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Volume II, No. 159

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Zamboanga police sets drive vs drunken drivers

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By FELINO M. SANTOS

AMBOANGA City––The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) is conducting a c amp aign against drunken drivers in the city. See FULL STORY, page 8

Aquino names 10 new judges

President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed 10 new judges in courts in different provinces nationwide. In a one-page transmittal letter of Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. to Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. Aranal Sereno dated Nov. 27, 2013, new judges have been assigned to the provinces of Catanduanes, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Cebu. “I am pleased to transmit herewith the appointment letters of the following signed by His Excellency, President Benign S. Aquino III,” the transmittal letter said. For the Regional Trial Courts (RTCs), the new appointees are Judge Maria Ligaya Itliong-Rivera, who was assigned at Branch 5 of Baguio City, Benguet; Judge Ivan Kim Morales of Branch 59 of Baguio City; and Caroline Rojas Jaucian of Branch 26 of San Fernando, La Union. In Cebu RTC, Judge Glenda Ching Co was appointed in the Branch 65 See judges, page 11

STRESS RELIEF FOR CHILDREN. A volunteer from Cagayan de Oro City teaches children how to dance to relieve their stress living in typhoondevastated Barangay Santo Nino, Tanauuan town in Leyte on December 19, 2013. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

Christmas won’t be the same again for Erika THIS Christmas, elevenyear-old Erika Lyn Mansubay would have spent it with her family in a shopping mall not far from their home. Erika would have danced on Christmas eve while her mother, Edna, would sing on the karaoke till morning. Sadly, these won’t happen this Christmas, nor in the Christmases of the coming years.

Erika lost her entire family – Diorico, her father; Edna, her mother; her brother Dave Anthony, 9; and her sister Emerald Jane, 6. Even her uncle, Eduardo Manalo, who lifted Erika to a wooden pole to save her, did not survive the eight-meter storm surge that inundated the town of Tanauan last November 8. That fateful day, Erika

lost a total of seven relatives when their houses collapsed due to the storm surge and 250-kph winds. The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council reported 1,252 persons died in the town of Tanauan alone. Many of them were buried in roadsides and in front of a church in Tanauan, which were hastily converted into mass graves.

As of this writing, total death toll from super typhoon Yolanda already reached 6,102 persons in Leyte and the entire Visayas. Evelyn Manalo, sister of Eduardo Manalo, said Erika was found more than 800 meters from her house, clinging to a wooden pole on a pile of debris at a destroyed gasoline station. Erika said her father had planned for the family

to spend Christmas Day at a shopping mall in nearby Tacloban City. She said their regular Christmas eve would be spent in the family compound singing and feasting. “I love to dance as Mama sings,” Erika said. Evelyn said the rest of their family have decided to migrate to Manila after this Christmas, taking See erika, page 11

DOH reports first firecracker-related injury A nine year-old boy from Tondo, Manila is the first firecracker-related victim this year, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Sunday. Assistant Health Secretary, Dr. Eric Tayag said via Twitter that the boy sustained injuries, without

mentioning any specific site for the wound, from using piccolo, a scratch-banger type firecracker. The DOH stated the piccolo is among the firecrackers where the most injuries resulted from. In the same day last year (Dec. 22, 2012), there were

seven injuries recorded in the same period. According to the DOH, the number of firecrackerrelated injuries have reduced by eight percent from 2,021 cases in 2011 to 931 in 2012. Health Secretary, Dr. Enrique Ona, See INJURY, page 11

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First Panlimbatuhan opens in Bukidnon’s Valencia City

EDITOR: RUEL PELONE, ruel_pelone2002@yahoo.com

VALENCIA City–– Mayor Jose “The Action Man” M. Galario Jr. has officially open the 1st Panlimbatuhan Festival in the City of Golden Harvest last December 18, 2013 until January 12, 2014 for the first time of the history of the City of Valencia was celebrated the big event under his administration.

To give a colorfull and symbolic of said event there was a torch parade doned by all Department Employees in the City of Valencia, business sector, all 31 Barangay’s, City Officials, national offices e mpl oye e s and NG O’s staff at the City Oval.

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It can be recalled that under his administration in 2001 there was a Bonggahan sa Valencia, who initiated by the “Action Man” that give Valencianos a satisfaction more event was happened and under his New Administration he change the “B ong ga han s a Va lencia” to “Panlimbatuhan Festival.” Panlimbatuhan is originally name of Valencia. “Daghan nga mga Va l e n c i a n o s a n g n a g pasalamat ngadto kang

Mayor Galario gumikan sa iyang gihimo nga kalingawan nga makatagbo usab kanila ug siya gihinganlan ug “Nibalik na ang Messiah,” matud pa sa iyang tagasuporta. “Kini tungod sa gihimo kaniadtong nahimo pa siyang mayor gawas sa mga ka lingawan ub ay-ub ay usab nga kabus ug timawa ang iyang natabangam sukad kaniadto hangtud karon pinaagi sa paghatag ug “Financial Assistance, Libre nga Pagpahospital, Libre nga Tambal, ug uban pa nga mga problema sa mga Valencianos,” dugang pa niya. Matud p a ni Mayor Galario, nga ang buhis nga inyong gibayad atong ibalik usab diha kaninyo.

93 new Army soldiers get firearms THE C agayan D e Oro City-based 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army said it issued s er vice weap ons to 93 newly-recruited soldiers on Friday afternoon. Present during the occasion were 4th Infantry

Division commander Major Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya and Mis am is O r i e nt a l 2nd District Rep. Grace Acain, who represented Gov. Yevgeny Emano. Capt. Christian Uy, 4th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the objec-

tive of the ceremonial entrustment of firearms is to emphasize that the firearms entrusted to them are to be used as a tool in protecting the rights of the Filipino people and in performing the other mandates of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. “You have witnessed 93 new privates armed as additional protectors of our democracy for peace and

development of Northern Mindanao,” Visaya said. He also gave the new privates some reminders on being a disciplined soldier. “We are not here wearing this uniform because we are born to be soldiers but because we chose to be one,” the 4th Infantry Division commander stressed. A report from the Philippine News Agency


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Surigao solon’s perjury charge vs watchdog junked SURIGAO City––The City Prosecutor’s Office here has junked the perjur y charge filed by Surigao del Norte Rep. Francisco Matugas (first district) against an anti-corruption group. Matugas filed the case af te r t he C o a l it i on of Sur igaonons for G o o d Governance, Transparency and Accountability (COSUGGTA) accused him of plunder before the Office of the Ombudsman. The complainants include Fernado Almeda Jr., the group’s chairperson; Victor Bernal, spokesperson; and members Edgardo Canda and Lolito Golo. COSUGGTA lodged

the plunder complaint after Matugas allegedly use his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in the amount of P63.5 million as intelligence fund and distributed it to 15 mayors for counter insurgency activities. In a decision dated September 13, 2012, the C ommission on Audit recommended the filing of criminal and administrative cases against Matugas. He arg u e d t hat t he g roup committed p erjury “because he did not received and distributed the fund but only recommended the projects of the local government units for funding under

his PDAF.” Matugas also insisted that the amount of P63. 5 million was “a deliberate falsehood” because what he requested for funding amounted only to P49.5 million, which was below the P50 million threshold for filing a plunder case.

