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Rufus confident BBL to pass constitutional tests
By BONG D. FABE
AGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Rep. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, CDP) and Akbayan partylist Rep. Ibarra Gutierrez said yesterday they strongly believed the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) or the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (BLBAR) or House Bill 5811 will pass any and all constitutional scrutiny.
Gutierrez, a professor at the University of the Philippines (UP) said that all the alleged constitutionallyquestionable provisions in the BLBAR are already enshrined in RA 9054 or the Expanded Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Law. “The BBL discussions have to go back to RA 9054 See pass, page A11
Agutayan island watch tower inauguration kicks-off JASAAN, Misamis Oriental -- The Agutayan Watchtower and Light House Project is inaugurated today at the Agutayan white island in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. The project is a joint undertaking of the provincial government of Misamis Oriental, the Department of Energy (DOE), STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) and the local government unit (LGU) of Jasaan. Misamis
Oriental Governor Bambi Emano, together with SPI President and CEO Dr. Bodo Goerlich lead the inauguration rites. The watchtower is a two-storey structure with a total floor area of about 84 sq.m. It has an observation deck equipped with a solar-powered LED lighting system. Project cost of P6.6 million was taken out of the
Misamis Oriental provincial government’s share in a social fund that accrues from the electricity sales of energy-firm STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) pursuant to ER 1-94 of the Department of Energy (DOE). Virtually a sandbar surrounded by green waters teeming with marine life, Agutayan Island is located some five kilometer off the See Agutayan, page A11
6.1-magnitude quake jolts parts of Mindanao, Eastern Visayas MALAYBALAY CITY – A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Surigao del Norte, other parts of Mindanao and Eastern Visayas on Friday afternoon, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). Phivolcs said the tremor was tectonic in origin and its epicenter was located 41 kilometers northeast of Burgos town and had a depth of 30 kilometers. The United States Geo-
logical Survey measured the quake at 6.0-magnitude. Phivolcs said the intensities were felt in the following areas: Intensity 5: Surigao City; Siargao Island; Talacogon in Agusan Del Sur; Carrascal in Surigao del Sur Intensity 4: Dinagat Islands Intensity 3: San Juan, Southern Leyte; Tacloban and Palo in Leyte; Lapu Lapu City Intensity 2: Bislig City and Hinatuan in Surigao
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Del Sur; Davao City The tremor was felt mildly in Malaybalay City. Phivolcs said they are not expecting any major damage but aftershocks might occur. (MindaNews)
Misamis Oriental Gov. Bambi Emano led the inauguration of the p10-million Agutayan Watch Tower, a joint project of the provincial government and power firm Steag State Power, Inc. With the governor are Steag country manager Bobo Goerlich, communication officer Jerome Soldevilla and celebrant Rev. Noel Apal. Agutayan White Island, only a few kilometers off the coast of Jasaan town, is among the declared tourism sites of the provincial government of Misamis Oriental, a centerpiece program of Gov. Emano. photo courtesy: governor bambi emano’s facebook page
Opol SOMA stresses environment, eco-tourism, Kurambos infra projects By Ercel Maandig
OPOL, Misamis Oriental - The Municipality of Opol held on Tuesday its State of the Municipality Address(SOMA) under the leadership of its local chief executive Mayor Max Seno over a thousand crowd at the Igpit Covered Court. Seno, in his SOMA, emphasized the importance of Ecology Tourism program of the town, which leads to economic Boom. He said that the “Kabaybayonan Festival,” a sports and music festival created under his administration, will be recognized and accredited
by the Department of Tourism as one of the official National Festival in the country in 2016, because of the uniqueness and originality of its concept. Baybayon is our layman’s term of Beach, which Opol is famous for its quality Beach Sandbars, where more resorts are now operating in this coastal town. The biggest among the is the ongoing P150-million water park project being put by a famous businessman from Cagayan de Oro City. “We continue to focus on achiev-
ing a vibrant and sustainable tourism industry through the conduct of promotional activities and events that will showcase our town and entice tourist and business individuals to invest here,” Seno said. He said they are solidifying their efforts in making Opol known for being home and the first Ostrich and Crocodile Farm in the Philippines, through the conduct of the Annual Ostrich Festival, which is noted to be the only one in Mindanao. Seno considers the town as being blessed when private entities and government agencies started See SOMA, page A11
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PHL is 6th among top FDI recipients in ASEAN The Philippines came in sixth place in foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to the 10 economies of Southeast Asia, according to a new international study, hinting of the need for more reforms to invite more investment funds to the country. Although economic growth in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region has slowed along with sluggish world trade, FDI inflows to the region has remained resilient, according to the newest edition of the World Investment Report 2015 by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
The UNCTAD report released late June said global FDI inflows in 2014 declined 16% to US$1.23 trillion, due mostly to the fragility of the global economy, policy uncertainty for investors, and elevated geopolitical risks. But while FDI flows faltered worldwide in 2014, developing Asia bucked this trend to set record levels last year. Regional FDI share rose 9% to receive nearly half a trillion dollars in foreign investments in 2014, further consolidating developing Asia’s position as the largest recipient in the world. In ASEAN particularly,
foreign direct investment flows rose 5% to $133 billion in 2014 from $126 billion in 2013. Of the total invested in the area, the Philippines received $6.2 billion, a big jump from $3.7 billion in 2013. But compared to Singapore, it is a small amount. The city-state was the biggest FDI recipient in ASEAN last year with a whopping $67.5 billion, up from nearly $64.8 billion the preceding year. Indonesia came in second with $22.6 billion from $18.8
billion in 2013. Following behind were Thailand with $12.5 billion (down from $14 billion in 2013), Malaysia with $10.8 billion (from $12.1 billion previously), and Vietnam with $9.2 billion (from $8.9 billion). After the Philippines came Cambodia with $1.7 billion from $1.9 billion from a year earlier, Myanmar with $946 million from $584 million, Laos with $721 million from $427 million, and Brunei with $568 million from $776. See Top, page A11
