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Vol. 1 | No.10 | Cagayan de Oro City | October 10-16, 2012


Sunrise, 5:29am. El Salvador City,Misamis Oriental. Facing Tagoloan Pier. photo by. HARRY SIO, OPS

NYC intensify call for zero drug abuse rate T

he National Youth Commission in partnership with Dangerous Drugs Board, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Health, and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency initiated a nationwide youth caravan on drug abuse prevention Cagayan de Oro leg with a theme “Intensifying Youth Empowerment Efforts to Zero-in on Drug Abuse Prevention and Control” on October 2 at Liceo de Cagayan University. This youth caravan is an advocacy campaign capturing the perception of the young to strengthen their awareness about the ill effects of drug abuse and dependence and to highlight best practices of youth groups and networks in the campaigns and initiatives in combating drug usage and dependence. According to Earl Saavedra, NYC Commissioner there are four youth subsectors: out-of-school youth, in school youth, working youth, and the specific youth groups (youth with special needs).

by Christine H. Cabiasa

There are also three youth categories: youth child (15-17 years old), core youth (18-24 years old) and the young adult (25-30 years old). “The number one issue and concern of youth is education. This is a challenge for them to participate and volunteer per see the RA 8044 or the Youth and Nation Building Act, having the youth as the pioneering individuals for it”, Saavedra added. R e c o r d s p e r N a t i o n a l Yo u t h Commission-Youth Assessment Study shows that the 26% of the 15-17 years old youth are out-of-school with a bracket up to 48% and a population sample size of 5,850 taken out form the 17 regions nationwide; 18-24% and 25-36% had to drop out of school due to financial hardships; 7-8% of all ages dropped out of school after becoming drug dependent. The call for zero drug abuse rate and drug prevention and control is seen to have the youth and society as partners stressing their roles in fighting against prohibited drugs with a collective discussion of its causes and effects counterparting also on the legal

mandates and policies provided by the government to address issues on the use of dangerous drugs. Moreover, to meet their objective of backing up the youth with relative issues and points of information on prohibited drugs, a pact was established through a Manifesto signing and launching of the Drug Free Youth Freedom Wall which delved on the commitment of the participants to increase vigilance against drug pushers and drug sniffers and to manifest their involvement in local joint efforts to spread the “awareness virus” among the vulnerable groups of young people in their respective communities. Kontra Droga-Bagets Edition was also launched as Dangerous Drugs Board’s convergence network in the spirit of public and private partnerships which will help localize its mandates and initiatives not only in a certain region but the whole of Philippines. “This is a step that if done by a thousand feet becomes a significant step towards a drug-free Philippines”, Rommel Garcia, Vice Chairman Dangerous Drug Board said.

Ms. Fretzie Estoque, welcomes the youth participants from various schools, intitutions, and organization from the City of Cagayan de Oro.

Speaker, NYC Commissioner, Earl Saavedra gives the first talk on the background of the current practices of the youth.

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ravelling is always a pleasure especially for a photographer. The Provincial Tourism Office recently treated selected media personalities to join Pasiyo Ta! sa Misamis Oriental that gave us a preview of the on-going tourism ventures of the municipalities from the MisOr area. Pasiyo Ta! is a 3-day tour of the tourism destinations of the province, most are not even well known yet – hence the tour. I shall be narrating my first day accounts for this week’s issue, day 2 and day 3 will be narrated by Mr. Mike Baños and Ms.

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Christine Cabiasa respectively in the next issues. Just to keep you excited for the sights. MisOr has a total land area of 3,081.1 km², and is composed of 23 municipalities and 2 cities, Cagayan de Oro and El Salvador City. The province is boasts of tourism spots like beaches, springs, waterfalls, rivers and forests and is considered as among the best tourist destinations in Mindanao. I have always been curios about the developments at the Laguindingan airport – been hearing about it for the longest time, this time I got to see it.

Then we head off to Naawan where the Dairy Goat Breeding Station is situated. The tourism destinations of this municipality also includes Talabaan Falls, Kanapulan Falls, Mahangol Series, RD Beach Camp, SAIS Family Swimming Pool, Mayor Paulino Ong Ancestral House and the Andresito Sarenas Ancestral House and the Orchid Garden which is close to my heart since it is also the home of my Aunt Pilar

Uy-Sarenas, my father’s sister. In the Dairy Goat Breeding Station, we got to see the main products which are the Goat’s Milk and Goat’s Milk Soap. They were kind enough to give us free samples and when I got back home, decided to try it for myself – only one thing I can say, it’s great for your skin. The lather gives you a nice feel and the smell of milk makes it even more appealing.

known as Sweet Sticky Rice, is lightly burnt to a crisp or “dukot” giving it a twist in the taste apart from the usual style of cooking the delicacy where it is covered in caramel or “latik”.

museum. Among the artefacts are the photos of my grandfather Alejandro “Dadoy” Uy, former mayor of Manticao, Misamis Oriental. Also in place is the book of Dadoy where historical facts on the political autonomy of Lugait is cited. Lolo Dadoy is honored by Lugait as the father of its political autonomy.

