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Butuan is another Cebu in 2023 - BCCFI By Noel Najarro

BUTUAN CITY -- The local business community is looking at Butuan as another Cebu in the next 10 years, in terms of commerce, trade and tourism. During the most recent business forum here, President Joseph Omar O. Andaya of the Butuan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (BCCFI) stated, "Butuan City has a very big potential of

becoming another Cebu City in 2023, with its people and natural resources, and of its being the regional center." Very much contributory to this, he said, are the numerous development projects now obtaining in the city and the rest of Caraga Region, particularly in the field of renewable energy, responsible mining and eco-tourism, among others. Supporting Andaya's statement, City

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Mt. Magdiwata threatened by environmental damage anew


By Cris V. Panganiban, Regional Editor

AN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur - Mt. Magdiwata, the pride of the local townsfolk as the only source of water in their households and natural shield from the onslaught of disastrous typhoons, is under serious threat anew by the same people who abused it at the height of environmental degradation in 2010.

Concerned residents sounded the alarm on the resurgence of illegal logging and illegal mining inside and near the watershed early this month after learning that the encroachment have again become bolder and rampant. In November 2010, some 4,000 residents staged a

mass protest through a caravan towards the foot of the mountain to call for a stop of illegal mining activities involving local businessmen in partnership with Chinese financiers within the buffer zone of the watershed in the guise of sand and gravel operations. The protest actions came

to the hilt after residents were fed up with some other indiscriminate mining activities by small-scale mining tunnel operator Judito Pintado in Sitio Sumugbong in Alegria and East Coast Mineral Resources in Barangay Mati which continued People mill around the landslide area to watch rescuers trying to retrieve the bodies to operate despite a govern- of miners killed in a cave in near the Mt. Magdiwata watershed during heavy rains in DAMAGE | page 11

‘Heroes’ are never forgetten CAMP RAFAEL C. RODRIGUEZ, Libertad, Butuan City – Monday flag raising ceremony signals the start of regular working days for almost all government agencies. Likewise, the Police Regional Office (PRO-13) regularly conducts flag raising ceremony. The time to recognize and award its

November 2012. (Photo San Franz radio)

Aneco says Butuan dad’s tax collection charge false

deserving members. Last Monday’s flag raising ceremony at the regional grandstand was highlighted by the By Pat Samonte giving of the President’s SoRegional Editor cial Fund – Special Financial Assistance (PSF-SFA) to Mrs. BUTUAN CITY – General ManLeona B. Langbid, wife of the ager Horacio Santos of Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ANECO) said all allegations of Councilor Sergio Pascual against the electric distribution firm including “exacting taxes” to consumers through its billing “FALSE”, SAYS ANECO OF ALL ACCUSATIONS. Aneco General system were “entirely false and Manager Horacio Santos (left) refutes all the accusations of Butuan COLLECTION | page 11

City Councilor Sergio Pascual (right).

PNP Maritime-Caraga tops nationwide By RoelCatoto of MindaNews

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE – Police Chief Supt. Getulio P. Napeñas, Police Regional Office (PRO-13) director, hands over the financial assistance check of P250,000.00 to Mrs. Leona Langbid after the flag raising ceremony at the regional grandstand on July 22, 2013. (Photo provided/asf)

SURIGAO CITY – The PNP Maritime Office-Caraga, under the watch of Director Edgard Cuanan, ranks first nationwide in the implementation of Republic Act 8550, otherwise known as the Fisheries Code of the Philippines. The recognition came the

office of Chief Supt. Henry P. Losanes, acting director of said branch of the PNP, as made public by the Management Division for Operations during the command conference on July 4 and 5 in Camp Crame, Metro Manila. Since January this year, Cuanan’s office has conducted 85 preventive operations against all forms of illegal fishing, result-

ing in 29 apprehensions and the arrest of 127 persons. Cuanan said 29 fishing boats, with fishing paraphernalia and 560 kilos of assorted fish costing P3.9 million were intercepted. Charges for violating the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 have been filed in appropriate courts. (RoelCatoto / MindaNews/jdelpf )

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Guv leads outreach program in Mimbahandi

NASIPIT, Agusan del Norte -- To bring government services closer to the people, Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell M. Amante-Matba led an outreach program' in Sitio Mimbahandi, recently. Mimbahandi is a sitio which is an hour and 30-minute ride from the center of Barangay Camagong, this municipality, accessible only by ‘habalhabal’ or four-wheel drive vehicles. Outreach is one of Governor Amante’s provinceneeds based programs, delivering medical, dental, goods and other social services, particularly to the most needy communities. The program is being

entrusted to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) Office, led by Daisybiel O. Demavivas, with doctors, nurses and dentists. During the occasion, Gov. Amante vowed, “I will prioritize the areas that I haven’t been to, especially the farthest ones.” A total of 205 clients were provided free medical consultations and 35 dental extractions. School supplies were also given to 225 schoolchildren, as well as packs of food supplies consisting of rice, sardines and noodles. (NCLM/Brian Ceballos, LGU-Agusan del Norte/ PIA-Agusan del Norte/asf)

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the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). After the culmination program in Surigao del Nor te on July 3, 2013 where a total of 439 beneficiaries have finished the program, another set

TAX HOLIDAY - Caraga Refinery Oil Corporation Manager Alfonso Tuba Jr. (second from left) and Marketing Manager Gil Delos Santos (center) receive from Governor Eddiebong Plaza the certification for a three-year tax holiday, starting March 23, 2013 to March 22, 2016. The incentive is given to the corporation for investing in the province, per Ordinance No. 12 of 1998. Also in photo are Provincial Economic Enterprise Development Officer Rodel Maglunsod (second from right) and Mr. Joel Geolina. `` (PPIO_ADS/EDG/asf)

More youths benefit from C4TP in Caraga BUTUAN CITY – More youths from Caraga Region have finished the Cash for Training Program (C4TP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and

of 409 beneficiaries from Agusan del Norte received their Training Certificates on Friday from TESDACaraga Regional Director Florencio F. Sunico Jr. and DSWD-Caraga Regional Director Minda Brigoli, represented by the agency’s Chief of Operations Angelita Amista. In his speech, Director Sunico emphasized that the true meaning of quality output is through the skills acquired by the graduates. If t he b enef ici ar ies were able to understand deeply the true meaning and essence of the prog ram, t he y c an b e productive workers in the future having quality output through the skills they acquired, he stated. “For those who want

to help your family, you are bringing the skills with you. This will be your weapon to survive in this globally-competitive society. You need not be afraid because you are now equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitude that were imparted to you during your six-months training,” Sunico said. He also reminded the graduates that the investment made by the national government to realize the program is big, “thus, may you not forget this investment… Make use of your acquired skills in a good way for a better living for you and your family.” With the investment of the government, Dir. Sunico said this must go back to the beneficiaries’ families. “So, setting up

you and your families’ future must be needed.” The official further assured the graduates that since the tech-voc courses they have chosen have aligned to the demand of the industry in Caraga Region, the TESDA, DSWD and other concerned government agencies are one in providing post-training interventions through jobs facilitation. Sunico explained that while the country is sending some 4,000 Filipinos abroad daily, an option of going abroad is an opportunity for the graduates to grab. “I am confident that you are now prepared for global challenges because of the skills you have acquired… now, grab these opportunities,” Sunico added.

