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The soundness of the Cagayan de Oro business climate as well as its metropolitan flavor combined with the warm and easy nature of the local people gives it a self-contained setting that motivated an increasing number expatriate business to stay in the city for good.

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VYE pushes case vs COWD, Rio Verde


By Loribeth C. Requiroso and Mike Baños

AGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Stressing the urgency of addressing the worsening water situation in the locality, the City Council has authorized Mayor Vicente Y. Emano to sue the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) and the Rio Verde Consortium, Inc.

Passed by the 16th City Council, presided over by Vice Mayor Cae-

sar Ian E. Acenas, City Ordinance No. 12597-2013 intends to “order

the COWD to provide additional volume of water for the residents of the city,

and for Rio Verde to deliver 40,000 cu. m. to the COWD, per its Bulk Water Supply Case to page 11

BFI explains purpose By Arjay S. Felicilda, News Editor

THE Bukidnon Forests Incorporated (BFI) has been gearing itself towards the establishment of a plantation forest for production, not for protection, explained BFI Administrative Officer Vilma Lorca.

This, in response to people’s observation over the cutting of trees at the company’s plantation in Malaybalay City. During the monthly convocation at the Bukidnon Provincial Capitol grounds, Monday, Ms. Lorca reiterated the primary task of BFI, which is to cope with the wood

resource requirement of the community. She expressed hopes that “people will appreciate and understand that as a commercial forestry company, BFI is here to provide long-term earning opportunities for the people of Bukidnon.” Purpose to page 11

Coops more successful than other enterprises By Jun Felicilda, City Editor

“C O OPER ATIVES exist because they want to serve their members and help them achieve their common goal,” said Representative Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd District of Cagayan de Oro). This, during the Joint General Assembly of the Allied Services Multi-Purpose Cooperative and the Del Monte Employees Credit Cooperative, recently. He continued that the National Cooperative Business Association has said that members of cooperatives are not financially, but morally invested in their cooperatives. “In today’s times where almost every corporation is

geared towards profit, it is refreshing to know that there are still cooperatives that put the welfare of its members above everything else,” he stated. In the same occasion, Rep. Rodriguez noted that cooperatives have more success as compared to other enterprises. In a study entitled Capital and the Debt Trapconducted by Claudia Sanchez Bajoand Bruno Roelants, it was stated

that, “Cooperatives tend to have a longer life than other types of enterprise, and thus a higher level of entrepreneurial sustainability. Likewise, he note “the rate of survival of cooperatives after three years was 75 percent, whereas it was only 48 percent for all enterprises ... and after ten years, 44 percent of cooperatives were still in operation, whereas the ratio was only 20 percent for all enterprises.” The importance of cooperatives is also recognized by the International Labor Organization (ILO), which has stated that, “cooperatives contribute to economic development, generating more than 100 million jobs and Coops to page 11

Cynthia Villar to pour livelihood projects in M’nao By Christine H. Cabiasa CAGAYAN DE ORO- Senatorelect Cynthia Villar has vowed to pour different livelihood projects in Mindanao, specifically the plastic recycling project in which it would generate jobs for the people in the region. “The plastic recycling project will be beneficial, since raw materials are already there, operate it, improve the product, and out of those plastics, we can make chairs and others,” Sen. Villar said. “Kung ano ang mga ginawa ko sa Las Piñas, gagawin ko rin sa Mindanao”. As an advocate for producing livelihood projects, as she believes it will improve the lives of every Filipino, Sen. Villar will chair the agriculture and fisheries committee.

“Gusto ko kasing ipagpatuloy ang mga gawa ni Sen. Manny Villar at naniniwala rin akong ito ang makakapagbigay ng hanapbuhay sa mga tao, kahit simpleng hanapbuhay lang,” she added. Also, Sen. Villar said she will focus on small, medium, and micro enterprises especially on the agriculture sector as it will boost the

economy and will empower small businesses alike. “Since we are labor intensive, we will conduct business trainings for agriculture and fisheries also,” she added. As for Northern Mindanao, Sen. Villar said they will conduct studies on the region’s availability on raw materials, everything out Projects to page 11

RTMI CONTINUING EDUCATION – Branch Manager Diosdado Bravo of Rural Transit Mindanao Incorporated – Yacapin Branch, Cagayan de Oro City (right) stresses the importance of courtesy, politeness and kindness in dealing with passengers, pedestrians, motorists and other road users. This, during the ‘pulong-pulong’ with line supervisors, drivers and conductors held at the branch training hall, recently. The activity was facilitated by Mr. Joe del Puerto Felicilda, training director of BWM Media Center, Cagayan de Oro City. (photo by Arjay S. Felicilda)

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Dads OK purchase of new equipment


HE City Council, presided over by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas, passed an ordinance appropriating an amount for the purchase of computers, scanners and printers for the City General Services Office. Said amount is to be taken from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund - 2013 budget.

Such equipment are to replace the ones damaged during Typhoon Sendong. The city council also appropriated another amount for the construction of a warehouse to be utilized by the City Treasurer’s Office at the City Engineering Compound in Kauswagan, specifically for the storage of ballot boxes. (The Power/ arjaysfelicilda)

RECREATIONAL WATERCRAFTS – Lt. Commander Godofredo G. Vagilidad, deputy chief of staff for Maritime Safety Services of the Philippine Coast Guard (right), explains the gist of a memorandum circular on the operation of recreational watercrafts and pleasure yacht; conduct of marine parades, regattas and other events. Also covered by the circular are the safety and security requirements of beach resorts and vessels with pool facilities, including qualifications and requirements of lifeguards. (RTPaculba, PIA10/jdelpf)