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BOC eyes 3-year importer, broker accreditation The Bureau of Customs (BOC) plans to extend the validity period of accreditation for importers and customs brokers to three years from one year, according to Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina. The move is meant to align BOC accreditation with that of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Lina said in a speech during last week’s joint general membership meeting of the Philippine International Seafreight Forwarders Association and Aircargo Forwarders of the Philippines, Inc. As part of the new accreditation process implemented by the Department of
Finance (DOF) last year, importers and customs brokers need to seek BIR clearance first before filing for BOC accreditation. The Importer’s Clearance Certificate (ICC) and Broker’s Clearance Certificate (BCC) given by the BIR are valid for three years. While getting accreditation with BOC is a one-time transaction, importers and customs brokers currently need to submit requirements every year for BOC to make sure they are still operating. Customs value on manifest Aside from extending the accreditation validity period, BOC is keen on requiring the declaration See BOC, page A11
TOURISM BENCHMARKING IN THE PROVINCE OF PALAWAN – VICE GOVERNOR JOEY G. PELAEZ and the PROVINCIAL BOARD MEMBERS of Misamis Oriental receive a very warm welcome from PALAWAN GOVERNOR JOSE CH. ALVAREZ at the start of the fourday benchmarking activity in the Province of Palawan. The benchmarking activity aims to conceptualize new strategies and pass new legislative measures for Misamis Oriental to improve its tourism industry. The Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan also visited some major tourist destinations in Palawan such as the famed Underground River, which is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, and El Nido, among others.
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Ombudsman, PNoy’s political assasin LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9, the Holy Bible). -ooo OMBUDSMAN, PNOY’S DEADLIEST POLITICAL ASSASSIN: Columnist Bobi Tiglao chimed in a reaction to the public outburst of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales against those accusing her of double standard in prosecuting only the political enemies of her patron, President Aquino. Tiglao wrote: “Who does she think she is? That she is the fountainhead of justice that she doesn’t need to explain to the nation, through the media, the very widespread belief that she is prosecuting only the Opposition? “Since her appointment in 2012, she practically has been Aquino’s deadliest political assassin. It is Aquino’s corruption of the Office of the Ombudsman to turn it into his political assassination squad against his enemies that marks the depths of depravity of this
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regime, its severe damaging of our Republican institutions…” -ooo MORE DFA OFFICIALS LINKED TO PLUNDER CASE: Here are more officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) who were sued for plunder and graft with the Ombudsman by Reynaldo Joson, the former chief of the DFA’s Hygiene and Sanitation Unit, in connection with the anomalous use of the DFA’s P5 billion yearly budget for repair and maintenance. Read on: “A s s t . E n g i n e e r i n g Head Cesar Cruz-former administrative officer of the Office of the Secre-
tary (OSEC). Today, he is the Assistant Head of the Engineering Department, tasked to look for new projects for repair and/or renovation. His participation in the anomalies is that all repair and renovation projects, among others, started at the Engineering Department, in cahoots with the contractors. “Consul Roberto Bernardo-he replaced Engr. Philip Tabula. He likewise continued the unfinished business of the Engineering Department, in conspiracy with the contractors prior to the bidding process. He plans and designs all in-coming projects of the department, including costing thereof. -ooo “LET’S MAKE EVERYBODY AT DFA HAPPY”: “Amb. Rowena Sanchezformerly Special Assistant to OMWA (or the Office of the Migrant Workers Affairs), DFA. Upon her knowing of my intention to prevent the on-going anomalous projects of JD Legaspi Construction, she introduced me to A/Sec Bataclan. “Bataclan then advised
me as follows: “Rey, e-go mo na lahat ng mga projets at sumama ka na sa amin. Kami na ang bahala sa iyo para everybody happy.” After the meeting, she brought and introduced me to Dir. Rey Catapang, who said: “Tukayo, pagbutihin mo, sama-sama tayo.” “Amb. Cecile Rabongshe was the former Chief Coordinator at the Office of the Secretary of DFA. As Chief Coordinator, she knows what is happening in the Department but failed to stop the corruption and collective anomalies in the office…” More next time. -ooo PLEASE 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 www.facebook.com/ angtangingdaan or www. facebook.com/ANDKNK and scroll for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email: batasmauricio@ yahoo.com. -30-
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statement, the true leader can be measured by how many new leaders he or she has created. In educational terms, this statement indicates that the followers (or the people) in a country are triggered to learn the ways of lives. By doing so, the people are more and more educated, and of course, getting aware of what they have to do with their responsibilities as a nation. In certain instances, it is like the subordinates in an organization. In that arena, they must learn a lot. So, the true leader creates a learning organization. All the nations in the whole country are becoming more and more
empowered. In this condition, they can go to the way to the vision and mission their leader directs them to. That is a learning organization. Eventually, there is no term of political dynasty. When it is in a learning organization, all the disciples are enjoying the lives because they are made aware. They are more and more educated. In the long run, they can become the new leaders, following the trace that has been opened widely by their leader. All infrastructures, all social, economic, and political aspects are developed and lifted up for the nation welfares. All these can empower the nation to live. Implicitly, the true leader does not make himself or herself selfish. He or she is becoming more and more prosperous while his or her people are on the other way around. A learning organization has a final goal to make the disciples more prosperous. When they live with adequate facilities, or good infrastructures they are the symbol of their true leader. So, it is easy to define the true leader. When there
are more new leaders in a country, it is the symbol of the true leader. When the whole nation in a country is becoming better in their lives compared with when they were previously, that is the symbol of their true leader. So far, any nation in any country can be given the above criteria. We can trace any leaders, wherever we are now living by looking back at their track records. How much life we have enjoyed so far in our surrounding environment. How much infrastructures we can enjoy in our entire territory. And, of course, how many new leaders we have in our city or a country. Without a learning process, a new leader cannot be created. That is the key to measure who the true leader is. ---------Editor’s Note: Dr. Djuwari Sarkawi is the advisor of Indonesia Association of Press Practitioners/ Journalists in East Java province (HIPSI), Indonesia. He is also the president of the International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER).
