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By GERRY LEE GORIT, photo-journalist and RUEL PELONE, Managing editor

THE “Big 3” of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA)–Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and former President Joseph Estrada––will arrive in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday in time for the scheduled campaign sortie of UNA’s senatorial candidates for the midterm elections in May.

Bacolod’s ‘Team Patay’, lay people’s initiative

Eurobrands Distributor Inc. (EDI) Johnny T. Hernandez (second from left) leads the ribbon cutting during the grand launch of PSA Peugeot Citroen’s Cagayan de Oro Showroom on February 28, 2013, its first in Mindanao. Also in photo are Gregoire Olivier, PSA Chief Executive Officer for Asia (second from right), Lionel Faugeres, General Director for Asean, Jean Yves Dossal, Sales Director for Asian Operations, and Felix J. Mabilog Jr. President and COO, EDI. Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Uy

PROBABLY contrary to public perception, the Bacolod diocese’s ‘Team Patay/ Team Buhay’ campaign is not one bishop’s expression of political disapproval, but rather the lay people’s. Telling the inside story of how the diocese came up with the ‘Team Patay / Team Buhay’ campaign at the 4th Episcopal Commission on Family and Life (ECFL) national conference last Wednesday, Fr. Ronaldo Quijano said, the idea of campaigning against pro-RH candidates kept on cropping up again and initiative | page 10

Cynthia Villar honors enthroned Maranao Royalty By Frank E. Dosdos, Jr.

One of the leading senatorial candidates in the forthcoming May 13, elections, a favorite of the Maranaos, graced the enthronement of two prominent royal personalities in Lanao del Sur last February 16. Former Congresswoman of Las Pinas and Managing Director of Villar Foundation Cynthia Villar was the Guest of Honor during the enthronement of Sultan Ansary Maongco and Bai a Labi Nessren “Eleanor” Dimaporo Lantud of Tabib, Butig, Lanao del Sur. The affair was held at the Lanao del Sur honors | page 10

UNA’s senatorial candidates are Senator Gringo Honasan, Nancy Binay, San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito, Zambales Rep. Milagros Magsaysay, Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco and former sena-

tors Juan Miguel Zubiri, Ernesto Maceda, and Richard Gordon. The UNA bets will be joined at the Pelaez Rotunda by the local candidates of sortie | page 10

CAGAYAN de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano and his son Misamis Oriental second district Rep. Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano of the Nacionalista Party (NP) map out the last details for the coming sortie of the United Nationalist Alliance candidates in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday. The affair will be staged at the Pelaez Rotunda starting at 6 p.m. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit

10 Pinoy gunmen died as standoff in Sabah worsened

KUALA LUMPUR––Filipino gunmen were killed and law enforcers injured as gunshots were fired in a standoff between a Filipino rebel group and Malaysian authorities on Friday in a village in Malaysia’s Sabah state, Malaysian media reported. At least 10 rebel gunmen were killed and four others injured, according to the Star, while three worsened | page 10

At Center is Senatorial Candidate Cythia Villar with Royalties in Lanao del Sur.


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BOC exec dismissed over unexplained wealth THE Office of the Om- Customs collector assigned budsman has ordered the at the Mindanao Container dismissal of a Bureau of Terminal Phividec in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental for alleged unexplained wealth DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL and failure to disclose his SETTLEMENT OF PORTION OF SHARE OF ESTATE WITH SALE residential lot in Davao City that he acquired in 1998 Notice is hereby given that the in his Statement of Assets, intestate estate of the Late VICTOLiabilities and Net Worth. RIANO CLAUDEL, who died intestate on January 11, 1992, in Quibonbon, In a nine-page order El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, upon approved by Deputy Omhis death left a parcel of land, which budsman for Luzon Gerard have been inherited by his surviving children and which parcel of land Mosquera on Feb. 12, 2013, inherited have been partitioned and the Ombudsman found Cussubdivided by them and each one of toms Collector IV Lowell these heirs have their own respecLomuljo Medija, “guilty tive share as could be shown by the Subdivision Sketch Plan to which their of Gross Neglect of Duty share are indicated therein, and said and Serious Dishonesty parcel of land is particularly described and meted the penalty of as follows, to wit; “A parcel of land dismissal from the service, situated at Quibonbon, El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, containing an area of with accessory penalties of 2,025 square meters, more or less, cancellation of eligibility, base in the tax Declaration, however, when actually surveyed it has an area of 3,621 square meters, more or less, under Cad Lot No. 11744-Cad 237. That the share per Subdivision Sketch Plan, of herein VENDOR Albino M. Claudel is located in the South Western part of the land and it is particularly described and bounded as follows to wit; On the North by Remaining part, share of Cenon M. Claudel; on the South by Lot 11691 or Lot 024; on the East by share of Trinidad C. Saplot or Remaining part; on the West by Lot 004; containing an area of 335 square meters, more or less is the subject of DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF PORTION OF SHARE OF ESTATE WITH SALE made and executed by and between; ALBINO M. CLAUDEL, of legal age, Filipino citizen, married, and resident of Dicklum, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, Philippines, hereinafter called the VENDOR; and MANASIS CLAUDEL, likewise of legal age, Filipino citizen, married to Elaine Joy G. Claudel, and resident of Quibonbon, El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, Philippines, hereinafter referred to as VENDEE. For and in consideration of the sum of FIVE THOUSAND PESOS (P5,000.00) Philippine currency, paid in cash by the VENDEE unto the VENDOR, as per Doc. No. 360; Page No. 73; Book No. 47; Series of 2003, under Notary Public of ATTY. DAMASO P. TUBELLEJA. MDN: FEB. 23, MARCH 2 & 9, 2013

NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that the estate of MARIETTA P. CASTRO, who died intestate in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte on September 19, 1993, consisting of a parcel of land (Lot No. 1, F-13-000460-D) situated in Buhangin, Butuan City covered by Katibayan ng Orihinal na Titulo Blg. 6180 containing an area of 2,373 square meters, is the subject of an EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AMONG THE HEIRS OF THE LATE MARIETTA P. CASTRO made and entered into by deceased Marietta P. Castro’s children and only surviving legal heirs, namely, Eleuterio P. Castro, Jr., Marilyn Castro-Valenzuela, and Joseph Castro, per Doc. No. 156; Page No. 16; Book No. LXXXIX; Series of 2013 of the Notarial Registry of Atty. Richard L. Lamigo, Notary Public for and in the City of Butuan. MDN: FEB. 16,23 & March 2 2013

By Perfecto T. Raymundo of the Philippine News Agency

forfeiture of retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification for reemployment in the government service.” The case arose from the complaint filed by Department of Finance-Revenue Integrity Protection Service Intelligence Officer Oscar Moratin and Intelligence Agent Crispin Velarde after Medija flunked a lifestyle check and was found to have amassed unexplained wealth and properties with his annual gross income of

P511,668. The complaint alleged Medija did not include in his SALNs his house and lot in Talomo Bucana Moondland Subdivision in Davao City, while his son, Brian Dexter, owns another lot yet he had no financial means to purchase the same. Investigators found out Medija’s wife, Evelyn, also owns another residential lot under her name. It was also discovered Medija owns a piggery, a

5.5-hectare agricultural tract of land with various plantations of pomelos, bananas and mangoes, six poultry buildings, and a residential lot in Toril Eden Mountain Haven Subdivision in Davao City. The Ombudsman said the significant and unexplainable increases in Medija’s networth for the years 2002 (P1,930,000); 2003 (P500,000); and 2008 P554,235.90. “By law, these unexplain-

able acquisitions of wealth are deemed unlawfully acquired. Thus, for having increased his net worth by sourcing the funds…from illegitimate means, respondent is adjudged guilty of dishonesty,” it said. “From the evidence adduced, there are reasonable grounds to conclude that respondent’s wealth have not been legitimately acquired…[and] there appears to be sufficient factual and legal bases for this Office to conduct forfeiture proceedings,” it added. (PNA)

EBESE program reduces costs, raises profitability A local company engaged in manufacturing and exporting metal parts has increased its output by 30 percent and reduced costs by ten percent through implementation of a productivity building program. Jennet Tam, general manager of OEM Parts Manufacturing Corporation, said her firm has been implementing the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) Big

Enterprise Small Enterprise (EBESE) program for already a year. “We noticed the benefits of 5S. It increases product and process quality. We now work faster, there are a lot of plant improvements... Products’ rejects were also reduced by five percent,” she said. The EBESE is a productivity improvement program aimed to enhance the competitive-

Republic of the Philippine Local Civil Registry Office Province of Misamis Oriental MUNICIPALITY OF CLAVERIA OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. No. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that ZOTICA GALENDEZ PAGULONG – PONCE has filed with this Office a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error in her DATE OF BIRTH from “JANUARY 1, 1958” to “JANUARY 12, 1958” in the Certificate of Live Birth of JOTICA GALENDEZ PAGALONG who was born on JANUARY 12, 1958 at CLAVERIA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL and whose parents are GERONIMO PAGULONG and DOROTEA PAGARAN GALENDEZ. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her writer opposition with this Office not later than MARCH 4, 2013. (SGD.) ANNA VICTORIA A. EVANGELISTA Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Feb. 23 & Mar. 2, 2013

ness of small and medium (SME) exporters through the application of output improvement tools such as 5S or good housekeeping, plant layout and production processes. Meanwhile, GEM Foods International General Manager Gemma Perez said they started implementing the EBESE program in January this year to improve profitability and reduce labor cost. “We need intervention of 5S to achieve productivity. The more we deliver products, the cycle becomes faster,” she said. Jaime Bandoles, general manager of Coco Plus Aquarian Development Corporation, said they shall undertake the program for the next three months in a bid to prepare itself for eventual venture or expansion into wider export markets. The company exports virgin coconut oil as food supplement and natural cosmetics mainly to Japan. It also supplies the local market. Bandoles said the firm is also eyeing to explore new

technologies to be able to meet the increased volume requirements. He added that science and technology (S&T) improvement plan can also support Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) to ensure compliance to customer and legal requirements. Alex Pineda, production manager of Siloworks Incorporated, said his company benefited from the 5S program with good work flow, fewer hazards, careful purchasing of item and improved self-esteem of employees. The EBESE program participants have already reached more than 300 companies from various industries --automotive, food, agro-industries, semiconductor, printing and packaging, fashion accessories, furniture and décor. The program is implemented by the ECOP Institute for Productivity and Competitiveness (EIPC) Foundation and is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). -- Danielle Venz, PHILEXPORT News and Features

Media groups demand probe, relief of Davao City police chief By Lorie Ann Cascaro of

DAVAO C i t y – – Me d i a groups issued separate statements on Thursday calling for an investigation and filing of charges against policemen who allegedly mauled Inquirer correspondent Karlos Manlupig during a news coverage on Wednesday. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) national council was more specific: it urged Local Governments Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima to “immediately relieve” Davao City police chief , Senior Superintendent Ronald de la Rosa, “for command responsibility” and “have him and his abusive men investigated and file criminal and administrative charges against them.” The Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines (PCP) called on the PNP Blocked. Before boarding buses to return to their typhoon-devastated towns, protesters to “immediately take action marched towards Sta. Ana police station at the next block from Leon Garcia St. Thursday morning against the erring police- to fetch two detained members of Barug Katawhan but police stopped them from proceeding. The men.” detainees were released at 3:20 p.m. at the Davao City Police Office to Barug leaders and Bayan police | page 11 Muna’s 2nd nominee Carlos Isagani Zarate. MindaNews photo by Jude O. Arguillas

Fewer schools seeking tuition hikes: Ched-11 By Joey Sem Dalumpines

DAVAO City––An official of the Commission on Higher Education in Davao Region has noticed a reduction in the number of private colleges and universities seeking tuition and matriculation fee increases for the school year 2013-2014. Speaking in the KapIhan sa PIA Friday, Raul Alvarez, director of the CHED XI said 29 out of 80 academic institutions in Region XI submitted their corresponding proposal to increase school fees compared to 45 private colleges and universities last year. He su r m is e d many schools might have given consideration not to increase tuition fees due to the impact of typhoon Pablo to many families, such as displacement and loss of economic livelihood. Alvarez said that as of March 1, a total of 26 private academic institutions applied for increase in tuition and other fees, of which 19 come from Davao City, two from Davao del Sur, four from Davao del Norte and one from Compostela Valley. He also said that only one higher education tuition | page 11




