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MARCOS BRIDGE in Cagayan de Oro City, connecting the IliganCDO-Butuan Superhighway, remains the busiest in this part of Mindanao despite the existence of the Mayor Ysalina Bridge (near City Hall), and the other three bridges, namely the PuntodKauswagan Bridge, Kagayhaan Bridge (Nazareth-Carmen) and the Emmanuel Pelaez Bridge (Taguanao). (Google Image/asf)

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By Loribeth C. Requiroso

AGAYAN DE ORO City gains eligibility to receive funds for projects that are supportive of the Millennium Development Goals (MGB) of the national government.

Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas said the City Council has enacted Ordinance No. 12617-2013 authorizing Mayor Vicente Y. Emano to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-10) on the implementation of Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) projects. PCF is the flagship program of DILG that stimulates local government units Qualifies to page 11


TESDA-BWM NESCON – Engr. Edgar A. Sales, TESDA-10 regional director (right photo), expresses a point during the NEWSCON, June 21, at BWM Media Center, Cagayan de Oro City. The two-hour information, education, communication and advocacy activity delved on his agency’s programs and services, such as scholarship grants, schemes in measuring impacts of programs and projects, programs for returning OFWs, 2013 anniversary, Kabalikat Award, Search for Idols ng TESDA and Holcim Galing Mason Awards, among others. (Photo by Rolando Sudaria of MinStar ZamPen/jdelpf)

MAYOR Vicente Y. Emano led the distribution of almost 2,000 houses and lots to local calamity survivors in Barangays Pagatpat and Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City, June 19. Saying that “mao kini ang hinapos sa atong pagpanghatag sa libreng mga balay ug yuta sa atong kaigsoonan,” the mayor thanked the Habitat for Humanity, Gawad Kalinga and groups involved in the construction of permanent and descent houses for survivors of typhoon Sendong. Houses to page 11

Rufus: Carnappers deserve life in prison By Bhong Fabe of Business Daily

Sen. Manny Villar was recently conferred the 2013 Outstanding Professional of the Year Award in the field of Real Estate Service by the Professional Regulation Commission for “revolutionizing the housing industry as the biggest homebuilder in Southeast Asia, having built more than 100,000 houses for the poor and middle class Filipino families” (rigth photo). Villar was accompanied by his wife, Senator-elect Cynthia Villar, during the Awards Night held at Manila Hotel’s Fiesta Pavilion in Manila.

REPRESENTATIVE Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) said that carnappers should be meted commensurate punishment for their crimes. “The growing incidence or prevalence of carnapping which, in many cases, result in death or serious injuries to victims and innocent persons calls for a commensurate penalty. In these cases, life imprisonment,” he said. Rodriguez added that HB 6909, of which he is one of the main authors, imprisonment of carnappers. calls for an increase penalty to life Life to page 11

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Banig’ weaving—entwining tradition with art Calaanan-Carmen public transpo eyed By Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy


ALAYBALAY CITY - In Barangay Canayan, some five kilometers northeast of this city, old women spend the day weaving “banig" or sleeping mats inside their huts while their husbands prepare the “tikog” materials they will use. Tikog (Fimbristylis utilis), belongs to the grass family. It has been popular as an excellent material for weaving quality mats which are abundant in most areas of Bukidnon. It is one of the indigenous materials also used in making handbags as alternative for plastic shopping bags. With its lush colors and attractive designs, the mats made in Can-ayan is the most ubiquitous in town. To help enhance weavers’ skills with new techniques, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) conducted a series of trainings in selected towns involving farmers’ cooperatives and women’s organizations. Some of the beneficiaries are the Impasug-ong Women's Organization, the Dahilayan Farmers' Multi-purpose cooperative in Manolo Fortich and the Pigtauranan Rural Improvement Club of Pangantucan. The prog ram fol lows through basic skills trainings, product development and marketing, dyeing techniques and product designs resulting

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to an improved product line tailored to the contemporary market trends. Many trained women are busy weaving mats that they would later sell in town to augment income of their spouses. Others sell their mats to entrepreneurs who would bring them to be sold in neighboring towns and provinces. Designs of the ‘banig’ feature irregular arrangements of geometric forms set off in different colors. But the usual designs are checkered and embroidered. The sizes also vary. Indeed, the craft helped unwaged women in the village learn the value of prudent saving as their home life centers around family. ‘Banig’ weaving tradition handed down from generation to generation bind people to their past and connect them

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to their future. The craft combine utilitarian role with aesthetic beauty, entwining their makers to the

community and their people. For Teresita Sumagaysay, a ‘tikog’ mat weaver from San Tradation to page 11

THE transportation requirement of residents of the Calaanan Resettlement sites is being addressed by the city government. The City Council committee on public utilities has referred to Canitoan Barangay Council the request for the opening of a route from the relocation sites to Carmen Market via Bulua and Patag. City hall sources say, a public hearing will be conducted for this purpose. As proposed, the new route will first be implemented on a dry-run basis for 30 days, and if found viable, necessary legislations will be enacted, the committee said. Public utility vehicles that

MISAMIS ORIENTAL Outgoing Governor and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor-elect Oscar S. Moreno calls on new MASSSPECC officers, June14, “we must draw strength from each other to attain progress not just in Northern Mindanao, but the entire island of Mindanao.(Rodolfo D. Mendoza, PIA-10/asf)

DSWD clarifies distribution of Emergency Shelter Assistance By Charmaine P. Tadlas

