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20th Mindanao Business Conference to focus on public-private partnerships, slated on Sept 7-9 in Pagadian City
Read 1,038 times | Posted on August 31, 2011 @ 7 years ago

PAGADIAN City–The Mindanao Business Conference, a key annual event aimed at strengthening trade and investment, will run from September 7 to 9 in Pagadian City.

Now in its 20th year, “MinBizCon” is the premier platform for showcasing Mindanao’s investment opportunities and fostering a more competitive economic environment. (more…)



SP Cag. de Oro hails two top Nursing Board Passers
Read 819 times | Posted on August 29, 2011 @ 7 years ago

by Lorebeth C. Requiroso

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 29 (PIA) – Legislators , here, hailed two (2) of the city’s nursing graduates for making it to the top 10 list of board passers, this week.

At the regular session Tuesday presided over by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas, the City Council adopted a resolution congratulating and commending Maria Theresa Daclan Bido of Lourdes College (LC) for giving honor to the city by ranking 6th in the licensure examination for nurses given last June 2011.

A separate resolution also commends and congratulates Angela Nicole Rago Ocio of Xavier University (XU)-Ateneo de Cagayan, for ranking 7th in the same licensure examinations.

Legislators also gave tribute to Lourdes College and XU for producing top board passers. (CIO/PIA-10)



Tangub prepares for city fiesta
Read 803 times | Posted on August 29, 2011 @ 7 years ago

By Judith Tablan

TANGUB CITY, Misamis Occidental, Aug. 29 (PIA) — Tangub is once more getting ready for the celebration of its city fiesta on September 29.

Major activities lined up for the event actually started with the deadline for registration of candidates for the Search for Miss Tangub City Tourism 2011, last Aug. 13.

An acquaintance/fellowship of national agencies in celebration of the 111th Philippine Civil Service anniversary, have been scheduled on Sept. 8, that will be capped in the evening by a variety show at Sinanduloy Cultural Center.

In the afternoon of September 9, candidates for Miss Tangub City Tourism will be formally presented to the public after the Alay Lakad at Tangub City Sports Complex.

For the first time, the Alay Lakad will be done at 3:30 p.m., on the same day, instead of at dawn, as usually practiced, to get maximum participation of employees, students and citizens of the city.

A city athletic meet, participated in by elementary and secondary schools of the Tangub City Schools Division is scheduled on Sept 16-18, while the time-honored ritual of changing the robe of St. Michael, the Archangel , at St. Michael’s Parish Church falls on Sept 20.

On the following day, Sept 21, the Talent Competition Night of the candidates for Miss Tangub City Tourism will taker place while the Search for Miss Tangub City Tourism on have been scheduled on Sept. 24.

The city-owned radio station, DXJT Radyo ng Bayan, will turn four (4) years old on Sept 26 while a Cultural Night, a competition of folk dances, among the city employees of both local and national agencies, is set on Sept 28.

The Search for Dalit Festival Queen, Dalit Festival Street dancing and showdown that follow the next day, Sept. 29, will conclude the city fiesta celebration. (CIO/PIA-10)



DOLE Secretary releases livelihood grants to NorMin beneficiaries
Read 374 times | Posted on August 29, 2011 @ 7 years ago


By Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 29 (PIA) – Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered the release of Php5,000, each to 26 former Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW’s) who just finished the Native Snacks Preparation Training (NSPT) in Misamis Occidental.

Baldoz gave the order to Atty. Allan M. Macaraya, Regional Director of DOLE, region 10, in answer to the request of the trainees for cash to serve as their capital, during her recent visit to the city.

Undertaken through the “Balik-Pinay, Balik-Hanapbuhay” Program of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the NSPT provides training for livelihood skills of returning women OFW’s.

The trainees from Misamis Occidental came to Cagayan de Oro City to receive their starter kits containing basic utensils for native snack preparation worth Php3, 399, each.

The DOLE Secretary told them not to worry because “Grant ang mga ito. Hindi ninyo kailangan bayaran. Kailangan lang ninyong segurohin na may mapupuntahan ang perang ito na magagamit sa dapat paggagamitan na capital sa negosyo ninyo!” (These are grants, therefore, you are not required to pay them. Just make sure it will be used for the purpose and will go a long as your capital in your business).

Likewise, the Secretary distributed checks worth Php10,000, each, to 27 beneficiaries of the OFW-12 Golden Friendship Asso. In the city under National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO).

