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Briefly GMA relay station GMA NETWORK, Inc. has activated a new five-kilowatt television relay station in Butuan City, bringing the total number of its transmitting stations nationwide to 52. The ultra high frequency TV station allows the listed network to re-broadcast its programs from GMA Cagayan de Oro Station and can be freely received by viewers on Channel 26 using indoor or outdoor TV antennas, the company said in a statement on Friday. GMA said its transmission team conducted an initial signal survey after the relay station was commissioned on Sept. 4.

No railway DAVAO City -- Former Davao City Mayor Sara DuterteCarpio clarified that there was no clear discussion yet with regards to the plan to rationalize the transport system in the city by coming up a railway system for passenger trains that will cater to the residents from Toril to Lasang and Vice Versa. She issued the statement during the Kapehan sa NCCC Mall Davao. “There was no discussion about the railway system even before and during my term as chair of the Regional Development Council 11,” Duterte-Carpio said. The railways system is looked forward by development planners in preparation to avoid traffic congestion as the city progresses in the future.

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PON the directive of the Department of Energy (DOE), the auction for the appointment of an independent power producer administrator (IPPA) for the supply contract of the 210-megawatt Mindanao coalfired power plant has been moved to November this year.

The Mindanao coal plant is operated by Steag State Power Inc. by virtue of its build-operate-transfer (BOT) deal with state-run National Power Corporation.

The announcement was made by PSALM in a press statement, emphasizing that it already informed its prospective bidders of the steag/PAGE 11

NEW POWER. This 300-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Barangay Binugao, Toril District, Davao City and Barangay Inayawan, Sta. Cruz in Davao del Sur is scheduled to start full commercial operations this week. mindanews file photo

Therma South coal plant to start commercial operations this week By JUZEL L. DANGANAN, Philippine News Agency

MINDANAO-based Therma South Inc., is scheduled to

start commercial operations this week with its first

150-megawatt (MW) unit, said Aboitiz Power Corp. president and chief operating therma/PAGE 11

CABBAGE GIRL. A girl looks bored as she keeps watch of cabbage for sale at the public market in Malaybalay City on Saturday (12 September 2015). mindanews photo by h . marcos c . mordeno

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INGOOG City -The deplorable state of social and economic development of the long-suffered barangay Minalwang could be reversed with appropriate government interventions. Hence, the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in region 10 and Gingoog City Peace and Order Council (CPOC), in a joint resolution, has requested the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to realign or reprogram the withheld

portion of the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for the areas in Barangay Minalwang with unresolved boundary conflict between the municipality of Claveria and Gingoog City (all of Misamis Oriental) to fund road construction project in the area. Barangay Minalwang was declared as a regular barangay belonging to the municipality of Claveria by virtue of Executive Order No. 334, dated April 24, 1965. Mina lwang, wit h its

sizeable land area which spans 20,500 hectares straddling the orders of the municipality of Claveria and Gingoog City, supposedly holds a lot of potential for development. As land area becomes a highly valued commodity for local government unit (LGUs) continuously challenged with the management of dwindling resources, securing the expanse of territorial jurisdiction which implies control over the utilization of resources, in time turns out to b e t he c aus e of boundary conflict between Claveria and Gingoog city. The barangay with its very rugged terrain which is approximately 80 kilometers away from the municipal government center, is easily accessible via Gingoog city only. The Barangay Minalwang’s remoteness, seeming inaccessibility, and unresolved boundary

conflict, are the primary reasons for the lingering weak government presence

in the area, hence, transforming the barangay into a noted citadel of

communist revolutionary movement, the resolution cited. (EOR/PIA)

Caraga hosts 1st River Basin Summit in PH BU T UA N C it y - - T h e Department of Environment and Natura l Res ources (DENR) Caraga Regional Office in collaboration with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa) held the first-ever River Basin Summit in the Philippines on September 3-4, 2015 in one of the convention centers here. The summit was focused on the Agusan River Basin which is considered as the third largest River Basin in the country with a total drainage area of 11, 936.55 km2 and 350 kilometers river length. It originated from the mountains of Pantukan in Compostella Valley traversing northward all the way to the Butuan Bay in Agusan del Norte. “I am very much impressed

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about this very first River Basin Summit in the country and this group has already set a high standard for the other river basin summits to follow,” Executive Director of the DENR Central River Basin Control Office (RBCO) Jacob Meimban Jr. said. “The summit aims to popularize and create the Agusan River Basin Master Plan. One significant output of the summit is the creation of the official ARB Organization headed by Bishop Juan de Dios D. Pueblos. This is a good start in putting into realization the plans for the basin,” said Agusan River Basin Technical Working Group head Forester Maritess M. Ocampo. A total of 220 participants from Regions X, XI and XIII graced the event bringing with them the hopes of finally succeeding with the

finalization of the Agusan River Basin Master Plan. The guests during the e vent include National Advisory Council World Wide Fund Philippines vice chairman Jose Maria Lorenzo Tan, MinDA chairperson Luwalhati R. Antonino, Dir. Tamayo, Agusan del Norte governor Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba, and Dir. Meimban. (Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga, DENR-Caraga/PIA-Caraga) Governance issue of Barangay Minalwang was first discussed during the RPOC 10 Full Council Meeting last February 27, 2015, where Resolution No. 9, series of 2015, entitled: “Requesting the Municipal Mayor of Claveria and the City Mayor of Gingoog city, thru their respective Municipal/City Peace and Order Councils summit/PAGE 11

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hink a minute…Do you usually agree with people when they criticize you? Probably not. But just for fun, try it sometime. Agree with the criticism that people might give you. At first, it won’t feel natural or fun because when people criticize us, our natural reaction is just the opposite. We feel hurt like we’re being attacked. So as our blood pressure shoots up, we fire back our own criticism of that person like a counter-attack. But think of all the time and energy we waste reacting with anger to criticism. A famous, successful person says: “I’ve learned to take criticism seriously, but not personally.” You see, friend, it just might be true—at least part of it. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got lots of room for improvement. So let’s take all the help we can get, even if it hurts a little, because the truth hurts sometimes. And if part of that criticism of us is simply not true or fair, then just take the part that is true and do something about it. Let it change you and make you a better person. Make it work for you to your advantage. As they say, “Spit out the bones and keep the meat.” It will make you stronger in your character. So we need just to