“And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
When bills begin to pile up, it’s exactly logical to tighten up on your giving. Be careful with this thinking. God will still provide for your needs. Examine your heart, do
you feel that uncomfortableness rising up? Conquer that feeling with generosity. If you find yourself reading this message and you are unemployed, you are still able to give, but perhaps in other ways. The important issue here is preserving your generous heart by continuing to practice giving. What can you do today to jump start your generous heart?
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BAYANI BA ‘TO? By Hobart P. Savior
DAKILA Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism through its Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival Program and Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts will hold a forum titled “Bayani Ba’To? Heroism for Millennials” on July 10 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Centrio Mall Cinema 2. This event promotes Philippine History and modern-day heroism through a lecture preview of the film “Heneral Luna.”
Admission is free. DAKILA and “Heneral Luna” bring us filmmaker and director Jerrold Tarog and cast Aaron Villaflor, as well as renowned historians as resource speakers to give the audience insights on Philippine history and heroism. The forum aims to impart the value of heroism to students using lessons from history. It aims to show that the deeds of our heroes are not hackneyed fables but real, breathing
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New PDEA RD assures SP of programs against dangerous drugs in Oro’s brgys N EW Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) regional director Wilkins M. Villanueva on Monday assured the 17th City Council headed by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas during the regular session Monday presided over by Councilor Ramon Tabor that programs to strengthen the drive against the drug menace will be implemented in the city’s barangays. Director Villanueva briefed the legislative body on the drug situation in the city and nationwide during his courtesy call. He explained how the drug trade works and cited the need to address the problem by focusing
on the drug users. According to PDEA, out of the 80 barangays in the city, 38 are affected by the drug trade. One barangay is slightly affected having at least one user, 20 barangays moderately affected with the presence of one pusher and 11 are seriously affected having drug dens. He said he believes in the necessity of implementing barangay clearing programs with its holistic approach, to solve the problem. He noted that there is not much focus on the barangay level. According to the PDEA, it is the users that bring money to drug cartels and when the users
are rehabilitated, drug cartels are hurt. “The problem is our local police are handling street pushers but nobody is minding the fate of the users,” he cited. Aside from barangay clearing programs, PDEA is also set to hold capacity building trainings for barangays, the city government, the police and the community, he said. “PDEA will help Cagayan de Oro to implement the barangay clearing program and I believe the time is now. It is ripe for us to implement such program. Let us liberate our barangays from the fangs of dangerous drugs,” he stressed.
Councilor Roger Abaday, chair of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC), said the report of PDEA needs to be acted upon. “This is not just a wake up call but call for immediate action,” he cited seeking support to the CADAC and other agencies for them to successfully operate to address the drug menace in the city. BADAC According to PDEA, Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs) also play important roles in the campaign against dangerous drugs. “They will be managing the program and will be given en-
hancement seminars, ” he cited. It may be recalled that early this year, through Resolution No. 11911 - 2015, the City Council requested the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) to urge all barangay chairmen to activate and or reactivate their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADAC) to help in the campaign against illegal drugs. PDEA Director Villanueva said about 50-percent of BADACs in the city have already been activated. He thanked the City Council for allowing him to report on the drug situation in the city and country.
Girl dies as strong winds, heavy downpour hit Lebak Dahino calls on firms LEBAK, Sultan Kudarat -- A 13 year-old girl was killed when a coconut tree fell and hit her at the height of a downpour coupled by strong winds in this town early Friday, a disaster management official said. Myla Canete, chair of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, identified the victim
as Gina Benito, resident of Barangay Kinudalan, Lebak. Canete said Benito, a grade 8 pupil, was inside her home when a coconut tree toppled by strong winds fell on her house at 5 a.m. Canete said the coastal village of Tibpuan was also flooded due to heavy rain which was worsened by high tide.
