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BSP award anew FOR the fourth time, the National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office X (NEDA-X) garnered the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Stakeholders’ Award as Outstanding Partner for Source of Information particularly on Reports on Regional Economic Developments. The award is already the fourth in a series beginning in 2012. It is given in recognition of the awardees’ continuing provision of fresh, fast and comprehensive information for an effective regional environment scan that help BSP in crafting effective policies and various advocacy programs.

Work safety AS the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional office implements various projects in Cagayan de Oro City, Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas said that all safety requirements should also be ensured. Acenas hailed the issuance of Department Order 125, requiring all DPWH field offices to strictly implement the requirements on road works safety, traffic management, and construction safety and health during the construction of the project and maintenance works. “While we welcome and support projects that will benefit our constituents, their safety is of prime importance and this should not be compromised. Proper safety signs and barricades should be placed in project sites to avoid accidents. Excavations must be covered and then restored to its original state,” Acenas cited.

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NVISIONED to be the grandest event that will showcase everything that Northern Mindanao could offer, the conduct of the so-called “Festival of Festivals” has been sealed with the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) last Thursday between the Department of Tourism in Region 10 and its major partner and organizer, BusinessWeek Mindanao Corporation.

‘FESITVAL OF FESTIVALS’. The Department of Tourism in Region 10 and BusinessWeek Mindanao Corporation launched on Thursday last week the ‘Himamat Festival 2016’, a congregation of cultural and ethnic festivals in Northern Mindanao. The memorandum of agreement was signed between DOT-10 Regional Director Catalino Butch Chan III, BWM Publisher Dante M. Sudaria and PNP-10 Representative Supt. John Michael Deloso.

Coined as “Himamat Festival 2016,” this event is intende d to f ur t her

advance Mindanao tourism and promote peace and understanding through

various cultural and ethnic presentations. The signing of the agreement held at the Activity Center of SM City-Cagayan de Oro highlighted the Tourism Week Celebration last week. BusinessWeek Mindanao Corporation Chief Executive Officer and Publisher Dante M. Sudaria said Himamat Festival is an advocacy for peace and cultural understanding of the region, showcasing open festival/PAGE 11

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Moreno, Klarex affirm ties By BENCYRUS ELLORIN, Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno and first district Rep. Klarex Uy maintained their political alliance, as the city chief executive announced his line-up for the May 2016 polls that includes erstwhile allies of former mayor Dongkoy

Emano and second district Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez. Last Friday, Moreno and his City Hall department heads faced civil society organizations in forum dubb e d Ulat ng B ayan organized by the Archdiocese ties/PAGE 11

FEAST OF SACRIFICE. Muslims gather at the Cotabato City Central Pilot School during the morning of Edl Adha, the feast of sacrifice, on Thursday (24 Sept 2015) for a congregational prayer. mindanews photo by ferdinandh cabrera

MinDA pilot program to charge for watershed use By CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO Correspondent

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NGCP restores power in parts of Zambo PAGADIAN City –- The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines on Thursday has completely restored power in Western Mindanao and some areas in Northern Mindanao. The NGCP move came after the Agus 5-Aurora 138kV line tripped off, which caused power outage in the areas.

Elizabeth Ladaga, NGCP regional corporate communications officer, said on Friday that investigation showed trees and vegetation along the Baloi-Aurora 138kilovolt (KV) in Sitio Taytay, Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan City caused the line to trip at 9:35 a.m. on Thursday. She said the scheduled

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maintenance shutdown on the second line--Agus 5-Aurora 138-KV--delivering power to Zamboanga Peninsula was aborted to bring back the power immediately to the affected areas. She said the transmission line was energized before no on of t he s ame d ay Thursday, restoring power to Zamboanga Peninsula. The Baloi–Aurora 138kV line, on the other hand, was energized at 1:13 p.m. after trees and vegetation that caused the line fault was cleared. Ladaga said the planting of trees and vegetation clearly violates the company’s rightof-way policy and breached the recommended safety clearance. Meanwhile, the NGCP commits to vigilantly monitor

“It has become the practice of some unco op erative landowners to intentionally plant trees or build structures under NGCP lines, and demand for recompense when we seek entry into the property to conduct

the grid for similar incidents that cause disturbance to the grid and vows to restore transmission services at the soonest possible time. “ This, howe ver, has proven to be a challenge for us,” the company said.

maintenance activities. The trees and other structures under our facilities breach our safety clearances and endanger the reliability of the entire grid. This is exactly what happened today,” NGCP ngcp/PAGE 10

CSC urges public to read gov’t agencies Citizen’s Charter By APIPA P. BAGUMBARAN, Contributor

expected for that service, said Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office 10 Assistant Regional Director Noemi Rabe Torres during the Talakayan ng mga VIPs, September 16. By reading the Citizen’s Charter, the transcating public

TRANSACTING public who want to avail services of frontline government agencies are urged to read the agencies Citizen’s. The Citizen’s Charter describes the steps for availing a particular service and the guaranteed performance level

will know how government workers do their jobs and the time duration to finish a particular transaction, she said. Torres said the Citizen’s Charter is posted as information billboards or at a conspicuous place near the main entrance of a government office. charter/PAGE 10

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hink a minute…A man from the city was taking a drive out in the country and got lost. He stopped to ask a farmer for directions: “Where’s the main highway to the city?” The farmer answered: “I don’t know.” So the driver asked: “Well where does this road go?” Again the farmer answered: “I don’t know.” Frustrated, the driver said to the farmer: “You don’t know much, do you?” The farmer answered: “No, but I ain’t the one who’s lost!” It reminds me of the true story about the famous scientist, Albert Einstein. Einstein was taking a trip on a train. When the clerk came through asking for everybody’s ticket, Einstein couldn’t find his. Worried, he quickly searched through his pockets and suitcase. Recognizing the famous scientist, the clerk kindly said: “It’s OK, Mr. Einstein, I know who you are.” A few minutes later the ticket clerk saw Einstein still looking for his ticket. Again he said: “It’s OK, Mr Einstein, I know who you are!” Einstein replied: “Young man, I know who I am! I have to find my ticket because I don’t know where I’m going!” The well-known preacher, Billy Graham, recently spoke

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Jhan Tiafau Hurst at an important ceremony. He told the audience that he had bought a brand new suit and tie just for that special occasion. Since he is now old and frail, he told the audience he didn’t think he would be attending any more public ceremonies like this so he probably wouldn’t wear his new suit again, not until he dies and is buried in it. “However,” Billy Graham went on to say, “unlike Albert Einstein, I not only know who I am, but I also know where I’m going.” The well-known preacher, Billy Graham, recently spoke at an important ceremony. He told the audience that he had bought a brand new suit and tie just for that special occasion. Since he is now old and frail, he told the hurst/PAGE 11

