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Pro-mining officials need no further proof of mining’s destructive effect—Archbishop

by Bong D. Fabe

CAGAYAN DE ORO City, March 30, 2012—Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D., had reiterated his call for a stop to all mining (legal or illegal) activities in the city and in the province of Misamis Oriental as he reprimanded once again local government officials for their “business-as-usual” attitude towards the extractive industry.

At the same time, Ledesma also lauded the Misamis Oriental local government unit headed by Governor Oscar Moreno for its efforts at stopping mining, especially hydraulicking, activities along in the Iponan River in the municipality of Opol.

The Jesuit prelate, who celebrated his 69th birthday on March 28, said he is sad that his appeal for a stop to the mining activities in the city and province had fallen on deaf ears, referring to Cagayan de Oro’s officials who continue to allow the destruction of its hinterlands by not putting a halt to all mining activities there.

City environment committee chairman Councilor President Elipe has repeatedly said that mining activities in the city’s upstream barangays had not contributed to the devastation brought by Typhoon Sendong on December 16, 2011. Elipe even challenged those who said otherwise to present proof.

“What more proof do they need? Various aerial photographs on the mining activities along the Iponan River and other areas show the destruction of our environment. There are even video footages on these activities,” Ledesma said.

Following the destruction brought by the typhoon to the city, the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro led renewed calls for an immediate end to all mining activities in this part of Northern Mindanao.

Opposition city legislators even sponsored an ordinance to end mining activities in the city which was blocked by the pro-mining majority councilors, who respond only to the dictate of their leader, Mayor Vicente Emano.

Emano even questioned the regional office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the MGB’s alleged failure to request the city to convene the City Mining Regulatory Board (CMRB) before he issued special permits to several mining firms.

Convening the CMRB — chaired by the MGB director, with the mayor or his/her representative as vice chair, representatives of NGOs and mining sectors — is a prerequisite before any city mayor can grant special permits to mining firms as stated in Presidential Decree No. 1899.

But Emano washed his hands after questioning the MGB and said he was not aware of PD 1899.

Because of this, Emano and the whole officialdom of Cagayan de Oro have drawn flak from various sectors, led by the Church as represented by Ledesma.

Ledesma praised the LGUs of Misamis Oriental and Opol for immediately responding the calls to crack down on the mining activities there. But he castigated once again Cagayan de Oro City officials for playing deaf and blind to the issue.

“The provincial government and Opol are much better. Until now the city officials have been silent on the mining issue. I say it again, it is unconscionable for city officials to adopt a business-as-usual attitude on the illegal mining activities along Iponan River,” he stressed.

Ledesma also reiterated his call for the establishment of a multi-sectoral group to monitor all mining activities and their effect on the environment.

He said that he is “pushing” for this group, which must be composed of journalists, church people and representatives of the NGOs.

At present, nobody monitors the mining activities and those willing are hindered by the presence of heavily armed guards, he said.

“At the very least, multi-sectoral monitoring teams should be allowed to verify on the ground the effects of these mining activities, whether small-scale or large-scale,” he said.

He also challenged the pro-mining city officials to show proof that mining is not destructive to the environment.

In a homily during a Eucharistic celebration at the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral on February 13, Ledesma challenged mining firms, their protectors and all those who are pro-mining to show proof the extractive industry can positively contribute to the common good.

“Invoking the precautionary principle, it is the mining firms that have the burden of proof in showing that their activities are not detrimental to the common good,” he said.

Salgados, Frayna dominate national chess championship

by Emil C. Noguera, Reporter

Lennon Hart Salgados and Woman National Master (WNM) Janelle Mae Frayna ruled the centerpiece events of the 2012 National Age Group Chess Championships held at the Misamis Oriental Capitol Grounds in Cagayan de Oro City.

Salgados clobbered Jayben Ian Dalipe in the fifth round then drew his final-round match with Bhell Ortiz to claim the boys’ 20-under of the tournament sanctioned by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines. He wrapped up his campaign with 5 points on four wins and a couple of draws.

Frayna, on the other hand, overwhelmed Carol Anne Chua and Pamela Marie Chin in the last two rounds to sweep all her six assignments en route to winning the girls’ 20-under title.

Salgados and Frayna along with 10 other young masters will be the countries representatives in the 2012 Asean Age Group Chess Championships slated on June 10 to 20 in Hue, Vietnam.

Joining them in the Vietnam meet are Austin Jacob Literatus (boys’ 16-under), Daryl Unix Samantila (boys’ 14-under), Romeo Canino (boys’ 12-under), Ronald Canino (boys’ 10-under), Billy Samuel Ventanilla (boys’ 8-under), Alyssa Ysaiah Jamaca (girls’ 16-under), Ella Grace Moulic (girls’ 14-under), Natori Biazza Diaz (girls’ 12-under), Me Ann Joy Baclayon (girls’ 10-under) and Methusellah Ramos (girls’ 8-under), who ruled their respective categories.