Matugas stressed the plunder charge maligned his reputation after it was publishe d in dif ferent newspapers and aired by different radio stations. The prosecutor’s office eight-page resolution junking the perjury case filed by Matugas was

dated last December 5, a copy of which MindaNews obtained on Saturday. It was signed by Danny Serrano, Agusan del Norte deputy prosecutor. Serrano said the compliant of Matugas against C O SU G G TA w a s d i s missed as the Ombuds-

man has yet to decide on the plunder against him. Relieved by the resolution, the group urged the Ombudsman to decide on the case immediately. MindaNews tried but failed to reach Matugas for his comments. (Roel N. Catoto/MindaNews)

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Cabadbaran NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. 9048, notice is hereby served to the public that GERALDINE MACEDA MAGARIN has filed with this Office a petition for change of her son’s first name from GERALD NICANOR JR. to DEAN MARK in the birth certificate of Gerald Nicanor Maceda Magarin, Jr. with Registry No. 1067-(H-79) who was born on July 27, 1979 at Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are Nicanor D. Magarin and Geraldine M. Maceda. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than January 3, 2014. (SGD.) MARIA JEAN M. CHEE City Civil Registrar MDN: Dec. 23 & 30, 2013

PLANTING RICE. Farmers plant rice in the muddy fields of Barangay Lemon in Butuan City on Saturday, 21 December 2013. MindaNews photo by Erwin MascarinasDec 21, 2013

Republic of the Philippines SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD Region 10 Oroquieta City City of Good Life Tel/Fax No.(088) 531-1164 & 531-0097; eMail – sp_oroquieta@yahoo.com AUTHORS: Committee on Agriculture and Fisheries: HON. WINSTON V. CATANE , Chairman HON. JOEL A. FERNANDEZ, Vice Chairman HON. ELEUTERIO L. BLASCO, JR., Member HON. VINCENT J. GUANTERO, Member PREFATORY STATEMENT The city’s territorial waters is adjacent with the Municipality of Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental. In its efforts to protect the interest of the City’s fisherfolks and the City’s marine resources, a total fishing ban period has been declared as an amendment of Ordinance No. 38-99, known as the Basic Fisheries Code of Oroquieta City. However, aired lately is the plight of the City’s fisherfolks as there is no synchronized period of fishing ban between the City and its adjacent Municipality, so that, the Sangguniang Panlungsod, in its regular session, passed Resolution No. 2013-09-767 expressing the possibility of synchronizing the City’s fishing ban period with the fishing ban period of the Municipality of Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental. This is so, because, the Municipality of Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental has a longer period of its fishing ban compared to the City of Oroquieta, that is why, fisherfolks of the said municipality come to this City for fishing during the ban period, thus, to the disadvantage of the marginal fisherfolks of Oroquieta City. With this situation, the City’s fisherfolks appealed the City Government to possibly craft measures to have a synchronized fishing ban period in the two (2) localities – Lopez Jaena, Misamis Occidental and the City of Oroquieta, for fairness and effective implementation. It was also made clear that aside from the spawning season of fish in time of the ban period, it also includes all other species, such as, shrimps, crabs, shells and other marine products, thus, this Ordinance: ORDINANCE NO. 562-2013

NOTICE

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late ALMARIO S. GARAY consisting a parcel of land situated at Alegria, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur known as Lot No. 4436-J, Psd-13-001163 (AR) containing an area of 2,689 sq. mts. is the subject of Extra Judicial Partition with Waiver of Hereditary Rights under the notarial registry of Atty. Alfredo J. Carmelo per Doc. No. 18, Page No. 04, Book No. 21, Series of 2013.

NOTICE is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late FELISA MANATAD consisting a parcel of agricultural land situated at Bayugan 2, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur known as Lot No. 3035-B, Pls-67 containing an area of 2.8477 hectares is the subject of Extra Judicial Settlement of Heirs with Special Power of Attorney under the notarial registry of Atty. Alfredo J. Carmelo per Doc. No. 50, Page No. 10, Book No. 04, Series of 2013.

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NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late spouses EUFEMIO B. BUCANE and PORFERIA S. BUCANE consisting a parcel of land situated at Salvacion, Trento, Agusan del Sur known OCT P-8400 containing an area of 1.62 hectares, a parcel of land situated in Salvacion, Trento, Agusan del Sur known as OCT P-8464 containing an area of 2.25 hectares, a parcel of land situated in Salvacion Trento, Agusan del Sur known as OCT P-8463 containing an area of 5.00 hectares and a parcel of land situated in Salvacion, Trento, Agusan del Sur known as OCT P-8490 containing an area of 3.87 hectares are the subjects of Extra Judicial Settlement of Estate Among Heirs under the notarial registry of Atty. Engelbert Rodaje Calgas per Doc. No. 227, Page No. 46, Book No. II, Series of 2013. MDN Dec. 9, 16 & 23, 2013

AN ORDINANCE FURTHER AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 38-99, KNOWN AS THE BASIC FISHERIES CODE OF OROQUIETA CITY, SPECIFICALLY SECTION 95 THEREOF. Be it enacted by the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Oroquieta City, in session assembled, that: Section 1. Ordinance No. 38-99, Section 95 “Total Fishing Ban Period”, thereof shall be amended to read as follows: Section 95. Total Fishing Ban Period. The catching, gathering and collecting of any species of fish and other fishery products to start from the second up to the fourth day from the new moon is strictly prohibited within Ten Point One (10.1) kilometers perpendicular to the shoreline where the water level reaches during high tide including mangrove areas.

Section 2. This ordinance shall take effect upon its approval. APPROVED: October 31, 2013

CERTIFIED CORRECT: CONCEPCION N. MAISLING Secretary to the Sanggunian ATTESTED: /mls HARRY J. GUANTERO City Vice Mayor Presiding Officer APPROVED: JASON P. ALMONTE City Mayor

MDN Dec. 11, 16 & 23, 2013

Tel.No. (088) 880-1474


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THE elected officers of senior citizens of Purok 2 Barangay 2A, Magallanes, Davao City. From left, Manuela Amba, PIO; Aida Algoso, PIO; Jose Marcial, vice president, Maam June Darwin, Delia Lacson, auditor, Ernesto Mansueto, Benedicta B. Caina, president, Minda Paces, assistant secretary; Flocerpina Abracia, treasurer, Caridad Pernia, secretary.

SouthCot LGUs pass DILG’s ‘good governance’ seal

GENERAL Santos City–– All local government units (LGUs) in South Cotabato province have passed the assessment this year for the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Seal of Good Housekeeping. Josephine Leysa, DILG South Cotabato provincial director, said the area’s LGUs specifically passed the standards on good governance based on the results of a recent evaluation for the Seal of Good Housekeeping project. “All LGUs, from provincial to city and municipal levels have passed and made significant improvements in terms of reforms in governance as set in the project’s criteria,” she said in a radio interview. The official said South Cotabato is the only province in Region 12 that so far made such accomplishment this year. Region 12, which is also known as the Soccsksargen Region, comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato. South Cotabato covers 10 municipalities and one city. Koronadal City, which is Region 12’s administrative seat and center, is a component city and the capital of the province. The DILG said the Seal of Good Housekeeping mainly recognizes LGUs with good performance in internal housekeeping, particularly in the areas of local legislation, development planning, resource generation, resource allocation and utilization, customer service and human resource management and development. Leysa said the area’s LGUs have passed the different levels of the project’s three main categories: bronze, silver and gold. The bronze seal is given to LGUs that have no adverse or disclaimer Commission on Audit opinion and fully complied with the full disclosure policy. The silver seal is for those that posted good or excellent

performance as indicated in the Civil Service Commission Report Card Survey on the Anti-Red Tape Act implementation; has functional bids and awards committee; and fully complied with the posting requirement of the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System. The gold seal is given to LGUs with above benchmark Local Governance Performance Management System performance; has an internal audit office; has functionality of local development council, local school board, local housing board and peace and order council; engages in joint ventures or cooperative arrangements with peoples’ organizations and non-government organizations in the delivery of basic services, capability building, livelihood projects, agriculture and other socio-economic development endeavors; and has indigenous people or IP representation in local Sanggunian and other local policy-making bodies. Leysa credited the accomplishment to their close coordination and constant collaboration with all LGUs within the province on various concerns. “This is already an advocacy for us so we’ve kept on reminding our LGUs regarding the need to comply and properly practice the standards of good governance,” she said. Leysa said they also make sure that all directives and policy actions involving LGU operations are immediately passed on by their office to all concerned. The official said they’re hoping that the area’s LGUs will continue with their good governance practices and eventually qualify for some awards and incentives that are channeled through the Seal of Good Housekeeping project. “We consider this as a big accomplishment for the (DILG) provincial office, the provincial government and our 10 towns and lone city. For me, this is more that the cash bonus that we are getting this Christmas,” she added. (MindaNews)

