of the country’s coffee production. Trailing far behind in coffee production is Luzon at 17 percent and Visayas at six percent, she added. coffee/PAGE 11

Pushing the BBL PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III has again endorsed the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) during the announcement of the Liberal Party’s senatorial lineup dubbed “Ang Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid” at its headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City. “’Pag ‘di naipasa ang BBL, ipagpapatuloy lang natin ang siklo ng hidwaan. Tuloy na malulugmok ang mga kapatid natin sa gulo at kahirapan; at patutunayan lang natin ang mga pagkukulang ng ARMM, at kung saan kahit isa lang ang maling mailagay sa puwesto ay apektakdo na ang kinabukasan ng lahat,” Aquino said in front of party-mates, which include Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

Maglev for Davao DAVAO City -- A Dabawenyo inventor is proposing an elevated and subway maglev monorail system for Davao City. Jose Guardo Jr. currently owns the patent for a spin induced magnetic levitation (maglev) monorail, which he hopes the city would consider for its planned city wide light rail transit system. Maglev trains relies on magnets for lift and propulsion instead of wheels, which run on the tracks thus lessening friction making it more efficient than wheeled rails. Maintenance costs is also reduced as maglev trains does not cause much wear and tear to monorail tracks as compared to trains.

VINTA. Zamboanga City celebrates “Zamboanga Hermosa Festival” in honor of La Virgen del Pilar, considered as the city’s Holy Mother. The colorful Sama vinta takes center stage and can be seen from the Paseo del Mar late Saturday, as owners prepare for Sunday’s regatta. mindanews photo courtesy of jules benitez

Palace: Gov’t addresses needs of IPs in Mindanao THE government always addresses the needs of indigenous people in Mindanao, Palace reiterated on Sunday in response to reports citing the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees saying that there were more than the reported 6,000 indigenous people who were displaced and deprived of protection from the state against militias and armed groups.

“The government is continuously addressing the situation of the indigenous peoples in Mindanao, and is working tirelessly to ensure their safety and to protect them from unnecessary acts of violence,” President ia l C ommunicat ions Secretary Sonny Coloma said. Coloma said he has yet to read such a report from the UN but noted that needs/PAGE 11

Davao City’s reclamation proposal attracts challenger By CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO, Correspondent

DAVAO City -- A Manila-based company’s proposal to develop a 200-hectare mixed-use project via reclamation for P39 billion has attracted a counterproposal from another group, triggering a Swiss challenge, a city official said. Davao City Investment and Promotion Center head Ivan

C. Cortez said the challenger, a consortium of companies based in Malaysia and the Netherlands, is now preparing to participate in the Swiss challenge to Mega Harbour Development Corp.’s unsolicited proposal. Mr. Cortez said the Swiss proposal/PAGE 11

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ARMM signs MoU with halal-certifying bodies in PH M ARAWI City -- To strengthen the halal industry in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), the Department of Science and Technology in the region (DOST-ARMM)

inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) w i t h h a l a l - c e r t i f y i ng bodies in the Philippines. The MoU was signed between the DOST-ARMM and Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification B o ard In c . an d Ha l a l


International Chamber of Commerce and Industries of the Philippines, Inc. Both groups are halalcertifiers accredited by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos. My r a Mang k abu ng , DOST-ARMM secretary, said the agreement was aimed at strengthening the collaboration with halalcertifying bodies and at exploring opportunities on halal products and services in the region. T h e d o c u m e nt w a s s i g ne d dur i ng t he 1 st ARMM Halal Congress and 2015 National Science and Te chnolog y We ek that carried the theme “Philippines: A Science Nation Innovating for Global Competitiveness.” The theme depicts the

vision and dream of the S&T community to keep abreast with global e c on om i c i nt e g r at i o n through innovation. ARMM Governor Mu j i v H a t a m a n s a i d the region, being predominantly Muslim, bids to become the halal hub of the Philippines as the halal industry is making a noise in the international market as one potent force to reckon with in this field. “The region continues to pursue its reform agenda, to transform it to b e c ome g l ob a l ly c omp e t it i v e , f rom it s systems to infrastructures, science and technology also continues to play its vital role in tr ying to become the spring-

board of the region towards Asian Integration through its Halal Industry Development Program,” Gov. Hataman added. The Halal Food Industr y Development Plan is a major initiative for Mindanao under its Medium Term Philippine Development Plan, which specifically provides t h at t h e A R M M s h a l l be the countr y’s halalpro duc tion b as e. This program is anchored on three pillars namely p o l i c y a n d a d v o c a c y, infrastructure and support system, and governance. Several initiatives of the regional government pertaining to the promotion of the halal industry are already being implemented such as the

adoption of the Regional and Provincial Halal Food Industr y Plan, and the passage into law of the Muslim Mindanao Act No. 254 also known as “ARMM Halal Labeling Act of 2009.” To cater to the region’s need for testing and analysis, particularly i n t h e f o o d i n du s t r y, the department also e s t a b l i s h e d t h e Ha l a l Standards and Testing Laboratory. The testing lab is manned by highlycompetent Muslim chemists, who went through rigid trainings on halal laborator y procedures. The lab aspires to be the center of credible halal certification in the country. (BPI/APB/ PIA-10)

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efugees - nowadays a new in-word or buzz word! Look around the world. One can find war and refugees all over. I am just back from Manila. The topic ‘refugees’ has been also the main topic while celebrating 25 years of Germany’s reunite or the final establishment of the Philippine-G erman Chamber of Commerce. It’s no secret anymore, that Bavarian State Premier Horst Seehofer widens rift with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over her refugee policy. Seehofer has mounted a direct attack on Angela Merkel’s asylum policy. The chancellor’s supposed conservative ally has now threatened her with constitutional action. On the day that Angela Merkel was being tipped to win the Nobel Peace Prize, her increasingly troublesome conser vative ally Horst Seehofer unleashed a series of broadsides against the chancellor. Following a meeting of Bavaria’s cabinet, State Premier Seehofer, who also heads the Christian Social Union, sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, threatened to take the federal government to the Constitutional Court if it did not agree to turn refugees back at the Austrian border as an “emergency measure.” “We are expressly of the opinion that immigration needs to be controlled and

hink a minute…Mr. F i o r e l l o L e Gu a r d i a w a s t h e m ay or of Ne w Yo r k C i t y d u r i n g t h e difficult years of the D e p r e s s i o n a n d Wo r l d War II. The people of New York loved and respected him. Mayor LaGuardia was a bi g - h e ar t e d, c ol or f u l character. He sometimes ro de on t he f ire tr ucks in the big city, and took the children from the orphanage to a professional baseball game. When the newspapers went on strike, he would read the Sunday comics on the radio to the kids. One ver y cold nig ht in Januar y, 1935, Mayor L a Gu ard i a we nt t o t h e night court in the poorest are a of Ne w York Cit y. He sent the judge home e ar l y t h at e ve n i ng an d LaGuardia himself took over as judge. That night an old woman was brought to him. She was charged with the crime of stealing a loaf of bread. The woman told LaGuardia that her 2 grandchildren were starving and she had no money to pay for the bread, so she stole it. But the shopkeeper whose bread was stolen would not drop the charge. He


