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Rains did not stop LGU from holding disaster drill BUTUAN City––Light to moderate rains affecting Butuan City and the neighboring places of Caraga since Tuesday afternoon brought about by the low pressure area, 845 kilometers east of Mindanao, has not keep Butuan City Hall from pushing through with its scheduled earthquake drill, early morning on Wednesday.

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SM City in C. de Oro joins Earth hour 2014

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WHERE’S THE PEDESTRIAN LANE? Despite efforts to strictly implement road discipline and courtesy, a scene like this is common among the pedestrian lanes in Cagayan de Oro City. Erring drivers are supposed to be liable for “obstruction” but it seems traffic enforcement agencies have overlooked this matter. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit of Mindanao Daily News

Earth Hour is a simple concept that quickly turned into a global phenomenon. Last 2013, over 7,000 cities, towns, provinces and municipalities in 154 countries and territories joined and switched off their lights for one hour to highlight awareness on global climate change. On the 29th of March 2014, from 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening, The SM City Cagayan de Oro will once again join Earth Hour to inspire everyone, as well as to make a stand in creating a better future for our planet. Join us this Earth Hour. Let us go beyond the hour, so after the lights go back, SOON THEY SHALL FALL. The sight of two golden shower trees festooned think of how we can con- with yellow leaves provides a stark contrast to the overcast skies above Malaybalay tinuously make a differ- City in this photo taken on Wednesday afternoon, 19 March 2014. MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno ence.

DAVAO City––Lumad or indigenous peoples leaders in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have expressed support to the creation of the Bangsamoro region, but

are worried on the fate of their ancestral domains in the new entity. In a press conference on Wednesday at the Philippine Information Agency office here, Timuay Alim

Bandara, a Teduray tribal leader, said that indigenous peoples have expressed to their representatives in the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) the need to respect their

Ampatuan scion among country’s new lawyers COTABATO City––Twentyeight year old Bai Saudia Shahara Biruar-Ampatuan, a grand daughter of former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., was among those who passed the 2013 bar exams.

Will she be joining the defense team of her grandfather and other family members accused in the grisly Ampatuan massacre on November 23, 2009 that killed 58 people, including See LAWYERS, page 11

Mayor Uy leads first caged bangus harvest By IRENE ROA ANIBONG and DODO CANOY Contributors

ancestral domain claims. The BTC is drafting the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the charter that would govern the new Bangsamoro region once

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental––Mayor Julio Uy and Maxim Xerxes Cabio of the Provincial Fisheries Office (PFO) spearheaded the just-held first Bangus Cage harvest in Poblacion 3 here. The 10 by 10 meters fish cage located in Barangay Looc is a joint project of the local government of Villanueva under Mayor Uy and the Bureau of

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Jeepney, trike drivers oppose public bus system u 9

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Fire hits Oroquieta commercial district By PJ TREMEDAL Correspondent

Oroquieta City––A conflagration that lasted five hours hit Oroquieta City’s seven commercial establishments and one office, this week, amid campaign by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to observance Fire Prevention Month. The seven establishments, namely, Pacifica Agricultural Supply, The Generics Pharmacy, Superstar Dry Goods Store, Happy Homes, Getz Me, Shiote Store and Glass Supply were razed to the ground. The Davao Micro Lending Office was also reduced to ashes while an adjacent establishment was partially damaged. The fire was put off by

responding firemen who rushed the commercial block located at Poblacion 2, Allen M. Enerio St. and J.P. Quijano St., this city. Fire Inspector Isagani Olvedo Jr., city fire marshall, told MDN that they received the emergency call at 8:30 pm, and, together with the City Disaster Risk Reduction Office Fire Truck, responded to the incident. However, because of strong winds the fire reached Code A. Fire trucks from nearby fire stations, like Lopez Jaena, Aloran, Calamba, Jimenez and Ozamiz City Fire, came to the rescue along with the Blue Marlins (Fire Volunteers) of the Boaquina Group of Companies Fire Response Group and the MISAMIS ORIENTAL – Vice Governor JOEY G. PELAEZ headed the BSP – MisOr Rover Orientation Vigil and Investiture Ceremony in Tagoloan Community College (TCC) last REACT Squid Group See FIRE, page 11

March 15, 2014. It was attended by 150 youth from TCC and other High Schools in Tagoloan. Dr. Rolando Acoriba (3rd from left), President of TCC, supported the Rovering Program of BSP. The Rover Program is a progressive journey from adolescence to adulthood encompassing one’s duty to God and self through the use of the Scout Method. It aims to contribute to the education of young adults in a non – formal way through a value system based on the Scout Oath and Law, among others. BSP – MisOr organized the Rover Orientation and Investiture to encourage Scouts 16 years old and above to join the BSP Rover Program.

Misor launches ‘visit to towns’ program MISAMIS Oriental––The provincial government of Misamis Oriental would launch on today the “visit-to-towns program” to make provincial officials and workers closer to the provincial constituents, Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano said on Wednesday. Dubbed as “Bililhon Ang Matag Baryohanon Ipalambo” (BAMBI), the program involves the delivery of basic medical, dental, nutrition, legal and tax consultations, agricultural, and environmental services. “BAMBI” is the popular nick name of Gov. Emano in the local community. “We are used to meeting hundreds of residents at the provincial capitol’s office, but I know thousands will benefit the basic programs of the provincial government if we go directly to them and deliver the basic services to their doorsteps,” Emano said. The Governor will See program, page 11

Over 200 participants join photography workshop in Oro By Irene Joy B. Dayo Staffmember

Over 200 participants coming from the different parts of Cagayan de Oro City attended the photography workshop held on March 15, 2014, at Centrio Mall.

