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NACIONALISTA Party (NPTeam PNoy) senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar on Tuesday said she is thankful for the encouraging result of the survey after she jumped to the No. 4 ranking from 8-9 in preference on senatorial candidates based on the latest survey by Social Weather Station (SWS) covering the period of February 15-17. “This further encourages, energizes and inspires me to bring Livelihood Assistance for residents of Barangay Sta Elena, Iligian City. my message across through my

advocacies and platform of continued service to more people,” said Villar who authored and sponsored several bills to protect the interests of women, children and the Filipino family during her stint as congresswoman for nine years. Villar, popularly known as “Misis Hanep Buhay,” has been campaigning on her platform of providing jobs to the Filipino people especially women. “I am happy that Filipinos

appreciate my efforts to help them,” further stressed Villar, also managing director of the Villar Foundation. The Villar Foundation has been helping our distressed OFWs for the over 20 years. Villar also thanked the public for the ‘vote of confidence’ and vowed not only to continue but hasten the delivery of livelihood projects to provides jobs and augment the income of Filipino families.

Few schools seek tuition hike in ‘Pablo’ hit areas By Lorie Ann Cascaro of MindaNews.com

DAVAO City––Of the 26 higher educational institutions (HEI) in the Davao region that applied for tuition fee increase for school year 2013-2014, only five came from the provinces badly devastated by super typhoon “Pablo,” an official said Friday.

UNA CAMPAIGN SORTIE. Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano (center) cam-

paigns for the senatorial candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance during a motorcade around the city on Sunday. With Emano on the car is Nancy Binay (right) and former senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Ernesto Maceda. A political rally held in the evening capped the day’s activity of the UNA and Padayon Pilipino candidates. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

Dr. Raul C. Alvarez Jr., acting director of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Region 11, said in a media forum here that schools from areas affected by the typhoon had considered the economic conditions of the people in foregoing a tuition fee increase. In Davao Oriental, one of the badly hit provinces, not a single college or university had sought a tuition fee hike, he said. Four schools in Davao del Norte and another in Compostela Valley applied for a tuition fee increase, Alvarez added. Based on a CHED primer distributed to reporters, this city posted the highest number of schools that applied for tuition fee increase at 19.

‘We can still stop this war,’ says Misuari on the Sabah standoff says he is willing to mediate on the tension between Malaysia and the Sultanate of DAVAO City––Nur Misuari, Sulu on the disputed island chair of the Moro National of Sabah, where violence Liberation Front (MNLF) erupted after a clash beBy Cheryll D. Fiel of DavaoToday.com

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Two others from Davao del Sur sought the same. “The city has many applications for tuition fee increase as there is relatively a “good working condition” here as it was not gravely affected by Pablo,” Alvarez said. Davao region has a total of 80 HEIs with 92 campuses, according to him. He said that results for the tuition fee petitions would be known after the April 1 deadline. A total of 45 HEIs increased tuition fees for school year 2012-2013, 26 of them from the city, eight from Davao del Sur, nine from Davao del Norte, and one each from Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, CHED data showed. AREAS | page 15

tween the Sultanate’s police force and the Malaysian army. He said he is willing to go to Sabah and standoff | page 15

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Progressive groups slam Aquino government’s ‘double standard’ in dealing with Sabah standoff some Filipino Muslim’s historically-recognized claim on Sabah, yet aggressive WHY is President Benigno in playing hardball when “Noynoy” Aquino III “cow- it comes to asserting some ardly” when it comes to still-to-be-proven claims on Spratlys and Scarborough? NOTICE Aquino’s “apparent double standard in asserting the NOTICE is hereby given that the country’s territorial integproperties of EUGENIO J. SINTOS, By MARYA SALAMAT of Bulatlat.com

rity” was criticized this week by various progressive groups. Some media commentators and academicians, meanwhile, questioned Aquino’s aggressive stance toward the followers of the Sultanate of Sulu, when diplomacy and “creative solutions” seem more appropriate especially on the

who died intestate on July 9, 1996 at Butuan Doctors Hospital, Butuan City, and of his surviving wife, BEATRIZ L. SINTOS, consisting of: Parcel 1) A parcel of land (Lot 1, Block 7 of the consolidation-subdivision plan (LRC) Pcs-6435, being a portion of the consolidation of Lot 382-D, Psd34061 and Lot 382-E-4, Psd-48719; and Lots 382-E-5-B, 382-E-5-C, 382-E-5-D; (LRC) Psd-33896, LRC Record No. H. Patent) situated in the City of Butuan, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. RT-21826 , containing an area of 296 square meters; and Parcel 2) A parcel of land (Lot 372-Q-15 of the subdivision plan, (LRC) Pad-91990, being a portion of Lot 372-Q, described on plan (LRC) Psd-59240, LRC (GLRO) Cad. Record No. 321 (H. Pat.) situated in Butuan City covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. RT-13167 containing an area of 301 square meters, more or less, are the subjects of an EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION WITH SIMULTANEOUS SALE AND WAIVER OF RIGHTS by and among the living known heirs of deceased Eugenio J. Sintos, namely, widow Beatriz L. Sintos, Aldoz L. Sintos, Tristan L. Sintos and Quennie L. Sintos, selling, conveying, transferring and delivering 296 square meters of above-described parcels of land under TCT No. RT-21826 to Mrs. Joan D. Suralta, married to Dan William C. Suralta; and naming among above-mentioned Aldoz, Tristan and Quennie, all surnamed Sintos, Parcel 2 under TCT No. RT-13167 containing an area of 301 square meters above-described with Beatriz L. Sintos waiving her right of ownership over above-said property, per Doc. No. 1204; Page No. 241; Book No. V; Series of 2012 of the Notarial Registry of Atty. Jose B. Guibone, Notary Public for and in the City of Butuan/Agusan del Norte.

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late MAXIMO ACTUB, who died on _________ at Opol, Misamis Oriental, the place of his residence. That the deceased at the time of his death left a parcel of land, described as follows, TCT NO. T-38134, LOT: 4958-F, PSD-10045014, PORTION OF LOT: 4958, Cad 237 Cag. Cad., AS SURVEYED FOR: ENCARNA J. ACTUB and MAXIMO ACTUB et. al, LAND USE: corn land, LOCATION: Molugan, El Salvador, Mis. Or., AREA: EIGHT THOUSAND TWENTY SEVEN (8,027) SQ.M. is the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE, made and entered into by and among; ENCARNA J. ACTUB, of legal age, widow, Filipino and resident of Opol, Misamis Oriental; JIMMY J. ACTUB, MAXIMO J. ACTUB, JOHNNY J. ACTUB, all of legal age, Filipino, married and residents of Opol, Misamis Oriental; and LEVE J. ACTUB, of legal age, Filipino, single and also a resident of Opol, Misamis Oriental, herein-after referred to as the HEIRS-VENDORS. That for and in consideration of the sum of SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND (P600,000.00) PESOS, Philippine currency, receipt in full is hereby acknowledged from the Vendees, SPS. MANUEL V. BETITO and NENA B. BETITO, both of legal age, Filipinos, and residents of Zone 1, Molugan, Misamis Oriental, hereby CEDE, SELL, TRANSFER and CONVEY a portion of the above-described property with a total area of SIX HUNDRED (600) SQUARE METERS, as per Doc. No. 27; Page No. 6; Book No. 97; Series of 2013, under Notary Public of ATTY. BUENAVENTURA E. SAGRADO.

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late PAULINO EDURIA, who died on May 13, 2003, at Balubal, Cagayan de Oro City. That the deceased has left a real property situated at Balubal, Cagayan de Oro City more particularly described as follows; “A PARCEL OF LAND, Lot 40, Case I, Plsm-1098 situated in the Barrio of Balubal, City of Cagayan de Oro, Containing an area of 9,800 SQUARE METERS, more or less, covered by O.C.T. P-4319, is the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH SALE made and entered into by and among WILMA N. EDURIA, MIRASOL N. EDURIA and MERALYN N. EDURIA, all of legal age, widow and single, Filipino and residents of Balubal, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, hereinafter referred to as HEIRS-VENDORS. That for and in consideration of the sum of ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND ONLY (Php100,000.00), Philippine currency, in hand paid and receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, WE, HEIRSVENDORS, do hereby SELL, CEDE, TRANSFER and DELIVER in favor of GREENFIELD HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. a domestic corporation duly organized and existing under the laws of the Philippines, with principal office located at Barangay Balubal, Cagayan de Oro City, represented by its President, JOLLY AIAN S. AGUAVIVA, hereinafter referred to as VENDEE, containing an area of ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY FIVE (1,555) square meters, more or less.” as per Doc. No. 274; Page No. 56; Book No. 127; Series of 2013, under Notary Public of ATTY. ELIZER C. FLORES

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EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE

EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH SALE

first few days of the arrival of the armed guards of the sultanate in Lahad Datu. At the time, the Malaysian government has not revealed yet the policy it would take in response to Sultan Kiram’s demands. As of this writing, the standoff has reportedly led to bloodshed, as a firefight broke out between Malaysian police and the followers of Sulu Sultan Jumalul Kiram III who have been occupying a fishing village in the contested territory for more than two weeks now. Multisectoral group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said the Aquino administration should be held accountable for the bloodshed. Aquino’s negligence

of Moros, indigenous peoples group Earlier, the Indigenous peoples’ partylist group Katribu slammed Aquino’s ‘deadline’ to Sultan Jamalul Kiram III to make his followers leave Sabah. “It is Aquino’s duty to assert our legitimate claims in disputed territories. It is cowardly of him to threaten the Sultan Kiram and his small band of followers with imprisonment but not engage Malaysia in diplomatic talks to resolve the issue,” said Kakay Tolentino, Katribu Partylist Secretary General. More than 200 guards of the heirs of sultanate of Sulu, some of them armed, took to physically occupying Lahad Datu to force the Philippine and Malaysian

governments to recognize their historical and legal claim to Sabah. It was driven by desperation, said Bayan chair Carol Araullo. The sultan’s family is reportedly getting only a minimal rent from Malaysia considering the vastness and resources of its Sabah properties. But rather than show support, Aquino threatened the sultan’s followers, among them a younger brother of Kiram, with prosecution even before his counterpart in the Malaysian government had spoken. Days after Aquino’s tough talks against Kiram’s followers, the Malaysian government deployed armed troops and began to cordon off the areas being occupied by SLAMS | page 15

