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THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 15, Revenue District 92 kicked off its 2013 tax campaign on Monday at Margarita Hall, Hotel Camila this city. Law yer Aler t B. Alocilja, BIR Revenue Region 15 director, said this annual activity is held to highlight BIR’s tax campaign for this year whose deadline is on April 15. “Our tax campaign slogan for this year is ‘I love the Philippines, I pay taxes correctly.’ Why correctly? Because there are taxpayers not paying their taxes correctly. If all taxpayers are paying the c orrect taxes, according to Commissioner Kim Henares, we will have an excess tax collection in the country,” Alocilja said.

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THE city council here has passed a resolution to formally request local banks to provide express lanes for the elderly, persons with disability, and pregnant women. The Cit y Council passed Resolution No. 11356-2013 during its regular session Tuesday but the council secretary released the details of the resolution only on Friday. Under the resolution, local banks were requested to adopt a system in the distribution of the social welfare assistance to beneficiaries of the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program”(4Ps).



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Alsons to start rehab of Iligan diesel plant

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ENER A L Sa ntos City —The Alcantara Group has formally taken over the 102-megawatt (MW) Iligan diesel power plant from the Iligan City government at a total project cost of P1.2 billion, a company executive said on Thursday.

The Aquino government has been actively campaigning to host some international events in the next two years that will actively involve participation of top global leaders in the business industries and the government. Line up for 2014 is the East Asian Summit of the World Economic Forum. In the same year, we will also host the Joint Session of the UNWTO Regional Commission for East Asia and the Pacific. This was highlighted in the speech of President

Aquino III during the MICECON 2013 in Davao City last Mar. 7. The Philippines could look forward to host the APEC Leaders Summit in 2015 with the “improved infrastructures and immergence of world class convention centers,” according to the President. Delegates to the MICECON 2013 have also experienced the famed hospitality of Davao City and the quality of service of the new hotels and tourism establishment in the city. advertorial

Bishops, priests urged not to ‘abuse’ pulpit By BONG D. FABE Correspondent

AN incumbent senator who is seeking reelection urged Catholic bishops and priests Wednesday to be open-minded and not use their habit and the pulpit in a one-sided, one-issue campaign against certain candidates for their stand on the highly-divisive Reproductive Health Bill that is already a law of the land.

“Gi na ga la ng ko a ng kanilang posisyon bilang mga mamamayang Pilipino. Pero wag sana nilang gamitin ang sutana at pulpito ng simbahan upang mangampanya pabor o kontra sa mga kandidato. Ang sinasabi ba nila bumoto tayo o wag tayong bumoto dahil sa isang bill lang?” Sen. Chiz Escudero asked. Reacting to reports that

certain bishops and priests are following the lead of the bishop of Bacolod, Vicente Navarra, in campaigning against senatorial candidates who supported the RH law, Escudero said that as leaders of the people, Catholic bishops and priests should be examples of open-mindedness. “Ibig ba nilang sabihin na bishops/PAGE 7

TOP IMPORTER. Bureau of Customs District 10 Collector Atty. Ma. Lourdes V. Mangaoang awards top importer Jetti represented by CEO Joselito Tibayan Magalona during the bureau’s awarding ceremony held at the Phividec Industrial Estate on Wednesday. With them are deputy collector Marvin Mison and Atty. Javier C. Alpano. photo by gerry lee gorit

BOC-10 awards top importers By GERRY L. GORIT Reporter


Oscar Benedict Contreras III, Alsons Power Business Unit manager for communications and stakeholder relations, said the power plant was turned over Monday and will operate under the name Mapalad Power Corp (MPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the publicly-listed Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc. He placed the acquisition cost of the Iligan power plant at P387 million. “The total project cost that includes the acquisition, rehabilitation and other expenses amounted to P1.2 billion,” Contreras said in a text message. With the takeover by MPC, he said that rehabilitation of the power plant has rehab/PAGE 7

THE Bureau of Customs District 10 on Wednesday has awarded the top 10 importers of the region last year during the ceremony held at the Phividec Industrial Estate in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. District Collector Atty. Ma. Lourdes V. Mangaoang

led the awarding ceremony graced by other bureau officials, the awardees and guests of honor. Ma ngaoa ng sa id t he awards are given “to encourage them to import more.” Recognized as the top awardee for last year is oil player Jetti, represented by its CEO Mr. Joselito Tibay-

an Magalona. In 2011, Jetti ranked second. Mangaoang said the district office of the Bureau of Customs was able to increase its collection and reach the target with the dues and taxes collected from the importers. Some of the regions top importers have included Del importers/PAGE 7

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Auto parts makers out to revive Philippine assembly

Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 6,500 new vehicles in North America to replace a rear door lock that may have a faulty child safety mechanism. The related models are

some 2013 Ford Focus, CMax and Escape vehicles in the United States and Canada because the child lock on the left rear door may have been installed incorrectly, ford/PAGE 7

DOMESTIC auto parts makers and vehicle assemblers will invite their Japanese counterparts to invest in the Philippines to take advantage of a growing automotive market here. The Philippine Automotive Competitiveness Council Inc (PACCI) over the weekend said its chairman Feliciano L. Torres will address about 150 Japanese car and auto parts industry executives at a business forum organized by the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry on March 13. “I have a simple but urgent message for the Japanese automotive executives: the Philippine auto market is poised to grow. The impending increase in vehicle production will both require and support an equally strong development in domestic auto parts manufacturing.

KIA Motors Corporation has announced its global sales figures (export sales, domestic sales and sales from overseas plants) for passenger cars, recreational vehicles (RVs) and com-

mercial vehicles through February 2013, recording a total of 408,822 units sold. This figure represents a 4.5% year-on-year increase for the first two months of 2013. In February, Kia posted a

year-on-year sales increase in Europe of 3.1% (39,861 units sold) along with positive gains in General Markets* of 2.9% (40,647 units sold) and China of 1.7% (38,660 units sold). North America

You cannot open the doors from inside if you have put the child safety locks on.

