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teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops”, American Historian and Journalist Henry Brooks Adams said it fittingly, as the Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro (Rcwestcdo) recognizes anew the “profession that teaches and develops virtually all other professions” – the teachers.

On May 22, this year, Rcwestcdo announced the winners of its 2013 Most Outstanding Public School Teacher Award (MOPSTA), during the Department of Education’s K-12 Convention Program in Cagayan de Oro City. Topping the list was SPED Teacher 1 Randy R. Saligan of the Ozamis City Central School Special Education Center, first placer; with Master Teacher 1 Sheila May J. Cabungcal of Doña Juana Actub Lluch Memorial Central School, Palao, Iligan

City, the second placer. The other winners were Master Teacher May P. Edullantes of Labinay National High School, Ozamis City, third placer; Teacher III Barbara Joey P. Moreno of Bukidnon National High School, Malaybalay City, fourth placer; and Teacher III Jacqueline P. Labial of Kauswagan Central School, Cagayan de Oro City, fifth placer. The awards were handed to the winners by Dr. Allan G. Farnazo, DepEd-10

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Task force created for twin celebrations By Jun Felicilda, City Editor

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Mayor Vicente Emano has created a task force for the joint commemoration of the 115th Philippine

Independence Day and the 63rd City Charter Day on June 12 and 15, respectively. The task force is headed by City Councilor Alexander S. Dacer, with AB C President and City

NORMIN’S BEST TEACHER - Photo shows SPED Teacher 1 Randy R. Saligan of the Ozamis City Central School Special Education Center (middle), this year’s Most Outstanding Public School Teacher Awardee (MOPSTA), strike a pose with other regional winners. This, during the awarding ceremony in Cagayan de Oro City, May 22. A project of the Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro, in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd). (asf photo/jdelpf)

Councilor Dometilo Acenas Jr., the vice chair. The members are City Councilor Adrian Barba, Acting City Administrator Wilma PolleyForce to page 11

For typhoon rebuilding efforts

PH wins New Frontiers Award THE Philippines is a recipient of the New Frontiers Award 2013 at this year’s Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the Middle East’s premier travel and tourism exhibition.

2014 BUDGET – Representative Rufus B. Rodriguez of the 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro City (2nd from left, lower left photo) supports the RDC-endorsed 2014 budget proposals of 23 agencies and seven state universities and colleges in the region. This, during the RDC-X Advisory Committee (RAC) meeting in Cagayan de Oro City. (NEDA 10/jdelpf)

The New Frontiers Award started to be a main feature of the ATM six years ago, given to destinations that have surmounted great adversity to rebound its tourism industries. The award also gives tribute to the resilience of local communities to rebuild their lives, as well as bring

attention to the crisis management and risk reduction practices of local authorities. It was the only citation extended during the event. The Philippines was shortlisted, together with New York State (Hur Frontiers to page 11

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Government to spend P14.11B for classrooms By Arjay S. Felicilda, News Editor

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The government is allocating P14,110,400,000 for the construction, replacement and completion of public schools in areas with acute classroom shortage. This will be jointly undertaken by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Education (DepEd), under the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget for the implementation of Special Provision (SP) No. 4 of the Basic Educational Facilities Funds (BEF)

Under the Joint Circular No. 2013-1, this will be jointly undertaken by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Education (DepEd), under the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget for the implementation of Special Provision (SP) No. 4 of the Basic Educational Facilities Funds (BEF). The circular provides that “Areas Experiencing Acute Classroom Shortage” refers to “areas where the number of students divided by the existing number of classrooms shall result in a

student-classroom ratio of 50:1 or worse, those where classrooms are temporary in nature or are makeshift structures and those without classrooms at all.” Along this program, the DPWH will use the DepEd school building design and detailed costing. The funds will be directed to the respective DPWH District Engineering Offices (DPWH-DEOs) following the allocation per congressional district with the corresponding list of schools, target number of projects, and the types of buildings to be constructed, prepared by DepEd and submitted to DBM. DepEd provides the

DPWH central office with detailed list of priority areas for new classrooms, including the name of the school, address, classroom building type, toilet type, projects costs and other pertinent information and submit a joint DepEd-DPWH special budget request to DBM for the special allotment release order/notice of cash allocation (SARO/NCA). DBM approves the special budget request submitted by DepEd and DPWH and facilitate the SARO/ NCA. (With report from Rutchie C. Aguhob-PIA10, Misamis Occidental/Arjay S. Felicilda, member of Mindanao Press Alliance for Sustainable Development)

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Magdalo calls on COA to clarify Aquino’s case BUTUAN CITY - Samahang Magdalo Agusan Norte Coordinator Michael Torralba calls on the Commission on Audit (COA) to intervene over the disqualification case filed before the Comelec against mayoralty candidate Jose “Joboy” Aquino II.

Brigada Eskwela launched LANAO DEL NORTE - DepEd Iligan joined the nationwide launching of Brigada Eskwela today, yesterday, with a motorcade around the city at 7:00 in the morning, converging at Dalipuga High School.

BIR hardens stance against red tape BUTUAN CITY - The BIR RR No. 17 is currently working out to fully implement the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 and giving of the Grant of Citizen’s Satisfaction Center Seal of Excellence Award to BIR RDO No. 103, Butuan City.

Schools meet in preparation of class opening LANAO DEL SUR - Asst. Supt Soraida Noor of Lanao del Sur Division I-A said all school heads are now prepared for the June 3 opening of classes.

DTI initiates Promo Diskwento BUTUAN CITY - DTI-CARAGA has initiated Promo Diskwento at the CARAGA Product Depot near D&V Plaza Building, this city, giving opportunity to consumers to avail of discounts on basic and prime commodities.