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Shaun explaining to his fellow journalists and bloggers, this is the founder of the municipality of Lugait’s political autonomy and he is no other than my lolo, the late Honorable Mayor of Manticao, Alejandro Diabo Uy, as he showed to them the memorabilia of the Uy’s at the Lugait Museum, during their visit to highlight the Tourism Week celebration, Lugait, Misamis Oriental. Considering that there is no museum building yet of Lugait, memorabilia and other collections are temporarily housed at the legislative building of the municipality. photo & caption courtesy of Cedric Dayta

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Laguindingan mayor Oliver L. Ubaub gave us a personal tour of the airport and introduced us to a tasty treat. One of the delicacies of Languindingan is the “Biko Dukot”. Here the “Biko”, which is also

After the sumptuous lunch at the villa, we now head to Lugait, where Mayor Wellie G. Lim greeted us. My cousin Cedric Dayta gave us a looksee of the tourism potentials of Lugait. The municipality has started an archive of documents with historical value and also started a collection of artefacts that would eventually lead to a

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Then we headed to Manticao which is my father’s hometown where most of my cousins, and my sister and her family are residing. We were treated to lunch at the Lagrosas residence, Villa Natividad, where Madame Jennifer

Lagrosas, the municipality’s chair for tourism and the wife of Mayor Roberto “Bobby” Lagrosas, showed us around the house and treated us to a special cooking of the Manticao Bibingka at the lawn of the residence.

Then the last stop was the Lasang Secret Adventure, Initao, Misamis Oriental. Here we got to walk from tree to tree via interconnected hanging bridges, and then zip back down through a

controlled zipline. The height gave us a glimpse of nature’s beauty from a vantage point 100 feet above. Truly a walk in the park, or should I, say a walk in the Lasang.

B l o g g e r V i n c e n t To m Udasco takes a walk at the interconnecting hanging bridge 100 feet above ground. Lasang Secret Adventure, Initao, Misamis Oriental.

A lady bibingka maker prepares the ingredients for bibingka, ready for baking in a “pugon”. Laguindingan’s “B

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Villa Natividad, the ancestral home of the Lagrosas family.

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fter a successful market introduction of the country’s firstever broadband group plan, Philippines’ fastest growing broadband service provider Sun Broadband unveils its most affordable postpaid offering and posts it for as low was P250 per month. Branded simply as the Sun Broadband Plan 250, this new service offers 35 hours of internet per month. Being the lowest-rated broadband plan to date and the first under such price category, this launching yet again sets a significant market contribution from Sun Broadband. “This is a very good choice for a start-up broadband postpaid kit, especially for those who look for a consistent, fast and reliable broadband service without the worries of sky-high monthly service charges,” says Ricky Peña, Senior Vice President of Sun Cellular for Broadband, Postpaid, New Business and Marketing Services. This new broadband plan also incorporates a special flexibility feature that allows

users to load their accounts with any of the Sun Broadband Prepaid load variants once the standard 35-hour allocation has been consumed for the month. Among the well-loved

Sun Broadband prepaid loads are those for unlimited surfing which are posted at P50 for one day and best-value at P100 for three days. In time for this new offering and for its upcoming product launches this year, Sun Broadband has announced the near completion of its nationwide 3G network

expansion program for the year. After achieving a robust growth in the subscribers and service revenues for the first half of this year, Peña said that the network is even more determined to intensify its current nationwide presence. W ith more cell sites rolled out and optimized synergies with its parent company, Sun Broadband was able to expand further to almost 400 new 3G areas outside the National Capital Region (NCR), along various provinces of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and close to 50 new 3G sites have also been activated in the NCR. “As we shift towards a larger and a more advanced local broadband market, Sun Broadband will also continue to expand its line of innovations and ensure the best of 3G network support, while of course keeping up with its commitment to serve the most-value seeking Filipinos out there,” Peña reveals. Sun Broadband is powered by Sun Cellular, a member of the PLDT Group.


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“The training on Radio News Scriptwriting at the BWM Media Center on September 18, 2012 was very great. I learned a lot from it. It would be greater, if we pursue this further and have other PIOs of different agencies attend the same kind of training. I truly believe that we could inform and mobilize more people, if we have our own radio program on established radio stations. As what we learned, radio is one of the most effective tools in convey information to the public.” Geoffrey A. Thiam Information Officer, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10

We grow minds!

Congratulations! DR. GERRY J. CAÑO Newly Elected National President


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City Lite




he families in Xavier Ecoville, the Xavier U n i v e r s i t y - l e d resettlement site for Sendong survivors in Brgy. Lumbia, did not pass up the chance to participate in the recently held Oro Best Expo 2012 at The Atrium, Lim Ket Kai Mall. The Xavier Ecoville display table was lined up with coin purses, sling bags, pouches and organizers- all sewn by the families themselves. Buyers were drawn by the products’ bright colors and functional designs. Not only

were they a fashion eye candy, they were also the fruits of labor of a community that’s starting to rebuild their lost livelihood. Aptly bearing the theme “Helping MSMEs Rebuild”, the event was a big opportunity for the survivor families to showcase their enterprise to the general public. The bags, along with other innovative products made by the families, will be available at the soon to rise Xavier Ecoville Livelihood Center.


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The Candidates of Mr. & Mrs. OLIVE-C Campus Model 2012 in the press presentation and selection of the “Darling of the Press”. The Coronation Night will be on Oct. 13, 2012 at the Capitol University Gym.

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PBA LEGENDS UNVEIL COURT OF INSPIRATION PBA Legends stamp their hand prints on the concrete marker of the Court of Inspiration at Brgy. Puerto, Cagayan de Oro City, October 7, 2012.