During the successful conduct of the Sultan Kudarat Children’s Congress. (From L-R) SB Member Datu Abdul Daud, Vice Mayor Bai Norhaina M. Maik, and Mayor Datu Shameen B. Mastura. photo by analisa p . española

Republic of the Philippines AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO Province of Maguindanao Municipality of Sultan Kudarat OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL MAYOR

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu… At the outset, let me Congratulate the people behind the success of Children’s Congress held on December 19, 2013, a product of Gender and Development and a brainchild of “Early Childhood Care and Development Center”. I would like to reiterate my thanks and gratitude to all my beloved constituents, in awarding me a fresh mandate being the Local Chief Executive of Sultan Kudarat Municipality. This is very timely, because the Yuletide Season in about to begin. In behalf about of my family, may I convey my warmest greetings of “MALIGAYANG PASKO AT MANIGONG BAGONG TAON 2014 SA ATING LAHAT.” Lastly, I am more challenged to do my best of my ability in serving my beloved people the best that I can. Best thank you and WASSALAM.

(SGD.) HON. DATU SHAMEEM B. MASTURA Municipal Mayor


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The national government is not helpless in protecting the Filipino public from the looming power rate hike brought about by the temporary shutdown of the Malampaya gas project. This was the opinion of Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter “Companero” S. Cayetano. He further said that there are many solutions to the problem, “”But the government has to be willing to give, not only to take...” Cayetano has been asking the government to look for “creative solutions” to cushion the effects of the power rate hike, saying that the Filipino public cannot bear the burden of the rising prices of commodities. Cayetano e arlier proposed that a “floating” VAT rate be implemented to cushion the effects of the power rate increase, explaining that the government can reduce the VAT rate on power to 6% or 9% whenever the power rates are high, and correspondingly restore it to 12% when rates are low. “Sa tao, ang mawawala, 12%. Pero sa gobyerno, hindi 12% ang mawawala kasi sinisingil naman nila ang inputoutput ng VAT,” he said.

SPECIAL FEATURE “Sa sinasabi ni Commissioner Henares, halimbawa, na mawawala ang P5B sa gobyerno kapag binaba natin ang VAT, but if prices increase by 5%, you lose P5B anyway, so bakit natin papahirapan pa ang mga tao para lang di maapektuhan ang revenue ng gobyerno kung yun din ang magiging resulta sa dulo. So wouldn’t we rather prevent an increase in electricity, petroleum, transportation, and other basic necessities now so that prices next year would not go up?”” Cayetano said during the hearing. Aside from implementing a floating VAT rate, Cayetano also proposed that the government suspends the collection of the taxes on natural gas for three months. “The Congress can work on removing the tax on natural gas, which stands at P1.46/kWh. Kung tatlong buwan nating hindi sisingilin ang tax para dito, makakatipid tayo ng halos P4.50/kWh. Mas malaki na iyan sa P4.15/kWh na itinaas ng kuryente ng Meralco. Ang mangyayari sana, walang itataas ang kur yente,” Cayetano explained. Government take in

rate hike is P0.70 per kwh In fact, Cayetano said that the government is poised to collect some 70 centavos in Value-Added Tax (VAT) out of the P4.15 per kwh increase in electricity rates that Meralco has earlier requested. “We discovered today na hindi lang ang mataas na tax ang nakakadagdag. Dito lang sa P4.15 [na increase per kwh], almost P0.70 ay sa gobyerno din pala mapupunta,” the senator said during the hearing of the Senate Committee on Energy on the power rate increase. “Itong gobyerno, sinasabi, pasensya na dahil pribadong sektor iyan, anong magagawa nila, may ERC. Iyun pala ay kumakabig din ito ng P0.70.” he noted. “In a way, mas gusto din pala ng gobyerno na mas mataas ang presyo ng petrolyo at gasolina dahil mas marami ang tax na makukuha nito.” A 4.15-increase per kwh rate increase in the next three months has been announced, citing as justification the shutdown of the Malampaya gas facility and other power plants, which provide 40% of the electricity needs.


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Seeking Balance in the Context of the Whole

It was sensible of Director Jess Tamang to seek the assistance of the Mindanao Development Authority to set the context for the Department of Energy’s Public Consultation on the Mindanao Energy Plan for 2013-2030 held last 17 December at a local hotel. As the good director himself said, any planning that the DOE Bureau he heads on Energy Policy and Planning for the Mindanao Energy Plan for 2013-2030 would be meaningless unless it is set within the context of the true picture in the island. Thus, the presentation of MinDA Planning Division Chief Estrella Turingan on the Mindanao 2020: Peace and Development Framework Plan for 2011-2030. Among the highlights of her presentation were how Mindanao contributed 14 percent to the country’s economy in 2012, and how it posted a significant uptrend in growth from 4.2% in 2010-2011 to 8.2% from 2011-2012. That’s better than how the Philippine economy grew 3.6% in 2010-2011 to 6.7% in 2012. (NSCB) However, the MinDA says the island faces daunting challenges to sustain this momentum including how to ensure more inclusive growth considering how poverty incidence (PI) in all the Mindanao regions remain higher than the national average of 22.3%. PI is highest in the ARMM (46.9%) followed by Region 12 ( 37.5%), Region 9 (36.9%), Region 10 (35.6%), Caraga (34.1%) and Region 11 (28.6%) Source: NSCB, 1st Semester, 2012 Mindanao has to manage its

fast depleting resources, with forest cover as of 2010 a mere 6% of its total land area. And with TS Sendong and Typhoon Pablo still fresh in everyone’s memories, the need to reduce vulnerabilities and manage risks to natural disasters and climate change remains paramount. Mindanao 2020 : A Peace & Development Framework (for 20112030) aims to address these issues through a dynamic, inclusive and green Mindanao economy; Overall well-being marked by good health, ample education and social cohesion; A participatory and culture-sensitive Mindanao governance and political framework that asserts self-reliance and self-determination; Supportive policies, infrastructure and availability of research, technology and resources, and of course, definite and lasting peace. By the end of PNoy’s term in 2016, Mindanao 2020 targets the following: Reduce poverty incidence to 30% from 32.5% in 2009; Mindanao economy growing at an average annual GDP growth rate of 7-8% with average annual income of Mindanawons (Per Capita GDP) exceeding P16,000 in constant 2009 prices, and unemployment rate is no more than 3%; forest cover restored to at least 30% of land area and a 13% increase in installed power generating capacity; about half of which is accounted for by renewable energy. By 2020, the plan foresees poverty incidence dropping further to 25% of the population with the island’s economy growing

at an annual average real GDP rate of 8-10% and average annual income exceeding P22,000 with unemployment at no more than two percent. The island’s forest cover should have grown to 35% of the land area with installed power generating capacity increasing by 20%, about half of which should be in renewables. At the end of the planning period in 2030, PI should be down to 16% of the Mindanao population with the economy growing sustained at 8-10% and average income rising over P42,000 with the prevalence of full employment. Forest cover should have stabilized at 40% of land area. However, to realize all this, enabling conditions favorable to their attainment should prevail. Foremost among these are that infrastructure, knowledge and financing support systems are well in place. Reliable, efficient and climate resilient infrastructure would include integrated inter-modal transport and logistics network; a dependable power system; a widely accessible water supply system; state of the art ICT infrastructure; and ample and reliable support infrastructure including a responsive knowledge support system and ample financial resources. For energy, the M2020 has set the following key strategies: formulation of a Mindanao Power and Energy Development and Sustainability Plan; reformation of energy pricing policies to rectify infirmities that inhibit investments in further energy

