Mindanao Daily NEWS
Volume II, No. 141
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November 29, 2013
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CLEAN 3-day national convention starts today in San Francisco town By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN Regional Editor-Caraga
TRAFFIC VIOLATOR? A traffic enforcer belonging to the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) confronts a taxi driver for violating a traffic rule along the busy streets in front the city hall in Cagayan de Oro City. Contributed photo by Ercel Maandig
SAN Francisco, Agusan del Sur-Radio communication enthusiasts in the country will seriously discuss the challenge of modern communications in this digital age to the effects of climate change when they gather today for the 20th national convention in this town. It would be the first time that close to 200 members of Communication Link for Emergency Assistance Network, Philippines (CLEAN
Philippines) attending the annual three-day convention will confront the environmental issue in their role as active partners of the police in community services. Different leaders of CLEAN chapters from different parts of the country are already agog about the discussion during the plenary sessions. CLEAN members will also renew their ties through sports activities. It will be the second time that CLEAN Kadumahan chapter based here will host the event. Max Tutor, president of the na-
tional board of trustees, said climate change is a significant issue that every humankind should be aware and confront the recent global reality trends. “As communication enthusiast with a seal of commitment to serve the communities we live especially during the times of emergencies, the challenge is even greater and daunting,” Tutor said. Col. Gregory Cayetano, brigade commander of 401st Army Brigade which operates in Agusan del Sur
Local govt to manage anti-malaria program By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga
BUTUAN City–– Since malaria cases have continually declined in Caraga Region, authorities have decided to transfer the management of the antimalaria program to local government units. SEE MALARIA/p.4
WeatherWatch LPA brings light rains over M’nao THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that the weather disturbance or low-pressure See RAINS, page A11
Rep. Maximo B. Rodriguez Jr. (ABAMIN Party List) and Rep. Edgardo R. Masongsong (1-CARE Party List) meet with the principals of the Mindanao Coalition of Power Consumers on November 26, 2013 at the Abamin office in Congress. Photo by Mike Banos, NPM
EMB sneers, snubs at coal protesters
CAGAYAN de Oro City–– An environment official on Wednesday said his office would not entertain protesters of the coal-fired power plant in Misamis Oriental. Sabdullah Abubakar,
regional director of the Environment Management Bureau (EMB), made the statement as hundreds of people, most of them causeoriented groups and local environmental organiza-
inquire at MAX’S RESTAURANT. Robinsons Mall, CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY Tel. No.: (088) 858-6297 • (08822) 75-6297 • Cell. No.: 0917 7061147
tions, held a protest rally outside the regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here Wednesday morning. Abubakar said that the
anti-coal fired power plant protesters should understand that the construction of the coal plant in Misamis Oriental was meant to address the power shortage See COAL, page A11
See STARTS, page A11
Son of trader in Zambo snatched
ZAMBOANGA City––The son of a prominent Zamboanga del Sur businessman who was reported missing turned out to have been kidnapped, a police official said Thursday. Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, Police Regional Office-9 information officer, said the kidnapping of Edmund Corpuz, 31, was only confirmed Wednesday, two days after he was reported missing to the police in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. Huesca said Bonifacio Corpuz told the Labangan police last Monday that his son failed to return home on that day. The Corpuz family resides in Barangay Dalapang, Labangan and owns a rice mill as well as vast tracts of rice field. Huesca said the younger Corpuz went to the Zamboanga del Sur National High School around 2 p.m. Monday to fetch a relative but failed to return and could not be located. The kidnapping was confirmed early Wednesday when a person who claimed to be one of the kidnappers called through a mobile phone and demanded an unspecified amount of money for his safe release, according to Huesca. Corpuz’ brother, Eleazar, immediately reported to the Labangan police what happened to his brother after they received the call, he said. The police official said Zamboanga del Sur police director Senior Supt. Sofronio Ecaldre has formed Special Investigation Task Group-Corpuz to handle the case. --MindaNews
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CAGAYAN de Oro City– –A city councillor on Wednesday lambasted the Moreno administration in the hiring of “unfit and undeserving” consultants at the City Hall here. City Councilor Candy Darimbang, Independent Liberal Party, said that some consultants who were hired by the City Mayor were only simply taken out of political consideration. “I am aware that some of the consultants at the city hall who were hired by Mayor Oscar Moreno were unfit and do not deserve the corresponding
monthly fees,” the outspoken Darimbang said. The City Council has questioned the Moreno’s proposed budget for city hall consultants for 2014 at P 35 million. At present, city hall pays a total of more than P 600,000 per month for Moreno’s 19 consultants who received a monthly fee of P 15,000 per month to as much as P 50,000 per month. There are existing advisory bodies that directly report to the City Mayor but whose tasked has become redundant
and therefore should not be paid, Darimbang said. Darimbang cited the hiring of two consultants who ran for the city council but lost in the May elections this year. “Obviously, these losing candidates were hired out of political consideration since they were party mates,” Darimbang added. She also pointed out that the hiring of a lawyer to head a newly created “Hapsay Dalan” committee (Order in the street) was a duplication of the job of the city’s Road and Traffic Administration.
