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Legacy of devt BUTUAN City -- As the Support to Emergency and Livelihood Assistance Project Phase II (SELAP2) comes to an end this year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga constructed a total of 12 farm to market roads (FMR) since 2012 with a total length of 8.585 kilometers amounting to P48.5 million. Two FMR’s are set to be completed this year in Dinagat Islands particularly in the municipalities of Dinagat and Cagdianao. Other FMRs are located in Buenavista, Magallanes and Santiago in Agusan del Norte; San Francisco and Malimono in Surigao del Norte and San Miguel, Lanuza and Cagwait in Surigao del Sur.

SSS disbursements BUTUAN City -- Benefit disbursements for Social Security System (SSS) members in this city and the rest of Northern Mindanao reached P1.98 billion for the first six months of 2015, reflecting an increase of 14 percent from the P1.73 billion released for the same period last year. SSS Assistant Vice President for Mindanao North Division Edwin M. Alo said the payments for regular pensions of about 95,400 SSS pensioners in the area, which amounted to P1.78 billion, comprised 91 percent of the total benefit disbursements from January to June 2015. “The six-month pension total for North Mindanao was 15 percent higher than the P1.55 billion we disbursed here for the first half of 2014. This increase was bolstered by recent SSS benefit enhancements, particularly the five percent acrossthe-board SSS pension hike that took effect just last year,” Alo said.

Women vendors SAPANG DALAGA, Misamis Occidental – The Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. 10 (DOLE-10), through its Misamis Occidental Provincial Field Office (MisOcc PFO) released livelihood projects under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) to 35 women fruit vendors on 3 September 2015, in Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental. The women are members of the Tru-Cut, Boundary Women’s Association (TRUBWA). Through the leadership of DOLE10 Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante, numerous boxes of assorted fruits amounting to P350,000 were released to the beneficiaries, granting each member up to P10,000 worth of livelihood package.

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CSOs, academe urge solons to pass BBL

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EMBERS of civil society organizations and the academe in Mindanao have called on legislators to abide by their “solemn duty to legislate and enact laws and to transform themselves as peace builders and not as ordinary lawmakers” in legislating the Bangsamoro Basic Law.


They said Mindanaobased CSOs will continue to lobby legislators from Mindanao in particular to attend sessions in the House of Representatives to ensure quorum so that the bbl/PAGE 11

Moreno overcomes tight budget Budget cuts won over by creative budgeting and efficient tax collection

By BENCYRUS G. ELLORIN Correspondent

Astute fiscal management amid sharp budget cuts from a contrarian City Council has resulted in solid performance of the administration of Mayor Oscar S. Moreno. City Budget Officer Percy Salazar said they have to make wise use of City Hall resources and maximized resources that are not controlled in any way by the City Council. Salazar said the administration of Mayor Oscar S. Moreno built unprecedented number classrooms in two and a half years because it used judiciously the Special Education Fund, which is sourced from Real Property Taxes. The Moreno administration has already built more than 400 classrooms and looks budget/PAGE 11

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YOUNG REFUGEE. A girl plays with a hammock at the town gym in Marihatag, Surigao del Sur on Friday. She is among the 1,000 individuals that fled Barangay Mahaba, Marihatag on Oct. 1 due to an ongoing military operation in their place. mindanews photo by h . marcos c . mordeno

Normin’s RDC set to host private sector reps confab By MIKE BAÑOS, Editor-at-Large

THE Regional Development C ouncil of Nor thern M i n d an a o ( R D C - X ) i s hosting the 6th RDC Private Sector Representatives’ (PSR) National Convention on October 14-16, 2015 at the Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. “The RDC-X is proud to host this year’s National C onvention with the

theme, “Enhancing Public and Private Partnership in the ASEAN Market,” said Rodolfo L. Meñes, RDC-X Private Sector Representative during the NEDA-X Media Forum held recently at the RDC-X Mini Conference R o o m , R D C - N E D A- X Building in Cagayan de Oro City. see full story/PAGE 6

Customs shelves release of imported rice shipment By CRIS DIAZ, Contributing Editor

CAGAYAN de Oro Customs officials have intercepted a shipment of “white rice”

suspected to be illegally imported from Vietnam at the port area here Monday, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Tuesday. Alvin Enciso, the head of the Bureau of Customs district intelligence division here, said that the shipment could be part of the “alert order” issued by the BOC Manila about the shipment of an imported white rice from Vietnam. The BOC Manila has issued an alert order regarding rice/PAGE 11

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More NGOs to be accredited


HE accreditation of two more nongovernment organizations in the city’s Local Special Bodies (LSB) is in the offing. The City Council committee on subdivision and landed estate chaired by Councilor Alexander

Dacer favorably endorsed the accreditation of the Shel l Vi l l age C a l a anan Livelihood Association, Inc, (SHELL VILLE CLAI) and the Woodland Heights Homeowners Association, Inc. in the LSB. This is pursuant to DILG Memorandum Circular No.


2013-70 and Article 64, Rule VIII of the rules and regulations implementing the 1991 Local Government Code. T h e S h e l l Vi l l a g e As s o c i at i on i s s e e k i ng assistance for the

create mutual relationship, prom ot e g o o d w i l l an d participate in government prog rams esp e ci a l ly in promoting peace for the benefit of the community. The homeowners would like assistance from the city

economic upliftment of Sendong survivors through liveli ho o d prog rams at Calaanan, Canitoan. Meanwhile, the Wo o d l a n d H e i g h t s Association said the homeowners want to

to fulfill their projects. Once accredited in the LSB, NGOs can fund their projects from city funds or other sources as required by pertinent circulars of the Commission on Audit (COA).


Some cheaper veggies are more nutritious DURING holiday season, you enjoyed the smell and taste of delicious dishes like ham, lechon, crispy pata, morcon, salads, and many others. All these foods are loaded with fats and oils. Now, it is time you shift into low-fat and low-calorie foods. Vegetables, legumes, and dried beans are good alternatives to high-fat and high-calorie foods. Based on the 2003

1993 to 111 grams per capita per day in 2003. Vegetables are served with meals as viands or salads. These are plants or their parts such as roots, tubers, bulbs, stems, shoots, leaves, fruits and flowers. These can be used raw or cooked, served generally as entrée, dessert or salads. Vegetables may be classified into green leafy and yellow vegetables and other

Food Consumption Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute-DOST, the intake for vegetables is 111 grams per capita per day. This includes 31 grams of green leafy and yellow vegetables and 80 grams of other vegetables. The consumption of Filipinos for vegetables increased by five grams only, from 106 grams per capita per day in

vegetables. Green leafy and yellow vegetables contain B-carotene which is converted to vitamin A for normal vision and smooth skin. These are the most easily available and inexpensive sources of provitamin A. Examples are the leaves of alugbati, ampalaya, kalabasa, kangkong, and gabi. The greener or the deeper veggies/PAGE 11

