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Briefly Less dropouts WITH only 9.8% or 108,908 outof-school children and youth in 2013, region 10 had the least out-of-school rate in Mindanao based on the 2013 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey (FLEMMS) as presented in the Regional Data Dissemination Forum by the Philippine Statistics Authority on October 20, held in Cagayan de Oro. According to the event’s keynote speaker Dr. Luvismin S. Aves, university consultant and professor, the top three reasons for females not attending school in northern Mindanao include marriage (36.2%), insufficient family income (17.0%) and housekeeping (13.7%). She also added that among the reasons why males do not attend school include lack of personal interest (33.1%), insufficient family income (22.7%) and illness/disability (12.2%).

World Food Day IN its annual observance of the World Food Day (WFD) celebration which falls on October 16, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) kicked off the affair with the opening of the Agri-Tiangge at the Provincial Capitol Parking Lot. It featured various agricultural commodities and other byproducts of the agency’s assisted farmer individuals and groups, associations, organizations and attached agencies, including their partners from the local government units throughout Northern Mindanao. The ceremonial cutting of ribbon was spearheaded by DA-RFO 10 Director Lealyn A. Ramos along with Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division Chief Chedy V. Ansale and other several exhibitors.

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New water technology to push rates up by 30%

Thu-Fri | October 22-23, 2015

By MARK D. FRANCISCO, Staff Writer


ATER rates all over the country is expected to go up by as much as 30-percent next year as the Philippine Water Works Association (PWWA) urges local water distributors to adapt a public private partnership with bulk water suppliers for the use of a safer yet expensive water treatment technology.

In an interview at the sidelig hts of Phi lwater 2015 held Oct. 22-23 at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City, PWWA

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WATER PUMP. Pump technology on display at the ongoing Philwater 2015 held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City. photo by mark francisco

PEMC asked to study DOH says haze brings increased M’nao WESM viability respiratory risks, cardiac ailments By CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO, Correspondent and MARK FRANCISCO, Staff Writer

HAZE due to forest can cause air pollution which can bring about increased risks for respiratory tract infections and cardiac ailments. According to the

D e p ar t m e nt of He a lt h ( D OH ) , h a z e c ont ai ns dust, smoke particles and air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide

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T H E M i n d an a o Powe r Monitor ing C ommitte e (MPMC) has asked the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC) to study the viability of a Wholesale

Electricity Spot Market (WESM) for Mindanao with the expected supply surplus within the next three years. Romeo M. Montenegro, Mindanao Development A u t h o r i t y ’s ( M i n D A ) investment promotion and public affairs director and a member of the MPMC, told BusinessWeek Mindanao that the request is intended to ensure that the WESM challenges encountered in Luzon will be avoided in the southern island. “We are now entering into a regime of excess supply, which will indicate viability pemc/PAGE 11

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Lanao women join ‘Academy for Women Entrepreneurs’ I L IG A N C it y - - For t y women leaders from the cities of Marawi and Iligan will join the Launching of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs on October 23, in Iligan City. The year-long project i m p l e m e n t e d b y U. S . Embassy Manila partner

Development Options and Social Entrepreneurship Inc., will train participants on the basics of e nt re pre ne u rs h ip f rom start-up to expansion. Participants will undergo a 3-day training at which they will learn the basics of designing a business plan,

financial management, legal and administrative concerns in starting a business, and the ethics of marketing and business. The Embassy will create a common social media platform that participants will use to post their business development questions and

six months to implement t heir business proj e c ts with the support of project facilitators and alumni of U.S. government programs. At the end of the project, participants will showcase the output of their business plans and discuss challenges they have faced as women

consult with facilitators and alumni of U.S. government entrepreneurship programs. Once they have developed approved business plans, participants will then work in teams or as individuals to start their projects with seed funds from small grants. Participants will have

entrepreneurs. To s t re ng t h e n t h e i r community engagement and interpersonal bonds, participants will take part in mangrove planting along the coast of Lanao del Norte. (US Embassy Manila-Information Office/ PIA-10 LDN)

BSP reaches out to kids, teens in Cagayan de Oro


THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) sustains its efforts to promote the habit of saving early in the lives of Filipinos by conducting “Project BRO (BSP Reaches Out) – A Savings Campaign for Kids and Teens” in Cagayan De Oro City on October 21 to 22. The BSP’s Financial Consumer Protection Department (FCPD) developed the campaign

students in interactive and fun-filled activities about the value of spending wisely, saving, and the benefits of opening a bank account. After the learning session, the team will track the students’ saving habits by closely coordinating with teachers and school officials for the purpose of encouraging the youngsters to open and grow savings in a “Kiddie Savings” account.

for Grade 1 to 10 students (or their equivalent levels) from both public and private schools across the country. To encourage saving among Cagayanon kids, the Project BRO team from the FCPD will visit East City Central School, Cagayan de Oro National High School, Xavier University Grade School and Xavier University High School. The team will engage the

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Gigabit Internet plan launched PHILIPPINE Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has launched the Philippines’ first gigabit Internet plan, supported by its fiber-optic technology. “PLDT HOME Fibr runs on fiber-optic technology which is touted as the world standard for broadband making it capable to deliver the country’s fastest plan,” the telecommunications giant said in a statement. The company said the technology has symmetrical speed feature that will provide users with equal upload and download speeds. “PLDT HOME Fibr stands firm on its commitment to provide topnotch services for its consumers,

reinforcing the strongest connections at home,” PLDT HOME Vice-President and HOME Marketing Director Gary Dujali said in the same statement. This developed after PLDT HOME Fibr also upgraded the speeds of all its plans, from a minimum speed of 8 megabits per second (Mbps) to 20 Mbps, while the 100 Mbps plan was increased to 200 Mbps. PLDT HOME Fibr allows highspeed browsing of multiple Web sites and access to over 100 Cignal Digital TV channels. It is available in over 1,600 Fibr-powered villages nationwide including Valle Verde 1-6, Forbes Park, Dasmariñas Village and Ayala Alabang Village.

Megaworld fast-tracks office tower project TYCOON Andrew Tan’s Megaworld C or p. on Wednesday said it expects to complete the construction of six campus-type office towers in its McKinley West township in Fort Bonifacio by end 2016. Megaworld Senior VicePresident Jericho Go said the property developer is fasttracking the completion of the project ahead of schedule.

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“Originally, some of the towers are for completion next year but we will be able to complete some of them by end of this year and for turnover early next year. The other towers, on the other hand, are due for completion by 2017 but we will be able to complete them by end of next year,” Mr. Go said in a text message.