Going coconuts

CURRENT statistics on coconut production have shifted to Davao region as the top contributor to the 15.3 Million metric tons annual exports. The provinces of Davao Occidental, Davao del Sur and Compostela Valley have contributed 9.2 Million metric tons or 60.3 percent of the country’s total coconut export. This allays fear of the business and market sector of the speculative decline of coco oil supply in the domestic and export market as a result of the destruction of coconut trees in areas hit by super typhoon Yolanda last November. The department of Agriculture has records to show that aside from Bananas which produced 9.6 Million metric tons or 81.1 percent of the total Philippines output that delivers an average USD 220 Million

export receipts per annum, coconut is still Davao’s top agro product. Since year 2001, harvests from Davao provinces have contributed to the increased coco exports of the Philippines from 11 Million metric tons to the current level. Notwithstanding Typhoon Pablo in 2011 that affected some parts of Davao del Norte, a nontraditional coconut producer province but were into the underground industry of agro forestry and gold mining. Baganga, New Bataan and Cateel the municipalities that looks

like a place hit by a nuclear bomb which absorbed the fury of Pablo were in the industry of timber, corn and fishing. While Davao del Norte typhoon stricken areas were into industrial planting of bananas and subcontracting. Coconut productions in this area were classified as support backyard industry to augment farmer’s incomes that are also into Durian and Pomelo plantation. Coconut oil productions were once dominated by the provinces of Quezon, Laguna and Misamis Oriental in the 70’s. Industrialization

Because the power industry is monopolized by only a few players, collusion is expected. Only five companies control 80% of power capacity in the country: Cojuangco/SMC (22%), Aboitiz (20%), Lopez (18%), Ty (12%) and Consunji

(8%). These same firms own the plants with allegedly coordinated forced outages including Ilijan (Cojuangco/ SMC), San Lorenzo (Lopez) and Calaca (Consunji); the other two plants are GN Power (Ayala) and Masinloc (AES).

The record rate hike results from the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA), which resulted in the privatization and deregulation of the power industr y. With EPIRA, private corporate profits are given absolute priority

Traversing the Tourism Hi-way Ped T. Quiamjot

development; deliberately address losses in power generation, transmission and distribution systems; encourage private sector investments through a conducive policy environment; further diversify the energy mix by expanding the share of renewable and indigenous power; prioritize the building of small hydroelectric plants over large ones; prioritize the development of renewable energy facilities; foster a competitive electricity market and, strengthen and sustain an information and education campaign. Just how crucial a reliable and affordable power supply is to the future of Mindanao? Department of Energy (DOE) figures show electricity generation during 2010 was reduced by 6.33% (or 430 million kWh, excluding losses and station-use) compared to 2009. This reduction in generation represents the unserved electricity due to power supply shortage in Mindanao in 2010. Estimated economic losses using the ratio formulated by the University of Asia and the Pacific of Gross National Product (GNP) to the total kWh sold ratio (P144 per kWh in 2010 multiplied by the 430 million unserved kWh in 2010) translates to P62 billion of economic losses for Mindanao. Hardest hit during the 2010 Mindanao Power Crisis were member companies of the Cagayan deOro Chamber of Industries with some suffering as much as a 50 percent drop in production due to the power curtailment. COCI´s 14 members accounted for $ 165.8 million of Region 10´s

and property development have shifted the balance and reversals of fortune which transformed these former provinces into manufacturing and economic industrial zones with high populated urban cities. Davao the second biggest province in Mindanao which is blessed with a good rainfall and fertile soil have embarked and continued planting the new coco variety when it was introduced by Eduardo Cojuangco during his term as Chairman of the Coconut Producers Association of the Philippines. This variety bear fruits after five years of planting and continues to be productive with more yields per tree thirty five years after. Travel to Digos in the south or Tagum to the east to see the visual harmony of fruit bearing coconuts.

Monopoly in power industry behind rate hike over consumer welfare and economic development, while the state steps aside. Low and stable electricity charges are necessary to safeguard the welfare of poor consumers and support domestic industry See HIKE, page 11

total export volume in 2008 and constitute 37.7 percent of the total exports of Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental. An internal survey conducted by COCI on some of its member industries show they have an aggregate consumption ranging from 59.21 to 81.08MW. However, the surveyed firms´ can only generate 34.10MW for a 60 percent shortfall of 46.98MW to be sourced either directly from the outside sources or the local utility during peak hours. Manufacturers that would operate their embedded generators stand to increase their combined cost of production by about P27 million per month. A recent Philexport News and Features article entitled “84 days of Power Interruption expected by 2014-UP Study” published Nov. 21, 2011 in a national broadsheet cited the findings of a team of engineers from the University of the Philippines’ National Engineering Center to the Energy Committee of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). The study focused on the electric power situations in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao and assessed the impact of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) enacted in 2001 or 10 years ago. Among its salient findings, the team said Mindanao immediately needs 600 megawatts of additional electric power to address its chronic power shortage which the team projected to reach 20 percent of peak demand by 2012. Indeed, easier said than done. Now to put the pedal to the metal.

Believe

Biblical reflection Fresh Gospel of the day:Luke1:5766(December23, 2013-Monday) Luke 1:57-66-Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. And her neighbors and her cousins heard how the Lord had showed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her. And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother answered and said, Not [so]; but he shall be called John. And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marveled all. And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue [loosed], and he spoke, and praised God. And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea. And all they that heard [them] laid [them] up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this

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drunken drivers in the city.

The campaign against drunken drivers will be conducted by the Traffic EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF Division led by Senior THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED Police Officer 4 (SPO4) SPS. EULOGIO REPULLES AND RAFAELA O. REPULLES Albert Acorin. WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE Acorin said the camRepublic of the Philippines ) CITY OF CAGAYAN DE ORO) S. s. wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the deceased SPS. EULOGIO REPULLES and RAFAELA O. REPULLES, who died on July 28, 2001 in Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and July 29, 2007 in Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, at the time of their death left a parcel of land located at Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-108152 and more particularly described as follows: Transfer Certificate of Title No. T-108152, Lot: 279-C-2, Psd-10-057373, Portion of Lot: 279C, Psd-101313-017917, Surveyed for: Eulogio Repulles, Land Use: Cornland, Location: Mambatangan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, containing an area of THREE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED TWO (3,202) SQUARE METERS, is the subject of EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF THE DECEASED SPS. EULOGIO REPULLES AND RAFAELA O. REPULLES WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE, made and executed by and among HRS. OF THE SPS. EULOGIO REPULLES AND RAFAELA O. REPULLES, namely: 1. ANGELITO O. REPULLES; 2. EULOGIO O. REPULLES, JR., 3. GEMMA R. LLABAN; 4. ROGELIO O. REPULLES; 5. JUVYLYN R. GONZALES; 6. EMILY R. RECTA; 7. EIIZA R. IHONG; 8. DANTE O. REPULLES; 9. JUNALEN R. BACUS; 10. JULIETO O. REPULLES; 11. EDUARDO O. REPULLES; 12. EDDELINA R. ORIL; 13. ARTEMIO O. REPULLES; 14. ROLANDO O. REPULLES; and 15. THE HRS. OF TARCILO O. REPULLES, represented by his Son ROCKY D. REPULLES, all of legal age, married, single, Filipino, and a resident of Mambatangan Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, are the legitimate children/ grandchildren and the sole/compulsory/ surviving heirs of the deceased. That for and in consideration of the sum of ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND PESOS (P150,000.00), is hereby acknowledged from SUNNY DICK S. CASTRO, of legal age, Filipino, married and resident of Carmen, Ilaya, Dr. Tan Bldg., Cagayan de Oro City, WE, (1.) ANGELITO O. REPULLES AND (2.) GEMMA R. LLABAN, do hereby SELL, TRANSFER, and CONVEY, to the VENDEE, SUNNY DICK S. CASTRO, undivided shares of the above-described real property consisting of EIGHT HUNDRED SQUARE METERS (800 SQ.M.) which portion sold is located at the South-East corner of the subject property. As per Doc. No. 266; Page No. 54; Book No. 176; Series of 2013; under Notary Public of ATTY. MARIO T. JUNI.

