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Remain non-partisan, Borcillo tells teachers Volume IV, No. 133 web portal: www.mindanaodailynews.com
By MARK FRANCISCO, Staff member
AGAYAN de Oro City Schools Division superintendent Elena M. Borcillo reminded her colleagues in the Department of Education (DepEd) and to the hundreds of teachers in the city’s 70 elementary and 39 secondary public schools in the city to remain non-partisan. This, even as both reelectionist Mayor Oscar Moreno and his challenger Rep. Rufus Rodriguez have been pouring projects to the public schools in Borcillo’s division. In an Energy FM Radyo Agila interview, Borcillo said that it is the right of
both officials to continue facilitating the construction of new classroom buildings in her division. Borcillo also emphasized that each of the public school teachers and employees in the City Schools Division who are registered voters in their respective
Oroquieta City--Police Senior Superintendent Leony Roy Geroche Ga who takes over command of the Misamis Occidental Police Provincial Office (MOCPPO) from its former acting Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Archival Diokno Macala who is now with
the region’s Public Safety Battalion (RPSB 10) warmly welcome the contingent of the Philippine Army led by 55th Infantry Battalion Commander LTC Vener Y Morga to the monthly Joint AFP-PNP Peace and S ecurity C oordinating Center (JPSCC) meeting at the function hall of the
barangays will ultimately vote for one city mayor on Election Day in May 2016. “But this does not mean that we are openly endorsing any candidate, local or national. We are legally barred from doing so,” she said. Along this line, Borcillo issued a memorandum last October 16 sternly reminding her subordinates at the City Schools Division to remain non-partisan and refrain from joining any political activities initiated by candidates. “This shall include activities such as participaSee borcillo, page A11
PNP-Misoc plays host to JPSCC By PHILIP JAMES M TREMEDAL, Correspondent
October 25, 2015
Cagayan de Oro City schools division superintendent Elena M. Borcillo (right) and Mayor Oscar Moreno (left) pour concrete during the groundbreaking of a ten-classroom building in Mambuaya Elementary School last Friday.
Misamis Occidental Police mindanao daily news photo by mark francisco Provincial Office. The said meeting is the meeting point of the Army Forces of the Philippines particularly the Philippine Army with counterpart in By PHILIP JAMES M. TREMEDAL, Correspondent maintaining peace and order guniang Panlalawigan for to their area of responsibiliMisamis Occidental, Proties and to coordinate with OROQUIETA City--After of incumbent officials from vincial Governor Herminia other government National months of meeting in order the gubernatorial, vice gu- M. Ramiro of the National Agencies and the Local to come up with a united bernatorial, congressional Unity Party (NUP) decided See coalition, page A11 See host, page A11 stand through a status quo and members of the Sang-
LP-NUP-NP coalition fields complete slate for Misoc provincial officials
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By Mike Baños, Editor-at-Large
While other energy players pay lip service to energy demand side management, a new program backed by the country’s largest distribution utility has taken the bull by the horns, so to speak. Energy demand management, also known as
demand side management (DSM), is the modification of consumer demand for energy through various methods such as financial incentives and behavioral change through education. Choosing the latter path to promote its advocacy among the Philippines’
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40,000 public schools, the Coalition for Better Education (CBE) and One Meralco Foundation launched Monday, 19 October 2015 the first ever Teacher’s Mini Energy Camp in Cagayan de Oro City which aims to develop 100 flash cards for energy education of students in public elementary schools from Grades 4-10.
1 Meralco Found Pres Jeff Tarayao fields questions during the presscon for the CDO Energy Camp launch 19 Oct 2015 at VIP Hotel. With him are CBE ED Luchi Flores & DepEd CDO City Supt. Anita Gochuco.
“Before the opening of the next school year, we expect the 35 teachers attending this Energy Camp to develop at least 100 new flashcards for Energy Education,” said Jeffrey O. Tarayao, One Meralco Foundation President and Meralco Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer who developed the program with CBE Executive Director Luchi Flores. Three local school teachers were among the original 37 hand-picked teachers nationwide who developed the initial Energy Ed kit of Coalition for Better Education Exec Director Luchi Flores (left) and One Meralco Founda- flash cards over a year are tion Pres. Jeffrey Tarayao poses with the first 3 CDO receipients of the Energy ED kit. the lead campers for the photo by mike baños , npn CDO 3-day Mini Energy-
Camp: Myrna P. Banana (Maccabean Elementary School), Avellino Costanillo (Camp Evangelista Elementary School) and Jessica Joy Hinacay, City Central School principal. Anita M. Gochuco, Department of Education Cagayan de Oro City Division Superintendent, said she hopes the program can eventually be shared with the 70 public elementary schools and 39 public high schools in the city, 30 of which remain without electricity. Flores said the initial 300 flash cards will be integrated into the public school K-12 curriculum subjects including English, Math,
Science, Technology Livelihood Education (TLE), Edukasyon Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan (EPP) and most especially, Values Education (Edukasyon sa Pagpakakatao). “Over the long term, we hope to teach students the nature and proper use of electricity, which they would hopefully cascade to their friends, and most especially, their parents and siblings in the home,” Tarayao said. “There is an old Zen saying which says, ‘A seed will never see its flower’. May we all be so similarly inspired to aspire for a responsible stewardship of God’s creations in the generations to come.”