Laguindingan Airport is 87.67% completed

by (APB-PIA 10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 28 (PIA) -- Overall physical progress of the Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) is reported to be 87.67 percent completed as of February this year.

The P7.853 billion project, which involves the construction of a new airport of international standard in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental, has two major components, the civil works and the air navigation system and support facilities (ANSSF).

"The scope of the civil works included buildings, access roads, and perimeter fencing works," Engr. Jaime H. Pacampara, chief economic development specialist of the Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in Region 10, said.

On the other hand, he said the documents for the bidding of the project's ANSSF are still being reviewed by the Department of Transportation and Communications, reiterating the pronouncement made by the chairman of the LADP Special Committee on the need to thoroughly screen the proponents for the provision of air navigation facilities in order to not compromise the safety of passengers.

Once completed, the Laguindingan Airport will be considered as the Northern gateway to Mindanao

Frayna, Salgados lead Nat’l age-group chess


Women National Master Janelle Mae Frayna and Lennon Hart Salgados led the march of young players with perfect scores after the second round of the 2012 Gov. Oscar S. Moreno national age-group chess championships being held at the MIsamis Oriental Provincial Capitol in Cagayan de Oro.

Frayna, the reigning national girls’ champion who also topped girls 16-under in Sta. Rosa Laguna recently, won over Far Eastern University teammate WNM Jedara Docena to post her second straight point and share the lead with Nikki Erica Yngayo in the girls 20-under category of the tournament being hosted by the provincial government of Misamis Oriental under Gov. Oscar S. Moreno in cooperation with the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) under president/chairman Prospero “Butch” Pichay, Jr.

Equally impressive was Salgados, who subdued Jesse John Orlanda to share the lead with McDominique Lagula of Nueva Ecija, John Christian Lesaca of Davao City and Joshua Salcedo of Cagayan de Oro in the boys 20-under with two points apiece.

Ronald Canino and Andrix Josh Felisilda also posted two points to lead the boys 10-under category, while Romeo Canino, Gian Patrick Espiritu of Misamis Oriental, John Marvin Miciano of Davao and Valerio Mangubat of Kanlaon, Negros Oriental has similar scores in the 12 under class.

Local bets figured prominently in the girls category.

Methusellah Ramos of Cagayan de Oro City defeated Althea Nicole Borres and Jillian Faith Tacugue for the solo lead in the girls 8-under category.

Me Ann Joy Baclayon and Mary Joy Tan share the lead with Amber Juneeza Ambor of North Cotabato and Jesrelle Ruiz of Dipolog in the girls 10-under category, while Bhea Buen ecal and Vanessa Magno likewise lead together with Vic Glysen Derotas of Cebu in the 12-under category.

Cagayan police to implement helmet and seatbelt laws

by PSupt.Ronnie Francis M. Cariaga

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 26 -- The Cagayan police is set to strictly implement the helmet and seat belt laws

Police Regional Office (PRO)-10 regional director police chief superintendent Jufel C. Adriatico ordered members of his Regional Directorial Staff to reiterate his previous directive of enforcing the law on the wearing of standard protective motorcycle helmets to motorists. Likewise, he directed all police units to start enforcing the wearing of sea tbelts.

Republic Act No. 10054, also known as the “Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009,” requires all motorcycle drivers, as well as back riders, to wear helmets at all times while driving in any type of road and highway.

The wearing of seat belts is provided under Republic Act No. 8750, or otherwise known as the “Seat Belts Use Act of 1999.” Drivers and front seat passengers of motor vehicles, except motorcycles and tricycles, are required to wear or use their seat belts while inside a vehicle of a running engine on any road or thoroughfare. For private vehicles, except for jeeps, jeepneys, vans, buses and such other private vehicles as may be determined in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), front and back seat passengers are likewise required to use their seat belts at all times.

Adriatico’s instructions were first relayed to the police officers in Camp Alagar and when he visited the Misamis Oriental Police Provincial Office last Thursday, March 15. He again mentioned the same instructions during his latest Special Staff Conference held last Monday, March 19.

Likewise, Adriatico is serious in his pro-active measures of requiring all motorists to utilize every safety feature available in preventing deaths caused by vehicular accidents. He ordered police officers to act as exemplars, and to allow no motorists to pass through police checkpoints if found violating these laws.

As to the wearing of seatbelts, he ordered police units to conduct massive campaign to inform drivers and the riding public until March 31, 2012. The issuance of citation tickets or temporary operator’s permits shall commence on April 1, 2012. Police personnel implementing these laws were further ordered to coordinate closely with the local traffic enforcers and LTO agents in their respective areas of responsibilities. (PRO/PIA-10)

New list of prohibited, regulated products for export released

by (EOR/Danielle Venz, PNF/PIA10)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Mar. 25 (PIA) -- The updated list of prohibited and regulated export products has been released as guide to exporters and the supply chain.

The Bureau of Customs (BoC) identified other products prohibited and regulated for exports covering items which are banned for exports; and those covering exports for logs, copper and coffee. The list also includes those with import quotas in other countries such as garments and sugar.

