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Briefly Sultan Kudarat investments up

INVESTMENTS in Sultan Kudarat for the year 2012 increased by as much as 70 percent as compared to the previous year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said. Nelly Dillera, DTI Sultan Kudarat provincial director, said last year’s investment in the province was pegged at P762.94 million or 70 percent better than the figure in 2011 which was recorded at P570.61 million. Dillera said among the impor tant sectors that generated new and additional investments were expansions in the plantation of coffee, palm oil rubber and banana; expansion in muscovado processing and oil palm processing, and upgrading of bangus fishponds, among others.

M’danao development

THE potential of Mindanao for development makes it a top priority for the government to set its sight on the region for further development, President Benigno S. Aquino III said Tuesday. Speaking before the par ticipants attending the 2013 Philippines Development Forum (PDF) Tuesday at Marco Polo Hotel here, the President said Mindanao has always been known to be the Land of Promise, because of its great potential for growth and development, but unfortunately the region remains untapped. “For the longest time, this potential remained untapped, and its promise, unfulfilled; instead, some parts of Mindanao were known by many for violence, inequality, and corruption in local governance,” he said.

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Malaysians ready to invest in P23-B projects in Mindanao By CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO, Correspondent

DAVAO City -- Malaysian businessmen have expressed interest in investing in up to P23 billion worth of projects in Mindanao that could create as many as 100,000 jobs, according to a report by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). The estimate is based on discussions made between MinDA officials and leaders of the Putrajaya Malay Chamber of Commerce that

visited the city in the fourth week of January. The visit was in response to a Mindanao trade mission that went to Malaysia in the second week of December to present potential investment areas in the island. MinDa officials, however, could not provide a timeline on when these potential investments would materialize. The agency, however, noted that among those that

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S the Philippines continue to suffer from the impacts of climate change brought about by global warming due in part to the country’s extensive use of fossil fuel-based power plants, an environmental group has urged for the immediate switch to renewable energy in consonance with the Republic Act 9513 (Renewable Energy Act) of 2008 and spare the country from further miseries brought about by the impacts of extreme weather events. Switching to renewable energy sources will also spell economic progress as well as save government money, create wealth, generate thousands of jobs, make electricity available and more affordable to all Filipinos, promote national energy independence, and help protect the country from the impacts of climate change, Greenpeace Philippines said. In its report Green is Gold: How Renewable Energy Can Save Us Money and Generate Jobs, Greenpeace scored the government, particularly the Department of Energy (DoE), for its policy that is skewed towards the promotion of climate changing carbon dioxide emitting coal-fired power plants instead of tapping the urged/PAGE 7

WB execs bat for job creation

The lack of employment opportunities continue to be the major roadblock in Mindanao’s development.

DAVAO City -- A top official of the World Bank emphasized the need to meet the challenge to create more jobs to achieve inclusive growth. Motoo Konishi, country director of the WBi explained inclusive growth to mean “creating jobs” which he viewed as the driver of inclusive growth, taking lessons he gleaned from other countries. Konishi anchored his talk on inclusive growth as this year’s PDF banners the theme, “President Aquino’s Social Contract: Moving Forward in job/PAGE 7

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Role of NEDA in achieving inclusive growth cited PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has cited the important role of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in the coordination and implementation of government projects and programs aimed towards achieving inclusive growth for the country. NEDA-10 Regional Director Leon M. Dacanay, who is also chairman of the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC-10), said President Aquino had made emphasis on the key role of NEDA as the leader in economic planning

and development for the entire country during the agency’s 40th anniversary. “The President said that the timeliness, accuracy, and relevance of the economic data that NEDA provides allow not only the national

government, but the wider public including investors, to make the decisions towards the realization of inclusive growth,” Dacanay said during the recent consultationmeeting with government project implementers. Thus, the President urged the region’s project implementers to ensure as well the timeliness, accuracy, and truthfulness of their reports for an informed decisionmaking, Dacanay added.

During the consultationmeeting, the major project accomplishments reported included the 94 percent AbagaKirahon-Maramag-Bunawan 230KV transmission project (94 percent completed) which will be the major transmission corridor for power generated from the Agus Hydro Complex. The Laguindingan Airport Development Project has also been substantially completed except for the installation of the Air Navigation System and Support Facilities; the latter will be contracted to SKY-KR Consortium for completion

in April 2014. LADP Project Manager Edgardo J. Mangalili reported that the airport has been declared open last January 10. However, the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) has postponed the airport’s opening to commercial flights to April 4 or at the latest April 30 this year to give time for the airline companies to notify their passengers and clients, and for the Department of Public Works and Highways to complete road improvement works along the national highway.

RDC-10’s earlier expressed apprehension on the airport’s safety if it operates on visual flight rule through a resolution addressed to DOTC and other concerned agencies. The DOTC is bidding out the operation and maintenance of the airport to a private entity, which will consider possible further developments to accommodate the fast increasing passenger traffic. The existing Lumbia airport has reportedly already surpassed the 1.6 million passenger traffic projected for the Laguindingan airport by 2020.

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inland fish species still rose despite the increase of production in December 2012, as influenced by high priced marine fish species. About 13 metric tons of grigate tuna, roundscad, skipjack, big-eyed scad, and Indian sardines were unloaded in the island’s commercial landing centers. A 300-square meter bangus fish cage, stocked with

7,000 fingerlings was likewise noted in Lagoon, Benoni of Mahinog town. BAS also reported the fawling and algal parasitism of seaweeds in Mantigue Island, locally known as “bungot-bungot.” a number of seaweed farms here were likewise washed away by strong currents late last year due to extreme weather conditions.