RD PAWNSHOP, INC. NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION On Mar. 19, 2013 at 10:00 am, this establishment will sell at Public auction all unredeemed pledges up to the month of September 1-30, 2012 Customers are enjoined to verify their receipt. Prosperidad Branch- Public Mkt., Poblacion, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur Iligan 1 Branch-Badeffes St., Iligan City Managoy 01 Branch- Espiritu St., Mangagoy, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur Iligan 2 Branch- Cabili Avenue, Iligan City Mangagoy 02 Branch- Corner P. Catillo St., and Picasales St, Iligan 3 Branch-Gen. Aguinaldo St., Palao, Iligan City Mangagoy, Bislig City, Surigao del Sur Iligan 4 Branch- Aguinaldo cor. Laya St., Palao, Iligan City Butuan 1 Branch-Ester Luna St., Butuan City Iligan 5 Branch-Agtsinaldo St., lligay City Butuan 2 Branch-Langihan Road, Butuan City CM RECTO Branch- CM Recto Ave., CDOC Butuan 3 Branch-Marcos Calo st., Butuan City Velez Branch-Velez St., CDOC, Butuan 5 Branch- J.C. Aquino Avenue Cor. Narra Road, New Rizai Branch-Cor. Rizal St., CDOC Society Vill. Butuan City Carmen 1 Branch- Max Zurtiel St., CDOC Libertad Branch- Purok 3, Libertad, Butuan City Carmen 2 Branch-Vamenta Blvd. Carmen CDOC Gingoog 01 Branch- Sebulino Bldg., Doma Granciana St., Gingoog City Borja Branch -J.R. Borja St., CDOC Gingoog 02 Branch- Brgy 17, National Highway, Gingoog Gity Tiano-Borja Branch- Tiano-J.R. Borja St., Jordan Redoblado Bldg Masipit Branch- Buenavista, Prosperidad, Agusan del Norte Osmeña Branch-Pres. Osmeha St., CDOC Surigao 1 Branch- Cor. San Nicolas & Burgos St., Surigao Gity Lapasan Branch- CM Recto Avenue, Lapasan, CDOC Surigao 2 Branch- Borromeo St., Surigao City Corrales Branch- Corrales Hayes St., Cagavan de Oro City Surigao 3 Branch- Tamaca Bldg., Sarvida, Surigao City Puerto Branch- Jubo Arcade, Puerto, CDOC Surigao 4 Branch- Cor. Vasquez and Rizal St., Surigao City Tagoloan Branch-Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental Cabadbaran 1 Branch- Atega St., Cabadbaran, Agusan del Sur Villanueva Branch- Viiianueva, Misamis Oriental Cabatsbaran 2 Branch - A.D. Curato St., Cabadbaran City Balingasag Branch- Balingasag, Misamis Oriental Bayugan 1 Branch-P1 Narra Avenue, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur Medina Branch - Alaba St., Medina, Mis. Or. Bayugan 2 Branch- Libres St., P3 Brgy. Taglatawan, Bayugan, Mambajao Branch- P. Reyes St., Mabajao, Camiguin Province Agusan del Sur San Francisco 01 Branch-Center Island, Roxas St., San Francisco, Magpayang Branch - Magpayang Mainit, Surigao del Sur Agusan del Sur Barobo Branch- Sanchez Bldg ., Poblacion, Barobo, Surigao del Sur

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Karong Marso. 19, 2013 sa alas 10:00 sa buntag ang among ahensya magbaligya pinaagi sa Subasta sa tanang Prenda nga wala malukat hangtud sa Bulan sa Sept. 1-30, 2012 gihangyo ang tanang mga suki sa Pagsusi sa ilang resibo.

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Agusan del Norte Municipality of Buenavista NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that Amonio Acebu has filed with this office a petition for change of first name from ALMA to AMONIO who was born on June 10, 1967 at Buenavista, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are Aurelio Acebu and Aurea Aras. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than March 11, 2013. (SGD.) TERESITA K. VALDEHUEZA Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Feb. 25 & Mar. 4, 2013

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Agusan del Norte Municipality of Buenavista NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that Alfredo S. Casinillo has filed with this office a petition for change of first name from FREDDIE to ALFREDO who was born on February 3, 1963 at Buenavista, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are Fruto Casinillo and Bonifacia Sanoria. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than March 11, 2013. (SGD.) TERESITA K. VALDEHUEZA Municipal Civil Registrar

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College tuition to hike again in June By IRENE V. DAGUDOG of DavaoToday.com DAVAO City––Tuition fees of college students studying in Davao City are expected to rise again. As the Commission on Higher Education’s deadline for submission of intent to increase tuition and other fees closed last February 28, the agency announced that 19 colleges in Davao CURIOUS ONLOOKER. A school boy looks on a phalanx of police that dispersed and City have applied for tuition hit typhoon Pablo victims during a standoff in the DSWD Regional Office on Tuesday. fees and other fee hikes for Victims took out relief goods at the DSWD. Davaotoday.com photo by Medel V. Hernani the school year 2013-2014.

Tourist arrivals in Region 11 reach 1m mark By Rudolf Ian G. Alama of the Philippine Information Agency

DAVAO City––Visitor arrivals in Region XI has reached the onemillion mark. This was bared by Department of Tourism Region XI Officer-inCharge Eden Larano-David basing the numbers on hotel booking figures. David said that visitor arrivals have grown 20 percent from the previous years, a large percentage of the tourists are business travellers particularly those in MICE (Meetings Incentives Conventions Exhibitions) related events. He estimates that 40% of the visitors are on MICE related travel. The DOT and the region’s tourism industry is gearing up to promote Davao as a MICE destination, the opening of new convention facilities such as the SMX Convention center in Davao City has made the southern metropolis capable of hosting large conventions and gatherings. One of these conventions is the MICE Conference 2013 (MICECON) which will be held this March 6-9 at the new SMX. Aside from MICECON Davao City has been chosen to host the Ad Congress later this year and is being eyed to host one of the events in the APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Summit next 2015. Meanwhile Gene Bangayan president of the Davao Tourism Association (DATA) said that the one-million visitors tally do not fully reflect the true number of people who visited Davao. She said that the figures did not include visitors who stayed in houses and other accommodations which were not recorded in the data. “It may be more than one-million,” Bangayan said referring to the gaps in reporting the number of tourist or visitor arrivals in Davao. Also according the Eden Larano David, the list of hotels and inns which submitted their arrival data just comprised 70 percent of the total number of hotels and accommodation facilities in the region. The DOT has been continuously egging tourism establishments particularly hotels and lodging businesses to submit their tally of visitor arrivals.

Twenty-six Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have applied for increases for the entire region, four in Davao del Norte, two in Davao del Sur and one in Compostela Valley province. The figure, CHED director Raul Alvarez announced in last Friday’s “Kapehan sa PIA” forum, is however, lower compared with last school year where 45 HEIs in the region, indicated they would increase tuition fees, 26 of these were schools in Davao City, eight in Davao

del Sur, nine in Davao del Norte, one in Compostela Valley and another one in Davao Oriental. Alvarez, however clarified that their agency merely admits applications for fee increases, but the schools in consultation with the students, alumni, faculty and non-teaching personnel are the ones who approve such hike proposals. Such consultations, Alvarez said, are mandatory. Cherry Orendain, TUITION | page 15


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NGO holds disaster, climate change forum By Shahana Joy E. Duerme

KORONADAL City - The Sarangani Province Empowerment and Community Transformation Forum (SPECTRUM) Inc. organized Thursday a stakeholders forum on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) for the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City. The activity was aimed at informing the stakeholders on the current situations and initiatives as well as to generate standpoints and develop ways to strengthen CCA and DRR. Highlight of the event was the presentation of development options for DRR and CCA for the mentioned provinces and city headed by the Masters in Tropical Risk Management students of the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU). The studies introduced

were the Sectoral Assessment on Vulnerable Ecosystem with regards to Lake Sebu Watershed, Vulnerability Assessment and Coping Options for the Municipality of T’Boli, Mainstreaming DRR-CCA in Development Planning: The Case of B’lok Flood Plains, Developing Resilient Interventions for the Vulnerable Environment of Tampakan and the Watershed Governance in SilwayKlinan River Systems: Building Stakeholders Alliance

for DRR-CCA. The event also gathered opinions of stakeholders for the improvement of the studies and for further inputs that could help achieve better results.

Araceli,

Through an open forum, it was raised that students should furnish a copy of their studies to the Regional Development Council (RDC) for support. Meanwhile, National

a volunteer through life TACURONG City - “Cancer has not stopped me from ser v ing. It e ven inspired me to continue lending a hand to someone in need”, straight f rom t h e m out h of a proud outstanding volunteer in Region XII for the year 2012. First time to receive credits for her voluntary service, Araceli H. Atangan stood proud as she took center stage to receive her cer tif icate of recognition as one of Region XII’s outstanding volunteers for individual category. The award was pres ented dur ing t he 4t h regular meeting of the Regional Development C ouncil (RD C) XII in co ordination with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) XII last December 7 in Tacurong City. The Search for Outs t a n d i n g Vo l u n t e e r s (SOV) is an annual undertaking that highlights and recognizes the commendable p er for mance and commitment to service of Filipino volunteers in building strong communities across the country through volunteerism. This re cog nit ion is conferred on outstanding volunteer individuals and organizations that are chosen from among the cities and municipalities to qualify them to the National Awards. T he aw ard e e s we re judged based on the following criteria: perfor-

mance (40%), qualities (25%) and impact (35%). Testimonies of people w hom she help e d and worked with tell a story of Aracelli’s early dedication to service. Inspired by the conviction that volunteerism is easy and enjoyable, Aracelli as a young lady involved herself in a chapel-based catechetical work mentoring pupils for spiritual advancement. With her early exposure to service plus the motivation of her family and church, Aracelli acquired an inner desire to continue serving as a teacher, which became a reality when she started a teaching job in a far-flung Muslim area in Isabela. Married to a forester whose job entails frequent transfer, together with his spouse Leon F. Atangan, they have decided to p er manent ly reside in Koronadal where she was hired as the District Guidance C oordinator under the Department of Education. Moreover, Ms. Natividad A Salvatierra, a retired School District Supervisor of Koronadal South District and Aracelli’s direct supervisor then, testified how Aracelli executed her duty as a teacher with outstanding performance. She added that Aracelli’s voluntary services to the poor abate their unfortunate conditions in life. Helping the sick, looking after the sanitation of their surroundings and organizing women

and children for purok development were all part of her activities. Wh e n A r a c e l l i w a s elected as President of Brgy. GPS Senior Citizens Organization, she initiated the construction of a Senior Citizen Center, which intensified the spirit of volunteerism of all the members in helping the sick and bereaved families. She also initiated physical improvements of ever y purok, helping people enhanced their health condition by te aching them how to properly manage their waste thereby preventing the outburst of influenza, dengue, colds and the like. She also initiated tree planting and purok beautification activities. Aracelli became the GKK President of GKK 1-Centro from 2007 to 2009 where she facilitated the repair of the Sacred He ar t of Jesus C hap el through solicitations. Also, she facilitated live-in couples to get married and children to be baptized. She even encouraged people to attend mass, bible and liturgical services, join the choir, and help in cleaning and beautifying the church. Doing voluntary works for teacher retirees, preparing master list of and quarterly programs for retirees were among her accomplishments when she was elected as the Vice President of Koronadal Public School Teachers and Government Employ-

ees Association. Moreover, as one of the officials of the South Cotabato Retired Public School Teacher’s Association, she helped members with problems on their pension claims and hospitalization. Salvatierra added that being a good counselor, Aracel li p oss ess es t he skills that could help individual family solve almost, if not all, sort of family problems. “During my third year in serving the church and community after my retirement, I was diagnosed with cancer. There was neither fear nor doubt after several consultations. In my mind, in simple ways I have already shared my time, t a lent and tre asure to others”, she spoke with self-assurance. For some, poor health may reduce activities in later life thereby reducing participation in voluntary undertakings. But for Aracelli, volunteering during younger years and in later life has no difference. Throughout life, her spirit is thriving to inspire others and ser ve more people in her simple ways, even though she’s battling against cancer. “Dee Hook once said, only until we go through the emotional, psychological and spiritual transformation to realize our role is to serve others.” she quoted. (By Caroline Mariano/asf )

