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FOI in ICU: A Call for Rescue by P-Noy

With just six session days left before the House of Representatives adjourns for the May 2013 election campaign, one and only

THE Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill is on the throes of death.

one miracle could save it from certain perdition -- a certification on the urgency of its immediate enactment by President

Aquino himself. FOI bill during its three It should not have session days last week. reached the ICU, if only the House did something On Session Day 1, the more than nothing on the House did not even enroll

the bill in its order of business, even as it had been in the Order of Business for reference to the Rules Committee on Dec. 18,

2012 yet. On Days 2 and 3, just when the Bill had already been calendared for sponsorship and

Probe irregular bidding of May poll ballots -solon By ALLAN M. MEDIANTE, Editor in Chief

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The recent bidding for the printing of ballots to be used in the forthcoming elections have conducted with irregularities according to two lawmakers from this city. Due to this, representatives Rufus Rodriguez and Maximo Rodriguez said they are now urging Congress to conduct an investigation in aid of legislation, on the reported irregularities surrounding the bidding process for the printing of official ballots for the May 2013 elections. The Rodriguezesa filed House Resolution 2995,

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directing the Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms to look into the bidding process. According to the Cagayan de Oro lawmakers, the sum of P784 million was alloacted to the Commission on Election (Comelec) for the lease, installation and commissioning of printing machines. The budget includes the supply and delivery of ballot paper with security features, and other consumables for the printing of the official ballots for the 2013 national and local elections. “ T h e C om e l e c an d National Printing Office (NPO) then entered into a Memorandum of Agreement probe | page 10

Bigger share for Mindanao pushed to solve power crisis By Allen V. Estabillo GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 12 will push anew for a significant raise of Mindanao’s share in the national budget and the immediate resolution of the area’s worsening power shortage in an upcoming island-wide development forum in Davao City.

To many, it is questionable if proponents of Freedom of Information (FOI) bill backed out at the so-called stage of final push. This week, the Makabayan bloc of progressive partylist groups in Congress announced their withdrawal of authorship from the FOI, pending the deletion or amendment of what it called “Malacañang-sponsored

Rampaging Waters - Residents of Barangay Andap in New Bataan, Compostela Valley cross the makeshift bamboo footbridge as the road leading to the town proper from the mountain village was blocked to direct the rampaging waters away from the road. (Mindanews photo by Keith Bacongco )

5 soldiers injured in roadside blast in N.Cotabato

By Malu Cadelina-Manar

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNew – Five soldiers were wounded, two of them in critical condition, when a roadside bomb went off in crisis | page 10 a remote village in Makilala

town in North Cotabato 11:30 p.m. Friday, a military official said. Lt. Nasrullah Sema, civil military operations chief of the 57th Infantry Battalion, identified the blast victims as Cpl. Muhammad Nur

Sali, Cpl. Hassan Sarip, Pfc. Allan Urop, Pvt. Michael Purol, and Pvt. Vincent Sumug-oy, all members of 57IB’s Charlie Company. Two of the wounded remain at the intensive care unit of a hospital here, while

others were already declared “out of danger.” All sustained blast injuries in the head and other parts of their bodies, Sema said. Lt. Manuel Gatus, commander of the Charlie

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Hinugyaw festival culminates with opening of Veterans Bank Exhibit KORONADAL City––Capping the last 13th Koronadal Hinugyaw Festival was the opening of the multi-awarded Philippine Veterans Bank World War II Traveling Exhibit put on display at the Koronadal City Hall Lobby. Entitled, “War of Our Fathers,” the traveling exhibit returns to Koronadal City to continue its mission of sharing to the public, especially to the youth, the legacy of our World War II Filipino veterans and the value of freedom which they fought for decades ago. The exhibit, co-sponsored by the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) and with the cooperation of the City Government of Koronadal features numerous World War II photographs, maps, artifacts, and memorabilia that pay tribute to the bravery, patriotism, and determination of Filipinos––men and women––who fought and died for our country’s freedom during the war. The exhibit has traveled extensively throughout the country since 2006 visiting over 40 cities and municipalities and displayed in schools, malls, museums, provincial and city halls. In 2009, the exhibit was invited to and displayed at the Nanjing War Memorial Museum in Nanjing, China. In addition, the exhibit has received the recognition of several award-giving bodies including the Anvil Awards, Gold Quill Awards, and the PANATA Awards. The exhibit was recently opened in simple ceremonies led by Koronadal City Mayor Peter Miguel and PVB Officials. The next stop of the Exhibit is in the Sarangani provincial capitol. From left, South Cotabato Board Members Ernesto Catedral and Agustin Dema-ala, VFP District Commnader Federico Cabang, Vice Mayor Eliodo U. Ogena, Mayor Peter B. Miguel, and PVB VP Mike Villa-Real, Corporate Communications Head.

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Department of Environment and National Resources

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office No. B-400 SALE OF PUBLIC LANDS

Notice is hereby given that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources thru the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Mambajao, Camiguin will sell to the highest qualified bidder at Ten o’clock (10:00) A.M. on February 21, 2013 (Thursday), the tract of land covered by Miscellaneous Sales Application of Agustina B. Chiong. MSA No. : 101804-276 Location : Poblacion, Mambajao, Camiguin Description : Identified as Lot No. 251, Case-1, Cad. 473 Area : 162 square meters Appraised Value of Land : P 32,400.00 (P200/sq. m) Appraised Value of Existing Improvement : P300,000.00 All bids must be sealed and submitted to the Department of Environment and National Resources thru the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office at Poblacion, Mambajao, Camiguin on or before the hour and date above and plainly marked “BID for the land described in the Miscellaneous Sales Application Nos. 101804-275. Bids must be accompanied with cash, money order, cashier’s or manager’s check for a sum equivalent to 10% of the bid. When abid is withdrawn after the highest bidder is determined, the corresponding deposit thereof shall be forfeited to the Government. Ni bid shall be less than the appraised value of the land. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids. The successful bidder if other than the applicant MUST reimburse the latter of all the value of the improvements introduced by the applicant on the land subject of the application. All prospective bidders are hereby informed that the herein applicant has the right to equal any and all bids. Mambajao, Camiguin, January 11, 2013

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“For and in the absence of the PEMRO”

ASIDE from giving free shelter to calamity victims, Mayor Vicente Emano is also providing needed facilities to make life more convenient for them. The mayor announced that a mini market will be constructed at the city’s biggest relocation site in Calaanan, Canitoan. He said funds will be taken from the senatorial assistance of Senator Chiz Escudero amounting to P500,000. The mayor said he is thankful to Senator Escudero for looking into the needs of the calamity victims in Cagayan de Oro.