Camiguin posts 20% increase in inland fish production MAMBAJAO, Camiguin -Latest regional agricultural statistics report discloses a 20 percent increase of inland fish production owing to increased fish catch of freshwater eel, carp, and mud crab. According to the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), farmgate prices of

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the local delicacy “tinagaktak” were among the products displayed during the “Livelihood People’s Organization Confer-

ence” spearheaded by the Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Program for South and Southeast Asia (RFLP) at Mibang Hotel here recently. RFLP, a project implemented by the United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) in coordination with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), has been assisting people’s organizations (POs) to link with national agencies for assistance. Initially, the RFLP provided the POs with skills training, equipment, and materials to jump-start production, said its report. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), Rural Bank of Liloy, Banco Dipolog, and others are the national agencies and microfinance institutions that extend their support to POs Joining the activity was BFAR Regional Director Ahadulla Sajili who vowed to continue extending assistance to the fishers. “One of the mandates of BFAR is to increase the productivity of fishers,” Sajili declared, adding that “BFAR is committed to empowering the fishers by providing livelihood through skills development and technology transfer.” For his part, RFLP National Project Coordinator Virgilio Alforque said the presence of Director Sajili was an indication of the “continuing support BFAR is giving to small fishers in their livelihood endeavors.” “Zamboanga del Norte is rich in its marine resources. However, the pressure on fish stocks is increasing, and this invariably also affects the livelihood of fishers and their families. Our project assists fisher families increase their source of income without further pressure on fish stocks,” Alforque said. The conference was participated by 14 RFLP-assisted people’s organizations.


Fiat boss eyes merger with Chrysler in 2014 ROME — Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne said Sunday that he expected the merger of the Italian car giant and its US partner Chrysler will take place in 2014. “We will succeed in doing it,” he said in an interview with the editor of the Repubblica newspaper. “We and VEBA (the United Auto Workers pension fund — a Chrysler shareholder) have different opinions on the value of Chrysler but we will resolve the problem in 2014.” Macchione, who heads bot h companies, had said on January 30 that the ties between the two automa kers were “ irreversible” and would merge “as soon as I can afford it” but did not put date on the merger. Asked on Sunday if Fiat would keep its Turin headquarters Macchione said: “We are a big group present throughout the world, it will depend on access to financial markets and the choices of the Agnelli family”

who founded Fiat. He had “not thought” about the future name of the new entity, he said. The deal will ultimately give Fiat a 65 percent stake in Chrysler and full ownership by 2015. Boosted by increased sales at Chrysler, the Italian giant on Wednesday reported a profitable 2012, announcing a fourth quarter net profit that rose to 388 million euros ($525 million) from 265 million euros

the year before. The company said it was aiming for profits of between 1.2 and 1.5 billion euros this year. Fiat took a 20 percent stake in Chrysler in 2009 as the third largest US automaker emerged from a government-financed re st r uc t u r i ng u nder bankruptcy protection. It has since steadily expanded its stake by purchasing shares owned by the US government and the VEBA fund.

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Coming Out of the Closet THINK a minute… An airplane pilot came on the speaker system to the passengers: “This is your captain speaking. We’re flying at an altitude of 35,000 feet, and the speed of 600 miles an hour. I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is we’re lost. But the good news is we’re making great time.” There are many people who are making great time in life living in the fast lane. But they’re lost and going the wrong direction. Homosexuals are encouraged by many people just to come out of the closet and not be ashamed of who they are. Some people say that they didn’t choose to be homosexual; God made them that way. But the fact is that there has still not been one

A MACABRE murder it was. The victim, the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, lay forlorn in the last nine session days of Congress in the last three weeks, until finally it died. To stave off its death, the media and the citizens had cried for leadership and urgent rescue by President Aquino and his allies in the House of Representatives. He and they alone had both power and mandate to save it. But they turned a deaf ear to the citizens’ clamor. They defaulted on their duty to lead. By their inaction, they had willed to send the FOI bill to the legislative morgue. On the tombstone for the FOI bill, the facts should be written in no uncertain terms: Killed by official sloth, pride, and greed. Killed by politicians who lie on their promises and shirk from their duty to the people. On the same tombstone, too, it should be written: Championed to the last by the people of the Philippines. Official sloth killed the FOI bill. It is evident in the deliberate delays, the President’s constantly changing big and small “concerns” about the bill, and the ineptitude and chronic lack of a quorum in the House, that have marked the steadily slow pace of legislative work on the bill. Pride is evinced in their espousal of transparency according to their terms. Transparency, they say, has been served because they have dumped tons of unin-

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telligible but static budget and public finance records online, even as they refuse to respond to public requests for more documents on the use of taxpayers’ money. And greed, for power and privilege surely, is palpable in their scorn for the FOI bill as it could trigger the disclosure of the full facts of their wealth and how they fiddle with public funds to finance their pork and other perks. The FOI bill, some had admitted in candor, will only lend their political rivals information to censure and expose them. The death of the FOI bill in the 15th Congress gives the lie to the claims of the Aquino administration that it is a government committed to trekking daang matuwid. The FOI bill could have served as the bedrock and institutional framework of that straight, narrow path but its death leaves daang matuwid narrow, dark, and stuck in potholes. Without an FOI framework, daang matuwid remains for the most part a slogan in theory but not in practice, a PR line. Just as important, the death of the FOI bill in the 15th Congress is a sad commentary on how much and how far the President and his House allies value their promises and their word. Or alternately, how they do not at all. As a candidate Editorial/PAGE 8

not to become homosexual. If homosexuals were born that way and God made them with no choice, then why does He say homosexuality is so wrong and condemn it as sin? Throughout the whole Bible, God strongly condemns homosexuality as sin which is opposed to the clearly natural, right way He created us humans to live and reproduce. Remember, God created us Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Just like we are born free to choose whether or not we will be adulterers, murderers, thieves, liars, alcoholics and vicious gossips, we are also born free to choose whether or not we will become homosexual. But the good news is that even if you already have chosen to become a

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homosexual, Jesus will still forgive you and give you a new life if you sincerely ask Him to start changing your heart. So won’t you come out of the closet and into the light of Jesus forgiveness and truth, so He can start setting you free today? Just Think a Minute…

