Mindanao Daily NEWS
Volume II, No. 207
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Oro’s coastal highways up for completion in 2015 By CRIS DIAZ Executive Editor
AGAYAN de Oro City–– The first phase of the fivekilometer Cagayan de Oro City coastal highways will be up for completion next year, a Congressman said on Monday. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, 2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City, said that the first phase covered the Lapasan-Gusa coastal hig hways w hi ch started construct i on fo u r y e a r s ago. See FULL STORY, page 2
Measles cases in Davao up
DAVAO City––The cases of suspected measles in Davao city have risen from 226 in February 20 to 280 cases as of March 3, the City Health Office reported. Eight of the suspected cases have been confirmed, according to the monitoring of the City Epidemeology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) in hospitals, health stations and health centers. The confirmed cases are residents of Agdao, Bunawan, Sasa, Talomo North, Toril, and Tugbok districts. The data may reflect either an increase in cases of measles or an increase in surveillance reports, the The newly-hired and newly-promoted regular employees of the city halltake their oath of office before Valencia City CESU said. The Department of Mayor Jose M. Galario Jr. last March 03, 2014 during the Monday convocation. Text and photo by Den Batis and Tata Cloma.
Keep graduation rites simple––DepEd GENERAL Santos City–– The Department of Education (DepEd) in Region 12 reminded principals and administrators of public schools in the region to keep their upcoming graduation rites simple and refrain from
collecting hefty fees related to the activity. D r. A l l an Far na z o, DepEd Region 12 director, said Tuesday principals and school administrators should specifically abide by the provisions of DepEd
Order No. 8, series of 2005, which sets the observance of simple graduation rites by all public schools in the country. Citing its provisions, he said local public schools are not allowed to collect
See measles, page 11
any graduation fees or any kind of contribution for the graduation rites. “No non-academic projects shall be imposed as requirement for graduation, meaning graduating See simple, page 11
Sarangani town police chief relieved over mayor’s ambush GENERAL Santos City–– The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 has relieved the chief of police of the coastal municipality of Maitum in Sarangani Province in the wake of the ambush late Friday night that led to the fatal cardiac arrest of the town’s mayor. Chief Supt. Lester Camba, Region 12 police director, said Tuesday he ordered the relief of Sr. Insp. Arnold Montesa as Maitum police chief for failing to properly secure the late Mayor George McPherson Perrett. Although noting that Perrett had refused to be
detailed with a police security escort since he assumed as mayor in July last year, he said Montesa should have initiated other ways to secure the official. For instance, Camba said Montesa should have coordinated the proper clearing of the ambush site in Sitio Bugo of Barangay Malalag before the mayor’s vehicle passed by the area on Friday night. “He could have called up the attention of the 3rd Maneuver Company to secure that area being part of the mayor’s route,” he said. The 3rd Maneuver Com-
pany of PRO-12’s Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) has a detachment near the site of the ambush. Perrett, his wife Elsie and five aides were on their way home to Barangay Kalaong in Maitum around 10:30 p.m. last Friday when they were ambushed by unidentified gunmen. The mayor and his companions attended an arts and culture event in the town proper of Maitum and were on their way home when the incident happened. The mayor, who was then driving their Toyota See AMBUSH, page 11
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Rebel killed in Bukidnon clash CAGAYAN de Oro City––An encounter between the Army’s 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion and New People’s Army rebels erupted at the vicinity of Barangay Basak, Lantapan, Bukidnon, on March 3, 2014, at around 1:10 pm, killing a communist rebel. Capt. Christian Uy, spokesman of the 4th Infantry Division, said “soldiers from the 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion conducted combat operations, following civilian residents’ complaints about the presence of armed rebels, forcing them to give in to their extortion activities and ideological political organizational works, targeting innocent civilians and poor farmers.” More or less 15 armed rebels from Sandatahang Platoon Pampropaganda 2, Guerrilla Front-68 of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee, operating in the hinter-areas of Lantapan, Pangantucan, Baungon, Talakag, all of Kitanglad mountain range in Bukidnon encountered the troops from the Army’s 8IB that resulted to one rebel killed and the recovery of one AK-47 rifle. The firefight lasted for about 25 minutes, after which the enemy withdrew towards northern direction. See CLASH, page 11
Rep. Rufus B.Rodriguez, 2nd District, Cagayan de Oro, (shaking hand), turns-over the newly renovated Home Economics and Feeding Center of the Macabalan Elementary School costing P180,000 to Ms. Karen Verdad, school principal. The same project also included the construction of a proper drainage system for the school. Also in the photo are the teachers of the school. KENDISCHAVES
CDO’s coastal highways up for completion 2015 phase of the five- next year, a Conkilometer Cagayan gressman said on AGAYAN de de Oro City coastal Monday. Rufus Rodriguez, Oro City–– highways will be 2ndRep. Distr ic t, C agayan T h e f i r s t up for completion de Oro City, said that
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the first phase covered the Lapasan-Gusa coastal highways which started construction four years ago. Rodriguez said that the four lane coastal highways was conceptualized sometime in 2007 to ease traffic in the city’s lone major highways from the city’s west district in barangay Bulua to the city’s east coast barangay of Puerto.
He said that the project, divided into three phases, costs over P 2 billion pesos taken from the national government’s general appropriation act and allocated as “line item” with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Once the first phase is completed, the second phase that stretches from barangay Cugman to barangay Agusan, all of the city’s east districts would follow, Rodriguez added. He said that the third phase starts from barangay Agusan to barangay Puerto as the widening of the national highways f rom b arangays Bugo, Puerto, and Agusan have just started. According to Rodriguez, the second congressional district has already an approved plan for the construction of another nat iona l hig hway t hat would stretch from J. R. Borja extension toward Sayre Highways of barangay Puerto. He said that the expansion and constr uc tion of national highways in Cagayan de Oro City is also part of the expansion and widening of the Iligan-Cagayan de OroButuan national highways in anticipation of the growing traffic along the coastal roads in the future.
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Global IT brand Acer recently tipped off its first slam-bang activity for the year via a tie-up with the popular basketball video game “NBA 2K14” and launched competitions with avid gamers and Acer notebook users at select SM malls such as SM City North Edsa, SM City Fairview and most recently at SM City Clark’s Event Center. Game fans as well as first timers got to experience the extremely popular NBA 2K14 video game using the Acer Aspire V3-772G laptop, which has the capability of running high-octane action and exciting games, thanks to its high-performance, next-generation Intel processors. Participants were super ecstatic as they shot some hoops, ran fast on the break and took it home with a slam in the games.
Acer also held a tournament for Acer notebook users, at the same time as the NBA 2K14 pro-gamers, where participants battled it out to reach the grand tournament finals and get a chance to win a brand new Aspire V3-772G, Acer’s ultimate gaming laptop. To add more excitement, the elimination games were projected on giant screens using Acer’s P5307WB projector so that even mall-goers can watch and perhaps join in the fun and cheer for their favorite gamers. Outshoot, outplay is the order of the day as the finalists will meet again to duke it out among themselves for greater basketball videogame glory and claim the exciting Acer grand prize, which will serve as their greatest motivation. But there could only be one ultimate gamer,
The NBA2K14 events area, where all the virtual basketball hardcourt action was held
the best-of-the-best, the top hoopster honcho, in Acer’s NBA 2K14 Tournament. Find out soon! About Acer Established in 1976, Acer is an information and communication technology company dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale and support of innovative products that enhance people’s lives. Acer’s green supply chain delivers environmentally friendly PCs, displays, projectors, servers, tablets and smartphones — tools our customers need to explore beyond limits and experience more. Ranked No. 3 for notebooks globally (IDC 2012), Acer employs 8,000 people, and 2012 revenues reached US$14.7 billion. Please visit www.acer. com for more information.
