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COC-Phinma opens new school building IN PURSUIT OF PROVIDING QUALITY EDUCATION

By Christine Cabiasa Staff writer

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AGAYAN de Oro Mayor-elect Oscar Moreno yesterday led the ceremonial cutting of ribbon that marked the opening of the five-storey classroom building of the Cagayan de Oro CollegePhinma Education Network (COC-Phinma) held at its main campus along Lirio Street in Barangay Carmen. Ramon del Rosario, Phinma chairman and COC director, said the new fivestorey building is part of the school’s legacy of providing quality education to students in Mindanao, specifically Northern Mindanao. The building has 30 classrooms, 17 of which are fully air-conditioned, the Mindanao Daily learned. It is also equipped with laboratories complete BUILDING | page 11

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CUTTING OF RIBBON. Outgoing Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar S. Moreno, now Cagayan de Oro mayorelect, spearheads the ceremonial cutting of ribbon of the newly-constructed five-storey building of COC-Phinma Basic Education on Tuesday morning held at its main campus along Lirio Street, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro. Joining Moreno are Dr. Chito Salazar, COC president; Ramon del Rosario, COC chairman; Magdaleno Albarracin, COCPhinma vice chairman; and Engr. Raymundo Reyes, COC COO. Mindanao Daily Photo by Arjay S. Felicilda

Robbers continue to outwit Oro cops By CRIS DIAZ Executive editor

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Eight armed men barged inside the office of a power firm here Tuesday morning and held up the customers and the company cashier before fleeing with about P 80,000 cash, a police report said. Sr. Insp. Alfredo Ortiz of the Carmen police station said that all of the unidentified suspects were armed with .45 caliber pistol except for one who was armed with an Uzi assault pistol. Ortiz said the armed men barged inside the branch office of Cagayan de Oro Power and Light Company (Cepalco) in Barangay Carmen past 9 a.m. Tuesday. The detailed security told police that about four of the armed were already inside the office when another four men came inside, two of them poke a gun and disarmed the security guards while the other two served as lookout, Ortiz said. He said the three armed who were already inside the office ordered everyone to relax before divesting outwit | page 11

Exclusionary growth worsens under Aquino administration THE country’s problem of exclusionary growth has been worsening in the last three years of the Aquino administration with increasingly rapid growth accompanied by dramatically slowing

job creation, research group Ibon reported. This is affirmed by the recently released labor force data which shows a 21,000 decrease in employed Filipinos to 37.819 million in

April 2013 from 37.840 in the same period last year, it said in a statement published on its website Thursday. The economy has been registering higher worsens | page 11

Bukidnon’s debt servicing: P405.4 million in nine years By Walter I. Balane of MindaNews

MALAYBALAY City––The Bukidnon provincial government has paid a total of P405.383 million for loans mostly for its major hospitals since 2004, according to the latest Statement of Debt Service of the province, dated March 31 this year. This is equivalent to an average of P45 million a year or slightly higher than

the province’s projected tax revenues for 2013 at P44.554 million. It also expects to earn P26.885 million in “nontax revenues” from regulatory and license fees. For 2013, Bukidnon has an internal revenue allotment (IRA) of P1.409 billion. In 2012, according to the annual budget, the pro-

vincial government allotted about P67 million for debt servicing. Of the total loan paym e nt s i n n i n e y e a r s , P220.445 million or 54.38 percent went to payment for principal and P184.937 million or 45.62 percent to interest payments. The total loan principal debt | page 11

robbery at cepalco

Nearly a dozen of armed men yesterday barged into the branch of the Cagayan de Oro Power and Light Company (Cepalco) in Barangay Carmen in Cagayan de Oro a few minutes after it opened yesterday morning divesting the company of its early earnings including the power firm’s paying customers. According to police investigators, the suspects fled carrying the P100,000

loots using three motorcycles. Police said paying customers are not spared by the suspects as they were divested of their mobile phones, laptops, cash, and other personal belongings. The daring holdup was witnessed by many people in the area but the perpetrators managed to escape, at least, casually. mindanao daily photo by gerry lee gorit

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AL AYBAL AY City––Five soldiers belonging to the 60th Infantry Battalion were abducted Monday afternoon by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Davao City, Capt. Raul Villegas of the 10th Infantry Division’s Public Affairs Office said in a statement yesterday.

Villegas identified the soldiers as Cpl. Emmanuel A. Quezon, Pvt. Marteniano B. Pasiagas Jr., and Privates First Class Ronald C. Gura, Bernie L. Padilla and Donato Estandia. He said they were held at gunpoint by the NPA in Sitio Lubas in Barangay Paquibato, Davao City on their way to the market. “The troops were in civilian attire without any firearms because they were going to the market to produce food supplies and coordinate with an NGO for the scheduled feeding program for the benefits of the community,” he added. Villegas said a sixth soldier,

All heads up for S.Y. 2013-2014

By Mrs. Jolda B. Lapida, School Head Lourdes Village Elementary School

As school year 2013-2014 has been officially opened on June 3, still the month of June is the adjustment period of the pupils to their new classroom, teacher, and classmates; of the teachers to their pupils, new classroom; and of course, of the parents to their children who entered the new school year. Indeed, education has always been in the forefront of everyone in their daily lives. Parents, teachers, and the pupils alike were all excited for the new environment, meaning new journey to venture upon. With this, with the implementation of the K to 12 program to the basic education department, there are changes in the curriculum. This school year marks the jaunt that Philippines will adapt the K to 12. As a teacher, I look at the K to 12 as an opportunity wherein our pupils and students will be given chance to be honed enough for their skills and other competencies. Meanwhile, for the parents, it is an added burden to the allowances and other expenses for their children, but experts look at it as a vital avenue for our children to acquire and gain more good and bright future someday. However, let us only hope for the best for this new school year and be confident that it will be successful. I’m confident it will be.

1Lt. Neven Calitan, escaped after noticing that armed men dressed as soldiers and manning a barricade in the area displayed “unusual demeanor”. “Following his (Calitan) instinct he immediately leaped from the motorcycle and threw himself into a ravine,” he said. The NPA has not issued any statement on the incident as of Tuesday afternoon. The NPA, the military wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has been waging an armed struggle for over four decades. Bannered by its political umbrella, the National Democratic

Front, the revolutionary group has engaged the Philippine government in on-and-off peace talks since late 1986. In 1992, the two parties signed the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. Under President Benigno S. Aquino III, the two parties have started talks on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms. But the negotiation hit a snag over the demand of the NDF for the release of its “consultants” who are being detained by the Philippine government. (MindaNews)

K+12, high unemployment rate contradict gov’t claims of ‘reverse migration,’ says OFW group By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO of Bulatlat.com

Migrante International belied claims of the Aquino administration that overseas Filipino workers are returning to the country to find work. “The Aquino government’s claims are baseless, if not utterly false and deliberately deceiving. How can the Aquino government declare better opportunities for OFWs here at home when it has further tailored the public education system for a more aggressive labor export program?” Garry Martinez, chairperson of Migrante International, said. Martinez added that the “K + 12 means more OFW

deployment abroad and the Aquino government is starting them young.” Labor secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the government is expecting more Filipinos to return to the country to find more lucrative jobs. She said in reports that several companies are now able to provide compensation and benefits comparable to what OFWs are receiving abroad. “I think we are seeing a rise in the entertainment industry, within that sector… we are seeing a reverse migration because of the high-end quality jobs being offered by these firms,” Baldoz said in a Philippine Daily Inquirer report. She added in the same

report that, “I think the momentum for the economic team that the President normally brings on his official travels is to really focus on manufacturing firms as a top priority investment because of the long term and more stable jobs they offer workers.” Martinez, for his part, said such pronouncements contradict the government’s K+12, adding that “the real motive behind the K to 12 education system is the intensification of labor export, this time systematically targeting the country’s young labor force.” K+12 geared for labor migration Migrante International said the government is contradicting itself on the supposed generation of jobs locally. The OFW group said that K + 12 education program is “geared mainly towards exporting labor for the global market.” Specialized Senior High Program of K+12, Martinez said, will focus on a curriculum that will “enable students to acquire Certificates of Competency (COCs) and National Certifications (NCs)…in accordance with TESDA Training Regulations.” Migrante International group | page 11

