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MAMBAJAO, Camiguin -- A total of P51-million is being poured on public infrastructure projects here in this island-province. All these constructions and improvement projects are now ongoing, like the construction of the Camiguin Tourism Center and Sport Complex getting the biggest chunk of P17.5 million. Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo said that in two years time, the province will be ready to host the next regional sports meet. The Camiguin Tourism Center and Sports Complex in Mambajao, the capital town, will hold a basketball and volleyball court, archery area, as well as an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Seaweed projects

MARAWI City -- The P1.9 million project rolled out by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BFAR-ARMM) on Monday targets to assist up to 400 seaweed farmers in the coastal town of Parang, Maguindanao. The project is intended to provide these fishers a more sustainable livelihood as well as boost the region’s seaweed production, said BFAR-ARMM Director Janice Musali. She said the project includes the provision of seaweed farm inputs to support 200 to 400 farmers, which will expand the 120 hectares of seaweed farm area off the coast of Parang. The project is expected to open up an additional 50 hectares of farm area, according to Musali.

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HE Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the Caraga Region continue to lag behind other Mindanao regions, posting the lowest economic growth from 2010 to 2011.

This was contained in a report by the Mindanao Economic Development Authority (MinDA) as the agency is preparing for the First Mindanao Development Forum set today, February 1, in Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City. The forum will gather over 300 members and representatives from Official Development Assistance agencies, local and national officials and members of the diplomatic community. In the report, it showed that Caraga’s growth rate was only 1.1 percent while ARMM’s growth rate was the lowest at 0.9 percent. The National Statistical Coordinating Board has consistently placed ARMM as the poorest region in the Philippines from 2000, 2003, 2006. The fastest growing economy in Mindanao was Davao Region with 4.2 percent average. The remain/PAGE 5

Four power plants up for Mindanao

MERALCO and the Metrobank group are looking to build in Mindanao four power plants that run on coal or run-of-river technology. “Effectively, they are developing and we will have the opportunity, if we so wish, to invest with them,” Oscar S. Reyes, Manila Electric Co president said. He said the joint venture with Global Business Power Corp will be “more or less” a 50-50 partnership. The power facilities of Global Power in the power/PAGE 5

FBC Business Solution’s Corporation sees robust growth in the outsourcing industry as it plans to recruit more call center agents within first half of this year. (photo provided)

FBC expands, to recruit more call center agents By MIKE BAÑOS, Correspondent

FBC Business Solution’s Corporation, one of the city’s fastest growing call centers,

is embarking in an aggres- next six months. sive expansion as it aimed to FBC, which marked its two recruit 80 new agents in the expands/PAGE 5

P38-M fine for Guardian on Tubbataha damage miniscule By BONG D. FABE Correspondent

Giant waves batter the USS Guardian, a minesweeper that ran aground in the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea.

THE P38 million likely to be imposed against the US government for the damages on Tubbataha Reef by the grounding of the USS Guardian is “miniscule” compared to the US$15 million (P610-

M) the US Navy paid to the State of Hawaii in 2009 for the grounding of one of its vessels that damaged 890 square meters of coral reef. This is based on t he calculation by Tubbataha Reefs Park Superintendent Angelique Songco based on Republic Act 10067 of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act of 2009, which prescribed a mandatory fine of only US$300 (P12,000) per square meter of coral reefs damaged and another US$300 per square meter for rehabilitation efforts. “Given the estimated size of damaged reef, the minifine/PAGE 10

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DAVAO City -- Calls for increasing the share of Mindanao in the national budget will be among the matters to be tackled in the coming 1st Mindanao Development Forum (MDF) to be held today, Feb. 1 at the Marco Polo Davao. The MDF is touted as a highlevel multilateral meeting aimed at providing the platform and public discourse on Mindanao’s Development Agenda. Over 300 heads and representatives of various Official Development As-

sistance offices including members of the diplomatic community and officials from national line agency are expected to attend. Among the issues to be tackled is increasing the share of Mindanao in the

national budget pie. In 2012, Mindanao got 12.07% of the P1.8 trillion national budget which is a 33.62% increase from the previous share of the island. Rey Tan, Director IV of the Mindanao Development Authority guesting at today’s (January 30) Club 888 Media Forum at Marco Polo Davao said that the biggest gain from the increase budgetary share is on social welfare which gained 1,300% as compared to the budgets

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in previous years. Tan said they will be lobbying for more added budget share particularly increasing the social welfare, human development and investments for peace programs. The added budget could fund development projects in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mind-

anao (ARMM) and in other marginalized areas in Mindanao. The MDF is MinDA’s primary mechanism to align with President Aquino’s Social Contract, Philippine Development Plan 20112016, the Mindanao 2020 Peace and Development Framework 2011-2030 and

the Mindanao Strategic Development Framework. It will be held two-days before the holding of the Philippine Development Forum (PDF) which will be held also in Davao City, an event co-chaired by the World Bank and the Philippine Government’s Department of Finance.

IN time for the upcoming May elections, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) commits to the public that the country’s power grid will remain reliable and stable during the crucial political event. NGCP formed a special task force which will be responsible for the smooth transmission of electricity and creation of contingency plans and measures during the election. According to NGCP Spokesperson, Atty. Cynthia Alabanza, NGCP’s task force will commence its operation as early as February 2013 and will work 24/7 from May 10 to 17, 2013, covering the date of the election which is May 13. “NGCP creates a task force every election season

to guarantee uninterrupted power transmission, and this election will be no different. Part of the task force’s mandate is to secure the lines and substations from any threats to avoid unplanned outages,” explained Alabanza. “Of course, NGCP can only guarantee that there will be no transmission related interruptions. Any power interruption caused by other factors, such as generation deficiencies, or those pertaining to distribution utility operations, are beyond our control,” she stressed. As part of its preparations, NGCP will defer its regular maintenance activities 1 week before and 1 week after the election to make all the transmission assets available for power delivery. Alabanza

assured, “We will make sure that power delivery is excellent and transmission lines and equipment are at their best to ensure that we have electricity for the voting machines.” Earlier this month, the Department of Energy (DOE) created a Power Task Force intended to secure the country’s power supply for the mid-term elections. Together with other energy agencies, NGCP is also a member of the said task force. “NGCP’s task force is aligned with the Power Task Force created by DOE. We shall be in constant coordination with them and with other agencies in the power industry, to ensure that we have a power interruption free election this year,” said Alabanza.

