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n Lone casualty reported in Misamis Oriental, ‘zero casualty’ in Cagayan de Oro City COMPOSTELA Valley–– Strong current swept away a truck with 20 soldiers who were on their way to rescue affected residents in Barangay Andap, New Bataan on Tuesday as the death toll for Typhoon ‘Pablo’ climbed to 82 with 21 missing. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) reported that there were 49 fatalities in a mudslide in the town of New Bataan in Compostela Valley province while 33 were killed in Davao Oriental. In Misamis Oriental, a certain Jigger Gumunit, 30, was killed when crushed by a falling tree while maneuvering his motorbike in the provincial highways., Benito Ramos, head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC said in a radio

interview. No casualty was reported in Cagayan de Oro as the city’s disaster risk reduction management council successfully implemented a risk reduction strategies in anticipation of Typhoon’Pablo.’ However, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) only placed the death toll for “Pablo” to 77. Ramos based the death toll on recovered bodies which are still undergoing identification by the Department of Health. So far, only 14 have been identified. A barangay kagawad and his wife in Camantangan, Montevista also died when hit by falling tree. “It’s our first time to Jessie Cano Sr. of Tambo, Macasandig, looks at the area where his house used to stand near the Cagayan River. Of the experience devastating ty- seven houses in this place, only one remains but has been toppled down by the flashflood spawned by Typhoon Pablo on phoon,” Compostela Tuesday. This time, however, people had enough time to evacuate before the storm hit the city, unlike during last year’s missing | page 10

Typhoon Sendong. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit

Death toll in Davao rises to 143 ‘Pablo’ displaces 91,488

MATI City, Davao Oriental––The death toll in Davao Region rose to 143 as more casualties were recorded in New Bataan,Compostela Valley. The Social Welfare and Development (SWAD)reported that as of Wednesday, the number of casualties in New Bataan,Compostela Valley rose to 53. The Provincial Disaster Assess-

ment and Monitoring Center of Davao Oriental, recorded a total of 81 deaths, 148 injured and 21 missing as of 12 noon Wednesday. The center’s vice chair Freddie Bendulo said 31 were killed in Baganga; 30 in Cateel; 15 in Boston; 3 in Caraga; 1 in Manay and 1 in Tarragona while there were 6 in Montevista, two in Monkayo and one in Compostela.

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There were 95 injured in Cateel, 51 in Baganga, 2 in Caraga while 13 are remained missing in Baganga, 7 in Cateel and one in Caraga. Bendulo also said 95 percent of the houses in Poblacion Baganga, Cateel and Boston were totally wrecked including classrooms, churches and even the district

people in Caraga region By PAT SAMONTE AND VICTOR SAMONTE of Mindanao Daily News-Caraga

BUTUAN City––Tropical Storm “Pablo” had displaced 18,099 families or some 91,488 individuals in 163 barangays in 38 cities and towns in Caraga and killed six people and injured 10 others most of them hit by trees uprooted by the cyclone’s 180-210 kilometer-per-hour death | page 10 winds early morning of Tuesday.

Weather Update At 4 p.m. yesterday, the center of Typhoon “PABLO” was located based on satellite and surface data at 110 km northwest of Roxas, Nor thern Palawan (11.2°N,118.7°E ) with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph and gustiness of up to of 150 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 15 kph. Palawan will experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas. The regions of Cordillera and Cagayan Valley will have cloudy skies with light rains. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the east to northeast will prevail over the rest of source : pagasa the country with moderate to rough seas.

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A Brown Company, Inc (ABCI) through its subsidiary company, A Brown Energy Resources Development Inc (ABERDI) conducts regular road maintenance work in Barangay Tingalan, Opol, MisOr. ABERDI operates a 500-hectare oil palm plantation in Tingalan where some 200 local residents are employed as plantation maintenance workers. The company responds to its corporate social responsibility by involving itself in various community development programs in partnership with Opol Mayor Dexter Yasay and barangay council of Tingalan. Republic of the Philippines DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Caraga Administrative Region Division of Agusan del Sur

INVITATION TO BID FOR PRINTING, REPRODUCTION AND DELIVERY OF GRADES 1 AND 7 LEARNER’S MATERIALS AND TEACHER’S GUIDE AND GRADE 1 MTB-MLE LEARNING PACKAGES FOR THE 3RD & 4TH QUARTERS OF SY 2012-2013 IN DEPED, DIVISION OF AGUSAN DEL SUR The Department of Education (DepED) – Agusan del Sur Division intends to apply the sum of THREE MILLION TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY EIGHT THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHTY SIX & 59/100 (Php 3,278,886.59) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under contract for the Printing, Reproduction and Delivery of Grades 1 and 7 Learner’s Materials and Teacher’s Guides and Grade 1 MTB-MLE Learning Packages. Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. PACKAGE






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The Department of Education (DepED) – Agusan del Sur Division now invites bids for the Printing, Reproduction and Delivery of Grades 1 and 7 Learner’s Materials and Teacher’s Guides and Grade 1 MTB-MLE Learning Packages for the rd th 3 and 4 Quarters of SY 2012-2013. Bids received that exceed the total ABC shall be rejected at bid opening. Bidding shall be by package. Delivery of the goods is required within Thirty (30) Calendar Days. Bidders should have completed, within the last three (3) years from the date of submission and receipt of bids, a contract similar to the Project, the value of which must be at least 50% of the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC). The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders. Bidding will be conductive through open competitive bidding procedures using the non-discretionary pass/fail criteria, as specified in the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations Part A(IRRA-A) of R.A. 9184, otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act”. Interested bidders may obtain further information from DepEd, Division of Agusan del Sur and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The schedule of BAC activities is as follows:

