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Briefly Airport projects auction THE TRANSPORTATION department is putting up for auction two regional airport development projects in the southern Philippines worth a combined P163.45 million. The projects, which are not offered under the public-private partnership scheme, involve the SangaSanga airport in TawiTawi as well as Cotabato Airport in Maguindanao, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) said in an invitation to bid published in a newspaper on Wednesday.

The Crested Serpent Eagle rescued in Butuan City on Sept. 5, 2015 is placed in a cage at the DENR office in the city before its turnover to the agency’s regional office.


Misor joins call to defer Steag privatization By MIKE BAÑOS, Editor-at-Large


HE host province of Mindanao’s biggest producer of coal power has joined other groups in calling for the deferment of the bid to privatize the plant’s contract By CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO, Correspondent which sells power to MINDANAO has cornered Rural Development Program consumers. mindanews photo by erwin mascarinas

Mindanao gets P745M in PRDP enterprise development funds about P745.3 million, nearly half of the total P1.616 budget, of the enterprise development portfolio of the Philippine

( PR DP ) , b as e d on t he program report as of last month. funds/PAGE 11

In a resolution passed Mo n d a y ( S p t . 7 ) , t h e provincial board of Misamis steag/PAGE 11

The Misamis Provincial Board has sought the deferment of the privatization of the province’s coal-fired power plant.

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Mindanao gets most project approval in PRDP


I N DA NAO i s getting the bigger chunk in terms of approval of projects in the Department of Agriculture (DA) Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) through funding from the World Bank, the Philippine Government and Local Government Units (LGUs). In a press conference hosted by DA in Cagayan de Oro on 8 September 2015,

the department reiterated that in fact more than 50% of the approved project for infrastructure is from Mindanao. DA Un d e r s e c r e t a r y Emerson Palad said that the ultimate goal of PRDP is to increase income of farmers by 30% at the end of the project. PRDP is a six year national government platform for an inclusive, value chainoriented and climate resilient


agriculture and fisheries sector. It is the upscale version of the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) where innovations are introduced to address c u r re nt a n d e m e r g i n g challenges like climate change and make rural development more effective. Arnel De Mesa, Deputy Project Director of PRDP said that there is no specific budget allocation per island for this project. With a total of P27.5B fund resources to spend for six years, 67% or P18.5B goes to infrastructure support, 22% or P7B goes to investments in enterprise, 8% goes to planning and 2% goes to project management. The projects that will be approved come from the proposals of each LGU. Howe ve r, pr i or to t he approval, proposals must go through processes. First, proposal must be demand driven and must be the need of the

community. Second, it must be commodity and market driven wherein there is an assurance of income due to its demand in the market, thus will increase income and generate employment. Third, an LGU must have a Provincial Commodity Investment Plan (PCIP) where various stakeholders have been consulted. According to DA regional director Lealyn Ramos, the LGUs of Mindanao have been receptive about the program. This is because they will only spend 10% of the total budget for a project approved; 80% would come from the World Bank and the other 10% from the national government. Ramos said that there is no limit to the project an LGU wants to propose provided that they can produce their 10% share and they can provide documents. In Mindanao, she said that there are already 75 provincial LGUs out of 81

who are engaged in PRDP. Total of 23 farm-to-market road (FMR) projects or P930M budget have already

been approved for Northern Mindanao. Meanwhile, P4.9B worth of various projects prdp/PAGE 11

Tangub river project nears completion OZAMIZ City -- A 97.39 percent completion of the Tangub Small River Irrigation Project (SRIP) has been reported by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), here, as of July 31, this year. The project, which is expected to benefit 662 farmers, serve as irrigation for some 633.46 hectares of land and to the increase rice production from 6,400 cavans/year to 128,000 cavans/year, in the area, Engr. Ramon Bogacia, Regional Manager of NIA, region 10, said. It also expects to improve

the economic conditions of the farmers, as well as, the city government of Tangub, as it also contributes to the rice sufficiency program and help in its fish/aqua culture, flood control and tourism, Bogacia added. Covering seven barangays, namely : Prenza, Sta. Cruz, Garang, Maquilao, San Apolinario, Labuyo and Kauswagan, the Tangub SRIP draws water from the Migcanaway/ Malubog River in the city. A Zoned Earthfill Dam, the project has a crest elevation of 90 m., a crest project/PAGE 11

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Steep decline in corn prices in S. Cotabato impact on farmers KORONADAL CIT Y -Agriculture officials in South Cotabato are taking measures to cushion the impact on farmers of low buying price of corn products. The law of supply and demand was seen as the reason in the slump of corn prices, according to Justina Navarette, provincial agriculture officer. Navarette said corn production in the province has increased tremendously the past harvest season, causing the price of the commodity to drop. She said the most affected town in the drop of buying price of corn grains was Banga, known as the corn capital of South Cotabato. Compounding the problem was the refusal of some traders to purchase the farmers’ produce due to voluminous supplies. According to Navarette, the provincial agriculture office will negotiate with Biotech Farms to prioritize corn products from the province. She explained that the provincial government is mulling assistance to corn farmers because no government

agency attends to them when the price of their primary products drops due to supply and demand. For palay farmers, the National Food Authority (NFA) procures palay at a higher price when palay prices in the market drop. South Cotabato, a part of Region 12, has an annual corn production of 435,981 metric tons, followed by North Cotabato with 385,428; Sultan Kudarat, 234,393; and Sarangani, 145,479, according to Zaldy Boloron, DA-12 corn program coordinator. In his 130-page “Regional Corn Roadmap CY (Calendar Year) 2012 to 2017” presentation, Boloron said Region 12 has an annual production of 1.20 million MT the previous year. Boloron cited the strong corn sector performance to the wide area suitable for corn production, availability of high quality seeds and access to technology. Region 12 has 429,319 hectares of corn fields. The region is the third biggest producer of corn in the country.



ENERAL Santos City -- Tuna industry players here urged the national government to conduct an in-depth study and impact assessment on the viability of the country’s fishery operations and the existing labor practices.