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Solon hits SK anew By Eduardo Galvez

A lawmaker is pushing for the passage of a bill abolishing the Sangguniang Kabataan for its failure to achieve its main objectives. Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo (2nd District, Valenzuela) said instead of molding the youth for meaningful governance, it has become a tool for their exploitation by unscrupulous politicians. Gunigundo said the government cannot entrust power and public funds to teenagers aged 15-17 years old who are just beginning to learn what responsibility and accountability are all about. Gunigundo also said that the youth should be given ample time to prepare and gradually realize what is behind the world they are entering. “Great power comes with great responsibility. At this point in time, they are expected to devote their precious time to their studies,” he said. Meanwhile, re-elected Rep. Ben Evardone (Lone District, Eastern Samar) said there is a need to introduce reform measures to the existing SK system. Evardone said Congress should amend the Local Government Code of 1991 which created the SK. “SK is a legitimate venue w herein t he young people can channel their physical, social and intellectual capabilities,” Evardone said. About nine measures were filed during the 15th Congress, four of which are calling for its abolition and five are for strengthening or reforming the SK. The Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections will be held this October 2013.


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DOST research yields healthy sugar from nipa sap after every use to minimize inversion and fermentation of sap, he elaborated. The second innovation was the use of the processing equipment in cooking the nipa sap to produce the sugar. The collected nipa sap was boiled or cooked using the modified fire-tubesteam-jacketed kettle, replacing the direct heating of open pans traditionally used by processors. With this innovation, scorching during cooking is avoided. Nipa sugar is classified as an alternative sugar, thus a healthy organic substitute for synthetic sugar. It contains minerals and has low glycemic index. It does not cause sudden sugar spikes in the blood stream when consumed. This makes nipa sugar ideal for diabetics, overweight, and the healthconscious. Nipa sugar can be used as sweetener and ingredient in several foods and confectionery products like pastries and native delicacies. Aside from its nutrition value, the development of nipa sugar provides additional job and income opportunities, especially among folks in the coastal regions where nipa thrives.

By Violy Conoza, S&T Media Service, DOST-ITDI

Popular as material for bahay kubo (Filipino thatched hut) and tuba (nipa wine), nipa (Nypa fruticans) has another emerging important use: healthy sugar. Food researchers at the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) started developing the technology for the production of nipa sap sugar in 2010. The product was already being produced locally, but the research team led by Engr. Norberto Ambagan and Elsa Falcoof ITDI’s Food Processing Division (FPD) saw the need to improve the current practice in processing nipa sap for sugar. With funding from the DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), the research team conducted a survey among local processors, which confirmed their premise. Field trials followed and preliminary results a 15 percent average yield. “We introduced some innovations to standardize the process and be able to produce sugar of better quality at a competitive

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is classified as an alternative sugar, thus a healthy organic substitute for synthetic sugar. cost,” said Falco, the product development lead. The team adopted two major technology improvements. One improvement was the use of flexible pouches or sterile plastics to collect the sap. “This is a simple collection system that can be easily adopted by the mangangarit or mananguete (tuba colletor),” said Engr. Melchor Valdecañas, officerin-charge of the office of the deputy director. “This method also minimizes exposure of the sap to air and contaminants, and allows hygienic collection of sap,” he added. The use of the pouches does away with the tedious washing of collection vessels

Honoring our fathers

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Vacant Position

By Malou Tiangco of MindaNews

DAVAO City––It is three o’clock in the morning. The phone rings. “You listen to this piece of Mozart’s Symphony No. 13, do you like it? Is it not so beautiful?”… or “Listen to this line of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock: …if overstimulation at the sensory level increases the distortion with which we perceive reality, cognitive overstimulation interferes with our ability to ‘think.’” So it was either a piece of music or an article from a book that was the intent of the call, unmindful of time, spontaneous sharing of an instantaneous passion. Sometimes when I received those “unholy calls” and I was working on

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SBMA, Resom Better security will benefit sign P20-B tourism, says DOT official tourism project SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) has recently signed a contract with Koreanowned Resom Resort Phils. (Resom) for the development of a P20-billion worldclass tourism resort complex in this Freeport. SBMA chairman and administrator Roberto V. Garcia and Resom chairman Sang So Shin signed the lease development agreements that would pave the way for the construction of this landmark tourism project. The first phase of the project involves the development of a prime waterfront property previously known as the mini-golf course with a gross area of two hectares and a buildable area of 6,000-square meter (sqm.). Resom is committed to construct in this area a luxury hotel with around 300 rooms, convention facilities, pool, spa, restaurants and other support facilities. The project is being targeted to be ready in time for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference in November 2015. The second phase of the project will cover the development of the Resom City tourism complex involving several properties in the Naval Magazine area with around 300 hectares. This will include the construction of a world-class resort complex that will have hotels, condominiums, a theme park, luxury pool villas, casino and gaming operations, a waterpark and

spa, health and wellness center, duty free shopping, and a championship golf course. This phase involves an investment commitment of around P19 billion and is expected to take around four years to complete. Shin said the Subic Resom City project will be their centerpiece development. Resom presently owns and operates four world-class resorts namely, Ocean Castle, Resom Waterpark and Spa, and the Forest Villa resort all in Korea, and a championship golf course and resort in Weihai, China. Resom operates a timeshare membership chain and certain of their facilities are open to the public as well. During the recent contract signing, Shin said that he loves nature and that Resom always develops their resorts by keeping and preserving the environment as a main priority. He said the natural beauty of the forests and waters in Subic are the main features that convinced him that Subic is the ideal choice for their centerpiece resort. Garcia, on the other hand, welcomed this world-class resort project as a great tourist attraction that would draw millions more of local and international visitors to the Subic Bay Freeport and establish it firmly as one of the country’s major tourism destinations. “This hopefully will contribute substantially to the country’s tourism campaign,” he added. (PNA)

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MANILA -- Promoting nature, leisure, entertainment among others in the country would surely benefit the tourism industry, but according to a tourism official, security perceptions must also be addressed. Tourism Undersecretary for Tourism Development Daniel Corpuz said the tourism industry must endorse other things the Philippines has to offer, aside from just its vacation spots. Corpuz said that although there where perceptions on security, the

government is doing all measures it can to continuously address it. Whether this is perceived or not, it continues to be the personal security of visitors, Corpuz explained. It is a matter of balance really, but what we want do is go to the root issue “Most travellers find it quite puzzling, when we have all these blue guards all over the place, sniffing dogs in public areas in hotels,” Corpuz said. “Obviously, we cannot do without them in this point in time because that

is a major measure to make sure to assure them that they are being protected,” he added. Corpuz has previously said that the DOT will also take more notice on the country’s other fields of speciality which included holding MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions) which is a way of taking the industry up a notch. With the cooperation and help of other government agencies, Corpuz said that these tourism plans can contribute to national

development. Needless to say, the tourism undersecretary also mentioned that it was the warmth and hospitality of the Filipino people that served as the number one favorable comment any foreign tourist would give. At present, visitor target for this year is 5.5 million, (more than the 4.3 million international arrivals recorded last year). Domestic arrivals, which was 40.7 million in 2012, is expected to increase to 44.1 million this year. (PNA)

WEB OF ROPES. A local tourist tries one of the rope course challenges at the Forest Park in Barangay Dahilayan in Manolo Fortich town in Bukidnon. MindaNews photo by Walter Balane

