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AT 4 a.m. yesterday, the center of Tropical Storm “PABLO” was estimated at 530 km West of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro (13.3°N,115.8°E) with maximum sustained winds of 110 kph and gustiness of up to of 140 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest slowly. Northeast Monsoon affecting Northern Luzon. Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao. Mindanao will be cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.Elsewhere, light to moderate winds coming from the east to southeast with slight to moderate seas. source : pagasa


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‘Pablo’ causes lesser damage in Agusan Sur Fieldmen from the Provincial General Services Office in Agusan del Sur clear the roads leading to the provincial capitol from fallen Acacia trees. Photo by Chris V. Panganiban

By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN of Mindanao Daily News

S A N Fr an c i s c o, Agusan del Sur–– There was lesser impact than expected from the damages to lives and properties wrought by Typhoon Pablo in this province.

Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza was elated to learn that contrary to the worst scenario they expected from the super typhoon, the impact in Agusan del Sur was lesser even as the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has been on 24-hour alert since Monday. “It’s good that we experienced lesser rainfall,” Plaza said adding that typhoon Sendong in December last year has took a bigger damage to crops and properties. The PDRRMC has reported yesterday that there were six persons killed, five pablo | page 10

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Nothing’s left standing of the building of an old rice mill in Sta. Josefa. Photo courtesy of former mayor Dicken Otero

Mining blamed for tragic effect of ‘Pablo’ By ALEX D. LOPEZ Davao Today

Conveners of the Manilakbayan (Journey to Manila) campaign for environment and human rights in Mindanao hold mining companies accountable for the devastation wrought by storm Pablo in the island. “This typhoon would not have been this tragic if not for the logging and foreign mining companies ravaging our mineral resources,” Sr. Stella Matutina, convener of Manilakbayan said. Matutina refers to largescale mining companies, as small scale mining activities, she cited, “have been practicing sustainable mining.” Matutina and 70 other indigenous peoples, tribal leaders and victims of human rights violations are here in Manila for a series of activities to call to stop foreign large scale destructive mining and agribusiness plantations in Mindanao. Dulphing Ogan, a Blaan leader from Sarangani, who is one of the delegates of Manilakbayan, said it is mining that have aggravated the disasters which resulted to massive deaths and deFLOODWATERS carry this mining machine toward the Bulao Bridge in Barangay Canitoan in Cagayan de Oro City when struction of typhoon Pablo. Typhoon Pablo which Super Typhoon Pablo struck Northern Mindanao on December 4. The machine is a living proof that mining operations in Cagayan de Oro and nearby towns is still alive and kicking despite mining ban.

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‘Somebody’s hiding the truth that Hinatuan Doppler radar not working,’ says DILG head By BONG D. FABE of Mindanao Daily News CAGAYAN de Oro City– –“Maybe somebody’s hiding the truth that the Hinatuan Doppler radar is not working.” Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Araneta Roxas II expressed surprised when a reporter (Froilan Gallardo of MindaNews) told him after asking a question that the Doppler radar in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has not been repaired yet after it was damaged by Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong) on December 16, 2011. Roxas also said that even President Benigno Simeon Aquino III was not aware that the Doppler radar station in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur was not working on the day. “I was not aware of that. It was never brought to the attention of President Aquino,” Roxas said in the open forum following the Provincial Disaster Risk ment, an environmentalist Reduction Management Oriental Thursday. Hearing of Roxas’ reac- who requested not to be Council briefing at the provincial capitol of Misamis tion and subsequent state- named told this reporter

that Malacanang better investigate this because of the importance of the Hinatuan Doppler to the rest of Mindanao. Pagasa said that Mindanao is visited by typhoons and storms during the last quarter of the year because of the Northwest wind. The source said that if the President should make head rolls at the DOST or Pagasa for failing to inform him of the Hinatuan doppler’s status. He said that if President Aquino sacked Prisco Nilo for Pagasa’s failure to predict Typhoon Basyang would hit Metro Manila in 2010, all the more he should sack whoever is responsible for keeping the information of the Hinatuan doppler’s status a “secret.” The Doppler in Hinatuan, the only one in Mindanao, is very vital in safeguarding the lives of the people in times of storms and typhoons as it provides real-time information on a storm/typhoon’s wind velocity, rain density and other vital information that is uploaded immediately to the weather bureau’s as well as that of other Asian countries’ monitoring stations. It is a vital cog to the effectively of the Project NOAH of the DOST. The Department of Science and Technology, which oversees the Philippine

Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) initiated the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards to help track weather disturbances in detail to help warn and protect people from their wrath.

