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Cable theft LOCAL law enforcers in Cagayan de Oro had arrested the alleged “brain” in the stealing of “telephone cable wires” who worked as a contractor for a local telecommunication company here, police said on Thursday. Senior Police Of ficer Dominador Datahan said that Raffie Jude Ranin of Barangay Macabalan has been an object of surveillance for the past months after reports that the suspect (s) was tagged as the “mastermind” behind a series of unsolved cable wire theft in the city. Datahan said that a composite surveillance team of various telecommunication companies spotted Ranin on Thursday mor ning together with t wo others on board a truck with plate number MDK 464 along the Bulua highways here.


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ORE exporters are encouraged to promote the competitiveness of Filipino-made products to the vibrant local market amid weaker global demand. L e onor Ab el la , v ic e president of Buy Pinoy Move me nt Fou nd at ion Inc. (BPMFI), said joining local trade exhibitions can help them sustain business operations while waiting for exports to recovery. Abella cited the ongoing

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export products. We have a variety and new products from the regions,” she said. Abella described the trade fair as an example of a publicexporters/PAGE 23

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Davao Sur’s businessmen raise howl over outages DIGOS City -- The business sector here is worried the persisting power outage is already seriously affecting t he busi nesses i n t he province. “ It ’s t o o mu c h t o experience two to three times power interruption a day, and has also caused fear

among business owners. Net cafe opted to close down their businesses because it is no longer profitable and most of the computer units were damaged due to the brownouts,” Lyle Sept Raut, vice-president of the Mt. Apo Davao del raise/PAGE 23

three-month long “Paskong Paskong Pinoy Fair” held at the Department of Trade Indust r y (DTI) Ma k at i showroom as among the venues where t hey ca n showcase their products. “The idea is to show the Filipinos that we have quality

Halal equipment C O TA B AT O C i t y - - T h e Department of Trade and Industry in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DTI-ARMM) turned over on Wednesday P9.8 million worthof modern laboratory equipment to ARMM’s Regional Standards and Halal Testing Laboratory (RSHTL), the ARMM bureau of public information said. Run by ARMM’s Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the testing laboratory was put up in 2011 as part of the region’s plan to become the center of credible halal certification and the halal industry in the country. Myra Alih, DOST-ARMM secretary, said the testing lab is going to be initially manned by seven Muslim chemists who have undergone rigid training on halal laboratory procedures and testing, four of whom are set to take further training at the Halal Science Center in Cholalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

LIBA-LIBA FISHING. A liba-liba fishing boat docks at the Cantilan River in Surigao del Sur in this MindaNews file photo. Authorities have banned liba-liba, or Danish seine fishing method, because “it destroys coral reefs, sea grass beds and other fishery marine habitats.” But the practice continues in the Caraga Region.

Liba-liba fishing in Caraga continues despite ban By ROEL CATOTO, MindaNews

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur – Despite the ban on Danish seine fishing, locally known as liba-liba, fishermen are still using the method in the waters of three provinces in the Caraga Region. This was observed by

the townsfolk in Cantilan, Surigao del Sur. Jun Yparaguirre, who hails from Isla General of this town, said that he sees everyday the operations of the liba-liba. fishing/PAGE 23

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ADB voices concern Gov’t amp on double investments, over TPP agenda dollar earnings, job creation urged MANILA --The Asian Development Bank (ADB) expressed concern Thursday over the “ambitious and wide-ranging” agenda of the TransPacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed regional free trade agreement under negotiations between the United States, Japan and 10 other countries. In the Asian Economic Integration Monitor, a semiannual review of Asia’s

regional economic cooperation and integration, the bank believes some will miss the year-end deadline for TPP to conclude the talks. “Although the TPP’s agenda is ambitious and wide-ranging, it remains to be seen what can be agreed on, given the diversity of its membership,” says the report. (PNA/Kyodo)

MANILA -- The electronics sector underscored the need of government and academe support in order to double the generation of job, investment and dollar income. The electronics sector projects to generate some four million direct and indirect employment in 2016. But with government and academe support, the sector sees to double this to eight million with appropriate support from the government and the academe, Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI) P re sident Da n L ach ic a said during the Trade and Industry Development (TID) updates on Thursday . T he i ndu st r y le ader has also reported medium and long term plans of the electronics sector. It aims to create 14 million jobs in 2022 while it targets to employ 24 million personnel in 2030 with government’s and academe’s support. On t he ot her ha nd , the industry without the participation of the two sectors can employ eight m i l l ion workers for its medium term plan and 14 million jobs for long term plan, more than 50 percent lower compared with the shared efforts of the industry, government, and academe.

Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III exchanges views with Lotte Asset Development executive managing director and chief executive officer Changkwon Kim, and Hotel Lotte Co. Ltd. president and CEO Dr. Yong-dok Song, during the meeting at the Business Center Room 9, Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul for his State Visit to the Republic of Korea last on October 18. The electronics sector urges the government to increase its investments, dollar earnings and job creation initiatives. Korea is the 3rd largest economy in Asia and the 13th in the world in 2012. photo by benhur arcayan/malacañang photo bureau/pna

In terms of investment, partnership with the public sector and academe can be maximized up to $ 3 billion in 2016, $ 5 billion in 2022, and $ 10 billion in 2030 versus the $ 2.5 billion worth of investment in 2016, $ 3 billion in 2022, and $ 5 billion in 2030 with efforts of the industry alone. With the contribution to expor t earnings, t he e le c t ron ic s s e c tor c a n

maximize its value up to $ 37 billion in its short term plan, $ 52 billion in its medium term plan, and $ 112 billion in its long term plan with the help of the government and academe. However, with the efforts of the industry alone, it can share lower export earnings with $ 28 billion in 2016, $ 37 billion in 2022, and $ 52 billion in 2030. In order to achieve targets that will

create more employment, Lachica noted that several challenges of the present shall be addressed. Lachica identified that high costs in power, logistics cha rge s , a nd i mp or te d materials impair the cost efficiency of the sector. He said the government through the energ y department can intervene in this challenge through urged/PAGE 21

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Mazda Q3 sales surpass last year’s total TOTAL third-quarter sales of the local distributor of Japanese automotive company Mazda Motor Corp have grown beyond last year’s total sales volume. S t e v e n Ta n , M a z d a Philippines president, said that total vehicle sales as of end-September hit 1,600, which is already more than 1,400 total at the end of last year. On a quarteron-quarter basis, Tan said that they posted 65 percent growth in September. “Everything is performing very well,” Tan said. Sa les volu me across all vehicles has surpassed previous year’s figures, with the BT-50 pick-up truck reaching historic highs.

“BT-50 this year is the largest sales volume in its history since its launch in 2008. Even before the year is over, it’s already the best selling year for the pick-up truck,” Tan said. If t hings proceed without any hitches, Mazda Philippines may be on track to hit 40-50 percent growth. “Barring any unexpected circumstances and if the economy grows in the right direction, we will surpass 2 , 0 0 0 u n it s t h i s ye a r. And that’s a conservative

estimate,” Tan said. “It would be at least 50 percent growth over last year. The dealers are getting enthusiastic and they are getting stronger, so unless t here w i l l be a nat u ra l calamity or an unusual event in the economy, that (growth) trajectory will happen,” Tan added. Grow t h is pr i ma r i ly hinged on the expansion of the company’s dealer network. From nine this year, Mazda has already added five additional dealer’s namely in C5 in Pasig; Tarlac, Cabanatuan, Cavite, and Iloilo. By the end of the year, the company will also mazda/PAGE 21

Emperador expands vineyard in Spain E M PE R A D OR I nc h a s acquired more vineyards in Spain as part of a plan to strengthen its position as the world’s top brandy producer. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, the liquor arm of Alliance Global Group Inc (AGI) said Emperador International Ltd., through its Spanish subsidiary Group Emperador Spain S.A, acquired another 409 hectares of vineyard in Madrid, bringing its total land bank in Spain close to 1,000 hectares. “We are building more

vineyards in order to support our brandy production in Spain,” said Jorge Domecq Bohórquez , ma nag ing d i re c tor of E mp er ador International. “We are very satisfied with the Philippine market’s reception for our Emperador Deluxe Spanish Edition, an Emperador product that is produced and bottled in Spain,” Domecq said. S a le s of E mp e r a dor Deluxe have surpassed the compa ny’s ex pectat ions since it was launched in emperador/PAGE 21

Korean food firms eye local franchising in PH KOREAN food firms aim to expand in the country t h r ou g h f i n d i n g l o c a l partners to franchise their brands. This is after the Korean government-owned AgroFisheries and Food Trade C o r p. (AT ) o r g a n i z e d franchise exhibition dubbed as “Buy Korean Franchise, Aut u m n E x h i bit ion @ Ma k at i ” at t he Ma k at i

Shangri-La Hotel Thursday. The franchise exhibition seek to tap t he Filipino market. At Food Industr y Department Food Service Promotion Team Misun Choi said in an interview t hat ten Korea n food firms had joined them for the exhibit and business matching session to find their local partners.

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SOCIAL Security System (SSS) members can transact at SSS branches all over the countr y ever y Saturday, star ting on October 26, 2013, as part of the agency’s thrust to make SSS services more accessible to its membership. SSS Officer-inC ha rge E d ga r S ol i lapsi said t he Socia l Securit y Commission has approved t he extended branch schedule, which aims to ac com mod ate members who c a n not t ra nsac t at SSS branch offices during regular business hours on weekdays. “Under t he new schedu le , S S S br a nche s w i l l be open to ser ve members from 8 a.m. to 5 p. m . e ver y S at u rd ay, on top of t hei r reg u la r business hours on Mondays to Fridays,” Solilapsi said. “We encourage members, a s we l l a s re g u l a r a nd household employers, to ta ke adva ntage of t his specia l SSS bra nch schedule, which starts on October 26.” The ex tended work schedule will also benefit C e bu a nd B ohol- b a s e d members affected by the recent earthquake covered by the SSS Calamity Relief Package. The package includes

t he Sa lar y Loa n Early Renewal Program (SLERP) for members with existing salary loans; the waived one percent service fee for new salary loan borrowers; advance release of threemonth pensions; and the fixed six percent annual interest rate and waived applicat ion fee under the special House Repair a nd Improvement L oa n Program. Solilapsi said a similar calamity relief package is also on-going for members

and pensioners af fected b y Ty p h o o n “ S a n t i ,” w h ic h lef t t he tow n of Sa n Mig uel, Bu laca n in a state of ca la mit y as declared by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council or “NDRRMC.” The state-run pension fund has 132 branch offices nationwide that serve over 30 million members and about 871,000 registered employers. SSS pla ns to c re ate add it iona l 10 br a nc he s a nd i nc re a s e

t h e nu m b e r of br a nc h personnel to improve ser vice deliver y and enhance its accessibility to members and employers, especially with the continuing growth in SSS membership. “A p a r t f r o m S S S branches, members who plan to transact during the weekend can also visit SSS Service Offices in various malls nationwide, which are open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m,” he said. (PNA)

