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Army’s 4th division in Normin on ‘high alert’ CAMP Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City–– The Army’s 4th Infantry Division on Monday raised the security alert level in Northern Mindanao due to the ongoing attack made by Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in the southern part of Mindanao particularly in Zamboanga City. SEE FULL STORY/p.11

1996 MNLF peace accord still enforced, says Palace By Janice Cave of PNA

THE Palace denied Monday the 1996 peace accord between the government and the Moro National Liberation Front has been terminated. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told a media briefing there was no truth to the statement made by MNLF Spokesperson Butch Fontanilla that the peace agreement had been terminated. “They were insinuating that the GPH (government See accord/p.11

Army nabs another suspect in Guingona ‘slay-try’

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – Another suspect in the ambuscade of Gingoog City Mayor Ruthie Guingona was arrested Sunday noon in the municipal town of Villanueva in Misamis Oriental, the military said on Monday. Capt. Christian Uy, of the army division’s Public Affairs Office, identified the suspect as Joel Yagao, a.k.a. “Jhong,” of Poblacion Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. Uy said that elements of the military and police arrested Yagao on the strength of a warrant of arrest for double and multiple frustrated murder linking him in the ambushed of Guingona last April 20 2013 in sitio Alegatan, Gingoog City. Two of Guingona’s escorts were killed while another police officer was wounded in the ambushed, Uy said. Guingona is the wife of former Vice President Teofisto Guingona Jr. and Residents flee from fighting between security forces and members of the former rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front, who raided several villages in Zamboanga City. At least 5 people are reported killed by gunmen, who mother of incumbent Senaalso took dozens of civilian hostage and use them as shield. The MNLF, which is headed by former Libyan firebrand tor Teofisto Guingona, III. See army/p.9

Zambo incident involving MNLF Garbage contractor belies won’t affect GPH-MILF peace talks Moreno’s sabotage yarn KORONADAL City––The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) remained optimistic on the prospects of signing a final peace deal with the government as Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) elements

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clashed with government troops in Zamboanga City, an MILF official said on Monday. MNLF forces loyal to Nur Misuari, MNLF founding chairman, have held hostage scores of civilians after


clashing with soldiers. The MNLF members reportedly started arriving in Zamboanga City Sunday evening as part of the advance party of Misuari, who openly voiced opposition to the See talks/p.11

CAGAYAN de Oro City––The contractor in the collection of garbage in Cagayan de Oro City has belied accusations that it planned to sabotage garbage collection here in order to discredit the incumbent administration. Rolando Ramos, owner of “Basura at Iba, Inc. (BAI), a garbage collection firm, accused Mayor Oscar Moreno of creating a scenario to justify the city’s move to rescind See yarn/p.9


Coconut wine, ‘Tuba,’ now ready for export See


Ford sales grow in August See B3 Local arts, music exhibited in ‘gods’ artshow See B6

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Misor pushes for tourism development

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MISAMIS Oriental––The province of Misamis Oriental would vigorously push for the development of its tourist potential in a bid to win back the confidence of tourists and investors in the province, Governor Yevgency Vincente Emano said on Monday. Emano said that the bomb explosion in the province’s capital city of Cagayan de Oro City last July 26 that killed eight people, including a provincial board member, has affected tourist arrivals and investment potentials in Misamis Oriental. “In order to get rid of the temporary downfall, our only recourse is to move forward,” Emano told the Philippines News Agency (PNA). He said the province is pushing for the development of eight, out of 50, identified potential tourist spots located in the eastern and western parts of Misamis Oriental. Most of these unexplored tourist spots where waterfalls, hot springs, and diving spots particularly the Alibuag “hot spring under the seas” somewhere in the town of Medina in the province east district, he said. Emano said he will closely coordinate with the tourism sectors which will be undertaken by the assistance of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority and the Department of Tourism in the province. The provincial governor expressed the confidence that a highly develop tourism industry could entice more investors and could provide better opportunities to the people of Misamis Oriental such as employments and increase of the province’s revenues. He said that once the development of all the tourist spots is put into place, the province would certainly attain peace and stability in terms of employment and livelihood opportunities. LRJ

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation (RAFI) through their 6th Triennial Awards will once again honor men, women, and organizations, whose selfless commitment brings about change in various groups and communities in the country. The first run of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) Triennial Awards in 1999 honored Dr. Warlito Laquihon with the Ramon Aboitiz Awardee for Exemplary Individual. According to Apple Taas and Chrisley Ann Hinayas of RAFI, Dr. Laquihon pioneered various programs and projects serving countless lives, especially Filipino farmers, by sharing useful and practical knowledge on farming systems and methods for 32 straight years. He also shared his faith in Christ and ministered to the needs of the poorest of his fellow Filipinos in the uplands, she added. Hinayas further noted, “He was a man dedicated to his passion to help. He left his white-collar job as Southern Christian College’s (SCC) Dean of Agriculture for a life dedicated to community development work even if it means he would cross rivers and hike mountain trails to provide the knowledge farmers deserve to have.” As a researcher, he was very meticulous and keen to details—from problems and objectives to methodologies. He also lent a hand to his children in their own research at school, especially

on statistical designs and interpretations, she added. Taas said, one of his greatest achievements was that he co-developed with Rev. Rodrigo Calixtro and American Baptist Minister Harold Watson the now internationally-famous Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT). SALT is now a widely adopted agricultural development strategy for the uplands throughout the world. It is a package of technology on soil conservation and on food production. Up to 25 countries in Asia, Africa, and Central America have adopted this method. At the foot of Mt. Apo in Kinuskusan, Bansalan, Davao del Sur, Laquihon also developed the Mountain Integrated Development and Stewardship (MIDAS) project, the first “natural farming” model in the Philippine uplands. This is a crop-livestock integrated farming scheme that aims to conserve and rejuvenate the soil and make the land sustainably productive. The MIDAS strategy includes the regeneration of indigenous species in the farm plus the integration of SALT. The R amon Aboitiz Award for Exemplary Individual is open to every Filipino, natural born or naturalized citizen, at least 30 years old, and of good moral character whose dedication to their profession has made significant contributions to the advancement of the well-being of See change/p.9

Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez, (on the Mic), during the budget hearing for the 2014 budget of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) lauds Secretary Herminio B. Coloma of the PCOO for the excellent job in informing the public of the projects of the government. During the same hearing, Rep. Rodriguez also brought up his previous request for the PCOO to allocate Five Million Pesos (P5,000,000) for the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) office in Cagayan de Oro City to be used for the renovation of the PIA office, payment of rentals and for the purchase of furniture and equipment including computers and printers for said office. Photo courtesy of Ken Dichavez

No Khilafa Islamiya group, says Kabalu CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Khilafa Islamiyah Mindanao, the group tagged behind the July 26 bombing at Limketkai in Cagayan de Oro City, does not exist, says a former ranking MILF official. Lawyer Eid Kabalu, former spokesman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, said on Friday that Khilafa means “vicegerent of God” and that “some people may just be reviving this concept although in reality the group does not exist.” Kabalu said the name of the prime suspect in the Cagayan de Oro bombing, which claimed the lives of 8 people and injure more than 40, identified by the police as Usman Hapids may also not be the exact name of a person because Hapids

is not family name but a term meaning “someone well-versed in the Qur’an.” He said there may be some people exploiting the situation and want to propagate a new group to mislead the public. He added that extremism is not viable because what is working now is peaceful solution to conflicts. However, Kabalu confirmed the existence of a certain Usman whom authorities “discovered has connection with Al-Qaeda.” This Usman, he said, had been captured previously but escaped. “I know the authorities know his presence in Central Mindanao,” Kabalu said. “Usman may have companions in other groups,” he added. “And there is suspicion that he has linkages with Jemaah Islamiyah.” “It’s logical he has com-

panions because he is popular, being hunted by the authorities,” he said. Recently a joint team of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police and the MILF went to a mountainous area near the border of Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao to verify the reports of foreigners training armed men. Kabalu said the findings of the team is negative. He said Usman might be one of the suspects in the Cagayan de Oro bombing. “But bomb-making in Mindanao has become normal, unlike before only a few new the technology,” he said. Kabalu said the identity of the bomber is not conclusive. “Let’s wait for the findings of the authorities,” he said.

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Police Regional Office (PRO)-10 hosted the 19th National Crime Prevention week celebration in this city with the theme “Malasakit Mo ay Kailangan Upang Krimen ay Maiwasan” (Your adherence is needed to prevent crimes). Hence, Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Director PCSupt Catalino B Rodriguez Jr expressed his most profound gratitude for making Camp Alagar

the venue in the opening of the 19th Crime Prevention Week Celebration. The first day of the weeklong activity started with a motorcade at 7a.m. from Gaston Park to PRO-10 regional headquarters in Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City. Contingents from the different regional government agencies include National Police Commission (Napolcom), Department of Interior and Lo-

cal Government, National Economic Development Authority, Bureau of Fire Protection), Department of Public Works and Highways, Land Transportation Office, National Telecommunications Commission, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency. Other representatives came from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, different barangay officials and police personnel from the

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PRO-10 played host to 19th National Crime Prevention Week Celebration

police stations in Cagayan de Oro City. According to PCSupt Rodriguez that while law enforcement agencies conduct pro-active measures to suppress and control lawless activities, crime prevention is always everybody’s concern. He further said that the theme for this year is the most auspicious occasion to generate community awareness and See host/p.9

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Church holds forum, prepares for another anti ‘pork barrel’ protest By IRENE B. DAYO Staff Reporter of Mindanao Daily News

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) is a form of corruption that undermines development, erodes public trust in the government, weakens the state, and infects the morale of the society, Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro City said. Ledesma made the statement during a forum on PDAP and its social implications on matters of social responsibility that affect the common good at the Jesuit-run Xavier University here on Saturday.

The forum was done as the church, lay leaders, non-government organizations (NGOs), and civil society groups here commit to participate in the scheduled Sept. 11, rally for the complete abolition of PDAF. The church shared the same sentiments on the squandered 10 billion pesos which would supposedly help alleviate the dire condition of the impoverished Filipino, the Cagayan de Oro City Archbishop said. He also discussed on the importance of social auditing where the monitoring and evaluation of publicly funded projects be made transparent to sectoral groups such as

the civil society, concerned citizens, academia, media, and church members. Ledesma said that social auditing is a means that would eliminate corruption in the expenditure of scarce funds for much needed public services. The government has allocated P 200 million annually for each senator while another P 70 million annually for congressmen while the President gets over P 1 trillion as PDAF for projects consistent with the national agenda and priorities of the national government. This PDAF is released directly to implementing agencies as identified in the PDAF Project Menu. -IBD

LOCAL residents, including a police officer, merely look on while a man shows the twometer python he caught from a drainage under the Velez-Pacana Streets in Cagayan de Oro City Monday morning. The snake bites the man on his right hand. Mindanao Daily NewsPhoto by Gerry L. Gorrit

Govt agency to convene HR officers, practitioners in Normin CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The Civil Service Commission (CSC) Regional Office 10 will convene Human Resource (HR) Officers and HR Practitioners in Northern Mindanao on September 12-13. Lawyer Lourdes ClaviteVidal, CSC-10 Regional Director, said the convention of the HR Management Officers and Practitioners will be held at the Grand Caprice, Limketkai Center, here, as part of the 113th Philippine Civil Service

Anniversary celebration. She said CSC Commissioner Atty. Robert S. Martinez will grace the convention which is anchored on the theme “CSC-HRMPs: Forging A Winning Partnership for Improved and Sustained Organizational Performance.” Vidal said the convention will focus on the emerging role of HRMPs as strategic partner of CSC in its efforts towards improved and sustained organization performance.

In line with this, the CSC-10 is inviting all national government agencies, government owned and controlled corporations, local government units, and state colleges and universities in the region to send representatives to participate in the convention. Interested to join may contact CSC-10 through the Human Resource Division on telephone numbers 710056 or 858-7563 or through the e-mail (APB/PIA-10)

Consultation on biodiversity strategy, action plan set in Oro CAGAYAN de Oro City––A National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2020 (NBSAP 2020) consultation is set in the city on September 18-20, to validate and enrich indentified national targets. Theresa Mundita Lim, national director of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), noted that the NBSAP


2020 is still anchored in the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2010 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted during the conference of Parties and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held in Nagoya, Japan last October 2010. A consultation-workshop to draft See strategy/p.9


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Brown rice: The heart-healthier choice DO you know that brown rice or “unpolished rice” is more nutritious than white rice? Rice, when polished, loses significant amount of calcium, phosphorous and thiamine. Brown rice, with only the husk removed retains its brown color due to the bran layer left intact. This bran layer is also believed to have cholesterol lowering effects. It is rich in dietary fiber which may reduce the risk factors associated with constipation, hypertension, diabetes and colorectal cancer. Despite its health benefits, only a few people use brown rice. It is because brown rice has short shelf life. Moreover, it is not usually available in the market due to low supply and consumers are not aware of its health benefits. In support of the government’s advocac y to promote brown rice, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST)

conducted a study that has been able to extend the shelf-life of brown rice from its original one to four months to 4 to 9 months. The consumption of brown rice because of its higher milling recovery and higher satiety value may provide a promising solution to our country’s problem of rice shortage and importation. This may contribute significantly to the realization of the Filipino dream of rice self-sufficiency. Now that you know that brown rice is good for your health and our economy, isn’t it time to shift from white rice to brown rice? This message is brought to you by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technolog y, t he gover nment’s lead agency on food and nutrition research and development. (Ma. Susana O. Encarnacion, FNRIDOST S&T Media Service/ PIA-Caraga/asf )

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Broadcasters plant trees BUTUAN City––Members of the KapisananngmgaBrodkastersnangPilipinas (KBP) Butuan City Chapter assembled early today at the city’s Guingona Park for the tree planting activity dubbed ‘Urban Greening’ in Barangay Masao.

Agusan Sur residents enjoy no brown outs By CHRIS PANGANIBAN Regional Editor-Caraga

SAN Francisco, Agusan del Sur––Residents in this province are enjoying a worry-free privilege from pestering brownouts being experienced by other people in many parts of Mindanao. Engr. Emmanuel Galarse, general manager of Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ASELCO),said the energy supply of at least 23 megawatt (MW) being distributed by three power generators are just sufficient enough to the total monthly power requirements of consumers in the province. Galarse said ASELCO is getting 10 MW from Mapalad Power Corp., eight MW from National Power Corp.-Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management

(NPC-PSALM), and five MW from Therma Marine, Inc. or a total of 23 MW. Since the power supply was fully restored in July after the power crisis that hit Mindanao during the summer season, ASELCO consumers no longer experienced rotating brownouts while other electric cooperatives continue to experience load curtailment due to shortage of their power needs. But Galarse said they are still closely monitoring the two hydropower plants in Pulangi dam which are still not yet operationally stable that it sometimes conks out. He cited the two-hour brown out that hit San Francisco town last week after one of the Pulangi plants shut down. The power supply from NPC-PSALM to ASELCO

would vary every month that sometimes it would decrease from eight to 7.5 MW but Galarse said this could be immediately addressed by asking Philsaga Mining Corp. to run their generators that its normal demand of seven MW would be reduced to five MW thus still maintaining a sufficient power supply in the province. Philsaga is the biggest consumer of ASELCO. ASELCO and four other electric cooperatives in Mindanao including SOCOTECO II in South Cotabato, ZAMSELCO in Zamboanga Sur, ZAMNELCO in Zamboanga Norte and Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative are among the lucky few to avail of power distribution from Mapalad Power Corp. Except ASELCO, these

four other electric cooperatives however still experienced power shortage since the supply from Mapalad is not good enough to cope up with their energy needs. Galarse cited the case of SOCOTECO which gets 30 MW from the company that is still fell short from the average 45- 50 MW monthly demand. Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur are among the provinces in Caraga region which already enjoyed brown-out free to residents. Residents in Agusan del Norte are still suffering from one-hour rotating browns and people in Surigao del Norte experienced it even worst with four-hour daily brown outs that businessmen and community leaders threaten to go on civil disobedience.

