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Misamis Oriental Vice Governor Joey Pelaez racks his brain over the issue of who is the legitimate Association ng mga Barangay Chairmen representative to the provincial board. The SP voted in favor of incumbent ABC president Arsenio Khu Jr. and his contender Mario Emano was not recognized in the board’s first regular session for 2014. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

Khu in, Emano out as ABC rep to Misor provincial board By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Despite having been elected as president of the Misamis Oriental chapter of the Liga ng mga Barangay Chairmen last December 18, Mario Emano was not recognized

by the provincial board as the legal representative to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on Monday during the SP’s first regular session in 2014. Vice Governor Joey Pelaez, as presiding officer, said he respected the decision of the board in voting

for incumbent ABC chapter president Arsenio Khu Jr. to sit in the session. Pelaez said he has no power over what the SP decides and that the motion was approved to recognize Khu because Emano had not produced a confirmation from the national executive

board of the Liga ng mga Barangay Chairmen. “As soon as Emano can secure a confirmation then he will automatically sit as representative of the ABC,” Pelaez said. For his part, Khu said he will immediately step down if Emano is confirmed by

the Liga’s national board. “There was a miscommunication in the date of the election last December,” Khu said. “I had written to the national board for postponement of the December 18 election and this was granted,” he said, adding

Suspects shoot cops doing surveillance op By Noel B. Najarro of PNA

BUTUAN City––Policemen doing some surveillance works Sunday afternoon were fired upon by four suspects, hitting one of them b oth on his legs which landed him at a local hospital. Three of the suspects were however arrested during the ensuing police hot pursuit operation. See FULL STORY, page 4

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that it was his call to set the date of the election as chapter president. “But they continued with the election on December 18,” he said. Provincial board member Vincent Pelaez said the provincial board questioned See board, page 11

FDCUI’s version of ‘clean coal’ technology Second part By RUEL V. PELONE Managing Editor

THE FDC Utilities, Inc. (FDCUI), the company behind the FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDCMisamis), vowed to employ its own version of “clean coal technology” when its 405 megawatts (MW) coal-fired power plant would start its commercial operations in See coal, page 11

Dad calls on parents to immunize children vs measles

CAGAYAN de Oro Councilor Dante Pajo, chair of the committee on health, appeals to parents to cooperate with the health programs of the city. Pajo said they should submit their children for immunizations at desired ages. “Parents should bring Misamis Oriental Vice Governor Joey Pelaez shakes the hand of Association of Barangay Chairmen provincial their children to their rechapter president Arsenio Khu Jr. during Monday’s provincial board meeting as contender Mario Emano looks on. spective barangay health The SP recognized Khu to be the legitimate representative in the absence of a confirmation for Emano from the centers. We have enough national executive board of the Liga ng mga Barangay Chairmen. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

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Black Nazarene procession in Oro set CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) has set a security plan in anticipation of an influx during the procession of the Black Nazarene to commemorate the feast of Sr. Nazareno on January 9 here.

and the crowd during the Black Nazarene procession in Quiapo, Manila. COCPO Chief Senior Supt. Graciano Mijares said about 300 police officers would be mobilized to secure thousand of parishioners who might join the 10-kilometer procession from Barangay Lapasan to the Nazareno Parish Church at Claro M. Recto Avenue here. The procession of the image He said he has ordered all of the Black Nazarene here was Police Precinct to be alert durpatterned after that of the tourist ing the procession and would

augment additional manpower to augment the personnel of the Road and Traffic Administratio especially in areas affected by traffic rerouting. Parish Priest Father Otelo Polinar said.that the pre-Novenas had already started since December 31,2013 until the feast day on January 9. Polinar said that the replica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo Manila was brought to Nazareno Parish Church in Cagayan de Oro

City nine years ago. “Since then the Black Nazarene has been drawing crowds here as the number of participants to the procession swell by the thousands,” Polinar added. He said that some Black Nazarene devotees from Quiapo, Manila come to Cagayan de Oro City during the commemoration of the feast of Black Nazarene. A vendor from Quiapo, Manila who sells T-shirts, figurines, frames of the Black Nazarene, and

other religious items, said that she started coming to Cagayan de Oro City not only to sell Black Nazarene items but also to join the procession as part of her religious vow. Before the Black Nazarene procession was adopted by the Nazareno Parish Church at the Claro M. Recto here, the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) at the Pacana-Pabayo street here has already their own version of the Black Nazarene procession. EM

SP: no intention to delay approval of 2014 budget THERE was no intention to delay the approval of the 2014 executive budget. Councilor President D. Elipe stressed this in his special report during yesterday’s regular session presided over by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas, as he vehemently denied that politics is the reason for such “delay.” “I say no,” he reiterated, in response to accusations regarding the matter, which he said is so unfortunate. Councilor Elipe chairs the committee on finance and ways and means. By virtue of Resolution No. 11497-2013, he was tasked to preside over budget deliberations. According to the councilor, after the City Coun-

Visitors to the N Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City can’t help but take a look at some 40 koi fishes in its pond. Each of the fish weighs about 1-1/2 kilos and is believed to bring good luck. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry L. Gorit

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cil received the executive budget delivered by Mayor Oscar Moreno, it scheduled the first day of the budget hearing on November 7. However, he said the legislative body received a letter from the Local Finance Committee requesting for the deferment of the hearing as some documents have yet to be completed and submitted. The request was acceded to by the committee. Elipe said due to typhoon Yolanda, the city treasurer then left for Tacloban City to attend to his relatives. The marathon budget hearing was supposed to be finished in 12 meetings, based on the schedule prepared by the budget committee.

“We finished only six offices. There are yet 40 offices that need deliberations,” he said in his update report. The councilor said because of this, an executive meeting was called to decide on a system to be adopted to fast track the process. “It was agreed that all projects and programs be referred to committees concerned, which will make recommendations to the budget committee to hasten the deliberation,” Elipe reported. PROGRAM OF WORKS Councilor Elipe said projects and programs of departments should have corresponding program of works. He said this is the reason why deliberations on some projects could not

be pursued. The councilor called on department heads to submit the respective POWs to support their respective projects for 2014. He said millions worth of projects have been submitted but no POWs were attached. Elipe yesterday reiterated his call to department heads to submit these on or before January 15, as he reminded them of the order of the mayor for them to cooperate during the budget hearing. The councilor said if all documents are submitted, deliberations will be finished by the end of the month. LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE See BUDGET, page 10

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Present :

Hon. Hon. Hon. Hon. Hon. Hon. Hon. Hon.

Arturo C. Casiño, III Ignacio L. Factura, II Chicque C. Co Syremae N. Emano Audie G. Paduganan Felipe C. Valdehuesa, Jr. Jonathan B. Barros Mario Charlie K. Emano


Councilor, Presiding Officer Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Liga ng mga Barangay President

Voting for the foregoing Ordinance were as follows: Ayes: Councilors Armando C. Pomar, Chicque C. Co, Syremae N. Emano, Audie G. Paduganan, Felipe C. Valdehuesa Jr., Jonathan B. Barros and Mario Charlie K. Emano. Nays: N o n e

Absent :

SECTION 2. EFFECTIVITY CLAUSE. This Ordinance shall take effect after the approval of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and upon its publication in local newspaper of general publication.

