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HE MASS-SPECC Cooperative Development Center and its members will launch today (August 7) the kick off activities in preparations for the cooperativeâ€™s 50th Founding Anniversary celebration in 2016 at the Grand Caprice in Cagayan de Oro City. See FULL STORY, page A3
7 dead, 2 missing in Bukidnon flash floods By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent and CRIS DIAZ Executive Editor
CAGAYAN de Oro City-Seven died while two are still missing as floods swept six barangays in Bukidnon province this week, authorities said Thursday.
Valencia City Mayor Azucena Huervas said rescuers recovered five of the eight missing on Wednesday and the two others accounted Thursday morning. Hurvas said rescuers are still searching for the two other missing persons. See FLOODS, page A11
OUTSTANDING LEADER IN COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR MINDANAO. In behalf of MASS-SPECC COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT CENTER Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ms. Bernadette OlandriaToledo and Chairman Mansueto V, Dela Pena; Deputy CEO Dennis Z. Santander and Director Ruth I. Jacutin proudly received the prestigious trophy for MASS-SPECC as Outstanding Leader in Cooperative Development for Mindanao. Presenting the award is Mike Villa-Real, President-Bank Marketing Association of the Philippines during the 4th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards held July 25, 2015 in Cagayan de Oro City, spearheaded by BusinessWeek Mindanao Corporation. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry Lee Gorit
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IMAGINE waking up, putting on your cycling gear, biking to work, parking your unit in a secured area then showering before going up to work; or taking a breather from your desk by walking onto a roof deck garden with views of the city and the mountains beyond; or gazing at the sheets of rain lashing against your window pane and knowing every drop that lands on the rooftop will not be wasted, but rather collected and processed for flushing toilets, cleaning pavements, among others. At the newly inaugurated Pioneer House CDO, occupants need not imagine. They work after all in a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum-certified building. Because of its environment-friendly features, such as bicycle storage racks, shower stalls, double glazed windows that improve thermal comfort, a green roof garden setup that houses various plant species as well as gathers rainwater, Pioneer House CDO has received the highest level
of LEED certification. Based on the USGBC (US Green Building Council, issuing body of LEED certification) listing of LEED platinum projects in the Philippines, Pioneer House CDO is the first in the Visayas–Mindanao region and the second building in the country to receive platinum certification for Core and Shell Development. “We are proud to have taken the lead in LEED, and will continue to raise the bar for all our future projects,”
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Pioneer EVP and Property Administration Head Sally Ong Pac said. LEED measures how well a building performs using several metrics, including: energy savings, water efficiency, carbon dioxide emission reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources. The rating systems provide a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions. The Pioneer House CDO is a solid testament of Pioneer’s commitment to both people and environment. It not only stands as a second home to employees dedicated to serve Filipinos from all walks of life in Mindanao through insurance and protection; it also represents Pioneer’s dedication in doing its share to preserve our environment for present and future generations.
Double glazed glass windows combat energy loss, improve thermal comfort, and reduce noise are just some of the many features of the newly-inaugurated Pioneer House CDO.
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HE MASS-SPECC the Grand Caprice in Cooperative De- Cagayan de Oro City. velopment Center The kick off activities are a prelude to the 50th Founding and its members will Anniversary on August 7, 2016 launch today (August where leaders of the cooperative 7) the kick off activi- from Mindanao are expected to today’s activities with those ties in preparations for join individuals associated with the the cooperative’s 50th pioneers or, the early beginnings Founding Anniversary of the organization. The coop’s golden anniversary celebration in 2016 at celebration will focus on its theme
Suspect in Pikit blast falls PIKIT, North Cotabato––A church bombing suspect who is considered this town’s most notorious criminal was arrested after an informant tipped off his location to local police. Inspector Sindato Karim, the town’s police chief said Mastur Edu Akil did not resist arrest after they surrounded the house in the poblacion where he was staying, around 7:30 on Wednesday night. Akil is facing murder, multiple murder, car theft and several other cases. He was tagged as the mastermind of the bombing of the local United Church of Christ of the Philippines that killed two persons and wounded three others. The bombing occurred sometime in October 2014 while a prayer meeting was going on. Karim said they began tracking down the suspect after the local court issued arrest warrants for him. Aside from the church bombing, Akil was also implicated in the slay try of a local policeman and the killing of a local media man. The suspect is temporarily detained at Pikit municipal police station. (Ferdinandh Cabrera/MindaNews)
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“50 years of growing cooperatives into a movement.” “It captures the original thinking of the organization that cooperatives are a movement of people, who are able to develop themselves and their communities, and that cooperatives have to work together if they are to contribute effectively to the economy and to society as a whole,” said the group in a press statement. Coop’s profile The organization started with
the founding of the Southern Philippines Educational Cooperative Center (SPECC) on August 9, 1966 in Cagayan de Oro City. At that time, the statement said, credit unions, consumer cooperatives, housing cooperatives and other types began to take root in certain parts of Mindanao, particularly Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Camiguin and Davao. They needed education and training to support their early
development activities and so organized SPECC. By 1973, the coop movement had spread to almost every part of Mindanao and so they formed the Mindanao Alliance of SelfHelp Societies or MASS. In 1984, the two organizations merged to form MASS SPECC Cooperative Development Center, which is now the biggest regional cooperative federation with 291 member-cooperatives in Mindanao.