“Why hire a lawyer who does not have expertise to man traffic compared to engineers at the RTA?” Darimbang asked. Aside from hiring unfit consultants for their job, Moreno also hired businesspersons with existing firms in Cagayan de Oro City. Darimbang said that a certain Aileen San Juan owns and operate a local hotel here. “Isn’t it a conflict of interest?” Other consultants are also into money lending and travel agencies. Darimbang said that
the city hall should instead spend its money to important priority concerns of the city government rather than spending so much for undeserving and unfit consultants. The city mayor should level its spending to providing livelihood programs for the poor, scholarship, employment, infrastructure and traffic improvement, clearing of regular canals and waterways, and addressing the growing crime rates than hiring inept consultants, Darimbang added. CRIS DIAZ with PNA report
Release of Sino trader credited to MILF commander By CRIS DIAZ Executive Editor
CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Suspected kidnappers had released the Chinese trader who was abducted a week ago while on their way to
Cagayan de Oro City after visiting a sister company in Lanao del Norte Tuesday last week without ransom. Former Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano, who lead the negotiation for the release of the Chi-
nese trader, said that Yaser Kalendada, the Division Commander of the Lanaobased Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) command has played a critical role in the successful release of the Chinese trader. R ob er t Ku a, owner of the wood-based Vicmar Company in Misamis Oriental and Findlay Miller Lumber Company in Kolambugan,Lanao del Norte, was released Tuesday evening together with Engr. Edwin dela Torre, the company engineer who was also kidnapped together
with Kua. Kua and dela Torre were on board the company’s Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle on their way to Cagayan de Oro City when their vehicle was reportedly flagged down in barangay Buru-un in the municipal town of Linamon, Lanao del Norte about 5:00 in the afternoon of Wednesday last week. Police S enior Supt. Madid Paitao of the Lanao del Norte police command, said that the suspects commandeered the vehicle toward Tagolo-an in Lanao del Sur where the driver iden-
tified as Candido Mausisa was subsequently released. Paitao said that Mausisa reported the incident a day after prompting the police to immediately launch a search and rescue operations that lead to the recovery of the Toyota Land Cruiser already abandoned in Tagolo-an, Lanao del Norte. Emano said that the family of Kua sought help Thursday last week for the release of Robert Kua from the kidnappers who initially demanded a P 80 million ransom. He said that he down-
played and kept the incident away from the prying eyes of the media so a backdoor negotiation could smoothly push through. Emano said MILF Commander Kalendada voluntarily provided the necessary security during the negotiation while at the same time pressured the suspects to release the victims. The Philippine government and the MILF signed a framework agreement last year as a prelude to ending the armed conflict in Mindanao. See TRADER, page A11
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Malaria program in Caraga transferred to local gov’ts EMPOWERING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO MANAGE ANTIMALARIA PROGRAM. Dr. Casmer-
lita Yu (in photo) says the decreasing trend in malaria cases in Caraga has prompted authorities to transfer to LGUs the management of the anti-malaria program. Mindanao Daily News photo by Pat Samonte.
By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga
BUTUAN City––Since malaria cases have continually declined in Caraga Region, authorities have decided to transfer the management of the anti-malaria program to local government units. In a media conference, Dr. Casmerlita Yu, DOHCaraga Medical Coordinator of the Malaria Prevention and Control Program, said morbidity rates in Region
13 in 2007 were as high as 53.33 percent which decreased to 20.77 percent in 2008, 13.67 percent in 2009, 12.2 percent in 2010, 1.8 percent in 2011, 0.53 percent in 2012 to as low as three cases in 2013. According to Yu, the decreasing trend of malaria cases prompted the program to change its objectives, such as to capacitate local government units to own, manage and sustain Malaria Program in their respec-
tive localities, to ensure universal access to reliable diagnosis, highly effective and appropriate treatment and preventive measures to sustain financing of antimalaria efforts at all levels of operations and to ensure a functioning quality assurance system for malaria operation. While malaria cases are on the down-trend in Caraga, Yu said the disease is still the 9th leading See program/p.A11
Caraga gears to be malaria-free by 2020, zero death in 4 yrs BUTUAN City––The anti-malaria program in the region is gearing towards achieving to be declared malaria free by 2020 as cases and deaths continue to decrease for the past years. Dr. Casmerlita D. Yu, Caraga region Malaria Control Program Medical Coordinator, said that since 2009 or for the past four years, there has been no reported malaria death in the region. Yu also said that malaria cases in the region had significantly decreased since 2001. She said during the 10 months of 2013, only three malaria cases were reported in the region. According to Yu, the reported malaria cases came from the mining areas of Cabadbaran City and the municipality of Tubay, all in Agusan del Norte. “As mining areas, these cases are believed to be imported and not endemic on their places of incidents. A health team has verified that one of the cases was really imported,” said Yu, adding that the verification of the other two cases are still ongoing. Yu also said two provinces in the region -- Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Island -- were already declared malariafree in 2007 and 2012, respectively. With this development, she said the anti-malaria program is now gearing towards capacitating local government units (LGUs) to own, manage and sustain the program in their respective localities to ensure universal access to reliable diagnosis, highly effective and appropriate treatment and preventive measures, to sustain financing of antimalaria efforts at all levels of operations and to ensure a functioning quality assurance system for malaria operation. With this development, there is a great possibility the region can achieve the status of being a malaria-free by 2020. Malaria is a parasite-caused disease that is acquired through the bite of a female Anopheles mosquito. It can be transmitted through blood transfusion from an infected individual; sharing of IV needles and transplacenta (transfer of malaria parasites from an infected mother to its unborn child.) It is the 9th leading cause of morbidity in the country. As of this year, according to DOH there are 58 out of 81 provinces that are malaria endemic and 14 million people are considered at risk. The DOH coordinated with its partner organizations and agencies to employ key interventions with regards to malaria control. philippine news agency
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City of Good Life sworns in 2013 elected barangay officials By PJTREMEDAL, Correspondent
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Former Bumbaran Mayor Manabilang enthronement as Lanao Sultan Nov. 30 By CHENG ORDONEZ
Hon. Jason P. Almonte City Mayor Oroquieta, Mis. Occ.
Hon. Jorge T. Almonte Representative 1st District, Mis. Occ.