New Anda tourism route developed after Panglao TAGBILARAN, Bohol -- Half of the third district towns in southeastern Bohol are being groomed to offer a new tourism route, in addition to Panglao and Chocolate Hills routes. For this purpose, Third District Rep. Arthur Yap provides P1.5 million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) for the annual triathlon event in Anda. Like Panglao, Anda also boasts of white beaches and the Lamanok Island that’s as mystical as Siquijor for its old stories of pirates and offering fowls (“manok,” thus its name) to shamans. “As we know, tourism is one of the biggest job generators. In my estimate, every tourist can add P50,000 to the income. So even if I’m not an executive official, but just a legislative official, I’m continually giving funds from my PDAF for tourism. For the past two years, I provided P1.5 million every year for the promotion of Anda through the annual triathlon. We continue providing tour-

ism fund because we have to institutionalize the Anda Triathlon. So every year, a few hundred tourists come to Bohol -- passing through Loay, Lila, Dimiao, Valencia, Garcia-Hernandez, Jagna, Duero, Guindulman, Candijay, all the way to Anda,” Yap said. The tourism new route will also maximize the benefit of having the New Bohol Airport in Panglao a few years from now. “Half of the third district is always being exposed for every year through the Anda Triathlon. The interior towns no longer need promotion, because all the visitors coming to Bohol always check out the Chocolate Hills, passing through other tourist destinations in Loay, Loboc, Bilar, Batuan and Carmen. So five towns in the interior part are already exposed every day. My job is to expose the other half. If I expose Loay up to Anda, more than 10 municipalities of the third district are exposed. The interior municipalities need no

additional marketing because of the Chocolate Hills magnet,” according to Yap. He emphasized that additional tourism route will spur more investment on hotels and eateries, which only means additional employment opportunities. “I am giving livelihood funds along that line. I give livelihood funds for chicken production, pig production or rice or corn, cacao and coffee. And, I am not worried because there will be people who will be buying their produce as the tourists continue to come in,” according to the congressman. He noted that right now, the natural flow of the people is through Getafe, Tubigon and Ubay mostly coming from Cebu and some from Region 8 areas. This is considering that the tourism route to Anda in the south-eastern underbelly is facing Mindanao and there is limited traffic of tourism through the entry points in this portion. So, the new tourism

route concentrates on the traffic from the first district. On the other hand, Yap plans to secure P3 million to P5 million for the construction of a foot bridge to connect Barangays Camayaan and Ugpong in Loboc to consider an aesthetics design as an additional tourist attraction. “Because of the river cruise, the clearance should be high, so it is expected to cost more. It might need P3 to 5 million. We can do a nice foot bridge so it can add to the tourism factor in Loboc, because Sevilla has an elegant hanging bridge in Ewon that attracts tourists,” Yap added. The Camayaan-Ugpong bridge will to solve the issue on danger of residents and the other areas connected to these barangays can also cut short their travel by just crossing the bridge. The project has been long overdue unsupported by local officials until the death of a student who drowned in the river early this year.(PNA)


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200 villagers guard Sorsogon marine sanctuary PRIETO DIAZ, Sorsogon -- The municipal government here has credited the 200-strong army of villagers for safeguarding the over 1,000 hectares of grand mangrove, seagrass and coral park in the locality that now draws thousands of visitors hypnotized by the beauty of the countryside. These villagers, all natives of the 11 barangays straddling the park called the Prieto Diaz Mangrove Forest and Coastal Management Showcase, are members of a volunteer group officially called Seamancor (for seagrass, mangrove and coral) Eco-Developers. Besides being ecological vanguards recognized by the local government, this group is also holder of a 25-year stewardship contract renewable for another term awarded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in 1997, according to DENR regional executive director Gilbert Gonzales. Initially, the contract tasked the group with the rehabilitation of the site, an expansive marshland covering a massive cove that features an 836-hectare stretch of seagrass bed, 1,200 hectares of mud flats and 800 hectares of protected coral reef area originally framed by a 112- hectare natural-growth mangrove forest, Gonzales added. The entire area has been declared by the local government as a marine sanctuary, which limits its uses only to non-commercial fishing, leisure fishing, tourism, research and studies, observation tours, boating, bird watching and other non-ecologically hazardous activities.

It was also assigned as a community-based coastal resource management site that provides for its continuous protection and development as a natural wealth. The rehabilitation, which was started in 1998, involves massive planting of mangroves. The area is now a full-grown forest of over 1.1 million evergreen trees covering a plantation of 267 hectares added to the 112-hectare natural growth. According to Seamancor president Joselito Domdom, environmental researchers have identified at least 19 varieties of mangrove trees in the area. These species are locally called the pagatpat, nilad, bakawan-bato, bakawan-babae, bakawan-lalaki, malatangal, pototan, langarai, busain, pototan-lalaki, tinduktindukan, saging-saging, tabigi, bantigi, buta-buta, taban, bungalow and api-api. There are also eight species of sea grass that abound the cove’s floor, extending as far as two kilometers from its shorelines. These species, Domdom said, are the tropical eel, dugong, roundtipped, toothed, fiber strand, syringe and spoon sea grasses. The entire marshland that now covers an area of 1,006 hectares has also become a habitat for 22 bird species. Among these are the tree sparrow, chestnut manikin, little mangrove heron, glossy swiftlet, pacific swallow, white-collared kingfisher, ashy minivet, amethyst brown fruit dove, white-breasted wood swallow, Richards pipit and Philippine

flower pecker. Other bird species are the yellowvented bulbul, barred rail, cattle egret, Kentish plover, whimbrel, terek sandpiper, green shank, Pacific Reef egret-dark face, Pacific Reef egret-white face and the wandering whistling duck. The area’s ecosystem also supports other marine animal species such as reptiles, fish, crustaceans and seashells. All the developments introduced in the area have worked wonders for the municipality that now lures nature tourists, scientists, researchers, students and practically everyone who is a lover of the natural world. As a tourism site, the regional office of the Department of Tourism (DOT) based in Legazpi City has also assisted the municipal government in the management and promotion of the place. Town Mayor Jocelyn Lelis told the PNA over the week that an average of 300 tourists, excursionists and visitors come to the place daily. “They come to marvel at the beauty and cool environment that the park offers. While boating around, they enjoy the presence of thousands of colorful birds freely flying all over the place or prowling for food over the waters and thick mangrove forests,” Lelis said. The thick seagrass mantling the seabed -- whose leaves dance gracefully with the movement of the clear, greenish water -- is also awesome to watch along with the schools of fishes in varied colors and sizes as if playing hide and seek on the grass mantle, she said. Lelis said the DOT taught the

members of Seamancor how to handle tourist—from food catering, accommodation, sight-seeing tours, boat services and all other aspects of hospitality. The group has also established a beach resort along the cove where tourists are offered cottages to stay in and served with local delicacies, mostly of seafoods. A guest is served with meals, accommodated overnight and toured in the day, a package that costs P800. For a group of 10 visitors not staying overnight, P500 is charged for the tour -- covering boat and life vest rentals and the services of the boatman. Since motorized boats are prohibited in the area to protect the seagrass, maintain the serenity of the place and prevent pollution,

row boats are used. Each is manned by a boatman called bankero. The DOT has donated a pair of fiberglass rowboats, making six the fleet of boats used by the Seamancor -- including two wooden units donated by a private institution. Lelis said the opportunities to earn offered by the park to members of the Seamancor are extra incentives for being vanguards of the place that was once pestered by destruction due to indiscriminate fishing, cutting of mangroves and other uncalled for human activities. “They helped develop the place and now they are safeguarding it. Getting extra income by providing services to visitors is fair and square for them,” the mayor added. (PNA)

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas (standing with microphone) delivers his message during the Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Management and Flood Drill at Barangay 201 in Pasay City Friday. Also in photo are Pasay City Mayor Antonio Calixto, Rep. Emi Calixto Rubiano and other local government officials. (PNA photo by Gil S.Calinga)


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Mayor Emano’s ‘billionaire’ city CAGAYAN de Oro Mayor Vicente Emano’s three-year “leave of absence” from his office will start end of June. However, “Dongkoy,” as he is known in the political circle, will continue to wield an influence in the city’s political life. Being the head of the regionally accredited Padayon Pilipino political party, the political presence of Dongkoy would remain. At least, in the context of local politics. Cris Diaz However, despite his absence, “Dongkoy” would leave a legacy in the city that saw the changes of the times in the last decade. Like the former Mayor “Ambing” Magtajas who has worked hard so Cagayan de Oro would get noticed in the 90s, “Dongkoy” has changed the city’s topography as business started to grow in the year 2000. “Dongkoy” could be credited as the city mayor who has gained the trust of Manila investors who pour in businesses in Cagayan de Oro City. Among these known business investors was Henry Sy, one of Asia’s recognized business tycoons, who put up the Shoe Mart (SM) mall here. The Gaisanos also expanded their mall in Cagayan de Oro City as the Limketkai Corporation developed one of the city’s high end shopping malls in Lapasan. The Ayalas came in the last three years of Dongkoy bringing in more Manilabased investors.

