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Volume II, No. 107

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Farmers receive cash assistance By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor

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BUTUAN City––The Libas Farmers Multipurpose Cooperative in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte recently received some P200,000 worth of assistance through the Agiculture and Agri-Business Development (AAD) Sub-project from the Provincial Agrarian Reform office.

Jumo, a Higaonon, accompanied by his Moro wife, Carmella, files his certificate of candidacy at the City Comelec office in Cagayan de Oro on Oct. 12, 2013. Jumo is running for kagawad in Barangay Macasandig this city. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

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MNLFs in B’non opt to quit Misuari faction

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First time: PWDs, senior citizens to vote inside Gensan mall GENERAL Santos City––At least 100 senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) will be casting their votes in the Oct. 28 barangay elections inside the SM shopping mall here instead of their usual polling precincts. This after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) selected Barangay Lagao as one of its four pilot testing See MALL/p.11

Military remains alert for barangay elections By GERRY LEE GORIT, Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– As the coming barangay elections on October 28 approaches, the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division based at Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City heightened its alert status in all of its area of responsibility. Capt. Christian Uy,

spokesman of the 4ID, said their security preparations will include all areas to be identified by the Commission on Elections as hotspots. Uy, however, said they have not declared any hotspots yet. “The Comelec usually See ELECTIONS/p.11

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BUKIDNON Province–– Members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Bukidnon province here in Northern Mindanao have sent surrender feelers to local authorities with a declaration of withdrawal from the MNLF organization under founding chairman Nur Misuari. Malitbog town Vice Mayor Gary Casino said the MNLF members who wanted to surrender are

from Abiyawan, Malitbog town in the Province of Bukidnon. Casino clarified that the MNLF members who wanted to surrender were not, in any way, involved in the Zamboanga standoff. Casino said the MNLF members here in Malitbog just wanted to clear their names from any involvement of the MNLF under the Misuari faction. See FACTION/p.11

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DBP car held in CDO, robbers run away P 2M CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Personnel of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) in Iligan City were robbed of more than P 2 million while on their way back to Iligan City on Wednesday afternoon, the police said on Thursday. The robbery, however, executed in broad daylight in a traffic intersection in Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City, drew more questions than answers as local police started the initial investigation here, police investigators said. Pol. Senior Supt. Graciano Mijares, chief of the Cagayan de Oro Police, said that they have invited for questioning the teller, the driver, and the two private security guards who were escorting the DBP-owned vehicle. He said that the getaway car – a green colored Honda civic and the motorcycle – used by the robbery suspects were recovered early Wednesday evening at the Apo Ville Subdivision in Cagayan de Oro City. Police said that the aban-

doned vehicle, a 1998 sedan vehicle, has a registration addressed in Quezon City. Polive invesrtigators said that personnel of the DBPIligan reportedly withdrew more than P 2 million at the DBP regional office in Cagayan de Oro City Thursday morning. Mijares said that the bank personnel were on board in an Innova Toyota car with two armed private security guards as escorts when waylaid by unidentified men at the traffic intersection in Bulua. The police chief did not release the names of the bank personnel and the two private security guards pending result of the follow up operations. “We are trying to develop leads as the cartographic sketches of the suspects were being drawn ount,” Mijares added. Records at the Bulua police station said that the holdup men reportedly approached the DBP car when the red light traffic was on and started smashing the

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Candidates start filing certificate of candidacy CAGAYAN de Oro City––The filing of the certificate of candidacy for the scheduled barangay elections in October 28 has officially started last Friday (Oct 11), an official of the Commissions on Elections (COMELEC) said.

Renato Magbutay, Regional Director of the COMELEC in Northern Mindanao, said that the

COMELEC offices would entertain applications during office hours at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting Oct.

11, 12, 14,15,16 and 17. Magbutay said that the COMELEC is closed on Oct. 13, a Sunday. He said that there are two sets of certificate of candidacy: One a certificate of candidacy for those running as barangay chairman and the other is a certificate

of candidacy for those running as barangay council members. According to Magbutay, the practice of choosing a barangay chairman with the highest votes from among candidates was no longer adopted. SEE candidates/p.11

Post revives letter writing By IRENE B. DAYO Staff Reporter of Mindanao Daily News

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Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez and other members of the Philippine observer delegation to the 39th Exploraratory Talks between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last August 22-25, 2013 discuss with the members of the MILF Peace Panel the power sharing and normalization annexes before attending the 2nd day of the talks. The two annexes are very crucial aspects of the peace talks as it will detail how the two sides will have intergovernmental relations. Also in the photo are (L-R): Representative Jesus Sacdalan, MILF Peace Panel members Bobby Alonto, Al Camlian, Chairman Mohagher Iqbal and House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Pangalian Balindong. KENDICHAVEZ

‘Napoles scam’ spreads toward CDO barangays CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The semblance of the “Janet Napoles pork barrel scam” has started to spread toward the various barangay units in the country, a barangay official said on Thursday. Myrna Marban, a barangay kagawad in Balulang in Cagayan de Oro City, could not stop blowing whistles on the alleged anomaly perpetrated by the “Kaisa’t Kaagapay Mo Foundation (KKMF), a non-government organization, reportedly headed by a Partylist Rep. Eulogio R. Magsaysay of the Luzon based Alliance of Volunteer Educators (AVE). Marban said that barangay Balulang was among the chosen beneficiaries along with barangay’s Bonbon SEE spreads/p.11

C A G AYA N D E O R O CITY – At least 185 students coming from various schools, colleges and universities here joined the observance of the “World Post Day” last Wednesday, Nimia S. Acebes, area director of the Philippines Postal Office here said. Acebes said on Thursday that the first National Letter Writing Day highlighted the observance of this year’s “World Post Day” in cooperation with various schools here. She said that the revival of letter writing aims to keep good values and letter writing alive and valid even with the advent of high tech communication that the new generation now enjoys. Acebes said that the activity was one way of instilling in the minds of students the indescribable feeling of writing personal letters laced with passion and creative eccentricity that the modern communication gadgets could not provide. The students brought with them writing materials. They were given the same theme in writing which is giving thanks to someone they want to send their gratitude, she said. In return, the Philpost provided stamps and letter boxes and the letters would be delivered to recipients or addressee. After writing and putting their stamped letters in the mailboxes, the students would be given coupons to give them a chance in the regional raffle where a winner would receive P 3,000 cash and the school where the student came from would be extended goods and in kind worth P 3,000, too. T h e f i r s t Nat i on a l L etter Writing Day is part of PHLPost’s postal awareness program “SulatMulat.” It intends to re-introduce the art of letter writing to students and encouraging them to use letters as a means of communication., Acebes added.


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THINK SAFETY

WE EXIST BECAUSE WE CARE for our people, Customer and Country

Staff members of the Gothong Shipping Lines Inc. – Cagayan de Oro City Branch pose in front of their office located at YMCA building, Door 1 and 2, Julio Pacana Street, Licu-an, Cagayan de Oro City.

DOMINATES THE DOMESTIC SHIPPING LINES INDUSTRY Bags Award for Excellence in Shipping and Cargo Services

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September 28, 2013 marks another milestone for Gothong Southern Shipping Lines Inc., when the Cagayan de Oro branch was included in the list of 2013 Mindanao Business Inventors and awarded as 2nd Mindanao Business Leaders for his excellence in the category of Shipping and Cargo Services. The award aimed to recognize business entities who contributed to the emergent economy of Mindanao, as exemplified in their degree of

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innovation and expansion, best practices and corporate social responsibility. Embodying company’s mission “We exist because we care for our People, Customer and Country” , Gothong Southern Shipping Lines Inc., offers the award for excellence in shipping and cargo services to their Business partners, Suppliers, Valued customers & top5 shippers and the Local Government unit of Cagayan de Oro City.