Supt. Joseph Rocolcol Nohara, city police chief, said they have additional 200 police personnel who will be deployed in key areas to do provide security and to do monitoring. Though Surigao is one of the most peaceful cities in Mindanao, he said he will not allow any crime to mar the festive event. Nohara advised spectators not to bring backpacks so as not to earn suspicion from law enforcers. He added that viewers

should not bring valuable items so they will not be victimized by robbers as well. Now on its 29th year, this year’s theme is “Pasalamat! Isinggit, Isadjaw!” (Thanksgiving! Shout, Dance!) Merlin said 13 contingents will perform on the city streets as they will also vie for the huge prizes and special awards. She said that for the Bonok-Bonok based category, contestants include the Anomar High School, Ano-

mar Elementary School, B. Vasquez Memorial Central Elementary School, Rafols National High School, Sabang Elementary School and Mat-i Elementary School, all from this city. For the free interpretation category, confirmed contingents from this city are the Mabini National High School Navarro Memorial Central Elementary School, Caraga Regional Science High School, Lipata National High School, Cantiasay National High School, and Barangay Buenavista. Participants from other areas are the municipality of Talaingod in Davao del Norte and Bayugan City in Agusan del Sur. Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival is a thanksgiving and invocation to the Almighty through the intercession of the city’s patron saint, Señor San Nicolas de Tolentino, for bountiful blessings of peace and good health. She said they expect to draw in local and foreign tourists during the festivities. A report from Roel N. Catoto of MindaNews

All set for Surigao’s Bonok-Bonok festival SURIGAO City––All systems go for this city’s BonokBonok Marajaw Karajaw Festival, which will kick off Monday. Roselyn Merlin, senior tourism officer of Surigao City, said that traffic enforcers, the police and the military are all ready to secure a peaceful and orderly event.


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PrimeNews Soldier killed in in clash in B’non MALAYBALAY City–– One soldier was killed in a gun battle between government troops and New People’s Army (NPA) in Capihan village, Libona, Bukidnon. Army Lt. Col. Arturo Asinero of the 403rd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army here said the troop under First Lieutenant Molina conducted clearing operations when they encountered about seven fully armed NPA rebels around 10:30 a.m. Sunday. He said a brief firefight ensued, leaving a Private first class (PFC) combatant dead. In a spot report, an army squad from nearby Sil-ipon village in the same town immediately reinforced the battling troop but the enemies fled westward. Said report showed rebels also suffered casualties during the clash as globs of blood splotched along their route near the battlefield. Asinero said the slain soldier’s name was withheld until his kin were notified. Government troops are now combing the area to track down the rebels, he said. --Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy of PIA

Dads to accredit 3 civil society groups

THE 17th City Council during its regular session this afternoon to be presided over by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas is slated to adopt a resolution accrediting three civil society organizations in Cagayan de Oro’s Local Special Bodies. The applications of the Federation of Motorela Operators and Drivers in Cagayan de Oro (Femedco), Inc.; the CDO-ICT Business Council, Inc. and the LandCare Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (LFPI) as members of the LSB were reviewed and favorably endorsed by the committees on public utilities, on environment and natural resources and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Roger G. Abaday, Zaldy O. Ocon and Ramon G. Tabor, respectively. Documents submitted included the endorsement groups | page 9

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NBI to ensure justice is served to slain Iligan radio commentator By Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN City, Lanao del Norte––The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) expressed its commitment to give justice to the killing of radio commentator Fernando ‘Nanding’ Rebaldo Solijon of DxLS Love Radio, Iligan city. In a recent press conference, NBI team, spearheaded by Atty. Ricardo A. Diaz, regional director, NBI Region 10, presented reports on the investigation of the killing. Based from the NBI medical autopsy, Atty Diaz

shed light that there were eight (8) gun shots sustained by Solijon from his perpetrators—four from the head and four from the chest portion, when Solijon was gunned down at about 10:00 p.m. last August 29, at Purok 1, Barangay Buru-un, this city. Diaz further said they have leads already as they were able to get two witnesses, who described the suspects riding in tandem with a motorcycle. In the artist sketch presented, the two (2) perpetrators are described as males, medium built, ages between

28-33 years old, the gunman wearing brown jacket, with hood and mascara in his head, with 45 caliber pistol, while his companion wearing camesa tsino white color, maong pants and driver of the getaway motorcycle. Though we have limited capability in handling witnesses, in this place of investigation, we see to it and make sure that nothing happens to them, this shall be taken cared of by Atty, Alex T. Cabornay, chief, NBI Iligan District Office, said Atty. Diaz. Diaz added, reports

from his agents described the motive of the killing as work-related. No b o d y s h o u l d b e spared from the investigation, all angles shall be considered—political involvement or private affair of the victim. We shall reveal our report from the pieces of evidence and facts we gathered. “We believed that perpetrators are hired gunmen, Nanding’s movement had been monitored already and he had been followed by them,” disclosed Diaz. Meanwhile, Lone Dis-

Army troops join clean-up in Iligan

JUST FOR FUN. A man on a jetski and a boy on a salbabida enjoy the cool waters of Cagayan River on a hot September day in Cagayan de Oro following the rainy days of July and August. The city has been experiencing sunny days on the first week of the month while the river’s water level is low and conducive to jetski fun. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry L. Gorit

Comelec excludes from bidding P148.87m-worth of ballot paper By Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob of the Philippine Information Agency, Northern Mindanao

OZAMIZ City, Misamis Occidental––The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has excluded from bidding the supply and delivery of ballot paper worth P148,870,656, for use in the October 28, 2013 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE). This was revealed by lawyer Helen G. AguilaFlores, Chairperson of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), who said the exclusion is in compliance with the directive contained in Comelec Resolution No. 9757, promulgated last August 8. Earlier, the Comelec, through its BAC, invited bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for one (1) Lot with the Approved Budget

trict of Iligan Representative Vicente Belmonte, has offered a P300 thousand bounty for the perpetrator’s identity. An additional P150 thousand from City Mayor Celso Regencia of Iligan. This focused investigation to take action on all media killings is a commitment of the government, as NBI is duty-bound to give justice to all killings, such as in the case of Nanding Solijon who apparently received death threats due to his media work and succumbed to death, concluded Diaz.

for the Contract (ABC) of P148,870,656, for ballot paper to be used in the printing of Official ballots for the October BSKE. The amount was already inclusive of all taxes, such as, but not limited to, value added tax (VAT), income tax, local taxes, and other fiscal levies intended for the supply and delivery of the required ballot paper. The invitation to bid (ITB) said a complete set of bidding documents may be purchased by interested bidders from the Comelec BAC Office upon payment of a non-refundable fee of P50,000. However, the Commission En Banc, by virtue of the powers vested in it by the Constitution, the Omnibus

Election Code, the 1987 Administrative Code, and Republic Act No. 9184, as head of the procuring entity, has resolved “to direct the BAC to exclude in the list for bidding the procurement of ballot paper and instead use the excess rolls of ballot paper during the May 2013 National and Local Elections.” Thus, it came up with Resolution No. 9757, entitled “In the Matter of Utilizing the Excess Rolls of Ballot Paper Procured for the 2013 National and Local Elections for the Purpose of Printing Official Ballots for the 2013 BSKE.” In view of the foregoing, all prospective bidders who purchased the bidding documents have been told

to coordinate with the BAC Secretariat for the refund of their payment or bidding documents, the BAC Chairperson said. Paragraph 10 of the Reservation Clause of the ITB on the Procurement of Ballot Paper states that: “The Comelec reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, to reject all bids at any time prior to the contract award, or to reduce the number of units and the corresponding ABC based on the final determination by the Comelec of the number of registered voters, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.” (RCAguhob/PIA10-Misamis Occidental)

ILIGAN City, Lanao del Norte––Army troopers heed the call on cleaning up in the city. Per Executive Order (EO) No. 67, series of 2013 declares August 31, 2013 as Clean Up Day in major streets and barangays of Iligan City. The EO states that there is a need to clean up and make the city free from garbage and more attractive in preparation for the month-long fiesta celebration in September in honor of the city’s Patron Saint Michael, the Archangel. In response to the call, troops from the 4th Mechanized Infantry (Kalasag) Battalion, Mechanized Infantry Division, Philippine Army, led by Lt.Col. Danilo G. Ibon, Kalasag commanding officer, joined the clean up as early as 6 a.m., heading its area to clean along the roadsides of Crossing Barangay Suarez to Crossing Barangay Sta Elena, Iligan City. “We aimed at sustaining the beautification and protection of our Army Troops to Mother Nature,” expressed Col. Ibon. Likewise, this activity would further strengthens the relationship between the army troopers and civilian populace. Meanwhile, Office of the City Administrator leads the Task Force on Clean and Green on this clean up drive along with some of the members of the Committee on Physical Arrangement and Decoration of the Executive Management Board (EMB) for the Iligan’s Diyandi Festival in September. Symbolizing their commitment to make Iligan clean, green and beautiful, the clean up drive was also participated in by employees of the local government ARMY | page 9


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Monopoly of political power enhances pork squander The Constitutional provision stating that the State shall guarantee equal access to public service and prohibit political dynasty as may be defined by law should have more teeth now that there is so much public clamor against the pork barrel system. The present political landscape where public office has become the exclusive domain of influential families and clans is conducive to corruption and therefore public funds has become an easy prey for corrupt politicians. Family dynasties have become so well-entrenched in Philippine politics that they have monopolized political power and public resources at almost all levels of government according to a lawmaker. A United Nations Development Programme study revealed that of the 77 provinces covered in

the Philippines, 72 provinces or 94 percent have political families. The average number of political families per province is 2.31, meaning there are at least two dominant political clans in most of the provinces. The socio-political inequities prevalent in Philippine society limit public office to members of ruling families thus in many instances, voters, for convenience and out of cultural mind-set, look up to these economically and politically dominant families as dispensers of favors, material and otherwise. This is where the use of public funds have become irregular. For the anti-dynasty measure, it is suggested that no spouse, or person related within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity, whether legitimate or illegitimate, full or half blood, to an incumbent elective official seeking re-election

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Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… My people, your officials lead you astray; they turn you from the path…” (Isaiah 3:12, the Holy Bible). -ooo MNLF ATTACKS ZAMBOANGA CITY, 2 DEAD: Now that the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is on an offensive once again in Mindanao as shown by its early Monday morning (September 09, 2013) attack in Zamboanga City where two men---a policeman and a civilian---were reported killed, I wonder what kind of a reaction the Aquino government will make. I mean, the Aquino government has been repeatedly told before that its strategy of focusing its peace efforts towards just one group alone, ignoring all others, especially the MNLF which already has signed a peace agreement in 1996, will not yield real peace, but will only aggravate and worsen the conflict in Southern Philippines all the more. Now that these warnings have come true and more conflicts---and therefore more deaths and destruction among our countrymen in the area---are occurring once again, and are proving to be beyond the control of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), all the hype about peace

in Mindanao being attained under the second Aquino government are now going down the drain. What a waste really, but the Aquino government cannot blame anyone else for this fiasco but itself! -ooo NEW MINDANAO WAR ERUPTS: Indeed, the question that is begging to be answered in the Aquino government’s handling of the peace process in Mindanao is this: why did it choose to strike peace with just one group? The example of the MNLF peace accord should have already taught the Aquino government the folly of negotiating and signing a peace agreement with just one group alone. Did not a big group of MNLF warriors bolt out of it, soon after the MNLF peace accord was signed, simply because that bolting group thought it was left out in the agreement? Did not that group wage its own deadly war against the government after that? Indeed, these are too plain and too evident to see, and yet, why did the government of President Aquino refuse to take it into account in its peace efforts after 2010? Now, a new Mindanao war is erupting, and it appears not only that there is no immediate solution in sight but that, real and lasting peace will no longer be possible under President Aquino’s term. -ooo “THEY HAVE BROUGHT DISASTER UPON THEMSELVES”: Words of wisdom from Isaiah 3:1-7: “See now, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support: all supplies of food and all supplies of water, the hero and the warrior, the judge and the prophet, the diviner and the elder, he captain of fifty and the man of rank, the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever enchanter. batas | page 7


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a bad memory is your best weapon to stop it from hurting you more. Forget it, and get on with your life. “Never carry a grudge, since it only weighs you down while the other guy is getting ahead. You’ll never get ahead while you’re trying to get even.” You’ll reach your goal of success much quicker if you forgive and forget your

ABOLISH CONGRESS This is the best and easiest way to end political dynasties in the country and abolish pork barrel- ABOLISH CONGRESS Romy Macalintal’s proposition - “Abolish Congress Movement” ---is an idea whose time to be seriously considered has come. : On Sept.11 citizens will march---not just to abolish pork barrel, but Congress itself. Did LP really get P500 million from Napoles for 2010 campaign, as Kit Tatad suspects? LP’s silence encourages speculation anew about windfall from Janet in 2013, to envy of UNA. The “Abolish Congress Movement” (ACM) is gaining traction in mainstream as well as social media and in various citizens’ forums. It’s a virus that seems to be infecting everything---enervating and mind-boggling. As columnist Neal Cruz pointed out last Wednesday, the seed of abolition of Congress was planted in people’s minds by Senate President Franklin Drilon who, out of exasperation one day owing to the viciousness of attacks against the “corruption-soaked pork barrel,” snapped, “Let’s just abolish Congress then!” Everyone then jumped in and said, “Yeah, let’s.” I recall posting on FB that’s it’s the most profound idea from Drilon in a long time. Abolishing Congress is an idea Election Lawyer born out of unspeakable rage Romulo Macalintal and disgust over the pork barrel scandals---whose length and breadth we still have to see, as COA has only allowed a sneak preview in its 2007-2009 special audit report. Like many other great and inspiring ideas in history, the ACM is an idea whose time to be seriously considered has come. I dare say that this is what many citizens will march to EDSA for on Sept. 11---no longer for the abolition of the pork barrel as in the Aug. 26 Million People March, but for the ABOLITION OF CONGRESS itself. It will be a build-up to the millions whose voice as “people’s initiative” the powers in Malacanang and Congress cannot ignore. As Neal Cruz relates, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal led a group of citizens at the Kapihan sa Maynila, who stoutly opined that yes, Congress can be abolished by amending the Constitution and simply deleting Article VI, which created the legislature. Macalintal’s idea is actually only for a six-year suspension, from 2016 to 2022, during which what will function as legislature would be composed of provincial governors and mayors of highly urbanized cities, who can make laws applicable only to their respective areas of responsibility. If this six-year suspension, which hints of federalism, is found to be beneficial, wrote Neal Cruz, the abolition of Congress would be made permanent. -ooo Doing some pencil-pushing, Macalintal’s group asserted that a six-year suspension of Congress would save the country P211 billion, that will include not only the regular salaries and allowances of senators and representatives and their staff, but also the pork barrel fund and the budgets for various institutions within Congress, such as the powerful Commission on Appointments, the Senate Electoral Tribunal and the House Electoral Tribunal. Neal offered a favorable comment to Romy’s abolition idea: in other countries such as China, legislatures hold sessions for only a limited time and when there are enough important laws to be discussed. Because of this limited time lawmakers either have to pass the bills or shelve them, and---most important---they are paid only for work done during their sessions. Unlike in PH where they are paid all year round, even if, as Neal argues, Pacquiao is in boxing

enemies. Getting even with someone just puts you on their level; but if you forgive that person, it puts you ahead of them. So make peace quickly with your enemies. “Some people forgive their enemies—but not until they’re dead and it’s too late.” Remember, people need love the most when they deserve it the least. It takes a much stronger person to forgive. A person’s strength is measured by how many times he can forgive the same person. You see, when our heart is full of kindness, there’s no room in it to hold a grudge. Hating someone is easy. Anybody can do

that. So if you want to be unhappy and miserable, go ahead: don’t forgive that person who wronged you. But don’t forget, “Anger and unforgiveness is like fire: if you hold on to it, it will burn you.” However, “If you choose to forgive someone, you’ll be setting a prisoner free… and discover the prisoner was you!” Yet real forgiving takes your Maker’s kind of love and strength. So why not ask Jesus Christ to forgive you for all the ways you’ve hurt and wronged Him? Then, you’ll have His power to forgive others like He did for you. Just Think a Minute…