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hey know their core subjects inside out and more. They make them fun and easy to learn. They innovate. They share. They inspire. These are just some of the skills and traits of the Outstanding Teachers recognized by the Metrobank Foundation for 2015. It was fitting and proper that award ceremonies were held early this month. The period September 5 to October 5 coincides with the celebration of National Teacher’s Month in the Philippines. Meet the Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teachers. Elementary Level Regie F. Palmos currently teaches at West Visayas State University (WWSU) in La Paz, Iloilo City. His f ield of sp e cializat ion: E lement ar y E ducat ion. Guidance and Counseling. He authored the WWSU Pupil Handbook and the Student Teacher Handbook . Through these two works, he constantly reminds students not just their rights but, equally as important, also their responsibilities. He provides insights to aspiring teachers on curriculum and deportment. Teacher Palmos is active in advocacies such as anti-bullying, mentoring the mentors, and outreach programs for local seafarers and fishing folk. He has also written a local history of Miag-ao, B enjamin M. Castro teaches at the Francisco Benitez Elementary School in Tondo, Manila. His field of specialization: Art Education. Using fun and interactive learning strategies, Teacher

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chew on that criticism of us and think about it for awhile. God created us to have the character of Jesus Christ. One of the main reasons He became a human being was to show us the kind of nature and person He designed us to be. And all it takes is one look at Jesus to know we’ve got a long way to go to become that kind of person! So let’s learn all we can and take all the help we can get—even from our critics. The truth may hurt, but it also can set us free from our wrong attitudes, motives, and behavior. That’s the only way we can start becoming all we were made to be. Why not ask Jesus Christ to forgive for your wrong way of living? Then ask Him to help you start making the changes you need to make in your character and life. Just Think a Minute…

Castro has transformed the classroom into a creative playground, mini-museum a n d t h e at e r. Te a c h i n g basic art activities such as printmaking, jewelr y recycling, illustration and photography, Teacher Castro has inspired his pupils to appreciate the use and value of art in daily life. His pupils are active participants in art competitions at the division, district, regional and national levels. He is also actively involved in writing learning resources for art education. He is a Scout Leader. Amcy M. Esteban teaches at the Legarda Elementary School in Sampaloc, Manila. Her field of specialization: Special Education – Gifted and Talented. This SPED teacher has turned her cl ass ro om into a s afe, learner-centered, play-based environment where children are allowed to explore their multiple intelligences. She is highly skilled in developing lesson plans and teaching aids in her field of expertise. She is currently helping the DepEd Central Office in revising and finalizing the Multifactored Assessment tools for screening, identifying and placement of children with special needs in all Philippine public schools. Irene G. Dela Cruz teaches at Carmona Elementar y School in Carmona, Cavite. Her field of specialization: General Science. Her handson approach has led her to develop practical models and teaching strategies that make it easier for children to understand abstract concepts. Case in point is her moon phase simulator which has been adopted by various school districts in Cavite. She

successfully introduced the Headstart Science Program for gifted children in Carmona Elementary School. She has served as president of various teacher organizations in Cavite. Secondary Level Ronaldo C. Reyes teaches at Tabaco National High School in Tabaco City, Albay. His field of specialization: Chemistry. Beyond the school campus, Teacher Reyes is actively involved in work which affects the livelihood of the community. Through Chem-Connect in t he C ommunit y, he promotes scientific literacy by expanding chemistry c on c e pt s a s s ou rc e of livelihood. Through AgriTech , he imparts best farming practices. Teacher Reyes continues to develop instructional materials and shares his innovative teaching strategies in various local, regional and national fora. Myrna B. Libutaque, Ph. D. teaches at Philippine Science High School-Western Visayas Campus. Her field of specialization: Mathematics. Dr. Libutaque is a staunch champion of mathematical investigation and modeling as modes of instruction. These engaging teaching st rateg ies have proven effective in developing students’ problem-solving and proof-writing skills. She enjoys coaching “mathletes” who have participated in various regional and national m at h c omp e t it i on s . A multi-awarded teacher, Dr. Libutaque is also the president of the Math Teachers of the Philippines – Iloilo Chapter. Milagros C. Banan teaches at the Ernesto Rondon High School in Project 6,

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Ignacio Bunye Quezon City. Her field of specialization: Language. An English teacher for many years, she has since switched to teaching Chinese Mandarin. Teacher Banan is one of the initiators of the development of Detailed Lesson Matrix with Compiled References for the Special Program in Foreign Language (SPFL). She is president of the SPFL Chinese Mandarin Teachers Association of the Philippines. Its flagship project – the annual National Festival of Talents – serves as a showcase of the creativity and fluency of the Chinese Mandarin language students. Ernani S. Fernandez teaches at the Palo National High School in Palo, Leyte. His field of specialization: Business and Distributive Arts. Despite the school’s meager resources, Teacher Fernandez students started winning ICT competitions. Potential donors took notice. With their help, Teacher Fernandez slowly and painstainkingly built up the ICT resources of his school from 4 computers, serving a class of 60, to 40 units, plus assorted multi-media devices. All these were washed away when Typhoon Yolanda hit bunye/PAGE 11

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IFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me?...” (Isaiah 57:11, the Holy Bible). -ooo BLESSINGS FOR PEOPLE WHO BECOME AND KNK: A person who becomes a Child of God Blood Kin of the Christ (or, in Filipino, Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo) receives various blessings. Let us read what these blessings are. First, a Child of God Blood Kin of the Christ is redeemed from sin by the blood of Jesus, our God and Savior. Because of this, he receives forgiveness of his sins, enabling him to evade the dire punishment for those sins. He also continues to be cleansed by the blood of Jesus, making him eligible for eternal salvation (once saved, always saved). Second, a Child of God Blood Kin of the Christ is clothed with the great love of God, so that he is spared from ruin or from perishing, both while he is still living in this world and when he is already in eternal life, even as he is assured

of eternal salvation in the presence of God in Paradise. -ooo HOW CAN WE BE ONE WITH JESUS? Third, a Child of God Blood Kin of the Christ becomes one, or is united, with Jesus in flesh, blood and spirit, and he becomes a new creation, his old sinful self vanishing, and is replaced with a new self that is molded in Christ. Fourth, because a Child of God Blood Kin of the Christ becomes a new creation, his sinful body is removed. His body becomes a body that is clean and cleansed of sin, because the body of a Child of God Blood Kin of the Christ becomes a part of the body of Christ. Fifth, because the body of a Child of God Blood Kin of the Christ becomes a part of the body of Christ, it is no longer possible that the blood that runs through that body’s veins remains sinful blood, because that blood of sinfulness is removed, and is replaced with the blood of salvation, which is the blood of Jesus (this is the basis of the doctrine of “blood kin”

of the Christ). -ooo FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT FOR AND KNK: Sixth, the Spirit of God comes into the Child of God Blood Kin of the Christ, and because of this, he becomes one with the Holy Spirit of Jesus. He thereafter becomes an heir of God, and is given the right to call God “Father”. Then, because the Spirit has come upon him, that person also gets filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Seventh, a Child of God Blood Kin of the Christ receives great power, first to do the same miraculous works that Jesus did while He was on earth (or even more, as He promised), and second, so that the Child of God becomes a witness for Jesus in the world. Eight, ever ything that a Child of God Blood Kin of the Christ needs in his life are given to him, even as he becomes successful and prosperous, is given a longer life, and is enabled to acquire wealth and riches and other blessings from God. Ninth, the Holy Spirit

