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• CDP council decides a coalition with the Liberal Party
Oro Chamber awarded as outstanding chamber
By CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor
CAGAYAN de Oro City -- Rep. Rufus Rodriguez on Monday bewailed reports that he has a hand in the dismissal of Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno.
THE Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (Oro Chamber) won the country’s Most Outstanding Chamber Award last October 26, 2015 during the 41st Philippine Business held at Marriot By CRIS DIAZ Hotel in Pasay City. Executive Editor Engr. Cerael C. Donggay, B eleag u ered C i t y president of Oro Chamber, COAL PLANT. Aerial view of the FDC Misamis Oriental coal-fired power plant now Mayor Oscar Moreno on happily shared the good under construction at the Phividec Industrial Estate-MisamisOriental at Villanueva Monday vowed to prevent news after the chamber municipality. The plant will have a total capacity of 405 megawatts with 3 units of the Office of the OmbudsSee awarded, page A11 135MW each circulating fluidized bed coal-fired thermal power plant. contributed photo man to serve the dismissal order against him. Moreno issued the stateFEATURE ment as the Department of Interior of Local Government (DILG) is waiting
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‘Moreno’ vows to prevent ‘Ombud’ dismissal order
MCPC to seek legal recourse vs. expensive power contracts By MIKE BAÑOS Editor-at-large
A COALITION of power advocacy groups will bring to court power distributors who have entered into power supply contracts without bidding.
“Despite the ERC saying that this requirement for least-cost acquisition will not be imposed on previously approved PSAs, the MCPC will continue to pursue the filing of legal suits against the offending
ECs for entering into PSAs without going through the least-cost acquisition process,” said David A. Tauli, president of the Mindanao Coalition of Power Consumers (MCPC).
Peoples in Region 10 (ncip10) recently issued a joint press statement, denying both agencies’ hand over the reported presence of the Philippine Bagani Force Tribal Army.
NCIP-10 Regional Director Robert Almonte and LTC. Romualdo Raymund Landingin of the Civil Military Operations (G7) of the 4ID signed the state-
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Army, NCIP deny knowledge on ‘PHL Bagani Force Tribal Army’ By CHENG ORDOÑEZ Associate Editor
CAGAYAN de Oro City-The Philippine Army’s Fourth Infantry Division (4id) and the National Commission on Indigenous
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What makes a Filipino? By JUZEL L. DANGANAN of PNA
THE Philippines, despite having been occupied by Westerners, have managed to cling on to its collectivist traits. According to Merriam-Websters dictionary, collectivist is defined as “emphasis on collective rather than individual action or identity.” In celebration of the Filipino Values Month mandated by Presidential Proclamation No. 479, there are the top traits which make a See makes, page A11
for the “hard copy” of the Ombudsman’s order. During the regular flag ceremony Monday, Moreno said that he would do everything to stop the implementation of the dismissal order against him. As the city Mayor spoke, the camp of Vice Mayor Ian Acenas also prepares to See vows, page A3
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DTI’s market encounter to promote rubber industry By Carina L. Cayon of PIA
DAVAO City--The Department of Trade and Industry in the region is set to hold the Philippine Rubber Industry Market Encounter (PRIME) in a bid to position Mindanao as a hub of rubber processing. The PRIME slated on November 10-11 this year at SMX Lanang, Davao City is expected to gather more than 700 participants from the sectors of rubber growers, manufacturers and producers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. DTI Davao City Director Edwin Banquerigo said they are also hoping for foreign delegations to join the event, especially from Thailand where the biggest
rubber production is and Malaysia which has the best manufacturing technology. Banquerigo said the market encounter hopes to draw P1.5 billion in investments and P1 billion from potential sales and transactions from the rubber industry in Mindanao. He raised the importance of PRIME in promoting the industry among rubber players to improve productivity and quality. The DTI official believed that the country could match up Thailand’s annual production of 1.8 metric tons per hectare. Philippines is only producing 0.7 metric tons per hectare yearly. Banquerigo said the country needs to expand rubber production and im-
prove quality to get premium prices. He also suggested for a more value adding investments. From the 2014 production of over 450,000 metric tons, six per cent increase in the productivity is targeted per year starting 2015 until 2020. “We would like to hit production of 1.9 metric tons per hectare by 2020,” Banquerigo stated. He said as of last year, the country has a total area of 217,000 hectares planted to rubbers, mostly found in Mindanao. Zamboanga Peninsula leads the most production followed by Soccsksargen area, North Cotabato and Autonomous Region for
Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Banquerigo said they are pushing Davao City, Cagayan de Oro City, Zamboanga
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ASEAN INTEGRATION FORUM IN GINGOOG CHRISTIAN COLLEGE – VICE GOVERNOR JOEY G. PELAEZ conducts another forum on “Enhancing Youth Competitiveness and Readiness on the Forthcoming ASEAN Economic Community” in Gingoog Christian College (GCC), Gingoog City. More than 700 students attended the forum whom Vice Governor Pelaez engaged in a lively interaction. He emphasized the need to continue upgrading of skills of the students especially in English Proficiency as our competitive edge among the ASEAN member-countries. Present in the forum were former Provincial Board Member JIGJAG G. PELAEZ, REV. CHARLYN DAYOLA, GCC Principal JAIME CADUYAC, and Gingoog City Councilor DR. MYRNA MOTOOMULL. photo supplied
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• CDP council decides a coalition with the Liberal Party By CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor
CAGAYAN de Oro City -- Rep. Rufus Rodriguez on Monday bewailed reports that he has a hand in the dismissal of Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno. Rodriguez, of the Cagayan De Oro City’s second district, is a mayoral candidate of the Centrist Democratic Party (CDP), in 2016 here. The Congressman issued the statement amid accusations that he (Rodriguez) has followed up all the graft cases of Moreno to make sure that the anti-graft court would take notice of the cases. A close ally, Rodriguez, was instrumental of Moreno’s victory in the 2013 mayoral elections here.