training abroad or Senators Bong Revilla or Tito Sotto are filming movies or TV shows. -ooo It boggles the mind indeed what the nation could do with P211 billion in savings. As Macalintal’s group estimates, it can build 180,000 classrooms, buy 7.4 billion kilos of rice (as the price of this commodity shoots up), or construct 400 kms. of standard two-lane roads or a modern mass transport system in traffic-gripped Metro Manila. Or it could fund perhaps the 19 regional cancer hospitals for the poor that Health Secretary Ike Ona wants to put up, or expand a graft-free Tesda in many other regions that would be the basis of an industrialized Philippines. Of course, pro-abolition advocates have to reckon with how to deal with declaration of martial law, proclamation of treaties with foreign countries or in time of war or suspension of the writ of habeas corpus---all of which Congress has a definite role to play in. But we can leave that to the legal luminaries. -ooo Meanwhile citizens will dream about a country without the epitome of corruption embodied by the “House of Representa-Thieves” or the “Sena-tong.” But more than dream, we could make it a reality through Charter Change, which is what people’s initiative would cause. As Macalintal argues in Neal’s column, “If People Power was able to oust two presidents on valid and justified grounds, there is no reason why a temporary closure of Congress cannot be achieved with people airing their very legitimate demand, because of the apparent involvement of a number of legislators in the P10 billion pork barrel scam and for the ineptitude or imprudence committed, or failure by other lawmakers to protect the funds of the public.” -ooo Former Sen. Francisco Tatad wrote in his Standard column yesterday, Sept. 6, about reports alleging that a trusted Aquino campaigner had escorted Janet Napoles “from the so-called ‘Samar (Street)’ campaign group’ to deliver a cash donation of P500 million to then Senator Aquino, the LP presidential candidate.” Earlier reports circulating in social media had claimed P100 million as Napoles’ donation to the LP kitty in 2010, so that when I read Kit’s column, I thought half a billion pesos seemed quite bloated. But then, given the fabled generosity of this controversial figure, what’s a couple of hundred millions more between friends? -ooo Kit said that this report about the huge campaign donation from Napoles gained currency in his own mind after the series of events from Aug. 28 evening, when the President of the Philippines personally received her in the Palace and later escorted her all the way to Camp Crame in the middle of the night, just to make sure she was out of harm’s way. To be sure, it was that singular event of the President’s receiving this controversial figure at the Music Room of the Palace no less---which is normally reserved only for the highest foreign dignitaries---that nailed in citizens’ minds an indubitable fact: mukhang may pinagsamahan si P-Noy at si Napoles. Other events subsequent to that Music Room reception, such as the way P-Noy’s Cabinet members fell all over to make her comfortable in jail, were mere reinforcements. -ooo Unfortunately, that “surrender” episode also reinforces popular suspicion that grease from the pork barrel of Congress had also darkened the doorway of presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino---thus making him party as well to this corrupt system of handling public funds. We don’t know for sure whether P-Noy himself profited directly in terms of enormous PDAFs such as what many of his colleagues received, when he was three-term member of the House representing Tarlac (and became Deputy Speaker at one time) from years 1998 to 2007, and senator of the Republic from 2007-2010.

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Biblical reflection Bro. Edcel L. Closas

Love the Lord Special G o spel of t h e day: John16:1215(September9, 2013-Monday) John 16:12-15-I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you. Today is a solemnity of the most Holy Trinity. 1 John 5:7-For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. According to St. Augustine, the “Holy Trinity” are “united in love and even equal” in everything since “they existed before anything else.” Psalm 90:2-Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou [art] God. John 10:30-I and [my] Father are one. How about you, are you close to God? Take note, our love to God unites us to Him intimately. This is the teaching of Jesus Christ in the gospel of Mathew. Matthew 22:37-Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt “love the Lord” thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. How deep your love to the Holy Triune God? The “greatest evidence of our love” to God is when we are willing to obey and do His will. Matthew 7:21-Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that “do the will of my Father” which is in heaven. Are you doing His will? SPONSORED:Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:00 PM - Sunday: #09284149490-09266607505: Question – Prayer request COA has released a special audit list on about seven or eight senators and some 180 representatives who had helped themselves to hefty pork in 2007-2009 and then channeled it to questionable or even plainly bogus NGOs---ten of them in the Napoles web.But COA has chosen to be so secretive about how other senators and representatives had performed in years prior to 2007-2009, or later, in 2010-2012---obviously for political reasons. COA is now under tremendous fire for training its guns only on the political opposition in the late GMA years. -ooo A former official of the past administration, however, has hinted that then Rep. Noynoy, like many other House members, did cash in on a lot of benefits, especially in the years prior to his mother’s break with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in July 2005. It will be recalled that during the 2010 presidential campaign, then Rep. and later Deputy Speaker Boying Remulla, then spokesperson for the Nacionalista Party of rival candidate Manny Villar, had alleged that the Aquino family obtained a windfall for raw Hacienda lands expropriated for SCTEX and got exits for free too. But the fact that this question of Napoles’ alleged huge contribution to the LP kitty of presidential candidate Noynoy in 2010 has been raised in various media forums---but NEVER ANSWERED by party officials---simply reinforces the belief that the LP had indeed profited from a “beautiful friendship” with Janet Napoles. Thus, because the query remained unanswered, folks also don’t find it difficult to imagine that in the elections of 2013 Napoles was there again for the LP---to the eternal envy of UNA. (For comments/reactions, please email: polbits@


from page 6 “…`I will make mere youths their officials; children will rule over them.’ People will oppress each other---man against man, neighbor against neighbor. The young will rise up against the old, the nobody against the honored. A man will seize one of his brothers in his father’s house, and say, `You have a cloak, you be our leader; take charge of this heap of ruins!’ “But in that day he will cry out, `I have no remedy. I have no food or clothing in my house;

do not make me the leader of the people.’ Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the LORD, defying his glorious presence. The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves…” -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email:,


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200 civilians trapped; six killed, 24 wounded

By AL JACINTO and Gerry L. Gorit of Mindanao Daily News with MINDANEWS

SOME 200 civilians have been trapped in Barangay Catalina in Zamboanga City in a standoff involving armed members of the Moro National Liberation

Front (MNLF) loyal to Nur Misuari who arrived in the southern port city on Sunday evening for a “peace rally,” a top military official said. In a press briefing this afternoon in Camp Aguinaldo, Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson

Brig. Gen. Domingo Tutaan clarified the civilians were trapped and “are not hostages in the strict sense of the word.” Tutaan, however, confirmed reports that the MNLF members earlier took at least 20 civilians as hostages and were using

them as human shields. He said that based on reports from their troops at least four people have been killed and 14 others wounded. He clarified the number of casualties varied. In another report, Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said six

Policemen and soldiers rush to a village in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines where security forces and members of the former rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front are fighting and 5 people are reported killed. MNLF forces raided several villages and took dozens of civilian hostage and use them as shield. The MNLF, which is headed by former Libyan firebrand Nur Misuari, accused Manila of failing to honor a peace deal signed in September 1996. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

DENR-9 holds marine ecosystem conservation workshop

PAGADIAN CITY -- A twoday orientation workshop on Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) and Sustainable Coral Reef Environment Management Program (SCREMP) was recently conducted by the Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCMS) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-9 at the Farmer’s Haven, Dao this city. The activity aims to

provide stakeholders with additional knowledge and assistance in terms of managing and protecting the marine ecosystem. The Philippines is located within the Coral Triangle, an area which is considered the richest concentration of marine life that extends from the Philippines to Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor Leste. “Let us support the CTI

as this is a multi-lateral partnership of six countries to safeguard marine and coastal biological resources of the region for future generation and protect the eco-region from over fishing, destructive fishing practices, unsustainable coastal development, pollution and impacts of climate change which destroys the richness of the Coral Triangles,” Regional Executive Director Arleigh

J. Adorable said. Adorable believes that with the implementation of the Sustainable Coral Reef Ecosystem Management Program (SCREMP) in the region, it can help protect and rehabilitate the coral reef ecosystem. “Hopefully, with the active participation of the participants and stakeholders, we can incorporate these things in the region’s Coastal workshop | page 9

people have been killed and 24 others injured in firefights that erupted since Sunday evening. Tutaan said around 600 civilians from Sta. Catalina and 800 others from Barangay Sta. Barbara have evacuated. “The situation is still

volatile and evolving as we speak,” he said, although he claimed the firefight had stopped after noontime. The military official denied lapses on their part saying they were monitoring the situation through the patrols being conducted

ZAMBOANGA CITY -The city’s youth have now enlisted to join in the fight against poverty. Young student-leaders from nine schools and universities in the city have convened last Aug. 29-31 in a youth camp dubbed the Youth Movement Against Poverty (YMAP): 1st CityWide Congress at Cecille’s Pension House in barangay Tumaga this city. The three-day activity, which was spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), was designed to organize its youth advocacy arm to combat poverty. DSWD regional director Zenaida Arevalo had emphasized that the agency cannot fight poverty alone. In addition to implementing convergence projects with the different agencies, DSWD still needs to solicit the support of more advocates from all sectors of society, especially the youth. Meanwhile, Narrabelle Bue, regional information officer said that the YMAP aims to open the eyes of the participants to the realities of poverty that millions of families in the country have been facing for so long. “We need the youth to be involved, in whatever way they can,” Ms. Bue said. She

added that the youth can be very effective advocates, particularly in promoting social responsibility among their peers, clubs, organizations and various youth groups. The activity consists of personal reflections, workshops on leadership and advocacy, and orientation on the DSWD’s Tatsulo Convergence Program (composed of the Pantawid Pamilya, Kalahi-CIDSS and the Sustainable Livelihood Program). Jayson Lim Elias, information officer of Pantawid Pamilya said that camp has stimulated awareness and empathy among the participants on the sad reality that “many Filipinos are really struggling to survive, to send their children to school, to eat every day.” During the camp, the youth leaders elected a set of officers for their organization which they call “Fuerza.” The following are its officers for 2013-2014: President - Mark Anthony Cabilo, Internal Vice President Floathy Amiruddin, External Vice President - Matt Dave Lachica, Secretary - Tarhata Sappari, Treasurer - Joben Policarpa-Rojas, Auditor - Yves Xaviery Valero, PIO - Al-Rasid Lim. The

skills on engineering design and standards in preparing the DED of water supply systems including the water source confirmation and hydraulic analysis. On the other hand, State Auditor Eleazar Mantos apprised the participants of certain procedures, regulations and policies governing utilization, liquidation and reporting system of the project funds. It can be recalled that 30 LGUs in region are now implementing the water supply system projects.

These are the municipalities of Aurora, Dinas, Dumalinao, Labangan, Mahayag, Margosatubig, Midsalip, Molave, San Pablo, Sominot, Tabina, Tambulig, Tigbao and Tukuran in Zamboanga del Sur, Leon T. Postigo, Katipunan, Salug, Siayan, Roxas, Sergio Osmeña and Sindangan in Zamboanga del Norte, Alicia, Ipil, Mabuhay, Malangas, Naga, Olutanga, Talusan and Titay in Zamboanga Sibugay and Isabela City in Basilan Province. (FPG/ PIA9)

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Zambo youth leaders join fight vs poverty

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DILG-9 holds DED training for 2013 BUPB recipient-LGUs PAG A D IA N C I T Y - Provincial and municipal engineers together with provincial and municipal planning development coordinators from 30 local government units (LGUs) in the region have converged here recently for an enhancement training on Detailed Engineering Design (DED) preparation. Regional Information Officer Lemuel Mejares of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-9 said the participants came from the

LGUs which received water system projects under the Bottom Up Planning and Budgeting (BUPB) with P1million allocation or more. The training focused on the preparation of engineering designs for water supply projects in accordance with engineering standards to ensure smooth and sustainable operations. Speaking before the participants, DILG-9 Regional Director Paisal O. Abutazil cited that “the failure of water supply systems

is usually linked to poor design of the facilities.” Besides, Abutazil also urged the LGUs to get updated on the new issuances and policies pertaining to procurement. “The LGUs should be updated on the new procurement policies since they will engage the services of a contractor for projects implemented by contract or they will be procuring supplies for projects implemented by administration,” he said. Water supply project

specialist, Engr. Ramon dela Torre, also told the participants that “the preparation of DED is one of the most critical stages of project implementation. Unlike other infrastructure projects, various elements have to be taken into consideration such as the complete drawing plans, specifications, cost estimates, design analysis, geo-resistivity and drilling test, among others.” Engineer dela Torre also discussed the application of Epanet tools and practical

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He said that Yagao was the second suspects in the Guingona ambuscade after the arrest of a certain Reynaldo Agcopra, a.k.a. “Commander Tarik,” at Sitio San Roque, Barangay Aposkahoy, Claveria, Misamis Oriental last month. Uy said that Yagao was positively identified by a rebel returnee who served as a liaison officer of Guerilla 4B, North Central Mindanao Committee, the same group that admitted to be responsible in the ambushed of Guingona. He said that the military and police are expected to arrest more suspects as more witnesses voluntarily submitted affidavits providing relevant information about the Guingona ambuscade. CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor, Mindanao Daily News

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the garbage collection contract signed between the city and BAI during the previous administration. “I and my firm are not in the position to sabotage anybody, much more, the city mayor of Cagayan de Oro City,” Ramos said in a statement to the local press here. Ramos appealed to Mayor Moreno to tell what had transpired and not to create false scenarios before and after the BAI voluntary rescinded the contract on August 22, 2013. He said that BAI voluntarily rescinded the contract and stop operations because Moreno did not pay the garbage collection bill for the months of June, July, and August, 2013 saying the BAI was over billing. “BAI can no longer sustain operations, particularly paying the salaries and wages of the personnel and the maintenance of garbage truck at that time,” Ramos said. The city government and Moreno should pay the unpaid balance of P 12, 644.625 for the services rendered from June 22 to August 22, so we can also settle our financial obligations to BAI workers, Ramos said. Ramos even said that on August 22, BAI extended services beyond the contract

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Coastal Resources Management Plan (CRMP),” he added. The workshop was attended by participants coming from different fields of local governance, project management, marine biologists, scientists and scuba divers from all over the region. SCREMP is DENR’s national program that shall conduct a strategic, sustainable and ecosystem-based approach in protecting and rehabilitating the coral ecosystem. (FPG/CAL/DENR9/ PIA9)

without additional charge upon the request of the “Hapsay Dalan team.” “We clean areas even outside of our areas of responsibility to show that we are cooperating with the new administration without the color of politics,” he said. Over local radio, Moreno claimed the garbage collection would not have been adversely affected if Ramos only complied to the letter, why city hall should not terminate their services due to alleged violations. “The rescind contract comes first before the mayor’s (Moreno) notice of termination,” he said. Before Moreno issued notice to terminate the contract, Ramos said that they rescinded the contract simply because they could not continue operating when the city refused to pay them for work rendered. More n o re p or t e d l y claimed that part of the plan to sabotage his administration was started on August 21, during Philippine Council’s League election, Ramos said. “That is a lie. It is unfortunate that Moreno was creating a scenario to push for the signing of new garbage collection contract with his alleged friends from Manila and Quezon City here,” Ramos added. Residents in Cagayan de Oro City had expressed dissatisfaction of Moreno’s politicking at the City Hall which grossly affected garbage collection at the expense of city residents. “Uncollected garbage and trash proliferate in various areas in the city particularly in public markets that never happened until BAI ceased operations,” a resident in Cogon Market here said. CD with PNA

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appreciation of the importance and value of crime prevention, as well as to foster interest and participation of the general public. Rodriguez had also invited the local residents of the city to the crime prevention fair at Centrio Mall on September 3, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 7p.m, which PRO-10 prepared to display its law enforcement capabilities in terms of rapid deployment and post-blast and crime scene investigation. Adequate information were likewise provided to professional gun-holders

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following are the focal persons for each school: AMA Computer College - Gloeven Mascardo, Ateneo De Zamboanga University– Melana Ocampo, Zamboanga State College of Marine Science and Technology – Cherubim Lozada, Zamboanga City High School – Jusper Lahaman, Southern City Colleges– Rash Misa, Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College – Robert Aroman,