The six office towers, which have a total of 60,000 square meters of office space, are located in McKinley West, which was recently d e c l are d by Pre s i d e nt Benigno S. C. Aquino III as a “special economic zone” for information technology. Mr. Go said the company has seen “overwhelming demand” for office spaces in

its townships, particularly McKinley West. “In McKinley West, the demand is focused on campustype buildings which have higher efficiency floor plates, easy access to office floors via internal staircases and branding rights for whole building occupiers,” he said in a separate statement. megaworld/PAGE 11

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IFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… My people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path…” (Isaiah 3:12, the Holy Bible). -ooo REMOVE PNOY AND HIS CABINET, TOO: I really cannot understand the basis for the removal of Senior Supt. David Lacdan as the provincial police director of Benguet Province. If Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento sacked Lacdan because of the big number of people from Benguet who died while Typhoon Lando was raging, we might as well oust others from the Aquino government, for the same reason. First, we must also remove President Aquino because, as the highest official of the land, he is responsible for the death of 58 people from Landorelated incidents. As it were, Aquino is the ultimate official who failed in his preparations for Lando, to achieve his own “zero casualty” program during calamities. Then, we should kick out likewise Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, because he similarly failed to properly discharge his duties and responsibilities as the chief of the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council



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The Main Thing hink a minute…I heard a funny, true story about this guy who goes to the gym to exercise several times each week. Each time he takes 15 minutes to change his clothes and get ready. Then he walks around the gym talking with different people. After that he reads the newspaper. Finally, he does a few stretches and 5-10 minutes of exercises. Then he takes a hot steam bath before going home. So in the entire 2 hours he’s at the gym, he only spends about 10 minutes exercising! One day someone heard this man say: “I don’t understand it. I go to the gym almost everyday, but I never seem to lose weight.” Of course, everybody at the gym knows why. They see this guy there doing everything except the main thing: exercise! It’s very important that we keep the main thing the main thing. If we want to be successful in our job, business, school, or having a happy family, we must always get the main thing done. We should not spend more time and energy on things that are less important than the main thing. We often get distracted and sidetracked doing other things that might be easier or more fun to do, and we fail to ‘take care of business’ with

(NDRRMC). Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, Science Secretary Mario Montejo, and Sarmiento himself, must also be booted out of office, because they failed to prevent the death of the 58 victims, too. -ooo WORKING TO EARN PRAISES, NOT TO HELP T H E N E E DY: T h at i s t he probl e m w it h t his government, really. All that it can do most effectively is “finger point”, and toss to others the blame for things that went awry, even if these happened under their watch already. What is more, this government is also noted for immediately removing officials who dare tell the truth about how many really died from calamities that visited the country. The sudden removal of a high police official from the Eastern Visayan Region after he announced that the death toll from Typhoon Yolanda could reach 10,000 people is a glaring case in point. Clearly, the Aquino government would rather keep under wraps the truth about the disasters that have been hitting us, rather than disclose such truth. It is undeniable that the Aquino government, concerned

as it is with projecting an image of righteousness and conscientiousness in doing its job, would rather work to earn praises, than to immediately address the problems hounding our hapless countrymen. As the late Sen. Joker Arroyo said, the Aquino government is a “high school student-council” type of government, run by inexperienced and juvenile student council leaders. -ooo AFTER “MERE CHILDREN” AS LEADERS, WOMEN-RULERS NEXT? S a d l y, w e h a v e b e e n warned about this kind of a government, and about these kinds of leaders. We have been told that if we continue turning away from God, refusing to listen to Him by not reading His Bible, and failing, deliberately or otherwise, to obey His commands, God will make our leaders “mere children.” What is more, we were warned that under a “child-leader”, we shall be oppressing one another, “… man against man. The young will rise up against the old, the nobody against the honored… youth oppress my people, women rule over them…” Please take notice that in this warning, after the leadership of a country

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Atty. Batas Mauricio is held by oppressive “mere children”, women-rulers shall be installed. It is clear that being ruled by women, just like being ruled by leaders who are “mere children”, is something that is not really approved by whoever wrote this message. Indeed, may God have mercy on us all! -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 the world at angtangingdaan or www. (For ANDKNK, look for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts). Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo. com.

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Jhan Tiafau Hurst our main responsibilities and priorities. For example, a taxi driver’s main thing is to make money by getting passengers. That means he must be working, driving around looking for passengers. But if most of the day he just cleans and polishes his car, then at the end of the day that’s all he’ll have—a clean car with no money! Successful people don’t just stay busy and work hard, they work smart! They put first things first by doing the most important things that will make them a success. But many people have heaps of money or positions of respect and power. They’re highly educated, healthy, even good-looking, but they’re still unhappy and poor in real wealth. That’s because hurst/PAGE 11

his is not going to be easy to explain. First of all, because religion, while it concerns God, also has us, the ever fickle-minded man, as its integral element, since religion is about us and our relation with God. So, while man is basically a religious being, always looking and yearning for God, there´s always that possibility, for a number of reasons and factors, of us making our own God, and failing to hit it off with the real One. This has happened in abundance in the history of man. There were people who worshipped the sun as their God. Others the moon, or the wind. Still others carved some idols as their deity. We are a religious being. Our Catechism says so. ¨The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself.¨ (27) Even those who profess themselves to be atheists (non-believers) and agnostics (doubters) cannot avoid having some aspects of religion, because if it is not a spiritual, supernatural God they believe in, they must believe in something elsetheir own reason and ideas, for example, or simply their own selves.

This challenge of how to put our religion on its proper course has been hounding us since time immemorial. And though the problem is huge, and the efforts to resolve it through the centuries have been hard and tumultuous, we just have to have faith and hope that we can resolve it. The basis for that faith and hope is actually with us and all around us. No matter how imperfect our efforts may be, we cannot deny the fact that there must be a God-if not something or someone outside us, then one inside us. I don´t know much about other religions, but Christianity is about a God who reveals himself to us, who comes to us, who makes himself like us, and leaves us with instrumentalities that continue his presence and redemptive or perfective work on us up to now till the end of time. The initiative comes from him, before we are asked to correspond. Obviously, all religions must contain elements of truth and goodness, since any effort to deal with a God, even in the atheistic or agnostic context, cannot help but possess some of these elements of truth and goodness. Nothing can stand or even exist if no element of truth and goodness is present.

We just have to embark on a lifetime task of determining the true religion, the one initiated by God, and not any that we start or invent. For this, we need to be humble and empty ourselves, like what Christ did to become like us, so that we can be filled with God´s grace, with God himself, and from there start our relation with him. Our big problem now is that we seem to be making our own religion. We may start with corresponding to God´s initiative, but somewhere along the way, we break off from him and go on our own. Even among Christians and Catholics, this problem is very real. During the RH debate, I realize more sharply that there are Catholics who think religion is simply a matter of one´s conscience, with hardly any relation to duties to Church, to abide to a certain doctrine of faith, to resort to the sacraments, etc. In fact, there were a lot of anti-Church and antireligion sentiments. It seems these have been festering in the minds and hearts of many people for ages. These biases proliferated in the RH debates in different forums, often with venom vomitted out quite freely, and claws, fangs and hackles menacingly shown.




Fr. Roy Cimagala Many, even among the educated and professional classes, could not understand why the Church has to be heard about the morality of the RH issue. What role does it play in this issue, they ask. Why not simply what comes to one´s conscience or at least what is agreed upon by the consensus of the majority? Some traces of Christianity can still be detected in many of the views expressed, but a Christianity very badly understood and digested, much less, lived. Many still claim they are Christians or at least adhere to some religion, but it is quite clear that it is more a man-made religion, a man-made Christianity that is referred to. This is, of course, a big challenge for the Church which will not run away from it. But it will have to retool itself significantly.


