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Ex-guv fails to pay ‘summer job’ studes By CRIS DIAZ Executive Editor

MISAMIS Oriental––Former provincial governor Oscar Moreno did not pay hundreds of students of availed of the summer job placement during his last term as governor of Misamis Oriental, incumbent Governor Yevgeny ‘Bambi” Emano said.

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I-Tube.Eco opens in Pagadian By Alroy Francisco

PAGADIAN City--Hundreds of residents here hailed the formal opening of the branch office of I-Tube. Eco Enterprises located at Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez, 2ND District of Cagayan De Oro, (center), leads the groundbreaking of the road concret- B. Aquino Street, Sta. Lucia ing project along Jasmin St. in Barangay Camaman-an as residents express their delight and appreciation for the District on April 11, 2014. Business partners and project, which costs P5 million. Together with Rodriguez is Barangay chairman Pedro Arda, Kag. Licinio I. Amoguis, Kag. Maria Lorna C. Namoc, and DPWH Engr. Nicoline Blanco. KENDISCHAVES

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Simple tech helps farmers cope with El Niño weather

By CRIS DIAZ Executive Editor

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– An illegal drug ring that reportedly dragged the names of local officials in a coastal town in Misamis Oriental was believed busted with the arrest of two suspects Thursday afternoon, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Saturday said. The suspects identified as Glenn Ti-on and Daryl Salvacion were collared in a raid in the village of Cogon in Balingasag, a coastal town about 60 kilometers east of here. During the initial investigation by the PDEA agents in the regional office here, Salvacion executed an affidavit dragging the names of a police officer, a municipal worker, a barangay captain and several local officials in Balingasag believed engaged in drug trafficking. In the same affidavit, Salvacion identified the alleged ring leader as a certain Marilyn Taburada, a.k.a “Madam Linlin”



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A simple technology may be the antidote to El Niño weather most likely to occur this year. The Alternative Wetting and Drying or AWD technology is highly recommended by rice scientists; it consists of a perforated bamboo or plastic tube that is inserted into the ground to determine if there is enough Misamis Oriental second district Rep. Juliette Uy (fourth from right) and Opol Mayor water to max rice growth. Max Seno pose with the other town officials during the launching of Kabaybayonan AWD is a water-saving Festival 2014 in Opol town in Misamis Oriental where Rep. Uy is the honored guest technology that lowland rice speaker of the annual event on April 25, 2014. Photo courtesy of Dodo Canoy

farmers can apply alternately to reduce their water use in irrigated fields, say scientists at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). The AWD – a 40-centimeter long, 15-cm diameter tube – provides a peek at the water table. According to IRRI: perforate the tube with holes on all sides; dig the tube in the soil so that 20 cm protrudes above the soil surface; remove the See WEATHER, page 11

Manobo women: ‘CHR, inutile, absurd’ Text by Anne Marxze D. Umil Photo from Gabriela-Davao del Norte

SOME 50 Manobo women who were displaced from Talaingod, Davao Del Norte and progressive women’s group Gabriela trooped to the office of the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) in Region 11 to protest its inaction on the human rights violations allegedly being committed by the military in their community. The CHR, the group said, is “inutile

and absurd.” May-Ann Sapar, spokeswoman of Gabriela, said the CHR inutile in protecting the rights of the people especially the poor and underrepresented. “The usual and flimsy excuse of this agency is, ‘Were there complaints filed?’ It is a robot-like institution. The evacuees have been here for almost a month, yet they did not even investigate. Our taxes are being wasted here,” Sapar said. See women, page 11

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Ex-guv fails to pay ‘summer job’ studes By CRIS DIAZ Executive Editor

MISAMIS Oriental––Former provincial governor Oscar Moreno did not pay hundreds of students of availed of the summer job placement during his last term as governor of Misamis Oriental, incumbent Governor Yevgeny ‘Bambi” Emano said. Emano made the disclosure last week as he announced that 601 students from various municipal towns in Misamis Oriental have availed of the provincial government’s summer job placement this year. He said that students who availed of the summer job program during the term of Gov. Oscar Moreno have been coming to his office to demand payment of their wages. “It turns out that the incumbency of Moreno has failed in the payment of P

14 million to hundreds of students who availed of the summer job program of the government,” Emano said. Emano, however, assured the 600 students who are availing of the summer job program this year of payments after the provincial treasurer’s department has issued a certificate of the availability of funds for the purpose. He said that the students are now engaged in various community based activities in various barangays and municipal towns in the province. Emano said that the summer job program is one way of helping parents to raise funds for the enrollment in school year 2014-2015. He said that the summer job would also remind the youth on work ethics that would pave the way in developing positive personality. “These young people chose to ingrain positive

influences in their communities. I hope that their desire to become role models shall be carried out in their adult lives and be part in nation building,” Emano said.

The summer job program is a mandate under Republic Act No. 7323 to provide job opportunities to poor but deserving students in order for them to

continue their studies. Emano said that 391 students came from Misamis Oriental’s first district, while 218 of them came from the second district.

Pact to reforest 3,000 hectares of land in Cagayan de Oro signed CAGAYAN de Oro City––Officials of the state-run university and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has forged an agreement to reforest 3,000 hectare land here. The officials signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Thursday last week identifying six hinterland villages in Cagayan De Oro City as the site of the reforestation project. The six mountain villages are Dansolihon, Pigsag-an, Taglimao, Tagpangi, Tuburan, and Tumpagon, all of Cagayan De Oro City. Site assessments that involve surveying, mapping, and planning are among the most important activities of the project. During the MOA signing, Dr. Ricardo E. Rotoras, President of the state-run Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST), said that MUST believe in living forever. He said that in order to attain immortality, a person must do three things

in life: bear a child, write a book, and plant a tree. Environment officer Edgardo S. Callanta of DENR 10 said that the 3,000-hectare reforestation site falls under the government’s Reforestation Project by virtue of Republic Act No. 10452. He said that Pres. Benigno Aquino III signed the new law last year mandating the DENR to plant trees on the public lands in Cagayan De Oro City to protect its people and its environment against future floods and landslides. Callanta said that the DENR is taking the lead in the implementation of the government’s National Greening Program in collaboration with various stakeholders. He said that the Reforestation Project of the DENR in Cagayan De Oro City was the first in Northern Mindanao and the only reforestation project that developed into a law. CD with EMAANDIG

DSWD conducts three-day training CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Office 10 recently conducted a three-day training for enumerators, area supervisors, and area coordinators for the conduct of the social pension validation within the whole region. At least, 47 enumerators, 10 area supervisors, and nine encoders participated in the said training. These 66 trained field workers will be deployed for the validation of social pensioners not included in the Listahanan database for indigent senior citizens within the region. Social pension is one of the core programs of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and is the government’s additional assistance to 77 years old and above indigent senior citizens who will regularly receive a monthly stipend of P500 a month to augment their daily subsistence and other medical needs. Eligible to receive the monthly stipend are those who are frail, sickly or those with disabilities, those without pension, and those without permanent source of income, compensation or financial assistance from his/her relatives to support his/her basic needs. Mode of payment for the social pensioners is on a quarterly basis. Charmaine P. Tadlas, regional information officer of DSWD 10, said, “Presently, a total of See TRAINING, page 11

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Provincial board sets hearing on ‘overpriced’ generator sets By Roel N. Catoto of MindaNews

SURIGAO City––An expert is set to appear before the provincial board on Monday as a resource person on the alleged overpriced modular generator sets that will be purchased by the Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Surneco). Board member Myrna Romarate said they invited Engr. Roberto Lozada, who earlier told radio stations here that the P205 million approved by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) for the purchase of five units of modular

generator sets is too much. Engr. Narcisco I. Caliao, Jr., Surneco general manager, has rebutted Lozada’s claim, saying the bidding process is still on going. Only two of the five bidders qualified in the bidding process, Surneco said. MindaNews learned that Surneco conducted a bidding on five units of diesel-fired modular generator sets on March 18, 2014. Each generator set has a capacity of two megawatts (MW) with an approved total budget of P205 million from NEA, funded by the P4 billion Malampaya Funds. Lozada said a two-MW

generator set can be bought at P21.1 million (Cummins Power brand), including the taxes and installation, while the Monark Caterpillar brand costs P23.8 million. Surneco said that once the generator sets would start working, consumers will pay an additional P1.30 per kilowatt hour (kWh). The current rate is P5.05 per kWh. Lozada is a mechanical engineering fellow and a member of the Institute of

Engineers in Australia and the New Zealand Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He was trained in Japan on lithium bromide absorption chiller, coal fired boilers, steam turbines, centrifugal pumps, diesel power plants, process instrumentation, electrical controls and energy conservation. Romarate said they also invited Surneco to attend the meeting. “The proposed amount of [at least] P200 million for

the purchase of generator sets is now tainted with a cloud of doubt after Engr. Roberto Lozada said that this huge amount is 100% overpriced. The estimated price of the generator sets is worth P100 million pesos only. That pronouncement of Lozada drew a strong reaction from the people of Surigao del Norte and Surigao City who are member consumers of the Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative,” Romarate said.