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After receiving their certificates, those who chose under the program’s self-employed component were given toolkits for them to start their livelihood. For graduates in commercial cooking, the beneficiaries each received two-burner stove, electric hand mixer and ot her utensils. Those who have finished automotive mechanics and driving each received auto tools as well as graduates of the computer hardware servicing. Complete welding gears were also given to graduates of the Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW). For every 10 graduates, they are given one welding machine, enough for them to start their own welding machine shop. C4TP is in support to government’s thrust in providing a sustainable intervention to improve the plight and condition of the youth and empower them through skills training and assistance towards gainful employment and entrepreneurial activities. The implementation of the program is in partnership with TESDA and the DSWD through the leadership of Sec. Joel Villanueva and Sec. Corazon Dinky S ol i man , re sp e c t ively. (RER , TESDA-C araga/ arjaysf )

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Comelec reminds voters to register By Emver Cortez

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) is reminding unregistered voters and those whose registrations got deactivated to go to their local COMELEC Office to register and update their personal details if they want to vote in the 2013 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. Comelec Commissioner Grace Padaca said Comelec’s Information Technology Department has posted a downloadable Voter Registration Form after finding out that voters have to wait in long lines to register and update their registration details. “For faster and easier registration voters can download the voter registration form at http://; Fill out one copy of the registration form and photocopy it twice so you have the required three copies; and do the thumb marks and signatures in See COMELEC, page 7


Lawmakers give varying reactions to PNoy’s Sona By Jazmin Camero and Rowena Bundang

HOUSE members gave varying reactions to the fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Aquino. Rep. Rose Marie “Baby” Arenas (4th District, Pangasinan) said the SONA captured all aspects of what the President wanted to tell the people. “The police matters, the economy.... It’s fantastic! The President was forceful; at the same time he delivered his SONA gently. It’s really his style. Mukhang inspired ang Presidente when he mentioned ‘the Philippines is the most romantic place to visit,’ parang romance is in the air,” said Arenas. Rep. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo (3rd District, Camarines Sur) said all the successes mentioned by the President were made possible because of the President’s “Tuwid na Daan” which put emphasis on the accountability of officials and transparency of the government. “I am happy that the President said for the next three LAND FOR FARMERS. Pedro Arnado of Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas score years, the government’s emphasis is in ensuring that President Aquino for failing to implement agrarian reform during the People’s SONA inclusive growth will be felt by all of us. at Rizal Park. photo by Medel V. Hernani

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DepEd reiterates respect for rights of Muslim studes THE Department of Education (DepEd) has reiterated its policy of respecting the religious rights of students including the right of female Muslim school children to use veil or headdress (hijab) inside the campus. Based on DepEd Order No. 32 series of 2013, the Department reiterates its policy on the protection of religious rights of students which was contained in DECS (Department of Education Culture and Sports) Order No. 53, series of 2001, entitled “Strengthening the

Protection of Religious Rights of Students.” Based on the order, Muslim girls shall be allowed to wear appropriate clothing during Physical Education (PE) classes in accordance with their religious beliefs. Moreover, Muslim students shall not be required to participate in non-Muslim religious rites. “These measures are part of our continuing thrust to make education universal, inclusive, and embracing of all faith,” said Secretary of Education Armin Luistro.

The Philippine Constitution guarantees the rights of citizens to freedom of religion and non-discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, creed, or color. While DepEd supports and promotes the right of Muslim Filipino women to wear the hijab or veil, it does not compel Filipino Muslim women to wear it. For Muslim Filipino women who have been hired as Arabic Language and Islamic Values Education (ALIVE) teachers, the wearing of ustadja (covering of the whole

face) is allowed outside the classroom. However, inside the classroom she is requested to remove the ustadja for proper identification of the teacher by the pupils thus promoting better teacherpupil relationship. Also, effective language teaching is better achieved when face covering is removed as pupils can clearly see the lip formation of the teacher when speaking which significantly helps in the correct production of the letter sounds.


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What parents can do to enhance their child’s learning in school


ost Filipino parents would agree that the best legacy they can give to their children is education. No matter how limited their resources are, sending their children to school tops the list of priorities. Education is seen as the means that will provide a better future, an investment worth pursuing.


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But what can parents do to support their child’s education? Or does it end with being able to send them to school? We in the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) believes that parents can contribute more to enhance their child’s learning. It is an observable fact, and perhaps backed by your own childhood experiences too, that when parents are very supportive of their children’s education (not only in the financial aspect), there is greater chance of success. Why? Because when parents are actively involved in their children’s education, they are sending the message to

their children that education is indeed important for they themselves are willing to share their time, energy, and resources for it. Here are three simple yet helpful ways on how you as a parent can enhance your child’s learning: 1. Monitor chi ld’s activities/assignments/ progress daily. This can be as simple as asking children what they did for the day. This not only enables parents to know what is going on in school, it also strengthens their communication with their children. Parents showing interest will boost a child’s confidence and will eventually motivate him/her to do something in school worth telling, like remembering an interesting topic in school. 2. Att e n d Pa re nt Teacher Association activities. This is an opportunity for parents to meet other parents, as well as the teachers, and establish a collaborative relationship with them. Most children of parents who are actively involved in school are more confident and happy students because they feel their parent’s support. It lessens behavioral problems too as the open communication between the parent and

the teacher is an essential tool for monitoring and implementing consistent discipline. 3. Make Time to Study Together. Particularly to younger kids, studying together can actually be a fun time to bond. Children will feel that they are not alone in this great task of learning because their parents are there to assist and motivate them. This is also a great way to develop children’s study habits early on. There are more ways for parents to enhance their child’s learning, but try these three things first and see the results yourself. Learning is not confined in school, and parents can actually do a lot to enhance their child’s learning. In RAFI’s Educational Quality Improvement through Community Empowerment and Capacity Building (EQUIP-CEBU) project, parents are encouraged and capacitated to be actively involved in education, even in planning and implementing projects, to improve its quality. After all, it takes a community to educate OUR children. (Tanya Amanda Flores/ Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.)

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Internet service soon on other PAL planes PHILIPPINE Airlines (PAL) will soon fit in all its B777 and Airbus A330-343 aircraft an inflight internet connection just like in its Boeing 777-300ER, which flew from Manila to Vancouver early this month. In its website, PAL said passengers can avail themselves of the inflight connectivity and can make phone calls and browse the internet while on air which is made possible with the installation of the inflight connectivity hardware called GSMConnex. PAL is the first commercial airline, which was installed with the GSMConnex equiment supplied by TriaGnoSys, while OnAir is the supplier for the GSM and WiFi connection. “Allowing our passengers to call and surf the web while flying is another first only a legacy carrier like PAL can offer. This new service is part of our strategy to provide only the best to our customers,” said Ramon S. Ang, PAL president.(PNA)

ASEAN starts promoting Experiential, creative tourism THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is promoting six experiential and creative travel themes to encourage multi-country trips across Southeast Asia. The themes include: “The Tastes of Southeast Asia,” “ASEAN, a Tropical Paradise,” “World Class Cities,” “Experience Diverse Traditions,” “Sport and Relaxation,” and “Diverse Contemporary Creativity.” This is part of the implementation of the ASEAN Tourism Marketing Strategy 2012-2015. An initial list of 20 tour operators offering the themes in multi-country itineraries are now on the new look ASEAN travel website, www. , the official website of ASEAN Tourism. More trips are being added. Website enhancements are underway. “Our new focus is on experiential and creative t o u r i s m t h at r e s p e c t s environment and culture,” said Mr. Aung Zaw Win, Director General, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism Myanmar, who is also Chairman of the ASEAN Tourism Product Development Working Group. “An authentic travel experience involves meaningful engagement with the heritage, arts and special character of our ASEAN

destinations,” he said in a press report posted on the ASEAN website. Mr Aung Zaw Win urged tour operators in ASEAN countries to develop more multi-countr y packages highlighting experiential and creative tourism, which he pointed out was a rising trend among consumers who want ‘authentic’ travel. “ To d a y ’s t r a v e l l e r s are more sophisticated and interested in unique experiences with immersion in local ways of life,” he said. “Our role is to therefore supp or t mu lt i - c ou nt r y experiential travel within ASEAN member states.” To inspire travellers, ASEAN has compiled a series of features about themes such as beach, nature and wildlife; cruise tour and rail; culture and heritage; education and volunteering; food and nightlife; fun and leisure; health and spa; outdoor and water sports; and pilgrimage tourism. All are available on Tour operators who would like to submit multi-country experiential programs for possible inclusion on the A SE A N t r ave l we b s it e should email their offerings t o at m c w g @ g m ai l . c om (ASEAN)