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erman TV journalist Philipp Bilsky is very known. Mostly, he hit the nail on its head. I really like him and his comments. On stage now : US President Obama is set to host his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the White House. While the meeting is unlikely to produce major breakthroughs, Xi will get what’s most important to him. So, what can the world expect? Powerful images? Or just a little substance? I a g re e w it h Bi l s k y saying, that US and Chinese officials planning President Xi’s state visit to the US have been involved in a tug-of-war in recent days. The two sides have had to work painstakingly to reach a mutually acceptable arrangement in terms of the agenda for the trip and the concrete results the two leaders could declare to have achieved following their summit. There are more than enough issues to discuss

between the two global p owe rs : t he te r r itor i a l disputes in the South China S ea (!), c yber security, climate change (!!), the recent turbulence in Chinese stock markets, the depreciation of the Chinese currency, US monetary policy, the worsening human rights situation in China under Xi, and the challenge of dealing with belligerent North Korea. The list is almost endless. Again: what can the world expect? Small steps. Maybe. Hopefully. Small steps are better then none! High on the US agenda is the issue of cyber security, and one can expect the two countries to sign a deal on cyber attacks which will likely be touted as “historic.” However, the agreement will likely be in no way related to the most recent cyber attacks China has been accused of launching. We’ll probably also see some minor progress being made on issues such as climate change and investment.

But no breakthroughs are expected on controversial issues such as B eijing’s land reclamation activities in the South China Sea. The fact of the matter is the two countries have fundamentally different interests on many fronts; so reaching a compromise, or even finding common ground, would prove to be very difficult. Also the Philippines need to see light at the end of this tunnel ... . Yes, powerful images guaranteed, but regardless of what the final document will look like, one thing is clear: the meeting will result in some powerful images. The Chinese president will be presented with the highest honors offered by the United States to a foreign head of state: an official reception with a 21-gun salute and a state dinner. After meeting with President Obama, Xi will give a speech at the United Nations. A l l t his w i l l e nable Chinese state media to

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showcase the Chinese leader as a statesman getting the recognition they believe he deser ves from the international community, and in particular, the United States. In this context, dealing with major policy issues will play an almost secondary role. +++ Email: dor ingklau s@ gmail.com or follow me in Facebook or Twitter or visit www.germanexpatinthephilippines.blogspot.com or www. klausdoringsclassicalmusic. blogspot.com .

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octors, lawyers, soldiers, engineers, scientists and captains of industry would not be what and where they are today without the instruction, formation and guidance of their teachers. Our teachers taught us how to read, write, speak, add, subtract, divide, to think and to create. Our te a ch e rs c on n e c te d u s to the past, taught us to cope with the present and helped us prepare for the future. Most important, our teachers instilled in us the values which are essential in forming our character. All these, they did with dedication, sacrifice and love. This week, I yield my space to readers who sent me notes (via Facebook) to express their gratitude to their former teachers. The readers are grateful to the teachers for being their second parents, their mentors and their friends. They are the readers’ outstanding teachers. Here are some of the “thank you” messages of former pupils/students. (Slightly edited for brevity) “When I was in grade school, my favorite mentor was Ms.Purita Montante, my adviser in Grade 4. So sweet and charming.. Then Mr.Unira. He made math so simple. In high school, I loved Mrs. Ponce, our Filipino teacher. Mrs. Precy Guzman, our Math teacher. Ms.Lolita Franco..in Filipino..Mr.Felix Balbagio..in Math..Mr. Bruce Southard, American peace Corp..in English. They were

the best mentors we had.. who taught us..to follow our star..soar high.” From Tessie Solicito “Mrs. Soledad Joaquin. My Adviser/Pilipino teacher in 2nd yr. high school in MNHS... She is super bait!!! We love her!!! Ms. Nelia Virtusio My Adviser/English Teacher in 4rth yr. high school in MNHS... Well loved. May humor at may puso.” From Anthony Estipona “Ma’am Fre desv ind a Sabado, English Teacher, MNHS [Muntinlupa National High School]. She was exemplary not only in academics but also in her personal life... love u Mommy.” From Eleonor Hernandez. “My first teacher was my mom. She taught and loved me unconditionally.” From Eneri V. Alfonso “It’s my m om . M r s Lu z v i m i n d a B u g a r i n g , Math Teacher at the Claveria School of Arts and Trades.” From Vlad Bugaring “My teachers in higher education ED MORATO and TOMMY LOPEZ --- without them i wouldn’t be living my dreams today.” From Arlene Alog-David “Mrs. San Juan, my chemistry teacher in High School. She was like mother to me and gave me advice to resolve my problem at school.” From Romy Saltarin “Miss Michelyn ‘Ning’ Miranda, from second year high school in Benedictine Abbey School, was one of my favorite teachers. She was both my computer and homeroom teacher. That school year was particularly

memorable because our class won in a song writing composition contest and a musical competition (even a classroom decoration contest too haha!). Our class was hardworking and united, but we wouldn’t have been as driven if it hadn’t been for her encouragement, leadership, and support. When our batch went up against the other batches in cheering, she was our unofficial adviser. I remember still seeking her advice even when I went on to third year. We lost touch eventually but if she ever gets to read this, I hope she remembers how much she was appreciated! From Frances Myra O. Bunye “My Grade VI English teacher, former Ms Farida Sibala, now Mrs. Moreno, was my model in pronouncing words correctly.Thanks to you, Ma’am.” From Maria Cristina Benitez “I remember my grade 1 teacher in San Pablo City. Her pointed high heels had always the same color as her dress and her bag. She had long red nails. She taught us well. She had class. I knew at my young age (51/2 years old), I wanted to be like her when I grew up.” From Zenie Vera “My Trigonometr y & Algebra teachers in high school & Math teacher/ adviser in Grade IV. They were good teachers who inspired me to pursue a civil engineering degree.” From Adonis C. Avinante “Gng. Venus Salmingo Filipino and Ana B. Aganan Journalism (Pedro E. Diaz

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Ignacio Bunye High S cho ol (PEDHS); Dominador B. Mirasol, PUP Sta. Mesa; Clemencia Espiritu, Pat Villafuerte and Lydia Liwanag PNU Manila. Lahat sila ay mahuhusay at may ro ong ma l a k i ng impluwensiya sa pagiging guro ko.” From Mary Ann Obinguar Wijetunge “Ruth B elgira, my chemistry and physics teacher. She believed in me and never stopped encouraging me to be the best I can be.” From Flora Mae Palencia “My school Principal, Mrs. Elvira Pineda, International Christian Academy. Humble, loving, possessing a true mark of a leader. A woman of God, an admirable role model of Christian faith and love.” From Josephine Nazario Rogelio “Mrs. Betty Lies, English, Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, NJ. I still quote her often.” From Gwen Klapperich From your former pupils/ students, thank you dear teachers. You will forever be part of us. Note: You may email us at totingbunye2000@gmail. com.