Several houses were destroyed and fishermen could not go out fishing for a week now due to torrential rains. “Nobody was hurt in the Tibpuan village and no evacuation was reported,” said Von Ballite, executive assistant of Mayor Dionisio Besana. Local officials suspended classes for elementary and
SILG Turn Over 14 PNP New Patrol Jeeps to MisOcc By PJTREMEDAL, Misamis Occidental Bureau
Oroquieta City – After turning over PNP New Mobiles to almost all of the country’s PNP Regional and Provincial Commands, Secretary Mar Roxas III of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) today is turning over another fourteen (14) KIA Motors Mahindra Type Mobile Patrol vehicles to the fourteen (14) municipalities of Misamis Occidental Provincial PNP Office and to the provincial government of Misamis Occidental. From its regional office yesterday (July 3) Secretary Mar also visited this morning the town of Tubod, Lanao del Norte to turn-over PNP new Mobiles to Lanao del Norte PNP Provincial Office with Governor Mohammad Khalid Dimaporo, Provincial Governor of Lanao del Norte and its Municipal Mayors with their Chief of Police to receive the most awaited new patrol jeeps to augment its campaign in peace and security. Today (July 4) at 10:30 AM, the province of Misamis Occidental under the administration of Lady Governor Herminia M. Ramiro and the officialdom of the Province of Misamis Occidental warmly welcomes the Secretary of the DILG, together with the men and women of the Misamis Occidental PNP Provincial Office under its Acting Proving Director, Senior Superintendent Archival Diokno Macala. Municipal Mayors from the municipality of Bonifacio, Clarin, Tudela, Sinacaban, and Don Victoriano of the 2nd District together with Municipal Mayors from Aloran, Jimenez, Pana-on, Lopez Jaena, Plaridel, Calamba, Sapang Dalaga, Baliangao and Concepcion with their Chief of Police also welcome the Secretary and thank him for the new PNP Patrol Jeeps that will surely help in achieving the police mission and
goals in protecting and serving Misamisnons with justice and honor and farther help and support peace and development of the province. On his part as the Provincial Director of the Provincial Police Force, Senior Superintendent Archival Macala said that with the new police Patrol Jeeps is no reason that his men and women of Misamis Occidental PNP Provincial Office cannot deliver what the people of Misamis Occidental need in securing their lives and properties, to run after the criminal elements of the society, and maintain peace and order. The new vehicles/Patrol Jeeps is made by the KIA Motors Inc. Mahindra Enforcer Type back to back patrol jeep is most needed in the province of Misamis Occidental and can now serve far flung barangay for its design, transport ability, and economically design vehicles and one of its kind to support police mobility to cater to the needs of a community in achieving peace and order. Meantime, Governor Herminia M. Ramiro in behalf of all Misamisnons gives thanks with gratitude the honorable Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government in turning over said vehicles to her province…” With this new PNP Patrol Jeeps our province can now run after every criminals and most of all our police can now move faster with this vehicles to protect us from harm from threat groups and other criminal gangs.” The lady governor said. Not only the 14 PNP Patrol Jeeps is expected by Misamisnons from the SILG , but the plans and programs of the Aquino Administration thru the Department of the Interior and Local Government whose in charge in running governmental functions to achieve good governance, transparency, and accountability, particularly its “Daan na Matuwid” Program.
high school levels on Thursday and Friday, Canete added. Sultan Kudarat has been placed under a state of calamity due to inclement weather that has hit the province since June 24. Over 50,000 residents have been affected by flash floods in the towns of Lambayong, Lutayan, Esperanza, Bagumbayan, Isulan, President Quirino and Tacurong City. Some P300 million worth of agricultural crops were damaged by flash floods, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said. (Ferdinandh Cabrera/MindaNews)
to activate fire brigades IN support to the continuing programs of the Cagayan de Oro Fire District (COFD) under District Fire Marshall Supt. Shirley S. Teleron, Councilor Edna Dahino urges all business establishments employing at least fifty persons to organize their respective fire brigades. She said this is provided for under the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Section 126.96.36.199 of Republic Act 9514. “Aside from being a requirement before the granting of Fire Safety Inspection
Certificate, the group of volunteers will be of great help in dealing with fire and other related emergencies that may occur at its establishment or nearby areas,” Dahino told the Power. Under the law, all members of the fire brigade shall undergo training from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) on fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical services and related emergency response. As this developed, Dahino lauded the firefighters led by Supt.Teleron for or-
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16th Asean Chess Championship 2015 silver medalists Mae Ann Baclayon and Mary Joy Tan paid a courtesy visit to the office of Misamis Oriental Gov. Bambi Emano after their successful stint during the tournament held June 8-18 in Singapore. The two young lady chessers personally expressed their gratitude to Gov. Emano for the all-out support of the provincial government in their campaign abroad. The sports program is among the priorities of the provincial government under Gov. Emano. photo courtesy : governor bambi emano ’ s facebook page
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GSIS hikes credit limit, extends payment terms for new consoloan program
ctive members of state pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will enjoy a higher credit limit and longer repayment terms beginning this July 1 under an improved consolidated loan program. Dubbed the Enhanced Conso-Loan Plus Program, members who have paid premium contributions for at least 15 years may borrow a 12-month salary loan while those with at least 25 years of paid premiums will be eligible for a 14-month loan. Previously, the credit limit for these members was only 10 times their salary. GSIS will also extend the maximum payment term from six to 10 years for members with at least 10 years of paid contributions. To standardize payment schemes and due dates, 1 July 2015 the first amortization due
date for loans granted on or before the 23rd of the month is on the 10th of the following month from the date the loan was granted. For loans granted after the 23rd day of the month, the first due date is on the 10th day of the second month after the grant of the loan. Qualified for the program are active GSIS members (permanent and nonpermanent) who have no pending administrative or criminal case, are not on leave of absence without pay, and with a net takehome pay of Php3,000 mandated under the General Appropriations Act. Special members such as prosecutors and members of the judiciary and constitutional commissions are also qualified to avail of the loan equivalent to 10 times their basic salary. Interested members may initially apply through
the GSIS Wireless Automated System (GWAPS) kiosks located in all 57 GSIS branch and extension offices, including the Head Office in Pasay City. The rest of the GWAPS kiosks located in provincial capitols, city halls, selected municipal offices, and large government agencies such as the Department of Education, and selected Robinsons Malls will be updated from June 29 to July 11 to incorporate the new features of the consoloan plus program. Upon confirmation of the agencies’ authorized officers, the loan proceeds are electronically credited to members’ GSIS e-Card or unified multipurpose identification (UMID) card. For more details on the Enhanced Conso-loan Plus, members may call the GSIS Contact Center at 847-4747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Notice to CEPALCO Customers and the General Public
Public Statement on the CBA Deadlock CEPALCO Management is informing its valued customers that the CEPALCO rank-and-file employees union declared a deadlock in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiations with the company. CEPALCO Management and the labor union are negotiating for a new CBA covering the years 2015 to 2018. Under existing laws, both parties may bring this matter to the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) which may call the parties to a conciliation meeting to resolve remaining issues. CEPALCO Management is open to resume negotiations and is exerting its best to reach a mutually beneficial agreement with the union cEpalcO Management assures its customers and the public that the delivery of electric power service will not be hampered as a result of the deadlock.