Rodriguez, however, broke ties with Moreno and decided to run for the mayoral post after shelving plans to run for the Senate. Last November 6, the official website of the Office of the Ombudsman has a story dismissing Mayor Oscar Moreno of Cagayan De Oro City and two other mayors in Mindanao with “Grave Misconduct, Serious Dishonesty, Gross Neglect of Duty, and Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service” whose penalty
also carries forfeiture of retirement benefits and perpetual disqualification to hold public office. The case stemmed from the complaint filed by William Guialani, a former village official, who accused Moreno and the City Treasurer for entering a negotiation with the Ajinomoto firm to reduce the accrued business tax of PHP 2.9 million to the city to only PHP 300,000 without an authority from the City Council. Although Moreno did not name names, his followers and political leaders have been spreading allegations that a top official (Rodriguez) was the “hidden
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hand” of Moreno’s ouster. Another opposition candidate, former City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano, also denied a hand on Moreno’s dismissal from service. The camp of Moreno has also accused Emano, a close ally of the national opposition stand bearer Vice Pres. Jejomar Binay, who is
running for the President in the 2016 presidential polls, as responsible for the Mayor’s dismissal. With the possible dismissal of Moreno, many believed that the LP might take on Rodriguez as the official LP standard bearer under a “political coalition.” When asked about the possibility of a coalition
of the LP and the CDP, Rodriguez said that the CDP would decide on the matter by holding a national convention. “It is only the CDP National Council in consultation with the Cagayan De Oro first and second district councils can make the decision for a coalition,” Rodriguez said.
consideration” to withhold the implementation of the Ombudsman order. Ombudsman Conchita Morales has approved the dismissal of Moreno and the city treasurer from service last October 6, 2015 to sustain the decision of the Ombudsman Mindanao
dated Aug. 14, 2015. Moreno decried the Ombudsman order as “harsh,” “unfair,” and a “miscarriage of justice” for not taking into consideration the “counter affidavit” that he submitted in response to the case filed against him involving the
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to take over City Hall once the DILG served the Ombudsman’s dismissal order. Moreno said that his lawyers have already gone to the Ombudsman in Davao to file the “motion for re-
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PHOTOGRAPHY is in Susan Cepeda-Burkhard’s genes and it’s an insanely exciting time for her as she mounted an exhibit called “The Language of Flowers” last September 4. The exhibit held at the Gallery 26 at Melrose, Florida is one of the highlights of her flourishing profession and it has drawn good reviews from photographers across the US. When Sue passed by North Carolina days ago I think she started to see the world as a wide canvas of photography by itself. She sees textures, shapes, colors, all sorts of people in her work. Sue Cepeda-Burkhard was born and raised in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental in northern Mindanao, Philippines in a family of photographers. Her grandfather was a photographer and he passed his skills to her father and uncles. Now based in Melrose, Florida, Sue had lived in the US for more than 25 years and has never forgotten the things she learned in
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her childhood at Cepeda Studio through the years. Susan is not only a photographer, she is a photographer’s photographer. This petite lady not only focuses on the art of taking pictures, but connects with her subject matter. Like her work, Sue’s life is an enigma. Unlike others of her trade, Sue said she doesn’t use a camera flash, but a flashlight when taking photos. “I play with the flashlight,” she said. When asked why, Sue said she has better control over lighting. Sue prefers to take photos indoors and showed me pictures taken outdoors and indoors. “I talk to the flowers, to the petals. I buy roses and take photos indoors so I can connect with it,” Sue said, adding that flowers are her favorite subjects. Sue worked as a school registrar in Cagayan de Oro before migrating to the US. At first she took photos of birds and butterflies. But she admitted that butterflies are hard to take photos of and required lots of patience. “I tried pretty much, but nature is too much. I am
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always overwhelmed,” Sue said. She remembered her days back at Safety Harbor, Florida when she has her own studio. At her new home, she has a place where she works on taking photos of flowers. She told me that when she took pictures in her studio, she would sit on the floor and work on the flowers one by one. Sue, daughter of Charles Cepeda, would sketch her own dress in her youth and asked the “sastre” or dressmaker to make it. Photography is in her bones.
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since I asked that corruption should be dealt with death. My friend Rufus should first work on the reestablishment of the death penalty before he could say something about it.. I could see Mayor Oscar Moreno was denied of his right to due process of law. His side was not heard of, by the Ombudsman, which dismissed him because the latter did not receive his counter affidavit. Things should be straightened for
Sue is “sweet and friendly”, said Mayette Bailey nee Marieta Rivera Bailey, another Kagay-anon also based in Florida. Mayette said Sue’s father is good in pencil-sketching. I am familiar with the Cepeda Studio during my school days and can still remember their studio in Cagayan de Oro. I wanted to have my picture taken in their studio. Growing up in her grandmother’s house helped Sue hone her photography skills while her father, grandfather and uncles all took photos. “While at the studio, we the girls and my aunt would watch the boys taking pictures. Back then we helped wash the negatives,” Sue said. She said she was trained to change the chemicals and clean the dark room. Sue remembered having to save money to buy film so they can have their photos taken. “It was our treat,” Sue said. Sue said she and the girls would peek inside the studio to see the customers, See dennis, page A11
the rule of law to prevail. I still encourage the Ombudsman to run after erring government officials provided it hit the target well. I like the idea of dismissing government auditors who cannot perform their job expected from them. They are supposed to guard public interest, but if they swerve to the left and try to justify things to appear in the right order for obvious reasons, it is time they should jump into the cliff. China has assured everyone that no bullying will happen in the disputed seas. So nice a gesture, but its construction of manmade islands within the territory of the Philippines is already bullying no matter what language you may use. And not only our country which is clearly bullied, but also other claimants like Vietnam, Taiwan, and Malaysia. Communist China
is expanding unlawfully the reason why America is alarmed and had deployed nuclear battleships in the area to protect the freedom of navigation. To the old saying “actions speak louder than words” is beyond dispute. I wish the action man from Davao City, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte change his mind and involve himself in the presidential elections next year. I could feel a lot of people want him to be the next president because of his tested program to drive away the criminals. My blood boils everyday listening to media reports about killings, robbery, rapes, kidnappings, etc. and it seems there is no way to stop the perpetrators. We need stronger muscles to twist the necks of these lawbreakers. May I call the attention of all rebel groups in the country to think about peace
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THINK a minute. A MAN walked into a bar for a drink and said: “Bartender, I’m in trouble, so make it a double!” Many of us struggle with pain, real problems: no money, no job, unwanted pregnancies, family violence, unhappy marriages. Many of us are truly desperate, looking for shortcuts to our own paradise! And there are plenty of shortcuts to paradise out there: alcohol, drugs, sex outside of marriage. So we get drunk or “high” and numb our brains with drugs, or find cheap sex to try to forget our problems for a couple of
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UCPB in Surigao City robbed SURIGAO City -- The local branch of the United Coconut Planters Bank lost a still undetermined amount of money to four armed robbers on Monday morning. The robbers ordered the bank’s security guards at the entrance to drop on the floor and disarmed one of them before declaring a robbery at past 9am. UCPB is located at along San Nicolas Street corner Diez Street and five blocks away from the city police station. Supt. Veraque Acosta, city police chief said they
were trying to identify the suspects based on the footage of the bank’s closed circuit television. Police Inspector Joel Cabanes, head of the intelligence section told MindaNews the robbers swiftly carried out the heist. “It was properly executed, it just took them a minute,” Cabanes said. Cabanes said no one was hurt during the robbery as security guards were held at gun point. “They grabbed the money at the bank counter table and left the bank,” he added.