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In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that SUNDERY PETEROS SEMBRANO has filed with this Office a petition for Change of First Name from “SUNDY REYNALDO” to “Sundery” in the birth certificate of SUNDY REYNALDO PETEROS CEMBRANO who was born on January 16, 1966 at Emmanuel Hospital, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Philippines and whose parents are LEONIL GALVE CEMBRANO and IMELDA ROLLORATA PETEROS. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 04 February 2013.

In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. No. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that JORIECARDS ROCHE ARANAS has filed with this Office a petition for Correction of Clerical Error particularly in his GENDER from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of JORIECARDS ROCHE ARANAS who was born on OCTOBER 26, 1978 at CLAVERIA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL and whose parents are RICARDO ARANAS and MARJORIE MAGTUBA ROCHE. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than JANUARY 31, 2013.

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(SGD.) ANNA VICTORIA A. EVANGELISTA Municipal Civil Registrar

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Humanitarian fund needed for ‘Pablo’ victims raised to $76M By Bong S. Sarmiento

KORONADAL City––Describing typhoon “Pablo” (international name Bopha) as the most deadly storm globally in 2012 and the most powerful to hit Southern Mindanao in 100 years, a United Nations official in the country on Friday appealed for a higher amount of $76 million (P3 billion) to help survivors. Luiza Carvalho, UN resident and humanitarian coordinator for the Philippines, issued the appeal in Manila during the launching of the “Revised Typhoon Bopha/ Pablo Response—An Action Plan for Recovery.” The revised appeal represents a 17 percent increase from the $65 million requested on December 10 at the onset of the disaster.The typhoon devastated the Mindanao provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. “In the weeks since Pablo hit Southern Mindanao, the breadth and extent of damage has become clearer. More than one month on, at least 6.2 million people have been affected and close to 850,000 remain displaced,” she said in a speech that was emailed to MindaNews. “[At least] 210,000 houses, vital public infrastructure and vast tracts of agricultural land have been severely damaged or destroyed,” she added. The typhoon killed at least 1,060 people with 800 still

missing, Carvalho said. Of the revised appeal of $76 million, Carvalho said that 36 percent has been received so far, with the third provided by UN agencies and the rest by non government organizations. The UN Central Emergency Response has allocated $10 million to provide immediate life-saving assistance, she said. Pledges and contributions from donors, including the United States, Australia, Japan, the European Union, Canada and others have provided an additional 17 million, Carvalho added. To date, she noted that $48 million is needed to meet the $76 million revised appeal. Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, who graced the affair, was quoted as saying in another press statement sent by the organizers that “the funding and resources we have at present are not commensurate with the needs that we must meet.” According to the statement, the revised response plan outlines how the humanitarian community, in support of Government response efforts, will continue to provide lifesaving assistance and recovery support to at least 920,000 people in Mindanao, over the coming six months. Major humanitarian needs include shelter, early recovery and livelihoods, food security and agriculture, and water, sanitation and hygiene, it added.

Heavy rains since Saturday triggered the flooding in several towns of the province. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday

DavNor recent flooding displaced more families than Typhoon Pablo By Jeanevive D. Abangan TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Jan. 28 (PIA) -- The recent flooding in Davao del Norte due to incessant rains of the tail-end of the coldfront displaced more families compared to the number of residents who had left their homes due to Typhoon Pablo. Progress report released by Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) last Friday showed a total of 59,008 af-

fected families with a number of affected individuals which ran a total of 274,537. Of the affected families, a total of 18,874 families left their homes to seek refuge in various evacuation center set up in Tagum City and in six other municipalities particularly in Kapalong, Carmen, Braulio E. Dujali, Sto. Tomas, Asuncion, New Corella where flood waters swamped significant portions of the 84 affected barangays. The number of affected families during the recent

flooding in Davao del Norte went 52 percent more than the 38,876 monitored affected families during the flooding triggered by super-typhoon Pablo in December last year. The fresh flooding in the province also displaced 56 percent more than the 12,114 logged by the PDRRMO as the final number of families evacuated during the Pablo flooding which affected 147 barangays in eight towns. PDRMMO Davao del Norte has yet to come up with its

final report on the impact of the tail-end of the cold-front but initial assessment revealed incidents of flood waters overflowing the national highways, not experienced in December. More than P21 million damages to crops and fisheries was declared Tuesday last week after floodwaters from Liboganon, Tuganay, and Saug rivers soaked the town of Carmen. The tail-end of the cold-front which poured incessant rains of 10 millimeters to 15 PABLO | page 10

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Social welfare dept. launches community-driven program By Keneath John Bolisay

BUTUAN City - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is set to launch the National Community-Driven Development Program (NCDDP) following the approval by President Benigno Aquino III of the P146-B worth of infrastructure projects during a meeting with the NEDA board last January 18. Of this amount, P81.9-B will be allocated for scaling up the implementation of Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS), into a national poverty alleviation program. NCDDP will use the community-driven development (CDD) approach in addressing poverty throughout the country. CDD has been proven to be an effective strategy in poverty alleviation through the ten-year experience of implementation of KalahiCIDSS. NCDDP will be launched in the second half of 2013. It will run for five years in

