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Mindanao Daily NEWS

Volume II, No. 175

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Tuesday

January 21, 2014

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Oro councilor changes stand on P30b coal plant project in Misor By RUEL PELONE Managing Editor and DODO CANOY Contributor

CAGAYAN de Oro City— The 30-billion-peso coalfired power plant project of the Filinvest Development Corporation (FDC) in Misamis Oriental has found a new ally. This after Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Bong Lao publicly announced his support for the construction of another coal plant

in Villanueva town. Lao, who is earlier opposed to the power project, said he will support the project as long as the FDC will assure him that it will comply with all the environmental laws. With Lao’s recent statement of support, Rep. Juliette Uy of Misamis Oriental’s second district, and her husband, Villanueva town Mayor Julio Uy have high hopes that the project will push through despite oppositions from some sectors.

The FDC through its subsidiary THE FDC Utilities, Inc. (FDCUI), the firm behind the FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDCMisamis), is planning to construct three units of fluidized coal-fired power plant with the capacity of 135 megawatts each inside the Phividec Industrial Estate. FDC-Misamis will operate the coal-fired power plant and initially plans to operate two units at

Six killed, 1 missing, 7 houses washed out Valencia City Mayor Jose M. Galario suspends classes for elementary and high schools on Monday By Cheng Ordonez Associate Editor and GERRY gorit Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Three more persons killed, several houses destroyed by big waves and hundreds of families isolated due swelling of rivers, landslides and flash floods. See FULL STORY, page 2

Agaton plus poor drainage equals floods in C. de Oro

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Rains brought about by tropical depression Agaton plus poor drainage system triggered flooding in almost all barangays here and rendered a major See AGATON, page 11

See CHANGES, page 11

Councilor BONG Lao

MAYOR JULIO UY

REP. JULIETTE UY

City hall releases business plates with Oca’s face

THE city government of Cagayan de Oro released the new business plates bearing the face of Mayor Oscar Moreno, the city’s official logo, and the Business Plate number in a yellow background. “At first it has occurred to me the ‘Epal look’ but it is important to me that the commitment to transparent and accountable governance has a face. Tulubagon ko ang syudad,” explained Moreno in a statement sent to Mindanao Daily News yesterday. Moreno added: “I have always resisted the ‘temptation’ of putting my face in my projects even when I was a congressman and governor. Six years in Congress and nine years as governor of the province of Misamis Oriental, never have I succumbed to the ‘epalist temptation.’” Atty. Hilario Roy Raagas, the city hall administrator, explained that the Anti-Epal Law or the Anti-Signage for Public Works Law prohibits public officials from affixWHAT A FACE! Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno is getting all the criticisms even from his known allies ing their names or images after he posted his face on the newly-issued Business Plates unlike the one released by former Mayor Vicente Emano. on public works billboards and does not cover But for Moreno, his face on the Business Plates is his commitment to transparent and accountable governance. Photo by Clifford P. Santillan of BusinessWeek Mindanao

See FACE, page 11

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6 dead, 1 missing, 7 houses washed out in N. Mindanao By Cheng Ordonez Associate Editor and GERRY gorit Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Three more persons killed, several houses destroyed by big waves and hundreds of families isolated due swelling of rivers, landslides and flash floods. A total of six persons reportedly died with one missing in Northern Mindanao since the onset of the LPA two weeks ago that transformed into Tropical Depression ‘Agaton’ last week and to LPA again on Monday. The state-run weather station PAGASA warns that Tropical Depression Agaton has been pouring, in terms of volume, what should have been a month-long rainwaters in just four to five days and it will stay in Northern Mindanao until Friday yet before dissipating in the seas off General Santos City. The PDRRMC of Misamis Oriental reported that

a coconut tree fell on top of a house in Barangay Kasulog in Salay town, Misamis Oriental, at about 6 in the morning on Monday (January 20, 2014), killing two households and injuring another. Provincial Administrator Jun Pacamalan, head of the PDRRMC Extension Office, identified the fatalities as Gerry Bustamante, 45 years old, and his one-year old son, Richard. Bustamante’s four-year old daughter, Marjorie, was injured and has been rushed to the hospital for medical attention. The PDRRMC also reported the death of one Marlon Uy of Barangay 4, who drowned near the Gingoog port on Sunday. Pacamalan said an unconfirmed report that another victim reportedly drowned in Balingasag town while trying to cross a river but it is still being verified. A boy who fell into the

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Tagoloan river last week remained missing. Seven houses in the coastal area of Barangay 19 were washed away by big waves, fur of which totally destroyed, by big waves yesterday. A rescue team is currently undertaking a “difficult mission” in Magsaysay town to bring food provisions to Barangay Tamah, which is being isolated due to impassable river. At least 118 families and 40 army soldiers have been isolated for seven days now and are in need of food provisions after their villages were cut off from the town proper due to the swelling of the river. From a 20-meter dimension, the river in Tamah village swells to 80 meters already. The rescue team from the PDRRMC, accompanied by soldiers from the 58th Infantry Batallion, was trying to transfer food provisions to

the other side Sunday night yet, but failed. The rescue effort continued on Monday, trying to connect to the villages of Tamah by rope to get the sacks of rice to the isolated starving families and soldiers. Pacamalan said landslides caused by heavy rains were reported in Tagoloan, Manticao and Gingoog City, making roads impassable due to mud, logs and other debris.He said Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano has sent heavy equipment to these areas and roads were expected to be cleared within 24 hours. A bridge going to barangay Balintag in Manticao collapsed. As of Monday morning, a total of 506 families composed of 1,975 individuals have ought shelter in 21 evacuation centers of the province. In Cagayan de Oro City, flooding affects the main

thoroughfares, schools and universities with landslides occurring in some outlying villages, like Camaman-an and Trinitas Subdivision in Bugo village. Classes have been suspended in Misamis Oriental province while Cagayan de Oro City has reached “Code Orange” as its highest alarm level during heavyrain conditions, sending off teams from the CDRRMO, particularly to areas hit by Sendong in 2011. Several flights have been called off Monday with the Philippine Airlines declaring all their flights yesterday as being “cancelled”. The city disaster risk reduction and management council reported to casualties as preemptive evacuations ordered by Mayor Oscar Moreno were carried out before floodwaters inundated several barangays. Initial figures released by the city social welfare department indicate the following numbers of evacuees: Macasandig covered court (45 families, 171 individuals), Macasandig Elementary School (38 fams, 123 indivs), Bugo gym (42 fams, 202 indivs), Peurto High School (29 fams, 121 indivs), Agusan school (6 fams, 21 indivs), West City Central School in barangay Carmen (181 fams, 545 indivs), Kauswagan Elementary School (4 fams,

19 indivs), Bonbon Elementary School (131 fams, 492 indivs), Nazareth gym (4 fams, 10 indivs), FS Catanico National High School (130 fams, 520 indivs), Calaanan Elementary School (5 fams, 23 indivs), Calaanan barangay building (34 fams, 145 indivs), Barangay 26 building (26 fams, 100 indivs) and Bulua covered court (9 fams, 31 indivs). All evacuees come from barangays located along rivers and creeks around the city. Food packs, readied by the department a few days before Agaton spawned rains, have been distributed to the families in the evacuation centers where they remain pending the safe-to-returnhome announcement from the disaster council. Classes in all schools were also suspended in Cagayan de Oro on Monday as rains continue to pour. In Valencia City, Engr. Merlita R. Delin, the city information officer, said Valencia City Mayor Jose M. Galario Jr. suspended the classes for elementary and high schools except for college students. Delin said Galario has also ordered the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) to closely monitor those critical areas in Valencia City as typhoon Agaton continues to batter Mindanao.


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‘My Sacrifice’ (First of two parts)

By Jocelyn S. Samuya Salawagan National High School

Plaridel’s Tribung Subanen Festival Queen, Ms. Donna Bulang was Awarded as 2014 Ms. McDonald Smile, while Municipal Mayor Diego C. Ty proudly led his Tribung Subanen to SINULOG 2014- 4th Placer in the Free Interpretation Category.

