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Accountancy Week in CdeO culminates today By Ercel Maandig Correspondent

Cagayan de Oro --The Nationwide Accountancy Week was held on July 1218 and here in Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro City,series of activities has been held already that will culminate today at Liceo de Cagayan Univer-

sity Gym that will surely amaze the expected 300 to 400 participants from the Government,Private, Corporate accountants that includes Accounting students from different colleges and universities here,according to Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountant(PICPA)CDO-

Misamis Oriental Chapter President Lindy Patriana in a Press Conference held here yesterday. The 48 years old PICPA Organization spearheaded the weeklong Accountancy Week Celebration here with a commitment to bind themselves in upholding ideals to ensure the accomplish-

ment of their organization’s Vision and Mission to commit toward the professional excellence of its members,nation building with a global perspective. To promote,uphold,and maintain high standards in the accountancy profession;to serve the best interest of the members

and the stakeholders;and to contribute to the attainment of the National and Global goals and these can be achieved through a responsive organizational structure,committed leadership,effective professional development programs,strict implementation of professional

ethics,promotion of high standards of accounting education,and advocacy of and participation in relevant national concerns. There are 2 Major events in this year’s celebration;first, is the 2015 Search for Most Outstanding Accountancy Student wherein there are

20 stores found selling smuggled cigarettes See accountancy, page A11

By BONG D. FABE, Contributing Editor

CAGAYAN de Oro City -- Mindanao or the so-called backdoor of the Philippines, is a major contributor to the close to PhP16 billion in uncollected taxes through illicit trade in cigarettes. See full story, page A2

The National Competitiveness Council has ranked Misamis Oriental as the No. 2 Most Competitive Province in the Philippines for 2015. (Misamis Oriental Provincial Information Office)

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A WELCOME VISIT FROM THE PHILIPPINE RED CROSS FAMILY – VICE GOVERNOR JOEY G. PELAEZ welcomes the Philippine Red Cross Members during their recent visit in the Province. Governor ANDREW NOCON, Governor PABLO MABINI, Governor ARMAND ARREZA, and Governor ATTY. ANTONIO SORIANO were accompanied by PRC Staff ATTY. OSCAR PALAYABYAB, WILMA PUZON, Finance Director MA. ANA V. BUENSECO, Chapter Administrator NANCY JOY A. TOLINERO, Director RICHARD TAN and Director CECILIA O. RAFOLS. Vice Governor Pelaez is a Member of the Board of Director for PRC Cagayan de Oro - Misamis Oriental Cluster. He is also a consistent blood donor and attends the activity that PRC initiates. photo supplied

Moreno lauds Misamis Oriental’s No.2 Competitiveness Ranking

Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno has lauded Misamis Oriental’s No. 2 Ranking in the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) for 2015, which was revealed during the 3rd Regional C ompetitiveness Summit held Thursday, 16 July 2015 at the Philippine International

Convention Center (PICC) Reception Hall. Misamis Oriental was ranked the 2nd Most Competitive Province in the newly created category for provinces. Davao del Sur in Region 11 was adjudged the Most Competitive Province with Cebu province coming in at 3rd. “We are very happy and

proud of Misamis Oriental’s outstanding performance in the 3rd Regional Competitiveness Summit,” Moreno said in a text message to this paper. “For the first time, provinces were included in the Competitiveness Program.” Prior to his term as city mayor, Moreno was elected Misamis Oriental provincial

governor for three successive terms (2004-2013). During his term at the helm, Misamis Oriental was twice recognized with the Galing Pook Award (for good governance) for its strategic innovations in its provincial health care system and for transforming Sitio Lantad, Balingasag, See moreno, page A11

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20 Davao stores found selling smuggled cigarettes By BONG D. FABE Contributing Editor

CAGAYAN de Oro City -- Mindanao or the socalled backdoor of the Philippines, is a major contributor to the close to PhP16 billion in uncollected taxes through illicit trade in cigarettes. The Fight Illicit Trade (Fight IT) movement (Fight IT) said that based on sur-

vey, 20 retailers in Davao City have been found selling smuggled cigarettes, therefore violating the Internal Revenue Stamps Integrated System (IRSIS) which the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) implemented beginning December 1, 2014. The market survey which Fight IT simultaneously conducted in different barangays in major cities in

Mindanao to check on compliance by manufacturers, wholesale and retail stores with IRSIS also found out that 9 retailers in General Santos City, 40 retail and wholesale outlets in Zamboanga City, and 39 wholesale and retail stores in Cagayan De Oro City were openly selling significant quantities of cigarettes without tax stamps. “The situation in outlying areas could even be more alarming,” Fight IT said. The illicit trade in cigarette is costing government close to PhP15.6 billion in uncollected taxes in 2013, a six-fold increase from PhP2.6 billion in 2012, while consumption of illicit cigarettes increased three-fold from PhP6.4 billion in 2012 to PhP19.1 billion 2013, according to the Oxford Economics and International Tax and Investment

Center. Jesus Arranza, chairman of the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI), said that there may be technical smuggling involved in this drastic increase. Reports said that there is a noticeable increase in smuggling of cigarettes following the implementation of the sin tax law, which was implemented in 2013 and will gradually increase the tax on so-called “sin products” like tobacco and alcohol until 2017. Part of the tax government collected will be used to fund health programs. Smuggled or illicit cigarettes are easily identifiable because of the absence of the proof of tax payment stamps on the pack, through the IRSIS. And effective March 1, 2015, no cigarette manufacturer can sell cigarette

Cagayan de Oro -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development through its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) endures its work to elevate the socio-economic condition of 277,510 Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries of the region. This year the program shall provide assistance to 24,405 beneficiaries through micro-enterprise development and employment facilitation.

Micro-enterprise development is a capability building approach the focuses on community development, skills enhancement and network building by providing capital assistance and opportunities to manage and sustain micro-enterprises. While the employment facilitation provides assistance to unemployed poor families through skills profiling, job matching,

pack without the tax stamps. Imported cigarette packs are required by BIR to have the tax stamps effective April 1, 2015 before it can be sold. The BIR implemented IRSIS to address the concerns on illicit cigarette trade in the country, and the use of tax stamps ensures that each pack is legitimate and has paid the excise tax. “Tobacco products are specifically taxed per pack at increasing rates of excise, precisely because tobacco is harmful and addictive, and the tax is intended to make the product less affordable, thereby encouraging people to quit. The national and local authorities in Mindanao should be alarmed at this flagrant circumvention of the law that is not only denying revenues, but undermining important public health objectives,” Arranza said, Fight IT lead convenor.

