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KORONADAL CITY — The power generation units of the Alcantara Group in Mindanao have been instructed to be on full alert to ensure stable electricity supply to the Mindanao grid during Monday’s national midterm and local elections, company executives said.

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Members of a board of election inspectors (BEI) in Kidapawan City reorient themselves on the operation of a precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine that will be used in the elections next week. Batteries were used in the testing because a scheduled rotating blackout in the area. MindaNews photo by Geonarri Solmerano


Mainstreaming M’danao Power Agenda

Poll official appeals for calm among candidates Page 4

FIBECO assures enough power supply Page 10

First NBA Café in Asia to open in the Philippines

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Mindanao power plants on full alert during polls

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M’danao cooperatives urged to tap cheaper solar energy

PNP: All set for May 13 elections

Maya should be PH’s National Bird

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Mindanao’s association of rural electric cooperatives, in partnership with the Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST), Institute of Power Sector Economics (IPSEc) and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), will be hosting an advocacy congress for renewable energy, rural electrification and development on May 27-28, 2013, at the Xavier

Estates Country Club Grand Convention Hall, Cagayan de Oro City on May 27-28, 2013. Clint Django Pacana, executive director of the Association of Mindanao Rural Electric Cooperatives (AMRECO), said some 500 participants will comprise the MinCARED 2013, representatives from the local government units, Mindanao governors and congressmen, nongovernment organizations,

To better serve veterans and families

Creation of CVAO in LGUs proposed IN SUPPORT of Marikina City’s ordinance creating a City Veterans Affairs Office, the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) encourages all local government units to create a similar bureau that will take care of the needs of all veterans and their surviving spouses and families. The local government of Marikina has passed Ordinance No. 9, series of 2013, known as “Ordinance

creating the City Veterans Affairs Office (CVAO) in compliance with Article 16, section 7 of the Philippine Constitution, stating that the state shall provide immediate and adequate care, benefits, and other forms of assistance to war veterans and veterans of milit ar y campaig ns, their surviving spouses and orphans. “What Marikina has done is a good example of how proposed/PAGE 11

a c a d e m e , c iv i l s o c i e t y org an i z at i on s , e l e c t r i c cooperative constituencies, media, private sector and other significant stakeholders. Participants are invited to engage with decision-makers to grasp the importance of the power industry and to clarify agenda/PAGE 11

Edgar Sevilles, Alsons Power Group vice president for operations, said that its operating power facilities in Mindanao “will be on full alert and ready to respond to any power related contingency during the crucial period starting 12 a.m. Sunday (May 12), the day before the May 13 polls, until 12 a.m. Tuesday (May 14).” “All leaves for plant personnel have been cancelled and all essential operations

personnel will be on duty during this time,” he said in a statement emailed to MindaNews. The Alcantara Group operates the 100-megawatt (MW) Western Mindanao Power Corp. (WMPC), the 55-MW Southern Philippines Power Corp. (SPPC) and the recently acquired 102-MW Mapalad Power Corp. (MPC). All these power plants are run by diesel fuel. alert/PAGE 11

THE Department National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board, chaired by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, has deferred the signing of the Philippine Rural D e v e l opm e nt P ro g r a m

(PRDP) worth P27 billion, covering 16 regions and 80 provinces to 3rd quarter of the year. This was revealed by Sher win B. Manual, information and advocacy rural/PAGE 11

P27-B rural dev’t program deferred

Villar Foundation turns over P1M for Iligan City Sendong memorial ILIGAN CITY – The City government of Iligan has expressed gratitude to the Villar Foundation for the release of the cheque worth P1 million to put up the memorial for the victims of Typhoon Sendong in Iligan City, which was ravaged by the storm on December 17, 2011, when some 150,000 people were affected and destroyed agricultural products and properties worth P1.3-billion. Vi c e Mayor He n r y C. Dy received the P1 million cheque from Villar Foundation representative Mi cha el R e g i no, w ho turned over the cheque, sendong/PAGE 11

Iligan City Vice Mayor Henry C. Dy receives a cheque worth P1 million from Michael Regino (right) and Frederick Cerro (not in photo), who both represented LP senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar, managing director of Villar Foundation, for the establishment of a memorial for the victims of Typhoon Sendong in Iligan City. The first memorial has been put up in Cagayan de Oro City last October. Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Uy

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In lieu of modular gensets

M’danao cooperatives urged to tap cheaper solar energy By Mike Baños

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY- Rural electric cooperatives in Mindanao should seriously consider renewable energy options to mitigate the effects of their long-term supply contracts with coal-fired power plants and as a faster and cheaper alternative to the modular diesel generators being pushed by the Department of Energy (DOE). In a recent communication to t he S outh C otabato II Electric Cooperative ( S o c ote c o I I ) an d t h e Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) Engr. David A. Tauli, engineering consultant with the Office of Rep. Florencio T. Flores, Jr. (2nd District, Bukidnon) endorsed the business model of Lim Solar Philippines which he says is cheaper than both coal and the modular gensets. “I find their proposal appropriate for both SOCOTECO 2 and ZAMCELCO, who are the only electric cooperatives in Mindanao that have longterm contracts with coal plants,” Mr. Tauli noted. “It is certainly better than the offer being touted by the DOE for ECs to purchase modular diesel generating sets at a cost of PhP 18 per kilowatt hour (kWh).” During a presentation made in Zamboanga City last 15 March 2013, Michael O. Sinocruz, OIC-Chief Planning of the D OE’s Energy Planning and Policy Bureau, disclosed the agency has programmed some 199 megawatts (MW) of modular gensets for Mindanao: 56

MW (Region 12), 48MW (Region 10), 39MW (Region 11), 30MW (Region 9), 2 2 . 5 M W ( C ar ag a ) and 3.5MW (ARMM). Lim Solar Philippines is offering electric cooperatives (ECs) in Mindanao the lease of its 5-MW hybrid power plant (3 MW solar PV and 2 MW micro gas-turbines that can run 24 hours on either Low or High pressure Natural gas, Biogas from landfills, Flare Gas, Diesel, Gasoline, Methane, Kerosene or even wood) at a fixed price of PhP 7.47 pesos per kWh with a 4 percent yearly escalation for maintenance, monitoring and reporting for 15 years. Coops have the option to purchase the hybrid plant after the 15 yr. lease expires. “ The price compares favorably with your coal contracts, which I expect will cost you PhP 8 per kWh or more when it is operationalized in 2016. In contrast, Lim Solar can have the hybrid power plant operational within six months from signing of the lease contract,” Mr. Tauli added. However, since Lim Solar’s initial offer is limited to 5 MW, only one of the electric cooperatives can avail of it,

and the others will have to wait for a future offer. This will have to be on first- comefirst-served basis. Although Lim Solar also offers affordable financing for the coops, Mr. Tauli suggests the coops also check out the soft loans being offered by the DOE through the National Electrification Administration (NEA) for the purchase of modular diesel gensets to see which better suits their needs. Energy Sec. Carlos Jericho L. Petilla earlier said solar energy power plants need long-term contracts of up to 20 years to make them viable, and may not be a sustainable solution due to their low availability factor of 22 percent. “However, if there is any investor on solar who can convince a cooperative or distribution utility to sign up for 20 years at prevailing solar rate of P9.70 to P12.00 per kilowatt-hour, we would be more than happy to facilitate the transaction,” Mr. Petilla said. E n g r. W i n s t o n L . Mendoza, chairman of Lim Solar Philippines, said he is not deterred by the DOE Sec. Jericho Petilla’s bias against solar energy in Mindanao. A mechanical engineering graduate of Mapua Institute of Technology, he is also a member of Lions International and the global TAU Epsilon fraternity (66A). He is a retired aerospace information technology at McDonnell Douglas Corporation and former project executive at IBM.