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DA’s finance divisions gather for the Nat’l. Physical and Financial Assessment Cagayan de Oro City – Representatives from the finance divisions of the Department of Agriculture (DA)’s regional field offices, bureaus, attached

agencies and banner programs, convened for the 3rd Quarter National Physical and Financial Assessment for FY 2015, from October 19-23, 2015, in the city, to present

their financial performance reports and seek ways on how to meet their targets for 2015. “The workshop is intended to standardize as well as simplify

the procreation of financial performance reports and continue to ensure that the DA financial performance is on track,” remarked Ophelia P. Agawin, DA

Assistant Secretary for Finance. The National Physical and Financial Assessment is a quarterly assembly of the DA’s finance divisions to evaluate the financial

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SM City CDO, PHLPost hold ‘Dear Next President’ letter writing activity nationwide F

ollowing the announcement of three Presidential candidates for the May 2016 national election, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) held a

Romeo M. Sardan, Acting Area Director of PHLPost Mindanao encourages the young generation to patronize letter writing as an alternative way to communicate which as of this time, little by little is being forgotten. This he said during the National Letter Writing Day, October 9, SM City Cagayan de Oro. Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy

nationwide letterwriting campaign focusing on the theme “Dear Next President”participated by about 50,000 students in celebration of the “World Post

Day”, October 09 at selected SM Supermall branches all over the country. SM City Cagayan de Oro gathered more than 200 high school students in Cagayan de Oro City to participate

SM CDO PR Manager Ivy Guantero (2nd from left), SM CDO Assistant Mall Manager Constantine Arce (3rd from right) and Romeo M. Sardan, Acting Area Director of PHLPost Mindanao (Center) pose for posterity with PHLPost officers during the National Letter Writing Day, October 9, SM City Cagayan de Oro. Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy

in the simultaneous nationwide letter writing event of Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost), dubbed as the “National Letter Writing Day” at SM City Cagayan de Oro in the hopes of mobilizing the young generation to experience the art of traditional letter writing. World Post Day is celebrated every annually on October 9, to coincide with the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital of Berne. Its main purpose is to create awareness of the role of the postal sector in people’s and businesses’

everyday lives and its contribution to the social and economic development of countries. Started in 2013, the NLWD is a simultaneous letter writing of select students nationwide. This was created to encourage Filipino students to continue using letters as way of communicating and expressing thoughts. PHLPost’s primary activity to celebrate this day is the National Letter Writing Day (NLWD) with the theme “Dear Next President”, providing a venue for the Filipino youth to express

themselves by engaging in letter writing activities that will not just communicate but touch lives. Romeo M. Sardan, Acting Area Director of PHLPost Mindanao encouraged the young generation to patronize letter writing as an alternative way to communicate which as of this time, little by little is being forgotten, this he said during the National Letter Writing Day activity at the SM City Cagayan de Oro. PHLPost will compile all the letters and hopefully, will be able to present this to the next elected

president of the Philippines. The 3rd National Letter-writing Day is in partnership with SM Supermalls, Department of Education and Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino. Being in the forefront of the advocacy to revive the art of letter writing with its program, Sulat Mulat Postal Awareness Caravan, PHLPost officials continue to believe that nothing else cultivates romance, nurtures friendship, or helps one stay connected like a hand-written card or letter received at the post office. ( all photos by shaun alejandrae yap uy)

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PAPERS UP . More than 200 high school students in Cagayan de Oro City participate in the simultaneous nationwide letter writing event of Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost), dubbed as the “National Letter Writing Day” at SM Cagayan de Oro City in the hopes of mobilizing the young generation to experience the fun and art of letter writing, October 9. Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy

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Over 6M Toyota vehicles recalled T OKYO -- Toyota said Wednesday it was recalling 6.5 million vehicles worldwide over a power window glitch that presented a fire risk, the latest in a string of such moves by the Japanese auto giant. In recent months, Toyota has recalled nearly 10 million vehicles outf itted with

defective air bags that have been linked to several deaths globally. A driver’s side power window master switch could short circuit and cause parts to overheat and melt, Toyota said in an e-mail. “A melting switch may pro du c e s mok i ng and, potentially, lead to a fire,” it added.

The recalled models include the Yaris, Corolla, Camry and RAV4 sport utility vehicle produced between 2005 and 2010, it said. About 2.7 million affected vehicles were sold in North America and 1.2 million in Europe, Toyota added. Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. said it has not received confirmation if any vehicles

sold in the countr y are affected by the recall. Toyota said it had not received reports of accidents tied to the defect, but one customer may have suffered a burn on their hand due to the problem. Toyota has been working to regain its reputation for safety after the recall of toyota/PAGE 11

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Mitsubishi Philippines sales jump 17% in September MITSUBISHI Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) said car sales in September reached 4,867 units, the highest so far since it set up shop in the Philippines. Japan’s Mitsubishi forms joint venture with Century Properties for Forbes building “This is so far the most impressive monthly sales that MMPC was able to achieve

since its history,” the company said in a statement. MMPC said sales in September, which was up 17.1% from a year ago, was the second straight month that it achieved record sales after the 4,700 posted in August. For the cumulative yearly sales, the company reported mitsubishi/PAGE 11

Petron now producing full range of Euro 4 fuels FOLLOWING the successful launch of its Euro 4 gasoline products in June, Petron Corporation announced its diesel products, Turbo Diesel and DieselMax, now meet global Euro 4 fuel standards. With this, Petron marks an industry first as the only oil company capable of locally producing a full range of premium fuels that meet the cleaner and more efficient Euro 4 global standard. Petron’s four Euro 4

gasoline variants—Blaze 100 Euro 4 (RON 100), XCS (RON 95), Xtra Advance (RON 93), and Super Xtra (RON 91)—are available nationwide. Euro 4 is a globally– accepted European emission standard for vehicles which require significantly low amount of sulfur (0.005% or 50 parts per million) and benzene (maximum of 1% by volume). “We are proud that all

of Petron’s Euro 4 fuels are made in the Philippines and are specially formulated to meet the unique needs of our customers. We can guarantee the quality and properties of our fuels since we produce them here, formulate them here, and test them here,” said Ramon S. Ang, Petron president and chief executive. All Petron Euro 4 fuels b o ast of b etter eng ine protection, better mileage, petron/PAGE 11

This file photo taken on Feb. 3, 2005 shows Japanese auto giant Toyota Motor Corp.’s Vitz (export model name Yaris) at a showroom in Tokyo. -- AFP

MCES Kicks Off Summer Reading Camp 2015 By JANET P. DACUT Teacher III

Maramag Central Elementary School opened the Summer Reading C a m p 2 0 1 5 o n Ap r i l 23, 2015. A motorcade around town was done on the first day of camp to encourage chi ldren f rom k i n d e r g a r t e n t o g r a d e s i x to j oi n t h i s 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 h e D e p ar t m e nt of Education w hich 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.