Tourism Industry welcomes Tune Hotel opening in CdO By Mike Baños

OFFICIALS of the tourism industry in Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao have rolled out the red carpet for the entry of Tune Hotel Cagayan de Oro with its soft opening held last July 19. “Tune Hotel’s arrival as the first international hotel chain in Cagayan de Oro underscores the vast potential of the city for the hospitality industry,” said Dorothy Jean B. Pabayo, chairperson of the Cagayan de Oro Tourism Council and former tourism regional director. “I am sure the guests who have experienced Tune Hotels’ hospitality abroad will patronize the new hotel when they visit us here.” The 159-room Tune Hotel Cagayan de Oro opened Friday in the heart of the Lapasan Central Business District and will take the group’s portfolio of hotels in the Philippines to five. Tune Hotels have quickly gained a strong foothold and acceptance of the brand’s concept in the Philippines with the first hotel opening in Angeles City (165 rooms) in February 2012, followed by Cebu (150 rooms) later in February, Ermita (167 rooms) in March and Makati (213 rooms) in July of last year. After Cagayan de Oro, there will be hotels in Quezon City (140 rooms), Ortigas (182 rooms) and Davao (155 rooms) for a total of eight hotels opened within a two-year period. “The Tune Hotel has

finally unfolded its red and white remarkably coated hotel, depicting an evident and exquisite image to the hospitality industry in the City of Golden Friendship,” said Nelia B. Lee, president of the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA). “Cagayan de Oro City will soon be Mindanao’s Premier Hospitality (Destination) due to the increasing worldclass standards of the region’s hotel and restaurant family,” Ms. Lee noted. “Together, the family will fathom a greater and broader spread of hospitality service in various guests’ perspective. We will tighten the bond and create more possibilities. Maayong Pag-Abot Tune Hotel sa Dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro.” Tune Hotels is a sister company of the Air Asia group of airlines, which is also steadily building its presence in the Philippines, most recently with the announcement of a strategic partnership with Zest Air, which flies direct from Manila to Cagayan de Oro via the newly opened Laguindingan Airport. Tune Hotel Cagayan De Oro is a welcome addition to the city with air passenger traffic growing to a robust 1.622 million in 2012.

The recent opening of the new Laguindingan Airport is also expected to further increase the number of flights especially for domestic low cost carriers which grew 6.12 percent in 2012 to 15,540 from 2011, data from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Area IX office shows. The Cagayan de OroMisamis Oriental cluster continues to be the most favored by foreign tourists in Northern Mindanao for 2012. Data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 10 shows that 74 percent of total foreign tourist arrivals visited the Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental cluster last year. The new Cagayan de Oro property is the first Tune Hotel in the Philippines to have a function room catering to up to 30 guests for meetings and social function. There will also be a restaurant at the ground floor to serve breakfast and provide food and beverage



services for meetings and events. “ This is a welcome development considering t hat we are t r y ing to position Cagayan de Oro as a convention city,” noted Efren Uy, president of the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (Oro Chamber). “With more top-of-the-line hotel rooms and facilities here we can easily convince events’ organizers to hold big gatherings in the area.” Cagayan de Oro continues to be a favored destination for the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) market with a 30.4 percent increase in the number of events from 2012 (902) to 2013 (1,176 partial date), according to the Department of Tourism Region 10 office (DOT-10). The number of delegates attending MICE events grew a hefty 98 percent from 2012 (78,774) to 2013 (155,949 partial data).


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THE concept behind the Internal Revenue Allotment or IRA is to plow back substantial portion of the revenue raised by the national government from every locality in the country to help accelerate the economic development of the locality where such revenue was levied. Those localities with vibrant economies expectedly receive much higher IRA compared to localities with stagnant economies. On the surface, this policy is thus unjust for it’ll make the poor localities only poorer. How can a locality with

The IRA A deeper view Jesse E.L. Bacon II less economic activity on account of their lack of natural or mineral resources accelerate its growth when their IRA is low? There are, however, other remedies to localities under such situation based on existing

policies. The problem is that since most of these poor localities that belong to fifth class status based on their actual gross annual revenue they do not attract migrants making their voting population

not that big to merit the attention of vote conscious national, congressional and even provincial officials. The abhorred congressional pork barrel is one of the funds that could have spelled a difference to these financially ailing localities. Unfortunately, even the congressmen are reluctant to pour a substantial amount of their pork barrel on them on account of this poor municipality’s inability to heavily contribute in terms of votes for their electoral bids. Congressmen normally See ira, page 7

Hard fists versus corruption

PRESIDENT B enigno Aquino III and several government executives have for years declared war against corruption in the government but they all failed because nothing solid was instituted to knock the monster down. Until these days, the issue persists and nobody seems brave enough to show an idea how this matter could be toppled down. Lately, however, former senator Panfilo Lacson has opened his mouth wide about heading an agency whose only objective is to dismantle corruption. If he really speaks with sense and sincerity, I think he should be given a chance as well as support and we shall watch how things will go on under his plan. We know for a fact that corruption has impoverished the country for so long. We lost billions of pesos annually to this crime but sad to state, only a few, if there ever were sent to jail,

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Ben Emata Jr. for such a heinous crime. The matter is being committed ever yday in nearly all public offices and we see so many government officials acquiring unexplained wealth. These criminals in government service have become millionaires. They display their illegally acquired estates and no one ever attempted to prosecute them and throw them to jail. They have become bold and strong. The government should seize all unexplained wealth of government officials and employees found to have possessed properties acquired irregularly. It is easy to determine if the estates are ill-gotten

or not just comparing their annual income against the value of suspected estates. Now is the time we will hear of people going to prison for acquiring things that do not truly belong to them. Let us make this serious and show to the world the government is sincere in its drive against this age-old crime committed openly in the country. The Commission on Audit should start making audit on the estates of a lot of government officials to be able to prosecute them and get back the lost treasure of the country now in their possession. Everyone knows how much money we lost to corruption. The plan of

Lacson to clean the government of this tragedy should get support from all of us. I admire the act of the former senator and I hope he will succeed in this endeavor. He certainly needs the support of the general public and the government to go on with his job smoothly. I hope this program of President Aquino directed against corruption is not for publicity purposes only. That this matter should be given overall support and cooperation by all government agencies to stop once and for all the existence of this malady. Now is the time. It is not tomorrow or next year. It should be now and I urge the general public to rally behind this drive of the government. As far as I know, this is the first ever attempt to put down the evil of corruption. No government before had ever declared a war against this public enemy number one.

