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FDA orders crackdown on food supplement in Oro CAGAYAN de Oro City––The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered a crackdown of illegal food supplements in the local market here, Jun Galban, the spokesperson of the Department of Health said on Tuesday. See URGED, page 2

Son kills Ma, Pa wont press charges

MISAMIS Oriental––A 16-year-old boy killed his mother in a remote village of Villanueva, Misamis Oriental on Tuesday morning. Mila Cambe, a mother of five siblings, died of fatal stabbed wounds on arrival at a hospital here Tuesday morning. The suspect, Jonathan, the eldest son told police that he got no option but stabbed his mother when the later tried to set their house on fire in the village of San Roque in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. He said his mother started pouring gas on See SON, page 11

‘Ika-3 Putahi,’ ‘Wa Ko Kakita’ win best films at Cinemagis 6 By Stephen J. Pedroza Contributor

tension crack. Above, MGB senior geologist Joel Calugcugan (right) takes a note while standing near the tension cracks found atop Mt. Magdiwata. At right, above, The tension crack which local officials lighly took as normal natural phenomenon. Photos by Chris V. Panganiban of Mindanao Daily News-Caraga

OUT of the 13 filmmakers from all over Northern Mindanao who submitted their works, “Ika-3 Putahi” by Joeromer Bacus and “Wa Ko Kakita” by Eastine Charles Taneo emerged as victors during the 6th Cinemagis Digital Short Film Festival. Under the banner of Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA), this year’s festival had 5 entries for the professional category and 8 student films See films, page 4


winners (left) Joeromer Bacus, the director of “Ika-3 Putahi” (Recipe No.3) for the Professional Category and (right) Eastine Charles Taneo, the director of “Wa Ko Kakita” for the Student Category hold their festival trophies in the recently concluded Cinemagis 6th Digital Short Film Festival in Northern Mindanao, January 25, at the SM City in Cagayan de Oro. The short films will shown in Cagayan de Oro on February 18-22. Photo by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy

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FDA orders crackdown on food supplement in Oro CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered a crackdown of illegal food supplements in the local market here, Jun Galban, the spokesperson of the Department of Health said on Tuesday. Galban said that the FDA received complaints that some of these food supplements were being sold in the city and the nearby province of Misamis Oriental.

One of these food supplements is “Sehat Badan,” a coffee in sachet with a foreign letter printed on it. The “Sehat Badan” coffee has no FDA approval, Galban said. He said that the FDA has not issued a certificate of product registration and license to operate to “Sehat Badan” making its circulation in Misamis Oriental and elsewhere illegal. According to the FDA,

that the “rules and regulation” on labelling of food products in foreign languages that are distributed in the Philippines should have a corresponding English translation otherwise the product would not be permitted for local distribution. The “Sehat Badan” is reportedly circulating only in Cagayan de Oro City’s public market stores and outlets. The sellers claimed

“WE MUST act immediately or it might be too late,” stressed Councilor Adrian L. Barba, chair of the City Council committee on education, as he called for measures to stop the operation of illegally-operating internet cafes and the pisonet machines, which cater

to school children. At the regular session presided over by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas, the councilor said time is of the essence as he cited the harm this is causing among pupils and young students. The education committee has been receiving

complaints from parents about their children, who are distracted from school due to the proliferation of internet cafes that do not comply with the law. The operation of internet cafes is governed by an ordinance prohibiting the management from

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Dad calls for immediate closure of internet cafes sans permits

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Briefing on the on-going By-pass Road Project. Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez 2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City, holds a briefing on the status of the Lapasan to Gusa by-pass coastal road project during the site inspection on November 29, 2013. The national government funds the alternate coastal road worth P1.2 billion through the efforts of Rodriguez. The project, which is scheduled for completion before 2016 aims to ease traffic congestion on the national highway that cut through the city’s major commercial district. KENDISCHAVES

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Shopwise ushers in the Chinese New Year with big sale and activities

On January 31, Shopwise welcomes the Year of the Wood Horse with a line up of exciting activities, promotions and a 3-day Sale for shoppers. Catch the lion and dragon dance at 1 p.m then learn the basics of Chinese food cooking in a demonstration by the Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Wisecard Elite card members are in for an extra treat with free fortune cookies on this auspicious day. Enjoy up to 90% off on fashion, home and houseware items, electronics, appliances, toys and more in a 3-day Sale from January 31 to February 2, 2014. Set your sights on amazing Buy One Take One offers on select fresh items and select groceries. Shopwise, the preferred one-stop shopping destination for fulfilling the basic needs of the Filipino family due to its affordable quality, everyday freshness, budget-friendly variety and efficient service offers customers a wide selection of fresh goods and produce,

groceries, fashion items, health and beauty products, school supplies, toys, gadgets, home accessories, electronics, appliances and more, all under one roof. Expect big deals, big bargains, big discounts, big savings

and big value at Shopwise, the good life you can afford. Shopwise LKK is located at 2nd Level of the East Annex Building, Limketkai Mall, Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City and is operated by Rustan Supercenters, Inc.,

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Misamis Occidental PNP Provincial Office change Commanders: Senior Superintendent’s Linsagan Out, Macala In. By PJTREMEDAL, Correspondent

Camp Naranjo, Oroquieta City -- Without a cause but a matter of choice from the local government of Misamis Occidental province was the reason why Senior Superintendent Jerry Linsagan, Officer-in-Charge of the Misamis Occidental PNP Provincial Office was relieved. This what the former OIC said to Mindanao Daily News during the police provincial staff and enlisted personnel’s Despedida Party for their outgoing commander on Saturday when ask what is the main reason why he was relieved by a young officer. Senior Superintendent Jerry C. Linsagan, a PNPA Class of 1985, received his order from higher headquarters that he will be relieved effective January 21, 2014, but because of some constraints the relief came on Monday. He is officially relieved after Senior Superintendent Archival Diokno Macala arrived with PNP Regional Director for Administration Chief Superintendent Lyndel A. Desquitado of PNP Regional Office 10 and Senior Superinten-

dent Orlando Beas, Acting Chief, Regional Police HR Division of PNP Northern Mindanao. In the turn-over ceremonies on Monday, Senior Superintendent Linsagan was confirmed Medalya ng Kasanayan (PNP Efficiency Medal) for his job well done for the past 6 months and 9 Days of police service as the OIC Provincial Director. For the past 6 months (July 15, 2013 –January 21, 2014) Senior Superintendent Linsagan brings the command to 4th place as one of the best Provincial Office of the Region, strengthen its campaign against Illegal Drugs proliferation and other Illegal Gambling and other criminalities. Before the year end, Misamis occidental PNP Provincial Office suffered a setback when the town of Don Victoriano was harassed and raided by the Western Mindanao Revolutionary Party Committee and bringing along High Powered Firearms from the town’s police force and the augmented Provincial Public Safety Company Team. Chief Superintendent Desquitado emphasized

Police Senior Superintendent Archival Diokno Macala, PNPA 91 takes over from Senior Superintendent Jerry C. Linsagan as OIC Provincial Director to the Misamis Occidental PNP Provincial Office. (Photos at Center) Deputy Director for Administration, PNP 10, Chief Superintendent Lyndel Desquitado with outgoing Superintendent Linsagan and the turn-over ceremony, (while photo at right) Misamis Occidental Government Officials led by Governor Hermie M. Ramiro represented by her Legal Officer, Atty. Ric Lumantas made the turn-over ceremonies a success. photos by mae patrecio eduque

in his message during the turn-over ceremonies that, the Provincial Office is not responsible for the incident for they have act on the information about the harassment however, the responsibility lies on its field commanders and ultimately refused to fight the insurgents. Meantime, Senior Superintendent Archival Diokno

Macala, PNPA Class of 1991, as Chief of the Bicol Region CIDG as his former assignment before accepting the present responsibility said in his response that he will do what ever work his predecessor did not finished. In the commander native tongue (Batangueno) he said that, “Kung hindi ko matutumbasan ang kagalingan at Kasanayan ni Senior

Superintendent Linsagan, I promise to double time for what I have promised to my career, that I can do it evenly or surpassing my predecessors’ mission.” And true this I need your full cooperation and support for this command will be acting professional and our battle cry will be “MISOCC”. Meanwhile in other re-

lated information, Mindanao Daily News gathered that the Regional Commander of PNP Region 10 Chief Superintendent Catalino Rodriguez will be relieved and will turn-over the region’s command to the newly designated Regional Commander in the person of Chief Superintendent Isagani Francisco Genabe Jr., PMA Class of 1983.

