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Volume II, No. 165

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PHL economy seen FDC coal project in Misor an growing 6.5% in 2014 economic, social boon: solon THE Philippine economy is projected to sustain a robust growth of 6.5 percent this year, slightly lower than the 2013 growth estimate of 6.75 percent, on the back of buoyant infrastructure investments and stronger consumption, according to a large finance firm. “The administration’s main thrust is infrastructure spending which is seen to be the catalyst for the development of other industries such as manufacturing and tourism,” said Jonathan Ravelas, chief market strategist of Banco de Oro Unibank.

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By RUEL V. PELONE Managing Editor

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– First district and neophyte Rep. Juliette Uy of Misamis Oriental considered the construction of the threephase 405-megawatts (MW)

coal-fired power plant by the FDC Misamis Power Corporation (FDC-Misamis) in the town of Villanueva as an “economic and social boon” for Northern Mindanao. Uy said the P30-billion investment of the FDCMisamis, a subsidiary of FDC Utilities, Inc. (FDCUI), a wholly-owned subsidiary

of the Filinvest Development Corporation (FDC), will not only help arrest the shortage of power that is hounding Mindanao for a period of time but would also help generate jobs––and increase local and national revenues. The neophyte

Police recover 3 bodies off Sacol island in Zambo See economy, page 11

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AMBOANGA City––A police patrol have fished out three decomposing bodies off Sacol Island here, officials said. Officials said the policemen led by Chief Inspector Non i to As d a i the b o dies in two s ep ar ate are as al l around Sacol Island.

ARMM expects over P1-b investment in 2014

By Danilo E. Doguiles of PIA

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School execs told to monitor measles

GENERAL Santos City–– The Department of Education (DepEd) in Region 12 directed local school personnel to monitor possible cases of measles among students and pupils as regular classes officially resumed on Monday. Dr. Allan Farnazo, acting DepEd-12 director, said the region-wide monitoring See measles, page 11

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Newly elected ABC-Misamis Oriental Mario Emano (center) attended the first session of the Misamis Oriental Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Monday, January 6, 2014, held at N-Hotel, but failed to be recognized as ex-officio member of the Board due to lack of confirmation from the National Liga ng mga Barangay. Mindanao Daily News photo by Cheng Ordonez

What’s Inside Villar wants loan

MAP-CDO bares set of officers ...Page 3 n Business and politics to shape CDO in 2014 ...Page 7 n

assistance for OFWs

TO defray the family of living expenses during the first three months of his/her absence, Senator Cynthia A. Villar pushes for providing an overseas contract worker with a valid employment contract a P50,000 loan from the Overseas Worker and Welfare Administration (OWWA). Senate Resolution No. 507, entitled “An Act Establishing A Credit Assistance Program for Overseas Workers,” also provides that any member of the family of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW), not disqualified by law, can be a co-borrower

of the loan and can execute necessary documentation related it. Villar said the OFW making the loan must be certified by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to qualify to loan application. She said the loan will also help an OFW in his recruitment expenses, including placement fees, documentation costs and plane tickets. “It is but fitting to extend our OFWs all the assistance that the government can give, including an exclusive credit assistance pro-

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gram as proposed under this measure,” said Villar who stressed that OFWs have time and again been referred to and honoured as our “modern day heroes.” See LOAN, page 11

COTABATO City––Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) believes 2014 will bring more investments to the region. ARMM RBOI chief Ishak Mastura said they are expecting a repeat of the 2013 achievement and expect investors to pour in over P1 billion investment. In 2013, ARMM reached a record investment of P1.463 B from four firms registered with RBOI. The amount was 157 percent higher than the P569-M that investors poured in 2012. In a statement sent to Philippine Information Agency 12, Mastura said he foresees at least eight or more firms registering with RBOI this year to avail of fiscal and non-fiscal incentives for their investments. Although, this rate of registration of firms with RBOI is still very far from what the BOI in Manila experiences in any given year, he emphasized, for ARMM it is already a veritable rush of registration of investments by the firms in the region. See expects, page 11

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By Cheng Ordonez, Associate Editor and Gerry Gorit, Correspondent

HE newly elected president of the Association of Barangay Chairmen (ABC) of Misamis Oriental failed to sit as Board Member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan during its first regular session for the year 2014, despite having been confirmed by Vice Governor Joey Pelaez, the presiding officer, recently. The board members, during its regular session on Monday, Januar y 6, passed a resolution denying newly elected Misamis Oriental ABC President Mario Emano for lack of confirmation paper from the National Liga ng mga Barangay. The board members acted on the letters addressed to Vice Governor Pelaez, referring to the requirement the new ABC president must possess before being allowed to sit as ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. The letters seeking to evaluate the legality of Emano’s assumption as exofficio member came from the Office of the Operation Officer of the National

Liga ng mga Barangay and past Misamis Oriental ABC President Arsenio Khu Jr., among others. On motion of Board Member Vincent Pelaez, the august body approved a resolution allowing Board Member Khu to assume as an ex-officio member on a holdover capacity and until such time Emano receives his confirmation from the National Liga. The same resolution barred Emano to assume the same. BM Pelaez cited provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Liga ng mga Barangay ng Pilipinas and its Election Code as bases for the resolution. Vice Governor Pelaez suspended the confirmation he earlier issued for Emano.