Bishop reiterates CCPC vision

BRIGADA ESKWELA - Parents, teachers and school children are briefed before the launch of this year’s Brigade Eskwela at Cagayan de Oro City Central School. During the occasion, parents were also urged to make sure their students will carry pencils, notebooks and papers, instead of broomsticks, at the opening of classes on June 3. (JMORucat/PIA-10/asf)

Oil palm industry on the rise - PPDCI By Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Philippine Palm Oil Development Council Inc. (PPDCI) says oil palm can be the answer to economic crisis in the country. In its 8th National Palm Oil Congress held here recently, Dr. Pablito P. Pamplona of PPDCI said, by expanding and prioritizing oil palm as the main crop in the farm lands, it enables a typical farmer owning 3-5 hectares to earn enough to buy nutritious food for the family, buy household appliances and even buy a brand new car, among others. The congress aimed to answer the country’s vegetable oil shortage, now imported at P6.68 billion in

2010; to export, promote high farm productivity, generate employment opportunities and use oil palm biomass for organic fertilizers, biofuel and electricity. Dr. Pamplona added that neighboring countries, such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand have already reaped the fruits of their labor from expanding their oil palm farms. Thailand has planted over one million hectares; Malaysia has surpassed five million hectares and Indonesia has over 10 million hectares. With government support, these countries are gaining millions of dollars. Thailand is already exporting about

BUTUAN CITY - Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos of the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) reiterated the group’s vision to attain integral development towards genuine peace for the common good.

500 farmers enroll in corn school-on-air BUTUAN CITY – Some 500 farmer-students have officially enrolled for the University on the Air on White Corn Production program in Caraga Region over dxBC-Butuan and Agusan Norte); dxVP-Tandag City; dxDA-Agusan Sur); and dxSP-Surigao City.

DTI initiates Promo Diskwento BUTUAN CITY - DTI-CARAGA has initiated Promo Diskwento Friday to Sunday at the CARAGA Product Depot near D&V Plaza Building, this city. It gave opportunity to local consumers to avail of discounts on basic and prime commodities like canned goods, noodles and more products. US$400 million; Malaysia, US$17 billion and Indonesia with US$15 billion worth of palm oil. As of April 2013, PPDCI has expanded oil palm plantings to 73,460 ha all over the country. PPDCI President Robertino E. Pizarro said they are extending efforts and have been at the forefront of promoting the local palm

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Globe supports Masbate’s COLOURS OF LIFE Rodeo Festival CONTEST LAUNCHED G C lobe Telecom, through its mass market brand TM, maintained its strong presence in regional festivities and celebrations with its support and participation in the recent Rodeo Festival in Masbate, the Home of Philippine Rodeo. The Rodeo Festival 2013 is a 2-week action-packed event that featured unique competitions in the National Rodeo Finals showcasing daily ranch activities like bull riding, bull whipping, cattle lassoing wrestle tiedown and cattle drive, and herding competitions. Thirty-six (36) teams competed in the finals with teams coming from as far north as Benguet down to Cagayan de Oro. Other events in the twoweek festivities included the parade of western decorated floats and establishments, beef cooking contest, calesa ride and ranch tour, and the search for Mr. and Ms. Rodeo Philippines. At the Rodeo Festival, TM showcased its TM Combo10 offer, which provides subscribers with unlimited texts and 10-minute calls to Globe/TM and 50 texts to all networks for only P10 valid for 1 day, as well as its TM EXTEND offer which extends the validity of a TM promo for another day for only P5. TM also treated visitors and local residents to exclusive discounts, such as the marked-down TM SIM available for only P20 instead of P30. The discounted SIM was

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also bundled with free two days of all-network texts and additional P10 load. TM also dressed up the event with branded banderitas, making it more festive, celebratory, and fun. “We are happy to support the Rodeo Festival as part of our strategy to strengthen regional visibility with our ‘Astig’ product portfolio,” says Issa Cabreira, TM Head. “Our subscribers can definitely expect more innovations, event partnerships, and value-for-money promos from Globe Telecom’s astig brand.”

To register to TM Combo10, text COMBO10 or C10 to 8888. To extend a promo to an additional day, text EXTEND to 8888. The 20th Rodeo Festival was founded by the Rodeo Masbateno Inc. (RMI), the only ranchers association in Masbate. According to RMI president Judge Manuel Sese, the Rodeo Festival 2013 is among the most successful staging of the Festival in its two decades of existence. As one of its major undertakings, RMI is geared on establishing the first Rodeo Academy in Asia.

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Feature Forget Scouting JUNE 1-7, 2013


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couting is an association where young boys and girls spend much of their time to have fun, conquer themselves, enjoy the thrill and adventurous activities all rolled into one. It is where boys are trained to become future leadership greats– well rounded leaders at that. Becoming a scout

is often a sign that a young boy is finally coming of age ready to venture out into the open. Ready to be conquered or conquer the universe before him.

Days and nights of camping would soften a scout into submission to be loyal to the scout ideals. Starting from school camporals, a scout would be subjected to all elements away from the comforts of one’s home. Away from one’s bed and away from the ever temptous callings of advanced technology in the pretext of ipad minis, ipad, and flat TV’s and not to mention the internet. The morning delicious home cooking of mom will surely be missed by a scout. The comfort of one’s kitchen and bathroom is not a luxury for any scout who is into camping. The luxury of waking up late is all but lost either for a morning jog and morning patrol/crew duties. Much more is late sleeping time after a wonderful campfire and a noisy crew, all eager to share their stories. A district camporal with all the skills test are another level of scouting difficultly one had to undergo to experience

all the adventure and fun of scouting life. It’s another avenue to mould into perfection one’s scouting skill and meet new friends. Here activities are leveling up and activities are getting one sometimes into trouble with just anyone. Activities and competitions are often fierce and challenging. A scout begins to be involved with merit badge fever and collecting all 21 is much more loathsome and mind-numbing. Its race to become a highest awardee recipient and getting waylaid in the process is not an exception at all. Provincial and regional jamborees are just as perilous as all previously enumerated here. Activities are now more gratifying and vigorous at the same time. Sometimes it is often becoming a lethargic display of self-centeredness. And to top it all it’s a venue where talents from abound are magnified and if you don’t have any you’ll be eaten up by the competition and before you know it, you’ll be out of the loop. Here, campfires are grand and exorbitant. Presentations are performed to send messages across and beyond.

