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Briefly Rebuilding Zambo PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III assured the people of Zamboanga City on Wednesday that there are available funds from the national government and disbursement could immediately start as long as the city government provides a detailed rebuilding plan. “ The funds are available, awaiting only the concrete plan, meaning, lahat nung details,” the President said in an interview af te r h i s at te n d a n c e t o t h e Brotherhood of Christian Business and Professionals’ Grand Breakfast at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The President said this plan includes the number of houses to be built, the layout of villages, the distances from commercial centers, funding mechanism, assistance to affected students, cash-for-work programs, the duration of project implementation and others.

Supplemental budget THE Cagayan de Oro City Council on Monday approved an Ordinance to a p pro pr iate P 7.6 milli o n supplemental budget to be taken from the city’s internal revenue allotment fund. City Ordinance No. 12668-2013 allowed the supplemental budget to be incorporated in the general fund in the Calendar Year 2013 with an estimated income of P7,653,333 and an estimated expenditure of the same amount. Vice Mayor Ian Acenas on Wednesday also said that a legislation relative to the approved supplemental budget was also carried to be made available to augment expenses in the coming barangay elections. City Ordinance No. 13666-2013 has appropriated the amount of P7.6 million from the unappropriated IRA to be made available to augment election expenses (P5.7 million), 20-percent Development Fund (P1.5 million) and 5% Calamity Fund (P382,666), Acenas added.

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LECTRIC cooperatives are providing power to 60 percent of Mindanao consumers but the remaining 40 percent of the market is being supplied by big power companies like Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) and Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company, Inc. (CEPALCO).

POWER LINES. Linemen working on to fix an electric line. Power cooperatives provide the power needs of 60-percent of consumers in Mindanao. The rest of 40% are served by the island’s biggest power provider; Davao Light and Power Co. (DLPC) and Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Lights Company, Inc. (Cepalco). mindanews photo by keith bacongco

Philippine banana growers surviving against all odds By AURELIO A. PENA Philippine News Agency

DAVAO Cit y -- Ba na na growers and farmers in recent years, had been pummeled left and right by various destructive forces in the Philippines -- low buying prices, plant diseases, bank debts, strong winds, floods, pole-vaulting, China ban, typhoon, among others, and it’s a miracle that this multimillion export industry is still standing and growing strong.

The Fi lipino natura l instinct to survive, however, is forcing more and more banana farmers and growers to “hedge” their business of ba na na fa rming a nd pro duc t ion w it h ot her lucrative crops like cacao, coffee or even oil palms. Of course, the idea is not to replace their more profitable bananas, but to hedge against the possibility banana/PAGE 23

Members of the Association of M i nd a nao Ru r a l E lec t r ic Cooperatives (AMRECO) account for 60 percent market share or an estimated 1,941,554 residential c o n s u m e r s i n M i n d a n a o ,” AMR ECO president Sergio C. Dagooc said during the I-Talk Forum at Seda Hotel in Davao City on Tuesday. AMRECO is composed of 33 electric cooperatives, six of which are considered SPUG or Small Power Utilities Group located in different Mindanao islands such as Jolo, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Dinagat and Basilan. The six cooperatives have

their own generators while the 27 others rely on the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). Dagooc said Republic Act 9136 mandates the NPC to operate power plants in isolated islands in the country and all the six electric cooperatives in these islands are under the National Power Corporation (NPC). He said 80 percent of their member cooperatives are Triple A cooperatives which means these are “financially, technically and institutionally stable.” Power/PAGE 23

Oro Chamber calls for re-assessment of DOE’s power growth projections By GRACE BEBER, Reporter

THE Cagaya n de Oro Cha mber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (Oro Chamber) has asked the Department of Energy (DOE) to re-assess its electricity demand growth projections for the area, because actual economic expansion may not be as subdued as anticipated. Oro Chamber President Efren Uy, in a press statement, pointed out that the government’s projection will just be for 4.4-percent power demand growth, but their assumption is higher than that. “This 4.4 percent growth estimate for Mindanao has been there before typhoon

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Sendong and Pablo. So much development has happened after the two disasters,” Uy said. Uy noted economic expansion will primarily happen in urban areas, such as the burgeoning developments in Cagayan de Oro City. Davao is seen as another economic growth haven in Mindanao. The Chamber president said that in Cagayan de Oro alone, several malls, hotels and condominiums have been sprouting; and that was setting demand growth of almost triple compared to growth/PAGE 23

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PH investors keep PNG tuna industry vibrant By Bong S. Sarmiento

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — Philippine companies are flexing their muscles in Papua New Guinea (PNG), operating the largest purse seine fishing fleet and biggest tuna canning factory in the Pacific island state.