NGCP ensures reliable grid for 2013 elections

Davao-based BPO firm to get international award

DAVAO City -- A Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company with office located in McArthur Highway in Davao City is set to receive the “International Arch of Europe Award for Quality and Technology” award in the Gold Category. Next BPO Solutions, Inc. president and CEO Xavier Eric B. Manalastas said the awarding ceremony will be held in Frankfurt, Germany at the Business Initiative Directions (BID) 26th International Convention on April 27 to 28, 2013. “I do not have an idea who nominated us but I was informed by the BID group in Europe that our company was chosen for the gold category,” he said. He said their company was selected through a system of votes, polls and recommendations. Davao City ICT Council president Eriberto Barriga, Jr. said international awards like this is becoming a norm to the ICT industry here. He said it is within their program to continue honing the skills of workers in the IT industry that is why “we welcome the move of the government to launch the project initiated by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Smarter Philippines, Smarter Countryside award/PAGE 10


Volvo set to be world leader in heavy trucks after China merger STOCK HOLM — Volvo Trucks says it expects to overtake Daimler as the world’s leading producer of heavy trucks, after acquiring a 45 percent stake in Chinese auto manufacturer Dongfeng. Currently the world ’s third biggest producer behind Dongfeng and Germanowned Daimler, the merger with its nearest rival will, Volvo believes, elevate it to the top spot. The Swedish company, in a statement, said that it had signed an agreement with Dongfeng Motor Group (DFG) to acquire 45 percent of its new subsidiary Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles (DFCV) that will include “the major part of DFG’s

Awarded as ‘world’s safest car’

medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles business.” The deal, worth 5.6 billion yuan ($900 million, 669 million euros), will allow Volvo to “become the world’s largest manufacturer

of heavy-duty trucks,” the statement said. In 2011 Volvo produced 180,000 units, 6,000 fewer than Dongfeng, but a large part of the Chinese firm’s production will pass to the new subsidiary.

The deal should be completed in the next 12 months, Volvo said. Meanwhile, Volvo, tagged as the “world’s safest car” can put another feather to its cap as the Swedish carmaker received another recognition for safety. Along with other vehicles, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Volvo S60 sports sedan with the Top Safety Pick+ award, which recognizes good or acceptable performance in the new small overlap collision test. The S60 is one of two midsize luxury vehicles to currently earn the Top Safety Pick+ award.

The IIHS based the rates for the vehicles by good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in a moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover, plus evaluations of seat/ head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. Winners for t he Top Safety Pick+ must earn good ratings for occupant protection in at least four of five evaluations, with no less than acceptable in the fifth test. Aside from Volvo S60, IIHS stated last December 20 the winners include the Acura TL; Dodge Avenger; Chrysler 200 4-door;

Ford Fusion; Honda Accord 2-door; Honda Accord 4-door; Kia Optima; Nissan Altima 4-door; Subaru Legacy and Outback; Suzuki Kizashi, and Volkswagen Passat. The Acura TL and Volvo S60 are midsize luxury cars. The other models are midsize moderately priced cars. Adrian Lund, IIHS president was quoted in the statement, saying that “of the 29 models evaluated so far in our small overlap frontal crash test, the 13 cars offer the highest level of allaround crash protection. Fur t her, IIHS stated that 117 additional vehicles earned TOP SAFETY PICK for 2013.

brought about by the disasters that hit assembly hubs Japan and Thailand. “Toyota group exports accounted for around 30 percent of total automotive products exports” last year, said Gutierrez. TAP, which contributes about a fourth of the Toyota group’s annual export revtoyota/PAGE 8

AFTER a formal signing ceremony in 2012, Berjaya Auto Philippines officially announced the start of its distributorship of Mazda cars in the Philippines last week. According to Dato’ Francis Lee, executive director of Berjaya Corp. Bhd., “The appointment of Berjaya Auto Philippines Inc. as the Mazda distributor in the Philippines shows Mazda’s confidence in Berjaya’s ability to promote and grow the Mazda brand. We thank Mazda Motor Corp. for their support and

for ensuring to us their brand for us all to enjoy this success today. Our success in Malaysia as Mazda distributor gave us the confidence and experience to push forward in terms of expanding into Asean. Our business within this region is diverse, and this latest Mazda distribution business continues to build on the tremendous synergy across the group of companies. We have a team here comprised of professionals with regional and local experience,” Mr. Lee

said. The major shareholders of Berjaya Auto Philippines are Bermaz Motor International Ltd., an indirect subsidiary of Berjaya Corp. Bhd., and Berjaya Philippines Inc. Berjaya Corp. is also the Mazda distributor in Malaysia through its subsidiary company Bermaz Motor Sdn. Bhd. The Malaysian Group Berjaya has been doing business in the Philippines for the past 18 years and is currently engaged in food and bevermazda/PAGE 8

Toyota parts exports Berjaya is Mazda distributor hit a record in 2012 THE auto parts exports of Toyota’s Philippine supplychain jumped to a record last year on the back of stronger demand from the Japanese carmaker’s manufacturing plants around the world. Exports rose a fifth to $963 million in 2012 from $802 million in 2011, according to Toyota Motor Philippines Corp (TMPC)

vice president Roque Rommel T. Gutierrez. The group, which is composed of Toyota Autoparts Philippines Inc (TAP) and about 14 local vehicle parts manufacturers not owned by the Japanese carmaker, supplies Asean, Europe, Japan and the US. Last year’s record comes after the slowdown in 2011

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Don’t Defeat Yourself THINK a minute… Rcent studies show that only 1 out of 3 people have healthy self-confidence. That means 2 out of every 3 people simply don’t know the ability they already have to be successful, even though it’s right there in their hands! If you want others to believe in you, you have to believe in yourself first. Remember: “No one can make you feel inferior unless you let them.” A successful businessman says: “You can’t push anyone up a ladder unless he knows he can climb himself.”