Firms seek extension of temporary PNP import permit for regulated materials Filipino manufacturers and exporters are asking the government to put in place a more efficient, orderly, and transparent way of securing from the Philippine National Police (PNP) an import permit for bringing in regulated chemicals. At the same time, they appealed for an extension of the validity of their tempo-
rary import permits which expire October 31 until the licensing process has been straightened out, or more companies will close shop. In a public-private meeting, business leaders asked agencies involved in national economic development to extend for three more months the validity of the temporary permits
issued to enterprises and to sort out the process for licensing the purchase of regulated chemicals from overseas. Donald Dee, chief operating officer of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said during the dialogue held middle of this month between the government’s Economic
Development Cluster and the Philippine Business Groups and Joint Foreign Chambers that this lack of procedural clarity has caused extreme difficulties for entrepreneurs. He explained that when the PNP recently started to seriously implement Republic Act No. 9516, or the law on explosives,
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it subsequently issued a list of regulated chemical substances that are used to manufacture explosives. It added to the list 41 substances that are commonly used by manufacturers. These include hydrochloric/muriatic acid, sulphuric acid, lacquer thinner, adhesives, glues, pastes, mineral spirits, and nitric acids, which are used by the electronics and handicraft sectors for polishing and cleaning. Also regulated is sodium sulfate, used in soaps and detergents. “As a result, suppliers and users must apply for separate licenses and permits to purchase, unload, move and possess such chemicals; plant/factory inspections; and, PNP escort to transport the chemicals,” said Dee, who is also vice chair of the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT). He also noted that the police escort fee was “P2,500 per container plus services that include transportation, meals and accommodation. The escort fee cannot be accounted for as it is unreceipted.” And as the temporary permits lose their validity by the end of this month, “a number of companies face the risk of closure. Meanwhile, there have been reports of black markets
selling said chemical substances at 100-300% higher than regular rate,” added Dee. “The inefficient coordination process of the PNP national and local offices in processing applications has resulted (in) delays in the granting of permits,” continued Dee. The merchant cited some of the consequences, one of which was the closure of operations by several members of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. in July “due to difficulty in obtaining some of the 41 FEO (Firearms and Explosives Office of the PNP)-regulated chemicals.” Other reported negative experiences arising from what is deemed to be an obscure procedural flow: farmers encountering difficulties buying crop fertilizers, the shutdown of one production line by a beverage company due to delays in raw material delivery that were allegedly caused by the late arrival of the required police escort, and the supposed move by some foreign investors in the Philippines to transfer production of some products to other countries due to the FEO regulations. “The expiration of the temporary permit must be See extension, page A11
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Unforgettable election campaign experiences
With the onset of the election fever, I can not but fondly recollect some of my own unforgettable election experiences. They happened years ago when I took to the campaign trail either for myself or my party’s candidates. I first took office in 1986 as one of the many Officersin-Charge (OICs) of President Corazon C. Aquino. Post 1986, I first got involved in the election campaign of the late Lulu Teodoro. She was running for Congress in the former joint congressional district of Las Pinas-Muntinlupa. She was President Cory’s candidate . As a show of support, I personally joined Ms. Teodoro in most of her sorties. One day, we campaigned inside the premises of a big factory along the South Super Highway. The welcome was warm. A senior officer of the company accompanied Ms. Teodoro at the factory assembly line. Before we left the premises, the officer handed Ms. Teodoro a sealed envelope containing a “modest token of the company’s support”. Ms. Teodoro thanked the officer and we proceeded to the next campaign stop. Twenty minutes later, a less senior officer came
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running after us. He was very profuse in his apologies. He retrieved the previous envelope and handed Ms. Teodoro another one. As we found out later, the previous envelope contained a check payable to the rival candidate!! The following year, it was my turn to run. I sought election as Mayor of Muntinlupa. As was customary, the preferred mode of campaigning in our town was house-to-house. One day, we were campaigning along the railroad tracks in Sucat, the northernmost barangay of Muntinlupa. I was accompanied by all the party candidates from vice mayor to the councilors. I was much younger then and I could easily work both sides of the railroad tracks. I did not mind the scorching afternoon sun as I tried to pump as many hands as I could. It was heartwarming and re-assuring to hear from the constituents their words of support. Then, an old man whom I approached told me: “I am sorry I can not vote for you.” Having recovered from the shock, I asked him: “Why, Lolo? Do you not approve of the way I ran Muntinlupa?”