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A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from the DepEd, Division Office, Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee in the amount of Five Thousand Pesos (Php5,000.00)and submission of Letter of Intent to the DepEd, Division of Agusan del Sur Cashier. The Bidding Documents shall be received personally by the prospective Bidder or his authorized representative. The Pre-Bid Conference shall be open only to all interested bidders who have purchased the bidding documents. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before December 18, 2012, 9:30 in the morning. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid Security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in Section II. Instructions to Bidders Clause 18. Bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidders’ representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted. The Department of Education (DepED) – Agusan del Sur Division reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids, to annul the bidding process, or declare failure of bidding at any time prior to contract award without thereby incurring any liability to the affected parties. For further information, please refer to: LORNA P. GAYOL/LALAINE GOMERA/JULIET L. RANOCO The DBAC Secretariats DepED – Agusan del Sur Division Gov. D.O. Plaza Gov’t. Center, Patin-ay Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur

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New Asia Pacific-wide group bats for human rights in PH By RONALYN V. OLEA of

MANILA––Amid the continuing cases of extrajudicial killings and other human rights abuses in the Philippines, human rights activists from different countries in the Asia– Pacific region gathered together last week at the University of the Philippines (UP) Hotel in Dili-

man, Quezon City. Over 40 human rights advocates from Australia, New Zealand, Hongkong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines formed the Asia Pacific Coordinating Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (APCCHRP) and vowed to campaign for human rights issues in the country from national up to the regional

and international levels. In its unity statement, the APCCHRP said “President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III is no different from his predecessor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with continuing human rights violations and the prevalent impunity in the country.” Speaking before the international delegates, Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairwoman of Karapatan or the Alli-

ance for the Advancement of Peoples’ Rights in the Philippines, said there were 114 victims of extrajudicial killings, 12 victims of enforced disappearances, 70 cases of torture, 447 illegal arrests and 29,613 victims of forced evacuation under the Aquino administration. “We lament that the justice for the victims of human rights violations remains group | page 10

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AFP participates in Mindanao Week of Peace By: Capt. Joselito B. Ante Jr.

BUTUAN City – The officers, men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have participated in the Mindanao Week of Peace, which formally opened in the morning of November 29 at the Guingona Park in the city. Col. Ronald N. Albano, commander of the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, said “the military is doing everything, in its c ap acity to bring peace to the nation,” even as he assured the p e ople, esp e cially in Caraga Region, that the government forces will uphold peace and development in the area. Part of the week-long activity was a press conference the Saint Joseph Cathedral, spearheaded by Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos of the Archdiocese of Butuan. Aside from the AFP, the activity was also participated in by the differ-

ent government agencies, such as the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Caraga Conference for Peace and Develop-

ment (CCPD), the religious sector, Muslim community, the indigenous peoples and other sectors of the community.

This year’s theme is “Love of GOD and Love of Neighbor, A Challenge for Mindanao”. (JBAJr/ asf )

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Teen pregnancy endangers mom, baby Estimates from the 2008 National Demographic and He a lth Statisti cs (NDHS) of the National Statistics Office (NSO) revealed that one in four, or 26 percent, of women aged 15-24 have begun childbearing. Of the 26 percent of young mothers, 19 percent of the births delivered have multiple medical risks due to a combination of the mother’s age, birth interval and birth order, the NDHS further revealed. A related survey conducted in 2011 by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), among 1,650 Filipino pregnant women showed that 40 percent of pregnant teenagers below 15 years old and 36 percent of pregnant teenagers aged 15-19 are nutritionally-at-risk due to their gestational age. The percentage of nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women was twice higher among those who are less

TANDAG CITY - the members of Surigao del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) on duty at the Operation Center (OpCen) monitoring the whole province on the night of December 3, 2012. (PDRRMO-Surigao del Sur/PIA-Surigao del Sur)

than 20 years old at 36.0 percent than among the 20 years old and up at 23.0 percent, the survey added. Undernutrition among pregnant teens is a significant problem because 43.4 percent of them had low weight gain during pregnancy and more likely to have babies with low birth weight and experience short lactation, the FNRI survey also disclosed. The World Health Organization (WHO) said stillbirths and death in the first week of life are 50.0 percent higher among babies born to mothers younger than 20 years old than among babies born to mothers 20–29 years old. In addition, rates of premature birth, low birth weight and asphyxia or difficulty of breathing are higher among babies of adolescents, all of which increase the chance of early death and future health problems, the WHO also noted. The Population Commission (PopCom) likewise documented in 2001 that poor nutrition worsened by multiple pregnancies and closely spaced births make younger moms more susceptible to infectious diseases as well as health complications that may result in maternal or infant deaths and low birth weight babies. Maternal depletion or deficiency has adverse effects on the nutrient composition of breast milk, particularly on vitamin A, iodine, and B complex, thereby increasing the risk of early undernutrition among infants, the PopCom underscored. (Eva A. Goyena/FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/asf )

DISASTER MITIGATION - Atty. Rene K. Burdeos, regional director of Department of the Interior and Local Government 10 (DILG-10), welcomes the representatives from different local government units of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte to the regional forum on Climate Change Adaption and Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop for the Agus Major River Basin, November 26, in Cagayan de Oro City (Rodolfo D. Mendoza,PIA-10/asf)

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Davao City govt responds to victims of Typhoon Pablo By: Joey Sem G. Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY, - A storm surge brought about by a rare typhoon (Tropical Storm Pablo) which visited the city led 275 families to vacate their homes along seven communities along the shoreline of Davao City. In a post-storm-assessment at the Public Safety Command Center, Mayor Sara DuterteCarpio assured the affected families who are temporarily housed at the gymnasium of their respective areas that the city government will provide them assistance in terms of food and shelter. She said the Emergency Response Center Central 911 and all other rescue groups are on standby to rescue those in distress while storm signal number one is hoisted in Davao City since 12:01 pm by the weather bureau. “We are glad that the city is spared from enormous destruction. We are now pre-

paring to assist areas affected even outside Davao City, depending on the advice from the National Risk Reduction and Management Council,” Duterte-Carpio said. She said with the given storm signal, only classes for pre-school and kindergarten pupils will be suspended on Wednesday. Based on the data provided for by the PSCC, the 275 families hail from the shoreline barangays of Daliao, Tori, Bucana, Lasang, Purok 60 Muslim Village in Talomo, Inabangan in Bunawan, Lizada, Toril, South Bay and Talomo where several roofs were blown away. Ten fishermen were also

rescued in a fishcage at Punta Dumalag while two children and one adult were taken to safety by rescuers in a fish cage in Tibungco. Emmanuel Jaldon, chief of the Central 911 said the first responders continue to be on standby alert since the city is not out of the wrath of the storm yet. He said Signal No. 1 will still bring rains to the city. “All rivers in the city behaved normally during the