Meanwhile, Sec. Baldoz was presented the “Voluntary Code of Good Practices,” by the three (3) leading employment generator industries in the region, Banana, Pineapple and Business Process Outsource Industry Tripartite Councils (BPBPO-ITC).

She also took time to meet the League of Public Employment Service Office (PESO) managers, academe and guidance councilors and announced the additional Php168.1 million budget for the Special Program for the Employment of Student (SPES).

Another meeting she had was with Gov. Oscar Moreno of Mis. Or. for an on-site visit of the on-going construction of OWWA Hospital in Alubijid town, this province.

Her interaction included the Bolisong Women Wine Makers in El Salvador City whom she promised to extend cash and non-cash assistance, giving them the assurance “that if DOLE trusted to invest money on new entrepreneurs, it is far more willing to help established groups like theirs.”

On a related event, the DOLE Secretary also received a manifesto from the relocated families affected by the construction of the Laguindingan International Airport, where some five (5) beneficiary associations consisting of 1,125 members received a total of Php1.8 million cash assistance from DOLE for their livelihood projects. (PIA 10)



NorMin Blood Center serves 9,352 bags of blood to 6,076 patients, as of July, this year
Read 401 times | Posted on August 29, 2011 @ 7 years ago


By: Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Aug. 29 (PIA) – Some 9,352 bags or units of blood have been served to 6,076 patients by the Northern Mindanao Regional Blood Center, Philippine National Red Cross (NMRBC-PNRC) based, here, as of July, this year.

Dr. Claire Azura-Paglinawan, Medical Officer of MRBC-PNRC, said the highest number of 1,596 bags of blood was during the month of March which was served to 970 patients.

Data at MRBC-PNRC also show the following number of bags of blood and patients served per month:

July, 1,426 bags served to 853 patients, January,1,368 bags for 938 patients, May, 1,307 bags for 892 patients, June, 1,306 bags for 895 patients, April, 1,251 bags for 796 patients and February, 1,098 bags for 732 patients.

Paglinawan said while blood donation is free of charge, the blood processing needs re-agents. Thus, blood processing has the following fees:

Fresh whole blood, Php1,500, Packed Red Blood Cell, Php1,100, Platelet concentrate, Php700, fresh Frozen Plasma, Php700, Cryoprecipitate, P700 and Wshed Red Blood Cell, Php1,600.

Meanwhile, Paglinawan said NMRBC has continued to advocate for voluntary blood donation considering that the blood units they collect will have expiration from date of collection, like the platelet concentrate which expires five (5) days after collection.

For the month of September, NMRBC has lined-up the following schedule of bloodletting:

Sept. 2 at Lourdes College and Cagayan de Oro Electric Power and Light, Co. (Cepalco), Sept. 3, Xavier University, Nursing Department and ABS-CBN Cagayan de Oro, Sept. 4, Macabalan and Cagayan de Oro AirSoft, and Sept. 5, Jetti Station, Tagoloan, Mis. Or.

Sept. 6, STEAG State Power, Villanueva, Mis. Or., Sept. 8, FG Bukidnon, Sept. 9, Mis. Or. General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS) and Sept. 10, Bukas na Loob sa Dios and Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST).
Sept. 11, Ang Dating Daan and Immaculate Conception Aluba, Sept. 12, Celebration International, Sept. 20, Barangay Lumbia and Sept. 24, Metro Bank, Main, this city. (PIA-10)



“BACK TO THE TABLE, EVERYONE!””
Read 843 times | Posted on August 29, 2011 @ 7 years ago



by Jess G. Dureza
Former GRP chief negotiator

‘NO SHOW’ –Last week, when the MILF decided to suddenly leave the negotiating table, hastily packed its bags to head back for home and did not show up on the last day of the scheduled peace negotiations after getting the government (GPH) draft, I was not surprised at all. In fact, I was expecting it.

I have not seen nor read the GPH draft but I saw the curt reply of MILF chair Mohagher Iqbal when he was asked by media how far apart was their draft and that submitted by his counterpart, GPH chair Marvic Leonen. His answer: “Heaven and earth!” It may be a bit exaggerated but it simply shows how wide apart the two negotiating positions initially appear — at least in the eyes of one of the parties involved.

I also followed the reactions coming from all sectors, be they from the sympathizers of the MILF, the government or just plain observers and commentators, including the so-called “swivel chair” analysts who sit in their air-conditioned rooms, far and detached from the ground realities but who oftentimes presumptuously pretend to be better and more knowledgeable than the actual players themselves.( Bless them! ) But these cacophony of voices are understandable. And again should be expected.

