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700 teachers refuse to work as BETs in polls COTABATO CITY - - Close to 700 teachers from six towns of Maguindanao have refused to work as Board of Election Tellers for the Oct. 28 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls due to security reasons. In a communiqué sent to Commission on Elections (Comelec) – Maguindanao polls supervisor Udtog Tago, the teachers said their refusal stemmed from being the targets of irate losing candidates during past elections in the province. “The BETs forms part of the board of canvassers in the barangay level that is why the teachers fear for their lives as they are exposed to threats and violence during election time,” Tago explained. The petitioning teachers are from the towns of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Salipada K. Pendatun, Shariff Aguak, SEE teachers/p.11
Zamboanga recovers from 3-week crisis Thursday
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ZAMBOANGA CITY --- On an ordinary day, Zamboanga City’s traffic congestion is bad – bumper-to-bumper. Most of the roads are too narrow to accommodate thousands of vehicles plying daily. Rarely has there been a day when motorists and public utility vehicles would not be stuck in traffic, sending many to complain as if it would miraculously ease the congestion. SEE FULL STORY/p.8
Del Monte Philippines, Inc. (DMPI) , Awardee for Agro Industry
IMAGE OF WAR. Damaged vehicles at Lustre Street, scene of heavy fighting between government forces and MNLF rebels in Zamboanga City during the three-week standoff. MindaNews photo by Jowel F. Canuday
165 munitions, 27 cadavers recovered in Zamboanga City clearing operations
DEL MONTE PHILIPPINES, represented by Mr.Arthur Quiblat (3rd from right) received the award for Agro-Industry category during the awards night of the 2013 Mindanao Business Investors Awards, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at SM City - CDO. Also in photo are (from left) STEAG Community Relations Supervisor Jerome Soldevilla, Oro Chamber President Efren Uy, Veterans Bank Vice President Mike Villa Real, BusinessWeek Mindanao Group of Publications Publisher-CEO Mr. Dante Sudaria, and Awards Exec. Director Allan M. Mediante, photo by shaun alejandre a uy
DEL MONTE PHILIPPINES, this year’s awardee of the Mindanao Business Investors Awards, Agro Industry category, is a leading producer of pineapple and other food products. The company markets over 100 processed food and beverage variants, including pineapple solids (slices, tidbits, chunks), tropical mixes, pineapple juice and mixed drinks, tomato-based products (tomato sauce, catsup, spaghetti sauce), condiments, and pasta (spaghetti, macaroni). Today, Del Monte Philippines operates the largest integrated pineapple operation in the world. The company grows pineapple across 20,000 hectares in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. Two distinct pineapple varieties
are grown, for processing and for fresh fruit export. Some 700,000 tons of pineapple and papaya are processed each year at its manufacturing plant. This accounts for about a tenth of the world’s annual production of processed pineapple products. On this 23-hectare manufacturing complex are fruit receiving stations (the world’s largest), fruit processing plants (single and multi-fruit products), juice plants (single-strength and blended products), can manufacturing plants, labeling and packaging lines (carton, plastic cup, glass jar, stand-up pouch), warehouses, container yards and a deep-dredged international seaport. Around 4,000 regular employees work with Del Monte to bring high-quality products
to customers around the globe. Over 90 percent of these employees work in Mindanao. Key teams managing sales, marketing, finance, logistics, product development and other support operations are based in Metro Manila. A pioneering company which started after world war II, it helped develop Mindanao communities, especially in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental, to become agro-industrial sustainable municipalities. Its corporate social responsibility programs are among the best in the country. From said company grew big cooperatives which had provided its employees a sufficient source of livelihood.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday announced that clearing operations on areas formerlyoccupied by the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga City has so far resulted in the recovery of 165 pieces of unexploded munitions and 27 cadavers. Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, AFP public affairs office chief, said that this figures are of Wednesday. Clearing operations started last Sunday. Zagala said most of the recovered munitions are hand
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and rifle grenades. He added that all of the dead are MNLF fighters. Some of these bodies were recovered from shalSEE cadavers/p.11
1 in 8 people around world frequently hungry ROME -- About one in eight people in the world are estimated to be suffering from chronic hunger regularly in 2011-13, U.N. food agencies said in a report released Tuesday. The latest tally of people in hunger, totaling 842 million, was lower than 868 million in 2010-2012 cited in a report released last year by agencies including the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Program. A majority of them were in developing countries, while around 15.7 million were in industrial economies, according to the report. The decline in the total number of undernourished people stemmed from rises in income along with the growth of developing economies, making food more affordable.(PNA/ Kyodo)
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350 evacuate as fighting continues in MisOr town By CRIS DIAZ, Executive Editor with GERRY GORIT, Correspondent
MISAMIS Oriental––About 350 people, including women and children, were evacuated to safer grounds as sporadic fighting between the communist rebels and government troopers continue in the hinterlands of Misamis Oriental since Monday. Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano of Misamis Oriental on Tuesday ordered the deployment of a team of social workers to the embattled area in the border of Lagonglong and Balingasag, all coastal towns in Misamis Oriental’s east district, where the fighting rages. Edmundo Pacamalan, Jr., the provincial administrator, said that most of the evacuees came from Sitio Mingkamansi of Barangay Banglay in Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental.
T he e v a c u e e s we re moved to the borders of Balingasag in Barangay Kibanban to join the remaining evacuees from Sitio Lantad, Pacamalan said. He said that relief goods from the provincial social welfare department were delivered to the area since Monday when the firefight broke out. According to Pacamalan, the provincial government has expressed the concern on the plight of children and women who were normally vulnerable to the harsh condition in evacuation sites. “We have provide d regular feeding sessions to children and the adult in the evacuation sites,” Pacamalan said. Gov. Emano has also expressed the optimism fighting | page 11
Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez pushes for the immediate constitution of the Human Rights Victims’ Compensations Board as mandated by Republic Act 10368 or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013 during the budget hearing of the Commission on Human Rights’ budget. Rep. Rodriguez sees the importance of immediately constituting the Board as the victims have suffered long enough and it is about time that they be given some reparation for what they experienced. KENDISCHAVES
4 government troops wounded MISAMIS Oriental--Sporadic fighting between government troopers and communist rebels continue in the hinterlands of Misamis Oriental as of Tuesday as fresh fighting erupted anew on Monday wounding four army soldiers. Col. Evan Bermudo, commander of the army’s 58th IB, said on Tuesday
that the government troopers were conducting hot pursuit operations against communist guerrillas who overran an army base in Sitio Lantad in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental last Sunday dawn last week when the encounter took place. Bermudo said that the army soldiers encountered the communist guerrillas in
Sitio Minkamansi in Lagonglong Monday morning when waylaid by about 20 fully armed rebels of the New People’s Army (NPA) that resulted in the running gun battle. He said that the rebels lobbed an anti-personnel land mine to the government troopers in the WOUNDED | page 11
City dads accredit 9 people’s organization CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Nine more people’s organizations here had been accredited by the city’s special bodies bringing to a total of 16 civic organizations now accredited by the local special bodies, Vice Mayor Ian Acenas said on Tuesday. The newly accredited non-government organizations were: the Youth with a Mission Nehemiah House Inc., World Vision Development Foundation, Inc., Philippine Service of Mercy Foundation, Inc., Handicapped’s Anchor’s is Christ, Inc.,Alternative Bridge to Community Development (ABCD, Inc.), Highland Ville Homeover’s Association, Inc., Differently-Abled Women Network, Philippines, Inc. , Macabalan Fisherfolks Multi-Purpose Cooperative,and the University of the Phillipines Alumni Association- Cagayan de Oro City (UPAA-CD0) Chapter. Acenas said that the City Council approved the applications of the NGOs during the regular session on Monday after their applications were reviewed by the committees on social services, subdivision and landed estate, on agriculture and fisheries, on women and family relations, on ACCREDIT | page 11
City mulls ‘One Barangay: One product’ scheme CAGAYAN de Oro City––The city council’s committee on tourism was putting to place plans to launch the “One Barangay: One Product” program here, City Councilor Candy Darimbang said on Tuesday. Darimbang, who chair the committee on tourism, said that the project was one of the most feasible channels where local indigenous products endemic to a particular barangay could be provided maximum exposure. She said that while the project basically cater to the city’s program to promote local tourism, the introduction of indigenous products could open up profitable opportunities in the local and international markets. “We know that domestic and foreign tourists are akin to products that border on uniqueness and exotic form, appearance, and taste,” Darimbang added. product | page 11
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new CUSTOMS district collector. The Bureau of Customs in Region 10 welcomed their new district collector Atty. Marietta Z. Pacasum (second from left front row) who took over the reins on Thursday from Atty. Lourdes Mangaoang (to her left) who will return to the Cebu port. The turnover ceremony was held at the customs office near the Cagayan de Oro port. Pacasum has initially declined to be interviewed by the local media. At left is deputy collector Marvin Mison. Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry Lee Gorit
PNoy issues Proclamation no. 655 declaring the holidays for next year By Rutchie Aguhob of PIA-Normin
OZAMIZ City, Misamis Occidental––President Benigno S. Aquino III has issued Proclamation No. 655, “Declaring the Regular Holidays, Special (NonWorking) Days and Special Holiday (For All Schools) For the Year 2014. Such proclamation says there will be a total of 19 holidays throughout the country in 2014, i.e., there are 10 regular holidays, four (4) special non-working days, two (2) additional special non-working days, two (2) Islamic holidays and one (1) special holiday for schools only. The regular holidays are as follows: New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9, Maunday Thursday, April 17, Good Friday, April 18, Labor Day, May
1, Independence Day, June 12, National Heroes Day, August 25, last Monday of August, Bonifacio Day, November 30, Christmas Day, December 25, and Rizal Day, December 30. Special Non-Working Days: Chinese New Year, Jan. 31, Black Saturday, April 19, Ninoy Aquino Day, August 21, All Saints Day, November 1.