Metro criminals now very bold

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful…” (Joshua 1:8, the Holy Bible). -oooMETRO CRIMINALS NOW VERY BOLD: DZRH anchors Deo Macalma ang Ruth Abao on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, correctly expressed their collective fear that criminals in the Metro Manila area have become so bold and brash that they now carry out their crimes, particularly kidnapping and abductions of young boys and girls, in broad daylight, in full view of the public, and near police authorities yet. The two cited the case of a 15-year old girl who was just waiting for a ride at a very busy intersection in Pasay City the other day when, out of the blue, a taxi named “El Pueblo” stopped near her. Two burly men came out of the vehicle and, without

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio any word, slapped the girl several times, punched her in her abdomen, and then loaded her into the back compartment of the car. The girl was then brought to a motel in Pasig City, where she was repeatedly raped by her kidnappers, including the taxi driver. Luckily for the girl, however, she was not killed by the criminals. She was left near a funeral parlor where she managed to call her relatives and ask for help. A police operation led to the arrest of two of the criminals subsequently. -oooHOW CAN WE ASSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR LOVED ONES? Macalma and Abao then asked a police

official from Pasay City as to what young children should do to avoid being victimized in a similar manner. The policeman said children should never ride taxis alone and should endeavor jot down the plate number and the name of the driver and text these data to their relatives right away. But then, these pieces of advice really will not solve the problem. The question really is, how can parents be assured that their children could be safe once they get out of their houses? Technically, there is nothing that the parents can do anymore to help their children, once they go out of their houses and go to their schools or to some other places.

Except, of course, to bring them up to the care and protection of God which, by the way, is the only thing that parents can really do for their children nowadays. The times have become so bad that criminality lurks in every corner of the metropolis, and it is clear that police and other government authorities can no longer do anything to protect anyone. The only way therefore is to place all our loved ones under God’s protection. -oooLISTEN TO, AND OBEY, GOD: But, how do we do that? Praying is simply not enough. In fact, Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, is emphatic that not everyone who calls on Him, “Lord, Lord” will be saved. And just having faith is not enough either, for the Holy Bible is clear that “faith without works is dead…” and that this kind of a dead faith “is useless” and will not mean anything. See BOLD, page 7

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So, what must we do? The admonitions are quite clear. In Proverbs 3:1-2, we are told to commit all of God’s commands in our hearts, so that we will have everything we need, and our lives would be protected all throughout. In Deuteronomy 28:1-4, we are told to listen to God and obey His commands, and God shall allow us to overcome all evil and curses. Jesus Christ Himself said that we must seek first the kingdom of God and live in righteousness, and all of the things we need shall be given to us. He told us in Matthew 7:24-25 that we should listen to His Word and obey them, for then we shall be considered “wise”, and would not be devastated or harmed even if the storms of life will come our way. We should try God now, and taste His good and pleasing will all our lives. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email:, mmauriciojr111@


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allocate pittance amount from their pork barrel to small municipalities thus adding to their impoverishment. The pork barrel if not used for reelection purposes by the incumbents could have been the great equalizer in situations like this. As far as the congressional and provincial officials are concerned, they will only give to those who can in return give them the votes they would need during election time. Congressional or provincial funds are always used irrationally. They are expended not to bring about development

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The policy direction is clear with his emphasis on good governance, accountability and transparency,” said Robredo. Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd District, Pangasinan) described the SONA as “outstanding because it clearly outlined what must be done to pursue progress without let up.” “I am proud to be a part of this administration, proud to be a Filipino, and a representative of my district. I am very proud of our hero policemen and soldiers who were part of the President’s SONA. It means so much for the whole PNP/AFP to sustain their honor and pride and gain the respect of the Filipino people,” said Bataoil. Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan (Party-list, Gabriela) said the SONA showed only one side of the coin. “A coin has two sides. You have all those figures but they are misleading figures.

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DAR-North Bukidnon turns over 3.182 kilometers farm to market to San Fernando By Ferdinand Villanueva

MALAYBALAY City––The Department of Agrarian Reform North Bukidnon Provincial Office (DARNorth Bukidnon) turned over the Barangay Namnam to Sitio Langasihan farm-to-market-road to the local government unit of San Fernando, Bukidnon on July 18,2013. This road is courtesy of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which granted the soft loan to finance the implementation of the Agrarian Refor m Inf rast r uc ture Support Project Phase III (ARISP III) with contract cost in the amount of TEN MILLION T WO HUNDRED FORT Y THOU-

SAND SEVEN HUNDRED FOUR PESOS & 82/100 (P10,240,704.82). DAR Asst. Regional Director for Operation Nicanor V. Peralta handed the ceremonial key of the turnover to Kagawads Cesaria Lauron and Rogelio Yeke who represented the LGU of San Fernando, Bukidnon. PARO Julio C. Celestiano, Jr. assisted ARDO Peralta while barangay officials and residents, agrarian reform beneficiaries and students of Namnam Highland High School witnessed the ceremony. The ceremony started with the unveiling of the marker and was followed by the blessing of the com-

Unveiling of the permanent marker for the Namnam proper-Sitio Langasihan FMR under ARISP Phase III at NAMLUGSAD ARC, San Fernando, North Bukidnon.

pleted FMR. An inaugural drive was then made through of the 3.182 km. project that will benefit not only the ARBs but also the residents of Barangays

Namnam and Langasihan. The project is expected to boost the income of the farmers who regularly transport their agricultural products from the

barangays to the town proper. Before the project, farmers used to transport their products through carabaos and horses at high cost.

She added that Comelec offices nationwide will be from page 3 open for registration from the Comelec office in the 8 am to 5 pm everyday presence of the registering including Saturdays and officer,” Padaca said. Sundays until Wednesday,

July 31. Padaca said Comelec will not entertain extensions requests for late registrants. Meanwhile, Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez

has reiterated that there are no fees involved in registering or updating personal information in Comelec Offices. The Barangay and SK

elections will take place on October 28. The Comelec expects up to 740,000 voters to register for the barangay elections and around two million for the SK elections.

in localities where development is absent. If the pork barrel system can’t be abolished as articulated by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. himself, then its disbursement should be rationalized. Its current irrational disbursement should be put to an end. It should be used solely for the purpose of helping those localities with less income instead of the rich ones. Even the identification by the provincial government of the projects to be funded by its own funds should likewise be rationalized if we truly want to heed the call for an inclusive growth. Achieving inclusive

growth should start with the way public funds are allocated and disbursed. There are a lot of public funds that if spent properly and rationally could bring about real growth that is felt by everyone. Such fund is the pork barrel of congressmen and senators and that of the provincial governments. Projects that do not bring about economic or even social development to a locality such as multimillion pesos pedestrian overpasses should be frowned at. The people in localities where this type of projects are proposed to be constructed should actively campaign against such project.

It is just like having a beautiful house but with the owner hardly able to eat three square meals a day. Or it could be likened to residents of shantytowns having oversized televisions but could hardly have food on the table. Do the people realize that most of the projects pursued by their congressmen are projects that assure them of kickbacks? Why would a congressman, for examples, insist on constructing waiting sheds, pedestrian overpasses, to name just two, when the need of the locality where these are proposed to be constructed is to have jobs for the jobless? Things like this should

be realized by the people so that they can put pressure on their congressmen or provincial officials to behave and not misbehave especially in the exercise of their prerogative where and what projects to fund with the people’s money. Abuse by elective public officials is basically attributable to the apathy of the populace. If abusive presidents could be brought down from power through the people’s collective pressure such as what happened in Egypt and Libya, there is no reason why we can’t force our elective officials from misbehaving. All we need is a collective cry for change for if they won’t they are assured

of being shipped out from the elective positions they are occupying now that are just entrusted to them by the people. What we lack is that ability to think as one when the welfare of the people is at stake. Apathy makes us vulnerable to being divided is what emboldens elective officials to be abusive. Indeed, the life of the bird, to paraphrase that popular adage about a sage and a young man who wanted to test the former’s brilliance, is truly in our hands. •• (Reactions at jelbacon@ or at jelbacon@ This can also be read at www.raconteurme.

