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Briefly Gawad Pitak BUTUAN City -- Ruben Ragas, a vegetable farmer in Barangay Sanghan in Cabadbaran City, has again set another milestone by streaking a record grand victory as 2015 Ulirang Magsasaka during the 25th Land Bank Gawad sa Pinakatanging Kooperatiba (Gawad Pitak 2015) in line with the 52nd Anniversary celebration of Land bank of the Philippines (LBP) held at the Land Bank Plaza in Malate, Manila on August 7, 2015. Ragas, together with his wife Fe, joyfully received the award handed-over by keynote speaker and former senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr. along with Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisma, Land Bank president and CEO Gilda E. Pico, Treasurer Roberto B. Tan and CDA chair Orlando Ravanera. “Winning 100 thousand worth of fixed assets is a blessing or reward for years of productive work,” he said.

‘Envi’ bill REP. Lawrence ‘Law’ Fortun sponsored on second reading House Bill 5836, otherwise known as Marine and Coastal Resources Protection Act. Right on the first day of his term, Fortun originally filed House Bill 360 seeking to establish the marine protected areas (MPAs) in all coastal cities and municipalities in the country. There were three identical legislative proposals currently in the Congress. The version submitted by Rep. Fortun’s was the one largely adapted by the Committee on Aquaculture and Fisheries Resources. After deliberation, the Committee endorsed a consolidated version, of which Fortun was named as the principal author.

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PH, Pacific Islands ink deal on trade, fisheries

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HE government has started informal negotiations with countries in the tuna-rich Pacific Islands in a bid to forge a regional cooperation deal on trade and fisheries.

Asis Perez, Department of Agriculture undersecretary for fisheries, said they have initiated talks with their c ou nte r p ar t s i n Pa l au,

Federated States of Micronesia and the Solomon Islands for a possible regional partnership on fishing, investments and deal/PAGE 11

TUNA CAPITAL. A laborer carries a yellow fin tuna inside the fishport in General Santos City, which is known as the Tuna Capital of the Philippines. The city has celebrated the week-long 17th Tuna Festival last week. mindanews photo by keith bacongco

CDO to host national vegetable congress By IRENE DAYO, Staff Writer

CAGAYAN de Oro City is set to host the 14th National Vegetable Congress this coming September 16 to 17, that would gather at

least 1,200 farmers and vegetable industry players from different parts of the country. This year’s leg aims to

promote higher vegetable consumption and a more competitive vegetable industry. In a press statement, Congress Director Quiretess congress/PAGE 11

RISE OF MORO EXTREMISM. Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma warns of the rise of Moro extremism in Mindanao if Congress fails to pass a meaningful BBL. photo by bong d . fabe

Ledesma warns of rise of Moro extremism By BONG D. FABE Contributing Editor

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THE archbishop of Cagayan de Oro has warned of a rise of Moro extremism in Mindanao like the ISIS if Congress fails to pass a meaningful Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL). Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D., made the warning during the recent Religious Leadersextremism/PAGE 10

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Energy firm Rural Electrification Project


I L L A N U E VA , Misamis Oriental -- For resi d ents in Sitio Kirahon, living without electricity means living half their lives in the dark. All activities literally grind to a halt once darkness falls since people relied only on the light from kerosene lamps. But even this necessity was considered a luxury because they would rather spend their hard-earned money on more important things than kerosene or

candle which strong winds easily blew out. During Christmas, the celebration and festivities were considered “tame” b e caus e of t he abs ence of twinkling multicolored lights. Only the intermittent light f rom kerosene lamps sparsely lighting homes. But these all changed last December 2014, thanks to the Fostering Rural Electrification and Energization (FREE) Program of SPI.

Australian Interplast conducts cleft lip, palate operations SIXTY eight patients have successfully undergone free operations on cleft lip/palate initiated last week by the Australian Interplast, in partnership with the city government of Cagayan de Oro, JR Borja General Hospital, Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro and German Doctor’s Hospital. The 23 patients came from Cagayan de Oro; 13, Misamis Oriental; 18, Bukidnon; 2,

Cotabato City; 5, Zamboanga Del Sur; 1, Lanao del Sur; 5, Lanao del Norte; and 1, Iloilo City. The Eyecare and Surgicare Team, headed by Dr. Elmer Wagas, assisted the Australian Interplast medical mission held at the JR Borja General Hospital. The medical team is expected to hold another round of medical mission next year here in the city.


“For the first time in my life, we were able to c el ebr ate C h r ist mas complete with Christmas lights last December,” said 57-year-old Emilia Lood. “Dako kaayo ang kalainan. Sa una, ngitngit kaayo, unya mapalong pa gyud ang among lampara kung mokusog og hangin (There is now a big difference. It was very dark before and strong winds often blew out our lamps),” she said. Nanay Emilia narrated

that her immediate family’s future has been made brighter because they can now earn additional income even at night through her sari-sari (variety) store. Just a few months after her home has been connected to the grid through FREE, Nanay Emilia b ought a small refrigerator and a television set. “Ma kab a lig ya na mi karon og ice, iced water, ug softdrinks. Among mga silingan makapalit na og bugnaw nga tubig o

softfdrinks (We can now sell ice, iced water and soda. Our neighbors can now drink cold water or soda),” she said. Nanay Emilia als o ventured into batter y charging for mobile phones and rechargeable flashlights. Even neighbors who have chosen in the meantime not to install electricity in their homes benefit from the electricity from Nanay Emelia’s home. “Makatan-aw na mi og salida sa TV (We can now

watch TV shows),” she said, adding that neighbors often congregate at her house at night just to watch their favorite TV shows. The rural electrification project FREE is jointly undertaken by the D e p ar t m e nt of E n e rg y (DOE), the distribution utilities and SPI. It is being funded from the proceeds of the shares in the onecentavo per kilowatt hour of electricity sales generated from the operations of SPI’s power plant. (SPI)

GINGOOG City -- Gingoog city, in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Res ources (DENR) and Department of Education (DepEd) pushes for the piloting of “Eco-savers Project,” a well-designed strateg y in augmenting the citywide advocacy in mitigating against the effects of climate change. The Eco-savers Program is the city’s innovative recycling scheme which promotes a culture of discipline among the youth through ecological solid waste management. This promotes to teach children segregation right at home, reinforce the habit in school and environmental concern becomes second nature.

