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Local residents help in fight v. dengue cases down PIA Caraga Special Report

ESPERANZA, Agusan del Sur––Mercy Balagon, 38, and a mother of two daughters has been wary when rainy season, from June to September, comes since these were the months when dengue fever come to its peak especially in their town. See FULL STORY on page 4

Dad asks Marina to monitor safety of passenger vessels Ororama Marketing Officer Mr. Roan Durog reads the name of the grand raffle winner of Ororama Papremyo Todomax Bahay Kotse Pera before giving it the ticket to the program hosts. Beside him are (from left) Nestle Key Accounts Manager Mr. Jaime Galang Jr., DTI Chief Almer Marsillones and Ororama Marketing Officer Mary Globian Salcedo. In his right are Pamahaw Espesyal host Jam Bantigue and MOR DJ Joe Romantiko, who are the hosts of the event. Below at right, the blue Honda Car won by the Grand Raffle winner. Aside from this, is the house and lot located at Cambridge, Iponan, Cagayan de Oro City. Mindanao Daily News photos by Irene Joy B. Dayo

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The City Council here on Monday asked the Maritime Industry Authority (MARITIME) to ensure the safety of all passenger vessels serving the Cagayan de Oro City port. Councilor RamonTabor, chair of the committee

on police, fire, and public safety, said that the resolution was an offshoot of an inquiry on complaints aired by passengers whose Cebubound passenger vessel ran aground off Siquijor Island last December 15, 2013. During initial See VESSELS, page 11

Kauswagan resident wins house and lot, car from Ororama By Irene Joy B. Dayo Staffmember

Maridel Soria, a resident coming from Capisnon of Barangay Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City won the house and lot and a Honda car brought by Ororama Papremyo Todomax Bahay Kotse Pera. The grand draw was held on the afternoon of

December 21, 2013 at Ororama Supercenter located at Cogon, this city. It was graced by representatives from sponsor companies which include Ororama Marketing Officers Mary Globian Salcedo and Roan Durog, Department of Trade and Industries (DTI) Chief Almer Marcillones and Nestle Philippines Key Accounts Manager Jaime Galang Jr.

The promo period only started last January and ended in the grand draw date. Tickets were given after a consumer buy P300.00 worth of fresh products, department store items or any sponsor’s products inside Ororama Supermarket. Ororama Supercenter Marketing Officer Mary Globian Salcedo announced to the shoppers that rest

assured Ororama will come up with a bigger and more exciting raffle promo for the year of 2014 and in behalf of the company, she hope that their shoppers will look forward to this as much as they do. Aside from the lucky winner of Honda car and house and lot, ten winners were also given of P5,000.00 Gift Certificates via raffle draw as well.

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Oro cops on full alert, adopts extra measures By CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The local police force has been in full alert status as the Christmas celebration nears, Senior Pol. Supt. Graciano Mjares said on Monday. Mijares said that the local police were actually on red alert at the start of December in anticipation of diversionary attacks of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) that has been waging sporadic attacks in neighboring provinces. He said that the province of Bukidnon where attacks waged by the communist NPA rebels had been frequent was in close proximity to the city of Cagayan de Oro.

Mijares said that the intelligence community were informed of the communist rebels’ demand for revolutionary taxes among big companies and corporations in Northern Mindanao as the NPA’s anniversary on Dec. 26 nears. Mijares also disclosed that the NPA has been demanding 2 per cent of the contract price of infrastructure projects won by big time contractors in the region. “For instance, the NPA would ask P 150,000 or 2 percent of the contract price of P 75 million projects won by a private contractor her,” Mijares added. He said that aside See ALERT, p.11

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Buenavista NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. 9048, notice is hereby served to the public that ROMEO M. MULAWAN has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from PEPE to ROMEO who was born on March 1, 1959 at Buenavista, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are Sergio Mulawan and Florentina Makiling. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than January 2, 2014. (SGD.) TERESITA K. VALDEHUEZA Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Dec. 26, 2013 & Jan. 02, 2014

Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez center,formally turns over a road concerting project at Sitio Malasag, Barangay Cugman that cost P3.3 million. The photo shows Cugman Barangay Chair Ricardo Pacheco and City Councilor Bong Lao doing the honor of cutting the ribbon. Also in photo are councilors Zaldy Ocon, Candy Darimbang, Enrico Salcedo, DPWH District Engr. Anastacio Marundan and the barangay officials.LESLIE