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RIZA O. ARES LIEZL A. DELOSO JOE PALABAO Rene Michael BaÑos

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Psychological Tests WITHOUT delving into Viewpoints its scientific and technical nature and implications, a “Psychological Test” – if not a downright evaluation by one or more competent psychiatrist – has one over-all finality: To know the personality constitution of an individual usually in terms of his or her interior attributions and liabilities. Even the 1988 Family Code of the Philippines has a provision on marriage nullity when a party thereof was “psychologically incapacitated” at the time of the wedding (Art. 36). And such requirement is required by such a common or ordinary state of life as marriage. It is both necessary and practical that every individual should be psychologically fit for the state of life he or she chooses, for the purpose of the venture he or she undertakes, for the nature of office he or she holds. The truth of the matter is that even candidates for the Priesthood undergo one or two psychological tests to gauge their aptitude or fitness for the priestly office. And there are also psychological tests taken by candidates for leadership in the Supreme Court. The thesis of this simple, candid, and short article is plain and simple: All candidates for the Office of the President must undergo psychological test for the electorate to know and decide his or her fitness for the highest demanding and critical government positions

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in the country. While it may be enough for everybody else to be Filipino of legal age, with knowledge of how to read and write in order to elect and be elected into any public office, it is ridiculous and even outrageous that the President of the Republic of the Philippines may have but the same elementary qualifications. This is not fair for anybody – neither for the public official nor for the general public. If a sitting President or his/her equivalent of whatever country at whatever time were psychologically unfit for the office, then the ultimate victims of such incapacity would be infallibly the people themselves. The president could have the best advisers, the best subordinate executives, etc., etc., but such advantages still does not make him an able public official, still does not make him really lead but is instead led by those closely maneuvering him or her. cruz/PAGE 10

IGNACIO BUNYE

WE have probably heard of all kinds of scams targeting vulnerable and unsuspecting victims. A closer look at these scams would reveal that they are actually similar and recurring: The people behind these irregular activities usually prey on the same types of victims using the same modus operandi for many years. Such was the discovery of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas as it recently issued another warning to the public against individuals and groups that sell or trade fraudulent commercial documents. These groups and indi-

One of the most lethal weapons that will kill your success in life are these 2 little words: “I can’t.” Did you know people used to believe that if human beings traveled faster than 30 miles an hour it would stop our circulation of blood and kill us? Thank goodness a few people didn’t believe that silly, wrong thinking or we wouldn’t be riding in cars, busses, and f lying on airplanes today. You’ll never know until you try. Roger Bannister was the first human being to run a mile in less than 4 minutes.

But before he did it, most people in the world didn’t think it was even possible. Yet only a few months after Bannister did it, suddenly runners all over the world began running a mile in less than 4 minutes! If we believe something can be done, we’ll usually do it. Too many of us spend our lives looking around instead of looking up to the One Who made us and knows our potential. So why don’t you look up to Jesus Christ today? Ask Him to take full charge of your life, personally

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and professionally. You’ll be surprised how much more you can do. Just think a minute.

It pays to be prudent viduals, who usually assume fictitious names to avoid detection by law enforcers, claim that their documents have been issued, secured or guaranteed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas or its predecessor, the Central Bank of the Philippines. These fake documents include safekeeping receipts, certificates of gold bullion depository stocks, trust account deposits, and capital bonds with interim certificates supposedly covering substantial amounts of money. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reminds the public that it does not issue, secure or guarantee such types of documents. These alleged documents (if they exist at all), have not been issued by the BSP or the then Central Bank of the Philippines as to form the basis of a valid claim the Philippine government. Equally important is the fact that the BSP, as the central monetary authority or the “bank of all banks” in the Philippines, transacts only with financial institutions

under its supervision. It does not accept personal securities and physical stock deposits from private individuals or companies. Admittedly, the idea of millions of cash would be enough to merit interest from a potential scam victim. The idea of gold bullion deposits is especially appealing, but the BSP has also repeatedly clarified that it does not accept gold deposits for safekeeping. The BSP Cash Department Investigation Division has identified a main modus operandi that scammers use on their targets. The suspect first presents to a potential victim a fake commercial certificate, allegedly worth billions of pesos or millions of dollars, that bears forged signatures of BSP officials. The suspect would then convince the victim to “invest” money in the document, promising the latter that the investment would double when the document matures. Another mode of the scam would be for the propo-

nents to pretend to represent foundations for charitable causes. They would ask the victims to contribute to the foundations claiming that the documents form part of the funding when they mature. Investigators of the BSP Cash Department said that most of the scammers are usually in their late 50s or 60s, articulate and welldressed. The scam proponents usually pretend to be lawyers, and they give out professional-looking calling cards and present fake certificates printed on high quality paper. They are also accompanied by two or three companions, who often successfully convince the victim that the commercial document is indeed worth a lot of cash or gold. Again, it would be wise to be on guard against such “too-good-to-be-true” offers. If you are aware of any attempt by any individual or group to use these documents, please report the same to the BSP Cash Department Investigation Division at bunye/PAGE 10

What to think of success SOME seminarians, still fresh and green in seminary life, approached me the other day to ask about success. When asked what in particular about success they wanted to know, they fumbled and just said, anything. That’s when I realized they were just after fulfilling a class requirement by making some paper about a topic, something that I, of course, understood very well. I passed through that stage. I suppose everyone does. But the query ignited vivid memories of childhood. Back in my grade school and high school years, I thought success was having good grades, reaping honors right and left, having drop-dead looks that would seduce girls immediately, being versatile in talents, competent in work, becoming a millionaire and a powerful man in society. There were many other fantastic ideas that passed through the mind and engaged me in some suspenseful

episodes. But it took some time before reality would sink in properly. I suppose the youth are entitled somehow to some extravagant ideas. Yes, reality has a way of making itself felt. In my case, it was when I stumbled over a biblical passage that said something like everything in life is vanity. At that moment, I was also experiencing all sorts of frustrations and disappointments, making me prone to give favorable attention to that passage. I knew some of these disappointments were caused by my exaggerated expectations. But there were others which I thought I deserved rightfully but were denied to me. And so I fell into thinking seriously about what meaning life really has, what success in life would really consist. It was only later when I could point the exact citation that really opened my mind and heart. A priest recited a line from the Book of Ecclesiastes that struck my attention, first of all, because

of its poetic charm. Only later did I relish its significance. The line was: “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains for ever. The sun rises and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises...” (Ecc 1,2-5) And the passage continues in its rhythmic lyricism, pumping in more and more the realistic message that indeed everything in life is vanity, and that actually only one thing is necessary. And that is to be with God. It does not really matter whether we rise or fall in life in the many terms our life here can be measured and assessed—money, fame, looks, health, talents, etc. But it is only when we are with God can we truly say that we have succeeded in life. It’s a truth reiterated and reinforced by Christ himself when he said: “What does it

