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upporters of Mayor Oscar S. Moreno are unfazed by the declaration of 2nd district Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez to run for mayor in the 2016 election. See FULL STORY, page A3

Protest rally marks 43rd Martial Law anniversary in Oro By CRIS DIAZ Executive Editor

THE Bulua Red Clay Eagles Club holds its 5th year anniversary celebration, induction of new members, and induction of new sets of officers with the Royal Vectors Eagles Club held at the Seda Hotel on September 19, 2015. From left, Eagle Karl Ugsod, Red Clay and Royal Vectors Organizer and PIO on NMR1; Eagle Luiben Magto, vice governor (NMR1); Eagle Mario Emano, board member, Misamis Oriental; Jigjag Pelaez, representing Eagle Vice Governor Joey Pelaez as inspirational speaker); Boboy Sabal, representing Eagle Governor Bambi Emano as guest speaker; Eagle Felix Sabando II, Royal Vectors president; Eagle Aladin Ibara, Red Clay president; Eagle Dondon Allorin, national executive vice president; Eagle Gualberto Cortez, governor (NMR1); Eagle Galmer Taban, secretary (NMR1); Eagle Ferdinand Bernasor, peil director (nmr1); and Eagle Nonito Oclarit, national assemblyman (NMR1). Photo supplied

‘Tribal war’ leads to killing of ‘Lumads’ in Surigao Sur By CRIS DIAZ Executive Editor

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan De Oro City – Tribal wars led to the killing of three “lumads” (natives) in Lianga, Surigao Del Sur, last September 1, the mili-

tary said Monday. Capt. Patrick Martinez, spokesperson of the army’s 4th Infantry Division here, said that findings were released by the task force investigating on the killing of three members Indigenous People (IP) and the burning

CAGAYAN de Oro City– –A protest rally marked the commemoration of the declaration of Martial Law in the country as human

rights groups here joined the nationwide indignation rally of the military rule 43 years ago. As the protest kick-off Monday morning, human rights group here led

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Duterte urges Inday Sara to run for mayor

two cooperative stores in Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao Del Sur last Sept. 1, 2015. He said that “Task Force Tejero,” a group of various government law enforcement agencies created by Gov. Johnny Pimentel,

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Owned and operated by the Jacobi Group, the facility will be formally launched Tuesday, Sept. 22, at its location in Brgy. K i r a h o n , Vi l l a n u e v a , Misamis Oriental. The Jacobe Group is the world’s leader in the manufacture of activated carbon products for use in water, air, and process purification applications. In a press statement, Jacobi Carbons Group Anders Skeini, said that while the plant has already started producing variety

of products, automated is expected to be completed by the end of this year. “Once running at full capacity, this facility will be the world’s largest coconut shell activated carbon plant with a new level of automation,” Skeini said. The plant will serve as a key component of Jacobi’s strateg y to continually strengthen its position as the number one worldwide manufacturer of coconutbased carbon. “This facility, with its size and sophistication,

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K-12 and our Society By Ms. Jessica B. Mancia Teacher II De Malco Elementary School Bonifacio District, Misamis Occidental

When the Department of Education under the Pinoy Administration reengineered its policy to improve the quality of education thru the K to 12 Program in order to participate in the global competitiveness, Filipino Society was affected, pro and cons about it flourished liked mushrooms in the Filipino soil. The Pros agreed and followed what the administration want amidst the Cons disagreement for one economic reason, in addressing education which had been expensive as years comes. However, NOTICE Notice is hereby given that parcel of Land identified as Lot No. 1354, embraced by Oct No. 4264, covered under Tax Declaration No. 03000005137, w/ an area of 413 Sq. Meters, Located at Hubangon, Mahinog, Camiguin, in the name of the Late ARSENIA ODCHIGUE, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT (AMONG HEIRS) W/ ABSOLUTE SALE OF PORTION OF THE AFOREMENTIONED PARCEL OF LAND, executed by Heirs/Vendors w/ Sold portion. Containing an area of 249 square meters in favor of SARAH G. SMITH, under the Notarial Registry of ATTY. ANIANO S. PADERANGA, per Doc. No. 42; Page No. 8; Book No. 58; Series of 2015. MDN: SEPT. 8, 15, & 22, 2015

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years of schooling. After graduation his children can work already for this is the purpose of K to 12 Program. On the last two years of the program, students can have their specialization and after graduation they will be issued National Certification that they can be accepted to work. And Ernesto answered…then I can rest from driving our tricycle and let one of them continue driving to earn a living for I have to continue my studies as well to have that National Certification to be able to work. As a teacher, K to 12 Program must have been started before I myself graduated from this profession.


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Supporters of Mayor Oscar S. Moreno are unfazed by the declaration of 2nd district Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez to run for mayor in the 2016 election. At the City Hall, it is business as usual, with Moreno making sure that public services are unhampered and projects are implemented. Gusa barangay captain Marlon Tabac belittled the announcement of Rodriguez last week, saying that the announcement made on the birthday of the congressman is not making a dent in Moreno’s political machinery. “If at all it made an impact, it was for its shock value,” Tabac said. He added the so called exodus of Moreno’s political allies is overhyped and some of the changes in City Hall were long-time coming. Up to the last minute, Moreno was assured of Rodriguez’s support. “Mao nga na shock gayud ang kampo ni Moreno, and then photos of personalities surrounding Rodriguez in his home in barangay Nazareth circulated in social media,” Tabac said while noting that many people went to the congressman’s house to celebrate his birthday. He further said that the so called boat is sinking is a propaganda ploy. “Basin baya dunay kampo malunod

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tungod kay daghan kaayo mitampo nila nga nagdala og og daghan political baggage,” the Gusa barangay captain said. At the City Hall, Moreno admitted the announcement of Rodriguez created some problem, but said it is far from a crises situation. Among the most drastic measures made by Moreno was the firing of the city administrator. But City Hall insiders said with or without the announcement of the second district congressman – the sacking was long-time coming because the official has been ineffective. Shy Maagad, one of the leaders of the Barangay Council of Leaders, one of the potent political machineries of Moreno said they remain strong and are now regrouping to ensure the re-election of the mayor. Of course, we cannot please everybody, but we are intact and getting ready

for action,” Maagad said. City Hall spokesperson Maricel Casino, said the mayor wants to focus on his projects and in serving the constituents. “Off course, we would be dishonest if we say we are not affected, but at the end of the day, we are very optimistic, Mayor Moreno will come out stronger.” The City Hall spokesperson said that with certain personalities moving quickly to the camp of Rodriguez, “Moreno’s camp is now baggage free.” A political analyst said that it is still too early to tell that the decision of the popular congressman to run for mayor means the demise of Moreno and the comeback of Emano. “That is purely speculation. It is a no brainer to see who is behind this spin. Remember, Moreno is an incumbent who has done a lot of good projects in health, education and infrastructure,” said, lawyer Florentino Dumlao III of the political think tank Advocates for Good Governance. If the Moreno camp manages this situation properly, the analyst said the mayor will come out stronger. “Viewed positively, what happened is a cleansing, not an exodus or abandonment. Cleansing rids any system of toxins, and the body becomes stronger,” said the political analyst.

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ROTARY YOUTH OFFICIAL. Vice Mayor Ceasar Ian Acenas (left) welcomes

John Gabriel Suralta (right), a tenth grader from Gusa Regional Science High School who assumed office as Rotary youth vice mayor for one week, during their session Monday, September 21. Now on its 14th year, the Rotary Youth city officials is a project of the Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro. Mindanao Daily News photo by Mark Francisco


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Prudence in covering political activities An insider told me that a throng of supporters and “whatever” flocked to the residence of Rep. Rufus Rodriguez in Nazareth last Saturday. I believed that Rufus is consolidating his forces. Until now, Rufus has yet to complete his Mayoral ticket. Thus, the regular meeting is necessary in preparation for the convention on Sept. 27 where Rufus and the Centrist Democratic Party (CDP) would announce the final draft of the CDP line up. Following the democratic processes, the CDP would nominate candidates through a convention where all sectors would be represented. The body would then endorse the nomination for approval. I have the gut feeling that the nominees for the city council and the congressional districts are already in the bag. The holding of the convention is needed to make the final endorsement of the candidates. At a distance, we could already smell the CDP lineup. For the City Council, the names of James Judith, Omar

Labuntog, and even Milan Dagos is ringing in our ears. Of course, the other familiar names are incumbent City Councilors Bong Lao, Eric Salcedo, Roger Abaday, Zaldy Ocon, and Candy Darimbang. I could also hear the footsteps of Manny Rodriguez, the younger brother of Rufus. Bebot Rodriguez, the incumbent village chief Nazareth would prefer to be on the status quo. The CDP also needs representatives of the youth sector and the marginal groups like the fishermen and the urban poor. It is just a question whether the people who would come from these sectors really represent the group. By the way, my informer said that some media were in the house of Rufus Rodriguez last Saturday. He wanted me to be also around in order to be able to cover the event. I declined the suggestion because it is not my character to gate crash a political meeting. Unless formally invited, I still have some reservation whether to accept the invitation or not.