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on November 25, 2015 with the theme: “End VAW Now! It’s Our Duty! Gains and Ways Forward!”. There are a series of activities laid down for the campaign in which the line agencies, stakeholders and the public are encouraged to participate and create a voice and awareness to end this global dilemma. One of the highlights of the celebration is the “Orange Your Icon for 18 Days” where everyone is enjoined to wear any orange-colored icon in support to the event. This aims to attract people’s curiosity on why the color Orange is being seen on major landmarks or icons nationwide, thus, creating awareness and consciousness on a wider range of audience on VAW as a public issue. DOH-Caraga Assistant Regional Director Cesar Cassion said, “Violence against women is not new to all of us. It has been a global genderbased issue that needs to be continuously addressed in order to remind all of us of the right and value of women. Women are our fountain of life. Without them, we cease to exist.”
He said the money contained in two bags had come from one depositor, which he could not name at the moment. The suspects fled using two single motorcycles. Cabanes said the robbers did not bother the other clients in the bank. A police outpost is located across the bank, but the policemen assigned there were attending the flag-raising ceremony at the city hall at the time of the incident. Bank manager Allaniel
A total of 22 establishments in Northern Mindanao has been awarded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) region 10 with BAGWIS seal including five Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) dealers who are first time awardees in celebration of Consumer Welfare Month held on October 28, 2015 at Grand Caprice Restaurant, Cagayan de Oro City. (JMOR/PIA10)
NSO: 1 in 5 Filipina women has suffered physical abuse BUTUAN City--More and more women in the country are being abused and exposed to violence. According to a National Statistics Office’s National Demographic and Health Survey, one in five women (ages 15-49) has been found to have experienced physical abuse, while one in 10 women has experienced sexual violence. Notwithstanding the passage of R.A. 9208 (AntiTrafficking in Persons Act of 2003) and R.A. 9282 (AntiViolence Against Women and Children Act of 2004), more women of all ages are still being subjected to such abuses. This year, the Department of Health in Caraga has resolved to pursue the campaign for the rights and value of women through the 18th Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) together with other line agencies and Gender and Development-Caraga subcommittees. The activities for the 2015 18-day campaign to end VAW starts with the kick-off event
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Ajinomoto case. Willam Guiliani, a former village official, has filed an anti-graft plaint against Moreno and City Treasurer Glenn Banez for reducing the accrued PHP 2.9 million business tax of Ajinomoto to city government to only PHP 300,000 without the prior approval of the City Council. Moreno has denied any knowledge of the transaction and insisted that the negotiation was done by the City Treasurer as part
of the “strategy” of the City Treasurer in collecting tax revenues for the city government. The Ombudsman also ordered the dismissal of City Treasurer Glenn Banez. Apart from dismissing from the service, the Ombudsman also ordered the forfeiture of all retirement benefits of Moreno and Banez including the perpetual disqualification from service. Moreno said that he is determined to do everything to stop the implementation of the dismissal order, but won’t barricade the city hall once the order is served.
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Hazel C. Daleon A child who will be a teacher someday CARAGA Regional Exemplary Child 2015 ,
“The greatest truth must be recognizing that in every man, in every child is the potential for greatness” – Robert F. Kennedy Hazel, 11, lives in the town of Cuyago, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte. She is the daughter of Alex C. Daleon and her late mother, Emma. Since her mother died when Hazel was still four (4), her lola Cornelia, and lolo Anatolio has taken good care of her. Hazel’s father works as a platoon sergeant in the special civilian auxiliary action in Jabonga whose income is just enough for their daily subsistence. Weaving her way out from poverty, Hazel is very serious in her studies and she is a consistent first honor student since first grade. Her determination pushes her to finish studies and graduate with flying colors despite poverty. As an honor student, she has received various awards such as Declaimer of the Year, Best in English, Best in mathematics, and Best in Filipino. She is also an awardee of the Metrobank-Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines, Girl Scout of the Philippines, Journalist of the Year, Quizzer of the Year (Math and Science), and Leadership Award. Her exemplary performance in school has echoed Hazel’s participation in her very own com-
munity. She joins various activities in their barangay such as singing competition, flores de mayo, and youth gathering. At 11, Hazel dreams to be a teacher someday. She wants to help other children through education, teach them her secrets, and encourage them that poverty is not a hindrance to success. Seeing her good deeds and noble works, the municipal link officer of Jabonga, together with the school principal and the barangay captain, nominated Hazel as municipal representative to the Provincial Search for Exemplary Child, and consequently won. Bringing her nits and talent, she was hailed as the Regional Exemplary Child 2015 and garnered the Best in Interview award. On becoming a teacher, Hazel shares that in the instinct of a poor child like her, education matters and serves her bridge to cross the path of poverty to selfsufficiency. “Dahil gusto ko pong makatulong sa ibang bata na may pangarap makapagtapos ng pag-aaral at makamit ang kanilang minimithing gustong marating. Tuturuan ko po sila ng magandang asal, dahil kasabay ng talino, ang magandang pag-uugali po ay kapantay ng anumang
siyensya. Kung wala po ito, para lang din pong wala ang anumang kanilang naabot. Aagapay po ako sa kanila, dahil ngayon, umaagapay po sa akin ang aking mga butihing guro sa aming paaralan,” Hazel shares. Hazel is always grateful to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program for helping her in her studies. She remembers their hard time back then in finding money to pay her tuition fees, and miscellaneous at school. Now, her family’s cash grants from Pantawid Pamilya are of great help in her school expenses. “Noon po, hirap po ka-
ming bayaran ang mga gastusin sa school, ngayon po na may Pantawid Pamilya, nakakabayad na po kami sa tamang oras. Malaki po ang pasasalamat ko sa Pantawid Pamilya dahil naging tulay ito sa pag-abot ng aking mga pangarap,” Hazel adds. There may be upcoming obstacles in her life, but Hazel is confident that with the help of her lola, lolo, papa, her determination and with Pantawid Pamilya, reaching her dreams will not be as difficult as before### #KayaKoAngPagbabago #TuloyAngPagbabago
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DAVAO City--Exactly a week after saying “nothing has changed” even as the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) compelled him to substitute for PDP Secretary-General Martin Dino who withdrew his candidacy for President, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said he “might just decide to run as president” if the Filipino people continue to be oppressed. Duterte had just finished endorsing the senatorial bid of former Metro Manila Development Authority chair Francis Tolentino, his special guest in his Sunday television program, “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa,” when the anchor asked if Duterte would include Toletino in his slate if he were to run for President.
