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Pope Francis laments: FB and consumerism are ‘eating us alive’
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PEOPLE’S lives today are ruled by consumerism which also leads them to overuse social networks rather than engage in real communication, the Pope bemoaned in an address to bishops in Philadelphia.
People’s lives today are ruled by the latest trend that the culture of consumerism dictates to them, instead of focusing on human relationships, Pope Francis complained in an address to bishops on Saturday.
Using the metaphor of the supermarket to describe modern life, the Pope compared today’s culture with the neighborhood stores of the past, which were centered on human relationships.
Rather than conducting business on the basis of personal relationships and trust, today’s culture is determined by consumption, said the Pope, who made his comments during an address to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on Sunday, the final day of his visit to the US.
Pope Francis arrived in Washington on Tuesday for a six-day visit, prior to which he spent four days in Cuba, where he met with President Fidel Castro in Havana.
In Sunday’s address, the Pope said that because of its focus on consumerism, modern culture “discards everything that is no longer ‘useful’ or ‘satisfying’ for the tastes of the consumer,” which leads to loneliness and economic inequality.
“We have turned our society into a huge multicultural showcase tied only to the tastes of certain ‘consumers,’ while so many others only ‘eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table,’” said the Pope, quoting the New Testament’s Gospel of Mark.
The Pope, who has 7.4 million Twitter followers, identified the popularity of social networks is one symptom of the modern malaise.
“Running after the latest fad, accumulating ‘friends’ on one of the social networks, we get caught up in what contemporary society has to offer,” which he summed up as “loneliness with fear of commitment in a limitless effort to feel recognized.”
“Knowledge of life’s true pleasures only comes as the fruit of a long-term, generous investment of our intelligence, enthusiasm and passion,” advised the Pope. (PNA/Sputnik)



CDO gets P200M from PhilHealth income
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CAGAYAN de Oro City–In just two years of the current administration of Cagayan de Oro city, about P200 million has been collected from the PhilHealth income.
This has been highlighted by City Health Insurance Officer Dr. Ma. Lourdes Gaane in the recently conducted Ulat ng Bayan.
According to Dr. Gaane, around P194 million has been collected by the city since July 2013 until June 2015.
In the said collection, P125 million was obtained from PhilHealth benefit payments (in-patient) in J.R. Borja General Hospital, P63 million from PhilHealth capitation payments in eight accredited health centers and P6 million from the 45 health centers that are now accredited with the Maternity Care Package (MCP).
Dr. Gaane stressed that there is a big collection difference from June 2012 until July 2013 where the city has only obtained P22 million from the said sources.
With the health reform program created by City Mayor Oscar Moreno, the 45 MCP-accredited barangay health centers can now operate and manage independently especially on providing free childbirth services.
Currently, the PhilHealth capitation payments serves as the source of fund for the procurement of medicines and equipment for the barangay health centers and City Hospital.(CIO/PIA10)



CBCP slams ‘tanim-bala’ at airport
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A CATHOLIC bishop has criticized what he called “shameful” acts by some airport personnel who allegedly extort money by planting bullets in luggage.
Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos is alarmed over “tanim-bala” incidents reportedly perpetuated by some security personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
“These are shameful and criminal acts of extortion that prey on our citizens, especially our balik-bayan and Overseas Filipino Workers, and also our guests from foreign lands who arrive in our country,” he said.
Santos chairs the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
He said the Church understands that security personnel have a duty to perform, especially in enforcing laws concerning contraband items.
“However, they should not use these same laws to extort money and prey on the innocent, and even allow those who are guilty to go scot-free,” he said.
“Our security personnel should concentrate on protecting the passengers and ensuring their safety, rather than harassing them,” Santos added.
The prelate also called on the government to investigate these incidents “thoroughly, rigorously and diligently.”
“They should make sure that everything comes to light and those who are guilty be brought to justice,” he added.
At the same time, the bishop asked the OFWs and travelers to exercise a high degree of caution during any sort of travel.
He advised travelers to make a list of the contents of their bags and boxes and take pictures as they pack them.
“When accosted by security personnel, be ready with your cell phone to take pictures or video,” he also said.
“Insist that you be the one to open your luggage while the security people watch. If they insist on opening your luggage, watch their actions and take pictures. Make sure that you take down their names,” said Santos. (R. Lagarde / CBCPNews)