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Jhan Tiafau Hurst s ai d : “You r Honor, she must be punished to teach the other people here a lesson. Other wise they’ll think stealing is OK.” Mayor LaGuardia turned to the old woman and said, “I know you did it for your grandchildren, but you cannot break the law and steal. Your punishment is $10.” As Mayor LaGuardia was telling the woman her penalty he reached into his pocket and said to her, “I ’m p ay i n g y o u r f i n e , because I know you can’t pay it. You’re now free to go.” You can imagine how thankful that poor lady was to receive such mercy, even though she still got her fair and just punishment. Think a Minute…

limited if we in Germany w ant to cop e w it h it ,” Seehofer told reporters, alleging that Berlin was “endangering the states’ independent capacity to act.” The statement backed up a pugnacious interview with Seehofer printed in Friday’s edition of the “Bild” newspaper, one of Germany’s leading dailies. Asked what Bavaria’s new asylum reforms would entail, he began by referring to measures promoting “integration, education, and training” before lobbing his grenade: “There will come explicit measures of self-defense to limit immigration, such as turning back people at the Austrian border.” Though Seehofer conscientiously reiterated his support for Merkel in the rest of the interview - and was even forced to deny that he was out to topple her - the word “self-defense” set off alarm bells throughout the German and international media. Some newspapers saw it as a moment of deliberate and hostile authoritarianism: “State self-defense: that is threatening with methods from the ideology of an absolute state,” “Süddeutsche Zeitung” wrote. “The term self-defense signals that a politician wants to do something that isn’t really legal, but which he thinks is necessary.” Let me guess: Is there an attack on the rule of law? Refugees’ rights groups were

also quick to seize on the potential illegality that the word implied. “This is an attack on the rule of law,” Pro Asyl said in a statement. “A short process at the borders has no legal basis. According to EU law, Germany is not allowed to turn back refugees to the neighoring state of Austria, only send them to the appropriate EU country.” Not only that, Pro Asyl added, “if refugees travel to Germany via Hungary or Aust r i a, [G er many] mu st che ck w he t he r a deportation to Hungary is even allowable under the European Convention on Human Rights.” But Stephan Dünnwald, of the Bavarian Refugee Council, said that it was legal to turn people back at the border without any asylum procedure - though such a measure harked back to rarely enforced international agreements. “It’s ne ver happened on this scale,” he told German media. I ask, “Is this the death of German ‘Welcome Culture’ t houg h many G er mans have volunteered to help refugees?” Nevertheless, if “Bild” is to be believed, Seehofer has more of the G erman p opulation on his side than Merkel does. Alongside the inter view with the CSU leader, the newspaper - which launched its “We’re Helping” campaign for migrants a few weeks ago - published the results of a poll inviting readers to choose between Merkel’s

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“We’ll manage it!” statement and Seehofer’s “We can’t take any more!” Ninety percent of the more than 344,000 respondents agreed with Seehofer. But other polls have contradicted the dominant narrative that Germany’s “Welcome Culture” of the summer is being eroded. According to the results of a Forsa poll published by “Der Spiegel” on Friday, 44 percent of Germans have actively helped refugees this year, either through donations or volunteer work. 44 percent is not even the half. What stands behind it? Fact is, the refugee-crisis is ke ep on inf luencing Germany’s and the European economy as well as the global economy. +++ Email: dor ingklau s@ or follow me in Facebook or Twitter or or www. klausdoringsclassicalmusic.

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IFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?’…” (The Pharaoh of Egypt, asking who should lead Egypt for the seven-year famine that would ravish it, in Genesis 41:38, the Holy Bible). -ooo W I L L 2 0 1 6 C A N DI DAT E S SE RV E , OR B E SE RV E D ? Now t h at p o l i t i c i a n s o f a l l colors, sizes, and shapes have started filing their certificates of candidacy for s om e 1 8 , 0 0 0 or s o positions across the c ou nt r y, i n clu d i ng t h e presidency, vice presidency, Senate and the House of R epres ent at ives, w hich are up for grabs in 2016 elections, it is time to assess each one of them and find out if they are going to serve or be served. There will be many yardsticks by which this assessment of candidates can be done, but let me focus on just three things. The first revolves around the spirituality of the candidates. Do they have the Spirit of God in them? Do they really love the Lord our God with all their hearts, souls, minds, and spirit? Do they love their fellow Filipinos as

they love themselves? A candidate who does not t r u ly l ove G o d c an n ot be expected to obey His commands, particularly those written in the Bible. This candidate should be expected to steal, cheat, and lie (with apologies to the Philippine Militar y Academy). -ooo I S THERE A CANDIDATE WHO HATES DISHONEST GAIN? Then, a candidate who cannot love his countr ymen as he loves hims elf is not expected to work for the common good of all others, focused as he will be (or as he had always been) only on his own interests and the interests of his family. This is the reas on why we have so many political dynasties in this country. The second yardstick is this: is the candidate with ability and trustworthiness, particularly in relation to the position he is aspiring for? Has he pursued and then completed projects that would benefit the poor and the marginalized? And then, does he hate dishonest gain? Hating dishonest gain means refusing bribes, or the plunder of government money. Is the candidate

known for accepting gove r n m e nt m on e y, i n whatever guise or form, in exchange for kowtowing to the desires of the powersthat-be? If the answer is no, this is a good candidate, not likely to steal. If the answer is yes, expect him to steal some more. -ooo WILL CANDIDATES BE WILLING TO BE SLAVES OF THE PEOPLE? Agreeing, and t he n sub s e qu e nt ly discharging his duties and responsibilities as a virtual slave of the people---not as masters of his constituents--is my third yardstick. Too often, many candidates start their quest for public office by projecting an image of an official willing to serve. Yet, once they are elected, these candidates lose no time in making everybody aware that they are the masters of the people who elected them. Thus, we see them weaving in and out of traffic, aided by policemen, not wanting to wait in line. We see them unavailable to their constituents, even if those constituents are to consult them on a matter of life and death. Unless and until Filipinos start voting according to these three yardsticks we have

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Atty. Batas Mauricio laid down here, the political exercise to elect in 2016 our new set of officers would be another useless enterprise, a waste of money, and an expensive moro-moro which will only serve to push back all of us all the more towards perdition. -ooo PLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way): a Bible study and prayer session online could now be heard, 24 HOURS a day, in the Philippines and around the world. Please go to angtangingdaan or www. (For ANDKNK, look for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts). Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email:

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Family Enterprise Excellence Conference to tackle challenges facing family businesses THE Premier Family Business Consulting Inc. (PFBC), the only family enterprise consulting firm in Southeast Asia, is inviting family businesses, practitioners, and stakeholders to join a conference that will tackle the challenges facing family businesses. Now in its third year, the Family Enterprise Excellence Conference (FEEC) will be held on October 26 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City. With the theme “United, we unite families in business,” the one-day event will not only feature talks but also serve as an occasion for sharing experiences and best practices among family businesses as well as for networking. International expert Dr. Dennis Jaffe of the US-based Family Firm Institute will lecture on the topic “Bridging

the Gap of the Senior and Younger Generation” to address the issue of nurturing effective working relations between generations of a family business. Considered one of the architects of family enterprise consulting as a field, Jaffe has taught at Hult University in Dubai and is on the Advisory B o a rd o f t h e C h i n e s e University of Hong Kong and Stetson University. He has also served on the Boards of the World Business Academy and Saybrook University. Renowned inspirational speaker Francis Kong will meanwhile give a talk on “The Value of Family Unity and Parenting” to emphasize their role as the main drivers in family business perpetuation. Engr. Leonora Salvane of GT Cosmetics and Edward Hayco of the Port Restaurant conference/PAGE 9


PAL ground employees union files notice of strike

THE Philippine Airlines Employe es Ass o ciat ion (PALEA), the union of ground employees at Philippine Airlines (PAL), filed a notice of strike Friday morning. In a statement, PALEA

president Gerry Rivera cited unfair labor practice as basis for the strike. “ We a s k f o r t h e understanding of the public but a strike is necessary to defend the working