PBA Legends unveil the Court of Inspiration with Alaxan FR. PBA Legends Jojo Lastimosa, Benjie Paras, Jerry Codiñera, Johnny Abarrientos, Ronie Magsanoc and Alvin Patrimonio pose with Alaxan FR marketing staff and locals of Brgy. Puerto, Cagayan de Oro City during the turn-over of the Court of Inspiration, October 7, 2012.

Senator Manny Villar and I have moved on from the 2010 campaign. I just want to inform Risa Hontiveros that I stood by my record that I voted with her for the impeachment of Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2005. I am enclosing here the records of Congress (votes results on PGMA’s impeachment). In fact, I lost my pork barrel because of that vote. Senator Manny Villar and I didn’t ask any favor and didn’t have the need to ask any favor from former president GMA. Thus, tagging or labeling us as ‘Villaroyo’ is not true. We live very simple lives and our public life is public service.

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Points of View

Editorial In addition to the growing list of controversies of the government to date, the Republic Act No. 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 gives the current administration a wee bit more color than just yellow. A part of this RA is a clause, curiously added at that, that states “(4) Libel. — The unlawful or prohibited acts of libel as defined in Article 355 of the Revised Penal Code, as amended, committed through a computer system or any other similar means which may be devised in the future.” Media personalities and netizens all over the country have voiced out their concern about this act. Social media site users such as facebook and Twitter have launched an all-out protest by turning their avatars or profile photos into black – which signified that “freedom is dead”. There are pros and cons to this Cybercrime Prevention Act – but when the freedom of expression is challenged people will rise to the occasion. True enough, the massive online protest paved the way to the recent blocking of the Republic Act through a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) by the Supreme Court. Others think it is a sign of victory for netizens, others think it’s just a ploy. We can go on and on ranting about this and airing our insights but I think we all agree that with freedom comes responsibility. Social media is a means of communication that all enjoy, so that when we want to chat and talk with our friends and relatives abroad we can do it just a click away. In the RA 10175, the government will have access to an individual’s private information. It’s like a wiretap, only highly technological this time. What about the kids who are users of social media sites – one thing I can say about that – they’re not supposed to. What if 1 billion people say something libellous, where will the government jail them? Will the government also spend billions on tracking down cybercriminals? What about the more heinous crimes that remain unsolved? Shouldn’t they get to those first? We have a lot of questions on this particular issue. We can give it a rest for now with the TRO in effect, for how long, remains to be seen. Let’s just be vigilant and uphold our right to freedom of expression. Until then – Don’t speak little birdie.






grew up with Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Agatha Christie and Hans Christian Andersen. Reading books becamse such a huge part of me that I have amassed books since I was 8 years old, some of them were unfortunately globbered up by bookwoarms (literally) and we had to part ways but the stories of these books are still very much a part of me. When I reached my teenage years, my liking for books became even more intense and spent nights reading books of John Grisham, Sidney Sheldon and Mary Higgins Clark and had moments dreaming with The Little Prince and Jonathan Livingston Seagull and devoured inspirational books and self-help publications. Books also became my bridge to having friends. I met people in my life who were also book freaks and we share stories and experiences. My time spent on reading became a lifestyle and

I had to admit, I can forego of days outside for my time with a worthy novel. Book sales and discount stores with novels piled up are the first on my list whenever I visit the malls. It’s my first priority when I travel as well. Scouring for books has become my therapy, my refuge and my source of rejuvenation after a long hard day. It is sad to note though the interest for reading in the younger generation Filipinos has declined over the years. The recent survey of the National Book Development Board on the reading habits of Filipinos is worrisome for me since it indicated that although reading is still high across the ages, the Non-School Books they read are mostly cookbooks and romance novels. Literary books and those that are highly textual become far less interesting for the new generation readers. This means that interest to read may still be there but what they


read is another story. It is also noteworthy that publications in Filipino or Tagalog is now more preferred than English texts. Then here comes the Ebook. Electronic Books or Ebooks are digital versions of a publication with texts and photos and can be read or accessed through a computer or mobile device. Will this reformatting of the traditional handheld hard or softbound books make reading more interesting for the cyber generation? I truly hope so. I for one have tried reading ebooks and they are quite fascinating because they are handy and can be navigated by a simple touch of a finger! However, this medium is a bit limiting because you need to have sufficient battery power to read everything in one sitting and is devoid of the feeling of satisfaction of having to flip until the very last page. But for the sake of letting the young experience the joys or

reading, I believe this will have to do. Reading is indeed a wonderful journey and it allows us, the readers to venture into the worlds and cultures shared by the author, it makes us use our imaginations and not just rely on the images that pop right before our very eyes. Reading can enhance ones vocabulary skills too and sharpens the memory as well. Reading books of different genres is a wonderful avenue to learn new things, at your own pace in your own time and place. Conventional books and ebooks are all around us, grab one now and start to discover the wonders it will bring and who knows, in time I will be reading your book too! I would love to hear feedback from you, so please feel free to drop me a line or two so I will know what’s on your mind. You can email your comments and suggestions to: owen.jaen@gmail. com. Thanks for reading! Cheers!