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Acer Philippines General Manager Manuel Wong (5th from left) is shown here with Acer-NBA 2K14 event participants.
Kiddie gamers enjoy all-out gaming fun playing the brand-new NBA 2K14 video basketball game using an Acer laptop and projected using an Acer projector, at the SM Clark Events Center
Spectators look on as gamers both young and old play the NBA 2K14 basketball video game, held exclusively in partnership with Acer Philippines, at the SM Clark Events Center.
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Agusan del Norte • Agusan del Sur • Surigao del Norte • Surigao del Sur • Dinagat Islands
Fortun wants refusal to issue birth, death papers penalized By Pat Samonte Regional Editor-Caraga
QUEZON City––Agusan del Norte 1st District Rep. Lawrence Lemuel Fortun wants any individual or hospital or clinic penalized for withholding birth or death certificates by reason of poverty or non-payment of financial medical or hospital obligations on the part of the newborn’s parents or decedent’s family. In filing House Bill No. 4014 or “The Comprehensive Civil Registration Act of 2014,” Fortun criticized the practice of some individuals, hospitals and clinics in denying the underprivileged of their fundamental right to identity, saying, “the situation is exacerbated by some individuals and medical institutions tasked to register or facilitate registration of births but delay or refuse to do so because of unpaid financial obligation on the part of the new-born child.
This is also true in the case of deaths of persons whose families could not immediately settle in full their obligations to hospitals or clinics. These are effectively deprivation of their rights by reason of poverty.” The bill seeks to establish a comprehensive and more responsive civil registra-
tion system in the country, and provides for mechanisms for standardization and modernization of civil registration procedures to ensure timely, efficient and accurate registration of vital events in the life of each Filipino individual. Among the salient provisions of the bill are: (1) Pro-
hibition of any individual or hospital or clinic from withholding or refusing to issue birth/death certificates or documents relating thereto by reason of non-payment of financial obligations with the hospitals or clinics; (2) Setting up of a comprehensive Barangay Registration System; (3) Free delayed birth registration for reason of poverty, distance and/ or literacy issue; and (4) Free delayed birth registration for indigenous peoples (IPs). The neophyte solon said, “civil registration is necessary as it provides the means for the establishment of the identity and the recording of the vital events in the life of a person which are vital in the recognition and protection of his civil rights. It is an essential system by which the citizenship of a person is established and his or her inherent rights as a person are respected.” The Agusan and Butuan
City solon stressed that “civil registration affords accurate demographic data and other vital information that are crucial to the government’s planning and policy decisions aswell as delivery of basic services such as health, infrastructure, education and social services.” Fortun said: “Its enormous importance calls for the introduction and implementation of a comprehensive and truly responsive civil registration system” as he expressed concern over “the sad fact that our current system suffers from deficiencies and flaws that deprive individuals of their inherent right to identity and recognition as citizens, thereby denying them also of their civil rights.” The young solon said, over 2.6 million births of Filipino children have not been registered not to mention the millions of Filipino adults including
a significant number of people whose births have not been registered. “The reasons in most of these cases have consistently been due to poverty, distance and lack of literacy.” Fortun said the bill prohibits and penalizes deliberate delay or refusal to deliver certificates of live birth or certificates of death and related documents to the office of the local civil registrar for reasons of failure to settle hospital bills. “There are other ways by which a hospital, clinic or medical facility can legally seek payment from the family of the newly-born or the deceased, but not by detaining documents required in the issuance of birth or death certificate,” he said. “As civil registration is critical in the recognition and protection of the civil rights of individuals, it should be made available to every Filipino,” Fortun said.
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Philippines: in adopting international school system By Elena B. Pacamo
Education has been a priority in the mind of our nation leaders for it is believed to be a provider of quality human resources who will contribute big to our economic status. Thus, education system are meant to be developed and improved. June-March is a school calendar that the country used to follow. However, it seems that this will be changed in 2014. This year, the issue began right after Cavite Representative Lani Mercado-Revilla filed a proposed law, changing this school calendar to SeptemberMay. Once approved, all schools in all levels, public and private alike, shall implement it. There are various reasons behind this shift. Philippines want to be at par with other countries. Most universities outside Philippines begin the school year in August,
September, or October, while the Philippines has stuck to its June-March calendar. Philippines is also sole country composing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which follow June-March school calendar. Through changing it, students will be in sync along with the students of neighboring countries such giving favor for exchange student programs. This is also for the reason that rainy season drops in June to September, making schooling very difficult for the students. In every act that is being pushed, there are good sides and the foe sides. Institutions and people involved should weigh both sides to arrive in an intelligent conclusion. This conclusion should be the best for it covers Philippine Education System which holds future opportunities for Filipino children.
ARMM government, Lanao del Sur Provincial Govt inks an agreement for the implementation of a combined P280 million worth of road network projects in the province (Photo credit: BPI-ARMM/ Philippine Information AgencyLanao del Sur)
DepEd-Tangub conducts final round of classroom evaluation for SY 2013-2014 TANGUB City, Misamis Occidental - The third and final round of evaluation of schools and classrooms has just been concluded in the public elementary and secondary schools of the Department of Education, Division of Tangub City (DepEd-Tangub). The evaluation is done to establish dignified schools for students and pupils and ensure that the classrooms are well-maintained and conducive for learning throughout School Year (SY) 2013-2014, Dr. Victoria V. Gazo, Schools Division Superintendent (SDS), said. She said DepEd-Tangub conducts three rounds of evaluation for the SY, first, at the opening, second, at the middle and third, a month before the end of the SY, on 12 complete schools of which eight are monogrades and four are multi-grades composing the Central District. Public School District Su-
pervisors (PSDS), Education Program Supervisors (EPS) and District-in-Charge of the elementary and secondary schools assigned in each district compose the evaluation team. Meanwhile, the school heads and teachers are tested and challenged on how they were going to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of the school ground, most specially, the attractiveness and uniqueness of their classrooms and offices for the whole school year. Among the criteria for the evaluation are the following: classrooms are safe for children, with proper ventilation and lighting, bulletin boards have worthwhile display of learning materials, such as posters and magazines, and schools have big spaces or lawns for vegetation. School evaluation is not new to teachers, as this has been the practice every year.