Hon. Robinson V. Sabio Hon. Armando C. Pomar Hon. Dunka Louise C. Bolanio

- Vice Mayor (On Leave) - Councilor - SK Federation President

Abstention: N o n e ADOPTED in the Municipality of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, Philippines this 13th day of November 2013. UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED:

ORDINANCE NO. 05, S. 2013 (Explanatory Note) WHEREAS, all Local Government Units (LGU) are empowered to create their own sources of revenues and to levy taxes, fees, and charges subject to provisions of the Local Government Code, consistent with the basic policy of local autonomy ;

CARRIED: -------------------------------------------------------------

I HEREBY CERTIFY to the correctness of the foregoing Ordinance.

WHEREAS, the Local Government of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental have been unduly deprived of its inherent right to impose and to collect taxes on all real properties and businesses which are located in Barangays Casinglot, Gracia, Sugbongcogon and Baluarte, because of the unwarranted unilateral annexation and inclusion of these four barangays into the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate; WHEREAS, these four barangays were not included in Presidential Decree 538, dated August 13, 1974 which delineates the boundaries of the 3,000 hectare Phividec Industrial Estate as follows:


On the West On the North On the East And South

: : : :

By By By By

Macajalar Bay the Tag-anga Creek Kiamo and Kirahon Plateaus the Tagoloan River

WHEREAS, the arbitrary annexation of the four (4) barangays of Tagoloan apparently resulted from survey Plan SWO-10-000065 which was rejected and disapproved on October 15, 1984 through an order of Rejection issued by thru OIC, Regional Surveys Division Chief, George G. Lim, to Engr. Romualdo S. Lagsa for noncompliance with the requirements needed for such a survey; WHEREAS, efforts by the PHIVIDEC and other sectors for the validation of Plan SWO10-000065 have been rejected by the DENR, which confirms that Barangays Casinglot, Gracia, Sugbongcogon and Baluarte are outside of the 3,000 hectare PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate site, therefore all legal intents and purposes, these barangays remain within the territorial administrative and fiscal jurisdiction of the Municipality of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental; WHEREAS, This body is not only empowered but obliged to impose a tax on all the real properties and businesses located inside the four barangays mentioned, including those that are found inside the lands acquired by PHIVIDEC in the exercise of its corporate proprietary powers, in the exercise of its inherent right of governance over them, and for this purpose, authorizing the Municipal Assessor to assess the real properties inside these areas and to levy taxes thereon, and for the Municipal Treasurer to levy the business tax on all business establishments inside these areas in accordance with the Amended Revenue Code of this Municipality;

(Sgd.) HON. ARTURO CASTILLEJOS CASIÑO, III Municipal Councilor Presiding Officer

(On Leave) (Absent) (Sgd.) HON. ROBINSON V. SABIO (Sgd.) HON. ARMANDO C. POMAR Municipal Vice Mayor Municipal Councilor

(Sgd.) HON. CHICQUE C. CO (Sgd.) HON. SYREMAE N. EMANO Municipal Councilor Municipal Councilor (Sgd.) HON. IGNACIO L. FACTURA, II (Sgd.) HON. AUDIE G. PADUGANAN Municipal Councilor Municipal Councilor

WHEREAS, the levy and collection of taxes due the Municipality from these areas will enhance the capability of the municipality to sustain its basic needs and enable it to provide the needed basic and other services to its inhabitants; NOW THEREFORE, after proper deliberation on the matter and on motion of Councilor Audie G. Paduganan, duly seconded by Councilor Ignacio L. Factura II, it was resolved as the body does hereby,

(Sgd.) HON. FELIPE C. VALDEHUESA, JR. (Sgd.) HON. JONATHAN B. BARROS Municipal Councilor Municipal Councilor

RESOLVED, to enact as the body does hereby enact the following Ordinance:


BE IT ORDAINED by the Sangguniang Bayan of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, that:

(Absent) (Sgd.) HON. MARIO CHARLIE K. EMANO (Sgd.) HON. DUNKA LOUISE C. BOLANIO Liga ng mga Barangay President SK Federation President APPROVED:

(Sgd.) HON. PAULINO YAP EMANO Municipal Mayor

MDN: Jan. 8, 2014

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Suspects shot cops conducting surveillance; 1 hurt, 3 arrested By Noel B. Najarro of PNA

BUTUAN City––Policemen doing some surveillance works Sunday afternoon were fired upon by four suspects, hitting one of them both on his legs which landed him at a local hospital. Three of the suspects were however arrested during the ensuing police hot pursuit operation. Reports from Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office reaching the regional headquarters here Monday said that a shooting incident transpired at 1:30 a.m. Sunday in Purok 3, Brgy. 6, Cabadbaran City. Police investigation disclosed that personnel from the Cabadbaran City Police

Station Theft and Robbery Unit composed of PO1 Ernesto Davieh Corvera Mortola, PO3 Gary Ranque Gelbolingo, PO2 Vincent Alburo Cosicol, PO2 Rhyl Jaictin Torion and PO1 Aristeo Razon Dorado conducted surveillance and patrol on board their individual single motorcycles. When the cops reached Purok 3, Lutao in Brgy. 6, the said policemen encountered two suspects riding a red and black single RACAL motorcycle, running on high speed using the opposite lane. The policemen, accordingly, called on the suspects to halt, but the suspects instead of stopping tried to elude arrest. This prompted PO1 Mortola who was last in the group of policemen to

make a U-turn and chased the two suspects. The other members of the group who had gone ahead followed suit by also making a U-turn to follow PO1 Mortola. Accordingly, the other policemen suddenly heard some gunshots and saw PO1 Mortola fallen from his motorcycle to the concrete pavement, hurt but was returning fire. It was known later by the policemen that the victim was hit on both of his legs. PO3 Gelbolingo and his companions conducted the hot pursuit operations against the two suspects who entered a riverbank community along the river dike. PO1 Mortola was rushed to Cabadbaran City Hospi-

tal but was later referred to a private hospital in Butuan City. Police investigators recovered five fired shells of Caliber .45 pistol at the crime scene. During the hot pursuit operation, three of the four suspects were arrested, according to the police. At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, one suspect identified as Alex Monte Banglan “alias Mazo,” 22; single and jobless, resident of Purok 3, Brgy. 12, Cabadbaran City was apprehended in an apartment located in Purok 3, Brgy. 12, Cabadbaran City. The two other suspects identified as Sailani Onti, 20; separated, jobless and a resident of Purok 3, Brgy. Lutao Brgy. 12, Cabadbaran City, the driver of RACAL single motorcycle and a cer-

tain Camaroding Macadatar Carim alias “Dragon”, 37, a resident of the said place was also seen at the crime scene. He was said to have acted as the look-out and back-up of the said group. Both were arrested in Brgy. Taguibo in Butuan city at around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. One suspect identified as Avan Mamao, and a resident of Funcion St., Brgy. 3, Cabadbaran City remains at large. The three arrested suspects are now temporarily detained at Cabadbaran City Police Station for proper disposition and for the filing of appropriate charges against them. Police are also looking into reports that the suspects were involved in illegal drug dealings. A report from the Philippine News Agency