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Agusan del Norte • Agusan del Sur • Surigao del Norte • Surigao del Sur • Dinagat Islands

Agusan Norte farmers get P200,000 aggie assistance

Cooperative in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte recently BUTUAN CITY – The Libas received some P200,000 Farmers Multi-purpose wor t h of a s si st an c e through the Agiculture EXTRA-JUDICIAL and Agri-Business DevelSETTLEMENT opment (AAD) Sub-project WITH DEED from the Provincial AgrarOF ABSOLUTE SALE ian Reform office. Notice is hereby given that the Implemented under the intestate estate of the Late MARCELO Agrarian Reform InfraMABAYLAN, who died intestate on structure Project Phase II August 23, 1994 and the registered owner of a parcel of land evidenced (DAR-ARISP II), the asby Transfer Certificate of Title No. sistance consisted of farm T-196850. Containing an area of implements, inputs and 4,405 square meters more or less. That the Heirs – Vendors deemed other materials for melon it beneficial to convey a portion of production, corn producthe above-described parcel of land, tion, organic rice produccontaining an area of 139 square tion, and Hibjok vinegar meters, Technical Description described as follows: “A PARCEL OF production. By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor

LAND (Lot 25001-B-2-E-2-B-3-B-3 Portion of LOT 20051-B-3-B-2-E-2B-3-B-3 Psd-10-038534) situation in the Barangay of Carmen, Cagayan de Oro. Containing an area of ONE HUNDRED THIRTY NINE (139) square meters more or less, is the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE, is entered and executed in this OCT 07 2013 by and between: CELSO N. MABAYLAN, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Carinugan, Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City; DAYLINDA M. ASIÑERO, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Carinugan, Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City; ROMUALDO A. MABAYLAN, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Carinugan, Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City; RAUL N. MABAYLAN, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Carinugan, Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City; ARSOLO N. MABAYLAN, of legal age, Filipino, single and a resident of Barangay Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City; and BELINO N. MABAYLAN, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Carinugan, Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City, hereinafter called the Heirs – Vendors; the herein parties are the only legitimate heirs. That for and in consideration of the sum of TWENTY SEVEN THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED PESOS (Php 27,800.00) Philippine currency, in hand paid by the Vendee, and receipt hereof is hereby acknowledged in full satisfaction thereof by the Heirs-Vendors, do hereby SELL, TRANSFER, and CONVEY unto the said Vendee the above describe parcel of land containing an area of 139 square meters, in favor to MAXIMO SALUCOT, JR., of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Carinugan, Balulang, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines hereinafter called the VENDEE. As per Doc No. 287; Page No. 58; Book No. XIII; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. NOEL G. BACAL

NOTICE is hereby given that the estate of AUREO BALDUEZA and CRESENCIA GALLERO-VALDEHUEZA who both died intestate in Poblacion, Carmen, Agusan del Norte on May 10, 1983 and January 22, 1958, respectively, consisting of a parcel of land (Lot-5077, Cad. 556-D, Carmen Cadastre) situated in Poblacion, Carmen, Agusan del Norte, covered by Tax Declaration No. 222-A, registered in the name of Aureo Baldueza issued by the Municipal Assessors of Carmen, Agusan del Norte, containing an area of 1,360 square meters, more or less, is the subject of an EXTRA JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AMONG HEIRS WITH SALE entered into by and among decedents Aureo Baldueza and Cresencia Gallero-Valdeueza’s compulsory heirs, namely, Cresenciana Valdehueza-Bagabaldo, Elueteria Valdehueza-Cagalawan, Isabel Valdehueza-Macahilos, Guadalope Valdehueza-Tubo, Anecita Valdehueza-Babida, heirs of Mauricio Valdehueza as represented by Arvequito P. Ca-ang and heirs of Juliano Valdehueza, Sr. as represented by Juliano Valdehueza, Jr., dividing and adjudicating among themselves above-described real estate in equal shares, with Anecita V. Babida, selling, transferring and conveying unto Melvin V. Babida a portion of above-mentioned parcel of land, her share of the inheritance described as lot-5077-A containing an area of 170 square meters, more or less, for and in consideration of P100,000.00, per Doc. No. 453; Page No. 92; Book No. XV; Series of 2013 of the Notarial Registry of Atty. John Edwin C. Luneta, Notary Public in Butuan City with PTR No. 1922477/ 1-8-13 CADN until December 31, 2013.

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Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer and ARISP II Project Manager Andre Atega said the project is aimed at providing the recipients the materials and tools for better livelihood opportunities, increase their income and raise their standards of living. Ja b on g a Mu n i c ip a l Mayor Jasmin Monton,

through her representative Aldrin Montero, thanked the Department of Agrarian Reform for the assistance which she said will give the farmers “genuine benefits.” Provincial Agrarian Reform Information Officer Gil Miranda said the Libas Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative is part of CLIMBBB Agrarian Reform

Community which covers Barangays Cuyago, Libas, Maraiging, Beltran, Bangonay and Baleguian in Jabonga town comprising more than 700 agrarian reform beneficiaries. According to Miranda, the Agriculture and AgriBusiness Development Subproject is a foreign-assisted countryside activity funded

by the Japanese government under a counterparting scheme with the Philippine government. He explained that the project is aimed at establishing business opportunities for the farmers, increase their income and help in the government’s effort to reduce poverty incidence in the country.

NOTICE

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HON. NESTOR SALISE ORIAS (BULANON) BARANGAY ONG YIU, BUTUAN CITY

W IFE: MRS. MIRAFLOR ORIAS D AUGHTER: CATTLEYA A. ORIAS FATHER: MR. JACINTO ORIAS

DAR ASSISTANCE TO FARMERS’ COOP FOR LIVELIHOOD OPPORTUNITIES. Agusan del Norte Provincial Agrarian Reform Office personnel turn over to members of Libas Farmers Multi-purpose Cooperative in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, farm implements, inputs and materials for livelihood and business opportunities. contributed by gil miranda

Teacher’s Role in Boosting the Confidence of the Students By RICO A. AGUIRRE, Head Teacher III Buenavista Elementary School, Bonifacio East District, Division of Mis. Occ

A number of young individuals and even students on the higher levels may have less confidence. In an article of posted online, it was stated that 10 out of 50 students are shy. Such students have this ability of refusing to play and mingle with others. Teachers, being the guiding light of these children in school, hold a very big role in diminishing shyness among students. In an article I read,

teacher should be understanding in this kind of student behavior and I agree with it. It is very important to be kind so that student would not hesitate to step forward once he find the courage to have a try in speaking or moving along with the crowd. The teacher should, as the same, prevent herself in causing so much pressure to the child by forcing her to stand up. A few moment of waiting would also

help. Aside from that, the teacher should also look encouraging so that the child would not be afraid and will enjoy the feeling that he is supported and given importance to. Another tip where the teacher can help in boosting the confidence of a shy student is for her to be open on what the student may say. She should not just be a teacher but a friend, a mother, a sister and a confidante.

