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Briefly Corn achievers CLAVERIA town of the province of Misamis Oriental has been hailed as a Hall of Famer for consecutively bagging thrice for the National Quality Corn Achievers’ Awards (NQCAA) under the municipal category. The town has been recognized for their meritorious contribution to the development of the corn industry throughout Northern Mindanao. As incentive to its laudable performance, Claveria shall be granted with P2 million worth of projects wherein the release of prizes shall be based on approved project proposals.

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ARINE resources in northern Mindanao has reached critical level as massive illegal fishing has caused the destruction of marine sanctuary especially along Panguil Bay Area in Misamis Occidental, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 10 reported. B FA R - 1 0 D i r e c t o r Visa Tan Dimeren said the dwindling fish catch is attributed to filter net f i sh i ng , l o c a l ly k now n as “sanggab”, which has been forbidden because it catches even newly-hatched fingerlings or small fishes and crablets.

A single crab produces about 1,000 eggs at 30 grams per egg or a total weight of 30,000 grams. “But with rampant “sanggab” fishing, particularly in nearby Lanao del Norte, the crabs survival rate has become slimmer at only 30%,” marine/PAGE 7

Farmers’ Day BUTUAN City -- Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) Agusan Experimental Station once again hosted the annual Farmers’ Field day and forum held recently at Basilisa, RTRomualdez, Agusan del Norte. This year’s theme, “Kung may Knowledge may Power” (If there is Knowledge, there is Power) captures the participants’ attentions which comprises farmers, students, teachers and other stakeholders. The theme highlights the importance of knowledge on the portals of agricultural information available in the station especially on the utilization and access to various information all about rice and rice-based farming technologies. Participants from different sectors joined in impressively. Teachers and students showed their outstanding talent in dancing before, during and after the program. The farmers from different regions also gave their yell of enthusiasm to those particular knowledge worthy to gain for. Policy-makers, seed growers and other stakeholders obviously combined their own powers in making this field day event a memorable one where anybody can have the oozing information as much as they can which apparently promotes understanding and use of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) materials to their own farm.

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THICK HAZE. A thick haze, reportedly originated from Indonesia’s wildfire, covers the early morning view of Iligan Bay (above portion) in contrast to its panoramic scenery during normal times. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the southwesterly winds drove the smog toward Mindanao where the haze became visible in most parts of the island. mindanews photos by bobby timonera

Indonesia’s wildfire ‘smog’ reaches Mindanao By CRIS DIAZ, Contributing Editor

DWINDLING FISH SUPPLY. Fish and other marine products were displayed at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 10 compound to highlight the celebration Fisheries Week 2015. The fisheries bureau has warned fish supply coming from Panguil Bay Area in Misamis Occidental has dwindled with the rampant illegal fishing remains unabated. photo by mark francisco

CDO Mini Energy Camp aims for grassroots demand side management By MIKE BAÑOS, Editor-at-Large

WHILE other energy players pay lip service to energy demand side management, a new program backed by the country’s largest distribution utility has taken the bull by the horns, so to speak. Energy demand management, also known as demand side management (DSM), is the modification of consumer demand for demand/PAGE 7

THE wildfire smog in neighboring Indonesia has reached Mindanao, creating an atmospheric haze that alarmed residents and airline officials here. Jose Bodiongan, the airport manager of the Laguindingan airport in Misamis Oriental said on Tuesday that an advise to conduct visual landing was issued Monday after the thick haze almost rendered a “zero visibility” situation in the area. However, Bodiongan said, “everything returned

to normal and the flight schedules remained unhampered.” Luz Mercado, a weather specialist of state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Ser vices Administration (PAGASA) said the haze is caused by the smog of Indonesia’s wildfire which also continues to a f f e c t S i n g ap o r e a n d Malaysia. She said the southwesterly winds drove the smog toward Mindanao where the haze became visible in

most parts of the island, particularly in the north and northeastern Mindanao regions. Floriquita Gayo Dela Pena Dulfo, a high school principal in Bislig, Surigao Del Sur, reported on Monday that the smog became visible in the province, which caused concern among students. Mercado said the smog and the haze could dissipate during rainfall because the smog comprises small particles that could be wildfire/PAGE 7

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NGCP appeals for govt, military assistance as ROW issue escalates

ILIGAN City -- National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), a p ow e r t r a n s m i s s i o n company is seeking the immediate assistance of the government and members of

the Philippine Army as its right-of-way (ROW) woes breached critical level with the sustained tripping of the Agus 2-Kibawe Line 1 in Mindanao at 9:39AM on October 17.

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“The tripping of the line was caused by a fallen tree cutting the line conductors. This leaves NGCP with only one line catering to the Agus 1 and 2 power plants and threatening the entire Mindanao island with complete isolation from these hydropower plants should the remaining line become unavailable,” the company stated. The situation is further aggravated as landowners are refusing entry to NGCP personnel deployed to clear and restore these lines which are vital to the grid. “It has become the practice of some uncooperative landowners to intentionally plant trees or build structures under high voltage transmission lines, and demand for recompense

University partners German Watch, ICSC for climate dev’t program THREE departments under the Social Sciences cluster of the College of Arts and Sciences of Xavier University c o l l a b o r at e d w i t h t h e Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) and its international partner, German Watch for the Climate Compatible Development Program this year. ICSC and German Watch aim to promote climate change mitigation and adaptation to emerging cities, such as Cagayan de Oro, to reduce the climate change impact. The two organizations are employing a bottom-up approach in addressing this concern at its source through conducting multisectoral consultations and dialogues in assessing existing and planned initiatives on this global concern. The program will run for a

when we seek entry into the property to conduct maintenance activities. The trees and other structures under our facilities breach our safety clearances and endanger the reliability of the entire grid,” NGCP stressed. The company is sending an urgent request to the D e p ar t me nt of E ne rg y (DOE) and Philippine Army to assist in the negotiations with landowners and clearing of the lines, respectively, as soon as possible. The frequent dips in voltage and frequency severely affect both household appliances and industrial equipment. “NGCP is seeking all avenues of support, from the DOE to the military to the public. We are also appealing Appeals/PAGE 6

year, to study and understand p o s s i b l e i nt e r n at i o n a l financing needs and concerns here in the city — the purpose of knowing existing and planned initiatives of the local government unit, nongovernment organizations, c om m e rc i a l i n du s t r i e s and academic institutions — to avoid any overlap or replication of initiatives. In CD O, the second most competitive city in the country, ICSC has chosen XU’s Social Sciences cluster as its official partner. In its first stakeholders’ workshop, “On Challenges and Opportunities,” held at VIP Hotel on September 24, Lisa Junghans, policy officer on climate impacts an d a d apt at i on of t h e German Watch said that t he i r org an i z at i on has Program/PAGE 7