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The Hinatuan Doppler is the only one in Mindanao. It has a range of 300 kilometers. Other dopplers installed by Pagasa are in Baguio, Cebu, Subic and Tagaytay. Realizing the importance of the information, head | page 10

Cargo forwarders to pay add’l fees

-versus- -versus- FOR: Annulment and FOR: Annulment and Cancellation of the Original CARGO FORWARDERS Cancellation of the Original JUAN TUPAS, Survey Claimant JUAN TUPAS JUAN TUPAS , Survey Claimant JUAN balikbayan boxes handling TUPASRespondent. On Lot No. 13224, Cad-237

additional fees to the Bureau of Customs (BoC) starting January as x- - - - - - - - - - - - -ORDER -------------- --/ the agency seeks to raise more revenues for the govORDER WHEREFORE, for reasons above-stated, the name Juan Tupas listed as original survey claimant on Lot 13224 Cad-237 located at ernment. WHEREFORE, for Oriental reasons shall above-stated, the name Juan Tupas Mauswagon, Laguindingan, Misamis be CANCELLED “In a consultative meetclaimant Protestants on Lot 13224 Cad-237 located at and DROPPEDlisted from as the original records.survey Consequently, VICTOingand between Customs ofMauswagon,GAID, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental be CANCELLED RIA TALAO, ANTONIO JACINTO TALAO AND shall DANIELA DROPPED from the records. Consequently, Protestants VICTORIAficials TALAO, and industry leadDABLIO be given preferential rights over their respective claims as ANTONIO GAID, JACINTO TALAO AND DANIELA DABLIO be given follows: ers which was initiated by preferential rights over their respective claims as follows: [Customs Commissioner Lot 13224-A - Daniela Dablio- Daniela Dablio Lot 13224-A Rozzano Rufino B.] Biazon Lot 13224-B - Jacinto Talao - Jacinto Talao Lot 13224-B lastTalao) Dec. 3, 2012, Port Us Lot 13224-C - Felicitas Talao -(survived her daughter Talao) Victoria Lot 13224-C FelicitasbyTalao (survivedVictoria by her daughter Lot 13224-D - Antonio Gaid - Antonio Gaid Lot 13224-D ers Confederation (PUC) President Dominador L. as confirmed reflected and confirmed in sketch the prepared as ref lected and in the prepared plan ofsketch ENGR.plan of ENGR. CRISOSTOMO G. REGALADO which form part of this Order. De Guzman, Door-to-Door CRISOSTOMO G. REGALADO which form part of this Order. SO ORDERED. Consolidators of the PhilipORDERED. Cagayan de OroSO City, ______________. pines (DDCAP) President Cagayan de Oro City, ______________. Joel P. Longares and DDCAP Chairman Monet C. Ungco (SGD.) MAXIMO O. (SGD.) DICHOSO, CESO III agreed that there is a need MAXIMO O. DICHOSO, CESO III Regional ExecutiveRegional Director Executive Directorto adopt measures geared towards a more efficient Leg6-Lands-2010-ISA-Talao, vs Tupas(O)/nette 3-24-10 and improved collection of MDN: DEC. 3, 5, & 7, 2012 revenues,” the bureau said MDN: DEC. 3, 7 & 8, 2012 Respondent.

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BusinessWeek Mindanao Advertising & Promotions (BWM-AP) holds a Mindanaowide Mindanao-wide Journalism Forum and Seminar, December 1, 2012 at the BWM Media Center, Abellanosa Street, Cagayan de Oro City. The forum and seminar featured speakers include Mindanao Daily News (MDN) Editor-in-Chief Ruel Pelone, MDN Associate Editor Cris Diaz, BusinessWeek Mindanao (BWM) Editor-in-Chief Nelson Constantino, BWM Media Center Training Director for Broadcast Joe del Puerto Felicilda, The Cagayan de Oro TIMES Editor-in-Chief Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, and facilitated by BWM Media Center Training Director for Print Allan Mediante. The participants of the said forum and seminar are the BWM Group’s Mindanao Bureau Chiefs and Correspondents who came from key cities and provinces of Mindanao. The group enjoyed a whole day lecture and forum in the fields of news writing, column/editorial writing, feature writing, photojournalism with focus on file handling digital imaging files. BWM-AP CEO and Publisher Dante Sudaria says, “this is a very special occasion for the BWM Group, we are getting bigger and better, but it is also good to be reminded of how we started out and also for our correspondents to refresh themselves in the various fields of

BusinessWeek Mindanao Advertising & Promotions CEo and Publisher Dante Sudaria in his inspirational message during the BWM Group’s Mindanao-wide Journalism Forum and Seminar at the BWM Media Center.

journalism.” M r. S u d a r i a a l s o enthused that “with the advancement of new technologies, it is best to use all available resources for us to keep ourselves on track with the daily grind of the newspapering industry.” The event is also a special gathering for the BWM Group as they celebrate Christmas ahead, “we celebrate our Christmas party ahead because I know that this is a very busy month and we are always very busy with the daily tasks that we have in our respective newspapers, this is our way of thanking all our partners in making BWM what it is today, Merry Christmas to all of you”, Mr. Sudaria adds. Now on its third year, BusinessWeek Mindanao newspaper already comes out three-times-a-week, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This year is also the 1st anniversary year of Mindanao Daily News. Mindanao STAR Balita’s presence on the other hand, has already made its mark in the “masa” (Class C-D) readership, equally rising to visibility are the two latest additions to the group – The Cagayan de Oro TIMES which is a weekly lifestyle ABAMIN’s Congressman Maximo Rodriguez delivers an newspaper and the BWM inspirational talk as a guest of honor during the BWM Magazine. Group event.