Additional special nonworking days: Day before Christmas, December 24, day After Christmas, December 26, to foster closer family ties and enable to observe Christmas more meaningfully, and Last Day of the Year, December 31. Islamic holidays: Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha, the exact dates of which shall be determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar, Hijra or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. A special holiday for all schools, EDSA Revolution Anniversary, February 25, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people, Pursuant to Proc. 655, January 31, 2014, the Chi-
Obama cancels trip to PH due to US shutdown By Michaela del Callar of Philippine News Agency
UNITED States President Barack Obama canceled his first-ever visit to the Philippines scheduled on October 11 to 12 due to the US government shutdown, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday. “This morning, United States President Barack Obama conveyed to President Benigno S. Aquino III that he regrets that he will not be able to push through with his visit to Manila this month.
nese Spring Festival, is declared a special non-working day without detriment to public interest as a joint celebration and manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese-Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many aspects as a country and as a people. On the other hand, Black Saturday, April 19, has been traditionally declared a special non-working day, because the observance of the Holy Week is one of the most cherished traditions of the country. Falling between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Black Saturday, gives the people the full and uninterrupted opportunity to ponder of the significance of the Holy Week and to properly observe its traditions with religious fervor without prejudice to public interest.
Security guards will soon get the status equivalent to a policeman or agents of person in authority. Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia (3rd District, Cebu) filed House Bill 2382, which aims to acknowledge the role of a security guard whose duty, in a real sense, is similar to that of a policeman or a close-in body guard of high-ranking public officials. “Recognizing the importance of the role of security guards who are tasked with the duty of protecting and securing the life and property of their employers and people who may happen to be in their area of responsibility,” Garcia said. Garcia said the role of a security guard is so important that one can almost be certain of his presence in all vital installations or property, be it public or private. “Even during the spate of bank and van robberies, security guards were invariably the primary targets of the robbers,” Garcia said. The bill seeks to amend Article 152 of Act No. 3815, otherwise known as the Revised Penal Code, by including security guards of duly accredited security agencies while on official duty in the term “Agents of Person in Authority.” As defined in Article 152 of the Revised Penal Code, an agent of person in authority is one who is charged with the maintenance of public order, and protection and security of life and property. It is proper, if not imperative, to include security guards on official duty among the list of Agents of Person in Authority.
Marines hoist PH flag in Malik homebase in Sulu TALIPAO, Sulu––The Philippine Marines based in this town early Wednesday hoisted the Philippine flag at the residence of Ustadz Habier Malik in Tuyang village. “This [Talipao town] is the base also of Maas,” said a resident, who declined to give her name for security reasons. Maas is the revered title that some Tausugs use in reference to Nur Misuari, founder of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). This morning, MindaNews saw Talipao residents leading the officers and men of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 2 to the village of Tuyang, Malik’s residential area and MNLF homebase in Talipao town. Malik led the MNLF members who laid siege on some coastal towns in Zamboanga City on September 9. The military is still
reportedly checking if he is still alive or was killed after three weeks of clashes that displaced 23,794 families or 118,819 individuals. “We have conducted a community dialogue with the people there. We did not go there to engage in war. We are there to heal the wounds of war,” Col. Jose Johriel Cenabre, Joint Task Force Sulu and 2nd Marine Brigade commander, told MindaNews. “The (Philippine) government is in a progressive engagement with the people, and the Marines entered Lampaya and reached Tuyang, the known lair of Ustadz Habier Malik,” he added. “We all care for the people especially here in Sulu, where the people in the area (of Malik) requested for the presence of the Marines,” Cenabre said. The Marines used HOIST | page 11
government shutdown,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said in a statement. “President Aquino understands the decision of President Obama. Philippines-US relations remain strong and forward looking,” Hernandez said. The U.S. shutdown of government agencies which was caused by failure to meet a deadline to pass a budget prompted Obama OBAMA to limit his travel time in Stall renters across the Northern Mindanao Medical Center have been given until President Obama ex- Asia to deal with the crisis. the end of September to vacate the premises as the Misamis Oriental povincial govplains that this is because Aside from the Philippines, ernment plans to construct better-looking stalls in the area. Gov. Yevgeny Vincente CANCELS | page 11 Emano has tasked an evaluation team headed by Snooky Puertas to inspect the area. of issues relating to the US Mindanao Daily News photo by Gerry Lee Gorit
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Trade department holds ‘Diskwento Caravan’ for consumer welfare month By PAT SAMONTE, Regional Editor-Caraga
BUTUAN City––The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Caraga has set Diskwento Caravans this month for the benefit of consumers here. DTI-Caraga Regional Director Brielgo Pagaran announced that in celebration of the Consumers Welfare Month, the one-day Diskwento Caravan at the Agusan del Norte Capitol Grounds here on Tuesday will kick-off the month-long celebration. Pagaran said that consumers will get another chance of buying basic commodies at discounted prices as DTI-Agusan del Norte Provincial Office headed by Provincial Director Gay Tidalgo will hold its own Diskwento Caravan on October 30-31 at the Happy Wholesaler and Supermarket Grounds on S. Calo Avenue, Barangay Obrero, here.
Surigao police to list poll hotspots By Roel Catoto of MindaNews
SURIGAO City––The city police here have started monitoring the locality’s 54 villages for the inclusion of some of them into the so-called “hotspots” or election watch-list areas for the October 28 barangay polls. Supt. Joseph Nohara, city police director, recalled that
in the last May 13 national midterm and local elections, 12 villages were considered poll hotspots due to the presence of the New People’s Army rebels and “other armed individuals.” These were the villages of Silop, Sukailang, Mapawa, Mat-i, Bonifacio, Poctoy, Trinidad, San Roque, Capalayan, Orok, Nabago and Cagniog, all in the mainland.
This city has 54 villages, 21 of them island barangays. Nohara said they expect the poll hotspot areas to increase following the ongoing monitoring conducted by intelligence operatives in the different barangays. Lawyer Novern Irish Pasco, Commission on Elections (Comelec) city director, said they expect the police to submit the list of poll hotspot areas
within the week. Pasco said they have identified some villages as probable election watchlist areas but these are still subject for validation by the police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The city Comelec will have meetings with the police and the military for the security measures in the upcoming barangay elections, Pasco said.
16 brgys undergo seminar on how make laws v trafficking in person VILLAGE officials from 16 barangays in Butuan City underwent seminar on drafting anti-trafficking in persons ordinance at the barangay level, said influential group Action for Nurturing Children and Environment, Inc. (ANCE). The 16 barangays were Bading, Obrero, Ambago, Doongan, Fort Poyohon, San Ignacio, Ong Yiu, Holy Redeemer (first batch) and Anticala, Buhangin, Limaha, Lumbocan, Masao, Pagatpatan, Pianing and Tungao (second batch) were given a seminar on
drafting ordinance against trafficking in persons. The seminars were given by Atty. Aaron Pedrosa and Hon. Josephine Salise (Head of Butuan City Social Services Committee) respectively in Butuan City. Pedrosa provided the officials a sample copy of anti TIP ordinance which they modified to suit to their situation and needs. The barangay officials were urged to localized the RA 9208 and protect more effectively and efficiently their people, especially the minors against illegal
recruiters. The barangay officials were committed to prevent the trafficking in persons to occur at their place and to protect their constituents especially the minors from being victimized by recruiters for sexual commercial exploitation. The seminar was initiated by Action for Nurturing Children and Environment, Inc. (ANCE) headed by Fr. Max T. Abalos, SVD with support from DKA Austria (Hillswerk der Katholischen Jungschar), a Catholic organization to
combat trafficking in persons in the Mindano area. As of today, the following barangays have already their own anti-trafficking in persons ordinance were barangays Fort Poyohon, Ambago, Lumbocan, San Ignacio and Buhangin. The other barangays have already tabled their proposed ordinance for deliberations and approval. Students in Butuan organized against trafficking in persons Action for Nurturing Children and Environment, Inc. conducted a series of
advocacy sessions among high school students in Butuan City to heighten their awareness on the social menace of trafficking in persons. After the information drive sessions, student leaders were selected to be members of Learning Action Cells (LACs) in school setting. The students become anti trafficking brigades and be an effective companions to fellow students especially those who are high risks to be trafficked. To equip these leaders to
be LACs, they were given seminars on Understanding their Adolescence Stage and Peer Counseling Seminar. These student LACs are the counterpart of the barangay level LACs who are composed of adult members in the community. Like the adults, they will report to the school authorities, government line agencies and ANCE staff any recruitment activities especially if the recruited are minors. Hotline numbers are given to them for easy reporting.