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he voice cracks when our singing muscles stop working properly. Having a good breath support to maintain a steady flow of air, especially on high notes, help prevent the crack. Singers crack due to severe allergy problems or other ailments that affects the vocal cords. The younger singers also crack as they explore out how to sing higher notes. Particularly, younger men (teenagers) crack during puberty as their vocal cords grow. Now, cracking up is normal when exploring but it shouldn’t be the case all the time

or else the vocal cord is destroyed. On the other hand when singers crack on stage it enables them to release body tension associated with fear. When my students crack I assure them it is ok. I do crack sometimes when I have my nasal allergies. I give myself and my students the permission not to be perfect because it does happen. I’ve seen professional singers crack up and went on singing just like nothing happened. It just meant that the singer was experiencing voice trouble or needs more preparation. The fear of cracking eventually

disappears after singing the same phrase several times smoothly. How to do it? Nail it during rehearsals by applying good techniques in breath support and using the head voice. In applying such techniques, there is a need for multi tasking and most of us are capable of doing this just like singing while taking a bath or conversing with the car passenger while you are driving. Furthermore, acting also helps in singing the high notes without cracking. There’s one particular Christmas song by Natalie Grant entitled “I believe”, that I had a hard time reaching

its high notes but when internalized and acted out the song voila! I made it without noticing the “birit” part because I was so absorbed in the song. Remember, our emotions can give us adrenaline rush. Whether you are already a good singer or just still starting out, again cracking up is possible but it is not the end of your career, it happens sometimes specially when your voice is in a bad condition, and when it does happen accept and move on, never dwell on it. It’s ok to crack up but make sure you learn or take the precautions.

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y several readings on macroeconomics of labor markets reveal one reality, that is, the need for more studies that will address basically all sectors of the society. For instance, the study conducted by Sergiy Stetsenko of the University of Pennsylvania (2010) shows the change in behavior of fertility rate at business cycle frequencies in the United States between the 1970s and 1990s and it further shows how the cyclical and secular properties of fertility can be used to distinguish among several proposed theories that account for the rise in labor force participation of married mothers. Another study by Marion Warmuth (2007) deals with managing the aging workforce and it discusses the challenges arising from it. It shows that the prejudices and discrimination attached to older employees such as being resistant to new approaches or new technologies and

being less productive can be managed through changing the mindset of employers and the company culture. It also supports findings of a survey of a research institute that elderly are able to mange difficult situations through their routine and experience and up-todate knowledge and education. So what is the bottom line? What I want to put across in this article is the realization that while it is true that the National Statistics Office is periodically conducting the Labor Force Survey, there is a corresponding need for researchers – be it from the corporate world or the academe- to use the NSO data as take-off point for further studies. It is not enough to obtain LFS data that gives number of employed, unemployed , or underemployed, it is also vital to see through one’s lens the perspectives and consequences of a given situation and given set of data through research.

What is this Labor Force Survey (LFS) ? The LFS aims to provide a quantitative framework for the preparation of plans and formulation of policies affecting the labor market. Specifically, the survey is designed to provide statistics on levels and trends of employment, unemployment and underemployment for the country, as a whole, and for each of the administrative regions, including provinces and key cities.The LFS has undergone changes in its questionnaire design starting in July 1987 where modifications in the concepts and definitions for measuring labor force and employment characteristics were adopted. The design is based on a past week reference period and new concept of availability and looking for work is adopted. With regard the concept, the Labor Force or Economically Active Population refers to population 15 years old and over who are either employed or unemployed. On the

CASINOS KNOCKING IN CARAGA REGION WHAT IS SAUCE for the goose in Davao City may not be good for the gander of Butuan? Pagcor expansion is not only confined at the national capital region. With the entry of new casino operators in the Philippines that forms part of Bloombery and Solaire Group at the Entertainment City along Manila Bay, high stake gambling found in many Philippine big cities are now rolling their cards and flexing their muscles to as far as Eastern Mindanao. Twice the proponents of the Pagcor Casino in Butuan City suffered rejection after two public hearings on their petition for the opening of a Casino was turned down by the City Council. Butuan City which has a land area of 81,728 hectares with 59 rural and 27 Barangays that qualifies as First Class city under the urban classification remains conservative notwithstanding the city’s gross annual income of P811 Million

last year. Butuan is the seat of government for the regional administrative offices in the growing Caraga Region. During the past 3 months, the city landed on the national headlines for the initiatives of their city officials in stopping illegal logging by confiscating illegally cut logs transported in various trucks loads numbering 1.1 million board feet with an estimated value of P14 Million. Many other shipments followed. The local government effort through the leadership of City Mayor Ferdinand M. Amante earned the support of the national government that resulted in the removal of the DENR Regional Director and the Police Chiefs of the identified Municipal timber sources in Agusan del Sur. The Regional PNP Director was also summarily relieved of his command for his failure to check the proliferation illegal loggers. The seized cut

lumbers were destined for Cagayan de Oro City. We have seen hundreds of those 14 wheelers trucks flying nightly tearing the national highway from the municipality of Magsaysay up to the doorstep of Gingoog City. Butuan City has benefited from the tourism and mining growth of Surigao del Norte and the nearby eco-tourism destinations of the Caraga region as the main entry point of foreign tourist on holiday at the Siargao Island’s surfing destination. Tourism growth in the region has a phenomenal rise of 17% compared to the previous year’s which help accelerate the economies of retail business and property development of their cities. Tourist arrivals in Caraga have a higher growth rate compared to Northern Mindanao. Many foreign retirees have also found new homes and now live in Butuan and Surigao City

