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Doctors pronounce him dead but he wakes up during funeral ceremony

July 8, 2019

INDIA (MDN International News digital, July 7) - Believe it or not. But a man, whose remains was to be buried on Monday (July 1), woke up during his funeral in India. Hospital doctors pronounced Mohammad Furqan dead after several weeks of treatment at the hospital. But during a scheduled funeral ceremony, his immediate families saw his body moved, and they immediately rushed him back to another hospital in India, the Indo-Asian News Service reported on July 2. Ram Manohar Lohia hospital was the 2nd private hospital that Mohammad was admitted back after his supposed burial and doctors pronounced the 20-year-old patient as alive.   The physician who was taking care of Mohammad said “The patient is in critical condition but definitely not brain dead. He has pulse, blood pressure and his reflexes are working.” Initial investigation disclosed that the family admitted Mohammad into a private hospital last June 21 of this year after he met an accident. "We had paid Rs 7 lakh (about P514,000) to the private hospital earlier and when we told them that we had run out of money, they had declared Furqan dead on Monday,” his elder brother Mohammad Irfan said.   Narendra Agarwal, Lucknow chief medical officer said he will conduct a thorough investigation on the incident, and if hospital staff and doctors involved will be found guilty of negligence, they will be answerable to the courts of law.  ###

Prof. Benito Lim Memorial Lectures: Key Lectures on China & the Philippines on July 13 at Kaisa Heritage Center

July 8, 2019

Current controversies involving the Philippines and China are scheduled on July 13 at the Awat Keng Auditorium of Kaisa Heritage Center in Intramuros, Manila on July 13. The Benito Lim Memorial Lecture Series No. 2 features “41 Yrs of China-Watching from the Eyes of a Filipino” and  “Current Chinese Migration to the Philippines” will be held back to back following the 1PM special screening of the film “Honor: Legacy of Jose Abad Santos”.  Current Chinese Migration to the Philippines: Government safety measures and security arrangements will be presented by Dr. Rommel Banlaoi while Dr. Aileen Baviera will talk about Forty Years of China-Watching from the Eyes of a Filipino. Banlaoi’s lecture describes the current phenomenon of Chinese migration to the Philippines and identifies key factors contributing to this phenomenon.  It discusses the economic effects, political impact and social costs of new Chinese migration to the Philippines and its law enforcement and security implications.  Banlaoi is president of the Philippine Association of Chinese Studies (菲律濱中華研究會) or PACS and lecturer at the Department of International Studies, Miriam College; chairman of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research; and president of the Philippine Society for Intelligence and Security Studies.  Baviera’s journey as an engaged China-watcher is a prism from which China’s economic, social and political transformations may be understood, and also helps contextualize the twists and turns of Philippines-China relations. Baviera is a professor at the University of the Philippines. She has been studying, lecturing and publishing articles on China-related issues, as well as engaging in dialogue and cooperation with Chinese think tanks, academics and development organizations for nearly 40 years. The event will be hosted by Kaisa Para Sa Kaunlaran (菲律濱華裔青年聯合會) and (PACS), in cooperation with the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Association (菲中友好協會).  Pre-registration is a must for seating allocation. To register, go to (RMB) 

Publisher thanks PPI, patrons, as BusinessWeek Mindanao receives  another award for "Best In Business and Economic Reporting"