ORO CHAMBER APPOINTED ITS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (ORO CHAMBER) has recently appointed its new Executive Director, MR. CHRIS IVAN O. LAGAPA. Mr. Lagapa recently assumed the office last June 1, 2015 and has enthusiastically expressed dynamism and determination to improve the current operations of the organization. The position of Executive Director has been vacant for 3 months starting March 1 this year and the Board selected during their Emergency Board Meeting last May, between other applicants, Mr. Chris Ivan O. Lagapa. Mr. Lagapa showed his eagerness to improve the membership base and membership retention of Oro Chamber. He is also very determined to direct the Chamber’s new vision “To be a broadly represented Chamber spearheading inclusive growth for a sustainable economic development of Cagayan de Oro City and its influence areas.” For queries and information, please call the Oro Chamber Secretariat at (088) 858-4068, 858-4073 and 850-8880. Thank you!
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A9 LIFESTYLE Cagayanon is overall female champ in Challenge Camsur 2015 SATURDAY, JULY 4, 2015 Advertising and Editorial E-mail : email@example.com Contact nos. : 0917-7121424 • 0947-8935776
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Challenge Camsur 2015 which happened last June 14 in Naga City. With a total of 113 kilometers IT’s hard to tell that this ace triathlete to be tackled, Challenge Camsur is a mere government employee who 2015 consisted of 1.9 kilometers of swimming at the Camsur has never been a sports star in her Watersports Complex, 90 kilometers high school college days. of biking in the scenic province of But as Challenge Camsur 2015 Camarines Sur and 21.1 kilometers Women Elite Category champion of running in Naga City. Lezette Albarote would put it, Lezette conquered all this yet excelling in triathlons comes with you’d be surprised – she’s already age. 39 years old. And she has never Triathlon is a multiple stage competition involving the completion been a varsity member nor a PE teacher. She’s just a mayoral staff of three continuous and sequential in the municipality of Baungon, endurance disciplines – swimming, Bukidnon. cycling and running. And nowhere In her early 20s, Lezette settled in the Philippines does triathlon down with her husband and son comes close to prestige except any in barangay Nazareth. Across the of the Challenge Philippines series, which is part of the Challenge Family street is Sports Zone and she whiled the time away playing badminton. worldwide. Challenge Family is While playing the game, she slowly changing the face of long distance discovered that her legs had the racing around the world, featuring knack of running. That piqued her spectacular courses in iconic interest and veered towards the destinations, delivering the race of sport. a lifetime to athletes of all ages and Lezette ran ﬁrst as a hobby until abilities and creating a memorable she tried entering into a contest “just spectator experience that captures for fun.” To her surprise, Lezette all the excitement and emotion of placed ﬁfth in the highly competitive this inspirational sport. North Face 10k Trail Run in 2009. This year, one of the toughest Galvanized with this success, legs of Challenge Philippines was
Lezette challenged herself more and by January of the next year, she joined the 42k Cebu Marathon 2010 where she garnered the 15th spot, clocking in at 5:11. This development was a turning point to Lezette’s inspiration. She pushed her body more and ventured into biking. She also took a swimming coach and after more than a year, she was ready. She entered her ﬁrst triathlon race in August 2011 in the very same spot where she would garner
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another victory a few years later – Camarines Sur. The event: Cobra 70.3. Her placement: 12th spot in the 35-39 category. “After CamSur, I made a promise right there and then. That I’d be back in this place and I’ll be the champion by that time. Not just in the age category but in the elite category,” Lezette recalled in this interview. True to her forecast, on that fateful day of June 14, 2015, Lezette clocked in at 5:25:24 in the women’s division of the Filipino Elite category
in Challenge Camsur 2015 under the banner of Team HerbaLife. But the victory was not instantaneous. It was four years of chasing down triathlon competitions all over the country that Lezette was able to perfect her skills before grabbing the top spot a few weeks ago. And it was also sheer discipline and dedication that she maintained to the sport that did it. Despite having a day job, Lezette wakes up at 3:30 in the morning and bikes from her Nazareth residence to Talakag, Bukidnon and back, trailing a total of 60 kilometers. In the evening after her work, she swims for an hour at Pelaez Sports Center. On weekends, she bikes from here to Iligan City and back. So how does her routine not strain her? “I make sure that in each week, I rest one full day from biking and running,” she quipped. Lezette’s next target: the Cobra 70.3 in Cebu City this August 2015. That’s Lezette Albarote, bringing pride not just to Team HerbaLife but also to her neighbors in Cagayan de Oro and her constituents in Baungon, Bukidnon!
City Tourism Oﬃce announces call for Carnival entrants By MARK FRANCISCO Lifestyle Editor
Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) 10 director FAISAR MAMBUAY (third from left) joins Lanao del Norte GOV. MOHAMAD KHALID DIMAPORO (fourth from left) in celebrating the 28th anniversary of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) at Centrio.
Cent r io shopper s admi re i nd igenous p roduct s manufactured by Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) beneﬁciaries which were on display over the weekend.