An engineer of the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (CEPALCO) checks the rows of photovoltaic solar panels in its two-hectare plant in Barangay Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011. The company’s plan to build a bigger 50-hectare solar facility in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental has been derailed by indecision from the Energy Regulatory Board. mindanews photo by froilan gallardo

Mr. Mendoza said that for Mindanao, Lim Solar is willing to offer electric cooperatives very minimal prices for solar power as well as 100 percent financing scheme for residential and small businesses. “For Mindanao, I will offer P7.47 per KWh to the electric coops and large megawatt level users and P8.50 to small users. I will also straight finance the residential and small businesses,” he stressed. Lim Solar Phils. (LSP) is a subsidiary of Mendoza Solar, LLC is a renewable energy company registered in California and Nevada, USA. LSP is the biggest

promoter in the country of the use of state-of-the-art portable fuel cell electric systems that address base energy needs, especially of isolated areas. “O ur vision for t he Philippines is to transition 30 percent of our electric generation to RE and reduce our power cost per kilowatt hour (kWh) by 30 percent by the year 2020,” Mr. Mendoza said. “Our goal is to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. Currently most of our electrical power is generated by coal-burning, diesel generators, natural gas, geothermal and hydroelectric power plants.” Lim Solar Philippines,

which is also chaired by Mendoza, has ongoing solar integration and development projects with De La Salle Un i v e r s i t y, S u b i c B a y Metropolitan Authority a n d C a mp Ag u i n a l d o. Another affiliate, Lorenzana Energy International has ongoing solar integration and development projects in Malaysia, Hawaii, Guam, California and Nevada. “Solar energy as well as other renewable energy sources is very appropriate for Mindanao if we look at the long term and the impact of climate change, which exacerbates natural phenomenon such as typhoons energy/PAGE 11

Mindanao industries turn to solar energy By Mike Baños

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY With the primary source of its power mix compromised by climate change, two industries in one of the regions in Mindanao hardest hit by the perennial energy shortage are turning to solar energy. Cargill Oil Mills Philippines Inc., one of the top 20 companies operating in G eneral Santos City, recently visited the only gridconnected solar energy plant in the country in this city for a first-hand look at what it hopes would someday soon be its main source of energy. “We are putting up a 2.3 megawatt (MW) solar power plant for our copra c r u s h i n g p l a nt i n B g y. Tambler as our first option given the lengthy brownouts

we’ve been experiencing through the years as a result of the power shortage,” said Ruther S. Baroy, senior plant manager. “At present, we are sourcing our power from the South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative (Socoteco II) with our back-up diesel generator as a second option.” However, Mr. Baroy said the extended brownouts in Gensan have forced them to increasingly operate their back-up genset which is prohibitively expensive and greatly degrades the price competitiveness of their crude coconut oil product. This, despite the plant’s consistent operations at one of the highest utilization rates in the industry using the mechanical, full press oil extraction technology.

Provided its copra raw material is available, Mr. Baroy said Cargill runs the 700,000MT capacity plant 24/7. Another industrial plant which is considering solar energy as a viable main option for its power needs is the Japanese-owned Nakayama Technology Corporation in nearby Davao del Sur. The plant employs 1,010 workers at its seven hectare plant site in Bgy. Cogon, Digos City, Its siding board factory and has a capacity of 1,500 granite wall panels daily. It also manufactures brick tiles made from indigenous materials. “We are in talks to construct a 1.6MW solar plant for their factory,” said Amado V. Santos, vice president-marketing, S cintillant C or p oration,

distributor of Enfinity Philippines Renewable Resources Inc. (EPRRI). EPRRI, the local arm of Belgian renewable energy d e vel op e r E n f i n it y, has committed to push through with its planned solar power portfolio in the Philippines despite the low feed-intariff (FiT) rate granted for solar power generation, said Santiago S. Navarro, managing consultant/deputy general manager, enfinity Philippines Technology Services Inc. Enfinity is the world’s 6th largest solar developer with annual revenues of 500-million euro and projects with a combined capacity of 500MW as of 2012. It plans to roll out a 500MW solar power portfolio in the Philippines over the next

3-5 years. It has 11 sites under development mainly in the National Power Corporation’s Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) in various islands in Mindanao. Data from the Department of Energy show the 11 projects total 53MW with four small (1-2MW) projects in Luzon, 21MW in Cebu City and the nearby Mactan Export Processing Zone, and five small projects in Zamboanga City, Sultan Kudarat, Tawi-Tawi and Surigao del Norte. “ The other Mindanao projects are for SPUG areas. We are awaiting DOE/NPC circular as to how we are going to be paid, and then we can begin the projects,” Mr. Navarro said. “We are going to all areas approved for us

by DOE including far-away regardless of perceived security concerns.” Enfinity has two service contracts, 50-MW Clark Freeport Zone solar power project in Mabalacat, Pampanga; and the 30-MW Cavite Export Zone solar power project in Rosario, Cavite. “A third DOE ser vice contract has been awarded to us: 20 MW in Digos, Davao del Sur,” he said. “It’s in same category as Clark (50MW) and Cavite Peza (30MW). These were predevelopment contracts awarded to us by DOE in pursuit of the FiT projects. As you know, DOE has now “converted” these to first come- first serve, but we are still continuing with our efforts.”

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By Mike Baños

The Philippine Eagle became the Philippine’s National Bird when then Pres. Fidel Ramos issued Proclamation No. 615 on July 4, 1995. We set aside the Maya (Monchura malacca jagori) as our national bird. One of the 24 critically endangered species in the country, the Philippine Eagle is the second largest in the world, averaging about a meter in length with a wingspan of two meters. As such, it is protected under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources and Protection Act of 2001 such that the harming, killing or mere possession of one is punishable by 6-10 years imprisonment or a fine of P100, 000-P1 million. But since the law was enacted, no one has been punished for harming or killing a Philippine Eagle, although awareness has helped bail out those who fell into trouble, like the Eaglet recently caught in Cagayan de Oro suffering from some pellet shot wounds. Due to the dwindling forests in Southern

Mindanao, the raptors have been migrating to greener forests. One eagle requires 60-80 square kilometers territory to sustain itself, so the estimated 180 surviving eagles would need 10,800 to 14,400 square kilometers territory, or 13-17% of Central Mindanao’s remaining virgin forests. S o by t h e s i mp l e arithmetic of attrition, we’ll very soon have the dubious distinction of having a dinosaur as our national bird, ergo the Philippine Eagle is a dead duck. Let’s look further at the math of maintaining a single raptor: 60-80 square kilometers? How many barangays, towns or cities have that large an area? Or consider how much former Vice President Noli de Castro spent to nurture Kabayan, only to have it electrocuted at

an electric post in Mount Apo National Park. Let’s hope that’s not an omen because most everyone in the media industry from which VP Kabayan comes from knows what ‘nakuryente’ means. Now, unless we want to have a dead duck, er dead bird as a national symbol, maybe the sitting Boss Tsip can consider bringing back the ubiquitous Maya as our national bird. The very reasons why Fidel Ramos chose to replace the Maya as the Philippine Eagle smacks of the Pinoy’s unfortunate penchant to ape things Western, or American for that matter. Tabako thought the Haribon the better of the Bald Eagle of the U.S. of A, but failed to see the virtues of the lowly maya which are more reflective of the Pinoy’s virtues and strengths as a people. Without necessarily drawing a parallel between their relative sizes, hopefully it would be easy for the sitting president to recognize how between Maya and Eagle, the former

is easily the winner of the two, and hence worthy of all the extra column inches and airing minutes media can spare to trumpet its winning attributes worthy of emulation by all Pinoys during these troubled times: T h e p u n y rice

bird is a s u r v i v o r, able to weather man’s depredations o n i t s environment far better than the vanishing Philippine Eagle which needs an inordinately wide forest stand to sustain a small population. Certainly, the latter’s lifestyle has no place in a world reeling from global warming as a result of the wanton

consumerism espoused by the glutton economies of the so-called G-7 which account for a mere fraction of the world’s populace, yet consume over ninety percent of its resources. Though small, the Maya is hardy yet ever merry in the company of his kind; surviving in the forest, mines, cities and highways of men where the solitary E a g l e s an d Falcons find

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certain destruction. I have no qu ar rel with the fight to save the Philippine Eagle from extinction. Friends tell me it perches on top of a food chain which may snap here and there if and when it vanishes. But national symbol for Pinoys it definitely is not. That distinction b elongs to the Maya because it is a national symbol that truly befits the Filipino and is a faithful reflection of his creed and ideals, and not a pathetic copycat of a former colonial master.