For example, the figures about the MWSS increase in income at the expense of the consumers. Tayo yung nagpa-increase ng income. Another example is the police accomplishments, but that’s their job,” said Ilagan. On the Conditional Cash Transfer recipients on video, she asked what about the rest of the people complaining they are also poor and those who have become poorer, the unemployed and cannot eat three times a day. The SONA also made mention of Manila’s infrastructure development but made no mention of Mindanao and what the government should do about its power problem. Likewise, the agriculture and women sectors were also never mentioned according to her. “The speech is more like a wish list. Dapat ganito, ganyan.... but you have already four years so bakit dapat dapat pa. Ang dapat at this time mayroon na tayong konkretong nagawa halfway na sa term nya,”

said Ilagan. Rep. Samuel Pagdilao (Party-list, ACT-CIS) said the SONA was very comprehensive, and prescribed doable initiatives on the part of lawmakers. “It was very comprehensive. The President touched on a lot of things that were actually put into concrete terms. Example is our economic growth as assessed by foreign entities, he presented concrete examples in many areas, which are indicators of our rising economy like more housing projects, additional CCT recipients, more jobs, more focus on education.... these are all indicators of a rising economy,” said Pagdilao. In terms of peace and order, which is the sector being represented by the solon, Pagdilao said the President cited doable initiatives for lawmakers. “In fact I am proposing that the budget for the retirement benefits for our cops and soldiers should be made separate from the whole national budget. Because as we see

it, the annual budget of the PNP and AFP are huge, but actually the big chunk of these goes to the pension of retired officers and personnel of both institutions. Of course we need to give pensions to these retirees who gave their time and effort to keep our country safe and stable for everybody. We also need to find some measure where they can really be given incentives as prizes for the services they have rendered,” said Pagdilao. He said Congress should also support the operational requirements and housing needs of members of the PNP and AFP. Rep. Tobias Tiangco (Lone District, Navotas) said he wanted to hear what specific measures the President would like amended or changed. He was also interested to know how the government plans to hike the take home pay of ordinary people. While there has been an economic growth, Tiangco said, the positive effects of

which was felt more by the rich, as the people have to shoulder more taxes instead of being given higher income. Rep. Sher win Tugna (Party-List, CIBAC) said the SONA spelled out long-term progress for the country with the facts presented by the President. It also showed that there are still people in the government service who serve with integrity like the cops and soldiers who are staking their lives for the people despite their meager monthly pay of P15,000 to P18,000. “The SONA comprehensively addressed the issues facing the 92 million Filipinos such as education, poverty, unemployment through various means among them through the TESDA and the CCT,” said Tugna. Rep. Gustavo Tambunting (2nd District, Parañaque City) said the SONA showed the people’s continued confidence in the people. “It greatly showed that President Aquino means

business.” Rep Mary Anne Pernes (Lone District, Siquijor) said the SONA was “very specific.” “Maliwanag ang inihayag ng Pangulo na mga nagawa at gusto pa niyang gawin. Nananatili ring matatag ang kanyang political resolve na isulong ang mga reporma. Most importantly to make hard decisions that may be unpopular but will benefit the majority in the future. Tulad ng contribution sa SSS, pasahe sa MRT, pagresolba sa trapiko, pagsusuri sa civil service code, pagtaguyod sa mga proyektong matagal na nabinbin dahil sa iba’t ibang interes. The SONA makes you feel good,” said Pernes. Rep. Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT) proposed the replacement of the CCT with more jobs. “Parang nag-aaksaya tayo ng pagkalaki-laking resources sa CCT. Trabaho ang kailangan ng tao... pangmatagalang trabaho, bakit handout, bakit pangtawid, bakit hindi employment?,” said Tinio.



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steag, agus maintenance repair:

Power plants repair to cause brownouts again


By IRENE DOMINGO, BusinessDaily Reporter

ITH the impending maintenance works on some of Mindanao’s major power sources set to begin in August, the whole island is again facing darker days ahead.

T he Depa r t ment of Energy on Monday said some of the island’s major power plants have already

scheduled shutdowns in their units which would result to another round of energy shortfall.

“Magkaka-brownout ulit but we’d rather have the maintenance now than do it in the summer months,” Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L . Petilla said, referring to the time of the year when the output of Mindanao’s hydroelectric plants are at their lowest. Scheduled for routine maintenance works are one of Steag State Power Inc’s two 105-megawatt generating units, as well as the 158-megawatt Agus

4 plant, which is part of t he state-owned AgusPulangi hydroelectric power complex. Pa r ts of t he reg ion have suffered from hourslong outages as a result of i n su f f ic ient p ower generating capacity. The onset of rains, however, has helped improve Mindanao’s electricity supply in the past months. But Petilla said this situation to persist until 2015 when new power plants

Republic of the Philippines) 5.S. City of Cagayan De Oro...) AFFIDAVIT OF ADJUDICATION OF SOLE HEIR I, JACOB HENDRIK SCHUILING, of legal age, Dutch citizen, widower and a resident Block 1, Lot 6, La Mirande, Grand Europa, Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City, after having been duly sworn to in accordance with law hereby depose and says, to wit: 1. That I was married to ELSA CABUNOC - SCHUILING on August 1, 1996 at Cagayan de Oro City. Copy of our Certificate of Marriage is hereto attached marked as Annex “A” forming an integral part hereof 2. That at the time of our marriage we acquired certain real property (House and Lot) which is more particularly described as follows: TCT NO. T-204941 LOT: 6, Block 1, Psd-10-056955 Portion of Lot: Block 61, psd-10-037343 As surveyed for: First Lapu-Lapu Properties and Holdings Corporation Land Use: Residential Location: Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City Boundaries: NW„ line 6-7 by ROAD Lot 9, NE., line 7-8 by Block 14, SE„ line 8-1 by Lot 5, Block 1, SW., line 1-2 by Road Lot 8, Lines 2-3-4-5-6 by Road Lot 9, all of subdivision plan 10-056955. Beginning from a point marked on plan, being N. 63 deg. 34’W„ 931.48 m. from MBM No. 5, CAD. 237, Cagayan Cadastre. THENCE 1-2 N. 28 deg. 27’ W., 8.72 m. 2-3 N. 28 deg. 37’ E., 3.13 m. 3-4 N. 12 deg. 53’ E., 3.63 m. 4-5 N. 17 deg. 37’ E., 3.34 m. 5-6 N. 18 deg. 40’ E., 3.78 m. 6-7 N. 69 deg. 23’ E., 8.80 m. 7-8 S. 25 deg. 42’ E„ 16.88 m. 8-1 S. 61 deg. 34’ W„ 17.76 m. Area: TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY SEVEN (277) SQUARE METERS more or less. Copy of the Transfer Certificate of title bearing numbers: T-204941 is hereto attached marked as Annex “B” forming an integral part hereof 3. That during our said marriage be begot no children. 4. That my wife Elsa C. Schuiling died intestate and without issue on August 7, 2012 at Capitol University Medical City, San Pedro Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City. Copy of the Certificate of Death is hereto attached marked as Annex “C” forming an integral part hereof. 5. That I am only the sole surviving compulsory heir of the late Elsa C. Schuiling. 6. That to the best of my personal knowledge, the decedents left no known debts whatsoever. 7. That pursuant to Section 1, Rule 74 of the Revised Rules of Court, I hereby adjudicate unto myself the above-described parcels of land by means of this affidavit and hereby files the same with the Registry of Deeds of Cagayan de Oro City with request that said adjudication be made effective without judicial proceedings as prescribed by the aforementioned Rules of Court. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 06 day of July 2013 at Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