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Flooded families return to their homes By Shahana Joy E. Duerme

KORONADAL City - Families affected by recent flooding in nine villages in Kabacan, North Cotabato have already returned to their homes. Municipal Social Welfare and De velopment Officer Susan Macalipat said that last Saturday, villagers came back to t h e i r h om e s af t e r t h e water le vel of Pulangi River has subsided. However, Macalipat emphasized that these families are still in need of food and clean water. At the height of flooding last week, about 3,500 families had evacuated to safer and higher places

when Pulangi River broke its banks. Most of them built temporarily shelters along the Davao-Cotabato national highway. Affected villages included Kayaga, Salapungan, Pedtad, Buluan, Nangaan, Magatos, Tamped, Simone and Simbuhay. Macalipat expressed apprehension over the wors ening f l o o d inc idents in the area. She said previously it would take three days after a

heavy rain in the area of Bukidnon province before this part of Kabacan is affected by flooding. This year, however, it on ly to ok a day for the Pulangi to break its banks. The rate of increase in the water level as well as speed of floodwater has also heightened this year. The recent flooding was caused by the tropical depression "Crising" Meanwhile, the Mu-

nicipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) coordinates with the local

government unit (LGU) in monitoring the situation of the river as well as t he f lo o de d places.

The LGU also continues the distribution of relief packs to affected villages. (SJDuerme-PIA12/asf )

SOUTH Cotabato - Some 8,000 board feet of sawn lumber was turned over by the Philippine National Police - Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNPCIDG) to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Monday, February 25, 2013. The turn-over rite, witnessed by government personnel and the media, was held at the Productivity and Technology (PROTECH) Center, Alunan Avenue, this city. At a conservative estimate of P45/bd. ft., the apprehended shipment of lumber of lauan and other assorted species can fetch a price of P360,000 locally. The said haul, loaded in a 14-wheeler Isuzu truck with plate number RDU-924, was seized by CIDG operatives stationed along Alunan Avenue, this city, on February 24, 2013

for lack of documents. This is also in violation of the logging moratorium on cutting of naturally-grown trees pursuant to Executive Order No. 23 issued by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III in 2011. The formal turn-over of the apprehended forest products with the truck was made by CIDG Police Chief Inspector Rodolfo A. Pascua to Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Shalimar A. Disomangcop of the DENR stationed in nearby Municipality of Banga which has jurisdiction of the City of Koronadal. CENRO – Banga covers the second congressional district of South Cotabato DENR XII Regional Executive Director Saikol who witnessed the event said that the DENR shall give due process to those involved in the said case.

“Whoever is behind all these illegal acts should face the consequences of his actions, Saikol declared.” Moreover, Police Senior Superintendent Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr., PNP Regional Chief bared that with the help of civilians they were able to monitor and apprehend said conveyance. He also assured the DENR to continually monitor illegal activities together with his group. Meanwhile, CENRO Disomangcop revealed that his office has filed a criminal case in court yesterday, the 26th day of February, against those behind the illegal shipment, The undocumented lumber including the truck used for transport are now temporarily impounded at the provincial compound of the PNP-CIDG in Koronadal City. (RHSumagpao/CGValdez/MC Locsin/ DENR XII/asf).

PNP-CIDG turns over P360,000 ECC no guarantee for SMI to mine – MGB exec worth of lumber to DENR By Allen V. Estabillo of MindaNews

GENERAL Santos City The issuance of a conditional environmental compliance certificate (ECC) to foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) does not guarantee that the company would eventually be allowed to mine the vast copper and gold resources in the tri-boundaries of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Davao del Sur provinces, a regional environment official said. Constancio Paye Jr., regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-Region 12, said Wednesday SMI will need to comply with a number of vital requirements and undergo several evaluation and assessment processes before the DENR would decide on whether the firm could pursue or not with its planned large-scale mining operations in the area. “An ECC is not a permit to mine the area. It’s a document that details a set of conditionalities for the company to comply with before it could proceed with the processing of the project’s other environmental requirements,” he said in a radio interview. The official said SMI will need to further accomplish the formulation and submission of a declaration of mining project feasibility, the project’s environmental protection and enhancement program, final mine rehabilitation and decommissioning plan and free prior and informed consent, among others. He said the company is also required to engage with

the area’s local government units, especially with the provincial government of South Cotabato, for the other permitting requirements. On Tuesday, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje issued a conditional ECC to the company’s US$5.9-billion Tampakan copper-gold project despite a standing ban on open-pit mining implemented by the provincial government of South Cotabato. Among the conditions cited in the ECC were the settlement of the question on social acceptability, protection of the rights of indigenous people, land access under the Department of Agrarian Reform and the willingness to assume continuing liability over any environmental damage. The open-pit ban, which was embodied in the province’s environment code, was the main reason for the DENR’s denial in January last year of SMI’s application for ECC. SMI, which is controlled by the world’s fourth largest copper producer, Xstrata Copper, had disclosed that it would employ the controversial open-pit mining method for its operations, a move vehemently opposed by local environmental groups and the Roman Catholic Church. “SMI will also have to hurdle that (open-pit ban) before it could eventually proceed to the construction and development stage,” Paye said. MGB-12 and other mining proponents in the region have pending petitions before the South Cotabato provincial board for a review and

revision of the open-pit ban mining provision of the provincial environment code. Paye did say how the company should deal with the issue on the open-pit ban but noted that the agency will continue with its appeal and engagements on the matter with the provincial government. Meantime, with the issuance of the conditional ECC, the official said the agency will soon work on the convening of the project’s mine rehab fund committee. He said the committee will be composed of representatives from local stakeholders, concerned government agencies and nongovernment organizations. “It will be tasked to implement and review the environmental plans of the company as well as deputize a multipartite team that will monitor its compliance to the provisions of the environmental protection and enhancement program on the ground,” he said. Paye said the establishment of the committee were among the safeguards set by the DENR to ensure the company’s compliance with environmental standards in all of its pre-mining activities. SMI’s conditional ECC covers the project located in Tampakan, South Cotabato; Malungon, Sarangani; Columbio in Sultan Kudarat; and Kiblawan in Davao del Sur. The 9,605-hectare Tampakan project is expected to produce an average annual yield of 375,000 metric tons of copper and 360,000 ounces of gold. (Allen V. Estabillo / MindaNews/asf)