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AVAO City -- AXA Life Insurance Corp. (AXA Philippines) is eyeing to generate about P240 million in sales in Mindanao this year, as the company boosts its presence in the southern island with the opening of a new branch in Davao City. Juan Fernando Salazar, AXA Philippines head of sales for Mindanao, said the company reported P160 million in sales or annual premium equivalent in the first eight months of the year, up 48% from the same period last year. Mr. Salazar said sales averaged P21 million a month this year and this is expected to increase with the opening of the new office this week. “In the next quarter, we might hit P25 million a month,” Mr. Salazar said,

adding the company also aims to increase its current pool of 520 financial advisors around Mindanao to 600 by the end of the year. Mr. Salazar said there is a lot of room for growth in Mindanao because there is big base of untapped clients. Mi nd ana o c u r re nt ly accounts for 16% of AXA Philippines’ 690,000 clients, he said. Aside from Davao, the company also has offices in the cities of General Santos, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. New branches are planned for next year in the cities of Tagum and Pagadian or Butuan. AXA Philippines President and Chief Exec utive Of f icer Rien Hermans, who attended the Davao branch opening, said the company’s projection of higher income this year is

anchored on the continued growth of the countr y’s economy. “This (better economy) would have a ripple effect on t he p opu lat ion and eventually us in the retail investment and financial

services industry,” said Mr. Hermans. Mr. Hermans said the company is also looking att rac t ing t he you nge r population, aged between 25 to 41, and overseas Filipino workers with the use of

online platforms. “They want to use all platforms so they could interact with their financial advisors,” he said AXA Philippines earlier reported its total premium income went up by 56% to

P11.9 billion during the first half of the year compared with P7.7 billion in the same period last year. Sales during the 6-month period were up to P2.4 billion from P1.8 billion a year ago.

Ayala pledges $200M for local VW plant

Weiming Soh, Executive Vice President, Volkswagen AG, President Commercial Operations of Greater China and ASEAN and Fernando Zobel de Ayala, President and Chief Operating Officer of Ayala Corporation.

A HAPPY MISOR BSP TRAINING – VICE GOVERNOR JOEY G. PELAEZ revitalizes the Boy Scouting Movement in Misamis Oriental as he meets and engages with newly-hired public school teachers during the orientationseminar conducted by the Boy Scouts of the Philippines-Misamis Oriental (BSP-MisOr) Council. Some 90 elementary and high school teachers joined the training at Salay National High School. Vice Governor Pelaez is the current Council Chair of BSP-MisOr Council. photo supplied

T H E Ay a l a Group has c om m itte d to p ou r i n $200 million for the proposed Volkswagen auto manufacturing operations in the country but on condition they will come in via the old Motor Vehicle Development Program (MVDP) instead of the new CARS Program. A source privy to the discussion with the Board of Investments (BOI) said that a group of Ayala representatives held initial talks with the government agency where they laid out Volkswagen’s plans for the Asean region and the Philippines. “Ayala committed $200 million because they have to develop an automotive park. This is on top of Volkswagen’s investments,” the source noting that once the plan has been finalized a corporate vehicle will be created by both partners. The Ayala Group is the exclusive distributor of Volkswagen vehicles in the country. In addition, VW will bring in its German parts suppliers because it would be senseless to import all their auto parts. The only request of the group is they be allowed to enter under the old MVDP or Executive Order 156 because the German auto company, which is a new entrant in the local market, cannot comply with the requirements under the CARS Program. The source said that the MVDP is the only way it could invest in the country because as a new entrant, VW has no capacity yet to comply with the 200,000 unit production volume of the CARS Program over a 6-year period. It would

take one and a half years to complete a manufacturing plant or at least 2 and half years before production can start. VW Philippines said that the CARS Program is favorable only to the old market players, but not to the new players. Unlike the CARS Program, which grants $600 million of tax subsidies to three models that can produce 200,000 unit each over a six year period, the MVDP only grants preferential import tariff for CKD (completely knocked down) auto parts of as much as 10 percent and one percent if imported from Asean. At present, VW is slapped with 30 percent import duty because its vehicles are imported outside of Asean. Combined with VAT and excise taxes, VW’s total taxes already account for 50 percent of the price of a VW car. A ls o, V W has b e e n seriously mapping out plans for Asean including sub assemblies in Asean countries and one major production hub to expand its presence in the region. This world’s largest company has included the Philippines among the potential sites for production hub. VW’s plans have been approved by Indonesian and Thailand governments. While, the Philippines BOI had been negative to its MVDP entry proposal, the German carmaker could not just give up the Philippines easily because “They are happy with their partner, they love the Ayalas.” Ayala is a minority shareholder in both ayala/PAGE 11


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LIPAD-UK recipients complete skilled organic farming DAVAO del Norte -- Coastal residents of Panabo City, this province, were given the opportunity to engage in profitable nature farming after acquiring proficiency i n or g a n i c a g r i c u ltu re production. Some 175 recipients of the Localized and Integrated Program Approaches for Development through Ug mad Komunidad ( L I PA D - U K ) p r o g r a m completed their training on Organic Agriculture Production (OAP) - NC

II. The training was p r o v i d e d b y t h e Ac e s Polytechnic College, which is the only school recognized by the Technical Education and Skills Development Aut h or it y ( T E SDA ) t o provide competency-based training on OAP-NC II. Governor Rodolfo del Rosario led the awarding of the C ertificates of Competency, during the graduation rites held recently at the LIPADUK area in Cagangohan,

Panabo City. He urged the recipients to make good use of their new skills to “help increase the income of their families and to contribute to the advancement of their community.” L I PA D - U K is community development program of the province t hat aims to uplif t t he socio-economic condition of coastal communities, in partnership with other agencies. As i d e f rom or g a n i c

farming, the program also include coastal biodiversity conservation, livelihood development, tourism development and grassroots sports development. The s cholars e ar ned while they learn through the emergency employment program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that provided them a daily salary of P317 during their 20-day training. T E SDA Prov i nc i a l D i re c tor D r. R e me g i as Timonio assured a better

future for the scholars, after they met the competency standards that secured their productivity, quality and global-competitiveness. He said that given the expanding market for organic crops and meat products, more and more ag r ic u ltura l comp anies find organic farming to be profitable and rewarding. “ T E SDA- c e r t i f i e d graduates of organic agriculture, have better chances of getting hired in these companies,” he said.