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Typhoon Pablo Update By Jorie Valcorza, PIA 10

Nor t h e r n M i n d a n a o. Breakdown : Cagayan de Oro City - 14,168 fami lies (54,834 p ersons); Misamis Oriental -12,180 families (60,956 persons); Camiguin -56 families (295 persons); Iligan City -18,830 families (57,128 persons); Lanao del Norte -3,098 fami lies (15,402 p ersons); Bukidnon -1,656 families (3,488 persons); and Misamis Occidental

- 4,967 families (22,797 persons). SOME houses were reported totally or partially-damaged : Misamis Oriental -106 totallydamaged and 421 partially-damaged; Malitbog, Bukidnon 68 totally-damaged and 15 partially-damaged; Ji m e n e z , M i s a m i s Occ - 3 partially-damaged; Tudela, Mis Occ -1 totally-damaged and 4 partially-damaged; and

Lopez Jaena, MisOcc - 3 partially-damaged. ONE child died in Valencia City after having been hit by a falling coconut tree while bathing amid heavy rains. EMERGENCY Hot lines : NDRRMC - (02)9111406, ( 0 2 ) 9 1 2 2 6 6 5 , (02)9125668; PNP-117 or SMS to 2920; PAGASA - (02)4338526; and DOTC 7890 or 09188848484.

PAUL (English pronunciation: /ˈpɔːl/) is a common masculine name in countries and ethnicities with a Christian heritage (Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Protestantism) and, beyond Europe, in Christian religious communities throughout the world. The name exists since the Roman times and derives from the Roman family

name Paulus or Paullus - in particular in the Roman patrician family of the Gens Aemilia - including prominent persons such as Lucius Aemilius Paullus, Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus, Lucius Aemilius Lepidus Paullus, Tertia Aemilia Paulla (the wife of Scipio Africanus), as well as Sergius Paulus.

The Roman family name Paulus derives from the Latin adjective meaning "scarce", "small" or "humble"[2][3] and which is cognate to the modern English word "few".[4] Its prevalence in nations with a Christian heritage is primarily due to its attachment to the Saint and Roman citizen Paul of Tarsus, whose Greek name was Παῦλος, Pàulos, a transliteration from the Latin.

The name Paul is common in all Western European languages (e.g. English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Dutch, Scandinavian) and those associated with Eastern Orthodoxy (e.g. Greek, Russian, Georgian). The feminine versions are Paula, Pauline, Paulina, and Paulette. Below are more notable people named Paul in history. (web)

CAGAYAN de Oro City The local government of Cagayan de Oro City will enter into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-10) and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) for the establishment of a Flood Forecasting and Warming Center (FFWC) for the Cagayan de Oro River Basin. This, after the City Council during its regular session on Nov. 27, approved Ordinance No. 12471-2012 for the purpose. Under the MOA, the city shall provide the lot for the CDORFFWC, which will serve as the hub for all flood forecasting and warning activities for the Cagayan de Oro River Basin and all its tributaries and allied rivers. DOST-10 shall assist in all the activities such as the site survey, hydrographic

CAGAYAN de Oro City - The case study entitled, CBFM-CARP Project impact assessment: The case of CBFM-CARP project in Cariis, Concepcion, Valencia City was adjudged the first best paper during the National Forum on Impact Assessment of Selected CBFM-CARP Projects in the Philippines held last November 26-28, 2012 at La Breza Hotel, Quezon City Ms. Norma A. Palma, Senior Science Research Specialist of the Ecosystems Research and Development Service and principal author of the case study presented the paper. She bested 14 other regional presenters during the national competition. The case study report was co-authored by Forester Gemma B. Celino, Community Development Assistant I of the Regional Community-based Forest Management Division, Ms. Leah P. Platil and Mr. Roland G. Ciscar, both Science Research Aide of the Ecosystems Research and Development Service. A cash prize amounting to Php4,000.00 and a certificate of recognition was handed to the presenter. The national forum was conducted to discuss the

impacts or the changes and improvements that the CBFM-CARP projects have made upon the lives of its beneficiaries, five years after implementation with CY 2007 as the base year. It specifically focused on the social, economic and environmental aspects including experiences and lessons learned in the conduct of impact assessment which is the first activity of its kind for the CBFM projects. The holding of the forum was jointly facilitated by the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) lead by Forester Isabelita Austria, Chief of the Community Based Forest Management Division, the

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CAGAYAN de Oro City has ‘zero’ casualty; light and power is 90% restore d ; an d w ater i s 55% restored. BASED on reports of RDRRMC-10, there are reported four dead in Bukidnon; two in Misamis Occidental; four in Misamis Oriental; one in Gingoog City. A total of 36,742 families (161,842 persons) were affected by t y ph o on Pab l o i n

