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disaster consciousness month By MARK FRANCISCO Staff member

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 10 director Ana Cañeda speaks during the opening of the National Disaster Consciousness Month regional observance yesterday at Kiosko Kagawasan, Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Mark Francisco

THE Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 10 under director Ana Cañeda leads the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month in Northern Mindanao for the whole month of July with a motorcade yesterday that served as its kickoff activity. Disaster risk reduction and management stakeholders in the region, both from the public and private sectors, joined the motorcade such as

OCD, Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture (DA), Philippine Army, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), among others. Mayor Oscar Moreno also graced the opening activity where he told the audience that unfortunately, history could not be altered that Cagayan de Oro was where tropical storm Sendong happened, killing thousands of lives, that pushed the people in


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CAGAYAN de Oro City-Local authorities have started monitoring all rice sold in public markets here as authorities reportedly busted the presence of “fake rice” in the Southern cities of Mindanao. Unscrupulous traders reportedly smuggled the “fake rice” from China, which is now surreptitiously sold in the local market. The “fake rice” is “shiny

white.” Investigators who reportedly seized the counterfeit bags of rice said that the commodity is made of materials other than the real rice. The “fake rice” is extremely hazardous to health and authorities warned the public to report its presence here for appropriate action. Local rice wholesalers and retailers, however, assured the consuming public that the rice sold in

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ecent developments and policy changes in Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT/BPM) in the Philippines are making the country ripe for investment and poising it to ride a new wave of revolution in information and communications technology (ICT).

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Reports on ‘fake’ rice still being confirmed THE National Food Authority (NFA) yesterday said the reports of alleged smuggled Chinese rice and “fake rice” in the market are still being confirmed, as samples submitted to the agency are still undergoing laboratory testing. NFA Administrator Renan Dalisay led a surprise inspection of public markets in Metro Manila today (June 30) to check on the reported presence of suspected fake or plastic rice from China. Dalisay has instructed his field officials nationwide to also conduct massive market inspections to allay fears that plastic rice has

reached Philippine shores. Samples of alleged fake rice from Davao have been brought to the NFA Food Development Center (NFAFDC) in Taguig for testing. However, in order for the results to be conclusive, at least one kilogram of uncooked rice must be subjected to scientific testing. “Maliit ang sample na binigay sa atinmula sa Davao. Nahihirapan ang scientists dahilmaliit ang sample (We received only a small sample of fake rice from Davao. Scientists are having difficulty getting a conclusive result because See reports, page A11

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Cagayan de Oro City earns the distinction of being the FIRST CITY in the entire country to be declared as FILARIASIS FREE by the DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH recently. Shown from extreme left are Mayor Oscar S. Moreno, Dr. Ignacio B. Moreno – Public Health Consultant, Dr. Rachel D. Daba - CHO II, Dr. Fe C. Bongcas - City Gov’t. Department Head II of the City Health Office, and Dr. Ellenietta HMV N. Gamolo - Head, Local Health Support Division of DOH Region 10. FILARIASIS is a disease caused by various threadlike parasitic round worms. The disease is transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite. If untreated, can progress to include enlargement of the limbs and genitalia in a condition called ELEPHANTIASIS. (PIHES - City Health Office)

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Consunji said the problem stems from vague standards and poor implementation of the law, compounded by the fact that the LTO does not have the expertise or the equipment to properly evaluate the drivers and the vehicles.

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CAGAYAN de Oro City-Education Secretary Armin Luistro sacked a public school official from Misamis Oriental. In a 12-page decision, Luistro dismissed Darlita Agus, secondary head teacher III of Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS). The dismissal of Agus stemmed from the Administrative Case no. 10-120004 filed by Seigfred Padua before the Office of the Regional Director of the DepEd in Region 10 and the Office of the OmbudsmanMindanao. In his pleadings, Padua alleged that Agus defied the order dated July 4, 2011 of Luz S. Almeda, former regional director of DepEd, Region 10, and the letter dated July 11, 2011 of the assistant schools division superintendent of the division of Misamis Occidental which implemented the decision dated November 25, 2010 of the regional director that imposed a penalty of eight months suspension See school, page A3

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ecent developments and policy changes in Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT/BPM) in the Philippines are making the country ripe for investment and poising it to ride a new wave of revolution in information and communications technology (ICT). This was the message of government officials and business leaders who traveled to San Francisco for a conference entitled “Invest in the Philippines: Asia’s Bright Spot,” the third and final leg of a high level trade and investment mission to the United States on 29 June 2015. In his remarks, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. pointed out that the IT/BPM and ICT industries in the Philippines are very much alive and have been a strong driving force in the Philippine economy. “The choice of San Francisco as the third city of this historic High Level Trade and Economic Mission to the United States is very appropriate. San

Francisco, and Silicon Valley in particular, is the heartland of innovation and technology. And the importance of information and communications technology, which this city breathes and lives, is one that is not lost on the Philippines,” said Ambassador Cuisia. The envoy added, “The first wave of the information and communications technology revolution transformed the Philippine semi-conductor industry into one of the most important segment of our economy. Today, the IT/BPM industry has been the fastest growing industry in the Philippines in the last ten years. In 2011, we overtook India to become the number

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one outsourcing destination for voice support. And the Philippines is second only to India as a global outsourcing destination, specifically in the areas of healthcare and software.” However, the Philippines is still facing challenges in the IT/BPM and ICT industries. According to keynote speaker Mr. Diosdado Banatao, Managing Partner of Tallwood Venture Capital, a main challenge that remains for the country is infrastructure building in ICT, particularly the lack of internet bandwidth, which he also noted as an area of opportunity for investments. The government is addressing these issues through the legislature aimed at reforming the country, boosting economic growth, and creating an environment conducive to investment. Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, who participated in the San Francisco Conference, shared the Congressional

agenda for the last year of the Aquino administration, which is to pass the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Act in order to institutionalize reforms and best practices, amend the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Charter to strengthen its regulatory power, and approve the Customs Modernization Law to achieve trade facilitation and logistics efficiency. According to Senator Drilon, a bill to create the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is also on its way. On 2 June, the Senate approved the third and final reading Senate Bill No. 2686, which mandated the creation of the DICT. The bill would effectively create the agency charged with developing, planning, and promoting the government’s ICT agenda, as well as speed up the industry’s growth and competitiveness by enhancing the country’s technology linkages with ICT firms abroad. The House ver-

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In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 10172, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that CHEXY JUDAIZE L. UY has filed with this Office a petition for the correction of clerical error in the entry of the child’s SEX from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of IXARA YEHZSA UY who was born on September 26, 2004 in Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are MADRIGO P. SACLOT and CHEXY JUDAIZE LABIAL UY. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than July 11, 2015.

In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that ROSE MAY S. BATOON has filed with this Office a petition for the change of first name from “ROSE” to “ROSE MAY” in the Certificate of Live Birth of ROSE SALOLOY BATOON who was born on May 14, 1996 in Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are NITO PALERBATOON and EVANGELINE WABE SALOLOY. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than July 11, 2015.