In Customs Memorandum Circular 30-2012, BoC Commissioner Rozanno Rufino Biazon informed port collectors and other concerned officials about the implementation of revised list of products that are prohibited and regulated for export.

The new list was endorsed by the Inter-Agency Committee (IAC) on Executive Order 1016 which was mandated to promulgate the necessary rules and regulations to effectively implement the provisions of said EO.

It was based on Presidential Decree No. 930 issued in 1976 and EO 1016 issued in 1985 stipulating that procedure and documentary requirements on Philippine exports are dispensed, except for the identified prohibited and regulated products for exports.

Its revision was made in response to the growing clamor from exporters for an updated reference of such products to prevent confusion and delay in export.

The IAC is headed by the Department of Trade and Industry. Its other members are representatives from the Department of Finance, Department of Budget and Management, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the National Economic and Development Authority.

Moreno Cup underway

by People's Tonight

MISAMIS Oriental Governor Oscar S. Moreno and NCFP chairman/president Prospero A. Pichay Jr. will grace the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Governor Oscar S. Moreno Cup National age-group chess championships to be held at 9 a.m. today (March 24) at the Provincial Capitol grounds in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental.

The event, which is being hosted and sponsored by the Province of Misamis Oriental and organized by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP), will coincide with the blessing of the newly-renovated Chess Plaza.

The champions in each category (Under-20, Under-16, Under-14, Under-12, Under-10 and Under 8 for boys and Girls) will represent the country in the 2012 ASEAN+ age -group chess championships in Hue, Vietnam and the top five placers are qualified to participate in the grand finals to be held in Tanauan, Batangas, from April 23-30.

“We have just finished the renovation of our chess plaza which offers a well-lighted and covered playing venue. With the staging of this tournament, we will be able to generate enough interest to boost our objective to promote chess in our province,” said Gov. Moreno.

“To show the hospitality of the people of MIsamis Oriental, we will also provide free hotel accommodation for the players at the Budgetel Hotel located at the heart of the city.”

Said Pichay: “We are elated and grateful to the province of Misamis Oriental for the support of the mission and vision of NCFP towards the chess development in the countryside.”

The 2012 Gov. Oscar S. Moreno Juniors Chess Championships will also be held at the same venue on March 28-31.

For registration and other inquiries, contact IA Gene Poliarco at cell 0923-7309445, IA Ilann Perez at 0949-1760889, FA Patrick Lee at 0927-7209260 or email to

Inquiries can also be made to Memen Moreno at 0926-4091345 or Domingo Oga at 0919-5695386

ENR turns over land data and maps to ManLuNa cluster

by Lina D. Calvez

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Mar. 23 (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) turned-over lot data and digitized maps to municipal officials of Manticao, Lugait and Naawan, known as ManLuNa cluster, Misamis Oriental last March 12.

DENR Region 10 Executive Director Corazon B. Galinato disclosed that the partnership between DENR and these municipalities also best exemplifies inter-government cooperation of the three municipalities. The project was aimed at establishing geographic information system or GIS in the ManLuNa cluster.

Present during the turn-over of lot data and digitized maps were Mayor Roberto Lagrosas of Manticao, Mayor Jaime Roa of Naawan, and a representative of Mayor Wellie Lim of Lugait.

It can be recalled that the DENR 10 and ManLuNa cluster signed a memorandum of agreement last year for the establishment of the GIS in their areas by sharing encoded data from DENR. (LDC/DENR-RPAO/PIA 10)

Regional Development Council targets 58 poor municipalities in NorMin for 2013

by Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, March 22 (PIA 10) – Fifty-eight poor municipalities in Region 10 were prioritized in the Regional Development Council 10 (RDC 10) consolidated budget proposal for 2013.

Budget allocations for existing programs, projects, and activities (PPAs) in other areas were likewise considered.

National Economic Development Authority 10 (NEDA 10) Director Leon M. Dacanay, Jr explained that the RDC is responsible for the review, prioritization and endorsement of the investment programming and budgeting processes to the national government and multi-year sectoral investment programs of the region for funding and implementation.

Pilot agencies in the bottom up approach here in the region have presented today, during the RDC Full Council Meeting at the NEDA 10 office, their consolidated committee budgets for review and endorsement which has been reviewed by the RDC Secretariat based on the 2013 priorities.

The budget endorsements were aligned to President Aquino’s Social Contract and to the 16 areas of transformational leadership as reflected in the national/regional development goals and targets, and strategies in the Philippine Development Plan and Regional Development Plan as well as the strategic action plan for Sendong-affected areas. (JCV-PIA 10)

Police to build stations in Misamis Oriental

by Annabelle L. Ricalde

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) in Northern Mindanao is inviting all interested and qualified bidders for the construction of standard police stations in Misamis Oriental and the PNP Grandstand inside Camp Alagar in Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City.

Police Regional Director Jufel C. Adriatico said qualified bidders are encouraged to apply for eligibility and to bid for the contracts in the construction of Gingoog City and Libertad police stations.