PNG Fisheries a nd Marine Minister Mao Z e m i n g a c k n ow l e d g e d t he cont ribut ion of t he Philippines to the growth of his country’s tuna industry. “We a re i ndebted to the Philippine government and the pioneer Filipino compa nies a nd t heir ingenuity in investing and ply ing their capita l and know-how in the six tuna f ish i ng a nd proce ssi ng business in PNG,” he said in recent statement issued here. Loca l tu na t ycoon Rodrigo Rivera Sr., owner of RD Corp., pioneered the Philippine tuna investment foray in the island state by signing an agreement with the PNG government in 1995. After almost two decades, RD Corp.’s investments in PNG now i nclude t u na f i s h i n g a n d c a n n e r y, ca n ma k ing, f ish mea l, sh ipya rd /d r ydock, cold storage, value-added fresh seafood products, wharf and stevedoring, construction and real estate. C u r r e n t l y, P N G i s reviewing the state agreement with RD Corp. that will expire in 2015, with Zeming assuring his government intends to extend it. tuna/PAGE 21

A worker sorts out tuna at the Fish Port Complex in General Santos City before they are brought to the factories, exported abroad or sold the local markets. mindanews photo by jun ayensa

DavNor has best credit surety fund in Mindanao says BSP DAVAO CITY – The province of Davao del Norte is the best credit surety fund (CSF) program implementer in the whole Mindanao region. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) recognized the province for being the Most Outstanding LGU Partner and for having the Most Outstanding CSF and Most Outstanding Coop in the Mindanao region in the implementation of the fund. The Central TADECO Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative was adjudged

as the most outstanding coop, while the Beneficiaries of Ag ra r ia n Refor m i n Checkered Multi-Purpose Cooperative bagged the 2nd place. Both coops were under the Davao del Norte Credit Surety Fund (DNCSF), which was also declared the third best CSF with the highest Coop/NGO Contribution in the Mindanao region. BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo heralded the program was initiated by the Central Bank in 2008 to help entrepreneurs avail

themselves of bank loans without collateral. Guinigundo, who led the awarding rites at the CSF Regional Conference for Mindanao in Davao City last September 23, 2013, cited the program as a significant contract that provides the LGUs a nd cooperat ives the vehicle to contribute to economic progress. “The fund is an important covenant that allows the LGUs and the coops to be the driver of economic growth,” he said. credit/PAGE 21

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TNT turns over classroom to Muslim community Pitching in for the future of Muslim youth, Talk N’ Text, the value brand of leading wireless services provider Smart Communications Inc. (Smar t), recently donated a classroom meant for the teaching of basic Arabic lessons and Koran readings in the Baseco compound in Tondo, Manila. The facility accommodates over 30 students at a time and is a welcome addition to four other venues in the community where classes are being conducted. “In our small way, we want to contribute to the literacy of Muslim youth and help them get in touch with their roots,”

said Jane Basas, Smart Prepaid Business Group Head. Lessons on the Arabic language were introduced in the area in 2006 to cater to eight to 12- year-old kids. For most of the children, the classes serve as their primary exposure to the official language used by Islam. For 2013, a total of 342 students have signed up for the lessons at a minimum fee. The growing number of students – and the lack of resources to accommodate them – has posed a big challenge to the community. “The Talk N’ Text classroom is really a big help to the kids,

who now have a more conducive place to learn,” said Muslim community representative Kagi Bayan. With walls painted in bright yellow and orange, the new classroom gives off a lively and youthful vibe and stands out as a source of hope in a community dominated by shanties. “It really boosts the interest of our kids in learning about their culture,” Bayan said. “You can tell they have become more excited to attend their classes.” The donation is made in par tnership with Xycel Marketing Corp, one of Smart’s largest distributors.

From left to right: Arnold Conchada (DSS, Xycel Marketing), Kagi Bayan (Baseco Muslim Community Representative), Alvin M. Gumba (Smart DBM for Xycel Marketing Corp.), Hans Sibug (TNT Marketing), Warren C. Encarnacion (Smart/Sun Area Manager, NCR West), Rona Juan (Trade Marketing), Erwin S. Banaag (Smart/Sun NCR 1 RSM), Lincoln Huang (President, Xycel Marketing) and Monty Delfin (RD, Megacellular)

Apple unseats Coca-Cola as top brand COCA-COLA has lost its crown as the world’s best brand, a closely watched survey said on Monday, unseated by the iconic iPhone and iPad maker Apple. This marks the first time the soft drink missed the top spot on the “best global brand report,” a line-up created in 2000 by marketing consultancy Interbrand, a unit of t he Omnicom advertising conglomerate. “Ever y so of ten, a company changes our lives — not just with its products, but with its ethos,” said Jez Frampton, Interbrand’s chief executive. “This is why, following Coca-Cola’s 13-year run at the top of Best Global

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one position over the next year, Apple will have to slow rival Samsung’s momentum in the mobile market and never lose sight of what it does best: ‘Think different’,” the consultancy said. According to Interbrand, Apple Inc.’s brand value jumped 28 percent to $98.3 billion and Google Inc.’s rose in second place at $93.3 billion. The Coca-Cola Co. name slipped from the top spot after 13 years to third place at $79.2 billion. Computing giants IBM and Microsoft fill out the top five. Meanwhile, some recent rising stars have now lost apple/PAGE 21

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Davao City’s durian fruit finds its way to Singapore D AVA O C i t y – T h e Phi l ippi nes has sta r ted export Davao’s exotic durian fruit to Singapore. T he D e p a r t m e nt of Agriculture regiona l office here said that after long years of waiting, the popular Davao’s durian has finally found its way to the international market through a Singaporean buyer. Larry Miculob, a durian farmer, recently shipped 25 boxes – 200 pieces at eight pieces per box, or approximately 500 kilograms of fresh durian to Singapore, coinciding with the peak season of durian harvests here. Three to four years ago, Miculob said durian was exported to China. But it stopped over packaging concerns as well as the fruit’s smell and taste. DA-11 admitted there is a need to educate people in other countries on the extraordinary characteristic of durian to appreciate it as an exotic fruit, including its

This fruit stand in Singapore now sells durian fruit from Davao City.