JACOB HENDRIK SCHUILING Affiant Immigrant ID No. ICR0000121275 Issued on: 09-03-2010 Valid until: Permanent SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this 06 day of July 2013 at Cagayan de Oro City. I certify that I personally examined the affiant and I am satisfied that he voluntarily executed his affidavit and has read and understand the contents thereof. Doc. No. 846 Page No. 106 Book No. V Series of 2013. MDN: July 11, 18 & 25, 2013

Briefly ‘Financial crisis’

M I S A M I S O r i e n t a l G o v. Yevgeny Vincente Emano has declared that Misamis Oriental was in “financial crisis.” Emano made the formal declaration through an Executive Order GVYBE 2013002 informing the public and all financial institutions having business with the provincial government that the province was in “financial crisis.” B a sed on t he rep or t submitted by the provincial treasurer’s office, Misamis Oriental collected only P492 million (including the Internal Revenue Allotment) from January 2013 to June 30, 2013 as against the province expense of P516 million during the same period, Emano said.

‘Inspiring’ Sona

DARKNESS. Mindanao will be facing massive brownouts again with the impending maintenance works on some of the island’s major power plants. file photo by mindanews

come on stream. “ B y 2 015 t o 2 016 , t hey w i l l a lready have oversupply,” he said. In a statement, Petilla said that in order to mitigate the impact of Mindanao’s deficient power supply to consumers, electric utilities in the region would have to

secure a diesel-fed generator sets which are a lready available with the issuance of Executive Order No. 137 by President Benigno Aquino III. Mindanao Development Authority in a statement sa id t he gover n ment ’s modular generator sets

program should mitigate the problem of insufficient electricity. EO 137 provides the allocation of P4.5 billion of the government’s share in the Malampaya natural gas field royalties for the pu rchase of d iesel-fed gensets.

CAGAYAN de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd district) said the State of the Nation Address (SON A) of the President Benigno Aquino III at the House of Representatives on Monday was very inspiring. Rodriguez said that the Filipino people were proud of the President’s accomplishments knowing that the country’s economic fundamentals were moving upward. He said that with the economy growing at 7.6 percent, the Philippine is regaining its ground as the new “economic tiger” in Southeast Asia. Rodriguez , President of the Center for Democratic Philippines, said that as a legislator he was happy of the Aquino’s SONA.

Del Monte belies sale to Japan’s Suntory

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Misamis Oriental MUNICIPALITY OF CLAVERIA OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that MARIA NENEN VALCORZA ATLAO - CASTROVERDE has filed with this Office a Petition for Change of First Name from “NENEN” to “MARIA NENEN” in the Certificate of Live Birth of NENEN VALCORZA ATLAO who was born on December 21, 1962 at CLAVERIA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL and whose parents are PABLITO ATLAO and REMEDIOS VALCORZA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than AUGUST 3, 2013. (SGD.) ANNA VICTORIA A. EVANGELISTA Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: JULY 25 & AUG. 1, 2013

DEL Monte Pacif ic Ltd has belied reports that the company is in talks with Japan’s Suntory Beverages & Food Ltd. for a possible takeover. “Neit her Del Monte Pacif ic Ltd nor its controlling shareholders, Nut r i A si a Pa c i f ic Ltd , nor its shareholders or re pre s ent at ive s , a re in discussions with

Suntory, its shareholders or representat ives w it h respect to any transaction,” Del Monte Pacific told the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). Bloomberg earlier re p or t e d t h at Su nt or y Beverage aims to acquire Del Monte Pacific as it spends $5 billion on merger and acquisition deals to help double sales by 2020.

Education and Politics by Celieto B. Magsayo

It is impossible to separate education and politics. The famous Greek philosopher Aristotle had stressed that man by nature is a political being. The definition of Politics (which dates back in the days of antiquity) is the art of influencing people. Primarily, education deals with people, hence, politics is inherent in the system. To isolate education from politics is synonymous to its annihilation. For education to sustain, politics must coexist. On a different note, the issue now is how does politics influence the many facets of the educational system? Researchers have identified two types of politics in education. One is termed macropolitics, which refers to how power is used and decision making is conducted both from the inside and

outside the realm of schools. The recent overhaul in the Philippine educational system, specifically the implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum, which involves the triumvirate participation of DepED, CHED and TESDA is a fitting example of macropolitics at work. The concerted efforts of these three mentioned entities, demonstrating their strong political will, paved the way to the realization of this ambitious K to 12 program of the present regime. President Noy’s term will end by 2016 which will be the start of the implementation of the Senior High School (Grade 11) curriculum of the program. Such endeavor can only be sustained by a strong political will from the proponents, stakeholders and prime movers of the program, for it to withstand the test of

time. At the outset, Secretary Luistro had made this statement when he was still the President of De La Salle University, “Educational bureaucracy has been infused by too much politics. The existing hierarchical culture in our educational system screw up most of the initiatives in the lower echelon of the bureaucracy”. It can be deduced from these declarations that politics, in a macro level, is sometimes not healthy to our educational system. The second type of politics in education is called micropolitics, the use of formal and informal power of individuals and groups to achieve their goals in the school. The “current bureaucracy” (DepED central office) had released issuances and policies that resulted to multitasking of teachers, causing

disruption in their basic and primary duty of instructions. This entails extra load on their part, over and above the already hard pressed schedule of mentors. However, the worst downside of this kind of procedural infirmity is that students who are supposed to be afforded utmost priority in school are sometimes left out to accomplish voluminous paper works which may be avoided if such problem will be viewed by the heads of “bureaucracy” with deep concern. In fine, Politics per se does not bear any negative connotations, it is in the manner of its execution, that makes the difference, and its subsequent effects in the lives of the common-tao, in particular. (The contributor is a public school administrator assigned in the Division of Misamis Oriental.)

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Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. said, “we may make it in five, 10 or 15 years, through unity and cooperation of both the local government and its constituents.”

