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Rep. Uy pushes for modern, inclusive civil registration law By IRENE ANIBONG and DODO CANOY Contributors

MISAMIS Oriental second district Rep. Juliette Uy, during a press briefing at the House of Represen-

tatives, has pushed for a new law that would bring wide-ranging reforms to the country’s civil registration system by bringing it up to international standards on birth registration.

Uy said: “It is in the best interest of the government to have a reliable civil registration system that is efficient and responsive to our needs as a people and See MODERN, page 11

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Kidnappers demand P5m for release of Pinay mom ZAMBOANGA City––Kidnappers have reportedly demanded P5 million ransom for the safe release of a young mother they seized in the city. Police also have filed criminal charges against the 28-year-old Abdul Hassan Yusop, who was among those who kidnapped Sabrina Ikbala Voon, a native of Sulu province, on February 19.

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Cops hunt down ‘sekyu’ who killed 8-mo. preggy By GERRY LEE GORIT, Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Police authorities launched manhunt operations against a former security guard responsible behind the death of an eight-month pregnant woman who died of gunshot wounds early Wednesday morning after being brought to a hospital by a rescue group. Insp. Dominador Rabe,

chief of the Cogon police station in Cagayan de Oro City, said the suspect in the killing of Jackielou M. Dalayag, 34, of Barangay 38, is one of her boarders. Rabe identified the suspect as Freddie Masayon, also known as Jasper Yali, who was a boarder with an alleged live-in partner. See preggy, page 11

San Miguel Beermen CAN. San Miguel Brewery Inc. President Roberto N. Huang with the players and coaching staff of the San Miguel Beermen in a recent courtesy call at the headquarters of San Miguel Corporation in Mandaluyong. Mr. Huang gave each of them his Messsage in a Can to give them a boost in their return as Beermen at the start of the Commissioner’s Cup.

THE Philippine Basketball Associations’s (PBA) oldest and winningest franchise is carrying the iconic brand once more as they step into the hard court during the start of the Commissioner’s Cup this week. In a courtesy call to San Miguel Brewery Inc. President Roberto N. Huang recently, the Biboy Ravanesmentored beermen were challenged to work and play hard. Huang echoed Mr. Ang’s mandate for them to stay true to the San Miguel brand that is synonymous to brewing excellence. Huang, gave each of the players and coaching staff San Miguel Pale Pilsen See can, page 11

From left, SVP Jeric Salamillas (Comptrollership), VP Mike Villa-Real (CorpComm), SVP Annabelle Yong (Retail Banking), SVP Vilma Noche (Bank Operations), President Joey Bermudez, Atty. Ed Manalo (Board Secretary), FVP Iñaki Manipula (Bank Operations), FVP Caloy Cervantes (Lending Business Group), SVP Ogeng Panlasigui (Credit Admin), and FVP Francis Puzon (Compliance).

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Public hearing on Imem slated in C. de Oro today

THE House of Representatives Committee on Energy will be conducting a public hearing on the Interim Mindanao Electricity Market (IMEM) in the cities of Cagayan de Oro today (March 6) and in Marawi on March 7 (tomorrow). Chaired by Rep. Reynaldo V. Umali (2nd District, Oriental Mindoro), the committee is charged

with all matters directly and principally relating to the exploration, development, utilization or conservation of energy resources, and entities involved in energy or power generation, transmission, distribution and supply. Expected to join the hearing are majority of the committee’s 65 members, especially those from Min-

danao. The hearing is an initiative of Committee Vice Chair Vicente F. Belmonte (Iligan) with Reps. Maximo R. Rodriguez, Jr. (ABAMIN Party List) and Edgardo Masongsong (1-CARE Party List) acting on the instance of the Mindanao Coalition of Power Consumers (MCPC). MCPC President David A. Tauli is expected to present the MCPC’s position paper during the hearing which includes simulations of the Rate Impact before and after the IMEM implementation, by Atty. Dionel Albina (Institute of Power Sector Economics (IPSEc); Position paper of Iligan Light & Power Inc. (ILPIDU of Iligan City) by Mr. Rolando Linaac Jr., chief finance officer, and Position Paper of Konsmanteng Kagay-anon, Inc. by: Rene Michael Baños, president. Among the salient findings of the MCPC for the initial month operation of

the IMEM covering the Dec. 3- 25, 2013 are: a)The total energy sold to the IMEM by embedded generators was zero; b) The total energy that IMEM Customers offered to buy from the IMEM was less than one percent of the total energy consumed by Mindanao consumers in the initial month of operation of the IMEM. c) The three “final” Billing Statements sent by the PEMC to IMEM consumers had very large variances in the billed quantities and amounts, indicative of a systemic or fundamental error in the metering and billing process rather than merely wrong metering data, which was claimed by the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC) for issuing more than one final billing statement to IMEM customers. “The conclusion to be drawn from each of the three facts, as well as from all three taken together, is that there is no rational

ground for the PEMC to demand payment by IMEM Customers for power supply from the IMEM in the initial month of operation of the IMEM,” Mr. Tauli said. “Notwithstanding the absence of rational ground for the Billing Statements issued to IMEM Customers by the PEMC, a few distribution utilities opted to pay the Billing Statements from the PEMC, including CEPALCO, SUKELCO, and ZAMCELCO,” he added. In the event that any of the DUs which paid, or will pay, the IMEM bills attempt to recover from their customers the amounts they paid to the PEMC, Mr. Tauli said the MCPC will campaign among the customers of these DUs not to pay the DU bills (the entire billed amount and not only the IMEM cost-recovery component of the bill) that contain cost recovery for IMEM payments. “The MCPC will also file petitions with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to stop the DUs from recovering any amount paid by the DUs for the imaginary power supply delivered by the IMEM.” he added. In the initial month of operation of the IMEM, the MCPC paper said it was definitely proven that the IMEM cannot attain its primary purpose, which

is to make the capacity of embedded generators available to meet the demand of IMEM customers that do not have sufficient contracted power supply. “It was also proven, by the fact that no embedded generator offered to supply power to the IMEM, that there is insignificant capacity that is available from embedded generators in Mindanao, contrary to the claims of the DOE and the PEMC during the IMEM consultations prior to the implementation of the IMEM that there is as much as 300 megawatts of capacity that could be made available by embedded generator.” “It was furthermore proven, by the fact that only a few DU’s offered to purchase power from the IMEM, that most of the DUs would prefer to suffer power curtailment rather than pay the high rates of power supply from the IMEM.” The MCPC paper concludes that there is no market for electric power from embedded generators in Mindanao that would economically justify the establishment of an IMEM thus, there is no need to resume operation of the IMEM after the six-months period of suspension. (BWM News & Features)

Cop sells armalite; nabbed by other cops By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City-Undercover operatives of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office collared Tuesday evening a police officer who allegedly sold his M16 Armalite rifle during an entrapment operation in barangay Kauswagan. Chief Insp. L emuel Gonda, COCPO chief of operations, said the suspect, See cops, page 11


