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Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park (MMRNP) in Misamis Occidental declared as one of the new ASEAN Heritage Park.
Read 403 times | Posted on November 29, 2011 @ 7 years ago

Having qualified and met the stringiest of criterias like ecological completeness, naturalness and high conservation importance, the Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park (MMRNP) in Misamis Occidental was declared as one of the new ASEAN Heritage Park.

The declaration of Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park (MMRNP) was made during the 13th Informal Asean Ministerial Meeting on Environment held recently in Cambodia.

This came about from the endorsement of Mt. Malindang to be nominated and included in the consideration as an Asean Heritage Park. This was decided and duly endorsed by the Protected Area and Management Board(PAMB) and the stakeholders of MMRNP.

Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park (MMRNP) is one of the biodiversity rich areas in the Philippines. It is the home of several endemic species of flora and fauna. Like the Philippine Eagle. The Philippine Eagle is one of the largest and rarest eagles in the world. Mt. Malindang Range Natural Park (MMRNP) is blessed with numerous waterfalls, supports major river system, provides safe water , carbon sink, climate regulator and clean air for the populace in the three provinces of Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.

The rugged, mountainous features of the park are also ideal for hiking and climbing activities. Likewise, the area holds promise caving activities such as spelunking. Facilities include wildlife observation areas, trekking trails and hospitals for medical emergencies, etc.

Access to the park is through the municipality of Don Victoriano. One can reach Don Victoriano through jeepneys on a regular scheduled routes from Ozamis City.

As a tourist destination, the MMRNP offers a vast area blessed with natural attractions. The areas of Hoyohoy, Lampasan, Lobong Balo, Gadawan, Sibucal, Upper Salug Valley and Lake Dumunagat are considered good site for eco-tourism activities such as guided tours and wildlife observation.
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H4L launched this Christmas in Bukidnon
Read 837 times | Posted on November 29, 2011 @ 7 years ago

By Ruby Leonora R. Balistoy

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon, Nov. 29 (PIA) – As Christmas nears, more than 80 households in off-grid communities along the mountain trails were lighted when the Solar Energy Foundation (SEF), in partnership with Kaya ng Pinoy Foundation (KPF) mountaineering society launched the Hike for Light (H4L) 2011.

Chinie Canivel, SEF Program Manager said the solar lamps, which were given free, are specially designed to be carried to remote locations where electricity is not available.

“It is suitable for all seasons and can be carried safely to any remote location. Its panels will maximize the capture of the sun’s rays,” Canivel said during the lamp use and management orientation and turnover ceremony with the Daraghoyan tribal settlers at the foot of the mountain.

The group visited the province recently and climbed Mt. Dulang-dulang in Kitanglad Nature Park, the country’s 2nd highest mountain.

Led by Erwin “Pastor” Emata of KPF Davao, three (3) of the daredevils were from the 1st Philippine Mt. Everest Expedition; three (3) from the SEF; three from the Philippine Red Cross; four from Davao, 10 from Cagayan De Oro-NATURE, Inc; four from Kitanglad Integrated NGO (KIN); seven from Malaybalay City, and one Manila journalist.

Some 35 climbing enthusiasts were in Mt., Kitanglad in Bukidnon to build a network of advocates in the mountaineering community; and raise awareness about the transformative power of light.

Canivel added that from November 2011 to February 2012, more than 200 climbers will also visit and distribute solar lamps to the dwellers in the county’s five (5) highest peaks that include Mt. Canlaon (highest peak in Visayas), Mt.Majaas (highest peak in Panay), Mt. Pulag (highest peak in Luzon), Mt. Guiting-guiting (most difficult climb), and Mt. Apo (highest peak in the Philippines).

Ma. Easterluna Canoy, Executive Director, KIN, based in Malaybalay City, meanwhile, said this is another milestone in helping ‘unreached’ communities in the province..

“This will make the beneficiaries merrier especially this holiday season,” Canoy further said. (PIA 10, Bukidnon)



TALENT
Read 987 times | Posted on November 29, 2011 @ 7 years ago

“Everyone has talent, but not everyone has the courage to follow that talent to the hard place where it leads.”

The last time my column appeared in this newspaper was on the fiesta issue where I quoted St. Augustine’s words, “Man wishes to be happy, yet the way he lives make happiness impossible.”