other hand, Persons Not in the Labor Force are those persons who are not looking for work because of reasons such as housekeeping ,schooling, etc. Examples are housewives, students, disabled or retired persons. For most part, statistics have been limited to the socioeconomic data at the national level. It is very evident though that there is the need for information at the local level. In this regard, the LFS sample design has been drawn in such a way that accurate lower level classification would be possible. How are we going to look at the inputs of the LFS? For more effective application, it is preferable to look at the latest results- the July 2012 Labor Force Survey (LFS), which can be easily compared with the July 2011 data. Translating this set of data into figures, we would be looking at an estimated 63.1 million population aged 15 years and over with an employment rate of 93.0 per cent (almost

the same with the 92.9 percent in July 2011), unemployment rate of 7.0 per cent and an underemployment rate of 22.7 per cent. Among the unemployed persons, there were more males (62.1%) than females (37.9%). Majority (51.2%) of the unemployed persons belong to age group 15-24 years. Looking at the regional data, Cagayan Valley recorded the highest employment rate of 96.8 percent, followed by MIMAROPA and Zamboanga Peninsula (95.9% each). The lowest employment rate was recorded in National Capital Region (NCR) with 90.1 percent. It is interesting to know that those who worked in the services sector comprised the largest proportion, which posted more than half or 53.3 percent of the estimated employed persons. Equally interesting is the fact that those engaged in wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles

and motorcycles comprised the highest percentage (18.6% of total employed). Those engaged in agriculture sector was recorded the second largest group which accounted for 30.9 percent of the total employed. Only 16.0 percent of the total employed consisted of workers in the industry sector, with the manufacturing (8.5% of the total employed) and construction (6.1% of the total employed) sub-sectors having the highest proportions. Education experts may be interested in looking into this information.With regard the highest grade completed, one-third (33.3%) of the unemployed persons were high school graduates, 13.9 percent were college undergraduates, while 19.2 percent were college graduates. Indeed, both business and academe can gain more insights by investigating further through research that will certainly address their most urgent need.


with their Filipina spouses and families. The casino proponents and gaming investors of Butuan City have seen the growth potential of the region. They have presented new and convincing arguments on the rationale and impact of a legalized gambling operation. The rational may pass as an economic impact to create more government revenues in a region defendant on tourism, mining and agriculture. How many jobs can be created in the city from legalized casino gambling? The local government take in terms of amusement taxes is 3% share from the gross gambling revenues. Casino proponents with a ready Pagcor franchise came also to Cagayan de Oro last year but die down as the City Government has ambivalent stand in spite of a national law allowing the legality of its operation. For tourism to prosper

in any destination, it must have the components of leisure and entertainment as synergies for growth. Foreign tourist visiting the country is a good target market. Some affluent and rich Filipinos are also a potential gambling client. The church lead by the clergies has their usual argument opposing casinos and all forms of gambling as a threat to the stability of the families. The church who has abrogated itself as the bulwark of spiritual guidance of the people will always take an opposing stand against gambling. But Butuan City is not gambling free, Loterya ng Bayan operates in both Agusan del Norte and Agusan del Sur raking millions daily from gambling bets. The church says gambling is a form of evil even if they have not offered anything to create livelihood or help bring the food to the dining tables of many Butuan City residents who are in

need of jobs. What are the safeguards to protect ordinary citizens not to be lured to casino gambling? Will there be collateral damage to the moral fiber of the population who could gamble and lose money in the gambling tables? What will be the macro economic benefits of a casino operation? Unless, the proponents and the local community can come to terms and reconcile these queries, no cards will be drawn from the deck. Local officials may not take a stand or commit a political suicide today to endorse any casino project due to the approaching local election. But soon, they have to weight their option based on the economic impact and derivatives of a casino business. The color of money is green but some new denominations are also violet. Meanwhile, Pagcor can keep on knocking next year?

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Around NorthMin

DOLE-10 hosts opening of Statistics Month observance By Mildred E. Dablio, Labor Communications Officer

Cagayan de Oro City --- The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office will open the month-long observance of the 23rd National Statistics Month for October 2012. The celebration takes a look at the labor sector with the theme, “Monitoring Progress on Decent Work through Statistics: Pathway to Inclusive Growth.” At the national level, the DOLE also opens the celebration. The Statistics Month is spearheaded by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB). The DOLE and NSCB partnered to focus

on labor and employment. The Regional Development Council’s Regional Statistical Coordinating Committee tasked DOLE-10 to host the opening ceremony on 3 October 2012 at the AVR of Liceo de Cagayan University in Cagayan de Oro City. Moreover, to advocate this event, Regional Director Johnson G. Cañete will guest in the television early morning show of ABS-CBN’s Pamahaw Espesyal on 8 October 2012 for region 10 areas. Director Cañete supports the advocacy of Secretary Rosalinda

Dimapilis-Baldoz pushing for inclusive growth through decent and productive work. Secretary Baldoz underscored the role of all sectors – labor, employers, investors, and government at the 10th Development Policy Research Month last September 2012. S h e a l s o u rg e d t h e researchers and planners both in government and the private sector to direct their work to the important quest for decent and productive work that will lead to inclusive growth in the country pursuant of the agenda of President Aquino. The opening program will be participated in by some 80 technical personnel from government agencies, the academe, and employers engaged in the documentation of data and in functions on labor and employment. Labor statistics cuts across all sectors, hence the support that all agencies and offices

give to the observance of Statistics Month, Director Cañete said. The closing ceremonies will be on 25 October 2012, still sponsored by DOLE. Inter-agencies will be joining the Quiz Show during the closing. The month-long activity will include Statistical Symposium on TVET statistics; Department Order No. 118-12 or the Rules and Regulations Governing the Employment & Working Conditions of Drivers & Conductors in the Public Utility Transport Industry; Work Values & Productivity Level among Xavier University Employees for SY 2007, and the Overseas Employment Statistics. Other significant activities involve Philippine Statistics Quiz for students sponsored by the MSU-IIT in Iligan City (8 September 2012); and Tree Planting at Balulang & Cugman areas, Cagayan de Oro City (12-19 October 2012).

