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AGAYAN de Oro City––Sr. Supt. Graciano J. Mijares, acting police chief of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), yesterday ordered the disarming and relief of a senior police official and his subordinate shortly after their arrests inside a hotel here Monday afternoon.
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THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Misortel overseer Fernando Vincent Dy Jr. shows the Internet Packages offered by on Monday said that good the telephone company. Dy said Misortel has signed a contract with Bayantel for a weather condition will conbandwidth to expand its services to subscribers in Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis tinue to prevail in most parts Oriental. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit of Mindanao Daily News of the country.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada said this is so due to the moderate to strong northeasterly surface windflow affecting the eastern sections of the country.
of free reconnection (priced previously at P300) and condonation of surcharges and penalties. Misortel’s landline rates are P246.40 for residential and P554.40 for commercial connections. Dy said new telephone
subscriptions will be given 2 months free. He added that the Internet connection comes with a free landline, and that Misortel is replacing old phone units with brand new ones.
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Misortel offers additional promos for subscribers By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent
THE Misamis Oriental Telephone System (Misortel) announces the launching of its new promotional offers for subscribers in Cagayan de Oro City and the province. Misortel overseer Fer-
nando Vincent Dy Jr. said they now offer DSL Internet Packages of P995 for Up to 1MBPS and P1,990 for Up to 2 MBPS. Dy said Misortel recently signed a contract with Bayantel which will provide bandwidth. The contract is
locked for one year and is renewable thereafter. He s ai d t he “ 1 1 + 1 Promo” continues, giving subscribers 1 month free connection for 11 months of advance payment. He added that former subscribers may now avail
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Energy dept releases findings on Feb. 27 Mindanao blackout
MISAMIS Oriental––Some 3,000 workers in Misamis Oriental started to undergo random drug test Monday morning at the provincial capitol grounds in Cagayan de Oro City. Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano led the initial random test of 20 capitol workers along with two department heads just after the “flag ceremony” at the provincial capitol grounds in Cagayan de Oro City. “The random drug test will identify individuals who use drugs and those who have drug problems in order that the provincial government could initiate timely intervention,” Emano said. He said that the random drug test will also serve
THE Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) presented at a press briefing last Friday the findings of their investigation on the total loss of power in Mindanao on February, 27 2014. A supply-demand imbalance caused by the reduced generation of STEAG coal-fired power plant due to a technical problem and the defective equipment of the government-owned Agus 1 hydro power plant led to the incident. The National Power Corporation (Napocor) acknowledged NGCP’s assistance in correcting and restoring the defective Napocor-owned capacitor voltage transformer inside the switchyard of the Agus 1 plant. For its part, NGCP is pushing for power plants to coordinate and check with the system operator their own respective plants’ protection settings. Measures to uphold the security and integrity of
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By CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor and GERRY LEE GORIT, Correspondent with ARJAY FELICILDA, Assistant Editor
AGAYAN de Oro City–– S r. S u p t . Graciano J. Mijares, acting police chief of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (C o cp o), yesterday ordered the disarming and relief of a senior police official and his subordinate shortly after their arrests inside a hotel here Monday afternoon.
In s p. L e mu e l G o n d a , ch i e f, op e r at i ons an d plans branch of Cocpo, said Mijares ordered the immediate relief of Supt. Michael John Deloso and Police Officer 3 Ernesto Galleto, both assigned with Cocpo traffic unit, from their current posts and ordered them to report to the police headquarters here pending result of the investigation. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Northern Mindanao led by Atty. Pipoy Bernales arrested Deloso and Galleto in an entrapment operation inside the Philtown Hotel In a statement, Chief along Tiano-Macahambus
Streets in Cagayan de Oro, said Gonda. Gonda added that Deloso and Galleto demanded “certain amount” from Xavier Heights Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (XAHJODA), a transport group. Mijares said that the it is normal to implement an administrative relief to members of the police force who face complaints, said Gonda.
He said two white envelops containing P2,000 and P4,000 were recovered from the possession of Galleto. Ernie Palanan, a lawyer and a former radio reporter, and now president of an association of jeepney operators and drivers here, complained that the suspects have been allegedly “extorting” a monthly P 6,000 “protection money” from the association for the fast five months.
In an interview with a local radio station here, Palanan said, that he was fed up with Deloso so much so that the latter have become demanding these days. Palanan said that Galleto took the envelope containing P2,000 while Deloso received the envelop containing P4,000 but immediately gave it to Galleto. “I believed Deloso has already the traces of the
mark money on his hands,” Palanan added. Bernales said that the suspects are now in the custody of the NBI and that they would be subjected to inquest proceedings on Tuesday. Media practitioners, including the Mindanao Daily News, tried to get the side of Deloso and Galleto but an NBI personnel said the two will be presented today in a media briefing.
Experts present innovative health care practices in support of inclusive growth Health sector stakeholders gathered at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City to discuss some best healthcare innovation practices in a forum organized to encourage adoption of these practices and address persistent disparities in health amid a growing economy. Four innovative health programs were presented in a roundtable discussion led by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), the
government policy think tank tapped by the Washington-based Center for Health Market Innovations for the implementation of the project “Health Market Innovations”. More than100 participants from local government units, academic institutions, health offices, regional offices of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Center for Development offices of the Department of Health, and nongovernment organizations
participated in the roundtable discussion last March 6. PIDS President Gilberto Llanto said health innovations show the creativity of Filipinos in addressing the very large disparities in health. “It is indispensable for the country to deal with the very large underinvestment in health where government health staff stagnated at around 36,000 since year 2000 despite the country’s 1.7 million annual population growth,” he said. “We need to innovate to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for health,” said Oscar Picazo, PIDS senior research consultant and board chairman of the Philippine NGO Support Program, Inc. “The Health Market Innovations project builds linkages among health innovators, funders, and policymakers. It also provides information for those who do not know that there are funders for better health care delivery,” he added. One of the health innovations
introduced was the EVAcoh Project (Eastern Visayas Area Cooperation in Health). “The project aims to setup and operate social health enterprises using cooperatives’ community development funds,” said Roberto Nebrida, executive director of the Philippine NGO Support Program, Inc. The EVAcoh Project considers social health enterprises such as cooperative-based pharmacies as an innovative method of investment in the provision of health services and commodities. “EVAcoh social health enterprises have served a total of 10,348 women of reproductive age,” said Nebrida. “Its total sales have reached a whopping PHP6.1 million.” Another innovation, RTI International’s Wireless Access for Health Project(WAH), recognizes the benefits of wireless connectivity in enhancing health care planning and delivery in rural health units (RHU).“The WAH project uses 3G wireless technology to improve health care by reducing time required for data reporting as well as improving access to accurate patient information at the RHU level,” said Felipe Canlas, RTI International local project coordinator.“It helps rural clinicians spend more time for patient care rather than spending half of their time on patient information recording and reporting,” he explained. WAH has been adopted in 66 RHUs in 38 cities and municipalities and 14 provinces in the country, serving 2,500 patients a day. Sr. Eloisa David, OSB, chief operating officer of KaKaK Foundation, talked about the Mother Bles Birthing Clinics. The project, which has established 50 clinics since 2010, addresses the lack of access to affordable and high-quality maternity care facilities, helping achieve the country’s MDG commitment of reducing maternal mortality. “The program promotes the legitimate rights of every mother on maternal health, especially those who are indigent and underprivileged,” said Sr. David, a doctor and fellow of the Philippine College of See HEALTH, page 11
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LPP prepares for ‘Normalization’ through dialogues, info drives By PJ TREMEDAL, CSO-FP EFK
ILIGAN City––Lanao Peace Partnership (LPP), which is composed of five local nongovernment organizations (NGOs) in this city tackled issues on the Normalization annex, which was recently signed as part of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB). The event was attended by international peace experts and their counterparts, managing directors of the five NGOs that support information drives thru dialogues and fora about the GPH-MILF Peace Process by discussing what should
people know about the FAB. Pailig Development Foundation, Inc., CSO Forum for Peace, Mindanao CSO Platform for Peace, Mindanao Peoples Caucus, EcoWEB, Inc., MSU-IIT Institute for Peace and Dev’t in Mindanao composed the said peace partnership thru the help and support of GIZ-FSD Civil Peace Service. LPP has inked a joint statement in helping pave the way for the Bangsamoro Transition and supporting the peace building process in Mindanao.
2 quakes hit Surigao MALAYBALAY City––Two earthquakes hit Surigao del Norte and Surigao City on Monday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. The first tremor hit 15 kilometers southwest of Malimono, Surigao del Norte at 1:30 p.m. and registered a magnitude of 5.4. Phivolcs said the quake had a depth of 19 kilometers, and was felt at Intensity IV in Surigao City, Intensity V in Placer, Surigao del Norte, and Intensity III in Butuan City. The second quake hit 33-kilometer southeast of Surigao City at 2:13 p.m. with a magnitude of 3.3 and a depth of 22 kilometers. A report from the MindaNews
GPH-MILF Peace Panels have, earlier, signed all the four annexes of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro. In its joint statement, LPP vows to focus on its commitment, even as it is hopeful for the achievement of peace in Mindanao, saying: “The forging of an Annex on Normalization last January 25, 2014, the last of four annexes to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB), brings to a close 17 years of negotiations between See drives, page 11
LAMBO MISAMIS ORIENTAL. Governor Bambi Emano leads the random drug testing at the Provincial Capitol grounds earlier today. This is in the Governor’s pursuit of decreasing and further eradicating drug use and drug abuse among Capitol employees. Governor Emano asked not only Capitol employees but the public not to use illegal drugs as this will bar service for the people.