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PHILIPPINE billionaire Manuel Villar, who made a fortune building affordable h om e s , i s c ons i d e r i ng merging his residential and shopping mall units as he turns housing projects across the country into selfcontained communities. Combining Vista Land &

Lifescapes, Inc., the biggest Philippine homebuilder, with the income stream from shopping-center developer Starmalls, Inc. “could make sense,” according to Mr. Villar, a former politician who’s chairman of both companies. The two have a combined market value of

Teachers attend seminar to hone Mathematics skills By JANET P. DACUT Teacher III

The grade one teachers atte nd e d t he s e m i nar workshop on Improving Te ch nol o g y - E n hanc e d Activities for Creative Honing of Mathematics Sk i l ls on Febr u ar y 7, 2015 in Maramag Central Elementary School. This one-day seminar workshop was attended by 28 grade one teachers in Maramag I District. It aimed to help teachers acquire skills in using technology package for grade I Mathematics, gain a better understanding of concepts related to the lessons developed, and design lessons incorporating the use of the courseware in teaching grade I Mathematics to

enhance mathematical reasoning. The technology package introduced in the said seminar will be useful for the teachers since it serves as an alternative strategy in presenting their lesson. It will also stimulate pupil’s interest at the same time foster positive attitude towards the subject matter because of its format which is very much different from that of a usual textbook. It is hope that by using the technology package in teaching Mathematics, it will make children like t he subj e c t more and enables t hem to gain better understanding of mathematical concepts in grade I.

about $2.5 billion and the stakes held by the tycoon and his family are worth together more than $1 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “That is always a topic of debate among our officers and among our bankers,” Mr. Villar said in an interview on the sidelines of the Forbes Global CEO Conference in Manila last week. “We are looking into that.” A similar move in 2013 by Philippine billionaire Henry Sy, the nation’s richest man, catapulted his SM Prime Holdings, Inc. from the country’s biggest shopping mall operator into the biggest developer by market value, unseating Ayala Land, Inc. The merger allowed SM Prime to undertake projects other than shopping centers

and develop what it calls “micro cities” around its malls. LOW-COST HOMES Vista Land, which sells homes priced as low as P500,000 ($10,900), has a market value of P45.3 billion, while Starmalls, which has nine shopping centers, is worth P68.8 billion. Mr. Villar’s plan “allows immediate diversification,” said Robert Ramos, Manilabased chief investment officer at Union Bank of the Philippines. “While the housing market is expected to continue growing, there is also a preference for developers with a steady income from leasing and rent.” Vista Land, which has a presence in 92 towns and cities in 35 provinces, has

identified 23 residential projects that can be developed into what Mr. Villar calls “communicities” by adding shopping malls, grocers, department stores, schools, hotels and hospitals. In areas where there’s demand, offices will be built for outsourcing companies, he said. Vista Land will develop these communities, while

St ar ma l ls provides t he large-box shopping centers and offices, Mr. Villar said. Vista Land has also built shopping arcades in some of its projects. “What do homeowners need? You need to shop. You need to watch movies,” Mr. Villar said. “We want to provide all of that.” -Bloomberg

PLDT, Globe ink new interconnection deal TELECOMMUNICATION rivals Globe Telecom, Inc. and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) have forged another landline interconnection agreement, scrapping long distance c h arge s b e t we e n t h e i r networks in 23 municipalities in Iloilo province. “This interconnection agreement enables PLDT

customers to make local calls to Globelines subscribers for free,” Rene Lescano, head of PLDT Panay Customer Service Operations Zone, said in a statement yesterday. “[O]ur subscribers in Iloilo may now call their friends, family members, and business associates, regardless of their telco connection, anytime without having to

worry about long distance charges.” Before this, subscribers used to pay a regular long distance charge of P4.55 per minute. The deal covers Ajuy, Alimodian, Banate,Barotac Nu e vo, B arot a c Vi e j o, Cabatuan, Calinog, Dingle, Duenas, Dumangas, Estancia, Iloilo, Janiuay, Leganes, Leon,

Oton, Passi, Pavia, Pototan, San Miguel, Sara, Tigbauan, and Zaraga. For it s p ar t , G l o b e said it is “continuously negotiating” with PLDT for interconnection in other areas. “Globe Telecom will continue to collaborate with competition for the expansion deal/PAGE 6


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hink a minute… Rememb er t he f irst people to ever fly an airplane? There were the Wright brothers, just a week before Christmas, 1903. They were so excited they sent an urgent telegram mess age to t heir sister which said: “First flight in history today! Hope to be home for Christmas.” Their sister rushed to the local newspaper with the message. The next day, the newspaper headline read: “Local Brothers to Be Home For Christmas.” Not one word was said about their flying! The newspaper editor had completely missed the point of the message: for the first time in the history of the world, human beings could fly. Did you know another even bigger misunderstanding in histor y? It’s Christmas. How many of us celebrate Christmas every year? Yet we keep missing the point. We still have not gotten the message and understand what it means. This is all the more surprising since the life of Jesus Christ is the turning point of all history. The world’s calendar is based on His birth. No one in history has ever been

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Jhan Tiafau Hurst announced hundreds of years before he was born. No one else ever died and was buried for 3 days, then brought Himself back to life. This is because no other man, religious teacher or prophet was God Himself. Only this one man Jesus Christ. “If you’ve s e e n Me , you’ve s e e n G o d t he Father, because I am God the Son. And I will come again to judge this world and whomever has chosen not to believe me and ask for my gift of forgiveness and eternal life.” Friend, what we decide and do with Jesus Christ in this life now, decides what Jesus must do with us after we die. So I hope you now understand the point and meaning of hurst/PAGE 6

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ift giving and receiving and Christmas simply but surely go together. Many times it’s incurring our indignation. Many of us defer the most important decision during the most jolliest season of the year. What is the best Christmas gift for our loved ones??? Is it really an important decision, or does it delete the real meaning of Christmas? I am sure, many of us know the real answer. The giving spirit of the holiday season seems to fade in the light of necessary obligations and finances, along the painful dilemma of giving gifts to those who want to buy for as opposed to those for whom you should buy! Let’s think about it: To whom are we obligated at Christmas: our boss, our cousins, our parents, our partner or our children and friends as well? What about the children? Should they give presents to people

either then family members? How about the innumerable large families especially in the Philippines, because of economics, resort to name drawing process at Christmas. For me firstly Christmas is spirit. You can always f ind ways to give gifts w it hout e x p e ns e s . T he most well known and always remembered gift is to do to someone like giving time. In my family we do this mostly during the season holidays. But if I look more around, mmh, sad to say, that “time as gift” doesn’t satisfy most of all.Well, it’s okay. There are so many ways to use your mind in terms of giving someone other things than putting Peso or Dollar notes. I am sure you know, that home made gifts can be also a very good idea... . Sure, there is etiquette of gift giving at Christmas and also other occasions.