“When left untreated, their high blood pressure may cause them serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.” About eight out of ten people who had their first stroke are diagnosed with hyp er tension, w hich is responsible for worsening the quality of lives of some 14 million Filipinos, according to the Department of Health (DOH). “You c an h ave h i g h blood pressure for many years without symptoms surfacing every now and then—what people don’t know is that the disease comes like a thief in the night,” Dr. Nazal said. He added, “This makes re g u l a r m o n i t o r i n g o f blood pressure all the more important. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important whether you are already hypertensive or not; the challenge comes recognizing the disease and taking action before

conditions of PAL workers as the company is illegally interfering and coercing employees in the exercise of their constitutional right to self-organization. Also the mass termination of more

than 100 PALEA members constitute another element of unfair labor practice,” he said. Under the law, PALEA has 15 days before it can actually pal/PAGE 9

Gaisano group gets SEC nod for IPO THE SECURITIES and E xch ange C om m i s s i on (SEC) has cleared the initial public offerings (IPOs) of Visayan retail giant Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc. and diversifying construction firm DATEM, Inc., worth nearly P11 billion together and kicking off a busy fourth quarter for first-time share sales. The corporate regulator approved DATEM’s P4.66-

billion and Metro Retail Stores’ P6.17-billion maiden share sale in an executive session on Friday, Armando A. Pan Jr., officer-in-charge of the Office of the Commission Secretary, said in a mobile phone message. “We still aim to get them done by end of this year, although there may be some minor adjustments to the timetable,” Reginaldo Anthony B. Cariaso, chief

Hypertension need not lead to strokes More t han 1.56 billion people worldwide are expected to have hy p e r t e ns i on by 2 0 2 5 , making the disease more a l ar ming to he a lt hcare providers. However, most people diagnosed with the condition have no signs nor symptoms of the disease until they reach its lifethreatening stages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD C), one in every five adults with high blood pressure—a more ge ne r a l te r m for hypertension—is unaware of his or her disease, making prevention to deadly consequences such as stroke more difficult than ever. “Hypertensive patients may experience frequent headaches, shortness of breath or nosebleeds, but these signs won’t occur until their blood pressure rises to its peak,” said Dr. Amado Nazal, medical director of Phare x He a lt hC or p.

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it leads to stroke.” Un c o nt ro l l e d h i g h blood pressure may trigger excessive pressure on a p e r s o n’s a r t e r y w a l l s , damaging the blood vessels and the body’s organs. This is why Pharex HealthCorp., the most prescribed unibranded generics, emphasizes the vital role of lifestyle change in keeping high blood pressure at bay. Dr. Nazal said, “ The f i rst ste p to a ch i e v i ng lifestyle change is to set an appointment with your healthcare provider. If you suspect that you have hypertension, nothing comes more imp or t ant than having your blood pressure checked to address it immediately.” Fu r t h e r m o r e , prioritizing lifestyle m o d i f i c at i o n s s u c h a s quitting smoking and staying physically active will go a long way in preventing high blood pressure and its complications.

“Hypertension is both preventable and treatable, only if you follow the right treatment procedures as prescribed by your doctor,” he said. “When you’re at home, it is best to cut down on salt, eat a balanced diet, and avoid harmful use of alcohol. More importantly, taking your medication to curb hypertension will help you minimize it.” For hypertensive adults, there is an abundance of high-quality medicines at very low prices that they need to adhere to. If patients will not comply with their medication, Dr. Nazal said that “their quality of life will pay the price.” He concluded, “Noncompliance to your therapy will cost so much more. Once hypertensive patients learn how to control their blood pressure, it will be easier for them to go back to their normal lives without the fear of having stroke or other chronic diseases.”

operating officer of BPI Capital Corp., said in a s eparate mobile phone message. BPI Capital is one of the underwriters of both transactions. The IPOs of Metro Retail Stores and DATEM -- the third and fourth to gain an SEC nod this year -- start a flurry of share sales to be completed before the end of the year, in a bid to take

advantage of the window of opportunity presented by expectations of a delay in the interest rate hike in the United States. “The volatilities in emerging markets n o t hw i t h s t a n d i n g , t h e b enef its of an equities fundraising remain quite attractive for a lot of issuers as well as investors,” Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) Chief gaisano/PAGE 9

Importance of Big Book in Teaching Reading By ELENA ARANETA MAGBUHOS Master Teacher 1 Damilag Elementary School

Reading is one of the most important macro skills that every child has to develop. All subjects involve reading thus teaching reading should be given big emphasis in school. Big Book is one of the best instructional materials to be used in teaching reading. The writer strongly agree and believes that Big Book is an effective tool: 1. To e nr i ch or a l language development through modelled reading , risk-free participation by the children in subsequent readings and discussions, and meaningful teaching of skills within context. 2. To help children est ablish t he p osit ive effects of home lap-reading experiences.

3. The large print and colourful illustration allow whole classroom to share good stories , memorable poems and interesting books of fact. Most of the time, the writer uses it during her story telling period. There is one thing that she wants you to remember. The first purpose of a Big Book is enjoyment. So these books can also be a powerful motivators for learning. Shared book experiences help to model the reading process for beginning readers, encouraging prediction, providing the necessary confirmation and ensuring the integration of new knowledge. Thus they provide teaching opportunities in other areas as well.

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Laudable Food Terminals in NorMin declared


n recognition to its partners who have sustained the gains through the establishment of an alternative market for farmers and fisherfolks’ produce through direct marketing, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DARFO 10) recently announced this year’s winners for the Search of the Best Performing Food Terminals (FTs) in Northern Mindanao. Emerging as the grand winners is the Bacolod Municipal FT of Poblacion, Bacolod, Lanao del Norte and the Mantibugao Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Farmers Cooperative of Mantibugao, Manolo Fortich for the municipal and barangay level category, respectively. For serving as the champions, the former shall receive P 30,000.00 worth of goods while the latter shall be granted P 20,000.00.

Completing the barangay FT luminaries is also the Agayayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Agayayan, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental and Paglingkawas MultiPurpose Cooperative of Bagumbayan, Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte. For surfacing as the runners-up, Agayayan and Paglingkawas shall also be conferred with goods amounting to P 15,000.00 and P 10,000.00, respectively. Exemplary FTs were selected based on its social and economic relevance/impact (linkage to farmers, employment generated in the locality, savings to consumers in terms of transport cost and/ or low price received and service to the community) and on their project operation (profitability, adherence to sanitation and hygiene, innovation/ strategy, utilization and maintenance of equipment and facilities). They will be formally acknowledged

and awarded during the Regional Achievers’ Awards on October 15, 2015, in the city of Cagayan de Oro. The FT is a project of the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance

Division (AMAD) that serves as a food depot and distribution system that offers greater access to quality, safe, nutritious and affordable agrifishery products to

low-income families while underscoring the prospects of direct linkages between farmerproducers and buyers; thereby maximizing productivity and

income of farmers and fisherfolks with the slashing of trade layers and transportation fees that pad the cost of producers’ goods from gates to consumers. # (JLOlson, DA-RFO 10)

The 2015 winners for the Search of the Best Performing FTs, including the Bacolod Municipal FT (above), have sustained gains since the opening of their FT which have motioned for economic opportunities to blossom within their area as farmers and fisherfolks alike are given a venue to directly sell agricultural products and other prime commodities at reasonable prices brought about by the elimination of added costs from traders/middlemen.