During the event, del R os ar io a ls o confer re d training certificates to 44 kids who completed the first batch of the LIPADUK grassroots swimming program, in partnership with LGU of Panabo City and Barangay Cagangohan. Eighteen of them were given certificates of swimming proficiency after reaching the relevant time standards that qualified them for competitive swimming. (Noel Baguio/ PIO)

UGMAD Fest highlights Tagumenyo farmers Shellfish from Murcielagos Bay TAGUM City -- The City G ov e r n m e nt of Ta g u m values the farmers for the good har vest in the city through celebration of the 3rd UGMAD Festival 2015 at R ot ar y Park , Tag u m City. “This is a way in which we honor our farmers and a way of giving importance to the different agricultural p r o d u c t s o f o u r c i t y,” Mayor Allan Rellon said d u r i n g t h e f e s t i v a l ’s op e n i ng c e re m ony l a s t September 4, 2015 at the Rotar y Park. Highlighting the festival opening was the C a r ro z a y P i nt a d o s d e Carabao, where different

painted Carabaos and their Carroza full of fruits and other farm products were paraded in the city’s major thoroughfares. Twe nt y - t wo p ai nt e d Carabaos paraded in this year’s competition, where B a r a n g ay Pa g s a b a n g a n was awarded as the best Carroza while Mr. Robert Rasos got awarded as 1st p l a c e r i n t h e P i nt a d o s competition. Also dotting the three-week festival is t h e A g r i - Tr a d e f a i r at t he R ot ar y Park w h i ch f e at u r e s D u r i a n Tr a d e Fair, Livestock and Poultry E x p o, Fa r m e r s For u m , First pointed beta show,

Scrap Art Exhibit, Kublai Art Exhibit, UGMAD Q uiz B e e and Poster Slogan Contest, Dog Fashion Show, Agriculture trade fair, Photography C o mp e t i t i o n , S i k a d s a Kadalanan and the search for the best native lechon competition. D u r i ng t h e op e n i ng program, the city government turnedover 3 Knapsack Sprayer an d ot h e r s e e d l i ng s i n three different barangays, w h i c h i n c l u d e s B r g y. Pagsabangan Vegetables Farmers Association, Brgy. Madaum Sweetcorn Ve g e t a b l e s G r o w e r s As s o c i at i on , an d Brg y.

Nueva Fuerza Vegetables Growers Association. The banner theme for this year is “Mag-uuma: Produktibo… PangInternasyonal.” Throughout the festival, farmers will be capacitated with the latest t re n d s i n f a r m i n g a n d agriculture through the c o n d u c t o f a Fa r m e r s’ forum designed in an attempt to further improve their productivity. Nightly entertainment will also be staged in t he R ot ar y Park w he re affordable durians await patrons of what can be considered the King of the Philippine fruits.

is now safe to eat, says BFAR OROQUIETA City – All types of shellfish and minute s h r i mp s o r “a l a m a n g” collected from Murcielagos B ay, b e t we e n M i s am i s Occidental and Zamboanga del Norte, have continued to be safe to eat. T h is i n for mat i on is pu b l i s h e d i n S h e l l f i s h Bulletin (SB) No. 22, the latest publication dated Aug. 29, 2015, of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), which h a s d e c l a re d t h e a re a to be free from toxic red tide contamination, Atty. Benjamin F.S. Tabios, BFAR Officer-in-Charge, said.

The declaration was made by BFAR based on the results of laboratory examinations of sea water from the abovementioned areas it conducted, in coordination with the concerned local government units (LGU). Also found free from red tide toxins in Mindanao are Taguines Lagoon in Benoni, Mahinog, Camiguin, in region 10, Dumagillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur and Tantanang Bay in Zamboanga Sibuguey, region 9 and Hinatuan, Bislig and Llanga Bays in Surigao del Sur, region 13. shellfish/PAGE 11


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Choosing and applying the right cement product brings best results People who are handson in renovating or building their home seek the recommendation of sources they feel can help them, like cement dealers. “For customers to use the right product for the right application, a better overview of what makes one product different from another will go a long way in not only choosing the right product in building their home but also most importantly, in ensuring safety, an important part of Holcim’s advocacy for sustainability,” Holcim Commercial vice president William Sumalinog said. This is why Holcim Philippines, Inc., one of the leading cement companies in the Philippines, ensures that cement merchants know the product he or she is selling before delivering it to

customers’ homes. Sumalinog noted, “Dealers can help customers distinguish which are quality and sustainable among different cement products and that not all cement brands and products are the same.” Holcim’s portfolio has cement and cement-based products intended for different applications. For example, its Holcim Excel, a Premium Portland cement with advanced mineral additives, is used for almost all kinds of applications but is preferred by many because of its tough performance. What’s more, its Holcim Wallright is used for plastering and hollow block laying and filling. It has better water retention, high bond strength and enhances workability during construction. On the other hand, Holcim’s cement-based products like Tile

Adhesive, Skimcoat, and Waterproofing are perfect for home interior and exterior applications. Holcim’s Tile Adhesive is for high bond strength tile cement; Skimcoat is designed to even out imperfections of concrete floors, walls and ceilings; and Waterproofing is the best waterproofing formulation that uses Holcim cement, special polymer modifiers and chemical admixtures. Sumalinog said that one way to warrant the safety of customers’ construction projects is to enlighten them on how every cement product is used and on how to best apply them according to its purpose. “There is always a right cement product for every application. If customers want optimum quality and efficiency, they need to consider what’s best for their homes,” he emphasized.