Homemade gifts are most appropriate especially as Christmas gifts, according to Stuart E. Jacobson, book aut hor of “ T he Ar t of Giving”. Allow me to quote Ja c o b s on , “Hom e m a d e g i f t s are wond e r f u l. A gift of imagination, a gift of creativity, a gift, that shows (also!) time was put into it. A created time is a wonderful present.” When considering a homemade gift, instead of tumbling through crowded shopping malls (as I tried again yesterday!) and getting a headache (I really got!)! While stumbling from one mall to the next, I found out again, that the real and whole essence of giving a gift is to bring pleasure to the person receiving it.Jacobs on s ays in his book, “Homemade gifts are also ideal for children to give as presents. Kids can create things because they have unique imagination. Children should feel free to

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IFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD…” (Psalm 27:14, the Holy Bible). -ooo U N U S U A L SE NATOR IA BL E S , A N YO N E ? T h e r e a r e unusual names among those who want to be senator, but who I am going to vote for, in 2016. First on my list is Alberto Ong Jr., a Rotarian who served, together with me, as Club President for Rotar y Year 2011-2012. I can certif y that Ong, or Albert to us his fellow Rotarians, fully qualifies as a senator of the Republic of the Philippines, especially one that serves with utmost dedication. Then, I also have another Alberto, a guy named Alberto Rojo, a fellow member of several Facebook groups, whose children are now successful professionals. If only because Rojo has proven himself as a good father of his family, he deserves to be elected senator, although he has plenty of good ideas about real change for the Philippines. Then, there is also a fellow Tarlacqueno, Manny SD Lopez, who also would make a good senator,

with disaster planning as advocacy. There are more, of course, and I will endeavor to list their names here later. -ooo CELEBRITIES AS SURE POLITIAL BETS: The only problem for these friends of mine, of course, is how to make Filipino voters remember their names come election day. I have seen other good candidates for senator in the past who failed to even make a dent among the voters, simply because of the exorbitant price of publicizing themselves.I particularly remember the late Frank Chavez, one of the brightest lawyers the UP College of Law ever produced and one of best solicitor generals the country ever had. He was more than qualified, had his fair share of bountiful campaign funds, yet lost in the Raul Roco ticket in 2004, principally because many voters did not know he was even running.Indeed, when one wants to run for any national position in this country, it would do well for him to either dabble in media beforehand, particularly radio and TV, or appear, even if in cameo roles only, in TV and movie

shows. This is the only way to make people remember a candidate, long before he even runs for office. -ooo HOW TO TRANSFORM FILIPINOS AS CONSCIENTIOUS VOTERS: This is largely due to the inexplicable prop e n s it y of F i l ipi n o voters to vote for celebrities, rather than thos e with sound and solid platforms of governance. When one is famous, he is a sure winner in any given political contest, barring major scandals. In almost 100 percent of the time, celebrities from the movie and TV kingdoms, and from sports as well, never lose a political run, even when they have nothing to offer but their popularity. What can we do to change this mindset of Filipino voters? Let us push for their spiritual enlightenment and growth with robust Bible studies and prayer sessions. This is the only kind of change---spiritual change, that is---that can really transform a person, away from his reckless lifestyle, to become an individual who values God’s guidance in his everyday life.If we can make Filipinos more conscious of

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BPI brings banking closer to Overseas Filipinos with new branch at POEA M A K AT I C I T Y, Philippines— Good news for overseas Filipinos—Bank of the Philippine Islands launched a full-ser vice branch at the Philippine O ver s e a s E mpl oy m ent Administration (POEA) Building. The POEA br anc h , w hi ch op ene d M o n d a y, O c t o b e r 1 2 , marks the latest initiative o f B P I ’s c o m m i t m e n t to make banking more accessible and convenient for overseas Filipinos. “ I t ’s a f u l l - s e r v i c e branch thus all our new and retur ning overs e as Filipinos will be able to experience the full banking service of BPI such as over the counter deposits, bills payment, and apply for a loan or invest,” said BPI Executive Vice President Natividad N. Alejo. The POEA branch c ont i nu e s B P I’s l e g a c y in providing innovative

pro duc ts and s olut ions for the overseas Filipino community. While overseas Filipinos are readily able to access and transact at any BPI or BPI Fami ly Savings Bank branch in the Philippines, the POEA branch allows the bank to bring its services closer to overseas Filipinos. Already one of the leaders in remittances, BPI has an extensive portfolio of products designed specifically for overseas F i l i p i n o s . T h ro u g h i t s deposit products, BPI fosters a culture of saving and investing in the pursuit of financial wellness. The BPI Express Teller Savings a c c o u nt o f f e r s g r e at e r accessibility for overseas Filipinos with no initial deposit required and is not subject to a minimum maintaining balance. Bank of the Philippine I s l a n d s l 6 7 6 8 Ay a l a Avenue, Makati City 1226

PH l (02) 818 5541 to 48 l www.bpiexpressonline. com BPI has also consistently been a leader in providing l o an pro du c t s t h at are tailored for seafarers and their families. Specifically, BPI offers a Personal Loan S e a f a r e r P r o g r a m t h at allows Filipino seafarers t o t i m e t h e i r m o nt h l y p ay me nt s arou nd t he i r salar y schedules, giving them and their families greater peace of mind. And when overseas Filipinos want to surprise their loved ones on special occasions like birthdays, or when they would like to add something unique in addition to their cash re m itt anc e s , BPI’s Gi f t Remittance program allows them to send gifts directly to their families. “BPI has always been committed to being a partner to overseas Filipinos, and this branch

gives us the ability to be there for them from the start of their journey toward financial security

and independence,” said Alejo. “We’re here to help F i l ipi no s a ch i e ve t he i r financial goals, and this is

just one of the many ways in which we can help them on how to save, invest, and build for the future.”

The opening ceremony was led by (L-R) BPI OF Segment Division Head Ritche G. Farinas, POEA Director Candida B. Vistro, POEA Deputy Administrator Jesus Gabriel C. Domingo, BPI Retail Banking Group Head Natividad N. Alejo, BPI Division Head Olga S. Ang, and BPI Area Business Director Mona C. Tanlim.