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scientific study which can prove that homosexuals are born that way. In fact, it is just the opposite. All the research and studies have shown that homosexuals can make the choice. If people are born with any homosexual tendency at all, it is no different than any personality tendency like someone born with a bad temper. Do we say it’s OK for that person to lose control of his temper and murder people because he was born that way? Of course not! He’s still free and able to choose not to kill people, even though he may have a naturally quick temper. In the same way, even if someone might have the slightest natural tendency toward homosexuality, he’s still free and able to choose

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CHINA for the second year still listed the Philippines in their travel advisory for their nationals as a country to avoid? The Hongkong Tourism Association has not been relieved of their bitterness and anger over the death of the Hongkong tourists in that infamous Luneta Park hostage taking. Cebu Pacific since last year reported through their spokesperson of the reduction of flight frequency of their half empty A-320’s to Beijing and vice versa as a result of the latest action of the Chinese government restricting their nationals to travel to our country. Air Philippines Express which has been flying to the

Chinese City of Xiamen has also stopped their thrice weekly flights since last year. The Chinese authorities in lieu of the approaching Chinese New Year in their lunar calendar reiterated as early as January their travel warning to their nationals living and already in the country to refrain from going out in the busy streets of Manila. Our Department of Tourism is calm on this issue and is not alarmed and considers this incident as routinary travel bulletin of foreign countries to their citizens. China as of 2011, rank number 4 in the tourist arrivals of the Philippines hitting more than 243, 137 visitors, the highest mark was registered during the Chinese New Year. The Chinese arrivals help DOT achieve the 3.9 Million tourist arrivals in that year. But in 2012, Chinese arrivals plunged to less than 200,000 below DOT’s Mr. Ramon Jimenez, Jr. forecast of 450,000. Our tourist arrival last year registered 4.1 million short of the DOT forecast of 4.6 million. There were many complex issues that compound the Chinese travel to the Philippines. It was badly affected by our Bureau of Immigra-

tion refusal to stamp visa on Chinese passports bearing their map of the South China Sea which includes the disputed islands as part of their territory. But whether it is a diplomatic row or a dispute on territorial sovereignty as the reason for the travel advisories, there is nothing formal yet announcing a sour relation. There are major differences and they are not our enemies. We leave that to our Department of Foreign Affairs who has brought the matters to the United Nations International Court of Justice that sued China on the law of the conventions of the sea. Travel to a foreign country for tours or leisure depends on the refutation and stability of a destination. How is everything going or “Nihao?” It is a question asked too rarely, and yet strikes as one of the most important question we should ask from our Chinese visitors. In dealing with tourist, questions are elicited because if there is a problem, we should fix it before our foreign guests’ leaves or return to their countries. It is an opportunity to engage our foreign visitors to find

Rock the boat THE Theory of Evolution by Natural selection by Charles Darwin is the gradual, nonrandom process by which biological traits become either more or less common in a population as a function of differential reproduction of their bearers. Variation exists within all populations of organisms. This occurs partly because random mutations cause changes in the genome of an individual organism, and these mutations can be passed to offspring. Throughout the individuals’ lives, their genomes interact with their environments to cause variations in traits. Individuals

with certain variants of the trait may survive and reproduce more than individuals with other variants. Therefore the population evolves. Factors that affect reproductive success are also important, an issue that Charles Darwin developed in his ideas on sexual selection, for example. Natural selection acts on the phenotype, or the observable characteristics of an organism, but the genetic basis of any phenotype that gives a reproductive advantage will become more common in a population. Over time, this process can result in populations that specialize for particular ecological

niches and may eventually result in the emergence of new species. In other words, natural selection is an important process by which evolution takes place within a population of organisms. As opposed to artificial selection, in which humans favor specific traits, in natural selection the environment acts as a sieve through which only certain variations can pass. Natural selection is one of the cornerstones of modern biology. In his inf luential 1859 book On the Origin of Species, in which natural selection was described as analogous to artificial se-

ways to enhance their stay. Yet many of us don’t ask at all and assume that everything is fine even if it is not right. In our social science college textbooks, refutation is what people say about us. In the tourism business, refutation is what our foreign visitors say about our country and our people. Increasingly, foreigners are voicing and seeking opinions on travel review sites and social networks, propelling refutation to a level of importance that rivals pricing, location and brand in influencing a decision to visit the destination. There is much that we can do to manage refutation but there is more that the government should do for the stability of a nation. We sued China in the International Court of Justice over the Spratley and Scarborough Shoals incursions. What if we win a favorable judgment and they don’t leave or abandoned their bases in the west Philippine seas? Should we go to war with China and if that happens will America commit their resources under the Mutual Defense Agreement? We have seen former US State Secretary Hillary quiamjot/PAGE 11

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Jollibee targets 4,000 outlets worldwide, opens in Singapore LOCAL food chain giant Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) announced its vision to have 4,000 stores worldwide by 2020 as it opens its new branch in Singapore this year. “This is a positive year, with the country’s economic gains, we will continue to expand and set up branches until we reach our goal,” Jollibee Vice President for Marketing Albert C. Cuadrante said in an interview. Maxi Peralta, in charge of Jollibee’s international operations, confided that a joint venture branch of Jollibee will be opened in Singapore at the first quarter this year. During t he f irst nine

months in 2012, JFC opened 149 new stores nationwide and 61 new restaurants abroad. It has generated a net income attributable to equity holders of the Parent Company (JFC) of P882 million for the third quarter of 2012, 18.9 percent more than the P741 million profit generated at the same period in 2011. Its system wide sales, a measure of all sales to consumers both from companyowned and franchised stores

grew by 12.1 percent at P22, 416 million in 2012 compared to P19, 993million in 2011. Its revenues rose to P17, 324 million in 2012, from P15, 226 million in 2011 “We are not afraid to take risk. We are the only food chain in the country that opened a branch down in Basilan. And up north, our branch in Tuguegarao is among our most successful stores,” Cuadrante said. With a strong workforce of about 4,000 locally, Jollibee has 765 branches nationwide and 85 branches abroad of which ownership is split by 50 percent company-owned

and fifty percent franchised. Now on its 35th year, Jollibee announced during the Bulong Pulungan media forum at the Hotel Sofitel on Tuesday that part of this year-long anniversary celebration is the search for the best OFW family. Jollibee advocates stronger family ties and has for its anniversary theme “Dito ang sarap maging pamilya.” “Fostering family and creating bonding moments take center stage in our corporate social responsibility (CSR),” Cuadrante said stressing that “this year we are recognizing OFW families.” “We wanted to bring OFW

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families together. We have this Padala program where people abroad can order and have their orders sent to their families in the Philippines,” Cuadrante said.

