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Pagasa: Light rains expected over eastern section of PH EXPECT light rains due to the moderate to strong northeasterly surface windflow which continues to affect the eastern sections of the country, the state weather bureau said on Tuesday. In an interview conducted by the Philippine News

Agency, Pagasa weather forecaster Chris Perez said that the cold winds of the northeast monsoon coming from Siberia continue to weaken and the strong northeasterly surface windflow coming from the North Pacific Sea or Philippine Sea is causing the warm wind.

He added that due to the wind convergence and low pressure area outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the regions of Caraga, Davao and Northern Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light rains and isolated thunderstorms. Perez said Luzon includ-

ing Metro Manila will still have generally good weather condition. He said partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possible passing light rains will be experienced in these areas due to the effect of the “weak” northeast monsoon or “hanging amihan.”

He added the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. Perez said Pagasa has yet to declare the start of summer in the country as the northeast monsoon still prevails over Luzon.

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AMBOANGA City––Various sectors have welcomed a senate resolution that would investigate the deaths––due to diseases––of many war refugees in government evacuation sites in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines. See FULL STORY, page 8

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Officials are launching an investigation to know the extent of police corruption in the Cagayan de Oro Police Office (Cocpo) after one of its highest ranking police officers and his aide were arrested in a hotel here on Monday for alleged extortion from jeepney operators. National Bureau of Investigation agents arrested City Traffic Director Superintendent John Michael Deloso and his aide, Police Officer 3 Ernesto Galleto inside a local hotel Monday afternoon. Recovered from the two policemen were two marked envelopes containing P2,000 and P4,000 given to them by Butuan City Election Officer and Xavier Heights Jeepney Operators and Driv-

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2 cops face extortion raps ers Association Atty. Ernie Palanan. Deloso and Galleto have refused to grant interviews to reporters at the NBI region 10 office where they were brought after their arrest. “Their arrest is very disturbing. I want to know the extent of police corruption in the local police force,”

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LAWYER Ernie Palanan, president of the Xavier Heights Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association (XAHJODA), answers queries from reporters about the entrapment operation against two police officers of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office. Palanan said the entrapment was done with the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit of Mindanao Daily News

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He noted that termination of the northeast monsoon and with the easterlies replacing it as the dominant weather system in the country will signal the start of the dry or summer season. Meanwhile, Perez said the weather agency

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Two police officers, one of whom is the chief of the traffic division of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (Cocpo), are facing criminal charges after they were nabbed Monday afternoon by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Northern Mindanao for alleged extortion. Supt. Michael John Deloso, traffic division chief, and his aide PO3 Ernesto Galleto were arrested in a

hotel during an entrapment operation. The complainant, Atty. Ernesto “Ernie” Palanan, president of the Xavier Heights Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association, said Deloso has been “demanding money’” from them since December. Palanan said a total of P24,000 have been given to Deloso since December 3 up to last Monday. He said the money is for “protection” of drivers from traffic violation apprehensions. Palanan added that he at

first feared for his personal security but finally decided to seek the help of the NBI because he “could not take it anymore.” In last Monday’s entrapment, Deloso allegedly received P4,000 and Galleto P2,000 placed inside envelopes. Palanan said it was the fourth time that money was given to the extortion suspects. City police chief Sr. Supt. Graciano Mijares said Deloso has been relieved from his post. See face, page 11

A total of 1,174 out of the 5,292 examinees who took the 2013 Bar examinations passed, the Supreme Court announced on Tuesday. SC Associate Justice Arturo D. Brion, chairperson of the 2013 Committee on the Bar Examinations, said in a press conference that the number of successful examinees translated to 22.18 percent of the total examinees who completed the examinations last October. Brion also announced that the oath-taking of the successful Bar candidates will be on April 28, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). The 2013 Bar topnotcher is Nielson G. Pangan, a graduate of the University of the Philippines (UP), who obtained the highest See exams, page 11

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THE vast agricultural lands in Cagayan de Oro City should be tapped, said Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas, as he urged concerned national departments and agencies to pursue programs that will encourage farming among the residents. He s aid aside f rom having a good business climate, the city also has ver y good agricultural prospects. The vice mayor said this can still be developed to the fullest. “This will provide more income to constituents and address poverty in the city,” the vice mayor said. He lauded programs of different government and non-government groups that support the farming industry but said much can still be done to maximize the city’s rich land resources. The Power

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Price of NFA rice in Oro increases by P6 By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The price per kilo of rice from the National Food Authority (NFA) has increased in Cagayan de Oro City. According to Helen Fernandez, president of the Cogon Market Rice Retailers, the price of NFA rice has shot from last week’s P27 per kilo to this week’s P33. Fernandez, however, said that the increase is due to the better quality of the rice. She added that the price of rice, both NFA and Commercial, has been steadily increasing since last year. Commercial rice sold in Cagayan de Oro come from Bukidnon where the price is from P1,880 to P1,900 per sack of 50 kilos.

When sold in the city the price per sack is marked from P1,950 to P2,010 because of trucking and other expenses. Fernandez said the NFA has also decreased its allocation to the rice retailers. She said they now get an allocation of only 35 sacks per week. In other places, she said, the retailers get 100 sacks per retailer. Fernandez said harvest season is over. “We’re now entering the lean months,” she added. The price of rice, she said, may still rise in the coming months until the next harvest season when prices usually go down again. She said the NFA has assured enough buffer stock. Fernandez has called on consumers not to go into panic buying and avoid hoarding. She warned that rice can be stored for only a number of months before it gets bad.

LAMBO MISAMIS ORIENTAL. Governor Bambi Emano shares smiles with the women of the municipality of Talisayan as he graces their women month celebration on March 15, Saturday. The EMANO ADMINISTRATION values the role of women in the society, thus the Governor further acknowledges all JUANA in the Province of Misamis Oriental.

Gan committee calls for joint survey of ancestral domain THE City Council committee on cultural communities chaired by Councilor Leon D.M. Gan on Friday adopted a resolution requesting the City Engineer’s Office and a representative of the Higaonon Indigenous People (HIP) to conduct a joint survey of areas under the HIP’s Ancestral Domain Title. This, following discussions on the Program of Works submitted by the Unified

Highlander Higaonon Tribal Council (UNIHITRICO) to the committee for its 2014 budget. The Power learned that the Council is composed of Higaonon tribes in the barangays of Tumpagon, Pigsag-an, Tuburan, Taglimao, Pagalungan, Tagpangi, San Simon, including part of Iponan River, and those barangays near the Cagayan de Oro River such as Besigan, Tignapoloan, Dansolihon, Bayanga, Mambuaya and Lumbia. Based on the POW, P1 million will be used for the application for Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title, P100,000 for the formulation of Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan (ADSDPP), P400,000 for the Livelihood Assistance to the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), P100,000 for trainings and seminars for indigenous people and P200,000 for training on the Indigenous People’s Rights Act. The POW will be submitted to the City Social Welfare and Development Office. It may be recalled that Councilor Gan expressed support for the proposed projects of Higaonon Tribal Council and assured that these will be included in the 2014 annual budget of the city. (JBD)