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Young entrepreneurs urged to consider agribusiness Effective Teaching Y Strategies in Science oung people, including students taking up business courses, should seriously consider career and livelihood opportunities in agribusiness which is one of the most robust but generally overlooked industries in the Philippines, the top executive of a leading agribusiness conglomerate said. Mr. Ricardo C. Alba, President and CO O of Un i v e t Nu t r i t i o n a n d Animal Healthcare Company or UNAHCO, said there are huge business and career potentials in animal production (swine, poultry, goat, aqua), agriculture (vegetables, fruits, grains farming), food processing, distribution, dealership and retail of feed and veterinary products, among others. “Agribusiness is the industr y that feeds our people, all 100 million of us,” Alba said. “And there is no way for agriculture-related businesses to go but up as food consumption increases, so I urge our students and our young people to seriously consider careers and business opportunities in agriculture.” Alba invited heads of the country’s top colleges and universities to send their students to the Agrilink, Foodlink, and Aqualink

2015, the biggest and most well-attended agribusiness exhibition in the Philippines which will be held this October 15 to 17 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. “Your students will surely gain new perspectives about this dynamic and growing industr y and hopefully, open doors for them to a bright, fulfilling and exciting world that provides food on the table for more than 100 million Filipinos three times a day, 365 days a year,” he said in his letter to the business schools. He s a i d m a r k e t i n g students in particular will learn a lot of things by attending Agrilink because they will see first-hand how agribusiness companies in the Philippines market their products and services. The three-day exhibit is open to the public for free. Aside from the exhibit, students and exhibit visitors can attend various seminars to be conducted by industry experts from the Philippines and abroad during the threeday event. They are also free and open to the public. One of the s eminar topics include “Maximizing Productivity and Efficiency of the Modern Sow” to be conducted by Dr. Kathryn Price, a swine nutritionist connected with Akey. It is

sponsored by UNAHCO and will be held at Function Room 2 of the World Trade Center on October 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. On October 16 at Function Room 1, two seminars will be sponsored by Sar imanok Pou lt r y. These are “Sustainable Duck Farming” by Dr. Erwin Joseph Cruz (10:30 to 11:30 a.m.), followed by “Productive Layer Farming” by Dr. Xabier Arbe Ugalde of Novus from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. UNAHCO has been a major sponsor of Agrilink for the past 17 years through its business units such as Un i v e t , P i g r o l a c Ho g Feeds, Sarimanok Poultry, UNAHCO Commercial Farm Group (CFG), and UNAGRO (Univet Agronomy). This year, Yum Yum, UNAHCO’s newly-launched dog food brand in the market, will also be part of the exhibition. Yum Yum will have a Dog Café on Saturday, October 17, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the World Trade Center lobby where dog lovers will get the chance to meet and interact with different dog breeds. A n ot h e r re a s on for U N A H C O ’s b u l l i s h participation in industry events like Agrilink is the company’s 50th year founding anniversary in 2016.

“We have been serving the Filipino animal raisers for almost 50 years now and we are truly grateful to our loyal customers and partners for their continuing trust, patronage and support,” Alba said. “One way of thanking them is through our promotion of livelihood opportunities in agribusiness, and Agrilink is a perfect venue for this.” H e s a i d U NA H C O believes in the mission of FRLD (Foundation for R e s ou rc e L i n k age an d Development), organizer of Agrilink, to bring together all agricultural, animal, and food industry stakeholders under one roof to update them on the latest trends and innovations in terms of product and technology and to establish linkages and network among stakeholders. T h rou g h k now l e d ge and technology transfer, Agrilink has contributed much to the growth of the agriculture, animal, and food industries which in turn provide employment and livelihood opportunities to millions of Filipino farmers, Alba said. Agrilink also actively supports the Department of Agriculture’s program to promote food safety and security for the growing Filipino population.

By Yolanda Bautista Malazarte Teacher III Damilag Elementary School

An effective Science teacher selects a variety of approaches to engage pupils in the teaching-learning process. As a teacher in Science, it is an achievement to provide a suitable learning experience that will lead each learner to become successful and productive individual in a society. As a pupil-centered teacher, she had been utilizing her best effective teaching strategies in teaching Science. The writer has a shopping list of different teaching methods which she uses in her classroom to aid meaningful learning process. These teaching strategies are carousel brainstorming, , predict-observeexplain(POE),semantic webbing,think-pairshare,student learning d iv i s i on ( STA D ) , deductive method,concept mapping ,panel discussion,experiment ,demonstration,

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categorization,learning e x p e r i e n c e approach,differentiated appro ach or mu lt iple intelligence approach and demonstration. Aside from these several teaching strategies, she also makes use of group work methods such as cooperative learning,jigsaw puzzle,ga l ler y walk,classroom games,giving individual worksheet and dyads. She always use ICT assisted classroom using her own laptop that makes h e r te a ch i ng S c i e n c e an easy way and for the pupils’meaningful learning process. Employing these effective methods are ways of helping the learners increase their skills, knowledge, habits and attitudes to become an active and productive individual for the betterment of the academic performance of Damilag Elementary School in the field of Science.

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The Role of a Grade One Teacher in Making Every Child a Reader By Mafe L. Faelden Teacher III Damilag Elementary School

each letter sound and knows how to write them. If all the children are equipped with the knowledge in sounding all the letters, the teacher can teach how to blend the letter sounds to read a word. This is what we call the “word attack skills”. Word attack skills can be developed if the child has a strong foundation in decoding all the letter sounds. Fuller Technique, Marungko Approach and Individual Reading are some strategies that can enrich word attack skills. Another skill to be developed to achieve reading is the visual memory skills. This is needed because there are letters in the alphabet that have more sounds like the vowel letters. There are also letters in a word called “silent letters” that are not to be sounded. These are the words that need to be shown regularly and require visual memory to read them. These are the Dolch’s Basic Sight Words. As early as Grade I, they must be able to read the basic sight words in order to read sentences since 75% of the words that we read every day are these kind of words. This can be developed through repeated reading, and reading by

category. Word Attack skills and visual memory skills should go hand in hand. One cannot stand without the other. Both skills must be developed to produce a good reader. The role of a Grade I teacher doesn’t stop on reading alone. He must also develop the comprehension skills of the pupils. One must understand what he reads for him to respond to its message and learn from it. To develop comprehension skills te achers should provide activities like unlocking of difficulties and the lessons must be literature based. This can be done by using stories, poems, dialogs and songs as springboard of the lessons. Teaching Grade I pupils is not an easy task but the feeling while watching the pupils read cannot be compared of. The feeling of pride and fulfillment emerge from the sacrifices and challenges faced while teaching. As Grade I teachers, we may not deserve your thanks and praises but it is enough for us that you take time to realize that behind the success of every reader is the life of a Grade I teacher.




will lead a discussion on the “Founder’s Challenge” in family businesses. Charles Ong of Innoland and Edmun Liu will tackle the “Second Gen Challenge” in running the business together with the founder. Assets and ownership expert Atty. Jim Lopez will meanwhile talk on the great value of “The Family Constitution” as well as its limitations. Edward “Wowie” Roguel of the Punongbayan & Araullo will give a presentation on “Inescapable Taxation Challenges for Families in Business” while Dr. Cecilio Pedro of Happee Toothpaste and Lamoiyan Industries will be talking on “Learning from an Experienced Successful Family Business.” Fr. Tony Salas SVD, who is Vice-President for Academic Affairs of the University of San Carlos, will also give a talk on the role and impact of families in business on the Church and society. There will also be talks on the role and impact of “Non-Family Executives” and “Joint Ventures.” The whole day conference will be capped with synthesis by Jacob Cabochan of Premier Family Business Group and former Acting Director of Ateneo Family Business Center. For advanced registration and inquiries, call (032)266-2831, (032)263-3401, (032)4012939 or visit the website www.

hold a strike. On September 2, PAL sent notices of termination to 117 employees, almost all PALEA members. The notice cited an alleged organizational restructuring which had rendered “several positions in the Company redundant.” “Yet no redundancy will happen since the workers to be retrenched will be replaced by new employees from agencies. The new round of layoffs is another wave of contractualization, changing regular unionized workers with contractual employees using agencies who will be paid less in wages and benefits,” Rivera explained. He added, “PAL is laying off workers at a time when it is swimming in profits. PAL’s p arent c omp any, PAL Holdings, reported a net income of P5.8 billion ($126.20 million) for the first half of 2015, soaring nearly ten-fold from P560 million ($12.18 million) during the same period last year.” PALEA sent a letter on September 5 to PAL president and COO Jaime Bautista to ask for the recall of the mass layoff and reiterated its request for the commencement of CBA negotiations, and the resumption of discussions for the implementation of the Settlement Agreement. (PM).