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The Emergency Shelter Assistance of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) can only be availed of by families, who are not recipients of any other housing assistance from any other agency. The DSWD made this clarification to Typhoon Sendong survivors of Barangay Consolacion evern as she pointed out the program is mandated under DSWD Administrative Order No. 17, Series of 2010,

entitled Omnibus Guideline on Shelter Assistance. “Based on our assessment and validation through the families’ access cards in Barangay Consolacion, a number of them have already received housing assistance from other sources such as International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Red Cross, thus, are not qualified for the ESA,” said DSWD’s Daisy Ramos. Families with limited resources, who cannot at all repair or reconstruct permanent

shelter units are also qualified to receive ESA. The monthly income of a family of six in an urban area, which is in this case – Cagayan de Oro – should also be below P10,000.00, depending on the National Statistics Coordination Board’s statistic report on food threshold. Moreover, the Omnibus Guideline highlights that the families who can benefit from the assistance are those with or without land ownership Shelter to page 11

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will be allowed to ply the proposed route should not exceed 10 units, based on the proposal. Calaanan is the city’s biggest relocation area where thousands of families are permanently sheltered. The committee likewise recommended to Mayor Vicente Y. Emano the extension of existing route of the Celen Transportation Services from Pueblo de Oro Township to Corrales Avenue. This is to give more convenience to high school students of Xavier University at the city’s uptown to commute down to the XU main campus where they are temporarily holding classes. Five shuttle service units are being recommended by RTA to serve said students this school year. (LCR/asf )

JAIME ZOBEL DE AYALA (Back to camera), Misamis Oriental Governor and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor-elect Oscar Moreno (center) and Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma (extreme right) in a conversation during the final inspection of the Laguindingan Airport by President Benigno Aquino III, June 11, this year. RTPaculba/jdelpf)

CdeO SP favors Pagcor Bingo in Bulua THE city council has passed a resolution interposing no objection to the establishment and operation of a PAGCOR Bingo Boutique at the 2nd Floor of Sinco Building, National Highway, Barangay Bulua. Resolution No. 114132013, however, cites that everything shall be subject to the rules and regulations provided for under the City Codified Ordinance and the conditions set forth by different government agencies. The resolution was endorsed by the committees on games and amusement, and on laws and rules. It was learned that a public hearing on the matter was held in the area last month. The city council alsoAcenas adopted a resolution favoring the transfer of the conventional bingo of GGJ Entertainment Corporation from Gaisano Mall to Gonzalo Go Jr. Building at Montalvan Street in Barangay No. 14. The request for transfer was scrutinized and favorably endorsed by the committees on games and amusement. (The Power/ asf )

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Holcim contest on outstanding Filipino masons now open Cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines, Inc. is now accepting nominations for the fourth cycle of the Holcim Galing Mason Award, a program to honor Filipino masons who show great skill and pride in their work and are also model citizens in their community. Holcim Philippines, which kicked off the program starting June will accept nominations until August 16, 2013. Any reputable individual or legitimate organization may nominate working masons who are at least 25 years old and have resided in their area for no less than a year. Persons to be nominated should be holders of valid Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Certificate on Masonry. Certificates of good moral character from at least two local organizations, along with other necessary documents should accompany the nomination to be submitted to the TESDA Provincial Office in their areas. Nominees will go through three levels of selection process: provincial, regional and national. Only the top three (3) nominees from each region get to compete in the regional level, the winners of which move on to the national competition. The winner, who will be proclaimed in October is chosen based on his productivity, technical competence and professionalism. The Most Outstanding Mason will get P 150,000 in cash, the Regional winners take home P25,000 in cash while the nominating individual or organization with the most number of nominees gets P 15,000. The first cycle in 2007 was won by Sergio Barliso of Cebu, the 2009 competition was topped by Rodante Andres of Capiz and the 2011 grand champions were Eduardo Latap of NCR and Alejandro Tagle of Cagayan Valley. Holcim Philippines sustain-

able development head Michael Cabalda encouraged individuals and organizations to participate and nominate masons in their areas who fit the Galing Mason Award profile. “Masons play a critical role since they help build structures necessary for our country’s development. It is only fitting that we honor those who do their job well and at the same time are role models in their communities. We hope that organizations familiar with these workers will go out of their way to nominate them,” Cabalda said. The Holcim Galing Mason Award, which is held every two years, is part of Holcim Philippines’ flagship corporate social responsibility program and done in partnership with TESDA, Philippine Constractors Association (PCA) and Association of Construction & Informal Workers (ACIW). Its other components are the Galing Mason Olympics, a three-day masonry competition and the Galing Mason Training, a seven-day skills enhancement and certification program. Holcim Philippines implemented the Galing Mason Program to help improve the skills and knowledge of masons about their trade and professionalize the industry. The company has helped train over 8,000 masons under the program. For more details about the competition, please contact the Holcim Galing Mason Hotlines mobile number 0919-5367425; 0917-8664252 and email Nomination kits are available at Holcim and TESDA offices and PCA & ACIW Chapters nationwide. You may also contact TESDA Regional Office 10 at telephone numbers (08822) 725519 and (088) 857-1665, and look for Honey Analou E. Doña.