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profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul?” And also when he said in the episode of Martha and Mary that “only one thing is necessary, and Mary has chosen the best part.” We need to be vigorously awake to this truth, because many now are the irresistible worldly decoys that divert us from it. That being with God is the only thing necessary never means that the things of this world cimagala/PAGE 10


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years of operation in the city last January 28, caters to small and medium sized companies providing inbound services such as customer support (phone, live chat, and e-mail) and outbound services such as sales (investments, insurance), surveys, appointment setting, and lead generation. FBC Managing Director for Asia Niño Mae V. Duran said their anniversary celebration will commence on Sunday, Feb. 3 with a thanksgiving mass, a motorcade around the city and a variety show at the SM Rotunda featuring their employees. The company, which started its call center operation two years ago at Gusa Highway and later opened a new annex at the site of the former Capitol University Call Center, is a brainchild of Mr. Duran, his Fil-American cousin Nathan John V. Yap and family friend Noelle Noreen A. Juarez. “FBC’s niche is to be the default call center and outsourcer for small businesses,” Mr. Yap said. “There is a huge gap in the market serving this demographic -- large centers don’t want to deal with small projects, and most smaller centers are not adequately funded nor do they have the infrastructure required to minimize downtime,” he said. “Our bread and butter is supporting entrepreneurs

scale and grow their businesses, creating much-needed jobs both in the Philippines and the United States along the way,” Mr. Yap added. The young company is going full-tilt with its new hires after signing on several new large clients, as well as expansion of existing clients. Besides FBC Business Solutions, there are five other call centers based in Cagayan de Oro, two in Iligan and another in Bukidnon. “The Sunday show will just be our first in a series of events we’ve planned to recruit the number of personnel we need to meet our client’s increasing demand,” said Ms. Juarez, vice president for operations. “We will have two job fairs this year in March and October, but will also be participating in numerous other recruiting events and activities.” The company has managed to maintain a remarkably low turnover rate compared to what has been experienced by similar firms in the country and abroad. “That’s because we always tell our staff they will grow with, and not for the company,” said Mr. Duran. “Provided our employee is qualified for a promotion, he will always get it because we prioritize internal over external recruitment. We believe that starting with the right culture and environment has helped us keep our employee turnover quite low.” Ms. Juarez believes management style also plays its

part. “We manage our operations hands-on and on a personal basis with a touch of Family Culture. We encourage them to think of their workplace as their second home.” Besides offering competitive salaries than other local call centers, FBC also offers allowances, healthcare coverage for regulars, sales incentives and sign in bonus for qualified applicants.

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from page 1 Northern Mindanao Region wa s t he second top eco nomic performer with 3.8 percent, Soccsksargen with 2.7 percent and Zamboanga Peninsula with 2.1 percent. “Human development, poverty incidence, human d e ve l o pm e nt i n d e x a n d Millennium Development Goal targets continue to be t he cha llenging concerns for Region 9, Caraga and ARMM. These three regions are lagging among the six Mindanao regions for key development ind icators,” said the MinDA report. O vera l l, for t he sa me period covered, the agency noted that the entire Mindanao only had a slight growth of 3.22 percent or a little lower t ha n t he cou nt r y’s 3.91 percent rate. The “slight growth,” the M i n DA repor t sa id , wa s brought by the “global economic disturbances in Europe, Middle East and the US.” But despite the economic challenges for the years 20112012, the “investment and

trade sectors posted positive performance.” It cited the P91.43 billion-wor t h of investment approved by the Bureau of Investments. It was six-folds h ig her t hat t he prev ious year’s P11.9 billion, MinDa said. “Exports was P1.53 billion higher in 2011 than in 2010. It may be noted that of the total agri-industrial economic zone registered with the Philippines Economic Z one Aut hor it y (PE Z A), around 69 percent are in Mindanao,” the report said. “Current developments also show that both the agribased industry and services s e c tor s —t r ade , tou r i sm, business process outsourcing—have the potential to become the twin drivers of pushing further the island’s economy and transforming its economic condition into a more resilient and vibrant (state),” the report stated. Rizaldy Tan, director for policy planning and project development office of MinDA, said one of the agency’s focuses next year will be on social welfare and human development programs. The agency will also recommend several initiatives in the areas of economy and env ironment, governance and peace and security. Tan also said that Friday’s forum will also highlight the need for Mindanao to be given bigger budget. “The bigger budget for Mindanao is one of the major agenda. With an increased budget, the problem of poverty and underdevelopment will be addressed,” Tan said.

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from page 1 country’s southernmost region are either in the development or exploration stage, Reyes said. He said Meralco chose to team up with the subsidiary of George S. K. Ty conglomerate GT Capital Holdings Inc because it “has established a track record of building power plants in Visayas.” “The agreement that we signed was for certain power generation projects of Global Power in Mindanao which they are looking at developing and giving us the opportunity to partner with them and participate,” Reyes said. Meralco PowerGen said in a statement that it expects the deal to be sealed “shortly.” When asked how many plants were involved, Reyes said: “It’s going to be four… mainly coal-fired, but also run-of-river.” Pressed on total planned capacity, he said “some of the projects are around 100 megawatts (MW).” Reyes added that these projects will not form part of the original 2,700-MW portfolio planned by his firm which will all be in Luzon. Should the partnership push through, it will mark both firms’ entry to Mindanao, which has been hounded by power shortage that yesterday was estimated by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines at 123 MW. Meralco on Monday executed a memorandum of understanding with Global Power for both parties “to jointly pursue and evaluate certain potential power gen-

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eration projects.” “Meralco is trying to help address the requirement for adequate reliable power so if we can help in meeting the needs with very fuel efficient new technology plants, with credible partners we can contribute our own expertise [and] resources,” said Reyes. Amid Meralco’s venture in Mindanao, the power utility is “not necessarily” entering the distribution business in the south, but Reyes said the utility can “if we get an invitation.” The new capacity generated from the Mindanao projects is on top of Meralco’s plan to develop 2,700 megawatts of power generating capacity in Luzon over the next five years. In line with this, Meralco, through subsidiary Meralco Power Gen, is building a 600-megawatt coal plant in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in partnership with Aboitiz Power Corp and Taiwan Cogeneration Corp. “We are working with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority for an amended lease agreement. As soon as we sign the amended lease agreement, we will start pre-engineering,” Reyes said. According to the Philippine Energy Plan 2012-2030 launched by the Department of Energy last month, Mindanao will need an additional 1,600 MW by 2030. As of end-2011, the island had total installed capacity of 2,022 MW. “For 2013, we need at least 250 MW (additional capacity),” Mylene C. Capongol, director of the Energy department’s Electric Power Industry Management Bureau, said.


