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Mindanao Daily Volume II, No. 017

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June 11, 2013

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PNoy to lead ‘soft opening’ of airport

‘Mr. President, thanks but no thanks,’ says Orochamber


LAGUINDINGAN AIRPORT. The control tower at the Laguindingan Inter-

national Airport await flight operations. Although the infrastructure of the airport has been completed, its navigational facilities to assist pilots in nighttime landings and takeoffs are not yet in place. Following petitions from various groups in the region, the tranfer of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) operations from Lumbia airport in Cagayan de Oro to Laguindingan airport in Laguindingan town in Misamis Oriental has been moved from April 30 to June 15. Mindanao Daily Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

Hasty preparations mar K to 12 implementation By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL of

THE Department of Education is implementing the second phase of the K to 12 curriculum in grades two and eight or SCHOLARS. The Paterno Velez Foundation scholars in Capitol University with the second year high school for the academic Foundation President Marinela Velez. Joining Mrs. Velez are the foundation scholars year 2013-2014. However, France Castro, Lorie Jane Bueno, BSBA 1; Catherine Uayan, BSBA 2; Jessica Tosloc, BEED 2; and second nominee of the ACT Teachers’ Claudette Utlang, BSE 1. Party and a Master Teacher in Mathematics

PHL flag: Symbol of Quakes continue struggle for sovereignty to sow and love for freedom terror in S. M’nao By Janice M. Cave Philippine News Agency

THREE stars and a sun: the Philippine flag, in all its entirety, has been a symbol of both struggle for sovereignty CARMEN, North Cota- and love for freedom. bato––At least 50 families This will be underlined in Barangay Kimadzil here with much passion and were ordered to leave their homes and communities as the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) declared their areas as danger zones following last week’s 5.7-magnitude earthquake. The move of the North Cotabato Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) By Edwin O. Fernandez Philippine News Agency

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said the problems identified in last year’s implementation of the new curriculum have not yet been addressed. “Teachers who attended the recent training said there is still no teaching module for grades two and eight. Modules for grades one and seven, which were implemented last year, are not yet complete,” Castro told hasty | page 11

intense feeling once more when this Southeast Asian nation of nearly 100 million marks the 115th anniversary of its Independence on June 12. The birth of the Philippine flag was marked by a revolution against FLAG | page 11

FLAG MONTH. Small size Philippine flags are now being sold by vendors in Cagayan de Oro City in preparation for the June 12 Independence Day celebrations. One of these flags, which can be used on vehicles, costs P25. The entire month of June is also observed as the Philippine National Flag Month. Mindanao Daily photo by Gerry L. Gorit

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By Cheng Ordonez, BusinessWeek Mindanao Editor in chief and GERRY LEE GORIT, Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Businessmen oppose to what they claim as “premature opening” of the Laguindingan International Airport welcome the arrival of President Benigno Aquino III but have remained firm in their stand to oppose its operation and vowed to personally present their letter of opposition to the chief executive himself when he arrives the city today (June 11, 2013). President Aquino is expected to lead the final inspection and installation of a marker of the controversial P7.8 billion airport project in Laguindingan town in Misamis Oriental. After today’s activities, the airport will be operational by Saturday but the

business sectors are opposing it without the needed Instrument Landing System (ILS), a must for modern airport. Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Incorporated (Oro Chamber) President Efren Uy told BusinessWeek Mindanao that “the Oro Chamber stands firm in its position opposing the premature opening of the Laguindingan airport primarily due to the reduction in the number of flights that the lack of facilities of the new airport brings about.” “Hence, we will deliver the same letter that we furnished the President two weeks ago and last week through Transportation and

Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio AguinaldoAbaya and CAAP Regional Office 10 when he arrives here because we really cannot understand why there has been no reply to our letters and petitions until now,” Uy said. Last June 3, the Oro Chamber wrote President Aquino anew stating, among others, the business group’s opposition to the scheduled operation of the Laguindingan airport, pending completion of the landing instrumentation facilities. “We would like to inform your (President’s) office of the confirmation made by CAAP Region 10 Director Moh’D Naga Rascal as to the reduction of flights, estimated (to be) 15 flights per day, once the Laguindingan airport will operate sans the needed air navigational facilities,” the letter states. Uy said no less than Dir. Rascal, in a press release furnished the media on April 19, 2013, revealed that some 15 daily flights will be scrapped once the operation will be transferred to Laguindingan, which has no radar or instrument landing system (ILS) yet.” “This is precisely one of our major concerns why we are opposing the opening of the Laguindingan airport this year without the ILS. With the sunrise-sunset operation in Laguindingan, definitely millions of pesos will be forgone due to reduced flights, passenger traffic, and cargo volume not to mention the travellers’ safety and convenience,” Uy said. Economic dislocation Uy said business transactions involving tourism, cargoes for export, which

include perishable commodities like cut-flowers, poultry and marine products, among others, stand to lose an estimated P250 million a year due to economic dislocation brought about by the shortage in flights to Manila and subsequent transfer to international flights. Uy said the lack of the navigation facilities will render the Laguindingan airport without early morning and evening flights. “What could have been 28 flights a day in Lumbia airport will be reduced to half to accommodate them during day time,” Uy said. Still hopeful Uy said: “We will find a way to deliver our letter right to his (President Aquino’s) hands, hoping that he will get our message straight from us, who will be affected by economic dislocation of our business transactions locally and internationally.” He said, “If it is about the government’s loan obligation to the Korean Exim Bank, we firmly believe that the Philippine government has the power to renegotiate with the Korean Exim Bank to move the amortization schedule to a specified date wherein the Laguindingan Airport can operate efficiently and safely. Consequently, the grace period for the loan repayment should be extended. This airport project was conceptualized as early as 1986 and the government has managed, for over two decades, to convince the Korean Exim Bank to extend the loan’s grace period. What is a year of extending the loan repayment’s grace period if it will be for the

sake of passengers’ safety and airport efficiency?” Uy also said that they are in full support of the government’s plan of decongesting NAIA 2 and 3. “We highly support the move to effectively manage traffic at the NAIA Terminals. Hence, we recommend locating the Sangley Military Base temporarily at the Laguindingan Airport so as not to adversely affect the Lumbia airport’s operation. For one, our air force pilots are trained to do flight maneuvers and can very well fly aircrafts using VFR more than their commercial counterparts,” he said. Early this year, Oro Chamber also submitted a joint resolution requesting for the deferment of the planned April 30 2013 operation of the Laguindingan airport, pending the commissioning of its Air Navigation and Support Services Facilities ((ANSSF). Public and private cars Ac c ord i ng to L and Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board regional director Mandangan Darimbang, public transportation to and from the Laguindingan airport is now ready. “All systems are okay,” Darimbang said. He said there will be metered taxi units and renta-car systems available to visitors. However, buses plying Cagayan de Oro-Iligan route will not be allowed to enter the airport premises. Passengers of these buses will have to go down at the national highway junction where airport shuttle service is available going to the airport.