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survey and the conduct of information and education campaign.It shall also assist in the conduct of monitoring and evaluation of the impact of hydrometeorological hazards in the city. PAG-ASA-DOST on the one hand shall design and identify strategic location of the monitoring facilities such as the Automatic Weather Station, Rain Gauge Stations and Water Level Monitoring Stations and install the monitoring facilities. It shall also provide information packages such as weather, flood and climate flood advisories and bulletins, astronomical information to the city, among others. The project is in line with the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP), which is focused on the mitigation of natural disasters to prevent the loss of lives and properties. (APD/CdeOSP/ PIA10/jdelpf )

DENR 10 garners best case study award

National CARP Coordinating Office (NCCO) and the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) lead by Dr. Lope A. Calanog, the National Project Leader. Dr. Leuvina M. Tandug, Assistant Director of ERDB formally opened the program. The Board of Judges are composed of Dr. Celso P. Diaz, former Director of ERDB, Dr. Faustina Baradas from the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Aquatic Resources Research and Development (PCAARD) and Mr. Angelito Exconde, Supervisor of ERDB Los Banos Experiment Station. (N. Palma & L.M. PlatilTTID/jdelpf ).

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DENR-ARMM launches forest land boundary and delineation project By: Apipa P. Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DENR-ARMM) launched forest land boundary assessment and delineation (FLBD) project in the region. The project aims to map areas that can be potential for agroforestry development, delineate our agricultural lands with that of forest lands, and protect our established protected area systems, said DENRARMM Secretary Hadji Kahal Q. Kedtag. He s ai d t h e F L B D proj e c t is i n c ompl i ance to the constitutional mandate of the DENR to mark on the ground the boundaries between forestland and alienable and disposable lands. In this way, we can be able to determine the cover, Kedtag added. appropriate management According to him, the interventions and protect implementation of the ou r re m ai n i ng fore st project will of f icially

start in Lanao del Sur Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. He s a i d t h e p r o j and will continue in Maguindanao and the island e c t w i l l b e an ch ore d prov inces of B asi l an, on the theme “Unang

Tand a p ar a s a Kag u b at an , S i mb ol o n ang Handa, Matatag, Makabago at Makakalikasang

Bangsamoro,” highlighting the importance of forest lands in laying down the development roadmap for the upcoming Bangsamoro government. The ARMM government, through Governor Mujiv Hataman, forged a memorandum of agreement with DENR Secretary Ramon Paje last June 19 for the conduct of forest boundary delineation in the region. Under the agreement, the DENR committed a f inancial assistance of P44 million for the project which the ARMM gover nment hop es to complete by mid of 2013. (APB/PIA-10)

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THINK a minute. What’s the difference between the best and second best? Between average and excellent? The difference between a good sports team and a great one? It’s the hard work, training and discipline. You can only get out of something what you put into it. “The enemy of the best is second best.” Successful people sweat the small stuff and work hard at the details. That’s what makes them successful. But many of us just can’t be bothered to do our very best work. We look for shortcuts and the easier way to do things. Our problem is we just want to “get by” with work that is acceptable, but not work that is our very best. There’s a story about a

Everyone is praying for something from God, yet when we pray or speak to the One in Heaven, there are times when He seems not to answer. There can be many reasons for this, and while it is not the intention here to list them all, the Scriptures themselves suggest why and how our prayers are being dealt with by the One who is so tender and loving, who Himself loves our communing with God the Father, for He, Himself, is our representative (Hebrews 4:15). One reason why we do not get an answer is because of sin. God cannot be mocked or deceived, and He who sits enthroned above knows us intimately, down to our every thought

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst builder who went on a trip overseas, so he put his manager in charge of building a new house. He told his manager to use only the best materials and not to take any shortcuts to save money or time. The boss wanted this new house to be excellent and the very best. After the boss left, however, his manager did not follow those instructions. Instead he cheated and kept his boss’ money for

himself. He used the cheapest, junk building materials. He did everything the cheap, easy way, thinking his boss would never know. After his boss returned and saw the new house, he told his manager: “Only you and your family deserve to live in this beautiful house. I’m giving this house to you! It’s your new home!” So how about you? Are you doing your very best in life? At your job? At home?

The power of prayer The New Generation Alex A. Podador (Psalm 139:1-4). If we are not walking in the Way or we keep hatred in our hearts toward our brother or we ask for things with selfish motives, then we can expect God not to answer our prayer because He does not hear ( Psalm 66:18). Sin blocks all the potential blessings that we would receive from God. If only we would be more careful to avoid sin, we would be

more worthy recipients of all the blessings of the glory that is ours in Christ Jesus Indeed, there are times when our prayers are unacceptable in the Lord’s sight, most notably when we clearly do not belong to the Lord either because of unbelief or because we come to God with masks in our face, that is hypocrisy. God also wants to see our faith and full trust in

At school? Are you working hard to be the best father and husband you can be? Are you trying to be the best mother and wife you can be? Remember, God gave us His very best: His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. So He hopes that we will give back to Him our very best—not just our second best. Does he deserve anything less? After all, He created you to enjoy His very best. So why not ask Jesus Christ to forgive you for not living the way you know you should. Then ask Him to take charge of your character and give you His help. Then you can start disciplining yourself to always be your best, and never again have to settle for second best. Just Think a Minute.