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3 members added to Misoc peace body OROQUIETA City––The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) of Misamis Occidental has expanded with the acceptance of three law enforcement agencies as regular members. Interior and Local Government Provincial Director Sanivier G. Patoc for Misamis Occidental said the new regular members of the expanded Misamis Occidental PPOC were the 101st Brigade, Philippine Army, whose military operation is based in Pian, Zamboanga del Norte, the Joint Task Force Panguil, Philippine
National Police (PNP) based at the Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal (IBJT) in Ozamiz City, and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) based at the Provincial Capitol, Oroquieta City. The expansion answers the need for closer cooperation among all law enforcement agencies of the government involved in the enforcement of general and special laws, Governor Herminia M. Ramiro, PPOC chairperson, said. It also ensures the unified di-
TS ‘Quedan’ slightly accelerates, to exit Friday TROPICAL storm Quedan (Fitow) has slightly intensified and accelerated while moving northward, the state weather forecaster said on Wednesday. Weather Forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 4:00 a.m. the center of tropical storm “Quedan” was estimated to be at 880 km east of Tuguegarao City (17.4°N,131.1°E). Aurelio said the wind strength of Quedan increased from 75 kph Tuesday afternoon to 85 kph on Wednesday morning while its gustiness also rose from 90 kph to 100 kph. He said “Quedan” is not expected to make any landfall and remains to have no direct effect to any part of the country since it is too far from the Philippines’ landmass. He added the cyclone changed direction from north-northwest at 13 kph to northward at 17 kph on Wednesday. If it continues its movement and speed, Quedan will just hover off the Pacific Ocean until it exits on Friday morning headed towards southern Japan. If Quedan moves back to its north northwest di-
rection, Aurelio said it will exit towards Taiwan. He said the cyclone is expected to further intensify before it leaves the Philippine territory. In their Wednesday forecast, Aurelio said the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will continue to bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains in Mindanao and Visayas as well as in Quezon province and Bicol region. The rest of the country including Metro Manila will continue to have partly cloudy skies to at times cloudy with possible thunderstorm rains mostly in the afternoon or evening. In its advisory, PAGASA said that moderate to occasionally strong winds coming from the west to southwest will prevail over the eastern section of Visayas and Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough. Light to moderate winds coming from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Luzon, and from the southwest to west over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas. philippine news agency
rections and integration of effort throughout the province in the suppression of criminal activities on a day-to-day basis, particularly at the operating levels. Threats to peace and order posed by criminals require the dedicated efforts of all government officials and citizens and need to be fully coordinated to effectively prevent and suppress criminality, the Governor said during a recent PPOC meeting in the city. A report from Rutchie C. Aguhob of PIA-Misocc
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Hike in SSS payment to take effect in 2014 A SENIOR official of the Social Security System (SSS) in Northern Mindanao would starting collecting an additional .6 percent in contribution from its members next year. Atty. Josefina M. OlanFornilos, assistant vicepresident of SSS Northern Mindanao, explained that the life of SSS fund is a “balancing act.” Olan-Fornilos said the inflows or revenues such as investment income and contributions must be equal or greater than the outflows or expenditures such as the
CITY DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT COUNCIL Oroquieta City
OROQUIETA City––Finally, after 30 years, the city’s Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) under Mayor Jason Paredes Almonte acquired recently two fire emergency vehicles worth P4.5 million to augment the requirement of the city firefighting equipment and disaster preparedness program. Mayor Almonte said that with 5% calamity fund the city ultimately addresses its disaster risk reduction and preparedness plans and program through the newly establish City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office. PJTREMEDAL,Misamis Occidental Bureau
OROQUIETA City--Starting October 1, the City of Good Life celebrates its town fiesta in honor of Oroquieta’s Patron Saint, Birhen sa Santo Rosaryo. The celebration will culminate on October 31 this year. Other activites such as The Search for Ms. Oroquieta City-Tourism 2013, Concept Parade, Fireworks Display Competition, Concert for Peace by the FreeStyle and The Dawn are expected to be the crowd drawers of this year’s celebration. City Mayor Jason Paredes Almonte with the Officialdom of Oroquieta and Congressman Jorge Taghap Almonte, and his wife Vice Governor Aurora Virginia Almonte, invite Misamisnons and Guests, Balikbayan’s, to join and celebrate with the city and its peaceful people, the Oroquietanons. Photos by PJTREMEDAL
Tax-take on ‘income’ remains top revenue earner for N. Mindanao in second quarter By Apipa Bagumbaran of PIA-Normin
TAXES collected from taxpayers remained as the top revenue earner for Northern Mindanao posting P1.52 billion in the second quarter of this year. The tax-take higher by 13 percent from the P1.34 billion income tax collections in the same quarter last year. Based on the reports of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in the region, collections from income taxes accounted for 68 percent of the total tax collections in the region.
The highest income tax collection was posted by Revenue District 98 in Cagayan de Oro at P828.42 million, said Engr. Cecilio Clarete, Chief Economic Development Specialist of National Economic Development Authority (Neda) in Northern Mindanao during the just-held media forum. RD 101 in Iligan City came in second with P274.80 million followed by RD 99 in Bukidnon with P 234.39 million. Income tax collection of RD 100 in Ozamiz was recorded at P130.73 million while RD 97 in Gingoog City was at P57.22 million. Value-added tax
Collection from valueadded tax (VAT), on the other hand, was registered at P510.19 million during the quarter. The VAT collections during the period which accounted 23 percent of the total regional tax collections increased by 28 percent compared to the P399.81 million collections in the same period last year. Clarete said the good collection performance of BIR is attributed to the Burea’’s priority reforms such as the name-and-shame campaign against erring tax evaders, run after tax evaders, and Oplan Kandado.
About income tax An income tax is a government levy (tax) imposed on individuals or entities (taxpayers) that varies with the income or profits (taxable income) of the taxpayer. Details vary widely by jurisdiction. Many jurisdictions refer to income tax on business entities as companies tax or corporation tax. Partnerships generally are not taxed; rather, the partners are taxed on their share of partnership items. Tax may be imposed by both a country and subdivisions thereof. Most jurisdictions exempt locally organized charitable organizations from tax. Income tax generally is computed as the product of a tax rate times taxable income. The
tax rate may increase as taxable income increases (referred to as graduated rates). Tax rates may vary by type or characteristics of the taxpayer. Capital gains may be taxed at different rates than other income. Credits of various sorts may be allowed that reduce tax. Some jurisdictions impose the higher of an income tax or a tax on an alternative base or measure of income. Taxable income of taxpayers resident in the jurisdiction is generally total income less income producing expenses and other deductions. Generally, only net gain from sale of property, including goods held for sale, is included in income. en.wikipedia.org
operating expenses and benefits. She added the contribution rate has been stagnant for 23 years from 1981 to 2002 while pension increased 21 times. As benefit payments catch up, the contribution rate has to be adjusted to allow the SSS fund to cumulate reserves; thus, provision of social security protection to all members across generations be sustained. As of June 2013, there are a total of 30, 040, 266 SSS members nationwide. Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat
Deadline for 2014 annual procurement plan, Nov. 15 THE Procurement Service has reminded all government supply officers in Northern Mindanao that the deadline for submission of the 2014 annual procurement plan (APP) is on November 15 this year. The reminder was sounded by Dalisay Conrina P. dela Chica, Planning Division Chief of the Procurement Service, during the Product Awareness Seminar held here last September 26. Dela Chica said the latest APP form can be downloaded at the Procurement Service website. She also explained that procuring agencies just need to put in the quantity in the part A of the form. The APP form uses formula so do not make changes to or delete rows in the part A of the form because it will result to “XXX” which means the procuring agency has submitted but not complying, she further reminded. According to her, the Part A of the form lists down the common-use supplies available at the Procurement Service. Common-use supplies are those supplies, materials and equipment necessary in the transaction of the official business of the procuring agency and consumed in its day-to-day operations. “We left the Part B blank so that you can put all those items that cannot be found in the Procurement Service and Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS),” she explained. She also guaranteed that the prices in the Procurement Service are the lowest in the market. She said one of the measurements of the Procurement Service is giving procuring agencies prices 30 percent lower for them to save 30 percent more in their supplies. A report from Apipa P. Bagumbaran of PIA-Normin
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Awards for Businesses, Why? On September 28, 2013, the BusinessWeek Mindanao Ads & Promotions, with BWM Group of Publications gave due recognition to some 15 business investors who have been selected as top business leaders and outstanding firms in their categorized industr y group. The awards, duly supported by national and local business and media organizations cannot be construed as a mere duplication of the thousand and one awards being given nowadays to outstanding individuals and corporate groups, government or non-government institutions. For one reason, the awards came about from a media’s point of view. Seldom does media
THERE is no good reason I could think of why political detractors of President Aquino are ganging up on him other than that they want him irrelevant in the election of his successor in 2016. Aquino is no longer eligible for reelection come 2016 so there is really no reason for his political detractors to feel insecure about his being the incumbent President. In fact, we all owe it to ourselves to support him to ensure he succeeds because his success will be our success too. His failure will also be our failure. The reason why we adopted a no consecutive second term of the incumbent president’s policy is because of the sad experience we had in the past under the 1935 constitution. That constitution provided for the incumbent’s eligibility for a second consecutive term. And it became a problem
give awards to business- protection, human rights men and investor groups. benefits, medical assisThe print-media industry, tance or public enterin particular, has been tainment, such CSRs viewed as a harsh critic are under direct scrutiny by the meby busidia and the ness circles. Editorial public. Do Newspapers usually criticize the ex- they pass the people’s cesses and exploitations expectations? Do they made by some business impact concretely and managements, especially constructively on people’s those that mess with legal lives? These are the basis issues on wages, treatment of workers’ benefits, why others excel in their working hours, etc. etc. relations with the public. Several businesses have These are the points where yet to institutionalize media may trumpet favortheir CSRs ( Corporate ably or criticize harshly. The 15 awardees honSocial Responsibility) and convince the public ored as Top Business that they are sincerely and Investors in Mindanao, sustainably giving back passed these rigorous their share of responsi- test, at least, in the prying bility to the communities eyes of our media group. where they are operating These chosen few were their businesses. Whether cited and praised, for it is about environment their great contributions
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Jesse E.L. Bacon II for the nation because on the first day in office of the incumbent, he was already preparing for his reelection. It was for the above reason that we departed from that policy and adopted the present set-up to ensure that the incumbent will only do his best to serve the nation without having to think of and work for his reelection. The present set-up is supposed to allow the incumbent to focus on the tasks at hand. This agenda of making Aquino irrelevant, a nonentity in the election of his successor does not and
will never do the country any good. But why people spend so much time and exert so much energy just to ensure Aquino’s drawing power is castrated is truly inexplicable. We now have a President who is duly elected by the people with one of the biggest victory margins ever given to a presidential candidate in the country’s first automated election that was peaceful, orderly, honest, clean and not marred with fraud. But still some could not accept that he is our President and deserves our all out support.
to the development of Mindanao economy, and in so doing, also passed the tests on how they handled social responsibility. A company that has invested much for its expansion but failed to satisfy the needs of its workers, or successfully promoted its products and services but failed to satisfy safety regulations, or has posted huge gains and profits but failed to give back something for the wellbeing of the community, does not deserved a THANK YOU note. The 2013 Mindanao Business Investors Awards’ citation is our way of saying THANK YOU for a job well done, and more, for making Mindanao a much better place to live in.