NUPs of PRO-13 receive PNP ‘Medalya ng Kasanayan’ BUTUAN City––A nonuniformed personnel (NUP) of the Police Regional Office 13 here was among the recipients of a Philippine National Police “Medalya Ng Kasanayan” (Medal of

Competence) during the 20th “Ethics Day” celebration on Monday. As the rest of the awardees were police commissioned officers, NUP Ulpiano Evangelista III became

the lone civilian recipient of the coveted medal for this year’s celebration. The theme of the celebration was “Disiplina sa Sarili: Isang Hamon sa Kaayusan at Kaunlaran Tungo sa Ser-

bisyong Makatotohanan (Self-discipline: A Challenge for Order and Development Towards True Service).” The rites were attended by Sr. Supt. Keith Ernald Singian, PRO 13 Officer-

in-Charge, and other top regional police officials. This year’s awardees were cited as members of the Regional Care Counseling Group from January 2013 See receive, p.10

PRO 13 is hiring BUTUAN City––The Police Regional Office 13 is looking for additional three hundred and twenty-five (325)non-uniformed personnel here in Caraga Region. The PRO 13 information office told local media outlets here Friday that this is in line with the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) 7,439 vacant position for non-uniformed personnel intended to be utilized as crime registrar for the police stations nationwide. The Caraga Police Regional Office has started accepting applicants now. The applicants must bring the following: letter of application, duly accomplished personal data sheet (CSC Form 212-Revised 2005), transcript of records and diploma, certificate of eligibility, certificate of training, certificate of employment (if any), NBI Clearance (1 original and an authenticated copy), NSO birth certificate (1 original and an authenticated copy) and NSO marriage certificate (if applicable; 1 original and an authenticated copy). The PNP regional office here said that all interested applicants may call at 8153325 or visit PUIO, PRO 13 and 815-1668/342-4570. They must also get in touch with Gil Licayan (09217452960-Smart or 09155250447-Globe) of the Regional Personnel and Human Resource Development Division (R-1) for further details. --PNA


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PMAP-CDO bares 2014 set of officers CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP)–CDO Chapter named Wilma “Wing” G. Magdale, D.M. president of the professional group for 2014. Magdale, who will be the 36th president of PMAP-CDO, is STEAG State Power Inc.’s Human Resource (HR) Officer, the association said. PMAP is the premier organization of over 1,800 HR professionals and people managers nationwide. It has helped mold competent people managers over half a century. The CDO chapter itself, founded 20 years ago, is instrumental in the development of skilled and effective people managers through membership learning sessions, seminars, and networking linkages withlocal private and government institutions. Wing is both an HR practitioner and academician. She taught HR Management courses and English language before taking on leadership roles in the private companies. She has a masters’ in Edu-

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cation and a doctoratein Management. She received the Gold Award on Research Presentations in Human Resource and Leadership in the ASEAN Conference for Higher Education Research and had Entrepreneurial Leadership for Business Advantage training at AIM. With such credentials, she is expected to lead the association in preparing its members for the 2015 ASEAN integration. In a concurrent capacity as CDO Chapter President, Magdale is also Director–In-Charge for the PMAP-Mindanao. She will lead the creation of a strategic alliance See officers, p.10

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Lanao Norte contingent gears up for Sinulog 2014 TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – This will be the sixth time that the Province of Lanao del Norte dubbed as ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ will be participating in the biggest cultural festival in the country as Cebu City will hosts once again it worldrenowned Sinulog Festival. The Lanao del Norte contingent is all set to showcase the colorful ‘Alimango Festival’ of the coastal town of Lala. This year, Lanao del Norte will again be competing in the Free Interpretation category which is considered by choreographers and Sinulog devotees as the most competitive category in the annual festival. “We have about 300 people comprising our contingent. This year, our performance is again filled with surprises that will surely excite the Sinulog crowd”, Provincial Tourism Head Minda Regis expressed. The Land of Beauty and Bounty contingent has consistently won in both the Sinulog Showdown event and Street dancing category mak-

The Lanao del Norte contingent has consistently won in both the Sinulog Showdown event and Street dancing category making them one of the crowd favorite in the annual competition. (

ing them one of the crowd favorite in the competition. “Our main purpose in joining this highly-anticipated festival is to show to the Philippines and the whole world that Lanao del Norte is a peaceful and a beautiful province”, Governor Khalid

Dimaporo explained. The province of Lanao del Norte is also known as the ‘Motocross Capital of the Philippines’ after hosting numerous international motocross competitions and freestyle motocross events. The province was

also identified by the Philippine Basketball Association as the ‘Home of the PBA’ in Mindanao. The head choreographer of Lanao del Norte in this year’s Sinulog Festival is Janrey Compacion. VNL/ PIO-LDN

CDO dads asked DPWH to put warning signs

Runners in Iligan City pause as two backhoes work on a portion of the circumferential road in Iligan City Thursday (2 January 2014). Known to locals as “C3,” this highway will divert the traffic of heavy trucks and buses from downtown. (MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera)

CTO starts renewal of business permits ILIGAN CITY – The City Tre asu re r’s O f f i c e ( C TO ) throughiligan-city-hall the Business Tax Fee Division (BTFD) has begun its operation on the renewal of business permits of all establishments in the city. According to Magdalena R. Carpentero, head of BTFD, the renewal of business permits

started on Januar y 2 until January 20, 2014 the deadline based on City Ordinance No. 10-55684. Carpentero said the process in the renewal of business permits using Enhanced Tax Revenue Assessment Computerization System (ETRACS) through Business One Stop Shop (BOSS) has improved

where all local and national offices are located in one location the ground floor of city hall like Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), PhilHealth, Pag-ibig Fund, Social Security System (SSS) for the convenience of businessmen. Meanwhile, Carmen Magnaye, head of Permits and License Division warned that

business that are late in the processing of their business permit will be penalized in accordance with the rules and regulations of their office. It is expected that the target tax collection will increase by P1.5 million for this year. The business tax collection of 2013 totaled P95.5 million. (Ree J. Altres/Ric Arellano/CIO)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The City Council here on Monday passed a resolution urging the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to put traffic and warning signs of ongoing construction along the national highways here. City Councilor Ramon G. Tabor, chair of the city council’s committees on public utilities and on laws, took into consideration the report on the absence of early warning signs and devices on DPWH’s ongoing construction on the national highway that cut across the city’s downtown district here. In a special report last week, Councilor Roger Abaday, chair of the city council’s committee on public utilities, asked the city council to take necessary steps that would require the DPWH to adopt safety and protective measures for the public on the streets. Abaday said that the DPWH has not installed traffic signs and reflectorized markings along the Kauswagan-Bulua, C.M. Recto-Lapasan Highway while the construction of the center island along the area was ongoing. Tabor said that the resolution urged the DPWH to put early warning devices beside the island to serve as guide to motorists and drivers especially at night. The resolution cited several accidents occurring in the Kauswagan-Bulua highway and at the C.M. Recto area because of the absence of early warning devices. (PNA)