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CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The local government has entrusted the military firearms to 93 newly accepted private soldiers in a ceremonial turnover here last week,the military said on Monday. Capt.Christian Uy, spokesperson of the army’s Public Affairs Division here, said that the local government unit was represented by provincial

board member Grace Acain of Misamis Oriental. He said that Acain handed over the firearms to newly accepted members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with a rank of private as a symbol that the military was created to secure the local government unit. Uy said that the firearms symbolized that the soldiers should use it to protect the civilian community and to protect the rights of the people as part of the mandate of the AFP. The AFP core duty is to protect the Filipino people

and safeguard the national integrity ad sovereignty while the Philippine Army trains forces for combat operations in order to maintain a stable peace and order condition of the community, Uy added. Brig. Gen.Ricardo R. Visaya, commander of the army’s 4th Infantry Division, also reminded the new soldiers to observe the highest form of discipline at all times. “We are not here wearing this uniform because we are born to be soldiers but because we chose to be one,” Visaya said. CRIS DIAZ WITH PAD

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Folks help fought dengue cases down PIA Caraga Special Report

E SPERA N Z A , Ag us an del Sur––Mercy Balagon, 38, and a mother of two daughters has been wary when rainy season, from June to September, comes since these were the months when dengue fever come to its peak especially in their town. Mercy recalls that in 2012, the Department of Health (DOH) declared a dengue outbreak here when

it recorded 130 cases. In her village of Barangay Poblacion alone, 103 dengue cases were noted. She is thankful though that her daughters were spared. Mercy blames this alarming increase in dengue cases to the frequent flooding in their community during the rainy season. “Flooding is one of the major contributors of den-

gue because the Aedis Egypti mosquito thrives in stagnant water,” Mercy echoes in the vernacular the advisory she heard on radio about this deadly disease. “Brgy. Poblacion has poor drainage system.” No more flooding All through out this year though, Mercy has not shown a bit of worry on her face.

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Damages caused by ‘Yolanda’ now at P36.69b

THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Monday announced that the damages caused by super typhoon “Yolanda” to properties and infrastructures has hit the P36.69 billion mark. D a m a g e t o a g r i c u l t u r e w a s e s t i m at e d at P18,354,305,869.88, including P7,634,314,370.29 in crops, P5,964,666,346.39 in fisheries and P2,890,222,123.22 in livestock. While damage to infrastructure was estimated at P18,336,576,627.39 which includes Roads/Bridges and other structures with P14,523,925,177.39 and health facilities with P1.272,434,800. NDDRMC said that as of Dec. 21, the Task Force distribution for water and foods has distributed a total of 3,344,110 food/rice packs, 532,286L of water, 109,601 canned goods, and 244,444 high energy biscuits were provided in Tacloban City, Ormoc City, Baybay City and other municipalities in Leyte Province, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Biliran, and Southern Leyte. As of Monday, the death toll remained at 6,109, with 27,665 injured and 1,779 still missing. “Yolanda” affected 3,424,593 families or 16,078,181 people in 12,139 villages in 44 provinces were affected, while 890,895 families or 4,095,280 people were displaced. Of those displaced, 20,949 families or 101,527 people are still staying in 381 evacuation centers. The NDRRMC said the number of destroyed See DAMAGES, page 11

Wishing that this holiday season lights up your heart and home with joy!

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Passing a freedom of information (FOI) bill is one of the most urgent and long overdue reforms that policymakers can do to enhance governance, make government transactions more transparent, and hold public officials more accountable for their actions. This is the recommendation of the policy paper “Pushing for Greater Transparency and Accountability through Freedom of Information,” released by the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) of the House of Representatives. The Philippines has yet to pass a freedom of information bill that mandates the government to open public records to public scrutiny. Enacting this law will improve governance because with greater transparency and accountability, “people in government can be held accountable for their actions and decisions,” the paper says. Without such a bill, “it would be difficult to determine whether the promised services/outcomes were economically, efficiently and effectively delivered.” Based on the Corruption Perception Index 2008-2012 of Transparency International, a global organization fighting corruption, the Philippines’ ranking in curbing fraudulent conduct improved from 129th in 2011 to 105th in 2012. Consequently, the country’s position among the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations inched up from sev-