Plaridel’s ‘Tribung Subanen’ SINULOG 2014 crowd drawer By PJTREMEDAL, correspondent

Cebu City -- Misamis Occidental’s Subanen is now the talk of Cebuano’s after, Plaridel’s Tribung Subanen become this year’s crowd drawer as it brings the culture for the first time in the world known SINULOG 2014 Festival in honor of its patron Saint, Sr. Santo Nino. As first time(r) in joining the country’s feast of Filipino cultural dances, music, movement be it in a free interpretation or Sinulog based, Tribung Subanen made history in the making, as a crowd drawer, The Subanens of Misamis Occidental is now the talk of the devotees, guests, tourists and local Cebuano’s who witnessed the festival. Tribung Subanen fes-

tival queen did not miss a single click from photo journo and local lens men covering the Sinulog 2014, as 14 years old, Ms. Donna Bulang was also adjudged as Ms. McDonalds Smile 2014 during the search for the festival Queen. Bulang who hails from Looc and a student of St. Nicolas School of Plaridel received the Cash Award worth 5,000 and a Sash to remember her title as Ms. “McDo” Smile 2014 of the McDonalds Food Chain, with her precious smile photojourno and the locals lensmen and even foreign and local Cebuano’s were capture by her smile. Rain showers that was brought by “Agaton” did not stop the streetdancing

and showdown competition of the Sinulog 2014 were million of Cebuanos’ and Guests witnessing this year‘s Grand Parade. And in the end of the day: Plaridel’s Tribung Subanen as first timers landed in the 4th Place in the Free Interpretation Category using the Subanen culture and anthology, Kulturang Placereno of Masbate Province was declared First Place.. Another stalwart of Misamis Occidental who had won champions in the Sinulog Festival, this year Tangub City Sinanduloy Cultural Dance Troupe landed 2nd Place in the free Interpretation while Tuburan Municipality was awarded 3rd Place. Tangub City also was adjudged 2nd best in Street

Dancing, Best in Costume (Sinulog base category). Other Sinulog Base Category: Tuburan Municipality (3rd Place), Kulturang Placereno (Best in Music) in the Free Interpretation Category: Lumad Basaknon of Cebu was 1st Place and Best in Costume, 2nd PlaceTribung Humig Ulaw of Masbate province, and 3rd place goes to Abellana National High School, while Lanao del Norte was named Best in Musicality. Best in Street dancing; 1st Place goes to Lumad Basaknon and 3rd place was Lumad Placereno of Masbate. Mindanao Dily news gathered that this year’s 1st Placers will received 1 Million each category.

I WAS all set to go home that my haste decision changed everything the way I want it to be. How regretful the situation was. This was what happened. There were three buses in the terminal waiting for their turn to travel -- a non-stop air-conditioned (aircon) bus and regular bus, both bound for Davao, and an aircon bus to Valencia. I jumped off to the bus to Valencia. I was confident for the reason that when I ride on this bus, I have all the comfort and I would pay less. I was estimating then that by the time I reach Valencia, I would wait not more than 30 minutes for the regular bus to Davao. The non-stop aircon bus was not an option considering the cost of fare, which is a fixed at P575 for Davao, despite my destination, which is only Quezon. It was a fall short circumstance. When I reached Valencia, I was one step late, since the bus had already left – leaving me in despair. Of course, the non-stop bus had already left too. It was my sacrifice. That was a choice that I have to change my course to unravel my gaffe. I just told myself -- time and opportunity once gone, they can never come back. A smirk upon me was apparent. I never imagined that I would be in this situation. I have experienced it. Yes, in our session that afternoon in instructional management. For other people, perhaps, it could have been just a minor circumstance, but for me, it is significant for it is worth reflecting for. This made me contemplate into how I will deal with change. What will I do if I will be a school principal, facing a crucial situation towards my management, administration and organization? At any rate, let me disclose first how I elucidated with the “left-behind bus thing.” I told myself to calm down, unload, so as to load an idea of taking the risk, of changing my course of plan. At around 11:30 pm, the bus to Kibawe arrived. I had to ride on that

bus for it is safer to stay at Maramag terminal, where I could wait as a chance passenger, if ever there would be bus to Davao. As I set my foot, I was also thinking of a plan B. There, at Maramag, I called my husband and told him, I miscalculated the whole scenario. I humbly admitted, despite all his “yaw yaw,” I knew by heart that he can’t afford to leave his wife trapped in the terminal so late at night, 25 km. away from home. He was about to drop the phone to pick me up when the bus to Davao rushed into the terminal. Heaven sent! Why am I doing this -- this sacrifice? If I will not do this, nothing will change. This also answers to what is at the end of the “tunnel of my life.” I have to be prepared in this changing world. That is to be adaptive and flexible to situations. I just hope that I have proven my worth and sense of purpose to set my destination up, to become a good leader by my sacrifice-to study at CU every Saturday no matter how many buses will leave me behind; I have to endure and prevail over. Life is “change” itself and it is inevitable. Change is important and I am willing to undergo change to be of help as a school leader; thus, I can be a channel of change to live up to the standards of the school leader’s main mission, which is instruction and supervision. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, or the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ~Author unknown Yes! I am neither strong nor intelligent, yet I can surpass the wind of change, of storms and sacrifice for there is that certainty in my family and my Creator. I have read these tips on how to deal with change and I find them essential for us to grow as a person. For sure, this will also enrich you. Be prepared. Life is full of unexpected surprises; don’t let this be a lesson you refuse to learn. Death, loss, and strange situations will be a part of your life, no matter how much you may try to shelter or protect yourself from it. The major key to coping with change is to accept it as a reality and that it is an inevitability.


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Agusan del Norte • Agusan del Sur • Surigao del Norte • Surigao del Sur • Dinagat Islands

Floods, landslides wreak havoc in Butuan, Agusan By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga

B U T UA N C i t y – – T h e government-run weather bureau Pagasa said cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and gusty winds due to TD Agaton would remain with Typhoon Signal No. 1 now lifted in Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands and Agusan del Norte and still up over Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur. However, rain-induced flashfloods and landslides have continuously wreaked havoc on this city and most of Caraga Region. The Butuan City Disaster Risk Reducation and Management Council said it was still on Alert Level 3 as it continued to monitor the water level of Agusan River which as of Sunday registered 4.20 meters. The road at Purok 4, Barangay Tabon-tabon was not passable to vehicles and under clearing operation due to landslides. The Office of Civil De-

fense (OCD) in Caraga said that in Agusan del Sur, a landslide occurred in Barangay Afga, Sibagat town on Friday. A landslide has rendered unpassable the roads in Lingig town to Davao Oriental and provincial road from Barangay Tagongon to Barangay Sta. Maria in Tagbina, Surigao del Sur, the OCD regional office reported. Flashfloods have made the roads in Sitio Hubo, Alba, Cabangahan and Sitio Sampinit, Gamut in Tago town not passable to all vehicles. Meanwhile, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has restored power transmission service to Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (SURNECO), Siargao Electric Cooperaative (SIARELCO) and part of Surigao del Sur Electric Cooperative II (SURSECO II) after re-energizing the Butuan-Placer 138 kV line Sunday at around 9 pm. Milfrance Q. Capulong, NGCP Corporate Public

EVACUEES AND OFFFICE OF CIVIL DEFENSE-CARAGA STAFF. Left photo shows children evacuees at the Butuan City School of Arts and Trades, part of the 308,045 people affected by floods and landslides from TD Agaton in Caraga Region. Right photo shows some of the staff of OCD-Caraga Region. From left are John Lenn A. Uayan, Kim C. Durango, April Rose Anne Y, Sanchez and Aizy Lyn R. Paglinawan, who work overtime to provide updated information on how LGUs in Region 13 operate and confront the challenges posed by TD Agaton as well as the effects and impact of the typhoon on the well-being of Caraganons. Photos by Pat Samonte of Mindanao Daily News-Caraga Affairs Officer for Mindanao, said the line tripped at around 2 pm of the same day and that the outage was caused by a cut overhead ground wire of Tower # AS34 located at Barangay Balangbalang, Remedios T. Romualdez town in Agusan