R e p u b l i c Ac t 9 0 0 3 requires the Department of Education to strengthen the integration of environmental concerns in school curricula, with particular emphasis on the theory and practice of resource conservation, recover y, segregation at source, and recycling. The parties agree to collaborate in the replication of best practices in ecological solid waste management in public elementary and secondary schools in Gingoog city. D epE d is t app e d to educate the students on the importance of environmental conservation and protection as it relates to sustainable development. DENR has recognized

Gingoog as the model city in the implementation of ecological waste management in the Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN). Pe r E nv i ron me nt a l Management Bureau (EMB), the project is not new to Gingoognons since they have already inculcated in their minds and practiced in themselves the value of cleanliness and the essence of the 3R’s—reduce, reuse, recycle. Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) officer in-charge Marlene Fuentes said this school-based project had already started in the city’s Manuel Lugod Central Elementary School (North Central) in which their teachers had tapped the

Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) led by Mark Kho for cohesive implementation. “Isip pag-implementar sa maong proyekto, nagmug na sila og programa nga ‘Basura Mo, I-Shoot Mo’ diin ipadala kada-Biyernes og recyclable materials ang mga estudyante. Ila kining i-shoot sa usa ka dapit nga gi-isip nilang dulaanan diin ilang i-shoot ang ilang mga basura. Dayon ilang ibaligya ang mga lata, plastik, botelya ug uban pang ma-kwarta nga basura. Ang halin ilang ipundo sa PTA para sa laing mabulukong proyekto,” said ENRD head. Mayor Marie Guingona appreciates the act of instilling a culture of environmental project/PAGE 11

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Megaworld allots P30B for new township M E G AW O R L D C o r p . announced its foray into Pampanga, budgeting P30 billion in the next 10 years to build a township beside the provincial capitol of the City of San Fernando. The township, Megaworld’s 19th, will rise on a 35.6-hectare (ha.) prime lot, the real estate firm of billionaire Andrew L. Tan said in a statement. “As part of our aggressive township expansion across the country, we are happy

to announce our entry into Pampanga,” Jericho S. Go, senior vice president at Megaworld, was quoted in the statement as saying. “This is the perfect time and opportunity to be present in this progressive province, where else but right at the heart of the provincial capital which is a prime location for an urban township development.” The project site is approximately 70 kilometers megaworld/PAGE 10

Globe Telecom brings world class artists THE country’s number 1 mobile brand and purveyor of the Filipino digital lifestyle Globe Telecom continues to make its presence felt in the music industry to reach out to music-loving Pinoys with its participation in the country’s biggest concerts, festivals, and music events. Globe has successfully penetrated the music industry and took the music experience to a whole new level. With its partnership with top music streaming service

Spotify, Globe conquered the online music space by giving customers access to over 30 million songs anytime, anywhere using an innovative and interactive platform. Globe has also established itself as a consistent supporter of i nter nat i ona l mus i c festivals and concerts. From Wanderland, Unleashed, KPOP Best of the Best, and KPOP BIG BANG, Globe continues to reach out to its young market and give them globe/PAGE 11

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PAL maxes out flight frequencies to Haneda

PHILIPPINE Airlines, Inc. (PAL) said it will use by next month all its flight ent it lements to Jap an’s Haneda Airport, after its rival Cebu Air, Inc. moved to acquire the unused ones. “PAL has 14 week ly f l i g ht e nt i t l e m e nt s t o Haneda and at present, 12 of the 14 frequencies to Haneda are being used,” PAL Spokesperson Cielo C. Villaluna said in a mobile phone message over the weekend. “By Oct. 25, all 14 will be in full use. So in effect, there are no unused frequencies anymore,” she added. This developed after Cebu Air -- operator of budget carrier Cebu Pacific Air -asked the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) if it can have the unused frequencies instead. “CEB has filed a request for the reallocation of PAL’s unutilized entitlements -two weekly frequencies on the Manila-Haneda route,”

the Gokongwei-led budget airline said in a statement sent via text message over the weekend. CEB is the firm’s ticker symbol on the Philippine Stock Exchange. “CEB is willing and capable to operate flights

to Haneda as early as Winter Schedule 2015, should the requested entitlements be granted,” it added. The aviation regulator meanwhile said it plans to hold a hearing within September before it decides

to grant or deny Cebu Air’s request. “It will undergo a hearing process in accordance with the rules, to determine the merits of the request… maybe this month,” CAB Executive PAL/PAGE 10

Double the surprise with Red Ribbon’s new Double Deck Dedication Cake Cakes have been integral in every Filipino celebration, more particularly during birthdays. This time, Red Ribbon—one of the leading bakeshops in the country—is offering a double treat to your loved ones with its new Double Deck Dedication Cake. This two-layer cake


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offers more layers of chocolate goodness to make your child’s party an even happier birthday. With its layers of bursting chocolatey flavor, your child’s guests will surely line up for more slices. According to Zinnia Rivera, general manager of Red Ribbon, the new Double Deck

Dedication Cake is a rich chocolate cake with fudgy chocolate icing topped with colorful sugar confetti, dots & stars. This can be personalized with one’s special message. “Mothers always want the best for their children. They are constantly finding new ways to recreate how their child will cherish their special day,” Rivera said. “With the new two-layer Dedication Cake, mothers can now make their children’s party two times grander without going beyond their budget.” Before, special two-layer cakes are only present during birthdays, debuts, weddings and graduation. Now, Red Ribbon makes it possible for families to make any day a bigger celebration while allowing more budget for other expenditures. While saving on budget, you can also share the slices of the cake with 26 people because it has a base layer of 8x12 inches and a top layer of 6x8 inches. This cake is now available in all Red Ribbon stores nationwide. “Now that there’s a

double deck cake in place, there’s a bigger cake with a taste of premium for all the guests,” Rivera said. “Truly, Red Ribbon complements every Filipino table with its delightful treats, making every moment more worth-remembering.” As the company explores new product offerings to make every day worth celebrating for, Red Ribbon now offers its gold standard for birthday cakes in the form of its new Double Deck Dedication Cake. Rivera concluded, “Cakes are known staples for every Filipino table whenever there’s a celebration, may it be as grand as your son’s 7th birthday or as simple as your daughter’s achievement in class. Coupling the cake with a dedication as sweet as its taste is what makes the occasion more memorable.” To know more about Red Ribbon and its many delights, visit the website at www.

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hink a minute…You know that a brand new computer today will be outdated and old in just a few months. I recently replaced my 7-year old computer when my friends told me I was using a horse to race against rockets. To compete and succeed in this world we have to keep up with the technology, which means continually upgrading our computer. Ye t n o n e o f t h e s e impressive inventions comes even close to the power of the human mind. In fact, our mind’s computer already has all the upgrades we’ll ever need. So since we’re the ones who control the world’s most powerful computer, we must keep learning and upgrading it ever y day. Someone said: “Your mind is like a parachute—it’s not much good unless it’s open.” And if we want to change our life, we have to change our mind first. Computers, however, can also be dangerous. That’s why we need an anti-virus program to protect our computer from viruses that can infect and damage it. These protective programs even update themselves regularly against new viruses that can attack. So since we go to all that trouble for a


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At Sadness’ Death Grip


or most people, suicide is not an option. They have never experienced s a d n e s s’ d e at h g r ip. Unfortunately for countless others, this is not the case. Let’s light a candle on September 10 at 8:00 PM in commemoration of the World Suicide Prevention Day. Let us remember those who gave up on life, people who may not have really want to die, but couldn’t find any other way to stop the pain. People often b elie ve that suicide is something that only happens in the developed world. Unfortunately, the truth is, it is a global health problem that kills conser vatively 800,000 people all over the world. The National Statistics Office reports that even in the Philippines, suicide is on the rise. If you’re like me, you probably know someone who has taken their own lives or have loved ones who have done so. How d o we pre ve nt something as gut-wrenching as suicide then?

