Banana firm inks deal with AR beneficiaries

Banana firm inks deal with AR beneficiaries

Banana firm inks deal with AR beneficiaries

deal/PAGE 10 convene/PAGE 10 schools/PAGE 10 Editorial and advertising email : businessweekmindanao@gmail.com • Cell Number : 0917-7121424 • 0947-8935776 P15.00 Volume IX, No. 014 Wednesday|July 11, 2018 www.businessweekmindanao.com CREDIBLE RELIABLE IN-DEPTH MINDANAO BusinessWeek YOUR Mindanao-wide BUSINESS paper Briefly Mindanao film fest DAVAO City -- The Mindanao Film Festival has officially announced its call for entries. Films for consideration are full-length, documentaries, short films, student films, and animated short films that are made by Mindanawon filmmakers or films about, related, or shot in Mindanao. Started in 2003 as the Guerilla Filmmaking Workshop Film Festival, the seven-day event is marked by theatrical screenings of participating films. It is touted as the country’s longest-running regional film festival and films featured are those which shows Mindanao’s rich and diverse culture. For filmmakers wishing to submit their films all genres are welcome. Film projects must have been completed anytime within October 2017 to October 2018.

Kadayawan DAVAO City -- Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio led the launching of the 2018 Kadayawan Festival at the Marco Polo Hotel on Monday, urging Dabawenyos to join in celebrating unity and for visitors to experience the best of the city. MayorSarasaidKadayawan serves as a reminder for Dabawenyos to go back to their roots and history in Davao’s journey, to where it is today as a city founded on virtues of respect, tolerance, acceptance and solidarity. “Kadayawanisacelebration of everything that madayaw (good) about Davao City – the food, the sights, the people, the history,” she said. Market Indicators US$1 = P 53.46 FOREX PHISIX Asof6:00pmJuly10,2018(tuesday) 7,233.29 46.67 points 6 cents X X Thank you for trusting us! We strive for Excellence! Adjudged by the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) as: 2013 Best in Business and Economic Reporting 2014 Best in Environmental Reporting 2017 Best in Business and Economic Reporting LIVELIHOOD FOR IPs. DSWD Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin presided a meeting with women leaders of Kinamaybay to discuss about the proposed Sustainable Livelihood Program. photo by clemente aroy, jr., provincial public information office-agusan del sur Bananafirminksdeal with AR beneficiaries CDO’s WATERWORLD. A closed van braved through waist-deep floodwaters in front of the state-owned University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) along Claro M. Recto Ave., Cagayan de Oro City was rendered impassable after Tropical storm Gardo enhanced monsoon rain hits northern Mindanao yesterday. photo courtesy of nef luczon By CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO Correspondent DAVAO City — Banana farming c o m p a n y M a r s m a n E s t a t e Plantation, Inc. (MEPI) has asked the Presidential AgrarianReformCouncil to allow it to create an “ad hoc negotiation task force” to resolve the remaining issues on its lease arrangement with a minority of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs).

In a statement released over the weekend, MEPI said the request was filed after the company signed last week with 17 ARBs a “document Higaonons stride to build lumad schools gains national attention Dad wants Oca to convene Traffic Management Board By MARK FRANCISCO, Staff Writer Teodulfo Lao Jr. said he was disheartened at what happened last Friday when commuters had to wait five hours before they could go home due to a downpour that DUEtotheperennialvehicular traffic problem in Cagayan de Oro, a city councilor here called on Mayor Oscar Moreno to convene a Traffic Management Board.

In a privilege speech during the City Council’s weekly session on Monday, Councilor By CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN, Contributing Editor predominantly Higaonon tribeshasnowdrawnnational attention. S o c i a l W e l f a r e Undersecretaries Camilo KINAMAYBAY, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur--- Their inspiring story of how they built their schools, day care center, a small road network and farm inputs through bayanihan spirit in this far-flung isolated village of

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wage/PAGE 11 Local Wednesday|July 11, 2018 Advertising and Editorial E-mail : businessweekmindanao@gmail.com Contact nos. : 0917-7121424 • 0947-8935776 2 CAGAYAN DE ORO MAIN BRANCH P & J Lim Bldg., Tiano Brothers Kalambagohan Sts., Tel. # (08822) 727-829 * Telefax # (088) 856-1947 CAMIGUIN BRANCH B. Aranas St., Poblacion, Mambajao, Camiguin Tel. # (088) 387-0491 CORRALES BRANCH Corrales Ave., Cagayan de Oro City DIVISORIA BRANCH Atty. Erasmo B. Damasing Bldg., #61 Don A. Velez St., Cagayan de Oro City Tel. # (088) 857-3631 LAPASAN BRANCH Lapasan Hi-way, Cagayan de Oro City Tel. # (088) 231-6739 CARMEN BRANCH Vamenta Blvd., Cagayan de Oro City Tel. # (088) 231-2011 CNN Philippines TV-9 Manila CNN Philippines TV-12 Baguio CNN Philippines TV-12 Dagupan CNN Philippines TV-26 Tarlac CNN Philippines TV-10 Iriga CNN Philippines TV-4 Iloilo RPN Radyo Ronda Stations Nationwide DZBS 1368 Baguio DZRL 639 Batac DZTG 621 Tuguegarao DZKI 1332 Iriga DYKW 936 Binalbagan DYKB 1404 Bacolod DYKC 675 Cebu DXKO 1368 Cagayan de Oro DXKS 1080 Surigao DXKD 1053 Dipolog DXKP 1377 Pagadian DXXX 1008 Zamboanga DXKT 1071 Davao DXDX 693 General Santos CNN Philippines Stations Nationwide CNN Philippines TV-8 Bacolod CNN Philippines TV-9 Cebu CNN Philippines TV-5 Cag. de Oro CNN Philippines TV-5 Zamboanga CNN Philippines TV-7 GenSan CNN Philippines TV-9 Davao Residents of Area 6, Biyaya ng Pagbabago Transitory Shelter Site, Barangay Sagonsongan, Marawi City, flock in a mosque to celebrate the Salat al-Eid, a special prayer that marks the start of Eid al-Fitr. ( Photo: James Umaran/PIA ICCC) MisOcc contractors commit to implement minimum wage T ANGUB City -- About 20 contractors in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental committed to strictly implementing payment of not less than minimum wage to the 1,000 laborers who attended the Independence Day Employers and Workers Forum at Sinanduloy Cultural Center, this city. The forum, organized by Misamis Occidental 2nd district Rep. Lawyer Henry S. Oaminal and City Mayor Philip Tan aimed to uplift the living conditions and improve the quality of life for their constituents. Laborers MisOcc About 20 contractors and 1,000 laborers attend the Independence Day Employers and Workers Forum at Sinanduloy Cultural Center, Tangub City Misamis Occidental. (DOLE-10) Mayor Tan desired to create decent jobs in alleviating poverty through sustainable livelihood projects and at the same time provide a healthy and safe environment for all his constituents. He said, “Kamo isip mga padre de pamilya, kamo ang nagdala og pagkaon sa inyong mga lamesa sa inyong balay, we are hoping nga matagaan mo sa saktong sweldo, safe and productive nga panarbaho” (As the head of the family, you are the ones who bring food to your tables at home, we are hoping to give you better salaries, safe and productive jobs.) DOLE-10 Misamis Occidental Chief Leonardo G. Rodrigo explained under the existing Wage Order RX No. 19, which took effect on July 16, 2018, workers assigned in the 2nddistrict of the province, particularly in Ozamiz City are entitled to receive Php331 daily minimum wage; while those working in Tangub and Oroquieta Cities are entitled to receive a minimum rate of Php323 per day and the remaining municipalities such as Sinacaban, Tudela, Clarin, Bonifacio and Don Victoriano are entitled to receive a minimum daily rate of Php316.

Pursuant to Wage Order RX-19, the new wage rates applies to all minimum wage earners in the private sector regardless of their position, designation or status of employment and irrespective of the method by which they are paid. Moreover, Chief Rodrigo said that the increases in the daily wage of workers following WO ROX-19 ought to be complied as earlier committed by the contractors in the said district. “This will definitely give the laborers enough elbow room and leverage to cushion the impact of basic commodity price increases,” DOLE 10 said. Recognizing the dynamics of economics, employment and incomes, Oaminal emphasized on propping the domestic

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“Our VisMin expansion is on the right track. With our fast turnaround strategy at work across VisMin, we are able to generate more inventory and move very efficiently from acquisition to sales and construction. This has allowed us to grow our reservation sales very strongly,” said CLI chief executive officer Jose Soberano III. Casa Mira South in Cebu, CLI’s economic brand that sells units for up to P1.6 million each, contributed 11.2 percent to the total 1H reservation sales. Other developments that boosted sales were MesaVirre Garden Residences, CLI’s first project in Bacolod that sold out within a month after launch; Baseline Center, a premier mixed- use development located at the heart of Cebu City, is 80 percent sold out; and 38 Park Avenue, a premier residential project at Cebu IT Park, is also now 80 percent sold out.