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Publication Notice R.A. 10172

Being a teacher is not just simply being a teacher. Abide in it is a public service, a sacrifice and a kind of career beyond spelled. She should be open to various kind of student behavior and lead these to a straight way in which it will be coiled with values. One step in this, is boosting their confidence and developing their capabilities and personality which can help them greatly in their future endeavors.

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Butuan City NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

CCE-0201-2013 (R.A. 10172)

October 1, 2013

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 R.A. 10172), a notice is hereby served to the public that MAXILYN SALIGANAN OSIN has filed with this office a petition for correction of entry in sex from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the certificate of live birth of MAXILEN EVANGELISTA SALIGANAN, born at Baan Riverside, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Philippines and whose parents are MAXIMINO GARME SALIGANAN and AVELINA MINOR EVANGELISTA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 21 October 2013. (Sgd.) JUDITH ALVIZO-CALO, LLB, MPA City Civil Registrar MDN: Oct 7 & 14, 2013


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Aggie dept. to celebrate World Food Day

20 FRUITFUL YEARS. The Northern Mindanao Integrated Agricultural Research Center (NOMIARC) celebrated their 20th year of excellence in research and development technology transfer strategies through their annual Farmers’ Field Day and Technology Forum on September 24-26, 2013. For the past two decades, they were able to showcase technologies and products that they have generated through their research works. One of this year’s highlight is the opening of the newly constructed Technology Commercialization Center (TCC) that will serve a showroom for products and portfolios (top photo). It has an area for viewing video loops on value-adding technologies and a room for product storage and quality maintenance. In a nook is a snack shop where tourists and travelers can have coffee and snack break. It also has a display of value added product lines and foodstuff developed by NOMIARC and other DA-10 Research Outreach Stations that includes developed adlai products such as wine, pop, blend coffee, cookies, adlai soya, beauty soap, caldo, kakanin and the latest, the adlai breakfast cereals that bagged the grand prize as the “Best New Product” during the 9th National Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition of the DA-BAR held last August, 2013. # SVAdecer

Cagayan de Oro City – BANNERING the theme: “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) is set to join the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation’s annual celebration of the World Food Day on October 16. The aggie department will be marking the said celebration for three days starting October 16-18, 2013. There will be a competition for the exhibit of booths, which will be participated by the agency and its various assisted provincial local government unit-stakeholders. Exhibitors will highlight their agricultural commodities and products, processed food, among others to demonstrate their implementation of agri-related endeavors in coordination with the DA-10. The department along with its attached agencies will do a similar undertaking, underscoring their respective programs and services. The private sector, on the other hand, is also invited to display their

goods and services, as well. On the second day, a Cassava Cooking Contest will be held. This will be joined by the DA10’s most recent batch of School-on-the-Air (SOA) program on Cassava Production, Processing and Marketing graduates. Following this, they will also have a graduation rite at PhilTown Hotel, this city. Likewise, a Friendship Game is slated to be conducted which will be participated by the department and its umbrella offices that aims to foster the camaraderie among all members. The last day will also honor the food providers and other actors in agridevelopment through a Regional Awarding at Harbor Lights Hotel, this city. Wherein, the winners of the Agri-Pinoy Rice Achievers’ Awards, Regional Gawad Saka and the Corn Quality Achievers’ Awards will be formally recognized. T he s ai d o c c as i on will also acknowledge the luminaries of the best booth display and the cassava cooking contest. # (Joanne L. Olson, DA10)


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aking it easier for local con- for renewal of accreditation are now tractors to process their ac- shortened to 10 days. at the local and creditation papers is one Manila offices. admirable program that the DepartThe regional CIAP office can now ment of Trade and Industry (DTI) has process contractors licensing and regintroduced. This after DTI has set up istration, overseas contractors’ registhe Construction Industry Authority of tration, contract dispute resolution, the Philippines (CIAP) in cities. DTI and contractors’ performance evalurecently established CIAP Cagayan ation system (CPES). Also, through de Oro City. the CIAP, disputes among contractors CIAP executive director Jesus Mo- will be settled at the local level. toomull has assured that contractors CIAP was created on Nov. 28, 1980 need not spend more time and money “by virtue of Presidential Decree 1746, in processing their DTI accreditation. as amended by Executive Order (EO) It bodes well with the construction Nos. 677, 768, 1008, and 133” to serve industry that CIAP’s main as the highest policy-making Editorial objective is to bring the agenbody for the construction cy’s services closer to the contractors. industry. Attached to the DTI, it proIt cuts short the processing time the motes, accelerates, and regulates the contractors need. construction industry. Its implementing Misamis Oriental DTI provincial di- boards are the Philippine Contractors rector Eliza Pabillore is equally inspir- Accreditation Board (PCAB), Philiping in her statement that the opening of pine Overseas Construction Board the CIAP window in Cagayan de Oro is (POCB), the Philippine Domestic proof of Region 10’s economic growth. Construction Board (PDCB), and the “The presence of CIAP is another testa- Construction Industry Arbitration ment that Northern Mindanao is now a Commission (CIAC). fast-growing economy,” she said. Members of the CIAP board of direcContractors had a hard time in tors are heads of the Department of processing their accreditation, and Public Works and Highways, Departbecause , the local DTI office mere ment of Transportation and Commuaccepts applications for endorsement nications, Department of Labor and to the central office. they have to go Employment, and chairpersons of to Manila. At last the establishment POCB, PCAB, PDCB, and PCA. Thank you CIAP executive Director Jesus Jesus of CIAP here solved that problem. Congratulations to the DTI and CIAP! Motoomull, and DTI provincial director Eliza It is good news that processing time Pabillore.


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Ungrateful F resh G ospel of the day: “Luke17:1119(October13, 2013-Sunday) Luke 17:11-19-And it c ame to p ass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the m i d s t of S am ar i a an d Galilee. And as he entered i nto a c e r t ai n v i l l age, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up [their] voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw [them], he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on [his] face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where [are] the nine? There are not found that returned to give glor y to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” This gospel reminds us to become thankful to God for He has done tyo our lives. In 1 T h e s s a l on i a n s 5:18-In ever ything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. This was the point of Jesus in the gospel that maj or it y of t he lep ers were ungrateful as well as ingratitude to Him. This is parallel to us many times because we never mind and even t a k e n f or g r a nt e d t h e blessings of God in our daily lives. There is a saying that says: “ The language of the heart is gratitude.” It m e a n s , w e mu s t b e thankful to God either blessings or disgrace we received. D on’t forget G o d since He is the source of all things: SPONSORED:Neneth Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ult ra AM-1188-3:30 PM - Sunday: #0928414949009266607505: Question – Prayer request

In last week’s column, we mentioned how the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) helps in attaining a better life for all Filipinos through its advocacy of financial inclusion. BSP carries out this advocacy through financial literacy and education as well as by making possible, through enabling regulations, the delivery of microfinance products and services to the underprivileged and unbanked in our society. Microfinance products include micro-deposits (which require minimal maintaining balance), micro-insurance, microenterprise loan plus, housing microfinance loans, and micro-agri loans. These products are well within the means of low-income households. They are also relatively easier to access because of simpler documentation. In a report entitled Financial Inclusion in the Philippines, the BSP reported the dramatic growth of micro-finance in the country in terms of the number of par-

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ticipating institutions, number of clients, loans outstanding and savings generated. “As of end-year 2012, there are 187 banks with microfinance operations reaching more than 1 million clients with loans outstanding amounting to Php 8.4 billion and savings of Php 6.4 billion,” the BSP said. Alongside these statistics are inspiring stories of countless microentrepreneurs who have graduated from a handto-mouth existence to earning not only a steady income for their families but also generating employment for the rest of the community. According to the same report, enterprises funded through microf inance already make up 91.6% of industries in the nation, while 30% of the workforce are employed in microenterprises. The BSP’s microfinance advocacy actually began 13 years ago, when the General Banking Law of 2000 tasked the country’s central monetary author-

Speaking Out Ignacio Bunye ity to set regulations for microfinance in the banking sector. To date, the BSP has already released 26 Circulars on microfinance that include guidelines and regulations on loans, products, and governance. The result of all these years of building a sound regulatory framework for microfinance has caught international attention . For the 5th year in a row, the Philippines has been adjudged by the respected Economist Intelligence Unit as the best in the world in microfinance policy-making and implementation. For this a lot of credit goes to a small group within the BSP called the Inclusive Finance Advocacy Staff (IFAS), headed by Pia Roman Tayag.