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sion is currently being debated at the committee level. There has also been a greater emphasis on education, which is further enriching one of the biggest assets of the country, its human resource. Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory L. Domingo pointed out that the young Philippine workforce is only getting better due to the reforms in the educational sector such as the introduction of K-12 and doubling the budget of education. Panelists in the conference agreed that with a strong, highskilled and eager labor force, good political leadership, the ability to provide the required infrastructure, the Philippines has created an excellent business environment. The Conference is the third stop of a high level trade and investment mission to the United States that took place from 24 to 29 June 2015. The delegation made a pitch in Washington, D.C.

on 24 June and conducted an Economic Briefing and Investment Conference in New York on 26 June. The Mission is an important follow-up to the PhilippinesUnited States Memorandum of Cooperation on an Infrastructure Collaboration Platform, which was signed during the 8th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum (GILF) held in New York in February. The Conferences were organized by the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Philippine Consulates General in New York and San Francisco, in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the US-Philippines Society, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Investor Relations Office, as well as Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Development Bank of the Philippines, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JP Morgan, Land Bank of the Philippines, Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered, and UBS. (PNA)

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. 9048, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that CASMILON LAWI DIATOR has filed with this Office a petition for the change of first name from “CHENNARY” to “CASSANDRA CHENNARY” in the Certificate of Live Birth of CHENNARY LAWI DIATOR who was born on November 4, 2001 in Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are HABIB BOMBONA DIATOR and CASMILON MAMACOTAO LAWI. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than July 10, 2015. (SGD.) NORMA S. DIPUTADO City Civil Registrar MDN: July 2 & 9, 2015

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on Agus in Administrative case no. 10-10-0008. He also said that Agus defied the implementation of the suspension order and continued to report at MOGCHS where on July 18, 2011 she issued an order directing third year level and English teachers to attend her meeting on July 20, 2011 in the English department faculty room. She even signed lesson plan on July 18, 2011, continued Padua in his pleadings. In Administrative case no. 10-11-0019, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Mario A. Basalo also cited similar defiance of Agus on the suspension order of Almeda.

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Basalo, in his pleadings, cited the following: 1. Agus included herself as speaker in the orientation for newly-hired, transferee, and substitute teachers of MOGCHS on July 29, 2011 2. She wrote the staff of MOGCHS on August 3, 2011 to facilitate the processing of the appointment of Rodolfo D. Pan and bragged to Ver Paclar that she had conferred with the Civil Service Commission and the Office of the Prosecutor the plan for the appointment of Pan and they agreed to it 3. She received and acted on the letter of Wilfredo Pacaro, a student of MOGCHS, on August 4, 2011 4. Agus deliberately defied the suspension order and wrote a demeaning, defiant

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and discourteous letters to Almeda 5. In said letters, she maligned the person and authority of Almeda and himself (Basalo) and threatened them with imprisonment 6. She filed baseless criminal complaints against him, Almeda and other DepEd p e r s on n e l b e c au s e s h e thought that they antagonized her 7. She openly defied his directive for a meeting on April 11, 2011 for the summer reading camp 8. She threatened and harassed him by writing a letter to the GSIS and warned them to suspend his retirement benefits 9. She improperly interfered in the evaluation of teacher-applicants when she

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issued by Almeda is defective 8. She could not be made answerable under any administrative rules, laws and regulations as her suspension means cessation of work or disconnection from service. After review of the decision and its attachments, this office agrees with the findings in the subject decision dated December 16, 2013 and finds Agus liable for the offenses of Grave Misconduct and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service, said Education Undersecretary Atty. Alberto T. Muyot, DepEd legal counsel and legislative affairs, in a 12-page decision, which was approved by Luistro. “She is hereby meted the penalty of dismissal from the service with all its accessory penalties.”

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legations and charges against her 2. She is moving for the dismissal of the complaints/ cases filed against her 3. The filing of the same complaints in the Office of the Ombudsman constitutes forum shopping 4. Complainant (Basalo) has no right to insist on a formal investigation when she waived her right thereto 5. The allegations of Padua and Basalo are fabricated lies, presumptions of false beliefs and perjuries and could not be supported by them with any evidence 6. Padua is not a member of the Parents Teachers Association of MOGCHS being declared a “Persona Non Grata” 7. The suspension order

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wrote to Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Victoria V. Gazo demanding that her protege Rodolfo Pan be appointed 10. She wrote an unprofessional and irresponsible letter on July 5, 2011 accusing him, Almeda, and other DepEd personnel of being the authors of a libelous anonymous letter-complaint against her 11. She wrote a disrespectful 1st indorsement on July 6, 2011 threatening him with more criminal cases if he refuses to receive communications from her 12. She is notoriously undesirable being the person complained of in a letter of “Troubled but concerned teachers of MOGCHS” For her part, Agus averred: 1. She is denying the al-

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The Charlatans of Politics The country’s weather watchers have declared that the rainy season has officially begun in midJune this year. However, for the political watchers, the “extraordinary season” has also officially started. Apart from the “wet’ and “dry” seasons, the Philippines have a third season known in the political circle as the “extraordinary season.” The weather watchers did not acknowledge the “political season” as the third season or the “extraordinary season” in the Philippines. That is not important. What is important is that the “political season” officially started in the month of July this year. With the start of the filing of the certificate of candidacy in the next few months ahead, the political pot is now seething. In a matter of days, the political pot would burst into a searing heat. What gives? It is normal for all political persons, groups, or parties to position and reposition their ranks in the political battlefield. Yes, entering the political arena is akin to a battlefield where the elements of defeats and victories would depend on accurate and timely decisions. Of course, the Gen-

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erals in politics would now pick the right lieutenants who would lead the opening salvo. On the other hand, the veterans would confine themselves in the “headquarters” as they keenly watched the movement of the entire troops. Like the movement in real battle, the headquarters would employ the special operations groups. This select group of dedicated and individuals are highly trained in their field of sabotaging the enemies in a bid to cripple the resources of the political adversaries. The Special Forces would see to it that the esprit de corps and the credibility of the political adversaries would irreversibly plummet to the

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advantage of the other. Actually, the scenarios are common during the political season. Matter of fact, it is now and it has been taking place: Often times, discreetly, but most of the time, brazenly. What is visible ‘though, is the movement of the political underlings. The propagandists and the “wannabes” are working together – trying to ram a spoiled fish in the mouth of the electors in a desperate move to gain followers. Sickening! What also makes the political season extraordinary is the propensity of political actors to engage in mudslinging. These actors have the gall to expose the dirty linens in public, as if telling the whole world that all the adversaries are “evils” – there are exceptions because these actors believed they are the lesser evils. Anyway, the electorates know the charlatans of politics because in an effort to destroy the political adversaries, these people spent so much for black propaganda. Well, nothing is wrong with political propaganda. After all, the propaganda is a form of product endorsement See diaz, page A11

Who is the true leader?