HONORABLE WAY –– For the MILF to reject outright the government draft for not adopting the “sub- state” formula, to me, is no surprise . In fact, it was the most honorable thing for them to do. Having publicly proclaimed to the whole world that its bottom-line demand to address the bangsamoro aspiration was for the setting up of a sub-state arrangement, the MILF had no other choice but to uphold its own integrity and self respect when it immediately found that there was NOTHING in the GPH draft that DIRECTLY addressed it. It had also to mollify its forces, followers and supporters who had high expectations, whetted by that recent Tokyo presidential audience no less. For the MILF to do less is to lose face before its own people. To do less is to run roughshod over MILF’s goodwill and integrity before the eyes of the bangsamoro. And before the eyes of the world. To do less is to allow the likes of trouble-maker renegade MILF commander Umbra Kato to happily rub it in and mock MILF’s Kagi Murad with a derisive: “I told you so!”

SIMILAR EPISODE — I recall one similar incident in Malaysia years back when I was chief negotiator, although that was less significant than this one now. Our panel technical committee was not happy with the way and the tenor MILF panel member and my good friend Mike Mastura harangued all of us during the opening salvo on the ancestral domain discussions that we all decided, upon the recommendation of GRP committee head Ms .Zen Brosas that we “boycott” the next session to just show our displeasure. The Malaysian facilitator at that time was Tengku Gaafar who is now back by the way as current facilitator when Datu Othman was replaced recently. When he inquired on the whereabouts of our “no show” team in the scheduled afternoon session, I merely told him in a light and nonchalant manner that Zen brought them out “to do shopping”. Tengku understood why. We thought that was our honorable way of reacting or responding to keep our integrity intact. Of course, there are other examples that I will disclose at some other time.

CONSTITUENCIES — .It was also perfectly understandable for the GPH panel last week to immediately publicly profess at the outset that it has constitutional parameters to reckon with, that the residual powers of the executive with whom the MILF is negotiating are not absolute and plenary but have legal limitations and boundaries, mindful of the Supreme Court MOA AD ruling; that there are basic principles that are sacrosanct and non-negotiable. It was prudent in not addressing directly the “sub-state” demand of the MILF in its own GPH draft.

The reality is that both panels have their own respective constituencies to take care of, engage with or even massage. In fact, I previously complained that in my previous work, at times it was easier to negotiate and get a deal with those on the other side of the table (MILF) than get those who were on your same side of the table (cabinet, etc) to concur and agree with you. I guess this is true now for both sides when dealing with their respective stakeholders.

To borrow the allegorical words of MILF chair Iqbal, perhaps the MILF wanted “heaven” but the GPH can only give “earth”. Or vice versa.

“OPEN CARDS” — This seemingly wide gap between the two positions, at this stage of the negotiations is clear and apparent for everyone to see. The conduct of today’s negotiations is such that, as repeatedly pointed out, everything has to be made public. It’s like playing poker or any card game where “all cards are flipped open on the table”. There are no more surprises. This is a new track in peace negotiations. But I guess, with what happened in the past, and mindful of the fate of the failed MOA AD and its violent aftermath with some lessons learned, both sides had no other choice but to pursue this unusual track of “negotiating publicly”.

If you ask me, having been there as chief negotiator once, this is more difficult than the one we were used to. For one, every tom, dick and harry will now try and dip his finger in an already complicated and difficult process. Then, the negotiator cannot keep his cards close to his chest for some higher strategic or tactical consideration. Everything is out in the public domain. There is not much leeway for the negotiators to work on.It’s a bit close to a “take it or leave it” proposition. It may fast track the resolution, well and good. But it may also result to an early impasse or breakdown. Or worst, an early collapse of the talks.

SUSTAINABILITY — My old fashioned belief was that peace negotiations is a tedious process in itself that allows sufficient time , irrespective of how long a time it will take, to build confidence, heal wounds, redress grievances and build or strengthen relationships and institutions and slowly evolve a mutually acceptable sharing of paradigms and arrangements bringing about the eventual consolidation of all stakeholders, if not all
then the critical mass. Now, it seems we do not have the luxury of time. Everyone seems to be impatient and cannot wait any longer. We all know that quick results or ” quickies” necessarily bring about issues of sustainability and endurance. The process in itself has shifted to a new paradigm. Then there is the temptation and tendency of trivializing or simplistically viewing the long – unresolved issues that had impelled people to take up arms that cost countless lives and sufferings not only of those directly involved in the conflict but by the whole body politic. Alas, this is where we are today.