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BSP wants open Islamic banking approach TO encourage the growth of Islamic banking in the Philippines, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is crafting what it called an “open approach” system which would allow conventional or nonIslamic banks to offer Islamic finance. BSP Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. said this approach will complement efforts to build and establish more Islamic banks in the country. “While the BSP would like to promote an increase in the number of Islamic banks that operate alongside conventional banks, the BSP is also looking at an open approach whereby conventional banks can operate Islamic banking windows, if they so desire, as long as the principles outlined (are) followed,” said Tetangco. This is one of the issues discussed during the central bank’s two-day Islamic Banking and Financial Workshop last week in cooperation with the Foundation for Economic Freedom, the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy and the Bangsamoro Development Agency. The BSP is already working on acceptable legal framework for Islamic banking and is drafting a general law for the creation and regulation of Islamic banks. To begin with, there are proposed changes to the BSP charter

to adopt regulations for the extension of financial facilities to Islamic banks. Te t a n g c o s a i d i t i s encouraging that the central bank, an associate member of the Malaysia-based Islamic Financial S er vices B oard, has received some support f rom ot h e r i nt e r n at i on a l organizations for their initiatives. B ased on the proposed amendments to the New Central Bank Act of 1993 (Republic Act No. 7653), the BSP wants to provide credit and liquidity facilities to Islamic financial institutions. This will allow the

entry of more Islamic banks into the country. In Section 30 of the proposed bill, the BSP wants to structure credit facilities to Islamic banks in accordance with the principles of Islamic finance and grant the same privilege to Islamic banks to avail of BSP’s credit facilities. The present BSP charter only allows for the establishment of one Islamic bank – Al-Amanah Islamic Investment Bank of the Philippines, created by decree in 1973 and then later abs orb ed by gover nmentowned Development Bank of the Philippines. The bank is

semi-dormant. It is particularly challenging for the BSP to encourage Islamic banking and offering flexibility for liquidity financing is a start. Under Islamic law or the Shariah, earning interests is prohibited and the BSP has to come up with financial instruments that will be acceptable to the principles of the Muslim law. “The most known c h a r a c t e r i s t i c o f Is l a m i c banking is that the Shariah prohibits the payment and receipt of a predetermined rate of return,” explained Tetangco. “To those who are familiar only with conventional banking, the concept of ‘no interest paid or received’ is difficult to comprehend.” The Shariah actually embodies the equitable distribution of wealth, added Tetangco, and it will only allow ethical investing as an acceptable investment mode. “Is there a place for Islamic banking in the Philippines? I believe the answer is yes,” the BSP chief stressed. The opportunity to expand the Islamic market is huge. The non-Islamic banks have not been able to cover the significant areas of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). With only 20 banks and 28 ATMs in the region, this serves just eight percent of the ARMM municipalities.

Veterans Bank launches ‘Home Loan, Free Home’ LAUNCHING its “Home Loan Free Home” Promo., the Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) aims to up its home lending portfolio to P2 billion this year through this latest promo. PVB’s offer of a cash back to home loan borrowers on their loan principal after a 20-year loan term is simply amazing, but true according to a client. The promo is primarily targeted towards existing loan borrowers of other banks who wish to get a superior deal on their housing loan because of the cash-back offer. The promo is also available for new home-buyers who are interested in purchasing residential house and lots, townhouses or even condominiums. The promo which runs from March 1 to May 31, this year, is the first-ever loan product with a principal-pay-back guarantee. PVB expects to bring in P2 billion through this promo to beef up its Home-lending portfolio to P4 billion. PVB says it is also readying more consumer lending products this year. Applications from Metro Manila, Bulacan and Calabarzon, takes only 7 to 10 banking days for approval process. The minimum loan size in PVB’s Home Loan Free Home portfolio is P300,000. The application for the loan products can be done at any PVB branches nationwide. You may also access online its Home Loan website at www.pvbhomeloans.com.


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CORING TEST OF BRGY. ANTICALA, BUTUAN CITY ROAD UPGRADING PROJECT. Noting some flaws in the February 12, 2014 coring test on the

road project, engineers from the DPWH central office are said to recommend another test. Left photo shows Project Engr. Marites Daguipa (left) and Planning Engr. Evelyn Beray as they observe DPWH-Caraga workers operate the coring machine (right photo) during the previous test. Photos by Pat Samonte

DPWH-Manila engineers review test of SCP Brgy Anticala project

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UTUAN City––Engineers from the Department of Public Works and Highways central office in Manila met last Friday with officials of the City District Engineering Office here to review the February 12, 2014 coring test on the road upgrading project in Barangay Anticala.

City councilor owns construction firm

The February 12 test was conducted on the requests of the Sangguniang Barangay and Barangay Chairman Armando Boligol who said the project contracted by SCP Construction might have proceeded not in accordance with government regulations. SCP Construction is owned by City Councilor Sergio C. Pascual. SCP Construction had been blacklisted and suspended by DPWH as an offshoot of the agency’s

contract termination of two road upgrading projects in Region 10. Project Engineer Marites Daguipa of the City District Engineering Office said the visitors, composed of Gerardo Macalinao of the Bureau of Research and Standards (BRS), Reymundo Adawag of the Bureau of Construction (BOC) and Richie Rolluna of the regional office noted some flaws in the previous test. Daguipa said the visiting engineers indicated they

would recommend a re-test by boring a column of three holes into the concrete pavement at every target spot. This series of three holes should be the rule in the coring test, she said as she quoted the visitors. She said the visitors observed the “mishandling” of the materials gathered during the previous test in which the safety of the samples were not given importance. According to Daguipa, the visiting officials sug-

gested that after the tests, the samples should have been placed in a Styrofoam or plastic bag to ensure their safety. The samples were neither stored inside a box nor wrapped. Without a cover or protection, they were placed at the back of the DPWH service vehicle after the coring test. The group will submit its report and recommendations to DPWH Undersecretary Romeo Momo, Daguipa said.

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Municipality of Tagoloan, LDN 600 job seekers receives funds for Salintubig project apply in ARMM

CAGAYAN de Oro - The municipality of Tagoloan of Lanao del Norte received the amount of P4M under the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG) project of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) last March 13, 2014. This amount represents the 1st tranche or the 50% of the total allocation of the municipality under the SALINTUBIG. The fund allocated for Tagoloan will be used for the Construction of level II Water Supply System particularly in the barangays of Darimbang, Dimayon and Kiazar. Said municipality will be working with their detailed engineering design before the project will be started. The local government is hopeful that the said water project will improve the water ser-

DILG Regional Director Atty. Rene K. Burdeos turned-over the check amounting to P4M to Municipal Treasurer Ms. Leonida B. Redoble of Tagoloan, LDN (center) while MLGOO Cecilia G. Zalsos (left) looks on. (Photo by Ana Celeste W. Felisilda)

vices in their town and reduce the incidence of water-borne and sanitation related diseases. DILG is the lead agency

PhilHealth all set for the ‘Alaga ka’ launching

Mr. Marlon Arabaca, Branch Manager of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Cagayan de Oro City (Photo by JORIE C. VALCORZA, PIA-10) By JORIE C. VALCORZA