“I believe Engr. Lozada has the right to tell the people of Surigao because he is not only an expert on this matter but also a Surigaonon whose heart and sentiments are for the Surigaonon,” Romarate said. Surneco members-consumers continue to experience a five-hour daily rotational brownouts. The electric utility has a power supply deficit of about 10 MW, with the demand standing at 28 MW.

BUTUAN City––The Department of Health Regional Office 13 is warning the public in Caraga region that there are unscrupulous individuals going around, claiming to be from or affiliated with their office, visiting houses performing medical procedures and selling drugs. In their Health Advisory No. 2014-001 released Friday, signed by DOH-13 Director

Minerva P. Molon, the public is warned of these individuals who visit houses then convince the household members to allow them to check their blood pressure and to conduct consultation. Molon said these personalities will then persuade the members of the household to purchase food supplements and medicines that they are

selling allegedly at a very low cost after performing their medical procedures. “The DOH-13 would like to inform the public that there is no such program being implemented by our agency, neither are these people licensed to sell drugs. In addition, the sources of these drugs are unknown, posing doubts on their safety, quality and purity,” says the

DOH health advisory. The public is also advised not to entertain such personalities and instead report such incidents immediately to the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) at the Department of Health Regional Office 13 at Pizarro Street, corner Narra Road, Butuan City or call Telephone No. 341-1595. A report from Noel B. Najarro of PNA

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Alcala denies ‘pork’ scam involvement By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga

BUTUAN City––Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala denied any involvement in the pork barrel scam, apparently reacting to a media report tagging him along with 11 other Cabinet secretaries and senators in the so-called “Napoles list.” The agriculture chief categorically dismissed as “baseless” his alleged inclusion in the affidavit submitted to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima by chief suspect Janet Lim Napoles after the latter

was reported to have applied as a state witness in exchange for her “tellall” testimony that would implicate both opposition lawmakers and President Aquino’s administration allies. “Mahirap po ang maakusahan ka ng wala kang kasalanan, lalo na kung hindi ka mabibigyan ng pagkakataong magpaliwanag (kaya’t nagpapasalamat po ako sa pagkakataong ito),” Alcala told a television network. Alcala’s statement was an apparent reaction to an unverified report that appeared in a local daily.

Alcala later said he hoped that his clarification would put an end to speculation triggered by the news report. The Secretary actually denied having known or having met Napoles personally, as suggested by earlier reports. When asked to comment on an allegation that President Aquino talked to him, along with Secretary De Lima and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad after Napoles released her affidavit, Secretary Alcala said, “No such meeting occurred” on that particular day, except for one-on-one

meetings he and other Cabinet secretaries had with the President. As Alcala put it, “the President and I did not talk about the Napoles testimony. I discussed with him the Department of Agriculture’s ow n p r e p a r at i o n i n terms of agenda topics for the upcoming visit of US President Barrack Obama.” The DA chief believed there is no effort on the part of Malacañang to sanitize or manipulate the content of Napoles testimony. (Source: Mac Garcia, DA OSEC)

Republic of the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES OFFICE CENRO TUBAY Doña Rosario, Tubay, Agusan del Norte NOTICE OF FORESHORE LEASE APPLICATION NO. 100203-010 FILED BY SHELL FOUNDATION LANDHOLDINGS AND GENERAL SERVICES INCORPORATED REPRESENTED BY EDGARDO VERON R. CRUZ Notice is hereby given that SHELL FOUNDATION LANDHOLDINGS AND GENERAL SERVICES INCORPORATED REPRESENTED BY EDGARDO VERON R. CRUZ has filed with this Office an application under the provisions of Chapter VI, of Commonwealth Act 141 as amended, to lease for a period of 25 years that certain foreshore land located at Barangay Cabinet Municipality of Cabadbaran City Province of Agusan del Norte, covering Lot No. 8934-A, Csd-13-007381 with an area of 3,243 square meters. All adverse claim to the tract of land above described must be filed in this office on or before May 15, 2014. Any claims not so filed in the prescribed period as required by law shall be forever barred. April 10, 2014 (SGD.) VINCE A. ESTOPITO OIC, CENR Officer MDN: Apr. 25, 28 & 29, 2014

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GK-Sapad houses turned-over to indigent families

GK Procurement Officer Keith Salise (standing) explains to the new house owners their responsibilities and commitment to GK-Sapad.

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – 31 indigent families from the interior town of Sapad received their highly anticipated houses from the provincial government of Lanao del Norte during the simple turn-over ceremony on April 16, 2014 at Gawad Kalinga (GK) –Sapad housing site. The houses were built by Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte (PGLDN) officials and employees, AFP and PNP personnel, Sapad officials, municipal employees, NGOs, GK volunteers, and members of people’s

organizations. The core shelter build was the main highlight during the week-long ‘Bayani Challenge’ issued by Gawad Kalinga last March 23 to 27, 2013. A total of 2,078 volunteers comprising 70 teams rose to the challenge and registered for GK-Sapad. This is the newest GK village here in the province. The latest GK site located in Brgy. Poblacion, Sapad town is a twohectare lot donated by the Ali family through former Vice-Governor Irma Umpa-Ali.

During the turn-over rites, each recipient family signed a memorandum of agreement committing to maintain their house as well as plant vegetables and flowers in their immediate surroundings. They also promised not to sell or lease their housing units. “We are very much thankful to Governor Khalid Dimaporo for giving us decent homes that we can now call our own. We promise to take care of our house”, expressed Helen Saripada, one of the house recipients. LAR& VNL-PIO/LDN

RATIONALIZATION PLAN By ERLINDA N. MAGALLANES, Ed.D OIC, Public Schools District Supervisor Bonifacio East District Division of Misamis Occidental

Department of Education authorities downplayed reports that the rationalization program (RAT) approved by the Department of Education (DepEd) will result into a chaotic situation of employee’s tenure of service and or a massive lay-off of workers. On the contrary, DepEd’s RAT Plan will even need to hire new workers, officials said. The rationalization will affect 9,700 items, not necessarily people. Some of the items are actually vacant according to Dep-Ed. There is no mass and forced resignation of people . says the DepEd. DepEd Order No. 53 was made public specifying the step by step process of the rationalization program which was mandated in October 2004 through Executive Order 366, which the DepEd revisited in December 2011 “in light of long-term reforms needed in the education sector notwithstanding fast-changing demands of the local and global environment.” The EO prohibite d

the hiring and rehiring of personnel during plan preparation, which explains the vacant items. But the situation is different on the ground, where more teachers and non-teaching staff are actually needed. Improve process flows The reorganization being implemented seeks to improve the delivery of services because the department’s current structure – from the central office down to the schools – is “not a flow.” The current structure is based on sector, not function. For example, the Bureau of Elementary Education, Bureau of Secondary Education, and the Bureau of Alternative Learning System under the new structure are reorganized so that the process flow will strengthen the services of human resources. Under the Rationalization Plan, also the newlycreated Disaster Risk Reduction Office of DepEd will be strengthened for a faster response and effective focus on the effects of disaster on education. Under the RAT Plan,

more offices will be created and more positions will be open to applicants, assures DepEd officials. Regular vs contractual The different effects of the RAT Plan on regular employees holding plantilla items and on casual and contractual employees are: For regular positions, No one will lose their rank or position level; No one will be forced to retire; It is voluntary; No one will be forced out or retrenched from the organization. For casuals and contractuals: the DepEd order stated casual or contractual items in the agency will be abolished pursuant to the rationalization program. If ever a rationalization plan is to be implemented, this plan should result into additional regular items for the department and not for its reduction so as to resolve the deficit of personnel in the department especially in the school level. Nonteaching personnel are of crucial role in the education sector. Without them, we, the teachers, cannot deliver our work smoothly and accordingly.