Soberano said CLI will launch "fresh inventory" in the coming weeks to support its sales goal. Specifically, the new projects will be located in Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Bacolod and Bohol. The developer said the second phase of MesaVirre Garden Residences is underway to cater to a growing number of interested buyers who were not able to purchase Phase 1. MesaVirre Bacolod was launched early this year, along with Casa Mira Coast in Sibulan, Negros Oriental. It is also preparing to launch it’s newest mixed-use project, Astra Centre in Mandaue City.

CLI also launched two hotels this year: Radisson Red in Astra Centre in Mandaue City and Citadines Bacolod, a serviced residence in partnership with The Ascott Limited that compliments its MesaVirre Garden Residences. To date, the developer has a portfolio of 969 hotel rooms from its five projects. These are the 180-room Citadines Cebu City in Base Line Center to be completed this year; the 263-room Citadines Paragon Davao set to open by 2021; lyf Cebu City, a 180-room hotel in Base Line Prestige that will be operational in 2022; Radisson Red in AS Fortuna in Mandaue City, Cebu with 146 rooms; and Citadines Bacolod, which will have 200 rooms.

CLI was recently awarded by BCI Asia as one of the top 10 developers in the Philippines – the only one from the Visayas and Mindanao region. The developer was also named by Santos Knight Frank as the leading local developer in VisMin in a 2017 property market study. Phase 1 of Base Line Center (BLC) is set to be completed before the year ends. Phase 2 construction has started. BLC is the first of many mixed-use projects rolled out by CLI, followed by 38 Park Avenue, Astra Centre, MesaVirre Garden Residences and The Paragon Davao Cebu Landmasters H1 reservation sales up by 61%, a record of 4.6 billion BOI investment approvals up 19% in January-May INVESTMENTS approved by the Board of Investments (BOI) from January to May this year rose by 19 percent to P207 billion from P174 billion during the same period in 2017.

In a statement Thursday, BOI data showed that a big chunk of pledges in the first five months of 2018 came from the power sector, with registered projects amounting to P166.55 billion. Other sectors with large project registrations with the BOI for the period include transportation and storage with pledges amounting to P39.82 billion, manufacturing with P19.36 billion, real estate with PP14.54 billion, and water supply with P13.87 billion. The bulk of the investment pledges from January to May this year were from local sources, with approved projects valued at P200 billion, increasing by 18.6 percent from last year’s registration of P169.09 billion.

Project registration from foreign investors likewise rose 29 percent to P7 billion this year from P5.38 billion in 2017. The top sources of foreign investment pledges from January to May this year were Japan, Italy, China, the United States, and Hong Kong. “These figures are just preliminaries. We expect more foreign investments to come in as a result of the various presidential visits and investment promotion activities conducted in the past months,” said Trade Secretary and BOI Chairman Ramon Lopez. “Our next goal now is to ensure that these investment pledges and job opportunities will materialize, and allow us to share the economic gains of the country, especially to those at the bottom of the pyramid,” added Lopez.

Moreover, Trade Undersecretary and BOI Managing Director Ceferino Rodolfo said fiscal incentives in the Investment Promotion Agency are “primarily geared towards domestic investors in strategic industries.” Thus, he said, the BOI is supportive of the second package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) to attract more foreign investors to register their projects with the BOI. Under the TRAIN Package 2, the government will modernize its fiscal incentives, making it focused, time-bound, performance-based, and transparent.

The tax reform program also eyes the BOI to be the lead agency in crafting the Strategic Investment Priorities Plan (SIPP), a list of preferred areas of investment activity. This is similar to the IPP of the BOI. “What is important is that jobs (are) created here in the Philippines for the Filipino people, regardless of the ownership or market to be served. Markets for goods are already contestable under our free trade agreements,” Lopez previously stated. (PNA)

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The fact is we were born with powerful chemicals already in our bodies that can give us these great feelings and highs. But how do we activate and enjoy these amazing great feelings? Simply by choosing to. Did you know that fun and happiness is actually a choice? When we choose to be happy, to laugh, to have a positive attitude, and to love others, then our whole body chemistry changes. We get new energy, confidence, and a totally new perspective on our situation and life. We just feel better in every way. Victor Frankl’s true story tells about the horrible pain and torture the Jews experienced every day in a Nazi prison camp. They were treated even worse than animals! Yet Victor Frankl and some of his fellow Jews chose to have fun and enjoy every day. They simply chose to create their own life of happiness by seeing the good in each other and the world, even with all the evil, painful things being done to them. A successful man says that you can make any kind of job you do fun. He says: “If it’s not fun, then you’re not doing it right.” Real fun and happiness only comes when you choose to change your mind and attitude. And Jesus Christ, Who gave you the ability to be happy, have my say klaus doring hints and traces roy cimagala think a minute jhan tiafau hurst Kakampi mo ang batas Batas Mauricio vocation/PAGE 11 high/PAGE 11 On the brink of a trade war? We should thank Duterte for his attacks on faith Beijing to present itself as a free trade champion.

Yes, China’s Li Keqiang pushes trade with Eastern Europe amid EU concerns. The Chinese premier is meeting with leaders from CentralandEasternEuropean countriesat asummit in Sofia as he aims to boost Beijing’s trade interests in the region. But let’s face it: Li cannot afford to offend the European Union. The Chinese Prime seeks to expand business and trade ties with Central and Eastern European countries at a summit in the Bulgarian capital yesterday. But Li must reassure the European Union that Beijing is not trying to divide the 28-nation European bloc.

Li’s participation in the seventh “16+1” summit coincides with an escalating trade row with the United States. Last Friday, the US and China slapped tariffs on $34 billion (€29 billion) worth of the other’s imports. China also threatened it could launch “the biggest trade war in history.” Well, is the world really at the brink or are well all already in the middle of all mess? China, which seeks the EU’s support in its trade battles with US President Donald Trump, has thus been careful in its dealing with Central and Eastern European nations. “The 16+1 cooperation is by no means a geopolitical platform. Some say such cooperation may separate the EU, but this is not true,” Li told a joint press conference on last Friday with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.

Catholic Church, including his daring assertion about the “stupid god”, and about the alleged inexistence of the God of the Catholic Church. The non-stop criticisms of the President have become truly painful to bear, I can concede that, but Catholics should endeavor to look, not only into the searing pain of his assertions. They must seize those attacks as God-given opportunity to explain to Duterte and to the world as well what the faith of Catholics is all about, and the veracity of that which they call “God”. As I see it, other believers from other Christian groups should take advantage of the President’s tirades against the Christian faith and use it as an instrument to guide their members towards honest-to-goodness study of the doctrines and teachings of their groups, the Bible included, to enable them to fully understand what they believe in. -ooo- F O L L O W E R S O F CHRIST BUT THEY ARE NOT EVEN AWARE OF CHRIST’S COMMANDS? The truth is that, at present, while many say they are Christians and are followers of the Christ, they are absolutely ignorant of His teachings and of the commands that they should obey. How did these people become followers of Christ when they are not even aware of what He wants them to do?

For a long time, many became members of their religious groups just because these are the same groups where their parents and other ascendants have been born into. As it were, it is there in those groups where they were baptized, married, and, chances are, where they will also die, some day. The unfortunate thing however is that, it cannot be denied that these people do not know even just one bit of the doctrines espoused by the groups where they are affiliated. I can bet that they couldn’t even explain where their religions started, or where they came from. That was the religion where they were born into, so that has become their religion, “We hope that through our cooperation, we will improve the development of all countries involved and help them better integrate into the European integration process,”saidLi,whowillvisit Germany after the summit. The 16+1 summit brings togetherChinaand16Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC), including 11 EU member states. Besides China, the 16 countries that participate in the summit include EU members Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, as well as non- EU states Albania, Bosnia andHerzegovina,Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Ever since its launch in 2012, the format has been too.

-ooo- BELIEVERS HAVE GAINEDNOTHINGFROM THEIR FAITH: It is simply waste for these supposed believers. They have gained nothing, as it were, from their religious memberships. If only they had been taught to study well the doctrines and the commands of their religions that are rooted in Christianity, they will not fail to realize the truth that the Christian Bible contains know-how giving amazing powers to any man. T h e y w o u l d h av e understood that if they were true followers of Jesus, the Christ, he would have success and prosperity, health and wealth, in their lives. They would be clothed with the love and power of God, which will give them the power to do even the miracles that Jesus performed.

