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Volume II, No. 11

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M’nao river basin master plan secures inter-regional support

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MOWD prepares for contingency in case of El Niño

hree regional development councils in Mindanao endorsed the implementation of the Mindanao River Basin (MRB) master plan, paving the way for its operationalization and the eventual creation of an institution that will manage, rehabilitate, and develop the river basin and its resources. See river, page 11

DENR chief calls for protection of island biodiversity, ecosystems Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje called on Filipinos to protect and preserve the country’s biodiversity and ecosystems for the essential goods and ecological services they provide. “The Philippines has the distinction of being one of 17 megadiverse countries in

the world. This is a reason to rejoice. Biodiversity, as we know, provides the essential goods and ecological service that constitute the source of life for all,” Paje said in a message during the celebration of International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) on Thursday at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife See denr, page 11

Greenpeace seeks ban on shark hunting By Roel Catoto of MindaNews

SURIGAO City - A conservation group urged local government units in the Surigao provinces to impose a ban on the catching of all kinds of sharks. Vince Cinches, campaigner for GreenpeacePhilippines told MindaNews Friday a ban was needed

to prevent the extinction of sharks. “Shark p o aching is not just in Surigao but it’s all over the country and abroad,” he said. Local fishermen have been lured into shark hunting by the high price of See hunting, page 11

By Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

OZAMIZ City, Misamis Occidental - The Misamis Occidental Water District (MOWD) has laid out its contingency plan in preparation of El Niño. The plan includes the designation of the Molicay Pumping Station in Barangay Molicay, this city, as its standby reserve station in TESTING THE FREEDOM. A Philippine Hawk Eagle spreads its wings as it test the case water will go scarce air during its release at the slopes of Malasag Hill in Barangay Cugman, Cagayan de due to the phenomenon, Oro on May 26, 2014. The eagle was recovered from a collector last May 14. Suffering Samson N. Naranjo, MOWD from injury from its beck to its head, the eagle was given up for dead. Executive Assistant B, said. MindaNews

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Philippine Hawk Eagle released in Oro Local gov’t CAGAYAN de Oro City - The Philippine Hawk Eagle refused to fly at first and preferred to perch on the gloved hands of Roel Dahonog, acting chief of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Division of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-X, at the slopes of Malasag Hill in the city’s outskirts on Monday (May 26). Prodded on to fly, the raptor flew but landed on the ground a little farther

from Dahonog and other bird handlers. One of the handlers, Dr. Miguel de Leon, stepped gently toward the bird and picked it up with his bare hands. “This is not good. The bird is becoming tame. It’s a raptor and it should not have allowed anyone to touch it,” de Leon said. He had to break into a trot with the large bird on his hand before it flew to its freedom toward the

nearby trees on the slopes of Malasag Hill. PAWD-X recovered the Philippine Hawk Eagle from an unauthorized collector in Barangay FS Catanico, this city last May 14. Weighing only about 1.5 kilos, the raptor had a huge gash from its beak to the back of its head and its handlers had given up the bird for dead. The DENR gave the bird to de Leon hoping he could See hawk, page 11

enforces plastic less policy By Jorie C. Valcorza

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin - A local government unit here begins to enforce the plastic less policy following the review and amendment of its Solid Waste See plastic, page 11

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Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has filed a Senate resolution, asking the Commission on Audit (COA) to conduct a special audit of the controversial Organic Agricultural Fund of the Department of Agriculture (DA), specially for the year 2012. Pimentel, who is a victim of a scam that used his name and office to perpetrate a fraudulent transaction, said

there is need “to determine the extent of the shenanigans in the usage of the said fund and bring to justice the perpetrators of this multimillion fraud and theft of public funds.” He said the funds are administered and allocated by the DA supposedly for the furtherance of organic endeavours and other undertakings for the benefit of marginal farming families.

But Pimentel said there is “strong evidence of abuse, misuse, and possible graft and corruption” in the usage of the funds as shown in a memorandum of agreement between the DA and Surigao province, allocating P10 million for organic farming related activities based on falsified, false and forged documents. He had denied participating in or even directly

or indirectly authorizing any such act, proceeding, or transaction. The Mindanao senator had already filed criminal and administrative cases against DA Undersecretary for administration and finance Antonio A. Fleta and three more senior officials for their alleged complicity in the fraudulent scheme before the Office of the Ombudsman. Also named by Pimen-

tel in the complaints were Delia A. Ladera, supervising administrative officer; Charie Sarah D. Saquing, department chief accountant; and Thelma C. Tolentino, officer-in-charge of the budget division. He accused them of falsification of a document and violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for

Public Officials and sought their preventive suspension pending investigation. Pimentel said the special audit would give the public as well as the government’s prosecution arm much needed information on the extent of the fraud involving the said fund, and as a first step in bringing to justice the perpetrators of the scam involving millions of public funds.

Cagayan de Oro road drainage project start THE construction of road drainage, sidewalk, gutter and concrete pavement along Burgos and J.R. Borja Streets commence on May 29, 2014. This is in connection with the implementation of the construction of J.R. Borja Bridge and Approaches, J.R. Borja-Max Suniel Street as submitted to the City Council committee on public utilities chaired by Councilors Roger Abaday and the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA). It was learned that an executive order was issued by

City Mayor Oscar Moreno ordering the temporary full lane road closure of Burgos Street bounded by the corners of Yacapin and Gomez Streets and portion of J.R. Borja Street bounded by corners of Capistrano and Burgos Streets, during the excavation of structure for lined canal and removal of existing pavement for the on-going construction of the project until the completion of the said project. The RTA will provide traffic signs that will be installed in all affected areas to guide the public. (JBD)

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LAMBO MISAMIS ORIENTAL. Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano gives piglets to different cooperatives and associations in the Province during the sectoral assembly at the Provincial Capitol last week. 10 piglets each were given to 68 participating cooperatives. Governor Emano believes in cooperatives as he values community-based sustainable development to coop members. capitolphoto