Ford recalls 6,500 cars for child safety lock

The Philippine government is now providing support for the coordinated development of the assembly and parts segments. And so there

will be lucrative business opportunities in investing in the Philippines, to fill up our auto parts supply chain gaps,” said Torres, who is

also president of leading automotive wiring harness manufacturer Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc. auto/PAGE 7

and Kia’s domestic market of Korea had a year-onyear sales decreases of 8.1% (45,666 units sold) and 17.8% (32,900 units sold), respectively. Cumulatively, through

the first two months of 2013, Kia’s global sales have increased by 4.5% year-on-year to reach 408,822 units. China experienced the highest cumulative gain to date in 2013 of 26.1% (96,235

units sold), followed by Europe and General Markets with 4.6% (77,920 units sold) and 3.5% (79,876 units sold), respectively. Korea and North America kia/PAGE 7

Kia Motors Corp. global sales up 4.5% in February 2013

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CEBU - Homegrown Bo’s Coffee plans to put up cafes in neighboring Indonesia and Singapore this year as part of its plan of expanding its network to 100 stores in the next five years. On the sidelines of the 27th Confederation of AsiaPacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) Conference in this city, Steve Benitez, president and chief executive of Bo’s Coffee, said the company is looking for partners for its initial foray outside the Philippines. The choice of Indonesia and Singapore is a function of proximity to the Philippines, he said, even though inquiries have poured in for possible stores in Saudi Arabia and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Bo’s Coffee already has 60 stores nationwide, 25 of

which are franchises. It aims to grow its company-owned stores to 60 as part of the plan to expand to 100 branches. For this year alone, the company plans to open at least 10 stores. “We get a lot of inquiries about franchising. For our international expansion, right now we’re in the courtship or negotiation stages,” Benitez said. Bo’s Coffee sources 90 percent of its Arabica beans

from farmers in Benguet, Bukidnon and the Mountain Province. The company will give away 15,000-30,000 seedlings to farmers in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental, with Bo’s Coffee committed to buy bulk of the beans. The initiative is a lso aimed at increasing the country’s coffee supply. The Philippines consumes 75,000 tons of coffee a year but could only produce 30,000 tons, expansion/PAGE 7

INCUBATOR-investment firm Kickstart Ventures, Inc., has chosen ten startups in the country to receive funding, training, mentoring, and business network access to help accelerate the startups’ respective growth plans. Kickstart Ventures, led by its president, Minette B. Navarrete, hosted recently a gathering for the founders of its inaugural batch of portfolio companies. The ten startups focus on digital technology businesses and digital technology builds on traditional sectors such as education, the legal profession and retail. They reflect Kickstart’s preference for infra-light web and mobile software, applications and/or services. The teams should also operate in the Philippines although they can be incorporated elsewhere and can consist of non-Filipinos. “ The Phi lippines is showing a new economic dynamism, attention to governance, and clarity about how the public and private sectors can drive things forward. Kickstart is taking concrete action to make these

fundamentals a launchpad for greater innovation at the grassroots community level,” Navarette said. “By making these investments, we literally put our money where our mouth is: providing startup capital, as well as organizing training programs, regular mentorship, and business introductions to bring startups and progressive corporates together.” The investees are called “Kickstars” which are startups funded by Kickstart, and “Garageheads” which refers to participants in the Launchgarage accelerator program -- a partnership between Kickstart and web engineering firm Proudcloud. The investees include AVA (, a premiere online shopping site for wellloved brands and experiences; Kalibrr ( which offers online learning that gets one a job; ZAP (, a web and mobile retail promotions and loyalty program for brick-and-mortar merchants; Lifebit (, a web and mobile journal for

urbanites; Tripid (www.tripid. ph); a carpooling platform and community; Bagosphere ( which runs a training program for rural youth aspiring to get hired by BPOs that often locate in provincial cities to take advantage of real estate availability and affordability; Apptivate (www.apptivate. co), an apps purchase service for non-credit card owners; Work Inspire (www., an email and document organization system for better project management; Tripsiders (www., a Cebu-based local itinerary creation and booking engine with insider community content; and My Legal Whiz (, a web and mobile resource for legal research. Kickstars and Garageheads receive funding, mentoring, training, access to the resources of Kickstart and its mother company, GlobeTelecom, as well as business introductions as support from Kickstart. But because they are at different stages of development, slightly different programs are offered for them. Kickstart has also partnered with various organizations to give the investees a headstart. Globe provides each investee with P 2 million mobile ad credits as well as GCASH integration; Amazon Web Services grants them with US$1,000 credits and technical training to optimize their performance; and ZenDesk makes available free Customer Service support for 12 months worth $3,450. Navarrete envisions a faster start and a better trajectory for the portfolio companies. “Today, the need is in building a full support system for founders and aspiring technopreneurs -- Kickstart does that through a combination of actual investment activity, community networking events, and evangelizing amongst corporates. These current investments are at seed/early stage, but Kickstart is also able to do Series ‘A’ investments, when the time comes. We can do that by ourselves, or bring in partners like SingTel, Innov8 and others. That way, startups get a longer runway for growth.”

Cebu Pacific unperturbed by Kickstart Ventures announces growing foreign competitors first 10 startup investments LEADING domestic airline Cebu Pacific welcomed the rationalization of common carriers tax (CCT) which removes the constraints on foreign carriers’ expansion in the country. Cebu Pacific said while the removal of CCT takes away foreign carrier’s concerns and places the Philippines on an almost level playing field with that of other countries, this may still be a positive news for the industry as a whole, as it may drive tourism activities. “Wit h Cebu Pacif ic’s domi na nt net work, t he company can benefit from the government’s utmost support for tourism,” it said.

Cebu Pacific competes with low cost carriers (LCCs) and full-service airlines such as AirAsia, Tiger Airways, Jetstar Airways, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, and Philippine Airlines (PAL) among others in the international operations. Prior to President Aquino’s signing of the CCT rationalization law, carriers with extensive global networks have left the Philippines. Direct f lights between Philippines and Europe have declined significantly from 22 in 2001 to 7 in 2010 and to zero in 2012. U.S. carriers operate only 16 flights per week, compared to 24

in 2001. Now that the Republic Act No. 10376, ‘rationalizing the taxes paid by international carriers in the country’, was signed, Clark expects at least seven foreign carriers to come to the Philippines. These are Lufthansa/ Swiss Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta Airlines, Etihad, KLM, Kuwait Airlines, and Qatar Airlines which would either open, resume or add flights to the country. Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said Cebu Pacific is the leading domestic airline by passengers carried, with 46.1 percent market share competitors/PAGE 7

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AN OPEN LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT BENIGNO SIMEON C. AQUINO III His Excellency: Greetings from the water consumers of Cagayan de Oro! Most residents of the city are acutely aware of the growing shortage in potable water supply in many of the barangays where some have running water only from 9 to 12 hours a day. What is ironic is that this shortage is happening not because water supply is insufficient to meet water demand but because the COA (Commission on Audit) has disallowed Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) from issuing purchase orders for additional volume of treated water which are readily available from its bulk water supplier. We are aware that an additional volume of at least 40,000 cubic meters of treated water a day is available now to COWD which would instantly resolve the water crisis but is prevented from doing so because of the COA disallowance. However, we, the long-suffering consumers of the affected water-short areas, believe that the President of the Philippines is cloaked with sufficient authority to resolve the legal impasse in the interest of the suffering general public. We appeal to you as the country’s Chief Executive to take the necessary measures to allow the consumers to access this available water without prejudice to whatever future judgment the courts may render on the legal constraints imposed on COWD by COA which has been in an impasse for over two years now since December 7, 2010. Water is a human right and not a privilege. We, the water consumers of Cagayan de Oro, need you to resolve the legal obstacle preventing the water from flowing to our households, and deliver a free flowing supply 24/7 that the system is technically capable of doing right away despite the COA disallowance. We trust this matter merits your soonest and immediate attention. Water is life. Give us today what’s rightfully ours. For and behalf the water consumers of Cagayan de Oro:

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THINK a minute… Bees and buzzards are very different in their eating habits. Buzzards f ly and circle above looking for animals that are either hurt or dead. Then when they see one, they swoop down to tear and feast on it until it’s gone. But honeybees are the exact opposite. Honeybees only look for the good sweet nectar, as they f ly from f lower to f lower. Buzzards only produce fear, pain, and death in their feeding. But honeybees produce honeycombs full of honey, which gives health and enjoyment to others. You see, buzzards and bees always find what they’re looking for. Just like a wife

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A second Look at Hansen’s Disease ONE of those diseases that is not socially appetizing, is LEPROSY, or Hansen’s Disease. Leprosy is equated with sanitaria or the so called leper colonies. People tend to shy away from these places as well as avoid contact with people diagnosed as such. The disease has been present since time immemorial and even with the present generation, where certain diseases has been eradicated already, Leprosy still persists. I was impressed actually by the concern shown by a Dermatologist friend , who, on one of our moments of “ bonding time” she mentioned to me, the need for a clinic that can screen possible patients, making diagnostic test available, since medications can be accessed for free. Leprosy is caused by a bacterium, Mycobacterium leprae, which is of the family that causes tuberculosis. It has a very long incubation period, meaning, it will take months , from time of contact with an untreated individual, before one manifests the symptoms. It can affect all age groups, though children are more commonly affected, both males and females. The disease is passed from person to person through droplets from the mouth or nose, or close physical contact when there is a break in the skin. The clinical manifestation or symptoms may somewhat vary, depending

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on whether one has the tuberculoid or lepromatous form. Where the former has a more localized effect and is less widespread, the latter is more generalized, affecting the peripheral nerves of the skin, hands, feet and mucous membranes, juts the same, both will have affectations of the skin, problems with sensation. The skin lesions may appear as sores, or present with discoloration, appearing lighter or paler than one’s normal skin color, with numbness or lack of feeling. Nerve involvement accounts for the loss of sensation or feeling. Physical disfigurements and infections are complications that an affected patient may have. A medical history of close contact with an untreated patient, and a physical examination finding of the skin lesion , which may present as a sore, a discoloration or as loreche/PAGE 8

can usually find what she’s looking for in her husband. She’ll see what she chooses to see: the good or the bad. So if we’ll focus on our husband’s faults and mistakes, we’ll find them. And the more fault we find in our husband, the less we’ll respect him. So then when our husband feels that we don’t respect him, maybe even see him as a loser and failure, guess who’s the last person he will want to be with? His wife! Since he feels he can never please her or be good enough for her. But rather, if we try to look for the good qualities in our husband, and focus on those, we can grow to respect even admire him.

Then when our husband feels this respect from us, because we stop cutting him down and criticizing him, our marriage and relationship will be much happier. As a wise person said: “To your husband’s qualities and good points, be very kind; and to his faults and mistakes—a little blind.” Fortunately, there is a big difference between us a nd buzza rds a nd bees. Animals cannot choose their instincts and behavior. But God made us human beings the highest of all His creation, so we can choose what we think, say, and do. So if you’ve not been the kind, loving wife you know you should be,

Filipina “food heroes” IN celebration of International Women’s Month, humanitarian and development organization Oxfam has come up with a list of 10 extraordinary Filipina “Food Heroes.” “Unknown to many, feeding the country—and 93 million Filipinos—also falls on the shoulders of women,” Joseph Edward Alegado, Oxfam in the Philippines media and communications officer, said. Filipino women in fact work longer hours, because aside from planting, harvesting, and fishing, they also carry out household chores. Sadly, their work remains unheralded. “Food Heroes pays tribute to Filipino women farmers and fishers who brave sun and rain, low pay and backbreaking work to bring food to our table and buoy up our economy,” Alegado added. By way of a tribute to these remarkable women, I will be featuring Oxfam’s “Food Heroes” in this week

and next week ’s columns to show how valuable rural women food producers are to the entire Filipino food system. Trinidad ‘Trining’ Domingo, Organic Rice Farmer, Nueva Ecija • Ka Trining has spent half of her life planting and growing rice, corn, vegetables, and root crops. Her deep bond with every square inch of their land has inspired her to lead the struggle for agrarian reform and women’s rights. Being the president of the National Congress for Rural Women, Ka Trining has managed to continue tilling her two-hectare rice farm and has maintained her self-reliant household with various backyard vegetable crops, poultry and fruit trees. Rebecca ‘Becca’ Miranda, Farmer and Community Development Worker, Nueva Ecija • As the head of the national federation of rural women and an advocate of organic farming, Ka Becca

has seen the benefits of chemical-free farming as an ethical business practice. In 2012, with the support of Oxfam, she participated in the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) International Forum in Istanbul, Turkey. Women like Ka Becca have indeed gone a long way in improving their status in society. Rosario ‘Sario’ Mendoza, Fisher, Naic, Cavite • Ka Sario’ is the chair of NAMAMANGKA, which promotes the recognition of women as farmers. Together with her husband Raffy and their seven children, they have sustained their lives making money out of fishing. Everyone in the family pitches in from the preparation of fishing implements to fishing to selling. As chair of the women’s group NAMAMANGK A, Ka Sario has led the organization in managing a micro-enterprise in sardines-making, conducting leadership trainings for women, and in responding

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won’t you ask Jesus Christ to forgive you? Right now ask Him to take charge of your heart and nature, so you can start changing to become the wife your husband needs. Just think a minute…

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to cases of domestic violence and abuse. Ligaya ‘Laling’Oria, Onion Famer, San Jose, Nueva Ecija • Ligaya “Ka Laling” Oria started organic farming in 1990. As a widow, she raised her six daughters on her own through onion farming. In completing the course on ecological farming, she was able to experiment for nine (9) cropping seasons which enabled her to make decisions on what farming technologies to adapt. She believes that Bunye/PAGE 8

Changing Faces in Southern Philippines

HEARD of a master story line that has shifted from trading exotic Durian Fruits and exporting Bananas to trading faces? Davao’s booming travel and convention market has undergone a massive shift since the Asian financial crisis that has affected the Philippines some twelve years ago. This game changing face can best be demonstrated from the skylines of the city that has seen new hotels, malls, convention centers and high rise building development. Davao City’s new age brought stabilized trading to the tourism industry with new investors assimilated into the wave, viewing new perspective in the property development started by SM Prime Properties for bringing shopping and leisure in one roof with their SMX Convention Center located at the third f loor of SM Premier backstopped with a new 5-star Radisson Inn

operated by the Carlson hotel brand. Other Manila based developers have joined hands with known Davao landowners to bring the Ayala Abreeza Mall into the picture with the soon to open Seda Hotel along J. P. Laurel Avenue, in Lanang, Davao City. In some other regions in Mindanao, both the private and public sector are struggling to keep pace with the shifting sands of time. Tourism in these areas have experienced the blow hot and cold bubbles over environmental threat and damage caused by mining, illegal logging and gravel quarrying that has destroyed natural landscape and tilted the balance of the flora and fauna in many habitat. In Cagayan de Oro, recent crime wave has hit the city that cries for Police vigilance and good governance to deter criminality. Crisis in air travel is also looming as the