Caraga Region’s 42 municipalities. DSWD-Caraga Assistant Director Mita Lim said the ten-year track record of the CDD approach employed by Kalahi-CIDSS has continually proven that poverty can be alleviated by empowering ordinary citizens to actively and directly participate in local governance by identifying their own community needs, planning, implementing, and monitoring projects to address local poverty issues collectively. ARD Lim also said DSWD will be the lead implementing agency of the program. However, NCDDP will be a concerted effort among

all national government agencies’ community-based projects. Participating agencies, include the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Education (DepED), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Also part of the program are the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), National

the development change needed by the most vulnerable and the disadvantaged sectors of society. The official further said this may be a fairly new strategy to the areas that DSWD is covering, “but we

Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC). The DSWD is confident that this program will bring

are very hopeful that with the knowledge and skills our workforce is equipped with, it will be implemented successfully in the region,” Lim said. (RER/Keneath John Bolisay/ Social Marketing Unit/ DSWDCaraga/asf)

Police collars most wanted person THE MEDIA CENTER BUSINESSWEEK MINDANAO Tanleh Bldg., Abellanosa St., Cagayan de Oro City

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By SPO1 Philip Amer Posas Mazo

CAMP Rodriguez, Butuan City – The No. 9 most wanted person (station level) was arrested by operatives of the Butuan City Police Station 2, past midnight of January 24, this year. Police identified the suspect as Ringo Lava Baja, single, 28 years old of Purok Pag-asa, Brgy Agusan Pequeño, this city. The arresting team, headed by SPO3 Ronald B Plaza, collared Baja at Purok Maabi-abihon, Brgy Agusan Pequeño, this city, by virtue of the alias warrant of arrest issued by Judge Augustus L Calo of RTC Branch 5. The suspect has been

charged of robbery with physical injuries, under Criminal Case Nr 13657, dated January 18, 2013. The court ordered a bail bond of P180,000 for his temporary release.

Baja is now detained at the Butuan City Police Station 2 detention cell for documentation and eventual turn-over to the issuing court for proper disposition. (PAPM/MMG/asf)

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RPOC MEETING – Photo shows Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. (inset), chair of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC-Caraga), as he bares that, in acceptance of the Regional Development Council Resolution No. 17-2012, RPOC shall lead in the Regional Oversight Committee on Drug Problems. The meeting was held on Jan. 16, this year in Butuan City. The committee is also conducting a one-day workshop on anti-drug abuse program next month with the Department of Labor and Employment, Commission on Higher Education, Technical Education Skills and Development Authority and Philippine Information Agency. (Jennifer P. Gaitano, PIA-Caraga/asf)

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PNP-12 gets new regional director By Catherine T. Apelacio

GENERAL SANTOS City - After eight months of untainted service, PCSupt. Alex Paul Monteagudo has finally left his post, as regional director of Police Regional Office (PRO-12), in a simple turnover rites, January 18, at the Police Regional Headquarters here. He was replaced by former Intelligence Group (IG) Director Charles Calima Jr. The event was attended by chief executives from the local government units (LGUs) all over Region 12, including heads and officials from various national line agencies and civil society groups. In his valedictory message, the outgoing chief thanked his subordinates, officers, local leaders and the people, for supporting his programs and projects that he had instituted in PRO-12. “Natutuwa at malaking karangalan po na marinig na ayaw pa akong paalisin ng liderato at ng mga mamamayan sa Region 12 (I am happy and it is a great honor for me to hear that the leadership and the people of Region 12 did not want

me yet to leave.),” he told the crowd attending the command turnover. He explained that when he accepted the post as PRO12 regional director, he was very clear on what he had to do. “I have no motive other than to serve to the best of my ability. At no time have I shirked from that duty. I am very proud to leave the office head high, with my dignity, honor and pride intact.” For his valuable performances, PCSupt. Monteagudo was greatly applauded not only by his subordinates but also his peers and bosses. PNP Director-General Alan Purisima, who served as guest of honor and presiding officer of the turnover, cited PCSupt. Monteagudo for his competence saying he was proud of him “for a job well done” leaving a legacy

to PRO-12 personnel—one that would always “uplift their morale and welfare.” Purisima himself conferred to him “The Medalya ng Pambihirang Paglilingkod,” the PNP special service medal for having exemplarily served his post. Monteagudo was known for bringing to PRO-12 “effective policing strategies to strengthen the operational capability” of the organization, thus, upholding police motto “to serve and protect” the people. He was also responsible for enhancing the administrative capability of PRO-12

having initiated significant programs and policies in human resource management, doctrine development, logistics and fiscal management. Apart from these, PCSupt. Monteagudo pushed for a “pro-active partnership” with the LGUs and nongovernment organizations for sustained peacekeeping and law enforcement activities in the region. Expressing his congratulatory message to both incoming and outgoing officers, PDG Purisima likewise extended his best wishes to PCSupt. Calima confident

that he would do better to live up to the expectations of the entire police force. He then urged all police men and women to constantly aim for excellence and professionalism in their work, reminding them that the police thrust is supportive of President Benigno Aquino III’s call for “Tuwid na Daan.” Under his leadership, the police is bounded to dovetail “CODE-P:2013 AND BEYOND,” which features the PNP P.A.T.R.O.L Plan 2030 aimed at instituting reforms in the organization through competence,

discipline, excellence and professionalism. PCSupt. Calima, in finale, vowed to rebuild what was supposed to be the “real and true image of a dignified and well disciplined police officer” prodding all policemen in his area of responsibility “to be the first to be called Alagad ng Batas.” He said the PNP is trying to restore the magical phrase “alagad ng batas” when people utter these words with such dignity, respect and admiration. He said he still believes that police can reclaim its “old image” urging then PRO-12 personnel to continue restoring the dignity associated to those words. “Patuloy nating ibalik ang karangalan ng mga salitang ‘police officer’ at ‘alagad ng batas’ (Let’s all continue to restore the dignity there is in the words law enforcer)” by being effective and efficient police men and women at all times, PCSupt. Calima, sounded off Purisima’s new year call to police, winding up his inaugural. (CT Apelacio/PIA-12 General Santos City/With reports from RPIO-PRO 12/asf)