This is the moment when teachers and school heads have the chance to showcase their talents by making projects in their schools, classrooms and offices that
would eventually redound to the benefit for both internal and external stakeholders, Dr. Gazo added. (RCA/ RABaril/PIA-Misamis Occidental)
BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION PROGRAM OF NATIONWIDE ACTIVITIES FIRE PREVENTION MONTH CY 2014 01 March 0400H Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City; Regional Offices; BFP Fire Stations. -Simultaneous conduct of “Walk for a Fire-Free and Fire-Safe Nation” to be participated by firefighters, fire volunteers,public servants, NGOs, students, professionals and people from all walks of life. The walk shall be led by the Officer-In-Charge, Bureau of Fire Protection. 1200H-1205 ALL BFP Fire Stations Nationwide -BLOWING OF HORNS. Five (5) minutes blowing of horns of all firefighting apparatus. 02-31 March TV and Radio Exposure, emphasizing the importance of fire safety. FIRE SAFETY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN Ugnayan sa Barangay and Visibility. Image-building campaign which must constitute the following: Distribution of Information Materials; Lectures on Fire Prevention; Inspection of all establishments; Familiarization of their AOR; Testing of Fire Hydrants; Fire disaster emergency evacuation planning; Fire Drill; Monitoring of all Hazard Operations; and Identification of fire-prone areas and Conduct of Pre-Fire Planning to areas identified.
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It is said that the road to perdition is paved with good intentions and good intentions is what House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and his cohorts in the House of Representatives would like the nation to believe as their motive in proposing to amend certain provisions of the Constitution. The amendment, they insist, is limited to economic provisions that stifle growth. They want the economic restrictions imposed by the Constitution with regard to ownership of certain enterprises lifted. They are paving the road toward this objective with good intentions. But in proposing to lift economic restrictions in the Constitution, are they not leading the nation toward perdition? Those economic restrictions were placed there by the framers of the Constitution to enable the country through its local entrepreneurs achieve certain degree of development in the economic front by disallowing ownership of foreign entities and individuals in certain business endeavors.
A deeper view Jesse E.L. Bacon II There is really nothing wrong with these economic restrictions being enshrined in the fundamental law of the land. The history of the highly developed countries such as the United States, Great Britain, France and Germany, to name just four, show that their having adopted restrictive measures in regard to foreign participation in local entrepreneurial endeavors made them what they are now. It is the policy that local entrepreneurs should not be placed in a disadvantage over their foreign competitors that enabled those countries to achieve growth and thus become economic superpowers that they are now. But Belmonte and com-
pany would like to rewrite history. They would like the country, which is their good intention supposedly, to achieve gigantic leaps in the economic front by allowing foreign business interests have a hold of all businesses, of all economic endeavors in the country to the detriment of our own homegrown entrepreneurs. As what we have stressed here in previous columns, growth and development will never come from without. Belmonte and company even with their so-called good intentions can not defy this logic of growth and development. Can one, for example, teach a week-old child to walk? Certainly not! Not because the child is not yet
prepared physiologically to perform such act. This is the same with the infant’s ability to talk. No matter how the parents wish their child to talk a week or a month after birth, it is not just possible. This is true when it comes to the physiological growth of a child. It is also true with regard any country’s economic growth is concerned. Belmonte and company can never defy this logic no matter how they’ll try. And if they will insist, they will just bring the nation to further perdition. I don’t know what enabled these legislators to think that what they are proposing is good for the nation. To recall, Suaco laboratories was doing well as a locally-owned pharmaceutical firm when it decided to become big by partnering with foreign pharmaceutical firm Wyeth hence its becoming Wyeth-Suaco laboratories. But years after, the company became just Wyeth laboratories without the Suaco as its See INTENTIONS, page 11
Cold war, hot war I remember the time. Cold war between East and West. I lived in West-Berlin, somehow between the super powers. When the Berlin Wall fell, all borders fell. Peaceful revolution. People Power made in Germany. History. Reality seems to look different. Another Cold War? Another Hot War? Heaven forbid! Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations denounced what they called Russia’s “clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. In a joint statement released by the White House, the leaders of Great Britain, Canada, France, Ger-
Have my say Klaus Doring many, Italy, Japan and the United States, along with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, also announced their suspension of preparation for the upcoming Group of Eight (G8) summit in the Russian resort city of Sochi, where the last Olympic Winter Games just ended. While writing this piece, I just received a press release
from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. German Foreign Minister Steinmeier (Social Democratic Party) voiced out: “We are on an extremely dangerous path of escalating tensions. A change of course is still possible. There is still a chance of stopping Europe being split. To do so, all those responsible need to refrain from taking further steps which can be interpreted
as provocative. Anything else would cause the situation to spiral, with uncertain; possible drastic consequences, and could destroy many years of constructive cooperation on increasing security in Europe. Russia has no right to deploy its military in Ukrainian territory beyond the rules of the lease an agreement on Russias’s Black Sea Fleet. We call on Russia with all urgency to refrain from any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity!” Cold War - hot war? Heaven forbid! Global stock markets are mirroring already the very sensitive situation!
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That man ‘Datu Elias b. Lopez’ I learned from this year’s DATU BAGO AWARDS chair Guillermo “Willie” Torres, Jr. that one of the awardees in the forthcoming “Araw Ng Dabaw” is the late former Mayor Elias Baguio Lopez. Instinctively, I said: “ It’s about time!” Indeed, it’s now long overdue for Davao City to pay tribute to that “great Bagobo” leader who pioneered the transformation of this city into what it is today. It was during his years when we started marking “Araw Ng Dabaw” and its varied activities like the “Mutya Ng Dabaw”, the “indak-indak sa kadalanan” street parade, the annual Datu Bago Awards that gives recognition to outstanding Dabawenyos. He launched the city’s anthem “Tayo’y Dabawenyo”. He made everyone mighty proud as a Dabawenyo. I was a reporter of the then weekly Mindanao Times. For one reason or another, I felt I was a favorite. He would invite me regularly to take the ride with him in his Toyota land cruiser service vehicle doing quiet rounds of the city even at daybreak. Only the two of us and a driver. Our usual breakfast was “sardinas” , “bulad” and rice, “hand-to-hand combat” style, meaning, no spoons or forks but eating with bare hands in the kitchen of his house at Juna Subdivision. He was the only pure blooded “Bagobo” native to become mayor of a melting pot of migrants coming from almost all provinces elsewhere in the country. But he was not a plain, simple “Bagobo” coming out of the boondocks of interior Calinan district. During his student days when going to the big city of Manila was then not fashionable and easy, he was the “provinciano” fiery, eloquent president of the much- touted student council of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City where he got his law degree with distinction. In fact, it was from him where I learned that he was already a lawyer in Manila when specially summoned to come home to Davao because the