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hink a minute…Remember when you were in school? You know who’s best at doing tests, but you don’t know who will succeed at the tests of life. By the time we’ve finished 10-12 years of school, we’ve learned some accounting with debits and credits, but we’ve still not learned how to truly forgive our debtors and people who have wronged and hurt us. We know what direction Japan is, but we’re not sure which way we should go in life. In school, we learn how to do everything except how to live! It’s after we finish school that we must start learning how to live in the classroom of real life. So who is the right teacher for us? Who can best teach us how to live well? Isn’t it logical that whoever invented life is the One Who knows how life best works? This is on of the reasons Jesus Christ became a human being—as the Teacher of real living. He explains and shows us the way God designed life to be lived. That’s why Jesus is the only person in history who could ever come back to life after dying and being buried for 3 days. He’s still teaching today! So we would be smart to listen and do everything He tells us are the principles for living a successful and satisfying life. If you put your life in Jesus’


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25 Years of Reunification


he moment this daily will hit the roads, I’ll be staying in Manila for several days. One reason is the official establishment of the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce. I’ll be also visiting (again) the German Club and the German-European School in Manila. Another event is the occasion of the 25th anniversar y of German Unity in the New World Ho t e l i n Ma k at i C it y, among many others with G e r man Parl i ame nt ar y State Secretary Mrs. Brigitte Zypries. German President Joachim Gauck has used t he o ccasion yesterday (October 3) to call for unity in handling the current refugee crises. Yes, Germany is celebrating 25 years since its national reunification. The German President said in a ceremony Saturday, that there were parallels between German unification 25 years ago and current efforts to deal with a record influx of refugees. “In 1990 there was also

the legitimate question: ‘Are we up to this challenge?’ Then too, there was no example from history to follow,” Gauck said in a keynote speech, part of three days of festivities to mark the silver anniversary of reunification. “But unlike then, those which previously didn’t belong together will now grow together.” T h e c apit a l i s t We s t Germany and the communist East reunited on October 3, 1990 , finalizing a process that began with the fall of the Berlin Wall nearly a year earlier. Around 1,300 guests attended Saturday’s celebrations in Frankfurt’s Opera House, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, Eu rop e an C om m i s s i on P re s i d e nt Je a n - C l au d e Juncker and South Korean Unification Minister Hong Yong Pyo. Also present were around 50 rights activists from the former East Germany and 30 refugees. A massive three-day party for Germany’s Unity Day is underway in Frankfurt, the capital of the state of Hesse.

The festivities kicked off on Friday under the banner, “O vercoming B orders,” and are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people to the riverside city. Since 1990, the historic date has been a national public holiday. G e r m a n y, E u r o p e’s b i g g e s t e c o n o m y, i s expecting to receive up to 1 million refugees this year - more than any other European country. Gauck urged for patience with the integration of migrants , saying it would take time for new arrivals to adjust to a different social order, “which is not infrequently in conflict with their own traditional norms.” He praised the warm w e l c om e re f u g e e s h a d received in Germany so far, and thanked volunteers and government employees helping them to integrate. He also stressed that Germany’s values were “not negotiable,” condemning anti-Semitism and discrimination against women and homosexuals. “Tolerance for intolerance

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Dividing the Bicolano votes in 2016


IFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Youth oppress my people, women rule over them…” (Isaiah 3:12, the Holy Bible). -ooo DIVIDING THE BICOLANO VOTES IN 2016: Now that, officially, there are already two vice presidential candidates from the Bicol Region--Sen. Francis Escudero from Sorsogon under Sen. Grace Poe and Naga City Rep. Leni Robreo under former Sec. Manuel Roxas II of the Liberal Party---it would be truly interesting to watch how their fellow “sili’ lovers from the country’s Region 5 will vote. Sure, there have been predictions already, from Bicolano politicians yet, that Bicolano voters will go for Leni, but Escudero’s supporters aren’t giving up that easily. The reason is that, there are approximately five million votes from that region, which can tilt a candidacy to victory easily, as many Bicolanos who run for the Senate proved in the past. Now, that vote is going to be divided as to the vice presidency, leaving Leni and Escudero without any

clear advantage over other vice presidential candidates for the 2016 elections. That could allow other candidates from other regions, like those from the so-called “Solid North” or from Mindanao, an opportunity to garner more votes. -ooo UNA’S LACK OF VICE PRESIDENTIAL BET A SIGN OF WEAKNESS: Now, attention has shifted to the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) of Vice President and presidential candidate Jejomar C. Binay, for up to now, it has not announced its candidate for vice president yet. Talks are going around that Sen. Gregorio Honasan (another Bicolano!) will run with Binay, but nothing is definite yet even with this. I am sure Binay and UNA know that this is not going to look nice. I mean, Binay is still supposed to be the man to beat for the presidency in 2016, the surveys showing the decline in his ratings notwithstanding. So then, how come nobody seems interested to run under (or with) him? This is bound to backfire on him, as it would portray him as a potential

loser even as early as now, for many Filipinos equate the lack of candidates willing to run with a presidential aspirant as a manifestation of weakness, signifying probable loss in the elections. -ooo TRILLANES RUNNING AS VP ONLY TO DERAIL BINAY: Be that as it may, it is significant to note that Binay’s concerns about Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV running as a vice presidential c and i d ate i n t he 2 0 1 6 elections, even without a presidential candidate joining him, may yet prove true once again. Indeed, many believe that Trillanes is running, or is being made to run by other interested parties, to continue derailing Binay’s chances, which he pursued with evident success in the course of the Senate inquiry that was led by him and by Senators Alan Peter Cayetano and Aquilino Pimentel III for almost one year now.I would not be surprised if, in the course of the campaign, Trillanes is not going to be concerned at all about winning or losing as a vice presidential aspirant, but rather simply on gaining

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SM Investments capex may hit P100B in 2016


M Investments Corp. may set aside as much as P100 billion to support its expansion program next year, as the holding firm of the country’s richest man Henry Sy, Sr. plants the seeds that will allow the conglomerate to take advantage of the Philippine economy’s robust growth. SM Chief Financial Officer Jose T. Sio told reporters on Friday the company may spend “between P80 billion [and] P100 billion” next year. The holding firm pegged its capex at P85 billion this year. The planned capital expenditure (capex) does not include funds for acquisition

or budget for infrastructure projects if the SM group wins some of those under the government’s public-private partnership program, he said. “ The value of the Philippines is not today. The value of the Philippines is in the future. We are a developing nation so if you don’t act now, you will be left behind,” Mr. Sio said. SM has core businesses in retail, banking and real estate, making it a proxy of the Philippine economy, one of the fastest growing in the region. The Philippine economy grew 5.3% in the first half -outside of the government’s target of 7-8% and slower

than the 6.2% in the same period a year ago. SM is excited at the prospect of an integrated Southeast Asia wherein the 10-nation bloc will become a single market of around 600 million people. The conglomerate is open to partnerships that can boost its business here or allow the company to set up shop in the region, Mr. Sio said. “Retail is an industry that you cannot transplant from one place to another place... In retail, you have to know the government, the people, SUPPLIERS, competitors. If we have to go out, we need to have a strong partner,” he said.