His power. He wanted us to be fully dependent in Him as well. He gives grace to the humble (Proverbs 3:34). Remember the story of the Canaanite woman, who cried out incessantly to our Lord for mercy when Jesus was visiting the region of Tyre and Sidon (Matthew 15:21-28). She was hardly the person a Jewish rabbi would take note of ! She was not a Jew and she was a woman, two legitimate reasons for Jews to ignore her. The Lord doesn’t seem to answer her need, but He knew all about her situation. He may not have answered her stated needs immediately, but still He heard and granted her request. God may often seem prayer | page 10

Dead lying on streets: prediction come true! LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… The sinful nation is as good as dead, the people weighed down by evil deeds. They are offspring who do wrong, children who do wicked things. They have abandoned the Lord, and rejected the Holy One of Israel. They are alienated from him…” (Isaiah 1:4, the Holy Bible). -oooPA B L O ’ S R A I N S , FLOODS AND STRONG WINDS: I hope Filipinos were able to read the report which the Inquirer published in its online edition on Thursday, December 6, 2012, describing how “Pablo” brought the rains, floods, and strong winds that killed hundreds of people in Mindanao. For those who failed to read the report, let me reprint portions of it here. “Gov. Arthur Uy of Com-

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio postela Valley said… `(t)he waters came so suddenly and unexpectedly, and the winds were so fierce, that compounded the loss of lives and livelihood… Senior Supt. Rommil Mitra, police chief of Davao Oriental, said most of those killed in Cateel and Boston towns were crushed by fallen trees, collapsed homes and flying debris. “…`The winds were really very strong,’ Mitra said. `I was told the force of the wind could even lift an Army truck loaded with troops from the ground…

In Misamis Oriental, two men died when a tree fell on their houses in Salay and Lagonglong town… In Misamis Occidental, two persons died… Jigger Ian Gamotin, 31, of Panaon town, and John Sumile Bonasil, 17, of Baliangao town, were hit by falling trees…” -oooTWO KINDS OF PEOPLE IN THE FACE OF CALAMITIES: What is the point in reproducing these portions of the Inquirer online news story? The point is to show the reality of rains, floods and strong winds

wreaking death and destruction among our people, precisely as warned about by Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 7:24-27 of the Bible. In these verses, Jesus said rains, floods, and strong winds will come, and there will be two kinds of people who will face them. The first kind of people are those whom He called as “wise”, while the second are those He called as “fools”. The “wise” will not suffer death or destruction when the rains, floods, and strong winds come. The “fools” however will die a horrible death, like that of a “great crash”. Who are the wise people in the eyes of Jesus? Those who listen to Him and who obey Him. Who are the fools in the eyes of Jesus? Those who listen to Him but do not obey Him. The question true | page 10


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‘Preparedness’ key to zero casualty from Pablo’s wrath By BONG D. FABE of Mindanao Daily News

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– This city, which is about to commemorate the first anniversary of Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong), scored a “major victory” against Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) with zero casualty despite its wrath evidenced by the countless fallen trees and electric posts, and overflowing rivers. Unlike Sendong, the city’s political leaders showed leadership and will and heeded the warnings this time and prepared the people for the worst, given that Pablo was reported to be stronger and more intense than Sendong. “Preparedness. That was the key to the city’s zero casualty during Pablo’s visit,” said Rolando “Klarex” Uy, chairman of Barangay Carmen, which was among the hardest hit barangays during the December 16, 2011 devastation by Sendong. Uy, a former congressman representing this city’s first legislative district, said that as early as Saturday, he had already presided over several meetings to prepare the people from the effects

of Pablo. “After confirming the veracity of the reports we received through text messages from a partner nongovernment organization, we immediately prepared our people and dispatched volunteers to help evacuate to safer and higher grounds the elderly, children, sick and persons with disability,” he said in the vernacular. Uy was referring to the peace and development NGO Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI), the mother NGO of the Balay Mindanaw Group of NGOs based here, which formed its own Disaster Response Risk Reduction Management and Resiliency Building program (DRRRMRB) team following Sendong’s devastation last year. The DRRRMRB team, formed after several BMG staff suffered Sendong’s wrath nine days before Christmas 2011, oversees the training and equipping of vulnerable local communities in preparing and responding to disasters as well as coordinate all relief

operations after the disaster. Despite the high number of displaced families or individuals due to Pablo, nobody was killed in the city. According to the Office of Civil Defense, a total of 30,995 individuals or 8,625 families were displaced as of Wednesday in the city alone. In neighboring Iligan City, the number is higher at 67,905 individuals or 13,322 families. In Misamis Oriental, 27,662 individuals or 4,419 families were displaced while in Bukidnon, a total of 2,670 individuals or 534 families were displaced as of yesterday. All these displaced persons/families are in designated evacuation centers that various LGUs have prepared before Pablo’s landfall early Tuesday morning. The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), a total of 213,502 persons or 44,954 families were affected across 409 barangays, 115 municipalities, 14 cities and 18 provinces in the Mindanao regions of VII, VIII, X, XI, and Caraga (XIII) zero | page 10

Heroes. Heroism and Gallantry Awardees in this file photo shared a keepsake pose with Philippine Vice President and BSP President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay. Photo by sctr. palang añora.