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Rodriguez to PNoy, Hotchkiss:

‘Resolve all issues’ before opening Laguindingan Airport By BONG D. FABE

REELECTIONIST Rep. Rufus Rodriguez has, once again, urged President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III and Lt. Gen. William K. Hotchkiss (retired) to first “resolved all issues” surrounding the international-standard Laguindingan Airport before opening it as scheduled on June 15. In a letter to the President, Rodriguez raised for the nt h t i me t he i s s u e of passenger safety for his vehement opposition to the opening of the airport, even if the Depar tment of Tr a n sp or t at ion a nd Communications (DOTC) already moved its opening to June 15 instead of April 30 as scheduled by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). “While I understand and agree with His Excellency t hat t here is a need to open the Airport as soon as possible, I believe that we should not sacrifice the safety of our passengers just because the warranty period of the contractor will start running,” he said. During t he Ma rch 15 meeting of Regiona l Development Council-X Special Committee on the L a g u i nd i n g a n A i r p or t Development Project, one of the main reasons cited for the “premature and haphazard” opening of the airport, as the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Fou nd at ion, I nc . (O ro Chamber) described it, is that the “installed facilities’ one-year warranty will start countdown upon the official turnover by the contractor, Hanjin, to the Philippine

government on April 15.” “On the matter of the warranty, we implore you to help us extend the warranty period to the date when the Laguindingan Airport has already completed the insta llation and testing of t he a i r nav igat iona l facilities. Hanjin’s works actually interfaces with the completion of the ANSSF [Air Navigational System and Support Facilities] such as the duct banks and the testing and commissioning of equipment installed in the buildings. A year of extended warranty will coincide with the total operation, at full capacity, of the airport thus ensuring public safety and efficient ground operations,” the Chamber said in its own letter to the President last March. Rodriguez also said in a separate letter to Hotchkiss, director general of the CAAP, that the airport “ is not equipped with the proper navigational aids that will allow night time flights.” “Fourteen (14) f lights will be cancelled because of the lack of night time landing Iights, which will lead to economic dislocation of the business community here. Another concern is the incomplete infrastructure suppor t of t he a ir por t.

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Yet another concern is the alleged lack of power for the Airport. It is estimated that the Laguindingan Airport needs at least 4MW to be able to operate all the necessary airport facilities but only 2MW are available to the Airport,” he said. “In view of this, may I request t hat t he Civ il Aviation Authority of the

HALF-FINISHED. The terminal of Laguindingan Airport in the town of Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental on September 25, 2012. Called the gateway to Northern Mindanao, the airport is still unfinished after more than 20 years. Officials said the airport will be ready in first half of this year. mindanews photo by froilan gallardo

Philippines (CAAP) look into these concerns and

recommend the opening of the Airport only when all

the issues are resolved,” he added.

Poll official appeals for calm among candidates, supporters in GenSan By Allen V. Estabillo

GENERAL SANTOS CIT Y (Mind aNe ws/10 May) – An election official here appealed to local candidates and their supporters to remain calm and abide by their signed peace covenants even as the official campaigning finally winds up on Saturday. Lawyer Marlon C a s qu e j o, a c t i ng c it y

election of f icer, made the appeal on Friday as the city’s main political camps continued to accuse each other of committing election-related violations and irregularities, heating up the already tense political scene in the area. He reminded candidates that they have sworn in their peace covenants to

At least, 32 former overseas Filipino workers received cheques worth 10,000 each as livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment intended for those who failed to complete their contracts abroad. DOLE 10 regional director Atty. Johnson Cañete (3rd from Right) joined them in this photo for posterity during the Labor Day celebration and Job Fair, May 1, 2013, at SM City Carpark, Cagayan de Oro City. The Job Fair resulted in the following: Total number of registrants - 2184; Qualify job applicants – 1589; Referred to TESDA for skills improvement – 218; Total registered interviews – 1192; Hired on the spot – 225; Scheduled for interview – 614; Local Vacancies – 3514. text and photo by karen mae e . liñan , liceo university intern

pursue honest, orderly and peaceful campaigning as well as not to resort to “dirty tactics.” “Sana panindigan natin ang pinirmahang peace covenants (I hope you’ll honor the peace covenants that you signed),” Casquejo said. O n We d n e s d a y afternoon, stalwarts of the administrationb acke d L ib era l Par t yAchievers with Integrity Movement (LP-AIM) filed a complaint before the city prosecutor’s office for violation of the Omnibus Election Code against 10 supporters of rival People’s Champ Movement-United Nationalist Alliance (PCM-UNA) slate over the alleged destruction of their campaign posters. The filing of the c omp l a i nt c a m e a f t e r police authorities arrested a group of PCM supporters on Tuesday night while hauling some 52 sacks of torn LP-AIM campaign posters aboard two vehicles at a p or tion of Purok Guadalupe in Barangay Conel here. Named respondents in the complaint were the two drivers and their eight helpers, who are presently detained at the city police headquar ters at C amp Fermin Lira here. The vehicles, which

carried posters of Sarangani Rep. Emannuel Pacquiao’s younger brother Rogelio, were owned by the congressman’s chief of staff Michael Bren Evangelio. The younger Pacquiao is PCM-UNA’s candidate for the first congressional dist r ic t s e at of S out h Cotabato province. PCM-UNA repeatedly denied any hand in the i n c i d e nt a n d i n s t e a d released a video taken by mobile phone that showed reelectionist Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio of LPAIM releasing goats and agricultural inputs to some residents. But Custodio said there was not hing ir regu lar with her presence in the activity as she was just there supposedly through an invitation from the Department of Agriculture. Casquejo said the respondents in the c ompl ai nt m i g ht f a c e possible charges for violation of the Omnibus Election Code and Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Election Act. Article 10, Section 83 of the election code prohibits the removal, destruction or defacement of lawful election propaganda. “The removal of any election propaganda without appeals/PAGE 11

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First NBA Café in Asia to open in the Philippines - NBA Café will be managed and operated by Hoopla Inc. and located in new SM AURA Mall in Manila MANILA, PHILIPPINES, MAY 6, 2013 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Hoopla Inc. today announced that the first-ever NBA Café in Asia will be coming to Manila, Philippines, at the soon-to-open SM AURA Mall in the Bonifacio Global City. Scheduled to open in September 2013, the NBA Café will feature a unique dining and entertainment experience that captures the excitement of the league through memorabilia displays, NBA highlights and prog ramming , an NBA retail area, and will host viewing parties and appearances by NBA talent. At the NBA Café, fans will enjoy quintessentially American bar and grill favorites and a selection of Asian-Filipino classics, giving it a local twist. It is the f irst sp or ts bar and restaurant in Manila catering specifically to basketball fanatics and enthusiasts, in a nation where 40 million people play or have played the game. T h i s i s t h e s e c on d league-owned restaurant set to open outside the U.S.; an NBA Café also is planned for Madrid in 2013. NBA City, the l e a g u e’s f i r s t t h e m e d restaurant, opened in 1999 at the Universal Studios Resort in Orlando. “B aske t b a l l fans i n the countr y now have a place dedicated and designed specifically for them,” said Nian Rigor, Assistant Vice President, Hoopla Inc. “NBA Café will provide them a taste of the authentic NBA experience that they can share with family and friends, complete with great food, custom-made NBA Café Manila merchandise and the finest in basketball entertainment. This stays in line with our goal to bring new experiences and concepts to Filipinos.” “The NBA Café will be a unique destination t h a t w i l l b r i n g N BA

basketball closer to our fans in the Philippines,” said Carlo Singson, NBA Country Manager, Philippines. “Given their vast knowledge in the food and entertainment industry, Hoopla is an ideal partner to bring the NBA Café to life and to provide fans another authentic NBA experience.” NBA Legend Muggsy Bogues, who was in Manila for the finale of the fourm o n t h l o n g Jr. N BA program, made a special stop at the site, conducting a hard hat inspection with NBA executives to monitor the progress of the NBA Café (see photo caption). “This is my first time in the Philippines and I’m overwhelmed by the passion the people have for basketball here,” said N BA L e g e n d Mu g g s y Bogues, who at 5-3 is the shortest player ever to play in the NBA. “More than a restaurant, the NBA Café will be a destination where fans here can watch games in an entertaining atmosphere that captures the history and excitement of the NBA.” T h e N BA r e c e n t l y a n n o u n c e d a c omprehe ns ive g l ob a l games schedule that will include a total of eight games in six countries this October, including the first ever preseason game in the Philippines. In addition, each year the NBA conducts local events in the Philippines, including the Jr. NBA youth development program, which has reached more t han 60,000 student s , parents and coaches over the past five years, and NBA 3X, the league’s global basketball competition