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how duria n wou ld play in Singapore market, its acceptability, especially the taste. “If there will be a repeat order, then that’s it,” Miculob said. Shou ld t he Davao Durian finally conquers the Singaporean market, the city government here also plans to export the exotic fruit to other foreign markets, particularly to the United States. Right now, the Singapore market wants to buy durian in Davao during lean months in Thailand, the main supplier of durian in that country, Miculob said. Durian from Thailand and Malaysia, he said, are relatively cheaper compared to the Philippines due to their proximity to Singapore.

But due to the constant high demand and given t h a t l e a n m o nt h s f o r durian in Thailand from May to August, suppliers in Singapore are to find alternative supply from the Philippines. Based on t he data prov ided by t he DA-11, durian production in Davao reached 26,000 tons in 2011, while Tagum City produced about 7,000 tons in 2010; 7,500 tons in 2011; and around 8,000 tons in 2012. And his advice to wouldbe durian exporters: foreign markets only need a single variety of durian that farmers here must focus on. The Miculob durian farm is devoted to the “Puyat variety,” taste of which is similar to durian products from Malaysia and Singapore.

DA constructs drying facilities, gives seeds to Soccsksargen farmers THE Depa r t ment of A g r i c u l t u r e ( DA) h a s completed the construction of 116 multi-purpose drying facilities and has distributed 9,788 bags of palay seeds to

rice farmers in Soccsksargen. DA 12 Regional Executive Director A ma lia JayagDatukan said in a statement that out of the 120 multipurpose drying pavements which will be used to dry various agricultural crops especially rice and corn, 116 were already completed. “DA had earmarked a total fund of P19.2 million to finish the building of 120 units in the four provinces of Region 12 and nearby province of Maguindanao,” Datukan said, adding that the project was funded under the AgriPinoy Rice Program’s Postharvest Facility Component. O f t h e 116 d r y i n g facilities, 46 were installed in North Cotabato, 40 in Sultan Kudarat, 23 in South Cotabato, three in Sarangani, two in Maguindanao, and one each in General Santos City and Cotabato City. farmers/PAGE 21


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Robinsons Homes presents Nizanta at Ciudades in Davao ROBINSONS Homes launched recently its fourth and latest project in Davao City – Nizanta at Ciudades. This Asian Tropical-inspired enclave is envisioned to be an oasis of lush greens that will provide residents a welcome respite from the frenzied pace of a growing metropolis. Niz a nta at Ciudades features unique development concepts attuned to the grow ing sophistication, aspirations and investment appetite of the market where businesses, commercial and residential uses are merged into a single development a m id a sec u re ma sterplanned environment. Located in Brgy. Mandug, Davao City with over 12 hectares, Nizanta at Ciudades is just 30 minutes away from the Davao International

Airport. It is also located near t he Agdao a nd Bankerohan Public Markets, the Municipal Hall, places of worship such as t he San Pedro Cathedral and Redemptorist Church, and a key health hub in the region which is the Davao Medical Center. Also, it might interest families with school-aged children to note that the development is close to the Ateneo de Davao University, the University of Mindanao and even the Davao Medical

School Foundation. Multipurpose clubhouse, Robinson Homes, Manila Bulletin Multipurpose clubhouse The new community will be ideal for young families with growing children or Davaoeños who look forward to owning a better abode in a safe neighborhood. Apart from the conveniences that come with living within a contemporary neighborhood, the project is an attractive re a l e s t at e i nve s t me nt because it of fers serene landscapes and the scenery of the surrounding countryside. Amenities and facilities have been integrated in the development. Apart from a nizanta/PAGE 21

BPOs brace for lower revenues, as US shutdown coincides with peak season THE Philippine business process outsourcing (BPO) industry expects revenues to dip in the fourth quarter, as American consumer demand could weaken as a result of the US government shutdown that began on Tuesday. “In terms of volumes of calls, affected American consumers may be not buying, not transacting. These are the calls going to the Philippines,” Jose Mari P. Mercado, president of the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), told reporters today. US laws forbid the outsourcing of federal work, but American legislators’ failure to pass a new budget sent 800,000 government

employees on unpaid leave starting yesterday. Philippine call center volumes from the US usually climb by a quarter during the “ber” months on increased business transactions accompanying holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, Mercado said. While it is “too early to tell” how much the impact would be, reduced call volumes may eventually temper BPO firms’ revenues, he said. US clients account for two-thirds of BPO work done in the Philippines. The country’s sunrise BPO industry is one of the bpo/PAGE 21

