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Student dead, 9 others hurt in DavSur ambush

November 2, 2017

DAVAO CITY -- A 15-year-old student was killed while nine others were wounded when an undetermined number of armed men ambushed a barangay-owned truck loaded with passengers at Sitio Quarry in Barangay Kimlawais, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur on Sunday night. In a report to the Davao del Sur Provincial Police Office (DSPPO), Superintendent Deozar Almasa, acting chief of Police of Kiblawan Municipal Police Station, said 40 students of Kimlawis National High School (KNHS) on board the Sadam Truck owned by Barangay Kimlawis were on their way to Kiblawan Gym to perform Maral de dalan, a street dancing event, for the three-day Damsu Festival. While they were about 150 meters away from Barangay Kimlawis proper, unidentified armed men fired at Sadam Truck resulting in the death of 16-year-old Jimboy Linkanay, who was declared dead upon arrival at Gregorio Matas District Hospital in Davao del Sur. Wounded in the attack were James Paul Sarno, 18 of (out patient); Mildred Linkanay, 15 (out patient); Jiv Cris Malalay, 17, (admitted at Davao Sur National Hospital Digos City); Jimboy Sumali, 25, (admitted Davao Sur National Hospital Digos City); Nibert Malanson (admitted at Southern Philippines Medical Center SPMC Davao City); Marlon Malanson, (SPMC); Mark Gil Tol, Sadam Truck Driver (SPMC); and, Aries Caluyan, 15 (SPMC). Davao del Sur chief of police Sr. Superintendent Samuel Gadingan said all victims suffered gunshot wounds in different parts of their bodies. Gadingan said the incident is still under investigation by the Kiblawan municipal police while a municipal search and rescue team has been deployed to barangay Ihan in Kimlawis to scour the area and track the armed men. (Lilian C. Mellejor/PNA)

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Protect the environment with California Ecobike at 50% off

November 2, 2017

More and more advocacy group that is promoting a greener environment have already raised their concern on the growing number of vehicles that are continuously polluting our environment, this issue affects us all for as long as we are breathing. Technology moves us forward and transports us to places and lets us travel with ease, but the very object that gives us comfort also damages our environment as it contributes to 65% of air pollution in the metro. This very reason is what drives technology to better itself with the help of physical and environmentally friendly Electronic Bikes. California Ecobike has foreseen this trend and have been offering various models catering to your different needs since 2013. With its green advocacy and as a way of thanking the general public for supporting the brand, California Ecobike is offering up to 50% discount on selected units from October 1 to December 31, 2017. This offer is available nationwide across 40 available models.

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How to Recognize the Well-Managed Schools

October 16, 2017

Besides the best curriculum and the best teachers, other hallmarks for measuring whether the school is well managed or not need to be discussed for public topic. Along time ago, all schools were recognized by public through the printed media. But, today it is not enough. The shift of old paradigm into the new one has become very important to know by the policy makers and the leaders of any schools anywhere. In Indonesia, for example, the private schools almost have the same status, even the private ones that have been well-managed have higher level of quality, in terms of public-point of view: their image. Thus, building the schools’ image is the most important strategy, after all the fulfillment of requirements of the schools’ best criteria. A school which is well-managed can be indicated by their established curriculum and their best quality of the teachers. Besides that, the well-managed schools include their infrastructures related to the teaching-learning media. However, it is not enough. They have to get well known by public, even the world public. To do so, the school leaders should make their schools recognized by public. The way to make them well-recognized by public is by exposing their specific characteristics, especially their best corporate culture. They can build their best image through media such newspapers, magazines, and the related media that can boost the image through the digital society and community. Holding seminars and workshops can also be done by the schools. They can collaborate with other schools for holding such academic activities. Then, they can also expose all these to public. The news media can cover all the activities to make them exposed, not only their best curriculum, teachers, but also their varied ways of academic activities. This can make the schools well-recognized by public. The leaders of the schools must be versatile in doing any activities, being the model for other teachers but also being the best communicators for the schools. This can be done by making the schools exposed, showing the best activities, learning strategies, and infrastructures facilitating the learning process to the world public. This is a must for the private schools, and also for public schools. All these need to be exposed to media. There are some activities that needs to be exposed to public. First, it can be the best practice of the schools’ learning process. This is related to the most beneficial activities such as the students’ winning the competition in the schools’ areas. Being the winners of any competition in any educational activaties is also important to be recognized by public. Second, it can be the teachers’ activities joining the seminars or workshops. After going back to schools from the workshops, they should write a report and then expose it to public through media. Another activity is the school’s events, such as the school may hold a seminar or workshop and then expose it to the media. By doing such a public exposure, the schools can be recognized by public, and preferably the best practices can be well-known. Dr. Djuwari Sarkawi is the managing editor of the journal and book division, STIE Perbanas Surabaya. He is also the guest lecturer at Ottimmo International Master-gourmet Academy, Surabaya; The advisor of Indonesia Association of Press Practitioners/ Journalists in East Java province (HIPSI), Indonesia. He is also the president of the International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER)].