“Prangka-prangka. (I’m just being frank). I do not like the way the oppressed Filipinos are being treated now. Oppressed na, wala pang matakbuhan. Pagsinobrahan ninyo kastigo ang mga Filipino, I might just decide to run as president,” Duterte said. D u t e r t e’s s u p p o r t ers expected him to file a certificate of candidacy for President during the filing period on October 12 to 16. Duterte, however, had his city administrator file his COC for mayor on October 15. In Compostela Valley last Tuesday, when the New People’s Army released PFC Marjon Añover and PFC Niño Alabas after 33 days of holding them captive, Duterte called the present administration “inutile” for its lack of action on the “laSee says, page A11
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Travel Weekly Asia readers name AirAsia as Best Low Cost Carrier! SINGAPORE, 23 October 2015 – AirAsia took home the coveted title of Best Low Cost Carrier at the inaugural 2015 Travel Weekly Asia Reader’s Choice Awards as voted by the leading travel trade magazine’s strong base of readers comprising of seasoned travellers and industry players. Readers of Travel Weekly Asia magazine casted their votes from 14 August to 25 September 2015 on www. travelweekly-asia.com to choose their favourite travel and hospitality establishments out of 31 award categories ranging from airlines, cruise lines to travel agencies and hotel chains. Mr Logan Velaitham, CEO of AirAsia Singapore received the award on behalf of the AirAsia Group at the award ceremony held yesterday in Singapore. “On behalf of AirAsia Group, we are both de-
lighted and proud to be recognized as the Best Low Cost Carrier among the readers of Travel Weekly Asia. Each award received is a testament to the hard work and determination of 17,000 AirAsia Allstars around the globe and it drives us to develop even better products and services for our guests. We would like to thank everyone for voting for us,” said Logan. This is the first Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice Awards that is held in the Asia region as the spin-off of its American version which has been running for over a decade now in the United States. The Travel Weekly Asia Reader’s Choice Award will be presented annually to industry leaders as recognition for their service and product excellence, voted by the magazine’s pool of discerning readers. Irene Chua, Group Pub-
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ezuela. The 27-year old beauty queen will be flying to Kota Kinabalu Malaysia next month to be able to have the privilege to vie for the crown during the 2-week international pageant, with a culminating pageant night on November 27. The Miss Scuba International pageant, with its mission “Saving Oceans through Beauty,” started in 2011 and is founded by Mr. Robert Lo who is a strong believer in sustainable development within the realms of the marine environment.
Lo hopes that through this pageant, it will enable more people to understand how fragile the oceans are and how to make a big difference by protecting it. Thus the pageant’s focus highly revolves around marine and ocean conservation. The closest the country ever got to bringing home the crown was last 2013, wherein Miss Scuba Philip-
pines 2013 Paula Bernasor won 1st Runner-up coming in second to winner Jaime Lee Faulkner from United Kingdom. This year, the country hopes highly to bring the crown home. Will Cindy Madduma make the Philippines proud? Follow her journey towards vying for the Miss Scuba International 2015 crown.
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Climate change can force 100m into poverty by 2030: World Bank
CLIMATE change could push an additional 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 if the world fails to take action, the World Bank warned in a report released Sunday.
The report, titled Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty, found that poor people are already at high risk from climate-related shocks, including crop failures from reduced rainfall, spikes in food prices after extreme weather events, and increased incidence of diseases after heat waves and floods. Such shocks could wipe out hard-won gains, leading to irreversible losses, driving people back into poverty, particularly in Africa and South Asia, it said. According to the report, agriculture will be the main driver of any increase in poverty, as modeling studies suggested that climate change could result in global crop yield losses as large as 5 percent by 2030 and 30 percent by 2080. Health effects, including BANDONG. Motorized bandong is the main means of transport for residents of coastal villages like Taguitic in higher incidence of malaria, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte. The bandong transports passengers , dry goods, marine products and nipa shingles diarrhea and stunting, and from Panguil Bay, passing through a river and a mangrove area. MindaNews photo by Richel V. Umel the labor productivity effects
DENR-Armm starts massive tree planting COTABATO City--The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DENRARMM) has started seedling preparations for massive tree planting programs in Maguindanao, environment officials said. Forester Kahal Kedtag, DENR-ARMM regional secretary, said his office has started seedling preparations on Sunday with the participation of farmers in Sitio Dimapatoy, Barangay Lomboy, Datu Odin Sinsuat (DOS), Maguindanao. Through the “cash for work program,” DENRARMM enlisted members of the Lupa Sinaka (farm lot) Farmers’ Associaiton (LSFA) of Barangay Lomboy, DOS, Maguindanao. ”They prepare planting materials and paid 50 centavos every seedling,” Kedtag said of the project which aims to produce 1 million seedlings in a month. “This is a very noble project, our farmers earn while they help restore our
lost environment,” Kedtag said of association members who have no permanent job or fixed income. The seedlings include those for Gmelina, coffee, acacia and narra, he said. ”These will be planted in the Kabulnan watershed in South Upi and Dimapatoy in DOS watershed areas, both in Maguindanao. The South Upi watershed provides water for the Kabulnan irrigation system that waters 15,000 hectares of farmlands in Maguindanao. On the other hand, the Dimapatoy watershed provides water sources for Metro Cotabato Water District (MCWD) serving water for Cotabato City and the towns of Datu Odin Sinsuat and Sultan Kudarat, both in Maguindanao. “This is our way of helping restore our forest, this is to help cushion the impact of climate change,” Kedtag told reporters. Aside from tree planting program for the watershed, DENR-ARMM had been
of high temperatures are the next-strongest drivers. In Africa, the world’s most poorest region, climate change could cause food prices to rise as high as 12 percent in 2030 and 70 percent by 2080, it noted. The report called the impact “a crippling blow” to African nations where food consumption of the poorest households amounts to over 60 percent of total spending. The report, released a month before the UN climate conference in Paris, called for development efforts that improve the resilience of poor people, such as strengthening social safety nets and universal health coverage, along with climate-specific measures to help cope with a changing climate, such as upgraded flood defenses, early warning systems and climateresistant crops. It also called for “an allSee climate, page A11
Climate scientists produce atlas to reconstruct weather condition T H E n e w O l d Wor l d Drought Atlas of droughts and wet weather in the Old World gives climate scientists greater perspective on current weather phenomenon. Climate scientists have produced an atlas reconstructing weather conditions over the last millennium, in an effort to understand more about current changes to the weather. They hope their Old Wor l d D rou g ht At l a s (OWDA) will allow for a greater understanding of climate forecasts. “Climate model projections suggest widespread drying in the Mediterranean Basin and wetting in Fennoscandia in the coming decades, largely as a consequence of greenhouse gas forcing of climate,” write the scientists in their paper, published in Science Advances on Friday. The researchers used archaeological tree ring data to measure more than a thousand years of European
