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Volume II, No. 186

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February 4, 2014


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Grenade blast in Zambo hurts five senior citizens

ZAMBOANGA City––Five members of a senior citizens’ group were injured in a grenade explosion Sunday morning in front of an old church that is now used as venue for meetings. See full story, page 8

South Cotabato execs watched for alleged role in illegal drug trade

COMPUTERIZED, FINALLY. New police officers train on the use of computerized blotter system at Camp

Alagar, headquarters of the Philippine National Police in Northern Mindanao located in Cagayan de Oro City. The reporting of police blotters in all precincts in the city is no longer in typewritten form but computerized. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit of Mindanao Daily News

Rebels tending to farm amid firefight By John Rizle L. Saligumba of

DAVAO City––A breakaway Moro guerrilla group in Central Mindanao said the main bulk of its forces were out of harm’s way of government military artillery shellings and that its forces were divided into engaging in gunbattles or planting and indoctrination of its mass base. Abu Misry Mama, spokesperson of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) told Davao Today in a phone interview on Thursday night that “while some of our forces are engaged in gunfights with government

troops, they are also busy planting palay and conducting Islamic orientation” within their controlled areas. “Wala kaming ginagawang masama. Nagtatanim kami ng mga palay, nagsagawa kami ng mga Islamic orientation (We are not committing any wrongdoings. Here we are planting rice and conducting Islamic orientation among villagers),” said Mama. The rebel spokesperson did not reveal their location but said that they were far from where the Philippine Army had been training their cannons since the offensive against them started. Mama said they were able to move

away their forces from the direction of the goverment military operation, and claimed that they got wind of an Army “massive operation” seven days before the actual skirmishes started last Monday. They belie reports of heavy casualties. “There was a shelling of 105 and 155 (howitzers), airplane dropping bombs and helicopter attacks for 3 days. There only 7 of us who got wounded,” he said. The Army claimed to have recovered at least 40 bodies of BIFF fighters, including a minor, in

GENERAL Santos City–– Several elected officials in South Cotabato province are reportedly being monitored by local authorities due to their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade and other related activities. South Cotabato Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes said Monday the concerned officials were placed in the area’s drug watch list based

on intelligence information gathered by local police units and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Region 12. She said some of these officials were supposedly involved directly in the selling of illegal drugs, specifically of metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, in some parts of the province.

COTABATO City––Lumads or indigenous peoples (IP) in Mindanao are pinning their hopes to achieve just and lasting peace in Mindanao on the final peace pact between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Bae Magdalena Suhat-

Herbilla, chairperson of the Council of Elders of the Federation of MatigsalogManobo Tribal Council (Femmatric), which has about 35,000 members living in ancestral domains in North Cotabato and Bukidnon provinces, said they support the

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Lumads air support to GPH-MILF pact

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Lim to study offer as Oro anti-illegal gambling czar


By GERRY LEE GORIT, Correspondent

AGAYAN de Oro City––Councilor Alam Lim on Monday declined to say if he would accept a a designation as anti-illegal gambling czar of Cagayan de Oro City.

“I will study it,” Lim, who was recommended by Councilor Roger Abaday to lead a campaign by the City Council against antiillegal gambling, said. He said this should be the decision of the city mayor because the city council’s work is only in aid of legislation. Councilor Ramon Tabor agreed with Lim’s view that it should not be in the hands of the city mayor and not the city council. The issue was placed in the city council’s agenda but Tabor said it would not be given action because the city council can not appoint an anti-gambling czar. Abaday said he recom-

mended the ABC president because Lim “is the most strategic person and the most qualified person considering his experience.” Lim neither confirms or denies that he was or is involved in illegal gambling. “No comment,” he said. Tabor, however, said that Lim has been reported to be linked with antigambling in the city previously. “Murag naay sarcasm,” he said if Lim is made the anti-gambling czar. “Abaday should look for other ways. There are experts,” Tabor said. He added that it would be difficult to eradicate illegal gambling in the barangays if illegal gam-

bling remains rampant in the national level. In proposing the resolution, Abaday said he is confident Lim can do the job of eradicating illegal gambling in the barangays. If Lim does not want the position, Abaday said he is willing to head the campaign with Lim if the latter provides him with the names of the 5 biggest financiers in Cagayan de Oro. “I will do it if Lim gives me the information,” Abaday said. He added that police statistics reveal that gambling and drugs go toProject Turnover in Camaman-an gether. “The problem is becom- Congressman Rufus Rodriguez formally turns over a classroom construction project at Barangay Camaman-an last November 28 that cost P1.5 million. With the congressing big,” he said. man are the newly elected barangay chair Peter Arda, outgoing barangay chair Ruel Gamao, school teachers, DPWH District Engr. Anastacio Marundan and ADE Mabel Saa

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Water Systems for Public Schools a Must By Reuben J. Lagura Cagayan de Oro City

Philippine public schools, more often than none, lack the necessary facilities to boost a learner’s ability to progress in academics. There are also several outside-school factors that affect the development of a learner especially among girls. To cite one is the lack of proper water systems in the classrooms or the school buildings in general. According to an article posted online: “Unsafe for girls. Unicef ’s Wash (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in Schools program pointed out: The lack of Wash facilities in schools poses problems for girls, who have more need for water and sanitation facilities (than boys). Aside from availability, security and privacy of toilet

facilities are a must for girls. Girls also need water and washing materials within the toilet facilities, especially for menstrual management.” Adding that, “poor Wash facilities (isolated location of toilets, lack of door locks/window covers/grills, lack of water, soap and trash cans inside/close to toilets) increase security risk and vulnerability of girls.” [http://newsinfo.inquirer. net/201589/brigada-focuses-onschool-sanitation by Linda B. Bolido of the Philippine Daily Inquirer] A vulnerability that can be addressed through government funding and private-public partnerships, water systems or lack thereof is a challenge with the current ratio of public schools – 1:55 (1 toilet : 55 students) and

often times in the rural areas, even lack of such facilities. The Code on Sanitation of the Philippines by virtue of Presidential decree no. 856, states in Chapter 2 – WATER SUPPLY, Section 9 (Prescribed Standards and Procedures) – Standards for drinking water and their bacteriological and chemical examinations, together with the evaluation of results, shall conform to the criteria set by the National Drinking Water Standards. The treatment of water to render it safe for drinking, and the disinfection of contaminated water sources together with their distribution systems shall be in accordance with procedures prescribed by the department. And Chapter 6 – School Sanitation and Health

Services, Section 41 (The Physical Environment) states that in the design and construction of the school plant, the following factors shall be considered: Sanitary Facilities – The school population shall be provided with potable water. Sewage and waste disposal systems shall likewise conform to the requirements prescribed in this code. Water, being a basic need, should always be present in an institution – for drinking, washing, and other purposes. Several undertakings have already been in place since the beginning of the current government administration – to ensure that all DepEd schools and their students have quality access to water.

K to 12 program answers integration of PHL industries By ZENAIDA L. RANARIO Imbatug, Bukidnon

The new K to 12 Program is one of the answers to developing the country’s industries that is aligned to current and future needs, and in filling the gap of different industries. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has been planning the integration of most of the industry roadmaps with concern for supply on high quality human resources. K-12 Program intends to provide quality of education in anticipation of the integration and to meet the demands resulting from it. The Department of Education (DepEd) has identified “horizontal issues” in education, and has been found to

be a binding constraint of the growth of the industries and the creation of more jobs. Hence, K-12 Program has been designed as a strategy for medium and long range plan to grow the different industries. DepEd puts forward the program as an important growth factor, particularly in the quality of graduates produced, so that even as early as high school, it will be able to meet the demand for particular work. With this in mind, the DepEd has crafted the 6th TID Updates for the latest K to 12 curriculum. Under the 6th TID Up-

dates, the K to 12 curriculum is a learner-centered, culture-centered and industry-sensitive curriculum that will be more helpful for effective learning of students that will be soon beneficial for industries, the state-run news Philippine News Agency reported. The curriculum, particularly in Grades 11 and 12 or the senior high school, focused on the preparation for students on ‘curriculum exits’ such as area of information, media, and technology skills; learning and innovation skills; communication skills; life and career skills; higher education; employment; entrepreneurship; and middle

level skills development, it said. In the senior high school curriculum, students have 15 core subjects, seven contextualized subjects and nine specialization subjects. The specialization subjects are crafted under specific areas including: a) Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM); b) Humanities and Social Science (HUMSS); c) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); d) Arts and Design; e) Sports; f ) and General Academic. DepEd reported that these specialization subjects give students the choice to develop their skills in areas that they are interested in.

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Language do matter in the classroom By GEMMA B. TANGARA Kalanganan Elementary School

Language is the human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication. It is the key to communicate. Through it, interaction is possible and understanding is simply attainable. In the classroom setting, proper use of language is very much important. A teacher must pronounce it in standard way and use it approriately. Through doing so, teacher’s delivery of lessons would be successful and so, student’s learning. There are problems in classes brought about the conflict or problem in understanding language. In real situation, there are some terms in the lesson that are strange to students and further divert them in understanding the whole lesson. In result, students get poor performance level. In response to this student problem, the education department has created Mother Tongue-Based Multilinguistic Education. It is a program that uses mother-tongue language in conducting classes for earlier levels of education, specifically grades one, two and three. MTB-MLE is a great help to the learning process to the students for it is their first language learned and using it, understanding

subject matters is attainable. Aside from that, mothertongue is a best tool in learning other languages or it is a good use during transition of speaking other languages such as English and Filipino which are mostly used in higher education levels. Language in classrooms are often ignored for so many years but it is noticeable that many students can hardly speak their second language during younger years, a reason for them to be slow along the run. However, MTB-MLE made fast learning possible. It might take time for one to learn some things like speaking in English which is used for global employment, but things are attained step by step. Just like following a certain protocol, there are stages that at the end of the run, the peak will be reached.