AFFIDAVIT OF SELF-ADJUDICATION BY HEIRS OF ESTATE OF THE DECEASED PERSON JONATHAN C. VIGOR WE, ZENAIDA EDNALIG VIGOR, ADOLPH VINCENT B. VIGOR and ALYANA VEE E. VIGOR, both of legal ape, Filipino citizens, wi¬dow and legitimate children of the late, SSG JONATHAN C. VIGOR, PA, after having been duly sworn to in accordance with law do hereby depose and state: 1. That we are the only surviving spouse and legitimate children, respectively of the late, SSG JONATHAN C. VIGOR, PA who died, intestate at our residence at No. 067, ZONE 8, CAMP EVANGELISTA, PATAG, CAGAYAN DE 0R0 CITY on March 1, 2000, as evidenced by DEATH CERTIFI¬CATE issued by the Local Civil Registrar’s Office of Cagayan de Oro City which is hereto attached as ANNEX “A” and made as an integral part hereof; 2. That the said DECEASED left an estate consisting of a parcel of land measuring an area of ONE HUNDRED SIXTY TWO (162) SQUARE METERS, more or less, located in the BARANGAY OF PATAG, CITY OF CAGAYAN DE ORO, ISLAND OF MIN¬DANAO and evidenced by a TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE No. T-92727 of the REGISTRY OF DEEDS for the CITY OF CA¬GAYAN DE ORO, Philippines, which is more particularly des¬cribed as follows: “A PARCEL OF LAND, (Lot 9, Block 23, of the Cons, subd. plan, Pes-10-001272, being a portion of Lot 4315-D-1, 4315-D-2, 4315-D-3, 4315-D-4, Psd-10-008620 Lots 4315-1?, 4315H, 4315-I & 4315-K, all of Psd-10-000112 lots 4315-G-2, 4315-G-2, 4315-G-3, 4315-G-4, Psi-10-008603 and lots 4311-H & 4311-1, all of Psd-10 1003023, situated in the Barangay of Patag, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao. Bounded on the NW., along line 1-2 by Lot 8, on the NE., along line 2-3 by Lot 2, along line 3-4 by Lot 3, on the SE., along line 4-5 by Lot 10, all of Block 23 of Cons. Subd. plan, and on the SW., along line 5-1 by Road Lot 9, of the subdivision plan. Beginning at a point marked “1” on the plan being N. 31 deg. 51’ W., 1300.20 m. from BLLM No. 13, Cad-237, Cagayan Cadastre. THENCE N. 73 deg. 41’ E., 16.13 m. to point 2;

paign against dr unke drivers will start with an information campaign. Acorin said records showed that most of the vehicular accident victims at night or early dawn were drivers or passengers who are drunk and driving motorcycles. “In fact, most of the victims are drunk as shown by records of

S. 19 deg. 30’ E. , 1.02 m. to point 3; S. 19 deg. 23’ B. , 8.95 m. to point 4; S. 74 deg. 17’ W., 16.77 m. to point 5 N. 15 deg. 44’ W., 9.78 m. to point of beginning; containing an area of ONE HUNDRED SIXTY TWO ( 162 ) SQUARE METERS, more or less. All points referred to are indicated on the plan and marked on the ground by Pw. cyl. conc. mons. 15 x 40 cm. Bearings: True; Date of Original Survey Nov. 1, 1929-July 1, 1932 and of the Cons. Subd. survey Nov. 20, 1992-Dec. 28,1992. 1. That 3. That said DECEASFD left NO DEBTS; and all charges for his ESTATE is exempted by law to pay said ESTATE TAXES for the above-described property has no building or house erected/constructed therein, as shown in the TAX DECLARATION which is hereto_ attached as ANNEX “A” to form as an integral part hereof.

the traffic accidents this week,” he said. He said that the number of road accident cases stands at 1,440 from January to December 18 this year. L ast year’s records showed there were 1,700 cases of road accidents in this city. The police expects the number of cases to increase this month because of merry making during the celebration of Christmas and the New Year. (PNA)

4. That pursuant to RULE 74, Sec.1 of the RULES OF COURT the herein AFFIANTS hereby ADJUDICATE unto ourselves the above-described REAL ESTATE which is the ONLY PROPERTY we have acquired as the only surviving legal heirs by means of this AFFIDAVIT. OF SELF-ADJUDICATION and hereby files the same with the Re¬gistry of DEEDS for the City of Cagayam de Oro, Philippines, with the request that said ADJUDICATION be made effective without judicial proceedings is prescribed by the aforemen¬tioned RULES OF COURT OF THE PHILIPPINES. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we hereunto set our hands and signatures below this 29th day of November 2013 in the City of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. This document is executed inorder to file a HOUSING LOAN APPLICATION with any banking institution or PAG-IBIG.

AFFIANTS FURTHER SAYETH NONE.

MDN: Dec. 9, 16 & 23, 2013

JULITO LAGNAS HATAMOSA AND EVANGELINE SY PALADAR-HATAMOSA, Petitioners. x----------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this court is verified Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by the petitioners and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife respectively in a marriage performed under church rites on April 8, 2000 at Cebu City, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were duly Registered with this court, both of thou can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case at Bukidnon and Cebu 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 petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated for over three (3) years already, they decided to separately live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either 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 April 8, 2000 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but ail proved futile. WHFREFORF, finding this joint petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set die initial hearing of this case on January 6, 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. Lei copy of (his Order be published in a news paper 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 13th day of December, 2013.

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 RONILO A. TABAN and CHONA B, WAMINAL-TABAN,

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

Republic of die Philippines FOURTH SHARI’A CIRCUIT COURT Fourth Shari’a Judicial District Iligan City IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES ESTIWART S. HAMOY and CHARYFEL E. BONTOR-HAMOY,

CIVIL CASE NO. 2013-163

ESTEWART S. HAMOY and CHARYFEL E. BONTOR-HAMOY, Petitioners, X---------------------------------------------------------------------/

Before this court is a verified petition for approval and registration of the divorce between spouses and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil rite on January 4, 2010 at UCCP, Iligan City. Petitioners, were converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were registered with this Court, residents of Iligan City and Sta. Felomina, Iligan City, respectively but can be serve with summons and other legal processes relative to this case c/o Subejano and Ditucalan Law Office, B and B Bldg., Mahayahay, 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 the herein petitioners and reached the point of irreconcilability and they separated since early part of 2011 or more than two [2] years already, thereby decided to live physically in bed and board, that reconciliation between petitioners is no longer possible or a remedy, thus, divorce is sought by them in order to free themselves from the marital burden: WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case on January 2, 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 18th day of December, 2013.

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(Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

MDN: Dec. 17 & 23, 2013

ORDER

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RONILO A. TABAN and CHONA B. WAMINAL-TABAN, Petitioners. x---------------------------------------------------------------------/ 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 31, 2002, they converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were registered with this Court, a residents of Tibanga, Iligan City and Poblacion, Salay, Misamis Oriental, respectively, but both of diem can be served with summons and other legal processes relative to this case c/o Zaide Law Office, Pafs Mejia Bldg., corner Roxas Avenue, Iligan City; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between petitioner and respondent and reached die point of irreconcilability and they separated in the early part of 2010 they decided to live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; since their separation in the early part of 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 August 31, 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 had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this Joint Petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set die initial hearing of this case on January 7, 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 15th day of December, 2013.