OROQUIETA CITY - Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance practiced by the City of Good Life is not only balances the running administration of its city local officials but it is the product of responsibility and sincerity of governing its barangays and communities. This is what City Mayor Jason Paredes Almonte wants after he manages the city government into a progressive and developed Oroquieta City thru the help and support from the Forty Seven (47) Urban and Rural Barangays. Today, marks another milestone of the history of Oroquieta where newly and reelected barangays officials will take their oath of allegiance not only to their supporters and Barangay folks but to their City of Good Life. The last Barangay election 2013 was the cleanest and peaceful election so far were every barangay chooses their leaders One (1) Chairman and Eight (8) Barangay Kagawads to led them into what they really be and join their city government into a transparent, accountable, environmental friendly, disaster prepared and eco-tourist barangays. Three Hundred and Seventy Six (376) newly and re-elected Barangay officials will officially inducted into office by the Mentor of the City of Good Life, 1st District Congressman Jorge Taghap Almonte who had been the City Mayor before he assumes office as the people’s representative in 2010 in the House of Congress. Hon Jaime Mallare, Vice Chairman of the Association of Barangay Captains-Oroquieta City whose term will expire November 30, 2013 after serving his Barangay Victoria and as an ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod after accepting the leadership from Barangay Captain Aurora Virginia Almonte who seats as the Federated President of Misamis Occidental ABC /ExOfficio Board Member said, that without the leadership of the incumbent City Mayor and his father the Congressman, the City of Life will never become to what it is today. Meanwhile, in the last few weeks, Congressman Almonte also inducted One Thousand Three Hundred Eighty Four (1,384) Barangay Officials from 173 Barangays of the Seven (7) Towns of his district comprising of Pana-on (128), Aloran(304), Lopez Jaena(224), Calamba(152), Jimenez(192), Baliangao(120), and Plaridel(264). Congressman Jorge T. Almonte and City Mayor Jason Paredes Almonte is now with the Liberal Party of His Excellency Benigno Simeon Cojuanco Aquino III who will bring better services through unity in heart and mind “Tungo sa Matuwid na Daan”
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AGAYAN DE ORO -- November 30, 2013, marks another day in the history of Lanao provinces -- a new Sultan will be up for conferment as Sultan sa Ranao (Sultan of Lanao) before dignitaries and his people in a fitting enthronement ceremony, at 8:00 a.m., at the New Capitol Gymnasium, Provincial Capitol, Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.
Bumbaran former mayor Mastura Dalig Bagambang Manabilang will be the 6th Sultan of Lanao by virtue of genealogical lineage, proclamation of conferment and subsequent affirmation and recognition on Saturday. Some 6,000 people are expected to witness the enthronement of former mayor Manabilang to the Sultanate of Lanao who is known to have championed the maintenance and stability of peace and order that paved the way for multi-national investors to capitalize on local resources thereby boosting his municipality's economy. "We wish His Majesty (Mastura Manabilang), the new Sultan, good health and happiness. May you inspire and rally the good people of Ranao and the rest of your dominion towards progress and prosperity," Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), said. "Being a mayor of Bumbaran town in Lanao del Sur for 20 years, I commend you for building on your diversity and potential as a people and embracing innovations similar to what we enforce in the region," Gov. Hataman said. Hataman said ARMM acknowledges the role of its Moro traditional leaders as they continue to inspire the successor generation of Moros in Muslim Mindanao. "We in the ARMM government hope to poster a fruitful collaboration with the Sultan to advance the interest
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of our people. Let us work further to allow government services reach more areas and turn our common visions into tangible developments," he said. The Sultanate of Masiu, one of the leading Royal Houses of Lanao and, in general, the members of the 16 Royal Houses of Lanao and Lanao Advisory Council, has extended its congratulations to the new Sultan on the occasion of his enthronement. "I am certain, the chosen Sultan sa Ranao is armed with a wealth of experience in the public service for him to effectively discharge his new responsibilities as Sultan sa Ranao, as this is crucial state of our history; our province needs strong, qualified and esteemed leaders who can effectively steer us towards peace, progress and prosperity," Mayor Sultan Topaan Disomimba, Sultan of Masiu and chairman of the 16 Royal Sultanate of Lanao and Advisory Council, said. “It is with great pleasure that I send greetings to you on this memorable occasion of your enthronement.
To our beloved His Royal Highness Sultan Mastura Manabilang and the Baes and Datus of the Royal House of Ranao, I convey these greetings to you with confidence empowered by strong values as you embark upon this duty as Sultan sa Ranao. My thoughts are also with your noble for bearer whose long and devoted service in preserving our tradition has inspired your profound mission to build upon a Noble Legacy and recognizing that through unity endures the practices of our noble culture and tradition so earnestly desired,” Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr. said. “In the tradition bound society such as Maranaos, we define the quantitative criteria in selecting traditional title such as Sultan and that includes faith, personality, lineal origin and wealth. All these criteria are possessed by Mayor Mastura D. Manabilang to be crowned as new Sultan sa Ranao as he had served the constituents of Lanao for more than a decade. I am extremely exultant in congratulating the new Sultan
sa Ranao Mayor Mastura D. Manabilang, gloriously and admiringly will give justice to the Title as he possesses the quality of a leader,” said Sultan Mayor Fahad U. Salic, Sultan of Inodaran. In a statement, Sultan Manabilang said: “I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to my family, relatives, friends and all those who made efforts to help with the success of my enthronement as the new Sultan sa Ranao, please accept my deepest and earnest appreciation for your gestures and support, I value the time and kindness you have shown me. May the Almighty Allah bless you and your family.” Born on December 26, 1956 in Raya Madaya, Islamic City of Marawi, to Hadji Cosain Amai Manabilang and Hadja Aslia Bagambang Dalig, former mayor Manabilang has 11 siblings, and all are professionals in their chosen fields. He finished his elementary education at Macapanton Abbas Memorial Elementary School and completed his secondary manabilang | page 11
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The priceless gem of Cagayan de Oro IN TIMES when public service becomes an issue of frustrations and elected public servants are directly or indirectly involved in various anomalies, the masses of the people almost always cling to resignation and hopelessness. The Janet Napoles pork barrel scam has exposed the vulnerability of public officials who are occupying sensitive elected positions in the Cris Diaz government. The Napoles expose has open a gaping wound of the graft ridden government of elected public officials who have enriched themselves at the expense of the taxpayers. The Napoles issue showcased the imbalance of public service in a government where the poor are vulnerable and the rich and the powerful elected public officials are invulnerable. The discrepancy was ultimately exposed on the way the government handles issues of a tragic implication like the victims of typhoon Yolanda. Thus, it was held that at times when the people needed the caring government were also the times when the same people suffer the most. Indeed, the Filipinos, especially those living in inaccessible areas were always a victim of government neglect, inattention, and apathy. Nevertheless, while we often ponder on the inequality, the inadequacy, and the incompetence of the government system and the elected public servants in the national and local level, there are still rare exceptions. We said rare because there are still elected public servants who remained true to the unwritten covenant that they have with the people when they ran for the public office. It is, therefore, noteworthy that amidst the frustrations and hopelessness, the people of Cagayan de Oro City have a sibling that brings pride to the Cagayanons. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro, is a priceless gem that the Cagayanons ever have had in the field of public service.