Municipal Local Government Operations Officer. DILG likewise conducts validation and ocular inspection of the project and posts the status of project implementation and fund utilization in the agency’s regional website. For its part, the city shall submit a certification from a government bank that a trust fund has been opened for the purpose; issue an official receipt for the amount received; create a PCF Project Implementation Team responsible for the implementation of the project and submit physical and financial accomplishment reports, assessment and evaluation reports, among others within the prescribed period. The PCF, which is administered by the DILG in collaboration with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), aims to recognize good governance performance particularly in the adoption of “good housekeeping” along the governance areas of development, planning, sound financial management, transparency and accountability and valuing performance monitoring, as

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(LGUs) to put premium on transparency and accountability for them to avail of financial support from the national government. Such f und assist ance jumpstarts and sustain local socio-economic development initiatives supportive of national government goals and priorities, as stipulated in the MOA. PCF also supports LGUs in the implementation of highimpact capital investment projects in the Annual Investment Program (AIP), such as those involving preparedness to disasters and adaptation to climate change; sustainable environmental management and transparent and accountable local governance. The DILG regional office, as further stipulated in the MOA, prepares and issues the financial subsidy to the LGU, releases the PCF checks and conducts periodic monitoring of the program, in coordination with the Provincial PCF focal person, cluster head and City or

CARP Quiz Bowl – The winning team from Xavier University, composed of Camille Jo Soria, Jan Emmanuelle Casimillo and Tita Reina Sinogaya, is flanked by DAR-10 Regional Director Felix Aguhob (left), Assistant Regional Director Nicky Peralta, Atty. Stephanie Cabrera and Ms. Editha Langreo, XU team mentors. (Photo supplied/asf)

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from page 1 Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas, with members of the City Council, department heads, barangay officials graced the occasion. Under the administration of Mayor Emano, several resettlement sites were established not only for calamity survivors, but also for families affected by city projects and those living in the no-build zones. Meanwhile, construction of more houses at the city’s relocation sites continuous, said Mayor Emano. Such projects, he said, are being implemented by the Habitat for Humanity, Gawad Kalinga and other organizations. Mayor Emano assured, the city has enough funds to pursue the housing projects for families displaced typhoons Sendong. It can be recalled that the 16th City Council, headed by Vice Mayor Acenas, has authorized the transfer of funds to Habitat for the said housing project. The amount was taken from donations for typhoon Sendong survivors. Gawad Kalinga is also given P5.5 million for the construction of 50 houses at the Pagatpat Relocation Site and Tent City 1 in Barangay Canitoan. In another development, the City Council has approved full payment of a claim for just compensation, including registration and documentation expense, for the lot affected by the construction of the South Diversion Road and the PCDG Bridge Project in Barangay Camaman-an. The ordinance was endorsed by the Committees on Subdivision and Landed Estate, and Laws and Rules, with recommendation from the City Treasurer and other concerned agencies of government. (LCR/APD/jdelpf )

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HB 6909, a consolidation of 13 separate, but similar bills filed jointly or individually by some 53 members of the

House, has been approved on third reading on the eve of the June 6 sine die adjournment of the 15th Congress, he disclosed. However, the Senate failed to pass a similar measure. Irrespective of the value of the carnapped vehicle, carnappers must face the full consequences of their crime. And lawmakers vowed push for the bill’s passage in the 16th Congress. Article 27 of the Revised Penal Code (RA 3815) qualifies that under reclusion perpetua, “any person sentenced to any of the perpetual penalties shall be pardoned after undergoing the penalty for 30 years, unless such person by reason of his conduct or some other serious cause shall be considered by the Chief Executive as unworthy of pardon.” Aside from Rodriguez, the other authors of the measure include, among others, Rep. Jorge Banal, Rep. Salvio Fortuno, Rep. Emmeline Aglipay, Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, Rep. Winston Castelo, Rep. Romero Quimbo, Rep. Ben Evardone, Rep. Marlyn Primicias-Agabas,

chairperson of the sponsorCommittee on Revision of Laws, and senator-elect Juan Edgardo Angara. (BF/asf )


from page 2 Jose village in San Fernando town, carrying on this art form is not just a way to connect with her family. Sumagaysay explained that the craft is some sort of a magic charm pinned with hard work, determination, and patience. “I saw that there were decreasing numbers of people interested in doing our tribal craft. But I love this work because this is one way in making use of the flourishing ‘tikog’ reeds we have in our forests and keep my traditional craft alive,” she said. (RLRBalistoyPIA 10, Bukidnon/jdelpf )


from page 2 property, but situated in safe areas, and those who are not willing to be resettled and opt to stay in the same location but compliant with the safety requirements. The amount of the ESA can only be determined upon the

assessment of the DSWD social workers. They base their assessment on the qualifications and their living conditions. Only a maximum of P5,000 shall be given to those families whose houses were assessed as partially damaged, and a maximum of P10,000.00 for families whose houses were assessed as totally damaged. S ome may receive an amount lesser than P5,000 or P10,000 depending on the need and living condition of the families. “Much as we wanted to accommodate all the demands, we are still bound by the policies and guidelines of the ESA. Rest assured, however, that there are still other DSWD social services and social protection programs available to the communities of which they can avail,” Ramos said. (Charmaine Tadlas/RTP/PIA 10/asf )

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ilitary officers raise the Philippine flag during the opening ceremony of Jose Rizal's 116th death anniversary held at Rizal Pinoy pride will again be on display as the country celebrates flag days starting Tuesday, May 28, the anniversary of day the flag was first flown, until Independence Day, June 12. But before you pick up crayons, mix paint or cut out paper, have you ever wondered what exact shade of red, blue and yellow to use? If not, you're not the first to get confused. In fact, historians have long debated on the shades to use for the flag, especially for the dominant blue stripe. While scarlet red and golden yellow had been the

widely accepted color for the Philippine flag, it had been unclear whether its counterpart stripe is Cuban blue, navy blue or sky blue. Those who said it should be Cuban blue argued that the Philippine flag had been patterned in many aspects to the Cuban flag, Malacanang's briefer said. Others were meanwhile rooting for navy blue, the

shade seen in the American flag. Some preferred sky blue, citing written accounts and an artwork from the period. The debate has e ven prompted President Ferdinand Marcos to change the flag's color to light blue from navy blue, the shade more widely seen used during the Commonwealth era. The change in color, which a historian has attributed to available cloth supply more than historical precedent, was not popularly accepted. President Corazon Aquino, who assumed power after Marcos's ouster, reverted to the use of navy blue in 1987. It was also during Aquino's time that the Philippines rejected the Bases Treaty with the U.S., marking the last time a foreign flag was allowed to fly in Philippine soil.