HARD GRIND BEGINS — At this stage now, positions are declared and battle lines are clearly drawn. Both drafts are now in. The “issues are joined”, as we lawyers usually say. The hard grind begins.
I have not read both drafts. But I have been briefed of MILF’s position. I also read GPH’s recently released summary briefer entitled “Eleven Characteristics of the Government Proposal”.

My take is that while initially, it’s like “heaven and earth” apart, there is opportunity now for both sides to bridge that gap. If you read closely the GPH summary briefer, my personal assessment is that it was adroitly crafted as a watershed document to contain a set of principles and visions that are mostly common to both sides. Putting flesh to them is crucial. It also provides a process that may lead , if properly and delicately handled, to a mutually acceptable settlement. (Take note that there is nothing there to indicate that it rejects or excludes anything, NOT EVEN A SUB-STATE).

NO OTHER CHOICE –– At the end of the day, the final configuration of a peace settlement will really depend on the evolution of the negotiations and the enabling environment that the critical mass of the constituencies will be comfortable with and accept. And conformable with mutually shared principles on both sides. Nothing less.

Of course, along the way, there will be critics, so-called third party plotters, do-gooders, doomsayers, non-conformists, oppositionists , grandstanders, doubters, hecklers, trouble makers, deal breakers, peace blockers,etcetera. They are considered “given” and are part of the scenery. Who knows, they may also help distill ideas. There are also those who serve as they stand and wait. But we all have no choice but to find some final settlement. We should not all rest until and unless the bangsamoro aspiration is adequately addressed. The dire alternative is the pestering un-peace, not only in the land, but most especially in the hearts of those who yearn for and who understand the imperatives for peace.

So, back to the negotiating table, everyone! There’s a lot of work to do ahead! And the task is not that easy! In the meantime, let ‘s all back off and give enough room to the negotiators of both sides to untangle this maze.([email protected])



The Second Impression in PAIR International Conference
Read 971 times | Posted on August 29, 2011 @ 7 years ago

By Dr. Djuwari, the participant from Indonesia.


From the left: Prof. Dr. Tatik Suryani (Indonesia), Dr. Djuwari (Indonesia), and Prof. Dr. Angelica M. Baylon (Philippines)

It was exactly on 18 August, I was scheduled by the committee of the PAIR (Philippines Association of Institutional Research) international conference to present my paper on Journal Accreditation System in Indonesia. Many thanks to Dr. Genaro V. Japos, the president of PAIR, and other committee members who had worked hard to manage and control the conference so that the participants could have time to exchange their ideas and share their experiences during the discussions both in concurrent and panel discussions.

At 10.15, on 18 August, it was my turn to present my paper in panel session. After the presentations, the participants were given a chance to have photo together on the stage. The participants from every region from Philippines and other countries were invited group by group to come on the stage to have photo.

Prof. Dr. Tatik Suryani, the president of STIE Perbanas Surabaya and I were also given a chance to have photo together with other participants. During the photo session, I was impressed because I was one of the plenary session presenters who were kept sitting on the stage to have photo with other delegates from different territories of Philippines and countries. When compared with other international conferences–that I have attended so far–this PAIR conference was the only conference to give opportunity to the participants for taking the picture with every team or group from different countries. Usually, as I have ever experienced in other international conferences, all the participants take photo together.

Prof. Dr. Angelica M. Baylon, was also one of the keynote speakers who tried hard to get an opportunity for taking the picture with me and Prof.

Dr. Tatik Suryani on the stage. Dr. Baylon is the director for research and extension services of Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP), Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines. Actually, she is the one who firstly introduced me to Dr. Japos when we attended the conference in Tagatay city last year. At that time, we talked about PAIR activities and the conference.

Since PAIR conference this year was attended by a big number of participants from different countries and throughout Philippines, it was so difficult to remember each name of all participants. Fortunately, I can still read the proceeding which contains paper abstracts and the names of the participants with their photos. However, some of the photos in the proceeding look quite different from the participants’ real physical appearance when I met in the conference. Therefore, we hope we can still have another chance to meet again.

In general, PAIR international conference was really successful this year because it was attended by a big number of participants as I have ever seen. See you again in the next PAIR international conference.



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