Joaquin Lu, president of the Socsksargen Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries Inc. (SFFAII), said Thursday such move will rationalize the ongoing efforts for the issuance of a joint department order that would govern the employment and working conditions of fishermen employed in fishing vessels that are engaged in commercial operations. He clarified that they are not opposing the issuance the joint department order but stressed that it should properly consider the actual situation on the ground. “It will have a tremendous impact on our existing fishing operations so it is essential for the government to make extensive studies about the matter,” he said. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

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as early as 8:00 a.m., their restaurant is also a hole for men who usually relax the night away till 2:00 a.m. the following day over a bottle of San Miguel beer products or two. Buffalo Resto Grill has a total of two huge function rooms (one at the ground level and the other at the second level) which can accommodate 80 people each. But wait, these halls can be collapsible which can make the resto accommodate as many as five functions at the same time. There are separate buffet


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Buffet lunch and dinner now served at Buffalo BUFFALO Resto Grill along Velez St. is now serving an Eat Drink Grill Dessert All You Can twice a day – during lunch and dinner from Mondays through Saturdays. For only P199, diners can dig in to a variety of five sumptuous Filipino-themed viands which are exclusively served at a particular day i.e. no viand is served twice within the week. On top of that, Buffalo also grills your favorite sisig, fish or chicken and that’s already inclusive of your P199-per-person buffet. For your drinks, you can guzzle in from a choice of Pepsi products, four seasons juice or lemonade. Then feel free to serve yourself with a range of dessert choices – cake mini-slices, salads and fruits. Buffalo Resto Grill also offers a separate menu for their walk-in patrons. Bestsellers are pancit, crispy pata, kinilaw, sinuglaw and baby back ribs. Opening

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or plate-in offerings to choose from for function meals ranging from P160 to P350 per head. Buffalo Resto Grill also accepts catering services including the provision of lechon. For catering outside the venue, Buffalo has five packages to choose from inclusive of waiter to assist you in your function. They may also provide videoke machine rental, projector and screen rental, flowing coffee and bridal car rental. For more details, just ring Buffalo Resto Grill at 09177042356 or 09228592152 or 09989860098.

had launched a series of consultations in line with the drafting of the joint department order. Such move was an offshoot of a memorandum of agreement earlier signed by DOLE, Department of Agriculture, Department of Tr ans p or t at i on an d Communication, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Maritime Industry Au t h o r i t y, P h i l i p p i n e F ishe r i e s D e vel opme nt Authority and the Philippine Coast Guard. These agencies specifically recognized the need to harmonize their interventions at the operational, program and policy levels to help address various labor concerns affecting the fishing industry. T h e S F FA I I a g r e e d last year to undergo an assessment by D OLE regarding the prevalence of contractualization schemes in the operations of companies in the industry, especially

the “cabo” system that is prevalent in tuna fishing operations. The Labor Code of the Philippines defines “cabo” as “a person or group of persons or a labor group which, in the guise of a labor organization, supplies workers to an employer, with or without any monetary or ot her considerat ion whether in the capacity of an agent of the employer or as an ostensible independent contractor.” Lu said the proposed joint department order appears similar to the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Work in Fishing Convention No. 188, which mainly aims to ensure that “fishers have

decent conditions of work on board fishing vessels with regard to minimum requirement for work on board; conditions of service; accommodation and food; occupational safety and health protection; medical care and social security. He said the convention has been approved so far by four member-states -- Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Morocco and South Africa. The national government, which has yet to ratify the convention, had conducted a gap analysis on the impacts of the existing provisions of the proposed convention a n d i t s a c c o mp a ny i n g recommendation. tuna/PAGE 11

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hink a minute…A wise teacher said: “Marriage is a friendship on fire.” A couple who had been married over 30 years was telling a younger couple how happy they were. The older couple said how much fun they were having together, and that their physical passion was hotter than ever! Besides that, they said they were doing all the things they had wanted to for years. They were traveling together visit ing t heir kids and grandchildren. This older couple took walks and talked together every day. They were each other’s best and closest friend. They say love and f r iendship in mar r iage should be like wine…it only gets better with age. I know couples whose love has grown sweeter and more satisfying as their friendship has grown deeper and closer. But just as it takes work and care to build a fire, and then to keep it burning, so also a “friendship on fire” takes time, patience, and work. Sadly, there are many good parents who are often irritated and angry with each other. They might have friendships with other people, but they have a hard time getting along with each


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SEAN countries have varied economic activities and political forces. On December, 2015, the economic integration will culminate after the series of various committee discussions of the proposal which was started in year 2 0 0 2 , du r i ng t h e f i rs t Asean Leaders Summit in Indonesia. Building the common Asean community must have been inspired by the European Union which has eased many trade barriers in the economies of the countries of Europe. How the economic integration can benefit Mindanawons as a Philippine entity strategically located closer to the Asean borders should be explained by the advocates? The physical frame works of the economic integration should help our people increase their economic output expands to the growing demand of the member countries for trade and commerce. But so far the government has not made known to the people of Mindanao, the opportunities for linkages to the activities of other economies of the region. Nothing has been mentioned either by our Politicians aspiring for national office who have been in and out in the whole island regarding this alignment during their visits. A Coffee farmer from Koronadal City or a Banana grower from Toril District of

Davao City knows nothing about Asean Integration and how they can contribute to the macroeconomics effort to increase and improve their agricultural production and gain access to the Asean. The business sector is still kept on the gray line and needs more enlightenment of the various financial aspect and trading frameworks to boast their markets and contribute to the socioeconomic benefits. Unless, they are members of elite Chamber of Commerce of the major regions in Mindanao, many of our businessmen do not know the needs and standards of the Asean and how to go into competitive exports? Our educational system must have been forewarned of the future human resources needs of the Asean regions for possible cross border employment of F i l ipi n o s , a re a s on perhaps, that we have the K to 12 educational program implemented to raise the standard of education. But should our future graduates and professionals in the higher education be allowed to practice their trade in the Asean, we have Doctors, Lawyers and Engineers, can they worked and be recognized in these countries and exercise their licenses? A book about the Pacific Rim, written by David Aikman of Time’s Washington Bureau describes, how the