DPWH-ARMM Secretary Emil Sadain checks on the on-going road reconstruction project along the Narciso Ramos Highway in Itil, Balabagan town in Lanao del Sur. The said project funded from the 2012 savings of the region's DPWH is expected to be completed before the year ends. The reconstruction includes the repair and widening of the 135-meter portion and the construction of a drainage system that is seen to ease problems brought by heavy rains. Secretary Sadain also visited the 2nd Engineering District Office in the province and conferred with the new-installed District Engineer Habib Arumpac and Assistant District Engineer Aborasa S. Sarip. (Jo Henry/BPI-ARMM)

Dad creates technical working group to sustain child health in Lanao Sur

By Apipa P. Bagumbaran

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - Provincial Governor Mamintal Adiong Jr. has issued an executive order (EO) creating a technical working group (TWG) to formalize the implementation and sustainability of the Essential Health Care Package (EHCP). The TWG, chaired by the Governor, will ensure synchronization and integration of policies, programs and activities to effectively carry-out the objectives of the EHCP.

EHCP is comp os e d of three evidence-based preventive interventions to improve the health conditions of school children. It includes hand washing with soap, tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and deworming. The program aims to make a positive change in children’s personal hygiene habits by including hand washing and tooth brushing in the daily routine of children in schools. Other members of the TWG include representatives from the provincial

government, Department of Education (DepED) Lanao del Sur and Marawi Schools Divisions, and Fit for S cho ol Projec t Officers. As i d e f rom issu i ng the EO, Adiong also instructed the immediate procurement of hygiene materials for EHCP-supported schools in time for the opening of classes this June. Around 120 public elementary schools in the province are currently supported by the program. (APB/PIA-10)

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The Philippine Press Institute, also known as The Civic Journalism Community Press the association of Philippine newspapers, will Awards, launched in 1996 and conferred ancelebrate its 50th anniversary with a two-day nually on outstanding community newspapers, commemorative event slated to unfold on May will be one of the highlights of the upcoming PPI anniversary celebration. The PPI’s insti1 at the Traders Hotel in Manila. tutional partnership, initially with Former President Fidel V. Ramos Konrad Adenauer Foundation and will be the keynote speaker for the Editorial currently with Coca-Cola Philip18the season of the Civic Journalpines, has made this undertaking ism Community Press Awards. Dubbed “PPI@50 and Beyond,” this year’s possible. PPI golden anniversary theme calls to mind This year’s awards program will see daily the national newspaper association’s collective and weekly newspaper finalists from Luzon, and individual feats as well as the enormous Visayas, and Mindanao vying for the coveted top prize in each of the following categories: challenges facing the Philippine press. The spate of journalist killings that continues Best Reporting on Disasters (Special Coke to alarm both local and international media Bayanihan Award) Best in Culture, Arts and History Regroups and human rights advocates, newspaper viability in the increasingly digital era, the porting Best in Photojournalism much-anticipated passage of the long-overdue Best in Environmental Reporting Freedom of Information bill, and poor media Best in Business and Economic Reporting compensation and working conditions alongBest Editorial Page side the need to professionalize the journalists Best Edited Paper ranks are some of the issues that continue to hound members of the press, particularly those The finalists are: (Daily) Sun.Star Baguio, Sun. Star Cebu, Cebu Daily News, The Visayan Daily working in communities. “As PPI head for the past 12 months or so, Star, Edge Davao, Sun.Star Davao, Mindanao I’ve had the privilege of touching base with Gold Star Daily, (Weekly) Baguio Chronicle, some media colleagues all over the country,” Baguio Midland Courier, Mabuhay, The Bohol says PPI chairman-president Atty. Jesus Dureza. Chronicle, Metro Post, The Mindanao Cross Yet, the concurrent Mindanao Times publisher and BusinessWeek Mindanao. has also seen “that the challenges affecting the The criteria for judging include how the competing newspapers served as catalyst for media have remained the same.” It is against this backdrop that the PPI marks community action during the year under review “its half-century milestone, mindful that the (2013) and coverage of issues that are relevant Philippine press must continue to perform its to community life and aspirations. Finalists role in upholding press freedom and providing will receive Plaques of Merit. Winners will the public with verified, accurate and truthful receive cash prizes and special trophies information that is so vital to democracy,” says The two-day event will also mark this year’s annual PPI members’ assembly, which will the newspaper association in a statement. Toward this end, the PPI has forged strate- bring together representatives from least 50 gic partnerships (and strengthened existing newspaper members from across the country. ones) with select development and corporate The annual membership meeting and launch institutions to implement vital media projects of new partnership programs with Holcim in the coming months. The PPI’s upcoming Philippines, Plan International, Coca-Cola initiatives resulting from these partnerships FEMSA, Nickel Asia Corporation and Eon will will be formally launched during its 50th an- take place on May 2, the culmination of the niversary celebration. It is also set to begin two-day PPI golden anniversary gathering. this year the promotion of the organization The 50th Anniversary is being supported by of regional press councils as public redress Coca-Cola Philippines as principal partner, Malaya, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila mechanisms. Standard Today, The Philippine Star, Journal 2013 Civic Journalism Awards While the PPI is well aware of the issues Group, and BusinessWorld. It is sponsored confronting the media, particularly at the in part by Nickel Asia Corporation, PLDT, community level, it continues to recognize the National Commission for Culture and the outstanding contributions of the community Arts, Metrobank Foundation, First Philippine press to the reconstruction of public life where Holdings Corporation, SM Investments, Philordinary folk have a strong voice in local af- Health, UNILAB, SM Retail, Land Bank of the Philippines, and Traders Hotel Manila. fairs.


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Power, responsibility and road traffic enforcement in Cagayan de Oro THE implementation of Task Force Hapsay Dalan to strictly enforce traffic discipline initially in the Divisoria district of Cagayan de Oro as per City Ordinance 10551-2007, though met with skepticism from some sectors, has been quite a success. Kudos to Mayor Oscar “Oca” Moreno, the city traffic czar Atty. Jose Edgardo “Egay” Uy and all constituents of the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA). If done effectively, efficiently and true to its purpose, it could easily be duplicated in all parts of the city. With great traffic discipline implemented skillfully within the bounds of the entire City of Golden Friendship, this could even become a good model for many other localities to adopt for their own benefit. Power always comes with responsibility. Whatever our status, each one of us wields power by virtue of our position or profession. A business owner has great power over his employees. And with it comes the great responsibility of acting like a responsible father to them all. Physicians have great power by virtue of the high level of trust given to them as a privilege. Anytime a doctor shirks away from the big responsibility of taking care of his patients, it could