Speaker Belmonte hospitalized for dengue
Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Misamis Oriental lead by Vice Governor Joey Pelaez with Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office (PCSO) Regional Director Raul Regondola for Region 10 and Misamis Oriental Philippine National Police Provincial Commander Sr. Supt. Manuel Sukarno B. Alvarez jointly made their commitment to solve the proliferation of illegal swertres in Misamis Oriental. Mindanao Daily News photo by Ercel Maandig
No BBL interpellation again; session adjourned due to lack of quorum again By Carolyn O. Arguillas of MindaNews
DAVAO City––The interpellation period for the substitute bill to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) did not resume for the second day on Wednesday for the same reason it did not on Tuesday: lack of quorum. The period of interpellation for the substitute bill, House Bill 5811 or the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, was
scheduled to resume on August 4 but Tuesday’s session was adjourned shortly before 6 p.m. due to lack of quorum. Wednesday’s session was again adjourned at around the same time due to lack of quorum. Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez told MindaNews Tuesday morning that the interpellation, which was suspended when Congress adjourned sine die on June 10 “will (resume) this afternoon and every
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 ARNOLFO N. MENORO has filed with this Office a petition for the correction of clerical error in the entry of the child’s SEX from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of ARNOLFO NACIOLES MENORO who was born on SEPTEMBER 10, 1981 in Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are PEDRO MENORO and CONCHITA NACIOLES. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than AUGUST 16, 2015. (Sgd) NORMA S. DIPUTADO City Civil Registrar MDN: AUG 7 & 14, 2015
session day until finished.” “No quorum again yesterday. We resume on Monday,” Rodriguez told MindaNews Thursday morning. Wednesday’s adjournment leaves only 37 session days – at the maximum of four session days per week
— from Monday, August 10 until Congress goes on recess from October 10 to November 2. The passage of the BBL will pave the way for the creation of the new autonomous political See SESSION, page A11
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. was admitted at the St. Luke’s Medical Center Wednesday to manage what turned out to be a dengue infection. In a press statement, the House Speaker extended his apologies for any speaking engagements, courtesy calls and appointments he may have missed during the week as he is currently indisposed. Belmonte said that he had been feeling ill since Monday morning but continued with work until he ran a high fever later that same night. His symptoms turned worse the following day so he had to be finally admitted at the hospital Wednesday. Belmonte has since continued to remain there so that he may recover faster under excellent care and with complete rest. In the meantime, Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc. president and Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte assured everyone that his father’s condition “is nothing serious and the Speaker is doing well under the care of his doctors. “He expects to be back to performing his duties very soon,” the younger Belmonte said. (PNA)
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Immoral It is when government functionaries make public service slave to partisan politics that the whole idea of public service is bastardized. Take for example the decision of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to fix the current motor vehicle license plates even if it ain’t broke by having it changed with a new one. The move just succeeded in painting that it is being carried out purely for partisan political fund raising purposes. The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) in this regard is simply lending a hand to enrich the Liberal Party’s (LP) war chest. Another example to this immoral move on the part of government functionaries to fix something even if it ain’t broke is the decision of the same national line agency to change the group that maintains the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) in Manila with another resulting in the breakdown of the rail company’s trains. Talks circulating in the grapevine is that the new maintenance contract of
LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: `I ruel pelone CRIS DIAZ am the LORD, the God of all Managing Editor Executive Editor mankind. Is anything too hard for me?’...” (Jeremiah CHENG ORDOÑEZ URIEL C. QUILINGUING 32:26-27, the Holy Bible). Associate Editor Contributing Editor -oooMARK FRANCISCO Arjay Felicilda WHY IS MALACANANG Lifestyle Editor Assistant Editor S I L E N T O N B I NAY “ T S O NA” ? D i d y o u GILBERT Y. CHAO gerry lee gorit notice the virtual silence Motoring Editor Photo Journalist of President Aquino and of felix santillan ROEL CATOTO the Office of the President EDSEL BANTOL Provincial Editor-Surigao ab out the accusations Layout Artists made in the “true State PAT SAMONTE of the Nation Address” irene dayo CHRIS PANGANIBAN of Vice President Jejomar Reporter-NorthMin Regional Editors-Caraga Binay? It seemed to me that JOE PALABAO MARLON GAYOG Malacanang is trying to Rene Michael BaÑos Regional Editor-Davao deliberately ignore Binay’s Regional Editors-Northmin latest rants, and is choosing AL JACINTO JOE FELICILDA not to say anything in reply, Regional Editor-WestMin Editorial Consultant except a terse “he was part of the government for the ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI last five years and he was NOTARY PUBLIC- JUNI LAW OFFICE one of those who gleefully CELL NO: 09352379999/ (088) 8573595 CRUZ TAAL ST., CAG. DE ORO CITY applauded the President Legal Counsel in previous addresses to --------------------------------------------------------------the nation”.What does this bureau and mktg staff indicate? Many things, of candy macabale - 09161326483 RIZA O. ARES - 0915-9753277/0920-9600223 course. The first meaning MISOR - LOLONG NABONG - 0906-875-8650 of that silence maybe that, GINGOOG CITY-MANNY ANSIHAGAN-0936-287-7788 North Buk. - DAHLIA S. BENEMERITO-0936-303-0410 ignoring the accusations VALENCIA CITY - PHILIP PHIL CALUMBA-0905-652-5407 would shoo them away. KIBAWE, BUKIDNON - ROSEMARY GENON Second, it could be that MARAMAG - TITA FINA CUALES - 0926-336-1585 Iligan City - JEFFREY OPONDA-0936-1174378 Malacanang knew only too tubod - louie bukod-0948-1323348 well that what Binay had bobby mag usara-tangub city OROQUIETA CITY - PJ TREMEDAL-0919-3452375 been ranting about are all ARMM - Sony Sudaria-0947-4810371 correct, and that talking cotabato - ANALISA ESPAÑOLA-0916-9351714 davao - MARLON GAYOG-09276314995 davao - tom a. caballero-09105783126 davao - tomas canoy avancena jr.-09177017010 davao del norte - sarah castor - 09263988293 davao occidental - alma ORTIZ - 09058532215 davao city/island samal - jessie palabao -0935-874-9825/ -0946-242-6672 davao comval area - abner yamson nave 09186935122/09354653451 digos city, dvo sur & kidapawan - romeo d. sanchez davao city - flaviano mahinay davao city - rene s. arias (Photo Journalist,) mati, davao - ronald “sanchez” sicad - 0936-704-2580 butuan - PAT SAMONTE-0912-8091093 san frans - CRIS PANGANIBAN-09277974193 San Francisco - deding PANGANBAN-0927-7974193 Pagadian City - GRACE FRANCISCO
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the MRT was given to a newly-formed maintenance company whose officials are close to the powers-that-be that awarded such contract. It is indeed very revolting to find government service made slave to the interest of public officials or when it is made subservient to the partisan interests of certain political parties that control political power at the moment. In the case of the LTO decision to change the license plates of motor vehicles without any rhyme or reason, it simply boomeranged on the agency. It only succeeded in exposing a rotten thus corrupt intention which