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I remembered a wouldbe-senatorial candidate whose contact in Cagayan De Oro City called me one late night to attend a “press conference” in the city’s outskirts here. I was informed that the “breakfast cum conference” would be held at 6:30 in the morning in a far distance, accessible only with a taxicab. Personally, I was considering an interview of the future senator. For a provincial newspaperman like me, interviewing senators is a chance of a life time. However, going to the place in a very tight schedule (at 6:30 a.m.) at a distance, it

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statements or yells. This is the most serious thing that the erudite and educated have to manage. There are lots of evidence showing that the chaos is by the grassroots. They are the most fanatic and easily get induced by such irritating yells. Social media and the internets in internets are the most notorious one in terms of frequency showing irritating yells. Who must be responsible for managing this condition? They are the erudite and the educated. I believe that the government in any region can allocate the budget for preventing the chaos during the campaign. This is for maintaining the security with great momentum so that the campaign can run well. They should be prepared long before the due

date of the schedule of the campaign. Preparing the umbrella before the rain is a must. That is the hot pursuit strategy. Who will be tempted as well as tested? Of course, they are the media or the press. Some of them can be detected to be inclined into one or another candidate when being found to be imbalanced. The fact is that it happens everywhere in any nations. And, that is why it is necessary to have been prepared for the political campaign. All must be psychologically prepared. The social media or internets even the press or online media are so active in the campaign. They are often very active at night, even late at night until early in the morning. Annoying or irritating yells and statements are during that time. Black campaign videos and news or posting on Facebook, twitter, and the likes come up altogether. This is what we call it the night war or psychic war that makes all of us being tempted as well as tested. Spiritually and psychologically, the erudite and educated must be responsible for all these irritating See beware, page A11

was telling the guys: “Don’t ever come here, you SOB.” In consideration of the “time” and “distance” in going there, I politely declined the invitation. The caller then went on to taunt me about the fat “envelope” waiting. The *******ck! Is the local media so calloused that they have already lost that little respect in themselves? I do not think so. Angels, the media people are not, but to be treated in such manner of disrespect is an affront to the industry. Honestly, there are still few media persons out there who respect the profession with dignity and credibility. I laughed and told the caller that the media who might be attending the press conference would be there to write a story – no more, no less. Thus, I did not respond to the suggestion to be in the house of Rep. Rufus Rodriguez last Saturday. In the first place, I did not get any invitation. I might be there in a wrong place and in a wrong time. I am just exercising prudence. -0- Send comments/reaction: crisguardian@yahoo.com

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Everything is going wrong “RELATIONSHIP” comes from the Latin “referre” or “relatum”, which means “to bring back.” Why do some many relationships break down? Some might say: That’s of no importance to me. That doesn’t worry me at all. There is even no need to worry about it. Yes, sometimes, we wish people around us weren’t so thoughtless. In one of my penultimate columns I tried to explain, “when to keep our mouth shut”! Silence is also an answer - sure! But some of my readers posed the question, if also broken relationships can be only restored by silence or waiting. My answer is YES and/or See wrong, page A11

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Right Order

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“I’d like to be remembered as one who kept my priorities in the right order. We live in a changing world, but we need to be reminded that the important things have not changed, and the important things will not change if we keep our priorities in proper order.” Truett Cathy - Owner of Chick-Fil-A

With the advent of social media, digital media and the internet much has certainly changed both in the world of work and family. What are your priorities? How well do you live out your priorities? The best way to know is by asking friends and family members if our actions reflect our priorities.


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BUTUAN City--A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the declaration of Siargao Islands as ‘insurgency-free’ and Surigao del Norte as ‘conflict manageable and ready for further development’ is signed on Sunday in General Luna, Siargao between the provincial government of Surigao del Norte led by Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) chairperson and governor Sol Matugas and Task Force Diamond, 4th Infantry Division (4ID), Philippine Army (PA) represented by Col. Henry Dar.

reality that indeed stable and habitable. “ Such feat is never easy to achieve. I would like to attribute this to the disciplined and loving people of Siargao and Surigao del Norte who painstakingly perpetuate and preserved the time learned values of respect, love, pride of place, solidarity, generosity, and most of all religiousity. I also commend and recognize the Army forces for their According to Gov. Matu- as insurgency-free is history best efforts in planting the gas, the signing ceremony in in the making wherein said seed of peace in the island the declaration of the island areas are given the proof of of Siargao where east meets

Be ready to adopt climate change By Ms. Elvira A. Edcang, Teacher III De Malco Elementary School Bonifacio District, Misamis Occidental

As we go along with this controversy or rather a warning to us…What should we do to mitigate climate change? As teacher, we always tell our students the changes of today’s environment. According to Wikipedia, Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns when that change lasts for an extended period of time (i.e., decades

to millions of years). Climate change may refer to a change in average weather conditions, or in the time variation of weather around longer-term average conditions (i.e., more or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change is caused by factors such as biotic processes, variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics, and volcanic eruptions. Certain human activities have also

been identified as significant causes of recent climate change, often referred to as “global warming”. Global warming and climate change are terms for the observed century-scale rise in the average temperature of the Earth’s climate system and its related effects. Multiple lines of scientific evidence show that the climate system is warming. Although the increase of near-surface atmospheric temperature is the measure of global warming often reported in the popular press, most of the additional

CIVIL CASE NO.2015-064

BABY SHARON R. ARCEDILLO-BASER Petitioner,

DOMINADOR J. PESCADOR JR. AND AND EMMYLOU M. MAGHANOY, Petitioners. X- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - / ORDER Before this Court 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 November 9, 1989 at Iligan City, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were duly registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at their residents at B.S. Ong St., Iligan City and Purok 4, Bahayan, Upper Hinaplanon, Iligan 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 over ten years (10) years already, they decided to separate live physically in bed and board, thereby, executed Memorandum of Agreement in order to formalized their separation. Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other,neither minding each other affair’s; Petitioner’s seek judicial decree of divorce, thereby, severing their marriage bond on November 9, 1989 , so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burdens. Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on October 9, 2015 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 once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 15th day of September, 2015. (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Sept 22, 29 & Oct 7, 2015

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energy stored in the climate system since 1970 has gone into ocean warming. The remainder has melted ice, and warmed the continents and atmosphere. Many of the observed changes since the 1950s are unprecedented over decades to millennia. In school, we had to tell our students the truth about it, we have to accept change and adopt by practicing environmental preservation. Tell them the effects of climate change on their daily lives and families; they have to be ready at all times.

address. “The leadership of the Philippine Army (PA) through MGen Oscar Lactao and the Philippne National Police (PNP) through PCSupt Vert Chavez and their officers and staff have made a big difference in the province. Today, we stand with pride here in the island as we celebrate the recognition you accorded to this world gem of beauty and adventure – Siargao, an insurgency-free island,” articulated Matugas. It can be recalled that a Joint Recommendation Report (Declaration of Siargao Island as Insurgency-Free Province) dated September 20, 2015 was passed and approved by the SDN-PPOC. It aims to build confidence among the people and the stakeholders in order to

create an environment that is conducive to socioeconomic, political and cultural development, free of CNN influence. “Thank you to the Phil. Army, PNP and Department of Interior and Local Government for the job well done and for working with us in sustaining peace and security in Caraga region,” said Gov. Matugas. Along with the inking of MOA, all other local government officials of said areas also affix their signatures on the board of pledge as a manifesto of their unrelenting support by providing quality service, and ensuring the preservation of peace in homes/communities and environmental possessions abound its province. (PIACaraga)