SP-Tacurong vows to IBP-Cotabato bags awards at Lawyers Confab maintain good performance in 2013 By Oliver Ross V. Rivera

TACURONG City - The city legislative body is aiming to be more persistent in passing resolutions and ordinances for the year 2013, said Vice Mayor Charito L. Collado. In 2 0 1 2 , t he S ang guniang Panlungsod ng Tacurong had 46 regular sessions and 11 special sessions, bearing 220 resolutions, including the approval of the annual priority projects, programs, activities and budget of the city’s 20 barangays. Twenty-five committee meetings were also carried out. SP-Tacurong also approved 13 ordinances in the third and final reading. Such ordinances were submitted to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Sultan Kudarat, in accordance with Section 56 of the Local Government Code of 1991. During its 1st and 2nd regular sessions on January 9 and 16, 2013, SP Tacurong has approved 14 resolutions and one ordinance. L ast ye ar, the Department of the Interior and Local Government

(DILG) has recognized SP Tacurong, as Most Outstanding Sanggunian in Region XII. Aside from Vice Mayor Collado, SP Tacurong is composed of City Councilors Psyche Sucaldito, Jose Remos Segura, Rodrigo Jamorabon, Joseph

Lechonsito, Cirilo Flores, Benjamin Fajardo Jr., Virgilio Paredes, Lino Ledda, Joselito Cajandig Sr., Ariel Ferdinand dela Cruz, ABC President Silvestre Llanto and SK Federation President Albert Gulmatico. ( Jezereel Louise C. Billano & Myla D. Muyco/asf )

KORONADAL City - The Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Cotabato Chapter brought home three awards during the 14th National Lawyers Convention and 40th Founding Anniversary of IBP. IBP C otabato was awarded, as Most Outstanding Legal Aid Committee (Category B) for its exemplary and inspiring performance in rendering legal aid through its dedicated members and handling both traditional and developmental legal aid cases, projects, and activities of national impact. A special citation was also given to IBP-Cotabato for its Karapatan Alamin e-Paabot Mo: A Cyber Free Legal Assistance Program which was hailed as the Outstanding Legal Aid Project. The innovative project is the first ever social mediabased free legal aid service in the country launched last year. The cyber program renders free legal service via its Facebook account by way of private messaging so as to safeguard, on the other hand, the rule on confidentiality in its highest degree. IBP-Cotabato Chapter President Noel A. Ben was

given recognition as the Most Outstanding Legal Aid Lawyer 2011-2013. Atty. Ben was chosen among members of the IBP because of his tireless effort and unwavering dedication in rendering legal aid service to the less fortunate sectors of the community. Guided with their 20112013 principle, "Those who are learned will be as radiant as the sky in all its beauty; those who instruct the people in goodness will shine like the star for all eternity", the IBP Cotabato Chapter was inspired to make themselves readily available to those who have

less in life that they be given more in law. Atty. Ben said the awards that they received are humble manifestations of their intelligent awareness of the needs of others. “It is truly an honor that we have allowed ourselves to become instruments of great service to the people in the field of legal relations; hence, our prayers that we remain as such,” he added. The activity was attended by thousands of lawyers all over the country and held at the SMX Convention Center, Lanang, Davao City last January 16-18. (ORVR/asf )



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greater than the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The Ampatuan case exemplifies the issue when government recovered thousands of high-powered firearms in the custody of the Ampatuans who maintained a battalion of private armies (including active military men) in Maguindanao in Southern Philippines. To avoid a repeat of the carnage and the killing of innocent civilians elsewhere in the country, the Commissions on Elections (Comelec) imposed gun ban on election period. The Comelec believes that banning firearms would reduce incidents of election related violence involving guns. The premise could be true. Yet, what about civilian related violence? In the past days, the Comelec and the military had established roadblocks and checkpoints to check on illegal firearms. The idea is to deter armed criminals in carrying out criminal activities. The idea is to discourage politicians from toying in a bunch of armed escorts wherever they go. Unfortunately, the more the Comelec and the military imposed gun ban, the merrier the criminals. Criminals are now free to tarry around with ‘illegal guns.’ They (criminals) do not care about carrying firearms and the gun ban. What the criminals are interested in is to carry their criminal acts in a gun less community. No wonder, the criminals lord it over during election period. The legitimate gun holders could not even carry their firearms outside of their doorsteps. React

COA: lawmakers also not transparent

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Luke 13:28, the Holy Bible). -oooLAWMAKERS ALSO NOT T R AN SPA R E N T OVER FUNDS, COA SAYS: So, during all the time that the Senate was trying Renato Corona over charges that he refused to disclose his assets and liabilities, it would appear that senators were also shamelessly guilty of the same lack of transparency and refusal to disclose how they were using the billions of pesos of government funds that have been entrusted to them by virtue of their position. Like the Supreme Court, the Senate also passed various resolutions (one resolution was also passed by the

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio House of Representatives) in 2010 and 2011 prohibiting the Commission on Audit (COA) from looking into, and later disclosing, how they spent the funds annually allocated to each lawmaker, on the ground that mere certification by them as to how they used the money was enough. This is certainly nauseous. Imagine, congressmen impeached Corona for failure to disclose his assets and liabilities, and senators pronounced him guilty and therefore removed him from office because the former chief justice of the Supreme Court refused to be transparent

with his wealth, when, all along, these congressmen and senators were themselves equally not transparent with the way they have been spending government money---in billions of pesos yet. -oooTHE BIBLE, THE WORDS OF JESUS, AND LAWMAKERS: I suggest our lawmakers should read Matthew 7:1-5 of the Bible, because, whether they care to admit or not, these verses have already convicted them and their souls with what they did. Matthew 7:1-2, quoting Jesus, our God and Savior, says: “Do not judge, or you too will

be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:3-4 then intones: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:5-6: “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye…” And to make this admonition against judging others even more emphatic, Jesus also decreed that only those who have not sinned should throw the first stone, in relation to the woman who was caught in an adulterous act (see John 8:1-11 of the Bible for the details of this LAWMAKERS | page 10

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DSWD observes 22nd anniversary THE Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office X is kicking off its week-long 62nd Anniversary Celebration, which starts today, January 28, 2013. With this year’s theme “Samasamang Husay, Patungog Tagumpay,” the celebration includes various sports activities for its employees. On the last day of its celebration, the Department Field Office shall also present plaques of recognition for its strong partners

Step 1: Learn how to earn!