Dubbed as “Flash: Let there be Light,” the event was realized through the collaborated efforts of Fujifilm, Phottix, Colours and Vanguard, and aimed to help people who want to learn the craft of Photography. Three speakers were invited to the seminar -Mr. Ricky Ladia, a strobist photographer who is on his 20 years in the chosen field, Mr. Rommel Bundalian, an award-winning street strobist photographer here in the country and abroad, and Mr. Alex Ruelo, a strobist photographer specializing in wedding photography. The latter is known of having an estimated 400 booked wedding shoots in a year. C o l o u r s Foto|Camera|Gadgets Marketing Head Gloria B. Sommer said the seminar is also to remind people not to forget the value of photography. It was observed that smartphones are getting more and more See WORKSHOP, page 11


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Low pressure area spotted east of Surigao A low pressure area spotted 270 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur at 4 a.m. on Thursday will bring light to moderate rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms in Mindanao and Eastern and Central Visayas, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 5 a.m. advisory. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains, Pagasa said. The eastern Mindanao seaboard straddling Surigao, Davao Oriental, Dinagat Island and Siargao will have rough to very rough sea condition, the state weather bureau said. Pagasa cautioned fishing boats and other smaller seacrafts not to venture to the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves, which could be as high as 4.5 meters. (MindaNews)

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Quake drill in Butuan continues despite LPA BUTUAN City––Light to moderate rains affecting Butuan City and the neighboring places of Caraga since Tuesday afternoon brought about by the low pressure area, 845 kilometers east of Mindanao, has not keep Butuan City Hall from pushing through with its scheduled earthquake drill, early morning on Wednesday. The activity was part of the 1st Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill, with the Butuan City Hall as one of its identified ceremonial site.

The regional pool of evaluators under the Caraga Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) chaired by the Caraga Office of the Civil Defense Regional Dir. Liza Mazo, conducted the drill. This year, Butuan City is the pilot city which represented Caraga region in this national simultaneous earthquake drill. The city, particularly the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC), had been

preparing for the said activity since few days ago. The proper signages had been set up on strategic places and offices of the city hall premises, a city hall disaster control group had been formed and earthquake marshals had been oriented in each offices. A post-activity assessment, evaluation and comments will be soon be rendered by the OCD evaluators. A report from Noel B. Najarro of the Philippine News Agency

13 towns in Caraga to implement Kalahi-CIDSS PAMANA in 2014

BU T UA N C it y ––T hi r- implement sub-projects y a n a n ( PA M A NA ) o r te en municip a lit ies in in 2014 under the Payapa “Peaceful and Resilient Caraga region are set to At Mas aganang Pama- Community” using the community-driven development (CDD) process of Kapit-Bisig Laban Sa Kahirapan-Comprhensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), according to the regional DSWD office here. In its release to the local media on Thursday, D e p a r t m e nt of S o c i a l We l f are and D e ve l op Republic of the Philippines Surigao del Sur State University Tandag City, Surigao del Sur Telefax No. 086-214-4221 NOTICE OF SEARCH AND CALL FOR APPLICATIONS The Board of Regents of Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) formally and publicly announces that the Search for Two Prominent Citizens as members of the SDSSU Board of Regents is now open. Interested applicants and/ or nominees are invited to send their formal applications to the Search Committee. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 1. A resident of the Province of Surigao del Sur 2. Applicants must not have been convicted of any administrative offense or any crime involving moral turpitude, wherein penalty is more than six months 3. Applicant must be from the Private Sector DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS: 1. Formal Application Letter addressed to:

DR. REMEGITA C. OLVIDA University President SDSSU, Tandag City, Surigaodel Sur

2. Detailed and notarized Curriculum Vitae 3. Certified true copy of documents in support of the data stated in the Curriculum Vitae NOTE: An Applicant who does not meet any of the above- mentioned minimum qualifications and cannot submit pertinent documents shall be disqualified from the search process. The above- mentioned documents must be submitted in one (1) original and three (3) certified true copies on or before April 07, 2014 to any of the following: ATTY. CASIMIRO JUAREZ President, Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City

MDN: Mar. 14, 21 & 24 2014

MS. CATHERINE F. SALOMON Board Secretary V Surigaodel Sur State University Tandag City, Surigaodel Sur

ment (DSWD)Services 13 said that included in the Cycle 1 implementation are the six municipalities of Jabonga in Agusan del Norte; San Luis in Agusan del Sur; Bayabas in Surigao del Sur; RTR in Agusan del Norte; Alegria and the town of Mainit all in Surigao del Norte. The town of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte is set for Cycle 2 implementation and La Paz in Agusan del Sur for the Cycle 3 implementation. Included in the Cycle 4 implementation are the municipalities of Gigaquit in Surigao del Norte; Esperanza in Agusan del Sur; San Miguel in and Tagbina in Surigao del Sur and the town of Veruela in Agusan del Sur. A total of P53.7 million is allocated for Caraga region covering the 179 targeted conflict affected b arangays (CAB) wit h P300,000 allocation each. The local government units of the identified municipa lities had a lready committed each of their local cash counterparts (LCCs) as required in the project implementation. T h e l au n c h i n g a n d MOA signings are scheduled until next month. The DSWD said that anchored in its objectives to reduce poverty, improve governance and build capacities, PAMANA is the national government’s peace and development framework to respond and to strengthen peace building, reconstruction and development in conflict affected areas. It i s f u n d e d by t h e Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) and assisted by concerned line agencies i n c lu d i n g t h e D S W D, local government units (LGUs) and the civil society groups. A report from Noel B. Najar ro of the Philippine News Agency


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DILG 10 to hold the 1-day World Water Day Celebration CAGAYAN de Oro - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) -10 will celebrate World Water Day Celebration on March 24, 2014, in cooperation with the Water Supply and Sanitation Unit, Office of the Project Development Services (OPDS), DILG Central Office, 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the SM Shopping Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. This significant event, under the theme “Water and Energy” aims to raise awareness on the inter-linkage between water and energ y ; to promote and advocate to the people the importance of conserving water resources and to have better access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and food energy services; to focus public attention on the critical issues on water-energy and the role of gender in family access to safe water; and to facilitate the development of policies and crosscutting frameworks that bridge the different sectors leading the way

towards energy security and sustainable water use in a green economy. Local Chief Executives are invited to witness the event. The DILG Undersecretar y Austere A. Panadero is also invited to join the celebration and grace the occasion. Among the highlights of the event are the: (1) film/video presentation on water stories; (2) Mr. Joey Ayala’s inspirational songs to be performed by the Cagayan de Oro City Chorale Group; (3) On-the-Spot Poster Making C ontest; (4) Exhibit of Millennium Development Goal Fund (MDGF) 1991 PosterMaking Contest National Awardees (5) Showcasing of Water Source Validation of SALINTUBIG/ GPPB Beneficiaries. Two (2) representatives of selected (15) private and public high schools in Cagayan de Oro City with their respective coaches are the main character during On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest. (Ana Celeste W. Felisilda, DILG -10)