NIA releases P123 million for Dipolog By: Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG CITY - A total of P123.5 million has been earmarked for the two irrigation projects currently implemented by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in this city. Dionisio Solutorio, head of the institutional services division of NIA-Zamboanga del Norte said that P23.5 million was allotted for the construction of a communal irrigation project in barangay Diwan and P100 million for the repair and rehabilitation of the Dipolog Communal Irrigation System, which covers 1,087 hectares of rice fields in six barangays. Solutorio also disclosed that the Diwan irrigation project would benefit 65 rice farmers. In a related development, NIA has also allocated P120 million for the completion of the communal irrigation project in Sindangan town with an irrigable area of more than 1,000 hectares. NIA-Zamboanga del

onslaught of the storm,” Jaldon observed. The Central 911 reported a total of 14 trees fell as the storm hovered the city. Magno Adalin, chief of the PSCC said members of the 84th and 69th infantry battalions assured their readiness to respond to contingencies in Paquibato. He said strong winds were felt in the area early in the afternoon Tuesday. Meantime, the Office of

Civil Defense XI reported that as of 1:00 pm Tuesday, the number of displaced families in 12 municipalities, three cities in Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental respectively, swelled to 1,013, affecting 5,065 persons. Liza Mazo, director of the Office of Civil Defense XI said that one Erlinda Balante, 64 of Purok Canacan, Barangay Libtong, Central Manay died due to head trauma, after her house was hit by a falling tree.

he said the storm also destroyed totally 58 houses in Don Marcelino, Davao del Sur, and 11 in Maragusan, Compostela Valley. Mazo said the whole of Davao Oriental and the municipalities of Compostela and Maragusan, Compostela Valley are experiencing blackout as many power lines were toppled down by trees and strong winds. The Davao City Bankers’ Association Incorporated suspended banking operations citing extreme weather condition brought about by typhoon Pablo. In a resolution attested by Lauro Ignacio, president of the DBAI, the DBAI said that the cancellation of flights to and from Davao City affected the clearing operations in the bank transactions. The resolution also cited the need to secure the safety of bank officers and employees in Davao City. (RGA/JSD/PIA XI)

Republic of the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT BUREAU Office of the Regional Director CARAGA Region XIII, Provincial NIA Compound, Brgy. Ambago, Butuan City Tel. No. (085) 341-3826/341-3312 (E-mail:

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given to the public to attend a Public Hearing for the proposed Water Classification of Guihao-an River on December 13, 2012, (Thursday) at 8:30 AM to be held at the Municipal Gymnasium, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act No. 9275, the “Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004” and Department Administrative Order No. 1990-34. Interested Parties and stakeholders are advised to be at the mentioned date, venue and time. All written comments and opinions should be addressed to the Office the Regional Director, EMB XIII, NIA Provincial Compound, Brgy. Ambago, Butuan City.

Norte Provincial Irrigation Manager Carlos Sabado has also expressed his gratitude to Congressman Rosendo S. Labadlabad of the province’s second district for facilitating and helping in the release of said funds.

The construction of irrigation systems throughout the country seeks to complement the government’s efforts to improve rice production to attain food security in the country. (JPA/FPG/PIA-Zamboanga del Norte/asf)

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Think a minute. A newspaper advertisement for a new car said: “This car goes from 0 - 40 as fast as you did!” Do you sometimes wonder what happened to your life? One minute you’re a school kid, then seemingly overnight 20 years fly by and you wake to find a wife or husband, kids, and all kinds of responsibilities! Remember when we were young and could not wait to be adults? It seemed like forever before we’d finally grow up and be on our own. Then before we know it we’re already 40 and our life’s more than half over! And the older we get, the faster the years race by. So we need to treasure and live every day to the fullest. Someone said today

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst is a “gift,” that’s why it’s called the “present.” If you want to know the value of one year, just ask a student who failed a course. If you want to know the value of one month, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby. If you want to know the value of one hour, ask the lovers waiting to meet. If you want to know the value of one minute, ask the person who just missed the bus.

If you want to know the value of one second, ask the person who just escaped death in a car accident. And if you want to know the value of one-hundredth of a second, ask the athlete who won a silver medal in the Olympics. So are you making your days count? Are you making the most of your life? What will you do with the life you have left? “The success of our life is not measured by its duration, but by its

donation.” It’s not how long you live that counts, it’s how well and wisely you live. None of us knows how much longer we have to live. The people in New York City who died on 9/11 from the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center did not know that would be the last day of their lives. So if you haven’t already, for your own sake, why don’t you get right with your Creator this moment? Just ask Jesus Christ to forgive you for all your wrong choices and ways of living in the past, so you can start living His way everyday. He’s the One Who can give you the help and power you need to live the rest of your life smart and safe—for now and eternity. Just Think a Minute.

‘Pablo’ leaves Oro with ‘zero casualty’ ‘TYPHOON Pablo’ was a classic example of how deceptive a weather can be. Weathermen earlier predicted that the storm would landfall either Monday or Tuesday morning. Monday evening, the moonlight bathed the Earth with incomparable elegance. Distant stars sprinkled the azimuth like diamonds hanging in the rooftop of heavens. No signs of danger. However, my pet cat with newly born Cris Diaz kittens was restless. She brought her kittens in a safer place up in the cellar. They were jittery, too. Earlier, a friend called up past midnight Monday saying he was confused. He said the neighborhood had packed up their belongings. He has started cleaning up his ragtag belongings ‘though. However, seeing the skies pocked with stars and the tempting moonlight, he was adamant to leave. He was renting a house in a floodprone subdivision in the city’s northwestern district. I told him in jest to leave the place or be a suspect should petty criminals burglarized homes in the area. He left his rented house Tuesday dawn to a safer ground. He made the right decision. City Mayor Vicente Emano slept at City Hall since Friday as the city government anxiously awaited ‘Typhoon Pablo’s’ arrival. Generators, ambulances, volunteers,