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Village chief in Butuan sues SCP engineer for possession of explosives By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga

BUTUAN City––A barangay chairman here has charged an engineer of a construction firm owned by this city’s council member for illegal possession of explosives before the city prosecutor’s office. Barangay Anticala chair Amando Boligol has accused Engineer Montoy Emam of SCP Construction, owned by City Councilor Sergio C. Pascual, for violation of Republic Act 9156 or Illegal/Unlawful Possession of Explosives and Incendiary Devices. Documents obtained showed that four men were hired to demolish with the use of explosives five big boulders protruding and encroaching along the road on Purok 2, Mahayahay, Barangay Anticala where the SCP Construction has an on-going road project. Ronald Ebcas, 27, Rolito M. Manzo, 34, Roberto Prollo, 43, and Edwin L. Telejero, 30, all residents of Anticala, admitted they did the blasting and demolition of the boulders

with the use of dynamites on December 28, 29 and 31, 2013. According to Leonardo Manlantao, Jr., 36, a construction worker of SCP Construction, he was instructed by Engr. J.R. to look for somebody capable and with experience in handling explosives. He said he contacted Ebcas, who immediately recruited Manzo, Telejero and Prollo. Manlantao said the agreement with the SCP representative was that P20,000 will be paid for the demolition of one big boulder only. A partial payment of P10,000 was then made to Manzo and Telejero for blasting materials and other expenses. Manlantao said that it took nine blastings to finally demolish the big boulder, three on December 28, 2013 and six on the following day “all in the presence of SCP workers” at the construction site. Manlantao said that upon order of Engr. J.R., the four smaller boulders would also be demolished with the Ebcas team agreeing to an additional con-

sideration of P50,000. Ebcas, Prollo, Telejero and Manzo said they demolished all the remaining four boulders at around 8 am on December 31, 2013 in the presence of Manlantao. The demolition team said they were paid P2,000 on January 3, 2014, P8,000 was released to Ebcas,Telejero, and Prollo on January 14, 2014 at 3 pm at the SCP office adding that they were not paid the balance of P40,000. The Sangguniang Barangay of Anticala has raised the boulder demolition issue and the alleged substandard workmanship done by SCP Construction on the road project in the area for possible violation of law. In SB Resolution No. 04 S-204, the barangay council has sought an investigation of the blasting incidents for lack of consent from barangay officials as well as the poorly executed access road “equivalent to wastage of government fund,” copy furnished DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson and DPWH-Caraga Regional Director Danilo E. Versola.

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its operations which started 5:00 am of Monday and that should have ended at 5:00 am today, according to 6th ID Commander, Brigadier General Romeo Gapuz in a television interview. “As of the moment, because of the skirmishes that have been happening, we are planning to put-up a request of additional 72 hours for us to finish,” said Gapuz adding that their request has to be approved by the peace panel. Mama said they were prepared to attack anytime if one of them “got killed” but mostly they only take “defensive actions” when government troops reach areas where they also have “forces” or when they enter rebel “territories.” “But when we are the one going conducting the operation, we send emissaries to civilians like last time when we attacked soldiers. We tell civilians to tell the soldiers to leave or else we will attack them. If the will not leave, we tell civilians to leave instead so they will not get caught in the cross fire,” said Mama. In September 2013 the BIFF said it warned that they would attack government troops and installations in the province of North Cotabato and called on civilians to evacuate. The group attacked the towns of Midsayap on Septemeber 24 and Tulunan on September 25 which forced more than 3,000 residentsto evacuate. Government authorities who appeared to have been caught offguard linked the attack to the then ongoing “Zamboanga siege” staged by forces loyal to Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding Chairman Nur Misuari. The BIFF denied the allegation. The BIFF was formed sometime after Ameril Umra Kato, who led the MILF’s 105th Base Command in the Maguindanao area, declined to yield to MILF directive to give up his post

and head another non-military post in the MILF. The move was seen as an MILF action against him and his command after the government pressured the MILF to yield its three base commanders to account for their attacks in 2008 in the towns of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte. These attacks happened immediately after the Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the memorandum of agreement on ancestral domain, which was supposed to complete the round of agreements leading to a comprehensive political settlement with the MILF. With the fresh government offensive, Mama branded the Army “terrorists” and the “true spoilers” of the peace negotiations. “Hindi operation ng BIFF, operation ng sundalo na nagsabotahe sa pagpirma sa MILF-GRP annex sa framework na pinirmahan at nung nakalipas na mga taon. Kaya tingnan ninyo, kung may usapan, operation na po ng sundalo, pero sabi nila kami nag operation (It is not the BIFF who conducted military operations but the soldiers. It is they who plan to sabotage the signing of the annex on normalization by the MILF-GRP as well as other agreements in the past. See, if there are talks, they conduct military operations against us but say it us who conducted an operation agains them),” said Mama. But Col. Dickson Hermoso, spokesperson of the the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said they were on “calibrated police action” sinceMonday to “arrest” BIFF leaders charged of committing crimes in the area. “They planted roadside bombs, sniped at our soldiers, took school teachers as hostages, and in one instance, even beheaded a civilian captive. A few days ago, in the midst of the fighting, they commandeered a private vehicle and forcibly used it as a roadblock,” Miriam Coronel-Ferrer chairperson of the government panel negotiating peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, said in an

emailed statement to the media. Coronel said that prior to the conduct of the operations both government and the MILF have “ensured the safety of civilians in surrounding areas” and that relief provisions have been on standby “to meet the basic needs of those who have been temporarily displaced.” Coronel said the “ongoing military operations were geared at degrading the BIFF’s capability to continue to cause harm to the government forces, civilians and the peace process.” The MNLF is the original organization of the Moro revolutionaries who sought an independent Islamic state in Mindanao. The organization later fragmented into several groups including the MILF also because of disagreements over the conduct of the peace negotiations with the government. The MNLF signed the 1976 Tripoli agreement and the 1996 final peace pact with the government, giving birth to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Asked if they still have contact with any other Moro group, Mama confirmed. “Back when we were still in Camp Omar, Nur Misuari came and talked to Ustadz Ameril Umra Kato of us merging with them. The Ustadz said if they decide to join us, we see if they are qualified but if we are to join them, the Ustadz said no way,” said Mama. Mama said that their stand may be the same with other groups pursuing an independent bangsamoro (moro land) as such that a “merging” may indeed happen. “We call on the members and the leaders of the BIFF to put down their arms and be part of the process. We ask them to listen to the plea of their own brothers and sisters to give peace a chance,” said Coronel. But for Mama, their resolve to achieving this end “is only two.” “For us it is only victory or martyrdom,” he said. (John Rizle L. Saligumba/

City High seeks qualified enrollees for Grade VII, Special Science Curriculum By Carmelita B. Jaranilla STE Coordinator

Cagayan de Oro National High School, popularly known as City High School, is currently searching for qualified enrollees for Grade VII, Special Science Curriculum for school year 2014-2015. Teachers are visiting elementary schools and giving entrance examinations to pupils who belong to the honors class. The high school’s enrollees are screened in order to determine the qualified entities for the program. There are three stages of screening. The first stage is a preliminary selection through documentary evaluation to assess the readiness or qualification of applicants based on the basic requirements. Such include NSO

birth certificate, certificate of good moral character, medical certification and form 138, that consist Proficient level (85-89%) in Science, Mathematics, English and special subject/s and at least Approaching Proficiency (80-84%) in other subjects. In addition to that are referrals and other relevant certifications. In stage two, applicant together with the parents/guardian is interviewed to validate the documents submitted and to gauge the possibility of the applicant to succeed in the program. In the final stage, there is an administration of High School Occupation and Interest Inventory (HSOII) and aptitude test that

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shall be under the supervision of the Regional Supervisor. Those who will pass in the entrance exam and belong to the top 5 of the graduating class are entitled for a 100% free of enrollment fees, and 50% discount if a pupil belongs to top 6 to 10, which include the following fees: GPTA, School Paper, Athletic, STEP and SSG. Having only two (2) sections per grade level consisting of a maximum of thirty-five (35) students per section starting next year, teaching and learning will be personalised. Furthermore, teaching and learning are also effective in Special Science classes under schools which implemented Science, Technology and Engineering program. Further, Cagayan de Oro Na-

tional High School through its principal, Dr. Gina F. Labitad, is proud to inform the public that just recently, 50 flat screened computer units were received from the Department of Education. The computer room is fully air-conditioned, equipped with comfortable chairs on a one to one ratio. The two Science Laboratory rooms are fully tiled and new laboratory facilities are available to cater the students laboratory needs. Looking back, the school started its Special Science Curriculum in 1993 and has produced its first batch of graduates in 1997 with inly 36 students (one section) only. It was only in the year 2000 where it started to offer two sections in every year level up to the present. Mathematics, Science and English

are the three big areas of concern thus making these three areas as the basis for selection of enrollees. Science, Technology and Engineering is a program of the government intended to cater the poor but deserving students in the secondary level. All over the country, there are only 198 public schools recipient of the program with this mission, vision, goals and objectives: Envisions highly responsible, morally upright, globally competitive and work-ready learners from schools offering relevant and innovative Science, Technology and Engineering education. Shall be the center of excellence in Science, Technology and Engineering education in the school divisions that shall develop

the full potential of students along these areas. Aims to widen access to quality secondary education with the view to develop learners for careers in or for higher learning in Science, Technology and Engineering. Cagayan de Oro National High School is located at 8th – 3rd Streets, Nazareth, this city. It has been in operation since 1965 with the leadership of Mr. Pedrito D. Acac, its first principal. The school is currently offering three curricula namely; Revitalized Basic Education Curriculum (RBEC), Strengthening Technology and Vocational Education Program (STVEP) and the special Science curriculum under Science, Technology and Engineering Program (STE).