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PESO in Maramag announces overseas job hiring

MARAMAG, Bukidnon–– More than 100 overseas jobs are waiting for jobseekers in Maramag and its neighboring towns as the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) holds special recruitment activity on June 19 to 21. Oscar S. Navacilla, PESO manager of Maramag local government, said the Michael Angelo Manpower Exponent, Inc., a POEAlicensed agency for overseas employment, would be in town to conduct interviews and hire applicants fit to work as domestic helpers for Hongkong and Malaysia. The job hiring activity will be at the Public Employment Service Office, Municipal Hall, Anahawon, Maramag, Bukidnon from 8 am to 5 pm of the scheduled dates. Navacilla said applicants must apply personally and submit copies of passportsized pictures. “Interested applicants who already had passports should also bring it with them,” he said. For more details, please contact PESO Manager Oscar S. Navacilla at the Public Employment Service Office, Municipal Hall, Maramag, Bukidnon with telephone number (088) 238-5461 and (088) 238-5465.

Inspection of all dorms in Oro ordered

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Mayor Vicente Emano has ordered an inspection of all dormitories here following the opening of classes this year. Emano said that the inspection is necessary to ensure that students residing in dormitories within and outside the university belt here would not be exposed to danger in times of emergencies. “ Thes e dor mitor ies should have working fire exits and that fire hydrants within the vicinity of these dormitories (if any) should be on top shape,” Emano said. Emano also directed the building inspection team to find if owners of these dormitories have complied with the Building Code of the Philippines. Aside from conducting inspection of dormitories here, Emano directed the local police to assign police officers in areas near the universities and colleges to protect students and school personnel from criminal elements. A report from the Philippine News Agency

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Tailspin of Northern Mindanao economy from premature opening of Laguindingan airport feared By Mike Baños Editor-at-large

AFTER waiting for nearly 30 years for a new international standard airport, residents of Northern Mindanao now fear the economy could go into a tailspin over what they call the “premature opening of Laguindingan Airport.” “The highway is not ready, the road transport is all but nonexistent, it costs more to get a ride from Cagayan de Oro to Laguindingan than it is to fly from there to Manila,” were but a few of the grips aired in social media in the weeks leading up to the planned June 15 opening of the new facility. “The airport is not just ready to accept commercial flights by June 15.” President Benigno Aquino III and DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya are

expected to arrive today to conduct a final inspection of the new PhP 7.8-billion airport and unveil a marker to commemorate the occasion. In a letter to President Aquino dated June 3, 2013, Oro Chamber President Efren T. Uy again reiterated the business sector’s fears about the impact to the region’s economy posed by the cancelled flights and risk to passenger safety posed by the new facility’s VFR protocol, suggesting instead the Philippine Air Force’s 15th Strike Wing now based in Sangley Point, Cavite instead use Laguindingan in the meantime. Far from being happy at the new gateway, civil society groups from all over the region are apprehensive of the long-term effects of the airport’s opening on the economy since its Visual Flight Rules (VFR) regime

would entail the cancellation of a substantial number of flights. Petilla said the new airport would be operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) using VFR until its air navigation equipment is fully in place by May 2014. Businessmen who preferred to remain anonymous said the losses arising from the recent mishap of the Cebu Pacific in Davao Airport should serve as a red flag to the “premature opening” of Laguindingan airport. The Davao City Investment Promotion Office and the Davao City Chamber of Commerce made a “conservative estimate” of the losses caused by the Cebu Pacific crash covering the night of the crash, June 2 to June 4 when flights resumed : P3 million for cancelled hotel bookings, P500,000

Road war looms among lawmen, doped, drunk drivers • As new law criminalizes them, fixes direct liability to UV-owners • LTO-10 lauds its multi-million-peso quarterly income from erring drivers only By Cenen Mollejo Editor-at-large

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– What likely is the road scenario when enforcers race after and pull every vehicle over to hunt a doped or drunk driver? Expect war! This is likely the response of four out of 10 respondents in Northern Mindanao, relative to the new measure criminalizing drivers under influence of drugs or liquor. Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III signed this into law days ago on Republic Act 10586. Likewise, Times Institute of Management & Econopolitical Strategic Studies Inc. (TIMES), a non-government organization, expressed concern over what transpired on its survey. Abe d’Iesu, M.S.S.B., TIMES’ Executive Officer, said the ratio of ‘fouris-to-10’ needs serious consideration and careful execution of the law by implementing government agencies. An opinion survey was conducted randomly among 200 respondents in at least 4 provinces namely: Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Agusan and the Lanao areas. It observed that only two in every set of 10 denied the possibility while 4 others refused to comment. Hard, but it’s the Law: “Of course, there’s gonna be war.” This is the statement of Regional Director Hilarion

Eder Uler, CESO III, of the Land Transportation Office (LTO)-10 in an interview. “But we are going to enforce it anyhow,” he added. No matter how hard, the law is the law, Uler stressed. Republic Act 10586 is a criminal law and penalizes “persons driving under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs, and similar substances, and for other purposes.” The law also incriminates direct liability on the vehicle-owner being principal of the driver-offender. It states that this “principally appl(ies) to the owners and/or operators of public utility vehicles and commercial vehicles such as delivery vans, cargo trucks, container trucks, school and company buses, hotel transports, cars or vans for rent, taxi cabs, and the like.” Unless he can show evidence of exercising “extraordinary deligence” for the purpose, the law further states. Uler however disclosed that its implementation will be composite with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine National Police (PNP). Meanwhile, LTO-10 still awaits for its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) to finally put the law on the road, according to Uler. Risk to their agression, too: The law may be bad for habitual alcoholic and drug dependent drivers but good for the public, according to DOH-10 Regional Director Aristedes Tan, CESO III, in

an interview. Relatively, there is greater risk of losing lives and damage of properties to drunk or drugged drivers of public utility vehicles, Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-10 Director Al Alamban said in another conversation. In an experience, Alamban said, he himself had to pull over than risking his children in the car to another zigzagging vehicle ahead. One may be helpless at the situation, much less can he risk himself to the agression of a drunk driver, DOST-10 director lamented. Tan, on the other hand, confirmed that the law may have violent reaction as no criminal would likely become submissive to authorities. Instead, he argued, people who are drunk or drugged become more agressive. According to the DOH10 director, alcohol is like a double-bladed weapon as to its effects. It is either stimulant or depressant depending on the amount one has taken, he explained. Tan disclosed that ethel alcohol is the common component of any alcoholic drinks from hard to simple beverages. “See its ‘proof?’ Divide it by 2, you get the exact amount of the alcohol content of your drink,” he explained adding that beers contained 15 percent of it. drivers | page 8

for airport concessionaires, P1.5 million for transport service providers (vans, cabs, tourist buses, and car rentals), P50 million for other allied industries, P2 million for airport terminal revenues and P190 million

for cargo. “P250 million is a lot of money,” the businessman said. “With CAAP telling us up to 15 flights a day could be cancelled, where would that put Northern Mindanao’s economy after

nine months? Although Laguindingan Airport was previously slated to open last April 30, CAAP accommodated domestic airlines serving Lumbia Airport request TAILSPIN | page 8



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16-day display of PHL flag caps 115th anniv of Independence By Honor Blanco Cabie