THE above question can be answered by an educated guess. It is based on a learnCHENG ORDOÑEZ URIEL C. QUILINGUING ing organization theory. Associate Contributing Editor In any country, the ideal leader is always expected MARK FRANCISCO Arjay Felicilda by the people. He or she Lifestyle Editor Assistant Editor must be the figure beyond GILBERT Y. CHAO gerry lee gorit the average level of others Motoring Editor Photo Journalist being led in that country. As such, it is essential for felix santillan ROEL CATOTO the whole nation to screen EDSEL BANTOL Provincial Editor-Surigao the candidates for finding Layout Artists PAT SAMONTE the most ideal leader for irene dayo CHRIS PANGANIBAN them. In fact, the case is Reporter-NorthMin Regional Editors-Caraga not that so easy to find the ideal leader. But, the layJOE PALABAO MARLON GAYOG Rene Michael BaÑos Regional Editor-Davao men or people in general, I Regional Editors-Northmin believe, need to know how to define the real leader of AL JACINTO JOE FELICILDA their country. Regional Editor-WestMin Editorial Consultant According to J Sakiyah ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI Sandifer (2006), there is a NOTARY PUBLIC- JUNI LAW OFFICE key phrase to define the true CELL NO: 09352379999/ (088) 8573595 leader. He said that the true CRUZ TAAL ST., CAG. DE ORO CITY leader is not how many folLegal Counsel lowers he or she has but how --------------------------------------------------------------bureau and mktg staff many new leaders he or she candy macabale - 09161326483 has created. So, don’t worry RIZA O. ARES - 0915-9753277/0920-9600223 with the survey results. MISOR - LOLONG NABONG - 0906-875-8650 People should know. This GINGOOG CITY-MANNY ANSIHAGAN-0936-287-7788 North Buk. - DAHLIA S. BENEMERITO-0936-303-0410 statement seems so simple. VALENCIA CITY - PHILIP PHIL CALUMBA-0905-652-5407 But, when we try to digest KIBAWE, BUKIDNON - ROSEMARY GENON the meaning behind that MARAMAG - TITA FINA CUALES - 0926-336-1585 Iligan City - JEFFREY OPONDA-0936-1174378 statement, we can provide tubod - louie bukod-0948-1323348 the laymen with knowledge bobby mag usara-tangub city how to choose their true OROQUIETA CITY - PJ TREMEDAL-0919-3452375 leader. ARMM - Sony Sudaria-0947-4810371 ruel pelone Managing Editor

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Still based on the above statement, the true leader can be measured by how many new leaders he or she has created. In educational terms, this statement indicates that the followers (or the people) in a country are triggered to learn the ways of lives. By doing so, the people are more and more educated, and of course, getting aware of what they have to do with their responsibilities as a nation. In certain instances, it is like the subordinates in an organization. In that arena, they must learn a lot. So, the true leader creates a learning organization. All the nations in the whole country are becoming more and more empowered. In

this condition, they can go to the way to the vision and mission their leader directs them to. That is a learning organization. Eventually, there is no term of political dynasty. When it is in a learning organization, all the disciples are enjoying the lives because they are made aware. They are more and more educated. In the long run, they can become the new leaders, following the trace that has been opened widely by their leader. All infrastructures, all social, economic, and political aspects are developed and lifted up for the nation welfares. All these can empower the nation to live. Implicitly, the true leader does not make himself or herself selfish. He or she is becoming more and more prosperous while his or her people are on the other way around. A learning organization has a final goal to make the disciples more prosperous. When they live with adequate facilities, or good infrastructures they are the symbol of their true leader. So, it is easy to define See djuwari, page A11

Imperfect A deeper view

Jesse E.L. Bacon II

President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III is an imperfect president but no Filipino will ever have a perfect president at any time during his lifetime. But at least in the case of Aquino, despite contrary views on the matter, he did things no other president ever did. Not even the late democracy icon, Corazon Aquino, the President’s mother, succeeded in parceling out Hacienda Luisita during her incumbency as president even if land reform was the centerpiece of her administration. The son, however, defied logic and any conventions by doing what her mother failed to do by having the family-owned hacienda parceled out to its tenants. Of course, many will deny this citing seemingly valid arguments that it was not done in a manner that it should be. But is there really a perfect undertaking by this administration given the jaundiced eyes of political detractors who could not see anything good coming from Aquino? There will always be derogatory issues against Aquino, or any administration for that matter, but if we will always look at the things a sitting administration does from a “half-empty” glass perspective, mangabuang tang tanan ug dili gyud ta kauswag. People in Mindanao are crying out for peace after decades of war and senseless deaths. Aquino moved to strike a peace pact with the Moro rebels. His detractors are calling him names for the peace accord he entered into with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Some even have the galls to cry from the comfort of their air-conditioned offices and homes away from Mindanao that the peace agreement be rejected and war resumed. Sayonan lang See bacon, page A11

Daily Inspiration “Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.” Colossians 3:9

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We all lie at one time or another, whether it’s exaggerating, spreading false words about others, or even impressing others with

our false image. There’s a problem though with these actions. When others see beyond the lie they begin to lose confidence in our word. It’s important to live our lives authentically. Are there areas in your life where you misrepresent yourself to others? Come

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Stop spread of ‘fake rice,’ lawmaker urges DA, NFA Bukidnon • Camiguin • Lanao del Norte • Lanao del Sur • Misamis Occidental • Misamis Oriental

A LADY lawmaker yesterday urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Food Authority (NFA) to look into the reported proliferation of synthetic rice in the country. “Obviously, the manufacturer of fake rice is doing this in the name of profit. We heard this is cheaper to produce and looks very much like the farm-grown rice. Our fear is that many of our kababayan will not be able to tell the difference and will be deceived into buying this cheaper type,” said Cynthia Villar. Fake rice, which was also reported in neighboring countries China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, allegedly reached

Philippine shores, with a reported discovery in Davao del Sur, noted Villar. Reports said the synthetic rice is made of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and plastic, shaped into grains. Materials found in pipes and cables were also used in this type of rice. “A nationwide inspection by DA and NFA should be conducted on warehouses and rice shops to identify the illegal peddlers of fake rice and make sure they will be severely penalized under existing laws,” Villar said. “Special attention must be given to small shops in rural areas, where fake rice could be discreetly sold,” she added. The chair of the Senate

Committee on Agriculture and Food and concurrent chair of the Congressional Oversight Committee on Fisheries and Agricultural Modernization, said she expects the DA to submit the official report on the matter. “The Bureau of Customs and the Coast Guard should also continue guarding our ports for the possible illegal entry of fake rice. We should be mindful that this type could be mixed with normal rice,” she added. The Nacionalista Party senator also said an information campaign should be immediately launched to teach the public pointers how to identify fake rice and to encourage consumers to report its presence to authorities.

HEARING AID CONSULTATION. Hundreds of residents

from the towns of Libertad and Opol in Misamis Oriental availed of the free eye and ear consultation conducted by the US-based Starkey Hearing Foundation and the Eye Care Surgicare recently through the efforts of second district Rep. Juliette T. Uy with the help of her husband, Villanueva town Mayor Julio T. Uy. Photos courtesy of Dodo Canoy and Rose Mondejar

DPWH allocates P400m for road upgrading GENERAL Santos City––The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allocated around P400 million for the upgrading of two vital sections of the national roads in Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat provinces. Reynaldo Tamayo, DPWH Region 12 director, said the preparations are now underway for the implementation of the road projects, which are located in Alabel town in Sarangani and Palimbang in Sultan Kudarat. He said the bidding of the projects are currently ongoing and is due for completion before their scheduled start by the third quarter of the year. In Sarangani, Tamayo said they will upgrade from gravel to concrete a 5.174-kilometer section of the Demoloc-Little Baguio-Alabel national road. The project will cover the road’s Barangay Pag-asa to Sitio Buenavista section, he said. Tamayo said the agency will also pave some 5.207 kilometers along the Awang- Upi-Kalamansig-PalimbangSarangani national road, particularly the Kiponget-Kisek section in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat. He said both projects, which are within school zones, include 1.3-meter concrete sidewalks on both sides as well as loading and unloading bays, pedestrian lanes and metal guardrails. (MindaNews)

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Duterte to cops: Speed up disposition of cases D AVAO CITY -- Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Davao City Police Office to create a new office with the sole function just to serve subpoenas and summons.