The sight of two golden shower trees festooned with yellow leaves provides a stark contrast to the overcast skies above Malaybalay City in this photo taken on Wednesday afternoon, 19 March 2014. (MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno)

DBB courtesy call on Mayor Regencia ILIGAN City – City Mayor Celso G. Regencia warmly welcomes Ms. Melanie G. Castillo, Officer in Charge, Admin. Financial Mgt. Division and Atty Philip Josef T. Vera Cruz, Acting Chief Legal Division of the Danger-

ous Drug Board (DDB) under the Office of the President were received by Ms. Mildred G. Taroza, Secretariat Iligan City Anti Drug Abuse Council (ICADAC) , during a courtesy call to the City Mayor’s Office yesterday

March 18, 2014 before proceeding to the Iligan Rehabilitation Center for their inspection at Barangay Abuno Sitio Fatima. The rehabilitation center is financed by the DDB. According to Iligan City Mayor Celso G. Re-

gencia “as soon as the boundary fence is completed and the training of personnel staff would be in place, the rehabilitation center will be operational by June, by then facilities needed have been acquired.(Iligan Web)


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Softdrinks undermine people’s health Section 15, Article II of the 1987 Constitution provides that the State shall protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill consciousness among them, according to a lawmaker. What happened to the proposed measure to inform the public that soda or softdrinks can cause diabetes and obesity. Research says a bottle of a regular 8-ounce soda is loaded with five heaping tablespoons of sugar but authorities are now saying that a can of soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar. Any health provider would simply recommend that adults consume less than six teaspoons of sugar a day while kids, only three teaspoons. Thus Health authorities have warned that excessive intake of soda, which some say is habituating, can send one’s blood sugar shooting up. Habitual drinking of softdrinks can increase risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even cancer, according to a Harvard research which

Editorial reported that people who drink at least 12 ounces of soda daily are 50% more likely to develop a condition that can lead to coronary artery disease, stroke and diabetes. The government through an appropriate law must penalize softdrinks manufacturers for their information through advertisements, techniques or schemes that patronage of their products has a promise of material gain such as prizes in cash or in kind as reward for the purchase of soda, soft drink or sweetened drink which is more that 16 ounces per bottle or container in a contest. Giving of samples and donations of soda products more than 16 ounces per bottle should also be prohibited, and manufacturers should post factual health contents and nutritional claims, especially its sugar content, in the label, product’s container or bottle. It should include an

understandable message in Filipino printed on it with the words, “IMPORTANT NOTICE.” Also, manufacturers should include in the content signage in all containers or bottles of soda products or sweetened drinks the statement, “DRINKING SODA CAUSES OBESIT Y AND DIABETES,”just like in cigarette packs. The government should ensure that the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the DOST issue the necessary rules and regulations once an Act is implemented. To be fair, since soda production is a huge pillar of the Philippine economy, it is worthwhile that all efforts should be exhausted to really determine whether it is only soda that causes the said health risks. Why not also come out with a reliable research that other foods in the market today are also harmful and may cause the same ailments.

Merciful Special Gospel of the day: Luke7:1117(March21, 2014-Friday) Luke 7:11-17- now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare [him] stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he deliv-

ered him to his mother. And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, that a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. And this rumor of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout the region round about: This is the “scenario of truth after death” that there is a “resurrection” in the second life. In Corinthian 15:35-56- this is the details of the resurrection of the dead and we must hope for this “gift” of life. The “souls in heaven will come down here on earth at the end and unite again with the dust, and

Biblical reflection this will become a “glorified body.” In John11:3844-Lazaro “rose from the dead” because of the “power of Jesus.” The “pity of Jesus urges him to help” the family of this dead son. This is a concrete evidence that Jesus is “merciful” and he can’t afford to watch the situation of a person. So meaning, God intervenes in our day to day life situations. This is not like us, we are just watching the “dilemma and sufferings of others.”Are you merciful? Printing paid by: Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhDTony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray

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Role of Filipinos in God’s work LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose…” (Isaiah 46:11, the Holy Bible). -oooROLE OF FILIPINOS IN GOD’S WORK: There is a special reason why Filipinos should know and follow the Biblical admonitions for believers to listen to, and obey, the commands of God, especially that which is written in Joshua 1:8. Joshua 1:8 writes this important command in the following manner: “Do not forget to read the Book of the Law, meditate on it day and night, carefully obeying everything that is written in it, so that you would become successful and prosperous.” What is this special reason? It concerns the role that has been given to Filipinos, who have accepted and believed in Jesus Christ as God and Savior, in fulfilling the work of preaching the Word and saving souls during the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the coming destruction of the world. -oooOFWs, FILIPINO MIGRANTS, AS GOD’S