The financial doctor Dr. Adonis Agcopra easily mean one life lost at perhaps an inopportune moment. My friends doing Neurosurgery as a calling would certainly agree - it is too tempting to think that at times they feel like “gods” for one wrong stroke of the scalpel could easily mean the end of one person’s life on the operating table. An ordinary pedestrian can have the power to hinder the smooth flow of traffic. Imagine if someone suddenly goes berserk and thinks it’s funny to feign having an epileptic fit and falls flat in the midst of C.M. Recto highway. What a great traffic jam he would indeed create, all to his satisfaction and enjoyment! What about a jeepney driver stopping to pick up passengers in the middle of nowhere, grossly disregarding the obstruction he causes to all other motorists? Such chaos he would create. And what great power to stop the flow of traffic he has! And what about our friendly (and some un-

friendly) RTA enforcers standing on the wayside? Quite great power they wield. If an RTA enforcer knocks on your window, I bet not just one among you would have a sudden skipped heart beats with the incessant thought pounding your minds: “What wrong did I do now?” About a month ago, an acquaintance of mine parked in a Divisoria district street side at about past ten in the evening, and went inside one of the fast food chains to buy food. A few minutes later, she emerged, finding her vehicle’s front wheel getting clamped by an RTA enforcer, apparently because she inadvertently positioned her vehicle in the motorcycle parking slot. A few days later, when reporting to the RTA office to settle her due penalty, she found out that not only has she been charged with parking in the motorcycle slot, but to her surprise two other violations were cited but which were never men-

tioned in the scene. Indeed, they were quite bothersome to hear - “parking at the corner” and “driving with tinted license plates.” Definitely, she thought, parking about twenty meters away from the intersection of the curb lines (and obviously a contradiction if she were caught parking within the motorcycle slot itself !) cannot be served a “parking at the corner” violation. And secondly, unless the RTA enforcer was wearing extremely dark shades, she swore never in the world could anybody declare her vehicle’s license plates to be tinted in any way whatsoever. Plain and simple, I sensed some kind of power abuse. On further investigation with the RTA, such abuse of power was admitted by no less involved than the traffic enforcer himself. At times, some lessons are learned the hard way. It was good that he made no further excuses for such an errant and abusive behavior, otherwise things would have gotten more complicated. Traffic enforcers, like police officers, have the preemptive duty to warn motorists of a possible infraction of the Traffic Code the moment they see one. When a motorist See TRAFFIC, page 11

The world’s biggest cesspool

Of late, there has been a series of local attempts to break into the Guinness Book of World Records. Efforts and resources have been spent by local government units and corporate sponsors to achieve the longest this, the longest that, and the biggest what not. These attempts have attracted significant media attention. Some have been quite successful and the organizers definitely deserve our kudos for placing the Philippines in the Guinness map. But there is one record that potential organizers have overlooked. And that record is ours for the taking. I am referring to the biggest swimming cesspool in the world – Manila Bay! Every summer, bathers go in droves to the poor man’s beach – Manila Bay. The bathers, seeking relief from the oppressive summer heat, soak themselves all day long totally unmindful of the health hazards posed by swimming in the bay’s extremely polluted waters. While swimming in Manila Bay is expressly prohibited, authorities merely look the other way. “Pagbigyan na natin. Hindi naman kasi sila makakapunta sa Boracay,” an enforcer told this writer. Without any doubt, Manila Bay’s breath-taking sunset remains one of our tourist come-ons. But if

Speaking Out Ignacio Bunye you know what is good for your health, don’t you try swimming in its cesspool. A research conducted by the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute confirmed what has long been an open secret about Manila Bay. “The waters of Manila Bay are the most polluted in the country, serving as a giant waste-dump for the metropolis. Here, domestic sewage, toxic industrial effluents from factories and shipping operations, leachate from garbage dumps and runoff from chemical agriculture converge into a hideous cocktail.” The research further showed that “unprocessed waste ending up in the bay has resulted in high levels of fecal coliform and the presence of heavy metals, pesticides and excess feeds in its waters.” The Depar tment of Health acknowledges that continuous direct exposure to these pollutants “may cause cancer, immune system disease, endocrine disruption, reproductive

toxicity, congenital malformation and developmental disorders, and many other diseases.” How do you measure the quality of Manila Bay’s water? The authorities have set up monitoring stations along the shorelines around Manila Bay. These stations are located along Noveleta, Tanza, Naic, Bacoor and Rosario in Cavite, Limay and Mariveles in Bataan, Navotas Fishport and Rizal Park in Manila. These monitoring stations measure fecal and total coliform. Coliform is a bacteria found in the human and animal waste. The acceptable coliform count for “swimmable” waters is 1,000 MPN (most probable number per 100 milliliters). However, an official in the know estimates coliform count in the Manila Bay area as “in the millions”. Five years ago, alarmed bay area residents filed a petition with the Supreme Court to compel the authorities to stop the further degradation of Manila Bay. The

Supreme Court responded by issuing a continuing mandamus to restore Manila Bay back to health. The Supreme Court wanted Manila Bay to be once again “swimmable” and fit for other aquatic activities. The Supreme Court also set a deadline, long since past, for the authorities to get their acts together. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out what needs to be done to stop the further degradation of Manila Bay. There is an alphabet soup of studies and operational plans which are already in place. (Eg. OPMBCS under the ESWMA) These plans invariably revolve around three buzz words: education, engineering and enforcement. Other plans identify three issues that need to be addressed, namely: solid waste management, liquid waste management and informal settlers. All these are well and good. So what else is lacking? You have guessed it correctly: political will or balls. Unless somebody with balls steps up, all these plans of the authorities will just be PPP - Puro Power Presentation. •• For feedback, you may email me at


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Experts: Climate Change effects plague Basilan By RENE V. CARBAYAS

ISABELA CITY, Basilan– “The effect of climate change and global warming is high in the island province of Basilan,” Bebet G. Gozum of the USAID said during a very recent Climate Change seminar here. Dwindling natural water sources due to the rise of temperature has forced Basilan to be dependent on rain for its freshwater supply. Gozum, the USAID Climate Resiliency Team Leader told some 170 participants that the effect of global warming will likely decrease the frequency of rainfall in Basilan. Data showed that among the top 20 provinces at risk to projected temperature increase, Basilan is only second to Sulu. A map also showed that Mindanao and Central Visayas are the areas most at risk to temperature increase during the projected 2080 climatology. Another map also showed that the areas highly at risk to El Niñoinduced drought are Central and West Mindanao. Again, Basilan is second only to Sulu among the top 20 provinces at risk to drought. “Mitigation alone is not enough. Impacts of Climate Change a reality that’s affecting us and will continue to affect us. We need to adapt to this “NEW NORMAL” now,” Gozum stressed. She challenged the participants to “GO LOW CO2”, i.e. adapting the

sustainable development framework of reducing greenhouse gases emissions and reducing risks by building stronger and typhoon-proof structures, efficient use and collection of rainwater, grow more trees, urban greening, and relocate high risk settlements, among others. “We have no choice. We have to adapt to this more invasive environment to ensure our very survival,” she said, noting that water-related stresses will occur. Along this line, the USAID with AECOM International Development introduced the Water Security Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project to be implemented in six areas of the Philippines, including Basilan. The project objectives is to improve water-related climate change security for economic growth and stability through strengthened resiliency to water-related climate change impacts and increased coverage and operational sustainability of domestic water supply and sanitation services. Moreover, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Managament Officer Anwary Akalon shared the PDRRM Plan and its status. He said the plans have yet to be conferred by the Provincial Board. The seminar hopes to raise awareness about and understanding of climate change and the urgency to take action on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. (FPG/RVC/PIA-9 ZBST)

NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late Spouses, Alberto C. Romualdo/Eufrocina Go-Romualdo, who all died a long time ago at Poblacion, Mahinog, Camiguin Province; donated seven (7) parcels in my favour by virtue of Deed of Donation Inter Vivos, under Doc. No. 170; Page No. 35; Book No. VI; Series of 1998 before MCTC Judge Eduardo E. Chan, Ex-Officio Notary Public of Mahinog, Camiguin Province dated January 20, 1988; That one of this parcel which is more particularly bounded and described as follows: “A PARCEL OF LAND, located at Binaliwan Mahinog, Camiguin, denominated as Lot No. 67, containing an area of 1,001 SQUARE METERS, embraced under Original Certificate of Title No. P-287, and registered in the name of my late father, Alberto C. Romualdo, covered under TD No. 2129 series of 1985; is the subject of AFFIDAVIT OF ADJUDICATION OF SOLE HEIR, I, PAULINE MARIE G. ROMUALDO, of legal age, Filipino citizen, married and a resident of Poblacion, Mahinog, Camiguin Province, is the sole and only heir of the late SPS. Alberto C. Romualdo/Eufrocina Go-Romualdo. That I executed this affidavit for the purpose of attesting the truth of the foregoing facts and to request the Office of Register of Deeds-Camiguin Province to register this instrument and to cancel OCT P-287 and issue a new Transfer Certificate of Title. As per Doc. No. 156; Page No. 25; Book No. 56; Series of 2014; under Notary Public of ATTY. ANIANO S. PADERANGA.