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THE Sanggunaing Panlalawigan Board Members deliberate on the status of newly elected ABC President of the Misamis Oriental, Mario Emano, during the regular session presided by Vice Governor Joey Emano, held Monday, January 6, 2014, at N Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. Mindanao Daily News photo by Cheng Ordonez


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Additional increase in SSS, Philhealth MAP-CDO bares contributions studied carefully: Palace 2014 set of officers THE higher contribution rates for the Social Security System and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) had been carefully studied and are within the bounds of the law, Malacañang maintained Sunday. Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said the increase is minimal and affordable, and will bring greater benefits to the people. “Malinaw po sa pagpapahayag natin na ang kinauukulang pagtaas sa kontribusyon ng SSS at PhilHealth ay: 1) produkto po

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ng masusing pag-aaral at konsultasyon; 2) tinimbang po at tiniyak na hindi magiging masyadong mabigat, bagkus ito ay magaan at

kayang pasanin ng mga kinauukulan; at 3) ito po ay nagreresulta sa mas makabuluhang mga benepisyo para sa mga kasapi ng SSS at PhilHealth (It is clear that the higher contributions for SSS and PhilHealth are the result of a thorough study to make sure they will not be a burden on members, and will result in greater benefits for members),” he said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan. Because of this, he said the government has no plan to stop implementing the higher contributions. Starting January, the SSS and PhilHealth has started

collecting higher contributions from members, even as some sectors complained about the adjustment. When asked if government plans to stop implementing the adjustment, Coloma said: “Batay po iyan sa masusing pag-aaral, naaayon din po sa batas, wala pong planong ipatigil iyan dahil sa mga kadahilanang nabanggit na rin sa aking pahayag (The move was based on thorough studies and is within the law. There is no plan to stop it).” He also reiterated the higher contributions are in the context of social See PALACE, page 5

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP)-Cagayan de Oro Chapter has named Wilma “Wing” G. Magdale president of the professional group for 2014. Ms. Magdale, who will be the 36th president of PMAP-CDO, is STEAG State Power Inc.’s HR Officer, the association said in a statement yesterday. PMAP is the premier organization of over 1800 HR professionals and people managers nationwide. It has helped mold competent people managers over half a century. The CDO chapter

itself, founded 20 years ago, is instrumental in the development of skilled and effective people managers through membership learning sessions, seminars, and networking linkages with local private and government institutions. Wing is both an HR practitioner and academician. She taught HR Management courses and English language before taking on leadership roles in the private companies. She has a masters’ in Education and a doctorate in Management. She received the Gold Award on Research See BARES, page 5

Health dept in Region 12 moves to reduce maternal deaths GENERAL Santos City––The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 12 will focus its efforts this year on the strengthening of community health teams as it moves to further lower the cases of maternal deaths within the region. Dr. Teogenes Baluma, DOH Region 12 director, said Monday they have lined up a series of trainings in the coming months for community or barangay health workers to help improve their capability in handling pregnancyrelated cases and other local health concerns. He said such move is part of the agency’s continuing efforts to properly address the problem

on maternal deaths and attain its commitment to the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Under the MDG, the government committed to reduce the country’s maternal mortality ratio to 52 for every 100,000 live births by the year 2015. Baluma said the maternal death rate in Region 12 is presently at 81 per 100,000 live births or 29 more than the MDG target. Region 12 comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato. “We’re already within striking

distance to our target and we’re doubling our efforts to achieve that by 2015,” the official said. Aside from the strengthening of the community health teams, Baluma said they will enhance their linkages with the barangay councils and community leaders. He said they will mainly tap them in the monitoring of pregnancy-related problems that might arise in their respective areas. “We will improve our coordination systems to ensure the proper monitoring and handling of these cases,” he said. Baluma said they will also continue with their awareness and education campaigns on maternal mortality and the upgrading of

health facilities, especially in the remote areas. “We’re giving more emphasis on making sure that our pregnant mothers will get proper checkups, give birth in a proper health facility and attended to by well-skilled and trained practitioners,” he said. The DOH central office earlier directed the regional health offices to double their efforts in addressing the cases of maternal deaths by improving the delivery of health services at the community level. Among the strategies adopted by the agency is the upgrading and improvement of health centers and health services, especially for the poor. Health Secretary Enrique Ona

noted that maternal deaths are “highly preventable through effective family planning services, antenatal care, and access to health facilities capable of handling complications.” Meantime, Baluma said the region is nearing its target in terms of child mortality, of which the national average is presently at 32 to 30 per 1,000 live births. The country’s MDG target is 27 deaths per 1,000 live births. “We’re on track towards attaining the child mortality target and we’re moving to further reduce that through sustained efforts in child health programs like immunization,” he added. --MindaNews


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Filipino-Chinese businessmen in Butuan eye renewed ties with China BUTUAN City–– Filipino Chinese businessmen here expressed hopes of renewing historical as well as trade relations with China during the visit of the Chinese consul general Sunday afternoon.

Consul General of the People’s Republic of China Zhang Weiguo together with Madame Chen Lianning and Consular Attaché Zhang Ran arrived in Butuan City Sunday afternoon for a three-day visit to meet with Filipino Chinese businessmen and organizations. “I am very happy with this visit. The people of this city together with the local Chinese community and the government unit have been very kind and warm in welcoming our arrival. With this visit we hope that this will be a way of strengthening our friendship and ties,” said Weiguo. The Chinese official de-

clined to comment on the business opportunity his visit would create, saying he will still sit down with local business leaders. Anicleto Bonpin Jr., president of the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Agusan, Inc. (FCCCI), expressed optimism the visit of the Chinese diplomat will contribute to the city’s business growth. He said the visit has offered a chance to present Butuan as “a new business project” and renew preHispanic trade ties between the city and China. He added the FCCCI wants to establish a sisterhood status with a city in China for a mutually beneficial business relationship. “The business investment that would come in would hopefully in turn create more jobs and even create other windows of business opportunity such as in tourism,” Bonin explained. Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. said he was looking forward to building friendly relations with China. “This city established trade and commerce with

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People’s Republic of China Consul General Zhang Weiguo (center) listens while Butuan City local historian Greg Hontiveros (right) explains about the artifacts of the Balangay Boat 5 dated 960 AD and how one of Mindanao’s oldest settlements built trade relations with China thousands of years ago, at the National Museum in Butuan on Jan. 5. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

China through the Balangay that was established thou- present the city business said Amante. A report from boats. We hope to renew sands of years ago. In the opportunity and discuss Erwin Mascarinas of Minthat business relationship duration of his visit, I will options for trade growth,” daNews

