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Oro enacts ordinance to fortify city’s environmental campaign Volume II, No. 6

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80% of corals in Siargao lost to blast fishing

AGAYAN de Oro City - The City Council would tackle the proposal to share part of collection derived from the “Ecobag Law” in order to strengthen the city’s environmental protection campaign, City Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas said on Thursday.

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DAPA, Surigao del Norte - Eighty percent of the corals in the island of Siargao including Bucas Grande have been totally destroyed mainly by destructive fishing. Giani Grifoni, SwissItalian National, a marine biologist and ecologist who have been living in the island for four years said blamed the destruction on dynamite fishing. He said he has many underwater pictures to show how massive the destruction of the marine environment See COrals, page 11

STEAG ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH CAMP - Fifty (50) youth leaders in Misamis Oriental marked this year’s earth-day commemoration by participating in a two-day Mapawa Environmental Youth Camp held recently at the Mapawa Nature Park in Brgy. Cugman, this city. Now on its 10th year, the annual event seeks to instil the value of environmental responsibility especially among the youth amidst mounting concerns of environmental degradation. More than 500 young leaders in Northern Mindanao have participated in the program since 2004. Mapawa is also the site of Steag’s 1,200 hectare reforestation and carbon sink project. Jointly organized by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and energy-firm STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI), the annual event is part of a continuing advocacy to help protect mother earth. (Photo Supplied)

He said that City Councilor Prexy Elipe, erstwhile head of the city council’s Committee on Environment, has proposed that the P 1.00 fee imposed on customers for plastic bags in malls be used to fund the city’s Payment for Eco Services (PES) project. City Ordinance No. 12440 regulates the distribution of single-use plastic carryout bags and requires See ordinance, page 11

Pact to reforest 3,000 hectare land forged CAGAYAN de Oro City Officials of the state-run university and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has forged an agreement to reforest 3,000 hectare

land here. The officials signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Thursday identifying six hinterland villages in Cagayan De Oro City as site of the reforesta-

tion project. The six mountain villages are Dansolihon, Pigsag-an, Taglimao, Tagpangi, Tuburan, and Tumpagon, all of Cagayan De Oro City. Site assessments that

involve surveying, mapping, and planning are among the most important activities of the project. During the MOA signing, Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras, See forged, page 11

COWD CDO, DENR signed agreement on assures bamboo plantation, agro-forestry water supply Cagayan de Oro City - The City Government of Cagayan remains de Oro through City Mayor Oscar Moreno entered into a potable Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Director Ruth Tawantawan, Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) OIC Director Portia Lapitan, Pagatpat Barangay Chairman Achilles Jude Babaran and

CAGAYAN de Oro City The Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) assures its concessionaires that the water flowing from their faucets is clean, potable, and safe for drinking.

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The DENR 10 is implementing the reforestation of 3,000 hectares of public land in Cagayan de Oro City under Republic Act No. 10452 authored by Representatives Rufus B. Rodriguez (not in photo) of the 2nd district of Cagayan de Oro) and Maximo B. Rodriguez, Jr. (left) of Abante Mindanao (ABAMIN) party list. Rep. Maximo B. Rodriguez, Jr. beams with pride as Dr. Edgardo Rotoras (center), president of Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) and DENR Provincial Officer of Misamis Oriental Edgardo Callanta (right) signify their partnership and commitment to undertake site assessment. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez was represented by his wife, Fenina T. Rodriguez (not in photo) during the program at MUST on April 11. Congressman Rolando “Klarex” A. Uy (1st district of Cagayan de Oro also supports the reforestation project, which is a response to typhoon “Sendong” calamity in 2011. (Photo Supplied)

Greater public participation in environment protection urged The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has called for greater public participation in environmental protection to combat climate

change that aggravates the impacts of natural calamities like super typhoon Yolanda. In its “State of the Philippine Environment” report made known during the

celebration of the Earth Day, the DENR said that while progress is being made, much more needs to be done to protect the environment and mitigate the impacts of

climate change. “We have done much. But there is still much more to be done,” DENR Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio Jr. said in a speech at the

Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City, where the Earth Day celebration this year was held. Ignacio said the government formulates various

policies for environmental protection but these turn out to be successful if there is active participation by the general public. See public, page 11

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Despite the Department of Education’s (DepEd) formal launching of the K+12 program for schools this year, the formal implementation and recognition of K+12 in the educational structure has yet to materialize. Until the legislative signs the K+12 Bill into law, educational institutions around the country still have time to plan exactly how to adjust. As part of the worldwide change of K+12, Region 10 is also undergoing a major renovation to cope up with education systems world-

wide, starting with the K-12 sector. This change to domestic education policy has far-reaching consequences and is important for international educational institutions to consider when looking for potential new young employees. Region 10, Division School Superintendent, Ms. Cherry Mae Limbaco quoted, “Because it is now passed as one of our Laws here in the Philippines. We have no choice but to implement it here in our region. We give

massive mass trainings to teachers who’ll teach subjects on K+12. We deploy them to major training grounds like Cebu City and Metro Manila. We equipped them to be better teachers.” The goal of the new curriculum is to give Filipino students enough time to master skills and concepts so that they are ready for tertiary education when the time comes. “It’s basically good that it is implemented because we’re the only Asian country who doesn’t have this kind of curriculum. It prepares

students to be skillful and job ready.” Ms. Limbaco said. On the K+12, it calls for a re-introduction of vocational and technical education in high schools, which has been designed to give students practical skills to gain employment after graduation. The new curriculum is attacking the high youth unemployment rate in the Philippines, which k+12 is referring to. “There’s no changes at all. The old and new curriculum is likely the same.

The only difference is that records are now kept on online programs and teachers were given certain minutes and number of hours to teach. Grading system also now varies on per subjects since the new curriculum is under the spiral approach.” she added. Spiral Approach offers basic education but caters integrated way of learning for it teaches subjects from the higher year levels to the lower ones. The curriculum will enable students to acquire Certificates of Competency

and National Certifications. This will be in accordance to TESDA training regulations. “Kind of confusing because here in our school we don’t have enough facilities to assist the senior year. So, we need to transfer to another school for our senior year. It’s a big hassle for us and I’m not giving my big thumbs up for this law.” said one of the Grade 8 students of Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHSs). The Senior Year will allow graduates to have See k+12, page 11

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DPWH bares ongoing infra projects in CdeO CAGAYAN de Oro City - The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-10) submitted to the City Council committee on public works the list of projects being implemented in the city as of March 2014. Based on the status report submitted by Officer In Charge-Assistant Regional Director Efren Berba, ongo-

ing projects are: paved to paved access road leading to Dao Heritage Tree and Mapawa Nature Park in Cugman, gravel to paved construction of coastal road including road right-of-way, road opening construction of coastal road. The list includes the construction of flood control works (flood wall) along