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Maramag Central Elementary School opened the Summer Reading Camp 2015 on April 23, 2015. A motorcade around town was done on the first day of c amp to encourage children from kindergarten to grade six to join this year’s summer reading program. The motorcade was participated by the teachers, parents and some of the campers themselves. This activity was open to all interested school children both from public and private schools. The summer reading camp is an annual reading program of t he D e p ar t me nt of Education which aims

to enhance the reading skills of school children. The campers participated in jazz chants, sp eech choir, reader’s theater, role playing and other interesting activities. The school registered the most number of campers this year compared to the previous years because of the school’s effort to heighten its information drive on the conduct of summer reading camp. The camp culminated on April 23, 2015 wherein the campers showcased what they have learned through dancing, storytelling, singing, and the like.


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Due to the economic importance of cassava in Northern Mindanao, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DARFO 10) recently capped its series of training on the Management and Control of Cassava Phytoplasma Disease (Witch’s Broom), in Mambajao, Camiguin. More than 250 agricultural technicians from the local government units and cassava farmer-leaders from the various parts of the region attended the training which aimed to refresh and enhance their technical knowledge on the management of major pests and diseases of cassava. Jocylen A. Gementiza, Cassava Focal Person of DA-RFO 10, reported that the region produced a volume of about 601,000 metric tons of cassava for the year 2013. Although NorMin takes pride in producing a quarter of the country’s total output, she added that the region should curb the prevalence of different pests and diseases in cassava, considering the plant’s production is valued at P1.488 billion. Other training sites include those in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon; Iligan City, Lanao del Norte; Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental and Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental. # JLOlson, DA-RFO 10/Photo credits: Agri-Pinoy Corn Program

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CDO MAIN BRANCH P & J Lim Bldg., Tiano Brothers Kalambagohan Sts., Tel. # (08822) 727-829 * Telefax # (088) 856-1947

DIVISORIA BRANCH Atty. Erasmo B. Damasing Bldg., #61 Don A. Velez St., Cagayan de Oro City Tel. # (088) 857-3631

CAMIGUIN BRANCH B. Aranas St., Poblacion, Mambajao, Camiguin Tel. # (088) 387-0491

LAPASAN BRANCH Lapasan Hi-way, Cagayan de Oro City Tel. # (088) 231-6739

CORRALES BRANCH Corrales Ave., Cagayan de Oro City

CARMEN BRANCH Vamenta Blvd.,Cagayan de Oro City Tel. # (088) 231-2011

to the local government units for a resolution prohibiting tree-planting and building any structure under transmission lines. This does not only affect NGCP or the hydroplants, which form the bulk of their power supply, but all the power consumers in Mindanao stand to bear even longer power interruptions,” the company said. NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits highvoltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets. The consortium, which holds the 25-year concession contract to operate the country’s power transmission network, is comprised of Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp., led by Henry Sy, Jr., Calaca High Power Corporation, led by Robert Coyiuto, Jr., and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) as technical partner. (Beth A. Ladaga/ NGCP/PIA-10 LDN)

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of our interconne c t ion to provide our customers with affordable telecommunication services,” Globe Head for National Carrier Relations Melvin Santos said.

Discussions for such cooperation are in line with provisions for compulsory interconnection of authorized public telecommunications carriers under Republic Act No. 7925. The law aims to create a universally accessible and fully integrated nationwide

telecommunications network to encourage more infrastructure investments from the private sector that would benefit the consumers.

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Christmas. That God loves us so much, He humiliated

Himself to become a human being named Jesus Christ and die for our sins, so we could be forgiven and free to start life all over again. Only this time, we’ll be living our Maker’s way, which is the right way that always works. The choice is yours. Just Think a Minute…

“Bully-free Workplace” By RUTHY MAE VALDEZ, WA1 ADVANCER

A h a l f - d a y s e m i n a rworkshop is scheduled on October 23 from 1 to 5p.m. at the Philtown Hotel in Cagyan de Oro City, to commemorate Bullying Pre vention Awareness Month. The said event w i l l b e org an i z e d by Move this World, a nongovernment organization which advocates for zero violence and bullying in communities. With the theme “Office Wellness towards Bully-free Workplace”, the seminarworkshop awaits anyone interested, especially human resource officers, company managers and corporate social responsibility coordinators, to understand diversity in workplaces and to learn to empathize with officemates. Participants can expect role-playing, experiential exercises, creative movement, small group discussion and lectures in the workshop. Franco Dayap, who has

been working for Move This World as a founding trainer for almost four years, said, “We want to build this . . . since it is vital in the growth of a person that they are able to express themselves freely, especially their feelings and thoughts. Such things are products of our uniqueness. . . The uniqueness shared by an individual in a corporate community may become something but could keep the community strong and/ or even better make it more productive”, It u s e s Move T h i s World’s research-based and somatic curriculum (encloses disciplines which involve body work and body therapies)”, Move This World Philippine Director Primitivo Ragandang III said when asked about the workshop’s edge. He also pointed out that the organization was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Youth Organizations by the Malacañang Palace last 2014. Ragandang will be the main

speaker of the workshop. “Although there are already existing organizations, [and] parties that provide training and workshops, we’re specialized [in] the use of creative movement to create a healthier workplace. We’re cultivating more of the heart then we’re going into the mind”, Dayap added. Featured in Pamahaw Espesyal M o v e T h i s Wo r l d g u e s t e d i n Pa m a h a w Espesyal, a morning show in Cagayan de Oro City to instill knowledge about bullying’s negative effects and to promote their AntiBullying Campaign and Blue Shirt campaign for this year’s National Bullying Prevention Month. Also spread their advocacy, they sell a blue shirt with line, “You are stronger than you think. Don not bully. Be a friend,” for 250 pesos. They have been organizing a series of events to push for Anti-Bullying Campaign since 2007.


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Dimeren said. Reports said that Panguil Bay has been number one in illegal fishing in the region, followed by Iligan Bay and then Macajalar Bay. Dimeren is pinning hope that the newly amended “Fisheries Code” would give the agency more power to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing within the area. T h e ame nd e d c o d e, other wise known as RA 10654, is now on full-scale implementation nationwide. However, the implementation is met with mixed reactions from various stakeholders in the fishing industry claiming that the new law is disadvantageous to them and will ultimately kill the industry.