SM’s consolidated net profit went up by a tenth to P13.5 billion in the January to June period. Excluding

extraordinary items, net income would have improved by 13% during the same period.

Consolidated revenues climbed 6% year-on-year to P138.9 billion in the first semester from P130.9 billion.

CEB gets brand-new Monde Nissin partners with Thai firm Airbus A320 aircraft THE Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), accepted deliver y of its 32nd brand-ne w Airbus A320 aircraft which arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport ( NA IA ) l a s t S at u r d ay, September 26, 2015. This is the third of four Airbus A320 aircraft that the airline is set to receive this year. The brand-new Airbus A320 is the airline’s thirteenth

aircraft that comes equipped with Sharklets. Sharklets are 2.4 meter wingtip devices that enable airlines to reduce fuel burn by up to 4% on longer sectors. With an average age of 4.82 years, CEB’s aircraft fleet is one of the youngest in the world. Between 2015 and 2021, CEB will take delivery of 6 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 16 ATR 72-600 aircraft.

MONDE Nissin Corp. is teaming up with Thailand’s leading juice and canned fruit manufacturer for a beverage joint venture as part of the Philippine firm’s drive to create a diversified global food business. Philippines’ Monde Nissin buying British meat substitute firm Quorn for $831M Fresh from its acquisition of British meat substitute company Quorn Foods, Monde Nissin said in a statement it inked a joint venture agreement with Malee Beverage Public Co. Ltd.

Both firms created Monde Malee Beverage Corp. with a registered capital of P100 million, where Monde Nissin and Malee will each own 49% of the joint venture company. Other individual investors will hold the remaining 2%. Monde Nissin, which claims to have one of the widest distribution networks in the industry, will handle marketing, sales, distribution, and logistics. Malee, on the other hand, will be responsible for product development and manufacturing.

The joint venture will launch new products in the Philippine market next year. Malee Chief Executive Officer and Chairman Chatchai Boonyarat is optimistic on the growth of the Philippine beverage market. “We see a great opportunity in the Philippines. The beverage market there has fewer products than Thai market, while total value of its beverage market, excluding alcohol drinks, is worth around 200 billion baht with an average annual growth

of 8%,” Mr. Boonyarat was quoted in the statement as saying. “While Malee has expertise in production and innovation, we have deep understanding of the needs of Filipino consumers along with strength in marketing, brand building, and distribution network nationwide,” said Henry Soesanto, CEO and executive vice-president of Monde Nissin. Monde Nissin’s product portfolio includes instant noodles, baked goods, wafers, biscuits and yoghurt.

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RDC-10 hosts 6th PSR National Convention By Mike Baños

The Regional Development C ouncil of Nor t her n Mind anao (RD C-X) is hosting the 6th RDC Private Sector Representatives’ (PSR) National Convention on October 14-16, 2015 at the Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. “The RDC-X is proud to host this year’s National Convention with the theme, “Enhancing Public and Private Partnership in the ASEAN Market,” said Rodolfo L. Meñes, RDC-X Private Sector

Representative during the NEDA-X Media Forum held 24 September 2015 at the RDC-X Mini Conference Room, RDCNEDA-X Building in Cagayan de Oro City. Mr. Meñes said the convention aims to strengthen the role of the PSRs in the RDC. Among other things, it aims to enhance the appreciation and understanding of PSRs on their roles and responsibilities in the RDC; acquired a deeper understanding and knowledge

of the ASEAN Economic Community Integration and the role of Public and Private Partnership (PPP) in improving competitiveness through best practices of small, medium and largescale PPP collaborations in the Philippines; and identify major impacts and recommend measures for preparing the country for ASEAN Economic Integration, particularly in the areas of Private Sector Participation, Labor Market and Tourism, he added. Dr. Ceferino S. Rodolfo, assistant secretary, Industry

‘Italpinas Best Deals Ever’ unveils this October

Do you want to invest in a multi-awarded condominium development in Cagayan de Oro at the most reasonable deals? This month, Italpinas’ flagship development, Primavera Residences, offers high-end kitchen modular system from October 1-31, 2015! In a regular package, buyers get unfurnished units with inclusions of tile floorings, painted walls and ceilings, fitted kitchen sinks, bathroom fixtures, electrical wirings and outlets; however, this month of October, buyers are offered a FREE Kitchen Modular System! “At Primavera, we always make sure to please our clients not only with world-class units and facilities but also with our promo offerings; that aside from the already affordable rates, we strive to make it even more reasonable. Indeed, today is

the best chance to invest in Mindanao’s first and only multiawarded eco-friendly building,” Gladys Magadan-Echano, Sales Director, expressed. Primavera Residences is known for its energy-saving features that include cantilevers to protect the units from direct sunlight, and an indoor courtyard that maximizes the natural ventilation in the area. Just recently, solar panels that provide additional energy for the building’s common areas are already installed on the building’s rooftop. The building is also designed to withstand earthquakes and extreme weather and boasts of 24-7 security. “We are not just giving them discounts but we give them the real thing. We want to add more value to our investors’ purchase; that it will not just be profitable, but they will also help

the environment by purchasing from a development that is eco-friendly,” Echano stated. Primavera Residences, the first development of Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC), is a 10-storey, twotower building located at Pueblo de Oro Township offering residential, commercial and office spaces for lease and purchase. All units in the first tower are ready for occupancy while the second tower is slated to be completed this year. Buyers may choose from studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. Hurry! We only have few units left! Do you want to know more about Primavera Residences? You may reach them at 0917 794 2221 or (088) 880-5002. You can also visit their website at www. primaveraresidences. com.

Development and Trade Promotions Group, of the Dept. of Trade & Industry will deliver the keynote address. Among the key topics lined up for the participants are “Promoting Public Private Partnership” (Local & National Gov’t.) by Dep. Exec. Dir. Eleazar E. Ricote, PublicPrivate Partnership Center of the Philippines; “Sharing Best Practices on Public & Private Partnership /Collaboration: Working collectively through the Coordinating Roads & Infrastructure Investments for Development (CR+ID)

Project in Western Visayas,” by Ma. Luisa C. Segovia, Iloilo Business Club & Chair, RDCVI Infrastructure Development C ommittee & Ma. Lea Victoria E. Lara, RDC-VI Pvt. Sector Representative; “Rocky Mountain Arabica Coffee Co. & Benguet State University Partnership in Action”, Roberto Ansaldo, Pres., Rocky Mountain Arabica Coffee Company; “The Impact of the ASEAN Integration on the Labor Market,” OICAsec. Katherine B. Brimon, Employment Facilitation & Manpower Development

Cluster, DOLE; and, “The Imp ac t of t he ASEAN Integration on Tourism,” Asec. Rolando Cañizal, Tourism Development Planning, DOT. Participants would also engage in a workshop on the second day: “Strategies to Enhance the Role of the Private Sector in Public and Private Partnership”. For inquir ies and confirmation, please contact Ms. Peleta “Yeyeng” B. Abejo through telephone numbers (088) 856-1920 and (08822) 723436 local 203 or through 0917 713 2859.