Fresh Gospel of the day: Luke21:12-19(November27, 2013-Wednesday) Luke 21:12-19-But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute [you], delivering [you] up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle [it] therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and [some] of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name’s sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls: This gospel reminds us to be strong in the journey of service since persecutions are always constant. In Matthew 5:10-12-Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and
We have been watching Rodriguez since his election to the House of Representative in 2007. We did not simply appreciate the sincerity of Rodriguez in carrying the inherent mandate in his elected position. On the contrary, we tried in vain to dig into the Congressman’s actions hoping to establish an iota of doubt on his performance. The sad point is that, the more we tried to implicate Rodriguez in various anomalies, the more we exonerate the Congressman of misconduct. Now, everybody thought that the absence of the Project Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) would put to an end to Rodriguez’s penchant of bringing in projects and developments to Cagayan de Oro City. Rodriguez proved this contention otherwise. On Thursday, Rodriguez led the turnover and ground breaking of 17 various infrastructure projects in the city’s second district. The project costing more than P 26 million were in the construction of multi-purpose buildings, construction of water and sanitation facilities, farm to market roads, and road concreting in various barangays in Cagayan de Oro City’s second district. In a talk with the local media, Rodriguez said more projects would come to Cagayan de Oro City’s second district. Even without PDAF, the Congressman could always submit proposals for fundings to concerned agencies of the government so that the basic services that were extended to the people would continue. “The scholarship, the medical assistance, and other forms of basic services erstwhile funded under the PDAF will continue to be implemented. The concerned agencies such as the Commissions on Higher Education, the Department of Health, and the Department of Public Works and Highways will take care of the basic services,” Rodriguez said. Of course, these services could only be availed of upon the recommendation of the Congressman. •• [Listen to “Alarma sa Udtong Tutok” every 11:00 – 12:00 Mon. to Friday at 95.7 FM Mellow Touch Radio] React: email@example.com
Biblical reflection Bro. Edcel L. Closas be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. I can attest to you about this reality since I am also a victim of persecutions but what is necessary is we will face this humbly. Take note, you will grow in persecutions and sufferings. In Matthew 5:44-But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. Can you pray for your persecutors? SPONSORED:Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-11883:30 PM - Sunday: #09284149490-09266607505: Question – Prayer request
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Corruption, hard to lick WHEN the Filipino electorate went to the polls to elect the successor of the discredited Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, all that was in their mind was to choose a perceived honest man who is 180 degrees opposite to the outgoing president. The people’s overwhelming choice in that election was Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III. That the people chose him just showed that they looked at him as the equal opposite to his predecessor as far as honesty and integrity were concerned. The minimum expectation then was that he will not do what Arroyo did which was to mire herself in numerous scandals from day five of her illegitimate presidency until the last day of her nine-year reign. All that Arroyo did during her presidency was dodge all the corruption charges hurled against her, her trusted allies and her family during the entire period she was in Malacanang. Admittedly, up to this point of the Aquino presidency, we still have to hear of charges directly linking him to any scandal. But this does not mean, however, that no scandal whatsoever had ever happened since he assumed power until this time. There are but nothing of sort had ever
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Jesse E.L. Bacon II been laid in the doorsteps of Malacanang. Aquino is conscious that the mandate reposed on him by the people was for him to be simply the opposite of Arroyo. In this regard, we can honestly say he is still doing his best to live up to this minimum expectation. I could still remember that during the 2010 presidential campaign charges were hurled that he was incompetent the fact that during his 12 years stint as legislator, nine years as congressman representing one of the congressional districts of Tarlac and three years senator, he could not show any great accomplishment especially in the area of legislation. But the people did not give so much weight to these charges because what they want from him is simply to be honest and be a man of utmost integrity. And true to their expectation, Aquino has remained unscathed by any corruption charges
though as what I’ve said above his administration has not been immune from corruption charges. Let us remember that the biggest legacy the Marcos dictatorship left was to make corruption intrinsically part of governance in this country. And do not forget also that Marcos ruled this country for 21 long years. Aquino’s mother, Cory, tried to combat corruption during her time but was no match to this evil that had become part and parcel of public service already when she succeeded Marcos in 1986. The presidency of Fidel V. Ramos, a cousin of Marcos, failed to eradicate corruption as well with Ramos himself being accused by his successor, Joseph Estrada, of corrupt practices especially in relation to that centennial expo project in Pampanga. Estrada, for his part, was also accused of being corrupt and was even booted See lick, page A11
Enrile, Miriam, just wasting people’s money LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Is there such a man in whom the Spirit of God dwells?” (Genesis 41:38 of the Holy Bible, where the Pharaoh of Egypt was looking for a man who would save his country from destruction as a result of a seven-year famine). -oooE N R I L E , M I R IA M , JUST WASTING PEOPLE’S MONEY: Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago may personally feel justified in exchanging tirades at the plenary hall of the Senate, but they should ask their information technology staff to monitor what the public is saying about what they are doing. If they monitor the public’s reaction, they will see that the general perception is that the two of them are merely wasting people’s money with their exchanges. Filipinos, especially those who have access to the Internet and the media, are saying they should devote their official time to more productive issues, like how to provide more livelihood programs to the poor especially in calamity-ravaged regions, and not engage in irrelevant and useless personal vindictiveness. -ooo-