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Presentations in Human Resource and Leadership in the ASEAN Conference for Higher Education Res earch and had Entrepreneurial Leadership for Business Advantage training at AIM. With such credentials, she is expected to lead the association in successfully preparing its members for the 2015 ASEAN integration. In a concurrent capacity as CDO Chapter President, Ms. Magdale is also Director–In-Charge for the PMAP-Mindanao. She will lead the creation of a strategic alliance with Iligan, Davao, SOCCSKSARGEN, and Caraga chapters for Business Continuity Management in order to increase its members’ level of preparedness in helping their organizations sustain business operations

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protection, where the proceeds are to benefit the poor. Coloma noted PhilHealth presently covers 80 percent of the population, including four million poor families availing of the conditional cash transfer program. He said the four million families are considered sponsored members and are not covered by the higher rate. On the other hand, he said employees and individually paying members and overseas Filipino workers can afford the higher contribution, which he said amounts to P200 from the previous P100 - or an increase of just P3 a day. Such contributions entitle members to access to health services in 85 public hospitals nationwide, he added. “Kaya dapat pong unawain ang konteksto nitong mga social protection

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during times of crisis and disaster. Wing takes over the results-driven Ms. Aida May B. De Guzman, M.A., the chapter’s 2013 President. May is an Industrial/ Organizational and Social Psychology practitioner, a consultant of Lee Hecht Harrison and of AUSAIDPAHRODF, Aust ra lia’s flagship program to support HR management, OD, and institutional change in the PH. Ms. Bergado accomplished with flying colors, PMAP-CDO’s 2013 goals of raising the bar of excellence among its of f icers and members, which included hosting professional seminars, benchmarking company tours, an industrial summit; pursuing sociallyresponsible advocacies; and establishing linkages with the academe and government agencies. She turns over the reins program na tinuring natin, dalawa na nga po diyan ‘yung PhilHealth at SSS contribution (We should understand the context of the social protection program as far as the SSS and PhilHealth are concerned),” he said. As for the SSS contributions, Coloma said the increase in contributions is needed to prevent the agency’s funds from drying up. “Sa sandaling maubos ang pondo ng SSS, buong sambayanan ang siyang babalikat ng mga pangangailangan ng mga pensyonado dahil sa garantiya ng pamahalaan (Once the SSS’ funds are depleted, all Filipinos have to shoulder the costs of pension because the pensions are guaranteed by the government),” he said. Coloma also said the increase in premium or employee/employer contribution to the SSS starting Jan. 1 amounts to 0.6 percent of the monthly contributions. This will bring down by P166 billion the unfunded

to Ms. Magdale during the official installation in February by the PMAP National President Atty. Jo s e p hu s B . Ji m e n e z . Apart from Ms. Magdale, the 2014 PMAP-CDO Board consists of experienced HR professionals: VP & PRO Ma. Soledad D. Amir, SPHR , FLMI (Xavier University); Secretary Jhonadyn T. Gere (COC-PHINMA); Treasurer Priscilla C. Capitan, MBA (Indiv. Member); Ex-officio Aida May B. De Guzman, M.A.(Indiv. Member); COMREL/Fellowship Director Jocelyn M. Gogo (PROIS International Christian School); Industrial Relations Director Dulce Corazon D. Esperon, D.M. (MINERGY, Inc); Professional Development Director Vivien M. Lawansa (A. Brown Company, Inc.); and GMM Director Emmanuel L. Gapuz (Philippine Sinter Corp.).

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By Cynthia P. Abucayan,Ph.D. School Principal II,BNSHI

the province of Bukidnon and to satisfy this need for the preparation in the full implementation of the K to 12 Program of the Department of Education. This project is beneficial to the Senior High School students of the school since the school is expecting to be catering numerous student enrollees from both private and public schools for the reason that this school is equipped with teachers who are National Certificate II and IV (NC II and IV)Holders and with the necessary equipment, materials and facilities. In fact, this school is model-

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MAMBAJAO, Camiguin–– The festivity here continues as Camiguinons welcome its 46th founding anniversary with week-long fun filled activities. The Governor’s Cup Sho ot i ng Tou r n am e nt kick-off the celebration on January 3, along with other sports cup tournaments. The provincial tourism center, where the festivity is held, was instantly transformed like a mini town celebrating the “Pista while various events like Performance Challenged sa Nayon” (fiesta), where fire drills, tree planting, Fund, Christmas Festival, traditional games, cultural scubarero (under water Bulawanong Barangay and shows, and performances clean-up), and fun dive the best “Food is Always in the Home” (FAITH) are prepared to entertain were also initiated. The governor’s State implementer will also be local folks and tourists, of the Province Address handed on the same day. alike. And to cap the celebraThe exhibit of the “Lan- (SOPA) will be delivered taw Dagat” entries, the first on Tuesday, January 7, after tion, hottest teens in the province will vie for the liabilities of the SSS, which underwater photography the civic parade. Mr. and Ms. Teen Camiguin Awards of the 2012 tilt, is among the highlights had amounted to P1.078 competition. (JCV/PIA) Seal of Housekeepingof this year’s celebration, trillion, he added. Also, Coloma said the adjustment stemmed from consultations with traders’ groups including the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Trade Union Congress of the Philippines. Because of this, he said the maximum daily allowance for illness will go up MISAMIS ORIENTAL- Performance of rewarding and development planning. by P30, from P450 to P480. Capitol officials and employees can now “Makita gyud kung kinsa ang gatarong He also said the maxi- be monitored and assessed through the sa ilang trabaho, kay kini magsugod man mum daily allowance of Strategic Performance Management System sa each office diri sa Kapitolyo down to maternity benefits will go (SPMS) scheme slated by the Civil Service individual performances sa mga empleyado, up by P33 from P500 to Commission after Governor Yevgeny Vin- kailangan ha-om sa vision sa probinsya ug P533 daily. cente B. Emano issued an executive order sa programa sa Gobernador ug sa SangAs for retirement pen- implementing and establishing the latter. guniang Panlalawigan, diri makita ang sions, he said members who According to Lorna Guibone, Human panaghi-usa aron makab-ot ang kalamboan contributed for 10 years Resource Management office in charge, the sa probinsya”, Guibone explained. under the P6,000 maximum previous administration did not implement Ruwil Duat, a Capitol employee said it salary credit may get a P400 any system to quantify employees’ perfor- is a good start for employees to be disciincrease in their monthly mance that’s why officials and employees plined because he can see now the changes pensions. compared to the previous administration. were undisciplined and rule breakers. Those who contributed “But now, with Governor Emano’s “Karon makita na nako nga ga ID na ang 40 years using the maximum executive order, we can ensure that their mga empleyado, ga attend na ug flag raising salary credit are entitled to performance will be in accordance to the and flag retreat, basic nga responsibilidad an P800 increase in monthly vision and mission of the Province and that ug kana tanan tungod sa pag disiplina sa pension, he added. A report employees will really function,” she added. among gobernador”, he expressed. from the Philippine InforGovernor Emano said this is because SPMS is a mechanism composed of mation Agency strategies, methods and tools for ensuring he wants to start the change and impose fulfillment of the functions of the offices discipline to Capitol employees first so that and its personnel as well as for assessing the they’ll be good examples to the community. SPMS will be conducted every quarter accomplishments. It includes performance planning and commitment, performance and on the last quarter of the year will be monitoring and coaching, performance the assessment and grading system procereview and evaluation, and performance dure to see employees’ performance rates.

