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OroChamber: ‘Strong amid onerous challenges’ New set of Trustees elected By Cheng Ordonez Editor-at-large

THE Cagayan de Oro (CDO) Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Inc. (Oro Chamber) elected a new set of Trustees Tuesday night, coinciding with its 3rd Quarter General Membership Meeting and 28th Founding Anniversary, at Seda Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. The Trustees elected to represent the various sectors are as follows: Business Support Organizations and

Institutions – Fr. Eric Velandria, SJ; Manufacturing and Industry – Jaime Rafael Paguio; Services – Jeffrey Ang; and Trade and Commerce – Efren Uy. The Agriculture, Fishery and Mining sector representative has to be decided yet since only one candidate manifested an interest to run for the position. The Oro Chamber’s election guideline requires, at least, the two candidates vying for a position to See strong, page 7

“ S pre ad your wings ,” M ayor Oscar M ore no te lls businessmen in his “Message of Support.”

Filinvest awards contract for 405mw power plant in Misor

DONATIONS. Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny “Bambi” Beja Emano shake hands

with Jay Valleser and Dr. Myra Yee of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) during the turnover of donations to Barog Bohol held on the capitol grounds in Cagayan de Oro City on October 31, 2013. Mindanao Daily News photo by Lovely Mae V. Casenas

THE Filinvest announced the awarding of contracts for its 405 MW power plant in Mindanao with groundbreaking in early November and commercial operations commencing in early 2016. FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC Misamis) awarded the equipment supply contract to The First Northeast Electric Power Engineering Corporation of China Energy Engineering Group (NEPC China). It will utilize the latest in clean fuel technology adopting the circulating fluidized bed boiler technology consistent with Filinvest’s commitment towards enhanced environmental management. FDC Misamis is a subsidiary of FDC Utilities,

Inc., the utilities arm of the Filinvest Group. “We at FDC Misamis, are committed to environmentally sound projects. We call for balanced development — we must continue to care for our environment but not to the detriment of our economic and technological advancement,” stated FDC Misamis President Jesus N. Alcordo. FDC Misamis also awarded the construction contract for the Power Plant to NEPC Power Construction Corporation (NEPC Philippines), which is in partnership with Engineer-

ing Equipment, Inc. (EEI) who will be undertaking the civil, electrical and mechanical works. Mr. Mario R. Pangilinan, FDC Misamis Executive Vice President, said that, “FDC Misamis will employ world-class power equipment using internationallyaccepted standards to ensure efficient and reliable operation of the plant.” Alstom, a global leader in the world of power generation shall supply the steam turbine and generator directly from their manufacturing facilities in Europe while the circulating fluidized bed boilers and auxiliaries shall be provided by Shanghai Electric See AWARDS, page 7

New Jian Hua Mining donates classrooms to Bukidnon schools By Ercel Q. Maandig Managing Director AppleMark Tri-Media Concepts

From left, Impasug-ong town Mayor Mario Okinlay, Kenneth Kho of New Jian Hua, Impalutao Elementary School Principal Charito Espana and Impalutao Punong Barangay Romeo Abunda spearhead the ceremonial turnover of a school building which was donated by the New Jian Hua Mining Corporation. (Photo by FAP)

As part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), New Jin Hua Mining Corporation started its operation in year 2006 in Impasug-ong in Bukidnon recently turn-over projects which collaborates Learning Fundamentals and Environment Preservation. The said Mining Firm has donated 1 School Building of Two Classrooms which un-

veils last October 17 at Impalutao Elementary School attended by School Officials Headed by its Principal Charito España,Impasugong Municipal Mayor Mario Okinlay,Mr.Kenneth Kho of New Jian Hua Mining Company and Impalutao Barangay Capt. Romeo Abunda. In her speech, Charito Espeña said that as principal she is very happy and thankful that there’s a company indulging such social

responsibility that focused on Education. She added that her school presently needed an additional six classrooms, 1 science laboratory, speech Laboratory and a school Library in order for them to achieve their goals to become very competitive. The said project was also coordinated by the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Bukidnon. After Impalutao, the team proceeded to Barangay Kawayan for Another

unveiling of a school Building and wind up at Barangay Kibunton for a Tripartite activity which is “Hatud Sebisyo”, Ground Breaking of a School Site and a MOA signing. The Tripartite activity is in collaboration between the Local Government Unit of Impasug-ong. Impasugong,New Jian Hua Mining Corporation,DENR and NGCP.Impasug-ong Municipal Mayor Mario Okinlay See SCHOOL, page 7


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Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno presents his proposed P2.6-billion budget for 2014 during the regular session of the city council on Monday. Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas listens as the presiding officer. The budget allocations were spelled out by the mayor for the city councilors to see why the amount totals P2.6-billion. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

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Asst editor: ROLANDO N. SUDARIA • Email: rolando_sudaria2000@yahoo.com

MISAMIS Oriental Vice Governor Joey Pelaez with the Boyscouts of the Philippines Basic Training Course for KAWAN and Troop Leaders at Misamis Oriental National High School (MONHS) in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental. (MRS)

