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Mindanao Daily NEWS

Volume II, No. 210

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Authorities seize P5-m worth of shabu in airport Z

AMBOANGA City––Authorities intercepted Thursday a shipment of shabu or metamphetamine hydrochloride with an estimated market value of P5 million at the Zamboanga International Airport.

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BUSINESS GROUP TO GOVERNMENT

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Review NGCP’s systems operation for transparency

Plaza supports organic farming, vows to help fight use of GMOs u 4 DAVAO

Power rate hike not ‘across the board,’ says MinDA u 9

By Walter I. Balane of MindaNews

PUBLIC HEARING. Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal A. Adiong stood up dur-

ing the public hearing conducted by the House committee on energy held on March 7 at the Marawi City where he accused Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperation (Lasureco) General Manager Anshary P. Maongco of alleged mismanagement for his failure to energize at least 80 percent of the province of Lanao del Sur five months before the energy crisis that resulted to rotating brownouts in some parts of Mindanao. Photo by Sonny Sudaria of Mindanao Daily News/Armm

MALAYBALAY City–– There is a need for the government to review “very carefully, very deeply” the systems operation of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) for transparency in the midst of the power crisis facing Min-

danao anew, Roderico Bioco, president of the Bukidnon Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., said. Bioco told reporters Friday the NGCP ought to be more transparent about its operations after the See REVIEW, page 11

Rep. Umali: Full audit of Lasureco in the offing By Cheng OrdoÑez Associate Editor and SONNY SUDARIA Bureau Chief/ARMM

MARAWI City––A full audit on the financial operation of the Lanao Del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO) is in the offing, following the public hearing held by the House Committee on Energy chaired by Rep. Reynaldo Umali (2nd District, Oriental Mindoro), Friday, in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. Rep. Umali said the people in Lanao del Sur

have been polarized by the inequality of power services. The hearing, held in the gymnasium of the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol grounds, revealed that only 25 percent of households have electric meters, and some 40 percent are with electric connection. “The promise of EPIRA to provide electricity to all consumers has not been fulfilled here in Lanao del Sur,” said Rep. Umali. “Eto po ang gusto nating tugunan after we have given a chance to concerned

individuals to talk, at napagbigyan na rin natin ang GM (General Manager) ng LASURECO, Ashary Maongco, to explain his side,” Umali said. The Marawi hearing also revealed that only 37 out of the 39 towns and one city in Lanao del Sur have been energized by LASURECO. The public hearing was requested by Rep. Ansaruddin Adiong, Gov. Mamintal Adiong, along with Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Regional See audit, page 11

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Guv eyes health pack for 160,000 Misor residents MISAMIS Oriental--Gov. Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano on Monday announced that the provincial government of Misamis Oriental has readied an innovative health package for about 160,000 residents abandoned by the previous provincial administration. “It is unfortunate that the PhilHealth have refused to re-enroll more than 160,000

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previous health card holders because the previous administration failed to pay more than P 428 million health premiums,” Emano said. Emano said he would ask the provincial board to craft an Ordinance that would formalize the creation of the Misamis Oriental Care System (MisOrCare) where everyone could be enrolled regardless of creed, sex, and

political affiliation. “We will enroll everyone in the province under our Misamis Oriental Care System regardless of religion, sex or party affiliation. The MisorCares will provide them services and benefits over and above their existing health insurance,” Gov. Emano said. T h e G ove r n or w a s prompted to design this program for all residents after some 177,000 failed to avail of their PhilHealth cards due to non payment of their premiums.

The previous administration entered into a memorandum of agreement back in 2012 with the PhilHealth to enroll said a number of residents of the province for a two-year period wherein Moreno committed to pay a total of P300 million. “On that year the former governor made a full payment only to cover a one semester period. Then, pay only a partial payment representing the third quarter, but this was done only in June 2013, despite the fact that he budgeted over P300

million for the program,” Gov Emano said. He added that the remaining unpaid premium balance could easily reach some P235 million, which “clearly could not be paid by the province due to the financial condition as a result of the mismanagement of the financial and fiscal resources of the provincial government during the previous administration.” PhilHealth refused to reenroll the over 160 thousand cardholders saying it violated memorandum No. 49, series of 2010 entitled “no enrollment/reenrollment of LGUs with outstanding arrears to PhilHealth.” “For the years 2014 and 2015, we would need P2.4 million. Apan kun atong bayran kadtong mga tuig nga nagpasagad ang kanhi nagdumala sa lalawigan ,we need P424.8 million. Asa man intawon ko mangita ana nga kantidad nga bisan ta-ay wala may iyang gibilin sa panudlanan sa lalawigan!” Gov. Emano said. The province also has to subsidize the operation of eight provincial hospitals with a budgetary allocation of some P100 million, which would cause the health expenses of the province to balloon beyond imagination. “This is why we have to design our own health

insurance program for our people, which is less costly, but with more benefits and wider coverage,’ Emano said. CD/PPO

Mindanao blackout remains an enigma By CRIS DIAZ Executive Editor

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The cause of the island wide blackout that struck Mindanao last February remains an enigma, a senior official of a coal-fired power plant in Misamis Oriental said on Friday. Jerome Soldevilla, communication executive of STEAG Power Inc., said that engineers were still evaluating the reason that disabled the plant’s turbines during the blackout in the morning on February 28, 2014. The STEAG State Power Inc., is the only coal plant in operation in Misamis Oriental that generates 210 Megawatt of electricity distributed through the state-owned National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR), Soldevilla said. He said that the STEAG power plant has an “unscheduled” maintenance of its two big turbines that generate the 210-Megawatt electricity just as the Mindanao wide blackout took place last February. He said that the engineers are still determining the extent of the damage. It would take two to three months before the plant would be operational since its parts would be imported, Soldevilla added. The STEAG coal fired plant, modeled after German technology, became operational in 2006. The plant contributes 18 to 20 percent of Mindanao’s power requirements in partnership with the NAPOCOR, Soldevilla said. See remains, page 11


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Misor jail marks women’s month, holds livelihood training program By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– The Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail observed the Women’s Month celebration with a symposium spearheaded by the Gabriela organization. There are 14 women inmates in the MOPJ, according to jail warden Dominador Tagarda. The symposium was aimed at educating the women of their rights. This is the second year for Gabriela to hold such forum. Tagarda said the provincial government has given the inmates a livelihood program of coffin making. He said some 8 inmate carpenters are paid P200 each for making a wooden coffin. Since June last year, around 450 coffins have been made. Meanwhile, the provincial government has budgeted P100,000 for another training program for the inmates. Ta g a r d a s a i d t h e 10-month program will be undertaken under the See program, page 11

An inmate of the Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail constructs a wooden coffin. At least 8 inmates have been making coffins as a livelihood, earning at least P200 per coffin. More than 450 coffins have been made since the program started in June last year. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit of Mindanao Daily News

Bank exec and wife killed, 1 injured in Oro mishaps CAGAYAN de Oro City––A bank executive and his wife and another one were killed in a road accident in Bulua here about 7:00 Thursday

morning, the police said. The couple, identified as McEnroe Sabud and his wife Sheila Mae, died on the spot when a panel truck ran

over the motorcycle that the couple were riding tandem along the highway in Bulua Thursday morning.