Adriatico said the construction of police stations is part of the continuing program of the PNP to boost the quality of police services and their relationships with the community.

“Over the past two to three years, some police stations constructed in the region under the PNP standard requirements were completed and formally turned over to local government units,” he said.

Adriatico said he observed that in Northern Mindanao, many police stations are still attached to the offices and departments of the local government units.

These stations, he said, are most often prone to terrorist attacks and harassments.

Because of this, he urged the chiefs of police of the remaining municipalities and component cities to coordinate with their respective local chief executives and local officials to look for possible lots for the construction of police stations.

Interested bidders are advised to visit and for inquiries related to their applications for eligibility.

Chief Superintendent Catalino B. Rodriguez Jr., deputy regional director for administration, is the chairperson of the Bid and Awards Committee.

PRO-10 announces construction of new police stations in Misamis Oriental

by Ronnie Francis M. Cariaga

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 20 -- Police Chief Superintendent Jufel C. Adriatico, Police Regional Office (PRO)-10 Regional Director, invites all interested and qualified bidders to apply for eligibility and to bid for the contracts in the construction of standard police stations in Gingoog City and Libertad, as well as for the construction of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Grandstand in Camp Alagar, Cagayan de Oro City.

The construction of police stations forms part of the continuing program of the PNP to enhance the quality of its services and relationships with the community. In Northern Mindanao, PCSupt. Adriatico observed that there are still a lot of police stations attached to offices and departments of local government units. Most often, these stations are prone to terrorist attacks and harassments.

Over the past two to three years, the construction of some police stations in the region under the PNP standard requirements were completed and formally turned-over to concerned local government units. Chiefs of police of the remaining municipalities and component cities were advised to coordinate closely with their respective mayors and local officials to look for possible lots where police stations can be constructed.

Interested bidders are further advised to visit and for further inquiries related to their applications for eligibility. The chairman of PRO-10 Bid and Awards Committee is PCSupt. Catalino B. Rodriguez Jr, Deputy Regional Director for Administration. (EOR/RFMC-PRO/PIA 10)

Board mourns death of member

by Michael Andrew W. Yu

THE Provincial Board of Misamis Oriental approved on Monday a resolution expressing the Provincial Government’s deepest grief for the untimely demise of Board Member Oliver S. Actub and conveying its heartfelt sympathy and condolence to his family and relatives.

In a resolution authored by the body, it said the death of Actub is a great loss to the province because of his remarkable accomplishments not only as a municipal mayor of Opol but as board of director of the Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Service Cooperative (Moresco) and member of the Provincial Board.

It also said that Actub’s courage and dedication to public service can apparently be manifested through his proactive participation in all phases of legislation in the board wherein he authored significant legislative measures to help provide and accelerate social progress to the province’s impoverished and marginalized masses.

Related to this, a necrological service will be held at the Provincial Capitol on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

Funeral service will follow on Thursday morning at the Divine Shepherd Memorial Park in Barangay Bulua.


by Ellalyn de Vera

State weather forecasters Sunday warned residents over Central and Eastern Visayas, and Northern and Eastern Mindanao of possible flash floods and landslides due to the prevalence of a shallow low pressure area in Mindanao.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that the SLPA at 500 kilometers east-southeast of General Santos City, as of 2 a.m. yesterday. Cloudy skies with widespread rains may affect Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Siquijor, Bohol, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, Compostela Valley, Misami Oriental, Bukidnon, Lanao Del Norte, and Misamis Occidental.

4ID campaigns on elimination of elephantiasis

by Eugenio Julio C. Osias IV

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City, March 15 -- The 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division conducted elephantiasis elimination campaign at the Division’s Gymnasium yesterday, March 14.

A total of 895 personnel of the division, their dependents and other residents inside the camp received medicines such as prophylaxis for lymphatic filariasis to eliminate permanent disfigurement and long-term disability.

Lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, is a disease that is characterized by the thickening of the skin and underlying tissues, especially in the legs and male genitals. In some cases, the disease can cause certain body parts, such as the scrotum, to swell to the size of a softball or basketball.

The disease is caused by the thread-like parasitic worms such as Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, and B. timori, all of which are transmitted by mosquitoes.

One hundred twenty million people in the world are infected with this disease while 40 million of them were incapacitated by it.

In the Philippines, 30 out of 80 provinces in the country are endemic to lymphatic filariasis, which has been the reason for this campaign to eliminate the disease.

“We had done so many medical missions, but let us not forget to care for the health of our personnel and those who are close to our hearts. There is no vaccine for this disease that is why it is better to prevent its occurrence as early as possible,” MGen. Victor A. Felix AFP, Commander, 4ID, said. (4ID/PIA 10)

DELGOSEA to visit Lugait

by Elaine O. Ratunil

LUGAIT, Misamis Oriental, March 14 (PIA) -- The Democratic Governance of Southeast Asia (DELGOSEA), with its representative Dr. Antonio Avila, will visit Lugait town today, March 14, for another round of monitoring visit.