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One dead, 49,000 persons affected by floods in AgSur By David M. Suyao

PATIN-AY, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur - One person died by drowning, while 49,073 persons or 10,599 families were affected by the recent floods in this province brought about by continuous rains, since last week, according to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. The fatality was identified as Iped Manligayan, a fouryear-old boy from San Luis town.Consolidated partial report from six municipalities reveal that 45 barangays were affected. As of February 26, the municipality of Veruela had 12 barangays affected, with 12,125 persons. The second hardest hit is San Luis with 11 barangays and 19,577 persons affected.

Sta. Josefa ranked third with 10 barangays affected with 1,500 persons; La Paz with eight barangays with 10,250 persons; Prosperidad with three barangays affected with 5,000 persons;

and Loreto with only one barangay and 621 persons. Three municipalities also reported damages on agricultural crops, mostly rice. In Sta. Josefa, 395 hectares planted with rice were

damaged, Veruela with 441 hectares of rice field damaged, and Esperanza with 494 rice fields and two hectares of corn fields were damaged. The municipality of La

TA N DAG C i t y - T h e Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Surigao del Sur distr i bute d re l i ef g o o d s to victims of typhoon “Pablo” in the various barangays of L ingig, this province recently. About 1,500 house-

holds comprising of three (3) barangays (Tagpoporan, Bong-gan and Barcelona) were extended of the help not only the affected agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) but as wel l as the residents of the said barangays.

Donations came from DA R C ar ag a 1 3 , DA R Region 10, Clean Philippines Mancagangi C h ap t e r Ta n d a g C i t y, CARES Cooperative, DA R L a d i e s A s s o c i a t i on , DA R E mp l oy e e s Association-Surigao del Sur Chapter and some

private individuals. “It was indeed a fulfilling activity to be able to impart in one way or another to ease the plight of those affected”, PARO Benjamin Mataksil said. (NGBT/DAR-SDS/Myra Q. Yu/PIA Surigao del Sur/asf )

Paz has already released 120 relief packs to affected families, where each pack contained two kilos rice, one tin sardines, and two sachets noodles.

The PDRRMC and the MDRRMCs are already conducting actual assessment on the extent of damages brought by the recent floods. (DMS/PIA-Caraga/asf)

DAR-SDS distributes relief goods to victims of typhoon Pablo




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Dura lex sed lex. A former president of a closed rural bank learned this well-known legal adage the hard way after the Supreme Court declared his earlier conviction for estafa through falsification “final and executory.” Hilario P. Soriano, former Chairman/President of the closed Rural Bank of San Miguel (Bulacan), had been convicted of estafa through falsification— in a case filed by his own brother Antonio—before the Manila Regional Trial Court. Instead of applying for probation, Soriano appealed his conviction before the CA, which affirmed the conviction. When said conviction was appealed before the Supreme Court, the conviction was again reaffirmed. The

Speaking Out Ignacio Bunye SC decision became final and executory on September 17, 2012. Soriano is now imprisoned at the New Bilibid Prisons in Muntinlupa City, where he is serving a term of four months to four years. He was also ordered to pay a fine of P5,000. But his woes wont end there. Soriano is actually facing a slew of estafa cases filed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. The criminal cases stemmed from his “fraudulent misappropria-

tion” of the proceeds of the Rural Bank of San Miguel’s emergency loans from the BSP—prior to the bank’s declaration of a bank holiday. Investigation conducted by the BSP’s Office of Special Investigation, headed by Atty. Gene Penaco, revealed that part of the emergency loan proceeds eventually ended up in Soriano’s Valle Verde residence. In a decision dated April 3, 2007, the Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch

11 convicted Soriano on all four counts of estafa filed by the BSP. He was sentenced to suffer imprisonment of 10 to 14 years for each count, and to pay the BSP and co-complainant Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation an approximate amount of P33.6 million. The following year, another Malolos RTC branch convicted Soriano of one count of estafa. The Malolos RTC Branch 15 sentenced the former rural bank president to imprisonment of 10 to 12 years. He was also ordered to pay the BSP the amount of P360,000. Soriano then appealed both convictions before the Court of Appeals (CA). However the appellate court WARNING | page 10

What if we wrestle God?

THE name Jacob means in the Bible as “deceiver,” but more literally it means “grabber.” To know Jacob’s story is to know his life was one of never-ending struggles. His story would tell us that God promised Jacob that through him would come not only a great nation, but a whole company of nations, he was a man full of fears and anxieties. He had a twin brother named Esau. Esau vowed to kill Jacob because of a statement said carelessly. All Jacob’s struggles and fears are about to be realized. Sick of his father-in-law’s treatment, Jacob has fled Laban, only to encounter his embittered brother, Esau. Now physically exhausted, alone in the desert wilderness, facing sure death, he’s divested of all his worldly possessions. In fact, he’s powerless to

The New Generation Alex A. Podador control his fate. He collapses into a deep sleep on the banks of the Jabbok River. But only then did his real struggle begin. Fleeing his family history had been bad enough; wrestling with God Himself was a different matter altogether. That night an angelic stranger visited Jacob. They wrestled throughout the night until daybreak, at which point the stranger crippled Jacob with a blow to his hip that disabled him with a limp for the rest of his life. It was by then Jacob knew

what had happened: “I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared” (Genesis 32:30). In the process, Jacob the deceiver received a new name, Israel, which likely means “He struggles with God.” However, what is most important occurs at the conclusion of that struggle. We read that God “blessed him there” (Genesis 32:29). As a result, Jacob does what we all must do. He confronts his failures, his weaknesses, his sins, all the things that are hurting him

. . . and faces God. Jacob wrestled with God all night. It was an exhausting struggle that left him crippled. It was only after he came to grips with God and ceased his struggling, realizing that he could not go on without Him, that he received God’s blessing (Genesis 32:29). The story of Jacob wrestling with God gives us a lesson that our lives are never meant to be easy. This is especially true when we take it upon ourselves to wrestle with God and His will for our lives. We also learn that as Christians, despite our trials, our strivings in this life are never lacking of God’s presence, and His blessing follows the struggle, which can sometimes be messy and chaotic. Real growth experiences always involve struggle and pain.