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to plant fast yielding crops while waiting to revitalize banana and coconut industries. Speaking during the

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Branch 44 Initao, Misamis Oriental IN RE : PETITION FOR RENEWAL OF NOTARIAL COMMISSION

MISCL. CASE NO. 2013-1136

PEDRO L. ANOR, Petitioner. x--------------------------/

8t h Mi nda nao Med ia Summit held over the weekend, Rufino Leano, research and development specialist of the Monsanto Philippines said the areas devastated by the typhoon in December need crops that can be harvested in a shorter period of time. He said other devastated areas can be conver ted into cash crop plantations that can be harvested immediately for consumption and income to farmers. “We encourage t he planting of cash crops in Compostela Valley and the communities of Davao

Oriental,” Leano said. He said the farming technology nowadays have to contend with the changing weather condition and the increasing population. Leano said the climate change has affected worldwide bringing drought in the Western Hemisphere and powerful storms in the Eastern Hemisphere like typhoon Pablo which hit Caraga and Davao Region. “The significant weather anomalies in 2012 happened all over the world and are projected to happen again,” he said. Leano said food pro-

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ment for the Mazda brand a nd a l l of us at Berjaya Auto Philippines. As we beg i n t his new chapter, we are free to bring the Mazda brand to its fullest potential.” Tan promised that 2013 will be an exciting year for Mazda wherein Filipinos will see continued improvements in the brand’s products and service offerings.

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NOTICE OF HEARING Notice is hereby given that a summary hearing on the petition for Notarial Commission of Atty. Pedro L. Anor shall be held on February 11, 2013 at Hall of Justice, Initao, Misamis Oriental at 8:30 in the morning. Any person who has any cause or reason to object to the grant of the petition may file a verified written opposition thereto, received by the undersigned before the date of summary hearing. January 30, 2013, Initao, Misamis Oriental. (Sgd.) MARISSA P. ESTABAYA Presiding Judge

Copy furnished: Atty. Pedro L. Anor

BWM: Feb. 1, 2013

and beverage, hotels, gaming and lottery management businesses. Its Mazda distributorship is its first venture in the Philippine automotive industry. Steven Tan, chief executive officer of Berjaya Auto Philippines, said, “This is an incredible day and mo-

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF LANAO DEL NORTE 12TH Judicial Region BRANCH 07 Tubod, Lanao del Norte

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF LANAO DEL NORTE 12TH Judicial Region BRANCH 07 Tubod, Lanao del Norte

PETITION FOR RE-APPOINTMENT Pet. For Not. Com. No. 023-07-2013 AS NOTARY PUBLIC FOR THE PROVINCE OF LANAO DEL NORTE.

PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT Pet. for Not. Com No. 025-07-2013 AS NOTARY PUBLIC FOR THE PROVINCE OF LANAO DEL NORTE.

ATTY. FLORENDO BOLANTE OPAY. Petitioner. X - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -/

ATTY. DOROTHEA SALIGAN-BASALO, Petitioner. X----------------------------/

NOTICE OF HEARING

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NOTICE is hereby given that a summary hearing on the petition for notarial commission of Atty. Florendo Bolante Opay shall be on February 12, 2013 at 8:30 in the morning at RTC, Branch 07, Tubod, Lanao del Norte. Any person who has any cause or reason to object to the grant of the petition may file a verified written opposition thereto, received by the undersigned before the date of the summary hearing.

NOTICE is hereby given that a summary hearing on the petition for notarial commission of Atty. Nicolas J. Lim shall be on February 12, 2013 at 8:30 in the morning at RTC, Branch 07, Tubod, Lanao del Norte. Any person who has any cause or reason to object to the grant of the petition may file a verified written opposition thereto, received by the undersigned before the date of the summary hearing.

(SGD.) WENIDA B.M. PAPANDAYAN Acting Presiding Judge

(SGD.) WENIDA B.M. PAPANDAYAN Acting Presiding Judge

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duction must be responsive to the growing population which is growing and is projected to reach nine billion by 2050. He said given these challenges, it is the commitment of their firm to produce more food while protecting the environment. Earlier, Judith Castres, spokesperson of the local government of Boston cited the need for a livelihood that will provide income to coconut communities displaced by typhoon Pablo in Boston, Davao Oriental. He said a sustainable livelihood is important for affected resident to regain back their purchasing and to spur again the local economy. Ca st res sa id ma ny families depended much on the coconut industry for the education of their

children and to support their daily needs. He said the challenge nowadays for their government is how to provide source of income for families who relied much on the coconut farming which was wiped out by the storm. Castres recalled that the strong gustiness and storm surge which brought tidal waves devastated the town of Boston during the onslaught of the storm which wrecked havoc to Davao Region and Caraga. “The relief operation runs fine in our town, but we need to go beyond the dole out mentality and provide better livelihood opportunities to our constituents,” he said. Castres said that out of the 13,000 total population in their town, 3,000 families were affected by the storm.

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cent is used in assembling Innova and Vios units at TMPC’s Santa Rosa City, Laguna plant. The Toyota subsidiary churns out constant-velocity joint, G-type manual transmission and R-type manual transmission units. TAP is 95-percent owned by Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp, while TMPC owns the remaining five percent. Automotive wiring harness maker Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc is the la rgest a mong t he nonToyota-ow ned domest ic parts suppliers to the Japanese car giant, comprising also a fourth of the group’s total.