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DR. EVELYN MAGSAYO, program manager of HIV/AIDS of DOH-10 said during the NEWSCON at the BWM Media Center that the ratio of recorded cases of HIV/AIDS in the region is one every week. In Cagayan de Oro there are 13 tabulated with HIV from January to March this year, three in Misamis Oriental. In the national level, it is one in every three hours. (PIA-10 Photo by Rodolfo D. Mendoza/asf

CSC eligibility for SP, SB members implemented By Loribeth C. Requiroso

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) will now be able to grant eligibility to qualified government officials, accord-

ing to City Councilor Ramon Tabor. In his report during the recent regular session of the City Council, Tabor, who just as national executive vice

president of the Philippine Councilors League, explained that Republic Act 10156 confers appropriate civil service eligibility to members of the Members to page 11


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YANGON -- Tourism ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are committed to implementing tourism standards for the region and a common regional visa to ease travel barriers and boost tourism sector growth by up to 20 percent, according to the ongoing World Economic Forum earlier. “We are trying to promote ASEAN as a destination by including two to three stops in one package,” a news release quoted Mari Elka Pangestu, minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia, as saying. The travel and tourism sector offers Myanmar an important opportunity to create jobs and boost employability, the release said. Myanmar is also committed to boosting intra-regional trade with a common visa for ASEAN nationals to be made available in 2014, it said, adding that in the midst of an economic metamorphosis, the tourist sector is playing an important role in boosting

Myanmar’s urban and rural economies. “Last year Myanmar received 1.06 million visitors. This year, we have been receiving visitors with a growth of 40 percent, but we want to get more,” noted U Htay Aung, Myanmar Minister of Hotels and Tourism, according to the statement. Anthony F. Fernandes, group chief executive officer of AirAsia Malaysia and also a co-chair of the WEF on East Asia, said that Myanmar must consider how it wants to market its unique destinations, pointing out that with the availability of low-cost travel, young people are the drivers of growth in ASEAN’s tourist sector. The 22nd World Economic Forum on East Asia, hosted by Myanmar for the first time, was formally opened at Myanmar International Convention Center in the country’s new capital of Nay Pyi Thursday. At the forum, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines

agreed to work on ASEAN Common Smart Visa and signed the Statement of Intent on SMART Visa. The four countries expressed their intention to collaborate with relevant government agencies and other stakeholders to facilitate travel in the region by developing a common smart visa system. The forum was inaugurated by Chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab, Myanmar President U Thein Sein, Vietnamese PrimeMinister Nguyen Tan Dung and Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong. The three-day forum includes several separate sessions covering agenda of acceleration of ASEAN integration and dialogue with Myanmarbusinesses and energy development. The forum, under the theme “Courageous Transformation for Inclusion and Integration,” brings together over 900 participants including over 500 business leaders from 55 countries and the host country. (PNA/Xinhua)

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A deeper view Jesse E.L. Bacon II

The elusive peace PEACE is theologically understood as not just the absence of war or armed conflict but a situation in life that is devoid of any form of fear because most, if not all, enjoy fullness and abundance of life. From the theological understanding of peace, hopelessness as a result of poverty regardless of the degree of its intensity surely does not bring about peace. Poverty, especially if it is so pervasive, just ensures un-peace in every aspect of human life in the level of the individual, families and society as a whole. The current un-peace in the country is undeniably spawned by poverty. In fact, the poorer the locality or province, the more intense the un-peace is. In localities or provinces classified by the government no less as belonging to the poorest, the un-peace there has been brought to the level of armed confrontation between the hopeless poor against the very government that has sworn before God and man to serve them. Unless the government looks at the current un-peace as the result of hopelessness triggered by abject poverty, it’ll continue to hang on to the notion that this un-peace can be licked through the use of force. The government should understand that by employing legalized violence to supposedly address the problem of un-peace will just beget more violence. This is the reason why our country is currently hosting the longest running rebellion all over the world because the government has always viewed the prevailing un-peace wrongly or from an erroneous perspective. The communist ideology that serves as the guiding star of the people who took it upon themselves to overturn the un-peace they are experiencing because of poverty is just incidental. This rebellion will continue even beyond the lifetime of the present generation unless the government humbly accepts its error that employing the military option in solving this un-peace is not the best solution that should not even be considered as solution. The government view of licking criminality especially those that are committed against persons and property by simply installing closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) in practically every nook and cranny of all localities is stupendously the same with its solution to solve the un-peace as a result of poverty. Guns and bullets no matter how legalized they may be can never improve the life situation of the poor. It is only by ensuring that the farmers in the countryside are always productive as farmers that poverty in the rural areas can be effectively addressed and thus eradicated. How to ensure that the farmers are productive year round? It is by seeing to it that farmers own the sizable farmland they are to be tilling. Farmers productivity all throughout the year can likewise be ensured if government allocates a huge amount of public funds to subsidize the acquisition by every farmer of mechanized farm implements, acquisition of high-grade seeds and organic fertilizer, farm support such as farm to market roads and irrigation system See peace, page 8