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about the latest issuances on firearms licensing and renewal. The kick-off ceremony also highlighted the awards given by Napolcom Regional Director Ramon M. Raneses to deserving police officers and civilians for their valuable contribution in the government’s crime prevention campaign. Napolcom is the lead agency in this affair. City Councilor Ramon Tabor was the invited guest speaker, being the chairman of the City’s Police, Fire and Public Safety Services. (PSupt Ronnie Francis M Cariaga/PRO/PIA)

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fellow Filipinos. The Eduardo Aboitiz Award for Outstanding Institution, meanwhile, is open to all institutions or organizations. They may be government organizations, non-government organizations, civic organizations, or people’s organizations, which have been established for at least three years, with functional programs and work with other groups in bringing about comprehensive and responsible development. No m i n a t i o n f o r m s should be submitted to: RAFI Triennial Awards Secretariat, 35 Lopez Jaena Street, Cebu City, 6000. O n l i ne nom i nat i on forms can also be accessed through RAFI’s website at nomination-form. Or you can text nominee’s full name, contact detials, and name of the person nominating to 0933-5144005 (Sun), 0949-7643525 (Smart), and 0927-5768055 (Globe). Deadline of nominations is on December 15, 2013. For more information about the RAFI Triennial Awards you may contact (032) 418-7234 loc. 109 and look for Cathy Margate or e-mail catherine.margate@, or visit www. or, or follow @rafiorgph on Twitter. (JMOR/PIA10)

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a National Invasive Species Strategy and Action Plan (NISSAP) is also integrated in the three-day event. NISSAP is envisioned by PAWB to be integrated in the NBSAP. The activity will cover

regions 9, 10 and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Discussions laid out for the consultation include the PBSAP’s significance to the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), mainstreaming of the biodiversity conservation in the PDP, Invasive Alien Species Plan, validation of priority threats and drivers of biodiversity loss, and sharing of good practices. (JCV/PIA)

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units, national government agencies, barangays, different schools and colleges and the EMB Committee on Promotions, and the candidates of the Miss Iligan Search competition. The Philippine Army is a professional institution and it will continue to foster good relationship with the people to promote everlasting peace and order in the country, said LtCol. Ibon. (1lt. George A. Bearneza Jr/4th Mech/LVG, PIA-10 LDN)

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of concerned barangays and of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO), Certificates of Registration from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), financial statements and track records, among others. The accreditation of people’s organizations is pursuant to DILG Memorandum Circular No. 201370 and Article 64, Rule XIII of the Rules and Regulations implementing the 1991 Local Government Code.

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an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and some skills on controlling bleeding and dealing with a choking person. OIC-Provincial Administrator Norma Lumain stressed the importance of having first responders who act quickly in the event of an emergency in each department of the Capitol. She said helping the employees prepare for and respond to emergencies is vital to the attainment of the expanded P.E.O.P.L.E. agenda of Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, which now mainstreams disaster risk reduction and climate

U.S. calls for peace, calm in Zamboanga THE United States government on Monday expressed its condolences to those killed and wounded in the insurgent attacks in Zamboanga and surrounding areas as it called for “peace and calm to prevail” in the current situation. At least three people were killed while 10 others were wounded as Muslim rebels attacked Zamboanga City Monday morning. “Whether they were brave members of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and PNP (Philippine National Police) or civilians facing their future one day at a time, we share your sorrow at the loss of friends and loved ones,” the embassy said in a statement. Reports said around 100 armed followers of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) former chairman Nur Misuari forced their way through the city and took dozens of civilian hostages. The MNLF used to be the largest Muslim rebel group seeking a separate state in Mindanao until it dropped secessionist demand and settled for limited autonomy or the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao under a 1996 peace agreement. But many of its guerillas held on to their firearms and periodically staged rebellions in the past, complaining the government has reneged on its promise to develop full Muslim regions. “We pray for peace and for calm to prevail in the current situation, that it be resolved soon and without further loss of life to anyone,” it added. The embassy likewise expressed its support for the men and women of the police and military, saying “they are professionals dedicated to protecting their communities.” “We fully support the ongoing peace process and hope the parties can continue to avoid violence as they work toward a final resolution that will last for generations and benefit all the people of the Philippines,” the embassy said. The Indonesian Embassy in Manila said it is awaiting orders from Jakarta on the MNLF’s demand for them to intervene in the ongoing armed conflict in Zamboanga City. “A report was already given to our head office in Jakarta and the embassy is awaiting for further instructions,” the Indonesian embassy said. Indonesia currently chairs the Organization of Islamic Conference-Peace Committee for Southern Philippines (OIC-PCSP), which brokered the 1992-1996 peace talks between the government and the MNLF under Misuari’s leadership. The talks eventually led to the signing of the peace pact. A report from the Philippine News Agency change adaptation in the next three years. “It is important for our employees to prepare for emergencies, do first-aid treatment and respond effectively when a tragedy strikes,” she said. Lumain hinted the employees can use the training in their official work stations, at home or in any emergency. “You’ll never know when the time comes for you to

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Brent College – Aldimver Sydil, Western Mindanao State University – AlRashid Hasaan, Immaculate Concepcion Archdiocesan School – Angelo de Castro. Meanwhile, Lei Madeline Mohammad, information and communications focal person for the DSWD-National Household Targeting Office said that the YMAP’s next step is to finalize advocacy activities which are to be implemented within the year. (FPG/DIS/PIA9ZBST)

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Bukidnon Sumilao, Bukidnon NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that Shirley Lopena Tulio has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name “Ruby” to “Shirley” in the birth certificate of Shirley Lopena Tulio who was born on October 28, 1954 at Quezon City, Manila and whose parents are Romulo Tulio and Susana Lopena. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 30 September 2013. (Sgd.) ROGELIO V. PALOMAR Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: SEPT. 3, & 10, 2013


use it and save someone’s life,” she said. The activity is in line with the provincial celebration of the 113th anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service. (Noel Baguio-PIO DavNor) NOTICE OF SELF-AJUDICATION AS SOLE HEIR NOTICE is hereby given that the estate of spouses JORGE LANTAJO and CENONA G. LANTAJO, who died intestate on July 24, 1966 at Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur, and on November 29, 1998 at Talo-ao, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte, respectively, consisting of a parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Nueva Sibagat, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-293-182 containing an area of 50,517 square meters, is the subject of an NOTICE OF SELFADJUDICATION AS SOLE HEIR OF THE ESTATE OF SPOUSES JORGE LANTAJO AND CENONA G. LANTAJO executed by Jorge Lantajo and Cenona G. Lantajo’s sole heir, namely, Ernita LantajoCabaron, per Doc. No. 473; Page No. 95; Book No. I; |Series of 2013 of the Notarial Registry of Atty. Gerardo M. Labastilla, Notary Public for Agusan del Sur until December 31, 2013, PTR No. 4790779, 1/11/13, Agusan del Sur. MDN: Aug 27, Sept 3 & 10, 2013


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DA-11 cautions contractors, suppliers against ‘brobery’ DAVAO City––A top official of the Department of Agriculture in Region 11 (DA-11) has cautioned contractors and suppliers against the practice of bribery as standard operating procedure or socalled “SOP.”

Remelyn Recoter urged the contractors and suppliers to report to her directly of any employee or official from DA 11 whom they knew to be asking SOP from them for certain projects or supply deliveries. “Walang papasok sa aking opisina para magbigay nang kung anu-anung SOP. We don’t accept SOP. At kahit sino man sa aking staff either from Bids and Awards Committee members, technical working group, or BAC In a forum for primarily conducted for bidders of Secretariat member na hihingi nga SOP, you can text or DA-11 held recently in Davao City, Regional Director call my attention and inform me who they are and we

will sanction them,” Recoter said. She clarified what DA 11 wants from its constructors and suppliers is the delivery of quality projects, goods, and services to help DA achieve its goal of increasing the farmers’ produce. In the same forum, Recoter said DA 11 has a total budget allocation of P2 billion for 2014, in which 50 percent is intended for agri-infrastructure. She said the budget should be righteously utilized otherwise, it will be reverted and be returned to the national treasury. Hence, she urged DA 11’s contractors and suppliers to help the department utilize the budget for its intended purpose such as delivering assistance to the region’s lowly farmers without “SOPs.” A report from Judy G. Quiros of the Philippine News Agency

Uniformed but unarmed members of the Moro National Liberation Front chant “Allah U Akbar” during a peace rally at Rizal Park, Davao City on September 1, 2013. Police estimated the crowd at 300 people. A week after the rally a standoff between government troops and armed MNLF members occurred in Zamboanga City, killing six people and wounding 24 others. MindaNews file photo by Toto Lozano

Provincial employees learn how to save life DAVAO del Norte––Employees of the provincial government learned the skills on providing basic life support for lifethreatening injuries in the workplace. The two-day training on first aid and basic lifesaving – cardiopulmonary resuscitation (BLS-CPR) equipped the Capitol staff with the knowledge and skills in providing imme-

diate care for an injured person. The p ers onnel a ls o learned how to perform external cardiac massage and artificial respiration, as first treatment for a person who collapsed with no pulse and has stopped breathing, while activating emergency medical response. They were also given orientation on the use of save | page 9

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Army’s 4ID on high alert as MNLF attacked Zamboanga CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City–– The Army’s 4th Infantry Division on Monday raised the security alert level in Northern Mindanao due to the ongoing attack made by Moro National Lib-

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by the Philippine Navy. The standoff in Zamboanga came after the MNLF members clashed with government troops on Sunday night, Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said in an interview with ANC this morning. (See separate story) Climaco-Salazar told ANC’s Karen Davila the MNLF members were planning to enter the city and declare independence at the city hall. Tutaan confirmed the mayor’s statement. “Their purpose was to raise the [MNLF] flag. They were armed that’s why we have to stop them.” Misuari, founding chair of the MNLF, had openly opposed the peace talks between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front saying it has sidelined the tripartite review of the 1996 GPH-MNLF Final Peace Agreement. Coming on the eve of the resumption of the GPHMILF talks, observers said the Zamboanga standoff could be Misuari’s way of sending across the message that he and his group should have a role in government’s plans for Mindanao. Reports said Misuari had declared an independent Mindanao state that he called Bangsamoro Republik on August 12. The supposed declaration included Palawan, the Zamboanga peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and even North Borneo or Sabah, a region controlled by Malaysia but which is historically part of the Sultanate of Sulu. Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate viewed the standoff as “a slap on the Aquino administration’s peace policy in Mindanao”. This is an offshoot of a divisive peace policy that excludes other stakeholders in Mindanao, like the forces of MNLF Chair Nur Misuari,” Zarate said. Starting Tuesday, Sept. 10, the GPH and MILF peace panels will finalize the Annexes on Power Sharing

eration Front (MNLF) in the southern part of Mindanao particularly in Zamboanga City. Capt. Christian Uy, of the army’s public division affairs here, said on Monday that the military is now monitoring the MNLF groups based in their area of responsibilities particularly in Cagayan de Oro.

and Normalization to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro. They earlier agreed on the Annexes on Transitional Arrangements and Modalities and on Revenue Generation and Wealth-Sharing. Both panels hope to sign the comprehensive peace agreement within the year. Meanwhile, the US Embassy has expressed condolences to the families of the victims in the standoff. “Whether they were brave members of the AFP and PNP or civilians facing their future one day at a time, we share your sorrow at the loss of friends and loved ones,” it said in a statement issued this afternoon. “We fully support the ongoing peace process and hope the parties can continue to avoid violence as they work toward a final resolution that will last for generations and benefit all the people of the Philippines,” it added. Classes suspended Salazar has suspended all classes in Zamboanga due to the violence. She said gunmen are holding at least 220 people in the villages. “I am in touch with President Aquino and the Executive Department and they are monitoring and helping us resolve this concern,” she said. Salazar also appealed to citizens to stay calm and stay inside their houses until the security situation returns to normal. “The public is advised to remain calm, but vigilant and alert, report anything suspicious or unusual happening in your locality,” she said. More than 90 percent of commercial establishments in Zamboanga are closed throughout the day, virtually turning the city into ghost town. Misuari’s followers Initial reports said the attackers were followers of Nur Misuari, chieftain of the MNLF, who earlier has earlier accused Manila of not honoring the 1996 peace accord it signed with the former rebel group. Various reports said heavily-armed rebels managed to sneak by boats before

“Dili kita maapiktuhan niining nahitabo karon sa Zamboanga, (Northern Mindanao could be affected by the events in Zamboanga today) but our soldiers are ready for any eventualities,” Uy said. Reports had it that the MNLF forces attacked Zamboanga City e arly d aw n Mond ay t a k ing civilian hostages as human shields as fighting continues.

dawn and launched the attacks by sunrise. It was not immediately known why the Western Mindanao Command failed to prevent the attacks, but obviously its intelligence has failed. “The rebels fired several rocket propelled grenades on civilian areas and two hit a school in downtown area and it’s just lucky that no people were killed in the random attacks,” one policeman said, adding gunmen took refuge on civilian houses and making it difficult for security forces to launch an assault. One rocket hit the regional office of the National Statistics Office, but there were no casualties in the attack. “I saw the rebels took positions on the side of the road just several blocks away from the regional hospital and they fired also fired a rocker on the soldier, but missed them,” one security guard said. One woman said she saw young rebels firing automatic weapons on the soldiers who were securing the hospital. “There were all young fighters, probably 16 or17 years old and I was so scared,” she said. One uniformed MNLF fighter, who positioned himself near Santa Barbara village, told a radio network Radyo Agong that they came from Sulu province and is under Haber Malik, a lieutenant of Misuari. He said they are fighting for independence. Misuari ran for governor in the Muslim autonomous region in May this year, but lost. He also ran thrice as governor in Sulu province in previous years and also lost. The attack was the second since 2001 after MNLF forces loyal to Misuari also launched an attack in Zamboanga and the fighting left over 100 people dead. 800 to 900 MNLFs MNLF spokesman Habib Salamat said some 800-900 of their members are fighting against the police and military, but Rep. Celso Lobregat said the police estimate is about 100. One policeman and a civilian have reportedly been kille in the firefight, six were injured and some

Report reaching the military camp here alleged an unidentified civilian and a policeman were already killed and several people were wounded. According to Uy, the militar y has already rais ed the full alert level after the series of bombing incidents in Mindanao. “Our red alert status since the bombing in Cagayan de Oro last July 26 was never

30 civilians have been held hostage by the MNLF. Mayor Maria Isabelle Salazar has called a crisis committee meeting at 7:30 this morning to deal with the situation. The MNLF armed group reportedly came from Sulu aboard 8 motorized bancas that landed Sunday evening on four coastal barangays of the city––Rio Hondo, Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara and Talon-Talon. The group is reported to be under Commander Hashim, but an MNLF member who talked over a local radio said they are under Haber Malik. It was not clear yet if the group was sent by Nur Misuari who has declared for independence or if they acted as a breakaway group from the main MNLF organization. There were reports also that said the MNLF denied the attack. The reason for the attack is believed to be Misuari’s opposition to the peace pact signed between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and that he could be looking for supporters to his move for independence. Lobregat said civilians in the affected barangays are being evacuated as fighting continues. A report from MindaNews with Alvin Lardizabal of Mindanao Examiner

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of the Philippines) terminated the 1996 peace agreement. That’s not true... ‘di po totoo ‘yun at ‘yun ang ginagamit ng ilang quarter na sangkalan,” he said. Reports say the standoff between armed MNLF forces and authorities in Zamboanga City was a result of the speculations spread by some quarters. Militar y reports say around 200 rogue MNLF men stormed the coastal barangays of Rio Hondo, Mariki, Talon-Talon, Sta. Catalina and Sta. Barbara and took hostage 20 persons. At least three persons were killed and several others were wounded as a result of the skirmish. Reports also say the

lowered,” Uy added. However, Uy said, the military has increased the security measures now because of the t hre at p os e d by t he MNLF forces,” he said. Uy said that there is not much presence of MNLF in the 4th ID’s area of responsibility although there were known unarmed MNLF members in the region. CD

MNLF men staged the attack to declare Bangsamoro independence from the Philippines. The Palace condemned these actions but Lacierda however refused to comment on whether to tag the Nur Misuari-led MNLF as terrrorists. “We defer comment on any concerns regarding Misuari,” he said. Misuari warned two months ago that he would declare independence if the government dismissed the peace accord with MNLF. Lacierda denied Misuari’s allegations and said there is an ongoing tripartite review process with the MNLF to be facilitated by the Organization of Islamic Conference next week where Indonesia is the third party facilitator. “There’s going to be a meeting with regard to that next week,” he said. Lacierda said being the third party facilitator in the peace accord with the MNLF, the Indonesian Embassy had been informed of the situation in the south. “Only to inform them of the situation at hand what happened today... we leave it with them whatever actions they prefer to do,” he said. “This is not in accordance with the agreement with Indonesia, the third party facilitator and Indonesia is aware of the tripartite review process,” he said. Lacierda also noted that the standoff would not affect the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and denied that the MNLF was “left out” of the peace talks. “This will not affect the peace process. ..the peace process with the MILF is a peace process for all Muslim Mindanao,” he said. “Hindi naman sila left behind. In fact, a lot of MNLF were consulted when this peace process was negotiated. There were consultations and consultations continue to be done on the ground,” he said. President Benigno Aquino III met with the security cluster this morning and sent Interior Sec. Mar Roxas and Defense Sec. Voltaire Gazmin to Zamboanga City

to assess the situation there, Lacierda said. Lacierda called on residents of Zamboanga City to continue monitoring the situation and stay alert for official announcements. He said the safety of the residents remain the primary concern of the government.