But the changes in the flag's color didn't end there. In 1998, upon the approval of the Flag and Heraldic Code, which again mandated the use of another shade of blue for the flag. So is it Cuban blue, sky blue or navy blue? The answer is not of the above. The Philippine flag officially uses royal blue, which the Palace said was "viewed as

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the historical compromise to settle earlier debates." So as you put up the Philippine flag in an act of patriotism, remember to use royal blue for the stripe. Also keep in mind that unless the Philippines is in a state of war, the blue stripe should be on top of red, or on the right side (left of the observer) when displayed vertically. (Net)

Superb spots By Retchie T. Paculba

GINGOOG CITY - Gingoog is a famous second-class city of Misamis Oriental, endowed with great bounties of nature. The name is derived from the Manobo word for “good luck”, implying good fortune. With a total area of 744 sq km, Gingoog has 112,000 people, based on 2007 Philippine Census. C it y Tou r i s m O f f i c e r Audie Ocampo said Gingoog was founde d by Sp anish missionaries in 1750 and has since become the oldest city in the province. Among the city’s breathtaking spots is the Tiklas Falls, some nine-kilometer travel from the city proper. Caretakers say, tourists need to bring own food and drinks, since there are no stores in the area. Entrance fe e is P10 and cott ages rental, P50 to P100. To ensure safety, tourists are not allowed to swim at the foot of the falls because

of st rong water c ur rent. Pools for adults and children are also provided. Aside from Tiklas Falls, tourists can also enjoy swimming in the JJJ Inland Resort in Barangay Libertad, and Guadjus Resort in Barangay Santiago. Kids can also enjoy at the

city children’s playground, built at the cost of P2 million, near the city port. The city also boasts of her own local talents, who have helped promote the city through performances in various parts of the country. (RTPaculba/EOR/ PIA10)

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Agreement to solve job mismatch signed By Apipa P. Bagumbaran

THING OF PAST - The creek (left photo below), which used to be the shortcut route of people of Nabataan , Salagsag and Yungod of Salay town, Misamis Oriental to reach the poblacion is now a thing in the past. This, as the 2.568 km farm-to-market road (right photo below) of the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) of DA came into the picture. (Rosie R.E. Paasa, DA-RAFID 10DA-10/jdelpf)

ESTERO Project installs trash traps in Ozamiz By Rutchie C. Aguhob

OZAMIZ CITY -- Trash traps made of fabricated steel have been installed by the Ecological Strengthening Through Environment Rehabilitation and Orientation (ESTERO) project of the Misamis University Community Extension Program (MUCEP) in Ozamiz City. A public-private partnership (PPP) to reduce the pollution at the Carangan Creek, this city, the ESTERO project intends to develop a comprehensive program that involves all the stakeholders in the community. The project aims to determine the necessity of and the possible plans for dredging and de-silting of the creek and involve interventions, such as planting of bamboo


from page 2 on food threshold. Moreover, the Omnibus Guideline also highlights that the families who can benefit from the assistance are those with or without land ownership property but situated in safe areas, and those who are not willing to be resettled and opt to stay in the same location but compliant with the safety requirements. The amount of the ESA can only be determined upon the assessment of the DSWD social workers. They base their assessment on the qualifications and their living conditions. The DSWD emphasizes that only a maximum of P5,000.00 shall be given to those families whose houses were assessed

and other plant species along the creek banks, rip-rapping and regular clean-up, Grace Villanueva, MUCEP Program Director, said. She said regular clean-up of the creek has been conducted by the students taking up the National Service Training Program (NSTP) in MU, beneficiaries of the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the MUCEP staff. Meanwhile, the trash traps with matching fabricated forks to lift the trash from the creek for use in the weekly clean-up of the creek, have been installed between the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Metro Bank, along Burgos Sts., this city, during the launching of as partially damaged, and a maximum of P10,000.00 for families whose houses were assessed as totally damaged. The DSWD however clarifies that some may receive an amount lesser than P5,000.00 or P10,000.00 depending on the need and living condition of the families. “As much as we want to accommodate all the communities’ demand, we are still bound by the policies and guidelines of the ESA. Rest assured, there are still other DSWD social services and social protection programs available to the communities of which they can avail,” Ms. Ramos said. Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer.(Charmaine P. Tad-

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the ESTERO Project. Also set up during the occasion was the mural painting of the wall near the DBP for some messages to remind the public about environment protection/preservation and how to take care of mother nature. Villanueva said MU President Dr. Karen Belina Feliciano-De Leon has allocated P156,135.50 from the MU-NSTP Fund for the ESTERO, while DBP contributed P10,000 and MetroBank-Burgos, P7,000 for the purchase of paint and other painting materials needed for the wall murals and McDonalds-Ozamiz for snacks during the launching. (RCAguhob/PIA10-Misamis Occidental)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has forged a partnership with the Career Guidance Counselors Network (CGN) and other government agencies to address job mismatch in Region 10. The regional offices of DOLE-10, Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Professional Regulations Commissions (PRC), Department of Tourism, and CGN10 formalized their partnership through signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU). Under the MoU, the parties committed to work hand-in-hand in the delivery of employment services to its clientele in the labor market. They vowed to strengthen collaboration and partnership to address the persistence of job mismatch and decrease underemployment and employment by providing students with relevant labor market information. This is to guide students in their choice of career and prepare them for their eventual entry to the world of work, said Atty. Johnson Cañete, DOLE-10 Regional Director. The MoU signing highlighted the 2nd