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a government stoppage order. The same areas have been the object again of environmental abuse still involving Pintado and Chinese financiers whose activities were caught red-handedly during separate actual raid by authorities in the middle part of this month. Pintado has pending criminal case on illegal mining and illegal logging at the local court lodged by San Francisco Water District (SFWD). Natural disasters that could happen at the still verdant mountain is not far-fetched as a landslide as a result of heavy rains caused the cave in of a mining tunnel in Sumugbong killing two abanteros (gold diggers) in November last year. Mt. Magdiwata,a 1,658-hectare watershed with a towering height of 633 meters above sea level, was proclaimed permanent watershed by Presidential Proclamation 282 in October 23, 1993. It was the SFWD that exposed to the public the renewed unabated illegal activities after gathering several reports from their forest guards on the felling down of natural grown Falcatta trees just within the identified water source near Sumogbong river and the alarming spread of some 50 destructive mining operations around the watershed peripheries. Prompted by mounting pressure for a call to action, a massive crackdown led by the

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A. Langbid of PNP Caraga, who, despite being outnumbered, fought it out without fear and paid the ultimate sacrifice for the love of GOD, country and people. Officiating the event was Police Chief Supt. Getulio P. Napeñas, PRO-13 director. Two years ago, SPO3 Langbid bravely repelled the ambuscade perpetrated by some 60 NPA members in Barangay Pasian, Monkayo, Compostela Valley Province, killing two and wounding another two of the ambushers. Upon receiving the PSFSFA check of P250,000, Mrs. Langbid expressed thanks to PNP Caraga for the financial assistance, which she said to

The mayor added, "we can even be there within a shorter time, with the openness, vision and transparency of the city leadership and the support of the people.” Earlier, the Caraga Renewable Energy Corporation. (CaRE), a subsidiary of

Eastern Petroleum Corporation, has signified to build a 20-megawatt biogas power plant and industrial tree plantation in the municipalities of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur and Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. Engr. Valentin E. Velasco,

CaRe managing director, said the firm choses places not far from Butuan for accessibility and marketing purposes. He cited Caraga as the fastest growing economy among the country's 17 regions with an accelerated rate of 9.6 percent in 2011

from 7.4 percent in 2010. Aside from the region's land resources and climate conducive to energy farming, Velasco said the two Agusan provinces and Butuan City have enacted businessfriendly policies. He also noted the local

government unit’s strong will towards sustainable and renewable energy development aside f rom having an established culture of industrial tree cultivation, harvesting and processing. (NCLM/Noel Najarro/PIACaraga/asf )

local environment offices and the police yielded nine illegal loggers caught in the act of cutting down trees and the arrest of six Chinese miners involved in the gold mining operation that destructed with backhoes the waterways of the riverbanks in remote Mati village. But the sincerity by authorities to enforce laws to protect the watershed is still put into serious doubt if ever they can make good to their commitment. ‘How far can they go? Can they really catch the big fish?” asked a devote Catholic who expressed concern after listening to the warning aired by parish priest Fr. Artemio Jusayan in his message before ending the mass about the indiscriminate encroachment of the watershed. Jusayan have called on the faithful to be more vigilant with the turn of events when he learned that the village officials in Alegria supported through a resolution the exploration and other mining permits of Philsaga Mining Corp. two weeks before the arrest of illegal log poachers in Sitio Sumogbong. “The people of this town must know, they should be consulted,” said Jusayan adding that a disaster similar to the landslide that hit New Bataan in Compostela Valley during the onslaught of Typhoon Pablo is not a remote possibility. A week after the priest concern was relayed to church-

goers, the village chairman in Alegria Solomon Rufila issued a certification that the logs belonged to Pintado by virtue of a mere tax declaration of six hectares of forest land inside the watershed. “We were caught by a big surprise,” said SFWD general manager Elmer Luzon . SFWD with the assistance of police, military and personnel from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office were about to transport the confiscated logs for custody when they learned about the decision of Rufila to hold the forest products in favour of Pintado. Two persons introducing themselves as siblings of Pintado resisted the apprehension claiming they had the instructions from Rufila to stop the hauling of apprehended logs, The incident has drawn suspicions on the village official’s sincerity to be part of continuous drive to protect the mountain from incursions which was even compounded by his role in leading the move to allow the mining company’s exploration activities in exchange for the improvement of a farm to market road network near the watershed. Ironically, the village council in Alegria is a member of Mt. Magdiwata Multi-Sectoral Task Force organized by Mayor Jenny de Asis in 2010 in the wake of the calls to protect the watershed from the prevailing detrimental activities. A big part of Alegria’s area is covered by Philsaga’s

6,000-hectare Mineral Production Sharing Agreement approved by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau. This came about when early this year, the SFWD Board of Directors passed a resolution strongly opposing mining operations and calling for the immediate cancellation of exploration and mining permits by big companies within the one kilometer buffer zone of the watershed. The Agusan del Sur Environment and Sustainable Development Council supported SFWD’s move and even cited the encroachment of Abacus Consolidated Resources and Holding Inc. whose mining permit is already within the watershed area. Philsaga however has clarified that the road improvement works is just part of their support even to outlying communities and that they are not likely to be engaged in opening up mining tunnels near the watershed . “Were’ also supporting neighboring villages near our mine sites,” said lawyer Raul Villanueva, president of Philsaga Mining Corp. He assured that Alegria and its neighboring villages is not part of the mineable reserve which is in Tambis in Surigao del Sur , about seven kilometres away from Mt. Magdiwata. He said the company always adheres to the provisions of mining law that prohibits operations even near the watershed areas.

The mining company has also affirmed that there have been indeed proliferation of illegal mining activities in many areas near and within the watershed posing imminent danger to its abundant water resources. Engr. Ferdinand Cortez, Philsaga resident manager, said mining workers saw how the gold mining tunnels have become close in recent months as news about the abundance of gold in Mt. Magdiwata spread like wildfire. Luzon has earlier revealed about the unabated spread of mining tunnels inside the watershed based on the water agency’s investigation. “These mining tunnels are too close to each other. Some are just 20 meters away from each other while others have a distance of 200 meters apart,” Luzon said citing reports from SFWD forest guards. Authorities believed the illegal mining activities have become rampant after Chinese financiers came in droves to this town to try their luck upon learning some tunnels have hit “high grade” deposits of gold. According to a worker of the dismantled mining site in Mati, the work had turned into 24-hour operation after miners could already produce at least 200 grams of 18-karat gold daily. The six Chinese nationals arrested for illegal mining seems to be a small fry and whose status of having expired tourist visas has drawn some

perception that they could just be victims of human trafficking that were sneaked in by their wealthy countrymen who are actually financiers of many mining tunnels around the watershed areas. But police until recently has yet to come up with any positive lead to track down the “big fish” in illegal mining operation even as it is a common knowledge to residents that there have been an unusual influx of Chinese nationals renting houses, apartments and even boarding houses around the town center. Up to now police is closely investigating the case in response to the commitment of Mayor de Asis that they would capture the Chinese financiers behind the illegal mining activities at the watershed. In the heat of the controversy that has been shaping up, Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza was not even spared by talks that reached to social media dragging him as the “padrino” or protector of illegal mining operations. The rumors have irated him to issue a stern warning through the current affairs program of broadcaster Noel Barete that those involved in such indiscriminate activities that endangered anew Mt. Magdiwata “to leave or face the consequences.” “They can choose between leaving while standing or they will be removed as they lie down dead,” Plaza said.”Do not drag into this, just leave,” the provincial chief executive said.

be of great help to her family. (PO3 DarlinCabalinanMigullas, PRO-13 Info Office Duty PNCO, and member of MinPressDev/MMG/arjaysfelicilda)

to how these specific charges were arrived at.” Pascual said by exacting taxes, Aneco “could not be the Bureau of Internal Revenue without valid authority”. Santos said Pascual’s allegation was wrong. “What we are collecting is Value Added Tax which we are authorized to collect. Aneco religiously turns its VAT collections over to the government periodically,” “As to our application with the Energ y Regulatory Commission, we have complied with all the requirements particularly with regard to transparency. We have it published in a newspaper circulated in Butuan Cty, Agusan del Norte, Caraga Region and Northern Mindanao. You have no right to

say you don’t know it and assume that the public is not aware of it because you have not read it,” Santos made it clear. Pascual put Aneco to task with regard to alleged service interruptions which he said damaged and rendered useless and unserviceable countless appliances. Santos countered with “Aneco’s normal operations started May 9, 2013, if my recollection does not fail me. Mindanao had a severe power crisis months before, everybody knows that. Whatever service interruptions that occurred following May 9, were merely ‘power trippings’ for several minutes caused by falling objects hitting power lines due to strong winds or heavy rains.”