A HAPPY MISOR BOOKS DISTRIBUTION IN GIMANGPANG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – VICE GOVERNOR JOEY G. PELAEZ continues to distribute the books given by Children International Philippines, Inc. in Gimangpang Elementary School, Initao, Misamis Oriental. The distribution is part of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Misamis Oriental’s advocacy of institutionalizing the “A Happy Reading and Writing Habit” program in the Province. Present during the simple turn-over ceremony were Barangay Chairman RICHARD GO, faculty and staff headed by School Principal ELCRIS CAÑO, District Supervisor RIC GABE, and the GPTA Officers of the school.

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Teachers: The Living Heroes in the Community By Pio R. Bagares ES principal-III / Cabalantian Elementary School

Teachers are the living icon in their community whom the folks up to as molders and community leaders. Theirs abilities to influence contributed much in the development and progress of the community they served. Nevertheless, they served as model both in character and personality yet the reason why teachers are regarded as highly respectable persons in the society. As public servants their duties are not limited to the classroom but extending beyond to the community. Moreover, they served as consultants, partners, and advisers in community developments. Their wonderful ideas, skills and expertise contributed much in creating a difference in the lives of the community

people. Moreover, the attitude of volunteerism is inherent character of the teachers. T h e y n e ve r re f u s e t o serve once their services are needed. Indeed the community is the living witness of their heroic deeds. The open heart of the teachers to proffer the community activities are highly recognized thus they deserved for a celebration. Henceforth, teachers are given due recognition and it is celebrated every October the World Teachers’ Day. It is in this occasion that the community will spearhead the celebration give tribute and recognition to their living heroes. Furthermore, a high time to cherish the enormous contributions that mentors have shared in serving the community.

Bible Lessons in Values Education By Ly B. Tello Teacher III-Pontacon Elementary School

As a Christian, I always acknowledge God as a Supreme Being who created everything that our eyes can see and anything that our skin can feel. He is awesome and wonderful being who is able to do everything that a human being cannot do. The awesome power of God is reflected in the bible and the bible itself serves as the manual of human life. Many knew the name of God by chance or by accident. Some may have heard from their parents and siblings or perhaps from their religion teachers. It is just sad to note that knowing God is often a neglected subject in school. I n s c h o o l , Va l u e s Education is taught to children based on the competencies that guide and make them a holistic being endowed with the gift of true manner and decorum. A lot of competencies in the curriculum guide discuss about respect, perseverance, honesty, love of country, and a lot more. Sadly, even if these competencies a r e d i l i g e nt l y t au g ht to our school children, the outcome is less than enough. The way I see the real scene, many of our children do not possess the high quality of values that we needed in this country which has long been painted with fraud, violence, and chaos. Why not integrated bible lessons in our values education? I deemed that integrated lessons from the bible in our daily lessons in values education would be more effective

in transforming the kind of our children today and beyond. We must bear in mind that the presence of highly advance gadgets today has affected badly to the values formation of our children and most especially to their spiritual life. In the classroom, we are teaching our pupils how to give due respect to our fellowmen but we rarely teach them to fear God. We always inculcate to our pupils to honor their parents but sometimes we fail to tell them to honor God. How can we gain wisdom if we do not fear God? Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom… ”. Knowing and fearing God should be our primordial concern so that we can go beyond the boundary of our purpose. We keep focused to educate our children to become a globally competitive individuals but we are giving meager attention to mold our children to become a godly and righteous citizens of our country. It is quite easy to build a nation with knowledgeable people than to build a nation with morally, godly and upright people. To me, I would rather want a godly community than a highly intelligent communit y. President George Washington once said, “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the bible.” These words from a great statesman in history can be our simple basis in integrating bible lessons in values education.

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“It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we draw water into the well.” - Henri Frederic Amiel

The Essence of Good Leadership By Walter S. Galarroza Head Teacher-I/Kanitoan ES

Eversince the beginning of the civilization of mankind, leadership always plays a significance role in the success of most organizations and corporations in a variety of fields such as military, business, religion, education, etc. Although there have been multiple of efforts to concisely define the importance of leadership, it simply best defined as a fuel of progress. Each one of us recognizes the importance of leadership when we vote for our political leaders. We realize that it matters who is in the office, so we participate in a contest, an election to

choose the best candidate. Even the investors recognize the importance of business leadership when they say that a good leader can make a success of a week business plan. Without leadership, organization move too slowly, stagnate and lose their way. L e a d e rs h ip i s v it a l because take on the personality of their leader. It can maximize productivity, shape a positive culture and promote harmony. Factual to consider that leadership is never easy. No matter how effortlessly some leader appear to manage, the path of a leader is one fraught

with constant challenge and surprise. However, the leader does not face the challenge and problems alone because he a group or organization working to meet each challenge and achieve each goal. Moreover, leadership provides many boons that can assist the organization to achieve success and stability. In the absence of effective leadership, any organization often grow slowly and may lose their direction and competitiveness. Without leadership, a group of human beings quickly degenerate into arguments and conflict because we see things in

different ways learn towards dif ferent s olut ions. A leadership can help guide the direction of a group with different people working in different capabilities. It can also aid in delegation of duties and streamlining of activities, improving the efficiency of a team and their overall productivity. L a s t l y, l e a d e r s h i p is indeed an essential requirement in order to achieve organizational goals. It help a team remain focused during a time crisis, reminding the team members of their achievements and encourage team to set short term, achievable goals.

Becoming a Teacher was Never my Ambition By Gemma M. Jalagat Master Teacher I-Pagahan Elementary School

Being a teacher is a vocation not a profession. When I was in grade school I did not find enough time to understand the voluminous works done by my teacher. Her early arrival and late departure in school were something absurd to me. I often asked myself, could she still manage to prepare meals for her family? Could she till attend to the needs of her children? Could she be able to do the laundry works? What about her role as a wife and mother? Those questions stirred my mind and became the herculean reason why I told myself not to take up education. I was once thinking, teaching cannot give me a lot of

money but a lot suffering and agony. I got married at a very young age but luckily to man with a stable and better job. I did not regret getting married without finishing any course because my husband has been a good provider and responsible pillar of the family. My husband took me from Visayas to Mindanao and we finally settled in his hometown. Being alone was the one I dreaded and it struck me even at the honeymoon stage of our marriage. As a seaman, my husband was obliged to leave in order to respond to the calling of his profession. That was the most difficult

time in my life. In order not to feel any boredom, I asked my husband to allow me to continue my studies in college and he instantly abetted. When I went to the school, the worst thing happened because I have no other course to choose except education. With the bitterness in my heart, I patiently pursued my course not knowing where my fate would take me. By the grace of God, I finished my course after four sacrificial years and I immediately passed the teachers board exam shortly after I graduated. The greatest performance of my life as a teacher happened when I was hired

as permanent teacher and was assigned in the farthest school in our town. I was primarily not vibrant and vigorous because I was haunted by childish idea that becoming a teacher was not my cup of tea. Days, weeks, and months had passed after I realized that being a teacher is truly a very extraordinary and challenging vocation. I felt the immeasurable joy when my pupils learned from me their first ABC. It is a very lasting legacy I can leave to my pupils when my journey in this beautiful world end.. I thanked God for making me a teacher and I AM PROUD I AM A TEACHER.