The first NBA Café in Asia will open in the Philippines later this year at SM Aura, the new shopping mall set to rise at the Bonifacio Global Center in Taguig soon. NBA Café is a full-service, basketball-themed restaurant and bar where NBA fans and basketball enthusiasts can have a fun dining experience inside a veritable NBA fan’s heaven. There are authentic NBA memorabilia, lots of TV screens for watching basketball, NBA décor everywhere, a sports lovers’ menu offering an uncompromised NBA atmosphere.. “NBA Café will give local basketball fans, their families and friends an authentic NBA experience complete with great food and lots of basketball entertainment. “Our goal is to introduce new concepts and experiences to Filipinos,” said Nian Rigor, Assistant Vice President of Hoopla Inc. NBA Legend Muggsy Bogues, famously known as the NBA’s shortest player ever at 5’3”, visited the site of the future NBA Café along with NBA Asia staff and Hoopla Inc. officials, franchise owners of NBA Café to toast the future. Above (from left), NBA staff Francesco Suarez, Vice President for Business Development & Marketing Partnerships, NBA Asia; Carlo Singson, NBA Asia Country Manager-Philippines; Scott Levy, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, NBA Asia; NBA Legend Muggsy Bogues; Vicente Cheng, Chairman, Hoopla Inc.; Nian Rigor; Chico Sy of SM Engineering Design and Development; and Steven Tan, Vice President for Operations, SM Premier Malls celebrate their partnership with a champagne toast.

and lifestyle event which will be conducted in 14 countries outside the US this summer. About the NBA The NBA is a global sports and media business bui lt around three professional sports l e a g u e s : t h e Nat i on a l Basketball Association, t he Women’s Nationa l Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League. The league has established a major international presence with games and programming i n 2 1 5 c ou nt r i e s a n d territories in 47 languages and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries

on 6 continents. NBA rosters currently feature 85 international players from 36 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, which is available in more than 61 million U.S. homes, an d N BA . c om , w h i c h averages more than 42 million page views per day, more than half of which originate from outside of North America. The NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league on social media, with more than 380 million likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league and its teams and p l ay e r s h av e d on at e d

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s of this writing, the candidates are still in their last minute frenzy to win the I n Focus voters. And, there may be a few By Dr. Mary Jean Loreche of them experiencing a panic attack. It is said that at least 20% of the general population experience a panic attack in their entire adulthood. Which means, this is not something that is uncommon at all. Just a few weeks back, a very good friend of mine, called me up so early in the morning, crying and very distraught. She felt like she couldn’t move her body and even the very thought of taking a bath scares her. A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear, that is often unexpected, and can happen anytime, anywhere. It affects women more than men, and the average age of incidence is said to be between 15-19 years of age. Patients that usually come to medical attention are those in the 40 to 50’s. People who have a family history, like a sibling, a parent, or a relative diagnosed to have a panic attack, is more likely to experience it. In the presence of significant stress like death or illness of a loved one ( which is true to this particular friend of mine, recent death of her husband, and father in a span of 4 months ), or, when there is a major life changing event ( like having a baby or loss of a job ), history of sexual abuse or trauma, one is more prone to experiencing panic attack. It is important to understand that a single episode is more of a panic attack. But, when the attack happens several times over an extended period of time, then, it becomes a disorder. Differentiating one from the other may have bearing in terms of treatment choice and duration. Remember that a panic attack or disorder can impact one’s quality of life. Imagine one who fears even the act of bathing, or riding an elevator, develops specific phobias, which becomes a cycle and this in turns can hamper one’s day to day activities. A person experiencing an attack would feel like there is an impending doom, often described as something bad is about to happen! There is that pounding or racing heart beat, chest pains, light headedness, nausea, which are actually sometimes misdiagnosed as a heart attack. loreche/PAGE 7


Poverty and Internal migration

he recent poverty statistics which showed that the poverty figures are unchanged reflects the hard data on the ground. Given the phenomenon of internal migration in the different cities such as Cagayan de Oro, the burden of inequity remains. However, some positive trends have emerged. There are several factors that trigger migration. The first factor is food shortage in the outlying regions. The drop in agricultural production in the key staples like rice and corn brings this about. Climate change issues has severely affected the rice and corn harvest. The second factor is the unemployment dilemma that is characterized by the absence of job vacancies in the provinces. Since most of the businesses located there are familyowned, the available jobs are offered only to relatives. This situation leads to long-term unemployment, e.g., people are out of job for a period of one or two years. The third factor is the situation of weak and domestic markets; in the provinces there are few buyers of products and services. The fourth factor is the unstable family income. Since the production of agricultural crops is uncertain and the job market is almost nil except for government employment, the family income is subject to severe fluctuations. Hence, family members have to forego even the basic three square meals a day and bear constant hunger. The fifth factor is the limited educational facilities for the children. There are few public schools in the province. The sixth factor is the inflationary pressures in the province. The high cost of freight and the state of bad


roads in the barangay level make it more expensive to B uttresses transport food and other By Amparo Pamela Fabe items to the rural areas. All these factors converge and influence the family to move in Cagayan de Oro City in search of solutions to solve their dilemma. The migrant families have access to a new set of services. First, they have a constant access to ample food supply. The public markets offer a variety of food commodities. Second, the family has a constant access to regular employment even if majority of these are in the form of non-formal employment. The father and the mother work and, in very few cases, the children also work. Third, the family enjoys a new setting and a new environment. They have access to video games, movie houses, computer games and internet service. Fourth, they have a stable family income. Local ordinance imposes a minimum wage condition on business employing workers. The compensation in non-formal work is equivalent to two-thirds of the minimum wage, which can already support a minimum lifestyle. Those engaged in selling, since they face a bigger consumer market, have a higher income. Fifth, the children of migrants families are able to go to school since there are many public schools in the city. Sixth, the low inflation rate in the city enables families to plan their family expenditure well, and to buy things as they need these.

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e need to generate jobs” -- is a priority we need to attend you and at once! No amount of credit up-grades and economic data together with the stock market will help improve the lives of the poor. Similar to the main issues facing America, we too require the creation of jobs and this we can only achieve thru Foreign Direct Investments/FDI or the rich in this country to invest their billions in generating more jobs other than sheer aggregates of monies in bank. While we cannot force the rich towards nation building we can at least attract FDI’s. We require starting up manufacturing once again to employ large numbers of people but how are we to achieve this if the rich and powerful sitting on our power plants and its distribution charge exorbitant fees. High utility costs will discourage manufacturing. With political will this may be possible but will the “haciendero” even consider this? Our institutions are unstable and degenerating to date. Our courts are feeble with the authorities overpowering its very existence. Our democracy is in trouble with the oppression of the


majority. The educational institutions B randing are weak with the population By Harry Tambuatco refusing to slow down. Our politics are inconsistent with nation building other than funds pocketed by the oligarchs. The elections are in trouble with an integrity that is shaky. Are we on the road to perdition? The gullibility of the masses and the directions media has taken will only worsen the situation. The rich is getting disgustingly richer while the poor simply forgotten. There is a need to save the country and our savior has to rise now, not in three years. It will require strong political will to reverse the trends now consuming the country with our institutions disintegrating. Tambuatco/PAGE 7

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We used to get these kind of patients rushed to the emergency room at the middle of the night and it would do well to examine them thoroughly and still perform basic laboratory tests like an ECG, in order to rule out the more serious problem which is life threatening like that of a heart attack. Other symptoms may include stomach upset, difficulty of breathing, numbness or tingling of the extremities, hot flushes and even trembling. It is a MUST, that, once a patient is diagnosed as such, that, he/she is not only assured ( reassurance is sometimes not enough for them ), but, that necessary diagnostics ( only the basic tests will do- in order to be cost effective too ), to rule out other medical conditions , is performed. It would help the patient, if he/ she is allowed to acknowledge their fears, and the intensity of the symptoms, and making them understand that what they may be going through is not life threatening. Drugs or cognitive behaviour therapy, singly or in combination would be the treatment of choice for panic attacks. If one were at risk for this particular illness, it is a good thing to know that there are a few things one can do, in order to minimize or prevent its occurrence, like, avoidance of alcohol, illicit drugs. Exercise or keeping one’s self physically active, or even doing meditation like yoga

exercises, and refraining from caffeinated drinks and having a good night’s rest, can be beneficial to one who would want to give a GO to that wonderful life!