firetrucks, patrol cars, and rubberboats were on standby at the City Hall ground. Evacuation centers were set up in 31 barangays in the city. In a statement Monday, Emano said he was not taking chances. Tuesday morning, the atmosphere slightly changed. City residents and everybody seemed in a hurry albeit panicky. Tuesday noon, gusty winds struck. Trees went swinging as cold winds whined like a clarion call of impending disaster. Weathermen said that ‘Typhoon Pablo’ was heading for Misamis Oriental as its tail of heavy rains and strong winds left a trail of destruction in Northeastern and North Mindanao. Storm Signal No. 3 was raised which means stronger winds and heavy rains ahead. At 3 o’clock, the more than 50-year-old ‘Ysalina Bridge’ beside City Hall was temporarily closed to both pedestrians and vehicles. The rampaging flood waters threatened to crush the historic bridge. Police cordoned the approaches of the bridge as people swarmed to get a closer look at the rising flood waters. Flood waters gradually guzzled City Hall’s ground floors. At 7:00 payem, the bridge was cleared to traffic again. Flood waters receded as fast as it swelled. In the end, the city government’s efforts paid of as Typhoon Pablo left with ‘zero casualty.’ I doffed my hat to Mayor Emano and the rest of the city’s risk reduction and management counci for a job well done. May your tribe increase. React:

Benedict’s marching orders: oppose RH bill LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you…” (Deuteronomy 28:15, the Holy Bible). -oooBENEDICT’S MARCHING ORDERS: OPPOSE RH BILL: A friend of mine from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) told me that the one most important reason why Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was named cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI is the desire of the Vatican to oppose the Reproductive Health Bill that is being pushed by the Aquino government.

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio I was told that Benedict gave Tagle a personal marching order: oppose the RH Bill at all cost. I was told that this is the reason why Tagle is now very vocal about the Church’s opposition to the RH Bill, and the reason why he signed a statement “requesting” lawmakers “not to unduly rush the debates on the RH Bill”. I was told that the CBCP will be more aggressive in its fight against the RH bill henceforth, because of Benedict’s order.

-oooTHE WRATH OF NATURE, HELPLESSNESS OF MAN: Media reports about “Pablo” and its ferociousness at it made its way through the Mindanao and Visayas regions Tuesday, December 04, 2012, leaving about 75 people dead and thousands displaced, have captured both the wrath of nature in its most scary angle, and the utter helplessness of man in the face of such wrath. Yes, preparations mattered a lot in saving a lot of lives, but

then, nature proved once again that when it throws its tantrums, there is really nothing puny humans can do. -oooHAPLESS VICTIMS OF ILLEGAL LOGGING: The story of the men, women and children who drowned after seeking refuge in a school and a village hall in Bgy. Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley, to escape the height of “Pablo’s” onslaught, was particularly heart-rending, for who could have known that the school and the village hall stood in the direct path of water cascading from the top of a nearby mountain whose trees and forest have already been logged and denuded by greedy men and women earlier? MARCHING | page 10

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LEFT. Evacuees from sitio Calacala gather around religious icons at the evacuation center in Barangay Macasandig following orders from authorities. Cagayan de Oro suffered loss of power during Typhoon Pablo which also forced schools and business establishments to close on Tuesday. Typhoon Signal #2 was declared in the city due to strong winds with rain.

middle. A couple watches in vain as rampaging flashflood swept away their house along the Cagayan River. At least three houses have been reported to have been carried away by the strong current of the river. The experience brought back memories of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Sendong last year. RIGHT. At an evacuation center in Barangay Carmen, a

family eats a meal amid the few belongings they managed to bring along after leaving their home near the Cagayan River. Although Typhoon Pablo did not bring devastating floods in Cagayan de Oro like last year’s Typhoon Sendong, people who live in areas that were affected last year have been evacuated from their homes.

A man grabs hold of his belongings to evacuate from sitio Calacala along the Cagayan River, site of last year’s devastation brought by Typhoon Sendong. The city of Cagayan de Oro began evacuating flood-prone areas in the city on Monday and continued on Tuesday when Typhoon Pablo came. Pablo brought strong winds and rains, forcing the cancellation of classes and closure of stores.

A cyclist passes by a windswept house that was blown to the side of the road on Tuesday afternoon by strong winds brought by Typhoon Pablo in Cagayan de Oro. The city experienced once again a flash flood along the city’s main river. Some areas are now out of running water but electricity has been restored to all parts of the city after the storm passed.

A woman grabs hold of a two fishes – a maco and a hammerhead – along the riverbank in Tambo, Macasandig in Cagayan de Oro during the flooding of the Cagayan River on Tuesday morning brought about by Typhoon Pablo. The fishes reportedly come from a fishpen upriver.

A road crew clears a fallen acacia tree at barangay Lumbia in Cagayan de Oro following the strong winds and rains spawned by Typhoon Pablo on Tuesday. The city’s airport at Lumbia was closed the whole day with all flights cancelled. Fallen trees now litter many areas after the storm subsided.

Rescue personnel of the Philippine National Police in Cagayan de Oro bring a rubber boat and other gear to barangay Balulang, an area prone to flooding and which suffered heavily during last year’s Typhoon Sendong. The city has identified evacuation centers around the city in case of heavy flooding caused by Typhoon Pablo which hit the city on Tuesday morning.

A man scrounges around a muddied riverbank devastated by rampaging flashflood along the Cagayan River wrought by Typhoon Pablo on Tuesday. Around 40,000 people were affected by the floods and strong winds that hit Cagayan de Oro while the entire city was in total blackout for about half a day.

A bridge no more greets people who tried to cross from Cagayan de Oro to Talakag, Bukidnon, and vice versa on Tuesday. Typhoon Pablo brought heavy rains and rampaging waters along the river which swept away the 61-meter concrete Uguiaban Bridge. People remain stranded in the area as this is the only bridge connecting both localities.