THE 16-day display of the Philippine flag, attended by much fervor and a sense of patriotism, winds up on June 12, the 115th anniversary of Philippine Independence. Displaying the country’s tricolors from May 28 has become part of a revered tradition and culture of this multi-ethnic, multi-lingual country of nearly 100 million people from Batanes to Tawi Tawi. Sometime in the latter part of the 1960s, a young correspondent, covering a news event in Sulu, saw this as the country’s national anthem was played in front of the capitol. When the anthem was played by the military band, coinciding with the brisk hoisting of the Philippine flag, the correspondent immediately realized the indivisibility of this one nation as every Muslim and Christian in the audience stood at attention. But a question remains: How many of the population are familiar with the specifics regarding the flag, despite the annual public display for 16 days, called National Flag days? The national flag, displayed with the blue field on top in times of peace, and with the red field on top in times of war, is a horizontal

Policewomen raise the Philippine flag during the 114th Independence Day rites, last year, in Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

bicolor with equal bands of blue and red, and with a white equilateral triangle based at the hoist side. In the center of the triangle is a golden yellow sun with eight primary rays, each containing three individual rays. At every corner of the triangle is a five-pointed golden yellow star. The flag is horizontally divided into two basic colors -- royal blue and scarlet red -- with a white equilateral triangle based at the hoist side. At the center of the tri-

angle is a golden-yellow sun with eight primary rays, each containing three individual rays, and at each corner of the triangle is a five-pointed golden-yellow star. The flag’s length is twice its width, which translates into an aspect ratio of 1:2. The sides of the white triangle are equal to the width of the flag. Each star is oriented such that it points towards the tip of the vertex at which it is located. The flag’s colors are specified by Republic Act 8491 in

terms of their cable number in the system developed by the Color Association of the United States. The Philippine flag, designed in 1897 by Emilio Aguinaldo while he was in exile in Hong Kong, is unique. It can indicate a state of war when the red field is displayed on top, or on the observer’s left when the flag is displayed vertically, with the white equilateral triangle at the top end. According to official sources, the white triangle stands for equality and fra-

ternity; the blue field for peace, truth, and justice; and the red field for patriotism and valor. The eight primary rays of the sun represent the eight provinces which declared a state of war as soon as the first revolt was initiated in the 1896 Revolution of independence from Spain, and placed under martial law by the colonial government. The eight provinces were Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Laguna, and Batangas. The three stars represent the three major geographical divisions of this Southeast Asian archipelago: Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao. Some have noted that the symbolism given in the 1898 Proclamation of Philippine Independence differs from the current official explanation. One school of thought says the white triangle signifies the emblem of the Katipunan. This is the secret society that opposed Spanish rule which was ushered in by Fernando Magallanes in 1521 until the Spanish armada was beaten by the troops of U.S. Admiral George Dewey in 1898. Another school of thought says the flag’s colors celebrate the flag of the United States as a manifesta-

tion of Philippine gratitude for American protection against the Spanish during the Philippine Revolution. Still another says that one of the three stars represents the island of Panay, not the entire Visayan islands. Historians say it has been common since the 1960s to trace the development of the Philippine flag to the various war standards of the individual leaders of the Katipunan. This was a pseudo-masonic revolutionary movement that opposed Spanish rule in the Philippines and led the Philippine Revolution. But while some symbols common to the Katipunan flags would be adopted into the iconography of the Revolution, historians say it is inconclusive whether these war standards can be considered precursors to the present Philippine flag. The first flag was sewn by Marcela Marino de Agoncillo with the help of her daughter Lorenza and Delfina Herbosa de Natividad (a niece of reformist leader José Rizal). Agoncillo’s remains are interred at the Dominicanrun Sanctuario del Santo Cristo in San Juan City. The flag, while it was displayed in battle DISPLAY | page 8


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Green advocates, govt execs to reforest Albay coastal town

LEGAZPI City––Personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Office of Civil Defense, provincial government of Albay and Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Bicol region and green media advocates led by the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists, Inc. and Albay-Legazpi Press Association, Inc. have joined hands to reforest the coastal areas of Bacacay town in an effort to mitigate the adverse impact of climatic change in the place. The project is a private sector and government partnership wherein the tri-media in Albay, volunteer groups, Tactical Operations Group 5-Philippine Air Force (TOG5-PAF), Naval Forces in Southern Luzon, (Navforsol), Army’s 901st Infantry Brigade, OCD Bicol, DENR and Albay Governor Joey Salceda have come together for one cause to address and mitigate the impact of sea level rise triggered by global warming. Also in celebration of the World Environment Day and the Environment Month this June, these groups of environmentalists will reforest the coastal area of Barangay Manet in Cagraray Island on Monday. Barangay Manaet is home to endangered wild ducks and monkeys that are indigenous to Albay. The area can be reached by motorboat in just 15 to 20 minutes from the port of Bacacay town. The village is inhabited by 800 people mostly dependent on fishing and farming. The area, according to Edwin Belano, Manaet village chieftain, is highly threatened by landslides based on the study made by the Mines and Geoscience BureauDENR Bicol. Even the village’s public elementary school, which serves as the evacuation center of the residents in times of natural calamities, is unsafe. At least 5,000 mangrove propagules will be planted in the village. Mangrove forests serve as storm surge protection and big waves and tidal currents breakers. They provide nursery and habitat to fry of varied fish species as well as many species of shell fish. Mangroves are also important to many local coastal species, both terrestrial and aquatic.

Children swim in the floodwater along the national highway linking Carmen and Tagum City in Davao del Norte in this file photo taken last year. A study has warned of an increase in the risk of flooding in 42 percent of Earth’s land surface, mainly in Africa and Asia at the end of the century. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday More

Study warns of increased flood risk in Asia, Africa due to global warming TOKYO -- The unchecked progress of global warming would increase the risk of flooding at the end of this century in 42 percent of the Earth’s land surface, mainly in Asia and Africa, according to a study published Sunday by British science journal Nature Climate Change.

BFI reiterates its purpose

By Fredelyn Ragandang Contributor

“BFI established a production forest and not a protection forest.” This answers to the negative feedback heard and received by the Bukidnon Forests Incorporated (BFI) in Malaybalay City from the constituents after knowing that trees were cut off and delivered to make business, as they are the corporate arm of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). BFI’s Administrative Officer (AO) Vilma Lorca delivered this during the provincial government of Bukidnon’s Monthly (June) Convocation and grabbed the opportunity to once again inform and make people understand the true purpose of BFI’s existence, to cope up with the people’s need on wood resources. AO Lorca stated that they were aware of this misconception and hope that after the forum people will appreciate that as a commercial forestry, they aim to provide people a long-term earning opportunity here in Bukidnon. Lorca also discloses the agreement entered into by the governments of New Zealand and Philippines way back year 2000 where

they have a vision to be a leader and partner in the prosperous development of the plantation forest and other related industry in the province of Bukidnon, the model of commercial forestry in our country. Its mission is to ensure the profitable and environmentally sustainable management of its forest resources, while supporting the people of Bukidnon to improve their community. BFI uses their harvested logs to produce paper, tissue, bags as they encourage everyone to use these products that are environment friendly since they are biodegradable. They also inspire people to support and plant more trees to address the gap in the demands of the people on wood production. With this regard, as presented by BFI as their major accomplishments as of December 2012, they have established 6,899 forest plantation with 63 regular employees and 621 seasonal employees; harvested 6,695 cubic meter of logs in 74 hectares land area and disposed 8,916 cubic meter of logs; they have also established 1,000 hectares of production forest and 236 hectares of protection forest in agreement with the DENR.

