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New COPC prexy pushes for insurance, PhilHealth for members RUFINO “Ruffy” Magbanua was elected as the new president of the Cagayan de Oro Press Club (COPC) during the election of officers held at the Philtown Hotel and Restaurant on Saturday,

Feb. 10. Magbanua, an opinion writer at Mindanao Daily News and the Dubai-based Kabayan News Weekly, was voted as the COPC president by the Club’s 15-person

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mis Oriental. The appellate court maintained that DILG implementation of the Ombudsman dismissal order against Moreno is invalid because all 24 cases are covered by a writ of injunction issued last November 2017. At the press conference on Thursday, Moreno said he reported back to work after deciding not to report at City Hall last Tuesday and Wednesday. He said he opted to stay away from City Hall to avoid being perceived as defiant and also to prevent any mass actions from his supporters. While he was out, Moreno said he avoided signing

board of directors, right after the conduct of the annual general assembly and election. This is his first time to be elected as the COPC president, but Magbanua said he

is now ready to work with the newly elected members of the board of directors. “In the days ahead, we look forward to sitting down with the new members of the board and find ways

where we can work together to move the press club forward with great optimism. No matter what we do or where we go from here, we will carry the legacy of our senior colleagues that made

us stick together – through thick and thin, through bad times and tough times,” he said. Even before he assumed the position, Magbanua has

Moreno: ‘I am still the mayor of Cagayan de Oro’

CAGAYAN de Oro City-“I am still the mayor of Cagayan de Oro,” Mayor Oscar Moreno said in a press conference Thursday. The Court of Appeals Second Division in Cagayan de Oro issued an order Wednesday stopping the Department of Interior and Local Government from enforcing a decision by the Office of the Ombudsman dismissing Moreno as mayor. The decision, penned by Associate Justice Edgardo Camello, granted Moreno’s petition to consolidate all 24 administrative graft cases filed against him when he was still governor of Misa-

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Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno and barangay chairpersons show their unity after the Court of Appeals quashed an order of the Department of Interior and Local Government to dismiss him on Thursday (8 February 2018). MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO

Construction of P350-million drug rehab center in Agusan Sur starts By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN Contributing Editor

SAN FRANCISCO, Agusan del Sur--- The China-funded P350 Firefighters train their hose on a still unrazed portion of a structure dur- million drug abuse rehabilitation ing a fire that occurred Monday afternoon (February 12) in Zone 3, Bulua, center project formally breaks Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Mark Doña Francisco for Mindanao Daily News

ground yesterday here with top officials from the Chinese embassy in Manila Department of Health and provincial government leading the ceremony. Expected to be completed

in 21 months, the Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center project is a grant from China Aid which tapped the state-owned China State See rehab, page 11

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4-day water interruption in ‘Surfing Capital’ irks residents

A boy gets water from a manual pump in General Luna in Siargao Island on Thursday (8 February 2018). Groundwater is the main source of water in the town, whose water utility suffered a four-day water interruption because of a busted submersible pump. MindaNews photo by roel n. catoto

GENERAL Luna, Siargao Island--A four-day water supply interruption in this town has irked residents who rely on the local water utility. In Barangay Catangnan, the village where the famous surfing destination Cloud Nine is located, some residents were fuming mad after four days with no water coming out from their taps. Catangnan suffered the most because the groundwater is not good for use due to its salinity, according to Alladen G. Villar, officer-in-charge of General Luna Water System, Inc. (GLWSI). Catangnan resident Rudy Figuron uses a rainwater collector to cope with the water crisis. “This is an endless

problem of our town. This frequent problem is still not solved and this would discourage investors,” he said. Ruth Versosa, a tourist in Catangnan, found herself buying water at 10 pesos per bucket and carrying the container 100 meters to her quarters. Villar said the shutdown was due to a damaged submersible pump. Although the water utility initially announced that service would resume Feb. 12, reports said water flowed again as of Friday morning. GLWSI, which has been operating for three years supplying non-potable water, has about 210 concessionaires. GLWSI is privately owned mainly by Borgy M. Abejo, who is

the first cousin of Surigao del Norte 1st District Rep. Francisco Jose Matugas Jr. and nephew of Gov. Sol F. Matugas. General Luna has 3,847 households with a total population of 16,771 as of 2015, according to Alan D. Cotecson, coordinator of the Municipal Planning and Development Office, quoting data from the Philippine Statistics Authority. Most residents reportedly use groundwater for their daily consumption. But with the influx of tourists in this town, where international surfing competitions are held, it is projected that the need for water will also increase. (Roel N. Catoto / MindaNews)

First Business-to-Business Event

First TravelX The B2B Event By Mike Baños Editor-at-large

TRAVEL and tourism stakeholders from several regions from Mindanao and the Visayas will converge in Cagayan de Oro City on February 21 and 22 for a travel dialogue and business session dubbed TravelX. Hosted by the Department of Tourism Region 10 office and organized by tourism consultants and event management company, Selrahco, the two-day event will bring in around close to 100 representatives from the hotel and resort sectors, local tourism offices, event organizers, tour operators, large and medium sized corporations and social and civic clubs. Cagayan de Oro was selected to host TravelX - The B2B Event after it lauched direct flight links with several cities and top tourist destinations such as Boracay, Clark, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga and 10 other points across the archipelago. “We are inviting travel agents, tour operators, organizations, associations and event and meeting organizers from Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao who plan to organize tours or conferences in places

like Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, Zamboanga, Bohol and Boracay to attend the one day business session on February 22,” said Charles Lim, the organizer of the event. Lim said TravelX will provide a perfect networking platform for travel stakeholders and at the same time, promote increased awareness about the beautiful tourist attractions of the featured destinations evn as he urged the travel community in the region to take advantage of it. Some of the prestigious establishments which have already signed up for TravelX are Radissons Blu, Park Inn, Bellevue Resort, Be Resort, Almont Resort, Savoy Hotel, Belmont Hotel, Marco Polo, Almont Hotel, San Remegio Beach Club, Quest Hotel,Dakak Resort and properties, Be Resorts, Bohol Beach Club, Bai Hotel and Cagayan de Oro-based hotels like Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort, and Seda Centrio. Other entities participating include the Iloilo Provincial Tourism Office, Lite Shipping, Cebu Pacific Air, Asiatic Adventure Tours, Enchanted Kingdom, itravel tourist lane, 4 bros and i See event, page 11

Comval Gov. Tyron Uy joins the joint change of command and closing ceremony, 1103rd RRIBn Organizational training with Col Maning S. Tawantawan INF(GSC) PA, Presiding officer at NNCHS Gym, Nabunturan on February 10, 2018. (maryel lasaca/id comval)

International nonprofit cites Xavier Ateneo for exchange program support THE International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) has recently recognized Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan’s long-standing support to the organization’s mission. The citation read that the Luxembourg-based nonprofit values Xavier Ateneo’s “ongoing contribution to IAESTE by See cites, page 11

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PORT MANAGEMENT OFFICE – MISAMIS ORIENTAL/ CAGAYAN DE ORO PMO Building 2, Port Area, Agora Road, Cagayan de Oro City Telefax Nos. (088) 856 9098 to 99; (088) 856 1264; Fax No. (088) 856-4667; Email Address: ppapmocdo@ppa.com.ph INVITATION TO BID/PUBLIC AUCTION

A psycho-social support in form of a magic show helps relieve the stress of residents in barangays Tuca, Toros, Lumbaca Toros, and Bacolod Chico in Marawi City.

