THINK a minute…
A wise marriage counselor asks every couple wanting to get married if they have had a real argument yet. Often they answer: “Oh, no! We love each other. We never fight!” (more…)
Archive for May, 2012
How to Debate with Your Mate
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THINK a minute…
Run for your Life! The Marathon Craze in Cagayan de Oro
Read 1,179 times | Posted on May 28, 2012 @ 7 years ago
MEDICAL journals have written a lot about the benefit of running. It says runners have more energy than non – exercisers. It develops our endurance, a healthy heart and a healthy pair of lungs and stronger leg muscles. (more…)
Province receives fund to boost farm output
Read 1,157 times | Posted on May 28, 2012 @ 7 years ago
THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture (DA) has allotted P74 million for Camarines Norte to increase the crop and fishery production and income of farmers and rural folk, a Cabinet official said. (more…)
Of Vacations and Deposits
Read 1,327 times | Posted on May 28, 2012 @ 7 years ago
THERE is a Chinese proverb that says: too much of anything is not good. In the case of the Palawan Underground River, which recently earned a place on the prestigious “The New 7 Wonders of Nature,” it’s too much passengers and too little “organization.” (more…)
Corn yield value seen to rise
Read 1,110 times | Posted on May 28, 2012 @ 7 years ago
KORONADAL — The volume of corn harvest in South Cotabato is expected to rise as harvest season nears, an Agriculture official said on Friday. (more…)
Former NPA stronghold makes big turnaround
Read 1,176 times | Posted on May 28, 2012 @ 7 years ago
THE Municipality of Salay in Misamis Oriental has been selected as the “Best Performing LGU” by the Department of Agriculture’s Mindanao Rural Development Program – Adaptable Program Loan Phase 2 (MRDP2). (more…)
Four Misor boxers to national training pool
Read 1,138 times | Posted on May 28, 2012 @ 7 years ago
FOUR of Misamis Oriental’s seven gold medal winners during the recently concluded 2012 PLDT-ABAP National Amateur Boxing Championship have been selected to the National Amateur Boxing Training Pool. (more…)
USAID-MinDA project eases plight of Tumbao fishermen
Read 1,033 times | Posted on May 22, 2012 @ 7 years ago
Mangudadatu, Maguindanao – A new boat landing in Brgy. Tumbao, Mangudadatu municipality, Maguindanao has eased the burden of local fisher folks in hauling and docking their fish catch from Lake Buluan.
Prior to the construction of the boat landing, local fishermen did not have a proper facility to place their catch and would simply spread them on the ground before transporting them to the nearby market.
With the completion of the boat landing facility under the United States Agency for International Development under the Growth with Equity in Mindanao (USAID-GEM) program, the fishermen can now easily dock their small boats, haul their fish catch along the new concrete steps leading to the boat landing and sort them there properly.
Mindanao Development Authority chair Secretary Luwalhati Antonino noted the infrastructure as a big help in providing resident fishermen a clean and proper docking facility. MinDA provides oversight role over the implementation of USAID’s Mindanao Peace and Development Program in Mindanao.
“We are delighted that this project can now help you increase production and provide better handling of your fish catch,” she said.
The P1.9 M facility, a project of USAID-GEM and the Municipality of Mangudadatu, was officially turned over to the municipality as one of the highlights of the recently-concluded Maguindanao Infrastructure Development Forum held at the municipal gym of Buluan.
The steel plaque on post indicating the completion of the boat landing was unveiled in a short ceremony witnessed by the USAID and Philippine government officials, project beneficiaries and local residents of Brgy. Tumbao.
Among the officials who led the unveiling include Sec. Antonino, Maguindanao Governor Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu, Municipal Mayor Freddie Mangudadatu, US Chargé d’ Affaires Leslie Bassett, and USAID-Philippines Deputy Mission Director Reed Aeschlimann.
Sec. Antonino expressed her gratitude for the support of the donor partners in providing extensive infrastructure support to the province. The boat landing facility is just one of the 55 community infrastructure subprojects worth an aggregate of P57.98 million approved by MinDA and implemented by GEM-3 Program, with shared funding from USAID and the local government.
Currently, there are seven ongoing Barangay Infrastructure Projects worth P9.26 million implemented under the GEM-3 Program, including completion of grains solar dryer and warehouses, roads, boat landings, footbridges, box culverts, trading centers, and irrigation and drainage systems.
To date, over 1,450 community infrastructure projects have been constructed all over Mindanao under the USAID-GEM program.
“Magpasalamat tayo sa ating mga partners (US Government and USAID-GEM) dahil tinulungan nila tayo dito (Let us thank our partners for their help here.),” Antonino said.
She also called on the recipient families to take on the responsibility of taking good care of the facility provided to the community. “It is now your responsibility to keep this facility inorder so it can continue to serve and help improve livelihood and productivity of your families and your community.”
Further, the MinDA chair committed to help bring in experts to carry out studies in the area and provide recommendations for sustainable resource utilization and preservation of natural resources.
Gov. Mangudadatu also expressed his appreciation to the national government through the support of MinDA and the USAID-GEM for providing opportunities for micro-economic growth in the far-flung barangays of the province.
