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Robot with human-like hands could tackle dangerous situations By George Putic of VOANews

Robo Sally is a remotely controlled humanoid robot that may one day help law enforcement officials and emergency

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By Johny S. Natad

UTUAN CITY – As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), the Mindanao Daily News (MinDailyCaraga) is partnering with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA-Caraga) and Samahang Magdalo in the conservation and protection of the environment. SEE FULL STORY/p.2

Language group asks: what’s wrong with ‘P’ By MART D. SAMBALUD, Contributor

STO.TOMAS, Davao del Norte--In an annual gathering of language teachers in the province of Davao del Norte held Tuesday, August 20, a group of Filipino teachers and coordinators here opposed on the lan-

guage commission’s order (Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino) to stop using the name “Pilipinas” and to use the name “Filipinas” instead, saying that such order contributes confusion among See LANGUAGE, page 11

SWIMSUIT COMPETITION. The twelve candidates vying for the Miss Cagayan de Oro 2013 title pose in their

swimsuits on yesterday at the poolside of N Hotel. Each of the candidates later showed other poses for each of the judges. Winners will be announced during coronation night on August 24. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry L. Gorit

PNoy holds release of ‘pork’ until investigation is over

CLEANUP. These two men from the second engineering

office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Northern Mindanao clean the canals and creeks to prevent flooding. Mindanao Daily News photo by Rolando Sudaria

PRESIDENT B enigno Aquino III has suspended the release of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) until the results of the ongoing probe into the P10-billion ‘pork barrel’ scam is over. “Ang statement ni [Budget] Sec. [Butch] Abad, walang ni-release for second half. Tapusin muna ang imbestigasyon and check kung mayroong pa ngang

loopholes na dapat maisara [Let’s wait for the probe to finish and check if there are loopholes that can be closed],” Aquino said in an interview with GMA News on Monday (Aug 19). Aquino reiterated he was against the abolition of pork barrel and defended its good use. He said he was open to reforms in the use of PDAF to prevent its misuse by

unscrupulous officials. Among the reforms he proposed include a “time limit” on the implementation of the project funded by PDAF. Failure to do so would mean the money would be returned to government savings. “Walang releases for the second half based on the report of the chairman of DBM. ‘Yong implementing See HOLDS, page 11

Probe on ‘pork’ scam next week By Azer N. Parrocha

THE Senate investigation on the alleged priority development assistance funds (PDAFs) will proceed next week, despite earlier consent to discontinue. Results of the probe conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) are still ongoing and although the Senate wanted See PROBE, page 11

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UTUAN CITY – As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), the Mindanao Daily News (MinDaily-Caraga) is partnering with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA-Caraga) and Samahang Magdalo in the conservation and protection of the environment.

Arjay Felicilda, assistant editor of the MinDailyCaraga, said any environmental effort in the region is worth-supporting, especially the ever growing concern to save and protect Mount Mayapay. “The continuing effort to save Mount Mayapay from any environmental destruction – as a priority concern – must be sustained,” Felicilda contended. Under the stewardship of Publisher Dante Macasero. Sudaria, MinDaily-Caraga and her sister publications – the MinDaily-Davao, MinDailyNorMin, Business Daily, BusinessWeek Mindanao, Mindanao Star and Cagayan de Oro Times – has been providing space for environmental advocacy to increase awareness and encourage participation

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NPA atrocities alarm teachers AGUSAN DEL SUR - DepEd teachers of north and south districts of Loreto town, headed by AO V Andresa G. Enriquez, gathered at Loreto Central Multi-purpose building to tackle peace and order concerns. This, as schools are affected by recent NPA atrocities in the area.

Classes suspended AGUSAN DEL SUR - In some parts of Loreto town, classes are suspended due to war between the Philippine Army and the NPA. Teachers in the area recently met on the “RAPID DISASTER ASSESSMENT REVIEW ON ARMED CONFLICT”. The activity was attended by Mayor Mario Otaza and Lt. Col. Gille of the 26th Infantry Batallion, PA.

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MinDaily Caraga Team during a partnership meeting and visit at PIA Caraga regional office. The MinDaily Caraga has partnered with PIA Caraga and Samahang Magdalo for environmental conservation of Mt. Mayapay, a natural landmark in Butuan City. From left: PIA Caraga Regional Director Abner Caga, Associate Editor Cheng Ordonez, Photo Journalist Rolando Sudaria, Executive Editor Ruel Pelone, Executive Editor Joe Del Puerto Felicilda and Assistant Editor Arjay Felicilda. (PIA-Caraga)

of different stakeholders. “Partnering with PIA C araga and Samahang Magdalo in this move is an opportunity for us to ensure that our environmental advocacy is working and has impact on the general public,” Felicilda added. Meanwhile, PIA Caraga Regional Director Abner Caga bared that the MinDaily Caraga has been a partner in delivering relevant, appropriate and real-time news and development updates to Caraganons. “The PIA Caraga is very happy to partner with the

MinDaily not only in disseminating and ensuring the free flow of accurate, timely and relevant information, but also in our collaborative environmental advocacy, especially to save Mount Mayapay, as one of the natural landmarks in the region,” Caga said. Regional Coordinator Michael Leo Cane Torralba of Samahang Magdalo said that the partnership with the media is a welcome opportunity for the group that aims for ecological sustainability and develop-

ment in the country. “We considered this partnership with the MinDaily-Caraga and PIA Caraga a positive development, in line with the organization’s advocacy to save and protect the environment,” Torralba stated. He appreciates the commitment of other individuals or groups, such as the MinDaily-Caraga, “who have the heart to help save and protect Mount Mayapay.” (JSN/PIA-Caraga/ jdelpf )

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BFAR-Caraga Regional Director NerioCasil bared that the bureau will develop and implement said program nationwide, in close partnership with the local government units, particularly all the coastal cities and municipalities. “FishR will make use of the database of fishers collected by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) through

BUTUAN CITY - DTI-Caraga Director Brielgo Pagaran shared to the media and CSO representatives that his Office has again exceeded targets for the first half of this year. “These accomplishments may not still be enough to impact on our region’s goal of reducing poverty significantly. We will continue to do our best,” he said.