Northern Mindanao Career Advocacy Congress, a gathering of 270 Public Employment Services Office (PESO) Managers and Career Guidance Counselors in Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur. Cañete, who was proud that Northern Mindanao is the only region in the country that conducted a career advocacy congress for the second time, said the congress sought to provide field implementers with updated labor market information for use in conducting guidance and employment coaching. He said the conduct of career advocacy congress is in line with the directive of the President to address job skills mismatch in the labor market. (APB/PIA-10/jdelpf)

Foreign couples adopt Filipino children with DSWD’s help

MORE and more couples from around the world are now all eyes with love for Filipino children that are legally available for adoption. Recently, two couples from Indiana, United States of America, and Zaragosa, Spain visited the Regional Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) to finally meet their adopted children. RSCC is a residential facility for children under the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The childrenresidents whose age range from zero to seven years old are declared open for adoption.

Under Republic Act 8043, also known as the InterCountry Adoption Act of 1998, an alien or a Filipino citizen permanently residing abroad may file an application for inter-country adoption of a Filipino child under certain qualifications that uphold the welfare and rights of the Filipino child. Among them is that the adopter must be at least twenty-seven (27) years of age and at least sixteen (16) years older than the child to be adopted and If he or she is married, his/her spouse must jointly file for the adoption; With the capacity to act and assume all rights and

responsibilities of parental authority under his national laws, the adopter shall undergo appropriate counseling from an accredited counselor in his/her country; Moreover, the foreign adopter must also come from a country with whom the Philippines has diplomatic relations and whose government maintains a similarly authorized and accredited agency and that adoption is allowed under his/her national laws; If found qualified, the adopter may file for adoption with the Philippine Regional Trial Court having jurisdiction over the child, or with the Inter-Country

Adoption Board, through an intermediate agency, whether governmental or an authorized and accredited agency, in the country of the prospective adoptive parents. Adoption has been one of the processes being actively advocated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The policy of the State is to provide every neglected and abandoned child with a family that will provide such child with love and care as well as opportunities for growth and development. Written by Charmaine P. Tadlas, Regional Information Officer, DSWD-X

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DOST-9 assists metal and engineering industry By Alma L. Tingcang

REGION 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) -- The Department of Science and Technology IX has approved a P440,000 project in the municipality of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. Called the “Upgrading the Roll up Facility of the Ruby Grills Shop and Glass Center," the project is under the agency's Small Enterprise Technology and Upgrading Program (Setup).

It aims to provide technology interventions including system and process improvement, and manpower development to the metals and engineering industry. The Ruby Grills Shop and

Glass Center is the first to offer fabrication services of roll up doors and windows in Zamboanga Sibugay province. This will complement the firm’s current business. The equipment to be acquired is the same equipment adopted by another Setup beneficiary in Dipolog City which so far, has been working efficiently. The said project aims to provide additional income

to the firm by enabling it to fabricate its own roll up doors/ windows instead of outsourcing the same technology from Dipolog or Zamboanga City. Hence, it will provide additional employment opportunities for locals in the area and strengthen the metal industry in the province which is one of the priorities of Setup. At present, it is the only business operating in terms of roll up installation in the

province with workforce of adequate training and experience gained from working with big companies in similar line of business. The business focuses on roll up doors installation, glass and aluminum installation, and iron works. Due to outsourcing of supplies (fabricated roll ups) from Dipolog and Zamboanga City, the firm cannot compete with the market

price. This prompted them to avail DOST’s Setup program to acquire roll up fabrication facility. Setup is designed to boost productivity and competitiveness of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and to encourage them in implementing technological innovations and improvements in their operations. (FPG/ALT/PIA9/DOST-IX/ jdelpf )

NorthCot quake affects 204 families By Bong S. Sarmiento of MindaNews

REGION 10 (Northern Mindanao) – Two firefighters from Ozamis City, Fire Sr. Insp. Glen Chua and Fire Officer-1 Reymondo T. Magallanes, were injured while trying to help contain the May 20 fire that gutted down the copra warehouse of Granexport Manufacturing Corporation in Barangay Kiwalan, Iligan City. The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP-10) confirms the fire started at the company warehouse millions of metric tons of copra, stocked to be processed into a cooking oil. Granex produces crude oil and coco pellet for export to USA, Europe and Japan. (Photo by Jun P. Felicilda of MinStar)

REGION 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN) - At least 204 families or 1,216 individuals have been affected by last Saturday’s 5.7 magnitude quake in Carmen, North Cotabato that triggered 198 aftershocks until early evening Tuesday, the Office of Civil Defense Region 12 (OCD-12) reported. Citing the OCD-12 report, Eduardo del Rosario, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said that of the 198 aftershocks recorded by the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology Institute (Phivolcs) as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, 11 were felt in Carmen town and neighboring areas. He said the affected residents were from barangays Kimadzel, Kibudtungan, Liliongan, Aroman and Ranzo in Carmen town. Seven persons were injured

in last Saturday’s tremor, del Rosario added. Of the 141 houses affected by the earthquake, 53 were totally damaged and 38 partially destroyed, the OCD-12 report showed. The quake also damaged 24 elementary and high school buildings, a covered court, three churches, a factory, an apartment, a health center, a multi-purpose building and a mosque in Carmen town, it added. Two bridges in Carmen town connecting North Cotabato to Bukidnon province and Cagayan de Oro City—the Mutian and Upian bridges— were also damaged by the earthquake that also caused cracks on paved roads, OCD12 said. Local media reports said here that only vehicles weigh-