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Exclusionary growth worsens Talent under Aquino administration we allow to go to waste! THE country’s problem of exclusionary growth has been worsening in the last three years of the Aquino administration with increasingly rapid growth accompanied by dramatically slowing job creation, research group IBON reported. This is affirmed by the recently released labor force data which shows a 21,000 decrease in employed Filipinos to 37.819 million in April 2013 from 37.840 in the same period last year. The economy has been registering higher year-onyear first quarter growth rates in the last three years: 4.6% (2011), 6.5% (2012) and 7.8% (2013). However, the rate of job creation as measured by the April quarterly round has been going in the opposite direction and markedly slowing: 4.0% (2011), 2.8% (2012) and negative 0.1% (2013). This trend corresponds to decreasing net employment creation: 1.407 million (2011), 1.020 million (2012) and 21,000-contraction (2013). According to IBON,

this general trend does not change even if it is argued that the reported 21,000 figure for jobs losses is relatively small and that it is still statistically possible that there have been some job creation. The number of unemployed and underemployed Filipinos has increased by over a million since the Aquino administration came to power. There were 11.884 million unemployed and underemployed Filipinos in April 2013 compared to 10.877 million in April 2010, or a 1.008 million increase in the last three years of increasingly rapid growth. IBON estimates that the real unemployment rate in April is 10.9%, the highest in the last three years, on top of an underemployment rate of 19.2% which remains markedly higher than the 15.6% reported in the same period a decade ago in 2003. IBON’s estimates of real unemployment (i.e. 4.580 million unemployed in April 2010 and 4.632 mil-


lion in April 2013) seek to correct the change in the government’s employment methodology. The data on underemployment (i.e. 6.297 million in April 2010 and 7.252 million in April 2013) are official figures. Comparing April job creation with first quarter growth rates reveals deep structural problems in the economy. A “rebound” was reported in agriculture in the first quarter (3.3%) from the same period last year (1.1%) but the sector shed 624,000 jobs. Manufacturing likewise grew faster, by 9.7% from 6.0% last year, but there was only a 1.1% or 35,100 increase in jobs in the sector. Farmers, fisherfolk, laborers and workers were worst hit with a cumulative 822,000 going out of work. These outcomes are consistent with a concentration of economic benefits to rural elite and of foreigndominated firms in low value-added manufacturing. They also challenge the government to radically overhaul rather than insist on evidently failed neoliberal policies, the group said.

Barbarians score on Oro streets anew, on PPA’s swivel chair too! WHAT’S now in Cagayan de Oro City? Are the barbarians all around here to bug us their rancors and furors at someplace they fancy? Or, we have now gone back to the dark ages of the70-80’s where they summarily executed people anywhere at broad day light! In those times no one screamed for police’s help because the latter were themselves the perpetrators in honor of a dictator. Today, they were nowhere around when crimes took place despite its precinct checkpoints just few steps away.

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On the contrary, many of them have been deployed everywhere publicly visible for quite sometime now. In sum, we have been overcrowded with police personnel! Did they know all these earlier? This month alone, at least, three (3) incidents of summary execution had so far been recorded. Two per-

sons were dead on the spot while the other survived. People along the highway at Sitio Bantilis, Bugo, thought they were on the screen, starring for extra characters of the Godfather, or Dirty Harry, and/ or Asyong Salonga. Meahwhile, laws and its enforcers have been kept in the closet somewhere!

Eyewitnesses eventually dropped to the ground as motorcycle riding in tandem sprayed .45 calibre’s bullets against an armless woman behind the wheels of a pick truck. Her truck rammed a multicab unit parked near a surgical clinic at Bugo crossing, some few yards away from where they shot her. However, the presence of onlookers around it alarmed us something bad happened --and brought us to round the trip shortly. It was about 4 o’clock in the gloomy Friday afternoon, Bureau of Customs lady personnel Alma Lu-

mondot obtained 3 bullets on her body. One got, at least, into a fatal hit; while 5 others landed nowhere but metalto-metal. Investigators perceived one clear job-related motive; while the other belonging to passion is yet to be seen. Lumondot is now treated in an intensive care unit at Capitol University Hospital. Well, few others fell to their untimely demises by the same kind of denizens much earlier this year. o0o Here’s one hell of spice, anyway. See chair, page 8

It is amazing that when we meet people with great potential and who are left to Harry Tambuatco waste; does it not become our fault should we not be instrumental in propelling them to greatness assuming of course that you hold with you the opportunity to do so? Clapping to show appreciation should never be enough. The passive approach called appreciation is simply unacceptable and to leave it be has to be foul. Then again we do have this very particular trait of keeping others down just so we prop ourselves up. This is what we call the “crab mentality.” Most managers suffer from this decease especially in this country. There are a number of good writers out there who never see publication in major broadsheets simply because they don’t have the means or politics for inclusion. Our editors to begin with have all remained the same and their points of views dictating what we know to be public opinion. Thank God for the internet and social sites that now allows a platform for talent to prosper. The same goes for TV where we are subjected to the same old faces that are required to be young but of no real talents other than to smile, act stupid and to clown around. Editorials and TV hosts for the more serious are downgraded to look animated as if a freak, if you get my drift. See talent, page 8

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Workers blame Aquino’s policies for rise in unemployment By MARYA SALAMAT of

P resident B e n i g n o “Noynoy” Aquino III’s boast about the country’s supposed economic growth under his governance received a shock this week, as the rise in joblessness (7.5%) seems to match the “stunning” GDP growth (7.8%). The latest data from the National Statistics Office (NSO) showed that the country’s unemployment rate rose to 7.5% this April, the highest under Aquino’s administration. National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Assistant Director General Rosemarie Edillon cited the extreme weather conditions as the main cause of the rise in unemployment. NEDA officer-in-charge (OIC) and deputy director general Emmanuel Esguerra cited the seasonality of agricultural employment and the adverse effects of natural disasters. Excuses citing the weather and not Aquino’s economic policies unleashed bitter jokes in social networking sites. Workers led by Kilusang Mayo Uno said the Aquino government “ran out of excuses.” The youth, who suffer the highest unemployment incidence compared to other age groups (almost half of unemployed are 1524 years old, almost a third are 25-34 years old), called on the Aquino administration to “stop making excuses.” Both workers and youth, led by Anakbayan, blame the rise in the number of unemployed Filipinos in April on the government’s economic policies. “Aquino is so desperate in selling his illusion of economic growth that he even resorts to absurd excuses just to cover up the worsening hunger and poverty that he has brought upon us workers and the Filipino people,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, chairman of KMU. The labor leader said the jobs situation’s main problem is that the agriculture sector is plagued by landlessness of peasants, especially under the Aquino’s bogus land reform program CARPER, which bloats up the country’s unemployment. In previous