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ongoing GPH-MILF talks. MILF spokesperson Von Al Haq said the development in Zamboanga City “would have no bearing whatsoever with the ongoing peace talks involving the government and the MILF.” “We are very confident that our peace talks is unstoppable as what the GPH (government) peace panel said before. Tuloy-tuloy na ito,” Al Haq said in a text message. He also stressed that MILF troops have remained loyal to their chain of command and have not defected to the MNLF. Late last month, the government and the MILF concluded the 39th round of formal exploratory talks on a positive note, resolving several issues on the two remaining annexes on power sharing and normalization. In a joint statement, the parties said they have achieved “substantial progress in the discussions towards finalizing the Annexes on Power Sharing and Normalization to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB).” Both sides earlier agreed on the annexes on Transitional Arrangements and Modalities and on Revenue Generation and WealthSharing. The incident in Zamboanga City happened on the eve of the resumption of the GPH-MILF peace talks. The talks will resume on Tuesday, Sept 10, and is scheduled for 10 days because both panels want to finish the remaining two annexes. The government and the MILF peace panels hope to sign the comprehensive peace agreement within the year. (Bong S. Sarmiento/ MindaNews)


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Davao school judo coach cries foul on 2-yr suspension DAVAO CITY -- The University of Mindanao (UM) judo coach is questioning his 24-month suspension from the Davao Region Judo Association for withdrawing or criticizing the 2013 Mayor Rody and Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte Kadayawan Judo-Newasa tournament held recently at the Abreeza Mall here. DRJA president Paolo Tancontian, who is also representing the Philippine Judo Federation here, suspended coach Edwin Pelaez and his club for 24 months for withdrawing and criticizing Tancontian in handling the tournament sponsored by the city government thru the City Sports Development Office. “How can we be suspended if there wasn’t a proper investigation on what really happened during that tournament if it were the basis?” said Pelaez, who also denied that they had withdrawn from the event. The UM Judo Club even emerged as the over-all champions by winning 7 golds, 4 silvers and 1 bronze. Pelaez, however, has sympathized with the Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC) Judo Club headed by former Philippine Amateur Judo Association (PAJA) Davao chapter president Mariano Barayuga on its walkout from the

tournament in protest of a controversial decision. Barayuga protested a controversial decision made by Tancontian as chief jury during the match between HCDC’s Rovielyn Pampilo and Tancontian’s daughter Sydney in the girls’ 63 kilogram division. Tancontian, who acted both as a jury and chief referee, overruled an early decision by his cousin and referee Ace Larida that altered the result of the match-up. Larida first ruled an ipon, equivalent to a full point and an automatic victory, in favor of Pampilo. But Tancontian altered the call and signalled a yuko, or just half point. Barayuga also walked out after seeing that the tournament allegedly was not in accordance with the International Judo Association standards. In an earlier interview, Barayuga said that venue was “too small and danger-

ous for the players”. One of his players suffered a cut on the eye after he was thrown out from the small playing area and landing on the floor tiles of the mall. B oth B arayuga and Pelaez said that the tournament came out as a “family affair” wherein the organizers acted as referees, jury and scorer. “Sydney was also tasked to referee in some of the matches,” Barayuga said. The disgruntled coaches said that there should have been other referees coming from the other clubs assigned during the competition to assure a fair and square officiating. Barayuga, who has not yet received a copy of his suspension, revealed that Tancontian did not even called for a coaches’ meeting and had conducted the official weigh-in of the players without any representatives from the other teams. “He (Tancontian) should first answer these issues before making such a decision,” said Barayuga in a text message. In a news report, UM Sports Director Joaquin Sarabia said that “Tancontian as the chapter president

SHOW OFF. A rider shows off by looking back at the rest of the participants while jumping off the finish line during the Kadayawan 2013 Motocross race at the Crocodile Park, Diversion Road in Davao City, August 18, 2013. Mindanews Photo by Erwin Mascariñas

could not issue a suspension letter to respective clubs but it can be its national office that can grant one.” “ Tancontian as t he chapter president can only bring the matter to the PJA national office for investigation but it is only the PJA national office that can implement suspensions and other sanctions to respective clubs,” said Sarabia who is also the vice president of the Davao City Sports Council Incorporated and the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association (PABA) region XI director. Mariano, Pelaez and Sarabia are now consulting their lawyers for advice regarding the matter. They are also requesting a meet-

ing with City Sports Office OIC William Ramirez, who already received a copy of the suspension letter. Tancontian stated in his letter of suspension to Barayuga and Pelaez that it was an “act in violation to the Sports and Organizing Rules Annex 4”, which forbids the behavior of a coach for making “any comments on or criticism of the referee’s verdicts, demanding correction of the referee’s decisions” and “any kind of behavior, showing disrespect to the opponent, referees’ officials, opponents coach, his own athlete the public etc.” Tancontian, however, is also subject for questioning on the reported claim by Barayuga’s group

that he (Tancontian) had announced that the city government thru the city sports office had only gave a financial assistance of P5,000 instead of P25,000. “Kaya siya (Tancontian) nag-collect sa amin ng P150 per participant as entry fee kasi daw kulang yung ibinigay ng city sports office,” said Barayuga, a prefect discipline in both the elementary and high school department of HCDC. Tancontian, a school dropout, was a member of the UM Judo Club before he joined the Philippine national team in Manila. He saw action in the 1997 Jakarta Southeast Asian Games but later went home and opened his dojo at the Holiday Gym. (PNA)

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Briefly ‘No sabotage’ THE contractor in the collection of garbage in Cagayan de Oro City has belied accusations it planned to sabotage garbage collection here to discredit the incumbent administration. Rolando Ramos, owner of “Basura at Iba, Inc., a garbage collection firm, accused Mayor Oscar Moreno of creating a scenario to justify the city’s move to rescind the garbage collection contract signed between the city and BAI during the previous administration. “I and my firm are not in the position to sabotage anybody, much more, the city mayor of Cagayan de Oro City,” Ramos said in a statement to the local press.

NGO accreditation DAVAO City -- The Coalition of Development NGO Networks (CODENGO) is pushing for the accreditation of all nongovernment agencies (NGOs) even as it urged government to deal only with NGOs certified by the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) to avoid the present pork barrelNGO fiasco. “It is difficult to pass the certification of PCNC but once you have been certified it is enough proof that the dealings of such NGO are above-board,” CODE-NGO chairperson Andrea Maria Patricia M. Sarenas said. PCN C ’s we b s i te li s t s down 187 cer tified NGOs nationwide, including Mindanao Land Acquisition Housing and Development Foundation in Davao City, Notre Dame Business Resource Center in General Santos City and popular organizations like Jesuit Volunteers of the Philippines, Habitat for Humanity and Jolibee Group.



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N a bid to meet the growing demand for higher quality products in the international market, major players in the banana industry in Mindanao are pushing for intensified actions against diseases affecting banana production.

Worker does manual spraying a banana plantation in Kitaotao, Bukidnon. Banana exporters are pushing for quality output that is free from infestations.

In a resolution adopted during the recent Mindanao Export Congress, they noted that infestation of various diseases such as fusarium wilt and black sigatoka affect the overall quality of their

banana output, thus lowering their profits as well. To address this issue on such diseases, the Mindanao ex por ters sa id t hat t he Department of Agriculture (DA) should streng then

the provision of support programs. “ T he i nter nat iona l market of banana requires standards and requirements that exporters need to meet,” they noted. L i k e w i s e , e x p or t e r s underscored the need to undertake more stringent accreditation processes by the private and government sectors on bananas. This, as while the sectors have aligned accreditation pests/PAGE B11

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Mindanao power gets a boost as Steag puts online remaining unit VILLANUEVA, Misamis Or ienta l -- Mi nda nao’s power situation is expected to improve following the successful completion of the maintenance works for Unit 2 of the Mindanao Coal-Fired Power Plant. STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) Plant Manager Dr.

Carsten Evers announced that the unit was officially sy nchronized to t he Mindanao grid at 5 p.m. of September 6, more than a week ahead of schedule. Unit 2, which has a net capacity of 105 MW went offline last July 29, 2013 for maintenance. Steag/PAGE B11 TUNA. A worker sorts out tuna at the Fish Port Complex in General Santos City before they are brought to the factories, exported abroad or sold at the local markets. mindanews photo by jun ayensa

Tuna players seek deferment of ILO Convention ratification

Steag’s coal-fired power plant completes the maintenance work on remaining unit that produces 105mw to the Mindanao grid.

GEN ER A L Sa ntos Cit y -- Cit i ng t he cou nt r y’s fishing fleets are still largely composed of ar tisan or small traditional fishing vessels, tuna industry players here on Monday u rged the national government

to defer its ratification of a n Inter nat iona l L abor O r g a n i z at ion (I L O) Convention that sets new internat iona l sta nda rds on work i ng cond it ions i n c om merc i a l f i sh i ng operations.

Rosa nna Bernadet h Contreras, executive director of the Socsksargen Federation of Fi s h i n g a nd A l l ie d Industries Inc. (SFFAII), said the industry is not yet ready to comply with the Tuna/PAGE B11

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Jesuits in Mindanao: The Mission Coffee Table Book launched By BUTCH D. ENERIO, Correspondent

“THEY march and fight and risk their lives, unknown and poorly rewarded,” is how Fr. Miguel Bernad, SJ described the works of priests belonging to the Society of Jesus (SJ) in the early years as missionaries in Mindanao. The coffee table book, “Jesuits in Mindanao: The M ission” was lau nched

here Friday with no less than the author Fr. Jose Arcilla, SJ and publisher Ramoncito Ocampo Cruz and with host Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro City who presented the book to the media. “The book chronicles the life and joys of Jesuit

missionaries among t he p e o p l e o f M i n d a n a o ,” said Cruz who f inished his elementary at Xavier Un i ver sit y-At ene o d e Cagayan in 1967. Cr uz sa id t hat t he publication of the book is to honor Jesuits past and present. Whose lives were dedicated to the transformation of the people in Mindanao for the greater glory of God. The Jesuits were responsible for bringing to Mindanao qua lit y education. They have built Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Ateneo de Davao University and Ateneo de Zamboanga University. T he 30 0 -page cof fee table book shows a whitecassocked priest riding a water buffalo (carabao) on

its cover and is lavishly illustrated with a pictorial history of the Jesuit Mission in Mindanao, commencing from their return to the Philippines in 1861. It is excellently laid out and beautifully printed in Singapore. Muse Books donated the entire print run of the first edition to the Philippine Jesuit Aid Association (PJAA) and proceeds from its sale will go to fund the care of infirm Jesuit priests and the formation of future members of the Society of Jesus. Fr. Herbert Schneider, PJAA executive director, s a id donat ions for t he book will go directly to the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus through the jesuits/PAGE B9

Fr. Jose Arcilla, S.J., author of the coffee table book “Jesuits in Mindanao: The Mission” autographs a copy for Seda Centrio Manager Lorenzo Tang. photo by mike baños

Sendong-damaged bridges in B’dnon get repair works TWO bridges in Baungon, Buk idnon is set for reconstruction after having been totally damaged the night of the onslaught of tropical storm ‘Sendong’ on December 2011. T he D e p a r t m e nt of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) region 10, Bukidnon 1st district Representative repair/PAGE B9

Rep. Ma ria Lou rdes Acosta-Alba of Bukidnon together with the of ficials of t he Depa r t ment of Publ ic Wo rks and Highways (DPWH) region 10 and the Local Government of Baungon, Bukidnon laid and buried a time capsule containing agreements and documents for building the bridge of Tumalaong in the municipality on August 30, 2013. Baungon was also badly hit during TS Sendong in December 2011. (PIA)

Seminar on determining a market set in Davao City DAVAO City -- The Department of Trade and Industry – Davao City Field Office (DTI-DCFO) will be conducting a half-day seminar on September 12 in a bid to identify and widen the market of local entrepreneurs. The seminar tagged as “Determining Your Market” will be done from 1:00 to 5:00PM at the DTI Conference

Room, 2/F Mintrade Building, Monteverde-Sales Streets, Davao City. The seminar is open to residents of Davao City who are new in the business or young professionals, students, out-of-school youth (OSY), and overseas Filipinos workers (OFWs) who are interested to start their own business.

DTI-DCFO director Teolulo T. Pasawa said this is a chance for start-ups (entrepreneurs who are just starting up) to gain knowledge and skills on how to establish their markets. “And the fact that this is for free, they should really find time to call up our office and be listed,” he said. In this seminar, Pasawa said, the participants will learn to figure out who are their most likely customers, or in other words, target market. “Starting a business and think that their product/ service is for everyone can spell disaster. With limited marketing budget, it is critical to k now you r p otent ia l customers down to the level of their characteristics and interests,” he said. The seminar will provide the participants with the opportunity to learn about the following topics: 1. Ta r g e t M a r k e t Identification 2. Understanding Your Target Market (Segmenting, Targeting and Positioning) 3. Marketing Mix and Styles 4. Product Strategies Since the seminar is for free, slots are limited to only 25 participants. For reservations or i nqu i r ie s , i ntere s te d participants may contact Ivy M. Uy of DTI-DCFO 224-0511 (local 201 or 208) or email at

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Ford sales grow in August

SALES of Ford Philippines picked up in August on a boost from its entire model lineup despite monsoon rains that flooded Metro Manila and surrounding provinces for two days that month, the firm yesterday said in a statement on Friday. “Despite the impact of the heavy monsoon season in August, we continued to see strong interest for our full line-up of … Ford vehicles at showrooms across the country, helping further drive our performance this year,” Ford Philippines Managing Ford/PAGE B9

ATI eyes more seaborne trade A SI A N Ter m i na l s I nc . (ATI) says it is exploring more international shipping oppor tunit ies to lin k importers and exporters directly and more frequently to reg iona l a nd g loba l markets v ia its modern Batangas Container Terminal (BCT). In a recent business gathering at the Bonifacio Global City, ATI highlighted the strategic advantages of Bata ngas Por t whi le expressing optimism in giving additional shipping services via BCT within the year. The event was graced

by Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe, Philippine Ports Authorit y genera l manager Juan Sta. Ana, Eu rop e a n C h a mb er of Commerce of the Philippines president Michael Raeuber, Japan Internationa l Cooperation Agency representative Toru Yoshida and key officers of business locators from Calabarzon. “The time for Batangas Por t is now,” decla red AT I e xe c ut i ve v ic e president Andrew Hoad as he urged Calabarzon shippers, forwarders and manufacturers to capitalize on BCT’s service offerings.