Probe of judicial corruption must be public LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…But you have turned justice into poison and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness…” (Amos 5:7, the Holy Bible). -oooJUDICIAL CORRUPTION IS AS OLD AS TIME: Corruption in the courts and among those who have been tasked to administer justice is a malady that is as old as time, if we are to believe what the Bible has written in many of its passages. In Chapter 5 of the Book of Amos, for instance, we see the recognition that justice had always been perverted by the corrupt, although death and destruction had been decreed against them. Read on: “There are those who turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground… There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detest the one who tells the truth… There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts. Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times, for the times are evil. “Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts… Therefore this is what the Lord, the Lord God Almighty, says: `There will be wailing in all the streets and cries of anguish in every public square. The farmers will be summoned to weep and the mourners to wail. There will be wailing in all the vineyards, for I will pass through your midst,’ says the Lord.” -oooPROBE OF JUDICIAL CORRUPTION MUST BE PUBLIC: To show to the Filipino people that

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Atty. Batas Mauricio the Supreme Court will pursue with earnestness its investigation into allegations that there are personalities who are bribing justices and judges to secure favorable decisions for rich litigants, Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez must be directed to conduct that investigation in public, with the full participation of media. Transparency must be upheld in the investigation by Marquez, to assure the Filipino nation that there is going to be no whitewash, and that appropriate punishments shall be meted out to whoever will be found guilty of bribery and corruption in the judiciary. Then and only then will the results, however they may turn out to be, be fully acceptable to the public. Then, to assure the witnesses that no reprisals could ever happen to them, it must be decreed by the Supreme Court itself that no justice or judge whose name will be implicated in the investigation will be allowed to handle any case involving the witnesses or their relatives, as well as their business or professional interests, which may already be pending, or which may subsequently See public, page 11

Formerly called the Microfinance Unit, the group was established in 2002 to become the main driver of the BSP’s microfinance initiatives. The team follows a multi-layered approach in promoting microfinance. The team works with other departments in the BSP in crafting policies that will benefit the “unbanked.” The team also frequently goes to the field to touch base with stakeholders, to promote capacity-building and advocacy activities in order to ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of microfinance products and ser vices being offered. Tayag, (and the other members of her team Rochelle Tomas, Mynard Bryan Mojica and Mary Rose Roque) attribute

their success to high level support. “The supportive and visionary leadership of Deputy Governor Nestor G. Espenilla and Governor Amado M. Tetango Jr. empower us to find ways to do our work better,” she shared. Tomas is further encouraged seeing firsthand the impact of their work on ordinary people’s lives. For their remarkable work, the four members of IFAS will be recognized by the Civil Service Commission on October 24 as winners in this year’s Search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees. They will receive the P r e s i d e nt i a l L i n g k o d Bayan Award, which is given to an individual or group for exceptional or extraordinary contributions that have nationwide impact. [Note: My book “Central Banking for Ever y Juan and Maria” is now available in major branches of Fully Booked, Power Books, National Bookstore and UP University Press.]


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UKURAN, Zamboanga del Sur – After the first set of livelihood starter kits was given recently to 18 parolees and probationers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Zamboanga del Sur has pledged to give additional starter kits to other parolees in the province. DOLE-Zamboanga del Sur chief L ourdes B. Amores bared in an interview with the local press that her office is considering the request of the provincial office of the Parole and Probation Administration (PPA) for additional livelihood starter kits for its clients. In support of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s social contract to help alleviate the plight of the marginalized sector, the PPA is tapping the support of the different national

line agencies and local government units to assist the parolees and probationers in their livelihood activities. The starter kits given to 18 parolees include mango sprayer, plow, welding machine, fishnet and others all costing P120 thousand. Amores told the recipients to “make use of their starter kits for their living” adding that the D OLE would take these back if they are not using them. She also warned them not to sell the starter kits

because these are given as government’s livelihood assistance to them. Before they received their starter kits, the parolees/probationers underwent entrepreneurship development training to equip them with the needed skills and knowledge in pursuing their livelihood activities. The first batch of parolees to receive DOLE’s livelihood starter kits came from the municipalities of Tukuran, Pitogo, Tabina, Dumalinao, Tigbao and Guipos. Aside from Ms. Amores, PPA Regional Director Tarcisia A. Tampos, PPAZamboanga del Sur chief Nicasio Dujali and Tukuran Mayor Francisvic Villamero were also present in the distribution of the starter kits to the beneficiaries at the LGU Beach Resort in this town. Evacuees say that their biggest problem is the rain, but so far, the evacuation center in Taluksangay National High School has not experienced any floods. (Pia Zambasulta) (FPG/PIA9)

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O roquieta C i t y – With two Informal Sector Group ( ISG) beneficiaries the Social Security System (SSS) , a government owned corporation launches its AlkanSSSya Program for the first time in the City of Good Life. Gracing the event together with her Branches managers of Northern Mindanao, Atty Josefina M. OlanFornilos, Assistant Vice President-SSS Northern Mindanao Division come to send a message of hope for the two Informal Sector Group that avail the new “Save and Pay” scheme of the system. In her words, the SSS AlkanSSSya Program is a new strategy created and launch especially for the said sector of the Filipino Society like, the Tricycle Drivers, Market Vendors, Farmers, Fishermen, and other Informal Sector to have an easy access being memebr of the Social Security Scheme. This program which had been created a year ago is the very program that will certainly enjoyed by this informal sector to be able to pay their SSS Payments and definitely save for their future and other emergencies. The scheme is not only paying the minimum 11.00 pesos monthly contribution for the self employed but in order to have an easy access right in their midst, Atty. Forni-

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los added that having that AlkanSSSya placed nearer to their daily work and workplaces they can learn to save for their future by saving it” Para hindi makakalimotan at siguradong may pambayad” because at the end of each month they will be surely accounted for the monthly payment. The AlKanSSSya Program is also manifested thru a Memorandum of Agreement signed between the SSS and the Infromal Sector Group thru its Officers when they avail such program, and in the end of each month, the Officers are responsible to account each AlkanSSSya of the members and turn it over to the branch for payment and they will be issued a receipt on each payormember. “Because this Informal Sector Group are not permanently employed and a daily wage earner,”minsan mayroon minsan naman wala” that is why management decided to come out an save and pay scheme for them, with the AlkanSSSya Program we are npt only teaching to become responsible