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Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio REHAB PLAN: ANO BA TALAGA KUYA? There is a lot of disinformation going on in media about efforts to rehabilitate Yolanda-stricken areas in Samar, Leyte, and in other Visayan localities. One big newspaper is trying so hard project that the Aquino government has already “approved in principle” the rehabilitation plan presented by the National Economic and Development Authority, obviously to show that something is being done by the President. But all other newspapers and media entities are one in pointing out that the plan has not been approved by President Aquino yet, because of its inability to provide for an immediate rehabilitation scheme. It would seem Aquino wants something to be done right away, without specifying what this “something” is anyway, and the NEDA plan does not appear to contain this “immediate action”. The end result is that
there is no rehabilitation plan to speak of yet, and victims of Yolanda’s ferocity must have to wait a little more time before the government can offer them a system that will rebuild their cities and municipalities, as soon as possible. The question, however, is: how long will these victims have to wait? As Tagalogs are fond of saying, “of what use would the grass be if the horse is already dead”? -oooC OA , M O R A L I T Y, RIGHTEOUSNESS: Although technically the revelation that the Commission on Audit itself availed of the controversial “disbursement acceleration program” (DAP) of the Aquino government and used it for its own various administrative needs cannot affect its right to act as witness in on-going the P10 billion pork barrel case, an issue of morality and righteousness creeps in here and may derail See MONEY, page A11
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Barangay official wounded, PNP-Zambo Sur extends aid to typhoon 4 others unscathed in ambush
A M B OA NG A CIT Y – A b arangay official, a lt h ou g h wou n d e d, survived in an ambush while his four companions escaped unscathed in a remote barangay of Sibuco, Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Thursday. Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) informa-
tion officer Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca disclosed the incident took place around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Barangay Puliran, Sibuco, Zamboanga Del Norte. Huesca said they were on the way to Barangay Puliran from Barangay Culaguan riding horses when an unidentified g u n man op e ne d f i re, h it t i n g t h e b a r a n g ay
official. Hu e s c a i d e n t i f i e d the official as Serbino Jabier, 50, a councilman of Barangay Culaguan, Sibuco town. Hi s c omp an i ons’ identities were withheld. He said the police in Sibuco town is conducting a thorough probe to establish the identity of the suspect who fled and went into hiding. (PNA)
CAAP denies Facebook announcement on Zambo airport’ change of name ZAMBOANGA CITY - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has warned the public against false announcement, especially posted on Facebook, concerning the status of the Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA). ZIA Manager Danny Abareta at the same time advised the public to call them for clarification if they come across any announcement on the
Internet or Facebook about the airport. Abareta issued the warning as he denied in a local television interview that CAAP will rename ZIA as Maria Clara Lobregat Airport by January 2, 2014. The news about renaming the airport was posted in Facebook, which Abareta stressed is not the official account of the agency. The Facebook account
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bearing the name of “Zamboanga International Airport dated November 11 at 12:41 p.m.” carries the following announcement: “Effective January 2, 2014 the Zamboanga City International Airport will be renamed as Ma. Clara Lobregat International Airport. It was approved by the city government of Zamboanga because of her legacy to the city.” This Facebook announcement has generated 40 comments as of Thursday, November 28, and majority of them are against the renaming of ZIA. They also questioned the authority renaming the airport considering there has been no published report of this decision. They also questioned why there was no public hearing conducted for the purpose and there appears to be no published report of such activity, if any, and of any city council action on the matter if the city government approved the plan. Abareta emphasized that ZIA does not have any official website or Facebook account although he admitted to have read the announcement on Facebook carrying the name of Zamboanga International Airport (ZIAA). Abareta said they have only one official website which is www.caap.gov.ph. Abareta said he has no idea who posted the announcement in the Facebook account that does not belong to ZIA. (PNA)
victims in Tacloban City By GIDEON C. CORGUE
PAGADIAN CITY – The Zamboanga del Sur Police Provincial Office (ZSPPO) has collected some 500 kilos of relief goods for the victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” in Central Visayas region particularly the hardest hit Tacloban City. In an interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Senior Superintendent Sofronio Ecaldre, police provincial director, said that as a show of sympathy and support to typhoon victims, he directed the PNP personnel in the 24 municipalities through the chiefs of police to give in-kind assistance to the victims. The relief goods in-
clude sacks of rice, boxes of canned goods, mineral water, instant noodles and used clothing, Ecaldre told the PIA. Ecaldre said that ZSPPO’s initiative helps raise consciousness of each policeman that his role is not only confined to protecting the lives and properties of the civilians but also to “doing humanitarian services in order to alleviate the agony and hunger of people in distress.” “A helping hand is the best thing that we can share to them at times like this,” said Ecaldre, who is also a victim of super typhoon Yolanda as his houses in Baranagay Sagchan in Tacloban City and Barangay No. 5, Salawahan, Eastern Samar were all wiped out
by the typhoon. His family members were spared from the nature’s wrath, though. Ecaldre said the relief goods that they had collected would be shared to the typhoon victims in Central Visayas and the Zamboanga crisis. “The packed foods will be shared to the victims of super typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City,” Ecaldre said adding that immediate priorities of the victims are food and water. “ The used clothes will be transported to Zamboanga City for the war victims there since houses were burned by the MNLF rebels and they need clothes,” Ecaldre explained. (FPG/GCC/PIAZamboanga del Sur)
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Sibuco village official survives attack
DIPOLO G CIT Y – A village official was wounded in an ambush in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga del Norte, police said Wednesday. Police said the attack left Sebrino Jabier, 50,
wounded. His four companions were unscathed from the shooting which occurred in the village of Puliran in Sibuco town. The group of Jabier was on horses when they came under attack. Jabier, a village council member
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in Culaguan, was hit in his left hand. Police said the lone attacker fled after the shooting. Police are investigating the attack to determine who were behind the shooting. (Mindanao Examiner)
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AVAO CITY -- The two-day-Cardiovascular Disease Conference 2013 commences Thursday at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao City with the participation of the local government units, health authorities and civil society leaders from other parts of the country.