Phil’s longest tramline inaugurated

del Norte, which touched the lines of tower Nos. AS33-35. Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr. suspended classes at all levels in all public and private institutions here. He also suspended work in all government and private offices effective January 20, 2014 until further notice. According to Dianah Generalao of the Mayor’s Public Information Office, 47 barangays had been flooded and some 5,831 families were moved and sheltered to 52 evacuation

centers around the city. OCD-Caraga Regional Director Liza R. Mazo said a total of 64,982 families or 308,045 people in 388 barangays have been affected by floods and landslides with 29,494 families or 136,629 people now housed in 371 evacuation centers in the region’s five provinces including Butuan City. Mazo said 46 people were reported as casualties with 18 dead, one missing and 17 injured. Twenty-seven of the injured are from Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, 18 fatalities

from Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands. The lone missing person was from Surigao del Norte, who Mazo said went fishing last January 17, 2014. Mazo said estimated cost of damage to infrastructure as reported by the Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur PDRRMCs has reached P2,605,316. Damage to agriculture based on the reports from Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur and Surigao del Norte PDRRMCs totaled P32,080,179, she added.

CAGAYAN ELECTRIC POWER & LIGHT CO., INC Important Notice to CEPALCO Customers Subject: Scheduled NGCP Power Interruption on Monday and Tuesday, January 20-21, 2014 The Cagayan Electric Power & Light Co., Inc. (CEPALCO) would like to inform all customers that the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has advised CEPALCO that power supply will be interrupted on January 20-21, 2014 as shown below: REASONS

: THE NATIONAL GRID CORPORATION OF THE PHILIPPINES (NGCP) WILL FACILITATE PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE OF LINE ASSOCIATED HIGH VOLTAGE EQUIPMENT ON THEIR LUGAIT-CAGAYAN DE ORO (CARMEN) 69KV TRANSMISSION LINE. TO MAKE USE OF THE INTERRUPTION, CEPALCO WILL CONDUCT 69KV PRIMARY POLE REPLACEMENT AT CARMEN SUBSTATION.

DATE AND INTERRUPTION TIME : Monday, January 20, 2014 – 2:00AM to 2:30AM (30 minutes switching); Tuesday, January 21, 2014 – 2:30AM to 3:00AM (30 minutes switching) With the aim of providing ease in transporting agricultural produce from remote farm areas to the nearest market, the Department of Agriculture through the High Value Crops Development Program (DA-HVCDP) and the Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) inaugurated the 2,211-meter Agricultural Tramline System (ATS) connecting barangays Luna and Malagana in Claveria, Misamis Oriental. Engr. Roxana H. Hojas (from left), DA-10 Regional Technical Director for Operations together with PhilMech Director Raul R. Paz, PhilMech Mindanao Cluster Head Edgar B. Testa, Claveria Mayor Redentor N. Salvaleon and Vice Mayor Meraluna S. Abrogar led the inauguration of the P6.1M bi-cable tramline system which is the fourth ATS established in Region 10 and is now considered as the longest in the country. It has a 350-kilogram capacity and serves as an alternative transport system for agricultural products such as corn, upland and lowland rice and other high value crops such as vegetables, rootcrops, coffee, abaca, banana and peanut produced by 1,939 farmers with a total production area of 1,538 hectares. The tramline also helps the farmers in maintaining the quality of their farm produce as it offers efficient and convenient hauling, which in turn allows them to demand better price in the market. The ATS also cuts down more than 50% of the usual 2-hour travel time to and fro Malagana and Luna on a draft animal or the 2-hour travel from Malagana to the nearest market at the Poblacion via barangay Mat-i on a jeepney which costs P500 per person, exclusive of the transportation cost per bag or sack of farm produce. Now, farmers only have to spend 28 minutes to and fro Malagana and Luna in hauling their produce which in turn reduces transportation cost by 50%, increases their income and allows them to save time. In line with the said intervention, the DA-HVCDP also established a packing house in barangay Luna which is soon to operate and offer more market opportunities for the local farmers. With the completion of the tramline, the Local Government Unit of Claveria and the barangay officials of Luna and Malagana commits to continue the proper maintenance and operation of the facility to sustain the project. “Pagasuportahan namo kini ug maghimo sa ordinansa aron maprotektahan ug molungtad ang maong proyekto (We will support the project by crafting an ordinance which will protect the facility and prolong its usage.),” said Luna Barangay Captain Rene Fullo. VANESSA MAE S. SIANO, DA-RAFID 10

AFFECTED AREAS : CARMEN FEEDER 1 AREAS: 1. Greater portion of Carmen proper along Lirio St. from Trinity Tree St. towards Oak St., Max Suniel St., Vamenta Blvd. upto corner Jasmin St. including Waterlily St. and Carmen Market area. 2. Along Mabolo St. from Lirio St. towards corner Rosal St. including portion of Marigold St. from Mabolo St.. 3. Portion of Carmen: vicinities along Vamenta Blvd. from Fernandez St. towards greater part of Ilaya including: portions of Ipil St. and Mahogany St. from Fernandez St.; Madonna & Child Hospital; and; Seriña St. from COA towards Gumamela Ext.St., Guani Coliseum (former O.Roa’s) and Maharlika Police Station. 4. All of Macanhan, Carmen towards all of Lower Balulang. CARMEN FEEDER 2 AREAS: 1. Portion of Carmen along Yacal St. towards Lirio St., portion of Vamenta Blvd from Poldos Lechon towards RN Pelaez Blvd., Waling-waling St. up to GSIS area including Ferrabrel St., Mango St. and portion of Rosal St. and Marigold St.. 2. All of Kauswagan proper, Bonbon and Bayabas. 3. Along Montalban St. from near Tiano Bros. St. towards Burgos St., del Pilar St. and Magsaysay St. including portions of Macahambus St. and Abellanosa St. from Burgos St.. 4. Portions of A.Luna St. from corner Corrales Ave.; towards vicinities along A.Velez St. up to corner Mabini St. including portion of: Macahambus St. from A.Velez St. and Tiano Bros. St. from Macahambus St Power will however be restored immediately without further notice when NGCP switching works are completed earlier than scheduled. We hope the affected customers and the public in general will be guided by this announcement. Thank you. Released by:

Ms. Marilyn A. Chavez Senior Manager Customer & Community Relations Dept


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“He who dreams but does not think is lost” By Rose Mary D. Sudaria,Ph.D. Teacher 3 Tablon Elementary School

Dr. Olga Alonsabe quoted this from Chinese proverbs saying “ he who dreams but does not think is lost.. yes that’s really true how can we possibly reach our goals if we don’t think and put it into reality? We might not reach our ambitions in life if we are just building castle in the air. As a teacher what should be our dream? To dream

and think how to become rich or how to become effective teacher to our pupils so that we will not be called as lost teachers? I have read an article about “The Most Effective Teachers Are In A Class Of Their Own” it was accentuated that teacher must be knowledgeable, innovative, skilful, fun-loving, caring, supportive, task and pupil

centred, the most effective teachers are in a class of their own. They stimulate a pupil’s imagination, challenge their views, encourage them to do great things and motivate them through tailored teaching practices to ensure that every pupil feels a sense of achievement and valued as part of the class. A teacher should be

a dreamer a dream not for his own but to the children he handled every day. Guides them build a good foundation not only in the four corners in the classroom but through- out their life for them not to be lost. If a classroom has a teacher who are a dreamer and a good thinker then children are in the right direction no one is lost.