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On CNN, we are treated to interviews of how emerging the state of the nation is by the suits that assess the situation with their banks operating in the country. But the people feel no less inspired other than the cost of food and water rising to unaffordable levels. Incompetent managers at the helm for public service has frustrated the needs of the people -- be it for the most basic if not for redress. Labor Day has come and gone with more promises for studying the issues as promoted. The sincerity of our president is not questioned but the strategic management of government offices are left wanting. We are in dire need for action now! Let us see the infrastructure build-up now. Let us employ millions with the FDI’s for manufacturing other than the promises made. Let us spend the savings to employ the jobless. Let us improve our food security and utilize our natural resources. While improving tax collection… Let us eradicate incompetence in the government bureaus. Let us eradicate dynasties forever.



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Political suicide with Laguindingan Is the Aquino administration hell bent on having its chosen candidates in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental clobbered during the mid-term elections next week? That’s the impression we get from the growing list of miscues which have been coming through us from PNoy’s cordon sanitaire who pass themselves off as his advisers with regards to the Laguindingan Airport. First: there was this decision to prematurely open it on April 30 (since moved to June 15) even before its safety and navigational equipment have been installed and commissioned. The scuttlebutt from the Palace says the national interest calls for the people of Region X to sacrifice by having half of its current number of flights cancelled and the region’s economy shot to hell in the interest of relieving the congestion at NAIA. Here’s how the convoluted logic behind this goes: by moving civil aviation and fish cars to Subic, and the Philippine Air Force’s (now station in Subic) 15th Strike Wing to Lumbia, and thence commercial aviation to Laguindingan, Region X would have saved the day for the entire nation by declogging domestic air traffic at NAIA. Hello? Are the people of Region X so expendable that air commuters’ lives can be placed on the line by limiting airline pilots to Visual Flight Rules (VFR, meaning no instruments to guide them in) when taking off and landing in Laguindingan? Similarly, with the 50 percent slash in the number of existing flights to Lumbia, are Region X’s people sacrificial lamns to take the brunt of the economic backlash arising from this? Recall how PNoy’s Liberal Party flag bearers in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro are in for the fight of their lives against an entrenched political dynasty who’s already held sway in the province and the city for over two decades. Ramming unpopular decisions down voters’ throats especially when it concerns their personal safety and household income sure at this time doesn’t sound like such a good idea. Or is PNoy just doing this for spite for finishing a far second to Erap during the last elections in these two areas, and never mind if it was a very respectable second place thanks to civil society groups who answered the challenge to campaign in his behalf despite receiving practcally zero finances and logistics from the LP and spending their own funds to campaign for him in the face of the well-funded Erap campaign financed by the presumptive president-to-be? As if turning a deaf ear to the Regional Development Council-X (headed by LP stalwart and Iligan Mayor Lawrence Cruz, no less) and civil society groups wasn’t enough, the latest word from the Department of Transportation and



Communications is that the ammer bidding for the privatization and A nvil of its Laguindingan’s airport By Mike Baños and maintenance (O & M) would now be put on hold since it hasn’t established its traffic patterns yet. This, despite Laguindingan already surpassing its design capacity of 1.6 million passengers for 2012 with 1.622 million passengers in Lumbia airport last year which it’s designed to replace. Bidders ostensibly need the figure to properly couch their bids. However, three of the country’s leading conglomerates having already expressed their interest to operate it. We have no idea what further traffic patterns DOTC expects from Laguindingan. One doesn’t have to look further than how the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) now operates Lumbia airport: overcharging taxis and favored operators, dirty and inoperable toilets, inadequate space and sitting in the pre-departure area, no security for arriving passengers luggage, to name a few, to appreciate why business organizations like the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Region X (PCCI-X) and RDC-X doesn’t want the CAAP to operate Laguindingan airport. Consider further, how DOTC Usec. Jose Perpetou Lotilla explained the reason for the deferment of the O&M privation is that the installation, testing and commissioning of an Air Navigation System, Aeronautical Ground Lighting and Control System, Substation High Voltage and Low Voltage Electrical Equipment for Laguindingan airport’s night and inclement weather operations affects the government’s timeline in bidding out the operation and maintenance contracts. Hello? Usec. Lotilla, excuse us sir, but do you mean to say you can postpone the bidding for the O&M contract because these facilities are not ready yet in the same breath allow airliners full of passengers to land on it already? Mas importante po ba iyong pera kaysa sa buhay ng mga tao? Someone better get the word to PNoy how he is alienating more voters daily from his chosen LP standard bearers before he gets the surprise of his life when the counting starts. The Aquino magic may work in other areas, but the brouhaha raised by all the wrong moves about Laguindingan could be the straw that broke the camel’s back for LP candidates in Region X.

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DANIELE BUGLINO and MEI LYNN TIMBAL-BUGLINO, Petitioners. x- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -/ ORDER Petitioners, through counsel, allege that they are all of legal ages and residing at Yumbing, Mambajao, Camiguin. Husband-petitioner, an Italian National and wifepetitioner a Filipino Citizen got married last July 2, 2012. Petitioners seek to adopt Kathren Joy Timbal, a 9 years old-minor child who was born on July 17, 2003. Kathren Joy is the illegitimate daughter of wife-petitioner having given birth without the benefit of marriage with her live-in partner Virgilio R. Sugue, Jr.. The consent of the child’s biological father who is nowhere to be found cannot be had because he abandoned the child since infancy up to the present, without any information whether he is still alive. Petitioners possess all the qualifications and none of the disqualifications to adopt. Petitioners also seek to correct the middle maiden name of the mother of the child to be adopted which is erroneously recorded as “Torillo” when it should be “Tadina” in her Certificate of Live Birth. The petition for adoption being sufficient in form and substance, is hereby set for hearing in this Court’s Session Hall, at Lakas, Mambajao, Camiguin on July 24, 2013 to start at 8:30 o’clock in the morning. The correction of entry in the child’s Certificate of Live Birth, however is hereby not given due course for lack of jurisdiction. Let copy of the petition and of this Order be furnished the Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Region X, Cagayan de Oro City, for the preparation and confirmation of the child and home study reports and submit the same before the date of hearing as well as to conduct counseling sessions with the natural parents on the matter of adoption of the adoptee and accordingly submit a report therein before the date of hearing; and another copy of the petition and of this Order be furnished the Office of the Solicitor General, the Provincial Prosecutor of Camiguin, the Local Civil Registrar of Mambajao, Camiguin, the Local Civil Registrar of Makati City and the biological parents for any step they may deem best and proper to take in this Petition. Let copy of this Order be published at petitioners’ expense once a week for three successive weeks before the scheduled hearing in any newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Camiguin. Any person or entity opposed to the petition in this case may file written opposition at any reasonable time before the scheduled hearing and personally appear during the hearing to show cause why the petition shall not be granted. SO ORDERED. Done in Mambajao, Camiguin, this 19th day of April 2013. (SGD.) RUSTICO D. PADERANGA Judge

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ne of the most important questions we ask each individual as financial programming consultants goes like this: “Why do you strive hard to work and earn money each day? What is it all for?” In short, what drives and motivates you to do so? Questions like this often stir up our inner philosophical musings. The world does not require you to have to get up and do work for the day, it’s a requirement you set for yourself ! And it’s a personal decision whether you do so or not. But by not doing so, what does it mean? What effect will it have on your daily grind? It has been said that for us to have enough reason to seek and to do the “how to’s,” we should know and understand the “why’s” first. Apart from many other alternatives, there is one common answer almost all individuals have to this question. And that is “retirement.” Whether somebody is tied up with a family or not, everybody seems to like being able to retire in comfort someday! But what does “retirement” really mean for you? Different people have varied concepts of being “retired.” But for purposes of brevity, and to limit our discourse strictly within the confines of its financial aspects, retirement could perhaps best be defined as “that stage of your life where you are not obliged to strive hard to earn your keep, because you can live assured having enough monetary buffer to back you up indefinitely even for the rest of your lifetime.” The great business philosopher Jim Rohn says it with distinction: “Do what you have to as quick as you can, so you can do what you want to as long as you can.” For most, retirement usually “comes” at age 60 or 65. But for all, what is most empowering is to understand that “retirement” is something that either comes by

choice or by force! When it comes to making personal THE choices, some people would Financial D octor By Adonis Agcopra like to be able to retire “early” so they would be able to enjoy doing what they want to for the rest of their lives without the constraint of being forced to work just to pay for the bills and make ends meet. Nevertheless, it would do you best to consider one very important aspect by asking: “What if it comes by force?” You retire by force if even though you may have the will to get up and work, yet you don’t any more have enough strength do so. Like company vehicles as physical business assets, our bodies do surrender to obsolescence. Whether you like it or not, illness and disability at times rears its ugly head somewhere. Oftentimes, a little tinkering here and there might do the trick. But there comes a point in time that replacement is the most cost-effective option, and you become a non-performing asset. Time will take its toll, whether you face reality or not. What makes the difference is how prepared you are. Whether you retire by choice or by force, make it your decision to retire in comfort. Start preparing now! ---- (Dr. Adonis Agcopra, MBA, CIS, RFC® is with the IARFC and is portfolio director of AFIC Meridian Consultants. URL: www.aficfinancialconsultants. com. Email:

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Comelec assures functioning PCOS, but worries on ‘human intervention’ MisOr Prov’l Comelec Officer says Comelec 99.9% ready for May 13 polls By CHENG ORDONEZ, NewsCon Director

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the Province of Misamis Oriental has assured 99.9 percent preparedness for Monday, May 13 polls, even as its top provincial official ensured a functioning precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, following earlier reports that 36 PCOS machines distributed in various areas in Mindanao were found to be defective. Misamis Oriental provincial Comelec officer Atty. Cirilo Nala, Jr. said the remaining percentage was left to “unforeseen events” that could disrupt the regular conduct of the elections. Atty. Nala was the guest during last Friday’s BusinessWeek Mindanao News Conference (NewsCon) at the BWM Media Center, at Tanleh Building, Abellanosa Street, Consolacion, Cagayan de Oro City. He said out of 36 defective PCOS machines, 16 were repaired and delivered to respective precincts of assign-

ments while replacement PCOS machines have also been readied, as part of the contingency measures of the Comelec and other agencies involved in the elections. “There is nothing to worry about the PCOS machines. What I’m worried is on the human intervention,” Atty. Nala said. “That is what we should prevent from occurring,” he said, referring to manipulation by unscrupulous individuals who may be out to tamper with the results of the elections. Atty. Nala said Comelec has also organ-


ized the Rapid Deployment Force to respond to emergencies. “We have called for a joint command conference after the ambush in Gingoog, involving Mayor (Ruth) Guingona. Part of the many things discussed was the revised PNP (Philippine National Police) plan and the entry of 480 ele-

ments of the Philippine Marines.” Atty. Nala disclosed. Since Thursday (May 9), as planned, soldiers belonging to the Philippine Marines and Philippine Army were already deployed to be part of the security plan while the Philippine National Police have been taking charged of far-

flung barangays of Cagayan de Oro, Atty. Nala said. “We have already studied how the candidates will try to outwit each other. Ours is to guarantee that elections will push through without disruption” from the candidates themselves, by other groups or forces, said Nala. “We make sure that PCOS machines will electronically function. Final testing and sealing (FTS) had been done and we had sufficient time to repair or replace them. Technical people from Manila were here to look after the PCOS machines,” he assured. As this developed, Atty. Nala said that Province of Misamis Oriental has eight Areas

of Immediate Concern to look after, consisting of seven towns and one city. These are Claveria, Balingasag, Lagonglong, Magsaysay, Medina, Kinoguitan, Salay and Gingoog City, where three PCOS machines had also been reported to have malfunctioned during the testing but had been restored already. In Manila, both the Comelec and Smartmatic have expressed confidence the results of the May 13 midterm elections will be okay despite glitches in the FTS. Glitches in the FTS included paper jams and LCD screens mal-functioning, but the Comelec has assured more replacement machines are available with a total of over 2,000. The Comelec has distributed 3,740 PCOS machines to various polling places in Northern Mindanao for the May 13 elections, namely, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental, and the two cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan City, plus the seven composite cities of El Salvador, Gingoog, Malaybalay, Oroquieta, Ozamis, Tangug and Valencia.


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FIBECO assures consumers enough power supply By Mildred Borbon Torrejas

The First Bu k idnon Electric Cooperative (FIBECO) told media that the province of Bukidnon will not likely to experience rot at i ng brow nouts a s what Zamboanga City is experiencing. Engr. Renato Cortezano, General Ma nager FIBECO sa id that 2010 up to present, even though Mindanao

has an unexpected power situat ion, FIBECO has enough power supply. This is due to FIBECO’s Planned for Power supply which started five years ago and that the typical w o r k i n g g r ou p s h ave gathered together with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Nuclear Energ y Agenc y (N E A) and did try to figure out

the power requirements for the next few years for FIBECO to be ready in cases like power shortages, Cortezano said. “We created a yearly forecasting in generating possible supplies to m it igate f ut u re power crisis,” he added. Lu z on a nd Vi s ay a s a re a l ready con nec ted v ia subma rine cable,

while Mindanao has no connection facilities or transmission line. I n t h e y e a r 2 01 2 , rotating brownouts were rampant in different areas of Minda nao in which some prov i nces have power interruption which lasted up to eight hours. Cor teza no f ur t her e mph a si z e d t he y w i l l not wait for the potential

problem to occur; instead, they formulated a long term plan good for five to ten years. FIBECO a lso has a Sit io a nd B a r a n g ay

Electrification Program project t hat a llows t he consumers to avail priv i leges such as f ree meter, free duplex and free house wiring connection.

FIBECO - General Manager Engr. Renato S. Cortezano

FIBECO - Dir. Felix G. Vergara, Jr.

FIBECO employee & Media group of Bukidnon Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Branch 18 Cagayan de Oro City








-versusTHE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF KAPATAGAN, LDN, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, Respondent. x--------------------------------------------/


SPS. EDWIN L. VILLAMOR and BERLINA P. VILLAMOR Mortgagors. X- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -/

ORDER A verified petition for Correction of Entry in the Birth record of Japhet Pasco Mancao in the Local Civil Registry of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, was filed by petitioner Japhet Pasco Mancao on June 4, 2012, praying this Honorable Court that after due notice, publication and hearing, judgment shall issue by ordering the Local Civil Registrar of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte to: 1. CANCEL the entry “FEMALE” as found in the space for sex in the birth certificate of JAPHET PASCO MANCAO, and the correct one be made and enterd as “MALE”; 2. Issue a new and corrected birth certificate; and 3) FORWARD a copy of the corrected birth certificate of the said JAPHET PASCO MANCAO to the National Statistics Office (NSO). The verified petition being sufficient both in form and substance, the same is hereby set for initial hearing to June 07,2013 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at the session hall of this court. Let this order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the province of Lanao del Norte once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner. The Local Civil Registrar of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, and any person who has an interest in the petition may file his/her opposition thereto within fifteen (15) days from notice of this petition or from the last day of publication of this order. Further, let this Order be posted for fifteen (15) consecutive days prior to the date of hearing on the bulletin board of the Municipal Hall of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte; on the bulletin board of barangay Margos, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte where the petitioner is residing, and on the bulletin board of this court. The petitioner is directed to notify this Court of the publication of this order three (3) days before the scheduled hearing date. Furnish copy of this Order to the Solicitor General, Makati City, the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Lanao del Norte, the Local Civil Registrar of Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte; Atty. Markson E. Divino, PAO Office, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte and Japhet E. Mancao, Purok 2, Margos, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte. SO ORDERED. April 19, 2013. Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte. (SGD.) ALBERTO P. QUINTO Acting Presiding Judge


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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 10TH Judicial Region Branch 16, Tangub City

Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended, filed by WEALTH DEVELOPMENT BANK CORP., Mortgagee, against SPS. EDWIN L. VILLAMOR and BERLINA P. VILLAMOR, Mortgagors, with residential address at Godsend Bldg., Zone 6, Bonbon, Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of February 5, 2013, amounts to ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED EIGHTY NINE PESOS and 88/100 (Php 1,551.389.88) inclusive of interest and penalty, the undersigned sheriff will sell at public auction on May 31, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Regional Trial Court, Branch 18, Room 117, Hall of Justice, Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder for CASH and in Philippine Currency, the following property described below, including the residential/commercial building and all existing improvements found thereon, to wit: TCT No. T-169536 A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 22315-B, Psd-10-003748, being a portion of Lot 22315, Cad-237, Cagayan Cadastre) situated in the Barrio of Bonbon, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao, containing an area of ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THREE (153) SQUARE METERS, more or less. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date. In the event auction sale cannot take place for whatever legal reason, the same will proceed on the following working day, without further notice, posting and publication. Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves the title herein above described and encumbrance thereon, if any there be. Cagayan de Oro City, April 23, 2013.


