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Female firefighters from all over Northern Mindanao strike a pose during Fire Prevention Month fellowship last March 8, which was also assigned as International Women’s Day, at Limketkai Rotunda in Cagayan de Oro City. photo by mark francisco

Oro Chamber follows up Nippon investments in Japan By Mike Baños Editor-at large

The Philippine private sector and government agencies have teamed up to lock down Japanese investments in Northern Mindanao by collaborating on two trade missions to Japan in the previous four months to explore possible Public-Private Partnerships through the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Osaka Japan. “The opportunity was given by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) during the 43rd Philippine Business Conference & Expo (PBC) held October 18-19, 2017

at the Manila Hotel,” said Maria Teresa R. Alegrio, PCCI Regional Governor for Northern Mindanao. “During the 1st Plenary Session of the Japan-Philippines Trade and Investments Partnership: Updates and Assessment, the Minister of Japan announced $9-billion (B) worth of infrastructure projects for the Philippines under the Phil. Government’s Build, Build, Build Infrastructure Program and the intent of 100 Japanese companies to relocate to South East Asia for real estate development, financing, warehousing, food processing and logistics projects .” See full story, page 3

Oro Chamber mission meets with Sojit Corporation in a B2B event facilitated by the PH Trade & Investment CenterOsaka represented by Mr. Bimboy Latoja.

DOJ junks rebellion raps Siargao master vs. Maute leader’s wife plan in the works By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed the criminal complaint filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) against the wife of one of the slain leaders of Senator Bam Aquino (right), accompanied by Misamis Oriental Gov. the Maute terror group. Joey Pelaez, meets students and the media before proceeding to Cen- In an eight-page resotral Mindanao University in Maramag, Bukidnon, to hold ‘Edukasyon lution signed by Senior Ngayon’ forum there. photo by gerry lee gorit Assistant State Prosecutor

Peter L. Ong, who chairs the DOJ Task Force Marawi, the department dismissed the rebellion complaint filed by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Armed Forces of the PhilippinesThe Judge Advocate General (AFP-TJAG) against Najiya Dilangalen Karon-Maute

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GENERAL LUNA, Siargao Island -- A master plan by a renowned urban planner is in the pipeline to position Siargao Islands as a prime tourist destination and truly livable place for its communities. The master plan will not just strike a balance among people, the environment and economy, but it will also seek to be the guide to aligning plans and projects of the private sector, national and local governments, said Karmi Palafox, senior urban planning consultant of Palafox Associates. See plan, page 11

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Oro launches search for exemplary women Sat-Sun, March 10-11, 2018

CAGAYAN de Oro City-The city government of Cagayan de Oro launched on March 5 the Search for Exemplary Women of City Hall 2018 aimed to magnify the significant contributions and remarkable deeds of women employees. Highlighting the National Women's Month celebration, the search is open to all women employ-

ees of the city government, regardless of age and employment status, as long as they have served the city government for a minimum of two years as of January 1, 2018. The department or office head will select the nominee from his or her department by accomplishing the nomination form that will be provided by the

THE Office of the Ombudsman has found Buenavista, Agusan del Sur Mayor Norberto Pagaspas and three others guilty of simple neglect of duty. The Ombudsman ordered Pagaspas, license inspector Isaias Oraiz Jr., market supervisor Jairus Arapan, and security guard Armando Malaki suspended for one month. Probers found that on July 31, 2016, the respondents ordered the demolition of a market stall owned by complainant Mildred Estelliori. The complainant said her store “stocks were dumped and littered inside the municipality’s market office. Worse, the refrigerator, flat screen television, water machine, coffee machine,

stand trays, and grocery goods, with an estimated total value of PHP25,000, were lost.” In his counter-affidavit, Pagaspas argued that “the market stall was ordered closed after Estelliori defaulted on her payments.” In its decision, the Ombudsman said the respondents had failed to comply with the requirements of a municipal ordinance, which "requires prior written recommendation of the Market Supervisor, the Municipal Treasurer, the Municipal Planning, and Development Coordinator, duly approved by the Sangguniang Bayan and the Municipal Mayor, before any demolition of a market stall may be undertaken.” (PNA)

Ombud suspend s mayor, three others for one month

Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) President Farmida Macabando says that the 62 returned barangay councils re-activated its functions. PIA-10 photo courtesy of James Umaran)

Barangay councils in Marawi activated ILIGAN City--The barangay councils in Marawi City such as Peace and Order Council, Solid Waste and Management Council, AntiDrug Abuse Council and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council have been activated. According to the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) President Farmida Macabando, the re-activation of these councils of the 62 returned barangays’ local government units (BLGU) is important as it will guide its residents to their recovery. Profiling of its residents

is not only the focus of BLGU but also promoting information about the impacts of terrorism through conducting community terrorism awareness and drug advocacy program. Macabando explained to her fellow Marawi residents that clearing operations in the Most Affected Area (MAA) are still ongoing thus they are not yet allowed to enter. She said that the government has a timeline for the residents to visit their houses in MAA. –LEAntonio / PIA-10

City Planning and Development Office. The form will require the department or office head to enumerate the nominee's accomplishment and contributions that make her an exemplary woman. A nominee will need to secure endorsement from her group, association or any organization where she is a bonafide member and barangay where she resides.

An updated curriculum vitae is also required to be able to join the search. All nomination folders of the participating departments or offices must be submitted on or before March 14. The screening committee will be composed of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Department of the Interior and Local Govern-

ment (DILG), Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP), Department of Education (DepEd) and City Prosecutor's Office. Top 10 finalists will undergo a panel interview and the top five exemplary women will be chosen from the said finalists. Awarding of the exemplary women of City Hall will be held on March 26.(RTP/PIA10)

"A worker cuts fronds of nipa palm to clean the area surrounding a fishpond at Tinago, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte on February 7, 2018." Photo by Jun Ayensa

House to study 2019 bud get proposal for Mindanao MEMBERS of the House committee on Mindanao affairs have approved the creation of a technical working group (TWG) that will review and work on the proposed budget for Mindanao for 2019. The TWG will be composed of the six vice chairpersons of the committee, namely, Zajid Mangudadatu, Ruby Sahali, Alberto Ungab, Aurora Enerio Cerilles, Nancy Catamco, and Evelyn Mellana; and representatives of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). During the hearing, committee chairman Rep. Maximo Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City), said the proposed 2019 budget for Mindanao, which was presented by MinDA Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, is 21 percent higher than this year’s budget. “We need around P1.25 trillion spread over five years to ensure that we get the minimum 21 percent of the budget. So, ito ‘yung master plan natin,” said Rodriguez. But Rep. Abdullah Dimaporo (2nd District, Lanao del Norte) said the NEDA did not absorb the ideas of Alonto. “There should a discussion so that NEDA will

adopt our ideas. I think what Secretary Alonto is doing, is for us to take it (2019 budget) up with the DBM and NEDA,” said Dimaporo. Rodriguez said the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department (CPBRD) of the House of Representatives came out with a report dated September 12, 2017 on how Mindanao fared in the budget along with all the agencies included in the General Appropriations Act (GAA). The CPBRD report stated that under the 2018 National Expenditure Program (NEP), Mindanao’s share of 12.5 percent to the total national budget is almost the same as its average share in 2014 to 2017. However, it can be observed that the difference between the shares of the National Capital Region (NCR) and Mindanao widened from 1.9 percentage points, compared to the 2014 to 2017 average of 11.3 percentage points. The same widening gap in budget shares occurred between Mindanao and nationwide allocations, the report stated. Considering that Mindanao has 40 percent poverty incidence and still has the lowest budget, Rodriguez said “12.5 percent is too small for us.” Budget and Management Director Amanella