I stopped writing because I wanted to take a break from mental toil and deadlines. I yearned to have more time for enjoyment and happiness.

Being a slowpoke, it normally takes me 8 hours to string my words together into a coherent piece worthy of 2 minutes of the reader’s time. I haven’t scribbled a word from September to November, thus I accumulated 100 hours of pure, precious time in my hands.

I look back and analyze how I spent that valuable chunk of eternity. I was able to read some books, but I sheepishly admit they were for entertainment, not enlightenment. I have nothing to show for the past 3 months except a tidy library, a flabby body and bloodshot eyes from too much DVD watching and internet surfing. I have not invested my time, I have spent it. I frittered it away on the non-essentials. I traded my calling, which is writing, for relaxation and recreation.

We are all called for greatness. Each of us has our own unique talent. We don’t have to be outstanding singers or artists; just being extremely patient or generous is already a talent. Where your talent is, there is your destiny.

But oftentimes we don’t appreciate the abilities God has put in our hands. We crave for someone else’s talent.

We want the applause. If it won’t make us famous, we don’t want it. We can’t see the marvelous value of the abilities God has entrusted to us, because it entails hard work. Our flesh screams at that abominable phrase: hard work.

That’s why many people are unhappy, discontented and dissatisfied. They follow the path of least resistance and find themselves working in a place that is not their gifting. We are either too afraid of failure, or too lazy to improve our skills. Fear and laziness steal our greatness. That’s why they are branded as cardinal sins.

This is what St. Augustine meant when he said: the way man lives make happiness impossible. It’s so easy to just be comfortable and go with the flow, like a useless twig floating in the river of life. You do not grow when you are floating lazily; you develop muscles when you struggle against the current of complacency. Stretch yourself. Put pressure on your abilities. God expects you to make a genuine difference in the world.

Sometimes God chooses to lead you through the arduous path. He might challenge you with work bigger than you are. This is to enlarge you, not overwhelm you. Relax. It’s not about you.. it’s about God!

To use our talent for God’s glory, is the only way to be happy!



Columbia heads further down south
Read 900 times | Posted on November 28, 2011 @ 7 years ago


Premiere sportswear brand Columbia Sportswear has recently opened its 10th store in the country with an exciting launch in Abreeza Mall in Davao.

Best known for having a full lineup of high-quality outdoor apparel and technical gear that ranges from thermal, waterproof, and lightweight sportswear, Columbia has always been a popular go-to brand for adventure seekers worldwide who can’t get enough of the outdoors. Whether its trekking in the wilderness, hiking up into the mountains, or just finishing another marathon, Columbia always has the perfect gear to help make their every outing more comfortable, safe, and of course, fun.

Internationally acclaimed for its highly innovative and best performing lineup of gear for practically every outdoor need possible, Columbia is a brand that always pushes the mark when it comes to giving customers only the best. It is a heritage brand with more than 70 years in the industry, ensuring customers that they’d surely get more than their money’s worth in terms of practicality, functionality, and of course, quality. However, as the brand has grown into a more global scale, Columbia has also made it a point to be more accessible.

With Davao being filled with great beaches, scenic spots, and various different venues for those seeking some fun in the outdoors, it’s only fitting that Columbia make it the home of its 10th store in the country. According to the brand, as Davao is an outdoor haven for travelers, families, and adventure junkies, it should provide the growing need of Davaoenos for high-quality outdoor gear. Located at the second level of Abreeza Mall in Davao, Columbia makes it more convenient for shoppers to find exactly what they need for their outdoor adventures.

While the opening of this new store shows how Columbia has already developed a loyal following in the country it also proves the brand’s commitment to its efforts to serve its customers better through steady expansion plans. With new stores such as this one, it is able to conveniently provide customers with the outdoor gear, apparel, and other outdoor essentials that they need without having to go far. Now, planning every outing is a cinch for Davaoenos with a Columbia brand just around the corner.

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MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE TWO YEARS AGO (DATU UNSAY HANDOVER DAY)
Read 460 times | Posted on November 28, 2011 @ 7 years ago


MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE TWO YEARS AGO
(DATU UNSAY HANDOVER DAY)


By Jesus G. Dureza

(NOTE: This is the last installment of a four-day series authored by Dureza on the Maguindanao massacre.)