SSS members but we are teaching them to save for their future. This time SSS focused on every members fro they are our stakeholders without them there is no Social Security System, and thats one reason too that with the past 56 Years, we salute each ever y members. Bilib Kami sa Inyo!” she said. Meanwhile Oroquieta Branch manager Mr. Jose Roel J. Heirbeto,sincerely thank the two Informal Sector Group of Oroquieta, the Federation of Market Vendors Association and their associates headed by Mr. Gumersondo Isik Jr, President and the Federation of Union of Motorcab Operators and Drivers Association, Incorporated (FUMODAI) heade by Ms. Pas Ale M. Lamberang for joining and believing the newly launched SSS AlkanSSSya Program 2013. In the launching, Branch managers of Northern Mindano as far as far from Tandag,Surigao del Sur, Butuan City, Surigao City, San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur, Cagayan de Oro City, Gingoog City,

Iligan City, Ozamis City, Malabalay and Valencia Cities witness the launching and to make a “Buena Mano they themselves started to put some donations for every members AlkanSSSya to make the launching a momentous event. In related development, afetr the two Informal S ector Group signing and launching the SSS AlkanSSSya Program 2013 in the city of Good Life, the newlly transferred SSS Office at the Oroquieta Cuty Town Center was formally blessed and with the attendance of the 1st District Congressman Jorge Taghap Almonte the blessing was a success. It may be known that the during his stint as the City Mayor, Congressman Jorge Taghap Almonte initiated the establoishment of the City’s Town Center complete with and entertainemnt area, Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal, Government Offices, Stalls for small scale businesses, Hotel Rooms , Multi Function Hall and a Swimming Pool.

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – Basilan army chief 104th Brigade Commander Col. Carlito Galvez relayed some lessons learned from the Zamboanga standoff, Lamitan City conflict, and Isabela City tensions during the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting Wednesday. “Inter-agency preparation is a key to the success of defending Lamitan and Isabela cities,” Galvez noted as he recalled that crisis committees in the provincial and city levels were immediately convened when the MNLF-Misuari faction attacked Zamboanga City. “The involvement of local government officials from the provincial down to the barangay levels was very essential,” he added. He said that the collective decisions of local authorities in dealing with the threats paved the way for preempting further disaster and escalation of atrocities in urban areas of Lamitan and Isabela cities. “The support of the local authorities in maintaining the Civilian Volunteer Organization (CVO) and local defense systems in barangays helped a lot,” he noted, saying that they were the first responders in the Colonia attack (last Sept. 12 in Lamitan) and “they have sacrificed even their lives.” The presence and involvement of barangay officials even during crucial military operations were cited by the Brigade Commander especially in identi-

fying geographical make-up of the affected barangays to effectively defend the areas from rebel intrusions. “Information must be timely and accurate,” Galvez said. As regards the spread of text messages intended to sow fear and panic among residents, the military urges the residents “to validate first from authorities reports and information received and not to immediately spread them.” The military also noted the need to strengthen further security of the cities and the province from a combined attack of armed groups from sea and land, as they noticed weak port security. As of press time, trips from Isabela City to Zamboanga city remain irregular and local port authorities have been implementing a very tight security system. Passengers have to endure long lines of waiting and security check-up prior to embarkation to the vessel. Moreover, the military highly recommended that the local authorities support inter-faith dialogue activities especially among the youth to prevent further radicalization of the youth, the uneducated and the vulnerable sectors of society. Galvez said that the MNLFs from Basilan were said to have been deceived to join the Zamboanga attack. The military’s initial investigation revealed that the Basilan-based MNLFs were promised of a monthly stipend of $1,000 allegedly from a UN entity, an issuance of M14 firearm, and political positions. (FPG/ RVC/PIA9-ZBST)


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RAKAN, North Cotabato — At the crack of dawn or any time of the day, Lorena Nogan and her family, along with the other residents of Kinawayan, a mountain village here, would separately walk discreetly to the bushes--not to play hide and seek but to defecate. Each would look for a spot, rag in hand, oblivious of the danger of stepping on human wastes littering the terrain. This has been the routine of housekeeper Lorena, 35, her husband Roberto, 38, a farmer, and their five children ever since. “Not even one toilet here. We are all ashamed of our condition,” Lorena said. The mountainous community, home to 216 farming families mostly belonging to the Manobo tribe, is typical of Arakan’s rugged outskirts, where families barely eat three full meals a day and bereft of the most basic facilities. Even water source is scarce here. “Kinawayan merited a reputation of topping the town in terms of open defecation,” Grace Rivera, a village health worker, said. “The village’s fields would make for the “world’s largest toilet.” This has been a key health concern as the practice makes people prone to water-borne diseases and food sources become contaminated, thus increasing the burden on the family,” she added. Rivera said that diarrhea, caused by poor sanitation facilities, is prevalent in the village and is generally spread through

contaminated food and water. Diarrhea is a major illness and cause of death among children under the age of five here, she said. In October 2012, the Nogans lost their one-year old son Barlo to diarrhea. “He was strong and playful but practically turned into a vegetable in two weeks’ time,” Lorena said, blaming their routine of defecating in the bushes or in the open fields. “That may have triggered the spread of diarrhea in the village,” she said. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), open areas “are the only toilet option” for many especially in remote communities. For Arakan, Rivera said it is estimated that 53.6 percent of the households have no toilets, noting that “they preferred to spend on material pleasures such as lipsticks, beauty powder and cellular phones.” “For many, they find cellular phones more useful that having a toilet,” she said. With diarrhea prevalent in the town, non-government organization ACF International has launched an intervention on the issue of open defecation and other

unsanitary practices as well as disaster risk reduction initiatives. The group is implementing the projects “Sustainable and Resilient Basic Sanitation, Safe Water, and Improved Hygiene Behavior” funded under the Project Cooperation Agreement between ACF International and UNICEF; “Support for the Socio-economic Development of Communities within the Spanish Development Cooperation’s Action Zones in the Philippines” funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation; and the “Scale Up, Build Up: Strengthening local alliances and advocacy and empowering champions on disaster risk reduction” in partnership with the Disaster Preparedness Program of the European Community Humanitarian Office. “These projects engage families to take action to reduce their risks to disasters, promoting a local culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness, and increasing their knowledge on the importance of good nutrition, food security, proper care practices, and adequate hygiene and sanitation, such as proper hand washing, to prevent and mitigate the occurrences of diseases during disasters,” explained Faramarz Hashtarkhani, ACF International head of base and program coordinator in Cotabato City. Rivera, along with other health workers, community members, including tribal leaders, teachers and school-aged children have joined