“Aquino is so desperate in selling his illusion of economic growth that he even resorts to absurd excuses just to cover up the worsening hunger and poverty that he has brought upon us workers and the Filipino people.” --Kilusang Mayo Uno statements, he criticized also the Aquino government’s tack against national industrialization, as revealed when Aquino described it as passé. Indeed, the jobs data reveal the pernicious effects of landlessness and lack of industrialization. Workers in the services sector remained the largest group of workers, making up more than half (52.6 percent) of the total employed. Workers in agriculture sector comprised the second largest group, accounting for 31.3 percent of the total employed. Workers in the industry sector made up 16.1 percent. But while in industrialized countries, the bigger services sector is touted as a sign of being an advanced economy, in the Philippines, it suggests more the extent in which Filipinos would embrace odd-jobs just to have a livelihood. Among the NSO surveyed as employed workers in the services sector, more than a third is made up by

those engaged in wholesale and retail trade or in the repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles. Among the various occupation groups, laborers and unskilled workers comprised the biggest group making up one-third (32.6 percent) of the total employed persons in April 2013, the NSO also reported. But even they could not sustain their “employment.” NSO said the “employed” laborers and unskilled workers dropped by approximately 384,000. The other bigger drop in number of employed came mostly from farmers, forestry workers and fishermen whose number decreased to approximately 4.960 million in April 2013 from 5.398 million in April 2012, or a decrease of about 438,000 workers. Wage workers and fulltime workers reportedly increased in the same period, but it failed to make up for the drop in the other previously “employed.” Aquino policies of land concentration, cheap labor

and labor export, scored “The root of the problem is that the current and previous administrations made our economy ‘export-oriented.’ Instead of modernizing our agricultural sector to achieve ‘food independence’ and provide a base for developing our local industries, it has been reduced to a mere provider of food products for foreign supermarkets and tables,” said Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan national chairman. Previous reports showed persistent land struggles as cases of landgrabbing for export-oriented plantations occur side by side with farmers struggling in other small-scale farms or as tenants to make ends meet in between harvests. Agriculture used to employ the biggest number of Filipinos, but as the youth leader said, for decades, the agricultural sector has been chronically stunted. Just last week, peasants demonstrated in Manila to press for genuine land reform. They criticized as sham the current extended implementation of Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program begun under the administration of Noynoy’s mother. In large plantations, meanwhile, farm workers and contract farmers share tales of low wages and low income, amid various health and safety problems at work posed by pesticides and other chemicals, long hours of work, dangerous equipment and unsafe working conditions. Given the generally backward state of Philippine agriculture, “any effects caused by adverse weather conditions merely worsen the situation,” Crisostomo said. He concluded that “it is wrong to blame the poor state of agriculture on weather alone.” The youth leader noted also that under Aquino, the interrelated fields of ‘labor export’ and ‘business process outsourcing’ are aggressively being pushed while programs for agricultural modernization, genuine agrarian reform, ending of cheap agricultural imports, and sufficient funding for support services such as irrigation, have been ignored. See workers, page 8


The New Generation Alex A. Podador

What fathers do

LAST, Sunday, is Father’s Day. I solicited fond memories from friends and acquaintances about their wonderful days spent with their dads. I am pleased to receive the following from them. Their names are not published since permission was not granted. Story 1 : Twelve years ago, I flew from my home in Manila to spend Father’s Day with my father in this City. This wasn’t a typical Father’s Day visit, but to say goodbye to my father, as his cancer rapidly advanced. We hadn’t had much of a relationship up to that day and never did much talking. He wasn’t verbal or demonstrative nor was I. I knew he loved me simply because fathers love their children. He never told me he loved me and I never told him. That’s the way we did things in our house. In a brief discussion during the visit, he reminisced as he told me a bit about his career growth from a poor boy to a very successful businessman. He had accomplished a great deal through his hard work. He had reason to be proud of what he had done and I had the benefit of his success. “Maybe I didn’t do things right, I never really knew you or your brothers. I did what I thought was right.” This visit didn’t change our behaviors, we shook hands and said goodbye, as I left. Our relationship ended as we lived it. As a father for more than 14 years I look back and understand why I am staying home full-time with my children. By his actions, my father taught me to do what I think is right. I tell my children I love them every day, I hug them and I talk with them and let them know how important they are to me. However, as much as we would like to believe that we are all ideal fathers we are not. We all make mistakes and hopefully we learn from them, just as I learned from my father. Story 2 : My father taught me strong moral values. He taught me personal responsibility. He taught me honesty and trust, he taught me to be compassionate and to respect all life. He taught me the value of education, he taught me how to play and enjoy sports, he taught me how to make good decisions in life. He taught me to have fun and to laugh, he taught me the meaning of work, and he taught me the meaning of love. He did this by being a nurturing father, a basketball player, a firm disciplinarian, a hard and dedicated worker, and a loving parent. He was one who was there to share with me in times of joy and in times of hardship. Generously, he gave me his personal time, his hardfought efforts, and his true self so that I may grow up to face this challenging world with courage, hope, and faith. Story 3 : My father was not perfect and he did have his faults, his struggles, and his weaknesses. He taught me, however, how to face these problems and challenges with a positive attitude and a strong will. These examples and the great memories I have shared with my father are everlasting and have positively influenced my life like no one else could have. The older I get, the better I understand my father because I find more and more of him in me. He didn’t teach me to throw a ball (was it really all that important?). He did teach me to care about people, to keep learning, to have beliefs and to live by them. It took me awhile to realize what he gave me and I will always be grateful that he lived long enough for me to tell him so.

