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Forum strengthens DA-LGUs relationship By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga and AURELIO ARAIS Correspondent


UTUAN City– –“Bridging the gap, Touching the Heart,” so goes the battle cry of the AgriPinoy framework. Adhering to the call to bring the Department of Agriculture (DA) closer to the people and local government units (LGUs) in Caraga, a forum was recently organized in a convention center here.

Senator Loren Legarda on Wednesday asked search engine company Google’s developers to consider creating an application that would identify disaster risks in certain areas, collating information available from national government agencies. Speaking at Google’s crisis response summit at the SMX Convention Center, Legarda said Google would be in the best position to create a tool as it is already working with governments around the world through its products. The senator cited Barangay Andap in See google, page 11


Cepalco stretches 3-hour brownout to 4 hours u2


Leave evacuation site, fake evacuees told u8 DAVAO

Duterte tackles issue on surrender forms u 9

Spanish-era brick-making kiln found in Misor town

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Loren urges Google to develop app on disaster management

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By Froilan Gallardo of MindaNews Signatories and principals on the MOA Signing for FICCO Foundation’s support to the scouting movement pose for posterity: Left to right (sitting): Narcisius Tan (Vice Chair, CDO BSP Council); Rudy Guligado (Council Executive, BSP CDO Council); Myrna Mootomull (Council President, GSP MisOr Council); Minda Briones (Program Commissioner, GSP MisOr Council). Standing L-R: MisOr Vice Gov Joey Pelaez: Bernardito Capagngan (Principal, Indahag National HS); Dr. Anselmo B. Mercado, Chairman, FICCO Foundation; and Edgardo Micayabas, CEO FICCO. (photo by Mike Banos, NPN)

8-hour brownouts hit parts of Region 12 GENERAL Santos City–– The daily rotational brownouts in parts of Region 12 stretched to as high as eight hours on Thursday due to the worsening power supply shortage in the critical Mindanao grid. Distribution utilities South Cotabato 1 Electric Cooperative (Socoteco 1), South Cotabato 2 Electric Cooperative (Socoteco 2) and the Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative separately announced extended rotational outages, which they blamed on the reduced power allocations from the National Power Corporation and the National Grid Corp.

of the Philippines. Santiago Tudio, Socoteco 1 general manager, said the NGCP has cut down their daily power allocation earlier this week to around 17 to 20 megawatts (MW) as a result of the drastic reduction of the Mindanao grid’s system capacity. As of Thursday morning, the NGCP listed the island’s system capacity at 922 MW or 314 MW short of the area’s system peak or power demand of 1,236 MW. Citing an advisory from the NPC and the NGCP, Tudio said such deficit was mainly caused by the continuing shutdown of the

Steag State Power Corporation’s coal-fired power plant in Misamis Oriental and the emergency shutdown of the diesel plant of Therma Marine Inc. He said the generation capacities of the NPC’s Agus 2, Agus 4, Agus 6 and Pulangi 4 hydropower complexes further declined in the last several days due to the declining water levels at Lake Lanao and the river systems running them. Such situation was triggered by the lack of rains and the prevailing intense warm weather in the area because of the summer season, he said.

Owing to this, Tudio said they were forced to implement at least three hours of daily rotational brownouts within their service area in the last three days. He said electric cooperative has already been operating its leased 12 MW modular generator sets but they were not enough to contain the area’s deficit. Socoteco 1, which lists a daily peak power demand of 34 to 38 MW, serves eight municipalities in South Cotabato, Koronadal City and Lutayan town in Sultan Kudarat. In Socoteco 2’s service See PARTS, page 11

ALUBIJID, Misamis Oriental––Archeologists have started excavating a Spanish-era brick-making kiln in a site in this town where residents used to dump garbage. The kiln, measuring around three meters and located beside a hill near the town poblacion, is a “major archeological find”, according to University of the Philippines senior lecturer Lee Anthony Neri. “This is the only brickmaking oven of its kind left in Misamis Oriental. That we have found the oven still intact though in fragile condition is a major find,” Neri said. He said the kiln was built by Jesuit lay brother Juan Costa probably in 1890 before construction of the Holy Cross Church in Alubijid town started. He said bricks from See SPANISH, page 11

PNoy to stop ‘job order’ in government agencies By Jelly F. Musico of PNA

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday directed Executive Secretary Paquito Jr. to look into the ‘job order’ practice in the government agencies particularly in the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH). The President made the directive in response to the complaint

of alleged massive contractualization in the government during his nearly two-hour pre-Labor Day Dialogue with labor group leaders at the Heroes Hall in Malacanang. “Make questionaires for all departments and ask them if there are job order still existing and contractualization and the justification for such. Then submit the findings to me and from

the findings we will then stop this practice,” the President told Ochoa. President Aquino said job order should only be practiced during the emergency situation like what happened in the Yolandaravaged areas. The President said he will clarify with DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson the allegation that

some 2,500 public works casual employees are being forced to sign job order. “I can’t believe that Babes Singson will allow this kind of system but I will ask him right away and I’m expecting answer from him this afternoon,” President Aquino said. President Aquino said if there is a need to call his whole Cabinet,

he will do it to review the job order practice. More than 30 labor group leaders attended the dialogue with President Aquino and aired their grievances and recommendations on the labor-related issues such as security of tenure, high cost of power, tax concerns and extra judicial killings.

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Cepalco stretches 3-hour blackout to 4 friday, may 2, 2014

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THE Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company, Inc. (Cepalco) in Cagayan de Oro City has started to implement four-hour rotating brownouts within its franchise area as the power crisis in Mindanao continues to worsen. Marilyn A. Chavez, Cepalco senior manager for customer and community relations department, has issued a notice of revised load shredding schedule and groupings from May 1-6 indicating that it has stretched the rotational brownouts from three to four houses. The four-hour brownouts have already been felt in Cagayan de Oro since Thursday. Chavez said Cepalco has to resort to rotating brownouts due to the continuing power supply curtailments implemented by the Na-

tional Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). Cepalco runs two renewable plants––a solar plant, and hydro and biomass-fired energy projects. Aside from investing in renewable energy, Cepalco has three affiliate companies, two of which are producing electricity. These are the CEPALCO Energy Services and Trading Corporation (CESTCO), Bubunawan Power Company (BPC), and Mindanao Energy Systems, Inc. (MINERGY). The BPC According to its website, the BPC was established on March 28, 1996 for the purpose of constructing, owning and operating a 7.0 MW mini-hydroelectric power plant that would generate electricity for the franchise area of the Cepalco. The project construction started on January 1997 and was completed on July 2001. After successfully complet-

ing tests and commissioning works, the plant started commercial operations on September 2001. The BPC is one of the first to be certified by the Department of Energ y [DOE] as a mini-hydroelectric power developer under the Mini-Hydro Law [RA 7156] of 1991. The plant is located in the town of Baungon in Bukidnon––and is approximately 25 kilometers south of Cagayan de Oro City. The Minergy Minergy is an Independent Power Producer (IPP) established in 1992 to ad-

