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Familiarize with new peso to avoid counterfeits (BSP) By: Arjay S. Felicilda, News Editor

CAGAYAN de Oro City – Knowing the security features of the new generation currency is one way to avoid receiving and passing counterfeit bills. Senior Research Specialist Dexter Erick A. Demafeliz of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Cagayan de Oro Branch said the new generation currency uses a different kind of paper, with serial numbers, embedded security fibers,

watermark, concealed value and security threads, among others. Speaking during the “Ang Rehiyon Karon” radio program over DXIM Radyo ng Bayan, Mr. Demafeliz stated, the new currency bears four security features that are highly visible to the public and recognizable by professional cash handlers or bank tellers, with the use of specialized equipment. He added, the upgrading of

security features of the banknotes is a normal practice of the BSP to protect the integrity of the currency. According to him, the new design is user-friendly and allows easy identification since the size and the dominant color of each banknote denomination are retained. The face value of the banknotes on the front side of the currency are also intaglio-printed to give an embossed feel that will help the visually-impaired differenti-

ate each denomination, Mr. Demafeliz further said. It does not only pays tribute to Filipinos, who played significant roles in moulding the nation’s history, but also highlights the world heritage sites and natural wonders of the country. The BSP-Cagayan de Oro Branch is continuously conductcountering information campaign and feits. (based on report from briefing to educate the public on how to tell genuine bills from Apipa P. Bagumbaran/PIA-10)

City opens new community for calamity survivors


By Joe del Puerto Felicilda, Editor-in-Chief

AGAYAN de Oro City – A 16-hectare relocation site was opened, Friday, in Barangay Pagatpat, this city, signalling the establishment of a new community for displaced calamity survivors.

Padaca (tunga) samtang nagalantaw sa Precinct Count Optical Scanners (PCOS) machine atol sa mock election kaniadtong Sabado sa Cagayan de Oro City Central School. (kuha ni Jun Felicilda, City Editor)

PCOS machine nagkabikos-bikos

and Leonilo Escalada of the Habitat for Humanity Sinulat ni Jun Felicilda, City Editor Philippines, Incoporated (HFHP). CAGAYAN de Oro City gayod milusot ang signal This, after the City – Precinct Count Optical sa Smart ug Globe hangtud calamity /P10 Scanners (PCOS) machines nga ang precinct officials Posibleng malangan ug si Ms. Padaca mihukom ang proseso sa Mayo 13 pagbalhin sa PCOS ngadto mid-term elections ginamit sa gawas sa maong lawak ug ang Precinct Count Optical ayha pa milusot ang signal. Scanners (PCOS) machines. Hinoon, mipasalig si Ms. Kini nga panglantaw Padaca nga ilang paninggipalanog ni Comelec Com- kamutan nga macheck ang missioner Grace Padaca sa tanang posibleng dautang dihang nahinabi ang media mahitabo sa panahon sa human sa mock election piliay. diha sa City Central School Mao man gani nga gipakaniadtong Sabado. higayon ang mock elections Nasaksihan mismo ni aron macheck ang tanang 2012 Year-end Review Ms. Padaca ang pagkabikos- angay i-check, matud niya. (Pagbalik-lantaw sa dagkong panghitabo sa Year of the Dragon 2012) bikos sa PCOS machine sa Iyang gipasabot nga dili NOBYEMBRE 7 - Subling napili si US Pres. Barack dihang itransmit na unta ang lamang gikan sa Cagayan de Obama. Iyang naangkon ang 332 ka electoral votes result sa nahisgotang mock Oro nga transmission ang batok sa 206 ni Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt elections ngadto sa Board kinahanglanh ma-perfect, Romney. Dako ang pasalamat ni President Obama sa of Elections Supervisors ug kun dili lakip ang pag-rekatawhang Amerikanhon nga mibotar kaniya. Susaangay pang angay padalhan. ceive sa gi-transmit gikan mang pasalamat ngadto sa ginsakpan sa partido nga Gamit sa PCOS machine sa provincial ug municipal naningkamot aron mapadayon ang iyahang nasugdan ang duha ka modem nga levels. sa White House. Matud ni President Obama nga nagtangag sa chips sa Smart Dugang niya nga human andam siya nga makigtagbo sa kampo sa Republicans ug Globe niadtong higayona. unya sa mock elections, alang sa panaghi-usa ug makigtambayayong aron Samtang diha sulod makita ang dako kaayong makab-ot ang ilahang mga damgo. sa lawak-botaranan, wala pcos /P10

Mayor Vicente Y. Emano officiated the ceremony, with Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas, city councilors, DSWD-10 Regional Director Araceli Solamillo

GAHUM SA MEDIA – Si Punong Barangay Max Seno sa Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental (too) nakighinabi sa iyahang radio program anchors mahitungod sa lainlaing mga kakulangon sa lungsod sa Opol karong panahona. Nag-una sa hisgotanan ang mahitungod sa supply sa imnunon nga tubig nga nagpabiling problemado. “Anaa untay dako kaayong tinubdan sa tubig sa Salawaga, apan wala gayod na-ugmad. Kung kana nga tinubdan sa tubig gitagad pa sa mga puno-an karon sa lungsod, dili na unta kita magsalig sa Cagayan de Oro Water District,” matud ni Punong Barangay Seno. (Advertorial)