From the start, 1989 up to present, BFI considered themselves as successful in establishing a man-made forest in the province, the only remaining forest in the country today. Inspite of this agreement by New Zealand and Philippines, our National Government has issued an Executive Order No. 23 through DENR Secretary Ramon Paje for the moratorium of cutting of trees on Natural Forest, in which BFI is also affected. But BFI understands this as they are one with the government in working for the mitigation of climate change. Along with this, BFI sets their target for 2013 in line with the National Greening Program of President Benigno Aquino, III wherein they were tasked to plant 20,000 hectares (Bukidnon-8,000 hectares and in Luzon [Tarlac, Ilocos Norte, Zambales]-4,000 hectares each). Aside from that they were to establish nursery in Luzon to produce six million seedlings and four million seedlings here in Bukidnon. Before AO Lorca ends her report, she shares this saying from an anonymous, “the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, the second best is now.”

The number of people exposed to the risk of flooding would increase from the current estimate of 5.6 million to 80 million by 2100 if temperatures rise by 3.5 C degrees during the period, said a research team led by Yukiko Hirabayashi at the University of

Tokyo’s Institute of Engineering Innovation. The frequency of flooding would increase “across large areas of South Asia, Southeast Asia, Northeast Eurasia, eastern and low-latitude Africa, and South America,” the study said.(PNA/Kyodo)



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A “soft opening” of the Laguindingan airport in Misamis Oriental is set today. With the opening of the new airport, growth areas might develop along the highways from Laguindingan to Cagayan de Oro City, the premier capital of Northern Mindanao. Perhaps, that is what the business community is thinking. However, there are pessimists who believed otherwise. In most areas in the Cris Diaz country where the airport is a distance from the city proper, development is nil and inconsistent. The exception is airports in major cities since these airports operate along with the growth of the city. In most cases, these airports are within the city proper. An example is Mactan International Airport in Cebu. The Mactan airport became progressive since the airport was once a US military air force base. Laguindingan airport is different. Constructed in an undeveloped surroundings, it would take many years before it could attain (if ever) the status of an international airport. Why “soft opening?” What makes the difference between “soft” and “hard” opening? Well, anyone is free to speculate on the meaning of the phrase “soft opening.” However, one might recall that the opening of the Laguindingan airport was originally set on April 30, 2013. Had it not for the widespread public disapproval, the Laguindingan airport must have open then. President Aquino interceded and ordered CAAP to


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move the opening on June 15, 2013. However, the June 15, 2013 is not what the business community and travelers were demanding. Stakeholders want the opening on April 2014. Even Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro City, filed a resolution in Congress to move the opening of the Laguindingan airport on April next year. Rodriguez reiterated his disapproval to the opening of the Laguindingan airport in a letter dated April 23, 2013 addressed to Lt. Gen. William K. Hotchkiss III AFP (Ret), CAAP Director General. In that letter, Rodriguez raised the apprehension over the “untested” competence of the air navigation facilities of the airport. He said that the lack of nighttime landing lights would lead to economic dislocation of the business community in Northern Mindanao. Aside from those basic issues, Rodriguez also cited the lack of adequate power for the airport since the airport is short of 2MW of the required 4MW for the airport to operate its facilities. Rodriguez was voicing the concern of the members of the business community groups in Mindanao on “what they perceived as premature opening of the airport.” Well, how could anyone insists on the issue when many suspected that the opening of the Laguindingan airport has political undertone? Obviously, one could not blame the CAAP whose job is follow orders from the “higher (political) authorities.” After all, public safety is not an issue here. The issue is to satiate political caprices at the expense of public safety and convenience.

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Controversy hounds airport’s ‘soft opening’

We hear PNoy is visiting Cagayan de Oro this Tuesday, June 11th as part of the “soft opening” for the Laguindingan Airport scheduled to start operations on Saturday, June 15. We hope the President has time and the inclination to lend an ear to his “bosses”, since his underlings at the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) seem hell-bent in opening the new facility at any cost, including the lives and livelihood of people from Northern Mindanao, and never mind the recent mishap of Cebu Pacific at Davao airport which was lucky to escape with no fatalities to crew and passengers, but nevertheless

Hammer and Anvil Mike Baños cost the Davao economy an estimated P250-million in foregone revenues. The “conservative estimate” of the Davao City Investment Promotion Office and the Davao City Chamber of Commerce of the losses caused by the Cebu Pacific crash covering the night of the crash, June 2 to June 4 when flights resumed, includes P3 million for cancelled hotel bookings, P500,000 for airport concessionaires, P1.5 million for

transport service providers (vans, cabs, tourist buses, and car rentals), P50 million for other allied industries, P2 million for Airport terminal revenues and P190 million for Cargo. If Davao’s economy could lose that much in the span of two and a half days, imagine the damage to the Northern Mindanao economy with the loss of at least 15 daily flights from July 1st, 2013 up to March 2014 as confirmed by no less than the

CAAP Area IX Director in an article in another local daily under Laguindingan airport’s Visual Flight Rules (VFR) regime. That’s nine months of lost flights compared to the day and half losses of Davao following the recent crash. Not panicking yet? In a letter to PNoy dated June 3, 2013, Oro Chamber President Efren T. Uy again reiterated the business sector’s fears about the impact to the region’s economy posed by the cancelled flights and risk to passenger safety posed by the new facility’s VFR protocol, suggesting instead the Philippine Air Force’s 15th Strike Wing now based in Sangley Point, Cavite instead use Laguindingan in the meantime. damage | page 8

‘Terms of reference’ for 2013 polls

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Jesus said, `If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’…” (John 8:31-32, the Holy Bible). -oooC OM E L E C N E E D S TRANSPARENCY: Here is a reaction from Mr. Jonathan Matanguihan to our column entitled “Desecration of the rule of law in Comelec”: “To show that there is rule of law is very simple. It only takes transparency. “For transparency, all that must be done is publish in the Comelec website and in the newspapers the updated election results and the computation for seat allocation showing that the seat allocations were based on the procedure laid down

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio by Supreme Court in the case of Banat vs. Comelec. Why can not Comelec be transparent? Is there something truly obnoxious and contemptible that the public must not know?” -oooOTHER THINGS THE PUBLIC SHOULD KNOW: What other things should the public know about the automated and computerized elections that the Philippines underwent last May 13, 2013? There are still many

things, and we promise to bring them out here in this column in the days to come, God willing, but for today, let us ask the Comelec if, in its agreement with Smartmatic Inc., the provider of the computer system for the elections including the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines, it signed a document called “terms of reference”. The “terms of reference” is supposed to detail what the Comelec and Smartmatic were legally obliged

to do, to make sure that the computerized or automated election on May 13, 2013 will be transparent, efficientlycarried out, and honest and truthful, reflecting the true vote of the people. -ooo“TERMS OF REFERENCE” FOR 2013 POLLS: The question, however, is this: it would seem that despite the “terms of reference” being a public document, Comelec officials, led by Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. and his commissioners, have put a tight lid on its contents, and never once did they even make those contents public. This is inexplicable, considering that this document called “terms of reference” will give all interested parties, especially the polls | page 8