KABAYBAYONAN FESTIVAL 2014 in cooperation with the people of Opol Misamis Oriental last April 25-26, 2014 with Misamis Oriental 2nd District Representative Juliette Uy. Mayor Max Sino with Opol Local Government Unit and the known “Inahan sa kanunayng Panabang” Congresswoman Juliette Uy launch Kabaybayonan Festival 2014. Mayor Max Sino reveals during the event that the lawmaker has long been supporting Opol. Congresswoman Juliette Uy is famous on his campaign that “Every development could only be achieved through unity.” Photo supplied

dress the crippling power supply crisis in Mindanao. It was granted accreditation by the Philippine government as a private sector generating facility with a capacity of 50 megawatts (MW). Minergy is the first IPP in the region to sell directly to a private distribution utility. The power plant, located at Barangay Tablon in Cagayan de Oro City, consists of three 6.3 Megawatt Bunker C-fired enginegenerator sets built at a cost of 21 million US dollars. Its engines are the well known and highly reliable Sulzer brand manufactured under

license of New Sulzer Diesel Ltd. By Zgoda of Poland, while the alternators were supplied by the GEC Alsthom of France. Consistent with the company’s goal to increase the renewable component of its power supply mix, Minergy is currently developing the 8MW Cabulig Hydro Plant which is scheduled to be commissioned in the later part of 2010. Minergy also plans to provide back-up power service both to the grid and directly to utilities and endusers. SOURCE: CEPALCO. COM.PH/FACEBOOK

Social business summit set June 4 CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Stakeholders would gather for a three-day business summit in Bukidnon on June 4-6, 2014, to tackle ideas relative to the achievement of economic growth pertaining to social enterprise development, a trade official said on Thursday. Dubbed as the 1st Mindanao Social Business Summit, the summit anchors on the theme “Wealth Creation with Justice and Peace through Social Entrepreneurship,” said Ermedio J. Abang, DTI provincial director in Bukidnon here on Thursday. Abang said that the summit aims to advocate for partnership among stakeholders emphasizing the need for a holistic See SUMMIT, page 4

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But who is to blame? By GIENEMAY G. GRAZA Master Teacher I North City Central School

The Philippine education has been in the midst of controversies regarding its quality for the past three decades now especially public elementary education. To arrest the situation, several changes in the basic curriculum and innovative programs have been introduced but still the problem of quality education in the public sector remains, leaving parents, experts-self proclaimed or otherwise, media and private commentators and politicians

wondering, “what is wrong with the system? In their own assessment of the problem, many blaming fingers are pointed at usteachers particularly public school teachers-finding us incompetent thus the problem of low quality education In one TV talk show I happened to see, majority of the guests were in agreement that the problem is not really the system but the implementation of the programs brought about by teachers’ incompetence,

1. ML- Osmeña Branch Abaya Building, Osmena St. Cogon Cagayan de Oro City 2. ML- Pabayo Branch De Leon Building, Pabayo-Cruz Taal St. Cagayan de Oro City 3. ML- Carmen-1 Branch Ang Building, V. Castro cor. Vamenta Boulevard Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City 4. ML- Yacapin Branch Daumar St., Cagayan de Oro City 5. ML- Lapasan Branch Claro M. Recto Avenue, Lapasan, CdeO City 6. ML- Gusa Branch Gusa National Hi-way, Cagayan de Oro City 7. ML- Velez Branch Door # 114 G/F De Leon Plaza Phase II Vacapin-Velez St. Cagayan de Oro City 8. ML- Divisoria Branch Cor. Tiano-Neri St., Cagayan de Oro City 9. ML- Limketkai Mall Branch Space M-2-123/Limketkai Mall Lapasan Cagayan de Oro City 10. ML- Limketkai 2 Service Arcade, Limketkai Mall Lapasan Cagayan de Oro City 11. ML- SM Showroom #1105 Masterson Ave. Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City 12. ML- Capistrano Branch Capistrano-Gomez Sts., Cagayan de Oro City 13. ML- Puerto Branch National Hi-way, Puerto Cagayan de Oro City 14. ML- Bugo Branch National Hi-way, Cagayan de Oro City 15. ML- Kauswagan Branch Zone 1 Kauswagan Cagayan de Oro City 16. ML- Bulua Branch Southeast Building Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City 17. ML- Opol Branch S. Vacalares St., Opol, Misamis Oriental 18. ML- El Salvador Branch National Hi-way, Misamis Oriental 19. ML- Alubijid Branch Poblacion, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental 20. ML- Carmen-2 Branch Kauswagan Road, Cagayan de Oro City 21. ML- Manticao Branch Poblacion, Manticao, Misamis Oriental 22. ML- Macasandig Branch Macasandig Proper, CDOC 23. ML- Lugait National Highway, Mabini, Lugait, Misamis Oriental

CAGAYAN DE ORO AREA Commencing on May 15, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. those establishment above will set a public auction all overdue pledges left in the same up to December 2013. Patrons are enjoined to verify their receipts. MANAGEMENT Sa Mayo 15, 2014 sa mga alas 9:00 sa buntag ang tanang butang naremati, isubasta diri sa tagsatagsa, nga buhatan nga ginganlan sa itaas. Tanang Butapg penerenda nga wala malukat hangtud sa Disyembre 2013, maapil sa subasta. Giawhag ang tanang suki sa pagsusi sa ilang resibo. TAGDUMALA

lack of dedication and etc. One guest summed it up with these all-assuming statement “what kind of teachers do we have”. It was not meant as a question but a sweeping scathing indictment of teachers. That statement was echoed by a neighbor who was so dissatisfied with the performance of his son in school prompting him to exasperatedly say” unsa ba diay klase nang imong maestra” (what kind of teachers do you have) followed by a derisive chuckle.

What kind of teachers are we? Yes, what kind of teachers are we who endure tortuous walks to far-flung barangays without question or fault to teach; what kind of teachers are we who part with some of our already paltry salary to buy classroom supplies or buy some pupils’ food because they didn’t have anything for breakfast or lunch; what kind of teachers are we who are given fifty or more pupils to handle most of whom come from economically and culturally disadvantaged areas inured to resorting to violent outbursts and foul language; what kind of teachers are we who attend to some of our pupils’

1. ML-Pala-o Branch (lligan-2) Cor. B.S. Ong and Badelles Sts. Iligan City 2. ML-Mercado Branch (lligan-3) Mercado Street, Iligan City 3. ML-Sabayle Branch (lligan-4) B. Labao corner Sabayle Sts. Iligan City 4. ML-San Miguel Branch (lligan-5) San Miguel Street, Iligan City 5. ML-Quezon 2 Branch (lligan-6) Nunez Building, Quezon Avenue Iligan City 6. ML-Tibanga Branch National Highway Tibanga Iligan City 7. ML-Linamon Branch Linamon, Lanao del Norte 8. ML-Kolambugan Branch Poblacion, Kolambugan Lanao del Norte 9. ML- Maigo Branch Poblacion Maigo, Lanao del Norte 10. ML- Tambacan Branch Purok II, Tambacan-lligan City 11. ML- Quezon I Quezon Avenue, Iligan City

personal needs, do one on one remedial instruction, maintain order in the classroom, contend with meddlesome parents who believe their children can do no wrong, meet the reportorial requirements and contend with many other problem that there are times when we can no longer attend to the needs of our own families. We are “the public school teachers” whose task is not solely the academic development of the child but of his entire being. Upon our shoulders are also laid the burden of instilling morality in the child, of giving him hope and inspiration amidst the hopelessness and apathy