This behavior is the surefire formula that relegates us to oblivion because this results in our wide division when there is really no compelling reason for such division. We all know that a divided people can never move forward toward greatness and prosperity. The current implosion against corruption did not happen because the Aquino administration is corrupt to the bones. The uproar against corruption only imploded now but its commission is undeniably still traceable to the preceding administration. The P10 billion pork barrel scam with jailed Janet Lim Napoles as the alleged architect happened during the previous administration or the bulk of it. It is true that until now she still maintains friendship with elective and appointive officials in the Aquino administration but most See greed, page 7
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No greater love ments, he tried to hold back his strong feelings of fear and sadness, then he said softly to the doctor: “I’ll give my blood to my sister.” Later, as the young boy watched his blood going through a tube into his sister, he became even more nervous and afraid. The doctor could see the little boy’s fear and told him: “It will be over very soon.” The boy started to cry and said: “So now is when I’m going to die.” From the very first time the doctor had asked this boy to give his blood to his sister, the young boy thought it meant he needed to give “all” of his blood and die so his sister could live. Yet this little boy loved his sister that much, He was giving his life for her. Did you know Jesus
Christ did even more than that for you? Even though He is God Himself, He loves you and me so much He gave His perfectly innocent life so we could finally be forgiven and live forever with Him. God humiliated Himself by becoming a human being to die for all our wrongs. Remember, He never did one wrong He needed to die for. So His perfect life and death paid the penalty for all our sins. Then after He was
dead and buried for three days, He came back to life so we can share in His kind of life, both now and forever after we die. He is the only hope we have. So have you asked Jesus to forgive you and give you His new life today? He loves you more than anybody does—so much that He died to save you. Won’t you thank and love Him in return by living His right, successful way every day? Just Think a Minute.
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bolder at home and abroad. Ultimately, it forced Marcos into agreeing to hold Snap Elections—which of course led to the Edsa People Power Revolution. When the Conjugal Dictatorship finally decamped in Febr uar y 1986, “People Power” entered the dictionary as our unique contribution to lexicography. It was a worthy counterbalance to “domestic worker” which came to define “Filipino” as a result of Marcos’s policy of pushing our brethren into serfdom abroad for the precious remittances he needed to prop up our failing economy. Rise of People Power After Edsa, it dawned in the minds of many that in fact People Power had always been with us, but that it worked in unspectacular ways. They recalled that its stirrings had been foreshadowed in such terms as “popular participation” and “community organizing” that were in vogue in activist circles years before. Moreover, they realized that it did not necessarily involve massing on streets or “inciting to rebellion”—as some did and others do. It also occurred to them that there is People Power whenever groups, small or large, meet to address an issue—to draft a position paper, write a resolution, hold a group discussion, conduct a teach-in, or write a letter to the editor. At other times they recognized People Power in action when advocacy groups made use of public service segments in broadcast stations, when funds were pooled to buy advertising space on media, or when citizens volunteered to serve in task forces and study groups. They saw it at work too when citizens demanded public hearings on contro-
versial issues or testified in them. And it was manifested when people invested in socially meaningful ventures such as the Gawad Kalinga program or Habitat for Humanity. Such are the elements of a quiet revolution. Unspectacular social action, really. Some are routine activities in the course of business or profession. Unfortunately, there are many who think it unnecessary to engage in essential affirmative acts that greatly impact on the community, such as taking part in its governing processes. They figure that they already have lobbies, connections, and influence in high places—something the poor don’t have. So the poor or lower classes are left to themselves with no connections or influence in high places, feeling powerless. T h is p owe rl e ss ne ss drives them to play along with political and economic predators that coddle and manipulate them for political gain. As a result, because of their sheer numbers they overpower the views and votes of the elite—who don’t bother to speak out or show up in the commons. The presence and the voice of the middle and upper classes, without whose backing or support no revolution can succeed, are the missing element needed for the success of a quiet revolution in the community or barangay—which is the level of the grassroots, the primal base of our Republic. It’s not enough to replace Corrupt Leaders Unfortunately for the elite and the elitists who claim to want reforms, they don’t seem to know that voice and visibility are important for the reform movement. Nor that anyone with a yen to straighten out politics, arrest graft and
corruption, or neutralize abuse, need not look beyond his own community. All political chicanery and the insidious schemes of trapos are played out in the barangay’s neighborhoods. The problems of governance start there and stay unless responsible residents next door do something about them. The trick is to know what brings about corruption and bad governance: how it starts in the neighborhood and spreads, how it spirals upwards, how it trickles back down, how the cycle goes on and on, and why only the community can break the cycle. Actually people already know the causes of corruption and bad governance but either ignore them or prefer to do other things. Mostly they think nothing can be fixed except in a spectacular way such as through another Edsa uprising or through a coup or revolution. But they’re wrong. We’ve had two Edsa upheavals and all we accomplished was replace Ferdinand Marcos and Joseph Estrada while the national condition continued to worsen. Simply replacing the one in power with another who’s eager to be in power doesn’t solve the problem. The motive for being in power would still be the same; the way to the top would still require guns, gold, goons, or “Hello, Garci….” Ultimately the officeholder would still dictate the conduct of governance, not the Rule of Law nor the will of the people. Bottom line, the people would still be powerless, bypassed or taken for granted, unable to influence governance. And the system becomes a mere caricature of democracy. Strictly speaking, there’s no way to stop graft and corruption for good.
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THINK a minute. A four-year-old girl was seriously hurt in a car accident. She had lost so much blood that she would probably die. Her only hope was for someone else to give her blood. But her blood type was very rare and the doctors did not know if they could find anyone in time with her same blood type who was also willing to give their blood. Then, they discovered that the girl’s seven-year-old brother had the same blood type as hers. The doctor led her brother into his office to tell him that his baby sister was very sick and unless she received some blood, the angels would probably need to take her to heaven. The brother’s eyes filled with tears. For a few mo-
CAGAYAN de Oro City– –“Revolutions happen in quiet places.” This was a popular mantra printed on posters in the 1960s, the decade of fiery activism here and abroad. Plastered on walls in work places and dormitories of activists and “street parliamentarians,” this ubiquitous poster reflected the mood of the times as that decade wore on. It was the decade that saw the rise of protest movements in the world’s capitals,. And that was when our own youth learned to attend or conduct teach-ins, seminars, and workshops, at first in discreet corners of their neighborhood or in the suburbs, then in the heart of campuses as their advocacy became more and more militant. And it did come to pass that what started out as quiet exchanges and sessions analyzing socio-political problems turned into revolutionary fervor and a resolve to work for reforms. Resolutions and manifestos would be issued left and right by placard-bearing advocates whose marches became commonplace in metropolitan areas. Thus was a societal ferment for change and reform stirred up in the halls of academe, inflaming the rank and file of studentry. It simmered, frothed, and picked up force, accelerating till it erupted during the First Quarter of 1970 to protest the corrupt elections that gave Ferdinand Marcos an unprecedented second term. The revolutionary mood raged on through the decade of the 70s and into the 80s, gaining strength even more from the fall of Ninoy in August 1983. It refused to die, and it found expression in nightly noise barrages and subtle protests, increasingly
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Fresh Gospel of the day: Matthew18:1-5, 10(October2, 2013-Wednesday) Matthew 18:1-5-At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. Matthew 18:10-Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven: This gospel reminds us to live in total dependence to God like a little child. In St. Jerome Biblical Commentary Page 94- Child means without power, under authority of their parents, cannot do alone. In John 15:5-I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. Supposedly, all human beings must rely and depend on God’s providence. Child also means humble and never revenge towards his enemies. Do you have enemies? Then, be like a child attitudes: SPONSORED:Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:00 PM - Sunday: #0928414949009266607505: Question – Prayer request
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of these were forged in the past yet. The pocketing through ghost deliveries of the P900 million Malampaya funds intended for agrarian reform farmer-beneficiaries to enable them to recover from the disastrous “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” typhoons that hit the country in succession happened also in the past administration. Admittedly, however, bad habits and bad people are hard to die. They continue with their evil designs even in the matuwid na daan hoping perhaps they can still get away with it. But the matuwid na daan mantra itself served as the incendiary that served as lid in the implosion of corruption right in the face of the Aquino administration. If Aquino pursued the same path pursued by his predecessor, do you honestly think this implosion would have happened? I personally doubt. Corruption in government imploded because evil governance which is corruption has now been put beside good governance which is the matuwid na daan mantra. We recognized corruption under this administration because we already know what corruption is. Whether we like it or not
this ability to see the evils of corruption was brought about by Aquino’s relentless battle against this menace in governance. But the battle is far from being won. And it is not easy to win this battle considering what Aquino inherited from the previous administration where corruption was made the usual way of doing business in government. But let us not forget also that Aquino had to work within the framework of the present multi-party presidential form of government. The model that we followed in adopting this form of government is that of the US but we went beyond by not adopting the two-party US model. This multi-part form that we now have made the President’s job even harder because he had to deal with so many political parties in pushing for his legislative agenda. If US President Barack Obama failed in wooing the two-party bicameral Congress to pass the budget, imagine the hole that Aquino had to figuratively pass through with our multiparty bicameral Congress. Let’s continue tomorrow our discussion on this issue. •• (Reactions at jelbacon@ yahoo.com or at email@example.com. Also read me at www.raconteurme. blogspot.com)
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Parish in Sibugay bids for longest ‘biko’
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ABUHAY, Zamboanga Sibugay — A parish in this island municipality of Zamboanga Sibugay launched its Guinness World Record bid on Monday, September 30, for the longest biko (rice cake).