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Mindanao biz forum slated in K. Lumpur MANILA, -- The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reported that as a follow-up to the successful signing of the Framework Agreement between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and the Embassy, in cooperation with the Putrajaya Chamber of Commerce, will be conducting the Mindanao Business Networking Forum on November 29 at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel. “Even since the signing of the Framework Agreement, there has been tremendous interest from Malaysian companies on investing in Mindanao. The forum capitalizes on this interest, and we hope that this would translate to actual sizable investments. We believe that through vigorous economic development drive, in tandem with the consolidation of peace, Mindanao will not only live up to its name as ‘the land of promise’, but become in fact promise fulfilled,” Ambassador J. Eduardo Malaya said in a Department of Foreign Affairs statement. Expected to be present are MinDA Chairman and Signing Minister for Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines-East Asia Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Luwalhati Antonino, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman and other key officials from the region and from Malaysia. They will be accompanied by some 50 businessmen from Mindanao This by-invitation forum aims to present to Malaysian businessmen and women and investors the current trade and investment opportunities in Mindanao, particularly in the following sectors: agriculture/agri-business development; tourism development; infrastructure development, particularly transport, power and renewable energy; and services, particularly Islamic finance and ICT-enabled services. There will also be a chance for Filipino and Malaysian

businessmen to interact in breakout sessions, as well as in one-on-one meetings with their counterparts. Malaysian companies expected to attend include Berjaya Corporation, Genting Plantations, Malaysian Biotechnolog y Corporation, Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd, and Philippine Airlines (AirPhil) Malaysia, among others. The Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Department of Islamic Development Malaysia, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Malaysia, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) and MATRADE Manila have also confirmed participation in the event. The forum is in cooperation with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center-Malaysia, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Government, Department of Trade and Industry, Board of Investments, and Department of Agriculture, MATRADE, and other supporting organizations in Malaysia. It is also supported by the Putrajaya Chamber of Commerce and the Berjaya Times Square. It is also a follow-up activity to the PhilippinesMalaysia Investment Partnership Forum held last May 29 in Kuala Lumpur, where Vice President Jejomar Binay was the guest of honor and keynote speaker, and the ARMM Mindanao Investment Forum, scheduled on November 23 to 26 in Cotabato City. Chairma n Antonino, Governor Hataman and other members of the Philippine delegation will also be participating in the BIMP-EAGA and Indonesia-MalaysiaThailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Consumer Fair in Melaka from November 30 to December 2. The Fair will showcase Philippine high-value agrifishery products and tourism destinations, which will be participated in by 50 exhibitors from Mindanao and Palawan. (DFA)

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Goods and services exports post growth in Q3 The exports sector continued its rebound this year, albeit subdued, contributing to the two-year high economic growth of 7.1 percent in the third quarter of the year. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said exports of goods rose by 6.7 percent in the third quarter from a negative 14.8 percent during the same period last year. This brought average goods exports to 8.1 percent in the first three quarters. "Although the sector's growth was still subdued, the surge in the overseas sales of metal components

(466%), telecommunications (473.8%) and office equipment (106%) maybe a sign of renewed vitality in the regional production networks, of which we are a part," he said. An economist earlier underscored the importance of participation in regional/ global production networks. This provides domestic firms not only access to more export markets but to newer technologies as well. Top dollar earners during the period also included control instrumentation, office equipment and ignition wiring sets. Losers, on the other hand,

were automotive electronics, other products manufactured from materials on consignment basis, electronic data processing, articles of apparel and clothing accessories and components/devices (semiconductors). Balicasan said services exports also rose by a robust 7.6 percent in the third quarter, driven by growth in the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. "On the demand side, increased consumer and government spending, increased investments in construction, and the third consecutive quarter of growth in external trade contributed to the high-

est quarterly growth since the third quarter of 2012," said the National Coordination Board (NSCB). Balisacan attributed the Philippine third-quarter 7.1-percent gross domestic product, the fastest economic growth in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to t he robust performance of almost the domestic sectors. With this, the country is well on its way to surpassing the growth target of 5 to 6 percent this year, he said. Year-to-date GDP already reached 6.5 percent. - Danielle Venz, PHILEXPORT News and Features

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By Carmencita A. Carillo PANABO CITY -- What started out as a dream project for the city of Panabo has now turned into a multimillion business for the local government. Not too many people know that the Panabo City Mariculture Park is a brainchild of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario when he was still the Secretary for New Government Centers during the previous administration. The Park started out with a 1,075-hectare area in 2006 covering the barangays of Cagangohan, J.P. Laurel, and San Pedro but which has been reduced to only 618 hectares as the city needed more area for its sport expansion project. The reduction has not affected the bangus production or environment protection in the area. “The park was established not only to provide livelihood for the local fishermen but also to accelerate the area’s economic growth and contribute to the country’s food security program,” Regional Fisheries Training Center director Andrew Ventura said. He said the Mariculture Park’s growth is undeniable considering that it has almost tripled its incomeseed money of only P235.8 million in 2006 to P601.65 million as of 2012.

The Park, which is a joint project of the local government of Panabo City and the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-11, had a total fish production of 6,998.80 metric tons (MT) in a span of six years, significantly increasing every year from 2.9 MT in 2006 to a high of 1,919 MT in 2009. “Our flagship commodity is bangus although we also promote high-value species like siganid (danggit) and grouper (lapu-lapu),” Ventura said. The grouper is sold live to local Chinese restaurants but buyers usually complain of a shortage because of the high demand and previously limited production of the grouper. Ventura said the grouper is much more capital-intensive than bangus. While a fiveinch bangus fingerling can cost only between P5 to P6, the grouper fingerlings are sold on a per inch basis at P10 per inch. And since the grouper has to measure four inches to avoid slipping out of the fish cages, one grouper fingerling can already cost P40. The carnivorous groupers also eat thrash fish which is more expensive than the commercial feeds for the bangus fingerlings. Exporting the Panabo Bangus Unknown to many foreigners who enjoy eating the