As e an c ou nt r i e s “ have become such a dynamic region, not only because of its abundant natural resources, but also because of its huge market”. The US trade with the Asean countries now accounts for 25 percent of their GNP with two-thirds of the world’s population lives in the Asean region. The tremendous growth of the population has spawned the need for technical and medical professionals to export their expertise and competencies in the Asean. In the areas of Tourism, this can also be expanded to create more demands with the removal of the remaining visa restriction among Asean count r ies and p ossibly facilitate agreements to have common basket of currency that will be recognized as payment for all services and retail transactions thought the Asean. This w i l l pre ve nt e c onom i c disadvantages of countries with a lower currency value against the rich and oil producing members. This could be possible among the Central Banks in the region following the framework of the European Union which has their Euros. Our GNP to date is in a roller coaster, from a rise of 7.2 in 2012; it went down to 6.0 in 2013 and slid to 5.6 in 2014 and in the 1st quarter of 2015, it went down further. Inflation went down also


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Ped Quiamjot to as low as 0.6 percent in August which is interpreted as less money in domestic circulation and low economic activity. There could be no realistic growth, unless we have a complete reign of peace and order to attract investments. Government must have a renewed socio economic plan for the people of Mindanao starting with the Senate version of the B ang s a Moro L aw and the creation of more job opportunities especially for the professionals and the labor force to be assimilated in the economic integration. We m i g ht w a ke up by December to the ghastly reality that we are not prepared and could be left behind allowing only the multi-national business to benefit from the economic gains? For comments or queries, please Email: sbeverage@ or follow on Twitter @gm_ped

Traffic woes unsolvable under PNoy


IFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons…” (1 Timothy 4:1, the Holy Bible). -ooo A PERSONAL TASTE OF UNMOVING TRAFFIC IN METRO: I was always of the thought that Metro Manilan’s claims of grave traffic problems were exaggerated, and aimed only at discrediting the already-discredited Aquino government, until Thursday, September 10, 2015, when I myself got a personal taste of what it meant to be stuck in unmoving traffic for about two and half hours straight. At about 11 a.m. on that day, I left my free legal aid office in Diliman, Quezon City, to attend to the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Intramuros in Manila, which is usually held from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on any given Thursday. I figured that in one hour’s time, I’d be in Intramuros already, the heavy traffic notwithstanding.To make my travel faster, I decided to pass through North Bay B ou l e v ard i n Ma l ab on City, after cutting through North Avenue and EDSA,

Quezon City, and through the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City. I usually take this route in going to Intramuros, Manila, because of the relatively lesser vehicles using the route. -ooo C R AW L I N G A N D CLAWING, FIGHTING FOR SPACE: When I reached No r t h B ay B o u l e v a r d , however, I got the shock of my life, because there were very many trucks and cars and other vehicles lining up the road towards the piers in Tondo, Manila. It was about 11:30 a.m., and the sight that greeted me--vehicles standing side by side with their bumpers literally kissing one another, and positioned ahead of one another as if they were neatly parked---immediately gave me an inkling I wouldn’t be able to make it to Intramuros at 12 noon. Indeed, for the next two and a half hours, or until 2 p.m., I found myself literally crawling and clawing, and virtually jumping into whatever open spot there was on the road leading to Luneta, in a mad scramble to be ahead of everybody else. The other vehicles were hopelessly c r aw l i n g a n d c l aw i n g , too, with many drivers---

including my own driver--getting out of vehicles several times just to urinate and relieve themselves. -ooo TRAFFIC WOES UNSOLVABLE UNDER PNOY? S o, okay, w hat really is happening to our country now? How come nobody seems able anymore to come up with effective solutions to the problems hounding us in our dayto-day lives, a situation which is very much unlike those we have seen in earlier times when, at a click of a finger or with the batting of an eyelash, solutions w ou l d c om e g a l l opi n g from nowhere?Why is it that, under the Aquino government, it would seem that we can no longer rise above our problems, and most often find ourselves trapped in poverty, in failures in everything we do or in the problems we try to solve, and in endless wrangling and dissensions, not just among our politicians from the administration and the opposition, but even among family members as well?I can only agree that, because we no longer listen to God (by not reading and meditating on His Bible anymore) and because we no longer obey Him sincerely

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Atty. Batas Mauricio and truthfully, the 58 curses He promised to those who have turned their backs on him in the Bible’s Book of Curses, are now afflicting us, not stopping until we all perish, including our inability to solve the problem of heavy traffic. Really sad, don’t you think so? -ooo PLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way), a Bible study and prayer session on radio, airs Mondays to Fridays, 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at DWAD 1098 kHz on the AM band. For replays, go t o w w w. f a c e b o o k . c om / angtangingdaan or www. and scroll for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email:

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Shucking the Pinoy Oyster Myth: Talaba can be clean, safe and tasty compared to a week in Alicia. the U.S.! Already, Zamboanga So what are the Sibugay, which implications of this claims the title of technology to the “Talaba Capital of the fledgling Pinoy oyster Philippines,” has made industry? Talaba the talaba the center of producing bastions like its Sibug-Sibug Festival Zamboanga Sibugay (celebrated February in Mindanao, Capiz 26) It has maintained City in the Visayas its Philippine record on and Alaminos City, the longest talaba grill Pangasinan in Luzon in the country since can look forward to 2002 when it served not only expanding a 2-kilometer grill their domestic markets during the province’s but even export them first anniversary. via low-cost, budget Ask anyone who’s Raw oysters are best eaten kamayan with your bare hands airlines given the ever been to any dropping prices of jet of these “Talaba here’s this boiling water over them fuel. cities” and talk will long-held Pinoy in shell, sautéed or stir Zamboanga Sibugay, inevitably drift to the belief that fried because of a long- for instance, is a major unforgettable gustatory eating anything raw held cultural belief supplier of oysters ultimate experience is not good for your oysters can make you from the Zamboanga of prying open raw health and digestive sick if you don’t cook Peninsula not only oysters and savoring system. them before eating. domestically but even the slimy soft, briny Even when the However, a to nearby countries shellfish right off the country was yet under Filipino entrepreneur in the Asia-Pacific half shell. the yoke of its colonial who supplies fresh Region. It has three Says Mike Gayoso, masters, the Americans oysters from all over major oyster farms in F & B Manager of especially, sought to the country to the the municipalities of Seda Centrio which cleanse their minions’ country’s swankiest Kabasalan, Siay and is bringing oysters palates from the and plushest hotels and siren taste of kinilaw, resorts is working hard kilawin and the like, to change all that. insisting anything His proprietary raw was unsafe and 24-hour de-oxidizing unhealthy, especially sanitizing and cleaning when consumed in the process is the envy time-honored Pinoy of the U.S. oyster tradition of kamayan, industry because they or using the bare hands can’t match the low instead of clean utensils toxicity levels he can for eating! attain which is 10-15 The Filipino’s times lower than those beloved talaba suffered approved by the Food the same fate, and even & Drug Administration now, many Pinoys (FDA). And he can remain leery of eating do that in 24 hours Oysters from the vast oyster farm at Matsushima Bay, oysters raw and fresh Miyagi Ken, Japan. Photo courtesy of Vincent Tom Udasco from the shell. Oysters have been gathered from the wild for food long before its culture in farms began. It is considered as one of man’s most nearly balanced natural food and is a cheap source of protein, contains substantial quantities of all minerals and vitamins essential to the human diet. About 18% of the protein requirement, more than 50% of calcium and phosphorus, and all iodine and iron needed by an adult Filipino can be supplied by 200g of oyster meat. Raw oysters are low in calories and rich in zinc, iron, calcium, and vitamin A, but Filipinos usually prefer to cook them by pouring

to its weekend menu starting this Friday, there’s preciously few food trips that can beat eating raw oysters kamayan-style, under a clear blue sky on the beach or pool. “The weather permitting, you can enjoy your fresh oysters al fresco at Misto’s poolside tables,” Gayoso invites. “Actually, the best way to eat freshly shucked

oysters is to slurp it directly from the shell, giving you not only the heavenly flavor of the oyster but also of the ocean it came from.” “Eating with your fingers is the ultimate homage you can pay your host for a heavenly meal! Nothing, and I mean nothing, should come between your digits, your palate and your oyster.”


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PAGASA says El Niño expected to intensify Q4 until May 2016 By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA -- The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services, Administration (PAGASA) has forecast the El Niño phenomenon to intensify in the last quarter of the year

up to May 2016. According to the latest climate outlook of PAGASA, the El Niño event, which reduces the amount of rainfall, is projected to intensify in the last quarter

of 2015 and may even extend up to May next year. Anthony Lucero, senior weather specialist of PAGASA’s Climatology and Agrometeorology Division, said this phenomenon could be stronger and worst than what the country experienced

in 1997 to 1998. This month, he said about six provinces namely: Aurora, Quezon, Camarines Norte and Bohol are expected to be under drought condition. PAG A S A d e s c r i b e d drought as three consecutive months of way below normal or five consecutive months of below normal rainfall condition. By the end of the year, Lucero said at least 46 provinces including Bulacan and Metro Manila are projected to experience drought. The long dry spell due to El Niño will continue until February 2016 to bring drought in Bulacan, Metro

Manila, and 63 other cities and provinces. “Habang lumalakas ang El Nino, inaasahan din na maraming bahagi ng bansa ang maaapektuhan nito at makakaranas ng less rainfall,” he noted. Meanwhile, 19 provinces are likely to experience dry spell for the month which include: In Luzon -- the provinces of Isabela and Sorosogon. In Visayas -- the provinces of Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Western Samar and Southern Leyte. In Mindanao -- the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Compostella Valley, South

Cotabato, Sarangi, Sultan Kudarat, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Basilan, Maguindanao, Sulu and TawiTawi. The provinces of Pangasinan, Tarlac, Cavite, Capiz, Cebu, and North Cotabato will be under dry condition for this month. Earlier, Secretary Mario G. Montejo of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) assured the public that that the government is preparing for this weather phenomenon. Food security and health are priority concerns in the government’s preparation for the 2015 El Niño, he noted. (PNA)

Dads tackle anti-tree cutting ordinance CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Owners of ornamental or fruit trees in this city might not be able to cut these if a proposed ordinance will be approved. On Monday, the City Council started a heated debate on the proposal that would require plant owners to seek an approval from the City Executive before cutting a tree of any kind in their backyard. Known as the “AntiTree Cutting Ordinance,” the legislation also prohibits the cutting, destruction, damaging, or injuring of naturally grown or planted trees of any kind. It also prohibits the cutting of ornamental plants and shrubs, or plants of aesthetic and ecological values located along the public roads, plazas or parks, school premises or in any other public ground or place, or on the river banks,

creeks, or along roads in subdivision lands or areas for the common use of the owners of the lots. City Councilors Ramon Tabor, Alden Bacal, and Adrian Barba, co-authors of the proposed ordinance, filed the measure following reports by environmentalist groups about the depletion of the city’s forest cover. The environmentalist groups reported that the existing eight percent forest cover of the city is way below the normal level of 50 percent to make for a balanced ecology, the city councilors said. They said cutting of trees remains rampant despite the prohibition of the cutting of lumber or hardwood trees or specific species in forest areas or watersheds under Presidential Decree 953. The proposed ordinance, however, provides an exception that allows the cutting of trees on some conditions and

when a permit is secured from the City Mayor or his authorized representative. The following conditions should be met prior to the granting of an exemption in the cutting of trees: When the tree or any part is directly below the power line, when it causes interference to radio and other communication signals or when the tree or any part poses danger to the life or limb of residents, commuters and passersby and when the tree is an eyesore per se or destroys the aesthetic view of the area. The proposed legislation imposes a penalty of PHP500 fine and/or imprisonment of not more than 15 days for the first offense, PHP 1,000 fine and/or imprisonment of 15 to 30 days for the second offense and imprisonment of 31 to 60 days for the third and subsequent offenses. (PNA)