GPH Panel condemns BIFF violence in some parts of Mindanao

KO R O NA DA L C I T Y, South Cotabato -- The GPH Panel, in a press briefing held recently, condemned the violent i n c i d e nt s c om m it t e d by the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in different provinces in Mindanao. GPH Panel Chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said that the BIFF attacks showed a total disregard to human life and a willful desire to block t he prog re ss tow ards a c h i e v i ng a p e a c e f u l resolution of the armed conflicts in region. From July to September this year, the government panel tallied a total of 48 violent incidents, including shootings, explosions and fire fights in the provinces of Maguindanao, North Cotabato and Basilan. Some of the incidents in Basilan involved alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf Group. “These acts show that the BIFF and their cohorts are bent on disr upt i n g t h e p e a c e f u l o p t i o n , a n d h av e n o qualms to use violence

against civilians in order to achieve their political obj e c t ives,” C oronelFerrer added. On the other hand, government negotiator and presidential adviser on Musl i m C onc e r ns Ya s m i n B u s r a n - L a o note d t h at t he p e a c e negotiation in Mindanao is open to all who wish to participate in a non-violent political change. “There will be space for all those who wish to participate based on fair rules. We are optimistic t hat t he B ang s amoro will grab this opportunity and will transcend personal, tribal, or organizational interests to bring about good governance for our people,” Busran-Lao emphasized. She als o explained t hat t he negot i at ions with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) aim to strengthen the p ar t n e rs h ip w it h t h e MILF as a peace partner i n bu i l d i n g e f fe c t i v e and responsive autonomous governance in the Bangsamoro region. On the issue about

the “exclusion” of the MNLF in this process, the head of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, Secretary Mehol Sadain clarified that similar tracks are being pursued with the different MNLF groups and personalities who will commit to renounce violence. But the government p anel me mb e r a dde d t hat t he unit y of t he MNLF and t he MILF cannot be imposed by t h e g o v e r n m e nt , i n stead, Sadain said that b ot h g roup s n e e d t o build the bridges among themselves. “ We w i l l s u p p o r t such initiatives but we c an not forc e it up on them,” Sadain added. Me a nw h i l e , m e m bers of the peace panel are not only condemning political violence but are also calling for support to peaceful reform. Moreover, they are hopeful that peace negotiations will bring re s u lt s t h at w i l l e n d conflict in Mindanao. (SJDuerme-PIA12/ OPAPP)

the series of learning sessions related to community-led total sanitation or CLTS methodology. The process relies on the participation of the community and starts with a transect walk of the village, during which ACF hygiene promotion officers point out feces on the roadside, behind bushes and houses and in the general neighborhood. The mobilizers then draw a map of the village and the participants point the spot where they defecate. The drill shows the close proximity to which families live from the defecation sites. As soon as the community acknowledges the risk posed by open defecation, ACF provides technical guidance and supervises latrine installation for every household. “We learned through a demonstration how diseases can be transmitted through open defecation. Food and water become contaminated when flies go from feces to food and spread the diseases. We’re totally ashamed of ourselves, we felt disgusted. Now we know what could have caused the deaths and widespread case of diarrhea,” Rivera said. “This triggered families to build low-cost toilets of their own, and as incentive, they were given porcelain or plastic toilet bowls that are hygienic and could be used for longer period,” said Hashtarkhani. In a recent handover ceremony of a water system project, the village has been declared “100%

open defecation-free.” The village leaders also enacted an ordinance that requires every household to construct latrines, with penalties to those who can’t comply. “With the barangay action, coupled with the awareness on hygiene and sanitation and the CLTS process, our behavior changed. The presence of a water system complements the community’s improved sanitation and hygiene practices,” said village chair Dahines Lagcuman. As part of the project, the community also learned proper garbage disposal. “Now we know better…we have clean toilets and we feel that we have finally progressed,” Lorena Nogan said proudly. “Groundbreaking solutions, such as the CTLS process, change people’s lives for the better,” said Hana Montaner, UNICEF WASH Project Officer. “We need to safeguard the lives of children with sufficient nutrition and affordable and proven interventions for them to grow up well and take part in community development. The challenge now is for you to sustain this achievement,” Montaner said. With the support of the local governments of North Cotabato and Arakan, ACF and UNICEF plan to continue conducting CLTS in the neighboring villages to help improve sanitation in the area. (Geonarri Solmerano/MindaNews)

Senior citizens get medical, dental assistance KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato -- Senior citizens in Buayan, M'lang and Poblacio, Pikit, recently received free medical and dental care courtesy of the provincial government of North Cotabato. The outreach program was headed by the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) through its Medical and Dental Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) in partnership with the 7th Field Artillery Battalion of the Philippine Army. In Buayan, 275 elderly residents benefited from

the free medical consultation while 19 availed of the free dental services On the other hand, in Barangay Poblacion, 109 senior citizens benefited from medical consultation while 5 availed of the free dental services. They were also provided medicines and vitamins. During the same event, doctors and staff of the IPHO also conducted circumcision while the Philippine Army provided hair grooming services. Gov. Emmylou Mendoza said, senior citizens deserve care and should be prioritized in health programs. “Without them (senior citizens) we will not be

where we are now and we will not become who we are now. We owe it to them,” she added. Over the years, Mendoza, with her “Serbisyong Totoo” advocacy has already reached out to thousands of individuals in North Cotabato through medicaldental programs. This comes along with other priority projects such as road concreting, construction of multi-purpose buildings, barangay halls, covered courts and other infrastructure projects. (SJDuerme-PIA12/JSta. Cruz&VGBacarat-N. Cotabato Provincial Government)

TACURONG CITY - A total of 687 participants from all 20 barangays in Tacurong City took part in the conclusion of the Elderly Week. Through the partnership of the Federation of Senior Citizens Association and the local government, the event pushed through last October 8, 2013, at the Tacurong City Gymnasium with the theme: “Nakatatanda Pagtulungang Isulong Benepisyo’t Karapatan Tungo sa Masaya at Masaganang Pamayanan.” The whole-day activity started with a holy mass followed by an opening program attended by key officials and

guests. Present in the said program were: Violeta S. Muyuela, Office of Senior Citizens Head; Eufemia L. Robles, City Social Welfare and Development Head; Lilia Pama, Federation of Senior Citizens Association Head; Hon. Remus P. Segura, City Councilor; Hon. Charito L. Collado, SP Chairman on Social Services; and Hon. Lina O. Montilla, Tacurong City Mayor. Mayor Montilla, in her inspirational message, emphasized the value of providing appropriate facilities and services to senior citizens. She further said that projects that cater to the welfare of the elderly shall be

continued – putting emphasis on the free blood chemistry tests that will be implemented next year. The development of the senior citizen center was also mentioned, together with the improvement of identification cards for availing special services. According to Mayor Montilla, this is how the government shall give back to the contribution of this sector to the city of goodwill. The event continued as senior citizens from the different barangays showcased their talents in the song solo, song duet, skit-drama, folk dance, and chorus presentations. (Ariesha Faith Martinez Dimaano)

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Banana industry needs support from LGUs TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte -- A banana industry executive in the Davao Region recently called on local government units (LGUs) to craft policies to protect the banana industry from the adverse effect of pole-vaulting and Panama disease. Guesting at Tagum Biz