Cagayan de Oro River (Cathedral Section), retrofitting/rehabilitation/ strengthening J.R. Borja Bridge and widening of Sayre Highway, PuertoAlae Section including road right-of-way. Meanwhile, the gravel to paved road concreting and improvement of the drainage structure along

Berjaya Resettlement Area Phase II in Camaman-an is already complete, according to the report. According to the DPWH official, the submission of the report to the committee is in line with the agency’s policy of close collaboration and coordination with the city government. (JBD/ CdeOSP/PIA)

DILG X conducts orientation workshop for feasibility study of SALINTUBIG beneficiaries CAGAYAN de Oro City - The Office of Project Development Services (OPDS) through the Water Supply and Sanitation Unit (WSSU), in coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 10 will conduct an Orientation Workshop on Project Feasibility Study Preparation for water supply projects of the beneficiary municipalities of Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG) program for Regions 10 and 11. This will be held at Hotel Koresco, Lumbia Road, this city on April 28-30, 2014. The activity aims to increase the knowledge and skills of the municipal

functionaries in preparing feasibility study/ project proposals with the end view of providing enhanced access to potable water supply by the people in the areas. The main objectives of this activity are to: (1) it intends to orient the target local government units (LGUs) on the Salient Features and Fundamental Framework of the SALINTUBIG Approach, Duties and Responsibilities of the LGUs in the implementation of Potable Water Supply Facilities; (2) enhance the technical capabilities of the participants in the formulation of simplified projects feasibility study, detailed engineering design (DED), as well as in

the preparation of other documentary requirements as bases for availing financial assistance for basic local infrastructures under the SALINTUBIG – Waterless Program. Resource speakers will discuss topics such as Understanding the Challenges of the Local Watsan Governance, Overview of the SALINTUBIG Program and Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Planning. A total of 10 municipalities are invited from the provinces of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte and Davao del Sur. Municipal Planning and

Development Coordinators, Municipal Engineers and Municipal Local Government Operations Officers are expected to attend the said activity. SALINTUBIG is a project of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), designed to provide water supply systems to waterless municipalities, barangays, health centers, resettlement sites. It also aims to enhance the capacity of LGUs and water service providers in the planning, implementation and operation of water supply facilities.


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PPI Marks 50th Year with Two-Day Fete

The Philippine Press Institute, also known as the association of Philippine newspapers, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a two-day commemorative event slated to unfold on May 1 at the Traders Hotel in Manila. Former President Fidel V. Ramos will be the keynote speaker for the 18the season of the Civic Journalism Community Press Awards. Dubbed “PPI@50 and

Beyond,” this year’s PPI golden anniversary theme calls to mind the national newspaper association’s collective and individual feats as well as the enormous challenges facing the Philippine press. The spate of journalist killings that continues to alarm both local and international media groups and human rights advocates, newspaper viability in the increasingly digital era, the much-anticipated passage of

the long-overdue Freedom of Information bill, and poor media compensation and working conditions alongside the need to professionalize the journalists ranks are some of the issues that continue to hound members of the press, particularly those working in communities. “As PPI head for the past 12 months or so, I’ve had the privilege of touching base with some media colleagues all over the country,” says PPI

Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano pins a medal on police awardees of the regional investigation and detective management division-Police Regional Office 10 for their outstanding investigative works which resulted to the seizure of illegal drugs, arrest of pushers and users, arrest of violators of RA 9262 or the Anti-violence against women and their children act of 2004, and most wanted persons in Northern Mindanao. Emano pledges to gift P5,000 each awardee; two of whom are from Misamis Oriental.

chairman-president Atty. Jesus Dureza. Yet, the concurrent Mindanao Times publisher has also seen “that the challenges affecting the media have remained the same.” It is against this backdrop that the PPI marks “its halfcentury milestone, mindful that the Philippine press must continue to perform its role in upholding press freedom and providing the public with verified, accurate and truthful information that is so vital to democracy,” says the newspaper association in a statement. Toward this end, the PPI has forged strategic partnerships (and strengthened existing ones) with select development and corporate institutions to implement vital media projects in the coming months. The PPI’s upcoming initiatives resulting from these partnerships will be formally launched during its 50th anniversary celebration. It is also set to begin this year the promotion of the organization of regional press councils as public redress mechanisms. 2013 Civic Journalism Awards While the PPI is well aware of the issues confronting the media, particularly at the community level, it continues to recognize the outstanding contributions of the community press to the reconstruction of public life

where ordinary folk have a strong voice in local affairs. The Civic Journalism Community Press Awards, launched in 1996 and conferred annually on outstanding community newspapers, will be one of the highlights of the upcoming PPI anniversary celebration. The PPI’s institutional partnership, initially with Konrad Adenauer Foundation and currently with Coca-Cola Philippines, has made this undertaking possible. This year’s awards program will see daily and weekly newspaper finalists from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao vying for the coveted top prize in each of the following categories: Best Reporting on Disasters (Special Coke Bayanihan Award) Best in Culture, Arts and History Reporting Best in Photojournalism Best in Environmental Reporting Best in Business and Economic Reporting Best Editorial Page Best Edited Paper The finalists are: (Daily) Sun.Star Baguio, Sun.Star Cebu, Cebu Daily News, The Visayan Daily Star, Edge Davao, Sun.Star Davao, Mindanao Gold Star Daily, (Weekly) Baguio Chronicle, Baguio Midland Courier, Mabuhay, The Bohol Chronicle, Metro Post, The Mindanao Cross

and BusinessWeek Mindanao. The criteria for judging include how the competing newspapers served as catalyst for community action during the year under review (2013) and coverage of issues that are relevant to community life and aspirations. Finalists will receive Plaques of Merit. Winners will receive cash prizes and special trophies The two-day event will also mark this year’s annual PPI members’ assembly, which will bring together representatives from least 50 newspaper members from across the country. The annual membership meeting and launch of new partnership programs with Holcim Philippines, Plan International, Coca-Cola FEMSA, Nickel Asia Corporation and Eon will take place on May 2, the culmination of the two-day PPI golden anniversary gathering. The 50th Anniversary is being supported by Coca-Cola Philippines as principal partner, Malaya, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, The Philippine Star, Journal Group, and BusinessWorld. It is sponsored in part by Nickel Asia Corporation, PLDT, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Metrobank Foundation, First Philippine Holdings Corporation, SM Investments, PhilHealth, UNILAB, SM Retail, Land Bank of the Philippines, and Traders Hotel Manila.