Santos laughed off Pascual’s accusation that Aneco officers, staff and employees are enjoying “free electric charges”, by bluntly saying, “All of them, as consumers, enjoy electricity and should they not pay their bills on time, Aneco services are cut off. We have been doing this before, we shall do the same now and in the future.” Aneco’s board members do not receive special allowances, Santos said in answer to Pascual’s accusation that they and other officers received special benefits. “The board members receive a total of P11,5000 a month or P5,750 bi-monthly, no more no less,” he said. Santos could not hide his amusement about his alleged “overstaying” as Aneco’s

general manager as Pascual made in his privilege speech. Santos simply said “I’m 60 years young. The Aneco board, staff and employees like my style of management. This institution’s financial position is strong. Allegations of ‘pervasive and widespread’ complaints against me are untrue and are merely creation of the imaginative.” Santos made it clear that attempts were made to convert Aneco into a true cooperative. Aneco’s employees and consumers wanted it to stay the way it is. He assured the public especially consumers that Aneco ‘s most important concern is to continually improve services as population increases and put its financial position strong.

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without basis”. Santos flatly denied Pascual’s accusations following the latter’s privilege speech during the city council’s regular session on Tuesday. According to Pascual, ANECO has collected certain amount of taxes in complete defiance of the provisions of the Cooperative Development Authority Act. This, in the wake of the utility firm’s pending application for power rate increases and in the midst of complaints “as

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THE Philippines has been on the hunt for the FIBA Men’s basketball crown for the past 18 years since it last dominated the competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Filipinos won the biennial event five times, including the inaugural tournament in Manila in 1960. In 1985, the Philippine team was coached by American Ron Jacobs and reinforced with naturalized Filipinos Arthur “Chip” Engelland, Jeff Moore and Dennis Still who combined well with

locals led by topnotch players Hector Calma, Avelino “Samboy” Lim, and Allan Caidic to win the diadem , followed by a draught for nearly two decades. This time, the Philippines will play host to the 27th FIBA Asia Men’s Basketball Championship where its team is expecting the help of the hometown crowd as its sixth man when the tournament begins on August 1. Other countries that have fielded their respective teams are Taiwan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia,

Hong Kong, Japan, Qatar, South Korea, Malaysia, Bahrain, India, Kazakhstan and Thailand. Iran remains as the heavy favorite to unseat China and take the title for the third time. The Iranians ruled the competition in 2007 in Tokushima, Japan)and the 2009 version in Tianjin, China. The Iranians also won the 2012 Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo, Japan and the 2013 Jones Cup in Taiwan. But People’s Republic of China is serious in its bid to repeat and

win the tournament for the 16th time. And so with the sharp-shooting South Koreans who are continually improving in international jousts. The mainland Chinese edged Jordan, 70-69, in the last staging of the event in Wuhan, China and with a new Greek coach in Panagiotis Giannakis calling the shots, the Chinese finished second behind Argentina in the 2013 and the FIBA Stankovic Continental Champions Cup in Guangzhuo, China last July. (PNA)

LeBron James takes his talents to Philippines MANILA, Philippines - In a land as basketball crazy as the Philippines, LeBron James’ visit on Tuesday afternoon could be likened to The Beatles appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show. A little over a month following the Miami Heat’s defeat of the San Antonio Spurs in a grueling sevengame series to win their second consecutive NBA championship, the reigning Finals MVP was in Manila for a promotional event for Nike Philippines. Fans camped out for two days to receive complimentary tickets to the clinic, while some scalped their tickets for prices reaching as high as 10,000 pesos, or roughly $250, to watch James run layup drills with the Philippine national basketball team. “My head coach Eric Spoelstra told me all about it,” James said, when asked if his Filipino-American coach had briefed him on the type of reception he could expect. “It’s just a great culture that is very passionate about what they love and what they believe in.” James, 28, didn’t field any questions from the assembled press at the gathering, but told a moderator that the belief that winning multiple championships is easier is a myth.

“They always say that when you win the first one, they start to become easier,” James, who averaged 25 points, 7 assists and 11 rebounds in the 2013 NBA Finals, said. “But it wasn’t easier for us at all, to be defending champs and having to defend your championship each and every night in the regular season, throughout the playoffs. “A playoff game is probably five times more difficult than one regular season game,” James said. “They both were emotionally draining, and emotions ran high, ran low throughout both series. Last year, we lost Game One [against the Oklahoma City Thunder] so my emotions were very low at that point in time. But I kept a cool head about it and we won four straight. This year, I was out on the floor the whole time, so going against a great San Antonio team, I think of how hard they pushed us to win the championship. It was just like a sigh of relief that we were able to accomplish that goal.” James’ introduction at the Mall of Asia Arena seemed to have been ripped straight from the scene in Miami after his infamous “Decision,” complete with an over-the-top display of fireworks and dance moves.

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James threw and kicked autographed basketballs into the stands before performing drills. The crowd really came alive when James joined a team of collegiate all stars against the Philippine national team midway through a 10-minute scrimmage, dwarfing opponents with his dunks. “I’m so happy I got to witness LeBron,” said Joven Jimenez, 41, who waited in line for 18 hours to get a ticket in the nosebleed section. “I feel like Lebron is a super hero; he is a monster.” James’ team still lost 29-27, missing two shots at the end of regulation to tie the game. James offered the following explanation: “The reason why I missed those last two shots because my jersey’s too damn small,

forgive me.” Despite owning four NBA MVP awards, tying him for third most all-time with Wilt Chamberlain, James avoided the topic of his legacy. “Actually, I don’t really think about it or talk about it,” said James. “I got a lot more to prove to myself, I have a lot more that I want to accomplish. The word ‘legacy’ is always thrown around very early in sports in general, so for me I don’t really talk about it. I think that at the end of the day, when I decide to hang my shoes up and put the jersey down, my game and my resume speaks for itself and I’ll let everybody else decide where they want to put me.” (Ryan Songalia, Special for USA TODAY Sport)

16 schools will vie in UBL Davao leg DAVAO CITY, July 24 (PNA)-- A total of 16 schools will be competing in the Davao Leg of the United Basketball League (UBL) Inter-School Basketball tournament that will open on Saturday at the Woodridge Gym in Maa here. “Our league will simultaneously open in General Santos City, Valencia City in Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro,” said UBL Director for Southern Mindanao Rael Diaz at the weekly SCOOP Forum sponsored by The Royal Mandaya Hotel, Genesis 88, Beefit Gym and Aerobics, Mulatto Outdoor Apparel and Dexter’s Pizza at The Stadium. Seeing action in the Davao leg are Division 2 teams in the boys’ junior division aged 17 years old under. They are the Assumption College of Davao, Brokenshire Science High School, Davao Christian High School, Davao Jones Academy, Holy Cross of Davao College, Holy Cross College of Sasa, Mindanao Christian Foundation College and Seminary, New Ilang Achievers Academy, Philippine Academy of Sakya, Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School, Philippine Women’s College, Precious International School of Davao, Southpoint School, St. Peter College of Toril, University of Immaculate Concepcion and Ford Academy of Arts. Teams will be bracketed into three groups and will play a single round robin in the elimination. The Davao leg winner will face the champions of General Santos, Valencia and Cagayan. “Our mission is to engage our young athletes in a competition to gain exposure, proper team decorum, self-discipline and enhancement of their physical well-being to become a real sportsman,” Diaz said. (PNA)

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