San Francisco rates high in economy, power AGUSAN DEL SUR - San Francisco town is No. 6 in economic dynamism and No. 14 in electricity rates. This is based on the 1st Index Rankings of the National Competitiveness Council.

BXU ranks high in various aspects BUTUAN CITY - Butuan City is high in various rankings, such as No. 5 in economic dynamism, No. 2 in new business registrations, No. 6 in business registration renewals, No. 9 in capitalization of new business registrants, No. 15 in capitalization of business renewals, No. 13 fastest travel time to airport, No. 9 in cell sites, No. 7 in hotel rooms, and No. 19 in electricity rates.

BFAR launches Municipal Fisherfolk Registration BUTUAN CIT Y -- The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFARCaraga)has launched the Municipal Fisherfolk Registration (FishR), August 19-20, here in the city. FishR is being implemente d nationwide to meet the requirement of the Fisheries Code of the Philippines.

the National Statistics Office (NSO) as part of the Registry System for Basic Sector in Agriculture (RSBSA),” said Casil. Also, the data will be used by the local government units and BFAR to design programs for sustainable fisheries production, conservation of biodiversity and improvement of the lives of municipal fisherfolks.

Butu an Cit y Mayor F e r d i n a n d A m a n t e Jr, AgusandelNorte Governor Ma. Angelica Amante-Matba and Agriculture Regional Executive Director Edna Mabezawere scheduled to deliver their respective messages during the event. Along with the occasion is the conduct of press conference at same venue. (JPG/PIA-Caraga/asf )


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Students need fare discounts more than any other Students should be given any income. more discount privileges on Once institutionalized, this transport fares even on Sat- measure would not only lessen urdays, Sundays, Christmas the impact of the current ecovacations and other holidays nomic difficulties, but will also during the school year. help parents in shouldering This was the conthe transportation tention of a law-makexpenses which Editorial er who aims to instituis relativde to the tionalize the granting rising cost of eduof a fare discount to bonafide cation in our country.. students on land, water and Majority of student benefiair transport utilities. ciaries belong to the indigent, It is fair enough that students depressed and under privileged be given 20 percent discount families, hence, they deserve on regular fares upon pre- the much needed assistance sentation of their duly issued from the government. identification cards (IDs) or At present the grant of currently validated enrollment student fare discounts is only forms since they are a sector through a memorandum circuwho, generally, does not have lar of the Land Transportation

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THINK a minute. A wise man I know says: “People can change-but most people don’t!” So sad, but so true. A famous author said: “Even if changing means we will succeed and live our dream, most of us still choose to make excuses rather than to make changes.” So the question you and I must answer is: Do we choose to change and live the way we know is best? Or do we choose to keep doing what is easy and comfortable? Remember, if things don’t change, they’re going See EXCUSES, page 5

and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), which aims to provide additional assistance to parents and students. A law should be passed legalizing the grant of discounts on land, water and air transportation for students according to the proponent of the measure. The fare discount privilege should also be made available to students, particularly during non-school days undertake research and group studies. During such days and periods, students return to their respective communities to assist their parents and at the same time to get their allowances for the succeeding school week.

People’s wrath v. pork THE people’s wrath against the scandal-laden pork barrel fund is snowballing but not yet in the critical mass level to force President Aquino, the senators and the congressmen to finally come to their senses thus part with it. While a large segment of the intelligentsia and even the masses have already come to a conclusion for the need to abolish this fund in the national budget, the number of Filipinos calling for such abolition still could not pressure those on whose hands the abolition lie. Why? Because the critical mass of the populace still do not have a common understanding about the dynamics of corruption. How corruption works and how it affects the lives of the people are still just an idea, a concept that remains hazy to the most number of our compatriots. C or r upt i on i n ou r country has never been understood as the rotting of the moral and ethical fiber of our being both in the individual and social spheres thus enabling even

A deeper view Jesse E.L. Bacon II the most religious amongst us to become corrupt. Sadly, the corrupt are even of the view that the proceeds of their corruption are God’s gift, God’s blessings to them. This convoluted thought is reinforced by men and women of the cloth. Did the bishops gifted by Gloria Arroyo with sports utility vehicles and funds for their favorite charitable programs not prop up her corruptionladen administration by calling the people to move on even if serious charges were hurled against her election in 2004 since politicians in this country are all electoral cheats anyway? Did we not see the same phenomenon in the case of Janet Lim-Napoles who has a herd of retired and active

priests fed and housed by her in one of her 28 houses located in Dasmarinas Village in Makati? If they are fed and housed by Napoles, is it farfetched if we assume they are given money by her also, money which is the proceed or part of her P10 billion pork barrel scam? What is the evil with what Gloria and Napoles did? The men of the cloth in exchange for the favors they received from the two readily propped up her administration and testify to her goodness in the case of Gloria and Napoles, respectively. So what, you may ask. This just goes to show that even the men of the cloth could easily set aside the tenets against See pork, page 5


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Greenpeace advocates for the rights of Pinoys not corporations By Von Hernandez of greenpeace.org

Over the past few weeks, there has been a series of articles claiming that Greenpeace is anti-science, that we oppose development and - even more outlandishly that we are puppets whose strings are being pulled by European paymasters. While provoking a few giggles from our staff who would love the luxury of being paid in Euros––as one of the sillier attacks would have it––mostly this smear campaign is just yawn-worthy. It echoes the same old recycled propaganda that is wheeled out time and again by giant companies and reactionary governments to limit the space of civil society to defend the rights of ordinary people. So what is it exactly that

has got all the spin-doctors in a tail spin? This flurry of disinformation was prompted by the recent ruling by the Court of Appeals to stop the field trials of Bt eggplant. The action filed by Greenpeace, Magsasaka at Siyentipiko sa Pagpapaunlad ng Agrikultura (MASIPAG) and fifteen other individuals including former Sen. Orlando Mercado, and Silliman University President Ben Malayang, aimed to stop the experimental trials by the University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation, University of the Philippines Mindanao Foundation and the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), all of whom signed a Memorandum of Undertaking in