Economic and Development Authority (NEDA 12) regional director Arturo Valero who also graced the activity said that their office is willing to help for the realization of the

studies as he believes that it could somehow ease the burden of the people when it comes to climate and disaster incidents. SPECTRUM Inc. has partnered with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG 12), Foundation for the Philippines Environment (FPE), Provincial Government of South Cotabato, Mahintana Foundation Inc., and the Ateneo de Davao University-Tropical Institute for Climate Studies for the activity. The forum was attended by representatives from local government units of Socsksargen, subnational agencies, academe, nongovernment organizations, community-based organizations and private and business sectors. (SJDuermePIA12/arjaysfelicilda)

DA re-orients LGUs on financial procedures By Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL City - The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 is strengthening financial management among p ar tner lo c al government units in its efforts to promote transparency and accountability in all transactions. Last week, DA 12 gathered LGU agriculturists, a c c ou nt ant s and t re a surers from the entire Soccsksargen Region for a re-orientation workshop on proper financial reporting, particularly on auditing and liquidation procedures. “Your attention is bei n g c a l l e d b e c au s e a s a c c ou nt ant s and t re a surers you play maj or roles in the liquidation of funds downloaded to your municipality,” DA 12 Regional Executive Director Amalia JayagDatukan told the more than 100 local officials in attendance. In 2012, DA 12 conducted a similar workshop; but par ticipants did not include LGU accountants and treasurers, w hich resu lte d in confusion of the auditing and liquidation of downloaded funds. Lectures who explained DA’s f inancial management procedures included Finance Division chief Carlene Coll a d o an d re g i on a l a c countant Anna Mae A. Sideño.

State auditor V Cristina V. Figueras of the C ommission on Audit (COA) also explained the correct auditing procedures of the funds from DA. “L iquidat ion of t he downloaded funds should be organized and right to ensure that the documents we show to the public are credible.” Figueras explained. “ This way, we could show to the public that the agency has been transparent with ever y transaction it does.” Meanwhile, Collado i n f or m e d t h e p a r t i c i pants that the COA has a l re a dy re c om me nd e d withholding projects f rom LGUs that could not liquidate the funds prov i d e d for pre v i ous projects. LGUs should, therefore, fulfill their obligations if they want more development projects to be implemented in their areas, he pointed out. Early this month Director Datukan and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala announced that for 2013 DA 12 has total allotment of P1.2 B. L G Us , p e o p l e’s o rg a n i z a t i o n s , f a r m e r s’ asso ciations, co op eratives and others could avail of this fund if they submit proposals to DA 12, Datukan explained. ( D E D o g u i l e s - P IA 1 2 / arjaysfelicilda)


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GB-Caraga streamlines MRFC, MMT, CTWG anew SURIGAO City - Seeing the need to further improve the roles and responsibilities of the Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee (MRFC), the Multi-partite Monitoring Team (MMT), and the multi-sectoral Community Technical Working Group (CTWG), the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Caraga recently conducted a two-day reorientation and capacity enhancement workshop attended by some 300 participants. The activity, in coordination with the Chamber of Mines of Caraga Region Inc., was held at Gateway Grand Convention, this city on February 21-22, 2013 and graced by Surigao del Norte Vice-Governor Arturo Carlos A. Egay, Jr. Anchored on the theme, “Responsibility and Accountability: Keys toward a progressive mining industry and a prosperous community,” the event drew the participation of various stakeholders from local government units (LGUs), national line agencies, active mining tenement holders, non-government organizations (NGOs), civic groups, academe and the religious sector. In his welcome remarks, Vice Governor Arturo Carlos Egay, Jr. said that responsible actions should contribute in the attainment of sustainable growth that should meet the needs both of the present and future generations. On the other hand, MGB13 Regional Director Roger A. De Dios gave the rationale of the activity and stressed that the Office will institutionalize and establish protocols pertaining to the membership and functions of MRFC, MMT and CTWG. The two-day activity delved on the intent of Mine Rehabilitation Fund

Committee to materialize the programs and projects of SDMP and EPEP, the purpose of MMT and how CTWG works. Based on RA 7942, otherwise known as the Philippine Mining Act of 1995, the primary task of MRFC is to engage in preliminary assessment on the mining company’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program (EPEP) and “to clarify proposals and to discuss the adequacy of environmental control rehabilitation measures” through the conduct of quarterly meetings or special meeting if deemed necessary. The committee is composed of the MGB regional director, who sits as the chair; the regional executive director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), as cochair; the regional director of Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), representatives from the LGU, local NGOs, People’s Organizations, church, civic organizations, mining contractor/ permit holder, as members. Meanwhile, the MMT, as deputized monitoring arm of MRFC, is consist of a representative from MGB, DENR, EMB, mining contractor/permit holder, affected community/ies), affected Indigenous Cultural

Communities (ICCs), if any, and environmental NGO. CTWG is MGB’s initiative, in consonance with DENR Administrative Order No. 2001-16 dated May 7, 2001, that institutionalizes the counter-partnership of the civil society action network in DENR programs and projects. As a community relations arm, CTWG is a multisectoral social impact team to actively participate and monitor the company’s social development activities and

projects under the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP). Aside from MGB, DENR and the company, the group is unanimously composed of LGUs and local civil society groups. “Although some functions of the MRFC, MMT and even the CTWG have negated, we will endeavor to implement the specific guidelines of SDMP and

EPEP and professionalize the composition and roles of each panel,” RD De Dios said. RD De Dios further mentioned that MGB will strive that the programs and activities of SDMP will certainly give impact to the host and neighboring barangays by molding them to be selfreliant and resource-based communities. “Upon the issuance of

MGB Regional Memorandum Order 2012-001, we are aiming to prevent the emergence of ghost towns in this region by prioritizing livelihood and income generating projects. So that if a mine closes, there will still be economic bustle and societal growth in the locality,” RD De Dios emphasized. (Marx Rev A. Buenavidez, MGB-13/PIA-Surigao del Norte/arjaysfelicilda)

2012 GPP Best School Implementers Awarded

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he Department of Agriculture Caraga awarded the 2012 Gulayan sa Paaralan Program (GPP) Best School Implementers with cash prizes, plaques and certificates in a ceremony held at the Goat2geder Hotel & Restaurant in Butuan City on February 20, 2013. The Gulayan sa Paaralan Project, one of the Agri-Pinoy Framework interventions, is a vegetable gardening project implemented among public schools, both elementary and high school. The project is a partnership between DA and

DA Caraga OIC Regional Executive Director Edna M. Mabeza and DA Regional Technical Director Edgardo D. Dahino with DepEd’s SED Asst. Chief Dr. Erlinda Atienza, GPP Focal Person Elizabeth Bautista and Nelia Balacuit hand over the plaque and certific ate to one of the winning schools.

DepEd and aims to promote self-help food production activities and values among the children. To encourage the schools to actively participate and implement the program, a Search for Best School Implementers is conducted annually with cash prizes given away to the winners. For the year 2012’s Search, there were five categories namely Central Schools, NonCentral Schools, Multi-Grade Schools, Rural Schools, and Urban Schools in which the schools in the region competed in. The 1st prize winners received a cash prize of P30,000 with a plaque and certificate, the 2nd place winners received a cash prize of P20,000 with a plaque and certificate while the 3rd place winners received

P10,000 with a plaque and certificate. Consolation prizes of P5,000 with certificates were also given out to non winners. The following are the winners for each category: Central Schools – 1st prize-Guadalupe Central Elementary School, 2nd prize-Sison Central Elementary School, 3rd prize-Del Monte Central Elementary School; Non-Central Schools – 1st prize-Ser-Fel Mone Elementary School, 2nd prizeCabugo Elementary School, 3rd prize-Sukailang Elementary School; Multi-Grade Schools-1st prize-Justiniana Elementary School, 2nd prize-Sta. Cruz Elementary School, 3rd prize-De Castro Elementary School; Rural Schools-1st prize-Maglambing Integrated School, 2nd prize-Sta. Irene National High

School, 3rd prize-Marcelina National High School; Urban Schools-1st prize-Agusan del Sur National High School, 2nd prize-Tabon M. Estrella National High School, 3rd prize-Bayugan National Comprehensive High School. DA Caraga OIC Regional Executive Director Edna M. Mabeza who graced the awarding ceremony said in her message that she is very happy that Dep Ed is willing to cooperate with DA in implementing GPP because the program is really a big help in encouraging the children to eat vegetables. She also encouraged the implementers to continue supporting the program because its benefits are not only for their schools and schoolchildren but also for the good of the whole nation.


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THINK a minute. A famous professor from Harvard University did a study in a primary school. At the beginning of the school year the teachers were given the names of 5 children. The teachers were told that these 5 were the best students in the class. But the fact was that these students were only average. Well, guess what? By the end of the year all 5 average students scored among the highest in the class. They even gained 15-30 I.Q. points! So what made those average students change so much to become top students? The only difference was the change in the teachers’ attitudes. Since the teachers believed that these 5 kids were the top students, they expected more from them

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst and treated them with more respect. So these 5 average students began to believe and expect more from themselves, just by the way the teachers viewed and treated them. You know, if you expect the best from people, they’ll usually want to give you their best. A great leader said: “Treat a person just how he appears to be on the outside, and you’ll make him even worse. But treat a person like he’s already a success,

and you’ll help make him the best he can be.” It reminds me of the true story of seven-year-old Johnny. His school teacher got so tired of him one day she said: “Johnny, you’re the naughtiest boy in this class! Besides that, you’re the dumbest!” The next year Johnny had a different teacher. After the first day of class, his new teacher met with him. She said: “Johnny, I’ve heard a lot about you!” Then she smiled and said to him: “But I don’t believe

a word of it!” From the beginning, Johnny’s new teacher treated him as if he was one of the smartest, best behaved students. Well, you guessed it. After just a few months, Johnny became one of the top students in that class. Later on he was made a school prefect and leader! That’s the power of our love, belief, and encouraging attitude toward our children. You see, that’s how God loves and believes in you and the abilities He gave you. So won’t you ask Jesus Christ to take charge of your life today, and every day of your life? He’s the One Who will help you become your best. He’ll also help you to love and expect the best from others. Just Think a Minute.