BNSHI receives 4.9 M for the construction of a state-of-the-art Multi-purpose laboratory workshop building The Bukidnon National School of Home Industries receives 4.9M for the construction of the State-of the-Art MultiPurpose Laboratory Workshop building from the Technical-Vocational Intervention Fund for Fiscal Year 2013. This is a 3 unit Technology Shop Building to be completed in 90 calendar days which is soon to be constructed on the adjacent area to the School Administration Building. The government allocated and granted this school fund for the project for BNSHI is the only technical-vocational school in

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ing early implementation of Senior High School in the whole province that it offers technical courses sush as Electronics, Electrical, Automotive, Computer Hardware Servicing, Computer Programming, Agriculture, Food Technology, Cosmetology and Dressmaking for the students to graduate with (their corresponding) Certificate of Competency and National Certificate II that corresponds to their skills. With this, they may continue their higher education or they can work and be hired locally, nationally and internationally.

Capitol employees happy over 3rd tranche salary increase

All permanent officials and employees of the Provincial Capitol can now enjoy an 8-12% increase of their salary as the 3rd tranche scheme is implemented by Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano, effective January 1 this year. Ms. Daily Cagas, local revenue collection officer IV and has served the Province for 35 years now said, “Nalipay kaayo ko kay sa kadugay na nako diri sa Kapitolyo karon pa mag increase ang suhulan. Dako akong pasalamat kang

Governor Bambi Emano nga maski unom ka buwan pa siya diri sa Province, naka 3rd tranche na dayon mi mga empleyado sa among suhulan, compared adtong previous administration nga wala lang gyud nagpakabana kanamo”. According to Governor Bambi Emano, employees are the resources of the Province and it is only right to give what is due them. “Aside from granting them their Productivity Enhancement Incentives (PEI) last December, they will also

enjoy the salary increase throughout the year 2014,” he added. For the past nine years, Mayor Oscar Moreno, Emano’s predecessor, did not attend to the salary standardization system for the Province, instead raised salaries only up to the 2nd tranche, December of 2012, which deprived the employees to enjoy salary increase. Had Moreno fully implemented it, Capitol would have had 4th tranche of salary standardization before 2013 ended.


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The first half of President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s term was marked by laudable accomplishments, but the final three years will present tough challenges since he will be facing political and economic storms, according to former Finance Secretary Roberto de Ocampo. De Oc amp o said the last half of Aquino’s presidency will be full of challenges because of the unprecedented devastation of Central Visayas from Super Typhoon Yolanda and the alleged releases of billions of pesos in government funds to fake non-government organizations controlled by Janet Lim-Napoles. Rebuilding the shattered towns in typhoonhit areas will take years and the government will need a enormous amount of money to put up new bridges, repair damaged roads and other infrastructure. Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan estimated that the cost of rehabilita-

SPECIAL FEATURE tion and reconstruction could go as high as $5.8 billion. “Sure, some might think [the President] has three years more to go, but remember, Typhoon Yolanda and ‘typhoon’ Napoles cannot be solved that quickly,” de Ocampo said. He cited Sen. Joker Arroyo’s statement that the problems generated by the Yolanda and Napoles would take 30 years to resolve. De Ocampo, who is chairman of the RFO Center for Public Finance and Regional Cooperation, said Aquino will run out of time to resolve the country’s problems because he will not have a “full” three years to address them. He noted that the second half of 2015 and first half of 2016 will be full of “distractions” as preparations for the presidential campaigns peak. “Three years? It’s not even

three years as [Aquino’s] term would end midyear in May 2016,” de Ocampo said. “This would really measure his ability to prove if he would be a mere “lame duck” or not,” he added. De Ocampo agreed with the observation of Philippine Economic Society President Alvin Ang, SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. President Alan Ortiz and University of the Philippines economist Ernesto Pernia that Aquino will also have to face the challenges in the manufacturing sector. The President will also have to attract more investors and prepare the country for the Asean Economic Community integration in 2015. In his presentation titled “Fearless Forecast 2014,” de Ocampo emphasized that 64.1 percent of the economists and businessmen in the country believe that the Philippines is not ready for the Asean economic integration.