Perhaps the best way to do so is to arm ourselves with information. Here’s some common misconceptions f r o m S AV E – S u i c i d e Aw a r e n e s s Vo i c e s o f Education: “People who talk about suicide won’t really do it.” Not True. Almost everyone who commits or attempts suicide has given some clue or warning. Do not ignore suicide threats. Statements like “you’ll be sorry when I’m dead,” “I can’t see any way out,” -- no matter how casually or jokingly said, may indicate serious suicidal feelings. “Anyone who tries to kill him/herself must be crazy.” Not True. Most suicidal people are not psychotic or insane. They may be upset, grief-stricken, depressed or despairing. Extreme distress and emotional pain are always signs of mental illness but are not signs of psychosis. “If a person is determined to kill him/herself, nothing is going to stop him/her.” Not True. Even the most severely depressed person

has mixed feelings about death, and most waiver until the very last moment between wanting to live and wanting to end their pain. Most suicidal people do not want to die; they w ant t he p ai n to stop. The impulse to end it all, howe ver over p owering, does not last forever. “People who commit suicide are people who were unwilling to seek help.” Not True. Studies of adult suicide victims have shown that more than half had sought medical help within six months before their deaths and a majority had seen a medical professional within 1 month of their death. “Talking about suicide may give someone the idea.” Not True. You don’t give a suicidal person ideas by talking about suicide. The opposite is true -- bringing up the subject of suicide and discussing it openly is one of the most helpful things you can do. If you or your loved one is at the brink of despair to the point where suicide becomes an option, SEEK



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t breaks my heart. My heart bleeds while watching the international n e w s . Mo r e a n d m o r e refugees are making their way to Europe - of course! - and the continent is over w helme d. Al l of Eu r o p e ? No. G e r m a ny is confronting the p ow e r l e s s n e s s b e c au s e it can and it must, says i . e . i n t e r n a t i o n a l T Vcommentator Rob Mudge in Brussels. The refugee drama escalated yesterday (Saturday - I am writing this piece on Sundayafternoon September 6, 2015). And yes, unfortunately Europeb ashing a ls o incre as es. Voices of outrage grow louder: at best, the European Union is being criticized for the lack of action and at worst, it is being accused of incompetence and powerlessness when dealing with the refugee crisis. During the Greek crisis, one meeting of ministers fol lowe d t he next, and special summits were held on a weekly basis. But in the refugee crisis, nothing has been done for weeks. In August, officials in Brussels went where they always go: on vacation. And even now, the sluggish bureaucratic system in Brussels is still moving along slowly. The EU has yet to come up with coherent and effective answers. Ever ybody knows: Brussels can’t do everything alone! On the other hand, it’s unfair to blame just the EU. Brussels cannot take care of the decisive

question – where the numerous refugees will b e accommo dated. The sovereign EU states have reser ved the right to regulate such matters on their own. They are failing on a grand scale with regard to reaching at least one agreement on a voluntary refugee quota. Many member states - despite the European canon of values – just don’t want to accept any refugees. You can’t beat that mix of powerlessness and cynicism. The Greek crisis has already shown that individual states are more rel i abl e t han t he EU Commission and the Brussels circuit when it comes to addressing issues in a halfway acceptable manner. And let’s not delude ourselves: the approval of all 19 euro nations was officially needed to pass the bailout measures for Greece - but without Germany’s guidance, it wou ld not have happened. And that is w hy t he c u r re nt re f u g e e c r i s i s , which is much more dramatic on a humanitarian level than Greece’s financial and economic crisis, shows that no answers can be expected from such a large alliance of countries. Of course, this comes as no surprise, as interests and egos within the EU vary, just like their finances and state structures. Personally, I learned that many Germans want to help though it’s expecting more than 800,000 refugees this year. Some others calculate already up to one million.

When these figures were made public, they were first met with the usual whiny cacophony of responses like: How is that going to work? Or : G er many is already over whelmed and anyhow, what about the others? What are they doing about the situation? But look at the touching i mage s f rom Mu n i ch especially yesterday and t o d ay ( Su n d ay ! ) – t h e storm of helpers who are providing assistance to the newcomers. That is how a country that can and must help should react. Other countries admire the Germans’ commitment, especially Great Britain, whose prime minister emphasized for days that h is c ou nt r y wou l d not accept more refugees. Allow me to ask: Why not? David Miliband, former foreign secretary and Cameron’s old rival, tweeted an image of German soccer fans in different stadiums holding up banners with words of solidarity for the refugees written on them. Miliband had two words for this picture: German l e a d e r s h ip. O f c ou r s e , C ameron’s mostly antiEurope position is known since long time. T h at i s e x a c t l y t h e problem: The others are unable or unwilling and G e r m a ny d o e s i n d e e d have the funds and the means. This irks Brussels centralists who are worried about overall European structures and fear a renaissance of strong nation states. They do not wish to tolerate unilateral action

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- and certainly not from Germany. These critics, however, have overlooked that fact that unusual events require a different approach, one that does not correspond to the EU’s supranational norms, but - despite all the problems and adversities is and will be more effective t h a n a ny h a l f - h e a r t e d and time-consuming compromises that would have come out of EU-wide negotiations. I am saying this not as German national, but: Germany should and must lead the way in the refugee crisis, which will be for a long while, perhaps years. The scope of the situation i s st i l l u n cl e ar. But i n ret rosp e c t, histor y wi ll show that Berlin, and not Brussels, made decisions to move ahead and took the necessary measures. Here, I really agree with many European commentators and men of the people. +++ Email: dor ing klau s@ g or follow me in Facebook or Twitter or

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DA defers effectivity of Price Act implementing guidelines