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MGB says cracks atop ‘Magdiwata’ dangerous By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN, Regional Editor-Caraga


AN Francisco, Agusan del Sur––A geologist of Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has confirmed that large cracks atop Mt. Magdiwata indeed poses danger of a lanslide to residents living near the creek downstream if it will be triggered by more rains. are dangerous since these would collapse in the near future,” he said. Calugcugan issued this warning at the peace and order meeting held at the municipal hall where local officials took turns in lambasting the San Francisco Water District (SFWD) for sowing panic to the people because of the press release

In a statement yesterday, SFWD general manager Elmer Luzon said they have been implementing concrete solutions that would correlate with the recommendations. Among them, he added, was relocation of 117 households from 176 living inside the watershed , continuous clearing of waterways and setting up of gabion structures in areas damaged by small landslides, massive reforestation activities and no nonsense drive against illegal logging and mining. At the meeting, two top local officials castigated the SFWD for issuing reports of a landslide that sowed fear to the public while the

local government has been focusing other immediate needs like rescue and relief operations to residents battered by Tropical Depression Agaton. Citing the MGB report, Mayor Jenny de Asis said there is no cause for alarm on the reported cracks and landslides that would hit the populated areas since Calugcugan observed these were just normal natural phenomenon during heavy rains. But Luzon stood pat on the report saying there is an urgency to make immediate action after the tension cracks covering a perimeter of one hectare were discovered by SFWD foresters at the

height of heavy rains apart from other cracks near the area found in 2011 when Typhoon Sendong hit Northern Mindanao. Father Artemio Jusayan, parish priest of local Catholic church who went along the mountain climb, said the cracks should not be taken lightly to prevent any disaster. “Good if nothing happens but the point here is to prepare to any eventualities,” he said. “ We should do something because all big disaster started from small things,” he added Ju s ay a n p e r s o n a l l y measured the depth of the tension cracks with a wooden stick at about six feet.

Man loses bike, P27,000 valuables to burglars cle, an HP laptop worth P18,000, a Fuji Digital camera worth P8,000 and P1,900 cash. According to Hermina, the burglars went inside his house by destroying the

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3A, Barangay Ampayon here reported to Police Station 4 early morning of Saturday that his house was burglarized with the BUTUAN City––Reymond thieves taking his black Escobia Hermina of Purok XRM Honda motorc yBy PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga and JOEL PORTUGAL Correspondent


Joel Calugcugan, Senior Geologist of MGB Caraga, made this assessment after he joined a multi-sectoral site inspection last week in the wake of a contoversy that shaped up between government agencies on the veracity of a report that a landslide that may bury populated areas if the tension cracks will give in due to heavy rains. Calugcugan however clarified the capacity of the landslide would not yet directly hit the houses in Alegria village situated at the foot of the mountain but those living downstream along the banks of Tinggagawan creek. “ The tension cracks

distributed to local media outlets about a possible landslide that may bury many parts of the town center if no immediate action will be taken. In his report, Calugcugan cited four factors that will trigger landslides from the mountain including excessive rainfall, the soil structure that would easily go down with fractured rocks, the slope gradient of the mountain and the location of Mt. Magdiwata which is along the regional fault line. He recommended for the immediate relocation of the residents near the creek, the clearing of the waterways and planting of more trees.

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Essential Health Care Program to the Filipino Children By Roumelia M. Monredondo-Nurse 11 Quezon 11 District, Salawagan Quezon, Bukidnon

The message of the former Secretary of Education, Jeslie A. Lapuz, stressed that the health of the Filipino Children is not as it should be. He announced that the national oral health survey revealed alarmingly high levels of dental carriers in all parts of the country. The resulting pain and suffering is affecting school performance. He added that high incidences of gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases are hindering the children from developing into healthy and well-educated adults. There is really a need to take urgent action and tackle these unacceptably high incidences of

disease with simple and appropriate measures. Daily school-based hand washing with soap together with fluoride tooth brushing and regular deworming will yield positive results for public school children. Essential health care package would gave all the teachers,principals, school administrators and involve health professionals practical guidance on the implementation of the fit for School program. Teachers, administrators and health personnel are encouraged to actively participate in the health care program to improve the health condition of the Filipino school children.

Korean firm eyes 35-MW hydropower plant in Lake Sebu GENERAL Santos City––A South Korean-backed firm is reportedly planning to invest around US$90 million for the development of a 35-megawatt (MW) hydroelectric plant in Lake Sebu town in South Cotabato. Roger Acosta, program manager of the Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance (AVLADA), said Tuesday executives of DongJoo Engineering Co., Ltd. (DJE) visited the province

last week to explore the viability of developing a hydropower plant project in Barangay Lamfugon in Lake Sebu town. He said the company earlier sent technical experts to the village to conduct initial studies on the Takbu River, where the proposed project will be based. During the visit, Acosta said the DJE executives met will local See PLANT, page 11

Teachers Encourage Student’s Class Interaction By Jenny Vi B. Gunday-T3 Pinilayan Elementary School Quezon, Bukidnon

I Completely agree with this statement. Because students can ask questions to clarify doubts or to express their opinions, teachers should promote this habit among their students. Also another advantage is that lessons could be more interactive and less boring for students. I believe that encouraging students to ask questions is fundamental to get them out the most of class. Due to a student may not understand the topic completely, it is necessary that he asks questions about the points he does not

understand.Then, teacher resolves these questions that not only the students requires but also other students too. Therefore, school child has more insight on the subject that is been taught, and lesson become more interactive. In my opinion, interactive lessons are an effective way to teach,. Both teacher and student interact each other expressing questions and opinions. This interaction is dynamic and practical, so students are more willing to participate in the class. For example, sup-

pose that we have a teacher who asks students examples about determined theme. Them these example could start questions about the topic among students. Giving confidence, the principal should invite students to tell if they have a question. Thus, they rely on the support of their teacher and ask trustingly their questions. Another positive aspect that i find in this issue, it is that students learn to express their thoughts and opinions in public. When students are encouraged to question all, they discover

how to express themselves properly without fear or shyness. These abilities are important to their future, especially in university’s academic environment or in professional work settings. In conclusion, I feel that encouraging students to question everything is a positive habit in students. Teacher should see how students get used to question each things and express their opinion . In this manner, students get most out of every class and and develop communicative skills for their future.

Parents Support for A Child’s Education By Jenny Vi. B. Gunday-T3 Pinilayan Elementary School Quezon, Bukidnon

According to a research study, “ Nearly half of a child’s achievement in school can be accounted for by factors outside the school.including parent support.” Consequently, the most important support any child can receive comes from the parents. This support ranges from being responsible for making sure that the child arrives at school well-rested, well-fed and ready to learn, to setting high expectations for their child. The following are suggestions of how parents can support their

child’s education. * Attendance: Good school attendance is important to academic achievement. When students are absent from class they miss vital instruction Parents have control on their child’s attendance and this includes arriving on time to school, and not taking students out in the middle of the school day. * Attitude. Parents need to display a positive attitude toward school in general. If a parents have a positive attitude. a child will also have a positive attitude toward school.Parents maybe careful

in how they address school concerns in front of their child. If they display negative attitude toward school, their child may adopt that negative attitude of the parents toward school. * Priority: Education must be given a top priority for it to come out on top. Therefore, parents must make education for fist priority above all other after school activity. * Role Model: The parents needs to be a positive role model to their child in helping to shape the child’s opinion and attitudes to-

wards about learning. * Communication: Parents need to keep in touch with their child’s school and have positive relationship with the teachers. All parents want their children to become a successful, similarly, many parents want to be involved with the formal education for their children but don’t know where to start. At the most basic level, parents can begin encouraging the education of their children by showing that they truly value education themselves.

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The time is ripe to treat sex workers as victims instead of criminals as currently provided under the country’s antiquated penal code. “There is need for Congress to undertake a critical review of our archaic laws and policies, and one crucial step is the repeal of Articles 202 and 341 of the Revised Penal Code which, sadly, treats sex workers and other individuals exploited into prostitution as criminal perpetrators instead of victims,” states the proposal under HB 3299. HB 3299 is entitled “An Act addressing the system or prostitution, imposing penalties on its perpetrators, providing protective measures and support services for its victims, and decriminalizing Vagrancy, repealing for the purpose Articles 202 and 341 of the Revised Penal Code and amending R.A. 9208, and for other purposes.” Even as the bill (Section 4) provides actions falling under the definition of the crime of prostitution, Section 5 states: “Any woman, man or child, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identify, used or employed for another person’s sexual gratification, pleasure and/ or exploitation and for the monetary gain or profit of others, as defined in Section 4 of this Act, shall be treated as victims of prostitution.” “As such, they (victims) shall not incur any criminal liability under this Act, except those penalized under Section 6 (b) of this Act,” the bill provides. In additional, the measure provides that the consent of the person exploited in prostitution to the commission of any of the acts defined in Section 4 of this Act shall