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Republic of the Philippines 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: JOINT PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES DOMINADOR J. ESCADOR, JR. AND EMMYLOU M. MAGHANOY,

west,” underscored Matugas. In a provision as contained in the MOA, Siargao Island has never been influenced by the CCP/NPA/ NDF (CNN) as its politicomilitary infrastructure does not exist. The insurgent’s armed group has ceased to exist and there has been no record of terroristic and NPA initiated violent incident for the past years. Likewise, lawless criminal activities have come to a very manageable level which the PNP can ably

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MALAMBUG A. BASER, JR and the City Registrar of Iligan City Respondent. X- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - / ORDER When the case was called for arbitration by the AGAMA ARBITRATION COUNCIL on September 17, 2015 at 10:00 O’clock in the Morning, petitioner and her representative appeared, and the respondent was represented by his Attorney-in fact (His Father) who was also present. Both parties agreed to settle their case amicably thereby executing a Memorandum of Agreement which shows that petitioner and respondent are no longer interested to reconcile as husband and wife but to make their separation permanent, so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden. WHEREFORE, finding the agreement to be proper not contrary to Muslim Law, Public Policy and order, and customs and tradition, set the initial hearing of this case on October 16, 2015 at 9:00am 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 newspaper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan once a week for (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 21st day of September, 2015. (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Sept 22, 29 & Oct 7, 2015

R.A. 9048 Form No.10.1 (LCR O)

R.A. Form No. 101 (LCRO)

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province; Lanao del Norte City/Municipality: Iligan City

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province; Lanao del Norte City/Municipality: Iligan City

Republic of the Philippines CITY CIVIL REGISTRAR’S OFFICE City of Davao

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NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION

In compliance with Section 5 R.A.9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that MARIS JADE Q, ORONGAN has filed with this Office a petition for Change of First Name from “PATRIA” to “MARIS JADE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of ATRIA SALVA QUIMBAO who was born on October 4, 1969 at Iligan City and whose parents are Petronita G. Salva and Benvenido P. Quiambao. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than October 2015.

In compliance with Section 5 R.A.9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that MARIA HELEN B. AVILA has filed with this Office a petition for Change of First Name from “JULITA AURORA” to “JULIE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of JULITA AURORA MONTAÑO who was born on February 10, 1955 at Iligan City and whose parents are Fe Estampador and Leonardo Montano. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than October 2015.

In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that LORNA B. TALAM has filed with this office a petition for Change of First Name docketed as CFN-2258-2015 from “FEBIE” to “MOONYEN”in the Certificate of Live Birth of FEBIE BATULAN TALAM who was born on February 24, 1990 at Davao City and whose parents are NELSON T. TALAM and LORNA U. BATULAN. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than October 5, 2015. Issued on 11th day of September, 2015 at Davao City, Philippines.

(Sgd.) MARIA PURA C. MASCARIÑAS City Civil Registrar

(Sgd.) MARIA PURA C. MASCARIÑAS City Civil Registrar

(Sgd.) Atty. LEO ANTHONY R. BRACEROS City Civil Registrar

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TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte — The umbrella organization of about 24,000 cooperatives in the country recently came up with a manifesto opposing moves to repeal the tax exemption provisions of the Republic Act 9520 known as the Cooperative Code of the Philippines. Released on September 04, 2015, the manifesto was signed by Philippine Cooperative Center (PCC) Chairperson Hamilcar T.

Rutaquio of the Tagalog Cooperative Development Center, PCC Vice Chairperson Ponciano D.Payuyo of the Philippine Federation of Electric Cooperatives, 13 PCC directors and three PCC officers. Among the PCC directors who signed the manifesto was Norma R. Pereyras, chairperson of Tagum Cooperative. The manifesto bears the title “Manifesto of Opposition to the Repeal of Articles 60 and 61 of Republic Act 9520 also known as the

Cooperative Code of the Philippines, which Aims to Rescind the Tax Exemption Privileges of Cooperatives in the Philippines.” The document expressed the signatories’ “strong and unyielding opposition to repeal of sections 60 and 61 of Republic Act 9520”, and their opposition “to the passage of House Bill 2765 authored by House Representative Gabriel Luis Quisumbing and Senate Bill 2048 authored by Senator Loren Legarda.” House Bill No. 2765

is entitled as “An Act Rationalizing the Grant and Administration of Fiscal Incentives for the Promotion of Investments and Growth, and for Other Purposes, also known as the Fiscal Incentives Rationalization Bill”, while Senate Bill No. 2048 is “An Act Rationalizing the Grant and Administration of Fiscal Incentives for the Promotion of Investments and Growth and for other Purposes” or the “Consolidate Investments and Incentives Code of the Philippines Act”.

The final statement of the manifesto said that “We, therefore, register our demand for the deletion of all provisions in the bills listed above repealing Articles 60 and 61 of RA 9520 or the Cooperative Code of the 2008.” Article 60 of RA 9520 states that “duly registered cooperatives under the Code which do not transact any business with non-members or the general public shall not be subject to any taxes and fees imposed under the in the internal laws or any other tax laws..”

Article 61 says that “cooperatives transacting business with both members and non-members shall not be subjected to tax on their transactions with members, including final taxes on members’ deposits and documentary tax.” Article 61 of RA 9520 further says that “Cooperatives with accumulated reserves and undivided net savings of not more than P10 million shall be exempt from all national, city, provincial, municipal and barangay taxes of whatever name and See Coop, page A11

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Nominees for 2015 Globe Media Excellence Awards in Visayas announced A total of 53 entries were shortlisted for various categories of the Globe Media Excellence Awards (GMEA), the most anticipated premier award-giving body that gives recognition to excellence in journalism in central Philippines The premier award-giving body which recognizes excellence in journalism from the best breed of scribes in Visayas and Mindanao, the awards pay tribute and gives recognition to print, broadcast, and digital media practitioners who have excelled in their respective fields. Awards night for the GMEA Visayas leg will be held on September 24, 2015 at the Grand Convention Center of Cebu, to coincide with celebrations for the Cebu Press Freedom Week. Entries were from various media organizations in Cebu, Bacolod and Iloilo. The finalists will vie for nine award categories namely: Reporter of the Year for Print, Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for Print/ Online, Columnist of the Year, Photojournalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year for Television, Explanatory/ Investigative Story of the Year for Television, Reporter of the Year for Radio, Blogger of the Year, and Social Media Advocate of the Year. There were a total of 688 entries

this year compared with 522 last year. For the print media, nominees for the Explanatory or Investigative Story of the Year for Print/Online are Cherry Ann Lim and Liberty Pinili for “Fish in the troubled waters”; Cherry Ann Lim “Bug Slay, Nature’s Way, (both from Sunstar Cebu); Ador Vincent Mayol, “Prodigal father returns to serve”, (Cebu Daily) and Francis Allan Angelo, “Hitech piracy: ’Sweatshop’ call centers abound Iloilo City” (Daily Guardian). Shortlisted for Reporter of the Year for Print were Ador Vincent Mayol, for his article“Prodigal father returns to serve” and Marian Christie Codilla, “Long-term damage seen on Bolijoon coastline” ( both from Cebu Daily); Rebelander Basilan, “Without help from neighbors, will stop gap solutions do” (Sunstar Cebu); Carla Gomez, “Negrenses turnover for Nepal victims” (Visayan Daily Star); Betsy Gazo, “In search of the Tigwati” and Teresa Ellera, “Flood gates opened for more investors” (both from Sunstar Bacolod ); Louine Hope Conserva, “Dam War:Indigenous People Clash over P11B mega dam” and Dolly Yasa, “BIR is killing the sugar industry” (both from The Daily Guardian); and Ime Sornito, “3 capitol execs suspended”