SOME of the Philippines’ r ic he s t me n h ave won Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) approval to expand their banks in and out of the country. In a circular, the BSP said it approved the expansion pl a n s of s i x u n i ve r s a l a nd com mercia l ba n k s, na mely BD O Un iba n k , Ch i na Ba n k i ng C or p, Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co, Phi l ippi ne Ba n k of Commu nicat ions, R iza l Commercial Banking Corp and Robinsons Bank Corp. The country’s richest man, Henry Sy, controls BD O a nd C h i na B a n k, while the fifth wealthiest, Joh n G okong wei, ow ns Robinsons Bank. The ninth richest, George Ty, owns Metrobank, while

the 27th wealthiest, former f i na nce u ndersecret a r y Eric Ongpin-Recto, who’s a nephew of former trade m i n i s t e r R o b e r t o V. Ongpin, controls PBCom. Former ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco, ranked 21st in Forbes magazine’s list of wealthiest Filipinos, owns RCBC. The Philippines’ biggest lender, BD O, won B SP approval to set up 16 more branches in the country and a representative office in Seoul, Korea, while sisterfirm China Bank will put up one branch in Cebu. The country’s secondbiggest lender, Metrobank can establish nine more branches in the country, while Robinsons Bank plans to put up 20.

PBCom can now set up 10 more branches, while RCBC , t h ree ex tension offices. At end-July, the branch network of the country’s biggest banks numbered 8,287. “It’s continued evidence of the strength and vitality of the banking system. This will also further financial i nclusion,” BSP Deput y Governor Nestor Espenila Jr. said. Besides the countr y’s biggest banks, the BSP also approved the expansion of certain thrifts banks, some of which are subsidiaries of t he above-mentioned universal or commercial lenders. Thrift banks focus on t h e c on s u m e r m a r k e t ,

unlike their bigger peers, which serve a wide range of clientele and offer more services. Ch i na Ba n k Sav i ngs bagged BSP clearance to put up 19 branches, while Philippine Savings Bank, which is the thrift arm of Metrobank, can establish one outlet in Tagaytay. RCBC Savings secured regulatory approval to set up one more branch and three extension of f ices, while Secu r it y Ba n k Sav i ngs, which is the thrift arm of another universal lender, will put up five branches. Lastly, Sun Savings Bank has received the go signal to establish a branch in Mandaue City. At end-July, the thrift industry had 760 branches.

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Metrobank eyes P20-B LTNCD float METROPOLITAN Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank) plans to offer up to P20 billion worth of long-term negotiable certificates of deposit (LTNCDs) next year to raise additional funding. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Metrobank said it received Tuesday a board approval for the issuance. “The bank intends to take advantage of the ample

liquidity in the market and to lock-in long-term funding,” the disclosure read. Metrobank said the first tranche of LTNCDs is to be launched early next year, once approved by regulators. On October 3, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Metrobank’s credit rating to investment grade based on Bank Financial Strength Rating (BFSR) and deposit rating of Baa3.

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Globe Showcase Partner Social Enterprises at Ayala Fair Share Bazaar ‘Tis the season to go Christmas shopping, and what better way to complete that shopping list than by purchasing from social enterprises and local producers? Globe showcased its partner social enterprises at the Ayala Fair Share Bazaar at the Hotel InterContinental in Makati on October 10. Globe partners include Bayani Brew, Bote Central, Custom Made Crafts Center, Gifts & Graces, Jacinto & Lirio, and Rurungan Sa Tubod Foundation, Inc. The bazaar was held in conjunction with the Ayala Group Sustainability Summit. In keeping with the Ayala Group’s commitment to aid com mu n it y development by providing opportunities to entrepreneurs and cooperatives, the bazaar soug ht to con nect local producers with the various Ayala companies as well as the general public to provide them with market access this Christmas season. “At Globe, we actively support social enterprises, micro-entrepreneurs, and local producer s t h roug h our sustainable livelihood advocacy pillar, iProsper,” says Fernando Esguerra, OIC for Globe Corporate Social Responsibility. “By providing technology, training, and in the case of the Fair Share Bazaar, market access, we hope to promote inclusive growth in bottom-of-thepyramid (BOP) communities.”

far ming com mu nities by providing planting materials, shoulder ing maintenance of crops, awarding Bayani scholarships, among other things.

Bote Central Bote Cent r al focu ses on providing sustainable livelihoods to local communities using forest and agri-forest products. Its Kape’t Buhay Program provides income opportunities t o lo ca l c of fe e fa r me r s by equippi ng them with technology, training, and marketing support, among other things, in order to start their own agricoffee business. And by practicing fair trade, they ensure proper trading conditions and secure the rights of the farmers they serve.