HE Department of Agriculture (DA) s ai d on Tu e s d ay it has temporarily suspended the effectivity of the administrative order signalling the execution of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 7581 or the Price Act, in relation to agricultural commodities. Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said he issued the suspension order on Administrative Order 7, s. 2015, which was published

last Sept. 2 in order to address several concerns raised by several private groups. “The IRR is supposed to take effect 15 days from the publication date but it will be now deferred by the suspension order. This will afford stakeholders additional opportunity to raise their concerns on the IRR,” the DA chief said. He said that a series of nationwide consultations will be conducted immediately after the publication of the

suspension order. These will be the second round of consultations as talks had already been conducted prior to the finalization of the IRR in the last quarter of 2014. “My instructions for the next round of consultation activities are for it to be done separately by island region,” Alcala said. In the meantime, DA Assistant S ecretar y for Agribusiness and Marketing Leandro Gazmin said the consultations will focus

on contentious areas such as profiteering issues and mechanisms on setting sug geste d ret ai l pr ices (SRPs). “Other groups have also expressed apprehension that the IRR would be a sort of price control mechanism. We just consider it as SRP - a guide - and not a price freeze mechanism,” he said. Gazmin clarified that under the IRR, whenever there are reports of profiteering - which happens when products are sold in

excess of 10 percent of SRP - the DA shall issue a show cause directive that will provide the concerned business establishment an opportunity to explain their side. “The purpose of the IRR is to ensure that due process is observed. All provisions of the published IRR are consistent with the Price Act. Moreover, the IRR could not be used as a price freezing mechanism since the only official who has the sole power to freeze prices is

the President,” he said. Under the IRR, the DA will create provincial-level or regional-level technical working groups, to be called Bantay-Presyo Working Group, as the mandatory body for SRP supervision. “ This is b eing done because we are veering away from a national-level scope in consideration of local conditions such as calamities. Supervision of SRP should be regional and location-specific,” Gazmin said. (PNA)

Agnor ARB wins Land Bank’s 2015 Gawad Pitak BUTUAN City -- Ruben Ragas, a vegetable farmer in Barangay Sanghan in Cabadbaran City, has again set another milestone by streaking a record grand victor y as 2015 Ulirang Ma g s a s a k a d u r i n g t h e 25th Land Bank Gawad sa Pinakatanging Kooperatiba (Gawad Pitak 2015) in line with the 52nd Anniversary celebration of Land bank of the Philippines (LBP) held at the Land Bank Plaza in Malate, Manila on August 7, 2015. Ragas, together with his wife Fe, joyfully received the award handed-over

by keynote speaker and for me r s e n ator R amon Magsaysay Jr. along with Finance Secretar y Cesar V. Purisma, L and B ank president and CEO Gilda E. Pico, Treasurer Roberto B. Tan and CDA chair Orlando Ravanera. “Winning 100 thousand worth of fixed assets is a blessing or reward for years of productive work,” he said. In 2014, Ragas was also conferred as the “Ulirang Magsasaka” 1st runner-up honors during the 24th Annual Gawad Pitak where he won P75,000 fixed assets. Agnor/PAGE 10

Gov. Bambi Emano leads the Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at the Techno-Transfer Terminal in Talisayan, August 24, 2015, lead by Mayor Rommel Maslog. The provincial government Turned-over a P4-M worth of Road Concreting project leading to the terminal proper. photo courtesy of governor bambi emano’s facebook page

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Local control of forestry could significantly slow man-made forest loss


utting control of forest land into democratic local businesses could significantly slow or even halt man-made forest loss, according to new research r e l e a s e d o n Mo n d ay 7 S e pte m b e r at t h e 1 5 t h World Forests Congress, held this year in Durban, South Africa. The new publication Democratising forest business: a compendium of successful l o c al ly c ontrol l e d forest business models – and linked briefing paper, reviewed and edited by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) for the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) brings together 19 case studies from across Africa, Asia and South America. The case studies show that in almost all contexts, countries and regions, locally

controlled forestry (LCF) business models can not only exist, but work well, delivering greater social benefit and environmental protection than current standard multinational business models that solely use profit as a marker of success. Duncan MacQueen, IIED Principal researcher and forests team leader said: “These businesses are capable of supplying produce to their own immediate local and national markets, as evidenced in the case studies. They also have the ability to feed upwards into the global supply chain. Crucially they accrue profits locally and are also better at maintaining flows of all the multiple other forest benefits that their member owners need – such as food, fuel, construction materials, clean water and so on.”

In developed countries the evidence for this model as a successful business approach is even stronger. Sweden for example maintains 50% of its forest under local control (by cooperative businesses) and has amongst the highest forest cover in the world at 70% and the lowest social inequity as a result. Given that forest loss and exploitation is taking place at a far greater and unchecked rate in developing countries, the researchers chose to focus on these regions as they hold the greatest need for action and potential for a positive impact if the LCF approach is scaled up. Duncan said: “A key land use difference between locally controlled business and forprofit corporate businesses is one of democracy. The world’s forests are stressed.

They have to immediately provide food, medicines, habitat, water, energy and an income for some 1.3 billion rightsholders who live in them, as well as act as a source for global goods and vitally, offsetting global warming. Governments decide who controls the land and should remember that while they are elected by the people, they are signing away land to giant corporations who are not. Multinationals are unlikely to manage these environments as carefully and democratically as the communities who live in and rely on them. But it is not too late for Governments to take back ownership of their forests.” T h e c o m p e n d i u m’s business models offer an a lte r n at ive appro a ch to deliver sustainable use of the

world’s rapidly disappearing fore st s , and of fe r s ome clear recommendations on how to create conditions that allow for a social and environmentally successful approach that also delivers a steady income to local communities and a supply of goods up the chain. The researchers are calling on donor agencies to scrutinise their existing grantgiving in forest programmes, and help scale up the LCF models found within the compendium. They also call on governments to realise their responsibilities to their constituents and regain or retain control over forest land, to give over to locally controlled businesses. In the last few weeks alone, there have been reports that humanity used up its 2015 ‘budget’ of natural resources

in eight months, a set of papers in Science documented a depressing picture of how we have fundamentally altered the world’s forests – warning of potential large-scale future declines in forest health unless current behaviours change, and research in Nature has shown that humans have almost halved the world’s number of trees from six trillion to 3.04 trillion since the dawn of civilisation. We are currently losing trees at a rate of 10 billion per year. The researchers believe that unless locally controlled democratic business models become the new norm, the future of forests remain in jeopardy. Supply chains and infrastructure required by multinationals will be compromised as competition for resources grow, as will our collective survival.

Action Research to Improve School Practices By Jenefeir B. Denque Teachers III Paniangan Elementary School

The Philippine Educational System nowadays is keep on improving the desired output to compete our graduates globally. When in fact, programs and innovations are implemented to upgrade the learning outcomes to the Filipino children. One recent program is the implementation of K-12 Curriculum in all public and private schools in Basic Education. Moreover, educators undergo training to study student learning to their own teaching, a process that allow them to learn about their own instructional practices and to continue to monitor improved student learning which is called Action Research. Richard A. Schmuck compares action research provides educators with an avenue to reflect on

one owns teaching practices and engage in self-directed learning, with the ultimate goal of improving student learning. However, action research did not arise in education but was applied to the development of teaching as its potential was identified. Curriculum research and development ought to belong to the teacher. It is not enough that teachers’ work should be studied; they need to study it themselves. Indeed, action research is of great help to educators to understand one’s own practice, how to make one’s practice better and the improvement of the situation in which the practice takes place. In education this is grounded in the working lives of teachers, as they experience them.