(Panay News). Nominees for Columnist of the Year are Atty. Gloria Ramos, “Waste pollution in our midst” and Juan Mercado, “Beggars by choice” (both from Cebu Daily); Josephus Jimenez, “A code of ethics for disaster victims and donors” (Freeman); Sammy Julian, “The serious business of governance” (Panay News); Rex Casiple,” Nov 2014 NLE Performance” (Daily Guardian); Errol Gatumbato, “The wilderness area” (Visayan Daily Star); Ver Pacete, “The Negros Sugar Story: Hacienda Tour” and Neil Honeyman, “Solar electricity woes” (both from Sunstar Bacolod). In the category Photojournalist of the Year, shortlisted were Alex Badayos, “Out of reach” (Sunstar); Ferdinand Edralin, “Photographed from below and silhouetted against the sky, participants of the Cobra Ironman 70.3 Phils take on the appearance of a school of fish during the swimming leg of the race off the ShangriLa Mactan Resort and Spa” (Freeman); Juan Carlo De Vela, “Transcending Trash in Frolic” (Manila Bulletin); Arman Toga, “Sleepy Little Feet. Vendors and street kids making a living in an around Bacolod City public plaza also make the sprawling public place their bedroom. At 6:30 in the

Pag-IBIG receives accolades from socialized housing developers for reforms and performance Pag-IBIG Fund recently updated members of the Organization of Socialized Housing Developers of the Philippines (OSHDP) at their 6th National Convention with the Housing and Urban Development and Coordinating Council (HUDCC) at Aseana City in Paranaque. Pag-IBIG President and CEO Atty. Darlene Marie B. Berberabe presented Pag-IBIG accomplishments affecting socialized housing and updates about the agency’s performance for the past five years to an audience of real estate brokers, developers, engineers, and architects. “Pag-IBIG’s Affordable Housing Loan (HL) Program provides a subsidized HL interest rate to minimum wage earners at 4.5% per annum for 10 years. Pag-IBIG has also formed partnership with different local government units to help them cater to the housing needs of their constituents. We have also adopted the Fixed Loan-to-Value ratio for developer-assisted accounts. Socialized housing projects get 100% for loans up to P450,000,” Atty. Berberabe said. She discussed the im-

OSHDP President Atty. Christopher Ryan T. Tan (second from right) and OSHDP Board Adviser Jesus Atencio (leftmost), together with other OSHDP Officers, present the plaque of appreciation to Pag-IBIG Fund President and CEO Atty. Darlene Marie B. Berberabe (third from right).

proved HL insurance benefits, outsourcing of collections, increased membership base from 8 million in 2010 to 15.6 million as of July 2015, and increased branches from 38 in 2010 to the current 77 so that members can easily avail of the Pag-IBIG services. “All of these reforms were achieved without increasing the monthly contribution of P100,” she said Atty. Berberabe mentioned Pag-IBIG’s back-toback Unqualified Opinion

from the Commission on Audit on its Financial Statements for 2012 and 2013, and the Pag-IBIG branches and offices that passed in the 2013 and 2014 AntiRed Tape Act Report Card Surveys of the Civil Service Commission. A total of 33 branches got “Excellent” scores. She also presented the “new office look” of Pag-IBIG branches as part of enhancing membership experience when availing of the Fund’s services. See reforms, page A11

morning, the lazy little feet are still in slumber” (Negros Daily Bulletin); Merlinda Pedroza, “Festive” and Carla Canet, “Tenants of Manokan Country with their family and workers, light candles in prayer rites” (both from Sunstar Bacolod); Ricky Alejo, “A Salt Maker” (The Daily Guardian); Guijo Duenas, “A teenager is skim boarding in Boracay” and Joselito Villasis, “A devotee checks the clothes of her Sto. Nino” (both from Panay News). For broadcast media, nominees for the Explanatory or Investigative Story of the Year for TV category are Patricia Andrea Pateña, “Tusok-tusok” and King Anthony Perez, “Let’s Talk about Sex” (both from TV5); and Alan Domingo, “Uhaw” (GMA7) while nominees for Reporter of the Year for TV are Patricia Andrea Pateña, “Tusok-tusok” and Lesley Vestil, “Southern Cebu” (both from TV5); and Allan Domingo,”Uhaw” (GMA7). For Reporter of the YearRadio, nominees are Angelica Fay Saniel, “Sangpotanan sa kahago:Bag-Ong pansayan ug infirmary sa CPDRC” (DYAB); Astra Zina Logarta, “CPDRC inmates dunay bagong kapanginabuhian karon nga nagbukas na ang ilang bakeshop sulod sa prisohan” (DYHP); Rowena Capistrano, “kangitngit sa kinabuhi, dili babag aron makab-ot ang

matam-is nga kabag-ohan (DYRF); Runelyn Jamolo, “Women hear the burden of the drug problem” (DYLL); Sergio Santilan, “First solar powered school in Western Visayas inaugurated” ; Albert Giner, “DepEd in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City braces for K to 12 implementation” (DYHB); and Agnes Apostol,”APEC delegates thank Bacolod and Negros Occidental’s local officials” (all from DYHB). For d i g it a l m e d i a , nominees for Social Media Advocate of the Year are Movement for a Livable Cebu, “Syagit sa Sapa Press Statement”; Lorenzo “Insoy” Niñal, “Ibutang nato ang Cebuano language sa pop consciousness…” and Mary Narvasa, “A call for help for Trina Parane, a bone cancer patient”; and Gladys Reyes, “Accdg to DENR, Negros Or is losing 2,400 hectares of forest a year”. Shortlisted for the Blogger of the Year category were Vernon Joseph Go, “7 ways to conserve electricity to save money”; Leyland Romarate, “The Clearing of Mahiga”; Mary Narvasa, “Why her? Why us? Why now? A fight against cancer story”; Marianito Vito Jr., “Handicrafts for Yolanda”; Gladys Reyes, “Vanishing Treasures of Negros”; Maria Sigrid Lo, “Summer Project: DIY Barbie Dream Doll

House made of Cardboard Box”. The judges’ decisions for print and broadcast categories shall be based on the following criteria: • Content (50%) Adherence to truth and responsible journalism as manifested in the accuracy, fair, and balanced presentation, and depth of reporting. • Style (25%) Ability to communicate clearly and effectively as shown by the writing style, clarity, logical presentation of issues, coherence, and fluidity of ideas. • Social Impact (25%) Involves the impact of the articles on effecting change. For bloggers, the criteria are: • Consistency of content on the advocacy (50%) • Reader friendly presentation and design of content (20%) • Social Impact (30%). For social media advocates: • Content (50%) Consistency of content on the advocacy (50 percent) • Reader Engagement (20%) Number of Comments to the post • Social Impact (30%) Retweets, Shares, Favorites, Likes. As in previous years, the entries explore and promote advocacies in business and entrepreneurship, information and communications technology, environment and disaster response, governance and social progress and youth and education.


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“100% renewables!” It’s a buzz-phrase that loves being thrown around by environmentalists, passionate protesters and science geeks alike. From activists, to companies or start-ups spruiking their latest eco-powered device, renewable anything is a steadily growing industry. If you’re reading this then you already know the motivation behind this growing trend. Climate change, pollution, increasingly warm oceans, water and food shortages – these are just some of the factors that are driving us towards an energy poor world. If we continue towards this path we could be living in a world reminiscent of Total Recall – an oxygen starved “Waterworld” with only a handful of habitable cities. With fossil fuels being one of the biggest drivers behind climate change we know that if we change our practices now and turn to renewables we can keep within the two degrees safety limit that scientists warn us about. But 100% renewable energy? Really? Don’t we need just a little bit of coal/ nuclear power to keep the world spinning? Greenpeace International, in collaboration with the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics, Systems Analysis & Technology Assessment at the German Aerospace Center, have just made the impossible possible. A 100% renewable energy world by 2050, and it could start in as little as three months from now with a binding agreement at the COP 21 conference in Paris. According to the report, what we need is: “A strong, long-term goal, phasing out fossil fuels and nuclear power by 2050 through a just transition to 100% renewable energy, as well as the protection and restoration of forests.” What’s more, not only is this transition possible, but it will create jobs and is cost-competitive, with the

Coal power plant Mehrum (operated by E.On, Stadtwerke Hanover and BS Energy) and wind turbines. The coal-fired power plant delivers 683 Megawatt of energy.