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The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10), through the efforts of the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD), opened market opportunities for small-scale processors and producers in the region in a market matching, held on September 30, 2015, in the city. Several local producers from three provinces in the region, namely: Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte, got the chance to showcase their products ranging from organically grown vegetables, processed goods and other high value crops, to consumers from hotels, restaurants and other businesses in the city. According to AMAD Corazon E. Balabat, Market

Specialist III, the goal of the market matching is to promote local products by directly linking producers to potential buyers. “Through the market matching, producers can meet buyers to increase the volume of their sales and not only limit their market to their place,” Balabat stated. The Damilag Growers Associaton, a group of coffee growers in Manolo Fortich, was one of the local producers who benefited the said event. Being a neophyte in the market, the market matching served as the group’s first exposure in showcasing their very own Damilag Coffee, a commodity of roasted Exelsa coffee. Ignacia Mata, the secretary of the said group, remarked that the market

AMAD staff help promote local products to hotel and restaurant consumers in the city during a market matching on September 30, 2015.

matching widened their knowledge on their livelihood as they saw how their fellow producers marketed their own products. Genevieve Cababarros, on the other hand, market manager

of Doalnara Multi-purpose Cooperative, that produces organic crops, stated that the market matching also enabled them to build connections with fellow local processors for

Local tuna canneries score poorly in sustainable fishing survey: Greenpeace AFTER months of research and monitoring, Greenpeace Philippines released Friday its ranking of nine local tuna canneries based on international sustainable and equitable fisheries guidelines. Greenpeace noted almost all the canneries surveyed scored poorly, indicating how the industry is not doing enough to address the problem of rampant illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the country. “With our over-fished seas, it is necessary that we rank our tuna canneries because they have an important role to play in reversing decline of our tuna stocks,” said Vince Cinches, Oceans Campaigner for Greenpeace Philippines. He noted the sur vey showed almost all tuna canneries in the country “are not transparent or do not disclose basic but highly valuable information regarding where they source their tuna and how.” Last June, Greenpeace sent survey forms to the canneries then ranked these according to questions on traceability, sustainability and equity. The respondents were also ranked along a good/fair/poor metric. At first place but barely passing is Century Canning

C or p or at i on , t he on ly company which received a ‘fair’ rating. The remaining eight canneries surveyed received poor ratings. Such ranking came a year after Greenpeace exposed rampant catching and trading of juvenile ‘baby’ yellowfin and bigeye tuna at General Santos fish port. Those juvenile tuna were found to be less than the average size of 1 meter in length and below the weight limit of 500 grams set by the Fisheries Administrative Order. Environmentalists and scientists say continued catching of juvenile tuna contributes to decline of stocks in the Philippines and globally. Greenpeace b elieves canneries’ lack of traceability andtransparency measures is a strong indication these companies are using juvenile tuna in respective supply chains. In 2013, total international production of tuna reached 7,318,381 tons. Asia produced more than half at 4,769,508 tons. Thirty-nine percent of Asia’s production came from Indonesian and the Philippine fleets at 1,298,091 tons and 556,843 tons, respectively.

Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand are the major producers and exporters of canned tuna. In 2013, world canned tuna exports reached a staggering value of over USD8.1 billion. Thailand is No. 1 with 32.63 percent share of the market, the Philippines is No. 4 with a 6.88 percent share and Indonesia has a 4.62 percent market share. Greenpeace also observed lack of traceability and transparency in tuna supply chain across the region. It is important that market players, along with the seafood and tuna industry, strengthen traceability measures - and even set fair labor standards - by developing publicly available sourcing policies which should be strictly implemented. To h e l p p r o m o t e improvements in traceability of canned tuna, canneries must ensure that: 1. No tuna enters the cannery unless it has strong traceability to the vessel and point of capture; 2. There are good processes in place to separate tuna by SUPPLIER, species and fishing method with a low risk of mixing; and 3. All tuna that leaves the factory is properly labelled

with the minimum of the full species name (common and scientific), stock, catch method, date of catch and cannery name while other traceability information must be available to third party auditors. Overall, setting these traceability mechanisms allows the Philippines to further comply with European Union’s regulations to deter IUU fishing. Bu re au of F ishe r i es and Aquatic Resources Administrative Circular No. 251 issued in 2014 ‘Traceability System for Fish and Fishery Product’ - one requirement for lifting EU’s yellow card sanction on the Philippines last year. “We now have a stronger Fisheries Code in place and just like other stakeholders, these tuna canneries should help support it by being compliant and transparent in their business practices,” said Cinches. He noted the canneries “should be open to thirdparty audits, aside from those conducted by government.” Filipino consumers can also assess the canneries and demand that these change respective practices so each can fish more responsibly and sustainably, he added. (PNA)

exchanging of goods and technologies. “Nahimo sab ming buyers sa among isig ka producers (We also became buyers of our fellow producers),” Cababarros said.

AMAD is hopeful that these local producers will soon expand their market as they continue to help them promote Northern Mindanao’s own bounty. #(MCLPaylaga, DA10 RAFIS)

PH to import more rice in prep for El Nino peak THE Philippines will likely import more rice to beef up buffer stocks and ensure price stability amid the prospect of a severe El Nino reducing agricultural output. Citing the weather bureau, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said the drought impact of the El Nino which will last until mid-2016 is expected to be as intense as that experienced by the country from 1997 to 1998. Balisacan recalled that combined effects of the 1997 El Nino phenomenon and the Asian financial crisis contributed to the sharp 23-percent decrease in the country’s agricultural output and the increase in domestic prices, particularly of food. “We have learned quite a lot from the previous El Nino phenomenon. Even as this early, we are prepositioning our level of imports and already decided to import more. (We have) already provisioned importation, import volumes for first two quarters of next year,” he said on the sidelines of Philippine economic briefing on Wednesday. Balisacan, also the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) directorgeneral, noted that rice imports will offset domestic shortfalls in rice production.

“We learned our lessons well that when the supplies are compromised, prices can shoot up as they did in 20132014. We don’t want that thing to happen again,” he said. The NEDA chief said concer ne d gover nment agencies like the Department of Energy, Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Health are working to deal with the weather phenomenon’s impacts on food, prices, energy and the welfare of farmers and poor consumers. “When El Nino peaks in December to February, we are looking at the provinces, cities and municipalities that will be affected and what kind of assistance that you can provide for those badly affected,” he said. Apart from importing grains, Balisacan said the country is putting up a system that allows close monitoring of movement of prices. “For example in the case of DPWH, we are working on the possibility of mobilizing a cash-for-work program, or an emergency program so that when one will not be able to plant, not be able to raise incomes from the usual production activities, (he) can perhaps be employed in emergency projects like farmto-market roads,” he said.