Arevalo corrected the figure, saying based on the table from the budget expenditure, Mindanao has 16.2 percent share of the total allocation. Arevalo explained to the committee how the DBM formulated the budget for a given year. She said the DBM issued a budget call which specified all the requirements that an agency had to submit before its budget proposal for the year will be developed. Arevalo said the DBM is following the Two-Tier approach in the formulation of the budget. She said the budget call contains all the requirements for Tier 1, including the budget calendar that the agency should follow before the finalization of the budget. Tier 1 covers the cost of on-going programs and projects while Tier 2 covers all the new or expanded cost of existing projects, Arevalo said. “As of now, we are developing the Tier 1 level,” said Arevalo. MinDA assistant secretary Romeo Montenegro said the DBM sets the parameters for the proposals that are submitted by different line agencies and puts a cap in the ceiling of the budget proposals. Montenegro said there were budget items of some

Farmers in Lanao get abaca livelihood package VICE President Leni Robredo turned over a package of livelihood subsidies that included an abaca processing equipment to 22 farmers in Piagao town, Lanao del Sur, on Wednesday. Taken through Robredo’s Angat Buhay antipoverty flagship program, the livelihood resources consisted of an abaca stripping machine, 66 sacks of organic fertilizer, 44 sickles and two sprinklers. Piagapo Mayor Ali Sumandar underscored the importance of the abaca livelihood subsidies, noting that the town has an intensive abaca farming industry. Sumandar said most of the town farmers are into abaca fiber processing as it has proven to be profitable for them over the years, especially that they are now negotiating with more investors through the assistance of Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo). Mo h a m m a d D at u manong, a beneficiar y, said the abaca -stripping machine has long been a priority need, as they currently sell their unprocessed abaca fiber for a cheaper price. D atu m an ong , w h o maintains a six-hectare abaca farm, said he has been multi-cropping abaca with falcatta trees to helps boost agricultural productivity. In her short talk with the farmers, Robredo said her office is also looking to partner with Tapukan Farmers Movement for Progress and Concord Inc. (TFMPCI) for capacity building trainings for the abaca farmerbeneficiaries. Specifically, these trainings would focus on enterprise development and financial literacy, she said. TFMPCI is a non -government organization that operates in the municipalities of Piagapo and Saguiaran. (Irma Boza/PNA)

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Oro Chamber follows up Nippon investments in Japan By Mike Baños Editor-at large

The Philippine private sector and government agencies have teamed up to lock down Japanese investments in Northern Mindanao by collaborating on two trade missions to Japan in the previous four months to explore possible Public-Private Partnerships through the Philippine Trade and Investment Center in Osaka Japan. “The opportunity was given by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) during the 43rd Philippine Business Conference & Expo (PBC) held October 18-19, 2017 at the Manila Hotel,” said Maria Teresa R. Alegrio, PCCI Regional Governor for Northern Mindanao. “During the 1st Plenary Session of the Japan-Philippines Trade and Investments Partnership: Updates and Assessment, the Minister of Japan announced $9-billion (B) worth of infrastructure projects for the Philippines under the Phil. Government’s Build, Build, Build Infrastructure Program and the intent of 100 Japanese companies to relocate to South East Asia for real estate development, financing, warehousing, food processing and logistics projects .” In response, Alegrio said the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (Oro Chamber) organized two trade missions to Osaka in close coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Cagayan de Oro Trade & Investment Promotion Center (TIPC), and the Misamis Oriental Provincial Planning Office. The Japanese side of the two missions’ itinerary was arranged by the DTI Philippine Trade and Investment CenterOsaka. The first mission led by Oro Chamber President Robertino E. Pizarro last November 21-25, 2017 called on Air Water Inc., a conglomerate with interests in industrial gas, chemical processing, medical equipment, energy, agribusiness and food and logistics which previously expressed interest to explore further the establishment of a logistics hub in Laguindingan through its affiliate Air Water Logistics Co, Ltd., in coordination with Ayala Corporation which owns properties

around the airport. A factfinding team has previously visited Laguindingan to look at the airport expansion and proposed establishment of a seaport by the Philippine Ports Authority in the area. Air Water Inc. has also expressed interest in importing coconut water and coco sap sugar, which are among Northern Mindanao’s chief exports. From Osaka, the mission proceeded to Tokyo where they met Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose Laurel V, who shared the plan of a Japanese investor to establish an AIC Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City. Pizarro was joined by Ruben Vegafria, Past President and concurrent VP for Trade and Commerce, VP Service Sector Pio Baconga, Trustee Manuel Boniao and Exec. Dir. Chris Ivan Lagapa. The second trade mission last Feb 14-16, 2018 was led by Alegrio, also a past president of the Oro Chamber, with VP for Business Support Organizations Irene Floro and Trustee Jessie Co. The group held Business-to-Business (B2B) meetings with four Japanese companies (Sojit Corporation, Hasegawa Ltd., Frigo Co, Ltd., and Kato Transport), visited four institutions (Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Philippine Consulate Office, DOT Office, Osaka Wholesale Central Market) and Business Link 291(INTEX Osaka) over the course of the three-day mission. “Overall, the business trip looks promising as we are finalizing plans for the visit of two Japanese firms to Cagayan de Oro , to look into the possibility of establishing an Integrated Cold Chain Facility in Cagayan de Oro,” Alegrio said. “Another of the firms we visited is also interested in setting up a technical service workshop for the maintenance and repair of industrial machineries and equipments for manufacturing and power plants in Mindanao,” she added. Most industries and power plants in Mindanao are constrained by the lack of technical service providers which can perform maintenance and repair of heavy equipment such as boilers, turbines, compressors, and blast furnaces. There is only one service provider for Japanese heavy equipment but is located

Oro Chamber mission meets with Sojit Corporation in a B2B event facilitated by the PH Trade & Investment CenterOsaka represented by Mr. Bimboy Latoja.

at the CALABAR Special Economic Zone. Majority of the medium and large industries in Mindanao have to ship their mechanical parts to Cebu, Laguna or Bulacan. With the presence of 7 coal–fired power plants in Mindanao, and many other diesel, geothermal and hydro power plants, and about 300 manufacturing companies in Mindanao, the need for a highly competent and technical service provider is critical. As a follow-up activity to the two missions, Susumu Saito, Director, International Division Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry suggested the Oro Chamber organize a Trade Road show and B2B meetings for the comprehensive presentation of the potentials and business opportunities in Northern Mindanao. Osaka Chamber has some 35,000 members, mostly SMEs. In addition, Department of Tourism Attaché Leona Nepomuceno also recommended a parallel event in partnership with DOT, the Osaka Chamber of Commerce, and Osaka Investment Office for a tourism trade show to involve businessmen, hotel operators, resorts owners, the City Government of CDO, and Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental to present Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental’s business opportunities in tourism to include testimonials of Japanese investors and tourists and B2B meetings between interested parties.