DepEd programs in protecting and preserving IP Culture By Michelle P. Clarin, Teacher – I Pinilayan Elementary School

The Department of Education implemented E ducat ion for Al l. Its purpose is to make education accessible to all Filipino children through K to 12 Basic Education program, provision of sufficient resources to eliminate basic education input gaps and improvements to quality of teachers and teaching. Philippine ethnic groups are not exemption of these ser vices. They are the descendants of the original inhabitants, being unabsorbed by foreign colonization back in the earlier times and thus, have retained their customs and traditions.

The education department are doing all means to reach even the farthest place. DepEd even started recognizing private educational institutions for IP learners in an effort to promote the right of IP communities to cultural integrity and due recognition of “katutubong kaalaman” in the education system. Moreover, DepEd has conducted partnership and engagement with IP leaders to pursue Indigenous Peoples Education (IPEd). It is through collecting documentation of ethnic stories, songs and rituals, and sharing these to others also. This cultural exchange

is one act of constant effort to better understand and value indigenous culture in education. In order to protect these materials, DepEd released an order promulgating guidelines on the conduct of activities and use of materials involving asp e c ts of Indigenous Peoples culture such as cultural presentations, performances, festivals, use of artifacts and indigenous clothing. This is created to further express more i mp or t anc e and utmost respect to various Indigenous Peoples (IP) culture. The set guidelines

document was signed by Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro after series of consultations with various IP communities, educators and civil society support groups throughout the country. The information about the IP communities is a venue to look back on the old times and know more on who Filipinos are and their preserved beliefs, practices and traditions that define what they really are. Giving IP the opportunity to open their selves and their culture to a wide arena gives them the idea that they are part of one citizenry, and not an isolated group at all.

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tap the government’s public private partnerships scheme, particularly with bulk water suppliers, for the use of high-rate media filters for water treatment. High-rate media filtering is a type of water treatment technology which operates at three-to-four times the rate of the common rapid sand filters. It uses a combination of filter media, not just sand. Media combinations are generally sand and anthracite coal. Multi-media or mixed-media filters generally use sand, anthracite coal, and garnet. This high-end technology, which costs millions of pesos each, is used to drain iron and manganese from raw groundwater before it reaches consumers. These permanent media automatic backwashing filters remove organic and inorganic suspended solids down to 20 microns in size, including iron and manganese. According to Borja, most groundwater in the Philippines has high iron and manganese contents because the soil here is volcanic in nature. For now, many water districts especially in the countryside still use the older rapid sand filters which are now rendered obsolete since they cannot remove pathogens smaller than 20 microns. Thus, water districts are faced with two options – to loan from banks (which could mean additional cost to consumers) or to engage in public private partnerships with bulk water suppliers which can easily afford to buy the new permanent media filters. Still, public private partnerships come with a price, Borja said. Borja foresees his office may inevitably receive applications for water rates adjustments by as much as 30% with the use of these new filters. The two-day convention discussed, among others, the adoption of water districts nationwide to the Water Safety Plan as mandated by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2010. There were also discussions on hydrooptic disinfection, ultraviolet filtration, urban sustainable water management, anaerobic co-digestion treatment plant, Wilo pump technology, volute dewatering press for sludge treatment, septage management and presentations of two exemplary models – the Maynilad sanitation safety plan and the Baliwag sanitation safety plan. There were more than 600 delegates who graced the convention with the theme Water, Energy, Food Nexus: Challenges of the Century.


from page 1 It is a result of an aggregation in the atmosphere of very fine, widely dispersed, solid or liquid particles or both in relatively dry air, giving the air an opalescent appearance. Increased in the levels of particulate matter is generally expected during forest fires. As a result of the small

particulate size, these particles can go deep into the lungs and in some cases, enter the bloodstream. Particularly, matter whose diameter is less than 2.5 micrometer (PM2.5) can penetrate right into the small air sacs in our lungs when inhaled, thereby posing the highest health risk. Short term exposure to particles (hours or days) can aggravate lung disease, causing asthma attacks and acute bronchitis and may also increase susceptibility to respiratory infections. In people with heart disease, short term exposure can be linked to heart attacks and arrhythmias. The health effects can be further classified into local and systemic effects. Local effects can result in eye, nose and throat irritation. People with history of sinus problems or sensitive nose are more likely to develop nasal congestion, sore throat and coughing. There may be increased incidents of skin irritation as well for eczema or other skin conditions. Systemic effects such as asthma attacks, bronchitis or worsening of heart diseases are more serious effects of air pollution. Also, there have been suggestions that long term exposure to air pollution may rise to increase risk of cancer. Per state weather bureau, PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration), during the 6th Regular Meeting of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC)-X Technical Working Group, Mindanao is experiencing since October 18 a haze caused by the smog of Indonesia’s wildfire which also continues to affect Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. 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. Meanwhile, DOH advises the public what to do during haze. For elderly, children and those with respiratory-asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cardiovascular diseases, stay indoors with good ventilation; wear appropriate dust masks when going outside the house; refrain from physical activities (exercise, etc) in heavily polluted areas. Motorists, on the other hand, should exercise extreme caution whenever on the road to prevent accidents by using headlights/foglights; follow the required minimum speed level and extreme caution in low, visibility driving; and ensure that vehicle is in good running condition. Further, stay away from low-lying areas where smoke and suspended particles may settle. It is important to consult a doctor if there is difficulty in breathing, cough, chest pain, increased tearing of the eyes, and nose or throat irritation.

PEMC... from page 1

of a electricity spot market,” said Mr. Montenegro. The WESM was established under Republic Act No. 9136, the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001, to serve as the electricity trading market of the Philippines. Mindanao was not part of the WESM because its power infrastructure is not connected to the national grid and supply in this part of the country over the last decade has barely been sufficient. Starting next year, however, Mindanao is expected to have more supply with the operation of new coal-fired plants built by private companies as well as the construction of other committed fossil and renewable energy projects. As of September, data from MinDA show that between this year to 2018, the committed projects have a combined capacity of up to 1,920 megawatts (MW), while indicative projects, or those that have yet to start, could reach 1,925 MW. Mindanao’s power consumption, currently at an average of 1,400 MW per day, has been growing at about 6% annually, based on MinDA’s records. Mr. Montenegro said the growth in energy consumption will have a corresponding “elasticity” in the gross regional domestic product (GRDP) of Mindanao in which an additional 1 MW could translate to about 1% in GRDP growth. Mindanao had a 2014 growth rate of 7.2%, accelerating from 6.4% the previous year, and contributed 14.4% to the national economy. Mr. Montenegro said the 2016 economic numbers for Mindanao are expected to be “abnormal” with the power excess after a decade of tight supply and will only normalize after a couple of years when the demand settles into a steady pace alongside the supply. ENERGY EDUCATION Meanwhile, in Cagayan de Oro City, more than 30 public schools that are still without an electricity supply connection were identified as beneficiaries of an energy conservation education program conducted by One Meralco Foundation and the Coalition for Better Education. Under the program,

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH DEED OF EXCHANGE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late MERLINA TAJOR AMORA (died May 22, 2003) and JUSTINIANO V. AMORA (died May 02, 2009), left a parcel of land situated in Baybay Alubijid, Misamis Oriental and which property described as follows; TCT No. T-3409 Lot 11532, CAD-237 (FPA 161455) Under Tax Declaration No. 0817000210868 Area: .9272 square meters more or less is the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH A DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE OF A PARCEL OF LAND Under Notary Public of Atty. Emelito J. Marquiño per Doc, No. 367; Page No. 73; Book No. XI; Series of 2015 BWM Oct. 23, 30 & Nov. 6, 2015

elementary and secondary school teachers undergo a trainers’ training program covering responsible electricity use, which will then be integrated into the students’ regular subjects. “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 at home,” said Jeffrey O. Tarayao, president of One Meralco Foundation, during his talk before the first batch of teacher trainees last Monday. One Meralco Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), which distributes electricity in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.