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Inclusive Education By Rosie M. Larayos Teacher – II Pangantucan Central Elementary School

Education is essential to be gained by everyone in the society, regardless of difference in capability levels, culture or socioeconomic status. Despite of everything different, what good education-managing department could do is to meet the challenge caused by differences. For example, it is a fact that teaching students with special needs is quite more challenging than the normal setting. As the same, catering and giving more attention to them is a must. It is as well part of the Education for All targets. Inclusive Education program serves the same mission. It offers teaching approach where students with special needs spend most or all of their time with non-disabled students. This arrangement demonstrates the positive i mp a c t o n e d u c at i n g special people in a normal classroom setting, leaving the fears of having an environment of stigma, exclusion, and various forms of negligence. Fur t her, it intends to let students feel strong sense of belonging, learn

to interact respectfully with others and learn to understand and appreciate diversity. There are a lot of people giving thumbs up to this. They said that placing a special student in a “typical” classroom would train him to socialize even to children who are not like him. This way, there is a so-called “excelling” and not just learning. In contrar y to this, there are also a lot of individuals opposing Inclusive Education in the Philippines, for a reason that it is impossible for children be productive in the society if they will be merged with regular students because instead of confidence, low self-esteem will arise. In addition, a s t u d e nt w o u l d f e e l miserable on how different he is from normal, creating self-pity inside him that would keep him f rom excelling. Inclusive Education is made to further improve education. Let us just hope that midst all the second thoughts of some, the program would result to something that it is created for.

SoCot starts comprehensive review of revenue code GENERAL Santos City -- In a bid to increase its local revenues, the provincial government of S outh Cotabato has launched a comprehensive review of its revenue code. Alfredo Dumanig, acting he ad of t he Provincial Treasurer’s Office, said Tuesday the local government has created a technical work ing g roup (T WG) to spearhead the review process, which includes the updating and revision of key components of the code. “We need to review and amend some provisions of the code to complement with the changes in the socioeconomic scene and other related developments these past several years,” he said. Dumanig noted that the province’s revenue was last amended in 2011 and some of its provisions, especially the local tax rates, needs updating based on their assessment. The provincial impositions, as provided by the Local Government Code, covers business taxes for entities involved in printing an d pu bl i c at i on ; l o c a l franchises; and, quarrying of sand, gravel and other resources.

Re-echo Seminar in Making Big Book By DORIS G. MERMIO, MT-1 Manticao Central School Manticao Misamis Oriental

There is a need to nurture the local culture and heritage through crafting Big B o oks, showcasing the beautiful scenic and historical landmarks in the community. Inasmuch as, there are natural attractions and landmarks in Manticao, Mi s am i s O r i e nt a l t h at are not yet known to the Manticaonon especially to the learners, a District initiative pursuant to DepEd Order No. 293 s. of 2015, is launched to conduct a re-echo of seminar entitled Re-echo Seminar in Making Big Book on Historical Landmarks and Amazing Natural Spots Through Thematic Teaching Ap p r o a c h I n A r a l i n g Panlipunan Grades 1,2 and 3 Re: Magagandang Tanawin Tuklasin At Pagyamanin held at Manticao Central School, Manticao, Misamis Oriental on August 28-30, 2015. The Seminar was geared to equip the teachers and pupils with relevant instructional materials in teaching Araling Panlipunan; to develop p u p i l s’ e nv i r o n m e nt a l awareness, conversation, and sustainable development of natural attractions and historical landmarks; and to encourage linkages with external partners including the indigenous people. Attended by more than

60 teachers from different E l ement ar y S cho ols of Manticao District, Manticao , Misamis Oriental, the seminar started at exactly 8 o’clock in the morning on the 28th day of August 2015. A shor t op ening program was conducted emphasizing ab out t he purpose of the seminar. After which, a lecture focused on Overview of Big Book and Its Relevance to Instruction was delivered by Mrs. Felisa T. Genovia, HT-III of Punta Silum Elementary School. At exactly 9:00 o’clock, workshop proper was held. The different participants were subdivided into four clusters with a facilitator in every cluster. Cluster 1 was facilitated by Mrs. Lucia L. Bandoy, Cluster 2 – Mr. Pio R. Bagares, Cluster –3 – Mrs. Felisa T. Genovia, Cluster 4 – Mrs. Erna B. Oco. Since it was long way to finish a big book, the participants and facilitators had lunch break at exactly 12:00 noon. The workshop resumed at exactly 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon. At 5 : 0 0 o’c l o c k p. m . , participants from Manticao Central School were able to finish their big books. Their works were critiqued by their facilitators. It was a long tiring day but the fruits of their labours were


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satisfying because they were able to create instructional materials using the beautiful spots of their own barangay. How e v e r, m o s t o f t h e participants were not able to finish their big books. O n t he 29t h d ay of August, participants from other schools came back to continue the workshop. Most of them tried to finish it for the day but printers could not satisfy the speed that the participants desire to. Participants from Tuod, Punta, and Cabalantian were able to finish their big books. Before they pass, each school presented a story about their barangay using their big books and their outputs were critiqued by different facilitators. O n t h e t h i r d d a y, Sunday, Schools from Patag, Paniangan, Suminanap, Argayoso, Magpait, Camanga, Balintad, San Isidro, Mahayahay, Dunque, Digkilaan and Malibato were at last finished their books. After story presentations and critiquing by cluster, the facilitators conducted closing program. Certificates of participation and appearance were given to each of the participants. According to the participants, it was a very tiring seminar but whatever efforts are given, it matters since they were able to produce new big books which they believe that could help them in teaching effectively their lesson.

It also levies professional taxes on persons exercising or practicing their professions; amusement tax; and, annual fixed tax not exceeding PHP500 for every delivery t r u c k or v an u s e d by manufacturers, producers, wholesalers, dealers, among others. “ We’re t a r g e t i n g t o implement new tax rates by next year,” Dumanig said. In line with the i n it i at ive, h e s ai d t he provincial government has commissioned the TWG to conduct study missions in Luzon and Visayas to look into the revenue codes of various local government

units (LGUs). The T WG, which is composed of PTO personnel, was divided into two teams to fast track the conduct of the study missions, he said. Last week, he said a fiveperson team embarked on an initial mission to the provinces of Batangas and Pampanga. Dumanig said the second team will leave for the provinces of Cebu and Iloilo on the third week of October. “We’re mainly looking at how other LGUs prepared and updated their revenue codes as well as their basis in the imposition of new local

tax rates,” he said. He said the results of the studies will serve as basis for the crafting of the province’s revised revenue code, which will later be submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan or provincial board for review and approval. In 2014, the provincial g ov e r n m e nt g e n e r at e d PHP173.4 million in local re venues and PHP1.16 million from other revenue sources. Dumanig said they are targeting to increase the province’s tax revenues by 50 percent with the implementation of new local tax rates in 2016. (PNA)