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Police seized 560 sacks of beach pebbles in Zamboanga Norte By AL JACINTO, Regional editor

DIPOLOG City––Police have seized a huge quantity of beach pebbles and arrested 7 people who were caught illegally transporting the rocks in Zamboanga del Norte province in southern

Chair... from page 1 Its thought, at least, demured my nerves amidst that ‘Terror Friday!’ Earlier, I picked up one Domer C. Postero, a civil engineer broadcaster, to see for ourselves the repairs at Cagayan de Oro City port --and for me to complete my investigative feature. Unfortunately, my story failed to catch up the deadline because of one person’s “lunatic interval,” someone alleged. (Truth is, he just didn’t know it would rain nor was he told how we raced with time before its downpour). Prior to the sight-seeings, a civilization’s fiat told us pay one courtesy call to a chief of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)! Thanks to its Public Information Officer’s cordial accomodation. She lent us her time to feel at home. (Well, PIO Jessica DensingAngeles is a former Philippine Inquirer reporter.) However, I couldn’t believe there was something behind the office secretary’s crisp and frisk-like smiles. She must be jittery but charming. She just mistook us of being interviewees, somehow! A courtesy call is never a long ritual, at all. Time passed us by, though. But the laid back from a staff to another that took us far too long made me anxious what was taking place in a seclusion by the end of the hall. A door’s postskin announced it’s of the boss or something, I can’t recall exactly. Neither did I know the person inside, nor do I wish to keep him in mind. His name sounds difficult, just that. But lo and behold, there sat on a swivel chair a man, whom I thought afterwards, may just have been in dysmenorrhea --rather than being uncivilized. He got me impressed,

Philippines, officials said. It said policemen and members of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources from the town of Gutalac intercepted 7 men and seized from them at least 250 sacks pebbles from the seaside village of San Juan.

though: Here comes a person who cannot look into your eyes when talking but keep counting on how many grooves the roof has at another building across his office. I don’t know if his was sort of arrogance, but he spoke that way through. (I suspect he hated journalists in his past life --or otherwise). HANAW KO BA, had he just awakened from deep siesta. And, I’m pretty sure our visit wasn’t a joke! Nevertheless, with his overcoat carefully hanged on his chair’s headboard may not at all impress anyone of being too preoccupied --and our 5 minute interruption wasn’t worth becoming rude. A good sign but never newsworthy to observe a person sporting a dyed crown astutely fastened against his top when we found him behind his executive desk. Perhaps, prim and proper must be his whim. All that however does not make up for civilized decorum --contempt rather dissipates the effort. But was there anything wrong with him? He got ire for no apparent cause. Likewise, I don’t think we were a bad company giving him the right to bully us back to the road. Journalist’s instinct tells every practitioner there is always an appropriate reason corresponding every action. No one else could rather hint us into more than anything that met our eyes, but he did! Was he hiding something? Nosing is never my cup of tea, yo! Besides, I hate to look forward to uncovering a can of worms myself. My agency can’t buy the kind of article. Ironically, of course, the sparkling sets of diamonds around a simple ring dominating the fingers couldn’t turn the person into least than mediocre. But a care to gaze on it before flashing it accross just made him one! It was perhaps a wed-

Police said villagers tipped off the authorities about the illegal activity of the men who were identified Lester Gongob, 20; Mercedito Tañola, 27; Julito Cordova, 23; Glen Mangubat, 29; Michael Molijon, 25; Judy Redoble, 20; and Jemar Velasco,

ding ring or otherwise, but signalled about his vanity --all the same. All those, however, could have made him modest without being humble, as expected at par of a well dressed man. (Being an ape once doesn’t matter)! Or, did he really think he is over and above anyone else? He must have all the priviledges, but his is a public office --makes all rights to any interested citizen a party of. Nonetheless, someone from the hallway tipped us he hailed from Surigao province. Well, let’s say he was not brought up in the mainland, but PPA is absolutely never his own island. The hallway man, however, said his boss has been like that sometimes, but not more often. So it comes as to when the moon waxes and wanes? I don’t think so! Else, you need pro’s advice, gentleman. I tell you some: A courtesy call is a salute, an honor and respect paid to you. (Shouldn’t these returned, we don’t get pains in the ass, anyhow.) Instead, it beckons you not to cower on your low self-esteem. You should get out from your darn shell. Be happy! ––– The columnist is an international correspondent and reachable for comment at

Talent... from page 1

Then there are leaders we have met in our lives that never get to see authority that may improve many lives. There are many not some as of the latest elections who get the mandate from the people with no proven competence other than a popularity either driven either by money or media (i.e. movies) who occupy seats in government to our detriment. Is this not our fault as well – or should

21, and all residents of the neighboring town of Labason. Police also seized 310 sacks of pebbles in the nearby coastal village of Osukan where a man, Wendolino Redoble, claimed ownership of the rocks and said he had government permits to

transport them. But Redoble’s documents were insufficient to prove that the transport of pebbles is legal. Extraction or gathering of beach pebbles is illegal in the country unless this is covered by a special permit.