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Blind Special Gospel of the day: Luke12:5459(April26, 2014-Saturday) Luke 12:54-59And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when [ye see] the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. [Ye] hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time? Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, [as thou art] in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into “prison.” I tell thee, thou shall not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite: Jesus criticized the people for being blind to the presence of Jesus in their midst. In John9:1-2there is really “physically blind” but on the other side, there is also

“blind spiritually.” In Mark 8:17-when Jesus knew [it], he said unto them, why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Are you blind? Jesus reminds us to open our eyes for the truth. In Hebrews 12:2-looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Look at Jesus Christ in your hearts since He is dwelling but not recognized: P r i n t i n g p a i d b y : Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhDTony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-11883:30 PM - Sunday: #0928414949009266607505: Question – Prayer request: Please follow me “WORD ON FIRE” on CCTN channel 12-CDO @ 10 PM- Mondays and Tuesday @ 3:30 PM. God loves you!!!

PPI@50 and Beyond The Philippine Press Institute quietly marks its golden anniversary with the conferment of the annual media awards, the holding of its annual assembly and other events in Metro Manila. Former President Fidel V. Ramos will be keynote speaker with this year’s golden theme “@50 and Beyond”. The theme has added significance because what lie “beyond” this celebratory milestone are real challenges that the Philippine press still must face. It has to deal with issues on credibility , media killings, legislative advocacies, search for capacities and working workers, mechanisms justice, press freedom, conditions of media of redress, internal dis-

cipline and viability, among others. And decidedly, the bigger challenge today is the emerging dominance of cyberspace as a faster platform for information and views. It is in this environment that PPI is marking its half-century milestone mindful that the Philippine press must continue and remain to do its role in upholding press freedom and provide the public with verified, accurate and truthful information that is vital to democracy. So while we celebrate, we are also burdened by the thought that there is much yet to be done “@50 and Beyond”.

The unlocked door Think a minute… This is a true stor y about a young lady who got so tired of living with her strict parents that she ran away from home. But she soon found out that life was not easy on her own. She couldn’t find a job, and it didn’t take long for her friends to get sick of her living off of their kindness so they kicked her out. Well, this young 19-year-old girl got so desperate she decided to start making money by becoming a prostitute. Years passed. Her father died. Her mother grew older. And the daughter’s life just got worse and terribly unhappy. But she still would not write or go home to see her mother. One day the mother heard that her daughter was seen in a certain part of town, so she went there

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst looking for her daughter. She went to every store and cheap hotel asking to put a picture on their walls. It was a picture of herself, now a gray-haired woman. Beside her picture was this message to her daughter which simply said: “I still love you! Please come home!” Months went by and nothing happened. Then one day the daughter who was now very skinny and sick wandered into one of those hotels. You can imagine how shocked she

was to see her mother’s picture on the wall of that dirty, cheap hotel. As she read her mother’s message to her she began to cry. That night she started walking the many miles back to her home. It was early in the morning when she finally arrived at the front door of her parent’s house. She began to knock but the door was already open. Afraid that someone had broken into her parent’s house, she ran inside and woke up the sleeping old lady and told her she

had finally come home. Mother and daughter began to cry as they held each other. The daughter said: “I thought someone had broken open the door!” But t he mot her sho ok her head and answered gently: “My dear, from the day you left I’ve kept the door unlocked.” You know, it does not matter to Jesus Christ what wrong things you’ve done or how badly you’ve lived. The moment you decide to turn to Him and ask His forgiveness, He will always accept you and give you another chance. Jesus is the One Who will enable you to start a new life all over again, but this time living His way with Him in charge. He said that’s the only way you’ll ever have real love, peace of mind, and satisfaction that lasts. Just Think a Minute…


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Ben Emata Jr. make business, are afraid. We want to ask help from our lawmakers to frame up new laws to forbid the incidence of major crimes but some of them are incapable because they themselves are enjoying the life with corruptions. I am inclined to believe that if death penalty is restored, it will change the situation. And we should make some amendments in our laws that would make corruption a capital offense specially on the amount that runs to millions of pesos. And politicians who are convicted of plunder should be compelled to sit

on the electric chair. As I look at it, our enforcement of criminal laws is like playing with kids thus our leaders are having a fiesta doing their things. Some of them got into public service as poor individuals but become billionaires in just a few years. This is truly ridiculous and the citizens must act to stop all these shenanigans in public service. What I am more concerned about is the incident of offenses perpetrated by our politicians. This is alarming because some of these people will not attempt to commit it with

little mount involved. Naturally, they will indulge in such business with millions upon millions ofpesos and surely the counry will collapse in a short period. I strongly urge our government to restore the death penalty and let the guilty people sit down on the electric chair to stop once and for all the commission of heinous crimes that involves the property of the state. If only we can show to the public that our government meant business in its enforcement of laws against the powerful and the influential, I am certain things will dramatically change. Another thing I wish would happen is the movement of cases in courts. We have to add more courts and judges to make justice grind faster and dispose of cases that involve public funds in a shorter time. We need the change now, I mean now. (benemata@yahoo.com)


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‘WALK THROUGH THE FOREST’ IN CDO - To fully

appreciate the beauty of nature and the lush, green forest covers of Cagayan de Oro City’s remaining watershed areas, the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office through CLENRO head, Mr. Edwin Dael, spearheaded recently an educational tour dubbed as ‘Walk Through the Forest’ in the mountainous areas of barangay Dansolihon. Environmental advocates from the different national line government agencies,

Manifesto on PH environmental healing signed By Catherine J. Teves

Two parties signed a manifesto on helping heal the country’s environment. Environmental advocate and developmental NGO Philippine Business for Environmental Stewardship (PBEST) and Philex Mining Corporation publicly committed to the undertaking by signing the manifesto, noting the onslaught of weather extremes in the country raised urgency for sustainable management of natural resources nationwide so present and future generations of Filipinos can benefit from such wealth. “We’d like to bridge the gap between business and the environment, policy-makers and civil society,” PBEST Secretary-General Lysander Castillo said on the signing ceremony’s sideline. He noted the business sector has its own resources for promoting environmental stewardship which is essential in healing the environment and achieving inclusive growth. Experts cited onslaught of weather extremes, sea level rise and temperature increase as climate change’s impacts on the Philippines. Among weather extremes that ravaged the country were storm ‘Ondoy’(international name ‘Ketsana’) in 2009 and typhoons ‘Sendong’ (international name ‘Washi’) in 2011, ‘Pablo’ (international name ‘Bopha’) in 2012 and ‘Yolanda’ (internationa l name ‘Haiyan’) in 2013. “Dips in our economic

growth occurred when such weather extremes happened,” PBEST convenor and University of the Philippines professor Carlos Primo David said during the event. He also noted that nearly 6,000 people died from the onslaught of the four weather extremes which likewise resulted in damages estimated at PhP63 billion. “There’ll be more and it’s up to us to manage what’s to come,” he said. Philex assured continuing its environmental stewardship efforts to help protect natural resources from climate change and other threats. “There can be no debate about climate change -- it’s real and we must grapple with how to survive its effects,” Philex senior vice president for corporate affairs Mike Toledo said. Under the manifesto, PBEST and Philex agreed cooperating on development of programs and projects geared toward responsibly harnessing Philippine resources. Both parties also committed being proactive in searching for innovative process and solutions for promoting biodiversity, reducing carbon emissions and increasing supply of green energy. Carbon dioxide emission is among greenhouse gases which experts said trap heat in the atmosphere, increasing temperature. Such temperature increase results in climate change, they warned.