is to raise funds to fill up the war chest of the party in power in preparation for 2016. This move is actually no different from the alleged corrupt ways employed by the Binay’s in Makati to raise much needed funds to attain their partisan political intentions in Makati and in the entire country in the case of the vice president. The rotten intention that moved the LTO to order the replacement of the current motor vehicle license plates with new ones would not have been exposed if not for the fact that the new plates were proven of inferior quality to the previous one. Even the supposed security measures that the new plates carry with them have been discovered to be not true thus making the claim without any basis in truth and in fact. Now that the coaches of the MRT have been conking out one after the other, it is the riding public that is being made to suffer. Long queues of passengers reaching as far as half a kilometer at the terminal in North Edsa have become the daily
fare because the number of trains still working simply can’t accommodate the number of passengers needing to be ferried from that end to the opposite end on Taft Ave. in the South. But the government response to this agonizing situation is for the employees who are late for work to ask for pro-forma letters from MRT that the sorry state of the rail system is the culprit. This letter is, however, not a guarantee the employer will honor it. If this is not rubbing salt to the wound, pray tell what is. This new tack in raising political funds, a source told me, is being adopted because President Aquino reportedly put his foot down to the customary practice of raising such fund from the Bureau of Customs. If you are going to ask me if there is truth to this, I really don’t know. But these are the talks circulating around coffee shops. Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, I was told, is also not keen on allowing anyone See bacon, page A11
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about them some more would only be counterproductive. -oooBINAY HAS THE RIGHT TO DELIVER “TSONA”: Some administration hacks have been saying however that Binay did not have any right to be castigating the President and his government, particularly on the issue of corruption, since he, the Vice President himself, is also facing a host of corruption and plunder charges which he has not bothered to answer.This is a funny and desperate argument, if you ask me. The fact is that, assuming that Binay is himself guilty of the corruption and plunder accusations being hurled against him by Malacanang and its allies, that does not remove Binay’s right to speak out against Aquino and the graft, corruption, and plunder, among his friends and allies and, if we are to believe a foreign ambassador, even among his relatives.After all, Binay remains a citizen of this country, and, like the rest of us, he is still entitled to live under a government free of graft-prone and plunderous officials, especially those
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who have been farcically espousing the so-called “righteous path” doctrine. -oooMORE DETAILS VS. PNOY PLEASE, VP BINAY: Of course, what Binay is doing is clearly against what Jesus, our God and Savior, said in Matthew 7:1 of the Bible: do not judge, so that you will not be judged yourself, for the measure you use in judging others will be the same measure that they will use against you when they judged you, too.But then, is not the President himself the principal exponent of judging others about their performance in government, particularly his predecessor, the now-detained and sickly former President Gloria
Arroyo? So, true indeed, when one judges others in violation of what the Bible admonishes, he gets the same treatment or the same fate of being judged, rightly or wrongly.As far as I am concerned, I am for everyone in government blaming one another, for that is the only way by which the citizenry can come to know of wrongdoings which are usually hidden from public view, particularly when the officials involved are up there at the top where many are covering up for them. I hope Binay can come up with much specific details against Aquino as election nears. -oooPLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way), a Bible study and prayer session on radio, airs Mondays to Fridays, 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at DWAD 1098 kHz on the AM band. For replays, go to www.facebook.com/ angtangingdaan or www. facebook.com/ANDKNK and scroll for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email: batasmauricio@ yahoo.com.
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had caused much pain in your life. Perhaps it was overwhelmingly difficult for them to combat the enemy, succumbing to them, and hurting you in the process. Remember, God is Have you reminisced lately about stronger. Invite Him by focusing on someone who passed away? It can be the loving moments you once shared a convoluted thought if that person instead of the painful ones.
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Fortun to bare 2016 plan amid reported split with Jun Amante By PAT SAMONTE Caraga Regional Editor
BU T UA N C it y - Agusan del Norte First District Rep. L aw rence L emu el Fortun is expected to announce today his moves for next year’s elections in the wake of reports of his alleged “souring” relations with incumbent Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr.
Neither Fortun nor Amante had confirmed their alleged “split”. However, latest unconfirmed reports have it that the two top local political leaders here had allegedly reached an “agreement” to support a common candidate for this city’s top post. Amante was reportedly, not running for reelection next year. Everything will be made clear as Fortun is expected to reveal his political moves for the 2016 elections before city and barangay officials as well as local Liberal Party leaders and supporters today to celebrate his 44th birthday. Fortun and Amante’s
GASA PASALAMAT: PROGRAMANG PANGKATAWHAN. Congressman Lawrence “Law” Fortun organized the program ahead of his August 7, 2015 44th birthday to provide free medical, dental, optical, legal, and other services to his constituents. Left photo shows Fortun (third from right) converses with representatives from the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) during the August 5, 2015 “Gasa Pasalamat” activity at the Agusan del Norte Provincial Capitol Covered Court, Butuan City while various services are being given to beneficiaries by volunteers in the background. Right photo shows residents of Barangay San Isidro, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte being served by the program staff last August 4. Fortun has been extending same services to Butuanons and Agusanons for eight years now. photos by pat samonte and irvin vargas
“souring” of relationship appeared to have stemmed from the city’s alleged mishandling of the city’s finances and what seemed to be the lack of serious efforts in the protection and rehabilitation of the Taguibo Watershed area, the primary source of tap water for the city’s almost 2,000,000 population. Meanwhile, Fortun provided free medical, dental,
optical, legal and other services to his constituents in San Isidro, Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte last August 4, and at the Provincial Capitol Covered Court here ahead of his birthday. In line with his Gasa Pasalamat: Programang Pangkatawhan, the young solon has traditionally been giving free services to Butuanons and Agusanons for more than eight years now.