Businessmen, civic groups appeal for Indian trader’s quick release due to health

COTABATO City––Civic organizations and members of the business community have appealed to the abductors of an Indian national to set him free due to health reasons. The traders also sought

for Mike Khemani’s immediate release so he can continue his humanitarian projects that have benefited Muslim and Christian communities in the city and its environs. Khemani, 60, was ab-

ducted by four armed men who posed as policemen in front of Sugni Superstore that the victim owns and brought him to Maguindanao province through the Rio Grande de Mindanao on Tuesday evening. He has been a benefactor of the Rotary Club of Cotabato’s annual “Handog Pabuka,” a project which provides free dinner to Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan, according to Sam Fontanilla, former Rotary Club governor. He said Khemani was also an active supporter of LIAISON FOR THE COMMON GOOD. Governor Bambi Emano exercises his ‘right to vote’ as he casts the names of the ‘right people’ he believes, can bring “adopt a Mosque” project Poblacion, Tagoloan to common good. The governor hopes for a CLEAN and PEACESee HEALTH, page 5

FUL Barangay Election this year. Photo supplied

Dagupan’s unique fish cemetery, only one worldwide? Flower vendors do a brisk sale for the coming All Souls Day in Cagayan de Oro City, ranging in prices from P50 to P150. The flowers will be laid at burials sites in the cemeteries by families who will stay there overnight. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

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By Leonardo V. Micua Philippine News Agency

DAGUPAN City––This city is part of the focus of the country’s eyes on All Saints Day -- being the lone place in the country which has cemeteries for dead men as well as a cemetery for dead fish. The dead men are entombed in three public cemeteries: one in Bonuan, Perez Boulevard and another in Poblacion Oeste, in a place they now call “Careenan” (quiet place). The two private cemeteries for the dead kin of the more affluent members of the community are in Bonuan as well as in Po-

blacion Oeste. The cemetery for dead fish is in Bonuan Binloc, forming one of the exciting features of the 24-hectare National Integrated Fisheries Development Center (NIFTDC) along the coast of the Lingayen Beach. There, at least 18 dolphins are resting in eternal peace in what is now considered as first ever Fish Cemetery in the Philippines if not the world, established in 1999. Dr. Westly Rosario, NIFTDC chief, confirmed that this is the first fish cemetery in the world as he already visited many countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas and did

not find any of this kind or even a close duplicate. “What they have in other countries are fish shops, fish markets and marine parks and not a cemetery for dead fish,” said Rosario who was instrumental in putting up the facility 14 years ago. Entombed in the fish

cemetery to date are 23 different species of dolphins, sea mammals like whales, and giant sea turtles. Rosario said the heaviest of these sea creatures was a three-ton Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) found dead in See cemetery, page 5

A boy with a shovel roams around the public cemetery in Cagayan de Oro City to offer his cleaning services to people who have started to clear the graves of their loved ones for the All Souls Day. The annual event of visiting the dead brings about newly painted tombs in the cemeteries. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry Lee Gorit


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In Malaybalay: 24 new, 22 reelected barangay captains

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By WALTER I. BALANE

ALAYBALAY CITY – A total of 24 of the city’s 46 barangays will have new barangay captains effective Nov. 30.

Eleven of these newly elected officials have defeated the incumbent barangay captains and eight prevailed over fellow councilmen or new challengers as the current chairman are no longer eligible to run for reelection for having served three terms in a row. The local office of the Commission on Elections, though, has yet to issue the official results for this city where a total of 69,305 of the 87,061 registered voters, or 79.6 percent, cast their ballots last Monday. Among those who won against incumbent barangay captains are Crispin Pepito of Brgy. 4 who defeated incumbent Cleofe Melendez. Pepito lost in his bid for city councilor last May. Accountant Rodrigo Niere of Brgy. Kalasungay defeated incumbent Ernie Paano, who has served in previous terms.

Both candidates are members of the Bukidnon tribe in the area. Incumbent councilmen (kagawads) who won against their incumbent barangay captains include Concepcion Palo of Brgy. 2 who defeated Marbie Binahon, Emilio Cid of Brgy. 11 who will replace Ruben Ravanera, and Helen Agpalo of Brgy. Simaya who defeated Nimfa Bautista. Incumbent councilmen who won to replace third-termer barangay captains include Estela Edma of Bangcud, Cromwell Kiril Dinlayan of Brgy. 1, William Pen of Brgy. 7 who will replace outgoing village chief Alexander Maputi; and Lyzander Cedric D. Maandig of Brgy. 3. But in Brgy. St. Peter, incumbent councilman Rubencio Organiza lost to challenger Jaime Sumaylo Sr. Third-termer barangay captain Domingo Hingpit is

not eligible to seek reelection. In Brgy. Caburacanan, where incumbent barangay captain Renato Sumbongan is also not eligible to seek re-election, Joven Salonga prevailed over two other opponents. In Brgy. Laguitas along the Sayre Highway outgoing barangay captain Rosanna Linhay will be replaced by Ruben Tero, who prevailed over four other contenders. In at least two areas, Kulaman and Busdi, both in the city’s Upper Pulangi district, the barangay council is a family matter. Jenny S. Subang of Kulaman won over Leonardo Timbangan, who comes from a family with three members in the incumbent barangay council. Subang, too, comes from a family who dominates barangay politics. She will replace her brother, Zalde Singatao, as barangay captain. Another member of the Singatao clan, Trixie Gabrielle, is the outgoing Sangguniang Kabataan president. In Brgy. Busdi, Nestor Dumala, outgoing barangay captain,