1. ML-Tagoloan Branch National Highway, Poblacion Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental

14. ML-Quezon Aballe Quezon Avenue Extension Villaverde, Iligan City

ILIGAN LANAO AREA Commencing on May 16, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. those establishment above will set a public auction all overdue pledges left in the same up to December 2013. Patrons are enjoined to verify their receipts. MANAGEMENT Sa Mayo 16, 2013 sa mga alas 9:00 sa buntag ang tanang butang naremati, isubasta diri sa tagsatagsa, nga buhatan nga ginganlan sa itaas. Tanang Butang penerenda nga wala malukat hangtud sa Disyembre 2013, maapil sa subasta. Giawhag ang tanang suki sa pagsusi sa ilang resibo. TAGDUMALA

1. ML-Quezon Bukidnon Branch National Highway, Quezon Bukidnon

2. ML-Villanueva Pob. Villanueva, Misamis Oriental

2. ML-Valencia Branch G. Lavina Ave., Poblacion Valencia City Bukidnon

3. ML-Claveria Pob. Claveria, Misamis Oriental

3. ML-Valencia 2 Branch M. Roxas St., Valecia City

4. ML-Balingasag Branch 15 de Septembre, Balingasag Misamis Oriental

4. ML-Malaybalay Branch Fortich St., Poblacion Malaybalay City Bukidnon

5. ML-Salay Poblacion Salay, Misamis Oriental

5. ML-Malaybalay 2 Alvaro, Pabillaran St., Malaybalay City

6. ML-Medina South Pob. Medina, Misamis Oriental

6. ML-Maramag Branch Purok 7, Maramag Avenue North Poblacion Maramag, Bukidnon

7. ML-Gingoog Branch National Hi-way, Gingoog City Misamis Oriental

7. ML-Don Carlos Branch Poblacion Don Carlos, Bukidnon

8. ML-Gingoog 2 Dona Graciana St., Brgy. 20, Gingoog City

8. ML-Kalilangan Branch Centra Pob., Kalilangan, Bukidnon

9. ML-Camiguin Branch E. Neri Street, Mambajao, Camiguin Province

9. ML-Wao Branch Poblacion, Wao, Bukidnon

10. ML-Camiguin 2 Rizal St., Mambajao Camiguin Province

10. ML-Aglayan Branch Purok 38, Sayre Highway Aglayan, Malaybalay City

11. ML-Jasa-an Lower Jasa-an, Pob Jasa-an, Mis. Or. 12. ML-Balingoan National Higway, Bauk-Bauk, Balingoan, Misamis Oriental

12. ML- Bacolod Pob. Bacolod, Lanao del Norte 13. ML- Iligan 7 Autida Bldg., Roxas Ave., Iligan City

per vasive in our community and society, of looking out for signs of malnutrition and other sickness, of getting involve in community activities, etc. What the church fails to do, we fill in; what the parents fail to do, we fill in; and when society fails, we stand and deliver. Yes, this is what we are, oftentimes made as scapegoats for society’s failures, always put under the microscope, always weighed but found wanting. But what the heck! We are public school teachers. We thrive under the worst of situations. We never give up… because upon us, depends the future of the children.


MISAMIS ORIENTAL TO CAMIGUIN AREA Commencing on May 17, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. those establishment above will set a public auction all overdue pledges in the same up to December 2013. Patrons are enjoined to verify their receipts.


Sa Mayo 17, 2014 sa mga alas 9:00 sa buntag ang tanang butang naremati, isubasta diri sa tagsatagsa, nga buhatan nga ginganlan sa itaas. Tanang Butang penerenda nga wala malukat hangtud sa Disyembre 2013, maapil sa subasta. Giawhag ang tanang suki sa pagsusi sa ilang resibo.

Commencing on May 19, 2014 at 9:00 A.M. those establishment above will set a public auction all overdue pledges in the same up to December 2013. Patrons are enjoined to verify their receipts. MANAGEMENT

Sa Mayo 19, 2014 sa mga alas 9:00 sa buntag ang tanang butang naremati, isubasta diri sa tagsatagsa, nga buhatan nga ginganlan sa itaas. Tanang Butang penerenda nga wala malukat hangtud sa Disyembre 2013, maapil sa subasta. Giawhag ang tanang suki sa pagsusi sa ilang resibo. TAGDUMALA


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Forum strengthens DA-LGUs relationship town vice-mayors, Sang- mutual love, respect, and guniang Bayan members, support for a long-lasting municipal agriculture, working relationship with veterinary and planning the common good of Caraofficers,accountants and the ganons as primordial goal,” BUTUAN City––“Bridging academe were on hand to Navia said. the gap, Touching the Heart,” The overall agricultural take part in the discussion so goes the battle cry of the of local undertakings and situation in the region as AgriPinoy framework. well as various programs release of project funds. Adhering to the call to Nicandro Navia, Jr., and interventions of the newly-appointed DA-RFO agricultural department 13’s OIC Regional Technical were taken up by Field OpDirector (RTD) for Research erations Division (FOD) and Regulatory, likened Officer-in-Charge Rebecca the activity to a marriage Atega who explained issues ceremony wherein open on accessing DA projects communication is vital for by local governments for agricultural development a successful union. “DA and LGU are bond- and their constituents’ wellMASGAD, Malimono, Surigao del Norte––Environmental destruction caused by mining activities has made the ed together as one with being. submarine area of several villages in this town look like an underwater desert, a nongovernment group said. “This is caused by thick silt that covered the sand and corals,” said Joseph B. Nacario, a volunteer of the Hinatuan Passage Development Alliance (HIPADA) By Rose Mary D. Sudaria, Ph.D. Marine Monitoring Team. Teacher III Nacario led the team that made an underwater survey Tablon Elementary School from December last year to March this year. Barangays Cansayong, Bunyasan, and Masgad in this Being a leader is a very well that he could lead his town host small-scale mining operations. Most of these challenging task. In order members to follow him. are in Masgad where 80 percent of the residents rely on to be an effective one, he In relation to this, what should learn to influence are the abilities a person mining for their livelihood, he said. “Wala nay isda, wala nay corals. Zero na gyod tungod other people. It is through should possess in order to sa siltation,” (There are no more fish, no more corals. his powerful influence as be a good leader? There’s nothing due to siltation) he lamented. Silt coming from areas where there are mining activities has also invaded nearby villages particularly Hanagdong, Nacario said. “People in Barangay Hanagdong were silent when they saw our underwater video and pictures. They were sad of what they saw, thick soil from the mining activity upstream now covering their once rich corals,” he said. The group made the underwater assessment in By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga and AURELIO ARAIS Correspondent

bring the Department of Agriculture (DA) closer to the people and local government units (LGUs) in Caraga, a forum was recently organized in a convention center here. Local chief executives including Agusan del Sur Governor Eddie Bong Plaza,

‘Underwater desert’ forming in Surigao town due to mining

Abilities of a Good Leader

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The LGUs were informed of the guidelines and requirements in accessing DA funds for agri-related projects to start by submitting a letter of intent or proposal to avail themselves of DA interventions for corn, rice, livestock, highvalue crops development program, infrastructure, organic agriculture, as well as special projects. Atega expressed optimism the forum will further strengthen the partnership between the DA and LGUs for the development of the agricultural sector in the region.