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Cebu Pacific adds 3 new int’l routes starting Dec 17

CEBU Pacific will fly three new international routes starting December 17: Manila to Fukuoka, Japan; Cebu to Taipei, Taiwan; and Davao to Singapore. The maiden flight of the thrice weekly ManilaFukuoka route will leave Manila at 2:15 p.m. and arrive

in Fukuoka at 6:55 p.m. The return flight will leave at 8 p.m. and arrive at 10:40 p.m. Fukuoka is CEB’s fourth Japanese destination after Osaka, Tokyo (Narita) and Nagoya. The twice weekly DavaoSingapore service departs Davao at 5:35 p.m. and arrives

in Singapore at 9:10 p.m. The return flight leaves at 9:55 p.m. and arrives at 1:40 a.m. This is the airline’s first international route from Davao. The Cebu-Taipei route, a thrice weekly ser vice, departs Cebu at 9:45 p.m. and arrives in Taipei at 12:25 a.m. The return flight departs at 1:05 a.m. and arrives at 3:45 a.m. This is CEB’s sixth international route from Cebu after those to Hong Kong, Singapore, Incheon, Busan and Tokyo (Narita). Cebu Pacific said all three new routes will utilize its brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft fleet. The airline’s network currently spans 63 destinations on 97 routes.

To promote its new routes, Cebu Pacific will be holding a seat sale from September 10 to 13, or until seats last. Seats on Cebu-Taipei and Manila-Fukuoka are available for P2,688 all-in and P6,688 all-in respectively, from December 17, 2015 to Jan. 31, 2016. Meanwhile, P1,488 allin Davao-Singapore seats are available for travel from December 17, 2015 to July 31, 2016. For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit www.cebupacificair.com or call (02)7020-888 or (032)230-8888. The latest s e at s a l e s c an a ls o b e found on CEB’s official @ CebuPacificAir Facebook and Twitter pages. Guests

Globe expands network capacities OVER POPULATION to hit demand for data head-on GLOBE Telecom is continuing to invest aggressively in building on its capacities in a bid to future-proof its network amid continuing adoption of smartphone use among its customers. “As more and more of our customers shift to a digital lifestyle, Globe is continuing to make data-driven capital investments to provide increased network capacities and e n hance c ustomer satisfaction. This will build

capacities of our network to handle the explosive growth of data traffic of our customers,” Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu, noting robust customer uptake in the first half of the year as Globe continues to be the network of choice for smartphone users. Globe capital expenditure in the first half of the year stood at P11.4 billion, bulk of which were allocated for globe/PAGE 9

By Remedios S. Galacio Benoni Elementary School

It is the undesirable increase number of individuals per year creating trouble to the government. It causes shor tage of res ources needed by every person. Over Population is also the major cause of degradation of the ecosystem since more people are occupying the area, making the plants cut down and is used for building shelter and etc.

It can also cause conflicts in countries since every nation needed resources for its citizen to supply their demand making the countries fight for territorial rights. Over population is cause by great number of births, few rates of death, high tech facilities, new discovered medications and Legal or Illegal Immigrations.

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The Importance of Student Engagement during Interaction By Rose Mary D. Sudaria, Ph.D.

In schools, most students think that excelling in quizzes, examination and similar stuff is enough to make grades. However, teachers prefer that being engaged in school d i s c u s s i on s , n ot ju s t listening or obser ving alone, is best way to make learning effective not just for a particular number of students but for the entire class. Student participation in a classroom interaction boils the whole class. It means that it awakens everyone, not just those who literally sleep but also to students whose minds are in opposite direction. This is in terms of not engaging because they are too shy, they are sleepy, they are not interested in participating inside the classroom and instead let his classmates do it, and they are thinking something not related to the subject. Thus, teachers play the major role in increasing student engagement.

In an article published online, it said that one way to increase student engagement during class discussions is to create an emotionally safe environment. It encourage respectful exchange of ideas where students can express their thoughts without fear. This also allow them to explore, debate, problemsolve and practice sans anyone judging him. It is also encouraged that classrooms should be safe in intellectual aspect. Teachers could do this through starting her class with activities that requires everyone to participate. Thus, each of them will feel confident. Seeing everyone standing up to answer a teacher’s question or listening to a student explaining his stand on a debate is a circle that develops into a loop. It open minds of other students and encourage them to tell the piece they want to share as well.


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Growing interest in cacao propagation seen in Davao DAVAO City -- The cacao industry players see the growing interest of cacao propagation in the country as global demand increases. Edwin Banquerigo, city director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), said during the opening

of the Kakao Konek 2015 National Cacao Congress Friday at SMX Convention Center here that despite the growing interest, a lot of things need to be done to make the Philippines a global player. “And the biggest challenge

IMPORTANCE OF ECOSYSTEM By Remedios S. Galacio Benoni Elementary School

When there is ecosystem, life exist. It is where living things created and perform unique life cycles. Ecosystem consist of everything such as the trees, the seas, the air and every terrain that a person can see. This is

a habitat of all species. It is very important because our individual existence is dependent to it. It provides our necessities especially food, clothing and shelter. If there is no ecosystem then there is no life.

is to increase production by 2020 to 100,000 metric tons,” he said. This target would need about a hundred million seedlings which is of great opportunity for all of us, he added. Banquerigo also reported that the 2nd KaKao Konek national congress targets about 650 participants, or double the original target. Among the participants are from Cordillera, Kalinga Apayao, the Calabarzon and Mimaropa, Cebu, Negros, B o h o l , S a m a r, L e y t e , Z amb o ang a Pe n i ns u l a , Nor thern Mindanao, Socsargen, ARMM and from