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dissolved by rains. The forest fire in Indonesia is caused by using the illegal slash-and-burn methods to make way for the palm oil and pulp and paper plantations in Sumatra and parts of Borneo. Astronauts and scientist manning the International Space Station (ISS) could even see the visible traces of the smoke and smog created by these slash-and-burn methods in space. The blazes have intensified in the past months, sending smog over Sumatra and Borneo that has left tens of thousands ill, forced people

to wear face masks and prompted the cancellation of flights and school closures. (PNA)

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from page 1 energ y through various methods such as financial incentives and behavioral change through education. Choosing the latter path to promote its advocacy among the Philippines’ 40,000 public schools, the Coalition for Better Education (CBE) and One Meralco Foundation l a u n c h e d Mo n d a y, 1 9 October 2015 the first ever Teacher’s Mini Energy Camp in Cagayan de Oro City which aims to develop 100 flash cards for energy education of students in public elementary schools from Grades 4-10. “Before the opening of the next school year, we expect the 35 teachers attending this Energy Camp to develop at least 100 new flashcards for Energy Education,” said Jeffrey O. Tarayao, One Meralco Foundation President and Mera lco Chief C orporate S ocial Responsibility Officer who developed the program with CBE Executive Director Luchi Flores. Three local school teachers were among the original 37 hand-picked teachers nationwide who developed the initial Energy Ed kit of flash cards over a year are the lead campers for the CDO 3-day Mini Energy-Camp: Myrna P. Banana (Maccabean Elementary School), Avellino Costanillo (Camp Evangelista Elementary School) and Jessica Joy Hinacay, City

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 10th Judicial Region Branch 28 Mambajao, Camiguin IN THE MATTER OF DECLARATION OF PRESUMPTIVE DEATH OF ABSENT ALAN B. CENA, SPL. PROC. NO. 495 MARJIE P. CENA Petitioner, -versusLOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY, Respondent. X---------- ----------------- / ORDER This is a petition for the declaration of presumptive death of Alan B. Cena which was filed by Marjie P. Cena on August 17, 2015. The petitioner prayed that absent Alan B. Cena be declared presumptively dead for the purpose of the settlement of the latter’s estate. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the Court hereby sets the same for initial hearing on December 14, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. The petitioner is hereby directed to cause the publication of this Order once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the province of Camiguin. The petitioner is further directed to furnish the office of the Solicitor General with a copy of the petition, including its annexes. Any concerned person may contest the petition by filing an opposition in writing stating therein the grounds for the opposition and serving a copy thereof on the petitioner on or before the date of hearing. Let a copy of this Order be sent to Alan B. Cena at his last known address, 458 MRR Manggahan, Pasig City. SO ORDERED Mambajao, Camiguin, September 22, 2015.

Central School principal. A n i t a M . G o c hu c o, Department of Education Cagayan de Oro City Division Superintendent, said she hopes the program can eventually be shared with the 70 public elementary schools and 39 public high schools in the city, 30 of which remain without electricity. Flores said the initial 300 f lash cards will be integrated into the public school curriculum into subjects including English, Math, Science, Technology Livelihood Education (TLE), Edukasyon Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan (EPP) and most especially, Values Education (Edukasyon sa Pagpakakatao). “Over the long term, we hope to teach students the nature and proper use of electricity, which they would hopefully cascade to their friends, and most especially, their parents and siblings in the home,” Tarayao said. “There is an old Zen saying which says, ‘A seed will never see its flower’. May we all be so similarly inspired to aspire for a responsible stewardship of God’s creations in the generations to come.”

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already started to work on urbanization and climate change which are two major trends that are likely to shape how the world would start to look like years from now. “The project objective

is to help cities to actually make sure that the right action can take off from t h e g rou n d ,” Ju n g h a n s said. “We need to finance for those cities, because adaptation and mitigation measures can’t be acquired from the sky; they need to be financed properly.” T h e wor k s h op d re w together community developers from the NGOs, businessmen and academicians from different educational institutions in CDO. The second leg of the consultation will t r ans pi re t h i s O c t o b e r t o v a l i d at e t h e re s u lt s collected during the first stakeholders’ workshop, and to resonate these findings to the members of coastal communities, lowland and hinterland barangays. The third one is slated in January 2016, which will gather national agencies that are directly involved in climate change adaptation and mitigation. The program will culminate by presenting the results to the candidates of the 2016 national and local elections so they may incorporate these emerging concerns to their priority plans and platforms. T h e d e p ar t m e nt s of Economics, International Studies/History/Political S ciences and S o ciolog y & Anthropolog y united for this collaboration in line with XU’s mission of going beyond the borders

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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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

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

“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.

FOR THE EX-OFFICIO PROVINCIAL SHERIFF BY:

BWM: Oct. 21, 28 & Nov. 4, 2015

BWM: October 7, 14 & 21, 2015

BWM: October 14, 21 & 28, 2015

(SGD.) ALAN M. BANAAG Sheriff IV


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Region 10 delegates scan the QR codes to download the Batingaw and Project Noah mobile apps developed by Smart in partnership with OCD and DOST, respectively, as part of its #SafePH campaign.

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AGAYAN DE ORO CITY -Delegates to the Information and Communication Technology Bayanihan (ICT Bayanihan) Summit have affirmed their commitment to strengthen, consolidate, and expand multi-sectoral support for the effective implementation of the Operational Guidelines in the Conduct of Joint Rapid Emergency Telecommunications Team (RETT), under the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), recently, at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel.

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Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) and/or Incident Command Posts (ICPs) in a disaster area for command and control. “Noting with appreciation the growing consensus to address the underlying importance of compatibility, interoperability, commonality and the institutionalization

of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for an effective disaster management program through a centralized working organization anchored to the concept of “whole-of-nation approach,” the declaration read. Also, the various participating agnecies have re-affirmed the need to establish a framework for strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) during disaster response operations under the leadership of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC). They also committed to emphasize further the strengthening of

the Rapid Emergency Telecommunications Teams (RETT) for the provision of an immediate locally operable and interoperable voice, data, video, and information systems for Emergency Telecommunications Cluster as one of its priority mandates that will guide all ICT stakeholders in the country. With the signing of the commitment, the agencies involved manifested to strengthen the capacities of both the national government and local government, in cooperation with partner stakeholders, to strengthen ICT capacities at the National Cluster level down to local level to prepare for, respond to and recover from the impacts of disasters. The agencies have

also fully committed to work in partnership with the Natinal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and other stakeholders in helping build a nation of “safe, adaptive and disasterresilient Filipinos” by vigorously implementing the National Disaster Response Plan (NDRP) through the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC). Aside from working in partnership with NDRRMC and OCD, the agencies have vowed ASSIST in mainstreaming of ICT in DRR processes such as policy formulation, socioeconomic development planning, budgeting, and governance particularly

in the areas of water, energy, health, education, and infrastructure among other. Further, the agencies also admonish to support competency and sciencebased capacity building activities and nurture continuous learning through knowledge development and management of good ICT practices of the ground. Participants to the two-day summit also vowed to advocate for harmonization and strengthening of ICT in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation policies, practices, program and projects for building resilience and to Promote effective ICT risk governance for the benefit of the people and the nation as a whole. smart/PAGE B3

Delegates to the Region 10 disaster communications summit pose for posterity at the culmination of the ICT Bayanihan Summit as members of Rapid Emergency Telecommunications Team in Northern Mindanao.