July 6, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN Mindanao News digital, July 6) - Business Week Mindanao publisher and president Dante M. Sudaria thanked the Philippine Press Intitute (PPI) for recognizing the efforts of the men and women behind the paper. Sudaria said being awarded by a prestigious organization like PPI is one big accomplishment for everyone involves in the production of a weekly paper that covers all the economic and business undertakings in Southern Philippines and the rest of the country. "Thank you for the support and patronage to BusinessWeek Mindanao, the nation's Best in Business and Economic Reporting. More power to our editors, BWM staff and family, and all supporters. GOD IS GREAT!"  The paper was earlier nominated as Best Edited Community Newspaper and Best in Environmental Reporting. The yearly recognition of top performing community newspapers in the country has been the highlight of the annual Philippine Press Institute (PPI) General Assembly/Forum. READ: PPI awards BusinessWeek Mindanao Best in Business and Economic Reporting for the 3rd time PPI is the biggest association of local newspapers in the country. It is also celebrating its 55th anniversary this year. BusinessWeek Mindanao, being a business newspaper, was already awarded as Best in Business and Economic Reporting twice in 2013 and 2017 and the Best in Environmental Reporting in 2014. BusinessWeek Mindanao Corporation CEO Dante Sudaria said that these accomplishments reaffirm the paper's continued quest for excellence and thus further boosted efforts to bring it competitively at pace in both print and digital platforms.   PHILIPPINE PRESS INSTITUTE 2018 CIVIC JOURNALISM COMMUNITY PRESS AWARDS July 5, 2019 WINNERS AND CITATIONS – DAILY Best in Photojournalism: CEBU DAILY NEWS (Visayas-Daily) – CEBU DAILY NEWS, a community newspaper, has been showing some of the beautiful photos in the region. The banner photos of CEBU DAILY NEWS bear the hallmarks of good photojournalism, striking readers with the importance or urgency of the news on print and leaving them a lasting impression. The photographers showed their best in producing their images. Best in Environmental Reporting: EDGE DAVAO (Mindanao-Daily) - Edge Davao had lots of excellent feature stories on the environment and even produced a number of series on the environment. They even have a supplement on Earth Day, something even the national dailies did not even bother to do. With its consistent environmental coverage, it has brought green issues of global concern to the consciousness of the local people making them more aware that such issues are interconnected and something that everyone should be of concern and take action even in their own small ways. Best in Business and Economic Reporting: EDGE DAVAO (Mindanao-Daily) – EDGE DAVAO has been chosen winner in the daily category for its in depth and comprehensive coverage of business issues and events and corporate and individual players in its coverage area. Best Editorial Page: CEBU DAILY NEWS (Visayas-Daily) – The CEBU DAILY NEWS is given recognition for having the Best Editorial Page for a daily newspaper. Its editorials present the newspaper’s stance on issues of importance and of relevance not only to its editorial governance but for the audience that it addresses. Its insightful writing style provides for an opportunity for its audience to reflect on the issues presented. The editorial also manifests a level of analysis that encourages critical thinking for the reader. Best Edited Community Newspaper: CEBU DAILY NEWS (Visayas-Daily) - The CEBU DAILY NEWS has shown consistency in covering local issues that have direct impact on the community, inspiring citizens to look squarely at problems and gut concerns that beset them. As a catalyst for community action, it has empowered residents, including journalists themselves as part of that community, through quality writing and reporting. WINNERS AND CITATIONS – WEEKLY Best in Photojournalism: METRO POST (Visayas-Weekly) – METRO POST is packed with images of various themes – news, sports, human interest, etc… Fearless photographers produce amazingly incredible photos. Images with full of information, which don’t even need captions, images which put the readers right on the place where the event happened. Best in Environmental Reporting: BAGUIO CHRONICLE (Luzon-Weekly) - Baguio Chronicle regularly produced good original environmental news stories or made used of press releases to generate story ideas rather than use them to fill up its weekly environment page. They have clearly demonstrated commitment on covering environmental stories by having a regular weekly section on the environment. Their articles gave priority to real local environmental community issues which residents can easily relate to and which could inspire them to take action or engage in the discussions. Best in Business and Economic Reporting: BUSINESSWEEK MINDANAO (Mindanao-Weekly) – BUSINESSWEEK MINDANAO has been chosen winner in the weekly category for its in depth and comprehensive coverage of business issues and events and corporate and individual players in its coverage area. Best Editorial Page: BOHOL CHRONICLE (Visayas-Weekly) – The BOHOL CHRONICLE is given recognition and being cited for Best Editorial Page (Weekly) for giving importance to the role of an editorial. It has provided significant space and good layout that articulates the newspaper’s valuing of its editorial. The Bohol Chronicle editorials have dealt with issues that have relevance to its stakeholders. There is an objective explanation of issues and the writing style is concise. More importantly, it provides a feedback mechanism for its readers, which manifests interactivity and dynamic communication and connectivity to its audience. Best Edited Community Newspaper: HERALD EXPRESS (Luzon-Weekly) – HERALD EXPRESS has shown consistency in covering local issues that have direct impact on the community, inspiring citizens to look squarely at problems and gut concerns that beset them. As a catalyst for community action, it has empowered residents, including journalists themselves as part of that community, through quality writing and reporting.