Advocacy Mindanao Jess Dureza Davao political leadership, then with the late Senator Landring Almendras at the helm, was in need of a young visionary to help. He came home promptly. The rest is history. When martial law was declared in 1972, I saw him up close agonizing for being denied his hard-earned mandate as city mayor that was kept hanging for a long time - a victim of the ravages of a regime that suddenly changed the rules of the game. He eventually got his fair recompense and served as mayor for several terms with great distinction. I knew him well not only during my stint as a reporter and journalist and a chronicler of how Davao City grew and transformed under him. When I later became congressman of the 1st district, he was congressman of the 3rd district with Cong, Nilo Maskarino in the 2nd. There in the halls of Congress, I witnessed closely his excellence and work ethic as a public official. Although coming from far away in the south, he was regarded by our colleagues as a leader with national stature. He was a low-backswing golfer who enjoyed the company rather than worrying about the score. He was one who enjoyed more with Fundador brandy after a golf round with a get-together never complete without boisterous singing. He played the guitar with a booming voice that could wake up a sleeping neighbor or win a young girl’s gullible heart. He had a heart ailment, got a bypass and told me once: “I’m almost brand new. I just had a recap”, referring to old, spoiled tires betting new treads. Alas, he did not change lifestyles that led to his early passing. He was in a rostrum making a fiery speech to an audience one day when the end came. Indeed, that man Elias B. Lopez, a proud Bagobo,
is a man to remember. I think he deserves more than just a Datu Bago Award. A bust monument in some pedestal in the heart of the city may well come close to really honoring him. If we have one for “Batu Bago” whose life we barely knew except for his daunting war exploits, “Datu Elias” must rightfully deserve one. His royale bloodline may not by genetics. His is more because of life well lived in the service of his fellowman. CANADIAN AMBASSADOR --- The new Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Neil Reeder visited Mindanao for the first during the week. He came with his wife and had stayed in Davao City for a few days, including an island visit at the Pearl Farm Resort at the Garden Island City of Samal. What is interesting is his story about arriving in Manila and barely unpacking his travel bags when soon after, Typhoon Yolanda struck the Visayas. It was his baptism of fire of sorts. So for several months, he supervised one of the biggest response mobilizations of a foreign country. It’s only now that he got the chance to shift from the humanitarian mode to his diplomatic role of promoting investments, business and trade relations. When I had a long chat with the ambassador at Marco Polo a few days ago, he struck as one so keen and interested about the on-going peace process in Mindanao. He said Canada will upscale its development assistance once the final peace settlement with the MILF is forged, he said. While I briefed him about the birth pains and other attendant difficulties expected with peace building and peace keeping, he was very optimistic about the future for Mindanao. He shared the optimism of
Special Gospel of the day: Matthew5:3337(March5, 2014-Wednesday) Matthew 5:33-37-Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shall not forswear thyself, but shall perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shall thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil: Saying says, “promises are made to be broken.” There are many people in our society
many that the dividends of peace will be a life changer for the Mindanaoans. HENRY SY’S STALWART --Nowadays, when one invariably asks a child whose father is a security guard what is the nature of his father’s work, the usual answer is: “Sekyu lang” (“security guard only”). Engr. Antolin Paule, over-all incharge of giant SM malls’ thousands of security guards all the country has a vision. He wants to change all that. During the annual inspection of all security guards at the SM Premiere in Lanang, Davao City last Saturday, he said that SM’s vision for the once lowly “sekyu” is to transform their lives so that this child when asked about his father’s work will proudly say: “Sekyu gyud” (“security guard no less”). Being one of the pioneering men of SM’s megabusinessman Henry Sy, Sr. from the early formative years of what is today one of the biggest conglomerates in Asia, Engr. Paule exudes authority but is by nature down to earth as he continuously raises the bar to attain the optimum standards of peace and security in every SM mall in the country. He has a human touch that warms the heart of every SM worker from a security guard, janitor, or a plain toilet cleaner. Last Saturday, some over-eager security guard throughly cleaned the barrel of his shotgun the night before ready for Engr. Paule’s usual strict inspection and wanting to make sure that the barrel was shiny and spanking without even some overnight moisture, he left a piece of cleaning paper to be removed the following morning. When called to quick formation, he forgot to do so. Of course, that did not escape Engr. Paule’s close scrutiny. From his body language, he did not want the specific guard to suffer the consequence but for command responsibility to come into play. Another lesson learned from one whose waking hours are devoted to how to raise the bar and not being content with just “what is”. Inspiring and instructive, no less.
who are liars because they never fulfill their promises. This scenario is always done in “borrowing money and in lending company.” In fact, “many establishments are closed and bankrupt due to broken promises.” Do you have loans and borrowed money? In Sirach 29:4-5-“debts must be paid” instead of making any promises to avoid sins. In James 5:12-But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and [your] nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. Take note, we have no right to make promises supposed to be, because we don’t know our tomorrow. In Jeremiah 10:23-O LORD, I know that the way of man [is] not in
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Zamboanga residents benefit from 4Ps project
AMBOANGA CITY - Dozens of beneficiaries of the government Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Zamboanga city have been chosen as scholars of the so-called “Kabalikat Farmer’s Training Program,” a joint project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, SM Foundation, Harvest Agribusiness Corporation, and the Zambioanga City Agriculture Office. The program aims to provide a 13-week training for farmers in growing and maintaining their own vegetable garden and it will also include lectures, demonstra-
tions, and hands-on activities, government media said. It said the beneficiaries would be taught how to grow honeydew or melon, sweet corn, and other
vegetable varieties. Under the program, scholars would get at least 200-square meters of land use after the training. Dozens more farmers and agriculture technologist identified by the City Agriculture Office will also join the training. Social Welfare Regionl Director Zenaida Arevalo, SM Foundation Assistant VicePresident Cristie Angeles, Harvest Ag r ibusiness Manager Arsenio Toto Barcelona, and Zamboanga City Agriculturist Diosdado Palacat attended the launching of the project. (Mindanao Examiner)
Six-hour rotational blackout affects Pagadian City business sector PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur – The business sector as well as the local electric firm are incurring huge losses due to the implementation of the six-hour rotational blackout in this province. The six-hour rotational blackout is being implemented since Friday, February 28, due to “line disturbance.” Pagadian City-Zamboanga del Sur Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Incorporated president Mercedes Lourdes Quisumbing said the rotational blackout greatly affects the business community but did not give any estimate. Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative–I (Zamsureco-I) information officer Liberal Cabatcha said they incur losses
of at least P1 million daily. C abatcha s aid t hat one of the reasons Zamsureco-I consumers are experiencing a six-hour daily rotational blackout is that there is no power transmission from the Mindanao Grid’s Iligan City to the Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur sub-station section for “unknown reasons.” C ab atcha s ai d t hat t he Zamboanga Peninsula area is being supplied at present by the Western Mindanao Power Corporation (WMPC) that owns a 100-megawatt power plant in Barangay Sangali, Zamboanga City. The six-hour rotational blackout is being implemented in three frequencies at two hours per frequency. (PNA)