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deliberations on the BBL could proceed and ensure its eventual passage. “We call on them to consider the common good and not for self-interests,” said Atty. Romeo Cabarde, chair of Ateneo de Davao University’s Community Engagement and Advocacy at a media forum conducted concurrently with the launching of the Peace Photo Exhibit entitled “Peace Now! Mindanao” at SM City Davao on September 28. He said “they must consider that the Bangsamoro Basic Law is no ordinary legislation as this is a result of 17 years of negotiation and is representative of the Bangsamoro people’s struggle for self-determination.” Cabarde said they consider a BBL to be meaningful and acceptable for all if “it … recognize(s) the right of the Bangsamoro people’s right to self-determination and must be consistent with what has been agreed upon in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.” He also said CSOs believe the BBL should reflect vested powers and benefits not less than what the existing laws already gave to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. “They (should) be given genuine political autonomy and (should) not to be treated as an ordinary local government unit, which is consistent with the Constitution.” Cabarte said. Lyndee Prieto, representative of the Initiatives for International Dialogue National Secretariat for International Dialogue, said CSOs would continue lobbying with legislators to religiously attend deliberations on the BBL and ensure quorum. Prieto said despite the apparent “deliberate delays caused by successive lacks of quorum during sessions due to absences from the other legislators, our battle cry remains: Never say never to hopelessness and un-peace.” Meanwhile, a peace photo exhibit entitled called “Peace Now! Mindanao” was put up at the SM City Davao last September 28 to mark the celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month. The exhibit ran up to October 2 and was organized by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Mindanao Media Bureau (MMB) in partnership with with PIA 11, Mindanews and the SM City Davao. The photo exhibit aimed to provide a venue for the different stakeholders in Mindanao, including the grassroots to project their efforts and significant contributions in attaining genuine and lasting peace in Mindanao. “It provided a clear perspective of how the people in the grounds strive to work for peace in their respective localities,” said MMB Director Marlon Peter F. Dedumo. (PNA)

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to finishing over 600 classrooms at the end of his first term next year. Meanwhile, City Treasurer

Glenn Banez said that helping poor children have access to schools has been his motivation to faithfully collect local taxes. Banez projects over P200 million real property tax collection and around 1.5 billion pesos in local taxes this year. Last year, City Hall collected around P1.4 billion from local taxes. In the previous administration, real property tax collection had been in the neighbourhood of P150 million and total local taxes collection at less than a billion. “I am an avid biker, and I have seen school children walk kilometers to school. That is why, I have to make the right collection because part of the taxes we at the City Treasurer’s Office collect goes to the Special Education Fund,” Banez said. He added that the Moreno administration should not be faulted for its tax collection efforts as it is just implementing the local tax code formulated in 2003. “We are just implementing what has not been faithfully implemented by the previous administration,” said Banez of the tax law that was formulated with former city mayor Dongkoy Emano at the helm of City Hall. Salazar who was brought in by Moreno from the Dept. of Budget and Management said that certain sectors have actually suffered because of the politically-motivated budget cuts made by the City Council that is composed mostly of members of Emano’s PaDayon Pilipino. Aside from budget cuts, the Moreno administration has been saddled with servicing P870 million debt left by the Emano administration. In the last three years, City Hall has spent P394 million in debt servicing. Salazar said this was sourced from the city’s general fund. The slash in the proposed budget made by the mayor she said has been unprecedented. During the Emano administration, what is proposed by the mayor has been approved by the City Council, she said. But starting in 2014, the City Council cut the proposed P2.64 billion to P2.31 billion and in 2015, the P3.8 billion to P2.08 billion. The Commission on Audit has noted sharp improvements in the city’s fiscal management when it rendered a “Qualified opinion” to City Hall’s Annual Audit Report in 2014, from the lowest assessment of “Disclaimer opinion” in 2012 and 2013. Affected services Among the services that suffered are traffic management and solid waste management. The Roads and Traffic Administration was unable to implement its planned hiring of around 200 traffic enforcers and acquisition of heavy duty tow trucks. However, hard work and efficiency of its existing workforce have been credited for the more than ten-hold traffic citations made by the RTA in the present compared to 2013. The RTA apprehension resulted in more than P2 million in traffic fines in January to June this year, compared to around P200 thousand in 2013. RTA chief lawyer Egay Uy however admits that traffic is still a problem. But he said motorist

behavior has contributed to the problem. “Enforcement can only do so much, motorists behavior have to be also considered. But with more personnel and better equipment, we can still do better,” Uy admitted. On the other hand the second phase of the closure and rehabilitation of the 17-hectare garbage landfill in Upper Dagong, barangay Carmen has been hampered because the P76 million proposed budget for the project which would have made the city compliant to the Solid Waste Management law has been slashed to zero.

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the shipment of about 70,000 bags of Vietnam rice with an estimated value of P70 million, he said. The delivery of the rice would be done into four shipments as indicated in the four separate alert orders purportedly involving 20,000 bags rice, 5,000 bags,

33,000 bags, and 10,000 bags. Enciso said that the shipment that arrived here was consigned to “Sona Enterprise” in Iligan City. “The BOC is holding the shipment to verify its papers and to confirm whether the shipment is part of the four alert order,” he said. According to Enciso, the BOC also wondered when five cargo trucks tried to filch the rice cargoes Monday night out of the port area. He said that the BOC has ordered the five cargo trucks impounded and cargo vessel prevented from leaving until the documents of the shipment are cleared. (PNA)

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their yellow color, the higher the pro-vitamin A content. Other vegetables like talong and sayote also contain vitamins and minerals but in smaller amounts compared to green leafy and yellow vegetables. Here are some facts to

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

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

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


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remember when planning vegetable dishes for your family: • Malunggay leaves have more pro-vitamin A than petsay, kangkong, saluyot, and kamote tops; and carrot more than squash fruit. • Squash, malunggay, petsay, kangkong, kamote tops, ampalaya leaves and squash fruit have more pro-vitamin A than other vegetables like cabbage, okra, sayote, and eggplant. • Malunggay leaves, petsay, kangkong and talbos ng kamote are cheaper and more nutritious than cabbage. • Malunggay leaves, alugbati and squash are rich in vitamin C for fast healing of wounds


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and absorption of iron although the amount contained is not as much as that in citrus fruits like dalandan and oranges. Nutrient losses in vegetables are great. Careful storing, cooking and preserving of vegetables help retain their nutritive value, flavor and color. If vegetables are kept for long periods of time at high temperature and in a dry atmosphere, the losses of vitamin C, in particular, are great. Fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K degrade at high temperatures in the presence of oxygen. Storing at lower temperature reduces degradation rate or loss of said vitamins.