Department of Transportation and Communication will force the issue to open the Laguindingan Airport this April 30 sands the air navigational landing equipment and the completion of the road widening in the trajected routes. Over the last two years, passenger’s arrival and departure at the Lumbia Airport has consistently grown in numbers exceeding the eight hundred thousand mark and projected to reach one million towards the end of 2014. The deployment of more aircrafts with the low cost transport competition enabled new travelers to travel faster by air. More than 50% of those arriving and departing passengers at the local airport availed of the airlines advance ticket sales. Price in travel is a consideration with disposable income and access to credit facilities continues to flourish. With the Philippines 6.6% eco-

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nomic growth last year, the tourism economic benefited in terms of domestic travelers which is growing by 15% yearly which according to President Benigno S. Aquino III in his welcome address to the Micecon Delegates in Davao City last March 7, 2013 is expected to hit 56 Million in 2016. Of course the President’s pronouncement is based on figures and quiamjot/PAGE 8

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In his presentation, Torres will emphasize the need for a strong auto parts manufacturing sector to support assembly operations. “It is crucial for a car manufacturing industry to have the support of locally manufactured parts. Bulky, cumbersome items like large stamped body parts and large injection molding parts are expensive to import. If the Philippine car making industry could have a deep pool of locally manufactured parts, the industry would be far more competitive,” Torres said. Besides Torres, Trade Secretary Gregory L. Domingo, Philippine Economic Zone Authority director general Lilia B. de Lima and Commercial Counselor Assistant Secretary Romulo V. Manlapig will also present the Philippines’ National Manufacturing Industries Strategies (NMIS) at the said forum. The NMIS is the fruit of the roadmaps submitted by various industry associations last year, aimed at strengthening the country’s manufacturing sector. Industry sources told that Domingo would present the auto industry roadmap at the PHILJEC-JPECC meeting that will be held on March 12-16. “With the government’s NMIS, the Philippines can better address the chickenor-egg question between the parts supply and the production volume of locally manufactured vehicles. The NMIS includes a package of policy measures to synchronize and coordinate the development of both the carmakers and car parts manufacturers in the Philippines. So I will be inviting the Japanese automotive executives to take advantage of these opportunities,” Torres said. At the same forum, Philippine Automotive Federation Inc (PAFI) president Vicente T. Mills Jr., who is also president of truck manufacturer Pilipinas Hino Inc, as well as executives of the local subsidiaries of two Japanese automakers—Toyota Motor Philippines Corp (TMPC) and Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp (MMPC)—will talk about their experiences in doing business in the Philippines. PACCI groups the Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association of the Philippines Inc (MVPMAP) and four Japanese-led car assemblers, namely: TMPC, MMPC, Honda Cars Philippines Inc and Isuzu Philippines Corp.

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the Detroit News reported Tuesday. “The child lock may not engage when the operator uses normal turning force to activate the child lock, and the operator may incorrectly believe the child lock is engaged,” Ford told the National Highway Traffic

Safety Administration. No crashes or injuries connected to the recall has been found, Ford said. The recall covers 5,675 vehicles in the United States as well as 859 in Canada. The vehicles were built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne and Louisville Assembly from Nov. 16-21. During the review, Ford found that a supplier had sent a mixed stock of parts, which led to the faulty latches.


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experienced cumulative decreases of 6.8% (69,150 units sold) and 3.7% (85,641 units sold), correspondingly. Kia’s bestselling model in overseas markets for the month of February was the B-segment Rio (known as ‘K2’ in China) with 34,831 units sold. The C-segment Cerato (known as ‘Forte’ in some markets) was the second best seller with 27,579 units delivered, while the Sportage compact CUV, Optima Dsegment sedan and Sorento mid-size CUV followed with 25,979, 20,157 and 14,727 units sold, respectively.

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has commenced and that the plant might go on commercial stream “before the end of summer.” Contreras said that MPC has forged power sales agreements with the South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative, Inc. for 30 MW, Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc. for 18 MW, Iligan Light and Power, Inc. for 10 MW and Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. for 5 MW. The acquisition of the Iligan diesel plant, identified as one of the solutions to ease Mindanao’s power woes, from the Iligan City government was being worked out since last year, with the Commission on Audit conducting the procedural review for the transfer of ownership. The Iligan local government earlier put the power plant in auction after the state-owned National Power Corp. reportedly failed to settle the real property tax due to the city. The Alcantara Group originally operated the Iligan diesel power plant, formerly the Northern Mindanao Power Plant, through the buildoperate-transfer scheme. The company turned the power plant to Napocor in 2003. Part of Mindanao have been suffering from power outages since the last few weeks with the generation deficiency of existing power plants in the island blamed for the problem. In this city, Socoteco II has implemented a four-hour daily rotational brownout since the start of the month due to deficient power supply. Based on the website of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines on Thursday, the Mindanao grid has a supply deficiency of 320 MW. Demand for the day stood at 1163 MW while the

actual capacity was only 843 MW. (Bong S. Sarmiento/ MindaNews)


from page 1 na dapat iboto ng taongbayan ang isang kandidato dahil siya ay anti-RH kahit na siya ay magnanakaw? Ibig ba nilang sabihin na hindi dapat iboto ng taongbayan ang isang kandidato dahil siya ay pro-RH kahit na siya ay matino at matapat?” he asked. The Diocese of Bacolod started the one-issue campaign by hanging posters of as it openly sought the rejection of those who voted for the RH law, whom it called “Team Patay” like reelectionist Senators Escudero, Loren Legarda and Alan Peter Cayetano. Also included in “Team Patay” are senatorial hopefuls Juan Edgardo Angara, Jack Enrile, Risa Hontiveros, and Teddy Casiño. Aside from “Team Patay”, the Bacolod Diocese also endorsed the candidacies of what it called “Team Buhay” like reelectionist Senators Gringo Honasan, Koko Pimentel and Antonio Trillanes IV, and senatorial aspirants Representatives JV Estrada, Mitos Magsaysay, and Cynthia Villar. Estrada and Magsaysay voted against the RH bill in the 15th Congress while Villar, a former congresswoman representing Las P i na s , de cla re d hers el f “pro-life” and voiced her opposition to the RH Bill then being debated in Congress.