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio WORKERS: According to Matthew 24, there is an appointed time (although undisclosed as of now) for the Second Coming of Jesus, and the end of the world by fire. This Second Coming and the end of the world will be preceded and heralded by certain well-defined events, like wars, hunger and famine, earthquakes, calamities, fearful signs in the sky, and betrayals among family members. But, before the end will come, there is one important event that must happen, and this is described in Matthew 24:14 as the proclamation of the Gospel, or the Word of God, to serve as a testimony to all the nations. When this proclamation shall have been accomplished in the whole world, it is only then that the end will come. The question therefore

is: how is this proclamation to be made? The answer seems to be that this is going to be done trough various means, particularly the media, but, I am convinced that this proclamation will also be made---in fact, is being made now---by the millions of Filipinos who are now dispersed throughout the world as immigrants, whether as overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) or not. -oooFILIPINOS AS “BIRD OF PREY”: What makes me certain that Filipinos are the ones being called for God’s work during the end times and just before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ? I have one particularly basis, and it is Isaiah 46:11 of the Bible, where it is written that God will call His “bird of prey” and His “man” from the “east”, from a “far-off

land”, to fulfill His purpose. Certainly, the reference to the “east” and “far-off land” in Isaiah 46 pertains to the Philippines, especially if we consider that, during World War II, it had already been referred to as the “Far East” by the United States and its allies. In fact, the US military force in Asia then was stationed in the Philippines, and was called the “United States Armed Forces in the Far East.” Because Filipinos who are from the “far-off land in the east” are basically Christians who believe in Jesus as God and Savior, they will be instrumental in the proclamation of Jesus as God and Savior wherever they maybe, assuming the role of a “bird of prey” who will fulfill God’s purpose, as Isaiah 46:11 prophesied. This is the reason why Filipinos should read and obey the Bible now!!! -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: melaniolazomauriciojr@outlook. com, batasmauricio@yahoo. com and mmauriciojr111@ gmail.com

Our parliament in waiting

By Manny Valdehuesa

CAGAYAN de Oro City––In her glory days, Pres. GMA referred to our country as a ”Strong Republic.” Perched atop its totem pole, I guess it was flattering for her to characterize it as such. So cavalier of her, though, as if saying so made it so; as if corrupting it or allowing it to be corrupted wouldn’t weaken it. In truth, ours has been a weak republic, enfeebled by shameless trapos, exploited by opportunistic dynasties, abused all around with impunity. So we have a big job to do. We need to restore its integrity, make it truly strong as only a mighty citizenry can make of a nation. We can do it by making sure every component of the republic, every barangay, is people-powered, assertive, and bound together by a political will that no one can unbundle so readily. Barangay, our Small Republic Let’s keep in mind that barangays are small republics—each with its own territory, populace, government, and (though limited) sovereignty. The big Philippine republic draws its strength from these small republics. All Filipinos live in them—distributed throughout 42,000+ barangays, our unique communities, the home of sovereign citizens, the base of citizen power from whom all government authority emanates. The key to national strengthening lies in these

small republics. Even a little effort by enlightened citizens in them can change reality, much as retouching the tiny details of a photograph can change the picture. Retouching If you want change, no need to look elsewhere, no need to look beyond. Simply tend to your own barangay and ask others to do the same in theirs. To beautify the country and make it more attractive, simply beautify and clean up your own little barangay. To improve the nation’s health, simply ensure that health care is accessible in your barangay. To raise national productivity and expand the GNP, simply create jobs, upgrade local productivity, and increase your local economy’s Gross Barangay Product. For a more civilized, crime-free country, simply enforce the laws and ordinances and stop criminality in your barangay. And to improve politics, ban or remove the anomalous practices that pervert the political process in your barangay. It is where trapos blithely pervert elections and democracy. All these you can do or work on, along with your neighbors, by simply being active and involved in the barangay’s governing processes—which you are bound to do as a bona fide citizen. These are the small things in the barangay that

make up the big things in the nation. Filipinos who belittle these chores in the community, or who refuse to take action, are the great barriers to social reform, political maturity, and economic progress. Be Assertive Very soon, our village officials will announce the convening of the Barangay A s s e m b l y, synchronized nationwide, to take place Saturday, March 29. Will they issue a written notice indicating its agenda, including items of particular significance to you and your neighbors? Will they furnish the notice to every household? Important questions these, with implications about the law, the role of the people in local governance, and about how serious the national government is about autonomy or self-governance. If there’s no written notice, it violates the law which requires that such notice be issued and distributed at least one week in advance. If the officials dictate the agenda and not even bother to ask people what should be included or taken up, it discourages the spirit of autonomy or self-governance and belittles the role of the people. Let’s raise these issues! Be Empowered Enfranchise and empower yourself along with everyone by preparing well for the Assembly. Then actively participate and see that it performs its role as

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AGADIAN CITY – Six people were killed when a deranged man attacked them with a bolo before being killed by a villager who was also wounded in the rampage in the southern Philippine province of Zamboanga del Sur, police said on Thursday. Police said Remie Arnatis barged in two houses and attacked his neighbors without any warning or

the mass murder, police said Arnatis hacked his victims one at a time and killed four family members in a house before walking with his bloodied bolo to the next house where he killed a farming couple. One man, Lito Angilis, 29, who was also hacked provocation in the village several times by Arnatis of Labangon in Dumingag managed to grab a bolo town. and attacked and killed the In a horrific detail of deranged man, police said.

Zambo police file raps against 4 drug pushers ZAMBOANGA City – The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) has filed charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against four people arrested in an anti-drug campaign in this city, a police official said. ZCPO’s Station 9 commander Senior Insp. Edilberto Alvarez identified those charged as Bernie Albani, 47; Ronald Manubis, 41; Mohammad Nori, 22; and, Gilbert Galano, 45. Alvarez said that the charges against the suspects DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH ABSOLUTE SALE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late Spouses PIO BALACUIT, who died on July 17, 2009 and JOSEFINA CASTILLON, who died on May 12, 2007, all in Cagayan de Oro City; left a parcel of residential land which is more particularly bounded and described as follows: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-38195 “A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 2021-N, of the Subdivision Plan (LRC) Psd-120011, being a portion Lot 2021, Cagayan Cadastre, LRC Record No. N-4915), situated in the District of Carmen, City of Cagayan de Oro. Containing an area of ONE HUNDRED NINETY (190) SQUARE METERS, more or less, is the subject of DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH ABSOLUTE SALE, made and entered into by and between, ANGELITA BALACUIT ESPINOSA, Filipino, of legal age, married and a resident of Xavier Compound, Zone 7, Acasia Street, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City; EDITHA BALACUIT COMILANG, Filipino, of legal age, married and a resident of Xavier Compound, Zone 7, Acasia Street, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City; FELIX CASTILLON BALACUIT, Filipino, of legal age, married and a resident of Zone 5, Tangke, Taboc, Opol, Misamis Oriental; PIO CASTILLON BALACUIT, JR., Filipino, of legal age, married and a resident of Xavier Compound, Zone 7, Acasia Street, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, and NOEL CASTILLON BALACUIT, Filipino, of legal age, married and a resident of Zone 4, Lower Calacapan, Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City. That for and in consideration of the sum of TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND (P200,000.00) Pesos, Philippine currency, is hereby acknowledge to our entire satisfaction being paid to us in hand by MYRNA CHUA LABITAD, Filipino, of legal age, married to ROBERTO T. LABITAD, and a resident of No. 187 Xavier Compound, Zone 7, Acasia Street, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, do hereby SELL, CEDE, TRANSFER and CONVEY unto the said MYRNA CHUA LABITAD, her heirs, and assigns the above-described parcel of land. As per Doc. No. 240; Page No. 48; Book No. 14; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. MANUEL A. NOLASCO. MDN: MARCH 7, 14 & 21, 2014