Operating Officer Roel A. Refran said in a mobile phone message. Besides Metro Retail Stores and DATEM, the other IPO hopefuls are D.M. Wenceslao & Associates, Inc. (P21.7 billion); Pointwest Technologies Corp. (P2.09 billion); TVI Res ource D e velopment Phils., Inc. (P1.51 billion); Philippine Primark Properties, Inc. (P1.2 billion); Italpinas Development Corp. (P242 million); Gweilo Corp. (P95 million); Philstocks Financial, Inc. (P190 million); and Green Power Panay Philippines, Inc. (P290 million). So far, only two firms -Crown Asia Chemicals Corp. and SBS Philippines Corp. -- have joined the PSE this year. The Gaisano-owned multiformat Metro Retail Stores is issuing up to 920 million new shares and another 92 million secondary shares, in case of strong demand, at a maximum price of P6.10 apiece, according to its registration statement. Net proceeds from the primary offering will be used to expand the store network, establish a consolidated logistics and distribution center, and for working capital requirements. BPI Capital and Deutsche Bank AG, Hong Kong Branch were tapped as joint global c o ord i n ators and l e a d underwriters.

The ultimate goal of a Grade I teacher is to make her pupils read. It is her dream to make every child a reader at the end of the school year. Learning takes place if one gets to know how to read. One can easily face the challenges in life and solve daily problems if he knows how to read since reading is a part of our everyday life. As a Grade I teacher, she has the first responsibilities to make a child, a reader. When a child enters Grade I, his mind can be compared to an empty basket which needs to be filled with facts and information in order to learn. First, the teacher must prepare the child to read by developing his reading readiness skills. Reading readiness skills include comparing objects through identifying similarities and differences by shapes and color, identifying related objects, identifying natural sounds and spotting the missing parts of objects and animals. When the children have developed their reading readiness skills, beginning reading takes place. The teacher will introduce each letter sound of the alphabet one at a time. Each child should identify and produce

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Monsanto connects with farmers and customers through website and mobile service Leading agriculture biotechnology company Monsanto Philippines launched its website ( to provide information on their products, services, and its people through an online platform. Corporate Engagement Lead Charina Garrido-Ocampo said that the website strengthens Monsanto’s commitment to transparency and responsiveness to their various stakeholders, and promotes their goals towards sustainable food security. Monsanto also launched its SMS-based platform “Dekalblink” as part of their integrated solution in providing assistance to corn farmers from seed to feed. “Dekalblink” allows farmers to increase their yields by availing of necessary and timely information regarding seeds, fertilizers, and pests by texting “MAIS” to 3456 for free. According to Ocampo, Monsanto pushes forward its contribution to the development of the country’s agricultural sector through these platforms. (In photo L-R) Monsanto Philippines Farmer Services Lead Aristotle Aaron N. Cano, Regulatory Affairs Lead Gabriel O. Romero, Country Lead Sandro U. Rissi, Marketing Lead Maria Pamela Faye Mallari-Valenzuela, Human Resources Lead Cherie Lou P. Ocampo, and Corporate Engagement Lead Charina Garrido-Ocampo.

Chevrolet Motorama 2015 takes the ‘Bowtie’ on the road

Chevrolet Philippines presents a more exciting and a more accessible Chevrolet Motorama staring this October 2015. With the theme, “Live your Dream, Drive a Chevy Now”, the Chevrolet Motorama 2015 in 50s Diners style will be held in several major mall venues and will also be accessible to more Chevrolet fans in various schedules until December 2015. New and exclusive Chevrolet Motorama easy ownership All-in low down payment offers for as low as PhP 98,000 are also up for grabs. The New 2016 Chevrolet Trax, city-smart urban SUV with a first-in-its-segment 1.4 Turbo gasoline engine and the iconic and commanding 2016 Chevrolet Suburban shall also make their first public exhibition through the 2015 Chevrolet Motorama mall roadshow series. The Motorama mall series shall begin on October 2 to 4, 2015 at the Fashion Hall of SM Megamall. Motorama in 50’s Style From rock n’ roll and art deco to jukebox and neon lights, 1950s America gave birth to popular culture. Chevrolet, with its golden Bowtie badge, revved through those glory days with the brand’s iconic cars and now aims to showcase the theme as a nod to its more than 100 years of automotive engineering as it hosts this year’s Chevrolet Motorama. Already on its 6th installment, the Chevrolet Motorama invites everyone to a three month-long celebration of non-stop Chevy thrills and great ownership offers starting October 2, 2015 all the way until December 30, 2015 at select mall locations nationwide. 2015 Motorama on Tour

Made even bigger and better than previous editions, the 2015 Chevrolet Motorama goes on tour to set up roving exhibitions in different malls within including the Fashion Hall of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong on October 2 to 4,2015, SM Mall of Asia in Pasay, Glorietta in Makati and Solenad in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and more. Car display roadshows in different areas outside of NCR will also be set up in different regional locations. The exhibit will feature Chevrolet’s latest line of road conquering vehicles such as the award-winning , Chevrolet Trailblazer 4x4, Trailblazer 4 x 2 LT X and C he v rol e t Colorado Tracker edition. The ‘Motorama on Tour’ also offers consumers a first look at the city-smart urban SUV, the 2016 Chevrolet Trax, and Chevrolet’s iconic large SUV – The Chevrolet Suburban. Live your Dream, Drive a Chevy Now Chevrolet Philippines and its 23 dealer partners, puts forth dream deals for easier ownership of that Chevrolet you’ve always wanted. Starting October 2, 2015, ownership packages for your dream purchase is now within reach through Chevrolet’s all-in, low-down payment promos on the compact SUV Captiva for as low as P98,000, the stylish multi-purpose Orlando for as low as P118,000 , Chevrolet’s powerful mid-sized pick-up - the Colorado for as low as Php119,000 and the awardwinning mid- size SUV, the Trailblazer LTX variant at P168,000 and LTZ variant at Php188,000. Ready for adventure and ready for fun, the Chevrolet Trailblazer beats with a 2nd generation Duramax turbo diesel engine. The line’s 2.8 liter variants produce an

impressive 200 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque, making the Trailblazer the most powerful vehicle in its class. The Trailblazer LTX and LTZ each come equipped with features such as a built-in dash camera with 32GB memory, and a reliable Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to keep drivers blazing safe on the road. Standard features on the LTX model also include rugged yet elegant 18-inch alloy wheels, premium leather seats, rear back up camera with rear sensors. E a c h LT Z v a r i a n t also comes equipped with Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system that features touch screen technology and media connectivity through B l u e t o o t h , AU X , U S B , and Sir i Eyes Fre e. The LTX AT variant’s Android Infotainment System is made even more versatile with a free* one-year 4G internet connection powered by Globe Tattoo and comes with builtin apps like Waze and Spotify. Chevrolet Philippines also assures its customers of a worry-free ownership experience by offering a special warranty that covers units for three years plus a two-year extended warranty for the vehicle’s Powertrain or 100,000 kilometers, whichever comes first**. Chevrolet also provides its new clients with free three-year 24/7 roadside assistance. By simply dialing 328-CHEV, owners may avail of vehicle support, personal assistance, and information service round the clock. This and much more surprises including freebies, affordable low down payment offers, and test drives are all in store at the 2015 Chevrolet Motorama. Promo offer lasts from October 2 to December 30, 2015.