Jacinto & Lirio Considered an aquatic weed, the water hyacinth has now become functional and trendy, thanks to this social enterprise. Turning them into chic bags, notebooks, and accessories has not only put this plant to good use, but has turned it into a source of income for communities in Pampanga, Laguna, Rizal, and Pasig. The finished product is no ordinary material – it’s excellent quality plant leather that caters to a high end market.

Bayani Brew A social enter prise nurtured by Gawad Kalinga (GK), Bayani Brew uses organic ingredients from the GK Enchanted Farm in Bulacan to produce its Classic (lemongrass and pandan) and Purple Leaf (sweet potato tops) iced tea variations. Apart from sourcing locally and buying at higher than market prices from farming communities, the group also provides support to organic

Custom Made Crafts Center (CMCC) CMCC creates unique and distinctly Filipino products through the combination of organic and non-timber forest resources and indigenous designs. Carefully crafted by indigenous tribes such as the Mangyan, the Higaonon, the Palaw’anon, the Tagbanua, and the T’boli, the finished products include clothing, journals, and home items. More than just providing a means of livelihood to these communities, CMCC hopes to shine a spotlight on indigenous traditions and craftsmanship. Gifts & Graces This social enter prise provides livelihood oppor t u nities to var ious communities, which include former street children, the urban poor, former prison in mates, and indigenous groups. On top of practicing fair trade, the organization provides product development, technical training on enterprise management, and market access to enable communities to run a sustainable business. T h e i r p r o d u c t s i n cl u d e bags, home organizers, and decorative items.

Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation, Inc. (RSTF) Based in pineapple-rich Palawa n , R ST F e n able s women in rural areas here to create livelihoods through piña weaving. Going beyond providing a source of income, R ST F a dvocates women e m p owe r m e nt , we av i n g excellence, and sustainability. The piña fabric is best known for its use in the Barong Tagalog, but is also gaining popularity for other types of clothing as well as home accessories.

Bayani Brew Iced Tea from the Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm

Brgy. 16, Bacolod City, are declared champions of the Masskara Festival 2013 arena and streetdance competition. They also won as the Best in Mask Design and Choreography.

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With Resource Playwrights: Dr Steven Patrick Fernandez (writer, critique and researcher, Executive/Artistic Director of Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) of MSU IIT,), Mr Rody Vera (Executive Director of Writer’s Bloc, Inc., Playwright, television scriptwriter and Screen writer), Prof Layeta Bucoy (screenplay writer, columnist ,published works includes Doc ressureccion :Gagamutin ang Bayan). Fellows: Anna Liz Cabrido (Apat sa Taglamig Productions Inc.Koronadal City, South Cotabato),Estrella Alfabeto ( CMU, Bukidnon), Kristen Senajon(XU The Xavier Stage),Michelle Dollaga (XU The Xavier Stage), Vel Marie Santillan (XU Dulaang Atenista), Jim C Raborar (Apat sa Taglamig Productions, Inc of Koronadal City, South Cotabato), Hermie Dico ( IPAG MSU IIT), Dennis Flores (Cagayan de oro City), Gabrial Luceño(Xavier University). Xavier University and Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA)and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will hold Sulat-Dula 3: A Playwriting Workshop in Mindanao on October 23, 24 and 25 2013 at the Office of the President Conference Room 2/AVR2 and AVR3 in Xavier University, Cagayan de Oro City. Sulat-Dula is XCCA’s flagship project for its Cultural Education Program that aims at bringing best culture and art practices closer to the community: Students, Faculty and LGUs of Northern Mindanao and establishing a sustained Playwright Development Program in Mindanao.

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Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno (right) signals the crowd asking for two lucky children who will receive a gift from Toy Kingdom courtesy of Ms. Ivy Guantero - SM City Cagayan de Oro’s PR Manager. All children in the participating day care centres and schools were to receive gifts from Toy Kingdom during the later part of the day. The giving of the gifts was hosted by Kagawad Eric Salcedo (chairman for the welfare of children), at the Kiosko Kagawasan at Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City, October 24.

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Honorable Oscar Moreno instructing the children posing for a group shot. Photo by Glenn Palacio

Children pose with the reigning Ms. Cagayan de Oro 2013 alongside the other advocates supporting the culminating program of the National Children's Month at the Kiosko Kagawasan at Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City, October 24. Photo by Glenn Palacio

Mayor Oscar Moreno also introduced the search for Child-Friendly barangay, police station, school, hospital, barangay health center during the culminating program of the National Children's Month at the Kiosko Kagawasan at Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City, October 24. Photo by Glenn Palacio

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Palawan celebrates Fish Conservation Week

PRICELESS FUN. Children living near the Overview Nature and Culture Park in Quezon, Bukidnon play the traditional ‘tumba lata’ where a used tin can is ‘downed’ using a slipper, on October 6. mindanews photo by vanessa almeda