2010 to conduct these trials at seven (7) different sites across the Philippines. In a classic case of the tail attempting to wag the dog, these attacks aim to distract citizens from the real issue: that if we are not vigilant our country will be used as an open-air laboratory for untested, unsafe Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). And rather like the story of the genie in the bottle, once those organisms enter our eco-system, they will be impossible to get back into the bottle. Curiously, the columnists who use space in the media to attack us tend to gloss over the fact that more than 80% of GMOs are only grown in just four countries: the US, Canada, Brazil and Argentina. Elsewhere – other countries like India and

members of the European Union are exercising caution and have either established moratoriums or bans on GMOs. The reasons why our own Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insists that GMOs are safe for Filipino consumption remain opaque. Globally there is still no consensus among scientists on the long-term safety of GMOS, either on the environment or human health. In fact, scientific studies are increasingly showing evidence that certain genetically modified crops have led to an increase in pesticide use and also the emergence of weeds, particularly for herbicide tolerant crops that were genetically modified to tolerate massive doses of specific herbicides. For Bt crops

PNoy cannot save us from calamities

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, `But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?” (Proverbs 24:11-12, the Holy Bible). -oooPRAYING DURING DISASTERS NOT ENOUGH: Once again, the prayerful nature of many Filipinos came out to the fore Monday and Tuesday, 19 and 20 August 2013, as monsoon rains induced by the exiting-yetreturning Typhoon Maring battered and submerged much of Luzon and Metro Manila. Text messages and Facebook posts again relentlessly circulated, praying to God for deliverance from death and destruction. Many will say that praying is good, especially in times of calamities, but then our people must be jolted

Excuses... from page 4

to stay the same! If you keep telling yourself that you will never succeed because people and life are unfair to you, then that is the life you will always have.

Pork... from page 4

corruption in exchange for the favor they may get even from the corrupt. But you may argue that both Gloria and Napoles have not yet been convicted for corruption by any competent court? Let us not forget that in the bar of public opinion, a conclusion can already be had based on one’s honest belief anchored on evidences presented in public that the concerned is indeed guilty. Admittedly, this is

Kakampi mo ang batas

Aquino and his entire government can do to save anyone of us. There is nothing Vice President Binay can do, too. And yes, there is nothing that our senators and congressmen, and our governors, congressmen, mayors, vice mayors, and councilors and barangay officials can do, the trillions of pesos in pork barrel funds in their command notwithstanding. More deadly and destructive rains, floods, and strong winds will come, in the manner that science and Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, both predicted to happen. In the face of all these, there is only thing that we can do to be delivered from death and destruction, and it is to listen to God and obey His commands, as He Himself said repeatedly in the Bible. There is no other way for us, is there? -oooWHO WILL TAKE CHARGE OF PORK

or “pesticide producing” GMOs, the emergence of resistant pests have already been found in the US and farmers now find themselves resorting to more agrochemical use to deal with these new problems in the farm. These trends show that the canard being peddled by GMO proponents and their cabal of PR practitioners that the use of GMO crops will lead to decreasing use of pesticides is a deceptive claim at best. The main motivation behind most well-funded campaigns by GMO pushers rests in maintaining the corporate bottom-line and in keeping poor farmers beholden to agro-chemical companies for seeds and chemical inputs -- not food security as they would have us believe. As the companies

Von Hernandez is the Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia (GPSEA), leading the environmental group’s programs and operations in the Southeast Asian region.

have patented these genes, GMO seeds will ensure that these companies are in total control of See greenpeace, page 8

Who should take the blame?

By Jeffer Joy Orteza

drigo Duterte decided to put the city’s Kadayawan festival on hold. Who really are the perpetrators of these attacks? Speculations as to who were responsible for these are widespread and varied but there is the general tendency of some people to link these attacks to the Muslim community. I beg to differ. I find it highly suspicious that the recent bombings worldwide are in one way or another connected to the Muslim community. They seem too convenient to be a scapegoat to be the real people behind the horrifying scenes. I say this in the light of recent events worldwide, particularly in the Middle East. On August 1, 2013, CNN’s Breaking News reported how CIA

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DAVAO City––On July 26, an explosive device went off in a commercial area in Cagayan de Oro, leaving six dead and 28 wounded. On August 5, a car bomb exploded in Cotabato, killing eight and injuring 40 others and on August 7, another bomb exploded early in the morning in Midsayap. Fortunately, it went off prematurely, harming nobody. All these attacks happened within a span of 12 days. For several days, news of this spate of bombings was all over the papers, radio, and television. The stories were enough to strike fear, especially among those people living in Mindanao. The anxiety caused by the consecutive attacks was further compounded when, for the first time in Davao City’s history, Mayor Ro-

Our habits and way we’ve always lived. Our same thinking and lifestyle. But because we already know what these things are like, we feel safe and comfortable with that kind of life, even though we may not be happy or

successful. Yet we’re afraid to try something new, since it will force us to start changing some things in our thinking and way of living. But if we want to reach our potential and enjoy the excellent life we were created for, we must

leave our past, wrong life, and the excuses we make for it. This is why Jesus Christ came to forgive and free us from our wrong, unsuccessful way of living. He is the only way you can start living the right

way that works, so you can enjoy life to the fullest. So why not ask Jesus to come in to your heart and take full charge of your life today and every day? You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. Just Think a Minute.