Climate Change Commission (CCC) Vice Chairperson Lucile Sering continued advocating low-emission development nationwide, citing waste management as one means to achieve this. “The solution to a healthy environment is to empower communities and to respect the environment,” she also said at the event. She lauded PBEST and Philex for partnering on healing the environment. Such partnership will help improve the country’s resilience to climate change, she noted. “To be resilient, resources must be provided in a sustainable manner,” she said. Manila Fifth District Rep. Amado Bagatsing assured the House ecology committee he heads will look into environmental stewardship-related proposals that’ll be developed through the PBEST-Philex partnership. “The committee is at your disposal,” he told PBEST and Philex during the event. “We can’t look the other way. We have to do something. Even small steps can be giant steps.” Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) earlier cited forests as capable of sequestering carbon emissions in the atmosphere. DENR is spearheading the National Greening Program -- the government’s biggest reforestation bid so far -- to help address climate change while promoting poverty alleviation, environmental

stability and food security. Toledo said Philex will further plant trees in areas where this company operates to help address climate change and improve conditions there. “We’re close to planting our 10 millionth tree,” he said. He noted Philex already planted some nine million trees in around 4,000 hectares. During the event, DENREnvironmental Management Bureau (EMB) technical officer Carmelita Passe cited the agency’s initiatives on protecting the environment. “Those initiatives include helping LGUs and national government agencies climate-proof respective development plans,” she said. She noted DENR-EMB helped CCC assist several communities in Batanes, Palawan, Bohol, Romblon, Eastern Samar and Surigao del Norte provinces integrate climate change into respective comprehensive land use plans. The communities are pilot areas for the Eco-town Demonstration Framework CCC launched in 2012. CCC said an eco-town is a planning unit composed of municipalities or a group of municipalities located within and around boundaries of critical key biodiversity areas which are at high risk to climate change. The eco-town’s main goal is to build resiliency of communities and ecosystems to climate change’s impacts, CCC added. (PNA) SCS/CJT/SGP

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some City Hall offices, civil society groups and media joined the activity which was highlighted by a ritual performed by Higaonon tribal leaders in the area.The ‘Walk Through the Forest’ is part

of the Earth Day celebration on April 22 and is aimed at inculcating consciousness on environmental protection and preservation, especially the city’s watershed areas. (City Information Office)

DENR-13 bagged 30,000 seedlings for replanting By Eric F. Gallego

Butuan City – The DENR Research personnel in Region 13 headed by Regional Technical Director Ronilo Salac, assisted by dozens of “job order” workers have bagged thousand seeds of premium and diptherocarp species at its Clonal Nursery Center in Barangay Buod in this city to replenish the 30,000 seedlings used in the replanting activities of PENRO Tandag, Surigao del Sur as the nation celebrates the Earth Day festival with the theme “Earth Day every day, everywhere, for everyone” last April 22, 2014. In some parts of the region, Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo led the tree planting ceremony together with the local government officials and other national government agencies and private organizations held at Lantawan Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte. PENRO Roberto Oliveros of Agusan del Sur revisited the sites of the National Greening Program (NGP) in Talacogon and Bayugan to check the progress of the survival of the tree seedlings which were planted in January this year by the members of the Community-Based Forest Management holders. Tamayo also led the tree planting activities together with the field personnel of CENRO San Francisco, Bunawan, Loreto, Talacogon and Bayugan at Mt. Magdiwata in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur. The PENR offices in Surigao City and Dinagat Province and the CENR offices in Lianga, Barobo

and Cantilan in Surigao del Sur have conducted similar tree planting activities in separate locations. On the other hand, the Environment Management Bureau Office Personnel have conducted coastal clean-up at Barangay masao, in Butuan City. In his remark at a simple program, RED Tamayo said “every Filipino must share the responsibility of caring for the environment. We have experienced by the people owing to climate change aggravated by wanton destruction of our forest and natural resources from persons with greed motives and interest” he said. “It is just appropriate for our people to restore the old forest landscape that were destroyed by human activities due to illegal logging, timber poaching and destructive farming methods.” RED Tamayo reiterated the call of DENR Secretary Ramo JP Paje to the people in Caraga Region to be actively involved in the National Greening Program which is seeking to plant 1.5 billion tree seedlings in 1.5 million hectares throughout the country over six years period beginning 2011. He said there are other organization in the region that are now enjoying the fruits of their labor as they expect to earn millions by participating in the NGP. Earth Day is celebrated by over 190 countries worldwide, including the Philippines by virtue of Proclamation No. 553 issued by then President Corazon C. Aquino on April 16, 1990.


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Arising to Fullness of Life Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ, D.D. Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro

Christ has risen! The message of Easter is not only about Christ’s victory over death. It is also a promise – and a task – for all of us to work towards fullness of life. The Easter vigil symbolisms of Light, Word, Water, and Communion touch the various facets of this fullness of life – embracingthe light of our faith; listening to the narratives of the history of our salvation; cleansing ourselves with the waters of baptism; and entering into communion with the Resurrected Christ and with one another. Two recent developments in Philippine society challenge us to continue striving towards this fullness of life. The first was the recent ruling of the Supreme Court on April 8, 2014, on the “Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012.” In unambiguous terms, the Court concluded that “the life of a new human being commences at a scientifically welldefined moment of conception, that is, upon fertilization.” (Decision, p.48) It also reiterated its stand against abortifacients. This is defined by the RH Law itself as “any drug or device that induces abortion, that is, which kills or destroys the fertilized ovum or prevents the fertilized ovum to reach and be implanted in the mother’s womb….”