Pampanga upland farmers urged to stop destructive farming practices CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga -- Governor Lilia Pineda has called on upland farmers in the province to stop destructive farming practices that endanger the mountain and cause soil degradation. The governor made the call after she learned that some farmers from villages near the mountain cultivate slope areas, slash and burn portions of the forest to be converted into rice and farm lands. Pineda said these practices contribute greatly to the degradation of soil that causes simple erosion to massive landslides just like what happened in Barangay San Juan Baño in Arayat portion in 2009. During the height of typhoon Santi, a runoff from the steep of the mountain hit Barangay Ayala, Magalang town. Engineer Noel Lacadin, of f icer-in-charge of the Geo-Sciences Division of the Mines and Ge0-Sciences Bureau (MGB) said loose soil materials and other

sediments on the mountain cause siltation of rivers, denudation of forest lands that also contributed to the severe f looding and water runoff experienced during calamities. T he D e p a r t ment of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that some farming practices really cause destruction of the mountain such as burning of t he forest, intensive tillage of slopes, burning of stubbles, indiscriminate use of pesticides, and over application of synthetic fertilizers. The governor is scheduled to meet with the upland farmers in the province together with other concerned government agencies to inform them of the situation of Mt. Arayat and educate them on the preservation of the protected areas of the mountain. She also vowed to give upland farmers an alternative livelihood to refrain them from being dependent on the environment. (PNA)

HA NOI (PNA/VNS) -- Viet Nam’s growing industries produce increasing amounts of waste while only around 5 per cent of waste water is treated, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade. It also reports that barely 14 per cent of hazardous waste and 15 per cent of solid waste were disposed of properly, and that only 105 of the country’s 283 industrial zones have centralized waste water treatment systems. D u on g D i n h G i a m , president of the ministry’s Industrial Policy and Strategy Institute, said that even those frequently operate inef fectively, producing substandard “treated” waste water. At a workshop last Friday

in Ha Noi, Giam conveyed the stark message that the env ironmenta l industr y had not kept pace with the country’s rapid economic growth. “Waste is the biggest environmental problem but it is also valuable resources for developing countries,” he said. Giam said that Viet Nam badly needed to develop an industry to treat and recycle waste water and solid waste as well as electronic waste, which the nation has never recycled. However, he warned that this would be a challenge for the “scattered” national environmental industry. Duong Thi Thanh Xuyen from the Viet Nam develop/PAGE 21

Viet Nam urged to develop waste treatment plants

PUERTO PR INCESA C I T Y, Pa l aw a n -- T he Bureau of Fisheries and Aquat ic Resources – Pa lawa n celebrates t he 50t h Fish Conser vation Week starting today until O c t o b e r 19 r e n e w i n g support and collaboration among national and local government agencies and other stakeholders. Under t he t heme “Pangisdaang Pinagyaman Ngayon, Henerasyong Sagana sa Panghabang Panahon”, the BFAR family in Palawan has lined up various activities to highlight the importance of conserving and protecting f isher y resources in the province. T h e B FA R f a m i l y, c omp o s e d of R e g ion a l Fisheries Training Center (R FTC), In la nd Sea

Ranching Service (ISRS) and the provincial office of BFA R , c onduc t e d a motorcade around the major city streets this morning to kick-off the week-long activities. Projects and activities for the week include open water stocking and dispersal of bangus, tilapia and seabass fry and fingerlings; open house of projects at the RFTC and ISRS; fora/symposia at selected secondary schools; and technical trainings on post harvest and seaweeds farming by the RFTC. A Fisherfolk Day has been scheduled on October 18 in the city where BFAR would award livelihood projects and give away gillnets and hook & line to fisherfolkbeneficiaries. (LBR/VSM/ PIA4B/Palawan)

Relief efforts continue for quake victims in Bohol, Cebu MANILA -- The Aquino government intensifies its relief efforts for the affected families of the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that shook Central Visayas on October 15 with the distribution of food and non-food relief goods worth P8.05-million to earthquake victims, a Palace official said. In an interview aired over government-run radio station DzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) personnel went to the different devastated areas in Bohol and Cebu to distribute relief goods. “As of t his morni ng po, assistance extended to affected families now amount to P8.05-million comprised of food and nonfood relief from DSWD, and ‘yung relief distribution po natin ay patuloy pa rin po sa mga panahong ito,” Valte said. “Sinisi kap pa rin po

nating abutin ‘yung iba pang mga barangay o kaya mga munisipyo na kailangan pa po ng tulong mula po sa DSWD,” she said. Valte said the DSWD continues to coordinate with the local government units especially those in isolated areas for the immediate delivery of relief goods. The relief operations will continue until normalcy returns to all towns in Bohol and Cebu, Valte said. “Around 55,769 families or 257,268 persons who are staying outside evacuation centers in Bohol and Cebu are likewise being served,” Valte stressed. “A n g t o t a l p o n g

evacuation centers natin that are still open, 93 evacuation centers... meron po tayong 68 evacuation centers in

Bohol serving some 21,807 families, and 25 evacuation centers in Cebu serving 1,009 families,” she said. (PNA)

JAK ARTA -- Indonesia should improve its forest governance as its index is still low in order to achieve sustainable development and green growth, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) director said. “ I n d o n e s i a’s F o r e s t Governance Index is still low. There are rooms to improve it, even to implement the existing rules and regulations,” UNDP director for Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific Haoliang Xu said during an interview here on Sunday evening. UNDP Indonesia, Ministry of Forestry, National REDD+ Task Force and National De velopment Pla n n i ng Board (BAPPENAS) jointly conducted the participatory government assessment (PGA) to provide adequate

monitoring instrument for forest and peat land protection in Indonesia. The index analyses the cou nt r y’s current state of forest governance and the implications for the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). Indonesia, with support from the UN-REDD Global Progamme, is one of the four pilot countries launching a forest governance index. The other countries are Ecuador, Nigeria and Vietnam. The repor t covers Indonesia`s 10 provinces such as Aceh, Riau, Jambi, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, Central Sulawesi, West Papua and Papua. Using a scale of one to five, the result was an index of 2.33