Ghaye Alegrio with Bimboy Latoja Jr. browsing the product catalogue of San Roque Handmade Paper during the Trade exibit at INTEX Osaka.

Oro Chamber VP Irene Floro meets with representives of Frigo Co., Ltd. during a B2B meeting Feb 14, 2018 at Osaka, Japan.


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Tip for bar takers This early, I am willing to bet that in the forthcoming bar exams late this year, two very likely questions in Political Law would involve Quo Warranto and Impeachment. To be more specific, the potential questions would revolve around quo warranto against a sitting Supreme Court Chief Justice (CJ) and impeachment of a CJ. If I were the Bar Examiner, I would chose these for the following reason: They would test not only a bar candidate’s knowledge of the law but, just as important, also of current political and social events. As a potential bar question, these two issues are closely inter-related and must necessarily be asked together. While there are specific

legal provisions on quo warranto, there has been no prior quo warranto brought against a CJ. It is the first case of its kind. The decision of the Supreme Court could go any which way. In the case of impeachment, it will only be the second impeachment case against a CJ in our legal history. To be sure, the remaining Associate Justices in the SC, will be reading and quoting the same exact legal provisions. They will be relying on the same rules of statutory construction that have been drilled on any freshman law student. But how they individually interpret the law is entirely one’s own. Seldom is there 100 per cent unanimity among the SC justices on most cases brought before the highest

court. In many cases, there are dissenting opinions. There are also some socalled separate opinions. The Supreme Court decisions form part of the law of land. Decisions today are relied upon in making decisions tomorrow. But It also sometimes happens that a dissenting opinion today becomes a majority opinion tomorrow. I once asked a retired justice how he voted. Candidly, he described his personal formula: Law plus Circumstance equals Decision. He explained that he always considered the context under which a decision is called for. As applied to then Candidate Rodrigo Duterte, there was a technical ground for disqualifying Duterte. But the majority justices felt that the defect in his certificate

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of candidacy was not fatal and the matter was better left for the electorate to decide. Foregoing considered, when I am asked what the law on a particular issue is, my standard answer now is: The law is what a majority of the Supreme Court justices says it to be. In all likelihood, a decision on the quo warranto against CJ Sereno would be rendered very soon, certainly way before the next bar exam. If I were Bar Examiner, I would give 9 points for an answer that correctly quotes the majority decision. But I would give a 10 for an See takers, page 10

Think A Minute

Blind Spots Think a minute… How’s your eyesight and vision? A famous blind woman once said: “It’s better to be blind and see with your heart, than to have two good eyes and not see yourself as you truly are.” As the well-known saying goes, “No one is as blind as those who will not see.” A famous philosopher said that one of the most important priorities in life is to ‘know thyself ’, because when we’re blind to ourselves, we believe that our way is always right. Like the husband who said: “When I married her I knew she was Miss Right, but I didn’t know her first name was Always!” Many of us are like that wife. We think we see ev-

eryone else so clearly, but what about ourselves? We can’t see what we need to correct and change in our own character, so we never reach our potential and live our life to the fullest. We handle our marriage and other relationships, raise our children, and go through life never seeing ourselves as we really are. So we develop wrong thinking and bad attitudes that hurt our family members and others. Sometimes we might even believe the lie that we cannot change because that’s just the kind of person we’ll always be. But our blindness, and sometimes pride, doesn’t really want to see and admit our faults. We might we even blame others for our

problems and personality. You see, until we honestly admit that we don’t have a healthy character, we’ll never know we need a doctor to get healed. We need someone else with perfect, clear vision to show us what we don’t see in ourselves. Jesus Christ came to do that for us. He will start changing your heart and help you to humbly admit when you’re wrong. He’ll show you how to better treat your wife or husband and children. He’ll give you an attitude and heart that easily forgives those people who wrong and hurt you. He’ll give you the strength to always be honest, no matter how much you can get away with. Jesus will also help you not

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be quick to see faults in others or gossip about them. So today, if you’ll ask Jesus to forgive you of your pride and blindness to your own faults; and ask Him to start healing and changing your heart, He will. Then, as you start living His way every day, you will start to see yourself becoming a new person who can reach your full potential. That’s the only way you can have the successful, satisfying life Jesus created you to enjoy. Just Think a Minute… Brady Eviota, MindaNews

The Box Of Our Tears

BERN, Switzerland (MindaNews / 09 March) – March 31 this year should be a red-letter day for OFWs. That’s the day when the Philippine customs ends its suspension of the revised rules on the sending of our balikbayan boxes. The new set of rules – Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 05-2016 – took effect last August 1, 2017, but following flak from several sectors over its implementation, Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena suspended its implementation until end of March. At the heart of the protest are the tedious procedures for sending balikbayan boxes. Three copies per box are needed for the Information forms that will detail the contents of each box.

Everything inside, even second-hand items, must be declared, including their value and quantity. New items need to have receipts to certify their value. OFW senders must also provide a photocopy of their passport to certify citizenship. Why all the scrutiny over the boxes? To recall, the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act or CMTA (Republic Act No. 10863) was signed into law in May 2016. The CMTA increased the ceiling on the value of tax-free personal items sent via balikbayan boxes to PhP150,000 and also raised the de minimis value of goods subjected to duties to PhP10,000. The new rules were designed to make sure that this privilege was not abused by OFWs and to stop smuggling in boxes of items

in commercial quantities for business use, according to then Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon. Faeldon is gone, but Lapena will now be tested for his will to implement these new rules. The ordinary OFW box sender in Switzerland, however, will always see the rules as foolish. Mainly because it is difficult to quantify the value of items in the boxes we send. Except for the very few, anything new that we send is invariably bought during sale season, when prices could drop up to 70 percent of original price. “Why send one item, when I can send two or more of the same items at sale price?” is the OFW logic. Used or second-hand items, meanwhile, can come from so many sources: from

hand-me-downs of the family; from the Brocki or the neighborhood second-hand shop; from the cast-aways or from unused gifts of employers or friends; even from functional and still usable items that are occasionally given away gratis on the street by anonymous donors (who save themselves the hassle of hauling these items to the designated recycling places). What is common is that it is difficult to quantify second hand items, much less to obtain receipts for them. Faeldon said that values can be “approximated” for second-hand items. But come on now. Only nonsenders do not know that balikbayan boxes are not filled in a day; we lovingly put in items one at a time See tears, page 10


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Food Terminal signals economic opportunities in Balingasag town