In times past, these were never taught to believers. Religious leaders did not want anything to do with the power that faith in Jesus gives. And this is where the I asked this question already several times in my previous columns. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Fact is, the European Union fears divisions as China woos Eastern European nations. As the world prepares to tackle trade tensions and tit-for-tat tariffs, the summit between leaders of China and CentralandEasternEuropean nations offers a chance for LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall’…” (Jesus, our God and Savior, in Matthew 7:24-25, the Holy Bible).

-ooo- WE SHOULD THANK D U T E RT E F O R H I S ATTACKS ON FAITH: Please allow me to reiterate one thing, in the face of continuing blood-curling reactions: I am thankful over the biting criticisms of President Duterte against the Developing a sense of vocation it slowly but steadily. Slowly, because the matter is quite complex and requires a lot of explaining to do. Besides, we have to know how to present things in such a way that they get understood and appreciated especially among the young ones whose mindset, attitudes, culture,etc.arequitedifferent from those of the previous generations.

But, yes, it has to be done steadily, hopefully without let-up, and in a way that can make use of the usual things people get involved in nowadays to lead them to develop a sense of vocation. It is indeed a big challenge to face, but one that is all worthwhile. And we just have to convince ourselves also that we actually have all the means we need to be able to do the job. Let’s try not to vacillate from carrying out this duty. We need to define, first of all, what a vocation is. It is a call that God, our Creator, makes on each one of us who is his creature, created in his image and likeness, endowed with powers and faculties that together with his grace would enable us to enter and share in the very life of our Creator, God.

We should never forget that we come from God, and not just from our parents, and we also belong to him, and not just to our parents, to anybody else or simply to our own selves. Thus, the mere fact that we exist as a human person already presumes that we are called by God, that is to say, that God calls us to be with him, or that we have a vocation. Vocation then has to be understood as having a universal scope. It is not simplymeantforsomepeople whomaybeinclinedtothings of religion and piety. It is for all. But that general universal vocation may still have to be made more specific. And this is where one has to be more discerning to see what God is trying to show him. He could remain as a layperson, married or single, or God may want him to be a cleric or a religious person. And there are many charisms and spiritualities in the Church that one can I BELIEVE that we should arouse in everyone the need to develop a sense of vocation. I believe that this is something that has to be pushed consistently nowadays since there is a lot of ignorance and indifference to this need which is actually basic for all of us.

Of course, we have to do

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jobs/PAGE 10 Advertising and Editorial E-mail : businessweekmindanao@gmail.com Contact nos. : 0917-7121424 • 0947-8935776 Wednesday|July 11, 2018 Banking&Finance 5 Republic of Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10TH Judicial Region Branch 43 Gingoog City NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE File No. 233-2018 Upon Extra-Judicial Petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended by Act 4118, filed by FIRST STANDARD FINANCE CORPORATION with principal office address at Calamsi Drive, Sheridan bldg.., Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City represented by RITA B. TAMIROY, Branch Manager, against SPS. CRISTINA S. BERSABAL and CRESENCIO B. BERSABAL both of legal ages, Filipino and are residents of Poblacion, Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental, to satisfy the Mortgage indebtedness which as of May 28, 2018 have amounted to ONE HUNDRED SIXTY ONE THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED TWENTY EIGHT PESOS AND 88/100 (P 161,628.88) exclusive on interest, penalty charges, attorneys fees and other litigation expenses, foreclosure proceedings and excluding other expenses that may be hereinafter incurred the undersigned Sheriff will sell at public auction to the highest bidder for CASH on August 28, 2018 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning to 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Regional Trial Court, Branch 43, Hall of Justice, Dugenio St., Gingoog City, the following properties with all the improvements existing thereon, to wit: ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-44266 A PARCEL OF LAND Lot No. 342, cad. 556-D, case-2, situated In the barrio of Cabubuhan, Municipality of Magsaysay, Province Of Misamis Oriental, Island of Mindanao, bounded on the NE., along Line 1-2 by Lot no.343; on the E., along line 2-3-4-5 by lot no. 345; On the S., along lines 5-6-7-8-9 by the Kalingahan creek, on the W., Along line 9-10 by Lot 341; on the NW., along lines 10-11-12 by lot No. 337; on the N., along line 12-1 by lot 336; all of Cad 556-D Beginning at a point marked ‘’1’’ on the plan being n. 75 deg, 22’E., 1843.94m. from BLLM No.1, Cad 556-d Magsaysay Cadastre.

Area of SIX THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED SEVENTY SIX (6,976) SQUARE METERS All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated date and time. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on the next working day without further notice and republication. The prospective buyer’s may investigate for themselves the title of the herein described property/properties and the encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Gingoog City, June 26, 2018. FOR THE EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF BY: (SGD) FLORA C. PEREZ Sheriff IV BWM: July 11, 18 & 25, 2018 TRAIN law beneficial to PH: Pernia T HE proposed suspension of the tax reform law could hamper the implementation of the administration’s massive infrastructure and social programs that would benefit millions of Filipinos, the country’s chief economic planner said Friday.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said the implementation of the first package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law “has been very beneficial” for the country. Pernia said the law has improved fiscal space for the government to fund the “Build, Build, Build” program and various social programs, including the conditional cash transfer (CCT), unconditional cash transfer (UCT), free tuition in state universities and colleges (SUCs), free irrigation for farmers, and ‘Pantawid Pasada’ cash grants.

“We are spending a lot so people should know that it’s not a good idea to just suspend or abolish the TRAIN law because many of these spendings on social programs like CCT, UCT, SUC free tuition cannot be implemented. And of course, the Build, Build, Build program will be hampered,” he said in an interview in his office. The Duterte administration intends to spend PHP9 trillion on its massive infrastructure program which is expected to generate about 1.1 million new jobs every year. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) also estimated the “Build, Build, Build” program contributes as much as PHP31.2 trillion to the economy over the next five years.

Implemented last January 1, TRAIN is the first package of the Comprehensive Tax Reform Program (CTRP) which reduces personal income taxes and adjusts excise taxes on fuel and automobiles. “We hope the TRAIN 2 will be passed before the end of the year because that’s also a critical package of CTRP. The CTRP is a very sound program, well studied (law), and it is the outcome of so many consultations,” Pernia added. The second package of the tax reform program seeks to lower corporate income tax rates and rationalize fiscal investment incentives. Some lawmakers have reiterated their call for the suspension of the TRAIN law amid increasing inflation rate, while others suggested postponing the collection of additional excise tax under the law. The country’s inflation rate rose to 5.2 percent in June 2018 due to faster price increases in major commodities like food, fuel and transport. Such increases were caused by various factors, including global oil prices, peso depreciation and rice prices.

“While we recognize the public sentiment on rising prices, let us remind ourselves that the TRAIN law increased the take- home pay of 99 percent of income taxpayers. And this should help in coping with the rising prices of goods,” Pernia said. (PNA) Banks to open more jobs despite rapid digitalization THE Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) said banks will continue to hire people despite the rapid digitalization in the sector. In a statement Monday, the organization said the over 12,000 bank offices nationwide continue to open opportunities for entry-level applicants. “Banking employees are vital in providing quality service. With the effort of banks in financial inclusivity, we can expect more bank branches opening and job hiring to cope with the increasing demand of banking and financial services across the country,” BAP managing director Benjamin Castillo said. Castillo debunked claims that rapid digitalization poses threat to job creation in the banking industry, noting that clients both enjoy over-the-counter and online transactions. “Contrary to what is expected, the banking industry will not lay off workers just because we have entered the digital age,” he said. “Banks need to cater to the different demands, we are diversifying,” he added. He noted that emerging technologies are assisting banks to provide financial services to its clients more efficiently.

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collision/PAGE 11 cannabis/PAGE 11 Wednesday|July 11, 2018 Advertising and Editorial E-mail : businessweekmindanao@gmail.com Contact nos. : 0917-7121424 • 0947-8935776 7 A merican scientists have identified a particular virus in mice model that may not weaken, but enhance the immune system, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Our immune system is at its peak when we’re young, but after a certain age, it declines and it becomes more difficult for our bodies to fight off new infections,” the report said. In search of a way to rejuvenate the immune system of older adults, the researchers infected mice with the cytomegalovirus (CMV).

This virus affects more than half of all individuals and is contracted, for most part, at a young age. Because there is no cure, the virus is carried for life, and is particularly prevalent in older adults. “CMV doesn’t usually cause outward symptoms, but we still have to live with it every day since there’s no cure,” said Megan Smithey, a researcher at Janko Nikolich-Zugich’s lab in the University of Arizona Center on Aging. “Our immune system always will be busy in the background dealing with this virus.” Virus can boost, not weaken immune system groups of older mice had a decent supply of diverse T-cells.