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in collaboration with the Department of Education. The BSP is implementing the project in line with studies that underscore the importance of teaching kids about money matters early in life. Said studies reveal that those who began saving during their childhood display better attitudes toward savings than those who did not. (BSP/APB/PIA-10)

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Since McKinley West is a special economic zone, companies that lease office space from the PEZA-accredited

buildings will be granted privileges such as income tax holidays, duty free importation of capital equipment and other non-fiscal incentives. On the other hand, developers shoulder the real property taxes on land. Once completed, Megaworld said the six office towers are seen to generate around 20,000 jobs. The office towers will also have “green” features to be registered under Leadership in Energy and Environment Design of the US Green Building Council. Megaworld is said to be the country’s largest developer and lessor of office spaces with over 700,000 square meters of office space inventory, and around 300,000 square meters of the inventory are in Fort Bonifacio, particularly in McKinley Hill.

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unless you have this one main thing, your life will be neither successful nor satisfying. So what is the main thing? It is peace with your Maker. And you can only get it from having a personal relationship with Him where He’s in charge of every area of your life every day. Only then can you have real peace of mind and success that lasts. But it can start happening right now! All you have to do is ask Jesus to forgive you for living your own way. Then ask Him to help you keep the main thing the main thing: live His way every day for the rest of your life. Just Think a Minute…


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millions of cars globally for various problems, including the airbag issues at embattled supplier Takata. Takata has been under fire over the crisis, as it faces lawsuits and regulatory probes into accusations that it knew about the problem and concealed the dangers. – AFP

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a 5.9% increase to 39,402 units for the nine months to September compared with the year-ago figure. “For September light commercial vehicles sales improved by 12.8% with 3,122 units sold. Locally manufactured models... remain to be significant choices among car buyers,” the company said.

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and better power over other Euro 2 fuels. Petron fuels are locally produced at its refinery in Bataan and formulated for Philippine driving conditions. Petron also operates a fuel additives blending plant in Subic Bay in partnership with Innospec, a leading global fuel specialties company. The plant supplies tailor-fit additives for Petron’s six fuel variants—the most extensive in the local oil industry.

Republic of the Philippines 8th Municipal Circuit Trial Court Initao-Libertad, Misamis Oriental 10th Judicial Region Initao, Misamis Oriental

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH DEED OF EXCHANGE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late PANFILO O. QUIBUEN, who died in Maranding, Lala, Lanao Del Norte on January 2, 2002, left a certain real property, situated in Maranding, Lala, Lanao Del Norte and which property described as follows; Residential lot covered by TCT No. T-13733, Lot No. 451-A-17, Psd-12-011883, Area: 368 square meters only, Location: Maranding, Lala, Lanao Del Norte. Residential lot covered by TCT No. T-25,611, Lot No. 451-A-2, Psd-12-011883, Area: 367 square meters only, Location: Maranding, Lala, Lanao Del Norte, are the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH DEED OF EXCHANGE, made and entered namely; 1. BERNARDITA DELA CERNA QUIBUEN of legal age, widow, Filipino and RESIDENT OF Maranding, Lala, Lanao Del Norte; 2. JOHN JAY DELA CERNA QUIBUEN of legal age, Filipino and RESIDENT OF Maranding, Lala, Lanao Del Norte; 3. YVETTE MARIE DELA CERNA QUIBUEN of legal age, Filipino and RESIDENT OF Maranding, Lala, Lanao Del Norte; 4. SUZZETTE MARIE DELA CERNA QUIBUEN of legal age, Filipino and RESIDENT OF Maranding, Lala, Lanao Del Norte; 5. JOJETTE MARIE DEL CERNA QUIBUEN of legal age, Filipino and RESIDENT OF Maranding, Lala, Lanao Del Norte; 6. LYNETTE MARIE DELA CERNA QUIBUEN of legal age, Filipino and RESIDENT OF Maranding, Lala, Lanao Del Norte; Under Notary Public of Atty. Eleuterio M. Obial per Doc, No. 77; Page No. 15; Book No. XIX; Series of 2015

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NOTICE OF SALE ON EXECUTION OF REAL PROPERTY Whereas, by virtue of an Order of Execution issued by the Hon. Hazel O. Perez, Acting Presiding Judge of this Court on February 7, 2013, in Civil Case No. 2010-02 wherein Initao National Comprehensive High School Teachers & employees Cooperative (INCHSTECO) is the plaintiff and Allan E. Acain is the defendant for Sum of Money with Damages for the recovery of the sum of P 181,090.36, with interests and costs, etc., levy was made by Sheriff Norberto F. Labis on September 3, 2015 thru the Register of Deeds of Misamis Oriental, the rights, interest and participation of said defendant Allan E. Acain in the real property more particularly described as follows: TAX DECLARATION NO. 22-0007-00230 PIN NO. 052-22-0007-007-22

“A parcel of Agriculture Land, CAD 529, Lot No. 2268, located at Mat-i, Naawan, Misamis Oriental, containing an area of 3.3429 ha. declared in the name of Acain, Nilfa, Nena, Emme & Allan (note: a portion only, owned by Allan E. Acain) TAX DECLARATION NO. 22-0007-00427 PIN NO. 052-22-0007-016-19

“A parcel of Agriculture Land, CAD 529, Lot No. 2291, located at Mat-i, Naawan, Misamis Oriental, containing an area of 1.3087 ha. declared in the name of Acain, Nilfa, Nena, Emme & Allan (note: a portion only, owned by Allan E. Acain) NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of said Order of Execution and in accordance with Rule 39, Section 19, of the Rules of Court, Sheriff Norberto F. Labis will sell at public auction to the highest bidder, for CASH and in Philippine Currency NOV.26, 2015 at 10:00 o’clock A.M. or soon thereafter at the entrance of the Office of RTC Branch 44 Initao, Misamis Oriental) the rights, interest and participation of defendant Allan E. Acain, in the above-described real property in order to satisfy said Order of Execution, together with interests, costs, sheriff’s fees and expenses of sale.

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Interactive 3D Puzzle Exhibit pushes indigenous architecture By Mike Baños, Editor-at-Large

Davao-based social enterprise seeks to promote indigenous Filipino architecture through interactive exhibits


ore Filipinos are getting a first-hand look at indigenous Filipino architecture thanks to a traveling exhibit by a Davao-based social enterprise.