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The Joy of Being Loved

Michelle Francisco


esterday, I was not feeling so great because there was no electricity for almost 5 hours. My cook wasn’t able to prepare lunch as we use an all electric cooktop here at home. Good thing we had a bottle of sardines and fresh tomatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. It actually made a good lunch. Not to mention that our DSL internet connection at home is not working well for a month already wherein it’s been on and off only to find out at Facebook that it’s not only me who’s complaining. There was also no 3G or LTE internet connection yesterday. So, yes, I was a little annoyed. Finally, at around 4pm, the electricity went back on so I decided to do my exercise for the day and walked on my treadmill. I felt a lot better. It was raining at that time so it made it more relaxing with cold and fresh air

while doing my exercise. Then, I heard the car drive in as my son arrived home from school. I always make sure to be home whenever he arrives ever since before. I believe that it’s important for children to have either one of their parents at home when they arrive (preferably the mom). It makes them feel safer, they have someone to talk to, serve them snacks, check on how their day was, laugh with them, check their assignments and so on. That’s the job of a mother, I should say. While I was on the treadmill, I heard the front door open. From the second floor, I called out to my son, Dominic, and said, “Hello, my love! How was school?” And he answered with a happy voice, as usual, “Good. I have something for you.” And there you go! All the bad vibes for the day suddenly disappeared. Inside my thoughts were biko, maruya, turon or taho? Then he said with a loud voice from downstairs, “Biko!” Then, he transferred the biko to a plate and brought it upstairs to the room for dada and mamay to enjoy. He usually brings home maruya, biko, maja blanca and turon from the school canteen. And, recently, taho. I remember telling my husband, Elmer, we must be doing something right for him to be so thoughtful. And then I thought, maybe because ever since he was a small boy (now he’s already Grade 7), we always buy him food or pasalubong whenever we go out. There had always been food for him even in the bedroom. Just like how the saying

goes, “What you give, you get.” Your children growing up remember even the smallest gestures that you do for them and they end up doing the same things to you. The joy of being loved by my son is priceless. I always appreciate and tell him how happy and proud I am seeing him grow as a positive, confident and with so much love kind of a person. Always remember, how our children treat us while they grow up is a reflection of how well we brought them up and how much love we give them. If we just shower them with love, support, positivity and understanding while they are still young then they grow up to be good persons. They may not be perfect but with the good foundation that you give them, they would know how to deal with life’s imperfections perfectly. On the contrary, some kids who hate their parents also end up being successful persons because of what they have been through and because they need to prove something. “Tough love” as they call it. Yes, that may also be true but deep inside, they don’t really feel as happy even with all the success they have achieved in life. But when love is the factor why children grow up to be successful individuals, they are naturally happier and more carefree because love is always a more powerful motivation than hate. “Love, because when you love you are using the greatest power in the Universe.” - The Power by Rhonda Byrne



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Puntod celebrates fiesta, anniversary Story by MARK FRANCISCO Photos courtesy of PUNTOD BARANGAY COUNCIL

THE barangay council of Puntod celebrated its 55th commemoration as a barangay and 70th yearly celebration of its Sr. San Nicolas de Tolentino feast. With the theme MaPaDayonon nga Panaghiusa ug Panaghigugmaay Maoy Bunga sa Mabuswakon, Mauswagon ug Malamboon nga Barangay, chairman Marvin Beja instituted a series of activities to liven up the revelry in their barangay. From August 23 to September 6, Beja rallied his constituents to jointly clean and beautify their barangay through their Bayanihan sa Barangay Puntod. On September 4, there was a Hugyaw sa Talento variety show featuring students from St. John Elementary School, North City Central School and Puntod National High School at the North

City Central School covered court. Last September was Adlaw sa mga Disabled and Senior Citizens Night at North City Central School covered court. After the elderly enjoyed their evening, a dance contest and disco for the San Nicolas sector followed. On September 6, there was a fun run followed by a flash mob in the morning at Cabaraban St. There was then a live band showcase and sayawan in the evening at Block 4 basketball court. On September 7, the contemporary dance contest and singing contest were held at North City Central School covered court. On September 8, there was the Sayaw Banikanhon featuring recyclable and indigenous materials also at North City Central School covered court.

The next day, there was the civic parade and float contest followed by the cheerleading contest at North City Central school covered court and in the evening at the same venue was the Nae Nae dance contest. Then on fiesta day on September 10, a diana was held at 4:00 a.m. followed by a gay walkathon at 8:00 a.m. and sayawan at Block 4 basketball court in the evening. On September 11, a fluvial parade was held. The fiesta activities were also presented by barangay kagawads Tyler Sia, Henry Dacer, Anna Theresa Pacamalan, Evangeline Abbu, Rodel Jose Zurita and Lulu Cuartero. In his message congratulating the Puntod barangay council for the celebration, Councilor Alexander Dacer said that Puntod will continue becoming a booming barangay in the city of Cagayan de Oro.