were filed Monday before the Office of the City Prosecutor. Specifically, Alvarez said the suspects were charged with violation of Sections 5, 11 and 12, Article II of R.A. 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. He said the suspects were arrested in a buy-bust operation last Saturday afternoon in Purok 1B, Barangay Recodo, west of this city. Confiscated from the suspects’ possessions were four small-sized heat-sealed plastic sachets of shabu, he said. The suspects were arrested after the ZCPO launched a renewed anti-illegal drugs campaign in this city. (PNA) EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT BY AGREEMENT OF THE HEIRS Notice is hereby given that the Late REMEGIO S. EVANGELISTA, who died in Kashima Japan, on December 27, 2011, at the time of his death, the spouses Josephine C. Evangelista and deceased husband have a savings account with Philippine National Bank (PNB), Malate Branch, Taft Avenue, Manila in the latter’s name, with a deposit of ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND (P100,000.00) PESOS, more or less. That the parties herein have agreed to divide and settle the aforementioned personal property between and among them in the following manner, to wit; 5A.) 50% of the total amount of the deposit with PNB to the surviving spouse Josephine C. Evangelista, representing her share in the conjugal partnership and 5B.) the remaining 50% to be divided equally by the surviving spouse Josephine C. Evangelista and their children Maria Frea C. Evangelista, Niño Rey C. Evangelista; Peter John C. Evangelista, and Quene Marie C. Evangelista; 6. That the shares of Peter John C. Evangelista, and Quene Marie C. Evangelista who are both minors and in the custody and care of their mother Josephine C. Evangelista shall be released to the latter, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT BY AGREEMENT OF THE HEIRS, made and executed in Benoni, Mahinog, Camiguin Province, this 30th day of January 2014 by and among the legal heirs; JOSEPHINE C. EVANGELISTA, Filipino, of legal age, resident of Benoni, Mahinog, Camiguin Province and the surviving spouse of the deceased; and the deceased legitimate children namely; MARIA FRIA C. EVANGELISTA and NIÑO REY C. EVANGELISTA, both of legal age, Filipino, single and residents of Benoni, Mahinog, Camiguin Province; PETER JOHN C. EVANGELISTA and QUENE MARIE C. EVANGELISTA, both minors, Filipino, single and also residing in Benoni, Mahinog, Camiguin Province. As per Doc. No. 326; Page No. 11; Book No. 71; Series of 2014; under Notary Public of ATTY. VITO M. CARILLO. MDN: MARCH 7, 14 & 21, 2014

Police identified those who died in the brutal attack as Merlita Emoc, 27; Junrey Emoc, 7; Merlyn Emoc, 4; Nak-Nak Emoc, 2; and the couple Samuel Langubon, 57, and Presciosa, 59. Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman, said initial investigation showed that Arnatis was suffering from a mental illness. (Mindanao Examiner)

Zambo City allocates P9M for SPES ZAMBOANGA City – The local government has allocated P9 million for the implementation of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) this year in this city. City Social Welfare and Development Officer-inCharge Evelyn Las Marias said the local government is set to employ 2,589 students--high school and college--in this year’s implementation of SPES, commonly known as Summer Job. Las Marias said the students will be divided into two batches with each batch to work for 20 days with a daily salary of P280 each student. Las Marias said the city government will shoulder 60 percent of the students’ salary while the remaining 40 percent by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as the SPES

is a joint program of DOLE and local government unit. She said the first batch, which will comprise 1,318 students, will work from April 10 to May 8 while the second batch comprising of 1,271 students will work from May 10 to June 4. She said the works include cleanliness and beautification in the barangays, updating of barangay profile/census, clerical jobs in local government offices, janitorial activities, carpentry works, and other non-hazardous activities for students. She said they have already assessed the applicants for the first batch but is still accepting applications for the second batch. Those interested to be employed through SPES may submit their application papers at CSWDO at Rizal Street in Pettit Barracks, she said. (PNA)

ANNEX “B” Publication Notice RA 10172 NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC CCE-008-2014 Date: March 10, 2014

Housing project for displaced families in Zambo to start end of March By MICHAEL VINCENT D. CAJULAO

ZAMBOANGA City The city government of Zamboanga has formally endorsed the housing plan for the displaced families here to the National Housing Authority (NHA) to have it started by the end of this month or middle of April, Engr. Rodrigo S. Sicat, city planning officer, said in a press briefing. “The city government has approved the design of the first phase of Mariki Village consisting of 520 housing on stilts; 172 loftable duplex units for Paniran resettlement area; and another 47 loftable duplex units for Martha Home Owners Association Subdivision... It was already endorsed to NHAManila for approval and awarding of contracts to contractors for construction by end of March or middle of April the latest,” Engr. Sicat reported. As approved in the Zamboanga Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction Plan (Z3R), the NHA, Sicat said, has targeted 7,248 families for housing assistance up to the end of 2015, 3,241 of these are housing on stilts and 2,346

housing on land. The housing on stilts alone will cost P784.7 million, Engr. Sicat pointed out. Sicat added that aside from the housing construction, 1,661 families will also be receiving P30 thousand worth of material assistance for the construction of their houses under the Housing Materials Assistance Program (HOMA) for a total of P49.83 million. NHA is just awaiting the resolution from the City Council for the release of the fund. “The City Legal Office now has the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the city government and the NHA for the housing materials assistance program. The release of the P49.83 million by NHA depends on the availability of Sangguniang Panlungsod resolution,” he explained. He said the target delivery of this assistance is from March to April. “Beneficiaries will be given coupon to claim materials from a designated hardware or store,” Sicat concluded. (FPG/MVC/ PIA9-ZBST)