Arranza urged everyone, especially cigarette consumers, wholesalers and retailers to help government and Fight IT combat the illegal trade of cigarettes. He also called on the public to be vigilant in spotting illegal products and report these to authorities. “Let us work together to combat this menace. We cannot allow manufacturers and store owners to be scot-free in selling illegal products without paying tax. Do we let them go when we tax-paying citizens are duty-bound to help the government?” he asked. The Fight IT movement warned consumers against patronizing the “no tax stamps” cigarette packs as this is not only illegal without the requisite tax payment, but its origin and production are not known

occupational guidance and counselling and job referrals to partner agencies. The beneficiaries of the said livelihood assistance are those under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, which provides grants for the poorest households especially for their children’s health and education.

The households will receive a maximum P1,400 for their children’s health and education, provided that they comply with the program’s conditions such as attendance to Family Development Sessions, regular attendance in school and regular health center visits. Written by Jamila M. Taha, DSWD

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Voting for candidates who give glory to God LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Woe to the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled… Her officials within her are roaring lions; her rulers are evening wolves, who leave nothing for the morning…” (Zephaniah 3:1, 3, the Holy Bible). -oooNO PROHIBITION ON DYNASTIES IN RP: So everyone will know, here is Section 26, Article II of the 1987 Constitution on “political dynasties”: “The State shall guarantee equal access to opportunities for public service, and prohibit political dynasties as may be defined by law.” The question here is this: with this kind of a Constitutional provision, is there a prohibition against political dynasties---or members of the same family being elected to office? The answer is a clear “no, there is no prohibition”. What Section 26 is saying is that, there will be a prohibition only if there is a law that prohibits political dynasties, or even a law that guarantees equal


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access to opportunities for public service. But, since the 1987 Constitution was ratified, there was never any law prohibiting political dynasties, nor a law that guarantees equal access to opportunities for public service. So what did the 1997 Constitution really provide on family members occupying elective positions? Nothing really, if we are to be honest about it. It was in reality a mere “Constitutional suggestion”, nothing more, nothing less. This is the reason why we cannot really prohibit relatives of any incumbent or past official from running. This is the reason why we should really have a Charter Change now! -ooo“VOX POPULI, VOX DEI”: And Press Undersecretary Abigail Valte is correct: dynasties are elected by the people themselves. So if the people are sovereign, as they are sovereign according to the Preamble and Section 1, Article II, of the 1987 Constitution, and, in the

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exercise of their sovereign power they elect members of one family to office, who could contest that? No one, of course, because as the Latin maxim says, “vox Populi, vox Dei”--the voice of the people is the voice of God. But then there is just one tiny problem relative to this in the Philippines, where the “voice of the people” is routinely subverted and at times manufactured, so that there is always a lingering doubt whether that “voice” is really theirs, or is from God. Subverted, you ask? Well,

you should see the election protests after every election hereabouts---they all cry “foul” that the results announced to the people and upheld by the government through the Commission on Elections are “fraudulent” and the result of cheating. Manufactured? Well, read the same protests and you’ll see what I mean. -oooVOT I N G F OR C A N DIDATES WHO GIVE GLORY TO GOD: But this should not prevent interested Filipinos from electing officials who will really be true to their positions, regardless of whether they belong to a dynasty or not. Even if many will say this may just be daydreaming, let us continue dreaming nevertheless to elect people who have the Spirit of God in them. This should be easy to do---just look at the lifestyle of the candidates and see whether they give glory to God in what they think, say and do. Then, we should also look for people who are See batas, page A11

Think of Mangoes: Everybody Sells

CAME FROM the balcony of hotel business. EDITORIAL For thirty eight years of occupying various positions ALLAN M. MEDIANTE Editor-in-Chief in the industry, I went to the hotel every day for ruel pelone CRIS DIAZ breakfast, lunch and Managing Editor Executive Editor dinner, sometimes I stayed CHENG ORDOÑEZ URIEL C. QUILINGUING overnight like a professional Associate Editor Contributing Editor guest. Nobody knows more about how to run a hotel MARK FRANCISCO Arjay Felicilda than a guest. Two years ago, Lifestyle Editor Assistant Editor I fell out of the corporate GILBERT Y. CHAO gerry lee gorit balcony and had to put Motoring Editor Photo Journalist efforts in the consultancy business where my mouth felix santillan ROEL CATOTO EDSEL BANTOL Provincial Editor-Surigao and thinking have been in Layout Artists the construction of new PAT SAMONTE hotels and facilities designs irene dayo CHRIS PANGANIBAN which might not be my field Reporter-NorthMin Regional Editors-Caraga as I am not an Architect or JOE PALABAO MARLON GAYOG an Interior Designer but I Rene Michael BaÑos Regional Editor-Davao am a PE (Parang Engineer) Regional Editors-Northmin but more that, I am also a Salesman. AL JACINTO JOE FELICILDA Personally, I think the Regional Editor-WestMin Editorial Consultant hotel business has been one ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI of the most backward in NOTARY PUBLIC- JUNI LAW OFFICE the world, there has been CELL NO: 09352379999/ (088) 8573595 very little improvement in CRUZ TAAL ST., CAG. DE ORO CITY the attitude of Desk Clerks Legal Counsel --------------------------------------------------------------in the 2500 years since bureau and mktg staff Joseph and Mary arrived candy macabale - 09161326483 in Bethlehem and was told RIZA O. ARES - 0915-9753277/0920-9600223 they have no reservation. MISOR - LOLONG NABONG - 0906-875-8650 GINGOOG CITY-MANNY ANSIHAGAN-0936-287-7788 Nobody bothered to offer North Buk. - DAHLIA S. BENEMERITO-0936-303-0410 a Donkey ride to the next VALENCIA CITY - PHILIP PHIL CALUMBA-0905-652-5407 Inn where probably a room KIBAWE, BUKIDNON - ROSEMARY GENON MARAMAG - TITA FINA CUALES - 0926-336-1585 was still available in that Iligan City - JEFFREY OPONDA-0936-1174378 cold night of December that tubod - louie bukod-0948-1323348 the couple took shelter in a bobby mag usara-tangub city OROQUIETA CITY - PJ TREMEDAL-0919-3452375 Manger where Horses and ARMM - Sony Sudaria-0947-4810371 Cattles were kept. Hotel Account Executives


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Ped T. Quiamjot salesmanship was retailing at its worst during the time of King Herod. It was at the risk of inflicting cardiac arrest on Pontius Pilate at the Presidium, should greetings like “Good Morning” and “Please” and “Thank you for Coming” has been inserted in the Roman Empire vocabulary. Talk to Julius Caesar during that era and say “How may I help you”, and he will be infuriated to cut your neck? We started six months ago to see if it was possible to make the 200 employees of the new hotel in Davao City into a genuine host and hostesses. Or should I say “Sales People”? A tape recorder attached to my local line proved how far we had to go. “What’s difference between your Deluxe Suite of P3500 to the Junior Suite of P4, 500”?