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Monte, Nestle and Steag. Mangaoang called on other big companies to use also the ports under the bureau. “We invite UKC, Gaisano and Ororama to use t hese por ts a nd we w i l l facilitate the importations,” she said. “We w i l l g ive bet ter services,” she added. Jetti imports about one shipload of oil products a week and pays some P100million for its dues and taxes. Chamber of Customs Brokers Cagayan de Oro C hapter pa s t pre sident Dario C. Amolata said Jetti pays the exact amounts for each volume of shipment. A molata sa id t he oi l comes f rom Jet t i ’s suppliers including one from Singapore. He added that Jetti could remain the top importer in the coming years especially if the company expands its operations in Mindanao. Atty. Mangaoang was assisted in the awarding of the top 10 importers by Atty. Javiuer C. Alpano, At t y. Roswa ld Joseph J. Pag ue, Dat u Sa mson R . Pacasum and deputy collector for administration Marvin B. Mison. L a s t F e b r u a r y, t h e Bureau of Customs a lso awarded the top importers of the country for 2012.

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as of end-December. A total of 10 domestic routes were launched last year, which includes flights from Davao to Dipolog and from Zamboanga to Cagayan de Oro, routes. It increased frequencies on domestic routes such as Manila to Tuguegarao; Cebu to Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Siargao, Caticlan and Pagadian; and international routes such as Manila to Singapore. Its the leading regional low-cost airline offering services to more destinations and serving more routes with a higher frequency between the Philippines and other ASEAN countries than any other airline in the Philippines. It has direct flights from Manila to Hanoi, Siem Reap and Xiamen as well as from Cebu to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. It pioneered direct flights from Iloilo to Hongkong and Singapore. On March 16, it will launch twice weekly ManilaBali (Denpasar) flights. It will also launch its long-haul operations with its first Manila to Dubai flight on October 7, 2013. The Manila-Dubai will be operated on the Airbus A330-300 aircraft with a configuration of more than 400 all-economy class seats. CEB does not operate flights to the U.S. and Europe yet. With the delisting of the Philippines from

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s tally of member states with unresolved Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) – it opened the opportunity for it to establish new routes. It plans to expand its f leet to 55 aircraft by the end of 2015. The company will lease up to eight Airbus A330-300 aircraft for its long-haul operations and will take delivery of two Airbus A330-300 aircraft this year, and an additional two in 2014. The Airbus A330-300 has a range of up to 11 hours, which shows that it can serve markets such as Australia, Middle East, parts of Europe and the US. Cebu Pacific has turned into firm orders its existing options for seven Airbus A320 aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2016 and has placed a new firm order for 30 Airbus A321neo (New Engine Option) aircraft with options for a further 10 Airbus A321neos. A i r bu s A 321ne o s , a 220-seater aircraft will have a much longer range, enabling it to serve cities in Australia, India and Northern Japan. This order for A321neo aircraft will be delivered between 2017 and 2021. CEB operates an exten-


sive route network serving 60 domestic routes and 31 international routes with a total of 2,288 scheduled weekly flights. Currently, it operates a f leet of 41 aircraft which comprises of 10 Airbus A319, 23 Airbus A320 and eight ATR 72-500 aircraft with average aircraft age of 3.87 years as of end December. (PNA)

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Benitez said. Bo’s Coffee shops will undergo a change in look to reflect the “sixth-generation store design” that the company has been working on. The Katipunan Avenue branch in Quezon City would be the first to undergo renovation. The furniture and furnishings will be sourced from fellow Cebuano and world-renowned furniture maker Kenneth Cobonpue, Benitez said. What began in June 1996 as “Coffee Club”—a kiosk with six tables occupying just six square meters of space at the Ayala Center in Cebu—became today’s Bo’s Coffee. Franchising started in 2001, while the first store in Metro Manila was opened in 2003.


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tions Office (TELOF). Tangub City Mayor Philip T. Tan requested the endorsement of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) regional office budget requirement of P262.191 million. Technical review of the proposed budgets were done during the simultaneous sector committee consultation held last March 5 to ensure the consistency of the agencies’ proposed programs and projects with President Aquino’s Social Contract and its areas of transformational leadership, the strategies in the Philippine/ Regional Development Plan for 2011-2016 and the Millennium Development Goals. The body also endorsed the proposed construction of 1,222 classrooms under the Public-Private Partnership for Social Infrastructure Project II (PSIP-II) to meet the required number of classrooms in 2013; the Ozamiz City Updated Drainage Master Plan for funding support by the DPWH; the proposed extension of the Cagayan de Oro City Coastal Bypass Road from Igpit, Opol to Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental and for the DPWH to conduct the feasibility study for the proposed road extension; and the amendment of RDC-X Resolution No. 5 (s. 2010) to “Endorsing the 9MW (from 6MW) Limbatangon MiniHydroelectric power Plant.” R DC-X also expressed support to the implementation of the Climate Change and Risk Information System for Planning (CRISP) in establishing a geospatial database system on climate change and disaster risks; the Philippine Geoportal: One Nation One Map project of the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA); and DENR Administrative Order No. 2011-06 “Prescribing the guidelines for the Implementation of Public Land Titling in Partnership with Local Government Units.

nodules and bumps, is very important. Once, a clinical impression of Leprosy is arrived at, the next step would be to perform a biopsy. A biopsy simply means the taking of a sample from the lesion or nodule. If one wants a bigger and deeper bite, then, a punch or an incision can be done. If the entire lesion is removed, excision is the choice. The tissue taken is then submitted to the Laboratory for processing and histopathologic studies. A skin shave or scraping is the least invasive of the biopsies that can be done in the clinic. With a sterile lancet , the outer layer of the skin lesion is scraped and placed on a slide, and stained for microbiological studies, to identify the bacterium responsible for the disease. Although skin shave or scraping is limited in terms of identifying only the presence of the microorganism, it can already jumpstart treatment. The importance of early diagnosis cannot be overemphasized. Once diagnosis is made, and treatment started, damage and disfigurements is limited, spread to others is prevented, thus, giving the patient a better chance of having and enjoying a near normal, quality life. Discrimination based on misconceptions and stigmas attached to certain groups of diseases is something that we need to work on, in order to help those afflicted with the disease. Giving the correct information and educating everyone on the spread of the disease is the first step towards this goal.

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Through tourism in the Philippines is the leading economic indicator, it cannot be sustained without mending faces with opposing forces to fast tract peace agreements in Southern Philippines. Government has to resolve back door territorial claims that has cost the loss of many lives and driven Filipino settlers from a promised land with shattered dreams back to their obscure beginning of having nothing.


from page 6 organic farming enhances soil’s fertility. For Ka Laling, the most important lesson she lea r ned a s a woma n farmer, it is this: “yakapin ang buhay sa komunidad ng buhay, sa komunidad (to embrace life in the community).” Nita Oigoan, Vegetable Farmer, Macabud, Rizal • Na nay Nit a Oigoa n belongs to a com mu n it y of small vegetable farmers f ighting to keep the land they have been tilling for decades in Macabud, Rizal. A real estate developer has since laid claim on the land, challenging the community’s ownership. She continues to till her six-hectare farm planted with mangoes, kaimito (star apple), ampalaya (bitter gourd), mango (mung beans), sitaw (string beans), kalabasa (squash), and other fruit trees, with her children. Nanay Nita is also an active member of Samahang Magsasaka ng 53 Ektarya, a local farmers’ organization fighting for land rights. Note: My book, Central Banking for Every Juan and Maria, is now available at the following outlets: Fully Booked – Bonifacio Global City, Powerplant Mall (Rockwell), Katipunan, SM MOA. Power Books – Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt 4, Serendra. Nationa l Book Store – Greenbelt 1, Powerplant Mall (Rockwell), Cash and Carry, Market Market, SM Mega Mall. UP University Press.