Viral infections and self care measures

TWO days ago, I had the great privilege of being drawn into a discussion by a group of future and promising Doctors. They were to do community work, where they have to immerse themselves and help out the barangay health workers in giving lectures and information to the residents of a given community. I suggested that on top of giving out information on the basics of common illnesses, and prevention, that they also teach them self- care measures. These are easy to do, effective, inexpensive, doable things that can impact one’s day to day living. A viral infection can affect anyone. It is no respecter of persons, which means it can affect the very young and the very old, male and female, rich or poor, educated or not. But, a viral infection has more pronounced effects on the extremes of ages ( infants and the elderly ), those who are immune-

IT is time of the Philippine happenings. Its election time again. As usual, there were people who got up early so that they can vote and as usual, many complained that their names are missing on the list. Wait, it gets better, as usual, many precincts had their power supply cut by people who are desperate to win. Still more, many, many person’s are just doing their usual thing, like vote buying, stealing ballot boxes and doing the “dag-dag bawas.” Sure, after the usual ceremonies and usual speeches, the usual introductions, many officials will start to

Health In Focus Dr. Mary Jean Loreche compromised ( like those with the Big C, Diabetics ), and those who live in very closed communities ( dormitories, jails, orphanages, home for the aged ). In far flung communities where parents live with their children and grandchildren and a lot more of relatives ( considering that Filipinos are a close knit family ), it is very easy for a viral infection affecting one, to spread out and infect the rest of the family members or those within the living quarters. Since transmission can be through droplets, close contacts, or ingestion of contaminated water and food, teaching them the basics of prevention, self– care remedies, and when to

seek immediate consultation plays a central role. These simple guidelines are as applicable to the barangays and to us living in the highly urbanized areas. Antibiotics has no place in viral infections, unless there is a secondary bacterial infection. It is self- limiting, meaning, it should resolve on its own after 3-5 days. Where there is difficulty taking in fluids or food, weakness, persistent vomiting or nausea, changes in behaviour, or signs of dehydration ( for intestinal flu ), or, when the fever persists after 2 days, or, when the patient affected has other illnesses like a malignancy or diabetes, then, it is to the patient’s benefit to seek consultation immediately.

Election as usual Pointers of Hidden Gate

Tom Arguelles Caballero their usual stuff. Projects, plans and play. Corruption slowly builds, compromises, are made, a little abuse of power, projects is delayed, nasty rumors spread and as usual, our country continues to rot. How long shall we continue seeing this kind of system in our country? I guess no one wants

to discuss these problems because they are so common and we are used to it. As usual debates and discussion are the easier choices for tackling the problems of society. We see celebrities, politicians and famous “analysts” discussing their ideas for bringing the changes in our country but as long as they

Medications that may be prescribed is usually symptomatic: meaning the medicines given is directed at a particular symptom like antipyrectics for fever, oral rehydration for ssigns of dehydration. Preventing one’s self from getting the disease means one must keep one’s immune system healthy, by eating healthy, exercise, rest and abstaining from smoking or alcoholic beverages. Frequent hand washing is very basic, that we often miss out on doing it. If it were you who happened to have the illness, it is your responsibility to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough in order to contain the particles and stop it from infecting others. Simplifying one’s diet when the infection affects the stomach, and keeping one from certain food and beverages will help settle the stomach like avoidance of too spicy foods, caffeinated drinks are a few examples that can be done during MEASURES | page 15

remain as ideas and words they cannot bring change. As usual, the Philippines will continue to go around in circles. I’m sure many are wondering if this election will finally prove to be something unique and wonderful and will jumpstart the new era for the Philippines. Personally, I am expecting, not just wishing that the new leaders elected would finally prove to us that they are worthy of holding their respective positions. We are on a downward spiral and if the next six years will prove useless, we will still be hoping for a new change, as usual.


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APPLICATION FOR THE APPROVAL OF ENERGY SUPPLY AGREEMENT Republic of the Philippines ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION Pacific Center Building San Miguel Avenue, Ortigas Center Pasig City

II’s Actual and Forecasted Load Data and Distribution Development Plan, copies of which are herein attached as Annexes “H” and “I”, respectively. 6.3 The new CSEE has only a limited contract term of 26 August 2011 to 25 December 2012, or one (1) year after the Department of Energy’s (DOE) declaration of open access in Mindanao, whichever comes first. The expiration of this short-term CSEE with PSALM for the supply of energy as well as the expiration of the ESA with TMI and the projected increase in the energy requirements of SURSECO II customers will result in a shortage of the energy available to SURSECO II and its customers.

IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL OF THE ENERGY SUPPY AGREEMENT (ESA) BETWEEN SURIGAO DEL SUR II ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC. (SURSECO II) AND THERMA SOUTH, INC.(TSI),

6.4 In a certification dated 16 November 2012, PSALM has already confirmed that it has insufficient capacity to supply the additional power requirements of the Mindanao distribution utilities beyond the contracted energy and equivalent demand in its existing CSEEs with PSALM. A copy of the said PSALM certification is hereto attached as Annex “J” and made an integral part hereof.

ERCCASE NO. ________ RC SURIGAO DEL SUR II ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC. (SURSECO II), Applicant. x--------------------------------------------------x APPLICATION FOR THE APPROVAL OF ENERGY SUPPLY AGREEMENT Applicant SURIGAO DEL SUR II ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC. (“SURSECO II”), through the undersigned counsel, respectfully states: THE APPLICANT 1. SURSECO II is a non-stock, non-profit electric cooperative, organized and existing under and by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 269, as amended, otherwise known as the National Electrification Administration Decree, with principal office at Balilahan, Mabua, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur 8300 . It was granted a franchise by the National Electrification Administration (“NEA”) to operate an electric light and power distribution service in the province of SURIGAO DEL SUR, particularly in the Municipalities of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Lanuza, Carmen, Cortes, Tandag, Tago, San Miguel, Bayabas, Cagwait, Marihatag, San Agustin and Lianga (“the Franchise Area”). A copy of SURSECO II’s Certificate of Franchise dated 21 November 1984 is attached as Annex “A”. Copies of SURSECO II’s Certificate of Registration and Articles of Incorporation are also attached as Annexes “B” and “C”, respectively.

7. At present, there continues to exist a region-wide power supply deficiency problem in Mindanao. A wide area in Mindanao has already experienced frequent brownouts and power interruptions due to the scarcity of power supply and generation in the region. The current power crisis in Mindanao underscores the need for SURSECO II to enter into a bilateral agreement with generation companies for the stable supply of electricity to its customers. 8. Mindanao is heavily reliant and dependent on hydroelectric power, and in fact according to the Department of Energy (DOE)1 , 53% of the total dependable capacities in 2009 in Mindanao comes from hydroelectric power. Thus, during the onset of the summer months and the occurrence of the El Nino phenomenon during certain years, the supply of power in Mindanao is drastically reduced during these critical times, resulting to rotating brownouts, highlighting the need for additional and reliable generation capacity in the Mindanao area. 9. In 2012, TSI conducted a series of road shows to market the capacities of its coal-fire powered plant to be constructed on a site straddling the boundary of Davao City and municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur (TSI Power Plant) for bilateral agreements with electric cooperatives in Mindanao, during which TSI declared that it can make available to interested distribution utilities and electric cooperatives the 300MW capacity of the TSI Power Plant. 9.1 TSI is a generation company duly authorized and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the Republic of the Philippines, with principal office address at the Aboitiz Corporate Center, Gov. Manuel A. Cuenco Ave., Kasambangan, Cebu City. Copies of TSI’s Certificate of Registration, Articles of Incorporation, its latest General Information Sheet, latest audited financial statements and Board of Investments Certificates of Registration for the TSI Power Plant are attached hereto as Annexes “K”, “L”, “M”, “N”, and “O” respectively.

2. The Applicant may be served orders and other processes through its undersigned counsel.

9.2 During the road shows organized by TSI, TSI explained its intention to supply energy in Mindanao by entering into bilateral agreements with distribution utilities and electric cooperatives. TSI noted that it can make available to interested distribution utilities and electric cooperatives the 300 MW capacity of the TSI Power Plant.

NATURE OF THE APPLICATION 3. Pursuant to Rule 20 (B) of the Energy Regulatory Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (“ERC Rules”), approved by this Honorable Commission on 22 June 2006 in Resolution No. 38, Series of 2006, and other pertinent rules and regulations, this Application is being submitted to this Honorable Commission for its due consideration and approval of the Energy Supply Agreement (“ESA”) executed by and between SURSECO II and Therma South, Inc. (“TSI”). A copy of the ESA is attached as Annex “D”. COMPLIANCE WITH PRE-FILING REQUIREMENTS 4. In compliance with Rule 6 of the ERC Rules, Applicant SURSECO II furnished the respective legislative bodies of the province, cities and municipalities where SURSECO II principally operates with a copy of the present Application together with all the annexes and accompanying documents. Copies of the certifications from the Presiding Officer or Secretary of the legislative bodies of the province of SURIGAO DEL SUR and the municipalities of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Lanuza, Carmen, Cortes, Tandag, Tago, San Miguel, Bayabas, Cagwait, Marihatag, San Agustin and Lianga, or their duly authorized representatives, attesting to the fact of such service are attached hereto as Annexes “E” to “E-14”. 5. In addition, Applicant SURSECO II caused the publication of the instant Application in its entirety in a newspaper of general circulation within its Franchise Area. Copies of the corresponding Affidavit of Publication and the newspaper are attached hereto as Annexes “F” and “F-1”. STATEMENT OF THE FACTS 6. SURSECO II is an electric cooperative authorized to distribute electricity to its Franchise Area. In the delivery of its services, it previously sourcedone hundred percent (100%) of its electricity requirements for distribution to its end customers from the National Power Corporation (“NPC”) pursuant to a Contract for the Supply of Electric Energy (“CSEE”), which was subsequently assigned to the Power Sector Assets & Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM). The CSEE had a contract term of three (3) years, which already expired on 25 August 2011. Subsequently, PSALM &SURSECO II executed a new CSEE which shall be in force and in effect from 26 August 2011 to 25 December 2012, or one (1) year after the Department of Energy’s (DOE) declaration of open access in Mindanao, whichever comes first. This new CSEE was submitted to this Honorable Commission for approval and on 12 December 2011, the ERC issued an order provisionally approving the CSEE between PSALM and SURSECO II. Copies of the new CSEE and the ERC order are attached hereto as Annexes “G” and “G-1”. 6.1 Prior to the expiration of the CSEE, PSALM advised SURSECO II in a letter dated 28 January 2011 that it has insufficient capacity to supply SURSECO II’s additional power requirements beyond the contracted energy and equivalent demand of the existing CSEE. In view thereof, on 04 February 2011, SURSECO II entered into an Energy Supply Agreement with Therma Marine, Inc. (“TMI”) for the supply of 3MW to SURSECO II, which was provisionally approved by the Honorable Commission in an order dated 18 July 2011 in ERC Case No. 2011-076 RC. However, the aforesaid ESA is also set to expire on September 2013. 6.2 Under the CSEE, NPC is obliged to make available and deliver to SURSECO II the Contract Energy in accordance with good utility practice and in compliance with appropriate rules and regulations. It is however expected that the energy requirements of SURSECO II customers within its Franchise Area will significantly increase in the next few years. This is demonstrated by SURSECO