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‘Maternal care package’ launched in 3 health centers Starting March 4, 2014, barangay health centers in Lumbia, Canitoan and Carmen can now offer free normal birth delivery services for Philhealth members or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) recipients. This after City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno today formally launched “Maternal Care Package” in said barangays. He was joined by City Health Officer Dr. Fe Bongcas, Dr. Malou Gaane of City Philhealth Office, Consultant Dr. Ramon Moreno, Mr. Marlon Arrabaca of Philhealth 10 regional office, barangay officials and workers. Under the MCP, Mayor Moreno

time, Mayor Moreno and plies and equipment for in Lumbia, Canitoan and said no payment party handed over initial the Philhealth-accredited Carmen. (City Informawill be charged barangay health centers tion Office) against Philhealth assorted medical supor 4Ps members when giving birth in a Philhealthaccredited barangay health center. He plans to expand the MCP to other 18 barangay health centers all over the city. While one of his administration’s thrusts focus on improving hospital and public health services, Mayor Moreno stressed that barangay health centers should be given top priority and concern, pointing out that the center’s management and supervision is an obligation and responsibility of the city govMATERNAL CARE PACKAGE LAUNCHING @ CARMEN ernment, and not Carmen Barangay Chairman Rainer Joaquin Uy (2nd from left) and other health center personnel are all smiles as they gladly accept from City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno assorted medical supplies and equipment during the launching by the barangay of Maternal Care Package in Carmen, Mar. 3. MCP, which was also launched in Lumbia and Canitoan on same day, governments. offers free normal birth delivery services to Philhealth and 4Ps members when giving birth at a Philhealth-accredited At the same barangay health centers. (City Information Office/CIO)


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DAR-Caraga set to distribute 23,000 hectares to farmers RECORD-BREAKING PROJECTION:

BUTUAN City––A total Caraga this year, which will of 23,000 hectares of ag- subsequently turn many ian Reform Regional Diricultural land have been farmers into landowners. targeted for distribution in Department of Agrar- rector Faisar Mambuay bared this, following a recently concluded “Target RA 10172 Form No. 10.1 (LCRO) Setting Workshop,” saying Republic of the Philippines the feat is actually “recordProvince of Lanao del Norte breaking projection” and is Municipality of Tubod the highest since 1996. OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR He expressed confiNOTICE FOR PUBLICATION dence to accomplish the target by the end of 2014, In compliance with Rule 7 of Republic Act No. 10172, a notice is turning more than 7,600 hereby served to the public that JAY MEJARES LAURANILLA has filed with this office a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error in the farmers into landowners. Child’s Gender under the entry of Sex from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in In 2013, DAR Carathe Certificate of Live Birth of JAY MEJARES LAURANILLA bearing ga ranked second in the LCR No. 87-315 who was born on 27 FEBRUARY 1987 at TUBOD, national tally for highest LANAO DEL NORTE and whose parents are REMEDIOS MEJARES and FELIX LAURANILLA. accomplishment in per Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this office not later than March 20, 2014. (SGD.) JULIET BALURAN GALAMBAO, CE Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Mar. 6 & 13, 2014

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Misamis Oriental MUNICIPALITY OF CLAVERIA NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that NANCY BARROS ZAYAS BATOBALANI has filed with this Office a Petition for Change of First Name from “CORAZON” to “NANCY” in the Certificate of Live Birth of CORAZON BARROS ZAYAS who was born on APRIL 6, 1951 at CLAVERIA, MISAMIS ORIENTAL and whose parents are SANTIAGO ZAYAS and BUENA BARROS. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than March 7, 2014. (SGD.) ANNA VICTORIA A. EVANGELISTA Municipal Civil Registrar

MDN: FEB. 27 & Mar. 6, 2014

Republic of the Philippines Province of Agusan del Sur Municipality of Trento OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1. Guidelines in the implementation of Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172 and R.A. 9048) . Notice is hereby served to the public that CHERELLE MALIMBAG ESTOMATA has filed with this office a petition for Change of Gender from “Female” to “Male”. In the birth certificate, the gender was wrongly written. Instead of “Male” it was registered as “Female”. He was born on September 22, 1983 at Isdaon, Trento, Agusan del Sur and whose parents are Claudio Estomata and Fely T. Malimbag. Any person adversely affected by this petition may file written opposition with the office of the Municipal Civil Registrar of Trento, Agusan del Sur.

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centage with 14,105-hectare accomplishment, or 147 percent, against the 9,588-hectare annual target, for which Mambuay thanked DAR’s partners in the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). “We are doing all our best efforts to make land distribution meaningful in the region,” said Mambuay. He said this is in support to the call of President Benigno Aquino and Agrarian Reform Secretary

OCD-Caraga intensifies disaster preparedness training By Erwin Mascariñas of MindaNews

BUTUAN City––The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) here in Caraga Region is intensifying trainings on disaster preparedness during

the entire summer to hasten the region’s ability to face possible calamities before the start of the rainy season. “Our assessment and evaluation after Super Typhoon Yolanda and then Tropical Depression Agaton, which

brought record-breaking floods to Butuan City and simultaneous landslides all over Caraga, has pushed us to realize that there is still so much to be done in terms of disaster preparedness,” said Liza Mazo, regional director

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Virgilio delos Reyes to finish land acquisition and distribution before the end of PNoy’s administration. Mambuay also assured CARP advocates that acquisition and distribution of lands will continue beyond June 30, 2014, as he cited Section 30 of Republic Act 9700 or the CARPER law, which provides that land acquisition and distribution may proceed for landholdings with pending proceedings, even beyond June, 2014.

He explained that this opinion is shared by the Depar tment of Justice (DOJ). Before June of this year, DAR-Caraga is set to send out 646 notices of coverage, involving 3,240 hectares under Phase 38, in addition to 1,478 notices sent earlier covering 8,637 hectares. He calls on the public’s participation by informing DAR of any known landholding over five hectares, which has not been sent notices for the office to act at the soonest possible time.

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OCD-Caraga. She said that the series of trainings on disaster preparedness will conducted in coordination with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC), which Mazo also chairs. “We need to increase the intensity of our trainings and push it even more to the different Local Government Units (LGUs) all over the region,” she added, saying their lesser budget this year will not hinder them from conducting the trainings. Mazo stressed the need to push awareness to all sectors and not just those connected with disaster response organizations or with local government units. “Our trainings must also trickle down to the different barangays, and we’re hoping that the provinces and the LGUs will be able to re-echo the series of trainings in their respective communities,” she said. Mazo pointed out the need to change mindsets as far as disaster management is concerned, especially after typhoons Sendong, Pablo and Yolanda. “Disaster management and preparedness should be a priority and not just a side show discussion,” she explained. B enjie L asam, s cout coordinator at the Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU), expressed that the lessons learned from the previous disasters should not be ignored. “The last flood here in Butuan City was something we haven’t seen before,” he said. “This should serve as a warning…. Disaster preparedness should not be taken lightly,” he added. Lasam said that FSUU has started to train Boy Scouts in high school on disaster risk reduction and management.