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enth to fifth place, overtaking Indonesia and Vietnam. “It may be noted, however, that the Philippines still remains at the bottom 3rd of 174 countries evaluated,” the CPBRD brief pointed out. The right to information is already guaranteed in the Philippine Constitution, but the problem is that it is “subject to limitations.” The FOI law will give teeth to the exercise of this right. Aurea Sempio, who authored the position paper, explained that efforts to legislate such a law have been stalled by serious debates on what information should be exempt from public consumption. Most of the disagreements have centere d on whether to exclude information pertaining to public contracts and agreements, funds and guarantees provided to the private sector, and matters related to national security. This inability to come to a consensus, added Sempio, is the reason the bill has failed to get passed since the 8th Congress, “despite the declared urgency of the FOI.” Notably, there have been efforts to check corruption in government, and they are starting to pay off “although much remains to be done,” according to the document. Some government transactions have been already made available for public scrutiny, mostly limited to financial operations, such as

financial statements, bids and public offerings, lump-sum funds like the so-called pork barrel or Priority Development Assistance Fund, and Internal Revenue Allotment. “People also need to know if the terms and conditions of contracts and agreements entered into by the government have prioritized the general interest of its citizens,” the paper stressed. A long-term benefit of an FOI law is that even with a change in leadership, the citizen’s access to public documents is assured, no matter who is in power. The paper cited the experiences of other countries which have enacted an FOI law, and suggested that lawmakers look into them for insights on how to deal with the challenges of its passage. Relatedly, economist Roberto de Ocampo agrees that a freedom of information bill is necessary to promote transparency, accountability, and good governance across all government agencies. In a recent business lecture, De Ocampo said that the Philippines is ranked by the World Economic Forum at no.92 in transparency of government policymaking, behind ASEAN neighbors Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, and Indonesia, but ahead of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar. He added that there is “a high perception of corruptibility in the bureaucracy,” and that an FOI bill “will ensure a level and transparent playing field for enterprises, which, in turn, will encourage faster expansion of our industries and contribute to inclusive growth.”

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The season of remittances

December is always an exciting time for Filipinos. While employees get their bonuses, families of overseas Filipino workers await remittances from their loved ones abroad, who are usually more generous during this time of the year. Statistics from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) shows that cash inflow from overseas Filipinos (OFs) in the past two decades tends to spike every December. This influx of foreign exchange is usually followed by the rise in consumer spending as households prepare for their Christmas celebrations. Since 2003, there were only two times when the remittance rate wasn’t highest in December - in 2005 and in 2008. In 2012, cash remittances from OFs in December reached US$1,974,528.00, the highest recorded for a month in that year. This year, there’s a huge possibility that we will even go beyond that at the rate we have been going during the past 10 months. The BSP announced last Monday that personal remittances from OFs crossed the US$ 2 billion mark in October, the seventh consecutive month it did this year. The US$ 2.3 billion that we received that month is also the highest posted in 2013.

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n The development of PhilPaSS is part of the advocacy of the BSP to encourage the use of formal channels, like banks, in transferring money to the Philippines to avoid remittance fraud and mishandling. So far, we have accumulated US$ 20.5 billion worth of personal remittances for the period January to October 2013. Converted to peso, that’s already Php 912 billion, roughly three times the Php 361 billion needed for the post-Yolanda rehabilitation, as estimated by the National Economic and Development Authority. The government has always acknowledged the great contribution of remittances in our economy, and its impact is felt not just every December but all year round. This is why Filipinos working overseas are called

modern-day heroes. The salaries and wages they earn abroad and send here make up 11 percent of our economy. Through their hard-earned “padala,” they are able to stabilize our currency and also trigger economic activity as their families use the money to consume goods and services, start businesses, or make investments. Who are these modernday heroes? According to a survey done by the Philippine Overseas Employment Authority (POEA) last year, we had about 2.2 million Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) with work between April to September 2012. Among the occupation groups, the laborers and unskilled workers (31.3%) were highest in number but the professionals (12.4%) sent higher remittance, which amounted to as much as Php24.8 billion. Eighty percent of OFWs are in Asia, with Saudi Arabia as the most preferred destination. Of all the remittances that year, 70 percent