San Miguel Parish, which belongs to the Diocese of Ipil led by Bishop Julius Tonel, produced biko that measured 360 meters long, 10-cm thick and 30.8-cm wide, under Claim ID No. 436682 of the Guinness Records Management Team. In a statement, Felmar Castrodes Fiel of the Diocese of Ipil said the said attempt was part of the parish’s fiesta celebration. “This idea to set a world record came as part of the ‘halal’ (not forbidden) fellowship move of the Catholics to welcome those of other religions and denominations,” the statement said. Fiel explained that during the town’s fiesta celebrations, everybody would join in the merrymaking. During meals, however, non-Catholics like Muslims would feel being left out because most of the food would have pork in it. “Fiestas in the Philippines mean lechon (roasted pig) on the table, thus our Muslim brothers and EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF OSCAR ALCANTARA WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased OSCAR ALCANTARA, who died on September 10, 2005 in Manila; at the time of his death left a parcel of land located at Acacia Extn., Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, and more particularly described as follows; TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-20397 “A Parcel of land, (Lot 2013-A-1-B, Psd-10-000360, being a portion of Lot 2013-A-1, (LRC) Psd-184901) situated in the Barrio of Carmen, City of Cagayan de Oro. Containing an area of ONE HUNDRED (100) SQUARE METERS, more or less, is the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF OSCAR ALCANTARA WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE made and executed by and among the HEIRS OF OSCAR ALCANTARA, namely; 1. NONILIA NATINDIM ALCANTARA, of legal age, Filipino, widow and resident of Acacia Extension, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, and the surviving wife of the deceased; 2. ROLAND N. ALCANTARA, of legal age, Filipino and resident of Acacia Extension, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, and the surviving son of the deceased; 3. OSCAR N. ALCANTARA, JR., of legal age, Filipino and resident of Acacia Extension, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, and the surviving son of the deceased; 4. DAN N. ALCANTARA, of legal age, Filipino and resident of Acacia Extension, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, and the surviving son of the deceased; 5. ADONIS N. ALCANTARA, of legal age, Filipino and resident of Acacia Extension, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, and the surviving son of the deceased; that the above-named parties, are the legitimate children and the sole/compulsory/surviving heirs of the deceased. That for and in consideration of the sum of ONE MILLION PESOS (P1,000,000.00), receipt in full of which is hereby acknowledged from EDUARDO N. ALVAREZ, of legal age, Filipino, single, and resident of No. 28, Masterson Ave., Ilaya-Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, the VENDOR, do hereby SELL, TRANSFER and CONVEY, to the VENDEE, EDUARDO N. ALVAREZ, the above-described real property and all improvements found therein; as per Doc. No. 456; Page No. 92; Book No. 172; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI. MDN: OCT. 3, 10 & 17, 2013
sisters cannot join us,” she added. “The Guinness bid eventually became a uniting factor for the Muslims, Christians and the indigenous people called Subanens in the area. Thus, a showcase of peace-building and harmony among our people,” she said. Roughly 1,080 kilos of “pilit” or glutinous rice was used for the completion of the biko. The 28 contingents from chapels, schools and parishes that joined the undertaking used a total of 3,240 coconuts and 712 kilos of sugar. Police and military personnel were among the 386 volunteer cooks, while 565 people served as “tigkagod” or coconut graters. Seven hundred twenty students from Western Mindanao State University-Mabuhay Campus were assigned as marshals for the said world-record attempt. “Our next step is to submit this to Guinness, and hopefully it will be accepted,” said Fiel. (Paulnazer Lontua/MindaNews)
Archbishop Romulo Valles of the Archdiocese of Davao City leads churchgoers for a candle lighting for peace at San Pedro Church on October 1, 2013. Archbishop Valles was archbishop of Zamboanga City prior to his present assignment. (MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano)
Zambo City recovers from 3-week crisis By DOMINIC ILAGAN SANCHEZ
ZAMBOANGA CITY --- On an ordinary day, Zamboanga City’s traffic congestion is bad – bumper-to-bumper. Most of the roads are too narrow to accommodate thousands of vehicles plying daily. Rarely has there been a day when motorists and public utility vehicles would not be stuck in traffic, sending many to complain as if it would miraculously ease the congestion. But 23 days following one of the most publicized tragedies in Zamboanga, the people have grown to see traffic in a new perspective. It isn’t as bad, after all. On Oct. 9, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels infiltrated the city, taking several residents of the barangays Sta. Catalina to Rio Hondo area hostage. The otherwise cheerful Zamboanguenos were shocked at such an occurrence. For days and nights on end, shots and explosions could be heard. Over a hundred thousand people have left their homes for evacuation centers. Homes have been burned down. Lives have been lost.
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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 LETTY D. PANTALEON has filed with this Office, a petition for change of first name from “SEBASTIANA” to “LETTY” or correction of entry in the date of birth from “MARCH 15, 1956” to “MARCH 20, 1956” certificate of live birth of SEBASTIANA DALOGDOG at Catarman, Camiguin and whose parents are GUIDO DALOGDOG and OLIMPIA DAMINAR Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than October 21, 2013.
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Republic of the Phillippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Zamboanga del Sur Municipality of Margosatubig NOTICE OF PUBLICATION The public is hereby notified that JESHARELAH ORBITA ABING has file with this office a petition for correction of sex from FEMALE to MALE in the Certificate of Live Birth of JESHARELAH O. ABING who was born on October 30, 1990 at Tulapok, MARGOSATUBIG, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR. And whose parents are SATURNINO A. ABING and ILLUMINADA A. ORBITA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition within 10 calendar days with this office. Not later than Sept. 18, 2013.
Republic of the Philippines ] Province of Camiguin ] S.S. Municipality of Mambajao ] AFFIDAVIT OF WAIVER AND QUITCLAIM That we INOCENCIO ALON and ANTONIO ALON, of legal ages, Filipino citizens, married and a residents of Agoho, Mambajao, Camiguin after having been duly sworn to in accordance with law, do hereby depose and say: That our Late father Regino Alon inherited a parcel of land located at Sebato, Agoho, Mambajao, Camiguin from our Grand father Fausto Alon by way of Oral Partition; That as a result of the declaration of all adjudicated shares of inheritance of our Late father Regino Alon a parcel of land shared to his younger sister PROCESA ALON BUCOG was erroneously included in the transfer to his name which parcel is more particularly described as follows, to wit; North: Lot No. 4736, Lot Not 4514, Soledad Bulawin; South: Lot No. 4517, Teodoro Alon; East: Lot No. 4519- Catalino Chan; West: Lot No. 4514, Soledad Bulawin covered by T/D No. 05495 denominated as Lot no. 4518, containing an area of 1,849 square meters. That by virtue of this instrument, We do hereby WAIVE, RENOUNCE and QUITCLAIM our rights, interest and participation over the aforesaid Parcel of land and the same be transferred back to the Hrs of our Late aunt Procesa Alon Bucog,, hence this affidavit is executed. That we executed this affidavit for the purpose of attesting the truth of the foregoing facts to request the proper agency of the government to rectify their records infavor of the herein Waivee.
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Mayor Beng Climaco was quoted as saying that “Zamboanga will never be the same again,” But she remained optimistic that the city could rise above its present condition. As soon as the last shots have been fired last Friday night - when all the hostages have been rescued, and a few remaining MNLF fighters being pursued by the government troops - shops and business establishments opened up. People are anxious to get back with their normal lives. All of them are raring to catch up and earn a living. For one, bank branches that opened up were increasing day after day. Zamboanga Bankers and Financiers Association President Alma Paculanan disclosed that of the 61 bank branches, only six banks have remained closed until today. These six branches are within the clearing area designated by the authorities. The long queues in ATMs commonly observed last week, have now become sparse.
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The Zamboanga City Hall, the seat of the city government, is operating with most of the employees reporting back to work. Mayor B eng Climaco led yesterday’s flag-raising ceremony, and emphasized that the pole will only fly the Philippine flag. The flag, however, is raised in half-mast, in honor of those who died in the three-week conflict. It is tattered and frayed on the ends because it stayed flying at the pole for the whole duration of the crisis. Several malls within the downtown areas have also opened. Southway Square and the Gateway, located less than two kilometers from the conflict zone are now open, along with the Shoppers chain of stores. Mindpro Citimall, which is a little bit farther from the two malls, has been open since Thursday. But security remains stiff, and the police and military presence remains. As of this writing, the government troops have only sealed the areas within the immediate vicinity of barangays Sta. Barbara-Sta. Catalina-Rio Hondo. Police Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca said that they are still conducting intensive clearing operations to rid the area of explosives. Meanwhile, buses can only leave the city until 5 p.m. The curfew outside the immediate areas of concern has been moved from 8 p.m.-5 a.m. to 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also announced that it has now shifted from relief operations to rehabilitation. Relocation sites for the families whose homes have been devastated are being studied. Mayor Climaco has also instructed the local officials to swiftly define the areas of resettlement. The DSWD, together with the local government of Zamboanga, will address the immediate and long-term needs of the more or less 100,000 individuals who have been displaced by the three-week conflict in Zamboanga. (FPG/ DIS/PIA9-ZBST)
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Koronadal launches relief drive for Zambo ‘bakwits’
ORONADAL CITY -- The city government here has launched a relief campaign for residents of Zamboanga City who were displaced by the standoff between government forces and members of the Moro National Liberation Front under founding chair Nur Misuari.