Talk at Big 8 last Tuesday, Stephen Antig, executive director of the Philippine Banana Growers and Exporters Assocation (PBGEA) said players of the banana industry need the help of LGUs in implementing measures to curb Panama Disease or fusarium wilt in bananas. They also need the LGUs

in crafting an ordinance criminalizing pole-vaulting cited as illegal practice among banana growers who secretly sell to other buyers their produce under contract of a certain banana exporting company. “Unless, we can come up with an ordinance, polevaulting is a threat to the

industry,” Antig told members of the media while explaining that such practice loses quality control of bananas for export market as well due income for the government. He projected a scenario that would possibly happen to the country’s banana similar to what had hap-

pened with the Philippine Nata de Coco which used to hit it big but eventually lost the export market due to an instance of poisonous chemical discovery in a nata de coco from the Philippines. Antig wanted the country’s banana industry to sustain the export reputation as the world’s “tastiest” and mostefficient banana industry hitting a production volume of more than 5,000 boxes per hectare per year. Not only does pole-vaulting threaten the quality of export banana but Antig said it also reduces income due to the government. He bared a loss of 40 percent of the total boxes of banana produce that went to pole-vaulting in 2013, and an average of 15 percent per years 2012 and 2013. Meanwhile, Antig also pointed the need of local government cooperation to curb infestation of fusarium wilt which he said could be a real threat to the banana industry in five to six years if left unchecked. Antig said the fusarium

wilt can spread in a rate of about 1: 6 but he said PBGEA is yet to produce the data of the total number of affected hectares in Mindanao. On the same forum Panabo City Councilor Renato Bangoy, also an official of Save our Sagingan (SOS) encourages LGUs to invest in a plant nursery to produce tissue-cultured plantings of export Cavendish banana but also of local market favorites-- Lakatan and Latundan. While the Department of Agriculture (DA) sets a phytosanitary policy measures in plantations of Cavendish banana for export, fusarium wilt has been left unchecked in Latundan and Lakatan plantation. He said fusarium wilt has continued to spread in local banana plantations because growers use shoots already infected with the wilt as planting materials. Panabo City already has established a plant nursery to produce good seedlings of various varieties of banana, Bangoy said. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)

DAVAO CITY – The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) will commemorate the 50th Fish Conservation Week on October 14-18, which centers on public awareness-raising on the importance of protecting and conserving the fisheries and aquatic resources. BFAR XI regional director Fatma M. Idris said BFARXI will be joining the nation in the week-long celebration carrying the theme, “Pangisdaan pinagyaman ngayon; henerasyong sagana sa panghabang panahon.” Idris said the theme expounds the immense devotion of BFAR to continuously serve and provide the sector with more advanced technological services and programs. BFAR-XI has lined-up various activities to include different seminars like Fish Processing Technology/Preservation, Business Opportunities on Bangus and Seafood Safety (HALAL Orientation). The celebration will also feature activities such as BFAR XI Culinary Contest, BFAR Got Talent and some friendly

games that will showcase the talents, sportsmanship and camaraderie among the agency’s officials and employees. Idris said BFAR-XI will impart gratitude to partners and cooperating associates in a recognition program. At the opening of the celebration on October 14, the top three winners of the MuSEAka and SEAnema competitions will be awarded, and will present their winning entries. Other activities that will be done at the regional office and provincial areas are trade fair/exhibit, joint mobile registration, tilapia fingerling dispersal and mangrove planting. “Without a doubt, the 50th Fish Conservation Week will be counted as a proof that BFAR XI is persistent in promulgating the increase of fish production through resource management and incomparable public service, and it’s the week that will be subjugated with better gist of profound conservation purposes,” Idris stated. (RGA/ CLC/PIA-XI)

BFAR-11 commemorates 50th Fish Conservation Week A vendor sells bitso-bitso and fried banana rolls to bus passengers at the Task Force Davao checkpoint in Barangay Inawayan, Toril, Davao City. Passengers are required to disembark from the bus for inspection. MindaNews photo

DavSur voters to determine new province during brgy polls DAVAO CITY -- Aside from voting their barangay officials, Davao del Sur voters would determine the fate of Davao Occidental during the coming Synchronized Barangay Elections this coming October 28. Atty. Tomas Valero, designated regional director of the Commission on Elections Region XI (Comelec-XI), said that special ballots in Davao del Sur will include yes/no choices for the creation of the new province. Also during the synchronized Barangay Assembly

to be held on Oct. 13, the pros and cons in the creation of the new province will also be discussed in the barangays of Davao del Sur. Republic Act 10360 signed by President Benigno Aquino III early this year created the province of Davao Occidental which is

carved out from the southern part of Davao del Sur, the proposed new province will include the towns of Sta. Maria, Don Marcelino, Sarangani, Malita and Jose Abad Santos. The law though needs approval through a plebiscite where the majority votes of about 523,862 registered voters in Davao del Sur are needed to formally approve its creation. Department of Interior and Local Government-XI (DILG-XI) OIC Regional

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: JOINT PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES FFRNANDO KHALID D. CALICDAN III AND MERMAE V. DEMETILLA-CALICDAN,

CI VIL CASE N0. 2013-133

FERNANDO KHALID D. CALICDAN III AND MERMAE V. DEMETILLA-CALICDAN Petitioners x--------------------------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this court is verified Joint Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by the petitioners and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under Muslim rites on October 31, 2003 at Iligan City, petitioner-husband converted to Islam laitiL of which conversion to islam was Registered with iiiis court, both of then! caw be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at Camp Evangelista. Patag, Cagayan de Oro City and Noville Subdivision Upper Bara-as, Ilgan City respectively; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for more than three (3) years already, since January 2011, they decided to separately live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation: Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs: Petitioners seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on October 31, 2003 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on October 25, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 3 of October. 2013.

Director Wilhelm Suyko said that the DILG is ready to assist the new province if it will be ratified by majority vote in the plebiscite. Suyko said that DILG will always be ready to assist in the transition of the new province, in past cases DILG officers served as interim provincial officials during the transition period before the appointment of OICs (Officer-In-Charge) and eventually the election of new provincial officials. (PIA/RG Alama)

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4:h Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES RAMIL TANTAN LABUGA AND MILANNYL SEBIAL-LABUGA,

CIVIL CASE N0. 2013-135

RAMIL TANTAN LABUGA AND MILANNYL SEBIAL-LABUGA. Petitioners, x-----------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this court is verified Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by the petitioners and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under civil rites on November 24, 1995 at Baroy, Lanao del Norte, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were duly Registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at Sta. Cruz, Baroy, Lanao del Norte and Prk 1, Camague Hi-way, Tomas Cabili, lligan City respectively; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for more than six (6) years already, since 2007, they decided to separately live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; Petitioner’s seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on November 24, 1995 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on October 25, 2013 at 9:00 am. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 4th day of October, 2013.

(Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

(Sgd.) HON. OSOP M ALI Presiding Judge

MDN: Oct. 7, 14 & 21, 2013

MDN: Oct 7, 14 & 21, 2013

Republic of the Philippines PROVINCE OF BUKIDNON Municipality of Manolo Fortich Telephone No. 088-223-2242

OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE & DEV’T October 4, 2013 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT “Gipanawagan ang ginikanan sa bata nga babaye nga bag-o pang natawo nga gibiyaan sa Barangay Health Center, Brgy. Maluko, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Kini nahitabo niadtong Mayo 23, 1997 alas 8 ang takna sa buntag. Gi aghat ang naka ila sa inahan o kabanay niining maong bata sa pagpahibalo sa MSWD Office, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon o kang Mrs. Rosario A. Escalera, ang Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officer sa LGU Municipal Hall, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.”