Balingasag, Misamis Oriental – Economic opportunities are seen to bud in Barangay Baliwagan and other of its adjoining localities after the soft opening and operation of the Php21-million worth Municipal Food Terminal (MFT) on February 10, 2018, of this town. The Project is a response of the government to further its market development initiatives by providing farmer and fisherfolks, locals, and neighboring towns with greater access to quality and reasonably priced agri-fishery products and other prime commodities. Lying at an 8,000-square meter barangay property situated near the junction of the national road en route Butuan City and the provincial road bound for Malagana, Claveria, Misamis Oriental, the MFT was realized through the fund support of the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-10) and the Local Government Unit of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental. The total project cost was released in three tranches: Php10-M for the construction of the Bagsakan Complex; Php5-M for the completion of the Bagsakan Center and 400-meter circumferential road;

and Php6-M for the provision of cold storage facilities, refrigerated truck van, elf truck, 2 units freezer, 2 units chiller, 2 units heavy duty weighing scale, 4 units digital weighing scale, 300 units plastic crates, and operating capital. On behalf of the beneficiaries, Balingasag Mayor Marrietta Roa Abogado lauded the agency for being its partner in addressing the market needs of producers and buyers alike through the realization of the food terminal. Likewise, the mayor urged the full cooperation of her constituents and challenged them, at the same time, to reap and sustain the gains in running the Project. “Since many investors are coming over, dili puwede nga atong katawhan mabenta-an,” the local chief executive remarked. DA-10 Assistant Regional Director Engr. Roxana H. Hojas also commended all those who have been instrumental for the establishment of the MFT, adding her optimism that farmer and fisherfolks can now focus more on their production to meet the demands of the market. “Ang trabaho nalang sa atong mga farmers kay kung unsaon

The soft opening of the Balingasag MFT signals for economic opportunities to flourish within the area and its adjacent municipalities, as both farmer and fisherfolks are provided with a venue to directly sell their agri-fishery products and other prime commodities at reasonable prices, resulting from the reduction of trading layers.

pag-increase sa ilaang produksiyon tungod kay sigurado ng nay buyer, nay masapi,” the director said. Further, she encouraged all in attendance in relaying to more people the purpose of having the MFT to make the

municipality of Balingasag more progressive. “Spread the news kung unsay intensyon sa MFT…let us support the Project kay ato ni,” Hojas concluded. Also gracing the ceremony are AMAD Chief Chedy V.

Ansale and other DA-10 staff; Balingasag Vice-Mayor Alexis S. Quina, Municipal Agriculturist Emma B. Mofar and other local officials, farmer and fisherfolkbeneficiaries, and staff from the Provincial Agriculture’s Office of Misamis Oriental.

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Boniao: ‘No Fall Out’ For this Batch’s Kapatid Mentor ME launching

118 mentees from all over Northern Mindanao attended the Department of Trade and Industry – Region 10’s (DTI-10) first regional Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) program since its implementation last 2016. “This is the first KMME with no fall-out, which means that no one is waitlisted; all of you will be enrolled in the program for two and a half to three months. You are all selected from the different provinces and, together, we will have our grand graduation day,” DTI-10 Regional Director Linda Boniao said during her opening remarks. 25 mentees from the provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Occidental were selected to undergo the remaining ten (10) modules to be done within 11 weeks. KMME is a 12-week business mentoring program that will equip Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) with the right entrepreneurial mindset and basic management skills. These 12 modules aim to shape MSMEs so they can scale up their businesses, no matter what field, services

or products they chose to sell. The KMME program comprises of trainings on basic accounting, recording, human resource, operation management, among others. “This is comparable to a Master’s degree. You are not with the academicians, you are going to be mentored by the businessmen themselves,” Boniao told the mentees. The Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE) and the DTI have an aligned advocacy on scaling up the business

landscape and the skills of entrepreneurs nationwide. During the launching on 2018 March 7, there were two (2) PCE Angelpreneurs who spoke in front of the 118 mentees and approximately 120 guests present during the event. Mr. Dean “Pax” Lapid, the managing director of Southwest Professionals, is the first speaker who set the entrepreneurial atmosphere by giving participants tips on how to succeed in their businesses, including the values and characteristics one should have in order

to succeed. Mr. Lapid is an active advocate of Go Negosyo with a main focus on inspiring more Filipinos in raising the status of their lives. Mr. Paolo Tibig, on the other hand, managed to set a happy tone in the whole room during the afternoon session. He had several entrepreneurs dance to the beat of “budots” while explaining that entrepreneurs should be versatile and be willing to do whatever it takes for their businesses. Mr. Tibig has a wide range of business experi-

base year it went up to 4.5 percent from month-ago’s four percent. PSA started to rebase the inflation rate to 2012 from 2006 starting with the February 2018 report to ensure that the consumer price index (CPI) remains relevant to present times. Chua said inflation in the National Capital Region (NCR) last February registered a faster rate of 4.7 percent compared to the 3.7 percent in areas outside NCR. “This suggests that the poor and low-income households are less affected, as most of them reside outside NCR,” he said. TRAIN, which took effect last January 1, cut workers’ income tax rates but hiked excise tax on fuel and introduced excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, among others, to address decline in revenues as a result of the lower personal income tax rates. Citing DOF estimates,

Chua said the expected price increase on non-alcoholic beverages as a result of TRAIN is 15 percent this year while it is 9.2 percent for electricity, gas and other fuels; eight percent on tobacco; seven percent on private transportation; and four percent on alcoholic beverages. Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data show that according to the 2006-based CPI, inflation of non-alcoholic beverages posted a faster rate of 5.1 percent year-on-year in February, while alcoholic beverages’ is at 5.8 percent, tobacco, 24.8 percent; electricity, gas and other fuels, 6.2 percent; and private transportation, 7.2 percent. Under the 2012 base year, inflation of non-alcoholic beverages during the same month is at 3.9 percent; alcoholic beverages, 5.1 percent; tobacco, 22.9 percent; electricity, gas and other fuels, 3.6 percent; private transportation, 14.5 percent.

Chua said inflation of tobacco remains elevated because of improved tax compliance, with the rate of price increases seen to remain up until September this year “as Mighty Tobacco, now under JTI, is now paying the right taxes.” “If tobacco inflation were only eight percent, as the TRAIN law provides, then overall inflation would have gone down from 3.9 percent to 3.7 percent,” he said. Under the amended Sin Tax Law, tax on tobacco should be four percent per pack starting this year. Also, with excise tax on fuel up as a result of TRAIN, Chua said private vehicle owners have started to feel the tax reform’s impact but pointed out that “the bigger cause is the higher global crude oil price and the peso’s depreciation.” He said owners of private vehicles paid 4.5 percent higher on fuel and other operating cost but pointed

ence. He rose from the ranks of entrepreneurship and he considers his first jobs as a delivery man and utility personnel during his college years as the main anchors of the things he achieved today. Last year, DTI Region 10 managed to conduct seven (7) KMME launching in the provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental and Misamis Occidental. Of the 1,445 KMME launching attendees, 154 MSMEs were able to proceed to the 11week series of mentoring

and coaching. 141 of this count were able to finish the whole 12 modules and were able to present their Business Improvement Plan (BIP) in front of their mentors, including the DTI provincial director of their respective province. To reduce the number of MSMEs on the waiting list from all the launches done since year 2016, DTI-10 decided to launch a regionwide KMME where all of the MSME-attendees have passed the pre-evaluation and pre-assessment done by the PCE and the DTI.