trustworthy or deserving of their trust, that is conviction already. It is for this reason that public officials should always live a life that could be likened to that of Caesar’s wife which should be beyond reproach. Based on this admonition, proving their innocence against any imputed shenanigan hurled at them relative their performance of their duties and responsibilities becomes the task of these public officials and private individuals dealing with them. That is as far as the bar of public opinion is

concerned. The admonition is the reason why the blanket denials issued by the congressmen, senators and officials of implementing agencies linked to the P10 billion pork barrel scam of any involvement in such scam becomes revolting. Those blanket denials are not what is contemplated as proof of their innocence in the bar of public opinion where guilt is presumed unless the public official and his private cohorts are able to prove their innocence. In this regard, congress-

men like Rep. Rufus Rodriguez is presumed guilty of corruption insofar as the handling of their pork barrel, which is a public fund, a fund drawn from the people’s taxes levied by the government, is concerned unless they are able to prove their innocence. The blanket denial issued by Rodriguez that he has not committed any wrongdoing with regard his pork barrel fund does not exculpate him from any wrongdoing. His constituents and the constituents of the other congressmen expect

a transparent accounting of where the millions of pesos entrusted to them by the people to be returned back to them in the form of corruption-free projects and programs went. But congressmen like Rodriguez will only do this accounting if pressure exerted by the people becomes irresistible. Let’s give them the pressure they are asking for. •• (Reactions at jelbacon@ yahoo.com or at jelbaconii@gmail.com. Read me also at www.raconteurme. blogspot.com)

Atty. Batas Mauricio out of their false beliefs about prayers: not all who pray and call on God will be answered and saved by Him. Also, not all who say they have faith in God are real believers, because real faith in God is demonstrated not just by what one says, but more by what one does. And lest my readers here will say, these statements are mine, let me hurry up to add: they are nuggets of wisdom from the Bible itself. I suggest a reading of Matthew 7:21 and James 2:17 of the Bible. To those who no longer believe, this does not mean anything anymore. But to us who still believe, it is important that we believe in a proper way, and this “proper way”

is done by reading the Bible, by meditating on it day and night, and by carefully obeying it. -oooPNOY CANNOT DO ANYTHING TO SAVE US: The undeniable reality is that rains, floods and strong winds will not only come regularly, as they have been coming more regularly now. They will be coming more ferociously, and in more and more destructive and deadly fashion. After Maring, new typhoons will come, and after the current “habagat” or monsoon rains will have stopped, more will surely come. Consequently, it is important to understand that there is nothing President

Your same, unsatisfying life with no real challenges or success. But it is your choice. The problem is that most people choose to stay and live in their comfort zone. This is all the familiar things we’ve known all our life. very different from the legal requirements imposed upon the courts to decide any corruption or criminal charge beyond doubt. The litmus test the bar of public opinion avails of in determining the culpability of any public official or private person in cahoots with public officials in the commission of corruptiontainted infractions is whether the person still enjoys their trust and confidence. When the public official or private person in complicity with them are judged by the people as no longer

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Business

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Export sectors brace for Asean integration By DANIELLE VENZ, Contributor

“It is important to note that the greater majority of our exports today are more and more being influenced by t he dy namics of the global value chain,” said PHILEXPORT President Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr. in recent workshop-discussions on priming Philippine SMEs for the 2015 ASEAN integration. Ortiz-Luis identified bigticket items and winners such as electronics and semiconductors, automotives and machineries and

consu mer goods such garments, furniture and some agriculture-based product. He said services, being largely call centers and shared services of multinational companies, are investmentdriven and also form part of the global value chain. Ortiz-Luis a lso cited the potential of creative i ndu s t r ie s pa r t ic u la rly animation, movie making, book publishing and interactive media. He said the industr y

and its stakeholders aim to expand indigenous exports that utilize mainly local raw materials and make full use of the creative energies of Filipino artisans, artists and craftsmen. These export products include fine and fashion jewelry and furniture and home furnishings. However, t he ex por t leader underscored the bigger challenge posed by ASEAN 2015 in these sectors. “We produce a l most similar products with those of our ASEAN counterparts. But our edge can come from our workers’ natural f lair for design, creativity and commitment to quality and

By IRENE DAYO, Reporter

to pursue a Ro-Ro project that promises to cut travel time between Manila and northern Mindanao from two days to 20 hours, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said. DOTC Undersecretary

Rene Limcaoco said the project is already set for bidding and once operationalized could further boost economic activity between the Mindanao region and Metro Manila. Limcaoco said the Central Spine Roro Project will

THE Philippines is gearing up to build export industries where it has competitive advantages and will enable the country exploit opportunities arising from Asean integration come 2015.

hard work,” he said. With this, Ortiz-Luis cited various programs aimed to address gaps in improving productivity and efficiency of the workers. “This is imperative to help us comply with the regional and even global standards that are increasing in number and importance if manufacturers want to secure global markets,” he said. O r t i z-Lu i s s a id t he sector’s ASEAN 2015 agenda also cover facilitating a c o m p e t i t i v e c u r r e n c y, fasttracking infrastructure projects, institutionalization of the Export Support Fund starting in the budget year

2014, completion of reforms at the Bureau of Customs and the approval of relevant bills. “We are hoping that the next 18 months in preparation will be enough to put the country at the same level as our neighbours who have prepared ahead of us,” he said. T he A SE A N ma rket remains to be the Philippine second top export destination, accounting for 22-percent share in the total merchandise exports in May 2013 at $1.2 billion. ASEA N is a lso a n important source of raw materials and other imported goods for the country.