Ang Nagpasibya,

(SGD.) ROSARIO A. ESCALERA MSWD Officer

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The COMELEC has issued the reminder so that candidates at the barangay level will understand that importance of filling up the proper certificate of candidacy when one runs for a barangay position in the scheduled election this year, Magbutay said. Magbutay also said the election for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) is not included in the coming barangay polls. However, he said, the SK member would still serve the remaining term until the term for SK members expires in November. CRIS DIAZ, Exec. Editor, Mindanao Daily News

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and Bulua back on March 2012 where AVE reportedly downloaded some P 2 million for each of the barangays for various livelihood projects. She said that the supposed amount reportedly came from the Special Allotment Release Order or SARO of Magsaysay which was assigned to KKMF, as AVE’s duly recognized nongovernment organizations, intended to help victims affected by typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro City on December 16 2011. Marban claimed that she became suspicious of the transaction on July 2012 when the said amount was addressed to the barangay Capt. Alfredo Carcosa although the fund was supposedly intended for livelihood projects in the barangay. She said that her doubt grew when Carcosa withdrew the check but was later returned to the foundation. “The pattern later became clear when the Napoles scam was exposed this year,” Marban said. She said that she has the suspicion that part of the money that was released by the KKMF intended for the barangays was withdrawn and misappropriated by Carcosa and political allies in the barangay. Marban said that she already filed criminal and administrative cases against

that the whistleblower can ever have is his or her clear conscience, and the thought that God, who always knows the truth about the judges’ or justices’ motivations in his or her decisions, evens up the score all the time. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@yafrom page 2 hoo.com, mmauriciojr111@ car’s windows until it were gmail.com broken. Police said the robbers took the firearms of the from page 1 Casino said the MNLF security guards and before taking the duffle bag that members will turn over contained the withdrawn their MNLF identification cards (IDs) to the authorimoney. The recovered vehicle ties as a declaration of their and motorcycle were not in withdrawal or pulling out the custody of the Cagayan of the MNLF organization de Oro City Police. GERRY and a gesture that they are GORIT, Staff Member, Min- relinquishing their positions and corresponding danao Daily News obligations with the MNLF orgsanization. from page 7 Earlier, the police removed and dismantled the be brought to court. 10 MNLF flags hoisted over -oooGOD EVENS UP THE different areas in Malitbog SCORE VS. THE COR- town. Casino said the police are RUPT: The fact is that, judges and justices and all contemplating of filing cases others who are involved in against the MNLF members the justice system of any who hoisted the MNLF flags country continue to remain in Malitbog. This, despite as humans, burdened with Casino’s declaration that the feelings and emotions that MNLF flags were hoisted are basically human and, in Bukidnon even before therefore, less than divine. the Zamboanga standoff The temptation to “get even” happened. Vice Mayor Casino said with people who dared accused them will just be too the MNLF members planned great and irresistible, and surrender to police authorithe experience of man is ties resulted from the said that he or she will always plan of the police to file take advantage of an op- cases against them for the portunity to exact revenge, flag hoisting and as a way of not getting involved in at some point in time. For it can happen that the cases filed against their the judge or justice and all chairman Nur Misuari. The MNLF members the others who may have a hand in the justice system in Bukidnon are said to be will later on get to be as- under MNLF Commander signed to handle the case or Amir Alibuk. Casino cancases of the whistleblowers not say though if Alibuk who gave the information are among those who will that was used to investigate surrender and relinquish his MNLF position. them. When that happens, and the judge or justice will not voluntarily inhibit or from page 1 requests army assistance disqualify himself or herself from that case, any deci- especially in hinterland sion he may issue therein areas,” Uy said. He added that their is going to be subjected to doubts and suspicions that it meetings with the Comelec was the product of bias and and the Philippine National partiality or even of brib- Police have been regularly ery. The only consolation held to ensure a peaceful Carcosa and several barangay officials with the Ombudsman. Aside from the P2 million scam, Marban also filed other cases such as dishonesty malversation of funds and three other cases to the village chief for such anomalies in her barangay. CD WITH WIRE REPORTS

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barangay elections this year. “We call on candidates who do not support the electiion activities of the New People’s Army to inform us so that we can prevent attacks on their lives,” Uy said. The NPA has b e en known to be active in collecting fees during elections. Uy said the usual trouble spots are in faraway places. Recently the United States Embassy released a travel advisory warning of possible terroristic attacks in certain parts of Mindanao.

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areas in the country for the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 10366, which authorized the poll body “to establish precincts or accessible polling places exclusively for persons with disabilities and senior citizens.” “This is the first time in history that we will be conducting an election at the comfort of a shopping mall,” said Comelec Commisioner Grace Padaca during the project’s launching Saturday noon at the SM City General Santos. The official said Barangay Lagao will serve as the project’s main testing site for Mindanao in the upcoming barangay polls. The other pilot sites are barangays Sabang in Lipa City for Luzon, 679 in Manila for the National Capital Region and Mabolo in Cebu City for Visayas. The special voting will be conducted inside SM malls, which agreed to partner with the Comelec for the trial implementation, she said. Under the project, Padaca said the Comelec will establish an “accessible polling place” or precinct at the SM mall here for the Oct. 28 barangay elections. “So instead of taking the usual long lines and casting their votes inside the warm classrooms, they will be accommodated instead in a comfortable spot inside the mall,” said Padaca, herself a PWD afflicted with polio. Padaca they will transfer all records of the selected PWDs and senior citizens of Barangay Lagao to the new polling precinct for the conduct of the special

voting, which will be facilitated by selected board of election tellers. The selected PWDs and senior citizens here signed consent forms issued by the Comelec on Saturday to allow the movement of their records and cast ballots. Padaca said the special voting will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. only to facilitate the transfer of the ballots to their original precincts in time for the scheduled counting after the regular voting ends at 3 p.m. “Our role is just to open the accessible polling place and conduct the voting. We will not interfere in any way or dictate who they will be voting. We have no right to do that,” she stressed. Padaca, who heads the Comelec’s committee on PWDs and senior citizens, said they will use the results of the special voting for the planned nationwide implementation of RA 10366 in the 2016 local and national elections. “If this will turn out successful, we will launch a nationwide massive information and education campaign in preparation for the 2016 elections,” she said. For the nationwide rollout, Padaca said they might tap other shopping mall chains in the country and other potential “accessible polling places” as set in RA 10366. She said these include basketball courts, gymnasiums and other similar facilities within or adjacent to the barangays. Bartolome Huyo, a leader of a senior citizen’s group from Purok 13 of Barangay Lagao, lauded the Comelec for implementing the project. The 76-year-old Huyo is under Barangay Lagao’s clustered precinct number 21 at the Balite Elementary School. “This is big relief for us so I hope the Comelec will do this every election,” he said. Bro. Manuel de Leon, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) coordinator here, said they have long been lobbying with the Comelec to work on the establish-

ment of “accessible polling places” for the PWDs and senior citizens during the elections. “We’re glad that they’re doing it now,” said de Leon, who committed to assign some volunteers assist the conduct of the special voting here. He said the PPCRV will specifically take charge in hauling the participants of the special voting to the polling place as requested by Padaca. The Comelec asked for the group’s help to ensure that the process will not be “politicized,” he added. (MindaNews)

‘Santi’ out of PHL

TYPHOON “Santi” is already outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is moving far t her away f rom t he countr y and closer towards Vietnam, the state weather bureau said on Sunday. In its update, PAGASA said that as of 10:00 a.m. Sunday, the eye of “Santi” was located at 550 km West of Iba, Zambales still packed with maximum winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph. It is forecast to move West at 19 kph. “With this development and unless re-entry occurs, this is the final weather bulletin for this weather disturbance,” it said. Meanwhile, PAGASA said that as of 10:00 a.m. Typhoon “Wipha” (International Name) was estimated at 1,400 km East of Northern Luzon and it is expected to enter the PAR by Monday morning. We at h e r Fore c a ste r Fernando Cada said on Sunday that once inside the Philippine territory it would be named “Tino” the third cyclone to visit the country this month and 20th this year. A report from the Philippine News Agency

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