came from this group, while the rest came from Europe (12.8%), North and South America (10.6%), Australia (3.2%), and Africa (3.1%). This year, our OFWs are performing better remittance-wise due to the sustained demand for skilled and professional Filipino manpower overseas. New data shows a 5.5 percent increase in remittances from land-based workers with long-term contracts for the first ten months of the year. Sea-based workers and land-based workers with short-term contracts have also transferred money more frequently by 7.5 percent. The BSP, recognizing the contribution of OFWs in our economy, has gone beyond just monitoring their remittance activity. It has created an interactive portal that enables safe, and immediate transfer and settlement using the BSP’s PhilPaSS. This system developed by the IT Sub-sector of BSP utilizes PhilPaSS to conduct electronic settlement of overseas Filipino (OF) remittances. What happens is that the cash is received by overseas branches or correspondent banks and partner remittances agencies abroad of participating commercial banks, government-owned banks, and thrift banks See SEASON, page 11

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Fresh Gospel of the day:Luke1:67-79(December24, 2013-Tuesday)Luke 1:67-79- And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy [promised] to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he swore to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. And thou, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and [in] the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace: This gospel teaches us about the proclamation of Zacharias to the messiah Jesus Christ. He was the first who recognized Jesus as the savior of this earth. He was brave in telling the public about Jesus. Supposedly, we will imitate this man with regards to his “braveness” in telling Jesus to others. In Matthew 10:32-33-Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Therefore, do not be afraid: SPONSORED:Neneth Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM1188-3:30 PM - Sunday: #09284149490-09266607505: Question – Prayer request

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A M B OA N G A CITY - President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, has assured the families displaced by the September standoff that they will have a better community to live in when they return to their respective places.

Aquino made the assurance during his visit here Sunday where he inspected the bunkhouses that were built inside the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sec. Rogelio Singson briefed President Aquino about the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) upon his arrival here at noontime from Compostela Valley Province. Aquino told the evacuees housed at the sports complex that his office has allocated P3.5 billion for the implementation of the Z3R. The Z3R shows the communities that were destroyed during the

PNoy emphasized that Zamboanga will be built back better, as per the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R), during his visit at the Grandstand today. (dis/Pia Zamboanga Peninsula)

20-day standoff last September will have a good road networks with complete facilities and amenities like a community park. Aquino said the reconstruction based on the Z3R will have an implementation phase of six to 18 months. The evacuees applauded the President when he showed them the perspective view of the Z3R drafted by the UP Planning and

Development Research Foundation, Inc. (UP PLANADES, which was commissioned to laid down the recovery and reconstruction plan. He told them that their stay at the bunkhouses are on a temporary in nature and later on they will have a better community to live in as the Z3R is anchored on the theme “build back better.” Aside from Singson, the President was accompanied by Rehabili-

tation Czar Panfilo Lacson, Social Welfare Sec. Corazon Soliman, Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin, Energy Sec. Jericho Petilla, Cabinet Sec. Rene Almendras and National Housing Authority General Manager Chito Cruz. From here, President Aquino and party flew to Tacloban City to visit and inspect the rehabilitation works for the “Yolanda” victims. (PNA)

Gunman attacks Pagadian City village hall PAGADIAN CITY – A farmer was killed and four others were wounded in an attack by a lone gunman at a party in the southern Philippine city of Pagadian, police said. Police said a lone gunman barged at the village hall of Lapidian where the local Women’s Organization was having a party and shot Ronald Nonol, 29, several times. The attack also wounded Mervin Yagonia, 13; Alexes Legoneas, 32; Arlyn Seraspi, 9; and Angela Princess Legonas, 6. The gunman fled after the attack. Police said investigators recovered at least 7 bullet casings of .45-caliber pistol. The wounded were rushed to hospital. The motive of the attack is still unknown, but police said it is investigating the murder of Nonol. Gun attacks are not uncommon in Pagadian City where killings frequently occur and are largely blamed to hired killers. (Mindanao Examiner)