Moreover, the company has been helping to further reduce every building’s carbon footprint through high-quality cement, aggregates, concrete and other construction-related services. “We are committed to sustainable construction in the country,” he said. “With this, we strive to guide our customers on the proper application and responsible use of cement with the help of the country’s local cement dealers and other industry experts.” Sumalinog concluded, “This is how we give back to society by offering a variety of topquality products as our contribution to a growing economy through responsible dealership. This way, we can help make possible a safer and stronger future.”

stressed. NGCP has repeatedly warned the public that trees and other structures under transmission facilities breached safety clearances and endangered the reliability of the entire grid. “These lines are crucial to the delivery of electricity from the power sources to the Mindanaoan consumers. We are seeking the aid of the provincial governments in the area by asking them to support our efforts against these uncooperative landowners, and when relevant, issue a resolution prohibiting treeplanting and building of structures under transmission lines,” NGCP said. The right-of-way condition has elevated the Mindanao grid to a critical level by threatening the entire island with rotating power interruptions due to aggravated generation deficienc y caused by transmission lines overrun by vegetation. “Right-of-way remains one of the biggest stumbling blocks for new projects as well as regular maintenance activities. We hope that these errant landowners will allow us to conduct our maintenance activities without resistance, for the sake of all electricity consumers in Mindanao,” NGCP said. NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets.

The consortium, which holds the 25-year concession contract to operate the country’s power transmission network, is comprised of Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp., led by Henry Sy, Jr., Calaca High Power Corp., led by Robert Coyiuto, Jr., and the State Grid Corp. of China (SGCC) as technical partner. (PNA)

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Republic Act 9485, also known as the Anti-red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007, requires government agencies to draw a Citizen’s Charter which identifies the the frontline services offered, step-bystep procedures, employee responsible for each step, amount of fees, documents to be presented, and procedures for filing complaints in relation to requests and applications. The ARTA was enacted to improve the efficiency in the delivery of government services to the public by reducing bureaucratic red tape and preventing graft and corruption. Torres said government offices are also required to set-up Public Assistance Desks to immediately address client’s concerns or queries. The clients can also submit their questions, queries, feedback, and complaints at the suggestion/feedback box of a particular office, she further said. Torres also encouraged transacting public who are satisfied with the efforts and services of government offices to give positive feedbacks to motivate and inspire government workers to always give their best. (APB/PIA-10)


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of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis from page 1 Occidental and Lanao del interpretation of different Norte. categories of the festivals. The cities include Cagayan It is a convergence of all de Oro, Gingoog, El Salvador, cultural festivals in Region Malabalay, Valencia and 10, covering five provinces Iligan. and nine cities and hundreds A total of P1.5 million in of municipalities. cash prizes await the winners The first Himamat Festival of the event. 2016 is set on September 25, 2016, at the Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Complex with a grand parade to start at the from page 1 Rodelsa Circle. of Cagayan de Oro at the A day prior to the Himamat Lourdes College Auditorium. Festival, a Showdown of T h e u s u a l l y t i m i d Festival Queens will be held congressman Uy appeared which will pit the best beauty with Moreno in a meeting and talent of each contingent. of the Liberal Party last DOT-10 Regional Director Saturday. Catalino “Butch” Chan III H e s a i d h e n e v e r said some 25,000 performers entertained breaking ties are expected to troop to with Moreno, amid the Cagayan de Oro City for announcement of Rodriguez the grandiose event, dance to run for mayor. “Unsa ma’y to the tune of “It’s More Fun rason nga muhawa ko sa in the Philippines,” and set Liberal? (What’s the reason to break a record for a single leaving the Liberal Party?)” performance at the Guinness Uy said. Book of World Record. Moreno announced his C han s aid Himamat line-up for councilors during F e s t i v a l 2 0 1 6 , w h i c h the turn-over the P56-million, will be spearheaded by 41 classrooms for the East BusinessWeek Mindanao Gusa National High School and Mindanao Daily News Friday morning. Included in and in partnership with DOT- his line-up for the first district 10, is also a collaboration of are Councilor Zaldy Ocon, other line agencies such as the Balulang barangay captain Department of Education-10, Alfredo Carcosa, former the Province of Misamis vice mayor Antonio Soriano, Oriental Tourism Office, the former ABC president Merlyn City Government of Cagayan Lagumen, Dr. Buboy Daba, de Oro Tourism Council, the retired general Romy Calizo, Police Regional Office-10 businessman George Goking, and the Northern Mindanao and Tawing Uy, son of first Regional Tourism Council. district Rep. Klarez Uy. Sudaria said this event is For the second district, expected to be the grandiose, Moreno’s line-up includes biggest and most awaited former Misamis Oriental festival to showcase open vice governor Norris Babiera, dance interpretations of the l aw ye r D a l e Mord e n o, cultural heritage of the region, businessman Nixon Baban, depicting the rich cultural Engr. Roger Villazorda, Seling traditions of the indigenous Pacana and Dr. Maria Lourdes peoples (IPs) of Northern Gaane. Mindanao. Calizo is husband of Patag “Imagine each contingent barangay captain Maricor from all over Northern who is known ally of Emano. M i n d an a o d oi ng t h e i r Carcosa is also a former respective interpretative ally of the former mayor. dance that preserves their Baban, Villazorda and Pacana culture and traditions coupled are former members of the with a message of peace and Centrist Democratic Party cultural understanding before of Rodriguez. thousands of spectators here According to Maricel in Cagayan de Oro City -- C a s i n o , t h e m a y o r ’s that is Himamat Festival in s p o k e s p e r s o n , m o r e a nutshell,” he said. personalities from the camps Sudaria said the impact of Rodriguez and Emano are of this event on tourism and coming over the Liberal Party business sectors in Northern of Moreno. Mindanao will be huge Moreno showcase and will definitely make a At the Lourdes College difference, comparative to last Friday, over a thousand Sinulog Festival of Cebu people gathered for the Ulat and Kadayawan Festival of ng Bayan. Davao. T h e U l at n g B ay a n Proj e c t dire c tor Jo e according to Astrid Jose Bana, Palabao said that based on the vice chairman of the Cagayan mechanics, the festival is open de Oro Council was a venue to all local government units to seek accountability from (LGUs) in the region, as well the City Hall. Archbishop as public and private schools, Antonio Ledesma attended institutions, companies the Ulat ng Bayan but did and civic organizations. not speak in the forum. The Open Interpretation A m o n g t h e m a j o r Category consists of the achievements presented by Provincial-based, city-based Moreno and his department and municipality-based. heads were the construction The Cultural Interpretation of over 400 classrooms in less involves Subanen-based than three years versus the Category, Maranao-based, zero classroom built during Lumad-based and Christian- the 15-year rule of Emano. based. The mayor also reported Northern Mindanao is concreting more than 30 composed of the Provinces kilometers of farm-to-market