I’d ask our Reservationist, disguising my voice over the phone. You guessed it: P1, 000. “What is going on at the Bar tonight?” I asked the Bellman. “Some Singer” was his answer. “Man or Woman”, I persisted. “I am not sure” he said, which made me wonder If it will be worth going there. Why is it that the staff of a hotel does not act like a family playing host to guests whom they have invited to their house? The reason the Reservationist thought P1, 000 was the difference between the two suites because they have never been in one, much less actually slept there. The Bellman did not know who was playing at the Bar because he has never been there or reading the Tent Card display. Definitely, sales people lack product knowledge. When you are faced with an ingrained tradition like that, half way counter measures do not work. We started a program with all our guest contact employees using a new secret oath, “Ever ybody Sells”. And we meant ever ybody – Room Attendants, Cashiers, Waite rs , Front O f f i c e people, Reservations and Bell Service. We talked to the Room Attendants about

suggesting Room Service, to the Concierge about mentioning dinner in our restaurant. To the Front Cashiers about suggesting return reser vations to departing guests, to the Gu e s t S e r v i c e Age nt s about quoting from the top down. And we talked to the Waiters about pushing for Mangoes. O ur sug gest ion for selling Mangoes fell on responsive ears, when we described a part of the “Everybody Sells” program for our restaurant. We figured, with just the same number of customers, if the Waiter would ask every guest if he’d like a dessert, given only two out of four takers, we will increase our sales volume by P131, 400 a year. Mangoes cost P90.00 per order. The Ser vice Charge for all employees would also increase by P36.00 per day. There were other star desserts in our menu line up, but we did not push for the Chocolate Truffles or the popular Durian Cheese Cake which costs P120.00 to avoid the traditional negatives. Nobody eats the sweet ending anymore. Everyone’s on a diet, if we push for it, half of our guests would be dead in a See quiamjot, page A11

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So take a new grip with your tired our strength. God is our trainer enhands and strengthen your weak knees. couraging us on to stretch ourselves Hebrews 12:12 to reach higher accomplishments. We do have the courage to keep on Have you ever been working out, pushing through. If you are feeling tired and struggling, then someone tired, take a moment to regain your comes along and gives an encourag- composure and strengthen yourself. ing word? We had the strength inside You are capable of more than you all along, but just needed to gather think you are.

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MisOr hailed as 2nd Most Competitive Province in Phil By Provincial Information Office / MV

The Province of Misamis Oriental, under the leadership of Governor Bambi Emano, has been awarded as the 2nd Most Competitive Province in the Philippines by the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines during the 3rd Regional Competitiveness Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) last July 16, 2015. In just a span of two years, Gov. Bambi Emano was able to make Misamis Oriental rank second out of 81 provinces in the country, having a total score of 38.9. The National Competitiveness Council, through the Regional Competitiveness Committees, launched the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index way back in 2013 with only 285 LGUs who par-

ticipated. This year, 1,098 LGUs participated to determine their performances against other cities/municipalities in terms of the 3 Pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency and Infrastructure Development. “The country bears the unique distinction of being the most improved country across 4 major ratings: ease of doing BUSINESS, the Corruption Perceptions Index, the Economic Freedom Index and the Global Competitive Index,” said Budget Secretary Florencio Abad in his keynote speech. Davao Del Sur, MisOr, Cebu, South Cotabato, Z amb o anga del Sur, Rizal, Agusan del Norte, B enguet, Cavite and Camiguin were among the Top Ten Most ComVICE Mayor Caesar Ian E. Supplemental Budget No. of P256,663,334.55 petitive Provinces.

Supplemental budgets up for review Acenas on Monday referred to the City Council committee on finance and ways and means chaired by Councilor President Elipe for appropriate action the proposed

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was submitted by Mayor Oscar Moreno to the City Council as a certified urgent matter. During discussions, Minority Floor Leader Councilor Teodulfo Lao inquired about the ordinances which are subject to the supplemental budgets. “I myself want to know what are these ordinances,” he cited. APPROPRIATION ORDINANCES Councilor Ramon Tabor, chair of the committee on laws and rules, said a supplemental budget presupposes that appropriation ordinances have been approved to be contained in the supplemental budget. “That’s why I go along with the query whether the items here as outlined for approval of the supplemental budgets have been approved by this august body through appropriation ordinances,” he cited. Tabor said in his exSee budgets, page A11

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Physiogel #FreeInMySkin Movement

• Dry and sensitive skin affects 60-70% of Filipino women, and impacts on their quality of life as they are unable to fully embrace living life to the fullest. • Physiogel is a differentiated, science-based, dermatologist-recommended solution for dry and sensitive skin. • Physiogel’s Free In My Skin campaign seeks to enable women to find the right solutions to free themselves from dry and sensitive skin. • Patti Grandidge is Physiogel’s Brand Advocate of the FIMS Movement.


ver since she set foot in the Philippines just a few years ago, Patti Grandidge has been turning heads and making people stop in their tracks with her beauty and radiant skin. As one of the most in demand event hosts and models in the local industry, Patty admits her journey wasn’t easy especially since she had confidence issues brought about by her sensitive skin. Patti shares that she used to be more conscious and watchful of what others would think about her skin. “That was sad. I would have liked to be out and about and go for more work, but a little thought would always be at the back of my mind wondering if my skin would be an issue or a hindrance. I was not free to do what I wanted to do!” she now says. “When I moved back to Manila, my derma actually recommended Physiogel. It worked very well for me. Those close to me and those who see me often have noticed how much my skin has improved. I think they are also aware of the confidence that comes from within; I’m more comfortable at wearing less make up now and I’m not as insecure as I was before,” Patti says.