D-DAY, Nov.26
Before daybreak, without warning, government forces as planned took over and occupied the ARMM facilities in Cotabato City including other buildings and premises in Maguindanao province. Armed elements loyal to the Ampatuans were taken by surprise and gave up their firearms without resistance.

8:00AM—I had little sleep and it was already 8 o’clock but my body refused to rise immediately. I was nervous a bit but confident. The “what if” scenarios kept popping up in my mind. I motored to the 601st brigade for the final briefings. Two military choppers from Awang, Cotabato would pick me up from there on time for the agreed 10 a.m. pickup. In between sips of coffee and some final points, Gen Ferrer and I watched from the grounds as more newly arrived troops from Samar with armor and all were jumping off towards designated areas.

9:00AM – I was informed that something went wrong with the Huey helicopters from Cotabato . The Davao choppers were instead dispatched but would not be able to arrive by 10AM. It was a full hour flight from Davao airport to my location. I was worried. I would not want the Ampatuans to abort the pickup and blame my failure to come at the agreed time.

9:55AM – About 5 minutes to pickup time in Shariff Aguak but my choppers from Davao had not arrived yet. But a good break came. I got a call from Col Geslani whom we tasked to liaison with the Ampatuans that they were requesting for a little time as they were waiting for their lawyer who was still on the road to arrive. It was a great relief! They were the ones asking for more time.

10:45AM, the helicopters finally arrived. We were ready to jump off but we were waiting for word from Col Geslani when to take off. We reviewed again with the helicopter crews the exit procedures and the abort or trouble scenarios, like landing and taking off avoiding low elevation approach and departure due to reports of possible ground fire, etc. It would be a short 35 minute hop from the brigade to Shariff Aguak. My staff Cecil Desisto said she’s getting nervous but insisted on joining. My assistant, Yo Montenegro was busy texting, perhaps reassuring lady love Venus everything was okay. But another problem suddenly cropped up. As we were boarding, one the 2 PNP officers tasked to escort the suspect said they could not use the handcuff on Ampatuan as the KEY WAS MISSING! What about the other handcuff with your buddy, I asked. “Ganon din po sir”, he replied. I almost fell from my seat! I jumped out of the helicopter and looked for something to use to “restrain” the suspect. I found a fighting cock nearby and started removing its string – to the cock’s great resistance. But there was no more time. We then agreed that Unsay would instead be strapped with the seat belt and the two policemen on his sides would firmly clasp the seat belt buckles to prevent any unexpected situation while airborne. When I was asked later by reporters why Ampatuan was not handcuffed, it would be a long story and I was too embarrassed to disclose why. But I had a ready curt answer with a straight face: “He is adequately restrained!”. I reckoned Justice Secretary Agnes Devenadera promptly responded with the same line when she was asked later upon landing in Manila about the absence of handcuffs. Of course, the critics went to town saying it was one indication that Ampatuan was getting VIP treatment. Cool!

11:20 AM Two Hueys landed on the Maguindanao province capitol grounds. I saw that friendly troops were already in control of the area. The Huey engines were not shut off as agreed in case a sudden exit maneuver was necessary. I waited for 20 minutes on the ground. I was getting worried. We were there in center field, Hueys’ propellers whirling noisily and a crowd watching with anxiety, most of them media crews covering and documenting every move. Finally, I saw my staff Ollie Dagala with his thumbs up sign. Col Geslani who was with the Ampatuans in another building outside the capitol grounds signaled on his cellphone that they were on their way. Suddenly, my “what if” scare disappeared. The capitol gates opened. The Ampatuan family arrived on board vehicles from another location nearby. I stood and waited for Gov Zaldy who approached me and while clasping my hand said: “Ipanapaubaya ni amah si Datu Unsay sayo” and turned over Datu Unsay to me. I walked him towards the helicopter and then suddenly hell broke loose. Ampatuan relatives and supporters, as a parting gesture started wailing and some clutching on Unsay seemingly preventing him from boarding the aircraft. Others tried to clamber aboard the helis. We boarded the aircraft with Atty. Cynthia , insisting she had to ride with him. We had to eject my aide Nonoy Orgo and he joined another aide, Enu Domingo in the 2nd chopper.