Internationally known food chains like McDonald, KFC, and Kenny Rogers established their outlets here together with internationally famous coffee shops such as Starbucks. Before Dongkoy retreated to the three-year “leave of absence,” Cagayan de Oro City has everything of what a highly urbanized city could offer. Aside from those perks, the city also hosts an international golf course amidst an upscale subdivision. In other words, the city’s realty business also attained its height during “Dongkoy’s” administration. Candidly speaking, Cagayan de Oro City has become a competitive urban center in the country today that its annual income already reached close to P 2 billion. Undoubtedly, the administration of Mayor Oscar Moreno would inherit a “billionaire” city. Moreno is lucky to be given a chance to steer Cagayan de Oro City at the height of its progress and development. There is not much for Moreno to work hard in Cagayan de Oro City. After all, “Dongkoy” Emano has already attained most of Moreno’s 8-point campaign agenda. Moreno should take into account that the people expect him to take care of the gains of Dongkoy Emano. Moreno should not be annoyed if people would always compare his actions to Dongkoy’s. After all, it is the right of the residents, much more of the Cagayanons, to look into the actions of their leaders on matters of the city’s affairs. The people also expect Moreno to achieve, if not surpassed, what “Dongkoy” has attained in the past. React: crisguardian@yahoo.com

Perspectives go with position

President Aquino had three terms or a total of nine years as a member of the House of Representatives (HOR) representing one of the congressional districts in his family’s home province Tarlac before he became senator and three years after as chief executive of the land. During the nine years he was a congressman, Aquino knew about the practice indulged in by a good number of his colleagues of sponsoring proposed laws converting roads in their respective districts into national roads or have these roads renamed. I just personally don’t know if Aquino himself did not engage in this past time of several congressmen during his stint in the Lower House. But Aquino never said anything against about the practice when he was still a congressman. Now that Aquino is

A deeper view Jesse E.L. Bacon II President of the land, he finally made a stand against this practice. He vetoed several measures of this nature that were sent to him for his signature. In exercising his veto power, Aquino must have wanted the congressmen to rethink the kind of measures they wanted entered in the rolls of Philippine laws. He may be of the view that this type of legislation should not even be given due course by the national legislature whose primary task is to craft laws geared toward the uplift of the life

of the mass of the populace. Aside from the fact that this type of legislation only clogs the legislative agenda of the Philippine Congress, the cost involved in having a law passed into law, no matter how insignificant the law is to the nation’s life, is enormous. This type of legislative measure is simply aimed at freeing the local governments from the burden of shouldering their maintenance. It simply passes the burden to the national government that does not have enough funds either.

This is one of the main considerations that must have entered Aquino’s mind when he exercised his veto power over this type of legislation that figuratively piled up on his desk as the 15th Congress vowed out. Looking at the presidential veto on this type of legislation also enables us to understand why leaders change perspectives when they are in office. As what we have mentioned above, Aquino never said a whimper when he was yet a congressman over this practice of his colleagues in sponsoring trivial measures such as this type of legislation. He may even have co-authored or co-sponsored this type of legislation during his nine year stint in the HOR. But now that he is President, he is seeing this practice from the perspective of his office. And he must have realized the waste of time POSITION | page 8

Obey and follow without complains F resh G ospel of the day: Matthew5:4348(June18, 2013-Tuesday) Matthew 5:43-48-Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what

Biblical reflection Bro. Edcel L. Closas do ye more [than others]? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect: In our gospel, we can find out that “Jesus taught us to love our enemies.” In Genesis1:26-we were created like the “image of God.” This is the reason why, “all human creatures of God are all brothers and sisters.” In the same manner, “we

are all equal in the eyes of God.” This is the “deepest point of Jesus” why He made a difficult teaching, the “law of a genuine love towards our enemies.” The truth is, if it is “very hard to love” our friends, how much more our enemies? But this is the “standard of Jesus Christ” and what we can do is to “obey and follow without complains.”

Do you have enemies? Romans 12:19-21-Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. SPONSORS: Neneth Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:00 PM Sunday: #0928414949009266607505: Question – Prayer request


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Children learn tableya-making in Gabii sa Kabilin

To allow children to experience and understand how local resources can be made into something valuable to people and be familiar with the traditional Cebuano food preparation methods and delicacies, the Dolores Aboitiz Children’s Fund (DACF) of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) organized a tableyamaking demonstration for kids at the Casa Gorordo Museum during the Gabii Sa Kabilin last May 31. Women from the Kababayen-an alang sa Katilingbanong Kalambuan (KKK) from Pit-os, Talamban, Cebu City shared with the children their skills in making tableya and sikwate. Children were made to follow the step-by-step procedure after the demonstration. During the activity, children were introduced to the raw ingredients at different stages of the tableyamaking process. They also tried grinding roasted cacao seeds, kneading cacao paste, and molding it into tableyas. They also made sikwate using the traditional batirol. Tableya-making was one of the children’s activities offered in seven museums during this year’s Gabii sa

Kabilin. This initiative is part of DACF’s advocacy program in promoting awareness and appreciation of local culture and heritage among young children. The activity was also designed to promote experiential learning as a way of maximizing young children’s learning and development. For more information about DACF, please contact 418-7234 loc. 208 and look for Joem de Gracia, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www. facebook.com/rafi.org.ph, or follow @rafiorgph on Twitter.

A girl closely observes as roasted cacao seeds she was grinding transforms into sticky chocolate. The other kid is doing the traditional sikwate-making with a batirol.

Export opportunities opening up in Iraq

Iraq is shaping up to be a promising export destination and potential investment and joint-venture partner for Philippine enterprises. This comes about after the two countries recently agreed to explore bilateral opportunities in trade and investment. Iraq has expressed interest in importing from

the Philippines raw and finished products including electronics, auto parts, polypropylene granules, furniture, processed foods, fresh and frozen agricultural products, garments, raw and refined sugar, vegetable oil, coconut oil, dairy products, baby milk formulas, tobacco leaves, and yellow corn. Additionally, the Middle

East country seeks technical assistance and jointventure agreements in the production of fertilizers, petrochemicals, cigarettes, sugar, automobile tires, raw rubber, and cement. There are also opportunities for Philippine service companies wishing to tap the Iraqi market. The nation needs providers of training

courses in strategic planning, data gathering, and preparing statistical reports. As part of their cooperation, the Philippines is inviting Iraqi businessmen to attend trade fairs and conferences in the country, such as the Manila FAME in October this year. --Romelda Ascutia, PhilExport News and Features