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roads. Moreno also showcased how his administration transformed the decrepit Jose Borja Memorial Hospital into one of the top performing public hospitals nationwide. In terms of fiscal management, City Accountant lawyer Beda Joy Elot reported that the City Hall in 2014 has been given the best audit report from the Commission on Audit (COA). which gave the Moreno administration a Qualified Audit Report from the Disclaimer Audit Report in 2012-2013. A Disclaimer Audit Report is the lowest audit report the COA can give. The City Social Welfare Office has also been accredited as functional local social welfare office by the Department of Social Welfare and Development during the Moreno administration. Teddy Sabuga-a, City Social Welfare Officer said they have increased more than fourfold the number of licensed social workers from five to 21 in the last two years. In 2014, Cagayan de Oro was the regional winner and national finalist in the Child Friendly City competition. B a n a s a i d t h e y a re very satisfied with their engagement with the Moreno administration, but wished the City Council where Moreno holds a minority was present. The Ulat ng Bayan was viewed by some as a tacit expression of support of civil society and the lay catholic g roup s to t he More no administration who was rocked by the announcement of Rodriguez two weeks ago. A three-way fight for the mayoralty among Moreno, Emano and Rodriguez is expected in the May 2016 polls.

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ecosystem services (PES) scheme in watersheds as part of broader environmental protection efforts. In a statement, MinDA said the mechanism will be piloted at the Libungan watershed, a 52,820-hectare (ha) area in North Cotabato province where towns have banded together to form an alliance that will join in the PES implementation. “The concept is to collect a certain amount from those using the natural resources as well as provide incentives to those helping to preserve them,” Undersecretary Janet M. Lopoz, MinDA executive director, told BusinessWeek Mindanao. M s . L op oz s ai d t he PES platform, with details still being ironed out, will not only help preserve the watershed but also benefit the communities that help in conservation activities. The MinDA statement said that the in the implementation of the mechanism, “the farmers or landowners who have agreed to manage natural resources such as forests, watersheds, rivers, and

streams are given incentive payments for rendering ecological ser vices such as replanting of trees and ensuring the survival of the trees planted.” “Payments are made by the beneficiaries of the environmental s er vices such water users, companies that benefit from irrigation systems and industr y stakeholders,” it added. Dr. Carmelita P. Martinez, MinDA consultant on PES, explained that it is a “marketbased mechanism that will employ practical approaches and is not a program designed to reduce poverty.” The mechanism, Ms. Martinez added, is a also directed to “foster more efficient and sustainable use of ecosystem services provided by the natural environment.” MinDA initiated the PES after its study found that most watersheds in Mindanao, including Libungan, are degraded due to unsustainable agricultural practices, illegal logging, and other human activities. Poor communities around the watersheds, having no other means of livelihood other than utilizing the resources within their areas, have themselves contributed to the degradation. Ms. Martinez said for the pilot area, a study showed that “92% of respondents (in Libungan) are willing to pay for its protection.” Those who cannot pay, she added, “have expressed willingness to volunteer their time in any protection and conservation project.” The watershed in Libungan EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF SIMEON P. BAGAS WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late SIMEON PACAMALAN BAGAS, who died on April 27, 2011 at Gasi , Laguidingan, Misamis Oriental without any will nor known debts; Left the following real properties particularly described as follows: Parcel No. 1 – “ A parcel of land located at Gasi, Laguidingan, Misamis Oriental, covered by Tax Declaration No. 08-18-000308209, under Cad. Lot No. 10GSS-880, bounded on the North by Lot No. 04 & 06, East by Lot No. 04 & 08, South by Lot No. 08 and West by Lot No. 06 with an area of 11,736 square meters more or less and assessed value of P 13,690.00”; Parcel No. 2- “ A parcel of Land Located at Gasi, Laguindingan, Misamis Orienatl, covered by Tax Declaration No. 08-18-0003-08208, Cad. Lot No. 12309, Cad 237, bounded on the North by Lot No. 09, 10 & 04, East by Lot No. 04 & 08 of Sec. 016, South by Lot No. 12 and West by Lot No. 22, 23 & 24 with an area of 17, 927 square meters more or less and assessed value of P 16, 420.00 ” ; Parcel No. 3 – “ A parcel of land located at Gasi, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental, covered by Tax Declaration No. 08-18-0003-01377, under Cad. Lot No. 12303-B, Psd-10-032236, bounded on the North by Barangay Road, East by Barangay Road, Lot No. 04, 05 & 06, South by Lot No. 18 & 14 and West by Lot No. 02 & 19 with an area of 26,228 square meters more or less an assessed value of P27,490.00” . Is the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF SIMEON P. BAGAS WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE under the notary public of ATTY. EMELITO J. MARQUIÑO , As per Doc. No.428 ; Page No.85 ;Book No. XI ; Series of 2015. BWM: Sept. 21, 28 & Oct. 5, 2015

has two irrigation systems providing water to about 10,000 ha of rice farms. North Cotabato is among the top rice producers of Mindanao.

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audience he didn’t think he would be attending any more public ceremonies like this so he probably wouldn’t wear his new suit again, not until he dies and is buried in it. “However,” Billy Graham went on to say, “unlike Albert Einstein, I not only know who I am, but I also know where I’m going.”

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the Honda Cars Philippines Inc. and Isuzu Philippines Corp. While VW has good rel at i onsh ip w it h t he Salim’s of Indonesia for the planned car project, the steep devaluation of the rupiah has become a major debacle to its plan. Thailand’s political situation also poses a big risk to a big investment. “But these countries, unlike the Philippines, are really bent on hosting VW that they are dangling perks for the company,” the source added. V W pro du c e s s om e

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models in Malaysia but only for the domestic market. It cannot also push for further expansion there because of the Malaysian government’s protection to its own car program Proton.