NOTICE is hereby given that the estate of MA. LIZA O. EPIL, who died intestate on July 1, 2007 at Butuan City, consisting of a parcel of land (Lot 3131-B-1-K-2-H6-B-4, Psd-13-009567, being a portion of Lot 3131-B-1K-2-H-6-B) situated in the Barrio of Ambago, City of Butuan covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. RT44372 containing an area of 216 square meters, more or less, is the subject of an EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AMONG THE HEIRS OF THE LATE MA. LIZA O. EPIL WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS entered into by and between deceased Ma. Liza Epil’s surviving legal heirs, namely, husband Antonio B. Epil, Jr., and their children, Junaliza O. Epil, and Antonio O. Epil, III, per Doc. No. 75; Page No. 08; Book No. CXXXIX; Series of 2014 of the Notarial Registry of Atty. Richard L. Lamigo, Notary Public for and in the City of Butuan, until December 31, 2015, PTR No. 0714659 1-02-2014.

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ICRC continues to strengthen resilience of violence-affected communities


A M B OA N GA CITY In different parts of the Philippines, thousands of people affected by fighting need humanitarian assistance - in Zamboanga City, as elsewhere in Mindanao and the Visayas, the International Committee of the Red Cross is helping communities to recover and rebuild amid long-standing cycles of violence and poverty. "We have launched a major operation with the Philippine Red Cross to assist Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Samar, but we have certainly not forgotten the many thousands of people affected by armed conflict elsewhere in the Philippines. We remain c om m itte d to helpi ng them, as their needs are als o immens e," Pas cal Mauchle, head of the ICRC delegation in Manila, said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. Helping the displaced in Zamboanga S e ven mont hs af ter fighting broke out in Zamboanga City between a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front and government forces, about 40,000 people are still displaced from their homes – many of which were dest roye d in t he fighting – and living in difficult conditions. Most of the displaced are sheltering in tents, i mprov i s e d wo o d an d tarpaulin structures or bun k hous es a long t he Cawa-Cawa shoreline and especially in the Joaquin Enriquez Stadium. "Displaced people are still largely dependent on assistance from government and aid organiza-

War refugees set up makeshift tents along Cawa-Cawa shoreline in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

tions. Malnutrition has resulted in children dying from preventable diseases. Supplemental feeding of children under the age of five and support to families with pregnant or lactating women are priorities in the drive to push down malnourishment rates," Gareth Gleed, in charge of the ICRC's activities in Zamboanga, said in the same statement. Working closely with Philippine Red Cross, the ICRC said it is maintaining efforts to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions and access to potable water and health care. It is en hancing t he drainage system in the stadium and providing additional latrines. In Rio Hondo village, where nearly 2,000 people have found shelter, the local health station has been renovated. Other health f a c i l it i e s t re at i ng t h e displaced population in Z amboanga have been given medical supplies to help cope with increased demand. In addition, financial support is being channeled to the neediest in exchange for work or to help them restart income-generating activities. About 40,000 people who lost homes and livelihoods in the fighting have received cash without conditions, giving them the freedom to invest in what they

need most. It said cash-for-work schemes for about 1,200 displaced people are helping ensure that garbage is collected and disposed of in the Joaquin Enriquez stadium and along CawaCawa shoreline. "Our aim is to help those who have lost ever ything regain control of their lives," Gleed said. Water, health care and livelihoods in Mindanao and the Visayas In several remote areas of Mindanao and the Visayas, displaced and resident communities already living in poverty are struggling to cope with the added burden of violence and lack of security. "Communities often rely on farming for survival, so we work with them to implement sustainable projects and improve crop yields. Our approach is to allow communities to identify their own needs and priorities," said Alan Colja, the ICRC’s economic security coordinator in the Philippines. "For example, when a conflict-stricken community in Guihulngan in Negros Oriental province, recently decided that it wanted to boost incomes by expanding its cut-flower business, the ICRC helped it set up a small cut-flower nursery and provided advice on increasing production," he said in the statement.

In recent months, nearly 20,000 people in the upland municipalities of Magpet and Midsayap towns in North Cotabato; and Lope de Vega and Las Navas towns in Northern Samar received a variety of seed, farming tools, and training to increase crop production. In addition to rebuilding livelihoods, the ICRC said it works to improve access to potable water and health care in isolated villages. Essential services can be seriously disrupted by lack of security, often because infrastructure falls into disrepair and vital supplies are not delivered. Where the quality of water has deteriorated, as it has for the 2,000 residents of Marcelo village in Negros Occidental province, ICRC engineers upgrade water supply systems and sanitary facilities. To ensure that patients from all sides of the fighting with weapon-caused injuries receive the medical attention they require, the ICRC said it provided two hospitals in conflictprone areas of Mindanao with medical supplies, as well as ad hoc financial support. The ICRC said it also supports the only center in Mindanao providing artificial limbs and other devices for the physically disabled, with 12 patients fitted this year. (ICRC)





In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 10172, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that MARICHRIST WEENA T. MAGHUYOP has filed with this Office a petition for the correction of clerical error in the entry of the child’s SEX from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of MARICHRIST WEENA TAN MAGHUYOP who was born on November 23, 1994 in Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are DANDY TORCULAS MAGHUYOP and ROWENA AKOT TAN. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than May 5, 2014.

In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that JOSE RAMON N. VAZQUEZ, JR.has filed with this Office a petition for the change of first name from JOSE JR. to JOSE RAMON JR. in the Certificate of Live Birth of JOSE NOBLE VASQUEZ, JR. who was born on April 5, 1956 in Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are JOSE VASQUEZ, SR. and ROSALINDA NOBLE. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than May 5, 2014.

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Media asked to do homework on climate change


AVAO CITY - Research is important in reporting about the environment, Milet Mendoza, an independent development worker, told participants of the 9th Mindanao Media Summit on Friday.

B ecause their work reaches a wide audience, she said that journalists should diligently research first to convey the facts about climate change and to avoid raising false alarm on the issue. "We need to let them know so we can draw their actions to adapt to the situation, not to scare them," she added, challenging the media to be sensitive about the implications of the information they tell the public. "Avoid sensationalism, go back to research-based evidence to avoid causing anxiety," said Mendoza, one of the seven speakers on Friday. The media summit, which is set to end today (Saturday), carries the theme "Communicating the Impacts of Climate Change." Secretary Mary Ann Lucille Sering, vice chair of the Commission on Climate Change, who was supposed to speak on "Reducing Vulnerabilities to Climate Change Impacts," was unable to come on Friday. Sec. Herminio Coloma, chief of the Presidential Communications and Operations Office, also served as resource person on Friday. He later held a meeting with workers of the Philip-

pine Information Agency based in the different parts of Mindanao. Coloma, among other things, spoke about the need to counter the “culture of complacency” on climate change with heightened awareness. He also urged the local government units and communities to build their capacities so they can effectively respond to the challenges of climate change. Coloma stressed there is no need to set up separate permanent offices for agencies focusing on climate change, saying that all offices should ensure that resiliency to climate change impacts be embedded in the way they do their functions. For example, he said there is a need for the local engineer's office to ensure that infrastructures they build will be resilient or strong enough to withstand earthquakes or typhoons or any other disasters that may strike. Mendoza urged the media to be careful in presenting evidence “and not rush as it might cause more harm than good.” She also called on the media to be comprehensive in their reporting and offer the public information on

Darrel Blatchley, curator of D’Bone Museum, posts a challenge to journalists to take an active role in the community with respect to the environment during the second day of the 9th Mindanao Media Summit in Davao City on April 26, 2014. (MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano)

options that they can take to adapt to climate change. Mendoza also cited the need to communicate to the grassroots sectors, specifically fisher folk and farmers, whom she said will be greatly affected by climate change. She reminded that there is a need for organizations, including the media, to make communities be aware of available resources to take actions on the impacts of climate change. Mendoza said one of the more important messages to convey “is hope that they

have the capacity to help themselves.” She said they are presently helping assess vulnerabilities, exposures and hazards of communities in the Davao region through church-based organizations like the Basic Ecclesiastic Communities (BEC), the grassroots organization of the Catholic Church. Mendoza stressed there is a need to communicate information on climate change effectively. "Be clear. Translate to terms that is understand-

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Illegal gun manufacturers in DVO raided, owners charge DAVAO CIT Y -- The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Southern Mindanao Friday filed illegal possession of firearms charges against a gun manufacturer in Davao del Sur. The CIDG XI forwarded to the Davao del Sur Prosecutors Office the case of violation of Republic Act 10591 or Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunitions against Walter Generosa Miano alias Loloy, 50, a resident of Barangay Sunto, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. CIDG tagged Miano as the leader of Loloy Miano Gun Manufacturing group operating in Davao del Sur. Miano is facing charges for violation of Section 28 and Section 32 of RA 10591 or possessing undocumented firearms and illegal manufacturing of firearms. At least 17 high-powered firearms were seized on April 23 when elements of the CIDG swooped down on houses reportedly used as factory of homemade guns.