NATIONAL BARANGAY COUNCILORS CONGRESS ONGOING IN DAVAO CITY
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A three-day national congress of the Barangay Councilors League of the Philippines enters its second day today, Saturday at Grand Menseng Hotel in Davao City.
Barangay Councilors League of the Philippines (BCLP) national president Rey Junio of Valenzuela City said in an interview that the congress aims to further galvanize the barangay councilors league as a potent and strong national organization capable to empower and strengthen the unity of barangay councilors in the country.
The congress is being attended by some 500 city and provincial league officials nationwide.
He said that based on the Local Government Code barangay councilors have the right to organize themselves even as he said that BCLP has come a long way of showing the unity of barangay councilors nationwide since its inception in 1989.
He said that BCLP has 294,189 members nationwide and its current leadership at present is actively working for its national recognition and representation, and enhancing government’s provision of benefits rightfully due to the barangay councilors.
He added “it’s the barangay councilors who form the most number of elected public officials on the frontline of first hearing people’s problems and needs, and of particularly responding to disasters and calamities.”
He bared that todate BCLP is still awaiting decision of the Comelec regarding its standing bid for accreditation for partylist representation of the Samahan ng Barangay Kagawad- Kayo ang Una (SABAK-UNA).
Junio said he is impressed with the peaceful atmosphere of the city of Davao and the leadership of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in developing the city.
The congress is part of BCLP’s continuing legislative enhancement program where various resource speakers give varied inputs to the participants.
DILG Secretary Mar Roxas is expected to be a keynote speaker this Saturday’s program.
Also leading the participants are BCLP executive vice president Larry Meng (of Tacloban), vice president for Mindanao Lowell Tatad, Zamboanga City FEBARRAZA pres. Al-Jihan Edd, Batangas councilors’ league pres. Oliver Macatangay, Mandaue City pres. Kevin Cabahug, Sultan Kudarat pres. Larry Mateo, Sariaya, Quezon pres. Susan Caballes, Baguio City pres. Eva Marie Fianza, Manila pres. Mayeth Dimalaluan, Olongapo pres. Ronald Villegas (secretary general), Isabela pres. Benjamin Dy, Surigao pres. Susan “Baby” Galines, Cebu City pres. Alvin Remon Garcia, Zambales pres. Alexander Caacbay, Dagupan City pres. Robert Tello (auditor), national coordinator Cris Ramos, Isabela coordinator Tom Nunez, and Zambales coordinator Dra. Fedeliza Nacin. (by Sara C. Castor)



University orients public school students, parents for Senior HS
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CAGAYAN de Oro City — Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan introduced its Senior High School program to Grade 10 students and parents of Cagayan de Oro National High School (CDONHS) during an orientation organized by their school on September 22 at the XU Gymnasium.
The orientation aimed to clarify the program structure of Senior HS, and to guide the students and their parents in choosing the right track and strand to take in Senior High.
XU offers complete Academic and Technical-Vocational-Livelihood tracks. Through its Center for Integrated Technologies, it has formed partnerships with international and local companies to employ its tech-voc graduates.
“Students must choose their track and strand under the Senior High School program based on their career assessment results,” said Dr Joey Jegonia, director of XU’s Office of Promotions, Testing and Admissions (OPTA). “Your choice must be in line with your competency and ideal career in the future.”
XU is ready for carrying out the Senior High School program for academic year 2016-2017. It is currently administering the XU Career Exam for Senior High School applicants every Saturday of September.
The University also welcomes DepEd tuition vouchers in addition to offering more than 200 scholarships to students entering Senior HS. DepEd’s Tuition Voucher Program serves to offset the cost of tuition in private educational institutions.
Along with the XU Senior High Team, CDONHS also invited speakers from DepEd, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to explain the relevance of Senior HS, especially when it comes to finding better employment opportunities regardless of whether students choose to pursue higher studies, decide to work or start a business right after graduating from Senior High.
The Senior HS program comprises the additional two years to the current 10 years of basic education, in line with the DepEd’s Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 (Republic Act No.10533), which aims to strengthen the basic education system in the Philippines. XU has been preparing for the transition to the K-12 curriculum since 2014.
Students can choose their career tracks in academic, technical-vocational-livelihood, sports, and arts and design. These tracks will help prepare graduates for higher education, entrepreneurship, further middle-level skills development and employment.
This public forum formed part of the discussion series of XU in collaboration with government agencies, schools, parents’ associations and student organizations toward forming globally competitive graduates who will meet the standards and fulfill the demands of the ASEAN Economic Integration. (XU Communications Office)