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as defined under the Omnibus Rules of appointments and Other Personnel Actions, “merely an impositions of additional duties to be performed by a public official which is temporary in nature and can be terminated anytime at the pleasure of the appointing authority. Hence, in view of EO 19 and the rules of designation, remerging is herby implemented and the following shall be strictly observed. The newly appointed are Normillah R. Pangandaman, School Division

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are expressly revoked at once, and all the concerned officers and employees shall return to their original posts (with reference to their actual appointments) immediately after clearing themselves from money and property accountabilities. Consistent with EO 19, designated officers and employees of the former Lanao del Sur IA shall yield to those with plantilla positions, and such designation orders are likewise expressly revoked to give away to the permanent personnel returning from the dissolved division (Lanao del Sur IB); and concerned personnel shall report to their original areas of assignment immediately after clearing themselves from property and monetary accountabilities. For effective and efficient

management and operation of the Division of Lanao del Sur I and the other division affected by the re-merger, the following designations are hereby ordered effectively immediately. Pharida Sansarona as permanent Assistant Schools Division Superintendent (ASDS) shall return to the Division of marawi City and is now DESIGNATED as the OIC SDS of the Division of Marawi City, in view of the mandatory retirement from government service of the SDS of the Division of Marawi, and she (Sansarona) shall act and perform the duties inherent to the position. Zenaida Alonto and Abedin Salamat are hereby designated as OIC ASDS of the Division of Marawi City, and See newly, page 11


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Feature 4 Mindanao Star Bayanihan spirit lives on through Brigada Eskwela

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FOR FDC Misamis Power Corporation, joining the “Brigada Eskwela” for the first time in Villanueva town proved a worthy endeavor. “It was a classic example of the Bayanihan spirit that we Filipinos are known for,” said FDC Misamis Vice President for Project Construction, Engr. Albert De Sagun. FDC Misamis, a subsidiary of FDC Utilities, Inc., is building the biggest power project in Mindanao--a 405-MW Circulating Fluidized Bed coal thermal plant at the Phividec Industrial Estate in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. T he FDC M isa m is power plant will utilize state-of-the-art clean fuel technology and is expected to start commercial operations by 2016. FDC Misamis is focused not only on providing Mindanao with much needed power, but also realizing its social responsibility to its host community, said De Sagun. In the recently conducted nationwide “Brigada Eskwela” program of the Department of Education, FDC Misamis financed the re-wiring of the electrical connections of

FDC Misamis employee-volunteers help make San Martin Elementary School safer for this year’s Brigada Eskwela. Electrical wirings and lighting system were improved in its 17 classrooms. Steel gates and concrete benches were also re-painted as part of the National Schools’ Maintenance Week. Photo supplied

the seven buildings in San Martin Elementary School (SMES) in Villanueva last week. The conventional fluorescent lamps in its 17 classrooms were also upgraded to an energy-saving lighting system. Steel gates and concrete benches were also repainted bright blue, upon request of the school. GENUINE VOLUNTEERISM Lau nched in 20 03, “Brigada Eskwela” or the National Schools Maintenance Week is aimed at preparing all public

elementary and secondary schools in the country for the formal opening of classes every June. Usually done in the last two weeks of May, “Brigada Eskwela” continues to attract volunteers not just from the community where the school is located but also from the private sector. Various business entities and even the media find the program to be a laudable way of living out the value of volunteerism. As the saying goes, “Indeed, it takes a village to educate a child.”

“With today’s technology, the Bayanihan spirit is no longer as popular or as vibrant. But through “Brigada Eskwela,” I can see that our younger generations have the chance to experience true community service,” De Sagun said. Employees of FDC Misamis used their expertise in inspecting the facilities of SMES and found that there is a dire need to address the hazardous state of the school’s electrical connections. This also tied in with FDC Misamis’ core business so it was with

much eagerness that employees volunteered their expertise in ensuring that SMES would be a safer place for schoolchildren. AN ANSWERED PRAYER The electrical connections in all the school’s 7 buildings are sub-standard and the safety of over a thousand pupils is a perpetual concern. “Since I was assigned principal here for SMES three years ago, it has been my fervent prayer that someday God will give us a donor who could fix our electrical connections,”

said SMES Principal Ma. Theresa Delegencia. “It was an answered prayer indeed – thank you God for not failing us!” Delegencia also said it was a “great privilege” for pupils, teachers and parents that SMES was this year’s “Brigada Eskwela” recipient school. HEART FOR EDUCATION Villanueva Mayor Julio Uy also expressed his thanks to FDC Misamis for participating in this year’s “Brigada Eskwela”. “I am grateful for FDC Misamis for their participation in this year’s “Brigada Eskwela”. Perhaps, everybody thinks that this annual activity is just cleaning and gardening of our school campuses. With FDC Misamis going beyond the usual expectations, I am truly grateful for their help in making our schools safer and having a heart for education. I am sure that the newly-rewired electrical connections of the 7 buildings in San Martin Elementary School, and upgrading of the conventional f luorescent lamps to energy-saving lighting system, will give our teachers, parents and pupils peace of mind.”


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Refused Special Gospel of the day: Luke10:19(May31, 2014-Saturday) Luke 10:1-9- Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly [is] great, but the labourers [are] few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace [be] to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them,

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The matter of extrajudicial killings The shortcut to justice which some people described as extrajudicial killings. It has been a practice by some government authorities in the country for decades to give swept justice to the general citizenry. This is about eliminating the bad elements in the community to restore peace and order and allow the people to enjoy life in extreme peace. This originated from the West when the cowboys got angry of thieves of large cattle and allowed the law of the bullets to fly high in the kingdom of the criminals. So in the Philippines specially in bigger cities, police authorities resorted to extrajudicial killings to allow peace and order to prevail. According to some police officers, the matter of arresting criminals entail a lot of time, risks and efforts. Sometimes it is the police officers that fall in a gunfight with thieves.