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enues, ships 95 percent of its output to the parentfirm’s facilities in India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Venezuela and Vietnam. The remaining five per-

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 10th Judicial Region Branch 42 Medina, Misamis Oriental -oOo-

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Branch 20 Cagayan de Oro City

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Branch 25 Cagayan de Oro City

Rural Bank of Balingasag (Mis. Or.) Inc. as rep. CIVIL CASE NO. 349-M by it’s Manager Calvin Cezar D. Emata mortgagee FOR: -versus- Extrajudicial Foreclosure of Real Estate Mortgage Under Act 3135, As Amended by Act SPS. URBANA & SULPICIO CARMONA, 4118 mortgagors. X-----------------------------------------------------/

OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE EJF File No. 2013-026

OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE EJF File No. 2013-009

Upon extrajudicial petition for sale under Act No. 3135 as amended by Act No. 4118, filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND or Pag-IBIG FUND- Cagayan de Oro Branch Office, a government financial institution with principal office address located at the Atrium Building, Makati Avenue, Makati, Metro Manila, against CESAR P. ARES, of legal age, married to ELSIE S. ARES, Filipino, with postal address at 144 R. Magsaysay St., Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of October 10, 2012, amount to ONE HUNDRED TWENTY EIGHT THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED FORTY FIVE & 83/100 PESOS (Php128,645.83), Philippine currency, inclusive of interest & penalty charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned or dully authorized deputy will sell at public auction on February 28, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. or soon thereafter at the main entrance of the RTC-BR. 20, Hall of Justice lobby, Hayes St., Cagayan de Oro City to the highest bidder, for Manager’s Check or CASH in Philippine Currency, the following property/ ies described below with all the improvements included thereon, to wit:

Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under ACT 3135 as amended, filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND or PAG-IBIG, Mortgagee, with office address at J.R. Borja Street, Cagayan de Oro City, against MARIE CHOU L. LACANDULA, Mortgagor, married to CEASAR G. LACANDULA with postal address at Block 9, Lot 8, NHA Barra, P1, Opol, Misamis Oriental, to satisfy the mortgaged indebtedness which as of October 10, 2012 amounts to ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY TWO THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FORTY NINE PESOS & 17/100 (P 182,949.17) inclusive of interest and penalty charges, attorney’s fees equivalent to ten (10%) of the total indebtedness plus the foreclosure expenses, the undersigned or his duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on March14, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. or soon thereafter at the main entrance of the Hall of Justice, Regional Trial Court, Branch 25, Arch, Hayes Street, Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder, for CASH and in Philippine Currency the following property described below, to wit:

SHERIFF’S NOTICE OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SALE Upon extrajudicial petition for sale under Act 3135, as amended by Act 4118, filed by the Rural Bank of Balingasag (Mis. Or.) Inc. as rep. by it’s Manager Manager Calvin Cezar D. Emata mortgagee, against SPS. URBANA & SULPICIO CARMONA, mortgagors, with residence and postal address at Buko, Kinoguitan, Misamis Oriental, to satisfy the indebtedness of the mortgagors to the former in the amount of FOUR HUNDRED FORTY TWO THOUSAND & 00/100 (P442,000.00) Philippine Currency, representing the principal and interest due excluding penalties, 10% attorney’s fees and other liquidated damages as of September 30, 2012 plus all other expenses incurred in connection with this petition and sale, the undersigned RTC-OCC Sheriff’s sell at Public Auction on February15, 2013 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning or soon thereafter at the Hall of Justice, RTC-OCC , Medina, Misamis Oriental to the highest bidder for cash and in Philippine Currency, the following property with all improvements thereof to wit: ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. P-16217 (Lot No. 1053, CAD-820-D, C-2) A PARCEL OF LAND, situated in the barrio of Buko, Municipality of Kinoguitan, Province of Misamis Oriental, Island of Mindanao. Bounded on the NE., along line 4-5, by Lot 1054; on the SE., along line 5-6 by Lot No. 1448; along line 6-1, by lot 1457; and on the SW., along line 1-2, by lot no. 1043; on the NW., along line 2-3 by lot no. 1052; and along line 3-4 by Lot 1055. All of Cad 820-D. Beginning at a point marked “1” on the plan being N. 61 deg. 41’E., 1939.99 m. from BLLM No. 1, Cad-820-D Kinoguitan Cadastre thence: N. 56 deg. 35’W., 76.16 m. to point 2; N.54 deg. 45’E., 70.44 m. to point 3; N. 49 deg. 18’E., 68.95 m. to point 4; N.44 deg. 13’E., 69.94 m. to point 5; N. 34 deg. 40’W., 20.06 m. to point 6; N.53 deg. 54’W., 103.44 m. to point of beginning containing an Area of Nine Thousand Four Hundred Five (9,405) Square meters more or less. All points referred to are indicated on the plan and marked on the ground. In the event of failure of bidding or auction sale cannot take place for whatever reason, the same will proceed on the following working day, without further notice, posting and publication. Prospective bidders/buyers may investigate for themselves the title and tax declaration herein above described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Medina, Misamis Oriental, January 07, 2013. (Sgd.) ALFRAN A. MABELIN RTC-Br. 42, SHERIFF IV Copy furnished: Mr. Calvin Cezar D. Emata- Manager of Rural Bank of Balingasag, Balingasag, Mis. Or. SPS. URBANA & SULPICIO CARMONA- Buko, Kinoguitan. Mis. Or. BWM: Jan. 25, Feb. 1 & 8, 2013

TRANSFER CERT. OF TITLE NO. T-16519 “A PARCEL OF LAND, INCLUDING IMPROVEMENTS FOUND therein: (Lot 5559-E-5, Psd-104321-020323, being a portion of Lot 5559-E, Psd-10008614) situated in the Bo. Of Igpit, Mun. of Opol, Prov. of Mis. Oriental, Island of Mindanao. Bounded on the SE., along line 4-1 by Lot 5559-E-7, ( road Lot 6.00 M. wide)., on the SW., along line 1-2 by Lot 5559-E-6, both of the Subd. plan Psd-104321-020323 on the NW., along line 2-3 by Lot 3558, Cad-237, Cad., on the NE., along line 3-4 by Lot 5559-F, Psd-10008614.xxx Containing an area of TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY SIX (286) sq.m. Registered in the name of CESAR P. ARES married to ELSIE S. ARES.” 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 abovedescribed and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, January 22, 2012. (Sgd.) CELESTIAL VENUS G. GELBOLINGO Sheriff IV BWM: Feb 1, 8 & 15, 2013

TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-29832 “A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 8, Block 9, Pad-10-020903, being a portion of Lot 5237, Cad-237, Cagayan Cadastre) situated in the Barrio of Barra, Municipality of Opol, Province of Misamis Oriental, Island of Mindanao, Bounded on the NE., along line 4-1 by Lot 10., on the SE., along line 1-2 by Lot 7., on the SW., along line 2-3 by Lot 6., all of block 9., on the NW., along line 3-4 by Road Lot 9 (6.50 m. wide)., all of the subdivision plan Psd-10-020903., containing an area of ONE HUNDRED (100) square meters, more or less and all other improvements existing thereon, registered in the name of MARIE CHOU L. LACANDULA, married to CEASAR G. LACANDULA.” All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the above date stated, it shall be on the next working day without further notice. Prospective buyers/bidders may investigate for themselves the title of the herein described property and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Cagayan de Oro City, January 25, 2013.