11:40AM, Helis took off. We were heading for Gen Santos City where Sec. Agnes and her crew were waiting for an inquest proceeding. The original plan was to hold the inquest in Manila but DOJ Sec. Agnes Devenadera decided to do it at the Gensan airport so the complaining parties could be present in the “confrontation”. Unsay was looking relaxed. The Huey seats were rearranged so I was facing him. As we were gaining altitude, he motioned forward towards me and to my surprise asked: “Sec Jess, sa-ang hotel ako e check-in sa Manila? Para mapahabol ko pamilya ko”. I suppressed any reaction to that question and simply I told him that I had no idea where he would be eventually brought but all I knew was that we would go to Gensan and I would turn him over to Sec. Agnes. From there, I would have no more role to play as the DOJ would take over. But I would escort him up to Manila as I committed to his family to see to it that nothing untoward would happen to him during the trip, I assured him.

Again, something happened. About a few minutes airborne and while still climbing and gaining altitude, I first noticed some flapping sound outside. I thought, maybe some loose parts of the chopper hitting the underbelly. The noise kept coming, intermittent. I looked down and maybe I saw flashes but I was not sure. Suddenly the Huey banked sharply to the right and simultaneously, several short bursts from our two Huey gunners at the back. The bursts from our own gunners startled all of us. The evasive maneuver by the pilot also jarred us. Atty. Cynthia was close to hysterics. All of us kept our heads low as the Huey steeply climbed. My staff Jerry Dureza and Col Macario who were seated beside the open Huey doors moved their bodies inward and ducked. The soldier at the back shouted, “ground fire, sir”. We still climbed. The flapping sound from outside could not be heard anymore. The gunners later told me ground fire sounded like flapping from the air. At 2,000 feet safe elevation, we cruised. That’s when I saw on the Huey floor an empty shell (not slug, as some quarters said ) from the bursts of the M-60 machinegun on board.

I picked up the empty SHELL, then pocketed it for good luck . I now recall some doubting thomases saying my story about the aerial firing was hard to believe. Picking up on the heli floor a SLUG from the ground fire would indeed be a tall tale. But it was an empty shell –not a slug, not from the ground fire but from our own gunner at the back firing a few bursts to ward off hostile fire, a standard operating procedure. On hindsight, my assessment was that it was not hostile fire from the ground. I surmised some Unsay followers fired their firearms to bid him goodbye.

We landed at the Gensan airport and I handed over Datu Unsay to Sec. Agnes Devenadera. Another problem surfaced. The inquest could not proceed unless Atty. Fortun, the Ampatuan lawyer was present. A quick check showed that Atty Fortun was actually at Cotabato’s Awang Airport several hours away by land trip. By that time ready, he was ready to fly by commercial flight from Cotabato back to Manila where he thought the legal proceedings would take place. I had to ask the Airforce station chief to fly the lawyer to Gensan from Cotabato City on board a small Layanglayang bomber plane. It was so small and “shaking all over” that Atty. Fortun swore he would not take a similar flight ever in the future.

By sundown, we were seated aboard an Airforce plane enroute to Manila with Sec. Agnes with Unsay and some companions, including some PNP officers and men who were taken into custody.

Upon disembarking at Villamor air base, media crews and reporters who were cordoned off, went into action. I sported a smirk lest someone again would spot an out-of-place smile. Then I heard someone shouting out a question: “Why is he getting VIP treatment. He is not handcuffed?” I turned to Sec Agnes. She murmured something. Then and there, I could not suppress a smile. I even laughed.

From Villamor airbase, we motored to the NBI detention area. It was there that Datu Unsay was “billeted”. Not in some hotel where he thought he would be checked-in. Nor to Malacanang where that bribery witness falsely accused me of promising the Ampatuans.