(Sgd.) EVERETTE L. RODRIGO Municipal Civil Registrar

ROXANNE ROBLE AREVALO and FRANCIS IAN PEPITO SADE, Petitioners. x--------------------------------------------------/

CIVIL CASE NO. 2013-166

new sports complex at the regional government center in Barangay Cabatangan, 6.64 kilometers north of City Hall. Valesco’s suggestion came after the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex has been damaged when it was converted into an evacuation center when the standoff broke out last September. Thousands of people, especially those whose houses were burned down during the standoff, are still housed at the sports complex. City Sports Development Officer Bernardito Pat iño s aid t he sp or ts complex is unserviceable since most if not all of the playing fields have been damaged. The situation has also forced the local education officials to hold the Division Athletic Meet that kicked off last Monday and ended Friday in the different public and private schools. Salazar said the funding for the construction of a new sports complex, if approved, may come from the P3.89 billion allocated by Malacañang to rehabi l it ate t he areas destroyed during the standoff. (PNA)

ORDER

In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. Act No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that HENRY H. BERSALES has filed with this office a petition for change of first name from NAPOLEON to HENRY in the birth certificate of NAPOLEON BERSALES, who was born on May 18, 1946 at Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental and whose parents are CAYETANO BERSALES and PAULINA HEYRANA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this office not later than December 30, 2013.

CIVIL CASE NO. 2013-161

CIVIL CASE NO. 2013-165

MDN: Dec. 23, 30, 2013 & Jan. 6, 2014

NOTICE OF PUBLICATION

IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE OF SPOUSES ROXANNE ROBLE AREVALO and FRANCIS IAN PEPITO SADE,

IN THE MATTER OF JOINT PETITION TO APPROVE AND REGISTER THE DIVORCE BETWEEN SPOUSES JULITO LAGNAS HATAMOSA AND EVANGELINE SY PALADAR-HATAMOSA,

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN TO BEFORE ME TIHIS 29th day of November 2013 IN THE CITY OF CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines.

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Misamis Occidental Municipality of Bonifacio

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

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

(Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

R.A. Form No. 101 (LCRO)

MDN: DEC. 17, 23, 2013 & JAN. 3, 2014

ZAMB OANGA CIT Y Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has tasked Councilor Rogelio Vales c o, Jr. to c ondu c t an i n-d e pt h stu dy on h is proposal to build a new sports complex for this city. Va les co, w ho he ads the City Council’s Committee on Education, has suggested to construct a

ORDER Before this court is a verified petition for approval and registration of die divorce between spouses and alleging among others: That petitioners are husband and wife, respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil rite on September 15, 2008 at Ozamiz City, Petitioners, were converted to Islam faith, of which conversions to Islam were registered wife this Court residents of Iligan City and Banadero, Ozamiz City, respectively but can be serve with summons and other legal processes relative to this case c/o Zaide Law Office, Pafs Mejia Bldg., Roxas Avenue, Iligan City; That said marriage did not last long, due to lack of love and affection until the relationship manifested incompatibility and sustained misunderstanding between the herein petitioners and reached die point of irreconcilability and they separated since early part of 2010 or more than three [3] years already, thereby , decided to live physic ally In bed and board, that reconciliation between petitioners Is no longer possible or s remedy, thus, divorce is sought by them in order to free themselves from the marital burden; WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set file initial hearing of tins case on January 3, 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 16th day of December, 2013.

(Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

(Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge

MDN: Dec. 17, 23 & 30, 2013

MDN: Dec. 17, 23 & 30, 2013

IN RE: PETITION TO APPROVE THE DIVORCE BETWEEN SPOUSES SIMON JOHN FORBES AND JESSELLE B J AMILA- FORBES,

CIVIL CASE NO. 2013-164

JESSELLE B J AMILA-FORBES, Petitioner, - Versus – SIMON JOHN FORBES, Respondent. x----------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Before this court is verified Petition for the approval and Registration of the Divorce filed by the petitioner’s counsel and alleging among others: That petitioner and respondent are husband and wife respectively, in a marriage performed under Civil rites on July 16, 2011 at Cagayan de Oro City, petitioner converted to Islam faith, of which conversion to Islam was duly registered with this court, both of them can be served with summons and notices at c/o Atty. Chona S. Lara-Maagad, 109 Tiano Bros.-Kalambagohan Sts., Cagayan de Oro City and Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City respectively; That said marriage did not last long, die 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 for more than two (2) years already since 2011, they deckled to separately live physically in bed and board thereby executed Divorce Agreement in order to formalize their separation; Since their separation, they had never been communicating or supporting either financially or emotionally to each other, neither minding each other’s affairs; Petitioner seek judicial decree of divorce thereby severing their marriage bond on July 16,2011 so that they will have free hand to do what a single man or woman could do without marital burden; Reconciliation between them had already been diligently employed but all proved futile. WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient Inform and substance set the initial hearing of this case on January 6,2014 at 9:00 a.m. at which time, date and place. any interested party may appear and show why die petition should not be granted. Let copy of this Order be published in a news paper 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 13th day of December, 2013. (Sgd.) HON. OSOP M. ALI Presiding Judge MDN: Dec. 23, 30, 2013 & Jan. 6, 2014


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AVAO CITY - Media practitioners in Tagum City, Davao del Norte are set to hold a protest rally 7:30 am last Saturday along the national highway at the city proper to dramatize their dissent against the gunning down of radio announcer Rogelio Butalid Wednesday last week. Greg Ybanez, president of the Davao del Norte Press, Radio, and TV Club said they will condemn the killing of their fellow media man. He also urged the authorities to expedite the pursuit of justice for Butalid’s killing. “We hope that our local leaders will join us in this mass action and condemn the killing of Tata,” Ybanez said. He also urged participants to wear black clothes in attending the rally. Butalid was buried Friday morning.

The victim was about to ride on his motorcycle after holding his commentary program at Radyo Natin Station when the gunman opened fire seven times killing Butalid on the spot. The Special Investigation Task Group Butaid released Thursday a computerized facial composite of the triggerman generated based on the description provided by a witness to the shooting incident. Authorities said the witness described the gunman as male, between 40 to 45 years old, 5’5” to 5’5”

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in height with slim built and fair complexion and pimple scars and wore a brown sweat shirt and faded pair of black pants during the shooting. Tracker teams of the SITG Butalid fanned the various places of Davao del Norte and other provinces to pursue leads on the possible identity and whereabouts of the perpetrator. Police are looking at the motive of the incident on various angles ranging from the work of the victim as an incumbent barangay official and as a media man. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

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PANABO CITY, Davao del Norte – The Social Welfare and Development Office through the initiative of the City Mayor Hon. Jose L. Silvosa, Sr. handed livelihood assistance to barangay representatives in order for them to practice the knowhow learned during the “Native Chicken Raising” training last November 22, 2013 which was conducted by the City Agricultures Office. Each person received a capital of P2, 500.00 from the General Fund of the CSWDO’s Community Welfare Program to purchase five hens, one rooster and feeds. The representatives who received the livelihood assistance were from barangays: Quezon, Katipunan, Little Panay, Nanyo, Tibungol, Manay, Malativas, Upper Licanan, Sta. Cruz, Katualan, New Visayas, Maduao, Dapco, Conso-

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Miles Ocampo on working with Kathniel: ‘Nag-aalagaan sila’ After returning to her weekend teen-oriented show LUV U, Miles Ocampo admitted she feels lucky to also be part of Star Cinema’s horror film Pagpag this year. “Okay naman ako. Masaya ako kasi first time kong makasali sa MMFF and it’s also my first time na gumawa ng horror film kaya sobrang saya ako. Plus kasama ko pa sila Kathryn (Bernardo) and DJ (Daniel Padilla) at si Direk Frasco (Mortiz) yung director na nakakasama ko po ever since bata ako sa Goin Bulilit. First horror movie ko ito kaya sobrang excited kong gawin yung mga nuances ng horror kasing ibang-iba siya sa mga usual na ginagawa ko na kilig

or yung mga usual na ginagawa ko,” she said. Miles admitted that one of her closest friends in showbiz is Kathryn which is why she was also excited to be part of the project. “Actually nga dito sa pelikulang ito sobrang na-excite kami na magkakasama kami pero hindi kami madalas magkaka-eksena kasi sa movie na ito ang kaibigan ko si DJ talaga so si DJ ang mas madalas kong kasama. Pero kapag shooting namin minsan tengga ako tapos siya tengga din so yun yung time na nakakapag-kuwentuhan kami at saka lagi naman kaming nag-ko-communicate talaga. Yung friendship naming siguro