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10. Sometime after the road shows, SURSECO II commenced negotiations with TSI for the execution of the ESA. 11. On 20 October 2012SURSECO II and TSI signed and executed the ESA subject of the instant Application, for the purchase of supply of electricity under the terms and conditions provided therein. A copy of the Secretary’s Certificate attesting to the authority of SURSECO II and its authorized representative to enter into the ESA with TSI is attached as Annex “P”. ABSTRACT OF THE ENERGY SUPPLY AGREEMENT AND OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION 12. In order to supply power to SURSECO II under the ESA, TSI shall construct, own, operate, manage and maintain a 300 MW coal-fire powered generation facility to be located at a site straddling the boundary of Davao City and the municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. The Commercial Operation Date of the power plant is expected to be in 2015. 13. Executive Summary. The ESA provides that TSI shall supply SURSECO II with the Contracted Energy for a contract period commencing from Effective Date (date of signing) until twenty-five (25) years after the Operations Effective Date, which is conditioned, among others, on the receipt by TSI of the order of the Honorable Commission approving the ESA with finality, no later than one (1) year after Effective Date. 14. The Contract Energy to be made available by TSI to SURSECO II under the ESA is fixed on a monthly basis equivalent to five thousand kilowatts (5,000 kW) and to be delivered in accordance with the Schedule of Contract Energy which is fixed on a daily and hourly basis. The ESA provides that TSI shall exert best efforts to source replacement or alternative supply replacement power during scheduled and unscheduled outages to supply all or part of the Contract Energy to be made available and delivered to SURSECO II. On the other hand, when SURSECO II is unable to take the Contract Energy or a portion thereof for reasons other than Force Majeure and there is no WESM in Mindanao, SURSECO II may request TSI to make available to third parties all or a certain portion of the Contract Energy (“Available Contract Energy”), at such intervals specified by SURSECO II, subject to the payment of a Marketing Fee of Php 0.02/kwH of the Available Contract Energy and the corresponding reduction in SURSECO II’s Contract Capacity. 15. Any proposed adjustments (increase/decrease) to the Contract Capacity and/ or Contract Energy which is intended to apply to the succeeding contract year, shall be sent by SURSECO II in writing to TSI no later than sixty (60) days prior to each anniversary of the Operations Effective Date, subject to TSI’s approval. In case of an increase, the additional Contract Capacity and Contract Energy shall be paid for by SURSECO II at the Contract Price, while a decrease shall cause SURSECO II to compensate TSI in the amount of the Buy-Out Charge. If no agreement in writing is reached by the anniversary of the Operations Effective Date, the prevailing Contract Capacity and/or Contract Energy shall continue to apply. 16. For the effectivity of the ESA, SURSECO II is required to post and provide TSI with an Initial Security Deposit in the amount of PESOS: Thirty Four Million Nine Hundred Fifty Three Thousand Three Hundred Eighty-Four& 69/100 (PhP 34,953,384.69). 17. Salient Features of the ESA. The ESA between SURSECO II and TSI con 1

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from page 8 tains the following salient terms and conditions: 17.1 Term. The ESA has a term or contract period commencing from the Effective Date until twenty-five (25) years after the Operations Effective Date. Operations Effective Date refers to the date of the commencement of TSI’s obligation to deliver to SURSECO II, and for SURSECO II, to purchase, Contract Capacity and Contract Energy, provided the following conditions are satisfied:(a) Commercial Operation Date has occurred; (b) receipt by TSI of the Security Deposit required to be posted by SURSECO II in accordance with Article 9.2.1 of the ESA; (c) receipt by TSI of the ERC Final Approval by this Honorable Commission of the ESA no later than one (1) year after Effective Date; (d) receipt by TSI of the payment for the Commissioning Energy Charge due and payable as of Operations Effective Date; (e) accession by SURSECO II to the applicable Dispatch protocol or procedure implemented between the System Operator and TSI; and (f) the representations and warranties of SURSECO II as contained in the ESA shall be true and correct in all material respects on and as of the Operations Effective Date.2 17.2 Contract Energy. TSI shall make available and SURSECO II shall receive Contract Energy at the Delivery Point 3 specified under the ESA. Contract Energy refers to the capacity in kilowatt-hours made available by TSI and to the energy delivered to and received by SURSECO II. The capacity for delivery of Contract Energy refers to the Billing Capacity of Five Thousand (5,000) kW or Five (5) MW, which is made available by TSI to SURSECO II on a monthly basis. On the other hand, to make available for delivery, Contract Energy shall be based on the Schedule of Contract Energy attached to the ESA. A copy of the Schedule of Contract Energy is attached herein as Annex “Q”.

17.8 Contract Price. SURSECO II shall pay the Contract Price which consists of variable and fixed charges, subject to annual adjustments. The Contract Price to be paid by SURSECO II will depend on whether the power is delivered before commercial operation date or beginning on commercial operation date. For electricity delivered before commercial operation date, the Monthly Electricity Fees to be paid by SURSECO II shall consist of the Commissioning Charges, Other Taxes & Charges. On the other hand, for electricity delivered beginning on commercial operation date, the Monthly Electricity Fees to be paid by SURSECO II shall consist of the Monthly Fixed and Variable Fees, Back-Up Power Charges, Replacement Power Charges, Start-Up Charges and Other Taxes & Charges. The formula for computing these Monthly Electricity Fees are computed under the ESA based on the following formula: A. BEGINNING ON COMMERCIAL OPERATION DATE: Monthly Electricity Fees =Fixed Feesmonth+Variable Feesmonth+Back up Power Charges +Replacement Power Charges+Start up Charges +Other Taxes and Charges All computations on payments to Supplier shall not be rounded off, except for the final PHP amount, which shall be rounded off to the nearest Philippine centavo. The Monthly Electricity Fees shall be subject to the applicable value-added tax. Fixed Feesmonth=CRFmonth+FOMmonth Variable Feesmonth=VOMmonth+Fuelmonth I. CRFmonth

The Customer shall pay the Supplier the Monthly Capital Recovery Fee (CRF month) for 17.3 The Contract Capacity and/or Contract Energy in respect of a the current Billing Period in accordance with the following formula: particular Billing Period may be adjusted either by (a) TSI submitting an offer to SURSECO II to increase the same, subject to SURSECO II’s acceptance or refusal, or (b) SURSECO II requesting an increase in the Contract Capacity and/ or Contract Energy, subject to TSI’s approval. In both instances, SURSECO II or TSI, as the case may be, must send a written notice thirty (30) days before the Where: CC = Contract date the intended increase is to take effect. CC = Contract Capacity in kW as indicated in Table 1 of this Schedule CRF = Capital Recovery Fee in Php/kW-month as indicated in Table 1 of 17.4 At any time during the Contract Period, SURSECO II may also send this Schedule a written request to TSI to increase the Contract Capacity and/or Contract En= the base PHP/USD exchange rate as indicated in Table 1 of this FXo ergy, no later than sixty (60) days prior to the effectivity of the proposed increase, Schedule subject to TSI’s approval, to be paid by SURSECO II at the Contract Price. = the weighted average PHP/USD exchange rate over the construction FXCRF period as calculated in accordance with Table 2 of this Schedule 17.5 Any proposed adjustments (increase/decrease) to the Contract Adj = availability adjustment in accordance with the following formula: Capacity and/or Contract Energy which is intended to apply to the succeeding contract year, shall be sent by SURSECO II in writing to TSI no later than sixty (60) days prior to each anniversary of the Operations Effective Date, subject to TSI’s approval. In case of an increase, the additional Contract Capacity and Contract ACCij = available CC for interval i and day j, where n is the number of days Energy shall be paid for by SURSECO II at the Contract Price, while a decrease per Billing Period and Int is the number of Intervals per day. shall cause SURSECO II to compensate TSI in the amount of the Buy-Out Charge, computed as follows: II. FOMmonth The Customer shall pay the Supplier the Monthly Fixed Operations & Maintenance Buy-Out Charge fees (FOMmonth) for the current Billing Period in accordance with the following formula: The Buy-Out Charge (BOC) shall be computed in accordance with the following formula:

Where: CC FOM Where: CC RCC CRF FXo FXCRF RCP

= Contract Capacity in kW as indicated in Table 1 of this Schedule = the reduced contract capacity in kW = Capital Recovery Fee in Php/kW-month as indicated in Table 1 of this Schedule = the base PHP/USD exchange rate as indicated in Table 1 of this Schedule = the weighted average PHP/USD exchange rate over the construction period as calculated in accordance with Table 2 of this Schedule = the number of Billing Periods in the remaining Contract Period

If no agreement in writing is reached by the anniversary of the Operations Effective Date, the prevailing Contract Capacity and/or Contract Energy shall continue to apply. 17.6 Stages of Supply. TSI shall supply power to SURSECO II in various stages, as follows:

= Contract Capacity in kW as indicated in Table 1 of this Schedule = Fixed Operations and Maintenance Fee in Php/kW-month as indicated in Table 1 of this Schedule = the base PHP/USD exchange rate as indicated in Table 1 of this FXo Schedule USCPIo = the base US Consumer Price Index (Base year =1982-84) – All Items as indicated in Table 1 of this Schedule RPCPIo = the base Philippine Consumer Price Index for All Income Households in the Philippines – All Items (2006=100) as indicated in Table 1 of this Schedule = the PHP/USD exchange rate as published in the Bangko Sentral ng FXm Pilipinas website on the 25th day of the calendar month; provided that if such day falls on a non-Business Day, the PHP/USD exchange rate on the immediately preceding Business Day shall be used. USCPIm = the US Consumer Price Index (Base year =1982-84) – All Items published as of the current Billing Period for which the Invoice is being prepared RPCPIm = the Philippine Consumer Price Index for All Income Households in the Philippines – All Items (2006=100) published as of the current Billing Period for which the Invoice is being prepared Adj = availability adjustment in accordance with the following formula:

17.6.1 During the period of testing and commissioning of the Power Plant, SURSECO II shall purchase the proportionate net elecACCij trical output of the Power Plant generated by TSI subject to the payment of Commissioning Energy Charge as provided in Schedule 7.1 of the ESA. SURSECO II may also request III. VOMmonth for additional quantities subject to TSI’s approval.

= available CC for interval i and day j, where n is the number of days per Billing Period and Int is the number of Intervals per day.