According to Fortun, the program is a manifestation of his gratitude to the people for their faith in and support to his advocacies and leadership. He said he has tried his best to serve the people through the bills he has introduced in the House of Representatives, some of which have already become laws, and, as member of the House Committee on
DOH-13 reports 89% accomplishment on recent school-based deworming BUTUAN City––The Department of Health Regional Office 13 (DOH13) reported an 89 percent accomplishment on the recently conducted schoolbased mass deworming of children. DOH-13 Director Jose Llacuna Jr. told the accomplishment in a press forum Tuesday morning held at a conference room of a local hotel here. With the high 89 percent accomplishment during the National School
Deworming Day (NSDD), Llacuna expressed gratitude for the partnership with the Department of Education as well as the various stakeholders which contributed to the success of the program. He also cited the role of the tri-media which helped in providing the appropriate information to the community. According to Llacuna, while his office received 46 complaints of children suffering side effects from
Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Misamis Oriental MUNICIPALITY OF CLAVERIA NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. No. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that JENIFER DUCTO MONDEGO has filed with this Office a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error in his SEX from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of JENIFER DUCTO MONDEGO who was born on JUNE 6, 1987 at CLAVERIA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL and whose parents are CERILO MONTEALTO MONDEGO and ELIZA DUCTO. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than AUGUST 15, 2015. (SGD.) ANNA VICTORIA A. EVANGELISTA Municipal Civil Registrar
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the chewable deworming tablets, these were not adverse or serious. He said of those who suffered the side effects, 7 were from Agusan del Norte; 17 from Surigao City and Surigao del Norte province and 22 came from Tandag City and Surigao del Sur. Primarily, the complaints were of abdominal pain, the rest were headache and 2 cases of rashes or skin allergy, he added. Dir. Llacuna further said that there were no hospi-
tal admissions as all were treated as outside patients and were sent home after the treatment. There were no other complications reported. The region targeted 465,000 kids for the deworming in 1,636 public schools. The DOH’s NSDD program simultaneously held in all elementary public schools nationwide targets 16 million pupils from kindergarten to Grade 6, aged 5 to 12. (PNA)
Publication Notice R.A. 10172 NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC CFN-032-2015 CCE-033-2015 July 27, 2015 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 LOLITO M. DAGOC has filed with this Office, a petition for change of first name from “FLORENCIO” to “LOLITO”, correction of entry in the date of birth from “October 7, 1959” to “August 23, 1959” in the certificate of live birth of Florencio M. Dagoc at Medina, Misamis Oriental and whose parents are Patrecio A. Dagoc and Gloria D. Marques. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than August 14, 2015. (SGD.) MARINA MAQUIDATO-AMONCIO Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: JULY 31, & AUG 7, 2015
Appropriations, the allocations he had proposed and approved for his district. Records show that for 2014 and 2015, some P1 billion and P2.28 billion have been respectively allotted and
implemented in Fortun’s district for infrastructure projects apart from the solon’s education and other programs, believed to be the biggest in Caraga Region for two successive years.
PRA Form No. 10.1 (LCRO) 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 CHARLY FAITH E. ENTRAMPAS has filed with this Office a petition for the correction of clerical error in the entry of the child’s SEX from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of CHARLY FAITH EDROSO ENTRAMPAS who was born on FEBRUARY 22, 1995 in Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are ALMER DAROY ENTRAMPAS and LEVY PEDESANI EDROSO. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than AUGUST 15, 2015. (Sgd) NORMA S. DIPUTADO City Civil Registrar MDN: AUG 7 & 14, 2015
NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that the estate of IÑEGO TAGUBASE CAGADAS, who died intestate in Butuan City on December 12, 2011, consisting of: 1) A parcel of land (Lot 3035-C of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-151555, being a portion of Lot 3035, Butuan Pls-22, LRC Rec. No. H. Pat.) situated in the Barrio of Masao, City of Butuan, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-11186, containing an area of 5,936 square meters, more or less; 2) A parcel of land situated in the Barrio of Pinamanculan, City of Butuan, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-3357, containing an area of 39,854 square meters, more or less; 3) A parcel of land (Lot 6169-B-3, Psd-10-006624 being a portion of lot 6169-B, (LRC) Psd-31722, situated in the Barrio of Pinamanculan, City of Butuan, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-3875, Containing an area of 19,514 square meters, more or less; 4) A parcel of land (Lot 1-G-4-B, Psd-13-015253 being a portion of lot 1-G-4 (LRC) Psd-51221) situated in the Barangay of Bading, City of Butuan, Province of Agusan del Norte, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. RT55195 containing an area of 192 square meters, more or less, with residential building covered by Tax Declaration No. 08-03-0002-00088; 5) A parcel of land (Lot 3151-J-3-G, Psd-10-002475 being a portion of Lot 3151-J-3, (LRC) Psd-220384) situated in the Barrio of
Doongan, City of Butuan, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. RT13611, containing an area of 300 square meters, more or less; 6) A parcel of land (Lot 5, Block 34 Psc-100202-001252, being a Consolidation-subdivision plan) situated in the Barrio of Libertad, City of Butuan, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. RT-53120, containing an area of 296 square meters, more or less; 7) A parcel of agricultural land situated in Pinamanculan, Butuan City, under Tax Declaration No. 08-06-0005-00709 containing an area of 0.8812 hectare; 8) A parcel of residential land located at Pinamanculan, Butuan City covered by Tax Declaration No. 08-06-0005-00671 containing an area of 236 square meters; 9) Cash Deposit in Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) in the amount of P17,940.39, is the subject of a DEED OF EXTRA JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE OF THE LATE IÑEGO TAGUBASE CAGADAS made and entered into by deceased Iñego Tagubase Cagadas’ only legal, and compulsory heirs, namely, spouse Corazon Duncano Cagadas, and children, Ruel Duncano Cagadas, Ronald Duncano Cagadas, Rommel Duncano Cagadas, Roger Duncano Cagadas, Cristie Cagadas Gonzales, and Carolyn Duncano Cagadas, per Doc. No. 421; Page No. 43; Book No. 54; Series of 2014 of the Notarial Registry of Atty. Edwin Jon L. Pizarro, Notary Public for and in the City of Butuan. MDN: July 31, Aug 7 & 14, 2015
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Fiber optic project seen to boost net connectivity in Mindanao DAVAO City -- A fiber optic cable that is seen to boost internet connectivity in Mindanao is set for groundbreaking early next year, an official announced. In a press briefing at the Cafe Demitasse on We d ne s d ay, Nat i ona l Te l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n s Commission IX regional director Edgardo Celorico said the head-end of the fiber optic project dubbed “Best Cable System” will be located in Parang, Maguindanao, tapping the submarine EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late SPOUSES GORGONIO C. SALA & NIEVES N. SALA, who died intestate without leaving Will, at the time of death left certain properties situated at Mambayaan, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental described as follows: 1. “A parcel of land known as lot No. 017, survey no. 2120, bounded on the North by Lot No. 01; on the South by 018, 019; on the East by 016 and on the West by Lot No. 09, containing an area of FOURTEEN THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED FIFTY SIX (14,156) SQUARE METERS, covered by Tax Declaration No. 0-1000216613 in the name of NIEVES, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS, made and executed by and among the HEIRS namely; OLSON N. SALA, ELDEN N. SALA, and ERIC N. SALA all married of legal ages and a resident of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental. That the parties hereto being of all legal ages with full Capacity to Contract Agreed to transfer the said parcel of land to ERIC N. SALA & ELDEN N. SALA equally. While OLSON SALA is waving his right to share the above describe property in leu to the property located at Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City. Under Notary public of ATTY. BUENAVENTURA E. SAGRADO; As per Doc. No. 402; Page No. 81; Book No. 108; Series of 2015.
cable connecting Tawau, Malaysia and Guam. Brunei and Malaysia have already been connected through a terrestrial structure. The project aims to make internet speed on the island faster and lower down the cost by at least 30 percent. At present, Mindanao is served by giant telephone companies such as Globe Telecom and Smart Communications to Luzon, which resulted in high cost of internet and slower speed due to proximity. The target completion for this project will be in 2017. It will initially service the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and later cover the entire island.