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(Note: Dureza had successfully handled past crises situations notably the detention by MNLF Jaber Malik of Marine Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino and OPAPP Usec Ramon Santos in Sulu in 2007; the secret handover of Misuari from Malaysian authorities in Kuala Lumpur to face rebellion charges in 2002; the surrender of convicted priest-killer Manero in 2001; the release of Gen. Obillo and Capt. Montealto by NPA Commander Parago with the Capalla humanitarian team in 1999; the Cebu Pacific plane crash in Misamis Oriental in 1998; the Mindanao El Nino crisis in 1998; the Davao Penal Colony hostage situation in 1998; and surrender of several other rebel commanders.)



EXTREME ADVENTURES TO THE MAX
Read 1,209 times | Posted on November 28, 2011 @ 7 years ago



Text and Photos by Henrylito D. Tacio

“If you will build, they will come.” That was what Burt Lancaster told Kevin Costner in the award-winning movie, A Field of Dreams.

The same was what Engr. Elpidio M. Paras followed when he developed the Dahilayan Adventure Park in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Started doing business only in 2009, the park is now one of the most often visited places not only in Bukidnon but throughout the country.

Engr. Paras, who is a businessman from Cagayan de Oro City, thought of building a vacation house and do a little farming when he bought the property. It was his brother Victor who cajoled him to buy a land. Other siblings followed.

Dahican is at the foothills of Mount Kitanglad Range, which is declared as a national park. The property Engr. Paras bought was located at more than 4,000 feet above sea level. The place is so beautiful that it reminds of you of Baguio City in its pristine days before.

But it was not that so more than a decade ago. “When we got the property, the place was really bare and nothing to it except cogon grass,” Engr. Paras was quoted as saying. “Since it has been logged down in the late 60’s by local loggers, and the kaingin aerosol came after that and burned whatever was left.”

The first thing the family did was to plant 20,000 pine trees, which they believed was the idea tree in the area since it has a cold and foggy climate. Surprisingly, the trees grew better and bigger than what they had expected. “Today, the place has become a tourist attraction,” says Engr. Ravi Michael P. Victorio, the husband of Rina Paras. The couple has a lovely daughter, Xantia.

As it is a hilly land, he thought of using the property for business – perhaps for extreme sports adventures. “If we were going to build something, it had to be better than whatever is around,” Engr. Paras said. “We simply want to be ahead of the competition.”

Indeed, it is! Thanks to the breathtaking and heart pumping zip line adventures. The park’s dual zip-line is touted to be the longest in Asia. “There might be some other longest but ours is dual not individual,” explains Engr. Victorio, who is the flights operations manager of the Zip Zone and other extreme adventures in the park.

The dual zip line consists of two cables each 840 meters long from point to point, with safety cable also 840 meters long. Total length of cables is 2,460 meters. Elevation drop is 100 meters with estimated speed ranging from 60 to 100 kilometers per hour.

For safety reasons, only those who are physically and mentally fit are allowed to ride the zip line and only those with height between 4’4” to 6’3” are permitted.

From the Dahican Adventure Park, there is a vehicle that brings you to the starting point. Then, the final event – doing the 840 meter zip line. For few moments, you are above the trees as if you are like the Man of Steel. The trip may take a minute or two but it seems like forever.

When you hit the end point, a stand-by photographer waits to capture one of the great moments of your life. For a fee of P100, you can get a ziprider’s certificate stating that you have “successfully conquered the zipzone 840M.” An additional P50 is needed if you want the photo of you flying like a superman attached to your certificate.

The dual zip line is the ultimate. For a starter, you can ride the 320-meter zip line first and then followed by the 150-meter below. “The two zip lines are meant to warm up visitors to what lies ahead,” Engr. Victorio said.

To return back to where you have started, you have to walk going up following a scenic trail inside an area full of pine trees. Then, you pass by the eye-captivating Pine Grove Mountain Lodge.

The lodge is the biggest building of the Zip Zone. Here, visitors and guests can eat the savoring foods it offers. Or, you may opt to stay in one of its finest rooms, including those where KC Concepcion and Sam Milby stayed. Yes, parts of the movie Forever and A Day were filmed in this place. And the whole crew of Star Cinema stayed in the lodge.

The zip line may be the longest and scariest, but the park itself is the most beautiful, greenest, and cleanest on this part of the world. For one, it is smoke-free park. For another, its lush greenery of pine trees, Bermuda grass, flowering plants and other ornamentals are well-maintained. One of its main come-ons is a small plane at the center of the main entrance. Overall, the surrounding is perfect for both kids and adults.