17.6.2 In the event that TSI is ready to deliver capacity and energy The Customer shall pay the Supplier the Monthly Variable Operations & Maintenance prior to the Target Commercial Operation Date, TSI shall fees (VOMmonth) for the current Billing Period in accordance with the following formula: have the option to: (a) offer early commencement of delivery of Contract Capacity and Contract Energy to SURSECO II; or (b) sell the electrical output of the Power Plant to Third Parties until the Target Commercial Operation Date. 17.6.3 Beginning on Operations Effective Date, TSI shall supply Where: VOM = Variable Operations and Maintenance Fee in Php/kWh as indicated and deliver Contract Capacity and Contract Energy (whether in Table 1 of this Schedule from the capacity of the Power Plant or the power plants = the base PHP/USD exchange rate as indicated in Table 1 of the FXo owned or operated by any of its affiliates, WESM, if any, or Schedule any other supplier) to SURSECO II during the Billing Periods USCPIo = the base US Consumer Price Index (Base year =1982-84) – All specified in the Contract Energy Schedule. Items as indicated in Table 1 of this Schedule RPCPIo = the base Philippine Consumer Price Index for All Income Households 17.7 Share in Minimum Load Requirement. In all Intervals as provided in the Philippines – All Items (2006=100) as indicated in Table 1 of under the ESA, SURSECO II shall nominate no less than the Share in Minimum this Schedule Load Requirement of 2,000 KW, subject to the conditions under the ESA in case the = the PHP/USD exchange rate as published in the Bangko Sentral ng FXm aggregate nominated energy of all customers of TSI is less than the Minimum Load Pilipinas website on the 25th day of the calendar month; provided Requirement due to Force Majeure event affecting one or more customers. that if such day falls on a non-Business Day, the PHP/USD exchange 2 Section 5.2, ESA. rate on the immediately preceding Business Day shall be used. 3 Under Schedule 7.4.2 of the ESA, the Delivery Point refers to the High Voltage side of the transformer at the power plant.

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from page 9 USCPIm = the US Consumer Price Index (Base year =1982-84) – All Items published as of the current Billing Period for which the Invoice is being prepared RPCPIm = the Philippine Consumer Price Index for All Income Households in the Philippines – All Items (2006=100) published as of the current Billing Period for which the Invoice is being prepared TED = Total Energy Delivered to the Customer by the Supplier in kWh during the current Billing Period

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on existing taxes, fees, imposts, including transmission charges and other charges imposed on the Power Plant shall be for the account of the Customer in accordance with Articles 11 and 14, which shall be computed based on the following formula:

Where: CC

= Contract Capacity in kW as indicated in Table 1 of this Schedule TCC = Total contracted capacity in kW of the Supplier Taxes and Other Charges = except for value-added tax, all existing and future taxes, any increase or adjustments on existing taxes, fees, imposts, including transmission charges and other charges imposed on the Power Plant in Philippine Pesos

IV. Fuelmonth The Customer shall pay the Supplier the Monthly Fuel fees (Fuel month) for the current Billing Period in accordance with the following formula:

With respect to value-added tax, any adjustment to the value-added tax rate shall be applied to the fees specified in this Schedule 7.1.

Where:

B. BEFORE COMMERCIAL OPERATION DATE:

Fuel Costs

=

ACV

= Average calorific value, net as-received, of coal in kcal/kg used in the current Billing Period Freight costs = actual transport costs in USD/MT which include but not limited to port charges, fuel, insurance, wharfage fees, excise tax, handling, customs brokerage fees, customs duties, stevedores and arrastre costs, tuggage costs, survey fee, towage, pilotage, light dues, mooring and unmooring, berthing and deberthing, and tonnage dues and sundries on the coal used during the current Billing Period. Freight costs shall include all other existing and future taxes, fees, imposts and other charges that may be imposed on the transport of coal. = the PHP/USD exchange rate as published in the Bangko FXm Sentral ng Pilipinas website on the 25th day of the calendar month; provided that if such day falls on a non-Business Day, the PHP/USD exchange rate on the immediately preceding Business Day shall be used. = the average Newcastle Index (USD/MT) one monthprior to N m the Billing Period for which the Invoice is being prepared, as posted by globalCOAL on the website www.globalcoal.com or its successor or, if globalCOAL ceases to report the Newcastle Index, an agreed upon replacement source that reports the Newcastle Index shall be adopted by the Parties CR = consumption rate at 0.7 kg/kWh, escalated at 1% annually TED = Total Energy Delivered to the Customer by the Supplier in kWh during the current Billing Period V. Back up Power Charges Back up Power Charges = the actual costs in Php for securing Back-up Power including all incidental costs, fees and taxes attendant to the purchase of Back-up Power by Supplier . VI. Replacement Power Charges Replacement Power Charges = the actual costs in Php for securing Replacement Power including all incidental costs, fees and taxes attendant to the purchase of Replacement Power by Supplier. VII. Start up Charges The cost for starting up each unit of the Power Plant after a period of shutdown due to Scheduled or Unscheduled Outages attributable to the Supplier shall be for the account of the Supplier. On the other hand, the cost for starting up each unit of the Power Plant after a period of shutdown due to any other reason shall be for the account of the Customer and shall be charged in accordance with the following formula: COLD START UP (where plant downtime is beyond 8 hours) Unit 1

Unit 2

WARM START UP (where plant start up occurs after less than 8 hours of downtime) Unit 1

Unit 2

Where: DOm CC TCC

= the actual price of diesel oil in Php/liter as billed by the supplier of diesel oil applicable for the Billing Period for which the Invoice is being prepared = Contract Capacity in kW as indicated in Table 1 of this Schedule = Total contracted capacity in kW of the Supplier

In the event that revisions are made on the above indices, including any shift made in the base year and other adjustments to such index made by the relevant authorized entity, its successor-in-interest, there shall be a corresponding change in the base index such that the use of the revised index will yield the equivalent values as the use of the original base index. In the event that the index (a) becomes unavailable, (b) is replaced by a new benchmark rate as determined by the relevant authorized entity, its successor in interest, or (c) ceases to exist, or (d) in the reasonable determination of either Party, fails to reflect the real costs and forms an integral part of this price mechanism, the Parties shall agree to adopt a new price index. VIII. Other Taxes and Charges Except for value-added tax, all existing and future taxes, any increase or adjustments

Monthly Electricity Fees=Commissioning Charges+Other Taxes and Charges

All computations on payments to Supplier shall not be rounded off, except for the final PHP amount, which shall be rounded off to the nearest Philippine centavo. The Monthly Electricity Fees shall be subject to the applicable value-added tax. The Monthly Electricity Fees shall be subject to the applicable value-added tax. I. Commissioning Charges The Customer shall pay the Supplier the Commissioning Charges subject to the applicable value-added tax for electricity supplied during the period of testing and commissioning of the Power Plant in accordance with the following formula: Commissioning Charges=VOMmonth+Fuelmonth

Where: VOMmonth = computed in accordance with item A.III of this Schedule Fuelmonth = computed in accordance with item A.IV of this Schedule II. Other Taxes and Charges Except for value-added tax, all existing and future taxes, any increase or adjustments on existing taxes, fees, imposts, including transmission charges and other charges imposed on the Power Plant shall be for the account of the Customer in accordance with Articles 11 and 14, which shall be computed based on the following formula:

Where: TED

= Total Energy Delivered to the Customer by the Supplier in kWh during the current Billing Period TGS = Total Generation Sold by the Supplier to all of its customers in kWh during the current Billing Period Taxes and Other Charges = except for value-added tax, all existing and future taxes, any increase or adjustments on existing taxes, fees, imposts, including transmission charges and other charges imposed on the Power Plant in Philippine Pesos With respect to value-added tax, any adjustment to the value-added tax rate shall be applied to the fees specified in this Schedule 7.1. 17.8 The agreed amounts relevant to the computation of Contract Price are as follows: Details Unit Amount CC kW 5,000 Minimum Load Requirement kW 2,000 CRF Php/kW-month 2,040 FOM Php/kW-month 400 VOM Php/kWh 0.2908 Fx0 Php/USD 42 USCPI0 226.23 RPCPI0 127.80 18. Termination Fee. In the event that the ESA is terminated by TSI on the grounds of (a) the failure of SURSECO II to pay the Electricity Fee or any other amounts payable under the ESA; (b) failure by SURSECO II to replenish its Security Deposit in full as provided in Article 9.2.3 of the ESA; (c) breach by SURSECO II of any of the provisions of the ESA and its failure to cure the breach within a period of thirty (30) days from receipt of the notice of the breach; and (d) termination by TSI of the ESA upon the occurrence of any events of default under Article 17.2 of the ESA, SURSECO II shall be liable to pay a termination fee computed using the following formula: Termination Fee The Termination Fee (TF) shall be the sum of the present value of the CRF multiplied by the Contract Capacity for the remaining Contract Period at a discount rate of eight and 75/100 percent (8.75%). The TF shall be computed in accordance with the following formula:

Where: CC CRF FXo

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of this Schedule FXCRF = the weighted average PHP/USD exchange rate over the construction period as calculated in accordance with Table 2 of this Schedule RCP = the number of Billing Periods in the remaining Contract Period

sales, marketing, technical, financial and legal plans, proposals and projections, product information, know-how, design rights, trade secrets, concepts, techniques, processes, methods, systems, designs, programs, codes, formula, research, experimental work and work in progress. 30. SURSECO II respectfully requests that pursuant to its obligation to maintain in strict confidence all confidential information of TSI, Annexes “R”, “S” and “U” which contain certain non-public information, data and calculations involving business operations and financial trade secrets reflecting TSI’s investment and business calculations, be treated as confidential documents.

20. Project Cost. The summary of the information on the project cost for the 300 MW coal-fire powered generation facility of TSI is provided in the hereto attached Annex “S”.

31. Under Rule 4 of the ERC Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Honorable Commission may, upon request of a party and determination of the existence of conditions which would warrant such remedy, treat certain information submitted to it as confidential. Pursuant to such provision, SURSECO II respectfully requests for the issuance of a protective order declaring the foregoing information, data and calculations contained in Annexes “R”, “S” and “U”, as confidential information.

21. Environmental Compliance Certificate. On 09 September 2011, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (“DENR”) issued Environmental Compliance Certificate (“ECC”) No. 1107-0010 for the proposed TSI Coal-Fire Powered Plant in favor of TSI.

32. Further, in accordance with Section 1(b), Rule 4 of the ERC Rules of Practice and Procedure, SURSECO II hereby submits one (1) copy of Annexes “R”, “S” and “U”, in a sealed envelope, with the envelope and each page of the document stamped with the word “Confidential”.

A copy of the ECC is attached hereto as Annex “T”, and made an integral part hereof.

PRAYER

19. Sources of Funds/Financial Plans. A summary of the information on TSI’s Sources of Funds/Financial Plans is hereto attached as Annex “R”.

22. Details of TSI’s procurement process of fuel and SURSECO II’s procurement process. A summary of TSI’s fuel procurement process and SURSECO II’s procurement process are attached hereto as Annexes “U” and “V”.

WHEREFORE, in view of all the foregoing, it is most respectfully prayed of this Honorable Commission that: (1) the Energy Supply Agreement dated 20 November 2012between SURSECO II and Therma South, Inc. be approved; and (2) an Order be issued treating Annexes “R”, “S” and “U”,as confidential documents and the information contained therein as confidential and directing its non-disclosure pursuant to Rule 4, Section 1 of the ERC Rules of Practice and Procedure and prescribing the guidelines for the protection thereof.