The head-end facility of the submarine cable will be in Parang, as the project’s proponent in the Philippines EA Trilink Corp. got the franchise from the ARMM, which explains why the additional bandwidth of 1 terabyte that this project will provide will be exclusive to Mindanao. “The ICT is already an enabler in other countries. This is not a very big investment as compared to airport in order to connect Mindanao to the rest of the world,” Celorico said. Celorico, who heads the Brunei-IndonesiaMa l ay s i a - P h i l ippi n e s East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) ICT cluster, considered the cable system project critical to
the success of the subregion, by linking them up together through better internet connectivity, and eventually to the world. This development will also position the province as the next Business Process Outsourcing hub of the Philippines, according to Lawyer Samuel Matunog, president of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Davao Inc. He considered the project as the peace dividend from the government and the private sector to the province long disturbed by the armed conflict between the government and Moro rebels. ICT Davao vice president Lizabel Holganza said the challenge now for the ARMM is to develop
local talents and improve security so as to attract investors to the region. Lowering down the cost of internet will develop the small and medium enterprises in the long run, she said. The Best Cable System will be inaugurated during the Livelihood Exchange (LIVEX) 2015 at the SMX Convention Center Davao from August 18 to 21, 2015. Celorico and Matunog signed a memorandum of agreement yesterday for the holding of the fourday LIVEX 2015.
The BIMP-EAGA ICT Cluster and Chief Executive Officers Forum is a regular inter-governmental conference to initiate and assess the ICT projects within the region. Holganza previously said the Philippines will share proposed projects that can be adapted in other countries within the subregion. These include building a better internet infrastructure that suits the geographical location, electronic commerce platform, and talent development. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)
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VICSAL GROUP ACQUIRES LAND IN MEGAWORLD’S ILOILO BUSINESS PARK
Metro Retail Stores Group to build new concept of supermarket, department store in the township MANILA, Philippines, August 5, 2015 – Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc., the retail arm of the Vicsal Group of Companies, has acquired around 9,000 square meters of commercial property inside the Iloilo Business Park, Megaworld’s integrated urban township in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The Gaisano-led company is bringing its Metro retail store formats – Metro Department Store and Metro Supermarket - into the township, which is located along Megaworld Boulevard, just between Richmonde Hotel Iloilo and the Festive Walk Mall. “We are proud to have cemented a formidable partnership with Megaworld Corporation, one of the country’s most reputable developers, and we look forward to realize synergies from this strategic alliance. As a retail industry leader, Metro’s linkage with property developers is crucial to our success, and this partnership will be mutually beneficial as both Megaworld and Metro move towards aggressive expansion,” says Frank Gaisano, chairman and CEO, Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc. “We welcome companies like the Metro Retail Stores
Group, Inc. to the Iloilo Business Park. As one of the largest retail chains in the Visayas, they will be able to provide a wide variety of retail offerings to the growing population of the township,” says Kevin L. Tan, first vice president and head of commercial, Megaworld. Once completed, the 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park is envisioned to be the center of business, tourism and lifestyle in Region 6. Aside from the Metro retail outlets, the township will also be home to two firstclass business hotels: the Richmonde Hotel Iloilo and Courtyard by Marriott; the Iloilo Convention Center which will be the biggest convention facility in the region once completed; luxury residential condominiums; state-of-the-art BPO office towers; the 1.1-kilometer Street of Festive Walk, which will be the longest commercial and retail strip in VisMin; a 9-hectare commercial and boutique hotel
Executives of property giant Megaworld and Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc. during the signing of the agreement. (From left to right) Kevin L. Tan, first vice-president and head of commercial division, Megaworld; Lourdes GutierrezAlfonso, chief operating officer, Megaworld; Frank S. Gaisano, chairman and CEO, MRSGI; and Arthur Emmanuel, president and chief operating officer, MRSGI. photo supplied
district; as well as leisure and recreational parks and amenities. In the next three years, the township will be home to around 40,000 business
process outsourcing (BPO) workers, making it the biggest BPO hub in Western Visayas. “The businesses that will rise in Iloilo Business Park
AEV and BPI achieve third largest corporate bond issue in the Philippines MAKATI CITY, Metro Manila -- Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV) is set to list its second retail bond offering on August 6, 2015, raising P24 billion, making it the largest retail bond offering this year to date and double the size of the next largest issue of the year. The bonds were offered in three tranches, with tenors of 5.25 years (Series A Bonds), 7 years (Series B Bonds) and 12 years (Series C Bonds). BPI Capital Corporation (BPI Capital) acted as the Sole Issue Manager and BPI Asset Management and Trust Group as Trustee for the transaction. The bonds were priced with a coupon rate of 4.4722% for the Series A Bonds, 5.0056% for the Series B Bonds, and 6.0169% for the Series C Bonds. The total order book was over P27 billion, or an oversubscription level of 2.7x, well in excess of the initial intention of a P10 billion base issue size. The issue size also makes it the third largest corporate bond issue to date in the Philippine domestic bond market. Market demand for the offer was very strong given the attractiveness of
AEV’s credit profile and the current high level of liquidity in the domestic bond market, as well as BPI Capital’s proficient management of the book building process. Significantly, the order book was more evenly distributed between tenors than what has been achieved in most other multi-tranche issues. The issue generated over P10 billion in the 5-year tranche, over P8 billion in the 7-year tranche, and over P5 billion in the 12-year tranche, allowing AEV to achieve an average maturity of over seven years for the entire issue. The 12year tranche represents the longest maturity bond raised so far this year. The bank maintains its long-standing relationship with the respected Aboitiz Group with major investments in power, banking, food, and land. AEV, the investment company of the Aboitiz Group, has been recognized as one of the best-managed companies in the Philippines and in the region. Among AEV’s subsidiaries are AboitizPower, UnionBank, Pilmico, AboitizLand, and Aseagas. Recognized by FinanceAsia as the Best Investment
Bank in the Philippines for 2015, BPI Capital upholds its leadership in the banking and finance industry, making it the most trusted transaction advisor, credit sponsor, and financing originator partnering with the most respected businesses and corporations in the country. ABOUT BPI CAPITAL CORPORATION BPI Capital Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), one of the largest, best capitalized universal banks with a complete set of financial products in the country. As the leading transaction advisor, credit sponsor, and financing originator, BPI Capital is the trusted financial partner to the most respected names with their most important financial transactions in the
Philippines. ABOUT BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS Bank of the Philippine Islands, the first bank in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, is a universal bank with an expanded banking license. Together with its subsidiaries, BPI offers a wide range of financial services from consumer banking and lending, asset management, securities brokerage and distribution, insurance, leasing, foreign exchange, and corporate and investment banking. BPI is a leader in Philippine banking, with its high market capitalization, strong Tier 1 capital adequacy ratio and healthy shareholder return, all promoted and supported by prudent management. BPI is rated investment-grade by the international ratings agencies.
will certainly benefit from the growing population of the township. With the residential and BPO population alone, a ready market awaits our commercial and retail
partners such as the Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc. and those that will also open in our malls and commercial centers within the township,” explains Tan.