Zamboanga City regains regional athletic championship ZAMBOANGA City – The city’s delegation to the 2014 Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association (ZPRAA) Meet has regained the championship crown despite the lack of adequate training facilities due to the 21-day standoff between government forces and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels under founding chair Nur Misuari. Pedro Melchor Natividad, City Division of Schools Superintendent, said the city’s delegation obtained 240.67 points in the elementary level and 333 points in the secondary level or a total of 537.67 points, making it the overall champion in both levels. Natividad, who headed the 731-strong delegation to the ZPRAA held from February 23 to 28 in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, said it is providential that this city regained the title even if the athletes were not able to use the facilities at the Mayor Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex which has been converted to an evacuation center for families displaced by the September 2013 standoff. The sports complex was transformed into the city’s biggest evacuation center and today still houses some 3,000 families displaced by the standoff. Natividad said the city’s athletes hauled highest points NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that the property of MARLEY S. ALIPIN, who died intestate 20 years ago in Cebu City, consisting of a parcel of land located at Barangay 4, Poblacion, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte covered by Tax Declaration No. 1084-R, is the subject of an AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION executed by Rev. Pedrito Famorcan, Head Bishop of the Philippine Ecumenical Christian Church, stating that he is the only legal heir of deceased Marley S. Alipin, per Doc. No. 27; Page No. 6; Book No. XXIV; Series of 2014 of the Notarial Registry of Agustin C. Tarroza, Notary Public with P.T.R. No. 0723361-1/8/14 until December 31, 2015. MDN: Feb. 19, 26 & Mar. 5, 2014
in the baseball (boys), basketball (boys), softball (girls), swimming-boys and taekwondo (boys and girls) in the elementary level and in arnis boys, athletics (boys and girls), basketball (boys), swimming (boys and girls), table tennis (girls) and taekwondo (girls) in the secondary level. The second placer is Zamboanga del Sur with a total haul of 435 points- 159.50 for the elementary level and 275.5 points for the secondary level. Zamboanga del Sur was the champion in last year’s ZPRAA. Zamboanga City was second. Third place is Zamboanga del Norte with a total of 433.67 points–235.67 for the elementary level and 198 for the secondary level. Dipolog City came in fourth with 179 points for the elementary level and 252.67 points for the secondary level or a total of 431.67 points. The province of Zamboanga Sibugay landed fifth place with 270.5 points, 157 points for the elementary level and 113.5 points for the secondary level. Pagadian City placed 6th with 256.5 points–145 points for the elementary level and 111 for the secondary level. Isabela City ranked 7th with 148.34 points, 83.67 of which for the elementary level and 64.67 points for the secondary level and Dapitan City tailed with 111.67 total points–49 points which for the elementary level and 62.67 points for the secondary level. (MindaNews)
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Rev. Father Gilbert Lungay of Fatima Parish Church in barangay Balangasan officiates the blessing of Pagadian City Central Fire Station and its fire trucks during the kick off ceremony of Fire Prevention Month on Saturday,March 1, 2014. (gcc/ Zamboanga Peninsula)
AFI, LGU Ipil grant Text2Teach project to 14 public elementary schools By EMMANUEL D. TAGHOY
IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay – A Text2Teach Training and Orientation was conducted to elementary school teachers from 14 public schools in Zamboanga Sibugay province on Feb. 27-March 1 at Roderic’s Hotel and Resort in this municipality. The training and orientation, which is part of the package of the Text2Teach Project, aimed to train teachers on the use of Nokia Education Delivery (NED) data gathering; as-
Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Butuan City NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1, Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that LUCITA S. CONDE has filed with this office a petition for Change of First Name from “PEPPIE” to “LUCITA”; and the correction of entry in the date of birth from “MARCH 17, 1949” to “FEBRUARY 21, 1949” in the Certificate of Live Birth of PEPPIE SABANDAL, born at Bacuag, Surigao del Norte, Philippines, and whose parents are JOVENAL SABANDAL and CRISTITA LAURENA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 14 March 2014. (SGD.) JUDITH ALVIZO-CALO, LLB, MPA City Civil Registrar MDN: Feb 26, & Mar. 5, 2014
sess teachers’ knowledge on its use through simulation, hands-on exercises and demonstration teaching; provide a forum for the participating schools to make action plans for effective management of Text2Teach; and to provide a forum for the community leaders to participate in sustaining Text2Teach in their area through the creation of a sustainability plan. Some 70 elementary school teachers from the 14 selected schools around the province participated in the event.
These schools are recipient of the Text2Teach project of the Text2Teach Alliance composed of the Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI), Department of Education (DepEd), Nokia Corporation, Globe Telecom and Pearson Foundation, with a counterpart funding from the local government unit of Ipil in the amount of P660,385. The AFI, as the project manager on behalf of the Text2Teach consortium, has allocated a counterpart in the amount of P1,036,000 for project management and
Republic of the Philippines LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE PROVINCE OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL Cagayan de Oro City NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 10172, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that CECILIA R. ALBINO has filed with this Office a petition for the correction of clerical error in the entry of the child’s SEX from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of HANZ CEZ REYES ALBINO who was born on February 5, 1999 in Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are ROMEO DELARMENTE ALBINO and CECILIA AMANTE REYES. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than March 6, 2014.
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implementation, community launch, administrative costs, hardware and equipment. Hardware and equipment include Mobile phone (Nokia 701 8GB), RCA Cable, Prepaid load (P 150 per month for one year), downloading load for one year, Nokia Education Delivery (NED) software, Educational videos (Math, Science, English and Values, a 32-inch LED TV, RCA Cable, Automatic Voltage Regulator (AVR), speakers and TV rack which will be provided to the 14 public school recipients. Mr. Archimedes G. Velasco, area operations manager of AFI’s Mindanao Programs said in an interview that AFI, as the local project leader for the Text2Teach project, together with its partners implements Text2Teach to provide the necessary infrastructure that will provide elementary school pupils and teachers in the public educational system access to interactive, easy-to-use multimedia packages designed to make learning more meaningful, exciting and effective among young learners. (FPG/EDT/PIA9Zambo Sibugay)
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DOLE-11 hires 70 enumerators, 7 supervisors in profiling vulnerable sectors in Davao Region
AVAO CITY - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional office here started profiling vulnerable sectors in the Davao Region this week.
DOLE-11 Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao said a total of 70 enumerators and seven supervisors were hired to cover the areas of Compostela Valley Province, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental and Davao City. He said the profiling program will be implemented in 16 regions in the country to give due
attention to vulnerable workers and to uphold its commitment to the International Labor Organization (ILO). Suyao said that to come up with sound interventions, appropriate programs and probably policy and legislation to protect vulnerable workers, the profiling will cover the informal economy sector, child laborers and their parents, including those in the sugarcane industry. He said that the DOLE wants a more informed decision as it crafts intervention and programs for the vulnerable sectors. “We want to be more realistic and grounded in our planning and budgeting as we create intervention for the vulnerable workers,” he said.