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Sounding of sirens kicks-off Fire Prevention Month in Lanao del Sur By Apipa P. Bagumbaran

ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman and Provincial Gov. Mamintal Adong Jr. during the inauguration of 2nd engineering district office in Malabang, Lanao del Sur (Photo credit: BPI-ARMM/ Philippine Information Agency-Lanao del Sur)

City signs MOU on Water Conservation, Fire Prevention

ILIGAN City - Two Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Iligan City Waterworks System (ICWS) of the city government represented by Mayor Celso G. Regencia and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BPF) represented by Sr. F/ Inspector Rommel A. Villafuerte was signed March 3, 2014.

T h e a g re e m e nt i n volved the celebration of two agencies concerning Water Conservation Month of ICWS and Fire Prevention Month of the Bureau of Fire Protection which will be observed in March. The MOU is aimed at establishing cooperation between the two agencies in fire prevention and

water conservation. Included in the MOU is the holding of Discussion Forum on Fire Hydrant Rehabilitation and Installation and a Joint Fire Drill on March 10, 2014. Another Memorandum of Understanding signed was between the city government represented by Mayor Regencia and the

Iligan Hotel and Resorts, Restaurants Association (IHARRA) represented by Girlie Vios Macapagal and Biwater, an international organization offering its expertise in determining clean water supply and the importance of the campaign to implement water conservation. (Ree J. Altres)

MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur-- Fire trucks sirens were sounded early Saturday morning, March 1, to signal the start of Fire Prevention Month celebration here. The provincial Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) led the sounding of sirens and motorcade from Rizal Park to the provincial capitol grounds where the opening ceremony of the month-long celebration was held. Provincial Fire Marshall SFO4 Maximino Vicente Ventura II said they have lined-up series of activities aimed at increasing the level of public awareness on fire safety and prevention. He said part of the activities during the monthlong celebration are the holding of Ugnayan sa Barangay, poster-making contest among elementary and secondary level, fire olympic competition among BFP personnel and fire volunteers, and radio/ TV guestings dubbed “Talakayan Ukol sa Pamatay Sunog” (Forum on Fire Safety) to encourage ac-

tive participation of the community to keep the province fire-free or safe from destructive fires. Ventura also called on the public to be careful and keep watch against fires as well as to bear in mind that everyday is fire prevention day. He reminded them not to panic in case of fire. "Be calm but act quickly. Call the BFP immediately for help and be sure to give the exact address or location of the fire, he said. He said BFP Provincial Office can be reached at hotlines 0916-1619370 or 0921-3395935 or at radio frequency 15-300 with call sign “Super Base” while the Marawi City Fire Station can be reached at hotlines 09062312904 or 0912-8077319 or at radio frequency 15300 with call sign “Fire Department”. The month-long commemoration of fire prevention month is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 115-A. This year’s theme is “Isulong and Kaunlaran, Sunog ay Iwasan, Kaalaman at Pag-iingat ang Kailangan.” (APB/PIA-10)

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Members of the Philippine Medical Association are up in arms against the Bureau of Internal Revenue over its poster that saw print in national broadsheets depicting them as a burden to faithful taxpayers. The message of the BIR ad is clear. The country’s medical practitioners are not faithful in paying their taxes while the ordinary classroom teachers are. The doctors cried foul claiming they are not tax cheats. Sadly, however, they have failed to prove to all and sundry they are indeed faithful taxpayers. Their defense could be likened to that of Sen. Jinggoy Estrada who just kept on denying that he has ever coursed his congressional pork barrel fund to any of the foundations linked to alleged pork barrel fund scam queen businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles. While Estrada maintains his innocence over the charges hurled against him by the whistleblowers and the National Bureau of Investigation, interestingly up to now he has not

A deeper view Jesse E.L. Bacon II shown any proof, testimonial and documentary, that he coursed his pork barrel through other agencies. The denial will only hold water or can only be given credence if the one denying is able to show proof that what he is denying is simply not possible from happening because he did another thing contrary to what he has been accused of. Like in alibi as a defense, it is not enough that the accused says he was somewhere else when the crime for which he was charged of was committed. The accused should show incontrovertible proof that it was physically impossible for him to be at the scene of the crime when it was committed.

A lawyer was said to have his client invoking the defense of alibi actually operated on in a hospital but with the records ante-dated to show that the procedure was undertaken at exactly the same time the crime for which he was haled to court for happened. With his scar as the result of the operation and with the hospital records to boot, the court was left with no other recourse but dismiss the case even if there was a witness who positively identified the accused as the culprit. The doctors with their denial of being tax cheats would sound credible if they will open their books to the taxman to show beyond any doubt if indeed

they have been faithful in paying their taxes. To simply issue a blanket denial of not being tax cheats against the BIR’s accusation that they are will not suffice. Let us remember that it is the BIR that keeps records of taxpayers and the taxes they pay. Those records are expert evidence, so to speak, against any taxpayer suspected of being a cheat. Debunking the BIR records means presenting proof that indeed proper tax was paid by the taxpayer, in this case the practicing doctors of the country. In this regard, I believe most doctors have problems. While the lifestyle of doctors, especially those who belong to the league of consultants and fellows, prove beyond any doubt their extraordinary income, tax payments of these consultants and fellows are not reflected in the BIR records. This is something that these consultants and fellows knew they could not easily dismiss. Even in Cagayan de Oro, See shut up, page 11

Global campaign vs polio began in RP LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms…” (1 Peter 4:10, the Bible). -oooGLOBAL ROTARY ANTI-POLIO CAMPAIGN STARTED BY PINOYS: Did you know that the very successful worldwide anti-polio campaign of Rotary International (RI) was started by Filipino Rotarians right here in the Philippines? I learned this information Tuesday, 04 March 2014, when I appeared as a guest speaker of the Rotary Club of University District-Manila of RI’s District 3810, upon the invitation of its

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio very young president, Mark Eugene Tan. A past president of the club, Dr. Jess Perez, showed me news clippings which proved that, indeed, Filipino Rotarians started the campaign to eradicate polio as one of their projects. This was later on adopted worldwide by Rotary International and its partner agencies, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foun-

dation. But why am I not totally surprised about this? Well, Filipino Rotarians have been among the leading lights in the Rotary movement ever since Rotary came to the Philippines in 1909 or thereabouts. The fact is that, one other Rotary institution that swept the world and mobilized underprivileged and marginalized citizens into potent social action

groups, called the Rotary Community Corps, was started by a Filipino, former RI President Mat Caparas. -oooENHANCING PUBLIC IMAGE: Here is a portion of the speech I delivered before the Rotarians comprising the Rotary Club of University District Manila, a vibrant and zestful 42 year old club: “Things have changed tremendously in Rotary. Under the current RI three-pronged Strategic Plan, Rotarians are now mandated not only to strengthen their clubs and continue time-tested humanitarian service. “They are now also encouraged to engage See CAMPAIGN, page 11


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Misamis Oriental social welfare development officer Emelia Andea( extreme right), administers the oath of allegiance of the Higa-onon Talugan Ta Balatukan tribe officers from the municipality of Lagonglong, on Tuesday at the Provincial Capitol. This is part of Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano’s pursuit of reorganizing the indigenous peoples in the Province. PPO

Emano vows to alleviate the lives of the indigenous people MISAMIS Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano pledges full support to indigenous peoples in the province in their pursuit of a better life through social integration services and other assistance for them. “These indigenous groups will benefit support to ancestral

domain title certificate, educational awareness of their rights, and the one shot deal provision to their annual assemblies wherein they will receive food and transportation assistance,” Governor Emano said. “Along with the benefits are trainings and seminars, blood assistance, financial, support

to travel, and assistance to individuals in times of crisis,” Gov. Emano added. Meanwhile, provincial social welfare development officer Emelia Andea said there is no exact figure yet as to the number of IPs in the province as there is no record left by the previous administration.