FEATURES not in any way exempt the offender from, or mitigate his/her criminal liability. The bill (Section 6) also provides for a list of offenses with penalties and sanctions ranging from six months to 20 years imprisonment and fines ranging from P500,000 to P2-Million, depending on the violations as classified under Section 4. The authors likewise propose that persons exploited in prostitution may file independent civil cases for damages against the persons, natural or juridical, responsible for their exploitation. It also provides that provinces, cities and municipalities shall be liable for damages, in addition to any other criminal or administrative liability under existing laws, to persons exploited in prostitution when it is proven that the responsible authorities had knowledge or were informed of the activities constituting prostitution but did not take proper action within a reasonable period of time. Under the bill, the responsible authorities shall be deemed to have knowledge of the prostitution activities when the same are common knowledge in the community. The bill mandates that members of the National Anti-Prostitution Council (Task Force) and DSWDaccredited non-government organizations that are involved in the implementation of the anti-prostitution programs are granted immunity from suit and other legal proceeding in connection with the enforcement of said programs. Furthermore, any person

who has personal knowledge of the commission of any offense under the proposed Act, or the person exploited in prostitution, the parents, spouse, siblings, children or legal guardian, or the law enforcement agencies, or the Task Force created under this Act may file a complaint for prostitution. Under HB 3299, prostitution is committed by: (a) any person who give or delivers money or any other consideration in exchange for the actual performance or mere demonstration of a sexual act by a person exploited in prostitution, regardless of whether the person giving or delivering money or any other consideration is the recipient of such sexual act; (b) Any person who offers another for sexual exploitation in exchange for money or any other consideration; (c) any person who is a recipient of a sexual act, whether such recipient has given or delivered money or any other consideration for the procurement of a person exploited in prostitution; Provided, however, that for purposes of this Act, being a recipient shall include persons or crowds before whom a person exploited in prostitution has actually performed or merely demonstrated the sexual Act; and (d) any person who induces, persuades, entices, compels, kidnaps, recruits or in any manner procures or causes a person to serve in an establishment knowing that the same is involved in prostitution activities or when he/she has reasonable cause to believe that such establishment is involved in said activities, among other acts provided under Section 4.

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Climate change in the Philippines

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The great sand robbery Everybody knows it: the Great Train Robbery. On August 8, 1963, a bunch of friends robbed the postal train, on his way from London to Glasgow (Great-Britain). Their loot: 2,600,000.00 British Pound, nowadays almost 156,000,000 PHP. It was then, and now an enormous amount. Their robbery became legend, because of the perfect preparation and the fact that no firearms were used . A movie about the events followed, and a book. However, the criminals got caught and were sentenced to a 30-year prison punishment. The money was never found.... So, criminals can become heroes. The good they did will be forgotten, the evil will live on in our mind. It reminds me of Dante Alighieri’s Hell and Purgatory, much more elaborated than his heaven. Mankind has always been fascinated by their dark side. On the other side, we want to believe in justice. Evil things do not pay, and at the end, punishment will follow, restating the balance between good and bad. My beloved second home-country, my Lupang Hinirang, was again in the Belgian news this week. An article on black sand, the most promising basic See robbery, page 11

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Up, up and away!

I am back just back from a short stay in Manila where I got the great opportunity having an almost two-hourstalk with now German Embassy Manila Deputy Head of Mission and Counselor, Mr. Michael Hasper. While waiting for boarding on my flight back to Davao City, I came across a lot of news regarding “up, up and away”! As a frequent flyer from Europe to the Philippines and vice versus starting already during the early 1980s, nowadays I miss nonstop-flights to Europe starting in the Philippines. We all know the reasons... . Good to know, that, after almost 16 years, Philippine Airlines (PAL) may now resume its Manila-Paris flight following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the aeronautical authorities of the Philippines and France. The MOU, signed on January 15, 2014 at the French Civil Aviation Authority in Paris, updated the Air Service Agreement signed in 1968 (!) and allows PAL up to seven flights a week from Manila to Paris. Great. It’s easy to avail a connecting flight from Paris to my home country Germany! KLM, by the way, is currently the only airline that provides direct flights from Manila to Europe via Amsterdam. It’s just a matter of price! Another good news: PAL is also negotiating with Japan’s All Nippon Airways for a code-share agreement, as talks for the latter to invest in PAL had been shelved for now. A code-share deal, which is widely utilized in he aviation industry, is a commercial arrangement that allows passengers to book tickets with one airline but the flight is served by a cooperating carrier. PAL (“Plane Always Late”?), which is in the midst of a $9.5 billion refleeting strategy has been working on strengthening its regional presence as its competitors continue to consolidate. My favorite carrier till now: Cebu Pacific. Amazing: both arrivals in Manila and Davao have been 30 up to 45 minutes before schedule! Another amazing fact: A Russian cargo plane has been parked at the Davao International Airport for the past six months with no word from its owner on whether or not they are still interested in getting it back. The plane landed on July 26, 2013 apparently because of an emergency. So, what we gonna do with the plane? Email: or follow me in Facebook or Twitter or tune in to my radioshow “Classics with Klaus Doring, Sundays from 9 to 11 am and 7 to 9 pm on 104.3 Edge Radio Davao or via www.mylivestream. com/edgedavao.

THE low pressure area that battered Mindanao in the past weeks finally turned into a storm. Typhoon Agaton, the first tropical depression this year, was initially spotted 145 kilometers east of Surigao City packing at 55 kilometers per hour in the center, but moving slowly at 5 kilometers toward southwest to northeast Mindanao. For the past weeks, the intermit- Cris Diaz tent heavy rains spawned by the low pressure area was proven equally dangerous – more when it developed into a tropical depression. However, before Agaton came, the LPA already destroyed bridges, spawned flash floods, landslides and killing more than 40 people in various areas in Mindanao. While everyone was talking about the devastation left by Super typhoon Yolanda, nobody cares about Agaton. What makes it relevant? Yolanda was the strongest cyclone to landfall in Philippine soil in 2013. The U.S. weather bureau even dubbed Yolanda as the world’s strongest typhoon to landfall in recent years, eclipsing the previous strong cyclones that visited the planet. On the contrary, Agaton was the slow foot howler whose manifest indolence may not prove hazardous. Yet, after considering all the presumptions and ramifications, both Yolanda and Agaton were proven to be equally dangerous. One sees the two sides of the coin here. With a maximum wind of 250 kilometers to 300 kilometers, Yolanda exemplified a powerful and merciless storm that wrought havoc along its way, leaving a trail of death and destruction. Yolanda unleashed a fury that went down in the memories of those who survived its atrocities. In

less than 24-hour after it landfall in the Central Visayas region, Yolanda made a radical change of the country’s perception toward the changing environment. Indeed, climate change has started to take its toll as Yolanda sent the strongest message that humankind should reconsider climate mitigation as the order of the millennium. The other side of the coin was Agaton. The lazy cyclone with a characteristic to linger as it wishes by moving at a speed of five kilometers per hour. Before developing into a tropical depression, Agaton sent his emissaries of Low Pressure Area (LPA) hovering the island of Mindanao for weeks while intermittently pouring moderate to heavy rains. The LPA spawned flash floods and inundated most parts of Mindanao, particularly the Caraga Region. The LPA’s snail-paced movements triggered landslides as mountains and slopes soften in the pounding of rains. Bridge collapse and unexpected deaths occurred as sudden flash floods trapped unwary individuals along river banks and creeks. Agricultural crops were destroyed and commercial flights in Misamis Oriental were cancelled most of the time paralyzing the business climate in the region that translates into billions of losses. Agitation also followed an abnormal storm path that changes every now and then. Weather specialists were puzzled because Agaton was supposed to move Northwest or Northward as the usual typhoon route. Instead, Agaton created its own track toward Southwest and then to Northeast Mindanao. What is happening? Again, weather experts noticed that climate change is taking place and it is certainly taking in the Philippines now. [Listen to “Alarma sa Udtong Tutok” every 11:00 – 12:00 Mon. to Friday at 95.7 FM Mellow Touch Radio] React:

Technology adoption in hospitality business CUSTOMERS in today’s fast paced environment rely on the Internet as their primary source of information and expect hotels, restaurants, airlines and other leisure activities to have a robust online presence. Revenues are generated through online credit card payments or automatic cash transfers through bank debit accounts and other banking products in the computer systems. The world has seen cutting edge technology since Mr. Bill Gates launched his Microsoft software to power business. Hotel bookings are done online making every mouse click a revenue generating and expense options. Technology has improved various operations from security surveillance to cost cutting options as less manpower utilization would still cover wide areas through the installations of CCTVs. Seamless integration of data’s can generate various figures to analyze

Traversing the Tourism Hi-way Ped T. Quiamjot cost and real time reports on stock inventories. Hotels worldwide are catching with banking technologies in monitoring the financial systems and the economy. Hospitality groups now have built data bank on customer’s profile and demographics to determine guest’s preference for cuisines, type of accommodation and travel options. Technology improves guest’s satisfaction as food orders maybe done table side and printed in real time at the Kitchen’s server. Cash and bill payments are reflected fast in the ledgers reducing transactional fraud or er-