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Plaza backs organic farming, vows to help in fight v. GMOs to eliminate the use of chemicals and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) P R O SP E R I DA D, in farming. Agusan del Sur–– In a forum of organic Gov. Adolph Ed- practitioners in Mindanao Plaza said organic agward G. Plaza has here, riculture is a holistic way of expressed his full ensuring food safety, health, support to organ- wellness and environmental ic agriculture and sustainability. Admitting he is an orvowed to help stake- ganic farming advocate, holders in their quest Plaza said he would back By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga and R.L. DOMINGO JR. Correspondent

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that Official Receipt Nos. 25841 to 25850 of Orocam Enterprises, Inc. were lost sometime in October, 2013 and efforts had been exerted to locate them but to no avail. Transactions made with the use of aforesaid lost official receipts shall not be recognized by the company, the same being null and void. OROCAM ENTERPRISES, INC. Marcos M. Calo corner J.C. Aquino Street, Butuan City

provincial ordinances as well as provide counterpart funds to projects that will enhance production and marketing of organic products. He gave emphasis on the big potential of producing black rice and organic products in the local and international markets. For their health benefits, Plaza cited how his blood sugar normalized after two years of eating organic foods. Spearheaded by Go Organic Mindanao, a nongovernment organization closely working for the betterment of Mindanao through organic farming, the forum tackled issues on the protection and promotion of integrity in organic agriculture. “One significant issue of today that everyone should be aware of is about aerial chemical spraying in

banana plantations”, said Mr. Dagahoy Magaway of Davao City. He said “it does not only pose environmental hazards but most importantly,human health is at stake.” According to Emmalyn Legal,a member of the National Organic Agriculture Board (NOAB), there will be a mandatory certification by a third party and the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Agri-Fishery Standards in granting subsidy to individual farmer or group applicant. In addition, DA-13 through its Organic Focal Person Rebecca R. Atega encouraged the group to undergo third party certification to be able to compete not only in the domestic market but more so in the global arena where organic products are in great de-

mand. “The Department of Agriculture through its Organic Agriculture (OA) program is ready and committed to help our OA farmers and organizations in creating a better environment and in producing healthy products for all by providing various inputs and infrastructure,” Atega said. Plaza encouraged everyone to embrace the practice of organic agriculture for the many health benefits it offers and for its business potential owing to increasing demand. “Go Organic ta kay nia ang Provincial Government nga mosuporta sa inyo,” he said. Also in attendance were representatives from the Third World Network, Consortium of Civil Society Organizations and the Foundation for the Development of Agusanons, Inc.

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The K to 12 in the long run By Elena B. Pacamo

K+12 Basic Education Program is the newly-emerged system in the Philippines, implemented under President Benigno Aquino’s administration. The implementation of it is to improve country’s educational system and produce high-quality graduates. The K to 12 has been realized through collaboration among Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and other stakeholders. Aside from the fact that the current administration believes a 12-year program is an adequate period for learning under basic education, there are various reasons for the approval of K to 12 Basic Education program. First is that Philippines is the last in Asia and one of the three countries worldwide having ten-year preuniversity cycle. Through K to 12, our nation will be at par with other countries. Other than that, this program will also provide longer period of schooling for students. The longer period of schooling could give them more time to learn about subject matters. And last, K to 12 program is a key so that Filipinos would have recognition in working abroad. It is because K to 12 program consist of technical-vocational courses. Thus, it is expected to produce better-trained human resources that could compete in global arena. The implementation of this program faced a lot of challenges. However, it’s benefits could not be determined sans of these challenges. K to 12 has traveled a long run and introduced improvements for Philippine Education system. Through it, Filipinos can be more positive and confident that they too could contribute more success, helping towards nation-building.


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Aggie chief confers P44.3m projects to Lanao Sur “Dapat lalo nating paigtingin ang mga tulong at dapat lalong maramdaman ng Mindanao ang national government, (We should intensify our efforts from the national government in providing interventions for Mindanao.),” said Department of Agriculture Secre-

tary Proceso J. Alcala in his speech during a turn-over ceremony for agri-fishery projects in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. The Department of Agriculture (DA) has turnedover more than P44.3 M worth of agri-fishery projects for the farmers and

The Department of Agriculture continues to implement interventions for the development of the agriculture and fishery sector in Muslim Mindanao. DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala (top photo, 2nd from left) has called ARMM as an “unpolished gem in agriculture” for which potentials are yet to be explored and developed.

fisherfolks of the province of Lanao del Sur through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARMM). The projects include fourwheel farm tractor worth P2.3 M for the local government unit of the municipality of Bumbaran; draft animals such as 10 head of carabao worth P270,000 for farmers cooperatives in the municipalities of Ditsa-an Ramain, Maguing, Tamparan, Tugaya, Bubong and the city of Marawi and 22 head of Halal goat worth P 337,112 which will benefit four farmers cooperatives in the municipality of Kapai and in the city of Marawi; 130 bags of organic fertilizer worth P16,250 for farmers groups in the municipalities of Wao, Saguiaran and Bubong; four units of corn mill amounting to P1,072,000 for the local government units of Binidayan, Balindog, Calanogas and Marogong; 50 units of knapsack sprayers worth P130,000 for farmer leaders and cooperatives in the province; eight farm-to-market road sections worth P38 M for the municipalities of Ditsaan Ramain, Taraka, Sultan Dumalondong, Piagapo,

Calanogas, Bumbaran, and Balindog; P2.4M-worth of income generating projects for the local government unit of Ditsaan Ramain; and 25 sets of gillnets worth P108,175, 20 units of engine 5.5 hp worth P 94,000 and 10 units of non-motorized banca worth P70,000 for the fisherfolks of the province. Moreso, the 4H Clubs of Banago and Marawi City each received P100,000 worth of funds for their income generating projects for the development of the youth in the agriculture sector. Secretary Alcala stressed that these projects are part of the DA’s 30% budget allocation for Mindanao which is in line with the government’s thrust for food security and sufficiency. These are also seen to intensify agricultural production for local consumption and export market. He also committed to send forth the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to help enrich the rivers in Lanao del Sur and to boost the fisheries sector by releasing additional fishes in the rivers. “Kita po namin ang potensyal hindi lamang po sa taniman ng palay at mais, sa livestock, pati na rin po ang inyong mga ilog,

NorMin police chief says community involvement is crucial in solving crimes By SPO1 Lyrma N. Cajegas

ILIGAN CITY - Police Regional Office (PRO-10) Regional Director PCSupt. Isagani FranciscoGenabe Jr., underscored during his visit to Iligan City Police Office (ICPO) on Wednesday, March 5, the importance of community involvement in solving crimes. He says that, "The community can survive without the police but the police cannot survive without the community." The Police Chief explained

that community involvement is crucial in the solution of a crime. He says, “Police must not only be heard, seen and felt in the community, but that police must be wholeheartedly accepted by the community.” PCSupt Genabe Jr emphasized his command guidance, “No more (New People’s Army) NPA attacks, no more bombings.” He cited the importance of the conduct of police presence to prevent crimes, the ‘will to fight’ by each policeman against lawless

elements, and personal security. PSSupt. Gerardo M. Rosales, ICPO city director, who welcomed the entourage, said the visit of their new regional director (RD) to meet the more than 300 police force here in Camp Tomas Cabili, Tipanoy, Iligan City has inspired them to perform their job more intensively with the support of the community. Director Genabe assumed into office in PRO 10 on January 27, this year. (LNC/LVG/PIA-LDN/ ICPO)

Atty. Macmod Mending, Jr. (2nd from right) DAF- ARMM Regional Secretary receives P44.3 M worth of projects for the farmers and fisherfolks of Lanao del Sur from the Department of Agriculture Secreatry Proceso J. Alcala (extreme left). Also present during the turn-over ceremony were ARMM Regional Governor Mujiv S. Hataman (2nd from left) and Lanao del Sur Provincial Governor Mamintal Adiong (extreme right).