did not run for reelection to give way to two younger brothers who both aspired to replace him. Bernard Dumala prevailed over older brother Jose, a councilman. The list of new barangay captains also include those who are returning to the same post – Bebina Ke-e of Brgy. San Jose and Esperanza Martinez of Brgy. Dalwangan. Dr. Glorio Sajulga, who ser ved as councilman since 2010, once again regained his previous seat as barangay captain of Aglayan. He ran and lost for mayor in 2010 and for vice mayor last May. Former Brgy. 10 barangay captain Nilo Q. Salga also defeated the incumbent, Edgar Evacuado. Among the businessmen who won as barangay captain are Rodrigo Timones of Brgy. 9, who defeated incumbent village council man Dexter Maxileo Gamo. The incumbent village chief Yolando Llubit, did not run for re-election and instead run for village council person. Agri-businessman Rumel

Castilla Sr. will be the new chairman of Barangay 5. In Brgy. Indalasa, councilman Romeo Manatad will replace Eladio Pancho, who did not seek reelection. Managok barangay captain Wilfredo Ravidas lost to newcomer Aries Vincent Jurolan, son of city councilor Nicholas Jurolan. The latter is also former city mayor. Retired police officer and former barangay kagawad Roberto Solito defeated incumbent Sumpong barangay captain Norvie Bayo. Community worker Vicente Leono of Apo Macote won against incumbent barangay captain Julie Olili. Association of Barangay Councils federation president Jose Medardo Estaniel won again as barangay captain of Sinanglanan, one of the villages in the city’s Basakan district. Jacinto Tadlas also won another term as barangay captain Casisang, the city’s biggest barangay in terms of population and land area.(MindaNews)

Top 3 winners of consumer quiz, all from Ozamiz City By RUTCHIE C. AGUHOB

Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Ed Malaya welcome Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez and other members of the Philippine observer delegation to the 39th Exploraratory Talks between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia. The peace talks were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last August 22-25, 2013 and it is the first time in the 16-year history of the peace talks that observers from various sectors are represented Also in the photo are (L-R): House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Pangalian Balindong and Representative Jesus Sacdalan

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – The top three (3) winners in the 2013 Provincial Consumer Quiz of Misamis Occidental are all from Ozamiz City. This was revealed by Provincial Director Delia M. Ayano of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) who said the activity was held in consonance with Presidential Proclamation No. 1098 declaring the month of October, each year, as Consumer Welfare Month. Aimed to enhance the level of awareness on con-

sumerism to the youth sector, particularly, 3rd Year and 4th Year high school students, the activity was participated by 20 secondary schools from the Divisions of Ozamiz City, Oroquieta City, Tangub City and Misamis Occidental. All these winners are qualified to participate in the Regional Consumer Quiz in Cagayan de Oro City on October 29: Jojie B. Edman, Labo National High School (NHS), 1st place, Jophil Q. Ara?as, Kalabayan NHS, 2nd place and Louise A. Cajita, Ozamiz City NHS, 3rd place, See winners, page 5

25 establishments in NorMin bag DTI Bagwis Award By JASPER MARIE OBLINA-RUCAT

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – A total of 25 business establishments in Northern Mindanao bagged the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) Bagwis Awards during its ceremony yesterday, October 30. DTI region 10 Lawyer Fel Lester Brillantes said Bagwis Award is awarded to business establishments that adhere to strict consumer laws, having consumer welfare desks and giving quality customer care to clients. He e nu m e r at e d 1 1

bronze awardees in the region namely : Hi-Top Electrical & Electronics Center, Shopwiser Supermarket, JRS Business Corporation, R. Dy Store, Cham’s Convenience store I (San Miguel, Iligan City), Cham’s Convenience Store (Tubod, Iligan City), MTZIA Corp. (ILICOMM), CT Shoppers, Unite General Merchandise, Special Appliance Plaza and Des Appliance Plaza, Inc. Further, silver awards went to Metro Gold Supermarket, Inc., EMCOR Inc.,

Ozamiz, Freemont Foods Corp., Ozamiz Liberty Marketing, RN Builders and General Merchandise, Tio Auto Parts Supply, Home and More, Hyundai-Cagayan de Oro City, AutoCentral Inc. (Suzuki-Cagayan de Oro) and New Cagayan Universal Hardware Inc. Finally, gold awards went to SM Supermarket, Savemore-Agora, Savemore-Kauswagan and Savemore-Capistrano this city. Meanwhile, Almer Masillones of DTI Misamis See AWARD, page 5

MISAMIS ORIENTAL – Vice Governor Joey G. Pelaez, together with 2nd District Board Member Nancy S. Madjos (3rd from the right) visited the Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital – Initao to distribute the medical equipment donated by Children International last October 30, 2013. Also present during the distribution were Mayor Enerito J. Acain, V (2nd from the left), Sangguniang Bayan Member Renato Galaroza (2nd from the right) and the OIC Chief of Hospital, Dr. Ma. Jocelyn B. Biña (5th from the right).