Guidance Special Gospel of the day: Luke6:12-16(January29, 2014-Wednesday) Luke 6:12-16-And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called [unto him] his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, Matthew and Thomas, James the [son] of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, And Judas [the brother] of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor: This gospel reminds us that before doing something, we must pray first to our God for further guidance and enlightenment. There are many instances of our lives that we failed in our decisions since we never consulted God in doing such thing. Jesus talked first God before choosing His Disciples and this was a life of solitude of Jesus Christ. This was the encouragement of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI that each Christian must have a reflective silence. This is the only way to discern and discover our inner desire and to feel the presence of God in our lives. Do you spend time to have a silent atmosphere in your daily journey?

roneous billing. German technologies have topped the needs of the industry. From Micros Fidelio software it has branched out to convey cooking that makes souses vide food preparation a trend in gastronomy. Lighting and illuminating function halls have also made energy savings a reality in the hotel business with the use and installations of LED. Hotel Managers and entrepreneurs manage online capabilities of hospitality business from instructions in one place but made accessible everywhere through emails faster with detailed

system generated accuracy. Now we heard of Agoda or Booking.Com as reliable partners in travel. We review guests’ satisfaction programs or feedback from Trip Advisory which help hoteliers improve operation by addressing complaints if there is any? The world links the industry from the consumers to the operators and to the public. Have you heard of how bad the front liners customer’s relations etiquette of a new property in the City? Technology brings feedback mechanism to the core and management attention in improving operations through good training and other service excellence or quality circles. But unless a hotel is run by clowns or a management clique, you can kiss your technology goodbye. Luxur y sometimes brings comedy in life but what matters most is the equity and borrowed funds sunk by the investors?

Biblical reflection Bro. Edcel L. Closas To make quiet moments is the most difficult thing to do in life since most of us are busy doing nothing. Recently, I graduated from the Oasis of Love-Cebu, a Charismatic Community. It was very nice since I was not able to use my cell phone and no watch allowed. I was able to reflect and talked to God intimately. Take note, only in the midst of silence that we can hear the whisper of the voice of God in our hearts: Printing paid by: Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:30 PM - Sunday: #09284149490-09266607505: Question – Prayer request: Please follow me “WORD ON FIRE” on CCTN channel 12-CDO @ 10 PM- Mondays and Tuesday @ 3:30 PM. God loves you!!!

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SABELA CITY – Four people were wounded in a grenade explosion in the southern Philippine province of Basilan, police said Monday. Police said the explosion occurred on the island of Malamawi, just several nautical miles off Isabela City, while a group of people was gathering sand. A 23-year old man, Alsibar Usman, said he recovered the grenade in the village of MarangMarang while gathering

sand, but it exploded after picking it up, and wounded him and his companions - Soraida Usman, 38; and Ridzman Usman, 20 – all were working for Jundam Yusop. Police said the victims sustained multiple shrapnel wounds from the blast and were brought to

Basilan General Hospital in Isabela City. It was not immediately known who owned the grenade, but police said the explosive was likely an MK2 fragmentation grenade. In Zamboanga City, two separate explosions over the weekend damaged the house of Mohammad Nur Attang in Tictabon and Mampang villages. Police said no casualties were reported in the twin attacks. Attang is the village


Amina Jain, in a press release, revealed that the 2014 budget is P46 million, roughly 70 percent higher than the P27.12 million allocation last year, giving the agency more opportunity to help uplift the SMEs in the region. “With this bigger budget, we should be able to help more SMEs in the region which are needful

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chieftain of Tictabon Island, just a few nautical miles off Zamboanga City. The motive of the attacks is still unknown and no individual or group claimed responsibility for the blasts and police were investigating the type of explosives used in the attacks. It was unknown whether the blasts had anything to do with family feud or Atang’s work in the village of Tictabon. (With a report from E. Dumabo)

ZAMBOANGA CITY The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has conducted a two-day Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Day as part of the psychosocial activity for the families displaced by the September standoff. DSWD Regional Information Officer Narrabelle Bue said the IDP Day, which was held from Saturday until Sunday at Baliwasan Central School, was participated by some 300 IDPs. Bue said the activity was initiated by the IOM in partnership with the DSWD and city govern-

projects that would result in more job creation. This project also aims to help SMEs to come up with better value added products for added income. “In our selection cri-

teria, poverty alleviation through jobs creation is paramount in view of this government’s commitment for inclusive growth. Walang iwanan (no one be left out) as

ment as part of the psychosocial support for the IDPs. Bue said those who participated in the two-day events are those housed at the Joaquin F. Enriquez, Jr. Memorial Sports Complex. Bue said the activities include sport events like basketball and volleyball and the winners received grocery items as prizes. The sports complex still houses at present a total of 1,856 families comprising of 12,675 individuals. Bue said they are looking forward to conduct similar activities for the IDPs who are still staying in evacuation centers. (PNA)

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Z A M B OA NG A C I T Y – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-9’s assistance to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) just got better with an increase in the budget allocation for the Shared Service Facilities (SSF) program, almost doubling that of last year. DTI-9 chief Dr. Sitti

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum 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 GUILLERMO P. DELFIN has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from “FERDINAND” to “GUILLERMO” and Correction of entry in the date of birth from “SEPT. 8, 1950” to “FEBRUARY 14, 1950” in the certificate of live birth of FERDINAND DELFIN who was born on Sept. 8, 1950 at Ampayon, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are SIXTO DELFIN and CONCEPCION PALUMAR. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 14 February 2014. (Sgd.) JUDITH ALVIZO-CALO, LLB, MPA City Civil Registrar

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In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that ANTONIETTA V. DEL ROSARIO has filed with this Office a petition for Change of First Name from “JOCELYN VILLA” to “JOCELYN” in the birth certificate of JOCELYN VILLA V. JAINAR who was born on December 2, 1955 at Butuan City, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are TEOFILO T. JAINAR and FELICITASION VIAJAR. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 14 February 2014. (Sgd.) JUDITH ALVIZO-CALO, LLB, MPA City Civil Registrar MDN: Jan. 29 & Feb. 5, 2014

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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 RA 10172),Notice is hereby served to the public that SALVADOR JR. N. REMENTIZO has filed with this Office a petition for correction of clerical error in the entry of sex from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of Kurt Rassel Vicariato Rementizo, his son at Baungon,Bukidnon and whose parents are Salvador Jr.N.Rementizo and Mercy Caburre Vicariato. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file a written opposition with this Office not later than 16 February, 2014. (Sgd.) FELIPE C. CADIZ Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: JAN. 29, & FEB. 5, 2014

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DavOr governor orders relocation of NFA XI blocks release residents as govt enforces no-build zones of multi-million seized rice



AVAO CITY– Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon ordered the relocation of residents from more than 10 barangays in five towns who were affected by landslides and sinkholes in the past week.

Malanyaon announced during a a press conference Friday here that Barangay Marayag in Lupon, three barangays in Boston, four in Cateel and an undetermined number of barangays in Baganga and Manay would be declared “no-build zones”, as she ordered local officials to scout for relocation sites. “Marayag is no longer habitable. In Cateel, San Alfonso and Taytayan were washed out. In Manay, there’s one barangay with 700 families that can’t be reached because the soil sunk,” she told reporters. She said the diameter of the sinkhole was as long as two coconut trees. Malanyaon said these areas remained impassable and isolated from relief operations as roads were covered by “debris, soil and boulders.” She denied earlier reports that cut timber logs from logging operations in the province contributed to the damage. “I saw them myself, there were debris and huge boulders,” she said. The governor attributed the landslide due to the province’s weak ground foundation, which she described as “mineralized” similar to that of Compos-

tela Valley’s.. Cateel and other towns such as Boston and Baganga were also devastated by Typhoon Pablo in December 2012. The Office of Civil Defense Region 11 reported more than 23,000 families were displaced by floods and landslides in Davao Oriental. Most of the towns hit by landslides were located in the province’s east coast facing the Pacific ocean. Malanyaon said the relocation of residents in these barangays would be done immediately within the coming weeks, and that relocation sites would still be reviewed by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) if they do not lie in a hazard-prone area. “I said no to the barangay officials who were thinking of permitting residents to return to their homes. The relocation is non-negotiable. I’m very strict with respect to no-build zones. This time we can enforce the geohazard map of MGB that there are areas that can’t be used for settlement,” she said. Acquiring lands would be a massive undertaking, citing that one barangay with around 500 to 1,000 households would need a land area of five hectares.