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Inter-Collegiate Basketball: Referee on a skateboard adds excitement By PJTREMEDAL, Correspondent

Oroquieta City – A basketball Referee in a skateboard adds an excitement to the recently held Inter-Collegiate Basketball tournament in the City of Good Life. Pablo C. Mangyao, 49 Years (just celebrated his Birthday last February 1) a Polio victim since birth is a licensed Basketball Referee of the Basketball Association of the Philippines(BAP) and acquired an International Basketball Referee during his One year and a half stint in the Middle East in 2006 and now lives in Oroquieta City. A married man with two daughters and a son, a person with disabilities is challenge to live a beautiful life, He said, and basketball is his favorite game. With all the efforts and interest in the basketball game he landed a professional referee. As he told Mindanao Daily News, Mr. Mangyao had been in United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Syria and other Middle East countries officiating basketball

Pablo C. Mangyao, The basketball Referee on a skateboard, while talking to his fellow referee during the Oroquieta City Inter-Collegiate Basketball Tournament, other photo shows his expertise in officiating basketball however during break time he always text his wife and children to tell them he’s OK. photos by mae patrecio eduque

games for Filipinos-Arab basketball tournaments and becomes a holder of an International Referee License especially in the Arab World. With his lifetime partner, a Skateboard officiating a basketball game is not easy but “Blo” as his friends call and make sometime a fun with his disabilities did not hamper his attitude towards a game of basketball blow-

ing his whistle to call for a pushing foul against any player. With Mr. Boy Lanete and Gil Reglo of BAP National Committee who had been invited by City Mayor Jason Paredes Almonte to hold a barangay based Basketball clinic last January 25-28, Mangyao was given a role by City Mayor Almonte himself to help and support the enthusiasm of the

youth of Oroquieta in the basketball game. And on January 30-to this date, the Inter-Collegiate Basketball Tournament is a crowd drawer to Oroquietanons were in colleges from Iligan City(Iligan MCC Team), Cagayan de Oro City(STI Cagayan), Pagadian City(SMC Warriors) and host Oroquieta City All Star were invited to play basketball.

With Pablo C. Mangyao officiating it adds more excitement not only to the basketball players but to the audience as well seeing a referee on a skateboard and calling the shots professionally. On his part, Mayor Jason told this daily that with Mr. Mangyao, even he has his disabilities, surely he can help mold our youth in the basketball game profession-

ally thru his experience not only officiating but sometimes he plays basketball too..He said. Mangyao who hails from Bohol is married to his loving and supporting wife Mryna who is a beautician, and while in Oroquieta he is joined by his eldest daughter Myrlou. The other daughter Marchielou and son Marlo were left in Bohol together with their mother.


Mr. Ernesto C. Tan,(in long sleeve polo shirt) CEO of Mediatrix Homes Incorporated pose with his Ozamis City Branch Head, Mr. RAYMAR Lim before the motorcade in their opening day at the City Plaza of Oroquieta(Left) while after the opening and inauguration of their Branch Office (center) and speaking before the city officials, guests, and Oroquietanons during on Saturday. Mediatrix Homes is now establishing 187 units of a socialized housing subdivision in Barangay Villaflor, Oroquieta City. Mediatrix has also housing subdivision in Dipolog and Ozamiz Cities. photos by mae patrecio eduque

The yearly activity of Brigada Eskwela is our untiring activity of a school to be participated by the school stakeholders, PTA, Community, SGC and Teachers. With the big increase of our enrolment from 907 to 988 this activity of Brigada Eskwela is a help to our school because last May 2013, 2 temporary classrooms were constructed by our General PTA and Teachers for the 4 additional teachers and pupils , concreting of the portion of our school perimeter fence were done by our stakeholders . The cleaning

and repair of classrooms and area of responsibilities in school were also done. Hand in hand everybody did their best to make the school ready and inviting to everybody especially to the school children. Not only giving their time and effort to support our school but also an amount and materials were donated by private individual to sustain the temporary construction of classrooms and repair of some desks and windows of other classrooms. It was indeed a successful Brigada Eskwela.

Oroquieta Prepares for Housing Problem By PJTREMEDAL, Correspondent

Oroquieta City – With an estimated population of more or less 85 Thousand Oroquietanons and fast growing city with more people, Oroquieta as known as the City of Good Life prepares for future housing problems due to an increase of population. “Former City Mayor and know representing the 1st District of Misamis Occidental, Congressman Jorge Taghap Almonte always calls me to establish a subdivision” said Mr. Ernesto C. Tan, CEO of Mediatrix Homes Incorporated. Today, Oroquieta City as it prepares for the future especially on housing problem which comes along with the urbanization of Oroquieta, inviting investors especially on housing came a reality from a visionary, Mr. Tan of The Mediatrix Homes Inc. On Saturday, The Mediatrix Homes officially opens its doors to any Oroquieta-

nons who wants a decent house to live for life. With an estimated two hectares and 187 units including an economic space, Mediatrix Homes Incorporated made the realization of a socialized housing subdivision in Barangay Villaflor. Opening with a motorcade around the major streets of Oroquieta City, Mediatrix Homes Incorporated was led himself by its Chief Executive Officer and Owner Mr. Ernesto C. Tan whose future vision is not only a subdivision but an additional two more housing subdivision in Barangay Talairon and Mobod on the coming years. On his part, City Mayor Almonte as represented by his City Administrator, Col. Edgardo Martinez (Ret) thanked Mediatrix Homes Incorporated for investing in Oroquieta and even housing problem is not that big, preparing for it is very necessary and with Mediatrix Homes Inc. it is answered already.

“Yes we have some establish subdivision like the Mango Lane a High End housing , we have the Transville Homes, and the launching of the Provincial Government Housing Project, but we need more housing subdivision especially those can be afforded even with Tricycle Drivers, Fish Vendors, Farmers and City Government employees” Martinez said. Mediatrix Homes Incorporated has also invested in Ozamiz and Dipolog Cities. According to Mr. Ernesto C. Tan, who is High School graduate but a visionary establish his business not to earn and become a millionaire but to help Mindanaowans to acquire a decent living with his professionally, economically and socially design houses. With 187 Units for Oroquieta, Mediatrix Homes Incorporated planned to establish two more additional subdivisions in Talairon and Mobod for the

coming years. “Today as we opened our office and the continuing establishment of the houses in the 2 hectares acquired lot, this is only the beginning, yes investing millions is not that easy but my utmost reason why, it is because I want to see Oroquietanons, especially those are still renting, to those who are not that much income to buy a house to live for life, and even those government employees who cannot build a decent house because of their low income, and acquiring a P2,700/ a month amortization, they now can live in their dream houses.” Tan said. With an economically prized 50 sq. meters lot and a 27 sq. meter floor plan, two bedrooms house and availed thru the government’s Pag-Ibig housing loans scheme, Mediatrix Homes in Oroquieta will surely solve the coming of housing problem due to population increase in the next five to ten years.

“Hearts on Sticks” Valentine Season Income Generating Project 2014 is one of the high-lighted activities for the month of February for the English Club Coordinators and Officers of Kauswagan Central School. This is the second year of its IGP implementation which is based on the English Club IGP tagline CURES (Collect & Use Recycled Educational Stuffs) and CARESS (Create& Avail Resources to Earn, Save and Share). The sole purpose of this IGP is to raise funds for the club’s various developmental activities and operating expenses but through a meaningful, educational and helpful alternative ways and means of earning money. This activity tries to hit three birds in one stone namely to earn, to enjoy arts and let the members of the club practice recycling and proper waste management. Making use of old magazines, used cardboards and broomsticks combined with stuffs related to Valentine celebration, the members get involve in an interesting, fun-filled and productive income generating project offering affordable and artistic products for the pupils, teachers and parents to enjoy and spread love in Kauswagan Central School for this 2014 Love Month .