A world powered 100% by ‘renewables’ seems like a faraway fantasy. But is it actually possible?

every day there’s a “world first” – from a completely solar powered airport to a country running (almost) completely on renewables. We also know that renewables have the potential to power up (pun intended) economies, and our “Solarize Greece” crowd-funding campaign is an example of how we’re helping to rid the country of the burden of fossil fuels that are holding it down economically and for Greece to fight its way back out of the crisis. Slowly but surely the world is waking up to the stark reality that fossil fuels are a finite resource with renewables being an additional economic and employment boost. What’s more is that there are no major economic or technical barriers to moving towards 100% renewable energy by 2050. So, maybe the fantasy isn’t so far off anymore. Children sit under solar panels at Bishunpur Tolla, Dharnai village. A solar-powered micro-grid is now supplying electricity to the village.

necessary investment more than covered by savings in future fuel costs. The average additional investment needed in renewables until 2050 is about $1 trillion a year. Because renewables don’t require fuel, the savings are $1.07 trillion a year, so they more than meet the costs of the required investment. In jobs, the solar industry could employ 9.7 million people by 2030, more than 10 times as many as it does today, and equal to the number currently employed

in the coal industry. Already, the seemingly major polluting countries are seeing the investment in renewables. In 2014, for the first time in 40 years, global energy-related CO2 emissions remained stable in spite of continued economic growth, thanks mainly to declining coal consumption in China. Entrepreneurs – from the university educated to the village Einsteins – are coming up with clever ways volunteers of Youth Solar (Jugendsolar) in cooperation with volunteers to power and profit using Greenpeace from the organisation ‘Solaragenten’, install a photovoltaic power plant on avalanche nature’s gift; and almost barriers in the ski resort of Bellwald.


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Of a Promise Kept:

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By Mike Baños, Editor at Large

hen Datu Juan Lindahay donated three hectares to the government in 1960 for the Lantad Elementary School, he did it on condition that should any of his descendants be fortunate enough to get an education, that they be allowed to work there as teachers. Over half a century later, his son Bruno has called on that promise. Like most of his neighbors, Datu Bruno Lindahay was born in the fertile valley of SitioLantad, Barangay Kibanban 890 meters above sea level and 25 kilometers from the national highway linking the Municipality of Balingasag to the rest of Misamis Oriental and the Caraga region. Also, like 95 percent of the 1,000 residents of Lantad, Datu Bruno is an ethnic Higaonon. His ancestors were originally from Barangay Napiliran but were forced up the mountains during the Spanish occupation and have lived in the boondocks ever since. Now 65, he finished 4th grade at the Lantad Primary School in 1964 at an age when other teeners like him were already finishing high school. The school only attained elementary status in 1997, so many residents like Lindahay had to content themselves with finishing primary school. But this didn’t deter him from running for barangay councilor and winning in 1970. During this time, Datu Bruno was already quite prosperous by the standards of that period. He had three-hectares in Lantad planted to corn and coffee and was also buying the produce of his neighbors and selling them for a profit at Balingasag Public Market. It was relatively easy to travel to Balingasag during then. One could easily hitch a ride with a logging truck of the Vulcan logging firm, which first improved the Kibanban-Lantad road for its logging operations in 1970. Although it ceased operations barely two years later, it left a passable road over which Lindahay and his neighbors could go to either Balingasag (18 kms. downhill) or Gingoog City (nine kms. uphill). In 1980, the road was restored by the Maningo logging firm which operated until 1982. Then in 1981, the New People’s Army (NPA) started its activities in the area. Lindahay says it was ignorance, rather than poverty, which the NPA took advantage of to impress its ideology on the lumad residents of Lantad. “It wasn’t poverty that was the enemy because during this time, we were already producing vegetables and fruits which we transported to Balingasag as ‘backload’ in the Maningo dump trucks at least twice a week,” Lindahay recalls. “Oftentimes, the truck had to come back for a second trip due to the volume of agri-products we produced.” However, it was the beginning of the ‘‘dark ages’’ in Lantad. In 1982, the New People’s Army (NPA) assassinated Kibanban barangay chairperson Hospicio Khu, a FilipinoChinese businessman who used to have the biggest house in Lantad. In 1984, despite being the incumbent barangay committee chairman for agriculture, Lindahay was arrested by the now defunct Integrated National Police (INP) as a suspected NPA sympathizer and tortured inside his own house in Lantad. His wife ran for help to then Balingasag Mayor Porferio Roa who interceded on his behalf with the INP and saved him from further torture. “I was repeatedly punched and struck with the barrel of their guns. They stuffed dukot (burnt rice) and sili (chili peppers) in my mouth and burned my skin with cigarettes. Then they tied me up and hung me by the church,” he recalls.

As soon as he was released, Lindahay fled and hid in the hills where he eventually joined the NPA. “I was swayed by the NPA’s promises of free education, medical services and true agrarian reform that would make us owners of our own land,” he admits. “They also promised us we would all be part-owners of big businesses in Cagayan de Oro like Gaisano and Del Monte when the NPA won its People’s Revolution against the government.” However, the NPA in turn suspected him of being a government informer due to his long public service as a barangay councilor in Kibanban and he was tried by a kangaroo court. He was eventually released after one Dante Cagais interceded on his behalf. The five other suspects in the kangaroo court were executed by the NPA. In 1987, the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (NDF-CCP-NPA) set up a “People’s Government” in Lantad and took over the functions of all government services including health and education. It became the NPA’s Front Committee 4B, North Central Mindanao Command’s guerrilla base which supplied logistics to communist guerillas in Northern Mindanao and the Caraga Region. Lantad became a showcase for the NDF-CPP-NPA which functioned as the de facto government from 1987-1990 and even issued land titles to residents.A cooperative store was even set up to ostensibly serve the residents but in reality served as the logistics center for arms, ammunition and supplies for the rebels. “We had up to 200 guerrillas training here in 1990 with weapons just like the military’s,” recalls Lindahay. “Our comrades would come down every week to buy around P30,000 worth of food and supplies from our cooperative store.” “Lantad was vulnerable to the CPP-NPA because no government presence could be felt there,” said Misamis Oriental Vice Gov. Norris C. Babiera. “We knew all along that a military approach is not the answer; we had to provide economic opportunities, too,” he added. During the three-year period when the “People’s Government” held sway in Lantad, education was limited to rudimentary reading and writing and indoctrination in communist propaganda. Classes were taught by “teachers” who finished only 3rd or 4th grade because Lindahay believes the communist insurgency thrives on ignorance and deceit and didn’t want school children to learn too much and see through their deceptions. To secure Lantad, the NPA utilized indigenous Higaonon bush craft to isolate the hamlet from the government, police and military. The Militia ng Bayan (MBs, the NPA counterpart to the government-organized local militia or Cafgu) planted land mines and booby traps such as the abo-abo (boulders triggered by a trip wire), batik (sharpened bamboo sticks concealed in holes underfoot) and gahong (using bagakay or young bamboo sticks as suyak or spikes) making Lantad virtually impregnable. As a result, government forces resorted to bombing and strafing Lantad from the air with MG-520 helicopter gunships and propeller driven fighter-bombers like the