The ILO defines vulnerable workers as those who are less likely to have formal work arrangements and lack elements associated with decent employment such as social security, health benefits and recourse to social dialogue or effective collective bargaining mechanisms. “Davao City profiling will be focused on those household with child laborers; Davao del Sur will be targeted more on sugarcane workers; and the other regions to focus on informal sectors,” Suyao said. " In D av a o R e g i on , we expect to cover some 16,000 families with child laborers and sugarcane workers and about 12,000 families in the informal sector," he added. (PNA)
Col. Vega new RHPU-11 Director
Outgoing Highway Patrol Group 11 (HPG 11) regional director Sr. Supt. Gregorio Pimentel turned over his post to Sr. Supt. Roque Eduardo dela Pena Vega in a fitting ceremony recently. The turn-over of command was made at the RHPU-11 office, where all officers of RHPU 11 were present and made a call on the new regional director. Sr. Supt. Vega was assigned as city director of Muntinlupa in Metro Manila before his assignment here at HPG 11. Sr. Supt. Vega vowed to continue what Col. Pimentel has started in HPG-11. Sr. Supt. Pimentel was noted for having been responsible in cracking down the carnapping group led by Ryan “Baktin” Yu, whose case is still on-going. Sr. Supt. Gregorio Pimentel, through Philippine National Police legal service lawyer Raleston Falcutila, filed the motion to prevent the release of a Toyota Hilux to a claimant, and instead released it to the East West Banking Corporation, which reportedly granted the car loan to the claimant. Pimentel’s legal counsel, in the motion dated January 2, stated: “The scheme is that the car loans are usually done in Luzon area, so that the location of the prospect vehicle would not be easily detected if transported to Mindanao. Once the car loan is approved and the vehicle is released, the vehicle will be transported to Mind-
A traffic enforcer trains his speed gun on incoming vehicles along R. Castillo Blvd in Davao City on Saturday, 1 March 2014. The city government of Davao is stricly implementing a 30kph speed limit in the downtown area. (Mindanews Photo by Keith Bacongco)
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anao and stored in one of the warehouses of Baktin’s group, where changes in the chassis and engine number would be done. Months after, the hired applicant would then default in the monthly amortization and is nowhere to be found, so as with the vehicle,” Falcutila said. In his farewell address, Sr.Supt. Pimentel, who is being assigned as the new chief of the Directorial Staff of the Highway Patrol Group Headquarter in Manila, said that his mission is accomplished, as to the cracked down of the carnapping activities in Region 11. “We did our job as law enforcers for anticarnapping,” Pimentel said. He thanked for all the
personnel from the Local government Unit of Davao region who help him during his stint and in accomplishment the HPG 11’s vision and mission during his term as regional director, even as he thanked Mayor Rody Duterte for all the support he extended to the HPG 11 and in helping in the operation against big time carnap group of Baktin Yu. He also extended his gratitude to the LTO, LTFRB, the Judiciary Branch, the media and all the people who helped the officers and agents of HPG 11. He said it is time for him to serve a larger scope at the headquarters in the Highway Patrol Group in Manila as chief of the Directorial Staff.
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Seda Centrio offers two new menu selections for the Urban Lifestyle
n keeping up with its tradition as the resident Kagay-anon Urban Lifestyle Hotel, Seda Centrio is offering two new menu selections geared to cater to the increasing pace of life in Cagayan de Oro. There’s the Quick Fire which is a quick lunch or dinner for those who are chasing a deadline or an appointment and don’t have much time for a meal. For only PhP 250.00 nett, the diner gets a soup of the day, one main entrée, and a choice of tea or coffee. For those who prefer something more substantial, their Executive Set menu covers a soup of the day, a salad, a main entrée, and your choice of tea or coffee for only PhP 450.00 nett. Perhaps the casual reader would dismiss this as a mere fast food menu but there’s actually more to it that we can thank Ayala Resorts Hotel Corporation (ARHC) which operates the growing Seda chain of hotels for educating us on the international tradition known as table d'hôte. Known variously as table d'hôte in France, prix fixe for many restaurants in the United States, is also known as a lunch special or fixed menu in the United Kingdom and usually includes an entrée(introductory course), a main course (a choice between up to four dishes), a choice between cheese or dessert, bread, and sometimes beverage (wine) and coffee, all for a set fixed price. The menu du jour is a cheaper version with less choice, a side dish and with a set main course, the plat du jour ("dish of the day") changed every day. In Spain, there is the Menú del día, which usually includes a starter, a main dish, bread, drink and choice of coffee or dessert. In Russia, the most typical fix-price menu is called business lunch, taken in the daytime, on weekdays only. In Japan, a similar practice is referred to as teishoku ( 定食). This has a fixed menu and often comes with side dishes such as pickled vegetables and miso soup.
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Measles... from page 1
Health said recently that there were 14 confirmed measles cases in the region as of February. The CESU data added that there were only 26 confirmed cases for the entire 2013, and only one case in 2012. There were 141 suspected measles cases in 2013 and 159 in 2012. For this year’s confirmed cases, Agdao and Talomo North had two each, while the rest having one each as of Monday. In an interview, Cith Health Officer Josephine J. Villafuerte said the districts were in charge of improving vaccinations of residents in areas with both high and low immunization coverage. However, she added the city would be relying on the Department of Health’s supply. “The department has assured us that there will be an adequate supply for the immunization in different barangays in the city,” Villafuerte said. In the past four years, CESU data said the highest incidence so far was in 2011 with 414 suspected and 72 confirmed measles cases. The highest incidence of measles from among the suspected cases were children aged one to four at 33 percent. Lowest incidence was for children aged 10 to 14, at four percent. Those aged 15 years and above comprised 31 percent of the total The suspected cases comprised 51 percent male and 49 percent female. Villafuerte said that ideally, each barangay should have an immunity percentage of 95 percentage, with the other 5 percent going to private hospitals. Asked where the city was in terms of immunity percentage, Villafuerte said it was only around 80 percent. “But there’s such a thing as ‘herd immunity’,” Villafuerte said, referring to a community’s ability to arm itself from diseases from external factors. She added that a herd immunity also helped in the prevention of the spread of disease to other areas because a large majority of the community would no longer be able to carry it outside. Villafuerte said that the district health offices are in charge of case finding and outbreak response immunizations. The CESU reported that the priority for immunizations would be children aged 9-59 months. Villafuerte said some of the vaccines come from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), with the DOH adding to the supply through a bulk procurement. Abdullah Dumama Jr., DOH director for the Center for Health Development, said last week there was a child who died who exhib-
ited symptoms of the virus. The child died from community acquired pneumonia and diarrhea. The baby had the onset of symptoms on Feb. 7 but was only sent to the hospital on Feb. 21. (MindaNews)
Intentions... from page 6
partner anymore. What’s the lesson we can learn from this experience? That allowing our country to partner with another country in the development of our economy will lead to perdition and never toward real development. There is even now a proposal to increase the interest of foreign banks in our local banks supposedly to increase the capitalization of these local banks. But have we realized that such move will be to the detriment of local entrepreneurs? With an increase in their capital in local banks, foreign banks will then have a say as to who has the priority as far as huge loans for business capital are concerned. No doubt foreign companies will have an upper hand over local business enterprises when it comes to access to capital that local banks are offering. Is this good to the local entrepreneurs who the nation rely to change the economic landscape of the country? Of course, not! But the big business interests in the country will welcome this because it is they that’ll be the logical partners of these foreign companies who are expected to invade our country once Belmonte and company are allowed to mangle our Constitution. Legislators like Belmonte are expected to be of service to foreign masters hence the need for the people to clearly understand what they are doing and what perdition will this cause to ordinary citizens like you and me. We should therefore band together to oppose this folly authored by Belmonte and supported by equally foolish legislators. •• (Reactions at jelbacon@ yahoo.com or at email@example.com. Read me also at www.raconteurme. blogspot.com)
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He said most of the shots that were fired during the ambush were directed at the driver’s side of the vehicle where Perrett was situated. Police recovered from the crime scene 13 empty shells from an M16 rifle, two from a .45-caliber pistol, and another from a 12-gauge shotgun. Camba refused to speculate on the motive of the attack and the identity of the suspects as well as possible masterminds pending the ongoing investigation. But he said the SITG Perrett is currently verifying some potential leads that could eventually help resolve the case. “Our investigators are now tracking down the possible witnesses of the incident,” Camba said. Meantime, Sarangani Gov. Steve ChiongbianSolon and lone district Rep. Emmanuel Pacquiao condemned the ambush on the late Mayor Perrett and urged authorities “to get into the bottom” of the incident the soonest possible time. The late mayor is a close ally and party mate of Gov. Solon and Rep. Pacquiao in the People’s Champ Movement. “It’s very painful to lose an ally like Mayor Perrett,” Pacquiao said in an interview over TV Patrol Socsksargen. Pacquiao, who is presently on break from his work at the House of Representatives due to his ongoing training for the April 12 rematch in Las Vegas, Nevada against American brawler Timothy Bradley, said he has asked Sarangani police director Sr. Supt. Edwin Minion to come up with a lead regarding the attack “within one week.” For his part, Solon assured that the provincial government will support all efforts in connection with the investigation of the case and the operations against the suspects and its possible masterminds. “We will pursue all those (involved in this attack),” he said. As directed by Gov. Solon, all flags within the province’s seven municipalities are currently flown at half-mast to mourn the passing of Mayor Perrett. (MindaNews)
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Fortuner sports utility vehicle, and another aide were hit on the leg but Elsie, who is a former three-term mayor of Maitum, and their four other companions were unharmed. Perrett was rushed to the St. Elizabeth Hospital here for treatment but died of cardiac arrest due to severe loss of blood around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday. Camba, who has formed the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Perrett to hasten the ongoing probe of the incident, said the circumstances of the ambush showed that the mayor was the main target of the attack.