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Ben Emata Jr. To reverse the situation, some police officers employ the gunfight experts from the bad elements to execute the troublesome thieves, rapists or just any criminal. In certain cases police officers do the job of eliminating the hardened criminals. Of course, the light criminals are spared. This kind of justice was practiced in many cities in the country thus a lot of big-time criminals are thrown to rivers, by the roadsides, in parks and nearly everywhere. It happened in Cagayan de Oro, in Cebu, Davao and other places. Heavily tattooed people are thrown from bridges and all the vic-

tims turned out to be top criminals. The matter has frightened people in the underworld and they move from one city to another to escape the ire of the local authorities. Many residents cheer the acts of the police as the criminals disappear in many places. The kind of justice was welcome quietly by many residents who describe it as a swept solution to criminality in their communities. Indeed criminality in many places were reduced to the minimum if not eliminated for good. People can walk freely and safely in the middle of the night. But whatever benefits the local

people derived from it, the fact is extrajudicial killing is absolutely against the law. This pure and simple killing of criminals before they are brought to court is severely criticized by some members of society. The law should be upheld no matter what and such move by the authorities to eliminate criminals before they are sentenced for whatever crime is definitely a crime itself. To my mind this kind of swept justice has not been stopped. It is happening since there is no clue who actually kill these criminals. As we knew criminals fight among themselves. Perhaps it was reduced but many authorities who are really angry at the frequency of crimes committed had nothing in mind but to send to the cemetery the stubborn or hard headed criminals who cannot stop committing crimes no matter how they are requested to do so. (benemata@yahoo.com)

Coming out of the closet Think a minute… An airplane pilot came on the speaker system to the passengers: “This is your captain speaking. We’re flying at an altitude of 35,000 feet, and the speed of 600 miles an hour. I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is we’re lost. But the good news is we’re making great time.” There are many people who are making great time in life living in the fast lane. But they’re lost and going the wrong direction. Homosexuals are encouraged by many people just to come out of the closet and not be ashamed of who they are. Some people say that they didn’t choose to be homosexual; God made them that way. But the fact is that there has still not been one scientific study which can prove that homosexuals are

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst born that way. In fact, it is just the opposite. All the research and studies have shown that homosexuals can make the choice. If people are born with any homosexual tendency at all, it is no different than any personality tendency like someone born with a bad temper. Do we say it’s OK for that person to lose control of his temper and murder people because he was born that way? Of course not! He’s still free and able to

choose not to kill people, even though he may have a naturally quick temper. In the same way, even if someone might have the slightest natural tendency toward homosexuality, he’s still free and able to choose not to become homosexual. If homosexuals were born that way and God made them with no choice, then why does He say homosexuality is so wrong and condemn it as sin? Throughout the whole Bible, God strongly condemns

homosexuality as sin which is opposed to the clearly natural, right way He created us humans to live and reproduce. Remember, God created us Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Just like we are born free to choose whether or not we will be adulterers, murderers, thieves, liars, alcoholics and vicious gossips, we are also born free to choose whether or not we will become homosexual. But the good news is that even if you already have chosen to become a homosexual, Jesus will still forgive you and give you a new life if you sincerely ask Him to start changing your heart. So won’t you come out of the closet and into the light of Jesus forgiveness and truth, so He can start setting you free today? Just Think a Minute…


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You have’t seen nothing yet: now’s the time to save water Thank the coming rains and pray they don’t bring floods. The wet season starting June is a window to store and save water prior to the extreme heat that’s expected when El Niño kicks in later this year, says the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). “It would be wise if we conserve the rains that will be more intense from June to September to offset the worse case El Niño impact next year,”says Dr. Esperanza O. Cayanan, Director of PAGASA’s Regional Services Division for Metro Manila. “Many people associate the current hot weather as the onset of El Niño already when it’s really the normal hot weather of summer,” she said. “The

water shortages, the low levels at Angat dam, and the heat generally felt now really have nothing to do with El Niño but more due to the summer season.” The low water level at Angat Dam is “part of the the dry season which started last November,” Cayanan said. “It’s a ‘normal’ yearly experience of dwindling water supply, especially if there was no typhoon or there was little rain in the latter part of 2013 to fill the dams.” October is the transition month after which the dry weather starts from November to May, she said. It will possibly bring lower water levels in dams and will impact on irrigation and agriculture, power generation from hydropower plants. Public health be

will affected by the intense warming. The heat turned up at 36.7 degrees Celsius on May 24, the highest so far in the capital region – and counting. Isabela recorded 39.8 degrees Celsius on May 22, the highest in the country so far this year. It hovered over 35.5 to 36.6 degrees Celsius for 10 days running, from May 11 to May 21 – higher than the average for May which is 34.7 degrees Celsius. The onset of the wet season will bring strong thunderstorms because the heat produces large clouds that give birth to intense rains, Cayanan said. It will be worse next summer, a lot hotter and drier than it is now – and El Niño has not even started,

she pointed out. You haven’t seen nothing yet, she said: the extreme effects of El Niño will be more pronounced during “the onset of the dry season in 2015”. “It’s possible the El Niño weather will start in June but since it’s just about to begin, its impact will not be felt until the last quarter of the year until the dry season of next year,” she said. “The heat we are experiencing is not the effects of El Niño which has not started yet.” If El Niño weather does happen later this year, “it’s possible we will experience what has happened during the strong El Niño weather that occurred in 2009-2010 and which brought drought in many parts of the country,” she said. SciPhil