Deputy Director General Capt. John Andrews told reporters in Manila. Businessman John Gaisano described the landing of Cebu Pacific Flight 5J971 Sunday night as “very rough” he thought they would die. “We could have died when we landed,” Gaisano told MindaNews on Monday. He said he felt like “we did not land on the runway.” “I think we landed on the soil,” he said. Gaisano said Flight 5J971 was supposed to have left Manila at 4:50 p.m. but the flight was delayed and they took off only at 5:30 p.m., expecting to land at the Davao International Airport at around 7:30 p.m. He said there was no announcement at all from the

cockpit or the crew about what was happening. “It was strange. There was no announcement at all for so long, maybe 15 to 20 minutes or longer. The pilot said nothing. The flight crew did not come out.” Lance Gokongwei, Cebu Pacific President and Chief Executive Officer apologized for the mishap at the Davao airport. He told ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) Business Nightly on Monday that the incident was “most unfortunate” but said it was too early to speculate why it happened. He explained to ANC that the pilot opted for “precautionary disembarkation” rather than “emergency disembarkation” to avoid panic and injuries. (MindaNews)

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DAVAO CITY — Operations at the Davao International Airport resumed at 8 p.m. Tuesday, 49 hours after a Cebu Pacific aircraft veered off the runway on Sunday night and caused the closure of the airport, cancellation and diversion of flights and losses to the local economy of at least P250 million.

“Conservative estimate of losses to the local economy since yesterday is around P250 million,” Jason Magnaye, head of the Davao City Investment Promotion Center said. The amount includes “losses from cargo, allied industries, hotel cancellations, airport concessionaires, airport management, among others.” The airport alone lost about P1 million a day as 80 flights were canceled that could have carried about 2,000 to 3,000 passengers, he said. Terminal fees alone are a major source of losses as each departing passenger pays P200. Initial investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has pointed to “pilot error” as the cause of the mishap, CAAP

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SOUL MATES Is there such a thing as soul mates? A partner to fit for the other? Is it true that if you marry anyone other than his soul mate, you will never be happy? The soul mate concept is often used as an excuse for divorce. People who are unhappy in their marriage sometimes claim that they did not marry their soul mate and therefore should divorce and begin the search for their true soul mate. If you are married, the person you are married to is your soul mate. The Bible declares in Mark 10:7-9, “A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one.

Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” There is no such thing as perfect marriage. If you are pronounced as husband and wife, you two are now soul mates. But a couple needs to work on developing true “soul mate” intimacy. By obeying what the Bible teaches about marriage, a couple can develop the intimacy, love, and commitment that being “one flesh” soul mates entails. If you are married, you are married to your soul mate. No matter how disharmonious a marriage is, God can bring healing, forgiveness, restoration, and true marital love and harmony. What can be done if we

The New Generation Alex A. Podador think that we married the wrong person? We have to seek ourselves to God and seek His guidance, He promises to direct us: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6). God is sovereign and if we married not the onse God chosed for us, God will still be in control if we let Him rescue a rocky

marriage. God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16), and “marrying the wrong person” is never presented in the Bible as grounds for divorce. The claim “I married the wrong person and will never be happy unless I find my true soul mate” is baseless. God can take any two people, no matter how mismatched, and mold them into two people who are perfect for each other.

No Vote of Confidence for June opening of Laguindingan

Domestic carriers who will be affected by the Department of Transportation and Communications and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines planned June 30, 2013 opening of the Laguindingan have again cast a vote of ‘no-confidence’ on the planned event. According to a post in the (URL: http:// news/19076-filipino-airlines-hesitant-about-laguindingans-planned-juneopening) dated 21 May 2013, Rhyan Casiño Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Zest Air and PAL Express have all “expressed their displeasure at the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications’ decision to On recording their first single “I Still Do” forge ahead with the June 15 opening of the new USD190 Vital Signs (Acoustics) have which is composed by million Laguindingan Inbeen a Sunday performer Winset Jacot and arranged ternational Airport, set to in Centrio Ayala Mall from by Wences Llamis and Ej January to March 2013; Gallego is now being supwith the break that the ported by a power house prestigious mall gave them of talents; recorded in the The opening of classes in the band, brought their newest recording company public schools in the counsoulful acoustic alternative in the city, which is owned try last Monday signals music to the listening ears by the legendary guitarist the full implementation of Cagayan de Oro and its of the 90’s famous Rated of Republic Act No. 10533, visitors. R band Mr. Adrian Tabor; also called the Enhanced Vital Signs is a 3 piece Musical scoring by Mr. Basic Education law, more acoustic band, with Winset Roderick Rocamora, a na- popularly known as the Jacot on vocals, Wences tional winner in a presti- K-12 curriculum. Llamis on guitars and Ej gious rock band contest as The law was signed by Gallego on percussion. best in keyboards in Manila President Aquino last May Winset and Wences a few years ago and have 15, 2013-- his biggest policy are both graduate nurs- done musical scoring to reform-- thus officially ending students, so in naming some known musician in ing the 10-year basic educathe band I think they just Singapore, produced by R tion program. decided on what word they Productions, a marketing The K-12 curriculum always loved to always hear, and promotion group to was rolled out last year thud, thud… thud, thud… local talents of Cagayan despite misgivings by varivital signs. de Oro; ous sectors. With the break they got Music video to be diIt nonetheless fired the after their Centrio gig the rected by Mr. Coy Fuentes, resolve of the Department group is now focusing on a well known photographer of Education to carry out finishing their first single and videographer in the city the needed reform. “I Still Do”. of golden friendship and to DepEd Secretary Armin The song “I Still Do” Luistro stated in recent Signs to page 10