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In terms of area planted to coffee, 67 percent is in Mindanao, 23 percent in Luzon and 10 percent in the Visayas. Citing data from Philippine Statistics Authority’s Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), Remoquillo said that a total of 117,451 hectares (ha) were so far planted with coffee across the country. Of this, 26,434 ha are in Soccsksargen region, added Remoquillo, who was among the speakers of the 2nd Regional Coffee Congress, hosted by the DA Region 12 office, which opened Monday. She disclosed that coffee production in the country last year dropped by 4.04 percent to 75,454 metric tons. Remoquillo attributed the drop in coffee production last year to the cutting and pruning of old trees and the effects of heavy rains and strong winds during fruit development in Sultan Kudarat, the country’s top provincial coffee producer. In Davao City, she said there was a shift to banana and in Cavite, coffee farms were converted to pineapple. There was also lower production in Batangas due to the long dry season during the flowering stage and also due to the infestation of scale insects, she said. Amalia Jayag-Datukan, DA director for Region 12, said they conducted the second regional coffee

congress, which will end Tuesday to help the industry achieve further growth. This year’s congress carried the theme “Kapeyapaan: Susi sa Matagumpay at Maunlad na Pamayanan Tungo sa ASEAN Integration.” R eg i on 1 2 l ast ye ar produced 28,000 MT of coffee, said Datukan, adding the regional Agriculture office continues to work to increase the region’s coffee production. Remoquillo noted that among the factors that hamper the growth of the country’s coffee industry is the lack of quality seedlings. “We have insufficient knowledge in coffee nursery production, (resulting to) the problem on quality planting materials,” she said. Viable coffee farming requires go o d planting material, Remoquillo added. In the Philippines, coffee farming is dominated by s m a l l f ar me rs w it h an average farm size of one to two hectares. The most common variety is Robusta which accounted for over 70 percent production, followed by Arabica, Liberica and Excelsa, it added. Remoquillo said some other challenges facing the country’s coffee industry include pest and disease control and marketing. For the marketing challenge, she noted that the market requires producers to deliver consistent quality and sufficient quantity of coffee beans.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Cagayan de Oro City OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF GOLDEN SUN FINANCE CORP., EJF NO. 2015-208 Mortgagee, -versus- For: SPS. ESTER U. MOLINA EXTRA-JUDICIAL & HERMIS Q. MOLINA, FORECLOSUREOFREAL Mortgagors. ESTATE MORTGAGE SHERIFF’S NOTICE OF SALE Upon Extra-Judicial Petition for Sale Under Act 3135 , as amended, filed by Golden Sun Finance Corporation, mortgagee, with branch office address at Capt. Vicente Roa St., Cagayan de Oro City, against Sps. Ester U. Molina & Hermis Q. Molina, of legal age, Filipino, and residents of Block 2, Lot 26, Villa Trinitas Subd., Phase 3, Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which was as of August 24, 2015, amounts to ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FORTY PESOS & 64/100 (Php 185,190.64), Philippine Currency, including updated interest and liquidated damages but excluding sheriff’s expenses, payable and other fees, as well as interests and liquidated damages accruing beyond the cut-off date, in accordance with the promissory note, the undersigned sheriff will sell at public auction on October 30, 2015, at 10:00 o’clock in the morning to 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon, at the City Tourism Hall, City Hall, Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder, for CASH and in Philippine Currency, the herein described property, to with: TCT NO. T-100185

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that the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police are working closely to pursue the individuals and groups responsible for this incident and bring them to the bar of justice. “We are working with all stakeholders to bring lasting peace and development to these areas affected by the conflict. The government shall continue to provide protection and uphold the welfare of those affected by this incident,” he added. He said that according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) there are 200,000 indigenous people under the modified conditional cash transfer (CCT) program. “On the humanitarian situation, we continue to provide food packs and nonfood items such as malongs, as well as psychosocial counselling and child-friendly space in Tandag. We can handle the situation,” Coloma said. “So ito po ang pagtitiyak mula kay Secretary Dinky S oliman ng DSWD na masinsing tinututukan ng DSWD ang sitwasyon diyan at tinitiyak na nakatatanggap ng sapat na kalinga ang ating mga kababayang bahagi ng

mga indigenous people,” he added. On September, thousands of Lumad fled their villages and sought refuge in Tandag City, the capital of Surigao del Sur, after three tribesmen were allegedly killed by an armed group.

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challenge will immediately follow the publication of the notice of invitation to prequalify and bid within the next two months. “All possible bidders will be considered and the city government will then decide which among them has the best offer,” he said, without providing further details about the challenger. Under the Swiss challenge mechanism, Mega Harbour as the original proponent of the project can match a challenger’s bid. The project, which will have a timetable of three years for the construction phase, will have four islands of about 50 hectares each along the city’s coastline from Sta. Ana Wharf to the Bucana area where the Davao River flows out into the Gulf. One of the islands will be dedicated to port operations with a planned 2.5 kilometers of berthing, more than double

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Cagayan de Oro City OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE EJF-2015-215 Upon Extra Judicial Petition for Sale under Act 3135 as amended by Act No. 4118. Filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (Pag-IBIG Fund), a government financial institution duly organized and existing under and by virtue of Republic Act No. 9679, with principal office at The Atrium of Makati, Makati Avenue, Makati City, and with branch office at Pag-IBIG Fund Bldg., J. R. Borja St., Cagayan de Oro City, against SHAYLET GRACE D. GERMAN, single, of legal age, Filipino citizen, with postal address at Lot 20, Blk. 12, SILVER CREEK SUBD., Puli Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of August 27, 2015 amounts to SIX HUNDRED FOUR THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED THIRTY FOUR PESOS and 21/100 ( P 604,134.21 ) Philippine Currency, inclusive of interest and penalty charges, exclusive of attorney’s fees and other necessary fees and expenses of Extra-Judicial Foreclosure and Sale, the undersigned Sheriff will SELL at Public Auction on November 13, 2015 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning or soon thereafter at the main entrance of RTC Branch 40, A. Luna St., Capitol Compound, Cagayan de Oro City, to the Highest Bidder, for CASH and in Philippine Currency, the real property mortgaged together with all improvements thereon, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-137-2011001484 Registered in the name of SHAYLET GRACE D. GERMAN A PARCEL OF LAND ( Lot 20,Block 12, Psd-10-053352, portion of Lot 3891-P-2, Psd-10-050786) Situated in the Barangay of Canitoan (Now) Carmen, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao, Bounded on x x x, Beginning at x x x ; Cad – 237, Cagayan Cadastre, containing an area of EIGHTY (80) square meters more or less. Prospective buyers/bidders may investigate for themselves the title herein-above described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated date, time and place. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date for whatever reason, the same will proceed on the following working day, without further notice, posting and publication. Cagayan de Oro City, October 7, 2015

“A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 26, Block 2, of subd., plan Psd-10-022170 being a portion of Lot 18, Pcs10-001414) situated in the Barangay of Bugo, City of Cagayan de Oro, Province of Misamis Oriental, Island of Mindanao) containing an area of Ninety Eight (98) square meters, more or less.” Prospective buyers/bidders may investigate for themselves the title of the herein described property and encumbrances thereon, if any there be.