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THINK a minute. Have you ever owned something quite valuable and useful, yet you ended up not using it much? There’s a story about a preacher who was talking with the owner of a factory that made soap. The soap maker said to the preacher: “This message about Jesus Christ that you preach cannot be very good, because there are still many bad people around.” The preacher saw a child nearby covered with dirt. So he said to the soap maker: “Your soap cannot be very good, because there are still a lot of dirty people.” The soap maker replied: “Well, my soap can only clean when a person uses it!” The preacher said: “Yes, you’re right. It’s the

F resh G ospel of the day: Matthew10:713(June11, 2013-Tuesday) Matthew 10:7-13-And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses, Nor scrip for [your] journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it:

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it to work. So we not only must read and understand Jesus’ Message every day, we must follow it every day to start changing and living the satisfying life He plans for us to enjoy. Jesus said that even if we go to church, give money, and pray, but in our heart we’ve not started changing and becoming more like Him in our character, then we

don’t really belong to Him and have His new life. For example, if we’re not honest, or we won’t obey Jesus’ command to forgive people who have wronged and hurt us, then we’re proving we do not truly know Him personally and have a relationship with Him. So if Jesus’ written Manual for our life is not His living Message in our life, then we’re completely wasting the Bible and making it useless to us. So why not start actually using and living the new life Jesus died to give you. Everyday read and obey His Message to you, so you can know that you have His eternal life. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it—forever. Just Think a Minute.

kinds of preaching? “Verbal” is using our mouth to speak, while “non verbal” is preaching through our “good deeds.” This is a concrete proof that all human beings can preach the words of God either of the two ways. How about you, in what way you can preach? Romans 12:6-8-Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to

the proportion of faith; Or ministry, [let us wait] on [our] ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, [let him do it] with simplicity. These are the gifts from God and we are “encouraged to share this for the sake of others.”1 Timothy 4:16Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee: SPONSORED:Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:00 PM Sunday: #0928414949009266607505: Question – Prayer request

Think A Minute Jhan Tiafau Hurst same way with the Bible and Message about Jesus Christ.” You see, just like soap is not worth having if we don’t actually use it, it’s the same with the Message about Jesus Christ and new life He gives us who ask Him. Unless we then live it every day, it’s useless to us. The Bible is our Maker’s manual to show us how to live the right, successful way He designed

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Biblical reflection Bro. Edcel L. Closas but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you: In our Gospel, Jesus instructed His disciples to preach the gospel of God. Romans 1:16-For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. But we must bear in mind that there are two kinds of preaching, verbal and non verbal preaching. What is the difference of these

7 Health In Focus Dr. Mary Jean Loreche

Hepatitis C: what we need to know

Just recently, I had a most interesting talk with one of the country’s best professor & mentor in the field of Epidemiology and a world renowned Researcher. We got into discussing the increasing number of cases of HIV/AIDS in Cagayan de Oro and GENSAN. What surprised me more was the revelation that in Cebu, with the rising cases too of HIV/AIDS, is the concurrent rise of Hepatitis C, among injecting drug users. To date, the number of Hepatitis C cases in this group is in the 99% percentile. Come to think of it, this data is not a surprise at all: According to the World Health Organization, in the United States alone, ¼ of HIV infected persons are infected with Hepatitis C virus, and that persons infected with HIV HAS A 50-90% probability of getting Hepatitis C virus infection too. Hepatitis C is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver. Most of the affected individuals do not have symptoms, and is found out only as an incidental finding, during an annual or an executive check up, or during a clinic visit for something else. If one were to have symptoms related to the disease, these are really symptoms that are common to a viral infection: fever, nausea and vomiting, jaundice ( yellowing of the skin or sclera ), fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle and joint pains and tenderness in the right side of the abdomen. It takes 2 weeks to 6 months from the time of exposure to having the disease, and in 80% of cases, the affected person will be asymptomatic. The virus is spread through the sharing of needles ( which is very common among injecting drug users ), sexual contact, child birth ( mother to infant during delivery ). Getting infected is also a risk for the healthcare workers, and for those who receive blood transfusions. Organ transplant recipients before 1992 were also at risk , though at present, the risk is minimized due hepatitis | page 8


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Tailspin... from page 3

for a postponement “to minimize disruption to passengers and to permit more time to rearrange flight schedules” ostensibly due to difficulties in spreading the word to passengers who had already booked their flights for April and May. While the airlines had initially succeeded in convincing government to push back the original April 30 opening date, the 45 day postponement has apparently failed to convince all carriers the airport and its support infrastructure is ready to receive flights by the planned 30 June opening date. According to a post in the (URL: http:// dated 21 May 2013, Philippine Airlines,, Cebu Pacific Air, Zest Air and PAL Express have all “expressed their displeasure at the Philippine Department of Transportation and C ommunic at ions’ decision to forge ahead with the June 15 opening of the new USD190 million Laguindingan International Airport, set to replace the smaller Cagayan de Oro Lumbia (CGY) airport as the gateway to the northern Mindanao and Misamis Oriental provinces.” But a former president of the Oro Chamber (which is one of the groups leading the opposition to the premature opening) is willing to give the June 15 opening date a shot. “Let us accept the compromise of June 15, provided the runway lights are operational so takeoffs can be made after sunset and nominal support services, such as food and parking can be made available at the new site for the comfort of the passengers,” said Engr. Elpidio M. Paras, himself a rated pilot. “Transport facilities, such as bus/shuttle services, park and fly systems where passengers who intend to fly back within a few days can actually leave their cars (for a fee of course) at the airport parking area and be able to use their cars upon return. The CAAP must ensure that the bad practices prevalent at Lumbia be controlled at Laguindingan.” However, he believes NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late PEDRO MONTAUS consisting of a parcel of land (Lot No. 1709, Pls 736) situated in Sta. Ana, Tubay, Agusan del Norte, under Tax Declaration No. 00215 PIN: 053-10-0006-007-04 covered by Original Certificate of Title No. P-8240, containing an area of 7.2810 hectares, is the subject of a DEED OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL PARTITION executed by deceased Pedro Montaus’ heirs, namely, Teresita M. dela Cerna, Canesio C. Montaus, Oliva M. Paler and Arturo C. Montaus, per Doc. No. 5201; Page No. 501; Book No. XII; Series of 2013 of the Notarial Registry of Romeo B. Sanchez, Notary Public. MDN: May 28, June 4 & 11, 2013

the operation of the new facility is still best left to the private sector. “Perhaps with the new lead time, the operations at Laguindingan can already be bidded out so that the transition from CAAP to private operator can be fast tracked. Another issue is that many of the personnel needed at Laguindingan will need housing facilities; it would not be practical for them to commute daily as there will be nothing left for them as transport rates are expected to be high. There will be a considerable dislocation for many people who have worked and served for decades at Lumbia. I hope that government has contingencies for this.” Sec. Abaya said the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the Laguindingan airport would be bid out to the private sector through the public private partnership (PPP) scheme of the Aquino administration. The airlines currently operating from Cagayan de Oro Lumbia airport with average passenger traffic of 2,000 passengers per day are Philippine Airlines (PAL) its affiliate PAL Express, Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific), and Zest Airways. The reported lack of available power needed to properly operate Laguindingan’s facilities remains another issue. In fact, word has it even local CAAP officials are not comfortable with the revised opening date.