Firms that refuse to grant discounts to elderly sans white card may be penalized By Josine F. Estuye Business entities shall face legal charges, if found out that they do not give discounts to senior citizens who fail to present their senior citizens ID card or the “white card”, Vice President Jejomar Binay warned Wednesday. Binay called on companies, amid reports that there are business establishments, refusing to give 20% discount to senior citizens who do not have a white card. “It has been reported that some establishments refuse to grant senior citizens discount in the absence of a white

card. There is no legal basis for such a policy,” Binay said in a letter to Sec. Gregorio Domingo of the Department of Trade and Industry. Binay said business establishments cannot refuse to grant senior citizens the mandatory discounts in case they fail to present the ID since under the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 9994 or the Senior Citizens Act of 2010, senior citizens can present other ID cards to avail themselves of the 20% senior citizen discounts. Under Rule III of the IRR, Binay said that a senior citizen

or his/her duly authorized representative may present any of the following identification documents as proof of being a senior citizen: Senior Citizen’s Identification Card issued by the Office of Senior Citizen’s Affairs (OSCA) in the city or municipality where the elderly resides; Philippine passport; and other valid documents that establish the senior citizen as a citizen of the Republic and at least sixty (60) years of age. The IRR said this includes driver’s license, voters ID, SSS/GSIS ID, PRC card, postal ID and other government-issued IDs indicating the cardholder’s

age and birthday. Binay added that under the law’s article 24, any person, corporation, partnership, organization or any similar entity directly involved for refusing to honor the senior citizens shall pay a fine not from P50,000 to P100,000 or shall face imprisonment from 2 years to 6 years. Violation of the law may also cause the cancellation or revocation of the business permit, permit to operate, franchise and other similar privileges granted to any person, establishment or business entity. “The provisions of the law

are very clear, and I believe it is incumbent upon concerned government agencies such as the Department of Trade and Industry to take definitive action to ensure that no bona fide senior citizen is denied of his or her full enjoyment of such privileges and benefits granted under RA 9994 and all relevant statutes,” he said. Moreover, the vice president also wrote to national president of the Federation of Senior Citizens’ Associations of the Philippines (FSCAP) Ramon Carlota, to show his support to senior citizens and urged FSCAP to be more proactive against the practice.

“It is my hope that the FSCAP, under your leadership, will be instrumental in setting things right and finally putting a stop to the unlawful yet widespread practice of making the white card the only acceptable identification document for the granting of discounts to senior citizens,” Binay said in the letter. “You can rest assured that I will continue to support and uphold the rights and privileges of my fellow Senioritos and Senioritas in every part of our nation, just as I had done for the elderly citizens of Makati,” he added. philippine news agency


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when I feel so much for him and feel my cheeks wet by tears. Thanks to my clinical academic training in my masteral studies, I watch myself not falling into depression and remind myself of some cognitive method of therapy, consoling myself that my Tatay was no longer suffering from the pains of short oxygen supply in his lungs due to his emphysema. I was separated from my nuclear family when I was nine years old, tried to live with them when I came to Davao when I was 16 years old, but got so used to not having a family I stayed with them for only five months. I looked for work, supported myself to college and lived independently.

I was never really close with any of my family members because I had that unresolved issue and resentment that I was an abandoned child…and the many complicated physical and psychological abuses inflicted on me by my relatives in Manila. The person I thought was responsible for all the anger, sadness, and antipathy consuming me in my growing years was my father. Because there was a time in the past when he abandoned us, that led to the distribution of some of their brood to the relatives of my mother in Manila. Anyway, my father had his periods of reckoning for all his carnal weakness and started to build again the family that became dysfunc-

tional for a while. During those times, I had matured and understood better the facts of life. I started not really loving my father but I was no longer angry at him and started noticing some fine qualities in him like his being soft, kind, and careful in his words, his thoughtfulness like sending cards on birthdays and Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter, and Mother’s Day. He would offer to treat us to lunch or dinner in fine restaurants, and gift what the receiver wants and not what he wants to give. Slowly and surely, I started to admire my father, his intelligence, his love for books as he was a voracious reader, and his deep spirituality, seen and heard in the classical music

he loved most, his wisdom, and exuding sense of confidence and competence. I started to identify with him in his taste for music, knowledge, wisdom and attitudes in life. In due time, I started feeling proud that he was my father, I felt I cared for and loved him that although we began the getting-to-know-each-other a bit late, the growing bond that developed between us was something beyond the quantitative parameters of time and space! And what is most beautiful is I felt that he genuinely loved me and my son…he provided me an emotional anchorage that is the best legacy that parents can give to their children. There are no more cards

and no more calls now. Only good memories of the father I had who became one of my best friends. My Tatay. Salamat, I miss you and I love you. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Malou Tiangco of Davao City describes herself as “social worker, educator, performing artist”).

EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF DECEASED SPOUSES, WITH WAIVER

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Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late Spouses ALEJO O. SERIÑA and DOROTEA MAAGAD, respectively died on January 22, 1943 and March 6, 1946 in Opol, Misamis Oriental, leaving two (2) parcels of land situated at Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental (formerly Iponan, Municipality of Cagayan), covered by Decree of Registration No. 738132, Cadastral Record No. 1574 covering Cadastral Lot No. 6417, and by Decree of Registration No. 738143, Cadastral Record No. 1574 covering Cadastral Lot No. 6437, more particularly described as follows; A. “A parcel of land (Lot No. 6417 of the Cadastral Survey of Cagayan), situated in the Barrio of Iponan, Municipality of Cagayan. Containing an area of TWO THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED and SIXTY-TWO (2,962) SQUARE METERS, more or less. B. “A parcel of land (Lot No. 6437 of the Cadastral Survey of Cagayan de Oro), situated in the Barrio of Iponan, Municipality of Cagayan. Containing an area of THIRTY-FIVE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FOUR (35,224) SQUARE METERS, more or less, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF DECEASED SPOUSES, WITH WAIVER, made and entered into by and among; LINO M. SERINA (deceased) represented herein by HERNANDO R. SERIÑA, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of Poblacion Balingasag, Misamis Oriental; LADISLAO M. SERIÑA (deceased) represented herein by ATTY. FELIX B. SERIÑA, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of 122 Calbayog Street, Crossing, Mandaluyong City; FAUSTINO M. SERIÑA (deceased) represented herein by GRACIA S. SERIÑA, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of Taboc, Opol, Misamis Oriental; TIRSO M. SERIÑA (deceased) represented herein by TEOGENES M. SERIÑA, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of Igpit, Opol, Misamis Oriental; JUAN M. SERIÑA (deceased) represented herein by ARTURO U. SERIÑA, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of Poblacion, Opol, Misamis Oriental; ZOSIMO M. SERIÑA (deceased) represented herein by SOSISO T. SERIÑA, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of Poblacion, Alubijid, Misamis Oriental; ROSALIA SERIÑA GAMOLO (deceased) represented herein by TERESITA S. GAMOLO, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of Poblacion, Opol, Misamis Oriental; PROTACIO M. SERIÑA (deceased) represented herein by SALUSTIANO G. SERIÑA, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of Poblacion, Manticao, Misamis Oriental; ANDREA VALENTIN SERIÑA (deceased) represented herein by JUSTO S. SALVA, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of Poblacion, Opol, Misamis Oriental; RAYMUNDO VALENTIN SERIÑA (deceased) represented herein by ALEJO B. SERIÑA, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City; and SATURNINA VALENTIN SERIÑA (deceased) represented herein by BEATRIZ S. LUZA MAAPE, of legal age, Filipino and a resident of Poblacion, Opol, Misamis Oriental; are grandchildren and the only forced heirs left of said decedents. That the herein-above described parcels of land and all the improvements thereon be adjudicated to and in favor of LADISLAO M. SERIÑA and/or his heir said ATTY. FELIX B. SERIÑA. As per Doc. No. 78; Page No. 17; Book No. VIII; Series of 2000, under Notary Public of ATTY. CONCHITO J. OCLARIT.