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The person is then used and/or even abused precisely by the subjects of his trust and/or friendship closely surrounding him – in favor or their own interests and concerns. So sad but true. As a matter of fact, unless one indulges in prohibited drugs, hallucinatory pills or the like, his or her psychological incapacity is usually inborn or inherited. He or she did not seek it, much less wanted it. But just the same, such ingrained personality liability remains existent in the person concerned – and does not make the latter capable of a really demanding, critical, and delicate public office.

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tant, that we can take a passive attitude toward them or that we just be mediocre about them. Rather the contrary. Being with God would push us to the limit to make the most out of whatever we do or whatever happens to us in this life.

And that is to trust him, to love him, and because of that love, we have to love others the way God loves all of us. Whatever happens here, whet her we rise or fa ll, whether we win or lose, only has relative value. What is of absolute value is being with God. This is what true success is. This is how genuine success has to be assessed and measured. Many times, we have to make a choice between God and us. St. Augustine precisely formulated the choice we have to make in the life in the most radical way by saying that it’s always a choice between God and us everytime we do something. We have to make sure that we win the favor of God before we consider winning the favor of men. Let’s follow the example of St. Peter, and many other saints who articulated their choice by saying that they obey God first before they obey men. True success lies there, and not in any other.

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collaborating with stakeholders to continue conducting this kind of activity. With this, we encourage every organization, institution, local government unit, and private individuals to join us in undertaking this kind of activity and let the people of Surigao del Norte see and feel that we are united in building a progressive and healthy society,” Iringan added. The four-day mission was headed by the Philippine Medical Association of Chicago, headed by Dr. Simeon Sevandal,;Rotary Club of Metro Surigao headed by Bong Quintero; and Bessie Lim, president of Midtown Jewels in partnership with the 1st Technical and Administrative Service Brigade, AFPRESCOM led by Lieutenant Col. Abraham C. Bayan and the 30th Infan-

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that carries a funding of about P150 million to fund capability building, other trainings and other related activities of the IT industry. Meanwhile, the selection of the Next BPO Solutions, Inc. was through a system of votes, polls and recommendations. The companies awarded in previous years have the privilege of voting for companies that they know or with which they have business relations. It is done through secret voting. And for those companies who wish to apply for a BID award have the opportunity of voting through the polls that the organization sends by mail. The BID also carries out telephone polls among regular clients and companies with which it works. Forms are also available on the BID web page through which a company from any country can nominate from around the world. The international event

try Battalion, 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division, led by Lieutenant Col. Vincent B. Iringan. The said activity was also participated by the Dental Team from the Department of Education Surigao City Division; 1364th Dental Detachment, Military Treatment Facility, Camp Edilberto Evangelista Station Hospital, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, stationed at Barangay Patag, Cagayan de Oro City and 4th Forward Support Medical Company, Service Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, stationed at Barangay Bancasi, Butuan City.

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iscule compared with the fines paid by the US for its 2009 Port Royal incident,” the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said in a statement. Songco added: “This is not the first grounding incident in the park – all previous cases paid the appropriate fines for damages. We will not ask for anything more than what the law requires. We wish only for the US Navy to be responsible enough when entering our protected areas.” On February 5, 2009, the USS Port Royal, a guided missile cruiser, ran aground less than a kilometre from that will take place at the InterContinental Frankfurt Convention Hall will be attended by companies from 72 countries. The Next BPO Solutions has been voted by presidents, managers and management personnel of companies oriented towards quality performance where similar quality award is given mostly to Fortune 500 and large multinational companies. Manalastas said the recognition is based on the criteria of the QC100 quality model, implemented in over 100 countries, and will be sponsored by ImarPress with 26 publications. The Next BPO Solutions, Inc. which is also a member of the Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) started in 2009 with only nine employees. Manalastas said they have increased the work force to almost a hundred and they aim to increase it to 150 this year. He said their services are mixed in nature and among their biggest clients are in Australia and Canada. He said the bigger part of their services is on customer service support to which he attributed the growth of the company. Manalastas, however, said the key to getting big ticket accounts is the kind of people they employ and the kind of service they deliver. “We also study the culture of our clients as we do constant consultation with them to ensure that we deliver the kind of services that are expected of us,” he added. (PNA)

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the Honolulu International Airport in Hawaii and destroyed about 890 square meters of coral reef. “After much media furor, the United States Navy promised to pay the State of Hawaii $8.5 million to settle claims over coral reef damage, plus another $6.5 million for reef restoration – including the reattachment of 5400 coral colonies to expedite regrowth. The total assistance provided by the US Navy amounted to $15 million – about P610 million,” the WWF said. Songco, however, said that other sanctions can still be imposed for “unauthorized park entry, non-payment of conservation fee, destruction of resources and the obstruction of law enforcement.” On January 17, the 224foot wood hulled Avenger-class minesweeper USS Guardian was grounded on the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Marine Park due to what the US Navy said was “faulty navigational charts.” But park rangers claimed that the Guardian’s captain rebuffed them after they warned the ship by radio that it was nearing the reef. At present, the 68-meter long USS Guardian still sits on the northwestern portion of the Tubbataha Reefs’ South Atoll, its woodand-fiberglass hull breached and taking a pounding from 10-foot waves brought in by the Hanging Amihan – the bitter northeasterly winds from Siberia. “Like a ticking taxi meter, the passing of each minute and hour raises the stakes,” says WWF-Philippines Vicechair and CEO Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan, a member of the Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board. “However, safety must be chosen over speed – hasty efforts might do further harm to the reef.”