(Decision, p.51) While declaring the RH Law as “not unconstitutional,” the Supreme Court struck down eight provisions as unconstitutional on the ground that “the State should not use coercive measures (like the penal provision of the RH Law against conscientious objectors)….” (Decision, p.102) It is in this light that our ongoing ministry on Responsible Parenthood and All-Natural Family Planning should be affirmed and strengthened. Our All-NFP program follows four pastoral guidelines that are consonant with much of the Supreme Court’s decision and provides a positive alternative to the RH Law’s focus on contraceptives: (1) We are Pro-Life. We are at the service of life from the moment of conception (i.e., fertilization). We are against abortion as well as abortifacients. These are also proscribed by our Constitution. (2) We are for Responsible Parenthood as our goal. We help parents to be aware of their rights and their duties in the procreation and education of their children until they reach the age of independence. (3) We are for Natural Family Planning as the means, in consonance with the moral teaching of the Church. Our promotion of NFP includes all modern, scientifically-tested NFP

methods as a pastoral imperative. (4)We are for enabling couples to make an Informed and Morally Responsible Choice. This requires values formation and adequate information on all NFP methods to help couples form a right conscience and make an informed choice. With regard to planning their family, “it is the married couples themselves who must in the last analysis arrive at these judgments before God.” (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, 50) The second recent d e v e l o p m e nt , w i t h particular reference to Mindanao, was the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) on March 27, 2014, in Malacanang. In a “Conversations on Peacebuilding in Mindanao” held in Davao City on April 9-10, Catholic bishops and educators viewed the signing with optimism, but also with a renewed commitment to be involved in this quest for peace as our share d resp onsibi l ity. At no other time perhaps has Christ’s resurrection greeting of “Peace be with you” sounded with more immediacy than at this moment. The drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), its passage through Congress, and eventual referendum are still works-in-progress. But for us the call for peace-building starts

now – within ourselves and in our small communities. We can engage in inter- and intra-religious dialogue, peace education in our schools, peace communication through an accurate understanding of the CAB, and participation in the various stages of the drafting and finalization of the BBL. In the spirit of Easter, we can keep in mind Pope Francis’ words: “the message of peace is not about a negotiated settlement but rather the conviction that unity brought about by the spirit can harmonize every diversity.” (EvangeliiGaudium, 230) Acknowledging the tri-people composition of Mindanao, with its diversity of cultures and religious traditions, we are asked to build bridges of dialogue and friendship, with open minds and hearts, and resonate with Pope Francis’ vision: “Diversity is a beautiful thing when it can constantly enter into a process of reconciliation and seal a sort of cultural covenant in a reconciled diversity.” (EG, 230) Building peace and helping form the human family are thus the two challenges for us in promoting the fullness of life. Filled with joy and hope, may the Easter promise bring us closer to the prayer of St. Irenaeus: “Gloria Dei homo vivens” (The glory of God is man fully alive).

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Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Region X, Cagayan de Oro City

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Region X, Cagayan de Oro City

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Region X, Cagayan de Oro City

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MARITES P. AYUMA –Vendor Case No; 2014-10-696 DENNIS M. CUYANO - Vendee

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APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority for issuance of certificate of public convenience to operate TH FRIEGHT TRUCK service on the line ;Within Cagayan de Oro City to any point in Region X With the use of ONE (1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on April 30, 2014, 10;00 A.M. at this Board on which date Applicant(s)Petition(s) shall formally submit his/her evidence. The Applicant(s)/Petitioner(s) shall publish said notice at least FIVE(5) days prior to the date of hearing in the daily newspaper of general circulation in Mindanao Island. Party(ies) opposed to the approval/granting of the application/petition must file his/her/their written opposition with supporting document, unless this Board deems it necessary to require additional document evidence and/or his/her/ their oral testimony(ies). N.B. FAILURE TO APPEAR AT THE SCHEDULED DATE AND TIME OF HEARING SHALL MEAN THE DISMISSAL OF THE APPLICATION/PETITION. WITNESS THE HONORABLE MANDANGAN P. DARIMBANG, CESO V, Regional Director, this 25fth day of April, 2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority For extension of validity to operate PUJ service along the line; Cagayan de Oro to Gitagum Mis. Or.with the use of One (1) unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on May 2, 2014, 10;00 A.M. at this Board on which date Applicant(s)Petition(s) shall formally submit his/her/thier evidence. The Applicant(s)Petition(s) shall publish said notice at least FIVE(5) days prior to the date of hearing in daily newspaper of general circulation in the Mindanao Island. Party(ies) opposed to the approval /granting of the application/petition must file hi/her/their written opposition with supporting documents, unless the Board deems it necessary to require additional documentary evidence and/or his/her/ their oral testimony(ies). N.B. FAILURE TO APPEAR AT THE SCHEDULED DATE AND TIME OF HEARING SHALL MEAN THE DISMISSAL OF THE APPLICATION/PETITION. WITNESS THE HONORABLE MANDANGAN P. DARIMBANG, CESO V, Regional Director, this 25fth day of April, 2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority for approval of sale and transfer with Extension of certificate of public convenience and amendment of route to operate PUJ service on the line ;Cogon Market to Iponan Centro (all in Cagayan de Oro City)and vice versa with the use of One (1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on April 30, 2014, 10;00 A.M. at this Board on which date Applicant(s)Petition(s) shall formally submit his/her evidence. The Applicant(s)/Petitioner(s) shall publish said notice at least FIVE(5) days prior to the date of hearing in the daily newspaper of general circulation in Mindanao Island. Party(ies) opposed to the approval/granting of the application/petition must file his/her/their written opposition with supporting document, unless this Board deems it necessary to require additional document evidence and/or his/her/ their oral testimony(ies). N.B. FAILURE TO APPEAR AT THE SCHEDULED DATE AND TIME OF HEARING SHALL MEAN THE DISMISSAL OF THE APPLICATION/PETITION. WITNESS THE HONORABLE MANDANGAN P. DARIMBANG, CESO V, Regional Director, this 25th day of April, 2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority for approval of sale and transfer with extension of validity to operate PUJ service along the line;Cogon Market to Bugo/Puerto and vice versa with the use of one (1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on April 30, 2014, 10;00 A.M. at this Board on which date Applicant(s)Petition(s) shall formally submit his/her evidence. The Applicant(s)/Petitioner(s) shall publish said notice at least FIVE(5) days prior to the date of hearing in the daily newspaper of general circulation in Mindanao Island. Party(ies) opposed to the approval/granting of the application/petition must file his/her/their written opposition with supporting document, unless this Board deems it necessary to require additional document evidence and/or his/her/ their oral testimony(ies). N.B. FAILURE TO APPEAR AT THE SCHEDULED DATE AND TIME OF HEARING SHALL MEAN THE DISMISSAL OF THE APPLICATION/PETITION. WITNESS THE HONORABLE MANDANGAN P. DARIMBANG, CESO V, Regional Director, this 25fth day of April, 2014.