students are not required to contribute for projects like school stages, gates, concrete canals and chairs,” Farnazo said. DepEd Order No. 8, which was issued in connection with the national government’s austerity measures, provides that “no extravagant special attire or extraordinary venue for the ceremonies should be required.” It said contributions for the annual school yearbooks should be made on voluntary basis and not a requirement. The Parents-Teachers Associations (PTA) or Parents-Teachers-Community
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Associations (PTCA) may seek voluntary contributions from their members for the graduation ceremonies and celebrations, but Farnazo said school principals, administrators and teachers should not take part in any way in their collection. “Immediately after the graduation, the PTA and PTCA officials are required to render a financial report regarding their collection. They don’t need to make a big announcement for it but a simple paper detailing the collected amount and their proceeds will do,” he said. Farnazo said parents and community stakeholders should immediately report any violation to the provisions of such order, especially those involving school or DepEd personnel. He said their office has opened hotline numbers, 083-2288825 and 09269843282, for any report regarding violations to such directive. “We will consider and investigate even anonymous reports,” he said. Farnazo said any principal, administrator and teacher who would be caught violating such order would be slapped with corresponding administrative sanctions as earlier set by the DepEd central office. (MindaNews)
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Brig. General Ricardo Visaya, commander of 4ID, said: “Let us continue our peace effort in the brigade area of responsibility in collaboration with local government units until such time that the areas frequented by the NPA rebels will be the most progressive and developed.” Col. Francisco Pabayo, commander of the 403rd Brigade, said, “I ordered my subordinate commanders in the field to conduct blocking and pursuit operation to huntdown the fleeing rebels. I congratulate our troops in the ground for the successful operation. I once again extend my gratitude to the people who have been giving support to our troops as they prove their role in supporting the Internal Peace Security Plan “Bayanihan”. “This combat operation is the unit’s answer for the complaints of civilian residents. We aim to stop the rebels extortion activities against the innocent masses,” said Lt. Colonel Romualdo Raymond Landingin, commanding officer, 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion.
NGCP rebuilds school in typhoon-damaged community in Comval In 2012, Barangay Pasian, Monkayo, Compostela Valley, lost most of its infrastructure, including several schools and learning centers, to Typhoon Pablo. Two years after, NGCP continues to provide assistance to affected residents of Barangay Pasian, a host to NGCP’s transmission facilities, through the renovation of a student learning center. The barangay’s learning center, which caters to 91 pupi ls, was completely d amage d dur ing the typhoon, forcing classes to be conducted in temporar y shelters or makeshift rooms. The project was implemented upon the request of the barangay council, which saw the learning environment as less than conducive and detrimental to the students’ education. N G C P g r a nt e d t h e b a r a n g ay ’s re q u e s t a n d commenced the renovation on October 15, 2013. It was completed two months after on December 16, 2013. NGCP stated that, as a host community, Barangay Pasian plays a ver y important role in ensuring the safety and reliability of transmission lines and facilities. “As one of our host communities and partners in protecting the Mindanao grid, NGCP extends its support to Barangay Pasian’s continuous infrastructure rehabilitation. They can be assured that NGCP is also continuously looking for opportunities to aid in their recover y and overall de velopment af ter Typho on Pablo,” C or p orate Affairs Department Head Nelson Cabangon said. NG C P is a pr iv ately - ow ne d c or p or at i on i n charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets. (PR)
Zambo to implement water rationing ZAMBOANGA City––The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) is set to implement rationing due to low water supply in this city, a ZCWD official announced Tuesday. ZCWD Technical Services Group Head Eng’r. Arnulfo Alfonso said the implementation of the water rationing will start Thursday. Alfonso said the water rationing will be done by areas citing they have divided the service area of the ZCWD into three sectors. Alfonso said these are the east coast, west coast and central sectors or areas. However, Alfonso said that they will initially implement the water rationing in the east coast and west coast areas of this city. He said the east coast area will have water supply from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and the west coast area from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The east coast area comprises the following barangays: Tumaga; Guiwan; Tetuan; Tugbungan; Talon-Talon; Mampang; Sta. Barbara; Rio Hondo; Sta. Catalina; Kasanyangan; Lunzuran; Luyahan; and, the Veterans Avenue area. The west coast area covers the following barangays: Cabatangan; San Roque; San Jose Gusu; Campo Islam; Calarian; Malagutay; Sinunuc; and Napolcom to Carmen Valley area. Alfonso said the central area concessionaires will experience low water pressure although they will enjoy water supply for 24 hours. The central area are the following barangays: Pasonanca; Sta. Maria; Canelar; Baliwasan; San Jose-Cawa-Cawa; Sto. Niño; Camino Nuevo; Zone I; Zone II; Zone III; and Zone IV. “Since the situation is not so critical we will implement the water rationing in the east coast and west coast areas. We hope that the situation will not worsen so that we will not have to include all the areas in the water rationing,” Alfonso added. PNA
DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND PARTITION OF THE ESTATE OF ORLANDO D. GARCIA Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late ORLANDO D. GARCIA (hereinafter “DECEDENT”), Filipino, a resident of Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City during his lifetime, died intestate on April 19, 2011; left parcels of land located at Cagayan de Oro City, particularly described as follows: Certificate of Title (CTC) No./Tax Declaration (TD) No. CTC No. T-45963/ TD No. G-029492, Location: Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City; CTC No. T-46488/ TD No. G-029101, Location: Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City; Building (Family Home) TD No. G-029493, Location: Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City, is the subject of DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND PARTITION OF THE ESTATE OF ORLANDO D. GARCIA, executed by and among: JOSEFINA Q. GARCIA, of legal age, widow, Filipino, residing at Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City; SUSAN GRACE Q. GARCIA, of legal age, Filipino, single, residing at Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City; and GREGORIO Q. GARCIA, of legal age, Filipino, single, residing at #262 Lucena Gaboa, Patag, 6th Division, Cagayan de Oro City; (each of which is an “HEIR” and collectively, the “HEIRS”). The HEIRS hereby agree, that the Decedent’s 1/2 share in the Real Properties, including all titles, rights to and interest therein shall be owned by in equal shares JOSEFINA Q. GARCIA, SUSAN GRACE Q. GARCIA, and GREGORIO Q. GARCIA as owners proindiviso, the remaining 1/2 share shall belong to JOSEFINA Q. GARCIA, as her conjugal share. JOSEFINA Q. GARCIA, hereby waives his inheritance in favor of the other HEIRS. As per Doc. No. 305; Page No. 61; Book No. 419; Series of 2014; under Notary Public of ATTY. VIRGILIO J. CABANLET. MDN: MAR. 5, 12 & 19, 2014