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that of the city’s biggest port, Sasa Port. The other two islands will be a mixed-use area with residential and commercial components. The fourth island will be used by the city government for mass housing and other projects. Un d e r t h e i n it i a l discussions between Mega Ha r b o u r a n d t h e c i t y gover nment, t he latter will take about 30% of the reclaimed area for its use. However, the local government recently said it might need only five hectares for its plans. The final allocation for the city government will depend on the outcome of talks with the winning bidder. SASA PORT The development and expansion of the Sta. Ana Wharf is expected to have a bearing on the Sasa Port mo dernization project, which has drawn five prequalified bidders, both local


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and foreign. The P18.99-billion Sasa modernization project, to be rolled out by the Department of Tr ansp or t at i on and Communications (DoTC) under the public-private partnership (PPP) program, has met opposition from the local business community and local governments units. The timetable for the bidding process has been set by the DoTC with an initial site visit scheduled on Oct. 19 to 23, followed by the submission of bidders’ comments on the first draft of concession agreement by Oct. 21. A pre-bid conference will be held on Oct. 26 and the first round of one-on-one consultations will be on Oct. 27 to 29 while submission and opening of bids will be within the fourth quarter this year, according to a DoTC bid bulletin. The national government plans to award the contract by April 2016.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Branch 41 Cagayan de Oro City BPI FAMILY SAVINGS BANK. INC., EJF NO. 2015-207 Petitioner-Mortgagee, F O R : EXTRA-JUDICIALFORECLOSURE REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE -versusSPS. PHOEBE MARIE COBAL GABUTAN AND NEIL BOTER GABUTAN, Respondents-Mortgagors. X -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -/ NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act No. 3135/4118 filed by BPI FAMILY SAVINGS BANK. INC., against SPS. PHOEBE MARIE COBAL GABUTAN AND NEIL BOTER GABUTAN, with residence and postal address at BLK 10 LOT 22, NHA PH 2, KAUSWAGAN, CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of August 13, 2015 amounts to NINE HUNDRED FIVE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED FOURTEEN PESOS AND 74/100(P905,314.74), Philippine Currency, exclusive of interest, penalties, charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned or his duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on November 18, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at the main entrance of this Court, Regional Trial Court, Branch 41, Capitol Compound, A. Luna St., Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidders, for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency, the following personal properties, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 137-2011004070 LOT PORTION OF LOT AS SURVEYED FOR LAND USE LOCATION AREA

: 14, Blk-21, Psd-10-058579 : 1, Pcs-10-004054 : Biema Cruz Along, Wilma Cruz Paras, Rosario Cruz Guest, Emma Grace Cruz Ang & Ma. Luz Cruz Gallego (BELLEVUE) : Residential : Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City : ONE HUNDRED TEN(110) SQ. M. more or less Including all improvements found thereon.

FOUR HUNDRED(400) SQUARE METERS, more or less including all improvements existing and to be constructed/ erected thereon. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated date, time and place. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date for whatever reason, the same will proceed on the following working day, without further notice, posting and publication. Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves the property herein-above described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Cagayan de Oro City, May 26, 2014.


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The Aperitivo, a true Italian food and wine event in CdO! F

INALLY something that we don’t see ever y day in Cagayan de Oro. The Italian Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Embassy in partnership with Oro Chamber present an extraordinar y insight into the habits of an Italian, a real piece of Italy’s ever yday life: The Italian Aperitivo. Let’s take away all doubts right from the beginning: the Aperitivo is what it says: an aperitif, which is an alcoholic drink to be had at predinner time to stimulate one’s appetite. In Rome or in Milan people gather for an aperitivo just after leaving office and drink wines, camparis, bellinis and a lot of other fancy drinks, cocktails and mixers. All this is accompanied by a buffet style of “antipasti”, Italian appetisers and finger foods like cold cuts, prosciutto, cheeses, panini and even spaghetti and other specialities. Doubt arises if this is a pre-dinner snack

or real dinner?? Well, most often you wouldn’t want to eat anything else after an Aperitivo but Italians are known for eating so many do have late dinners thereafter. The Aperitivo CdO is a lifestyle event where nice people gather to have a good conversation apart from sipping nice wines and tasting delicious foods. Definitely a venue where worries and stress have no home and where togetherness and friendship prevails. This unique event should signify another step to Cagayan de Oro’s friendship with Italy and Italian culture and business. We have already witnessed the rise and shine of Primavera Residences by Architect Romolo Nati, now a pride of for all the city and other Italian companies active in ser vicing the bottling lines of Coca Cola. With the Philippine economy growing so is also Mindanao and the opportunities are unfolding. A

growing mutual cooperation between public and private entities and also thanks to the efforts of Oro Chamber we shall see more foreign investments meaning more jobs for the local community. “If we keep a positive mindset and help each other for the common good then all the community can grow accordingly. Mindanao has a great future.” says Lorens Ziller, vice-president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and maker of this international tie-up together with Engr. Cerael “Dodong” Donggay, president of Oro Chamber. The two chambers have a tie-up signing scheduled for the upcoming Oro Best Expo 2015. Ms Sunshine Paquibot, part of the organising team, reminds us that there are limited tickets available for this event and all those who still want to be part of it should hurr y to grab this opportunity.

Disney FROZEN partners with SM Kids Fashion SM Kids Fashion of The SM Store had a musical weekend last October 10 at The Atrium SM City Cagayan de Oro. Twenty-one (21) contestants joined the Disney FROZEN Forever Sing and Act like Elsa and Anna contest. It was more than magical also to the parents who watched the little girls as they show cased their talents in acting and singing. The search for Elsa and Ana is open to girls from 4 to 10 years old. Last October 10 was the elimination round for SM City Cagayan de Oro. Eight-year old Jonnine Charianne Macote won as Elsa and Ten-year old Amelia Ann Fe James as Anna.

Winners performed twice and was video taped for their audition performance. The entries will be reviewed by a set of Judges from SM Kids Fashion Corporate Office. The semi-finalists who will garner the four (4) highest scores from Visayas and Mindanao will go to Manila for the Grand Finals at SM Megamall on October 25, 2015. The Grand Winners will enjoy a FREE Trip to Hongkong for FOUR (4) plus a Modelling Stint with SM Kids Fashion. Congratulations to Jonnie Charianne Macote and Ms. Amelia Ann Fe James.Good luck for the semi-finals!

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Smart and Ateneo improve LGU’s health program

Samboan adopts SHINE to digitize patients’ records SAMBOAN, Cebu—When Dr. Ianne Jireh Ramos took over as Samboan's health officer in January 2015, patient records were written down in paper that are cut into quarters and deposited in one large box. "Wala gali na staple ang notes kabahin sa usa ka patient. Ang basehan sa pagtambal mao na lang ang sulti sa pasyente kung kanus-a siya nakapa-checkup og unsa pud ang tambal nga gihatag sa iyaha," she said. (The notes that concern one patient were not even stapled together. To get a background on the condition of my patients, I only rely on what they tell me about prior check-ups and prescribed medications.) Samboan today revamps the operations of its Municipal Health Office (MHO) by adopting an opensource health management system called SHINE OS+. SHINE stands for Secured Health Information Network and Exchange. An initiative of wireless leader Smart Communications and the Ateneo de Manila University’s Java Wireless Competency Center (AJWCC), SHINE OS+ allows digital recording of patient notes; referrals to connected clinics, doctors, and medical facilities; reminders through email or text; and report compilations. Samboan Mayor Raymond Joseph Calderon said the computerization of patient records will be a big help to the town and enable the local health personnel

to provide them the services they need. "We are implementing in Samboan a very important project with Smart and Ateneo. I thank Smart for all the programs it has initiated in the town," he said during the launching of SHINE OS+ that coincided with the town fiesta celebration last Wednesday. Smart, in partnership with Cebu-based startup InnoPub Media, has earlier launched its Digital Tourism initiative in Samboan, one of the towns south of Cebu that have been benefiting from community ecotourism. A mobile app and e-book was developed to highlight key tourism areas all over the country, including Samboan, to make local travel a more enriching experience. Smart, through its value brand, Talk ‘N Text, also launched its Panalo ang may Alam Communities, an initiative designed for existing communities geared towards mobile Internet education and business trainings. TNT, in partnership with Facebook, promoted the use of Free Basics, which allows free Internet access to websites such as Facebook, Wikipedia, and Jobstreet for Smart, Sun, and TNT subscribers. For its latest engagement, Smart hopes to help improve the delivery of health services in the locality. Health management With SHINE OS+, Samboan will not only have accurate health records, it is also forewarned of outbreaks and can keep track of diseases over time, Ramos pointed out. "In the past, we had no way of determining which illnesses were rampant. Just a few days of using the system and I could already see that six