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Trapped by sensitive skin Research from the GSKSkin Health Asia Pacific Consumer Report 2014 shows that more than 50% of women across Asia experience sensitive face and body skin in the past 12 months. One out of two Asian women suffers from dry and sensitive skin. In the Philippines, the figure is higher at 71% and 61% having sensitive face and body skin, respectively. Sensitive skin can be caused by a multitude of factors — from climactic harshness and pollutants in the air and water to hormonal factors and stress that is further compounded by the use of cosmetics — these are the everyday problems that women face. Dry skin is defined to be where one’s natural lipid layers in the skin lose its ability to retain enough moisture. The study shows how dry and sensitive skin impacts women’s overall quality of life as they struggle with sensitivity and set them back from fully embracing and living life to the fullest. According to GSK’s Skin Health Senior Product Manager Justin Lladoc, “Physiogel continues to advocate its #FreeInMySkin Movement because GSK believes that sensitivity can be a source of strength for

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women, not a weakness to be hidden away. The Movement coincides with the debut of the NEW Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy line,” Lladoc says. “The #FreeInMySkin Movement is more relevant than ever and is able to digitally reach Filipinas far and wide across the nation with the introduction of the #FreeInMySkin website and the Freedom List Challenge. By the end of 2016, the movement is expected to have rolled out across the whole Asia region as well. And with the overwhelming feedback from consumers, it has also caught the attention of Mercury Drug. Mercury Drug shares in the advocacy of Physiogel to free many more Filipinas from dry and sensitive skin by making Physiogel products available

across the archipelago,” Lladoc shares. SCIENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS The NEW Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy line continues to be a differentiated science-led solution featuring the unique PhysiogelBioMimic Technology® that works to soothe and repair the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Dermatologists highlyrecommend Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy because it is non-comedogenic, and free from soap, preservatives, perfumes and colourants. In fact, Physiogel is the #1 MostPrescribed Brand by Dermatologists in the Philippines! “We found Patti’s story to be closely identifiable with the many stories we hear about

women with dry and sensitive skin. So we said why not share Patti’s story to other Filipinas in order to serve as inspiration, especially those suffering from dry and sensitive skin?” Lladoc points out. FREEDOM LIST CHALLENGE Lladoc says Physiogel’s #FreeInMySkin Movement starts with self discovery. Physiogel aims to help women to be more aware of themselves so they can uncover their full potential. It challenges Filipinas to look past their skin insecurities in the hope of helping them fulfill dreams they have always wanted to achieve. And this journey to self discovery starts with taking the Freedom List Challenge, Physiogel’s suggested guide in

the form of a lifestyle online quiz that is a representation of what women can achieve when freed from dry and sensitive skin. The result of the quiz provides a glimpse to one’s personality that ranges from being a savvy collaborator, inspiring innovator, charismatic motivator and elegant sophisticate - revealing worthwhile hints that may help them embrace and live life to the fullest. To fulfill its vision to help people do more and feel better, GSK is encouraging Filipinas to discover their true selves by taking the new Physiogel’s Freedom List Challenge and join the #FreeInMySkin Movement. Log on to www. and take the Challenge yourself.

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Paradox in the Philippines: High Rate in Gender Gap Index but Low Regard for Women’s Rights - CWR Despite the country’s high rate in the Global Gender Index of the World Economic Forum, the Philippines still holds the record of low regard for women’s human rights, according to the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR), a research and training institution for women. “Ironically, one of the factors in the gender gap index is political participation and yet, a woman activist is regarded as a security threat; a patriotic woman is considered as subversive,” says Cham Perez, CWR’s Research Coordinator. The latest display of political restraint was the barring of woman activist and

former congresswoman Liza Maza last July 9 to leave the country to attend an international People’s Tribunal in the US. Maza was about to testify against the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) and the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) in Washington, DC. Reportedly, the US Customs and Border Protection Agency sent an email to bar Maza from boarding Korean Airlines. “Repression persists and the hand of the US government in the country’s political as well as military policies is potent especially with the EDCA and VFA in place,” adds Perez.

According to CWR, Maza’s case is not an isolated one. Aside from harassment and intimidation, may women activists are imprisoned or even tortured because of their political stance against government injustice and foreign intervention. Presently, there are 48 women political prisoners in the country where many are sick and some are nursing mothers who need to be released for humanitarian reasons. “Political is Criminal” Perez says, “Despite their delicate conditions, the government hardly lift a hand to release them for humanitarian reasons. Instead, they are charged with fabricated

criminal offenses such as murder, kidnapping, and illegal possession of firearms and explosives. In the Philippines, being political is criminal.” Some of the women political prisoners are Sharon Cabusao, Andrea Rosal, Miradel Torres, and Moreta Alegre. Sharon Cabusao, writer and Gabriela founding member, was arrested together with her husband, Adelberto Silva, a peace talks consultant of the National Democratic Front (NDF) thus supposedly protected by the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). The couple

Lanao del Norte Muslims receive rice assistance from provincial LGU

Tubod, Lanao del Norte -- More than 2,400 sacks of rice were distributed by the Lanao del Norte provincial government through its Provincial Community Affairs Office (PCAO) to mosques in different towns of this fast-rising province. The rice assistance program is a joint initiative of the provincial government and the 1st Congressional District of Lanao del Norte. The sacks of rice were received by the Imam of each mosque along with two packs of dates. Every Muslim shall receive 2.5 kilos of rice each. “We wish to thank Governor Khalid Dimaporo and Congresswoman Angging Dimaporo for their assistance to all Muslims here in the province especially during the holy month of Ramadhan”, expressed by the Imam of Barangay Kakai Renabor mosque, in Tubod town. The rice distribution

1st District Congresswoman Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo (2nd from the left) personally lead the rice distribution to Muslims in Brgy. Kakai Renabor in capital town Tubod, Lanao del Norte. photo supplied

activity started on June 2015 and will end on July 17, 2015 during the ‘Eid alFitr’ or “Feast of Breaking the Fast”.