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

TAX DECLARATION NO. 020001-C2396 Property Identification No. 052.02.0001.015.19.1001 OWNER: LIMBACO, DEMOSTHENES (deceased) Administrator: c/o MARLENE LIMBACO Address: North Pob. Medina Misamis Oriental Kind of Property: BUILDING No. of Story 1 ½ Residential Classification: Residential Building Area: 167.12 Market Value: P 258,100.00 Actual Use: Residential A. Level: 10 Assessed Value: P 25,810.00 Total Assessed Value: Twenty Five Thousand Eight Hundred Ten Pesos. TAX DECLARATION NO. 02-0001-C2395 Property Identification No. 052.02.0001.015.19 OWNER: LIMBACO, DEMOSTHENES (deceased) Administrator: c/o MARLENE LIMBACO Address: North Pob. Medina Misamis Oriental Location of Property: North Poblacion, Medina Misamis Oriental North: Lot 28 South: Lot 20 & Medina River East: Lot 17, 21 & 21 & Cabana St. West: Lot 18 & Medina River Kind of Property: LAND Lot No: 355-C-347 Classification: Residential Area: 2,076 Market Value: P 438,020.00 Actual Use: Residential A. Level: 10 Assessed Value: P 43,800.00 Total Assessed Value: Forty-Three Thousand Eight Hundred Pesos. NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of said Order of Execution and in accordance with rule 39, Section 19, of the Rule of court, Sheriff ALFRAN R. MABELIN, will sell at public auction to the highest bidder, for CASH and Philippine Currency, on March 27, 2013, at 10:00o’clock in the morning, at Regional Trial Court Branch 42 Province of Misamis Oriental, in the rights, interests and participation of Defendant/s Spouses DEMOSTHENES and MARLENE LIMBACO, in the above-described real property in order to satisfy said Order of Execution, together with interests, cost, sheriff’s fees and the expenses of sale. MEDINA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL, January 15,2013 (Sgd.) ALFRAN R. MABELIN Sherriff BWM: March 11 & 18, 2013

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the people so its natural that they went ahead from us,” he said. He also mentioned that the Philippines is still the first in the production of Carrageenan but in the seaweed production per se Indonesia is ahead of us. He said that in terms of technology used in farming seaweeds, Indonesia is almost at par with the Philippines but in terms of high value adding technology the Philippines is still ahead. BFAR is putting more budget to increase the production of seaweed, they allocated 265 million on seaweed production significantly higher than the 40 million budget last year.

NGCP seeks help of Lanao del Norte LGU in clearing obstructions THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) is seeking help from the local government of Baloi, Lanao del Norte to sanction violators of the 50-meter clearing for high-voltage transmission lines. To cu rb blackouts due to line trips caused by obstructions, Baloi Mayor Elias Madid Lope Ali and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan initiated a public hearing on March 9 to address the growing issue. The proposed provincial ordinance will penalize tree planting and erection of structures underneath NGCP lines in Lanao del Norte. NGCP singled out Mindanao, specifically the Baloi area, as particularly troublesome in terms of right-of-way (ROW) violations. In a statement, the grid operator said clearing activities under the 138-kiloVolt (kV) transmission lines emanating from the substation is difficult because of uncooperative landowners. In January alone, the Baloi-Agus 2 138-kV line tripped seven times because of trees deliberately planted by landowners beneath the lines. The Baloi Substation and lines emanating from it are facilities crucial to the entire Mindanao grid because the bulk of the power generated from the government’s Agus

hydropower facility enters the grid through the said substation. The Agus complex supplies 500 megawatts to the Mindanao grid, representing about 60 percent of the island’s total requirement. At least 200 megawatts consumed by South Mindanao passes through NGCP’s Baloi Substation and the transmission lines emanating from it. NGCP president and chief executive officer Henry T. Sy Jr. expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the Baloi local government’s prompt action. “NGCP is thankful for the assistance Mayor Ali and the municipality of Baloi has extended us. The company’s sole purpose in this endeavor is to prevent the occurrence of blackouts in the large areas served by the Agus 2 power lines. Their support in lobbying for the passage of this ordinance is crucial to the resolution of this issue, and on a larger scale, the reliability of the Mindanao grid,” he said. NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines and towers, substations and related assets.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Cagayan de Oro City OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF

NOTICE OF SALE ON EXECUTION OF REAL PROPERTY WHEREAS, by virtue of an Order of Execution issued by Hon. JUDY SIA-GALVEZ, Judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 42, on October 25, 2012, in Civil Case No. 998-M wherein. ALFREDO CALINGIN (rep. by his Atty-in-Fact, LORIMER CALINGIN) is/are the plaintiff/s and Spouses DEMOSTHENES and MARLENE LIMBACO is/are the defendant/s, FOR: ANNULMENT OF TITLE RECONVEYANCE OF REAL ESTATE and DAMAGES with PRAYER FOR PRELIMINARY MANDATORY INJUCTION for the recovery of the sum of Eighty Thousand Pesos (P 80,000.00), including interests, and costs, etc., levy was made by Sheriff ALFRAN R. MABELIN , thru the Register of Deeds of Provincial of Misamis Oriental, on the rights, interests, and participation of said defendant/s Spouses DEMOSTHENES and MARLENE LIMBACO in the real property more particularly described as follows:

Worse, when these dollars are revalued and the peso appreciates, we have fewer pesos than we started with. As Ted Failon would say: You see what I mean? No c om merc i a l b a n k would go into such operation k now ing t he tremendous cost involved. But the Bangko Sentral is not a commercial bank. The BSP was created for the primary purpose of maintaining price stability. The BSP has its own bottom line, as emphasized in the BSP vision: “ deliver a high quality of life for all Filipinos.” Note: My book, C entral Banking for Every Juan a nd Ma ria, is now ava i lable at the following outlets: Fully Booked – Bonifacio Globa l Cit y, Power pla nt Ma l l (Rock wel l), Katipunan. Power Books – Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt 4, Serend ra . Nat iona l Book Store – Greenbelt 1, Powerplant Mall (Rockwell), Cash and Carry, Market Market, SM Mega Mall. You may e-ma i l us at tot i ngbu nye20 0 0@g ma i l. com. Past articles may be viewed at http://speakingout. ph/speakingout.php.

NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE FILE NO. 2013-022 Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act No. 3135, as amended by Act No. 4118, filed by HDMF (PAG-IBIG FUND) with principal office address at Atrium of Makati Avenue, Makati City, with branch office at Pag-ibig Fund, Bldg., Borja St. Cagayan de Oro City against LOIDA S. BONGCAWIL married to ERIC U. BONGCAWIL, with postal address at Zone 1, Poblacion, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental, the mortgagor to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of October 17, 2012, amounts to THREE HUNDRED THIRTY ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED SEVENTY ONE PESOS & 85/100 (P331,571.85), Philippine Currency, inclusive interest, penalty charges, court fees, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned or duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on April 23, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. or soon thereafter at the main entrance of the Office of the Court, Hall of Justice, Hayes-Mortola Streets, Cagayan de Oro City to the highest bidder, for cash and in Philippine Currency, the following property/ies described below including all existing improvements found thereon, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-51647 Lot : Lot 28, Blk 8, Psd-10-057664 Portion of Lot : Lot 1, Pcs-10-003972 As surveyed for : United Coconut Planters Bank (Pag-ibig Citi Homes) Land Use : (Residential) Location : Malanang, Opol, Misamis Oriental Boundaries : NW., line 2-3 by Road Lot 4 (12:00 m. wide); NE., line 3-4 by Lot 30; SE., line 4-1 by Lot 27; SW., line 1-2 by Lot 26, all of Blik-8, Psd-10-057664 Area :

ONE HUNDRED TWENTY (120) SQ.M., more or less, registered in the name of LOIDA S. BONGCAWIL married to ERIC U. BONGCAWIL.

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

Cagayan de Oro City, February 25, 2013.

(Sgd.) ANTONIO A. CAGULANG, JR. Sherriff IV BWM: March 18, 25 & April 1, 2013


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Search for outstanding farmers launched THE Philippine Jaycees (JCI Philippines) and Universal Harvester, Inc. (UHI) launched its second consecutive search for outstanding Filipino farmers at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Makati in the prestigious recognition program for the most noteworthy achievers in various categories of the farming sector. Rev ived la st yea r to acknowledge the increasingly important role that the farming sector has played in boosting the economy and to inspire more young people to turn to agriculture as a livelihood, TOFARM 2013 wants to identify more unsung heroes in the fields, seas and urban areas from North Luzon to Southern Mindanao. The nationwide awards program will cite best practices of public and private entities engaged in traditional or modern farming and includes f isherfol k, animal raisers, cooperatives, farm communities, organizations, scientists, t he academe, LGUs and public employees, as well as business entities in rural and urban areas. This year’s TOFARM has added a new category – the Woman Farmer – in the annual search. “This is to recognize the growing number of women who have carved names for themselves in various agricultural fronts and who have brought recognition to the country through

BFAR exec presents state of the country’s seaweed industry AN official from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) on Friday presented the state of the seaweed industry in a roundtable discussion on Marine and Aquatic Biofactories in the Philippines. BFAR Senior aquaculturis Isidro M. Velayo Jr. said that seaweed is still used in the pharma and neutraceutical, pet food and fertilizer industries. The Philippines was the pioneer carrageenan-bearing seaweeds farming up to 2007, but in 2008 the tables turned to Indonesia that became the best producer of seaweeds. Carrageenan is a food found in seaweeds, it is a “complex carbohydrate obtained from red seaweed.” As of 2009, Indonesia produced 2.79 million mt seaweeds that is 60 percent more than the 1.73 million mt production of seaweeds in the Philippines. Velayo said that the reason why Indonesia went ahead of the Philippines in the production of seaweed is because of its geographical location. “Indonesia is bigger than the Philippines specifically sources double the size of presents/PAGE 8

(From left) William Yu-How, Universal Harvester Inc. (UHI) president; Rommel Cunanan, national chairman of The Outstanding Filipino Farmers (TOFARM) Awards; Milagros Ong-How, UHI executive vice president; Ryan Ravanzo, 2013 Junior Chamber International (JCI) Philippines national president; Mamerto Rarangol, 2012 TOFARM Farmer of the Year; and Randolf Ivan Ruste, 2012 JCI Philippines national president, pose after signing a memorandum of agreement on the 2013 TOFARM during the launch.

their individual or collective endeavors,” said Rommel Cunanan, TOFARM Project Chairman. Another important goal of the program is to foster the steady increase of youth venturing into the agriculture sector. “This is a really rewarding and lucrative field, and if our youth are really the hope

of the fatherland as Dr. Jose Rizal said, they should go into farming to ensure the steady f low of generations who will ensure us of adequate and sustainable food supply,” Cunanan added. JCI has partnered with Universal Harvester long term to make sure that farmers continue to be motivated towards excellence and that

they receive the recgnition that they deserve. “Universal Harvester through its Executive Vice President Milagros Ong How has been tireless in its efforts to support farmers and educate them on ways to have better yields and results. We are both concerned about the improvement of conditions for the farmer and better urban-rural re-

Surigao gov: Cash crops should not be planted in areas devoted to rice

TAGBINA, Surigao del Sur—Gov. Johnny Pimentel of Surigao del Sur province said cash crops should not be introduced in lands devoted to rice, including areas formerly planted with coffee, which has shown renewed market potential. Pimentel said recently that he would continue to bar cash crops, including the exportable cavendish banana, from the province’s prime agricultural lands that have yielded rice. He also promised to revive lands once planted with coffee. Cavendish-banana growers have been told to remain in the southern and western sections of the province, in lands that have been developed for the fruit before Pimentel became governor. He agreed to revive coffee farming and allocating more lands to it after Nestlé Philippines put up a buying station in the province’s Tagbina town, a former

coffee area. According to Leonardo Evangelista, chairman of the Mabuhay-Kahayagan Multipurpose Cooperative in Tagbina’s Barangay Kahayagan, the town had more than 2,000 hectares devoted to coffee in the 1960s until a dampened market price forced farmers to switch to other crops. Tagbina now has 680 hectares devoted to the commodity. Pimentel said he would not let cash crops replace traditional crops in the province, adding that Surigao del Sur was “awarded by the Department of Agriculture as the highest rice-producing province in the Philippines last year.” “We would be expanding our production, including coffee,” the governor said, adding that the province was once a major producer of the commodity. The governor’s statement came after Nestle Philippines launched the

Coffee Technologies and Funds to Fuel Economic Empowerment (CoFFEE) project that would support the government’s National Convergence Initiative (NCI) undertaken by the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Agrarian Reform and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The NCI is a four-year program that aims to encourage the replanting and regrowing of coffee, and reduce the country’s importation of coffee beans from the current 75 percent of the country’s demand to 60 percent by 2016. CoFFEE is assisted by the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft, a subsidiary of the German banking group Kf W. The Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation undertook the project for Nestlé to encourage Robusta coffee farming in Tagbina.