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For its Charter Year of 2015, the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro Premier is launching I.D.E.A. 2015, which aims to tackle the promotion of peace and conflict resolution, one of Rotary International’s areas of focus. “I.D.E.A. (An Invitational for Debate, Essay and Art) is a twoday, region-wide high school debate, essay, and art competition aimed at broadening the region’s understanding of the peace process in Mindanao,” said Atty. Ilya Kristine “Batin” Ravanera, club president. “More specifically, the project aims to bring the Mindanao youth’s perspective on the formation of the Bangsamoro region and the Bangsamoro Basic Law at the forefront of national consciousness. As such, we have made great strides to ensure that the event will be sufficiently covered by both local and national press, as well as have a prominent impact on social media,” she added. I.D.E.A. will be held

on September 11 - 12, 2015 at the Rodelsa Hall of Liceo de Cagayan University from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. “As such, I.D.E.A. 2015 is not merely an academic competition,”Ravanera said. “It also seeks to raise public awareness on matters which greatly affect our corner of the country.” The Debate portion will cover 10 preliminary matches on the first day, to be followed by the advanced rounds, semifinals and grand finals on the 2nd day. The acrylic painting and essay writing competitions will be held on the first day and the editorial cartooning competition on the second “We believe that the scope and impact of I.D.E.A. 2015 sets it apart from other academic competitions, “ said Dr. Dino Camonias, club vice president. “We have invited over 100 high schools from all over Region 10 to participate in 4 scholastic challenges: debate, essay, editorial

cartoon and painting.” “The project aims to provide a broad platform from which young citizens of Northern Mindanao can make themselves seen and heard, especially on issues that hit close to home,” said Angela Grace “Eiya” Pupos, club secretary. “Thus, the debate will be televised, the winning essays and cartoons published in local and national newspapers, and the paintings exhibited at a local mall in Cagayan de Oro City,” she added. The Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro Premier is a dynamic group of young professionals dedicated to doing good. The club endeavors to make a positive difference in the community through local service projects and initiatives. Once a month, fellowships are held in place of regular meetings to allow members to mix and mingle. Newcomers are encouraged to share new ideas and take leadership roles in club activities. (PR)

Beyond Business—LBC Makes It Easy for Customers To Give Back Poverty, global development, and societal issues. While governments debate these matters and consider what they can do to manage it, there are others who are already taking the first step. LBC Express Inc., for instance, while a private business entity, is already making an effort to alleviate these issues with partnerships with relevant organizations and customers who want to do their part for initiatives.

“ We h a v e r e c e n t l y partnered with two important organizat ions b as e d in Canada—the Philippine Cultural Community Center (PCCC), which is focused on providing support and ser vices to the Filipino communities in Canada; and Answering The Cry of t he Po or (ANC OP), which provides community development as well as h u m a n i t a r i a n r e l i e f ,” explains Rafael Policarpio, LBC North America’s Area

Head. PCCC is focused on continuous education information, planning and direction, health care and social services, and social integration for migrant Filipinos in Canada, while ANCOP is a global Catholic community present in over 100 countries geared towards poverty alleviation through effective child education and various development programs and values formation.

Policarpio with Ricky Cuenca, ANCOP’s President

Rafael Policarpio, LBC North America’s Area Head, with Joseph Franco, PCCC’s Secretary, Treasurer, and Spokesperson

For the partnership, members of each organization will be given LBC Community Partner Cards, where LBC will donate $2.50 to their specific organization’s cause for every transaction. The initiative, which will begin in August, runs through November this year and is available to all members of the said Canada-based organizations. The intent is simple, the process is uncomplicated, but the end result can move

many lives. “Ultimately, it’s a means by which LBC can give back to the community with the help of our loyal customers, while at the same time providing them the kind of service that

they deserve,” ends Hugo Bonilla, LBC North America’s Senior Vice President. For more information on LBC, please visit http://www.; or call the hotline at (888) 652-2522.

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In keeping with its tradition of celebrating literary excellence in the Philippines, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards) honored 57 Filipino literary artists at the 65th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature Awards Ceremony held at The Peninsula Manila in Makati City, September 1. This year’s batch of winners saw many firsttime winners, coming from different localities within the Philippines and abroad, making literary history alongside veteran authors, some of which have already earned their place at the Hall of Fame like Edgardo Maranan and Peter Solis Nery. Also, two young women fictionists copped the Grand Prizes in the bi-annual Novel and Nobela categories. Nobela Grand prize winner Charmaine Mercader Lasar for her winning work entitled, “Toto O.” and Victorette Joy Campilan in the Novel category for her work entitled, “All My Lonely Islands”. Now on its 65th year, the most prestigious and longestrunning literary contest accepted 895 entries in 22

categories, with the Novel and Nobela categories open this year. Entries for each category were evaluated by select panels of judges especially chosen for their contributions and excellence in their respective fields of literature. The Palanca Awards was named in honor of businessman and philanthropist Don Carlos Palanca, Sr. It aims to develop Philippine Literature by providing incentives for writers to craft their most outstanding literary works as well as serve as a treasury of Philippine literary gems. The Sponsors also bestowed the distinction of the Gawad Dangal ng Lahi, on Dr. Gemino H. Abad. This year’s guest of honor and speaker, is a professor emeritus of literature at the University of the Philippines, Dr. Abad has established himself as an eminent poet, essayist, fictionist and editor of several literary anthologies, helping shape the larger corpus of contemporary Philippine literature by contributing his own body of work and mentoring to many students of literature.

The 65th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (CPMA) Nobela Grand prize winner Charmaine Mercader Lasar (fourth from left) accepts her gold medallion for her winning work entitled, “Toto O.” at the 65th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature awards ceremony held at The Peninsula Manila on September 1. Lasar, 20, is flanked by (from left to right) Mr. Jun Cruz Reyes, Ph.D., Mrs. Sylvia Palanca-Quirino, Mrs. Criselda “Dang” Cecilio-Palanca, Mr. Carl Anthony S. Palanca, Ms. Susan S. Lara, and Ms. Ligaya Tiamson Rubin.

Victorette Joy Campilan (fourth from left) receives the Grand Prize in the recently concluded 65th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature held at The Peninsula Manila. Campilan, who won in the Novel category for her work entitled, “All My Lonely Islands,” is joined on stage by Mr. Jun Cruz Reyes, Ph.D., Mrs. Sylvia Palanca-Quirino, Mrs. Criselda “Dang” Cecilio-Palanca, Mr. Carl Anthony S. Palanca, Ms. Susan S. Lara, and Ms. Ligaya Tiamson Rubin.