“Diversity is good,” said Nikolich-Zugich. “Different types of T-cells respond to different types of infections; the more diverse T-cells you have, the more likely you’ll be able to fight off infections.” For years, scientists assumed that T-cell diversity decreased as we age. This was one of the reasons why older adults succumbed to disease more easily. However, the new study showed that T-cells were almost as diverse in old mice as they were in young mice. “This study shows us that there is more capacity in the immune system at an older age than we thought,” said Smithey.

Nikolich-Zugich explained: “It’s as if CMV is issuing a signal that gets the best defenses out onto the field.” “This shows that the ability to generate a good immune response exists in old age and CMV, or the body’s response to CMV, can help harness that ability,” said Smithey. The team’s goal is to create a vaccine that can improve the immune system of older adults and protect against infection. (Xinhuanet) “We assumed it would make mice more vulnerable to other infections because it was using up resources and keeping the immune system busy,” said Smithey. However, when infected with listeria, old mice carrying CMV proved to be tougher than old mice without CMV, to the surprises of the researchers. Then, they examined the mice’s T-cells, the army of defenders that fights off infection, and found that An international team of astronomers found that Uranus was hit by a massive object roughly twice the size of Earth, which caused the planet to tilt and made its temperature freezing, according to new research. The study published on Monday in the Astrophysical Journal confirmed a previous study, which said that Uranus' tilted position was caused by a collision with a massive object, most likely a young proto-planet made of rock and ice, during the formation of the solar system about four billion years ago.

The researchers investigated high- resolution computer simulations of different massive collisions with the ice giant to try to work out how the planet evolved. The simulations suggested that debris from the impactor could form a thin shell near the edge of the planet's ice layer and trap the heat emanating from Uranus' core. The trapping of this internal heat could in part help explain the extremely cold temperature of the planet's outer atmosphere, Massive collision tilts, freezes Uranus or minus 216 degrees Celsius, according to the study.

The paper's lead author Jacob Kegerreis, a researcher in Durham University's Institute for Computational Cosmology, said: "Uranus spins on its side, with its axis pointing almost at right angles to those of all the other planets in the solar system. This was almost certainly caused by a giant impact." "We ran more than 50 different impact scenarios using a high-powered super computer to see if we could recreate the conditions that shaped the planet's evolution," said Kegerreis. "Our findings confirm that the most likely outcome was that the young Uranus was involved in a cataclysmic collision with an object twice the mass of Earth, if not larger, knocking it onto its side and setting in process the events that helped create the planet we see today." There has been a question over how Uranus managed to retain its atmosphere when a violent collision might have been expected to send it hurtling into space. According to the simulations, this can most likely be explained by the impact object striking a grazing blow on the planet. The collision was strong enough to affect Uranus' tilt, but the planet was able to retain the majority of its atmosphere.

The research could also help explain the formation of Uranus' rings and moons, with the Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and some types of inflammation may be alleviated by cannabis- like drugs, according to a research presented on Sunday at the FENS Forum of Neuroscience held in Berlin. At the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) Forum, which will last till Wednesday, research teams from Italy and Canada described related findings on the effects of cannabis- like compounds, artificial compounds that work on natural cannabinoids, on PTSD and colitis. Using rat models of PTSD, Patrizia Campolongo at the Sapienza University of Rome has found that synthetic drugs that augment brain levels of natural cannabinoids can reduce symptoms of trauma while also treating the cognitive dysfunction, and, moreover these effects are long-term.

“These drugs work in much more targeted brain Neuroscientists report cannabis use in treating anxiety, inflammation areas than street cannabis, and, as long as three months after treatment, they stop relapse of anxiety symptoms. PTSD patients often relapse sometime after the end of treatment,” Campolongo said. She believes that synthetic drugs influencing levels of natural cannabinoids may act both to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and also break the cycle of relapses. Campolongo ensured these artificial cannabis compounds have reduced risk of side effects, adding they now need clinical trials to test efficacy on man.

Her work is supported by the studies of Matthew Hill from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary in Canada, who presented research into links between inflammatory diseases and stress-associated disorders, which often occur together. His work has shown that levels of the brain’s

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8 Wednesday|July 11, 2018 Editor: GILBERT Y. CHAO BusinessWeek M I N DA N A O mOTORING C R E D I B L E R E L I A B L E I N - D E P T H I suzu Philippines Corp, led by its President Hajime Koso, turned over the initial 15 modernized jeepneys to be used for the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP). In formal turnover ceremonies held in front of the Senate building in Pasay City, in the presence of Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III, Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, DOTr Usec. Thomas Orbos, LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III, Senate Secretariat officials, SETSCO officials, key government officials and executives from the private sector, Mr. Hajime Koso, President, Isuzu Philippines Corporation; Mr. Edgard Cabangon, Chairman & CEO Isuzu Gencars, Inc. and Mr. Conrad Almazora, Executive Vice Pesident, Almazora Motors Corporation presented the preliminary 15 units.

The occasion also signified the beginning of the PUVMP, with the Senate Employees Transport Service Cooperative (SETSCO) as the pilot operator. The modernized PUVs, assembled using the Isuzu QKR77 platform and the rear body designed and manufactured by Almazora Motors Corp, are air- conditioned Class 2 PUVs with a side-facing seat configuration. The Isuzu QKR platform is assembled in the Philippines and is equipped with Euro IV- compliant 4JH1-TC Diesel Engine that delivers excellent fuel economy. The new PUV body is compliant with Philippine National Standards (PNS 2126:2017). The passenger cabin floor-to-ceiling height and gangway width are 1,780 mm and 830 mm, respectively, providing more space for passengers to move easily inside. The passenger door is safely situated on the right-hand side, facing the sidewalk. Other design features of the body include panoramic windows and windshields, full-body insulation with GeneQ shield, automatic door closer, and provisions for persons with disabilities.

Completing the modernized look and features of the new PUVs are the LED TV monitors for real-time information including station details, route, date, time, weather, news, and advertisement, LED electronic signages for vehicle route information, fire extinguishers, CCTV, dashcam and back-up cameras, and the automatic fare collection — all geared for passengers’ safety, entertainment, and added convenience in fare collection. The new PUVs warranty coverages for cab and chassis is 3 years or 150,000 km, whichever comes first and separate warranty for body, aircon and accessories, options not available for old jeepneys.

“This is truly a landmark event for the PUV modernization program of the Philippine government and Isuzu Philippines Corporation’s active participation in this timely project. The fruitful collaboration between IPC and the wholly Filipino- Isuzu Turns Over Initial Batch of Modernized Jeepneys at the Senate options available, most especially the vehicle brand for our transport services, and we came to the conclusion that Isuzu would be the best choice because of the vehicles’ durability, parts availability, and fuel efficiency. Many of our members have experienced for themselves these qualities of Isuzu vehicles in their daily commutes.” SETSCO, which has shown to comply with the requirements prescribed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), has been run by Senate employees since 2004 and now has joint ownership of 35 franchises granted by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

The PUV Modernization Program is envisioned to replace some 250,000 jeepneys nationwide with new, safe and environment- friendly, secured, convenient and comfortable public utility vehicles. owned Almazora Motors Corp ensures that our commuters ride only in world-class public utility vehicles that also take into careful consideration passenger safety, comfort, and the particular locality’s needs,” IPC President Hajime Koso explained. “The formal turnover today at the honorable institution of the Senate of the Philippines, only means that we are starting the PUVMP program not just in the right foot, but in the best way possible, as our modernized jeepneys will provide safe, convenient, reliable and comfortable transport services to the people who render public service on their part,” he added. Isuzu Philippines Corp, which has been operating since 1995, has been known to produce durable and reliable trucks, light commercial and commercial vehicles that are perfectly suited for local driving conditions. In a span of over two decades, the company has established a strong network of dealers that have provided excellent after sales service and parts.

It is this unmatched brand reputation that has led SETSCO to choose Isuzu as the vehicle brand for the pilot program of the PUVMP. According to SETSCO’s franchise holders, a program of this magnitude would require that all aspects of the program “must go right from the start”, as a pilot project ultimately determines the future course of the program as it is applied in other locations in the Philippines. “SETSCO exhausted all

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Wednesday|July 11, 2018 Advertising and Editorial E-mail : businessweekmindanao@gmail.com Contact nos. : 0917-7121424 • 0947-8935776 Billboard 9 GCash President Albert Tinio talks before the FEU Tech Summit online. Leading this group of active mobile and internet users who can easily benefit from mobile financial services are the youth - young professionals, freelancers and students—who are adaptive to modernization and are at ease with technology. Next are the households in the cities where technology is prevalent and, eventually, those in provincial areas.