In the residence of Miano, the authorities also recovered two air gun rifles, a .38 caliber revolver with serial number 101214, improvised homemade gun and an improvised marble gun. Twenty meters away from the house, the police authorities found four bench vice grips, two manual drill press, a revolver and two manual grinders. CIDG XI regional director Senior Supt. Joel Pernito further revealed that several firearms and ammunitions were also found from the residence of a certain Jimmy Tondag. The raid in Tondag’s home also yielded four .38 caliber revolvers, one air gun, one black holster, 29 live ammunition and 33 empty shells for .38 revolver. Authorities further recovered table clumps, grinders, acetylene, drills, hack saw and assorted tools used for gun manufacturing from a house in Sitio Kiawet, in Barangay Zone 2 in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

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DENR eyes more water Nueva Vizcaya inks pact with Mother Earth clean-up partnerships Foundation on zero waste management The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will further pursue partnerships for its nationwide Adopt-an-Estero/ Waterbody program. “We’ll continue to enlist the support of our private corporations and LGUs to clean our water system,” said DENR Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio. He noted such partnerships are needed to increasingly fast-track the clean-up and rehabilitation of waterways nationwide. Government is racing against time to address pollution in waterways as experts warned that garbage dumped in such bodies impedes water flow, blocks drainage and reduces water-carrying capacity there, making these prone to overflows that flood communities nearby. They also warned that pollution jeopardizes quality of water, endangering biodiversity and ecosystems in the waterways and threatening public health. “The environment is critical for development and our wellbeing while natural resources are the foundation of much of our wealth -- government therefore devised three strategies to manage our environment,” Ignacio said. He said the strategies are conserving, protecting andrehabilitating natural resources, improving environmental quality as well as enhancing natural systems’ resilience and communities’ adaptive capacities. Through the ‘estero’ program that commenced in 2010, DENR’s partners clean up waterways these choose using their own manpower and resources. Such arrangement makes it possible to clean up the country’s waterways at no cost to government, DENR noted. DENR complements its partners’ undertakings by disseminating,

in communities along the chosen waterways, information about solid waste management and ills of indiscriminate garbage dumping. Ignacio said DENR continues gaining headway in implementing the ‘estero’ program through its Environmental Management Bureau. “So far, 250 ‘esteros,’ rivers, lakes, and other water bodies are being cleaned and rehabilitated by close to 400 corporations and LGUs nationwide,” he said. He said DENR is thankful for the response to its ‘estero’ program. Among corporate partners DENR reported for the program are oil giant Petron Corporation, softdrink leader Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc. and minerals stakeholder Apex Mining Corp. During the 2014 Earth Day celebration on April 22, DENR also reported advances in its air clean-up bid. DENR said the level of pollutive total suspended particulates or dust particles in Metro Manila’s air already dipped 33 percent from what this was in 2011. The agency described Metro Manila’s air as still polluted but to a lesser degree. “Towards a cleaner and healthier environment, we continued improving air quality in Metro Manila,” said Ignacio. Studies identified the transport sector as among the country’s top air polluters. Ignacio said the use of greener transportation and cleaner fuel will help clean up the air. “We need to promote alternative transportation and use ofalternative fuels while advocating to fellow car owners the value of clean emissions,” he said. He noted DENR already commenced improving its air qualitymonitoring to include particulate matter which are fine dustparticles. (PNA)

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, April 25 (PNA) -- The provincial government here has recently partnered with Mother Earth Foundation to implement the ecological waste management or zero waste management in the province. The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) took place at the Ammungan Hall in the provincial capitol. The MOA signing highlighted the Ecological Solid

Waste Management Summit attended by various stakeholders and partners from the local government units, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and people’s organizations. The summit was conducted in support of the Earth Day celebration which focuses on climate change mitigation with the theme: “Earth Day Everyday, Everywhere for Everyone”. “The MOA signing was the

first in the country on a provincial scale. The summit was attended by more than 100 participants,” said Engineer Edgardo Sabado, acting environment and natural resources officer. The summit presented the situation of the environment in the province, best practices of various organizations and the crafting of action plans to address problems on solid waste management, he added. (PNA)

THINK GLOBAL, ACT LOCAL Darrel Blatchley, curator of D’Bone Museum, posts a challenge to journalists to take an active role in the community with respect to the environment during the second day of the 9th Mindanao Media Summit in Davao City on April 26, 2014. MindaNews photo by TOTO LOZANO

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Gun... from page 9

Another house located at Pilan River in Barangay Goma, in Sta. Cruz, was also raided by authorities and yielded five .38 caliber revolvers, one bolt action homemade shotgun, one magazine assembly for a homemade shotgun, 19 half moon files, 15 flat files, 8 triangle files, electric and manual drill presses, six bench vice presses and some assorted tools. The raid was conducted by a joint team from CIDG XI, Police Regional Office XI, Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office, Sta. Cruz Municipal Police Station, and Maritime Police, by virtue of search warrants issued by Judge Pelagio Paguican of Regional Trial Court Branch 12 in Davao City. (PNA)

Media... from page 9

to the public, do your home work as professionals," she said. Mendoza added that there is also a need to choose the right medium to reach them, adding that they used visual resources to raise their point in some of their engagements. But Mendoza stressed "that to counter political biases and indifference, there might be a need to present Geographic Information System-information based evidence to let public officials see the real situation." She offered no opposition to media organizations doing humanitarian missions but stressed that they should be transparent about the details of the financial resources raised for the humanitarian work. She also asked the media to be choosy on the kind of humanitarian work and the extent of time they spend on it. H. Marcos C. Mordeno, chair of the Mindanao News and Information Center Service Cooperative, said with collective efforts, “the environment in Mindanao, life in Mindanao can be good again." He noted that journalists must acquire or learn at the “minimum” scientific language and practice; environmental policy decisions; work of environmental organizations; a general understanding of current environmental concerns; and the ability to communicate all of the information to the public in such a way that it can be understood despite its complexity. Mordeno added in his welcome remarks that environment journalists “must not cease asking the questions that matter like they do in other coverage.” "How much is the budget for the environment and disaster management and how is this money being spent? Are the proper policies in place and are there appropriate structures to enforce such policies? How prepared

are the local government units and communities in responding to disasters? What local conditions have led to the occurrence of these disasters?” he said. Mordeno stressed that it will be more difficult also if journalists don't understand the issues at stake. Elfren Elbanbuena, regional director of the Philippine Information Agency-11 and cluster head for Mindanao, cited the need for collaboration between the private and public news media for improved communication on the impact of climate change. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)

Traffic... from page 7

mistakenly thinks a street side slot is appropriate to park, though it’s actually not, a visible traffic enforcer could always approach him and give the much needed warning to relocate. If he gets hardheaded and doesn’t heed the call, then he can be served a citation in obvious violation of the traffic ordinance. But if traffic enforcers keep hiding in the shadows, showing up only when a violation has been made whether willfully or not, and plainly with the sole intent of just issuing a traffic citation ticket for the motorist to settle with its corresponding monetary penalty, then I sense something amiss. In 2007, the Cagayan de Oro City council formalized a compendium of the city’s Traffic Code under City Ordinance No. 10551-2007. Apart from stipulating all other details of the proper enforcement of traffic rules within the city, part of its provisions under Section 210 also specified the sharing of the proceeds of the administrative and judicial fines. Apart from the 50% share, which the general fund of the city receives, Section 10.A.c more specifically states that “in case the arrest was made by a member of the Barangay Police, elected barangay official, RTA enforcer and deputized private individual traffic enforcer, twenty percent (20%) shall be given to the arresting person.” Perhaps this was originally meant by the city council to encourage greater enforcement compliance since some amount goes into the enforcers’ pocket. If you are fined P1,500 for a “no parking” violation even if you’re in an area that you’re not familiar with, then the dictum “ignorance of the law excuses no one” still applies. However, if the conspicuous RTA enforcers were present to forewarn you of a possible infraction, then you would have been guided effectively to perform your role as a law-abiding citizen in good faith. But if they opted to be inconspicuous, hiding it out in the corner while waiting to pounce on an unsuspecting victim to commit a violation with the malicious intent of issuing a citation ticket for the 20% “commission” they are going