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Meanwhile, Regional Director Visa Tan-Dimerin of BFAR, region 10, said the SB explains that all types of shellfish and alamang gathered from the abovementioned areas can be harvested, sold, bought and safe to eat. However, Balite Bay in Mati, Davao Oriental, region 11, have been found positive for paralytic shellfish poisoning that is beyond the regulatory limit, such that the shellfish and alamang gathered from the area are not safe for human consumption. Fish, squids, shrimps and crabs are safe for human consumption only if they are fresh and washed thoroughly and their internal organs, such as gills and intestines, are removed before cooking, as explained in SB No. 22. (RCA/ PIA-Misamis Occidental)

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10TH Judicial Region Gingoog City OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE File No. 206-2015 Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended by Act 4118, filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (PAG-IBIG FUND) with principal address at The Atrium of Makati Avenue, Makati City, with branch office at PAG-IBIG FUND Building, J.R. BORJA Street, Cagayan de Oro City against Spouses Victoria D. Ramos and Roseller N. Ramos with postal address at 211 PAZ VILLAGE SUBDIVISION, GINGOOG CITY to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of August 3, 2015 have amounted to ONE MILLION THREE-HUNDRED TWENTY-NINE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTYTHREE & 69/100 (Ph 1,329,863.69) PESOS inclusive of interest and penalty charges, the undersigned Sheriff will sell at public auction to the highest bidder for CASH on November 13, 2015 at 8:00 O’clock in the morning up to 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court, Regional Court, Hall of Justice , Dugenio Street, Gingoog City, the following property with all the improvements existing thereon, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-10194 A parcel land (Lot 86 of the Consolidation Plan and Subdivision Plan Pcs-5848, being a portion of the Consolidation of Lot 6; 11-6018-C, & Lots 2899, 2940 and 6201 of the Cadastral Survey of Gingoog, L.R.C. Record No.) and all improvements thereon, situated in the Poblacion, City of Gingoog. Containing an area of TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY SQUARE METERS, (280) MORE OR LESS. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated date and time. In the event that the public auction will not take place on the said date, it shall be held on the next working day without further notice and publication. Prospective bidders may investigate for themselves the tile of the herein above-described property and the encumbrances therein, if any there be. Gingoog City, September 16, 2015.

FOR THE EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF: BY:

(Sgd) DAN E. LABADAN Sheriff IV

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Creatively teaching values formation:

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he Department of Education Region 10, Soka Gakkai, ABS-CBN and AnakTV officially launched the Animazing Tales DVD joint project at the Cagayan de Oro City Central School, September 23. The event was attended by more than a hundred pupils, who were treated to a DVD screening of one of the value-laden episodes, after which AnakTV Secretary General Mag Cruz Hatol formally turned over the DVD learning materials and teachers’ manuals to the school officials and students. ANIMAZING TALES It is a unique collection of 17 colorful children’s stories from the creative imagination of Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, a highly revered thinker, leader, educator and peace advocate who leads Soka Gakkai International. Dr. Ikeda’s tales speak of peace in various forms, respect for culture and the environment and many other values. The series was aired for two seasons over ABS CBN and was popularly followed by children and teachers during its twin runs. The series now comes in DVD format for distribution to select public and private elementary schools. It will come with a simple Teacher’s Guide.

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The Department of Education Region 10, Soka Gakkai, ABS-CBN and AnakTV officially launched the Animazing Tales DVD joint project at the Cagayan de Oro City Central School, September 23. More than a hundred pupils were treated to a preview episode of the Animazing Tales DVD prior to the ceremonial turnover of the educational materials. Photo by SHAUN ALEJANDRAE YAP UY

AnakTV Secretary General Mag Cruz Hatol, initiated a “pop quiz” for select pupils of Cagayan de Oro City Central School during the launch of the Animazing Tales DVD joint project in Northern Mindanao, September 23. Photo by SHAUN ALEJANDRAE YAP UY

Pupils of Cagayan de Oro City Central School raised their hands to help their schoolmates answer the “pop quiz” given by AnakTV Secretary General Mag Cruz Hatol during the launch of the Animazing Tales DVD joint project in Northern Mindanao, September 23. Photo by SHAUN ALEJANDRAE YAP UY


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German TV awards hoarder to screen at the Goethe-Institut The Goethe-Institut jumps on the TV series bandwagon as it shows the multiawarded TV crime thriller series In the Face of Crime (“Im Angesicht des Verbrechens”) every Wednesday from Sept 30 to Dec 9 within its premises. Directed by the celebrated German director Dominik Graf, In the Face of Crime is a ten-part series following the story of two policemen as they get involved in the dangerous world of the Russian mafia in Berlin. The crime series is nothing if not German: multi-layered, complex and fast-paced. The series touches on the complexity of crime syndicates and society in general exemplified by the metropolis of Berlin. In the Face of Crime was first shown at the 60th Berlinale – the German counterpart of the Academy

Awards – and has been described by critics as “ambitious”, “intelligent” and “gripping”. In the Face of Crime is the newest series of the Wednesday Movie Nights, a permanent feature of the Goethe-Institut Philippinen. The screenings feature a wide range of German movies of various themes and issues. They are shown in German with English subtitles. The screenings will take place every Wednesday evening at 6:00 PM at the Goethe-Institut library. Admission is always free and the film showings are open to everybody – Viewers get free drinks and chips. For inquiries, please e-mail program@manila.goethe.org or visit the Goethe-Institut website: Goethe.de/Manila

Guidance counselors play big role in career path of students ~ CHED

Filipino family cmte celebrates 23rd Filipino Family Week by RECTHIE T. PACULBA, PIA10

CAGAYAN de Oro City – The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) during the 3rd Northern Mindanao Career Advocacy Congress on 18 September in Cagayan de Oro City shares that guidance counselors in schools have big role to play in helping students to choose the right career for them. A guidance counselor may make or break K to 12 since by Grade 10, a student must choose his or her track, said supervising education program specialist, CHED region 10, Natalie Igot. She said that there will be no enrolees for 1st year college next year 2016 or in SY 2017. In order to address job mismatch posed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), guidance counselors must go beyond the student and extend to family as guidance counselors. In fact, in higher education, they can network with tutors and teachers, among others. Factors to be considered in making sure students go to the right direction in their careers are the aptitude test and fitting of jobs. Guidance counselors must

study carefully how to use National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) and assess whether students have the aptitude to take the rigors of the courses of jobs they wish to take for example in Agribusiness among others, Igot said. Igot even said that counselling must start from Kindergarten. If at an early age they don’t understand for example Agriculture, there will still be problem with employment. The challenge for guidance counselors is to produce brightest students to stay here in the country. Igot said “Education is a potent force to true development.” In fact, she said that our number one export is human resource. However, CHED has developmental packages designed for K to 12 transition where teachers are sent to trainings or further studies meantime there will be no enrolees for 1st year college in the next two years. Meanwhile, the Department of Education (DepEd) already sets out career guidance campaign and early registration campaign for incoming Senior High School (SHS)

students through DepEd Order No. 41, s. 2015 – August 28, 2015. The policy mandates that in Career Guidance Program, they must assist SHS entrants in making informed decisions regarding their choice of SHS track particularly whether in Academic, TechnicalVocational Livelihood, Sports and Arts and Design. They must also promote awareness in the importance of choosing a track that suits their skills and interests that matches the available resources and needs of the society; and ensure that all SHS entrants are registered in the SHS program in SY 2016-2017. In terms of career advancement for guidance counselors, Republic Act (RA) 9258 is a law that is Professionalizing the Practice of Guidance and Counseling and Creating Professional Regulatory Board; there will also be Promotion of International and Local Trainings sponsored by organizations through DepEd Advisories. (Jasper Marie Oblina Rucat, PIA10)