weather. They compared their findings to historical accounts of severe droughts, wet weather events or other catastrophes, and found that the tree ring data corresponds with many documented incidents of extreme weather. “The great European famine of 1315–1317: This is one of the most famous historical catastrophes in late medieval European history, caused by years of heavy rain that made food production nearly impossible,” on the vast majority of European land, wrote the scientists in their paper, entitled ‘Old World megadroughts and pluvials during the Common Era.’ “The OWDA now provides strong evidence for the hydroclimatic conditions over Europe that were responsible for this catastrophe and shows its yearly progression from 1314 to 1317 in full detail.” Other events in which the OWDA was able to corroborate the role of severe
droughts or wet weather were the Irish famine of 1740–1741, which has been attributed to unusually low winter and spring temperatures in 1740, that resulted in crop failures and subsequent famine. The OWDA was able to reconstruct spring-summer rainfall over Ireland in 1741, which was well below normal and may therefore have contributed to the severity of the famine. F ive d rou g ht s ove r Czech lands between the 16th and 18th centuries are also represented in the OWDA. “ The 1616 droug ht
began in the spring and continued throughout the summer with “great heat, dried-up rivers” and a mark on a “hunger stone” on the Elbe River,” report the scientists. “Similar conditions also extended into Switzerland and Germany.” The researchers state that their model is an important step towards fully reconstructing hydroclimatic variability in the Northern Hemisphere, and add to data showing that droughts in medieval times were more prolonged than during the 20th century, with little understanding as to why. (PNA/Sputnik)
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Power Over Cervical Cancer: The Power Wives
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MAKATI CITY, THE PHILIPPINES -- The power to protect yourself from cervical cancer is in your hands. Every woman--regardless of race, age, lifestyle or socio-economic status---is at risk . But it can be prevented. The World Health Organization recommends screening and vaccination as a form of preventive healthcare. Power Over Cervical Cancer Our culture celebrates our women as selfless and who always put their families’ interest ahead of their own. While selflessness is naturally an asset, we also want to imbibe to our beloved women the values of resilience, self-confidence and self-appreciation as we envision them to realize the fullness of their womanhood. In this regard, leading research-based pharmaceutical company GSK continues to ramp up its cervical cancer awareness efforts with the patient—the woman—always a priority. In the Philippines, the Power Over Cervical Cancer campaign urges Filipinas to realize that they are empowered—that they can do something to prevent the disease from happening to them, so they can have the wonderful, meaningful and joyful life that they deserve. The Power Wives The key thrust of GSK’s 2015 cervical cancer awareness campaign, Power Over Cervical Cancer, revolves around empowering women when it comes to preventing cervical cancer. To further advance this advocacy to embrace more women across all demographics, the pioneering Power Wives will be the Seafarers’ Wives, who will undergo a program that will include sessions on personality development, image building, personal resilience, financial management and self-care. To date, there are about 400,000 Filipino seafarers deployed who render themselves and their families at greater risk for several diseases and infections due to their working conditions. While they are striving for financial stability as their idea of a bright future, GSK
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wants to bring into their consciousness the value of preventive healthcare. Secure the Future On a national scale, Filipino seafarers onboard international fleets have greatly contributed to our social economic progress. Their foreign exchange remittances grow annually, notwithstanding that our seafarers comprise only 5 percent of the total OFWs working abroad. In 2014, their contributions amounted to USD5.6billion out of the USD24.3 billion dollars aggregate OFW remittances or more than 20 percent thereof. Currently, we are also ranked number 4 among the biggest shipbuilders in the world . Shipping clearly moves the world. The underlying truth is that Filipino seafarers play a major role in the shipping industry as a whole, with 1 out of 4 seafarers onboard international vessels being Filipinos. This means they comprise 25 percent of the total global maritime professionals in the world. “The significance of the Philippine maritime industry transcends both the global and national arena. Undeniably, 90 percent of world trade is still reliant on international shipping. This means that almost all the food we eat, clothes we wear, the things we buy, use, own, in one way or another, were shipped onboard vessels before they got to us,” stated Capt. Ronald SJ Enrile, Senior Vice-President Maritime Management of Philippine Transmarine
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Corporation, the country’s biggest shippingemployment agency. Securing the OFW families’ future is important. The future should not only mean financial stability but also health and wellness among the family members. Therefore, the need for health checkups and vaccination becomes more imperative. Importance of early protection Cervical cancer is a major problem for Filipino women: it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Filipinas, with seven dying of the dreaded disease every single day. What’s more worrying is that 2 in 3 Filipinas diagnosed with cervical cancer may die within five years, or up to 2,832 women dying in a year . In its early stage, it may have no signs or symptoms. Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop and spread in the cervix, the entrance between the vagina and the uterus . The human papillomavirus (HPV), a very common virus, is the necessary cause of cervical cancer. It has been shown that 99.7 percent of cervical cancer patients are positive for HPV infection . It is also estimated that up to 80 percent of women will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives . While HPV is primarily transmitted via sexual intercourse, skin-to-skin genital contact is also a recognized mode of transmission , , . Beyond regular consultations and pap smears by your doctor,
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vaccines that protect against cancer-causing HPV are also now readily available. The incidence of cancercausing HPV infection is actually highest at the young ages of 15-19 . This is why the World Health Organization Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (WHO-SAGE) on Immunization reiterates the importance of getting young girls protected through HPV immunization before their first exposure to HPV (i.e. before sexual contact), as young as 9 years old. Older women are just as susceptible. The risk of persistent infection with cancer-causing HPV (which is necessary for cervical cancer to develop) increases with age, and is highest when a woman is over 66 years old. Vaccination remains to be recommended for older women who did not receive it at an earlier age. However, screening continues to be encouraged among older women as a matter of precaution. To know more about cervical cancer, visit the Pangarap Mo, Protektado page on Youtube containing various short filmes conveying how protecting oneself against vaccinepreventable diseases is one important step in the achievement of one’s dreams.