Archbishop Capalla’s brother gunned down in Iloilo DAVAO City––The activist brother of Davao’s Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla was gunned down at the public market in Oton, Iloilo at around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. In a press statement, the human rights group Karapatan said Romeo Capalla, 65, chair of the Board of Directors and manager of the Panay Fair Trade Center (PFTC), received two bullets to the head and was declared dead upon arrival at the Western Visayas Medical Center. Karapatan said the slain
Capalla was the “11th victim of extrajudicial killing in the last two and a half months, starting in January 2014” and the 180th victim of extrajudicial killings since President Aquino assumed the post on June 30, 2010. The human rights group documented 169 victims of EJKs from July 2010 to December 2013 and 11 as of 2014. In its press statement, Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay called on civil libertarians and human rights defenders
in the country and in the international community to demand from the Aquino administration to “take concrete steps to stop the spate of killings.” The slain Capalla “was at the market to assist his mother-in-law when the gunmen shot him; hitting the right side of his head, near the temple. His left eye popped because of the bullet,” Karapatan said. The PFTC, which the slain Capalla chaired, is a member organization of the International Federation of Alternative Trade.
It exports certified organic muscovado sugar and banana chips. He was a member of Samahan ng mga Ex-detainee Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA). Karapatan said Romy Capalla was arrested on August 3, 2005 “on trumped up charges of arson.” It added that his coaccused, Aklan councilor Fernando Baldomero, became the first victim of extrajudicial killing under the Aquino administration. A report from the MindaNews
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LGU plants 1,500 seedlings at ‘Vision 2020’ launching BUTUAN City––The Butuan City government led by Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante, Jr.; sp e arhe a d e d e arly Su nd ay morning the “Grow A Million Trees Program,” activity as one of the initiatives in support to its “Vision 2020.” The 1,500 ten-feet long mahogany and narra seedlings were planted at the 5-kilometer stretch area from Bancasi Rotunda to the boundar y of B ar ang ay B anc as i - B onb on area. The activity is envisioned
to transcend the usual tree planting activity, in a sense that a family or group of five individuals may plant a tree and will nurture and grow the tree specie planted as its own. In this way, planting trees will start to become a way of life for each and every Butuanon. Among the concepts of the implementation of the “Grow A Million Tree Program” is for the local government to e nv i s i o n w it h t h e pr i v at e stakeholders to be an agent
of sustainable, resilient, environmentally sound economic g row t h a n d d e v e l o pm e nt , providing the people of Butuan, its visitors and investors with pro-active, participative and empowering governance under a united leadership. The program als o envisioned that by the year 2020 “Butuan City will be a model for sustainable, forest-based e c o n o m y i n t h e c o u n t r y, thereby giving its people the highest per-capita income in Mindanao.”
A tree nurturing guide was provided to every participant which included the following activities: 1) The planted tree seedling will be visited once in ever y week to make it better cared-for and valued; 2) During the visits, the condition of the planted tree will be checked. Obser ved unhealthy or critical condition will be reported to the City Barangay Affairs Office; 3) Before leaving the seedling spot, a yellow ribbon will
be tied at the corresponding tree guard to indicate that such seedling had been visited and cared-for for the week; 4) Ever y 16th day of each succe e ding mont h, a joint simultaneous celebration of the wellness of the tree will be held on site. The monthly celebrations will run for six months. Another get-together is scheduled on April 16 and the future months to follow. A report from the Philippine News Agency
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BUTUAN City--Four sus- were confiscated in a joint pects were arrested, cash, anti-illegal drug operations drugs and paraphernalia of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Regional Office 13 and PNP personnel of the Las Nieves Municipal Police Station, Las Nieves town in Agusan del Norte over the weekend. Reports from Agusan del Norte Police Provincial Office said that PDEA 13 and Las Nieves Municipal Police Station implemented Search Warrant No. 1341-2014 issued by Judge Augustus L. Calo of RTC, Branch 5, 10th Judicial Region, Butuan City at the house of a certain Jonathan E. Gravino, located at Purok 2, Brgy. Mat-i, Las Nieves in Agusan del Norte at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday. The operatives confiscated two pieces of heatsealed transparent plastic sachet of suspected meth-
amphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, drug paraphernalia, two pieces live bullets of M-14, a live M-16 bullet and a bullet for .357. Another joint operation was conducted at 6 a.m. the same day at Purok 4 of the same village and town. The authorities this time implemented Search Warrant No. 1340-2014 issued by Judge Calo for violation of Section 11 and Section 12, Art. 2 of R.A. 9165 or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act at the house of Peping Nacario and Nanette Perez located at the said place. The operatives found in the premises of the house two pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and other drug paraphernalia. In a third joint operations conducted at 8 a.m. also on Saturday at Purok 2 of the said village, the authorities implemented Search Warrant No. 13402014, issued by Judge Eduar-
do S. Casals of RTC Branch 1 of the 10th Judicial Region for violation of Section 11 and Section 12 Art. 2 of R.A. 9165 at the house of Macmac Collantes located at Purok 2 of the said village. The joint PDEA-PNP team confiscated four pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu and other drug paraphernalia including P12,915.75 cash. The subject persons were arrested during the implementation of the search warrants and now in the custody of Las Nieves Police. Cases of violation of Section 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) Art. 2 of R.A. 9165 is being prepared in inquest proceedings against all arrested persons. The confiscated pieces of drug evidences will be turned over to the issuing courts prior to its submission to the Laboratory Section of PDEA 13. A report from the Philippine News Agency
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Few core problems: catalyst for drop-outs among students By MEDINA R. QUINTO MT- 1 Kapatagan National High School
Drop-out rates among students is one of problems facing education department and institutions in the current time. Behind this action, there can be economic, societal, and equity reasons causing some students to decide in leaving school. First is the student characteristics. In an article published online of American authors John
H. Tyler and Magnus Lofstrom, student characteristics associated with a higher probability of dropping out, often called student “risk factors,” are both numerous and oft-cited as dropout “predictors.” Poor school performance is a strong predictor of dropping out of school such as low test scores, course failure, and grade retention. In addition to that, poor student engagement could also encourage drop-outs. This is often measured through absenteeism
Importance of Matching Learning Style and Teaching Styles to Students’ Academic Success By RODEOSCITA ANNE O. PANCIPANCI, T-3 PANOLOON NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL PANOLOON, SAPAD, LANAO DEL NORTE
Over the years, teachers are confronted by low scores and grades, unresponsive classes, poor attendance, more drop-outs. As a matter of fact, students tend to stop school because of academic failure. To those unfortunate few who fail, the blame is put on the academic standard or the teaching methods. But what about the way students learn? Can the teachers allow the students to learn their own way while they teach their own way? Ideally, the way teachers teach should match the way students learn. The concern of the teachers should be the students’ style of learning. They can adapt their teaching styles to suit the learning styles of students in order to promote learning. Understanding student’s learning style preference can then assist teachers develop a favorable view of their students’ abilities and attitudes, significantly influence their perception towards students’ learning differences which result to greater comprehension and acceptance of the
diverse learning needs of each student. In this case, students would have better engagement in the classroom, increase learning and achieve academic success. However, without such understanding, it is common to many teachers to use and uphold the traditional style, “chalk and talk “method and so inappropriately perceive students as weak and less capable of learning the lesson. Alternatively, when the learning styles of students are similar to that of the teacher, greater achievement and personal satisfaction is exhibited. Matching students’ learning style with the appropriate teaching styles led to successful interaction between teachers and the students resulting to improved learning outcomes. Matching is a challenge, but a worth striving for. The more closely schools match teaching to the way students’ brains actually learn, the more likely it is to reach students and bring the natural motivation to learn.