“This is because these indigenous groups were not given attention before,” Andea added. As a start, Andea administered the oath of allegiance of 17 tribal officers of the Higa-onon Talugan Ta Balatukan community from the municipality of Lagonglong yesterday. See PEOPLE, page 11

PSAP goes on mission to Leyte First person By PHILLIPI LUIS LABIAL Contributor

TWO years after typhoon Sendong left Cagayan de Oro in devastation––and on December 16, 2013, a group of 150 volunteers journeyed for Leyte. The team was called Kagayanong Pakigbulig, a multisectoral disaster team that was led by the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, that offered disaster response such as psycho-social, medical, nutrition, relief, and WASH or, the water, sustainable sanitation, and hygiene. The Kagay-anong Pakigbulig is composed of members from various organizations like the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, St. John Vianney Seminary School, Sisters of the Company of Mary, AWRACO, Archdiocesan Youth Apostolate, Social Action Center, XUDRRM, XU-KKP, XU-psychology department, De Oro Mountain Explorers, Gawad Kalinga, Couples for Christ, Mission with a cause, and Psycho-Social Association of the Philippines (PSAP). Shenna Jane L. Namocot led the team of five from the Singles for Christ that represented the PSAP-Misamis Oriental chapter. Niel B. Alfonso, Phillipi Luis B. Labial, Drexel G. Luzon, and Daryl Jan G. Satur accompanied Namocot. While in Leyte, the team gave psycho-social processing in children, the youth, and the elderly from 21 barangays––and in the towns

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Kidnappers demand P5 million for release of Filipina mother

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AMBOANGA CITY – Kidnappers have reportedly demanded P5 million ransom for the safe release of a young mother they seized in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines.

Police also have filed criminal charges against the 28-year old Abdul Hassan Yusop, who was among those who kidnapped Sabrina Ikbala Voon, a native of Sulu province, on February 19.

Local police chief Angelito Casimiro said the kidnapper has been identified through his photo on a falsified driver’s license he used to hire the van in Zamboanga. Casimiro said Yusop,

Republic of the Philippines FOURTH SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City

Republic of the Philippines FOURTH SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: PETITION FOR APPROVAL AND REGISTRATION OF DIVORCE OF SPOUSES RONNEL I. AMAL AND JOCELYN B. AMAL,

CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-030

RONNEL I. AMAL AND JOCELYN B. AMAL, Petitioners. X----------------------------------------------------------- /

IN THE MATTER OF JOINT PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE BETWEEN SPOUSES SANSEN R. COLIPANO AND ROMENA P. DIAMANTECOLIPANO,

CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-032

SANSEN R. COLIPANO AND ROMENA P. DIAMANTE-COLIPANO, Petitioners. X------------------------------------------------------------------/

ORDER Before this court is a verified Joint Petition for the issuance of Judicial Decree of Divorce filed by their Counsel and alleging among others: That petitioner and respondent are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil rite on June 28, 2010 at Kitaotao, Bukidnon, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were registered with this Court, both of them can be served with summons and notices at their respective addresses at Dalipuga, Iligan City and Zone 2. Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City, respectively; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioner and respondent and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated sometime part of 2007 they decided to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; since their separation sometime in 2010 or for over three (3) years now, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other; neither minding each other’s affairs; petitioner and respondent seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on June 28. 2010 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; reconciliation between them is no longer a remedy, as all efforts necessary for possible reconciliation had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this Joint Petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of tills case on March 26, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested 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 once a week for the three (3) consecutive weeks at die expense of the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Iligan City. Philippines, this 4th day of March, 2014. (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Mar. 6, 13 & 20, 2014 Republic of the Philippines FOURTH SHARI’ A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES MENELAUS C. GASCON AND LANIE L. ARTATEZ-GASCON,

en by at least six gunmen disguised as policemen from her house in the village of Mercedes and dragged the woman to a waiting van that had been recovered by the police who pursued the gang. No individual or group claimed responsibility for the abduction, but authorities had previously blamed kidnapping cases to the Abu Sayyaf group. (Mindanao Examiner)

who used the name Rey Santos in his identification card, is a native of Tuburan town in Basilan province, just several nautical miles south of Zamboanga City. It was not immediately known whether Yusop is a member of the Abu Sayyaf group operating in Basilan, one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region in Mindanao. Voon was forcibly tak-

CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-034

MENELAUS C. GASCON AND LANIE L. ARTATEZ-GASCON, Petitioners. X----------------------------------------------------------- /

R.A. Form No. R.A. 9048(LCRO)

ORDER Before this court is a verified Joint Petition for the issuance of Judicial Decree of Divorce filed by their Counsel and alleging among others: That petitioner and respondent are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil rite on January 30. 2001 at Balo-I, Lanao del Norte, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were registered with this Court, both of them can be served with summons and notices at their respective addresses at Ditucalan, Iligan City and at Poblacion, Quezon Bukidnon, respectively; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioner and respondent and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated sometime part of 2007 they decided to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation: since their separation in 2007 or for over six (6) years now, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other; neither minding each other’s affairs; petitioner and respondent seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on January 30, 2001 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; reconcillation between them is no longer a remedy, as all efforts necessary for possible reconciliation had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this Joint Petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on March 27, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested 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 once a week for the three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 5th day of March, 2014, (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Mar. 6, 13 & 20, 2014

Republic of the Philippines Region X Province of Lanao del Norte MUNICIPALITY OF BAROY OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that MERLYN ALBAO MANUG has filed with this Office a Petition for change name of the child from “MERCEDES” to “MERLYN” in the Certificate of Live Birth of MERCEDES ALBAO who was born on OCTOBER 17, 1952 at POBLACION, BAROY, LANAO DEL NORTE and whose parents are CESAR ALBAO and RITA MONROYO. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than 21 MARCH 2014. (SGD.) CIRILO A. MICULOB Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Mar. 6 & 13, 2014

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4”h SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT 4”h SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT 4th Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES HARRY C. SANDI AND AILEEN DELA CRUZ TORQUATOR-SANDI

CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-027

IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES ARNEE B. EVANGELISTA AND GIRLIE R. DESACULA-EVANGELISTA

CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-026

ARNEE B. EVANGELISTA AND GIRLIE R. DESACULA-EVANGELISTA. Petitioners. x---------------------------------------------------------------- /

HARRY C. SANDI AND AILEEN DELA CRUZ TORQUATOR-SANDI. Petitioners. x---------------------------------------------------------------- /

ORDER

A photograph of Sabrina Ikabala Voon from her Facebook account.