Kiram: MILF urged US to join M’nao war LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and selfdiscipline…” (2 Timothy 1:7, the Holy Bible). -oooCOMELEC INUTILE VS. POLL VIOLATORS? For the Commission on Elections, here is a text message from a listener of mine at my daily radio program “Kakampi Mo Ang Batas” at GV AM 792 in Angeles City, Pampanga: “Gud am atorny batas. Sa ngalan ng Diyos, matagal na ako botante. Meron na bang nakulong sa mga kandidato na lumabag sa batas? Tila bingi ata Comelec. Salamat po, God bless” My translation: “Good morning Atty. Batas. In the name of God, I have been a voter of long standing. Is there any candidate who

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio had been sent to prison because of violations of the law? It seems the Comelec is deaf about this. Thank you, God bless”. Indeed, the question is very valid, especially because we are once again in the midst of election campaigning for the 2013 electoral exercise. We see blatant violations of the law against putting up of posters, billboards and other propaganda materials just anywhere, but the Comelec appears simply inutile and

unable to do anything. Or, perhaps, it is not moving because the candidates violating this law are on their side? -oooSULTAN KIRAM’S LETTER TO PNOY, PART III: Here is the third installment of the October 15, 2012 letter of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III to President Aquino over the Sabah claims of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo: “(The Jabidah Massacre) also diverted public opinion and international

attention away from the Sulu Sultanate’s pursuit of its historical rights over Sabah. In this way, armed conflict was brought into Mindanao, and it has persisted until today. “The developing contention between world powers over the South China Sea has significant bearing on the Mindanao situation. It is commonly known that the United States views China’s military and economic influence in the region as a threat. Containment and engagement are twin policies which it employs in dealings with China. “Scholarly studies by academicians and think tank organizations suggest that the strategic location of Mindanao relative to the sea lanes of communications in the South China Sea URGED | page 10


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NEW CLASSROOM. STEAG State Power Inc (SPI) Plant Manager Dr. Carsten Evers (right) led the ceremonial turn-over of a new classroom building at the Sta. Cruz Elementary School in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. Tagoloan Mayor Paulino Emano (3rd from left) said the new facility is a timely intervention to address the shortage of classrooms in public schools especially in the light of the K2+12 program of the Department of Education. The new facility will be expanded this year into a two-story building with an aggregate cost of P1.5 million. The project is part of Steag’s continuing commitment to support efforts in providing quality public education for its host communities in Misamis Oriental.

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CAGAYAN DE ORO AREA Commencing on March 15, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. those establishment above will set a public auction all overdue pledges left in the same up to Oct. 2012. Patrons are enjoined to verify their receipts. MANAGEMENT Sa Marso 15, 2013 sa mga alas 9:00 sa buntag ang tanang butang naremati, isubasta diri sa tagsatagsa, nga buhatan nga ginganlan sa itaas. Tanang Butapg penerenda nga wala malukat hangtud sa Oct. 2012, maapil sa subasta. Giawhag ang tanang suki sa pagsusi sa ilang resibo. TAGDUMALA

Improving the roads, ports, and shipping services in Mindanao can prevent the significant losses regularly incurred during the transport of fresh produce from the region to other areas in the country, resulting in lower consumer prices and higher profit for supply chain players. This was the recommendation of a recent study on the importance of transport and logistics infrastructure to interregional trade in the country. Surveyed for the study

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were papaya, lettuce and tomato farmers, traders, transporters, and wholesaler-retailers in Mindanao, who all decried the high cost of transporting agricultural products from the region to Metro Manila and Visayas due to the poor state of the transport and logistics structure in the south. Gilberto M. Llanto, one of the study authors, in his article “How Critical Is Transport and Logistics Infrastructure to Interregional Trade? The Case of HighValue Fruits and Vegetables

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in Mindanao” noted that as much as 20 percent to 50 percent of fresh produce from the region can be lost as it moves along the supply chain from farm to end consumers. Mindanao is the largest producer of food and live animals, with 90 percent of its produce going to the major urban markets of Luzon and Visayas, Llanto said. Based on the survey, bad roads and inefficient port and shipping study | page 10

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ILIGAN LANAO AREA Commencing on March 16, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. those establishment above will set a public auction all overdue pledges left in the same up to Oct. 2012. Patrons are enjoined to verify their receipts. MANAGEMENT Sa Marso 16, 2013 sa mga alas 9:00 sa buntag ang tanang butang naremati, isubasta diri sa tagsatagsa, nga buhatan nga ginganlan sa itaas. Tanang Butang penerenda nga wala malukat hangtud sa Oct. 2012, maapil sa subasta. Giawhag ang tanang suki sa pagsusi sa ilang resibo.



Commencing on March 18, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. those establishment above will set a public auction all overdue pledges in the same up to Oct. 2012. Patrons are enjoined to verify their receipts.

Commencing on March 19, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. those establishment above will set a public auction all overdue pledges in the same up to Oct. 2012. Patrons are enjoined to verify their receipts.



Sa Marso 18, 2013 sa mga alas 9:00 sa buntag ang tanang butang naremati, isubasta diri sa tagsatagsa, nga buhatan nga ginganlan sa itaas. Tanang Butang penerenda nga wala malukat hangtud sa Oct. 2012, maapil sa subasta. Giawhag ang tanang suki sa pagsusi sa ilang resibo.