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Steag repair to take weeks - Dr. Evers
n official of Steag State Power Inc. (SPI) on Monday said repair of the 210 megawatt coal-fired power plant may take weeks, thus, the continuation of the three-hour rotating power outage in Mindanao. In a statement Monday, SPI Power Plant Manager Dr. Carsten Evers said
preliminary results of the comprehensive technical evaluation of the plant’s two 105-megawatt generating units showed that repairs need “substantial amount of time.” SPI said it has “yet to complete the on-going comprehensive inspection and assessment of the
turbine generating sets and expects to come-up with a more definite schedule and time table for the actual repair and restoration works in the next few days.” “We understand and recognize the precarious and very volatile power supply condition of Mindanao and we would like to assure all
our stakeholders especially the power consumers that SPI is working round-theclock to restore the units back on line” Dr. Evers said. The company earlier said both of its turbine generating units suffered damage after a tripping was experienced in the Mindanao grid at around
3:53am Thursday last week. SPI provides 20 percent of the country’s second l arge st i sl and g roup’s requirements. The Energy department said preliminary result of the investigation on the Mindanao-wide power outage showed that breaker malfunction at the more
than 20-year old Agus 1 hydro-electric power plant in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur caused the tripping of power lines in the region. The power outage was earlier attributed to the 255 megawatt (MW) Pulangi 4 in the province of Bukidnon. (A report from Philippine News Agency)
Compostela Valley town gears up for influx of investments DAVAO C i t y - T h e municipality of Maco is now gearing toward becoming an investment haven following the crafting of the proposed Maco Investment and Incentive Code of 2014. Responding to the need of wooing more foreign and domestic investors, the lo cal government unit (LGU) presented the proposed municipal ordinance entitled the “Maco Investment and Incentive Code of 2014” during a public hearing recently at the Maco Gym. M a c o Vi c e M a y o r Arthur Carlos Voltaire R. Rimando said the code “should put Maco as an investment haven and regain its glory days as among the most progressive towns in the region”. During its heydays in the ‘80s, Maco was at the center of trade in Davao province, with its port beaming with timber for export. Large corporations such as Aguinaldo Development Corporation (ADECOR) and APEX Mining C orporation sizzled the town’s economy exceeding even that of Tagum, the capital town of the then undivided province of Davao del Norte. But the decline of logging business in the following decade also started the town’s waning economic activities. While Maco has still retained its advantages s u c h a s i t s s t r at e g i c location and abundant natural resources, the local government felt the need
of providing incentives for investors as they knew that other towns and cities are also competing for investments. Thus, the Sangguniang Bayan of Maco led by former Mayor and now Vice Mayor Rimando drafted a comprehensive investment incentives code to position the municipality as an attractive investment destination. The proposed Investment Incentives Code offers fiscal and non-f iscal incentives. Fiscal incentives include tax exemption on business tax and permit, as well as real property tax and building permit. The most pertinent feature of the code is the establishment of the Maco Investment and Promotion Center (MIPC) which will act as a one-stop processing center to promote and facilitate investments. Department of Trade and Industry-Compostela Valley Province Officer-inCharge Lucky Siegfred M. Balleque said that through t h e B u s i n e s s Pe r m i t and Licensing System (BPLS) Streamlining Program of DTI and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), it supports the LGU’s initiative to attract investors. “We would now play a bigger role as DTI is also being eyed to sit in the proposed Maco Investment and Promotion Board (MIPB),” he said. (A report from Philippine News Agency)
2013 Gawad Saka Regional Search. To propel the search for outstanding achievers in agriculture and fisheries, the members of the Department of Agriculture-10 (DA-10) Gawad Saka Regional Search and Evaluation Committee have recently convened. Out of the 25 search categories, the committee is eyeing for 20 entries under the 15 categories in the regional level, which will be evaluated on the first week of March 2014. These include outstanding sugarcane farmer, corn farmer, rice farmer, high value crops farmer, small animal raiser, rural improvement club, small farmer/ fisherfolk organization, Municipal Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (MFARMC), City Agriculture and Fisheries Council (CAFC), young farmers’ organization, fisherfolk for mariculture, fisherfolk for aquaculture, organic agriculture, agri-entrepreneur and farm family. Regional winners will be endorsed for evaluation to the national-level competition. With the entries coming in for the search, the committee hopes that the region will once again have national winners this year and looks forward for an intensified campaign in tapping potential achievers in the field of agriculture and fisheries for next year’s search. (Vanessa Mae Siano, DA-RAFID 10)
DTI turns over SSF equipment to Bukidnon abaca farmers
MAL AYBAL AY City Nasandigan Abaca Planters Association (NAAPA) of Kalabugao, Impasugong, Bukidnon, recently received machines and equipment from the Department of Trade and Industry through its “Shared Service Facility” (SSF) project. DTI Provincial Director Ermedio J. Abang said the organization received one unit mechanical-stripping machine and 15 units hand-stripping devices, all designed by the Philippine
Fibre Industry Development Authority (PhilippineFIDA). During the turnover c e r e m o n y, R a m i l B . Barcelona of DA-FIDA Head Office, being the owner of the design, briefed the machine operators of NAAPA on how to operate and maintain the equipment, which has a total amount of P327,500. Me mb e r s of DAF I DA t e c h n i c a l s t a f f were purposely present in the activity to inspect and demonstrate proper
installation and operation of the machine tools. DA-FIDA also assured NAAPA of their continuing supp or t i n pro du c i ng quality fibre materials in the Province of Bukidnon. Alongside the equipment i n s p e c t i o n , Tr a m a t Me r c h a n t i l e I n c , t h e equipment supplier, did a concrete demonstration on abaca-stripping to produce fine fibres. All the 15 officers and operators of NAAPA were also given the chance to experience actual handson stripping using the new machine. The release of documents, on the other hand, was done at the DTI provincial office
with NAAPA Chairman Priscilla Mae M. Albino and DTI Provincial Director Ermedio Abang signing t h e Me m o r a n d u m o f Agreement. The SSF project of DTI aims to improve the product quality and productivity of Microenterprises and Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) of priority industry clusters all over the country. It is a public-private partnership (PPP) initiative, which is being implemented through private sector partners who can provide facilities to house the machinery and equipment. (Junar B. Merla-DTI/RLRB-PIA 10, Bukidnon)