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Definitely not. Not the past administration, as well as, not the future administration. Here is another outlandish example of how politicians quibble to grab credit when none is actually due them. This also goes to show that politicians are selfinterested individuals whose principal interest is to generate ‘popularity’ that should transform into votes rather than to perform ‘public service’. Yet all these nitpicking over the Philippine economy are founded on the myth that government runs the economy [see previous discussion in The Myths Of Government’s Managing The Economy] We don’t have to go far to look for evidence. Take a look at the chart above from ADB’s Managing Cities. The chart reveals that the the informal economy or the shadow or the underground economy/sector, e.g. the tricycle driver, balut vendor, sari-sari stores and etc..., comprises 40% of the Philippine economy. These are the groups that don’t pay taxes and whose business are not registered with the government. And why do informal economies exist? Profess or Frie drich Schneider with Dominik Enste at the IMF website explains, Macroeconomic and microeconomic modeling studies based on data for several countries suggest that the major driving forces

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behind the size and growth of the shadow economy are an increasing burden of tax and social security payments, combined with rising restrictions in the official labor market. Wage rates in the official economy also play a role. Taxes and social security contributions add to the cost of labor in the official economy and hence are key factors driving the growth of the shadow economy. The bigger the difference between the total cost of labor in the official economy and the after-tax earnings from work, the greater the incentive for employers and employees to avoid this difference and participate in the shadow economy. The difference can be very large; in Germany and Austria, for example, the tax and social security payments by firms and their workers amount to the wages that workers effectively earn. Since the difference depends broadly on the social security system and the tax regime, these are key determinants of the shadow economy. Several studies have found strong evidence that the tax regime influences the shadow economy. In Austria, the burden of direct taxes (including social security payments) has been the biggest influence on the growth of the shadow economy, followed by the number of regulations affecting firms and workers,

and the complexity of the tax system. Other studies show similar results for the Scandinavian countries, Germany, and the United States. In the United States, analysis shows that as the marginal federal personal income tax rate increases by one percentage point, other things being equal, the shadow economy grows by 1.4 percentage points. Also in the United States, holding down the top marginal income tax rate may prevent further growth of the shadow economy... Government regulations can substantially raise the cost of labor to firms in the official economy. Such regulations include license requirements, labor market regulations, trade barriers, and labor restrictions for foreigners. Employers in the official economy who shift most of the associated additional costs on to their employees give them a strong incentive to move into the shadow economy. In short, the informal or the shadow economy exists as a consequence to government’s actions, particularly tax policies, assorted regulations, welfare programs and others. Bottom line: The huge share by the informal or shadow economy only proves that the Philippine economy manages to grow in spite of the government. Therefore, credit is due NOT to politicians but to local entrepreneurs most especially to the shadow economy for defying all these regulatory and political obstacles.

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The compliments of lies SOME readers have started to ask on how the provincial government of Misamis Oriental is faring these days. We have no direct answer to that question. After all, we have not seen any relevant accomplishment of the provincial government in the past six months. What we learned albeit superficially is that Gov. Bambi Emano has a group of “cordon sanitaire” at the provincial Capitol. These Cris Diaz after hearing complaints that some department heads decide and influence the decision of the governor. Well, the bureaucracy is the favorite playground of “carpet buggers” and “leeches” whose objective is to carry out personal agenda at the expense of others. These people believed they deserved the exceptional privilege accorded to the power that be. What really is frustrating is that these people believed that the elected public official is indebted to them. Whatever that means, they always consider themselves as the “voice” that could dictate decisions of the policy makers. In the case of the provincial Capitol or city government, these people enjoy the rare privilege of dictating the decision of the governor or the city mayor. Have anyone heard of the satirical dictum: “Approved without thinking?” The statement clearly demonstrates the power of the “select few” who influenced the decision

of elected government officials. More often than not, this is how the bureaucracy operates in the country. Of course, the presumption is always denied. Perhaps, this is one of the reasons for the inclusion of public administration in the academia. The subject aims to dissect the way public servants administer the affairs of the government. The locus of the subject is to find out how the public servants, especially the elective public officials, serve the constituents. The subject also aims to examine the complexity of the bureaucracy as a system. This is the kind of bureaucracy that makes it easily vulnerable to graft. Undeniably, the provincial Capitol - then and now – in Misamis Oriental and in the other provinces has exhibited the inherent symptoms of a rotten bureaucracy. Consequently, the public has the mandate to check the signs of corruption that are gradually emerging at the provincial Capitol this day. The statement might be discriminatory for those who are enjoying the comfort at the Capitol. The carpet buggers would always be upset to hear or see the other side of the closet. After all, enjoying the compliment of lies always make the day. That is what the politicians, who thrived on lip service, would always want to hear. That is where the “carpet buggers” and “leeches” are adept with too: “The compliment of lies.” •• Listen to “Alarma sa Udtong Tutok,” a daily commentary from Monday to Friday at 11:00 – to 12 noon, at 95.7 FM Mellow Touch.

IN THE United States, the process of choosing their presidential bets takes about two years to finish (take note that we are talking here of the process of determining their presidential candidates only and not election yet). The system, practice and tradition in the US give so much emphasis, so much premium on the selection of the official candidates of Who the party believes the two political parties, the could best represent and Democrats and the Repub- could best carry out their licans not on their election. respective platforms of gov-

takes a longer time than the election of the president itself. The view under this practice is that the election of the president is not solely based on the person but how best he can articulate and into action his party’s Jesse E.L. Bacon II put platform and vision. To a certain extent, we likewise elect our president based ernment gets the nod of the on this ideal, which is to party. This is primarily the chose the best platform of rationale why the selection government that a particular See PEOPLE’S, page 11 of the party’s candidates

People’s involvement A deeper view

Guilty Special Gospel of the day: Luke9:7-9(January8, 2014-Wednesday) Luke 9:7-9-Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him: This gospel emphasizes the acceptance of Herod to his criminal act against John the Baptist. In Matthew 14:10-And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. Therefore, Herod was a mortal sinner for killing the innocent John the Baptist but unfortunately, there was no justice prevailed since Herod was in the highest position on earth. This is the same to our present society that criminals who are rich and powerful are not sentence to death. They are not convicted because they can bribe the Judge in a certain crime committed. In Proverbs 17:23-A wicked [man] taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment. But look, Herod was disturbed upon hearing the name of Jesus

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‘Friendly’ drones? one day, after super typhoon “Yolanda” left chaos and appalling, dreadful distress I received a phone call from Berlin/Germany. The editor-in-chief of news-television channel N24 (News 24) asked me if I would be able to deliver some reports about the disaster via telephone during the live news. I agreed. From this moment on “Yolanda” and all its side effects have become one of the main topics of my journalistic work since staying in the Philippines for good. Only bad (or negative) news is “good news” for media. We all know that. But I also love to write or talk about positive news from time to time. When you hear the word “drone”, you may think of war and surveillance. But as relief efforts in the Philippines after super typhoon “Yolanda” (“Haiyan”) have shown, the unmanned aircraft can also help save lives in times of crisis. A certain Mark Roesen has been working for the German aid agency I.S.A.R. (International Search and Rescue) for many years. He first deployed the drone -which was made available for free by Ascending Technologies- while working as a relief worker in the Philippines. The drone enables people to film the area from the air and determines which streets are passable. Nobody no longer needs to send anybody out to scout the area. The disaster team is indeed relieved by this, as exploring a disaster zone without the help to up-to-date imagery can become very risky and time-consuming. When it comes to saving human lives, every second counts! Roesen and his team were able to treat more than 2,400 people over a period of roughly two weeks... . I love such drones!