Hoad said lower haulage cost is among BCT’s major adva nt ages a s it of fers shorter distance and time for Calabarzon cargoes to reach the port from factories. “Less road miles, means less cost and less carbon emissions, it’s that simple,” he said. With modern infrastructure and interlinked road networks, BC T con nec t s loc ators directly with their markets a nd speeds up cargo deliveries. “Road congestion does not exist and there is no truck ban to frustrate traders via Batangas,” Hoad stressed.

Jollibee changes guard; posts 30% rise in revenue A CHANGING of the guard looms in Jollibee Foods Corp (JFC) as the country’s largest fast-food chain today reported its profit growing nearly a third in the second quarter of the year. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, JFC said its board approved the appointment of chief operating officer Ernesto Ta n m a n t i o n g a s t h e c o m p a n y ’s n e x t c h i e f execut ive of f icer a nd president effective July 1, 2014. Tanmantiong, 55, will replace his brother Tony Tan Caktiong, who founded and transformed Jollibee from an ice cream parlor into one of Asia’s largest food service companies. Under Tan Caktiong, JFC gained dominant market sha re leadership in t he Philippines and established fast-grow ing businesses in 11 foreign countries in Asia, North America and the Middle East. Ta n C a k t i o n g w i l l continue to serve as chairman of the JFC board, and will play a role in pursuing new ventures and partnerships, as well as in product research and development for the Jollibee Group of Companies. “We have been preparing Ernesto for assu ming g reater responsibi lities. His performance has clearly demonstrated that he is ready to lead the Jollibee Group as its new CEO,” Tan Caktiong said.

“He is the right person to lead our organization in building an even stronger, larger and more successful business in the future here i n t he Ph i l ippi nes a nd abroad. We are ma k ing t he a n nou ncement one

year early as part of our change management in the organization,” Tan Caktiong said. T he appoi nt ment of Tanmantiong is part of the Jollibee Group’s succession Jollibee/PAGE B9


Hoad noted that BCT was intended to complement Manila ports, which serve a d i f ferent a nd big ger market base, both in terms of geography and scale. “What BCT can do is draw cargoes which originate or are consigned from south of Metro Manila into a more natural hinterland to the benefit of business, consumers and environment,” he said. Recognizing the potential of Batangas Port as a gateway for industries within and around Calabarzon, officials of CMA CGM during the same event expressed their ATI/PAGE B9

Smart adopts Ericsson technology for wireless coverage, quality SMART Communications Inc has deployed a technology that would improve the quality of coverage and access as the use of mobile data continues to increase across the network. In a statement, Smart said it has deployed the AntennaIntegrated Radio (AIR) solution, making the telco the first in Southeast Asia to adopt the technology from Ericsson. The advanced AIR solution ensures efficient and smooth introduction of elements of GSM, 3G/WCDMA and fourthgeneration (4G) Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technologies into Smart’s existing networks, by simplifying and reducing installation lead times while increasing coverage. With the solution in place, Smart’s wireless network allows subscribers to keep abreast with the rest of the world in a more efficient and timely manner. Rolando G. Peña, head of technology at Smart and parent Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co (PLDT), said deployment of the AIR solution once again puts Smart ahead of its peers in the region. “We expect the vast improvement in coverage and swiftness of installation times to greatly benefit our subscribers, especially as we see increasing usage of mobile Internet in our network,” he said. PLDT said mobile Internet usage continues to grow strongly among mobile subscribers of its wireless brands Smart and Sun Cellular, with mobile Internet revenues increasing by 49 percent year-on-year at end-June. The increasing use of mobile data is the result of PLDT’s network upgrade, the telco said, citing it network at least 9,835 cell sites, 15,116 cellular/mobile broadband base stations, and 2,898 fixed wireless broadband-enabled base stations, supported by over 71,000 kilometers of fiber optic cabling, serving over 73.4 million subscribers. “Network solutions like AIR allow our already supercharged infrastructure to become even more future-proof, and able to serve the demands of present and more advanced technologies, such as LTE-Advanced,” said Peña. With at least 1,000 LTE sites across almost 180 cities and municipalities including the entire Metro Manila, Smart recently tested LTE-Advanced. Deployed by operators in South Korea, the United Kingdom, and in South America, LTE-Advanced is a nextgeneration mobile broadband technology that can deliver Smart/PAGE B9


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End-July budget deficit up THE national government’s revenue shortfall in the first seven months of the year climbed more than 40 percent from a year ago, as expenditures outpaced tax collections. I n a s t atement , t he Depa r t ment of Fina nce (D OF) t o d ay s a id t h e gover n ment i ncu r red a budget deficit of P104.51 billion in the January to July period. This was 41.9 percent more than the P73.63 billion fiscal gap in the same period last year. The deficit is the result of government expenditures outstripping revenues. To make up for the shortfall, the government borrows money primarily through the auction of Treasury bills and bonds. Thus, successive deficits build up the country’s debt. Government expenditures rose 13.6 percent to P1.089 trillion at end-July, while tax collections and other revenues increased a slower 11.3 percent to P984 billion. In July alone, the fiscal gap widened by 36 percent

to P53.22 billion from the P39.25 billion in the same month last year. Revenues grew 17.3 percent to P144.62 billion, but expenditures increased a faster 21.7 percent to P197.84 billion, thus the deficit for the month. Finance Secretar y Cesar Purisima said the government is on track to meeting the P144.4 billion deficit program for the first three quarters. For the entire 2013, the deficit cap is set at P238 billion, equivalent to two percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). “Our fiscal operations for Ju ly show t hat ou r expenditures have gained moment u m, i nd ic at i ng increased investments in priority infrastructure and social projects,” Purisima said. “Wit h bot h revenues

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and expenditures posting double-digit increases, this marks that the Philippine government is stepping up its efforts to support our growing economy,” he added. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said d isbu rsement s for Ju ly were the highest for a single month so far this year. For infrastructure and capital outlay alone, spending rose 42.4 percent to P150.9 billion in the first seven months of the year. “From month to month, we’re seeing the sustained improvement of the pace and quality of our expenditures, so that we’re proceeding at the momentum we want and channeling our resources to high-impact projects,” Abad said. He said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) alone disbursed P82.5 billion or nearly 63

percent of its outlay for the first seven months. Major beneficiaires of the spending in the first seven mont hs i ncluded resettlement, emergency hou si ng a s si s t a nc e for calamity victims, health faci l it ies en ha ncement, Philippine National Police modernization, and t he creation of new positions for t he Depa r t ment of Education, among others. “A s w e w o r k o n accelerating public spending in the second half of the year, we look forward to facilitating disbursements t hat w ill ensure continued growth across high-performing and promising industries, as well as the rapid implementation of big-t icket prog r a ms a nd projects, including infrastructure projects and the administration’s banner anti-poverty programs,” Abad said.

MALAYBALAY City -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) financial education expo recently staged at Pine Hills Hotel here has drawn nearly 900 Overseas Filipinos (OFs) and their beneficiaries, business owners, students, and professionals. Delegates from gover n ment agencies, banking community, and the media also participated in the big event widely known as Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Economic and Financial Learning Program (BSPEFLP). The act iv it y of fers various financial learning specifically on monitoring of OFs remittances, credit cards’

safety nets, safeguarding savings and investments, cent ra l ba n k i ng , a nd financial planning. It also features learning booths with audio-visual pre s e nt at ion s , g r a ph ic displays and interactive activ ities t hat w ill help participants become selfreliant in promoting their monetary welfare. Pa r t icipa nt s lea r ned not only on the basics of budgeting and investment returns, but also about new f inancial incentives and programs being developed by the Department of Trade and Industr y (DTI) and Department of Agriculture BSP/PAGE B9

Measures pushed to promote a competitive currency By Danielle Venz

THE Philippines can adopt various measures, without or with legislation, to promote a competitive currency and mitigate the peso strength crucia l in generating employment and higher tax collections, according to a senior economist. Dr. Victor Abola of the University of Asia and the Pacif ic (UAP) School of

Economics said the local cu r renc y ’s appreciat ion against the US dollar has “very severe negatives”, including output and jobs loss, dollars drain, employment created abroad and significant tax losses. “( T h e r e i s) o v e remphasis on inflation when employment generation and poverty is the main problem,” he said, noting the peso’s weakness has little effect on inflation. Abola, during the recent annual International Contact Center Conference and Expo in Cebu City, said the 1.1 million new jobs created each year are lower compared to the 1.5 million to two million employment needed to reduce the country’s poverty rate drastically. Citing a government data, he said that in five quarters to f irst quarter of 2013, average new jobs generated reached 452,000 due to the peso movement. T he e c onom i s t a l s o e s t i mate d t hat a P1 appreciation could result in P23.5 billion reduction in promote/PAGE B9

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Coconut wine, ready for export

A NATIVE coconut wine, or tuba, is making talks with some financial institutions over funding. inroads into the export markets. Carrying the label Vacal Vino de Coco, founded by Filipino-American George Vacal Paraliza and his wife Tila Paraliza, the premium wine made from fresh saps of selected coconut tree blossoms will soon hit store shelves across China. Paraliza recently signed an agreement with Fly Dragon International Marketing that will bring his wine products to the huge Chinese market. “I have a lso some negotiations with importers in the United States and Canada. I can supply them just a matter of time,” he said. Apart from the overseas markets, Paraliza said his company also aims to supply

big malls and hotels especially the high-end ones in the country. To meet the growing demand here and abroad for the coconut wine, Paraliza said they are targeting a full production of around 7,600 cases per month by the first or second quarter of next year. “Right now, we are making (only) 1,875 cases per month. If we could quadruple our production right now, I could easily sell that. But I don’t have the equipment and the facilities to do that. It will be probably until mid-2014 before I can accomplish that,” he shared. Pa r a l i z a s a id he i s

“I need a rou nd P50 million to build wineries and achieve full production. Our ultimate goal is (to produce) one container which is 1,120 cases per day,” he noted. Paraliza said the Depa r t ment of Science and Technology (DOST) is assisting them in procuring wine bottling machines. The coconut winery is located at Tacloban City, Leyte. “The raw material, the coconut sap, is very endemic in the Philippines. It is around us, we are the number two producer of coconut after I ndonesia . I n fac t , my suppliers are the ones asking if I need more,” he pointed out. export/PAGE B11

Vino de coco is making a worldwide debut, the wine has been already consumed in parts of Africa and South Asia, but now it’s time to get the coconut flavored wine on liquor store shelves around the world. The Filipino-American entrepreneur George Vacal Paraliza is first planning to introduce the coconut wine in China, and hopes to find partners in the Filipino hotel market and export the wine to the United States of America and Canada.

DA distributes farm MisOcc LGUs to come up with Tobacco Control Plans animals to farmers’ coops in Lanao del Sur By RUTCHIE CABAHUG-AGUHOB, Contributor


MARAWI City -- The Provincial Office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) distributed eight carabaos and 60 goats to identified farmers cooperatives and associations in the province. The animal distribution last August 23 was part of the Agri Pinoy Livestock Program of the department to help farmers in the area to be more competitive, said Daud M. Diapar, chief livestock coordinator of DA-Lanao del Sur. He said the carabaos will be used by the beneficiaries in their farm work while the goats will be utilized for milk production in their respective barangays in support to the Kambingan at Gatas sa Barangay program. DA/PAGE B11

OZAMIZ City -- A Tobacco Control Plan will be crafted by the local government units (LGU) of Misamis Occidental t o pr o v i d e f o r m o r e smoke-free environment and workplaces of their constituents. The plans will be the output of the Training and Strategic Planning Workshop on Tobacco Control set from September 4-6, 2013, at Royal Garden Hotel and Restaurant, this city, Dr. Rachel T. Micarandayo, Provincial Health Officer, said.

Micarandayo said the three-day live-in activity will be attended in by City and Municipal Administrators, along with the Integrated Provincial Hospital administrators and Rural Health Unit/City Health Office (RHU/CHO) Tobacco Control Coordinators. The activity also aims to coach ou r LGUs i n preparing for the Provincial Red Orchid Awards 2013 and the DOH Red Orchid Awards 2014 through the comprehensive guidelines set by the World Health

Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Micarandayo said. Just recently, Misamis O c c id ent a l a nd Nue v a Ecija in Luzon, were the only two provinces in the country that were awarded the Department of Health (DOH) Red Orchid Award 2013. Among given the same awa rd were t he Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro, Sr., Reg iona l Tr a i n i ng a nd Teaching Hospital (MHARSRTTH) in Ozamiz City and the Misamis Occidenta l Provincial Hospital (MOPH),

Misamis Occidental Schools Division (MOSD) of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Misamis O c c i d e nt a l P r o v i n c i a l Health Office (MOPHO), all in Oroquieta City, also received the same award. Inspired by this ach ie vement , G over nor Herminia M. Ramiro has called on more government offices, and most specially, all LGU’s, to join the bandwagon and strengthen their tobacco control measures and enforce the Smoke-Free Ordinance of the province for more control/PAGE B11

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oung music enthusiasts from Liceo U and other schools in Cagayan de Oro will have the rare chance to be mentored by no less than the music maestro Ryan Cayabyab in a half day songwriting session at Liceo de Cagayan University's Rodelsa Hall this coming September 11. This special music activity is spearheaded by Philpop Musicfest Foundation, Inc and in partnership with Liceo de Cagayan University and various corporate partners. The workshop hopes to arouse the musical creativity of young Filipinos all over the country as well make them more appreciative of Original Pilipino Music (OPM). Mr. Cayabyab will share his experiences in the music industry

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Too early for Christmas?


s it too early to hang our Christmas lanterns and turn on the holiday lights? Apparently, nothing is too early for Filipinos when it comes to the most awaited season of all. These days, signs that Christmas is just around the corner are popping up slowly. We now hear carols on the radio and in select stores the holiday decors are on sale. I don't want to act like the Grinch here but sometimes this premature celebration is also influenced by the entrepreneurs whose idea of the entire season is just consumerism. It is indeed cute to unwrap old trimmings tucked in the storage room for months and give them another lease on life but some are so caught up with the idea of Christmas that this early, they are already starting to stress out what to do and how to spend their money on presents, decors and parties. So, is it really too early to start the revelry? For me, I say yes. Indeed Christmas is the happiest and the most memorable gathering for us Filipinos but let us be reminded that this too is a very special occasion not to be overdone or the whole essence of the practice is gone and it becomes just another 'requirement' to get done and over with. I welcome the coming of this magnificent season and I acknowledge the slow shift of people's mindset to merrymaking mode but I just hope that we will not forget the main reason for the season. We may hold the record of being the country to hold the longest celebration of Christmas but how do we spend it? It is not the length of time that matters or the whole idea of spending more than three months in a joyous state of mind but it should be on the way we become better individuals and take the occasion's essence to heart. Christmas is the time to reflect how we have spent our lives and this is a moment to collectively gather to give praise and thanks for the blessings and even the challenges that we have overcome. It is not the amount of money we have spent or the number of gifts we have recieved, so if you cannot help but really start your Christmas this early, make the most out of this moment and spread the truest of good tidings and cheers. Celebrate with a heart that gives and a hand that helps.

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ocal arts and music alike were exhibited in a painting display placed at Limketkai Mall, this city which opened last August 29 and continued until September 6, 2013. This exhibit dubbed as “gods” was hosted by three prolific artists in the local arts industry. The trio composed of Bo Daclan, Marigold Cherrie Ramos-Garrido and Rhyan Casiño. The exhibit mainly amplified the presence of the Supreme Being as the Master Artist in the lives of the artists. The artists showcased their then and now masterpieces acknowledging the the omnipotence and omniscience of the Master Artists in their lives. “The activity composed of gods, not because we are gods but this is in respect sa mga maayo nga artists (to the good artists),” Bo Daclan said. He is considered as an artist of modern contemporary arts. He had his solo exhibits during 2007 entitled “/32, a Bo Daclan Solo Art Exhibit and another one on 2011. Marigold Cherrie Ramos-Garrido is the only female artist of the three. In the display, the paintings she have were acrylic paintings that composed of “Carry Along”, “Iskul Bus” and “Tangerines.” Rhyan Casiño completed the group. In his biography, he is an artist who believes in the greatness of each



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has contributed his craft to notable theater musicals, movie scores, full-length ballets. He has also created choral and orchestral pieces. Currently he is the Executive Director of the Philpop Musicfest Foundation, the group behind the Philippine Popular Music Festival, a songwriting competition for amateur and professional Filipino composers that seeks to help elevate the Philippine Music industry. This activity at Rodelsa Hall is free to young students but with limited seats availability. To know more about the workshop, please feel free to call the Liceo U College of Music at (088) 8584093 to 95 local 109 or call/text 09176366528.