ADVOCACY FOR EDUCATION – VICE GOVERNOR JOEY G. PELAEZ was accompanied by former Provincial Board Member JIGJAG PELAEZ as he distributed books to MALINAO NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL in Gingoog City. This distribution is anchored on Resolution No. 303-2014 of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Misamis Oriental to institutionalize the “A Happy Reading and Writing Habit Program” to all public elementary and high schools in the Province. Present during the simple turn-over ceremony were the Barangay Council headed by Barangay Chairman ALICIA L. CONDEZA, school’s faculty and staff headed by RIZZA ESTRERA and the GPTA Officers of the school. photo supplied

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AboitizPower Subsidiary Bags Envi Award AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI), an AboitizPower subsidiary, was awarded the 2015 Saringaya Award – Covered Industry Category by the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 5 for its implementation of various sustainability projects geared towards promoting community livelihood and environmental preservation. The three entries of APRI for the Saringaya Award were the AdoptA-River project, nursery establishment and seedling production and the A-PARK “Aboitiz Passion for Agro-forestry and Reforestation to Keep” (A-PARK) program, a group-wide biodiversity enhancement project aimed at planting six million trees nationwide by 2020. Other environmental programs of APRI are compliance to permit requirements, Information and Education Campaign (IEC) on air and water

quality monitoring, hazardous and nonhazardous waste management, and operation of Tiwi multipartite monitoring team. “We rely mainly on natural resources and we get steam from the ground. In return, we make sure we always take care of the environment through our environmental programs, and treat our communities as our important stakeholders benefiting them from our CSR programs,” shared APRI AVP for Facility Wilfredo Sarmago. The Saringaya Award is a regional competition intiated by the DENR Regional Office V that gives recognition for remarkable contributions to environmental protection, conservation and management. Coined from the Bicol dialect, masaringaya, which means a green, abundant, healthy and balanced ecosystem, it has been considered

as a premier award institution the whole Bicol Region since 2001. Currently exploring the potential of Mindanao for geothermal power, AboitizPower remains true to its commitment of social responsibility and building good corporate citizenship by minimizing environmental impact, improving community livelihood, and promoting sustainability to its employees and stakeholders, all for a better future.

APRI Operations Manager Engineer Edgar S. Aurellano receives the Saringaya Award from DENR Region 5 Director Gilbert C. Gonzales and EMB Region 5 Director Roberto D. Sheen. photo supplied

LEADING RENEWABLE energy producer AP Renewables Inc. (APRI), a subsidiary of AboitizPower, currently operates two geothermal facilities in Tiwi, Albay; Bay and Calauan, Laguna; and Sto. Tomas, Batangas. It generates 390 MW of Cleanergy, AboitizPower’s brand for clean and renewable energy, providing reliable power supply to its customers in Luzon. In Mindanao, AboitizPower is currently exploring the potential of the region for geothermal power. photo supplied

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Huawei Talkband B2 A bluetooth earphone and fitness tracker in one


esigned with fashion in mind by the Huawei Aesthetics Center team in Paris, HUAWEIformally launches its next generation wearable device theHuawei TalkBand B2. The TalkBand B2 combines the

connectivity of a Bluetooth earphone and the functionality of a fitness trackerin one elegant design. “As more Filipinos become health conscious, so does the market for wearable technology and Huawei is at the

forefront providing consumers with products that combine style and functionality with the latest technology, says Charles Wu, Country Head for Consumer Business Group, Huawei Philippines. What differentiates the TalkBand 2 from other wearables is its Bluetooth earphone which allows the user to answer those important phone calls. “Whether you are driving or your hands are busy doing something and someone important calls, the Talkband B2 has caller ID and immediately lets you know who’s calling.

There’s no need to get your phone out of the pocket anymore,” Wu added. Free your hands The TalkBand B2 frees up your hands so you can keep them on the wheel, take down those important notes immediately and continue those conversations comfortably. The B2 vibrates to notify you of an incoming call and shows the name/ number of the caller on the screen. All you have to do is detach the earpiece to answer the call. The TalkBand B2 is equipped with

dual-microphone, noise reduction technology and quality Bluetooth connectivity. It is also equipped with smart detection to understand whether the Bluetooth earpiece is on the wristband or not, allowing it to automatically push audio (music/call) to the smartphone or B2 bracelet. You can even connect up to two smartphones to the TalkBand B2 so you don’t have to choose which of your phones to pair it with. With its superb battery performance, the TalkBand B2 can last up to five days, and support continuous

call time up to six hours, and 12 days’ standby time. The TalkBand B2 is also equipped with a pager to search and locate your smartphone, regardless of the phone model, through vibration or ring tone alerts. “With its intuitive touch-and-swipe UI, the TalkBand B2 keeps you informed and updated wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, with onscreen notifications, reminders, alarms, tracking, and monitoring to keep you in touch with all the important things in life.” Charles Wu added.


Height Leather strap version: 235.10mm TPU plastic version : 242.85mm 22.0mm 11.88mm

Width Depth

Weight Leather strap version: 32.2g (headset: 12.5g; strap with tray: 19.7g) TPU plastic strap version: 30.6g (headset: 12.5g; strap with tray 18.1g) Connectivity

Bluetooth 3.0

Calling quality

Dual-mic reduction




.73-inch, 128x88

working time

6 days (Depend on wireless call usage time)

standby time

14 days (BT connection off)

charging time

About 1.5 hour


Single button control, touch screen


Standard Micro USB charging




Water and Dust resistance


Android 4.0+ IOS 7.0+

Nino Carandang - Category Head for MBB and Wearables_ Charles Wu - Country Head for Consumer Business Group_ Patrick Ru - Product Manager for MBB and Wearables 2.

Smart Health Tracking With its innovative 6-axis motion sensor, the TalkBand B2 can automatically detect different activities with higher accuracy, such as walking, running cycling or climbing/hiking. It can also calculate the amount of calories burned by different activities to help you plan your workouts, diet and more. You can then

sync the data with your mobile phone and even share your achievement with your friends via social networks. The same 6-axis sensor, likewise allows the TalkBand B2 to automatically identify and record motions accurately, detect the duration of deep sleep and light sleep, and provide consumers with health tips on ways to improve their sleep

pattern. The metal bracket of TalkBand B2 is made of high strength, light weight aviation aluminum. The detachable earphone has a 0.73-inch, mono PMOLED touchscreen that displays the name of the caller. When docked on its wristband, you can cycle through several different screens to show the time, steps taken, calories

burned and the number of hours slept by the user. The Huawei TalkBand B2 Sport Edition comes in black and white priced at Php 6990 while the Gold TalkBand B2 Executive Edition is priced Php 7990. The Huawei TalkBand B2 will be available starting today in all Huawei Brand Shops all over the Philippines.