Solution to Climate Change By MA. FE LARA M. JUNTILLA Pangantucan Central Elementary School

As we look around our environment the people is not friendly anymore. We had left and right calamities. We see trash/ garbage anywhere, illegal logging, and people abusing the nature, air and water pollution, global warming, as a result we had left and right calamities and disaster, climate change that makes people sick and destroy infrastructure as well as agriculture. According to research every person disposes 1 kl. of waste every day. We have millions of population and if it is not properly dispose that can alone add to the problem. We depend so much to the ecosystem. It is our life. The

food that we eat, the water that we drink, the air we breathe and the place we live. Our government is concern about this issue ever since. We have Department of Environment and Natural Resources; they are the one implementing the law that will protect our natural resources. But all of these will go into waste if we people will just ignore what our government is doing in concern. It is our duty to clean our garbage because we are the one scattering it. We should have our conscience, in this way we can save our Mother Earth. We must wake up, we must do something.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Cagayan de Oro City OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF GOLDEN SUN FINANCE CORP., EJF NO. 2015-208 Mortgagee, -versus- For: SPS. ESTER U. MOLINA EXTRA-JUDICIAL & HERMIS Q. MOLINA, FORECLOSUREOFREAL Mortgagors. ESTATE MORTGAGE SHERIFF’S NOTICE OF SALE Upon Extra-Judicial Petition for Sale Under Act 3135 , as amended, filed by Golden Sun Finance Corporation, mortgagee, with branch office address at Capt. Vicente Roa St., Cagayan de Oro City, against Sps. Ester U. Molina & Hermis Q. Molina, of legal age, Filipino, and residents of Block 2, Lot 26, Villa Trinitas Subd., Phase 3, Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which was as of August 24, 2015, amounts to ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FORTY PESOS & 64/100 (Php 185,190.64), Philippine Currency, including updated interest and liquidated damages but excluding sheriff’s expenses, payable and other fees, as well as interests and liquidated damages accruing beyond the cut-off date, in accordance with the promissory note, the undersigned sheriff will sell at public auction on October 30, 2015, at 10:00 o’clock in the morning to 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon, at the City Tourism Hall, City Hall, Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder, for CASH and in Philippine Currency, the herein described property, to with: TCT NO. T-100185 “A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 26, Block 2, of subd., plan Psd-10-022170 being a portion of Lot 18, Pcs10-001414) situated in the Barangay of Bugo, City of Cagayan de Oro, Province of Misamis Oriental, Island of Mindanao) containing an area of Ninety Eight (98) square meters, more or less.” Prospective buyers/bidders may investigate for themselves the title of the herein described property and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. BWM: October 7, 14 & 21, 2015

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SUZU Cagayan de Oro, or known locally as Cebu Southern Motors, Inc., is currently holding an outdoor exhibit of four new van models and one new truck model that were introduced to the Philippine market just this year. The display, which will run through Friday at Limketkai Parking Lot D, features the following models – NQR (a dropside van), NHR (a rivetless aluminum van), NPR (a rivetless aluminum van) FVM (a wing van) and EXZ (a tractor). According to Isuzu Philippines Corporation product planning manager Robert Carlos,

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the NQR is designed for construction firms transporting various materials to their sites. It has passed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2010 standards and is the only one in its class to offer selective catalytic reduction technology with diesel exhaust fluid. This means that under normal highway conditions, the diesel exhaust fluid will regenerate itself automatically to remove particulate matter from the exhaust. Curb to curb, the NQR prides itself as the most maneuverable in its class – and far more nimble than any

conventional truck could ever hope to be. Meanwhile, the NHR and the NPR rivetless aluminum vans are designed mostly to transport perishable goods. With power windows, door locks, tilt/telescopic steering wheel and driver-friendly instrumentation, there’s nothing else you’d ask for. But wait there’s more. The Isuzu N diesel series deliver torque at low RPM for effortless pulling power and a Hexapod design that maximizes cargo space. Not to be outperformed, the FVM wing van also features larger space for easier

Isuzu Philippines Corporation officials led by executive vice president Takashi Tomita (second from right) and Isuzu Cagayan de Oro represented by assistant general manager George Ongchua (second from left) and IPC Tean-Mr. Joseph Bautista(Marketing Head-Isuzu Philippines Corporation), Mr. Robert Carlos (Product Planning Manager-Isuzu Philippines Corporation) flash the number one sign in front of their exhibit.

ingress and egress with a total of 25 tons GVW rating. Its 6HK1TCN diesel engine is intended for better mileage performance that will take both your products and business farther. And its double axle rear suspension provides a firm grip while maintaining minimal noise and vibration, seamlessly adapting with changing road conditions. Lastly, the EXZ tractor is capable to haul fully loaded tankers and 40-footers. Every facet of this lovely truck is designed to cut wind resistance and raise cooling efficiency. Operators will see the benefits in lower fuel costs. During the occasion, Isuzu Cagayan de Oro assistant general manager George Ongchua used the opportunity to introduce their larger showroom along Gusa highway. Ongchua said this showroom can accommodate even the huge FVM wing van. The exhibit opening was also graced by Isuzu Philippines Corporation executive vice president Takashi Tomita and Isuzu Cagayan de Oro president and general manager Francisco Rolida. The exhibit will run until Friday, October 9 so go drop by at Limketkai Parking Lot D. Or you may inquire at the Isuzu Cagayan de Oro showroom for more details.

Francisco Rolida, president and general manager, Isuzu Cagayan de Oro (Cebu Southern Motors, Inc.)

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RUN MEAN AND GREEN R.O.X. launches Trail Run in CDO ROX, Mapawa Trail Run 2014 Photos courtesy of Studio 8

Aiming to push for better environmental awareness, Recreational Outdoor eXchange (R.O.X.) is all set for one of the most exciting outdoor events of the year – the Mapawa Trail Run to be held in Cagayan de Oro on October 25. Set in the beautiful Mapawa Nature Park, the trail run encourages all participants to be more mindful of what they bring to the venue as well as how they make use of the place. As such, runners are required to being their own hydration since disposable cups are not allowed in any hydration station/aid station. The “green race” aims to gather 700 participants – which will make up the 42K, 22K, 11K, and 6K race levels. Registration starts on August 8 up to October

15, 2015 at selected R.O.X. branches and through The event targets both Elite Runners (seasoned, well trained and competitive athletes) as well as Trail Running newbies to participate and have fun. The run will highlight the scenic beauty of the Mapawa Adventure Park, one of Cagayan de Oro’s most popular tourist attractions. Aside from promoting the beauty of Mapawa Adventure Park as well as the various

Decius “ Yoyong” Esmedalla of DOT 10, graces the event’s press launch representing Director Catalino “Butch” Chan III.