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PPP serves resident of Macasandig

PPP: PhilHealth Cards & Basic Services For Macasandig- City Councilor Nadya Emano-Elipe hands to a Macasandig resident a PhilHealth card as Barangay Macasandig Councilors Loloy Vallejos (2nd from left), Eric Edrote (2nd from right), and Amor Sanchez (right) look on. The distribution of 1,530 PhilHealth Cards in Macasandig was held during the People to People Program conducted January 31, 2013 by the City Government headed by City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano. CIOPHOTO

Pag-IBIG Citi prepaid cards now available By Pinky M. Abejo


ag-IBIG Fund members applying for the MultiPurpose Loan (MPL) may now choose to have their

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loan proceeds automatically credited to their Pag-IBIG Citi Prepaid Card, starting February 1, 2013. Upon submission of the MPL application, the ap-

plicant will be required to register and secure the PagIBIG Citi Prepaid Card at the Pag-IBIG Fund Cagayan de Oro Branch Short-Term Loan Counter at Window Number 1.

THE MEDIA CENTER BUSINESSWEEK MINDANAO Tanleh Bldg., Abellanosa St., Cagayan de Oro City

“I absorbed so much from my training on radio broadcasting at the BusinessWeek Mindanao Media Center in Cagayan de Oro City. My campus journalism adviser, Maria Christina M. Ganas, was right when she said that the training wasn’t just an ordinary one. Even this page wouldn’t be enough to cover all the lessons I had. We have learned things we didn’t expect to. The most important thing to remember was that there are types of information, news events, straight news and radio news. Another thing that I focused most on was the script writing. As our trainer, Mr. Joe del Puerto Felicilda, said it is very important to make the best out of the time given in making your script. Your whole flow of delivering the news also depends on the script you did. Wherever you go, news awaits you. At the simplest form of activity or event, news can be made from it. In the making of the news, it is also required to investigate, confirm and reconfirm the gossips you hear for safety reasons. I do treasure such lessons, as I start my broadcasting activities. And this could really be memorable to me, as a I take another step further.”

- MONIQUE M. MEGUILLO Gusa Regional Science High School

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Only qualified MPL member borrowers may avail of the Pag-IBIG Citi Prepaid Card at a minimum rate of Seventy Five Pesos (P75.00), which can be deducted from the proceeds of the said loan. The Pag-IBIG Citi Prepaid Card is an auto debit card which can be used for purchases at any Visa accredited stores. Meanwhile, member borrowers, may also choose to have their MPL proceeds credited to their Land Bank Cash Card. (PMA/arjaysfelicilda)

THOUSANDS of residents of Barangay Macasandig last availed of basic government services delivered by the city government headed by City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano and Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas, last January 31 2013. The City Health Office and J.R. Borja General Hospital attended to the medical needs of 2,000 patients and provided free medicines and dental treatment to 185 during the outreach program. The City Social Welfare and Development office (CSWD) provided supplemental feeding to 2,000 persons and distributed packs of rice to 1,800 poor families. For its part, the City Public Library made available books and reading materials, which were availed by

91 constituents while the City Legal office acted on the legal inquiries of two clients. The City Assessor’s Office attended to the appraisal needs of four clients and verification needs of two others. For its part, the City Veterinary Office provided rabies vaccination for dogs (26); vitamins and deworming services and dog treatment, while the Agricultural Productivity Office distributed grafted mangoes (100), jackfruit (100) and guava (50) to Macasandig residents. Mayor Emano officiated the mass wedding of 15 couples who had been living for over five years. This was facilitated by the City Civil Registrar, which also processed the late birth ppp /P10

City replaces streetlight swith LED

Mayor Vicente Y. Emano said, he is exploring the possibility of replacing the city streetlights with energy-saving Light-Emitting

Dioxide (LED). “Atong tun-an ang ilahang tanyag kay wala may gastuhon ang dakbayan niini nga proyekto,” matud sa mayor atol sa iyahang programa sa radyo. He did not mention the proponent entity, but assured that “makadaginot kita og 80 porsiyento sa bayrunon sa suga kay minus man ang konsumo, kung LED lights ang i-puli.” He, however, pointed out that the proponent is getting back part of the 80% savings on power consumption. “If found feasible, the replacement of streetlights will first be implemented in the city proper, Mayor Emano said. (CIO/arjaysf)

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Mindanao get ready for Summer Peace Fest 2013 Good Karma Productions, Muni Productions and Ministry of Mushrooms, Inc. spearhead a week-long collaborative peace festival first sowing its seeds in Northern and Western Mindanao.