Camella builds Italian-theme community in Aklan AKLAN in the island of Panay is said to be the oldest province in the Philippines. It is one of the few provinces left that has maintained its virgin forests – with nearly 709 hectares untouched. O ver 30 percent of t he province sits on mountains sprawling onto the coastline of white sand beaches. This natural heterogeneity has endowed the province with agricultural and marine produce, as well as arts and crafts that cannot be found anywhere else. The prov ince is a progressive urban sprawl that boasts a unique blend of a nc ie nt l a nd m a rk s , schools, hospitals, and an international airport which welcomes tourists on their way to Boracay Island. It is in this province where Camella has chosen to build an 11-hectare development in Barangay Joyao-Joyao i n Nu m a nc i a – at t he

“shoulder” of Kalibo, Aklan’s capital. Italian-inspired, the community is built on a circular master plan that radiates from a landscaped rotunda. The tree-lined avenue that stems from the entrance leads to a collection of homes in the gentle colors of Mediterranean earth, seashells and sunlight. Dining and living area of Mara. A clubhouse, fashioned af ter an opulent Ita lian villa, will sit in the middle of this community. It will house rooms for functions where the residents can come together, as well as open green spaces, parks, gardens, and nature paths for biking and strolling. Around the clubhouse are a swimming pool, ball courts and playgrounds. Camella Aklan offers a broad collection of homes from its popular Camella and Lessandra series. The

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Award recognizes importance of protected area conservation PUERTO PRINCESA CITY -- The Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape (MMPL) bagged the Best Protected Area (PA) and the Civil Society Partnership Category at the first Protected Area Awards and Recognition by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) on Monday. According to Enrique Nu n e z We d n e s d a y, Conservation International P h i l i p p i n e s ’s C o u nt r y Executive Director, they are honored to receive the award on behalf of all of the those that have worked s o h a rd t o i mple m e nt Mt. Mantalingahan as a protected area. “ These awa rds bring at t e nt ion t o t he g re at

achievements of protected area management in the Ph i l ippi nes a nd t hei r importance. Such initiatives are essential to conserve ecosystem services, such as fresh water and food security, for the wellbeing of our people,” Nunez told the Philippine News Agency (PNA). H e s a i d t h e DE N R created the Protected Area

Improved housing delivery strategy pushed By Catherine Teves

MANILA -- Authorities raised urgency for expanding public-private partnership (PPP), noting people must be part of this strategy to facilitate meeting the need for decent housing that’s considered a foundation for breaking the poverty cycle. According to Philippine Vice-President Jejomar Binay, who’s also Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council head, public-private-people partnerships (PPPPs) must be forged instead of PPPs only as housing is a complex issue requiring a wholistic response even from citizens whose spirit of volunteerism can be harnessed to boost the shelter bid. “There’s a broader view that we should all embrace - the third ‘P’ represents people who are part of the solution,” he informed delegates to the fourth Asia-Pacific Housing Forum that opened Wednesday (Oct. 2) in Metro Manila. He believes PPPPs are already a must as looming climate change and rising urbanization are exacerbating housng woes. “The poor, the homeless or those living in danger areas are the most vulnerable to disasters so housing needs to figure in disaster risk reduction planning and programs,” he said. Urbanization is spreading with half of the world’s population already living in cities where poverty is a reality housing/PAGE 21

Awards and Recognition to nationally highlight the key players and their innovative practices and initiatives in the field of protected area management. The award was presented by Ramon Paje, the Secretary of the DENR and Theresa Mondita Lim, the Director of Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, and was witnessed by ASEAN country representatives at the 4th ASEAN Heritage Parks Conference underway in Tagaytay City. Si nce 1992 , when t he Nat iona l Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Law was passed, the DENR, with support from its partners, has implemented significant milestones in

18 areas in Southern Luzon still flooded

MANILA -- The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday revealed that 18 areas in Southern Luzon are still flooded in the aftermath of heavy monsoon rains that wracked the country last month. These areas are in Biñan, Calamba and San Pedro Cities and Bay and Sta. Cruz towns in Laguna. Knee-high f loods were reported in - Biñan: Barangays de la Paz, San Isidro, Malabanan; - Calamba: Barangays Palingon, Uwisan, Sucol, flooded/PAGE 21

Mt. Mantalingahan from a distance.