Gov’t brings services closer to Marawi returnees

MARAWI City--Different member agencies of Task Force B angon Marawi (TFBM) conducted this week a two-day service caravan to deliver government services closer to returned Marawi residents. In his message, TFBM Field Office Manager Felix Castro, Jr. assured Marawi residents that the government will continue to support them until they rehabilitate their lives completely. “Kami po ay narito upang iparating ang mga programa ng gobyerno sa inyo. Kayo na narito na sa Marawi, hindi kayo pababayaan ng gobyerno. Tutulungan pa rin naming kayo hangga’t kayo’y tulungang makabangon,” assistant secretary Castro said. More than 1,400 households residing in Barangays Tuca, Lumbaca Toros, Toros, Bacolod Chico and Brgy. Sagonsongan transitory shelter site availed various free government services from the information, consultation, entertainment and service caravan. The Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office X together with the City Health Office of Marawi provided free medical, dental and psychosocial support services. DOH also distributed jerry cans to residents in Sagonsongan. The Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office XII set-up a grievance desk to address residents’ complaints on delivery of relief services. Department of Trade and Industry and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority of ARMM also installed a booth to answer queries and concerns regarding livelihood. Free call and text services were also made available by Department of Information and Communication Technology-ARMM, while the city government of Marawi held free local civil registration. The provincial government of Lanao del Sur in partnership with a private organization distributed 400 sacks of rice in Biyaya ng Pagbabago Transitory Shelter Site in Sagonsongan. See brings, page 10

The PHILIPPINE PORTS AUTHORITY, PMO-Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro (PPA, PMO-MOC), through its Property Disposal Committee, now invites interested parties to bid for the sale of its unserviceable/disposable properties on an “As Is” “Where Is” basis:

Merlinda – Guantero-reso 201 Republic of the Philippines SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD Region 10 Oroquieta City City of Good Life Tel/Fax No.(088) 531-1164 & 531-0097; eMail – sp_oroquieta@yahoo.com

EXCERPT FROM THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SESSION OF THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD OF THIS CITY HELD AT THE SESSION HALL OF THE OROQUIETA TOWN CENTER, CANUBAY, OROQUIETA CITY ON AUGUST 31, 2017 ORDINANCE NO. 705 Series of 2017

Additional information and bid forms may be secured at this office, thru the Secretariat, Property Disposal Committee, Telefax Nos. (088) 856 9098 to 99; (088) 856 1264 Fax No. (088) 856-4667 or email ad: ppapmocdo@ppa.com.ph. The schedule of property disposal activities is as follows:

AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE PROPOSED BORROWING OF THE CITY OF OROQUIETA, IN THE AMOUNT OF ONE HUNDRED SEVEN MILLION PESOS (P107,000,000.00) TO FINANCE THE PROCUREMENT OF VARIOUS BRAND NEW HEAVY EQUIPMENT AND THE AMOUNT OF THREE HUNDRED THIRTY MILLION PESOS (P330,000,000.00) TO FINANCE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE OROQUIETA CITY BAYFRONT ARENA OR IN A TOTAL AMOUNT OF FOUR HUNDRED THIRTY SEVEN MILLION PESOS (P437,000,000.00) CERTIFIED CORRECT: CONCEPCION N. MAISLING Secretary to the Sanggunian /mls ATTESTED: JOEL A. FERNANDEZ Sangguniang Panlungsod Member 1 Temporary Presiding Officer APPROVED: LEMUEL MEYRICK M. ACOSTA City Vice Mayor For and In the Absence of the City Mayor MDN: Feb 13, 20 & 27, 2018

EXCERPT FROM THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SESSION OF THE SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSODOF THIS CITY HELD AT THE SESSION HALL, OROQUIETA TOWN CENTER, CANUBAY,OROQUIETA CITY ON DECEMBER 7, 2017 ORDINANCE NO. 738-2017 THE REVISED TRAFFIC ORDINANCE OF OROQUIETA CITY AND FOR SUCH OTHER PURPOSES (REVISING FURTHER ORDINANCE NO. 371-2010 DATED NOVEMBER 25, 2010 THAT REVISED THE ORDINANCE NO. 21-81 S. 1981) Xxxx Section 27. - Any person found violating the provisions of this ordinance, shall be administratively fined the following: a) For violation of the provisions herein except sections 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 26 1st Offense - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - P 300.00 2nd Offense - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 500.00 3rdand succeeding violations - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1,000.00 b) For violation of Section 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 1st Offense - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - P 500.00 2nd Offense - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1,000.00 3rd and succeeding violations - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1,500.00 c) For violation of Section 26(A) Clamping 2& 3 wheeled vehicles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - P300.00 4 wheeled vehicles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 500.00 6 wheeled vehicles and above - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1,000.00 d) For violation of Section 26 (B)-Towing 2 & 3 wheeled vehicles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - P 1,500.00 4 wheeled vehicles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2,000.00 6 wheeled vehicles and above - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2,500.00 e) For violation of Section 26 (B)-Impounding (Monthly Fee) 2 & 3 wheeled vehicles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - P 200.00 4 wheeled vehicles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 500.00 6 wheeled vehicles and above - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1,000.00 Xxx APPROVED: December 7, 2017. CERTIFIED CORRECT:

JUANITA L. MONTEJO Legislative Staff Officer IV Temporary Secretary to the Sanggunian ATTESTED: /mls HENRY F. REGALADO, JR. Sangguniang Panlungsod Member 1 Temporary Presiding Officer APPROVED:

MDN: Feb 13, 20 & 27, 2018

Interested bidders/auctioneers shall submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) addressed to Chairperson of the Disposal Committee along with pertinent legal requirements thru the Secretariat, such as but not limited to the following:

Republic of the Philippines SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD Region 10 Oroquieta City City of Good Life Tel/Fax No.(088) 531-1164 & 531-0097; eMail – sp_oroquieta@yahoo.com

This public bidding/auction shall be conducted pursuant to DBM National Budget Circular No. 425 dated 28 January 1992, in so far as it conforms and harmonizes with pertinent COA issuances particularly Memorandum No. 88-569 dated 12 August 1998 and Memorandum No. 92-769 dated 29 June 1992.

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1. Current Business Permit; 2. Registration certificate from SEC. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for sole proprietorship, or CDA for cooperatives; and 3. Certificate of Site Inspection duly signed by the Administrative Manager of this Office.

The said Letter of Intent together with the required attachments, and the proposed bid/ buying price should be enclosed in three (3) separately sealed envelope, and the deadline for its submission is not later than 9:30 A.M. of 02 March 2018. The Letter of Intent and Proposed Bids submitted beyond the deadline will no longer be accepted. Prospective bidders are invited to attend the Pre-Auction Conference on the time, date and place indicated above. Only bid tender which confirm compliance with the requirements set forth in this public bidding/auction as determined by the Property Disposal Committee during the opening/evaluation of bids, shall be eligible for the opening of its bid proposal or buying priced by using the form prescribed. The bond shall be submitted together with the proposal or buying price, in accordance with the following conditions: 1.) At least 10% of the proposed bid/buying price, and 2.) should be in the form of cash, manager’s check or cashier’s check acquired from a reputable bank within the area where the bidding/auction is to be held. Bidders/Auctioneers or its authorized representative(s) may inspect the above-mentioned properties before submitting their sealed bids to the Property Disposal Committee at the above stated place, date and time. The Philippine Ports Authority reserves the right to accept or reject any Bid, to annul the auction/bidding process, and to reject bid proposal at any time prior to award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected Bidders/Auctioneers. Further information may be obtained from the: Secretariat, Property Disposal Committee PHILIPPINE PORTS AUTHORITY, PMO-Misamis Oriental/Cagayan de Oro Buidling 2, Port Area, Agora Gate, Cagayan de Oro City Telefax Nos. (088) 856 9098 to 99; (088) 856 1264 Fax No. (088) 856-4667 or email ad ppapmocd@ppa.com.ph

GUILBERT ANTHONY D. GIMENO Chairperson, Property Disposal Committee MDN: Feb 13, 2018


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THIS week, it’s time again for Valentine’s Day. Expensive flowers, sweets, lunches, hotel overnights... Do you know something about the legend of St. Valentine. The history of Valentine’s Day – and the story of its patron saint – is indeed shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. From February 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia.... Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their mar-

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tyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. Being married since almost 35 years now, Valentine’s Day lets me always recall lovely moments from the past. In a very old issue of PHILADELPHIA NEWS, which is still on my desk, columnist Larr y Fields confessed: “I lead a life of wine, women and song (by the way, a wonderful waltz by the Austrian king of waltz Johann Strauss!) - it’s cheaper than petrol, food and rent!” Well, some marriages are made in heaven. You know some? I do. The best of the rest are down-toearth. Maybe also yours? I am blessed and happy

celebrating my wedding anniversary next month. Maybe you remember this: “Then the prince swept the lovely young maiden into his arms and carried her home to his castle. And they live happily ever after!” Indeed, they did. What I would like to see is an autonomous in home affairs study of all these title of nobility bearers seven years after their happilyever-after marriages. or even earlier, because the so-called darned and tricky seventh marriage year could be even the first one already. The truth is that life isn’t made up of the continual highs found in the initial stages of courtship. Of course, flirting is fun and a wide groove existing. But after a while our system

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needs a rest. Unanimously we’re in the second stage sooner or later and our marriage life needs badly a new outside coating. All of a sudden, the partner prefers day and night watching all the sports channels, falls asleep while you’re revealing your innermost secrets and even forgets the anniversary for the first or even second time. Just bear in mind: You’ve won each other’s acceptance and sometimes even feelings terrible gloomy. This acceptance shouldn’t be undervalued. See love, page 10

Think A Minute

Cease-fire

PAT SAMONTE CHRIS PANGANIBAN Regional Editor Caraga Regional Editor-Caraga

Rene Michael BaÑos uRIEL C. QUILINGUING Regional Editor Northmin Contributing Editor

I love you!