Govt determined to pursue Manila-CDO Ro-Ro project DESPITE mounting doubts on the reliability of the rollon roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessels following the recent sea strategy that struck a passenger ship in Cebu, the government is determined

RO-RO PROJECT. The government’s roll-on roll-off project is expected to further boost trading between the Mindanao region and other key cities in Luzon and Visayas.

consist of a network of highspeed toll roads and catamaran roro vessels that will pass through the center of the Philippine archipelago. “This is a big project with an estimated cost of P56.5 billion that we are considering to implement under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme,” Limcaoco said. Another project that DOTC is planning to undertake through PPP is the expansion and modernization of the Davao Sasa Port. “This is one of the country’s busiest ports and it is a known fact that it handles some of our major export products. We expect that by expanding and privatizing it, we can see not just a surge in its capacity by improvements in its efficient handling of goods,” Limcaoco said. The DOTC last year commissioned state-owned

Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) as transaction advisor for P4.04 billion worth of improvements on the Davao Sasa Wharf in Mindanao. Davao Port has a capacity of 700,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), but state-run Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) forecast volumes to increase to 1.2 million TEUs in the next five years. Davao Integrated Port Stevedoring Service Corp, a unit of International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), is the lone cargo handler at Davao Port. Other major ports that DOTC plans to modernize and privatize include those in Cagayan de Oro, the General Santos and Iloilo, Limcaoco said. “These are projects that are crucial to this administration’s economic agenda,” he added.

M’danao traders urged to support Bangsamoro TH E PR E SIDEN TI A L peace adviser has urged Businessmen to support the creation of the Bangsamoro political entity as it would open the economic potential of Mindanao. “As the peace process is not the work of the government alone, we call on you, the business leaders to journey with us, to be part of realizing the Bangsamoro’s aim to become self-reliant politically and fiscally by investing in its industries,” Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Q. Deles said in a speech at the Mindanao Business Conference last Friday. “We urge you to keep an open mind, take the initiative to read up, and understand the annexes,” Ms. Deles said, referring to annexes to the Bangsamoro ag reement bet ween t he national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The peace adviser said that the government needs the help of businessmen to convince the private sector “to regard Mindanao in the shining light of its vast potentials.” The government and the MILF signed the annex on revenue generation and wealth sharing in July. Another a n ne x, on t r a nsit iona l arrangements and modalities, was also signed. Two a nnexes, power sharing and normalization, remain to be signed. This is expected by the end of the year. “With lasting peace in Minda nao, t he cou nt r y stands to benefit the most. A resou rce-r ich reg ion unencumbered by conflict will open doors of opportunities for enriching relations, and greater trade, investment, as well as tourism collaboration among adjacent states,” Ms. Deles said. The Bangsamoro political entity will take the place of the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and is hoped to end decades-long conflict in the area. The signing of all annexes will allow both parties to arrive at a comprehensive peace deal. A Bangsamoro basic law needs to be enacted -- for ratification of residents in the area -- to ensure automatic appropriation and regular release of the regional budget. The law would replace Republic Act 6734 or the Organic Act for ARMM. The proposed region will include Isabela City in Basilan, Cotabato City, six municipalities in Lanao del Norte, and some villages in North Cotabato, in addition to the five provinces in ARMM -- Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and TawiTawi. The regional budget will be similar to the internal revenue allotment received by local government units.


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munity Connectivity and Economic Support Services (ARCCESS) project in Region 10. The ARCCESS project is conceptualized and designed by the DAR as a government-led initiative that provides strategic and sustainable support services to increase farm pro du c t iv it y, i mprove household incomes and provide sustainable livelihood for agrarian reform beneficiaries through the organization of agri-related enterprises. XSF is an attached organization of Xavier University through the XU College of Agriculture Complex that focuses on institutionalized efforts of promoting and enhancing the holistic development of people and depressed communities. Under the agreement, XSF will provide agri-technology and agri-extension services in an institutionalized manner but would also follow the key criteria approach of ARCCESS. The areas covered are selected municipalities in Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Camiguin and Misamis Occidental. Such services will include trainings for farmer technicians and ARBs, common service facilities management plan, farm production management plan, preparation of training manuals and

modules, among others. By the end of such trainings, XSF will submit a terminal report to the DAR which will go through internal and external review of experts. DAR Regional Director Engr. Felix B. Aguhob and Dean of the XUCA and Executive Director of XSF Roel R. Ravanera signed the agreement at the DAR Regional Office 10 on July 22, 2013. The DAR-XSF engagement will be for a period of twelve (12) months starting July 29, 2013.

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food production. They will prevent farmers from producing their own food and from developing varieties that are suited to a changing climate, local conditions and are pest-resistant. As experienced by cotton farmers in India, Bt cotton has led to farmers not being able to choose non-GMO seeds and incurring debts due to the high production costs of Bt cotton. Unable to face surmounting debts, thousands of farmers have committed suicide leaving behind farmlands that are contaminated with genetically modified Bt cotton. Greenpeace is an international organisation with presence in more than 40 countries. Our international headquarters is indeed located in Amsterdam, but our national offices around the world operate independently. We issue an open invitation to any columnist who claims Greenpeace Philippines is not a Filipino organisation: please come visit our office in Manila, engage with our staff, volunteers and activists and inform yourself properly before claiming we are a “European organisation”. A core principle that Greenpeace has adhered to in its four decade history is financial independence. Our money is raised from individual supporters and

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(Central Intelligence Agency) is engaged in a massive intimidation campaign to keep what happened in Benghazi, Libya a secret. This referred to the attack made on the US Embassy in Libya on September 11, 2012 which killed four Americans, including US Ambassador Chris Stevens. An insider has revealed that CIA is reportedly givNOTICE NOTICE OF DEED OF SELF ADJUDICATION OF FOUR (4) PARCEL OF LAND AND AN OLD BUILDING OF JOSEPHINE NAYVE MARRIED TO THE LATE WILLIAM NEWTON WHO DIED ON DECEMBER 26, 1997. “A PARCEL OF LAND COVERED TCT NO. T-44590 AND TAX DECLARATION NO. G-201711 SITUATED AT CAMAMANAN, CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, CONTAINING AN AREA OF EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTY SEVEN (867) SQUARE METERS MORE OR LESS. “A PARCEL OF LAND COVERED TCT NO. T-41704 AND TAX DECLARATION NO. G-201712 SITUATED AT CAMAMANAN, CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY., CONTAINING AN AREA OF EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTY SEVEN (867) SQUARE METERS MORE OR LESS WITH A BUILDING TAX DECLARATION NO. G-201713. “A PARCEL OF LAND COVERED TCT NO. T-44741 AND TAX DECLARATION NO. G-004689 SITUATED AT MACAHAMBUS STREET, CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY., CONTAINING AN AREA OF THREE HUNDRED ONE (301) SQUARE METERS MORE OR LESS. “A PARCEL OF LAND COVERED TCT NO. T-44604 AND TAX DECLARATION NO. G-066628 SITUATED AT KAUSWAGAN, CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY., CONTAINING AN AREA OF THREE HUNDRED FIFTY FOUR (354) SQUARE METERS MORE OR LESS. PER DOC. NO. 143; PAGE NO. 29; BOOK NO. XM; PER NOTARIAL REGISTRY OF ATTY. CANCIO P. GUIBONE. MDN: AUG. 7, 14 & 21, 2013