Exhibits and exhibitions are rampant and are often a source of inspiration for young boys in the scouting ladder start up. National Jamborees, Moots and Venture Camps are a showcase of colors and talents not to mention the magnitude of the events at this level. More often than not, scouts who come all the way to such national event go home wanting for more. The camaraderie and excitement of being in a national event outweighs the financial considerations that come with it. It is rather a spectacle of scout pageantry and scout innovations at the highest order. Never before a scout who participates in such event and not yearn for another big event. Indeed, scouting life is tiresome but full of fun. It is where adventure and camaraderie never fails to flabbergast anyone within the movement. It is where friendship knows no boundaries and where youthfulness outgrows old norms. Innovation is key and scouting skill is a virtue to live for. Friend, be a Scout!

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n preparation for the 22nd Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon)in Davao City, August this year, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)-Mindanao and the Mindanao Economic Development Authority (MinDA) have jointly conducted a Policy Agenda Setting consultation, recently. The consultation incorporated ideas and strategies to enhance competitiveness of business sector in Mindanao and ensure that the island is more conducive for businesses. During the activity, Business Executive John Y. Gaisano Jr. urged that upcoming MinBizCon should address immediate and recurring issues of the business sector in Mindanao, including the proposed actions for the government and the private sector’s commitment to achieve the desired outcome. “The business community should not only learn competitive business formulation, but must also focus on how to increase the net profit,” said Mr. Gaisano. This year’s MinBizCon will be held in Davao City in August. “If we improve our profit and grow our business, we can provide more people with jobs

that would lead to a lively economic growth,” Mr. Gaisano. Stated. He is the conference director. With the year’s theme “Moving Towards ASEAN Business Integration,” the MinBizCon hopes to equip the business community in Mindanao with necessary tools and information, as it prepares to bid for ASEAN integration, and to form concrete policy and steps from the interaction between the business sector and the national government agencies. The group specified three key processes to be undertaken in going through policy process. It starts with problem identification. First is the literature review on all the results done in conferences including all relevant issues that are related to the theme, a series of consultation together with the PCCI-Mindanao and MinDa, and prioritization of the policy agenda that were already integrated into consultation. The second component is the policy research by the aid of academic institutions to conduct a study and research that are needed to solve priority policy issues. Policy advocacy is where policy agenda shall be classified according to key audience; executive, legislative branch of government, private sector,

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other groups and the general public. Lastly is the monitoring and evaluation to track progress of the policy agenda endorsed to agencies and other institutions that shall be reported by concerned government officials during the 22nd MinBizCon.

Gaisano also said that in terms of addressing the problems to the concerned government it is necessary that it should be specific, “we need to prioritize, we need it to be presentable, acceptable and clear in order to be addressed,” he said. “In business there are many

things you should do and many things to address” he added. He said that by consulting the concerns, and following all these processes, it will result to more funds, and it could bring people together and have a better focus. MinDa takes a big role in order to help the business

sector by their research on the possible solutions and helps to address it to the law makers and it will be validated and substantiate that also end up in recommendation and facts, by this collaboration the government will take action, he added. (JMOR/Mark Anthony Dedoyco/PIA10/jdelpf)

DANCING WITH SUPPORTERS - Imee Moreno-Lapuz (in stripe shirt, center) daughter of Mayor-elect Oscar S. Moreno, gamely dances with supporters of her father. This, while waiting for the City Election Board of Canvassers to finish its job in the afternoon of May 14, 2013 at the City Hall Quadrangle. (photo by Mike Banos, NPN/asf)


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HEADS, NOT TAILS One of the great promises of God to His people mentioned in the Old Testament was to make them, the heads not the tails. The Scripture says that He is the same God yesterday, today and forever ( Hebrews 13:8) and this same promise holds still till this generation. That promise will only come to reality with the condition that is if we get connected with Him always, thus blessings upon blessings will follow. What I have never heard expressed is the condition upon which these blessings will come. Notice carefully the text Deuteronomy 28:13-14: The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the

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Two of my fellow advocates in the energy industry have proposed similar, albeit slightly different short term solutions to the Mindanao Power Crisis which ostensibly can address the prevailing energy shortage in the island. However, the common denominator to both options is running Mindanao’s big diesel plants 24/7 instead of only during peak Dr. Mary Jean Loreche hours, thereby increasing their capacity or load factors (the total energy potential of an engine) and enable the National Power Corporation which operates the Agus-Pulangi hydroelectric power complexes in Lanao and Bukidnon provinces The Angelina Jolie interview data or knowledge that we to store more water and on CNN and the cover story need to understand about then release them during of a prominent magazine in BRCA (breast cancer sus- peak hours. the US of A, on her admis- ceptibility gene): There are Engr. Cerael “Dodong” sion of undergoing a double two BRCA genes, 1 and 2, mastectomy comes as no with the former more closely Donggay, former Vice Presisurprise at all. associated with Cancers of dent for Mindanao of the The procedure itself is the Breast, ovaries, pancreas not that uncommon con- and colon, while the latter is sidering that I know of pa- more associated with Cantients who have both breasts cers of the pancreas, prostate The voting is over but the removed, as a precaution for men and melanoma. to the Big C. Our women In normal unaffected full counting. Proclamation of winare traditionally silent and cells, these genes help ensure would rather keep it close the stability of the cells’ ners continue. That's the to their hearts , should they genetic materials ( we call 2013 national mid-term have decided for the removal as DNA ), and help prevent election. Our democratic of both breasts. uncontrolled cell growth. showpiece, the elections The bravery of women, Remember that the Big have their own flavor and including Angelina Jolie, in C happens because of this color, hue and cry, and giving up a part of them- UNCONTROLLED CEL- parties and platforms. Politics, basketball and selves, in order to ensure LULAR GROWTH. that they may live longer, Wh e n mut at i on or artistas (PBA) play a big for their children’s sake is changes at the cellular level role in our national life. truly laudable. occur, these changes is now The election was "show Having a mother with linked to a person’s risk time." That's why a lot of actors and actresses enter the Big C of the breast at tendency for Cancer. still a younger age, and a Women who have harm- politics, and why plain folks positive result for BRCA1 ful mutations in their wanted to look like them gene, upped her risk for BRCA1, have a lifetime in their campaign postthe disease. risk for Breast Cancer that ers, photo-shopped and There are certain basic Cancer to page 7 Belloed. Reason also why