“We see that path, we see that migration: The youth, the urban centers and, then, to the rural centers. Is it limited to pure consumers? No. Included in that journey are the enterprises. The needs of those in rural and urban areas are the same. We’re all entitled to that financial service,” Tinio stressed. While traditional institutions will remain to cater to the fiscal needs of the people, he said GCash is poised to lead in the mobile financial services segment starting with a mobile wallet where those unbanked can place their money and use it to send money, buy telco loads, pay bills, or buy things offline or online. Sister companies GCredit and FUSE also allow those unbanked and underserved to avail of loans, insurance, and investment “Our vision is to bring down that financial wall for every Filipino,” Tinio stressed. “Through the services that we offer, financial access for our unbanked and underserved Filipino brethren is easily unlocked.” At present, 66 percent of the country’s population, or almost seven out of 10, have no bank accounts due to various reasons such as absence of physical banks especially in remote areas and lack of identification documents that banks typically need to open accounts.

Moreover, 90 percent, or 9 out of 10 Filipinos, have neither access to credit cards nor credit scores. The latter is a numerical equivalent of trustworthiness to avail of and pay for a loan. As a result, many turns to the informal money- lending system where interest rate could go as high as 20 percent. These problems, however, open an opportunity to bridge the gap between the banked and the unbanked sectors which GCash, GCredit and Fuse intend to address. The three companies are under Mynt, a fintech firm owned by Globe Telecom, Ant Financial, and Ayala Corporation.

To know more about Mynt and its subsidiaries, please visit https://www. mynt.xyz/. GCash leads mobile financial services revolution in PH N ow that digitization is on the rise, the Philippines is prepared for a financial services revolution, wherein no one will be left behind even the unbanked or those who do not have bank accounts. This was pointed out by Albert Tinio, president of G-Exchange Inc., operator of mobile money payment service GCash during the FEU Tech Summit 3.0 held at the Far Eastern University (FEU) Institute of Technology recently He noted that the growing number of people embracing digital platforms could help address the country’s constant dilemma on financial inclusion. “Filipinos have come of age and are ready to take the next step forward. We are world leaders when it comes to social media and we are very comfortable with the Internet. We have gone beyond calls and text and we seek to do more with our mobile phones. Thus, mobile financial services present an opportunity to complement mainstream financial services to serve millions of financially underserved Filipinos,” he added.

To date, there are about 106 million Filipinos with active SIM cards reaching 120 million. Moreover, there are 73 million mobile phone users in the country, 34 million of which are unique smartphone users. At any given time, there are 67 million Filipino users Mynt, the fintech startup owned by Globe Telecom, Ant Financial, and Ayala Corporation, takes the next big step in financial inclusion by making hassle-free loans available to every Filipino through its lending arm, Fuse, which primarily caters to the underserved and unbanked population in the country.

Fuse offers GCredit and GScore for lending and credit scoring, respectively. GCredit is a credit line attached to one’s GCash account with funds they can then use to buy groceries, medicine, or even school supplies in partner merchants via GCash scan to pay. The amount they can avail of is determined by GScore, the first trust score in the Philippines which checks the financial capacity of an individual to pay back a credit based on their GCash usage. GCash is a mobile money service of Mynt. “We are committed to enable the aspirations of the financially- underserved. With Fuse, we aim to create and sustain opportunities for growth and stability for individuals and businesses alike through responsible and fintech-enabled lending,” said Anthony Thomas, president and chief executive officer of Mynt.

Fuse believes that with data-driven lending, they can create a sustainable and scalable credit product in the country. GScore, Thomas said, addresses the difficulty of most Filipinos to access credit due to absence of formal documents that prove financial capacity. Instead, GScore provides a “trust score” that people can earn without too much barrier just by engaging in regular GCash transactions such as buying load, paying bills, purchasing goods and services, among other things. At present, many Filipinos have no other recourse but to turn to informal or unlicensed money lenders usually called “five-six” since they extend loans without collateral or documentary requirements. In exchange, they charge the borrowers exorbitant interest rates of 20 percent or higher, thereby, leading to a debt trap where people find it hard to break out of a borrowing cycle just to stay afloat.

This situation could be avoided through GCredit. With GCredit, once a customer pays their credit balance, it (From L-R) GCat, Fuse Head of Lending, Kim Seng, Mynt President and CEO Anthony Thomas, Mynt Chief Data and Risk Officer and CEO of Fuse Lending Jean Francois Darre and Product Manager Myles Salud Mynt makes hassle-free lending available to every Filipino; introduces 1st trust score in PHL replenishes instantly. This provides customers peace of mind so they can have access to funds whenever they have emergencies or life milestones. As added benefit, those who continue to use and pay their GCredit properly will be given higher GCredit limits.

GCredit is currently at its beta stage and will be available commercially within the year. The DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) Field Office 10 is saddened by the arrest of one of its drivers, Martel Pamisa, during a buy- bust operation of the police officers in Cagayan de Oro City on July 9, 2018. The DSWD will not tolerate any illegal activities, such as drug trafficking. In fact, the DSWD FO 10 administration has been subjecting its workers to random drug testing, aside from the annual drug testing.

In the case of Martel Pamisa, DSWD employed him as driver in June of 2017 under the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Contract of Service for the agency’s response to the survivors of the Marawi siege in Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur areas. DSWD Field Office 10 Regional Director, Nestor Briones Ramos, terminated the contract of Pamisa as driver effective yesterday, following his arrest. According to Evelyn Cortez, Administrative Officer who is in- charge of the drivers, Pamisa went out of office yesterday to ferry the Internal Audit Service workers of DSWD Central Office at the downtown area of Cagayan de Oro City. He then went to canvass for suppliers of spare parts at the downtown area of the said city. Police officers entrapped Pamisa. The latter alighted from his driven service vehicle of DSWD to allegedly trade drugs with the poseur buyers. The other week, Pamisa and the rest of the drivers were subjected to drug testing but all results turned out negative. The case of Pamisa, Ramos emphasized, shall serve as a stern warning for all DSWD workers that the agency will not tolerate any illegal activities, like drugs abuse.

The regional director said the termination would mean displacement of the family of those workers who might be engaged in illegal activities, but they leave the administration with no other option. The DSWD Field Office 10 will continue to stand by its mandate to deliver the different programs and services and strive to uphold its values: maagap at mapagkalingang serbisyo, may malasakit sa kapwa, at serbisyong walang puwang sa katiwalian and a drug-free government agency. Press Statement of DSWD on the arrest of Martel Pamisa on drug buy-bust

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Advertising and Editorial E-mail : businessweekmindanao@gmail.com Contact nos. : 0917-7121424 • 0947-8935776 Wednesday|July 11, 2018 10 Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF LANAO DEL NORTE 12TH Judicial Region BRANCH 07 Tubod, Lanao del Norte IN RE: PETITION FOR CANCELLATION OF SPL. PROC. NO. 338-07-2018 THE CERTIFICATE OF LIVE BIRTH OF ELLY ABASTAS DELA VICTORIA, JR. - for - UNDER LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY NO. 93-420 OF BAROY, LANAO DEL NORTE. Cancellation of Entry ELLY ABASTAS, Petitioner, - versus – THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF BAROY, LANAO DEL NORTE, Respondent.