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ROX Trail Run - Mapawa 2015 Race Director, Dax Ang of Davao Adventure Xtreme presents the extreme trail Mapawa Nature Park has to offer during the event launch at the Recreational Outdoor eXchange (R.O.X.) branch in Centrio Ayala Mall, October 2. Media launch photos by IRENE DAYO

Norgelyn Bihag - Cluster Operations Head, Primer Group welcomes all the guests, cdo media and bloggers

Melo Jane Dumaug, Marketing Communications Officer - ROX, takes us to last year’s successful race

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Magic Man John Lloyd surprises lucky free throw winners

Jack ‘n Jill Magic Crackers continues to bring surprising possibilities to Filipinos nationwide through its Magic Moments Funfair. On its second leg in Barangay 24 in Cagayan de Oro City, the fair showcased games galore along with a wave of raffle prizes and Magic Cracker products. The residents of the barangay enjoyed an array of Magic game booths such as Spill the Magic Coating, Go Fish Magic Juniors, Magic Tic-Tac Chips and Magic Wheel of Creams. Highlight of this Magic Fun Fair was a free throw challenge for Nanay at Tatay, which started with four moms and four dads trying to outscore each other. It whittled down to two of the highest scorers, Maricel Visaya and Alexander Rivera. However, before they were declared as the final winners, both were asked to wait for their final challenge. Maricel and Alexander were shocked to see Magic’s celebrity ambassador John Lloyd Cruz approach them with a Magic Pang-kabuhayan package surprise for each of them worth P25,000. The Magic Fun Fair is a bigger Magic Moments event that is out to give more surprises to Magic consumers with help from long-time endorser John Lloyd Cruz. The carnival-inspired event is set to visit different cities nationwide to bring fun games and loads of Magic goodies. More Magic moments await as we bring delight around the country with the Magic Fun Fair.

Magic Crackers through its long-time endorser John Lloyd Cruz awards each top scorers of the free throw challenge, Maricel Visaya and Alexander Rivera, with a Magic Pangkabuhayan Showcase worth P25,000.

Barangay 24, Cagayan de Oro resident Maricel Visaya impresses John Lloyd Cruz with her dribbling skills during Magic Fun Fair’s free throw challenge.

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Barangay 24 in Cagayan de Oro gets the surprise of a lifetime as John Lloyd Cruz made a special appearance to award free throw challenge winners Maricel and Alexander.

CHINA from Page B4... For the finale, prominent Filipino-Chinese leaders led by Mr. Johnny Lim raised a toast to the founding anniversary of the PROC followed by a community singing of "March of the Volunteers", also formally known as the National Anthem of the PROC. Fresh from a visit to Cebu where he attended the 66th founding anniversary celebration of the (PROC) and the MidAutumn Festival at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel last Sunday, Greg Marten Lao, president of the Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (MOFCCCII) said the local event is meant to improve understanding and bilateral relations between the two countries as stated in the message of newly appointed China Consular General Song Ronghua in his message to over a hundred Filipino-Chinese in Cebu. “Facing the future, we should shoulder a common historical mission to develop the economy and build a harmonious Asia. Therefore, the two countries have no excuses to quarrel and should well develop their relations,” Mr. Song said. Relations between the two countries have been strained lately owing to tension arising from both countries claims in the West Philippine Sea, a portion of the South China Sea. “Certainly, it is only natural that countries have some different propositions and views, and normal that they have disparities and contradictions in interests, but this should not be an obstacle for them to keep normal relations,” Song said in his speech, as reported in a Cebu daily. The Consul General said economic

partnership between China and the Philippines continues, especially now that China has replaced the United States as the Philippines’ second largest trading partner, after Japan. Song said bilateral trade between the two countries now stands at US$40 billion while tourists from his country are now the fourth largest in the Philippines in terms of arrivals. The diplomat also stressed how some 27 percent of Filipinos are of ethnic Chinese origin of which many have made significant contributions to the economic development of the Philippines. Mr. Song committed to exert all effort to “fostering and consolidating friendship” among Filipinos and Chinese and promote socio-economic cooperation. “Local cooperation between China and the Philippines enjoys a promising future, including disaster reduction and prevention, urban transportation, poverty reduction, environmental protection, education, and healthcare,” Mr. Ronghua said, adding that these must be done, “without being disturbed by any factor.” In addition, he said he will serve as a bridge between both Chinese and Filipino businessmen to invest in both countries. Song assured that his office will provide better services in his consular district. 2015 is the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and the Philippines and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Chinese Consulate in Cebu. The Philippines and China enjoy the fastest economic growth performances in the world, growing at not less than five percent annually, while global growth averages only three percent. (with a report from SunStar Cebu)

activities that can be enjoyed here, R.O.X. also wants to showcase the beauty of Cagayan de Oro as a premiere travel destination especially for those who love the outdoors – and for those who haven’t been there before, then it might just spark your interest in finally going outside, and explore. As the country’s top outdoor, R.O.X. is excited to continue have this prestigious event and being optimistic that this would definitely not be the last given the strong support that they have been receiving from clients, sponsors, and of course, the local running community. R.O.X. also encourages aspiring runners to bring the must-haves or basic essentials for the trail run such as windbreaker jacket, hydration pack, hydration belt, hydration bottle, trail running shoes, and others to ensure each participant’s safety during the race. More than just having the right gear, it is an aim of the brand to keep its participants, as well as those who are interested to join to be safe. Thus, it is encouraged that everyone should take proper precaution for such a physical challenge. Prior to the run, the Trail Running 101 held last October 3 where Dax Ang of Davao Adventure Xtreme and Erwin “Pastour” Emata of Everest Outdoors has given tips on how to become a good trail runner. R.O.X. Trail Run Mapawa is targeting at least 700 run participants. Registration started August 8 at R.O.X. Bonifacio High Street, Ayala Cebu, Ayala Centrio, The District North Point Bacolod, and Abreeza Davao. Interested participants can also register online through For 42K run, registration fee is only P1,300, while for 22K, 11K and 6K are P900, P700 and P500, respectively. There would be an additional of P50 if participants, especially those in groups, wish to avail the transportation transfers. Registration is until October 15. R.O.X. Mapawa Trail Run race briefing is on October 23, 6:00PM at Centrio Gardens. Event is made possible by the following Salomon, Davao Adventure Xtreme, Everest Outdoors, Mapawa Nature Park, Ayala Centrio, Summit Mineral Water, Asia Brewery, Unifruitti, Simon Designs, Nathan, Black Diamond, C3Fit, Sea to Summit, Headware, Del Monte, Taters, Universal Robina Corporation, M Magazine, BusinessWeek Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News, Multisport Magazine and Online, Magic 89.9, Pinoy Fitness, and the Department of Tourism – Northern Mindanao.

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Leaders of the CDO Filipino-Chinese community raise a toast to the 66th founding anniversary of the PROC

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CDO Filipino-Chinese Community mark 66th founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China


he Filipino-Chinese community in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental celebrated the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China with a cultural celebration at the Atrium of the Limketkai Center last Friday, October 2, in solidarity with other Chinese communities in China and around the world. Known as the National Day in China, the cultural event was preceded by a video

Dragon Dance

presentation of China armed struggle during World War II against Japan. This was followed by the singing of the national anthems of both the Philippines and the PROC and cultural presentations including the Dragon and Lion dances and various other dances and musical numbers presented by students from Kong Hua School and Oro Christian Grace School.


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Filipino & Chinese flags adorning all tables as a symbol of solidarity

Mr Johnny Lim giving the opening remarks

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