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Word on fire Bro. Edcel L. Closas since of the wrong belief that John was resurrected for revenge. This is normal for a guilty person because his conscience is disturbing him deep inside. Take note, our “conscience” is the little voice of God speaking within us. In Romans 9:1-I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost. Are you guilty? Meaning you have un repented sins. SPONSORED: Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:30 PM - Sunday: #09284149490-09266607505: Question – Prayer request: Please follow me “WORD ON FIRE” on CCTN channel 12-CDO @ 10 PM- Mondays and Tuesdays @ 1 PM. God loves you!!!

THIS column is dedicated to all the officers and members of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship, I would like to admire our President Ret. Judge Isaac G. Robillo Jr., and Bro. Manuel Esquadro for sharing their blessings to the low less people; the Badjao’s particularly in Isla Verde and 76- A Bucana Davao City and fellowmen without counting any returns. With the help of Bro. Manuel Origines and yours truly in the dissemination of the gifts and especially

to Bro. Albert Labacar. I recalled a story of an old man who went fishing one day. Sitting on the dock with his bucket and ruler set at 10 inches, the man would reel in a fish and measure it against the ruler, when the fish was within his range he’d unhook the fish and toss it into the bucket. A couple of times he reeled in a real beauty that was over a foot long. He measured it and threw it back into the water. Another guy fishing next See GIVE, page 11

Morally upright leadership: key to good governance By Peter E. Lu

THE are moments when men should pause in deep humility and look beyond the passing shadow of events to see the lowering magnitude of the forces which have been brought to bear upon, I judge this moment, I am humble before it. We, who gathered here personify, but no more

than, the act of establishing a new relationship between the two chambers- the Executive and the Legislature, which estranged for the past months. Today, under the new ste wardship of Mayor Jose M. Galario Jr. let that strangeness be forgotten and rather bind ourselves to the unity of progress,

peace, and harmony for our beloved city of Valencia. And in the execution of such plan, nothing is more essential in establishing good and unselfish relationship between our offices, attachments of good faith, passionate support of policy programs, set aside political color and above all “The Love of God.”

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Much has been said and written during the campaign period, and the aftermath of it; Many have lost their jobs, some have been augmented their positions and others may have gained. Turmoil of political matters and of political considerations is an epitome of the past, present, and future administration in our political society. I believed every one of you knows what

I am driving at. As we leap forward, it is with utmost importance to define the imperative of moral governance, The virtues of establishing and sustaining consensus on all directions, initiatives, and policies vital to the well being of our constituents. Our moral obligation is to represent the ultimate ethical responsibility. The ultimate good is the good of

the people, and the ultimate interest is the interest of the city, irregardless of our political affiliation. If these are / attained, then the well- being and dignity of every individual in a society of / equals are secured. And as long as we are motivated primarily by the will to serve. Our moral substance will ensure the purest virtues See morally, page 11

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ASILAN – A notorious Abu Sayyaf leader tagged as behind the spate of kidnappings and terrorism in the southern Philippines escaped a military operation on Basilan, one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region, officials said Monday.

Officials said Nurhassan Jamiri who was with 11 other gunmen escaped rocket attacks from a military helicopter on a sandbar at Kalang Sibubong just a kilometer away from the village of Bato-Bato in Al-Barka town. The gunmen were having a picnic when troops spotted them. The rebels escaped on a motorized boat to a mangrove area in the neighboring village of Cambug while the military dispatched a gunboat to pursue the Abu Sayyaf band, but lost them, according to Captain Jefferson Somera, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division. “We have alerted troops and government militia forces in Basilan about the group of Jamiri. They were told to stay alert and take precautionary measures to pre-empt hostile enemy plans,” Somera told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. He said there were no casualties in the military operation, but the Mindanao Human Rights Action Center said two minors

Google map of Al-Barka town in Basilan province in southern Philippines. And a representative of the Mindanao Human Rights Action Center interviews one of the victims of the military airstrike in Basilan. (Photo courtesy of Mindanao Human Rights Action Center)

who were among a group of 70 picnickers were injured in the airstrikes on Kalang Sibubong. It said the victims were residents of Al-Barka town. The Mindanao Human Rights Action Center said the two victims were part of an Arabic school picnic organized by their teachers. “The victims sustained various injuries to their bodies. They were taken to St. Peter Hospital in Lamitan City for emergency medical treatment.

One of the injured was already sent home today while the other is still recovering at the hospital,” it said in a report obtained by the Mindanao Examiner. “The picnic was composed of students and teachers as well as parents. There were 70 persons who joined the picnic, as well as other civilians who were also in the beach but not part of the school excursion. According to the parents of the students, their children were traumatized by the

incident. Witnesses estimated that the air strike lasted for about 30 minutes and that the shells fell around 30 meter from them,” the report said. A government official of Lamitan, who also volunteers for the Mindanao Human Rights Action Center, immediately phoned a military commander to stop the air strike as soon as he received a frantic call from the picnickers. (Mindanao Examiner)

LTO set to implement vehicle license plate standardization PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur - The Land Transportation Office (LTO) is set to implement the standardization of license plate for all types of vehicles this year. “The implementation is ready anytime this year, once our computer system program and some materials needed for the implementation are available,” local LTO District Chief Johan Macaumbos said Tuesday. Macaumbos said the new license plate number under the standardization will feature alphanumeric design such as three-letter and four-number combination for four-wheel motor vehicle and two-letter and five-number combination for motorcycle. The current license plate design of three-letter and threenumber for four-wheel motor vehicle and two-letters and four-numbers for motorcycle have been in use since 1981. Macaumbos said the new license plate will come in a black-and-white design patterned after that of Singapore and parts of Europe. Macaumbos said the new license plate has multiple security features, including laser-etched bar codes containing selective data inputs which will allow data verification with the LTO. He said it has also a reflective sheeting material, making the license plate visible even from wide-entrance angles and up to a distance of 100 feet both daytime and night time and anodized bolt head screws and nuts with serial numbers that will prevent tampering and removal of the license plates from the vehicle once installed. He added the new security features will promote safety and reliability in accordance with international standards.(PNA)