and public money spent for measures so trivial as this type of legislation. This must be the perspective Aquino had to bear in mind

the moment he sat behind the presidential desk. While he can be passionate on one issue as a congressman or even as a senator, as President of the land, Aquino has to always strike a balance between two contending thoughts or

viewpoints on every issue. That’s the difference when you become the president. Your passion on something that you personally believed in strongly had to be castrated in favor of the national interest. This is the thing that partisans refuse to understand. Presidents are not judged or weighed according to what they believe in by heart but how they were able to strike a balance in

their decisions to promote and protect the national interest. Even in his dealings with the United States, Aquino needs to be always conscious of what is good for the country even if to the militants he is already selling out the country to its neo-colonizer. Remember that even United States President Barack Obama had to cave in to the pressure of their security agencies to let them clandestinely spy on their own citizens as well as citizens of other countries that they believe needed to be monitored. And Obama is not the first US President to succumb to this pressure from US security agencies. George W. Bush did too as well as his father during his time. Why do they cave in

to pressures like this? It is because when one sits behind the presidential table to make a decision, the person behind such table need to strike a balance between contending viewpoints on a given issue that is favorable to the national interest. How can presidential decisions be pulled always in favor of the majority of the people? That can only be achieved if the people are politically empowered because they are enlightened. But enlightenment comes only with economic empowerment. Here impoverishment could be a good tool in making people forever un-enlightened. •• (Reactions at jelbacon@ yahoo.com or at jelbaconii@ gmail.com)

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phone that soothes my soul and the lines read that expand my imagination. But what I miss most is the gentle and loving voice of the caller --my father, my Tatay. It has been five years since my father died and I thought then that astime passes, the grieving that I would feel for losing him would diminish, that in time the intensity of missing him and wishing that he’d be around will come to pass. It is not happening that way. In fact, the longer the time he has not been around, the more vivid I remember our happy times together, and there would be times

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EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH DIRECT SALE

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Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late MERCEDITA LOGONG, who died on October 20, 2008 at Claveria, Misamis Oriental, at the time of her death, she left certain conjugal real property, more particularly described as follows, to wit; “A parcel of Land, known as Lot No. 2746-B-1, Psd-10-048411, being a portion of Lot 2746-B, Psd-10-024237, situated at Libertad, Quezon Bukidnon. Containing an area of TWO HUNDRED (200) Square Meters, more or less, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-95376 and Tax Declaration No. G-024395, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH DIRECT SALE, made and entered into by and among; 1. ALFREDO CORAJE, Filipino, of legal age, widower and a resident of Lanise, Claveria, Misamis Oriental; 2. VECHIE CORAJE-GANAPEN, Filipino, of legal age, married and a resident of Lanise, Claveria, Misamis Oriental, are the legitimate spouse and daughter. For and in consideration of the sum TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND (P 200,000.00) Pesos, Philippine Currency, hereby acknowledge, in hand paid by LEONARDO A. RATERA, of legal age, Filipino, married to Estrella Suaybaguio and residents of Salawagan, Quezon Bukidnon, Philippines, do hereby Sell, Transfer and Convey unto said LEONARDO A. RATERA, the above-described parcel of registered land. As per Doc. No. 347; Page No. 71; Book No. CLXXIV; Series of 2012, under Notary Public of ATTY. FRANCISCO L. VASIG, JR.

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late DOMINGO VAMENTA, who died on August 13, 2004, in Washington, USA, left certain parcel of Land covered by KOT Blg. P-5026, and more particularly described as follows; “A PARCEL OF LAND, Lot No. 42915, Cad-237, identical to Lot No. 35649-C, Csd-10-011945, situated at Barrio Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City, Province of Misamis Oriental. Containing an area of TWENTY ONE THOUSAND TWENTY NINE (21,029) square meters, more or less, is the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL PARTITION, made and entered into by the following decedent’s sole heirs, his surviving spouse and children, who are all of legal age, Filipinos, married except Catalina L. Vamenta, widow, (surviving spouse of Domingo Vamenta) and residents of Vamenta Compound, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, except Raul L. Vamenta, a resident of Opol, Misamis Oriental, namely; 1. CATALINA L. VAMENTA; 2. DOMINGO L. VAMENTA, JR.; 3. ORIE L. VAMENTA; 4. VIRGILIO L. VAMENTA; 5. GERONIMO L. VAMENTA; 6. TERESITA VAMENTAAGUILAR; 7. RAUL L. VAMENTA; 8. ELIZABETH VAMENTA-HUGHES; 9. OLIVIA VAMENTA-CABAHUG; 10. AMELIA VAMENTA-SALOMON, do hereby adjudicated and apportioned, the entire above-described parcel of land in equal undivided shares of 1/10 each share. As per Doc. No. 81, Page No. 18, Book No. 29, Series of 2013, under Notary Public of ATTY. ERLINGTON E. PIMENTEL.

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Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Sharia Judicial District Iligan City ORVILLE DABLEO BARNUEVO, Petitioner,

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ALMA VANGUARDIA YABUT-BARNUEVO Respondent. x---------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this court is verified Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce tiled by petitioner and alleging among others: That petitioner and respondent are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under civil rites on April 27, 1995 al Iligan City, petitioner-husband converted to Islam faith, of which conversion to Islam were Registered with this court both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at their residents at Ubaldo Laya, Pala-o, Iligan City and Angeles, Pampanga respectively; That marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between them and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for more than nine (9) years already, they decide to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs: Petitioner s seek judicial decree of divorce thereby surviving their marriage bond on April 27, 1995 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden: Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile; WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on2013 at 9:00 am. at which time, date and place any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Lei copy of this Order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 17th day of June, 2013. HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

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DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH ABSOLUTE SALE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased LEONILA PONCARDAS, who died intestate, last February 20, 2005 at Cagayan de Oro City, left a parcel of Land, Located at C.M. Recto Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City, which is more particularly described as follows; “A parcel of land located at C.M. Recto Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City, designated as Lot No. 848-B, subdivision plan LRC) Psd-58430, being a portion of Lt. No. 848 of the Cadastral Survey Of Cagayan, LRC Cad. Record No. 1562), situated in the Poblacion , City of Cagayan de Oro. Containing an area of THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY EIGHT (358) SQUARE METERS, more or less, covered by Transfer Certificate of title No. T-176420, is the subject of DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH ABSOLUTE SALE, made and executed by and among; LORNA P. CABARABAN, VESPOMILA P. CONSING, VICENTE E. PONCARDAS, JR., YVONNE P. ARMECIN, represented by RANDY PONCARDAS FAROLAN, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Cagayan de Oro City per Special Power of Attorney dated August 27, 2012, under Document No. 257, Page 66, Book No. IV, Series of 2012 of the Notarial Registry Book of Atty. Miguel Samuel Aquiles E. Duran, LUCIA ENID P. CORTUNA, and HEIRS OF NICOLAS FAROLAN, namely; RANDY PONCARDAS FAROLAN AND MARK VICENTE FAROLAN, all of legal age, Filipinos and residents of Cagayan de Oro City, hereinafter referred to as the HEIRS-VENDORS; for and in consideration of the sum of ONE MILLION PESOS (P 1,000,000.00) hereby acknowledge, the said HEIRS – VENDORS do hereby sell, transfer and convey unto the said BUYER, a portion of above-described property, identified as Lot No. 848-B-3, with an area of ONE HUNDRED FORTY FIVE (145) SQUARE METERS, more or less, in favor of GEREDAH DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, a domestic corporation duly organized and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the Republic of the Philippines, represented in this instrument by GERARDO E. DAHINO per Board Resolution Nos. 09, of legal age, Filipino, and a resident of, Cagayan de Oro City, hereinafter referred to as the BUYER. As per Doc. No. 257; Page No. 52; Book No. I; Series of 2012; under Notary Public of ATTY. JIM L. AMARGA. MDN: JUNE 12, 19 & 26, 2013

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In Compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. ______ Guidelines in the implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172). Notice is hereby served to the public that JERRY I. BAGONGON has filed with this office, a petition for change of first name from “___N.A___” to “___N.A___” and correction of entry in sex from “MALE” to “FEMALE” or correction of entry in the date of birth from “___N.A___” to “___N.A___” in the certificate of live birth of JERRY I. BAGONGON at Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental and whose parents are NICASIO C. BAGONGON and CARESAS G. ILAJAS. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than (15) fifteen days after the initial publication would have been made. (Sgd.) REX R. VALMORES (Signature Over printed name of the C/MCR)

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Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’A CTRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN THE MATTER OF JOINT PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE BETWEEN SPOUSES SYLCAR G. SALIDO AND M Y RA H. SALCEDO-SALIDO,