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Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio

‘Pork king,’ ‘denial king;’ more reminders for Halloween LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “...For if we have faith that Jesus underwent death and came back again, even so those who are sleeping will come again with him by God’s power...” (1 Thessalonians 4:14, the Holy Bible). -oooFROM “PORK BARREL KING” TO “DENIAL KING”? So, President Aquino is denying he is the “pork barrel king?” Well, with his annual “special fund” of about P500 billion as reported in media (which should now be about P1.5 trillion for the period from 2010 to 2013), and his having used funds from the executive department for distribution to lawmakers for the impeachment of former Chief Justice Renato Corona, his denials may yet earn him another monicker. What could this other monicker possibly be? “Denial king”, that’s what! And do you know what happens to a “denial king”, at least in Philippine show business? He loses credibility, nobody believes him anymore, and he is even bound to lose whatever “star quality” he

may have. Somebody, if not from Malacanang, at least from show business, must advise him posthaste about this! -oooPREACH THE WORD TO THE DEAD THIS HALLOWEEN! Let us continue with our reminders for the forthcoming All Saints Day or All Souls Day, an annual national commemoration for our departed loved ones, to enable us to know what we should be doing for them that will really help them, even if they are already in the great beyond. As we already wrote earlier in this column, it is clear that we, the living, have an obligation to proclaim and preach the Word of God to the dead. This is what 1 Peter 3:18-20 is saying. This particular part of the Bible tells us that after Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, resurrected, He went to the place where spirits are imprisoned while awaiting Judgment Day, and preached the Word to them. It might be asked, why would Jesus---and us, at present---preach the See denial, page 5

Mindanao STAR , Door 3, Tanleh Bldg, Abellanosa St., Cagayan de Oro City. It is registered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Region 10 with Certififcate No. 01787396. and with Business Permit No. 2013-10945, TIN No. 311-832910, Telefax Nos: (088) 857-8447, Cell nos.: 09177121424, 0947-8935776 Editorial E-mail: mindanaostarbalita@gmail.com website: www.businessweekmindanao.com MINDANAO STAR BALITA Publisher RUEL PELONE editor -in-chief rolando sudaria Executive Editor ARJAY FELICILDA Associate Editor shiela gozanes SWEETIE CASENAS Advertising CRIS DIAZ Cheng Ordonez Nelson v. constantino Editorial Consultants Legal Counsel : ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI NOTARY PUBLIC- JUNI LAW OFFICE CELL NO: 09352379999/ (088) 8573595 CRUZ TAAL ST., CAG. DE ORO CITY Member: ORO CHAMBER Philippine Press Institute

Discontinue DAP, Palace urged In his speech before members of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), President Aquino called the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) a stimulus package which “heralded the economic boom” in the last quarter of 2011, the momentum of which he said is being maintained up to now. According to research group IBON, however, this assertion shows a faulty perspective of achieving economic development. Also, according to IBON executive director Sonny Africa, the DAP is an instance of Presidential pork barrel and should be discontinued. IBON earlier noted that despite government-hyped economic boom, job losses and growing inequality continue to be observed. For instance, the number of unemployed grew by 147,000 in the first three quarters of 2013. IBON also said that there are 68 million poor Filipinos, which is the worst scale

All forms and mechanisms of Presidential pork barrel that are vulnerable to use and abuse for patronage purposes are untenable and should be discontinued.’ of poverty in the country’s history. The research group also said that the combined income of the top one percent of the country’s households consisting of just 185,000 families is equivalent to that of the bottom 30 percent or the poorest 5.5 million households. Africa said that to address underdevelopment, public resources should be consistently spent according to a larger socioeconomic plan that identifies priorities such as agricultural development, building Filipino industry and provision of vital social services, and allocates finite resources between competing uses

for maximum social and economic impact. “The arbitrary, discretionary and patronagedriven use of hundreds of billions of pesos in public funds is an irrational and wasteful use of scarce government resources,” he remarked. Reacting to the President’s expression of perplexity over views that related the DAP to the similarly controversial Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), Africa said that it is irrational for public funds to be spent according to the whims of individual politicians whether the President, senators, representatives or other officials. “Such decentralized decisions will tend to be parochial, misguided, based on incomplete information and even self-serving,” he continued. In his FOCAP speech, Aquino said that legislators’ projects made up “a mere nine percent of the entire program.” Relatedly, Africa said

that the DAP, with a reported release of Php137.3 billion in 2011 and 2012, is an instance of Presidential pork barrel and abuse of executive power, as 90 percent of the fund was spent on projects identified merely by the president and not, as with the national budget, by Congress. “All forms and mechanisms of Presidential pork barrel that are vulnerable to use and abuse for patronage purposes are untenable and should be discontinued,” Africa stressed. These include off-budget accounts such as the Malampaya Fund, President’s Social Fund, and Motor Vehicle Users’ Charge, vague lumpsum special purpose funds and regular budget items in the national budget, unprogrammed funds, and executive powers of impoundment and realignment. These have been estimated from anywhere between Php500 billion to over Php1 trillion annually, including those in Pres. Aquino’s proposed 2014 budget.