The visit aims to assess the accomplishments of Manticao-Lugait-Naawan (ManLuNa) cluster of municipalities that were given with technical assistance to impart cluster approach in development undertakings as best practices in governance.

ManLuNa, as a cluster, was organized in partnership with Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Local Government Development Foundation (LOGODEF) on December 11, 2006 in which a memorandum of agreement signed in the provincial capitol.

Various delegates visited Phuket City, Thailand to gain additional knowledge that will be replicated as best practices in the said cluster. Preservation of old architecture and reviving traditions are among those practices identified to be replicated.

The visitors will experience various activities of the 51st Foundation Anniversary in Lugait town in relation to baile (dance ball), harana (serenade), balak (poem) and ballroom dancing during the visit.

DILG-10 Director Nilo Castañares, Provincial Director Ponciano Caberte of DILG-Misamis Oriental and Provincial Tourism Officer Cathy Miego are expected to participate in the activities.

As of this time, only ManLuNa adopted the cluster approach in bringing development to its member towns led by Mayor Roberto Lagrosas (Manticao) with two chief executives: Mayor Jaime Roa (Naawan) and Mayor Wellie G. Lim (Lugait). (PIA-10)

Conversion of watersheds as protected areas mulled

by Michael Andrew W. Yu

THE Provincial Board of Misamis Oriental approved on Monday a resolution requesting the province’s two representatives to pass an act proclaiming the watersheds in the province as protected areas.

Board Member Benedict Lagbas, author of the resolution who is also the board’s chairperson of the committee on environment, said he is urging Representatives Peter Unabia and Yevgeny Emano to pass a law proclaiming the province’s watersheds as protected areas.

Lagbas is also calling for the protection of the watersheds’ peripheral areas as buffer zones and providing for its management pursuant to Republic Act No. 7586.

Lagbas identified the watersheds as Iponan, Gingoog, Odiongan, Cabulig, Mt. Balatukan, Alubijid and Linugos.

He said the request is a reinforcement to their recent resolution requesting Unabia and Emano to re-file and sponsor the pending House Bill 5294 or an act establishing Mt. Balatukan Range Natural park as protected area and its peripheral areas as buffer zones. The bill is authored by the late representative Danilo P. Lagbas, Benedict’s brother.

“It also aims to protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and helpful ecology in accordance with the rhythm and harmony of nature and for the perpetual existence of watershed areas,” Lagbas said.

DOLE holds career and employment coaching in Western Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro

by Glenford C. Labial

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 12 (PIA) – A total of 2,876 graduating high school and 943 graduating college students in 15 different schools in Western Misamis Oriental including this city benefited in Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) seminar on career guidance and employment coaching.

This was disclosed by Misamis Oriental Public Employment Services Office (PESO) Manager Kathleen Kate D. Sorilla during the 1st Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) monthly Convocation held last March 5, alongside the National Women’s Month celebration held at WODP, DOLE 10 Conference Hall.

Among the topics discussed include labor market information, tips in choosing career, principles of professionalism, developing highly marketable skills and pre-employment seminar.

Director II Dorothy E. Gabe and the DOLE Western Misamis Oriental-Cagayan de Oro (WMOCDO) Provincial Field Office staff give full commitment of the activities together with the PESO managers and school-based guidance counselor networks in different schools in the Municipalities of Western Misamis Oriental and the city of Cagayan de Oro.

Conducting DOLE’s career and employment coaching is a relevant intervention with the goal of reducing jobs and skills mismatch that could cause the country’s underemployment and unemployment, and aims to realize President Benigno S. Aquino III’s 22-point labor and employment agenda, to strengthen the employability and the opportunities of the Filipino human resource.

Schools who would like to avail the program may contact the WMOCDO Provincial Field Office or email at (APB/GCL-DOLE WMOCDO/PIA 10)

Relief Efforts

by (Mike Crismundo)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The helping hand of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division continues without let up through the 4th Civil-Military Operations Battalion in the distribution of relief goods and clean-up drive in Barangay Bonbon, this city, over the weekend.

Troopers distributed relief goods to around 120 families in Zone 7, Barangay Bonbon, while another group of soldiers conducted a clean-up drive in Zone 1.

Around two months and 22 days since the “Sendong” incident, there are still a lot of areas that were not given appropriate attention, and the Army Division’s goal is to reach these areas.

Philippines: Mindanao leaders on the Corona impeachment trial

by Edwin Espejo

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – Misamis Oriental Gov Oscar Moreno knows what it takes to prosecute a high public official. In December 2000, he was one of the members of the House of Representatives who impeached and prosecuted then President Joseph Estrada.

f he had his way, Moreno would prefer not to comment on how his peers have been prosecuting the second Philippine official to be impeached in a decade, Chief Justice Renato Corona.

When asked about it, he merely said: “I just hope the country will emerge stronger, wiser and more mature after the trial, regardless of the outcome.”