kaya tumagal kasi dahil nasa iisang industriya kami tapos yung mga tao sa paligid namin alam namin kung paano ba ang takbo sa showbiz, kaya siguro yung mga advice na binibigay niya sa akin at saka tinutulungan niya talaga ako,” she shared. As witness to the reallife closeness of Kathniel, Miles said that the chemistry of DJ and Kath is undeniable. “Parang wala na akong masasabi, speechless (laughs). Kung ano sila talaga sa totoong buhay and kung ano sila on and off cam, ganun sila eh. Sobrang sweet nila sa isa’t isa. Si Kath sobrang sweet niya kay DJ. Parang nakikita mo talaga na nag-

ke-care sila para sa isa’t isa and nag-aalagaan sila,” she admitted. As her weekly show LUV U celebrates its second year anniversary in February, Miles said she is happy to be part of a new show which starts next month called Home Sweetie Home. “Sa January na siya magsisimula. Sitcom siya with Ms. Toni Gonzaga and Mr. John Lloyd Cruz. Sobrang masaya naman sa set kasi nakatrabaho ko na si ate Toni before, si kuya Lloydy naman sa A Very Special Love. Masaya naman kami sa set. Kapatid ko si Ate Toni sa sitcom na ito,” she said. Catch Miles Ocampo along with Daniel Padilla, Kathryn

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Erika with them. “There is no Christmas in our place anymore. We lost so many of our loved ones here. This is not our home anymore,” Evelyn said. Alice Limpiado, a Gawad Kalinga volunteer who handled the stress debriefing of Erika and other children, said bringing Erika to Manila will not erase her traumatic experience. Limpiado said Erika is already withdrawing to her inner self and not participating in the games they designed to ease the sad experience of the children. “This is a sure sign Erika is withdrawing to her inner self. She does not want to get too friendly with the others. She is suffering her personal hell by herself,” Limpiado said. Tito Alex Besinga, head of the Gawad Kalinga in Cagayan de Oro City, said all is not lost for Erika. “She survived the worst ordeal anyone can imagine. She is strong, and every day that reality will sink in to her. She is a survivor,” Besinga said. (Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)

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There are also three JBC regular members, namely: Atty. Jose V. Mejia from the Academe, Atty. Milagros Fernan-Cayosa from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), and representing the private sector retired Court of Appeals (CA) Associate Justice Aurora Santiago-Lagman. pna

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especially small and medium Filipino enterprises which are still developing. If the power industry were government-controlled, the power rate hike would be avoidable. At present, though, even granting that the rise in generation charges is unavoidable, the power industry and its players are still in a position to easily absorb the temporary increase. The return on equity (ROE) of the industry has been estimated at some 15% over the period 1998-2011. The industry can well afford to take a slight decrease in profits in the interest of stable electricity prices and the public welfare. The public interest and economic development is best served by a nationalized power utility which treats electricity as a public service. Power is a vital and strategic utility and not a commodity for private firms to profit from. Towards a more rational power industry, government should investigate the effects of the EPIRA on power consumers and on national development. In the immediate, the state should also mandate a moratorium on any power rate increase. ibon.org

meanwhile, urged the public, especially children to use alternative noisemakers to firecrackers such as Filipino-style trumpets or “torotots” for safer, injuryfree holiday celebrations. Tayag also encouraged dancing to the beat of American pop star, Katy Perry’s hit song, “Roar” as another fun and health alternative to firecrackers. Another suggestion to substitute to purchasing firecrackers, was to donate the money meant for it to disaster-hit individuals. pna GENERAL Santos City–– The Department of Soc i a l We l f a r e a n d D e from page 1 velopment (DSWD) in of Talisay City, Cebu. Region 12 is working For the Municipal Cir- for the expansion of the cuit Trial Courts (MCTCs), coverage next year of the the appointees are Judge nat iona l gover nment’s Francisco Torres of the flagship socio-economic 1st MCTC of San Miguel, program Kalahi-CIDSS Catanduanes; Judge Berna- in nine more municipalidette Balangitan Badecao ties in the region. of MTC Sto. Tomas, La Gemma Rivera, Union; Judge Melita Am- D S W D - 1 2 a s s i s t a n t ylesha Delson-Macaraeg director, said the preof 1st MCTC, Kapangan- parator y ac tivities are Kibungan, Benguet; Judge now under way for the Homer Jay Ragonjan of implementation of the MTC, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur; enhanced Kalahi-CIDSS Judge Jaime Bugain of the in 34 impoverished towns 6th MCTC, Santiago-San within the region’s four Esteban, Ilocos Sur. provinces. In the appointment papers signed by President Aquino, it said that “by virtue hereof, you may qualify and enter upon the performance of the duties of Z AMB OANGA City–– the office, furnishing this The Department of Social Office and the Civil Service Welfare and Development Commission with copies of (DSWD) has shifted to cash-for-work program for your oath of office.” The said appointees were the evacuees of the Zambo screened by the Judicial and standoff to earn and stop Bar Council (JBC) headed by from being dependent on its chairperson Sereno, with aid provided by the govthree ex-officio members, ernment and other relief namely: Justice Secretary agencies. Narabelle Bue, DSWD Leila M. De Lima and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III. regional information offi-

Collusion in Luzon, Connivance in Mindanao By David A. Tauli, Mindanao Coalition of Power Consumers

Recent headlines in Manila broadsheets have been blaring about collusion among electric generating companies in Luzon resulting in excessive prices for bulk power purchased by MERALCO. All government agencies (the Department of Energy, Committees of Energy in both Lower House and Senate, and the Energy Regulatory Commission) having oversight over the electric power industry are conducting investigations over the alleged collusion. This is all a lot of fuss and bother over a molehill because it will be difficult to prove collusion among the GENCOs selling power to the WESM. The high prices for bulk power in the Luzon-Visayas Grid were the inevitable result of the operation of a competitive electricity market at a time of shortage in the supply of electric power. The power shortage in this case was due to the simultaneous outages of a number of power plants supplying MERALCO, which left the utility company no choice except to purchase from the WESM their power requirements that could not be supplied by the power plants on forced (not deliberate) outage. Collusion among players is not

needed for prices to go up in a market when there is a large imbalance between supply and demand. One or more of the GENCOs will bid high in such a situation, and the distribution utility with the power shortage will have no choice except to buy power at the high prices (equivalent to the highest bid at every bidding interval). If the utility company, MERALCO in this case, does not buy at the exorbitant prices in the market, it will be forced to implement a regime of rotating brownouts among its customers. Brownouts are more dreadful than high prices in the electric power industry. If any censure is to be placed on any of the market players, it will not be on MERALCO but on the GENCOs for opportunistic pricing. But that is not illegal in a competitive market, even at a time of shortage. The only way to control opportunistic pricing is to regulate prices in times of significant shortages. That brings us to the relevance to Mindanao power consumers of the recent occurrence of high prices of electricity for customers of MERALCO. The high prices were the result of the shortage of power supply, coupled with opportunistic pricing on the part

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of generating companies. Collusion was not needed to bring about high prices of electricity. Shortage of power supply characterizes the Mindanao power situation. So, when a competitive electricity market is established in Mindanao, the generating companies will engage in opportunistic pricing, thereby jacking up the rates paid by Mindanao power consumers. Electricity market experts in the DOE and in the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation know this. And, if they have forgotten, the increasing volume of complaints from power consumers in Luzon should remind them about the inevitable occurrence of high prices in times of supply shortage. If, despite the reminder of the inherent harmfulness of competitive markets in times of shortage, the DOE and PEMC will continue with the implementation of the Interim Mindanao Electricity Market, one will have to conclude that the overseers of electricity markets in the Philippines are conniving with the generating companies to enable the GENCOs to charge high prices for electricity in Mindanao. Collusion among electricity market players is bad. Connivance of market players with market regulators is worse.