ABOUT GSK GSK is one of the world’s leading, research-based pharmaceutical companies with the mission to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. At the core of GSK’s business model is the use of knowledge and development of intellectual property. We create value by researching, manufacturing and making available products that improve people’s health and wellbeing. A healthier society enables people to live life to the fullest, allowing them and their communities to prosper. A sustained flow of innovative products enables our business to grow and replenish our value to patients and consumers. GSK manufactures and distributes more than four billion packs of products to 150 countries around the world. With this extensive global presence, GSK is striving to make our products as widely accessible as possible. To increase access to GSK products in the world’s least-developed countries, we have held prices of our patented medicines in this region at no more than 25% of our developed-world prices and we reinvest one-fifth of the profits we make from sales in these
territories back into local healthcare infrastructure projects. We are proud of the forty years we have spent applying pioneering respiratory science to develop better medicines which have benefitted million of people worldwide. Over the last forty years, the medicines and devices we have developed, together with insights from our scientific programs and our collaboration with healthcare professionals, have played a fundamental role in improving disease understanding and patient management. For further information, please visit www.gsk.com. For further information about cervical cancer, please consult your doctor Kindly forward all adverse events and product complaint to GSK Philippines via these contact details: Adverse events: ph.safety@ gsk.com or 0917 8890640; For product complaint: 0917 8897050 PH/CCA/0011/15 | October 2015 A health service message brought to you by GlaxoSmithKline Philippines Inc. 2266 Chino Roces Avenue, City of Makati 1231 Tel no. (632) 892 0761 © 2015 GSK group of companies
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I received many blessings The Gospel of Jesus C hrist ( N o v e m b e r 1 0 , 2015-Tuesday)Luke 19:4548-And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves. And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,
and could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him: This was the ground of Jesus why He condemned the blasphemers and casted out from the temple. How about us, how many times we desecrated the temple of God? Everything we intake in our bodies can either produce double results, bad or good. You need to take only what is helpful because you are accountable to the
damage of your physical body. Sometimes we blame God but actually, it is our faults to be sick. Proverbs 19:3”The foolishness of man ruins his way, and his heart rages against the LORD. Take note, Jesus was a daily worshipper to God. According to Proverbs 8:34-”Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts. Therefore, come to God always for you to be happy. To come to God
daily at his temple is looking backward to the followers of Jesus in the past. In Acts2:4446” they gathered daily at the temple and ate the body of Jesus through the Eucharist or breaking of the bread. This is not followed by the majority since we come to the mass every Sunday only. If this is practice by the people, we can expect more good people. We could not deny the fact that people are good once they
Biblical reflection can worship God but later on, it will expire. This means that individual should be nourished every now and then in order to make him feel good. To have a happy life, come to God daily. I started to come to the mass daily since I was 15 years old. It is amazing because, I received many blessings: Printing paid by: Neneth Ranoa Bobong Balino- Edith Ranoa, PhD- Tony Jordan – Cagayan De Oro: My new number:
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Effective Communication: A key to discovery of life-long learning skills By Windell A. Lumosad Misamis Institute of Technology Ozamis City
It is one of the challenges in a classroom discussion to achieve effective communication. Effective communication is important for it attracts successful learning. In attaining it, effort from both the teacher and students is required. Putting an effort to encourage students to learn is through lifting up the strategies in delivering the lessons. Nowadays, most schools has embraced the use of modernized teaching. There are different methods that are already introduced which aims to attract student attention and transform each discussion into a lively learning experience among students. These methods include the use of multimedia presentation, internet exploration, educational videos, slideshows and movies. It is also com-
mon that in a discussion, two or more methods are used. However, it is also important to not just rely on this. Exerting another strateg y that could make sure each person is participating is also good. Example is the small group discussions. In this technique, students are required to form a group and let them discuss a topic among themselves. Because it is small, a member would be required and be forced to participate. Further, method like this could boost confidence and self-trust of the students. Ensuring that each child is a learner is one factor that could encourage successful communication in the classroom. Aiming this means using all possible venues in order for a child to know his own intelligence, capabilities and life-long learning skills.
The science community mourned the demise of a great Filipino scientist on October 24, 2015 due to a heart attack. National Scientist Dr. Benito S. Vergara, 81, was remembered by his loving family, friends, colleagues, fellow Academicians and National Scientists, and the rest of the science community during the necrological service held in his honor at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Bicutan, Taguig City five days later on October 29. In their eulogy, National Academy of Science and Technology Philippines (NAST Phl) President Academician William G. Padolina and Academician Ruben L. Villareal, chair of NAST Phl’s agricultural sciences division, recognized Vergara’s significant role in the science sector, specifically in agriculture. Meanwhile, DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo noted that the DOST and the whole science community will always remember and honor his contributions and achievements, most especially his life passion in making Aling Maria and Mang Juan feel the main theme of science and technology in their lives, which DOST dubs as “Agham na Ramdam.” In particular, the man behind the development of the Riceworld Museum and the Philippine Heritage Center in NAST Phl was recognized for his exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge on plant physiology and for
promoting Philippine science locally and internationally. His fascination with plants led him to his decision to pursue agriculture. He obtained his BS Botany degree from UP Diliman in 1955, MS Botany from the University of Hawaii in 1959, and PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of Chicago in 1960. Afterwards, he worked as an assistant professor at UP Los Baños in 1961. This was followed by a long stint at the then newly launched International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) as associate plant physiologist in 1969, and then as plant physiologist in 1970 and finally, as head plant physiologist in 1984. At IRRI, the National Scientist focused on three major research areas: the flowering response of rice to photoperiodism (the plant’s ability to flower in response to seasonal changes), rice physiology, and deep-water rice. He then worked on the physiology of deep-water rice and flood-tolerant rice plant and developed techniques and methods for the development of rice growing. His methods were later adopted by national breeding programs and other rice-growing countries. Vergara was also behind the conceptualization of a model for the super rice for higher rice yield. In addition, his group pioneered research on the possible effects of ozone depletion in the atmosphere on the growth, development and yield of rice. His passion in promoting
science to the public gave way to the publication of his book Farmer’s Primer on Growing Rice, published in more than 50 languages and used around the world. In addition, he also published a plant catalogue and a children’s literature about rice plant. For his achievements, Vergara was elected as Academician to the NAST Phl in 1987 and was conferred the title National Scientist in 2001, the highest award accorded to Filipino scientists. His colleagues however recalled that despite all his feats, he remained kind, humble and generous. “While many recall Dr. Vergara’s lessons about the value of patience, the importance of education, knowledge and skills in science, and of seeing and keeping in mind the good, our family remember him as a good father,” his firstborn son Benito “Sunny” Vergara Jr. said in his eulogy. “For the past few days, we have been hearing a lot about how my father was a man of many accomplishments, an icon, and an extraordinary man. And I, too, thought that he was an extraordinary man,” Sunny continued. “He taught me how to love, he taught me how to have confidence in myself, he taught me how to be a father to my daughter, and he taught me how to be a good husband to my wife.” Even after retiring, Vergara continued to serve tirelessly inside and outside of his work in science. He served the church, started scholarships, mentored aspiring scientists,
among others. He received numerous awards, not only for his outstanding scientific achievements, but also for being a good man. One of these was as “Outstanding Citizen of Los Baños” given in 2004. Until his last days, his love for the land remained, primarily evident in his beautiful and bountiful gardens. As written by UP Mass Communications Professor Dr. Clarissa C. David in a feature article on Vergara published in the International Journal of Philippine Science and Technology in April 2015, he was truly “a man at home among the plants and leaves and flowers that he loves.” Dr. Benito S. Vergara is survived by his wife Lina Manalo-Vergara who was IRRI’s first head librarian, sons Sunny and Happy, daughter Joy, and four grandchildren. “We must tell ourselves that he is not gone,” Sunny said in his eulogy. “He lives in the lives of the many students that he mentored, he lives as he has touched the lives of the people that he helped, he lives in the dreams of scholars and young scientists that he inspired and will continue to inspire, and he will always live in our hearts.” Academician Padolina fittingly summed it up in his eulogy, “His life is truly a life lived well.” National Scientist Dr. Benito S. Vergara was interred at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City. (Romelie Janelle Maranan, S&T Media Service)
Technology and Livelihood Education: Its Essence By Bainarie B. Pontino Instructor III MSU-LNCAT, Marawi City
Improving life and how to run it, in a manner that it would be productive at the end of the day is the prime purpose of TLE. This is the reason students should give importance to this subject. TLE or Technology and Livelihood Education is a learning area where students are trained to perform tasks related to maintaining home and small-scale businesses. In high schools in the Philippines, TLE covers three component areas,
specifically: Home Economics, Agri-Fishery Arts, Industrial Arts, and Information and Communication Technology. Home Economics, firstly is a topic that educates students on lessons that affect home and community environment, such as families, child psychology and methods of education. It also discusses on preparing nutritious but lowcost meals, promoting better hygiene procedures both at home and in schools and also promoting public health and environmentally responsible living conditions. Agri-Fishery in TLE tack-
les on livelihood pertaining to agricultural products and fisheries. It teaches studies on how to take care of products and also on techniques to be used in order to boost the production of these products. Industrial Arts, on the other hand, includes fabrication of objects in wood or metal using a variety of hand power, or machine tools. It also include small engine repair and automobile maintenance, and technical drawings. Information and Communication Technology is also part of TLE. Example of the subjects that are taught in this area is about computer. In ICT section, teachers
discusses on computer’s history, evolution, hardware parts, software, and the applications. ICT gives knowledge on modern technologies and how it could be an effective contribution to an individual’s daily life. TLE is an important subject because it does not just discusses lessons that are useful to the students in the future, but as well the basic tasks that are necessary to be learned by an individual. These are the things that even sans learning comprehensive courses will push a person to be productive in life.