Drivers... from page 3

While 200 miligram of the same ethel alcohol in the human blood is lethal, 15 percent and above drowses or puts one to sleep, Tan said. Likewise, that loosens a driver’s mental sharpness and his mind’s split-second slip can cause major indeliberate sway of his wheels, he further argued. While sober reflexes and sharp decisions are important to drivers, accidents happens anytime but doped or drunk ones risk more into it than not, Tan also said. More Millions of Pesos in Fines: Crime does not pay; only criminals do! Thus describes how LTO-10 generated P2.4 million pesos in fines for the past 3 months. This came from simple violations of motorcycle riders only, according to the LTO-10 director. This time, aside from l o n g e r i mp r i s o n m e nt penalty, the government agency’s fund generation may increase to nthfolds eventually, according to an LTO-10 operative who prefers anonymity. The reason is that RA 10586 imposes fines that range from tens to hundreds of thousand-pesos depending on the extent-impact of the crime. Meanwhile, LTO-10 records an average of 400 roadside apprehensions

every week, Uler also disclosed his office’s intensified weekly regional program as responsible for raising the fund. It could be more with this new law even as, Uler observed, motorcycles used to attenuate in Thursdays --the LTO-10’s operation day. They stopped somewhere, he added. Violators however persist anywhere anytime, he observed, but the law makes them criminals once it finally catches up at them. The driver- suspect may however run but it includes the vehicle owner or operator, so there can be no escape, Uler argued. No drivers-kissing lawmen: While some observers imagined otherwise, lawmen definitely do not kiss drivers to find out the latter indeed smell liquor?! Uler said he has already ordered the purchase of Breath Analyser units, the equipment prescribed by law to “determine the blood alcohol concentration level of a person through testing of his breath.” The law also defines alcohol as to “refer to alcoholic beverages classified into beer, wine and distilled spirits, the consumption of which produces intoxication.” Uler further said he has to accelerate roadside apprehension program for public safety even as every gadget may cost the government between P70 and P80 thousand pesos. (Cenen Mollejo)

Damage... from page 6

Apparently, even domestic air carriers now operating in Lumbia airport don’t’ share DOTC and CAAP’s confidence in operating out of the new and “safer” facility. According to a post in the (URL: http:// dated 21 May 2013, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Zest Air and PAL Express have all “expressed their displeasure at the Philippine Department of Transportation and C ommunic at ions’ decision to forge ahead with the June 15 opening of the new USD190million Laguindingan International Airport, set to replace the smaller Cagayan de Oro Lumbia (CGY) airport as the gateway to the northern Mindanao and Misamis Oriental provinces.” Although the airlines convinced the government to push back the original April 30 opening date “to minimize disruption to passengers and to permit more time to rearrange flight schedules”, the 45 day postponement has apparently failed to convince all carriers the airport and its support infrastructure is ready to receive flights by the planned 30 June open-

ing date. The reported lack of available power needed to properly operate Laguindingan’s facilities remains another issue. In fact, word has it even local CAAP officials are not comfortable with the revised opening date. So where does that leave the people of Northern Mindanao by June 15? In the interest of the greater national good (being those of our overlords in the National Capital Region) we are once again disposable “collateral damage”. No wonder the PNoy magic doesn’t work in Mindanao: he has consistently demonstrated an obstinacy that many like to call “spite” for coming in second to a deposed and convicted former president who is now mayor of Manila. Only in the Philippines.

Polls... from page 6

candidates who ran last election, an opportunity to determine whether they won---or lost---fair and square. It was also necessary for this document to be made known publicly, so everybody who is interested in an honest, orderly, and peaceful elections would know if Comelec did its part, or Smartmatic complied with its obligations, towards making the last automated election honest, orderly and peaceful. -oooCOME OUT WITH “TERMS OF REFERENCE”, COMELEC URGED: That being the case, and in accordance with transparency, I am asking Chairman Brillantes and his commissioners: did you and the Comelec sign any such “terms of reference” in its agreement for the holding of the automated elections for 2013? If so, can you make public the contents of that document called “terms of reference”? Can the Comelec also give an account to the public, and to all the candidates who won and lost, of the Comelec’s and Smartmatic’s compliance with those “terms of reference”? -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email:, mmauriciojr111@

Hepatitis... from page 7

to more modern testing and screening for the virus. Acute infections in majority of cases are often missed out as they do not present with any symptoms. Once a blood test is requested for the HCV antibodies and it turns out to be positive, it means that one is infected with the Hepatitis C Virus. Caution in interpreting a negative result , when one knows that he/she has any of the

risks as mentioned above, should not lead him/her to believing that he/she is free from the disease. The timing of the test, which is affected by the window period ( which I already mentioned previously ) is to be considered. Screening tests likewise is affected by certain variables. Newer methodologies are available like RNA tests or a Recombinant Immuno Blot Assay ( RIBA ) that can give nearly a 100% specificity and sensitivity. A liver biopsy may be requested by the Clinician, in order to determine the severity of the disease. There is really no cure for Hepatitis C infection. Antiviral drugs may be given, which has known side effects and can cause flu like symptoms. The goals for early diagnosis is to prevent complications, which may range from the eventual development of a chronic liver disease, cirrhosis or liver cancer, and prevent the transmission of the disease to others. Having one’s self vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B, is an important step that will free the liver from further damage as it protects one from another risk of getting a co-infection from these viruses. Awareness of the disease, avoidance of alcoholic beverages and eating right are very doable measures that will help keep that liver of yours healthy and functioning.

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on May 28, 1898, was formally unfurled during the proclamation of independence on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite. The flag was first flown with the red field up on Feb. 4, 1899 to show that a state of war existed. Aguinaldo was captured by the Americans two years later in Palanan, Isabela, and swore allegiance to the United States. The defeat of the Philippine Republic ushered in American colonial rule which made the display of the Philippine flag an illegal move by the Sedition Act of 1907. This law was repealed on Oct. 30, 1919. With the legalization of the Philippine flag, the cloth available in most stores was the red and blue of the flag of the United States, so the flag from 1919 onwards adopted the navy blue color. The Philippine Legislature passed Act. No 2928 on March 26, 1920, which legally adopted the Philippine flag as the official flag of the Philippine Islands. Up until the eve of World War II, Flag Day was celebrated each year on October 30, commemorating the date the ban on the flag was lifted. On March 25, 1936, following the inauguration of the Commonwealth of the Philippines in the previous year, President Manuel L. Quezon issued Executive Order No. 23 which provided for the technical description and specifications of the flag. The flag was once more banned with the Japanese invasion and occupation of the Philippines beginning in December 1941, to be hoisted again with the establishment of the Japanese-sponsored Second Republic of the Philippines. During ceremonies in October 1943, Emilio Aguinaldo hoisted the flag with the original Cuban blue