Ayala Land-Central TRAIN had little impact on February ‘18 inflation rate: DOF Azucarera de Tarlac By Joann Villanueva

MANILA -- Philippines’ inflation rate ticked up anew in February 2018 but only a small part of it can be attributed to the impact of tax reform and that the poor is not greatly affected. “TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) has begun to impact inflation as expected, though other factors are the bigger contributors to higher inflation,” Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua said in an analysis. The tax reform is expected to contribute as much as eight percent hike in domestic inflation rate. The government’s inflation target for 2017-19 is a range between two to four percent. The rate of price increases in the second month this year registered a faster rate of 3.9 percent from last month’s 3.4 percent using the new base year of 2012 while using 2006 as

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asset deal gets nod By Kris Crismundo

MANILA -- The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has approved the transaction between Ayala Land, Inc. and Central Azucarera de Tarlac. PC C C hair man Arsenio Balisacan said that the planned acquisition by Ayala Land of assets of Central Azucarera de Tarlac is one of the two latest merger and acquisition transactions notified to the PCC that was approved by the Commission. The other deal was in the healthcare sector. Both transactions were approved last Tuesday. With the go signal from the PCC, Ayala Land may proceed in the acquisition of the 290-hectare land owned by Central Azucarera de Tarlac. The property is located in Barangay Central, San Miguel, Tarlac City, Tarlac.

“The parties are not op erating in the same geographic market,” the Commission’s ruling said. Central Azucarera de Tarlac operates an integ r ate d m anu f a c tu r i ng facility processing sugar and its all by-products. According to the Philippine Stock Exchange, the company also owns 100 percent stake in Luisita Lan Corp., which engages in developing, leasing, and selling real properties and other ancillary services. It also provides water distribution and wastewater treatment services to locators of Luisita Industrial Park and residents of Las Haciendas de Luisita. Meanwhile, Ayala Land also got the approval of the antitrust body last month for its joint venture with Royal Asia Land, Inc. for a mixed-use property development in Cavite. (PNA)


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Different schools vary in terms of performance levels. There are highly performing schools and there are poorly performing schools. Performance levels are measured in multiple aspects and areas of development including academics, instruction, test results, programs, projects, activities and other indicators. Currently, the Department of Education embraces the idea of shared parnertship, endeavor and efforts among schools towards attaining school objectives through the so-called school-to-school partnership. Collaborative educational endeavor and shared best academic practices define the schoolto-school partnership. It is the collaboration between a leader school and a partner school. Typically a highly performing school is preferred to be the leader school while the partner school is one which requires technical assistance for the purpose

of improvement. Primarily, the ultimate objective of establishing school-toschool partnership is to foster high level of collaboration between two schools towards further school development and improvement in different areas including students’ learning outcomes, instructional quality and improvement of school programs and projects. Typically, school-to-school partnership is highlighted by the sharing of best practices between two schools especially best practices of the leader school shared to the partner school. Best practices generally evolved on schools’ multiple efforts, practices, activities, programs and strategies towards further school improvement. Through this sharing of best practices, schools are exposed not only to opportunities for further advancement but more on opportunities for further school to school harmony, unity and solidarity.

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Time for a new paradigm in Education: Student – Centered Learning By ISAGANI D. OLARTE, JR. Teacher I Indahag Elementary School

Student – Centered Learning is practical and achievable, as well as being highly beneficial for learners. SCL was credited to Hayward as early as 1905 and to Dewey’s work in 1956. Carl Rogers was then associated with expanding this approach into a theory of education in the 1980s and this learning approach has also been associated with the work of Piaget (developmental learning) and Malcolm Knowles (self-directed learning). SCL is broadly based on constructivism as a theory of learning, which is built on the idea that learners must construct and reconstruct knowledge in order to learn effectively, with learning being most effective when, as part of an activity, the learner experiences constructing a meaningful product. SCL is also akin to transformative learning which contemplates a process of qualitative change in the learner as an ongoing process of trans-

formation which focuses on enhancing and empowering the learner, developing their critical ability. The benefits of SCL for the pupils involved are many and varied. Coming into an academic community possibly for the first time can shape the way learners think for the rest of their lives. SCL provides skills for life, creates independent learners and responds to the changing and differing needs of individual pupils. Below is a list of what such benefits can include: Making Pupils an Integral Part of the Academic Community: Pupils are said to be part of the academic community, but in practice this can be difficult to achieve due to varied practices of rigid teaching structures. Via SCL, pupils can become part of that community much earlier, given that the teacher acts as a facilitator, rather than an instructor. In encouraging learners to think for themselves, analytical skills and critical thinking are gained earlier on. In this context, research-led teaching becomes all the more possible.

Second, Independence and Responsibility in Learning: Within SCL, pupils must engage with the course material and are in control of their learning. This makes the learner more independent and adaptable to life after higher education. The independence of pupils enables them to learn more effectively and to gain other skills such as teamwork, effective written and verbal communication, prioritization of tasks and critical analysis. In turn, learners can develop transferable skills and would be able to work more effectively in their careers and lives in general. Third, An Increased Motivation to Learn: SCL can encourage deeper learning, and a pupil is also often more motivated to learn through SCL, because the tasks set require original thought and increase interest in the subjectmatter. Learners retain more of the information they learn where there is an aspect of active learning and active participation. Lastly, Due Consideration for Pupil Needs: SCL can enable pupils to study in a flexible

manner, through the use of part-time study, distance learning and e-learning. The SCL approach demonstrates that learning is not limited to a given time or place in the way that traditional learning has been. Different learning needs of learners can also be met because pupils can engage with materials in different ways. Furthermore, by experiencing a range of teaching methods learners are further challenged academically. Finally, Student-Centered Learning represents both a mindset and a culture within a given institution and is a learning approach which is broadly related to, and supported by, constructivist theories of learning. It is characterized by innovative methods of teaching which aim to promote learning in communication with teachers and other learners and which take pupils seriously as active participants in their own learning, fostering transferable skills such as problemsolving, critical thinking and reflective thinking.

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Davao police nets 49 cars in Oplan Lambat Bitag DAVAO CITY -- Police authorities impounded 49 vehicles in a joint Oplan Lambat Bitag Sasakyan conducted in different areas here. Davao City Police Office (DCPO) Director Chief Supt. Alexander Tagum in an interview Thursday said the Oplan Lambat Bitag Sasakyan was intended to clear the city of suspected stolen cars and unregistered plying the city streets. The operation was conducted jointly by the Task Force Davao, the law enforcement units of DCPO, the Land Transportation Office XI, Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB), City Transport and Traf-

fic Management Office (CTTMO) and Regional Mobile Force Battalion in the areas of Sta. Ana, San Pedro, Talomo, Sasa, Buhangin , Bunawan, Toril , Tugbok and Calinan. Tagum said the operation resulted in the confiscation of 230 drivers’ licenses, impounded 38 single motorcycles, seven motorcycles with sidecar and four four-wheel cars. It also resulted in the issuance of 23 citation tickets for various serious traffic violations. All impounded motor vehicles were endorsed to the Traffic Group compound for proper disposition, Tagum said. (Rhoda Grace Saron/PNA)

a year-long seminar for the drivers and it is already time to implement it. “Kung ikaw pasahero, pwede nimo siya picturan katong code unya mo gawas ang iyang identity gikan sa picture then ID number, then ID number sa CTTMO and mo gawas ang iyang complete name og ang date of issuance (If you are the passenger you will be able to know the identity of driver because he or she can scan it using an application and the picture and complete name of the driver, including the ID number and the date of issuance),” he said. Abude said the ID has a QR code system in which the passengers can lodge their complain or feedback to CTTMO. He said the implementa-

tion of the ID system will make the work of his traffic enforcers easy because they will be able to know how many violations the driver committed. Abude said the system installed by Davao City Information and Communication Technology Office is really effective. He cited one incident when a cab

passenger left a bag and managed to recover it. “Na-remember niya ang pangalan sa driver unya nahinumduman pud niya an profile, at that time niadto siya sa opisina, gi-search namo ang pangalan sa PUV driver unya ni appear ang iyang picture maong naidentify niya (The passenger