R.A. Form No. 10172 Republic of the Philippines Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Province of Lanao del Sur MUNICIPALITY OF BACOLOD-KALAWI NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. 10172 a notice is hereby served to the Public that ARIFIN M. EDRIS has filed with this office a petition for Correction of Clerical Error particularly in his GENDER from FEMALE to MALE in the Certificate of Live Birth ARIFIN M. EDRIS who was born on June 11, 1994 at Daromoyod, Bacolod-Kalawi, Lanao del Sur, and whose parents are ARSAD A. EDRIS and ELENA P. MAMPLAI. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not late than. (Sgd.) MANGACOP B. DIPATUAN Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Mar. 18 & 25, 2014
Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: JOINT PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES CELIETO LIBRERO AND JEAN S. LIGTAS
CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-019
CELIETO LIBRERO AND JEAN S. LIGTAS Petitioners. x-----------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this court is verified Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce tiled by the petitioners and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage life performed under civil rites on May 21, 1990 at Iligan City, they converted to Islam faith Islam faith of which conversions to Islam where duly Registered with this court both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at Bagong Silang, Iligan City and Mahayahay, Iligan City respectively: That said marriage did not last long due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for over six (6) years already they decided to separately live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; Petitioners seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on May 21, 1990 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all prove futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform substance set the initial hearing of this case on March 21, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the city of Iligan one week for Three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Iligan City. Philippines, this 28th day of February, 2014. (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge
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and discipline problems. Family characteristics also affect student performance and in negative side, it could also be a cause of drop-out among children. It is also considered as the most important predictor of schooling achievement. The socio-economic status of the family is one of the strongest
reason for dropouts. This is due to parental education, kind of occupation and cost of income. In a survey, children often select to leave school and help their parents earn living. School characteristics are also viewed as a reason for student drop-outs. In researches, school characteristics can affect student performance and achievement. It is due to a reason that a student find it hard to cope up on
K to 12: Its Essence By Arlyn P. Tudela Teacher III Kapatagan National High School Lanao del Norte
In the current administration, education has been made a strategy in order to heighten the quality of human resources coming from the Philippines. Other than that, it is considered as a key to boost socio-economic status of Filipino families. Thus, it is much proper to also upgrade the quality of education, reason behind K to 12 program. The K to 12 program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education. This 12-year basic education composes of six years for elementary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School. It is an implemented program under President Benigno Aquino’s administration because they believe that a 12-year program is an adequate period for learning under basic
education and also a standard for recognition of students and professionals abroad. K to 12 is a system tool that will not only enhance capabilities of Filipino students but as well, contribute much to Philippine Economy in the near future. In an official publication of Philippine Government, K to 12 is described to be an educational system that would provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship. Furtherly, there are specific reasons seen behind giving a “go” on this program. In K to 12, students will be able to get sufficient instructional time to do subject-related tasks
the system his school is having and thus, discouraging him. These characterisitcs include school practices and processes, resources, size, pupil-teacher ratio, student composition and location. The solution on this, however, depends on the hands of school administration. These problems should be addressed in order to lessen student problems such as drop-out rates. Dropping out is a result of
short-term problems experienced by the students. Its effect, on the other hand, are long term. It will affect student’s future, as well. Thus, concern people and persons assigned in looking into this should identify deeper reasons behind single drop-out in order for this to be addressed and solved. It may take time and effort but solving such is a milestone that would lessen overall student drop-outs.
which makes them more prepared and well- trained on a subject area. The period that would cover this new educational system is longer than the older one. For this reason, there would be enough time to go beyond specifics on every subjects taken and thus, giving students a more clearer understanding on a particular subject matter. This program could also provide graduates that are more prepared to enter the labor force. K to 12 consist of technological and vocational education that are teaching subjects, equipping students with skills that are needed in most workplace. Thus, once a K to 12 student graduates, he can be employed even without college degree. In addition to that, most high school graduates in older system have not reach yet the legal age of 18, blocking them to be employed after graduation. In K to 12, however, most of the students will graduate at the age of 18. In other words, it is possible
that after graduation, there is a good chance to work right away. In that way, lesser employment problems could be attained for these people could contribute, adding up to nation’s manpower. The K to 12 program is also following the international education standard. This standard of education is a matter that all nations are practicing. Having this is already an edge for Philippines’ future human resources in working abroad. Moreover, Filipino graduates will not be behind anymore and further be at sync along other countries’ graduates. That is K to 12 Basic Education program. There are perhaps problems arising upon its implementation such as lack of government budget, classrooms, school supplies and number of teachers. However, those gaps will be filled in a long run. It is good to just focus on its long term effects. This is basically on how big it will be beneficial to Filipinos and to Philippines as a whole.
Parents: In encouraging learning and writing in child’s young age By LYDIA H. GORECHO, Teacher III Kapatagan National High School Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte
Hobby is something that someone loves to do because he already used to do such. In young age, parents can opt to teach their child activities that could possibly their future hobby just like writing. Writing comes in different way. In writing profession, such could be articles and literary pieces. For students, it could be in the form of sentences, paragraph or a composition. At first, writing is difficult knowing the fact that not all students love to write. For some, it is hard to come up with anything to write about. Others have a lot to say, but it is hard to get the ideas written down in a meaningful
way. For a small percentage of children, every step of the writing process is difficult — from processing the ideas to forming the letters to write to convey the right message. School-age children may exhibit other signs of difficulty. These include illegible handwriting, avoiding writing, and having difficulty completing a writing assignment that makes sense. Often, these children have to focus so much on the act of writing that they omit simple words or really simplify what they want to say as a way to use easier words and shorter sentences. Parents can provide support by having their child type
Republic of the Philippines FOURTH SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE BETWEEN SPOUSES JAIME BANZON LAVADOR and MYRNA CAYACAP GAVIOLA,
CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-021 For: APPROVAL OF THE DIVORCE BY TALAQ
Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES JOHN DL. JAMISOLAMIN and EVELYN J. NAGANO-JAMISOLAMIN
CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-017
JOHN DL. JAMISOLAMIN and EVELYN J. NAGANO-JAMISOLAMIN Petitioners. x--------------------------------------------------/
JAIME BANZON LAVADOR and MYRNA CAYACAP GAVIOLA Petitioner. x-------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this Court is a verified petition for approval and registration of the divorce between Spouses and alleging among others: That Petitioners are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Religious Rite on October 25, 1981 at Sacred Heart Church, Cebu City. Petitioners, were converted to Islam Faith, of which conversions to Islam were registered with this Court, residents of Poblacion, Iligan City and Naga, Cebu City respectively and can be serve with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at Gandamra Law Office, Diocesan Centrum Building, Salvador Lluch St., Iligan City. That said marriage did not last long due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between herein petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated since early part of 2001 or for more than thirteen (13) years already, thereby decided to live physically in bed and board; that reconciliation between petitioners is no longer possible or a remedy, thus, divorce is sought by them in order to free themselves from the marital burden. WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on March 24, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Iligan for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines. March 3, 2014. (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Mar. 4, 11 & 18, 2014
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ORDER Before this Court is a verified petition for approval and registration of the divorce between Spouses and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under civil rites on May 14, 2003 at Cabanatuan City they converted to Islam faith of which conversions to Islam where duly Registered with this court both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at c/o Zaide Law Office, 2nd Flr., Pafs Mejia Bldg., Roxas Ave., Iligan City. That said marriage did not last long due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between herein petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for over two (2) years already, they decided to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; Petitioners seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on May 14, 2003 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all prove futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on March 21, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted, Let copy of this Order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 28th day of February, 2014. (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Mar. 4, 11 & 18, 2014
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Billions of pesos lost to smuggling BUREAU OF INTERNAL REVENUE (BIR) figures released recently, showed that the projected total revenue loss from smuggling could amount to P200 billion today. This is alarming. Two hundred billion pesos is no joke. The government is losing out on a very large source of taxes and revenue that could otherwise go to infrastructure, social services, and income for farmers and fisherfolk. Smuggling and corruption are worse culprits that bring havoc to our economy. Instead of funding the needs of the Filipino population, the perpetrators of smuggling and corruption are getting richer and richer. There is a need to overhaul the processes in importation to prevent opportunities of corruption. The overhauling of importation procedures would curb the smuggling into our country of agricultural and food products, as well as oil, vehicles, and electronics, among others. Reports are laudable that the Senate will begin an in-
EDITORIAL vestigation on the rampant and incessant smuggling of foods—especially rice. The Committee on Agriculture and Food acting as the lead investigating committee should be supported by all sectors. The Bureau of Customs (BoC) should be at the forefront of the drive against rampant smuggling of agricultural products by making transparent importation information contained in the Inward Foreign Manifest (IFM) according to a lawmaker. The IFM is a list containing details about the products being imported into the Philippines, such as the importer’s name, the source country, the shipping vessel, and the date of arrival. Currently, only the Bureau of Customs has access to this information, making it easy for unscrupulous parties within the agency to get involved in smuggling. It is now apparent that there could be some serious flaws
in the system. These offer unscrupulous elements several opportunities for corruption. If the procedures are efficient, we should see less opportunities, and therefore less cases, of smuggling and corruption, if none at all. The Alyansa ng Agrikultura, a coalition of 42 federations and organizations representing all major agricultural sectors, has been advocating the automatic transmittal of the IFM from the Bureau of Customs to the Department of Agriculture. The practice was done for a few years, but ended in 2009. The government must look into all possible angles to crack down on these smuggling rings and probe into systems and processes, and gather information on possible food smuggling rings or syndicates operating within the bureaucracy. We don’t want to see the day when a food crisis will erupt in our country because of the death of our agricultural industry, so if massive changes will have to be made, now is the time to do it.