President Aquino visits Zambo evacuees

Z AMB OANGA City–– President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, has assured the families displaced by the September standoff that they will have a better community to live in when they return to their respective places. Aquino made the assurance during his visit here Sunday where he inspected the bunkhouses that were built inside the Joaquin

Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sec. Rogelio Singson briefed President Aquino about the Zamboanga City Roadmap to Recovery and Reconstruction (Z3R) upon his arrival here at noontime from Compostela Valley Province. Aquino told the evacu-

ees housed at the sports complex that his office has allocated P3.5 billion for the implementation of the Z3R. The Z3R shows the communities that were destroyed during the 20-day standoff last September will have a good road networks with complete facilities and amenities like a community park. Aquino said the recon-

struction based on the Z3R will have an implementation phase of six to 18 months. The evacuees applauded the President when he showed them the perspective view of the Z3R drafted by the UP Planning and Development Research Foundation, Inc. (UP PLANADES, which was commissioned to laid down the recovery and reconstruction plan. pna

Kalahi-CIDSS stands for Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services, a World Bank-assisted poverty alleviation project implemented since 2003 by the DSWD. In Region 12, the age nc y s ai d a tot a l of 25 municipalities have benefited from the program in the last 10 years. Under its additional financing component that started in 2010, a total of 13 towns were enlisted as beneficiaries and five of them presently have ongoing projects.

The region, which is also known as the Soccsksargen Region, comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koron a d a l , Ta c u ron g , Kidapawan and Cotabato. R ive r a s ai d t h e e x pansion of the program, which had adopted the community-driven development approach as main strategy, is part of its planned “scaling up” in 900 municipalities of 15 regions nationwide. The initiative, which presently covers 364 towns in 12 regions, will

b e e x p a n d e d i nt o t h e Nat i ona l C om mu n it y Driven Development Program (NCDDP), she said. “Supposedly the launching will be done t h is mont h but it w as reset to early next year because of super typhoon Yolanda and other recent calamities,” Rivera told MindaNews. Bai Zorahayda Taha, DSWD-12 director, said the NCDDP mainly aims to prov i d e p o or c om munities with access to ser vices and increase t h e i r p a r t i c ip at i on i n a more inclusive lo cal planning, budgeting and

implementation. Un d e r t h e NC DDP, the project’s expansion area covers municipalities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Of the 15 regions, 19,395 barangays from 9 0 0 mu n i c i p a l i t i e s i n 68 provinces will be included in the program. As i d e f rom t h e e x pansion of the KalahiCIDSS, the official added that the agency is also set to expand its convergence strategy to improve access to health and education facilities, as well as livelihood opportunities.(MindaNews)

DSWD eyes wider Kalahi-CIDSS coverage in Region 12

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DSWD shifts to cash-for-work program for Zambo evacuees cer, issued the pronouncement as she admitted that the agency had stopped providing food packs to the evacuees since December 9 as the funds for food assistance allocated by DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman “has been exhausted.” Bue said the agency has separate funds for livelihood, which is in the form of cash-for-work program.

She said they have spent P278.5 million in providing the evacuees food, nonfood items, financial and transportation assistance to include the construction of bunkhouses since the start of the siege last September 9. Moro National Liberation Front members loyal to founding chair Nur Misuari carried out

the siege. So far, there are 300 evacuees staying at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex that are employed under the DSWD’s cash-for-work program, according to Bue. She said they received cash ranging from P150 to P200 a day to maintain cleanliness and do other jobs at the sports complex.

Bue disclosed that there are still 14 evacuation centers that house 4,974 families comprising 24,974 individuals in this city. She said the sp or ts complex still serves as the biggest evacuation center since the facility houses more than half or 2,732 of the 4,974 family-evacuees consisting of 13,399 individuals. (MindaNews)


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SEA Games Switch from basketball to track pays off Judokas give PHL for former Terrence Romeo teammate Bagsit two more golds in 27th SEA Games U n k now n to m any, two-time Southeast Asian Games double gold winner Archand Christian Bagsit was part of an elite batch — not in athletics, but in basketball. Before switching to track, Bagsit actually played for Letran's juniors team in the NCAA, where he was a teammate of GlobalPort star Terrence Romeo and Gilas cadet member Kevin Alas, in the Squires' 2007 team. Romeo eventually moved to Far Eastern University before getting drafted in the PBA earlier this year, while Alas stayed on at Letran, before becoming a member of the national team

Archand Christian Bagsit (2nd L) of the Philippines competes in the men’s 400m final at the 27th SEA Games in Naypyitaw. The Philippines went on to win gold in the event. Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters

in the SEA Games. Other notable players from that talented 2007 Squires squad are University of the East’s JM Noble and National University’s Glenn Khobuntin. While unheralded in that batch, Alas recalled that Bag-

sit was one of the fastest and hardest working players on that Squires squad. “Siya ang pinakamasipag sa team. Pinakamabilis at hindi napapagod,” said Alas, who, like Bagsit, also won a SEA Games gold when Sinag Pilipi-

nas bagged the country's 16th gold medal in men’s basketball. Bagsit's talent obviously made him perfect for athletics. While his other teammates made a name for themselves in basketball, Bagsit became part of the athletics team in Letran before making the grade on the national team. After winning silver in the 2011 SEA Games in Palembang, Indonesia, Bagsit finally claimed not just one, but two gold medals as he ruled the 400-meter run in Myanmar before, joining forces with Isidro Del Prado, Julius Nierras, and Edgar Alejan in a golden performance in the 4x400m run. - Reuben Terrado, SPIN

NAY PYI TAW, Myanmar, Dec. 20 (PNA) – A pair of judokas Friday provided the lift Team Philippines needed in moving closer to a rival which would not budge in the 27th Southeast Asian Games here. Reigning world champion Rubilen Amit is looking to add on to the haul through the 10-ball singles later in the day and that would surely go a big way in helping what veteran Gilbert Ramirez and Kiyomi Watanabe accomplished. Ramirez, who won the gold medals in both the 2003 and 2005 editions of the biennial meet, emerged triumphant in the 73kgand-under category, forcing Banpot Lertthaisong of Thailand to tap out following a vise-like arm bar. Watanabe was just as impressive, lifting Vietnamese Thi Hoa Bui off her defensive posture and completing a hold of her own for a full point inside the last 1:30 of the five-minute match for the 63kg-and-under gold. “My players are very determined to win,” said coach Rolan Llamas, specifically citing the 16-yearold Watanabe, who is using the Asian Youth Games last October, this tournament and the Olympic Youth Games next year in China as training ground in hopes of making it to the 2016 Olympics. “They really wanted to win and I hope his development will continue,” added Llamas.

The t wo w ins gave Team Philippines a 25gold medal total as of 5:30 p.m. (7 p.m. Manila), just one shy of Singapore which currently occupies the Filipinos’ target of sixth place. Saturday should paint a clearer overall picture. The Filipinos are competing for the five remaining gold medals in taekwondo, three in muay, and two each in chess and judo, events which are traditionally not the Singaporeans’ strongest suits. “The target remains 30 gold medals and wherever it may take us. That goal is within reach, but whether it would be enough to get us sixth remains the big question,” said Team PHL chief of mission Jeff Tamayo. “One thing for sure, our athletes will continue to do their best for those gold medals,” added the soft tennis association chief. Judoka Jenielou Mosqueda and the sailors over at Ngwe Saung Beach tried to do their part, but came up just short. Mosqueda, like Watanabe and Ramirez a bronze winner in 2011, lost by decision to Thailand’s Om Pongchaliew in the 57kg-and-under category while Richly Balladares and Ridgely Magsanay could only behind champion Thailand in International 470 class. In windsurfing, Geylord Coveta also finished just behind a Thai winner. (PNA)

Kobe injured again, out for 6 weeks

WASHINGTON, The Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant injured his left knee and would be out for six weeks, announced the team on Thursday. Kobe was suffering from a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. He got that injury in the Lakers' 96-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Kobe averaged 13.8 points and 6.3 assists in six games for the Lakers this season. (PNA/Xinhua)


Mindanao Daily Westmin (December 23, 2013)