What would it take to open eyes of naysayers? By BENIGNO D. PECZON

The Philippines must use every available tool in order to secure food security. However,, it cannot tackle problems with one hand tied behind the back. Still, safe and responsible use of modern biotechnology must be in the Philippine toolbox. Our leaders must see that modern biotechnology has come of age. Testing of better seeds created by gene splicing started in the early 1990s. Lead nations started growing genetically modified crops on a commercial scale in 1996. Over 1.6 million hectares – or 160 times the total ar-

able land of the Philippines – was planted to biotech crops in 27 countries in 2013. In the 17-year span of growing genetically altered seeds and consuming crops derived from these, there have been tremendous benefits. The major reason farmers embrace the technology is the substantial increase in yield. Other advantages include reduced usage of pesticides and reduced need to plow, thereby decreasing the rate of soil erosion. In the case of corn, there has been reduced exposure to aflatoxin, one of the deadliest carcinogens, which is produced by molds which

grow more easily on corn kernels attacked by borers. Against these clear advantages, there has been no credible documented adverse effect. With their low (and declining) birth rates, some European countries are food secure and have no need to use newer technology to produce more food. Unfortunately, some unknown forces in those countries press their sentiments on nations which are not food secure to limit the use of safe and responsible biotechnology. C om me rc i a l pl ant ing of biotech corn in the Philippines started in the year 2002. In 2013, almost

gram per person per day are from corn and its products, vegetables, and fish and its products. Negligible amounts of food wastes come from other cereals, starchy roots and tubers, fats and oils, meat and poultry, eggs, dried beans and fruits. The same survey showed wastage was higher among households with larger budgets for food, while families who have less purchasing power cannot afford to waste as much. The Philippines, the world’s largest rice importer, can ill afford to waste rice. The Philippine Rice Research Institute estimates that, in 2010, each Filipino wasted about 3.29 kilograms of rice – or some 296,869 metric tons equivalent to 12 percent of that year’s rice imports worth P7.3 billion. Zoom out to all the world’s hungry peoples. Just a quarter of the 1.3

billion tons of food lost or wasted each year – a third of the food produced from over 1.4 billion hectares of cropland – is enough to feed them. Not only that. “Food waste carries direct economic and environmental costs and depletes the natural resource base that underpins food production,” said Executive Director Achim Steiner of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). About 10 percent of developed countries’ greenhouse gas emissions come from growing food that is never eaten. Food loss and waste amounts to roughly US$680 billion in industrialized countries and US$310 billion in developing countries. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO), almost half of all fruit and vegetables world-

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DENR Secretary Paje

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is pushing for increasing the productivity of degraded upland areas, but such should be done in an “ecologically sustainable manner” using various crops not just palm oil. “We need to develop and make our lands productive. But we will only allow this if this is in accordance with our needs and it is ecologi-

cally sustainable,” DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said. According to Paje, there are around 8 million hectares of denuded and degraded areas in the country, but said his agency’s proposal is to utilize these to establish ecologicallysustainable plantations using native forest species and other high value crops that would strategically address

not only the food needs of the Filipino people but also should have high economic value, like rubber and palm oil. Contrary to news reports, Paje stressed that there is no plan to convert the entire 8 million open and degraded areas to palm plantations. “While we have big opportunity to learn from the lessons of other coun-

PAGASA says Looming El Niño won’t be as bad as 1997 incident By Danilo E. Doguiles

GENERAL Santos City - An El Niño phenomenon is most likely to happen in the next few months but this will not be as intense

as the 1997 – 1998 El Niño, an official of the country’s weather bureau said. Dr. Vicente Malano, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR 10) supported the fisherfolks of the barangays of Manla, Caluya and Casul in Baliangao, Misamis Occidental. They are protecting the fish sanctuary in Murceilagos Bay. BFAR provided 50 boats in September 2013 to seven coastal barangays here to boost their fishing livelihood which includes brgys. Libertad, Sapang Dalaga, Dioyo and Makabibo. (PIA-10)

(PAGASA) administrator said “all climate centers predicted only a ‘moderate’ El Niño.” Malano was a speaker at the opening ceremony of the Department of Science and Technology-led “Iba na ang Panahon: Science for Safer Communities” Roadshow at the KCC Convention Center here, the 16th and final stop of the national campaign to educate local government units on science and technology based information, tools and equipment for disaster preparedness. For the information campaign DOST has partnered with the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of National Defense – Office of Civil Defense. “Long dry spell could still be expected,” he said, referring to the impending El Nino, “but this will not be as bad as the 1997 to 1998 El Nino.” The 1997 incident began in June and affected the entire country. Its effects were experienced until September, 1998, and left as much as P8.46 billion of damages to the country’s

agriculture sector. During that incident, “sea surface temperature anomaly reached 1 degree Celsius,” he said. Referring to the current situation, Malano said noted that based on their computations, the rise on the sea surface temperature is expected to be only around 0.5 degrees Celsius from the normal temperature. The probability of an El Nino phenomenon occuring this year is at 80 percent, he said. Effects of the phenomenon can be felt beginning July and the peak of the dry spell can around November or December and will continue until March or April. From January to April 2014, PAGASA has observed 0.4 degrees Celsius sea surface temperature anomaly in the Central Equatorial and Eastern Pacific. “Normal weather condition is expected around May or June next year,” Manalo said. El Nino phenomenon is an abnormal weather pattern caused by the warming of the Pacific Ocean. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)

tries, both best and worst practices, we are not recommending the massive monoculture of palm and rubber,” Paje stressed. In the same manner, Paje stressed that the whole 8 million hectares could not be converted into food production such as rice and vegetables as this will engender soil erosion and floods. “As I have cited in Cagay-

an de Oro City during the launching of the Mindanao Barangay Strategic Forest Project (BSFP) and the Payment for Ecosystem Service (PES) Project, we are recommending upland perennial crops that will improve the water holding capacity of uplands and generate revenues that improve the level of living of upland communities,” he said.www.denr.gov.ph