Education: Its contribution in nation-building By ROMMELYN L. GONZALES

Education is a very big par t in summing up nation-building. To many, attaining it is a training that would be a big help in conquering real life. It is a start for an individual obliged to contribute towards building the nation.

Education is created, for one, for the purpose of developing the intellect of humankind. He is taught on how to deal with simple and critical situations. He is introduced to ideas pertaining to improving his self and the society. He learned his basic rights and things he can do,

being a citizen of his country. In educating his self, he began to develop like a cocoon to a butterfly. These development will result to a productive and successful life to this being and to his family. He will have career, gaining resources that would highly contribute

LOVE AND DEDICATION TO WORK

Fruits of our LABOR!

By Ma. Magdalena B. Lasaca Puntian Elementary School Quezon II-District, Division of Bukidnon

Prepared by: MS. MARISA C. RAGANDANG

It's harvest time! Fresh vegetables for the feeding program of our beloved pupils.

A simple classroom teacher, having a responsibility of planning daily class activities, preparation of instructional materials or devices, physical classroom routines, handling classroom misbehavior and recording test results/ progress are only some of the usual routines of a simple classroom teacher. But it’s not only up to there, because the teacher has extra load given by their school principal / head to perform. The very reason why teacher often render services even beyond the prescribe hours a public ser vant must have to perform in a day How can a simple classroom teacher perform all those numerous tasks given to them by their school principal / head if without the love of work? Of course it’s

An ICeXCELS Overview By TERESITO A. MAGTABOG, School Principal

World is fast changing, technological improvement is a trend. Companies , industries and education needs the inputs of technology as a tool for improvement. ICeXCELS is of a course on leading curricular and instructional processes. An innovation for the better education of the country. It was developed , validated and offered by SEAMEO INNOTECH to respond the constant clamor in changing needs for the basic quality education which DepEd officials and employees are aiming for. ICeXCELS innovation is indeed a timely package to enhanced the capabilities and potentials of an emerging 21st century leaders. It has two modules of self-learning and assessing for the learner. Module 1 on Affirming the Instructional Leadership Roles

and Functions of a School Head comprised three lessons in guiding the learner in its various roles and functions in leading curricular and instructional processes. And Module 2 on Lead Curriculum Implementation and Enrichment which composed of three lessons in curriculum leadership. Module 1 First Lesson is on the School Head as Chief Executive Officer and Instructional Leader provided framework for attaining instructional leadership in the 21st century and in the Southeast Asian context. It focused on the need or context for developing school heads competencies. A step towards an effective instructional leadership for assessing, developing , adapting and implementing programs for instructional improvement. School Head as an

to Philippine Economy. It is tr ue that our country is a mixture of Agricultural, Industrial and Commercial county, challenged by this era, which is an Information Era. Thus, learning and gaining knowledge is a necessity for this country in order to supply the demand of global market.

Instructional Leader was discussed in Lesson 2. Where the roles as an instructional leader such as curriculum leadership, instructional supervision, coaching, mentoring and becoming as instructional resource for the academic staff. Further, a new era of leadership, the Transformational Leadership was elaborated in Lesson 3. School Head as a Transformational Leader and Chief Learning Officer in Building a Learning Community. An open-communication leadership in leading and influencing the associates for the continuous improvement of any organization. A chief learning officer can facilitate in building a school as a learning community for creating a school culture and a climate of competence conducive for teaching and learning experience.

hard. The desire to give the best performance for the quality education of the pupils, and also for the total improvement of the school made easy without counting the number of hours one is spending in a day. Sometimes bringing work at home, sacrificing the time which is supposed to be for the family. It’s all because of love and dedication to work that a simple classroom teacher has in their heart. It’s a great challenge to everyone especially in the DepEd family or employees and even all government agencies. That if they will do the same, like “ Bayan Muna Bago Sarili”, success and improvement in the field of education and also for the country in general will be certainly achieved. Furthermore, Module 2 on Lead Curriculum Implementation and Enrichment which composed of two lessons ;Practicing Curriculum Leadership and Implementing and Enriching the Curriculum. The first lesson provide the basic information in curriculum, its purpose, importance and the components of cyclical curriculum development process. It also provide guidelines on the translation of the curriculum in the real setting such as the actual school activities. On the other hand, second lesson guide an educational leader in making a curriculum effective in responding school’s changing needs. The planning, implementing and assessing stage of the curriculum was clearly addressed in this lesson. Curriculum’s effectiveness can be reflected in pupils performance and stakeholders involvement to addressed the changing needs of the community. Leadership in the 21st century

North Pangantucan District ALS on the Go for Family Development Session By Eleanor Torregosa-Subrado Pangantucan Elementary School Pob. Pangagtucan, Bukidnon

The Alternative Learning System (ALS) of North Pangantucan District, municipality of Pangatucan, Bukidnon addresses the learning needs of the deprived,depressed and underserved members of the community through its Informal Education Program (INFED) with the coordination of the Office of The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the municipality, the program was made possible. Every month, the recipients of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) attend the classes at North Pangantucan District ALS Center in the so called Family Development Session (FDS). Different topics are discussed every month focusing on the needs and interests of learners for personal and community development as well as for employment through informal education. Multiple literacies such as social, spiritual ,civic, cultural, financial and economic literacies are developed for lifelong learning. Some of the topics focused on the following: > financial management >Rights of women and children > Bio-intensive gardening > Solid waste management > Family solidarity > Skills development ( local crafts) >Disaster and Risk Reduction Management >Family planning >Active Citizenship In January 13-17,2014,the 4Ps recipients held their Family Development Session together with the District ALS Coordinator of North Pangantucan District. The FDS topic delves on “ Tamang Pagsubaybay sa mga Bata Laban sa Kaharasan, Pang-aabuso at Pagsasamantala.” Its goal is “ Pagkatapos ng sub-module,inaasahan na ang mga kalahok ay malaman, maisaisip, at maisagawa ang mga pamamaraan upang mapangalagaan ang mga kabataan laban sa anumang uri ng pang-abuso,karahasan at pagsasamantala. For this month with the FDS learners ,Mrs Marlyn T. Caraecle, District ALS Coordinator discussed the following: > PD 603 - otherwise known as Child and Youth Welfare Code > RA 7610 -otherwise known as Special Protection Against Child Abuse,exploitation and Discrimination > RA 9231 -otherwise known as Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labor >RA 9344- otherwise known as Comprehensive Juvenile Justice and welfare Act >RA 9262- otherwise known as Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children protective measure for victims >RA 9208 otherwise known as Anti-Trafficking in Person especially Women and Children >RA 8353- otherwise known as Anti-Rape Law >RA 8505-otherwise known as Rape Victims Assistance Act The said laws were properly taken through brainstorming,cooperative learning and the use of resource person/s. Self assessment was then made by every learner at the end of every learning session to see to it that learning concepts are properly developed among them. Learners found it very interesting to attend FDS sessions because they have learned a lot from it. The topic served as eye opener on the part of the learners as to their basic rights, privileges and responsibilities as useful members of the society. Learners are now becoming more aware to take part in the protection of their rights and privileges, particularly on the basic rights of women and children since most of the learners are women. They gave more importance on the care and protection of the environment, and the improvement of their financial capabilities through backyard gardening and recycling.It was found out that the 4Ps recipients are now more conscious in fighting/ eradicating malnutrition because they already have the awareness on the importance of nutrition in their respective families. demands instincts, knowledge and experience in recent innovations and in ICT skills . It is a demand to know the concepts in using ICT in teaching and learning in school. Where ICT can be regarded as a pre-requisite in improving the administrative and instructional leadership skills. These lessons equip the mind and concepts of every educator especially the leaders to develop every competencies and capabilities of a teacher. It provides insights to become an effective leader in leading a curricular and instructional processes. The working knowledge on the roles of instructional leader towards school improvement. Aside from learning the knowledge and skills, an attitude is a vital ingredient of a good leader. A leader of confidence, determination and perseverance is a need in very school. For an educator’s goal is to provide a quality basic education in all levels. The roles and importance

of a curriculum and bridging leader to ensure curriculum that is understood, appreciated and implemented by the internal and external stakeholders of the school. A continuous monitoring and evaluation of the curriculum to identify the strengths and weaknesses of it thus leading to improvement and innovations. It is a task then to apply and innovate knowledge for the recent and upcoming generation of learners. For the foundation of manhood starts and builds at school and therefore ask expertise and flexibility among the school leaders to follow and act as a good resource persons and models of change in school. A better change for competence and attitude needed as a transformational leader in the society. A leader that the 21st century generation demands. It is a challenge for every educators and future educators and leaders of the country to innovate and compete the fast changing world.