Ignacio Bunye “You are OK, Mayor,” he said. “But you see, this is already Taguig!” Kris Aquino, who was just starting her career in show biz, made a surprise visit during one of our small evening plaza meetings. She sang a couple songs to the delight of the crowd and then delivered her spiel - “Ang sabi ng Mommy ko, iboto ninyo si Toting. Basta si Toting, Magaling!” My gut feel, prior to that point in the campaign, was that the local election would be closely contested. After Kris’ appearance, I felt that I began to surge ahead. But the big moment came when President Cory, herself, showed up during our “miting de avance”. She told a crowd of thousands gathered at the Alabang jeepney terminal: “Kung pipili ako ng 5 pinakamahusay kong OIC, makakaseguro kayo
na isa doon si Toting.” With the vaunted “Cory magic”, it was all over but the shouting. Once, President Fidel V. Ramos visited Muntinlupa City Hall to proclaim his official candidates for the 1995 local elections. Over coffee, and his trademark unlighted cigar, FVR gave his anointed candidates precious tips on how to campaign. “I call this 4K,” FVR started. “First K. Kawayan. Wave at the people. By waving you immediately establish contact with them even from afar. “Second K. Kamayan. Up close, shake their hands. Your hand shake must be firm. While shaking hands, don’t forget the eye contact. “Third K. Kumustahan. While shaking hands, ask a general question about the family. Everybody appreciates being asked about his/ her loved ones. “And don’t forget the last K. Kodakan. Filipinos are very fond of picture-taking.” “4K is a sure-fire formula,” FVR said with a wink and a ‘thumbs up’. Those were exciting times indeed. Note: You may email us at totingbunye2000@gmail. com.
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is debunking claims that President Aquino and his government continue to enjoy the trust and confidence of Filipinos. The stinging rebuke came from EON, a public relations firm, which came out with its 2015 survey results called Philippine Trust Index the other day. The results showed that the trust rating of Aquino and his government among Filipinos in general went down by as much as 11 percentage points, while
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among those who graduated from college, the trust rating of both Aquino and his government fell by as much as 15 percentage points, when compared with results from surveys in 2012.“Filipinos largely believe that the government is unable to succeed in meeting these different criteria for trust. Only
23 percent of the general public strongly agree that the government is able to ensure peace and security, while only 22 percent agree that the government helps the poor address their basic needs,” the report said. -ooo SURVEY RESULTS TO SWAY 2016 POLL RESULTS: Many view these survey results as having a tremendous impact on the results of the 2016 elections. The fact is that, even now, Malacanang and its propagandists are desperately pushing the idea that Aquino and his government continue to enjoy the people’s trust and confidence and that a great number of our countrymen continue to be satisfied with his “righ-
teous governance” mantra. The reason is clear: Malacanang, Aquino, and its candidates in the 2016 elections would want everybody to believe that Aquino’s endorsement of the candidates will work magic and could still propel the candidates to victory, despite the glaring truth that they are lagging far behind as people’s choices. The intent is to hoodwink people into accepting whatever elections results their puppets at the Commission on Elections will come up with, even if those results will largely be on account of a computer manipulation that was put to work in the 2010 and 2013 elections, if election watchdogs are to be believed. See batas, page A11
“People who work hard sleep well, whether they eat little or much. But the rich seldom get a good night’s sleep.” -Ecclesiastes 5:12
you wake energized and refreshed in the morning. However, if you are unable to sleep because you are kept awake at 3:15 a.m. worrying about possessions, you may want to take a closer look at your priorities. Is that possession really A good sleep does always come after worth what it is costing you in sleep a physically exhausting day. There’s every night, patience towards others, nothing like a good night’s rest when or attitude during the day?
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SM City CDO, PHLPost hold ‘Dear Next President’ letter writing activity nationwide F ollowing the announcement of three Presidential candidates for the May 2016 national election, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) held a nationwide letterwriting campaign focusing on the theme
“Dear Next President”participated by about 5 0 , 0 0 0 stu d e nt s i n celebration of the “World Post Day”, October 09 at selected SM Supermall branches all over the country. SM City Cagayan de Oro gathered more
Romeo M. Sardan, Acting Area Director of PHLPost Mindanao encourages the young generation to patronize letter writing as an alternative way to communicate which as of this time, little by little is being forgotten. This he said during the National Letter Writing Day, October 9, SM City Cagayan de Oro. Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy
than 200 high school students in Cagayan de Oro City to participate in the simultaneous nationwide letter writing event of Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost), dubbed as the “National Letter Writing Day” at SM City Cagayan de Oro in the hopes of mobilizing the young generation to experience the art of traditional letter writing. World Post Day is celebrated every annually on October 9, to coincide with the anniversary of the establishment of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) in 1874 in the Swiss capital of Berne. Its main purpose is to create awareness of the role of the postal sector in people’s and businesses’ everyday lives and its contribution to the social and economic development of countries. Started in 2013, the NLWD is a simultaneous letter writing of select students nationwide. This was created to e n c ou r a ge F i l ipi n o students to continue using letters as way of communicating and
SM CDO PR Manager Ivy Guantero (2nd from left), SM CDO Assistant Mall Manager Constantine Arce (3rd from right) and Romeo M. Sardan, Acting Area Director of PHLPost Mindanao (Center) pose for posterity with PHLPost officers during the National Letter Writing Day, October 9, SM City Cagayan de Oro. Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy
expressing thoughts. PHLPost’s primary activity to celebrate this day is the National Letter Writing Day (NLWD) with the theme “Dear Next President”, providing a venue for the Filipino youth to express themselves by engaging in letter writing activities that will not just communicate but touch lives. Romeo M. Sardan, Acting Area Director of PHLPost Mindanao encouraged the young generation to patronize