DAVAO CITY -- The city government is mulling on putting up a memorial monument for the victims of the Davao City old airport bombing in Sasa that left 17 people dead and several others wounded 15 years ago. This was bared by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in an interview following the proposal of Barangay Sasa officials for the construction of the memorial monument at the blast site at the old airport. The old airport now houses the Mindanao

Development Authority (MinDA). “There is already a proposal from Barangay Sasa, they (officials) said they already have the budget. I will check on it. I told them that if we push it through this year then we will pursue it, but if not we will work on it next year,” the mayor said. The families of the victims on Monday commemorated the 15th year anniversary of the bombing with a mass for the victims. Meanwhile, Maria Luisa

Bermudo, head of the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO), said the city has continued to sponsor the education of the survivors and the family members of those who perished in the incident through the city’s scholarship program. “The scholarship for the dependents of the victims of the Sasa old airport blast will continue until all of them will graduate from college. This is the commitment of the city to the families of

Mayor Allan L. Rellon leads in the launcing of the Tagumpay Work, an initiative of the Public Education and Employment Services Office that offers free use of the computers for application letter and resume encoding and printing, Philjob.net registration, online passporting assignment, Philippine Talent Map Initiative (PTMI) assessment exam, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) E-registration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) online services, research, among others. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum

DTI to continue mentorship program in Region 11 DAVAO CITY -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Davao Region will continue its mentorship program in 2018 to further capacitate local entrepreneurs. Known as the “Kapatid Mentor ME” (KMME) program, it is designed to develop micro enterprises (MEs) by getting some help from the successful entrepreneurs through mentorship. These mentors, also called angelpreneurs, will share their expertise to the mentees through various modules. KMME, which is one of the three components of “Kapatid Angat Lahat” program launched in Davao City last October 7, 2016 with President Rodrigo Duterte, is being implemented by the agency’s provincial offices. It features modules that

will subject the beneficiaries to various business concepts and develop the acumen needed in scaling and sustaining their enterprises. It is divided into two main topics - The Enterprise and Sustaining the Enterprise. The Enterprise is a seventopic module covering the basic functional areas of an enterprise – Product Development, Marketing, Operations Management, Accounting, Taxation, Finance, and Obligations and Contracts. Meanwhile, Sustaining the Enterprise is a fourtopic module which focuses on sustainability amidst growth, particularly HR Management, Supply and Value Chain, Succession Planning, and Business Plan development. In 2017, Davao Region was able to produce 232 graduates in 10 batches. See continue, page 11

Davao City to implement ID system for PUV drivers

DAVAO CITY -- The Davao City Traffic and Transport Management Office (CTTMO) will implement the ID system to all Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) drivers starting April 1. CCTMO head Dionisio Abude said during Thursday’s I-Speak Media Forum that his office already distributed more than 19,000 IDs that will be used by the PUV drivers. “Last February 14, we already gave handbills, which is a notice that we will implement it and within March their IDs should be clean,” he said. Abude said the objective of the ID is to let the passenger know the identity of PUV driver in case of complaint. He said the CTTMO already conducted

Let’s join together to celebrate this special event in our Province of Bukidnon, witnessing and experience the showcase of culture, Custom and tradition of the 7 tribes in Bukidnon.

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according to sale season, luck or discretion – until the box or more are finally filled and then ready for shipment.. Who can still remember what item cost how much from which season’s sale? And which OFW lovingly keeps his pasalubong gifts all itemized and priced accordingly? But OFWs do not just sweat the small stuff; we also try to look at the big picture. These new regulations are said to be part of Customs standardization the world over; it is just the Philippines levelling up to world standards. And the stringent rules were ostensibly meant to stop the smuggling of contraband like drugs, cigarettes or alcohol or firearms and ammunition, while also limiting the smuggling of personal items in commercial quantities for personal or business profit. Government was losing money by removing customs duties on personal goods sent home by overseas Filipino workers, and losing more by raising last year the ceiling on the value of these tax-free goods. The good citizen then, according to Faeldon, must not abuse the tax-free privilege in order to minimize the loss of potential government revenue. The agency said it would be foregoing PhP75

billion a year in revenue from this new scheme. What is not clear however, is the bulk of contraband or personal items that OFWs smuggle in through their balikbayan boxes, say in a year. Customs has not said exactly how much government loses through smuggling in our boxes. OFWs are thinking: Is the value of illegal items seized then from OFW boxes greater or bigger than the, say, 600 kilos of shabu (estimated worth: P 6.4 billion) that were smuggled last year under the noses of Customs people? Is it justified for us – the muchabused modern-day heroes – to be inconvenienced by these unnecessary demands simply because smuggling and corruption continues in the customs bureau? Our united answer is no. Hence the protests that erupted when the scheme was started in August last year, and which uproar led commissioner Lapena to suspend the new rules implementation in October during the holiday season. But the battle continues, and the new rules implementation – already delayed on two occasions over the uproar and general confusion – will again face the test this year. The protesters still maintain that Customs should be going after big-time smugglers instead of picking on the balikbayan boxes. And, I think, herein lies

PRA Form No. 10.1 (LCRO) Republic of the Philippines LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE PROVINCE OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL Cagayan de Oro City NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 10172, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that ROGGIE V. MALUNES has filed with this Office a petition for the correction of clerical error in the entry of the child’s sex from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of ROGGIE V. MALUNES who was born on March 17, 1979 at Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are ROBERTO MALUNES and VIRGINIA VELEZ. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than March 10, 2018. SGD. EVANGELINE C. TAPANGAN City Civil Registrar MDN: Mar. 3 & 10, 2018

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Mathematics Value in everyday life By Nilo B. Lagad, Teacher-II South Dalurong Integrated School Kitaotao,Bukidnon

Mathematics makes our life orderly and prevents chaos. Certain qualities that are nurtured by mathematics are power of reasoning, creativity, abstract or spatial thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving ability and even effective communication skills. Mathematics is the cradle of all creations, without which the world cannot move an inch. Be it a cook or a farmer, a carpenter or a mechanic, a shopkeeper or a doctor, an engineer or a scientist, a musician or a magician, everyone needs mathematics in their day-to-day life.