“We are encouraging families to make their impact in their communities and promote the values of family togetherness,” he added. (PNA)

FUEL RETAILER Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. saw earnings grow last year on back of higher fuel sales and additional revenues from a newly acquired shipping firm, the company said in a disclosure on Tuesday. Phoenix Petroleum said its consolidated net earnings grew by 16% to P643.3 million last year from P556 million in 2011. In the same comparative periods, its consolidated revenues rose by 27% to P35 billion from P27.5 billion. “A substantial portion of this growth was brought about by the 26% increase in fuel sales volume during the year plus additional revenues amounting to P274 million from the consolidation of

Chelsea Shipping Corp., which was acquired in 2012,” the disclosure read. In October last yea r, the Davao-based company disclosed that it acquired Chelsea, a domestic shipping company, under a share swap deal. Under it, Phoenix bought 100% of Chelsea’s capital stock equivalent to 6,312,500 common shares in exchange for the former’s 171,250,799 common shares. “Chelsea’s income from its operations in 2012 will reflect as the income of Phoenix being a fully owned subsidiary,” Raymond T. Zorilla, Phoenix Petroleum assistant vicepresident for External Affairs, said via text yesterday. “That is the income of Chelsea from the other com-

panies that it services for full-year 2012, because it’s already consolidated.” The increase in fuel sales was driven by retail network expa nsion, t he compa ny added. It said its retail network totaled 300 stations as of end-December. Of these stations, 191 were based in Mindanao, 21 in Visayas and 88 were in Luzon. According to its disclosure in February last year, the company ended 2011 with 220 stations, 151 of which were in Mindanao, 11 were in the Visayas, and 58 in Luzon. Phoenix Petroleum also noted that sales to commercial accounts -- mainly to airlines, shipping, fishing, mining, power and transport sectors -- posted “continu-

ous growth” in 2012. It did not give specific figures. It also claimed that it grew its market share -- which Mr. Zorilla said was in terms of retail stations -- to 6% last year from 5.5% in 2011. It added that its investment in its retail and depot facilities, logistics infrastructure and the acquisition of Chelsea Shipping Corp. increased the company’s total resources P17.1 billion in 2012, 32% up from 2011. Phoeni x Petroleum is engaged in the business of trading refined petroleum products and lubricants, operation of oil depots and storage facilities, as well as shipping, logistics and allied services, according to the same statement.

Globe 2012 profit down 30.21% as expenses rise PROFITS of Globe Telecom, Inc. dropped by a third last yea r on surge of expenses incurred from its multi-billion peso network modernization program, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. The company’s net income after tax plunged by 30.21% to P6.86 billion last year from P9.83 billion in 2011. The company’s core net profit--excluding the effects of the accelerated depreciation , foreign exchange and market-to-market gains and losses as well as non-recurring items--increased by 2.49% year-on-year to P10.28 billion

from P10.03 billion. Consolidated service revenues increased by 6.39% to P82.74 billion from P77.77 billion in 2011 on increased revenues f rom its mobi le, broadba nd, a nd f i xed line services. Operating expenses likew ise jumped by 11.88% to P47.73 billion from P42.66 billion year-on-year due expenses from its multi-billion network modernization program, which started in the first quarter last year. Fou r t h qua r ter resu lts alone were not immediately available.

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tape at the DoE that ultimately block the implementation of the Renewable Energy Law (RA 9513). The false hope placed on coal by the government is now a policy in the country since the DoE’s Philippine Energy Plan (PEP) 2009-2030 gives priority to fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. Number one in the PEP 2009-2030’s Policy Thrust of ensuring energy security is to “accelerate the exploration and development of oil, gas and coal resources.” Also, the DoE’s claim that “worldwide, coal is a soughtafter energy source. It has the largest reserve and is often the cheapest of the fuel options… It is but very timely to invest in coal facilities as the price of oil continues to rise, coal being still the cheapest option with abundant supply worldwide” is like an advertisement for coal. Greenpeace, however, debunked this claim with scientific proof and data that point to one thing only: “the Philippines is paying a very high price for coal.” And part of that price is the impact of extreme weather phenomena that wreak havoc to different parts of the archipelago spawned by climate change due to the greenhouse gases (GHGs) that coal help spread. Electricity generation in the Philippines is the highest GHG emitting sector and contributes roughly 39.9% of the country’s million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e), the DOE said. The DoE’s 2010 Philippine Energy Situationer said: “Total GHG emission from energyrelated activities reached 74.1 million tons of MtCO2e in 2010, an increase of 7.3% compared to the 69.1 MtCO2e level in 2009. This was primarily due to the notable increase in con-