Emano ‘empowers’ health care, turns over ambulance
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By CRIS DIAZ
Executive Editor

MISAMIS Oriental–The provincial government in Misamis Oriental has turned over four new ambulances to various provincial hospitals here in a bid to empower the province’s health services, Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano said. (more…)



Tandag public high school raises ‘health hazard’ posed by IP evacuees
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TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur–The compounding problem “in relation to the ‘health hazard’ posed by the presence of IP evacuees” occupying the Surigao del Sur Sports Complex has been raised to the provincial government here for “appropriate action.”
Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel immediately brought to the attention of Governor Johnny Pimentel the “Situational Report” of Jacinto P. Elpa National High School (JPENHS) signed by Roger Lozada, secondary school principal IV, per indorsement letter of no less than Tandag City Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Gregoria Su dated September 22, 2015.
The situational report had cited seven complaints which primarily include the “Strong odor from improper bowel movement, desegregated waste disposal” and “Strong smoke during cooking which causes teary eyes, nose irritation and sometimes difficulty of breathing,” among others.
Aside from the loud music of the sound system which allegedly causes distraction of concentration during classes, absenteeism of the students who cannot take the strong foul odor from the air, had been pointed out.
The school deemed it wise to attach evidence of hospitalization and other discomforts to prove their claim. (NGBT/Greg Tataro Jr., Radyo ng Bayan-Tandag/PIA-Surigao del Sur)



Soldiers did not engage killers of Lumads in Surigao Sur to protect hostages – Army
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BUTUAN City–The presence of many civilian hostages prevented a military patrol from engaging a paramilitary group that was accused of killing three Lumad leaders in Surigao del Sur on Sept. 1, a copy of the Army Board of Inquiry obtained by MindaNews said. (more…)



8 special barangays to receive IRA allotment in 2016
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DAVAO del Norte–After more than 20 years, eight “special” barangays in Davao del Norte that are operating without internal revenue allotments (IRA) will finally receive their revenue share from the national government starting next year. (more…)



Ayala’s Centrio Mall pushes grassroots entrepreneurship with CUBE Bazaar Strip
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By MIKE BAÑOS, Editor-at-Large