Speaking in the Regional Peace and Order Council 11 meeting at the Meng Seng Hotel, he pledged to provide the office with a car and three motorcycles to be used solely for the delivery of court orders. “The police must see to it that the summons and subpoena reach the persons concerned immediately,”

Duterte said. He asked the court to give the City Mayor’s Office 15 days to set up the office. Duterte also urged the courts to furnish the office the summons and subpoenas for it to act accordingly. He expressed dismay to the non-appearance of policemen in court which usually leads to the dismissal


school students from various schools in Loreto. On the same event, men and husbands from the two barangays attended the KATROPA sessions facilitated by the technical staff of PopCom Caraga, respectively. The activity dealt mainly on the role of men in family health. The discussion lingered on

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men’s duties and responsibilities as parent, child’s rights, elements of a happy and successful marriage, harmonious father and child relationship, responsible parenthood and family planning. PopCom Caraga regional director Alexander A. Makinano underlined the significance of the U4U and KATROPA sessions for these interventions allow teens to learn about selfidentity, friendship, life skills and teen health advocacy and equip men and husbands with necessary knowledge and skills on maternal and child health and responsible parenting. (PopCom-Caraga/ PIA-Caraga)

Police, copy furnished the Justice Secretary, and surely they will have trouble explaining, because the law itself specifies a high penalty for their absence in court,” he said. Earlier during the meeting, Regional Trial Court Branch 13 Presiding Judge Rowena Adlawan revealed that one of the issues and concerns besetting the drug courts is the non-appearance of policemen as witnesses which is one of the reasons for the delay in the disposi-

tion of cases and dismissal of drug cases against accused respondents. She cited their difficulty of looking for the policemen who have either retired from the service or have transferred assignments. Adlawan also observed that as the cases drag on, only the prosecutor would show interest in pursuing the deliberation while the police loses the enthusiasm and would intentionally forget the details of the operation. “That is why in the future,

I will ask the Supreme Court to give us a Closed-Circuit Television so that for future reference they can assess the demeanor of the policeman testifying in court whether he would bungle the case or not, coupled with our stenographic notes. Our court means business,” she stressed. Adlawan said RTC Branch Nine and RTC Branch 13 are the courts designated by the Supreme Court to hear drug cases in the city. (PIA 11Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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UTUAN CITY – “We cannot wait for disaster to hit us. Rather, we have to prepare for it,” said Dr. Roberto Sandoval, Jr. of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (JN FAO) on why there is a need for mitigation planning.

The UN FAO, in coordination with the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 13 (DA-RFO 13) conducted a two-day Rehabilitation and Mitigation Planning Workshop and Action Planning for Disaster Risk Reduction for Agriculture last June

2-3. DA-13 Regional Executive Director Edna Mabeza urged the participants to work together so that needed interventions will be delivered promptly to the affected areas. She also emphasized the need to be realistic in submission of

29 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries attend 5-daybody massage level-up training BUTUAN CITY -- Twenty-nine beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino are attending a five-das body massage level-up training facilitated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development 13 (Caraga). Information released by Ryan M. Tapayan of the DSWD 13 Field Office Social Marketing Unit said that the training is being held from Tuesday (June 30) to Saturday (July 4) at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, J.C. Aquino Ave., this city. The five-day training, Tapayan said, aims to orient and train the participants the benefits of the body massage, identify different types of body massage and demonstrate the different body massage techniques. The training, he said, is expected to contribute to the well-being of the Pantawid beneficiaries as they will become Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) certified body massage therapists to help them be employed in the existing health and wellness center or install their own massage center in their respective community through the intervention of all convergence programs of the DSWD. (PNA) FFC/NBN/EBP

120 ARBs undergo training on rice production enhancement SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte – A total of 120 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) recently underwent a three-day course training on rice production enhancement conducted by the provincial office of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Surigao del Norte (DAR-SDN). The course was aimed to capacitate the ARBs in enhancing their farm practices in producing rice thereby increasing their production. The said ARBs came from the six assisted Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Organizations (ARBOs) of DAR-SDN, they are all borrowers under the agency’s Agrarian Production Credit program. Rollie S. Parejo, a resource person from PhilRice-Agusan, was tapped to share his expertise in Palay Key Check Technology and grain post-harvest technology. (SDR/Daryll M. Tumbaga, Lina S. Alvarez, DAR-SDN/PIA-Surigao del Norte)

reports so that responses will immediately reach those in need. Dr. Sandoval also reminded the participants that disaster risk reduction is not just about inputs or infrastructure but it could also be changing of practices or technologies. The workshop outputs on Rehabilitation Planning and SWOT Analysis on Disaster Risk Reduction in Agriculture will be used as basis in addressing the El Niño-affected areas and for mitigation measures for other disasters that may happen in the future.

In the midst of the mild El Niño that the country is experiencing, only two provinces in the region, Agusan del Norte and Agu-

san del Sur, have declared to have been affected, so far. Representatives from provincial Disaster Risk

Reduction Management councils and municipal agriculture offices in Region 13 and DA-Caraga attended the workshop.

225 youth, 83 fathers avail PopCom services in AgSur town BUTUAN CITY – A total of 225 youth and 83 husbands from the remote barangays of Loreto, Agusan del Sur availed the adolescent reproductive health and responsible parenthood-family planning services/interventions through U4U Teen Trail and KATROPA (Kalalakihang Tumutugon sa Responsibilidad at Obligasyon sa Pamilya) sessions, respectively as catered by the Commission on Population (PopCom) – Caraga during the

inter-agency two-day Peace Caravan in said municipality very recently. Young people from Barangay Kauswagan and Sitio Manawe, Barangay Sto. Tomas actively participated in the U4U Teen Trail – an educational, entertaining and interactive exhibit with fun workshops facilitated by the trained teens themselves. Through this activity, teens were able to know about reproductive health and Services | page A6

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H E Ph i l ippi n e Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Tuesday that strong El Niño is expected in the fourth quarter of the year until early 2016.

Vicente Malano, Officerin-Charge of PAG-ASA said the country has been reported dealing with a moderate El Niño and it is strengthening and is expected to worsen at the end of the year. “Dahil nagumpisa yung El Niño natin last October, and it will prevail until the earlier part of 2016, so mahigit sa isang taon yung el nino, although hindi naman ito very strong El Nino na kamukha nung 1997-98, ito ngayon is inaasahan nating aabot sa strong El Nino, not very strong, as strong as the 1997-98 El Niño,” Malano said after the meeting held

at National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC) in Camp Aguinaldo. He added within the next three months July, August and September will have a normal rainfall but towards the end of the year the normal water rainfall will be low due to the presence of El Niño and it will affect the western side of the country including Metro Manila, Ilocos Region and western side of Visayas and Mindanao. “Hindi po natin sinasabi na dahil magkakaroon tayo ng ulan during the next three months, atin na pong aksayahin yung tubig, dapat po itong tubig na babagsak nitong July, August, September ay tipirin dahil nga October, November, December mahina na po ang pag-uulan, ito po ay ating tipirin para po ating magamit during the months of the last quarter of 2015 until the earlier part of 2016,” he

advised the public. Even though the El Nino will not be as worst as the 1997-1998 El Nino, Malano suggest that it will be good to make a plan for the distribution of water. “First priority would be for domestic consumption; second is for power supply and third I think is for agriculture,” Malano said. Malano also said that now is the right time to save and distribute water because it will cause an impact on power supply and agriculture. However, Malano said despite with the presence of El Niño, it doesn’t mean we’ll be spared from tropical cyclones. “According to our historical records, expect 19 to 20 tropical cyclones a year pero ang inaasahan po natin dahil meron tayong el nino, ang karami--kalimitang dadaan sa ating bagyo ay magre-recurve towards the north,” he explained.