R.A. 9048/ 10172 Form no. 10.1 (LCRO) Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Lanao del Norte Municipality: Sultan Naga Dimaporo -oOoNOTICE OF PUBLICATION

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). Notice is hereby served to the public that Leoneza S. Durban has filed with this Office, a petition for correction of entry in sex from “ “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the certificate of live birth of Leoneza Salise Duran at Medina, Misamis Oriental and whose parents are Agustin Vicente Duran and Paz Sale Salise. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later that March 21, 2014.

In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. No. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that RAUL P. RESPUESTO has filed with this office a petition for correction of clerical error particularly in the DATE OF BIRTH from “MARCH 14, 1967” to “MARCH 16, 1967” in the certificate of Live Birth of ROSALINDA PONTERES PANTILAGA who was born on MARCH 16, 1967 at KAROMATAN NOW SULTAN NAGA DIMAPORO, LANAO DEL NORTE and whose parents are HERACLEO FANTILAGA and RESTITUTA PONTERES Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this office not later than 31 MARCH 2014.

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Davao jeepney, trike drivers fear displacement with proposed bus system

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AVAO CITY – Public transport drivers and operators opposed a city council proposal to build a public bus system, saying this would displace 22,500 jeepney and trycicle drivers in the city. Some fifty drivers and operators led by the transport federation Transmision picketed the city council’s session Tuesday, as transport leaders said the council’s transportation committee chair Leo Avila III failed to consult them on this issue. The committee’s proposal came up last year through a Davao Urban Sustainable Transport Project study led by the Policy and Advisory Technical Assistance (Pata). The study aimed to find reforms in improving the country’s transport system to address growing urban population such as in Davao City. It was funded by the Japan fund for Poverty Reduction and is handled by Asia Halcrow and Transport and Traffic Planners (TTPI) Inc. Halcrow released the results of their study last October in a public forum that offered four options for the city, namely: conventional bus services, highly prioritized bus services, bus rapid transit and light rail transit. The firm said bus service is better suited for Davao City because buses accommodate up to 90 passengers; the city has at least 10,000 passengers. But Transmision secretary general Edil Gonzaga said the proposal is a “misdirected because drivers

are being blamed for the traffic congestion.” “If the councilors will come down from the city council building, they would see the problem of congestion right in front of him in San Pedro Street,” Gonzaga pointed at the road across the council where private vehicles have occupied the side of the streets. “Avila’s claim that the public transport system is problematic is false. Public utility vehicles account only 15% of the vehicles running around the city, while 85% are private vehicles which causes congestion especially when they park on the side of the streets and overlap on our yellow box lanes,” said Gonzaga. The transport leader expressed concern that the council has to address the livelihood of the families of public utility drivers who will be out of work if the bus system comes and force them out of the streets. Around 230,000 family members will be affected with the proposed transport scheme. He said the project stated that around 500 buses would be fielded in the city, and with that number only a few public utility drivers and conductors could be absorbed to this new scheme. “This scheme is not good for the future of our

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Public Utility Jeepney drivers protest before the City Council to oppose the proposal of a new transport sytem. The group said that the move will displace thousands of PUJ drivers as the new system will employ only 500 buses to replace an estimated 6000 jeepneys. (Ace R Morandante/davaotoday.com)

families, this will kill the drivers,” Gonzaga said. But the transportation committee vice-chair Louie John Bonguyan said the council is still undertaking more consultations to hear out the side of the drivers before coming out with a final design on the public transport system.

Bonguyan told Davao Today that the bus system is still a recommendation that has to be subjected to consultations. “We are still too far from that,” he said. “We need more consultations. We know that the hardest hit are the PUJ drivers, and since the project involves

the public, we want this project to include the side of the drivers.” Other drivers told Davao Today that both local and national government should come up with better plans to uplift the poor. Leoncito Trinidad, a

public utility driver for four decades now at age 65, said drivers like him are barely surviving with high prices of gasoline and commodities. He said if government could only provide jobs, they could have other options other than driving. A jeepney driver plying the Matina route, mocked Avila’s proposal that drivers would be taught other jobs such as farming. “Gikan ko sa pag-uma sa Davao del Sur, unya nabalhin ko diri, unya tudloan pa ko unsaon pag-uma? (I was farming in Davao del Sur before coming here, now they want to teach me?),” he said. Gonzaga said their group is open to talks and improvement of the transport system provided that their concerns and suggestions would be included in the council’s public consultations. The project is aimed to finish by 2015 or 2016. The council did not tackle the proposal as Avila was out of the country.(Tyrone A. Velez/davaotoday. com)

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COTABATO CITY, Officials of Maguindanao and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Wednesday urged Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya to probe what they said was a slow rehabilitation of the Cotabato airport that has already taken its toll on the local economy. The three officials - ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman, ARMM public works Secretary Emil Sadain and Maguindanao Gov.Esmael Mangudadatu - have agreed to jointly look into the slow pace rehabilitation and report the matter to Sec. Abaya. In a meeting Wednesday of the Regional Econ om i c D e ve l opme nt Planning Board (RTWPB) of ARMM, Gov. Mangudadatu said he personally talked to the construction firm conducting rehabilitation works to fast track the repair works to allow the resumption of regular airline flights from Cotabato to Manila and other areas in the country. Mangudadatu said he talked to Vic Lao of the Lao construction firm about the rehabilitation works which started last December and would have ended in February 2014.