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replace the smaller Cagayan de Oro Lumbia (CGY) airport as the gateway to the northern Mindanao and Misamis Oriental provinces.” Although the airlines had initially succeeded in convincing government to push back the original April 30 opening date “to minimize disruption to passengers and to permit more time to rearrange flight schedules” ostensibly due to difficulties in spreading the word to passengers who had already booked their flights for April and May, the 45 day postponement has ap-

parently failed to convince all carriers the airport and its support infrastructure is ready to receive flights by the planned 30 June opening date. The local business community led by the Oro Chamber and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Region X, continues to maintain its original stance to postpone the move to Laguindingan from Lumbia if the navigational aids needed for safe, all weather 24/7 operations have not yet been installed. The group even went so far as to buy a

whole page ad in a national newspaper just to make sure their word gets through to President PNoy. The reported lack of available power needed to properly operate Laguindingan’s facilities remains another unaddressed concern. Transport facilities to move air commuters from downtown Cagayan de Oro to Laguindingan (39 kms. away, according to a local car rental company operating from a downtown hotel), remains another issue. In fact, word has it even local CAAP officials are not comfortable with the revised opening date. What’s that old adage again? If everyone is against you, there’s a good chance that you’re wrong? I guess now would be a good time to revisit its implication on our collective and individual futures.

A Curriculum of Hope Coffee Break Crispin Dannug interviews that last year’s run of the K-12 curriculum gave the Department the means to train and retool teachers, design the required books, and put in place a new awareness that the task must be shared by all. This corner agrees with the Secretary. His is a yeoman’s job. Never before has this country attempted a big leap in educating our youth since the Americans started the state-run schools of arts

and trades and universities from 1904 to 1910. Even the reforms undertaken by Marcos and Cory Aquino pale in comparison to Pinoy’s. The technical-vocational sector that enjoyed a bit of autonomy will be integrated in the K-12 curriculum. It goes without saying that tech-voc would be reformed to the point that indigenous skills and farming and fishery systems will be

subjects for specialization in Grades 9 to 12. Hence, a Grade 12 graduate in 2018 (who may qualify for tertiary training in accredited colleges and universities) can already enter wage employment or start a livelihood commensurate to proven aptitude and accredited skills. He or she will also receive the full minimum wage remuneration. At the tertiary level, one year is accordingly shaved off the four-year degree courses as a result of the new K-12 curriculum. This is so since Algebra and English grammar and a lot of other Freshman college subjects will be taken up in Grades 11 to 12. Hope to page 10


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to be starred by Cagayan de Oro’s famous celebrities, with Ms….(opps later I will do a separate article on who’s who on the video of “I still do”). Leonor Ylagan-Rocamora, Manager of R Productions is confident that the music video of “I Still Do” will be released in mid June of 2013 and it will be a benchmark whether Kagay-anons is ready for the band’s acoustic flavor which will lead them to further record and finished the full album. So guys, there it is, let

us support our very own local talents, their success our pride…. (The writer is the Northern Mindanao Representative for the National Commision for Culture and the Arts- Committee on Visual Arts NCCACVA , visit his site at www.

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Parents have no reason to be anxious that they would be spending more for the education of their children. As a matter of fact, we recognize government effort

at better funding for the new curriculum. New classrooms and better written books will be matched by improved teacher and training. Just like in the States, an American friend told me! Yes, I readily agreed--we share in the international flavor of our new Philippine basic education curriculum. Yet would there be free lunch for the children? Would there be musical instruments for their use? Can they already make movies at Grade 11? Can they engage in the sports of their choice?

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Can citizenship training, accountability and modalities of good governance be included in the subject of study? Will the curriculum emphasize life skills and undo inter-generational dependency on the state coffers that is the domain of the corrupt and powerful? Does the new curriculum take into account the need to retain our best-skilled youth, rather than overseas job posting? Will business and industry recognize their role in the K-12 curriculum? Investing in the youth has never been much proven in this country. We challenge our politicians and businessmen to support the cause of our children. There is hope in the new curriculum. Re-quote: “I believe that children are our future; teach them well and let them lead

the way. Show them all the beauty they possessed inside; teach them a sense of pride. To make it easier, let the children’s laughter reminds us of how we used to be...” From the song, ‘The Greatest Love of All’

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ing not more than five tons were allowed to pass the damaged bridges as they were supposedly weakened by the successive aftershocks. The provincial government of North Cotabato and the municipal government of Carmen have declared a state of calamity because of the earthquakes. The North Cotabato government reportedly estimated the cost of damage at not less than P70 million. (Bong S. Sarmiento/MindaNews/ jdelpf )

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JICA rehabilitation project for COWD takes off By Jorie C. Valcorza

HIV/AIDS - Dr. Enrique A. Tayag, DOH undersecretary, commits to support the HIV/AIDS awareness campaign. This ceremonial signing was done during the 30th International Aids Day celebration here in Cagayan de Oro City. (Rodolfo D. Mendoza, PIA-10/asf)


from page 1 pennant in the hood, side, back and top of motor vehicles and as a staff, or whip would be illegal; Use of flag for unveiling monuments or statues and as trademarks, or for industrial, commercial, or agricultural labels or designs is also prohibited; Display of flag under any painting or picture, horizontally face-up, below any platform or in discotheques, cockpits, night and day clubs, casinos, gambling joints and places of vice or where frivolity prevails; Wearing of flag in whole or in part as a costume or uniform, to add any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawings, advertisement, or imprint of any nature on it, as well as to print, paint or attach representation of the flag on handkerchiefs, napkins, cushions, and other articles of merchandise; and Display in public any foreign flag, except in embassies and other diplomatic establishments, and in offices of international organizations; use, display or be part of any advertisement or infomercial and to display the flag in front of buildings or offices occupied by aliens is also disallowed. The law also specifies that