Carlos Palanca Foundation, Inc. Vice President Carl Anthony Palanca (leftmost) and Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards (CPMA) for Literature Director General Sylvia Palanca-Quirino joins Dr. Gemino H. Abad on stage, who was conferred this year's Gawad Dangal ng Lahi during the 65th CPMA Award Ceremony recently held at The Peninsula Manila, Makati City.

65th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards’ guest of honor and speaker Dr. Gemino H. Abad, a professor emeritus of literature at the University of the Philippines, delivers his speech with his short essay “The Poem Is What You Will” which is his humble tribute to Don Carlos Palanca held at The Peninsula Manila, Makati City.

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Actors perform on stage during the Award Ceremony of the 65thCarlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature the play entitled “Looking for Ulysses,” directed by Rosauro “Uro” Dela Cruz. Looking for Ulysses is the second prize winning entry submitted by Jose Elvin Bueno under the One-Act Play category of the country’s most prestigious and longest running competition.


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Oriental calls on the national government through the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) to hold in abeyance the scheduled bid for the sale of Steag State Power’s independent power producer administration (IPPA) contract for its Power Plants 1 & 2. Established in the early 1990s at the height of the power crisis, the 210-megawatt Steag coalfired power plant is located at the Phividec Industrial Estate in Villanueva town, east of Misamis Oriental. “This move of PSALM is untimely, inconsiderate and bereft of any consultation of those who will be affected in the process,” reads a portion of Resolution No. 240-2015 authored by Vice Governor Jose Mari G. Pelaez and coauthored by Board Member Emmanuel S. Mugot, chair of the SP’s energy committee. T h e re s o lut i on w a s passed unanimously with no objection by the provincial board during its regular session on Monday. The board invited several resource persons from the province’s power distributors Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Cooperatives 1 &2, the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (AMRECO) and consumer groups like Konsumanteng Kagay-anon, Inc. (KKI) and Power Alternative Agenda in Mindanao Inc. (PALAGMindanao) to share their experience and perspectives on the planned privatization. Both power distributors related their adverse experiences with the recent privatization of the Mt. Apo Geothermal IPPA which resulted in a rate impact of more or less sixty centavos per kilowatt hour to the electricity bills of residential consumers in their service areas. Edna Diango, Moresco-1 institutional service manager, said the utility was getting an allocation of 10 megawatts of power from Mt. Apo through PSALM for the blended rate of only P3.00 per kilowatt hour (kWh) prior to privatization. After FDC Misamis won the IPPA privatization bid, they were lucky to be able to secure the same allocation through a bilateral contract with FDC but which now costs them P5.40 per kilowatt hour, or an 80 percent increase over the previous rate. “Another effect was the decrease in our allocation from PSALM from 52 MW b efore Mt. Ap o’s IPPA Privatization to only 39 MW at present,” Ms. Diango added. “In addition to the 13MW of the cheap power we lost from PSALM, we are projecting a similar loss of another 14 MW from PSALM if and when the IPPA privatization from STEAG pushes through.” Pelaez said the STEAGIPPA privatization should only proceed when the power situation has already

normalized with the coming online of new capacities in two to five years to guarantee true competition between power producers and shield consumers from any untoward increase in power rates like what has already happened when PSALM sold its Power Barges 117 and 118 in 2010 which resulted in disastrous rotating brownouts all over Mindanao and again with the Mt. Apo Geothermal IPPA privatization with its 80 percent increase in power rates which has only benefitted a certain number of consumers, compared to the previous regime where its output was enjoyed by all 27 electric coops and 4 private utilities in the Mindanao mainland.

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The allocation for Mindanao covers 21 projects, part of the 51 approved nationwide, aimed at developing key commodities. Arnel V. de Mesa, program national deputy director, said the projects were identified through engagements with provincial governments and were part of the value chain analysis for identified priority commodities. In Mindanao, the priority commodities are cassava, rubber, coconut, abaca, oil palm, seaweed, cacao, mango, coffee and banana. Mr. de Mesa said the six-year World Bank-funded PRDP, which started late last year on a nationwide scale taking off from the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP), has also implemented mechanisms to ensure that the approved projects are implemented based on the plans. “The PRDP will ensure t h at g o o d g ov e r n a n c e will be mainstreamed

through transparency and accountability measures at all stages of the project development cycle,” said Mr. de Mesa. The program’s predecessor, the MRDP, initiated the geotagging concept to ensure that no two same projects are implemented in one area. The P27-billion program has also started employing a grievance and redress mechanism (GRM), which provides the venue for the resolution of issues concerning the project beneficiaries as well as others who are affected by its implementation. “Through the GRM, there would be more accountability through citizen participation to better implement the subprojects in the target areas,” said Mr. de Mesa. A World Bank team recently started the first re vie w of the program implementation in Mindanao. Lealyn A. Ramos, Mindanao cluster director for the PRDP, said there “has been a surge in the (number of ) projects submitted over the last six months.” Ms. Ramos also noted the improvement in the review and the approval of projects. In June, Mr. de Mesa said the PRDP plans to secure about $500 million in additional funding from the World Bank because of the number of applications EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND PARTITION OF THE ESTATE OF DOROTE A B A C A RRO CALUSTRE, EUSEBIO BACORRO, LEONCIA BACORRO-CANALES, EUSTAQUIO BACORRO AND ANGELA BACORRO –MAGTO

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late ABE CHAVEZ, who died June 30, 2014 in Cagayan de Oro without any will, covered by TCT Nos. 137-2013004358 & 1372013004359, in the names of Raul La Victoria, Abe Chavez and Leo La Victoria has been the subject of extrajudicial settlement among his heirs. The parties hereto being all of legal age with full civil capacity to contract hereby adjudicate among themselves, the one-third and one-half share respectively of the deceased Abe Chavez on the undivided portion of the real property which was finally confirmed and settled on January 30, 2014, in the following manner: TCT No. 137-2013004358 Anna Victoria Chavez Bodine – 50% or ½ of the one-third (1/3) share of the deceased Abe Chavez; Crestina Chavez Hardie – 50% or ½ of the one-third(1/3) share of the deceased Abe Chavez; TCT No. 137-2013004359 Anna Victoria Chavez Bodine – 50% or ½ of the one-half (1/2) share of the deceased Abe Chavez; Crestina Chavez Hardie` – 50% or ½ of the one-half(1/2) share of the deceased Abe Chavez. Extra-judicially settled on August 4, 2015 by Rachel Holland, Notary Public for the State of Texas, USA.