CAGAYAN de Oro City - Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will conduct a simultaneous launching of the ‘Alaga ka’ program, 8:00 a.m. Monday, March 24. ‘Alaga ka’ is a collaboration project of various stakeholders to include the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), local government units (LGUs), and the Association of the Municipal Health Officers. It is an information, education and communication (IEC) project which seeks to educate the public on basic services that PhilHealth offers to its clients. “We see that there are still some gaps in terms of public’s grasp to the services that we offer and now we are reaching out to them through holding

series of fora,” PhilHealth Cagayan de Oro Branch Manager Marlon Arabaca said. Barangay Macasandig will play host for the city’s participation during the simultaneous launching, which will be attended by some 500 selected indigent PhilHealth beneficiaries sponsored by the national government. The kick-off will be highlighted by President Benigno Aquino’s Speech via live streaming and the ceremonial distribution of PhilHealth’s Member Date Record (MDR) to the beneficiaries. Free clinic and DSWD desks will also be provided to facilitate other inquiries related to the indigency list as PhilHealth is also using DSWD’s data on National Household Targeting System for poverty reduction (NHTS-PR) now named, Listahanan. Cagayan de Oro City Barangays 1 to 14 and Carmen will also be joining the launching. (JCV/PIA)

responsible for the capacity development requirements of the Local Government Units (LGUs) in the planning, development, and

operations/management of the water services funded thru the SALINTUBIG. (ANA CELESTE W. FELISILDA - LGOO II)

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur - Over 600 job seekers were screened last week by the Personnel Selection and Promotion Board (PSPB) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for the 350 positions at the different agencies and offices of the regional government. ARMM Cabinet Secretary and PSPB Chair Khal Mambuay-Campong said applicants have undergone three phases of screening that include registration and preliminary assessment or the paper screening process, computerized examination and panel interview. She said the record number of applicants was due to the massive information drive they have conducted to encourage qualified and competent individuals to join the regional government.

“Gone are the days that all are secret. Gone are the days that the job vacancies are not being publicized. Today, everything is transparent. We don’t give room for influence-peddling and other anomalies in the hiring and promotion of employees,”she said. C a mp o n g s a i d t h e PSPB is mandated to assess, screen and rank aspirants to government positions or promotion in the ARMM. It ensures an equitable and fair process of selection and promotion of employees in ARMM, she added. A similar procedure has also been conducted by the PSPB in the different provinces of ARMM since January this year until March, when result of the screening process will be published. (Bureau of Public InformationARMM/PIA-10)

PENRO Camiguin, LGU-Mambajao launch Pawikan Conservation Program To focus public attention in the conservation of marine turtles, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Camiguin and the Municipal Local Government Unit of Mambajao launched the Pawikan Conservation Program at the barangays of Baylao and Kuguita, Mambajao, Camiguin recently. PENRO Belen Daba highlighted the importance of Pawikan and its habitat, the environmental significance of marine turtles and its threats under Republic Act (RA) 9147 or the Wild-

life Conservation Act during the event. The soft launching also aimed to protect and conserve marine turtles and their habitat which is part of the initiative to formally declare the site at barangay Baylao and Kuguita as a Critical Habitat. The areas are identified as nesting spot and natal beach for hawksbill turtles. The launching includes released of 63 hawksbill turtle hatchlings to the sea, ceremonial tree planting of beach type species and the coastal clean-up.

Mambajao Mayor Ma. Luisa Romualdo with the members of Sangguniang Bayan, Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo, Congressman Xavier Jesus Romualdo, residents of barangay Baylao and Kuguita led by Barangay Chairmen Philip Peñalosa and Nildo Salas, Philippine National Police (PNP) and Department of Education (DepEd) school heads attended the launching. In another development, Grade six pupils celebrated the World Wildlife Day on March 3 at Talakag Central

The Effects of Truancy to Grade 7 Mathematics Achievement By RODEOSCITA ANNE O. PANCIPANCI Teacher 3, Panoloon National High School Panoloon, Sapad, Lanao del Norte

“Truancy” is defined as an unexcused absence from school, and it also applies to students who are chronically late. Several factors in a child’s home or personal life can contribute to truancy. For example, if drugs or alcohol is used in the home, then children are at an increased risk of being absent from school. Other problems such as divorce, physical or verbal abuse and frequent moving from place to place also cause chronic absenteeism. According to “Truancy as a Contextual and SchoolRelated Problem: A Comparative Multilevel Analysis of Country and School Characteristics on Civic Knowledge among Fourteen Year Olds,” children from lower income families are more vulnerable to truancy when compared to higher income families and parents who are not involved in their child’s school life. A hostile school environment can also cause truancy. Students who lack friends or are being bullied are likely to skip school. This factor is especially applicable to students who look, act or dress differently. In addition, some kids

may face peer pressure to skip class. Truancy is seen among students who lack confidence in their mental abilities or have learning disabilities. High truancy rates are seen in schools that have antagonistic relationships between staff and students and a poor attendance policy. Being absent from class decreases a student’s ability to learn, especially in the Grade 7 Mathematics Achievemet. It is difficult to succeed if a student misses too much work, because it is hard to catch up. In addition, absent students lose interest in school, which results in low academic performance. Although truancy has known effects on individuals, truancy has negative effects on the overall learning environment. Without proper supervision during the day, truant teens are more likely to get involved in criminal activities, such as vandalism or shoplifting. Truancy can also lead to delinquency if students begin associating with gangs. Being chronically absent from school causes children to engage in substance abuse. In fact, truancy is a risk factor for

marijuana use. Truancy creates problems beyond high school. For example, since truant students are more likely to drop out of school, they have decreased opportunities for career advancement. The lack of opportunity to go to college due to poor grades limits employment options and increases the likelihood of lower salaries and unemployment. In addition, children who are absent from school may experience adult criminality or incarceration later in life. According to research, truancy is one of the top ten problems facing schools today. Studies have also shown that student attendance does have an effect on mathematics achievement.There are many factors that may play a role in student achievement, directly and indirectly. Variables, such as attendance, may be controlled to a certain degree by educators and parents. Many variables are environmental, such as socio-economic status, and are extremely hard to control. Attendance is not only important to the student, but also to school systems.

Elementary School. The activity includes discussion about biodiversity as “Variety of Life”, the protection and conservation of wildlife and their specific importance, climate change and ways of conserving and preserving the environment. School Principal Elizabeth Lopez welcomed the participants and shared simple ways on how to protect the environment. The theme of the activity was “Youth awareness in the conservation and protection of wildlife.” (RPAO # 03-089-2014) The relationship between the student’s physical presence on class discussions and their learning performance are greatly relative. Class participation is just one way of measuring a child’s learning ability. In a class, the teacherstudent relationship is one of the most fundamental units in student’s learning. Thus,absenteeism in one angle view point is one of the most common causes of degrading performances of the students. Some students become reluctant to participate for fear of what others may think of them especially a truant. Studies show that the students enjoy the opportunity to work with each other to try to solve some of the more complicated problems such as in Grade 7 Mathematics. Even If the absentee student has his or her independent thinking skills, absence from class causes him to lag behind the discussions with the cooperativegroups. Some of the students rely on the other students in their group to think of solutions andthey never had to think of, or come up with, a solution on their own.In general, the class bonded together do not make a difference of ability levels as they quickly find out that they had to work together and help each other improve , especially in mathematics skills.