The governor warned landowners who might charge prices higher than the assessed value, adding that she might exercise the local government’s power to expropriate the land. Malanyaon also appealed to the national government agencies to speed up the process of rebuilding the two collapsed bridges in Baganga and Cateel, stressing that isolation of some towns hamper relief and rehabilitation of infrastructure, including some 1,000 housing units prepared for Pablo survivors. “The bridges need to be repaired immediately as it connects towns,” Malanyaon said. Malanyaon also wanted the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to act in disposing felled timber logs in the province, some of which had been wasted and impeding their relief and rehabilitation efforts. She also asked the agency that the logs could be sold and its proceeds utilized for the livelihood of residents. DENR’s inventory run up to 100 to 500 cubic meters and is said to be worth P5,000 per cubic meter.(Tyrone A. Velez/

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DAVAO CITY – The National Food Authority (NFA XI) has blocked the release of a multi-million rice shipments consigned to a Davaobased businessman which is being held by the Bureau of Customs (BOC)here. In a pleading filed before Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16, NFA administrator Orlan Calayag asked Judge Emmanuel Carpio to junk the motion filed by businessman Joseph Ngo urging the court to clarify the coverage of its recently issued writ of preliminary injunction involving around 167 containers of sacks of rice which was imported by the country through the Davao port. In the Writ of Preliminary Injunction (WPI) dated December 13, 2013, Judge Carpio directed BOC XI to release the rice shipments covering nine bills of lading which was consigned to Ngo. Ngo asked for a preliminary injunction in court after the Bureau of Customs seized and held his rice shipments due to the absence of

import documents. But in court, Ngo batted that he had already paid the customs duties and taxes and permit to import is not anymore needed since the quantitative restriction (QR) granted by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to the Philippines had already lapsed. QR is a privilege given by the WTO to the Philippines to limit the rice importation to protect local farmers. In a motion for clarification, Ngo argued that the preliminary injunction should not only be limited to the nine bills of lading but also to the other rice


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Lea Salonga is excited about her first ‘Miss Saigon’ reunion concert in Manila

All set to perform in the fundraising concert Do You Hear The People Sing?, Lea Salonga admitted that she is excited to perform with different cast members of Miss Saigon from all over the world “I’m actually very excited about this one. Number one there’s so many alums from Miss Saigon and not just from one production, but from numerous productions. Many of them are the official Cameron Macintosh productions but there’s a few coming from regional licensed productions like this girl who played Kim in New Zealand. I think she’s here on vacation but she’ll be performing with us. So it’s a reunion of many people who performed together in Miss Saigon but it’s kind of also orientation day because there’s a lot of us who have performed in original productions but some did it in German, some did it in Dutch. So it’s all these people getting together and sharing stories that we just

never heard and it’s going to be fun,” she said. Lea admitted she is also happy to be joined by special guests Jed Madela, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, and Rachelle Ann Go who is set to play the role of Gigi in the West End play later this year. “We also have [people] who have never done any musicals before but when we thought who can see these songs going through the program one by one, both Gerard (Salonga) and I thought si Jed lang ang makakakaya niyan, of one particular song. Because it’s super mataas so it entered our minds that it’s only one guy who can sing that. So we invited him the minute we figured it would be him. I texted him, ‘You make sure you’re free because I need you for this! (laughs)’ He made himself free and his management made sure he’d be available for us,” she shared. The proceeds of the concert will go to the Habitat for Humanity

rehabilitation project for the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda. The 42-year-old singer-actress said she feels very passionate about visiting areas hit by the typhoon and stresses the need to continually raise funds for them. “Gusto ko sana pero wala pang pagkakataon. I’ve not been able to find an opportunity for it because I’ve been working. So the only thing I can do for now is to try and raise as much money and awareness as possible and the danger now is kasi kailan nangyari yung Yolanda? Last year. So sana huwag kalimutan ng tao na kailangan pa magbigay ng tulong, not like one burst and then we forget which is why this show is happening at the end of January and then two months after people still need to raise money. It’s not going to be over for a while. At least a year I think in order to get people back on their feet and support themselves again,” she explained.

As the first Pinay to star in the original production of Miss Saigon, Lea said she is confident in Julia Abueva and Tanya Manalang, the two Pinays who recently got cast as alternates for the role of Kim in this year’s run of the play. “Well I don’t know how much encouragement I need to give them because I think they grew up listening to this music. Tanya may have been a very small child when Miss Saigon first came out so she’s familiar enough with it now and Julia is only 18 so she wasn’t even born yet when Miss Saigon was first staged in the West End. I’d tell them to count your blessings, take lots of pictures, enjoy the whole process, make friends. And for the Pinoy cast, for the entire Pinoy contingent in particular, support each other. Be each other’s best cheerleader, because you’re all away from home, you are all embarking on this very similar journey together as a group. The entire cast has to be one unified

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18) - Don’t stick your neck out today -- the powers that be are looking for someone to make an example of. If you can just close your door and work on your own projects, that would be perfect. PISCES (February 19 – March 20) - Your colleagues are surprisingly helpful today -- even if you’re not working or haven’t worked in a while. You may get a new lead or just a little boost exactly when you need it. Enjoy! ARIES (March 21 – April 19) - You’ve got to stay as grounded as possible -- emotional trouble could arise if you get too crazy. Take deep breaths, get some exercise or just have a long talk with someone who knows you really well. TAURUS (April 20 – May 20) - Your ties to the natural world are enhanced today, so make sure that you’re getting out there and breathing fresh air or experiencing the rain in your face. It feels great to be alive! GEMINI (May 21 – June 21) - It’s hard to get through one part of the day -- but once you do, the floodgates should open up and you ought to find it easier. Try to get your people to help out during the worst of it. CANCER (June 22 – July 22) - You regain your footing emotionally -- and may find it easier to navigate a tricky work or family situation. Things should get a lot better for you as you find new ways to keep the balls in the air.

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front to tell this story. Hindi puwedeng mag-baklas baklas yung group. As a group you really have to be a unified unit to tell this story well. It makes for much easier relationships backstage because the show is so heavy, mabigat siyang gawin eh. It’s vocally heavy, it’s physically demanding. You have to keep it light behind the scenes,” she shared. This is the first time Do You Hear the People Sing? will be staged in Manila, but Lea says they have been performing in different countries already. “Yes Gerard (Salonga) conducted it with the Shanghai Opera Orchestra and Chorus so we had

Culture matters



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By VILMA L. LAREDE Lumbia Central School Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City

Each one of us have difference. Honest to say, there are a lot of differences that vary an individual from the other. In classroom setting, most teachers nowadays could observe several gaps in education. There are these achievements gaps, funding gaps and school-readiness gaps. However, a few could observe that there is

this another gap which is considered as rarely observed: the cultural gap between teacher and students. Cultural gap are results of a communication barrier, namely cultural barriers. These barriers are brought about by cultural differences. Example for that is the usual problem among different cul-

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tures, the language barrier. Language, in order to be delivered successfully, should be in the same tone, diction and pronunciation. Some cultures, as we know it, deliver words in different tone, diction and pronunciation. Thus, thes e can mean different things to people from different cultures. Moreover, teachers could say something that might not be understandable to the students and vice

a big choir, all of whom were theater fans also so they were so excited when we were doing it. I’ve done this in Shanghai, Indianapolis, and Canada in Ottowa so I’ve done it a few times. So it makes me happy to get to do it again and to think that it’s going to be done here. One it will be bigger and better because one, we’re helping our countrymen surviving Yolanda and two, we get to have a really nice reunion of Miss Saigon alums. Three, we get to hear really amazing singers to sing this amazing material. It’s very exciting,” she said.

versa. Furthermore, it could create misinterpretation and miscommunication. To tr uly engage students, teachers and educators must reach out to them in ways that are culturally and linguistically responsive and appropriate. In addition and cultural assumptions and stereotypes brought into the classroom that may hinder interconnectedness should properly examined.

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ing (BLs), the court should have enumerated it in the order along with the nine other bills of lading. “Without admitting that the rice shipments are validly imported, the reason why the six BLs were not included in the WPI is because the customs duties and taxes are not yet paid. Hence, there is a valid ground not to release the rice shipments covered by the six BLs,” the NFA added. The NFA also pleaded that the other undeclared rice shipments should not be included in the injunction order. In addition, the NFA again asked the court to dissolve the injunction order due to lack of jurisdiction. (PNA)

material for our 21th century needs: without sand no glass, no bottles, no computer chips, no construction. My friend Peter Dupont, an independent and very good journalist, published an article about the sand robbery going on in the Philippines... Great international European, Singaporean and Chinese concerns, in their quest for sand. In the North of the Philippines, complete beaches have been sucked away by land grabbers. The sand is used for big building projects (two third of all concrete is sand based), for industry, or is transported to other countries like Singapore, where it is used to gain land over sea. The poor Filipinos, living near those beaches and surviving on fishery and hard, daily labor, are left alone, without any means of existence. My Bayang Magiliw, the chain of smaragd islands, will finally disappear if the International Community is incapable to take their responsibility. Men play with the future of mankind. We do not know the consequences of the Fukushima meltdown yet. Many scientists believe that this sand robbery might be one of the causes for the recent disasters that struck Mindanao and Luzon. In any way, global warming will affect the lives of everybody living closer than one hundred kilometers from a beach, and that is almost every one in the Philippines. We need to take care of the heritage of our children and adapt our lifestyle, so future generations will be able to secure their future. In Belgium, it is common to reuse your little plastic bags when shopping and buying groceries. Most of the supermarkets charge an extra five Eurocent (1Euro or 100 Cent equals 60 PHP) for the little plastic bags. You need to by a recycled bag, like the ones you can find in Save More or Gaisano. Doing shopping at my small daily vegetable and fish market in Talomo – Puan, my goods are packed in at least ten bags before I go back home. Useless rubbish that will be thrown in the sea. There need to be a legal obligation to sort our waste: glass, plastics, vegetable leafs: all is collected separately and recycled. For the sake of our children. It is not funny to do, but necessary.... Global efforts will be needed to save our mutual countries. Not only efforts from the governments, from our leaders or from our neighbors, but most of all from ourselves. Let us think about it. Ok? Salamat po! ••• ht t p : / / w w w. d e m o Media/article/detail/1779226/2014/01/22/ Jan-De-Nul-wil-P-maga-