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“In our contemporary society, one so over-inundated with imagery, it is easy to overlook the power of a single frame to change the way we look at the world, or rally disparate hearts to a single cause. Yet, ours is a society shaped by this very phenomenon.” - Steve McCurry Kelby One officially recorded that there are about 999 Photo Walks around the globe participated where 21,510 official Photo Walkers from different walks

of life registered and gathered last October 03, 2015 for the annual World Wide Photo Walk event. Imagine what Scott Kelby stated before: “You have nearly 1,000 winning images from around the world, and now you have to narrow it down to just 10 finalists and one grand prize winner. This is not an easy job.” In Cagayan de Oro, PHILIPPINES particularly, while everyone is so excited to know the

winning image of the Local Leg of this event, it took me a week of careful selection of that particular image, and hours to consider who deserves to represent Cagayan de Oro for the much anticipated first round selection of the event. And oh’, did i mention to you that we also have local contests i added to spice up the annual Photo Walk tradition with cool and exciting prizes coming from our sponsors such as Colours

Digital Foto, Emerald Suites, and Ayo Fotography? And yes, i’ll be picking up the Top 10 Winners of the Local category which will be judged according to (i) Relevance to the theme, (ii) Composition, (iii) Story-line, and (iv) Originality. Top 3 winners will get special prizes coming from our sponsors. And there’s a local People’s Choice Award too! By the way, the local contest theme is “Decisive Moment”. Isn’t it wonderful?

Out of the 50 official Photo Walkers registered via worldwidephotowalk.com, 17 images has been submitted successfully. Now, as this years’ official Photo Walk Leader for Cagayan de Oro, i am much excited to announce to you the winning image of Cagayan de Oro, Northern Mindanao, Philippines. But before that, let me also announce to you my Top 5 Photos. Without further ado.

HERE ARE THE TOP 5 PHOTOS: Photo by: Argie Yañez (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines) What something i like about this shot is the mood of the young boy. The photographer may somewhat portrays an interesting plot as to what kind of emotion he is trying to convey. At first glance, i tried on figuring out the intrinsic story of this image and i say, the photo portrays a realistic visual essay of today’s society. It’s kind of interesting to see an image that tells a story and shows a mood of self-expression. You see, when you look at the image, especially the facial expression of this young boy, you are also getting a glimpse of his daily experience. Additionally, there is this sense of closeness to the subject and the Photographer. This may be the reason why i found this image extremely genuine. “Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph”- Andre Kertesz. Photo by: Jouie Tabilin (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines) The COOPH (the Cooperative of Photography) added the Patterns and Compositions as the eighth of the 10 composition tips in Photography. It stated that "Patterns are aesthetically pleasing. But the best is when the pattern is interrupted" and this is what the image is being composed. The young boy serves as the primary subject and being supported by the repeating elements. Gladly, it turns out that the Photographer did a marvelous artistry when he used the cast figures (statues of different sizes) with this young boy as he interferes the pattern. It develops unity and structure which enhances the attractiveness of the picture. Additionally, he captured a sense of texture which in turn, created a form. The Photographer emphasizes the features and details through the primary subject while rendering the texture of the picture.

Photo by: Leia Bartolome (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines) Oh’, the image that i found myself coming back again and again and makes me smile sweetly. If i had to choose my 2nd place shot, this would be the image. Seriously, I really like the natural expression of these young girls on their faces- an expression of unselfish happiness. I also like the different colors of the clothes complementing the off-white background. I like how the Photographer employed the yellow-colored cloth to the center ensuring the essence of the photo from superficial to reality. One thing is for sure, there is a form and content to this image, and that is Happiness.

Photo by: North Gevero (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines) What a captivating scene! The photographer did a great job of taking something that is too attractive from its own composition. I like how he framed the man with that lines while carrying that big basket. It somewhat-like depicts a great story line, showing responsibility over burden and turns out to this beautiful imagery. As what Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever”. Well, the Photographer seems like he really made a huge impact to this creative image- part preparation, skills, good luck, instinct, good spot, intuition, and Woah!!! The Decisive Moment. Did i say i like the tone of the image too? The right usage of whiteto-gray-to-black composition. Wow! What a great interaction of light against dark shades! Great job!

and the winning image for the cagayan de oro leg is: “In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”Alfred Stieglitz Any of the above-mentioned images could be announced as the winner for the

Cagayan de Oro Leg to represent the city for the International category, but this image really caught my attention. The imagery has this strong message, a strength that makes this picture stands on its own, with

Photo by: Abel Matthew Silawan (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines)

its own place, characteristics, and overflowing emotion. That is, a combination of expression and aesthetic- a photograph that speaks for itself. I love the over-all composition of this photo. The Photographer clearly shows how he manipulated the photo while using the shadow lines on framing the details of the subject and gives that center of interest added strength. Addition to that, i like how he uses the figure to ground rules, finding a contrast between the subject and the background. We may not see the person behind that bare-hand trying to reach out that plastic cup, however, that same hand gives as the glimpse etched on a person’s face. This may somehow illustrates what Steve McCurry’s famous line: “A picture can express a universal humanism, or simply reveal a delicate and poignant truth by exposing a slice of life that might otherwise pass unnoticed.” Any images could have its own photographic techniques coupled with its story but i strongly agree with emotional content which serves to be the most important element of the photo regardless of what photographic technique manifested.

Photo by: Gian James Maagad (Cagayan de Oro, Philippines) What something caught my eyes with this image is the composition. I like how the photographer placed the woman as her subject on intersections which for me, it clearly shows the Rule of Thirds. He positioned the point of interest (which is the woman as her subject) along that lines and successfully manipulated the photo with the Leading Lines. You see how he uses the natural line leading the eyes to that subject? Clearly, the composition of the shot really gives it a superb look. It creates a really graphical look with strength.

AWARENESS: Did you know that 2015 is the year of the POOR? The year 2015 is focused on the Church’s commitment to and journey with the poor as per Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in preparation for the fifth centenary of the arrival of Christianity in the archipelago in 2021. NOTE: I would like to thank our local sponsors for gracing your support and the prizes, Emerald Suites for hosting the place, Ayo Fotography of Alex Orbegoso, Colours Digital Foto for the free 8R-sized prints for all the 50 participants, and to our Media Partners, Business Week Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News, The Cagayan Times, Mindanao Star, Easy Rock FM 96.9, Red Lemon Digital Media, and Clix Cagayan de Oro. I would also like to extend my warmth appreciation to all the Photo Walkers who participated this year’s Photo Walk. Thank you for making this year’s Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk a success! Congratulations to the winner!