Sa Marso 19, 2013 sa mga alas 9:00 sa buntag ang tanang butang naremati, isubasta diri sa tagsatagsa, nga buhatan nga ginganlan sa itaas. Tanang Butang penerenda nga wala malukat hangtud sa Oct. 2012, maapil sa subasta. Giawhag ang tanang suki sa pagsusi sa ilang resibo.




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and the favorable disposition of the Philippines toward the United States compared to other Asian countries are the two reasons why the Philippines, more specifically Mindanao, plays a key role to U.S. strategy in this part of the world. -oooMILF URGED US TO BE INVOLVED IN MINDANAO WAR---KIRAM: “On January 20, 2003 the MILF, through its Chairman Hashim Salamat, wrote a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush, openly inviting U.S. involvement in the Mindanao conflict. This letter was shown to then Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who felt that it did not merit serious attention because the Bush administration was pursuing a policy of global war on terrorism. “The MILF letter invoked U.S. protectorate status, citing the Kiram-Bates Treaty of 1899. However, it was silent on the fact that the Treaty was between the U.S. government and the Sultanate of Sulu, not the Philippine Revolutionary Government under the leadership of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. “Ironically, all throughout the peace negotiations, the talks have been exclusively between the Philippine government and the MILF, and the Sultanate has had no participation in it…” -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email:, mmauriciojr111@

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again among ordinary Catholics during a series of seminars and workshops after the passage of the RH Law. Post-RH “We tried to saturate the whole diocese [with workshops on the implications of the RH Law on Catholic life] the whole month with the same theme coming from their sharings: ‘Team Patay’, ‘Team Buhay’… It is coming from the lay faithful. The Holy Spirit is working through you,” Fr. Quijano, the diocesan family and life director of Bacolod, said. According to Fr. Quijano, the passage of R.A. 10354 seemed to symbolize a clear demarcation line between pre- and post-RH fervor among Catholics in Bacolod that is re-energizing the Church. He recounted to some 200 family and life coordinators and lay leaders how Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra resolutely told his clergy and leaders before posting the controversial tarpaulin, “I am willing to uphold everything that has been written there.” Adding light-heartedly,

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Editorial. : Advertising : he said, “If they send me to prison for standing for the sanctity of human life, I want you all to be with me!” To which, according to Fr. Quijano, they replied, “Bishop we will be with you. We will evangelize the prison guards!” From the priests to the pastors Apparently, the move to post the ‘Team Patay/Team Buhay’ tarpaulin was not a spur of the moment. Starting with pastoral letters on the RH issue that were read during the Advent season, last December 24 and 31, wave after wave of seminars and workshops on the teachings of the Church on life, human sexuality, and marriage were organized in Bacolod. The first batch, which Bishop Navarra personally called for, included seminarians, priests and other members of the religious. Not long after, parochial school teachers, liturgical ministers, acolytes, mass collectors, and even choir members also attended the seminar, which discussed the reasons behind Catholic opposition to the RH Law. Soon, even members of the Bacolod media, doctors and nurses underwent the workshops. It was also during this time that the diocese decided to put up big red flags in all the churches to signify a collective protest against the law. Eventually, the dominantly Catholic anti-RH bloc would find unlikely allies in 30 Protestant pastors and their families, who committed themselves to the same cause as the Church. Finally, the workshops reached the lay associations, organizations and the grassroots through the BECs (basic ecclesial communities). Jesus, our PR man All throughout, according to Fr. Quijano, the diocese would feel the support of its bishop – mostly, silent but steady. “[Bp. Navarra’s] presence was already a big support for the pro-life movement. [He] did not speak a word, but his presence is like a big bang,” Quijano said. Q u ij an o e n d e d h i s 10-minute sharing by saying the diocese is intensifying its campaign even more in the coming months. “We are on the side of truth and Jesus is our PR man,” he said. The diocese of Bacolod sent one of the biggest delegations to attend the recent ECFL conference with 55 participants flying in to attend the event last February 26- 28 at the St. Michael retreat house in Antipolo City, Rizal. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]

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Malaysian forces were injured in the gunfight. Villagers said they saw bodies being taken out of the village as they continued

to hear gunshots. Home affairs minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in his twitter that the rebel gunmen had fired shots at the Malaysian security forces at 10 a.m. Friday morning, which may have triggered the gunfight. But he denied reports of casualties and said the negotiations would continue. A press conference by the Malaysian authorities is scheduled to be held at 4 p.m. Friday. Malaysian security forces were said to have advanced into Tanduo village, where the rebel group was holed up in an enforced blockade after the rebel group failed to heed an ultimatum set by both the Filipino and Malaysian authorities to leave. The rebels were reported to have fired shots in the air to warn off the Malaysian security forces a day earlier. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak remarked at a press conference on Friday that “the group must realize that what they are doing is a serious offense.” The Malaysian government has set last Sunday a deadline for the rebel group to leave the country while the Filipino government extended it to Tuesday. Malaysian authorities have been in a standoff since February 9 with a group of about 180 Filipinos who invaded parts of Sabah’s eastern Lahad Datu to reclaim the area as their ancestral territory. Some 30 people among the group were said to be armed. Rounds of negotiation by officials from both Malaysia and the Philippines went futile as the rebel group insisted they will never surrender, rejecting calls by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to leave Sabah peacefully. The intruders were followers of Philippine sultan based in restive southern Philippines, Jamalul Kiram, who insisted Sabah is his home and that his Sulu sultanate once controlled parts of Borneo. The Malaysian government had kept mum about the negotiation process, citing concerns that sensationalization on the case would jeopardize the group’s deportation. Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, Jamalul’s brother who led the “ royal army” in Sabah, told Filipino radio dzBB in an interview on Friday that his group was being shot at and there have been casualties. The Malaysian forces were said to have come as close as 300 meters to where the group was holed up. The Philippines has last Sunday sent a humanitarian ship with Filipino-Muslim leaders, social workers and medical personnel onboard to Sabah in an attempt to ferry back the women and other civilians among the rebel group. Analysts have said the

group had resorted to invading Sabah after they felt being left out in a landmark peace deal between the Philippine government and Muslim separatist group Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which was brokered by Malaysia. A report from the Philippine News Agency