Zambo mayor inspects old dumpsite ERRATUM

In connection with the NOTICE on the Affidavit of Claim with Waiver of Rights published on January 3, 2014 page 12, the true and correct name of deceased Philippine Veterans Bank-Butuan Branch depositor is JESUITO M. CORRALES and not Jeselito M. Corrales as published. Sorry for the inadvertence. MDN: Jan. 8, 2014

ZAMBOANGA CITY - Mayor Ma. Isabelle Cli- maco-Salazar motored Monday to this city’s garbage dumpsite in Barangay Lumbangan to see the condition of people living nearby and ensure their health safety amid For Northern Mindanao the piles of garbage and Send Application and Curriculum Vitae’ other refuse materials in Email Ad: the area. Salazar’s visit to the Or Call: 727935


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R.A. Form No. 10172 (LCRO) Republic of the Philippines Province of Lanao del Norte MUNICIPALITY OF BAROY OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that LABELLE MOLINA AMEN has filed with this Office a Petition for Correction of entry in sex from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the Birth Certificate of LABELLE MOLINA AMEN who was born on May 08, 1993 at Maliwanag, Baroy, Lanao del Norte and whose parents are ROGELIO C. AMEN and MERLYN C. MOLINA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 30 JANUARY 2014. (Sgd.) CIRILO A. MICULOB Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Jan. 8 & 15, 2014

area came on the heels of a letter from the Lumbangan barangay council, bringing to her attention the foul odor apparently emanating from the nearby garbage dumpsite and the seepage. Since health is one of the priority programs of Climaco’s administration,

the lady chief executive visited the area as she instructed the City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Reynaldo Gonzales to make sure the residents there will not be exposed to health hazards from the garbage. See dumpsite, page 11

RA 10172 Form (LCRO)

Republic of the Philippines Province of Lanao del Norte Municipality of Tubod OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION

In compliance with Rule 7 of Republic Act No. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that LEONERIE PRADES PIDOR has filed with this office a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error in the Child’s Gender under the entry of Sex from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of KANE PRAISE PRADES PIDOR bearing LCR No. 98-945 who was born on 09 NOVEMBER 1998 at TUBOD, LANAO DEL NORTE and whose parents are LEONERIE PRADES PIDOR and ROLANDO MABAO PIDOR. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this office not later than January 20, 2014. (Sgd.) JULIET BALURAN GALAMBAO, CE Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Jan. 8 & 15, 2014

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LGU, vendors thresh out local demolition policy


AVAO CITY -- The chief of the Demolition Group of the Davao City local government announced the holding of a whole-day demolition briefing with all sidewalk vendors of the city on January 10 at the Almendras Gymnasium to iron out kinks in the implementation of the local demolition policy, particularly, the move to manage the sidewalks and clear it from illegal vendors. Speaking at the Kapehan sa SM, Retired Colonel Yusof Jimlani, head of the City Demolition Group


said the primary concern of the meeting is to clear out issues like death threats hurled against him by some

quarters for implementing the law. He recalled that one member of the Demolition Team was killed while conducting a clearing operation in December, 2010 in Bangkerohan. Jimlani claimed that a threat was hurled against him emanating allegedly from the vendors in Tibungco for doing his job. He said that as a former military officer, he is used to threats from the enemies of the state. Jimlani also asserted that the street vendors

were never allowed to sell their wares during the Christmas Holidays along the city thoroughfares. However, he clarified that the vendors were given due humanitarian consideration to continue their trade in the spirit of Christmas up to January 2. “Even with the due consideration, they continue to defy the local government policy by selling their goods even in the prohibited areas,” he said. Jimlani said all vendors from Calinan, Lasang and Toril will be gathered to

discuss about the demolition policy and the move to establish a night market starting January. He also lauded the sidewalks vendors of Toril for taking the initiative to clear the sidewalks after the holidays without the intervention from the City Demolition Team. Jimlani said that the City Demolition Team will continue to work with the Traffic Management Center. He said that both offices have agreed that vendors selling on the streets will

Sta. Cruz fisher folks benefit from bangka loan

STA. CRUZ, Davao del Sur – A hundred fisher folks here have recently benefited from a bangka (outrigger) loan project which forms part of the ag r i-f isher y de velop me nt prog r am of t he provincial government of Davao del Sur. The program specifically provided livelihood opportunity for the fisher folks of Sta. Cruz through shallow

water fishing. Te n b e n e f i c i a r i e s each from the ten c o a s t a l b a r a n g ay s o f Sta. Cruz were the initial recipients who hail from b a r a n g ay s In aw ay a n , Darong, Astorga, Coronon, Zone 1, Zone 3, Zone 4, Tuban, Tagabuli and Bato. The fisher folk beneficiaries received mo-

torized bangka for their livelihood during the launching of the Banca L o an proj e c t on D e cember 23 last year at Barangay Zone 3. Governor Claude P. Bautista fulfilled this p ro m i s e t o t h e f i s h erfolks as part of his agr i-f isher y de velop ment program that aims to alleviate the sector

from poverty which is basically the Governor’s priority. The Governor assured t hat additiona l batches of bangkas will also be given to the other coastal towns of Davao del Sur. (MIO-Sta. Cruz/ Julius K. Paner)

be handled by the TMC while vendors selling on the sidewalks will be taken care of by the City Demolition Team. Jimlani said vendors committing illegal acts are widespread on and along the streets of San Pedro, Ilustre, Bangkerohan and Magsaysay Avenue. “Selling on the streets is simply obstruction and it is the call of the TMC to address it, so we have to work together as operatives of the City Mayor’s Office,” Jimlani said. (RGA/JSD/ PIA-XI)


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to the present who were known to have a “high sense of responsibility and professional competence, who conducted series of counseling to PNP personnel on their personal, marital and workrelated problems.” The other awardees included Sr. Supt. Pedro U. Obaldo, Supt. Daniela Radaza, Chief Insp. Nathaniel Talip, Chief Insp. (Fr.) Joselito D. Borja and Sr. Insp. Venus Nelmida. (PNA)

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Bergado accomplished with flying colors, PMAPCDO’s 2013 goals ofraising the bar of excellence among its officers and members, which includedhosting professional seminars, benchmarking company tours, an industrial summit; pursuing socially-responsible advocacies; and establishing linkages with the academe and government agencies. She turns over the reins to Magdale during the official installation in February by the PMAP National President Atty. Josephus B. Jimenez. Apart from Magdale,the 2014 PMAP-CDO Board consists of experienced HR professionals:VP & PRO

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Members of the minority bloc led by Minority Floor Leader Teodulfo Lao Jr. opted not to participate in discussions in yesterday’s agenda citing Section 323 of the Local Government Code, which states the effects of Non-Passage of the Annual Budget. Presiding Officer Protempore Councilor Ramon G. Tabor said the same law provides that the City Council has 90 days at the beginning of the ensuing fiscal year to enact the ordinance before the appropriations budget for the preceeding year is reenacted.