x / O R D E R A verified petition for cancellation of Certificate of Live Birth of ELLY ABASTAS DELA VICTORIA, JR. was filed before this Court on June 29, 2018 by the herein petitioner praying that after due notice and hearing, an Order be issued directing the Respondent’s office to effect the cancellation sought for. Petitioner alleges that he is of legal age, Filipino, married and a resident of Poblacion, Baroy, Lanao del Norte where he can be validly served with court orders and processes of this Honorable Court. Respondent Local Civil Registrar of Baroy, Lanao del Norte is impleaded pursuant to Rule 108/103 of the Rules of Court. Petitioner was born to Alicia Navacilla Abastas on March 23, 1993 at Lanao del Norte Provincial Hospital, Baroy, Lanao del Norte. However, unknown to his mother, his grandmother Segundina registered his birth with a last name of Dela Victoria, Jr. using the name of his alleged father Elly Navarro Dela Victoria, Sr. Such fact was evidenced by petitioner’s first Certificate of Live Birth under Local Civil Registry No. 93-420 as it was made to appear that petitioner was a legitimate child of Elly Navarro Dela Victoria, Sr. and Alicia Navacilla Abastas when in fact and in truth they were not legally married. That in order that the true facts of his birth being an illegitimate child, his mother registered his birth by way of Late Registration on February 24, 1999 with Registry No. 99-125, in the name of Elly Abastas as evidenced by petitioner’s second Certificate of Live Birth under Local Civil Registry No. 99- 125. That petitioner’s mother (Alicia) got married to Michael Alipio Retardo on June 11, 20015 at Baroy, Lanao del Norte. That with the knowledge of the two Certificate of Live Births, he is constrained to file this Petition to cancel the first Certificate of Live Birth which was registered with the office of the respondent as the same was simulated and spurious; ultimately his mother revealed to him that he was a product of rape and that Elly Navarro Dela Victoria was not his biological father but the husband of her sister who until now remains estranged with the family. That petitioner, ever since childhood never personally knew Elly Navarro Dela Victoria and his whereabouts is not known to petitioner and his mother; according to his mother they had a relationship for three (3) months and left while his mother was pregnant and never came back. That in order to avoid confusion it is but proper that petitioner’s first Certificate of Live Birth as Elly Abastas Dela Victoria, Jr. be cancelled as ever since he has been known as Elly Abastas as can be gleaned in all his official documents of importance. That this petition is filed in good faith and is not intended to conceal the commission of a crime and/or defeat the investigation and prosecution of the same but the sole intention/purpose of the cancellation of his first birth certificate is to avoid confusion and future inconvenience it may cause.

WHEREFORE, finding this petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the initial hearing of this case to August 24, 2018 at 8:30 in the morning before the sala of this Court. Furnish copy of this Order to the Office of the Solicitor General, Makati City, to the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor, Tubod, Lanao del Norte, to the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Baroy, Lanao del Norte, to the Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Baroy, Lanao del Norte, to Atty. Dorothea Basalo and to the petitioner, in his known address. Let copy of the Order containing the petition be published in a newspaper of general circulation for three (3) consecutive weeks, at the expense of the petitioner.

So ORDERED. Tubod, Lanao del Norte. July 2, 2018. (SGD) DENNIS P. VICOY Acting Presiding Judge BWM: July 4, 11 & 18, 2018 Deal... from page 1 Convene... from page 1 Schools... from page 1 which allows them to enjoy higher land rental rates.” Theserateswerepreviously only given to members of the Davao Marsman Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries-Multi- Purpose Cooperative, the largest cooperative in the plantation. The17ARBs,thecompany added, are members of the Sto. Tomas Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperative. At present, 502 ARBs, comprising two-thirds of the total, have signed the new deal under the agribusiness venture agreements, which have been amended four times since last year. MEPI Chief Operating Officer Victor S. Mercado, Jr. said the land rental rate is P50,000 a hectare and is retroactive to 2017. He added that this rate “remains the highest in the industry.” Each ARB is also offered a health insurance benefit of P100,000 per ailment per year for those under 75, mortuary benefit of P25,000, and the right to nominate one precipitated a huge traffic clog.

During the session, Lao enumerated all the streets in downtown Cagayan de Oro that experienced traffic jams last Friday afternoon from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. It was learned that many public jeepney drivers opted to cut their trips short that day not only due to the traffic but also because of flooding in certain areas. Thetrafficjamsinbetween those hours also coincided with three fires that occurred almost simultaneously, pinning down firetrucks. Also last week, strict checkpoints implemented by the Cagayan de Oro City Gudmalin and Luzviminda Ilagan went out of their way to ride on 4-wheel drive cars negotiating more than two hours of rugged roads from the town center just to reach here to specially see for themselves how the 5-classroom two school buildings for elementary and highschoolstudentswerebuilt by the residents themselves through volunteerism. The new schools finished in September last year consist of one 2-classroom for elementary level and another 3-classroom for secondary level designed with a concept of Higaonon culture have been utilized by some 211 elementary pupils and 99 secondary grade 7,8 and 9 students .

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) provided the P3.9 million fund for the materials of the school buildings save for the labor cost as residents mostly parents devoted a day or two of their time every week to help construct the classrooms. The project is under the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of SocialServices(Kalahi-Cidss) program of DSWD. Kinamaybay is an isolated community inhabited by 90 percent Higaonons which can be only reached by habal-habal motorcycles and 4-wheeldrivevehicleswithits interior roads accessibly only using the national highway connecting La Nieves town in Agusan del Norte. It was once disturbed by the bombings at the height of atrocities between New Peoples Army rebels and Army soldiers in 2010 but residentsconfrontedtheirsad plight with a commitment to helponeanothertouplifttheir socio-economic condition. Training the residents Before the schools were built, the residents with the supervision of Samuel Ampahan, chairperson of Barangay Sub-project Management Committee (BSPMC) has implemented five infrastructure projects including road, day-care center, rice and corn mill, solar dryer and concrete employee for the company. The new agreement was a result of the company’s meeting with the ARBs last month, presided over by the Department of Agrarian Reform.

Mr. Mercado said the new offer “still stands for the other minority ARBs who have yet to accept the increased rental and other privileges.” Police Office (Cocpo) caused a long line of stuck vehicles from barangay Tablon to Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental and in Lumbia highway. L ao admitted that the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) could not do their tasks alone without the help of experts, thus the need of a Traffic Management Board. He said the Traffic Management Board must be composed of 15 members chaired by the mayor and composed of the RTA, representatives from public transport groups, the local petroleum dealers, the mass mediaandcivicorganizations as members.

Lao’s proposal was unanimously endorsed by the City Council to the office of Moreno for action. pathway. Transportingconstruction materials was not easy not only because of the rough roads but the distance of 73 kilometers from the town center of Esperanza. Proper implementation of the small projects was achieved as Ampahan and some other selected volunteers under went trainings from DSWD about the cost specifications and material standards that construction works were completed accordingly to government auditing rules. He recalled many of those who volunteered to become part of the project monitoringteamdidnothave formal education at school but managed to learn skills from the trainings that taught them the intricacies on the standards and regulations of the projects.

Some of the residents admitted the training and workshops and their exposure on canvassing the materials outside their village helped them better persons to socialize in the outside world, a transformation from the traditional traits of a Higaonon who are meek and shy. Commitment It was the residents themselves who identified their projects through c o m m u n i t y - d r i v e n development approaches enabling villagers to make their own decisions in identifying, developing, implementingandmonitoring development initiatives based on their priorities.

Ampahan said the residents’sincerecommitment to participate in realizing the projects which were carried out with transparency and accountability was the key to their success. Ampahan, a pastor of a Christian church in the village, has been a Kalahi- Cidss volunteer leader for 11 years which made him a finalist in the program’s national awards this year. Rolando Pinahan, village tribal chieftain and former village chair, said the projects that the community received served as an instrument to develop their ancestral domain.” We never thought the projects would come here,” He added in local vernacular that “Walay man mi kurso kon grado pero ang among pagka kursunada maoy nagpatuman niining tanan ( We did not have courses on education but our strongwillanddetermination made these all happen.)” More classrooms needed Even with the presence of well-built schools built under Kalahi-Cidss Construction of Classroom for the Lumad (CCL) modality, students in the secondary level is in dire need of new classrooms for the Grades 10,11 and 12 classes in the opening of school next year.

Without additional classrooms and teachers in these higher grade levels, the students will have to bear the brunt of hiking 9-11 kilometers every day in the nearest public secondary schools in the villages of Lawan-lawan and Casiclan. Larry Mangsinungdan, Teacher-in-Charge of Kinamaybay Elementary School who also supervises the secondary classes, said they are still processing the documentsfortheapplication of a school ID to make the secondarylevelregularschool recognizedbytheDepartment of Education. In the absence of school ID, teachers at the secondary level are just lumad teacher volunteers only paid with a measly P4,000 monthly honorarium funded by the municipal government. “Our monthly allowance is just good enough for the budget of gasoline of a motorcycle we hire whenever wegohomeonceamonthand other personal necessities,” saidvolunteerteacherMariafe Baclayo, who just graduated her education degree last March at Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology in her hometown in Bunawan.

She and five other volunteer teachers at the secondary level are living in a quarter and their food are provided by the residents through the village council. Lumad curriculum The lumad public school in Kinamaybay would be the first in Caraga with complete package using the indigenous teaching curriculum under the K-12 educational program. The five lumad teachers, even with the absence of teaching materials and textbooks, have taught the elementary school children the different subjects using the Higaonon dialect. Vi r g i n i a Ta l i d r o , Supervisor of Department of Education District I of Esperanza, said the lumad teachers have undergone trainings during summer time for them to internalize in the K12 program the indigenization and contextualization of the curriculum. “These will be integrated across learning areas of the school children,” she said.