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One of the most misunderstood words in Philippine vocabulary today is “sovereignty.” Just mention “sovereignty” to some Filipinos and it would set them off into attacking their favorite whipping boy, the United States. Indeed, many Filipinos – who call themselves “nationalists” – are zealously protective of Philippine sovereignty that when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in Tacloban last December, they protested his visit and accused him of exploiting and violating our country’s sovereignty. That after what the U.S. had done for the typhoon victims? Give me a break. With all the brouhaha over Philippine sovereignty, the question comes to mind: what exactly is sovereignty? The Free Dictionary defines sovereignty as: (1) Supremacy of authority or rule as exercised by a sovereign or sovereign state; (2) Royal rank, authority, or power; (3) Complete independence and self-government; (4) A territory existing as an independent state. Well, based on this definition, I am convinced that the Philippines is a sovereign, independent, and self-governing state. So what then is this hullabaloo all about? The question of Philippine sovereignty has been debated over and over again since 1991 when the Philippine Senate voted to reject the retention of American bases. The nationalists were convinced then that the Philippines didn’t need the protection of the U.S. against foreign invasion. They asserted that continued presence of American bases was an affront to Philippine sovereignty. However, they didn’t demand for the rescission of the U.S.-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), which obligated the U.S. to defend Philippine territory in the event of foreign invasion. It’s like them saying, “We don’t want you around but we expect you to defend us if we were invaded.” Indeed, it’s a love-hate relationship that is nurtured to this day. Panganiban Reef But two years after the U.S. bases were closed in 1992, China

seized the Panganiban Reef (Mischief Reef) in the middle of the night. And the Philippine Armed Forces couldn’t do anything to take it back. As an afterthought to the Senate’s folly of booting out the Americans from Philippine soil, which left the Philippines at the mercy of a foreign country who’d use force to nibble at our territory, the U.S. and the Philippines signed a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). According to the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, the VFA states that US forces in the Philippines have to follow Philippine law and have to adhere to behavior that is consistent with Philippine law. The Senate ratified it on May 27, 1999, which makes one wonder how the senators who voted to remove the U.S. bases in 1991 voted this time around? But once again the nationalists went up in arms claiming that VFA violates the Philippine constitution. But the nationalists had backed off when China took possession of Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) in August 2012. China then roped off the narrow and only opening to the shoal’s lagoon; thus, preventing Filipino fishermen from getting in. Fishing rules Chinese-flag-and-warshipsLast year, China sent several warships to accompany about 30 Chinese fishing boats to the Ayungin Reef, which is only 21 nautical miles from Panganiban Reef and only 100 nautical miles from Palawan. Fortunately, a detachment of six Philippine marines was stationed on an old naval vessel, the BRP Sierra Madre, that lay aground at Ayungin. It discouraged the Chinese from taking possession of Ayungin. Pag-asa Island But that all changed on January 1, 2014 when China imposed restrictive fishing rules within the area of South China Sea she claimed as her territory. Several days later, a Chinese news network reported that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was planning to seize the Pag-asa Island in the Spratly archipelago this year.

FEATURE By Perry Diaz Although China did not officially confirm the news report, it sent jitters to her neighbors particularly the Philippines and Vietnam. The question is: In the event of a Chinese invasion, could the Philippines defend and protect her sovereignty and territory? With two refurbished Coast Guard cutters purchased from the U.S., and no other warships in her navy and no warplanes in her air force, the Philippines is utterly defenseless and incapable of protecting her sovereignty. Talks on hold BRP Ramon Alcaraz Just a few days ago, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, in a display of bravado, reportedly said that the Philippines would defy China’s new fishing rules. He said that the navy would escort the fishing boats if needed. “We still have the capability to secure them,” he said. “There is really a need to show force because China has been very aggressive lately.” “Show force?” Really? With the negotiation on the increased presence of American troops on Philippine soil on hold right now, what does Gazmin have in mind what “force” to show the Chinese? And why is the negotiation with the U.S. on hold? While Philippine officials wouldn’t say the reason for the suspension of the negotiation, the media reported that the suspension was due mainly to the Philippines’ insistence that she should have access to these American bases. But the U.S. wouldn’t agree to it; thus, the impasse. Otherwise, the agreement would have been signed last December. Sovereignty dilemma Time is of the essence. The longer that an agreement cannot be reached, the more vulnerable the Philippines becomes. Honestly, I don’t see any strategic value to giving the Philippines access to U.S. bases. The only conceivable reason why the Philippines wants to have access to U.S. bases is to “preserve” her sovereignty and territorial integrity. But we should be reminded that the U.S. offered to provide military presence in response to the Philippine government’s request for assistance. And just when an agreement was about to be reached, the Philippines threw a monkey wrench on the bilateral talks because of the issue of sovereignty. And this brings to mind the question: what price sovereignty? Would the Philippines disallow American military presence needed to protect the sovereignty that we hold so dearly? But without U.S. presence, our sovereignty would be exposed to Chinese imperialistic advances. It’s a dilemma that the Philippines has to grapple with. Simply put, the Philippines cannot have it both ways. Sometimes you got to give a little to gain strategic advantage. That’s geopolitics. (

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The hailed rapid growth is narrow, shallow, artificial and unsustainable

shallow, according to IBON. The real estate and construction boom are the biggest contributors to growth, yet according to IBON, these sectors account for a small percentage of employment, are weakly integrated to the rest of the economy, and have a limited multiplier effect. The fastest growing sectors were real estate, renting and business activities (8.4 percent growth), construction (11.1 percent), manufacturing (10.5 percent), and financial intermediation (12.4 percent). Yet nearly four-fifths of manufacturing sector growth came from just the four real estate- and construction-related subsectors: chemical and chemical products (growing 97.8 percent), basic metal industries (51.1 percent), furniture and fixtures (41.8 percent) and non-metallic mineral products (10.1 percent). These off-set negative growth or contractions in 13 other manufacturing subsectors. The benefits of growth in these sectors is limited.

They cumulatively account for just some 8.0 percent of total employment. Their job generation capacity of the booming sectors is also weak and well below their respective rates of growth. Employment last year in real estate only increased by 2,000 (or 1.2 percent growth, which is probably statistically insignificant), in construction by 131,000 (5.9 percent growth) and in manufacturing as a whole by 38,000 (or 1.2 percent). Moreover, these sectors are heavily concentrated in the NCR, Central Luzon and Calabarzon regions. Nearly three-fourths (73.4 percent) of real estate, renting and business activities and almost half (48.3 percent) of construction, measured by their share in regional GDP, is found in just these three regions. The NCR alone accounts for over half (53.5 percent) of real estate, renting and business activities and some one-fourth (23.1 percent) of construction. These also have among the lowest forward and

backward linkages among the economy’s major sectors. The growth is also artificial and unsustainable because the boom is debtdriven and due to record low interest rates. According to IBON, this situation of cheap financing is only momentary though and is already starting to change with global financial stimulus measures especially in the United States (US) already tapering. The country’s pro-market economic policies are failing to deliver development. This can be corrected with a package of social and economic policies promoting an inclusive, balanced and stable pattern of growth. Domestic demand can be boosted with real agrarian reform and substantial wage increases, the group said. Domestic production can be expanded at the same time with government intervention, support and protection for Filipino firms and farms. Government economic policy needs to be biased for Filipino producers instead of for foreign investors and their domestic partners. source:

Bong Revilla confirms prexy run in 2016 LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… All Scripture is Godbreathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work…” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, the Holy Bible). -oooGLOBAL WARMING HERE ONCE AGAIN: Its heating up all over again, after the country experienced relatively cool temperatures as 2014 started. Indeed, there is no escaping the heat, as PAG-ASA is saying. Call it global warming, climate change, or weather aberration. The new normal now, in our environment, is maximum and literally scalding heat, in the middle of strong and deadly storms and typhoons. I hate to say it once more, but this is in large part due to lack of true spirituality among many Filipinos. We have been told that the sky above us will be bronze with scorching temperatures, and the ground beneath our feet will as hard as iron for lack of water, when our people no longer listen to God and no longer read His Bible, and no longer obey His commands. And the amazing thing is that, environmentalists and scientists, and even government authorities, do not seem to understand

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio this even a tiny bit, making them complete failures in responding to calamities brought about by hot weather, which gives rise to ferocious rains, rampaging flood waters, and deadly winds, even if they have been spending billions of pesos for disaster management. When will we ever learn? -oooLEADERS BLINDED ON WHAT TO DO ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING: All it takes for any interested individual to realize this connection between lack of spirituality and destructive weather aberrations is humility---acceptance that man indeed is now reaping the fruits of his separation from God and that the only way he could somehow mitigate or reverse the situation is for him to go back to God, by reading His Bible once again, and obeying everything that is written in it. The problem is, even many of our leaders at this point clearly come from the ranks of those who

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GDP performance confirms exclusionary growth under PNoy

THE 2013 fourth quarter and whole year performance of the Philippine economy confirm that exclusionary growth is a defining feature of the Aquino presidency. The hailed rapid growth is narrow, shallow, artificial and unsustainable, according to research group IBON. The 7.2 percent growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013 is the third consecutive year of accelerating growth from 3.2 percent in 2011 and 5.8 percent in 2012. It is among the fastest in Asia and emerging markets worldwide. But according to IBON, the growth is not translating into equivalent jobs. Job generation has been falling during the Aquino administration with 1.2 million jobs generated in 2011, down to 408,000 in 2012 and falling further to 317,000 in 2013. Even if the economy grew 7.2 percent in 2013 employment only increased by 0.8 percent from the year before. Job generation is the lowest in 13 years or since 2000 during the Estrada administration, said the group. The growth is exclusionary because it is narrow and

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have been prophesied to stray away from God. This is perhaps the reason why their eyes have been blinded to what the Bible is saying as the sure cure against global warming and climate change. Let us read 2 Timothy 3:1 for this: “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God---having a form of godliness but denying its power…” -oooBONG REVILLA CONFIRMS RUN FOR PREXY IN 2016: I was talking to a close associate of Sen. Ramon “B ong” Revilla Jr. over accusations that he and his father, former Sen. Ramon Revilla Sr., channeled their pork barrel funds to non-existent

non-governmental organizations (NGOs) owned or controlled by detained businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, and I was told all these attempts to discredit him has only strengthened Bong’s resolve to run for president in 2016. The Revilla-Bautista family seems convinced that the pork barrel charges against the two senators are being raked up to derail Bong’s chances in 2016 and thereby discourage him from pursuing his presidential ambitions. The impression of the family is that, Bong has the best chances of becoming president among the many contenders, considering his background as a famous actor. The person I am talking to said the popularity of Bong among the masses has not dwindled even one bit even with the supposed revelations by Napoles’ former staff against him and his father, even if Internet users are bashing them to the hilt. So then, this person said, there is no stopping Bong Revilla for President in 2016. -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: melaniolazomauriciojr@outlook. com, batasmauricio@yahoo. com and mmauriciojr111@

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Special Gospel of the day: Luke13:1-9(February4, 2014-Tuesday)Luke 13:1-9-There were present at that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. He spoke also this parable; A certain [man] had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbered it the ground? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung [it]: And if it bear fruit, [well]: and if not, [then] after that thou shall cut it down: Do not judge is the main thought of the gospel. In Matthew 7:1-5-Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why behold thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is in thin own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thin eye; and, behold, a beam [is] in thin own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thin own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye: Printing paid by: Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:30 PM - Sunday: #09284149490-09266607505: Question – Prayer request: Please follow me “WORD ON FIRE” on CCTN channel 12-CDO @ 10 PM- Mondays and Tuesday @ 3:30 PM. God loves you!!!