A good leader should have the ability to delegate. Delegating tasks to each subordinate is a great help so that each person would know his specific job to perform. In addition, he should learn to trust his team especially in completing their work. A leader must remember that trusting the team is

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support mechanism towards inclusive growth to reduce poverty. He said that the summit will also put heads together to manifest vital resolves concerning peace and development issues in Mindanao, as well as its implications for social entrepreneurship. “It is expected that the gathering could generate commitments towards the establishment of a Social Enterprise Institute (SEI) in Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Maramag, Bukidnon as a mentoring hub in Mindanao,” Abang added. He said that the students, professors, social entrepreneurs, and professionals from other countries will also be participating in the three-day event at the CMU’s Farmers’ Training Center. A group of well-respected resource speakers lead by Senator Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Kawad Kalinga founder Tony Meloto, Nobel Prize winner Nicanor Perlas and Economist Ceilito Habito are among the invited speakers for the summit. CD with E MAANDIG

a sign of strength. Being a good communicator should also be possessed by a leader. He must be knowledgeable of the needs of his members. It is also important to know their feedbacks and insights on a certain task to be perform. Through this, the leader could memorize their personalities, making easier for him to provide task suitable to each and everyone in the future. A good leader should also have the ability to inspire others. He could do this through talking to them and sharing his ideas, plans and realizations. In this way, he is not just a leader but also light to other people, to whom they could gain information and lessons. This also makes him not just efficient but an effective leader. Being a leader exercising good governance is not easy at all. It takes a lot of courage and determination. However, leading could be a fulfilling assignment. Through doing so, he could be a light, a trail in which others could follow.


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Camiguin wins 2014 TechnOlympics MAMBAJAO, Camiguin – Camiguin National High School (CNHS) student Jon Michael A. Semilla took home the bacon in the recent web page design competition dubbed as “2014 TechnOlympics” with the theme "Optimizing Creativity and Innovation for School Change and Development" held early this month at Olongapo City National High School (OCNHS), Olongapo City. “We are trying our best to win again this year to complete the grand slum award in the web page designing competition at the national level and prove the ICT excellence in our school,” Semilla said. “The participants were too many to compete with, it’s like entering the eye of the needle but the discipline imposed by my

coach, strong faith and constant practice made me win,” he added. The event was organized side by side with of the Department of Education’s National Festival of Talents (NFOT) and National Schools Press Conference (NSPC), participated by more than 8,000 public and private students and coaches from seventeen regions across the country, Other CNHS delegates were Meshullmeth M. Amontos, Jovan R. Mabilin, Alliah Murillo, Jeric Gadgude, Kim Justin Genoso, Bianca Krisha C. Morgadez and Mikaila Sebastian Dadula, coaches were Elson C. Jamero and Miraflor G. Abregana, trained and accompanied the participants in the contest. (Elson C. Jamero/PIA)

ARMM Vice Gov. Haroun Alrashid Lucman, Exec. Sec. Laisa Alamia and other officials of the ARMM meet with a delegation from the European Union (EU), headed by EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux, to discuss recent development in the Mindanao peace process and the reform initiatives of the present ARMM government.Ledoux reaffirmed EU's commitment to peace and development in Mindanao and lauded the ARMM government for its development programs. (bpiarmm)

All set for 1st provincial DRRM Summit in northern Mindanao By KIERRA M. RUBILLOS

CAGAYAN de Oro City — Preparations are underway for the 1st provincial summit on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) in northern Mindanao. The purpose of the

activity is to equip the local government units (LGUs) about the whole spectrum of DRRM, said Ana C. Cañeda, regional DRRM council (RDRRMC) chairperson and Office of Civil Defens e (O CD) regional director.

She further said the summit aims to enhance the DRRM capabilities of LGUs of the region especially in their management of disaster risk reduction and disaster operations capability. T h e s u m m it i s s e t on: May 5 to 6 for the

province of Bukidnon; May 13-14, Misamis Occidental province and Cagayan de Oro City; May 27-28, Lanao del Norte and Iligan City; June 3-4 Misamis Oriental; and June 10-11 for Camiguin. Among the highlights are the presentation on

the salient features of the joint memorandum circular 2014-1 (implementing guidelines for the establishment of local DRRM offices); project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards); hydrometeorological hazards, rain induced haz-

ards; community-based DRRM planning; contingency planning; incident command system; disaster operations operating system; rapid damage ass essment and needs analysis; post disaster needs assessment among others. (KMR/PIA)

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Housing loan restructuring and condonation program A loan restructuring and condonation by the Housing and Urban Development program for delinquent socialized and Coordinating Council (HUDCC), can avail low-cost housing loan accounts is im- of the program provided that the original minent. Measures are already discussed amount of the housing loan shall not exceed P2,500,000. A new mechanism in Congress towards this end. would be structured to make Truly, there is an urgent need Editorial available and guide condonato revive the loan restructuring tion program applicants. and condonation program to make available at affordable cost decent All socialized and low-cost housing housing to underprivileged and home- loans with any of the government finanless citizens. It is worthwhile to note the cial institutions (GFIs) and agencies ineffectivity of Republic Act 9507 or the volved in the National Shelter Program Socialized and Low-Cost Housing Loan (NSP), including, but not limited to, the Restructuring Act of 2008 has lapsed on Government Service Insurance System 28 December 2010. It is thus necessary (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS), Home now for Congress to amend the law to Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or enable potential beneficiaries who might PAG-IBIG Fund, National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHMFC), Social have missed it. Under the bill, all socialized and low- Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC), cost housing loans with any government Home Guaranty Corporation (HGC), and financial institutions and agencies involved the National Housing Authority (NHA) in the National Shelter Program (NSP), that have at least three months of unpaid the original principal of which are within monthly amortizations will be covered the housing loan ceilings as determined by the program.

EDCA bars suits on its legality LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…‘the truth shall make you free’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in John 8:32, the Holy Bible). -oooE D C A P ROH I B I T S SUITS TO TEST ITS LEGALITY: Can any case be filed before the Supreme Court to declare as unconstitutional the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States? The answer is that, yes, technically, a case can be filed to test the agreement’s constitutionality or legality or even abuse of authority in its execution, under Section 1, Art. VIII of the 1987 Constitution. However, it would seem that the Aquino government and the framers of EDCA did not want anyone to file any case to determine its constitutionality or legality, before the Supreme Court or any other court in

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio the Philippines, and before any court in the United States, or even before any other international court or tribunal. This is what Art. XI of EDCA, as printed in the Official Gazette online version, provides: “The Parties agree to resolve any dispute arising under this Agreement exclusively through consultation between the Parties. Disputes and other matters subject to consultation under this Agreement shall not be referred to any national or international court, tribunal, or other similar body, or to any third party for settlement, unless

otherwise agreed by the Parties.” -oooED CA UNCONSTITUTIONAL: Even if only because of this, it is clear that the EDCA is grossly unconstitutional and wantonly violative of the 1987 Constitution. For under the Charter, passed under the first Aquino presidency, the Supreme Court has been given an expanded judicial power. I say “expanded judicial power” because, as the Cory Aquino government envisioned then, the Supreme Court was not simply authorized to resolve

legal and judicial disputes. The Cory Constitution also granted the Supreme Court the power to rule whether the act of any official of any government agency or instrumentality, and even of government-owned and controlled corporations, constitutes abuse of authority. Certainly, when EDCA through its Art. XI decreed that any dispute about it shall not be referred to any national or international court, tribunal or other similar body, or to any third party for settlement, it violated the grant by the 1987 Constitution of expanded judicial power to the Supreme Court. On this basis alone, EDCA can be struck down. -oooBETRAYAL OF TRUST IN EDCA: Indeed, why would the Aquino government and the US insert See LEGALITY, page 11