Imperial Manila, beware!

FIREWORKS––There’s a lot of fireworks and excitement coming from the Philippine Senate these days. Interesting telenovela to closely follow. What the Philippine Senate is now going through is very disturbing. If not adroitly handled, this may lead to a serious crisis in an important institution. If properly managed, it can be a start of a catharsis! Interesting timing due to the onset of the election season. NO WORRY --- C’mon people. Don’t fret! The imperatives of politics and the senators’ political savvy and mastery of political survival will take care of this so-called “crisis”. You can’t be in the Senate if you are a lesser mortal like many of us. I am sure when the headlines disappear; it’s back to normal times. Sorry to say but one big issue or scandal is good only for as long as the headlines on TV and the newspapers last. The next few days or so, a new headliner or scandal comes around and the previous ones are just ”by the ways”. FOR LIFE --- While our elected Senators are going through this public travail today, there’s another group of Senators who are unperturbed in the light of all these embarrassments. They are of a different breed. They do not get their mandate from the people. They need not run in any election to become senators. They have no fixed terms or term limits. They cannot be impeached nor replaced. They are senators for life. I refer to the Jaycees International (JCI) Senators. They are bestowed membership in the roll of the JCI

Advocacy Mindanao Jess Dureza Senate by reason of their exemplary service to their fellow man especially while still active in the Jaycees. Under the rules, one “expires” as a Jaycee when he reaches age 40. That’s why the organization is officially called JUNIOR CHAMBER or “Jaycees” for short. Hence, seniors by reason of age cease to be active Jaycees. Those who served well are nominated to Jaycee International and if passed upon, become SENATORS FOR LIFE. (Of course, in exceptional cases and for serious specified grounds, one can be removed from the rolls.) They are individually assigned a roll number in the international roster. These “oldies” have their own JCI Senate organization (apart from the young Jaycees) from the local chapter to the national and the international level. Officially, they belong to the Junior Chamber International Senate. Let’s face it. When a Jaycee turns forty (40) he may be considered “expired” but he is still in his prime. The JCI Senate provides the platform for more service. MALOLOS -- Last Saturday, we were in Malolos, Bulacan for the installation of the 2013 officers of the Philippine JCI SENATE. Bulakenyo retired Judge Hermin Arceo was sworn in as new national president to replace Zamboanga Del

NPA claims offensive victory in Cotabato By AL JACINTO of Mindanao Daily News

Z AMB OANGA City–– Communist rebels claimed responsibility on a series of attacks against government forces in the southern Philippines. Rigoberto Sanchez, a spokesman for the New People’s Army, said rebel forces sustained its campaign against the military’s Eastern Mindanao Com-

mand. He said rebels recently bombed a military convoy of the 57th Infantry Battalion in the village of Kisante in North Cotabato’s Makilala town, wounding 5 soldiers. “The NPA’s ambush in Makilala was aimed at deterring troops who were on their way to its tactical command post in Alang-alang detachment where the AFP mounted two batteries of 105 howitzer that conducted

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its social protection services and its efforts toward good governance. It also envisions a society where poor, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals, families and communities are Dr. Adonis Agcopra empowered for an improved quality of life and that towards this end, the DSWD becomes a world standard on the delivery of coordinated social services and social protection programs. THE “E-S-I-P” paradigm goes: Earn. Save. Invest. Protect. Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, You need money to save. You need money to invest. Regional Information Officer But even before you can buy and accumulate assets that you may opt to protect, first and foremost, you must learn how to earn that precious money! If you happen to have been down and temporarily penniless once, you might have inevitably come across designated delegates to that these questions: How does one really earn? Are there convention. Perhaps some- rules inherent to earning? You deserve to earn, and the power to earn stems from one in the know can help knowing that money is but an idea – it is a concretized me on this. If historical concept of monetary value printed on a fancy, small assertions of certain Min- sheet of paper. It is tangibly represented by the coins danao advocates are to be and bills you hold in your hands. In a market-based believed, Mindanao was economy like ours, it is in reality a medium of exchange. a “stand alone” place and But in the olden days, it used to be the direct exchange probably not even known of goods called barter. to Filipino revolutionaries It has often been said there is no such thing as a Sur Governor Tony Cerilles up north. free lunch. Everything you have of value in this world OUR DEMAND -- This is earned. Even love and respect you have to earn. By who served distinctively reminds me of our continu- the Law of Exchange, you earn them as a tradeoff for a for 2012. Vice President Jojo ing call for constitutional certain degree of effort you put in. That effort is your Binay, the invited special changes! Let’s not stop de- equity, your investment. For many people, it all started guest, for one reason or manding for this. If the with sweat equity and pure labor. The rule of earning another was a “no show”. A national leadership and lies in creating value using the most precious commodpity. I was also told a group other non-Mindanaoans do ity you have in your entire life – your time! A person of JCI senators from Davao not consider this a priority, of diligence who greatly values time and is relentless in dropped by and visited de- who are they to decide for us pursuing constant and never-ending improvement in tained JCI Senator Serge our priorities and continue learning how to earn both in thought and action will Valencia at Camp Crame. He denying to us here down inexorably attain great wealth in mind, body and spirit. You are correspondingly paid according to the value is facing charges as former south this aspiration? you have created out of the product or service that you I say this again: all head of PCSO (Philippine offer and as perceived by the market in a competitive this hoopla about giving sweepstakes). marketplace. The higher the value you create for yourBARASOAIN CHURCH to the Bangsamoro what self and uniquely contribute to society, the higher is the -- While in Malolos, I at- they rightly deserve is all corresponding demand and the higher is the market tended yesterday Sunday hot air if no constitutional willing to pay for your valuable contribution. The more mass at historic BARA- amendment is made. I am sought-after you become, the greater the earnings you SOAIN CHURCH. Built in however not so sure though generate. It’s the law of supply and demand in action. 1885, it was the site of the if some of the Bangsamoro Learning how to earn is an essential right everyone constitutional convention of will allow themselves to be deserves to have. the first Philippine Republic fooled again! We’ll see. This Earn, save, invest, and protect them all. Act now! held in September 1898. It aspiration, by the way, is not --was called following the only exclusively that of the (Dr. Adonis Agcopra is a registered international June 12, 1898 declaration Muslims. This is common financial strategic consultant and is portfolio director of Philippine Independence amongst many of us Mind- of AFIC Meridian Consultants. Log in to www.aficfiwith General Emilio Agui- anaoans! I was in govern- naldo as first president. It ment for the best part of my was in this church where life and I know that there the convention was held and is NO WAY Mindanao, which RATIFIED the Dec- under the present system, laration of Independence can make the necessary done 3 months earlier in breakthroughs. We need to shift to a federal type of June in Kawit, Cavite. MINDANAO? -- In- government. But if those in Manila teresting to note that the constitutional convention continue not to listen, then held there about 105 years we will just have to say: ago was attended by 193 Imperial Manila, beware! RAC DONOR --- I just delegates. Only 42 were elected and 151 were ap- got an e-mail from Lawyer pointed. The data of The DICKY SALAZAR of the National Historical Com- FORTUN NARVASA & mission of the Philippines SALAZAR law firm in however do not disclose Manila transmitting a bank MANILA | page 10 whether MINDANAO had