sumption of fossil fuels across all economic sectors, specifically in the energy-intensive transport and industry sectors. Power generation continued to contribute the largest share of 41.8% in the total GHG emission. With a significant increment of 10.7%, it posted 31.0 MtCO2e total emissions in 2010 from its previous level of 28.0 MtCO2e in 2009.” The 2009 publication Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT) Version 6.0 of the World Resources Institute also said that “in terms of overall greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions, the Philippines contributes about 0.4% of the world total, and is ranked 39th in the world in 2005 with about 142 MtCO2e…[and] principal GHG emissions sources are the power and transport sectors.” This is not surprising since majority of the Philippines’ power comes from highly-polluting forms of energy like coal and petroleum. In Green is Gold, Greenpeace pointed out that coal-fired power plants “are the single largest source of stationary pollution in any country and are responsible for 85% of the global carbon dioxide emissions, which fuels global warming.” The World Risk Index of the United Nations ranked the Philippines 3rd, while Maplecroft’s Climate Change Vulnerability Index placed the Philippines at 6th. The Global Climate Risk Index also ranked the Philippines at 4th while the study Combined Vulnerability to Food Security Threats from Climate Change and Ocean Acidification Impacts on Seafood Availability ranked the Philippines at 34th place in the combined ranking for vulnerability from climate change and ocean acidification. These and more studies of

the effect and impact of climate change only validated that the Philippines has a very high vulnerability overall ranking to climate change impacts and catastrophes such as cyclones, drought, floods, extreme weather events, temperature rise, shifting rainfall patterns, and sea level rise, among others. “The Philippines is already paying a heavy price for climate change, with weather-related calamities last year, which claimed over 3,000 lives, affected 15.3 million Filipinos and resulted in economic losses of over P26 billion…Even if the environment doesn’t matter to you, climate change is costing the Philippines real money and hurting the country economically,” Green is Gold report said. Aside from this, coal also hurts our agriculture, fisheries, environment, and “we pay for coal with our own health.” “Living near a wet coal ash storage pond is significantly more dangerous than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. Coal makes people sick because of soot, smog, toxic air pollutants such as lead and arsenic, mercury pollution, and more. If you think this is not an economic question, think again.” The nation pays a large health bill because of in terms of medical treatment for various diseases due to coal, such as asthma attacks, other respiratory illnesses, lung damage, heart attacks, strokes, coronary heart disease, brain damage/ neurological damage, mental retardation, developmental problems in unborn children and infants, organ disease, cancer, and premature deaths. According to estimates by the Philippine Environment Monitor, the country wastes US$1.5 billion due to air pollution and spend more than US$400 million in direct costs

on health expenses. “In the end, it does not make sense for the Philippines to contribute to climate change through coal-fired plants, if that change will wreak havoc on the nation and its economy for generations to come,” Greenpeace said.

Placing job creation as an ultimate goal, Konishi urged the civil society, the academe, the private and the government sectors and the development partners attending the 2013 PDF, to work together, making sure that programs of assistance or policy reforms are carefully considered to result in generating jobs. “Everything we do must contribute to job creation,” he said as he hoped to see concrete recommendations to move forward on job creation and poverty reduction. (PIA)

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estimated 261,000 megawatts of renewable energy potential of the country. In its Philippine Energy Revolution Roadmap, Greenpeace said that renewable energy has the technological potential to contribute more than 50 percent of the country’s energy by 2020 from geothermal (28.90%), hydro (22.97%), wind and solar (2.90%), and biomass (.73%). “The government’s lack of action in pushing for renewable energy and its addiction to dirty energy such as coal-fired power plants is contributing to the global phenomenon, i.e. climate change. Where sustainable renewable solutions are abundant, it is illogical and immoral for the government to mimic the destructive path that the industrialized nations have taken,” Anna Abad, climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, told BusinessWeek Mindanao. Greenpeace, however, said that government’s inaction or lack of action for renewable energy can be partly blamed on (1) misinformation and outright untruths about renewable energy such as “renewable energy is expensive”, “renewable energy is a pie in the sky dream for tree huggers”, or “coal is cheap” that continue to bombard Filipino citizens, business people, government workers and even the president; (2) coal, oil and other polluting industries continue to engage in fear-mongering, halftruths and outright deception campaigns against renewables in the Philippines that partially explain why lawmakers, opinion leaders and business people do not fully embrace renewable energy or explore how it can foster sustainable development for all; and (3) bureaucratic red

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from page 1 Inclusive Growth and Good Governance.” He saw efforts of the national government to meet the challenge of generating more jobs as he cited President Aquino’s recent speech which bared intention to ensure that the country’s favorable economic growth will become “sustainable and broad-based, so that we can sooner achieve our goal of inclusive growth.” Konishi earlier noted as “impressive” the 6.6 percent Philippine economic growth in 2012 and that he took note of the country’s economic fundamental consistently improving in the last two and a half year as shown by low inflation rates, large current account surpluses and the market-based exchange rate trend of transaction in the Philippines. He revealed that 10 million Filipinos are currently unemployed or underemployed on top of the 1.1 million more Filipinos entering the labor force every year, making up a total of 14.6 million jobs “that need to be created between now and 2016.” As there won’t be enough domestic and foreign job markets to absorb so many job-seekers, Konishi pointed out the need for all other sectors in the economy particularly the agri- business and the agriculture “to contribute more significantly to address joblessness and reduce poverty.” “Job creation is even more urgent in Mindanao as jobs contribute also to social cohesion. The need for good jobs—jobs that raise real wages or bring people out of poverty, is an overwhelming challenge,” he said.

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Development Authority, a crude palm oil producer, also wants to invest in Mindanao. Initially, the company signed an agreement with a North Cotabato-based company, which the report did not identify, “for the supply of planting materials pending the completion of documentary requirements for such investment.” Two other Malaysian firms, Genting Plantations and the MKH Berhad, also discussed possible partnerships with local counterparts for palm oil production and other ventures in the agricultural sector. MKH Berhad has identified a possible site in the Caraga Region for its planned project, the report added. The Apag Agri Produce and TMS Enterprise Sdn Berhad also expressed intention to buy fruits such as bananas from Mindanao with TMS planning to initially ship six 40-foot container vans of bananas per week for its Malaysian and Singaporean buyers. The report also added that the operator of the long-abandoned 300-room Samal Casino Resort, Ekran Berhad, is planning to rehabilitate the tourism complex located in the nearby Island Garden City of Samal. The resort was closed down in 2000 due to the financial crisis that hit Asia in late ‘90s.