ABCCA is now a Tesda assessment center THE As�an Bus�ness Cabletow Cooperat�ve Academy (ABCCA) w�shes to convey �ts s�ncere thanks and deep apprec�at�on to the Techn�cal Educat�on and Sk�lls Development Author�ty (Tesda) both reg�onal and prov�nc�al off�ces for grant�ng and bestow�ng the s�ngular honor to ABCCA the Tesda Accred�ted Competency Assessment Center for Reg�on 10. The accred�tat�on covers the sector on health, soc�al and other commun�ty development as Bookkeep�ng NC III and Massage Therapy NC II and the sector on tour�sm as Front Off�ce Serv�ces NC II, Housekeep�ng NC II and Tour Gu�d�ng
Serv�ces NC II. As Tesda Accred�ted Competency Assessment Center, �t has now the author�ty to conduct and adm�n�ster trade tests wh�ch measure the capab�l�ty of those who would take the exam �n accord�nace w�th the assessment tools la�d down by Tesda. Exam�nees found to be deserv�ng to pass ABCCA by v�rtue as assessment center shall g�ve the rat�ng of COMPETENT wh�ch �s the bas�s for Tesda to grand Nat�onal Cert�f�cate wh�ch �s a guarantee to all students and sk�lled workers to work locally or abroad. ABCCA was able to reach th�s he�ght by way of accompl�sh�ng certa�n
requ�s�tes wh�ch were conf�rmed and aff�rmed by experts dur�ng the �nspect�on conducted on May 7 at ABCCA off�ce. Hence, ABCCA �s encourag�ng appl�cants who are graduates of DepEd Techn�cal-Vocat�onal Educat�on and tra�n�ng serv�ce prov�ders and other sk�lled workers of the tour�sm �ndustry to take the trade test adm�n�stered by ABCCA that they could obta�n the Nat�onal Cert�f�cate Level II. For those �nterested, please v�s�t ABCCA Off�ce at 2nd Floor, Consuelo Bldg., Corrales Avenue, Cagayan de Oro C�ty or k�ndly see Franc�s Ian Or�g, the process�ng off�cer. PR
THE Cagayan de Oro Carnival Parade and Queen is a street festival that will happen on August 23 at 4:00 p.m. from Luna-Velez Streets to Divisoria marked by merrymaking, an explosion of colors and synchronized singing and dancing. Groups will dance synchronically accompanied by rich rhythmic musicality promoting all types of cultures, according to city tourism officer Elmer Wabe. Revelers will masquerade through the streets in a dazzling costumes dancing to international beats and flavor of carnival – Cagayan de Oro style. Any barangay, school, civic organization or registered company in Cagayan de Oro may join the Cagayan Carnival subject with a minimum of 60 participants including the propsmen and crew. Since it is a pretty long walk, children under 14 years old are discouraged from participating. Each group must have its own Carnival Queen, too. The Carnival Queen must be a natural born female, at least 18 years old at the time of the parade and a resident of Cagayan de Oro. Her costume must be aligned with the theme of the entry contingent. Criteria include craftsmanship, creativity, poise and grace and alliance to the theme. Her costume should be imaginative clever and fanciful. In judging grace, the Carnival Queen candidate is evaluated the way she walks, dance or even stands still. She should embody the exuberance and fun of the carnival. The champion carnival group gets P100,000 and the Carnival Queen gets P10,000. Second prize carnival group gets P60,000 and third prize winner gets P40,000. The Carnival Queen first runnerup gets P6,000 while the second runner-up gets P4,000.
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Baby Company Sale at The SM Store Great big deals are coming your way at the Baby Company Baby Sale from July 1 to 31, 2015. Get up to 50% off on your favorite baby brands and on a wide selection of baby items like strollers, cribs, play pens, feeding and nursing, linen, toys and more! And exclusive to Mom Card members, get a Free Thermos Flask to keep your drinks hot or cold when you’re out on your baby’s date out. For just a minimum singlereceipt purchase of P3,000 of any Baby Company items. So hurry! Come and visit us at any Baby Company store nearest you. Per DTI FTEB SPD Number 9247 Series of 2015
TGIFridays “Fourth of July Feast” treats guests to a 40% off on baby back ribs What’s a Fourth of July celebration without the mouth-watering goodness of Baby Back Ribs? TGIFRidays, the go-to American casual dining restaurant, offers a delicious feast on July 4 with its signature fullslab and half-slab ribs at 40% off their original prices, available all-day long. TGIFridays’ Baby Back Ribs are slowcooked until they are fall-off-the-bone tender. They are then seasoned with Cajun spices, fire-grilled and generously glazed with their tangy Jack Daniel house BBQ sauce. Chow them down with crispy seasoned fried and a refreshing coleslaw salad. So if you are up for a food fest, come on over to TGIFridays and have a 4th of July treat with family and friends. (TGIFridays “Fourth of July Feast” will be available for all dine-in guests only at a maximum of two slabs per tables the whole on July 4 at all TGIFridays branches.)