letter writing as an a lt e r n at i v e w ay t o communicate which as of this time, little by little is being forgotten, this he said during the National Letter Writing Day activity at the SM City Cagayan de Oro. PHLPost will compile a l l t he l e tte rs and hopefully, will be able to present this to the next elected president of the Philippines. The 3rd National Letter-writing Day is in partnership with SM Supermalls, Department
of Education and Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino. Being in the forefront of the advocacy to revive the art of letter writing with its program, Sulat Mulat Postal Awareness C a r a v a n , P H L Po s t officials continue to believe that nothing else cultivates romance, nurtures friendship, or helps one stay connected like a hand-written card or letter received at the post office. (all photos by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy)
PAPERS UP . More than 200 high school students in Cagayan de Oro City participate in the simultaneous nationwide letter writing event of Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost), dubbed as the “National Letter Writing Day” at SM Cagayan de Oro City in the hopes of mobilizing the young generation to experience the fun and art of letter writing, October 9. photo by shaun alejandrae yap uy
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Delegates to the Region 10 disaster communications summit pose for posterity at the culmination of the ICT Bayanihan Summit as members of Rapid Emergency Telecommunications Team in Northern Mindanao.
Various agencies affirm support for Rapid Emergency Telecommunications Team Smart co-organized ICT Bayanihan Summit with OCD By Cheng Ordonez, Associate Editor
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Delegates to the Information and Communication Technology Bayanihan (ICT Bayanihan) Summit have affirmed their commitment to strengthen, consolidate, and expand multi-sectoral support for the effective implementation of the Operational Guidelines in the Conduct of Joint Rapid Emergency Telecommunications Team (RETT), under the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC),
recently, at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel. The affirmation came with a commitment to recognize the urgent need to strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) during disaster response operations to address the communications, electronics and information needs of the Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) and/or Incident Command Posts
Summit delegates line up to affix their signature on the commitment wall to indicate acceptance of their responsibilities as members of Rapid Emergency Telecommunications Team in the region.
Region 10 delegates scan the QR codes to download the Batingaw and Project Noah mobile apps developed by Smart in partnership with OCD and DOST, respectively, as part of its #SafePH campaign.
(ICPs) in a disaster area for command and control. “Noting with appreciation the growing consensus to address the underlying importance of compatibility, interoperability, commonality and the institutionalization of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for an effective disaster management program through a centralized working organization anchored to the concept of “whole-of-nation approach,” the declaration read. Also, the various participating agnecies have re-affirmed the need to establish a framework for strengthening the effectiveness and efficiency of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) during disaster response operations under the leadership of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC). They also committed to emphasize further the strengthening of the Rapid Emergency Telecommunications Teams (RETT) for the provision of an immediate locally operable and interoperable voice, data, video, and information systems for Emergency Telecommunications Cluster as one of its priority mandates that will guide all ICT stakeholders in the country. With the signing of the commitment, the agencies involved manifested to strengthen the capacities of both the national government and local government, in cooperation with partner stakeholders, to strengthen ICT capacities at the National Cluster level down to local level to prepare for, respond to and recover from the impacts of disasters. T h e a g e n c i e s h av e also fully committed to
work in partnership with the Natinal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and other stakeholders in helping build a nation of “safe, adaptive and disasterresilient Filipinos” by vigorously implementing the National Disaster Response Plan (NDRP) through the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC). Aside from working in partnership with NDRRMC and OCD, the agencies have vowed ASSIST in mainstreaming of ICT in DRR processes such as policy formulation, socioeconomic development planning, budgeting, and governance particularly in the areas of water, energy, health, education, and infrastructure among other. Further, the agencies also admonish to support competency and science-based capacity building activities and nurture continuous learning through knowledge development and management of good ICT practices of the ground. Participants to the twoday summit also vowed to advocate for harmonization and strengthening of ICT in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation policies, practices, program and projects for building resilience and to Promote effective ICT risk governance for the benefit of the people and the nation as a whole. “We abide by good governance principles within the context of ICT protection and, likewise, sustain partnerships towards effective delivery of its services to the citizenry by working together through complementation of resources. Thus,
engaging the participation of various stakeholders in government’s ICT DRRM programs is part and parcel of the NDRP,” the declaration says. The agencies that were represented in the ICT: Bayanihan Summit and signed the “Declaration of Commitment” were from the OCD, DSWD, DOST, DOST-ICTO, DOST-PAGASA, DILG, DOH, NTC, AFP, PNP, BFP, PCG, IECEP, ACRC, NYC, PIA, KBP, SMART, various CDRRMC PDRRMC and other Media outfits. Meanwhile, Smart Communications backed the two-day regional disaster communications summit held at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel. To help institutionalize disaster communication protocols, mobile leader Smart Communications committed to support the Office of Civil Defense’s first-ever regional disaster communications conferences, dubbed as ICT Bayanihan. Smart is the first telco partner of OCD in co-organizing these regional meetings. “The importance of communications in the entire disaster risk management process cannot be overemphasized. For a country of many islands like the Philippines, located in an area being visited by at least 20 typhoons a year, this series of regional summit focused on communications is exactly what we need,” said Smart Public Affairs Community Partnerships Senior Manager, Nova Concepcion. “And as member of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster of the NDRRMC, we saw it fit to support the ICT Bayanihan