Sinner Special Gospel of the day: Luke18:914(March18, 2014-Tuesday) Luke 18:9-14-And he spoke this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men [are], extortionist, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up
so much as [his] eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a “sinner.” I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalted himself shall be abased; and he that humbled himself shall be exalted: Avoid self righteousness since this is human “boastfulness.” In 1 Peter 5:5-Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisted the proud, and gives grace to the humble. In
Biblical reflection Luke 18:14-I tell you, this man went down to his house justified [rather] than the other: for every one that exalted himself shall be abased; and he that humbled himself shall be exalted. This is a sin against the Holy Spirit. In Matthew 12:32And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaks against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the [world] to come: Printing paid by: Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhDTony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray
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GENERAL Santos City–– Brownouts or power outages are bad. However, what’s worse is the exploitation of brownouts to raise the price of electricity in the spot market. When disasters strike, profiteers abound – like vultures waiting for the hapless, weary desert traveler to fall and die. So do, as we see, players in the Wholesale Electric Spot Market WESM). And “disasters” don’t strike; they create them. Under Electric Power Industry Reform Act (R.A. 9136), WESM operated by PEMC (Philippine Electric Market Corporation), is good -- supposedly to control electricity prices for the benefit of the end-users. But in times it was expected to prevent electricity price from spiking or shooting up WESM failed. Rappler, on July 13, 2012 (How does WESM work and affect electric bills?), wrote deploring the spiking of power cost on the previous June 20 – 23, as high as P45 to over P46 per kilowatt/ hour: “This was not the first time WESM prices spiked and threats of brownouts loomed. A similar dire spot market situation occurred in January to February 2010 -- the months leading to a national election.” Last December, Meralco bought power from WESM at P62 per kwhr. (Bold text supplied) ‘Bantay Salakay’ That at some critical times, WESM has turned “bantay salakay” (guardraider) is not a surprise. Its constitution is inducive to such monstrosity. It is constituted by the same potential sources of high prices it is instituted to prevent from occurring. Wit h PEMC as t he market operator, WESM is composed of “equitable representatives from the electric power industry. Subject to the compliance with the membership criteria, all generating companies, distribution utilities, suppliers, bulk consumers/ end-users, and other utilities authorized by ERC (Energy Regulating Commission) shall be eligible to become members of the wholesale electricity spot market”. (R.A. 9136, Provision on “Supplier”) All these members are the only ones who can raise exorbitant prices of electricity – the very ones to be guarded against raping the retail end-users. WESM is mandated to maintain the prices of electricity at “reasonable, rational and competitive” levels. But the members’ interest for profit conflicts with that of the end-users. This is like having a pack of wolves guard the sheep.
How WESM Operates Following, Rappler’s (712-12: How does WESM …) enumeration of the process is quoted in full. Necessarily, prices at the spot market are dictated by the law of supply and demand. (1) Stakeholders determine the total demand for electricity for a certain hour. (2) “Trading” happens. Seeing the demand, the suppliers submit bids, essentially telling PEMC they are willing to supply, for example, 100 megawatts at P10 per megawatt. (3) PEMC ranks the bids from the lowest to the most expensive, until it has enough supply bids to meet the total demand for power. (4) The highest priced offer that is accepted becomes the spot market’s price for the hour. (5) Electricity is thrown to the grid and facilitated by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). (6) Then it is distributed to households and businesses through distribution companies like Meralco. Trading goes on an hourly basis, depending on demands from households, manufacturers, office buildings, and other consumers. The numbers vary, change, increase or decrease. Is WESM not open to manipulation and collusion? It is. Of Supply Philippine Daily Inquirer (March 13, 2014), in its editorial, “Market failure?”, quoted ERC Executive Director Saturnino Juan’s explanation of ERC’s report of how low supply of power happened last December: “Supply was low because market participants did not offer their available capacity, so there was market failure” – in clearer language, “shortage of power supply”. It cited the ERC report stating that WESM has a “Must Offer Rule (MOR)” wherein suppliers “must offer all their available supply. In what the ERC says is a longstanding tradition, the suppliers deliberately did not offer all of their available supply, violating the so-called MOR … and in the process artificially creating a shortage. A good case for collusion can be made from this finding”. It quoted the ERC order: “The non-observance [of the MOR provision] is so rampant that the entire WESM governance structure has perhaps already grown accustomed to encountering it on a regular basis.” Of Prices The ERC found out that the prices on the WESM during the shutdown of the Malampaya gas pipeline for maintenance from November 11 to December 10 last year could not qualify as “reasonable, rational and
competitive.” (Philippine Daily Inquirer, March 12, 2014: ERC voids power rate hike; Spot market prices ‘not reasonable, rational’) During that same period, the same report above said, a number of power generation plants also shut down, creating a 45-percent shortfall in the average 6,000 megawatts that Meralco supplies to customers forcing Meralco to buy more expensive supply from the WESM and to pass on the cost to customers. To aggravate generation cost, the shutdown of the pipeline also prompted plants that use the cheaper natural gas from Malampaya and supply power to Meralco to use more expensive fuel. This, however, is not the full truth. An earlier PDI report (February 18, 2014: Steep price spike on WESM questioned) told a sinister story. It said “that Therma Marine was contracted by Meralco for 238 megawatts of reserve power presumably to assure adequate supply and reduce cost at the contract price of P8.65 per kwhr. Of the 238 megawatts, 200 megawatts came from Sual Coal Plant that Therma had bought for P6 per kwhr. The report noted: “It is a legitimate market move of Therma to have bought the 200-MW excess capacity of Sual at a reported P6 per kWh and to turnaround and contract it to Meralco for P8.65. While the maneuver may be allowed by the rules, market participants and Meralco should have the restraint not to take advantage of the consumers.” And, it was “fair market” for Sual, Therma and Meralco. The report said that fuel for coal plants was only P2.50 per kwhr; for diesel, P8.50 per kwhr. Sual, a coal-fueled plant, had a profit of P3.50 per kwhr; Therma, P2.65 per kwhr. How did Meralco end up buying from WESM at P62 per kwhr? The report again noted: “Of serious concern was the report that Meralco had allowed Therma Marine to deliver only 90 MW to Meralco instead of 238 MW and supply the rest to the WESM at P62 per kWh, which then Meralco is trying to bill its customers.” By whatever explanation, the bottom line was profit. The 148 megawatts Meralco had allowed Therma to deliver to WESM which it later bought at P62 per kwhr instead of P8.65 as contracted from Therma meant P7.8958 billion profit for WESM which Meralco and Therma as WESM members would share. That was how much the Meralco customers would have been exploited or robbed had it not been for the Supreme Court intervention that must have compelled ERC to investigate.
Police power In the March 12 PDI report, “ERC voids power rate hike”, the ERC was flexing its power “to protect consumers from unreasonably high market prices” justifying in its order: “Government intervention in this case is a valid exercise of the state’s police power and can be done by the regulatory body to which the said power has been delegated and to intervene when the common good so demands.” And, the Palace noted the report as an exercise of state police power. Presidential Spokesman, Press Secretary Herminio Coloma said: “We note finally that the ERC exercised government’s police power to stop the imposition of ‘excessive, exorbitant, unreasonable, or very high prices’ of electricity in compliance with its mandate under the EPIRA. We affirm government’s commitment to protect the citizens’ welfare by ensuring stable and reasonable electricity prices.” However, the acclamation of “police power” for stopping the imposition of “very high prices” that had already been stopped -- coming three months after it should have been exercised -- sounded hollow. That was throwing life buoy into the water after the drowning person had been saved and given first aid. Critical Questions When Meralco applied for a P4.15 per kwhr increase in its rate charges for December 2013 to be reflected in the January and February 2014 bills, ERC Chair Zenaida Ducut and the Commission approved it without investigating the reasons behind the stiffest rate increase ever. The Palace only folded its arms, the President saying that suspending the power rate increase was solely the function of the ERC which is not under the Office of the President. But that did not remove from the President his police power. Did he have to abdicate this to the ERC which had defaulted on its own police mandate by approving Meralco’s application, “no questions asked”? Public outcry compelled the ERC to investigate. The President advised the Meralco customers to be patient until ERC had completed its investigation. Finally, last March 6, the ERC came out with its 33-page report that ordered PEMC, the WESM operator, to “recalculate” the spot market prices that “in effect voided the ERC approval last December of the P4.15 per kilowatt-hour rate increase in generation charge that Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) had sought.” Did it have to take the ERC three months to find the reasons for the very See BROWNOUTS, page 11
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Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a judicial District Iligan City
Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late EDESIO P. LAREDE, who died on December 26, 1992 at Tuyabang Bajo, Oroquieta City, during his lifetime, said EDESIO P. LAREDE acquired as part of the conjugal property with herein Floras M. Larede a certain parcel of land more particularly described as follows: “A parcel of Land (Lot 4, Block 23 (HL) Psd-12000388 being a portion of Lot 1472-P-3-H (LRC) Psd-194089, LRC Rec. No. 8035), situated in the Barrio of Pala-o, Iligan City. Containing an area of TWO HUNDRED FIVE (205) square meters more or less, is the subject of DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL PARTITION WITH ABSOLUTE SALE, made and entered into by and between; FLORA M. LAREDE, of legal age, Filipino, widow a resident of Buruun, Iligan City, MA. FLORDELEA L. DEJAN, of legal age, Filipino, married, a resident of Cebu City, MA. FLORDEVEIE M. LAREDE, of legal age, married, a resident of Brgy. Tibanga, Iligan City and FLORDEMAR M. LAREDE, of legal age, Filipino, single and resident of Buru-un, Iligan City “The Heirs/Vendors” are the sole and exclusive surviving heirs. That for and in consideration of the sum of ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND (PhP100,000.00) Pesos in hand paid by the vendee is hereby acknowledge, to their entire satisfaction, the herein heirs/vendors do hereby ABSOLUTELY SELL, CEDE, TRANSFER and CONVEY unto said VENDEE, CANAPI RIGA PASAGUE, of legal age, Filipino, married to NORAIMA ARUMPAC PASAGUE, a resident of Balabag, Boracay, Malay, Aklan (Vendee) the above described parcel of land. As per Doc. No. # ; Page No. # ; Book No. # ; Series of 2014; under Notary Public of ATTY. HERNAN R. TABALBA.
IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES TEODOMIRO L. ALOMBRO and CARINE T. GANABES-ALOMBRO
CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-018
TEODOMIRO L. ALOMBRO and CARINE T. GANABES-ALOMBRO Petitioner. X----------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this court is verified Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by the petitioners and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under civil rites on September 9, 2001 at Cagayan de Ore City, they converted to Islam faith of which conversions to Islam where duly Registered with this court both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at c/o Zaide Law Office, 2nd Flr., Pafs Mejia Bldg., Roxas Ave., Iligan City. That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for over three (3) years already they decided to separately live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; Petitioners seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on September 9, 2004 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all prove futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform substance set the initial hearing of this case on March 21, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the city of Iligan one week for Three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 28th day of February, 2014.
Local police chief Supt. Glenn Dulawan identified the arrested suspect as Noel Cabonales, who was arrested Sunday afternoon in a follow-up operation in Barangay Sta. Lucia. Dulawan said the suspect was positively
identified by witnesses as the one who tossed on Saturday evening a fragmentation grenade into the residence of Virginia Tano at Purok Citrus in Barangay Dumagoc, this city. No one was however
ZAMBOANGA City – Local government and Church leaders have welcomed the appointment of Kidapawan Bishop Romulo Dela Cruz as the new archbishop of
this city. Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said Monday that Dela Cruz is familiar with the situation in this city having served as the Bishop
Local gov’t, Church leaders welcome new Zambo Archbishop
REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES) )SS AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS We, ___________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ all of legal age, Filipino, and residents of ____________________________, after having been duly sworn in accordance with law, hereby depose and state, that: 1. We hereby declare that we are the only surviving heirs of the deceased depositor, Francisco D. Abao, who died on November 1, 2013, a copy of the Certificate of Death is hereto attached as Annex “A”. Likewise, we further state under pain/penalty of perjury, punishable by imprisonment under the Revised Penal Code, that we do not know any other heirs of the decedent; further, decedent does not have any known debts or obligations unpaid at the time of his/her death; 2. At the time of his/her death, he/she left Savings Deposit Account/s with the Philippine Veterans Bank-CDO Branch under Savings Account No. 0023-373355-101 with a balance of 206,375.71; 3. The aforestated deposit is the only property/asset of the said deceased depositor; 4. We hereby request the Philippine Veterans Bank-CDO Branch, to release the balance of the said deposit account in favor of Clarita Abao Roxas and/ or to transfer the balance of said deposit account to an account in his/her name, we, his/her co-heirs, having waived our rights over the said deposit account in his/her favor. 5. We hereby hold the Philippine Veterans Bank free and harmless from any claim/suit that may be brought against it by reason of the release of the said amount in favor of Clarita Abao Roxas and we hereby undertake to indemnify the said bank in the event it suffers damages should any heir or creditor subsequently claim deprivation of any rights by virtue of this release and settlement.
(Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Mar. 4, 11 & 18, 2014
Republic of the Philippines FOURTH SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE BETWEEN SPOUSES JERRY T. SAN JUAN and MARION A. BONTIA-SAN JUAN,
killed or injured during the incident as the grenade fell into a drainage canal inside Tano’s compound. Dulawan said the motive of the incident was personal grudge since it was discovered that Tano’s has allegedly mauled the brother-in-law of the suspect last Saturday morning. He said that follow-up operation is continuing to arrest the accomplices of Cabonales. (PNA)
CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-020 For: APPROVAL OF THE DIVORCE BY TALAQ
JERRY T. SAN JUAN and MARION A. BONTIA-SAN JUAN Petitioners. x---------------------------------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this Court is a verified petition for approval and registration of the divorce between Spouses and alleging among others: That Petitioners are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil Rite on February 7, 1996 at Lala, Lanao del Norte. Petitioners, were converted to Islam Faith, of which conversions to Islam were registered with this Court, residents of Iligan City and can be serve with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at Zaide Law Office, Iligan City. That said marriage did not last long due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between herein petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for more than eight (8) years already, thereby decided to live physically in bed and board; that reconciliation between petitioners is no longer possible or a remedy, thus, divorce is sought by them in order to free themselves from the marital burden. WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on March 24, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Iligan for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines. March 3, 2014.
of the nearby prelature of Basilan province several years ago. Salazar said that hopefully the assignment of Dela Cruz will bring renewed hope to this city, which is still in the recovery stage caused by the September 2013 siege. “We look upon him as a shepherd of the people in crisis and in mourning and in pain. We pray that his coming to the city of Zamboanga will bring us renewed hope,” Salazar said. Pope Francis has named Dela Cruz as the new Archbishop of this city last Saturday. Dela Cruz will succeed Bishop Romulo Valles, who was named Archbishop of Davao in May 2012. It will be the second See welcome, page 11
NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late FELINA VDA DE COSTINIANO consisting a parcel of residential lot situated at 518 Apitong St., Poblacion, Bayugan City known as Lot No. 3119-B, Pls-225, Csd10 005653-D with TD No. ARP No. 06-01-0001-01169, under Katibayan ng Titulo P-17575 containing an area of 87 square meters is the subject of Extra Judicial Settlement of Estate with Deed of Absolute Sale.
(Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge
MDN: MAR. 4, 11 & 18, 2014
MDN: Mar. 4, 11 & 18, 2014
Republic of the Philippines FOURTH SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE BETWEEN SPOUSES JAIRO ANCHETA PEPITO and SHIRLY LAPINIG PADERANGA,
CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-023 For: APPROVAL OF THE DIVORCE BY TALAQ
Republic of the Philippines FOURTH SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE BETWEEN SPOUSES ELVIRA MACAS MEJIA and VIRGILIO PIEDAD INDING,
Republic of the Philippines 4th SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-022 For: APPROVAL OF THE DIVORCE BY TALAQ
IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTERED THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES JOEDASIL O. DALAGAN and FARRAH MARIE M. TAMPON-DALAGAN,
CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-016
JOEDASlL O. DALAGAN AND FARRAH MARIE. M. TAMPON-DALAGAN Petitioner. x----------------------------------------------------/
ELVIRA MACAS MEJIA and VIRGILIO PIEDAD INDING Petitioners. x--------------------------------------------------/
JAIRO ANCHETA PEPITO and SHIRLY LAPINIG PADERANGA Petitioners. x---------------------------------------------------/
MDN March 11,18 & 25, 2014
MDN: Mar. 4, 11 & 18, 2014
Before this Court is a verified petition for approval and registration of the divorce between Spouses and alleging among others: That Petitioners are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil Rite on March 7, 1981 at Naga, Jimenez, Misamis Occidental. Petitioners, were converted to Islam Faith, of which conversions to Islam were registered with this Court, residents of Tubod, Lanao del Norte and Palm Spring Subdivision, Tambo respectively and can be serve with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at Tabalba Law Office, Merkado St., Iligan City. That said marriage did not last long due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between herein petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for more than thirty two (32) years already, thereby decided to live physically in bed and board; that reconciliation between petitioners is no longer possible or a remedy, thus, divorce is sought by them in order to free themselves from the marital burden. WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on March 24, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Iligan for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines. March 3, 2014.
Before this Court is a verified petition for approval and registration of the divorce between Spouses and alleging among others: That Petitioners are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil Rite on April 21, 1985 at Ozamiz City. Petitioners, were converted to Islam Faith, of which conversions to Islam were registered with this Court, residents of Isabel Village, Palao, Iligan City and Poblacion, Tangub City respectively and can be serve with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at Gandamra Law Office, Diocesan Centrum Building, Salvador Lluch St., Iligan City. That said marriage did not last long due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between herein petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated since early part of 1999 or for more than fifteen (15) years already, thereby decided to live physically in bed and board; that reconciliation between petitioners is no longer possible or a remedy, thus, divorce is sought by them in order to free themselves from the marital burden. WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on March 24, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Iligan for once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines. March 3, 2014.
(Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge
(Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge
MDN: Mar. 4, 11 & 18, 2014
MDN: Mar. 4, 11 & 18, 2014
ORDER Before this Court is a verified petition for approval and registration of the divorce between Spouses and alleging among others: Thai petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under civil rites on November 22, 2001 at San Fernando, Cebu they converted to Islam faith of which conversions to Islam were duly Registered with this court both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this ease at c/o Zaide Law Office, 2nd Flr., Pafs Mejia Bldg., Roxas Ave., Iligan City. That said marriage did not last long due to Jack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between herein petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for over seven (7) years already, they decided to separately live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; Petitioners seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on November 22, 2001 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all prove futile. WHEREFORE finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on March 21, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a news paper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 28th day of February, 2014. (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Mar. 4, 11 & 18, 2014
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AVAO CITY - The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines) is not qualified to manage the Mindanao grid.
This was according to Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizCon) chair Vicente Lao. Lao said the NGCP is not doing its job for it only thinks of profit over and above the interest of the general public. Lao’s ranting stemmed from the February 27 Mindanao-wide blackout that started around dawn. The power outage lasted over six hours with no word from NGCP on what have caused the massive power interruption. He said NGCP is not qualified to manage the Mindanao grid because it has no generation plant that it could use in case one of its facilities conks out and should not get power from the same grid. “Under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) operator of a grid, like NGCP for Mindanao grid is mandated to contract out to have a standby power capacity so
it has something to use in case of emergencies. Now, they are getting power from the grid,” he said, adding that the same law says that over a hundred megawatt should be set aside as buffer stock by a grid operator which will be used in case of unprecedented problems. “They (NGCP) are getting buffer from existing generation,” which is not supposed to be. Before, Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) could still sustain brownouts in Davao City but now it could not because out of the 275-megawatt provided before by NGCP previously, now they are only getting 50 percent of that, that’s why Davao City is now experiencing brownouts, he said. He further questioned the recent move of NGCP to cut its distribution to some power cooperatives, ”which is not correct.” Lao said in the next
meeting of the Mindanao Power Committee , he would strongly suggest that NGCP should put up their own generation plant. “NGCP is making a lot of money from managing the grid,” he added. He said “it’s about time we call the attention of the government on NGCP, if not, this (referring to Feb. 27 black out) will happen again and again.” Councilor Leonardo Avila, vice chair of the committee on energy, when asked to react on Lao's statement, said “ I tend to agree with him because NGCP should have address quickly the February 27 massive block out if it has the mandated buffer.” He said he had asked Lao to furnish him data on the issue so he could raise it before the City Council. These data should be carefully studied to come up with recommendations. Avila also said there is a probability that the council would join Lao in raising the matter to the national government once it finds the recommendations and data justifiable. Efforts to get NGCP’s reaction on Lao’s statement through its spokesperson Melfrance Capulong were fruitless. (PNA)
20 teams now listed in Araw kayakfest TWENTY teams are now listed to join in the Mayor Rody & Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte 2014 Araw ng Dabaw Kayakfest slated on March 22 at the Lanang Aplaya Resort in Lanang. Six pairs are registered in the Open Mixed Tandem categor y while the rest are in the Novice Men’s Tandem, Novice Women’s Tandem, Novice Mixed Tandem, Open Men’s Tandem and Open Women’s Tandem. Pitted in the Op en Mixed Tandem are the Davao Dragons, Team Super Saiyans, Team Hamsins, Greenfield, Talamitan and Care Group 1 of Digos City. The Davao Dragons is composed of dragon boat paddler Bill Jotham Cacho and Ivony Penaflor while the Team Super Saiyans will be bannered by last year’s Women’s Novice Kayak champion Kizia Marie delos Reyes and river rafting guide Reginald Sitier. Team Hamsins is the brother-sister tandem of former kayak national training pool member Haidel Hamsin and swimming instructor Yang-Yang Hamsin. Gre e n f i el d is c om posed of last year’s Male
Talk of the town Marlon T. Gayog Novice kayak champion Theo “Toto” Espina Jr. and Loufel Pano while the CARE Group 1 is bannered by veteran rescue trainer George Garcia and Rowena “Weng” Pacaldo. Talamitam, on the other hand, is the husband-wife duo of former Hawaii-based paddler Nicky Wijangco and Tess. The other early birds are Tarzan (Reynaldo Perreno & Froilan Cedeno) and Davao Dragons 1 (BJ Cacho & Theo Espina) in the Open Men’s tandem; Edge (Clarice Jane Calolot & Jey-ay Visconde), Ytnap (Richard Orzales & Yoj Celerinos) and CARE Group 4 (Anthony Pacaldo & Marly Montibon) in Novice Mixed Tandem; Team Titot (Ivony Penaflor & Jelly Luz Lagonoy) and CARE Group 2 (Lovely Mai Montibon & Daisay Mae Camajalan) in Novice Women’s Tandem;
Butchiki (Cybrus Duarte and Marjun Antoque) and CARE Group 3 (Jiivaresh Garcia & Virresh Garcia) in Novice Men’s tandem. The deadline of registration is on March 22 at 7 a.m. while the opening starts at 8 a.m. Registration is free. The event is organized by Bugsay Dabaw and presented the city government of Davao thru the City Sports Development Division in celebration of the 77th Araw ng Dabaw. It is sponsored by Down Rush, Mountain Gear, Habagat Outdoor, Onyol’s Print, Edge Outdoor, Damosa Land and BaseKamp. Medals and trophies are up for grabs plus a chance to become members of the Davao Dragon Boat teams to the coming first Davao Dragon Boat Festival slated on May 1-4 at the Queensland Baywalk.
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Primavera Residences partners with CDO Rugby Football Club brings the much-loved sport in Italy to the City of Golden Friendship
Photos courtesy of Janey Duterte
“The beginning of rugby in CDO is very inspiring,” said Jane Montebon Duterte, Community Relations Specialist of Primavera Residences. “From just one man, Noel Villa, the group now has more than 30 active members. It continues to grow with its Get Into Rugby program for children, high school and college students – even including women. This is now the fastest-growing sport in Cagayan de Oro.” Rugby, an outdoors sport, is a way of promoting the advocacy for nature and sustainability of Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-Development Corporation (ITPI Corp.), developer of Primavera Residences. “This is a very eco-friendly activity and will promote going out of the house instead of spending time indoors using up electricity,” said Ms. Duterte. Primavera Residences is the first eco-friendly condominium complex in Mindanao. This 10-story two-tower mixed-use condominium building located in Pueblo de Oro Business Park is noted for its elegant Italian design and energy-saving features. Noel Villa, founder
and coach of the club, recalled in a blog post his effort to attract possible players by jogging around his subdivision, tossing a rugby ball. Although his first attempts had not been successful, he did not give up, feeling the need to share his enthusiasm for the support. “Back in the United Kingdom where I stayed for 27 years, I grew up playing rugby for my school,” he stated. “I love how the sport teaches discipline, strategy and team work and of course, the show of strength and agility which every sportsman can relate.” Finally, through Facebook and friends, he was able to put up a team. “Now I can proudly say that after five months of training under the sun or rain, CDO RFC is ready to take on another milestone: compete in a real game against more experienced teams,” Mr. Villa wrote. On February 22 this year, Primavera Residences sponsored the CDORFC in the kickoff games of the VisMin Rugby league. CDORFC played against the Davao and Cebu rugby teams. Primavera Residences is looking towards a bigger
ITPI CEO Arch. Romulo V. Nati and CDORugby coach Noel Villa
partnership with the club which will include community outreach activities and events. "Italpinas, through Primavera Residences, is very happy with this partnership with the
Cagayan de Oro Rugby Football Club,” said Arch. Romulo V. Nati, CEO of ITPI. “Seeing that their advocacies are very much aligned with the company, we look forward to seeing
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for Dela Cruz to succeed Valles since he succeeded him in Kidapawan when the latter was named Archbishop of Zamboanga in 2007. “We are happy with this development because we have been praying, we are waiting for the Pope to name our bishop and finally it has come,” Monsigñor Crisologo Manongas said. Manongas was named as the Administrator of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga when Valles was named as Davao Archbishop in 2012. Manongas described Dela Cruz as a fatherly leader. “We like to extend our gratitude and acknowledgement to Monsignor Crisologo Manongas who took care of the Catholics (in this city) for more than two years,” Salazar said. (PNA)
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as a deterrent to all the employees and will give them enough reason to resist pressure to take drugs. Dina Mae S. Unito, of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), said that the efforts of the provincial government to get rid of drug dependents and users will set an example to other local government units. “This is the first time that the administration of the provincial Capitol in Misamis Oriental coordinated with the PDEA in the conduct of a random drug testing among workers in the provincial government,” Unito added. During the random test,
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high prices – reasons that were or had been already there when ERC granted the Meralco application for the increase and which ERC could have used to reject the application had it investigated properly? The Supreme C ourt restrained Meralco from implementing the rate increase. Had the Court not
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government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for a political settlement to the four-decade Moro rebellion in Mindanao. We congratulate the peace panels of government and the MILF, including all the men and women who were involved in the peace negotiations since January 1997. The incremental gains from their efforts through the years made possible the successful conclusion of the negotiations. Now that we have a negotiated political formula for ending the Moro rebellion, we can earnestly start the hardest challenge of
Emano urged the provincial workers to shy away with drugs since it will interfere with the ability to serve the people of the province that would disrupt the working environment. The provincial government started the random drug test to provincial workers in December last year where workers were negative of drugs. Emano said that the random drug testing at the provincial Capitol is done every three months. The results would come out five days after the test. CD/PP0
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NGCP’s internal investigation, which was submitted to the Department of Energy and TransCo, included the voltage and current profile at the time of the incident, and showed that there was no fault in any of NGCP’s transmission equipment. NGCP remains steadfast in fulfilling its mandate as system operator, “We are one with the power sector in resolving this. As the system operator, NGCP will continue to uphold the security and integrity of the power grid,” said Atty. Cynthia D. Perez-Alabanza, NGCP Spokesperson. news release
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brand new ones. In other developments, Dy said Misortel has saved some P70,000 for the provincial government by paying now P100,000 instead of P180,000 at the capitol. He said Misortel is also negotiating with the PLDT for interconnection services so that it can offer 1-800 toll free numbers for residential and commercial subscribers. He added that Misortel has submitted to PLDT a new payment scheme for its old debt. Dy said he has submitted to Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano a plan to upgrade the cable lines along the Marcos Bridge in Cagayan de Oro to fiber optic so that cable thefts will be stopped. However, replacement of the recently stolen cable lines continues while the proposal is to be approved. Dy said the fiber optic system is not a quick-fix solution but will remain for a longer period of time.