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Business, politics to shape CDO in 2014 ALTHOUGH the entry of “big mall” operators may have deodorized the image of the seaport capital of Cagayan de Oro in 2013, the city’s performance did not fare very well on the scoreboard. As a trading hub in Northern Mindanao, the city’s economic performance relies with the support of neighboring provinces and cities. Yet, 2013 has not offered much regional economic opportunities that could have contributed Cris Diaz to the city’s snail-paced economy too. The condition was exacerbated with the midterm elections where politics also played a key role that could have slowed down development. The bombing in one of the commercial districts in Cagayan de Oro City in July 26 last year also stalled the city’s growth momentum. Some prospective investors re-scheduled the expansion plans while others simply cancelled future prospects. What about the year 2014? How would the city’s economy fare with the year of the “Wood Horse?” Will the city’s economy be rosy in the year ahead? These questions might invite a lot of opinions and innuendos. Yet, amid all the conjectures - politics and the confidence

of the local business stakeholders will count the most. Of course, the local stakeholders would be in the best position to determine whether the business prospect would be brighter ahead. The reaction of the local business community would also depend on the trust it would extend to the city’s incumbent administration. It is, however, unfortunate that the existing rift between the city’s executive department and the legislative department will have its toll on the business sector. There is no denying that the legislative department sneered on the executive department’s penchant of implementing projects without the City Council’s approval. The City Council also alleged that City Mayor Oscar Moreno has been implementing projects with dubious sources of funds. It is likely that the Moreno’s contractors would not get payment of the projects whose intended funds were not approved by the City Council. The City Council also criticizes Moreno of submitting an incredible proposed 2014 budget. The City Council’s finance committee said that Moreno’s proposed budget was also dubious. The committee alleged that the sources of funds for some items with budgets amounting to millions of pesos could not be specified. While the City Council and Moreno are at See business, page 11

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A M B OA N GA CITY – A police patrol have fished out three decomposing bodies off Sacol Island in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, officials said.

Officials said the policemen led by Chief Inspector Nonito Asdai the bodies in two separate areas all around Sacol Island. The bodies were all unidentified and had been buried in the village of Busay on the island. Just recently, a police patrol also recovered near Sacol Island a wooden boat with eight bodies of Badjao fishermen who were killed on December 26 by suspected pirates off Zamboanga Sibugay province. Two other fishermen - L ol oy Amp as a l i, 2 2 , and Muksi Ampasali, 16 -

Sacol Island in Zamboanga City.

survived the carnage and were brought to hospital in Zamboanga City, according to Captain Jefferson Somera, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division. Police identified the bodies as that of Mursid

BFP-Zamboanga City records increase in fire incidents in 2013 ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Bureau of Fire Protection’s (BFP) Zamboanga City Fire District (ZCFD) has recorded an increase of P187,936,000 worth of properties damaged in fire incidents in 2013 compared to that of the previous year. ZCFD Fire Marshall Supt. Dominador Zabala, Jr. said they recorded P193,973,000 worth of properties that were damaged in fire incidents last year compared to only

P6,037,000 in 2012 or an increase of P187,936,000. Zabala attributed the increase to the 20-day standoff in September of 2013 brought about by the infiltration of hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels in this city. Zabala said they recorded 46 conflagrations during the 20-day standoff last September out of the total of 110 fire incidents registered in 2013.

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Ambasali, Jimmy Sannayani, Benjie Sannayani, Piyad Sannayani, Palaji Sannayani, Jeffrey Sannayani, Palari Buyong and Maastal Jaolani – all residents of Sitio Seaside in the coastal village of Sangali here.

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The Badjao is among t he p e acef u l t r ib es in southern Philippines and mostly engaged in fishing and mat weaving as their source of livelihood. They live mostly in boats off Zamboanga. (Mindanao Examiner)

Zambo mayor cites authorities for MNLF detainees’ successful transfer ZAMBOANGA CITY Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has expressed gratitude to concerned authorities for the successful transfer last week of the detained members of the Nur Misuari-faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) from this city to Bicutan, Taguig City. Specifically, the mayor cited the police, the Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) and all other agencies concerned for a job well done in ensuring the orderly and peaceful transport of the over 200 MNLF detainees from the San Ramon Penal Farm to Bicutan. Transported under tight security, the MNLF members who are involved in the September siege were ferried by the Landing Ship Transport (LST) 550 of the Philippine Navy last December 27 and arrived in Manila December 30. Twenty-six those transported came from the Zamboanga City

Reformatory Center of the BJMP. Salazar said the transfer of the trial as well as the MNLF detainees to Taguig is a sign that the national government is serious in its commitment to help ensure peace and tranquility in this city. The transfer of the trial venue and the detainees from this city to Taguig City was sought by the city government through the Crisis Management Committee (CMC) with the support and coordination of the Department of Justice. It was eventually approved by the Supreme Court. Security reasons are the primary consideration in the transfer. While the tension is minimized, people should remain vigilant and alert, according to Salazar as she stressed that the police and military authorities remain deployed to thwart any and all security threats. She said the detainees’ transfer will also be an opportunity for the accused to obtain justice that guaranteed under the law. (PNA)

8 bodies of murdered fishermen recovered in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police recovered the bodies of eight local fishermen who were killed by pirates off Zamboanga Sibugay province in southern Philippines, officials said Saturday. Officials said the bodies were recovered from a wooden boat that drifted near Sacol Island off Zamboanga City late Friday afternoon. They were among a group of Badjao fishermen who were attacked by gunmen on December 26. Captain Jefferson Somera, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division, said

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Policemen inspect the decomposing bodies of slain fishermen in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner Photo - E. Dumabo)

two fishermen - Loloy Ampasali, 22, and Muksi Ampasali, 16 - survived the carnage and were brought to hospital in Zamboanga City. Contrary to other media reports that the fishermen were beheaded by their attackers, officials said the bodies were intact, although they are already decomposing. Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman, said identified the bodies as that of Mursid Ambasali, Jimmy

Sannayani, Benjie Sannayani, Piyad Sannayani, Palaji Sannayani, Jeffrey Sannayani, Palari Buyong and Maastal Jaolani – all residents of Sitio Seaside in the coastal village of Sangali here. No individual claimed responsibility for the killing of the fishermen, but Huesca said the attack was probably in retaliation to the killing of a pirate by fishermen engaged in dynamite fishing in the area. “We have a report that one pirate extorting from

fishermen died from accidental blast and this started it all, but our investigation still continues to determine who were really behind the killing of the fishermen,” Huesca told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. The Badjao is among the p eacef ul tr ib es in southern Philippines and mostly engaged in fishing and mat weaving as their source of livelihood. They live mostly in boats off Zamboanga. (With a report from E. Dumabo)


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AVAO CITY -- The chief of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office appealed to the public to dispose their garbage properly, following the observation that the garbage disposed by residents is no longer segregated during the holidays.