THINK a minute. In June, 1969, the countries of Honduras and El Salvador declared war against each other. Until then, these two neighboring nations in Central America had been like close cousins. For many years people from El Salvador had lived and worked as farmers in Honduras. Then suddenly things changed and the two countries became enemies. First, the Hondurans attacked the Salvadoran farmers living in Honduras. The thousands of farmers ran home to El Salvador and told about the attacks

against them. Next, both countries broke off diplomatic relations, and in a month the fighting started. Five days later, over 2,000 people had been killed. The battles continued with airplane attacks, as well as the news media from both countries broadcasting hateful messages over radio and TV. Finally, there was a cease-fire and they stopped fighting.for a short time. Then, the fighting started again and lasted for many more years. But what happened to cause this war between such close countries? Would you

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believe that this long, violent war was caused one day in June, 1969, by a decision made by an athletic official. Thousands of people were killed over nothing more than a disputed score.of a soccer game! Pretty crazy! But no crazier really than the fights we ourselves start with our own family and friendssometimes over nothing more than our sensitive pride. Did you realize that we’re all guilty of rebelling and in a way declaring war against our Maker. We’ve chosen to live the life He gave us our own

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way instead of His. But He designed His way of living to bring us real happiness, success, and peace of mind. So won’t you call a ceasefire with your Maker? Just ask Jesus Christ for His forgiveness and new life. Then start living His way. It’s the only way you’ll be satisfied and have real peace from your war with Him and with others. Just Think a Minute.

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INTERRUPTED LIVES IN MARAWI (1) KIDAPAWAN to Lanao. It is still dark outside the community health center. Two shiny vans are parked nearby, their drivers chatting to kill time. Inside the vans are bags, herbal medicines, hand towels and cloths, thermoses, a stove, and donated organic food from farmer-friends. These are the meager resources which Creating Sinag Within will bring to its second relief mission. Thirty one volunteers, made up of doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, teachers, documenters, organizers and myself carry healing modalities while we file into the van on a tenhour-journey to Marawi. This mission is lean because it relies mostly on donated goods instead of hard cash. But as they say, the show must go on. The third van with the other volunteers has gone a day in advance to scout for a place big enough to

accommodate the Creating Sinag Within team. They drive around all day to find a space that is for free. For a long time, there is no word from them. However, as we roll into Cagayan de Oro City, we hear of the good news — the team can stay in a school. Meanwhile, in Iligan City, our vans stop for lunch. For P100, a seaside restaurant places five tables side by side to allow all of us riding the vans to eat our packed lunch of chicken adobo, vegetables, lumpia and rice wrapped in banana leaves. Ah, what blessing to eat food cooked by some of our teammates. They stayed up late the previous night to prepare the simple fare. And so our whole team begins its mission with a meal by the glistening ocean. After we finish eating, we wash the plates and freshen up. Then it is on to get vehicle security passes, gasoline, plus some pails and

buckets which we load on to the already crammed vans. We arrive at a checkpoint at the border of Cagayan and Lanao. Traffic is miles long. Yet not a beep can be heard amidst the noisy engines and thick fumes. Our Creating Sinag Within vans quickly pass through, thanks to the security passes displayed on our dashboards. Just another day in the covered-court home of evacuees. When it rains it pours and pools of water make sleeping impossible. Photo by Louise Far It is nighttime when we get to the school, our home for the next few days. A guard opens the gate and apologizes for the blackout. “It happens every night,” he says, “but the electricity normally returns after several hours.” The night sky sparkles as the vans drive into a big field past a small stage. The vehicles aim straight for the classrooms where Suli, one of the

Emergency Pedagogy facilitators, is standing waving her cellphone’s flashlight. “Welcome to Pantar!” she greets us. Everybody in the van steps out and hugs her. This is the first time our whole team has come together. In the two classrooms for males and females, floors have been swept, chairs are up against the walls, and mats and sleeping bags already spread out. We add our belongings and plop down. In the hallway the cooking team is figuring out how to attach the newly bought gas tank to the stove. I’m skimming through the impressive song book with English and Tagalog songs meticulously translated into Meranao. Laughter and singing in rounds reverberate through the hallway. “Bim bam, bim bam, biribiribam, biribam, biribiribam bim bam…” It’s a festive first evening and

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from page 4 and spirits are high. We devise a way to rotate responsibilities assigning a leader of the day to facilitate the smooth running of meetings after dinner and the accomplishments of community tasks like going to the market, cooking, and washing dishes. The next day, we visit the first evacuation center and find it’s in a covered court. Beside it, on a hill, is the barangay hall that we turn into a therapy room for female patients while the tent across is turned into a therapy room for male patients. We neatly arrange mats with pillows and blankets beside each other. For privacy we tie ropes and hang on them floor-length cloths which gently sway in the breeze. Outside, on the barangay hall’s veranda, the doctors have set up tables, and have arranged chairs in a line which extend into the garden all the way to the registration table. I leave the medical team, walk out several meters, and look down at the covered court where there’s a maze of makeshift rooms. Their walls and roofs are made of recycled cloth, sacks, and tarpaulins. I walk down to get a better look. Each room is about two square meters wide, depending on how many members a family has. Inside each room are the family’s belongings piled on a heap, and a tiny space for sleeping. Some rooms have pails with water, cooking pots on single clay stoves, and firewood. For some reason, the occupants would rather do their cooking and washing inside than around the covered court at the common kitchens and common wash areas. Perhaps it’s

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for the convenience of the sick and elderly who are cooped up in the rooms. There are surprisingly plenty of them. The medical team gathers in front of the school building that was our home during the Creating Sinag Within second relief mission in the evacuation centers of Lanao. Photo by Louise L. Far. The total number of evacuees in this evacuation center is 1,500. That’s almost 50 evacuees for every one of us volunteers of this Creating Sinag Within mission. The whole day we work on our assignments – either assisting the medical team with giving acupuncture, acupressure, kidney compress, lung compress, and more to the sick or assisting the Emergency Pedagogy team with facilitating healing games and movements for children. Some of us volunteers have been at this evacuation center before while for others it’s the first time. We’re all aware that this second time around, because we haven’t had enough time to fundraise, we still haven’t reached our target amount. But that hasn’t stopped us from pursuing the mission. We chip in to pay for meals, accommodation, and transportation. We’ve even mobilized our family and friends to feed and drive us and to donate crocheted balls and organic vegetables for the mission. The experts in our team have waived their professional fees to train us. This is truly a relief mission with a heart and today is our first day. Author’s note: Creating Sinag Within’s Mission 1 in August 2017 and Mission 2 in October 2017 awakened the spirit of volunteerism in individuals and organizations from Luzon, Visayas, and Mind-

anao. There were 30 volunteers who went to help out in the evacuation centers located at the periphery of Marawi City. Many of them almost couldn’t make it because of concerns about whether or not it was safe enough to go. Although calls for donations and grants were sent out, few donors responded. These setbacks, however, did not dampen volunteers’ commitment to

help those affected by the siege. They strongly believed that each one – no matter how broken and traumatized – has an inherent power to heal. For the first two weeks, the volunteers practiced drawing out each other’s self-healing abilities in a series of trainings in Nabunturan, Compostella Valley, Davao City, and Kidapawan City. These handson learning sessions deepened

volunteers’ understanding of human development, nutrition, rhythm, and movement and prepared them to apply on evacuees the varied holistic and integrative healing modalities they learned, like emergency pedagogy, as well as Traditional Filipino Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Anthroposophic Medicine. The volunteers’ drive to consciously awaken

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and strengthen evacuees’ individual and group forces of warmth out of the spirit was what ultimately made CSW successful. For more information about how to support the next activities of Creating Sinag Within, visit facebook. com/creatingsinagwithin or contact the Founder and Director, Rosan Aliya Agbon at creatingsinagwithin@gmail. com.