Balancing act

THINK a minute. You remember the first time you tried to ride a bike? It can be quite tricky. The bike shakes and wobbles everywhere until you finally learn how to balance your weight. Balance is important in everything. So eating only fattening snack food every day is not a balanced diet. Being active in sports and exercise is good for us, but we can even overdo that too, if we don’t balance it with work, rest, and other activities. In raising our children, we parents must be fair in the things we expect from our kids. Our children need balance in their life. So if you and I expect our kids every day just to study and work, then we’re not giving them a healthy, happy childhood. Our kids also need to play and just be kids. We know that the stress and pressures of school work and adult life will hit them soon enough. If you work too much, you may be admired and respected by some people for being strong, successful and hardworking. But are you successful in your marriage and family? Is your wife or husband and children happy while with you’re gone from them working so many hours

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everyday? And even when you are home, are you usually tired, cranky and hard to live with? Our Creator made our bodies, minds and feelings so that we live and work best only when our life is balanced. Consequently, any time we do too much of one thing and too little of another, we get out of balance and in trouble. Our marriage ends in divorce. Our children are not close to us. Our bodies get sick, tired and worn out. Today, if you realize that your life is out of balance, you can ask Jesus Christ to forgive you for living your own wrong way, and God the Son will show you all the things you need to do differently to change. It’s only with Jesus’ wisdom and help in your life every day, you can finally start enjoying a balanced, happy life. Just Think a Minute.

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5 injured in Zambo grenade blast


AMBOANGA CITY – Five members of a senior citizens’ group were injured in a grenade explosion Sunday morning in front of an old church that is now used as venue for meetings. Chief Insp. Felixberto Martinez, Police Station 6 commander, said the grenade exploded at around 9:30 a.m. at the entrance of the old San Isidro church in Barangay Talon-Talon while several senior citizens were gathered inside. Pilar Santos, president of the senior citizens’ group, said they were having a meeting when they heard a loud explosion EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION AMONG HEIRS WITH WAIVER Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late EUSEBIO PULMANO, the first being the widow of the same and the last six (6) are his children who died on March 16, 1992, during his lifetime owns a parcel of Agricultural land situated at Tawagan Norte, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines, registered in his name and which is particularly described as follows; “A parcel of land (Lot 837-B of the subd. plan (LRC) Psd-117819 being a portion of Lot 837, Pls-119 LRC Rec. No.) situated in the Barrio of Tawagan Norte, Municipality of Labangan, Province of Zamboanga del Sur, containing an area of SIXTY THOUSAND AND FOUR (60,004) SQUARE METERS, more or less, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-10 090, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION AMONG HEIRS WITH WAIVER, made and entered into by and among; ROSARIO ABENES PULMANO, of legal age, Filipino, widow, with residence and post-office address at Tawagan Norte, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines, 6/12 share of the above described property; ABELARDO A. PULMANO, of legal age, Filipino, married to Conchita S. Pulmano, with residence and postal address at Tantangan, South Cotabato, Philippines, 1/12 share of the above described property; BONIFACIO A. PULMANO, of legal age, Filipino, single, with residence and postal address at Tantangan, South Cotabato, Philippines, 1/12 share of the above described property; TIMOTEO A. PULMANO, of legal age, Filipino, married to Lydia M. Pulmano with residence and postal address at Tawagan, South Cotabato, Philippines, 1/12 share of the above described property; EDUARDO A. PULMANO, of legal age, Filipino, married to Elena M. Pulmano with residence and postal address at Tantangan, South Cotabato, Philippines, 1/12 share of the above described property; JOB A. PULMANO, of legal age, Filipino, married to Mila C. Pulmano, with residence and postal address at Tawagan Norte, Labangan, ZDS, Philippines, 1/12 share of the above described property; and NENA A. PULMANO, of legal age, Filipino, married to Arnold Rillera, with residence and postal address at Tawagan Norte, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines, 1/12 share of the above described property. That I ROSARIO A. PULMANO, for and in consideration of my love and affection to my sons TIMOTEO A. PULMANO and JOB A. PULMANO, do hereby waive my rights and participation forever of my 6/12 share of the property described above to TIMOTEO A. PULMANO 3/12 shares and JOB A. PULMANO 3/12 share to their heirs, successors and assigns; that the above named parties are the only legitimate and surviving heirs. As per Doc. No. 866; Page No. 174; Book No. II; Series of 2005; under Notary Public of ATTY. FRANKLIN B. ORGANO. MDN: FEB. 4, 11 & 18, 2014

and saw some members of her group wounded. No masses are held at the old church. Masses are held in the new San Isidro Church built a few years ago. The old church now serves as a place for prayer and other non-religious activity of the parishioners, including the senior citizens’ group which meets there every first Sunday of the month to discuss matters such as livelihood undertakings, Santos said. Santos, a retired educaEXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITION AND WITH SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased spouses JUAN C. GALENDEZ, who died in November 4, 2007 and GERARDA P. GALENDEZ, who died on April 30, 2009 and was buried at Maramag Cemetery, Bukidnon; the deceased spouses left real properties, covered by the Original Certificate of Title (OCT) Nos. P-15083, P-47270, V-37 & Cadastral maps more particularly described as follows; 1. Parcel of land, Lot No. 528, PLS-98 Ext., covered by Original Certificate of Title No. 15083, located at Barangay Camp 1, Municipality of Maramag, Province of Bukidnon. Containing an area of TWENTY FOUR THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED THIRTY TWO (24,532) square meters or 2.45 hectares; 2. Lot No. 60, Csd-10-012415, Identical to Lot No. 7862, Pls-98 Ext., covered by Original Certificate of Title No. P-47270. Containing an area of TWO HUNDRED FIFTY SEVEN (257) square meters with a residential house on the above-described property identified with Tax Declaration No. 020690, located at Barangay Camp 1, Maramag, Bukidnon. 3. Lot No. 791, PLS-800, covered by V-37 and Cadastral Map. Containing an area of ONE HUNDRED NINETY EIGHT AND THREE (198.3) square meters, located at Barangay No. 7, Malaybalay City. This lot is subject for land titling application by Mrs. Merlie Galendez Lebosada, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL PARTITON AND WITH SPECIAL POWER OF ATTORNEY, made and executed by and between; MERLIE G. LEBOSADA, Filipino of legal age, married and a resident of Block 1, Lot 5, Andrew Street, Kisanlu Pag-ibig Subdivision, Barangay Iponan, Cagayan de Oro City, hereinafter called an Heir-Principal; CRISTINA G. BALINGKIT, Filipino of legal age, married and a resident of Barangay Camp 1, Maramag, Bukidnon, hereinafter called an HeirPrincipal; RICARDO P. GALENDEZ, Filipino of legal age, married and a resident of Barangay Camp 1, Maramag, Bukidnon, hereinafter called an Heir-Principal; BRIGIDA G. YARE, Filipino of legal age, married and a resident of Barangay Baloy, Cagayan de Oro City, hereinafter called an Heir-Principal; CESAR P. GALENDEZ, Filipino of legal age, married and a resident of Barangay Camp 1, Maramag, Bukidnon, hereinafter called an Heir-Principal; and Late ARSENIO P. GALENDEZ, represented by his son Mr. JOENNAREL S. GALENDEZ, Filipino of legal age, married and a resident of Barangay Camp 1, Maramag, Bukidnon, hereinafter called an Heir-Secondary, are the legitimate sons/daughters heirs of deceased spouses. As per Doc. No. 129; Page No. 26; Book No. I; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. MARCO R. HINLO. MDN: FEB. 4, 11 & 18, 2014

tion supervisor, said there were at least 30 of them when the blast occurred. According to Martinez, the grenade was tossed by one of two unidentified men riding tandem in a motorcycle that passed in front of the old San Isidro Church. The grenade did not roll inside the Church since it hit the iron grills of the front door, he said. Members of the Explosive Ordnance Demolition recovered the grenade’s safety lever in front of the old church. The Mindanao Human Rights Action Center (MinHRAC) condemned the grenade-throwing “in the same way it condemns the burning of mosques and other civilian structures in Barangays Rio Hondo, Sta. Barbara, and Sta. Catalina during the

mysterious fires in September of last year.” “Attacks on mosques (masjid) and churches or any other structure of religious significance of whichever religious denomination is not only a violation of domestic and international humanitarian law, it also prevents us from building a mutually tolerant pluralistic society and further fans the flames of the conflict,” MinHRAC said in a statement. It also added that civilians from several municipalities in Maguindanao are “anxious to know what happened to their homes and mosques after days of intense artillery shelling in the course of the military operations versus the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Forces (BIFF). The Army’s 6th Infan-