Before this court is a verified Joint Petition for the issuance of Judicial Decree of Divorce filed by their Counsel and alleging among others: That petitioner and respondent are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil rite on August 6, 2004 at Taguig, Metro Manila, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were registered with this Court, both of them can be served with summons and notices at their respective addresses at Iligan City and at MB2 Unit 511 Diego Silang, Ususan, Taguig. Metro Manila, respectively; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioner and respondent and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated since early part of 2006 they decided to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; since their separation since early port of 2006 or for more than eight (8) years now, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other; neither minding each other’s affairs; petitioner and respondent seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on August 6, 2004 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; reconciliation between them is no longer a remedy, as all efforts necessary for possible reconciliation had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this Joint Petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on March 27, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a newspaper of genera! circulation in the City of Iligan once a week for the three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 5th day of March 2014.

Before this court is verified Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce tiled by the petitioners through counsel and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under civil rites on May 7, 2003 at Philippine Consulate General, Milan, Italy, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were duly Registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at c/o Zaide Law Office 2nd Flr., Pafs Mejia Bldg., Roxas Ave., Iligan City. The said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they are separated for over nine (9) years already, they decided to separate 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 financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; petitioner’s seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on May 7, 2003 so that they will be 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 substance set the initial hearing of this case on March 27, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested party may appear and show why the petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Oder 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. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 4th day of March, 2014.

O R D ER Before this court is verified Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by the petitioners through counsel and alleging among others. That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under civil rites on September 20, 2007 at San Juan City, they converted to Islam faith of which conversions to Islam were duly Registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at c/o Zaide Law Office 2nd Flr., Pafs Mejia Bldg., Roxas Ave., Iligan City. The said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for over five (5) years already, they decided to separate line 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 financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; Petitioner’s seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on September 20, 2007 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 proves futile. WHEREFORE, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on March 27, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested 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. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 4th day of March, 2014.

(Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Mar. 6, 13 & 20, 2014

(Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Mar. 6, 13 & 20, 2014

(Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Mar. 6, 13 & 20, 2014

Republic of the Philippines FOURTH SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’s Judicial district Iligan City IN RE: PETITON FOR RECOGNITION AND REGISTRATION OF JUDGEMENT FOR DISSOLUTION OF MERRIAGE BETWEEN DAVID V. ITUM AND LLANIE Y. ITUM ON THEIR CERTIFICATES OF MERRIAGE WTH REGISTRY NOS. 91-249 AND 99-00200,

O R D ER

Republic of the Philippines FOURTH SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’s Judicial district Iligan City

Republic of the Philippines FOURTH SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’s Judicial district Iligan City CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-031

LLANIE YANOC ITUM, Petitioner, x------------------------------------------------ / ORDER Before this court is a verified Joint Petition for the issuance of Judicial Decree of Divorce filed by their Counsel and alleging among others: That petitioner and respondent are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed first by church wedding on June 5, 1991 at Tubod, Lanao del Norte and then later in civil rite before Municipal Mayor of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental on July 23, 1999, the two weddings were both registered with both registered with the respective Local Civil Registries and National Statistics Office (NSO). Petitioner has been a Muslim by conversion, who embraced Islam religion as her new found faith, by reason of her intellectual choice, which conversion of Islam was duly registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and notices at their respective addresses at Llaya, Iligan City and at Acacia St., Carmen Cagayan de Oro City, respectively; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioner and respondent and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated since early part of 2002, they decided to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; since their separation since early part of 2002 or for more than twelve (12) years now, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially to each other; neither minding each other’s affairs; petitioner and respondent seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond by church wedding on June 5, 1991 and by civil rite on July 23, 1999, so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; reconciliation between them is no longer a remedy, as all efforts necessary for possible reconciliation had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this Joint Petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on March 26, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested 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 once a week for the three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 4th day of March, 2014. (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Mar. 6, 13 & 20, 2014

IN RE: PETITON TO APPROVED AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES JICKER JOHN B. JABAGAT AND JENNELYN A. BAÑACO-JABAGAT,

CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-024

JICKER JOHN B. JABAGAT AND JENNELYN A. BAÑACO-JABAGAT, Petitioners, x---------------------------------------------------------------- / ORDER Before this court is a verified Joint Petition for the issuance of Judicial Decree of Divorce filed by their Counsel and alleging among others: That petitioner and respondent are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil rite on November 10, 1997 at Quezon City, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were registered with this Court, both of them can be served with summons, notices and other legal processes relative to this case at 0263 Phase 2 Dona Maria Subd., Bara-as, Iligan City; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioner and respondent and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated since early part of 2006, they decided to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; they had been separated for over five (5) years now (in fact and in bed) since March 8, 2008, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally each other; neither minding each other’s affairs; petitioner and respondent seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on November 10, 1997 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; reconciliation between them is no longer a remedy, as all efforts necessary for possible reconciliation had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this Joint Petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on March 26, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested 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 once a week for the three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 4th day of March, 2014. (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Mar. 6, 13 & 20, 2014

IN RE: PETITON TO APPROVED AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES RONALD B. ENTERINA AND NORLITA P. CALINAO-ENTERINA,

CIVIL CASE NO. 2014-029

RONALD B. ENTERINA AND NORLITA P. CALINAO-ENTERINA, Petitioners, x---------------------------------------------------------------- / ORDER Before this court is a verified Joint Petition for the issuance of Judicial Decree of Divorce filed by their Counsel and alleging among others: That petitioner and respondent are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil rite on October 1, 2002 at San Juan, Metro Manila, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were registered with this Court, both of them can be served with summons, and notices at their respective address at 0075 A. Sabayle St., Iligan City and at A Rea D. Blk. 256 Lot 17, Sapang Palay, Bulacan, respectively; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioner and respondent and reached the point of irreconcilability and they had been separated after one month of their marriage in 2002 or for over twelve (12) years already, they decided to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; since their separation in 2002 or for more than twelve (12) years now, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other; neither minding each other’s affairs; petitioner and respondent seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on October 1, 2002 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; reconciliation between them is no longer a remedy, as all efforts necessary for possible reconciliation between them is no longer a remedy, as all efforts necessary for possible reconciliation had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this Joint Petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on March 26, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place, any interested 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 once a week for the three (3) consecutive weeks at the expense of the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Iligan City, Philippines, this 4th day of March, 2014. (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Mar. 6, 13 & 20, 2014


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Napolcom allots 800 slots for new PNP examinees D AVAO CITY - The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) has allotted 800 slots for men and women who want to become part of the Philippine National Police(PNP) through an examination scheduled on April 27, 2014. “We have alloted quotas for this year’s examinees for new entrants as well as for existing PNP personnel who would want to take the examinations for promotional purposes,” Technical Director Atty. Randy Babao said. The Napolocom has set the following quota for the PNP exams. Entrance

exam for PNP-800; police officers exam for promotion from PO2 to PO3-600; SPO exams-600; Inspector exams-150 and Superintendent exams-30. Babao said they have established a new set of examination rules for this year’s examination in view of the previous year's allegation of cheating which

was caught by the Vice Chairperson’s aide. “Effective this year, we will no longer cater to walkin examinees. They will be required to register online. Unfortunately, for those who are interested, the online registration ended on February 21, 2014. Those who have registered online are required to go to the NAPOLCOM office so they can be scheduled for the examination. "From now on examinees are no longer allowed to bring with them their cellphones, notes or even bags within the vicinity of the examination center which is the University of