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Some major supermarkets hike prices beyond TRAIN level: DTI By Joann Villanueva

MANILA -- Some major supermarkets were found to have jacked up prices beyond the required levels of some items covered by the first package of tax reform law, an official of the Department of Finance (DOF) said, citing reports from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua said DOF is in constant coordination with other agencies, and DTI has submitted a report that eight major groceries in Metro Manila “were issued inquiry letters for prices higher than SRP (suggested retail price).” “Of the eight, three already agreed that their prices were too high so they adjusted and the five are still going to respond,” he said, but declined to identify the supermarkets. Chua said it would be hard for the government to

monitor all business establishments so they initially focused on major stores, particularly in Metro Manila. He said there were no major price movements in the provinces, citing that inflation uptick in Areas Outside the National Capital Region (NCR) is about 3.5 percent compared to the 5.4 percent in NCR. The first package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law took effect January 1, 2018. It cut workers’ income tax rate, giving them a free rate for their first PHP250,000 annual income, while the tax rate on the excess income depends on how much is in excess of the tax-free amount. To counter the impact of the personal income tax cut on government revenues, excise taxes on fuel and sugar-sweetened beverages, among others, were hiked. See hike, page 11

Huge manpower needed to start Bohol airport operation

TAGBILARAN CITY -- The Bohol provincial government eyes a massive recruitment drive to fill up the manpower needs for the operation of the new Bohol Panglao Airport. Governor Edgar Chatto, in statement Saturday, said the manpower requirement should be satisfied before the airport opens in August. At present, the airport needs at least 190 aviation and customs officers to man the new Bohol Panglao Airport which is due to open for commercial operations by third quarter of 2018. Reports coming from the Capitol’s Effective Development Communica-

tions (Edcom) Unit said the airport operations require about 600 aviation employees and customs officers and personnel to handle a 24-hour airport operation. Currently, there are only two Bureau of Customs employees stationed at the Tagbilaran Airport. The Tagbilaran Airport will be transformed into a business park or a special economic zone once the airport in Panglao opens. Chatto last week sat down with officials of the BOC and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to iron out the manpower and other needs of the airport

By Leslie Gatpolintan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte convenes with the various government and non-government stakeholders from the labor sector at the Malacañan Palace on February 7, 2018. Among the issues discussed include the contractualizations, wage setting, government cash subsidy, the workers’ representation in Tripartite Bodies, recruitment and facilitation fees and freedom of association in economic zones. Joining the President is Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III. richard madelo/presidential photo

President Duterte holds dialogue with labor leaders

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Wednesday, February 7, met with labor leaders in Malacañang. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III introduced each of the labor groups’ representatives to the President and told them to speak on their group’s behalf regarding the issues that plague the labor sector. President Duterte, for his part, sent his warm regards to the labor leaders and assured them that the government will do its part

to forwarding labor rights. Included in the agenda were issues related to contractualization, wage setting, government cash subsidy, workers’ representation in tripartite bodies, recruitment and facilitation fees, and freedom of association in economic zones. Representatives from several labor groups such as the Kilusang Mayo Uno, Nagkakaisa Labor Coalition, Associated Labor Unions, Sentro ng Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggaga-

wa, Partido Manggagawa, National Labor Union, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, National Confederation of Labor, among others, comprised the bulk of the attendees during the dialogue. Meanwhile, officials from key government agencies like the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of

Finance (DoF), and Department of Budget Management (DBM) were also present. Labor groups have earlier called on the President to end contractualization through the issuance of an executive order. The said EO, according to the labor groups, would give workers security of tenure, self-organization, collective bargaining and peaceful concerted activities as mandated by the Constitution. ### (PND)

Reyes and Jose Tongzon, the study said improving access to the most efficient transport and logistics service providers is crucial. “Export of services is also an important component of our country’s international trade objective. Enhancing its export of logistics services through liberalization should, therefore, have beneficial effects on our country’s overall trade performance and economic growth,” they said. The study noted that

the key to improve market access for foreign investors and foreign talents into transport and logistics industry is the amendment of the Public Service Act. Under the proposed amendment to the Public Service Act (HB 5828), which has already been approved by the House of Representatives, transport and telecommunications will no longer be in the list of what is considered “public service” or “utility”. “Having this amend-

ment will also address PPP (public-private partnership) issues, especially in attracting foreign investment on transport infrastructure projects. Any future amendments must lead to lower transaction costs, non-discriminatory and advantageous to the public,” the authors said. The study also underscored the need to assess the impacts of removing restrictive regulations in transport and logistics industry, including the adjustment costs for

small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in retail trade for low-skilled workers and in transport and freight forwarding services. “SMEs which do not have the economies of scale and more advanced technology, and low-skilled workers would be directly hurt in a more liberalized environment, with increasing foreign competition from larger and more established enterprises and foreign workers form labor-abundant countries,” it said.

The authors further said the government should therefore come up with ways to mitigate the possible adverse impacts of deregulation, based on previous liberalization experiences. It can provide economic incentives for companies to introduce sufficient redundancy packages and skill retraining programs useful in alternative industries that would thrive as a result of structural adjustments brought about by deregulation, they added. (PNA)

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Abdominal Pain: Recurrent Health Problem among Adolescents in School By Estrella B. Salvador, MT-II

School comprises a large part of an adolescent’s existence. Fortunately, most adolescents enjoy good physical and mental health. However, the incidence and prevalence of common ailments were on the rise during the first month of classes. In schools, clinics were foremost the dispensary of students with unexpected and sudden pains feel while attending classes inside the classrooms. This place, notwithstanding, seemed busy from early morning till in the last period of class dismissal. Based on the clinic’s profile among the Junior high school students at iligan City National High School of Region X, for the school year 20217-2018, there were twenty two common ailments and defects recorded during the first quarter. These identified diseases included abdominal pain, fever, headache, infected wound, Loss Bowel Movement (LBM), burns (first degree), chicken fox, colds, cough, dizziness, dysmenorrhea, epigastria pain, nose bleeding/epitasis, scabies/ allergy, sore eyes, STY, tooth referred to Dentist for extraction, toothache, vomiting and dental carries. From June-October 2017, the summary showed a total of three thousand five hundred nineteen (3,519) students brought to the clinic for immediate treatment of the different sickness. Out of those figures, a total of six hundred seventeen (617) composed of boys and girls treated with abdominal pain. In which for the month of July alone, reached in a record of one hundred ninety six (196) students brought to the clinic due to abdominal pain. But, what is abdominal pain? According to health sources, abdominal pain occurs like crampy, achy, dull, intermittent or sharp. It’s also called a stomach ache. Thus major organs in the abdomen are affected if there are inflammations or diseases which cause abdominal pain. Yet the main causes were infection, abnormal growth, inflammation, obstruction (blockage), and intestinal disorders. Such infection may cause bacteria which may pass into the digestive tract

leading to abdominal pain. These may cause changes in digestion resulting to diarrhea or constipation. Our health summary showed a total of ninety seven (97) students’ experienced diarrhea or loss bowel movement (LBM) due to abdominal pain. But none of them were referred to physicians or hospitalized for further and medication and treatment. On the other hand, menstruation recorded as the root cause of abdominal pain affected to one hundred sixty four (164) girls during their monthly period. Notably, these were known common to cause pelvic pain among the females. Some other common causes of abdominal pain found in the health record include the following data: gastroenteritis (stomach flu) and headache. From these figures, it presumed that some adolescents already suffered abdominal pain just before arrival in school and mostly during class hours and sent by teachers to the school clinic for immediate medical relief. As interviewed by the attending nurses in the clinic, students claimed different causes for their abdominal pain. Primarily, having no breakfast revealed the most cases among them. This usually associated with headaches. Another reason, was due to gastroenteritis wherein the students had contaminated from the food they ate, water and juices they drunk where they bought from the canteens and from the vendors outside the school campus. Ms. Belinda Dumaguin, Head School Nurse of ICNHS disclosed that students from different grade levels sought clinical attention and consultation due to this disease. They interviewed and treated these patients in the school clinic since the beginning of classes in June. Therefore, the staff recorded the cases of abdominal pain as the most recurrent ailment found listed in the clinic regardless of age and gender during the first quarter of the school year as traced from the health profiles among the adolescents in school.