(Sgd.) NIZA P. TACANDONG Sheriff IV BWM: May 6, 12 & 20, 2013

Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended by Act 4118 filed by Misamis Bank INC., A RURAL BANK, against REBECCA F. CHIONG A.I.F. OF PURITA F. CHIONG to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of September 30, 2012 amounts to One Million One Hundred Sixty Three Thousand Eight Hundred Fifteen Pesos & 59/100 Only (Php 1,163,815.59) excluding interest, attorneys fees, and other lawful fees for the service of foreclosure, the undersigned Sheriff will sell at public auction on May 21, 2013 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning or soon thereafter at the office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court, Br. 16, Tangub City, to the highest bidder in cash, Philippine Currency the herein mortgage property to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-2195 TAX DECLARATION NO. 89692 “A parcel of Residential land (Lot No. 9-E-3, Psd-10-054044, with all improvements found and existing thereon situated in the Barrio of Cabangcalan, City of Tangub, Island of Mindanao. Bounded on the SW., along line 1-2-3 by Lot 9- E-1, Psd-10-054044, along line 3-4 by Lot 9-A, along line 4-5 by Lot 9-B, along line 5-6, by Lot 9-C, along line 6-7 by Lot 9-D, all of Psd-10-048011, NW., along line 7-8 by Lot 8, NE., along line 8-9 by Lot 7, SE., along line 9-10 by Lot 10, all of Pcs-10-003254, SW., along line 11-12-1 by Lot 9-E-2, Psd-10-054044. Containing an area of FIVE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TWENTY THREE (5,323) SQUARE METER more or less. All points referred to are indicated on the ground by P.S. Cyl. Conc. Mons. Under Tax Declaration No. 89692. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time, date and place of auction sale. In the event that the public auction should not take place on said date or there is only one bidder, it shall be held on May 27, 2013 at the same time & place without further notice. Bidders are enjoined to investigate for themselves any encumbrance on the herein property if any there be.

March 21, 2013, at Tangub City, Philippines.

By: (Sgd.) WILLIAM C. ARANIEGO Sheriff IV BWM: Apr 28, May 6 & 12, 2013

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Sevilles said that measures have been taken to ensure that fuel supply for the power plants will be adequate during the period. He added that all engines of the power plants will be on a “hot mode and ready to address any contingency related to the power supply within the areas of coverage of the three facilities.” WMPC began its operation in 1997 and is located in Zamboanga City, SPPC started in 1998 in Alabel, Sarangani province and MPC is based in Iligan City. WMPC and SPPC supply power to the Mindanao grid under an 18 year Energ y Conversion Agreement with the National Power Corp. MPC began operating in a ramp-up basis last month after it was formally acquired by the Alsons Group in March from the Iligan City government. Oscar Benedict Contreras III, Alsons Power Business Unit manager for communications and stakeholder relations, said the MPC can provide at least 10 MW to the Mindanao grid during the election as the facility is still being prepared to go full blast. “We will prioritize Iligan City during the elections being the host of MPC,” he said on the phone. Contreras said that MPC is scheduled to go in to full commercial operations in September. Sevilles said that in the crucial days before and after the elections, Alsons’ power plants will be in constant coordination w i t h t h e Na t i o n a l G r i d Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), the NPC, and the Department of Energy. Mindanao has been beset by lack of power supply since the start of the year due to increasing demand and lack of new generating capacities in the island, resulting in daily power outages lasting up to eight hours in some parts of the island but have lately improved. Milfrance Capulong, NGCP communications officer for Mindanao, said that power deficiency in the island stood at 209 MW as of 6 p.m. Thursday. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, the Mindanao grid had a capacity of 1,151, NGCP’s website showed. The government has stepped in to improve the power shortfall in the island, and among the short-term solutions it pushed is the purchase of dieselfed modular generator sets. (MindaNews)

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the interests of Mindanao’s power future in multilateral negotiations. “This year’s holding might not be timed before the dry season by which consequent curtailments are expected to rise. But holding of pre-MinCARED activities will highlight the responsibility of the consumers to save (and) brace for the dry season,” said Mr. Pacana. The Congress will underscore

the effective ways in which AMRECO in partnership with MUST, IPSEc, MinDA and other key advocates can contribute in fostering sustainable solutions. The congress will also provide a valuable network-building opportunity. Opportunities to exchange ideas and experiences between NGOs, LGUs, diverse experts and organizations working on power issues, as well as approaches to enhance activities through participation in plenary discussions, interactive dialogues and focused group discussions. A l re a d y, t h e St e e r i n g Committee has assembled a meaningful and timely program, featuring speakers who will address current industry issues and ultimately bringing together the key stakeholders from all over Mindanao, as well as leaders in the industry to explore the future of Mindanao’s power efficiency. The focal discussion of the congress will be delving on: Mindanao Hydro Electric Power Plant, Renewable Energy and Rural Electrification and policy issues. MinCARED 2013 will also provide opportunity for the Mindanao power advocates to discuss deeper “Mindanao Power Agenda: Reliable, Affordable & Sustainable Power Supply in Mindanao.” Sec. Luwalhati R. Antonino, chairperson of the Mindanao D e v e l o p m e n t Au t h o r i t y (MinDA), has been invited to give the keynote address to set the tone for the congress, primarily on the Mindanao power situation.

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specialist of the MRDP in Davao City. The National Economic and Development Authority - Investment Coordination Committee (NEDA-ICC) Cabinet Committee and Technical Board (TB) jointly approved early last month the DA’s Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP) said Secretary of Socioeconomic Planning Arsenio Balisacan in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Processo J. Alcala. The approved total project cost for PRDP is P27.535 billion consisting of P20.553 billion loan from the World Bank; P3.579 billion as national government counterpart; P3.118 billion equity of the Local Government Units, and P287 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). With the deferment, Mr. Manual said the implementation of the PRDP is expected to commence by last quarter of the year yet. The NEDA ICC reviews the fiscal, monetary and balance of payments implications of major capital projects and recommends to President Aquino the timetable of the implementation of these projects. PRDP draws f rom the innovations introduced by the ongoing Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP). It will cover all of the country’s 80 provinces in 16 regions. The ICC-approved project will be implemented over six years as DA’s platform for

inclusive growth, value-chain oriented and climate-resilient agri-fisheries sector. It will cover all of the country’s 80 provinces in 16 regions. “With PRDP, we want to create a chain of economic opportunities to bring farmers’ produce to higher levels of the value-chain and allow them to participate in the gains of value creation beyond the farm gate,” agriculture undersecretary Joel S. Rudinas said. Value chain refers to the full range of activities that are required to bring a produce or services through the different phases of production, including physical transformation and the inputs of various producer services and response to the consumer demand, explained World Bank Marketing Specialist Flordeliza Lantican. “The program will engage local government units, farmer groups and other private sector players as partners in infrastructure development that support priority commodities. It will also pursue the direction of the government for increased inter-agency collaboration to ensure that programs truly address inclusive growth,” said Rudinas, adding: “As noted by Sec. (Edwin) Lacierda, the bulk of population especially in the rural areas is still into agriculture. We need to create opportunities and generate employment in the field.”

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we should take care of our veterans,” said Atty. Ed Pilapil, former president of VFP-Sons and Daughters Association, Inc. In the case of CVAO in Marikina, it will be the one in charge to handle programs of the city government for veterans living in the city, informing them of their benefits, and making sure that they are provided with their respective benefits. Pilapil, who is also the first nominee of Veterans Freedom Partylist (VFP) running this coming election, noted that “providing assistance for our veterans is the very platform of the party.” “We want to make sure that veterans will be well-represented in Congress so that we can make legislations for the welfare of our veterans and their kin,” added Pilapil. There are only less than twenty thousand WWII veterans who remained alive up to this day. While this number continue to lessen, still many surviving spouses and kin of veterans, some of them coming from far-flung provincial areas, line up at the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) inside Camp Aguinaldo to follow-up on their benefits only to find out that they lack the proper documents. The creation of veterans’ affairs offices in respective LGUs will also entail proper and efficient documentation for fast and reliable system of transactions.