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Hydro firm brings smiles to Sibulan students STA. CRUZ, Davao del Sur – With the intention to spread the spirit of Christmas, Hedcor Sibulan Inc. and the Aboitiz Foundation brought smiles to Bagobo-Tagabawa students, this Yuletide season. More than a hundred Bagobo-Tagabawa students of Don Amancio Bendigo, Sr. Elementary School in Brgy. Sibulan, Davao del Sur had an extraordinary yuletide celebration. Through educational games, magical show, showcase of talents, and information campaign on how to be stewards of the environment, the students had a Christmas blast. “We are grateful that one way or another we are able to make these students smile and let them feel the spirit of Christmas,” Hedcor vice president Rolando Pacquiao expressed his happiness. From a very remote area of Davao del Sur, these students had experienced for the first time a “Christmas Party” where food were served, game-prizes were given and boxes of gifts were distributed for each of them. The gift boxes con-

sisted of toys, books and other essential items which were sent by friends of the Aboitiz family. Other than giving presents, Hedcor team taught them the proper way of segregating wastes, planting more trees to preserve the watershed and the value of recycling through games and a comical skit. Eunice Ante, a Grade Six student said, “Karon ra ko naka dawat og regalo nga daghan kaayo og sulod na mga dulaan. Naa pa jud mga gamit pang eskwela. Daghang salamat sa Hedcor. Sila pod dakong regalo sa amoa. (It is my first time to receive a box of gift with full and variety of toys. There are also school supplies. Thank you very much Hedcor. You are truly a gift in our community).” The gift-giving activity is annually held for the host communities of the run-of-river plants owned and managed by Hedcor. This is one of the company’s way of giving back to the community apart from corporate social responsibility projects on education, livelihood, health and environment. (Hedcor)


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Davao Norte to popularize flood-tolerant rice varieties


AVAO DEL NORTE – Rice paddies in the province of Davao del Norte will soon be teeming with climate change-ready rice varieties that can survive prolonged flooding.

Governor Rodolfo del Rosario directed Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Anastacia Notarte to develop and look for flood-tolerant rice varieties to be planted in farms that experience periodic inundation. “I have instructed Dr. Notarte to find a rice variety that could withstand one week or so of flooding,” he revealed, to the delight of farmers attending the recent first Provincial Rice Congress at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan. The governor said the provincial government is bent on equipping the agriculture sector combat the worsening weather

condition brought about by the climate change crisis. Some 10,000 hectares of farm lands in the province have experienced occasional flooding this year, with the rice sector taking the brunt of the disasters. Last year, Super Typhoon Pablo destroyed over P3.8-Billion worth of crops and infrastructure. Del Rosario said that planting flood-tolerant varieties will ensure a steady supply of the staple and help the province attain food sufficienc y, even during the onslaught of typhoons. He said this is part of his administration’s thrust


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of making all social groups in the province resilient to any form of calamity. The local chief executive pointed out that the Provincial Rice Congress is an expression of the allout commitment of the provincial government to ensure further growth of the agriculture-based local economy, particularly the rice sector. “You are important and as your governor, I

salute you for being good farmers,” he told the rice farmers. He thanked them for helping attain Davao del Norte’s distinction of yielding over 50 percent rice production in the Davao region. “Kung wala kamo kinsa man ang magpakaon sa atong katawhan (Without you who will feed our people),” he said. (Noel Baguio, PIO)

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Gretchen, JJ Barretto testify against sister Claudine Barretto in court It seems that the Barrettos are far from having a happy Christmas as Gretchen Barretto and her brother JJ recently testified for the camp of her younger sister Claudine’s estranged husband Raymart Santiago. Gretchen and JJ gave their testimonies in a closed-door hearing lately held at the Marikina Regional Trial Court for the custody battle of Claudine and Raymart’s children Sabina and Santino. “As expected it became very emotional but okay naman mas magaan ang dibdib ngayon na nailabas na lahat ng dapat ilabas,” Gretchen said about their testimony which was aired on the Sunday episode of Buzz ng Bayan. According to Gretchen, she and

JJ are more than willing to cooperate for the estranged couple’s case so much so that “Kahit paulit ulit, kahit araw-araw, oras-oras nila kaming tawagan to stand as witness para lang mabigyan ng hustisya si Raymart at mabigyan ng katahimikan ang mga buhay namin.” Although many might misconstrue her testimony as an act of condemning her sister, Gretchen insists that whatever she did, she did out of love for Claudine. “Mahal ko ang kapatid ko, bunso namin ‘yan. Ang gusto ko lang maibalik ang buhay niya sa tama at mabawasan ang mga kaaaway niya, mabawasan ang galit niya sa buhay. Ang kailangan ni Claudine, ‘yung mapagamot siya, mapa-rehab siya.