(We have seen the potential not only in rice, corn and livestock production but also in fisheries.),” added Secretary Alcala. He also revealed that apart from these projects, the farmers and fisherfolks also have another access for agri-fishery projects as the DA is about to launch the off-shoot of the Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) which is the

Philippine Rural Development Program (PRDP). With the continuous support provided by the Department of Agriculture to the development of the agri-fishery and livestock sector in Muslim Mindanao, Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong expressed his gratitude to the national government. # (VANESSA MAE S. SIANO, DA-RAFID 10)

GMA Network awards Lanao del Norte booth

Governor Khalid Dimaporo accepts the ‘Best Exhibitor Booth’ award for the recently concluded Travel and Tour Fair organized by GMA Network. Posing with Governor Dimaporo are the booth

A member of Lanao del Norte Practical Shooters Association (PLDN-PSA) competes in the post-valentine club shoot held in Camp Gallego, Brgy. Pigcarangan, Tubod. (PIO-LDN)

TUBOD, Lanao del Norte – The booth belonging to the province of Lanao del Norte was adjudged as the best exhibitor booth during the recently concluded Travel and Tour Fair organized by GMA Network on February 28 and March 1, 2014. The two day event was held at the cavernous Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro City and participated by advertisers and supporters of the TV Network giant. “Our booth is highlighted by Maranao-inspired decorations with colorful tarpaulins as backdrop. Continuing with the theme, our assigned staff also wore

a traditional dress of a Maranao woman”, Tourism Officer Minda Regis explained. The activity was also used by the provincial government to promote its Gawad Kalinga project in the interior town of Sapad. “We are promoting our two coffee-table books. Proceeds from its sales will help build homes for our less fortunate families”, Information Officer Lyndon Calica said. GMA Network was the official media partner of Lanao del Norte LGU during its 54th Araw ng Lanao del Norte celebration last year. (VNL/ PIO-LDN)


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A responsible response to the power crisis STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) based in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental has vowed to restore its two 105 MW units to top condition to ease Mindanao’s power crisis. Steag’s restoration of the units is estimated from eight to 12 weeks based on the initial findings of the on-going technical evaluation. It is good news. However, similar disturbance that threw Mindanao into a power blackout on February 27, would be disastrous to the economy. If it happens again within the repair period of Steag’s then there will be another electricity crisis again that would eventually cost huge losses for the industries and businesses in this island. The reported Mindanao-wide grid systems disturbance on February 27 caused Steag’s units to go offline as its turbine-generators sustained damages. Each unit has a net generating capacity of 105 MW. STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) Plant Manager Dr. Carsten Evers said that the company has intensified its efforts in restoring the units back on line noting the precarious and volatile power supply condition in the island. But some quarters are asking whether there are back-ups or alternative moves

Editorial that could be harnessed when similar disturbances of the Mindanao Grid occur. It is a relief that Steag assured it is coordinating closely with the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Power Corporation (NPC) and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in addressing the concern. Indeed, the priority is to restore now the units back on line and ease up the critical power supply condition of Mindanao. It is heartening to note that Steag is responding responsibly to the power crisis. Its employees are working round-the-clock to restore the power plant back to the grid according to Dr. Evers. Steag is currently Mindanao’s biggest power supplier in terms of unit capacity, accounting for nearly a fifth of the island’s total electricity supply. A question hovers, however, asking whether other concerned agencies have the same dedication to address sudden situations like the February 27 blackout. When the crisis occurred, NGCP

said the disturbance affecting the entire Mindanao power grid was “very unusual,” making it difficult for them to speculate on the cause of the power outage. There is no need to speculate. Are there no means to counter such exigencies? When a grid disturbance happens, it could be anything from supply or transmission. But is there nothing in this age of modern technology to monitor these occurrences early or counter it with an alternative to prevent business losses? Thanks, however, that NGCP has posted an update, which showed that power has been restored in the cities of General Santos, Zamboanga, Pagadian, Cagayan de Oro and parts of Misamis Oriental. NGCP assured that they will be focusing on probing the cause of the power failure after restoring electricity in the affected areas. However, the NGCP have not committed to bring back power immediately because the information as to the cause of the Mindanao Grid disturbance is incomplete and unclear. Incomplete and unclear? Do western technology have the same predicament? If not, then why don’t we have answers, or do we have the lack of it? Why?

Challenge on spirituality and economics vs. poverty LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do not forget to read the Book of the Law, meditate on it day and night, and be careful to obey all that is written in it; then you will be prosperous and successful…” (Joshua 1:8, the Bible). -oooC HA L L E NG E ON COMBINING SPIRITUALITY & ECONOMICS VS. POVERTY: Filipino lawyer Mariano Patalinjug, now based in New York, USA, has thrown a serious challenge to me: “In your next post (column), will you be kind enough to elucidate on how to combine economics and spirituality in practical ways?”

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio Patalinjug premised his challenge this way: “I have been mulling over your proposed solution, `spirituality’ in particular. And wonder how you propose to combine this with economics in practical ways. I wonder because `spirituality’ is not as tangible as economics. It is something intangible in form, like a gaseous element,

like, for instance, carbon monoxide, or oxygen, or hydrogen, or methane, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. “And because `spirituality’ is of that form, that is the very explanation why, probably, secular administrations have so far failed to combine it with economics. They are all too aware of the reality that `spirituality’ is

appropriately in the realm of religion and it happens that the Constitution of the Philippines, a secular fundamental law of the land, has built a firewall between government and religion. Government and religion, in short, are supposed to be separate…” -oooS E PA R AT I O N O F CHURCH AND STATE, NOT A BAR TO SPIRITUALITY IN GOV’T: Explaining this issue may take several columns, of course, but then, considering the clear interest of a Filipino lawyer who, though is now away from the homeland See poverty, page 7


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Parable of Pistachio Nut By Julkipli Wadi

QUEZON City––As geopolitics shifted, at least for a while, to Europe particularly in Ukraine and Crimea, impression has it that the Middle East is not alone after all in facing intractable problems and challenges. There are equally critical vociferations in Bosnia, Venezuela, Thailand, and others. It gives an impression, too, that the Arab world does not monopolize propensity to protracted conflict and violence. Yet, there is a big difference between the Arab world and the countries mentioned. In the case of Ukraine, it was only quite a number of days of revolution when former Ukraine president was deposed. There were close to a hundred Ukrainians who died. Ukraine and Crimea entered a new phase of challenges reminiscent of the Cold War. Whereas corruption and unemployment posed pressure on Bosnia, Bosnians were agitated to take the mode of street parliament. How the present Bosnian crisis is resolved remains a question. For its part, legitimacy question feeds the political impasse in Thailand. Whatever social, economic, and electoral package offered by the current government, it will always be viewed inadequate by the Opposition given the dominant impression that the sitting Prime Minister is a mere protégé of her brother, former PM Thaksin Sinawatra who was removed from power few years ago. Meanwhile, polarization of Thailand society continues. The case of Venezuela is essentially a problem posed with big shoes left by a national hero – Hugo Chavez – whose successor has difficulty in filling them. On the contrary, chronic problems in the Middle East persist. Reform and call for social and political change hardly proceed. There are just countries there difficult to crack as a condition to effect full social and political transformation. Besides, while cracking them up is one thing, fixing up things and forming a whole new system is quite another. Pistachio nut This brings to mind an experience three or four years ago. We were travelling from Gaziantep to Sanliurfa, two vibrant cities in southern Anatolia in Turkey. These are just few kilometers away to Syria. That was our closest distance to that country.