Mindanao,” he said. Since the examination is at University of MindanaoMatina Campus, he said, examinees are prohibited from bringing the said items inside the UM Campus. Examinees who will be caught with the prohibited items are deemed automatically disqualified from the exams, he added. Babao said there is an existing proposal to limit the number of psychiatry exams for aspiring PNPs to only three exams. Once the examinee flunks the psychiatry examination for three times then he will be forever barred from the PNP. (PNA)

ComVal town gears up for influx of investments DAVAO CITY - The municipality of Maco is now gearing toward becoming an investment haven following the crafting of the proposed Maco Investment and Incentive Code of 2014. Responding to the need of wooing more foreign and domestic investors, the local government unit (LGU) presented the proposed municip a l ordinance entitled the "Maco Investment and Incentive Code of 2014" during a public hearing recently at the Maco Gym. Maco Vice Mayor Arthur Carlos Voltaire R. Rimando said the code “should put Maco as an investment haven and regain its glory days as among the most progressive towns in the region”. During its heydays in the '80s, Maco was at the center of trade in Davao province, with its port beaming with timber for export. Large corporations such as Aguinaldo Development Corporat ion (ADEC OR) and APEX Mining Corporation sizzled the town’s economy exceeding even that of Tagum, the capital town of the then undivided province of Davao del Norte. But the decline of logging business in the following decade also started the town’s waning economic activities. While Maco has still retained its advantages such as its strategic location and abundant natural resources, the local government felt

the need of providing incentives for investors as they knew that other towns and cities are also competing for investments. Thus, the Sangguniang Bayan of Maco led by former Mayor and now Vice Mayor Rimando drafted a comprehensive investment incentives code to position the municipality as an attractive investment destination. The proposed Investment Incentives Code offers fiscal and non-fiscal incentives. Fiscal incentives include tax exemption on business tax and permit, as well as real property tax and building permit. The most pertinent feature of the code is the establishment of the Maco Investment and Promotion Center (MIPC) which will act as a one-stop processing center to promote and facilitate investments. Department of Trade and Industry-Compostela Valley Province Officer-in-Charge Lucky Siegfred M. Balleque said that through the Business Permit and Licensing System (BPLS) Streamlining Program of DTI and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), it supports the LGU’s initiative to attract investors. “We would now play a bigger role as DTI is also being eyed to sit in the proposed Maco Investment and Promotion Board (MIPB),” he said. (PNA)

FOR NEW MINING LAW. A Lumad from Pantukan, Compostela Valley province calls for the passage of the People's Mining Bill during a protest rally to commemorate the enactment of the Mining Act of 1995 in this photo taken on March 4, 2014. (MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano)

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he Department of Tourism - Davao Regional Office (DOT-XI) launches The Big Davao Fun Sale, bringing together seven of Davao City’s biggest shopping centers in what is touted as the country’s first citywide shopping festival scheduled on 14 March – 16 April 2014. The fourweek long sale will offer best-value deals with as much as 80% discount on the widest range of products: from dining, local crafts, fruits, and flowers (14 March - 16 April); health and beauty (16-13 March); electronics and gadgets (24-30 March); home and travel (31 March - 6 April); to fashion and active lifestyle (7-16 April). The Big Davao Fun Sale will also feature a food festival organized by the Restaurants Association of Davao Inc. where all its 100 restaurant brand members ranging from home-grown and independent restaurants to franchised businesses are expected to join. Shoppers will also have a chance to win raffle prizes such as iPhone 5 units, all-expense paid trip, and cash prizes worth up to P100,000. “It did not take long for all seven malls to join forces and partner with the DOT in positioning Davao City as a shopping destination in the country. When the country’s largest malls started opening up in the city over the last two years, competition became steep that Dabaweños, close to two million of them, may not suffice to sustain the malls’ viability. This reality in Davao’s retail industry of late caught the attention of all these mall executives to formally organize the Retail Association of Davao and partner with us in conceptualizing The Big Davao Fun Sale to attract foreign tourists and shoppers outside of Davao,” according to DOT Assistant Secretary Arturo P. Boncato, Jr. The Big Davao Fun Sale, coinciding with the Araw ng Dabaw (Foundation Day of Davao) in March, is projected to increase arrivals to the city by 15% from the 100,000 visitors recorded in March to April last year. Davao City’s famous all-black Mabuhay Taxi, which carried the tourism campaign for the region in 2012, has once again partnered with the DOT – Davao Region in promoting the shopping festival by dressing up its fleet of 150 units. The Abreeza Mall, NCCC Mall of Davao, SM Lanang Premier, SM City Davao, Gaisano Mall of Davao, GMall of Toril, and Robinsons are all gearing up with their unique offers and promotions for a total shopping experience. Cebu Pacific Air also partnered with the Retail Association of Davao for the Big Davao Fun Sale giving a huge number of seat sales from all Cebu Pacific points to Davao, now including Bacolod twice a week, for the travel period from March to April 2014. Silk Air, on the other hand, is the global partner for the shopping festival.

DOT Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. endorses The Big Davao Fun Sale, with Assistant Secretary Art Boncato, Jr. on photo.

“Shopping, or retail tourism, is one of the country’s tourism products being promoted by the DOT aggressively. With the increasing global attention given to the Philippines now as a tourist destination, we can anticipate more tourists to visit our country for their shopping holiday. The Big Davao Fun Sale in March is precisely the perfect time to experience four weeks of shopping spree and enjoy great premium deals that all seven malls in the City of Davao will offer. What makes it more fun is that it coincides with the Araw ng Dabaw

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celebration, which highlights the culture, ingenuity, and warmth of the Dabaweños. It’s going to be a thrilling experience. So, get ready to shop ‘til you drop,” Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. said. For more details of the Big Davao Fun Sale, please visit www.facebook.com/TheBigDavaoFunSale, email the organizers at dotr11@gmail.com / organiczar@ gmail.com, or contact Joyce at 0928-9718988 / 09336030003 / 221 0070.

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Teacher’s role in students’ lives By Elena B. Pacamo

A teacher is created in order to teach and to serve. They are every child’s guide light in traveling to the future and through him, they will have a good one. It is a teacher’s duty to equip skills and knowledge to students mind because these are their instruments to have the best future they want to have. Every student has encountered various kinds of teachers in which some of them are hated and some are loved. However, it is pretty sure that they love even

those teachers who disappointed, scolded and insulted them because it is where learning came from. After all, they are teachers whose aim for students is to learn from them. Being a teacher is not simply being a teacher by profession but is all about being a servant to the public she doesn’t even know one by one. A teacher is also, at the same time, a parent to children who are not from her own home and a leader to students who could possibly her own leader someday.