Moreno declined to comment on how the prosecution has handled the case so far. He’s apparently wished them well though. In one of the sessions of the ongoing trial, Moreno was seen bantering with members of the prosecution panel.

Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, on the other hand, has not issued any public statement on the trial. But he is said to have told those who repeatedly sought his comments that he just wanted the trial to “take its due course.

Sarangani Gov. Miguel Rene Dominguez likewise initially refused to comment on what has transpired so far in the trial. But he later said the exercise is fast turning into a “circus.”

He added: “I just hope that when all these are over with, we will be able to restore the respect and dignity of public office.” Corona and his perceived nemesis in the High Tribunal, Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, are no strangers to the governor.

It was Carpio who administered the oath of office of Dominguez when the latter first won in 2004 and again in 2010. (Dominguez is on his third and last term.)

Dominguez also invited Corona during the groundbreaking ceremony of the annex building of the Hall of Justice in Sarangani, which was funded largely by Sarangani Rep Manny Pacquiao.

(During the trial, it was revealed that Mrs Corona traveled to General Santos City in 2011 using a PAL platinum card issued to the Chief Justice. This coincided with the March 3, 2011 official visit of her husband in nearby Sarangani, where the latter was guest of honor during the said groundbreaking ceremony.)

General Santos City Mayor Darlene Antonino Custodio, a former congresswoman who signed all 3 impeachment complaints against Corona’s benefactor and former boss ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, said she is so far satisfied with the conduct of the trial.

Public trust

“My only hope is for the process to take its course,” Custodio added. She conceded that the trial is divisive but stressed it’s part of a healthy political process.

The city mayor however said Corona may no longer have the moral ascendancy to remain in office, regardless of the outcome of the trial.

“For me, public office is a public trust. If the public does not trust you anymore, whether it is valid or not…it (Corona’s continued stay as chief justice) is going to be a disservice to the institution,” Custodio added.

Custodio’s observation is shared by lawyer Carlos Zarate, immediate past president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines’s (IBP) Davao City chapter.

Incumbent IBP Davao City chapter president Jonathan “Butch” Jocom said Corona’s impeachment trial should serve as a wake-up call for Supreme Court justices.

But Jocom stressed that their chapter has adopted the stand of the IBP national leadership. The lawyers’ group is perceived to be supportive of Corona and has criticized the way the House rushed the impeachment complaint against the Chief Justice.

Roan Libarios, IBP national president, is from Butuan City and, like Gov Moreno, was also part of the prosecution panel during the Estrada impeachment trial.

A member of the left-leaning lawyer’s group Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao, Zarate believes one of the reasons behind the impeachment of Corona was the Supreme Court’s decision on Hacienda Luisita, which is owned by the Cojuangco side of the President’s family.

Predictably, the National Democratic Front (NDF) in Mindanao sees the Corona impeachment trial as an extension of the contradiction between and among the country’s “ruling elite.”

“(The trial) only shows the irreconcilable conflict of self-interest within the ruling class, and furthermore exposes just how deep and barefaced bureaucrat-capitalism has rapaciously divested from the Filipino people,” communist leader George

Madlos said in a statement issued on January 20, four days after the trial began.

Its Moro counterpart has also taken a disinterested stand on the trial of the country’s chief magistrate.

Majority of the Mindanaoans, after all, have more pressing concerns, such as recurring brownouts and security threats.

Misamis Oriental fighters dominate nat'l amateur slugfest

by Elaine O. Ratunil

TAGBILARAN, Bohol, Philippines – Misamis Oriental came away with seven gold medals at the close of the PLDT-ABAP National Amateur Boxing Championship at the Cogon gym here Thursday, breaking away from early contender General Santos City to claim the overall championship.

With an addition of five silvers and eight bronzes, MisOr emerged as the most bemedaled team in the grassroots development program launched by ABAP chairman Manny V. Pangilinan and ABAP president Ricky Vargas, also the president of Maynilad Water.

Overseeing the tourney were officials from world governing body AIBA, the Asian Boxing Association, ABAP secretary-general Patrick Gregorio and ABAP executive director Ed Picson, who put together the entire event which served as the culmination of ABAP’s year-long talent search program.

Leading MisOr’s romp was Juniel Lacar, who dealt GenSan’s Ronnie Tanallon a 30-17 beating in the 49kg elite light flyweight class, a triumph that earned him Best Boxer honors in his division.

The other top fighters were Tagbilaran’s Jessel Mark Araula in the youth class, GenSan’s Jade Bornea (juniors), and Tayabas’ Jennie Miranda (women’s). Named Best Referee was Maximo Abalos of National Capital Region-Caloocan and Best Judge Cildo Evasco of CAR-Baguio.

Araula edged MisOr’s Rimar Metuda, 19-14, in the 56kg boys bantamweight final, Bornea, a candidate to the national training pool, hammered Davao del Norte’s Charnie Jun Magsayo, 21-10, in the 50kg junior boys flyweight class, and Miranda clubbed Maasin’s Ruby Nicanor, 26-14, in the 48kg junior girls light flyweight category.