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House passes bill regulating hospitals The House of Representatives has approved on 3rd Reading a bill strengthening the regulation of hospitals and other health facilities and services in the country. It is hoped that bill would address the increasing cost of health services and regulate the licensing of health facilities. This measure is long overdue because health care must not only be accessible to the people, it must also be affordable to everyone especially to the lowest income group. Proponents are lauded for the measure would a new bureau under the Department of Health. This will be te the Bureau of Health Facilities and Services (BHFS) which will act as the regulatory agency for the regulation and licensing of health facilities and services in the country. We are hoping that the measure would expand and strengthen the regulation of health facilities in order to ensure the safety and quality of t health care facilities, especially for the poor and marginalized sector. The proponents observed tht there are “dramatic changes and improvement in the field of health care during the past decades,” hence, the emergence and development of new types of health care facilities is taking place.

EDITORIAL New types of health facilities such as diagnostic and rehabilitative centers are surfacing. Before, there were only hospitals and clinics. A number of different types of facilities do not anymore qualify under the regulatory mandate of the Department of Health, Under the measure, all public and private health facilities or related facilities which provide diagnostic, therapeutic, rehabilitative, and other health care services shall be registered and duly licensed by the BHFS before they are allowed to operate. The initial license to operate and maintain a health facility shall be valid for a period of two years from its date of issuance, and shall be renewed regularly, subject to the rules and regulations to be issued by the BHFS. The license to operate and maintain a health facility or other related facilities shall be issued by the BHFS only after it has conducted a comprehensive on-site inspection and has certified that the applicant has satisfactorily complied with the requisites prescribed. License is non transferrable, and separate licenses shall be

required for health facilities or other related facilities or branches maintained in separate premises even though they are operated under the same management. The measure mandates the BHFS to approve plans and issue permits or give authority to construct renovate or expand health facilities and other related facilities. The BHFS shall also determine, levy, assess and collect appropriate permit fees, registration fees, license fees and surcharges pertinent to the operation of health facilities. To carry out its task more effectively, the BHFS shall be vested with quasi-judicial powers to investigate, head and decide administrative cases initiated by the BHFS or filed by any person against a hospital or health service establishment. We hope corruption schemes will not develop with these powers. Beware,because any person, partnership, association, or corporation that establishes, operates, conducts, manages or maintains a health facility or other related facility without license faces a fine ranging from P100,000 to P1 million. In addition to the penalties specified, the BHFS may order the closure of any health facility or other related facility found operating without a license.

Violence Special Gospel of the day: Luke10:1316(Wednesday19, 2014-Wednesday) Luke 10:13-16- for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shall be thrust down to hell: Take note, wearing sackcloth in the ancient times was a sign of great penitents and mourning to escape from

the “anger” of God. In Jonah 3:8-but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn everyone from his evil way, and from the “violence” that [is] in their hands. But unfortunately, Chorazin and Bethsaida never repented and accepted the preaching of Jesus Christ. In Sirach4:20grab if there is an opportunity. This was the scenario of the gospel that “great opportunity” was given to the two towns but it was rejected. This reality is also happening to our lives that we never internalize the learning

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Too much partisan politics Too much partisan politics on the part of Filipinos is the albatross that is bringing this nation down to ignominy. During the election season and even beyond it, we Filipinos continue being partisan in our political outlook. If the President in power is not the one we supported, we do not consider him our President but the President only of those who voted him to office who happen to be our political foes. The President in power not being our President, we then become licentious in lambasting him for all sorts of shortcomings, real or imagined. We become blind of the fact that even if we did not vote for the President in power, he is still the President of the Filipino nation of which we are a part of by blood, by heart and by choice. But while we take liberty at chiding the President for all sorts of deficiencies in his governance, we make all sorts of demands from him for what we think is good for us. We don’t want to support the President but we want him to do good things for us. I view this national malady as the result of our inability to draw up a common national ideology that’ll guide us in our day-to-day political life. This lack of any political ideology can be seen trough our dysfunctional political system.

We have a multi-party system for a form of government that is ideally functional under a two-party system. We do not honor the principles of the party system. We change political party affiliation when political convenience demands. We belong to this particular political party during an election season only to change party affiliation once the election is over. This attitude is true among politicians and the electorate as well. We honor the political party system more in the breach than in its observance. Expect those who proudly claim to belong to the Liberal Party today to change party affiliation once their presidential bet is not elected in 2016. That’s how feeble minded we are with regard our political party affiliation. How can we develop one national ideology that embodies our ideals, our longings as a nation? The how is indeed the biggest challenge that we face. Our regional division in terms of land location separated by waters, language and culture compounded by our varying religious beliefs and affiliations made it almost impossible for us to think, to talk and to walk as one nation. Take for example our common cry against corruption. Now that we have a President who has proved himself above corruption, we belittle him for his battle

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race is not to be “born again”. “For, indeed, even if one is `born again’ a million times, he will be born again a million times as a man, still sinful and evil (for those who believe in the Bible, see Romans 3:23 and Genesis 6:5-7). Man must be `born of God’, so that he can become a `child of God’, truly changed, truly reformed, truly spiritual and therefore capable of leaving his evil and corrupt ways behind him (for those who believe in the Bible, see John 1:12-13, John 3:5-6). “Then again, what Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, really said, in John 3:3 is not that man must be `born again’, but, even the New International Version now admits, that he must be `born from above’, or `born of God’. May God have mercy on all of us…” Any additional comments

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chasm between us even if we look alike physically. And the sad part of this is that we have learned to love so much our division. We might even resent if ever we get united even in the midst of our diversity. Partisanship is even more pronounced and more heated in the local level because involved there are politicians and supporters who are related by blood. They continue fighting against each other as if the elections are still forthcoming every day of their life. Instead of harnessing their energies to better their situation, they pull each other down so that those who are out of power will have the chance to replace the incumbent for being incompetent. When will we ever learn? Will we learn a century from now? I really don’t know. But what I know of is that for surewe’ll continue to sink in the sinkhole of our own folly if we will not change. (Reactions at jelbacon@ yahoo.com or at jelbaconii@ gmail.com. Read me also at www.raconteurme.blogspot. com)

Time to rethink the ‘born again’ doctrine? LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Jesus replied, `Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born from God’...” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in John 3:3, the Bible). -oooTAN, DE LIMA, FOR PRESIDENT, VEEP, IN 2016? I have a question: will the Commission on Audit under Chairman Maria Gracia Pulido Tan and the Department of Justice under Secretary Leila De Lima be able to complete their investigations into the misuse of pork barrel allocations by some 180 plus lawmakers involving billions and billions of government money? Tan and De Lima will necessarily have to vacate their positions (voluntarily or, as we saw recently, through some outside machinations) when President Aquino, who appointed them, gets out of Malacanang in 2016. Whoever is installed as president may not be similarly sympathetic to continuing the investigations into the pork barrel that Tan and De Lima are pursuing. So, what should we do to enable Tan and De Lima

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against corruption. I do not look at this as funny but folly on our part. Instead of giving our all out support for his effort at bringing to justice the corrupt, we give him a hard time by acting and behaving like doubting Thomases that he will fight corruption even if in truth and in fact he is already fighting it. What do we really want as a nation? Ah, the question is flawed because until now we have not truly become a nation yet though we have been pretending to be one. And for our failures as a people we put the blame on everyone except ourselves. Can we be one when our religious beliefs tell us that we can never be one because the religion we embrace is more superior to the others? Will religious cults, those religions that had the misfortune of elevating to the level of Christ or to God himself their religious leaders, prosper in this country if these religious groups do not compete with each other for superiority in the eyes of the believers? This phenomenon, of course, is contributing greatly in widening the