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Andoon parin kaming magkakapatid to support her,” claimed the actress Speaking of having her sister treated, the Kapamilya star said that they’re really hoping that their testimony could pave the way for Claudine to go back to rehab at the soonest possible time in order for her to receive proper treatment. “I don’t wanna get into details but the last time that she was in Chana Rehab. If you google it, it’s a first class rehab. I don’t know kung sino ang dapat naming kausapin [dahil] doon siya dapat pero ‘yun ang hinihingi namin sa korte,” she said. If there’s one thing that gets to Gretchen the most because of this ongoing legal battle between her sister and Raymart it’s the fact that the she

saw how happy they were before. “He was a very good husband for her, I know that for sure malapit kami ni Claudine, ‘yun ang parati niyang kinukwento sakin nung lumabas siya ng rehab noong February 2011. Parati niyang sinasabi ng paulit-ulit na ‘Buti nalang hindi ako iniwan ni Raymart, he was very patient. Mahal niya ako, mahal ko siya,’” she quoted Claudine as saying. The Barretto siblings’ testimony was spawned by Raymart’s response to the Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children (VAWC) case filed by Claudine against him in August, where he accused his wife of domestic violence, having a history of drug abuse, and being mentally ill. The actor’s statements were cor-

roborated by accounts of La Greta as well as her two other siblings JJ and Marjorie in one affidavit. But there seems to be no turning back in the continuously worsening Barretto family feud as Gretchen even revealed that their very own father, Miguel Barretto threatened to kill them for siding to Raymart. “Sinabihan ng daddy ko ang kapatid kong lalaki, ang pinakamatanda, at ang pamangkin ko na si John, na pag mag-testify daw si JJ, at nalaman niyang mag-te-testify si JJ, sabi niya babarilin niya,” she related. She continued, “At sinabi naman ng aking pamangkin na, ‘Tita Gretch, Tita Marj will testify.’ At sabi niya [Miguel Barretto], ‘I will kill them.’”

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then this is credited to beneficiary accounts maintained with other banks in the Philippines. The development of PhilPaSS is part of the advocacy of the BSP to encourage the use of formal channels, like banks, in transferring money to the Philippines to avoid remittance fraud and mishandling. Making it easier, cheaper and safer for OFWs to remit their hard-earned income to their loved ones in the Philippines is the least that BSP can do for our modern-day heroes. Note: My book, Central Banking for Every Juan and Maria is now available in main branches of Fully Booked, Power Books, National Book Store, and University of the Philippines Press.

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inquiry, officials of the Trans Asia Shipping Lines who operate the passenger vessel admitted that the engine of the passenger vessel carrying 667 passenger malfunctioned midway of their travel past 1 a.m. on December 16, 2013. The passengers complained that Trans Asia did not immediately sent a rescue team to make sure that the passengers stranded in high seas would be safe, Tabor said. However, Baltazar Llenos, manager of Trans Asia, said that the shipping lines immediately responded by sending a tugboat while the company closely monitor the weather condition on that day. Llenos said that the shipping lines immediately took care of the differently-abled passengers and make sure that food and provisions

were readily available. Tabor asked the shipping lines to submit to the city council’s committee on public safety a detailed company preventive maintenance system that enhances the company’s emergency preparedness.CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor

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from the threat posed by the communist rebels, there were also reports of organized crime group such as robbery holdup gangs operating in the city. The police is also looking into small crime groups like snatching, burglars, and petty thieves who victimized individuals and burglarized houses during the Christmas season, Mijares added. “Our hands are full during the holidays. We are extra careful as the higher police command ordered all police firearms in the country “tape” to avoid indiscriminate firing during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve,” Mijares said. With reports from Ercel Maandig