government that can help ensure all these but is the government doing these? In the 7.8 percent growth rate posted by our gross domestic product or GDP, agriculture’s contribution was nil. What does this tell us? It tells us that nothing good is happening in the rural areas where about 70 percent of the Philippine population resides. The lesson that we can learn from the first quarter GDP is that the government should address the concerns of the farmers if we dream of making the agricultural sector contribute substantially to the GDP in particular and the economy in general. If the national government is not seriously addressing the concerns of the countryside folks, the local government units are not addressing the problems of the poor in their localities as well. Just look at the kind of programs or projects these local government units are allocating their funds for. In Butuan, for example, the city government there is spent so much of their scarce resources in purchasing CCTV cameras, improving their natural park into a cemented one, buying a lot of radio airtime to paint a rosy picture of their thorny programs and projects, to name just a few. And we still wonder why there is so much un-peace in our country, the countryside most specifically? --from page 6 (Reactions at jelbacon@ and most of all ensure or at jelbaconii@ that their produce have a ready market that pays them just and fair prices. Ensuring that the coun- from page 7 tryside is productive will “The few farmers lucky definitely prevent the migration of the rural folks enough to own the land they to the urban centers where are tilling become more they just end up as informal vulnerable to changes in settlers with bleak future. A the weather because of the productive countryside will lack of state support. For also ensure that the youth example, those without acthere are able to pursue cess to irrigation are at the tertiary level of education mercy of nature, dependent in areas where they can on whether it rains regularly help boost the countryside’s or not. Even if they manage productivity. It is only the to successfully harvest their we just blame this to the tyranny of the masses. We remain passive over time and before we know it we are older and physically relegated to the background. And yet in business when we identify talent we go out of our way to hire these talents if not nurse them to fully develop but all for the singular purpose of profit. How very sad, isn’t it! Love of country should always remain priority like CSR or corporate social responsibility or even personal social responsibility because it is of the same pool we derive talent from for our businesses and where our leaders come from. The rich and the powerful that have influence are more to blame with all their time prioritized for personal gain. The richer they get the more money they require, this we call simply greed! The academe is not to be left out with their responsibility to the country to improve the home grown talents not necessarily just inside the campuses but in the economic and political arenas as well if need be. The Church also has its fault all considering how splintered they are with their conflicting messages outside their own faiths. It has to be true; the more one reads the more confused the messages become.



crops, they then have to contend with cheaper imports being dumped in the Philippines,” said Crisostomo. Reports also indicate that the Aquino government is abetting large multinational plantations in expanding its operations, at the expense of farmers and indigenous peoples currently farming or living on the target lands. KMU said the record high unemployment resulted from the Aquino government’s cheap labor policy of swelling the country’s unemployment to further press down workers’ wages. “Upon his boss’ orders — the big foreign and local capitalists – Aquino is intentionally worsening joblessness in the country. With higher unemployment and lesser jobs, it would be easier for capitalists to force workers to accept meager wages” Labog said. Historically, presidents like Aquino have always pitted jobs against wages. Using such rhetoric, “Aquino is also denying our demand for a P125 wage hike. Now, workers are left with no wage hike and worst, no jobs. This shows that the economic growth boasted by Aquino is just an illusion. It’s just a cover-up of his anti-worker and anti-people policies,” said Labog. The labor leader invited the public to join “tens of thousands of workers” who would protest on President Aquino’s third State of the Nation Address next month. He said they would present the real worsening conditions of workers and the Filipino people under Aquino’s administration. (


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Kingdom sa isang pagaaral na kahit mababa ang bilang ng mga suicide cases sa Pilipinas ay kailangan bigyan pa rin ng atensyon ng pamahalaan ang suicide prevention programs. “Little is known about the epidemiology of suicide and suicidal behavior in the Philippines and although its incidence is reported to be low, there is likely to be under-reporting because of its non-acceptance by the Catholic Church and the associated stigma to the family,” wika pa ng ahensya. Karamihan sa mga kaso umano ng suicide sa bansa ay sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigti, pagbaril at paglason sa saili, ayon pa sa pagaaral. (Mindanao Star Zamboanga Peninsula)

Ginang patay ng tamaan ng kidlat sa loob ng bahay Sinulat ni AL JACINTO PAGADIAN City––Patay ang isang ginang matapos itong tamaan ng kidlat habang nagpapahinga sa kanyang kuwarto sa bayan ng Jose Dalman sa Zamboanga del Norte, isang probinsiya sa Mindanao. Ayon sa ulat ng pulisya na ipinasa sa Mindanao Star ay nakilala ang biktima na si Elsa Dumolon, 38, at ayon sa pulisya ay nakaupo lamang ito sa kanyang kama ng tamaan ng kidlat na dumaan sa kanyang

bukas na bintana sa Barangay Lumaping. Hindi naman makapaniwala ang ang pamilya ni Elsa sa sinapit nito dahil nasa loob ng ng kanyang bahay ang babae ay nahagip pa ng kidlat. Ang mga kidlat ay karaniwaang dumaraan sa mga electrical equipment at mga tubo ng tubig o anumang mga uri ng alambre o bakal sa dingging o sahig ng bahay. At maraming kaso na rin ang naitala sa buong mundo na kung saan ay dumaraan ang

kidlat sa bintana, partikular kung saan mayroong mga salamin. Hindi agad mabatid ang statistics sa bansa ng mga napatay dahil sa tama ng kidlat, ngunit may mga documented cases naman ng mga biktimang nabuhay, subalit marami sa kanila ay may mga ibat-ibang long-term symptoms tulad ng madalas na pagkahilo, pamamanhid ng katawan o mga kamay at binti, pagiging malimutin at depression. (Mindanao Star Zamboanga Peninsula)

PCG: 7 pa missing, 61 na survivors, 2 casualties LEGAZPI City––Kinumpirma ngayon ng Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) District-Bicol na kabuuang 61 ang survivor na kanilang naitala hanggang sa mga oras na ito. Mula sa 58 na una nang napaulat na bilang ng mga nakaligtas sa nasabing trahedya mula sa lumubog na M/V Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, nadagdagan pa ito base na rin sa record na nakukuha ng Coast Guard mula sa kanilang mga tauhan. Maging ang bilang ng mga missing ay nadagdagan din mula sa anim ay umabot na ito sa pito habang nananatali naman sa dalawa ang bilang ng mga binawian ng buhay. Sa panayam ng Bombo Radyo Legazpi kay PCG Deputy Distict Commander Nelson Torrre, sinabi nito na ang nasabing mga pagbabago sa bilang ng tunay na sakay ng nasabing Ro-Ro vessel ay kasunod ng testimonya ng ilang mga survivor na una nang hindi tumutugma sa manifesto ng barko. Sa kabuuan, umaabot sa 70 ang sakay ng MV Carmel, 39 na mga pasahero habang 22 ang crew kung saan sa pitong naitalang missing hanggang ngayon, tatlo ang kasama sa manifesto ng barko. Habang ang apat naman na nawawala at pinaghahanap pa rin ng kanilang mga kaanak.