The fruits of attaining Education
By Sharon A. Montealto Librarian Misamis University
“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” − Aristotle The stage of attaining knowledge is one important part of people’s lives. In this phase, they begin to understand the world they live in and their core purpose of living in this world. In learning, students seek out information. Education provide students opportunity to explore several great things such as history, literature, sports, math and art. Learning gives them the basic building blocks that will serve as foundation to succeed in later life. These building blocks - tools and skills - then will be their guide to improve their selves, including socioeconomic status. Tools and skills are necessary to get better jobs. Better
jobs will lead to a better quality of life. Education is also a way to discover personal interests among students. Interest is valuable for it is something that enhance individual and make him unique from others. Through interests, he learn to discover another side of him that makes him more productive and interesting. Interests are also matters that define his field especially in life and careers. Education is an essential part of intellectual freedom, and one of its main values is improving how students view, exist in and participate in the world. Because education is a social event for most people, it encourages sharing of ideas and experiences among students, which helps students become better members of the community by teaching morals, ethics and community responsibility.
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CAGAYAN de Oro City--A village official has threatened to file graft charges against highway and city officials for failure to implement an order stopping an illegal quarrying here. William Guialani, a former village chief, said Thursday that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has already issued a “cease and desist order” against a certain Allan Galangke for quarrying near public work or structures. Gabriel Guinitaran, assistant DPWH district engineer, on April 22, 2015 issued the “cease and desist order,” including the immediate removal of the stockpile of sand and gravel near the Maharlika Bridge in Cagayan De Oro City. Constructed in 1970 under the supervision of the DPWH, the “Maharlika Bridge” is the busiest among the six bridges spanning the Cagayan De Oro River. In issuing the “cease and desist order,” the DPWH cited violations of Administrative Order No. 201021 of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), which prohibits “extraction, removal and/or disposition of materials within the distance of one kilometer from the boundaries of any public work or structure.” Guialani said that aside from violating the existing DENR prohibition, the proprietor of the quarrying activities near the public bridges in Cagayan De Oro has not obtained an Environmental Clearance Certificate (ECC). He said that the DPWH should effectively implement its “cease and desist order.” Thus, the DPWH should be accountable for Galangke’s continued defiance of a legal order. Guialani also said that he would include city officials, particularly the city’s local environment and natural resources officer in the graft case, for continually allowing the quarrying operations in spite of the DPWH order.
Amid driving rain, kids make a living along the bank of Cagayan river through small time quarrying in this picture taken Monday, August 3. Mindanao Daily News photo by Mark Francisco
DPWH stops quarrying at foot bridge By MARK FRANCISCO, Staff member
TOP official of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region 10 has ordered a halt to quarrying operations undertaken at the foot of Maharlika bridge in this city of Cagayan de Oro. In an order issued last April 22, assistant district engineer Gabriel Guinitaran ordered a certain Allan Galangke of barangay Camaman-an, this city to “have the stockpile near Maharlika bridge be removed immediately.” Guinitaran argued that the area
in question was a violation of DENR Administrative Order No. 2010-21 in particular Section 79a which states: No extraction, removal and/or disposition of materials shall be allowed within a distance of one kilometer from the boundaries of any public work or structure unless the individual or entity obtains a clearance from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the government agency mandated to ensure the safety of all public infrastructure facilities. Maharlika Bridge, the busiest among the six bridges spanning the Cagayan river which was constructed
in the 1970s, is under the supervision of DPWH. Guinitaran further pointed out that Galangke only has a sand and gravel dredging permit and his application to dispose of quarry operations is still pending. Upon learning that DPWH has issued a cease and desist order, former Taglimao barangay chair William Guialani immediately wrote a letter strongly urging Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 10 Rex Monsanto and city local environment and natural resources officer Edwin Dael to act on the matter.
Davao region as cacao capital in the offing A Davao City Councilor on Tuesday urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to declare the Davao Region as Cacao Capital of the Philippines. Councilor Marissa P. Salvador-Abella, chairperson of the committee on agriculture and food, made the call in her privilege speech, saying that the region is the biggest cacao producer in the country, supplying about 80 percent of the requirement. She said she will propose a resolution supporting Davao Region as Cacao Capital of the Philippines. The entire region has 19,000 hectares planted to cacao while Davao City takes the largest chunk having around 6,060 hectares. “Davao City is likewise home to award-winning chocolate maker, Malagos Chocolate, and supplier of Askinosie Chocolate owned by social entrepreneur Shawn Askinosie,” she said. Last Friday, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) and Department of Agriculture (DA) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to implement Cacao Double-Up Program during the Regional Cacao Congress. The program is aimed at increasing by two-folds the industry goal from 100,000 metric tons of fermented cacao beans to 200,000 MT by year 2020. Next year, at least P500 million will be allotted for Mindanao to plant See cacao, page A11
Pentagon: Global instability is new norm due to climate change By BONG D. FABE Contributing Editor
AS planet Earth keeps warming, global instability is becoming the new norm as climate change will worsen already violent disputes over meager resources. In a 14-page report to the US Congress publicly released on July 23, the Pentagon said that climate change will have its greatest impact on areas most prone to instability and bloodshed, areas where conflict over resources are ongoing. To address the growing instability, the US military has equipped its Geographic Combatant Commands (GCCs) all over strategic areas of the world to address