in 2012. The value was derived from the index average aggregates of forest, land and REDD+ governance at the central level (2.78) combined with the average index value calculated for the 10 provinces with the largest forest areas (2.39), and the average index value of 20 districts surveyed within these provinces (1.8). “The index prov ides a quantitative way to see whether current laws and rule in protecting forest is effective,” Xu said. After visiting Central Kalimantan, Xu, who was recently elected as the UNDP Director for Asia Pacific in September, said that there was tremendous degradation of ecosystem in Indonesia. “From the plane, I can see, some places (forest) are very

dense, while many other are seriously damaged,” he said. However, Indonesia has shown one of the world`s highest deforestation rates since 1990 due largely to logging, pulp and paper production, agricultural expansion, fires and oil palm plantations. “The challenge now is how we balance the use of forest between palm oil production, logging and preservation for sustainable development of green growth,” he said. Previously, Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan said the implementation of good forest governance through R EDD+ is ex pected to reverse deforestation rates in Indonesia. “It could be a good model,” the Minister said. (PNA/ Antara)

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a n elec t r icit y road map ensuring lower power cost and promoting the use of renewable energy. T he D e p a r t me nt of Labor and Employment is also urged to “maintain peaceful and collaborative industrial relations with the labor sector.” Likewise, the Customs is asked to eliminate unnecessary charges while Public Works and Highways is pushed for improved infrastructures. Moreover, the level of technology in the country is also a challenge causing the local electronics sector to stay in assembly and testing and not in to higher value chain. T hu s , t h e a c a d e m e can provide research and d e ve lopme nt for more advanced technology, and scholarship for industry’s supply of h ig h qu a l it y manpower, among others. Tech n ic a l E duc at ion and Sk ills Development Authority, Department of Science and Technolog y, and Commission on Higher Education can also address the gaps in technology and education. The industry itself will address global competition, new innovations and effective New Product Introduction (NPI) processes in place. F u r t h e r, L a c h i c a mentioned in an interview that the sector’s roadmap was also submitted to President Benigno Aquino III early this week. According to Lachica, the President has always expressed its support to the industr y considering its contribution to the economy. (PNA)

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the Philippines a few months ago. The liquor company is gearing up to introduce the product in Vietnam next year. “We expect to more than double our sales volume for Emperador Deluxe next year,” Domecq said. Emperador is shelling out P5.8 billion to boost its operations in Spain in a bid to create a strong global brand. The world’s largest brandy producer, Emperador plans to double sales volume and corner a third of the world market in five years. At the moment, the company is focusing on the integration of Spain’s Bodega San Bruno into the business following its acquisition at the start of the year. Besides t he f lagsh ip Emperador, the Philippine company, which is owned by billionaire Andrew Tan, a l s o m a nu f ac t u re s t he Generoso and Emperador Light brandies as well as a line of f lavored alcoholic beverages called The Bar. Parent firm AGI recently completed its takeover of TrillionStars, then known as Touch Solutions Inc. T he cong lomerate t hen

transferred the shares of Emperador Distillers Inc into the listed company, paving the way for the backdoor listing of the liquor firm. Tan’s holding company, AGI, is also in the business of real estate, gaming, tourism, food a nd qu ick ser v ice restaurant.

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open in Davao for a total of 15 local dealers. “ We s e e g r ow t h a s a n indication of t he strengthening of the dealer network,” Tan said. “We are also spending money on promotions and market activity. So its all coming together, that’s why we got the growth over last year,” Tan added. Ma laysia n-led f irm Beerjaya Auto Philippines took over the loca l distributorship of Mazda last January. As the company now nea rs one yea r i n operations, Tan said that they are poised to deliver a stronger performance. “ 2 014 w i l l b e more exciting than this year, which is our first year of operations. The team has already come together and we now have a very strong culture within the company and with the dealers,” Tan said.

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expressed interest in the said Korean food firms which also include big names in the industry like San Miguel Corporation, Jollibee, and Pa nc a ke Hou s e a mong others. Choi added that this is the first time of AT to organize food franchising fair. She noted that at chose Philippines as the venue of its first food franchise ex h ibit a f ter its ow n survey showed that Korean companies would like to expand their businesses in the Philippines. O n t he ot her ha nd , AT Ho n g Ko n g o f f i c e Marketing Manager Joshua Kim mentioned that the Philippines is an important South East Asian market as the country has immediately accepted the Korean culture. He added t hat t here is also a growing Korean community in the Philippines, t hus a sure market for Korean food. (PNA)

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Environment Administration said the quality of environmental services was “poor” because companies providing environmental s er v ic e s were l ic enc e d without careful verification of their workforce, equipment, technology or capital. Additionally, there were no State-owned enterprises big enough to address major environmental problems, such as oil slicks or treating hazardous waste on a regional level. Ng uyen Va n T ha n h, deputy head of the trade ministry’s Industrial Safety