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from page A4 especially during weddings since the studio was commissioned to take photos of the event. Her training in the studio paid off when she was hired by her friend in California to do the photography at a wedding. “That was my first wedding coverage,” Sue said. She recalled that when she arrived in the US many years ago, she had her first “point and shoot” camera. “Then I played with the camera and took photos of my two daughters,” Sue said. She started taking photos of family events and her grandchildren. Sue had her disappointments such as failing to win a photography contest in a city. “It was a calendar contest- I submitted a calendar photo but it did not win,” she said. She sent the same photo to another organization and it was awarded “best in amateur photography” in 2007. After that came a slew of awards for her work. “I attended a convention in Las Vegas with 500 participants from all over the world. I have to tell my story with my picture on my back with more than 500 people listening to me. I didn’t win but the experience was priceless,” Sue said. That was the time she told herself that she should pursue her interest in photography. In that instant an image of her father popped up in her mind. As a fellow Kaga-yanon, I’m proud that Sue has come a long way in her chosen field. (Susan Palmes-Dennis is a veteran journalist from Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao in the Philippines and is now employed in one of the school systems in the Carolinas. Read her blogs on susanpalmesstraightfrom the Carolinas.com and at http://www. blogher.com/myprofile/spdennis54. These and other articles also appear at http://www. sunstar.com.ph/author/2582/ susan-palmes-dennis. You can also connect with her through her Pinterest account at http://www.pinterest.com/ pin/41025046580074350/) and https://www.facebook.com/ pages/Straight-from-the-Carolinas-/494156950678063)
from page A4 peace rather than engaging in a war against the government, a matter that could not be won. It has been 46 years now since the first volley of firefights was started and still there is no way they can topple the government. The military is strong, the officers are well trained and fighting is their business and profession. Our government has spent trillion of pesos for this non-sense conflict between groups of Filipinos which amount could have been spent on school buildings, highways, food supply, etc. for the benefits for all of us. If Noy Aquino were not the sitting president, and with all these happenings in the country, I would say there are signs martial will be established. There is nothing a chief executive could do to restore peace, but the use of the military, especially in this period when he is about making an exit. I admire Noy for upholding the tenets of democracy and maintain freedom
for all citizens. On the incidence of “tanim bala” at the airport, it is always the travelers that are in hot water. The planters of these bullets are laughing for their extortion business. For as long as the culprits make money, there is no chance the problem could be solved. I am sure there is a reduction of the numbers of balikbayans who will spend Christmas in the country for fear of bullets. I know of several friends who planned to visit the country, but changed their minds. We shall be losing a lot of dollars from these vacationists.
from page A8 out push” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but noted that such mitigation efforts should not burden the poor. For example, the savings from eliminating fossil fuel subsidies could be reinvested in assistance schemes to help poor families cope with higher fuel costs, it said. “Climate change hits the poorest the hardest, and our challenge now is to protect tens of millions of people from falling into extreme poverty because of a changing climate.” World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said in a statement. “This report sends a clear message that ending poverty will not be possible unless we take strong action to reduce the threat of climate change on poor people and dramatically reduce harmful emissions,” he said. (PNA/Xinhua)
from page A1 true-blooded Filipino. Saying “Po” and “Opo” Still practiced by a lot of young folks today, saying “po” and “opo” is a distinct trait that shows due respect to your parents and the elderly. “Opo” is said as an alternative to yes, while “po” is often used when asking a question addressed to someone older. “Pagmamano” This trait is also a sign of respect to older folks, done through asking for someone’s hand, then doing a bow while nearing your head to the hand. “Pagmamano” is often used by the young for their parents, aunts and uncles and grandparents. However, it could occasionally be used by children for close friends of their parents. Hospitality A reason why a lot of foreign tourists are attracted to the country -- is because of the well-known Filipino’s hospitality, where they give a very warm welcome. However, a Filipino’s hospitality is not exclusive to foreigners alone. It can also be given to a fellow as well considering the fact that some Filipinos even borrow money just to prepare dishes for fiestas. “Bayanihan” The trait has been practiced as early as there were people living in nipa huts. Often shown through neighbors gladly helping out in carrying the hut to another spot, this is likely one of the earliest Filipino trait. “Bayanihan” also makes a huge impact during times of natural disasters, as some Filipinos opt to volunteer for the benefit of those affected by calamities. Love of God The trait is practiced by most Filipinos, who often
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flock to church and hear mass especially during Sundays. It could also be seen through the daily prayers done by Filipinos, not only in church but also in offices. Love of Country This practice is instilled by teachers during a child’s early schooling through the task of memorizing the Philippine National Anthem “Lupang Hinirang” and the oath to the country “Panatang Makabayan”. Love of country is also shown by Filipinos through their protection and preservation of the country’s natural resources -- or even by not littering in the streets. Love for Family A Filipino’s love for their families is often shown through the spirit of overseas workers, who toil in other countries just to secure a better future for their families. Often suffering from homesickness, the overseas workers conquer it through reminding themselves that they are doing it for their families’ sake. Overall, the traits have a common theme that Filipinos value others first before themselves. World-renowned physicist Albert Einstein once said, “The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.” With those words, Filipinos should have some high value. (PNA)
from page A1 received the same award for two (2) consecutive years now. In 1995, the Oro Chamber received the country’s 1st Hall of Fame as Most Outstanding Chamber after being awarded for three consecutive years. The two-day Philippine Business Conference was attended by the all the Chambers of Commerce in the country and different business organizations locally and internationally. Recently, the Oro Chamber just celebrated its 30th years in the service of the Cagayan de Oro business community and its influence areas last October 23, 2015. Among the organization’s advocacies include more effective taxation in the city and region, bridging the gap of power supply and demand deficiency in the island of Mindanao, development trainings and forums for its member businesses, ease of doing business in the city, solid waste management, settlement of disputes between the city executive and its councils, inclusive business model to promote inclusive growth, among others. Oro Chamber also sits on the different committees in the local and regional government maintaining the slot of the private sector in the area’s governing bodies. The chamber is heading as the chairman of the city’s integrity circle to promote integrity and stop corruption in the different sectors of the community, may it be government, private or civil society. During the same event, Past President of Oro Chamber Mr. Antonio D. Uy won for the Mindanao area vice president in a landslide vote over Mr. Pocholo N. Soliven, current regional governor of Western Mindanao. At the same time, Oro Chamber current Vice President for Trade and Commerce and also Past President, Mr. Efren . Uy, won for the regional governor for
Northern Mindanao. The Oro Chamber board and staff are extending its deepest gratitude for all the active and full support given by its members and the whole business community of Cagayan de Oro City.