of the OCD,” Concepcion added. The regional conferences aim to institutionalize rapid emergency telecommunication teams to lead immediate response and support when there are disasters. The most recent summit was held in Cagayan de Oro for Region 10, which was the first region in Mindanao to hold the event. The Region 10 Summit was attended by public and private agencies, and fully supported by the regional offices of the National Telecommunications Commission and the DOST-ICT Office. Northern Mindanao is committed to help out when needed to respond. OCD 10 Regional Director Ana Cañeda emphasized the significance of the quick and effective response within the first hour of an emergency situation. DOST-ICTO Regional Director Evamay dela Rosa, on the other hand, stressed the value of dedication and practice for the plans to be effective. “We should not stop here. Let us revisit and ensure that we have the mechanism in place and that these mechanisms are clear to everyone,” dela Rosa said. “Let’s capacitate the rapid emergency telecommunications team and ensure that the Region 10 emergency telecommunications cluster is able to install, operate, and maintain a system of communication that will reconnect us to related LGUs, emergency operation centers, NDRRMC’s operation center during and post disaster,” dela Rosa added. Apart from co-organizing the regional communiSee summit, page A11
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Resolve business licensing delays to improve ease of doing business in PH Local businesses lauded the Philippine government’s economic reform initiatives, but said further streamlining and simplifying of business licensing is a must to make the country more
enticing to the international business community. In a recent business-government dialogue, Donald Dee, chief operating officer of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(PCCI), said industrialists have identified business license processing as one of the key areas in need of more reforms to promote ease of doing business. He said drawbacks to fast
business licensing extend across several segments, from mining and energy to shipping and infrastructure development. In minerals exploration, power generation, and
transport infrastructure, business permit licensing “continues to be tedious,” said Dee. Oil exploration alone is estimated to require more than 1,000 permits, in-
cluding licensing permits, franchising permits, and environmental clearances. In addition, it could take up to two years to complete the process because of the See Business, page A10
PH customs brokers want TABS scrapped for impeding cargo flow
Health authorities in General Santos City have informed residents on the possible consequences of the haze that has enveloped the city since Sunday (Oct. 18) and advised them to take necessary precautions. The haze reportedly came from forest fires in Indonesia, and have also reached other areas in Mindanao. mindanews photo by rommel rebollido
The Professional Customs Brokers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PCBAPI) is requesting government to stop implementing the Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS), citing its adverse effects on customs brokers and the economy. PCBAPI wrote a letter to Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Atty. Juan Sta. Ana seeking a stop to TABS and a return to the status quo in the “delivery of containers, return of empties.” The group claimed the new system, which is being implemented by port operators Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) and International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) since October 1, contradicts just-in-time delivery and
is “contrasting the flow of trade.” TABS, an electronic platform for booking containers at Manila South Harbor and Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), was developed to minimize road traffic and ensure a more organized flow of containerized cargoes while providing real-time information on container status. The project is a collaborative solution by the government and supply-chain stakeholdersin partnership with Australia’s 1-Stop Connections Pty Ltd. (1-Stop)to prevent a repeat of the 2014 Manila port congestion that arose from the truck ban introduced by the Manila city government. PCBAPI said that with the new system, “one-day See TABS, page A10
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The head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is urging member countries to use trade to its full potential to create jobs and lift people out of poverty amidst rising economic uncertainty in the global economy. "More than 800 million people are still living in extreme poverty. We must therefore ensure that trade is used to its full potential as a tool of growth and development in the years to come," said WTOÂ Director-General Roberto Azevedo said in a public forum in the 20th anniversary year of the global international organization. Azevedo pointed out that the Millennium Development Goal to cut extreme poverty by half was reached by 2010, five years before
the 2015 deadline. "And trade played an important part in that historic achievement," he stressed. Azevedo also cited benefits of trade to millions of people as developing countries' share in global merchandise trade has leapt from 27 percent to over 43 percent. "And through the Aid for Trade initiative, we have seen 245 billion dollars disbursed to help countries improve their trading ability. In addition, we have ensured that the rules of trade are observed, by dealing successfully with almost 500 disputes. And we have struck new trade agreements," he said. Azevedo stressed the Bali Package of decisions, which were taken in 2013, contained important deci-
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sions on agriculture and trade facilitation agreement. "This agreement will make trade work better for everyone. It will cut the cost of moving goods across borders. And the majority of the benefits will accrue to the developing and leastdeveloped," he said. Another recent advance came in the negotiations to expand the Information Technology (IT) Agreement in July. "This will eliminate tariffs on over 200 IT products - worth approximately seven percent of global trade. That's huge. So deals like this can help trade work better too," he added The WTO chief said trade also works to leverage economic growth and development and connects economies, businesses and people across the globe. However, Azevedo noted that none of trade benefits are "automatic" thus should be accompanied by the right policies. Countries should be also supported to build the capacity they need to compete, he said. Azevedo also underscored the need for countries to have a transparent system of rules which are agreed together and are enforced in a fair, open and cooperative way.