Davao Region. Me a nw h i l e , Va l e nt e Turtur, executive director of t he C ac ao Indust r y Development Association of Mindanao, Inc. (CIDAMI) and co-chair, National CacaoCluster Technical Working Group, said the Congress aims to connect all stakeholders in the country from producers to local and international markets. He said, “We need to work on how to hit the figure of 100T MT in the succeeding years.” Turtur cited the production five years ago at 6,000 metric cacao/PAGE 11

Strategies of Teaching By Rosalio R. Vitorillo

In most times, encouraging children to learn the lessons and appreciate by way of remembering it from time to time would not always work. It requires a lot of time, patience, effort and efficient strategies to make them work most especially with the advent of technology. With this reality, the use of multimedia has been found to be one of the most common and effective strategies in teaching. It is a technique of presenting lessons through slides with texts, pictures, audio and video as attachments. This is very helpful on the part teacher for her not to bother anymore reading her notes. Instead of doing it over and over again, what she needs to do is just elaborate what has been shown in the slides to make it easier for students to understand. Aside from that, the teacher may make the slides colorful and interesting to attract student’s attention to make the discussion lively and interactive.

Teachers could also train students to be independent learners through internet exploration. It is a method where a teacher could just simply give topic and let students do the research. To be more effective and to see whether students really do their tasks, students will be asked to make reports on the insights they gain in doing research. One advocacy of technology in education is to implement “paperless” quizzes in order to prevent cheating. Teachers could do this also through the use of a private webpage or intranet. In here, student do their exams over uploaded quiz sheets. Teachers and students could interact about their lessons through this intranet as well. Wit h t he s o many teaching strategies that the teacher may employ in the classroom, the abovementioned methods are not just to modernized learning environment but as well turn discussions into an enjoyable exploration.

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Rice, corn stocks up as of August THE COUNTRY’S major grain stocks rose at the b e g i n n i n g o f Au g u s t comp are d to t he s ame period last year, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority -- Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (PSABAS) showed. The latest rice and corn inventory showed that total national rice supply as of Aug. 1 stood at 2.24 million metric tons (MT), which was 30.4% higher than the 1.72 million MT seen a year ago. T h e r i c e i nv e nt or y, however, was 12.6% less versus the preceding month’s 2.57 million MT. “Compared with last year, rice stocks were higher in all sectors,” the PSA-BAS said. Specifically, stock levels in the households rose 4.7%. Those in depositories of the National Food Authority (NFA) and commercial warehouses, meanwhile, jumped 79.7%% and 23.7%, respectively. C ompared with July levels, rice stocks in NFA depositories -- about 91.5% of which are imported -improved by 2.6%.

Stocks in households and commercial warehouses, however, fell by 23% and 14.8%, respectively compared to the previous month. Around 32.7% of July’s rice stocks were with the households; while 31.9% and 35.4% were with commercial w a r e h o u s e s a n d N FA depositories. Total rice stocks for the month were seen to be adequate for 66 days -- with NFA reserves sufficient for 23 days; households, for 22 days; and commercial warehouses, for 21 days. CORN Corn, the country’s other major grain, had stocks totaling 313,300 MT at the beginning of August. This was 22.3% more from the 256,300 MT in the same month last year and 13.8% higher from July’s 275,400 MT. Corn reserves in commercial warehouses improved by 46.5%, tempering the drop in the households and NFA depositories stocks, which went down by 28.8% and 81%, respectively. stocks/PAGE 9

A TEACHER FOR A TOMORROW By Marietta C. Trinidad Master Teacher 1 Gimangpang Elementary School Initao, Misamis Oriental

They wake up early and leave their homes. They spend time with the people they barely Know as often as they spend time with people at home. They got to work everyday not because They’re expected to, but because A lot needs what they do for a secured tomorrow. They’re the reason why we learn the sound of A-E-IO-U. They taught us how to count from our fingers down to our toe. Because of them, we’ve read which way we should. Without them we won’t be able to distinguish red from blue, orange from Yellow and green from indigo. They’re bringing us closer to a brighter tomorrow. They teach us everything one needs to know, They are no ordinary people. They produce the hope of our future. Professionals won’t be who they are today without them……our TEACHERS, For lies in a teacher’s hand is a child’s tomorrow.


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data-related projects that include investments for the company’s broadband network, capacities for wireless data, LTE, domestic and international transmission facilities. A significant portion of the company’s capex for the year were also allotted for its IT infrastructure as Globe continues to create platform for new products as well as to build on its IT transmission initiatives, said Cu. “These investments are intended to provide our customers with holistic digital experience. We expect growth in smartphone use to continue and that presents a very good opportunity for us moving forward. Globe has committed itself out to building on its capacities to ensure that the data requirement of our customers continues to be served,” said Cu, noting that more than a third of Globe mobile customers are using smartphones. According to Cu, the quality of service from the Globe network has driven the company’s underlying growth in broadband mobile data and strengthened its position as the choice of network for smartphone users in the Philippines. Glob e s olidif ie d its leadership in mobile data business after it registered in the January-June period P9.5 billion in mobile browsing and

other data revenues, a 53% growth from previous year’s level of P6.2 billion in the first six months of the year. This achievement brought the contribution of mobile data revenues to total mobile revenues by 23% as of 1st half of 2015, coming from 16% the previous year. With mobile data business growing at a rapid pace, data users from overall Globe mobile customer base have grown to 37% during the same period, a substantial increase from previous year’s 17%. Wireless data traffic on the Globe network has also increased by 82% year-onyear with the growing number of smartphone users and applications that leverage the internet. Aside from the growing number of smartphone users in the Globe network, sustained emergence of various products and services that include OTT applications, music, video streaming, gaming and social media that leverage the internet and data also provided support for the company’s mobile data business. “Through various partnerships with global digital giants, we have built a portfolio of products and services that provide relevant content to fit our customers’ digital lifestyle. We also continue to capitalize on these partnerships to further seed data adoption among our customer base,” said Cu. Such partnerships not only benefitted Globe but also helped these content providers establish a strong

foothold in the Philippine market, Cu emphasized. For instance, Spotify, a Globe partner in music streaming, has so far streamed 2.5 billion songs, making the Philippines the fastest growing music streaming market in Asia and second in the world. Hooq, Asia’s first over-the-top video service, has streamed over 3 million minutes since its launch in February this year. Also, as a result of the company’s ground-breaking partnership with Facebook, the social networking site has over 18 million in daily active users, growing by 50% from a year earlier. “These are testaments to the growth of Philippine market and our role through our partnerships in shaping this growth,” he added. In the first half of the year, Globe Telecom’s consolidated revenues reached a record level of P53.8 billion, 13% higher than the P47.7 billion reported a year earlier. This yielded a core net profit of P8.6 billion, a

14% jump from a year earlier while EBITDA was at P22.7 billion, 19% higher against P19.1 billion a year earlier. Growth in mobile broadband across Asia Pacific is expected to surge as more and more people are likely to start using smartphones and embrace data connectivity. Estimates indicate the region will have 1.9 billion LTE users and about the same number of 3G users by 2020.