The annual rice distribution project is part of the Dimaporo Initiative program that seeks to support activities of both

Muslims and Christians in Lanao del Norte as a way of strengthening the bond between the two groups. LAR & VNL/PIO-LDN

sites and must voluntarily surrender them to FDA. Aside from Davao City, Wendy’s was distributing to some stores in Digos City, Kidapawan City, Tandag in Surigao del Sur, Kabacan in Cotabato, and San Francisco in Agusan del Sur. No products have been turned over to FDA XI so far. In an inspection held on July 11, FDA XI found out that the manufacturing site lacked a functioning water system, a violation to good manufacturing practices. “Although they have a faucet but it’s not working. The water must have been sourced from outside,” Legaspi said. The agency also confiscated a total 204 packs of

candies. Each pack contained 100 pieces. Meanwhile, another brand has figured in the poisoning incident. Authorities also subjected candies produced by another Davao City-based manufacturer, Blesse’s, for food analysis, along with Wendy’s products, to the FDA satellite office located in Tagum City. “It was recommended for food analysis because it appears Blesse’s was among those consumed,” Legaspi said. She clarified, however, that products manufactured by Blesse’s were not confiscated but were “inventoried” and “sealed” pending laboratory results, which will be released anytime this week,

and an order from FDA. At least 193 packs of Blesse’s products were sealed. Legaspi explained that it will take time before results are completed because they have to incubate the samples to verify if there is a presence of bacteria and another confirmatory test to determine what bacteria caused the poisoning. Jinolex A. Caingles, senior inspector at the City Health Office (CHO), said they will place the manufacturers of the candies under proper food handling training on Tuesday next week. Legaspi admitted that FDA XI has only eight food and drug regulation officers, very few to check all the

FDA-XI orders candy manufacturer to pull out products from market DAVAO City -- The Food and Drug Administration in the Davao Region (FDA XI) ordered the manufacturer of the candies that allegedly poisoned close to 2,000 victims – mostly children in Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur last week – to recall all its products from the market. The order was issued after the agency found out that the owner of Davao City-based Wendy’s Delicious Durian Candy has no license to operate and is non-compliant to good manufacturing practices. Speaking during Thursday’s iSpeak Forum, FDADavao supervisor Deborah S. Legaspi said the owner vowed to pull out the products from its distribution

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are in poor medical condition when they were illegally arrested. Cabusao has thyroid and blood-related diseases and needs special diet. Her incarceration is worsening her delicate condition. Andrea Rosal, the daughter of Ka Roger Rosal, was pregnant when she was put into jail for being an alleged member of the New People’s Army, just like her father. Despite her delicate pregnancy, she was not given proper medical attention that led to the death of her baby. Another pregnant woman with a delicate condition when arrested is Miradel Torres. She has given birth in jail and she nurses her

baby in a pint-sized room. An elderly detainee, Moreta Alegre, is charged with murder together with her entire family after a land dispute against their landlord. Aside from her senior years, she is nearly blind but has not been provided with any medical help. “For its last hurrah, the Aquino government should display compassion and high regard for women by releasing all women political prisoners for humanitarian reasons. Curtailing their rights, quelling their voices only add fuel to the fire. For sure, there will be other women who will continue the fight,” Perez says.

Duterte vows support for BBL and continued peace process in meeting with Bangsamoro bill advocates With less than two weeks left before Congress resumes its session when President Benigno Aquino III delivers his 6th and final state of the nation address (SONA), peace advocates and Moro leaders under the platform ALL-OUTPEACE met with Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and urged the controversial but much-admired Davao City Mayor to support the passage of a Bangsamoro Basic Law based on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). In a meeting held recently in Davao City, Duterte, while expressing full support to the BBL, said that all parties, including Nur Misuari’s Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) must be consulted to find a win-win solution for lasting peace and development in Mindanao. The Davao Mayor however expressed concern on the provision of the BBL allowing the Bangsamoro government to create a police force. He says there should only be one horizontal chain of command with no detour, parallel or lateral command within. Apart from this, Duterte said that he was all-out for the BBL. Pressed for an answer if he will run as a President in 2016, Duterte said in Filipino, ‘Hindi. Pero kung ako ay magiging Presidente, makakaasa kayong ang isang paa ng Bangsamoro ay nasa Malacanang na.’ Duterte likewise sees some similar aspects of the BBL to his present advocacy on federalism, insinuating that the BBL could be a precursor to his campaign for a change in the government system. Duterte also echoed the calls of the AOP for a sustained “all-out peace” campaign citing those who trumpet an “all-out war” call have no sense of what war

really is and are detached from reality and must be watching or acting in the movies so much. Former President and current Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada has persistently called for an “all-out war” against the MILF which he embarked on while he was in power in 2000. Duterte also expressed anger over the prevalent hate and bigotry of Filipinos against the Moros saying that these people do not understand a thing about culture, society, religion and human relationships. In a lobby paper submitted by the AOP to the Davao mayor, the group said, ‘we push for the passage of a CAB-based BBL which shall not be inferior in substance and principles compared with the Organic act of Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (RA 9054). The status quo, that is the ARMM, is unacceptable to the MILF and will no longer suffice the need for a greater autonomy, hence the urgency for enacting an improved and more substantive new law.’ NO TO A ‘SLAUGHTERED BBL’ AOP pointed out in the lobby paper, which they will also submit to Congress before the SONA, that ‘the substitute bill HB 5811 or the draft Basic Law of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region currently pending in Congress will not ‘sufficiently’ realize the call for a real, sustainable and meaningful autonomy in the Bangsamoro as some of the crucial and relevant provisions of the original draft bill submitted to Congress were either deleted or diluted.’ Gus Miclat, Convener of the AOP said, ‘we have entrusted the proposed bill to the lawmakers to help the Bangsamoro develop and improve it, but what we have now instead is a See duterte, page A11

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God never counts your lapses Special Gospel of the day (July18, 2015-Saturday) John 13:21-33”When Jesus had said this, He became troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, that one of you will betray Me.” The disciples began looking at one another, at a loss to know of which one He was speaking. There was reclining on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. So Simon Peter gestured to him, and said to him, “Tell us who it is of whom He is speaking.” He, leaning back thus on Jesus’ bosom, said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus then answered, “That is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him: Sometimes we have this attitude of being eager to do a certain thing but not thinking if you can persevere along the road of your journey in life. You need to see to it if you can finish what you have started to do because if not, you will quit. For Peter, he was lured by his emotion to serve God but not considering the consequences of doing that. You need to decide if you will serve God because adversities are inevitable to come in your way. You need to

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Analyzing Poetry Tips: Aid for Teachers to Better Convey Comprehension among Learners By Ms. Geniare P. Gacus,Teacher I Grade VI Teacher Matupe ES, San Fernando II

Bro. Edcel L. Closas maximize your desire to surpass your obstacles. Do not permit anyone, anything, circumstances and events to hold you backward but allow God to hold you to move forward. When Peter denied Jesus, he regretted for that wrong acts. This is my encouragement to you that whatever sins you have done, that is not the end of the world, you have still the time to repent and go back to God. Take note: God never counts your lapses and downfalls but the courage you have made in rising again. Raise up your standard by living in righteousness and holiness in life: Printing paid by: Neneth Ranoa - Bobong BalinoEdith Ranoa, PhD- Tony Jordan – Cagayan De Oro: My new number: 09187148435: God loves you!!!