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T h e out goi ng s e n ator, whose term ends in May 2013,

PHILIPPINE EVANGELICAL NETWORKS: Official Candidates for 2013!

was a Speaker of the House of Representatives and Senate President. Pe re z s ai d t h e for m e r congresswoman and her equally-competent husband have proven that poverty is not a hindrance to success. “Ipinakita at pinatunayan nila na ang isang mahirap na Pilipino ay pwede ring umangat sa buhay,” further said Perez. He said they are throwing their support to the candidacy of Villar because they believe she should be in the Senate to continue her programs that would alleviate the lives of Filipino people from poverty. “She has a clear vision which is touchable and reachable,” further stated Perez adding that President Noynoy would not include Villar in his ticket if he does not believe in her ability. The ICBP is composed of Catholic and non-Catholic b i s h o p s n at i o nw i d e . T h e following are the officers of ICBP: Bishop Ephraim Perez, P r e s i d e n t ; B i s h o p Ja m e s Antioquia, Vice President; R e v. R e y n a l d o Map a n o o, Secretary; and Rev. Fr. Jun Bernal, Secretary General. For her part, Villar said she is elated with the latest endorsement coming from our independent bishops. “This pledge of support is another boost to my senatorial candidacy, and I’m very thankful for the vote of confidence,” said Villar.

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senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar, managing director of the said foundation, to the City Government of Iligan, through Vice Mayor Dy, May 8, 2013, at the latter’s office. Last December, former Las Piñas representative Villar graced the ground-breaking ceremony of a memorial that will be built to honor the memory of those who died and went missing when Typhoon Sendong hit Iligan and Cagayan de Oro badly. She was joined in the ground-breaking ceremony at the Serate Property on Hinaplanon Highway by Rep. Vicente Belmonte and Iligan local government officials.

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Vice Mayor Dy said the out of the 7,000 Sendong victims in Iligan, more than 5,000 of them have already been relocated and given livelihood projects to cope with. The others, however, has remained being attended to due to lack of property for their relocation. In her speech at the ceremony, Villar said that the Foundation is donating the amount to put up the memorial “not to prolong our sadness for losing our loved ones or our hardships for having lost our homes and livelihood. Rather, we will build this memorial so that we and the future generations will always remember those whom we lost and those who risked their own lives to help others survive.” The Iligan memorial is is the second that the Villar Foundation is building for Typhoon Sendong’s victims. The first one now stands at Golden Haven in Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City. It was inaugurated last October 25. To further help the residents of Iligan City, Villar donated a coconet decorticating machine and provided technical training to 40 families. Coconet weaving is among the livelihood e nt e r pr i s e s of t h e Vi l l a r Foundation. Coconets, which are cheaper alternative to cement, are weaved using fiber produced by decorticating machine from waste coconut husks. Vice Mayor Dy said the coconet project provided by the Villar Foundation for the Sendong victims in Iligan is doing well. “The DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) has ordered 100,000 rolls of coconet coir, but because there is not enough machine yet, they cannot produce that much. We are still looking for ways to have more machines to meet the demand,” Dy said. Regino also revealed that Rep. Belmonte continue to patronize the coconet products from Iligan by purchasing them for the DPWH’s use. Belmonte help finance the establishment of the building that now houses the coconet decorticating machine in Iligan City. “ The coconets that the families (of Sendong victims) will


produce will be used as rip raps or slope protection for roads and highways that will be developed in Northern Mindanao. It can provide them with sustainable income,” said Villar during the ground-breaking ceremony last December. Villar also emphasized the urgent need for the people to participate in protecting the environment. “This memorial will also ser ve to remind us of our important role as stewards of our environment that many lives were lost because of some people’s utter disrespect of the environment,” Villar said. Sendong was one of the worst natural calamities that ever hit Mindanao and one of the deadliest cyclones to hit the Philippines in the last 12 years. It claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people and hundreds went missing. [C.Ordonez/S.Uy/A.Felicilda]

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authority from the Comelec (Commission on Elections) is an election offense,” the official explained. He added that they should also abide by all election laws and regulations until all election-related activities are completed. (MindaNews)

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and storms,” Mr. Mendoza said in a presentation to private investors and electric cooperatives at a local hotel here last week. “For the last several years, Mindanao is now the favorite of natural disasters, whose impacts were exacerbated by climate change-inducing fossil fuels. We can no longer afford to let Mindanao suffer. Solar energy is abundant in the island and it provides clean energy.” The DOE earlier offered three stop-gap measures to improve Mindanao’s power crisis: the creation of an Interim Mindanao Electricity Market (IMEM) where industrial/ commercial firms could sell electricity from their gensets; an Interruptible Load Program (ILP) that would compensate consumers who would give up their power allocations to other users by running their own gensets; and the lease/purchase of modular diesel gensets by electric cooperatives through soft loans to be provided by the National Electrification Administration (NEA).

PHILIPPINE EVANGELICAL NETWORKS: Official Candidates for 2013! With local elections less than a week away, Philippine Evangelical Networks or PEN, with its advocacy is to stop graft and corruption endorsements and supports candidates who can provide services to the public diligently and effectively. PEN has for the most part decided which candidates they're backing. The PEN has finally and officially endorsed Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano for City Mayor, with his City Vice-Mayor Ian Acenas and Benjo Benaldo for the position of Congressman in district 1. The machinery gave its endorsements to Pepe Abbu, Inday Dahino, Dante Pajo, Maya Enteria, Alden Bacal, Annie Daba, Addie Barba, and Gil Banaag in district 1 City Council race and PEN also gave its full support to the district 2 candidates, Ian Mark Quiblat Nacaya running as congressional candidate

together with the city councilors namely: Nadya Emano, President Elipe, Leon Gan who is currently the acting city administrator, Jun Acenas, Noling Abujuela, Ramon Tabor, Juan Sia, and Alexander Dacer . These candidates that PEN has endorsed are the candidates who have strong commitments in giving full services to the public without a doubt and hesitation regardless of its status and race. PEN, with its 75,000 members who will firmly vote straight with PaDayon Pilipino Team and Party List 1-AAMOVERS believe that, to stop graft and corruption, the people must be educated and conscious enough to save and not to sell the right to vote. In that way, the Candidates will not resort to the use of improper methods. This coming 2013, PEN hopes, works and prays for an honest and sincere election.

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VILLAR SIGNS COVENANT TO THE YOUTH After presenting her platforms for the youth, Nacionalista Party-Team PNoy senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar, alongside Sen. Koko Pimentel, signs the Youth Covenant pledging to uphold the youth agenda - right to education, improvement of health and medical services, employment, environmental preser vation, gender equality, good governance, among others – at Imperial Palace Hotel, Quezon City. Also present in the Youth Covenant signing is Ms. Mila Magsaysay, representing former Sen. Jun Magsaysay. ADVERTORIAL

Independent bishops support Villar’s senatorial bid THE country’s Catholic and non-Catholic independent bishops on Wednesday endorsed the senatorial bid of former Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar during simple rites at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan. Rev. Efraim Perez, president of the Independent Bishops Conference of the Phi lippines (IB CP), said they have chosen Villar due to her track record, competence and leadership which were proven during her nine years in Congress and as managing director of the Villar Foundation. Vi l l a r s e r v e d a s President of the Lady Legislators of the House of Representatives in the 12th, 13thand 14th Congress. During her term, landmark bills upholding the welfare of women, children and families were passed. These include the Magna Carta of Women, A nt i - Tr af f i c k i n g of Women and Children, Anti-violence against Women, Protection of children in the workplace; Juvenile Justice System and the two versions of the Senior Citizens Act (2003 and 2010), among others. She was also chairperson of the House Committee on Higher & Technical Education and the Congressional

Spouses Foundation from 1998 to 2000 and President of the S enate Spouses Foundation, Inc. from August 2006 to December 2008. After the end of her term as congresswoman, Villar has since then sat as managing director of the Villar Foundation. According to Perez, he personally endorsed Villar, who has earned the moniker “Misis HanepBuhay,” to his

colleagues. Saying he is not that close to the former lawmaker, he however believes in her incomparable prowess to make things happen. “I personally believe that Madam Cynthia (Villar) is the ‘secret weapon’ in the success of her husband, Senator Manny Villar,” stressed Perez. Support/PAGE11

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