conser v ing biolog ica l diversity and promoting sustainable development in the Philippines, Nunez shared. “There is much is yet to be done to protect our natural environment from pressing direct challenges such as deforestation, watershed loss, growing populations and global climate change. This public support of our work to m it igate t hese threats gives us even greater confidence in our cause. We hope t hat our work inspires other such projects in the Philippines, and in the long-term contributes to a society that seeks out green development solutions that contribute to a healthy sustainable society,” he said. Of the nine protected areas in Palawan, the MMPL and the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP), a 25-

year old marine protected a re a , were nom i n ate d . Several other nominees from the more than 200 protected areas in the country were also part of the selection process. A third party team of eva luators/rev iewers ident i f ied t he f i na l ist s based on the documentation and evidences of accomplishments. Award categories included: enga gement w it h lo c a l communities, partnership w it h loc a l gover n ment units, pa r t nership w it h private sector, functional institutional organization, maintena nce of various ecosystems and law enforcement. Through CI’s support, the MMPL was declared a protected area in June 2009 through Presidential P ro c l a m at ion 1815. With an area of 120,457

hectares, it remains the largest terrestrial protected a r e a i n P a l aw a n . T h e M MPL is w it hi n t he ter r itor i a l ju r i s d ic t ion of t he municipa lities of Bataraza, Brooke’s Point, Quezon, Rizal and Sofronio Espanola, Nunez said. He added that CI is a member of the Protected Areas Management Board (PAMB) of both the MMPL and TRNP. With CI’s strong and ongoing support the MMPL is now one of the few PAs in the Philippines to successfully complete 11 of the 12 official steps required to formally declare a national-level protected area under NIPAS. The MMPL is emerging as one of the top models of protected a rea ma nagement, w it h its focus on sustainable financing to ensure its longterm implementation. (PNA)

W ELLI NGTON -- A n e a r t hqu a k e me a s u r i n g 4.7 magnitude was felt in New Zealand capital on Wednesday morning. There was no reports of casualties or damages. The moderate qua ke hit just before 5.30 a.m. on

Wednesday local time (at 16:30 GMT on Tuesday), New Zealand government geolog ica l agenc y GNS Sciences said. It was centered 30 km east of Seddon in Cook Strait at a depth of 22 km. It wa s felt across

Marlborough and in Wellington. The early morning shake is another in a long series of earthquakes to hit the area since July, with the biggest being a magnitude 6.5 quake on July 21 and a 6.6 quake on August 16.(PNA/Xinhua)

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‘Quedan’ slightly accelerates, to exit Friday – PAGASA

A resident stands proudly behind his own urban container garden on Sept. 20, 2013 at the Indahag relocation site Phase I in Cagayan de Oro City. Volunteers from the Katilingbanong Pamahandi sa Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (KPMFI) has taught victims of Typhoon Sendong how to make use of used juice tetra packs for urban gardens. mindanews photo by jasper llanderal

MANILA -- Tropical storm Quedan (Fitow) has slightly intensified and accelerated while moving northward, the state weather forecaster said on Wednesday. We a t h e r F o r e c a s t e r Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 4:00 a.m. the center of tropical storm “Quedan” was estimated to be at 880 km east of Tuguegarao City (17.4°N,131.1°E). Aurelio said the wind strength of Quedan increased f r o m 75 k p h Tu e s d a y af ternoon to 85 kph on Wednesday morning while its gustiness also rose from 90 kph to 100 kph. He said “Queda n” is not expected to make any landfall and remains to have no direct effect to any part of the country since it is too far from the Philippines’ landmass. He added the cyclone changed direction from north-northwest at 13 kph

to northward at 17 kph on Wednesday. If it cont i nues its m o v e m e nt a n d s p e e d , Quedan will just hover off the Pacific Ocean until it exits on Friday morning headed towards southern Japan. If Quedan moves back to its north northwest direction, Aurelio said it will exit towards Taiwan. He said the cyclone is expected to further intensify before it leaves the Philippine territory. I n t hei r We d ne s d ay forecast, Aurelio said the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will continue to bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains in Mindanao and Visayas as well as in Quezon province and Bicol region. The rest of the country including Metro Manila will continue to have partly cloudy skies to at times cloudy with quedan/PAGE 21

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A side f rom R iver a’s venture, the foreign official also cited Francisco T. Laurel Sr.’s Frabelle Corp, one of the other major Philippine compa nies operating in PNG, for the growth of its tuna industry. Frabel le signed a n agreement with the PNG government in March 2006 that is under review to thresh out “inhibiting factors” to the company’s operation. “Two separate committees have been established… to assist Frabelle address specific areas of concern such as water, power, port cha rges, customs, work per m it a nd v isa for its foreign workers,” Zeming said. Last June, Frabelle, in a joint venture with Century Canning Corp., another Philippine company, and T ha i la nd ’s T ha i Un ion Cor p., opened Majest ic Seafoods. PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said Majestic Seafoods is the largest tuna cannery in PNG and the South Pacific region so far. Also in June, Zeming said t hat Phi lippine i nve stors lau nched t he g rou ndbre a k i ng of t he Mambawan Seafoods, which will be engaged in tuna processing, next door to the Majestic Seafoods factory. There are three more canneries that will be built in PNG because of the efforts of Frabelle to lure foreign players to our country, he added. Cencon Packaging, another Philippine company, is also building a can-making plant to supply the tuna canneries, Zeming said. New Filipino player Rell & Renn Fishing Corp. is also planning to establish a Katsuobushi (smoked) plant and a fresh fish operation using mini-purse seiners on Manus Island, he said. Zeming noted the fresh fish project will be established under a joint venture company named Offshore Master, with 25 percent local shareholders. In terms of fishing access, the PNG National Fisheries Authority has licensed 59 Filipino-owned purse seine fishing vessels this year. “The Philippines has the largest number of purse seine fishing vessels in PNG,” Zeming said. T he Fi l ipi no f le e t ’s combined catch in 2012 reached 196,052 met r ic tons, about 28 percent of PNG fisheries annual total available catch. Phi lippine f ishing compa n ie s a re a l lowed to operate in PNG waters prov ide d t hei r c atc he s are landed and processed onshore in the island state. Zeming said the i nvest ments of Fi lipi no compa nies have g reat ly contributed to PNG’s tuna industry now with a value of at least K1 billion or US$408 million. (Bong S. Sarmiento/MindaNews)