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C omp are d w it h t h e preceding month, the August corn stocks rose in all sectors. Commercial warehouses stock levels grew by 16.8%; households by 1.1% and NFA depositories by 0.9%. S om e 8 2 . 9 % of t h e total corn stocks were in commercial houses; 16.8% were with the households and 0.3% were in NFA depositories.

The Empty Me By Remedios S. Galacio Benoni Elementary School

Fear harbors in my heart Insecurities I could not hide This emptiness in me Creates longing that should not be denied I smile everyday saying all will be ok For happiness is what I aim Joy behind the pain To have care, that’s what I gain

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The K to 12 Basic Education By Rosalio R. Vitorillo

Education is the most powerful tool that makes a person and his future. Ever yone needs to be educated properly for the nation to progress. This can be attained through quality basic education that the government may provide to its citizens to become globally competitive . For this reason, the government adopted reforms in the educational system. As a central strategy to improve the quality of graduates that the schools may produce, the K to 12 curriculum came out to asnwer the needs of the society to make each graduate equipped with the needed skills and abilities for the world of work. K to 12 Basic Education Program is the realization of this strategic vision. It is a 12-year system of education compose of six years in elementary, four years in Junior High School and two years in the Senior High School.

There are several points why K to 12 needs to be implemented. A lot of organizations and business establishments are behind it for they find it beneficial to the Filipino people. The Department of Education said that 12 years in basic education is adequate for a child to learn not just the basic lessons but as well the topics that are helpful to students to hone their skills and develop their potentials once they step out from the schools and seek for employment or pursue higher education. The Philippines is the last in Asia and third in the world implementing the 10-year educational cycle before K to 12 has been implemented. The realization of K to 12 will answer the needs to make each graduate better prepared and competitive not only in the Southeast Asian region but also in the global arena.


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new bidding schedule on November 25 this year, with 12:00 noon as the deadline time. There are still six groups being counted upon by the asset-seller firm that may hold on to their interest in the asset until bidding date. While preparing for the Mindanao coal supply contract’s IPPA appointment, PSALM president Lourdes S. Alzona has indicated that they are also weighing their options on the IPPA engagement for bulk energy of the Unified Leyte geothermal power plant. The company said it is “looking at probable sale options for its selection and appointment of the IPPA for the bulk energy” of the Leyte geothermal facility. PSALM has reiterated the willingness of Unified Leyte Geothermal Energy Inc. (ULGEI) of the Lopez group “to negotiate directly with PSALM” for the bulk energy of the asset’s supply contract. “PSALM may pursue direct negotiations with ULGEI or conduct another round of bidding for the ULGPP bulk energy,” Alzona said. She further indicated that “the next step for the PBAC (privatization, bids and awards committee) is to report the results of the bidding to the PSALM Board, and seek its direction regarding possible privatization options.” The state-run firm slated an auction on the bulk energy IPPA last September 2 (Wednesday), but this ended up in ‘failed bidding’ because only one party had submitted a tender. The Mindanao coal and Unified Leyte geothermal supply contracts are among the power assets being pushed for privatization at the remaining stretch of the Aquino administration. – www.mb.com.ph

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officer Antonio Moraza. ”Commercial operations sometime [this] week, we have been testing,” he told reporters when asked about the power plant. Therma South Inc. is a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corp. The president noted the coal-fired power plant also had problems during its commissioning, coinciding with t he brownouts in Mindanao caused by the shutdown of the 210-MW STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) coal-fired power plant and the 108.48-MW Mt. Apo geothermal power plant. Moraza, however, added the current and improved power situation in Mindanao has made everyone glad. With the operations of the baseload power plant, Mindanao will have more stable power and lower the risk of brownouts.

Therma South Inc. was targeted to start commercial operations during the second quarter of the year, but was damaged due to the Mindanao-wide blackout that occurred on April 5. According to Energ y Department data, 20 distribution utilities will source capacity from the P24-billion coal fired power plant, which will have two 150-MW units. Mindanao was earlier reported to have a shortage in capacity due to the low water levels of its hydropower plants, which is the majority power source in Mindanao. The Mindanao Power Monitor ing C ommitte e (MPMC) said in July the low water levels brought few capacity to the Agus-Pulangi hydropower complexes. It provides around half of the island’s power supply. (PNA)

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and Communication (DOTC) for the improvement of the Ozamiz City Airport (OCA), this year. Taken f rom D OTC ’s Calendar Year Infrastructure Budget for 2015, the programmed amount will be spent for the construction of the New Terminal Building of the OCA, under the Civil Authority of the Philippines ( C A A P ) , E n g r. E d w i n Luching, OCA manager, said. Of this amount, P200 million or 29.62 percent will be spent for the continuation of asphalt overlay of the 1,400m x 45m airport runway, and P145 million or 21.48 percent, for the extension of runway from 1,900 m. to 2,100 m. Meanwhile, P125 million or 18.52 percent will be used for the lot acquisition for runway strip width correction and extension, landside area,

access road and road right of way (RROW). About P83 million or 12.29 percent, on the other hand, will be used for the construction of New Passenger Terminal Building and Utilities, while P50 million or 7.40 percent, will be used for the site development of landside area. About P32 million or 4.74 percent will be used for the construction of new CHB Fence and P30 million or 4.44 percent, for the construction of access road, and another P30 million or 4.44 percent, for the construction of the drainage system, Luching also said.