from page A1 The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have passed Joint Resolution No. 1 which both agencies claim would promote consumer interest under a regime of stable regulatory policies through the implementation of a mandatory Competitive Selection Process (CSP) for distribution utilities (DUs) when contracting power supply agreements. Both agencies stressed that CSP “fosters transparency, enhances security of supply, and ensures stability of electricity prices to captive electricity end-users in the long-term.” The Joint Resolution, which will be effective upon its publication in newspapers of general circulation, further provides that the ERC shall issue the appropriate implementing regulations for the CSP. The ERC passed a resolution last Oct. 20 requiring the implementation of the auction system for power distributors seeking additional power suppliers after due study and consultation. ERC Chair Jose Vicente B. Salazar said in the statement “the system is intended to enhance transparency in distributors’ purchases of electricity from power generators, so consumers would benefit from the leastcost power bidders.” Mr. Salazar explained that under the system, a power distributor may enter into power supply agreement (PSA) with a generation company only after complying with the requirements of the scheme. Only after two failed competitive selection processes may a distributor enter into direct negotiations. However, PSAs already filed with the ERC before Oct. 20, 2015 are not required to comply with the auction requirements. “The requirement for Least Cost Acquisition of power supplies by DUs is specifically provided for under Republic Act No. 9136 (The Electricity Industry Power Industry Reform Act of 2001 or EPIRA), but this was not strictly observed by the ERC under Chairperson Ducut,” Tauli noted. “The new ERC chairman is correcting a serious defect in the ERC regulatory procedures for power sales agreements (PSA).” As a consequence, many electric cooperatives in Mindanao contracted with the FDCMisamis 405-MW coal plant at Phividec at a price of 5.40 pesos per kWh, at a time when prices as low as 4.00 pesos/kWh were being offered by other coal plants, he added. “If those anomalous contracts by the ECs with FDCMisamis are not rescinded, power consumers in Mindanao will be paying an additional 1.40 pesos per kWh for coal generation starting December 2017, when the FDC-Misamis coal plant starts operation,” Tauli said. “This would mean an annual extra profit (from the extra 1.40 pesos/kWh) in the amount of 4.22 billion pesos, or a total of around 105 billion pesos over the 25 years of economic life of the coal plant,” he noted. Tauli added he deemed it “definitely worthwhile” for the MCPC to pursue the cancel-
lation of those contracts with FDC-Misamis, and charging EC general managers and boards of directors with malfeasance (if that is the right term) for entering into PSAs that are grossly disadvantageous to their member-consumers. DOE Secretary Zenaida Y. Monsada stressed that “the DOE and ERC are working closely together to create a proactive and dynamic environment for a sustainable electric power industry which balances the interests of the consumers and the industry participants,” following the issuance of Joint Resolution No. 1.
from page A1 saying that both the 4th Infantry Division and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples in Region 10 “do not have any knowledge on the existence of the Philippine Bagani Force Tribal Army.” “Hence, if there are people who claim to be (with) such group, they don’t have our authority of mandate,” the statement says. The same statement says the public must be informed that it is unlawful for any person who is not a member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to wear AFP ranks and uniforms based on Republic Act 3815 or the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines, as amended. It also says that Bagani must be treated within the context of customary laws of some indigenous peoples/ indigenous cultural communities in Mindanao. It did not specify which IP customary laws. The two officials say that the 4ID and NCIP, in coordination with other stakeholders, are also continuously working on programs for the betterment of the IPs. The Philippine Bagani Force Tribal Army was reportedly engaging the New Peoples’ Army in strategic warfare, giving rise to suspicion that it is supported by the military and the government. Last week, three lumads, who were on their way to attend a wedding celebration in Kitaotao, were reportedly abducted by members of the New Peoples Army. Two of them were immediately released.
from page A5 O. Bumanglag said he was scared to death by the com-
motion at the entrance. He thought the robbers would enter his office and force him to open the vault. “It did not happen, they were just after the two bags,” he said. Bumanglag said he could not divulge yet as to how much money the robbers took away. “I don’t have a go signal from the head office to issue detailed incident report. One thing is certain that business will go as usual at one o’clock this afternoon,” he said. Lanchelot Balaba, one of the bank’s security guards said the robbery took just a minute. Traumatized, Balaba said it was his first to experience being victimized by robbers in his 26 years as a bank security guard. Several meters away from the bank, the shotgun owned by his fellow security guard was thrown into the roadside by the fleeing robbers.MindaNews
from page A6 “laglag bala” extortion scheme that victimizes passengers by planting bullets in their bags at the Ninoy Aquinio International Airport for money. “I am accusing the Philippine government for its failure to protect its people,” he said. “Og galing man modagan ko tungod na sa pagbati sa akong isig katao (If ever I decide to run that’s because of how I feel for the Filipino people),” he said. In his Sunday show, Duterte said he admires Tolentino’s principles and described him as an “entity by himself.” “I want to see him in the Senate. He is one of the most decent public officials in our country,” he added. He encouraged the voting public to look for candidates who are not only leading the surveys but also those who live by their principles. “You better wake up guys…Maghanap kayo ng mga tao na may prinsipyo sa buhay importante masyado yan para hindi kayo mawala sa landas, karami ninyo pinili na tao tingnan nyo kung ano nangyari sa ating bayan (Look for candidates who have principles in life because these are very important so that we will not lose our way. You have chosen so many people, look at what happened to our nation?),” he added. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)
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