The WWF said that according to preliminary assessments, the area damaged by the 1300-tonne USS Guardian spans at least 1600 square meters — almost twice the area flattened by the USS Port Royal in Hawaii in 2009. “Clearly, parallelisms between the USS Guardian and the USS Port Royal can be made. In the case of the Port Royal, the US Navy did the right thing by working cooperatively to fund the restoration and continued protection of the damaged reef. It is our hope that the same respect accorded to the people of Hawaii be given to the Philippines. For even though corals, sponges and fish shall one day return to the stricken site – the scars caused by the USS Guardian will take years to heal,” Tan said. Tubbataha is the cradle of marine life for the Philippines. Formed from the eruption of undersea volcanoes nearly 15 million years ago, Tubbataha or “long reef ” in the Samal tongue features dramatic coral-coated slopes and drop-offs patrolled by over 600 species of fish – ranging from the fingernail-sized Striped Triplefin (Helcogramma striata) to the truck-sized Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus), largest of all fish. A multi-awarded UNESCO World Heritage site which celebrates its Silver Anniversary in 2013, the Park boasts of unparalleled biodiversity levels. Whereas a typical square kilometre of healthy coral reef annually yields up to 60 metric tonnes of seafood yearly, Tubbataha generates over 200. Though fishing within the park is not allowed, the spillover effects continually seed the far reaches of the Sulu Sea with fish and invertebrate spawn.


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Chamber exec is Promote CdeO Prexy ORO Chamber President Efren T. Uy is happy over the election of Chamber Past President and now Vice President of the Manufacturing and Industries Sector— Jaime Rafael “Ralph” Paguio as President of Promote CDO Foundation, Inc. “It gives me so much pleasure that another Oro Chamber executive is holding the highest position in a key organization that is Promote CDO,” Mr. Uy shared.

Mr. Uy said that all signs are leading to a good year for Oro Chamber to push for the needed policy reforms in energy, labor, investments and job generation that are believed to boost inclusive and sustainable growth to benefit all stakeholders. For his part, Promote CDO President R a lph Paguio commits to work on increasing the number of events such as conventions, congresses, trade

exhibits and conferences side by side with a vigorous promotion for additional investments to the city. “Big hotels are starting to locate to our city making our city more equipped to handle bigger events. We need to encourage the staging of more huge events and meetings to keep a steady flow of conventioners and tourists in our area,” Mr. Paguio said. Promote CDO Foundation encourages and sup-

ports the protection and development of Cagayan de Oro City’s cultural identity and heritage and works for a unified investment promotion of the city. Promote CDO also aims to highlight Cagayan de Oro City’s strategic role as a trade and service hub of Northern Mindanao thus creating a positive image of the city as a good investment site wherein business processes and procedures are streamlined.

DAVAO City -- A total of 82 houses, nine government facilities and one chapel had been repaired by the Joint Task Force Tambayayong, an initiative of soldiers to help areas hardest hit by Typhoon Pablo which struck the region last December 4, 2012. Captain Severino David, spokesperson of the EastMinCom disclosed the information based on the report of Colonel Edgardo Clerigo, commander of the JTF Tambayayong. T he nu mb er of re-

habi l it ate d st r uc t u re s comprised of 60 houses repaired in Compostela Valley, 22 houses in Davao Oriental, six school buildings in Barangay Pasian, Mon k ayo, C ompostela Valley, a police installation in Montevista, one chapel in New Bataan and two day-care centers in Boston and Baganga, respectively, from January 14 to 26 this year. David said the repair works will continue in order to help survivors bring back their lives to normalcy.

Lt. General Jorge Segovia, commander of the EastMinCom said the effort to assist communities will go on as part of the recovery and rehabilitation effort by government on the disaster- affected areas. He said it is the soldiers’ way of going beyond the call in giving service to the people which they are sworn not only to protect but also to assist in times of great need. Segovia also thanked the support of the local government units and non-

government organizations for this pursuit. He also urged other sectors to extend their support by providing donations by way of construction materials. “This support will assist greatly in the mobilization to help the affected a reas re-establ ish a nd to expedite their move towards recovery. More than ever, the Joint JTF Tamabayayong exhibits the inherent nature of Filipinos to uphold the spirit of Bayanihan,” Segovia pointed out.

Army repairs 82 houses, gov’t buildings in typhoon areas

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TESDA holds training on Assessment Methodology THE Technical Education and Sk i lls Development Authority (TESDA) Region 10 conducted a three-day t ra i ni ng on assessment methodology to increase the participation of trainers and industry practitioners in the implementation of assessment and certification, particularly in specialized qualifications. The “Trainers Course in Assessment Methodology”, held last January 1618 at MASS SPECC Hotel here, was participated by 25 prospective assessors in different TESDA training qualifications. The training program was designed to equip the participants with the neces-

sary knowledge, skills and desirable work values in the conduct of assessment. It aims to further enhance the knowledge and capability of trainers in delivering Conduct of Competency Assessment. Some of the topics covered during the three-day training program include accreditation process, desirable work values of an assessor, concept and principle of 5S, planning and orga nizing competenc y, and assessing competence, among others. After the training program, participants will be assessed and certified to become an accredited competency assessor of TESDA.

SURIGAO City -- Residents of Surigao City, numbering 5,544 benefited from the joint medical and dental mission conducted recently in several barangays and towns of the province. The barangays of San Juan and Barangay Sukailang in Surigao City; Poblacion, Gigaquit; and Poblacion, San Francisco were the fortunate beneficiaries in the free Joint Medical and Dental Mission from January 22-25. Of the 5,544 beneficiaries,

1,106 availed of tooth extraction; 1,663 of eye examination with free eye glasses; 535 of dermatologic examination/ treatment; and 2,240 were given free medical consultation and treatment. Lt. Col. Iringan said the Medical and Dental Civic Action Program (Medcap) of the Philippine Army is a continuing program given to the less fortunate living in depressed areas. “The Philippine Army is residents/PAGE10

Surigao City residents avail of medical mission


Last year, we honored Mindanao’s homegrown businesses... This year, let the Investors from outside the island who helped propel Mindanao’s economy for decades be recognized...thus,

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RATIONALE OF THE PROJECT - This is the 2nd Mindanao Business Leaders Awards, in a different category from the first one. The 1st Mindanao Business Leaders Awards was undertaken last year to give due recognition to the achievements of various Mindanao business leaders and entrepreneurs in various categories of homegrown corporate and individual business leadership achievements. - This year’s search is aimed at giving honor and recognition of excellent business leaders in the investors’s category. - BusinessWeek Mindanao as a forerunner of information on economic leadership and entrepreneurial achievements of non-Mindanaoan corporations and businessmen, deems it a part of its social responsibility to trumpet the achievements of these pillars of Mindanao’s economy, for others to emulate and thus propel an awareness for the business potential that Mindanao offers in every economic and business investment plan, whether small or great. -We are helping Mindanao achieve sustainable development of its economy through these humble efforts.

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