MEN IN WHITE: African parish Priest Rev. Fr. Adam Bago and Dr.Mohammed Al Maadheed of Qatar Red Crescent Society share their ideas and experiences in a light moment during after the ceremonial turn-over ceremony of 320 transitional shelters Tuesday in the interior village of Digkilaan, Iligan City , a severely affected village during the flash flood brought about by tropical storm “Sendong” on December 16-17 last year.(Photo by : Richel V. Umel/asf)

Vegetable gardening pushed in Lanao del Norte A five-day training on the basics of vegetable gardening, nature farming, composting, seed banking, seed storage and seed

production technologies was attended by 223 elementary and high school teachers in the province of Lanao del Norte.

Engr. Rodolfo Aranzado, Provincial High Value Commercial Crops Coordinator of Lanao del Norte (top left) imparts the nutritional value of vegetables and its benefits in growing them through natural farming. Ms. Glenn A. Janubas (top right), Regional Reports Officer for the Gulayan sa Paaralan Project of DA-10, encourages the participants to promote vegetable consumption among their students.

This was made possible through the collaborative effort of the Department of Agriculture - 10 (DA-10) through its Crops Division and the Department of Education-10 (DepEd-10) f or t h e c ont i nu o u s implementation of the Gulayan sa Paaralan Project (GSPP). The project is the government agencies concerted initiative towards hunger mitigation and poverty alleviation through food security and sufficiency. The training is the GSPP’s capability enhancement component to serve as aid for teachers in promoting self-help food production to the younger generation and in encouraging them to appreciate agriculture. “We do not only promote vegetable production, but vegetable consumption as well,” said Ms. Glenn A. Janubas, Regional Reports Officer for the GSPP as she stressed the importance of school gardens to sustain supplementary feeding in schools as a means to decrease drop out and malnutrition rates among students.

E n g r. R o d o l f o Aranzado, Provincial High Value Commercial Crops Coordinator also emphasized the benefits of vegetable gardening. “Vegetable gardening through nature farming gives us an assurance t hat fo o d is a lways available. It also addresses food security, provides additional income, insures a clean and safe environment, and helps us fight malnutrition and maintain a healthy lifestyle,” Engr. Aranzado added. Pa r t i c i p a nt s a l s o received garden tools and 90 pouches of open pollinated variety (OPV) of assorted vegetable seeds, as part of DA’s assistance in the establishment of vegetable gardens among beneficiary schools. With the assistance provided, the beneficiary schools are expected to produce at least 100 kilograms of vegetables per harvest s e a s on w it h i n t h e required area of 200 square meters. (VANESSA MAE S. SIANO, DA-RAFID 10)

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Involvement K to 12 program for quality education


MAT-I, Claveria, Misamis Oriental – The Misamis Oriental Council of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines hold recently a Basic Training Course for teachers of District II of Claveria. Teacher-trainees posed together with Council Scout Executive Rogelio Rolly ROFEROS, DepEd Claveria District II Officials, Field Scout Executives Jaye Jowelle AGBU & Linamarie DALANGPAN and members of the training team. Photo by: Scouter Palang Añora


he K to 12 program is the framework of Philippine basic education in which it covers kindergarten, six years of primar y education, four years of junior high school, and two years of senior high school meeting the need to enhance the poor quality of basic education in the country as reflected in the low achievement scores of the Filipino students in National Achievement Te s t s ( N A T ) a n d Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) among others. It was made mandatory effective School Year (SY) 2012-2013 through the signing of Republic Act No. 10157 entitled “An Act Institutionalizing the Kindergarten Education into the Basic Education System and Appropriating

Funds Therefor” on January 20, 2012. This program has four salient f e a t u r e s ; Un i v e r s a l Kindergarten Education, Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education, Core Academic Area, and Specializations. Grounde d on t he urgent call for quality basic education and high employment rate, this program will place Philippine education at par with the international standards for education. It will also be a contributing factor on the development of the students as to the graduates that they will posses competencies and skills to hook the appropriate job market and that they will capable of catching up productive entrepreneurship, employment, and more elevated education disciplines and that they will be recognized abroad.

Senator Manny Villar with the Tangub beauties during the just held Dalit Festival while former Las Pinas representative Cynthia Villar gives her festival message in Honor of Sr. San Miguel during in a media interview. Mrs. Cynthia Villar recently filed her COC as Senator under LP party. Photos by PJAMES TREMEDAL and NEP BATOLENO


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HEALTH IN FOCUS by: Dr. Mary Jean Loreche

by: Riza Ares


e in the Food & Lifestyle would like to bring into your home continuously an all new and exciting collections of delightful dishes that you would like to try any day of the week, where most of us whether it’s a she or a he would like to show our love by spending our time

nurturing our family ties, friends and best of all, share the goodness of greattasting meals. Yet surprisingly affordable to suit your budget. I have been constantly in search of high protein, high fiber, low sugar dishes and more. There are many recipes available to fill those needs but they are not always tasty

and appetizing The recipes that we shared to our readers is tested and have been tried so many times even the young members of the family likes it and really love the taste. The Pochero which is cooked ala Bicol in this recipe is rich in protein. Tanguigue Escabeche is everybody’s favorites and so the Pata at Kadyos.