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CDO Rugby players finish first ever Match Official Course in NorthMin


agayan de Oro City hosted the Match Official Course provided by the Philippine Rugby Football Union (PRFU), the governing body of Rugby in the Philippines, August 28. The Course, which is internationally recognized and accredited by the World Rugby, was conducted by Cassie Umali, a member of the Lady Volcanoes Philippine National Team. Umali is a licensed World Rugby Educator for Coaching and Match Officiating, and the only female with these credentials in the country. Eleven players of Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club (CDO RFC) finished the first ever Match Official Course (Level 1) in Northern Mindanao held at the Golden Glow Village in Pueblo de Oro. Participants were not only taught the basic laws of the game but were also made to understand how the sport must be played. CDO RFC made another milestone by setting a record of most players from a single Club to attend the said Course. “It is important to train local Match Officials for Rugby who will be available for inter-school tournaments that CDO RFC plans to have in the near future. This is another step towards the Club's goal to sustain the growth of Rugby in Northern Mindanao” says Noel Villa, CDO RFC coach. CDO RFC is currently recruiting new players, boys and girls aged 15 and above.

Cassie Umali, a member of the Lady Volcanoes Philippine National Team and licensed World Rugby Educator for Coaching and Match Officiating, taught the basic laws of Rugby and how the sport must be played in the recent Level 1 Match Official Course, Golden Glow Village, Pueblo de Oro, August 28. Photo Courtesy of CDORFC

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JobStart Philippines to ready CDO youth for employment By Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

Zumba Masters Robert Lopez, Winston Fuentes & Jonathan Ruelan lead participants at the Zumbathon 2015 held August 29, 2015 at One Oasis Cagayan de Oro, Rosario Limketkai Drive, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro. Toni Madero emerged as the Grand Winner followed by Archie Diones and Tin Tenchavez. To the left of the participants is the One Oasis CDO Clubhouse while Bldg 1 of the OOCDO is shown in the background. It will be the first major condominium project in downtown Cagayan de Oro to be turned over to its unit owners this quarter. Zumbathon 2015 is cosponsored by BusinessWeek Mindanao and Mindanao Daily News. (photo supplied)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The unemployed and Out-of-School youth of Cagayan de Oro City can now take advantage of the skills trainings brought about by JobStart Philippines to get a better chance at landing a job. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) region 10, Bureau of Local Employment, the local government of Cagayan de Oro, Asian Development Bank (ADB) through the financial assistance of the government of Canada have signed on 24 August 2015 at SEDA Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City a Memorandum of Undertaking for the implementation of JobStart Philippines in the city. JobStart aims to assist young Filipinos with career development pathways by creating opportunities to improve their technical skills and develop the life skills necessary for success in today’s competitive workplace through partnership with employers. Ruth Rodriguez, division chief of Bureau of Local Employment said that the problem is that we have a lot of youth who are “tambay” stay at home with no job. She said JobStart will make them productive.

In fact, according to Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) labor survey, youth composes half of the unemployment rate of the country where one in four youths are not in employment, education and training system at any one time. JobStart will enhance the employability of at-risk youth to improve their integration into productive employment. At risk youth include those who are not currently working or enrolled in school or training, with less than one year or no work experience, at least high school graduate and 18-24 years old. However, there will only be 200 slots for the first phase roll out. Selection is based on a first come basis until quota is filled. There will also be assessment of applicants’ skills, aptitude and prior experience. Local Public Employment Service Office (PESO) will also play a big role in the skills matching where they will have career guidance session to assist beneficiaries determine employment pathways through useful labor market information, increased attention jobstart/PAGE 10

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Legislators Meeting, which he convened with the Tulay Kalinaw Mindanaw (Tulay KaMI or Peace Bridge in Mindanao) to discuss the BBL and strategize how to go forward pushing for the passage of the BBL that is faithful to the CAB. This, as a member of the Citizens Peace Council and former member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panel called on the two senators from Mindanao to explain their endorsement of the Senate version of the BBL that is deemed “less than” what has already been granted to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and is patently inconsistent with the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). Ledesma said that failure to pass a meaningful BBL is very dangerous as this may trigger

the rise of Moro extremism in Mindanao especially since there is now a growing number of young Moros who are entertaining political thoughts that have shades of extremism. “A failed BBL will favor the growth of extremism/ fundamentalism/terrorism in Mindanao. It will not help solve the conflict,” he said. The prelate urged legislators in both Houses of Congress to restore the original provisions of the BBL that are consistent with the CAB but have been amended or deleted in the current versions now being deliberated in both the House of Representatives and Senate. A meaningful BBL is one that addresses the longing for genuine self-governance of the Bangsamoro and embodies the political agreements of the MILF and government which are compiled in the CAB, he explained. Meanwhile, Professor Moner

Bajunaid urged Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III, who hails from Valencia, Bukidnon, and Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, who hails from this city, to explain why they signed Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s committee report that formed the present version of the BBL the Senate is now deliberating. Marcos’ version of the BBL or Senate Bill 2894 has amended 80 percent of the original BBL that was drafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) that was reviewed by the President’s legal team. “If Senator TG Guingona and Senator Koko Pimentel truly feel the pulse of the peoples of Mindanao, they should have not signed the Marcos committee report. Guingona and Pimentel should explain to the peoples of Mindanao why they signed Marcos’ committee report,” Bajunaid said.

Sen. Marcos Jr., son and namesake of the dictator who was ousted through a bloodless revolution in 1986, submitted on August 10 his committee’s report that formed the Senate’s version of the BBL. Guingona, son and namesake of former Vice President Teofisto “Tito” Guingona Jr., and Pimentel, son and namesake of former Sen. Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr., both endorsed Marcos’ version of the BBL. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) had earlier said that Marcos’ BBL is “50 percent bad.” “The BBL is a legal and political document that addresses a political issue of national concern,” said Bajunaid. He said that Guingona’s and Pimentel’s signatures on Marcos’ version of the BBL is very disheartening and disappointing. “One can never understand the BBL if one does not


understand the peace process and/or the history of Mindanao,” he said. “Guingona [and Pimentel] should push the Mindanao agenda for peace, [themselves being Mindanawons. Their] signature[s] of Marcos’ committee report show that [they do] not understand the so-called Mindanao conflict,” stressed lawyer Mary Ann Arnado, chair-emeritus of the Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC). Lead by Ledesma, the participants to the Meeting — held at the Archbishop Patrick Cronin Hall adjacent to the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral — called on legislators in both Houses of Congress to restore the original provisions of the BBL that are consistent with the CAB. “The present BBL [in both the House of Representatives and Senate] has so many cavities that need to be filled up to make it a true social justice legislation. The peoples of Mindanao want a meaningful BBL,” he said. Ledesma, who is also a member of the Citizens Peace Council, said that “a support for a meaningful BBL is a support for the Mindanao peace process.”