The success of Zip Zone has inspired other siblings to put their own businesses in the area – as part of the park. The Forest Park is an ideal destination for family. There is a playground fall of life size animals. Don’t miss your picture taken with sort of a picture frame with an Indian man and a wild pig.

The forest park has also some extreme adventures to offer. It has an All-Terrain Vehicle that can be rented and zorb balls which are used to ride down the hill. Horseback riding and mini-boat ski ride are also offered. Children would enjoy doing the 21 platforms tree top adventure, a 175-meter obstacle course adventure.

When eating, the family can go to the picnic area where various life size animals are also displayed all over the place: tigers, tortoise, crocodiles, gorillas, giraffes, and hippopotamus, to name a few.

Victor, the first of the Paras siblings who bought a property in Dahilayan, developed his place into a wedding venue and called it Dahilayan Garden and Resorts. Aside from weddings, the place is also good for fishing since there is a pond inside the resort. Children may enjoy riding the aqua balls.

Another Paras sibling put up a restaurant and called it The Cow Boy Grill. A sister, on the other hand, created a beautiful garden in her lot which she called Botanica Café and Garden. Aside from coffee, visitors can also enjoy the pasta and salads her café offers.

If you want to experience extreme adventures and still have the ambiance as if you were in another country, then try the Dahican Adventure Park experience. In some instances, the area is covered with fogs so as precaution when coming to the place the management reminds: “Due to sudden weather and temperature change, everyone is requested to bring their winter coats and jackets.”

How to get there: Dahilayan Adventure Park is about one hour and thirty-minutes from Cagayan de Oro City. From the city, take the Davao-Bukidnon Highway, right on the Alae Junction, proceed 25 kilometers to passing the Del Monte Camp Philipps and pineapple plantation. Look around for markers that indicate where the adventure park is so that you’re going to the right direction. — ###



Smart, MediCall provide healthcare to Filipino seafarers
Read 582 times | Posted on November 28, 2011 @ 7 years ago


Photo shows Smart and MediCall representatives during the signing ceremony marking the launch of the service. From left to right are Tisha Quinitio, marketing manager, and Tina Mariano, head, of Smart’s Global Access Group; and Jeff Williams, President, and Noel Legaspi, Vice President, of MediCall.

[23 November 2011] Filipino seafarers – who make up about a quarter of the world’s sailors — now have a secure, convenient, and affordable means to receive medical counseling and health coaching even while at sea.

Wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has partnered with MediCall, a pioneer and a leading clinical services provider, to offer a pioneering health advisory and coaching service to Filipino seafarers via Smart Link.

Smart Link, the country’s first and only prepaid satellite telecommunication service, provides coverage to seafarers sailing within Asia-Pacific, Indian Ocean, Middle East, Africa, and some parts of Europe and the Mediterranean.

The partnership makes it possible for Filipino seafarers to talk to a MediCall nurse with a simple phone call, even while at sea.

“We initiated this service to help ensure the health and wellness of Filipino seafarers by providing them a direct line to professional healthcare assistance while they are out at sea, which can sometimes go as long as months,” said Tina Mariano, head of Smart’s Global Access Group, which offers the Smart Link service.

“Despite wellness briefings done prior to sailing, and the emergency medical response mechanisms established onboard, many seafarers would still be more comfortable to confer and receive health coaching over the phone. This Smart Link service answers that need,” added Mariano.

Using the Smart Link satellite phone service deployed across 7,500 maritime vessels all over the world, a seafarer needing assistance simply needs to dial Access Codes 3621 (DOC1) or 3622 (DOC2) to reach MediCall nurses.

“Eight years ago, MediCall started with just three nurses, now we have grown to hundreds of nurses. This tie-up with Smart gives us the opportunity to give back by having our home-grown nurses provide remote services to Filipino seafarers,” said Jeff Williams, President and Founder of MediCall Philippines, Inc.

To make the process as convenient and inexpensive, the seafarer will pay for the call and the consultation fee based on the duration of the consultation, at only P50 per minute. This will be charged to the Smart Link subscriber’s account.