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SYLCAR G. SALIDO AND MYRA H. SALCEDO-SALIDO, Petitioners x------------------------------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this court is verified Joint Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by the petitioners and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under civil rites on September 18, 2004 at Cagayan de Oro City they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were Registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at their residents at Purok Manga, Tubod, Iligan City and Kauswagan, Cagayan d Oro City respectively; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for over six (6) years already, since early part of 2007, they decide to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting cither financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; Petitioner’s seek judicial decree of divorce thereby surviving their marriage bond on September 18, 2004 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden, Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile; WHEREFORE, trading this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted Let copy of this Order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this day of June, 2013. HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

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was P369.132 million, all from Land Bank of the Philippines. As of this year, the provincial government has a total of P148.687 million in loans. Payment for the loan with the longest term – 15 years – will end in 2019. P213.221 million or 57.76 percent of the loan was used to finance the Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center in Malaybalay City (P109.041 million), the Bukidnon Provincial Hospital in Maramag (P62.727 million) and another provincial hospital in Manolo Fortich (P41.453 million). Another loan for the hospitals, P81.003 million, also from LBP, was for “hospital equipment.” The five-year loan acquired in 2008 will mature in October this year. The province also incurred a seven-year loan of P56.9 million from LBP under the IRA Miracle 2 program. The loan, according to an official source who asked not to be named, was obtained because of an IRA differential. The source said the Department of Budget and Management allowed Bukidnon to acquire a loan using the additional IRA released gradually as guarantee. Another loan, P18 million, was acquired for the Talakag Water System in 2007. It will mature in 2017. Except for the last loan, the rest was paid with an interest rate of 10 to 10.5 per cent per annum. For next year, the report cited a total of P38.327 million due for loans with about 30 percent or P11.453 million for interest payments alone.

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cash and belongings of all customers who were inside the office to pay their electric bills. Ortiz said that one of the armed men held the company cashier who turned over more than P 35,000 cash while one of the customers was divested of more than P 20,000 cash. According to Ortiz, the amount of money and valuables taken by the suspects amounted to about P 100,000. He said the police are now pursuing lead that would identify the suspects who fled using three getaway motorcycles toward the city’s western district.

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COHARA to stage Kumbira 2013 on August 14-16 By Apipa P. Bagumbaran of the Philippine Information Agency, Region 10

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (COHARA) will once again mount its annual culinary festival on August 14 to 16 at the Atrium of Limketkai Center, this city. Dubbed ‘Kumbira’, this Mindanao’s premiere annual culinary show and competition aims to showcase the best culinary creations of the region while incorporating latest culinary trends. It also aims to promote healthy competition and camaraderie among dif-

For this year, Kumbira will focus on the theme “Negosyo Kulinarya – Building Home-Grown Brands.”

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said young workers, mostly semi-skilled, make up about 10.7 percent of the total Filipino labor migration population. “What the K to 12 system is doing is boosting cheap semi-skilled youth labor. The DepEd talks of a so-called ‘professionalization’ of the young labor force mainly for labor markets abroad but unfortunately continues to ignore the very causes of forced migration, namely, lack of local jobs, low wages, landlessness and poor social services,” said Martinez.

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with facilities aimed at accommodating bigger crowds. Wit h C O C - P h i n m a good board exam results and consistent top performance in the National Achievement Test (NAT) since 2009, del Rosario

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year-on-year first quarter growth rates in the last three years: 4.6 percent (2011), 6.5 percent (2012) and 7.8 percent (2013), said the research group adding, “however, the rate of job creation as measured by the April quarterly round has been going in the opposite direction and markedly slowing: 4.0 percent (2011), 2.8 percent (2012) and negative 0.1 percent (2013).” This trend corresponds to decreasing net employment creation: 1.407 mil-

ferent hotels and restaurants, hotel and restaurant schools, as well as elevate the standards of the culinary industry in the region. Now on its 17th year, Kumbira is the longestrunning regional culinary arts show and competi-

tion that recognizes the culinary skills and talents of both professionals and students and promote the development of creativity and excellence in food and beverage artistry through various exhibitions to further upgrade the food and beverage industry. D u r i n g t h e s h o w, Kumbira enthusiasts will witness culinary live competitions for professionals and students; interactive booth allowing visitors to listen to short demo and do hands-on activities; seminars on food,

beverage, and hospitality; food selling area showcasing specialties of different member-establishments; photo competition dubbed Kumbira Moments; and three-day culinary trade exhibit. The event will also feature renowned Chefs and industry practitioners as judges who will help hone the various skills, artistry and creativeness of the food and beverage practitioners and students in the competition. For this year, Kumbira will focus on the theme

“Negosyo Kulinar ya – Building Home-Grown Brands.” COHARA President Nelia B. Lee said they came-up with such theme to promote local products and enriched the homeproduced of Cagayan de Oro City. “We hope that Kumbira will add another attraction to Cagayan de Oro, not just as tourist adventure destination, but also as a culinary highway promoting the city to food enthusiasts all over the world,” she said.

‘Exclusionary growth’ Migrante Middle East coordinator John Monterona, for his part, said the Aquino government should prepare instead for the “large scale reverse migration” of OFWs in the coming months in light of the crackdown on migrant workers in the Middle East. At least 120,000 OFWs, according to Monterona, is affected by the Saudization policy in Saudi Arabia. This includes 28,000 undocumented OFWs. Since the crackdown began, the OFW group said only about 200 OFWs from Saudi Arabia has been repatriated. “Unfortunately, OFWs’

reverse migration phenomenon has been interpreted wrongly by the current administration and its labor honchos to bolster their claim of economic growth, which we expect Aquino to cite during his State of the Nation Address next month,” Monterona said in a statement. “But, it’s a cheap shot and a mere spin,” he added. He said that it is impossible to reconcile “reverse migration for good” with the country’s high unemployment rate. Ibon Foundation said the last three years of the Aquino administration is marred with by a dramatic “slowing in job creation.”

“This is affirmed by the recently released labor force data which shows a 21,000 decrease in employed Filipinos to 37.819 million in April 2013 from 37.840 in the same period last year,” Ibon Foundation said in their report. Ibon Foundation said that unemployment and underemployment has increased by more than a million under the Aquino administration. “ There were 11.884 million unemployed and underemployed Filipinos in April 2013 compared to 10.877 million in April 2010, or a 1.008 million increase in the last three years of increasingly rapid

growth,” Ibon said, “Ibon estimates that the real unemployment rate in April is 10.9%, the highest in the last three years, on top of an underemployment rate of 19.2% which remains markedly higher than the 15.6% reported in the same period a decade ago in 2003.” Monterona said, “Who does not want reverse migration for good? Yes, we still hope for it. But this will never happen if the country has only superficial GDP growth that only a few rich –the local big businessmen and multinational corporations -gain from it.” (http:// bulatlat.com)

said: “We only give what is due to our pupils and students, aside from giving quality education at an affordable cost, of course, good and well-ventilated classrooms also.” For his part, Moreno said the entry of COCPhinma in Cagayan de Oro is one of the best things that happened to

the city. “And for it, I am very thankful,” said the incoming mayor of Cagayan de Oro. K-to-12 When asked about the school’s preparations in the implementation of K to 12 [k to twelve] basic education department, Magdaleno Albarracin, COC-Phinma corporate

treasurer, said the school t a ke t he program as a challenge. Albarracin is optimistic about the K+12 basic education program saying it will indeed help improve the skills and competencies of the students. C O C Pre s i d e nt D r. Chito Salazar said the

K+12 program did not affect the number of enrollees this school year. Instead, Salazar added, the school population has increased by as much as 10 percent. “We will continue to serve our students with quality education and we are always ready to help them,” del Rosario said.