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By Lina D. Calvez

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-10) has conducted a Biodiversity Tour for Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Persons on May 22, at the Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape (ILPLS). The activity aimed to heighten awareness on biodiversity conservation, among the participants. OIC Legal Division Chief Florenda Lamason-Yap, who represented Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan, challenged the participants to take part in the biodiversity conservation to mitigate further effects of climate change. A lecture was made by Forester Ranoray Love Noro of the Biodiversity of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Division (PAWD) during the activity that centered on the role of women in biodiversity conservation. The participants toured around ILPLS to obser ve and learn on biodiversity conservation. ILPLS is situated in the

municipalities of Initao and Libertad, Misamis Oriental with a land area of 1,300.78 hectares. It has some 1,250 hectares of seascape and 50.58 hectares landscape, with high biodiversity value and a venue for field trips and recreational activities. There are 37 tree species in the Recreation Zone of ILPLS and 25 species also in the Strict Protection Zone. Forty-five avian species are seen in the area. Other activities within the Protected Area (PA), include cave exploration, bird watching, boating, snorkeling and diving. The Biodiversity Tour was part of the International Day for Biodiversity, increasing the understanding and awareness of people on biodiversity issues. The theme was “Water and Biodiversity.” The Protec ted Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZMS) sponsored the Biodiversity Tour. 06-154-2013 (Lina D. Calvez/DENR-PIA 10)


measures were in place to solve the problem, but there were some problematic areas being monitored. COWD has a total of 80,000 connections for the entire area, about half of that is in the western barangays of the city, including the municipality of Opol, Misamis Oriental. “That means, we have about 40,000 connections in the east and 40,000 in the west, with an estimated daily consumption of one cubic meter of water every connection,” said Beja. The committee asked COWD to submit plans and programs in addressing the water shortage in the city. (LCR/ Mike Baños is a member of Mindanao Press Alliance for Sustainable Development)

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Agreement and the additional volume needed on a consistent flow over a 24-hour period”. This move is expected to compel both companies to find ways to solve the water supply problems experienced by city residents. “It is urgent. People are craving for water,” said Councilor President Elipe, citing that the city can look into the problem through legal means. In the June 7 press conference, COWD General Manager Rachel M. Beja stated that “we welcome whatever is best for our water consumers” even as she assured that water supply, particularly in the western portion of the service area, will normalize by next week, “A water supply as wide as COWD western service area needs at least a week to restore and recover dissipated pressure in the system given continuous and steady supply,” said explained. “We may need more technical adjustments in our system after having been emptied intermittently for some time,” she stated adding that COWD is doing everything possible to facilitate restoration of the system to normal condition. COWD had been receiving numerous complaints from disappointed residents over the low water pressure or the lack of any supply at all, especially during the peak morning hours. Earlier, the City Council committee on public utilities invited the management of the COWD to thresh out matters pertaining to water problems experienced in some portions of the city. A COWD official said


from page 1 Ms. Lorca also reminded her audience of the existing agreement between the governments of New Zealand and the Philippines, envisioning Bukidnon to lead in plantation forest development and become model in commercial forestry in the country. “BFI’s mission is to ensure a profitable and environmentally-sustainable forest resource, in response to people’s longing for a more improved and progressive community,” she added. BFI logs are being used in the production of paper, tissue, bag and other environmentfriendly materials. The company sustains the advocacy for people to grow more trees, as a way of addressing gaps in the wood industry. As of December 2012, BFI has established 6,899 forest plantations, with 63 regular employees and 621 seasonal

FIVE overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Misamis Oriental have received financial livelihood assistance from the National Reintegration Center for Overseas Filipino Workers (NRCO), through

the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-10). O W WA- 1 0 D i r e c t o r Petrona Bergado awarded the checks amounting to P10,000 to each beneficiary during the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), with Regional Director Johnson Cañete of the Department

of Labor and Employment (DOLE), The re cipients, Mar y Celyn Arcadio, Lorna Caballes, Jenny Garcia, and Leah Romero, all of Cagayan de Oro City; and Celeste Sabunod of Claveria town, are into chicken ala carte station, meat processed products,

sari-sari store and eatery/ fastfood businesses. Bergado said NRCO aims to give safety nets to displaced OFWs. (with report from Apipa P. Bagumbaran/PIA10/Joe del Puerto Felicilda is a member of Mindanao Press Alliance for Sustainable Development)