Errole Linus Miranda, communication officer of the CVD Project said participants will have the opportunity of exchanging ideas and lessons learned in the development and practical implementation of non-communicable disease
intervention as they are applied on the primary health care down to the barangays. The conference runs until Nov. 29. He said the first day of the event will discuss topics such as the Role of the LGU in Primary
Health Care Programs; The Multidisciplinary Approach: Roles of Primary Health Care Service Providers; Forging partnerships for CVD Prevention and Control; Policy Gap Analysis: Creating an Environment Conducive to CVD Prevention and Control; Monitoring PHC Programs: How the CVD Program Monitoring ensures availability and quality of services?; and Communitybased diabetes management peer support program: Practical approach to diabetes prevention and control. Miranda said the second
day will be brief discussions on Encouraging Lifestyle Change: Policy Recommendations; Structured Patient Education in the Primary Care Setting; Engaging the Civil Society in NCD Prevention and Control; Allocating Resources for Starting and Sustaining a CVD Program; Prevention of Amputations: A vital part of a CVD Program and Successful Healthy Lifestyle Programs in the Philippines: Outstanding Healthy Lifestyle Advocacy Award 2009 and 2011. He said the CVD Conference Davao 2013 draws heavily on
43 shoreline family-settlers benefit from DSWD’s CSAP
Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte At least, 43 shoreline informal settlers received P70 thousand pesos worth of check from the Core Shelter Assistance Project (CSAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Developm e nt ( D S W D ) F i e l d Of f ice XI, in co ordinat i on w it h t he C it y government of Island Garden City of Samal, at thePHRDC, Barangay Catagman, Samal District on November 20, 2013. The CSAP is a protective services project under the Bottoms-Up Budgeting Program desig ne d for dis aster victims or relocation assistance for those dwelling along disaster prone areas and needed to be
relo cated to safe and secure relocation sites certified by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). The grant financial assistance will be utilized for the construction of houses for indigent informal settlers however to strictly comply on the approved standard structural design provided by the Commission on Audit. “Nagpasalamat kaayo ko sa Ginoo ug sa atong lideres sa atong gobyerno kay unexpected kaayo nga makadawat kami niining pinasya nga dako k a ayong t ab ang p ar a makapatukod kami sa among puloy-anan”(I’m so thankful to the Lord and our leaders in the government for the unexpected assistance
given to us which is of big help for the construction of our dwelling), Pag-asa Neighborhood Association for Shelter Assistance Vice Chairman Martiniano Ganados said. Ganados s aid t he y were really happy because they were accommodated in a relocation site in Barangay Tambo and they also received assistance for the construction of their houses. DSWD Field Office XI Protective Services Chief Rebecca Santamaria explained the importance of owning a dwelling place for a person however she stressed the need for beneficiaries to
strictly follow the rules in the implementation of the Core Shelter Assistance Program. Santamaria was grateful to the local government for the concerted effort and support to the project since there is also a need to strictly comply with the requirements in its implementation. The local government of Island Garden City of Samal was grateful to the national government’s BUB Program which has supported some of the different department’s prog ram p ar t ic u l arly in housing, agriculture, infrastructure and other projects.(melrose arig samal cio)
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the experiences of Davao City’s CVD Program and highlights the multi-stakeholder approach for the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease. “The Davao City experience is an example of how governments and relevant stakeholders can tackle the growing problem of NCDs and how health programs can be implemented even with limited resources,” Miranda said. He said the conference also is open to policy makers, health service providers and leaders of civil society groups. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)
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Andi Eigenmann turns emotional over being accused of causing the Nikki Gil-Billy Crawford split Although she has categorically denied being the alleged third party that caused the recent breakup of longtime couple Nikki Gil and Billy Crawford, Galema lead star Andi Eigenmann nevertheless confessed that she felt “bad” over being involved in an issue that she has virtually nothing to do with.
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“I feel bad na parang kung tinanggap niyo nalang ‘yung sinabi nya and respected his privacy at hindi na nagdagdag ng kung ano pa ‘cause I’m pretty sure this issue na kasali ako sa relationship nila, wouldn’t come from him [Billy],” the 23-year-old actress pointed out during an interview at the Kapamilya Trade Launch held at One Esplanade, Pasay on August 6. Andi, along with Coleen Garcia, were among the few celebrities that were linked to the shocking ending of Nikki and Billy’s
Meanwhile, Andi didn’t mince words when she related that what actually saddens her about this latest controversy is the fact that her peaceful life has been disturbed and consequentially, “affected” her special relationship with Jake Ejercito anew. “’Yun nga po eh, ‘yun rin ang nakakahinayang para sakin eh. He’s not here. Parang wala naman akong ginagawa tapos all these people are giving him reason to worry or doubt me,” said Andi. “And I’ve just really been working hard and gusto ko lang po talaga mag-focus sa work kasi parang gusto kong i-prove ‘yung sarili ko to certain people,” she continued vaguely. Late last year, Andi revealed in one of the episodes of The Buzz
that she had parted ways with the young Ejercito. Immediately after that, rumors began circulating that the reason for their split was because former President, now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, Jake’s father, disapproves of Andi. For his part, Mayor Erap had already denied this issue citing that his son is old enough to make decisions on his own and that he doesn’t really meddle in his son’s affairs. Although she didn’t give many details about it, Andi admitted that she and Jake have already spoken about this latest controversy. “’Yun nga po, napagusapan namin kaya nga po ako naiyak,” she sheepishly confessed. Has it affected their special relationship? “Yes, because I have nothing to do with it yet at the same time I have
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“I mean siyempre gusto ko ring alagaan ‘yung… I mean we’re not together as a couple but ayoko pa ring masira whatever it is that’s left just because of something like that,” she added while choking back tears. However, Andi remains positive that the truth shall prevail and that amid all the issues thrown her way, she can still keep her head up high because she has her daughter Adrianna Gabrielle as her living reminder to focus on “what’s more important.” Andi will be taking on the role of Galema in the upcoming fantaserye of the same name soon in ABS-CBN.
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no way of proving it [to him] because he’s not here,” the Galema star bluntly confessed.
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much more freedom, such as allowing players to engage, board, and capture passing ships and swimming to nearby beaches in a seamless fashion.