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NFA urged to increase palay purchases tenfold ABONO partylist is calling for the National Food Authority to increase its local palay procurement for the year to 10 times the programmed amount to help local farmers. Last week, the NFA announced that it has allotted P10.9 billion to buy 615,985 MT of palay from local farmers this year. The volume represents only 3 percent of the expected harvest for 2013. The party-list called on the

NFA to increase its palay purchases to 30 percent (worth P105.3 billion) of the total harvest. “We ask the NFA to buy 30 percent, and not a mere 3 percent of the total harvest, to really help farmers,” said Abono partylist chairman Rosendo So.

Buying more of the harvest, said So, can offset the negative effects of rampant smuggling carried out by rice cartels, whose actions he described as “economic sabotage.” “With smuggled rice flooding the market, it behooves the government to act immediately. If the prices of rice continue to plunge, local rice production will certainly collapse,” he said. At present, said Philippine

Confederation of Grains Associations president Herculano Co, there are warehouses full of rice that are not used because the market is stocked with smuggled rice. Co suggested that the NFA purchase the unsold palay stocks in the warehouses and become a net exporter of rice. The Philippines is aiming to produce 20.4 million MT of rice this year.

KIDAPAWAN City -- Employees and staff of the Fertilizers and Pesticides Authority (FPA) have confiscated 91 liters of unregistered agricultural products from seven supply stores in at least five towns in the province since they launched their clean-up drive in January.

Aletha Bornea, FPA Cotabato provincial coordinator, identified some of the brands they confiscated as Apex Crop Booster; Field Grow; Crop Booster; Inducer Miracle; Growth Hormone; and a pesticide with a brand name, “Insecticide.” Bornea said the products

are not registered under the FPA and are reportedly being sold in towns of Libungan, Midsayap, Pikit, and Matalam, and in Kidapawan City. As this developed, two farmers sought help from the Municipal Agriculture Office in Pikit town and confiscates/PAGE 11

FPA confiscates unregistered agri supplies in North Cotabato

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----------------------------/

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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.

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for President in May 2010, Aquino had sworn to accord the FOI bill top priority. Meanwhile in 2011, his House allies filed suit to impeach, convict, and oust a chief justice, for his failure to disclose the true and full details of his wealth. With his less than tepid verbal endorsement for the FOI bill, the President seems to be telling the nation that words are to a politician cheap, and promises, mere sound bytes a candidate mouths to get elected. As for his House allies, the death of the FOI bill is proof that transparency and accountability is a razor-sharp sword they wield but only against political foes, never against themselves. To this day, in fact, Aquino’s House allies have refused to allow the chamber’s secretary general to release to the media and the citizens copies of all the Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth of all House members, as she is authorized in law to do, without need for approval of individual lawmakers. Without an FOI framework, daang matuwid will constantly be hobbled by official sloth, pride, and greed. It is regretful that even now, as the election campaign heats

up, the political opposition has mounted yet another PR spin they call daang maganda. But whether it is matuwid or maganda, a road not lit by the transparency and accountability that an FOI law assures in theory and practice, will simply remain a vicious, not virtuous, path at all. The Constitution, from 26 years ago, has firmly guaranteed the citizens’ right to information on matters vested with public interest and involving use of public funds. The Constitution, from 26 years ago, has also enshrined transparency and accountability as state policies. Under the same Constitution by which they took their oath of office and swore to serve, it is the solemn duty and obligation of the President and his House allies to pass the FOI bill into law. They have chosen instead to be painted as the heels in the murder of the FOI bill in the 15th Congress. Yet still, under the same Constitution, the people of the Philippines continue to labor and campaign for the FOI bill. In their practice and advocacy, they are the true heroes of transparency, accountability, and good governance. It is election campaign season. All voters would do well to remember who or what killed the FOI bill.

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Rural Bank of Balingasag (Mis. Or.) Inc. as rep. CIVIL CASE NO. 349-M by it’s Manager Calvin Ceazar 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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A RESPECTED leader in oil palm farming has debunked claim of environmental groups that oil palm plantations cause massive flooding in Mindanao. Areas planted with oil palm in Mindanao are logged-over areas, unlike in Indonesia and Malaysia where rainforests are destroyed to give way for oil palm plantations, said Dr. Pablito Pamplona, a retired professor of the University of Southern Mindanao and a planter of oil palm. “We do not destroy Mindanao’s rainforests, what we develop are those logged-over areas left by loggers in the 70s and 80s,” Dr. Pamplona said. Oil palm farming mitigates rather than aggravates climate change. Extensive scientific studies show that oil palm plantations provide similar environmental mitigating effect as the tropical virgin forests in terms of less fluctuation of daily relative humidity and temperature, he said. Dr. Pamplona also serves as secretary and director of the Philippine Palm Oil Development Council Inc. (PPDCI). To put the blame on oil palm plantations for the recent flooding in Mindanao is just like killing the oil palm farming, considered as the country’s sunrise industry, the crop being dubbed as miracle palm tree of Asia, he said. MISUNDERSTOOD CROP Dr Pamplona however admitted though that due to its high potential yield, oil palm is not a well-understood crop in the Philippines. “This crop faces negative per-

ception brought about by untrue and distorted information being spread out by some individuals in the guise of environmental concern,” he said. These so-called environmentalists are doing disservice to the poor Filipino farmer whose livelihood can be greatly improved through oil palm farming, Pamplona said. The untrue and distorted facts being spread out must be corrected to place oil palm farming in the right perspective considering the current huge shortage of cooking oil in the country, now being filled up by importation from Malaysia and Indonesia, he said. Dr. Pamplona cited A Brown Company, Inc which had planted only 500 hectares of oil palm in Tingalan, Opol, Misamis Oriental, not 11,350 hectares as falsely reported by a certain Dr. Phares Parayno of Miriam College in the PDI issue of February 3, 2013. COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP A Brown through its subsidiary A Brown Energy Resources Inc (ABERDI) has developed a community partnership with the people of Opol, Misamis Oriental including the tribal community in the area. Those complaining are notorious people disguised as members of Higaonon tribe who managed to illegally occupy and sell a portion of a former pasture land, now converted into oil palm plantation by ABERDI. For six years now, ABERDI has been in the forefront of employment generation in Kalabugao, Impasugong, Bukidnon and lately, in Tingalan, Opol, Misamis Oriental, and soon in Tignapoloan, Cagayan de Oro. Employed as field maintenance workers of ABERDI’s 1,500 hectareoil palm plantation are mostly indigenous peoples (IPs) belonging to