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on this, please? -oooTIME TO RETHINK THE “B ORN AGAIN” DOCTRINE? This fine distinction about “born again” and “born of God” may provide us the answer to the nagging question many Christians who espouse the “born again” doctrine are continually raising nowadays: If being “born again” means being endowed with spiritual power, how come “born again” Christians do not seem to be growing in number despite all these years? I heard Pastor Ed Lapiz, in his daily radio program “Day by Day” aired over DZAS, 702 khz, on March 17, 2014, asking the same question. Born Again pastors also come to me and ask the same thing. And I only have one and the same answer: it maybe because the “born again” denominations are preaching something wrong and so are not blessed in their preaching work. What is this “something wrong” in the preaching of “born again” pastors? It may very well be the point that, in reality, there is no “born again” in the Bible, Jesus See TIME, page 11

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ZAMBOANGA CITY The City Health Office is making the necessary preparations for the observance of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24. The World TB Day observance is designed to raise public awareness about the global epidemic of TB and efforts to eliminate the disease. City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos said part of the activities in this city is the “Marcha Contra TB” (March against TB) set to be held on Monday. Agbulos said the march will start from the gymnasium of the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) to the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex “where we will have all the services for TB.” Agbulos said among the services for TB that will be held at the sports complex are free consultations, free X-ray and sputum examination, "to include other testing like HIV (human DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND PARTITION OF THE ESTATE OF ORLANDO D. GARCIA

immuno virus) because it is very closely related with TB.” “All these things (consultations) shall be done inside the evacuation camps at the sports complex,” he said. City Hall records show there are still 2,441 families comprising of 13,174 individuals that are still housed at the sports complex. They are among the thousands of families that were displaced by the September 2013 standoff in this city. Agbulos said that this year’s World TB Day observance is anchored on the theme “Prevent TB cases in the community.” Meanwhile, Agbulos announced that his office registered last year a 94 percent cure rate of TB and a case detection rate of 91 percent. Agbulos said that his office, through the different health centers in the barangays, distribute anti-TB medicines for free to people found positive of the disease. (PNA) EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE SPOUSES LEONIDO AND LILIA NANGCAS

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AMBOANGA CITY – Various sectors have welcomed a senate resolution that would investigate the deaths - due to diseases - of many war refugees in government evacuation sites in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines. More than 100 people had died from diseases the past months and deaths continue in evacuation centers. Alarmed by the rising casualties, Senator Nancy Binay has filed Resolution 566 urging the Senate to investigate the reported deaths and look into the health of children living in evacuation centers and many of these are filthy and lack medical and emergency facilities. One leader of the refugees, Gammar Hassan, said they welcome the senate probe and called on Binay to come to Zamboanga and look into the heartbreaking plight of those living in evacuation areas. “Senator Nancy Binay, we welcome you to grandstand in Zamboanga. Hoping for your fair and just investigation on the death in our evacuation centers, IDPs'

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late ORLANDO D. GARCIA (hereinafter “DECEDENT”), Filipino, a resident of Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City during his lifetime, died intestate on April 19, 2011; left parcels of land located at Cagayan de Oro City, particularly described as follows: Certificate of Title (CTC) No./Tax Declaration (TD) No. CTC No. T-45963/ TD No. G-029492, Location: Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City; CTC No. T-46488/ TD No. G-029101, Location: Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City; Building (Family Home) TD No. G-029493, Location: Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City, is the subject of DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AND PARTITION OF THE ESTATE OF ORLANDO D. GARCIA, executed by and among: JOSEFINA Q. GARCIA, of legal age, widow, Filipino, residing at Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City; SUSAN GRACE Q. GARCIA, of legal age, Filipino, single, residing at Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City; and GREGORIO Q. GARCIA, of legal age, Filipino, single, residing at #262 Lucena Gaboa, Patag, 6th Division, Cagayan de Oro City; (each of which is an “HEIR” and collectively, the “HEIRS”). The HEIRS hereby agree, that the Decedent’s 1/2 share in the Real Properties, including all titles, rights to and interest therein shall be owned by in equal shares JOSEFINA Q. GARCIA, SUSAN GRACE Q. GARCIA, and GREGORIO Q. GARCIA as owners proindiviso, the remaining 1/2 share shall belong to JOSEFINA Q. GARCIA, as her conjugal share. JOSEFINA Q. GARCIA, hereby waives his inheritance in favor of the other HEIRS. As per Doc. No. 305; Page No. 61; Book No. 419; Series of 2014; under Notary Public of ATTY. VIRGILIO J. CABANLET.

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the SPOUSES LEONIDO AND LILIA NANGCAS, who died in December 31, 2009 and May 8, 2007 at Salay, Misamis Oriental, respectively; left a parcel of land, and more particularly described as follows: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-31187, beginning at a point marked “1” of Lot No. 4, Cad. 362-D, being S. 32-01 W., 259.90 m. from BLLM No. 1, Cad-362-D, thence. Containing an area of TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND NINE (2,509) sq.m., is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE SPOUSES LEONIDO AND LILIA NANGCAS, made and entered into by and among the following compulsory heirs; 1. EDWIN B. NANGCAS, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Villa Ernesto Subd., Gusa, Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving son of the deceased; 2. HEIRS OF DENNIS B. NANGCAS, represented by his wife, MARIA CECILIA C. NANGCAS, of legal age, Filipino and resident of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental and the surviving son of the deceased; 3. MA. WENCHI NANGCAS SOLDEVILLA, of legal age, Filipino, married, and resident of Salay, Misamis Oriental and the surviving daughter of the deceased; 4. MA. IMEE NANGCAS CAPISTRANO, of legal age, Filipino, married, and resident of Poblacion, Salay, Misamis Oriental and the surviving son of the deceased, that the above-named parties, all of legal age, are the legitimate sons/daughters and the sole/compulsory/surviving heirs of the SPOUSES LEONIDO AND LILIA NANGCAS. As per Doc. No. 43; Page No. 10; Book No. 179; Series of 2014; under Notary Public of ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI.

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late SPS. FRANCISCO BACAYANA and ANASTACIA MAGLANGIT, who died intestate on May 7, 1988 and January 19, 1982, respectively at Igpit, Opol, Misamis Oriental, which was their residence at the time of their demise, leaving a certain parcel of land which is more particularly described herein below, to wit; Tax Declaration No. 0815000706176 “A PARCEL OF LAND, known as Cad. Lot No. 5397 C-6 located at Igpit, Opol, Misamis Oriental, containing an area of 0.4823 hectares, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF REAL ESTATE AMONG HEIRS WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS, made and entered namely; LOLITA B. NABO, widow; SILVINO M. BACAYANA SR. (deceased) rep. by: SILVINO C. BACAYAN III; MADRONIO M. BACAYANA (deceased) rep. by: PATRICIA R. BACAYANA, surviving spouse; DOROTHEO M. BACAYANA, HEDELISA M. BACAYANA, ROGELIO M. BACAYANA; all of legal age, Filipino citizens, married and residents of Igpit, Opol, Misamis Oriental, Philippines, the above-named parties are the only, sole, exclusive and compulsory surviving heirs. That for and in consideration of previous service/love and affection do hereby WAIVE, QUITCLAIM, AND CONVEY all our rights, interest, share and participation over the above-described parcel of land, in a manner, absolute and irrevocable unto and in favor of our sister, LOLITA B. NABO. As per Doc. No. 47; Page No. 10; Book No. LV; Series of 2009; under Notary public of ATTY. ROY PRULE M. EDIZA.