The Central Bank official lauded Davao del Norte for having released loans of up to P35.16 million, which is 33 percent of the total loans released in the Mindanao region amounting to P105.95 million. The province has put up a total fund of P15.47 million to guarantee the loans of member-cooperatives, where member cooperatives can avail of loans as much as 10 times t he amount of t heir cont ribut ion w it h no collateral and limited interest. Governor Rodolfo del Rosario acknowledged the BSP for making bank loans accessible to the micro, small and medium enterprises, which normally do not have enough assets to serve as collateral. He noted the fund has made t he SM E s i n t he prov i nce ba n k able a nd trustworthy. The Governor a lso challenged the rest of the LGUs in Mindanao to avail of the innovative credit facility to turn the economy of the island around. Now on its 5t h year, the CSF program has been i nst it ut iona l i z ed i n 2 0 provinces and seven cities nationwide. The BSP aims to lend a total of P1 billion this year to member-cooperatives and individuals. (Noel BaguioPIO DavNor)

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Apple... from page 15

their luster. Blackberry, the embattled phone maker, has disappeared from the list completely and Nokia, once the mobile phone leader, tumbled from 13th place to a lowly 57. Social network Facebook meanwhile jumped to the 52 spot from 69. “Every so often, a company changes our lives – not just with its products, but with its ethos,” Jez Frampton, chief executive officer at New York-ba sed br a nd consultancy Interbrand, said in a statement. Current Apple CEO “Tim Cook has assembled a solid leadership team and has kept Steve Jobs’ vision intact – a vision that has allowed Apple to deliver on its promise of innovation time and time again.” The annual study, closely watched by the industry, d e t e r m i n e s a b r a n d ’s va lue by exa m i ni ng its financial performance, role in inf luencing consumer buying and ability to secure earnings. The Top 10 is rounded out in descending order by IBM, Microsoft, GE, McDonald’s, Samsung, Intel and Toyota. The 100 have a combined value of $1.5 trillion, an 8.4 percent increase from last year.

Farmers... from page 16

The drying pavements, DA said, which cost P160,000 each, were implemented

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in areas which grow rice and which have registered irrigators. For their part, farmer groups in these areas provided 420 square meters for each pavement and shall shoulder site development expenses such as land filling, clearing, leveling, compacting and fencing of the area. Datukan further said that the agency continues to prioritize the construction of drying pavements in farflung barangays since farmers there cannot afford to provide themselves solar dryers. Dr. Wi l f redo Ju loy a Jr., agricultural officer of Matalam, North Cotabato said that farmers mostly indigenous peoples expressed t he i r g r at it u d e t o t he government for its aid. For this year, DA regional office 12 has allotted P25.6 million for the construction of additional 160 drying units. Of which, 26 have already been completed according to the report of the Regional Agricultural Engineering Group. Meanwhile, Datukan said that DA has also delivered a total of 9,788 bags of palay seeds to farmers in the region for its Quick-Turn Around (QTA) program. One bag of palay seeds, Datukan said, can be planted in one hectare which means that around 9,788 hectares of rice areas are expected to be harvested before the year ends. “When planted on or before September 15, it is imperative t hat t heir production w i l l sti l l be counted for 2013,” Datukan said. She also emphasized that through this program, higher rice productivity and greater palay output are therefore expected from the region. Aside from these seeds, rice farmers who were affected by the recent typhoons were also given seeds assistance. Of the total number of seeds distributed, 3,576 bags were g iven to t he irrigators’ associations in the towns of Carmen, Pikit, Kabacan, Matalam, President Roxas, Libungan, Alamada, Arakan and Midsayap in North Cotabato while 1,208 bags were distributed in Polomolok, Tantangan, Lake Sebu, Surallah, Banga, T’boli, Norala and Koronadal in South Cotabato. F u r t h e r m o r e , 4 ,110 ba gs were del ivered to Isulan, President Quirino, Palimbang, and Lebak in Sultan Kudarat while 894 bags were distributed in Malungon, Kiamba, Miatum, Glan, and Alabel in Sarangani. Aside from palay seeds, Regulatory Division chief Engr. Nadia G. Gayanandang said that the agency has also provided 3,961 packs of fertilizer. According to the latest repor t f rom DA’s Ag riPinoy R ice Progra m, SOCCKSA RGEN reg ion produced 548,813 metric tons (MT) of palay for the dry season this year recording an average yield of 3.82 MT per hectare.