Smart offers a slew of unique and relevant services designed for the Filipino seafarer and his family. For more information on these, go to www.smart.com.ph. [END]

This communication is intended solely for the use of the addressee and authorized recipients. It may contain confidential or legally privileged information and is subject to the conditions in http://www.smart.com.ph/disclaimer.



Aquabest Supports Haribon’s Road to 2020!
Read 541 times | Posted on November 28, 2011 @ 7 years ago


The event is an annual fund raiser for Haribon and was held at the Liwasang Ullalim, Cultural Center of the Philippines on November 27. The run also aims to raise awareness for the ROAD TO 2020, the campaign to restore 1 million hectares of forests by year 2020 using indigenous tree species. With various run categories, this year’s run promises to be fun and will help go a long way to helping the environment.

Apart from sponsoring the event, the company’s employees also participated in the run. Haribon and the company have had a long history of working together to help save the environment. The company seeks to help the environment as part of its Green Mindset Program which represents its commitment to give back more than it takes by promoting environmental friendliness and sustainability.

The company has long recognized the importance of forest conservation not just for the maintenance of the environment but also to ensure the continuity of its business. That is why the company has long supported environmental conservation initiatives. It also began its own tree planting campaign but still continued to look for ways to innovate with its corporate shared values program.

The company plans to upgrade their participation with the Haribon Foundation’s tree planting efforts. The company plans to employ local residents in the tree-planting site to take care of the tree planted. Hiring the locals will provide them livelihood while at the same time increasing the survival rates of the plants.

The company understands that it cannot do it alone but it believes that it can serve as an example for other companies to follow. It hopes that the success of the Green Mindset Program and its partnership with Haribon will show other companies that being profitable and being ecofriendly can go hand in hand.



DILG Sec. Robredo visits BJMP CDO
Read 434 times | Posted on November 27, 2011 @ 7 years ago

by Jeza Mae Sarah C. Sanchez

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Nov. 27 (PIA) — Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo visited the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) here in Northern Mindanao after the agency thwarted a possible escape of inmates.

After gracing the recent Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly here in the city, Robredo, together with BJMP Chief Rosendo M. Dial, went to the Cagayan de Oro City facility to personally check on an 83-meter tunnel that was discovered outside the facility.

Dial, on his part, instructed his men to be more vigilant.

Meanwhile, he commended the leadership of BJMP-10 for a job well done in preventing the possible escape.

He, on the other hand, reminded them to beef-up the already stringent security measures implemented not just in Cagayan de Oro City but in all BJMP-manned jails across the region.

Borrowing the words from the late charismatic US leader, John Fitzgerald-Kennedy, Dial further challenged his men.

“Ask not what your Bureau can do for you, but ask what you can do for the Bureau,” he quipped. (BJMP/PIA-10)



BJMP-10 discovers 86-m tunnel
Read 386 times | Posted on November 27, 2011 @ 7 years ago

by Jeza Mae Sarah C. Sanchez

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Misamis Oriental, Nov. 27 — The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Northern Mindanao is currently filling-up the 86-meter tunnel facility to prevent further harm to the people.

This is after the agency successfully prevented recently a supposed unprecedented escape of inmates from the Cagayan de Oro City Jail facility through the tunnel, found intricately done.

“Because of the frequent greyhound/search for contrabands operations conducted by our jail personnel inside the cells and the very stringent perimeter security we are implementing, one would necessarily find it difficult if not impossible to stage a daring escape,” said Jail Senior Superintendent Abraham P. Lintao, Regional Director, PNP, Northern Mindanao.

“Maybe that’s the reason why they decided to dig up from the outside a hundred-meter away from our facility and concealed in such a way as not to arouse any suspicion from any passers-by,” he added.

The BJMP is also conducting its separate investigation in order to pinpoint who is behind the dig-up.

“As of now, we are still uncertain as to who is behind this, but one thing we are certain of, they are well-organized and well-funded,” Lintao said.

He stressed the discovery of the tunnel leading to the facility had once again proved that the government agencies such as the Philippine National Police (PNP) and BJMP could be very well effective in implementing our mandate if the community is willing to be involved.

It is like a symbiotic relationship. We are willing to offer our services to the community other than the usual safekeeping and development of inmates and the community is willing to be of help, he emphasized. (BJMP/PIA-10)

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