23. TSI Plant Description. Attached as Annex “W” is the plant description of the 300 MW coal-fire powered generation facility of TSI. 24. DOE Certification. The Certificate of Endorsement for the TSI Power Plant issued by the DOE is attached hereto as Annex “X”. 25. Certificate of Compliance. Considering that the TSI Power Plant is still to be constructed, it is currently not yet covered by a Certificate of Compliance (COC). Pursuant to ERC Resolution No. 9, series of 2010, TSI shall file the necessary application for a COC no later than three (3) months prior to the commencement of commercial operations.

RATE IMPLICATIONS OF THE ENERGY SUPPLY AGREEMENT

26. Factoring in the reduction of NPC/PSALM’s firm supply commitments to SURSECO II and the present and available alternative sources of power in Mindanao, an analysis was accordingly conducted to determine the impact of the implementation of the Energy Supply Agreement on SURSECO II’s generation costs.

Other reliefs just and equitable are likewise prayed for.

Marikina City for Pasig City, January 17, 2013.

THE LAW FIRM OF MANJARES & MANJARES Counsel for Applicant SURSECO II No. 5, St. Anne Street Provident Villages, Marikina City

A copy of the Analysis is attached hereto as Annex “Y”, and made an integral part hereof. 27. The following table shows the expected rate impact in the event that SURSECO II procures power from other alternative sources in Mindanao or the TSI Power plant: With TSI Without TSI Increase/(Decrease) 5.1103 5.7351 (0.6249) 28. In support of the instant Application and in compliance with the documentary and pre-filing requirements of the Honorable Commission, Applicant is submitting the attached documents which are made integral parts hereof, as follows: Annex A B C D E to E-14 F to F-1 G G-1 H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y

Document Certificate of Franchise of SURSECO II Certificate of Registration of SURSECO-II Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws of SURSECO-II Energy Supply Agreement between SURSECO-II and TSI Certifications issued by the Legislative Bodies within the Franchise Area of SURSECO-II Affidavit of Publication of the Application and copy of the Newspaper of General Circulation in the Franchise Area of SURSECO-II where Application was published Contract for the Supply of Electric Energy Energy Regulatory Commission Order dated 12 December 2011 SURSECO II Forecasted Load Data SURSECO II Distribution Development Plan PSALM Certification dated 16 November 2012 Certificate of Registration of TSI Articles of Incorporation of TSI General Information Sheet of TSI Audited Financial Statement of TSI Board of Investments Certificates of Registration for the TSI Power Plant Secretary’s Certificate attesting to the authority of SURSECO II and its authorized representative to enter into the ESA with TSI Contract Energy Schedule TSI’s Sources of Funds/Financial Plans Summary of Project Cost Environmental Compliance Certificate with reference number ECC 1107-0010 Summary of TSI’s fuel procurement process SURSECO II’s procurement process TSI Plant Description Department of Energy Certification Rate Impact Analysis

Republic of the Philippines) _______________City ) s.s VERIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION OF NON-FORUM SHOPPING I, ENGR. IGLORIO R. HINAYON, of legal age, Filipino and with office address at Main Office of the Surigao del Sur II Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SURSECO II), Balilahan, Mabua, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur 8300, after having being sworn in according to law, depose and state that. 1. I am the authorized representative of Surigao Del Sur II Electric Cooperative Inc. (SURSECO II) representing SURSECO II by virtue of SURSECO li s Board Resolution No. 067, S-2012. 2. I caused the preparation and filling of the foregoing Application; I have read the allegation contained therein, and certify that the same are true and correct based on my personal knowledge, on authentic records in the possession of SURSECO II. 3. SURSECO II has not heretofore commenced any other action or proceedings involving the same issues and parties before any court, tribunal or quasi-judicial agency; to the best of my knowledge, no such other action or proceeding is pending, and if I should learn that the same or a similar action or proceeding has been filed or is pending, I undertake to report such fact to this Honorable Commission within five (5) days therefrom.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand this 28th day of January 2013.

ALLEGATIONS IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR NON-DISCLOSURE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION 29. Under Article 13 of the ESA, SURSECO II agreed to keep in strict confidence all “Confidential Information” of TSI, to ensure that no Confidential Information of TSI is disclosed to third parties and that it shall use utmost efforts to prevent any unauthorized disclosure of Confidential Information. Such Confidential Information includes any information relating to the operations, businesses, technology, practices, products, marketing, sales, services, finances, or legal affairs of TSI, as well as actual or prospective customers, business partners, market opportunities, business,

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CIVIC-MEDICAL and DENTAL MISSION. Barrio folks flock Timanan Central School in South Upi to avail of the medical and dental services, medicines, infor-

mation and education on how to avail senior citizen cards during the civic-medical and dental mission conducted by the office of Congressman Simeon Datumanong of the 2nd district of Maguindanao and the Office on Southern Cultural Communities last Feb. 26. (Bottom Photo) Annie Datumanong, active civic leader and representative to Cong. Datumanong discusses plans and wishes for South Upi with Vice-Mayor Mohamad Digo Omar Jr. Mindanao Daily News Photo by Lisa Española

South Upi, OSCC hold medical-dental mission By LIZA ESPAÑOLA of Mindanao Daily News

COTABATO City––The Municipality of South Upi and the Office on Southern Cultural Communities jointly held a civic-medicaldental mission last Feb. 26 at Central Timanan, South Upi. The activity aims to give assistance to the people of Upi in terms of civic, medical and dental services like consultation, tooth extraction, home medicine dispersion and information on how to avail senior citizen cards. Medical practitioners and personnel from the office of the Congressman of

Maguindanao 2nd District, the OSCC and the Local Government of South Upi spearheaded the activity. Residents with ages ranging from 0 to 70 years of age from South Upi flocked the venue- Timanan Central School to avail of the medical mission which was conducted from morning up to late part of the afternoon. Common ailments were diagnosed and home medicines for which were dispensed. Information and education on how to avail of Senior citizen cards was also conducted. South Upi Vice Mayor Mohamad Digo Omar Jr. said: “I am glad that our residents are able to avail of

these kinds of services. We hope that more services will be done in our place as we are far from the city and the people here badly need basic services. We are grateful for the agencies, both government and non-government groups who take the time and exert effort to come all the way from far distance to give us assistance. We are touched by these gesture of concern and care of these kind-hearted philanthropist whose mission is to reach out to others. To them all, our profound thanks and appreciation.” Annie Datumanong, representative to Congressman Simeon Datumanong of Maguindanao 2nd District

said: “The senior citizens are really close to my heart because I am close to my grandparents and my parents are now senior citizens as well. I care for the aged. That is why I want all the people who are considered senior citizens, that is, belonging to 60 years old and above to avail of this cards so they can enjoy the privileges like the discounts in the pharmacies in buying medicines, in restaurants and in transportation like the jeeps, the tricycles, the buses and the airplanes.” Datumanong told the beneficiaries to get their respective cards with the official of the social welfare department.

New Davao hotel bullish on midscale market By Rudolf Ian G. Alama

DAVAO City––Park Inn Davao is bullish in the growth of the mid-scale travelers market in the region. “You need more hotels of this kind here,” says Geir Sikko, General Manager of Park Inn Davao. The hotel owned by SM Hotels and Conventions is the first Park Inn by Radisson hotel in the Asia Pacific region. Sikko describes the mid scale market as somewhat a notch above backpacker tourists and below fivestar travelers. He estimates that 60% of the world traveler market is of the

mid-scale segment and is consistently growing particularly in the Asia Pacific Region. “There are less fivestar hotels being built today and more mid-scale hotels being built,” Sikko said describing the trend. The hotel is described as v ibrant and t rendy known for international standard accommodations and very friendly service. Park Inn’s close proximity to SM Lanang Premiere allows guests to enjoy within easy reach the various culinary, entertainment and shopping attractions inside the mall. Park In n D av a o by Radisson is a 204 room hotel of which 198 rooms are de luxe types with six junior suites. Located inside t he SM L anang complex its proximity to the SMX Convention Center, one of the largest convention centers in Mindanao the hotel hopes to attract business travelers particularly those coming in for MICE (Meetings Incentives Conventions and Exhibits) related activity. According to estimates by Department of Tourism Region XI about 40% of visitors coming to Davao Region are MICE/business travelers. The government along with tourism stakeholders are positioning the region and the city to become a top MICE destination with the availability of new hotels like Park Inn and convention facilities such as the SMX. Park Inn Davao is currently on soft-opening and will be formally opened to the public this March 22.


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6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division has new Commander By LISA ESPAÑOLA of Mindanao Daily News

COTABATO City––The 6th Infantry (Kampilan) Division, the biggest military unit based in Central Mindanao ushers in new commanding general. In a symbolic change of command ceremony held at Camp Siongco, Awang,

Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, Feb. 28, the 6th ID gave honor to MGen. Caesar Ronnie Ordoyo as he relinquished his post and paves way to its new chief Bgen. Romeo L. Gapuz. The ceremony which started with a parade and review was presided by AFP Commanding General and guest of honor LtGen. Noel

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A. Coballes. Relief and designation, relinquishment, assumption and turn-over of command orders were read and signed. Tokens were exchanged. Gapuz, who belonged to PMA class ‘81, is a former Asst. Division Commander of 4th Infantry Division, at Camp Evangelista based in Cagayan de Oro.

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CHANGE OF COMMAND. 6ID Outgoing Chief MGen Caesar Ronnie Ordoyo (left) receives honor from Lt. General Noel A. Coballes, Commanding General and Presiding Officer (center) as he relinquish post and paves way to incoming commander BGen Romeo L. Gapuz (right) during the Change of Command Ceremony held at 6ID Parade Ground, Camp Siongco, Feb. 28, 2013. Mindanao Daily News Photo by Lisa Española

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Officials of the AFP, PNP and Local Government Units witnessed the symbolic change of Command of 6th Infantry Division Chief at Camp Siongco, Awang. Datu Odin Sinsuat Maguindanao. (From Left-Right ) Battalion Commander LTC Joel Y. Abregana of 37IB based in Nituan, Parang, Maguidanao; Pigcawayan Mayor Roberto Blase and LTC Diosdado Peji of 16th Field Artillery (Deadly Accurate) Battalion based in Brgy. Pigcalagan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao. Mindanao Daily News photo by Lisa Española

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A tourism planning firm has recommended the privatization of airport development and management to effectively deliver the ever-changing demands of the logistics and travel industry.

Narzalina Lim, president of Asia Pacific Projects Inc. (APPI), said government’s function as operator of Clark International Airport (CIA) must be reviewed since the project such as this would be best taken cared of by the private sector. AIRPORT | page 15

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the period of the illness. If it were respiratory, taking in plenty of fluids, eating a balanced nutritious diet and rest will go a long way. It is said that in one’s lifetime, one cannot evade the possibility of having that virus affect you: but, you and I can do something about it and come out better and healthy persons.