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will feature Free WiFi, K-9 Security Units On Site, EMT Personnel On Site, CCTV System On Site, Clean Toilets, Ample Parking Space and Environmentally Friendly Waste Disposal (Segregated Waste Bins + Plastic Bags and Styro products are not allowed in the market) among others. This fresh, new, foodie, and arts & culture haven in CDO is primed to be a central foodie, arts & culture and social spot for local families and guests alike. You will find Unique and Deliciously cooked food, Farm fresh

products and processed food products, along with ornamentals and artisan made crafts. Everyone is invited to come enjoy the wide open views, the delicious food, the live entertainment and the fun & fresh vibe of a truly Urban Fiesta. Entrance is FREE and here it’s a FIESTA ALL THE TIME! As a social enterprise, a guaranteed share of the profits of the Ultimate Urban Fiesta go directly toward developing and creating Sustainable Livelihood Programs for those relocated by Sendong and to help in building the St. Francis

Xavier Parish Church in Pueblo de Oro through Msgr. Boy Salvador. Limited slots are still available for high quality and unique items since duplication of items will not be allowed. For vendor and sponsor inquiries, please contact the Ultimate Urban Fiesta thru email: ultimateurbanfiesta@, Like our page and Message us on Facebook: https:// UltimateUrbanFiestaCDO. Or follow us and Message us on twitter @sarcastillo, @UrbanFiestaCDO.

anting to get a good deal to buy a new car? You need not go far. Rather, you don’t need to go anywhere at all! BPI Family Auto Loan, once again, holds its much awaited “Online Auto Madness” from September 5 to 27, 2013. This revolutionary car sale provides offers that will surely make you go crazy with: unbelievably low loan rates, free comprehensive insurance with acts of nature coverage, and the convenience of buying a car and getting a loan 24/7. Best of all, these benefits can be accessed through the website easily! Getting a brand new car has never been this effortless. Traditionally, it takes a couple of days and several trips to various locations to complete the car shopping process. With the BPI Family Online Auto Madness, you simply need an internet access to accomplish three easy steps. First, log on to www. and choose a car from the very comprehensive Car Buyer’s Guide where all car brands and models available in the Philippines are listed. Then, compute for the downpayment and monthly amortization that best suit you. Finally, just fill out and submit a simple application form to complete the entire process. You will be able to get a loan decision in as fast as 3 to 8 hours. “We live in a fast pace world, and the public demands for something that will meet their needs in the fastest and most convenient manner. BPI Family Auto Loan is always on the look out to give the best services and offerings for our clients by making it easy, accessible and affordable,” says Mr. Pepe Carlos, VP and Head of Auto Loans Division. "BPI Family is synonymous to the word ‘family’ and when you state ‘family’ the word ‘support’ comes into mind and that is precisely the goal of the bank. We want to continuously serve as a back bone to our clients for their specific needs and one way we can deliver our promise is through the BPI Family Online Auto Madness. We aim for our clients to have control over what they want," says Mr. Teodoro Limcaoco, BPI Family Savings Bank President. For more details on how to easily buy your new dream, just log on to Clients may also visit the launch of the 2nd Online Auto Madness at the Abreeza Mall, Davao City from September 5 to 8 to see the cars on display and avail of the special offers.

Sun Broadband Quest Winner Iktus Officially inks record deal with Sun Broadband, MCA Music Inc scene through our recording contract,” Composed of Carizza Panaligan on vocals, Augusto Mendoza on guitars, Andrei Panaligan on bass and Andrew Panaligan on drums, Christian Band Iktus got its name based on the Greek word “ichtus” which stands for fish, a common symbol for Christianity. The band names Rivermaya, Silent Sanctuary, Sugarfree, Itchyworms, Urbandub, Paramore, Flyleaf, Switchfoot and Run Kid Run as its musical influences. “This is a great initiative with Sun Cellular, as we’ve always found it exciting to support developments within the local community, 50


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Megaworld to spend P10B more on Iloilo Business Park

ONE MADISON PLACE, a project launched last March that forms part of a condominium cluster in Iloilo Business Park, is shown in this architect’s rendition Megaworld Corp. e-mailed to media late last month.

Condo builder ventures into BPO space L I S T E D c ondom i n iu m builder Cityland Development Cor p. has launched its first business process outsourcing (BPO) structure as it rides on the economic growth driver, according to a statement attached to a disclosure last Aug. 16. “The Philippines is one of the best locations considered by foreign countries for business process outsourcing due to our economic growth, language proficiency, and low operating cost,” the statement read.

“In line with this new lucrative business venture, Cit yla nd… is proud to announce the launch of its new BPO hub, CityNet 1,” it added. Located in Mandaluyong City, five-storey CityNet 1 is being posit ioned as a “premiere business technology hub.” The ground f loor is a llotted for fast food restaurants, convenience stores, banks and shops, while the remaining floors will be used solely for BPO operations, according to the

statement. CityNet 1 is the first BPO development of Cityland, according to a statement la st Ma rch by C ol l iers International Philippines, Inc., consu ltant for t he project. O f f i c i a l s w e r e n o t immediately available for details, but according to Cityland ’s Web site, the project will be completed o n N o v. 3 0 a f t e r t h e groundbreaking held last Feb. 15. Cityland noted that its Condo/PAGE B11

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Vista Land expansion binge continues

THE condominium arm of Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc is expanding its footprint in key cities outside Metro Manila. LISTED Megaworld Corp. Maribeth Tolentino, Vista is pumping an additional Residences president, told P10 billion into its flagship reporters last week that the mixed-use project in Iloilo, company will spend P800 the property developer said million to build three fivein a statement Monday. storey residential buildings “Megaworld announces on a one-hectare lot in t hat it is increasing its Tagaytay. investment in the 72-hectare The project will offer a Iloilo Business Park from P25 total of 400 units that will billion to P35 billion in the generate sales of P1.5 billion. next 10 years,” the statement They will consist of tworead. bedroom units with a floor This makes Iloilo Business area of 48 square meters to Pa rk t he la rgest si ng le be sold at P2 million per investment of Megaworld unit. out side Me t ro Ma n i la , “If the project is successful, according to the company. there are adjacent lots with “We are committed to a total of six hectares that make Iloilo Business Park are also being offered to the largest, most exciting us that can be allotted for business and tourism district expansion,” Tolentino said. spend/PAGE B11 Vista Residences is also

making its foray in Cebu and Iloilo after capitalizing on demand for condominiums in Makati and Bonifacio Global City. “Of course we will not leave behind Metro Manila where we will soon develop another project in Quezon City,” Tolentino said. Vista Land has a 300-hectare master planned community in Iloilo that will feature all its brands: Brittany for the upscale market, Crown Asia for the upper-middle income market and Camella Homes for the affordable market. “There is space allotted for Vista Residences and we’d be happy with two hectares for medium-rise buildings,” said Tolentino. Vista Residences continues to explore possible sites for expansion in Cebu. Vista/PAGE B11

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PJAA which serves as the development office of the Province. “We are grateful to the publisher, Ramoncito Cruz and Media Wise Communications for their kindness and untiring effort to organize photos and stories documenting the mission of Jesuits in Mindanao since 1596. The funds will go a long way to serve our fellow Jesuits who gave their all in mission and would still do so if not for illness and old age,” said Fr. Schneider, “Graduates from the Jesuit universities continue to espouse the ideals of St. Ignatius to become ‘men for others,’ serving society, families, and God,” he added. T h e Phili p pine J e suit Province hopes to raise PhP 9-million for a minimum donation of PhP 5,000.00 as well as incremental donations arising from companies, people and groups who wish to share more in support of the Province. The book launch was sponsored by Pioneer Life Inc., represented by Ms. Ruby Trinidad.

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Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba and the local government of Baungon led the groundbreaking c e r e m o ny t o s i g n a l t h e reconstruction of these two bridges on Friday, August 30. These two new bridges include Cabula and Tumalaong. According to DPWH-10 Project Engineer Leowald L. Pecore, these two new bridges will be two-lane, made of concrete road approaches and concrete bridge design. Further, he said these will cater to all types of vehicles including heavy cargo trucks loaded with farm and industrial commodities from Baungon and other nearby municipalities of the province of Bukidnon. Representative Acosta of the 1st district of Bukidnon was so pleased saying that finally after two years, this long overdue and most awaited project will be realized. She added that since she took seat this year, this has been one of her priority and urgent projects. “Naglisod gyud atong mga katawhan diri pag transport sa ilang products, og maski basic transport nga baklay lang og habal-habal og syempre affected ang local economy.” (Our people here truly have difficulty transporting their produce and even going through their basic commute i.e. walking distances and riding singlemotor and of course, the local economy is affected) Acosta added. Moreover, she said that she is so thankful for the support of the local government and national leadership of President Benigno Aquino, Secretary Rogelio Singson of DPWH and Secretary Voltaire Gazmin of the Department of National Defense (DND) for the realization of this project. Finally, she said that this is a better and stronger bridge; modern and much better bridge that can withstand the onslaught of the likes of TS Sendong.

This project was coursed through the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) prior to its approval since appropriation is from the calamity fund. According to DPWH, appropriation for Cabula Bridge is P230M and Tumalaong Bridge is P140M both from Special Purpose Fund – Outside Infra – CY 2013.


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Director Kay Hart was quoted in a statement as saying. The company reported that 826 units were sold last month, 44% more than the 574 vehicles recorded a year ago. That brought sales in the eight months to August to 8,360 units, up 79% from a year ago. Sales were particularly boosted by “continued strength in demand” for the Ford Ranger, which sold 323 units last month and 2,774 year-to-date, the company said in its statement. “The unmatched versatility and capability of this extraordinary truck is helping drive its wide appeal among our expanding base of customers in the Philippines,” said Mr. Hart. The Ford Everest, meanwhile, sold 167 units last month, bringing year-to-date sales to 1,726 vehicles. August also saw 99 units of Ford Explorer sold, driving year-to-date sales to more than double to 690 vehicles. The Ford Focus sold 76 units last month, fueling year-to-date sales to grow 79% to 677 cars. The statement also noted that 13 units of Ford Mustang were sold last month, bringing sales to 284 cars since the model was launched in the country in July last year. In a bid to reach more local markets, Ford said it opens this week a dealership in General Santos City that will add to 32 existing outlets nationwide. “Over the next four months, Fo r d p l a n s t o e s t a b l i s h dealerships in Baguio and Zamboanga, expanding its dealership network to 35 by the end of the year,” the statement read.


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ke e n i n t e r e s t i n l i n k i n g Batangas with major shipping destinations across Asia through the company’s fully integrated subsidiary CNC Line. Initially, the proposal was to study sers to cover Batangas using the BMX service (Xingang-DalianQuingdao-Fuqing-XiamenShantou-Yantian-Chiwan-Hong Kong-Manila-Batangas-Hong Kong-Xingang) and the China 1 Service (Qingdao-ShanghaiNingbo-Xiamen-Hong KongChiwan-Jakarta-SurabayaBatangas-Manila-Hong KongQingdao). CMA CGM is represented in Manila by CMA CGM Philippines Inc.

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deliver data rates in excess of 200-700 megabits per second (mbps), based on trials done in Metro Manila and Davao City. According to is Peña, “the successful trials prove the readiness of the Smart network for the most advanced

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technologies, and the AIR solution can only serve to further strengthen this network.” To date, Ericsson has commercially deployed the AIR solution for both Smart’s GSM and LTE networks, with tests showing an improvement of as much as 73 percent in 3G coverage when using AIR. Ericsson’s AIR has fewer units and fewer interconnections compared to traditional site solutions, allowing a new standard or a new frequency band to be introduced easily. Elie Hanna, president and country manager for Ericsson Philippines and Pacific Islands, said the market is experiencing a tremendous take off in mobile broadband and user expectations for speed and coverage are increasing the demands placed on networks. “In order to cope with future capacity demands, Ericsson has a clearly defined small cell strategy that the AIR architecture is part of. When comparing 3G AIR with traditional 3G Radio Base Stations, there is a marked improvement in 3G coverage when using AIR. In addition, AIR simplifies and reduces installation lead times,” Hanna added. The innovative integration of the antenna unit into the radio unit is the first of its kind in the global telecommunications industry. Compact design and a multi-standard solution ensure the highly efficient and smooth introduction of new technologies in both 3G and 4G. A new standard or a new frequency band can easily be introduced by simply adding AIR and swapping the existing antenna.

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plan for the organization “as it builds a stronger and larger business for the future.” Tanmantiong joined JFC in 1978 as a store manager. He rose to become an area manager, assistant operations manager and then operation manager. He also became vice president for operations while serving as executive vice president. In November 2006, he was named president of the Jollibee business unit. In January 2012, he was a p p o i n te d C O O o f J FC, strengthening the company’s various brands in the country and improving their profitability and profit contribution to the group. He also helped increase the organization capability of JFC’s Corporate Services Group in supporting the expansion of the business in the Philippines and abroad. Tanmantiong graduated from the Ateneo De Manila University in 1979 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Management. This year, he attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School at Boston, Massachusetts. Higher sales volume Also today, JFC reported that its net income rose 30 percent to P1.220 billion in the second quarter from P937 million in the same three-month period last year. This brought the fast-food chain’s six-month earnings to P2.101 billion this year from P1.620 billion last year.

System-wide sales -- a m e a s ure of al l s al e s to consumers from companyowned and franchised stores -- jumped 13.6 percent to P26.07 billion in the second quarter from P22.95 billion a year ago. For the first half, system-wide sales advanced 12.1 percent to to P49.90 billion from P44.50 billion over the same period. G l o b a l s t o r e n e t wo r k expansion accounted for five percent of the growth rate, while worldwide same-store sales -- or sales of restaurant outlets that were at least 15 months old -- contributed nine percent mostly from higher volume of purchases by customers. The Philippine business expanded by 12.6 percent, while JFC’s foreign business rose 17.5 percent with China growing by 18.3 percent, Southeast Asia and the Middle East by 34.8 percent, and the US by 6.3 percent.




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(DA). Four focused workshops enabled them to explore the vital developments in the Philippine financial system, investing, and borrowing, said Antonio B. Cintura, director of BSP Economic and Financial Learning Center (EFLC). “This is part of the Bangko Sentral’s advocacy to educate Filipinos on financial issues and protect them from financial scams and frauds,” he said. Financial education expo is a continuing work of the BSPEFLC that aims to promote greater public awareness and understanding of key economic and financial issues to ensure that a greater segment of the population is able to make informed decisions, which is in line with the government’s effort to increase involvement of people into the growth process in a community, Cintura said.

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the country’s tax collections. To mitigate the impact of the peso’s strength on the economy, Abola said the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) can continue buying dollars, mandate an 18-percent reserve requirement (RR) for foreign currency deposits and raise the RR for both local and foreign deposits. H e s a i d t h e n at i o n a l government can also buy back dollar debt and replace this with peso debt. Abola noted that a change in the BSP charter is also imperative to include “maximum or full employment” and “competitive exchange rates” as goals. The country can also adopt “tobin” tax on foreign exchange transactions and interest rate equalization tax to prevent carry trade, he added. To alleviate the impact of a strong peso on local industries, Abola further said that the Board of Investments (BOI) can include the business process outsourcing (BPO) and exports below $1 billion among the pioneer industries. Likewise, the telecommunications and power companies can subsidize rates to these affected sectors, he said.