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Mindanao Daily A11 NEWS
friday | november 29, 2013
northmin . westmin . caraga . davao Your Mindanao-wide Community Newspaper
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cause of morbidity in the country. For this year, there are 58 out of 81 provinces that are malaria endemic and 14 million people are at risk. In response to this health problem, Yu said the Department of Health has coordinated with its partner organizations and agencies to employ key interventions. Yu explained that malaria is a parasite-caused disease usually acquired through the bite of a female Anopheles mosquito. It can be transmitted through: (1) blood transfusion from an infected individual; (2) sharing of intravenous needles; and (3) transplacenta (transfer of malaria parasites from an infected mother to her unborn child). She summarized the key strategies in eliminating malaria: 1 - Stratification of Area/ Zone 2 - Intentional Intervention by Stratification Category: - Early case Detection by Stratification - Vector Control - Biological Control - E n v i r o n m e n t a l Management 3- Strengthening of Malaria Surveillance; 4- Intensification of Health Promotion; 5- Reinforcement of Quality Assurance; 6- Local Capacity-Buildup to manage and sustain prevention, and elimination; 7- Sustained Financing. With the positive results of the government’s anti-malaria program in the region, DOH Center for Health Development - Caraga OIC Regional Director Minerva Molon has issued the following statement: “Malaria, like other infectious diseases, is preventable and controllable. It is the joint responsibility of the people, in partnership with the government to eradicate this disease. We have eliminated Filariasis, and in the not so distant time, Malaria.”
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and tertiary education at the Pangarungan Islam Colleges. He is a former member of the Philippine Constabulary (PC), now Philippine National Police (PNP). He is married to Hadja Hedjarah Lydia Eclar Manabilang, from Buhi, Camarines Sur, a former MSU Professor and three-termer unopposed municipal mayor of Bumbaran, Lanao del Sur. Known for his dynamic, passionate and charismatic leadership, former mayor Manabilang has served the Municipality of Bumbaran, Lanao del Sur, for full three terms after leaving his ingud (hometown) with accomplishments, a legacy that will always be remembered. During his incumbency as mayor, he initiated the
construction of several infrastructure projects, including the construction of Municipal Hall Building, Bumbaran Auditorium, ABC Hall, Day Care and Rural Health Centers, Multi-Purpose buildings, Bumbaran Public and flea Market, construction of 11 warehouses with solar dryers as economic support facilities for farmers in Bumbaran, which all adds in the exceptional delivery of basic goods and services for the constituents of the municipality. The Municip a lity boasts its 28 kilometers of concrete major roads, its farm-to-market roads, and also its water system for potable water supply. Several school buildings were also constructed, including the creation of Amai Manabilang Memorial National High School; construction of two big mosques was also completed in the municipality. The Municipality has its own franchise of Bumbaran Municipal Electric System, which is the only franchise in Lanao del Sur and the whole of ARMM that run its own electric supply. In 2004, a FilipinoAmerican, Sir John Paul Perrine, country manager of Unifrutti Philippines, decided to invest in banana plantation in Bumbaran. Unifrutti is an international company based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has plantations in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica. In the Philippines it operates in a 542-hectare banana plantation in Bumbaran, Lanao del Sur, generating jobs to its residents; thus, from a 6th class municipality it is now a 3rd class municipality.
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and Surigao del Sur, and Senior Supt. Alexander Sampaga, provincial police director, will inspire the members in their respective keynote speeches. CLEAN is a civic-radio club organized in 1989 under the framework of police-civilian partnership scheme where it enabled us to establish various chapters throughout the island of Mindanao. In 1994, cognizant on the potential growth and part of its philosophy to replicate the mission and vision of CLEAN 10 in other parts of the country, the first National MOA was formally signed by then PNP Director General Umberto Rodriguez. In April 17, 1995, came the renewal of the national MOA and the formal signing of the declaration of CLEAN PHILS. INC. as the official national civilian volunteer organization of the PNP for radio communications. The do c ument was signed by then police chief Recaredo Sarmiento II and CLEAN Philippines Inc. National President during the special visit of the latter in Cagayan de Oro City.
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COA’s efficacy in prosecuting the supposed offenders in the scam. Wit hout goi ng i nto the merits of a Supreme C ou r t c a s e w h e re t h e Aquino government’s use of the DAP is being contested, my point is that, can the Filipino nation still accept the testimony of COA officials that corruption pervaded the use of pork barrel funds by lawmakers opposing the Aquino government when the COA itself availed of the Aquino government’s “generosity” through the DAP? COA’s situation here is now like a police officer who is going after someone accused of stealing from a store owner who, in earlier instances, has given the police officer some money for the use of the policeman’s office. Assuming the individual accused of stealing really committed a crime, the policeman’s having received money from the
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out from office three years into his term because of corruption. When Arroyo assumed the presidency to succeed the ousted Estrada, all she did was to prove to all and sundry she was worse than anyone of them as far as corruption is concerned. Arroyo’s being under hospital arrest now just shows how involved she is in the commission of corrupt acts than in fighting corruption to the hilt. If Arroyo’s corruption record surpasses that of from page A1
in Mindanao while debunking the notion that coal plants are the number source of carbon dioxide, the primary cause of climate change and global warming. Abubakar explained that the modern technology could now mitigate the pollution derived from the emission of carbon dioxide emitted by coal plants. “We set Philippine Standard Compliance for Coal Fired Power Plant and to any Industrial Plant that wants to invest and do
Rains... from page A1
area (LPA) off Mindanao entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday afternoon. PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada said that as of 4 p.m. Thursday, the LPA was spotted some 90 kilometers east of Mindanao (7.5°N, 127.5°E) and will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms over Mindanao. According to C ada,
complainant would somehow taint his standing as the proper investigating officer. -oooGOV’T LOSES CREDIBILITY IN PACQUIAO F R E E Z E OR DE R : T he point that must be made clear in the Manny Pacquiao “freeze order” is this: if such order was issued by the Court of Tax Appeals in mid-October 2013 yet, why was it made public only after the boxer’s Macau fight last November 24, 2013? Was the delayed announcement in due deference to Pacquiao’s fight? Will this not indicate that some maneuvering took place here? No matter how one may lo ok at t his now, the Aquino government’s cre dibi lit y is li kely to suffer some more. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: melaniolazomauriciojr@outlook. com, mmauriciojr111@ gmail.com, and email@example.com
2 SP bodies to look into road hazards along nat’l highway VICE Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas referred to the City Council committees on public works chaired by Councilor Alden Bacal and on public utilities chaired by Councilor Roger Abaday for appropriate action the concern regarding lack of signages at the center island project along the national highway in Cagayan de Oro. In his special report during the regular session last Monday, Councilor Abaday said the construction is being implemented by a contractor of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Abaday said there is no warning device to make the public aware that the project is ongoing. The councilor specifically cited the area at C.M Recto Avenue, from Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Barangay Lapasan going to Bulua. He said the absence of proper warning signs may cause accidents for motorists. It is necessary to ensure the safety of the public, he added. Aside from being a hazard, the councilor aired complaints from different business that the road right- of- way going to their establishments were closed due to the project.(JBD)
Trader... The suspects released Kua and dela Torre without paying the ransom but has to reimburse expenses incurred as “board and lodging,” Emano added. After their release Tuesday evening, Kua told
the negotiating panel that the kidnappers treated them well during their captivity. Ammonia also pays tribute to the assistance extended by city prosecutor Fidel Macauyag and the Office of Media Affairs headed by Regional Director Oggie Gandambra.