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Oro Integrated Coop kicks off 50th year celebration By Irene Joy B. Dayo

ORO Integrated Cooperative has kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration, last October 17, four months prior to its golden anniversary proper, at Mallberry Suites and Business Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. The opening program gathered members and partners who as well rejoiced and celebrated with the OIC. Fifty years ago, OIC started its business with an office only, having 28

members and an initial capital of P88. But, geographic expansion through the years had become inevitable for OIC, and as the cooperative continues to grow, it continues to live up to its vision of being a membercentered coop that provides a diversified range of financial, business and social services to change lives of the member-owners and communities. Cooperative Development Authority

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“We abide by good governance principles within the context of ICT protection and, likewise, sustain partnerships towards effective delivery of its services to the citizenry by working together through complementation of resources. Thus, engaging the participation of various stakeholders in government’s ICT DRRM programs is part and parcel of the NDRP,” the declaration says. The agencies that were represented in the ICT: Bayanihan Summit and signed the “Declaration of Commitment” were from the OCD, DSWD, DOST, DOST-ICTO, DOSTPAGASA, DILG, DOH, NTC, AFP, PNP, BFP, PCG, IECEP, ACRC, NYC, PIA, KBP, SMART, various CDRRMC PDRRMC and other Media outfits. Meanwhile, Smart Communications backed the two-day regional disaster communications summit held at the

the time when I was so involved in my schoolwork and scouting. My mother, who is a doctor and is also an asthmatic, helped me through most of my journey by taking care of me and reminding me to ‘ take my medicines. Actually, because of my asthma, I had to temporarily stop med school because bed rest was advised. But it did not stop me from taking a part-time job as a high school Science teacher. Besides being a doctor, teaching was my second dream job, Teesha narrates. “Every time I have my asthma attacks, the only thing on my mind is to get well so I could go back to studying and become a doctor to prove that asthma should not stop you from pursuing your dreams.” Teesha said she plans wants to specialize in Limketkai Luxe Hotel. To help institutionalize disaster communication protocols, mobile leader Smart Communications committed to support the Office of Civil Defense’s first-ever regional disaster communications conferences, dubbed as ICT Bayanihan. Smart is the first telco partner of OCD in co-organizing these regional meetings. “The importance of communications in the entire disaster risk management process cannot be overemphasized. For a country of many islands like the Philippines, located in an area being visited by at least 20 typhoons a year, this series of regional summit focused on communications is exactly what we need,” said Smart Public Affairs Community Partnerships Senior Manager, Nova Concepcion. “And as member of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster of the NDRRMC, we saw it fit to support the ICT Bayanihan of the OCD,” Concepcion added. The regional

Chairperson Orlan R. Ravanera graced the event. He congratulated OIC on its 50 years of accomplishing its mission and attainment of continuous success. “OIC is one of the best cooperatives in the country,” said the Chairperson Ravanera, who also explained that Cooperativism has done so much to advance the welfare of Filipino people. In fact, cooperatives including OIC have employed more than 550,000 people.

“What is amazing is the indirect employment,” he added. Cooperatives generated indirect employment and has caused 2 million individuals to do small businesses. Ravanera cited a typical mother, who instead of staying at home, runs an eatery through the help of a cooperative institution, even as she gains income, and pays taxes. Even more, this individual help and contribute in generating employment by hiring waiters, cooks, cashiers and

several other workers. “I do believe that in a country where people are marginalized, they have to be put into the concept of development processes. That is cooperativism,” he said, adding that people - the lumads, farmers, fishermen, women groups, and even persons with disabilities - should have this cooperativism. Through coops, people are awakened to really make a difference, especially in this country that the trend is “the rich becomes richer and poor becomes poorer,”

and, so, cooperative’s role is to equalize this trend. Alongside 50th year celebration of Oro Integrated Coop, October 2015 is also Cooperative Month. It will conclude on October 23, at Philippine Trade Center. Aside from that, coop sector is also celebrating the Philippine Cooperative Centennial Year, 100 years after the first cooperative law was enacted by US Colonial government. “We have so many things to celebrate upon,” Ravanera ended.

Pediatric Pulmonology so she could treat asthmatic children. Her message to other asthmatics? “During our many asthma attacks, we may feel powerless and helpless. We do not have the strength that nonasthmatics have and it may feel like it is the end of our dreams, I had that feeling when I had to temporarily stop med school because of my asthma. Well, these are all lies. Our condition is but another challenge that adds more meaning to each of our achievements, an opportunity to push harder, aim higher, and be better persons and citizens of our country. Perhaps we were given this condition because we have the ability to turn these “setbacks” into “set-ups” of better things to come. We can defeat asthma and we can conquer our dreams!” The other winners in the adult category are UP student IannaEngaño an athlete, musician, artist

and social activist; Yasmin Versoza a firefighter and member of the Marikina City Fire Truck crew; Christianne de Vera a triathlete; and Yliah Nina Bosch a registered nurse who is working as an Emergency Nurse Responder at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Criteria for Winners The SWAA is open to all Filipino citizens or foreigner with a permanent Philippine address that have been diagnosed as asthmatic by a qualified physician. The winners were divided into two categories: Category A (Youth Category) for below 19 years old and Category B (Adult Category) for 20 years old and above. Applicants can choose to share how they have won against asthma. These may be in various fields including Arts, Academics, Career, and Sports.