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bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them. The promise of being the head and not the tail was conditional upon a very big IF: “If that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God”. Since He is a jealous God, He hates idol worship. So what is the First Commandment? Exodus 20:3: Thou shalt have no other gods before me. This commandment speaks of having no other Gods besides me. John 15:10: If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. These commandments are the Father’s and were

The New Generation Alex A. Podador inherited by His Son. Even as the 10 Commandments are the rule of my home because I received them from Jesus to share with my Family, even He received them from His Father and are His Commandments. In the flow from Father to Son our worship and honor of Jesus always flows back to His Father. Apart from this, It is the Spirit of Christ in us that keeps the Father’s commandments. Gal 2:20 and all of this flows back to the me of the first commandment which is the Ancient

of Days, the Father of All. If we as a people have violated the first commandment and gone after other gods to serve them, however can we claim the promise of being the head and not the tail? Our violation of this commandment will bring upon us not the blessings of Deuteronomy 28 but curse. It is not as a matter of tr ying to do what God commanded men to do but simply doing what He said. With God nothing is impossible. So it is possible to be head, not the tail.

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Napocor, likens the diesel power plants to a charger which enables the AgusPulangi hydroelectric power complexes to store power reserves (as the ‘battery’) during the “off-peak” hours and release them during the evening “peak hours.” This scheme would in effect eliminate the rotating brownouts now plaguing Mindanao and dispel the need for hard up rural electric cooperatives to borrow the PhP 4.4-billion allocated by the national government as soft loans through the National Electrification Administration (NEA)

to either purchase or lease modular diesel generators which would ostensibly also eliminate rotating brownouts but would cost the coops PhP 18 per kilowatt hour (/kWh). Compare this to the estimated incremental cost of PhP 1.34/kWh (over the present grid rate of PhP 4.00/kWh) and any grade school kid with a modicum of math can tell you that’s way cheaper than the PhP 18/kWh which coops would pay with the modular gensets. The scheme proposed by Engr. Robert F. Mallillin, chairman of

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elections are fan time and hotly contested. Not a few candidates were fouled up, foul-mouthed, lost sorely, and vowed comeback. Those who won or lost were basically amazed or astounded by the results, others behaved perceptively after the facts and figures, and all were depleted to the core,

pocketbook and all. There are lessons learned from the elections. People voted wisely. Results show that among the traditionally powerful political families, some were shown the exit, while a few of their members were retained. This is a case of pole

the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (PCCI) energy committee shows a similar cost advantage. According to Dodong, “regulating the Lake Lanao energy storage is likened to battery being charged by alternator using voltage regulator - the Rule Curve (RC) guide. Without the Charger equivalent of the Power Barges, NPC engineers are left with no option when the actual Lake Lanao elevation drops below the RC except “Load Shedding” or reducing the Load from the hydro plants,” which result in rotating brownouts. Mindanao’s comparative advantage is unique: it has Lake Lanao which can impound 350 square kilometers of water under strict environmental control, unlike dams in other countries which have limLanao to page 7

vaulting towards the younger set. At least three dominant political families were voted out 100 per cent, the incipient dynasties crushed. Call this the revenge of the inconsolable constituents? In Luzon, a lot of political families from the governor down to the mayor, including the congressman, ran unopposed, or had only token opposition. This turned he political subdivisions--provinces, towns or cities--petty kingdoms by default, a dynasty or a fiefdom in the making. Voters there can't wait to Faith to page 7

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African- Americans, Hispanic Asians. Thus, it goes without saying that among us Filipinos, we may be more fortunate to have this type of genetic mutation not so common at all. Genetic testing requires a blood sample submitted to the Genetics Laboratory for examination. A negative or positive result will then have to be treated with caution. The test itself is kind of expensive and the importance of the information gathered will help the patient mostly on the choice of treatment options to manage their cancer risk. For Ms Angelina, she chose a prophylactic procedure which involves the removal of both breasts, in order to reduce her chances of developing the Big C. This type of treatment option is sometimes done for ovarian cancers too , where removal of both ovaries and fallopian tubes is done. Caution and an open mind on the possibility that even in the removal of both breasts or ovaries do not in any way give a 100% guarantee that cancer will not occur or recur ( if present already ). The more conservative option which most patients would rather have, is on the surveillance aspect. This is where screen-

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ing tests are adhered to: clinical breast examination, mammography or breast ultrasound and regular visit to their friendly surgeons. Screening tests are very accessible, affordable and so much more relevant to us. Breast Cancer is still among the Top 5 of the C’s affecting our women. Nothing beats awareness and early detection, for increasing one’s life expectancy. (

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limited impounding capacity. Dodong also differs from Bob in his analysis of the way the diesel plants in Mindanao are now utilized, most especially the two 100MW former power barges of Napocor which were purchased and now operated by Aboitiz Power affiliate Therma Marine Inc. (TMI). Although he agrees with Bob the diesel plants are under utilized as purely “peaking plants,” he takes exception specially for the two TMI power barges which since 2011 are merely supplying its various customers instead of acting as the “battery charger” for the Lake Lanao “Battery” as they were utilized during his tenure as VP-Mindanao of Napocor. Dodong’s proposal is being carried by the Oro Chamber through the Regional Development Council and the Mindanao Development Authority while Bob’s proposal is being endorsed by the PCCI. Either way, they would require TMI’s concurrence and the Energy Regulatory Commissions’ (ERC) approval

to redo the energy supply contracts already signed with industrial clients and distribution utilities. Perhaps, both proponents should also have a “Plan B” involving the diesel assets of CEPALCO and Davao Light which together already exceed 100MW which I’m sure both would willingly run 24/7 for the greater good of all DUs in Mindanao.