Sources said the repair work is not even 50 percent complete. Since the repair started, there have been irregular flight schedules with the Manila-Cotabato-Manila flights of Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines coming three times a week only. The RTWPB-ARMM and the region's business community were not consulted about the rehabilitation. Last week, a multisectoral assembly here attended by business leaders and political officials have passed a resolution urging the national government to fast track repair works on the airport. Investors, visiting foreigners, personnel of local and foreign donor agencies involved in development projects in the ARMM have been complaining of long travel from Manila due to the airport's unavailability. The Cotabato airport is serving Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato and Cotabato City air passengers. From Ma n i l a , a i r passengers have to reroute to Davao City or Gen. Santos before taking land route before reaching Cotabato City and ARMM. (PNA)CTB/ NYP

Malaysia to send high-level team to Beijing over missing jetliner KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 (PNA/Xinhua) -- Malaysia will send a high-level working team to Beijing to deal with issues related to the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, acting transport minister said Wednesday. Hishammuddin Hussein said the team will be comprised of officials from the prime minister's office, the Foreign Ministry, the Royal Navy and the Malaysia Airlines. (PNA/Xinhua)

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China's first "fresh air index" released FUZHOU, March 20 (PNA/Xinhua) -- China's Fujian province on Wednesday began releasing the first ever "fresh air index" to promote eco-tourism, in sharp contrast to air quality indexes which often cause pollution scare. Compared to existing air quality indexes released by environmental departments which focus on urban air quality, fresh air indexes focus on changes at a single tourist attraction, said Chen Yihui, deputy chief of the provincial tourism bureau, at a press conference on Wednesday. "Our goal is to have PM 2.5 and healthy air measurements speak for themselves to boost eco-tourism," said

Chen. On March 10, China's State Council (Cabinet) approved Fujian to spearhead the country's ecological construction. Zhu Hua, director of the provincial tourism bureau, said that the indexes apply to 50 local eco-tourism attractions. Tourists can track updates on the provincial tourism bureau's website, www.fjta.gov.cn, through microblogs, WeChat, fujian.people.com.cn, fj.sina. com.cn or fj.qq.com. Based on the province's data, Yongtai Yunding Mountain in Fuzhou City and Da'anyuan scenic spot in Mount Wuyi registered 100,000 and 80,000

negative oxygen ions per square centimeter respectively. Negative oxygen ion readings show how healthy the air is. These figures far exceeded the World Health Organization standard for fresh air, which ranges from 1,000 to 1,500 per square centimeter. At Yuhua Karst Cave in Jiangle County, the PM 2.5 reading, which measures airborne particles smaller than 2.5 micrometer, was one or close to zero. Under China's air quality standards, anything up to 75 micrograms per cubic meter is deemed safe for a PM 2.5 reading. (PNA)

STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT CDO’S WATER SUPPLY Where does our water come from? Is it safe to drink water direct from our taps? These and other questions were the reason behind the visit of about a hundred Grade 5 students from Corpus Christi School who came in 3 batches to the COWD Booster Station in Macasandig. The students wanted to learn how water is produced and distributed. The orientation facilitated by COWD’s Production Operation and Public Relations/Information staff, illustration where water is sourced and how it is brought to our taps. They were also shown how COWD ensures the safety and potability of our drinking water through chlorination and regular quality monitoring. The young boys and girls were made to understand that they can help conserve our water resources by following simple and practical ways at home and in school. Aside from the water saving tips, they were encouraged to use COWD’s HOTLINE NO. 09177173016 to report pipeline leaks they may find. The students were then toured around the facilities and were shown how flushing is carried out in order to regularly refresh the pipeline system. Incidentally, COWD joins all stakeholders in the global celebration of World Water Day. “Save Water. Save Lives.”

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Only by doing so can people their government’s operations regularly. And only through it can they ensure that the officials know and respect the popular will. And if the officials are unwilling, the people can convene it themselves. People Power What Filipinos still don’t know—their officials included—is how powerful this grassroots parliament called Barangay Assembly is; that it can remove or replace officials for loss of confidence (through Recall); and that this is official People Power. It’s time everyone knows and appreciates this. Time also to know that apart from casting a vote, it is only through this Assembly that a Filipino can act and speak as a sovereign citizen—making known his sentiments or suggestions to government. Without this Assembly, he remains powerless—just as individual congressmen are powerless when Congress is not in session, or just as individuals do not constitute People Power unless joined by many more individuals assembled in one place. No less important: unless this Assembly formally deliberates as a body, the community cannot form a consensus or decision on any issue that concerns it or the nation, nor can popular will be crystallized.

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32 media workers? “That is a possibility. I’m still new and young. [But frankly], I’m not sure yet,” she said on the phone. Of the 5,291 aspirants, 1,174 or 22.18 percent passed the bar exams, the Supreme Court announced on Tuesday. Bai Saudia told MindaNews that since childhood, she dreamed of becoming a lawyer, fulfilling it on her first attempt after passing the 2013 bar exams. She graduated from the Albert Einstein High School in Cotabato City, took up a pre-law course in San Beda College and finished her law degree at the San Sebastian College Recoletos in Manila. Bai Saudia is the daughter of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, then the mayor of Datu Piang town who was killed in a bomb attack in 2003, at a time when the Ampatuan clan wields vast political clout in the province until 2009 when some key members were accused of masterminding the infamous Ampatuan massacre, the worst election–related violence in the country and the largest single deadly attack against the press anywhere else. She was only 17 when her father was killed eleven years ago. Bai Saudia recalled the hardships she went through to reach this point of her life. “It’s a big struggle on my

part. I was fighting a battle when my dad was gone and my mother was far from me. Then that sudden gloomy chapter [the Ampatuan massacre allegedly] involving my clan. But those things made me tough, I didn’t lose hope,” she said. Bai Saudia noted she wants to be a role model to her relatives, whom she urged to strive hard despite the challenges coming their way and for them to value the importance of education. Sought for reaction, Vice Mayor Bai Soraida Biruar Ampatuan of Parang, Maguindanao said she is overjoyed that her daughter is now a lawyer. The family is preparing a grand kanduli or thanksgiving for the new lawyer who is expected to arrive here anytime this week. (Ferdinandh B. Cabrera/ MindaNews)