R.A 9048 / 10172 Form No. 10.1 (LCRO) (Revised 15 August 2001) Republic of the Phillipines Local Civil Registry Office PROVINCE OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL Municipality of Tagoloan NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 2 of R.A. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that JOHN LLOYD C. LLIDO has filed with this office a Petition for Correction of Gender from “FEMALE” to “MALE” who has born on Dec. 23, 1981 at Baluarte, Tagolan, Mis. Or. Philippines from parents Florensio S. Llido and Juanita Coquilla. Any person adversely affected by the said petition may file written opposition within this office not later than 12 February 2014. (Sgd.) MARINELA FACTURA FABELA Municipal Civil Registrar

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Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased EUSTIQUIO MABANSAG, who died on August 6, 2012 in Cagayan de Oro City, at the time of his death left a parcel of land located at Cagayan de Oro City, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-5605 “A Parcel of land, (Lot 14445-B-1-B-1 of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-45525, being a portion of Lot 14445-B-1-B, described on plan Psd-72417, LRC Cad. Record No. 1561), situated in the Poblacion, City of Cagayan de Oro. Containing an area of ONE HUNDRED FIFTY (150) square meters, more or less; is the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED EUSTIQUIO MABANSAG, made and executed by and among the HEIRS OF EUSTIQUIO MABANSAG, namely: 1. ROLANDO M. KEH, of legal age, Filipino, married, and resident of Sumpong, Malaybalay, Bukidnon and the surviving brother of the deceased; 2. JOSE M. KEH, of legal age, Filipino, married, and resident of General Santos City and the surviving brother of the deceased; 3. CHOLLY M. KEH, of legal age, Filipino, single, and resident of 311 Tiano Bros. St., Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving sister of the deceased; 4. JESUSA M. KEH, of legal age, Filipino, single, and resident of 311 Tiano Bros. St., Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving sister of the deceased; 5. TITUS M. KEH, of legal age, Filipino, single, and resident of 311 Tiano Bros. St., Cagayan de Oro City and the surviving brother of the deceased; that the abovenamed parties, all of legal age, are the legitimate brothers/sisters and the sole/compulsory/surviving heirs of their deceased half-brother. As per Doc. No. 455; Page No. 91; Book No. 176; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI.

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late PRISCA NANALE, who died on July 21, 2001 at Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City. That at the time of her death she left certain parcel of land located at Patrocenio, Claveria, Misamis Oriental covered under Tax Declaration No. 0812001806673 particularly described as follows: “A parcel of land under Tax Declaration No. 0812001806673 with Survey 3555, Pls 805, Lot No. 003, Blk. No. 14, containing an area of TEN THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FORTY NINE (10,949) square meters more or less, is the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL PARTITION OF ESTATE AMONG HEIRS WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE, made and entered namely; GAUDENCIO N. PADAY (deceased) Represented by EFREN O. PADAY, LEONCITO N. PADAY (deceased) Represented by GILBERTO C. PADAY, BERNANDITA P. TABIO (deceased) Represented by VILMA T. SALIMBAGAT, PEDRO N. PADAY, LECENIA P. ZARATE and ALEJANDRO JR. N. AYUDTOD (deceased) Represented by ALVIE A. PAGULAYAN, all of legal ages, Filipino and residing at Patrocinio, Claveria, Misamis Oriental. That the above-mentioned persons are the legitimate children. That for and in consideration of the sum of EIGHTY THOUSAND PESOS (PhP 80,000.00), Philippine Currency to the HEIRS/ VENDORS in hand counted by the HEIRS OF PRISCA NANALE and paid by REYNANTE C. SETIAR and JEANEVIC M. SETIAR, of legal age, married and residing at Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, their heirs, assigns and successors in interest, the above-described parcel of land. As per Doc. No. 373; Page No. 75; Book No. XXIV; Series of 2014; under Notary Public of ATTY. JOHN REY A. TOMINES.

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try Division on Sunday called off military operations against the BIFF. In a statement on Januar y 30, Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, government peace panel chair in the negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said the BIFF over the last nine months has “repeatedly harassed our soldiers and terrorized local communities.” She said the military operations were “geared at degrading the BIFF’s capability to continue to cause harm to the government forces, civilians and the peace process.” She added that before the conduct of the operations, “the ceasefire mechanisms of the GPH and the MILF ensured the safety of civilians in surrounding areas” and that relief provisions were on standby to meet the basic needs of those who have been temporarily displaced.

Ferrer called on the members and leaders of the BIFF to lay down their arms and “be part of the process. We ask them to listen to the plea of their own brothers and sisters to give peace a chance.” She said local gove r n m e nt of f i c i a l s are “ready to receive those who would like to silence their guns and participate in the different programs we will be undertaking as part of the implementation of the peace agreements.” On Saturday, a reporter and a cameraman of TV5 were among 12 persons wounded in a roadside explosion in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town, Maguindanao Saturday morning, military officials said. Maj. Romeo Gapuz, 6t h Infant r y Division commander, blamed the BIFF for the explosion at around 7:30 a.m. in Barangay Lower Salbo, calling it “an act of desperation.” (MindaNews)

Publication Notice RA 10172 NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC Date: February 3, 2014 In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that AMOR LEA ABANG LAGUE has filed with this Office, a petition for correction of entry in sex from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the certificate of live birth of AMOR LEA ABANG LAGUE at Catarman, Camiguin and whose parents are EMELIANO C. LAGUE and MILA ABANG. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than February 21, 2014 (Sgd.) LUDIVINA T. LIBAGO Signature overprinted name of the C/MCR MDN: Feb. 4 & 11, 2014

R.A 9048 / 10172 Form No. 10.1 (LCRO) (Revised 15 August 2001) Republic of the Phillipines Local Civil Registry Office PROVINCE OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL Municipality of Tagoloan NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 2 of R.A. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that CRIS OLAER MONTES has filed with this office a Petition for Correction of Gender from “FEMALE” to “MALE” who has born on 29 September 1986 at Sugbongcogon, Tagolan, Mis. Or. Philippines from parents Crispina Olaer and Corsino Montes. Any person adversely affected by the said petition may file written opposition within this office not later than 12 February 2014. (Sgd.) MARINELA FACTURA FABELA Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Feb. 4 & 11, 2014

RA Form No. 10.1 (LCRO) Republic of the Philippines Municipal Civil Registry Office Province of Camiguin Municipality of Mahinog NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that ALBINO COCAMAS AMBA has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from SILVINO to ALBINO in the birth certificate of SILVINO AMBA who was born on MARCH 1, 1953 at Mahinog, Mis. Or. and whose parents are Francisco Amba and Saturnina Cocamas. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than February 14, 2014. (Sgd.) MERCY B. JAJALLA Municipal Civil Registrar

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Duterte to appear in Senate inquiry into smuggling


AVAO CITY – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the controver si a l l o c a l chief executive who warned to kill rice smugglers in his home turf in Davao City, will attend the Senate inquiry into smuggling on Monday.

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1st Mindanao Book Festival opens Feb. 4 in Davao City DAVAO CITY – Want to have a preview of Mindanao through the years? Come to the Davao City leg of the 1st Mindanao Book Festival on February 4 and 5 at the Ateneo de Davao University and see the collection of old and new Mindanao books, meet authors and listen to lectures and poetry-reading. Last year, at least 37 Mindanao books were published, bringing the total number of books on Mindanao or written by Mindanawons from 2000 to 2013 at 346. Majority of last year’ harvest is still on history and peacebuilding in the Bangsamoro, the dominant themes since 2000. But the 2013 harvest has three photobooks – two photographic guides to amphibians, reptiles and bats of Mindanao, and a photobook on the other faces and facets of Sulu. The Mindanao Book Festival is the first ever attempt to exhibit books on Mindanao issues written by Mindanawon and


non-Mindanawon authors, and other books written by Mindanawon writers. Aside from Davao City, it will also be held in the cities of Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro and Cotabato, Cebu and Manila, within the first quarter this year. The Mindanao News and Information Center Service Cooperative (MindaNews Co-op) envisions the bookfest to be an annual exhibit and gathering of Mindanawon authors. This year’s theme is “Writing Mindanao, Righting Mindanao.” The Davao City leg is in partnership with AusAID and the Ateneo de Davao University’s Department of Literature. In each of the six cities, the bookfest will honor Mindanawons in the region who had books published in 2013. It will also pay tribute to Mindanawons in the region who won awards such as the Palanca Awards for Literature and the National Book Awards. Fr. Joel Tabora, President

of the Ateneo de Davao University, whose collection of essays was published last year, will deliver the welcome remarks at the opening at 1:30 p.m. on February 4 at F700, Finster Hall at the ADDU’s Jacinto campus. Palanca award-winner Dr. Macario Tiu, whose book, “Davao: Reconstructing History from Text and Memory” won the National Book Awards for History in 2005, will speak on the bookfest’s theme, “Writing Mindanao, Righting Mindanao” while Professor Rufa Guiam of the Mindanao State University in General Santos City will speak on “Documenting the Mindanao Peace Landscape.” The second edition of Tiu’s award-winning his-

tory book was among the 37 Mindanao books published last year. The opening of the exhibit area at F705-A will be held immediately after the recognition of 2013 book authors and tribute to the awardees from the region. There will be a book signing by the 2013 authors who are present. A poetry reading will be held at 3:50 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5 at J301, Jubillee Hall, ADDU Jacinto campus. Book lovers, historians, students and anyone interested to see the exhibit of, or buy, Mindanao books and journals, or listen to lectures and poetry reading are encouraged to attend the festival. (MindaNews)