In photo: The 20 Philippine Honorary Consuls from Europe (Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Serbia, Belarus, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, France, Albania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, and Austria) with Philippine Ambassador Millie Sta. Maria-Thomeczek (seated, 4th from L), DTI Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado (5th from L), Board of Investments International Investments Promotion Service (IIPS) Director Angelica Cayas (6th from L), DTI-EMB Director Senen Perlada (3rd from R), EU Delegation to the Philippines Economic and Trade Section Head Mr. Walter Van Hattum (standing, 7th from R), PCCI President Alegria Sibal-Limjoco (seated, 2nd from right) and BDO Senior Vice-President and Group Head for International Desks Mr. Edward Wenceslao (seated, 2nd from left). photo supplied

DTI welcomes PH honorary consuls from Europe

The Department of Trade and Industry welcomed twenty (20) Philippine Honorary Consuls based in Europe through a Philippine Trade and Investment briefing, in support of the Honorary Consuls’ trade and investment promotional

efforts in Europe, held on 8 February 2018 in BDO North Tower, Makati City. The briefing, organized in collaboration with Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) Berlin, Board of Investments (BOI), DTI Export Marketing Bureau

(EMB) and supported by Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), European Union Delegation to the Philippines, German Philippine Chamber of Commerce Inc., (GPCCI) and EUPhilippines Business Net-

work (EPBN), provided an overview of Philippine economic landscape, including trade and investment opportunities between the Philippines and Europe. DTI Trade and Investments Promotion Group See welcomes, page 11

HOW TO ESTABLISH HARMONIOUS TEACHER-PUPIL RELATIONSHIP By Janet M. Dy Teacher I Dalirig National High School District of Manolo Fortich IV

Teacher-pupil relationship is something that is beyond the classroom or school. It is also something that is like a parent-child relationship or more. This is because teachers consider themselves as second parents of their pupils. Learners also deem their classroom as their second home with their teachers as their second guradians. All these indeed

make teacher-pupil relationship indeed noble and ideal. There are also times when the teacher and the pupil tend to establish a strong friendship and affinity. Most of the time, the pupils also consider their teachers as their role models, their mentors, idols and even heroes. On the part of the teachers, most often they tend to develop within them a kind of genuine, in-depth and profound care, concern, sympathy and love for their pupils, that it reaches the point when they embrace their pupils

just like their own children or offspring. In order to preserve, cultivate and nurture this kind of good, positive and healthy relationship between the teacher and pupil, there are certain ways which can be observed and practiced. Most importantly, respect must be placed at the center of the teacher-pupil relationship. Pupils highly need to show politeness and respect in all their dealings with their teachers. Teachers are also called to show the same respect towards their pupils by

way of greatly considering the needs, concerns, interests, skills, abilities and welfare of their pupils. Teachers also need to consider the roles of the pupils in the teaching-learning process by way of initiating learnercentered instructional activities. Every educational process in the classroom must be learner-centered, primarily because it is the learner who is considered the main beneficiary of the teaching-learning activities in the classroom.

Help Save Mother EARTH-Throw Garbage Properly By Erwel Jhun C. Recta

The environment is polluted, the Earth’ ozone layer is damaged. This worsening condition can be traced from too much rubbish and improper garbage management and disposal. Urban areas are the most affected places because they are more populated. People are recycling factsguide.com instrumental to the unhealthy environment we live in. waste segregation has been implemented but it seems not everybody follow the rules. The aggravating problem in the environment can be solved with recycling, proper waste management and correct garbage disposal.

Certain households cannot do the job of disposing their garbage. This is the reason why hauling services and trash collection business had begun to mushroom in the metropolis. For garbage disposal needs in your locality, and find a garbage disposal business and you definitely have the solution. If you will only try to do some internet searching, you will discover many companies already established for the purpose of hauling trash and other garbage. These companies are those who realized the feasibility of a hauling business and as one of the pioneers, they could have flourished in this period when garbage is a major household problem. For a

minimal and affordable fee, the place can be devoid of disease carrying trash. What kinds of trash are collected? The garbage company collects all kinds of trash and rubbish of the different households. Whatever kind or debris is accepted and they will properly dispose http:// www.hdautorecycling.com/ them. Their condition though, the trash should not contain dead animals, explosive, poison, acids, and caustic in order to be accepted for disposal services. The rubbish should not be hazardous in order to be collected. Recyclable materials are taken from the homes, collected for proper disposal. Examples of the recyclable materials eligible for pick-up by the

company can be aluminum, metal cans, beverage containers, cartons, old newspaper and assorted bottles and jars. Bulk hauling is also done by a trash collection company. The bulk trash can be yards wastes, trimmings of trees, garbage clean-up and trash brought about by move ins/ move outs. Surprisingly, they even collect and dispose horse manure. Garbage collection firms offer bulk hauling of various types of debris, which includes horse manure, yard waste, tree trimming, garbage clean out, move ins/move outs, call and we can see if we can haul. These services are on an as-needed basis and would need to be scheduled.

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Davao braces for flooding due to TS ‘Basyang’ DAVAO CITY -- The Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) and Disaster Monitoring Office are on alert as heavy rainfall in Northern Mindanao brought by Tropical Storm “Basyang” (international name Sanba). As of Sunday night, all emergency response units have been alerted and on standby. Likewise, all floodprone barangays have also been alerted by the city government. The Davao City Information Office (CIO) reported Sunday night that Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon were experiencing heavy rainfall, raising alarm that rainwater could drain again towards the Davao City River systems. To recall, Tropical Depression Urduja which hit

Duterte offers P20K bounty for head of every NPA rebel DAVAO CITY -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte offered a PHP20,000 bounty for the head of every member of the New People’s Army (NPA) who continue to harass the Indigenous Peoples (IPs). This was the President’s reply when asked about the killing and continued threats on IP leaders who do not support the cause of the communist groups. Duterte bared in a press conference on Friday night

at the Matina Enclaves in Davao City that he wants the IPs to be trained as Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) for them to be able to fight against the rebels. “Go out and hunt those who killed your comrades,” he said. He said the IP would be trained for three months, after which they would be given firearms to use in

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Petition for Extension of Validity of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate an PUJ DUAL Ordinary Regular service.

Petition for Extension of Validity of a Certificate of Public Convenience to operate an PUJ DUAL Ordinary Regular service.

EDITHA T. MAGLANA, Petitioner.

UNTING S. USMAN, Petitioner.

Case No. R11-EV-PJ-2018-2-146 (2003-XI-00146)

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Case No. R11-EV-PJ-2018-2-953 (2011-XI-00953)

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Petition is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience issued in this case authorizing the operation of a PUJ DUAL Ordinary Regular service on the route: SASA VIA R. CASTILLO and for cargoes as dual service from said route to any point in Region XI with the use of ONE (1) unit, which Certificate will expire on February 5, 2018. In the petition filed on February 5, 2018, petitioner requests authority to extend the validity of said Certificate to operate along the same route with the use of the same unit previously authorized. NOTICE is hereby given that this petition will be heard by this Board on February 26, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at this office at the above address. At least TEN (10) Days prior to the above date petitioner shall publish this Notice once in a newspaper of local circulation. Parties opposed to the granting of the petition must filed their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the petitioner, and may if they so, desire appear on said date and time. This petition will be acted upon by this Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary and/or oral evidence. WITNESS Atty. TERESITA DELA PEÑAYÑIGUEZ, Regional Director, this 6th day of February 2017 at Davao City.

Petition is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience issued in this case authorizing the operation of a PUJ DUAL Ordinary Regular service on the route: BUNAWAN VIA SASA and for cargoes as dual service from said route to any point in Region XI with the use of ONE (1) unit, which Certificate will expire on November 27, 2018. In the petition filed on February 6, 2018, petitioner requests authority to extend the validity of said Certificate to operate along the same route with the use of the same unit previously authorized. NOTICE is hereby given that this petition will be heard by this Board on February 28, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at this office at the above address. At least TEN (10) Days prior to the above date petitioner shall publish this Notice once in a newspaper of local circulation. Parties opposed to the granting of the petition must filed their written opposition supported by documentary evidence on or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the petitioner, and may if they so, desire appear on said date and time. This petition will be acted upon by this Board on the basis of its records and the documentary evidence submitted by the parties, unless the Board deems it necessary to receive additional documentary and/or oral evidence. WITNESS Atty. TERESITA DELA PEÑAYÑIGUEZ, Regional Director, this 7th day of February 2017 at Davao City.

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northeastern Mindanao last December, brought heavy rains in Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon causing Davao City’s river systems to overflow in many barangays. Based on the latest report as of 5 a.m. Monday of state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), “Basyang” has slightly slowed down as it continues to track in a west northwest direction. Scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains is expected over the eastern section of Visayas and Mindanao. “Basyang” was last observed at 690 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It has maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of See braces, page 11

Student carrying Marijuana nabbed at Davao checkpoint DAVAO CITY -- A 22-yearold student carrying Marijuana was intercepted at a military checkpoint in Sirawan, Davao City on Saturday. The suspect was identified as third-year Hotel and Restaurant Management student Harreir Virtudazo from Cotabato City. Task Force Davao Commander Col. Nolasco Mempin said the suspect disembarked from the public utility van from Cotabato City and submitted to a body check. Mempin said while his men opened the backpack See nabbed, page 11

15-minute power interruption on February 15 in Panabo and Sto. Tomas

Davao Light and Power Co., Inc. will conduct a 15-minute power interruption on February 15, Thursday, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:15 a.m. affecting customers connected to Tadeco and Sto. Tomas Substations.

about by this scheduled power interruption. But it will exert all efforts to restore electric service as scheduled or earlier. However, there may be instances where restoration may extend beyond the schedule due to unavoidable circumstances.