From the Kalawaig River running through the mountains of Bukidnon to the coastline of the Celebes Sea in Zamboanga. Mindanao comes alive with art, culture and music in 2013 with one clear message to the rest of the country and to the world: Mindanao is ready for peace and ripe for exploration!. Through the vision of a young group of individuals with roots in Mindanao, the southern island will take the spotlight from Friday, April 26 to May 1, Labour Day with two festivals that will marry world music with local traditional culture and contemporary art in the name of peace, with nature, through culture and between people. For decades the island has been considered taboo as stories of war, kidnapping and political violence are continuously highlighted by mainstream media, ignoring the fact that most of Mindanao is peaceful. SPF13 has no political agenda and takes no sides but rather wishes to break boundaries and look at humanity and nature as a whole without prejudice. SPF13 also offers a unique opportunity for an extended vacation this summer, which is educational, uplifting, inspirational and best of all fun! Guests will get to explore Mindanao’s true beauty and experience its unique culture while we all come together to celebrate peace. SPF13 dots the month of April with activities to uplift the environment and people’s collective well-being in Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon and Zamboanga City. SPF13 culminates with two festivals Luna Musikalawaig, at the Ki Bathala Gardens in Talakag, Bukidnon on April 26-28 and Paz Musica del Mar at Fort Pilar, Zamboanga City April 30- May 1. After the successful launch of the full moon festival by the river last year, Luna Musikalawaig, spreads its influence and will extend its activities to three days and two nights, allowing its guests more time to explore and immerse into Northern Mindanao. Artists gather to express themselves and bring back to consciousness our traditional music, games, art and culture at the Ki Bathala Gardens, a protected jungle only 40 minutes from Cagayan de Oro City. Day activities from white water rafting to seminars and workshops on environmental concern create venues for the exchange of creative ideas and the formation of new friendships. The moon illuminates the evenings and the forest gets filled with carefully music. Carefully hand-picked ensembles, genre’s including, Reggae, World Music (from Mindanao), Rock ‘n Roll, Electronica and Blues. Paz Musica del Mar will highlight Zamboanga’s rich and color-

ful history and culture,which is intimately connected to the sea. Breaking the barriers of beliefs that separate our cultures, through the universal language of art and music, Paz Musica del Mar and the

month-long events leading up to it will allow its audience to experience true Mindanaoan culture, soul and identity while celebrating life and being a catalyst for peace. Pre-events every weekend

of April are all surrounding the weekend market by the sea at the Vista del Mar Resort featuring classic dishes revisited and new dishes created by celebrity chefs partnered mindanao /P10


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The need for love and peace

It has been more than sixty years, since the end of World War II, that the world has been generally peaceful. Although there were small scale conflicts from smaller countries, they did not disturb the general tranquility of people worldwide. We witnessed the love and friendship of everyone from nearly all the countries on the planet and truly it was beautiful. The countries were united and peace prevail everywhere. There was extreme growth and development among nations and people from all walks of life are free to crisscross the world. It was so nice to see people from numerous places going together hand in hand and work for the betterment of life and peace. Everybody was in smile and anywhere you go, one is not afraid of bombs, bayonets, guns and all kinds of weapons of war. Every person regardless of color enjoys freedom of

movement. He owns the world and enjoys every moment of his life in freedom and peace. Nobody is afraid of things and people around him. He enjoys the gifts of nature, the friendship of people and the bounty of things from heaven. The churches ring their bells and people flock inside for love of God and peace throughout the world. Unlike during the war when everyone is afraid to even walk outside of their homes because enemies are all over and death can be instantaneous. Fears live in their hearts as their spirits are trembling of so much fears of death. People explore freely the beauty of nature, the cold air around him and enjoy the wonder of creation. Nobody is sad under the sun. People are happy and contented and possessing extreme joy in the spirits. If we notice the great world power, the big coun-

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BEN EMATA JR. tries are friends and united for a good cause. They exchange materials and intelligence for existence. The bigger nations teach the smaller ones how to exist better with ease, comforts and success. They are united at all times for the development of new things and innovations for the youth and leaders. Friendship prevail at all times and to watch them happy and contented is something nice in the hearts of people. I have gone to many countries in the world

and observed so closely the behavior of different nationalities. I walked freely in the Americas, in European nations, in Prague, in Austria, Germany, Canada, Amsterdam, Italy, England and elsewhere. I enjoyed so much the friendship of people in these places. At first I though I would be unsafe to meet new faces and behavior in different countries. It was not as I found them much alike as my own countrymen. Everyone is friendly. It was so beautiful when love and understanding prevail among people. God has wanted it this way and I could see Him smiling and admiring for his creature existing altogether. If we can only have this, if the greed and hatred of some individuals in some places would only surface like these, I can predict the world will always be a beautiful place to live in. (