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Boy Zugba re-invents Bisdak Cuisine with a twist Okay, so there’s a new Filipino Restaurant in town, what has it got to offer that’s not already in the hundred other restos of all size and genres found in Cagayan de Oro? Plenty. Though not that new, Boy Zugba is already making waves at its location along Corrales Avenue-Ramon Chaves St (beside Pit Stop, across Parasat office) and won a devoted clientele that regularly comes in daily, weekly or when-canyou. Despite its relatively ‘young’ age (it opened last February 9th) it already ranks 9th among 141 restaurants listed by TripAdvisor in Cagayan de Oro, garnering an “excellent” rating for all reviews submitted in its behalf. Said a reviewer from nearby Iligan: “Read about Boy Zugba from the internet and decided we’ll give it a try once we’re in Cdo. I like the artsy names of their food, the ambiance (with their funny local
sayings) and their outstanding service. No wonder the place is packed when we got there that night. Will surely dine there next time we’re in town.” The “artsy names” of the menu items were christened by Henrik Yu, the other half of the dynamic duo which came up with the concept for Boy Zugba, the other being his wife, Joanna Cris Lim-Yu. Doy and Ann (as they are known to friends) together with partner Catherine Genabe put up in 1999 Bigby’s Café & Restaurant, their first restaurant whose global cuisine and fine/fastcasual dining format revolutionized the Kagay-anons dining habits and now ranks it #5 in Trip Advisor with 8 branches in the Visayas and Mindanao. Another groundbreaking establishment followed in 2000 with the advent of Missy Bon Bon Breadshop Restaurant, serving gelato, pastries,
sandwiches and pasta at Limketkai Center, and now ranked the #7 restaurant in Cagayan de Oro by Trip Advisor. As if two gamechanging restaurants weren’t enough for a lifetime, the partners have put their collective wisdom together to come up with yet another winner in Boy Zugba. Those who’ve grown fond of Bigby’s and Miss Bon Bon, will find themselves right at home with the trademark “artsy names” they’ve become familiar with, (courtesy of Doy) like Gidagat na Calamares, Humba ni Opaw! (with pride bread), Sakay na sa Bicol Express!, Humba …is that Steeww?, Pansat Gihubog sa Itlog Maalat, Squid Tac Tic, , Banana de Coco Martin and What’s your plan, leche Flan?but my favorite is Pancit sa Pulis! There’s many more, but I won’t spoil your fun by mentioning them here: Go find out for yourself ! But those are but
names, so how does the food measure up? Said another local review from Trip Advisor: “Among all the Filipino restaurant that I’ve tried, Boy Zugba has the best Filipino Food so far. Great Food , Excellent Service , Great People. For me, it’s more what you’ve paid for because of the high quality that they serve.” A quick rundown of the fast moving
bestsellers can guide the first time diner: Bandihadong Karne (a sampler of their best selling Pork barbecue, Cheezy Chorizo and Liempo); the classic Kagay-anon Sinuglaw de Cagayan, Chicken Inasal (that can hold its own against the best from the Chicken Inasal capital of the Philippines!), Lechon Kawali Gi Ulanan sa Sili ug Tanglad, Manok La-
uya, Presko nga Lumpia Ubod, and not the least, the quaintly named Kiping dala Atik for dessert! Reads another review from Trip Advisor: Try the cheeezy chorizo. It’s amazing! And also the pisbol! Very nostalgic street food! Binignit anyone? Sizzling at that! For reservations, please call 880-5555. Now na!
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and the paranoia to its constitutionality makes us revisit the ARMM law. What is written on the BBL is a reiteration of what is in the ARMM with additional provisions that ensure genuine autonomy,” he said. Rodriguez said the BBL, renamed the BLBAR have been refined by the House of Representatives ad hoc committee on the BBL, which he chaired, precisely so that it will pass constitutional review. He stressed that the BLBAR does not violate any provisions in the Constitution and that it is the country’s best chance for peace in Mindanao. “Our committee has made sure that the BBL, now called Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region is constitutional. We have made amendments and/or deletions to ensure that it is constitutional and consistent with the aspirations of the Bangsamoro,” he said. Gutierrez also scored some members of Congress for voting against the BBL not because they questioned its substance but because they insisted on equating it with the January 24 Mamasapano incident and other issues like the sincerity of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). “If you listen to the explanations of some members of Congress who voted against the BBL, they were not talking about the substance of the law at all. They were talking about Mamasapano, they were insisting on tying the passage of BBL into some kind of a resolution of the Mamasapano issue like return of firearms, filing of cases by the Department of Justice, or ambiguous standards like the MILF showing sincerity as the government’s peace partner,” he lamented. Lawyer Benedicto Bacani, executive director of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) and former dean of Notre Dame University’s College of Law, lamented that the deliberations on HB 5811 focused on the draft law’s legality and constitutionality instead of on the social justice it will grant the Bangsamoro peoples. Bacani urged congressmen to instead focus on what the proposed law is all about — giving justice to the Bangsamoro people.
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coast in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. It is one of the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Misamis Oriental, with approximately 5,000 square meters of white sand that sits on a 4.5 hectare marine sanctuary that provides a favourable breeding ground for endangered marine species.