Dubbed BalayBalay Ta! (Let’s Play House), the interactive exhibit just completed the third leg of its Mindanao swing at the C.M. Recto entrance of Centrio Mall where shoppers enjoyed putting together its three-dimensional architectural puzzles featuring the Meranao Torogan. Balay-Balay Ta was previously exhibited in Davao’s Abreeza Mall, followed by another stint at Mindanao State University at Marawi City last October 13-17, before the 3-day event Centrio. However, those who missed the Centrio exhibit can still catch it at Xavier University on November 25-December 2 and later at Capitol University’s Museum

Gloryrose Dy, head architect of the project who came up with the concept. “It’s not only for children but also for grownups, and we have seen how both parents and children bonded of Three Cultures on putting it together.” December 7-11, 2015. “Even as an A joint undertaking architecture student, I of Davao City-based only had vague ideas social enterprise about pre-colonial/ Swito Designs and the indigenous Filipino National Commision for Culture and the Arts architecture,” she recalls. “All we learned (NCCA), the exhibit about was the bahay features five wooden kubo during our high prototypes of the 3D school and elementary architectural puzzle featuring the Meranao’s days. ancestral and communal Dy came up with the idea while still a house known as the freshman architecture torogan. “By putting together student at the University of the Philippinesthe puzzle, people can Mindanao. personally interact “With the Balaywith the torogan Balay 3D Architectural which is first-person Puzzles, I hope Filipino experience that will children would know more likely leave a more of their local and lasting impression on traditional architecture the assembler than and be proud of their any classroom or Filipino heritage,” she more passive means added. of learning can hope However, the final to achieve,” relates

Shoppers enjoying themselves putting together the Torogan 3D Architectural Puzzle at Centrio Mall

product was a team effort started by Dy with fellow architecture student Henna Dazo and artist and toy designer Kim Vale who came up with the prototype. Dazo’s thesis on the Marano torogan spawned Vale’s blueprint which also drew further inspiration from the studies of the

late MSU Professor and Meranao Scholar Dr. Abdullah T. Madale. The design was further refined and executed by Davao artisan and woodworker Felix Banlota who handcarved the prototypes. Through the series of exhibits in Mindanao, the team hopes to gather enough feedback and critiques to polish

the design for its eventual commercial release planned for the first quarter of 2016. For further information, visit: https://www.facebook/ Balaybalay3D, email balaybalay3d@gmail. com or contact Angely Chi, project coordinated through her mobile +63939-503-5613 and (082) 321-4416.

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URRENT temperature extremes in the Philippines caused by the onset of the monsoon season and the effect of the El Niño phenomenon will be very stressful to farm animals and this would lead to higher susceptibility to infections, an animal health expert said. Dr. Allen Valdeavilla, an extension veterinarian of Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Company (UNAHCO), said respiratory diseases will be more common nowadays and preventive measures are necessary to prevent possible outbreaks that

could negatively affect farm productivity and profitability. “The abrupt changes in ambient temperature that we are experiencing now highlight the need to reinforce farm biosecurity measures like disinfection and vaccination to prevent the entry or spread of disease-causing microorganisms in a farm,” he said. Dr. Valdeavilla stressed the need to further educate animal raisers – especially backyard swine raisers who supply the bulk of market pigs – about proper biosecurity measures to help ensure food security and safety in the Philippines.

“We must also be conscious of the fact that humans and other animals are usually the ones that carry these harmful germs, so there must be serious efforts to limit the exposure of farm animals to potential carriers of pathogenic organisms,” he added. “Disease-causing microorganisms are invisible, and the usual soap-and-water solutions are not enough to disinfect our animal pens and cages,” he said. “There must be a program on disease prevention, including the regular disinfection of pens and farm equipment once a week

and giving appropriate vaccines against diseases prevalent in the area,” he said. Dr. Valdeavilla said he recommends using Univet’s Major D, a three-in-one disinfectant that also acts as a detergent and degreaser which is safe to use even in the presence of animals. This makes routine disinfection easier because there is no need to remove the farm animals from their pens. Dr. Valdeavilla said he has been promoting biosecurity measures under UNAHCO’s “Oplan Iwas Disease” campaign which was started in 2009 as part of the company’s veterinary

Allphones, Globe Telecom invade Masskara Festival with Allphones Shopping Money With Allphones Shopping Money, customers get to customize and bundle their devices with their choice of gadgets that lets them enjoy their digital lifestyle This year’s Masskara Festival is set to become another wonderful experience once again as the country’s number 1 mobile brand Globe Telecom and multibrand mobile retail chain Allphones partner to give customers the best smartphone and postpaid plan deals to share their Masskara experiences. For the best range of gadget and devices, Allphones has become the go-to store for value-formoney seekers. Alongside its partnership withGlobe, Allphones maximizes the combination of retail and telco services by offering flexiblepostpaid plan deals. With its commitment to offer the best value postpaid plan, Allphones recently introduced the Allphones Shopping Money and is bringing the exclusive offer to the Masskara Festival. Allphones Shopping Money offers new postpaid

customers P8,500 worth of shopping money for Plan 999 and P4,000 shopping money for Plan 599. Usingthe shopping money, customers can easily mix and match mobile devices with an assortment of digital connectors like speakers, headphones, or powerbanks, giving them the flexibility to customize gadget and accessory bundles versus pre-set offers. One can even spend the whole shopping money to get more than one smartphone. Plan 599 with 1.5 GB of data lets one stay connected with 2,000 Facebook posts and 300 tweets. Plan 999 with 3 GB on the other hand allows more time online with 25 hours of music streaming and up to 1,000 instagram posts. Both come with unlimited calls and texts to Globe and TM, free access to Facebook and Viber and rich content such as Spotify, HOOQ or NBA.

With personalized device offers, Allphones Shopping Money complements customers’ varying digital lifestyles with device and accessory bundles fit for their interests. Music fans can pick a quality headset to go with their smartphones. Avid gamers can pair their tablet with a powerbank and headphones while those who love taking photos can choose a smartphone with a good camera quality and use the extra shopping credits for accessories such as selfie sticks and quirky phone cases. “We are very excited to reach out to our customers in Bacolod and celebrate with them the Masskara Festival with the Allphones Shopping Money, which gives us the opportunity to let them customize their postpaid plans by allowing them to choose their devices and accessories that best fit their interests and needs. Versus

This is one of the participants of the 8th Mindanao Master Flairtending Competition as a side event during Oro Best Expo 2015 last Sunday at Limketkai Rotunda in Cagayan de Oro City. photo by mark francisco

the regular pre-set postpaid plan bundles, customers get more value for their money when they can choose what comes with their plan,” says Allphones Director for Marketing Mark Go. Allphones now carries the latest MyPhone MY31 on a Globe Plan 599. The MY31 has a 5.0” HD IPS display, 8 MP rear and 2 MP front camera and 1.4 GHz Octa-core processor. MY31 can also be bundled with the Lenovo Tab 2 A7-30 at Plan 999 that has a 7.0” display, 2 MP rear and VGA front camera with 1.3 GHz quadcore processor. In time for the colorful celebration of the Masskara Festival, users can now do more of what they love from posting to sharing the festive vibe with Allphones’ exclusive offers. These exclusive offers include the limited edition Globe myLifestyle line-only Plan 499 and myLifestyle Plan 599 bundled with a device and unlimited calls and texts to Globe and TM. Both plans come with the upgraded data plans through Surf More. Plan 499 has a 3 GB of mobile data plus 1 GB data wallet to access the latest music on Spotify or movie and TV titles via online entertainment service HOOQ. Plan 599 has 1.5 GB of mobile data and 1 GB to also access Spotify or HOOQ. Allphones Philippines was created through a partnership between Allphones Australia, TAO Corporation and Globe Telecom. For more information about AllPhones and its exclusive offers and deals for the Masskara Festival visit the Allphones booth or the Allphones store at SM Bacolod. To know more about its latest offers, visit, like Allphones Philippines on Facebook and follow @ allphonesPH on Twitter.