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SSF in the region with Zamboanga City as the pilot area, benef iting nine cooperatives with over P3-million worth of assistance. This was part of the 67 projects the DTI targeted all over the region in 2013 to address the gaps in the value chain of priority clusters by providing processing or manufacturing equipment, tools and machinery. DTI will also strictly monitor all beneficiaries to make sure that the project serves its purpose. “Our work doesn’t stop there once the projects are established. We have to monitor and document the progress of each, making sure that they are used and that they deliver the benefits as planned,” the DTI-9 chief said. (FPG/ MVC/PIA9-ZBST)


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their house and was already in the act of setting it on fire when he tried to prevent her to no avail. The boy’s father Gerry told police that his wife was acting strangely for the past weeks. “She had been shouting invectives the whole night for the past weeks and we were already alarmed of her condition,” he said. He s ai d he d i d not know what to do since the family has no money to see a doctor for her. “We feel helpless, but we could not do anything,” the elder Cambe said. He s aid he will not press charges against his son because “he really did not mean to hurt her mother.” “The boy stabbed her mother because he could not control her fury anymore. Had the mother succeeded in setting the house on fire, the whole village would be razed,” Cambe said. CD

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zine-uit-de-rekken.dhtml ••• Jan J.I. Degeest (°1970) is an Art Historian, novelist and Rotarian – incoming president of Gent-Prinsenhof. He worked for several Belgian Secretaries of State and is actually Director of Communications at the Institute of Frescography, official book reviewer for and Secretary General of the Non Profit Organization of Belgian and Luxembourgian Rotary Clubs. He is married to Jeana (°1970) and has one son, Elias. They live in the heart of the historical city of Ghent, Belgium. Any comments on this column are welcome on jandegeest48@

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s c re e n e d at X av i e r University Little Theater (XULT) and SM CDO Cinema 3 from January 24-25. The awarding ceremony was held at SM City Event Center during its last day. Festival winners “Ika-3 Putahi (Recipe No. 3) was hailed as the Best Short Film- Professional Category and it also garnered 6 other awards: Best Art Direction, Best Story, Best Editing, Best Sound Scoring, Best Director for Joeromer Bacus and Best Actor for Rusty Quintana. As a psycho-thriller, “Ika-3 Putahi” underscores the consequences of an unrequited affection and tells a journey to the limitation of one’s sanity. “Lugdang” (Drowned) by Gray-em Erezo received the 2nd Best Short Film award and reaped the awards for Best Cinematography and Best Actress for Kris Gebe. The Special Jury Award for Social Responsibility on Climate Change also went to “Lugdang” for tackling the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong. The 3rd Best Short Film went to “Hello” by Kevin Nico Surposa from Iligan City. “Panamilit” (Farewell) by Tat Soriano won the Best Poster. Winners for student category On the other hand, the Best Student Short Film went to “Wa Ko Kakita” (I Haven’t Seen It) by Eastine Charles Taneo from Liceo de Cagayan University (LdeCU). It also won 3 other awards: Best Story, Best Director for Taneo and Best Actor for Ray Anthony Vacalares. ‘Wa Ko Kakita’ is a film patterned after the legend of the pineapple but with some interesting twists and a modern appeal to the audience. “Kaon Ta” (Let’s Eat) by Richard Mars Caberte from XU landed as the 2nd Best Student Short Film, along with the awards for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Inspired from a real can-

nibal from Japan, Caberte’s film deals with perversion over the human flesh and the appetite-stirring horror that comes with his character’s uncanny obsession. “The Perfect Girl” by Janine Banday from XU got the 3rd spot for the Best Student Short Film. Jocell Sedigo won the Best Actress award for her role in “Binibining Cancer” by John Solomon Legara, also from XU. The award for Best Trailer went to “Perla” by Angel Frances Borres from Xavier University High School (XUHS). Lastly, Tracy June Dy of “The Perfect Girl,” Rhea Arroyo of “Panamilit” and Alger Macud of “Lugos” were the Stars of the Night. Fringe features The festival had a special screening of “Crossfire” by Davao City’s Arnel M. Mardoquio, one of Mindanao’s prized assets in the realm of independent filmmaking. It was shown during the opening ceremony on Jan 23, 6pm at XULT. The film underscores the complicated and grappling realities lingering the Mindanao landscape such as wars, conflict on ancestral domain claims, exploitations in the indigenous communities and corruption yet it challenges the audience to take part in the solutions to these problems. In addition, this year’s Cinemagis featured 3 special citation pictures— “Backwash,” a Sendong aftermath documentary film by Jose Alfonso Sendaydiego, the award-winning film thesis of Glenn Mark Doromal, “Walang Katapusang Adlaw” (Infinite Sun) and a documentary film on CDO’s “Hapsay” governance, “Street Vendors” by Joi Gacayan. Stepping stone Cinemagis served as the springboard for short films coming from Northern Mindanao to be screened during the 6th Cinema Rehiyon, the national film festival organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), to be hosted by XCCA on Feb 18-22. “Wa Ko Kakita,” “Unawa,” “The Perfect Girl,” “Kaon Ta,” “Lugdang,” “Ika-3 Putahi,” along with Butuan City’s “Diskonek” and “Ang Walay Kahumanang Adlaw” will represent the region in the event. Cinema Rehiyon forms part of the National Arts Month (NAM) celebration in February. In addition to giving Northern Mindanao filmmakers national exposure, Cinemagis also aimed to promote local talents, voices and culture. To this end, the festival jurors, Dr. Steven Patrick “Tibo” Fernandez, Felimon B. Blanco and Rudolph Alama Gutierrez, together with XCCA director Hobart Savior and Davao filmmaker Oliver Bantayan, conducted

a forum with the filmmakers to share some insights and tips on how to improve one’s cinematic language and aesthetics. “What is very important is the passion to pursue filmmaking. Keep on elevating your standards and prepare yourself for criticisms because that’s the only way to improve your craft,” Dr. Fernandez said, adding that today’s generation of filmmakers must challenge the mainstream cinema.

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the coffee could cure diabetes, high blood, and other illness, Galban added. The FDA also noted that there are dozens of food supplements, such as “whitening” products, sold in capsules without approval from the government’s Department of Health (DOH), he said. Sellers and outlets of these products like ‘Sehat Badan” claimed that the product has been in the market of years and until the FDA issued the crackdown, the sellers have not received a complaint from patrons. The owners and sales persons of a store in the city’s downtown district also claimed that “Sehat Badan” is the top seller among food supplements that reportedly cure diabetes, high blood pressure, and other illnesses. CD with ERCEL .MAANDIG

Government, Department of Tourism in Region 12 and the Mindanao Business Council. During the conference, organizers cited several “big ticket” investment projects worth around P2.45-billion that are aimed to complement with the area’s growing tourism industry. These include the development of renewable energy sources and the establishment of additional tourism facilities and other related infrastructure. Aside from the proposed hydropower project, Acosta said they are pushing for additional investments into eco-tourism, potable water resource development and irrigation in Barangay Lamfugon. He said they have initiated studies that will identify the potential projects that could be implemented in the area. “We’re at looking at ventures that will complement with the hydropower project and at the same time provide development opportunities for other resources there,” the official said. Barangay Lamfugon hosts the Kofnit Cave, which is one of the mountain caves found in Lake Sebu town. Kofnit is the local term for bats, which have thrived for years at the cave. The cave, which is found in Sitio Lembila, is mainly known for its underground river. (MindaNews)



government officials and sought for the issuance of an endorsement from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for the project. He said they also discussed a potential partnership with distribution utility South Cotabato I Electric Cooperative for the project’s development and operation. “They were very positive with the project and signified to come back later to work on the other details of the venture and possibly start with the permitting process,” he said in a media forum. Acosta said the proposed hydropower venture was mainly an offshoot of the first South Mindanao Tourism Investment Conference (Tourism Icon) that was hosted by the province in October last year. The Tourism Icon is a project of the AVLADA and the local governments of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat. AVLADA is a local government-led environment body that oversees the management and protection of the Allah Valley landscape, specifically the critical Allah River and its watershed areas. It is supported by the Canada-backed Local Government Support Program for Local Economic Development of the Department of Interior and Local

allowing students to enter during class hours. Internet cafes should also comply with the 200- linear meter prohibition. It may be recalled that the education committee conducted inspections of computer stations near schools months ago in response to the many complaints received. The councilor said the City Treasurer’s Office has copies of establishments operating internet cafes and proposed that computers operating without permits be closed immediately. He said not one of establishments having pisonet machines have necessary permits. “Look for pisonet with permits .. wala!” he added. Councilor Barba said while he is glad that the Regulatory and Complaint Board is acting on this, he is hoping that the drive will be sustained. INVENTORY C ouncilor Teo dulfo Lao Jr., who is one of the members of the RCB assured that inspection of internet cafes will take place to ensure compliance to city laws. Lao proposed the enactment of an ordinance prohibiting pisonets. He also suggested that the ordinance governing internet cafes be revisited to clarify the 200-linear meter prohibition.