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see what will happen next, and whether or not benevolence can be translated into beneficial programs for the people. Age mattered. A lot of the candidates were veteran politicians. The supreme example is the great Senator Ernie Maceda, and the likes of Dick Gordon, Jun Magsaysay and Ed Hagedorn. With law Professor Alcantara and former General Montano in the running, too, geriatric politics entered a new high. Of course, experience and expertise also mattered. I met Manong Ernie during President Cory's time. After serving as senator he wrote a column for a popular daily where his sharp pen and wit guided a huge readership. He is a political strategist, but I think age hindered his campaign, and will not win a seat in the Senate. Perhaps the new breed of Christian ideologues that lost in the senatorial race can learn from the old guards. They are mostly Catholics with strong, orthodox ideas on reproductive health and the environment. Yes, they challenged

the voters more than the elderly candidates. I think the voters were enamored, but the stock performances in policy-making and governance of said candidates weren't presented nor discussed enough. Still the losers can take a new tack. I suggest they continue to work on their policy advocacies, engage the Congress in extra-parliamentary debate, and initiate lobbies similar to the "shadow legislature " as practiced in common law countries like England. Their NGOs can come in handy. Three years would be just enough to do the legwork and organize their ward leaders. Finances wouldn't be a problem, if they can rally their supporters this early. A low voter turnout is evident. Based on Comelec assessment, at least 65 per cent of the total registered voters cast their ballots. This means there was voluntary disenfranchisement, or just sheer laziness to go the precincts. In any case, much is expected from the Comelec to raise voter participation in the next elections. Manong Sixto Brillantes must initiate a voter education program soon. This postmortem on the elections also strongly urges the Comelec to require candidates to render full and honest reporting of their election expenses, and to initiate legal action against violators of the election law. There's poetic justice. Senator Grace Poe is the voters' icon in the election. It's not sheer luck that she topped the Senatorial race, rather she received the full recompense of people who were loyal to her late father, the popular action


star Fernando Poe Jr., who lost in his Presidential bid to President Gloria. Cong. Manny Paquiao, the richest Filipino boxer, can also be the poster boy or Pacman in local politics in Mindanao.Party List or dynasty in the next round, Manny? Leni Robredo won a congressional seat in overwhelming votes from those who loved her late husband, DILG Secretary Robredo. There are more women now in politics. All is fair in war and in love. That's also true in political contests.Cheers to the victors and don't forget your promises. To the losers, take stock and learn. Keep the faith. Re-quote: "Humility, after the first shock, is a cheerful virtue." --C.S. Lewis


from page 2 industry. He says the Philippine palm oil industry is expanding slowly but steadily. Over the past 10 years, PPDCI has intensified global technology search; disseminated technology through training technicians and farmers and promoted through training crop-livestock integration among stakeholders for added income and to cope with the fluctuating global price of palm oil and climate change. They have also convinced local and national leaders to support oil palm farming to overcome poverty and promote rural prosperity; prepared and multiplied techno guides, extension materials and books on palm oil production and conducted dialogue with lawmakers for legislative support and custom officials to overcome smuggling. (JMOR/ PIA10/asf )


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THE Rotar y Club of Cagayan de Oro Cit y (RCCDO) c elebr ates its 65th Anniversary as a social a nd c i v ic or g a n i z at ion that concerns itself with s er v ic e for ot her s . T he Rotar y Club of Cagayan de Oro lives by the motto of “Service Above Self ” as the club continues doing hu m a n it a r i a n m i s sion s and other service-oriented activities for the benefit of the society and the world. M i n d a n a o ’s b i g g e s t club, also recognized as The Mother Club, was organized on April 22, 1948. The club started from a small group 17 charter members and has constantly grown over the years. The Rotar y Club of C a gay a n de Oro held its reg u lar meeting, Thursday, May 30 at the Casa Real, VIP Hotel this city. M ayor- ele c t O s c a r “Oc a” Moreno g r aced the occasion as the guest speaker. In his speech, Moreno reiter ates h is 8-point agenda for the

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cit y which is a replica of his agenda during his g uber nator ia l st i nt i n the Province of Misamis Orienta l dubbed as “PRIMEHAT”. The agenda includes pover t y a llev iation, revenue generat ion, infrastructure, metropolisation/ proper u rba n & r u ra l development planning, improvement of the quality of education, protection of t he env i ron ment , better hea lt h ser v ices, agricultural productivity, investment promotions and tourism.

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Tangub City Council is most outstanding in R10 By Rutchie C. Aguhob

THE City Council of Tangub was recently awarded as the Most Outstanding Sanggunian in Component Cities Category of Region 10 in fitting ceremonies in Cagayan de Oro City. With this, the Council was automatically a finalist for the national award during the End-Term Assembly of the Philippine Councilors’ League last month, at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Quezon City. The legislative award is based on the following criteria: Effectiveness of the Legislative Agenda, Effectiveness of the Legislative Documents, Efficiency of the Performance of the Sanggunian, and Quality of Office Set-up and Staff Performance. On the other hand, two (2) members of the city’s Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) were congratulated for their academic milestone in finishing their post graduate studies, this year.