This service disruption will be necessary to normalize or return to normal set-up the lines affected during the Please contact our 24/7 Call Center Service at 229construction of a 69-kV metering facility along Davao 3572 for any power interruption that will fall outside the given indicated schedule. Light’s Bunawan-Bosque line. Specifically affected are customers from Purok Tubod in Please refer to: Malitbog going to TADECO Central up to Brgy. Luna in Kapalong including DAPECOL, and Sto. Tomas Proper. (SGD) ROSSANO C. LUGA Davao Light apologizes for the inconvenience brought AVP - Reputation Enhancement


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5 places you can visit to make Valentine’s Day more special

There are lots of places where you can spend Valentine’s Day but making it more special means finding venues with unique offers that help create new and memorable experiences. Lucky for you, Globe myBusiness, the micro, small, and medium-enterprise arm of Globe Telecom, has compiled a list of special places you should visit to make sure your day of hearts will be one for the books: Spa and Wellness Centers Relaxation is at its finest in spas and wellness centers. These places offer different ways to de-stress, perfect for Valentine’s Day. Among the things you can try are massages from skillful masseurs. Coupled with aromatherapy, massages can help you feel refreshed in just a few minutes. On another note, some spas and wellness centers offer unique amenities like saunas, fish spas, jacuzzis, and

hydromassage pools that are guaranteed to leave you wanting more. Camping Sites If you’re looking for an out-of-the-box experience on this special day of love, why not try camping and lounge on the best of what nature has to offer? Groups of professional hikers and mountaineers are now offering this experience in different campsites near Metro Manila. Also, some resorts take camping to the next level by offering “glamping” as one of their options for accommodation. Glamping lets you enjoy the best of nature with resort amenities. Beachside Resorts Beachside resorts are in high demand during summer months, but that doesn’t mean Valentine’s Day would be a bad time to enjoy the sand and sea. In the sea, you can try kayaking, canoeing, or even

island hopping for beachside resorts in places like Boracay, Alaminos, and Puerto Galera. If you want to check what’s underwater, you can try snorkeling, scuba diving, or riding glass-bottom boats. On land, you can explore different areas of a resort or schedule dinners by the seaside. Historical Churches Central Luzon houses

some of the oldest churches showcases a relic of the cross 30-foot colossal statue of in the Philippines, mak- where Jesus Christ died. A See visit, page 10 ing it a popular spot for pilgrims and tourists alike, OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF even on Valentine’s Day. SECRETARY RAMON M. LOPEZ Be it in Pampanga, Bataan, On the case filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Zambales, or Tarlac, you’ll Re: Board of Investments (BOI) Resolution In BOI Case No. 2017-016 dated 22 November 2017 surely encounter popular churches with rich histories. The Secretary vehemently denies any and all baseless One example is the Monand frivolous accusations of VACC relating to the BOI asterio De Tarlac, which is a Resolution dated November 2017 which are evidently hurled monastery located at the top merely to harass and malign his good name and office. of Mount Resurrection that First and foremost, the BOI Resolution was issued by

STL January sales earn P1.87B

The January sales of the expanded Small Town Lottery (STL) posted P1.87 billion, a 103.96 percent increase from the sales of the same month last year, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Alexander Balutan revealed on Sunday. “Our STL continues to raise more funds to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s free medicines and financial assistance to medical patients in the country amid the vilification campaign being waged in the media by vested-interest individuals to destroy the lottery game in particular and PCSO in general,” Balutan said. He said that from P916.5 PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan (left) and PSSupt Renato Dugan, Chief Police Community Relation, PRO 7, Cebu City (right) answer questions for Small Town million, the STL sales See sales, page 10

Lottery (STL) Forum in Summit Circle, Cebu City.

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Butuan City Publication Notice R.A 10172

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Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Butuan City Publication Notice R.A 10172

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

CCE-007-2018 (R.A10172)

CCE-006-2018 (R.A10172)

In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1, Guidelines in the implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that JASMIN BUGARIN VALLEJOS has filed with this office a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error of the child’s sex from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of JASMIN GABOR BUGARIN who was born on July 2, 1976 at Ambangan, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Philippines and whose parents are JOHNSON PERIA BUGARIN AND LILIA PUNTA GABOR. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 19 February 2018.

In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1, Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that STEPHANIE TIMA TINAYA has filed with this office a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error of the child’s sex from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of STEPHANIE TIMA TINAYA who was born on 6 February 1993 at Greenhills Manila de Bugabos, Butuan City, Philippines and whose parents are ROSALINDA MORTEJO TIMA and DANILO DURO TINAYA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 19 February 2018.

MDN: Feb. 6 & 13, 2018

(Sgd.) JUDITH ALVIZO-CALO, LIB, MPA City Civil Registrar

the BOI Board as a collegial body and as such was deliberated and decided upon as a group with due regard to the requirements of due process and in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. Contrary to the imputations of VACC, the BOI Resolution SUSPENDED HARI’s registration and required it to refund the tax and duty differential it enjoyed. Accordingly, the BOI has furnished the Bureau of Customs (BOC) of its Resolution. Consistent with the objectives of the MVDP to attract new investments, stimulate demand and revitalize the Philippine automotive industry, the following terms and conditions were imposed upon HARI: a. Refund the tax and duty differential between the CBU and knock down parts and components on all importations. The actual amount of refund, mode of settlement and period for payment thereof shall be determined by the BOC. b. Implement the assembly processes of welding and painting for both models within six (6) months receipt of the Resolution. He would like to assure the Filipino people including the VACC that the BOI and he as Chair are unwavering in their duty to implement the MVDP. No preference nor favor was given to HARI or to any participant. Finally, while he urges everyone to be vigilant against corruption, he pleads that it should not be abused so as not to be counterproductive to the concerted efforts of the government to encourage investments and facilitate and promote trade activities in the country to generate business and employment. Rest assured he will address all allegations when he receives a copy of the complaint.

MDN: Feb. 6 & 13, 2018

(Sgd.) JUDITH ALVIZO-CALO, LIB, MPA City Civil Registrar

Publication Notice R.A 10172

Republic of the Philippines Province of Davao del Norte City of Panabo -oOoCITY CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION January 31, 2018 CFN-_________ CCE-019-2018 R.A 10172 In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1, guidelines in the Implementation of Administrative Order No. 1, Series of 2012 (IRR of R.A 10172), Notice is hereby served the public that EDMAR REQUILLO JACINTO has filed with this office, a petition for correction of Entry in sex from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of EDMAR JACINTO who was born on September 1, 1955 at Bincungan, Panabo, Davao Del Norte and whose parents are Froilan Jacinto & Laureana Requillo. Any person adversely affected by said petition may filed his/her written opposition with this office not later than February 22, 2018.

MDN: Feb. 6 & 13, 2018

(Sgd.) DENNIS B. DEVILLERES, LLB City Civil Registrar, Panabo


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Even we see a house that has to be cleaned, many other things have to be organized, and the partner, who looks as fatigued and bored as you feel. Logical question: “That’s it? That WAS it?” And suddenly, we experienced the third stage and learned, why it’s worth the ups and downs. Maybe

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increased to P1.87 billion this January 2018, which is more than double the January 2017 sales. “The increase in the number of operating STL Authorized Agent Corporations (AACs) and in the Presumptive Monthly Retail

we men don’t mention any more, how incredible she looks, but we enjoy bleating and grousing at her spending innumerable hours putting her together. But then, suddenly, we men are to unload the garbage without being asked for. Although no marriage is continually blissful - it can be pretty good most of the time. When we lasted through arguments, money worries, and kid’s problems

or slowly but surely coming up mid-life crises, we should face reality that our relationship is not always a big day celebration. It’s because the fundamental reason for a marriage has outlasted the craziness of day-to-day living: we love each other. That’s MY idea of “Happily ever after, indeed!” And one thing more: in my opinion, Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be only on Febru-