donors, ordinary people from around the world who support our work though their financial contributions. This means we never accept financial support from governments or corporations. We wonder if the authors of these smear campaigns can say the same of their own financial affairs. The sad fact is that despite the escalating environmental challenges threatening to undermine our future and collective well-being, the decision-makers in this country are still obsessed with pursuing the same development agenda that is bringing the planet to the brink of an ecological disaster – whose impacts are bound to create greater suffering and poverty for our people. Worse, the rights of citizens to a safe, healthy and sustainable environment are progressively being eroded by the excessive and corrupting influence that some powerful corporations exert on government policy and regulation in this country. The fact that big agro-chemical giants are able to use the Philippines as testing ground and springboard for their dangerous GMO experiments - with relative ease and with the complete backing of friendly scientists and government regulators proves how such selfserving partnerships chip away at our basic and fundamental rights.

ing monthly polygraph tests since January this year to the CIA operatives who have been assigned to Benghazi at that time to know whether or not they are talking to the media or Congress. This is not a normal procedure. According to former CIA operative and CNN analyst Robert Baer, polygraph tests are usually done every three to four years, never more than that. This attempt to force silence on the CIA operatives and prevent them from collaborating with the Congress is therefore unprecedented. While CIA spokesman Dean Boyd has asserted that the agency is being open to the Congress regarding the Benghazi operation, U.S. Representative Frank Wolf finds the silence and lack of information greatly disturbing. In light of all these recent findings, I find the spy

4,000 artificial reef domes to be deployed in Sarangani Bay GENERAL Santos City––In a bid to restore Sarangani Bay’s dwindling fishery resources, the municipal government of Maasim in Sarangani Province is planning to deploy around 4,000 artificial reef domes along portions of the bay in the coming months. Rolando Tuballes, Sarangani provincial environment and natural resources office (PENRO) chief, said the local government of Maasim has partnered with a nongovernment organization and an industrial firm for the massive fabrication of the artificial reef domes. He said the reef domes will ser ve as breeding

grounds and aggregating devices for marine life along the town’s coastal waters. Tuballes said Maasim Mayor Aniceto Lopez Jr. and officials of leading cement manufacturer Holcim and the Conrado and Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation, Inc. recently signed a memorandum of understanding to jumpstart the project. Under the agreement, he said Holcim will provide 2,000 bags of cement worth roughly P500,000 pesos for the fabrication of the reef domes. Such move is part of the corporate social responsibility of the company in upholding its commitment

in managing resources responsibly and working with communities to develop sustainable options for their future, he said. Tuballes said the reef domes will be fabricated by people’s organizations composed of fisher folk, who will be paid by the Alcantara Foundation P50 for each unit. He said 14 of Maasim’s 16 barangays will benefit from the project. “An addit iona l 270 domes that Alcantara Foundation produced in partnership with World Vision will initially be deployed starting this week, with 30 to 50 units released per deploy-

ment every Friday,” he said in a statement released by the Sarangani Information Office. Tuballes said they initially proposed for the creation of a management plan to provide a clear guide for fisher folk in the correct usage of domes and the proper management of the project by the local government unit to ensure efficiency rather than “worsening the situation.” Based on the results of PENRO’s seven-year assessment, Sarangani Bay’s coral cover has so far gone down to below 30 percent. Maasim officials earlier

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Will corruption in the use of this money stop when it is the executive department that handles it? Just asking. -oooTRILLIONS OF PESOS WASTED: Now, it is more than clear that the sewage and sewerage projects and other government infrastructure programs aimed at stopping floods all over the country have miserably failed---thereby making it clear likewise that the

trillions and trillions of government money supposedly used to finance them, including the pork barrel allocations of Malacanang and Congress, all went to waste. I wonder what Malacanang and our lawmakers from the House of Representatives and the Senate will now say about their right to receive pork barrel? Will they still insist on further receiving the allocations,

even if the money is not being used for the good of the people? Even if, as is show by the recent floods, people could have avoided dying, if only the money received as pork barrel were used legitimately? -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com, mmauriciojr111@ gmail.com

Everyone, not only those from Mindanao, should be critical of the rising number of terrorist attacks that seem to be so conveniently blamed on the Moro groups. It is high time that people pursue these questions, for the answers to these could either shatter every illusion that the majority has of U.S. as a savior or prove their views on the Muslim community right. It would also answer

why many bombings here in the country have remained unsolved over the years. Not only that, it would also put an end to the discrimination and stereotyping the general public has of the Muslim community. Someday soon, things will unravel and truth will prevail, but we can only hope that by then, it wouldn’t be too late. •• (MindaViews is the opinion section of Min-

daNews. **Batang Mindanaw is the youth section of MindaNews. Contributions to this section are welcome. You may send your articles, essays, features, poems, short stories, photographs to editor@mindanews.comand editor@ourmindanao.com. Jeffer Joy Orteza, a third year AB Mass Comm student at the Ateneo de Davao University, wrote this piece for her class in Print Media: Principles and Practices.)