Republic of the Philippines Regional Trial Court 10th Judicial Region Branch 5 Hall of Justice Libertad, Butuan City RE: CORRECTION OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE ) OF JOAN MAMOGAY CORDOVA ) REPRESENTED BY ALFREDO CORTEZ, ) Petitioner, ) -Versus- ) LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BUENAVISTA, ) AGUSAN DEL NORTE, PHILIPPINES, ) Respondent. ) X____________________________________)



PETITIONER, through the undersigned Counsel and unto the Honorable Court most respectfully avers that: 1. He is a Filipino, of legal age, single and a resident of Purok 7, Barangay Alubijid, Agusan del Norte, Philippines, while ATTY.-IN-FACT or Representative ALFREDO CORTEZ, is likewise Filipino, of legal age, and a resident of Barangay Guinabsan, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines, where they can be served with summons and other processes of the Honorable Court, a copy of the Special Power of Attorney dated December 31, 2013, signed by JOAN M. CORDOVA and ALFREDO CORTEZ being duly notarized by ATTY. JOHN EDWIN C. LUNETA under Doc. No: 313, Page No: 313, Book No: XIX, and Series of 2013 is hereto attached on this Petition being marked as ANNEX “A” for the ready reference and convenience of the Honorable Court; 2. The Petitioner is the SON of LUNITA MAMOGAY and ARTEMIO CORDOVA who was born last June 14, 1987 at Barangay Tamosan, Alubijid, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines. A copy of his Certificate of Live Birth is hereto attached as ANNEX “B” while the copy of CERTIFICATION from the office of the Local Civil Registrar of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines, dated August 22, 2011 relative to the birth of the same Petitioner is hereto likewise attached to this Petition being marked as ANNEX “C”; 3. Unfortunately, the GENDER of the herein Petitioner, JOAN MAMOGAY CORDOVA on the aforesaid BIRTH DOCUMENTS were recorded or entered WRONGFULLY as FEMALE instead of MALE; 4. Said ERROR in the ENTRY of the herein Petitioner’s RECORD OF BIRTH was NEVER made INTENTIONAL but due to the mistake or inadvertence of an employee from the Local Civil Registrar of Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines, at the time of its entry; 5. To SUPPORT his MALE GENDER, the herein Petitioner attaches herewith on this Petition the following documents with their corresponding markings: 1. Copy of his VOTER’S CERTIFICATION from the Commission on Elections issued last August 22, 2011 being marked as ANNEX “D”; 2. MEDICAL CERTIFICATE from the Manuel J. Santos Hospital, Butuan City, dated January 12, 2014 being marked as ANNEX “D-1”; 3. His APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP of the PHILIPPINE SOCIETY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS clearly showing his FACIAL PROFILE being marked as ANNEX “D-2”; 4. His RECORD CLEARANCE from the National Bureau of Investigation encoded October 24, 2011 being marked as ANNEX “D-3”.

That JUSTICE & FAIRNESS can be best achieved if said ERRONEOUS ENTRY BE CORRECTED particularly on the ONLY ISSUE OF GENDER that should be or must be rectified or changed from FEMALE TO MALE. WHEREFORE, above premises considered, it is hereby respectfully prayed unto the Honorable Court that the herein Petition be GRANTED and that the herein PETITIONER’S ERRONEOUS ENTRY OF GENDER be CORRECTED from FEMALE to MALE. Petitioner pray for such other reliefs and remedies that the Honorable Court may consider as just and equitable under the circumstances of this PETITION. Alubijid , Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines for Butuan City, February 3, 2015. (SGD.) ATTY. PABLO B. LAPA Counsel For the Petitoner Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines. ROLL NO: 24833 IBP O.R. NO: 950992, Jaanuary 6, 2015 MCLE COMPLIANCE IV: January 18-19, 2013 Lanang, Davao City PTR NO: 2322258, Issued January 5, 2015 TIN NO: 406-310-386-000 VERIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION I, ALFREDO CORTEZ, after having been duly sworn to in accordance with law, do hereby depose and say that: 1. I am the representative of the Petitioner, JOAN MAMOGAY CORDOVA in the above-entitled Petition; 2. I have caused the preparation of the foregoing Petition and that all the allegations therein are TRUE AND CORRECT to the best of my knowledge, information and belief; I hereby finally CERTIFY under oath that I have NOT commenced any other action or proceedings involving the same issues in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, or any other Tribunal or Agency. To the best of my knowledge, no such action or proceedings is pending in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, or different Divisions thereof or any other Tribunal or Agency. If I should thereafter learn that a similar action or proceeding has been filed or pending before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, or different Divisions thereof, or any Tribunal or Agency, I undertake to promptly inform the aforesaid Courts and such other Tribunal or Agency of that fact within FIVE (5) days therefrom. (SGD.) ALFREDO S. CORTEZ Affiant SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me on this 3rd day of Februry 2015 at Buenavista, Agusan del Philippines. Affiant exhibited to me his proof of identification. (SGD.) ATTY. PABLO B. LAPA Notary Public Doc. No: 104; Until December 31, 2016 Page No.: 21 PTR no: 2322258, Issued January 5, 2015 Book No: II at Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Philippines. Series of 2015 TIN NO: 406-310-386-000 MDN: June 25, July 2 & 9, 2015

Farmers from Barangay Ngan, Compostela town in Compostela Valley province set up camp outside the Region 11 office 11 of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Davao City on Monday (29 June 2015). The farmers are protesting the entry of Agusan Petroleum and Mineral Corporation (Agpet) in their community. MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano