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It’s not enough to replace corrupt leaders By Manny Valdehuesa

CAGAYAN de Oro City––Unfortunately for the elite and the elitists who claim to want reforms, they don’t seem to know that voice and visibility are important for the reform movement. Nor do they realize that to straighten out politics, arrest graft and corruption, or neutralize abuse, one can start right in his own community. All political chicanery and the insidious schemes of trapos (traditional politicos) and dynastic officeholders are played out in the barangay’s neighborhoods. The problems of governance start there and stay unless responsible residents next door do something about them. The trick is to know what brings about corruption and bad governance: how it starts in the neighborhood and spreads, how it spirals upwards, how it trickles back down, how the cycle goes on and on, and why only vigilant members of the community can break the cycle. Actually people generally know the causes of corruption and bad governance but either ignore them or prefer to do other things. Mostly they think nothing can be fixed except in a spectacular way such as through another Edsa uprising or through a coup or revolution. But they’re wrong. We’ve had two Edsa upheavals and all we accomplished was replace Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph Estrada while the national condition continued

to worsen. Simply replacing the one in power with another who’s eager to be in power doesn’t solve the problem. The motive for being in power would still be the same; the way to the top would still require guns, gold, goons, or “Hello, Garci….” Ultimately the officeholders would still dictate the conduct of governance, defy the Rule of Law, or ignore the will of the people. Bottom line, the people would still be powerless, bypassed or taken for granted, unable to influence governance. The system becomes a mere caricature of democracy. Strictly speaking, there’s no way to stop graft and corruption for good. Like sin, it may be prevented momentarily or minimized but there is no guarantee that the sinner will not sin again. The transgressors are human, after all. They are endowed with free will and freedom to do what they like for whatever motive, good or bad. It’s these people who make it necessary to build prisons—to punish wrongdoing in hopes it will reform them and deter others. But it’s a measure of our society’s values that we fill the prisons with petty criminals and let big-time plunderers stay out to enjoy their loot. Nonetheless, although there’s little one can do about the motives or the ethical sense of traditional politicians—trapos— there’s a lot sovereign people can do to inhibit wrongdoing, arrest their corrupt


acts, and reform the way they behave. It just requires judicious, relentless application of People Power and vigilance in one’s own community, whence originate all cultural values and traditions as well as what’s wrong in them. Try straightening out governance in your own barangay and see how fairly easy it is. Simply be attentive and be willing to participate in the community’s governing processes— guided by the Local Government Code and related laws. Then go on to work on weeding out misleaders, replacing them with true leaders until you and your allied neighbors can take control of the Barangay Assembly. This is the supreme governing body of the community (literally a Constituent Assembly) and is all powerful. Through the Barangay Assembly’s deliberations and proceedings, decent standards and practices for good governance can be discussed, adopted, and ultimately institutionalized. •• Manny among others is former UNESCO regional director for Asia-Pacific, secretary-general of Southeast Asian Publishers Association, director at development academy of Philippines, member of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations, vice chair of Local Government Academy, member of the Cory Government’s Peace Panel, and PPI-UNICEF awardee for outstanding columnist. valdehuesa@

Money matters in marriage

THINK a Minute. Does money matter much in marriage? You bet it does! Did you know that money problems cause some of the biggest problems between husbands and wives! Sadly, in some marriages it doesn’t take long for wedding bells to turn into wedding bills and debts. At the beginning of some relationships opposites attract, but later opposites attack each other. The husband and wife have different values, so they disagree on how to spend their money and what each thinks is a waste of money. For example, the husband may like to spend money on beer, fishing equipment, or a television and stereo. But his wife thinks all that is a terrible waste of their money and SENIOR officials from the Department of Health (DOH) and PhilHealth pay a courtesy call to Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal A. Adiong Jr. in time for the inauguration of 21 infrastructure projects that include the Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City on April 30. From left, DOH Assistance Secretary Romulo Busuego, MPH Medical Center Chief I Dr. Amer A. Saber, DOH Secretary Enrique T. Ona, lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal A. Adiong Jr., and Atty. Alexander A. Padilla, president and CEO of PhilHealth. Photo by Sony Sudaria of Mindanao Daily News-Armm

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst income. She wants to buy new clothes and jewelry, or go out to eat at restaurants. That’s what she enjoys. But her husband cannot understand how anyone would want to waste money on things like that. There’s a story about an old farmer who decided later in life that he wanted to get married. So he put this advertisement in the newspaper: “Lonely farmer looking for a wife. She must be in her 40’s and own a

good tractor. Please send photo of tractor.” To say the least, that old geezer was not very smooth. He didn’t even try to hide what was important to him. So when a husband and wife have very different values on what’s important and what they should spend their money on, what should they do? They both need to compromise and cut back on their spending, before their debts get bigger. You see, the daily pressure and stress from big debts or

loans, can divide and eventually destroy a marriage! Maybe you’ve heard the phrase: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch!” Sooner or later we have to pay! Self-centered, uncontrolled spending will not only cost you money, but it can even cost you your marriage and family! If you’ve not been responsible in your spending, and your marriage and family are suffering under the pressure and stress from your unpaid debts, then won’t you ask Jesus Christ to forgive you? Then ask Him to take control of your life and how you spend your money? Jesus can give you the self-discipline and willpower you need to finally take control of your money problems, so they will not control you and your family. Just Think a Minute.

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AMBOANGA CITY – The local government has ordered people who were not among those displaced by the September 2013 standoff between government forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front-Misuari faction to vacate the evacuation area along R.T. Lim Boulevard.

Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar issued the order after it was discovered that 55 of the 527 families housed in 493 tents along the boulevard area “are without tagging.” The tagging, which is being undertaken by the city government’s Housing and Land Management Division (HLMD), aims to properly identify the families displaced by the standoff. These families have

been issued a card or tag by HLMD chief Rodrigo Pagotaisidro identifying them as internally displaced persons or IDPs. Salazar said the presence of non-IDPs or “fake IDPs” came after she ordered Pagotaisidro to conduct a “re-tagging” and “re-census” along the R.T. Lim Boulevard area. The mayor said the re-validation of IDPs was conducted together with the Department of Social

Welfare and Development and Commission on Human Rights. Assistant City Administrator Elmeir Apolinario said some of the non-IDPs came from other barangays in this city that were not affected by the standoff. Some of them are from Basilan and Tawi-Tawi. Apolinario said they purposely mingled with the IDPs, some of whom are their relatives, to benefit from the government’s relocation and housing assistance program that are only intended for families displaced by the standoff. Meanwhile, Salazar said the re-validation will continue among the IDPs who are housed at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex. Ongoing construction of bunkhouses at the temporary shelter site in Masepla, baran(MindaNews) gay Mampang. (JOEY BAUTISTA)