How to live right with a wrong husband Think a minute… A famous woman once said: “All marriages are happy, it’s living together afterwards that’s the problem!” Have you ever felt like you could be a great, loving wife—if you had the right kind of husband? Well, if you’re the wife who has the wrong kind of husband, then these 4 reminders are just for you. Number 1 is our actions and behavior. It doesn’t matter how difficult your husband is to live with, he’s still not blind! He can’t ignore the way you behave—whether you’re good to him and treat him with respect or not. Don’t let him fool you, he’s watching the way you act and behave! Number 2 is our ap-

pearance: how we look. Of course, we need to be pure and loving in our heart, but don’t stop when you get to the outside! We need to care about how we look for our husband. So if at home you and I are looking like a messy, unmade bed all day, what husband wants to come home to that? So do all you can to look good—whether it’s your clothes, makeup, exercise or diet. Even an old shed looks better with new paint on it! Number 3 is our attitude. Do you have a gentle, quiet strength? You might say: “Wait a minute. I’m not that weak, submissive wimp type!” Friend, I’m not talking about being weak; I’m talking about our at-

titude of inner strength and self-control that still shows respect for our husband. Remember, you and I can fix our faces up in 2 minutes, but our right attitude takes a lifetime to build! And number 4 is the

way you and I take care of our husband’s needs. Or are we too busy running here and there for other people, taking care of everyone else except our own husband? Friend, if we do all these things that are right in our marriage, then God will bless and reward us. But you and I must trust Godto change our husband. And if you’ll ask Jesus Christ to forgive you for all your wrongs in your marriage, and ask for His power to change, your love and example will begin to influence your husband to want to change. Then, you’ll be on your way to living with the right kind of husband! Just Think a Minute… <

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Special Gospel of the day: Lukas 21:34-36(February4, 2013)Lukas 21:34 -apan kinahanglan magbantay kamo sa inyong kaugalingon, basi sa inyong mga kasingkasing mahiluwan ang pagpatuyang ug ang pagkahubog ug ang mga kabalaka tungod niining kinabuhia, ug unya kadtong adlawa moabut kaninyo nga wala dahuma, ingon sa lit-ag. Sa Mateo 25:1-13- nagsaysay kini sa lima ka danghag nga dalaga nga wala kapangandam sa ilang lana nga maoy hinungdan nga napagngan sila. Sa 1 Korinto 11:31- atong susihon ang atong kaugalingon. Kining “self awareness” maoy labing importanti

Biblical Reflection


aron makabantay kita sa paghukom. Ang usa ka mananap nga unggoy lisod kaayong pagadakpon tungod sa kaabtik, apan sa takolaw nasikopan tungod kay nagkompyansa man diay kay nakatulog. Lukas 12:43- bulahan kadtong ulipon nga sa

pag-abut sa iyang agalon mahiabtan nga magabuhat sa pagpangandam. So therefore, dili gayud diay kita dapat magkompyansa kay unyag malit-ag kita. Takenote, devils trick ang pagpunay ug pangsulsol niya sa mga tawo nga dili usa mangandam, sanglit halayo paman ang kataposan. Ang mission sa yawa dili evangelizing kundili usa ka “brain washing” aron nga malit-ag ka. Kapila kana nabiktima sa pagpanglingla sa yawa?Sa Efeso 5:18- ayaw kamo ug huboghubog hinuno-a pun-a ang inyong kaugalingon sa Espirito Santo.Sa Sirac 14:11- atimana ang imong lawas. Ikaw, giun-

sa manang imong lawas? Daghan kanato nga gihinahinay ug patay tungod sa binong sobra. Kun ikaw pay Dios, ganahan kaha ka mupoyo sa lawas sa tawong palahubog?Sa Sirac 31:28- inom occasionally, apan daghan kanato nga gihimo namang daily habit ang pagtagay. Dili na kini lingawlingaw kundili usa na kini ka “bisyo ug pagpakamatay” sa hinayhinay! Please be part of our media ministry and our charity outreach program in behalf of the JD Kaligayahan Foundation, INC.You can visit in my office located at SMCNI Cable TV, compound in Poblacion Jagna, Bohol.#0928414940Question-Prayer

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hree SM retail stores – the SM Department Store, Kultura Filipino, and Watsons - recently won three major awards during the recent 16th Outstanding Filipino Retailers and Shopping Centers of the Year Awards Night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom. The SM Department Store was named the winner in the Full Line Department Store category. Acknowledged as the leader and trendsetter in the Philippine retail scene, it has 46 branches around the country that serve millions of shoppers. Known for its world class interiors, quality merchandise at reasonable prices, and service, it continues to create excitement for a new generation of shoppers by combining great retail and great design, a mastige merchandise assortment, and services that go beyond shopping like foreign exchange, bills payments, and tieups with government agencies like the DTI,