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With its economic growth accelerating to historic highs, the Philippines today faces a “unique window of opportunity” to implement a comprehensive reform agenda across sectors that can lead to the long-awaited private sector development, inclusive growth, and significant job creation, the World Bank said recently. The draft “Philippine Development Report 2013” is recommending that a “comprehensive reform agenda” be implemented across sectors to foster a business environment that is genuinely conducive to private sector growth and job creation. The foundation needed for the Philippines to achieve more inclusive growth is in place, The country is benefiting from strong macroeconomic fundamentals, political stability, and a popular government that many see as committed to improving the lives of the people. But the country needs to overcome the significant challenges posed by some of the country’s political and economic institutions that are bent on concentrating power and opportunity “in the hands of a very small subset in society.” A number of major reasons why the Philippines has failed to actualize its economic potential. One is its long history of distorted policies that slowed the growth of agriculture and manufacturing in the last six decades. Instead of rising agricultural productivity paving the way for the development of a vibrant labor-intensive manufacturing sector and subsequently of a high-skill services sector, the converse has taken place in the Philippines. Agricultural productivity has remained depressed,

GUEST EDIGTORIAL manufacturing has failed to grow sustainably, and a low-productivity, low-skill services sector has emerged as the dominant sector of the economy. The other factors are the lack of competition in key sectors, insecurity of property rights, complex regulations, and severe underinvestment by the government and the private sector. All this has led to a growth pattern that the World Bank says is not the norm in the East Asia region. This anomalous growth pattern has failed to provide good jobs to majority of Filipinos and has led to a substantial outmigration of many of the country’s best and brightest people,” said the report. The creation of a broad reform coalition made up of government, business, and labor working together to institute changes will nurture this inclusive growth that has eluded the country for so long. To put the country on an irreversible path of inclusive growth, it is crucial to have a broad reform coalition-that is, a multi-sectoral group representing many interests to address diverse options,” the report emphasizes. Without such a broad coalition, reforms made under a strong president can be reversed, as the country’s history had shown.” Instead of tackling policy reforms one by one, “which would generate powerful opposition from vested interests,” the World Bank said the reform coalition can introduce a package of reforms agreed upon by government, business, and

labor, with the support of civil society. The report recommends that the reform coalition agree on certain responsibilities and principles. On the government side, it could prioritize programs and reform measures to help reduce food prices, ramp up investments in rural infrastructure and support services, provide universal social and health insurance at higher quality, and co-finance training and apprenticeships programs for disadvantaged groups and young workers. Finally, it could simplify the tax code and business regulations to promote competition and encourage the growth of entrepreneurship. For the private sector, businesses of all sizes could embrace the principle of a level playing field and extend their corporate social responsibility to their own employees. This involves businesses supporting the making of all tax holidays and other fiscal incentives temporary, supporting freedom of association and collective bargaining, committing to offer more training opportunities for workers, and improving the link between wages and productivity. On the part of workers, labor groups could agree to recognize valid forms of flexible contracts and reduce calls to hike minimum wages as food prices fall. And civil society will have to be an active agent of change and serve as a watchdog over governance and adherence to coalition principles and objectives. Successful implementation of such agreements could help the country revive agriculture, boost manufacturing, and in the process create more and better jobs.


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Photos by Gerry Lee Gorit of Mindanao Daily News Neighbors rescue a family from rising floodwaters in Barangay 24, Cagayan de Oro City. Heavy rains spawned by tropical depression Agaton forced the evacuation of hundreds of families in the city who are now sheltered in schools and barangay gymnasiums.

Jeepney drivers brave the flooded portion of the national highway at barangay Lapasan in Cagayan de Oro City. Scores of students in a university nearby were trapped inside the campus and had to be rescued by a truck that could maneuver in the floodwaters.

A man takes shelter from the rains at a building in Cagayan de Oro City as floodwaters rise around the area. Tropical depression Agaton dumped rains that swelled rivers and overflowed drainage systems around the city.

Tourism infrastructure

Late last year, I was invited to share my perspectives as a journalist on what we envision our city to be in the next three years and beyond. Tourism was one of the topics which I shared some inputs on, having been personally involved in its development as a member of the fourth estate for the last few decades. I’d like to share some of those inputs in this column as we start the Year of the Wooden Horse in the Chinese calendar. I’ve always believed the development of infrastructure is basic to our attainment of our goals to develop our tourism and foremost among these are our airport and seaport. For the latter, Cagayan de Oro remains to be the primary gateway to Northern Mindanao and the Macabalan port its main entry point by sea. First and foremost, we have to work for the restoration of the approved Philippine Port Authority’s plan to build a new P250-million Modern Passenger Terminal Building which has

Hammer and Anvil Mike Baños been downsized to a P50million “bodega” by former DOTC Sec. Mar Roxas and the P25-million fast ferry terminal for Laguindingan, Bohol and Camiguin which was already all set for construction until the PDAF was abolished. We should also initiate a multi-sectoral lobby to vigorously support the resolution of the Regional Development Council 10 to allot funds for the expansion of the Laguindingan Airport passenger and terminal building, extend the runway by another 300 meters to allow international flights by intercontinental wide body aircraft and move up the installation and commissioning of the navigational aids and runway lights to allow night flights asap.

The inclemenent weather in the last two weeks has already demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt the urgent need for the latter. Whether we still have any clout with Malacañang to push this remains to be seen since it is the Chief Executive himself who pushed for Laguindingan Airport’s premature opening but did not push through with the transfer of the air force strike wing to Lumbia to ostensibly decongest NAIA of civil aviation and left us holding the bag. In-city, it is also imperative for us to commission studies funded by international donor agencies on the feasibility of intra- and inter-city mass transit systems to and from Cagayan de Oro City as the regional transport,

trade and tourism hub for Northern Mindanao. If we don’t start gathering the baseline data needed to plan for this in the future, we should kiss our dreams of ever making Cagayan de Oro a tourism hub during our lifetimes. Even closer to home, we should start phasing out billboards which block and muddle the scenic view formerly enjoyed by the residents and visitors to the city. These billboards only benefit a few landowners, advertisers and advertising companies to the detriment of most residents. I understand the ordinance for this has already been passed by the city council but has been blocked by a TRO by one of the billboard operators. Corollary to this, we should also prohibit the use of pedestrian overpasses for advertising and billboards - those structures are not for advertising purposes and invite crimes on pedestrians. Their ads and lights also distract motorists and pedestrians making them safety hazards.

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LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong…” (1 Corinthians 1:26-27, the Holy Bible). -oooPARTICIPATING IN THE WORK OF GOD: For each and every person who is baptized into the “Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo” (Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church, the only reason why they have been called to become its members is for them to rise from their former status as uncaring believers, so that they could participate in the work of God before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, which also signals the end of time.