Anyone can be a mathematician if one is given proper guidance and training in the formative period of one’s life. A good curriculum of mathematics is helpful in effective teaching and learning of the subject. Math puzzles and riddles encourage and attract an alert and open-minded attitude among youngsters and help them develop clarity in their thinking. Emphasis should be laid on development of clear concept in mathematics in a child, right from the primary classes. If a teacher fails here, then the child will develop

Custom’s weakness: because they cannot gauge exactly the value and worth of the balikbayan boxes to overseas Filipinos. What to Customs are a potential source of government revenue, are the symbols of the Filipino’s love for family. And that is essentially why we are saying government should keep off our boxes. Because we are already paying the price of being away from family and country, and do not want any more unnecessary interferences in showing our love and loyalty to family. A similar furor in the past buttresses this point. In 2015, OFWs also op-

posed a customs directive on their balikbayan boxes.. The agency ordered random inspection of balikbayan boxes to check for smuggled goods which were identified as “undervalued items” and “undeclared contents.” OFWs sent a petition to stop the opening of balikbayan boxes or packages they send back to the country. Customs relented by saying that only those suspected boxes would be subject to closer inspection or forced opening. (Mindanawon Abroad is MindaNews’ effort to link up with Mindanawons overseas who would like to share their

a phobia for the subject as he moves on to the higher classes. For explaining a topic in mathematics, a teacher should take help of pictures, sketches, diagrams and models as far as possible. Open-ended questions should be given to the child to answer and he/ she should be encouraged to think about the solutions in all possible manners. The child should be appreciated for every correct attempt. And the mistakes must be immediately corrected without any criticism. The greatest hurdle in the process of learning mathematics is lack of practice. Students should daily work out at least 10 problems from different areas in

order to master the concept and develop speed and accuracy in solving a problem. Learning of multiplication-t ables should be encouraged in the lower classes. The present age is one of skill-development and innovations. The more mathematical we are in our approach, the more successful we will be. Mathematics offers rationality to our thoughts. It is a tool in our hands to make our life simpler and easier. Let us realize and appreciate the beauty of the subject and embrace it with all our heart. It is a talent which should be compulsorily honed by all in every walk of life.

thoughts about their home country and their experiences in their adopted countries. Brady Eviota wrote and edited for the now defunct Media Mindanao News Service in Davao and also for SunStar Cagayan de Oro. He is from Surigao City and now lives in Bern, the Swiss capital located near the Bernese Alps.)

The term quo warranto is repeatedly in the news nowadays. For the benefit of the lay reader, I lifted these from Wikipedia to explain it and as well as some other terms rooted in the Latin word “quo”. quo warranto – Literally means by what warrant or by what right. It is a legal action requiring a person to show by what right, he is holding, claiming, or exercising an office, or franchise. court a quo – court from which an appeal is taken. judge a quo – Judge of a court from which an appeal is taken. status quo – existing state of affairs, social structure and values quid for pro quo – literally, something for something, a favor for a favor Quo vadis – Where are you going? Note: You may email us at totingbunye2000@ gmailcom. You may also “like” us on Facebook at “Speaking Out”.

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on Thursday, March 29, from 4AM to 5PM at the following Petron service stations: ·1 North Luzon: PEC1 NLEX, Marilao Bulacan; Lakshore NLEX, Mexico, Pampanga; Parkville Km 42 Plaridel, Bulacan; and TPLEX Km 134 Northbound, Pura, Tarlac ·2 South Luzon: PEC 3 SLEX, San Pedro, Laguna; PNCC Km 44 SLEX, Silangan, Cavite; and Star Tollways, Malvar, Batangas. ·3 Visayas: West Diversion Road, Mandurriao, Iloilo City; Cebu North Road, Tabok, Mandaue City, Cebu; and Law-An, Talisay, Cebu. ·4 Mindanao: National Highway, Bo. Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental; Bgy. Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental; Diversion Road, Buhangin, Davao City; and National Highway, Ulas, Davao City, Davao del Sur. On Saturday, March 31, from 7AM to 4PM, and on Sunday, April 1, from 10AM to 8PM, the Petron Lakbay Alalay teams will be at: ·5 North Luzon: PEC 2 NLEX, Bocaue, Bulacan and TPLEX Km 134 Southbound, Pura, Tarlac. ·6 South Luzon: Star Toll, Lipa City, Batangas and MATES, SLEX Km 44, Silangan, Cavite.

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second country to launch the all-new Mitsubishi XPANDER after its world premiere at the GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show in Jakarta, Indonesia last August 2017. The all-new Mitsubishi XPANDER which perfectly suits the most versatile lifestyle of every Filipino will be offered in four (4) variants starting off with the GLX Manual Transmission (MT), GLX Plus Automatic Transmission (AT), GLS AT and top of the line GLS Sport AT. This all-new model is produced at Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s (MMC) new factory in Bekasi Prefecture, Indonesia. The 4,475 mm long overall length of the XPANDER blends a stylish and roomy character lines with tough and dynamic SUV looks. A class-leading interior length 2,840mm provides a comfortable space for maximum of seven adults. With its high 205mm ground clearance which results in a high seating position, the body is optimized for clear visibility with reduced blind spots. To give the model a touch of sportiness, the allnew XPANDER is equipped with 15-inch Alloy Wheels for GLX variant and 16inch Two-Tone Alloy for GLX Plus, GLS and GLS Sport variants. For luggage capacity, the XPANDER is the only vehicle in its class that has a flat luggage floor without bumps and gaps. Its maximum cargo capacity is

1,630 liters when both the second and third row seats are folded. The all-new XPANDER is equipped with a 1.5L 4A91 MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control System) DOHC 16-Valve engine which gives a maximum output of 105PS / 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 141N-m / 4,000rpm. Safety will never be compromised as the XPANDER features Mitsubishi Motors’ proprietar y RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body which is reinforced to absorb the impact of a collision. It is also equipped with ABS (Antilocking Braking System) to help keep the driver in control of the vehicle when braking on slippery surfaces. When the driver brakes hard or activates ABS, the ESS (the Emergency Stop Signal System) activates and automatically flashes the hazard lamps to warn the drivers behind to help prevent rear end collision. The top of the line GLS Sport variant is also equipped with Hill Start Assist and Active Stability Control. The Hill Start Assist feature automatically maintains the brakes to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards when driving on a steep slope. Meanwhile, the Active Stability Control automatically apply brakes and suppress the engine output at the same time in order to stabilize the vehicle during sudden maneuver on slippery surface conditions. Provided with these top-of-class safety features, XPANDER gained a fourstar safety rating in the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (ASEAN NCAP).

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been an avid supporter of sports – staring with our Isuzu D-MAX Cycling team, we evolved and recently supported a local football club and a Cebu-based triathlon team. The PSL has been around since 2013 and currently is the leading volleyball league outside the collegiate level – we are proud to be part of this year’s league,” Oyama said. “Our products, specially the D-MAX and the mu-X are ideal for sport enthusiasts since it can carry multiple passengers and has an ample space for their equipment,” he added. The Isuzu-PSL partnership will not only cover the 2018 PSL GrandPrix but also the succeeding conferences like the PSL All-Filipino Conference, Invitational Conference, and the muchawaited Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup. “We are very happy to have Isuzu as our partner this year. The brand has been actively supporting sports in the country and with their strong brand presence we will be able to further promote the league to different key cities this year,” Paredes said.