Phil Health, SSS, PagIbig, and recently, the Department of Foreign Affairs. Kultura Filipino, the place to shop for all things Filipino, won the Category Killer award for the second year in a row, elevating it to the Hall of Fame. Kultura showcases the best of Filipino talent, craftsmanship, and ingenuity at customer friendly prices at 33 branches nationwide. It does not only highlight Filipino lifestyle retail, but also assists numerous NGOs and micro- entrepreneurs in its Crafts for a Cause section. Watsons, Your Personal Store, was cited as PRA’s top Foreign Brand Retailer in the Non-Food Category for the second year in a row. It is part of the Hong Kong based AS Watson chain, the world’s largest health, beauty, and personal care retailer with its network of 2,500 stores across 37 countries. In the Philippines, the first Watsons stores opened at The Podium

and SM Megamall in 2002. Since then, more than 200 stores have opened in 30 cities across the country, serving more than 160,000 customers everyday. The annual search for the Outstanding Filipino Retailers seeks to recognize Filipino Retailers who have epitomized the model of a successful business retailer in terms of growth and good ethical business practices. The award, which started in 1997, is a collaboration between the Philippine Retailers Association and the Department of Trade of Industry. Since that time, over 150 retailers have been given this honor and a total of 37 have been inducted in the Hall of Fame. In 2011, recognizing that foreign brands are now a new player in the local retail scene, the PRA and DTI opened a new category – the Foreign Brand Retailer – to recognize the Filipino management behind the success of foreign brands in the local market.

The SM Store President Jorge Mendiola receives the 2013 PRA Full Line Department Store Award from PRA VP and Celine Marketing Corp. Chairman and CEO Chan Kok Bin, DTI USEC Zenaida Maglaya and PRA Director and Cinderella Marketing Corp. President Arthur Coronel together with SM’s VP for Marketing Millie Dizon.

Kultura Filipino Vice President for Operations Ivy Yap receives the 2013 PRA Category Killer Award from DTI USEC Zenaida Maglaya and PRA Vice President for External Affairs Atty. Paul Santos. Also shown in photo is Senior Merchandising Manager Tricia Libongco.

Watsons Philippines General Manager Robert Sun receives the 2013 PRA Foreign Brand Specialty Award from DTI USEC Zenaida Maglaya, and PRA Board Member Lorenzo Formoso. He is shown with the Watsons Philippines team - Marketing Director Maria Victoria Encarnacion, Operations Director Jessamine Jimenez, and Watsons Chain Supply Director Sean Hembling.

Kultura Filipino, a one-stop lifestyle shop for all things uniquely Filipino, offers home and fashion items as well as souvenirs and crafts made by local artisans that showcase Filipino artistry, ingenuity and innovation.

SM’s services go beyond shopping. Customers can pay their bills, exchange foreign currency, buy tickets to the hottest shows in town, and avail of BDO Remit and government services all in one stop. Prestige Card members can also relax at the Prestige Lounge during their shopping breaks.

Watsons Your Personal Store, a part of the A.S. Watsons chain, the largest health, beauty and personal care retailer in the world, gives you a great reason to Look Good, Feel Great and Have Fun.

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MARAMAG, Bukidnon – Another fierce battle between troops of 8th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, headed by Lieutenant Colonel Jose Maria Cuerpo II and NPA rebels took

place in Pantaron Range, Sitio Abakahon, Barangay Nacabuklad, San Fernando, Bukidnon, Friday morning. In flash report, members of Bravo Company of the 8th Infantry Battalion,

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led by Second Lieutenant Cirian B. Rosero, while conducting combat clearing operations in the area, encountered some 20 rebels believed to be members of the Sandatahang Platon

Pampropaganda 3, Front Committee 6, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee of the NPA, under Reynante Tumbalang, also known as Kumander JIGGER. The fire fight lasted for about 20 minutes resulting the recovery of personal belongings, assorted medical supplies and subversive documents. After the encounter, the rebels withdrew toward

an unknown direction, as the government troops continue to conduct hot pursuit operations. Accordingly, the encounters were made possible due to the strong support of the civilian’s resident’s giving timely information about the encampment and presence of the NPA rebel, as they pursue force taxation and foodstuff collection on poor farmers in the locality.

Lt. Col. Cuerpo said “the NPA rebels have no place in the peace-loving province of Bukidnon. Thus, the Dependable troopers will continue exert effort to hunt down these rebels.” The only thing for them is to come down from the mountain with their firearms and surrender, so that “we can attain the sustainable peace and development in the province,” he added. (PR/asf )

DepEd mobilizes school-based PCOS machine technicians By Rutchie C. Aguhob

OFFICERS MEET - Senior military and police officers chat awaiting the start of the Regional Joint Security Control Center (RJSCC) coordinating conference, Tuesday, at Camp Alagar, Cagayan de Oro City. From left to right, Major General Rainer Cruz, 1st Infantry Division commander; Police Chief Supt. Catalino B. Rodriguez Jr., regional director of Police Regional Office 10 (PRO-10); and Major General Nestor A. Añonuevo, 4th ID commander. (photo by PSupt. Ronnie Francis M. Cariaga)

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OROQUIETA City – The Department of Education (DepEd) in Northern Mindanao will be fielding 2,239 technicians, as part of the Precinct Count Optical Scanning (PCOS) Machine Technical Support Personnel in the May 13 elections. Lawyer Alberto T. Muyot, undersecretary for legal and legislative affairs of the DepEd, said these number of technicians will be assigned deped /P10

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PBSP hands over Spanish-funded school buildings By Danilo C. Escabarte

AGUSAN del Norte - Providing access to basic education is the driving force behind the humanitarian endeavor of the Government of Spain in the province’s depressed communities. Yesterday, newly-completed school buildings were turned-over to Department of Education officials and recipient communities at the Rizal Integrated School in Buenavista town. Executive Director Rafael C. Lopa of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) officiated the turnover of said school buildings to Mr. Rizalino D. Rivera, DepEd undersecretary for regional operations, witnessed by members of the Parents Teachers Association and some officials. Since the project started, 89 classrooms have already been built benefitting more than 50,000 school children in 35 schools of Agusan del Norte.