Agency distributed information materials to update the residents of the latest news and developments related to the city’s rehabilitation. Marawi residents also received psychosocial support through entertainment by a magic show and an art workshop for children by volunteer partner GUHIT Pinas. Residents Mohammad Solkifie and Alifihrey Ampuan from page 3 expressed their gratitude for Philippine Information agencies that visited their

barangay and the services they provided. “Masaya kami. Kasi nagtipun-tipon ang mga tao mula sa apat na barangay. At nakakuha kami ng mga serbisyo,” they said. The two-day activity was spearheaded by TFBM Strategic Communications Support Group and was held on February 6 and 8 at Brgy. Tuca and Sagonsongan, respectively. (PIA TFBM ICCC/ KAPajinag)

Receipt (PMRR) primarily contributed to the increased revenue, through the support of our betting public,” said Balutan. Keno similarly rose by 22.2 percent from P410 million to P501.2 million; while Lotto (6/42, 6/45, 6/49, 6/55, 6/58, 4-Digit, 6-Digit, 3-Digit, and EZ2) was only up by 8.50 percent

from P2.55 billion to P2.77 billion; and no draw for Sweepstakes for this month. “‘Yung lotto games kasi are jackpot-driven sales. Ina-associate kasi natin ‘yan sa jackpot prize natin. Kapag mataas ang jackpot natin, malaki din ‘yung nagiging sales,” explained Maritess Jose, Division Chief of the Product Research and Development of PCSO Gaming Sector. The PCSO Charter, or Republic Act (RA) No. 1169, is mandated “to provide and raise funds for health programs, medical assistance and services, and charities of national character, and these funds are generated from Lotto, Keno, STL, and Sweepstakes. “We rely on the betting public to raise our revenues by playing more lottery games, especially STL. We don’t get money from people’s taxes, through gaming only. That is why we are protecting the interest

of the betting public. If we lose their trust, we will lose our business. They are the source of our revenue,” stressed Balutan. STL is a regular game by PCSO authorized by the national government through Section 1 of Republic Act 1169. AACs are corporations or cooperatives duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), respectively that applied, been duly qualified and expressly authorized by the PCSO to conduct STL in a particular area. As of press time, PCSO has 81 operating AACs. Just recently, the PCSO has terminated two AACs for violations of the STL Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). The STL made history by generating P15.7-Billion revenue in 2017 (P1.3 billion/month) from mere P4.7

billion in one year compared to previous administrations. Out of the P1.12 billion STL shares, PCSO gave P314.9 million to the Philippine National Police, P78.7 million to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), P472.4 million to the cities/municipalities, P103.7 million to Congressional District, and P150.3 million to the provinces.

showcased through huge floats and artistic displays. Crowds from across the country flock to Baguio City just for this event, which this year will be held on February 24, 2018. If you want to make an advance trip for Valentine’s Day, the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Clark, Pampanga, is a sure-fire destination for your senses as well. The festival will take place from February 8 to 11, 2018, perfect for couples and families who want to experience something that they don’t see every day. Valentine’s Day is a day of love. Be it a date with just your partner or a group date with your whole family, taking the time off work and spending valuable time with them is an investment in itself. After all, your business is for the people who matter the most. With these suggestions, you’ll surely have a rich and worthwhile Valentine’s Day experience that will help inspire your success in the years to come! Globe myBusiness provides digital solutions to local entrepreneurs to help them grow their business. Follow Globe myBusiness’ Facebook Page at https:// www.facebook.com/globemybusiness/ and get to know the entrepreneurs that we support.

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statue of Jesus Christ also stands on top of the mountain, making it a popular destination, especially during the Holy Week. Annual Festivals A lot of festivals take place in the month of February and luckily, some of them are dated near Valentine’s Day! The renowned Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City is a celebration of the city’s floral crops

A better fence makes better neighbors By Erwel Jhun C. Recta

Fence is necessary to keep the privacy of any land. It keeps out the intruders who may otherwise trespass onto the land. A fence is a good thing even for neighboring house. The neighbors may be friendly towards each other. But there is

always the change of quarrel between them. A fence gives some sort of separation to both the houses. Too much friendliness may make a person poke his nose into other people’s private affairs. So much action may often result in quarrels. Besides, everybody likes privacy. If neighbors move too freely with each other, there won’t

be any privacy at all .Apart from that certain people are eager to take too much freedom which can lead to unpleasant incidents. Therefore it is always good to keep some distance even with friendly with others. We can be very friendly with others at the same time keep a respectable distance from them.

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from page 6 Regulators have reminded businessmen not to take advantage of the tax reform law, noting that their existing inventories were bought using the old tax rates. While old stocks of sugarsweetened beverages and oil products are not expected to go up until around this month, it does not cover sin products which was the main driver of inflation rate last January, Chua said. Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that food and nonalcoholic beverages rose by 5.2 percent last January but the alcoholic beverages and tobacco index posted a doubledigit rate of 12.2 percent. Upward adjustments in the country’s sin taxes were approved by lawmakers in 2012, with excise tax on cigarettes alone rising to PHP12 per pack in 2013, PHP15 in 2014, PHP18 in 2015, PHP21 in 2016 and PHP30 in 2017. Starting 2018, tax rates on cigarettes are mandated to rise by four percent annually and this will be through revenue regulations to be issued by the DOF Secretary. DOF Undersecretary Gil Beltran also said sin products registered faster inflation rate “as major producers started complying with sin taxes.” “They have to recoup and pay all the taxes... They have to pay and that’s the main reason (for the uptick in inflation),” he said. Beltran said prices of oil also went up but this is not mainly due to TRAIN but the sustained upward movements in the international oil market, with the November to December 2017 prices rising by around 10 percent. The PSA reported that index for housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels rose by 0.1 percent last January after a 0.1 percent drop last December. The food index also posted faster rate due to weatherrelated factors and most affected are the supplies of fish and vegetables. “Meals eaten outside the home and some items for personal care also went up in many regions,” he said, noting that “upward adjustments in ship fares were likewise seen in many provinces.” “Lower charges in electricity rates were, however, noted in NCR and in many provinces during the month,” it added. Chua said electricity from coal-powered sources is estimated to rise by about PHP2 per 100 kilowatt per hour usage and including other charges this should only contribute to around PHP15 uptick from PHP9.60 per kilowattt hour in the previous month’s rate. (PNA)

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from page 6 for smooth operation come August. The BOC-CAAP group was led by BOC-Cebu Deputy Collector for Administration Wivina Pumatong, who inspected the office, administration and operation areas for the Customs at the airport on Panglao Island, said the statement from the Edcom. In a television interview, Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade named the Bohol Panglao Airport as one of the three “world-class” airports due to be operational this year.

The two other “world-class” airports are in Cagayan de Oro City and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), where a new terminal is under construction. Pumatong told Chatto the BOC is assigning 40 officers and personnel, while CAAP will detail 150 men for the initial airport operation starting in August this year. The airport will initially be opened for daylight flights. Night time flights will be allowed by 2019 when all of the night time safety aviation facilities and equipment are installed. The CAAP sees a massive need of about 400 officers and personnel to operate the airport that is 30 years in the making and costs about PHP7 billion. The airport’s runway has been extended to three kilometers to allow bigger model aircrafts to take off and land. (Dave Albarado/PNA)

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from page 6 up to 80 kph. Pagasa has advised residents of the affected areas to continue monitoring for updates, undertake precautionary measures against possible flooding and landslides, and coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction and management offices. Fisherfolk and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of Visayas and of Mindanao due to expected rough to very rough seas associated with the approaching tropical storm. Tropical cyclone warning signal No. 1 is up over Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Camiguin, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Sur, Bukidnon, southern Leyte and Bohol. (PNA/Featured image courtesy of WeatherPhilippines)

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from page 6 fighting the rebels. “I’ll put a reward to those lumads (IP) who will become Cafgu, one NPA you will kill I’ll pay you. You want money, I give you money, I’ll make P20,00 per head,” he said. Anyway, he said the government has money. However, in the meantime, the President advised the lumads who are being harassed by the NPA to evacuate temporarily to areas near the military camps or other places. The Eastern Mindanao Command has reported the death of Datu Banadjao Mampaundag and his son Jhonard inside their home in Sitio Igang, Barangay Palma Gil in the town of Talaingod, Davao del Norte on February 4. The rebels allegedly strafed the house of Mampaundag using a vehicle to appear they were soldiers. Aside from killing the victims, the rebels also tried to ambush the responding ambulance to rescue them. On February 9, the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of the Mamanwa Tribe in Alegria, Surigao del Norte identified as Dakula Guillermo Tiambon was shot dead in front of his family in their farm at Sitio Palo 10, Brgy Camp Edward, Alegria, Surigao del Norte on Friday afternoon. According to the victim’s daughter, her father received