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new and qualified voters to register in their respective localities in preparation for the 2016 synchronized national and local elections. Atty. Ephraim Bag-id, Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Election Officer, said the registration for new and qualified voters will start on Tuesday, May 6, until October 31, 2015. Bag-id said Section 9 of Comelec Resolution No. 9853, provides that any Filipino citizen who is not yet a registered voter may apply for registration provided he or she is at least 18 years old on or before May 9, 2016 synchronized national, local and autonomous regional elections. Bag-id added that he or

she must also be a resident of the Philippines for at least one year and in the place wherein he or she proposes to vote, for at least six months immediately preceding the said election. He said an applicant shall personally appear before the election officer and shall present identification documents bearing his photograph and signature such as identification cards from the employer and school, postal ID, Person with Disabilities (PWD) Discount ID, senior citizen’s ID, driver’s license, NBI clearance, passport, SSS/ GSIS ID, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) ID, Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) license, Certificate of Confirma-

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PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur – A top official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the nearby Zamboanga del Norte province is calling on NOTICE OF PARTIAL EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AMONG HEIRS WITH DEED OF TRANSFER OF THE DECEASED SPOUSES LIBRADO V. GONZALEZ (GONZALES) And MELECIA GIMENO GONZALEZ (GONZALES) Pursuant to the provisions of Section 1 Rule 74 of the Rules of Court, NOTICE is hereby published that the intestate real property of the deceased SPOUSES LIBRADO V. GONZALEZ (GONZALES) and MELECIA GIMENO GONZALEZ (GONZALES) who died on October 20, 2005 and August 13, 2003, respectively, both in Iligan City, is the subject of a Partial Extrajudicial Settlement Among Heirs with Deed of Transfer, namely: LIBRADO J. (G.) GONZALES (GONZALEZ), JR.; ROSALINDA GONZALEZ-MURILLO, GUILLERMO G. GONZALEZ, and JOSEPHINE G. GONZALEZ, over a one (1) parcel of land particularly described on the aforesaid document, before Notary Public, Atty. Wilson C. Namocot, which instrument was entered as Doc. No. 262; Page No. 54; Book No. 91; Series of 2014 of his Notarial Register. MDN: Apr. 25, May 2 & 9, 2014

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Agusan del Norte Municipality of Carmen NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that KATHERINE R. FRANCISCO has filed with this Office a petition for Change of First Name from COOKY to KATHERINE in the Birth Certificate of COOKY REYES who was born on March 2, 1975 at Carmen, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are UNKNOWN and FELICITAS REYES. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than May 09, 2014. (SGD.) ANITA T. ESPINOSA Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Apr. 25 & May 2, 2014

tion issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in case of members of ICCs or IPs, and any other valid ID. Bag-id reminded that the Community Tax Certificate or known as “cedula” and Police clearance will not be honored as valid identification documents for purposes of registration. Meanwhile, Bag-id said they will also accommodate the correction of entries and reactivation of voters’ accounts as well as transfer of voters to another polling places. He urged those who have not yet undergone the mandatory biometric registration to visit the election office in their locality to be biometrically listed. He said those who will fail to undergo the validation process on or before the last day of filing of application for registration for purposes of the May 2016 elections will be deactivated in line with Republic Act 10367, An Act Providing for Mandatory Biometrics Voter Registration. (PNA)

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Agusan del Norte Municipality of Carmen NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC CCE-0002-2014 RA10172 In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG memorandum Circular No. 2013-1, Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on RA 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that VILMAR ORADOR LO-ANG has filed with this Office a petition for the Correction of Sex from “F (FEMALE)” to “M (MALE)” in the Certificate of Live Birth of VILMAR ORADOR LO-ANG, born on JUNE 13, 1983 at Looc, Carmen, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are BELCESAR MAHINAY LO-ANG and RUTH VILLAMOR ORADOR. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than May 09, 2014. (SGD.) ANITA T. ESPINOSA Municipal Civil Registrar

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ZAMB OANGA City For three Saturdays next month, older Zamboangueños will get an opportunity to go back to their childhood through various traditional games they enjoyed as children. This as the local government through the City Tourism Office will spearhead Juegos de Antes, a fun-filled activity featuring group games that youngsters of yesteryears played. Juegos, one of the highlights of the city’s Festival de Verano (erstwhile Summer Festival) celebration, will kick off with a kiteflying competition early Saturday (May 3) morning at Paseo del Mar. Kite-fliers of all ages are expected to converge at the venue, where they will launch kites of various colors, shapes and sizes into flight. The competition will be divided into two categories: the Traditional/Flat Kite category and the Figure Kite category. Cash prizes await kites that will impress the judges

the most, with the top winners in both categories are set to receive a trophy. In addition, special awards will also be given away for the smallest, largest and favorite flying kites in both categories. Registration of kiteentries is set today. After the kite-flying competition, a series of traditional games will be played. This would include kadang-kadang, sack race, tumbahan lata, shatung, Limbo Rock, Tug of War, Gerry Base, domino and tubigan. Juegos de Antes will also be conducted on May 10 and 17. Every year, the local government holds the Festival de Verano to give Zamboangueños – both the young and the not-soyoung – productive and healthy activities for the duration of the summer season. Also, the Festival de Verano will showcase some of the city’s tourist attractions, in particular the Sta. Cruz Islands. (Claudine Uniana)

Republic of the Philippines LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE PROVINCE OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL Cagayan de Oro City NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 10172, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that ROWENA S. CARINHAY has filed with this Office a petition for the correction of clerical error in the entry of the child’s SEX from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of JAY CREZAMAE SAMORANOS CARINHAY who was born on November 9, 1999 in Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are JERRY JAMES LAGRIA CARINHAY and ROWENA REMILLETE SAMORANOS. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than May 10, 2014. (SGD.) NORMA S. DIPUTADO City Civil Registrar MDN: May 2 & 9, 2014

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are unfairly treated,” he said. Meanwhile, Duterte believes that “we can’t do anything about (the insurgency in) Paquibato anymore.” “Since long ago, they are already communists. Their fathers are communists, their uncles are communists because of poverty,” Duterte said. Duterte believes that the “ideology of the residents must be respected.” Duterte also explained that he is a “leftist” and is for the land reform that the NPA is advocating. “For how many years, there is still no land reform,” he said. He clarified, however, that he cannot participate in the armed struggle that the NPA is waging. “Dili

ko gusto makigpatay og Pilipino.” Duterte said. He also added that the military men should not be pulled-out from the area instead they should maintain a “friendly distance.” “Dili ko musugot nga mawala ang military kay daghan pa kog laing problema, wa nakoy magamit (I don’t want the military to pull-out as I rely on them to solve some of the city’s problems),” Duterte said. “The best way to resolve the problem is you in the military, you should go to the Barangay Captain to ask about a certain person,” said Duterte. However, the barangay functionaries were still apprehensive.

Duterte tackles issue on “surrender” forms



AVAOCITY – “I assure you that it will not happen again.”

Thus said Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in a dialogue with village officials and residents of Paquibato district over complaints that the Army’s 69th Infantry Battalion forced them to sign “surrender” forms.

But in the same dialogue, Duterte clarified that the military should not withdraw from Paquibato. Celso Bughao, barangay captain of Barangay Lumiad, Paquibato district said that they have been made to sign different forms, adding that “what they intend to do with it, we do not know. But we have apprehensions about it. It seems to mean that we are NPA (New People’s Army) members who surrendered.” Barangay captains and

functionaries and residents from eight other barangays of Paquibato also gave their testimonies similar to Bughao. They also complained about how the military interrogates them to “extract information about the NPAs.” Eduardo Regidor, a councilman of Barangay Paquibato Proper, said Army men have also “occupied” their purok (a multi-purpose structure in the village).