Cada explained that the cold winds of the northeast monsoon coming from Siberia continues to weaken and now the strong northeasterly surface windflow coming from the North Pacific Sea or Philippine Sea causing the warm wind. “Yung northeast monsoon humihina pero yung direksyon ng hangin dun pa rin nanggagaling kung kaya’t hindi pa rin nateterminate pero kaya mainit na yung hangin dahil yung pinanggalingan ay sa dagat na,” he noted. Cada said that termination of the northeast monsoon and with the easterlies replacing it as the dominant weather system in the country signals the start of the dry or summer season in the country. Last year, PAGASA declared the onset of summer on March 18. Meanwhile, Cada said the weather agency continues to monitor the low pressure area (LPA) that was spotted over the Pacific Ocean which projected to enter the country by Wednesday. He said the LPA is expected to enter the boundary of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Wednesday. He further noted that it is too early to tell if the LPA will become a tropical depression because it is too far the country. In the next 24 hours, Cada said that the regions of Caraga and Northern Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light rains and isolated thunderstorms, while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. PAGASA also said that moderate to strong winds from east to northeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the northeast over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough. The state weather bureau also issued gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon that will affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon, of Visayas and of Mindanao. “Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it warned. PNA
done so, the Meralco customers could have already fully paid the high rate before the ERC could order “to recalculate”. While WESM could have reaped billions of pesos in profit, the Meralco customers could only wait for refund applicable to future bills. Could that have been just? In the recalculation the prices in the spot market, can PEMC be trusted to be fair to the Meralco customers? Such fairness is in
conflict with the interest of the WESM operators. Both the ERC and PEMC could have stopped the P4.15 rate increase at the outset if they really had the interest of the Meralco customers at heart properly balanced with that of the WESM members. In its editorial, PDI concluded that the primary cause of the “very spiky” Meralco price hike last December was “regulatory failure”. We agree.
all: implementing the peace agreement to its letter and spirit. The most significant of the many measures agreed by government and the MILF is the establishment of the Bangsamoro—the autonomous entity with far greater political and economic self-governance powers than the current Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.” It says, further: “As a commitment to Mindanao peace, let us help pave the way for the successful birth of the Bangsamoro entity. Let us contribute our ideas and thoughts through the public consultations, or through other means like the mass media, to ensure that
the charter of the Bangsamoro effectively responds to the needs and aspirations of grassroots communities. Further, let us unite and soon ask Congress to enact the Bangsamoro Basic Law without hitches. We call upon our political leaders to give way for the establishment of the Bangsamoro. Let us set aside personal and political interests and allow meaningful changes to truly happen in the Bangsamoro areas. Let us all join hands and remain vigilant in ensuring that the dividends of peace will reach the homes of the poorest of the poor, the internally displaced persons who are yet to return to their homes,
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the grid were in place at the time when two major events, namely STEAG’s generation reduction and the tripping of Agus 1, happened within seconds of each other. In just 85 seconds, around 870 megawatts were dropped from the grid. “It was practically impossible for the system to recover from the steep decline in overall system frequency, which directly resulted from STEAG’s generation reduction and the tripping of Agus 1. This, in turn, triggered the safety systems of the remaining generating plants as part of their equipment protection,” stated Mr. Eugene Bicar, NGCP’s Head for Mindanao Systems Operations. This “confluence of uncommon events,” as described by TransCo President, Mr. Rolando Bacani, was an unprecedented occurrence in the grid. NGCP fully cooperated with the inter-agency team that sought to solve the Mindanao power situation.
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Enhancing Mathematical Skills By Arlyn P. Tudela, Teacher III Kapatagan National High School, Lanao del Norte Mathematics is a subject that involves abstract study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. Cheerless to say, not everyone love Mathematics. It is because to truly understand such subject, one should apply critical thinking and analysis. In first stage, mathematics is all about understanding mathematical concepts and facts. A learner will be tasked to know simpler concepts and facts. He would also make logical connections between different facts and concepts, recognize the connection when he encounter something new in mathermatics and identify the principles in the given piece of mathematics that make everything work. In all of these lessons that require so much thinking, how one can enhance his mathematical skills? In an article published online, Peter Alfeld of University of Utah introduced ideas on how to improve these skills. Understanding mathematics does not mean to memorize recipes, formulas, definitions, or theorems. Clearly, there must be some starting point for explaining concepts in terms of simpler concepts. Basically, elementary school math is the usual starting point. It is sufficiently rich and intuitive. From these, questions will arise, encouraging students to think deeper and search its roots. The next topic that cause cracks to students’ nerves is solving mathematical problems. The most important thing to realize when solving difficult mathematical problems is that one never solves such a problem on the first attempt. Rather, one needs to build a sequence of problems that lead up to the problem
of interest, and solve each of them. At each step, experienced is gained. That is necessary or useful for the solution of the next problem. This generates experience and insight. The best tip in enhancing mathematical learning is to acquire mathematical understanding. According to Alfeld, Always strive for understanding as opposed to memorization. If this means you have to go back, do it. Don’t postpone clarifying a point you miss because everything new will build on it. It may be intimidating to be faced with a 1,000 page book and having to spend a day understanding a single page. But that does not mean that you’ll have to spend a thousand days understanding the whole book. In understanding that one page you’ll gain experience that makes the next page easier, and that process feeds on itself. Reading books is also another way to enhance your learning abilities in mathematics. Perhaps, you already learned so much, but always leave space for new explorations. Math, like many subjects, also evolves. There are possible new theories and mathematical laws that would be introduced and it is important for you to know about it too. This math may not look so friendly to some but anyone could befriend it through fully understand its subparts. This subject, as mentioned, is a subject requiring critical thinking and analysis. All one has to do is to think deeper and harder. In this kind of lesson, frequent studying is also required. Thus, a good studying habit must be practiced. It just take right amount of understanding and discipline in order to be successful in this challenging subject.
Hospital Administrators. In post-disaster situations, Xavier University’s Sustainable Sanitation (SuSan) Center provides effective and sustainable sanitation solutions to evacuation centers through the distribution of urine diverting dehydration toilets (UDDTs). Moreover, the collected bio-waste from UDDTs can be recycled and used as soil amendments. “Every time there is a disaster, people donate clothes, food, soaps, and water, while donating sanitary toilets is always an afterthought,” said Gina Itchon, SuSan Center Director. “There was once a big evacuation center where 50,000 people were sharing a single toilet.” At evacuation centers in disaster-hit Northern Cebu and in Tacloban City, the SuSan Center had installed Arborloo toilets, or
shallow pits that are abandoned once filled, which can then be planted with fruit or wood-bearing tree saplings. Fr. Roberto Yap, Xavier University president, said investments in human capital, education, and health are important to make economic growth inclusive. “Health disparities in the country tell us that the traditional way of health care is not enough, and health innovations must be explored,” he said. Celia Reyes, PIDS senior research fellow and health project director, said PIDS’ role is to help in knowledge brokering for a more inclusive health care system. “PIDS is not only interested to showcase best practices on health innovations,” Reyes said. “The Institute is willing to help you to link with innovators and with other stakeholders to scale up these health innovations,” she told forum participants.