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Pueblo de Oro is four-time Pag-IBIG ‘Top Developer’

October 13, 2017

PUEBLO de Oro Cebu was recognized by Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) Pag-IBIG as Top 3 Developer in the Visayas for Take Out of Housing Loan Deliveries for four years starting in 2014 to 2017. The award was presented during the 2017 Home Lending Accomplishment Report and Awarding/Recognition of Top Performing Developers last October 6, 2017 at the City Sports Club in Cebu City. Pueblo de Oro President and COO Rhoel Alberto B. Nolido accepted the special citation from HDMF Pag-IBIG Fund CEO Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti. This is the fourth year in a row that Pueblo de Oro has placed in the Top 5. The dynamic economy in Cebu, aligned with the improvements implemented by Pag-IBIG which included lower interest rates and enhanced collection efficiency, fueled the growth in loan value takeouts to P4.29 billion during the first half of 2017, 53% higher than the same period last year. For his part, Mr. Nolido, who was also the keynote speaker during the event, stated how, for the two years from 2015 to present, Pueblo de Oro’s takeouts grew by 42% a year. Mr. Nolido also highlighted Pueblo de Oro’s partnership with Pag-IBIG and how PODC’s success and growth in the recent years was largely attributable to Pag-IBIG loan takeouts. “In Cebu, 80% of our takeouts are actually Pag-IBIG,” said Mr. Nolido. He expressed his hopes that as Pag-IBIG loan processing is faster, this growth could be replicated in Pueblo de Oro Pampanga and Batangas. “Previously, the share of Pag-IBIG in those areas for Pueblo was only 20%, but with the increase in our Pag-IBIG accounts in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao projects, our total takeouts have grown by 89%.” This is why, he explained, more and more developers are turning to Pag-IBIG. This rapid growth in Pag-IBIG takeouts have been instrumental in another aspect of Pueblo de Oro and Pag-IBIG’s partnership. Due to the fast takeout process, Pueblo de Oro was able to pay off its three-year Pag-IBIG development loans in less than a year, and plans to secure another loan worth double the value within the year. Pueblo de Oro is the owner-developer of the Pueblo de Oro Township in Cagayan de Oro City (CDO). The Township stands as a testament to Pueblo de Oro’s vision and the company’s ability to cause positive transformation and create value in an area. From 360 hectares of raw land in uptown CDO, the company has crafted a world-class master planned Township, complete with several residential enclaves catering to different income levels ranging from the high-end market to mid-income segment of economic and socialized housing.

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Massiver fishkill reported Iponan river

October 13, 2017

CAGAYAN de Oro City-- San Simon barangay officials last Tuesday reported a massive Tilapi fishkill along Iponan river. During the regular meeting of the City Council committee on the environment, San Simon Barangay Chair Rodolfo Nacario claimed that they have observed tilapia fishkill in the river bank for the past few months. In 2015, the city government embarked on a massive tilapia growing in Iponan river, releasing a total of 92,000 fingerlings. Those tilapia have been fished and spawned since then. It was only last Tuesday that Nacario broke the report on the alleged fishkill. Nacario said that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) have yet to check on the situation. But a representative of city local environment and natural resources officer Edwin Dael who was present at the City Council committee meeting said that they already have tested the groundwater in Barangay Pagalungan for any contamination. The results of the test are still to be determined, the Clenro staff said. For its next meeting a week from now, the City Council committee on environment led by Councilor Zaldy Ocon will summon Dael to shed more light on the matter.

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NGCP to complete Mindanao grid reinforcement ahead of 2019 target

October 13, 2017

Grid operator NGCP is expecting to complete its reinforcement of the Mindanao transmission backbone within the first quarter of 2019, months ahead of its target June 2019 completion. The Mindanao 230 kiloVolt (kV) Transmission Backbone Project will address the anticipated addition of bulk power generation in the area by strengthening the existing capacity of the Matanao-Toril-Bunawan and the Balo-i-Maramag-Bunawan transmission lines from 138 kV to 230 kV. Various key substations will also be upgraded in order to accommodate the line and the additional power expected to flow through. The transmission backbone, once in place, will accommodate renewable and conventional power plants in the northern and southern part of Mindanao, which will in turn ensure stable and continuous power from Lanao del Norte, passing though Agusan del Sur, all the way to Davao del Sur. “With the completion of the project, large generating plants such as GNPower and SMC will be able to connect to the grid, mitigating the once known vulnerabilities of hydropower and maximizing the generating capability of incoming plants. This means that we can maintain the quality and reliability of power which Mindanaoans will be able to enjoy. We are excited for the projects lined up for Mindanao as this will create a solid energy corridor in the island,” NGCP stated. The project also serves as an integral part of the Visayas-Mindanao Interconnection Project (VMIP) which will complete the link between the country’s power grids, allowing power between the major islands to be shared, and ensuring the reliability and stability of the grid. Upon completion of all major NGCP projects for Mindanao, any excess generation will be able to travel to the Visayas region and vice versa, effectively supporting the power requirements of all three islands. “The Mindanao Backbone project is key to the VMIP because it provides the transmission highway to accommodate the capacity which the interconnection needs for it to be fully utilized by both Visayas and Mindanao,” said NGCP. NGCP emphasized the support of the local government units (LGU) in fast-tracking the implementation of its grid enhancement and expansion projects. For the Mindanao backbone project, the LGU of Davao del Sur played a big part in the expedited project completion by assisting in the acquisition of Right-of-Way (ROW), which is often the longest and most tedious component of the project. “The support given by the Davao del Sur LGU was instrumental in shortening the project timeline, allowing NGCP to complete its target early, and in effect, provide better, continuous power transmission services to the public. We are appealing for the same support from other LGUs, as well as the public, as we all have a common goal of efficiently providing the power needs of the country,” stated NGCP. NGCP is a Filipino-led, privately owned company in charge of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid, led by majority shareholders Henry Sy, Jr. and Robert Coyiuto, Jr.

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