Lower House okays new measure repealing Forestry Profession Law THE House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure repealing Republic Act 6239 or The Forestry Profession Law, which has outgrown its relevance to the country’s current forest policies. To be known as the Forestry Profession Act, House Bill 5707, which substituted House Bill 1972 authored by Reps. Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Maximo B. Rodriguez Jr. (Partylist, ABAMIN), redefines the scope of activities and services related to the practice of forestry, strengthens the qualifications for foresters, and reorient specific areas of topics in the Foresters Licensure Examination, among others. Rodriguez said some provisions of RA 6239, which was enacted into law on June 19, 1971 or some 44 years ago, are no longer applicable to the government’s existing forest policies and program development thrusts, the new knowledge in forestry and the practices of some of the 8,000 professional Filipino foresters. “Forestry is a dynamic profession,” according to Rodriguez. “Changes in the physical environment and conditions of natural resources as well as global and national policies and laws concerning them, scientific concepts, methodologist and technologies, and even ethical issues affect the practice of the forestry profession. The new competence standards developed for

foresters show the specific knowledge and skills foresters should have today.” Rodriguez lauded the approval of the measure, which, he said, will enable the professional Filipino foresters to effectively address the various demands of their clientele and accordingly react to social and political issues and critical environmental concerns besetting the country today. “In the 70s, when the law regulating the forestry profession in the country was enacted, issues on global environment, sustainable forest management, community-based resource management, integrated protected areas systems, climate change and biodiversity conservation were barely heard. Today, these national and global legal and social concepts dictate how resources management in the country will be pursued and implemented side by side with economic considerations,” Rodriguez said. “Thus,” he added, “today’s forestry graduates who intend to practice the art and craft of the forestry profession must show proof of their capability and preparedness by way of meeting the requirement for in an updated law that would allow only the deserving ones to practice the profession.” The bill strictly mandates that only graduates of Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Bachelor of Science in Forest Products Engineering or Bachelor of Science in Agroforestry, and not mere equivalent degrees, shall be

qualified to take the Foresters Licensure Examination. Likewise, the measure creates the Professional Regulatory Board for Foresters, which shall regulate the practice of forestry in the country; adopt and promulgate the Code of Ethics, the Code of Good Governance and the Code of Technical Standards for the Practice of Forestry; and prescribe and formulate the syllabi or table of specifications for the subjects in the licensure examination in consultation with the academe and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The board, which shall be under the administrative supervision and control of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), is authorized to evaluate and approve applications for licensure examination; release the results of the examination; register qualified foresters and issue thereto certificates of registration and professional identification card; administer oath; and issue or cancel temporary or special permits granted to foreign foresters. The subjects to be covered by the licensure examination for foresters shall include Forest Ecosystem, Forest Police and Governance, Forest Engineering and Utilization and Forest Resource Management. The scope of the practice of forestry under the bill shall include but not limited to the parametric classifications of lands of the public domain and See FORESTRY, page A11

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Salawagan Central Elementary School of Quezon II District, under the leadership of our vigorous School Principal II Mr. Vicente F. Garciano and our magnificent School District Supervisor Dr. Lydia B. Juban, conducted Brigada Eskwela forthis S.Y. 20152016. It is an annual program known as the National School Maintenance Week from May 18 to 23, 2015 with the theme, “Tayo Para sa kalinisan at kahandaan ng ating mga Paaralan.” This school maintenance effort engages all education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort and resources to ensure that public school facilities are prepared for the forthcoming school opening. All public and private employees, barangay officials, private organizations and the community as well as the parents were encouraged to join the Brigada Eskwela activities which was kicked off with a motorcade. As Brigada Eskwela’s school coordinator and in behalf of Salawagan Central Elementary School Teachers and Staff, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the following persons who donated paint materials and monetary support for this school: Hon. Gregorio Lloren Gue, Hon. Vice Mayor Joseph Durotan, Hon. Nilo Bardon, Hon. Teresita B. Leonardo, Hon. Jerlie Areja ,Quezon Municipal Employees Credit Cooperative (QUEMEC),

Hon. Florentino Mantabote and members of the Barangay council, Mr. & Mrs. Heginio S. Ligan, Mr. & Mrs. Marvin S. Ligan, Miss. Aherma S. Ligan, Mr. & Mrs. Jun / Buddy King Henojales, Mr. & Mrs. Alejandro Sumiljig, BUCTRAMCO INC., Atty. And Mrs. Policarpo Catalan, Mr. & Mrs. Amos Landanan, Mr. & Mrs. Francis Yecpot, Mr. & Mrs. Luciano Tacang, Mr. & Mrs. Jose Omas-as and Mr. & Mrs. Renato Israel. To all internal and external Stakeholders who

Repainting of Salawagan Central Elementary School participated by parents. (Photo Supplied) 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 LORRAINE ZENAIDA N. BACLAO has filed with this office a petition for the correction of clerical error in the entry of the child’s SEX from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of LORRAINE ZENAIDA NATIVIDAD who was born on JULY 27, 1955 in Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are EVANS NATIVIDAD and LAURA FLORES. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than July 4, 2015.

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Republic of the Philippines CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR’S OFFICE City of Davao Notice of Publication RA 10172



Date: June 22, 2015

In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1, the Guidelines in the Implementation of Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR of RA 10172), notice is hereby served to the public that WILFREDO VICTOR C. ABISAR has filed with this office, a petition and correction of entry in the child’s sex from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of CHRISTINE MAE SULLERA ABISAR who was born at Davao City and whose parents are WILFREDO VICTOR ABISAR and THELMA SULLERA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this office not later than July 15, 2015. (Sgd.) Atty. LEO ANTHONY R. BRACEROS City Civil Registrar MDN: June 25 & July 2, 2015

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Dinagat Islands Municipality of Tubajon CFNCCE-2015-1 RA 10172


In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of RA 10172 IRR, Notice is hereby served to the public that LOPE LULAB CAMPOS has filed with this Office a petition for Correction of entry in sex from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the certificate of live birth of LOPE PEDERE LULAB whose parents are PRUDENCIO A. LULAB and VICTORIA PEDERI. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 09 July 2015. (SGD.) GLECERIA C. CAPUA Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: June 25 & July 2, 2015

extended their generous hand and Support just to make our Brigada Eskwela successful, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much. Through your monetary support we were able to purchase paints. The walls of our classrooms were repainted by the Knights of Columbus headed by Grand Knight Oscar R. Quimque because the school has to comply with DEPED standard color for all public schools for a better learning atmosphere of our children. The cultivation of Gulay-

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an sa Paaralan and cleaning of different areas within and out of the fully-developed school campus was a success through the help of our parents and stakeholders. Classroom ellectrical stuff like lights and outlets

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were being fixed by the FIBECO electricians headed by Mr. Joselito D. Lazanas, Instructional Development Officer and Engr. Rouel O. Rondina, FIBECO Quezon Branch Manager. All of the stakeholders, private organizations, parents, teachers and pupils, in the led of very dynamic

Schools Division Superintendent Sir Jesnar Dems S. Torres Ph.D., of the Division of Bukidnon, came to school fuelled with the spirit of volunteerism and unity to make the event possible. To all of you, thank you so much and God bless us all. Mabuhay tayong lahat!

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whether in times of war or in peace. However, there are rules in the endorsement of products. One should truthfully advertise the elements and advantage of the product. Otherwise, the endorsement of the product under false pretense is tantamount to deception. In politics, who cares? The rogue politician would only be too glad to destroy the opponent – personal or otherwise. After all, winning the election is the ultimate goal. In war, it is customary for the protagonists to employ all forms of trickeries in order to gain an upper hand and changed the course of the battle to one’s favor. However, even in the heat of the battle, both sides observed rules in the treatment of the wounded and the prisoners. In politics, the craving for personal gain and the greed for power, overrules the rules of war. -0- send comments/reactions: crisguardian@yahoo. com

Djuwari... from page A4

true leader. When there are more new leaders in a country, it is the symbol of the true leader. When the whole nation in a country is becoming better in their lives compared with when they were previously, that is the symbol of their true leader. So far, any nation in any country can be given the above criteria. We can trace any leaders, wherever we are now living by looking back at their track records. How much life we have enjoyed so far in our surrounding environment. How much infrastructures we can enjoy in our entire territory. And, of course, how many new leaders we have in our city or a country. Without a learning process, a new leader cannot be created. That is the key to measure who the true leader is. ---------Editor’s Note: Dr. Djuwari Sarkawi is the advisor of Indonesia Association of Press Practitioners/ Journalists in East Java province (HIPSI), Indonesia. He is also the president of the International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER).