MATIGSALOG IN THE CITY. A Matigsalog woman prepares rice for lunch in their makeshift kitchen at the Matina Aplaya Gym in Davao City on Thursday, 12 Dec 2013. At least 200 families from Davao’s Marilog District stayed at the gym for the Christmas season. (MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano)

Distinct DavNor products available for tourists TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte -- Local and foreign tourists making their way to Davao del Norte can now surely bring back home souvenir items distinctly from Davao del Norte with the opening of DavNor Pasalubong Shop. Located at the back of Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex Gymnasium, the Pasalubong Shop sells a wide array of

souvenir items produced by micro-small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) who venture into small enterprise under the OneTown One-Product (OTOP) concept of promoting local products. Provincial Tourism Officer Noel Daquioag said the Pasalubong Shop helps sustain the livelihood of some MSMEs while also providing the demand

for souvenirs of local and foreign tourists whom the provincial government expects to turn their way to Davao del Norte as it pushes tourism development. “As we buy from the Pasalubong Shop, we would also be helping our small entrepreneurs, augment their income and improve See products, page 11

Engr. Eliza Madrazo, head of the City-ENRO said non-segregation of garbage tends to delay the disposal of garbage to the land fill. She also observed that there are residents who do not throw their garbage on the specific area assigned by their barangays and indiscriminately throw their wastes in other areas. Madrazo said garbage collectors are forced to gather the garbage even if they are not segregated just to clean the collection areas. “We need to monitor the situation and instil on the residents through education, compliance to the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Ordinance,” Madrazo said. She said there are also monitoring the barangays which are strictly adhering to the Solid Waste

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Sa pagtanghal kay Robin Padilla bilang Best Actor sa 39th Metro Manila Film Festival, malaki ang pasasalamat ng aktor sa ibinigay sa kanyang pagkilala, ngunit may importanteng ipinapakiusap ang actor. “Tulad ng sinabi ko kanina, ang presyo nito, kung magkano

ang kikitain ng buong festival. Kung 800 million yun, 800 million ito. Ako kasi solve na ako e, ang binigay sa akin na karangalan ng Metro Manila Film Festival ay masyado nang mataas, yung pelikula masyadong maganda. Ang nais ko na lamang ay makabawi ang mga producer ko, ang mga batang-bata kong mga producer… bata pa sila at sila ay punong-puno pa ng pangarap.” Maging ang asawa ni Robin na si Mariel Rodriguez ay buongbuo ang suporta sa aktor sa gabi ng parangal. “Congratulations talaga sa 10,000 Hours. He really deserves this award, sabi ko nga this is the best Robin Padilla movie to date, this is the best Joyce Bernal movie

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to date kaya sana yung iba na hindi pa nakakapanood sana masuportahan niyo po at sana mapanood. Kita niyo naman Best Picture, Best Actor. It’s really the best.” Hango sa buhay ni Sen. Panfilo Lacson ang pelikulang 10,000 Hours. Kaya naman sa ilang nagbibigay ng kumento sa napakapulitikal nitong tema, nagbigay ng reaksiyon si Robin tungkol dito. “Masyadong malakas yung sigaw ng pelikula po. Nakikiusap yung pelikula natin na sana sa ating mga namumuno e makonsensiya naman sa mga pinaggagawa po nila at magkaroon ng bagong idealismo at yun ay ang magsilbi sa tao. Pero ang pelikula

po namin hindi negative ah, positive po ang pelikula namin na lalabas po kayong nakangiti. Hindi po namin kayo bibigyan ng problema. Itong pelikula po na ito ay ride, pasasakayin po kayo at habang pinapasakay po kayo, nakangiti kayo at nakakapit kasi action.” Aminado ang mag-asawa na pagdating sa takilya ng 10,000 Hours, hindi masyadong maganda ang resulta nito. Ngunit ngayong humakot ng napakaraming award ang kanilang pelikula, umaasa sila na mas mabibigyan na ito ng pansin ngayon ng mga manonood. “Hindi ko masyadong tinitignan yung mga figures kasi sinasabi sa akin ni Robin na ang importante

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Records... from page 8

There were only 43 fire incidents that were registered in 2012, according to Zabala. He said they also recorded two civilians killed and 13 others wounded, including a fireman, in the fire incidents registered in 2013. In 2012, he said, there were two civilians killed and six injured. He urged the public to always take precautions to avoid fire incidents, hoping that the number of case will be lower this year. (PNA)

Loan... from page 1

She described as “expansive” the credit facilities envisioned under her proposed piece of legislation. She said OWWA would grant and release the loan upon proper submission by the applicant of the following documents—employment contract, plane ticket and bank account. These must be duly certified in writing by the recruitment agency with corresponding authentication and properly certified/ verified by the POEA. The senator, whose Villar Foundation, has been helping OFWs for the past several years, said the OWWA appropriation for the loan will come from the Overseas Welfare Fund. The loan shall be paid in 12 equal monthly instalments or more but not exceeding 24 months at a preferred interest rate not to exceed 6% per annum through the bank account. Overseas workers availing of the loan should establish a bank account where the monthly remittances of his salaries and wages abroad and payments on the loan shall be made. “It shall be the obligation of the overseas workerborrower to remit his earnings abroad only through the said bank account,” also stated Villar. She said the applicant shall execute the necessary authority for the bank to withhold the monthly loan amortization from his remittances. “Consistent with the State policy that the State affirms labor as a primary economic force and that it shall protect the rights of workers and promote their welfare, it is hereby declared that the government and its instrumentalities must promote and carry out programs geared towards advancing the interest of OFWs by providing them access to credit facilities even before their departure,” explained the former Las Piñas congresswoman.