These SP members finished their Master in Development Management and Governance degrees, l a s t Ma rc h , t h ro u g h a s cholarship g rant f rom the Philippine Councilors L eague- L egislative Academy, Dept of Interior and L o c a l G over nment (DILG) and the University of Makati (UM). Vice Mayor Edemar S. Alota finished his master’s degree with his thesis titled “Policy Review on the Management of Socialized House Project in the City of Tangub: Issues, Challenges and Prospects.” SP member Mariano P. Trompeta, also finished his master’s degree with his thesis titled “Policy Direction on Capacity Development on Risk Reduction and Management Mechanism in the City of Tangub.” (JBT/ CIO/RCA/PIA10-Misamis Occidental/jdelpf ) PCCI, MinDa conduct policy agenda setting for 22nd MinBizCon

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -Healthy lifestyle and adequate knowledge of Human Immune Deficiency Virus infection / Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV / AIDS) are essential in the fight against the deadly disease, an official of the Department of Health said. “HIV-AIDS is incurable and fatal, but 100 percent preventable. A person with HIV is infected for life and you cannot tell who is infected,” Dr. Evelyn Magsayo, DOH 10 HIV-AIDS program manager said. “Getting HIV is a decision.” During the NEWSCON at the BWM Media Center here, Dr. Magsayo reminded that Human Immune Deficiency Virus Infection / Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a disease of the human immune system caused by infection from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It begins with an infection

and is caused by a virus (not bacteria), attacks the immune system, may be transmitted sexually and has prolonged asymptomatic (no symptoms) period. From HIV (asymptomatic), a person infected can lead to having AIDS in two to 10 years and could die due to complications, Dr. David Mendoza, DOH regional epidemiologist, she added. HIV can be found in saliva, tears, nervous system tissue and spinal fluid, blood, semen (including pre-seminal fluid, which is the liquid that comes out before ejaculation), vaginal fluid, and breast milk. However, only blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk has been shown to transmit infection to others. HIV can be acquired in 3-4-4-5. The No. 3 represents the three modes of transmission, particularly the unprotected, penetrative sex, blood and blood products and motherto-child (parent-to-child). The first No. 4 specifies


RDC-10 backs climate change, disaster info system By Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Regional Development Council (RDC) for Northern Mindanao has backed the move to build climate and disaster resilient communities in the region. The support was conveyed by the Council through a resolution enjoining support to and advocacy on the implementation of a geospatial database system on climate change and disaster

risks in Region 10. The database system, called “Climate Change and Risk Information Systems for Planning (Crisp), aims to respond to the need for an integrated and efficient storage of reliable and upto-date risk information in geospatial format which the government and general public can easily access. It is a joint project of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Office X and the

Climate Change Commission. Ac c ord i ng ly, t he i m plementation of the Crisp project will involve organization of the Crisp Core Group (CCG) to be compose of RDC-X Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC-X) members and other agencies possessing geospatial data holdings; installation of the Crisp system and buildingup/maintenance of Crisp database at the NEDA-X; and preparation of a handbook or operations manual on the

Crisp system. It also involves the advocacy of the system to the national government agencies (NGAs), local government units (LGUs) and private sector partners. Meanwhile, the RDC-X is encouraging NGAs and LGUs in the region to improve climate and disaster risk assessments, and the sharing thereof, for purposes of evidence-based planning, social mobilization and advocacy. (APB/PIA-10/jdelpf)

PRO-10 resumes recruitment of police applicants By Police Supt. Ronnie Francis M. Cariaga

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The PNP Recruitment Program for Police Officers 1 (PO1) starts on June 14, this year, with an information drive and the acceptance

of application folders.. The process culminates with the oath-taking of successful applicants on September 30, this year. After a series of screen-

DOH-10 official bats for healthy lifestyle vs HIV-AIDS By Yvonne A. Jimenez

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body fluids that HIV may be transmitted by blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. The other No. 4 is the requisites for HIV infection namely: exit, sufficient, survive and enter. Finally, the No. 5 represents ABCDE (Abstain from Sex; Be Faithful to Your Partner; Correct and Consistent Use of Condom; Do Not Use Illegal Drugs or Do Not Share Needles; and Educate Yourself. Sexual risk behaviors account for most HIV infections. Unprotected receptive sex with multiple partners is the sexual behavior that carries the highest risk for HIV acquisition. For those sexually active, the most effective way to prevent HIV and many other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are to avoid sex, or use condom. Almost all people infected with HIV, if they are not treated, will develop AIDS. There is a small group of patients who develop AIDS very slowly, or never at all.

Ninety-five percent (95%) of males and at least one person per week are reported to have this disease. “Your health is your best asset, protect it,” Dr. Mendoza said. “It’s not your occupation, but your behavior that puts you on high risk.” (YAJ/ JMOR/PIA/jdelpf )

ings and deliberations, they will be turned over to the Regional Training School (RTS) 10 in Patag, this city their basic training. The PNP, through its transformation roadmap known as PATROL Plan 2030, will achieve to make the organization a highly competent police force where every police officer is duly trained, well-equipped and knowledgeable on all aspects of police work. Applicants are required to submit their application folders with the following attachments: CSC Personal Data Sheet, Diploma and

Transcript of Records, Eligibility, Birth Certificate, Medical and Dental Clearances, Neuro-psychiatric Test Result, Drug test result, Fingerprint Card, Handwriting specimen, NBI Clearance, MARRIAGE Contract & Birth Certificate of Children (if Married), Whole body and Passport Size Pictures, and Local Clearances. For further information, interested applicants are advised to visit PRO-10 (Attention: Chief, RPHRDD) at Camp Alagar, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City. (RFMC/jdelpf )

Congressman-elect Abdullah Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte challenges all politicians and the voting public to put a stop to vote-buying, which was reportedly very rampant in his province during the latest election. (PIO-LDN)

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Maramag LGU, LPRAT convene on bottom-up budgeting By Elgie Mary Iman-Aninayon