Of A Promise Kept-A Higaonon’s Walkabout in Lantad (Oil Painting Vietnam era T-33 more popularly known to locals as the “Tora-Tora” and twin-prop OV-10 Broncos which were capable of dropping 500-lb bombs. Lindahay claims NPA guerrillas suffered minimal casualties from the air attacks since they took shelter in underground foxholes around Mt. Balatukan. Military aircraft were allegedly unable to drop lower for more accurate strafing and bombing runs since the NPA posted snipers in the upper hills who could virtually shoot down on the attacking military aircraft. They were also equipped with hand-held walkie-talkies which enabled them to coordinate the movement of forces where they were most needed or furthest from harm from the air attacks. It was only much later when the military forces started their systematic ground offensive that the NPA began to suffer serious casualties, Lindahay claims. During the early 1990s, the CPP-NPA began sending Lindahay and other “witnesses” of alleged AFP atrocities to speak at forums organized by militant left-leaning student groups in CPP hotbeds such as the University of the Philippines and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. As his interaction with his colleagues from the movement grew, Datu Bruno gradually realized that the NPA was taking advantage of illiterate rural folk to sway them with anti-government and communist propaganda. When the NPA ordered him to transfer to Agusan when the military offensive made Lantad too hot for them to remain any longer, he refused and told them he would stay and face the consequences in Lantad. In retrospect, Lindahay believes many like himself were swayed by the promises of the NPA because they did not know that all those promises were in fact basic services already being provided by the government. “When government was restored to Lantad, we were very happy that many of the NPA’s promises were in fact being provided by the government like free education, scholarships from the NCIP, free medical and health services from Philhealth.” When former Congressman Oscar S. Moreno became governor in 2004, he set out to make Lantad a

showcase for the province’s peace building efforts. “We cannot address insurgency unless we address the root causes of insurgency,” noted Gov. Moreno. “This is the overriding agenda of Misamis Oriental and the Provincial Peace and Order Council: Address the root causes of insurgency so we can achieve peace.” “Instead of addressing the insurgency by military force, the armed forces and police partnered with the PPOC in dealing with the conflict by bringing the government closer to the people,” said TeodoroSabuga-a, Jr., PPOC executive director. “Peace was won using peaceful initiatives proving that civilian authority can subdue the real enemies: poverty and inequity.” The NPA made a last-ditch stand to return to Lantad in 20042005, reorganizing the residents into cadres but they were finally thrown out by the 8th IB in late September 2005, enabling the provincial engineer’s office to repair and restore the Kibanban-Lantad provincial road. Before that time, Lantad was accessible only through narrow dirt roads by foot or horseback. According to Lindahay, before the road was rebuilt, they could no lomger bring their agricultural produce to the market. Their sick would die on the way to the hospital. The teachers could only hold classes three days a week instead of five. The military and the police seldom visited the place to provide security for the residents. In 1997, Lindahay was again elected as a barangay councilor of Kibanban, a position he’s held to this day. In his long interaction and service as a public servant, Lindahay said it was only now that the capitol managed to deliver services to Lantad residents, most important of which was the restoration of the Kibanban-Lantad barangay road and its upgrading to a provincial road. “Since the road was restored, people have been encouraged to plant more coffee, banana, abaca and corn since it was now possible to bring our produce down to Kibanban and Balingasagpoblacion itself and get a bigger profit,” Lindahay said. The turnover of a solar dryer in 2006 and the organization of the farmers into a multi-purpose cooperative enable them to sell more produce

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at a higher price to their buyers. For his part, Lindahay has managed to expand his modest farm to 10 hectares and he has resumed his trading in vegetables and fruits. This has enabled him to send his children to school in Balingasag and Cagayan de Oro. “With the habal-habal, we can now send our peanuts, corn, coffee beans and other produce to Balingasag Central Market so they don’t rot waiting to be transported.” His wife Bae Flora and two of his children help him till his farm which he has distributed among his seven children. Married since 1970, Bae Flora has constantly been by Lindahay’s side through thick and thin and is now the head of the women folk in Lantad. She notes the huge difference in Lantad’s economy, culture, health and education after peace was restored. “All of what we dreamed for in our lives is coming true,” she said. When the Moreno administration took over the reins of the province’s leadership and BalingasagMunicipal Mayor Alex Quina was elected, she said their family had been able to avail of medical services for free through their Philhealth cards. “When my son was operated twice in five years, we didn’t even pay a single centavo of our medical bill,” she recalls. “When my husband underwent a cataract operation and gets asthma attacks which he got from being tortured by the military in 1984, we don’t pay even one centavo at the Provincial Hospital in Balingasag because the pharmacy is open day and night to give us medicines when he is admitted. Even when he is not admitted, we can still get medicines from the munisipyo any hour of the day or night.” As a concrete example of Misamis Oriental’s thrust of inclusive peace thru development, she said even the wives and children of insurgents still in the hills enjoy the benefits of Philhealth cards. Bae Flora says it was only when the Kibanban-Lantad road was restored and they were again able to avail of basic services from the provincial government that her family was able to enjoy a better quality of life through their farming which provided them cash to buy fresh fish and rice in Balingasag Central Market.

Today Lantad has become a model of what could happen when the government, the military, and other stakeholders work together to bring peace and development to a community. Lindahay holds no rancor against the military now and is grateful to the solders for helping give back the community to its residents. “That was in the past, and I have totally forgiven them now,” Lindahay said, noting a dramatic change in the military’s attitude toward the people these past few years. “They are polite, they help us in our livelihood, they help us repair the roads, they would contribute money when we do our tribal rituals, and they even donated P50,000 when we had to do expansion work for our chapel,” added the tribal leader who also attended an OP Kors! training tailored for communities. Bae Flora said the woman of Lantad’s foremost concern now is for better livelihood to provide for the education of their children. “We need to help our husbands by increasing our income from our livelihood,” she noted. “Because our husbands did not finish high school, they can only do farming. Corn takes four months to harvest and all can be lost to a single storm in only one hour. Security is no longer our concern since government is now on our side instead of against us.” However, while they welcome the increased opportunities education provides for their children and grandchildren, the increasing costs of education it costing more and more of their household income. “Our financial status needs to be improved substantially. Basic education used to be only one year of kindergarten and six years of grade school. But the new curriculum now requires 3 years of pre-school, six years of elementary, and six years of high school.” But still they hope for a better future. Just recently Datu Bruno managed to collect on the education department’s promise to his late father by having his daughterin-law, Gemma Tabamo-Lindahay, 27, who is married to his second son Apolinario, teach pre-school at the Lantad Elementary School. The Higa-onon’s Walkabout in Lantad had come full circle.


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DA chief pushes for a competitive veggie industry

Cagayan de Oro City -- “We should all share a united vision of a competitive vegetable industry, producing and supplying the local demand with quality, diverse vegetables at affordable prices through sustainable production and equitable marketing systems,” urged Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala during the opening of the 14th National Vegetable Congress, held here in the city. Said before a thousand, consisting of farmers, consolidators and traders, processors, retailers, academe and other high value crop stakeholders, which was rendered by Leandro H. Gazmin, Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness and Marketing of the Department of Agriculture (DA), he emphasized the need for the veggie industry to assess how it has fared so far. As the country envisions a competitive veggie industry, Secretary Alcala said that since he has taken helm as the DA chief, the department in partnership with other government institutions and the private sector has carried out its threefold mission to serve the purpose. This includes, he detailed, stabilize supply by ensuring high quality and affordable vegetables throughout the

Hosted in CDOC, the 14th Nat’l. Veggie Congress gathered about a thousand from the various parts of the country with the end of view of augmenting the income and creating livelihood opportunities for high value crop farmers and stakeholders through staging a venue for an exchange of views on issues of the industry, share recommended vegetable farming practices and technologies, and forge market linkages. Leading the conduct of the Congress is Leandro H. Gazmin, ASec. for Agribiz and Mktg. of the DA (left). photo provided

year; provide quality support services to vegetable growers to enhance their competitiveness and sustainability; and expand overseas market for Philippine produced vegetables. “We have provided necessary facilities for growth and development of the sector to include irrigation, post harvest facilities, credit, technologies, research and development investments and formulating macroeconomic policies,” the DA chief added. For 2014, he reported that the agency has distributed vegetable seeds and planting materials, comprising about 19,000 kilograms of upland and lowland vegetable seeds, 69,000 kilograms of spices

seeds and 71,000 pieces of indigenous planting materials throughout the country. Added to the aforementioned, Sec. Alcala said that it has likewise established ‘Gulayan sa Paaralan’ projects in 8,328 schools and multihectare vegetable farms in military camps and prison facilities in the country. Aligned to this year’s Congress theme: “Good Practices, Better Business for a Healthier ASEAN”, he further said that the DA has issued 215 certificates of pesticide analysis to exporters, paving the way for the export of 359 metric tons of okra valued at 18,615 USD. With the showcase of strides in the high value crops industry, he also rec-

ognizes that apart from the rural infrastructure and post-harvest programs and projects of the DA that have contributed to enhancing the quality of agri-products from seed to table of consumers of vegetable products, it is also essential to address the inevitable challenges brought about climate change. “We will strive to put up more automated weather stations (AWS) or gathering meteorological data on disasters like floods, more climate resilient farm roads and other rural infrastructure and more efficient systems for monitoring pests and diseases,” the aggie chief highlighted. Activities lined-up in the Congress includes the

exhibit of a demonstration farm, presentation of industry updates, the conduct of technical sessions, vegetable landing market encounter and market matching, among others. Other than the abovesaid efforts to warrant the development of the veggie industry, Sec. Alcala underscored the need for the concerted efforts of all high value crop stakeholders. “We only have to make sure that we are ready to do our individual and collective roles and responsibilities, as well,” he aptly ended. Other prominent dignitaries present during the opening is Jennifer E. Remoquillo, Assistant Director of the Bureau of Plant