delicious fatty belly bangus in the United States, China, and the Middle East, the fish they are eating could have been sourced from Panabo City’s Mariculture Park. Companies like Alsons and Century Tuna source their bangus products from the Mariculture Park and export them. “These companies process the bangus products into value-added products like bottled bangus, deboned bangus and belly bangus which are highly in-demand in foreign countries,” Ventura said. Century Tuna alone gets 30 to 40 tons of fresh bangus from the Mariculture Park and processes them in General Santos City. While Alsons has its own fish cages in Malita and Malalag, it purchases 500- to 600-gram bangus as well as baby bangus from the Park. Providing livelihood for women, fisherfolks The Mariculture Park also provides livelihood opportunities for Panabo’s women and fisherfolks. The Cagangohan Women’s Association, with the government’s assistance, produces up to a thousand bottled bangus every month, which are sold in the malls and the local market at P95 per bottle. The government provided the initial capital as well as training for the women’s group which is now in its third year of operation. Fisherfolk families also benefit from the bangus in-

dustry in Panabo. A total of 20 fisherfolk families have been given one fish cage each family for their livelihood project. Ventura said BFAR’s counterparts are the cage structures and fingerlings while the fisherfolks provided the feed supply at 600 bags per harvest. “We have negotiated with the Land Bank of the Philippines which has agreed to provide the fisherfolks with a financing scheme for the purchase of the feeds at 7.04 percent interest for every four months,” he said. The fisherfolks have already completed 100 percent repayment for their first loan for the May, 2011 and August, 2012 period and have reloaned. The families got an average income of P27,000 per month net of their capital. While the Panabo Mariculture Project shows all signs of being a success with a fish production of 1,418.20 MT and an income of P123.624 million as of October this year, Ventura said they are also faced with various challenges including the increasing cost of feeds and competition from unregulated fish cages. However, the income, production and the overall system of the Panabo City Mariculture Park is undoubtedly one of the most successful collaboration which should serve as a model to other communities. (RGA/LAC-)

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The same thing is true with respect to the story of an Army truck that was washed away by rampaging floodwaters as it tried to carry soldiers and villagers to safer grounds away from rampaging waters. Clearly, these stories show that man can not do anything to save himself in the face of nature’s rampage. -oooFLOODS TO HIT CENTRAL AND NORTHERN LUZON, TOO: And, God forbid, I am afraid that the same death and destruction are waiting to happen, too, in a wide area in Central and Northern Luzon, particularly in the Cagayan Valley Region. I am saying this because I saw, as I traveled on air from Manila to Tuguegarao City, Cagayan last Sunday, that vast swaths of land and mountain ranges in the two regions are already completely devoid of trees and forests, and could become open seas with rampaging flood waters when the rains come. -oooWHY IS DENR NOT MOV I NG TO PL A N T T R E E S ? T he qu e st i on that came to my mind as I was looking at the tree-less areas beneath my plane was this: how come the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is not doing something aggressive to plant trees in those areas? Also, why not lease those areas to interested groups which would plant trees therein, in exchange for logging those trees much, much later? If trees are not planted, any typhoon as strong as “Pablo” directing hitting Central and Northern Luzon could easily submerge them, and many will surely drown. -oooSC CLARIFICATION NEEDED: The Supreme Court must immediately clarify reports circulating in the media that a decision supposed to have been made by the entire tribunal creating the Regional Court Administrator’s Office in Cebu City did not actually have the approval of all the court’s justices. The impression these reports are giving is that the resolution was illegally issued, even if Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno already led the opening of the Cebu City office last Thursday. The fact is that, even if not all the justices conformed to any one resolution or decision of the court, that resolution or decision would still be regular and valid, as long as it was signed by a majority of the magistrates, which is really the essence of a collegial court. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@

Valley Gov. Arturo Uy said. “The residents in the mainland province had a baptism of fire. It was the first biggest typhoon we had experienced,” Uy said. Strong winds combined with heavy rains sent roofs of houses flying, toppling down trees while flood submerged wooden houses and flowed to the downtown areas. Typhoon Pablo struck at around 3 p.m. Tuesday prompting the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to raise the signal warning at number 3. Hardest towns were New Bataan, Montevista and Nabunturan, Uy said. He said he was still awaiting reports from municipal mayors on the toll and damage wrought by Typhoon Pablo but he expected a worst. Eliza Lubo, Compostela social welfare officer, said some 500 families were evacuated to the town gymnasium adding that there were many casualties in New Bataan many rivers overflowed. Ramos said the three hardest hit provinces are Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Surigao Del Sur. Most of the fatalities were either hit by fallen trees or drowned.

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hospital in Cateel. The SWD tearm also reported that those affected in Compostela Valley were: Maragusan-- 1,072 person, Mabini--1,500 person, Nabunturan--119 families, Maco--928 families, Pantukan--500 families, Mawab--68 families, Laak—1,435 and Monkayo with 3,650 persons. The teams also reported that as of at 2 a.m.three more barangays in Sto. Tomas were affected. These were barangays Esperanza, an estimated 400 families, Talomo--400 families and New Panay Salvacion--80 families. Meanwhile, Gov. Corazon Malanyaon announced that the provincial government was working with the Philippine Navy in delivering relief goods to heavily devastated towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston. philippine news agency

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Office of Civil Defense in Caraga director Blanche Gobenciong said that as of yesterday morning, the eye of Typhoon “Pablo” was located at 180 kilometers East of Puerto Princesa City as it moved toward Northern Palawan. All public storm warning signals were lifted within the entire Region 13 yesterday, she said. Gobenciong said of the displaced, 54,965 people or 10,744 families were in