Bacon... from page A4

biya ni sila ug giyera as if they have experienced war themselves. The excuse for this call for war was the isolated incident where 44 policemen was killed in Mamasapano town in Mindanao while serving the warrant of arrest against a notorious terrorist from Malaysia laired in that town. When Aquino tried to defend a friend, police General Alan Purisima, from what happened in Mamasapano, brickbats from all sides were thrown at him. But when

the Ombudsman dismissed Purisima and some other police officials for another infraction, detractors readily denied that such move by the Ombudsman is a sign of good governance under Aquino’s watch. Matud pa sa pinulongang tagalog, sala sa init, sala sa lamig. When the economy grew at a rate unexpected even in the region, Aquino got mauled by his detractors as having worked for the economic uplift of only the rich. While it is true that I have been very critical about the posted economic growth rate as meant only for the rich, totally Aquino could not be blamed for this. Remember that Aquino is working within the framework of the present economic system where it is emphasized that the rich capitalists’ hold of the economy should first be strengthened and stabilized so that in return they can help the lot of those outside their circle, the ordinary wage earners. This is the economic order that pushed the billionaires of the world comprising one percent of the total world population to own by 2016 more than one half of the world’s wealth. This is the order that is causing the widening of the gap between the rich and the poor in every nook and cranny of the world. Not even the so-called communist countries are spared from this new world order. Look at how the Chinese billionaires have grown in number by leaps and bounds proving the embrace by that country of the USinspired capitalist system. Aquino, we should understand, is a product of this new world order. If we want this new world order not be the defining factor at how the economy should move and act here, then this new world order should slowly be dismantled. If people like you and me will just sincerely commit to live simple life, this new world order will slowly but surely be replaced with a new world order shaped and dictated by the demands of a simple life. If this is the economic order we desire to have after Aquino, then let us start looking for a leader now who has the guts, the will and the clear understanding that the current world order only propagates poverty and its corresponding suffering and misery among the majority of the impoverished populace. But one thing we can’t deny. While Aquino is working within the framework of the current world economic order that spawns slavery of the people to materialism and secularism, at least he had done many unconventional things such as mentioned above no predecessor of his dared do. Of course, you might say Aquino would have done more. Yes but how can our leader like him do more when in the eyes of his

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detractors he has not done anything? You expect him to do more given this sad fact? You must be kidding. (Reactions to jelbacon@ or jelbaconii@ Read me also at www.raconteurme.blogspot. com)


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the public markets here is “genuine rice.” A retailer, who talked on condition of anonymity, said that the rice sold in the public markets here is indigenous to the region. “This rice comes from Bukidnon, Lanao provinces, Zamboanga, Cotabato, and in the Caraga Region in eastern Mindanao,” she said. She said that the local market is selling a variety of milled rice – from head rice to the government’s NFA rice. “It would be easy to detect the fake rice,” the retailer said. Authorities in Davao City reportedly seized the smuggled “fake rice” last week, sending a citywide apprehension of the rice sold in the local market. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has warned the unscrupulous rice smugglers of dire consequences once the long arm of the law catches them. Duterte urged the local residents to immediately report to the local police if suspicious rice is sold in the public markets in Davao.

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the country to be more aware in preparing for disasters, natural or manmade. Moreno said the current administration has ensured to make CDRRMO a permanent entity in the local government unit (LGU) so that preparing for disasters would be round-the-clock 24/7 all throughout the year. Cañeda also thanked the national line agencies and LGUs located all over the region for their constant cooperation with all the programs as mandated by Republic Act (RA) 10121, otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. For t he rest of t he month, the following activities are outlined: DRRM Training for the Youth, Gawad KALASAG Regional Entries Finalization and Documentation, mangrove planting and growing, flood evacuation drill, earthquake drill, poster making contest for high school students, blood donation drive and many more. The ess ence of t he month-long observance is to promote public awareness on natural hazards and disseminate information on the steps to be undertaken to mitigate the adverse effects of such hazards so sustainable development can be maintained in the country.

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of the small quantity of cooked rice),” said Administrator Renan Dalisay. Dalisay further emphasized that the issue of alleged synthetic rice is one of public safety. “Kung mayroon ibang complainant sana matulungan kami sa pamamagitan ng pag-submit ng isang kilogram na uncooked rice (We are calling on anyone who may have bought alleged fake rice to submit to us samples of raw rice for testing),” he said. However, he added that it is important to note that Chinese rice is not necessarily the same as fake rice. Smuggled rice The public must be vigilant against rice from China, as the NFA has not issued any importation permits for the country. Thus, it is likely that any rice found in the market are smuggled, if they did not come from auctions conducted by the BOC. The BOC periodically auctions off any smuggled rice it has confiscated. In Cartimar market, Pasay City, the NFA today visited three retailers suspected to be selling illegally procured rice from China. NFA’s Technical Research Services Department (TRSD) will check the age of the Chinese rice to determine if it may have been part of the 8,000-bag batch auctioned last October 2014 by the BOC. If the rice is dated to have been produced later than the rice auctioned off last year, then the owners of the stalls will be summoned by the agency for inquiry. Though the store owners will also be held liable for any illegally procured goods, it is of greatest concern to track down the source of any smuggled rice. Ne w s of s u s p e c t e d fake rice from China going rounds in Asia started spreading last month. There has been no official report as to the validity of this issue. The governments of Indonesia and the Philippines have both denied its existence. The NFA encourages the public to immediately report to the NFA if they encounter any suspected plastic rice in the market through its hotline number 0906-4363133. Alarmed A group of rice retailers in Northern Mindanao yesterday urged the public to be vigilant against the proliferation of “fake rice” in the local market. Mrs. Helen Osin, president of the Confederation of Grains Retailers Association of the Philippines (Grecon) in Northern Mindanao, said her group was alarmed over the entry of fake and poisonous rice in Mindanao. Osin said consumers in Davao City have earlier complained after they bought sysnthetic rice, which is made out of sweet potato and plastic resin, a poisonous substance.