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Gender and Development By LETECIA L. OGA SIC Iba Elementary School, Cagayan de Oro City

Gender development is an approach to or paradigm of development focusing on social, economic, political and cultural forces that determines how differently women and men participate in, benefit from, and control resources and activities. It shifts the focus from women as a group to the socially determined relations between women and men. Just as development means less poverty or better access to justice, it also means fewer gaps in wellbeing between males and females. Women’s empowerment and gender equality are development objectives in their own right, as embodied in the Millennium Development Goals of our country. It is espoused as well in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), ratified by the Philippines in 1981; the convention established a comprehensive framework for the advancement of women and has been mainstreamed in the Magna Carta of Women, RA 9710. Gender equality is smart economics: it can enhance economic efficiency and improve other development outcomes in three ways: first, removing barriers that prevent women from having the same access as men to education, economic opportunities, and productive inputs can generate broad productivity gains. Improving women’s absolute and relative status contributes too to many other development outcomes, including those for their children. Leveling the playing field, where women and men have equal chances to become socially and politically active, make decisions, and shape policies, is likely to lead to more representative, and more inclusive, institutions and policy choices and thus to a better development path. Governments and societies can go a long way toward promoting gender equality. For starters four important steps must be undertaken: promote gender equality in human development; close the gender gap in economic opportunities; strengthen women’s voice and influence; and foster new opportunities and manage emerging risks. Economic growth, while resulting in marked improvements in such sectors as education and health, has not led to equal development, at least as far as men’s and women’s access to resources, tools, capital,

and even productive time are concerned. For example, women’s principal responsibility for household work and children, lies at the core of the persistent inequality between men and women. While women have taken growing responsibility for wage-earning and economic activity in both the formal and informal sectors, their share of responsibility for the home and for child care remains just as huge and overwhelming as it has always been. A right is not yet a right unless claimed and asserted. The need to create political, economic and social environments conducive to gender equality must be a priority. Governments must recognize the role of women in such key issues as leadership and politics, and of such problems as trafficking, violence and exploitation. It must develop sensitivity in perceiving existing gender issues and inequalities, and recognize the differing situations and needs of women and men and consider them in every action or decision they make. Equal access to resources, benefits and services is one of the objectives of women’s bid for equality of treatment and opportunity. Control of resources, benefits and services, on the other hand, goes one step further. It entails having the ability to direct or influence how resources, benefits and services can be enjoyed by both women and men. While women and men may have equal access to resources, benefits and services, control may be limited to only a few people, or to men only or women only. In women’s development, the process where women collectively analyze and understand the gender discrimination confronting them becomes the basis for action to overcome and dismantle the obstacles to their development. Gender awareness, on the other hand, is a higher level of conscientization where one is able to identify gender issues that are not very evident on the surface or those considered as hidden problems. The improved well-being, or welfare, of a people and the process by which this is achieved must be the focus of gender-aware individuals. Actions that would overcome gender inequality and discrimination must be sustained as capacity to achieve a better life.


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Statement of Catholic Bishops and Educators on Peacebuilding in Mindanao Davao City Sustainable peace and the righting of historical injustices have been elusively pursued for decades in Mindanao. We, Catholic bishops and educators of Mindanao, have always joined the call for lasting peace among the diverse cultures of Mindanao and Sulu. It is in this light that, together with the representatives of Catholic schools, seminaries, radio stations and peace centers in Mindanao, many of us have engaged in the “Conversations on Peacebuilding in Mindanao.” This was held on April 9-10, 2014, at the Ateneo de Davao University. It was jointly sponsored by the Episcopal Commission on Interreligious Dialogue of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (ECID-CBCP) and the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) in Mindanao. The signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) on March 27, 2014, is certainly warrant for optimism. But it also signals a greater challenge to all in our nation to be involved in this quest for peace, which is our shared responsibility. We call on all to inform themselves of the

issues involved in this struggle. We call on negotiating parties to strengthen their dialogues by ensuring profound inclusivity, hearing all the voices who have a stake in peace – indigenous peoples, religious leaders, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), academe, the poor, even the dissidents – to ensure that the road we are taking is not motivated merely by political ambitions, but by genuine and sustainable peace for all peoples. Pop e Francis reminds us t hat “t he message of peace is not about a negotiated settlement but rather the conviction that unity brought about by the spirit can harmonize every diversity. It overcomes every conflict by creating a new and promising synthesis.” (Evangelii Gaudium, 230) Some recommendations that have come up in our conversations are the following: •Strengthen the role of the Catholic Church in the promotion of lasting peace in Mindanao through its various institutions by using its positive influence in creating more avenues for peacebuilding initiatives, especially at the grassroots level. •Develop more his-

torical narratives in contextualizing the history of the Bangsamoro, of the Lumads, and of Mindanao in general, by creating metaphors/ symbolisms that represent the common desire of the Mindanawons in the collective effort of peacebuilding. Inter- and Intra-Religious Dialogue: •Provide wider spaces for interfaith dialogues among universit ies and p e ace centers with the active participation of civil society organizations. •Provide more avenues, especially in parishes and universities, that promote greater appreciation for Moro diversity and inter-faith dialogues. •Cultivate a spirit of dialogue in churches, schools, and in other relevant institutions by reminding everyone to help in the creation of this new government. •Strengthen intrafaith dialogue in order to narrow the gap among the “prejudiced” Christians themselves, as well as among “prejudiced” Muslims. •Encourage the creation of various discourses on the culture of peacebuilding and peacemaking at various levels and sectors of society, underscoring a shared identity

and a common future round table discussions, among the peoples of such as this Conversations on Peacebuilding Mindanao. in Mindanao, on social media in order to reach Peace Education: •Integrate peace ed- various stakeholders ucation in the academic and link up with a wider curricula along with the network of peace advalues of social justice vocates. •Through the CAB, and the common good. •Cre ate a cours e examine how issues which discusses the pertaining to the culhistory and relation- ture of rido, proliferaships among Christians, tion of firearms, arms Muslim, and Lumads. trade, lawlessness, vio•Encourage the cre- lations of basic human ation of an environ- rights, indiscriminate ment that promotes killings of peace adgreater interaction for vocates, warlordism peacebuilding such as and widespread poverty the creation of peace could be appropriately tables, peace parks, addressed. •Disseminate the peace gardens, peace rally, peace camps, etc. CAB and all the primer •Encourage more annexes in the local diacreative and expansive lect for greater access. •Bring the discusapproaches in seeking solutions to issues on sions on the CAB to peace by tapping the the parishes, the basic active engagement of ecclesial communities artists, poets, and sing- (BECs), and seminaries. ers, among others. Governance and •Initiate a MindanParticipation: ao-wide sports activity •Increase and fafor peace. c i l it ate c om mu n it y Peace Communica- participation in local governance in the eftion on the CAB: •Disseminate cor- fort of peacebuilding r e c t / f a c t u a l i n f o r - by conducting peacemation and combat mapping exercises and m i s i n for m at i on on developing conflictthe new CAB. Utilize sensitive barangay desocial media in pro- velopment plans. •Lobby in the shapmoting peacebuilding initiatives, especially ing of a Bangsamoro in raising public con- Basic Law (BBL) that sciousness concerning is truly an instrument of peace, justice and the CAB. • Po s t r e s u l t s o f the common good, and