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late DOROTEA BACARROCALUSTRE, who died on June 7, 1975 in Lawigan, Catarman, Camiguin, EUSEBIO BACORRO, who died on October 28, 1962 in Bura, Catarman, Camiguin, LEONCIA BACORRO-CANALES, who died on July 20,1962 in Lumad, Bura, Catarman, Camiguin, EUSTAQUIO BACORRO, who died on March 16, 1971, ANGELA BACORRO-MAGTO, who died on May 4,1980 in Bura, Catarman, Camiguin; They left a parcel of land, owned jointly and in common, a parcel of land located at Catibak, Catarman, Camiguin and more particularly described as follows; ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 4086, A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot No. 946, CAD 194,, situated in Municipality of Catarman. Containing an area of TWELVE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-SEVEN (12,337) Square meters, more or less. As they hereby adjudicate, the above-described real property, among themselves in the following manner. RECEPIENT/HEIR, a.) HEIRS OF EUSEBIO BACORRO, Lot Number 946-A , Area of 4,112 sq. m, b.) HEIRS OF DOROTEA BACARRO-CALUSTRE, Lot Number 946-B, Area of 4,112 SQ. M, c.) HEIRS OF ANGELA BACORRO-MAGTO , Lot Number 946-C, Area of 4,113 sq. m. Is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND PARTITION OF THE ESTATE OF DOROTEA BACARROCALUSTRE, EUSEBIO BACORRO, LEONCIA BACORRO-CANALES, EUSTAQUIO BACORRO AND ANGELA BACORRO –MAGTO under the notary public of Atty. MARIO T. JUNI , As per Doc. No. 423; Page No.85 ;Book No. 188; Series of 2015.

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for infrastructure from Mindanao. At that time, Mr. de Mesa said the approved budget would be short by about P11 billion if all the infrastructure applications are implemented. The PRDP has an P18 bi l lion budget for infrastructure projects. He said there were 415 infrastructure applications submitted, of which 161 were from Mindanao, with a budgetary requirement of P29.3 billion.

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have already been approved for Mindanao island and another P4.9B is waitlisted for review. R amos said that we are now into up scaling of products. If a farmer is into cacao, then products would include chocolates; there will be factory and packaging will be improved. The Department reiterates that they are very strict in terms of the implementation of this project. They have now what you call online tracking tool, geotag, wherein photos of the before, during and after of the project will be put online by contractors. Through geotagging, they will know if a project is already done in the area. The department assures that there is no duplication of project in the same area. (JMOR/PIA10)

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SM, DTI celebrate NorthMin creations through Kahimunan Trade Fair Story & Photos by SHAUN ALEJANDRAE YAP UY

SM City Cagayan de Oro in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry – Region 10 hosts this year’s Kahimunan Trade Fair, August 22-30 at the mall’s main activity center. “Kahimunan” is a Manobo term meaning “Creations of Mindanao”. and is registered in the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and has become a brand event; DTI-10 started using the brand name in 2007.1 The week-long exhibit showcased a wide array of Northern Mindanao products such as processed food, crafts, fashion accessories, beverages, spices and condiments, and organic products. A total of 24 exhibitors come from the Province of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental. Exhibitors in the food category are: Bukidnon’s Bounty, Camiguin Food Products, Poona’s Finest, Lanao del Norte’s Bounty, Buhat sa Misamis Occidental, Maharlika Agro-Marine Ventures, Greenpastures Inc., Hinam-s/Pan-e Dolci , FOPANORMIN, Highland Fresh, Greenminds Inc. Exhibitors in the crafts category: Bukidnon’s Bounty, Rustic Woodwork, San Fernando Crafts, CDO Handmade Paper Crafts Inc.,

2N Handicrafts/Tinabuan Handicrafts, Puyo Handicrafts, and The Stoneware Pottery. Exhibitors in both food and crafts category are: Treasures of Iligan, BMAN/Nene Suman, Tinambiran/ LGU-Sinacaban, El Salvador House of Pasalubong, and R10 CARP Abundance. SM CdeO and DTI’s annual Kahimunan Trade Fair is a gathering of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), this year, Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) have been included in the said fair. These are also products supported by DTI and are compliant with the Bureau of Food and Drugs Administration (BFAD). The Kahimunan Trade Fair aims at assisting small and medium entrepreneurs to generate sales and meet new buyers. It also provides opportunities for them to test the market and to get immediate feedback on their new products and designs. Kahimunan Trade Fair 2015 is one of the core events of this year’s city Higalaay Festival. ______________________________

Esmerna “Esmer” Gabutina of Tinabuan Arts and Crafts, a sinamay-making enterprise under the DTI One-Town-One Product (OTOP) program in this municipality, with her staff at their exhibit booth, Kahimunan Trade Fair 2015, SM City CdeO

Yvon Thea Y. Ang of Maharlika Agro-Marine Ventures Corp., Davao City

Who says you can’t sell “Balut” in the mall? Intricately designed and crafted “Beehive Lamp” from the Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper Crafts Handwoven Products by Carmelite Monastery, Misamis Occidental

Bamboo decorative products by San Fernando Crafts, Bukidnon

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Feature: Kahimunan, celebration of good harvests –DTI, by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat, CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, August 25 (PIA-10)


El Salvador City’s Duhat Wine

Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno graces the opening of the Kahimunan Trade Fair. (supplied photo)

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Some exhibit booths at the SM CIty CdeO main activity center, Kahimunan Trade Fair 2015

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