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio This work must have to be carried out before this Second Coming and before the end of time, as Jesus Himself said in Matthew 24:14, in the following manner: “… this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come’…” What is the work of God that must be carried out before Jesus comes again and before the end of the world will come? It is preaching the Gospel to all the nations. Preaching the Gospel, or the Word of God, the Bible, is actually one of the three components of the so-called “Great Commission” which Jesus handed down to His

disciples, and which is now enshrined in Matthew 28:1920 of the Bible. -oooEMPOWERING EVEN THE LOWLY TO PREACH THE WORD: This is the reason why each and every member of the “Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo” (Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church are trained to read the Bible everyday, meditate on its verses day and night, and obey everything that is written in it. The objective is to empower the member, who is called “Kadugo” (or Blood Kin of the Christ), to stand up and preach the Word, no matter how lowly his personal status in life

maybe. And with the grace of God, that is exactly what is happening now among the Church’s members: young and old, men and women, rich or poor, are now standing up and boldly preaching the Word, particularly the truth that Jesus Christ is God and Savior, as the Bible in its many verses teaches and proclaims unequivocably. We attribute this capacity to bravely preach the Word, even by members who have had no formal training in the Bible, or who did not attain any formal education at all, or pursued only the basics in elementary schooling, or who have lived marginalized and insignificant lives all throughout, to the power of God manifesting itself through the ability of the once-Biblically ignorant “Kadugos” to effectively proclaim the Word. -oooPARTNERS IN See PARTNERS, page 11

LADDER OF LIFE. A resident clings for dear life to a ladder after police saved him from the flood in Barangay Baan Riverside, Butuan City at dawn of January 20, 2014. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

Work, classes in Butuan suspended due to flooding

BUTUAN City––Butuan City is still on alert level 3 due to flooding brought by the heavy rains of Tropical Depression “Agaton.” The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) is on “search and rescue” mode assisted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP). The CDRRMO reported that 82 of the 86 barangays were already affected by flood waters. A total of 9,924 families or 48,071 individuals are affected, according to Ms. Geo Pacot, of the CDRRMO research and planning designate. The number of affected families is still expected to increase as the water level in Agusan River continues to rise. As of 10:00 a.m. Monday, CDRRMO monitored its water level at 4.24 meters. Most affected are the riverside barangays of Buhangin, Mahogany, Banza and Maug. The CDRRMO is calling for volunteers and rescue boats as more families from these barangays are calling for assistance. Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante Jr. suspended on Monday works and classes including banking due to continuous moderate to occasionally heavy rains. TD “Agaton” according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is located at 230 kilometers southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. While “Agaton” dissipated Monday as a low pressure area (LPA), Public Storm Signal No. 1 is now lifted in the provinces of Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands and Agusan del Norte, but remains in effect over Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Sur. Noel B. Najarro of PNA


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At 6 a.m. on Saturday fishermen on board pumpboats assembled near the port of Pagadian City to join the fluvial procession as part of the celebration the annual parochial fiesta on January 19. PIA-Zamboanga Peninsula photo

PNP Zambo Sibugay has 72 newly-promoted PNCOs, PCOs By ALMA L. TINGCANG of PIA-9

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay–– Seventy-two newly promoted police non-commissioned officers (PNCOs) and police commissioned officers (PCOs) took their oath last January 14 at the covered court of Ipil Municipal Plaza. Sr. Supt. Robert Roy V. Bahian, Philippine National Police (PNP)-Zamboanga Sibugay provincial director said of the 72 who were promoted, 4 are PCOs who took their oath at the PRO-9 in Zamboanga City while the rest are PNCOs. “This is for the 4th Quarter CY 2013 Regular Promotion Program of the PNP,” Bahian remarked. In a simple but meaningful program during the mass oath-taking and donning of ranks witnessed by the provincial command group, spouses, relatives and friends of the honorees, the EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED EUSTIQUIO MABANSAG Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased EUSTIQUIO MABANSAG, who died on August 6, 2012 in Cagayan de Oro City, at the time of his death left a parcel of land located at Cagayan de Oro City, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-5605 “A Parcel of land, (Lot 14445-B-1-B-1 of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-45525, being a portion of Lot 14445-B-1-B, described on plan Psd-72417, LRC Cad. Record No. 1561), situated in the Poblacion, City of Cagayan de Oro. Containing an area of ONE HUNDRED FIFTY (150) square meters, more or less; is the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED EUSTIQUIO MABANSAG, made and executed by and among the HEIRS OF EUSTIQUIO MABANSAG, namely: 1. ROLANDO M. KEH, of legal age, Filipino, married, and resident of Sumpong, Malaybalay, Bukidnon and the surviving brother of the deceased; 2. JOSE M. KEH, of legal age, Filipino, married, and resident of General Santos City and the surviving brother of the deceased; 3. CHOLLY M. KEH, of legal age, Filipino, single, and resident of 311 Tiano Bros. St., Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving sister of the deceased; 4. JESUSA M. KEH, of legal age, Filipino, single, and resident of 311 Tiano Bros. St., Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving sister of the deceased; 5. TITUS M. KEH, of legal age, Filipino, single, and resident of 311 Tiano Bros. St., Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving brother of the deceased; that the abovenamed parties, all of legal age, are the legitimate brothers/sisters and the sole/compulsory/surviving heirs of their deceased half-brother. As per Doc. No. 455; Page No. 91; Book No. 176; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI. MDN: JAN. 21, 28 & FEB. 4, 2014

promotion order was read by PSInsp Mary Grace R. Nevado. A message of inspiration was shared by Atty. Mario Jose T. Cunting, Provincial Director of the Civil Service Commission who was the guest of honor of the event. Atty. Cunting said only a few are given the opportunity to be in the government service. While there are vast opportunities, the PNP is also confronted with the enormous obligation to preserve the trust of the public. “There is no excuse for us to be complacent. Let us forget about “bahala na” or “pwede na yan”. We are all in a race to serve. A public service that is responsive, accessible, courteous and effective,” Cunting emphasized. The promotion of the PNP officers, according to PD Bahian, is seen to further boost the morale and capability of the police to curb criminality in their area of responsibility. (FPG/ ALT-PIA9/Zambo Sibugay)

The Sinulog music plays and fills the air by the Catholic devotees of Pagadian City while the fluvial parade is going on, with people in the boat carry the miraculous image of Sr. Sto. Niño. Photo courtesy of PIA-Zamboanga Peninsula

2 gunmen rob Rural Transit bus in Zamboanga Sibugay ZAMBOANGA Sibugay–– Two gunmen held up a provincial bus along the highway in the town of Imelda in the southern Filipino province of Zamboanga Sibugay, police said. Police said the gunmen posed as passengers and declared the robbery near the village of San Jose. The bus, owned and operated by Rural Transit Mindanao, came from Zamboanga City and was travelling to the province when the robber y occurred. They took the wallets of the 44-year old driver Elpidio Remitera Jr., and his conductor Reymar Derotas,

The Secret in Revitalizing Dormant Stakeholders By DANILO E. AMPER

It isn’t adequate for teachers to say they are just teachers! Teachers do have an inner desire to influence every individual in the community they are serving with dedication and unfathomable compassion. To valorously surpass hindrances that may affect the extent of their influence. They have visions to become missionaries of change, visions which may challenge the degree of will power they possess. With all their undertakings, oftentimes they are left unappreciated. They are mocked and even came to the point of humiliated for some selfish reasons to be considered. There might be teachers unfortunate enough to suffer such disgrace, but not the teachers in Colawingon Elementary School in Talakag 1 District of Bukidnon. Teachers in this school can be considered as modern heroes. Lack of support from their stakeholders doesn’t obstruct them to exercise their roles commensurate by their profession and tasks set by the commission. In fact, it motivated them to persuade their authority to their inactive stakeholders who are oblivious to which range

do their roles cover. With the effort exerted by everyone headed by their School In-Charge, the school now already got its basic needs, what are these? Electricity, Comfort Rooms per classroom, teachers’ cottage and even durable sound system that can be used in every school activities. How were these realized? The secret is...”think how they think”. Know their mentality and observe the manner they see things. By such, you would know where and when to touch them. The moment you dominated their thoughts and you seized their trust, that’s the perfect time to slowly educate them on their importance for a school to succeed. Never let them feel they are inferior; rather let them have the impression that they are essential in every step of the way. Always find time to listen to their sentiments and guide them how these sentiments be answered. Their teachers may come and go but the values they learned in every teacher they encounter remained and be handed to the next generations. Teachers might only be teachers but their influence never stops!