Freshwater Crocodile found dead in Davao

One Freshwater Crocodile was found dead along a creek in Matina Pangi, Davao City last May 23, 2014 (Friday). The crocodile was retrieved by the barangay officials of Matina Pangi headed by barangay captain Carmelo A. Arana after they have received a phone call from a concerned citizen. The Protected Areas and Wildlife Division (PAWD) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) immediately coordinated with the Davao Crocodile Park Incorporated (DCPI) for the conduct of the crocodile’s necropsy to know the cause of its death. Estimated age of the crocodile was 4 to 5 years old. Based on the report of DCPI’s resident veterinarian Dr. Alex Collantes, the 4.7 feet Freshwater Crocodile suffered a cracked skull believed to have been smashed by a solid object as a cause of its death. The internal organs of the reptile showed to be healthy and its belly showed a very smooth surface which can indicate that the reptile was not a resident of the area and could have been owned by a pet enthusiast. Jose E. Lechoncito, Jr. of PAWD said that it is pos-

sible that the reptile was swept downstream along Matina Pangi due to continuous flooding caused by a two-day heavy rain. “The crocodile could not easily survive in the creek because creeks are very shallow and crocodiles can easily be seen.” Under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act, Freshwater Crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) is a critically-endangered species. Any person who are found to have harmed and killed a critically-endangered species will face imprisonment of a minimum of 6 years and 1 day to 12 years and/or a fine of PhP 100,000.00 to PhP 1,000,000.00. To date, a team from PAWD together with the Matina Pangi barangay officials will conduct a survey in the area to identify where the crocodile could have originated or if it has a companion. Further, PAWD will also conduct an information and education campaign on Freshwater Crocodile and Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act at the barangay level to increase the community’s awareness on the conservation of the remaining wildlife resources. (DENR-XI PR)

MAPPING OUT STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE EDUCATION PERFORMANCE - Members of various Local School Boards (LSB) in Misamis Oriental and Iligan City map out strategies on how to improve their respective schools education performance. Synergeia Foundation Chief Executive Officer Dr. Milwida Guevarra, together with Synergeia Trustee for Mindanao Miguel Dominguez and STEAG State Power Inc (SPI) Comrel Manager Ghaye Alegrio led the strategizing session which aims to identify measures that will help improve the NAT achievement test results as well as the cohort survival and participation rates in Iligan City and the towns of Tagoloan, Villanueva, Claveria, Magsaysay in Misamis Oriental. These LGUs are recipients of an on-going Synergeia Reading Program that is jointly undertaken and supported by the concerned local governments, Alcantara Foundation, Xavier University and energy-firm STEAG State Power Inc. (Photo Supplied)


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of the DENR.” “We have programs to combat desertification and to rehabilitate critical watershed ecosystems especially in the islands of Luzon and Mindanao where many species are threatened,” Paje said. He added: “Another program to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems, especially for sensitive habitats, is to place those areas under the coverage of the National Integrated Protected Areas System or NIPAS. Many of our biodiverse and critical islands have been put under the protection of NIPAS.” Paje also urged for continued public awareness on the importance of protecting and preserving biological diversity by making “biodiversity conservation a shared responsibility.” “We can all be catalysts of change, through conscious efforts to practice conservation in our daily lives. By working together, I believe that there is hope for our biodiversity,” he stressed. He then enjoined the public to participate more actively in environmental programs, especially those aimed at protecting biodiversity and the ecosystems, such as the National Greening Program which aims to grow more forests as wildlife habitats. He likewise encouraged the more than 80 student participants to the Biodiversity Management Bureau’s summer youth camp at the NAPWC to become “future advocates and champions for biodiversity conservation” by sharing their learning and experiences and committing to conservation practices. The IDBD celebration also saw the launching of a coffee table book entitled, “Treasures of the Philippine Wild,” which brings focus to six threatened wildlife species found in the country. These are the Philippine Eagle, Philippine crocodile, tamaraw, the golden-crowned flying fox, the Philippine cockatoo and marine turtles. The book was produced by BMB as part of its continuing information campaign on biodiversity conserva-

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tion, and was distributed to partners in conservation and other government agencies such as the Department of Education. Another highlight of the program was the announcement of winners of the biodiversity photo contest themed “Protecting the Reservoir of Life, Selfie for Biodiversity”. The contest, which was open to the public from April 15 to May 15, was organized by the BMB, together with the German International Society for International Cooperation (GIZ). Each of the grand prize winners for the digital camera and mobile phone categories were awarded with all-expense paid trips to Palawan and Mt. Pulag, respectively. The BMB also kicked off the Philippine Biodiversity Festival at the NAPWC grounds. The month-long activity will exhibit various eco-friendly products from various regions and provinces, and educational materials on their biodiversity. The IDB is celebrated every May 22 of the year to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity during the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. www. denr.gov.ph

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APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority For Approval of sale and transfer of ownership with extension of validity to operate FILCAB service on the line ;Kisolon to Kibawe –Cabanglasan via Lantapan and vice versa with the use of three (3)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 2nd day of May, 2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority For Approval of sale and transfer of ownership with extension of validity to operate PUJ service on the line ;Malaybalay City –Kibawe –Valencia City –Maramag –Kadingilan –Quezon City and vice versa with the use of One (1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 30th day of May, 2014.

SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer

SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer

NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority For approval of extension of validity of certificate of public convenience to operate PUJ service on the line ;Cogon Market –Iponan –Quinasanghan and vice versa with the use of One (1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 29th day of May, 2014. SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer MS: May 31, 2014

APPLICANT(s)/Petition(s) request authority For approval of sale and transfer with extension of validity of certificate of public convenience to operate PUJ service on the line;Cogon Market to Iponan –Quinasanghan and vice versa with the use of one(1) unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 21st day of May, 2014. SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer MS: May 31, 2014

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NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority For approval of sale and transfer with extension of validity and amendment of line of the certificate of Public Convenience to operate PUJ service on the line ;Cogon Market to Barra and vice versa with the use of one (1) unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05,, 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 29th day of May, 2014. SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer MS: May 31, 2014


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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

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EDGARDO G. SUPERIO CaseNo;2014-10-898 Applicants