And, we add: Not only the ERC but PEMC and WESM. Can the President just wash his hands? Will there be an end t o ar t i f i c i a l ly c re at e d brownouts to justify the exploitation of power retail users? Closer home, Mindanao lawmakers have led a petition in Congress to stop the launching of the IMEM (Integrated Mindanao Electricity Market), the counterpart of WESM
which is for Luzon and the Visayas. The p etition has the support of stakeholders in the power industr y in Mindanao. Energy Secretary Carlos Petilla was quoted to have said he had no objection to the petition. Could Mindanao power end-users be blamed for being wary about IMEM seeing collusion and manipulation thriving in the WESM at the expense of retail end-users?
•• ( “C om me nt” is Mr. Patricio P. Diaz’ column for MindaViews, the opinion section of MindaNews. The Titus Brandsma Media Awards honored Mr. Di az w it h a “L ifet ime Achievement Award” for his “commitment to education and public information to Mindanawons as Journalist, Educator and Peace Advocate.” You can reach him at patpdiazgsc@ yahoo.com.)
the war victims and the ordinary Moros, Christians and indigenous peoples who should be at the center of all efforts to implement the peace agreement. Let us bid goodbye to the dreadful waste of opportunities, economic resources, and personal energies because of war and conflict. The LPP claims that since the 1970s, at least 120,000 people were killed and more than two million people displaced due to war. As a result, there is low level of human development in conflict-affected communities. A 2005 World Bank study: an estimated $2B to $3B was lost in terms of direct output in central and
southwestern Mindanao from 1970 to 2001 due to the conflict. If indirect impact is considered, overall economic cost of the conflict could be over $10 billion during 1975–2002. It says government spent P73 billion for war materiel from 1970 to 1996; and P20 million per day during the all-out war in 2000, or a total of P1.34 billion. In the 2000 war, damage to infra reaches P202 million while P125 million to agriculture. The 2003 war damaged P130 million worth of infra and P47 million to crops, livestock and fisheries. It’s about time we move forward to a promising and hopeful future for Mindanao
and the Philippines,” the statement concluded. “Promoting Peace in Mindanao through Public Participation in Governance on the Peace Process” was the theme for the LPP advocacy. Ryan Rosuaro, LPP’s convenor, said that “trust and rule of law must prevail to both parties and with Normalization and Policing going hand in hand, and spelling out all details of the annexes on the FAB, hopefully approved with the Bangsamoro Basic Law, we can achieve Mindanaoans’ dream to end the conflict and stop running after the elusive peace in the land of promise.”
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Bureau of Customs Davao sees bigger take with Steel Asia, Seaoil By CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO
AVAO City -- The entry of two big companies in the city is expected to boost the revenues of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) port here by P200 million a month, an official said. Steel Asia Manufacturing Corp. and Seaoil Philippines, Inc. have started importing raw materials into their areas of operations, said Ebert N. Montero, BoC operations division chief. “The entry of these major players is projected not only to contribute significantly to the revenue collection of (the southern Mindanao revenue collection district)
but is also expected to pump up and improve the general economy and business activity of Davao City,” the bureau said in a statement. Ernesto R. Aradanas, BoC collector, said the revenues from the two companies and other companies that are expected to operate in the city were included when the agency formulated the port’s P7.7-billion collection target this year. Collection from the two companies, Mr. Montero added, resulted in the local district office exceeding its collection target for the first two months of the year.
B a s e d on a re p or t provided to local media, the BoC district office collected P1.336 billion, surpassing its P1.13-billion target for the first two months. This was despite the fact that one of its subports, the port of Mati, was declared “already a dead port” because the agency failed to collect anything from that port, even when projection for the period was P844,174, Mr. Montero added. Other sub-ports under the port of Davao are the Dadiangas port in General Santos City and the Polloc port in Parang, Maguindanao.
However, Mr. Montero, being in charge of the port of Mati -- which used to handle farm crops like copra and corn -- said he will resign if he fails to collect the sub-port’s P4.7-million for the year. The official said that the expected P200 million monthly in taxes and other dues is based on the initial importation and discussions with officials. He added that because of the bulk of the cargo that Steel Asia is expected to bring to its plant in Bunawan, which is at the northern part of this city, the company has started negotiating with the Hijo International
Port in Madaum City, to use the private port used mainly by banana-exporting companies. Seaoil, on the other hand, has its gas processing plant
in Coronon, Sta. Cruz, this city’s southern neighbor, where San Miguel Corp. built its only brewery plant in Mindanao over a decade ago.
Integrated rice-duck farming tagged as ‘super organic farming system’ By Venus L. Garcia
BUTUAN City - “I have known some people in Asian countries who are fascinated by ducks and organic rice farming and had their lives changed. The Integrated Rice-Duck Farming System (IRDFS) innovation is certainly a ‘super system’ in the field of organic farming,” underscored Dr. Takao Furono, founder of the IRDFS during the 18th International Rice-Duck Conference held in Butuan City recently. Furono said that unlike modernized techniques, effects of rice on ducks, such as weed control, pest control, supply of nutrients and stimulation need no thorough management. As described, ducks worked effectively in the rice paddies mainly for the rice where they swim freely around the rice plants. Weeds and harmful insects which used to be the enemies in rice single cropping are now feeding ducks, while the feces of ducks became nutrients for rice. This means that unused spaces and resources have turned into useful resources through IRDFS techniques.
“The creative unification of rice farming and stock raising is at the same time an innovation that saves and increases food diversity,” added Furono. He is optimistic that through exchange of each c ou nt r y ’s e x p e r i e n c e s in applying IRDFS and with the espousal of Philippine Agrarian Reform Foundation for National Development, Inc. (PARFUND) to create the International Rice-Duck Research Institute in the Philippines, new approach across the IRDFS value chain or in other related studies will be adopted. ”We have to innovate the sustainable model of local communities using those technical innovations. I believe that these two innovations, which we can call ‘The One Duck Revolution,’ will spread out to the world from here in Mindanao,” remarked Furono. The conference has gathered IRDFS experts and practitioners, as well as development investors from all over Asia and highlighted IRDFS as a climate-smart agriculture system and a social enterprise. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)
SHOE LIFE. Joel Coctin, a “shoe-shine boy” in his youth, is now 42 years-old. He saw for himself varied show sizes,
DBP lends P900-M to SSF to boost rubber industry in Zampen AgNor hydro plant
colors, designs and brands while working hard in Davao City’s San Pedro Street for 20 years but has yet to see how his work will bring him and his family the so-called “good life.” (Ace R. Morandante/davaotoday.com)
By Alma L. Tingcang
IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay - As one of the initiatives to improve the rubber industry in Zamboanga Peninsula, the Department of Trade and Industry Region IX (DTI)9 conducted today an Investment Opportunity S e m i n a r o n Mo d e r n Rubber Production at the Casa Mea Hotel, this municipality. Par ticipants were rubber farmers, processors, traders, and other rubber industry stakeholders who would like to adopt new technologies in their farms to enhance and improve the quality of rubber
production, including marketing and pricing of natural rubber. “Rubber is one of the champion products in the region. In 2005, the Regional Development Council issued a resolution prioritizing the 6 industries in the region which includes rubber,” said DTI Regional Director Sitti Amina M. Jain. Zamboanga Sibugay province is touted as the rubber capital of the region considering the huge volume of rubber production in the area. “This is the very reason why several equipments for the rubber industry
will be given through the Shared Service Facilities (SSF), as well as seminars and trainings to give micro, small and medium enter pr is es (MSMEs) access to better technology and more sophisticated e qu ipme nt ,” R D Jai n explained. In a press release issued earlier by DTI-9, SSF equipments will be given to 5 rubber cooperatives in Zamboanga Sibugay from the P46 million-allocation for SSF projects in Region 9 for the year 2014, with an increase of roughly 70% over the P27.12 million budget in 2013. D i re c tor Jai n s ai d t hat t hes e init iat ives
e mp ow e r M S M E s i n the rubber industr y for the Association o f S o u t h e a s t Nat i o n (ASEAN) Integration 2015, whose goal is to establish a single market production based on five core elements namely; Free Flow of Goods, Free Flow of Services, Free Flow of Labor, Free Flow of Capital, and Free Flow of Investments. The SSF project is envisioned to assist most of the 81,221 SMEs in the country with high potential to expand and will generate 200,000 additional jobs. ( F P G / A LT / P IA 9 Zamboanga Sibugay)
THE state-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) signed recently a P900-million loan agreement with Asiga Green Energy Corporation (AGEC) to finance the construction of the 8-megawatt Asiga Hyd rop owe r Pl ant i n Santiago, Agusan del Norte. The project is part of DBP’s continuing thrust to promote new and renewable sources of energy in the country that protect the e nv i ron m e nt t h rou g h reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Aside from helping stabilize the power supply in the Caraga region, the hydropower plant will also reduce an estimated 35,575.41 metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted to
the atmosphere annually. The project is expected to provide contractual employment for 100 to 300 workers during the two-year construction period. It will also provide permanent employment for 25 people who will man and operate the power plant. The Caraga region is composed of the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands. The project is part of DBP’s continuing thrust to promote new and renewable sources of energy in the country that protect the e nv i ron m e nt t h rou g h reduced greenhouse gas emissions. (PNA)