Tayabas in Quezon and Davao del Norte took second and third places, respectively, in the medal standings with identical three gold and three silvers; Tayabas, however, managed seven bronzes against Davao’s two.

GenSan picked up two early gold medals courtesy of the Bornea twins, Jade and Jake, but could only secure one more from three remaining championship bouts to finish fourth with three gold, two silvers and eight bronzes.

Mandaue had two gold, two silvers and two bronzes; Cebu City 2-1-5, Bago City 2-0-2, Tagbilaran 1-2-2, Manolo Fortich, 1-1-0, Leyte 1-1-0, and Gingoog 1-0-1, wrapping up the gold medal winners.

Asuncion and Team Andrada-Manila had two silvers each, Maasin a silver and five bronzes, Negros Occidental a silver and a bronze, and Leyte a lone silver. Camiguin and Zamboanga settled for two bronzes, and Dumaguete and Cablayon a bronze each.

The other gold medal winners for MisOr were Julito Sumalinog (52kg jr. boys light bantam), Princess Galarfe (50kg jr. girls fly), Remark Casas (49kg boys light fly), Beverly Casero (46kg girls pinweight), Margie Waga (ret. R2/51kg girls fly), and Jenniver Flores (54kg girls bantam).

Tayabas garnered two more girls gold besides Miranda – Carren Cabarubias (48kg girls light fly) and Teresa Conje (50kg jr. girls fly), while Davao del Norte was made proud by Jobel Araneta (54kg jr. boys bantam), Quirino Mellejor Jr. (60kg elite lightweight), and Jay Ar Inson (64kg elite light welterweight).

Elite 52-kilogram flyweight campaigner Roldan Boncales, representing GenSan-A, was the third gold medal winner for the former Dadiangas.

Lugait observes 2012 Women’s Month celebration

by Elaine O. Ratunil

LUGAIT, Misamis Oriental, March 8 (PIA) -- Lugait town in Misamis Oriental observed 2012 Women’s Month with this year’s theme, “Women Weathering Climate Change: Governance and Accountability, Eveybody’s Responsibility.”

Spearheaded by the Municipal Council on Women, among its activities include: Information Caravan on Violence against Women and Children (VAWC), and Gender and Development (GAD). This will be participated in by the students of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and 4th-year students of the Lugait National High School at the Multi-Purpose Training Center this March 19, 1:00 p.m.

‘Walk for a Cause, Kontra Kalat,’ and tree planting will also be conducted, March 31 in relation to the celebration.

This town actively conducted programs on women after Lugait is able to organize and develop program on women. Among of which is to federate women’s organization in the municipality, and providing free assistance on mammography and pap smear to indigent women. (PIO/PIA-10)

GenSan brothers lead charge in PLDT-ABAP national championship

by Jorie C. Valcorza

TAGBILARAN CITY – The Bornea brothers of General Santos City, Jake and Jade, pulled off contrasting wins Tuesday to lead the charge of the former Dadiangas town to the gold medal bouts in the semifinals of the PLDT-ABAP National Amateur Boxing Championship at the Cogon gym here.

Jake Bornea pummeled the fancied Samboy Lao of Misamis Oriental, 21-9, in the 48-kilogram junior boys light flyweight class, while Jade required a last-second flurry to edge another MisOr bet, Klemen Earl Cabahit, 11-10, in the 50kg boys flyweight category, assuring the twins of silver medals.

In other silver medal fights, GenSan opened its penultimate day surge with Regel Lou Alde downing Aglayan’s Robert Paradero, 13-6 (48kg jr. boys pinweight); Cebu City’s Junrel Jimenez edging Cabadbaran’s Jilnar Libranza, 9-7 (46kg jr. boys pinweight); Mandaue’s Bryan Remedio outclassing Negros’ Feleciano Santiago, 7-2 (48kg jr. boys light fly); Davao del Norte’s Charnie Jun Magsayo defeating Tayabas’ Jeric Ferrer, 15-10 (50kg jr. boys fly); Negros’ Jossa Santisteban nipping Tayabas’ Angelica Eleazar, 11-10 (56kg jr. girls pinweight); Leyte’s Aira Villegas clobbering GenSan’s Alexcel Dar Gantes, 18-10 (46kg jr. girls pinweight); and Tagbilaran B’s Daniel Banol hammering Manolo Fortich’s Melvin Jerusalem, 23-10 (46kg boys pinweight).

The losers will take home bronze medals.

“It’s one of the best organized tournaments we’ve ever had, and we credit [Tagbilaran] Mayor [Dan Neri] Lim and his staff for its success,” said ABAP president Ricky Vargas, also the president of Maynilad Water and recently chosen Philippine Sportswriters Association’s Executive of the Year.

“The fact that we’ve seen so many good boxers here should bode well for ABAP,” he said.

Among those who witnessed the semifinal bouts was Kazakhstan’s Aziz Koshambetov, executive director of the Asian Boxing Federation.