lion (2011), 1.020 million (2012) and 21,000-contraction (2013), it added. According to Ibon, this general trend does not change even if it is argued that the reported 21,000 figure for jobs losses is relatively small and that it is still statistically possible that there have been some job creation. It said the number of unemployed and underemployed Filipinos has increased by over a million since the Aquino administration came to power. “ There were 11.884 million unemployed and underemployed Filipinos

in April 2013 compared to 10.877 million in April 2010, or a 1.008 million increase in the last three years of increasingly rapid growth,” the statement said. Ibon said the real unemployment rate in April is 10.9 percent, the highest in the last three years, on top of an underemployment rate of 19.2 percent which remains markedly higher than the 15.6 percent reported in the same period a decade ago in 2003. Its estimates of real unemployment (i.e. 4.580 million unemployed in

April 2010 and 4.632 million in April 2013) seek to correct the change in the government’s employment methodology. The data on underemployment (i.e. 6.297 million in April 2010 and 7.252 million in April 2013) are official figures. Comparing April job creation with first quarter growth rates reveals deep structural problems in the economy. A “rebound” was reported in agriculture in the first quarter (3.3 percent) from the same period last year (1.1 percent) but the sector shed 624,000 jobs. Manufacturing likewise

grew faster, by 9.7 percent from 6.0 percent last year, but there was only a 1.1 percent or 35,100 increase in jobs in the sector. Farmers, fisherfolk, laborers and workers were worst hit with a cumulative 822,000 going out of work. These outcomes are consistent with a concentration of economic benefits to rural elite and of foreign-dominated firms in low value-added manufacturing. They also challenge the government to radically overhaul rather than insist on evidently failed neoliberal policies, the group said.

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aybank treats you like a local this sale season when you shop in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia with your Maybank Credit Card! B O C - 1 0 d ist r i c t c ol l e c tor from an increased in volume of Enjoy attractive disAtty. Lourdes Mangaoang said fuel importation by Jetti. counts on a wider range She said Jetti is the top imt he y col le c te d s ome P2.765of brands, products and billion for the first five months porter in the region. services. Compared to last year’s figure of this year. Get up to 50% off on Mangaoang said this is more (P2.361-billion) for the same shopping, dining, accomthan P560-million over their col- period, the BOC-10 collection modation and lifestyle lection target of P2.201-billion. for January-May this year shows offers. Simply use your For the month of May alone an increase of P404.074-million. Maybank Credit Card to Last year’s figure of P525.042the BOC-10 collected P661.474enjoy offers and privileges million as against their target million for the month of May in any of these regional sales has also been exceeded by this of P458.243-million. events: Great Singapore Sale The district collector said the year’s collection for the same 31 May to 28 July 2013; increased collections resulted month. Jakarta Sale 14 June to 14 July 2013; and Malaysia Mega Sale 29 June to 01 September 2013. Not a Maybank Credit Cardholder yet? Call our 24/7 Customer Ser vice Hotline +632 588.3888 or Domestic Toll Free Number 1-800-10-588-3888. Or visit Incubation and venture capital comof the top 10 most promising startups www.maybank2u.com.ph panies operated by various members in the region. Kalibrr founder Paul Maybank Philippines is of the SingTel Group, have thrown Rivera represented the Philippines their support behind Kickstart Venin a panel discussion on "Startup tures, Inc. to give local tech startups markets around the region." a better, faster way of penetrating the Navarrete added: “What we do vibrant yet often disparate South East is empower the startup founders to Asian market. give them a better chance for success. Kickstart is one of the new early With the help of other companies startup initiatives under the SingTel within the SingTel Group, we are able Cagayan de Oro City – Group that includes SingTel Into open the door for founders; the Twenty Seven (27) TVET nov8 (Singapore), AIS The Start-up SingTel Innov8 CEO Edgar Hardless founders’ pitch, close the deal, execute, Trainers in Region 10 were (Thailand) and Optus-Innov8 Seed during a recent visit to the Philippines and hopefully win big. But getting trained on EntrepreneurProgram (Australia). Mi ne tte Nav ar re te, the door to open is really ship Development held don’t have the necessary The collaboration fa- support in the ecosystem. President of Kickstart, hard if you're unknown June 3-7, 2013 at Cagayan cilitates access of Kickstart This is where SingTel Innov8 noted that the company is and don’t have an existing de Oro Bugo School of Arts portfolio companies to Asian and other SingTel Group building bridges to enable relationship, and getting and Trades (COBSAT), markets, ideas and innova- members can collaborate close and relevant engage- business is tough if you can't Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City tion, thought leadership, to nurture and create our ment between the business demonstrate prior experi- organized by the Techniand information exchange. own ecosystem in this part community and the startup ence. It’s easier if you’re a cal Education and Skills Uniquely, the Group is im- of the world.” founders. Thus, working big, successful company. Development Authority. The training dubbed plementing purpose-built According to Mr. Hard- with other incubation and If you’re a startup founder as “Training of Trainers programs that combine the less, the Group is interested investment companies with- and you don’t have any track investment expertise, agility in startups that make use of in the SingTel Group drives record, how can you find and on Entrepreneurship Deof the members with the digital technology that will that goal forward, fostering efficiently cross the bridges velopment” is an interbroad infrastructure, dis- be able to resolve local or collaboration and creating between the communities, vention made to increase tribution strength and the regional problems. a startup community that cities and countries? It can the numbers of TESDA scale of the SingTel Group “We want the Kickstart goes beyond the Philippines’ be done, of course; and we’re entrepreneurship trainall working together to make ers to train the bulk of which has 468 million mo- portfolio companies to be borders. graduating beneficiaries bile customers across Asia successful in the Philippines, This was demonstrated it faster and easier.” SingTel Innov8 is a under the Hanapbuhay or Pacific and Africa. and help them expand into in the recently concluded corporate venture capital Self-employment tract of Describing the startup other parts of the region. Echelon 2013 organized scene in Southeast Asia, Kickstart, formed by by e27. Founders of seven fund with its own set of Cash for Training Program SingTel Innov8 CEO Edgar Globe Telecom in March Kickstart portfolio com- decision-making, approval (C4TP). Training program that Hardless said: “Silicon Valley last year, is tasked to pro- panies -- Apptivate, AVA, and funding processes. It has been around for many vide support and develop Kalibrr, Lifebit, My Legal has an initial fund size of responds to the governyears and has established an a dynamic community of Whiz, Work Inspire, ZAP -- S$200 million and focuses ment’s thrust to improve ecosystem that creates and technopreneurs in the Phil- flew to Singapore to connect its investments on tech- the plight and condition supports innovative ideas. ippines. It is committed to with other startup founders nologies and solutions that of the youth and empower Here in Southeast Asia, build innovative businesses and investors and exhibit at lead to quantum changes in them through skills trainthings are not as developed. in cooperation with like- the Kickstart space at the network capabilities, net ing and assistance towards There are a lot of passion- minded individuals and event, and Echelon Philip- generation devices, digital gainful employment and ate people with great ideas organizations by providing pine Satellite winner My content services and en- entrepreneurial activities. The one-week activity who want to start businesses funding, mentorship and Legal Whiz pitched to a ablers to enhance customer was focused on starting but struggle because they education. roomful of investors as one experience.

Kickstart collaborates with members of SingTel Group to help RP tech startups penetrate SEA market

a member of the Maybank Group, Malaysia’s regional financial services leader backed by assets of over USD158 billion, and an international network of over 2,200 offices in 20 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR and People’s Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Laos, Great Britain and the United States of America. The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes commercial banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 46,000 employees serving more than 22 million customers worldwide.

27 TVET Trainers in R-10 trained on Entrepreneurship Development and improving business program which aims to contribute to economic development and the creation of new and better jobs. The following topics were discussed: developing a business growth plan, setting up a basic business management system, writing a simple business plan, and generating a suitable business idea. Training facilitators are composed of entrepreneurship experts from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) with the International Labour Organization (ILO) Master Trainer Maria Theresa Tatlonghari-Mateo. According to Engr. Edgar A. Sales, OIC-Regional Director of TESDA 10, it is expected that after this training program, participants will conduct “multiplier training” in the region until such time that the required number of entrepreneurship trainers are made available to train the C4TP beneficiaries.(Honey Analou E. Doña)

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