Beneficiaries of threeclassroom buildings were the Rojales Elementary School, Culit Integrated School, Agay Elementary School, Humilog Elementary School, Buenavista National High School, Cahayagan High School, Gosoon Elementary School, Jagupit National High School, Santiago National High School, Magallanes National High School, Maningalao National High School, Nasipit National Vocational School, Carmen Central Elementary School, Sangay Integrated School, Dahican Elementary School, Manoligao Integrated School, Nasipit Central Elementary School, Santiago Central Elementary School and Manapa III Integrated

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Medical mission serves 2,446 persons SURIGAO City - Around 2,446 individuals from Barangays San Juan and Sukailang, this city have availed of free medical and dental consultation/ treatment, eye examination with free eyeglasses, and dermatologic examination/treatment during the medical mission conducted recently by the Philippine Medical Association of Chicago, USA in partnership with the Rotary Club of Metro Surigao, Rotary Club of Surigao Midtown Jewels, the Philippine Army and the Department of Education. School. Two-classroom school buildings were also constructed in 15 schools in the province, namely Casiklan Elmenetary School, Vinapor National High School, Ambacon Elementary School, Marcos Calo National High School, Agong-ong Integrated School, Tabon Elementary School, Kinajangan Elementary School, Dona Telesfora Ong Elementary School, Sacol Elementary School, Marcos Calo Elementary

School, Malicato Elementary School, Matabao Elementary School, Casiklan National High School, Carmen National High School, Tagcatong Elementary School and Rizal Integrated School. Funded by Agencia Espanola de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID), the school building project had been implemented by the Madrid-based Fundacion Humanismo Y Democracia (H+D), in partnership with PBSP. (DE/asf)

SuriNte celebrates National Year of Rice SURIGAO City - In connection with the launching of the National Year of Rice 2013 by the Department of Agriculture, the Provincial Agriculture Office of Surigao del Norte has conducted the Usapang Palay cum Press Conference, Wendesday, at Mt. Bagarabon Resort, Mabua, this city.

PA-NPA clash anew BUKIDNON - Another gun battle betweeen government troops and the New People’s Army occured early morning of February 1, this year, at Sitio Abakahon, Brgy Nacabuklad, San Fernando town. Lt. Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo II, commanding officer of the 8th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, said army troops were conducting combat clearing operations when they encountered about 20 armed NPA rebels.

Army identifies rebel commander BUKIDNON - The NPA rebels whom government troopers have encountered in Sitio Abakahon, Brgy Nacabuklad, San Fernando town, Friday, were believed to be members of the Sandatahang Platon Pampropaganda 3, Front Committee 6, North Central Mindanao Regionall Committee, under Reynante Tumbalang a.k.a “Kumander Jigger.

INFORMATION MECHANISM – Photo shows personnel of the information division of the Police Regional Office (PRO13), headed by Police Supt. Martin M. Gamba, during a conference workshop inside Camp Rafael Rodriguez, Libertad, Butuan City, recently. This is part of the consistent effort in strengthening PRO-13’s information, education, communication and advocacy approaches, particularly relating to the upcoming mid-term elections in May this year. (photo by Arjay S. Felicilda)

Gina Lopez rallies Surigaonons vs. mining By Vanessa L. Almeda, MindaNews

CANTILAN, Surigao del Sur – Staunch anti-mining advocate Regina Lopez, managing director of ABSCBN Foundation’s Bantay Kalikasan, rallied residents in the seven towns of Surigao del Sur last Monday to oppose mining in ecotourism sites. Speaking before some 6,000 anti-mining advocates at Cantilan municipal gymnasium, recently, Ms. Lopez called on the people “to act and bond together, and never sell your votes to stop mining in the country.” is for the people to act and bond together and “to not sell your votes” eve as she reminded them of the upcoming elections. She also hinted on the di-

vision between the pro and anti-mining politicians, to which the audience roared and applauded, chanting and raising their fists to express strong stance against mining operations in the province. That the continued degradation of an ecosystem area that has already started to grow brown and murky.

Cantilan is known for its strong opposition against mining operations in the province dominated by the Pimentels, who own and operate CTP Construction and Mining Corporation in neighboring Carrascal town. In her hour-long talk, Ms. Lopez presented her position against “how mining is being run in this

country” and why it should be stopped. She rallied the students to join her in generating 10 million votes for the Save Palawan Movement while also urging them to cast their votes wisely. “Don’t go for candidates who only think of filling up their pockets, but go for those whose interest is not for himself but for others. This is nothing political but we just want to say we don’t want to destroy our rich biodiversity,” she said. The managing director of the ABS-CBN Foundation was in provincial capital Tandag City a day before the Cantilan sojourn as part of her two-day sortie in the province.