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E was just five years old when he started dabbling in watercolors. But it was only when he was already 20 years old that Mark Bailo’s full potential as an artist was discovered. On one fateful day in 2007, Mark joined the Araw ng Villanueva as an artist exhibiting his artworks. It was at this event that Capitol University resident artist Nic Aca noticed his potential and invited to introduce him to fellow artists in Cagayan de Oro City. Mark, a graphics design graduate from Iligan Computer Institute, would later guest in other artists’ shows, exhibiting both his CGIgenerated works and his paintings on the side. By 2012, Mark was introduced to Artsada founder Marigold Garrido and things soon brightened for him. Mark was already tagging along with the prolific art shows of Artsada who have made their presence felt almost every month at Limketkai Center. Earlier this year, Artsada decided to hold a one-person exhibit for each of the timeframes allotted for them
freely by the mall. They launched Bailo and the solo exhibit of the now 28-year-old was materialized from October 17 to 23 at the second level, west concourse of the said mall. Bailo was happy that he was being chosen as the first artist among the eight members of Artsada to hold a solo exhibit. With art patrons promising to buy his artworks here and there after the duration of the exhibit, Bailo hopes that he could be an inspiration to other would-be artists in Northern Mindanao. “Never give up. Look at me, I started young but my potentials were maximized only recently. It is by God’s grace coupled with my confidence that I was able to do this,” he said. His series of mixed media featuring unique protrusions, mostly bordering on spirituality, awed many of the mallgoers. For more details on how to access the rest of Mr. Bailo’s artworks, just contact the Artsada team through their Facebook page. Meanwhle, another Artsada artist will be presented in solo immediately after Halloween. Atangi!
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Your sacrifices are rewarded at the end The Gospel of Jesus Christ (October25, 2015-Sunday) Luke9:19-22-They answering said, John the Baptist; but some [say], Elias; and others [say], that one of the old prophets is risen again. He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. And he straightly charged them, and commanded [them] to tell no man that thing; Saying,
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required consultations on the Local Government Code and the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act. As for building a power plant, it needs about 160 permits, takes a year or more to complete, and has a cost of compliance of about US$1 million. And with transport infrastructure projects, these face delays even when approved “because of the tedious procurement process and road right-of-way-acquisitions,” the PCCI officer stated further. The slow release of construction permits, he said, partly owes to the requirement to secure a fire safety inspection certificate (FSIC). “Due to inadequacy of personnel to undertake the necessary inspection, several of our members have complained of long delays in securing the FSIC.” Dee, who is also the vice chairman of the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT), like-
The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day: To know God is your calling in life. God knows you ver y much. In response, know him more by having a very tight relationship with him in order that, you can experience his goodness in your life every now and
then. Take note: the more you know God, the more you will love him. Jesus told his disciples about his coming crucifixion on the Cross. This is to inform all of them that they will have the same fate with him. They were not exempted in different trials, adversities and persecutions in life. Jesus was honest to test them if they will continue their services to God almighty.
The good news, except Judas the traitor, all of them continued until death in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To serve god is not easy but you can persevere by the grace of God. Use that grace that you had received during your baptism. Matthew 24:13””But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. Your faithfulness and loyalty to God is tested in the midst of
wise appealed for a revisit of the process for licensing importers. The procedure was revised in 2014 to require two licenses from two different agencies from just one previously. Importers now have to secure an Importer’s Clearance Certificate (ICC) from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) before they can get their Customs Clearance Certificate (CCC) from the Bureau of Customs (BOC). “There are no issues with the BOC clearinghouse; it is in the BIR, where the documentary requirements and procedures for accreditation are tedious, cumbersome, and costly. BIR requires 22 supporting documents from various government agencies. And these documents must be certified true copies,” said Dee. What’s more, he said, accreditation procedures and applications for permits and licenses have to be done personally at the BIR’s main office in Quezon City, which is particularly costly and burdensome for the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) from
the Visayas and Mindanao. Recently, the BIR said the request to decentralize application for the Import Commodity Clearance was not granted because of the agency’s pending automation program. The automation issue is also what stalls the processing of the License to Operate and the Certificate of Product Registration by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA), said Dee. He decried the lack of a clear timetable for when the automation project would be completed, adding that government agencies should not impose requirements without the necessary infrastructure yet. “Companies should not be made to absorb losses and suffer the inconvenience.” At the same time, the business sector said the FDA’s Administrative Order 31-which allows certain offices within the agency to raise fees to generate income-is another yoke on the shoulders of MSMEs in the food industry. The order authorizes increases in mandatory fees for licensing, product registration, and
FDA approval, among others. Finally, the business leaders said they oppose the inclusion of the provision on pre-shipment inspection (PSI) in the Lower House version of the draft Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. The PSI, they said, thwarts trade facilitation by padding costs and upholding inefficiency. Instead, traders suggest strengthening the BOC’s program on risk management. The chamber also called for the establishment of the Authorized Economic Operator program, which guarantees through an internationally recognized quality mark that a party’s role in the international supply chain is secure, and its customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant.