and red colors restored. The flag was initially flown with the blue stripe up, until President Jose P. Laurel proclaimed the existence of a state of war with the Allied Powers in 1944. The Commonwealth government-in-exile in Washington, D.C. continued to use the flag with the American colors, and had flown it with the red stripe up since the initial invasion of the Japanese. With the combined forces of the Filipino and American soldiers and the liberation of the Philippines in 1944 to 1945, the flag with the American colors was restored. This flag was hoisted when Philippine independence was restored -- not granted, as some historians say -- on July 4, 1946. In 1985, President Ferdinand Marcos ordered the colors of the flag restored to the original blue and red of the Cuban flag. But this act was reversed after the largely peaceful Catholic Church-backed People Power Revolution removed Marcos from power. For the 1998 centennial of the proclamation of Philippine independence, the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines (RA 8491) was passed, changing the shade of blue to royal blue. The flag, often referred to as the tricolors -- although there are actually four colors: white, blue, red, and the gold yellow of the sun and stars -- is flown at half-mast as a sign of mourning. Upon the official announcement of the death of the President or a former President, the flag should be flown at half-mast for 10 days. It should be flown at halfmast for seven days following the death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice, the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The flag may also be required to fly at half-mast upon the death of other persons to be determined by the National Historical Institute, for less than seven days. The flag shall be flown at half-mast on all the buildings and places where the dead was holding office, on the day of death until the day of interment of an incumbent member of the Supreme Court, the Cabinet, the Senate or the House of Representatives, and such other persons as may be determined by the National Historical Institute. Under the law, when the flag is flown at half-mast, it should be first hoisted to the peak for a moment then lowered to the half-mast position. It should be raised to the peak again before it is lowered for the day. The flag may also be used to cover the caskets of the dead of the military, veterans of previous wars, national artists, and outstanding civilians as determined by the local government. In such cases, the flag must be placed such that the white triangle is at the head and the blue portion covers the right side of the casket. The flag should not be lowered to the grave or allowed to touch the ground, but should be solemnly folded and handed to the heirs of the deceased. It is prohibited to deface or ridicule the flag, to dip the flag as a salute, or to add additional marks of any nature on the flag. It may not be used as a drapery, festoon, tablecloth, as a covering for objects, or as part of a costume or uniform. Several commercial uses of the flag are prohibited, including using the flag as a trademark or for commercial labels or designs. It is forbidden to use the image of the flag on merchandise, or in any advertisement. It also may not be used as a pennant in the hood, side, back and top of motor vehicles; The flag may not be displayed horizontally face-up, or under any painting, picture or platform. (PNA)

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After being arrested in Bangkok, Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) escapes from prison using a riot as cover. Meanwhile, Alan Garner (Zach Galifianakis) has bought a giraffe but it is beheaded when he tows it under a low bridge that crosses the interstate. Alan’s father, angry at him for not owning up to his mistakes, dies of a heart attack. After the funeral, Alan’s friends Phil Wenneck (Bradley Cooper), Doug Billings (Justin Bartha), and Stu Price (Ed Helms) find out he’s been off his medication and out

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“It is much like going to war without weapons,” said Castro referring to the incomplete modules and textbooks for the implementation of the K to 12 program. “There is nothing new, really, as we said before, the implementation was in haste. There are not enough materials to use, and if there is, it is insufficient; not all affected teachers have their own copies,” Castro said adding that the burden to reproduce the modules is left to the teachers. Teachers also had to improvise because there are no teaching guides and modules for grades one and seven last year. Now, Castro said, teachers are facing the same problems. The K to 12 program is the flagship program of the government of President Benigno S. Aquino III. It initially implemented the first phase of the program for grades one and seven last school year 2012-2013, while the Universal Kindergarten was implemented earlier in school year 20112012. The implementation was started even before the K to 12 Act or RA 10533, the Enhance Basic Education Act of 2013 was signed into law by Aquino recently. “Naninindigan pa rin po tayo sa ipinangako nating pagbabago sa edukasyon: ang gawing itong sentral na estratihiya sa pamumuhunan sa pinakamahalaga nating yaman: ang mamamayang Pilipino. Sa K to 12, tiwala tayong mabibigyan-lakas si Juan dela Cruz upang mapaunlad – hindi lamang ang kanyang sarili at pamilya – kundi maging ang buong bansa,” (We are still true to our promise to implement changes in the education system. Central to this strategy is our investment in our most important resource: the Filipino people. With the K to 12 program, we are confident that we could equip Juan de la Cruz to develop not only himself and his family but the whole country as well.) the President said in his speech during the launching of the K to 12 program in April last year. But progressive groups are not convinced. They have pointed out, even before the Universal Kindergarten was implemented, that the so-called ‘education reform’ of the Aquino government would not solve the perennial problems of the education system in the Philippines. “We have pointed out even before that the government should address the shortages first before they throw money into the implementation of the K to 12 curriculum. It is like wasting money while nothing is being solved,” Castro told No evaluation after one year of implementation According to a paper on the education system produced by the Kabataan Party, the government is

not ready to implement the K to 12 program. “With RA 10533 signed into law, basic education institutions will be compelled to follow the new program, despite the fact that there has been no concrete scientific evaluation of the program’s efficiency and effectiveness after its first year of implementation. In fact, the curriculums for grades two and eight have just been completed and will be haphazardly implemented this school year without any proper assessment.” Same as last year, teachers interviewed by Bulatlat. com said the curriculum for the whole school year 2012-2013 has yet to be finished. The implementation has also caused confusion as the mother tongue as a subject was introduced. “Some reports coming from teachers who handle grade one reveal that children are confused because of the use of the mother tongue,” said Castro. In the K to 12, mother tongue is a separate subject from grades one to three aside from Filipino. The medium used in teaching all subjects in grades one to three is also the mother tongue. For example, in the National Capital Region, the mother tongue is in Filipino, thus, the medium used in teaching subjects like Math, is in Filipino. By the third grading period, English is introduced. Castro said their office received numerous reports regarding this. “In Cagayan Valley province, for one, their mother language is Ibanag; teachers, therefore, teach subjects using the Ibanag language. By the second semester, they shift to English so the children are getting confused.” Louie Zabala, third year Social Studies teacher at the F.G. Calderon High School in Manila and president of ACT-Manila, said for as long as the needed materials to teach the K to 12 curriculum, such as modules and other learning materials, are not complete then the objective to produce more competent students is futile. “Last year when the K to 12 curriculum was first implemented in grade seven, teachers were confused on how to teach using the new curriculum. The modules were distributed late, and when it arrived the copies were insufficient. The teachers have to shell out their own money so that they can have their own copies,” Zabala said in an interview with He said the modules arrived by the second half of the school year, and by the end of the school year, the modules for the whole school year were still incomplete. Zabala also said the training of teachers for grade eight is also too short. “The teachers undergo training for one week and there are not enough reference materials. How could a teacher effectively teach the new