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(M/C POCs) for a Meeting/ Dialogue to settle vital governance issue on Barangay Minalwang, particularly clarify concerns on the capability of the municipality in delivering basic services to its constituents in the area,” was adopted. Subsequently, during the Joint Meeting of Regional Development C ouncil (RDC) 10 and RPOC 10 on May 21, 2015 another measure was passed (i.e. Joint Resolution No. 4, series of 2015, “Requesting the DPWH – Regional Office 10 (DPW-10) to prepare a feasibility study of Opening a direct access road from Barangay Minalwang, via Barangay Mat-i, to the municipality government center of Claveria”). RPOC 10 Core Group, however, still believed that the long-term solution to the chronic cycle of insurgency, poverty, and marginalization of Barangay Minalwang, regardless of the unresolved boundary conflict between Claveria and Gingoog city, is to provide appropriate government intervention

in the area, specifically to fund an “all-weather-road” construction project in order to have a direct access road from the barangay, via Barangay Mat-i, to the town proper of Claveria. (EOR/ PIA)

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Palo. Undeterred, Teacher Fernandez eventually rebuilt the facilities. He has written a module digitizing basic accounting for teenagers and co-authored flash cards on energy conservation. Higher Education Thomas Edison S. Dela Cruz, Ph. D., teaches at the University of Sto. Tomas. His field of specialization: Biology-Microbiology. He has developed laboratory manuals, workshop notes, and teaching strategies for use in microbiology coursework at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is a widely published researcher. Over 50 of his research findings have been presented here and abroad. His review of the status of Philippine Microbiology is the first and only compilation of microbiolog y studies in the country. Also an active teacher-mentor, Dr. Dela Cruz was recognized in 2012 by the National Academy of Science and Technology as Outstanding Young Scientist.

Analyn V. SalvadorAmores, Ph. D., teaches as the University of the Philippines-Baguio, Baguio City, Benguet. Her field of specialization: Social Anthropology. Her groundbreaking work on indigenous cultures is a master class in research methodology. Her ethnographic researches and baseline surveys among indigenous groups in Sadanga, Mountain Province, the Gaddang in Paracelis, and the Agta of Palanan in Isabela have contributed immensely to a better understanding of formerly misrepresented indigenous cultures. She has authored the award-winning book: Tapping Ink, Tattooing Identities – a landmark study of tattooing practices in Northern Luzon. Kudos to the Metrobank

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tons compared to the current yield of 12,000 metric tons which is about 100 percent increase. Department of Agriculture– Manila director for high value crops development program (HVCDP), Jennifer Remoquillo, said cacao was among the priority crops that the government was pushing to propagate. She said their support included research and development as well as pest management and good agriculture practices. She added that the programs for the HVCDP have a current budget of P150 million, 20 percent of which goes to cacao production. (PNA)

R.A 9048 Form No. (LCRO)/R.A 10172 Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: LANAO DEL NORTE City/Municipality: KAPATAGAN NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Rule 7 of R.A. Act. No. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that JEAN MANUGAS YORONG has filed with this Office a petition for CHANGE OF GENDER from FEMALE to MALE, in the Birth Certificate of JEAN MANUGAS YORONG Who was born on August 05, 1995 at Maranding, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte whose parents are JOEL SAMSON YORONG and CHUSE MARY G. MANUGAS. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 15 days. BWM: September 14 & 21, 2015

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Primavera Developer sets P242-million IPO in 4th qtr Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC), the Italian-Filipino green property developer of Primavera Residences, sets its planned listing of P242-million initial public offering (IPO) on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) on the last quarter of 2015. Recently, IDC filed on August 28 an amended prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The company plans to raise P242 million from the offering of 57.622 million primary common shares to the public, priced at a maximum of P4.20 per share. The number of shares to be sold, according to the prospectus, is equivalent to 26% of the company’s outstanding capital stock and 74% is under the names of the current shareholders. Its major shareholders include Jose Leviste, Jr. (49.67%), Italian architect Romolo Nati (40%) and Jose Leviste III (4.76%). IPO proceeds will finance Italpinas Development Corporation’s upcoming mixeduse sustainable development in Cagayan de Oro, Primavera City. After Primavera Residences, a new elegant highrise and eco-friendly building in Cagayan de Oro offers the distinctive quality of living in an Italiandesigned building with metropolitan standard development. Primavera City aims to be the landmark in sustainable

developments as clients with technical the combination of solutions for going natural ventilation, green and captures solar energy, external louvers, water recycling, rain harvesting, and other green features exudes the exteriors and interiors of the property. IDC will have a market capitalization of P930.8 million post-IPO from the current P480.68 million. Unicapital Inc. is appointed as the issue manager and sole underwriter of the transaction. The expected net proceeds of P220.8 million after listing related expenses and taxes will supply the capital expenditures (capex) for new projects (P120.68 million); land banking acquisition (P47 million); retirement of existing loans (P20 million); and general working capital (P33.12 million). Proceeds of the IPO will be used in the fourth quarter of the year up to 2016. Primavera Residences EDGE Certification Recently, Autif Sayyed, Regional Green Building Specialist for the East Asia Pacific Region at International Finance Corporation (IFC), visited Primavera Residences to complete the stages of the building’s EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies) certification as he recognized the building’s outstanding initiation and implementation of the green features. EDGE is a new building resource efficiency system created for emerging markets, providing

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Weaving Mindanao’s Triumph:

a ray of light for culture & arts Story by SHAUN ALEJANDRAE YAP UY Photos by NORMAN “NOI” NARCISO

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he Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) through its Cultural Exchange Department, in cooperation with Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Viva Turismo Iligan, Musikahan sa Tagum Foundation Inc, Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges – General Santos City, and Mindanao State University – General Santos City, recently concluded the Ugnayan sa Sining Community Performances and Exchange Tours Mindanao leg dubbed as “Panaghabi – Weaving Mindanao’s Triumphs of Life Mindanao Collaborative Production”.

Panaghabi is conceptualized, written and directed by Hobart Savior, Director for Xavier Center for Culture the Arts, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan and co-directed by Felimon Blanco. “I am so happy that I am able to write and direct the show at the same time” Hobart Savior enthused. Panaghabi featured performances by Bayang

Director Hobart Savior with the performers take a bow on the MSU-IIT gymnasium stage after the Panaghabi performances, September 5.