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hope are on you now,” he said, referring to internally displaced persons at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex. Hassan also pins his hope to the new Archbishop of Z amboanga, the Most Rev. Romulo dela Cruz, to help them. “It's a challenge to him as new church head in the city, since no Christian communities and churches reached their hands to us aside from some Christian families helping by bringing foods and clothing,” he said. He also urged the local government to allow the refugees to return to their places instead of holding them in evacuation centers. “Build back better till we all die in pain. Who will enjoy the promised development and rehabilitation? Send us home now, not tomorrow,” Hassan said. Even access to clean and potable water and portable toilets are also a huge problem in refugee centers, particularly at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, where thousands of people displaced by fighting between rebels and security forces

in September last year are struggling to survive. Binay said: “The health of families, especially those of the vulnerable - children and the elderly - must be continuously monitored and evaluated by the authorities.” Citing medical reports from Zamboanga City, Binay said many of those who died had suffered from diarrhoea and other fatal diseases among children and adults in evacuation camps. Diarrhoea is the leading cause of the children's deaths while acute gastroenteritis and other respiratory ailments such as pneumonia and asthma leading to cardiac arrest are the primar y causes of adult deaths, she said, quoting a medical report from Zamboanga. “This is an alarming trend, as many people continue to stay inside the camps,” she said, adding the health of the displaced persons is a paramount concern and the reports of continues deaths of refugees in Zamboanga has alarmed the senator, who is also the daughter of Vice President Jejomar Binay. Reacting to the reports on Binay’s resolution, a local resident, Juanito Delgado said: “With all the health facilities available in Z amboanga, all the money profited from the September 9 rebel attack in this city should be enough to pay for the health care of these war refugees.

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These war refugees are actually hostages of the government, and are used to justify the continued solicitation and recipient of millions of pesos in rehabilitation work for Zamboanga. Ours for a Better Zamboanga at the expense of these war refugees dying within reach of withheld medical help.” Another respected politician and civic leader, Nung Ajihil, said: “Such probe will also determine and find out so far what the local government headed by Mayor Maria Isabelle Salazar have done to address the problem she has been tasked as both Chief Executive of Zamboanga City and also chairperson of the Crisis Management Committee (during the rebel siege).” “People would like to know the truth. This is in order and the right thing for the Senate to undertake showing they are concern of the sad plight of poor victims of unwanted war as IDPs wallowing in squalor for more than six months already.” More than 100,000 residents in 15 villages here were displaced by three weeks of street battles between Moro National Liberation Front and security forces that killed and wounded over 400 people. Majority of those displaced by the fighting have opposed the government’s relocation plan to put them in other areas saying it would be extremely difficult for them to rebuild their lives. The government has built bunkhouses as temporary shelters to those affected by the violence, but it also warned that villagers who are not natives of Zamboanga would not be allowed to return to their former abode, unless they can provide certificates to show they are landowners. Just before Christmas, President Benigno Aquino flew to Zamboanga City and briefly inspected temporary shelters occupied by refugees. Aquino assured them of the government’s rehabilitation efforts, saying his administration is working closely with various agencies to rebuild houses destroyed during the war. Aquino, who was then accompanied by Salazar, said the government already spent some P273.8 million in relief aid and cash-for-work program for those displaced by the fighting and that he allocated an additional P3.5 billion for the rehabilitation efforts here. (Mindanao Examiner)


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IGOS CITY, Davao del Sur – Emergency responders who were hit by explosives of the New People’s Army during the latter’s operations against government forces last March 2 received indemnification Monday through church leaders.

The four emergency responders who were earlier identified by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Southern Mindanao were Mr. Genaro Doronio Dumayas (Sr), Ms. Bonita dela Cruz, Mr. Arnel Comandante Veloso and Mr. Alberto Simbajon Cabual. However, only Dela Cruz, Veloso and Cabual were present as Dumayas,

Sr. was still recuperating; he sent his son Genaro “Jun” Dumayas, Jr. to claim the indemnification instead. The four reportedly received ten thousand pesos (P10,000) as indemnification. “My father was advised by the doctor to take a twomonth rest. He can now walk,” said Dumayas, Jr. He added that the money given by the NDF was a big

help to cover for his father’s hospital bills apart from those given by other donors. He clarified that “it is not just about the money.” “Nagpasalamat pud mi kay at least nay assurance nga kini dili na mahitabo pag-usab (We are also thankful that at least we were assured that this will not happen again [hitting emergency responders]),” he said. Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Executive Officer Harry Chester Amoro said in an interview with Davao Today that their group has only been recently established to respond to all emergencies in the province. With regards to the claim of the NPA that they were “trailing” a military

truck and that their sirens were not turned on, Amoro said that they were “far.” “It is in our protocol that we should maintain a distance (with military vehicles). Our sirens were off because there was no traffic. We can only turn it on if we are in a hurry. It is showing respect to other vehicles too,” he said. He said that the responders were trailing a military ambulance which Coro referred to as their partners along with the Red Cross ambulance. Bonita dela Cruz said they were “about 50 meters from the military truck.” “The military truck was not hit. It was our vehicle who was hit in the side,” she said. Dela Cruz is one of the

two nurses in the province’s DDRMC. She said she “is now okay but has a bit of a trauma.” “We were ready to respond during the March 10 attack of the NPA in Matanao (Davao Del Sur) but we were advised to only proceed if they (military) requested for us. They did not ask for us,” she said. Exodus for Justice and Peace Convenor Bishop Modesto Villasanta said they were requested by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines – Southern Mindanao to conduct the indemnification process for the four because of their “commitment to the principles of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL).” “This indemnification is just right and they already admitted that they committed a mistake,” said Villasanta. Villasanta said that the NDF also cited their “adherence to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and the International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) was signed by the government”, a document signed by the NDF and the government during the Ramos administration. “CARHRIHL must be

adhered to by both parties. By requesting us to facilitate this indemnification, the NDF has shown their sincerity,” said Villasanta. In a statement during the indemnification process, the NDF also said that it follows “the NDFP Declaration of Undertaking to Apply the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Protocol 1 of 1977, the Constitutional Guide for Establishing the People’s Democratic Government and the Basic Rules of the New People’s Army.” “This is a unilateral exercise of revolutionary political authority by a government of the working class and peasantry and has its own legal and judicial system and rules in accordance with its political principles and circumstances,” said NDFP-Southern Mindanao Spokesperson Rubi del Mundo in the statement. Meanwhile, del Mundo slammed the revival of the anti-communist vigilante group Alsa Masa in Davao del Sur. “The Alsa Masa will not only be used to deter the New People’s Army but it will also target civilians, ordinary peasants, and progressive leaders,” said Del Mundo. (John Rizle Saligumba/davaotoday.com)

The Jeduthun or the singing Boholano Priests from the Diocese of Talibon in Bohol performs before government employees in Compostela Valley during their regular Monday convocation on March 17. The group had a benefit concert in Nabunturan and in Pantukan sponsored by Gov. Arturo Uy on March 18. (a. dayao/ids comval)