Syria, then, was not yet plagued with civil war. Midway to Sanliurfa, we passed along verdant field of pistachio trees. Our driver felt that we appreciated what we saw; he stopped the van and talked with the farmers and requested if we could do some pistachio picking. The two farmers (father and son) welcomed us and ushered us to their farm. We came to know that it is not only pistachios they grow; they also have grapes. Vine of grapes surrounds their farmhouse. We picked grapes like kids hanging above their patios and windows. They educated us on the technique of pistachio nut picking and cracking. We learned the difference of nuts already ripe for picking and easy to crack compared to those that are hard to open. At any rate, that was a rare experience. Reminded with it, I thought the parable of pistachio nuts tells something about the Middle East today. Parables By the way, parables or amthal are ways where Islamic principles are worded or explained in layman’s term to facilitate understanding. In the Qur’an, parables are related to stories about nature, fire, clouds, hamlet, garden, and so on. They facilitate understanding about principles of utmost importance. For instance, the Holy Qur’an says: “We have put forth for men in this Qur’an every kind of parables in order that they may receive admonition. It is a Qur’an in Arabic, without any crookedness (therein) in order that they may guard against evil. God puts forth a parable – a man belonging to many partners at variance with each other, and a man belonging entirely to one master: are those two equal in comparison? Praise be to God! But most of them have no knowledge (Ar-rad, 27-29).” Said Nursi, an Anatolian thinker, is known in using parables as his way to relay important principles or message into his readers. While he was in prison, he said, he saw in his vision group of young girls transformed into their old age. Said Nursi was convinced what he saw. He wrote in the “Staff of Moses,” a reprint from the “Risale i-Nur (Treatise of Light):” “Yes, what I saw was reality, not imagination. Just as the summer and autumn are followed by winter, so the summer of youth and autumn of old age

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but is insistent to find ways to address the poverty of his countrymen back home, I will try to explain the view that spirituality and economics can be combined in practical ways to stop poverty. First of all, let us clarify: the 1987 Constitution does not impose a “firewall” between government and religion even with its article on separation of the church and the State. As former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban wrote, in explaining why the Supreme Court imposed an “ecumenical prayer” to be

recited in all courts of the Philippines before every hearing, there is really no separation between the church and the State. Panganiban explained: “Many people, including some men and women of the cloth, are surprised why the Supreme Court has an official prayer. They ask: is this not a violation of the separation of church and state? The answer is `no’. Let me explain. -oooRP IS A STATE THAT BELIEVES IN GOD: “The Philippines is theist, not atheist, not even agnostic. In fact, it is monotheist; it worships one God. That is why our Constitution

are followed by the winter of the grave and Intermediate Realm. If there was a cinema which showed the events of fifty years in the future, the same as those of fifty years ago are shown in the present, and the people of misguidance and vice were to be shown their circumstances of fifty or sixty years hence, they would weep in horror and disgust at their unlawful pleasures and those things at which they now laugh (20).” This is an example of parable aimed to simplify conception of time: in just a wink of an eye a person may be viewed to have aged so that when one compares his young and old days, s/he must be able to learn morals or virtue in them. What is prominent in Said Nursi’s approach is the use of time-related period like summer, autumn, and so on. Our parable of pistachio cracking tries to reflect that of Said Nursi’s. We are not saying it is right; we simply try to proximate one, at least. In our experience of pistachio nut cracking, we learned that pistachio reveals certain nuance in such a way that even if its shell is hard to crack, by sheer observation, one can identify nut that is already ripe; it usually sticks to pistachio tree quite differently; it is partly opened; it has protruding kernel making it easy to crack; others simply fall on the ground by default. Whereas, a pistachio nut that sticks in certain way to the tree is hard to crack; it is usually too green, with no sign of opening – even a small one. For sure, one has an option to crack it with a tool or stone. But, for what end – when it destroys the kernel and messes up pistachio shells around? We raise this parable to simplify or amplify understanding about the challenge in the Arab world after three or four years of Arab Spring. As observed, Arab countries with some semblance of openness and democracy are easy to crack. Yet, it is faced with difficult task to fully open them and fix them up later. Varying groups and personalities simply could not finish easily what they started. It can be said, for lack of better term, “Arab nuts” are easy to crack but hard to fix. Those politically closed countries are even harder to crack; opposition groups could hardly emerge. It was not long ago when the Arab world experienced national upheaval including resort to coup d’ ètat easily changing old guards like King Idris of Libya, King Faruok of Egypt, and King Faisal of Iraq, and others. The

begins with this significant first phrase: `We the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God…’ You may want to know that both houses of Congress and the Cabinet also preface their sessions with prayers. “The most basic concept of separation of church and state merely requires the government to be neutral in the `competition’ as it were, among the different religious denominations. Hence Congress cannot appropriate and the President cannot spend public funds to build a basilica for the exclusive use of one religious group. “Neither can it promote

irony of it all, reform minded leaders that changed old guards while envisioning transformation of Arab society simply replicated the old order as they became dictators of new molds; they stifled the social and political transformation in the Middle East. On the contrary, countries that are harder to crack hardly experience coup d etat. But they maintain hawkish eyes against any possibility of ripening “nuts.” Any ominous signs are literally nipped in the bud. Because they are not allowed to ripe and are thus not picked up at the right time, promising “nuts” remained close leaving them to rot and to waste. The pistachio tree has long been stifled. Tauhid and geopolitics The challenge of Arab society is diverse and multifaceted. She is not only faced with internal problem but also by pressures from outside. The Arab nuts parable could be stretched depending on our imagination. But that is not our concern. For lack of time, we cannot fully dissect the geopolitics in the Arab world. Our concern is the Qur’anic imperative to learn history and to take lesson or ibra. Incidentally, the parable we mentioned earlier regarding two men – one with many masters; and another one with only one master – explains in simple manner the dynamics in the Middle East. In his commentary of said parable, Yusuf Ali took the metaphysical stance by interpreting it along the contrast of polytheism and tauhid or unity. Yusuf Ali wrote: “The difference between the creed of Polytheism and the Gospel of Unity is explained by the analogy of the two men. One belongs to many masters: the masters disagree among themselves, and the poor man of many masters has to suffer from the quarrels of his many masters: it is an impossible and unnatural position. The other serves only one master; his master is good, and does all he can for his servant; the servant can concentrate his attention on his service: he is happy himself and his service is efficiently performed. Can there be any doubt as to (1) which of them is the happier, and (2) which of them is in a more natural position? No man can serve two, still less numerous, masters (p. 1246).” The beauty of Yusuf Ali’s tafsir or commentary of this parable is that, it applies to practically everyone – individuals, nations, and even civilizations. In individual level, Yusuf Ali implies that a person should See parable, page 11

the tenets or dogmas of another to the detriment of the rest; nor can it pay the salaries of priests of imams for performing strictly religious duties. Furthermore it cannot use religion as a prerequisite or condition for the exercise of any right or privilege. At bottom, while there is separation of church and state, there is no separation of the state from God…” -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

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Kidnapped Basilan vice mayor freed in Pagadian City Z A M B OA N G A C I T Y – The vice mayor of a town in Basilan who was abducted Tuesday was released Wednesday in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. Chief Insp. Ariel Huesca, Police Regional Office-9 information officer, said the victim, Vice Mayor Arsina Nanoh of Hadji Muhtammad, Basilan, was released early morning Wednesday. Huesca said Nanoh was made to board the 1

p.m. flight Wednesday from Pagadian to Manila where her husband, Alnajil, reportedly met her. Nanoh, 20, was abducted Tuesday by a group of unidentified persons at a shopping mall in this city. The police official said Nanoh’s mother, Sitti Raddah Kahing, and Alnajil confirmed the victim’s release. But Supt . S of ron i o Ecaldre, Zamboanga R.A. 9048 Form 10.1

NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that the estate of PABLO PARNAY, who died intestate on October 29, 2001 at Johnson, Loreto, Agusan del Sur, consisting of a parcel of land (Lot No. 928, Pls-1024) situated in Marcelina, Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur, covered by Original Certificate of Title (OCT) No. P-12614, issued by the Office of the Registry of Deeds of Agusan del Sur, containing an area of 31,815 square meters, more or less, is the subject of a DEED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT/PARTITION OF INTESTATE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED PABLO PARNAY WITH WAIVER made and executed by deceased Pablo Parnay’s sole heirs, namely, Lydia Bandera Parnay, Perla Bandera Parnay, Jimmy Bandera Parnay, Janilo Bandera Parnay, Hanilbie Parnay Alcansare, Jerry Bandera Parnay, Julius Bandera Parnay and Prescilla Bandera Parnay waiving and relinquishing their rights, shares, and interest in the above-described parcel of land, in favor and unto Lydia Bandera Parnay, per Doc. No. 471; Page No. 26; Book No. LXXX; Series of 2013 of the Notarial Registry of Rafael V. Ybañez, Notary Public until December 31, 2014 with PTR No. 0303280; 12/28/12 Patin-ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Misamis Oriental City of El Salvador

Petition No. CFN ____________

In the Matter of the Change of Name In the Certificate of Live Birth of “NORMAN CADAVERO RATILLA” NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048,b a notice is hereby served to the public that NORMAN CADAVERO RATILLA has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from “NORMAN JOSE” to “NORMAN” in the birth certificate of NORMAN JOSE CADAVERO RATILLA who was born on March 28, 1961 at MAGSAYSAY, MISAMIS ORIENTAL and whose parents are GREGORIO CABABAN RATILLA and FORTUNATA MACAS CADAVERO. At the expense of the Petitioner. Let a copy of this Petition be published at least once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Cagayan de Oro and the Province of Misamis Oriental. Any person having knowledge and/or claiming interest or may be adversely affected by said petition may within ten (10) calendar days file his written opposition with this Office.

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NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late ANTONIO YADAO SR. consisting a parcel of land known as Lot No. 317, Pls-67 (Philcusa-Foa) located at Bad-as, Buan,San Francisco, Agusan del Sur (now Buan, Wasian, Rosario, Agusan del Sur) containing an area of 77,899 sq. mts. covered by OCT No. (P-3187)-1944 is the subject of Extra Judicial Adjudication with Sale under the notarila registry of Atty. Gener C. Sansaet per Doc. No. 112, Page No. 23, Book No. 3, Series of 2006.

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del Sur police director, denied Nanoh was freed in Pagadian. Ecaldre said that he ordered his personnel to check the veracity of the report “but it turned out to be negative.” He said he was even surprised when several reporters called him asking about the release of the vice mayor. He, however, said they will continue to verify the report. (MindaNews)

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Republic of the Philippines Office of the President HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION COUNCIL HOUSING AND LAND USE REGULATORY BOARD Northern Mindanao Region, Cagayan de Oro City

(SGD.) OLIVIA E. LABIS City/Municipal Civil Registrar

P5M worth of shabu seized at Zambo airport

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AMBOANGA CITY – Authorities intercepted Thursday a shipment of shabu or metamphetamine hydrochloride with an estimated market value of P5 million at the Zamboanga International Airport.

Supt. Villaflor Bannawagan, Aviation Security Group commander said the shipment was intercepted around 1 p.m. Thursday during an inspection of cargos by the Department of Transportation and Communication’s Office of Transport Security personnel. Bannawagan said the shipment was intercepted after the OTS personnel manning the x-ray machine

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Misamis Oriental City of El Salvador NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048,b a notice is hereby served to the public that CARMELITO RABINA JABONITE has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from CONCHITO/FEMALE to CARMELITO/MALE in the birth certificate of CONCHITO RABINA JABONITE who was born on JULY 15, 1968 at CENTRO, EL SALVADOR, MIS.OR. and whose parents are FRANCISCO JABONITE and MARIA RABINA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than March 9, 2014.

Republic of the Philippines Office of the President HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION COUNCIL HOUSING AND LAND USE REGULATORY BOARD Northern Mindanao Region, Cagayan de Oro City

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All papers relative thereto shall, upon request and payment of processing fee, be available for inspection during business hours by any person having legal interest thereon. Absent any legal impediment, the above-cited project is deemed registered and a certificate, in evidence thereof, shall forthwith be issued after five (5) days from the last day of publication. Cagayan de Oro City this 5th day of March 2014.

Notice is hereby given that Malate Construction & Dev’t. Corp. represented by Giovanni J. Olivares has filed with this Office a sworn registration statement for the sale of house and lot packages in Ecoverde Homes located at Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and more particularly described as Lots 3-16 of Blk 7; Lots 3-12 of Blk 8; Lots 3-24 of Blk 9; Lots 3-26 of Blk 10; Lots 2-24 of Blk 11; Lots 2-24 of Blk 12; Lots 3-28 of Blk 14; Lots 3-25 of Blk 15; Lots 3-23 of Blk 16; Lots 2-33 of Blk 17; Lots 2-34 of Blk 18; Lots 2-11 of Blk 19, containing an area of 25,504.0 sq.m. and covered by TCT No. T-131589; T-131590. The foregoing project is utilized as compliance for Ecoverde Homes located at Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon in accordance with Section 18 of Republic Act No. 7279. All papers relative thereto shall, upon request and payment of processing fee, be available for inspection during business hours by any person having legal interest thereon. Absent any legal impediment, the above-cited project is deemed registered and a certificate, in evidence thereof, shall forthwith be issued after five (5) days from the last day of publication.

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Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Misamis Oriental City of El Salvador Petition No. CFN ____________

In the Matter of the Change of Name In the Certificate of Live Birth of “JANE CARLO BANQUIL GASCON” NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048,b a notice is hereby served to the public that JANE CARLO BANQUIL GASCON has filed with this Office a petition for CORRECTION OF ENTRIES from FEMALE to MALE in the birth certificate of JANE CARLO BANQUIL GASCON who was born on July 05, 1987 at Poblacion, El Salvador, Mis. Or. and whose parents are EDUARDO P. GASCON and MARIA FE V. BANQUIL At the expense of the Petitioner. Let a copy of this Petition be published at least once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Cagayan de Oro and the Province of Misamis Oriental. Any person having knowledge and/or claiming interest or may be adversely affected by said petition may within ten (10) calendar days file his written opposition with this Office. (SGD.) OLIVIA E. LABIS City/Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: MARCH 10 & 17, 2014

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NOTICE OF FILING OF REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR THE SOCIALIZED HOUSING PROJECT

The foregoing project is utilizing the lots within the aforementioned subdivision project specifically Lots 3-16 of Blk 7; Lots 3-12 of Blk 8; Lots 3-24 of Blk 9; Lots 3-26 of Blk 10; Lots 2-24 of Blk 11; Lots 2-24 of Blk 12; Lots 3-28 of Blk 14; Lots 3-25 of Blk 15; Lots 3-23 of Blk 16; Lots 2-33 of Blk 17; Lots 2-34 of Blk 18; Lots 2-11 of Blk 19, as its compliance pursuant to Section 18 of Republic Act No. 7279.