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“Naay budget walay POW, aprubahan nalang nato?” Tabor asked. He lamented that the city council is blamed for the delay. “Had the documents been complete, the committee could have called for a special session to discuss this,” Tabor pointed out. (LCR)

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the validity of the election of Mario Emano. “If he can secure confirmation then he can sit in the SP,” he said. “It’s nothing personal against Emano and there is no political color to it,” he added. “When confirmation comes, Khu will step down,” he said. Emano and Khu showed up in Monday’s regular session of the provincial board but Emano later left when he was not recognized as the representative of the ABC provincial chapter.

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supply of vaccines, especially for measles,” he told The Power, the official journal of the City Council. This, after Pajo learned that a survey conducted by personnel, nurses and midwives of the City Health Office last October 2013, shows that 15,757 out of 29,039 children aging from one-year old to four-yearold from the 80 barangays have yet to be given vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Pajo commended health personnel and Barangay Health Workers (BHW) for the survey and for continuing efforts to implement the expanded program on immunization in all barangays. The activity is one the strategies of the Department of Health, Region 10 to prevent the outbreak of measles, The Power learned. As this developed, Pajo calls on all newly-elected barangay officials to support the programs of their respective health centers. Pajo also encourages parents to give proper nutrition to their children and to maintain a clean and healthy environment for them. (ELB)

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the town of Villanueva in Misamis Oriental. The FDCUI’s will construct three units of coalfired power plant with a capacity of 135-MW each inside the Phividec Industrial Estate where it initially plans to operate two units at 270-MW in 2016 and the other unit in 2018. In constructing the plant, it said it will use the latest and modern technology called the “circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler” and other environmentallyfriendly systems such as the electrostatic precipitator (ESP). CFB is a process that ensures less emissions, reusable waste or by-products––where bottom and fly ash are usable inputs to cement production or as coarse materials for road construction––and overall lower hazard to human health, safety and environment. Unlike the older or “typi-

cal” coal-fired power plants that generate black ashes, those plants that employed CFB generate whiter bottom and fly ashes. The CFB boiler is able to break down fuel (coal) better due to the circulating motion which is unique to the CFB itself, according to the document obtained by Mindanao Daily News. Older thermal plants use pulverized coal systems (pre-crushed coal boiled much like a kettle boiling water), the document reads. To complement the CFB boiler technology, FDCUI also adopts other mechanisms that contribute to having a comprehensive clean coal approach. ESP, or electrostatic air cleaner is a particulate collection device that removes particles from a flowing gas (such as air) using the force of an induced electrostatic charge, according to, an online encyclopedia. Electrostatic precipitators are highly efficient filtration devices that minimally impede the flow of gases through the device, and can easily remove fine particulate matter such as dust and smoke from the air stream. FD CUI also adopts covered systems for coal handling to ensure minimal fugitive dust within the premises of the power plant. Likewise, part of FDCUI clean coal approach is transparent, multi-sectoral and consultative approach to plant operations and community building by organizing the multipartite monitoring team (MMT). The MMT will be composed of representatives from local government unit, community, civil society organization, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and other key stakeholders whose primary role is to conduct periodic monitoring of the power plants to ensure strict compliance to government guidelines and transparency. “We share the view of environmentalists that there is a need to protect people and the environment,” said the FDCUI in a statement, adding “this is why FDC-Misamis has proactively chosen the CFB technology for its 405-MW power plant project and has taken measures to ensure its investment is not only economically viable but environmentally sound.” Tomorrow: Coal vs renewable energy

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It w as l e ar ne d t he OCENR was already addressing the problem. This developed as the city government is ready to open and operate the safer and modern mode of garbage disposal management--the so-called sanitary landfill system which was initiated during the previous administration of now first district Rep. Celso Lobregat. Costing the city govern-

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ment about P65 million, the landfill system located in Barangay Salaan will be operational by the first quarter of this year. It is designed in a manner that will mitigate potential environmental impacts. The facility has a total land area of 10.6 hectares that would accommodate the solid waste disposal for at least 10 years. It includes all associated infrastructures, support facilities and phased development of landfill cells with associated engineering and environmental management system, at least one cell for the disposal of solid waste with approximately 240,000 cubic meters of void space (minimum) for waste (excluding cover materials) based on an estimated average waste disposal/input of 200 tons per day and compacted density of 0.75 tons/cubic meter. The city’s 14-year-old open dumpsite in Barangay Lumbangan will be closed as soon as the sanitary landfill facility in Barangay Salaan will be operational.(PNA)

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of the Filipino conscience. But to the compromise and betray the common good and interest, are the darkest evil. For government’s supreme aim is not mere political peace or social order. Government needs to earn the respect of the governed; it must inspire their faith. It must fortify their belief that under its aegis, their welfare will be secured and protected, so that we all can discover and nourish the commonality of our yearnings for a better life, a life of dignity in a just human society. A morally upright leadership is a key to good government. •• Editor’s Note: Peter E. Lu is the executive assistant of Valencia City Mayor Jose M. Galario Jr.

more if we hope to receive more. This way we make room for good things to flow into us and through we increase enthusiasm and commitment in our work. We invest “love, care and time in our relationship”. We sow seed of kindness. Ultimately, prosperity is not an issue of having but being. A gift is always the best on the assessment of the giver and the receiver should appreciate it as fit to his honor and ascendancy. The weight of fame and grace of the act stirs appreciation and esteem to give rise to the friendly relations that presage the quest of eternal feeling of LOVE.

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candidate represents. But the peculiarity of our practice is that the person also plays a very important role in the determination of who the voter elects, hence, the description of our presidential election as very personalityoriented. Given his background and experience, Giberto “Gibo” Teodoro, was perhaps the best material for the presidency. But the persona of sitting president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino at that point in 2010 was more acceptable to the people hence his landslide victory over all his equally if not more qualified foes. Aquino emerged winner also because of the platform of government that he espoused and stood for which is the pursuit of the daang matuwid. That was the most

apt platform at that time for a candidate wanting to replace a perceived corrupt president. The victory of P-Noy could never be attributed to money because at the start he had none. In fact, his presidential run had to be bankrolled by his running mate, Mar Roxas, during its initial stage. It was only when his victory became apparent that donors flocked to his camp. Manny Villar who had all the money he needed even fared badly compared to Erap Estrada who did not have the money either and whose battle cry was solely anchored on his desire for vindication after his ignominious fall from power. At this point, I think it would be to the nation’s welfare and interest if the people start to consider who to endorse to replace Aquino in 2016. It should be the people who should determine who can best represent their agenda, their interests after Aquino. The practice of allowing the aspirants to choose themselves, to anoint themselves to run for the presidency in 2016 should be stopped. The process of selecting the candidates should be given back to the people not the politicians who, more often than not, seek the office for their own selfish and vested interests. The truth is that so far there are only two presidents who personally did not aspire to become one. They are mother and son Cory and P-Noy. Cory never dreamt of running for president. She was reluctantly thrust into that office. P-Noy for his part never had any intention of running until Cory died and the people

cried for him to run. P-Noy was never in the radar of any political party or any political interest group to be groomed for the presidency. Circumstances, however, presented the opportunity for both Cory and P-Noy to seek the presidency even if against their will. I could still remember how Cory refused to be cajoled by her party mates, political supporters to seek the presidency in 1992 on the ground that the one term limit for the president does not apply to her. But she adamantly refused. And I also remember how agonizing it was for P-Noy to make that decision of seeking the presidency when doing so was never in his mind even in his wildest dreams. The time I believe is already ripe for the people to commence the process of selecting a truly people-chosen candidate for the presidency in 2016. The people should not leave this very important decision to the whim and caprice of politicians such as Vice President Jejomar Binay and Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas. But this does not mean that they should not be considered. Far from that! But the selection of any candidate should be made by the people not by the eager-beaver politicians whose only dream in life is to be in power all their life. Political leadership, we should not forget, is servanthood not ego-tripping as displayed by the two touted presidential aspirants in 2016. •• (Reactions at jelbacon@ or at jelbacon@ Read me also at