KABANSA 3rd National Conference: Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and the 19th Century PH Nationalist Campaign

July 4, 2019

 The Association of Studies Centers in the Philippines (KABANSA, Inc.) will hold its 3rd national conference on July 10-12, 2019 to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of General Emilio Aguinaldo. The conference theme, “General Emilio Aguinaldo and the 19th Century Philippine Nationalist Campaign” aims to provide the public with new and relevant perspectives and paradigms regarding the heroism of the President of the First Philippine Republic vis-a-vis the controversies that beset his entire life. To be held at the Luna Room, GSIS Museum, Macapagal Ave., Pasay City in cooperation with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, Cavite Historical Society, and the Government Service Insurance System, it will also include a general assembly on the last day for KABANSA members and those interested to join Kabansa. “It will also try to examine the initiatives of the Filipinos from various provinces in their quest for freedom, independence, and sovereignty which led to the birth of the First Philippine Republic,” said Conference Convenor Dr. Palmo R. Iya. Among the papers to be presented at the conference are: The Myth of the First Eight Provinces and Other Issues on the Symbols of the Philippines (Michael Charleston B. Chua DLSU Manila); Si Hen. Emilio Aguinaldo at ang Halalang Pampanguluhan ng 1935: Mga Kontrobersiya, Tunggalian, at Dinamismong Politikal (Dr. Roderick C. Javar, UP Los Baños); Si Aguinaldo, Mabini, at ang Kalayaan ng Pilipinas (Dr. Emmanuel F. Calairo, DLSU Dasmariñas); Antonio Luna’s Planned Golpe de Estado Against Emilio Aguinaldo’s Government vis-à-vis the Issue of His Assassination” (Restituto R. Ramos, UST Manila); Paglusob ng Puwersa ni Hen. Emilio Aguinaldo sa Taguig at Pateros: Panimulang Pakikibaka ng 1897 (Jomar G. Encila, Historical Consultant, Office of the City Mayor, City of Taguig). Mga Dilag ni Dalomag: Ang mga Babaeng Nagpatibok ng Puso ni Aguinaldo at ang Kanilang Ambag sa Kampanyang Makabayan ng Pilipinas (Dr. Palmo R. Iya, DLSU Dasmariñas); Ang Pamilyang Aguinaldo sa Lokal na Politika: Pagsusuri sa Halalang Lokal sa Cavite el Viejo, 1875-1896 (Dr. Gilbert E. Macarandang, UP Los Baños); and Aguinaldo: The Unknown Image (Dr. Luis C. Dery, Retired Professor, DLSU Manila) The conference will also showcase a newly released documentary on Emilio Aguinaldo titled, Sa Ngalan ng Katotohanan produced by the Provincial Government of Cavite through the Cavite Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office. Interested participants can contact Dr. Palmo R. Iya at email or ; or call (046) 481 1900 to 30 local 3141 or mobile # +63 949 564 5563. (RMB)  


June 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Representative Amihilda J. Sangcopan (AMIN-Anak Mindanao Partylist) was the featured speaker in a forum entitled “A Perspective on Mindanao” held at the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. on 25 June 2019. Representative Sangcopan began her talk by providing the audience a snapshot of the political composition and landscape of the incoming 18th Congress of the Philippines, and noting that the majorities supporting President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in both chambers may well allow the passage of major legislative priorities of the Administration. She highlighted the priority legislative agenda of the Administration, particularly as they pertained to Mindanao, such as law and order; creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao; and Islamic banking & finance. Representative Sangcopan also discussed the pillars of a Mindanao 2030 vision where there is improved quality of life for all Mindanawons. Aside from providing enabling conditions in power, infrastructure and connectivity; and a definite and lasting peace, she said that all efforts are being geared towards a dynamic, inclusive and green economy; and for human development and social cohesion. The final part of her presentation dwelt on the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City. She noted that great impetus in this regard was provided by the House of Representatives through the sub-committee for Marawi Rehabilitation that exercised its oversight powers on the rehabilitation efforts in the city undertaken by the Task Force Bangon Marawi. Representative Sangcopan closed her brief presentation by reminding the audience that the story of the people and cultures of the southern Philippines is undeniably intertwined with that of the Filipino people. “The narrative of every Mindananoan is the narrative of every Filipino. Let us reconnect and reclaim our shared heritage toward a peaceful and progressive Mindanao,” she pleaded in ending her remarks. The presentation was followed by a wide-ranging and substantive discussion ranging from the challenges of climate change in Mindanao, to the federalism debate, the importance of effective reconstruction and rehabilitation in Marawi, and to the continued relevance or usefulness of the partylist system. Remarks and perspectives were also offered by Presidential Communications Operations Office Undersecretary Lorraine Marie Badoy and MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology Professor Yasmira Moner who are both in Washington DC for other official engagements. “The story of Mindanao and the Philippine Government’s commitment to its peace and development is one that needs to be shared more with our friends here in Washington DC. I am happy that Representative Sangcopan was able to do just that during her presentation,” Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez said in a statement after the forum. “Congresswoman Sangcopan provided a valuable perspective on Mindanao at a critical time in the transition to new autonomy arrangements in the southern Philippines. Americans in the audience benefitted especially from her insights into the challenges and opportunities facing the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao," US-Philippines Society President Ambassador (ret.) John Maisto also said in a statement. The Forum was organized and hosted by the US-Philippines Society with the support of the Philippine Embassy. ###