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Lim Lo Suy installed as Potentate of Agila Shriners of Mindanao by CHENG ORDOĂ‘EZ

TwenTy seven years after he travelled through the hot sands of the Filipinas Shrine Club under the jurisdiction of the Aloha Temple of Hawaii, Illustrious Peter U. Lim Lo Suy assumes the highest and esteemed position of Potentate of the Agila Shriners of Mindanao, along with other officers during a solemn and fitting installation of officers for the Shrine The Agila Shriners of Mindanao was under the jurisdiction of the Aloha Temple of Hawaii from 1986 before becoming the 195th temple chartered by the Shriners International on July 2, 2012. The installation of Illustrious Peter Lim Lo Suy as Potentate, along with 12 other officers for the year 2014, drew a huge number

of dignitaries and nobles from the international Masonic communities as well as from Luzon, Visayan and Mindanao. Main guest of honor was MW Juanito G. Espino, Jr., Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines. Past Potentate Terrence Derby and Past Potentate Pablo Ko, Jr. were the agila/PAGE 14

The new set of officers of the Agila Shriners of Mindanao led by Illustrious Peter U. Lim Lo Suy (left photo) as Potentate, along with other noble -officers during a fitting installation of officers for the Year 2014, Saturday, January 25, 2014, at the Emerald Ballroom of the posh Limketkai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Cheng OrdOĂąez AGILA | PAGE B3



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Intalling Officer and Installing Marshall, respectively, of the new set of officers. The new Potentate earned the highest position in the Agila Shriners of Mindanao through distinguished Masonic career records as follows: Most Outstanding Worshipful Master in District 17 (2985); Most Outstanding Worshipful Master of the GLP (1986); and Most Outstanding District Deputy Grand Master in the Philippines (GLP Award) from 1998 to 1991, the only time this award was conferred on a Mason for three consecutive years. Potentate Lim Lo Soy was accompanied by his wife, Doris, Son, Bryan, and daughters, Sharmaine and Lorraine. The new set of officers installed with Potentate Lim Lo Suy are Chief Rabban Reynaldo Rabban, Assistant Rabban Henry Tan, High Priest and Prophet Romeo Bartolome, Oriental Guide Floren Vic Lumo, Treasurer Edwin Amene, Recorder Francis Celis, 1st Ceremonial Master Agapito Suan, Jr., 2nd Ceremonial Master Efren Marquez, Director Jonathan Montillo, Marshal Catalino Rodriguez, Jr., Captain of Guard Suharto Mangudadatu and Outer Guard Alipio Olita, Jr. In his inaugural speech, Potentate Lim Lo Suy said that he intends to bring the dream of Mindanao Nobles to have the Shriner Hospital for Children in Mindanao, which will specially attend to burnt and crippled

children, be realized. The new Potentate Lim Lo Suy was elected as the first Chief Rabban, a position next in rank to Ill. Romeo A. Yu, who was elected as the first Potentate of the Agila Schriners and who was acknowledged by the new leadership for his dedication and effort to establish the Agila Shrine in Mindanao. Past Potentate Yu was accorded the Past Potentate's Jewel and the Calibri Jewel and Certificate from the International Past Potentates Association. Grand Master Espino, Jr. expressed high esteemed on the new leadership of the Agila Shriners of Mindanao, even as he shares in the dream of fulfilling Agila Shriners' dream seeing the first Shriner Hospital for Children stand in Mindanao. In spite of his success in business, being an incorporatordistributor of Toyota Cagayan de Oro, Inc, among others, his Masonic life is so colorful that he was crowned, during his stint as Grand Oriental Chair, by the Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand Inspectors General of the Thirty Third and Last Degree Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Republic of the Philippines as the Sovereign Grand Inspector General for the Orient of Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon, a position he still occupies today. Nobles from various national and international communities expressed high regard for the new Potentate for being humble,


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amiable, caring and a man of service, truly an epitome of a great Masonic leader worthy of emulation and respect. "Care for the less fortunate, especially children who suffer from burns and crippling diseases" is the institutional calling of the Agila Shriners of Mindanao, hence, Potentate Lim Lo Suy has pledged to pursue it with the noble intention of seeing himself and his brethren carrying in their arms sick children towards a Shriner Hospital for Children in Mindanao. "I, therefore, call on the nobles to help me realize our dream to bring a Shriner hospital for crippled children closer to home, particularly here in Mindanao," Potentate Lim Lo Suy said. Let us roll up our sleeves and work together to make the dream a reality," Potentate Lim Lo Suy said. "Having our own Agila temple is a remarkable achievement in itself, but it needs to be founded on a noble cause otherwise it becomes meaningless and empty," he said. In the world out there, there are countless children crying out for help who cannot make out beyond their means, he said. "Let each one of us carry a crippled child in our arms and uphold the true image of a Schriner. I cannot do it alone," he said. "Now more than ever, your cooperation and support are crucial if we are to make our newly built Agila temple relevant to the needs of the time," newly installed Potentate Lim Lo Suy said.

Chinese New Year 2014:

The LIMKETKAI LUXE HOTEL Photo by shaun uy

Limketkai Luxe Hotel Opens its Gilded Doors for its Golden Abundance Feast


imketkai Luxe Hotel is set to kick-off the year of the horse with its first offer for 2014. This Chinese New Year, Cagayan de Oro’s premiere hotel in the busiest business district of the city is opening its doors to its eager patrons to share good fortune and a great abundant buffet. Since Limketkai Luxe Hotel’s soft opening, Cagayanons, local and international tourists alike have been pouring in the doorstep to sample the hospitality of Limketkai Luxe Hotel. As a way of saying “thank you”, Limketkai Luxe Hotel is offering The Golden Abundance Feast on January 31, 2014 from 11 AM to 2 PM with over fifty choices of Chinese food for only Php 888 net. Truly abunda as the local dialect would say, your taste buds will journey six food stations, starters, salad station, soup and dimsum station, carving station, main entrées, and the dessert station. Every station is set to bring you close to a genuine Chinese experience. Explore a world of flavors with the appetizing starters; Beancurd-wrapped Mandarin Roulade, Pork Tongue Ham, Century Black Egg, Treasured Steamed Chicken, Deep-fried Chinese Chorizo, Spicy Squid Cake, Sesame Jellyfish, and Honey-eyed Pork Crown Char Sui. Proceed to a wealthy selection of salads; Winter Green Leaves in Black Vinegar Dressing, Fried Tofu and Corn Kernel in Superior Light Soy Sauce, Sea Cucumber and Black Fungus in Sesame Oil, and Popiah (Singaporean Fresh Spring Roll). Over to the soup and dimsum station; Vitality of Ostrich Soup with Black Mushroom,

Pork Steamed Bun, Beef Steamed Bun, Shrimp Siomai, Shrimp Dumpling, and Bread Steamed Bun will prepare you for even more flavors at the carving station where choices of Roasted Peking Duck and Anisado Crispy Prok Belly lay waiting for your pick. Then choose from Hot Chicken Salad, Steamed Groupa, Soyed and Stuffed Mandarin Pork Knuckles, Sautèed Bok Choy, Mung Bean Noodles with Seafood, Salted Snake Meatflakes Fried Rice, Steamed China Rice for your Main Entrée. Finally fulfil your craving at the dessert station with our Almond Fruit Cocktail, Sweet Buchi, Chocolate Lava Cake, Mango Agar-agar, Fresh Fruit on Ice, Petite Mango Hopia, Petite Ube Hopia, Petite Pork Hopia, and Black Jelly & Lychees. Cap it all off with coffee or tea and see what 2014 has for you with our complimentary Chinese Fortune Cookies. But as the word abundance promises, Limketkai Luxe Hotel has prepared not one but two offers. The Bed + Breakfast + Buffet is an option where you can enjoy the Golden Abundance Feast on January 31, 2014 and experience world-class service by checking-in our rooms. Opt for a Deluxe Twin Room or a Superior Deluxe Room for only Php 4,888 net or our Executive Suite at Php 5,888 net. These room packages include overnight stay for two (2), breakfast for two (2), and Abundance Feast Voucher for two (2). To know more about the Chinese New Year 2014 offers from Limetkai Luxe Hotel, contact (917)5436915, (917)7150068, or (917)3122901. You can also email us at info@limketkailuxe. com, or visit our Facebook page for more details.