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away from Manila and accessible via the San Fernando Exit of the North Luzon Expressway and the Jose Abad Santos Avenue, also known as the OlongapoGapan Road. It is also around 20 kilometers away from Clark International Airport. Megaworld is still working on the masterplan, but the latest township will integrate residential, office, commercial, retail and institutional components. “As we see a potential pool of skilled talents for the BPO sector in the province, we are certain to build a cyberpark, bring in our partner locators to the township and generate thousands of jobs for the people of Pampanga,” Mr. Go said. “This new township is also envisioned to expand and revitalize the Pampanga’s provincial capitol district,” he said. The Pampanga development is the fourth township that Megaworld launched this year after rolling out two in Negros Occidental and another one in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. The new townships will add close to 400 hectares, bringing the total township land area of the Megaworld Group to around 3,100 hectares by the end of the year.

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Director Carmelo L. Arcilla said in a separate mobile phone reply over the weekend. “But I cannot speculate on the outcome of the proceeding,” he added, noting that both airlines will be invited to attend the hearing. Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport) is located 30 minutes from Tokyo and is connected to the city center by the Tokyo monorail. In October 2013, the CAB

awarded PAL all 14 slots for Haneda airport, citing premium services offered by the flag carrier. Cebu Pacific and PAL’s lowcost sister carrier PAL Express made separate applications to the CAB to fly to Haneda then but were rejected as both carriers do not offer business-class services. PAL said it currently has twice daily flights between Manila and Narita; daily flights between Cebu and Narita; and services to Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.

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how to maintain and keep improving our mind. The Bible is your own anti-virus program to protect your mind from wrong thinking that can destroy you. You see, God knows that the person who doesn’t control his thoughts will lose control of his life. So why don’t you decide to spend some time every day reading your Bible and talking with God? Get involved in a Bible-teaching church. It will raise your level of thinking and living, and protect you from all the dangerous viruses that threaten your mind every day. Just Think a Minute…

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“I really appreciate the Land Bank’s way of recognizing the farmers performance and of course the Department of Agrarian Reform whose vision is to empower the farmers in rural communities,” he said. The LANDBANK Gawad PITAK is anchored on the importance of giving due recognition to the farmer-sector and cooperatives whose hard work and effort promote positive outcome toward progress. (Gil E. Miranda, DAR-Agusan del Norte/PIA-Agusan del Norte)

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to matching candidates to employer requirements and to issue referral letters and organize interviews/ selection process. JobStart-funded technical training is up to three months. Meanwhile, internship access up to three months of work experience with a “matched” employer/establishment and interns receive at least 75% of the minimum wage in the city or municipality. In turn, employers monitor and provide feedback on performance of interns. Rodriguez said that in their pilot areas in Luzon, 57% have found a job in just two weeks after the JobStart training. Mayor Oscar Moreno also said that he wants the people to get employment which is the reason why CDO has improved investment climate. He said he already has a team for the implementation in the city. Interested youth between 18-24 years old, at least a high school graduate, no work experience or have no more than one year of experience, currently not in employment, not enrolled in school or in any training, and actively seeking for work, may apply at the PESO - City Hall. (JMOR/PIA10)

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other related exchanges. “We have continuing dialogues with these countries and we’re hoping that we can later agree on specific areas of cooperation,” he said. Perez met with Minister Fleming Sengebau of Palau’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism here over the weekend to further explore the prospects of the potential regional cooperation. Sengebau headed Palau’s delegation at the 17th National Tuna Congress that was hosted by the city. Perez, who is also the national director of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, said it is only proper for the Philippines to pursue a regional cooperation with the Pacific Islands states due to its proximity to the area. He said Filipinos are naturally connected with Pacific island citizens since “their culture is akin to ours.” The official said their discussions are not only concentrated on fishing but various areas that would be mutually beneficial to the Philippines and the Pacific island countries. Tuna industry players here had been urging the national government to forge fishing deals with countries in the Pacific Islands to address the dwindling tuna catches and supplies. Such problem is mainly due to the limited access of local tuna fishing fleets to the Pacific seas and the depletion of fishery resources in the country’s fishing grounds.

But Perez noted that aside from fishing, the Philippines has other strengths that could contribute to the growing economies in the Pacific Islands. For instance, Perez said the country could expand its reach in the Pacific Islands in terms of education and medical aspects. “They have a lot of tuna but they also lack many things in terms of vital services that we can easily fill up. We can complement their weaknesses with our strengths and vice versa. That way, all involved countries and the people in the process would really benefit,” he said. Perez said they will make sure that the proposed regional cooperation would not be onesided and exploitative to ensure that it will be sustainable.

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Q. Queja said there is a low consumption among Filipinos, as stated in a latest survey conducted by Food and Nutrition Research Institute that Philippines is still stuck with the national average of 110 grams per capita per year, which is way below the recommended 146 to 182 kilograms by the Food Agriculture Association. The event is focused on the theme, “Good Practices, Better Business for a Healthier ASEAN.” It further targets to uplift vegetable status and encourage vegetable growers to make it as a business to drive easy accessibility and low pricing and to further promote how nutritious it is as compared to other food products people

consume nowadays. Issues on farming such as improving the livelihood of farmers is also one of the concerns of vegetable congress. Modernizing farming system through strategizing direct market access has been seen to be great need. Establishing a one-stop selling system is a way to implement this, where farmers’ produce will be directly sent to vendors with just one facilitator in between, in order to lessen stages of activities and generated improved income among farmers. More than that, discussions on the industry’s role on the ASEAN Economic Integration will also take place. Plenary sessions include market opportunities for vegetable produce in ASEAN Market, emphasizing the production potentials of the Philippines, and trade issues and challenges affecting the country’s performance and global competitiveness. It is also expected that this gathering will be a venue for interaction regarding prevailing issues and in making policies in vegetable industry. Moreover, this event also organized exposure activities such as the showcase of best conventional and organic vegetable production at Manresa Farm, in the spearheading of Xavier University (XU) – College of Agriculture, seed and farm input companies, and Department of

NOTICE OF THE EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE EJF FILE NO. 2015-187 Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended by Act 4118 filed by NATIONAL HOME MORTGAGE FINANCE CORPORATION (NHMFC), as mortgagee against CORAZON IGNACIO SAARENAS, single, as mortgagor, to which as of June 30, 2015, amount of SEVEN HUNDRED FOURTEEN THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED SIXTEEN PESOS & 57/100 (714,316.57), inclusive of interest and penalty charges, attorneys fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned will SELL TO PUBLIC Auction on September 30, 2015 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning at the entrance door Regional Trial Court Branch-23, City Tourism Hall, Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder for cash or manager’s checks and in Philippine Currency, the following described properties, to wit; TRANSFER CERTIFICATE TITLE NO. T-78542 A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 1, Block 16, Psd-104305017783, being a portion of Block 22, Psd-10-015484). Situated in the Barrio of Bulua, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao. Containing an area of ONE HUNDRED (100) sq. meters more or less. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the aboved-stated date, time and place. In the event auction sale cannot take place for whatever legal reason, the same will proceed on the following working day, without further notice, posting and publication.