11 towns in Surigao del Sur including Hinatuan (21,315 people), Lingig (9,552 people), Carrascal (7,500) Bislig City (7,412) and Tandag City (7,500), 28,154 people or 5,548 families in 12 towns in Agusan del Sur, 5,375 people in eight towns in Surigao del Norte, 975 people in Dinagat Islands, 1,680 people in Butuan City, and 714 people in Agusan del Norte. Killed were Elizabeth Zalueta, 36, Cecilio Duama, 77, and Pepito Cabusas, 40, all of Trento, Agusan del Sur, Fretzel Cortes, 48, and Jebamaric Acebedo, 15, both of Mansailaw, Lingig, Surigao del Sur and Roseta Amancio, 68, who were all hit by a coconut tree felled by strong winds. Injured were Cedric Ricafuerte, 15, of Barangay Mahogany here, Jose Gamboa, 42, and Randy Adahar, both of Purok 8, Barangay Maibu, Butuan City, Leonardo Sabanal, 33, of Barangay Maladong, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Analiza Miranda and Arceli Miranda, 6, both of Barangay Macalang, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, Arturo Valdez, Ruel Veronillo and Rene Tatoy of Rosario, Agusan del Sur, and Rhean Tesada, 27, of Barangay Nueva Estrella, Socorro, Surigao del Norte. A total of 79,586 evacuees were recorded and served by the different government agencies across the region, the Caraga OCD said. Surigao del Sur reported the highest number of displaced individuals with 46,521 or 9,063 families, Agusan del Sur with 25,018 people or 4,922 families, Surigao del Norte with 4,735 people or 930 families, Butuan City with 1,680 people or 477 families, Dinagat Islands with 918 people or 185 families, and Agusan del Norte with 714 people or 196 families. Gobenciong said work in public and private firms resumed yesterday. Meanwhile, Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. declared that all classes at pre-school level were still suspended including those at the elementary and secondary levels in some areas including Agusan del National High School, Obrero Elementary School, all low-lying schools within the riverside barangays from Aupagan to Maug (East Bank) and Bit-os to Pagatpatan (West Bank). Gobenciong said Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines have resumed all their flights from here to Manila and Cebu and vice-versa. She said communication lines in Pilar, Surigao del Norte were back to normal while power blackout was still experienced in Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur. Gobenciong also reported that all national roads and bridges were passable to all types of vehicles except the Surigao-Davao Coastal Road (Bislig-Lingig-Davao Oriental Boundary Section) due to collapsed electric posts and uprooted trees

blocking the roadway, and the damaged Osmeña-La Paz Road Section in Agusan del Sur. In Butuan City, the local disaster risk reduction and management council met and discussed preparations for the Typhoon “Pablo” on Monday. Mayor Amante said all the city’s barangays had identified predetermined evacuation sites as he declared the suspension of classes at all levels and work in all city government offices. Task Force “Tabang” at the City Police Office was activated as well as the Butuan Search and Rescue Team was alerted to put on standby all equipment including rubber boats, speed boats, rubber ambulance and dump truck for deployment. The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council deployed the Emergency Rapid Assessment Team (ERAT) composed of representatives from the Office of Civil Defense, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Agriculture, National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Health and Department Education in Lingig to Tandag City, Surigao del Sur. The line agencies including the Armed Forces of the Philippines activated 24/7 monitoring in the region and prepositioned service vehicles, equipment and other assets to address possible needs in the wake of the typhoon, Gobenciong said. The DSWD’s food and non-food items were put in place. The DPWH Regional and District Engineering offices were activated to monitor the serviceability of road networks, she added.

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elusive as hardly any of the perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance, torture and other gross attacks on political dissenters have been made to answer for their crimes,” the APPCCHRP said. The newly formed g roup cha l lenged Aquino “to prove his cla ims before t he internationa l com mu n it y t hat he ha s done somet h i ng on t he hu ma n r ig ht s sit u at ion i n t he c ou nt r y by putting a stop to the killings a nd by pu l l i ng out a nd disbanding militar y and p a r a m i l it a r y t ro op s i n rural communities.” Testimonies Many of the delegates of the conference were moved to tears when victims and r e l a t i ve s of v i c t i m s of human rights v iolations shared their experiences. Mrs. Concepcion Empeño, mother of missing UP student Karen Empeño, related “ how abnormalit i e s h av e b e c o m e n o rmal ” since her daughter disappeared on June 26,

2006. She lamented that aut horities have not yet a rrested ret ired genera l Jov ito Pa lpa ra n Jr., t he main suspect in the abduction of Karen, fellow UP student Sherlyn Cadapan and farmer Manuel Merino. A farmer f rom Sa n Francisco, Quezon, Mylene Zantoa shed tears as she narrated how soldiers of the 85th Infantry Battalion of t he Ph i l ippi ne A r my orc he s t r at e d t he f i l i ng of trumped-up charges of k idnapping aga inst her. Zantoa, a leader of a group of coconut farmers, could not go home for fear of being arrested. She worries for her f ive children, especially for the youngest who has been diagnosed with a serious heart ailment. G e n a s qu e E n r iqu e z , a Lu m ad le ader w ho i s voc a l i n h is opposit ion against destructive mining a nd ot her so-ca l led development projects, told the delegates how he and other Lumad leaders have been slapped with common c r i me s a nd br a nde d a s New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas. Peter “Tata Pido” Gonza les, spokesman of t he S ave B ondoc Pen i nsu la Movement and a survivor of an assassination attempt i n M ay 2 0 0 4 , t e s t i f i e d how the military has been terrorizing the villages in South Quezon. Meanwhile, Bae Adelfa Belayong from Esperanza, Ag usa n del Su r, sha red how her husband and her brot he r we re k i l le d by p a r a m i l i t a r y f o rc e s i n s e p a r at e i nc id e nt s du e to the tribe’s opposition to mining. Response One of the delegates, Laura, a member of Mont r e a l- b a s e d C e nt r e for Philippine Concerns, admitted she was shocked to hear such stories. “It breaks my heart.” “We’re a ll humans. It’s hard to think that there are people capable of doing such horrible things.” A college student taking up social work, Laura (who requested that her surname would not be revealed), 30, got interested in the Philippines when she s aw t he c ond it ion s of Filipinos who were recruited for Canada’s live-in caregiver program. Since then, she has become active in her organization. Recently, she decided to come to the Philippines to see for herself the cond it ion s of t he Fi l ipi no people. Laura said her organization has been campaigning for the enactment of a legislation t hat wou ld monitor the conduct of Canadian mining companies a nd ot her cor porat ions abroad. She lamented how Canadian mining corporations are violating the rights of citizens where they are operating. “The problems are so