such as the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte and the 52nd Engineer Brigade of the Philippine Army, Bantay Masaya Foundation, First Community Cooperative and Kaisahang Buhay Foundation. In the same event, the Field Office shall give recognition to its loyalty awardees and retirees. The DSWD is considered as one of the public agencies enjoying high trust ratings by the public because of

shelling operations towards the village of Cabilao,” Sanchez said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. He said the NPA used a command-detonated explosive in the ambush directed against the 57th Infantry Battalion which is protecting the Energy Development Company, formerly Philippine National Oil Company, in Kidapawan City and Dole Philippines

banana plantation in North Cotabato. He said another attack killed 4 government troops and wounded over a dozen soldiers belonging to the 28th Infantry Battalion in Lupon town. There was no immediate statement from the Eastern Mindanao Command. The NPA has been fighting for decades for the establishment of a Maoist state in the country.



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“To help small-scale farmers reduce their postharvest losses and adding value to farmer’s harvest is another approach for rice self-sufficiency at the end of 2013”, Dr. Caesar Joventino Tado said. The Postharvest Learning Alliance Team conducted a business forum with a theme: “Emerging Opportunities for Postharvest Technologies and Entrepreneurship in the Philippine Rice Sector”, held at Red Palm Suites & Restaurant, Butuan City dated January 15, 2013. The event was attended by Alfred Schmidley, Business Model & Value Chain Specialist of IRRI and Dr. Caesar Joventino Tado, Acting Director for Administration of PhilRice, Ms. Rebecca R. Atega and June Anthony Ouano of DA-RFU-13, cooperative members, farmer leaders, irrigators, local media, and microfinance institutions. Based on a study from the two established rice research institutions, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Philippine Rice Research Institute ( PhilRic¬e), postharvest losses is one of the major hindrance to attain rice self-sufficiency. Postharvest losses include both physical losses 15 – 25% in weight and quality losses 10 – 30% in value of paddy. With these identified issues, linkage between postharvest chain actors, technology providers, policymakers and

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Learn.Share.Collaborate. Alfred Schmidley ,rice postharvest technology expert from IRRI discuss the agenda and objectives of the forum

14th KAGAY-ANON INTERNATIONAL TAPOK 2013 set in Niagara Falls USA - The tradition continues as Kagay-anon International holds another year of gathering for Kagay-anons all over the world. “Tapok”, which is a bi-annual celebration held mostly in the United States of America and Canada that aims to share updates on innewly produced flip charts about super bags as a guide for farmers to use the said technology. The continued public-private partnerships will help DA’s vision SAPAT na BIGAS, kaya ng PINAS! (Rhea C. Abao/DA-XIII RAFID)

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Company, said his men, on board a military vehicle, were on their way to deliver food and other grocery items to a detachment at Sitio Alang-Alang, Barangay Kisante when an improvised explosive device went off. A firefight that lasted for hours ensued after the blast, Gatus said. Authorities recovered from the site a 200-meter long detonating cord and other bomb parts. Sema hinted the bomb attack was a desperate move of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) to strike back at them after the rebels suffered heavy casualties during recent encounters in Makilala town. On January 22, government troops clashed with the rebels in Barangay Cabilao that led to the killing of Pfc. Rodolfo Minlaud and the wounding of Cpl. Batutin Ibad and Lt. Dennis Manumbale, executive officer of the 57IB’s Alpha Company. Meantime, Sema denied reports that the Army fired mortars in areas they believed as rebels’ hideouts. He explained there is no need to use 105mm mortars to drive the rebels from their bases. Sema was reacting to a recent statement made by Ka Galna, spokesperson for the NPA Front 72, that the Army conducted mortar shelling in thickly populated communities in Barangays Kisante and Rodero. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)

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plenary debate, a legislator threatened to question the quorum for a motion too parochial and self-serving, and kept the entire House hostage to his whim. Yet still, the House leaders allowed three privilege speeches, and over an hour of interpellation for one, on Day 3. The legislator and the House leaders did not allow even a single minute of discussion on the FOI bill. Last week’s events point to a House conspiracy to kill the bill led no less by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, and with the many habitual absentees of the House in cameo role. After opening the session and immediately leaving the presiding chores to a Deputy Speaker on day 1, Belmonte was not to be seen again on the floor last week. The same goes for his Majority Leader, who showed up for just a few minutes on Day 3. That was as far as they went to demonstrate their leadership of a chamber turned totally inept to take action on the FOI bill by a legislator on tantrum mode. In recent weeks, Belmonte and Gonzales had assured that they wanted the plenary debate on the FOI