THE Commanding General of the Philippine Army led June 5 the awarding of three ten-door apartments to officers and enlisted personnel at Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City. The ten-door apartments are part of the Army’s program in uplifting the living condition of its personnel

working inside army major camps, such as the 4th Infantry Division. The beneficiary-military officers and personnel will pay by automatic monthly deduction out from their Quarters Allowance depending on rank. Officers whose actual residences are outside Mindanao

and enlisted personnel, who are renting outside camp are given priority. Lieutenant General Coballes stressed that the awarding of the apartment units is in line with the present Administration’s housing program, which aims to provide a decent and affordable homes to the members of

the Armed Forces of the Philippines. He congratulated the recipient soldiers and their families for the opportunity to become the first occupants of the said units. Ten officers and 20 enlisted personnel received the new apartments. (4CMO/4ID/ PIA10/jdelpf )

employees; harvested 6,695 cubic meters of logs from its 74-hectare area; Disposed 8,916 cubic meters of logs; established 1,000 hectares of production forest; and 236 hectares of protection forest, in collaboration with the DENR. BFI is the corporate arm of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). (With report from Fredelyn L. Ragandang/Arjay S. Felicilda, member of Mindanao Press Alliance for Sustainable Development)

service eligibility equivalent to Career Service professional eligibility shall be granted to Sanggunian members who have served for an aggregate period of nine years and have completed a bachelor’s degree. Meanwhile, Sanggunian members who have served for an aggregate period of six years and have completed at least 72 units leading to a bachelor’s degree can be granted a Career Service SubProfessional

eligibility. Section 12 of the IRR provides that CSC regional offices will accept and process applications and confer eligibility to qualified Sanggunian members whose last term or years of service is in the province, city or municipality under its geographical jurisdiction. Councilor Tabor, who has initiated programs for the nationwide councilors league, expresses hopes that Sang-

gunian members can be given due recognition for services they have rendered through the grant of civil service eligibility. (LCR/asf )

By Joe del Puerto Felicilda, Editor-in-Chief

Army Chief awards 10-door apartments to 4ID personnel


from page 1 of waste, so that they can take actions on what specific projects will fit the region. “But we will still promote the use of organic fertilizers to our farmers kasama na yung coconet and hog raising schemes.” Sen. Villar also cited that she will help improve the handmade paper productions, since Salay is the forerunner of the hand-made paper industry in the region. Meanwhile, Sen. Villar emphasized also that she will help cooperatives in rural and urban areas, specifically the MASS-SPECC Cooperative Development Center as the cooperative can greatly help small businessman also.


from page 1 securing the livelihoods of nearly a quarter the world’s population. Cooperatives provide an important channel for bridging market values and human values.” (Jun Felicilda, member of Mindanao Press Alliance for Sustainable Development)


from page 2 Sangguniang Bayan, Sangguniang Panlungsod and Sangguniang Panlalawigan. He said the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the law was already released by the CSC last March 2013. Under RA 10156, a civil

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JUNE 15-21, 2013

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Entrepreneurship is the key to financial indedependence:Villar Senator-elect Cynthia Villar urged the Filipinos to strive to become “financially independent” as the nation celebrates its Independence Day. “I believe that the only way to empower people, especially the poor, is to help them to be economically or financially independent. We should not just give alms or dole outs; we should equip them with necessary skills and know-how so they can fend for themselves,” said Villar. With still high unemployment rate of the country, Villar said entrepreneurship is the way to economic freedom and progress. “Nowadays, poverty is what keeps people from becoming really independent. This is the reason why we have been promoting entrepreneurship as a way out of poverty for young and old people alike because it creates jobs,” Villar said. She said people should not be afraid to start small businesses, especially the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). She emphasized that the absence of capital should not dissuade one from venturing into business because there are a lot

of organizations that can lend capital. She disclosed that their real estate company was born out of a small gravel and sand business. “When Manny resigned from his job in 1975, he borrowed P10,000 from a bank and bought two second-hand trucks, which he used to deliver gravel and sand to real estate developers. With the help of God, coupled with sipag at tiyaga (perseverance and patience), our business grew until we became the biggest home

builder in the country,” related Villar. “Senator Villar and I are living examples of what entrepreneurs can accomplish and achieve,” added Villar. Also known as “Misis Hanepbuhay”, Villar said she wants to review government’s incentives to businesses particularly to micro, small and medium enterprises as well as tax incentives to labor-intensive businesses that generate more employment to Filipinos such as manufacturing, and agriculture.

144 candidate soldiers start training KUTA SANG-AN – The 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division, Philippine Army formally

declares the opening of training of the 144 selected civilians who will undergo

Col Amadeo F Azul Jr, Assistant Division Commander, 1ID while delivering his message to the Candidate Soldiers and their parents and relatives during the opening ceremony of Candidate Soldiers Course Class 318-13 conducted at Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, PA, Kuta Maj Cesar Sang-an, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS on 15 June 2013.

The 144 young professionals who were chosen to undergo the Candidate Soldiers Course Class 318-13 to be conducted at 1st Division Training School, 1st Infantry Division, PA, Kuta Maj Cesar Sang-an, Pulacan, Labangan, ZDS starting 15 June 2013.

Candidate Soldiers Course cross train with Jungle Warfare and Mountain Operations Course at Division Grandstand, Kuta Cesar Sang-an, Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur around 10 AM today. The 144 strong men aged 21 to 26 who came from the different provinces and tribes in Western Mindanao that successfully passed the rigid and meticulous screening and processing standard set by the Philippine Army are now ready to undergo eight (8) months of rigorous training at the 1st Division Training School in Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. Col Amadeo F Azul Jr, Assistant Division Commander of 1ID, PA, congratulates the 144 successful candidates and challenges them by saying: “Kailangan ninyong malampasan ang bawat pagsubok na inyong kakaharapin sa inyong pagsasanay. Ang inyong unti-unting pagbabago ay makikita sa inyong kapasidad at kakayahang tumangap ng responsibilidad. Dapat malampasan ninyo ang pagsubok na ito upang masabing kayo ay nararapat na mapabilang sa hanay ng mga kasundaluhan, partikular sa Hukbong Katihan.” The event was witnessed by the Officers, Enlisted Personnel and Civilian Employees of the Command and proud parents and relatives of the selected candidate soldiers.

Mindanao Star Cagayan de Oro (June 15-21, 2013)  

Mindanao Star Cagayan de Oro (June 15-21, 2013)

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