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to receive, then this ought to ring warning bells of potential abuse. Imagine an RTA enforcer issuing total tickets amounting to an average of PhP7,500 a day (or 5 citations each worth PhP1,500) for twenty days a month, that could easily amount to a net of PhP20,000 on top of the regular RTA pay! To Mayor Oca Moreno and all the leaders in the city council, I pose these questions: 1) Do you think this “commission” scheme for RTA enforcers is actually working for the good of the general public? Or does it offer a room for potential abuse, like what has actually been exhibited by the RTA enforcer issuing the ticket to an acquaintance I mentioned as an example? 2) Do you think this provision needs to be revised? How come in Section 210.A.b of the same Code, it also states that if the arrest was made by a city policeman, all remaining 50% of the administrative fine accrues entirely goes to the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office “as the city’s financial support thereto for its operational funds”? Does this translate to less motivation for the policeman to perform his job then? As the Irish statesman Edmund Burke once declared, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men do nothing.” As concerned citizens, let’s all do our share and assume power as responsible pedestrians and motorists. However, we should also be always vigilant for potential abuses of power. Let’s all create a more “hapsay” Cagayan de Oro! •• [Dr. Adonis Agcopra is a practicing Neurologist and financial consultant. He also writes an opinion column, “The Financial Doctor.”]

Drug... from page 1

who reportedly hails from Manila and a certain Harry Demit. PDEA agents said that Salvacion also confessed that he was one of the “runners” of the drug ring who delivers the illegal drugs to various clients in Balingasag. Municipal town Mayor Alexis Quina, who was stunned by the PDEA report, has ordered an extensive investigation of the Salvacion expose. He said that the report that the local officials in Balingasag were involved in the clandestine drug trade has put the town of Balingasag in the bad light. “This is shameful,” Quina said as he pledged to file the necessary charges to those who might be found involved in the alleged illegal drug ring. Quina, who admitted that he had been hearing reports about a certain “Linlin” as the “Queen” of the illegal drug trade in the town, finally believed the report after the raid was

carried out in Balingasag. Normally, the PDEA coordinates with the local police in conducting raids, this time the PDEA did not inform the local police because a certain police officer was one of the suspects, Quina said. He said understands the PDEA’s initiative and lauded the operatives for the successful raid in Balingasag that busted the alleged illegal drug trade in the town.

Women... from page 1

According to the group, there are 515 children and 88 newborns currently staying in the evacuation camp provided by the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) in Haran. At least 70 percent of the evacuees are women, said Sapar. “Women and children are the most vulnerable sectors during military operations, but the CHR has not taken the initiative to look into this issue.”


from page 1 soil from the inside so that the bottom of the tube is visible; check that the water table inside the tube is the same as outside the tube. Then it’s not yet time to irrigate the field. The threshold of 15 cm water depth (below the surface) before irrigation is called “Safe AWD” – it will not cause any decrease in yield. The number of days of between irrigations varies from one day to more than 10 days. It’s a 10-year-old technology and for just as long has been recommended by IRRI and the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice); the latter includes AWD in its check list for farmers of essential to-dos in rice growing. AWD is promoted by the National Irrigation Administration because the technology enables farmers to save on irrigation fees by saving from 15 percent to 30 percent in irrigation water. The technology is one way to ease the heat of El Niño. The opposite of the cooler and rainy La Niña weather, El Niño sunlight will be more intense and drought is likely to occur in countries that are near the equator, like the Philippines In mid-April, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said that a “fairly large potential” for an El Niño is “most likely” by the end of June. The most recent El Niño events – only two in 15 years – occurred between June 2009 and May 2010. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s (PAGASA) Seasonal Climate Outlook says the weather is heading towards an El Niño. “With El Niño the reduction in rain is typically associated with increased sunlight in the Philippines, causing yields to increase when water supply is adequate for rice production,” said Dr. Roland J. Buresh, the Principal Scientist at IRRI’s Crop and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD). “But the reduction in rains can reduce the water for irrigation, so overall, El Niño could adversely affect rice production if the reduction in rain and irrigation water becomes severe.” Aerobic rice that grows with no standing water will cope with El Niño conditions, said Dr.

Maricar R. Alberto, an Associate Scientist at CESD who led IRRI’s study linking climate variability to rice production. “But aerobic rice is not high yield, averaging 2-3 tons per hectare.” Aerobic rice is a high-yielding variety that grows on dry irrigated land that is well-drained instead of the traditional flooded paddies. This kind of rice can cope, she explained, because it respires less and thus requires less water. Flooded, lowland rice will respire more – just like humans in hot weather – and will need water that will be scarce. In a study published in the journal Fields Crops Research in 2012, Alberto showed that climate anomalies can affect rice planted both in fields with standing water and those in non-flooded rice ecosystems. In the 2009 Wet Season, the strong tropical cyclones that hit the northern part of the Philippines during the growing season particularly during the critical growth stages of the rice plants (reproductive and ripening) resulted in lower grain yields. Alberto suggested that further breeding is needed to develop rice varieties that can obtain high yields under drier soil conditions. When this is achieved, the varieties can address water scarcity issues and El Niño events. SciPhil

Training... from page 2

15,392 indigent senior citizens have availed of the social pension. Unfortunately, after a cross matching by the National Household Targeting Unit and the Social Pension Unit, it was found out that only 4, 068 were included in the Listahanan database, thus, the need to validate the 11,324.” The Listahanan or the NHTS-PR or Listahanan is an information management system that the government uses in identifying who and where the poor are in the country and is being spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. It aims to address poverty reduction through a scientific and target- focused strategy, Tadlas said. “Listahanan encourages National Government Agencies and other stakeholders to utilize the Listahanan data in targeting the beneficiaries of their social protection program. This can be only be done through an engagement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development by entering into a Memorandum of Agreement. Once a MOA has been executed, stakeholders will have access to the Listahanan data and utilize it in identifying their beneficiaries for their various programs and services,” Tadlas said. On the said training, Morena Fernandez, regional head of the Policy and Plans Division of the DSWD, reminded the participants to “focus and do their jobs by heart.” A thorough orientation on the Family Assessment Forms (FAF) which will be used during the validation was done by the Regional Field Coordinator Ian Putong and April Mendoza, one of the project coordinators from the National Listahanan Office. The trained field workers will be deployed for the validation of social pensioners within the quarter.

Biblical reflection

Bro. Edcel L. Closas

Dark Special Gospel of the day: John20:1-8 (April28, 2014-Monday) John 20:1-8-The first [day] of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet “dark,” unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, [and looking in], saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed: This gospel reminds us about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the evidence that Jesus is God since He rose from the dead. Take note, Mary Magdalene was the most “privilege” person on earth since she was the one who witnessed the risen Christ. What was in Mary Magdalene? Purity of her heart was the ground of Jesus appearance to her. In Matthew 5:8-Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God: Printing paid by: Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM1188-3:30 PM - Sunday: #0928414949009266607505: Question – Prayer request: Please follow me “WORD ON FIRE” on CCTN channel 12-CDO @ 10 PM- Mondays and Tuesday @ 3:30 PM. God loves you!!!