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programs to monitor the quality of banana produced for exports, the number of exporters who ship low-quality bananas are increasing. “Consequently, this affects the trade of bananas in the international market,” they said. Expor ters added the accreditation policies and procedures of the Bureau of Plant Industry-Plant Quarantine Services (BPI-PQS) should be reviewed and enforced to ensure that international standards for farms and packing houses are complied. Ed g ar B ul l e c e r, c h i ef executive officer of agricultural producer Paglas Group of Companies, identified weather and diseases as among the problems and constraints facing banana producers. Financing and market stability also remain perennial problems of the sector. “Bad quality bananas that manage to reach the export market compromise the image of overall Philippine banana,” he said during the Export Congress. To meet the strict requirements of importing countries, Bullecer recommended the holding of training on quality standards and benchmarking, product and technology upgrading and encouraging growers and processors to seek for certification. Such certifications include the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) accreditation and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).

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Steag’s power plant at the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, has two identical electric power generating units with a combined net generating capacity of 210 MW. It accounts for about 20% of Mindanao’s total power supply. More than a month ago, Steag’s Unit 1 also underwent a scheduled maintenance shutdown beginning July 27, 2013. The maintenance works were carried out as planned and completed on August 13, 2013, some 34 hours ahead of schedule. Dr. Evers explained that like any other industries, periodic maintenance works for power plants need to be carried out to ensure the power generator’s ef ficiency and reliabilit y. “With the two units now in full operations, Mindanao’s power shortfall is expected to improve,” Dr. Evers said. Since start of its commercial o p e r at i o n s i n N ove m b e r 15, 2006, SPI sustained a remarkable availability rate of 93%. About 9.8 billion kWh of electricity have been delivered so far to the Mindanao grid. Steag’s power plant is considered as Mindanao’s most modern. The company utilizes state–of-the-art technologies that enabled it to sustain through the years a highly efficient, reliable and responsible power plant operation. SPI is a leader in highly advanced coal power generation technology. It was established as a special purpose company

to finance, build, operate and maintain Mindanao’s 1st and so far the only coal-fired power plant in the island. SPI is majority owned by Steag GmbH which is one of the largest electricity producers in Germany and an active global player in energy development and services.

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provisions of ILO Convention 188 or the Work in Fishing Convention of 2007 as it would require a major overhaul and upgrading of local fishing fleets. “We need enough time to study the implications of the ILO Convention because there are provisions that are difficult for us to comply right now. So what’s the use of the law if it can’t be implemented immediately?” she said in a press conference. Contreras specifically noted the provision on structural standards that set a minimum area or size for fishing boats involved in commercial operations. She said local tuna fishing fleets, especially those employed by fishing companies based in this city, are mostly composed of small pump boats and motorized fishing vessels. ILO Convention 188, which was adopted during the 96th International Labor Conference in 2007, mainly seeks “ to ensure that fishers have decent conditions of work on board fishing vessels.” An ILO briefer said the Convention covers the minimum requirements for work on board fishing vessels; conditions of service; accommodation and food; occupational safety and health protection; and, medical care and social security. As of last July, the convention was already ratified by Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Morocco and South Africa. At t h e 15 t h N a t i o n a l Tuna Congress here over the weekend, the delegates adopted a resolution requesting the government to defer the ratification of ILO Convention 188 and its accompanying ILO Recommendation 199. They specifically sought for the deferment “pending a favorable consensus among all stakeholders has been attained after an in-depth impact assessment and comprehensive consultation process.” Dominic Salazar, chair of SFFAII’s program and resolution committee, said they are not much concerned about the Convention’s wage and salary provisions as local fishing companies mainly employ a sharing scheme with their workers. H e s a i d t h e n at i o n a l g ove r n m e n t s h o u l d f i r s t study whether the country, in general, can comply with the Convention’s provisions. “There are actually provisions that are difficult even for BFAR (Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources) to comply,” he stressed. (PNA)

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Paraliza’s coconut wine is packaged in three classy varieties: Dry Red, Sweet White, and Sweet Red. It is sold at P338 in the local market; while

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it will cost $15 to $20 abroad. The growth of agro-based and forest export products like coconut-based goods have been offsetting the decline in receipts from Philippine manufactured exports.


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Recipients of the carabaos were Inungka Islamic Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (M PC) i n Tu bar an town, Micolabo-SCFO MPC in Picong, Ilian-Salipongan Integrated Farmers MPC in Taraka, Catogonan Farmers Association in Buadi-puso Buntong, Ilian Far m er s As so c c iat i o n in Pagayawan, Tadman Farmers Producer Cooperative in Bubong, Maguing Farmers Marketing Cooperative in Maguing, and Tamlang Producer Cooperative in Pualas town. The goats, on the other hand, were distributed to Modern Farmers MPC in Ganassi, Mandara R.R. MPC in Ditsaan-Ramain, Kapai Farmers MPC in Kapai, Sugod Farmers Association in Madalum, Rinabor Farmers Association in Bayang, Rainbow Farmers Association in Pagayawan, Kadingilan Farmers Marketing Cooperative in Madamba, Macaorandig Farmers Association in Malabang, and Rockland Agrifarm Producer Cooperative in Balindong. Diapar also said the DA provincial office is planning to distribute four cattles, four carabaos, 120 goats and 180 native chickens next year to other cooperatives and associations who were not included in the distribution this year. Aside from animal distribution, Diapar said the Agri Pinoy Livestock program also include animal treatment, artificial insemination, antirabbies vac cination, and seminars and trainings in the different municipalities.

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smoke-free environment and workplace for their constituents. The said ordinance envisions to increase public awareness on the dangers of smoking, at the same time, curb the scourge of the tobacco epidemic that continues to be the leading risk factor for premature deaths in the country, Micarandayo added.

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in Western Visayas,” Jericho P. Go, Megaworld’s first vicepresident, was quoted in the statement as saying. Megaworld in May announced the expansion of the project at the site of the old Iloilo airport in Mandurriao district to 72 hectares (ha.) from 54 ha. “We have exciting plans for the additional 18 ha. that we have acquired. A unique leisure, commercial and residential development concept will soon be introduced to the Ilonggo market,” Mr. Go. said. Megaworld last month announced the construction of a P1.5-billion Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, the second hotel brand to rise in the township. The first hotel, Richmonde Hotel Iloilo, is expected to start operations by early 2015. Both hotels, which will be linked to


the proposed Iloilo Convention Center, will offer an additional 450 rooms for business travelers and tourists in Iloilo. Megaworld also plans to offer close to 100,000 square meters of leasable floor area for business process outsourcing companies in the next three to five years. “We will definitely be bringing in new and first-time BPO locators to Iloilo,” Mr. Go said. Iloilo Business Park is modeled after similar existing projects of the company, among them: 18-ha. Eastwood City; 50-ha. McKinley Hill in Bonifacio Global City; 25-ha. Newport City in Pasay City; and the 25-ha. The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, the firm said.

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To date, Vista Land has developed only residential subdivisions in Cebu. Vista Residences recently launched the 25-storey The Loop in the Limketkai Center in Cagayan de Oro City. It is the company’s second vertical project in Mindanao after mid-rise condominium project Northpoint along J.P. Laurel Street in Davao City. Vista Land netted P2.6 billion in the first half, or 18 percent higher than the P2.2 billion in the same period last year, on strong demand for its Camella brand. Vista Land is the holding company of five business u n i t s , n a m e l y, B r i t t a ny, Crown Asia, Camella Homes, Communities Philippines and Vista Residences.

Spacious Rooms Approx. 4m x 5.5m • Fully Airconditioned • Cable Ready • 21” LCD/24” LED TV • Personal Refrigerator • Hot & Cold Shower • Kitchenette • Intercom • Cabinets/Closets • Free wifi internet • Business Center with Terlephone, Computer & Fax Machine Open for Short Term & Long Term Lease For Reservations Contact Us: 09351842333 •

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BPO office is accessible via Metro Rail Transit Line 3, buses along EDSA, and jeepneys plying roads linking Greenhills in San Juan City and Ortigas business district. The company also noted the development’s proximity to various retail and commercial centers such as Robinsons Galleria Mall, SM Megamall, Shangri-La Mall, Podium, as well as hotels Crowne Plaza, Oakwood, Discovery Suites, and EDSA Shangri-La. Aside from its significant contribution to the economy, the BPO industry is often tagged as the driver of the office property market. The BPO industry’s work force grew by 21% or 137,066 to 776,794 last year, the Information Te c hno l o g y an d B usines s Processing Association of the Philippines reported early this year. The industry expects to grow by 15%-20% this year in terms of head count and revenues, targeting revenues to reach $25 billion by 2016 and work force to grow to 1.3 million by then. Cityland was incorporated in 1978 with a primary purpose of acquiring and developing land for residential, office, commercial, institutional, and industrial use. The developer has built medium- and high-rise office, commercial and residential condominiums in the cities of Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, and Pasig, and has developed residential subdivisions and farms in Bulacan and Cavite provinces. Its P148.88-million net income last quarter drove profit to P295.15 million in the first half, up by 15.99% from P254.47 million in the same six months last year.

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Better Vision without Eyeglasses with Solid State Laser Surgery It’s another forward step towards global competitiveness for Cagayan de Oro City, recently adjudged “The Philippines Most Competitive City” by the National Competitiveness Council. The Refractive Laser and Surgicenter of Mindanao (RLSM) recently opened its doors to pat ients at t he Minda nao Eye MD, Inc. (M EM DI) Bldg. at the Madonna and Child Hospital Compound in Jesus Seriña St., Cagayan de Oro City. MEMDI is composed of a group of ophthalmologists and other medical practitioners in Northern Mindanao. Founded in Feb. 5, 2012, it owns and operates the R LSM, the f irst and only facility in Mindanao which offers state-of-the-art laser vision correction with its Pulzar Z1 Solid State Refractive Laser. “The high performance CustomVisPulzarZ1 solid state refractive laser is the only commercially-proven solid-state refractive laser system installed in many countries across the globe which offers a cost-effective technology allowing truly customized treatment for a la rge ra nge of v ision disorders,” said Dr. Rustan Hautea, MEMDI President. “By integrating s ol id s t at e t e c h nolo g y with an innovative mu ltidimensiona leye

t r a c k e r, h o m o g e n o u s beam profile and a high repetition pulse rate, the P u l z a rT M Z1 h a s m a d e possible new heights of reliability, efficiency and customization which are vastly superior to the older exci mer la sers. We a re happy to be afforded the opportunity to make this world-class facility available to the people of Cagayan de Oro City and the Mindanao region.” Dr. Hautea said laser vision correction uses a refractive laser to modify t he ref rac t ive power of the cornea to permanently improve t he v ision of a visually impaired person. This is usua lly done on the corneal surface (PRK, LASEK, EPI-LASIK) or in the corneal stroma (LASIK). Visually impaired persons 18 years old and above who have had a stable refractive status for the past two years w it h no s y s tem ic (e .g. diabetes) or eye conditions (e.g., keratoconus) t hat contraindicate performing t he procedure are idea l candidates for refractive laser surgery. Among t he v isua l conditions which can be

s u c c e s s f u l l y a d d re s s e d w it h refractive laser surgery are post-cataract extraction refractive errors, primary refractive errors/ a met ropias (eye defects li ke as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, resulting from faulty refractive ability of the eye). and presbyopia (the age-related condition where the eye exhibits a progressively diminished abilit y to focus on near objects). “In the first situation, p a t i e nt s w h o u n d e r g o cataract surgery sometimes do not attain the desired refractive result afterwards. That is, they are either undercorrected or overcorrected and hence complain of notperfectly clear vision even after cataract surgery. This can be easily remedied by having them undergo a laser procedure to correct the problem,” Dr. Hautea said. “In the second situation, some people are just born nearsighted, farsighted or with significant astigmatism. Thus, they cannot see very clearly without the usual visual aids like eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, some people cannot tolerate wearing contact lenses or si mply wa nt to be f ree f r om t he i r e ye g l a s s e s . In both situations, laser vision correction can offer

a permanent solution to their problem. In the third situation, people who are more than forty years old and want to be free of their read i ng e yeg la s se s c a n also look to laser vision correction for a solution,” he added. Contrar y to common perception, Dr. Hautea says refractive laser surgery is a relatively painless and uncomplicated out-patient procedure, is very affordable and with very good and consistent outcomes. “It is relatively painless and only takes anywhere

from 10-15 minutes per eye. For those who fear that the laser might not achieve its intended result, let me just assure them that the procedure is very safe and can actually be repeated (at no additional cost to the patient) should there be a need to do so.” “Furthermore, although neither PHIC nor private insurance cover primary laser vision correction,it’s actually very affordable.” For inquires, v isit the Refractive Laser and S u r g ic e nt e r M i nd a n a o tod ay at t he M E M DI

Bldg., Madonna and Child Hospital Compound, Mayor Jesus Seriña st., Cagayan de Oro City or call tel. (88) 880-0283, (8822) 745-252 or (0917) 726-7098. B e side s la s er v i sion correction, the RLSM also offers a variety of ophthalmic services including outpatient consultations, surgical procedures for c at a r ac t , g laucoma surgery, corneal surgery, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus (including newborn ocular screening) and other minor ophthalmic procedures.

Two-drug therapy for deadly MERS virus effective in monkeys; researchers A combination of two licensed antiviral drugs could be used to treat the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus that causes an acute respiratory illness in humans and has killed about half of the individuals known to be infected, a U.S. study said Sunday. The findings, published in the journal Nature Medicine, showed that the combination of the two drugs, known as interferon alpha- 2b (IFN-2b) and ribavirin, “reduces virus replication and improves cl i n ic a l outcome” i n a recently developed monkey model of the MERS virus infection. The t wo dr ugs a re routinely used together to treat viral diseases such as hepatitis C, and its combined use has been reported to inhibit replication of MERS virus in cell culture in a previous study, according to the researchers.

Picture shows the preparation of Albert II, the first monkey in space, before his historic flight.

Given the current lack of treatment options, the researchers concluded that the combination “should be considered as an early intervention.” I n t h e i r s t u d y, investigators at the National Institutes of Health infected six rhesus macaques with the MERS virus and, eight hours later, treated half of them with the two-drug regimen. Compared to the u nt reated a n i ma ls , t he treatment group showed no breathing difficulties and only minimal X-ray evidence of pneumonia, the

researchers said. They also found that the treated animals had lower amounts of virus and less severe tissue damage in the lungs. T he s e f i nd i n gs le nt support to the potential clinical application of the combination for treatment of the MERS virus infection in humans. “IFN-2b and ribavirin treatment would be expected to provide the greatest benefit early in infection; however, the prolonged disease course in humans suggests t he treatment window may be considerably longer,” they wrote in their paper. The researchers were a lso quick to point out that the rhesus macaque appears to develop only mild to moderate forms of the MERS disease, making it

Microscopic image of the “MERS” virus.

difficult to extrapolate the outcome of this treatment in severe human cases. “Thus, it is currently unknown whether i n it iat ion of t reat ment upon progression to

severe respiratory illness would have any benef it, a situation faced in many acute infectious diseases,” they said. MERS was first described in September 2012 a nd

continues to spread. So far, more than 110 human cases have been reported worldwide while 52 of them have been killed. Presently, there is no effective cure for it. (PNA/Xinhua)

I r a n pla n s to s end it s second monkey into space onboard the home-made rocket named Pishgam ( Pioneer) II within 45 days, Iran Space Agency director Hamid Fazeli was quoted as saying by local media on Sunday. In January, Iran sent a capsule containing a monkey onboard Pishgam (Pioneer) I into space. Fazeli said unlike the f i rst rocket wh ich wa s

solid-fueled, the Pishgam II will use liquid propellant, according to Tehran Times daily. The plan to send living creatures into space is part of the project to send human beings into space within a course of five to eight years, said the Iranian official. ISA has plans to launch t he Tad bi r (P r ud enc e) research satellite as well as Sharif and Nahid satellites into space by the end of the

Iranian calendar year, which ends on March 20, 2014, he added. Iran, a founding member of t he Un ited Nat ions C om m it tee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, launched its first domestically-made dataprocessing satellite the Omid (Hope) in 2009. Iran frequently says that it will push ahead with its space program in the coming years.(PNA/Xinhua)

It’s official! Iran to send 2nd monkey into space

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