woven bags, beads accessories, wood carvings and some other items from towns and cities of the province. Daquiaog described the products as “competitive” and “of money’s worth” with product labelling and packaging made presentable with the assistance of the Davao del Norte Investment and Promotion Center. The Pasalubong Shop is currently open from Mondays through Fridays but Daquioag revealed plans of stretching its opendays until Sunday once the memorandum of agreement with Davao del Norte Government Officials and Employees Multi-purpose Cooperative will be signed. “But if groups of visitors would be coming, we will make sure that the Pasalubong Shop is open because that is our intention to make it the last stop of trips to all the destinations,” he said. On the other hand, Daquioag also bared plans of Governor Rodolfo P. Del Rosario to put up stalls for each of the towns and cities of the province to display products of local producers. Part of the plan is to construct pavilion across the Pasalubong Shop to serve as the venue of meetings with investors. (PIA XI/ Jeanevive Duron-Abangan)

Family... from page 7

No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law’...” -oooNOT VISITING THE SICK IS ANTI-BIBLICAL: So, President Aquino is not visiting former President Arroyo in her sick bed? That is a decision he is bound to regret later. Again, Jesus Christ taught us that visiting the sick and the detained is an act that merits rewards in heavens, entitling the visitor to an eternal life in Paradise. Someone who will not visit the sick and the detained, like the President, will go some place else, Jesus said. Let us read Matthew 25 of the Bible for this warning. Jesus said those who visited the sick and the detained actually did not visit the sick and the detained themselves, but visited Him. Anyone who does good things to the least of our citizens does them for God. -oooFIGHTING MEASLES WITH THE BIBLE? WHY NOT? Dr. Erick Tayag, the very capable spokesman of the Department of Health from page 9 their standard of living,” who sometimes outshines Health Secretary Enrique he said. The Pasalubong Shop Ona by his brilliant media sells food products, hand- reactions to health issues,

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should be commended for asking parents to have their children vaccinated to fight measles, or a form of sickness which induces high fever. But, Erick should also add one more thing that must be done to fight the ailment. This is reading the Bible and obeying the commands of God. The fact is, the resurgence of measles in this country is an event that the Bible predicted in its Deuteronomy 28:15 and 22. A people who no longer listens to God, which means, who no longer reads the Bible, and who no longer obeys Him, will be stricken by Him with “wasting diseases, with fever and inflammation.” Reading the Bible and obeying Him are the cure to measles. -oooB OY HANGS SELF, PARENTS’ STRICTNESS BLAMED: The case of the effeminate boy who killed himself by hanging inside their house in Bgy. Garreta in Badoc, Ilocos Norte demonstrates once more the Biblical truth, in Ephesians 6:4, that parents should not be too strict on their children lest the children are driven to great hatred. Instead, parents should raise their children in the training and instruction of the Lord, by the precepts of spirituality in the Bible. -oooROTARIANS BRING SCHOOL ITEMS IN YOLANDA HIT AREAS: The Rotary Club of Intramuros-Manila, in coordination with the Rotary Clubs of Canberra, Australia and Kishiwada, Japan, are bringing 1,000 “Gamit Aral bags” to school children of Yolanda-stricken places in the Visayas on January 14 and 15, 2014, to entice the children to resume their studies with free papers and pencils, crayolas and other school items. Congratulations to all Rotarians behind this project, led by District 3810 Past District Gov. Lyne Abanilla. -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@gmail. com.

Economy... from page 1

Ravelas said the implementation of the government’s public private partnership (PPP) program is also imperative in the expansion of these industries. The government has doubled its infrastructure budget to P400 billion this year. “Even though legislative and political issues hamper the growth of public and private investments, we believe that these will be one of the major growth drivers in the year ahead,” he noted. On the consumption side, the Bank expects de-

mand will continue to come from those working for business process outsourcing (BPO) companies and recipients of OFW remittances. Ravelas noted that the local economy continues to be consumer driven and has “pretty much been insulated from external factors.” “While the country’s financial market was significantly affected by the signal of the Fed (Reserve) to start tapering QE (quantitative easing), the Philippine economy has remained resilient amidst the uncertainty and volatility brought about by the European and U.S. markets,” he noted. Nevertheless, the expected improvement in the economies of trading partners will awaken the country’s lackluster exports sector, Ravelas said. “Despite the setbacks and adversities the country faces, our strong fundamentals support the growing economy. We may not be immune to the effects of factors beyond our control, but our robust macro-economic fundamentals serve as buffer for such headwinds in the future,” he added. The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 7.4 percent in the first nine months of 2013, making it the fastest growing country in Southeast Asia. Despite the devastation caused by super typhoon Yolanda, BDO sees the economy growing by 6.75 percent in 2013 given the small contribution of about 2 percent of Eastern Visayas. A report from the Philippine News Agency

Solon... from page 1

lawmaker has earlier expressed her full and strong support to the construction of “clean coal” power plant by FDC-Misamis in her hometown–––the municipality of Villanueva––after she got the assurance that the plant will use the latest clean coal technology called “circulating fluidized bed (CFB).” Also, Uy said the the project is a major investment that secured the endorsement of local officials and national government because it can help address the power shortfall that Mindanao currently experiencing. Uy is optimistic that more investors will come and invest in the province of Misamis Oriental once the FDC-Misamis will start its commercial operations of its coal-fired power plant in 2016. She did not hesitate to give her full support for the construction of coal plant as the FDC-Misamis assured her that it will use the latest clean coal technology called the “circulating fluidized bed (CFB).” “The circulating fluidized bed (CFD) is a clean process with the ability to achieve lower emission of pollutants. By using this

technology, up to 95% of pollutants will be absorbed before being emitted to the atmosphere. At the same time, the advantages of this technology outweigh the limitations, which made it favorable...” according to the online free encyclopedia, wikipedia.org. This type of clean coal te chnolog y u lt imately swayed the solon and local officials into endorsing the project in an 84.4-hectare area within the Phividec Industrial Estate in the barangays of Balacanas, Tambobong and San Martin in Villanueva, wrote Ellson Quismoro of the Manila Bulletin. According to FDC-Misamis, the technology removes more than 95 percent of sulphur emissions and creates negligible nitrogen oxide levels while generating useful by-products such as calcium sulphate that is useful for cement production, added Quismoro in an article published online via the www.mb.com.ph. “This energy project will also help diversify the energy mix in Mindanao and hopefully ensure the supply of reliable and cheap electricity for Misamis Oriental and the rest of the region,” Quismoro quoted Uy as saying. Tomorrow: FDCUI’s version of ‘clean coal technology’