Duterte is expected to live up to his promise to unmask the real David Tan, a named link to big time rice smuggling, when he shows up in the 10a.m. Senate probe. Senate committee on agriculture chairperson Cynthia Villar confirmed on Sunday the attendance of Duterte along with other names linked to rice smuggling. ”David Lim told us during the last hearing that it is his wife who handles their rice trading. So we invited his wife along with Leah Echeveria, Emmanuel Santos and Elizabeth Fautisno,”


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Villar said in a radio dzBB interview. David Bangayan attended the previous Senate inquiry and denied that he is David Tan but Villar said there is no need to prove whether Bangayan is David Tan or not. ”There is no need to prove if he (Bangayan) is David Tan because Bangayan himself admitted that he is importing rice using farmers cooperatives and that’s illegal,” Villar said. The National Food Authority (NFA) has been issuing import permits only to the farmer cooperatives. ”Our recommendation is not to give import permit if they (farmers cooperatives) have financial capacity to import rice. Our cooperatives should not be used as dummy by these rice traders,” Villar emphasized. To lessen smuggling, Villar said she is supporting the computerization of all transactions in the Bureau of Customs (BOC). See appear, page 11


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Strategies to Reduce Students’ Pathological Fear in Mathematics By Lydia B. Tubella Master Teacher I Cagayan de Oro National High School 8th-2nd Sts. Nazareth CDO

SOME students have developed fear with Mathematics that affects their overall performance not only in the said subject, but also with other related subjects where Mathematics is essential in learning. Clinical researchers identify this fear as “pathological fear” and pedagogies have to develop strategies to counter it. A study involving an eightprong approach, consisting of strategies has been recommended to counter the negative impact of pathological fear among students on Mathematics. The purpose of the said study is to identify causes of

pathological fear in Mathematics among secondary schools in the Division of Cagayan de Oro City. It also examines strategies that could be adopted to reduce pathological fear in Mathematics among students. The study reveals that causes of pathological fear in Mathematics are difficulty of understanding, the Mathematics teacher factor and the abstract nature of Mathematics. The strategies that could be adopted to reduce pathological fear in Mathematics, among others, include the use of Mathematical games, use of heuristics methods of teaching and use of relevant set of induction techniques. Parents are supposed to stop indoctrinating that Mathematics


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is difficult and follow the outlined recommendations, as follows: 1. One way to allay the fear of students in Mathematics is to relate the uses and application of Mathematics in day-to-day life of students. For instance, the use of patterns in tailoring and dressmaking is an example of symmetry. The work involved in basket weaving, beadwork, and hairstyles are all forms of geometry; 2. Mathematics teachers need to use instructional materials to teach some concepts in Mathematics. This will stimulate and sustain students’ interest and reduce their fear in Mathematics. The effective use of teaching aids concretize the abstract nature of Mathematics, it also stimulates students

imagination and helps them retain the concept learnt; 3. Most Mathematics teachers are seen as ‘monster’ in the classroom by the students, teachers should have a sense of humor. The classroom needs to be a happy lace and in fact teachers should be persons with whom children could have normal friendly human relationship. Mathematics teachers should possess a well- rounded chiseled personality; 4. Several mathematical games are available including those generated by the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja. Schools should purchase these games as they would assist the students in generating and sustaining their interest in Mathematics thereby reducing

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their phobia for Mathematics; 5. T e a c h e r s ’ u s e o f dogmatic- method in teaching Mathematics is the cause of irrational fear students develop for Mathematics. Teachers should employ Heuristic method to encourage students’ participation and discovery of concepts in Mathematics. Absence of students’ participation makes the lesson boring and unexciting. Students’ participation is important; 6. Parents and guardians should avoid socializing their wards away from Mathematics. They should keep away their unpleasant Mathematics experiences from their wards and present favorable experiences before their wards. They should also keep their wards from peers that contribute to their negative attitude to Mathematics when


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they are aware of it; 7. One particular cause of phobia in Mathematics is lack of reader friendly Mathematics textbooks. Students develop hatred for reading Mathematics textbooks. It is recommended that schools should adopt use of reader friendly Mathematics textbooks in which topics are logically arranged to enable students work at their own rates and intensify students’ involvement in the learning process thereby reducing their fears in the subject; and 8. The school and the parents should complement the efforts of teachers in the classroom by organizing remedial programme to help slow learners. The remedial programme has helped many students who have pathological fear in Mathematics to overcome it.

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“It (computerization) would lessen discretion given to examiners. All transactions are now computerized,” Villar said. Villar also proposed to bring back independent audit within the BOC to immediately trace unscrupulous individuals conniving with each other to smuggle goods in the country. She also urged the BOC new leadership to come up with recommendations to the Senate on how to stop rampant smuggling. New BOC commissioner John Philip Sevilla said in Senate hearing that the use of “tara system” or grease money by importers to bribe corrupt officials still exists in the BOC. (PNA)

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The governor declined to identify the erring officials but noted that a number of them were newly-elected village or barangay officials. “Most of these are long time drug addicts who eventually went into drug pushing,” she said in a radio interview. In late December, regional police operatives arrested a barangay chair of Banga town in South Cotabato who was tagged as behind the distribution of shabu in the area. The raid, which was conducted on Punong Grande barangay chair Bobby Delalamon’s house, reportedly yielded several sachets of suspected shabu. Chief Insp. Maximo Sebastian, chief of PRO-12’s Regional Special Investigation and Detection Team, earlier said they staged the raid after confirming the official’s involvement in illegal drug activities in the area. Fuentes said that aside from the monitoring, the Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 and the South Cotabato Provincial Police Office are conducting separate investigations and gathering evidences against the involved officials. She said the investigations are focused on determining the extent of

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involvement of the erring officials in the illegal drug trade and the identification of their other cohorts. Investigators are also looking out for possible connections between the officials and some members of local police and military units, she said. “Our local authorities are determined to pin down these officials and there are some operations already being planned against them within the coming weeks,” Fuentes said. Meantime, provincial board member Agustin Demaala, co-chair of the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council, said they are currently monitoring several villages in the province that are reportedly being used by drug syndicates as dropoff points of illegal drugs, especially of shabu. He said a number of villages were also being watched for the possible presence and operations of shabu tiangges. “We’ve been receiving a lot of reports regarding this matter and are now being verified by our operatives,” said Demaala, who heads the board’s committee on public order and safety. Last month, police and PDEA-12 agents dismantled two shabu tiangges in separate operations in Barangay San Jose in Koronadal City and Purok Krislam, Barangay Simsiman in Norala town. A shabu tiangge operating within a small-scale mining area in Barangay Kematu in T’boli was dismantled last year by PDEA12 and the T’boli police station. (MindaNews)

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GPH-MILF peace process as it would pave the way for peace “to finally reign in Mindanao.” B ot h sides re cent ly forged t he last Annex on Normalization to the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB). The three previously signed annexes are the Tr ans it i ona l Ar r ange ments and Modalities, Revenue Generation and Wealth Sharing, and Power Sharing.

The FAB and its annexes shall comprise the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the final peace deal of the GPH and MILF exp e c te d to b e sig ne d within two months. “ T he Lu ma ds d on’t want to experience war again and our fer vent wish now is for peace to reign in our midst, which we believe can be brought by the GPH-MILF peace agreement, so we can continue leading productive and peaceful lives,” said Herbilla. In als o backing the GPH-MILF talks, Herbilla cited that the rights of the lumads are given protection through Republic Act 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997. For his part Habbas Camendan, deputy chair of the Mindanao Peoples Peace Movement based in this city, allayed fears that Lumads will take up arms once the CAB is forged. His group is a grassroots organization consisting of Moros, Christians and Lumads. “In the first place, indigenous peoples are not as organized and heavily armed like the MILF, so how can they wage a war w it h t he gover n ment? There’s no truth to the report that indigenous peoples are ready to take up arms,” he said. Camendan said that particularly in Maguindanao, a known bailiwick of the MILF, many Tedurays, one of the ethnic tribes in Mindanao, have become Christianized or Islamized, with most of the latter becoming members or supporters of the MILF. He noted the CAB is inclusive in nature and would not discriminate Christians and Lumads once the Bangsamoro government is created. Camendan said there is an avenue for those i n d iv i du a l s or g roup s questioning t he GPHMILF peace deal through t he ongoing consu lt ations conducted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC). Also, the IP commu-

nity is aptly represented through their three representatives to the 15-man BTC, t he b o dy t aske d to draft the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the charter that would institutionalize the creation of the Bangsamoro government vice the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. “Mas makakabuti kung may tanong linawin at dalhin sa mapayapang paraan dahil open naman ang gobyerno at MILF na pakinggan ang mga ito (It would be better if matters of concern will be brought up using peaceful means because the government and the MILF are open to them),” he stressed. Camendan also noted that there has been an ongoing kinship reaffirmation process among the Moros and Lumads in support to the GPH-MILF peace talks. The Moros and Lumads in Mindanao rekindled their kinship in a historic covenant signing in Lantapan, Bukidnon in March 2012. For the first time in 492 years, 13 Bangsamoro tribes have come together with 18 indigenous tribes to reaffirm their shared ancestry and commit to the 5 pillars of Kinship established in the traditional peace pact of their ancestors: Co-operation, Mutual Sharing of Information, Mutual Protection of Life, Recognition and Respect, and Mutual Obligation to Help the Ne e dy, according to a document from the Mindanao Peoples Caucus. “The Reaffirmation of Kinship ceremony began a new chapter in Mindanao’s history as the Moro and the IP’s come together to uphold t he ancient kinship of their ancestors and acknowledge the traditional peace pacts made long before the colonial era. The ceremony marked a new way forward for sustainable peace in Mindanao – a peace built since time immemorial by a common ancestry – a relationship that today, the tribal leaders have embraced once more,” it added. (MindaNews)