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In the meantime, the 2018 run of KMME in the region will jumpstart with the KMME opening activity on March 20 at Ritz Hotel in Davao City. During the opening, the first two modules will already be tackled, namely: Module 1: Entrepreneurial Mind-Setting and Values Formation; and Module 2: Marketing Mindset with accredited mentors/angelpreneurs as resource speakers. After which, the DTIDavao provincial offices shall already start with the weekly modules. With this capacity-building program for microenterprises, DTI hopes to bring in improved productivity for enterprises, increased value-adding activities, and employment opportunities in the region. “We encourage more microenterprises to be part of the program and strive hard to level up and be of help to other people by creating job opportunities,” DTI-Davao Regional Director Maria Belenda Ambi said. Micro enterprises who are interested to become mentees may contact the nearest DTI Office or Negosyo Center. (Jenny Mendoza/PNA)

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remembered the name and the profile of the driver, then he went to our office and when we searched the name, the picture of the PUV driver appeared and was identified),” he said. The ID system is part of the implementation of City Ordinance 0334-12, Series of 2012 or the Comprehensive Transport and Traffic Code of Davao City. (Armando Fenequito Jr/PNA)

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the victims,” Bermudo said. There are still more than 100 scholars, including the dependents of those who died or those who were severely wounded during the incident. The mayor said the gesture of the city symbolizes its firm stance not to bow down to terrorism but would face it as a stronger city. “We will show to those who would like to spread terror here in Davao that we will not bow down to them. We will help each other, and they will not succeed,” he mayor stressed. PNA

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out that prices of Dubai crude oil rose 15.8 percent last February and the peso depreciated by 3.6 percent against the US dollar during the same period. “On the other hand, public commuters paid only 2.9 percent more as most public utility vehicles have not adjusted their fares,” he said. “Since prices of excisable products are growing as

expected, the only reason for higher overall inflation is a combination of higher global crude price, the peso’s depreciation, and profiteering,” he added. He assured the public that both the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are closely monitoring price developments to prevent businesses from taking advantage of the TRAIN to take more profit. He added that moderate increase in the inflation rate is expected and not alarming in a fast-growing economy.” “Once market adjusts, we expect inflation to ease in the coming months with the average full-year inflation well within the target set by the BSP (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas),” he added. (PNA)

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for lack of probable cause. Najiaya, wife of Mohammad Maute, who died in a battle with government forces in Marawi City, was arrested last Jan. 23 in Cotabato City. The complaint was based on the testimony of a certain Martino Elyana, who was abducted in Padian, Marawi City. Elyana said he saw Najiya and her husband Mohammadhayan “Otto” Maute bringing food to members of the group at the Bato Mosque in June 2017. Elyana said he managed to escape the Maute lair in July 2017. Najiya was subject of an arrest order issued by the Department of National Defense, which is in charge of implementing martial law in Mindanao. The DOJ said in a resolution that during the preliminary investigation last Jan. 31, Najiya did not file a counter-affidavit against the rebellion complaint after the PNP-CIDG manifested that they will no longer submit additional evidence while AFP-TJAG chose not to appear during the hearing dates set for preliminary

investigation despite notice. “We already ruled that the evidence adduced by the PNP-CIDG and AFPTJAG during the inquest was insufficient to establish probable cause that respondent committed rebellion. It is precisely for this reason that a preliminary investigation was scheduled so that complainants can adduce additional evidence in support of their complaint for rebellion against respondent Najiya Maute,” read the resolution. “We find that there is no probable cause to indict respondent Najiya Maute for rebellion. Her act of bringing food with her husband are not overt acts of rebellion,” it added. The DOJ, however, lauded the efforts of the PNP and the AFP in apprehending the people responsible for the public uprising and the taking of arms against the government in Marawi City. “We cannot agree with their position that respondent Najiya Maute should be indicted for rebellion on the basis of the evidence they have presented,” the DOJ said. (PNA)

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Palafox, in an interview with MindaNews Thursday evening, disclosed that their firm has recently secured the consultancy services for the Master Plan of Siargao Islands. An electronic copy of the contract from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) indicates that the project was awarded last December 27, 2017. Commissioned by TIEZA, Palafox Associates will aim to address the breakneck pace of development in the islands, which is increasingly putting a strain on their delicate ecosystem. Architect Felino Palafox Jr., the firm’s founder, assured that the Siargao Master Plan would incorporate the best planning and development practices in the world and take a balance among the three essential

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factors – departing from the common approach which focuses more on the profit side. Karmi Palafox said their planners would give utmost consideration to Siargao’s critical environment, given the importance of its rich natural resources to its people’s well-being. A substantial consideration would also be given to the islands’ cultural and heritage sites, she noted. As to the general description of the plan, Palafox revealed that it would give snapshots of the future for the stakeholders to plan around. “We will consider the potentials and constraints of different areas in the nine towns in Siargao,” Palafox said. She added their team for the master plan includes, but not limited to, urban and environmental planners, architects, engineers, designers, socioeconomic and environmental specialists, financial and market research specialists, a waste management specialist, and infrastructure and traffic experts. “We will be holding a series of consultations with the communities in March and April to know and understand what the people envision for the island’s future,” she said. Last February 28, a meeting was held at Kapitolyo Nan Siargao in Dapa with representatives from TIEZA, Department of Tourism, Department Environment and Natural Resources, and Technical Working Groups representing the nine municipalities of Siargao and Bucas Grande group of islands. C onsultations f rom different communities are slated on March 12 at the Santa Monica Gymnasium in Santa Monica; March 13 at the Del Carmen Convention Center; March 14 at Kapitolyo Nan Siargao in Dapa town; and March 16 will be at Baile in General Luna town. The consultation will continue on March 18-19 in Socorro. (Roel N. Catoto / MindaNews)


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Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) is pleased to officially launch their highly anticipated cross multi-purpose sport utility vehicle, the all-new XPANDER. This newest addition to MMPC’s extensive product line-up reflects Mitsubishi Motors’ ambition to expand customer’s motoring experience to make it more fulfilling and pleasurable. The Philippines is the second See unveils, page 11

Isuzu supports 2018 Philippine SuperLiga Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) support sports anew through its recent contract signing with the 2018 Philippine SuperLiga (PSL). One of the premier volleyball leagues in the Philippines, PSL opens its 2018 GrandPrix Conference last February and will run till May 2018. The first volleyball club league in the country is recognized by both the Asian Volleyball Conferederation (AVF) and the International Volleyball Federation

(FIVB); and is likewise sanctioned by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI). Present during the memorandum of agreement signing were

IPC Vice President for Sales Yasuhiko Oyama and PSL Board of Directors Ariel Paredes and Ginio Panganiban. “Since 2010, Isuzu has See support, page 11

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Petron Lakbay Alalay, the country’s longest running motorist roadside assistance program has evolved over the past three decades from a small group of Petron employees volunteering to spend their Holy Week break to provide emergency aid for car problems like overheating, flat tires, and the like, into a comprehensive yearround program to ensure that with Petron, “the best ang biyahe.” The Petron Lakbay Alalay road safety component—tagged as the Best Biyahe Caravan—will now be going to seven schools, three communities, and 3 malls, in addition

to the usual station activations during long holiday weekends. And, whether you’re going off on a road trip or spending staycation time at home, Petron has its Bisita Gasulista campaign to ensure the safety of your family by checking your Petron Gasul LPG tanks for leaks and other dangers. To serve Holy Week motorists, there will be Petron Lakbay Alalay activations on Wednesday, March 28, from 7AM to 4PM, and

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