Already, the lumad teachers have been tasked toworkedontheorthography of Higaonon dialect and the materials will be given to the tribal leaders for validation. Uplifting their lives Gudmalin was impressed by the way Kinamaybay residents diligently built the schools and other infrastructure projects that he encouraged them to now focusonthenextleveltouplift their still impoverished living condition through DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program. SLPisacommunity-based capacity building program that aims to improve the socio-economic condition of poor Filipinos by facilitating opportunitiesfordevelopment andmanagementofresources viable for micro-enterprises and employment facilitation. “SLP is gearing towards social enterprise to help 4P beneficiariesuplifttheirliving condition from poverty,” Gudmalin said.

For her part, Ilagan said Kinamaybay residents needs to be taught how to efficientlymaximizefinancial assistance to increase their farm production through the SLP. “You go beyond receiving the capital to become entrepreneur,” Ilagan said. EsperanzaMayorLeonida Manpatilan admitted poverty incidence in her town at 41 percent is still way higher from the national poverty threshold of 34 percent. However their persistent effortstoaddressthisproblem had at least bore fruit since poverty incidence went up as high as 78 percent in 2000. ‘We will continue to strive hard to uplift the lives of our residents,” Manpatilan said. Jobs...

from page 5 “We need graduates who are willing to take up the challenge in moving the sector forward in the age of the digital revolution. As the banking industry moves forward, it is crucial to have capable individuals who are willing to work for the benefit of our country” Castillo said. Banks in the country have been investing in digitalization and adopting new technologies such as blockchain in their system. AMicrosoftreportreleased earlier this year showed that digital transformation can add USD8 billion more to the Philippine economy by 2021.

BAP said digitalization helps banks improve their profitability and contributes to the economic growth that would yield more jobs for the banking industry. (PNA)

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Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves, in the event f Auction Sale can not take place for whatever legal reason the sale will proceed on the following day, without further notice. Posting and publication the title here in above describe and encumbrance thereon, if any there be. Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, June 22, 2018. (SGD) TERESITO C. ESTENZO Sheriff IV BWM: July 4, 11 & 18, 2018 REPULIC OF THE PHILIPPINES 10TH Judicial Region REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Branch 19 Cagayan de Oro City IN THE MATTER OF ADOPTION OF MINOR SP-FMY NO. 2018-150 ELIZAH JANE R. HERBULARIO WITH PRAYER FOR CHANGE OF NAME FROM ELIZAH JANE R. HERBULARIO TO ELIZAH JANE H. WILLIAMS-HILL, SPOUSES EMMYLOU H. WILLIAMS-HILL AND MATTHEW WILLIAMS-HILL, Petitioners.

x / ORDER Petitioner’s Compliance and Second Compliance with the Order dated May 23, 2018 with Motion for Partial Reconsideration is hereby NOTED and ADMITTED. Finding the Petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the same is hereby given due course and forthwith let the Initial Hearing thereof be set on September 19, 2018 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning before this Court which is located at Hall of Justice Building, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City. Interested persons may file their opposition on or before the aforesaid date of hearing and to attend the hearing of this Petition. At the expense of the Petitioners, let this Order be published once a week for three (3) successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in Cagayan de Oro City and the Province of Misamis Oriental.

The Court Social Worker is hereby directed to conduct a Home Study Report on the adopting parents and child Study Report on the adoptee. 1 She is also directed to conduct counseling sessions with the adopting and biological parents. The said report shall be submitted to this Court within SIXTY (60) days from receipt of this Order. Petitioners are likewise ordered to have all documentary evidence including their Judicial Affidavits along with those of their witnesses which shall be pre-marked before the Acting Branch Clerk of Court to establish compliance with jurisdictional requirements on September 5, 2018 at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon.

Petitioners are also directed to submit their Judicial Affidavits at least five (5) days before the Hearing copy furnished the Public Prosecutor and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG). IT IS SO ORDERED. Done this 18th day of June, 2018 in the City of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. (SGD.) EVELYN J. GAMOTIN-NERY Presiding Judge BWM: June 27 & July 4 & 11, 2018 Kim... from page 12 stuff, matching his rival’s birdie on the next from five feet then went 2-up again with a tap-in birdie on No. 15 before trading birdies with Carlos in the next two holes. “I told myself that it was OK that I can rebound from that mistake” said Kim of his No. 11 misfortune where he dumped his tee shot on the large lake guarding the green. Carlos rued his flubbed birdie putt from 15 feet on No. 15 but praised Kim’s superb all around game all week.

“I know he’s been working hard for this,” said Carlos, who had hoped to nail a third victory after scoring a breakthrough at PGT Asia Riviera leg last month. Lee Song, closed out with a 69 and took third place with 276 worth P215,000 while Kim Sung Wook underscored the Koreans’ solid showing in the P3 million event organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. by finishing joint fourth with Tony Lascuña (69) and Jerson Balasabas (71) at 277. Each received P136, 666. Elmer Salvador hit five birdies but bogeyed the last for a 68 and ended up tied for seventh at 278 with Reymon Jaraula, who shot a 69, while Japanese Takahashi Keisuke fired a 68 and tied Johvanie Abaño, who carded a 71, at ninth at 279 at the close of the Mindanao swing of the circuit backed by BDO, KZG, Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Sharp, Champion, Summit Mineral Water and PLDT. (PGT) Collision... from page 7 Cannabis... from page 7 naturalcannabis-likemolecules are reduced in an animal model of colitis, suggesting that an artificial boost may be necessary and sufficient to alleviatetheanxietyassociated with this inflammation. They have found, in a rat model of colitis, that levels of naturally-occurringcannabis, anandamide, were reduced in several areas of the brain, which resulted in anxiety. Together, the work of Campolongo and Hill suggest there would be value in well- controlled human studies to assess the medical benefits of cannabis in a range of linked conditions. (Xinhuanet) simulations suggesting the impact could jettison rock and ice into orbit around the planet.

This rock and ice could have then clumped together to form the planet's inner satellites and perhaps altered the rotation of any pre-existing moons already orbiting Uranus, according to the study. The simulations showed that the impact could have created molten ice and lopsided lumps of rock inside the planet. This could help explain Uranus' tilted and off-center magnetic field. Uranus is similar to the most common type of exoplanets, planets found outside of our solar system, and the researchers hoped their findings would help explain how these planets evolved and understand more about their chemical composition. (Xinhua) High...

from page 4 Attacks... from page 4 Federalism... from page 4 Vocation... from page 4 viewed by Western critics as an instrument for Beijing to divide and undermine the EU by dangling the CEE states closer trade and investment opportunities with China. But analysts say that in Sofia, the Chinese premier will try to avoid issues that mightirkwesterncapitalsand the European Commission in Brussels. Let’s hope and pray for it. “I think that Premier Li Keqiang will adopt a low profile on the issues that mightinfringeoncommunity affairs of the EU this time around,” Francois Godement, director of Asia and China program at the European Council of Foreign Relations, told Reuters news agency. Despitethesubstantialrise inChineseinvestmentinCEE nations in recent years, the region accounts for less than 10 percent of total Chinese money inflows into Europe. Most Chinese investment still goes to Western European countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy.

The EU and the United States, meanwhile, account for around 90 percent of investment flows to the CEE region, highlighting their far greater importance to the region. Interesting is to know more about the question if China is on course with ‘Made in China 2025’ amid trade row with US? China – really a free trade champion? With Trump adopting protectionist trade and economic policies, China is increasingly positioning itself as a proponent of free trade. Li said on Saturday that Beijing will stay on the path of economic reform, and would be more flexible about allowing foreign products to enter its domestic market. can help you start changing today. Just ask Him to take full charge of your thinking and way of living every day. Jesus is the One Who can help you bring out all the fun and happiness He put inside you—no matter what problems or pain you’re facing. That’s the way you can live every day with a natural high. Just Think a Minute… Duterte criticisms prove to be beneficial to all believers- --everyone is now given the chance to discuss, in media yet, who is God, and what are His gifts, particularly the gift of power, that are given to those who have accepted, received, believed, and have faith in Him.

-ooo- FOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any question about what the burning issues of the day mean, or what we have discussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it maybe, please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com, or post your concerns at www.facebook.com/attybatas. Promise, I will answer right away.ThankGodintheName of Jesus, Amen! choose. But as to which one a person is meant to be or to have, I imagine that this can be done if one develops a life of prayer, and makes use of means, like spiritual direction.