Marcos who is responsible in making corruption part of public service, imagine how gargantuan Aquino’s task is in fighting corruption. Do not forget that this is the same corrupt bureaucracy that Aquino inherited from Arroyo. The fact that Aquino up to this point is successful in keeping his nose above corruption is a great victor y already for the Filipino people. In fact, the Filipino people were made to realize the evils of corruption in governance because Aquino was above it and fought it the best way he can.
Bible scholars say that the sinfulness of man, the corrupt ways of humans is immediately seen and realized when ranged against the magnificence of God or when the sinful man is face to face with God in all his majesty. This was the experience of Isaiah, Moses, Zecchariah, the father of John the Baptist, Saul who eventually became Paul and many others. Corruption that is well entrenched in the Philippine bureaucracy got exposed because Aquino shunned away from it. His ability to temper any desire to drown him self in the cesspool of
corruption, a desire that is inherent in every human being, resulted in the expose of corruption in government as being perpetrated even by high ranking officials such as senators and congressmen. If only we will rally behind Aquino’s anti-corruption stance, more corrupt officials will surely be brought before the bar of public opinion and the bar of justice. Will you? •• (Reactions at jelbacon@ yahoo.com or at jelbacon@ gamil.com. Read me also at www.rancoteurme.blogspot. com)
business in the country,” Abubakar said. He said that the Filinvest Development Corporation was able to comply with the standard according to our Environmental Laws that prompted the EMB to approve the FDC’s application for Environmental Compliance Certificate and allowed them to break ground. The FDC – Misamis Oriental Power Corporation formally held the ground breaking ceremony to signal the start of the construction of the P 30 billion coal fired power plant in
Villanueva, Misamis Oriental which is expected to generate 405 megawatts of electricity when it becomes operational in 2016. The caus e or iente d groups and environmental stakeholders spearheaded by Sulog (current), an umbrella organization of non-government organizations including the Save CDO Movement which are fighting for a clean environment vehemently opposed the construction of additional coal plant in Misamis Oriental. O r l a n d o R av a n e r a , chairman of Sulog, said
that the anti-coal plant protest rally would escalate in Misamis Oriental as more groups, including the progressive organizations, have already sent letters of support to join the mass protest. R av ane r a s ai d t h at the rally at the DENR on Wednesday signalled the start of a province-wide protest against the construction of coal plants in Misamis Oriental in the future that would certainly end up into a long drawn legal battle in the national and international environmental courts. PNA report
based on their numerical models, it has a slim chance of intensifying into a cyclone in the next 24 hours. However, the agency continues to monitor the LPA which will be named “Alamid” in case it intensifies into a tropical depression within the country’s territory. PAGASA said earlier that it is still expecting one more cyclone to affect the country before the month ends and at least two to three more storms before
the end of the year. Cada also said that due to the tail-end of a cold front and extended cloud of the LPA, the regions of Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Bicol and Visayas will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. He added that Metro Manila and the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains
while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Cada said the agency has issued gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of Northeast Monsoon is expected to affect Northern Luzon. “Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” he added. philippine news agency
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More exciting events in
‘Padyakan sa Pasko’
cycling competition DAVAO CITY, Organizers of the “Padyakan sa Pasko” slated on Dec. 22 at 7 a.m. in Barangay Maa here has added more exciting categories in the competition. There are now nine categories in the one-day bike event organized by the Davao City Sports Consumer Cooperative (DCSCC) held in coordination with the City Sports Development Division. These are the Open Elite and Executive A for Road Bikes, while the categories in the mountain bike are the Executive B, Veterans (31-39), Masters (40-49), Junior (22- under), Midget (18- under) and Golden Boys (50- and above). “The riders in the women’s open can either use a road or mountain bike,” said organizer Salvador “Jun” Paholio Jr., chairman of DCSCC. The races will start and end at Maa barangay hall. The bikers will proceed to McArthur Highway and turn right to climb Shrine Hills at GSIS subdivision. They will go down the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway diversion road then turn right towards Maa. The Open Elite bikers will have to
make a total of four loops, while the Veterans, Master and Junior shall only have three loops. The Golden Boys and Midget will have two loops and the women’s open only one. Philcycling, the accredited national sports association in cycling, will handle the technical rules and officiating. Cash prizes, medals and trophies are at stake in this team and individual competition. Aside from the races, there is also a 25-kilometer fun ride that will start and end also at Barangay Maa. The riders will proceed to McArthur Highway, Bangkal, Ulas, Puan, turn right Libby Road, Barangay Baliok, Lobogan cemetery, crossing Toril, turn left to McArthur Highway, turn left Maa Road and end at Maa Elementary School covered court. Registration fee is P350 inclusive of a souvenir t-shirt, pack lunch, race packet, giveaway and raffle stub. Registration center is at Philcycling office, Jaltan Bldg., Alley, Magallanes St. (PNA)