AYALA Corporation continues to pursue its advocacy to develop entrepreneurs from the grassroots through Cagayan de Oro Gateway Corporation (its joint venture with Anflo Management and Investment and Ayala Land, Inc.) which owns and manages the Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro City.
That much was evident with the grand launch of its CUBE Bazaar Strip last Friday, 25 September 2015 at the C.M. Recto entrance of Centrio.
“We got the idea for CUBE when we noted the good performance of the Higalaay Fiesta Bazaar organized by Ms. Pescador at the 3rd floor Bridgeway at Centrio last month,” said Pamela P. Mendez, Centrio deputy general manager. “We invited her to look at this 3rd floor space which was still not leased and see what she could come up with.”
Ms. Mendez explained the concept is an offshoot of Ayala Land’s partnership with local home grown concepts to help develop regional brands through its nationwide network of malls.
During the Merchants’ Preview that preceded Centrio Mall’s opening in 2012, erstwhile ALI President and CEO Antonino T. Aquino said the firm was allocating 10-15 percent of its gross leasable area for local and “home-grown” concepts.
“We would like to have an offering for everything that is going to be needed by our surrounding communities,” said Mr. Aquino. “This is the philosophy which underlines Ayala’s involvement in all its host communities all over the country.”
Although Centrio can accommodate up to 300 tenants composed of local, national and international brands of stores, boutiques, service centers and restaurants, its rates are beyond the reach especially of start-ups.
The brainstorm of the Centrio marketing and operations teams with gutsy retail event organizer Angela Pescador, the “corner in the sky” quietly opened last month, Cagayan de Oro’s Fiesta Month of August, traditionally one of the biggest months for retails sales in one of the country’s “Most Competitive Cities.”
“We thought of grouping these young entrepreneurs together so they could apportion the costs of a shared space among themselves through an organizer like Ms. Pescador,” Candice A. Saligumba, operations associate manager who was the liaison between the group and Centrio Mall. “Our marketing group liked what they saw with her handling of the Higalaay Fiesta Bazaar at the 3rd Floor Bridgeway and thought she was the right person who could make it work.”
Ms. Pescador got together a core group of 27 start-up entrepreneurs, many of whom just had their first venture with the fiesta bazaar, and moved into the 130 sq. m. space beside Time Zone at the 3rd Level of Centrio.
“When we started the place was not yet divided into individual stalls so we just made do with what we had and it was quite jumbled at the start,” Ms. Pescador admits. “This, while they were simultaneously running their fiesta bazaar at the Centrio Bridgeway.”
But it was not all roses for the new venture even if Centrio Mall had record numbers of shoppers during the latest Higalaay Festival.
“When we started, our sales were a little slow since for most of us, it was the first time we were thrust into a store, much less a mall,” Ms. Pescador recalls. “We had very little knowledge of merchandising and the space was in the third floor so tuyounon jud.”
However, the Centrio operations and marketing teams were closely monitoring how the new venture was doing and pitched in to help. First, the mall organized the space into 15 booths at its own cost and got designer Bambi Pacquiao to spruce up the interior with signage and interior decors.
“We have as many as three to four merchants of similar or complementary lines of merchandise sharing one booth,” Angela noted. “I take care of operations and administration of the whole space so Centrio only deals with me. All our internal issues and concerns we handle internally among ourselves.”
Among the product lines carried by CUBE merchants are cosmetics, including US brands like
Mac, Sephora, Urban Decay, Physicians Formula, Rimmel, Loreal, Maybelline, Revlon, Almay, Neutrogena; fashion accessories like branded wallets and scents; electronic gadgets and accessories like power banks and mobile phone fashion; children’s toys; food items like locally made yema, pastillas, chili spice, taro chips and of course very affordable RTW for all ages.
Next, the CUBE merchants got Tipoy Piquero of Renzeez Events to organize a grand launch with Makiyaki Caterer Lanyah Asombrado to set up a buffet for guests and media.
“We thought a fashion event was the best way to ramp up awareness about the CUBE among shoppers,” Angela said. “We got community models who worked for us gratis and Centrio management again came to our rescue by providing us with a free venue at its busiest entrance along C.M. Recto Avenue to ensure maximum exposure for the event.”
Coincidentally, the Friday, 25 September grand launch was an official holiday so there was quite a crowd of shoppers who stopped by to watch the fashion show which everyone declared a complete success. It was immediately followed by a ribbon-cutting and blessing of the CUBE Bazaar Strip and dinner for guests and merchants at the CUBE venue in the 3rd floor.
Depending on how CUBE Bazaar Strip does in the next few weeks, Centrio management is open to the entry of more young entrepreneurs to get into business and take up Ayala’s offer to develop regional brands straight from the grassroots by offering another similar space nearby.

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