Tear down these walls THINK a minute. A famous man and woman who were neighbors were always arguing. They just could not get along with each other. One day the woman said to the man: “Sir, if you were my husband, I’d give you poison!” The man quickly answered: “Madam, if you were my wife, I’d take it!” You know, the greatest problems in the world always have been and always will be problems between people. Just look at our own family and extended family. Is everyone getting along all the time? How about in your village or neighborhood, your school, or your workplace? Did you know that the beautiful “paradise” islands of the Pacific have some of

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst the highest suicide rates in the world? But why? Because there is no peace in paradise! Instead, there are walls of hurt and hate built up between people: between parents and children, between husbands and wives, between different races and cultures. All over the world there is trouble and problems between people! Many people are hurting, hoping someday to finally have real peace. But even if everyone

was given lots of money and a high-paying job, the best education, and a great government, we’d still have problems because of the walls between people—walls of pride and prejudice, walls of hurt, mistrust, jealousy, and unforgiveness. And it’s into this kind of world with this big problem that God the Son came to bring peace, and tear down these walls between people. But before we can have real peace and truly love without conditions our children,

our wife or husband, our neighbors, as well as people of other races and cultures, we ourselves must first be loved that way by someone else and experience that kind of love. That’s exactly what Jesus Christ came to do: to love us. He came to accept and forgive us for all our wrongs, so we could finally be reunited in true peace with our Maker. You see, it’s only then that we can also live in peace with the other people in our life. So today, won’t you ask Jesus to forgive you for all your wrongs and to take charge of your heart everyday? Then He can start changing your life and relationships so you’ll finally have real peace with the people in your life. Just Think a Minute.


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Biblical reflection Bro. Edcel L. Closas

Saints

Special Gospel of the day: Matthew10:713(November1, 2013-Friday) Matthew 10:7-13-And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Nor scrip for [your] journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you:

Winners... from page 3

3rd place, all from Department of Education, Division of Ozamiz City. Meanwhile, Ayano said the content questions were based on the Consumer Act of the Philippines (Republic Act (RA) No. 7394), Price Act (RA 7581) other Fair Trade Laws, Motorcycle Helmet Law (RA10054), Standards Law (RA 4019) and DTI Administrative Order No. 03, s. 2005 (Guidelines on Granting Special Discounts and Special Programs for Senior Citizens). The conduct of questioning was done in English, with 20 questions, 10 of which were easy, and the other 10, average/difficult that were given one (1) point and two (2) points, respectively for every correct answer, Ayano added. (RCA/PIA10-Misamis Occidental)

Award... from page 3

Oriental said these businesses are compliant to the fair trade laws such as price tag, standard, discounts to senior citizens, and many others. “They also have a consumer welfare desk which immediately attends to the concerns of the customers. They have good employeremployee relationship and have corporate social responsibility,” she said. The Bagwis Award ceremony is part of the DTI’s set of activities in celebration of Consumer Welfare this month. (JMOR/PIA10)

Denial... from page 4

World to the dead? 1 Peter 4:6 gives us the reason: “For this was the reason why the good news of Jesus was given even to the dead, so that while they might be judged as men in the flesh, they might be living before God in the spirit...” -oooOLD TESTAMENT BASIS FOR PREACHING TO THE DEAD: There is a basis for this assertion about preaching to the dead made by the New Testament,

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particularly in 1 Peter 3:1820 and 1 Peter 4:6, in the Old Testament, specially in the Book of Isaiah. The particular chapter of Isaiah on preaching to the dead is found in its Chapter 37, where God commanded Isaiah to preach to the bones of the dead. Let us quote some of these parts of Isaiah 37: “The hand of The Lord had been on me, and he took me out in the spirit of the Lord and put me down in the middle of the valley, and it was full of bones. And he made me go past them round about; and I saw that there was a very great number of them on the face of the side valley, and they were very dry. “And he said to me, Son of man, is it possible for these bones to come to life? And I made answer, and said, It is for you to say, O Lord. And again he said to me, Be a prophet to these bones and say to them, O you dry bones, give ear to the word of the Lord. This is what the Lord has said to the bones: See, I will make breath come into you so that you may come to life... “So I gave the word as I was ordered: and at my words there was a shaking of the earth... and breath came into them, and they came to life and got up on their feet, a very great army...” I praise God for this understanding! -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com, mmauriciojr111@gmail.com

Cemetery... from page 2

Manila Bay on Dec. 31, 2008. Of the dolphins however, the weightiest was a 500-kilogram Rissos dolphin (Grampus griseus) found dead in the coastal area in Barangay Tiblong in adjacent , San Fabian town on July 18, 2000. The smallest of these was a Spinner dolphin (Stenella longilostris) that weighed two kilograms y found on