Barrios, Helubong Cultural Troupe (Lake Sebu), Kabpapagariya Ensemble (MSU GenSan), Mebuyan (Davao), Sining Kambayoka (MSU Marawi), and Teatro Ambahanon (RMMC GenSan). In the MSU-IIT staging, graduate students of the MSU-IIT Master in Culture and Arts Studies program WEAVING

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Iligan City kicks off Diyandi Festival 2015 ILIGAN City—Excitement fills the environs of Iligan with the official launching of this year’s Diyandi Festival on September 4, 2015. Acting City Mayor Ruderic C. Marzo met the press at the Sangguniang Panlungsod session hall, along with the members of the Iligan City Fiesta Executive Management Board, to announce activities lined-up, after which a motorcade followed, to broadcast to everyone the start of the month-long revelry. The motorcade enroute to the Rizal Park for an opening salvo of the city’s fiesta celebration in September, honoring Iligan’s Patron Saint Michael, the Archangel. In his message, Marzo said the success of Diyandi Festival (just like the festivals in other cities) is commonly gauged on its “kabibo” or gaiety. This is why I made my instruction to the Executive Management Board in three words: “Pabibohon Ang Iligan.” “Pagpabibo” includes the holding of crowd-fascinating

socio-cultural activities, sports competitions and special events in parallel with Iligan tripeople’s distinctive devotion to our Patron Saint Michael. Peace and order is also a priority of the celebration, said Marzo. Diyandi is a ritual performed by an all-female group outside the Cathedral during the Pagpakanaug of the Patron’s image, before every novena and before the start of the Komedya, or Comedia de San Miguel- a folk stage play depicting the celestial battle. The ritual depicts the courtship between a Maranao male and Higaonon female, and culminating into an offering symbolic of their union and bountiful harvest to St. Michael the Archangel. The ritual aptly describes the peaceful co-existence of Iligan’s tri-people - the Maranaos, Higaonons and the Christians. Diyandi in the Higaonon context means a celebration or thanksgiving. It was in 2005 when the city established ‘Diyandi Festival’ as its tourism identity or festival brand name. A team led by

the academe was tasked to undertake the process which was later adopted by the local government. Highlighting the day’s event was the ‘Tampuda Ho Balagon’ an inspired ritual opening performed by Datu Rolando Soong with the Kalimulan Dance Troupe, showcasing the history of conflict, reconciliation, and peace between the Higaonons and the Maranaos. After years of battle between the two groups, they finally reconciled and enacted a Tampuda Ho Balagon or a peace pact using intertwining twigs/ vine which they held on both ends to symbolize mutual trust and good will. Marzo was assisted by Chief of Staff Rosevi ‘Queenie’ C. Belmonte, who represented her father, Representative Vicente Belmonte, Jr. of the Lone District of Iligan Congressional Office, and Decius L. Esmedalla, tourism operations officer of the Department of Tourism, region X, in the inspired ceremonial Tampuda Ho Balagon (Ang Pag Putol sa Bagon- cutting of the twigs/vines) to mark the official opening of the Diyandi Festival sa Iligan.

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chorus (Teatro Ambahanon) performing as strings appears and performs with Fu Dalu. In an improvised and progressive movement, a T’nalak served as the final visual. Maguindanao’s Hope in chants and dance by Maan Chua and Kabpapagariya Ensemble in which Maguindanao women are portrayed with birth, life and survival embraced by the luminous crescent moon whose hopes spring the promise. As the lights fade in, Teatro Ambahanon performs a derivativecontemporary dance in Matabagka Searches the Deity of the Wind. A single light drops on one dancer moving like a soft wind. Suddenly another dancer appears on another side; his movement is medium paced. Then three more dancers appear on stage as strong winds. These winds, later on, become warriors attacking and harming Nalandangan (Talaandig’s fortress) while the men were away on war exploits. While other women and children are weeping, Matabagka puts on her best fighting courage. She moves through these airwarriors like a ‘dragon fly,’and slaying them all. When she found out that the deity or the god of the wind and son of the sun god intends to capture Nalandangan, she searches for him

and tricks him with her charm, as she becomes one of the mistresses. When the deity of the wind falls asleep, she takes his ‘taklubu’ or armband (where the strength and power of the diety are kept). However, Matabagka marries the deity of the wind for them to stop their lands’ hostility. Matabagka becomes the guardian of the wind. It then segues to the Subanen Suite by Kabpapagariya Ensemble “Thalek and Dumindingan” – a celebration of life and good harvest, these Subanen dances extend a beginning – a string cycle of wellbeing, abundance in life and thanksgiving which definitely celebrate the roots of life. The Water Nymph Potri Rainalaut by Teatro Ambahanon with Maan Chua as Potri Rainalaut. The son Karibang appears in improvised movement resembling that of the small and big ripples of Lake Lanao. He is accompanied by his brother who is a mortal. They dance to uncover the exploits of their father Raja Indarapatra to win the heart of Potri Rainalaut. It is said that Raja Indarapatra has to swim down the lake for days so to find the water nymph. It is Potri Rainalaut’s characteristics to escape from anything that is why she is always hard to find, just like a woman who wishes to be pursued. The water nymph’s love

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also had a chance to experience “Panaghabi”. Savior shares the narrative of Panaghabi. It opens with the “Derived Creation Myth” of which Mindanao’s music retells the creation of heaven and earth. On the video screens are images of Mindanao’s landscapes and waterscapes intersperse as the music builds into fast and glorious beats. Then in a progressive dance motion, the chorus (Teatro Ambahanon), playing as the seeds of the elements of life, portrays a distilled or derived creation myth from Mindanao: a Bagobo creation myth. Then the seeds of life sprout from earth in one tableaux, and then Mebuyan and Bayang Barrios emerge and chants her dream of Mindanao’s present, future and glorious past, her being, her identity. It then shifts into in a ritual dance sashaying the T’boli tribe’s invoking and appeasing the gods for fertility and good harvest. Then the dance shifts to show the tribe’s deep affinity with nature by performing the woodpecker dance and Madal Tahaw. Bayang Barrios as Fu Daluof the T’boli tribe then emerges to sing T’nalak. As Fu Dalu sings, the dance

This inspired symbolic cutting of the intertwined twigs/vine is first ever witnessed by the Iliganons since Diyandi was acclaimed as the city’s official festival brand name, said Agnes Clerigo-Maingat, city tourism officer of Iligan. Part of the program include presentations of the 12 candidates for the Miss Iligan

2015 Search, Maharlika (NorthMin) 2015 Search, and Miss Gay Iligan 2015 Search. Meanwhile, the 13 candidates for the Search for Little Miss/ Little Mr Iligan 2015 led the audience in performing the ‘Iligan March’ the local government’s march/execution before any program of the city starts.