But the problem now is that hardly anyone feels the need for real prayer, that intimate conversation with God which should be a result of a loving desire to deal with God, to look for him, and to really know, love and serve him. Otherwise, a person will not feel the need for developing a sense of vocation, or if he feels something in this regard, it will most likely deceive him. I believe it is important that this matter of developing a sense of vocation should be worked on even in their “For foreign products w hich me et C hines e consumer needs, we will open the door wider to them to come into the Chinese market,” he told the 16+1 summitparticipants.“Wewill lower overall import tariffs to the Chinese market,” adding thathiscountrywoulduphold free trade agreements. Again: regarding this topic, my today’s column can only end up with ‘TO BE CONTINUED’!

+++ Email:doringklaus@gmail. com or follow me in Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn or visit www.germanexpatinthephilip- pines.blogspot.com or www. klausdoringsclassicalmusic. blogspot.com . childhood stage. Of course, it has to be done in ways suitable to the condition of the child, but it should begin at that stage. That way, things become easier and we can save time and effort when the children grow up and start to wonder what and how they should be in life. In this regard, it should be made clear that we are dealing with spiritual and supernatural realities with a lot of mysteries involved, such that we should pursue this task of developing a sense of vocation with the proper attitude and skills. Email: roycimagala@ gmail.com Wage... from page 2 economies of the laborers/ low paid workers vis-a-vis the buying capacity of their earnings.

Arnold Nisnisan, 32, a laborer from Mindanao Rock Construction, with a work assignment in Baybay Maningcol, Ozamiz City blissfully declared that he is now receiving the minimum wage rate after four years of service and to him, that is simply great. He said, “Dako ko ug pasalamat sa giimplement nga minimum wage sa DOLE. Ang akong sweldo nga Php200, mahimo na ug Php331. Dako kayo nga kausaban ug mas makapalit nako sa mga palitonon nga kinahanglan sa akong pamilya. Among s i g u r a d o on n g a m a s dedicated nami and naa mi commitment sa among work (I am very thankful to DOLE for implementing the minimum wage order. From my Php200 salary, it will increase to Php331. There is a big difference and I can buy more of the things my family needs. We will make sure to show more dedication and commitment to our work). Such partnership is borne out of their corporate social responsibility as they take part in helping t he for mal, infor mal sectors, PWDs and senior citizens, IDPs and all other sectors needing assistance. ( D O L E - X M i s a m i s Occidental/PIA10)

kim/PAGE 11 12 Wednesday|July 11, 2018 www.businessweekmindanao.com BusinessWeek M I N DA N A O Sports C R E D I B L E R E L I A B L E I N - D E P T H Pro Arnold Villacencio and team topped the one day Pro-Am Tournament held last July 3 at the Pueblo de Oro golf course in Cagayan de Oro City with a score of 55 (-17) to edge a field of 20 teams in the aperitif to the Philippine Golf Tour’s ICTSI Pueblo de Oro Golf Championship held July 4-7 at the same facility. Villacencio teamed up with amateurs Raul Miñoza, Cris Maligmat and Allan Soriano to edge the teams headed by Pros Jhonnel Ababa and Reymon Jaraula.

Ababa teamed up with amateurs Willan Rodolfo, Rolly Cortejos and Joel Penar to submit an identical score of 55 (-17) but finished first runner up via count back. Jaraula partnered with Julien Domingo, Ronaldo Magsico and Francis Barlis, also with an identical score of 55 (-17) but came in as second runner up, likewise by count back. Other highlights of the Pro-Am included the following: Longest Drive – Harvey Sytiongsa (Hole#3), Nearest to the Pin – Dick Aguilar, and Nearest to the Line – Eugene Unabia (Hole #7). The following participants also emerged as lucky winners in the raffle draw: Althea Paige Gaccion, Bing Espinosa, Roland Casing, Isagani Saguidang, Harvey Sytiongsa, Kahlik Taha, Rudy Litang and Florian Concepcion.

Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, Pueblo Golf is the first and only world-class, all-weather championship golf course in the area. The par 72 18-hole course has magnificent views of the mountains of Bukidnon with glimpses of Macajalar Bay from the back nine holes. The complex layout will challenge players of all skill levels. The 4th and 13th Holes are Pueblo’s signature holes, featuring daunting natural ravines. Pueblo Golf is ranked one of the Top Five courses in the country by Golfing Philippines, the only course to garner such a ranking in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Being an all-weather CAGAYAN de Oro – Kim Joo Hyung became the youngest winner on the Philippine Golf Tour at 16, beating the hottest player on the circuit no less with resolve and resilience rarely seen on a teenager barely warming up on big-time tournaments. But the rising Korean star, who honed his talent and skills at Riviera before moving over to Southwoods, proved he’s ripe for the picking, foiling Jobim Carlos with clutch birdies to capture the P3 million ICTSI Pueblo De Oro Championship crown by one on a final round 69 at the Pueblo De Oro Golf and Country Club last July 7.

Pressed by Carlos after 54 holes, Kim shook off the PGT Apo leg winner’s early charge and hiked his overnight one-stroke lead to three with a gutsy 35 at the turn. He then rode the backside pressure, including a double-bogey mishap on the par-3 11th, by coming through with three straight decisive birdies from No. 15 to frustrate Carlos and clinch the victory on a 72-hole total of 18-under 270 worth a whopping P550, 000. The Filipino ace actually closed out with three straight birdies, a kind of finish that could easily win championships. But he fell short of forcing a playoff as Kim took a two-stroke lead to the final hole and wrapped up the win with a routine par windup. Carlos also made a 69 for a 271 and took the P370, 000 runner-up prize in the fifth leg of the PGT sponsored by ICTSI. “I was surprised to hear that (youngest Korean Kim Joo Hyung relishes his first victory in a young pro career (PGT photo) 2018 ICTSI Pueblo De Oro Championship: Kim edges Carlos by one in record win winner on the tour). I just wanted to win this one, so it’s a bonus,” said Kim, who bested Miguel Tabuena’s feat when the latter nailed his first pro win at 17 at Splendido in 2012.

But what made Kim’s feat more impressive was that he did it in just his third tournament as a pro. After placing joint second with Aussie Tim Stewart in the PGT Q-School topped by compatriot Lee Song at Splendido last February, he decided to skip the first two PGT events to polish his game in Thailand for two months. He debuted with a joint sixth place effort at Apo then duplicated his finish at Del Monte which he actually co-led with Tony Lascuña in the final round marred by a mid- round miscue that cost him a two-stroke penalty and eventually his title bid.

But the setback only made the young shotmaker hungrier and fiercer as he put in a pair of 69s and a second round 63 that shoved him past Carlos and into the lead he preserved up to the finish with another three-under card. “Jobim made me earn it. I knew from the start that this was a possible scenario. But through hard work and patience, I was able to pull it off,” said Kim. “It was quite a challenge especially from a guy who has more experience than I am.” While players his age would crack under pressure after that costly wet double bogey on No. 11 that enabled Carlos to again pull within one, the portly Kim showed he’s made of sterner TeamVillacencio topsICTSI Pueblo de Oro Golf Championship Pro-Am Champion team led by Pro Arnold Villacencio (4th from left) with amateur partners Raul Miñoza, Cris Maligmat & Allan Soriano (Photo by Bong Mercado) By Mike Baños golf course, it is playable the whole year round. It is also environmentally sound, featuring five inter-connected lakes from which recycled water is drawn to water the course – an effective means to conserve water. Pueblo Golf has played host to a number of major tournaments such as the PAL Interclub, the Rotary International Foundation golf tournament, the Southern Ladies Club, and many others.

As the flagship circuit of the Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc., the Philippine Golf Tour holds at least 15 tournaments annually at various championship courses in the country, luring not only the rising stars and living legends of Philippine golf but also a slew of foreign players honing up their respective games for future cracks at the world ranking. The birth of the region’s newest circuit – the PGT Asia – also means more and more opportunities for these rising and seasoned campaigners – locals and foreigners alike – which only guarantees exciting and thrilling battles for golf supremacy and Order of Merit honors.

In 2013, PGTI also launched the PGT’s counterpart, the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour, which continues its steady rise to recognition with more foreign players joining, while linking up with the region’s leading circuits – the Taiwan and China LPGA. The ICTSI Pueblo de Oro Championship is sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. With ICTSI as chief backer, the Philippines Golf Tour Inc. (PGTI) hopes to cash in on the gains it had in terms of boosting Philippine golf and providing Filipino pros a circuit that allows them to be substantially rewarded for their hard work and determination, and at the same time earn that chance to improve their play for overseas campaigns.

1st-runner-up team with (L-R) POGCC members Wilann Rodolfo, Joel Penar, Rolly Cortejos & Pro Jhonnel Ababa (Photo by Bong Mercado) 2nd-runner team led by Pro Reymon Jaraula, (4th from left) with amateur partners Julien Domingo, Ronald Magsico & Francis Barlis (Photo by Bong Mercado)