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The construction of the drainage system in January through the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) gave her the peace of mind. KALAHI-CIDSS is an anti-poverty initiative of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It is a community driven-development (CDD) project where communities are trained to choose, design and implement projects that address their most pressing needs. With KALAHI-CIDSS, communities and local government units have built

school buildings, farm-tomarket roads and bridges, health stations, day care centers, common service post-harvest facilities, and many others. These are small-scale but responsive to community-identified needs. The drainage system project of Brgy. Poblacion is one of those projects. It served as the community’s extended support to the campaign of DOH to help prevent the spread of dengue fever. With the project, the Center for Health and Development (CHD) of CARAGA showed that there were only 23 dengue cases in the barangay from January to September 2013. “Dako akong kalipay nga nakita ang kanal sa among barangay. Dili na jud pareha sa una nga pag moulan kay grabe ang baha unya dugay pa jud kaayo mohupa. Hugaw kayo ang tubig ug daghang mga lamok. Karon nga aduna nay kanal, arang-arang na, wala na kaayo ko madungog nga nagka-dengue diri sa among dapit (I am really happy seeing the concrete canal in our barangay. Whenever it rained in the past, we experienced flooding and the dirty stagnant water attracts many mosquitoes. With the construction of a concrete canal, the situation is getting better and I seldom hear cases of dengue),” Mercy narrated. Best decision Mercy, who led her fellow villagers in drafting the project proposal for the drainage system, considers this as their best decision. She said that the good point about KALAHI-CIDSS is that it allows communities to decide which project they need most. Mercy admitted that prior to her involvement in KALAHI-CIDSS, she

was one of those who made negative comments about projects to be implemented in their community. She used to think that these will not be completed as the funds will just be pocketed by corrupt individuals. It was only when she volunteered that she learned to appreciate KALAHI-CIDSS. The Process KALAHI-CIDSS has a five-stage process wherein communities are trained in the systems and processes of CDD. Its five stages are: • Social Preparation, w herein residents are trained in identifying what their community’s pressing needs are; • Project Development, wherein communities are trained in designing community project proposals that will be able to address their identified concerns. This stage also sees the creation of the criteria, as identified and agreed upon by the community, that will be used later on to determine which of the proposed community projects will be selected and implemented; • Project Approval, wherein the project preparation teams of each barangay will present their sub-project proposals to representatives of the other barangays within the municipality and then vote on which of these will be prioritized using the criteria they have formulated; • Implementation, wherein village teams comprised of volunteers are trained so they themselves will be able to implement their chosen community projects; and, • Transition, wherein weaknesses and strengths during project implementation are assessed to better prepare the community for

the next cycle of project implementation. “Lahi ra gyud ang KALAHI-CIDSS. Na-appreciate jud nako ang proseso sa programa. Bisan ug hago kaayo kay daghang mga dokumento ug grabe kayo ka-kuti (KALAHI-CIDSS is really different from other programs. I appreciate its processes no matter how tedious since there are many documents to be filed and you need to be very meticulous to process these),” Mercy explained. Mercy volunteered as a bookkeeper for KALAHICIDSS in her community. Her task was to record the day-to-day financial trans-

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houses has reached 1,140,332 including 550,928 destroyed and 589,404 damaged. It added that total cost of government assistance for the affected families has reached P1.218 billion. The Department of Social and Welfare Development (DSWD) has allocated P867 million; local government units (LGUs), P116 million; Department

actions of the Barangay Sub-Project Management Committee (BSPMC), the group of KALAHI-CIDSS volunteers working in the implementation of the project. It was her responsibility to ensure that all of these are recorded correctly. In her eight months as a volunteer, Mercy learned to trust KALAHI-CIDSS, and this inspired her to participate in other community activities. She is now also involved in the movement against human trafficking. Mercy’s experiences in KALAHI-CIDSS made her see the real needs of her community. of Health (DOH), P177 million; and non-governmental organizations/other government organizations, P56 million. Meanwhile, the NDRRMC said 35,489 people, 1,351 vehicles, 118 seacraft, 163 aircraft and 28,361 other assets/equipment from the national and local agencies have been deployed to strategic areas to expedite response and medical operations. A report from the Philippine News Agency


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