REGION 10 (Northern Mindanao) — The Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT) and functionaries of Maramag, Bukidnon converged for a 2-day Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) planning workshop held here recently. Mayor Alicia PaulicanResus said that this budget approach encourages active participation of citizens to create a more visible, accountable, and responsive government. “This process assures the public that funds will be spent for programs intended solely to target beneficiaries to improve social and economic well-being of the citizens,” she said. The government has introduced the bottom-up bud-

geting system for the 2014 national budget to have closer citizen engagement through civil society organizations (CSOs) and the local communities. Francisco Y. Cipriano Jr., municipal planning and development coordinator, on his part, said the grassroots communities should have a voice in crafting the local budget because prioritizing projects and allocating funds greatly affect people’s lives. In order to come up with the local priority projects for inclusion in the 2014 national budget, the participants were tasked to present project process, roles and responsibilities, and menu of programs by participating agencies. (Elgie Mary Iman-Aninayon, PDA-MPDO, Maramag LGU/RLRB-PIA10, Bukidnon)

REGION 13 (Caraga) – Photo shows Sargassum at a warehouse in Barangay San Juan, Surigao City being sold at P8 a kilo. A kind of brownish seaweed normally found near the shoreline, Sargassum is abundant in Surigao City and neighboring islands, and exported to China for animal feeds and liquid fertilizer production. Concerned citizens, however, are worried that the unabated harvest may cause marine ecological imbalance. (MindaNews photo by Roel N. Catoto/asf)

PNP-9 implements “Balik Eskwela 2013” security plan By Franklin P. Gumapon

REGION 9 (ZambPen) - As the opening of classes in all schools starts on June 3, Western Mindanao Police Director Chief Supt. Juanito Vaño Jr. has directed his men in the field to implement their comprehensive security plan to address any problems on traffic, petty crimes and illegal peddling. Vaño also ordered the deployment of policemen

in school premises, as well as in crime-prone areas in the region. “This intensified police visibility and random patrol in the vicinity of the different schools are meant to carry out an ‘Opportunities of Service’ by doing little things but producing meaningful and great impact by assisting students and pedestrians in road traffic, and interacting

with the students and parents as well,” he said. Vaño added, “the PNP also has to maintain police visibility and patrol in all public places and in the different entry and exit points to monitor the activities and presence of wanted persons and criminals, targeting prominent students to become kidnap victim.” (FPG/ PNP9/PIA)

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illegal fishing on seawaters off Basul Island just more than a kilometer from the Surigao City Fish Port. Sr. Supt Edgard Cuanan, PNP Maritime Director for Caraga Region, said this latest apprehension was in support to Governor Sol Matugas’ call to intensify their campaign against illegal fishing within the territorial waters of Surigao del Norte. “The provincial government is very supportive on our campaign against illegal

fishing and has provided us with some logistical support that’s why we’re doubly inspired,” Cuanan stressed. The suspects are facing charges for violation of Sections 86, 89 and 93 of Republic Act 8550 (The Philippine Fisheries Code). Cuanan has commended P/Insp Angelita Nastor, team leader in said operations, “the the biggest catch of illegal fishers in the history of Caraga region.” (FEA/Eugenio Lira Jr./PIA-Surigao del Norte/asf)

Maritime cops score big vs. illegal fishing

REGION 13 (Caraga) – After weeks of surveillance operations, personnel of PNP Maritime Command Regional Office No. 13, based in Surigao City arrested 69 illegal fishermen, impounded 11 motorized fishing boats with a total value of P1.2 million and seized assorted fishing paraphernalia worth P660,000. The fishermen were intercepted while in the act of

TF Kasalimbago helps prepare Marawi for school opening

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ARMM - Preparations for the opening of classes, members of the Task Force Kasalimbago have joined the Department of Education (DepEd) in the annual Brigada Eskwela. The Task Force, headed by the 103rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, mobilized parents, teachers, police and military personnel, youth, community residents and other volunteers in the cleaning-up and repairing of schools last

May 21 to 25. Major Abdullah D. Mocsana, civil military operations officer of the 103IB, said the move aims to help provide school children an environment conducive to learning. The Amai Pakpak Central Elementary School (APCES), Marawi Central Elementary Pilot School, Dansalan Elementary School, Angoyao Central School, Cadayonan Elementary School, and Calocan Elementary School, among others, benefited from the Brigada

Eskwela. Abdel Mulay Jr., a youth volunteer, said he joined the activity to help fellow students feel comfortable in school during classes. APCES School Principal Pinamili Diron-Abedin appreciated the Task Force for helping in the Brigada Eskwela and choosing APCES as beneficiary. The Task Force Kasalimbago was formed following the success of the general voters’ registration in ARMM. (APB/ PIA-10/asf)

Laidan, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-12), said 90 freshmen high school -- Grade 7 in the K to 12 system -- students will comprise the maiden class. She added, based on results of the national competitive examination in September last year, 46 passed as principal qualifiers and 44 others as alternate qualifiers in the Soccksargen Campus. She further said that enrolment was held on May 21 and

22 at the Provincial Planning and Development Office inside the provincial government compound here. “The PSHS is ready to serve the constituents in Region 12 to boost the quality of education in the area,” she said. Region 12 is comprised of the provinces of South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and Sarangani and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan, and Cotabato. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12/asf )

Science HS in Region 12 opens in June By Danilo E. Doguiles

REGION 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN) - The Philippine Science High School - Soccsksargen Region Campus (PSHS-SRC) will finally open its gates to the first batch of students in June. Dr. Zenaida Hadji Raof

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REGION 11 (Davao) - Falcata logs clutter along the road in Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province on Monday. Rocks and debris flow due to heavy rains, practically wiped out the entire village when Typhoon Pablo hit on December 4 last year . (MindaNews Photo by Keith Bacongco

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DOH offers free cervical cancer screening F R E E c e r v i c a l c an c e r screenings are now conducted to women aged 25-49 years old in all of the 58 hospitals of the Department of Health (DOH) nationwide. Considered part of the 6th Cervical Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM), this is a joint undertaking of DOH and the Merck Sharpe and Dohme (MSD) Philippines, under the public-private partnership (PPP). In Cagayan de Oro City, CCAM was launched early this month at the Northern Mindanao Medical Center