climate change in those parts. “GCCs generally view climate change as a security risk because it impacts human security and, more indirectly, the ability of governments to meet the basic needs of their populations. Communities and states that are already fragile and have limited resources are significantly more vulnerable to disruption and far less likely to respond effectively and be resilient to new challenges,” the US Department of Defense said in its report entitled National Security Implications of ClimateRelated Risks and a Changing Climate submitted in response to the Congressional request to identify the most
serious and likely climaterelated risks in relation to US national security. The US Department of Defense also said that “global climate change will have wide-ranging implications for US national security interests over the foreseeable future because it will aggravate existing problems — such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership, and weak political institutions — that threaten domestic stability in a number of countries.” “Case studies indicate that in addition to exacerbating existing risks from other factors (e.g., social, economic, and political fault lines), climate-induced
stress can generate new vulnerabilities (e.g., water scarcity) and thus contribute to instability and conflict even in situations not previously considered at risk,” it said. The report also admitted that the Pentagon has created practically a global military organization comprising the African Command, Central Command, Pacific Command, Northern Command, as well as the European Command — all of which are equipped to wage war and implement different types of operations in response to human, as well as natural disasters — and provided little-known details about how each of these GCCs is addressing climate change in the part
of the world where they oversee operations. In explaining the existence of the GCCs, the Pentagon said that “the Department of Defense’s primary responsibility is to protect national security interests around the world. This involves considering all aspects of the global security environment and planning appropriately for potential contingencies and the possibility of unexpected developments both in the near and the longer terms.” The GCCs incorporate the risks posed by current and projected climate variations into their planning, resource requirements, and operational See change, page A11
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Crosses in life Special Gospel of the day (August7, 2015-Friday)Matthew 16:24-28”Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? “For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS. Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom: Following Jesus is not easy because it involves your whole life. You need to decide to commit yourself to God totally. It was a challenged for his disciples to give up everything to preach. They left their families and resources. Matthew 19:28-29”And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon
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The Division of Bukidnon conducted a validation for the 2015 Brigada Eskwela Top 5 for the Big Secondary Category. This year’s Brigada Eskwela topnotchers (top 5) for big secondary category in the Division of Bukidnon include : Bukidnon National School of Home Indust r i e s , Ha l apit an National High School, Impasug-ong National High School, Kalilangan National High School and Quezon National High School were validated August 4-5, 2015. Group of team validators com-
prised Dr. Ellen A, Azuelo - EPS - Science as the team leader, among her members include: Dr. Nilo F. Dumapias - PSDS, Don Carlos-1 Disrict, Dr. Evelyn Caballes- PSDS Dangcagan District, Dr. Elvira S, Arabejo -PSDS, Don Carlos-11 District and Ms. Arendain - ALS Coordinator The main objective of the validation was to determine which among the top 5 big secondary school astounded as to the preparations, how the BE guidelines including the theme were followed, numbers of volunteers to include officials from
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from raising political funds through his line agency thus making the transportation and communications department as the only suspect in this regard. It is a fact that the LTO and the MRT are agencies under the DOTC thus making that line agency suspect in this effort at raising funds for partisan political purposes. Besides, the head of this national line agency is an official of the ruling party. And he is more of a politician than a technocrat unlike Singson. The whole point of this is that it is never good for public service or government function being made slave to partisan political intentions. Such service or function will surely end up abused and never used to advance the interest of the greater number but to the interest of a few political animals. By the way, I don’t know if there is a correlation to the fact that the DOTC used to be headed by outgoing Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, the LP presidential candidate for 2016 who Aquino anointed as his successor. Honestly, I just hope the candidacy of Roxas is not the reason for the change of the motor vehicle license plates and the awarding of the MRT maintenance contract to a group very much identified with the ruling party. If the people discovers that there is truth to this, Roxas can then bid goodbye to his presidential ambitions. (Reactions at jelbacon@ yahoo.com or at jelbaconii@ gmail.com. Read me also at www.raconteurme.blogspot. com)
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She said that the children were on their way home and were crossing a culvert when carried by the flash flood Tuesday. She said that the flash flood affected hundreds of families in the city’s lower areas in the Guinoyoran and Tugaya but most of the victims came from the Poblacion. In its report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said nine were drowned due to heavy rains brought about by the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and Southwest Monsoon. The NDRRMC identified the fatalities as Baby Rose Z. Batisil, 9; Dalia mae Lozano, 7; Jielove Badoy, 6; Gina Eroisa, 25; John Francies Dumaog Eroisa, 6 months; Epefaniio Canyamu, 23; and Virgilio Telin. It said two are still missing. They are seven-year-old Bobsky Z. Batisil, and Eddie Eroisa, the husband of Gina. Huervas said 157 families were affected by flashfloods
in Barangay Poblacion. She added 18 families were left homeless and are still living in an evacuation center. Some families who have evacuated to the city’s evacuation centers have already gone home on Thursday, Huervas said. Other affected families in Valencia City include Barangay Guinuyoran, one family; Barangay Tugaya, three families; and 50 in Barangay Sugod. At least 200 families were also affected by flashfloods in sitio Panamuan in Barangay San Jose and 15 families in Purok 4, Lalawan, Barangay Linabo, all in Malaybalay City. In 2009, three people also went missing when a flash flood struck Valencia City when Typhoon Ondoy battered Mindanao that year.