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Editorial. : Advertising : bill to proceed posthaste. For a minute, the broad coalition of FOI advocates and authors had thought the duo had stopped their dribble drivel on the bill. Last week’s events, however, made it all plain to everyone: after the drivel comes now a plot to murder the bill in the House through sheer ineptitude and deliberate actions of its leaders, the chronic absenteeism of majority of its members, and the resort to absurd tantrum ploys of one legislator. We smell the stench of death in progress for the FOI bill. We see a rerun of the farce on the FOI bill that was staged by the 14th Congress under Speaker Prospero Nograles Jr. It’s all the same save for one twist -- Belmonte’s 15th seems more duplicitous. It declares full lip-service commitment for FOI but also employs full-throttle theatrics to prevent the bill’s passage. That Belmonte’s House has failed the people on the FOI bill is an indisputable fact. For one, the legislator in tantrum allowed other matters to be discussed by the House last Tuesday and Wednesday but it was only when the FOI bill was about to be taken up did he insist on his quorum question. For another, the all-powerful Rules Committee led by Gonzales is not exactly helpless to act on matters of agenda. It did not intervene for the FOI bill. For a third, that the House could not achieve a quorum is not a problem that citizens should have to deal with -- lawmakers are precisely paid handsome fees, on top of fat slabs of pork money, to legislate. Their minimum obligation is to attend all sessions, without fail. Belmonte and Gonzales have the command responsibility to see to this. For a fourth, Belmonte and Gonzales could have declared the FOI bill urgent pursuant to Rule X, Section 52, of the House Rules, thereby paving the way for the adoption of a timetable for debate and voting on FOI. Finally and most important of all, Belmonte and Gonzales could have prevented the deliberate delays on the consideration of the bill by Rep. Ben Evardone at the committee level, which got the FOI bill in its code blue condition in the first place. Fact is, as Evardone hemmed and hawed, legislators in favor of the FOI bill launched an initiative to use Rule IX, Section 37, Par. 1 of the House Rules allowing 1/4 of the members of a committee to call a hearing. But presented with the notice of hearing signed by more than the eight Committee members needed to put the rule in effect, Belmonte prevailed upon

the group to allow Evardone to call the hearing instead, allowing Evardone to further delay committee action. With three session days wasted and only six more to go, the last remaining trigger for the House to finally act on the bill is a certification from President Aquino on the urgency of its immediate enactment. Three years ago as a candidate for president, Aquino had promised to support the FOI bill and accord its passage top priority. Now President and also chairman of the ruling Liberal Party coalition in the House, he has both power and duty to fulfill his promise and to do his part to save a bill that will enable the Constitutionally guaranteed rights of the people to information, and to transparency and accountability in government. Failing in this, the President would have also failed a most important test of leadership. If he should choose to stand idly by, when in fact he could have intervened to rescue it, by his inaction he will have also joined the ranks of his murderous allies. Today, the people will march again to Mendiola to lay at the doorstep of President Aquino the FOI bill, limp and nearly lifeless. Save it, the President can. Kill it, the President can, too. In the name of the Constitution, the people, and daang matuwid, the correct choice is clear: Certify the FOI bill as urgent!

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provisions.” In a press conference, Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño, a principal author of the bill, said: “…[w]e feel that the substitute bill, because of the weight of the restrictions, does not anymore reflect our vision of a genuine Freedom of Information Bill.” The Makabayan bloc–– composed of Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela Women’s Party, KabataanPartylist and ACT Teachers Partylist––says the consolidated bill, House Bill 6766, “would restrict, rather than facilitate, public access to information.” Kabataan Party-list Rep. Raymond Palatino lamented that amendments had distorted the bill. “It has mutated already,” Palatino said in Filipino. “It’s no longer Freedom of Information but Freedom of Exemption. I did not sign a FOE bill, which means ‘foe,’ contrary to the FOI bill being pushed by the people.” Palace version The consolidated bill HB 6766 lists ten points of exceptions. Exempted from public access include those pertaining to national security or defense, information that refers to the foreign affairs of the Republic of the Philippines. Records of minutes dur-

ing decision-making and policy-formulation, including the opinions and advice given then, are not to be disclosed. Drafts of resolution, order, memoranda or audit reports of any branch of government are also to be exempted from access. Any information that pertains to internal or external defense, law enforcement and border control is also not to be disclosed. Information obtained by any committee of either House of Congress in executive session is also to be exempted from disclosure. Other exceptions include trade secrets, personal information of a natural person, classified as privilege communications in legal proceedings by law or by Rules of Court, and if information is already made accessible through other means. These provisions are all present in Malacañang’s FOI version. In 2011, some advocates of the FOI have already raised concerns over the versions then being drafted by the Malacañang study group on FOI. In a policy forum organized by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility in July 2011, University of the Philippines (UP) law professor Theodore Te expressed strong criticism against the Palace’s version. “It is very ironic that the bill supposedly enhances liberty but actually diminishes it,” Te said. “You cannot have a bill that has so many restrictions.” In the same forum, Luis Teodoro, CMFR deputy executive director and former dean of UP College of Mass Communications, already warned that “if the administration’s version would be adopted, FOI advocates should reject and condemn the passage of the bill.” Back then, Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño said the exceptions can be easily invoked by government agencies to justify denial of access. CMFR’s Teodoro, in particular, zeroed in on national security as among the exceptions. “National security should not be used as a catch-all phrase to evading release of information, especially because of the intelligence community’s antipathy to human rights, its policy has always been antithetical to citizen participation,” Teodoro said. In his paper titled “Enhancing or restricting access?” released in early 2012, Teodoro said the provision forbidding the release of information on policy discussions until the adoption of a policy is “antithetical to the principle of citizen participation in the making of state policy.” In a statement, Anakpawis Party-list Rep. Rafael Mariano also criticized the inclusion of drafts of or-