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APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority For approval of sale and transfer of certificate of public convenience with change engine and extension of validity to operate PUJ service on the line ;Puerto to Balingoan and vice versa with the use of one (1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 30th day of May,2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority For Approval of Substitution with amendment of line of PUJ service on the line;Cogon Market to Grand Europa and vice versa with the use of One (1) unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 5, 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 30th day of May, 2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority for issuance of certificate of public convenience to operate TH service on the line ;From Calamba, Misamis Occidental to any point in Region X and vice versa with the use of One (1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 29th day of May, 2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority for approval of substitution of certificate of public convenience with amendment of line to operate PUJ service on the line ;Cagayan de Oro City to Balingoan –Gingoog City and vice versa with the use of one (1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 29th day of May, 2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority for extension of validity of certificate of public convenience to operate PUJ service on the line;Kisolon to Maramag via Malaybalay City –Valencia City –Mailag (all in Bukidnon) and vice versa This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 29th day of May, 2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority for extension of validity of its certificate of public convenience to operate PUJ service on the line;Puerto to Balingoan and vice versa with the use of one (1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 29th day of May, 2014.

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MS: May 31, 2014

SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer MS: May 31, 2014

SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer MS: May 31, 2014

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MS: May 31, 2014

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

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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NOTICE OF HEARING

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority For extension of validity of its certificate of public convenience to operate PUJ service on the line ;Cagayan de Oro City to Iligan City and vice versa with the use of One (1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 29th day of May, 2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority For Appropriation to operate TAXI service on the line; Within Cagayan de Oro City and from said place to any point in Region X and vice versa with the use of TWO (2)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 30th day ofMay, 2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority for approval of sale and transfer of certificate of public convenience to operate TAXI service on the line ;Within Region and Thru –out Region -10 and vice versa with the use of one (1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 30th day of May, 2014.

SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer

MS: May 31, 2014

MS: May 31, 2014

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

SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer

Case No; 2014-10-870 2009-10-1044

SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer MS: May 31, 2014

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

ROMEO BAGUIO Case No; 2008-1851 Applicant/s

ALBERT BALOLONG Case No; 2014-10-871 Applicant/s 2009-532

NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority For extension of validity with consolidation of certificate of public convenience to operate PUJ service on the line ;Cagayan de Oro City to Libona, Bukidnon via Camp Philips Terminal with the use of two (2)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 30th day of May, 2014. SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer

NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority for approval of substitution of certificate of public convenience with amendment of route to operate PUJ service on the line ;Kisolon to Kibawe –Malaybalay via Quezon, Bukidnon and vice versa with the use of One (1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 30th day of May, 2014.

SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer

SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer

MS: May 31, 2014

MS: May 31, 2014

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

NOTICE OF HEARING APPLICANT(s)/Petition(s) request authority For approval of substitution of certificate of public convenience with amendment of route to operate PUJ service on the line;Puerto to Talisayan and vice versa with the use of ONE(1) unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 30th day of May, 2014.

Case No; 2014-10-915 (2009-630)

Republic of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING AND REGULATORY BOARD Region X, Cagayan de Oro City DOMINADOR GUISANDO Case No; 2014-10-914 Applicant/s 2008-1916

MS: May 31, 2014

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

Case No; 2014-10-913 2009-903

NOTICE OF HEARING

NOTICE OF HEARING

NOTICE OF HEARING

NOTICE OF HEARING

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NOTICE OF HEARING

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority for approval of sale and transfer with extension of validity of certificate of public convenience on the line City Proper to Tipanoy –Pindungangan and vice versa with the use of one(1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 26th day of May,2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority For approval of Extension of validity of certificate of public convenience (CPC) as PUJ service on the line;Iligan 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 June 05, 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 26th day of May, 2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority For Approval of extension of validity of certificate of public convenience (CPC) as PUJ service on the line ;City Proper to Brgy. Tomas Cabili and vice versa with the use of one (1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05,, 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 26th day of May, 2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority For approval of extension of validity of certificate of public convenience (CPC)as PUJ service on the line ;City Proper to Brgy. Sta. Elena –Steeltown and vice versa with the use of One (1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 30th day of May, 2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petition(s) request authority For extension of validity of certificate of public convenience (CPC)as PUJ service on the line;City Proper to Buruun and vice versa with the use of one(1) unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 30th day of May, 2014.

APPLICANT(s)/Petitioner(s) request authority For Approval of sale and transfer with extension of certificate of public convenience (CPC)as PUJ service on the line ;City Proper yo Brgy. San Miguel St. Mary and vice versa with the use of One (1)unit/s. This application/petition shall be considered by this Board on June 05, 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 30th day of May, 2014.

SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer MS: May 31, 2014

SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer MS: May 31, 2014

SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer MS: May 31, 2014

SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer MS: May 31, 2014

SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer MS: May 31, 2014

SOLAYMAN B. MACATOON, JR. Hearing Officer MS: May 31, 2014


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River... from page 1

The Regional Development Councils of Regions X and XII as well as the Regional Economic Development and Planning Board (REDPB) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) submitted separate resolutions endorsing the master plan and pushing for the creation of the MRB Management Council. Resolution No. 4, Series of 2014, Resolution No. 81, Series of 2013, and ARMM REDPB Resolution No. 06 were passed by the regional development councils of regions X, XII, and ARMM respectively. “These developments will concretize efforts to come up with sustainable but environmentally-sound solutions to the recurring problems within the river basin such as the perennial flooding of the towns and provinces in the area,” said Luwalhati Antonino, chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA). She added that the MRB master plan is a result of a two-year study conducted from 2010-2012 by Woodfields Consultants, Inc. (WCI) with the support of the departments of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Interior and Local Government, National Irrigation Administration, and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD). The study sought for the long-term rehabilitation and development of the river basin. The DENR-River Basin Coordinating Office (DENRRBCO) commissioned the study, while MinDA, through MindaNOW! Nurturing Our Waters Program facilitated for the approval and endorsement of the master plan by the regional development councils. In July 2011, Executive Order No. 50 transferred the tasks and functions of the Presidential Task Force on Mindanao River Basin Rehabilitation and Development to regular government agencies which include MinDA, DENR-RBCO, and the National Risk Reduction Management Council-OCD. With a total catchment area of 21,503 square kilometers, the MRB is the second largest river basin in the country encompassing large areas of three regions in Central Mindanao. Recognizing the fact that the MRB spans multiple regions and provinces, the master plan also recommends the creation of the MRB management council to coordinate and provide directions on the effective and efficient management and development of the river basin and its resources. The proposed river basin council will be composed of representatives from the concerned provincial and local government units, national government agencies, river basin and LGU alliances, nongovernment organizations and the private sector. “A multi-stakeholder and collaborative approach in the implementation of sustainable solutions is eyed to respond to limitations posed by geopolitical boundaries and administrative jurisdictions in addressing river basin issues,” said Marcia Isip, executive director of the DENR-RBCO. She added “this setup en-

sures that all efforts and initiatives to rehabilitate and develop the MRB are well-coordinated and with a cohesiveness of objectives.” Isip said the endorsement of the master plan by all three regional development councils is seen to ease the perennial flooding and improve the overall condition of the river basin. Last year, P6.97 billion worth of flood control projects within the MRB were included in DPWH’s 2014 budget, providing long-term solutions to flooding in areas around the Rio Grande de Mindanao and its tributaries. The projects, which are in their pre-construction phase are designed to mitigate recurring flooding within the river basin. “We are optimistic that these projects will not only solve problems of flooding but also help accelerate socioeconomic growth and development in the area,” she said. (MinDA/PIA-Caraga)

Hunting... from page 1

shark fins. In 2011-2012, local buyers would buy shark fins at P11,000 to 14,000 per kilo depending on the type of shark, its size and moisture. They preferred sun-dried fins. Current prices, however, have dropped to P5,000 or lower. “The price suddenly went down because buyers in Manila cannot export it to China or other countries,” a local buyer said. Local buyers here said they continue to buy shark fins even if they know it’s illegal as no one seems to enforce the law against it. For their part, some fishermen still hunt sharks despite the drop in prices of their fins because their bodies can now be sold. “Shark body buyers will just meet us in the high seas, they will buy the bodies at 70 per kilo and bring them to Cebu to make fish balls,” a fisherman from Punta Bilar said. Cinches said the continued capture, sale and transport of sharks and their products, both in domestic and international markets, threaten shark populations and have affected the ecosystem. He said there has been “no national regulation to protect the species 13 years after the enactment of RA (Republic Act) 9147 and 15 years after RA 8550.” RA 9147 is known as the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act, while RA 8550 is known as the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998. Cinches said it’s now high time to protect this marine species otherwise they would be gone. The country celebrates Ocean Month every May. “Taking out the sharks in the ocean can destabilize the food chain and has the widespread negative ecological impacts on community structure,” he said. Cinches said Cebu province recently passed an ordinance against shark poaching. He said the other local government units should pass a similar ordinance. Local legislators in Surigao, particularly those who are handling environment com-

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mittees, have been silent on the issue. Officials of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in Caraga Region as well as the Philippine National Police Maritime Command have remained mum too. (Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews)

Hawk... from page 1

save it. De Leon, an ophthalmologist by profession and son of the late Mindanao Herald weekly publisher Cynthia de Leon, is a wildlife enthusiast. “When I saw the bird, I thought it would not survive. It had deep avulsions for its injuries,” he said. But the bird recovered after de Leon performed a surgical procedure on it. The DENR and de Leon scheduled an early release date for the bird to prevent it from getting domesticated. Last Monday, the bird was released back to the wild at the slopes of Malasag Hill. “Philippine Hawk Eagles are birds of prey. It hunts for its food. It will get lazy and will lose its hunting skills if we continuously feed it,” de Leon explained. According to the wildlife monitoring group Birdlife International, there are only 320 to 340 pairs of Philippine Hawk Eagle in Mindanao and some 220 pairs in Luzon. The group classified the Philippine Hawk Eagle as “vulnerable” due to loss of its forest habitation, hunting and trade. Dahonog said the DENR has to resort to asking help from people like de Leon because it lacks the expertise and personnel. Dahonog said a Philippine Eagle Owl nicknamed “Chico” they have given to de Leon was found to have lost its hunting skills. He is asking for any kind residents to adopt the bird and like de Leon, the DENR would issue them with Certificates of Wildlife Registration allowing them to keep the owl. There are at least 100 individuals issued with the certificates in Region 10 and each of them is allowed to acquire wildlife so long as its origin is legal. Dahonog said they are strictly monitoring the collectors because the trade of wildlife is a booming market despite DENR efforts to get rid of it since 10 years ago. “The attraction of having an exotic pet is fueling a multi-billion peso illegal trade of wildlife in the country. It is ongoing despite our efforts to stop it ten years ago,” he said. On May 16, a raid conducted by the Philippine National Police Criminal Detection and Investigation Group on a suspected gunrunner’s house yielded, aside from firearms, several wildlife species in cages including a crocodile. Dahonog said the internal traffickers of wildlife still use the old port of entry in General Santos City to smuggle turtles, geckos, snakes, turtles and mynahs from Indonesia which are placed in cramped boxes. He said because the DENR lacks the personnel to monitor the illegal trade, the smugglers could easily bring the wildlife species to Manila by trucks via the Lipata ferry in Surigao

City. He said another preferred route used by wildlife smugglers is via Palawan and most of the animals end up for sale on the streets of Cebu City. “But the major market for the illegal wildlife sale is Cartimar Market in Pasay City. You can find every species of wildlife for sale in Cartimar,” Dahonog said. The sale of wildlife in Cartimar Market is also advertised openly in social networks and blog sites. In one blog site, allthingsmanila.blogspot.com , a picture of an 11-month macaw for sale for P75,000 was posted. Dahonog said the sale of exotic wildlife is not only in Cartimar Market. It is also rampantly advertised in other websites. Philippine Congress passed Republic Act no. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation Act to protect the country’s wildlife from illicit trade, abuse and destruction. The law also regulates the collection and trade of wildlife and spurs conservation efforts in its habitats. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)