Nizanta... from page 17

swimming pool, a clubhouse, children’s playground and multi-purpose activity court, landscaped pocket parks are placed throughout the entire area to serve as breathing spaces. The security of the residents is further enhanced with a gate and guard house and perimeter fences. ‘Nizanta’ in Sansk rit means ‘tranquil,’ ‘cuidades’ is the Spanish word for city. As Davao City transforms into an even more dynamic melting pot of cultures, Nizanta at Ciudades is the ideal place to reinvigorate in a tranquil new home and to start living the good life.

BPO... from page 17

the key sources of foreign exchange earnings, which along with remittances have insulated the Philippines from the recent volatility in foreign investment flows. Mercado said the BPO industry however is “not scared” of the shutdown, which he expects the US government to resolve soon. “It will be fixed in a week’s time. They cannot afford to remain shut down for a long time,” he said. Paul Townsend, general manager of the Philippine BPO operat ions of US based Capital One Financial Cor porat ion, sa id, “We do not see the shutdown impacting on our business in the Philippines. Capital One only recently opened its BPO operations in Manila.


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and other fine places of interest are just as nearby, like the Nadal Castle Hotel & Restaurant Doña Crispina Beach Resort & Hotel, the Museo It Akean, and the Bakawan Eco-Park. Almost right outside the entrance is the public market, and less than an hour away is the Caticlan Port, the gateway to Boracay. Camella – the subsidiary catering to the mid-market segment of Vista La nd, t h e c ou nt r y ’s pr e m i e r homebuilder – has chosen to expand heavily in Panay with two new developments in Aklan and Capiz, adding to its already fully occupied properties of Savannah and Camella Iloilo; both in the province of Iloilo, and a resort-themed property in the island of Guimaras. Camella is also planning its next development in Antique province.

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However, he added, 2 percent of its members are hard-up electric cooperatives located in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Among the top c o op e r at i ve s s e r v ic i n g the Davao Region are the Davao del Su r E lec t r ic Cooperative (DASURECO), Davao Orienta l Electric Cooperative (DORECO) and the Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (DANECO) which used to be a topper forming cooperat ive before it got embroiled in its present controversy. He said A MR ECO members are non-stock, non-profit cooperatives and rely on the P6,000 monthly dues of its members for its continued operation. This is mainly the reason the Private Sector Adv isor y Group (PSAG) was formed and do business in the power industry, he added. Dagooc said they have to unif y t heir f ina ncia l resources to help member electric cooperatives that are not doing well. He said they were the first to provide support to their member cooperatives during the devastation caused by Typhoon Pablo in December 2012. (PNA)

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of losing income from this fruit due to unforeseen events like what Davao banana farmers suffered from in recent years. This hedging move by growers and farmers seems to be more logical than the idea of “supplementing” their income with the new set of crops they’re introducing to their farms. “Our farmers can no longer depend totally on bananas alone to survive amidst all the problems t h e y ’v e s u f f e r e d f r o m the past, like bank debts, typhoon, diseases, f loods, China ban -- they’re forced to look for new alternative crops they can count on when they lost their bananas,” says Rene Dalayon, president of Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao, Inc. which is supported by f u nd s f rom t he US Department of Agriculture and the US Assistance for International Development. Dalayon, who also heads the Federation of Banana Cooperatives or FEDCO, like many other banana growers, is still shipping export-quality Cavendish bananas to his loyal buyers in Japan, the traditional market for Philippine fresh bananas for more than 50 years. T he we e k l y b a n a n a shipments from his FEDCOrun farmers’ cooperatives in Davao del Norte province are still going strong despite t he re c ent C h i na ba n, threat from Panama wilt disease, typhoon, f loods, etc that almost wiped out all the banana plantations

in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. Only about one fourth of Davao del Norte province were badly hit by the typhoon and floods that followed. Banana farms covering about 40 percent of the entire banana industry’s 70,000 hectares were destroyed at the height of “Typhoon Pablo”, t he st rongest a nd most destructive typhoon ever to hit Mindanao island in the southern Philippine, known to be free from typhoons for so many decades. “This 40 percent is finally recovering now, plantations a re back st a nd i ng a nd bearing fruit and waiting to be harvested and shipped to banana markets overseas,” says Stephen Antig, chairman of t he Pi l ipi no Ba na na E x por ters a nd Growers Association or PBGEA, the group that represents big exporters like Dole-Stanfilco, Del Monte, Su m itomo, Unifrutti-Chiquita, among other firms. Antig said their problems in the industry are not over yet---t hey’re st i l l faced today by the import ban for Philippine bananas in China and the threat of Panama wilt disease, which are all being tackled by each company in t he ba na na indust r y with some help from the Philippine government. “That’s still a big threat to us, but we’re handling it well. We’re putting up strict quarantines at our farms to prevent this disease from spreading, you know, like a foot bath at packing plants, as well as lab tests for all planting materials used by our growers,” Antig told business reporters in Davao. But the bad news is --Philippine banana export is down 13 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year. This year, the figure as of June 2013 shows China banana imports down 43 percent due to the ban in the Mainland while Iran banana import from the Philippines also sank 36 percent. “It’s really bad for us because Iran was supposed to be a buffer for the China ban on our bananas. We turned on Iran when China rejected all our bananas. But the growing tensions in the Middle East took a toll on our banana exports to that country,” Antig said. A l l t he s e problem s , according to Antig, are helping boost higher FOB prices for bananas bought by buyers from Philippine banana exporters and even farmers’ coops supplying the fruit directly to foreign buyers. “ This is a very good sign for the industry today. Banana farmers w il l be benefited by this,” Antig said. From an average of 2.50 US dollars per carton box of bananas, the FOB price in Davao port had surged lately from 5.80 to 6.80 US dollars per carton box. (FOB means “free on board” the term used by exporters to mean the cost per box covering the fruit cost, trucking cost to port, the wharfage fees, customs, port costs, etc before loading