missions to help farmers increase yield and profitability. Oplan Iwas Disease emphasizes disease prevention measures like putting up perimeter fences to limit access of people and other animals near the pig pens; putting up vehicle and foot baths with adequate disinfectants like Major D in the piggery entrance; and a designated place where buyers can inspect and look at the market pigs away from the pens, among others. For more details about biosecurity, he said farm owners may visit www.usapangbaboy. com.

CDO of Seven Rivers Greening Project to kick off with tree-growing activity It’s all systems go for the Cagayan de Oro of Seven Rivers Greening Project as seven riverine communities, the city government, City Tourism Council and partner agencies have reported that they are ready for the simultaneous planting of lambago seedlings on October 24, 2015. This was revealed today by Dorothy Jean B. Pabayo, over-all chairperson of the City Tourism Council which is spearheading the greening project, after getting the enthusiastic feedback from representatives of the seven riverine communities and partner agencies. These riverine communities are Barangay Bugo where the Alae River traverses, Barangay Agusan where there is the Agusan River, Barangay Tablon with its Umalag River, Barangay Cugman where there is Cugman River, Barangay Gusa with its Bigaan River, Barangay Iponan with its Iponan River, and Barangay Carmen where the mighty Cagayan River traverses. The Cagayan de Oro of Seven Rivers Greening Project envisions a green and healthy river ecosystem for all of Cagayan de Oro’s seven major river ecosystems through the planting of lambago trees in the riverbanks of these rivers. This project pays homage to our community’s old name, Kalambagohan, which means a place with many lambago trees. At exactly 6:00 in the morning of October 24, all of these riverine communities will plant 50 seedlings of lambago in their identified lambago tree park. Before the tree-planting activity, staff from the City Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office will give a brief background of the project and of

the lambago tree, while personnel from the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office will give instructions on how to plant the seedling and how to take care of it so that it will truly grow as envisioned by the project proponents. The monitoring scheme will also be explained in the briefing. “The tree-planting activity will not take long. After an hour, all the seedlings will have been planted. But note that what will be planted on Saturday will not just be trees. We are also planting hope and additional opportunities for the communities, “ Pabayo emphasized. Pabayo said, “we believe in the need to incorporate the economic and livelihood component of this project to ensure its sustainability. This component can only be carried out with the technical assistance of the Department of Science and Technology , and Philippine Fiber Development Authority (PhilFIDA).” This explains, Pabayo added, the involvement of national line agencies like DOST and PhilFIDA in the project. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is in this endeavor to guide the communities in the livelihood component of the project, Pabayo added. The lambago seedlings, totalling 350, are donated by the Safer River, Life Saver of Liceo de Cagayan University which is also a part of the project. From the local government unit, the departments involved are the City Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, City Local Environment and Natural Resources, City Engineering Office and the Oro Youth Development Council.

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Da Vinci - The World’s Most Advanced Surgical Robot EMPRESS M


Michelle Francisco


ast November 2014, I experienced something not normal with my menstrual cycle so I decided to visit a doctor here in Cagayan de Oro City. She told me that I had a cyst in my right ovary and that it had to be removed because it was too big already for the medicines to work. But, the only option that she gave me was an open surgery like that of a C-section.

My husband, Elmer, and I wanted to get a second opinion and look for other options in Manila. Before leaving, we did some research and we came across Dr. Rebecca Singson, an Obstetrician Gynecologist, also an accredited Laparoscopist and what’s great is that she pioneered Robotic Surgery in the Philippines and served as the Head of the Gynecologic Robotic Surgery Program at St. Luke's Medical Center Global City. We visited her clinic at St. Luke’s Global. And yes, we really had to remove the cyst. She gave us options such as the traditional laparoscopic procedure or the Robotic Surgery. Elmer wanted the best for me so we chose the Robotic Surgery and we had my cyst removed from my right ovary last March 2015. What is Robotic Surgery? According to Dr. Rebecca Singson, "Robotic Surgery is the cutting

With Clarisse and Maika, the efficient secretaries of Dr. Rebecca Singson who never fail to remind me about my appointments

​With Joan, the nurse who assisted Dr. Comia with my Ultrasound

With Dr. Leovigildo “Boy” Comia after my Ultrasound last Monday, October 12, 2015

edge in Minimally Invasive Surgery using the Da Vinci robot to remove tumors. It involves attaching a robotic sidecart to the patient, attaching the "arms" of the robot through ports or holes we make on the patient's abdomen, then the surgeon controls all the instruments through joysticks on the surgeon's console which is far away from the patient. It's such an enabling tool that we can remove tumors as big as watermelons through 8mm "band-aid" incisions. We can remove ovarian cysts, myomas and cancer in women with Robotic Surgery. For men, Robotic Surgery is now the gold standard for prostate cancer surgery. That way, you get to preserve the male patient's ability to urinate and to have erections. Patients can go home in 24-48 hours after a robotic surgery and can be back to work in 7-10 days!" I remember, it was surgery today, out of the hospital tomorrow. So fast, less pain, minimal scarring and faster recovery. Six months after surgery, I had to do a repeat ultrasound to check if everything is back to normal. To be honest, I couldn’t wait for six months to pass because I wanted to be sure that everything is already perfect. So just last week, I had my appointment with Dr. Leovigildo Comia at St. Luke’s Global. He’s an Obstetrician Gynecologist and Obstetric Gynecologic Ultrasonologist. Dr. Comia is very nice and calm so it made me feel extra relaxed. I heard that he is the Supreme Court of Ultrasound. Hehehe. I felt so relieved when

T​ his was taken last March 2015 at St. Luke’s Global. From Left to Right: Dr. Manuel Cuenca - Anesthesiologist; ME; My Husband, Elmer; Dr. Rebecca Singson; and, of course, Da Vinci Robot at the background behind Elmer.

he said, “Everything is normal!" Finally! What a relief ! After the ultrasound, I was excited to show my results to Dr. Rebecca Singson. Everything is perfect! I’m so happy and grateful. I can say that technologies nowadays are amazing as they make our lives better. Combined with the best doctors, we are safe. And, with God, anything is possible. "There are an endless number of things to discover about robotics. A lot of it is just too fantastic for people to believe." Daniel H. Wilson For more photos from this experience, visit www. EmpressMichelleFrancisco.

Taken last Thursday, October 15, 2015 for my check up with Dr. Rebecca Singson

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​Dr. Rebecca Singson on the console of Da Vinci Robot

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