OIL PALM PLANTATION IN TINGALAN, OPOL, MISOR. This is the former Paras ranch now converted into oil palm plantation being operated by ABERDI, a subsidiary of A Brown Group of Companies. Pretty soon, this pasture land, once bald, grassland will soon be green all over, thanks to oil palm tree planting. Now who says oil palm contributes to the flooding in Mindanao? This photo says it all. the Higaonon Tribe, one of seven active tribal communities in Northern Mindanao, said ABERDI President Robertino Pizarro who is also a PPDCI board of director. TRIBAL COMMUNITY AS WORKERS Of the almost 400 plantationbased personnel hired by ABERDI, 75 percent of whom belong to the Higaonon Tribe paid on DOLEapproved minimum daily wage rate. In Kalabugao, Impasug-ong, ABERDI workers receive P259 per day while P247 daily wage is being implemented in Tingalan, Opol, MisOr. On top of the daily minimum pay, workers enjoy other benefits like SSS, Philhealth, subsidized uniform allowance, rice and Christmas giveaways, reinforcing ABERDI’s commitment in making a meaningful impact on communities where the company operates. A monthly payroll of P3.3 million is being spent by ABERDI, creating significant positive contribution not only for the workers and their families but also to the local economy of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon and Opol, MisOr, Pizarro said. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY ABERDI has likewise enlisted a significant number of local residents in both locations -- Kalabugao and Tingalan, Opol – as seasonal plantation workers (pakyaw). A cooperative store run by A Brown employees was also established in Kalabugao to cater to the needs of the plantation workers in the area. In 2010, ABERDI put up a P300,000-Tulogan Center for the Higaonon tribal community in Kalabugao. It is now the center of all

tribal activities in the area. In Opol, MisOr, Mayor Dexter Yasay has recognized the initial inroads of developments infused by ABERDI in his municipality. “Aside from religiously paying the minimum wage for Opol oil palm workers, the establishment of oil palm plantation served as the driver of socio-economic activity in my municipality”, Yasay said. For over two years in its operation in Tingalan, Opol, ABERDI has undertaken several road repair and maintenance such as the SalawagaTingalan road in the amount of P600,000; Bagocboc-San Simon road, P1 million; Palot-ora road and spillway repair, P200,000; Limbasan road and spillway repair, P100,000; and Tingalan poblacion, P100,000. Recently, a 4-kilometer farm-to-market road situated in sitio Binigwayannahulogan, Malanang, Opol, MisOr was constructed by ABERDI at a cost of P100,000. Mayor Yasay has also enlisted the assistance of ABERDI worth P100,000 in the transfer and rehab work of Opol’s Rizal Monument project. Last month, ABERDI donated plastic pipes worth Php18,000 for the communal water system of barangay Tingalan, Opol. During its first year of operation in 2010, some 173 Opol and Kalabugao workers were able to send their children to school, pay monthly school fees and eat three times a day. “The project is giving good impact on the economy of Opol. In fact, before the establishment of the plantation, there was little economic activity except for the illegal mining along river banks and mountains of

Opol. If you visit Opol right now, you will see encouraging results,” Yasay said. Before the entry of ABERDI in Opol, MisOr, some people can hardly get good meal, but since the plantation opened, we’re proud to hear positive feedback, Yasay said. NATIONAL GREENING PROGRAM ABERDI alongside with the people’s organizations KASAMAKA in Kalabugao and KMBT in Opol has established nurseries for DENR’s National Greening Program. So far, more than 100,000 Falcata tree seedlings have been planted in more than 100 hectares classified by DENR as protected areas. Oil palm is highly recognized as Asia’s sunrise industry because of its tremendous potential for high yield and farm income aside from being an excellent forest cover. OIL PALM REFINERY PLANT ABERDI is the first company to open up oil palm plantation in Kalabugao, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon, Tingalan, Opol, MisOr and other neighboring areas in Northern Mindanao. ABERDI operates a 10-tonner crude palm oil (CPO) mill plant in Poblacion, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. Under construction on the same site is a P100-million oil palm refinery plant, expected to go into full operations by second quarter of next year. Impasug-ong Mayor Mario Okinlay acknowledged the tremendous economic contribution of ABERDI, his municipality being the host of the company’s oil palm plantation situated in Kalabugao and the crude palm oil and refinery plant in Poblacion, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon. DISINFORMATION DRIVE Dr. Pamplona said the disinformation campaign appears to block the expansion of oil palm farming in the country. The campaign funds come from countries whose market for soybeans, sun flower and canola oils are negatively affected by the production of cheap and highly nutritious palm oil from the ASEAN countries, the Philippines included. Such erroneous information prevent the utilization of the potential of oil palm to provide poor farmers with stable income, overcome poverty and promote rural prosperity, he explained. “One should be aware that there is a well-funded worldwide campaign to discredit the benefits of oil palm farming in the country”, Pamplona added. CLIMATE CHANGE To help mitigate climate change we have to plant oil palm trees to reforest millions of hectares of grasslands and brush lands in the