the Filipino flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, flood, water or other objects. Republic Act 8491 (An Act Prescribing the Code of the National Flag, Anthem, Motto, Coat-of-Arms and other Heraldic Items and Devices of the Philippines) enjoins everyone to display the Filipino Flag during the National Flag Days from May 28-June 12 of every year. (with data from Rutchie Aguhob/PIA-10/ Arjay S. Felicilda, member of Mindanao Press Alliance for Sustainable Development)


from page 1 pino migrant workers are safeguarded, Villar vows to continue the fight for the creation of the Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (DOFW) when the 16th Congress resumes in July. The former Las Pinas congresswoman said she will re-file the measure on DOFW initially filed by her husband, outgoing Senator Manny Villar, but was not passed in the previous Congress. “This will be one way of recognizing the importance of our OFWs,” said Villar, also managing director of the Villar Foundation which has been helping distressed

OFWs for over two decades. She believes there is a need to centralize all the services and functions of concerned government agencies or bureaus for OFWs to effectively attend to their concerns in all aspects. “The creation of a department dedicated solely to OFWs would simplify and harmonize efforts to look after them when there is a crisis and secure their welfare and rights during normal times,” she said. She said this would also put an end to finger-pointing among government agencies involved in the evacuation and repatriation of our distressed OFWs, especially those who ran away from their abusive employers, and those in conflict areas.


from page 1 the passage of said, which he expects to steer the lenders through financial waters dominated by large, wellendowed brand names. “We commend the legislators in both chambers of Congress, particularly to the sponsors Sen. Sergio R. Osmeña III and Representatives Sergio A.F. Apostol, Rufus B. Rodriguez and the late Pedro Romualdo for ensuring the passage of a law this important piece of

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The typhoon-hit facilities of the Cagayan de Oro City Water District shall soon undergo rehabilitation with the P40-million grant from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The grant, according to the COWD Public Relations and Information Division, is in the form of materials and equipment, which procurement has just been completed, Facilities covered by this

rehabilitation project, include 11 booster pumps, six production wells, five power generating sets, chlorinating set, controllers and transformer cables. It will also cover replacement of the biosafety cabinet (laboratory equipment) and damaged water meters. Some 5,562 units of water meters were already delivered last week and the project is expected to be completed by the third quarter of the year. (COWD/PIA/asf )

and hospitals; heroic act of individuals/groups in providing humanitarian assistance; and special recognition awards. Nominations for the regional level started last May 3, 2013, while the evaluation and validation began May 20 for nominees from Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and Camiguin towns. Regional winners will be announced on June 14, 2013. The top three for each category garnering at least 85% will advance to the national level. Those that have garnered a Gawad KALASAG award for three consecutive years in the same category shall be given a Hall of Fame Award. National winners will receive cash awards of P100,000 (1st place), P75,000.00 (2nd place) and P50,000.00 (3rd place), which can be spent for DRRM-related activities of respective LDRRMCs. Gawad KALASAG was initiated in 1998 to encourage participation of various stakeholders in crafting and implementing DRRM programs protecting or shielding high risk communities against hazards. (Rochelle D. Dagang/ DILG/PIA10/jdelpf )

the SSS, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Pag-IBIG Fund. To get an SS number, domestic workers, including family drivers who are considered household employees, under the SSS charter, must fill out and submit the Personal Record Form to any SSS branch, along with a photocopy of any of the primary documents, such as the birth or baptismal certificate, driver’s license, passport, Professional Regulation Commission card or seaman’s book. Those without any primary document can give two secondary documents, both citing their name and at least one indicating their birthdate. SSS branches provide a comprehensive list of accepted secondary documents such as the ATM card, bank passbook, marriage contract, NBI or police clearance, voter’s ID or postal ID card. "They will only submit the Form E-1 and a photocopy of the supporting documents, but they should also present the original copy for authentication purposes," Atty. Halo said. "Without the documents, they will be issued a number that may be used for paying contributions and reporting for SSS coverage but not for availment of benefits and loans. They will attain permanent SSS membership status upon submission of these required documents." To secure a Household Employer ID Number, the employer only needs to fill out and submit the Employer Registration Form. Existing household employers who still use their personal SS numbers in paying the contributions of their domestic workers will be given their Household Employer ID Number during their branch visit, via email or mail. (SSS Cagayan de Oro/JMOR/PIA/ jdelpf )

legislation that limited rural bank ownership to Filipinos for more than two decades,” the President said. He also recognized the support of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and other stakeholders “who shared with us the vision of a viable and sustainable rural banking industry that is responsive to the needs of many enterprising poor in the country.” The approval of RA 10574 May 24, this year, was also lauded by the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (Rbap). “Now that foreign investments are allowed, rural banks are in a better financial position to reach out and serve from page 1 both the unbanked and under- June, to enable household embanked through improved ployers and domestic workers b an k ing s er v ices,” Rb ap or ‘kasambahays’ with SSS. SSS Cagayan de Oro branch President Edward Leandro Garcia Jr. said. (with report is open to issue SS numbers to from by Bianca Cuaresma/ domestic workers and houseJun P. Felicilda, member of hold employer ID numbers Mindanao Press Alliance for on June 8, 15, 22 and 29 to facilitate mandatory SSS memSustainable Development) bership, as provided under the Kasambahay Law and the SS from page 1 Law, said Lawyer Edwin Halo, performing provincial, city SSS branch manager. The Kasambahay Law (Reand municipal LDRRMCs; (b) Barangay DRRM Committees; public Act No. 10361), was civil society organizations; signed into law on January 19, 2013 to ensure the social private organizations; Volunteer organizations; protection of household emgovernment emergency re- ployees under various governsponse management; schools ment agencies, which include



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