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Cherry Orendain, Anakbayan Southern Mindanao spokesperson, said the decrease in the number of HEIs applying for tuition fee increase “does not please the youth and students,” adding that the CHED allegedly failed to control the “alarming trend” of tuition fee increases among private schools in the region. “The fact remains that education is still a business and that the CHED has perfected its role as the spokesperson of the capitalist educators,” she told MindaNews. Bai Ali Indayla, second nominee of Kabataan Partylist, earlier said that some 150,000 students from private schools were affected by tuition fee increases in the school year 2012-2013. She cited that in the last three years, tuition fee increases ranged from P3,150 to P4,200 per semester, with the average tuition paid by a student reaching P40,000 per school year. Indayla said her group gathers complaints from parents and students on school violations related to tuition fee increases through the “Kabataan Hotline” with numbers 082- 221-6589 and 0942-980-8413. She said that “redundant and exorbitant fees” have turned out as the most common complaints of parents and students. Indayla stressed that education in the country has become commercialized and expensive, making it hard to the reach of the poor. Alvarez said the issues related to hikes in tuition and other fees require consultations as mandated by Article III of CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 3, Series of 2013. Based also on the order, 70 percent of the tuition fee shall go to personnel salaries and benefits, 20 percent for school upgrading or improvement, and only 10 percent for return of investment. (Lorie Ann A. Cascaro/MindaNews)

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talk to the troops who launched a standoff, “in a brotherly way.” The MNLF leader said the governor of Tawi-Tawi Sadikul Sahali and “somebody from the national government” has pleaded with him to join an entourage going to Kuala Lumpur and Sabah.

“They want me to contact these young people, tapos ngunit ngayon, aywan ko (but now, I don’t know),” he said. Misuari said another way of solving the problem, is by making an appeal to his friend Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. He claims the Prime Minister is a cousin of his grand nephew, whose grandfathers are brothers. “So I intend to send him there, to talk to Najib and persuade him to desist from sending more forces [in Sabah].” He said he will also talk to Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, not to aggravate the situation. “I can mediate with them, anyway, Sabah and Sarawak belong to me, and my clan. It doesn’t belong to the Sultanate, because this is the property of my great great grandfather Panglima Pahabasal Elija,” Misuari added. Misuari flew in to Davao Saturday after attending a month-long meeting with the parliaments of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), conferred with Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in Mandaya Hotel to talk on these options. He clarified that the accusations of his involvement in the Sabah tension are “baseless and unfounded.” Duterte, for his part, assured Misuari of support if anything happens. The Vice Mayor, without elaborating, offered help “in connecting and talking it out” with the national government. Misuari said he talked to Sultan Kiram in a discreet meeting the night before he left for Davao. He told the Sultan be careful because “(the government is) preparing to arrest you.” “Sabi niya, mas gusto ko ma-arrest na ako para makapagpahinga na ako sa loob ng prison. (He said, he wanted to be arrested so he can relax in prison.)” Misuari thinks it is a big gamble on the Sultanate royal army to send their troops and mass up in Sabah. He is worried that violence might spread in Kunak, then to Kota Kinabalu in Sandakan and to other places. Misuari said he does not want any trouble with Philippine government and Malaysia. He thinks the problem is better left between the Bangsamoro people and the Malaysian people to resolve. “We should not allow other people to come in. It might only aggravate the situation,” he said. Misuari lashed at President Benigno Aquino III for saying the Sultan’s claim and actions are “a hopeless cause”. “He knows nothing about what he is talking about. He will become a laughing stock in the whole world with the way he presents himself before the eyes of the peoples of the world.” Maintaining that he has no hand in the incident, Misuari said he is in the

midst of preparing for the resumption of peace talks between the Philippine government and the MNLF this month in Jakarta. Indonesia has offered to broker the resumption of the talks. Misuari sounded firm that peace is at hand in Mindanao, “if not for the Sabah problem.” Misuari said, he will leave the next day and meet with them [MNLF troops]. “Maybe the brother might want me to report to them about my travel abroad, and possibly will also include the whole Sabah,” he said. Misuari is expected to attend the 6th Mindanao Indigenous Peoples C onvent ion/2nd ATM G enera l Ass embly /1 st Bangsamoro-Highlanders Mindanao Grand Summit this afternoon where he will be conferred as “adopted sons of Mindanao” with senatorial candidate Jack Enrile. (Cheryll D. Fiel, davaotoday.com)

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the sultanate’s men. The “intention of the entire sultanate is not to be intransigent but to start the long process of talks. What the situation required is listening to the sultanate’s demands,” said Abraham Idjirani, spokesman of the sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo in an AM radio interview this week. He bewailed Aquino’s tack which then consisted of sending a delegation to Lahad Datu to make them go back to the Philippines. “If they went there only to fetch our brothers, they are committing a sin against us, their brothers in the Philippines and not just those in Malaysia. In that case, there is already a connivance between governments of Malaysia and the Philippines,” Idjirani said. The Aquino government also threatened the group that charges may be filed against them. Charges include inciting to sedition and illegal possession of firearms, according to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. Some critics countered though that the Aquino government needs to look at the position of the Sultanate of Sulu beyond Philippine laws, considering that the said Sultanate has been in existence even before the Philippines was “discovered” and named by Ferdinand Magellan. Tolentino of Katribu said the struggle for the rights of the country’s national minorities—both the indigenous peoples and the Moro people – is not recognized by the State. The Aquino government has a tendency to dismiss the indigenous peoples’ ancestral domain, and in the case of the Sultanate of Sulu, “Aquino has dismissed the Sultan’s assertion to claim Sabah as ‘foolhardy.’ This only reveals how the Philippine state abandons the issue and leaves the

Moro people on their own to assert their rights to their ancestral territory,” Tolentino said. What is happening in Lahad Datu, Katribu says, is the result of “the State’s negligence of minority issues.” The multi-sectoral group bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) also criticized Aquino’s “absurd point that recognizing the ownership of the Sultanate over Sabah and Sulu could pave the way for its eventual secession from the Philippines.” Sultan Jamalul Kiram and his siblings had repeatedly said they consider themselves as Filipinos and they are merely asking the government to assert their and the country’s claim to Sabah. Aquino’s sham patriotism is the true spoiler to peace process Aquino’s “defeatist” attitude concerning the Philippine claim on Sabah contrasts starkly with his administration’s treatment of the Spratlys and Panatag Shoal dispute with China, said Carol Araullo, chairperson of Bayan. She pointed out that in the case of Spratlys, no less than the head of state engages in open polemics on the territorial dispute at every available opportunity, domestic or international. “It has even filed a case against China for international arbitration,” she said. While “we have strong grounds to assert our sovereignty over the Spratlys and Panatag Shoal, we have even more compelling historical and legal bases to claim Sabah,” Araullo said. Bayan regards this double standard in handling the Sabah and Spratlys/ Panatag Shoal issues as a demonstration of the Aquino government’s “deceitful and sham patriotism.” It demonstrates, they said, that Aquino’s noises with China over territorial dispute has little to do with its patriotic duty to defend the national sovereignty and territorial integrity but more about “using the Spratlys/Panatag Shoal dispute to promote US imperialism’s hegemonic schemes in the region.” The Aquino government “is using the dispute with China to justify the ever increasing presence of American troops, warships, jet fighters and drones, and other war materiel in the country’s territory under the auspices of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA),” Araullo said. About the same time the Malaysian troops started shooting at the guards of Sultan Kiram in Lahad Datu, the negotiating panels of the Aquino government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF ) were signing one of the completed annexes to the previously signed Framework Agreement. Unfortunately, the two parties reportedly said certain groups have been supposedly egging on the sultanate to act like a spoiler

to the peace process. “Aquino has subsumed the Sabah claim to political and geopolitical considerations, in particular the wish to bring an end to the Moro secessionist movement in the South through USbacked peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) where Malaysia has played a key role as facilitator,” Araullo of Bayan commented in a statement. She said the Aquino regime, together with the US which has taken a hands-off posture on the Sabah stand-off, apparently views the Sabah claim as a potential stumbling block, if not complete spoiler, to inking the coveted final peace compact with the MILF. But Aquino’s handling of the Sabah issue is ultimately the true peace spoiler. As Araullo said, “The Aquino administration is not only surrendering our territorial integrity and national sovereignty, it is also creating conditions that make an enduring peace with justice in Mindanao more elusive.” (http://bulatlat.com)

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Southern Mindanao spokesperson of Anakbayan, a nationwide mass organization of Filipino youth, however pointed out that not once, in their experience, have such consultations prevented the increases in tuition fees. In fact, Orendain said, such consultations are usually “staged” to the effect that students are practically rendered powerless in the face of such exercise. Orendain said they are dismayed as CHED is supposed to be “a regulatory body to control school fees,” but the agency instead, “has become an instrument in the launching of such staged consultations for tuition hikes in campuses.” “The CHED is practically useless in terms of protecting students from high costs of education,” Orendain said. A first year student of the University of the Philippines –Mindanao for instance, pays P600 per unit, so if a student enrolls in 20 units of courses, he pays at least P16,000 pesos per semester, Orendain said. A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education student of the University of Mindanao pays P394 per unit, so he pays P7,900 for 23 units, on top of the almost P7,000 cost of miscellaneous fees, she added. A student of Ateneo de Davao University pays P900 per unit, so 20 unit enrollment would entail a cost of P18,000 per semester, exclusive of miscellaneous fees. Orendain said they expect many students to drop out next school year. “The costs of basic goods are already increasing. How can we expect our parents to be able to send us to school with such expected round

of increases?” Orendain said their group is set to conduct massive consultations with students from colleges and universities to discuss how they can oppose the increases. “Expect massive protests from students,” Orendain warned. (Irene V. Dagudog, davaotoday.com)

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his duties and responsibilities expected of a commander and to implement President Aquino’s program of reform and peace and order. Among the activities during his short stint were Fluvial Parade and Kick-off Football for Peace spearheaded by Pres. Aquino to symbolize his support for the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro. It was jointly participated in by Moro rebels and APF personnel and held at the grounds of Camp Siongco. A media fellowship was also held last December where journalists and media practitioners from Cotabato, ARMM and South Cotabato gathered to socialize with the AFP personnel as partners in peacekeeping and peace-building. Gapuz, who swore to abide by the AFP’s principles of accountability and transparency especially in logistical and financial aspects says, “I will continue the peace efforts of my predecessors especially on the on-going peace process, the peace talks and the programs and projects that will help contribute to the attainment and maintenance of peace, order and security in Mindanao.” Present in the ceremony were line agency heads, AFP, PNP and LGU officials like Maguindanao Governor Toto Mangudadatu, Congresswoman Bai Sandra Sema, Cotabato City Mayor Muslimin G. Sema, and DILG Sec. Atty. Macmod Mending who represented the ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman, CSOs and stakeholders.

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Clark International Airport (CIA)’s role as international gateway to Central Luzon is very important, being accessible to 23 million people from the National Capital Region and Central and Northern Luzon. Besides, Clark houses several industries such as manufacturing, logistics, services, airlines and tourism, among others. Lim said Cambodia airports have delivered Best Practice in airport management, which the Philippines can emulate. She said the airport in Cambodia is owned by the private sector. A French group Vinci owned 70 percent and a MalaysianCambodian joint venture have 30 percent stake in the airport.



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