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affirmed both convicti ons. The CA also modified the judgment of the earlier conviction: Soriano was sentenced to suffer imprisonment of four to 20 years—instead of 10 to 14 years—for each count. Soriano has elevated both convictions before the Supreme Court, which has yet to resolve both appeals. In the meantime, the BSP had filed six more criminal cases of the same nature against Soriano. The estafa cases, filed in 2000, are now pending before the RTC-Malolos Branches 17 and 83. This should serve as fair warning to wayward bank officers who violate their fiduciary responsibility that requires high standards of integrity and performance. --Note: My book, Central Banking for Every Juan and Maria, is now available at the following outlets: Fully Booked – Bonifacio Global City, Powerplant Mall (Rockwell), Katipunan. Power Books – Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt 4, Serendra. National Book Store – Greenbelt 1, Powerplant Mall (Rockwell), Cash and Carry, Market Market, SM Mega Mall.

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Capitol Auditorium. According to Maranao custom the Sultan is the Head of the Community while the Bai a Labi is the equivalent of the Sultan in leading the women population. Some call the Bai a Labi, their queen. Ansary is known to be a prominent personality in his profession and among the people of Butig and the whole province of Lanao del Sur while Lantud is the incumbent Mayor of Pantao Ragat, Lanao del Norte. In her message, Villar give her wishes to Ansary and Lantud for their successes and the prosperity of their respective domains. She also praised the Maranaos for being mostly business-minded. She said that Maranao businessmen and traders are found everywhere throughout the country. She told the crowd of hundreds of people from the different Sultanates of Lanao del Sur that she has started Livelihood Projects in Lanao del Sur among many that she has throughout the country through the Villar Foundation. These will be replicated in many more places in

Mindanao and nationwide once she becomes a Senator, she said. Her mention of livelihood projects was applauded many times by the audience. It can be noted that according to NEDA records, Lanao del Sur, one of the provinces in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is among the poorest provinces in the country. After the enthronement ceremony, Villar was welcomed at the LASURECO Offices in another part of Marawi City where she formally opened the Consumers’ Park within the compound of the said cooperative.

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the Padayon Pilipino party for Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental. Policemen have started securing the area for the affair that will start at six in the evening. According to Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano, head of the Padayon party, their supporters from 74 of the 80 barangays of the city will come in full force. The Padayon bets will be led by Emano who is seeking re-election, his son Misamis Oriental 2nd District Rep. Yevgeny “Bambi Emano who is eyeing the province’s gubernatorial post, vice gubernatorial bet Joey Pelaez, and re-electionist Cagayan de Oro City 1st District Rep. Benjo Benaldo. Aside from running under the local PaDayon Pilipino, Bambi is the official candidate of Nacionalista Party (NP) whose titular head is Senator Manny Villar. They will be accompanied by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas, city councilors, City Hall Administrator Atty. Leon Gan, and provincial officials led by Opol Mayor Dexter Yasay. The Padayon bets will also campaign for the UNA senatorial candidates. Thousands of supporters, who will be fed meals during the meeting, will be grouped according to barangays under their respective chairmen. Earlier, last week, the Padayon candidates joined a unity walk around the city to campaign for clean and honest elections. The walk was participated by various sectors with Archbishop Antonio Ledesma urging the crowd to vote intelligently.

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facilities prevent small farmers and growers from fully accessing the demand centers, leading to higher costs in transporting produce, greater risk of spoilage, lower quality of the produce, and higher risk of road accidents. Surveyed traders complained about the high cost of transport rental, absence

of good-quality road network from source to market, lack of links between farm roads and main roads, and the high cost of fuel. Truckers and shippers polled decried the poorly constructed farm-to-market roads that increase the incidence of truck breakdowns, leading to high maintenance costs and greater number of road accidents. Wholesalers and retailers said their profitability was affected by spoilage and wastage that could affect about 11% to 12% of the total volume of produce they transport. Spoilage arises from poor handling, wrong loading practices at farms, poor storage facilities, and delays in transport of perishable agricultural products because of poor road conditions. The transport and shipping infrastructure in the country, on the other hand, is relatively accessible because several domestic shipping lines serve major shipping routes from Mindanao to Metro Manila and the urban centers of the Visayas, Llanto said. But most shippers ship their farm produce under less-than-container load (LCL) arrangements, which are more costly, tedious and time-consuming than full-container-load shipping because of the added process of consolidating various types of products. An alternative for small producers is to use rollon-roll-off (RORO) ships, which is more affordable and convenient. “However, small farmers or growers who do not have transport equipment and are not properly organized will not be able to take advantage of RORO shipping,” said Llanto. The study authors said that the best solution to the problem is to improve the road, transport, and shipping network in Mindanao. “Better and more reliable road and transport infrastructure will help to expand production, increase valueadded of those commodities, generate employment, and contribute to poverty reduction in Mindanao,” Llanto said. The study urged the government to invest in road and port infrastructure that will connect producing areas to markets, improve RORO services for greater connectivity of markets and mobility of people, and properly implement regulations covering the supply chain, such as those on permits and licensing and on safety standards. It also recommended greater accountability from local governments units in ensuring that farm-tomarket roads in their areas are properly constructed and maintained. -- Mel Ascutia, PHILEXPORT News and Features


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institution applied solely for tuition fee hike in Davao City, while two higher education institutions from Davao City and Davao del Sur, respectively applied for increase in other fees. “The rest of the institutions which did not submit any proposal are presumed not to increase their fees,” Alvarez said. He said schools which submitted requests for tuition fee hike have until April 1 to conduct their consultations with the students and parents and they must agree on the specific amount of increase.