LaSur health providers serve 288 in DavOr LANAO del Sur - The provincial Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) has served 288 residents of Boston, Davao Oriental during the IPHO solidarity medical mission in the province, January 29 and 30, this year. This was disclosed by Lanao del Sur IPHO Chief Alinader Minalang.


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P12 bilyones rehab projects gipirmahan ni Mayor Cruz

ILIGAN City - Gipirmahan na ni Mayor Lawrence Lluch Cruz ang 32 ka program of works (POW) alang sa infrastructure projects. Ang maong mga proyekto, ubos sa P12.1 bilyones nga Recovery and Rehabilitation Fund (RRF) gikan sa nasudnong kagamhanan. Kahinumduman nga human sa masubsob nga pagfollowup ni Mayor Cruz, nagahinan ang dakbayan sa Iligan og pundo gikan sa National Disaster Risk Reduction Management

Council (NDRRMC). Kini kabahin sa paningkamot nga maka-recover ang siyudad gikan sa mga kadaut nga gibilin ni bagyong Sendong kaniadtong tuig 2011. Lakip sa gipirmahang POW ang pag-ayo ug pagtukod sa mga tulay, pagconstruct og drainage ug interceptor canal, ug water supply projects sa lima ka resettlement sites. Kamulo na usab karong gihikay ang 15 ka dugang POWs alang sa ubang rehab projects. (mta/asf )

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Tangub receives FMR Tangub City - Residents of barangay Tugas and Guinabot were delighted to accept the concreted 503 meter-length Farm-to-Market-Road (FMR) from the Department of Agriculture, Mindanao North Coast Integrated Area Development Project (DA-MNCIADP) on January 30, 2013. In an interview with Brgy. Guinabot Chairperson Bernardo Atay, he said that before the construction of the FMR project in the area, “lisod kaayo magdala sa among produkto nga saging ug kopras ngadto sa merkado kay wala mi saktong dalan. Karomata lang ang makaagi kay tungason kaayo. (It’s very difficult to bring our agriproducts such as bananas and copra because we don’t have road access. The only transportation we have were draft animals that can bring down our produce to the market which is laborious and expensive). With the said aspiration realized, the residents can now own vehicles that can haul their produce from their

barangay down to the market. Travel time is shortened and they can now enjoy the access of a road network. The farmer-beneficiaries are likewise happy as they can maintain the quality of their products and can further demand for reasonable price which will be beneficial for them. On the other hand, Tangub City Mayor Philip T. Tan encouraged the residents to be responsible in maintaining the road so it could still be utilized by the succeeding generations. “We should love the project for this is our own. The accessibility of this road depends on how well we take care of this.” MNCIADP project coordinator Carlota S. Madriaga, meanwhile, revealed that the project was materialized through a 90:10 counterparting scheme wherein 90% or P2 million was shouldered by the DA while the 10% or P222,000 was shouldered by the city government of Tangub. The total project costs P2, 222,000. # (MGBSta. Elena, DA-10)

The ceremonial cutting of ribbon denotes the opening of the concreted 503 meterFMR traversing the barangays of Tugas-Guinabot in Tangub City. The activity was headed by Hon. City Mayor Philip T. Tan, Barangay Chairperson Bernardo Atay and MNCIADP coordinator Carlota S. Madriaga. Photo below shows Tangub City Mayor Hon. Philip T. Tan handing over the certificate of project acceptance to the barangay officials headed by Barangay Chairperson Bernardo Atay. (Photos by: MGBSta. Elena, DA-10 RAFID)

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Xavier University awards Ontario-based grad

Calamity...... from page 1

Council enacted an ordinance authorizing the ciy mayor to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DSWD and the HFHP for the purpose. Mayor Emano said, the P140 million provided by the DSWD, as Core Shelter Assistance for Typhoon Sendong survivors will be used to fund the project, which will be implemented by the HFHP. Under the agreement, the DSWD shall identify families eligible to occupy the core shelters and provide technical assistance to DSWD. The city, on the other hand, shall implement the project and take care of the social preparation aspects, specifically those involving the project beneficiaries.; and formulate a work and financial plan; assign and designate a Project Management Team to monitor and coordinate the project implementation with HFHP; among others. HFHP shall implement utilizing the DSWD Core Shelter Assistance fund. The MOA further stipulates that in consultation with

the affected families, the DSWD and the city shall construct core-shelters, latrines, wash areas and kitchens, in accordance with HFHP specifications and standards. It shall likewise engage volunteers for the project, particularly from among the beneficiaries and deploy adequate number of skilled workers adept with shelter structure technology. The city shall further provide the site where HFHP shall build 2,000 core shelters and provide access to electricity and water, while assisting the HFHP in the process. (with report from Loribeth C. Requiroso)