Hands-on Practice – an Effective Teaching Method By RAMONA J. BAYUDAN, MT-1 Imbatug, Bukidnon

Simply explaining concepts to students is not sufficient. Allowing them to actually practice what you are trying to teach them as opposed to just explaining lessons can be very effective. You may find that students remember the lessons better and can more easily transfer their newly acquired knowledge to different situations. Hands-on teaching also allows students to feel a sense of accomplishment when they have finished the task. Experts say that when you encourage your students with a hands-on method, they get more enjoyment from learning and are generally more motivated to learn. It also can help students develop critical thinking skills as well as creativity. Short Activities

Children in elementary school tend to have a very short attention span and have trouble focusing on activities and lessons if they take too long. According to Math and Reading writers, the average attention span for elementary school children is approximately 30 minutes. The best way to make sure that they do not get bored or distracted is to plan activities and lessons that require less than 30 minutes to complete. This will allow you to present the information that students need to know while they are still focused and interested in the material. Hands-on activities let the students’ minds grow and learn based on the experiences and the environment they are exposed to. Students learn while discussing, investigating, creating, and discovering with other students. As the students become

familiar with the subject they are learning, they begin to make decisions, requiring less teacher support and allowing more interactive learning experiences to occur. During hands-on activities, teachers do not direct students at every step. Therefore, at the introduction of the project, teachers should provide students with rubrics on how their project or presentation will be graded, as well as the requirements for each level of performance. By providing clear expectations on what you expect students to know, and do, they can become active learners and gain expertise on the subject as they meet their learning goals. This learning modality builds on social interaction and therefore allows students to have an opportunity to provide input as they learn new, important language and grammatical skills.

The Socratic Method The Socratic Method was a method of teaching invented by the Greek philosopher Socrates. It was first popularized in Plato’s Socratic Dialogues, which depict conversations between Plato and his students. The Socratic Method is a way of teaching using only questions. The teacher asks a series of questions designed to lead the student to the desired conclusion. It is a great way to keep elementary school children active and engaged in lessons. The Socratic Method requires a clear and defined goal, extensive preparation, a lot of energy and quick thinking on the part of the teacher. While it may be a lot of work, many students will find it beneficial. It encourages creativity and critical thinking as well as helping increase their confidence.

GAIA ME: Government, Academe Interaction for Ailing Mother Earth By Lydia B. Tubella Master Teacher I Cagayan de Oro National High School 8th-2nd Sts. Nazareth CDO

My utmost respect to our farmers, fisher folks and lumad brethrens, to all my fellow environmentalist from all sectors (church, women, urban poor, academe, LGU’s, cooperative, media and especially to the youth), to Dir. Orland Ravanera, the convenor of People’s Coalition for Environmental Protection and most importantly to Gaia, our mother earth. As we celebrate the International Wetland every Feb. 2, International Earth Day - April 22, International Ocean Wave - May 25, International Environment Month - June 24, and International Coastal Clean Up every September 15. It is said in the movie Spiderman and I quote “with great power comes great responsibility!” The duty and responsibility of the ACADEME leaders of our nation is to build a strong republic in our country that will serve as the bedrock of the victory we seek over environmental degradation within a decade. But as an Academe, how far do we know about the efforts of our nation to attain an ecological balanced republic? Obviously our efforts to build a strong republic that will protect the environment have been very difficult with both domestic and global conditions being extremely harsh. For many building an ecologically balanced republic is merely a fantasy. But for us, the academe we can make it into a reality. If our Filipino brothers today cannot visualize and realize a strong republic that will protect the environment, then we take the challenge of our national hero that we are the academe are the hope of our motherland. Courageous we will say that we are the academe who will consecrate our golden hours, our dreams, and enthusiasm for the welfare of our native land. We are the leaders who will generously pour out our blood to wash out so much shame, so much crime and abomination to protect the environment. We are the leaders who will embody in ourselves the vigor of life that has been contaminated in our brains and the spirit of enthusiasm that has quenched in our hearts. A strong republic requires a strong government to build an ecologically balanced nation. First, we must develop good citizenship who is consciously aware and active participants in protecting the environment. As leaders, being part of the Filipino Nation, we shall our ordinary actions for the betterment of our society arid environment. As a start, we do this by being organizing the youth Cooperative for Ecological Protection, Mindanao wide the first of its kind in the entire country that organizes the youth and optimizes their participation as catalysts towards an ecologically balanced Mindanao. At this point of history, being an environmentalist in concrete action is not just about good manners and

right conduct, winning friends and influencing people it is about reform or perish. If we do not start protecting the environment in concrete action, all the environmental tragedies that are escalating and worsening will wreak an unimaginable havoc and suffering in our lives and in our country. All though our lives, we the leaders will be tough because we are going against the tide so to speak. We will never be tempted to say, “NOBODY CARES, why should I care for the environment?” But care we must because the future belongs to us. We will shape it the way we want it to be. We will shape it better than our elders did. Shaping it with the values found at the very core of our being our Filipino values. Second. we need to develop good governance. We will build environmentalist leaders out from us. We are to bring this country to greatness. Undeniably, today’s political climate signals scarcity of excellent leader who will captain the ship beginning 2014. Today, we are in desperate search of a right leader- one that has the political will to unite this country into progress, a leader with high credibility, strong morality, great honor and sincere purpose to protect the environment. It is this supreme realization that we need to rear new breed of leaders out from us, whose main agenda in leadership is not power, honor, or glory but. Whose very heart chases after the good of all even at cost personal sacrifices? It is high time to make crystal clear that leadership is a potent force to be of service with our fellowmen and GAIA, our Mother Earth. Our country is hungry for environmentalist leaders. Ambitious as I may sound, we are hopeful and faithful to give rise to true environmentalist leaders- the dream of our heroes is also our dream. We will plant the seed of good citizenship and good leadership in our hearts as our means to show our concern for the environment. And we will nurture it to make the Philippines a strong republic. Strong republics that are laid by a solid foundation, which is environmental protection that will take us, heed to survive in the international problem in our century- global warming. It is my fervent prayer that in all the endeavors of People’s Coalition for Environmental Protection, Youth Cooperative for Ecological Protection, the same as well with Task Force Democracy, we may always remain true to the ideals and principles of being an environmentalist not just to do good, but also do the utmost and be influential to more people and encourage them to do the same selfless service to GAIA, our mother Earth. We firmly commit to heal the wounds of other Earth and those of her children.

Proper Garbage Disposal is Everyone’s Responsibility By Cleofe D. Jabagat San Isidro Elementary School San Isidro, Talakag, Bukidnon

One of our country’s greatest problems is Garbage disposal. Accordingly it is the reason why our country is easily flooded because drainage systems are transformed into dumping areas which prevents the flow and absorption of water. Aside from causing flood, it is also a source of dreaded diseases. We can prevent this entire catastrophic event if every one of us would be responsible enough in disposing our garbage. We have to commit ourselves to help in preventing more destruction of lives and properties because of these floods. We have to take this problem as our prime responsibility as concerned individuals and citizens of the country. We have to be involved in the segregation of our waste. We have to do something to make others aware of

this need to resolve our problems . And above all we need to have a full understanding of the issue and reformation of attitudes so that, we will develop concern towards the safeguard of our environment. Ever since , The different public schools in the country has been teaching their children the proper waste disposal and was strengthened When Department of Education’s War on Waste Crusade in 1995 was implemented . But, still as these children went home an d in the community many of them forgot how they would disposed their garbage and how important it is . Hence, We need change of our attitudes towards this issue so that we will take it seriously and consider Proper Waste Disposal as our leading responsibility.

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BIG VALUE: Shopwise gives you x10 points this Wednesday, February 5


ig deals, big bargains, big discounts, big savings and big value await shoppers at Shopwise, the good life you can afford. On Wednesday, February 5, Shopwise gives Wisecard members x10 points for every peso spent for purchases up to P10,000. Shopwise’s Loyalty Program, “The Wise Club” offers cardholders rebates, freebies, and exclusive offers all year-round. On regular days, members earn 1 point for every peso that they spend in Shopwise stores when using their Wisecard. Accumulated points are given in the form of rebates, which cardholders can use to pay for succeeding purchases. The Shopwise x10 promotion happens regularly every first Wednesday of the month. What’s more, it’s a parade of the best at Shopwise! The biggest names in retail take center stage as they parade their best products through special mass displays on the main aisles of the store with sparkling discounts and superstar deals until February 16, 2014. A minimum purchase of P800 worth of any item, inclusive of any sponsor item in a single receipt entitles customers to two (2) tosses in the Ring Toss game. Customers who toss two rings win instant prizes such as Promac LED TV, Polaroid Tab, Promac DVD player, Winpex cooler, GE microwave any many more. The ring toss game will be played on weekends only, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the promo period. Grab a copy of the special 36-page catalog to see all the superstar brands and their special discounts and bundle offers. Shopwise is the preferred one-stop shopping destination for fulfilling the basic needs of the Filipino family due to its affordable quality, everyday freshness, budget-friendly variety and efficient service. It offers customers a wide selection of fresh goods and

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