Philippine Association of Civil Registrars (PACR) President and Manticao, Misamis Oriental Municipal Registrar Dorotheo Lacbain, Rep. Juliette Uy (2nd District, Misamis Oriental) and Mr. Marco Savio, Deputy Country Director for Programs of Plan International. Photo supplied

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Bilib Cans, citing his confidence that each of them will work hard for the team that would carry the “Samahang Walang Katulad” equity, win or lose. San Miguel Pale Pilsen’s Bilib campaign is a unique project to celebrate everyday successes, admiration and to uplift the sense of pride of anyone giving or receiving the special beer in can with a writeable space. Huang specifically cited the Beermen’s top center and the recent conference’s Best Player June Mar Fajardo. Huang wished Fajardo goodluck as he will soon start training with the National Team for the country’s comeback to the world basketball map via the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Barcelona, Spain later this year. “Give it your all—for the country,” Huang said. Shooting Guard/ Small Forward Marcio Lasssiter was likewise added to the Gilas lineup recently. Each of the players and coaching staff received from Huang Messages in a Can citing how he and the fans look up to them—from calling Fajardo “Kraken” (referring to pop culture’s legendary sea monster), Marata’s and Lassiter’s “pamatay sunog na mga tres,” Hubalde’s “nakakabulag na bilis,” Mercado’s “killer crossovers,” to Kramer’s strength in carrying his popular Team Kramer with his own biceps. Carrying the Petron Blaze brand since the 2011 Governor’s Cup, the return of San Miguel Beermen was announced personally by San Miguel Corporation president Ramon S. Ang. The return, Ang said

comes in time for the 25th anniversary of the team’s Grand Slam feat in 1989 where it swept all three conferences. The San Miguel franchise has won 19 championships to date. Ang added the “management expects for more championships with the new generation of hardworking and talented players and coaching staff.” For the 2014 Commissioner’s Cup and the team’s fresh mandate as San Miguel Beermen, the franchise will be powered by Junemar “Abai” Fajardo (15); Ronald Tubid (71); Solomon “Sol” Mercado; Douglas “Doug” Kraemer (18); Chico Lanete (26); Marcio Lassiter (13); Chris Ross (6); Christopher “Chris” Lutz (28); Yousef Taha (28); Arwind Santos (29); Paul Rico “Rico” Maierhofer (1); Paolo “Pau” Hubalde (12); Joselito “Jojo” Duncil (11); Samuel Joseph “Tata” Marata (16); and import Oscar Joshua “Josh” Boone. The team will still be managed by Gee Abanilla, with 1st Assistant Coach and Consultant John Todd Purves and Assistant Coaches David “Boysie” Zamar, Riel Banaria, Peter Martin, and Alfonso “Dayong” Mendoza. The beermen will be slugging it off with the Meralco Bolts in the start of their campaign on Friday. San Miguel Brewery Inc. is the maker of San Miguel Pale Pilsen, the company’s flagship brand from which the San Miguel Beermen has reference to. SMB Inc. also brews other global awardwinning brands such as San Mig Light, Red Horse Beer, San Miguel Premium All-Malt Beer, Gold Eagle Beer, San Miguel Super Dry, Cerveza Negra, San Mig Zero, San Miguel Flavored Beer (Apple and Lemon).

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is appropriately aligned with international standards.” The neophyte lawmaker is the author of House Bill 3753 entitled: “An Act Providing for a More Responsive Civil Registration System and for Other Purposes.” Uy said that if HB 3756 becomes a law, it will replace Act no. 3753, the antiquated Law on Registry of Civil Status.

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HB 3756 seeks to simplify civil registration system with the application of appropriate technologies to standardize our civil registration procedures to aid the national government, local government units, and the general public in the planning and delivery of social services. Uy said the new measure will empower the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and frontline government civil registration workers––municipal and city registrars––an opportunity

to release birth certificate at no cost for the first copy. She added that it will also help widen citizen’s access to their birth, marriage––and even death certificates of their love ones at the municipal or city levels. “This measure will make it easier for our citizens, especially the people from the far-flung provinces to get registered. It will minimize costs and eventually enable the government to have civil registration statistics in real time. This will facilitate effective social services

planning and delivery. The PSA estimates that there are 7.5 million unregistered Filipinos as of 2010. This will make realizing good governance from the local to national levels of our government closer to reality for all citizens,” said Uy. “HB 3753 is a product of the efforts of our fellow workers in government who comprise the Philippine Association of Civil Registrars (PACR) and our partners in civil society led by PLAN International Philippines,” she said.

government taxes for their earned income. Most doctors hide their income from the taxman by not issuing receipts and by asking their paying patients to pay their professional fees directly to them. This is common practice and of public knowledge. For the doctors to cry foul against the BIR is misplaced. They know the real score. They know the truth. They just don’t want to be honest to themselves, to the people and to the government. That’s it that is why they are up in arms against the BIR. I am certain; however, they will all eventually keep their mouth shut once the BIR shows them its record reflecting their unfaithfulness to the country through tax avoidance and tax evasion. Atong atangan ang mga kalamboan mahitungod niini. •• (Reactions at jelbacon@ yahoo.com or at jelbacon@ gmail.com . Read me also at www.raconteurme.blogspot. com)

asked to leave the house and that the boarder and his companion left later but witnesses said they saw the suspect running away from the house to a waiting motorcyle after the shooting. The suspect is said to be a trisikad operator and a former security guard. Rabe said the police recovered a slug but found no empty shells of the bullets fired.

But how? “By d oi ng w h at we are mandated to do all our lives, in and out of Rotar y---that is, living by the Four Way Test. When we adhere to the truth, when we are fair to all concerned, when we try to build goodwill and understanding and when we t r y to bui ld b etter relationships everyday of our lives, we are telling the world that Rotary is a noble organization. “And after doing all these, we must endeavor to let others know what we have done by using the facilities of media…” -oooREACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 43 96. Email: melaniolazomauriciojr@outlook. com, batasmauricio@yahoo.com and mmauriciojr111@gmail.com

identified as PO1 Teodoro Sambas, was arrested while he received marked money as payment. Gonda said the entrapment operation was carried out after monitoring the suspect for some time recently. He added that the monitoring was a result of intelligence reports they received against the suspect. He added that the suspect, who has been detained at the police headquarters at Maharlika, is also undergoing investigation for other alleged illegal activities. Gonda said the suspect has been in the police force for four years. The amount of the transaction, however, was not revealed but Gonda says an Armalite rifle could fetch anywhere from P25,000 to P30,000. He said the suspect will be charged criminally, as well as administratively for grave misconduct. Gonda said the city police office will continue surveillance among its personnel to arrest officers who from page 1 may possibly be involved in Rabe said Dalayag was illegal acts. hit twice around 11:30 Tuesday evening but was only able to be attended by the from page 6 rescue group early morning Butuan, Davao, Iligan, the next day because no Dipolog, Zamboanga, Gen- one among the neighbors eral Santos, to name a few reported to the police imurban centers in Mindanao, mediately the gunshots they doctors flaunt their wealth heard. He said the Dalayag and with their fleet of new vehicles, more often than not, the Masayon had earlier sports utility vehicles, their figured in a verbal altercabeautiful houses, if not tion and that the suspect mansions, their ability to allegedly went wild in the squander a few thousand house breaking and destroypesos in the casino but are ing various things. Rabe said Masayon was not faithful in paying the

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in activities aimed at `enhancing public imaging’. Now, Rotary leaders are concerned that Rotarians must `tell their stories about service above self ’---not to really simply crow or brag about them, but for well-defined purposes. Telling stories about what Rotary does helps Rotarians recruit other people to become Rotary members. “Telling Rotary stories also helps Rotarians retain their members and make them continuously interested in Rotar y. It also allows people who have the financial capacity to understand and appreciate what Rotary is doing for the poor and the needy, enticing them to partner with Rotary through their generous donations. -oooLIVING ROTARY ’S FOUR WAY TEST: “Fin a l ly, t e l l i ng R ot ar y ’s story of service above self maintains the credibility not only of Rotary as an organization. It also helps Rotarians to gain credibility themselves, a vital element of their service ab ove s el f. T he re fore, we must tell our stor y.