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hosted by Habagat Outdoor Inc. Oct. 11-13 at Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro. Like in the previous edition, Cagayan de Oro again registered the most number of climbers this year with over 100 climbers joining the event this year. Unlike in other venues where climbing has waned the past few years, Solana notes the number of climbers in Cagayan de Oro continues to climb mainly on the strength of its two active climbing facilities at Guru Rock Climbing Gym at Mandumol-Aluba-Buena Oro Rd, Macasandig and Alwana

Bouldering gained popularity when host Indonesia introduced it as one of the sports for the 2007 Southeast Asian Games. It has also been shortlisted for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the International Olympic Committee will decide next year on its inclusion. Last year, R.O.X. hosted the first leg in Cebu tagged “Zero Gravity: Cebu National Boulder Competition” while the second leg, dubbed “The Second Leg: National Bouldering Series, was

Smart, AJWCC digitize Samboan’s health services. Leader in wireless Smart Communications, and the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center (AJWCC) have launched the Secured Health Information Network and Exchange (SHINE OS+) in Samboan, Cebu to help improve the delivery of health services to the municipality. In photo are, from left, Fr. Ireneo S. Aronales, Samboan Parish; Atty. Maria Jane C. Paredes, head of Smart Public Affairs for Visayas and Mindanao; Maria Victoria Calderon, Samboan Mayor Raymond Calderon, Dr. Ianne Jireh Ramo, Samboan Municipal Health Officer; Dr. Reena Estuar, executive director of AJWCC, and Samboan Vice Mayor Emerito Calderon.

out of 10 adult patients suffer from hypertension," she cited. Atty. Maria Jane C. Paredes, Smart Public Affairs manager for the Visayas and Mindanao, said Samboan is the first town to implement the SHINE OS+ and she hoped other local government units would follow suit. “The system's objective is to improve the delivery of basic health services and Samboan is starting to make this happen,” said Paredes. In Cebu, some 22 towns have already been trained to use the online version of SHINE although they have yet to familiarize themselves with the offline capabilities, said Mae Niña Migabon, Smart public affairs officer. The system’s offline capability solves the connectivity challenges in some areas. Climbing Gym at the Malasag Resorts/Sports Avenue at Alwana Business Park, Marco Hotel in Cugman. The Habagat National Bouldering Competition is supported by VERTIGO Climbing Center, T.W.O., YKK Little Piece. Big Difference., Centrio Mall, PETZL, Viajero Outdoor Center, R.O.X., Dahilayan Adventure Park, Kagay Whitewater Rafting, RedTail Shrimps & More, Gerry’s Restaurant & Bar, Ace Logistics Incorporated, PARASAT HD, and Graphic Star.

The program will be launched in the cities of Cotabato and Dumaguete. Some early adopters include Cordova in Mactan, Zarraga in Iloilo, and Barangay Tagpos in Rizal Province. Expanded functions Shine OS+ project lead Reena Estuar, who is also executive director of AJWCC, said having the records online ensure they survive disasters such as floods and fires. Smart asked Ateneo in 2013 to rebuild its existing SHINE initiative to expand some functions, citing that the core value of SHINE OS+ is not just to digitize information but to share it as well. The updated SHINE OS+ allows encoding of records even when there's no Internet connection and updates the information when

the laptop or computer goes online. SHINE OS+ mobile apps are now available in Android and iOS versions. A website will be launched where developers can download and share improvements to the system's source code and set up a marketplace for selling or sharing system plug-ins. She said all medical facilities, from health offices to hospitals that are using SHINE OS+ are interconnected, and the goal is to move towards a Philippine Health Information Exchange (PHIE) linking all electronic medical records (EMR) systems. “The objective is to have a PHIE that is linked to Philhealth. Health services can be greatly improved by a system that allows medical records to be exchanged securely,” said Estuar.

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Two climbers make their way up the wall

Leaping from one point to another

A lady climber gingerly tests a toehold before she pulls herself up

Where Adventure Begins:

Oro climbers dominate National Bouldering Competition All photos courtesy of Habagat

by MIKE BAÑOS, Editor-at-Large

CDO rising as Bouldering Capital of the Philippines Even as local climbers dominated the 3rd leg of the Habagat National Bouldering Competition last month, plans are afoot to make it an annual event. Siblings Liana Nicole and Iman Mora made the finals in the women’s and men’s open category a family affair, as both emerged champions, doing the host city proud. Iman Mora scored a grand slam emerging champion in the Open Category for all three legs while sister Liana Nicole had two first place finishes and was second in the 1st Leg at Bonifacio Global City. Bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses. While it can be done without any equipment, most climbers use climbing shoes to help secure footholds, chalk to keep their hands dry, and bouldering mats to prevent injuries from falls (Wikipedia). For the past few years, Cagayan de Oro has hosted the last leg of this emerging event due to the growing number of climbing enthusiasts in the city and Northern Mindanao. “We have climbers from Cebu, Dumaguete, Cavite, Bukidnon and Davao but around 70 percent of those who registered for the competition are from Cagayan de Oro,” said Eduardo L. Solana, Jr., general manager, Habagat Outdoor Equipment, which is organizing the last leg of the competitions held September 26-27, 2015 at Centrio Mall, which carried the apt tagline “Where Adventure Begins.”

Organized in partnership with the Sports Climbing Association of the Philippines, Inc (SCAPI), the National Bouldering Competition aims to promote climbing as a competitive sport in the grassroots and encourage more Filipinos to embrace an active lifestyle amidst the great outdoors. “We want to advance the outdoor lifestyle through this event as an essential element of the way Habagat views the world,” Solana said. “We also aim to promote and strengthen the brand in order to develop a business that generates profit and growth while being socially responsible and advocating environmental conservation and preservation.” The event also serves as an eliminator for climbers for the Philippine National Team which would compete in international climbing events, said tournament director Carlos Makinano. The first leg of the series dubbed “Zero Gravity Bouldering Competition” was held last April 18-19, 2015 at the Bonifacio High Street Central Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City (BGC), in Taguig City while the second dubbed “Dumaguete Bouldering National 2nd Leg” was held May 23-24, 2015 at Robinsons Place, Dumaguete City. The competition utilized the Phoenix format for the eliminations and the World Cup format for the championship round, Makinano said.


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Cagayan de Oro 3rd Leg Champions pose for posterity

Men’s Open Champions (L-R) Zoren Legaspi, 2nd place, Iman Mora, champion & Paul Suson, 3rd place

Men’s Novice Champions (L-R) Anthony Cañete - 2nd place, Jan Michael Rosal, Champion & Jairo Manera, 3rd place

Women’s Open Champions (L-R) Jela Buendia, 2nd place, Liana Nicole Mora, champion, & Eva Dyne Endico, 3rd place

Habagat National Bouldering Competition 3rd Leg Winners: Women’s Novice 3rd place - Pauline Anasco 2nd place - Nadine Emperado Champion - Nana Aboitiz

Women’s Open 3rd place- Eva Dyne Endico 2nd place - Jela Buendia Champion - Liana Nicole Mora

Men’s Novice 3rd place - Jairo Manera 2nd place - Mark Anthony Cañete Champion - Jan Michael Rosal

Men’s Open 3rd place - Paul Suson 2nd place - Zoren Legaspi Champion - Iman Mora

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