As an MPA, Agutayan Island is essential for the attainment of a healthy balance of marine biodiversity for the entire expanse of the Macajalar Bay. It is home to several giant clams and other endangered marine species. Considered as one of the priorities of the provincial government’s eco-tourism development programs, the Agutayan Watch Tower Project is an affirmation of a vibrant partnership between the government and the private sector geared towards attaining a more balanced development in the Macajalar Bay area. SPI President and CEO Dr. Bodo Goerlich reaffirms the company’s commitment to responsible business practices at the same time supporting efforts in community development and environmental conservation. “We reaffirm our commitment to help improve the quality of life of the people especially in our host communities in Misamis Oriental not only through the electric power that we supply, but also through our various community development and environmental conservation programs,” Dr. Goerlich said. SPI owns and operates the 210 MW (net) Mindanao Coal-Fired Power Plant located along the coast of Villanueva in Misamis Oriental. It currently provides around 18% of Mindanao’s total electricity supply. (SPI)
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to appreciate its tourism potential and invest in the town. Aside from the ongoing construction of water park, which is designed to be the first of its kind in Mindanao. The convergence of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) is seen as a recognition of the beauty of Opol’s beaches and its potential to become the next tourism destination, even as a 1.7 kilometer road opening project leading to various beaches and resort in the area worth P75 million is being implemented. Another newly opened eco-tourism destination is the “Lulu’s Nature” situated at Happy Hills in Barangay Awang. This is an agroforest eco-tourism park, which promotes organic farming. The location is a mining area before and has been turned into an eco-tourism site, where it was featured in ABS-CBN’s National Tv Program Agri Tayo Dito. The said park also served as one of the training venues for the Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) in the Province of Misamis Oriental. In the avenue of environment conservation, Opol Municipal Government has already started the preparations and trainings to com-
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plete the 10-year solid waste management plan with the intention of obtaining a healthy and clean environment, thereby strengthening its local environmental laws through the Department of Aquatic Resources, Mining and Solid Waste. Other programs undertaken by the Seno administration include the creation of Taskforce Kinaiyahan, which is intended to heightened operations against illegal mining and illegal logging, as well as, illegal fishing; revitalized and rehabilitated mangrove reforestation project through the collaboration with some non-government organizations, such as the Fraternal Brotherhood of Eagles, among others; declaration of a total of 3,319 hectares watershed area and strengthening of the Development of Makaluesa Forest Park and Treepository Area. Seno also reported that his town is a certified recipent of the prestigious Seal of Good Housekeeping recognition, issued on May 19, 2015 by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). With the conferment of the Seal, the town is now ready to take on new challenges with the launching of the Seal of Local Governance, where LGUs do not only sustain the practice of accountability and transparency, but are also able to prepare for the challenges posed by disasters, and become sensitive to the needs of vulnerable and margenalized sectors of the society, as well as drive LGUs to encourage investment and employment and protect the constituents from threats to life and security and safeguard the integrity of the environment. Mayor Seno also reported his town’s resourcefulness through a “Kurambos” strategy, wherein a certain multi-million project proposal will be accomplished through the assistance from senators and the House of Representative of the 2nd District of Misamis Oriental, where Opol belongs. This includes the 12 million worth of covered courts funded by Senators Koko Pimentel and Peter Allan Cayetano, counterparted by Congresswoman Juliette Uy. Another Kurambos project is the P24 million total worth of farm-to-market roads, where recipients are the different barangays, and, soon, the Tourism Infrastructure Export Zone Authority (TIEZA) will fund a P50 million worth of “Boardwalk” project that will be a landmark of Opol. As of December 31, 2014, the Internal Revenue Collection walloped to P11,299,630.33 with an average increased of 128%. The town’s latest Internal Revenue Allotment now rises to P104,861,251 or an increase of 14.44% or P13,235,042. “Expectedly, for Calen-
dar Year 2016, our IRA will have again a huge increase, which we can appropriate for Basic Services for the development of my town,” Seno concluded.
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The report said inflows to Indonesia rose by 20% on the back of a significant increase in equity investment, particularly in the third quarter of the year. The most important targeted industries were mining; food; transportation and telecommunications; metal, machinery and electronics; and chemical and pharmaceutical. Vietnam also saw its inflows increase 3% in 2014. Neighboring low-income countries in Southeast Asia, such as Myanmar, have significant labor cost advantages over Vietnam, prompting an increase in FDI in manufacturing to those countries, including for large projects. Labor costs are not the only factor driving FDI, as seen by the FDI inflows per capita in Laos and Myanmar, which are still considerably lower than in Vietnam Although 2014 was not a spectacular year for FDIs in general, the report is upbeat about recovery in 2015 and beyond. It projects global FDI inflows to grow by 11% to $1.4 trillion in 2015, and rise to $1.5 trillion in 2016, and to $1.7 trillion in 2017. However, a number of economic and political risks, including ongoing uncertainties in the Eurozone, potential spillovers from conflicts, and persistent vulnerabilities in emerging economies, may disrupt the projected recovery. PHILEXPORT
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of the value of products on both air and sea freight manifest. In an interview with PortCalls after the meeting, Lina said this measure is already specified in a customs memorandum order stipulating electronic air manifest submission, a project now being implemented. He said that while indicating the products’ value on the manifest is optional for now, some freight forwarders are already inputting the data. As for making the same declaration for seafreight, Lina said this is still being discussed between the agency and foreign shipping lines. He added that BOC needs the values in advance so “we have all the time to check and clear (the shipment) before they file.” Moreover, Lina said BOC is now reviewing rates of off-dock container yards and container freight stations. Stakeholders have been asking for a revision of the rates prescribed 14 years ago or in 2001. Lina also revealed a plan to implement a ship-
to-truck scheme for super green lane shipments. He hopes to have 10% of the overall shipments under the scheme, as it will allow containers to be discharged from the ship directly onto a truck, doing away with the need for storage that often causes pile-ups. Furthermore, Lina said BOC will be using the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s Asycuda World for its computerization program, which is meant to replace the technically challenged electronic-to-mobile system. BOC earlier stopped bidding for the P650-million computerization project, saying it was too expensive. Lina said Asycuda World is cheaper at only about P15 million. -- www.portcalls. com
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ganizing and reactivating 39 fire volunteer brigades and training 1,141 volunteer fire brigades last April.
Dahino also enjoins all barangays and schools to coordinate with their respective fire stations for the activation of their fire volunteer brigades. “With the volunteers, we can quickly respond, protect lives and properties. Pinaagi usab sa pagpakabana sa atong mga fire brigades, dako na kini 0g ikatabang sa atong fire department nga limitado lang ang ilang kadaghanon,” Dahino said . Councilor Dahino is the chair of the committee on trade and commerce and a member of the committee on police, fire and public safety. In her accomplishment report submitted to the City Council committee on police, fire and public safety chaired by Councilor Ramon Tabor, District Fire Marshal Teleron said that for the month of April, 44 fire drills and 46 lectures and seminars were conducted. The agency also responded to 64 fire emergency calls. (ELB)
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