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release” of shipments has become impossible. Under TABS, customs brokers or importers must select the time or “zone” to withdraw import containers from or
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trials. Go forward because God is with you all the times. Your sacrifices are rewarded at the end. Just have faith that if ever you will reach to the point that you cannot carr y anymore the burdens, he will do the remaining for you to accomplish a greater thing in your life: Printing paid by: Neneth Ranoa - Bobong BalinoEdith Ranoa, PhD- Tony Jordan – C agayan De deliver empty containers to the Manila international terminals. Some customs brokers, during a forum called by different brokers’ organizations on October 12, said they had difficulty booking their preferred zone, often trying until evening just to get a booking. PCBAPI said the delay in bookings means an increase in operating expenses for importers and exporters, such as storage charge, demurrage, detention charge, booking fee, and trucking fee. Moreover, the group said port operators will now “charge (for) the cancellation of booking even if (it’s) not our fault.” In addition, the port operators “are going to charge the booking services they render, even (if) they (are) mandated to release the goods (once) cleared by the Bureau of Customs (BOC),” the group noted, adding that under the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines, only the collector of customs can authorize the holding or release of shipments.
Bro. Edcel L. Closas Oro: My new number: 09187148435: God loves you!!! Since the system controls release of shipments, this can cause accumulation of containers and trigger another port congestion, the group said. “We appeal to PPA and our government (to) look into the adverse effects to the flow of trade, ports availability in the future, the just-in-time delivery, additional cost to the shipment, and as well as to the national economy in general,” PCBAPI stated. As of October 19, PPA has yet to respond to the PCBAPI letter. The Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. (CCBI) will separately submit a list of concerns to Manila international terminal operators regarding TABS. READ: PH brokers cite difficulties in using truck booking system CCBI president Dr. Dennis Del Pilar earlier said the chamber will not push for suspension of TABS but will only air concerns and suggestions to help further improve the system. -- www. portcalls.com
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Board. She sat side by side with Moreno during the half-day affair. A few days earlier, she sent two representatives for a marathon groundbreaking of 11 schoolbuilding projects totaling P176 million as facilitated by Rodriguez. Borcillo then emphasized that groundbreakings and building inaugurations are not partisan in nature. Public school teachers act as election inspectors at the precinct level during election days in the country.
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Government Units within their areas. On Friday morning, Police Senior Superintendent Leony Roy Ga who nearly two days old as the Officer in Charge of the province Police Forces call upon his fourteen Municipal Police Chiefs and the Chief of Police of Ozamiz, Tangub and Oroquieta City Finest to talk about plans and updates on the prevailing peace and order situation of Misamis Occidental and shared it to his counterpart the 55TH Infantry “Vigilant “Battalion With them are the representatives of the province Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), The DENR provincial Environment Officer, COMELEC Provincial Election Officer and the Province Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer to talk and share plans and programs particularly on Disaster Preparedness, CNN Threats, the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) and the upcoming National and Local Election on May 9, 2016. The Joint AFP-PNP Peace and Security Coordinating Center (JPSCC) was establishment sometime in 2007 to uphold peace and order and strengthen security and maintain cooperation with the military and police with their counterparts to know each other and plan together measures of emergency preparedness and to response to any given situation. With Army Capt Pableo Baloja, 55th IB S2 briefed the participants and especially the new Police Director on the current and prevailing insurgency situation where the province is confronted with two “Natarang Guerilla” Unit of the Western Mindanao Revolutionary Party Committee of the CPP-NPANDF, NG Sendong and NG Joji. Meanwhile as counterpart, the PNP under Senior Superintendent Ga represented by his Deputy PD for Operations, Superintendent Herbert Olavidez on the criminality and police operations of the whole province fourteen municipalities and three
cities whom accordingly, generally manageable with its implementation of the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPs) and the Lambat-Sibat operations were it was known that crime clearance increased by 38.9% while Crime solution has increased to 45.9 % from the previous police operations. With the presence of the DILG Assistant Provincial Director Sanivier Patoc, the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the department that has been implemented after a joint memorandum circular 2004-01 of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government, said program for the former rebels especially the New Peoples Army of the Communist Party of the Philippines is now with the Department of the Interior and Local Government being the frontline of government to its government units. CLIP is the former Social Integration Program (SIP) of the Arroyo’ Administration to deal with rebel returnees who goes back to the folds and give them financial assistance to start a new life together with their love ones thru a livelihood assisted project for a decent living. While PENRO Adeline Nava of the DENR talks about the government Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force, that is confronted with some menace of the environment particularly kaingineros, illegal loggers of the ASEAN Heritage Park, the Mt. Malindang Ranges of Misamis Occidental. The AFP and the PNP are both members of the government Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force. As the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, Mr. Gain Paul de Barras, shared the province expertise in Disaster Preparedness and well surely help the military and police in enhancing their capabilities to move and communicate as first responder to any eventualities like typhoons, flash floods, earthquakes, landslides of which Misamis Occidental is prone too. To end the one day meeting, COMELEC Provincial Staff, Mrs. Jane Jumawan briefed the JPSCC on the forth coming National and Local Election on May 9, 2015 particularly pursuant to COMELEC Resolution 9991 and 9981, on the recent filing of the Certificate of Candidacy that peaceful and successful, and the upcoming Secure and Fair Election (SAFE) 2016 campaign that will focus the cooperation of the COMELEC, the PNP and the AFP. Accordingly, for the past election in 2010 and 2013, Misamis Occidental has been place as one of the areas of concern by COMELEC.