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BARREL? If we remove the pork barrel allocation of our senators and congressmen, where will the money go instead? Who will take charge of using such a tremendous amount of money after they are removed from our lawmakers? The department secretaries and the people assigned by the executive department? agency’s actions questionable as well. If indeed CIA is related to the attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, then it implies that this and other similar attacks such as those that have happened here in Mindanao are merely staged to frame up the Muslim community of crimes they didn’t commit and promote what some people have termed, ‘Islamophobia’. So is the United States indeed involved in the bombings that have happened recently in Mindanao? Would they really resort to hurting civilians and framing up people just to justify before the American people their increase in military spending despite the global economic recession? Are they staging these attacks to justify the war they are waging against terror—wars that ironically still harm the innocent instead of protecting them?

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Misamis Oriental Cagayan de Oro City NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 10172, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that JERRY FE BIAES WASLO has filed with this Office a petition for the correction of clerical error in the entry of the child’s SEX from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of JERRY FE BIAES WASLO who was born on April 7, 1990 at Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are JERRY MABAYLAN WASLO and ESTER FE JUIT BIAES. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than August 30, 2013. (Sgd.) NORMA S. DIPUTADO City Civil Registrar MDN: AUG. 21 & 28, 2013

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Philippine Education for Globalization By Nelfa D. Ampaled, ES Head Teacher-I, Sinalac Elementary School

Quality education has been a battle cry for many years. When in fact, this is one of the common topics for debates on how to make Philippine Education to be globally competitive. Is the new curriculum the answer to our outcry for excellence in education? Is the new adventure in educational enterprises will be the solution in making public education to be internationally competitive? Curriculum in the Philippine Education has been continuously evolving in order to cope with the changing demands of time. On the other hand, we need to update the standard of instructions suited to the needs of our learners. It is in the administration of his Excellency President Semeon Benigno Aquino III is realized the dream of globalizing our education and adapt the 12 basic educational system which is tantamount to the international system of basic education. Finally, the dream of every Filipinos has come to realize yet in the process of striving in order to reach our goals. Indeed, we are initially successful with our implementation. The K to 12 curriculum is really an answer to the problem

that we are facing today particularly the shortage number of years in basic education in the country. With this, we are equating our educational system in the globe which is 12 basic years in education. In the new curriculum kindergarten is compulsory to all five year-old before enrolling grade school. Six years in the elementary, four years in the Junior High School and Two years for Senior High School making it 12 years basic education which is equivalent to the global systems of education. On the other hand, Grade 11 and 12 focus on specialization. Students may choose a specific field of specialization such as: Entrepreneurship, VocationalTechnological Courses and College Preparatory Courses. If students opted not to continue college education after 2 years training in Voc-Tech they will be ready for the job using the TESDA License they obtained during their Senior High School Curriculum. Meaning that after the training they will be ready for work not only in our country but as well as around the globe. Nevertheless, students are then ready for employment since

they are equipped with the skills required in the global market. With its two years implementation of this new curriculum it has generated an optimistic outcomes in Philippine Education. The use of Mother Tongue-Based and Multilingual Education (MTBMLE) make the curriculum simple and easy to understand with the pupils particularly in Grade-I and Grade-ll. Moreover, teachers felt that using the mother tongue instructions are made very easy, pupils are interested and participative in the lessons. Using the local languages in teaching it help the pupils learned fast in reading as well as in the academic. Therefore, with this new venture in educational endeavor we are confident that Philippine Education conformed the global standards yet produce quality graduates equipped the skills necessary in the field of work. Department of Education hopes that with this new curriculum we will make Philippine Education more advance and competitive. Finally, we should work together for the realization of this colossal dreams thus making our country’s education highly recognize worldwide.


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AGAYAN de Oro City--The declaration of Mindanao Independence announced by former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) Governor Nur Misuari last week was baseless and should be recalled, a lawmaker from Mindanao said on Tuesday.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro City, said that a Misuari’s declaration of Mindanao Independence was anti development and anti-peace which would likely create peace and order problems in the island’s future. Rodriguez also expressed the fear that Misuari’s statement would affect the Framework Agreement be-

tween the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). “Misuari’s declaration of Mindanao Independence might result in the failure of the Bangsamoro framework with the MILF in the future,” Rodriguez added. Misuari���s should instead support the Framework Agreement and the peace initiative of the government and the MILF, Rodriguez

said. According to Rodriguez, since the peace initiative set into motion three years ago, countless development projects have already been poured in the two Southern Philippines provinces of Sulu and Tawi-tawi. The provinces of Sulu and Tawi-tawi were the stronghold of Misuari 25 years ago, Rodriguez said. “I am appealing to Misu-

ari to recall his declaration of independence and be part of the ongoing peace agreement with the MILF,” he said adding that the peace accord would benefit all Christians and Muslim people including himself (Misuari). After all, Rodriguez added the new framework would benefit not only the two provinces but also the entire Mindanao, particu-

Robot...

tually interface with the brain and use the patient’s thoughts to control the arm.” Of course, for searchand-rescue duties, Robo Sally will be operated by wireless remote control, through special gloves and glasses. The glasses allow the operator to see the robot’s hands and enables him to finely control their movement. McLaughlin said robots like this could be used in “dull, dirty or dangerous” situations where human dexterity is a requirement. “So, for example, opening a door, or turning the valve or, you know, going to a factory or a power plant like Fukushima, that was all designed for humans. You need to be able to go in and have the humanlike capabilities in order to be able to work in that environment.” McLaughlin said the technology is not ready for practical application, but he predicts that within five years we will see some amazing advances.

as present-day Filipinos are more accustomed to use three different names namely: “Filipinas,” “Philippines,” and “Pilipinas” to refer to our country. There was no legal basis and the language commission’s order only violates our constitution unless and until the name Republika ng Pilipinas will be repealed, institutions of learning will continue to use and recognize the latter as the official name of our country, Montecalvo noted. It can be recalled that on April 22, 2013, the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) passed Resolution No. 13-19, Series of 2013, deciding to change the country’s name. The resolution argues the need for a modern name for the Philippines. The order insists to kill the use of the word “Pilipina” and use “Filipinas” instead in all seals, letterheads, documents and the like. It was signed by chairman Virgilio Almario and the other commissioners. But for Jerry Ben Villaver Sasam, a public school teacher of Sto. Tomas Central Elementary School, said that he strongly opposed the said order, citing that our country has been already widely known by the name Philippines or Pilipinas. Calling it Filipinas, Sasam said, may also be a source of confusion since the same word may also mean the plural form of the female inhabitants of this country. Lorna Pepugal Padilla, a Filipino teacher of Maryknoll High School of Sto. Tomas, noted that the name Pilipinas was coined and used using our national language. She said that it was even used by prominent and progressive figures of our national history such as Bonifacio, Aguinaldo and others.