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SM Supermalls will hold a Nationwide Labor Day Job Fair on May 1 at its 48 malls nationwide with the theme “Sa Sipag, Tiyaga at Talino, Buong Mundo Saludo sa Manggawang Pilipino.” In cooperation with the Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE), Technical


Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA), Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Statistics Office (NSO), Pro-

fessional Regulation Commission (PRC), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Social Security System (SSS), STI and ABS-CBN, the job fair aims to salute the new graduates and the Pinoy Working Force, and assist as many qualified individuals as

possible in finding employment. At SM City Cagayan de Oro, the Job Fair will be held from 8am-5pm at the ground floor of the SM carpark building. For jobseekers who want to sign up early, there will be a pre-registration booth located at the mall’s ground

floor area, between Classic Savory and SM Appliance from April 26 to 30. This is the seventh Nationwide Job Fair that the SM Supermalls has organized. Last year, a total of 110 companies participated in SM City Cagayan de Oro’s job fair. A total of 2,184 applicants were

registered, of which 351 were hired-on-the spot. SM Malls, after all, have been a catalyst in creating employment and business opportunities in all areas where they are located, and the Job Fair is one way in which it can do its share for the community.

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THE FOUR-WAY TEST of the things we think, say or do

1. Is it the TRUTH? 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIP? 4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

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Rotary holds 30 DisCon



By IreNe Joy B. DAyo, Staff writer and Photos by ArJAy FeLICILDA

he R ot ar y Metro Kidapawan, Ki- sent her State of the Internation- dapawan, Kidapawan District Address. She al District East, Kisulan, Tacurong cited various accom3870 of the and Pigcawayan then plishments of Rotary Philippines composed the Zone 3 International District successfully held its 30th and for Zone 4 are Ro- 3870 in her term such as district conference last tary Clubs of Malayba- being cited as one of the April 25-27, 2014 at Pla- lay, Pie-mo, Camiguin best performers among za Alemania Ho10 districts in the tel, Iligan City. It country. Further, was participated she also thanked all by more that 300 the rotarians for the rotarians from labor of love durall over the 42 ing their response active Clubs in on the struck of cathe district. lamities. “You are Pa r t i c i p at the heroes of our ing Clubs in the Rotary story... Our conference becontributions will long to the four go a long way to zones of the dishelp the downfalltrict. These are en,” she said. Rotary Clubs of President’s RepCagayan de Oro District Governor Teresita “Tess” R. Navales of resentative and Past (CD O), West Rotary International District 3870 speaks before District Governor than 300 participants of 30th District CDO, CDO Ur- more Conference held Plaza Alemania Hotel, Iligan Socorro “Corina” ban East, Kagay- City. She delivered her State of the District Tengco Bautista an CDO, CDO Address. graced the conferC enterpoint, ence. In her speech S out h C D O, C D O Island, Gingoog City, during the opening proNorth, Carmen Val- Gingoog Bay, Central gram, she said that havley, Metro CDO, East Claveria, Metro Valen- ing estimated number of CDO, Uptown CDO, cia, Wao and Northern 22,000 members, Rotary Bay Area CDO that Mindanao. is already the biggest orcompose the Zone 1. The district confer- ganization that provides For Zone 2 are Rotary ence became the av- community service and Clubs Iligan North, Ili- enue in soming up the endeavours to change gan Bay, Iligan South, accomplishments of all lives. She encouraged Uptown Iligan, Iligan, Clubs, giving recogni- the rotarians to engage Downsouth Iligan, Ma- tions to those who de- more and to make the ria Cristina, Metro Ili- serve to be recognized organization strong and gan, Buhanginan Hills, and to those who have united for it is a service Iligan East and Metro done something good organization that comRanao. Cotabato City for the community. posed of leaders who South, Cotabato, MidDistrict Governor offer service above self sayap, Cotabato East, Teresita Navales also in all dealings.

There are also plenary sessions conducted in the event where several topics are discussed including Rotary’s continuing commitment on a Polio-free world, issues and concerns on owning Rotary Foundation, public image as the key to community acceptance, Rotary Foundation of the

Rotary International, membership growth as the evidence of life, and new generation or youth service. In addition to plenary sessions, activities including Fellowship Night and Governor’s Ball were also held. The district will be having a District Assembly in Cagayan de

Oro City on May 10. Training of incoming presidents and officers are the highlights for the coming assembly. Rotary International District 3870 is continuing in their various information drive and seminars on membership, Rotary Foundation, and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA).

The Rotary Club of Urban East poses for a photo opportunity.

The officers and members of Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro.

The Rotary Club leaders stand during the event. Fourth from the right is DG Tess Navales, calling the program to order.

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Happy EASTER SUNDAY to one and all!


Greetings from:

Engr. CESARCity“Julu” C. DACAL Councilor

Engr. & Mrs. Frederick A. Gilos

Pagadian City

> Committee on Ways & Means > Committee on Market & Slaughterhouse


But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be given to you. (Mt. 6:33)

HAPPY Lenten Season to ALL!



Datoc street Pagadian City

joins the observance of the Lenten season.

A friend



May God’s blessings & love be in our hearts this Lenten season as we commemorate the death of our risen Savior.

Greetings from:

Happy Easter Sunday!


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As Christendom observes the passion, death and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ, we in the Department of Agrarian Reform, Zamboanga del Sur, deepen and renew our commitment in alleviating the poverty of our Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARBs) through land tenure improvement, program beneficiaries development, agrarian legal services and adjudication of cases to increase the productivity, enhance the incomes and improve the

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing

them in the name of the Father and of the Son and Holy Spirit”. {Mt. 28:19

Let us feel the real essence of the love of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ as we commemorate his death on the cross of Calvary..

living conditions of our recipients . . . A Meaningful Holy Week and Happy Easter to All!!!

Greetings from.

Greetings from: ARTURO N. SORIA

ZDS Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II

Officials & Employees of the

Department of Agrarian Reform

Zamboanga Del Sur Provincial Office Pajares Street, Pagadian City



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I-Tube.Eco Enterprises opens branch in Pagadian

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iTube eco


By Alroy Francisco

PAGADIAN City--Hundreds of residents here hailed the formal opening of the branch office of I-Tube.Eco Enterprises located at B. Aquino Street, Sta. Lucia District on April 11, 2014. Business partners and enthusiasts attended the formal opening. A motorcade was conducted around the major thoroughfares of the city during the grand opening. Albert Isidro, CEO of ITube.Eco Enterprises, graced the inaugural opening as he wished all the success of the branch office likewise all business partners. Isidro said that the company envisions a Filipino nation to eventually benefit from a product line that increases efficiency of a system thus reducing energy losses resulting in significant savings. He also said that the primary aim of the company is to empower our business partners to attain self-fulfillment in the pursuit of their highest aspirations and dreams. The presence of the office in the city with the company’s amazing product line will help deliver great savings on LPG consumption, reduces or remove noises produced by oxides, will benefit also human energy supplement, makes your drinks softer, your juice drink tastier, makes your softdrinks less carbon taste, turn your ordinary beauty products into premium quality, reduce the negative effects of Electromagnetic Frequency Radiation, improves health and wellness, improve quality of sleep and sound system. It can also be used in motorcycles, cars, jeepneys to save fuel consumption, lesser carbon emission and improve engine performance. Another noble activity during the inaugural opening was the ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Isidro and assisted by Elmer Usad, one of the top Mindanao coordinators of I-Tube,Eco Enterprises. Rev. Honorio Jaguit, Sr, officiated the blessing of the office. There were prizes given of cellphones and cash to the attendees. Product demonstration and business presentation were also held.

Albert Isidro, CEO of I-Tube Eco Ent. briefs the company’s profile & conducts product demo.

Elmer Usad, one of the top company’s coordinators in Mindanao conducts business presentation.

Ribbon cutting

Rev. Honorio Jaguit, Sr. officiates the grand opening & blessing of the branch office.


Ptr. Domingo Balase with the CEO & others business partners clap hands together impressing God’s presence.

Pose for posterity with the CEO.

Emcee: Ptr. Francisco

Business partners & product’s enthusiasts gather outside the office after the motorcade.

Some winners of cellphones and cash.

Product Demonstration by Isidro assisted by Usad.


Save 10 to 30% or more of your fuel and LPG consumption through the high-tech way! After installation of itube in LPG it produces more brighter blue flame that gives faster cooking and 30% saving on consumption. Makes your food tastier, and turns acidic water into alkaline — bringing good health. Install in your vehicle to get more power for your engine, less carbon emission, and 10% or more fuel savings.

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