PATA AT KADYOS ( pork knuckles with pigeon peas) Ingredients: 1 pata (front pok knuckle), sliced 3 tbsp cooking oil 100 g onions, chopped 1tbsp minced garlic 200 g tomatoes, chopped 225 g kadios (black or green pigeon peas) Soaked overnight and drained 600 g green langka (jackfruit), cut into strips 100 g malunggay (horseradish)leaves, Seasalt to taste Freshly groundpepper’ Procedure: Soak the beans overnight, then drain thoroughly. Heat the oil in a casserole and saute’ the garlic, onion and tomatoes, then add the knuckles, beans And 2.5 liters of water. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer until the meat and beans and tender. Add the jackfruit and continue to simmer for further 5 minutes, then add the horseradish leaves and season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.

POCHERO (boiled meat and vegetables) Ingredients: 1 kilo whole brisket 1 kilo whole chicken 500 g pork belly 175 g choriso Bilbao (garlic sausage) 1.5 tbsp crushed garlic 200 g onions, quartered 1 tbsp whole peppercorns 2 bay leaves 400 g potatoes, peeled and quartered 400 g gabi (taro roots) Peeled and cut into slices 200 g saba (cooking bananas) Halved diagonally 150 g green beans 400 g cabbage, cut into wedges 225 g chick peas, cooked or canned Seasalt and pepper to taste 1 tbsp olive oil Procedures: Place the beef, chicken, pork and sausage in a large casserole. Add the garlic, onion,peppercorns and bay leaves and cover with water. Bring to the boil and cook over a moderate heat. Remove sausage after 30 minutes and remove other meats as they become tender. Keep warm. Cook the vegetables in the broth, starting with the potatoes, then the taro,banana, green beans, cabbage and finally the chick peas. Slice the meats and arrange with the vegetables in a serving dish, then drizzle with the olive and a little broth. Strain remaining broth and serve soup.

TANGUIGUE ESCABECHE (mackeral in garlic-tumeric sauce) Ingredients: 4 tanguigue (mackeral)steaks, Approximately 150 g each 2 tbsp fresh calamansi juice Seasalt and pepper Flour for dredging Small piece yellow ginger 3 gloves garlic, slivered 1 onion, sliced 50 g julienned bell pepper, Red and gree 2 tsp julienned ginger 125 ml vinegar 2 tbsp granulated sugar 250 ml fish stock or fish cubes Procedure: Season the fish with calamansi juice, salt and pepper and dredge in flour. Pan fry the fish in 75 ml oil and set aside. Pound the yellow ginger, then add a few drops of water and squeeze to extract the juice. In a fresh pan, heat the remaining oil and fry the garlic over moderate heat until crispy, then remove and drain on absorbent kitchen paper towel. Add the onioin, bell peppers and the julienned ginger to the same pan and saute’ for 3 minutes, then add the ginger juice, vinegar, sugar and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, then adjust seasoning to taste, add the fish steaks and garlic and continue to cook for a further minute.



here are certain findings that may not be appreciated using the naked eye. That which is visible to the eyes may be alarming by itself. But, if one’s result is positive only after a microscopic examination, the alarm bells may even be higher. Thus, it comes as no surprise that a very good friend of mine, came to see me, bringing with her , her urinalysis result, worried and anxious. I saw that everything was normal except for the presence of red cells in her urine. Hmmm... of course, in the absence of a menstrual period , the presence of those red cells is quite suspect. It took quite an explanation and a visit to her Nephrologist friend for her to have peace of mind. Microscopic hematuria, is a term used when red blood cells are seen in the urine, but grossly the urine is clear. If one were to see one’s urine color as reddish, to pinkish to smoky or tea colored, then that is what we call as gross hematuria. Whether gross or microscopic, the very presence of hematuria is never normal. Its presence warrants further investigation or work up. A properly collected sample is as important as the reader. The ideal sample should be collected mid stream, making sure that it doesn’t get contaminated. A first morning sample is the best specimen since the red cells are best preserved with the urine being concentrated. Once the sample is collected, it must be brought to the Laboratory within the hour for examination, otherwise, there will be bacterial multiplication, making the ph acidic and causing disintegration of the

red cells and casts ( if there are ). Should there be a delay in the transport, the urine may be refrigerated. The sample container should be clean and wide mouthed. Once a result for microscopic hematuria is released, it would be best to have the examination repeated twice. Simply means, have the test repeated again, with a newly collected first morning or mid stream clean catch urine, for examination. If the red cells are persistent, then, a visit to our Nephrologist friends is to the best interest of the patient. During the visit, a history of drug intake, ingestion of certain foods containing nitrites and food coloring, will be asked. Other information may be taken during the history taking and physical examination. There are quite a number of tests thay may also be requested for, as part of urologic evaluation, such as the Intravenous Pyelography, Ultrasound and even cystoscopy. These diagnostic tests will try to visualize and evaluate the urinary system. The reasons for having microscopic hematuria range from the benign and self limited exercise induced to the more common urinary tract infection , presence of stones and to the more fearsome presence of tumors. A balance between being overly anxious and disregard will keep you informed on your health condition. Nothing beats a visit to your friendly Attending Physician, for it always pays to know and understand what is going on inside your body...