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TOPS, LRA partner in improving Davao’s land registration processes DAVAO CITY -- The Organization of Property Stakeholders (TOPS) and the Land Registration Authority (LRA) collaborated efforts to streamline land registration processes and other concerns of the real property sector in the Davao Region. The collaboration was made through the holding of TOPS-LRA Summit 2013 Friday at the Marco Polo, Davao. Themed, “Transparency, Efficiency, and Accountability: A Challenge to All Property Stakeholders”, the summit aims to identify areas of improvement in the sector and its dealings with the government. LRA administrator Eulalio C. Diaz at a press conference following the summit, said the digitations or computerization program which the LRA started in 2000 helped avoid or minimize discrepancies in the data needed in the registration of titles, thus minimized delays. LRA Deputy administrator Robert Nomar V. Leyretana, for his part, said there are data from other agencies among others Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) needed before a land title is registered at LRA. To avoid discrepancies on the data coming from other agencies, the process should be digitized, he said. This is why LRS and

DENR came up with an agreement to synchronize the data through computerization process, he said. Diaz said LRA needs pure data to arrive at LRA to avoid delays in the registration of titles. The delays in the title registration and issuance of titles are the perennial problems raised by players in the real property sector.. Lawyer Rodolfo B. Fernandez, vice president BPI Family Savings Bank and Summit chairman, said the private sector joined Diaz and Leyretana, saying there is a need to link up with various agencies through digitation to eliminate discretion and human intervention or corruption in the course of processing the titles. He said that although the summit is privatesector driven, it is also synergy between the private sector and the government agencies. We seek improvement of processes to make it more efficient on the business side. TOPS is a group that lobby for that,” Fernandez said. Diaz said the summit is timely following the implementation of the Land Titling Computerization Project (LTCP) that strengthened drive against organized crime involved in fake land titles and closer coordination with pertinent agencies and private corporations servicing property owners. (PNA)

Techniques and Environment Agency, said that there were not enough skilled workers to develop the environmental industry. The environment m i n i s t r y ’s V i e t N a m Environment Administration reported that not a single hou s e hold s ol id w a s t e t reat ment pla nt met standards of technology, socio-economic and environment. Giam blamed the situation on budget shor tages. State budget spending for environmental protection is limited; environmental ser v ices a re considered public ser vices, he said, so t he Government has to subsidise most fees for t reat i ng i ndust r ia l a nd household waste.vThe lack of encouraging policies and advanced technologies compounded the problem, he added.vHe recommended changing regulations on importing iron, steel and electronic products to help develop the electronic waste recycling sector. Policy changes are also afoot. By 2020, residents will pay about 20 per cent of fees

for treating household waste, Giam said. Today they pay nothing. “The new rule aims to involve communities in paying to treat waste,” he said. Thanh from the Industrial S a fe t y Te ch n ique s a nd Environment Agency said the ministry of industry and trade had recently proposed a decree to develop the national environmental industry to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. The ministry planned to create policies to tighten State management of the environmental industry and identify economic sectors that could receive preferential treatment from participating i n t he env i ron menta l industry, Thanh said. Xuyen of the environmental administration said it would be a good idea to create favourable conditions for cement factories to participate in processing hazardous waste.vAdditiona lly, t he Government should help oil exploiting and processing companies equip themselves to deal with oil slicks. (PNA/ VNS)


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MANCHESTER - Manchester United went top of Champions League Group A on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) thanks to an early own goal by Real Sociedad’s Inigo Martinez that gave them a 1-0 home win to mask a host of missed opportunities. Wayne Rooney did all the hard work to create the second-minute opener and watched as his shot crashed off the far post and into the path of Martinez who inexplicably directed the ball into his own net. United, driven by the rejuvenated Rooney on the eve of his 28th birthday, then proceeded to spurn chance after chance to kill the game off and Sociedad hit the woodwork twice to keep Old Trafford nerves on edge until the final whistle. “A good job done, a good performance, we

could’ve scored more goals and should have but I’m pleased with the victory,” United manager David Moyes told Sky Sports with memories of conceding an 89th-minute equalizer at the weekend still fresh. “We had it on Saturday in a Premier League game [against Southampton] when we were 1-0 up and lost a goal in the last minute so today we had that feeling around us but if we’d scored five or six it wouldn’t have been out of place. “We really did have an awful lot of opportunities and didn’t finish it off.” With Shakhtar Donetsk suffering a 4-0 thumping at Bayer Leverkusen, United’s victory was enough to send them a point clear of the Ukrainian side with seven points from three win/PAGE 23


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private partnership (PPP), as it is a project of BPMFI in collaboration with DTI. “This is an excellent partnership in a small scale but with high impact because of the increasing awareness of the locals on the improved quality and competitiveness of our products,” she said. More than 30 companies w i l l showcase produc ts such as Christmas decors, food, home accent, fashion accessories, fine jewelries, among others. Abel la sa id t he DTI has set out a challenge for exhibitors to surpass P2 million revenues. The fair is spearheaded by BPMFI members that include Philippine Exporters Confederation of t he Philippines, Philippine Food Processors and Exporters Organization Inc., Home Ac c e nt s G r oup of t h e Ph i l ippi nes , Ph i l ippi ne Chamber of Handicrafts Industries, Inc., Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association, I nc ., C h r i s t m a s D é c or Producers & E x por ters Association of the Philippines a nd Fe d er at ion of t he Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry Inc. Abella also encouraged other companies nationwide supporting the Buy Pinoy Movement, even those that are not members of the group, to participate in the trade event. The BPMFI believes in the slogan “Buy Pinoy Save Jobs “. The country can create and save jobs as more Filipinos patronize Philippine-made products. “If t hey believe t hat they have to promote their Filipino-made products, they are most welcome,” she said.