is something he needs to complete what lacks in him deep inside. But the raja’s pursuit is never easy. He has to surpass the strong water spouts and make these connect the lake and the sky. When Raja Indarapatra meets the water nymph, they both perform a courtship or love dance resembling the meeting of heaven (the divine) and earth (the mortal). Then the water nymph gave birth to the twins. One is a spirit Karibang and the other is the descendant of the Meranaos. Then all celebrate in dance to show their origin. Engaging the audience Sining Kambayoka’s Felimon Blanco and Sunnie Noel emerge from the audience to perfrom the Binanog Banog The finale medley saw the performance of Bayang Barrios and Mebuyan as they perform “Sabon”, “Kababaihan Makapangyarihan”, and other songs much to the delight of the audiences in attendance. The finale segues to singing “Sining ay Buhay, Buhay ang Sining” the CCP outreach theme song, as the entire cast goes on stage for a curtain call. A contra-finale saw Teatro Ambahanon performed “Woven Dreams” as the onscreen montage showed Mindanao women superimposed on the skyscapes, landscapes and waterscapes of

Mindanao. Students from the Culture & Arts Studies graduate program also shared their thoughts “Having shows like Ugnayan ng Sining staged in academic institutions will really presumably reinforce culture appreciation among students and members of the new generation who are not really aware enough about their place’s culture” ~Hyacinth Ann Antonio “They were inspired by the stories of Mindanao, took a derivative of it and staged it.” ~Ted Tac-an “Very entertaining especially Mebuyan tagos kaayo sya kay bisaya and pagkakanta” ~Ian Embradura “The weaving sends us mixed signals” ~Vicmar Paloma The Ugnayan sa Sining Mindanao tour schedule included Iligan City, September 4-6; General Santos City, September 6-9; and Tagum City, September 9-13.

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Care for Our Common Home:

Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J.

(Homily at the Concelebrated Mass, Feast of St. Augustine, Metropolitan Cathedral, 28 August 2015) Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato Si’, enjoins all of us to care for our common home, the earth. More directly, we are also challenged to care for our common home, the city of Cagayan de Oro. During fiesta time, we celebrate the gift of family, renew friendships, and strengthen the bonds of community. During the time of Typhoon Sendong, affecting the entire city, we showed how we could all work together to help dislocated families who lost their houses and loved ones. A home is not only a house where a family lives; a home is built by the love that is shared by all members of the family. So too with our community; our “City of Golden Friendship” is built by the spirit of solidarity and concern for the common good. It is in this light that we can look at three challenges confronting our “common home” mentioned in Pope Francis’ encyclical. Lately, a People’s Council of concerned citizens, including residents of affected subdivisions, have voiced their concerns on the problem of pollution coming from the city’s basurahan. The garbage dumpsite poses an immediate threat to the health of nearby housing areas. There has been a persistent clamor for a sanitary land fill and for solid waste management

practices. The goals of zero waste can be achieved through reducing, recycling, and reusing waste materials. Last week, together with several ministry workers of the Archdiocese, I visited the J.R. Borja City Hospital upon invitation by its administrator, Dr. Ramon M. Nery. We were glad to see the marked improvements not only in the physical structures, but more so in the hospital management’s policies of accommodating the needs of all indigent families. However, we were told that the foul odor from the basurahan could be felt in the afternoons whenever the wind direction changes towards the hospital. Clearly, the city’s garbage issue can be solved if the city’s executive and legislative officials can work together and go beyond partisan politics for the sake of the common good. But it is also a challenge for all of us, to do our part in making sure that our surroundings are clean and hospitable. A second challenge mentioned in Pope Francis’ encyclical is the issue of water. There are a number of housing areas, including Typhoon Sendong relocation sites, that still do not have regular access to clean drinking water. And yet, as Pope Francis remarks, “access to

safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is a condition for the exercise of other human rights.” (LS, 30) Water scarcity may be a constant problem in some areas of the city. On the other hand, too much water in times of heavy rains can severely threaten the city, as what happened during Typhoon Sendong. Hence there is the call for watershed protection which extends to the upland area of north-western Bukidnon. Since 2010, we have formed a Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council (CDORBMC), of which I am co-chair together with the regional directors of DENR and DILG and the city mayor. As a multi-sectoral group involving government agencies, LGUs, academe, business, NGOs, and church communities, the Council has undertaken the tasks of rehabilitation of watershed areas, mobilization of local government units, community development, and resource management. The ongoing fluvial procession as we celebrate this Mass is not only a way of honoring our patron, San Agustin, and his mother, Sta. Monica, but also our Birhen sa Kota sa Cagayan de Oro (Our Lady of the Fort of Cagayan de Oro). Her protective image on the river

should remind us that she is also our Birhen sa Kinaiyahan (Our Lady of the Environment). Here again, all of us are asked to do our share in protecting and conserving the environment by such practices as tree-growing, proper waste management, etc. Pope Francis’ encyclical stresses that environmental ecology is closely linked to an “ecology of man.” Our relationship to the environment stems from our relationship to one another. This then is the third challenge we face: the peace and dis-order in our society. Over the past two weeks, in our city, we heard about the senseless killings of two young persons – 14year old Stacey Villar on August 13th, and 9-year old Cairistian “CJ” Balguin on August 21st. These two innocent persons were killed by perpetrators who were allegedly high on drugs. The problem of drug-trafficking is another form of pervasive pollution that threatens the well-being of our residents, whether in guarded subdivisions or in slum areas. The majority of city jail inmates, we are told, are there for crimes related ultimately to drug addiction. Once more, we appeal not only to law-enforcing authorities but to all of us to be vigilant in detecting and reporting instances of

drug trafficking. On a larger scale, the peace process in Mindanao needs our understanding of its historical context and a re-examination of our biases and prejudices. Notwithstanding several changes being introduced in Congress to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law, ultimately the crafting of a meaningful BBL accepted by both sides still offers the best chances of winning a just and lasting peace for Mindanao. We are all stakeholders in this process. Pope Francis points out the need for an Integral Ecology – that encompasses Environmental and Social Ecology. Our three concerns over Pollution, Water, and Peace bring out this interconnectedness of all living creatures with Mother Earth. Highlighting this interconnectedness and as a response to Laudato Si’, the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro is launching a Season of Creation, starting this August 28 until October 7, 2015, the Feast of our Birhen sa Kota – Our Lady of the Rosary. The six Sundays of this season will focus on various themes related to our care of the environment and our human society. May our City of Man follow closely the vision of St. Augustine’s City of God.


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