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passed by Congress and ratified by the constituents in a plebiscite. The Bangsamoro, the product of the final peace deal between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, will replace the ARMM. Bandara said they were worried about their own claims even at the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). “What we are after is the awarding of our CADT (certificate of ancestral domain title) and CADCs (certificate of ancestral domain claims) so that if the Bangsamoro is created, we don’t have to worry about outsiders selling our land or spoiling our natural resources,” Bandara said. He added their ancestral domains continuously face environmental threats such as mining and logging. “We would like to insist on our own rights, too,” said Bandara, head claimant of the unified claim of the Teduray Lambangian and Dulangan Manuvu ancestral domain claim. The group has been pursuing their claim since 2005. “What we are afraid of is the clashing of national laws. We have the NCIP, we have the Bangsamoro, and these are both legitimate issues,” he said. “Where are the indigenous peoples in all of this?” Bandara feared that the government would say that the “IPs no longer need help because there is already the NCIP for them to process their claims.” But there is no NCIP office in the ARMM, Bandara said. He said they will follow the democratic processes, including going to Congress to express the side of the indigenous peoples. “We want our voices heard. The government treats indigenous peoples as tourist objects and are shown whenever visitors need to applaud,” Bandara said. “This shouldn’t be the

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case. We have voices, too.” “What would happen to the resources within our land?” he asked. “We’re afraid because we don’t know what will happen to our claims when the law is signed.” Timuay Santos Unsad, a Teduray leader, said that even within the NCIP, there was “no consensus about what to do with the IPs in the ARMM.” Unsad was a former NCIP commissioner. Datu Roldan Babelon, from Carmen, North Cotabato, said they have been fighting for their own ancestral domains since 1997, when the NCIP and the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act (IPRA) were created. “What will happen to the IPs when the Bangsamoro is created?” he asked, saying that BTC’s recommendations to Congress should include inputs from the tribal leaders. “Non-Moro indigenous peoples have our own distinct identity, and we want the government to recognize that,” Babelon said. Datu Al Saliling, leader of the Erumenun nu Menuvu tribe, also said that lumad bakwits (internally displaced persons) should be heard before the signing of the BBL. Apotanan Colmo, an Obo Manuvu tribal leader, said that “the annexes to the Bangsamoro documents are clear regarding the main holdings, but not about the indigenous peoples’ ancestral domain claims.” (MindaNews)

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Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). Mayor Uy said the best way to make the project a huge success––even during the hard times––is make the beneficiaries ready and responsible stakeholders. “Ang pagtabang sa tawo nga andam usab mutabang sa ilang kaugalingon angay nga makakat-on diha sa edukasyon sa pagdumala ug abilidad sa komersyo aron usab nga ma-preparar sila sa itunol nga livelihood programs sa gobyerno,” said Mayor Uy adding, “kini alang sa pangandoy sa mga beneficiary nga makab-ot ang de-kalidad nga kinabuhi ug dili lamang ang kanunay pagsalig sa kung unsay itunol sa gobyerno.” After the activity, beneficiaries were also taught on how to de-bone the milkfish (bangus).

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Fire Volunteers, which also responded to the call to help put out the fire. Estimated damage was put to more or less P50 million since the establishments were full of stock. But, the amount does not include the costs of damages t the edifices. The BFP said no one was reported injured or

killed. As this developed, the City Government, through the CSWD and the City Engineers Office are currently helping the fire victims, especially the employees who lost their jobs due to the fire last Tuesday. The office of the City E ng i n e e r’s O f f i c e h a s closed the street where the fire incident occurred to secure Oroquietanons from falling debris from the destroyed buildings. City Mayor Jason Paredes has called for an inspection of old houses and buildings that need to be demolished, reconstructed or rehabilitated. The Sangguniang Panlungsod will have to review old resolutions and executive orders for reconsideration of its implementations, he said. “With my administration, we are looking at all possibilities that old and aged houses will have to be demolished or warned the owners, at least, to rehabilitate their properties for being fire hazards,” he said. Meanwhile, City Fire Marshall Olvedo again suggested that all electrical connections should be reconnected or rehabilitated, pursuant to electrical codes and building codes of the Bureau of Fire Protection and the City Engineer’s Office, in cooperation with the local electric cooperative, MOELCI-1.

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approaches in photo market. In this, people are beginning to think that if they buy smartphones, they do not need cameras anymore. Ms. Sommer refuses to believe in this, because, she said, there is a big difference between smartphones and cameras. The speakers were also there to teach and give orientation on Fujifilm camera use. Fujifilm has recently released its new series of cameras believed to have a competitive quality. Models such as X21, Xpro1, XG1 and XG2 are those that are good options aside from digital single-lens reflex (DSLR), said Sommer. It is user-friendly and people using it would rather look like a tourist because of its size and qualities, she said. “The thing is, it’s nice to find something new and we want people to know the options,” she added. The workshop was free of charge, and Ms. Sommer said participants are expected to become better picture-takers. The organizers decided to hold it in the city, because of the number of individuals registered online, even as it basically reached their target. Sommer also said that because of the good response and number of individuals who were interest in the event, they will certainly

organize similar event in the future here in CDO.

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personally lead the caravan of provincial government workers ready to provide these services including counseling for job assistance and core shelter assistance. “My instruction is for every department to bring in a team with the capability to provide immediate solutions to whatever our barangay folks will bring to our attention during these visits,” Emano added. Social Welfare Officer Emelia Andea said that the governor’s specific instructions were to extend services needed by every individual without discrimination as to political affiliation, religion or economic status. Provincial Health Officer Patricia Lim said health personnel will conduct free circumcision, high blood and sugar check-up, ear piercing, eye check-up, tooth extraction, and de-worming. The municipal town of Talisayan, a coastal town east of Misamis Oriental, would be the first stop of the “BAMBI” caravan on Friday. Town Mayor Rommel C. Maslog, of Talisayan, said that the town people are excited to be the first beneficiary of the “visit-to-town “program of the provincial governor. “The people in Talisayan never expected that the provincial governor would come to deliver to them the basic needs they have been longing for in the past,” Maslog added. CD/PPO


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