24, and cash amounting to over P3,000 from ticket sales. The armed med spared the horrified passengers and fled after the robbery. The victims reported the incident to the police. Just last month, five

gunmen also robbed a Rural Transit bus near the town of Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay province. A bus passenger was injured after he was attacked by one of five gunmen after he refused to surrender his wallet.

Zamboanga City to draw up comprehensive security plan

ZAMBOANGA City––Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar is set to form a Technical Working Group (TWG) to consolidate all inputs from concerned government agencies and other stakeholders to come up with a comprehensive security plan for the city. Salazar said the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) has already submitted its proposed comprehensive security plan last January 15. Salazar said the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) will be convened to set the mechanics for the consolidation of all proposals with the military’s Task Force Zamboanga and police security plans on hand. She said they will also get inputs of the barangays which will have its orientation soon as well as inputs from Councilor Roel Natividad, the designated security

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action officer. She disclosed that officials from the city’s 98 barangays through the Liga ng mga Barangay under the leadership of Councilor Jerry Perez will undergo a basic orientation seminar related to their functions specifically on their designation as incident ground commanders. Security, along with health and education are the priority thrusts of the Climaco administration. Salazar tackled the urgent need to craft a comprehensive security plan with the ultimate goal of ensuring safety and protection of the residents during her State of the City Report. However, she stressed that the public also has its duties and responsibilities to perform, as this city’s efforts will be futile without the support and cooperation of the public. pna


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New peaking power plant starts operation in Tagum DAVAO DEL NORTE l DAVAO DEL SUR lDAVAO DEL ORIENTALl COMPOSTELA VALLEY

By Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum

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15-megawatt heavy fuel oil peaking power plant based in Magdum, Tagum City is expected to boost the electricity-starved Mindanao grid with its formal inauguration last January 17, 2014. The 610 million-peso investment of the EEI Power Corporation, one of the firms under the Yuchengco Group of Companies, is a dieselfired power plant, which will cater the needs of Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (DANECO).

Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon leads in the ceremonial ribbon cutting and switching on ceremony of the EEI Power Corporation’s -megawatt peaking power plant in Barangay Magdum, Tagum City which is expected to augment the needs for power supply in the city. Joining the local chief executive are (from left to right): EEI President Roberto Jose Castillo, EEI Senior Vice President Randall C. Antonio, Comval Vice Governor Manuel Zamora, and representatives from Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative. Photo by Leo Timogan of CIO Tagum

The Tagum bunker diesel-fired power plant, which will be dispatched to meet peak demand, is 100-percent owned by EEI. Mayor Allan L. Rellon said this is a welcome development for the city, which is served by DANECO to at least curtail the power shortage in the city and make it friendlier for businesses. The local chief executive added that this is important to entice more businessmen to pour their investments in the city. “We don’t claim to solve the problem in power but we are here offer a little help for the city and for our people to send their children to school and feed them,”

said EEI President Roberto Jose L. Castillo, referring to their 54-man team composed mainly of Tagum residents. The plant operates on peaking hours from 8 a.m. to 10 in the evening.

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6th Cinemagis film fest features critically acclaimed ‘Crossfire’ By Stephen J. Pedroza Special to Minanao Daily News

Expect a masterpiece from one of Mindanao’s prized assets in the realm of independent filmmaking. The 6th Cinemagis Digital Short Film Festival will have a special screening of “Crossfire” by Davao City’s Arnel Mardoquio on January 23, 6pm at the Xavier University Little Theater. The film underscores the complicated and grappling realities lingering the Mindanao landscape, namely wars, conflict on ancestral domain claims, exploitations in the indigenous communities and corruption, yet it challenges the audience to take part in the solution to these problems.

Bakwits “Crossfire” chronicles the lives of bakwits (evacuees) Bae Magdas (Betya Villarojo) and her daughter Bitoon (AC Macheca), along with their community, who were forced to leave their homes and farms in the Higaonon ancestral territory and found themselves in the land owned by the antagonist Datu Mantukaw (Perry Dizon). The story develops as the characters get entangled in the fatal encounters between the armed forces of the government and the rebels in the countryside, with the amalgam of factors — poverty, vested interests, conspiracies, lust and love— making Mardoquio’s storytelling even more riveting. “The film has a superb plot;

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“Crossfire” proves that Arnel Mardoquio has his own cinematic language in exposing the social atrocities of Mindanao,” said Hobart Savior, director of Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA), the host of Cinemagis. Savior added that there is no wonder why “Crossfire” deserves to be screened by the students, professionals and film enthusiasts, among others here in Northern Mindanao. “This film is a precursor of peace education for the Mindanaons and for the Filipinos, in general and shows us the true price of war, which is the lives of those who were caught in the crossfire,” he said. A world-class Mindanaon

Mardoquio is not a stranger to the conflict stories in war-torn areas of Mindanao. He was born and raised in Davao City that is why his home island is always the inspiration— or his raison d’etre— for his craft. True enough, Mardoquio has reaped recognitions here and abroad. “Crossfire” had its international debut at the 8th Dubai International Film Festival in December 2011 where it garnered positive reviews from international film critics and the audience. Mardoquio is a two-time grand prize winner of Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, the prestigious Philippine Literary Award-giving Body (dubbed as Asia's equivalent to Pulitzer's award).

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Mardoquio dreams of establishing “an inclusive local film industry where grassroots communities are catered.” The other multi-awarded films of Mardoquio, “Hunghong sa Yuta,” “Hospital Boat” and “Sheika,” together with “Crossfire” continue to be in-demand for screening in various international and local film festivals, including Northern Mindanao’s Cinemagis. Joining Mardoquio’s featured film in this year’s Cinemagis are 5 professional entries, 8 student films and 3 special citation pictures. The film was shot in Claveria, Misamis Oriental with the cinematography by Arnel See crossfire, page 11

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Crossfire... from page 10

Barbarona, musical scoring by Popong Landero, sound design by Maki Serapio, production design by Bagwani Amplayo and art direction by Perry Dizon (also playing the role of the anti-hero) and produced by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Sine’ Mindanaw, Skyweaver Productions and Red Motion Media. More than the accolades, films are powerful tools in bringing our advocacies forward and Arnel Mardoquio’s “Crossfire is a testament to that. This masterpiece of his enables us to understand not just the timeworn issues of Mindanao but ultimately, why we have to put an end to them.

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270-MW in 2016 and the other unit in 2018. With the additional load, Mayor Uy said brownouts will become “things of the past.” On one hand, Rep. Uy said the power project will not only provide the needed power, but will also help lure more investors for Mindanao. Lao earlier lambasted some officials saying they are just playing blind by allowing the destruction of environment in exchange for the so-called development. His (Lao’s) stand against the coal plant has wavered when he himself admitted that maintaining a hydro power plant, a renewable energy, is not only expensive but needs more time. He cited the ages 3 in Iligan City, where until now the government is still undecided on what to do with the hydro power plant. While he said he is still opposed to the construction of coal plant, Lao admitted that the only alternative to arrest the shortfall of power in Mindanao is to construct another coal-fired power plant. He even told those people opposed to the coal plant to focus on the preventive measures and the technology being used in running the plant. Renewable energy Mayor Uy said that he is for renewable energy. In fact, he said that Mindanao has been already highly reliant on renewable energy sources called hydropower. He said that hydropower comprises 50 percent of the total power generated on the island. In 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE), citing actual operations reports from the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), said the hydro power plants in Agus and Pulangui are only at 65 percent available capacity. Renewable energy is site-specific and must be implemented where feasible, said Mayor Uy adding, “this is true for wind, geothermal, and hydro power plants.