“We told them not to stay at our purok but they didn’t listen. They told us that if we want them out, we should tell Duterte,” said Regidor. Cesar Templado, a lay worker and teacher of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Calinan, Davao City, said he was also branded by the same military unit as a teacher of the NPA. “We are supposed to bring education to poor village children and yet we

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Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte listens to Talaingod Manobo leader Datu Doloman Dawsay as the latter recounts their situation during a military operation in their communities in a dialogue at Grand Men Seng Hotel on April 29, 2014. Manobo evacuees who fled to Davao City are going home on May 1 after the Army agreed to pull out. (MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano)


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Marawi police chief vows to go after against illegal loggers, miners By Sonny Sudaria MDN-Armm

MARAWI City police chief Abner Santos vowed to go after those illegal loggers and illegal miners as he expressed his strong support for the protection of the Mother Earth during the Earth month. Santos, who has just received his appointment as police chief of Marawi, has also expressed his commitment for the enforcement of the city’s solid waste management. He also saw the need to the local government to


initiate campaign that would tend to instill awareness and prevention of Lake Lanao. Santos said the water level in Lake Lanao is affected due to the coming of dry season. “And we need to

protect Lake Lanao as it is one of our sources for potable water,” said the newlyappointed police chief of Marawi. Earth month Various stakeholders from agriculture, civil society, nongovernment organizations, local officials and employees gathered at the city hall compound in Marawi City to observe the Earth day. Earth day, said Santos is observed in 90 countries. He said he was elated that the lone Islamic City in the country, that is, Marawi City also had its celebration.

Unabia calls for govt support to farmers By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

Misamis Oriental 1st District Rep. Peter M. Unabia has called on the government to release the P3billion fund in the Landbank for the enhancement of agriculture. Unabia said the fund would expire in 2015. He said the money could be used for mechanization of the farming industry in the country. “The money should be used now for the farmers,” he added. Unabia cited the government support in other countries for their farm-


from page 4 all coastal villages of Malimono, one of Surigao del Norte’s 20 towns. “We dived to a depth of 10-15 feet in all 13 coastal barangays and we also found that there are some areas where fish and corals are getting better, and these are under the areas where marine sanctuaries were set up,” Nacario said. Three marine sanctuaries are located in Barangay Cantapoy, Cagtinae and Karihatag.

ers as observed during his visits to the farms in these countries. In Spain, for example, he said a 150-hectare farm employs only a few workers because of mechanization, and in Vietnam a dressing line for a poultry farm is full mechanized. The poultry farm in Vietnam has a capacity of 60,000-80,000 for a 10-hour shift of workers. “But my farm has only a capacity of 24,000 per shift with more workers,” Unabia said. He also cited the government subsidies for farmers in Thailand and China, resulting in lower prices Nacario said Malimono’s coastal waters should be protected because there are breeding grounds. “These areas, we found out are spawning areas but some are totally gone because of the mining-related waste,” he said. The group recommended stopping the mining activities upstream so it would not endanger the marine ecosystem. MindaNews saw early last month the murky rivers and streams in Masgad, Cansayong, and Bunyasan. (Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews)

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry office Province of Davao del Sur Municipality of Matanao Publication Notice A. 10172


Date: 28 April 2014

CCE—0014—2014R.A.9048/R.A.10172 In Compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRS Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1, Guidelines in the Imple-mentation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R. A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that MATEA MEDY BANZON-FERNANDEZ has filed with this Office, a petition for correction of entry in the date of birth from “5-23-70” to “APRIL 15, 1970” in the CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH of MATIA MEDY GEN0VIA BANZ0N at MATANAO, DAVAO DEL SUR and whose parents are VICENTE BANZON and RECARDA GENOVIA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 16 MAY 2014. (Sgd.) NONITA DIONISIO-DALUMPINES Municipal Civil Registrar

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for rice and onions, for example. He said if foreign investors in farming must be given tax incentives here they should generate employment and provide transfer of technology.

MEDICAL MISSION. Balabagan town Mayor Edna Ogca Benito spearheads the

just-held medical mission conducted with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Health (DOH) and support from the local government employees and health workers. Some of the free services rendered during the medical mission include free circumcision, consultation, and dental check up. A bloodletting was also conducted during the medical mission. Present at the medical mission are Police Insp. Antonio S. Agvit, the police chief of Balabagan town; Dr. Billy Jack T. Ogca, municipal administrator; Lt. Col. LTC Michael A. Santos, CO, 6IB, 6ID of the Philippine Army; 1Lt. Angelo P. Saruca, DSPA 603 Dental Surgeon; Cpt. Loreto M. Sapon, CMO Officer, 6IB, 6ID of the Philippine Army; and 1Lt. Gino C. Jubas Co, Charlie COY, 6IB, 6ID, also of the Philippine Army. Photo by Sonny Sudaria of the Mindanao Daily News-Armm

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Duterte... from page 9

“Just contact me directly if anything will happen,” said Duterte. Duterte said that he has to meet with military officials to discuss about the issue further and said he would talk again with the barangay officials on Thursday or Friday. Meanwhile, the City Council’s committee on human rights headed by Third District City Councilor Karlos Bello said the committee has yet to conduct its on-site hearing regarding the reported human rights abuses in Paquibato. (

Legality... from page 6

a provision in the EDCA prohibiting the referral of any dispute over EDCA to the courts---whether Philippine courts or US courts? This tactic shows one of two things: one, either a distrust of the capacity of Filipino and American courts to pass upon the legality, constitutionality, or any abuse in the execution of, EDCA. Or two, there is perception among EDCA framers that it could not withstand judicial scrutiny and could therefore be declared null and void and inefficacious later on. Either way, the insertion of Art. XI in EDCA to prohibit referral of any dispute about it to the courts constitutes a betrayal of both the Filipino and American peoples’ trust. It also shows the sinister design of the Aquino and Obama governments in entering into the EDCA: they are determined to evade compliance, at all cost, with the Philippine Constitution’s provisions on presence of foreign troops and facilities in the Philippines, in an effort to fortify the US plan on regaining dominance in Asia. -oooREMINDERS: Please tune in: “Tambalang Batas at Somintac sa DZEC”, at 1062 kHz on the AM band, Mondays to Fridays, at 6

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Spanish... from page 1

the oven were also sent to nearby Our Lady of the Snows parish church in El Salvador town and faraway Baclayon Church in Bohol. “During the Spanish colonial period, church makers built brick-making ovens before any construction was started. Technically that is very sound because you need a steady supply of bricks,” he explained. Neri said Brother Costa, a noted Jesuit brick maker, built five ovens for the churches in the towns of Balingasag, Jasaan, Tagoloan and El Salvador. None of these survived except this oven in Alubijid, he said. Historian A. Paulita Roa said Costa was a close friend of Dr. Jose Rizal and helped the national hero in some surveying work when he was exiled in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte. Roa said Costa, a native of Barcelona, Spain was sent to Northern Mindanao to supervise the construction of churches along the coast of Misamis Oriental. Long forgotten, Alubijid residents never knew the historical significance of the Spanish kiln although the place was always known as “Hornal”, the Visayan word for oven or furnace. The site itself, located beside a hill where the modern Holy Cross parish church stands, was turned into a garbage dump and was nearly destroyed when bulldozers cut their way through its entrance during a road-widening work. “My father and other older residents used to call this place Hornal. We never knew there is a Spanish brick-making oven here. We never knew,” town official Tristan Lindsay Ares said.