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 death threats from the NPA for being an active advocate of peace and development. On February 8, lumad leaders in Talaingod launched a protest seeking justice for the killing of the Mampaundags. Last January 31 to February 1, lumad leaders from four regions in Mindanao convened in Davao City upon the initiative of the President to hear their concerns. The two pressing issues raised by the lumads were on their security and lack of economic opportunities to uplift their lives. (Armando Fenequito Jr/PNA)

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from page 6 of Virtudazo, a sachet supposedly containing marijuana was seen, prompting checkpoint personnel to thoroughly search it. “Actually, we did not see all the bundles until he was brought in the detachment, we saw the other bundles inside his jacket and inside his backpack there’s a smaller bag where the small sticks were placed,” he said. TF Davao seized four sachets and four rolled sticks of marijuana from Virtudazo’s possession. Authorities estimated the value of the seized items at PHP12,000. TF Davao turned over Virtudazo and the seized items to the Toril Police Station for detention and filling of appropriate case. “Our support to our law enforcers continues since one of the campaigns of President (Rodrigo) Duterte is to fight illegal drugs,” he said. Meanwhile, Virtudazo admitted that he was supposed to deliver the items in the city for his tuition. “I was aware that I brought Marijuana but I really need money,” he said. He said once the items are delivered to a certain “Bogart” in Sandawa of Matina, Davao City, he will be given PHP3,000 by a certain “Albert” who asked him to deliver the items to the city. Virtudazo said he needed money to pay his tuition fee because his exam will be on February 22. He added that he will not be allowed to take the exam if he will not pay his tuition. (PNA)

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from page 2 events and travel, getGo. Registration is open on a first come first served basis to corporate clients. travel agents, civic clubs and accredited event organizers from Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental for free. Interested parties can call Apollo Santos at +639273173737 or email him a apollo.selrahco@gmail. com. TravelX -The B2B Event is supported by the Department of Tourism regional offices of regions 7, 9, 11 and 10 with Limketkai Luxe Hotel and Cebu Pacific as main sponsors and Quest Hotel and Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort as featured event sponsors. Media partners are Business Week Mindanao, CDO Bloggers, KBP Cagayan de Oro Chapter and CDODev.com.

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from page 2 promoting the exchange programme and providing traineeships to international students for over 10 years.” Xavier Ateneo has been

hosting IAESTE students from Germany, Austria, and Slovakia, for a two-month training and immersion almost every year. The Engineering Resource Center (ERC) of the university serves as the main unit accommodating the exchange students. The interns had been involved in different projects in chemical, mechanical, and civil engineering, working together with communities on various issues. The IAESTE Board is pleased to present the said award on behalf of all its member-countries as a mark of the association’s appreciation of XU’s efforts in providing academic, industrial, and community experiences for the international students. Xavier Ateneo’s Office of International Cooperation and Networking (OICN) received the certificate earlier this month. Founded in 1948, IAESTE, according to its website, serves over 4,000 students, 3,000 employers, and 1,000 academic institutions through “careerfocused professional internships abroad, social and intercultural reception programmes, international networking, and other career and employer branding activities in more than 80 countries worldwide.” Xavier Ateneo is among the seven partner institutions of IAESTE in the Philippines.

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from page 7 Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado together with Mr. Edward Wenceslao, Senior Vice President and Group Head for International Desks of BDO Unibank, welcomed the Honorary Consuls. “Europe is a strong economic partner of the Philippines. In the first quarter of 2017, EU investment share in the Philippines stands at 45% of the total foreign approved investments. Philippine goods exported to EU also grew by 31% amounting to $8.4 billion in 2017,” shared DTI Undersecretary Terrado during her welcome remarks. Among European countries, Germany is the Philippines’ largest trading partner, followed by Netherlands, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Ireland and Austria. The twenty (20) Philippine Honorary Consuls are in the Philippines to join the Familiarization Tour being organized by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and initiated by former Philippine Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Melita Sta. Maria-Thomeczek, Philippine Ambassador to Paris, H.E. Ma. Theresa Lazaro, and Philippine Embassy in Oslo.

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from page 1 envisioned insurance and PhilHealth coverages for COPC members, especially those who cannot afford to avail of these services. “Insurance and PhilHealth are very important for the working journalists in general and COPC members in particular. Because of the nature of our work, these services should and must become a necessity for all of us,” he said. Magbanua said, “If the Club can afford to spend money during its annual events, then there is no reason for COPC to set aside a portion of its fund for the members’ insurance and PhilHealth.” Also in his agenda is pro-

viding academic scholarship to deserving COPC members or their dependents. During his presidency, he said, the Club must take appropriate measures to realize this goal, such cutting on costs during the Press Freedom Week, founding anniversary and Christmas celebrations. Under his term, Magbanua said he is also planning on renovating the Press Freedom Monument located the Provincial Capitol grounds, just a stone’s throw away from the COPC building at Luna-Velez Sts. The site, which also became a tourist attraction of sorts in the city, has been vandalized, with some of the brass plates containing the names of killed media personalities removed from the monument. The monument serves as venue for media activities, most especially the observance of the Ampatuan Massacure where 32 members of the press were killed along with some civilians in Ampatuan, Maguindanao on Nov. 23, 2009. Civil society groups also use the monument for their mass mobilization and protest actions. During the Feb. 10 election, Magbanua was able to garner 61 out of 85 votes. He will replace Msgr. Elmer Abacahin, who was recently promoted as Bishop by Pope Francis in Rome, Italy this month. The other members of the board are: Ritchie Salloman, Executive Vice President; Ricardo Ociones, Vice Pres. for Broadcast; Allan Mediante, Vice Pres. for Print; Jigger Jerusalem, Corporate Secretary; Jao Gumapac, Treasurer; Philip Kenn Jaudian, Auditor; Nicole Managbanag, Joel Jacobo, Hannie Pisos, Loui Maliza, Vic Cabanag, Tony Albania, Rene Abris, and Fred Soriano.

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from page 1 any important documents. Moreno said the bureaucracy at City Hall functioned very well delivering the basic services to the Cagayan de Oro residents. “I am very happy and in fact very pleased that the last two days, we have seen basic public services being delivered and unhampered without interruption, without interference,” Moreno said. Last Monday, the DILG, led by regional director Arnel Agabe, served the dismissal order and named Moreno’s partymate, Vice Mayor Rainier Joaquin Uy, as the new mayor. But he was reportedly not able to to function as mayor as he was out town. Agabe said the dismissal was ordered by the Ombudsman who found Moreno and three other former officials of Misamis Oriental guilty of graft for allegedly leasing heavy equipment without public bidding from 2009 to 2010 while he was governor

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of Misamis Oriental. The DILG served the order around 3 p.m. Monday at the office of Moreno’s lawyer, Dale Mordeno, in Barangay Camaman-an. The CA decision came at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Mordeno said the decision of the CA rendered the dismissal order against Moreno “moot” because all 24 administrative cases of his were already lumped as one and covered by the November 2017 writ of injunction. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

Rehab...

from page 1 C ons t r u c t i on E ng i n e e ring Corp, LTd (CSCEC) to build the modern facility in a 4.5-hectare provincial government-owned lot in the village of Alegria here. Chinese Embassy economic and cultural counselor Jim Yuan, Health Undersecretary Roger Tong-an , acting Vice Gov. Edward Plaza-Mellana led the shoveling of soil to a project landmark to signal the start of the construction of the project. The drug abuse treatment and rehabilitation center project in this town is one of two China Aid projects in Mindanao, the other is in Sarangani which groundbreaking event was held last week. The center is a residential facility residents hooked on illegal drugs who yielded through the police’s anti-illegal drugs campaign dubbed “ Olpan Tokhang” with a severe case of substance use disorder. Tong-an said once completed, the Department of Health Caraga regional office will deploy 98 health workers to operate the 150-bed capacity with a floor area of 6,750 square meters. The drug rehabilitation center will have an admission or administration building, a pavilion or transition area, a staff house, motor pool, male and female dormitoriesand multi-purpose covered court. The facility will feature “modernist architectural style,” with its main facade designed “like a window of hope facing the future.” It symbolizes the “opening of each patient’s heart,” with the center “helping them step into a new and bright future.” The provincial government donated the lot for the center’s site, which is located at the foot of fully reforested 1,750-hectare Mt. Magdiwata watershed which has impressed the visiting officials. Tong-an said DOH will complement the facility with community-based clinics for drug dependents that will be based in the , halfway houses as the provincial government already had an advantage in dealing with drug abuse dependents since it already implemented the Substance Use Recovery and Enlightenment program.


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