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Group slams fisheries law: We are 16 years a slave Second of a series By GERRY ALBERT CORPUZ of Bulatlat.com

Still backward industry The CEC Philippines and Pamalakaya joint assessment paper concluded that at the outset, Republic Act 8550 had no intention of developing the backward fisheries sector. It maintained the old, traditional, low technology, small scale and “Jurassic” mode of fishing. Many of the country’s small-scale fishermen still use backward fishing gears: five to 15 horsepower motorized boats or even paddled boats, and backward methods such as hook and line fishing, manually-deployed nets, among others. According to the impact assessment research, a large section of the population of fisherfolk or about 637,000 fishermen still use paddle boats, and about three million more merely offer their labor power to relatively bigger fishing boats for a share in the net profits. The country has 313,000 registered individuallyowned municipal fishing boats. The impact assessment showed that a significant

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number of fish workers are also compelled to join small, medium and largescale commercial fishing vessels a commission basis, while a significant number of them are also receiving wages below the minimum wage prescribed regional wage boards. The CEC-Pamalakaya research said there are about 300,000 fish workers employed in commercial fishing and about 100,000 employed as seasonal workers in aquaculture farms all over the country. Previous research conducted by Pamalakaya revealed that fish workers all

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A tiny crystal trapped in a rough diamond, blasted from 400 kilometers below earth’s surface, indicates that there may be a lot of water deep beneath our feet. In a report, published in the magazine Nature, a group of scientists say that X-ray and spectroscopic analysis of a small diamond found in magma from a Brazilian volcano showed a 40 micrometer speck of a mineral called ringwoodite. Further analysis revealed that its crystal lattice contains at least 1.4 percent water.

Ringwoodite is a variant of the mineral olivine, which makes up much of the earth’s mantle. Olivine does not absorb water. Below 400 kilometers, however, the immense heat and pressure changes its crystal structure, and the resulting substances can contain as much as 2.5 percent water. Scientists say there is a fair chance that the place where the diamond was formed contains a lot of water whose highly pressurized steam could cause volcanic eruptions. source: voanews.com

World Water Day 2014 celebration set March 22 THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will bring together the country’s water and power sectors to raise public awareness on the close link between water and energy consumption as the nation joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Water Day (WWD) on March 22. DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje said this year’s celebration, which has a local theme “Water is Power,” will focus on the growing awareness that saving water may be one of the most effective

ways to save energy––and vice versa. “We wish to highlight the important link between water and power, and how they are highly dependent on each other,” Paje said, noting that producing energy uses water, and providing freshwater uses energy. He said both processes face growing limits and problems. The celebration of March 22 as “World Day for Water” was declared in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly. This year’s international theme is “Water and Energy.” pna

over the country still receive an average daily pay between P150 to P180 ($3.30 to $4) way below the minimum wage set by regional wage boards for agricultural and non-agricultural workers in rural Philippines. Pamalakaya and CEC Philippines asserted further that the modernization of local fisheries sector merely exists in the document of the Department of Agriculture (DA) for corruption and funding purposes. Up to now, there is no clear audit report on the P100 million ($2.22 million) fund appropriated annually for municipal fisherfolk under

the Municipal Fisheries Grant Fund. Biased for big, commercial fishers? On the other hand, the expressed bias of the law is largely seen in the allocation of P250 million ($5.55 million) for commercial fishing vessels development and P50 million minimum ($1.11 million) allocation for aquaculture investment. They said practically almost all fishing gears and needs are still obtained from foreign sources, but are controlled by domestic landlords who have diverted parts of their capital and resources to fishery produc-

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tion and other fish-related activities. Pamalakaya and CEC Philippines said the government merely introduced some kind of mechanization and improvement of fishing boats and gears, but such institutional support are designed to increase production of commercial fisheries and aquaculture fisheries sectors for exports. “Fishing capital set up by the state is earmarked for those engaged in commercial fishing and capital intensive aquaculture activities to enable the government to produce the needed dollars from exports

of fishery and other water based products.” Small fisherfolk don’t have access to these state funds, unless they have the competence according to standards set by lending groups and they can assure the government, and the domestic banks and lending institutions that they can pay at any given time and meet the conditions imposed by public and private financial groups,” it added. By orientation, by design and by character, the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 is nothing but a law on privatization that aims to destroy the communal character and way of life in fishing. This was vividly seen and experienced by small fisherfolk over the last 13 years where municipal fishing waters are left at the mercy of national government and local government units in partnership with private interests. In Calatagan, Batangas, the chairperson of the Haligi ng Batanguenong Anakdagat (Habagat) Isabelo Alicaya, a fisherman since 1977, told participants to the national consultation that the entire fishing town was declared a fish sanctuary by the local government unit.

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continues to monitor the low pressure area (LPA) spotted over the Pacific Ocean which is projected to enter the country within the next 24 hours. He said once the LPA enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, it will bring light to moderate rains over Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao particularly Caraga region. He added that it is too early to tell if the LPA will become a tropical depression because it is too far from the country. In case the LPA intensifies into a tropical depression, it will be named “Caloy,” the third cyclone to affect the country this year. In its advisory, Pagasa said that moderate to strong winds from the east to northeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the northeast over the rest of the country. T he c o ast a l w ate rs throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough. The state weather bureau also issued gale warning as strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon will affect the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. “Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it warned. (PNA)

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overall rating of 85.80 percent. The top 10 examinees are: -- 1st place: Nielson G. Pangan, UP, with 85.80%; -- 2nd place: Mark Xavier D. Oyales, UP, 85.45%; Dianna Louise R. Wilwayco, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), 85.45%; -- 3rd place: Rudy V. Ortea, University of Batangas, 84.20%; -- 4th place: Eden Catherine B. Mopia, UP, 84.05%; -- 5th place: Tercel Maria G. Mercado-Gephart, University of San Carlos, 83.90%; -- 6th place: Manuel Elijah J. Sarausad, University of Cebu, 83.80%; -- 7th place: Katrine Paula V. Suyat, San Beda College-Manila, 83.75%; -- 8th place: Michael T.

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For his part, City C ou n c i l or R am on Ta bor, chairman of the city c ou nc i l c om m itte e on police, fire and public safety, said he lamented the incident. Tabor has called on the city police hierarchy to an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss the issue. He said police officers m ay h av e t o u n d e r g o again immersion in values education. “The department h e a d s n e e d m or a l a s cendancy,” Tabor said. He said extor tion practices should be stopped because people could lose their faith on authorities.