Applicants were also required to answer the question: How did you Win Against Asthma? The screening committee then used the following criteria for each entry Excellence in their Field or Category 50% Evidence of winning over asthma 30% Online Votes 20% The winners will be given the following prizes: Huawei P7 Smart Phone; Five Thousand (PhP5,000) worth of GCs from Folded & Hung and Twenty Five Thousand (PhP25,000) worth of Sodexo gift certificates. “A lot of asthma patients have accepted lifestyle restrictions resulting from uncontrolled asthma as the norm, assuming that frequent symptoms, exacerbations and lifestyle limitations are an inevitable consequence of having asthma. With

the Search for Winners Against Asthma campaign, we hope to encourage and inspire more young people to live their lives to the fullest and not let asthma prevent them from doing the things they love.” Dr. Baranganalso credits actress Kim Chiu and International Rock superstar Arnel Pineda for helping them spread awareness of their campaign. “Kim, Arnel and Michael are asthmatics who have proven not only to themselves but to the entire world that they can take control of their condition and never let their asthma stop them from following their dreams and achieving success in their very competitive careers,” Barangan added. For more information about the Search for Winners Against Asthma campaign, visit www.facebook.com/ WinAgainstAsthma

conferences aim to institutionalize rapid emergency telecommunication teams to lead immediate response and support when there are disasters. The most recent summit was held in Cagayan de Oro for Region 10, which was the first region in Mindanao to hold the event. The Region 10 Summit was attended by public and private agencies, and fully supported by the regional offices of the National

Telecommunications Commission and the DOST-ICT Office. Northern Mindanao is committed to help out when needed to respond. OCD 10 Regional Director Ana Cañeda emphasized the significance of the quick and effective response within the first hour of an emergency situation. DOST-ICTO Regional Director Evamay dela Rosa, on the other hand, stressed the value of dedication and practice for

the plans to be effective. “We should not stop here. Let us revisit and ensure that we have the mechanism in place and that these mechanisms are clear to everyone,” dela Rosa said. “Let’s capacitate the rapid emergency telecommunications team and ensure that the Region 10 emergency telecommunications cluster is able to install, operate, and maintain a system of communication that will reconnect us to related LGUs, emergency operation centers, NDRRMC’s operation center during and post disaster,” dela Rosa added. Apart from coorganizing the regional communication summits, Smart also developed the Batingaw app for OCD-NDRRMC. The Batingaw mobile app, which can be downloaded for free at Google Play Store and Apple App Store, is a handy resource and reporting tool for nationwide disaster management. An active partner for disaster communications,

Smart has also been consistent in providing immediate libreng tawag services to areas affected by disasters. During Yolanda, Smart’s satellite services connected Tacloban and other affected areas to the rest of the world. Smart also offers a web-based disaster communications solution called Smart Infocast, which has been proven effective in disseminating weather forecasts and warnings. Smart as an organization has embraced preparedness, and has been aggressively promoting the culture of preparedness to its partner organizations under its #SafePH program. More than just providing communications as relief during disasters, Smart has also taken an active role in strengthening the capacity of high-risk communities to prepare for, manage, and recover from the impact of disasters. To know more about Smart’s preparedness initiatives, visit www.smart.com.ph/ SafePH.

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edical student Teesha Banta and aspiring lawyer Christian Laczawere adjudged as the grand prize winners in the first Search for Winners Against Asthma spearheaded by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Launched in February 2015, the Search for Winners Against Asthma is a nationwide search for

young asthmatic achievers aged 30 years and younger who are outstanding in their respective fields

despite having asthma and inspire asthma sufferers that they, too, can win against asthma.

KIDS AT SM HALLOWEEN Kids get to dress up at SM City Cagayan de Oro this Halloween! On October 31 at 2PM, kids (4-12 years old) are invited to come in any of the 3 costume categories: (1) Kings & Queens, (2) Pirates and Fairies and (3) Monsters. To join, participants must present a minimum purchase requirement of P 1,000 single or accumulated receipts (for one day) from any mall establishment. Interested participants only need to fill out a registration form which is available at the ground floor (near Krispy Kreme) and attach a photocopy of a birth certificate or any valid ID reflecting his / her birthdate plus a signed parent’s / guardian’s waiver. Great prizes await the winners of each category, P 5,000 worth of SM gift certificates for the first placers, P 3,000 worth of SM Gift Certificates for the 2nd placers and P 1,000 worth of SM Gift Certificates for the 3rd placers. Criteria for judging: Visual Impact - 30%, Creativity - 30%, Adherence to Theme - 20%, and Stage Presence – 20% What’s more? Kids can fill their basket with yummy treats by Treat or Treating around the mall on October 31, 5PM. Trick or Treat needs from costumes to candies and even broomsticks are available at the ground floor fronting Odyssey starting October 26 until 31. Everything’s at SM Supermalls for a fun Halloween! For inquiries, call SM City Cagayan de Oro at 859 2885 to 88.

GSK Executives with the Winners Against Asthma Adult Category

More than 2,000 young people submitted their entries in the hopes of sharing their stories to inspire other young asthmatics not to let asthma take control of their lives. “We decided to target this particular age group because Asthma is a common chronic disease of childhood leading to reduced activity, school absences, ER visits and hospitalizations, says Dr. Gio Barangan, GSK Medical Director. “It is also during this stage that young people are in the process of developing the necessary knowledge and skills that will enable them to achieve their goals in life, as such we want to let them know that Asthma should not deter them from realizing their full potential,” Baranganadded. In the youth category of 19 years old and below, Christian Lacza, a student from Navotas City was judged as the grand prize winner. Christian is one of the 2014 Kabayan Ten Outstanding Public

Dr. Gio Barangan; GSK Medical Director

School Students, and 2014 Ten Outstanding Youth Leaders of Navotas City. He also was an awardee of the 2010 GawadHuwarangKabataan of the AntolinOreta Sr. Foundation and GawadModelongKabataan: Galing at Dangal ng Malabon of the Arnold Vicencio Foundation. He is also the youngest recipient of the Orator of the Year Award in Navotas National High School. “When I was young, my asthma attacks were so severe that my mother would have to bring me to the hospital almost weekly. This made me realize that if I cannot excel in physical activities, I have to discover and focus on my other strengths,” says Christian. “Going to my pediatrician was a constant necessity, and she made sure I get the proper medication and treatment, but more than she never failed to cheer me up and would always give me words of encouragement whenever I visited her.” “Instead of letting asthma stop me I stopped asthma from interfering with my life as I pushed myself as a holistic learner-- excelling in academics, student leadership and in various competitions.” The runner up winners in the youth category are 15-year old student and dancer Christina Chua; taekwondo twins Andre Rafael and Anton Joachim Montero; consistent student scholar Kenneth Angelo Bagay and Dave Andre Labaton who is also a taekwondo medalist. In the adult category,

Francis Del Val; GM GSK

incoming third year medical student Teesha Banta was judged as the winner. The 23-year old student from St. Luke’s College of Medicine, was a full scholar in her first two years of med school and graduated Cum Laude from University of the Philippines Los Banos with the degree of BS Biology Major in Wildlife Biology. She is a lifetime member in two international honor societies but besides her academic achievements, she is also actively involved in community service. As an active Girl Scout, Teesha received two of the highest awards given by the organization-- the Chief Girl Scout Medal and is one the 75 GSP National Young Awardees. She had represented the country in national and international events, specifically as an advocate and a National Peer Educator on Adolescent Female Health. “Asthma runs in our family but symptoms of severe asthma began when I was in college, which, unfortunately, was also achievers/PAGE B3


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