In our Gospel, Jesus instructed His disciples to preach the gospel of God. Romans 1:16-For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.But we must bear in mind that there are two kinds of preaching, verbal and non verbal preaching. What is the difference of these kinds of preaching? “Verbal” is using our mouth to speak, while “non verbal” is preaching through our “good deeds” to become “living saints.” This is a concrete proof that all human beings can preach the words of God either of the two ways. How about you, in what way you can preach? Romans 12:6-8-Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, [let us wait] on [our] ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, [let him do it] with simplicity. These are the gifts from God and we are “encouraged to share this for the sake of others.”1 Timothy 4:16-Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee: SPONSORED:Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:00 PM - Sunday: #09284149490-09266607505: Question – Prayer request March 8, 2000 in the coastal area in Barangay Sabangan, Dagupan City. Rosario confessed that he set up the fish cemetery in February 1999 when he needed to find a place to dispose of the body of a giant sperm whale which he later named Moby Dick after a popular movie of the brought to the center by BFAR Manila. The dead mammal, 320 centimeters in length and weighed 1.2 tons , was collected in Malabon City, Metro Manila and because of its size. It was brought to Dagupan on a long trailer truck and a crane was used to bring down the body of the mammal and unto a newly dug hole. After Moby Dick, a dwarf sperm whale (Kogia simus), about 1.8 meters long, was found in Pangapisan, Lingayen, Pangasinan and was brought to the cemetery for burial on May 8, 2005. Then, there was a whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) found in Manila Bay on Oct. 29, 2009 measuring 17 feet long and weighing two tons was also brought there by BFAR . Rosario said a giant sea turtle “Red Tape” (Dermochelys coriacea) that was collected in Bugallon, Pangasinan in November 2002 that measured 84 centimeters and a green sea turtle (Chelona mydas) collected in Nibaliw, San Fabian, Pangasinan on Sept. 23, 2012 and weighed about 70 kilograms were also buried. Before these sea creatures were buried, their species, weight and other measurements were carefully taken and also autopsied to determine the proximate cause of their death. All these data are listed in the tombstones especially made for them. Dr. Rosario said they thought of putting the fish cemetery to put across the message on the urgent need to extend maximum protection on all the endangered fish species, such as in the case of the dead “Moby Dick”, that are part of biodiversity in the oceans.

He confessed that since the fish cemetery was put up , there were fewer reports on sea mammals being harmed or slaughtered to serve as food or their body fat turned into materials used in making candles. “Burying the remains of protected fish species will remind a person that selling and eating their meat is a crime and not tolerated by the government,” Rosario said, citing a specific law enacted by Congress. He added that the cemetery institutionalizes human respect for animal species that contribute to the balance of aquatic environment but selfishly abused by humans. Incidentally, the fish cemetery is the most popular spot in the NIFTDC, which also includes among others the Asian Fishery Academy as well as the RP-Korean Seafood Processing Plant. (PNA)

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from page 2 and various medical dental services of Rotary Club for Muslim and Christian indigents in the city. Fontanilla said the group was saddened by the continued captivity of Khemani which he said is weak due to health reasons. The Indian trader owns a chain of department stores in Cotabato City, Kabacan, North Cotabato and Kidapawan City. His security guard was killed and another was hurt when they attempted to prevent the abduction, according to Senior Supt. Rolen Balquin, city police chief. Mayor Japal Guiani Jr. has already appealed to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to help facilitate Khemani’s release since he was being kept in an area known to be area of operation of the rebel group. The MILF is talking peace with the government, which among others, vowed to indict lawless elements and kidnappers seeking refuge in MILF held areas. Balquin said police investigators have clues on the identities of the kidnappers but declined to reveal names pending validation by investigators and intelligence operatives. No ransom has been raised and the group claimed responsibility for abducting the Indian trader. philippine news agency

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CIDG to file charges vs Davao ‘ukay’ importer

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Region 12 is set to file illegal importation charges against a Davao City-based trading company over the recovery of around P1-million worth of imported used clothing or “ukay-ukay” from a seized container shipment consigned to the firm. Senior Supt. Manuel Cornel, CIDG-12 director, said Thursday they found the illegal items during the opening and inspection at the Makar port here on Wednesday afternoon of a 40-foot container van from Singapore that they seized along the national highway two weeks ago. He said they opened the container van along with personnel from the Bureau of Customs (BoC) by destroying the padlocks. “As we had suspected, it contained imported used clothing instead of just blankets and comforters as cited in the customs declaration,” the police official said.

Operatives from the CIDG and the police highway patrol group held the container van last Oct. 20 while it was being moved aboard a carrier truck along the national highway in Barangay Labangal. The carrier truck has just left the Makar port compound when it was apprehended on suspicions that it was carrying some illegal items or contraband. Cornel said an informant initially tipped them that the shipment, which was consigned to the We Pick Me Marketing based in Davao City, supposedly contained illegally imported “ukay-ukay.” He said they held the container van at the CIDG regional headquarters at the Camp Fermin Lira for about a week but later decided to transfer it to the custody of the BoC. At around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Cornel said they jointly opened the container van and initially found several sacks containing blankets and comforters as cited in its

declaration. But he said they later found around 10 large sacks hidden in the inner layers of the van that contained imported used clothing. “The bulk of the shipment was actually the used clothing and not the declared blankets,” said Cornel, who initially placed the value of the illegal items at P1 million. The official said they are now preparing to file charges against the shipment’s owner for violation of Sections 3601 and 3602 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines. Section 3601 of the code refers to the unlawful importation or smuggling of any article while S ection 3602 cites the violation on the shipment and attempts for the entry of imported or exported articles by means of any false or fraudulent invoice, declaration, affidavit, letter, paper and false statements. He said the consignee also violated the provisions of Republic Act 4653

that declared as a national policy the prohibition on the “commercial importation of textile articles commonly known as used clothing and rags” to “safeguard the health of the people and maintain the dignity of the nation.” “We’re giving special attention on the entr y of these illegal products because many legitimate businessmen have been complaining of the undue competition brought by the proliferation of ukayukay stores in the area,” Cornel said. Lawyer Aniceto Sanchez, deputy port collector of the BoC, said they agreed to open and inspect the contents of the container van after the consignee consented to them. He said the recovered imported used clothing will immediately be subjected to a warrant of seizure and detention. But Sanchez said the other items, specifically the declared blankets, will be released to the trading company. (MindaNews)