She said that changing the name from “Pilipinas” to “Filipinas” is not just a simple technical issue of changing its spelling but rather it is an issue of identity and self-worth of our country. “Although, we recognize the noble purpose of the language commission, KWF must, however, consider and employ a more sensible approach in this issue. We could promote a sense of patriotism by urging Filipinos to use more often Tagalog as our national language. But changing its name, is untimely and unlikely,” she added.

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technicians defuse bombs, patrol large spaces and do guard duty. It was designed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory [APL], outside Washington, D.C. Robo Sally is a versatile moving platform with a humanoid attachment that looks like a modern day centaur. It can turn in tight spaces, climb over small obstacles, closely examine objects and even manipulate them with human-like hands. But Robo Sally was not initially designed for sentry duties. Mike McLaughlin, the principal investigator for APL’s Prosthetics Program, said, “The purpose of that program is to develop prosthetic arms that have all the capability of your natural arms, and you do all the complex motions that we can do with the natural arm - with the robot. We had this idea if we did this for prosthetics for humans, we could also put these on robotic platforms and enable the robots to go out into dangerous situations.” It was a complex task. McLaughlin said the device not only had to have many small motors to mimic the flexibility of the human hand, it needed human-like strength. The thumb was especially difficult because it allows the hand to grasp objects. And everything had to fit into a space about the size of a hand. T h e n e x t probl e m , McLaughlin said, was to figure out how to control the artificial hand. “So we had to figure out how to make the connection between the brain and this arm. We’ve done that for spinal injury patients, where we can ac-

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among members of the academic community since it violates our 1987 constitution and could have a negative impact to all institutions of learning. “We cannot allow the language commission’s order to be implemented immediately without assessing thoroughly the impact it will create to our educational system. It has long been known that Pilipinas is the official name of our country as used in our 1987 constitution,” the group said in a statement. Emma Montecalvo, Filipino coordinator of Maryknoll High School of Sto. Tomas, said that using only “Filipinas” stirs confusion

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agencies, recently inissue ang DA, for instance, Secretary Alcala. Ang sagot e ‘yong may ni-release, dinaan sa kanya ‘yong funding, nirelease nila something like a third or half. Ngayon ‘yong half is still with them. Bakit still with them? E, wala pang liquidation ‘yong first, tapos may time limit. ‘Pag hindi na-liquidate nang maayos, then may mga kasong papasukan,” he said. Several lawmakers allegedly placed their PDAF to ghost projects of bogus non-government organizations. A Commission on Audit special report released last Friday said 74 lawmakers received excessive amounts of pork barrel funds from 2007 to 2009. It also said some P6 billion of pork barrel funds went to dubious NGOs. philippine news agency

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to wait until it was finished, other wise was decided. “The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee will now

larly the five provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Tawi-tawi and Sulu. Rodriguez said that not one congressman would support a Misuari’s declaration of Independence in Mindanao. He said that he would file a resolution in Congress to urge Misuari to recall his declaration of Mindanao Independence. Misuari was once the governor of ARMM and that the government accommodated him (the whole MNLF) when the GRPMNLF signed the peace accord in 1996 apart from the Tripoli Agreement in 1976 which ended the MNLF armed revolt in Mindanao, Rodriguez said. CD WITH PNA REPORT

begin a formal investigation of the issues and allegations now hounding the management and disbursement of the PDAF,” Senator Teofisto Guingona III said in a statement. It was the recent Commission on Audit (COA) report on the PDAF, acc ord i n g t o Gu i n g on a , Chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Tuesday which prompted him to push through with the inquir y. “A r e c e nt d e v e l o p m e nt h a s a l l ow e d t h e Blue Ribbon Committee to proceed with the investigation...” Guingona said. “I refer to the recent disclosure by the Commission on Audit (COA) of its own findings regarding the alleged misu s e o f t h e P DA F,” h e added. He explained that the recent findings of COA can ser ve as a basis for a congressional inquir y as 74 lawmakers who received pork barrel funds beyond their respective allocations were revealed. philippine news agency

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said the fish catch in coastal areas of the town has considerably gone down these past years because of the dwindling coral cover. To remedy the problem, PENRO recommended the deployment of artificial reef domes to encourage the growth of marine life and the rehabilitation of damaged reefs along the bay. Since 2009, various groups have already deployed around 1,000 reef domes off the coasts of Maasim town. (Allen V. Estabillo / MindaNews)

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Biblical reflection

Bro. Edcel L. Closas

We will follow Christ Special Gospel of the day: Luke9:11-17(August21, 2013-Wednesday)Luke 9:11-17-And the people, when they knew [it], followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing: This is the truth that if we will follow Christ, our diseases and infirmities will be healed. No one is defeated in obeying and following the footstep of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:21-For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. We can notice, that these people in the gospel are sacrificing too much just to come to Jesus in fact, they forgot in bringing foods for their survival and personal necessities. This situations bothered the disciples of Jesus Christ. And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place. But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. And they did so, and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets. “Miracles happened due to the pity of Jesus” to whom He loves most: SPONSORED:Neneth Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:00 PM Sunday: #0928414949009266607505: Question – Prayer request


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