Expects... from page 1

There seems to be a trend for enterprises in the region to register with the RBOI now that the region is set on a trajectory of high growth brought about by the stability engendered by the Mindanao peace process. Previously, firms operated in the grey economy or informal sector with minimal transparency but as the peace and order situation in the ARMM normalizes firms operating in the region are rushing to register with the RBOI their investment projects and their expansion programs. While banana export industry has been a mainstay in terms of registration of investments, RBOI expects a rise in investments in the mining sector. Last year, the top investor to register with RBOI with P707 million worth of investments was nickel-mining operator, Al Tawitawi Nickel Corporation, which has its nickel-mining investment in Tawi-Tawi. This year, at least two other nickel-mining firms also operating in Tawi-Tawi are set to register with the RBOI. However, ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv Hataman has set a strict policy that mining firms being in an extractive industry cannot avail of fiscal incentives from RBOI as their taxes are needed by the region for its development. Oil palm plantations and infrastructure projects are also being eyed by RBOI as sources of more investments

for the region in 2014 and beyond. Oil-palm is a leading industry in Malaysia and the Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur has been promoting Malaysian investments in oil-palm in the ARMM after the signing of the Malaysian-facilitated peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front last year. With the progress of the peace negotiations between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, RBOI also expects a growth in the infrastructure investment in ARMM.

Business... from page 7

loggerheads, the local business community also feels uneasy. There have been reports of a “contractor plight” from Cagayan de Oro City. Whether the allegations are true, local contractors accused City Hall of extracting “contractor fees” from them on top of the regular taxes paid to the city government. Whether the allegations were true one could observe that, except for the projects that were constructed prior to the midterm elections last May, there were no other visible projects since Moreno was elected City Mayor last May. Anyway, this early, one could not see a resolution of the conflict between the City Council and Mayor Moreno. There are even talks that the tirade between the legislative and the city’s executive department would end up in a running legal battle in the future. Until then, the local business community would prefer to adopt a wait-and-see attitude while the local economy stands still. -0-[Listen to “Alarma sa Udtong Tutok” every 11:00 – 12:00 Mon. to Friday at 95.7 FM Mellow Touch Radio] React: crisguardian@yahoo.com

Measles... from page 1

is in line with the continuing measles outbreak in parts of Metro Manila that already affected hundreds of residents, mostly children. He said such move was based on an order issued to the DepEd regional offices by DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali. Farnazo specifically ordered teachers to check for possible cases of persistent fever and rashes, which are the main symptoms of measles, among their students and pupils. “Those who have these symptoms should be advised to refrain from attending their classes and immediately seek proper treatment,” he said. He said those possibly infected with measles should be excused from their classes until they are healed or cleared of the infection to prevent the disease from spreading. A report from the MindaNews


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he announcement for Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent will be done in the coming days as Top Rank Promotions boss Bob Arum and Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser, have already met to discuss their next steps. "I just had a good meeting with Michael yesterday (Sunday PHL time), and I'll leave it at that," Arum told Ring Magazine’s Lem Satterfield. "I have a contract with Manny, and he's saying that we may very well renew the contract past 2015," Arum added, touching on Floyd Mayweat her’s announcement that the undefeated American will only consider fighting Pacquiao if Arum gets out of the way. Pacquiao had replied that the only way to do

that is wait until 2015, after the expiration of his existing contract with Top Rank Promotions. "I met with Arum at his house this afternoon,” Koncz said in a message to Satterfield. “Not h ing is f ina l as Manny and I are looking at all of our options." The only two options being heavily considered for Pacquiao are WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and WBO light welterweight champion Ruslan Provodnikov. "It'll either be Provodnikov or Bradley. We'll let Manny decide,” Arum said in an interview with Steve Carp of the Las Vegas ReviewJournal. “We'll get a deal made with whoever he chooses and hopefully make the announcement in a week." The odd man out in

the picture is Juan Manuel Marquez, as the counter-punching expert has expressed his unwillingness to fight

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Pacquiao for a f if t h time. The Mexican said that he is only interested with a rematch against Bradley. However, Bradley is hoping for his own rematch with Pacquiao, as this will be more lucrative. Inadvertently, Pacquiao would end up c h o o s i n g Ma rqu e z’s next opponent for him. If the Filipino selects Provonikov, then Bradley-Marquez 2 is almost automatic. If Pacquiao selects Bradley, Marquez may be forced to fight Provodnikov as he is the only other big name out there. “If Manny decides to fight Provodnikov, then we can try and make

a Bradley-Marquez matchup,” Arum said in the same interview. “But let’s see what happens with Manny first.” For Provo d n i kov, fighting Pacquiao would earn him the biggest paycheck of his entire career but it will also mean he will need to part with trainer Freddie Roach, who also handles Pacquiao. “We would be happy if Pacquiao and Bradley agreed to fight,” said Vadim Kornilov, Provodnikov’s manager, in an interview with Boxing Scene’s Yuri Tarantin. “In this case, I think Marquez would agree to fight with Provodnikov.” - AMD, GMA News

US wins in World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Canada, Russia wins bronze O T TAWA , Ja n . 5 (PNA/ITAR-TASS) -- The United States has won the gold medal in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, defeating 4-0 Canada Pacific in the final match i n C an a d a on S atu rd ay. T he Russian U-17 squad has won the bronze medal, beating 6-2 Canada Quebec. Yu r i Ru my a nt sev’s squad has lost 1-5 to the U.S. in the first match at the group stage, then beat 7-2 Germany, defeated Canada Ontario, outshooting them 6-5 and won 5-3 in a match with Canada Atlantic. Russia has lost 3-7 to Canada Pacific in the semifinals. The World Under-17 Hockey Challenge held in Canada since 1986 p ass e d in Sydne y and Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, this time. The Russian U-17 team has won the World U-17 Hockey Challenge in 2012, defeating the U.S. in the final match. In the previous year Russia has won the silver medal, losing to Sweden. (PNA)

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