lations through a keener understanding of agricultural concerns,” said Ryan C. Ravanzo, JCI President. For her pa r t , U H I’s Mrs. Milagros Ong How said “TOFARM 2012 only scratched the surface in identifying farmers with best practices and extraordinary achievements. In TOFARM 2013 we want to explore new

territories and discover other achievers who have not yet been recognized for their contributions to our country. This year, we want to widen the search to include outstanding women farmers. This is probably why we are launching TOFARM 2013 on International Woman’s Month.” UHI, a progressive Filipino company established in 2003, is involved in the direct manufacturing, local distribution and exportation of a number of world-class quality fertilizers. TOFARM will give out 12 awards this year, seven in the individual category and five in the group category. These are : Farmer, Fisherfolk, Livestock, AgriEntrepreneur, Young Farmer, Agricultural Innovator, Urban/City Farmer and Woman Farmer in the individual category; and Agriculture Cooperative, Family Farmer, Local Government Unit, Agriculture Initiatives and People’s Choice in the group category. The nomination period for Outstanding Farmer candidates begins in March and will end on September 2013. Validation and Judging of nominees will take place in, while the Awarding takes place in December. Nominations may be submitted as hard copy or sent online to www.tofarm. org. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the website.

NFA: Enough rice for Zambo ZAMBOANGA City -– The National Food Authority (NFA) has assured the public that the agency has enough supply of rice in this city although it is shipping out the cereal to Sulu and TawiTawi where the item has become scarce because of the month-long standoff in Lahad Datu, Sabah. The standoff between Malaysian police and the military with the men and supporters of Sultan Jamalul Kiram has forced Filipinos in Sabah to return to the Philippines for fear of their lives. The standoff has also resulted in the suspension of ordinary trade between Sabah and the two provinces which are more nearer to Sabah than Zambaonga. Over a thousand “refugees” have already reached Tawi-Tawi and the province is in low supply of rice and other food commodities.

About 200 of these refugees arrived in Zamboanga Friday morning and they are being taken care of by the City Social Welfare and Development Office at its reception center for deportees in Barangay Talon Talon. NFA provincial manager Gaudencio Nuega Jr. said the crisis has already resulted in an urgent need to ship rice to the two provinces which also need sugar, noodles, canned goods and bottled water for their sustenance. Other than the 5,000 bags of NFA rice from Pagadian City and Molave town in Zamboanga del Sur, the agency is also waiting for some 250,000 bags of rice from the National Capital Region (NCR) and 60,000 bags from Batangas. He said the NFA is shipping out an undisclosed number of bags of rice to the provinces on a regular basis.


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RDC-10 pushes NorMin 2014 priority programs, projects FOR Northern Mindanao to become the leading industrial core and trade center in Southern Philippines, the Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region X endorsed P52.9 billion worth of programs and projects proposed for implementation in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 by 23 agencies and seven (7) state universities and colleges in the region. RDC-X chairperson and Iligan City Mayor Lawrence Ll. Cruz led the Council’s review and endorsement of the budgets presented by the Chairs/Co-Chairs of the Sector Committees during the 96th RDC-X Full Council meeting held yesterday. Va lencia Cit y Mayor Leandro Jose H. Catarata sought the endorsement of the Economic Development Sector requirement of P3.661 billion for the regional offices of Department of Agriculture (DA), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Depar tment of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Environment Management

Bureau (EMB), Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Tourism (DOT) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Mambajao Municipal Mayor Ma. Luisa D. Romualdo asked for the endorsement of the Social Development Sector’s P37.024 bi l lion requirement for Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Housing Authority (NHA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA),

Bukidnon State University (BSU), Camiguin Polytechnic State College (CPSC), Central Mindanao University (CMU), Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT), Mindanao State UniversityIligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology (NMSC). Engr. Modesto C. Babaylan, Co-Chairperson of the Infrastructure and Utilities Development Committee, proposed a total of P11.912 billion for Infrastructure and Utilities Sector—Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Land Transportation Office (LTO), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and Telecommunicapushes/PAGE 8

Davao City visitor arrivals breach 1-M last year DAVAO City -- Visitors to Davao City for 2012 breached the 1-million level. City Tourism Operations Head Jason Magnaye said visitor arrivals tallied at around 1.075 million. This is a 45% increase from 2011 visitors which numbered 744,000. Magnaye attributed the surge in visitor arrivals to two factors, on of these is the increase in flight connectivity as several airlines added several connecting destinations to the city. Among these f lights include Davao-Clark, DavaoKalibo and Davao-Puerto Princesa. “More flights mean more visitors,” Magnaye said. Another factor is the opening of new tourism attractions such as the SM Lanang Premiere. The opening of convention facilities like the

new SMX convention center has also contributed to the increase of visitors particularly those for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Exhibits) related activities. About 90% of the visitors are domestic in nature while 10% are foreign tourists mostly from South Korea, Japan, Australia and China. Hotels in Davao City are averaging a 60% occupancy rate, Magnaye said they are expecting hotels to peak this March with the Araw ng Dabaw celebrations. The City Tourism head said that they are expecting 110,000 to 120,000 visitors this March. The recent 2013 MICE Convention has contributed to the surge of visitors for March. Last March 2012 there were about 95,000 visitors recorded. Magnaye said the holding of the MICE Convention in the

City could have a tremendous impact as far as promoting Davao City as a destination for MICE. He said that half of the 600 delegates are key decisionmakers for future events and conventions, their pleasant stay in the city could help influence a number of events to be held here. Magnaye said the success of the MICE Con could spur more MICE events like conventions to be held in the City. In 2012, about 30 MICE events were held in the city, this year they are expecting about 50 events. The City Tourism head said that increase tourists brings much economic benefits to the City, he said that a 20,000 increase in visitors in the month of March could bring in an additional P1-billion in economic revenues.

Reg’l devt council now accepts applications from private sector By APIPA P. BAGUMBARAN, Contributor

THE Regional Development Council-10 (RDC-10), the highest planning and policymaking body in the region, is now accepting applications for membership representing the private sector. Applicants for a private sector representative (PSR) must be Filipino citizen, of legal age, not disbarred by law to participate in government and the electoral processes, and a resident of the region in the last three years. He/she must be willing and able to participate in all RDC activities with a proven track record in socioeconomic development in the

region. The applicant must also not hold any government position and must not receive any remuneration from the government while serving as PSR to the RDC. In addition, he/she must be nominated by an accredited Private Sector Organization (PSO). Those interested must submit to the RDC-10 the required documents on or before May 3, 2013. These include an accomplished the Private Sector Organization Profile Sheet (Form 1) and PSR Nominee Profile Sheet (Form 2), accom-

plishment report for the past three years, and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Registration and Certification from any government agency or certification from mother institution. Forms 1 and 2 are available at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office or can be downloaded from the NEDA-10 website www. They may also contact the RDC-10 Secretariat at telephone numbers (08822) 723436, 728072, 726161 or (088) 8561920 for more information.

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