GenSan’s assault began in Day Two of the culmination of a year-long talent search program Monday, with its fighters claiming the scalps of five opponents at the Maribojoc gym.

Overshadowed somewhat was Gov. Oscar Moreno’s Misamis Oriental stable which nonetheless raised its victory record in the four-day event to nine after sending to the next round six of its bets.

Cebu City and Mandaue were not short in triumph after seeing off four each of their boxers closer to the medal bouts on Wednesday.

Davao del Norte, which came out smoking in the opener in chilly Carmen town 59 kilometers of mostly winding roads up north from the provincial capital Sunday, hurdled two of its assignments to bring its number of wins to five.

Fifteen other teams representing provinces, cities or municipalities all over the country, including host Tagbilaran A and B, had one boxer moving up the ladder.

Xavier University holds “Kalinga ng Sining” for Sendong survivors

by Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, March 6, 2012 (PIA) -- Xavier University, Xavier Center for Culture and Arts (XCCA), and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) held today the “Kalinga ng Sining,” an art therapy and art for transformation activity for typhoon Sendong survivors.

Hobart P. Savior, Director of XCCA said the project gives creative intervention and therapy to the survivors, especially the youth.

The “Kalinga ng Sining” project showcases various performances to include the Philippine Madrigal Singers and a string quartet from Manila, with the participation of some 1000 children and teen agers.

“In this program we have also aligned activities such as ritual ceremony, art workshops, children’s showcase as well as feeding,” Savior added.

The event takes place in Rodelsa Circle and Xavier Ecoville in Lumbia until tomorrow, March 7. (JCV-PIA 10)

USAID program to provide assistance to Mindanao food processors

by Danielle Venz

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 5 -- The United States will continue providing assistance to Mindanao food processors in a bid to increase their product competitiveness in both domestic and export markets at the same time penetrate more international markets.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) intends to extend its five-year Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) program that ends this December 2012. It is implemented in partnership with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).

"We understand that the American government is likely to continue assistance to high-value crops and aquaculture in Western Mindanao," USAID's GEM program Chief of Party Ross Wherry said.

Wherry said Eastern Mindanao is now very well developed for fruits, vegetables, and aquaculture products.

The GEM program works with business support organizations, industry federations, and grower associations to increase domestic out-shipments and exports of selected high-value Mindanao agricultural commodities.

Wherry said the program has been assisting Mindanao food processing firms to acquire the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification. This is in line with the program's goal of expanding the exports of selected high-value commodities grown by small-holder producers in the region.

HACCP, a preventive food safety system which focuses on limiting potential physical, chemical, and biological hazards during food processing, is a key requirement in export markets.

"We also work with international trade shows within Asia and the Middle East both for fish, fruits and vegetables so that Philippine products are seen in the international markets," he said.

Wherry added that they also work with the value chain particularly Mindanao food marketers and producers to enable them better understand various international quality standards.

"If you really want to make money, you have to have high quality products and deliver these where the markets are. And as most Mindanao food exports are fresh, the marketing chain has to work exactly on time," he advised.

Wherry also expressed optimism that Mindanao food exports would further increase in the next few years.

"We started in 2008 with $30 million in (food) exports and we are now up to $70 million just from Mindanao. It was increasing each year by about $10 million over the last two years. The international buyers are asking for a lot of Mindanao exports," he said. (EOR/DV-PNF/PIA 10)

W.F.P. Donation

by Mindanao Newsbits

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA) – As part of its disaster preparedness and response program, funded in large part by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development/Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) gave four laptop computers, one tower server, and one blade server, with a total value of around P650,000, to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) last March 1.

The hardware is part of a long-term initiative to better harness information and communication technologies to improve DSWD’s logistical tracking and information flows during natural disaster responses.

Contributions of firefighters in NorMin cited

by Elaine O. Ratunil

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 2 (PIA) -- The members of the quad-media here underscored the contributions of the firefighters to Northern Mindanao during the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) media forum yesterday, “Talakayan,” with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) as guest agency.

John Paul Barsopia, news writer, expressed gratitude to BFP at the onset of typhoon Sendong when the city experienced water crisis. People in the area benefited from the water ration brought by the bureau for about a month. Water was being rationed in the city after several water pumps of the local water distribution firm were destroyed by floods brought by Sendong.

Butch Enerio, on other hand, underscored the importance of recognizing firefighters’ contributions in which he considered the profession a noble one especially on saving lives and protecting properties.

This year, BFP in Northern Mindanao celebrates Fire Prevention Month with the theme, “Makiisa, Makialam at Makipagtulungan upang Sunog ay Maiwasan.”

Superintendent Lindy C. Lauzon, Regional Director, BFP-10, said fire safety is everybody’s concern and we need the support of the public to combat occurrence of destructive fires.

Meanwhile, Supt. Alan N. Aladano, assistant regional director for operations, said among the lined-up activities for the fire prevention month include poster making, photo and essay writing to be participated in by elementary and high school students. (EOR-PIA 10)

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