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Ares said in 2005, a group of treasure hunters even tried to dig a tunnel at the site thinking there was gold underneath. He said they came to realize its historical significance when the team from UP Archeological Studies Program led by Neri appraised the local government of its existence in 2007. He said the town government immediately sealed off the area to preserve it until a full excavation could be made at the site. “After the excavation, we plan to develop this site as part of our historical heritage and intend to develop this as a tourism spot,” he said.

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area, the rotational brownouts have so far increased to three to four hours from the previous two hours and 30 minutes as a result of the worsening power shortage. The electric cooperative serves this city, the entire Sarangani Province and the municipalities of Polomolok and Tupi in South Cotabato. In Sultan Kudarat province, Sukelco officials said they were forced to extend the area’s rotational brownouts from five to eight hours daily due to the power supply deficit. Claudia Pondales, acting general manager of Sukelco, said in an interview over TV Patrol Socsksargen that they were continually looking for some measures to address the power shortage in the area but noted that they were primarily dependent on the capacity of the Mindanao grid. She said local power consumers should understand that the Mindanao grid has been facing a huge deficit in terms of power supply. “Rest assured that we’ve been doing everything we can to address this problem and our focus right now is to bring in immediate solutions,” she said. (MindaNews)

Job order... from page 1

The labor leaders thanked the President for providing them avenue to foster greater cooperation among various groups in order to better serve the Filipino workforce. The Cabinet members including Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo were also present and gave their commitment to address the issues raised by the labor groups. Secretaries Florencio Abad of Budget, Jericho Petilla of Energy, Arsenio Balisacan of National Economic Development as well as Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma, Internal Revenue commissioner Kim Henares and Civil Service C ommission chairman Francisco Duque III also attended the dialogue. In celebration of Labor Day, the President will visit various manufacturing facilties at the end of the week. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the President will attend a series of events in Laguna where “the revitalization of our manufacturing sector has been most evident in recent years.” The President will then visit Bohol province on May 2 to assess the province’s progress in terms of labor and employment after last year’s strong earthquake. (PNA)


from page 1 Compostela Valley, which was hit by typhoon Pablo in December 2012, and said the deaths in the barangay could have been avoided had the government been aware of flood hazards in the area. “Google’s partnership with the government must be increased and must endure,” she said. She cited the government had developed tools such as

A school that can be a tourist spot By LETECIA L. OGA SIC Iba Elementary School, Cagayan de Oro City

Iba Elementary School – is nestled in the wind-swept hills of Sitio Iba, barangay Dansolihon, Cagayan de Oro City. Its idyllic location offers a view of the sea and city’s environs. A visitor commented that it is as picturesque as the famous Tagaytay highlands in Batangas. Well, who knows, this school might still become a tourist spot and be labelled as the Tagaytay of Cagayan de Oro City. What is more unique is the fact that Iba Elementary School is attended by purely Higaonon tribal children. (The Higaonons are an indigenous tribe

found in northern Mindanao communities with a population estimated at 350, 000, and are found in five provinces --- Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon. Since olden times the Higaonon have lived in their forest home, undisturbed, managing the forest in a natural and harmonious way.) For decades the Higaonon people have struggled tirelessly for their independence as a tribe, their rights to cultural integrity and the right to self-determination. Thus, the establishment of Iba Elementary School is a


precious gift to this tribe as it helps them nourish the intellectual development of their children – an aspect that will strengthen their right to self-determination. It was in the year 2000 that Iba Elementary School was established within a 1.5 hectare land donated by Mr. Fresco Habla a concerned parent and with the leadership of Mr. Roberto Cabaring who pioneered

and went through the meticulous process along with Mr. Henry Limbaco, former Southwest District Supervisor in exerting all efforts in order to put-up the said school. The school’s six classrooms are all made of concrete. The Higaonon community helped in beautifying the school. They undertook landscaping of the school premises with the use of

the Department of Science and Technology’s Project NOAH, which can give users an image of flood-prone areas in the country. Legarda said the creation of a “risk finder” application would enable government agencies and other users to make sound management decisions regarding the use of potentially hazard-prone areas. She said Google could avail of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s identified risk and vulnerability areas as well as existing multi-hazard risk assessment documents from a study conducted by AusAID. Legarda, who chairs the Senate committee on climate change, said her office could provide data from studies they conducted. She said Google should create the app and include data on landslides and earthquakes. “This is not just for earthquakes,” Legarda said. “You can use this to build schools. You can do this for agriculture, for farmers and fisherfolk.” Meryl Stone, partner development manager at Google, said the company’s Person Finder application has already been used in disasters such as after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck the Visayas in November last year. She said the search engine company was already planning to partner with the Philippine government in creating a Google Public Alerts program that would give the government a direct line to its citizens regarding important announcements, especially during times of disasters. “We believe that information should be out there in the internet and that people don’t have to go to a specific website to get information,” Stone said. Public Alerts would allow for information such as tsunami alerts to automatically appear on Google’s homepage, customized depending on the user’s location. Stone said that in their experience, there was a void in information during disasters, with people mostly relying on the internet. She said that during the earthquake in Japan in 2011, keyword searches for ‘tsunami’ spiked, especially in Hawaii, a US state in the Pacific. She added disasters were a crucial period in which information was needed the most, and that the internet should be a ready source. (MindaNews)

bamboo and other indigenous materials. About one hundred forty (140) Higaonon children are currently attending the multi-grade classes of Iba Elementary School (Kinder, Grade I, Grade II, Grade III & IV, and Grade V & VI). There are 5 young teachers, 1 male and 4 females under the leadership of the author as School In Charge. The Higaonon pupils are happy to them what is more important is what they learn in school – such as reading books at “Lawig Balasahan” – the reading kiosk, and practicing the intricacies of computers at the ICT Room. A priceless jewel for the Higaonon tribe, Iba Elementary School may always stand as a symbol of peace , love, and cultural heritage for tourists to admire.

Biblical reflection

Bro. Edcel L. Closas

Liars Special Gospel of the day: Matthew8:2327(May2, 2014-Friday) Matthew 8:23-27-And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to [him], and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him: In our gospel for today, we can imagine a certain situation of the disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ who were in danger due to the strong storm that they had encountered while they were in the sea of Galilee. This scenario is the same to our day to day life, which we are also facing different storms of life. In the incident of the gospel, who intervenes in the worst happening of the Apostles of Jesus? Take note, Jesus himself made a rescue to save all of them. In the same manner, our God cannot watch us drowning in the waves of problems, sickness and sufferings. He will help us in times of our troubles and discomforts of our lives to show His love to each one of us. Do you believe to this truth? Be brave because a “coward has no place in the kingdom of God.” In Revelation 21:8-But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all “liars,” shall have their part in the lake which burned with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Then, be strong always: Printing paid by: Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhDTony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:30 PM Sunday: #0928414949009266607505: Question – Prayer request: Please follow me “WORD ON FIRE” on CCTN channel 12-CDO @ 10 PMMondays and Tuesday @ 3:30 PM. God loves you!!!

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