Be prepared: leadership for life By Palang B. Añora, Council scouter

Heroism and Gallantry and Eagle Scout Awards doesn’t make a Scout beyond any Scout around him but it does make him become selfless and do more went it matters most. Natural calamities are

here to stay since time immemorial. Climate change has become an overindulged alibi to every disaster that affects human existence. That truth of the matter is climate is there and human beings changed.

Human behavior had evolved a lot that someday will bring him to the brink. Humans as are, we constantly use our cerebral senses to conquer every available frontier – real life | page 10


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affected Davao Region the most has claimed 322 lives as of Thursday’s count of the Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Councils (PDRRMCs) of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, while hundreds are still believed missing in mining-ravaged provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley. Most of these deaths are caused by flashfloods and landslides. Individuals directly affected by the disaster have reached 127, 471 in Compostela Valley, and 486, 104 in Davao Oriental, while a total of 121,294 persons from both provinces are in evacuation centers, the data from the PDRRMCs of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley cited. Manay, Baganga, Boston, Tarragona, Cateel and Caraga towns in Davao Oriental, and Monkayo, Montevista, Mawab, New Bataan, Pantukan, Nabunturan, Maragusan, Maco, Mabini, Laak and Compostela in Compostela Valley province, where deaths have occurred due to flashfloods are towns that are heavily mined. Based on data from environmental group Panalipdan Southern Mindanao, one of the convening groups of Manilakbayan, in New Bataan, Compostela Valley alone, there are five companies mining of gold, silver and copper resources over an area of 13, 557 hectares; eight companies mining gold, copper, manganese and nickel in over 52, 062 hectares in Baganga; five companies over 25, 366 hectares gold, copper, chromite, nickeliferous and laterite in Cateel; and seven mining companies covering 49, 966 gold and copper in Boston, all in Davao Oriental. “We have long called to stop these activities that leave adverse impact to the environment and agricultural lands in Mindanao.

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as of 1pm Wednesday. Of these number, 37,225 families or 179,104 persons are “currently being served by evacuation centers” while 36,142 families or 169,907 persons are “being sheltered inside evacuation centers.” According to OCD, five persons were killed in the whole Northern Mindanao region as of Wednesday: one from Barangay Sumasap in Panaon, Misamis Occidental; one in Barangay Lumapac, Baliangao, Misamis Occidental; one in Barangay Aligwanton, Salay, Misamis Oriental; one from Barangay San Miguel, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon; and one from Barangay San Isidro, Valencia City, Bukidnon. Across Region X, Pablo injured a total of 18 persons, with 13 from this city, 3 in

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But our calls have fallen on deaf ears until recent disasters have shown the extent of their destruction,” Ogan said. Ogan also laments that while it is the people “who face the consequences of greed from multinationals for our lands and resources,” leaders of indigenous communities who bar the entry of destructive large-scale mining have also become victims of attacks instigated by mining companies in collusion with the military right in their ancestral land. Ogan cited that 35 environment defenders, 26 of whom are lumads (Mindanao indigenous peoples) opposed the entry of foreign largescale mining in their areas, have been killed since 2010. Mining companies who use elements of state security agents to press their interests in resource-rich ancestral lands, he added, have wreaked much havoc and destruction similar to that caused by typhoons. Ogan said that from June 2010 to October 2012, 1,017 families or a total of 5, 725 residents in lumad lands have been displaced from their communities due to military operations instigated in their communities along with the entry of large-scale mining and other “development aggression” projects. In light of the devastation that typhoon Pablo caused in Mindanao, Ogan calls on President Benigno Aquino III to “stop the liberalization and the sellout of ancestral lands of the Lumads for largescale mining and other big multinational companies” to avert further disasters. “Nanghinaut ko nga dili unta matabunan sa ‘Pablo’ ang atong issue nga ginadala dinhi. Nag-awhag ko sa media nga balansehon pagtanaw ang panghitabo, nga ang epekto ni Pablo tungod kana sa pagkadaut sa atong kinaiyahan nga gidala sa dagkong pagmina, mga plantasyon ug uban pang negosyo sa mga langyaw (I hope ‘Pablo’ will not overshadow the issues that we advocate here. I call

on the media to look through the fact that ‘Pablo’ is aggravated by the destruction of our environment carried out by large-scale mining, plantations and other businesses by foreign investors),” Datu Nilo Cabungcal from Bukidnon said in an interview by He added that ‘Manilakbayan’ must continue to achieve its objectives, among them is to inform the people in Manila about the plight of the people in Mindanao. He said informed people of Manila could help ‘Manilakbayan’ pressure the government to stop environmental plunders in Mindanao and the killings of those who work to protect the land and environment. Manilakbayan is on its sixth day of massive campaign here, staging pickets and rallies in strategic venues and appearing in group discussions and forums participated by different sectors. The activity kicked-off on December 1 and will end on December 10 in observance of the International Human Rights Day. (Alex D. Lopez,