R.A. 9048 Form 10.1

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Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. A morning flight Friday from this city would have sent it to Bongao if not for the discovery, he added. Bannawagan said the cargo sender is Walter Aquino of 118, Reparo Street, Caloocan City. He said the shabu shipment they confiscated Thursday was the sixth they have intercepted since November last year. He said the biggest seizure happened last Nov. 9, when they intercepted at least 19 kilos of shabu with an estimated value of P180 million. T h e s h i p m e nt w a s bound for Malaysia via Tawi-Tawi. (MindaNews)

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NOTICE OF FILING OF REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR THE ECONOMIC HOUSING PROJECT

Notice is hereby given that Malate Construction & Dev’t. Corp. represented by Giovanni J. Olivares has filed with this Office a sworn registration statement for the sale of house and lot packages in Ecoverde Homes located at Alae, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and more particularly described as Lot 78-C-1 & 2, Psd-10-019066 containing an area of 7,970.0 sq.m. and covered by TCT No. T-131589; T-131590.

placed on hold a cargo box sent through a courier firm and recommended for the conduct of manual inspection. He said he immediately coordinated with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Bureau of Customs and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines to manually inspect the cargo. He said the box contained assorted packs of foodstuffs, but upon inspection one of the packs turned out to be a kilo of shabu. The official said the c a r g o, w h i c h a r r i v e d Wednesday from Manila, was consigned to one Dayang Askali of Datu Halun,

R.A. 9048 Form 10.1 Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Misamis Oriental City/Municipality: Medina NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that Robinson B. Acero has filed with this Office a petition for change of first name from Eutequio to ROBINSON in the birth certificate of Eutequio Acero who was born on April 15, 1954 at Medina, Misamis Oriental and whose parents are Pablo Acero and Cristina Babanto. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than March 24, 2014.

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Republic of the Philippines AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO Province of Lanao del Sur Municipality of Wao OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRY R.A. 10172 Form 10.1 (LCRO) NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION IN COMPLIANCE with Section 7 of R.A. No. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that ROGEN BIÑAS PANES has filed with this Office a petition for correction of clerical error particularly his/ her GENDER from MALE to FEMALE in the Certificate of Live Birth of ROGER BIÑAS PANES who was born on OCTOBER 17, 1984 at PAGALONGAN, WAO, LANAO DEL SUR and whose parents are ROLLY BERJA PANES and MARY JEAN BERNAL BIÑAS. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than MARCH 15, 2014. (SGD.) PERLA A. INIEGO Municipal Civil Registrar

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Soldier hurt in Power rate hike not another NPA landmine ‘across the board’ – MinDA attack in Davao City By John Rizle L. Saligumba, Davao Today

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AVAOCITY - An Army soldier was wounded in another New People's Army (NPA) landmine attack Friday afternoon, this time in Paquibato District, Davao City, the military reported.

Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief, said the incident took place at around 12:30 p.m. He a d d e d t h at t h e wounded soldier, whose name was withheld temporarily, is from the Philippine Army's 69th Infantry Battalion. He added the soldier was aboard a KM-450 truck which was hit by shrapnel of the NPA landmine. A five-minute firefight

followed the explosion after which the rebels quickly fled, Zagala added. "The AFP reiterates its condemnation of the NPA's rampant use of improvised explosive device as landmine to ambush government troops as this is prohibited by the International Humanitarian Law. Landmines have a high potency of hurting innocent civilians like when the NPAs attacked a convoy of ambulance units last March 2, wounding six civilians," Zagala stressed. Meanwhile, one NPA leader was arrested at 11:45 a.m. Friday for robbery and murder by joint military and police elements in Davao City. He was identified as Roberto Castillote, also known as "Markis" and "Marvin," commanding officer of SDG Front 54 under the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee. Castillote is currently detained in Davao City Police Office. (PNA)

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DAVAO City – The increase in power rates by distribution utilities that either operate standby power generation facilities or are buying electricity from other producers for their “peaking requirement” is not “across the board”, a director of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said. Rather, the level of increase in the respective consumer bill will vary from “coop to coop (electric cooperative)” said Rome0 Montenegro, director of MinDA’s Investment Promotions and Public Affairs Office. “The use of modular gensets (generator sets) will have corresponding rate impact as applied with (the) ERC (Energy Regulatory Commission). The actual rate varies per electric coop (cooperative), depending on the capacity contracted,” said in a text message to Davao Today. Earlier this month, for instance, the Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (Dasureco) announced that it will increase its rates by an average of P1.57 per kilowatt hour as it buys electricity

from the Alson’s Electric Development Corp (AEDC). Dasureco said the move will solve its supply requirements for the entire Davao del Sur which is now undergoing four hours rotating blackout per day. Montenegro said “the modular gensets are being pushed as an interim measure to bridge supply gap as we expect large capacities such as 300-megawatt Therma South of Aboitiz to start coming online first quarter of next year.” The agreement of Dasureco and AEDC would last for three years but is yet to undergo a public consultation. In a text message to Davao Today Mt. Apo – Davao del Sur Chamber of Commerce Chairperson, Erlinda Pilapil-Suario said that she “do not yet know of a consultation.” “Tapping of modular gensets is one of the measures put forward by the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee chaired by MinDA,” he said. MinDa said in an email statement that the committee

“had asked private distribution utilities (DUs) to run its embedded capacities such as diesel generators, even as it requested the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to judiciously accelerate provisional approval of pending rate applications for modular gensets that have already been installed.” The MPMC is composed of government agencies concerned with solving the power deficiency in Mindanao and is headed by MinDA. Montenegro said that President Benigno Aquino, Jr., signed Executive Order 371 on July 12, 2013 “for the implementation of Modular GenSets Program, with P4.5-billion allocation from Malampaya funds, to assist electric coops via rental or purchase option.” “(I)f electric coops opt to have the gensets as embedded capacity for their own peaking requirement, then they can take such option. But it would depend on the contracting portfolio and their demand forecasting,”

he said. Montenegro said other electric cooperatives opting for modular gensets are the following: Socoteco (South Cotabato Electrict Cooperative) 1, Socoteco 2, Doreco (Davao Oriental Electric Cooperative), Daneco (Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative), Moresco (Misamis Oriental Electric Cooperative, Inc.) 1, Zamcelco (Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative, Inc.), Surneco (Surigao del Norte Electric Cooperative) and Dasureco. The militant group, Bayan, which protested the Department of Energy (DOE) office here earlier today called the office “useless” and “merely being used by power companies to defend their rate hikes.” Bayan Spokesperson Sheena Duazo said in a text message that they expect Dasureco’s increase to be “only the beginning as others will surely follow.” (John Rizle L. Saligumba/ davaotoday.com)

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Feb. 27 incident when Mindanao experienced an island-wide blackout, which up to now is still not explained by NGCP. “(What) we can get from that incident is that we can easily be sabotaged,” he added. Bioco said what “prevented the public from reacting is that NGCP has not given a detailed explanation on the matter. “We do not know at our level because we were not given the right information. We don’t have enough information especially from the NGCP,” he added. Felix Vergara, member of the board of the First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative (Fibeco), also told reporters the NGCP should be transparent and should send technical personnel to a proposed multi-sectoral power monitoring group in the province. One of the functions of the proposed group, Vergara said, is to forecast power interruptions in the Mindanao grid. The Department of Energy (DOE), in a statement on February 28, vowed to strengthen the coordination, monitoring and even upgrading of the power systems “not only in Mindanao but also of the entire country as well to avoid such incident from happening again.” In responding to queries from the media on NGCP’s explanation, the firm forwarded the statement from the DOE on February 28. Elizabeth Ladaga, of the NGCP Mindanao corporate communication office, told MindaNews on the phone earlier that an investigation is still ongoing and it is “not going to be easy.” She cited that the DOE will be the one to announce the findings after tasking the National Power Corp. (Napocor), National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) and the NGCP to closely monitor the power situation in Mindanao as the investigation on the root cause of the system-wide shutdown is underway. “Currently, the DOE and TransCo are gathering all the facts to validate the reports from NGCP, Napocor and IPPs (independent power producers). NGCP and Napocor were tasked to reconcile their data and provide their respective loggers, which contain the recorded sequence of events. NGCP and Napocor shall be conducting technical evaluations of the condition of the switchyard and the power plants, of which Transco is tasked to interpret the results,” the DOE said in a February 28 advisory, which the NGCP emailed to reporters. At 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 27, the NGCP announced that power transmission service in Mindanao was back to normal