not just another hegemonic structure replacing another hegemonic structure. •Include environmental conservation in the wider effort at peacebuilding to highlight collective community responses that address calamities, both natural and man-made. •Increase the visibility of international organizations that advocate for peace in the region in order to promote greater collaboration and networking. •Through the ADDU/CEAP, replicate this Conversations on Peacebuilding in Mindanao in various institutions, places, and sectors at the different levels. We, bishops and educators, have stressed di a logue, tolerance and sensitivity in diverging issues deeply rooted in historical wrongs. We have called on all peoples to build bridges of friendship and compassion. With Pope Francis, we say: “Diversity is a beautiful thing when it can constantly enter into a process of reconciliation and seal a sort of cultural covenant resulting in a reconciled diversity.” Let us move from diversity to reconciliation, from ignorance to insight, from conflict to peace!

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Mindanao Business Conference Roadshow

Industry Mindanao, in partner29 (PCCI) April 2014,in Mezzanine B VIP Hotel de Oro ship with theCagayan Cagayan deCityOro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Programme Inc. (Oro Chamber) and Mindanao Development Authority, will be holding the 12:30 Registration Mindanao Business Conference Roadshow 1:00 Preliminaries this comingApril 29, 2014 in Mezzanine  Invocation  Philippine Anthem at 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. This B,National VIP Hotel Mr. Antonio Uy  Welcome Message event is being done in sevenRegional (7) different Governor, PCCI Northern Mindanao regions in the island of Mindanao for the preparation of the 23rd Mindanao Busi1:45 Presentation: Status of Previous Year’s Policy Agenda Ms. Janet Lopoz ness Conference. It is a pre-conference Executive Director, MinD activity designed to consult and educate 2:15 Presentation: the stakeholders in Mindanao on the 2015 rd The 23 Mindanao Business Conference Mr. Rey Billena Conference ASEAN Economic Integration whichDirector, will 23r Regional Governor for S be the basis for the development of various PCCI LIGHT OF PEACE. Sen Cynthia A. Villar receives a certificate from Guinness representative Seyda Subasi Gemici programs that we can actively pursue with after the Philippines broke the Guinness Record of having the largest flaming image using candles. A total of 56,680 2:45 Presentation: lighted candles formed the logo of the “Light of Peace” and the motto “World Peace through Inner Peace ,” with government agencies. Overview on the various Asean Economic Community and Ms. Agnes Legaspi the map of the Philippines. The senator receives the certificate in behalf of Villar SIPAG (Social Institue for Poverty The Philippine Free Trade Agreement Alleviation and Governance), one of the organizers of the event held in Camella Savannah in Oton, Iloilo City.

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retail establishments to collect a “pass through charge” from customers requesting single-use plastic carryout bags. Acenas said that the proceeds of the “pass through” charge for a plastic carryout bag fee shall be held in trust by the retail store and be remitted to the board to be utilized as working capital for the production of Eco Bags. He said that the City Council enacted the Eco Bag Ordinance as part of the city’s commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions, waste, litter and pollution and to protect the health and welfare of the public. (PNA) CTB/CD/UTB

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President of the state-run Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST), said that MUST believes in living forever. He said that in order to attain immortality, a person must do three things in life: bear a child, write a book, and plant a tree. Environment officer Edgardo S. Callanta of DENR 10 said that the 3,000-hectare reforestation site falls under the government’s Reforestation Project by virtue of Republic Act No. 10452. He said that President Benigno Aquino III signed the new law last year mandating the DENR to plant trees in the public lands in Cagayan De Oro City to protect its people and its environment against future floods and landslides. Callanta said that the DENR is taking the lead in the implementation of the government’s National Greening Program in collaboration with various stakeholders. He said that the Reforestation Project of the DENR in Cagayan De Oro City was the first in Northern Mindanao and the only reforestation project that developed into a law. (PNA) FPV/CD/ERCEL MAANDIG/CD/EBP

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has been. He told MindaNews that 70-80 dynamite bottles go off daily in the waters of Siargao and Bucas Grande. Residents and divers who have gone to the island also attested to the destruction caused by destructive fishing activities. Johann Jake Miranda, a diver from Surigao City said blast fishing in Siargao remains the number one problem. “Everything on the top side looks world-class and beautiful. The Department of Tourism and the Surigao government cherishes Siargao as one of the country’s brightest tourism gems. Everything above water

makes for beautiful posters,” Miranda said. But he lamented that no one seems to care about the life underwater. “Because one doesn’t see the obvious destruction caused by dynamite fishing. There are hundreds if not thousands of the same damage in other parts of Siargao. Corals never grow back easily. It takes a lifetime to bring back the fish,” Miranda said through his Facebook account. Miranda also showed pictures he got during his dives in the island. “Today, dynamite fishing in Siargao Island and Bucas Grande continues unabated. It is time to stop it for the sake of our children and their children who are yet to enjoy the beauty and diversity of Siargao. Let us not turn a blind eye. It is time for immediate, sincere, concrete actions and long term planning,” he added. Pidoy Nohara, 74, from Barangay Union in Dapa town recalled that corals and fish were abundant during the 60’s, about the same time that dynamite fishing started. He said in the late 60’s, he and fellow fishermen could get 60-80 lobsters as big as his mid-calf near Pasukian Island every day. “We sold it three for one peso then but still, only a few would buy,” he said, adding there were plenty of corals and fish at the time. (Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews)

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Roel S. Gayla, President of Kulago Farmer’s Association (KFA), a CommunityBased Forest Management People’s Organization (PO) in barangay Pagatpat, for the establishment of a two-hectare bamboo plantation and utilization of agro-forestry technologies. Under the agreement, KFA farmers will produce and supply the engineered bamboo for furniture making purposes, and will be bought by Axent Resources Corp, a company based at Phividec Industrial Estate in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. On the other hand, DENR and ERDB will provide technical assistance to the farmers to ensure sustainability of the bamboo plantation project in Pagatpat. Three hundred ninety t housa nd (P390,0 0 0.0 0) worth of bamboo processing machines given by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through its Shared Service Facility Project were also turned to the farmer’s association. For his part, City Mayor Oscar Moreno thanked the DENR, DTI and other partners, saying that the bamboo plantation project will not only mitigate the impact of environmental degradation, especially soil erosion along riverbanks, but also provide a good opportunity for livelihood to the farmers in the area. Other project recipients