CAGAYAN de Oro City – With the theme, “Gender Equality and Children’s Rights in Contemporary Families,” the Regional InterAgency Committee on Filipino Family (RIAC-FF) in northern Mindanao celebrates the 23rd Filipino Family Week on September 19-30 through conducting various activities. As a kick-off, the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), in partnership with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, headed the fun walk held at the Rodelsa Circle on September 19. A Eucharistic celebration and motorcade were held on the following Monday at the Kiosko Kauswagan attended by various government agencies and civil

society organizations. Other scheduled activity for this year’s celebration include the Nutrition Forum that will highlight Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga (Family Meals are Important) which will be spearheaded by the National Nutrition Council. According to the United National Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division for Social Policy and Development, the yearly celebration of the Filipino Family Week aims to raise awareness as well as mobilize support for action to ensure gender equality and rights of children within families and prevent family violence through fair family frameworks and a variety of program interventions.

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Secretary General Mag Cruz Hatol. Hatol adds “Secretary Luistro feels that values education is very, very important for the Philippines and this is a very timely project. The DVDs will be donated to select public and private grade schools all over the country to help Filipino teachers in values instruction.” “This is really particularly for the teacher to impart the message of values to the children” Hatol concludes. Popular Filipino Values Family - As a familycentered nation, we recognize the family as an important social structure that we must take care of. Politeness - Innately, we honor and defer to parents and our elders. Hospitality - There are instances when we will serve

only the best to visitors. Gratitude - ‟Utang na loob” is very pervasive in society. We do not forget the good deeds that others did especially during times of need. Shame - “Hiya” has a great influence on our behavior for we will go to great lengths to save our reputation as well as our family’s. Flexibility, Adaptability and Creativity - Our resilience is evident in our optimistic approach to life and its travails. The ability to laugh at ourselves is an important coping mechanism that contributes to emotional balance. Loyalty – “Pakikisama” calls for us to be loyal to friends and fellowmen in order to ensure peace. Hard Work and Industry - We are universally regarded as excellent workers with

highly competitive spirits who perform well whether the job involves physical tasks or highly sophisticated technical functions. Resignation - The ‟Bahala na” ideal is used when we are uncertain; leaving fate up to God or destiny. Values are the bases for judging what attitudes and behavior are correct and desirable and what are not. The social function of values is to unite families, tribes, and nations. They are essential to the democratic way of lie which puts a high premium on freedom and the rule of law. AnakTV is an 18-year old advocacy organization that is at the forefront of media literacy efforts and a national campaign for child sensitive television and smart usage of media. (www. anaktvweb.com)

ABS-CBN (formerly ABSCBN Broadcasting Corporation) is the largest entertainment and media conglomerate in the Philippines that started in broadcasting services in the 1950s. The Department of Education promotes values education for the development of the Filipino child committed to the building "of a just and humane society" and an independent and democratic nation.

For his efforts, Dr. Ikeda has been honored with over a hundred honoris causa degrees from as many educational institutions all over the world. Soka Gakkai International is active in 192 countries/ territories and has official ties with the UN. It is recognized as a global Buddhist movement for "peace, education and cultural exchange."(www.sgi.org) “The Animazing Tales project was successfully launched about two weeks ago by Education Secretary Armin Luistro in Manila to signal the start of more robust values education efforts in the Philippine classrooms. The Northern Mindanao launch is the first in a series of regional launches” says AnakTV

For more information please contact: SOKA GAKKAI INTERNATIONAL (PHILIPPINES), 66 Timog Avenue, Quezon City, info@ sgiphilippines.org or ANAKTV Inc., 8A Matatag Street, Pinyahan, Quezon City, www. anaktvweb.com


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he junior Development Communication students unveil the LANSAD NUEVE Photo Exhibition on September 21, 2015 at the Activity Center of Centrio Mall. Dr Ma. Theresa Rivera, Director of Ateneo AgroEcological Forum, shared that the photo exhibition of the Development Communication Department is a creative campaign and advocacy to aspire peace, environmental preservation and good governance in Mindanao. Fr Noel Bava, SJ, Parish Priest of Miarayon, Talakag, Bukidnon affirmed the rich cultural identity and the graces of beautiful mountains of Miarayon. He felt in love of the whisper of its natural freshness and beauty of the place. The Miarayon Youth performed the Talaanding Dance as a way of promoting the traditional and customary practices of their tribe. The DevCom Photography in Development through the Collaborative Service Learning Program (CSLP) handled by the Kristohanong Katilingban sa Pagpakabana – Social Involvement Office (KKP-SIO) realized the University Mission Statement to form men and women of competence, conscience and

commitment by providing the students the opportunity to critically understand the real situation of Mindanao and able to apply concretely the knowledge, skills and spirituality they have learned in the university. According to Mr Nestor Banuag, Jr, Director of KKPSIO, the whole experience of the students is an interwoven of their classroom and laboratories learning outcome. The students also initiated the Lansad School Supplies (LSS). LEAVE your money in exchange of two (2) pouches of Miarayon coffee or bag tag. For every P 50 worth of purchase is converted to a school supply kit. SHARE your inspiring words to your beneficiary. SEND, we will be sending all the school supplies to public schools in Miarayon, Talakag, bukidnon. This initiative seeks to encourage the viewers to part in promoting education for the schoolchildren in Miarayon. LANSAD NUEVE is the

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9th segment of the annual campaign organized by the Development Communication Department in partnership with Valuing Ecosystem Services Together (VEST) and Kristohanong Katilingban sa Pagpakabana – Social Involvement Office (KKPSIO) in its hope to increase the social awareness and to show respect for the people of Mindanao – its diverse culture and traditions.

From Left: Evans Yonson, Carina Karagdag, Fr Alvin Laput,SJ, Ma Theresa Rivera, Jett Torres, Nestor Banuag Jr, Fr Noel Bava,SJ, Robin Waban and Rosevilla Gariando pose for posterity after the opening ceremony of LANSAD Nueve, Centrio Ayala Mall, Cagayan de Oro City, September 21.


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