“The students and school administrations must meet and agree on the specific value of the tuition fee increase. Then, they present the result to the CHED which will either approve or disapprove the proposal,” Alvarez said. He underscored the importance of consultation between the school authorities on one hand and students, alumni, faculty and the non-teaching personnel on the other hand. Alvarez said it is often private institutions which seek tuition fee increase since they merely rely on the collection of payment from students. He said it is also impor-

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make it clear to the PNP that attacks and violence against photojournalists is not tolerated. We note that previous incidents of alleged violence against journalists in this country have not resulted in any action,” the PCP statement read. Dela Rosa said what happened to Manlupig was “unintentional.” “If indeed he (Manlupig) was hurt during the riot, it was unintentional. He was in the middle of a fracas between the rioters and riot cops.” Dela Rosa said they are open for investigation. Asked for comment on the NUJP’s demand for his relief, dela Rosa said: “After my


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patience in avoiding what could have been a violent and bloody dispersal, that is what I get?” Manlupig claimed to have been attacked by policemen during a riot Wednesday at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office. Manlupig said he was pushed by policemen with their shields and truncheons when he went inside the DSWD compound to interview the protesters who were arrested after the riot. He also said he was hit by a policeman with a stick on Tuesday while he was taking photos of protesters breaking down the DSWD gates and taking the relief goods inside the compound. The NUJP statement quoted Manlupig as saying he said he tried to explain that he needed to get interviews, “pero may nagcommand na palabasin na ako. Bigla na lang ako pinagtutulak gamit ang shields and sticks nila. Nag-attempt ako magpaliwanag patuloy nila ako tinulak hanggang sa maipit ako sa gate. Nasandwich ang mukha ko sa shield at gate hanggang sa nakalabas ako (but someone gave the command to evict me. They suddenly started pushing me with their shields and sticks. I tried to explain but they kept pushing me until I was pinned at the gate. My face was sandwiched between a shield and a gate until I was pushed out).” “Although Manlupig said he suffered only a slight gash on the left arm, he felt insulted and humiliated,” the statement read. In a separate statement, NUJP-Davao City chapter said Manlupig “was shoved by the police with their clubs and shields, his face hitting the gates in the process.” “To add insult to injury,” the statement added, dela Rosa “scolded Manlupig in public, saying, ‘You’re in a middle of a commotion, so

don’t expect special treatment!,’” the statement read. A riot broke out at around 10:30 am Wednesday, when protesters tried to block the food for the police. It was followed by another commotion when they disarmed a policeman in plainclothes who entered the protesters’ camp, bringing a 9mm pistol. Dela Rosa admitted that the disarmed man was a part of police intelligence, who worked under his command. “We have given more than enough maximum tolerance,” he said in Cebuano, adding that he did not want the situation to reach a dispersal because there were children, women and elderly. Mayor Sara Duterte on Wednesday gave Dela Rosa blanket authority to “do whatever needs to be done to end it ASAP (as soon as possible).” She said in a text message, “If rallyists resort to violence (I) told him to use force to quell the violence and arrest as many as they can.” The NUJP Davao in its statement also noted that as the protesters were leaving Thursday morning, reporter Irene Dagudog of the online news, Davao Today, “also got to face dela Rosa’s brashness.” The statement added that dela Rosa “confronted her and asked, ‘Are you neutral? If you blush, you are not,’” when she tried to interview him. “Such arrogance and disrespect by dela Rosa towards members of the press is condemnable,” it said. The NUJP national council said “when law enforcers are themselves the first to abuse and disregard human rights, is it any wonder why impunity continues to mark the continued murders and attacks on journalists and the other countless abuses committed against the citizens of this country?” (Lorie Ann Cascaro/MindaNews)




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Micronutrient deficiency in PH:

When the smallest matters most


y their very name, micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that are needed only in very small amounts, but their impact on our health is huge. Micronutrients like iron, zinc, Vitamin A, and many others are responsible for the vital functioning of our body’s systems, from physical growth and vision, to brain vigor and

increased immunity. When the body fails to receive the small quantities of micronutrients that it needs, serious health problems can result in a condition widely regarded as micronutrient deficiency or “hidden hunger”. The nutritional makeup of the Philippines continues to be characterized by the severity of micronutrient deficiency.

According to the Food and Nutrition Research InstituteDepartment of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), 7090 percent of Filipinos lack iron and Vitamin A in their usual diet. Two out of ten schoolchildren suffer from iron deficiency anemia, and the incident rises with age. Following closely are those

More and more Filipino schoolchildren suffer from inadequate nutrition

lacking adequate amounts of Vitamin A in their diet. One out of ten from the same group is Vitamin A deficient. The same study also shows that two out of ten children are zinc deficient. Zinc is a trace mineral that plays a role in body metabolism, reproductive health, immune function, and more than 200 important chemical reactions in the body. Inadequate intake of these three important micronutrients may lead to several nutritional problems, including stunting, fatigue, poor concentration, lack of focus and other signs of impaired physical and cognitive development. These may be reflected among schoolchildren who suffer from poor mental and physical performance and frequent absenteeism as a result of impaired immunity. It is also important to have plenty of Vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that boosts immunity, prevents cardiovascular disease, and contributes to healthy skin, among many other benefits. “Making the right food choices is one of the ways to address the problems of micronutrient deficiency,” said Dr. Imelda Agdeppa, Assistant Scientist of FNRI-DOST. “Unfortunately, the inaccessibility of food and money in the majority of Filipino households puts many families at a high risk of getting sick. The good news is there are many products in the market that are affordable and fortified with these micronutrients, and many families are already benefiting from these.” Experts from FNRI recommend that when there is an inadequate intake of these nutrients, the consumption of foods that are fortified particularly with the three micronutrients primarily lacking in the Filipino diet—Vitamin A, Iron, and Zinc—is encouraged so as to address nutrient gap. In response to this dietary concern, Nestlé Philippines is intensifying its campaign to promote nutritious and affordable sources of important nutrients especially needed by children, such as BEAR BRAND Powdered Milk Drink. It is fortified with tibay resistensya nutrients like Iron, Zinc, and Vitamin C plus Calcium that kids need for proper growth and to perform well in school.

Mindanao Daily News (March 2, 2013 Issue)  

Mindanao Daily News (March 2, 2013 Issue)

Mindanao Daily News (March 2, 2013 Issue)  

Mindanao Daily News (March 2, 2013 Issue)