While the fake rice is not yet reported in Northern Mindanao, Osin urged the public to immediately report to the local National Food Authority (NFA) office any erring rice retailers found selling fake rice. She also asked NFA officials to regularly inspect the local markets to prevent the entry of fake rice in this part of the region. She blamed the proliferation of fake rice in the local market to the entry of smuggled and imported rice. Imported rice, she said, does not pass the quality control of NFA unlike those rice produced locally. Also, she said synthetic rice would last until four days when cooked unlike the locally produced rice that will only last for one day when cooked. With a report from Gerry Lee Gorit


from page A1 later, the agency issued Memorandum Circular 94-188 to comply with the enabling law. The circular only allows the following PWDs to obtain nonprofessional driver’s licenses: (1) an orthopedically impaired person with an amputated left or right leg or amputated left or right arm, (2) persons who had polio with one paralyzed leg, (3) persons with visual impairment in either the left or right eye, and (4) persons with speech and hearing impairment who must use hearing aids. It doesn’t allow blind people, deaf people and double amputees to drive. “It’s really subjective, though. There is no clear pass or fail. It’s a matter of wooing the doctor and the LTO examiner to let you drive,” said Consunji. Guidelines in the works Louie Miranda, a dentist at the LTO Central Office on East Avenue who serves as chairman of the LTO Accredited Physicians and is a member of the Department of Transportation and Communications Task Force on Accessibility, concedes that there are no set standards yet for PWD drivers and vehicular conversions. He said the standards are still being formulated. “Right now, it’s on a case-tocase basis,” Miranda said. “When a PWD registers his or her adapted vehicle, the motor vehicle inspector checks to see if it is a viable and safe design.” However, he said the LTO issued a circular in 2013 to address the concerns of PWD drivers who want to get driver’s licenses. Memorandum Circular VPT2013-1803 reiterates earlier LTO circulars that require, among others, PWDs applying for or renewing their licenses to get their medical certificates from specialized physicians. Mingarine said that although JAJEV Industry prioritizes ease of use and total customization, it is willing to comply with stricter government safety standards should these be issued. Big demand, big money In light of all these, one big question remains: Just how big is the demand for adapted vehicles? “There’s actually a lot of money to be made here,” Fernandez said. According to data from AMPIMega, the private company that prints driver’s license cards for the LTO, the LTO issued nearly 193,000 driver’s licenses to PWDs in 2008. Around 95 percent were for license Condition A or drivers who must wear eyeglasses while driving. The remaining 5 percent (around 9,500 licenses) were issued to drivers with more serious impairments. Of the latter group, nearly two in three were for Condition D drivers, who have visual impairments and are only allowed to drive from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nearly a quarter were for Condition C drivers, who

require special equipment for their lower limbs. Eight percent of the licenses, on the other hand, were issued to Condition B drivers, who require special equipment for their upper limbs, while the remaining 4 percent were obtained by Condition E drivers, who have hearing impairments and must use hearing aids. Driving means freedom for PWDs Bing Baquir, head of the National Council for Disability Affairs’ subcommittee on Accessibility and Transportation, said driving is more than just a convenient way of getting around for PWDs. “For persons with disabilities, it’s a priority for them to drive because it means independent living. They want to be self-reliant,” she said. Fernandez said personal mobility is certainly important to PWDs, especially since public transportation is still not a viable option for them to get around. He said JAJEV Industry has done 15 conversions so far and is looking to expand production. However, he said it is in dire need of more investors and equipment. “We have been using our friends’ machine shops just to make the parts. The proof of concept is already here. We just need help from willing partners,” he said. But aside from helping PWDs become more mobile, Fernandez said the ultimate goal of JAJEV Industry is to create sustainable employment for PWDs. “It’s hard for a PWD to find work in this country,” he said. “Our vision is to create a business that would help PWDs have employment with a high-paying salary.” For inquiries on JAJEV Industry’s products, contact Elfren Fernandez at 09199938988, 0915-1868050 or (The authors are journalism majors of the University of the Philippines-Diliman. They submitted this story for the journalism seminar class “Reporting on Persons with Disabilities” under VERA Files trustee Yvonne T. Chua. VERA Files is put out by veteran journalists taking a deeper look at current issues. Vera is Latin for “true.”)

Forestry... from page A8

sub-classification and capability of determination of forestlands; inventory of forest or timer and other forest products; reconnaissance and survey of road locations and quarry sites; and scaling, grading and manifesting taxes on logs and derivative wood products as well as other forest products. Foresters shall, among others, also inspect and investigate harvesting and processing plants; prepare, certify and authenticate log and lumber dealers, sawmill operations and other mill reports; plan and implement forest nursery, afforestation, reforestation, industrial and community-based tree plantation, tree farm and agro-forestry farm projects; and plan and implement systems development for forest parks, wilderness areas, coastal areas and other protected areas. The bill mandates the revocation of certificate of registration of any forester found guilty of abetting illegal practice of forestry by any individual or entity. Rodriguez said with the approval of the proposed Forestry Profession Act, “the Filipino Forester’s role in sustainable development will be enhanced and the mechanism for the growth of the profession will be institutionalized.”

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Provincial Director LEO VEGA VELEZ during the awarding of Qualification Map to one of the TWSP participating TVIs in the Province


By DYLIN MARIE S. OMAÑA, Administrative Officer V

TO BENEFIT FROM P 41M TVET SCHOLARSHIP TECHNICAL Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Misamis Oriental Provincial Office will implement an estimated Forty-One Million Pesos under the Training for Work Scholarship Program (TWSP) and the Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA). Approximately 5,000 constituents from the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Gingoog, & El Salvador including all municipalities of the Province of Misamis Oriental will enjoy free skills training and competency assessment for the year 2015. Training offerings or qualifications offered are geared towards developing skilled workers that

would address the job-skills mismatch under the following sectors such as Agriculture, Automotive and Land Transportation, Construction, Electronics, Garments, ICT, Language, Processed Foods, Health, Social and other Community Services (HSOCS), Tourism Hotel and Restaurant, and TVET. These sectors are identified as the key employment generators and will likewise address the skills gap identified as the priority skills in the Province of Misamis Oriental. Scholars will undergo training for not more than 3 months and will be subjected to the conduct of mandatory Competency Assessment

after the training for Skills Certification.Scholarship applicants can choose from a wide array of qualifications being offered as follows: Agricultural Crops Production NC I, Animal Production NC II, Basic English Language, Bread & Pastry Production NC II, Career Entry Course for Software Developer Using Java, Carpentry NC II, Construction Painting NC II, Cookery NCII, Dressmaking NC II, Electrical Installation & Maintenance NC II, Food and Beverage Services NC III, Front Office Services NC II, Gas Tungsten Arc Welding NC II, HEO NC II (Backhoe Loader), HEO NC II (Bulldozer), HEO NC II (Forklift), HEO NC II (Wheel Loader), Horticulture

NC II, Housekeeping NC II, Instrumentation and Control Servicing NC II, Machining NC II, Masonry NC II, Motorcycle Small Engine Servicing NC II, Pharmacy Services NC II, Pipefitting NC II, Plumbing NC II, RAC (DOMRAC) Servicing NC II, Scaffold Erection NC II, Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC II, Slaughtering Operations NC II, Tile Setting NCII, Tour Guiding Services NCII, Trainers Methodology I, Visual Graphics Design NCIII. “The scholarship program will definitely boost the job situation in the Province of Misamis Oriental. We will not only cultivate the workers’ skills but empower them to become more competitive as

Provincial Director LEO VEGA VELEZ during the awarding of Qualification Map to one of the TWSP participating TVIs in the Province

they join the job market locally and in the borderless economy within the ASEAN Community”, as stressed/ emphasized by Provincial Director Leo Vega Velez in one of the Trainingt Induction Programs conducted by TESDA. Participating Technical Vocational Institutions (TVIs) in the Province will also benefit from the program. This would give them the opportunity to offer programs in higher qualifications that would cater to the requirements of the

new emerging industries, not discounting the opportunities brought about by the K to 12 and the ASEAN integration. TESDA on the other hand will continue to provide opportunities in human capital investment by expanding access to quality techvoc and develop workforce competencies required in growth areas. Scholarship implementation is one among/ of the programs employed by TESDA to address this battlecry.

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