PH studes optimistic K to 12 can help them develop their technical, soft skills

June 20, 2019

SENIOR high school (SHS) students are optimistic that the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, also known as the K to 12 Program, will help them firm up their choices and plans for their college education and future careers, as well as develop their technical and soft skills.   This is according to a study released by state think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) titled “Senior High School and the Labor Market: Perspectives of Grade 12 Students and Human Resource Officers”. The research team was composed of PIDS Senior Research Fellow Aniceto Orbeta, Jr., Consultant Marites Lagarto, Senior Research Specialist Ma. Kristina Ortiz, Supervising Research Specialist Danica Aica Ortiz, and Research Analyst Maropsil Potestad.   The authors interviewed selected first batch of Grade 12 students as well as employers and firms to get a grasp of the labor market prospects for SHS graduates. At least 18 schools from the National Capital Region (NCR), Region III, and Region IV-A were included in the research study. Meanwhile, at least 26 firms from NCR, Region IV-A, and Cebu were chosen as these areas “are the hubs of Philippine business and industry”.   The interview showed that “SHS education was believed to be useful and effective” by the students “in terms of enhancing the[ir] skills and expanding [their] knowledge”. It also “allowed them to be trained further in their chosen areas of specialization”.    However, the authors noted some challenges in the K to 12 program.   While one of the rationales of the program is to equip SHS graduates with necessary skills so they can work or engage in entrepreneurial activities, some of the students interviewed said they are not confident to land a job after completing SHS.   This is particularly true for those under the academic track, who “believed they would still need to go to college because the training in SHS was not meant to make them more employable, unlike in the case of the Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) students” who can strengthen their employment eligibility by obtaining necessary certificates.   But to some TVL students, obtaining the National Certificate (NC) Level II and Certificates of Competency from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority does not guarantee employment. Students revealed that employers, especially large firms, still prefer applicants with college degrees and work experience.   This is one of the reasons why they pursue college degrees.    “Most of the students were firm about their plans to pursue higher education because of the perception that college degree raises better employment opportunities and salaries,” the authors said. They are, however, faced with challenges such as schools requiring a “bridging program” for off-track SHS students, failing the entrance exams, financial constraints, and difficulty in maintaining the required grade for scholarships, among others.   The study also noted that employers and firms lack in-depth knowledge of the SHS program. “They do not know what kind of training the SHS students need from the businesses and what the SHS graduates could possibly offer to the industry in return,” the authors pointed out.   While majority said they would hire SHS graduates, only two of the interviewees “believe that SHS graduates already have the skills to be employed”. Moreover, those willing to hire SHS graduates provided preconditions for recruitment such as “requiring competencies and specialized skills, improved work immersion, and offering only low positions due to the nature of their business as well as existing government hiring policies such as that of the Civil Service Commission”.   The issue on work retention was also brought up by the firms as some SHS graduates have the tendency to work for only a short period of time. “Most of them proceeded to college while a few just gained experience and hopped to other companies for higher compensation,” the authors explained.   To resolve these issues, the authors recommend improving arrangements for taking NC assessments to strengthen the employability of those in the academic track, intensifying the SHS program information campaign among employers, and adjusting the hiring policies of the government and private firms to accommodate SHS graduates.


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