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the boxes into the ship.) One good news for the industry, according to Antig, was the recent trial shipment of one container van of fresh Cavendish bananas to California, USA. This is the first ever commercial sh ipment of Ph i l ippi ne bananas to America whose target are the Pinoys living on the US west coast, according to Antig. “Although this is still a trial shipment, we expect more banana shipments to the US in months to come. We’re also looking at Mongolia, Russia, Kurdistan, Turkey, as possible markets,” the PBGEA head said. (PNA)

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has factored in within its planning horizon. The business chamber t o ok e xc e p t ion t o t he statement that “Mindanao may suffer from oversupply,” yet to spare the grid from that condition, it wants the DOE to revisit its energy planning for the area. Uy said the proposed projects such as those of FDC Utilities of the Filinvest Group and t he planned expansion of Minergy of the Abaya Group, are “still welcome” as far as their economic projections are concerned. For some jurisdictions in Mindanao, he said that the growth can go as high as 12 .0 -percent, hence, that must specifically show in the energy plan of the government. “DOE will appreciate that enough power sources are needed to be able to entice potential investors to relocate in the city and region,” Uy stressed.

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Pansol, Linga Purok 5-6, Lecheria; and - San Pedro: Barangays Cuyab, Landayan, Camcam While areas with floods below knee-level include: - Bay: Barangays Sto. Domingo and San Antonio; and in - Sta. Cruz: Barangays Santisima Cruz, Calios, Poblacion IV, and Gatid. The Department of Health (DOH) remained on Code Blue alert, and provided doxycycline worth P50,000 to the Center for Health Development (CHD) in Metro Manila. It augmented doxycycline in Pasay City and ophthalmic antibiotic drops and other medicines to Muntinlupa City. It also provided medicines and medical supplies worth P1,124,228 to the CHD in Central Luzon. It said that the death toll remained at 32, with eight injured and three missing. The DOH added t he monsoon rain had affected 124,147 families or 592,893 people in 337 villages in 36 towns and 13 cities in seven provinces. Of these, 5,692 families or 24,953 people are being sheltered in 101 evacuation centers. (PNA)

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just as it is in rural areas, he continued. “It is this backdrop that impresses on us the need to do more, to surpass every measure that was, until recently, sufficient,” he said. Former US housing chief Henry Cisneros also recognized need for PPPPs, noting population explosion and other developments are fueling demand for more effective models for addressing housing. “We can’t be complacent and accept the rate of progress we’ve made - if the old models don’t work, then it’s time to explore new ones,” he said at the forum. He cited non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity for coming up with a housing delivery model that mobilizes volunteers to get the work done. Habitat demonstrates viability of tapping volunteers as housing partners of government and the private sector, he noted. “I believe PPPP is a new framework that gives us a new chance and new hope,” he said. Mr. Binay acknowledged governments must harness citizens’ spirit of volunteerism to help boost momentum needed for addressing housing needs particularly as these are no longer limited to provision of dwelling units only. Housing issues like climate change and basic services are “inextricably linked” to poverty concerns and must be addressed accordingly as there are no onesize-fit-all and overnight shelter solutions, he also said. “When we speak of housing, we no longer speak of housing infrastructure only - dignified housing is about giving people the means to live decently as well as a fair chance of building a productive life,” he said. Habitat’s Vice-President for Asia-Pacific Rick Hathaway agrees and cited need for decent housing. Such housing helps improve people’s well-being and instills in them a sense of dignity and pride as well as the strength to take on life’s challenges, he noted. “The solutions are complex and can’t be tackled by one single group of actors in isolation,” he said, citing need for PPPPs. He believes PPPPs will benefit Asia where one in eight people is a slum dweller. “There’s tremendous scope for collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society to pare down this number,” he said. Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is a biennial conference Habitat organizes to provide a venue for stakeholders from the public, private and people sectors to discuss possible solutions to housing and poverty. Stakeholders from over 50 countries already participated in the forum since its inception in 2007. (PNA)

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possible thunderstorm rains mostly in the afternoon or evening. In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to occasionally strong winds coming from the west to southwest will prevailovertheeasternsectionofVisayas and Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough. Lighttomoderatewindscomingfrom thenortheasttonorthwestwil prevailover Luzon, and from the southwest to west over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas. (PNA)

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