Prepares... from page 1

He said the expected long drought brought about by El Niño may result in the decrease of water level, low water production, increase in water demand, salt water intrusion in pumping stations, and possible deterioration of water quality. He said the frequent power interruptions can also lead to increase in operational water production cost, thus, MOWD will make sure that there is enough supply of reserve diesel fuel for their electric generator sets to ensure an uninterrupted service. Naranjo, however, said no reports of parched lands, dried up farms or scarcity of water in the households have been monitored and reported to MOWD, as of press time. But just the same, MOWD will monitor closely the level of water extraction among its other stations, located in barangays Bacolod, Carangan and Bagakay, and its reservoirs in Barangay Segatic and Bukagan, Malaubang, he said. Meanwhile, MOWD has planned to launch an information and education drive for the public on how to conserve water. On the other hand, Naranjo assured that all the pumping stations of MOWD have been insured with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to warrant their immediate repairs in case of damage, if any. (RCA/PIA10Misamis Occidental)

Plastic... from page 1

Management (SWM) ordinance, early this year. Mambajao municipal government now strictly prohibits use of plastics or cellophanes on dry goods while regulating its use on wet goods. An executive and deputation order was likewise released for the creation, organization and training of a task force dubbed as TF Kalikasan, to guard and ensure the enforcement of the ordinance in coordination with the local police.

This was after holding a series of consultations with the store owners and vendors operating especially in the town’s public market. Thousands of improvised bags made of recycled sacks and papers were also distributed by the LGU prior the enforcement. According to the LGU, the campaign will serve as a springboard towards achieving its vision for a “Clean and Beautiful Mambajao.” Currently, the administration is bringing the campaign to the barangays, assisting them in crafting their own SWM ordinance, organizing the SWM board, and in the formulating the SWM plant. (JCV/PIA)

Eyes....... from page 7

of Kalikasan”. Philippine research has used and continues to use biotechnology to increase yield and reduce spoilage. In addition to eggplant, completed and ongoing research is on papaya, abaca and other crops. Research at the International Rice Research Institute has produced rice with sufficient quantities of beta-carotene, the precursor of Vitamin A. But the Philippine establishment has so far failed to utilize these scientific advancements for the use of Filipinos. According to the May 14, 2014 report of the Social Weather Station, in the first quarter of 2014, 17.8 percent of Filipino families (3.9 million families) experienced hunger. Of these hungry people, 2.8 percent of Filipino families, or 613,500 families, experienced severe hunger, which is defined as being always or constantly hungry. In the calculus of human existence, how does the hunger of millions of Filipinos weigh against a “Writ of Kalikasan” which is premised on potential but unproven danger to the environment? SciPhil (Dr. Benigno D. Peczon is the President of the Coalition for Agriculture Modernization in the Philippines and immediate past President of the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines; both organizations advocate for the safe and responsible use of modern biotechnology.)

Newly... from page 2

shall assist OIC SDS Sansarona in the Supervision of schools within the Division of Marawi City; accordingly, Elementary Schools shall be under the Supervision of OIC ASDS Alonto while Secondary Schools shall be under the supervision of ASDS Salamat. Soraida Noor is designated as OIC ASDS of the Divison of Lanao del Sur I, and shall supervise the operation of Secondary Schools, while ASDS Sahanie Sumagayan, shall supervise the operations of Elementary Schools. SDS Normillah R. Pangandaman, is expected to faithfully perform the powers and duties inherent to her position, and shall properly administer the Division of Lanao del Sur I subject to the direct supervision of the Regional Secretary; whilst all the newly designated

officers are likely to perform their duties and pursue programs for the development of education in their respective fields. Notwithstanding designation of ASDS and delineation of function, all ASDS and designated ASDS shall basically render assistance to the SDS in the management and supervision of all elementary and secondary schools. Further, no designation and OIC SDS Sansarona shall each submit report on the implementation of this order and other matters deemed necessary for the information of the undersigned within five (5) days from implementation hereof. This order is signed by authority of the regional governor, Hon. Mujiv S. Hataman with regional secretary Atty. Jamar M. Kulayan.

DENR... from page 1

With theme, Island Biodiversity, Paje also stressed the one-day festivity gave the country the chance to “showcase its awesome endemic species and promote the importance of conserving our islands as habitats of these unique life forms.” Paje said the country’s 7,107 islands provide habitat to very rich and unique species of flora and fauna, the reason why the Philippines was named as one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world. He said among these unique species are the tamaraw and the Philippine eagle, both considered as critically-endangered. Known as the country’s largest and most impressive mammal, the tamaraw can only be found on Mindoro Island. While the Philippine eagle, a national symbol that stands more than three feet tall with a headdress of spiky feathers, lives only in the islands of Luzon, Mindanao, Samar and Leyte. Paje said the country was also lucky to have the Verde Island Passage Marine Corridor that has been identified by scientists as the “center of the center of marine shorefish diversity in the world.” Verde Island is within the Sulu Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion, which is recognized as having the highest coral diversity in the world. But despite having one of the greatest biodiversities on the planet, he said the country is facing biodiversity loss with the list of threatened and endangered species increasing every year. “Ironically, however, our country is also identified as one of the hottest of hotspots in terms of biodiversity loss,” he lamented. T he DE N R of f i c i a l blamed the accelerating biodiversity loss to habitat destruction, over-utilization and poaching. He said the country also has to deal with the destruction brought by natural disasters and the threats of climate change on biodiversity. It is for this reason, he said, “protection of biodiversity is high on the agenda Continued on page 9


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