DILG Tagum aims for smooth transition in barangays TAGUM CITY , Davao del Norte —The City Interior and Local Government headed by Director Eliza P. Mendoza gathered the 23 re-elected and the newlyelected barangay captains of Tagum City in its goal of smooth transition in the barangay government last October 30, 2013 at Big 8 Corporate Hotel. Such meeting was in accordance with DILG Memorandum Circular 2013-115 which sought the smooth turn-over of power in the barangay government following the recently-concluded barangay elections. On the other hand, the Local Government of Tagum headed by City Mayor Allan L. Rellon personally congratulated the newly elected and reelected Barangay Captains during the meeting, saying that these leaders will be his working buddies in bringing the city into much greater heights. Mayor Rellon said he is excited to work with them under his administration and to advance the cause of the local government under his flagship agenda

aptly coined as EAGLE WINGS Program. Per COMELEC’s official proclamation, the new set of barangay captains are as follows: Prospero Estabillo, Jr. (Magugpo Poblacion), Ian Neo (Magugpo East), Renante Robles (Magugpo North), Jan Dmitri Sator (Magugpo South), Bryan Kim Samuel Angoy (Apokon), Niño Cutin (Magugpo West), Osias Maug, Jr. (Bincungan), Bienvenido Lagmay, Jr. (Busaon), Rosalie Arias Edig (Canocotan), Arthur Ansale (Cuambogan), Rudy Corpuz (La Filipina), Edwin Ballesteros (Liboganon), Leo Uy (Madaum), Ma. Teresa Reambonanza (Magdum), Rex Jasper Aala (Mankilam), Dionisio Suico ( New Balamban), Wellie Arcayna (Nueva Fuerza), Silverio Quioradero (Pagsabangan), Harrison Collados (Pandapan), Norlyn Oring (San Augustin), Rodito Pielago (San Isidro), Vilma Rivera (San Miguel) and Dionisio Labastida (Visayan Village). (Gleiza Delgado/Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum)

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Happy 58 Birthday

Brother EDUARDO V. MANALO Executive Minister of Iglesia Ni Cristo Greetings from:

Vice Governor JOEY G. PELAEZ Abing I. Bernaldez Bing F. Dumadag Benedict P. Lagbas Enteng K.Pelaez Dandan N. Chan(PCL)

Geronimo Z. Lagbas(SK)

and Board Members

Gagay J. Acain Boris H. Actub Enan V. Emano Nancy S. Madjos Loloy S. Mugot Jun S. Kho Jr.(ABC)


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Group Co. Ltd., a leading boiler manufacturer in China. NEPC China has installed a total capacity of 41,607 MW worldwide and is a member of the China Energy Engineering Group Co. Ltd., one of the biggest conglomerates in China dealing with power generation and related infrastructure. EEI Corporation is the Philippines’ most reliable construction company in the international market. The company has won major contracts for large-scale industrial projects including petroleum refineries, power plants, and industrial installations in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Algeria, Libya, Brunei, Qatar, Malaysia, and recently, New Caledonia in the Pacific. The 405 MW power plant will be constructed within the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental. The plant shall be connected to the Mindanao Grid and is expected to deliver much needed power to the region by early 2016.

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in his speach said that he is very saddened with the negative actuation by his detractor for the coming in of this mining company in his premises engaging small scale mining activity where many implies it as destructive activity to our Environment but it’s totally “NOT” according to him as per classification under “Mining Act” as small scale mining, a non destructive activity wherein the Mines and Geo Science Bureau of DENR imposes “Responsible Mining” to any firm engaging such. “We have National Law to Comply with, and we in the Local Government unit cannot break such National Law” and the fact that its the Provincial Government of Bukidnon who is the approving body of any small scale Mining permittee, Okinlay explain during an exclusive interview. Highlighting the activity is the Induction of Kibunton Integrated School officiated by the Mayor and witnessed by Mr. Noel Canaway and Ms. Lou Marinez of NGCP, CENRO Ferdinand Sagulo and CENRO Felix Mirasol of DENR, Mr. Kenneth kho of New Jin Hua Mining Corporation and SB members Miguel Jitgano, Demokrito Okinlay, Harry Pad-ay and Julia Okinlay. Kidunton Integrated School solicited some Materials and Projects and now given and turned it over to them by New Jian Hua Mining such as Drum and Bugle Set, Grass Cutter/ Mower and hundreds of Kiddie Chairs as part of the Tripartite activity. Meanwhile, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was also done during the

said activity for an Establishment of Nursery for seedling production for public distribution as support of the said mining firm to the “National Greening Program” of the government with an Establishment of a Tree Plantation in three settings. New Jian Hua Mining Corporation has also engage in “Tree Planting” activities where they already Planted almost 10,000 seedlings from August to present this year,and has planted before in year 2006-2007 a total of more or less 30,000 seedling trees in any variance. These projects indulge by New Jian Hua in comliance with the imposition of the Local Government Unit of Impasug-ong under the Leadership of its Local Executive Mario Okinlay which is very strict on any Environmental Compliance in accordance with the National Law. Due to its Environmental Protection and Preservation Program,Okinlay already approved a budget of 50 Million Pesos for Rubber Plantation and as part also of their Livelihood Projects aside from the CPR imposition mandated by the National Government,”its just hitting two birds in one stone”,Okinlay explained. The whole day affair was a very successful and heartwarming event where student of respective recipient schools was in a gest of joy, waving visitors with their flagleats, while some kids and teachers are embracing the mayor and more are shouting with joy, some teachers also was very emotional as well with the benefits they receive from the said donated projects. (Advertorial)