PCOS...... from page 1

improvement sa signal. Iyang gi-awhag ang kooperasyon sa katawhan panahon unya sa pagboto “kay nakita nato kung unsa kabililhon ang paggamit sa PICOS machine, kontra sa manu-mano. Nasayran usab nga sa lalawigan sa Maguindanao ug ubang mga bahin sa nasod, hapsay ang dagan sa PCOS machine atol sa susamang mock election

The Xavier UniversityAteneo de Cagayan of Cagayan de Oro City and the Xavier University -Atene de Cagayan Alumni Association have chosen Engr. Liane Emata-Harris of Ontario, Canada, as the OUTSTANDING ALUMNA FOR 2012. For professional services, the award was conferred upon Liane on November 30, 2012 by the University’s Award Committee chaired by Dr. Juanito Demetrio

in Cagayan de Oro City. Liane was a consistent scholar of the University and was in the Honors Roll from first year to the last year in the College of Engineering. She obtained the degree of Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering, with honors and took up her masters degree and completed it from the McNeese State University in Louisiana, U.S.A. She is presently prac-

kaniadtong Sabado.

Tours to tribal communities and Food tours, tailored for them during the day. SPF13 culminates with a chill-out sunset session by the Celebes Sea, followed by the 7 iconic bands playing music with one message, peace.

PPP...... from page 2

registration of 20 clients. Personnel of the Bureau of Fire made available free blood pressure checking and monitoring as well as medicines to 130 patients while the Community Improvement Office provided constituents of Macasandig with free haircut which was availed by 297 men and boys. The holding of the PPP is in line with the city government’s intention to provide holistic care to its constituents. The outreach program also aims to ensure that all city residents are reached by basic government services. (APD)

Mindanao...... from page 3

with local restaranteurs, local produce and gourmet products, local art and handicrafts. Yoga workshops, drive-in movies/film showing, water sports and coastal clean-ups are all in the works. As guests arrive for the festival they may enjoy the historical tours of the Zamboanga City, Eco-Tours to the pink sands of Sta. Cruz Island or Merloquet Falls, Cultural

DepEd...... from page 6

in Misamis Oriental, 587; Bukidnon, 568; Lanao del Norte, 529; Misamis Occidental, 496; and Camiguin, 59. The PCOS technicians are to be tasked to report any irregular condition of the PCOS machine before, during and after voting, and loss of equipment, parts of equipment, peripherals and inventory and sealing of the PCOS machines. They are also tasked to monitor and supervise the PCOS technicians and report to the National Support Center (NSC) all concerns/ problems that cannot be solved in their level. Meanwhile, the proposed honorarium for the PCOS Technicians/Supervisors is still being discussed, but they will receive an additional training allowance of P1,600 for the three-day training with free food and accommodation, Usec Mugot added. (RCA-PIA10, Misamis Occidental/jdelpf )

ticing her profession in Ontario, Canada and is active in Engineering and Machine Reliability. She chairs the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals. She is also the vice chair of the Canadian Machinery and Vibration Association. Liane is a requested speaker at various organizations, the most recent are at the Professional Engineers of Ontario, Canada, Scarborough Chapter,

and the 9th Annual ReInventing Maintenance in Ontario Canada. As an Engineer-Entrepreneur, she developed training program related to Proactive and Predictive skilled workers in Thailand, Mexico, Puerto Rico, China, Philippines, U.S.A.. and Canada. Liane is the eldest daughter of Ben and Minda Emata and is one of three engineers in the family. (PR)

DepEd employees to receive refund from GSIS By Apipa P. Bagumbaran

CAGAYAN de Oro City, - Employees of the Department of Education (DepEd) will receive refund of premiums from the Government Service and Insurance System (GSIS) starting this month. Ma. Cecilia Vega, GSIS Cagayan de Oro Branch Manager, said they will refund premiums in arrears previously deducted from the life insurance benefits of more than 73,000 DepEd employees including 28,279 active members, 35,759 pensioners and 9,329 separated members. DepEd employees covered by the February refund are those whose Cash Surrender Value (amount paid to the policyholder upon separation from the service) or Maturity Benefit (benefit payable upon maturity of the endowment policy) were processed between 1997 to 2010. The refund will be released through the eCard or UMID card but those without eCard or UMID card will receive the refund through checks.

According to the GSIS, the initial refund of P363 million was made possible by the payment of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) of a 50 percent down payment of DepEd’s P6.92 billion in unpaid compulsory premium contributions representing the government share of nearly 800,000 teaching and non-teaching employees of the DepEd from July 1, 1997 to December 31, 2010. The GSIS, DBM and DepEd signed an agreement September of last year to address the recurring concern on the nonremittance of premium contributions affecting the right of DepEd workers to avail themselves of their full GSIS benefits while in service and upon their retirement. DepEd employees in active service will enjoy a proportionate increase in loanable amounts and potentially increased retirement and life insurance benefits after the complete settlement of unpaid premiums. GSIS will also recalculate the benefits received by those who have already retired and will refund deducted amount representing premium in arrears that have already been paid by the DBM. Their pensions will likewise be adjusted. (GSIS/ APB/PIA10)

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