huge,” Laura said. “I learn as much as I can and I hope to share to other people what I have learned.” She said she wants to c ont r i b u t e t o “p u t t i n g pressure on the Philippine government to react and respond to the problems of the Filipino people.” Meanwhile, Peter Brock of the Australian Action for Peace a nd Development, said: “What we heard are ver y sad stories but also ver y inspiring. They [victims] are standing up for their rights.” He w a s p a r t ic u l a r l y touched by Mrs. Empeño’s speech. “Connie has been w a g i ng t he s t r u g g le of her daughter. It’s a ver y powerful testimony.” B r o c k , 53, h a s b e e n ac t ive i n t he sol id a r it y movement for the Philippines since the 1980s. Bro c k s a id : “ We s e e human rights as centra l in promoting peace.” He said Australia is the second highest prov ider of foreign militar y training and assistance to the Philippines and has a Status of Forces Agreement with the Philippines. Brock said Australian mining companies are also involved in human rights violations. Recently, Australian mining company SMI-Xstrata has been implicated in the massacre of Juv y Capion a nd her two sons. Brock noted that under the Aquino administration, “t here’s a lot of double sp e a k a nd f a l s e words.” He cited the failure of the authorities to arrest Pa lparan and t he slow pace of the trial in the Ampatuan massacre case, among others. Brock, a law yer, a lso found it ironic that human rights workers are the ones being persecuted, citing Agnes Tadeo-Mesina who was arrested and accused of being involved in the mu rder of development w o r k e r W i l l e m G e e r tma n. “Obv iou sly, t he se are trumped-up charges,” he said. Y i - H s i a n g , Ta i w a n Committee for Philippine Concerns, said Aquino’s silence bears the imprint of consent for these violations. “Not only has he condoned i mpu n it y, he has likewise perpetuated it by not delivering justice for any of the 114 victims of ex trajudicia l k i l lings under his administration,” Hsiang said. Pastor Joram Calimut a n, coord i nator of t he APCCHRP, said the formation of the network would consolidate the efforts of Asia Pacif ic activ ists to strengthen and amplify the advocacy for human rights issues in the Philippines. T he A PP C H R P c ondemned Aquino’s counter i n su r genc y prog r a m Oplan Bayanihan, which has been linked to the US government’s anti-terror campaign in Asia. (http://

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Globe Telecom adopts Boracay as 1st Community of Practice in Visayas Globe Telecom adopts Boracay, the country’s premiere tourist destination, as its first Community of Practice (CoP) in the Visayas to help the island achieve social, environmental, and economic development. Having a strong presence in Boracay especially with the recent establishment of its cable landing station, Globe deemed it necessary to protect the area’s marine life, support conservation efforts by local stakeholders and participate in raising environmental awareness among the youth and local residents. “Consistent with its sustainable business practices,

Globe is committed to collaborate with government, NGOs and private businesses in helping transform the degraded marine life in Boracay via innovative solutions and financial grants for conservation projects. We hope that through CoP, Globe can make a significant contribution in addressing the environmental issues affecting this tourist gem,” said Rob I. Nazal, head of Globe CSR. CoP is a program designed to synergize the different initiatives of Globe Bridging Communities, the CSR arm of Globe, via active partnerships with community-based non-

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government organizations, barangay leaders, youth, and the beneficiaries themselves. For this undertaking, Globe has allotted P1 million for various support activities that will be implemented in Boracay and has also tapped Huawei, its end-to-end network solutions provider, as a resource partner. BridgeCom has five pillars which will be mobilized to serve Boracay, namely: iLead (good governance), iAccess (social services delivery), iProsper (entrepreneurship), iConserve (environment and sustainability), and iGive (active citizenship through volunteerism).

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protected area by grafting or attaching fragments of semi- live corals to the buds to assist in propagation and maintain high survival rate of the corals. Globe comes in by donating marine epoxy as well as water buoys and markers to cordon off the area and clearly set demarcation lines for navigation, swimming and recreational activities. Early next year, Globe employees who are also divers will be mobilized for off-shore clean-up and training so they can be part of the quarterly preventive maintenance of the area. For law enforcement, Globe already has an existing Sagot Ka ni Kap (SKK) program in Brgy. Manok-Manok which it extends to include the whole of Boracay. SKK equips local barangay officials with the necessary tools to upgrade the capacity of the village police (Tanods) and the Boracay Action Group for necessary coast-line patrolling. Globe provides a multi-cab vehicle and boat to beef up coast and sea patrol activities. Likewise, Globe will help Sangkalikasan monitor its Reef Patrol volunteers and other partners through information and communication technology tools such as the Globe TxtConnect facility which allows text messages to be blasted off simultaneously to members of an organization for easier coordination and ERRATUM In connection with the NOTICE for Cabadbaran City Local Civil Registry Office re petition of MARIFLOR ATEGA CASTRO published on October 18 and 25, 2012, phrase published should be CHANGE OF HER FIRST NAME FROM MARIA-FLORENCIA to MARIFLOR IN THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF MARIA-FLORENCIA JAMBOY ATEGA. Sorry for the inadvertence.

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reporting as well as receiving real-time feedback. Environmental education is another drive which Globe will provide to three public elementary schools in Boracay --- Manok-Manok E.S., Balabag E.S., and Yapak E.S. using the Text2Teach (T2T) program implemented through Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI). T2T utilizes educational videos to make it easier for young students to learn Math, Science, and English. This time, more environmental conservation materials will be shown to the students to make them aware of the environmental situation in Boracay and encourage them to be proactive in protecting the area and saving it from further destruction. The effort will also be extended to the other nine public elementary schools in the whole municipality of Malay where Boracay is located. Youth clubs and private schools will also be tapped for the six-month youth education program to be handled by Sangkalikasan partner University of San Carlos Cebu, also aimed at opening the eyes of the youth to the ecological destruction at the popular tourist spot and their responsibility as young active citizens to protect the island’s future. “It is no longer new for Globe to adopt critical environmental areas. We already have the Cordillera conservation program in Northern Luzon and the Taal Lake protection program in Southern Luzon. Just recently we gave our support to the Forest Corridor program in Arakan Valley, South Cotabato to save the habitat of the Philippine Eagle. This time, we have chosen Boracay for our environmental initiative in the Visayas,” Nazal said.

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