country, he said. Oil palm farming should be made as top priority in the greening program of the government considering that oil palm is the easiest to plant in grasslands compared to other commercially-grown trees, Dr. Pamplona urged. Dr. Pamplona challenged our lawmakers to include oil palm in the national greening program of the government. NO MANDATE In his paper presented before the participants of the Oil Palm Regional Forum in Malaybalay City recently, Dr. Pamplona expressed dismay on the government’s failure to promote oil palm farming this being a “threat to coconut oil industry.” This misconception may have resulted from failure to implement PD 232 which mandates the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to develop both the coconut and palm oils, Dr. Pamplona said. Section 3a of PD 232 indicates the power and function of PCA as “to formulate and adopt a general program of development for the coconut and other palm oils industry.” PD 232 provides no unilateral attention to coconut but mandates PCA the parallel development of both the coconut and other palm oils. PCA does not consider oil palm as second fiddle crop. P-NOY URGED PDDCI urged the present administration to put premium on the development of oil palm by putting PD 232 in the proper context that would translate to the development of the industry alongside with coconut as a major source of oil. PCA should not be blamed for the current shortage of vegetable oil in the form of oil palm. PCA should be blamed though if the country will continue to import oil palm in the next 10 years considering the vast, vacant and unused land resources for oil palm farming, Dr. Pamplona said. OIL PALM NOT A THREAT Oil palm is never a threat to the country’s coconut industry but rather serves as a complement to coconut oil. Pamplona said the availability of oil palm would improve the health condition of many malnourished Filipinos who now consume an average of 9.2 kg of vegetable oil per year as compared to the world per capita consumption of 25 kg. No other crop can give our farmers today with easy to plant crop and yields high income for the family with so much fun except the much touted miracle palm tree of Asia – the oil palm, Dr. Pamplona added.


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The Night Stalker

An auspicious welcome to the Year of the Water Snake at Agua LIMKETKAI Center’s signature seafood restaurant at Rosario Strip welcomes the Chinese Lunar New Year with a new twist to tried and tested seafood classics. Agua Seafood Restaurant (Agua is Chabacano for water) is an auspicious place to welcome the Year of the Green Water Snake based on water’s traditional symbolism in feng shui as the most powerful symbol of money in traditional Chinese Geomancy as well as of course, the domicile of this year’s symbol.

M inced f ish (Do r y) wi th lettuce wraps

The Water theme resonates in the interior and outdoor design of Agua with the blue-and-white accent running through the clamshaped chairs, por t hole shaped windows, aquariums and the sailor-inspired uniforms of the serving crew. But to proceed with the business at hand of welcoming the New Year with seafood classics with a new twist: Starting off with the appetizers: the chef recommends Minced fish (Dory) with lettuce wraps, Tempura rice roll with mango, or your

Sea food Pum pk i n Soup (Chinese-style thick pumpkin soup with seafood)

Confiscates... from page 8

the FPA Cotabato after they bought last week 65 sacks of fake corn seeds from an agricultural supply store in a public market in Poblacion, Pikit. Bornea said the farmers identified as Alberto Libo-on and Romeo Casonete are bent on filing charges against the store owner. She found out the store owner, whom they refused to identify pending further investigation, is not accredited by the FPA. The products are placed under the custody of the FPA while charges are being readied against the store owners. The “clean-up drive”, which they intensified in January, is part of the FPA’s campaign to rid the province of unregistered fertilizers and pesticides, she said.

Quiamjot... from page 6

Cl i nton a n nou nce on a White House Press Con-

choice of classic Chicken or Pork Satay. Or, if you’re a blue-blooded Kagay-anon and would rather start your meal the traditional way with soup: the chef recommends Shrimp Noodle Soup (Laksa) which is Chinese traditional noodles with Shrimp and Superior Stock from the Malaysian Chinese Nonya tradition of

Fish Curry or try the chef ’s recommendation Seafood Beancurd Hotpot. There’s quite a queue even for lunch so it may be a good idea to come early or make a reservation lest you find

Cream of Seafood Soup (cream soup with mussels, squid and shrimp)

Chicken/Pork Satay.

Singapore ; Nonya cuisine blends Chinese ingredients with spices and cooking techniques used by the Malay community. Or you can opt for the best selling Cream of Seafood Soup (cream soup with mussels, squid and shrimp); Seafood Pumpkin Soup (Chi-

Tempura rice roll with mango

nese-style thick pumpkin soup with seafood); or the mouth watering Tom Yam Kong (Thai hot and sour prawn soup infused with chili paste). For your entrees, scale new heights of culinary experience with the mundane octopus and squid taking on new twists like Agua’s Braised Sizzling Octopus, Kung Pao Squid, Sambal Squid or the best-selling Grilled Squid. Ta n g u i g e (S p a n i s h Mackerel) becomes a new Asian Fusion experience with Agua’s Singaporean

ference last year that the US will not interfere in the resolution of the conf lict between China and the Philippines and “the territorial dispute should be resolved through peaceful bilateral relations of both countries”. That is perhaps bridge over water now as the new Secretary of State under the second Obama administration, Senator John Kerry, is a Vietnam War veteran and may pursue other options? Will the DFA go back to their planning desk and invoke the provisions of the Mutua l Defense Treat y? Hell no! It is a move that will draw the American inter vention which may lead to a more catastrophic confrontation. The refutation and stability of this country really count much with the competence of our leaders to exercise good judgment to handle crisis. Their sound decisions must prevail over the interest of more than 92.3 million Filipinos.

yourself waiting for a table. If you come in a big group of at least 14 persons, you may wish to opt for the private dining room. Or, if you want to conduct a business meeting or presentation, there’s also a function room complete with the amenities which

Seafood Beancurd Hotpot

will enable you to have your cake and eat it too. The Year of the Green Water Snake starts off on

Shrimp Noodle Soup (Laksa) Chinese traditional noodles with Shrimp and Superior Stock from the Malaysian Chinese Nonya tradition of Singapore

Sunday, February 10, 2013 and should be an auspicious time to start off an auspicious year where good taste and refinement is expected to shine on everything. Agua would be just the perfect place to start such an auspicious year.

Sambal Squid


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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