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constitute an election. Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno, who was the guest of honor, in his “Message of Support” said he is very much at home with the business sector, where he recognizes the importance of partnership and CDO’s important role to lead Northern Mindanao. “Important because we occupy an important position in the country. We are at the center. We must provide that leadership even if it’s difficult… not for us, but for the community,” Mayor Moreno said. “As the region benefits, Cagayan de Oro benefits. Let’s expand our wings,” Mayor Moreno told businessmen who attended the affair, even as he said that the city’s dependence on the Internal revenue Allotment (IRA) should go down to 40 percent from the current 50 percent. “Others have gone down to 30 percent,” Mayor Moreno said, citing the ideal dependence on IRA should not be more than 20 percent. Prior to the election, Oro Chamber incumbent President Efren Uy presented his

News 3rd Quarter Performance Report, which aligns with the anniversary theme, “Working Strong Amidst Onerous Challenges.” Uy’s report has touched on Membership Growth and Advocacy Policy, among others. Uy said 52% of the year’s target of 60 new members has been accomplished as of the 3rd Quarter. As for Policy Advocacy, the Oro Chamber has been busy diffusing the impact of the July bombing of Limketkai Center through dialogues with the Embassies, the Philippine National Police, Army and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency. “Other than energ y concerns, we were busy in helping diffuse the impact of the July bombing. We tried convincing partner embassies and foreign organizations based in Manila and Cebu to spare our city and region from the negative list. We dialogued with the Philippine National Police and the (Philippine) Army to ensure that no second explosion will happen in the area, especially during the city fiesta celebration and the October Orobest Expo,” Uy said. “Thank God, we conc lu d e d t h e t h re e - d ay Orobest Expo safe and sound,” Uy added. “O u r a d vo c a c y for the implementation of the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market in Mindanao (WESM) has been favorably heard,” Uy said. He said the Interim Mindanao Electricity Market (IMEM) started operation last Sept. 26. Nevertheless, this resulted in higher energy rates with a floor price at P9.00 per kwh and a ceiling price of P36.00 per kwh. “And so, we are asking the Department of Energy to fast-track the approval of all pending power-generating projects, especially on renewables to have available power that can be traded through IMEM to lower the rates. Still on Advocacy Policy, Uy said Oro Chamber’s campaign for the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to extend the validity of the use of the old receipts favored many members as BIR approved the extension from June to August and a bonus until today, October 31, 2013, for companies having authority to print (ATP) dated January 2013 and onwards. On enhancing the city’s competitiveness, Uy reiterates CDO being adjudged as the “Most Competitive City in the Philippines” by the National Competitiveness Council. “This is a big achievement of our city government, thanks to Mayor Oca (Oscar Moreno) and his team. There is also a high probability that our city will be the first city outside Manila to be connected to the Philippine Business

Registry, which lodged at the Department of Trade and Industry. This will make our business licensing and permitting even more efficient,” Uy reported. Uy said Oro Chamber’s next advocacy is to enhance the ease of doing business in the city by standardizing the fees of barangay clearances issued by the 80 barangays, so businessmen will no longer complain of some barangays, charging fees more than the Mayor’s Permit’s. “Hence, we are thinking of asking the city to embed the barangay clearance fees in the Mayor’s Permit fee or in the business fee assessment and process the same to the concerned barangay on a quarterly basis. We will also work for the standardization of the composition of the Joint Inspection Team (JIT) as well as training the JIT members on the proper way of monitoring compliances of business. Also, Uy reported that last Sept. 21, the Oro Chamber supported the city government’s half-day Clean Up Drive in celebration of the International Coastal Clean Up Day by mobilizing member schools and companies. On the aspect of Strengthening Member – Companies, Uy reported to the members present that two major events were implemented this quarter, as follows: Orobest Expo 2013 and the 2nd Cagayan de Oro Business Conference. “Furthermore, we implemented the following significant training activities and for a: Productivity Enhancement and GainSharing Forum with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office 10 and RTWPB last July 18, aimed at helping member-companies attain desired productivity levels,” Uy said in his report. Aside from these, Uy said an accounting for nonaccountants training was also held July 19, 2013; economic briefing with Dr. Bernardo Villegas of UA&P last July 22, Personnel Performance Management System Training last Aug. 1 and 2 to strengthen member-companies’ Personnel Performance Evaluation Systems. Finally, Uy reported about the Family Focused Discussion held last Sept. 28, to help family-owned business attain sustainability while maintaining family unity. The affair also paved the way for the new Oro Chamber members’ induction.

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