City government, church leaders welcome new Zambo archbishop ZAMBOANGA City––Local officials and church leaders have welcomed the appointment of Kidapawan Bishop Romulo dela Cruz as the new archbishop of this city. Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said Dela Cruz is familiar with the situation in this city having served as the bishop of the nearby Prelature of Basilan several years ago. She said that hopefully the assignment of Dela Cruz will bring renewed hope to this city, which is still in the recovery stage from the damages brought about by the September 2013 siege. “We look upon him as a shepherd of the people in crisis and in mourning and in pain. We pray that his coming to the city of

Zamboanga will bring us renewed hope,” Salazar said. Pope Francis named Dela Cruz as the new archbishop of this city last Saturday. Dela Cruz will succeed Archbishop Romulo Valles, who moved to Davao City in May 2012. It will be the second time for Dela Cruz to succeed Valles since he succeeded him in Kidapawan when the latter was named Archbishop of Zamboanga in 2007. “We are happy with this development because we have been praying, we are

waiting for the Pope to name our bishop and finally it has come,” Monsigñor Crisologo Manongas said. Manongas was named as the administrator of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga when Valles was named as Davao archbishop in 2012. Manongas described

SC urged to issue TRO vs Philhealth premium rate hike First part By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO of Bulatlat.com

MIGRANTS group Migrante International and United Filipinos in Hongkong filed a petition before the Supreme Court asking for a temporary restraining order on the 160 percent Philhealth rate hike being imposed on overseas Filipino workers. “We are angered by this most recent imposition especially in the light of the continuous spate of price hikes and state exactions on OFWs and on the Filipino people. This is another form of ‘kotong’(extortion) being imposed on OFWs without proper consultation with the sector and other stakeholders,” Connie BragasRegalado, chairperson of Migrante Sectoral Party, said. Last March 14, 2014, a picket was held simultaneously with the filing of the petition. Former overseas Filipino workers and their families who joined the protest called the Philhealth rate hike as “Phildeath: Your partner in death,” mocking its original tagline “your partner in health.” Philhealth originally intended to hike its premium rates to P2,400 back in 2012 through Circular No. 007 series of 2012. This, however, was met with protests, forcing Philhealth to

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Mayor Oscar Moreno said. Moreno said he have already received numerous complaints from jeepney and taxi operators about how Deloso conducted traffic enforcement. “As early as two months ago, I have already sought his transfer because of the

defer its implementation and eventually reduce the increased rates to P1,200 instead. A year later, Philhealth imposed another 100 percent rate increase from P1,200 to P2,400 through its Circular No. 0025 series of 2013. Both of the said increases in the Philhealth premium rate, according to Migrante International, have no legal basis. The petition filed by the migrants groups would supplement the one filed by labor groups Kilusang Mayo Uno and the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights last January. Illegal In the petition, migrant groups said the increase in Philhealth premium rates violates two existing laws. First it is a violation of Republic Act No. 8042 as amended by RA 10022 or the Migrants Act of 1995, which prohibits increases in government-imposed fees on Filipinos leaving to work abroad. Second, it violates Republic Act No. 10606 or the National Health Insurance Act of 1995, which stipulates that the contribution schedule shall be the determined by Philhealth on the basis, among others of “applicable actuarial studies.” Section 28 states: “All members who can afford to pay shall contribute to the Fund, in accordance with a reasonable, equitable and progressive contribution schedule

complaints from jeepney and taxi operators. They said he was very unfair on conducting arrests,” Moreno said. But Moreno said the complaints did not involved extortion as alleged by Atty. Palanan. Interviewed by a local radio, Palanan said Deloso and Galleto allegedly demanded money so they will not arrest drivers of

to be determined by the Corporation on the basis of applicable actuarial studies…” “In other words, there must be an actuarial study supporting such increase in contributions. Unfortunately, the said circular does not mention anything about an actuarial study being conducted to serve as basis for the decision to increase Philhealth contributions,” the petition stipulated. Petitioners also noted that the increase in mandatory contributions is not reasonable, equitable or progressive, as stipulated in the law. “A justification given by Philhealth is that it will entitle Philhealth members to in-patient hospital care, out-patient coverage and other special benefit packages under the National Health Insurance Program,” the petition read. “Yet, a look at the records of Philhealth will show that it can attain these objectives without adopting the drastic increase in its contribution schedules,” the petition added. The petition further added that the increase violates Republic Act 8042 or the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipinos Act of 1995, which states that, “Upon approval of this act, all fees being charged by any government office on migrant workers shall remain at their present levels and the repatriation bond shall be abolished.”

jeepneys plying the SM Mall and Xavier Heights in Cagayan de Oro. Sensing that the two police officers would grow bolder in their demands, Palanan said he sought the assistance of the NBI regional office to conduct an entrapment operation. Palanan said NBI agents sprayed the money and envelops with ultra-violet to ensure the arrest of the

two police officers. “Deloso (allegedly) handled the envelope containing the P4,000 before he gave it to Galleto,” Palanan said. Councilor Ramon Tabor, Chair of the City Council Committee on police, fire and safety said he would summon top city officials led by City Police Director Graciano Mijares to his committee hearing on Thursday.

Dela Cruz as a fatherly leader. “We like to extend our gratitude and acknowledgement to Monsignor Crisologo Manongas who took care of the Catholics (in this city) for more than two years,” the mayor said. (MindaNews) EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of Isidro Nob, married to Cornelia Macapayag, who died on April 22, 1938 and a resident of Bolobolo, El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, Philippines, leaving certain real property situated at Bolobolo, El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, covered by Decree No. N-66199 and more particularly described as follows; “A parcel of Land (Lot No. 8536 of the Cadastral Survey of Cagayan, Cadastral Case No. 33, L.R.C. Cadastral Record No. 1614), situated in the City of Cagayan de Oro. Containing an area of SIX THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED AND FIFTY EIGHT (6,658) SQUARE METERS, more or less, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF ESTATE WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE, made and entered into in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines by and among; CATALINA N. NESTAL, of legal age, Filipino, widow, and a resident of Gitagum, Misamis Oriental, hereinafter referred to as heir-vendor; ENRIQUITO N. GA-AN, of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Libertad, Misamis Oriental, hereinafter referred to as heir-vendor; NENITA G. BALOMADRES, of legal age, Filipino, widow, and a resident of Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro City, hereinafter referred to as heirvendor; DOMINADOR N. GA-AN, of legal age, Filipino, married, and a resident of Lubluban, Misamis Oriental, hereinafter referred to as heir-vendor; GERONIMO N. GA-AN, of legal age, Filipino, married, and a resident of Cagayan de Oro City, hereinafter referred to as heir-vendor; LUISA M. CASUNDO, of legal age, Filipino, married, and a resident of Cagayan de Oro City, hereinafter referred to as heir-vendor; CARLITO N. WAMINAL, of legal age, Filipino, married, and a resident of Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro City, hereinafter referred to as heir-vendor; ALFONSA W. BAIROY, of legal age, Filipino, married, and a resident of Medina, Misamis Oriental, hereinafter referred to as heir-vendor; HONORATA M. DAYPUYAT, of legal age, Filipino, married, and a resident of Medina, Misamis Oriental, hereinafter referred to as heir-vendor; ARTURO N. MAKILING, of legal age, Filipino, married, and a resident of Medina, Misamis Oriental, hereinafter referred to as heir-vendor; FELY A. MAGADA, of legal age, Filipino, married, and a resident of Opol, Misamis Oriental, hereinafter referred to as heir-vendor, are the sole and only heirs of the decedent entitled to succeed to his estate. That for and in consideration of the sum of THIRTY THOUSAND PESOS (Php 30,000.00), Philippine currency in hand paid by the HEIRVENDEE unto the HEIRS-VENDORS. As per Doc. No. 201; Page No. 41; Book No. 51; Series of 2014; under Notary Public of ATTY. CASIANO A. GAMOTIN, JR. MDN: MAR. 19, 24 & 31, 2014


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