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People The Night Stalker:

Thank You for the Music - ROAS in Concert by MIKE BAÑOS


ur friend Wen-Wen Will nee Lactao, had been inviting us the past week to see the show as had Gardy’s long time colleague from the XU Glee Club, Hernando “Jojo” Roa, whom aficionados of the local entertainment know better as “JoRo.” Indeed, we hear the September 21 ROAS in Concert at the Grand Caprice didn’t nearly make it were it not for the unrelenting drive and determination of Wen-Wen, who took up the cudgels as the show’s producer, or so our little birdies told us. As the show’s host Ingrid ChavesAgudo put it, “Tonight is all about family bonding, having fun, delighting in each other’s presence and enjoying an evening of music, fellowship and reconnection!” According to the copy of the script so kindly provided to us by Ingrid, the Roas are an old family from Cagayan de Misamis, and their family tree traces its roots to as early as the 18th century. Among the clan’s illustrious progenitors were Damian Domingo, the Filipino painter whose marriage to Luisa Casas resulted in 10 children. Two of them, Jose and Anastacio moved to Misamis from Manila, where their maternal aunts—both married to Roas, resided. The two brothers also married Roas—Jose married Catalina Roa, while Anastacio married Romana Roa. In 1898, Jose Roa y Casas, was appointed the first governor of the Segundo Partido de Misamis. “Indeed, we the Roa descendants take pride in our roots, our heritage and our beloved “Cagayan de Misamis” and our land, Mindanao,” Ingrid said by way of introduction.

Pianist George Tonton Roa (descendant of Liberato Roa, grandson of Ben Roa, brother of Monsignor Rodolfo C. Roa) set the tone for the evening with his spirited rendition of “The Prayer.” First up with a set of his original compositions was Felipe “Pipi” Velez Abrogar, an apo sa tuhod of Maria Neri Roa Gabor and Salvador Ramos Velez. Pipi’s “Ani-A Ako Ang Imong Higala,” won Third Prize in the 8th Metro Manila Popular Music Festival, among many others through the years. He sang “Mindanao Yuta Kong Natawhan”, “Bitan-Ag” a call to save the dying Bitan-ag Creek, “Manginlabot sa Barangay” a cry urging citizens to take an active role in local governance (Pipi is a barangay kagawad of Bgy. Nazareth), “Ania Ako ang Imong Higala” and “Mahigalaong Cagayan de Oro”, a winner during the 1st CDO Popular Music Festival some years back. For the second set, the clan rendered songs that spanned the generations when its members made their names known through their songs led by JoRo’s rendition of Butch Monserrat “Umagang Kay Ganda”, Jeffrey Osborne’s “Eenie Meenie” and Ryan Cayabyab’s immortal “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika”, Julia Martinez Carbajal’s (descendant of Tirso Roa Neri and apo of Popoy Martinez) covers of The Corrs “Runaway” and Maddi Jane’s “Price Tag”, Ariana Chaves Agudo’s (apo of Macrobio Chaves y Roa, brother of Toribio and daughter of Dave and Ingrid Agudo) take on Adele’s “Apologize” and “Rolling in the Deep.” The first set was ably backed by Bembot Chaves Fortich and the Utopia Band.

George Tonton Roa returned for the third set with his well-applauded piano renditions of “She”, Por Una Cabeza” and “Ikaw.” According to Ingrid, George has been with the ivory keys since his high school days and mastered the instrument by “Oido”. He finished music education and is now majoring Piano in Lourdes College. The fourth set featured the first Big Surprise of the evening with no less than Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Roa Seriña Moreno taking the stage his rendition of Cliff Richard’s “This Day” (dedicated to Mrs. Arlene Moreno, who was in the audience) and “Once Upon A Time” with Dodong Quijada on the piano. Ingrid introduced the governor as a grandson of Asuncion Pelaez Roa and Dr. Lino Seriña. With the Utopia Band backing him up, he next sang “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Save Your Heart For Me,” and everyone’s favorite Visayan song, “Usahay”. The second Big Surprise of the evening featured Abante Mindanao Partylist Rep. Maxie “Bebe” Rodriguez (from the Roa-BautistaBagabuyo clans) with his saxophone doing Chuck Mangione’s “Feel So Good” a 1980s favorite, followed by the immortal theme from Casablanca “As Time Goes By” and a tribute to

the victims and survivors of Sendong, and all those who rallied to bring Cagayan de Oro back to its feet, the Righteous Brother’s classic “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”. Not the least, for the fifth set of the evening, the third Big Surprise with no less than Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Rep. Rufus “Intoy” Bautista Rodriguez singing “Palad” and “Kanus-a Pa?” unforgettable Visayan kundimans which unfortunately seems to have been forgotten by most of us now. Thanks for the memories Cong. Rufus! All the performers then gathered on stage together with the crew and staff who put their heads and shoulders together to make the concert a dream come true with the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” capped by the Utopia Band’s cover of Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September”, a disco hit from the late seventies and early eighties which survives to this day as a favorite by both the young and not so young. Ingrid cited Wen-Wen (a descendant of Gerardo Salvaña Roa of Salay, Misamis Oriental) and her production crew headed by Director Vince Aranas and his able assistant Bong Garrido for making ROAS in Concert a dream come true. Hangtud sa sunod mga ‘gaw!

photos by Roger Nazar A. Lactao, Jr. Digital Photography

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