ders, resolutions, decisions and memoranda among the exempted documents. Mariano said these are “crucial” in public consultations, especially the formulation of implementing rules and regulations. Teodoro also criticized the removal of the public interest override on executive [Presidential] privilege. This, he said, is tantamount to “institutionalizing absolute executive privilege through law.” In a press conference, Casiño also pointed out the same provision, saying it institutionalizes the President’s “executive privilege,” allowing him to withhold certain records of minutes and advice given to him as privileged “by reason of the sensitivity of the subject matter.” Casiño said the parameters are unclear. ACT Teachers Party Rep. Antonio Tinio noted that the discretion and power to tag documents as confidential is given to a large number of people. He said that under the substitute FOI bill, the determination whether a document would be exempted from the FOI Act shall be the responsibility of ‘the head of office of the government agency in custody or control of the information, or any responsible central or field officers duly designated by him.

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millimeters per hour for about three days, also caused the death of three individuals identified as Glenn Custodio, 37 years of age of Barangay San Miguel, Tagum City; Jose del Campo, 79 years of age of Barangay Pagsabangan, Tagum City; and Teresa Acar Jamero , 90 years of age, of Barangay New Bantayan, Asuncion. One was injured and another was missing. The flooding casualty recently logged by PDRRMO was higher than what was recorded during Pablo flooding which rendered one dead and three injured. Friday initial data from PDRMMO revealed 5,233 hectares of damaged agricultural areas planted with various crops mostly rice and banana, and 19 hectares of fisheries. The recently logged damages to agricultural areas in Davao del Norte was added on top of the 16,828 hectares affected by the flooding incident in December, bringing about a toll on crops and fisheries estimated at P3.6 billion and P143.8 million damages to various infrastructure. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)

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-oooSUFFERING FOR NOT LISTENING TO, AND OBEYING, GOD: There should therefore be no doubt at all as to why many of our people are still suffering from great want and deprivation, despite the

outstanding performance of President Aquino and his economic team on improving the Philippine economy during the last two and a half years of his presidency. The Bible is clear: if we no longer listen to God, and no longer obey Him, suffering will come upon us as a people and will cause the destruction of many (see Deuteronomy 28:15-68 of the Bible). Surely, the admonitions of Jesus Christ against judging others were not listened to, and were simply disobeyed, by our lawmakers. And, it would appear now, not only in the case of Corona, but even in their day-to-day discharge of their duties and responsibilities, if we are to believe the charges and countercharges being aired now by our senators, ranging from using government funds to rent their own structures, to detailing Senate personnel to their respective turfs, to paying domestic helpers with Senate money. Erring lawmakers must therefore brace themselves for retribution from God, whether now, in this world, or later, in the life hereafter. There is penalty coming from the heavens, as Jesus himself said, in Matthew 7:24-27 of the Bible. When that time comes, there will be gnashing of teeth and wild crying because of pain, but salvation would no longer possible. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@, or

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deposit slip of P60,000 for the account of GAWAD KALINGA for the ROOF A CLASSROOM PROJECT. The donation will provide roofing to 3 classrooms in Davao Oriental. Much thanks, Atty. Dicky.

Quake rattles Davao province ZAMBOANGA City––A Magnitude 5.3 quake shook the southern Mindanao province of Davao del Sur before dawn Sunday, but authorities have reported no damage or injuries, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported. It said the quake was reported at around 1.31 a.m. near the town of Jose Abad Santos. The agency said the quake was tectonic in origin and was traced at about 80 kilometers under earth. The Philippines sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a 40,000-kilometer area where large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. It has more than 400 volcanoes and sometimes called the circumPacific seismic belt. (Mindanao Examiner)

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Last year, we honored Mindanao’s homegrown businesses... This year, let the Investors from outside the island who helped propel Mindanao’s economy for decades be recognized...thus,


RATIONALE OF THE PROJECT - This is the 2nd Mindanao Business Leaders Awards, in a different category from the first one. The 1st Mindanao Business Leaders Awards was undertaken last year to give due recognition to the achievements of various Mindanao business leaders and entrepreneurs in various categories of homegrown corporate and individual business leadership achievements. - This year’s search is aimed at giving honor and recognition of excellent business leaders in the investors’s category. - BusinessWeek Mindanao as a forerunner of information on economic leadership and entrepreneurial achievements of non-Mindanaoan corporations and businessmen, deems it a part of its social responsibility to trumpet the achievements of these pillars of Mindanao’s economy, for others to emulate and thus propel an awareness for the business potential that Mindanao offers in every economic and business investment plan, whether small or great. -We are helping Mindanao achieve sustainable development of its economy through these humble efforts.

MISSION & VISION OF THE AWARDS - The holding of BWM Awards annually serves as catalyst to the ongoing efforts of business leaders and entrepreneurs who seek greater heights and strive for success in the noble mission of propelling Mindanao and its people towards full economic growth and sustainable development.


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Entry Requirements: 1. Individual and Company/Establishment nominations shall be accompanied with Nomination Forms available on-line at the Sponsors Website, offices of sponsors, or in the printed page of Businessweek Mindanao and Mindanao Daily issues or may be mailed, if requested, by the Awards Secretariat 2. Nominees or candidates in various categories shall be nominated by BusinessWeek Mindanao and Mindanao Daily Bureaus; individuals, organization or groups not employed by or connected to any of the nominated person or firm . 3. Nominations shall be accompanied by the ff documents which can be mailed, or emailed to the awards secretariat - MINDANAO BUSINESS LEADERS AWARDS 2013 Secretariat, Tanleh Bldg., Abellanosa St., Cagayan de Oro City,not later than May 15, 2013. 4. Brief Resume and History of the Nominee (Individual or Firm) - Photos (at least 3) ; Nomination Form ; Documentary evidence such as certificates, awards or citations


Mindanao Daily News (January 29, 2013 Issue)  

Mindanao Daily News (January 29, 2013 Issue)