(NMMC), coinciding with the start of the human papillomavir us (HPV) monitoring and evaluation project. Cervical cancer is now covered by the expanded PhilHealth Z benefits, said DOH sources. Along with the conduct of free screenings in DOH-retained hospitals, an intensive information, education, communication and advocacy campaign is being undertaken, particularly with regards to the availability of anticervical cancer vaccines. (with report from Shyla Reyes, PR Agency MSDDOH/PIA10/Jun Felicilda, member MinPressDev)

nal list of 10 nominees for outstanding contribution to tourism development in the face of overwhelming adversity. “The Philippines, its government and its people, has shown remarkable fortitude and a stoic determination to get both communities and the local economy back on track following the devastation wreaked by Typhoon Bopha late last year, and their resilience in the face of such a monumental crisis is commendable,” Mark Walsh said. Department of Tourism (DOT) Assistant Secretary Benito C. Bengzon, Jr., who led the Philippine delegation to ATM, received the award from Mark Walsh, Portfolio Director of Reed Travel Exhibitions. The crystal trophy came along with free exhibition space at the ATM worth US$10,000. The delegation was composed of 14 organizations representing nine tour operators, four hotel and resort companies, and one airline company. The award is in recognition of the continuing efforts to rebuild infrastructure and the tourism economy after Typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) wrought havoc in December 2012. The catastrophe is deemed the world’s deadliest last year, leaving millions homeless and infrastructure and agricultural farms vastly damaged. “The Philippine government, under the administration of President Aquino and the Department of Tourism have worked hand-in-hand to establish tourism as a major generator of income for the people and the country. At times of adversity, such as this, the determined spirit of our countrymen, supported by assistance from the internation-

al community, shines through and, it is this same spirit that is driving our tourism industry forward,” Assistant Secretary Bengzon Jr., said. The first quarter arrivals from the Middle East region recorded a 22.1% gain over the same period last year. “We intend to attract more of the high-spending market from this region. Service providers are optimistic of the continued uptrend and are investing to take advantage of this windfall. Cebu Pacific has launched its first long-haul flight to Dubai to commence in October. Other airlines are to announce their services within the year,” Assistant Secretary Bengzon added. “This award highlights the sheer resilience of our people and the resolve of all stakeholders to fast track recovery. We also are very thankful to the many countries and international agencies with their generosity to help in our rebuilding efforts. Our record-breaking performance and new highs of the industry clearly indicate that our partnerships are bearing fruit. Despite these crises, we remain undaunted and focused in showing our visitors that we are worth visiting,” DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said. “Indeed, what makes the Philippines more fun is its people. The bayanihan spirit, amplified during crisis, is a unique social phenomenon that will forever drive the Filipinos to remain steadfast and dependent on each other for strength, through good times and bad. That in the midst of great challenges, we still manage to put on a happy face,” Secretary Jimenez concluded. (DOT-9 PR/jdelpf)

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HEALTH Undersecretary Enrique A. Tayag puts on the memorial candle, kicking-off the 30th International Aids Day celebration at Kiosko Kagawasan, Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City on May 19, this year. Also in picture are Fritzie Estoque, chair of Misamis Oriental - Cagayan de Oro AIDS Network and Director of Liceo Center for Community Development (extreme left); DILG-10 Regional Director Rene K. Burdeos (extreme right); and other stakeholders. (Rodolfo D. Mendoza, PIA-10/jdelpf)

to MOPSTA. With Mr. Tarayao in the search committee were Del Gaylo, the club’s director for Vocational committee and members Glory Tan, Dean Valera, Tina Hidalgo and PE Rommel Esguerra. (CJGR/asf)


MASTERS AT THE GRASSROOTS PROGRAM --Participants in the innovative seminarworkshop, dubbed as Masters in the Grassroots Program, pose with Dr. Crispin C. Maslog, lecturer and consultant of the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) at the closing on April 27, 2013 of the seminar on Craft of Communication. It is the first course of the innovative program that will lead to a Master’s degree in Journalism/Communication Management. The program is a partnership of the AIJC, Connective Language Learning Center and Pilgrim Christian College. The program is hosted by Pilgrim Christian College. (PCC photo release).

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director; Dr. Laurencia Llagas and MOPSTA Chair Emeritus Adrian “Loloy” Pabayo. Now on its 31st year of exulting the topnotch mentors, the search was expanded by Rcwestcdo through-out the Northern Mindanao. Considered the biggest, widest and most comprehensive search in the region, it shelled out a total of P300,000 cash and in-kind prizes.

“We had to reach the farthest areas to search for the most innovative, dedicated and committed teacher in Region 10”, said Rcwestcdo Past President and Search Chair Armando Tarayao. Club President Hipolito Busgano, on the other hand, shared that the search recognized the accomplishments of public elementary and secondary school teachers in the delivery of quality basic education, while encouraging them to continue improving

their competencies and become models to their colleagues. MOPSTA is the flagship project of the club, under Vocational Service that fosters and supports the application of ideal service in the pursuit of all vocations, said Incoming Club President Rommel Esguerra. R c westcdo att r ibute d the success of MOPSTA to DepEd-10 even as it recognized the heirs of the late Mayor Justiniano R. Borja, through the GBEF, the major contributors

from page 1 Rugay, City Budget Officer Griscelda Joson, City Planning and Development Coordinator Isidro G. Borja, City Treasurer Marilyn Legaspi and SK City Federation President Sunshine Mae C. Obsioma. Also named by the city mayor, as members of the task force are OIC City Information Officer Cheryl C. Moncay, City Engineer-Designate Mario V. Batar, City Health Officer Jerie P. Calingasan; City Secretary Arturo S. de San Miguel and Gilda Casiño of the City Public Services Office. The task force shall conceptualize, organize and implement activities to mark the joint commemoration of the historical milestones, assign teams and officers-in-charge to specific activities; identify fund sources and allocate funds for the purpose.(with report from Loribeth Requiroso/ Jun P. Felicilda, member of MinPressDev)


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