“I salute MinDA for the untiring and unwavering support and, of course, our developmental partners from the US Government, for continuously providing us better opportunities through infrastructure development that allow our people to maximize economic activities and benefit from it,” he said.
“No amount of words can express our sincere thanks and gratitude. Your help means better relationship and in-depth service for our people,” he added.
The women residents appreciated the big difference of having the boat landing facility. They said it has helped ease the burden of carrying heavy fish loads while assisting the fishermen and sorting the fish catch under the scorching heat of the sun before transporting them to the market.
The infrastructure facilities were built as part of continuing commitment of both the Philippines and the U.S. Government to promote economic growth and foster peace and development in former conflict affected areas of Mindanao. (MinDA)
FuND Philippines to hold training-seminar on Social Entrepreneurship
Read 944 times | Posted on May 22, 2012 @ 7 years ago
Fundraisers’ Network for Development (FuND Philippines), Inc. will be holding a two-day seminar-workshop on Social Entrepreneurship entitled Unlocking the Code of Social Entrepreneurship to interested aspiring entrepreneurs and non-government organization professionals (NGO) based in Mindanao on May 29 and 30, 2012 at Mindanao Training Resource Center, Davao Medical School Compound, Bajada, Davao City.
Mr. Ferdinand Alversado, faculty of Export Management of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and Vice President of the Association of Marketing Educators of the Philippines, will share his knowledge, skills and experience on Social Entrepreneurship, Principles of Marketing, Business Planning and Product Development.
Ms. Kriz Crusado of Coffee for Peace will talk about their experience in running a social enterprise. Coffee for Peace is a business-for-profit, addressing social issues that concern farmers, environment, and the peace situation by advocating Fair Trade in the coffee industry. They have trained 17 indigenous tribes in fair trade coffee farming and more than 450 families have benefitted from the fair trade price they are paying for the coffee they produced. Coffee for Peace is now becoming one of the must visit coffee shops in Davao City.
FuND Philippines is a non-profit membership organization of development professionals coming from different NGOs, peoples organizations and academe dedicated to professionalize the fundraising work here in the Philippines.
Registration fee is PhP 3,000.00 – inclusive of training materials, food and certificate. For inquiries, you may email us [email protected] or contact us at 0915-934-3417 and/or (02) 470-0833. For more information about us, visitwww.fundphilippines.com.
Opening new windows for economic freedom
Read 978 times | Posted on May 15, 2012 @ 7 years ago
AMERICAN F-16 Fighter Planes are built in Turkey? Hardly anyone notice that until trade relations between the Philippines and Turkey started in 2009. Turkey is the only site outside of the American territory that built this type of powerful air armaments for the US military and its NATO allies.
A bustling free market economy with a Gross Domestic Product of USD 1.44 Trillion in 2011, Turkey has a GDP per capita income of USD 11,600 and a growth rate of 8.9%. It is the 16th largest economy in the world and number 6 in Europe. It has a young population of 72.6 Million.
Turkish businessmen came for the second straight year in Cagayan de Oro City last May 11. With worldwide standing as number one for wheat flour exports, cement, dried apricots, hazelnuts and organic textiles. Turkey likewise, produces boron, the additive compound to gasoline that makes racing cars run faster. The Turkish trade delegation representing all scales of companies in the Turkish economy was surprisingly young averaging 29 years old. These could be part of their 24.7 million young and trained professionals coming from an average of 400,000 graduates annually from 143 universities run by Americans and Europeans professors. The visit was a good opportunity to establish trade relations and investments in Northern Mindanao.
Many Filipinos impressions about Turkey are what they see in Fashion TV and in the spy and adventure movies chronicled by the James Bond and Bourn Legacy saga which regularly features Istanbul. The old city built by the Ottoman Empire has a rich culture whose Islamic religion was spread to Europe. Istanbul is a must city to visit specially the Sultan Ahmet Mosque and the Hagia Sophia Mosque in the center of the city. It is a tourist destination and the center of educational institutions in Turkey. I have not been there but my knowledge and pigment of imagination about the city was taught by Agent 007. There must be some truth and relevance to my descriptions?
Ankara is the capital of Turkey and sits as the regional and global distribution center of many companies and headquarters of many international chains of hotels serving the 25 Million tourist arrivals per annum. It is a potential market, if not for the distance, to shift our banana exports now rotting in the Chinese Ports, a victim of a political row over disputed territories.
With the tremendous growth of the Turkish economy, ranking 3rd after China and India, the Philippines which has vast economic zones and supportive governance can find opportunities for outsourcing many of their manufacturing activities with our cheap labor which has a low operational cost and higher work standards compared to their neighboring Middle East countries. The Philippine’s PHIVEDIC industrial zone could be a good site for manufacturing Turkish RTW fabrics for exports to the US and Asia which is still dominated by low quality Chinese fabric products?
Business implicates changes in the human society. The trade transactions between countries of many ideologies and religions come together for freedom and prosperity. Turkey which has 99% Muslim population, the remaining is Jews and Greek Orthodox, sets well for a good relations with the people of Mindanao.
For more economic freedom, Northern Mindanao businessmen have these new windows to work closely with the Turkish Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines which is in existence since 2009. It is represented in Cagayan de Oro by Monde Best International Corporation located along Unit No. 17, Goking Building, Corrales Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City.