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awareness among school children, and admires teachers’ commitment for saving our Mother Earth. In her message, Dr. Myrna Castanosa has acknowledged the unwavering support of the chief executive in highly regarding for the welfare among teachers and students by working together with their agency not only in ecological and environmental concerns but also in other socio-cultural developments. “Let us continually love and take good care of our nature as we live each day. We dedicate such commitment for our sake and for our next generations. This is our planet. This is our single home”, said Mayor Marie.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10TH Judicial Region Cagayan de Oro City Branch 22

Republic of the Philippines REGIONLA TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10TH Judicial Region Cagayan de Oro City


Upon Extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended filed by NATIONAL HOME MORTGAGE FINANCE CORPORATION (NHMFC), mortgagee, with postal address at 104 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City against DANILO Z. SARMIENTO , single, mortgagor/s, of legal age, Filipino/s with postal address at Block 28, Lot 42, Villa Angela Subdivision, Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgaged indebtedness which was as of June 30, 2014, amount of NINE HUNDRED THIRTY TWO THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED TWENTY FOUR PESOS & 53/100 (932,824.53) Philippine currency excluding , penalty charges, attorneys fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned sheriff will sell at public auction on October 12, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m or soon thereafter at the RTC Branch 22 office, City Tourism Hall, Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder for cash and in Philippine Currency, the herein described property and all improvements thereon to wit;

“Upon extrajudicial petition for sale under Act No. 3135 as amended by Act No. 4118, filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (PAG-IBIG) against MAFEL P. GATCHALIAN married to NOEL BENEDICT G. GATCHALIAN, of Bird Street, Morning Mist Village, Pueblo, Cagayan de Oro City to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of April 28, 2015 amounts to ONE MILLION SIX HUNDRED TWENTY EIGHT THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED EIGHTY SIX PESOS AND 50/100 (P 1,628,386.50), including interests and penalty charges, but excluding expenses of foreclosure , the undersigned will sell at public auction on September 23, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. AT THE REGIONAL TRIAL COURT , OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT, TOURISM HALL, City Hall, Cagayan de Oro City to the highest bidder, for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency, the following property described below including all existing improvements found thereon, to wit:


TCT NO. T – 144829

A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 42, Block 28, Psd-104305017795, being a portion of Lot 3046-A, Csd-402-D). Situated in the Barrio of Balulang, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao. Containing an area of NINETY EIGHT (98) SQUARE METERS more or less, and all other improvements thereon.

A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 13, Block 19, of the Subd. Plan, Psd-10-030370, being a portion of Lot 2297-B, Psd-10-021404) Situated in the Barangay Carmen, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao and containing an area of One Hundred Eighty (180 sq.m.) Square Meters more or less and registered in the name of Mafel P. Gatchalian married to Noel Benedict G. Gatchalian.

Prospective buyers/bidders may investigate for themselves the title of the herein described property and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date.

Done this August 24, 2015 in the City of Cagayan de Oro , Philippines.

BWM: Sept. 9, 16 & 23, 2015

an unforgettable concert experience like no other as a true music advocate. Over the next few months, Globe broadband brand Tattoo will conquer the Valkyrie Club and the Palace Pool Club in Bonifacio Global City for a series of music events headlined by top electronic dance music (EDM) DJs Alesso, Steve Aoki and Kaskade, including the much-anticipated Halloween Ball as the biggest costume and dance party of the year. “As part of our commitment to enabling the Filipino digital lifestyle is our constant presence in engagements and activities that bring our customers closer to their interests, lifestyles, and passions, and one of which is music. With our participation in and support for the country’s biggest music festivals, concerts, and parties, we are able to reach out to our customers and give them exclusive privileges and offers that make their concert experience wonderful,” says Issa Cabreira, Senior Vice President for Consumer Mobile Marketing at Globe. The telecom company is set to start 2016 strong with its venture to lead the music lifestyle of Filipinos as it presents Madonna’s Rebel Heart Tour to Manila at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on February 24 and 25, 2016.


In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be on the next working day without further notice.

(Sgd) RICO A. REMALIG Sheriff IV

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The Pop Queen and everybody’s “Material Girl”, who is visiting the country for the first time, is expected to enthrall her Filipino fans with her heart-pumping performance and signature hits that span across many generations. Her constant reinvention of herself has endeared her to millions of fans regardless of age, gender, and geographic location. “Together with millions of Filipinos who are ecstatic about Madonna’s first trip to the Philippines for the country’s biggest musical spectacle to date, Globe is very excited to celebrate this big entertainment milestone that will surely transcend future generations. Bringing a global music icon and superstar closer to her fans is part of our commitment to make music an integral part of the Filipino lifestyle,” adds Cabreira. Early this year, the seventime Grammy Award-winner released her 14-track album Rebel Heart with hit singles “Bitch, I’m Madonna”, “Living for Love”, and “Ghosttown”, to name a few. With household hits such as “Like a Virgin”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Vogue”, and “Like a Prayer” among others, Madonna’s musical career has already breached over 3 decades. She has sold more than 300 million records globally and has recently marked a new world record by being the only artist to have 45 number one songs on any chart in Billboard history.


Prospective buyers/bidders may investigate for themselves the title herein above-described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be.




Agriculture (DA) Region 10. Forefront of Philippine Agriculture, Sec. Proceso J. Alcala and Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Cynthia Villar are also invited to deliver keynote speeches. The National Vegetable Congress, which was given birth and first conducted here in Cagayan de Oro City, is organized in the led of NorMin Veggies Marketing Cooperative, in collaboration with Philippine Vegetable Industry Development Board, DA-10, XU, CDO local government unit, Department of Trade and Industry and Systems Technology Institute (STI).


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Cagayan de Oro City, September 2, 2015. FOR THE PROVINCIAL EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF:

(Sgd) JOEL LYDVEL G. PAKINO Sheriff IV BWM: Sept. 9, 16 & 23, 2015

All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date. In the event auction sale cannot take place for whatever legal reason, the same will proceed on the following working day, without further notice, posting and publication. Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves the title herein-above described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be.

Cagayan de Oro City, April 16, 2015.

(Sgd) AL PONCIANO R. DATU Sheriff IV BWM: Aug. 26, Sept. 2 & 9, 2015

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