But NGCP has remained mum on the reason behind the outage aside from saying that they are still “determining the cause and will issue a statement when investigation is completed.” Power outage persisted in parts of the island after one of the Agus hydro plants and the STEAG coal-fired power plant in Villanueva town, Misamis Oriental crashed during the Feb. 27 blackout in Mindanao. The damage brought rotational brownouts of six to eight hours in some areas. Bioco said that another issue is that NGCP is run by the Chinese. He expressed concern that most of the top officials of NGCP are from China, although he admitted that “it may not be related to the problem that we have now,” apparently referring to the territorial dispute over the West Philippine Sea. Bioco added that aside from the need for NGCP to be more open, leadership in the firm is “another issue with a service as critical as the national grid, which is the backbone of the industrial sector of the whole country.” He cited that in the Supreme Court’s hearing of a Meralco case, the justices raised the issue about NGCP’s top Chinese officials. “Putting (them on) something as vital as the national grid is a very delicate matter - a national security risk,” he said, adding “how come this escaped the national security adviser?” “If we put it on the level of national security, we cannot take risks,” Bioco said. According to its website, in 2008 the consortium of Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp., Calaca High Power Corp., and State Grid Corp. of China won the franchise to operate, maintain, and further expand the power grid “in the biggest government auction conducted in efforts to reform the local power sector.” Republic Ac t 9511, signed into law on December 1, 2008, granted NGCP the franchise to operate, manage, and expand the electric transmission business of the country. The Franchise Law, a product of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001, authorized NGCP to handle the transmission grid for 25 years, renewable for another 25 years, for a total of a 50-year franchise. R A 9 5 1 1 subj e c te d NGCP to the regulation and policies of the Energy Regulatory Commission in the conduct of its operations. NGCP is also expected to report regularly to Congress to ensure the compliance with regulators and related laws, the website added.

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City while his wife Sheila was a medical secretary of a private physician. The couple were on their way to work Thursday morning when the road mishap occurred. The driver of the panel truck identified as Cesar Paring-paring, 26, told the police that he saw the collision of two motorcycles on the opposite direction – one of them went directly under the panel truck. “I noticed that the truck ran over something but did not stop for fear of mob attack,” Paring-paring said after he surrendered to a police outpost, about two kilometers away from the accident scene. Police said that the lone rider of the other motorcycle was undergoing medical treatment in a local hospital for injuries resulting to the accident. The police have yet to release the identity of the injured. Police investigators said that they are still verifying ownership of the panel truck, which carried about 600 cases of soft drinks at the time of the accident. CRIS DIAZ, Exec. Ed. MDN

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He said that the plant undergoes regular power plant maintenance to keep its operation in top shape. However, the plant underwent an “unscheduled” maintenance because of failure to generate power following the Mindanao wide blackout. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), the entity that distributes power generated by NAPOCOR, could not also determine the cause of the power outage described by NGCP officials as “transmission disturbance.” NAPOCOR also maintained that its power generation facilities in Lanao del Norte were operating normally at the time that the Mindanao wide blackout happened. “We do not have any idea if there was a connection of the sudden failure of the plant’s turbines to the island wide blackout,” Soldevilla said.

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Alternative Learning System of the Department of Education. He said the provincial government will provide the materials and the DepEd will provide the trainors. Inmates will be trained how to make handicrafts, souvenirs, hairnets and other items as well as learn general tailoring and massage therapy. Tagarda said inmates who learn massage are paid at least P50 per session and they could even earn up to P200 from repeat customers. The MOPJ currently has some 330 inmates. Visiting hours in the facility are from 9 am to 3 pm.

Governor Mujiv Hataman, Umali said. Gov. Adiong has called for the removal of GM Maongco on grounds of mismanagement and an investigation into the participation of some energy officials, who are allegedly in cahoots with LASURECO GM Maongco. Among the reasons GM Mongco told the members of the Committee on Energy is that politics play hard on him and his administration. Maongco downplayed mismanagement of the cooperative, saying there were only few consumers who are paying their bills as another cause. Umali talked with Na- from page 7 tional Electrification Adrelationship along the principle of ministration (NEA) Edith tauhid. This may also be extended to in families, in friends, in Bueno, who is in the US, relationship society, in community, in nation, states, over the phone to meet and so on. The difficulty is that, when a relaupon her arrival and discuss is forged outside of a person, matters pertaining to the tionship there would inevitably be politics that operation of LASURECO. get involved. By conception, politics as Umali hinted that the art of possibilities can effect manifold of interest, power, influence, P1.1 million royalty fee intersection and so on. These intersections are what being received by Lanao define, in the larger frame, geopolitics del Sur for producing 35 like those in the Middle East. Moreover, intersections can become very MW of hydro electric power those much complex, making it even difficult from its natural resource is to identify “nuts” already ripe for picking, and in different level, those ready “questionable”. cracking. Fixing them up later while “This matter should be for ascertaining old order never returns poses thoroughly discussed with an even greater challenge. Unlike Ukraine, Bosnia, and other NEA, because, by produccountries, the Middle East remains to ing 35 MW, Lanao del Sur suffer with old and new “nuts.” Yusuf consumers should have Ali’s allusion to tauhid speaks volume to break the cycle of master-servant affordable electricity then. how relationship in that region. The horrible So, we will have to look experience of Arabs under succeeding into all these, including colonial masters smack on the face Islam’s abhorrence to servitude the management of LASU- given attached to multiple strings pulled by RECO kung bakit lumobo different powers. Our parable explains vividly someang utang, at maliit lang that cannot be expressed in plain ang nababayaran nito,” Rep. thing language. Silence has to inevitably Umali said. envelope a great part of our narrative. L A S U R E C O’s d e b t For whatever inadequacy, we take the with the fact that there is stands at more than P7 consolation more learning and wisdom on simple billion. things including our story. Well, hopefully. [A slightly revised khutbah delivered “We should do more, the Institute of Islamic Studies, Uniwork more towards ful- at versity of the Philippines on 07 March filling our full mandate 2014. MindaViews is the opinion section not just partial mandate,” of MindaNews. Julkipli Wadi is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, University Umali stressed. of the Philippines]

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Enhanced Basic Education: Its contribution to Philippine Education By NIMFA TENORIO CASTAÑARES Secondary School Teacher III Kalilangan National High School Kalilangan, Bukidnon

It is one of the endeavours of Philippine government to make education as a central strategy in developing economic status of Filipino people. Lining this purpose is the creation of Republic Act 10533 or Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013. Its implementation took effect on June 2013. Enhanced Basic Education Act allows the reform of K-12 curricular reform in basic education. The basic education is defined as an important matter. It intends to meet basic learning needs, providing foundation in order for subsequent learning to take place. It consist of kindergarten, elementary and high school education. Other than that are alternative learning systems for out-of-school learners and people having special needs. The enhanced basic education contains additives to basic education. It provides longer period of schooling; one year in kindergarten, six-year elementary and another six years for high school. Moreover, programs are included for the purpose of providing education for gifted and talented students, learners with disabilities and learners under difficult circumstances. There

are also Madrasah program and Indigenous Peoples education program in order to educate all people and respond to each one’s differences. The Enhanced Basic Education also allows the landmark adoption of Mother Tongue Based-Multilingual Education. This means that the language used in teaching should be understood by the students. For example, in kindergarten, most students here are not yet capable enough to speak in other languages. Thus, mother-tongue should be used in discussions and as well, in the teaching materials used. Their mother-tongue is also the basis in teaching other languages. Enhanced Basic Education is another implementation of education department in order to improve learning of the students and also the kind of educational system that lives in the Philippines. The contribution of Enhanced Basic Education to Education matters much. It should be remembered that Education is a big foundation in order to better the economic status of each Filipino family. Therefore, it is a must that this foundation should be strengthen.