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Sur Chamber of Commerce and Industry said. It was learned the province is experiencing six-hour daily brownouts due to lack of power supply. The Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (DASURECO) recently announced that the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has imposed load curtailment to maintain 18 megawatts only for the three metering points of DASURECO to protect outage of Mt. Apo Geothermal Power Plant (MGPP) a nd d iesel-r u n Southern Philippines Power Corporation (SPPC). The power outages had aggravated recently by the bombing of the KibaweNuling-Tacurong 138 kv t r a n s m i s sion l i ne , t he cooperative said. Due to the impact of the brownouts, Davao del Sur Governor Claude Bautista had u rged DASU R ECO and NGCP to answer the public’s questions over the power outages, provincial information officer Bheng Sumatra said. “It was the first time that we knew that the very

cause of the outages was the power generation provided by NGCP, DASURECO has no fault since they are only on the distribution,” Sumatra said. Sumatra, however, said the province is pinning hope on the ongoing P25.8 billion coal-fired power plant in Culaman, Malita of the San Miguel Corporation would solve the power problem in the province. The project is now being fast tracked and be finished earlier than its 2016 target. The coa l-f ired pla nt in Cu la ma n, Ma lita which costs P25.8 billion under San Miguel Corporation. “Hopefully this will be done before the target year 2016 for this could supply power entirely on Davao del Sur and its neighboring places,” she said. (PNA)

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He said this destructive form of fishing method is still being used not only near their area but also as far as Dinagat and Surigao del Norte. Some loca ls consider Cantilan as the hotbed of liba-liba fishing operations in Surigao del Sur if not the entire Caraga Region as a number of boats can be seen docking along the Cantilan River. Crisologo E. Anino, a leader of the Nagkahiusang Mananagat Para sa Ka la mbua n Na n Ayoke ( NAG M A K A AYO or United Fishermen for the Development of Ayoke, a village in Isla General), said he was happy with the report that there will be a ban on liba-liba but was dismayed to know that the operations continue. “We thought there would be a raid on these boats but they still are still doing what they do as usual,” he lamented. Fisheries Administrative Order 246 titled “Banning the Operation of Danish Seine and Modified Danish Seine in Philippine Waters” was issued by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) last Sept. 12 but took effect Oct. 16. The BFAR defines libaliba as “an active fishing gear which consists of a conical net with a pair of wings, the ends of which are connected to a rope embedded with buri, plastic strips, sinkers or any similar materials to serve as scaring/herding device and hauled through a mechanical winch or by manpower.” The practice is banned because “it destroy coral reefs, sea grass beds and other fishery marine habitats,” BFAR noted. Violators sha ll be imprisoned from 2 to 10 years and fined from P100,000 to P500,000. “They must implement the order to stop the continuing destruction,” Anino said. M i nd a News t r ied to contact several times the BFAR regional off ice in Surigao City but regional director but Nerio Casil is

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reportedly on travel in Davao City attending a conference. MindaNews also tried to contact the PNP-Maritime Office also in Surigao City but its regional director, Edgard Cuanan, is also in Davao for a conference. Tinty Irreberre, a resident in Cantilan, said that he recalls how they campaigned against the operations of liba-liba fishing in the 1990s. He said their effort was brought to national attention when a gia nt telev ision network came to town and made a story on the rampant liba-liba fishing, which he noted remains unabated up to now.


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games. Leverkusen are third with four, while Sociedad have none. Once the dust settles on the joy of picking up three valuable points, United will have questions to answer about the manner of this victory against a La Liga side who have, rather like them, made a lackluster start to their domestic campaign. United had aimed to create a noisy atmosphere at Old Trafford by trying out a new ‘singing section’ of the stadium but they did not need it as their flying start raised the decibels from the off. Rooney’s skill in weaving his way past several defenders fully deserved a goal and while his blistering shot crashed against the far post, an apparently panic-stricken Martinez was on hand to turn the rebound into his own net. Nail-biting Wa t c h e d by for m e r manager Alex Ferguson, who has grabbed all the headlines in the build-up to this match following the

release of his autobiography, Moyes’ men did as much as they could to try to turn the spotlight back on them. Rooney went for t he spectacular with an overhead kick that would have been like the goal of the season he scored against Manchester City in 2011 but it f lew well off target, while Javier Hernandez had a header disallowed for offside. The visitors finally tested United keeper David De Gea half an hour into the ga me when Rya n Giggs was dispossessed by Haris Seferovic near the halfway line and the Sociedad striker charged forward and his shot from 25 meters out was tipped over the bar. Sensing an opportunity, with United having failed to stretch their lead despite t hei r ea rly dom i na nce, Sociedad went close again just before halftime when Antoine Griezmann smashed a free kick over the wall and against the post. United, whose teamsheet had featured the surprise omission of striker Robin van Persie, whom Moyes later said was struggling with some knocks, started the second half with Phil Jones forcing a save from Claudio Bravo to keep his header out. The hosts then hit the far post with a low Antonio Valencia effort shortly after Sociedad had left De Gea ra ising his eyebrows in surprise that a cross from Alberto de la Bella had rattled his bar. United endured a nailbiting end to the match as yet more decent chances went begging with Old Trafford fans perhaps left feeling they could do with a ‘sighing with relief ’ section of the ground instead of a singing one. reuters/gma news


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