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entity called “Bangsamoro” that government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) had agreed in their October 15, 2012 Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and March 27, 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) by June 30, 2016. Congress leaders had earlier vowed to pass the BBL by September because the filing of certificates of candidacy for all those who are running for elective posts — local, regional (ARMM) and national — in the nationwide synchronized elections scheduled on May 9, 2016 is scheduled on October 12 to 16. When it suspended interpellation on June 10, only eight of 38 representatives who had signed up, had finished their interpellation since it started on June 2. But other priority measures such as the 2016 budget and the seemingly perennial problem of lack of quorum will likely reduce further the number of days left to complete the interpellation, period of amendments, and other steps involved in the legislative process. As of August 5, HB 5811, which has been criticized by various sectors as producing an autonomous entity that is “less than the ARMM” that the Bangsamoro seeks to replace, has not been certified urgent by President Aquino. “Original form” The Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC), the joint GPH-MILF body created by Executive Order to draft the BBL, passed a resolution on July 29 to support the passage of the BBL “in its original form,” or what was House Bill 4994 and Senate Bill 2408, in effect rejecting HB 5811. The BTC, composed of eight representatives from the MILF and seven from government, submitted the
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“mutually agreed” draft BBL to Congress in ceremonial rites in Malacanang on September 10, 2014. The BTC said the provisions of HB 4994 / SB 2408 are “consistent with the letter and spirit of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the peace talks.” It also said this draft BBL “is the most appropriate version based on the FAB and CAB and considering that it is the one that underwent the legitimate process of consultation with the people and engagement with the Office of the President.” The draft BBL took several versions until the framers, as well as Malacanang, came up with what President Aquino had earlier referred to as a “mutually acceptable” draft or what became HB 4994 and SB 2408. On July 25 or two days before President Aquino delivered his sixth and last State of the Nation Address (SONA), MILF chair Al Haj Murad Ebrahim told reporters in Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, that he expected the President to “reiterate his commitment to support the passage of an undiluted BBL and we hope through this SONA, he could enlighten more those who are still opposing the BBL.” In his SONA, President Aquino mentioned BBL on the 88th minute of his 130-minute speech, referring to it as an important measure (“pangunahin” was translated into English by the Official Gazette as “the most important of these”), but did not impress upon Congress the urgency of the measure. Instead, he challenged those who oppose it to propose a better alternative. At the Supreme Court, petitions have been filed by the Philippine Constitution Association and a former Negros Oriental representative, to have the FAB and CAB declared “unconstitutional and void.” Sneak preview of Marcos’ bill At the Senate, Senate President Franklin Drilon told reporters after their caucus on Monday morning that the Committee on Local Government’s report on the BBL will be submitted on August 10 and the substitute bill sponsored on the floor on August 11 but interpellation will begin only on August 17 “to give the senators time to study carefully all the proposals.” But no deadline has been set for the termination of the interpellation, Drilon said, according to the transcript of the interview posted on the Senate website. C L E N C H E D F I S T. Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez defends House Bill 5811, or the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, in a debate that lasted for more than four hours with Zamboanga Representative Celso Lobregat on Tuesday (10 June 2015). MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano
C L E N C H E D F I S T. Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez defends House Bill 5811, or the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region, in a debate that lasted for more than four hours with Zamboanga Representative Celso Lobregat on Tuesday (10 June 2015). MindaNews file photo by Toto Lozano “We will not set any deadline on the interpellation, so everybody will be given a chance to review the report that will be submitted,” he said. MindaNews counted 33 session days from August 17 until Congress goes on recess in October. Senator Ferdinand Marcos, chair of the Committee on Local Government had said in a privilege speech in early June that SB 2408 in its present form and substance would “lead us to perdition.” According to a press release posted on the Senate website on August 5, Marcos gave the Third Party Monitoring Team (TPMT) on August 4 a sneak preview of the substitute bill his committee will file on August 10, Under the FAB, the TPMT, led by former European Union Ambassador Alistair MacDonald, with members from two international and two local NGOs nominated by the GPH and MILF peace panels, is tasked to monitor the implementation of the GPH-MILF peace agreements. “I promised that I would have the committee report on Monday. I will sponsor the substitute bill within a day or two and I will provide the senators copies of the substitute bill for them to study. Then we will come back, maybe the next week, and the interpellation process will begin,” Marcos was quoted by the Senate press release, as saying. Marcos said that in crafting the substitute BBL, he tried to adhere to the spirit of FAB and the CAB. “The underlying principle of our decision has always been, if we can give it to them, give it to them. If it’s illegal, we can’t give it to them no matter how much we may want to. If it’s unconstitutional, we can’t do that either. If it’s impossible to administer, then there’s no reason to do it because there’ll be chaos,” Marcos said. Marcos also told the TPMT that his substitute bill will not be “less than ARMM.” “If ever, we can enhance, but we cannot diminish from ARMM. So the provisions in terms of power sharing, in terms of shares in national wealth, in terms of local shares, none of them are lower and some are higher than ARMM,” he was quoted as saying. The press release also said Marcos “invited the TPMT to the room where he and his legislative staff were meeting to finalize the
substitute bill and showed them that his proposed amendments were actually based on the draft BBL.” Marcos also told the TPMT that his bill would include provisions on weapons decommissioning. But the committee chair said he cannot predict how long the floor debates on the BBL could last since he expects most senators to raise questions on the provisions of the substitute bill.
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considerations. And “GCCs, often at the request of partner nations, cooperate with other nations on adaptation practices, resilience, environmental considerations, and risk reduction.” The GCCs, the report said, also cooperate to build partner nations’ capacities and abilities “to reduce risks and implications from environmental impacts and climate change, including severe weather and other hazards” through (1) building infrastructure such as emergency operations centers, disaster response warehouses, disaster shelters, and construction of dams for hydro-electric power; (2) training; to provide disaster management and response personnel with the knowledge and skills to meet the basic needs of the populace in coordination with in-country security cooperation officers and the USAID; and (3) equipping; GCCs support the delivery of non-governmental organization (NGO) emergency donations through the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s Funded Transportation Program and Denton Program. Last February, the Pentagon issued the National Security Strategy that clearly states that “climate change is an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources such as food and water.” The Pentagon said last year that climate change is a threat multiplier, meaning that climate change has the capacity to engineer and escalate conflict globally. “GCCs assess that, in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) conclusions, climate change will have the greatest impact on areas and environments already prone to instability, which aligns with DoD’s wider assessment of climate change as a threat multiplier,” the July 23 report said. To address the threat, the Pentagon released in October 2014 the 20-page Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, which some climate change expert de-
scribed as “a chilling acknowledgement of things to come — a worst case scenario guide to reality.” The Roadmap acknowledged that “rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing sea levels and more extreme weather events will intensify the challenges of global instability, hunger, poverty and conflict. They will likely lead to food and water shortages, pandemic disease, disputes over refugees, resources and destruction by natural disasters in regions across the globe.” The Roadmap identifies three overarching goals, (1) to identify and assess the effects of a changing climate on the Department’s infrastructure, mission, and activities; (2) to identify, manage, and integrate climate change considerations across the full range of Department missions and activities; and (3) to collaborate with internal and external entities on understanding and assessing the challenges of a changing climate and developing appropriate responses to those challenges. The new Pentagon report had military pundits surmised that because of climate change, the notion that wars are fought between political superpowers for global supremacy is a notion, like our atmosphere, that is fast expiring. A report from Bong D. Fabe, Contributing Editor
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some 17.8 million cacao seedlings. This developed after leading candy maker Mars challenged the Philippines to increase its production to 100,000 MT by year 2020. However, with the looming shortfall brought about by increasing global demand and declining of production in West Africa, at least 1 MT is seen to be the supply gap by 2020. The Philippines committed to fill in 10 percent of the global shortfall, which prompted industry stakeholders to come up with the Philippine 2020 Cacao Challenge. Earlier, the Cacao Industry Development Authority of Mindanao Inc. (CIDAMI) was pushing for the creation of National Cacao Council, a body that will look into the growth of the industry. CIDAMI executive director Valente Turtur said the industry lacks representation in the government that will push for its development. The creation of a council will piece together the initiatives done by the Philippine Coconut Authority, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Trade and Industry, and DA for cacao development. (MindaNews)
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