2nd District BM Edwin B. Florida passed away: Misamisnons mourns Text and Photos by PJTREMEDAL, Misamis Occidental Bureau

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to him asked the old man, I don’t understand it. Why did you waste them?” The old man said, “they don’t fit my frying pan which is only 1o inches, so back they go into the water. When we give a gift it does not matter what the worth is in the appraisal of the individual yet yourself a human being could be incomparable to all inanimate objects as you are giving your totality to another human being. The chances are, the response would become symbiotic acts. Giving gifts that one can afford and the greatest value he can afford reflect the endearing message to the recipient. When we give with love and charity. The Bible states, “to everyone who has, more will be given and he will have abundance: but he who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. Indeed, we need to give

Born (February 11, 19580 )and raised as a poor man’s son in his native Town of Calamba, Misamis Occidental, a loving Father, a responsible Family Man, a perfect Husband, a dedicated Legislator, and a Public Comforter passed away last December 24, 2013. Survived by his wife, Mrs. Beatriz Gamalinda Florida and children; Don Delano, Alamo Bay and little sister Beatriz Athena. As a public servant, BM Florida as a Lawyer landed on his first job as a Law Office staff of the son-inlaw of former President Carlos P. Garcia, become a

Congressional staff in the halls of Congress, once a S.E.C. employee and was trained by the FBI Academy in the US, but he want to serve his people. BM Edwin in May 2010 as a Lakas-CMD party mate runs and elected as Board Member of Misamis Occidental representing the 2nd District. In 2013, he was again elected (for his 2nd term) but never finished his dreams as the majority floor leader of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Misamis Occidental for he perished due to an illness that makes him suffer for

almost 16 months, but he tried to hide it from his colleagues and continue serving the people of Misamis Occidental. BM Edwin as friends and colleagues, legislative staff, co-workers of the government calls him joined his creator on December 24, 2013, and on Monday (January 6, 2014) he was given a day in his Sangguniang Panlalawigan for him to be visited by them thru a necrological rites and last vigil and on Tuesday (January 7, 2014) he will be laid to rest at Pryce Memorial Gardens in Dimaluna, Ozamiz City.

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Valencia City mayor bares accomplishments for 2013 Editor’s Note: Below is the accomplishment report of Valencia City Mayor Jose M. Galario Jr. which was delivered by Merlita R. Delin during the first convocation on January 6, 2014 held at the city hall ground. The accomplishment report covers the month from July 01 to December 31, 2013.

IN 2001, when Mayor Jose M. Galario Jr. first assumed office as the local chief executive of the city of Valencia, he never waivered in his commitment to serve the Valencianos through expanded provision of social services, agriculture development, construction of relevant infrastructure projects, stabilizing peace and order in the city and initiating such other programs, projects and activities aimed at uplifting the lives of the Valenciano especially the poorest among the poor. Now that Galario reassumes the role as the “father of Valencia City,” we can expect that more relevant and appropriate programs, projects and activities on social services with emphasis on health and nutrition, peace and order, economic and infrastructure development will be implemented in this year and in the coming years. On this note, I am pleased to impart to you the highlights of accom-

plishment of the Office of the City Mayor for six (6) months from July-December 2013. • For human resource/ personnel matters, our City Mayor approved the promotion of 21 regular

employees, appointment of 61 new employees occupying regular positions and hiring of 406 & 1,367 employees with perennial and Job order status of appointment, respectively. • For sports develop-

ment, our City Mayor sustained the conduct of sports activities particularly during the fiesta and civil service month celebrations. In fact, because of our City Mayor’s full support Our Mayor also provided full support to Valencia Golden Harvest Team which led to the following accomplishments: -Champion, Araw ng Kinoguitan Invitational Basketball Tournament -Champion, Kapatagan Invitational Basketball Tournament -Champion, Talisayan Invitational Basketball Tournament Champion, Laligan Invitational Basketball Tournament -1st Runner up, Maramag Invitational Basketball Tournament -2nd Runner Up, Valencia Fiesta Open Invitational Basketball Tournament • Also, City Mayor Jose M. Galario, Jr., sustained and expanded the city nutrition programs which ultimately led to the successful implementation of the following major nutrition programs -implementation of home, school and community food production in coordination with the City Agriculture Office, Rural Improvement Club (RIC) and Barangay nutrition Committees (BNC).

-Conducted micronutrient supplementation to children, pregnant and lactating mothers, food fortification -Conducted massive Information Education Campaign (IEC) on Food Fortification which basically focused on the use of iodized salt and consumption processes food products with Sangkap Pinoy Seal. -Facilitated 1-meal plus program, a food feeding program intended to decrease prevalence of Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM) among pre¬school and schoolchildren in the City -Conducted “Pabasa sa Nutrisyon” and distributed free nutria-guide -Provided livelihood assistance to families with severely underweight children and coordinated with the City Health office in the conduct of nutrition essential Maternal and Child health Services. • Consistent with the present administration’s commitment to boost the local tourism industry and provide worthwhile entertainment to Valencianos in the Christmas and Charter day celebrations, our City Mayor thru the City Tourism Office launched the Panlibatuhan Festival on December 18, 2013 attended by city government officials, employees of the City Gov-

ernment, representatives of the business sector, NGOs, POs and CVOs and the 31 barangays. The Panlibatuhan Festival will culminate on January 12, 2014 in celebration of the 13th Charter Day Anniversary of the City of Valencia. A civic parade will kick off the celebration to be participated in by the officials and employees of the City Government, the 31 barangays and other stakeholders in the City to be followed by various activities carefully lined-up to make this celebration even more momentous for the people of Valencia and the rest of the visiting public. Other priority projects of the present administration includes the Seed Subsidy Program implemented thru the City Agriculture’s Office, providing educational assistance to poor but deserving students, hospitalization assistance to indigent families, financial assistance to individuals in crisis situation and burial assistance to bereaved indigent families. Another major initiative carried by the City Government under the administration of Mayor Jose M. Galario Jr., is the special JMG Program which benefited hundreds of constituencies with health conditions. --MRS

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