On the other hand, he said that solar power plants are faced with the limitations in terms of size and land area. He said that even if the entire Villanueva town will be used as home to solar power plant, it still cannot produce a huge supply of electricity as that of the coal plant. Mayor Uy cited the report published in BusinessWeek Mindanao carrying the headline: “Biggest in Asia outside China: Marawi Solar PV Park gets going.” The story talks about the signing of Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement with the Islamic City of Marawi and a US-based integrator for the construction of 35 megawatts Solar Photovoltaic Power Park worth P4.7 billion. With its commercial operations by 2015, the people of Marawi City will be paying the lowest electricity rates in the entire country. Social and economic boon First district and neophyte Rep. Juliette Uy of Misamis Oriental considered the construction of the three-phase 405-megawatts (MW) coal power plant by the FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDCMisamis) in the town of Villanueva as Northern Mindanao’s “economic and social boon.” Rep. Uy pointed out the P30-billion investment of the FDC-Misamis, a subsidiary of FDC Utilities, Inc., the utilities and infrastructure arm of the Filinvest Development Corporation (FDC) of the Gotianun group, will not only help arrest the shortage of power that is hounding Mindanao for a period of time but would also help generate jobs––and local and national revenues. The neophyte lawmaker has earlier expressed her full and strong support to the construction of “clean coal” power plant by FDC-Misamis in her hometown–––the municipality of Villanueva. The project, she said, is a major investment that secured the endorsement of local officials and national government because it can help address the power shortfall that Mindanao currently experiencing. Rep. Uy is optimistic that more investors will come and invest in the province of Misamis Oriental once the FDC-Misamis will start its commercial operations of its coal-fired power plant in 2016. She did not hesitate to give her full support for the construction of coal plant as the FDC-Misamis assured her that it will use the latest clean coal technology called the “circulating fluidized bed (CFB).” “The circulating fluidized bed (CFD) is a clean process with the ability to achieve lower emission of pollutants. By using this technology, up to 95 percent of pollutants will be absorbed before being emitted

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to the atmosphere. At the same time, the advantages of this technology outweigh the limitations, which made it favorable...” according to the online free encyclopedia, wikipedia.org. Clean coal In constr ucting the plant, the FD CUI said it will use the latest and modern technology called the “circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler” and other environmentallyfriendly systems such as the electrostatic precipitator (ESP). CFB is a process that ensures less emissions, reusable waste or by-products––where bottom and fly ash are usable inputs to cement production or as coarse materials for road construction––and overall lower hazard to human health, safety and environment. Unlike the older or “typical” coal-fired power plants that generate black ashes, those plants that employed CFB generate whiter bottom and fly ashes. The CFB boiler is able to break down fuel (coal) better due to the circulating motion which is unique to the CFB itself, according to the document obtained by Mindanao Daily News. Older thermal plants use pulverized coal systems (pre-crushed coal boiled much like a kettle boiling water), the document reads. To complement the CFB boiler technology, FDCUI also adopts other mechanisms that contribute to having a comprehensive clean coal approach. ESP, or electrostatic air cleaner is a particulate collection device that removes particles from a flowing gas (such as air) using the force of an induced electrostatic charge, according to wikipedia.org, an online encyclopedia. Electrostatic precipitators are highly efficient filtration devices that minimally impede the flow of gases through the device, and can easily remove fine particulate matter such as dust and smoke from the air stream. FD CUI also adopts covered systems for coal handling to ensure minimal fugitive dust within the premises of the power plant. Likewise, part of the FDCUI clean coal approach is transparent, multi-sectoral and consultative approach to plant operations and community building by organizing the multipartite monitoring team (MMT). The MMT will be composed of representatives from the local government unit, community, civil society organization, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and other key stakeholders whose primary role is to conduct periodic monitoring of the power plants to ensure strict compliance to government guidelines and transparency. “We share the view of environmentalists that there is a need to protect

people and the environment,” said the FDCUI in a statement, adding “this is why FDC-Misamis has proactively chosen the CFB technology for its 405-MW power plant project and has taken measures to ensure its investment is not only economically viable but environmentally sound.”

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road in this city impassable to light vehicles on Sunday. At least 798 families or 3,302 persons were forced to seek shelter in 17 evacuation centers after ankledeep waters swamped most of the city’s low-lying barangays, according to the Cagayan de Oro Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) yesterday. And because the forecast for tropical depression Agaton remains uncertain, Marical Casino Rivera, city information officer said the CDRRMC ordered the suspension of classes in all pre-school and elementary schools both private and public schools in the city on Monday. Rivera said high school classes in eight of the city’s 80 barangays are also suspended tomorrow. “According to PAGASA, there will still be intermittent rains tomorrow. So we made sure the children will not be unnecessarily exposed to the rains,” Rivera said. Anne Fortich, PAGASA senior weather specialist said Agaton dumped 37.1 millimeters of rain in Cagayan de Oro from 9am to 8pm Sunday. Fortich said they expect Agaton will still trigger intermittent rains. The CDRRMC said the rains triggered flooding in almost all low-lying barangays yesterday. Rivera said the administration of Mayor Oscar Moreno in her ite d t he problem of poor drainage system. Rising waters rendered a portion of C.M. Recto Avenue, a major city thoroughfare, impassable to light vehicles and passenger jeepneys on Sunday. The flood along C.M. Recto Avenue resulted to the evacuation of 35 students and teachers who were having a meeting at the Mindanao University of Science and Technology. Firemen on ambulances and fire trucks rescued the students and teachers who were trapped on the second floor of one of the school buildings, according to the CDRRMC. Rivera said the city government is also distributing doxycycline tablets to check any outbreak of leptospirosis, a deadly disease from animal urine especially rats. She said they were worried of an leptospirosis outbreak especially after they saw residents wading barefoot in the floodwaters. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

Death Special Gospel of the day: Matthew10:1722(January21, 2014-Tuesday) Matthew 10:17-22But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against [their] parents, and cause them to be put to “death.”And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved: This gospel reminds us about the consequences in following God and working in His vineyard. In Matt h e w 5:10-12-Blessed [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall

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THE WORK OF GOD: God is showing He definitely recognizes this rather ambitious endeavor of the “Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo” (Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church to make its members full preachers. At this point, the Church has been graciously allowed to partner with the Holy Spirit Preparatory Academy of Bgy. Holy Spirit, Quezon City, to teach the Bible to its elementary and high school students. The owners of the school, Mr. and Mrs. Domingo and Julita Canero and their children Rhoie, Arnel, Derek, Gary and Cristeta, have even agreed to open their school to a Bible Academy

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Bro. Edcel L. Closas say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Can you take this reality? In Mark8:34-and when he had called the people [unto him] with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Carry you cross now. Printing paid by: Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:30 PM - Sunday: #0928414949009266607505: Question – Prayer request: Please follow me “WORD ON FIRE” on CCTN channel 12-CDO @ 10 PM- Mondays and Tuesday @ 3:30 PM. God loves you!!! the Church is pursuing to establish, to provide informal instruction to Christians who would someday desire to become preachers, too. Indeed, God is now in a hurry to fulfill His work of proclaiming the Word as a means to save souls. The leaders and members of the Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo Church are greatly thankful to God, in the name of Jesus, that they have been clearly called to participate in that work. Indeed, thank God in the name of Jesus!!! -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: melaniolazomauriciojr@outlook. com, batasmauricio@yahoo. com and mmauriciojr111@ gmail.com and other stakeholders in Oro’s sustainable growth and progress, Raagas said. He added that the plate’s new yellow color symbolizes confidence and optimism and it captures Oro’s vibrance and dynamism of activities and linkages with and among communities, business and other sectors and the city’s bright economic projections. He said the decision to use the vibrant yellow color which has been traditionally associated with Oro, being the “City of Golden Friendship.”

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