Poetry can be a tedious set of words when analyzing. The elements of analyzing poetry listed below will help you identify the meaning through its parts and give a sense of interpreting a poem. Since each poem is unique, there is no one way of going about this. Nonetheless,

the general advice goes like this: 1. Read the title 2. Read the poem. Look for the setting, topic and voice. 3. Divide the poem into parts: intro, rising action, climax, declining action, conclusion. 4. What tone does

the poem have? Pay close attention to intonation, nuance and words used. Now that the general structure and relationship of the poem is revealed, it’s time to look at the elements of analysis: genre, voice, thesis, structure, setting, imagery, key statements, sound, language use, allusion, qualities that evoke the reader, historical/cultural, ideology.

A teacher himself/herself must give ample time to study the literary piece to be shared to class for preparation and mastery of the lesson he/she teaches. This is because the mastery of the poem or story may boost the confidence of the teacher when he/ she teaches the class and therefore convey better comprehension among learners.

Interactive Online Reading Programs By Mr. Marjeso D. Vicoy Teacher I Tagiptip ES, Cabanglasan District

Some children need reading practice, while others need more thorough corrective reading programs. Parents can help their children with the reading process by providing high-quality educational materials, establishing an example of daily reading, instructing through guided read-

ing activity, creating a rich language environment, discussing a child’s progress with teachers, and following up on their recommendations. Skilled, fluent readers are the conclusion of the successful learning of an extensive range of pre-reading and reading skills. Irrespective of fam-

ily background, learning to be a skilled reader is often not a trouble-free process. The reading process has been organized into five major steps: phonemic awareness, phonics, reading comprehension, vocabulary and reading fluency. Remedial reading programs, personalized tutoring, reading workbooks, educational games, and structured computer reading programs can help

teach or reinforce these skills. Reading time offers excitement and pleasure to an individual committed to do such especially among young learners. A new and innovative way our digital era may present is the computer reading programs, which helps reinforce reading skills at home through educational activities and learning games.

21st Century Learners at Peak in Education By Mr. Nimrod M. Caser, Teacher I OIC, Grade V Teacher Matupe ES, San Fernando II

The briskness of change and instability of the 21st century environment affect the learning cope of today’s learners. Learning and teaching go beyond spread of knowledge of past historical events and broaden to issues and challenges dealing with the present

and future. In dealing with issues, predicaments and dilemmas from a global perspective, preparing students to cope with a rapidly changing environment is a necessity. The new versions of technology may serve to the learners in coping with the 21st century learning.

More skills and video tutorials are present; of course with the guidance of the parents, more children would be able to adapt in this new era of learning. However, one must be intelligent enough to select the best material to learn from. The use of technology may provide alternative learning among learners and provide areas of ad-

vancement when it comes to researching facts and figures of different discipline where one may do so in school, in the community or at home. Parents only need to guide and support the learning need of their children to facilitate them muddle through with the new epoch of learning and become one of the 21st century learners.

ICT Aids Teachers’ Lesson Delivery By Mr. Lyndly O. Arcadio, Teacher III Grade VI Teacher Tagiptip ES, Cabanglasan District

The 21st century learners are more equipped than teachers as far as technology is concerned. Agree or disagree? In our fast pace and modern world, technology plays a vital role especially in the field of education. As the time gets tough, one has to be advanced in his

career so as to be at velocity with the present generation’s knowledge, talents, skills and other disciplines. The teacher for example, is at risk when he/she fails to update herself with the new trends of teaching specifically through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The Department of Education encourages its teachers to enroll in graduate and post graduate courses for professional growth and development. It is even the teachers’ responsibility and duty to look for various means to catch up with what’s new in the field. It is therefore up to the teachers to make themselves available and ready to use the advancement of technology

for the benefit of their learners. Ever y 21st centur y teacher is indeed liable to the learning outcome of his/her pupils. Thus, equipping himself/herself with the ICT is imperative and applying various techniques in the delivery of the lesson is essential to meet with today’s adversity in the field of education and diversity of learners.

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wherein there are 9 schools participated that includes Central Mindanao University,Bukidnon State University,Liceo de Cagayan University,Xavier Un i v e r s i t y, S a n Is i d r o College,Cagayan de Oro College-Phinma,Mindanao State University-Industrial Institute Technology, Lourdes College and Pilgrim Christian College.A 5 Qualifying rounds was imposed by the search committee, these includes a MacBoard Examination,an Essay Writing Contest on the PICPA Theme: “Sharing Success beyond borders”,Impromptu Public Speaking and Accounting Quiz Bowl and the 2 half days of Formation Program that enhance the students on Self Leadership and Mastery,Essay Writing and Public Speaking before going to the actual battle. The second major event this year is the 4th PICPA Short Film Festival which was among their major fund raising activity to support for their Social Responsibility projects. what is unique on this kind of Short Film event as compare to others is that it would speak about the accountancy profession.The 10 entries was composed of two categories which 6 of it is an entry from the Accountancy Student category while 4 entries from PICPA category.A premiere night was being held at Liceo de Cagayan University on July 4 this year while a 1 week In-Campus showing was draw excellent crowd from the respective students in different school campuses in Cagayan de Oro City.. These are the 6 entries of the Student Category: 1.”Panalipod”a black C ome dy and My ste r y film from Pilgrim Christian College,2.”Static”,a Thriller/Mystery film,3.”MYMP”,a comedy/ Drama film from the Xavier University,4.”Marah”,a D r a m a / R om a n c e f i l m from Liceo de Cagayan Un i v e r s it y, 5 .”A n i l l o”, a D r a m a / R om a n c e f i l m from Lourdes College and 6.”Sincerely Yours,a Drama/ Comedy and Romance film from the entry of Central Mindanao University while the 4 entries from PICPA are 1.”Wanted Pina-Langga”,a Romance/Comedy film from the Government Association of Certified Public Accountants(GACPA),2.”We were Young Once”,a Drama genre which entry is coming from ACPACI,3.”The Barrel”,a Drama film depicting a rendition of a Pork Barrel Scam in our country which won as the Best entry in the PICPA Category and the last entry is “Itanong Kay Prof.A” a comedy/Drama Film from the entry of ACPAE.”Our local film making is improving every year specially the Cinematography and Sound Engineering and hoping that we will already competitive next year to a National Level”Edwin De