Mayor Peter Miguel said Wednesday they are currently raising funds and gathering various relief goods to augment the needs
of at least 20,000 families or 105,000 individuals that have evacuated as a result of the conflict. He said they have desig-
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nated the city hall lobby as drop-off area for donated relief items, which would be delivered later on by the local government to Zamboanga City. “We’re calling on our residents to join us in this campaign. We will accept donations for rice, canned goods and other food and relief items,” he said in a radio interview. For its part, the mayor said the city government is sending an initial P400,000 as financial assistance to
the local government of Zamboanga. He acknowledged that the release of the assistance was quite delayed, noting the local government had to find sources of fund for such purpose. Miguel said they were able to come up with the initial amount through the realignment of some of its programmed expenditures and other funding priorities. “But even at the height of the standoff, we already resolved to extend our help
to the affected residents there,” he said. As of Tuesday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said a total of 23,794 families or 118,819 individuals have been affected by the conflict in 14 barangays of Zamboanga City and one village in Zamboanga Sibugay. It said 20,810 families or 105,705 families are currently staying in 37 evacuation centers set by the government and in other outside
shelter areas. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Region 12 earlier sent some 10,000 family food packs and other relief items for the evacuees or ‘bakwits’ in Zamboanga City. The DSWD, Department of Education and the Department of Health in Region 12 sent some of their personnel to assist the ongoing relief, medical and psychosocial activities for the affected residents. (MindaNews)
GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- More small businesses are being put up in Sarangani Province due to the area’s improved economic condition in the last three years, an official said. Nenita Barroso, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Sarangani provincial director, said their records showed that the number of business name registrations in the area for single proprietorship has continually increased since 2010. In her report to the Sarangani provincial board, she said a total of 1,248 businesses were registered in the area in the last three years. Barroso said they recorded 319 new business name registrations covering various ventures in 2010, 458 in 2011 and 471 in 2012. From January to Sep-
tember this year, she said a total of 374 new businesses have so far registered with their office. “The increase could be attributed to the improving economy of the province,” Barroso said in a statement released by the Sarangani Information Office. She noted that among the proofs that the area’s economy has been growing are the continuing infrastructure developments like road rehabilitations. Complementing it are the convergence initiatives of local government and its partner organizations, she said. For this year, Barroso said they are confident that the trend on new business registrations will continue and possibly even surpass last year’s figures. She said the agency is presently processing a
number of new business registrations coming from the province’s seven municipalities. “We’ve been continually reminding residents to register their businesses, even the small ones, and they also expressed willingness to do so,” she said. Aside from the increase in business name registrations, Barroso said the number of owners who applied for renewal has been growing since 2011. DTI records showed that 34 renewals on single proprietorship businesses were made in 2011, 45 in 2012 and 77 from January to September this year. She said entrepreneurs are mandated to renew their business names with the DTI every five years while their business permits, which are processed by the local governments,
are renewed annually. “It’s important for entrepreneurs to renew their business names to avoid losing them to other interested parties and at the same time, maintain the image of their businesses,” she said. Barroso said that the agency has already rationalized the processes for business registrations as part of their efforts to create a business and investorfriendly atmosphere in the area. She admitted that in the past, business registrations could take about a year to complete due to the number of requirements and agencies or offices involved. “Now it’s faster. Entrepreneurs can get the needed documents within three days,” she added. (MindaNews)
ARMM okays Small businesses sprout in Sarangani P390-M new investments By BONG S. SARMIENTO
KORONADAL CITY — The Autonomous Region i n Mu s l i m M i n d a n a o (ARMM) has approved the investments of two large companies worth P390 million, an official said. Lawyer Ishak Mastura, ARMM Regional Board of Investment (RBOI) chief, said the board recently approved the investment registration of La Frutera, Inc. and Iron Blaze Petroleum, Inc. La Frutera is engaged in banana production while Iron Blaze is an oil industry player. These investments are expected to generate 500 jobs, he said in a statement. “After careful evaluation, the board provisionally approved their reg ist rat ion considering the social impact of these projects in terms of employment and capital inflow to the region’s economy,” Mastura said. He said the two companies will enjoy incentives like income tax holiday and duty free importation of capital equipment for registering with the board. Iron Blaze is investing P90 million for the construction of an oil depot in Polloc Port in Parang town in Maguindanao, RBOI data said. On the other hand, La Frutera, a subsidiary of Unifrutti Group of Companies, is expanding with 300 hectares of banana plantations in Pandag town, also in Maguindanao, with an investment of around P300 million, it added. Mastura said La Fr utera’s exp ansion is expected to produce 1.2 million boxes of banana annually in response to
the rising demand of the commodity in the world market. The current banana production of La Frutera is insufficient to meet the demand of the growing markets in China, Japan and the Middle East, he added. Ed Bullecer, a representative of Unifrutti, said in the statement that as investor, they play important roles in the communities “by working with the culture and getting involved in mitigating conflicts to sustain peace.” “[Our expansion would have] a positive effect in the investment climate of the ARMM,” he said. Mastura said the administration of ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman is continuously seeking for investors in the agriculture sector with the region’s vast and rich agricultural lands. Late last year, Delinanas Development C or p., a subsidiary of Del Monte Philippines, Inc., poured P569 million for a banana plantation venture in the town of Datu Abdullah Sangki, Maguindanao, targeted to employ around 900 workers. The investment seeks the development of 550 hectares of banana farms, with the company eyeing an expansion involving another 500 hectares in the towns of South Upi, North Upi, Datu Odin Sinsuat and Parang, all in Maguindanao, the RBOI earlier reported. ARMM also includes the provinces of Lanao del Sur, B asi lan, Su lu and Tawi-tawi. (Bong S. Sarmiento/MindaNews)
South Cotabato honors outstanding barangays By DANILO E. DOGUILES
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato -- For the second year, Barangay Poblacion in nearby Tupi town won top prize in South Cotabato’s Dungog sang Barangay. Dungog sang Barangay is an award system implemented by the provincial government to recognize barangays that have excelled in the implementation of internal housekeeping. The recognition was largely patterned from the Seal of Good Housekeeping of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Winners of the search were revealed as a highlight of the Liga ng mga Barangay Day celebration yesterday at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center here. Provincial DILG director Josephine Leysa said, as the first place winner, Tupi received a cash prize
of P500,000, which the barangay could use for any development project the barangay council deemed necessary and important. Others winners in the Dungog sang Barangay search were Benigno S. Aquino of Norala, Polonuling of Tupi, Lopez Jaena of Norala, Esperanza of Norala, and Teresita of Sto. Nino, Leysa added. Respectively, they received cash incentives of P400,000, P300,000, P200,000, P100,000 , and P75,000. Poblacion, Tupi and BS Aquino also topped last year’s Dungog sang Barangay search. Leysa said, the system of recognition should challenge other barangay officials to perform better to be recognized in the next round of assessment for the said award. Ninety-four other barangays were also given P50,000 each for comply-
ing with the criteria set for the provincial LGU’s award system. South Cotabato is comprised of 199 barangays. Like DILG’s Seal of Good Housekeeping, criteria for evaluation centered on compliance with the four areas of good governance in internal housekeeping, namely: good planning, sound fiscal management, transparency and accountability, and valuing of performance monitoring. It was institutionalized last year through Ordinance No. 03 series of 2012, which amended Ordinance No. 06 series of 2003 which calls for the conduct of an annual search for outstanding barangays in the province. Under the program, the city government of Koronadal and the 10 municipalities nominate three best performing barangays in their respective jurisdiction. These barangays are
assessed based on the mentioned criteria by a team of evaluators composed of 11 members appointed by the governor. Members come from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP); Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), Provincial Agriculturist Office (PAO), Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), Provincial Population Office (PPO), Provincial Accounting Office (PACCO), Provincial Treasurer’s Office (PTO), Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO), Department of Education (DepEd), and a non-government organizations (NGO) engaged in administration or environment advocacy. The provincial DILG serves as the facilitator/ secretariat of the said committee. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12)
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Gov’t urged to rechannel PDAF for peace efforts DAVAO CITY — Mindanao’s top local chief executive have urged the Aquino administration to redirect the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in bankrolling local peace-building efforts.
With PDAF under fire, Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, Chair of the Confederation of all the Local Chief Executives in Mindanao (Confed), has proposed the rechanneling of the fund to be used in financing local peace-related actions through the various Regional Peace and Order Councils (RPOCs) in the country.
Del Rosario, who is also the chair of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC)-XI, also put forward the renaming of the PDAF into Peace and Development Assistance Fund. In his keynote address during the recent summit on security sector transformation, the Governor made it clear he does not
favor abolishing the PDAF or pork barrel, saying it would be better for the fund to be channeled to propel local peace initiatives. “It should be substantially targeted towards peace-rebuilding and peaceenhancing activities on the ground,” he said. The of f icial recommended the fund shall be coursed through the respective RPOCs for the councils to direct the money to the local government units for the proper implementation of important peace-building programs and projects.
Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario, (center), Mayor Joseph Nilo Parenas (left) and Vice Gov. Victorio Suaybaguio, Jr. check the newly-harvested organic rice at the 100-hectare demonstration farm in Cambanogoy, Asuncion, Davao del Norte. Noel Baguio/davnor pio
Digos takes lead role to continue Army’s internal security effort DIGOS CITY – The Local Government of Digos City has taken the lead role of ensuring the continual implementation of the peace and security program of the Philippine Army in the city through the Internal Security Effort (ISE). The Army’s 39th Infantry Battalion of the 10th Infantry Division handed over on Monday (Sept. 30) during the flag-raising ceremony at the city hall lobby, the tasks and responsibilities of the LGU through the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) in carrying out the internal security operations. Following the handover was the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the 39th IB represented by commanding officer Lt. Col Norman S. Zuniega and the city government and CPOC headed by Mayor Joseph R. Peñas. The MOA explained that the 39th IB recommended the handover of the ISO responsibility lead role to the Digos City CPOC in view of the existing peaceful security situation, and after the Army cleared the city of the Local Communist Movement (LCM) influence. In the MOA, the CPOC committed to provide appropriate support for the operations and capacity building activities to the Philippine National Police,
Armed Forces of the Philippines and other agencies, which would be necessary for the maintenance of peace and order. The Council would also conduct other activities aiming to prevent resurgence of the LCM, and would ensure that community development efforts and people empowerment would also be undertaken. The 39th IB, on the other hand, committed to ensure effective functioning of the Integrated Territorial Defense System (ITDS) to support the CPOC in the implementation of ISO, and to actively support its capacity building activities. Digos City information officer Roberto Zamora said in an interview that Mayor Peñas was thankful for the trust and confidence of the 39th IB to the Council to head the implementation of the internal security efforts. Zamora explained that the handover of the ISE was not a total pull out of the Army’s interventions and assistance to the city. “There will still be detachments to be retained. The Army’s interventions will only be minimized,” he cited. In Section II of the MOA, it was stipulated that “the handover of ISO lead role responsibility does not preclude the AFP units from taking parts in ISO even take the
lead, should there be a need.” The MOA also specified a commitment from Digos CPOC to create a Sub-Committee to be chaired by the 39th IB, within a month after the approval of the MOA, aiming to monitor and periodically assess and submit a report to the CPOC Chair of the prevailing internal security situation. (RGA/CLC/PIA-XI)
He further pushed the creation of Human Development Committee in all the RPOCs in the country to handle peace-related activities in the respective regions. Del Rosario last year created the Human Development Committee of the RPOC-XI, along with the Security Affairs Committee, to focus on improving access to improved health, better education and more income opportunities. These significant interventions, he said, are critical to achieve lasting
peace, particularly in the conflict-affected or prone areas. In the same forum, the governor also heralded Davao del Norte’s success in localizing the government’s peace process through its Convergence for Peace and Development program. In partnership with the army and police, he said, the province blazed the trail in bringing together government resources to economically depressed and politically threatened areas every Friday of the week. (Noel Baguio-davnor pio)
STA. MARIA, Davao del Sur – A group of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) here are keen about making their kakanin (delicacies) business big in the future. The Women’s Organization of the PCEC KUMASSIE Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (PKEARBAI) of Brgy. Basiawan thought of venturing into kakanin business after realizing that their almost 60 hectares of cacao farms are no longer productive. PKEARBAI chair Gil A. Ramos said that between 1982 and 1985, their cacao farms were earning well since those were the time when the cacao trees’ productivity was at its peak. However, their cacao trees are now more than 25 years old, which is their maximum productive life. Thus, the coop has to face the annual 30 percent mortality rate of their trees. Due to this scenario, the nine women members of the cooperative looked for other avenue where they can help their families earn a living. These members, along with the wives and daughters of the PKEARBAI members, form the Women’s Organization, an offshoot of the cooperative. In April 2012, these women members started producing bibingka (rice cakes). “We have a grinder granted by DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) which we used for our cacao tableting project before but
with the low yield of our cacao, we quitted. So in order for the equipment not to be taken away from us, our women members engaged into bibingka production,” he said. Women’s Organization board of director Cecilia Baclay shared that despite having no skills on bibingkamaking, they still took the challenge with the help of DTI-Davao del Sur. Baclay said the agency gave them a training on bibingka-making for free, the first step that encouraged them to really pursue their kakanin project. Baclay said their bid for making their kakanin business big someday was further boosted when DTIDavao del Sur awarded them an SSF project worth P150,000 last June 18. The said SSF project includes a wood-fired oven, wood-fired pugon, coconut grinder, coconut milk extractor, electric rice grinder/mill, steamer, stainless steel work table, stainless steel ladle, stainless steel basin, and stainless steel vat. “Before these equipment were awarded to us, we just borrowed our cooking utensils and did everything manually especially in grinding the coconut and extracting milk from it,” Baclay said. With the equipment and tools awarded to them, the group also produces putong puti and chocolate moron right now. Therefore, their income is expected to increase by 40 percent.(DTI-11/JenMendoza)
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Civil Case No. 2013-129
For: Judicial Decree of Divorce.
BRIAN ANGELO PIERES. Respondent. x-----------------------------------------------------/
DAVAO CITY -- A Davao City Councilor is proposing through an ordinance the creation of the Film Development Council of Davao City. The resolution was introduced by first district Councilor Leonardo Avila during the October 1 Sangguniang Panglungsod (City Council) session. According to the resolution of Councilor Avila, there is already a thriving film industry in Davao City which has become a favourite destination for location shoots, both for national and international films. Last August, a big South Korean film production company shot several important scenes in Davao City and Davao del Norte which starred popular Korean stars, with the support of the Department of Tourism which is marketing the region as an alternative film location for the lucrative South Korean film industry. Aside from film locations, the Sineng Pambansa (National Film Festival) of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) was held last year in Davao City, aside from the Sineng Pambansa, the city also hosts the Mindanao Film Festival which is the longest running independent film festival in the country. According to Avila, there is a need for the local government to support film industry and harness its potentials. Last year the City Government and the FDCP unveiled the Davao Cinematheque, a 120-seater theatre aimed at showing world cinema and Filipino movie classics to the public for free. One of the guests at the City Council session was renowned film director Brillante Mendoza who during a session recess urged the City Government to support the proposal of Councilor Avila noting the enthusiasm of many Dabawenyos for cinema. Mendoza, the only Filipino director to win the best director prize in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival is currently on a tour among Davao City schools. Avila’s proposal which was treated as the resolution’s first reading was given to the City Council’s Committee on Education, Science and Technology, Culture and Arts chaired by Councilor Maria Belen Acosta for further hearings. (PIA/RG Alama)
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Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4th SHARl’A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City JONAFIE C. MACATDON-PIERES, Petitioner,
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IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGESTFR THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES ROBBY NOBBY M. BAJAMONDE AND CHUCHI LEEN P. OLIVERIO - BAJAMONDE
CIVIL C ASE N0.: 2013-132
ROBBY NOBBY M. BAJAMONDE AND CHUCHI LEEN P. OLIVERIO-BAJAMONDE Petitioners X--------------------------------------------------/
SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION
WHEREAS, on September 24, 2013, this Court issued an order directing the petitioner to effect service of summons by publications upon respondent BRIAN ANGELO PIERES in a newspaper of general circulation in this city, one a week for 3 consecutive weeks at the expense of herein petitioner; WHEREAS, that petitioner is a Muslim and husband and wife married on June 3, 2000 at Armon Hall, 13 Beit Alfa, Tel Aviv; Israel; WHEREAS, petitioner filed this petition against the respondent for violation of Art. 52 of P.D. 1083 or the Muslim Code; WHEREAS, That respondent separated for more than six (6) years now from the petitioner and right from that time no communication whatsoever took place between them and hence, the herein petitioner is compelled to pursue divorce against him, and since then no support is given by the former to the latter; NOW, THEREFORE, you respondent BRIAN ANGELO PIERES is hereby summoned and required to file with this Court within 15 days from the last date of the Publication of this summons your comment/ answer to the petition furnish copy to the petitioner address at c/o Atty. Henan R. Tabalba, Tibanga hi-way, Iligan City; You are reminded of IBP-OCA Memorandum on Policy Guidelines dated March 12, 2002 to observe restrained in filing a motion to dismiss and instead allege the grounds thereof as defenses in the answer/ comment. Should you fail to answer/comment to the petition within the aforesaid period, the court shall proceed to receive the evidences ex- parte upon which judgment shall be rendered on the same petition. Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Philippines, October 1, 2013.
Before this court is verified Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by the petitioners and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under Civil rites on December 2000 at Pasay City, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were Registered with this court both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case c/o Zaide Law Office, 2nd flr.. Pafs Mejia Bldg., Roxas Avenue, Iligan City. That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding bentween petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for more than two (2) years already, since early part of 2011, they decided to separately live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation. Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either finacially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs: Petitioner’s seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on December 8, 2000 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden: Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on October 25, 2013 at 9:00 am. at which time date and place, any party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of General Circulation in the City of Iligan one week for three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioners. Iligan City, Philippines, this 1st day of October, 2013.
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Dad thanks DPWH execs for submitting reports on projects Product... from page 2 COUNCILOR Alden D. Bacal, chair of the City Council committee on public works, thanked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for submitting updates of projects in Cagayan de Oro. Based on the list submitted by OIC District Engineer Yolanda T. Egam, ongoing projects imple-
mented by the 1st engineering district as of August 31 are: the improvement of drainage structure at Sapang Creek along Butuan City-Cagayan de Oro city-Iligan City Road (BCIR); construction of Iponan River Control and Bulua side and installation of three types of rain water Collector System
Facilities (RWCSF). According to the DPWH, the construction of the Cagayan de Oro Coastal Road by-pass road is on-going but is behind schedule due to unfavorable weather conditions while the Lumbia-Uguiaban by-pass road project is facing road right-of-ways problems.
She said that the “One Barangay: One Product” project could open the door to barangays with unique and exotic products that could excite people of conceited taste. Darimbang said that there are villages in the city’s outskirts where rare, expensive and tasty fruits could be planted where fruits could be sold in the local market. The councillor cited the “Cashew” (Scientific Name, Anacardium occidentale), a nut that thrives in Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro whose potential has not been fully explored here. Darimbang said that the “cashews” were abundant in Lumbia which, when cultivated to the fullest, could make Cagayan de Oro City a major source of the medicinal and lucrative fruit in the region. She said that the cashew could also be of a unique food product that could provide an indelible identify as Cagayan de Oro City’s important product that both domestic and foreign tourist would patronize in the near future. CD
Article 64, Rule XIII of the Rules and Regulations implementing the 1991 Local Government Code. Acenas said that the accreditation was part of the city government’s effort to inventory legitimate NGOs in the city so that the city government could extend financial assistance to the NGOs in the pursuit of their projects and programs when necessary. CD
said, adding that Malik’s relatives and the remaining MNLF members who were guarding the camp had abandoned the place. The Philippine flag was hoisted by 1Lt. Romelito Macaraig.
This was followed by silence from the residents who witnessed the event in reverence to the panji (flag). “It is all in the name of kahunungan (tranquility) for Lupah Sug (Sulu),”
Macaraig said. As of noon today, forces from the 32nd Marine Company led by 1Lt. Jozen Banatao were deployed in the area. A report from Frencie Carreon of MindaNews
The U.S Embassy in Manila said US Secretary of from page 3 State John Kerry will replace Obama also canceled his Obama in Manila and Kuala Lumpur. visit to Malaysia.