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Measures in place to address M’nao’s power shortage, DOE says T

HE Department of Energy (DOE) is confident that measures the government has put in place will resolve Mindanao’s power shortage. In a statement, the DOE said the Aquino administration has laid the ground for improving Mindanao’s power supply, which is short of 200-400 megawatts, or equivalent to an average of four hours of rotating brownouts. The outages were due to the increasing supplydemand gap brought about by the lack of new power projects, and the nonoperation of state-owned power plants in the region. To address this, some 128 MW in capacities has been added, including the 15 MW

EEI Diesel Peaking Power Plant and 15 MW Mapalad Diesel Power Plant, as well as the re-commissioning of the 98 MW Iligan Diesel Power Plant. The DOE also pushed for the rehabilitation and uprating of the Agus 6 Power Plant Units 1 & 2 from 50 MW to 69 MW as well as the Balo-I plains rehab in coordination with Department of Public Works and Highways to maximize the capacities of Agus 1 and 2. Alongside these measures, the DOE also initiated several programs and measures to provide the power of choice and draw in all available resources for the benefit of the region:

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hour to its current rate. In a Thursday interview over ABS-CBN, Dasurceo General Manager Godofredo Guya said that the deficiency in supply “is not only in our province (Davao del Sur) but this is the entire Mindanao because of the non-operation of Steag power plant, this is coalfired powerplant, and Agus 1.” “We are thinking of extending the number of hours of curtailment from 4-6 hours,” he said. He said that the measure is “short term becaue the coal-fired power plant of AboitizPower in Davao City will be operational in late 2015 and another coal-fired power plant of the San Miguel Corporation in Malita, Davao Occidental will also be operational in 2016”. “We do not want to establish a contract with a very expensive generator because the customers will suffer,” said Guya. Bayan, who is set to stage a protest in front of the DOE office today, also called on junking the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira.) “Ever since EPIRA was implemented, power rates have risen without letup. Under Epira] the government is prohibited from investing in power generation. The price of electricity is completely in the hands of the big companies that lord it over the market,” said Bayan. (davaotoday.com)

the Interim Mindanao Electricity Market (IMEM), Interruptible Load Program (ILP) and the Modular Gensets Program. These programs are on a voluntary basis and serve as options for electric power providers and consumers to manage their power requirements with the corresponding costs. For the long-term, the DOE has facilitated the entry of new power investments such as the 300 MW CoalFired Therma South Energy Project located in Davao del Sur and the 200 MW

Southern Mindanao CoalFired in Sarangani that will add another 500 MW by 2015. Meanwhile, the 405 MW Coal-Fired Power Plant of FDC Utilities Inc. in Misamis Oriental will come online by September 2016. “It takes 2-4 years to build a new power plant. We in the energy sector realize that the problems that we face now require long-term solutions,” Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla earlier stated, adding that “facilitating investors’ interest to bring

in new capacities to meet the increasing demand is a priority not only in Mindanao but across the country.” In addition, the DOE, in collaboration with the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP), also eyes the completion of the Leyte-Mindanao Interconnection Project by 2018, which will enable it to share capacities with the Luzon and Visayas Grids, especially during supply shortfall. Furthermore, the DOE has issued last March 4, 2014

the Department Circular 2014-03-0006, which directs the operation of all existing generation capacities in the Mindanao grid to operate and offer their power to the grid to increase supply capacity. “All these measures and projects, as established by the DOE with the help of its attached agencies, the local government units and the private sector, are envisioned to provide the best possible solutions to address the Mindanao power situation for the region’s further development,” Petilla said.

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DAVAO City - A progressive group here called the Department of Energ y (DOE) and the Energy Regulatory Commission “useless” amid the intent of a Davao del Sur electric cooperative to its electricity rate. “The Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission are useless when it comes to defending the interests and welfare of the Filipino people. In fact, these government agencies are merely being used by power companies to defend their rate hikes,” the militant group, Bayan, said in a statement emailed to news organizations. The group reacted to a television report that the Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative (Dasurceo) would increase its rate by P1.57 to buy power from an independent producer to supply its energ y requirements. An earlier news report said that Dasureco signed a supply contract wor t h P 6 2 . 9 1 m i l l i on with Alsons Energy Development Corp (AEDC) late last month. AEDC would supply 15 megawatts (mw) to Dasureco for three years from its diesel plants in Digos City. The report said that Dasureco has a supply requirement of 42 mw but the supply is currently at 28 mw only. With the new deal, Dasureco would add another P1.57 per Kilowatt

UNENDING POWER SHORTAGE? An aerial view of a hydropower plant along Agus River, near scenic Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City in this photo taken on March 4, 2014. The summer months are expected to lower production in Mindanao’s hydropower facilities and result in power outages. MindaNews photo

M’nao’s organic products attract bigger int’l markets Mindanao’s organic black rice and coco sugar earned international attention at the recently held 25th Biofach Organic Fair, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food products held last month in Nuremberg, Germany. Bios Dynamis, an organic rice pro ducer popular for its sought-after organic black rice, and the TreeLife coco sugar from the town of Carmen showcased Mindanao-grown organic products during the fourday exhibit in Germany, which was attended by more than 42,000 trade visitors from 135 countries. The e vent fe ature d 2,235 exhibitors from 76 countries who presented their food and cosmetic products to top buyers from Germany, Italy, France, and the Netherlands. “The reception of the international community to

our locally grown products is very promising. It only shows that indeed, there is a bigger market for our farmers and small to medium scale businesses, as long as they pass specific international standards,” s a i d No r t h C o t a b a t o Governor Emmylou TaliñoMendoza who participated in the exhibit. Mendoza added that the participation of Bios Dynamis Don Bosco Foundation and the Tree Life Coco Sugar to the annual exhibit was spearheaded by the provincial government of Cotabato and funded by the Philippine-European Chamber of Commerce (ECCP). “Our presence there affirmed the potentials of our local organic products in penetrating markets of more advanced countries and I hope this progress will inspire more farmers in

going organic,” she said. To date, the Nor th Cotabato provincial office is processing confirmed orders from Netherlands, UK, Australia, and New Zealand, which are expected to be formalized in the next six months. Moreover, potential buyers and customers from USA, South Africa, Asia, and Singapore have expressed interest in the featured Mindanao products. Bios Dynamis has already shipped organic black rice and other food products to Hong Kong, Macau, and China. Tree Life Coco Sugar on the other hand initially introduced their products to Netherlands and UK. Mendoza s aid t he provincial government of North Cotabato is looking into a regular participation to similar international exhibits, since they serve as platforms in showcasing the best of Mindanao’s products.

“This is again a strong indication of viability of Mindanao’s high value a g r i c u ltu r a l pro du c t s penetrating larger international markets,” said Secretary Luwalhati Antonino, whose office, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) has ramped up investment promotion efforts to bring Mindanao products to foreign markets. In a statement, Lord Mayor of Nuremberg Ulrich Maly said that BIOFACH is an important flagship and image-builder for the city and for the European Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg. “One major goal, for example, is to link organic an d re g i on a l it y m ore st rong ly and promote regional value creation partnerships,” he added.(A report from Philippine News Agency)


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