Los Santos revealed. In a separate interview with the Director In-Charge of the Accountancy Week Alvin Dequito together with the Event Chairman Jeserio Lono Sr.;they elaborated that they will make this year’s celebration that is so amazing and make today’s culmination activity a...Bang! A “Catwalk” will highlight the last day of the weeklong Accountancy Week event with its personal theme in advocating environment specifically in promoting Garbage Recycling and Segregation with the theme: “Trash to Class”:.The Catwalk Competition that will participated by Accountancy Students showcases its own creativity in wearing indigenous materials and suits that made from trash.”Its really a night that you should’nt miss,a night to remember,im excited to cut a long waiting”said PICPA Past President Edwin De Los Santos. Before the Big Night at Liceo de Cagayan University Gymnasium are some pre-events such as its own version of Amazing Race,the General Knowledge Quiz bowl,Awarding and Recognition,Mr.and Miss JPIA Universe and the “SayAwit”, an Inter-School Sing and Dance Competition that showcases Multi talent from the Accountancy Students. Today,the PICPA CDOMis.Or.Chapter is so excited with the so much blessing and accomplishment they received this year from the effort of the previous administrations specially in acquiring a property in this city that will stand its own PICPA Building that will nested by the members of the Philippine Institute of Public Accountants local chapter;an unprecedented accomplishment initiated by the local Chapter of Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental. Other plans and projects this year in calendar is the Professional Growth and Development to maintain our Accountants in the country as the most competitive individuals in Asia that we dominate specially in the ASEAN Countries,Door t o D o or Me mb e r s h ip engagement,and the Outreach strategy through Community and JPIA engagement.In conclusion,Media Affairs Chairperson Ethel Dilao Quinio acknowledges the importance of the network of information coming from the Tri-Media of Northern Mindanao that partners with PICPA ;as a very vital and viable tool on disseminating quality information.

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from the regional headquarters of communist rebels into a peaceful enclave of hope and development. The provincial government was also awarded Gawad Pamana ng Lahi and the Seal of Good Housekeeping by the Dept. of Interior & Local Government (DILG)

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during his term. Without denigrating the province’s performance in attaining its #2 competitiveness ranking, however , Moreno expressed reservations about the methodology by which the results were arrived at. “We note that unlike municipalities and cities, which submitted their own individual data, the provinces did not have any separate and independent data or factors to determine their performance and ranking,” he pointed out. With no independent data submissions from each province, Moreno said they were ranked according to the collective data of their component LGUs. “Rather, their data was merely an aggregation of their component LGUs performance. These LGUs included not only municipalities and component cities, but also highly urbanized cities.” “Obviously, Cagayan de Oro’s high ranking pulled Misamis Oriental up. Another factor was Gingoog City’s and El Salvador City’s good performances, and the participation of all its 23 municipalities. Misor had a free ride! We are still happy for them, though.” Previously, the NCC conferred awards for the Top 3 Overall Most Competitive Cities and Municipalities and also recognized the Top 3 Most Competitive Cities and Municipalities per pillar (Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure). To more accurately gauge the competitiveness of the localities, NCC introduced new award categories during the summit: 3rd to 6th Class Municipalities, 1st to 2nd Class Municipalities, Component Cities, and Highly Urbanized Cities. The Regional Competitiveness Summit, the Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) measures competitiveness at the local government level using 28 indicators grouped into three equallyweighted pillars: Economic Dynamism, Government Efficiency, and Infrastructure. Scores on each pillar were combined to form the overall score used to rank cities and municipalities. Cagayan de Oro ranked second in government efficiency (up from 5th in 2014), fifth in infrastructure (from 2nd in 2014) and 20th in economic dynamism (from 9th in 2014). “We are very pleased with Cagayan de Oro city’s outstanding and noteworthy performance in the 3rd Regional Competitiveness Summit!” Moreno said in a text message to this paper. “In spite of the unmitigated and relentless onslaught from all angles and dimensions by the pathetic Emano camp against us, openly intended to paralyze and obstruct our efforts to serve the people of CDO the best way possible, still we figured prominently well in

elevating CDO to greater heights.” “We are very happy and proud of the results, though we could have achieved much more if the obstructionists had only reconciled with their conscience,” he added. In 2013, 122 cities and 163 municipalities participated in the index when Cagayan de Oro ranked #1 as the Philippines’ Most Competitive City. This increased to 136 cities and 399 municipalities in 2014 when Cagayan de Oro ranked No. 2 after Makati. This year, 2015, there were 142 cities and 978 municipalities participating in the index or a total of 1,120 participants out of 1,634 LGUs in the country. mdn news service

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really able (meaning, who have the mental and academic preparedness for the positions they aspire for), hate dishonest gain (meaning, they are not greedy for money), and who have the fear and love of God in their hearts (for if they fear and love God, they will not do anything that will anger Him, like stealing or abusing). Finally, we should elect people who know that a public servant is really a “servant”---one who will serve his constituents, not one who will reign as a “king” or a “queen”, or as an “emperor”. There is not too many of these “servant leaders” nowadays, isn’t it? -oooPLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way), a Bible study and prayer session on radio, airs Mondays to Fridays, 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at DWAD 1098 kHz on the AM band. For replays, go to or and scroll for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email:

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a week and only Children with great appetite would survive? In the last six months, we have shown our Waiters, what’s happening to Mango sales. This July, they have doubled the number of covers for Mangoes. Think Mangoes, is the hotel’s secret weapon. Our Reservationist now think of Mangoes, and suggest, “Would you like the Junior Suite which has a separate Tub and Shower and is overlooking Mount Apo instead of the Deluxe Suite which is facing the main thoroughfare of J. P. Laurel Avenue. Mountain View has a premium with higher rates compared to the highway scenery w it h e n d l e s s ve h i c l e s running. Our Bellman, are thinking of Mangoes, each Bellman has his own reservation card with his name printed with his Cell

Phone number and he asks if you’d like him to make your return reservation as he is checking you out and into your Taxi. Our Telephone Operators are also thinking of Mangoes, they suggest breakfast in bed when you asked for a Wake Up call. You just want a light breakfast, no ham and eggs? The Room Service Order taker would suggest, how about some Mangoes? We figure we’ve added about 200 persons to the five person sales team we have before. Now, every employee has an additional P936.00 to their P3, 683 average share of the Service Charge per month on top of their salaries, free duty m e a l s and su b s i d i z e d uniforms. More than ever, I am happy that the Farmers from Toril and Kidapawan City were supplying us last summer with more Sweet Mangoes. For comments or queries, please Email: sbeverage@ or follow on Twitter@gm_ped

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as well. Fight IT is a broad-based, multi-sectoral movement intended to protect consumers, safeguard government revenues and shield legitimate industries from the ill-effects of smuggling. It was launched earlier this month under the umbrella of the FPI. Fight IT, which brings together major players from industries with some of the most commonly smuggled goods or products such as rice, sugar, corn, palm oil, tobacco, steel, cement, ceramic tiles among others, carries the campaign slogan “Stop smuggling, Protect the consumers.” Arranza said that the group will furnish the list of outlets found to be selling without tax stamps to law enforcement authorities for appropriate action. The BIR has warned against the serious consequences of non-use and use of counterfeit stamps. Penalty ranges from a fine of up to PhP50,000 and imprison-

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perience, when an item is requested for approval in a supplemental budget, the item is indicated by a notation that such is approved by an ordinance. “Because in all likelihood, supplemental budgets are simply ministerial on our part,” he said. By ministerial it means that the items have already

ment of not less than four years but not more than eight years. (Bong D. Fabe)

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mutilated HB 5811. If substantial provisions of the law will not be restored, the House of Representatives may end up being a ‘ Slaughter House’. Miclat stressed, ‘time is running out and we urge the lawmakers to contemplate on their positions on the BBL before they resume their sessions. What is at stake is the state of peace not only of Mindanao but of the whole country.

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establishments, be they food or non-food, in the region. Earlier, lawyer Sweetheart Aldevera, legal counsel of international evangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, head of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, confirmed that some of those arrested were indeed members of their church. They then dispatched a team to Surigao del Sur to make sure that their members get the legal assistance. “Over the weekend what we had were raw reports. We relied on texts and calls from our members who are near Surigao. We could not fully verify. There was a member who confirmed that they are members. We cannot neglect them,” she said. Sales down Trexie Marie Laum, 19, vendor at the Magsaysay Fruit Vendors Association, said the food poisoning incident significantly affected their sales. She said no sales for the candy products were made since Wednesday. “Most of our customers are scared to buy our candy products no matter how hard we try to explain to them that our products are safe and in fact different from the candies that caused the poisoning,” she said in the vernacular. Most of her customers are domestic tourists who buy candies for pasalubong. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews) been approved, Tabor added. “Nganong mo object pa man ta nga when these matters, specific kaning mga items were already passed upon by this body through appropriation ordinances,” he stressed. Councilor Elipe said based on the attachments there are only two items in the proposed supplemental budgets that are supported by appropriation ordinances.

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SM Lanang Premier to hold ‘Grand Membership Day’ for all dog lovers This Sunday, July 19, at 3pm, SM Lanang Premier, in partnership with the Office of the City Veterinarian and Pet Zoofari, will have a Grand Membership Day for all dog lovers, along with the launch of an official dog club, at the mall’s Fountain Court grounds. Pinoy ‘dog whisperer’ Jojo Isorena will serve as the special guest for the event.

The said dog club, aptly called Pets Social, lets pet owners share their love for dogs with a community of dedicated dog lovers and handlers and enjoy perks, treats and events with their furry friends. Members of Pets Social will get exclusive access to trainings and seminars on responsible pet ownership, pet nutrition and diet, once a month activity or event,

raffle prizes and freebies during the Grand Membership Day, card holder discounts from Pet Zoofari, free pet consultation and free anti-rabies vaccination by the Office of the City Veterinarian for the first 100 registrants on July 19. Making the said event more special is the featured guest Jojo Isorena, US-certified canine training and

behavior specialist and president of the Better Dog Canine Behavior Center, the first professional training facility in the Philippines that educates owners in building better relationships with their dogs through reward-based training methods. Isorena will discuss on dog handling/petting including an introduction on dog sport, conformation, obedience and breed-

2. Get essential info and tips on dog handling from UScertified canine training and behavior specialist Jojo Isorena at SM Lanang Premier this Sunday. photo supplied

ing. Signing up for SM Lanang Premier’s Pets Social is easy. Interested parties only need to present P500 worth of single or accumulated purchase receipts from Pet Zoofari at the mall’s Lower Ground Level on July 17 to 19 to enjoy one-year membership with Pets Social and receive a membership card. Registration is from 1pm-3pm at The Fountain Court grounds on July 19. Pets Social is SM Lanang Premier’s latest effort to foster a culture of pet friendliness within the mall and its surrounding communities. Last year, the metro’s premier shopping and lifestyle destination initiated Pet Day Sundays,’ which encouraged pet owners to share precious bonding moments with their favored pooches

at the Fountain Court grounds every Sunday. In May 2013, SM Lanang Premier became the first pet-friendly shopping establishment in Davao City when it launched its ‘Pets Are Welcome Here’ campaign to provide a venue where all pets’ needs are met and ensure a pleasurable shopping experience for pet owners and their pets. It allows small pets to be carried inside mall premises and dog owners to walk their dogs at the mall’s Fountain Court grounds. Pet litter bins are set up just outside the mall building so dog and cat owners can easily clean up after their pets. For more information, contact 285-0943. You may also visit SM Lanang Premier on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Mindanao Daily News (July 18, 2015)  

Mindanao Daily News (July 18, 2015)

Mindanao Daily News (July 18, 2015)  

Mindanao Daily News (July 18, 2015)