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curriculum using limited materials?” Zabala added, “In the new curriculum, the teachers would have to involve students in activities rather than use workbooks. The teachers would have to use technology and other materials for better absorption of the learnings by the students. While the intention is good, however, teachers would have to produce the materials needed for the new methodology on their own. Once again the teachers would have to shell out or produce what they need from their own pockets,” Zabala said. “That is why,” Zabala said, “no matter how much the government tries to show that it is instituting reforms in the education system, the same old problems greet students every school year and it is even getting worse.” “The solution of the government would always be not suitable or applicable to the existing problems for as long as the major stakeholders – the teachers, the students, and the parents – are not involved in planning and implementing such reforms. And as we have said before, the government would have to address the fundamental needs of our education system. It’s much like, before students learn about cosign or algebra or algorithm they would have to learn the basics of arithmetic first,” Zabala added. “ The K-12 scenario bodes ill for millions of basic education students, as it adds more burdens while ignoring the chronic crisis in the country’s basic education system,” Kabataan Party-list said. Producing more cheap labor The additional two years of the K to 12 program are called senior high school (SHS), comprising grades 11 and 12. The first four years, grades seven to 10, are called junior high school. According to ph/k-12/, “Senior High School is two years of specialized upper secondary education; students may choose their specialization based on aptitude, interests, and school capacity. The choice of career track will define the content of the subjects a student will take in grades 11 and 12. The SHS subjects fall under either the core curriculum or specific tracks.” Grades 11 and 12 students can choose from technical-vocational-livelihood; academic; sports and arts. According to DepEd, after finishing a technicalvocational-livelihood track in grade 12, a student may obtain a National Certificate Level II (NC II), provided he/she passes the competency-based assessment of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The NC I or Certificate of Competency (COC) is obtained after students graduate from grade 10.

“The NC II improves the employability of graduates in fields like Agriculture, Electronics and Trade,” the government website read. “That is the main objective of the K to 12 program: to produce semi-skilled workers for the country’s supply of cheap and docile labor. At the age of 17 or 18, the youth would already be peddled to multinational companies. Where do semi-skilled workers go? To factories, to big foreign companies where they work as slave labor,” said Zabala. Zabala added that with the worsening unemployment situation in the Philippines, graduating from grade 12 is no guarantee that one would land a job. Meanwhile, Kabataan Party-list said, the Philippines, which has a predominantly young population, has the highest overall unemployment rate in East Asia and the Pacific Region. It also has the highest youth unemployment rate, according to a 2003 study by the World Bank. “Young Filipinos are twice as likely to be unemployed than those in older age groups. This condition was further worsened when the economic recession kicked in because of massive retrenchment and lay-offs.” Therefore, the group said, the K to 12 program is designed to reinforce the production of cheap semiskilled labor for foreign needs. “The current proposal adopted by neoliberal pro-globalization die-hards aims to meet standards for ‘global competitiveness’ and demands of the ‘international labor market for semi-skilled labor.’” Kabat aan Par ty-list said the K to 12 intends to strengthen the colonial orientation of Philippine education: to serve the cheap labor needs of foreign capital and businesses. “Our education system must have a pro-Filipino orientation and must serve the needs of our nation and people.” Zabala added, “What we need to produce are more professionals or scientists who will help us industrialize the country. We don’t need the K to 12 program that intends merely to produce semi-skilled workers for exploitation by multinational companies, which profit from our cheap labor.” (

Flag... from page 1

Spanish colonial rule in the late 1800s when then Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo came up with the idea of producing a flag that would unite and signify the new nation. Since it was first waved at the declaration of Philippine independence in 1898, the flag fluttered as a witness to the continued struggles of Filipinos for freedom. While the first waving of the flag symbolized independence from 377 years of oppression from the Spaniards, foreign rule

did not end. For 50 more than years after the end of the Spanish colonial rule, Filipinos carried out war against the Americans and resisted in bloody combat and guerrilla warfare tactics the Japanese occupation during World War II. The flag is a legacy to the younger generation of Filipinos from their elders who shed blood and life to attain independence, a recognition of Philippine sovereignty, unity and aspirations as a nation. The flag will be proudly waved nationwide once more, as the country celebrates, in fitting ceremonies, its 115th anniversary of independence. But in these times of peace, the nation faces yet another ‘battle’ of defending its territories from neighbors the country considers as long-time friends. The country’s celebration of independence this year comes at a time when the nation grapples with territorial disputes. Similar to what the early Filipinos did from the time of Lapu-Lapu’s defense of Mactan to the Filipino soldiers who fought during World War II, political analysts say Philippine authorities won’t back down either from defending what authorities say is rightfully the country’s. Sans the bolos, the guns and the military power, authorities are fighting the battle in fair and diplomatic ways -- gestures that show the Filipinos’ love for peace and bravery in war -- the very essence of the colors blue and red in the Philippine flag. In September last year, President Benigno S. Aquino III signed Administrative Order No. 29 renaming South China Sea waters within the country’s exclusive economic zone the West Philippine Sea. These areas include the Luzon Sea as well as the waters around, within and adjacent to the Kalayaan Island Group and Bajo de Masinloc, also known as Scarborough Shoal. Scarborough Shoal, also known as Panatag Shoal, is within the country’s EEZ. More than 100 years have passed since Filipinos were freed from colonial rules, the Philippine flag to date is still flying high and, this time, younger generations of Filipinos feel a sense of nationalism and pride every time it takes the winds in international events. Political observers say Filipinos are reminded that the flag is imbued with the blood of Lapu-Lapu, the fearless warrior, and the countless men and women who sacrificed for the generations of Filipinos to enjoy their freedom. The waving of the flag is more than just letting it flap rapidly in the air. A Filipino, in her 30s, said it aptly, in the run up to the Independence Day ceremonies: “The best way


to respect and honor it is to defend and continue to stand for what our forebears fought for centuries ago.”

Terror... from page 1

was to save lives and properties in the wake of series of aftershocks since June 1. The force evacuation was carried out last Friday and completed Sunday. The families brought their valuables and work animals and now temporarily housed at the barangay hall compound where they are provided with food provisions by the local government of Carmen. A two-hectare lot is being prepared by the local government unit of Carmen as relocation site of the families whose former community lies in the socalled Carmen-Bukidnon fault line. Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continued its relief operations to families whose houses were damaged by the earthquake. They are now housed in various barangay halls. Aling Conchita, one of the residents of Barangay Kimadzil, said life is difficult now. “We are afraid the earthquake may strike anew, we are afraid to attend to our cornfields as aftershocks occur every now and then,” she said, adding that many families could not return home particularly those who have lost their dwellings. The PDRRMC reported 141 houses were damaged due to the tremor. North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza has directed all concerned government agencies to attend to the needs of affected families, including the agriculture department which is providing agriculture assistance to displaced families. The entire province had been declared under a state of calamity following the earthquake. Phivolcs-North Cotabato station head Engr. Hermes Daquipa reported that the agency has recorded 346 aftershocks since June 1. The latest aftershock recorded was at 5:10 a.m. Monday. According to Daquipa, aftershocks will continue to occur for at least a month after June 1. Romelito Flores, acting schools division superintendent of North Cotabato, said classes went on smoothly Monday in around 98 percent of public schools in Carmen. Classes in the village of Kibudtungan and Kimadzil are yet to open as construction of temporary learning centers in front of shattered school buildings are still going on. All school buildings in Kimadzil and Kibudtungan were declared unfit for occupancy so temporary school buildings were constructed by the local government.


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