Misamis Oriental, and one each in Misamis Occidental and Bukidnon, OCD reported. Vice Governor Babiera, chairman of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) of Misamis Orieintal also attributes to preparedness the low number of casualties and injuries to Pablo in the province. Last Sunday, Babiera and PDRRMC Operations Center chief Teddy Sabugaa J.convened the PDRRMC to prepare for Pablo’s visit. Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, who led the relief operations after Sendong last year, also convened a cross section of the city society to prepare for Pablo last Monday morning. City Hall also convened the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) late Monday

afternoon. Reports, however, said that Barangay Carmen was not invited to the CDRRMC meeting. “We were not invited because according to them we did not follow protocol and prepared as early as Saturday,” Uy said. (Bong D. Fabe)

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in Trento town and one in neighboring Sta. Josefa, mostly caused by fallen trees that hit their homes when strong winds severely battered the southern part of the province. The fatalities were identified as Jocelyn Navale, 3 of Sta. Maria, Trento; Elizabeth Zalueta, 36 of Poblacion Trento; Cecilio Duama, 77, of Poblacion Trento; Pepito Cabusas, 46 of San Roque, Trento; Baby Cabusas, 7 months of San Roque, Trento and Lilian Flores, 51 of Sta. Josefa town. Residents in this province only experienced strong winds and moderate rains wrought by Typhoon Pablo. There were 1,659 homes totally damaged while 2,950 partially damaged. The PDRRMC reported the two residents injured by the fallen trees uprooted

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by the strong winds were separately brought to Bayugan Community Hospital and D.O. Plaza Memorial Hospital. Most of the damages wrought by typhoon Pablo were houses hit by fallen trees in many parts of the province. Plaza said the provincial government with the support of the Department of Social Welfare and Development will assess the extent of damage to the affected homes so they can immediately extend financial assistance. Electricity was cut off throughout the province yesterday morning to prevent accidents from fallen electric posts while business establishments were closed at the town center in San Francisco. The PDRRMC has evacuated the affected families in Trento, Sta. Josefa, Bunawan and Rosario to the temporary shelters set up at municipal halls, churches and schools.

already similarly predicted to happen, also by several verses of the Bible. In Isaiah 5, we are told that when people spurn (or reject or disobey) the commands of God, the Holy One of Israel, He gets furious, lifts His left hand and strikes them, and yet His anger is not satisfied. Here is what Isaiah 5:25 says: “So the Lord is furious with his people; he lifts his hand and strikes them. The mountains shake, and corpses lie like manure in the middle of the streets. Despite all this, his anger does not subside, and his hand is ready to strike again…” His hand is ready to strike again? May God have mercy on all of us. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@


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now is, are Filipinos wise or fools? I guess we have to confront this question now---are we wise or are we fools---since it is clear that more typhoons in the likes of Pablo and the 2011 killer Sendong will come. -oooDEAD LYING ON THE STREETS, A BIBLE’S PREDICTION COME TRUE: Then, there is something else that is bothersome about the dead left to lie in the streets after Sendong and Pablo. No, I am not just talking about the tragedy of dying and being left to rot in public. And neither am I talking about the possible epidemic that could make people who escaped death or injury during the typhoons infected with deadly diseases just the same. What I am referring to as bothersome is the fact that, even this scenario---the dead being left to lie like manure in the streets---was

or imaginary to enrich us and make ourselves lord over all living and non-living things that may satisfy our unsatisfiable souls. Luckily Scouts live amongst us and although human beings themselves they are restrained and self-disciplined to maintain equilibrium in our over-eager society. The day Sendong struck a year ago he allowed our Scouts to become heroes in a manner that many of our society failed to notice amidst the grandest call to help and be there to every suffering unsuspecting soul caught by Sendong’s madness. A fortnight ago Pablo threatened to equalised if not surpass the madness sendong brought about. With not much time and but shared experiences from last year our Scouts prepared and joined our local government’s call for preemptive unified preparation to counter what Pablo has to offer. This time risk-

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the new Globe apps is on the back of the increasing smartphone penetration in the country, giving more Filipinos access to the World Wide Web and the opportunity to take their mobile experience to the next level, beyond call and text. According to Ericsson’s Mobility Report, Filipinos are the world’s fourth fastest growing mobile internet users with 5 million new users during the third quarter of 2012, trailing behind China with 38 million subscriptions, followed by Brazil with 9 million, and Indonesia with 7 million. “Mobility is becoming an increasingly significant part of our daily lives with the availability of smartphones and tablets that have changed the way we use the internet. We always have devices within arm’s reach, allowing us instant access to

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ing once again one’s self to be able to serve our Scouts from Boy Scouts of the Philippines-Cagayan de Oro City Council away from the limelight go beyond personal considerations to be counted in—one more time. The Boy Scouts of the Philippines under the leadership of Philippine Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay had become a force to reckon with when it comes to Selflessness. We Salute the Boy Scouts of the Philippines-Cagayan de Oro City Council lead by Council Chairman Anthony “Gaga” O. Brellita and Council Scout Executive Rudy G. Guligado. Trained and accustomed to Being Prepared is a concrete sign of excellent Leadership for Life! Good Morning Scouts!