Mr. Limketkai, owner of Limketkai Center, including the newest hotel in Cagayan de Oro City, the Limketkai Luxe Hotel, venue of the installation of new set of Agila Shrine officers, sit among the honored guests.

Family members of Potentate Peter Lim Lo Suy -- wife, Doris, Son, Bryan and daughters, Sharmaine and Lorraine in the company of relatives and friends.

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Arts & Culture



Cinema Rehiyon travels to CDO, aims to unify country’s filmmakers by IRENE JOY B. DAYO


agayan de Oro City will be hosting a film festival tagged as Cinema Rehiyon 6, a flagship project under National Committee on Cinema of National Commission of Culture and Arts (NCCA). This event will kick off on February 19, 2014 and will continue until February 22. The Cinema Rehiyon is an annual non-competition film festival for the regions. According to Dr. Mike Rapatan, Head of National Committee on Cinemas, Cinema Rehiyon is a time to bring together the film makers from different part of the country, interact and weave their capacities together and share common stories and struggles. He also added that it is a venue to unify different people who have different culture and show that diversity is a strength. Evolving on the theme “Filming the Frontiers”, this sixth leg of Cinema Rehiyon would feature films that could give positive impact and transform lives for the better. This year, 93 films would participate in the film festival. There are 36 in Luzon, 23 for Visayas and 37 for Mindanao. Such films will educate the community about disaster risk reduction and management, climate change, environmental protection and preservation, rebuilding lives and communities and cultural solidarity

and understanding. Together with Cinema Rehiyon 6, screenings and forum are also set for the event. These are screenings and forums that focus on film productions coming up from various regions such as display exhibits. In addition, a so-called Cinetalakayan will also be presented which talks about film and society, disaster risk reduction and management and film and sociocultural development. Cinelikha would also compose the Cinema Rehiyon 6 that, on the other hand, will give emphasis on film student, film history and acting for film. Expected participants are independent filmmakers that includes individuals coming from Baguio, Pampanga, Calabarzon, Naga, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, General Santos and Zamboanga. Film curators, festival programmers and film enthusiasts are also expected to be in attendance. Furthermore, Festival Director of Cinema Rehiyon 6, Mr. Hobart Savior also encourage young people to give chance to their own regional films. The film festival is expected to gather audience aged 13 and above. This film exhibit is a part of the celebration of this year’s National Arts Month (NAM) of Philippine Arts Festival, under NCCA.

CINEMA REHIYON PRESSCON . Mr. Hobart Savior, Director for the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts and this year’s Cinema Rehiyon Festival Director (left), and Dr. Miguel Rapatan, National Commission for Culture and the Arts Head, National Committee on Cinema discuss the components and events that comprise the upcoming Cinema Rehiyon 6: Filming the Frontiers festival on February 18-22 in Cagayan de Oro City with screenings at the SM City CDO Cinemas 3 & 4 and the XU Little Theater. Photo by Irene dayO

CDO MEDIA . Mr. Hobart Savior and Dr. Miguel Rapatan, National Commission for Culture and the Arts Head, National Committee on Cinema pose with the members of the Cagayan de Oro City Media and PIA-10 personnel at the XU Little Theater during a press conference held at the XU Little Theater, January 28. Photo by LaVIe Casenas

Teachings that awaken children’s enthusiasm to learn other languages

Valuing School Administratorship

by ANA D. eSCOBAr Teacher III Macanhan Elementary School Cagayan de Oro City

by JuPiter Y. tAguPA Sanggaya Elementary School Talakag District II

The paradox in Na tional Achievement Test results, where kids scored high in Mathematics but low in english, is a case worth consideration in the K-12 Program of the government. The reason for this is that the Department of education (Deped) is currently following a bilingual education policy, where Math is taught in english, the result shows a correspondingly low score in Math, given how children were deficient in the language used in teaching Math. Teacher under the K-12 program should use the mother tongue in teaching Mathematics. In a study, a class with students who were generally described to be performing poorly in academic assessments were taught using the mother tongue and, after a predetermined time, was assessed for being performed better than the pilot class, according to a report in the Visayas. "After two years, the study has proven that the students taught with the mother tongue as the medium of instruction has still excelled than those who were not,” the report culled from the study pointed out. Under the K-12 program, children in grade 1 will be taught exclusively in the mother tongue. In grade two, the mother tongue is still predominantly used, with Filipino words slowly getting introduced into the vocabulary. In grade three, where science,

math, reading and languages will be introduced, the mother tongue is still predominantly used, though the medium of instruction for social studies will be Filipino, to introduce the concept of national identity. Grade three in K-12 is crucial because it is also here were english is introduced. In the fourth grade, english becomes the medium of instruction for science and math in parallel with the now budding cognitive development of the child. The Cebuano will speak Sugbuanon, the Ilongo their hiligaynon, and those from Tacloban and Samar will speak their Waraywaray. In Mindanao, there are the Danao languages of the Maranaw and the Maguindanaon, the Bahasa Sug of the Tausug, and the various languages of the indigenous communities like the Blaan, the Tboli, the Manobos and the Teduray, among others. Brains are said to need 5-10 years to learn academic english. Training with the mother tongue must have 4-5 years first to make the brain be ready to learn another language which is english, according to a study made by Aurelio Vilbar, a faculty member of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu College, stated. A child having english as their language at home and must be using the mother tongue at school could simply adapt, since the Cebuano counting language, for

example, is multi-lingual,” the study said. This continues until high school, until the 10th grade, where other languages can be offered. “You can offer a language that is marketable in your perspective. In UP, we offer Arabic. Through offering these, we are into the idea of peace process, understanding people better,” Vilbar's research study suggests. Teaching this way awakens the enthusiasm of children to learn other languages, rather than intimidate them. "Study skill is a general term for techniques and strategies that help a person read or listen for specific purposes with the intent to remember. Domains of literacy are taught first through mother tongue, after which the domains of literacy are taught in the second language then to the third language. Therefore, students now can understand in three languages," the same study indicates. Shifting to reading in a second language can be taught through experience or oral language and or printed symbols,” Vilbar in his study said. he added: “Students who are literate in the first language should be able to carry their knowledge and skills to reading in the second language provided that they are adequately exposed to the second language and they motivated to acquire it.”

“Great power comes from great responsibilities” this is a famous phrase from the movie Spiderman which connotes the bottom line of having a position in a community. However, some people rush their luck to obtain power without even considering the accountabilities attached to it and the end users being risked. While others will even bribe out of desperation, use their connections or even kill somebody just for a position. What they are after off are the fame and the promising luxury of privileges inclined to the position. The diminishing quality of education in our country has been the issue throughout the century. In response, basic reform agenda were implemented by our government to improve our educational system and K +12 BEC came along the way to align our curriculum to our neighboring countries and make it globally competitive. Mother tongue instruction is even a part of these efforts and funds were allocated to finance trainings designed to empower the capacities

of school administrators and teachers to materialize the enhanced educational system of our country. Principal empowerment was also implemented to give school administrators their independence in discovering their own science and art of managing and supervising a school community. Indeed, school administratorship is a no ordinary affiliation that everybody must not take for granted for the total image of the school community merely relies on the competence of the school administrator. Yes, I know, you may strongly oppose to this statement for it takes the entire village to educate a child, for a school is composed of school administrator, teachers, pupils or students, parents and the total external stakeholders surrounding the school. But mind you, school administrators are the driver of every school. From the welfare and competence of their subordinates, the academic performance and the total individuality of the pupils and students, the frequentness of external stakeholders’ cooperation,

the offshoot of projects improving the school physical features and the transparent allocation of all school finances and expenditures. Above all, they have this unseen task of being the moral icon to the school community inside and outside the school vicinity with or without wearing the Dep. Ed. uniform. Acquiring the capacities to satisfy the challenges of the above mention statement is only possible via enrolling to graduate studies wherever school it may. There, you will not only learn through theories those competencies needed to be become efficient and effective school administrator but through the different experiences of every individual around. It may takes thousands of pesos to pursue a Master’s Degree, but it’s worth it. Thus, amidst the application of aspiring school administrators, it will be their major merits (technically and operationally) to those enrolled to graduate studies for equipping themselves before being sent to the battled field of ignorance, p o v e r t y, m o r a l i t y a n d cultural consciousness.

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