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are people’s organizations from barangays Balubal, FS Catanico, Bayanga, Tagpangi and Dansolihon.(City Information Office)

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Results of the latest physical and chemical exam conducted on COWD water samples, including supply coming from Rio Verde Water Consortium, Inc (RVWCI) have shown that the water supplied by COWD to its customers has adhered to the standards set by the Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water (PNSDW). COWD bared this to dispel fears of any possible water contamination. The physico-chemical analysis is part of COWD’s water quality monitoring procedures to ascertain water potability. This is on top of the bacteriological examination that the COWD laboratory personnel conducts regularly on water samples taken from different parts of COWD’s service area. Flushing of mainline pipes is initiated as part of the preventive maintenance activity. This is carried out to remove sediments from the lines and also to keep the entire distribution system refreshed. Ensuring that water it provides to its customers is potable and safe for drinking has always been COWD’s primary concern. (COWD/ PIA)

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The environment official said the threat from global warming is real and urgent, citing a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate on Climate Change that if greenhouse gases continue to rise, global temperature will increase 3.5 to 4 degrees centigrade by the 21st century, double the target increase of 2 degrees centigrade. “This has serious implications for the Philippines considering that we are one of the most vulnerable countries on the impact of climate change,” Ignacio pointed out. “We need to strengthen our adaptation measures and contribute more to climate change mitigation.” He added: “To do these, we need to unify and redouble our efforts. We need to put in more investments. We have been successful in making our people aware of the environment. We now need to translate this high level of awareness into actions.” In fact, Ignacio said the Philippine government – through the DENR and other concerned agencies – has recently made positive progress in environmental protection and in ensuring effective mitigation and adaptation to climate change. He said that even prior to Yolanda, which has given the country the stark reminder of the vulnerability of its com-

COOL AND CLEAN. These locals try to beat the summer heat with a trek to a woody site in Pal-ing, Malaybalay City on Wednesday, 23 April 2014. MindaNews photo by H. Marcos C. Mordeno

munities to extreme weather events, the DENR has already came up with measures to prevent or minimize the loss of lives and properties during disasters. The DENR’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau has already completed the geohazard mapping of the entire Philippines at 1:50,000 scale and distributed 85,000 map sheets showing where landslides and flooding can occur at the barangay level. It is also expected to complete this year a more detailed geohazard mapping covering all cities and municipalities at a scale of 1:10,000. The 3D version of these geohazard maps will also be out soon. President Benigno Aquino III recently ordered the release of P1 billion for the mangrove and beach forest plantation in Yolanda-stricken areas. Ignacio said that many deaths and destruction during Typhoon Yolanda could have been prevented if the country’s shorelines were adequately protected with trees and mangroves. “We have already started mangrove planting in Tacloban. We will expand to cover Leyte, Samar and other areas devastated by recent typhoons, including the coastal devastations caused by the fighting in Zamboanga City,” he revealed. Ignacio also noted how the government’s massive National Greening Program (NGP) by the end of the year would have planted trees in over a million hectares, surpassing the total area planted for the previous 23 years. When completed by 2016, the NGP is expected to improve the country’s air quality and reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) by absorbing 38 million tons of carbon with improved forest cover from watersheds in the uplands down to the mangrove forests along the coastlines. Increasing the country’s forest cover, which at 24 percent of the land area currently ranks the second lowest in Southeast Asia, will also provide habitats for the country’s varied wildlife and provide food and water security for all. Alongside the ecological benefits, Ignacio stated that the NGP has also employed more than 144,000 people in the upland and rural com-

munities, and provided them with food and high value crops such as fruit trees, coffee, cacao and rubber for possible additional income through sustainable agriculture. He added that many of the 232 protected areas (PAs) or national parks in the country that are all part of the NGP, are also priority ecotourism sites, which are being developed together with the Department of Tourism, local government units (LGUs), the private sector and surrounding communities. Aside from actively involving stakeholders in protecting, conserving and managing the PAs, the ecotourism sites are also possible investment sites that could provide local communities with jobs and income. Ignacio also said that the air quality in bustling Metro Manila has continued to improve, as indicated by the reduction of dust particles by 33 percent since 2011. In a bid to further clean the air, the DENR has started to expand its air quality monitoring to include finer dust particles. The agency is likewise promoting the use of alternative fuel and means of transportation and advocating for clean emissions to reduce pollution and carbon emissions. At the same time, The DENR has enlisted the support of 400 corporations and local government units (LGUs) in cleaning up and rehabilitating some 250 waterways and water bodies nationwide. Aside from improving water quality and making them safer for human use, this also reduces flood risks during the rainy season. http://www.denr.gov.ph/

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middle-level skills and will offer them better opportunities to be gainfully employed or become entrepreneurs. “For me, I find it interesting because in the other way around, my parent will no longer send me to college because after senior year, I have the skills and the certificates for employment already and I will able to find a job and help my parents” said one of the students of MOGCHS. Parents also is one big

factions of this implementation, but not all parents were able to approve and gives their full support to this k to 12 law of our government, “Instead of expecting our children to graduate earlier, with K to 12 implementation, it ends up that they will take longer years in their education. We find it costly and it adds burden to us parents. But, since it’s already a law so we will try to cooperate and support them fully. We just hope it’s for the benefit of all” said 41-year old mother of two, with ages five and ten. The two years extension of basic education does not connect with the parents especially those who parents or guardian work hard just to send their children to school. According to the Department of Education (DepEd), the aim of the K to 12 program is to provide affordability to students. But, there are some of the teachers of also who don’t give credits to this law, “It added two years instead of four years, it is an additional cost to parents also because sending their children to school is not actually just the tuition though its free but we also have to consider the transportation fees, school projects and mostly the daily food allowance of their children.” said Ms. Pura G. Villar, teacher of MOGCHS. For now, parents whose children will be part of K to 12 program are not in arrangement with the DepEd’s K to 12 implementation. But, the DepEd said that they will work hard to provide quality and quantity education to children who will be affected of this K to 12 Law. Ms. Cherry Mae L. Limbaco said it will surely be a success. Region 10 is looking ahead of the success and adaptation of this new curriculum. Considering that our country has a growing population and a budding economy, the demand for quality teaching and education is highly needed. Many Filipinos welcome the basic education reforms and hopes to look forward to more opportunities for the youth.


sat-sun, april 26-27, 2014

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