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silent to us, but He never sends us away empty-handed, even though at times He seems silent with our requests . Even if prayer has not been answered, we must rely upon God to do so in His own time. Even the exercise of prayer is a blessing to us; it is because of our faith that we are stirred to persist in prayer. It is faith that pleases God. God hears our cries for mercy, and His silence inflames us with a sense of persistence in prayer. He loves us to reason with Him. Let us hunger for the things that are after God’s heart and let us walk in His ways and not our own. If we are faithful to pray without ceasing, then we are living in the will of God and that can never be wrong (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18). We have more than one wish to happen in our lives as Christmas is just days away from now. God hears our prayers. He wanted to give all that we need, not all that we want. He is the Great Provider. Ask and it shall be given. information, entertainment and social interaction,” said Douglas Gilstrap, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy at Ericsson.


from page 2 Roxas paused for a minute and asked the next reporter to give him time to write the information down before asking his question. He said will bring this to the attention of the President. At the height of Typhoon Pablo, DOST’s Project NOAH website reinstated the Hinatuan Doppler in its menu. But clicking on it provided no data. As of press time, it was not included in the Doppler menu of the website. Environmentalist Raoul Geollegue, former regional executive director of the Environment department in Northern Mindanao (DENR-10), said the Hinatuan doppler is very important. “But if it is broken, there are other real-time monitoring systems in other countries that can help us,” he told this reporter by mobile phone. (Bong D. Fabe)

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Steag receives DOLE-GKK award Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz conferred to energy firm STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) the DOLE Secretary Award of Distinction for its meritorious achievements in promoting and implementing safety, health and environment programs. The award was received by SPI President and CEO Dr. Bodo Goerlich during the 8th Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) ceremonies on 5 December 2012 at the OHSC Center in Quezon City. GKK is a nationwide program launched every two

years by DOLE’s Occupational Health and Safety Center (OHSC) aimed at recognizing companies in the Philippines in the aspect of workplace safety, health and environment. The overarching goal is to achieve zero workplace accident and productivity. SPI is among the 23 industries honored by the labor department nationwide. OHSC Executive Director Ma Teresita Cuceoco said the GKK award is a “welldeserved recognition for the company’s efforts in the area of occupational safety and health, worthy of emulations

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motivate workforce. Aside from the institutional award, SPI’s Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Officer Francis Libao had also been conferred with the DOLE Secretary Award of Distinction under the individual category. SPI is the project company of the 210 MW (net) Mindanao Coal Fired Power Plant in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. It is majority owned by the German firm Steag GmbH, which is one of the largest electricity producers in Germany and a market leader in biomass power plants. SPI’s power plant uses state

of the art power generation technologies and is equipped with modern pollution prevention facilities including an on line Continuous Monitoring System (CEMS) which can be publicly accessible through the Environmental Management Bureau. The power plant accounts for 20% of the island’s electric

generation mix and has so far fulfilled its mandate of helping secure a stable and reliable source of power to Mindanao. Apart from efficient and reliable power plant operations, SPI is also engaged in various social and environmental programs benefitting thousands of residents in its host communities in Mindanao.


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by all industries nationwide”. SPI’s award winning best practices include the attainment of three (3) million safe man hours with zero lost time due to accident, the well entrenched workplace health, safety and security programs, community development and environmental protection initiatives, the integration of corporate responsibility in every aspect of business operations, aggressive wellness campaigns and illness prevention programs, as well as operational efficiency and achievement of business goals through a healthy and highly

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DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz (4th from left) presents the DOLE Secretary Award of Distinction to Steag President and CEO Dr. Bodo Goerlich (5th from left) during the 8th Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) Ceremonies at the OHSC Auditorium in Quezon City.

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in a statement yesterday. The new revenue measures for balikbayan boxes -- corrugated boxes used to bring in personal items from abroad -- as agreed on during the meeting are set to take effect on Jan. 19, 2013. Customs officials were not immediately available for further details. “The commissioner’s call was part of the bureau’s initiative to beef up collections amid revenue writeoffs on some previously taxed commodities due to the country’s participation in international free-trade agreements among others,” Genefielle P. Lagmay, BoC special assistant lawyer, was quoted as saying in the statement. The bureau also said that the new measures will in part address the problem of cargo delays, as the balikbayan box forwarding business has become a major industry, serving millions of overseas Filipinos. “Unlike the regular

shipment of traders and importers, balikbayan boxes have something more special in them. These are gifts of love and fruits of the hard-earned monies by millions of overseas Filipinos,” said DDCAP’s Mr. Longares. He said that the BoC proposal to improve the collection from balikbayan boxes is a welcome move for the industry “so long as service efficiency in the BoC is enhanced and the incidental and unnecessary costs for releasing boxes are reduced, if not eliminated.” “With a streamlined procedure and less unnecessary costs in releasing balikbayan boxes, the proposed revenue measures might not even affect the shipping rates of balikbayanboxes, or if at all, it could be negligible,” he said. PUC’s Mr. De Guzman, agreed, saying: “We don’t mind paying more revenues for everybalikbayan box we bring into the country so long as we are able to have it delivered on time and in mint condition to our clients.”

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