Speak positive words to anyone The Gospel of Jesus Christ (September23, 2015-Wednesday) Luke 1:67-79- To perform the mercy [promised] to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he swore to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all

the days of our life. And thou, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and [in] the shadow of death,

to guide our feet into the way of peace: This gospel teaches us about the proclamation of Zacharias about the “Messiah Jesus Christ.” He was the first who recognized Jesus as the savior of this earth. He was brave in telling the public about Jesus. Supposedly, we will imitate this man with regards to his “bravery” in telling Jesus to others. Your mouth is powerful because

it will create something to happen. Psalm 33:6”By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host. Therefore; speak positive words to anyone as your prophetic words for the future of this person around you. Tell others about the wonderful future of the newly born baby in your life or a child of others. God predestined already each one of us

to have a brighter future. Jeremiah 29:11-12”`For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, `plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. `Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you: Printing paid by: Neneth Ranoa - Bobong BalinoEdith Ranoa, PhD- Tony Jordan – Cagayan De Oro: My new number:

The Wonders of ICT in Instruction By Mary Joy Ruiz-Tymico Kolambugan Central Elementary School Division of Lanao del Norte

The advent of technology has brought everyone to advancement in different walks of life. This makes change in all activities as one joins the whole universe in the use of high-tech equipment to realize a thing in an easy and accurate way. One who doesn’t update and embrace the introduction of gadgets and latest inventions in technology can be considered as living in an antiquated world. Teachers are never exempted to be among those who recognize the importance of technological advancement. In fact, many among us have prepared ourselves in facing the children that day, armed with lapel, lap-

top, LCD and miniature sound system in addition to the lesson logs which the government has provided. These gadgets play a vital role towards the instruction of a classroom teacher. The lapel which was first seen on television during the introduction of the first Pinoy Big Brother real life show has brought an impact to influence the teachers of this generation. With lapel, the teacher can be heard in giving directions and providing explanations and instructions in the delivery of the lesson, regardless of the number of students in the class. Much more, elementary school children are noisy, stubborn and restless by nature. Shouting at them

every now and then would end up and consume the teacher after six complete hours of contact with the learners, exhausted, withered and with a hoarse voice. On the other hand, the stick which is used to point numbers in mathematics class strikes the board a hundred times in a day in order to get the attention of teachers. Let it be known, that in a Child Friendly School System, using stick is a big NO. The reason why, the stick as an instructional material has to be decorated with anything so that it won’t appear a threat to the learners. Lapel is one gadget which is now considered a necessity. Good thing to know is that most teachers already have laptops. This

Industry and High Value Crops Development Program coordinator, Marcelino E. Remotigue, Philippine Vegetable Industry Development Board (PVIDB) President and Lealyn A. Ramos, DA-Regional Field Office 10 Regional Director. Hosting the annual event is the DA and the NorMin Veggies Marketing Cooperative in partnership with the PVIDB, Xavier University - College of Agriculture, Department of Tourism, the Local Government Unit of Cagayan de Oro, Department of Trade and Industry, Systems Technology Institute (STI), agriculture and fishery councils and seed companies. # (JLOlson, DA-RFO 10)

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becomes very useful in teaching. Besides, using these equipment helps teachers to relax when time of the children is spent in viewing a lesson on a projector screen, Correspondingly, this is immersing the children, too on the wonders of technology. For a teacher in the urban areas, to be updated with media and technology is necessary. Most children have Facebook, twitters and email accounts. These can be utilized in posting reading related to the lesson and giving a follow-up assignments. Technology has too many to share to teachers in order to lighten the loads and to make teaching-learning easy and enjoyable. It is but tight to have any of these equipment, if not all.


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Reforms... from page A7

After Atty. Berberabe’s presentation, OSHDP Board Adviser Jesus Atencio lauded the reforms initiated by the Pag-IBIG Fund senior management. “It was a very good five years. I know it’s been rough from the start. It’s not important how you started; it’s really how you end. We’ve seen reforms come to fruition and we’re waiting for a few more towards 2016,” he said. On the other hand, OSHDP President Atty. Christopher Ryan T. Tan expressed his appreciation to the Pag-IBIG President and CEO. “I’m very proud to tell my kids that I became the president and chairman of OSHDP during the time of Atty. Darlene Marie B. Berberabe,” he said. In January 2015, OSHDP, together with the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association (SHDA), issued statements of support to the Pag-IBIG management at the height of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee probe, as the Fund faced various allegations. Atty. Berberabe thanked OSHDP officers and members for their unwavering support for and trust on Pag-IBIG.

Coop... from page A6

name and nature. Such cooperatives shall be exempt from customs duties, advance sales or compensating taxes on their importation…” Carrying the voice of more than 14 million members of 24,000 cooperatives in the country, the manifesto said that “removing tax exemptions of Cooperatives will deprive poor people the only organization that knows their conditions and which provide them what they need”. “We believe that such move will directly ‘kill the cooperatives’ in the country which are the prime movers of the country’s economy,” the manifesto said. (PIA-XI/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)

Beware... from page A4

yells or news. They have their roles in this. We have to learn from other countries, especially the developing countries with all tragedies during the campaign for choosing their leaders. More importantly, we can also learn those bad tactics will inevitably result in bad government administration when winning. In politics, the most common is how to get “success.” But, the success is gained by means of whatever strategy the team adopts—whether it is bad or good—the end is “success.” But, the erudite and educated have the role in controlling the effect of such strategy. More importantly, we can also learn that bad tactic will inevitably result in bad government administration when win-

ning. They tend to be so much indebted for their supporters who “had done a lot” for the chosen leader. In the case above, the game is not yet over. All the time during the nation ruling, the chosen leader, will still find a lot of difficulties. It is common that the chosen leader has to divide the power in the cabinets. This is the most tempting one, making him and the team bogged down to move on, the most complicated situation. At the same time, the people around the country demand the government to keep the promises. It is like stepping one leg behind, but the right one should jump over far more steps. Imagine this! ****** Editor’s note: Dr. Djuwari Sarkawi is the Director of Language Laboratory, STIE Perbanas Surabaya. He is also the guest lecturer at Ottimmo International Master-gourmet Academy, Surabaya; The advisor of Indonesia Association of Press Practitioners/ Journalists in East Java province (HIPSI), Indonesia. He is also the president of the International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER).

Wrong... from page A4

NO! Sometimes it’s a wonder, what a small dose of determining silence can do. Relationships are ALWAYS worth restoring, because life is all about learning how to love and how to value relationships and make the effort to maintain them instead of discarding them whenever there is a rift, a hurt, or a conflict. The bible told us that all of us have been given the ministry of restoring broken relationships. Broken or cooled down relationships can be noticed at any corner. Restoring them is equal to peacemaking or peacekeeping but also not avoiding facing conflicts. Running away from a problem (and then keep the mouth shut!), pretending that the problem doesn’t exist or being too afraid to talk about it, that’s how the hypocritical cowardly acts. Some people love to downplay everything: Things aren’t too bad - they could be worse! Come on guys! I always love to talk to God before I talk to a person. Later, I can find the right moment and take the initiative to restore broken relationships or face the problem. I can even look out for others’ interests first. I can use “my telescope of life” (from the Greek word “skopos”) and play close attention. I can start with sympathy, but not with great solutions right away. I can confess my part of a possible conflict. Paul said in Romans 12:18: “Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody!” In resolving conflicts, a word not be spoken may be the

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choicest word of all, or IF WE TALK, HOW we say it, is important. The US-author Rick Warren confessed in one of his books; “We can establish a relationship even when we are unable to resolve our differences. Christians often have legitimate, honest disagreements and differing opinions. But, we can disagree without being disagreeable. The same diamond looks different from different angles. God expects unity, not uniformity, and, we can walk arm-in-arm without seeing eye-to-eye on every issue!”