Obama will only travel to Bali, Indonesia to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit and to Brunei for the
Association of South East Asian Nations summit with Aquino and other leaders from ASEAN, Japan, China, and Australia, among others.
sonnel only on Wednesday afternoon, more than 48 hours after the running gun battle took place on Monday morning due to inaccessibility of the area. Capt. Christian Uy, spokesperson of the army’s 4th Infantry Division, identified the wounded soldiers as PFC Dioscoro Briones Jr., PFC Cris Lorenzo, PFC Jose Noli Pabingwit, and Cpl. Julius Agusen,all of the army’s 58th Infantry Battalion based in Claveria, Misamis Oriental. Uy said that the wounded military personnel had been lifted by helicopter gunships from the battlefield enroute to the military hospital in Camp Evangelista Wednesday afternoon.
Uy said combat operations are ongoing in the area and that residents who had evacuated have been advised not to return to their homes. He adde d t hat bad weather has hampered helicopter flights to aid the ground forces. The number of NPA fighters has yet to be determined although initial reports last Monday when firefight first erupted placed it at 10-15. Uy said they have no confirmation that landmines were used by the NPA and that no report of burned houses has been received. In nearby Lagonglong town, where some 14 families from the combat zone
have sought shelter in the municipal gym, Mayor Jobert Pamisa has mobilized the town’s resources in providing food, medicine and other needs of the evacuees. Pamisa said municipal social welfare officer Eugine Gomok oversees the emergency assistance. There are around 100 evacuees, according to Gomok. She said they come from sitios Kapul and Kamansi in barangay Banglay, Salay. Gomok added that the evacuees left their homes Tuesday when firefights between the soldiers and NPA came nearer their place and that they had to flee in a hurry, leaving behind their farm animals.
education and the committee on laws and rules. He said that the accreditation of NGOs was in accordance with a resolution passed by the city council pursuant to Memorandum Circular No. 2013-70 and
killed during the fighting and were buried by from page 1 their companions to avoid l ow g r ave s i n d i c at i ng contaminating their pothese individuals were sitions.
Zagala stressed that clearing operations are being concentrated on government installations (hospitals, clinics, baran-
gay halls and schools) in the combat zones so that they can resume operations as soon as possible. As of Tu e s d ay an d
We d ne s d ay no on , t h e combined AFP and Philippine National Police units conducting the clearing operations are still to sus-
tain any casualties from MNLF stragglers believed to be hiding in the rubble of Barangays Sta. Barbara and Sta. Catalina. (PNA)
Sangki, all in the second district of the province. from page 1 Tago said he has forSaidona Mustapha, Datu warded the communiqué Piang and Datu Abdullah to the Comelec en banc in
Manila for proper perusal. Should the situation persist, Tago said his office might tap the service of police personnel to act as
BETs for the six towns in the forthcoming political exercise. This developed as Tago revealed the imminent
reshuffling of Comelec personnel between Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur provinces. Tago said the move is
to do away with the perceived “familiarization” of Comelec personnel with candidates in the polls. (PNA)
why we build prisons — to punish wrongdoing after the fact, hoping it will reform them as well as deter others. But it is a measure of our society’s values that we fill the prisons with petty criminals but let Big-Time plunderers stay out to enjoy
their loot. But even though there’s little one can do about the motives or the ethical sense of traditional politicians— trapos— there’s a lot sovereign people can do to inhibit wrongdoing, arrest their corrupt acts, and reform the way
they behave. It just requires the judicious, relentless application of People Power and vigilance in their own community, whence originate all cultural values and traditions. Try straightening out governance in your own barangay and see how
fairly easy it is. (MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Manny Valdehuesa writes from Cagayan de Oro and is the president and national convenor of Gising Barangay Movement Inc. He can be reached at email@example.com.)
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community dialogue as an approach to seek alliance with the people, who themselves led the soldiers to the area, he
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that the conflict in the province’s countr yside would settle down sooner so that the delivery of basic services would not be hindered, Pacamalan added. An army report said that four army soldiers of the army’s 58th Infantry Battalion based in Claveria, Misamis Oriental, were wounded as fresh fighting erupted in the hinterlands of Lagonglong, a week after communist guerrillas overran an army base in Lantad, a farming village in the neighboring town of Balingasag. The military retrieved the wounded military per-
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Like sin, it may be prevented momentarily or minimized but there is no guarantee that the sinner will not sin again. The transgressors are human, after
all. They are endowed with free will and freedom to do what they like for whatever motive, good or bad. How else can it be? Like everyone, they are subject to temptation, and some people are simply incorrigible. They are the reason
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initial firefight which resulted in the wounding of four army soldiers of the army’s 58th IB. The wounded soldiers were still in the mountains of Lagonglong since rescue and retrieval became inaccessible due to bad weather and the absence of suitable landing site for helicopter gunships, Bermudo added. He said that reinforcement was sent Monday afternoon as the government troopers continue to engage in sporadic fighting with the communist guerrillas in the rebel infested town of Lagonglong, a neighboring town of Balingasag, all in Misamis Oriental. CRIS DIAZ, Exec. Editor, of Mindanao Daily News
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PHL to host 5th Yalin Women’s World 10-Ball C’ships Oct. 28-Nov.4 MANILA, Oct. 2 (PNA)-- The Philippines will host this year’s biggest 5th Yalin women’s World 10-Ball Championships under Dragon Promotions of Charlie Williams on Oct. 28-Nov. 4 at the luxurious Resorts World Manila in Paranaque. "The 10-Ball is the hardest and most skillful game for pool.Winning the Yalin World Championship is definitely in favor of the better professional players," said Allison Fisher, six-time US Open 9-Ball champion. The legendary Fisher is yet to win her first World 10-Ball, said Williams in an email message to friends. The reigning World champion Ga
Young Kim of South Korea will be defending her title against all comers from host Philippines, Russia, Iran, China, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Korea, Belgium, Australia, Taiwan, France, Singapore, Poland, the United States and many more. The final Stage 1 qualifiers takes place at Star Billiards on Oct. 28-29 and the pre-event press conference is on Oct. 30 An elite 48 world class lady pros, the best of the best from 20 countries, will attend the event to decide who is the World champion.This year's edition is again title sponsored by Yalin Tables, one of the premier billiard table
manufacturers of the world. The Women's World Championship is produced by Dragon Promotions and filmed by ABS-CBN Sports airing on BALLS, Studio 23, and a dozen other networks in countries worldwide. With massive media and global networks covering the Yalin Women's World 10-Ball Championship, it will continue as still the biggest and most watched women's billiard event in the world. ”This the biggest event and tournament that Yalin does each year. We work very hard to prepare the best tables, conditions, and ultimate environment for the professional players to excel
and enjoy their games. That is why the world recognizes the Yalin Women's World 10-Ball Championship with such respect", says Susie Wang, marketing director for Yalin Billiards. "It's amazing how much the Yalin Women's World 10-Ball has grown in the past five years. I personally really look forward to this event every year. The atmosphere is electric and the pressure is incredible on these fine ladies. They fight tooth and nail from the round robin stage and through the single elimination rounds," said US-based Charlie Williams, executive producer of the Women's Worlds and renown pro and coach.(PNA) HBC/LOR
MANILA, Oct. 2 (PNA) -- Wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is set to bring entertainment to an entirely new level as it mounts its first interactive concert to date, pooling four of OPM’s most iconic acts that will exemplify the youth and vigor of today’s “broadband” generation. Everyone is invited to witness Raimund Marasigan, Barbie Almalbis, Rico Blanco, and Ely Buendia share the CHEERS FOR THE CHAMP. Nilbie Blancada is greeted with cheers from fellow stage and perform in a free and unique local surfers after her win during the women finals of the Siargao International musical event dubbed the "Smart Bro Surfing Cup in General Luna, Siargao Island on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Live and Loud" concert happening on MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarina October 4 at the TriNoMa Mindanao Parking in Quezon City. Smart’s first attempt at an interactive concert —where concert-goers and the audience at home get to control facets of the event, such as the stage effects and the setlist of the artists—is a testament to the growing influence By Michael Place of high-speed broadband Internet to being struck by falling ma- the multimedia experience of many RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct. 2 ers. Located in the southern terials, among other serious (PNA/Xinhua) -- A Brazilian labor court has suspended city of Curitiba, Arena da hazards." "It [the report] verifies construction work on the Baixada is scheduled to Arena da Baixada World stage four matches during the existence of numerous Cup stadium, raising fresh the June 12 to July 13 event. violations in various stages The suspension comes of the work," she added. doubts about Brazil's ability CAP/SA, the company to host football's showpiece after a government-commissioned report identified 208 responsible for the venue's tournament next year. Judge Lorena de Mel- infractions in the stadium's refurbishment, has been threatened with a daily fine lo Rezende Colnago an- redevelopment. In handing down her of 225,000 US dollars if it nounced the decision on Tuesday, alleging the venue decision, Colnago said work- fails to obey the ruling. posed a safety risk to work- ers were at "serious risk of (PNA/Xinhua) HBC/SSC
Filipinos. While people used to flock to theaters to watch the latest blockbusters, families today can enjoy such flicks at the comfort of their own homes through movie-streaming services such as Clickplay and Netflix. Music fans, meanwhile, can now rely on portals such as Smart Music and services such as 8tracks to take their tunes with them wherever they go. “High-speed broadband Internet has really changed the way Filipinos view media, starting from its creation all the way down to its various modes of consumption,” said Michelle Curran, Data and International Services Marketing Head at wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc., it said in a press release. For more information on ticket availability and to vote for your favorite songs to be performed live during the October 4 concert, visit smart.com. ph/LiveandLoud.(PNA)
Brazilian judge haltsCuritiba World Cup stadium revamp
Smart Bro takes entertainment to new heights in 1st interactive concert
Petron Blaze Boosters import Elijah Millsap (L) soars for two points over Rain or Shine Elasto Painter JR Quiñahan, during their PBA Governors' Cup semifinals game, Tuesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. MIllsap scored 41 markers to help his side take a 1-0 series lead, via a 91-83 win. Photo by KC Cruz