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municipality of Lagonglong yesterday. Datu Mapailubon Polly A. Bagongon, Talugan Ta Balatukan chieftain said it is the first time that they are given such attention by the provincial government. “Dako kaayo among pasalamat kang Governor Bambi kay nakita niya among bili dinhi sa probinsya,” Datu Mapailubon expressed. Governor Emano further said these indigenous groups will also benefit in his tourism development program through assistance to livelihood. CD/PPO

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Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Agusan del Norte Municipality of Carmen NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC CCE-0002-2014 RA 10172 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 RA 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that JULIE E TAÑOLA has filed with this Office a petition for the Correction of Sex from “(FEMALE)” to “(MALE)” in the Certificate of Live Birth of JULIE ENRIQUEZ TAÑOLA, born on July 4, 1992 at Tagcatong, Carmen, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are ALEJANDRO TAÑOLA and ERLINDA ENRIQUEZ. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 20 March 2014. (SGD.) ANITA T. ESPINOSA Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: Mar. 6 & 13, 2014


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Breaker malfunction being considered in M’nao blackout P

RELIMINARY result of the investigation on the Mindanao-wide power outage Thursday showed that breaker malfunction at the more than 20-year old Agus 1 hydro-electric power plant in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur caused the tripping of power lines in the region. T he p owe r out age, reported to have transpired at about 3:53 a.m. Thursday, was earlier attributed to the 255 megawatt (MW)

Pulangi 4 in the province of Bukidnon. Energy Secretar y Carlos Jericho Petilla said the problem could have resulted from the fact that the facility is now old but he discounted immediate replacement of these since nothing is definite yet. “ It n e e d s f u r t h e r investigation,” he said in a briefing Friday. Replacement of Agus 1’s six breakers will cost at least P12 million, he said.

As of Friday, about 80-85 percent of power is back in Mindanao and the deficiency is due to the lack of capacity in Mindanao and because the 210-megawatt (MW) coal-fired Steag State Power Inc. (SPI) is still down. SPI provides 20 percent of the country’s second l argest isl and g roup’s requirements. Petilla said the breaker that bogged down early Thursday morning is now

operating normally, thus, they are still determining why it stopped working Thursday. According to Eugene Vicar, head of National Grid Corporation of the P h i l i p p i n e s’ ( N G P C ) Mindanao system operations, two unit of Agus 1 failed to work after the tripping. He said the problem should have been contained i n t he are a af te r t he automatic load dropping,

which is a system that prevents any tripping from affecting other power plants. He, however, said they are puzzled why the tripping affected three units of Agus 2 a few minutes after the automatic load dropping. He said major cities like Zamboanga, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro were immediately restored of their power supply because this is part of the protocol. Petilla said a two to threehour rotating brownout

is still being experienced in the region and energy authorities are not sure when power in the region will be fully restored. He disclosed that before the outage there is already a one-hour rotating power outage in Mindanao because of below 50-mw capacity deficit. He cited that the rotating outage is not localized but is evenly implemented in the whole of Mindanao. (PNA)

Zamboanga power firm official advocates energy conservation

SUMMER TREAT. A street vendor prepares ice shavings which he later sells as “leche con yelo” at Roxas Avenue in Davao City, Tuesday. The summer heat makes “leche con yelo” a favorite refreshment item. MindaNews photo by Toto Lozano

TransCo prepares FIT-All charge filing for RE By MYRNA VELASCO, Contributor

BY this year’s second half, the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) is scheduled to file with the Energy Regulator y Commission (ERC) the per-kilowatt hour (kWh) equivalent feed-in-tariff allowance (FIT-All) charge for re ne wable e nerg y installations to be reflected as separate line item in the electric bills. In an interview

with reporters, TransCo president Rolando T. Bacani noted that they are given 45 days to do the FIT-All filing from the effectivity of the Guidelines on the Collection and Disbursement of Feedin-Tariff for RE projects. “We have 45 days to apply from the effectivity of the Rules, so from February 8…that’s when the count on schedule must start,” he said. TransCo is the designated administrator of the FIT-All

Fund to be collected from consumers which in turn will be remitted to RE projects that are certified for FIT availments. He indicated that a biomass plant in the Visayas will likely be the first development that will qualify for the FIT subsidy, as prescribed under the Renewable Energy Law. Bacani added that they are also working on the requirements of the trustee bank for the FIT-All Fund. Under the policy, this must

be done with a government financing institution (GFI) which will practically limit the choices to either Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) or the Land Bank of the Philippines. The decision, according to the TransCo chief executive, will either rest on them or the Department of Finance (DOF). Nonetheless, he divulged that they have already sent letters to both GFIs on their intent of tapping the FIT-All bank.

ZAMBOANGA City The Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) is advocating for energy conservation to ensure continuous power supply, thus lessening the pestering rotational blackouts in this city. Ledesma said that the lack of power from the hydroelectric plants has prompted them to implement the rotational blackouts ranging from eight to nine hours per feeder daily. Ledesma said this city’s daily power demand is about 80 to 85 megawatts (MW) but the hydroelectric plants have only been supplying 42-mw in addition to the 18-mw from the Therma Marine Inc. (TMI) and 3-mw from Mapalad Power Corporation for a total of 63 mw only, thus the shortage of 22. However, Ledesma said they have requested last week for Mapalad to add 15-mw considering that under its power sales agreement (PSA) with Zamcelco last year it is supposed to provide the city with 18-mw because the 3-mw it used to supply last year

was sufficient at the time. Ledesma further said Zamcelco is now finalizing the award to the winning bidder the purchase of 16-mw modular generator set, which would take about six months to be in the pipeline. He said it is part of the loan package the Department of Energy (DoE) offered to power coops last year. Under the package, Ledesma said the coop will pay only the interest and the fuel cost in the first two years and that the coop will have to decide whether or not to get the generator set and have them embedded in this city. If not, Ledesma said the DOE will take them back and put them in the off-grid markets. Meanwhile, Ledesma said they are also waiting for the Crystal Sugar to give this city additional 7-mw for March and April only. Solar power is also being considered for an additional of 10mw, according to Ledesma. (A report from P hilippine N ews Agency)


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