Protest... from page A1

by the KARAPATAN marched to the regional office of the Commissions on Human Rights (CHR) to compel the CHR to act on cases filed against the military with alleged human rights violations in Northern Mindanao. Fr. Chris Ablon, the spokesperson of KARAPATAN (Rights) in Northern Mindanao Region, said that the human rights groups have filed cases against the military for alleged violation of human rights against members of the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) in the region. Charged before the regional Commissions on Human Rights (CHR) here are elements of the First Scout Ranger Battalion under Col. Nasser Ladasan of the army’s 4th Infantry Division, based in Cagayan De Oro City. Ablon said that the cases stemmed from the alleged massacre of members of the IPs in Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon mid this year. He said that one incident took place in Bugna, Misamis Oriental sometime in March this year where five members of the IPs were reportedly killed by elements of the scout battalion and the other in Pangantucan, Bukidnon where another five IPs were killed on suspicion that they were insurgents. Datu Jomorito Guaynon, head of the Kalumbay, a Bukidnon-based organization of IPs, also joined in the filing of the cases in the CHR regional office here, Ablon said. He said that the human rights groups also hold a protest rally Monday afternoon to condemn the killing of the IPs and other violations committed by the military in Northern Mindanao. Ablon said that the protest rally also dramatized the people’s condemnation against the military rule and urged the government to act on alleged human rights violations against the IPs in Northern Mindanao.

Killing... from page A1

of Surigao Del Sur, to go after the “Tejero group,” believed responsible in the killings, are now looking into “tribal war” as the motive of the

killings. Killed in the Diatagon, Lianga massacre were Emerito Samarca, 54, the executive director of the Alternative Learning Center for Agriculture and Livelihood Development (Alcadev), Dionel Campos, chair of a local farmers group, the Malahutayong Pakigbisog alang sa Sumusunod (MAPASU) and his cousin Bello Sinzo, reportedly all members of the “Manobo” tribal community. Martinez said that the provincial police command in Surigao Del Sur have identified and filed cases against Mr Bobby Tejero, Loloy Tejero, Gairto Layno and John Does with Multiple Murder, Grave Threats, Grave Coercion, Arson, and Robbery on September 7, 2015 in connection with killings. The military has also issued an official statement that the Tejeros and their group are not members of the military’s auxiliary forces or paramilitary forces in Surigao Del Sur, Martinez said. He said that the police initial investigation also found out that the incident in Diatagon, Lianga could be the result of “pangayaw” (tribal war) and that the government’s law enforcements agencies are now on the trail of the “Tejero Group.”

Mayor... from page A1

appealed to daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to consider running for mayor. “To my mind, si Inday naay (Inday Sara has) experience and she has the mindset that can carry the city for another so many years,” Duterte said in his weekly program “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” on Sunday. He added his daughter has yet to decide but added “Inday (Duterte-Carpio) has been consistent in the refusal just like me in the presidency. Inday should ponder on it. Do not be in a hurry.” The younger Duterte served as mayor from July 2010 to June 2013. Her father served as vice mayor during the same period after ending a second 9-year term as mayor. The filing of COCs will be from October 12 to 16, 2015. Asked by TV host Geraldine Tiu who would he field just in case Sara decided not to run, the mayor insisted his daughter should run. “Bakakon si Inday, dili sya tiguwang (Inday is a liar, she is not old) She is not 70 years old. Physically, she can still be of service to the people,” he said. He even said that his time to retire has come after serving as government prosecutor for 10 years and city mayor for 22 years. Duterte first became mayor from 1988 to 1998. He served as representative of the first district from 1998 to 2001 and as mayor again

No bio, no boto: 187,639 voters in Davao City can’t vote in 2016 unless

DAVAO City––You’re a registered voter but can you vote on May 9, 2016? Better check the website of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to find out if, indeed, you can. Remember, “no bio, no boto” (no biometrics data, no vote). Or if the biometrics data on your registration form is incomplete, you cannot vote, too (no bio /incomplete bio). MindaNews did a random check for data of voters with no bio or those with incomplete biometrics data posted by the Comelec as of August 22, 2015 and found that thousands of voters will be disenfranchised on May 9, 2016 if they do not have their biometrics data captured by October 31, 2015. In Davao City, Comelec listed 187,639 voters with “no bio/incomplete bio.” Comelec records show Davao City has 999,629 registered voters as of the October 2013 barangay elections. In Cagayan de Oro City, the list shows 21,952 names. The city has 285,655 registered voters as of October 2013. In Buluan, Maguindanao, hometown of Governor Esmael Mangudadatu, only five are on the list, for having “incomplete fingerprints.” In Shariff Aguak, hometown of the late three-term Governor, Andal Ampatuan, Sr., only one was listed, for the same reason as in Buluan. In Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, the Comelec lists 8,147; in Lianga, Surigao del Sur, 360; in Jolo, Sulu, zero; in Marawi City, one. “The absence of biometrics in the voter’s registration record would cause Comelec to deactivate the concerned registration records. When that happens, the concerned voter shall not be allowed to vote in the May 2016 elections,” the Comelec announced on its website. It is easy to check on your status as a voter. Visit http://www.comelec.gov.ph/?r=VoterRegistration/ NoBioNoBoto/NoIncBio to find out if you’re on the list of those with no bio or with incomplete bio. If you’re not on the list but would like to check the status of your registration or if you want to check on the status of your Voter’s ID, visit Precinct Finder — http://www.comelec.gov.ph/?r=VoterRegistration/ RegistrationStatusVerification/precinct_finder — where you can find the Registration Verification data as of April 2015 ERB (Election Registration Board) hearing, for those who filed their registration on or before 31 March 2015. Whether you are from Batanes, Bulacan, Cebu or Tawi-tawi, in Luzon, Visayas or Mindanao, or you’re from the city or a municipality, or an OFW, you can check your voter’s status through the Comelec website. The list is in alphabetical order so it is easy to check not only your status but your relatives bearing the same surname in your city or town. The Comelec announcement on the website said it cannot print the Voter ID cards of those with incomplete biometrics data. RA 10367, signed into law by President Aquino on February 15, 2013, provides that all voter registration records must have biometrics information. “This means that when you go your local Comelec office to file an application, your biometrics data will be captured using the Comelec’s Voter Registration Machine (VRM). The VRM makes use of a digital camera, a fingerprint scanner and a signature pad to capture your biometrics data,” it said. “All previously registered voters without biometrics are required to subject themselves to biometrics capture through the validation procedure” and they have until October 31, 2015 to comply with the requirement. (MindaNews)

from 2001 to 2010. In 2013, he was elected mayor for the seventh time with son Paolo as vice mayor. Duterte added he wanted to have a good transition from his term to the next. “Ang ako is the bridging, we do not intend to stay there. One day, I will die. One day, ang mga Duterte mawala yan (Dutertes will be gone) just like other ruling political families here. We know that’s reality of our planet,” he added. Earlier, his son Paolo said he would not run for any higher position next year if Sara and brother Sebastian would also run. Sebastian has been asked by some in the private sector to run

as the city’s third district representative. “Puno na kaayo og Duterte ang syudad sa Davao… didto nalang ko sa ako barangay (Davao City is already full of Dutertes… I’d rather go back to my barangay),” Paolo said. With regard to the 2016 slate of Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod (Hugpong), he said some slots will be left vacant by councilors whose terms end next year. He added Gabriela Partylist Rep. Luz Ilagan is joining the Hugpong slate for next year’s election. Ilagan served as city councilor before winning a seat in the House of Representatives. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)


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