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to coalesce her party with the Liberal Party under its Provincial Chairman Congressman Jorge Taghap Almonte for the 1st District and Nacionalista Party (NP) Stalwart Congressman Henry S. Oaminal of the 2nd District to be one united political party. Amidst some of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members who run against incumbent municipal mayors, the LP-NUP-NP Party Coalition stands against all odds to become one with newcomers in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan slate. On Thursday, the day before the last day of the filing of Certificates of Candidacy (COC’s) the coalition come together to file their COC’s as one political party to the Provincial COMELEC Office under PES Attorney Cirilo E. Nala Jr without any merrymaking at all but with all smiles facing to the local media and answer question in regards to the party coalition. On her part as a reelectionist lady governor, Governor Hermie Ramiro said that from 2013 Election Misamis Occidental Politicos started to become one even they came from other political parties, like the NP Majority of the province 2nd District coalesce with her NUP and the Majority of the Liberals in the 1st District also coalesce with NUP. “We have decided to have an status qou for the province and join hands to achieve a common goal for a good governance, transparent, accountable, and a united province, however, there were some of my team wants to become political opponents of some of the municipalities, like Pana-on, Aloran, Sapang Dalaga, and Plaridel in the 1st District and the same in the 2nd District one of the member of the Board want to run against my Vice Governor” she said. “With all the painful negotiations they were not amiable for a status quo so we let them eat their piece and decided to come with new politicos for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and before we file, Board member David Navarro decided to run as municipal mayor of his native town Clarin and forego with his plan to become the opponent of Vice Governor Aurora Virginia M. Almonte.” Governor Ramiro Added. As one team for the betterment of Misamis Occidental, the local LP-NUPNP Party coalition together filed their COC’s on October 15 at the Provincial COMELEC Office. NP Stalwart 2nd District Congressman Henry S. Oaminal tagged along his team Sanggunian, re-electionist Teodorico Gerard Olegario III, Simplicia Neri, Tangub City Councilor Tito Decena, Ozamiz City Councilor Octavio ”Avio” Parojinog Jr. and Ex-Officio
PCL Emeterio “Miming” Roa. In the 1st District, Congressman Jorge Taghap Almonte of the Liberal Party tagged along with him his counterparts for the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Vice Governor Aurora Virginia M. Almonte, SP re-electionist Zaldy Daminar, and newcomers Capt Richard “Buting” Centino, Oroquieta City Councilor Eleuterio “Jun” Blasco, former City Councilor Attorney Lel Blanco and Businessman Stephen Pablo Ty. After their filing, they proceed to the Provincial Cultural and Farmers Training Center to join the Liberal Party Fiesta Celebration in honor of Oroquieta’s patroness the Virgin of the Holy Rosary hosted by Congressman Almonte and Oroquieta City Mayor Jason Paredes Almonte with all barangay Officials of the 1st District. Both Almonte and Oaminal promised and committed to the Governor of their allegiance to the party coalition and will be supporting the same comes May 2016 National and Local Election with standard bearers Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo tandem for the Administration “Daang Matuwid “
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extended for another six months. In the meantime, the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) must be put in place by the PNP,” said Dee. On September 15 this year, representatives from the Export development Council, PHILEXPORT and other concerned industry associations also met with police officials to ask for transparency in the process of securing police permits for the importation and distribution of regulated chemicals. Francis Ferrer, a PHILEXPORT trustee, asked for the complete process flow from Major Soledad Arciso, chief of the PNP’s licensing and permits section, saying stakeholders had broad knowledge gaps on the matter. The PNP is the latest of many agencies that companies must approach to secure permits to handle regulated materials, aside from the Food and Drug Administration, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, among others. Arciso had committed to bring up all of the stakeholders’ concerns to higher officials, particularly revisiting the threshold as well as re-categorizing what are high-risk and low-risk chemicals to allow for more exemptions.
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